News for 5-02-14

Penn State Title IX

Penn State is one of 55 universities nationwide under federal investigation for possible Title IX Violations including the potential mishandling of sexual assault and harassment reports and complaints. The list of institutions was released by the U.S. Department of Education yesterday in what the department is calling a move to increase transparency. Penn State Spokesperson Lisa Powers issued a statement yesterday confirming that the university continues to “work diligently with the Office for Civil Rights to respond to requests for information in the ongoing review.” Penn State is one of 5 Pennsylvania colleges under investigation.


Coach James Franklin met with the media last night at the first stop of the Coaches Caravan at the Pegula Ice Arena. Franklin was asked about the ongoing rape investigation at the Vanderbilt. According to WTAJ-TV Franklin emphasized that he is sensitive to the situation both and Vanderbilt and at Penn State and wants to remain as transparent as possible. Franklin also asked everyone to respect that it is a legal matter and there is only so much he can talk about it.

Road Work

State College Borough Public Works Crews will continue concrete curb and storm sewer repairs on the 200 block of South Buckhout Street between West Beaver Avenue and West Foster Avenue. Work will take place from 7:30-5. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution while traveling through the “Work Area.”

State College Project

The State College Area School District has launched a YouTube channel to help get the word out about the upcoming May 20 vote on the funding for the State High Project renovations. According to a release from the school district, the proposed project would move all core academic spaces to the south side of Westerly Parkway, with some renovation of the newer spaces on the north side.

Affordable Care Act Numbers

The federal government has released the final state enrollment numbers foe the Affordable Care Act. Pennsylvania ranked forth for the total number of enrollees among states with 318,549 state residents signing up. 30 percent of the total was between the ages of 18 and 34. Nationally, approximately 8 million Americans enrolled.

Wash and Dry Theft

State College Police are looking for 2 men who they say took over $500 from the change machine at the Wash and Dry on Hamilton Avenue. According to police, the two suspects entered the store in April 21 at around 11:20 p.m. and one person tampered with the change machine while the other acted as a lookout at the front of the store. The suspect who tampered with the machine is described as a brown haired short and stocky white male with a goatee in his 20’s who was wearing glasses, a black ball cap, a gray hoodie and black pants. The second suspect was a tall, thin light colored white male in his 20’s who was wearing a ball cap, a black Air Jordan hoodie and black pants. Anyone who can provide information is asked to contact police.

Hobby Town USA Theft

State College police are investigating a theft at Hobby Town USA. The incident allegedly occurred on April 16 when 2 white males entered the store at separate times between 7:10 and 7:15. One of the males took a remote control helicopter valued at $470.00 while the other suspect distracted the store clerk. The man who distracted the clerk was described as a large, heavy set white male over 6 feet tall with close shaved hair, possibly gray with a goatee. The second suspect who fled the store was described as a thin average height white male who was wearing a two toned ball cap, white sunglasses, a dark colored Penn State Hooded sweatshirt with a Penn State emblem on the left chest and left arm sleeve, and baggie colored jeans. He was last seen running toward the Benner Pike Walmart. Anyone with information is asked to contact State College Police.

PSU Applications Up

Applications to attend Penn State are up. University President Rodney Erickson says the school is on pace to receive around 120,000 applications for the 2014-15 school year, with about 81,000 of the applications being undergraduates. The number of applications is about 10,000 more than last year.