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Ann Arbor, Michigan

BIG TEN FOOTBALL
Paterno fired
amid scandal
after 46 years
at Penn State

Football coach and
Penn State president
dismissed from
positions last night
By STEPHEN J. NESBITT
Daily Sports Editor
The Penn State Board of
Trustees fired legendary foot-
ball coach Joe Paterno and Penn
State University President Gra-
ham Spanier amid a sex abuse
scandal.
At 10:14 p.m. yesterday, the
Board of Trustees announced
in an unanimous decision the
immediate dismissal of Spanier
and Paterno.
"Joe Paterno is no longer the
head coach, effective immediate-
ly," said Vice Chair of the Board
of Trustees John P. Surma.
The 84-year-old Paterno had
led the Nittany Lions since 1966
- he was both the longest-ten-
ured and winningest coach in
college football history.
The announcement came in
the wake of a sex abuse scan-
dal that has centered around an
ongoing investigation into for-
mer Penn State defensive coor-

dinator Jerry Sandusky's alleged
abuse of young boys in his Sec-
ond Mile nonprofit organization.
Paterno was reportedly was
made aware of a situation involv-
ing Sandusky and a young boy
in the showers at the Penn State
football facility nine years ago. A
graduate assistant notified Pater-
no, and Paterno gave the report
to Penn State Athletic Director
Tim Curley, saying the gradu-
ate assistant had seen Sandusky
"fondling or doing something of
a sexual nature to the boy."
Sandusky was told not to bring
any more children from the Sec-
ond Mile to campus. That was
the only action taken.
"I am absolutely devastated by
the developments in this case,"
Paterno said in a statement
released Wednesday. "I grieve
for the children and their fami-
lies, and I pray for their comfort
and relief.
"This is a tragedy. It is one
of the great sorrows of my life.
With the benefit of hindsight, I
wish I had done more."
The Board of Trustee's deci-
sion came 12 hours after Paterno
released a statement stating his
intentions to retire after the sea-
son, which would allow him to
See PATERNO, Page SA

Republican presidential candidates former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum, left, Rep. Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Mans. Gnv. Mitt
Romney, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, before a debate at Oakland University last night.
GOP hopefuls discuss,
economy, student debt

Presidential
candidates debate at
Oakland University
By HALEY GLATTHORN
Daily StaffReporter
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Slated
to focus on economic issues, the
Republican presidential primary
debate last night encompassed

a wide range of topics including
international affairs, health care
and the federal student loan pro-
gram.
The debate, held at Oakland
University, featured GOP candi-
dates former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney, former Speaker of
the House Newt Gingrich, U.S.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-
Minn.), former Utah Gov. Jon
Huntsman, Herman Cain, Texas
Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Rep. Ron

Paul (R-Texas) and U.S. Sen. Rick
Santorum (R-Penn.).
When answering the debate's
opening question, all the can-
didates hesitated to promote
financial support for Europe's
struggling economy. Cain and
Romney expressed a desire to
focus on supporting the domestic
economy over offering interna-
tional economic aid. Romney dis-
cussed his seemingly two-sided
record offavoringabailoutforthe

Detroit auto industry in2008 and
then later retracting his support.
"I care about this state and
about auto industrylike - Iguess
like no one else on this stage,"
Romney said. "My view with
regards to the bailout was that
whether it wasby President Bush
or by President Obama, it was the
wrong way to go. I said from the
very beginning they should go
through a managed bankruptcy
See DEBATE, Page 5A

GRADUATE STUDIES
Students
serve on
nonprofit
*boards
Board Fellowship
allows students to
apply skills to real
world experience
By PAIGE PEARCY
Daily StaffReporter
As a board member for the
Salvation Army's Eastern Mich-
igan Division, University alum
Tammie Jones has the oppor-
tunity to contribute to strategic
company decisions.
Jones attends meetings,
works on projects and offers her
views on issues for the regional
branch of the national organi-
zation. However, unlike many
of the other board members,
Jones earned her first position
on the board as a Board Fellow
while pursuing her MBA at the
" University. Jones served with
a group of fellow graduate stu-
dents who participated in the
competitive Board Fellowship
See NONPROFITS, Page 5A

GOL GAPPA GAME FACE

STATE LEGISLATION
Anti-bullying bill
causes contention

House is rewriting
bill to remove
controversial clause
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily StaffReporter
State Rep. Rick Jones (R-
Grand Ledge) is familiar with
the troubles of bullied youth.
His son, he said, was "pushed
around" and tormented by bul-
lies during his middle and high
school years, and the grand-
daughter of one of his close
former colleagues commit-

ted suicide after being bullied
throughout high school.
Jones said those experiences
inspired him to sponsor an anti-
bullying bill, which has raised
controversy after a state caucus
attorney added a provision to
the bill prohibiting schools from
giving punishments as a result of
bullying in the form of "a state-
ment of a sincerely held religious
belief or moral conviction of a
school employee, school volun-
teer, pupil or a pupil's parent or
guardian."
The clause, some legislators
say, condones and even authoriz-
See BILL, Page 5A

Students participate in an eating contest during Gol Gappa Night sponsored by the Punjabi Student Organization in
Mason Hall yesterday.

UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY
'U' begins project to improve cell phone service in buildings

Increased coverage
expected to be
complete in 2013
By KATIE BURKE
Daily StaffReporter
Campus community mem-
bers may become more closely
connected due to a new Univer-

sity effort to improve cell phone
service.
Over the next two years,
University Information and
Technology Services will work
with cell phone providers like
Verizon to improve cell phone
reception in University build-
ings, Michigan Stadium and
the University Hospital. After a
successful trial in five buildings
on North Campus, permanent

installation of cellular tech-
nology started this month and
is expected to be completed in
2013.
Andrew Palms, executive
director of Communications
Systems and Data Centers at
the University, said the change
is due to complaints about poor
cell phone coverage on campus.
"A couple of years ago, it
became clear we had a number

of places that did not have good
coverage ..." Palms said. "We
decided it was time to do some-
thing about it."
The project aims to provide
service in more buildings and
increase the number of mobile
devices the service area can
handle, according to Palms.
"In (Michigan) Stadium on
a Monday, there's great cover-
age," Palms said. "The problem

is capacity. If you have 10 peo-
ple in the stadium it's fine, but
100,000 is a problem."
According to Paul Killey,
executive director of informa-
tion technology at the College
of Engineering, the college is
highly interested in the project
and volunteered to be part of
the trial.
"The College of Engineering,
See CELL PHONE, Page 2A

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