The scandal at Penn State is a shadow across the soul of the university, a bitter reminder that the president who fails to confront corruption will ultimately fail completely, taking down countless other people as he crashes.
The imprisonment of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky after being convicted for sexually abusing 10 boys over the span of 15 years represents just one chapter in an evolving American tragedy.
While the details of the victims' experiences are beyond shocking, it is the culture of silence surrounding Sandusky's alleged criminal behavior that ultimately raises some of the most perplexing moral questions.
It has now been two months since scandal rolled into the Happy Valley. Much is still uncertain and yet the university, the surrounding community, and the nation as a whole remains fixated on the question of responsibility.