Penn State faculty member reflects on Paterno's legacy
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The Penn State University faculty member who in August resigned the Paterno Family Chair of Literature following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal opined in a Chronicle of Higher Education essay that "how to remember Joe Paterno is far from settled."
In the essay appearing in this week's Chronicle -- "Why I Resigned the Paterno Chair" -- Michael Berube said he knew in July the day the Freeh report was issued that he had to resign the chair but delayed doing so until Aug. 20. He remains at Penn State as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature.
"In a perfect world, there would be no child rapists; in a world slightly better than the one I inhabit, legal authorities would snap into action when a licensed psychologist identifies someone as a child rapist," Mr. Berube wrote. "... and in the world I wish I inhabited, everyone with any knowledge of the 2001 incident would have made sure that Jerry Sandusky never touched another boy, and Joe Paterno would have taken the lead."
First Published October 18, 2012 12:00 am