Sad Times in Happy Valley


*Jordi, I’ll post my actual post later, just thought this was important.*

We’ve talked about how to act morally, ethically, or any way you want to call acting fair and oftentimes we’re talking about salaries or outsourcing and its effects. But sometimes stories come out that remind you how big the ramifications can be and maybe hits a little closer to home.

I don’t really want to summarize the story (and I apologize if you’ve heard a lot about this already), but two of the most high profile administrators at Penn State have been charged with perjury in relation to a former assistant football coach getting charged with 40 counts of some of the most heinous crimes on the books.  Here’s the link to the front page of today’s Harrisburg Patriot-News, which I believe gives a great analysis into the whole terrible situation.  While it should be said, there is the innocent until proven guilty, but this whole case seems to center around what someone’s moral obligation is to society, not necessarily their legal obligation.

In addition to whatever the alleged victims have/are going through, the side story is its affect on Joe Paterno, their legendary football coach, and the university as a whole.  JoePa and Penn State has had a sterling reputation in a sport not known for the cleanest of characters.  It’s truly sad how one possible (albeit, what looks to be a huge one) lapse in judgement, may bring that to the ground.

*End Soapbox*

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3 Responses to Sad Times in Happy Valley

  1. Jordi says:

    Thanks for posting on such a stomach-turning issue. (its effect on Jo Pa… have had a sterling reputation).

    The situation,a s you say, is has not played out in the legal system. For argument’s sake, let’s say that the two administrators were told that Sandunsky was sexually abusing a child in the locker room. They proceeded to slow walk reporting it to the police. As you say, it raises questions of individual choices and ORGANIZATIONAL ethical climate. As someone pretty sympathetic to Walzer’s concerns with domination, I can argue that the concern with reputation, power, and money that comes with D1 athletics dominates other spheres of the University. Hence, part of the reason this happened is because justice in the sphere of protecting this child played second fiddle to the idea of “being fair” to a beloved assistant coach and community figure. “Justice” in the minds of the administrators in the sense of not wanting to harm Penn State’s reputation dominated justice for the child.

    As future managers, we have to ask, how much can the organization due to promote individual moral choices? How can cross-sphere domination be held in check?

  2. Jordi says:

    Carl, that ain’t a sopabox. This is a sopabox:

    Sandunsky, if the allegations are true, is a blight on humanity. If Penn State did any tiny thing to cover is tracks, those involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Who is worse? The monster, or the toadies who who hid his tracks?

    That is soapbox.

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