I am concerned that the emphasis on collegiate sports that pervades our national culture has its inevitable "dumbing down" effect on students and the institutions themselves.
Be prepared for a full-fledged onslaught of image-enhancing and fund-raising advertisements across all traditional platforms -- plus an upsurge of banner ads, web videos and a multiplicity of 'social media' messaging in the digital space.
While the rest of the world speeds ahead of us academically on the secondary level and countries like China concentrate on creating their own MITs and Stanfords, our best state universities have created a fratty, patriarchal sports culture that is often antithetical to good citizenship.
What's the main takeaway from the Penn State child abuse horror? For me it's all about taking a hard look at our accepted priorities -- at what's at the top of our societal list in terms of what matters.
Can any trial jury selected to decide this case conceivably find Jerry Sandusky not guilty given what the public already has learned from the clearly incendiary grand jury report?
Two-thirds of the American public thought the manner in which Penn State handled the recent child sexual abuse controversy was similar to how the Catholic Church handled its child sexual abuse controversies.
One of the risk factors for becoming a sexual abuser of children is having been victimized yourself. One of my concerns as a clinical psychologist is that our sticking our heads in the sand can perpetuate this cycle.
I think fear is a real quandary for society. All we have at the moment is exposure of crimes and a salute to the victims, the brave ones who courageously stand up to these bullying organizations and institutions.
Over the past several weeks of the Penn State scandal, I have been astonished by the number of people who failed to do the right thing. I'm fairly convinced the reason is because each of them found the right thing hard to do.
As a gay man, over the years I have met men with varying degrees of comfort with their sexuality. The most repressed men were insistent that they were 100 percent heterosexual, and that any same-sex activity they would engage in was "just horsing around."
Pausing in the stadium in the midst of the Saturday afternoon festivities to remember the victims of Sandusky's alleged abuses made a great deal of sense. Why a prayer spectacle was required to do this isn't at all clear to me.
Queery: "I was having dinner with some friends, and the subject of the Penn State scandal came up. One of the straight guests was on a rant about it and said, 'This is a perfect example of why gays shouldn't be parents.'"
The time is way overdue for major colleges and universities to give crisis management the high degree of attention and support it demands.
If they earn the right to go to the Rose Bowl, they should be allowed to go. Do not compound the actions of a misguided, morally bankrupt few by denying these young men the opportunity to finish what they started.
I have no idea whether Mr. Sandusky perpetrated these heinous acts or whether Dr. Spanier, Mr. Paterno, Mr. Curley, Mr. McQueary or anyone else knowingly or recklessly facilitated or even tolerated them. I do know that in America, we are innocent until proven guilty.
The moment I realized that the Penn State scandal was breaking, and breaking big, I knew that the universe had taken over. My prayers had been answer...