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#1 User is offline   Gertie Keddle 

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 06:50 PM


Penn State's 98-Year-Old Outing Club Is No Longer Allowed to Go Outside

"Student safety in any activity is our primary focus."

Lenore Skenazy|Apr. 22, 2018 4:50 pm
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What's more dangerous: rugby, or a walk in the woods? At Pennsylvania State University, the administrators apparently think it's the latter.

The student "Outing Club," which has gone backpacking, kayaking, and hiking in state parks over the course of its 98-year-existence, will no longer be allowed to host outdoor events after administrators conducted a risk assessment, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"The types of activities in which [Penn State Outing Club] engages are above the university's threshold of acceptable risk for recognized student organizations," according to an official announcement.

A key issue for administrators was that the Outing Club frequently visit locations with poor cell phone coverage. This wasn't an issue during the Coolidge administration, but now that cell phones exist, students are apparently expected to remain glued to them at all times.

"Student safety in any activity is our primary focus," Lisa Powers, a Penn State spokeswoman, told The Post-Gazette.

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The Post-Gazette's Don Hopey reports that the administration is hoping to reform the Outing Club into some kind of movie-watching club:

Ms. Powers said meetings between the Outing Club's student leaders and the university are "ongoing" about the club's future role on campus.

Those talks are focused on the possibility of "forming a different kind of club," [current club president Richard] Waltz said, one that still holds film festivals and hosts speakers, but can no longer lead students on walks in the woods.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 06:51 PM

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:04 PM

I read the whole article, expecting a punchline. There wasn't one.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:12 PM

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:43 PM

Seems to me it's 'riskier' being indoors at Penn State.
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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:55 PM

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:32 PM

Did they make them get rid of the monkey bars, merry-go-rounds and teeter totters too? Nice wood chips under their movie seats? I'm sure no popcorn in case of chocking.
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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:51 PM

View PostUSNRETWIFE, on 22 April 2018 - 10:32 PM, said:

Did they make them get rid of the monkey bars, merry-go-rounds and teeter totters too? Nice wood chips under their movie seats? I'm sure no popcorn in case of chocking.

No, but I expect this photo is from their athletics department:

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 12:31 AM

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 03:40 AM

In other words, liability.

Trial lawyers, again.
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Posted 23 April 2018 - 06:25 AM

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 03:19 PM

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