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Televisions at PSU student center switched away from Freeh Report

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

On Thursday morning, Judge Louis Freeh released his report on the special investigation of Penn State's actions regarding Jerry Sandusky. A group of Penn State students gathered in the school's student center to watch the announcement, only they never got the chance.

According to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the televisions in the Penn State student center suddenly switched to public access television once Freeh was about to speak.

Most were hoping that the report, part of a seven-month probe by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, would exonerate legendary football coach Joe Paterno.

But, just as an anchor was ready to speak about the report, the television screens suddenly went blank. They then turned to a public access channel featuring a reporter from The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown about the state budget.

The students and alumni in the room tried to change the channel back to the Freeh report, but couldn't. When they approached the student working at the main desk they were told that a university employee was in charge of what was shown on the televisions and that they were in a meeting and couldn't be reached.

Update: Doug Dooling, a reporter for student news publication Onward State, reported that a student center employee switched the televisions at his request to a channel which was more certain to carry the Freeh press conference.

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