Penn State President Offers Few Answers

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Penn State University President Rodney Erickson had comforting words but few answers to tough questions at a town hall meeting Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image more than two months after former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on sex abuse charges brought controversy, criticism and contemplation to Penn State.

Erickson was greeted by polite applause at the 90-minute meeting, the first of three sessions with alumni this week. He said critics have accused the university of having problems with openness and communication but that the school "will do better in the future."

But Jean Spadacene was shocked to learn that Erickson hasn't even spoken to Joe Paterno since the longtime coach was fired in early November. "I would think one of the first things on his to-do list would be to send a note to Joe. And he didn't do that," she said.

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