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Penn State Has Record Donations During Sandusky Scandal

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- During one of the most difficult and scandal scarred years on record for Penn State University, donations poured into the school from a record number of donors.

The Nittany Lions raised more than $208 million during the 2011-2012 school year, even as former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged and convicted with molesting children on campus property, former head football coach Joe Paterno was fired, former president Graham Spanier resigned, and athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Shultz were criminally charged with perjury and failing to report sex abuse.

The amount raised was the second highest in Penn State’s history, but the number of individual donors was higher in 2011-2012 than any time before in Penn State’s history. More than 190,000 donors gave money to the school. Penn State said the record numbers showed that “donors remain connected to and strongly invested in Penn State.”

“We are grateful to the scores of donors who, through incredibly difficult circumstances, have supported our students and our institution in record numbers,” Vice President Rodney Kirsch wrote in an online statement.

The child sex abuse scandal rattled the university, causing a student riot the night that Paterno was fired in November 2011. Outraged alumni demanded that the Board of Trustees resign over their decision to fire the legendary coach, who was accused by the state attorney general’s office of not doing enough to stop Sandusky after he was told about an alleged sex abuse incident in 2001.

Multiple investigations were launched into how the university handled the sexual abuse allegations and why they were never reported to police, including a federal criminal investigation, a federal Department of Education investigation, a NCAA investigation, and an internal investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

The results of Freeh’s investigation are expected to be released this week.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Lady Gaga Attends Obama Fundraising Event

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(ATHERTON, Calif.) -- Lady Gaga was among the guests at a $35,800 per couple Obama fundraiser Sunday night at the home of Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and David Goldberg in Atherton, Calif.

At the event, which took place under a tent in Sandberg’s yard, a source said Gaga asked a question during the Q&A session. She first thanked the president for what he’s accomplished, then read from what she said was a letter from a fan about the suicide of another fan who had been subjected to bullying.

She thanked Obama for hosting his anti-bullying conference with Michelle Obama, and then made a general plea to everyone in the room, including the president, to do what they can to prevent bullying.

Obama thanked her, spoke about his administration’s anti-bullying campaign, and then more generally about the importance of values and who we are as Americans.

Before the dinner, Gaga came through the photo line with her manager. She and Obama reportedly spoke for two minutes, with many others in the room.

Gaga’s attendance at the fundraising event comes after the singer tweeted that she would be meeting the president and intended to discuss youth bullying with him in relation to the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old student who took his own life last week after years of bullying.

“I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey,” the singer posted to twitter.

Gaga dedicated the song “Hair” to Rodemeyer at the iHeartRadio Festival this weekend in Las Vegas. The performance included a video tribute to Rodemeyer.

Earlier in the week, the pop singer, who Rodemeyer idolized, spoke out about the situation via twitter: “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life.”

She added, “Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime.”

Rodemeyer took his life on Sept. 18. In his final Twitter message he referenced Lady Gaga, writing “thank you for all you have done.”

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