[Rushtalk] Penn State's 98-Year-Old Outing Club Is No Longer Allowed to Go Outside

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Thu May 3 09:51:23 MDT 2018


I can't help but think this started because the name "outing club" was misunderstood by some snow flake.    Tom
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Dennis Putnam <dap1 at bellsouth.net> wrote:

>No but all the buildings, inside and out, and their contents have been
>coated with nerf. Going up and down the stairs is problematic but no one
>falling is getting hurt. The next project under consideration is nerf
>coating the sidewalks, landscaping and ground. The football stadium is
>up for debate so they are considering ending all sports except chess and
>bridge. However there is some question about putting all that stress on
>participants.
>
>On 5/3/2018 11:19 AM, Tom Matiska wrote:
>> Did the school properly evaluate the dangers of cell phones???   
>> Brain cancer? vision damage? distracted driving and walking?    Tom
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 11:39 AM, Carl Spitzer {C Juno}
>> <cwsiv at juno.com> wrote:
>>
>>
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>>     *Penn State's 98-Year-Old Outing Club Is No Longer Allowed to Go
>>     Outside
>>     <http://reason.com/blog/2018/04/22/penn-state-outing-club-safety>*
>>     *"Student safety in any activity is our primary focus."*
>>
>> Lenore Skenazy <http://reason.com/people/lenore-skenazy/all>|Apr. 22,
>> 2018 4:50 pm
>>
>>
>> OutdoorsAndor Bujdoso / DreamstimeWhat's more dangerous: rugby, or a
>> walk in the woods? At Pennsylvania State University, the
>> administrators apparently think it's the latter.
>>
>> The student "Outing Club," which has gone backpacking, kayaking, and
>> hiking in state parks over the course of its 98-year-existence, will
>> no longer be allowed to host outdoor events after administrators
>> conducted a risk assessment, according to /The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
>> <http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/04/18/Penn-state-university-ends-Outing-Club-trips/stories/201804180168?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook>./
>>
>> "The types of activities in which [Penn State Outing Club] engages are
>> above the university's threshold of acceptable risk for recognized
>> student organizations," according to an official announcement.
>>
>>
>> A key issue for administrators was that the Outing Club frequently
>> visit locations with poor cell phone coverage. This wasn't an issue
>> during the Coolidge administration, but now that cell phones exist,
>> students are apparently expected to remain glued to them at all times.
>>
>> "Student safety in any activity is our primary focus," Lisa Powers, a
>> Penn State spokeswoman, told /The Post-Gazette./
>>
>> And yet the treasurer of the Outing Club said that he hadn't heard of
>> any injuries sustained on club outings in recent years.
>>
>> Leslie Demmert, the angry alum who alerted me to this travesty, said
>> in an email:
>>
>>     Students can still play field hockey, rugby, and football at Penn
>>     State..but they can no longer enjoy a cave or go scuba diving or
>>     even make an outdoor adventure under the guidance of trained
>>     student leaders at Penn State. Why? It's too dangerous to be out
>>     of cell phone range. I'm an alumna ('71, Liberal Arts) and I'm
>>     furious that Penn State administration allows indoor activities
>>     but has hobbled healthy, outdoor leadership and controlled
>>     risk-taking opportunities.
>>
>>     Where are people supposed to learn to try new things if not in
>>     college? How will they learn new adventures and outdoor recreation
>>     if they aren't supported?
>>
>>     Penn State wants to be more than a football school. How about they
>>     reconsider this shortsighted decision on organizations that have
>>     proven themselves to be safe and inexpensive, financially and
>>     emotionally, for over half a century?
>>
>>
>> /The Post-Gazette/'s Don Hopey reports that the administration is
>> hoping to reform the Outing Club into some kind of movie-watching club:
>>
>>     Ms. Powers said meetings between the Outing Club's student leaders
>>     and the university are "ongoing" about the club's future role on
>>     campus.
>>
>>     Those talks are focused on the possibility of "forming a different
>>     kind of club," [current club president Richard] Waltz said, one
>>     that still holds film festivals and hosts speakers, but can no
>>     longer lead students on walks in the woods.
>>
>>
>> Maybe they can take virtual reality walks in a padded room—provided
>> there's cell service.
>>
>>
>> Photo Credit: Andor Bujdoso / Dreamstime
>>
>>
>>
>> Lenore Skenazy is founder of the book
>> <http://www.amazon.com/Free-Range-Raise-Self-Reliant-Children-Without/dp/0470574755/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337083860&sr=8-1>
>> and blog <http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/> /Free-Range
>> Kids/,//and president of the nonprofit Let Grow <https://letgrow.org/>.
>>
>> http://reason.com/blog/2018/04/22/penn-state-outing-club-safety
>>
>>
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