“As a former firefighter and cancer survivor, I can tell you it's about time this issue got wider attention. In Canada and 22 US states, cancer is considered an occupational hazard for firefighters who are guaranteed, by law, cancer coverage in health insurance. To read more about firefighter cancer, I recommend Pipe Nozzle: Firefighting Prose You Can Read.”
“All of the above, and it's also because universities spend money on star faculty who bring in money for research. The system is rotten to the core. Just look at Graham Spanier's career at and before Penn State for an example of how corrupt the system can get. And those start faculty usually demand a job for a "trailing spouse," which is old fashion nepotism. Spanier had a job created for his wife wherever he went.”
SupremeIdiot on Sep 20, 2013 at 11:01:29
“Something has to be done. First separate the sports from schools. Make them clubs.
I'm guessing you're a brother or sister. I work for Dallas Fire Rescue.”
in defense of women on Sep 20, 2013 at 00:50:13
“Not so much at 3rd and 4th tier uni's.”
hilaritee on Sep 19, 2013 at 22:58:06
“I agree that the system is broken but the star faculty phenomena is a bit of a smokescreen. The colleges and universities who engage in that luxury are in the extreme minority. The reality is that most schools cannot afford to play that game. Meanwhile the plight of adjuncts at small colleges and community colleges remains as bleak as this story indicates.”
“Abuse of adjunct or part-timers or whatever you want to call them in higher ed is old news. I've written about it in Paper Graders, an anthology of work by adjuncts, and it Notes from the Academic Underground, and in Malamud and Corruption at Oregon State University. You can download all titles free at academia.org or you can pay for a copy at amazon. Unions are the only answer to this kind of abuse and exploitation.”
“Spanier is the only one of the three who did not include a mailing address or any address in the plea document, but then he has a long history of acting as if he's above the law. See "graham spanier meet richard nixon" at campusreports dot com.”
“Yup. The judge also did not hesitate to hold all three accused for trial. And the judge overruled most of the objections from the defense attorneys who wanted to block testimony from witnesses See summary and comment on the preliminary hearing transcripts at campusreports dot com.”
“You might want to read the current post at campusreports dot com based on the preliminary hearing transcripts released to the public.”
didyouseethat on Aug 5, 2013 at 11:31:57
“Thanks for the link. I could care less about Spanier. It is Paterno I advocate for. To believe JoePa would have put the Football Program above the safety of children makes me question everything I know to be true, especially when there is absolutely nothing in his volume of work that would give anyone an inkling that this would be part of his character. The only thing that links this to the football program is that it happened in a facility used by the team. Sandusky didn't work for Paterno at the time, Sandusky had no involvement in the football program at the time. Yet it is the football program, and a legendary Coach that has been severely penalized. How is it possible that Paterno did what he was required to do, yet is expected to be able to identify what Sandusky was, when Child Welfare, Police, DA, Psychologists, Adoption Agencies, 2nd Mile, all of the so called professionals didn't see it and yet, all of their reputations are still intact? In Paterno's case, it is a clear rush to injustice, and I will speak out for him until I die.”
“Barry Roberts Greer can personally vouch for Graham Spanier. He served as Spanier's nemesis at Oregon State University where Spanier served as provost before his career moves to Nebraska and Penn State. Greer witnessed Spanier's use of bullying, nepotism, favoritism, and First Amendment suppression to abuse power to get what he wanted. And then lie to cover his tracks. It's all well documented in Malamud and Corruption at Oregon State University. You can also view the current post at campusreports dot com or read the version without the citation clutter as "Spanierism at Oregon State University" in Notes from the Academic Underground. Malamud is free at academia.edu. You can find Notes by searching amazon dot com with the search terrm Graham Spanier.”
“Members of the Defend-Little-Graham fan club might want to read Notes from the Academic Underground by Barry Roberts Greer. In it, they’ll find “Spanierism at Oregon State University,” a well-documented chronicle of Spanier, who is married to an English prof, stomping all over the First Amendment rights of a writing instructor, then lying to cover it up.
Spanier, who had forced OSU to give Sandra a job in the English department, yelled on the phone for a half hour at the chair of the department because of a commentary published by Greer as a writing instructor who had a problem with nepotism. Sandra’s job did not exist before she arrived, it was never advertised, she never had to interview, and she was given tenure as an added perk. Spanier also cut the lit faculty--which Sandra was part of--work load in half, and did nothing to reduce the load of the writing instructors who worked in a program deemed the equivalent of an underfunded community college by outside consultants. . . .”
“For more on this PR fiasco, visit campusreports dot com. For more on the history of Graham Spanier's character, read "Notes from the Academic Underground" or "Malamud and Corruption at Oregon State University," both of which tell the story of Spanier's years at Oregon State before he jumped to Nebraska as a stepping stone to Penn State. Lucky PSU.”
“Willie, read "Malamud and Corruption at Oregon State University." Spanier has a history of abuse of power. I served as president of the UConn Graduate Students Council and as special assistant to the Michigan senate majority leader. Any argument that Spanier is somehow a victim of political intrigue has not standing unless you wish to assert that Freeh was part of a conspiracy. Spanier covered for Sandusky.”
“So who would be dumb enough to sit next to an indicted felon on multiple counts? Want to know more about little Graham, visit campusreports dot com or read "Malamud and Corruption at Oregon State University," a chronicle of Spanier's years at OSU where he stomped on the First Amendment rights of a writing instructor, Barry Roberts Greer. Greer has also written about Spanier in "Seven Two" and "Notes from the Academic Underground."”
Willie Green on Jan 21, 2013 at 07:25:31
“Graham Spanier is welcome to attend any sporting event, play, concert or other social gathering at Penn State as far as I’m concerned.
Former AG Linda Kelley is the one who should be under investigation for abuse of office and malicious prosecution.
Of course, it seems rather strange to me that HuffPo readers aren't more aware of the political motivations of Corbett/Kelly to trump up these malicious allegations against Penn State / Spanier. You're nowhere near as politically astute as I had assumed you should be.”
“Spanier was abused as a boy by his father, so Spanier became his father. He's sought power years before arriving at Penn State. At Oregon State, he forced the English Dept to create a job for his wife, then tried to fire a writing instructor for writing commentary critical of the blatant nepotism. See Notes from the Academic Underclass.”
“Now that Sandusky is put away permanently, time to do the same with his enablers, including Graham Spanier. For more on Spanier's sterling character, read Notes from the Academic Underclass or Seven Two, a novel based on confrontation with Spanier and corruption when he served as provost at Oregon State before he corrupted Penn State.”
“If you think Spanier is a victim, see Notes from the Academic Underground or Seven Two. Why would a victim of abuse of power by his own father spend his career seeking power? That's a plot as old as Greek tragedy.”