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Brown reconsiders Paterno award

November 16, 2011

In the wake of the child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, Brown University is reconsidering its annual Joe Paterno ’50 award.

Paterno, a Brown graduate, was recently ousted as head of the Penn State football program. He has been accused of failing to report allegations that an assistant coach was molesting children.

Brown gives out the “Paterno” award annually to a first-year male student for excellence in athletics. University officials say they are watching the fallout from the abuse scandal carefully to decide the best course of action.

“The situation at Penn State is still relatively new and unsettled,” writes Brown Spokeswoman Marisa Quinn in an email. “We will be paying attention to the situation as it unfolds to inform how to best address the matter of the named award here at Brown.”

Art Joukowsky, chairman of the Brown University Sports Foundation, which raises money to support athletics, tells The Associated Press he doesn’t want the school to abandon Paterno.

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