Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 17, 2011

0Ls Jeer Penn State's Offer to Waive $60 Law School Application Fee

Penn State LogoThe Daily Beast, Penn State Law Offers Fee Waiver; Prospective Applicants Jeer:

While the law-school dean is denying a link between the Sandusky scandal and an email sent to prospective students Wednesday offering to waive the standard $60 application fee, recipients are mocking the timing.

“We know you have a lot to think about right now and we hope that Penn State Law is among the top law schools you are considering,” Amanda DiPolvere wrote in the email, a copy of which was obtained by The Daily Beast. Addressing the media frenzy surrounding former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky since a Nov. 4 grand-jury report detailed alleged child sex abuse, she added, “No doubt you have seen recent headlines regarding Penn State University.” “Penn State’s new president is dedicated to restoring the trust of all people Penn State serves and to a renewed focus on Penn State’s status as one of the world’s preeminent research universities,” she wrote. Then DiPolvere, whose admissions office last year received more than 5,300 applications, many paying a “$60 nonrefundable application fee,” offered up a carrot for prospective students: “To make it easier for you to apply, we have waived your application fee.”

(Hat Tip: Brad Mank.)

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BUT WAIT - THERE IS MORE!!! Believe it or not, the Penn State fiasco also touches upon "Alarmist Global Warming".

Recall when the ClimateGate emails, source-code, and s/w developer notes were leaked by an insider around Thanksgiving November 2009? There was a significant Penn State connection.

Noted Canadian Climate Researcher Steve McIntyre comments on Penn State firing President Graham Spanier "for failing to ensure that a proper investigation was carried out in respect to pedophilia allegations [and scientific fraud] in Penn State’s hugely profitable football program [equally profitable alarmist climate research programs]."

Steve McIntyre calls out "Spanier’s failure to ensure proper investigation of Climategate emails and his untrue puffs about the ineffective Penn State Inquiry Committee"

More details here ...

Posted by: RM3 Frisker FTN | Nov 18, 2011 7:41:17 PM

I fail to see why the Sandusky scandal should reflect upon the relative strengths and weaknesses of Penn State's various degree programs. I would think that recruiters and human resources people take more of an interest in, say, the academic performance of candidates rather than some scandal in their school's athletics department. Perhaps I'm just being rational.

Posted by: InebriatedArsonist | Nov 18, 2011 5:55:17 PM

Dickinson Law should have never sold out to Penn State. It was derided as a bad idea then, and now you have your karmic payback. The only good thing from this debacle is that jerk Graham Spanier got his comeuppance.

Posted by: CarlisleResident | Nov 18, 2011 9:51:04 AM

Even in they waive tuition some students would likely look elsewhere. The brand is seriously damaged.

Posted by: Vance | Nov 18, 2011 8:28:23 AM

While past scandals involving athletic departments at major universities have damaged specific sports (think SMU football and the "death penalty" it received), this scandal will reverberate throughout PSU. Potential athletic recruits will shy away from the school and, for perhaps the first time, the potential breadth of the coverup, may cause regular students to look elsewhere as well.

Posted by: stealthpundit | Nov 18, 2011 8:15:06 AM