If the obnoxious alumni and the multitude of scandals isn’t enough to turn off Penn State University, this idiotic decision may push you off the cliff.
The Penn State Outing Club, originally founded in 1920, announced last week that the university will no longer allow the club to organize outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester. The hiking, camping and other outdoors-focused activities the student-led club has long engaged in are too risky, the university’s offices of Student Affairs and Risk Management determined.
Richard Waltz, the Outing Club’s current president, said that the decision was made by an office that never consulted them.
The decision was based on a two-month review that didn’t include consultation with student leaders at any of the clubs deemed too risky.
In fairness, who joins to Outing Club to go outdoors?
Two other outdoor recreation clubs — the spelunking Nittany Grotto Caving Club and the Nittany Divers SCUBA Club — also have been directed to end trip offerings.
For their part, the SCUBA Club will now conduct their business in plastic toddler pools.
Penn State conducted a “proactive risk assessment” not based on any previous participant injuries, according to Powers. She said Outing Club activities were rated high risk because they take place in remote environments with poor cell service and distance from emergency services.
In essence, the rocket surgeons at Penn State hired a group of ambulance-chasing lawyers and asked then how the university could avoid future suits. This was their well thought-out, practical idea. Bravo, Penn State; you are insuring the financial security of the university for years to come.