Vicky Triponey, The Woman Who Took On JoePa

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Looking back, Vicky Triponey said she can't help but wonder if there was some "correlation" between the success of the Penn State football team and how her role in charge of student conduct at the university was perceived.

Hired by former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier in 2003 as the university's vice president for student affairs, Triponey remembers Spanier initially "was probably my greatest champion. . . . I was his choice."

Then things changed.

"In 2003 and 2004, our football team was struggling," Triponey said. "That's when I felt incredible support from board members and the president, to stick to your guns, stay firm, do the right thing. Don't you dare treat those football players any differently. That was vocalized to me many times."

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