My School is More than a Scandal

My School is More than a Scandal

These scandals do not define our school's credibility. We do.


As Ohio State's allegations against former sports doctor, Richard Strauss, where over 100 former students have come forward saying he sexually assaulted them during examinations have arose, I wanted our schools to ban together to help make these situations stop defining our schools and show some ways that can help us through the position we're in.

My school, Michigan State University, went through hell last year when it was revealed that former Michigan State University and Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar had sexually assaulted more than 140 girls during his career. Our entire school's credibility went down the drain because we're known for Nassar and his crimes.

The news didn't point out all the good things about Michigan State, like how we had the largest freshmen class in the Big 10 with over 8,400 students. Or MSU's academic accomplishments, like how our supply chain management and logistics undergraduate major is number one in the country and we have eight number one graduate majors in the country including our elementary and secondary education which have been number one for 24 years straight.

The news also didn't mention any of our successful athletic seasons like football, where our team was ranked number 16 and won the Holiday Bowl against number 18 Washington State. Or our soccer team, who were ranked number four in their conference and has made it to the elite eight five years in a row. Or our basketball team who was ranked number one multiple times during their season and ultimately ended up ranking third in the March Madness tournament. They also had two people drafted into the NBA, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges. Or even our women's golf team who were NCAA Big 10 Champions this past year.

Finally, the news missed out on all that we did to support the victims of Larry Nassar. We had protests to fire our president and the Board of Trustees who hired Larry Nassar in the first place. We held many events that helped fundraise for sexual assault awareness programs. We covered our school with teal ribbons to show the world that we care deeply for the victims. Teachers, athletic coaches and students showed their support with pin-on teal ribbons they wore every day. And we watched 141 women stand on the ESPY's stage and accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for telling their stories and putting Nassar behind bars.

What the news did talk about is how our past president, Lou Ann Simon, knew about Larry Nassar and didn't tell anyone else who could've stopped his cruel actions. She later resigned as president and interim president John Engler took her place; might I mention he hasn't stepped up at all to change people's perspective on the university? They talked about how Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo should resign because of their silence on the topic, even though Dantonio expressed multiple times how sad he felt for the victims and Izzo personally called the victims to share his apologies and support. ESPN never missed a chance to bring up Larry Nassar's connection to Michigan State and how our athletics "deserved and should presently have the death penalty." It brought up an allegation against three football players but forgot to mention that Dantonio let them go immediately after the allegations were made. It also made a big deal about how Miles Bridge's mother went to lunch with a NBA scout and the scout paid for the meal, despite the fact that other players are accepting thousands of dollars to be illegally recruited and are not getting the slightest bit of attention. ESPN continued to try and demolish every little bit of Michigan State University's reputation.

Penn State University had similar encounters in 2012 with the Sandusky Child Sex Scandal when Jerry Sandusky was arrested for 52 counts of child molestation during his summer camp, "The Second Mile." Penn State's reputation is forever marked with the pedophile's name and history even though their school is so much more than that. Since then, Penn State has been in a state of rebuilding their reputation and bringing attention to their new school's accomplishments. Penn State is ranked as one of the top schools for science in undergraduate and graduate majors with geology tied for first place nationally and environmental science and geochemistry are ranked second nationally as of 2015.

So as Ohio State begins to face these charges, students need to understand that these sick people do not define you or your academic establishment. Be ready to defend your school when people ask how your school is dealing with the Richard Strauss situation whenever you mention that you go to Ohio State. Be supportive of the victims because they deserve so much respect for being able to come forward about this dark time in their lives. Also, do whatever you can to get the people responsible for this tragedy out of power. Have protests and speak your mind because you as a student have the power to change the future.

Popular Right Now

I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Why You Should Attend The University of South Florida

Why The University of South Florida is the best school to go to.


Now before anyone says anything, yes I know I am biased. That's the whole point! The University of South Florida is truly an amazing institution. The campus is big, but not overwhelming. Trees and plants cover the grounds and create a very peaceful feel as you walk around campus. The buildings are modern looking, our facilities are advanced, and there is a sense of openness to the layout of everything. there are no confined or small areas, the whole campus is an open floorplan.

Additionally, the diversity rate of USF is incredibly high. there are people from all areas of life that come here and join the herd. We are unique in the sense that you never truly know who you'll run into as you go around campus. I have not had one negative interaction with anyone on campus. People are open-minded and allow you to be yourself. There is a constant feeling of kindness in the air, and not just from students. The professors are caring, the staff members are kind, and the janitorial staff members are some of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. You are always met with a smile.

USF also is in a great city, Tampa! There is so much to do in close proximity to the school. It's really quite amazing everything you can do. Down the street is Busch Gardens, across the street is MOSI, and Universal and Disney are only an hour drive East! There are also multiple restaurants around and shopping centers as well. the campus is clean, safe, inviting, and so much more. And if that wasn't enough to convince you, we also have our very own Publix! You cannot get much better than that!

Overall, USF is an amazing school that has amazing opportunities. If you are unsure of where to go, I would recommend coming up and taking a tour here. I absolutely love this school. GO BULLS!

Related Content

Facebook Comments