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Local Penn State Alumni are still trying to absorb the punishment handed down against their school. But they are convinced some good will come out of this and Penn State will survive any long term damage to its reputation.

The president of the Penn State alumni association’s Houston Chapter Jen Lemanski says she is still trying to process the impact of the sanctions against her school. Lemanski says, “I don’t know. I am very conflicted on it, you know. Obviously people felt like something had to happen and this is what has happened and so I am conflicted on it.”

Among the sanctions imposed by the NCAA, Penn state was slapped with $60 million in fines, and its football team is banned from post-season play for four years.

This after an investigation found former coach Joe Paterno and several other top officials at Penn State stayed quiet about the accusations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky who was later convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Lemanski says she is convinced Penn State will prevail over this painful chapter. “You know Penn State is more than just four or five individuals. It’s the 95,000 current students. It’s the 550,000 living alumni. We are going to keep moving forward. I am still a proud Penn Stater. I am very proud of the education that I received there.”

She adds she is glad to know that the $60 million dollar in fines levied against Penn State will be used to help victims of sexual abuse.

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