Category Archives: Penn State

WHAT HAPPENED TO JOE PATERNO AND WHAT CAN WE LEARN? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

November 2011 — Penn State University fired Joe Paterno for his part in the Sandusky child abuse scandal coverup. January 2, 2012 — Joe Paterno died at the age of 85 of lung cancer, stripped of all wins from 1998 … Continue reading

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WHAT DOES A PSYCHIATRIST THINK OF THE REDUCTION IN NCAA SANCTIONS AGAINST PENN STATE? by Art Smukler, author, psychiatrist, and Penn Stater

On September 24th, 2013, NCAA president, Mark Emmert increased the number of football scholarships that Penn State can offer student athletes. The fact that the university’s governing body has complied with everything asked of it is the alleged reason for … Continue reading

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WHY ARE PENN STATE AND BILL O’BRIEN CHANGING THOUSANDS OF LIVES? By Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

The vision of the Sandusky horror is almost too much to fathom — a sexual predator allowed access to a hallowed sports facility because the men in power just couldn’t and wouldn’t systematically investigate one of their own. Disgrace to … Continue reading

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WHAT DOES A PSYCHIATRIST SAY TO PENN STATE PLACE KICKER SAM FICKEN, WHO MISSED 4 FIELD GOALS? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Sam Ficken missed 4 field goal attempts and had an extra-point kick blocked in Penn State’s game against Virginia. What would I say to this young  freshman? There’s another game next week! Really, Sam, it’s just a game. Think of all the … Continue reading

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HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM? by Art Smukler author and psychiatrist

Dealing with an elephant in the room can be very challenging. Fear, guilt and political incorrectness, are the main reasons why we avoid pointing out what’s sitting right there in front of us. My father’s a violent drunk, and he’ll … Continue reading

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WHY DO BOYS NEED TO FIGHT? by Art Smukler MD

Can’t we teach reason? Get together and softly hum kumbaya? Our educators try, but how do you reason with a 16-year-old who has identified with his violent, alcoholic father and now is the father? How do you reason with a … Continue reading

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I KNOW WHAT HEROES ARE MADE OF… by Art Smukler MD

In horrific detail, we learned from the Joe Paterno nightmare that having the most victories in college football can become meaningless. The McCourts taught us that tons of money and greed are just wrong. Donald Trump made it clear that … Continue reading

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GOODBYE, JOE PATERNO; THE MYTH OF A HERO, by Art Smukler MD

It was a strange morning. A good friend posted on my Facebook wall, “Is Joe Paterno still your hero?” How can someone be my hero when he allowed a sexual predator to go free? Then I dressed for my morning … Continue reading

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JAY PATERNO; HIS OWN KIND OF HERO, Art Smukler MD

What’s it like to live in the shadow of a controversial icon? To work for the icon, to be compared to him, to be accused of getting a job because of nepotism, to be told that he should leave and … Continue reading

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JOE PATERNO IS MY HERO, by Art Smukler MD

Listening with the Third Ear (using intuition and a sixth sense to intuit what’s really going on in the minds and hearts of my patients) also applies to me. Sitting in Starbucks this morning, I began to wonder what I … Continue reading

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