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Group continues to push for more PSU records to be released

Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Since the Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked Penn State, many, including the school's alumni, have been pushing for the university to become more transparent and release records and background information about the school and particularly the board of trustees.

Penn State officials said they are becoming more transparent, but others are calling for still more information to be made public.

Ryan Bagwell, a 2002 graduate, is leading an ongoing battle with the school to see more documents regarding the Sandusky scandal, the Freeh Report and trustee notes and correspondence.

"The key is to keep at it, don't back down, and eventually you will prevail," Bagwell said.

Penn State is now releasing a summary of individual conflict of interest forms pertaining to the trustee members, which document personal business they have with the university. The release comes following changes to the trustee bylaws to release the conflict of interest reports.

Despite the releases, Bagwell and others have filed a series of right to know requests for more PSU documents and the school, in some cases, is increasing their push to keep some documents private.

"For the first time in two years, Penn State has got involved in trying to block access to some of these records," Bagwell said. "So it certainly marks a different part of the battle and it should be very interesting to see what happens."

Bagwell has raised close to $15,000 to help pay legal bills tied to his right to know requests.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times