Students: Scandal is at Penn State, not Penn

November 9, 2011 11:26:42 AM PST
University of Pennsylvania students are upset with The New York Times for confusing their school with scandal-plagued Penn State.

Some print editions of Wednesday's newspaper include the headline "Personal Foul at Penn" for a Maureen Dowd column that actually blasts Penn State. The column's last line refers to "Penn scoundrels."

Penn State, not Penn, is engulfed in allegations that a former assistant football coach sexually abused children. Students at the Penn blog "Under the Button" are demanding an apology from Dowd and the paper.

The Times did not return a request for comment, though corrections have been made online.

Penn is a private, Ivy League school in Philadelphia founded by Benjamin Franklin. Penn State is a land-grant institution 150 miles away in State College that receives some public funds.


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