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Unbalanced: Penn State, sex abuse and me

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Carol Schaal

The details are fuzzy now, but not the event. I was 9 years old and had finished my music lesson at a local dance/music studio. With time to spare before Dad picked us up, I went into the studio’s small two-way mirror room so I could watch my sister’s ballet class.

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Far afield: JoePa’s hollow pedestal

By Jason Kelly '95

Jason Kelly

It’s a familiar pattern repeated in similar circumstances far beyond Penn State, far beyond sports. Police, soldiers, priests, politicians—human beings—we all align ourselves with institutions that come to define us. To acknowledge flaws in them feels like a betrayal worse than the original misconduct.

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