American campus culture has its darker side exposed

The world of US college sports has been rocked by a pair of horrific scandals, writes Niall Stanage in Washington DC.

14th July, 2012
American campus culture has its darker side exposed
Jerry Sandusky (centre), the former Penn State assistant gridiron coach, leaves court in Pennsylvania after being convicted of child sex abuse last month. Photo: Getty

The culture of America's universities is under intense scrutiny after two major scandals dominated the headlines last week.

In one, a sex abuse case, a famous college is accused of allowing reverence for sporting success to stand in the way of justice. In the other, the initiation rite known as "hazing" is under scrutiny in the aftermath of a 26-year-old student being beaten to death by his peers.

The bigger of the current scandals has...

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