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Penn State president meets with NYC alumni, aims to calm community angry at Paterno firing
Penn State President Rodney Erickson is facing university alumni for the third time in as many days.
Erickson opened his final town hall in New York on Friday night. About 300 people packed a hotel ballroom in lower Manhattan. He previously made stops in Pittsburgh and suburban Philadelphia, answering questions from the audience in sometimes heated exchanges.
Erickson is trying to repair the school's image after the child molestation charges filed against former football assistant Jerry Sandusky. The scandal led to the ouster of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, a frequent topic of questions at the earlier town halls.
The 67-year-old Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He maintains his innocence and remains out on $250,000 bail while awaiting trial.