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November 15, 2011

NEW - Penn State students create crisis response team

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State students say are working together to help the State College community move forward after sexual-abuse allegations and concerns over a possible cover-up have rocked the area.

Stuart Shapiro, a graduate assistant in the Institute for the Study of Business Markets, is a driving force behind the Student/University Crisis Response Team.

“We aim to create a team of both students and administrators who can work across departments toward the same goal,” Shapiro said in an email sent out today. “For example, the Business and Communications schools could have been handling PR and Marketing while the Psychology and Social Work schools could have worked on grief counseling for students and families.”

The group, which also sponsored the “blue out” campaign for last week’s football game against Nebraska, has created a Facebook page to help distribute information after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on charges that he sexually abused eight boys, some on campus.

Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President Gary Schultz have been charged with perjury since then and President Graham Spanier and head football coach Joe Paterno have been ousted.

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