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Jul 28, 2003, 07:17 AM
My Opinion
Students should demand stricter punishments for sexual assaulters

There have been three incidents this summer of sexual assault, and all of them have gone unsolved. It is amazing that the police have so few leads about the assaults that have occurred this summer. Were there really no witnesses? When things like this happen, silence can be just as violent as the crime.

For those of you who liken this column to a broken record playing, sit and think for a minute. Most statistics say that one out of four college women will be raped. That one woman could be your girlfriend, your sister, or your best friend.

If you type in "Anwar Phillips" in Yahoo's search engine, quite a few results will appear. Graham Spanier's words on the incident are well-documented on the Internet, as is Joe Paterno's silence. One link that shows up is a tracker of Phillips' play for the 2003 school year. Obviously, there are zeroes across the board, and if Penn State University is as just as it claims to be, his standings will remain that way.

When the ugly truth came out in April that the nickleback had admitted to assaulting a woman, the general response from students wasn't nearly as outraged as it should have been.

Phillips was slapped on the wrist with a two-semester expulsion, and has the opportunity to return to Penn State in the fall.

If he does return, his punishment includes missing ZERO football games. It is an embarrassment to the university that our "just" judicial system would allow this to happen.

And since the occurrence, nothing has been done. Phillips won't speak to the press, Paterno still won't comment and an alleged sexual assaulter can come back to PSU in the fall. Granted, he hasn't been convicted in court yet, but shouldn't anyone who has allegedly done this type of crime be forced away from here until he is or isn't?

Every time a woman is raped at Penn State, the same response occurs: how terrible, we must find the perpetrators, etc.

A very nice woman on the line from Judicial Affairs explained to me that the reason the expulsion is for two semesters and not permanent is because a more severe punishment might keep victims silent. A lot of victims don't want their assaulter's life to be greatly affected. Instead they would like them to get counseling.

That answer made more sense to me than anything I have heard before, but I, for one, have a hard time understanding why someone who admitted that he assaulted a woman is allowed back on this campus. The leaders of this school would like us to believe that they are very dedicated to making this campus as safe as possible. Ah, but the shepherds are willing to let alleged wolves frolic in the pasture.

Since this school thinks that it is okay to let someone like Anwar Phillips back into the university, maybe we should all be very educated about how to respond in case someone like him attacks someone like you.

From what people say, the State College Police Department is excellent when it comes to rape cases.

They are sensitive toward the victim, and they are very thorough in their investigation.

There are a number of resources on campus available for people who have been assaulted such as the Center for Women Students, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and, of course, University Health Services.

Not enough students use the assets we have. The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is our mouth to an organization such as Judicial Affairs. If you are interested in seeing a rule changed, don't just sit there- do something about it.

Let USG know how you feel, and if they do their job correctly, your voice will be heard. Do you want harsher penalties for sexual assaulters? Then tell your student representatives -- demand that they fight for a change.

All lines of communication at this school need to be used more often. I found that by making one phone call, a lot of my questions were answered, and my opinion was even changed.

You all need to get more involved too. This is your school, your money, your blue and white.

I'm sure none of us want the blue and white to be donned by an alleged sexual assaulter.

Loren Ferguson is a senior majoring in English and is a Daily Collegian columnist. Her e-mail address is [email protected].
Main / PSU Professor a murderer
Jul 28, 2003, 07:13 AM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (July 26) - Last month, Penn State University officials
learned something about professor Paul Krueger that wasn't on his resume -
he is on parole for a triple murder committed in Texas nearly 40 years ago.

The university knew nothing about Krueger's conviction until late last
month, when the Pennsylvania Bureau of Probation and Parole contacted the
university, spokesman Bill Mahon said Friday.

"We're in shock to find out some of the details, and we're still looking
into it," Mahon said. "We've never had a situation like this before."

Mahon said the university doesn't require prospective faculty members to
report their criminal backgrounds.

But it may soon be a moot point. A spokesman for National University in
California confirmed that Krueger had accepted a teaching job there, and
Texas parole officials said they already were working on that move.

"We are, as a matter of fact, to meet with him at our headquarters here
today to do some of that paperwork," said Kathy Shallcross, deputy director
of Texas' parole division said Friday.

Hoyt Smith, spokesman for National University, the La Jolla-based college
where Krueger will be associate professor of business, said officials were
shocked to learn of the conviction from a reporter Friday, but that it
wouldn't necessarily affect his employment.

"He had excellent credentials. He came highly recommended from Penn State,"
Smith said.

Krueger, who has been at Penn State for four years, has no telephone listing
in the State College area. He did not immediately respond to an e-mail from
The Associated Press.

In 1965, when he was 18, Krueger and a 16-year-old friend, left San
Clemente, Calif. The two passed through Texas and rented a motor boat hoping
to travel to Venezuela, where they intended to become "soldiers of fortune,"
according to a 1979 story in the Austin American-Statesman.

Along the Intracoastal Waterway near Corpus Christi, they encountered a
fishing boat with a crew of three, John Fox, 38; Noel Little, 50; and Van
Carson, 40. As night fell on April 12, 1965, all five went to shore and put
in for the night.

For reasons Krueger never made public, he shot the three fishermen that
night, unloading 40 bullets into their bodies. Sam Jones, then the district
attorney for Nueces County, later referred to the shooting as "the most
heinous crime in the history of the Gulf Coast."

Krueger pleaded guilty in 1966 to three counts of murder and was sentenced
to three life terms, to be served concurrently.

Corrections officials described Krueger as a model inmate. He earned his
diploma and an associate's degree, volunteered with alcohol and drug
rehabilitation programs and reported for the prison newspaper.

Two parole commissioners, in 1977, called Krueger, "probably the most
exceptional inmate" in the entire state. "There is nothing further he can do
to rehabilitate himself," they said. Two years later, he was paroled to West
Covina, Calif., where he enrolled in graduate school.

Krueger's academic credentials are unquestioned - he graduated summa cum
laude from Sam Houston State University, going on to earn a master's degree
from California State University-Los Angeles, a Ph.D. in sociology from
South Dakota State University and an Ed.D. from the University of Southern

He was a visiting professor at Idaho State University and held a
tenure-track position at Augustana College in South Dakota before coming to
Penn State, where Krueger was director of the Institute for Research in
Training and Development, teaching mostly graduate courses and studying
employee training programs.

Some of his previous employers expressed surprise when learning of Krueger's

"I'm sitting here thunderstruck. I'm virtually speechless," said Anne
Oppegard, chairwoman of the business department at Augustana. "I'm
practically stuttering I'm so dumbfounded."

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