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    Penn State says wilderness is too risky

    Its short enough I can place the whole article here. Clearly our universities are intent on producing snowflakes. So I guess the Outdoor Recreation Club will just watch slide shows. How pitiful.

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University says it has banned its near-century-old outdoor recreation club from going outside because it is too dangerous out in the wilderness. The 98-year-old Penn State Outing Club announced last week that the university will no longer allow the club to organize outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester. The university’s offices of Student Affairs and Risk Management made the determination that the hiking, camping and other outdoors-focused activities the student-led club has long engaged in are too risky.

    The Outing Club’s current president Richard Waltz tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the decision wasn’t an open dialogue and they weren’t briefed on the determination. A Penn State spokeswoman says student safety is the school’s primary focus. Two other outdoor recreation clubs also have been directed to end trip offerings.
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    Penn State University says it has banned its near-century-old outdoor recreation club from going outside
    Guess they'll have to rename it the INDOOR Recreation Club - and spend their time on video games.
    Sad...
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    To be fair, wild animal attacks have been on the rise in recent years in the state of Pennsylvania, with there being something of an issue regarding the overpopulation of coyotes leading to them wandering into the suburbs and attacking people/pets, ergo it's not really surprising that Penn State University would prefer to mitigate the risk of getting sued over wild animal attacks by suspending their clubs' outdoor activities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuco_Ramírez View Post
    To be fair, wild animal attacks have been on the rise in recent years in the state of Pennsylvania, with there being something of an issue regarding the overpopulation of coyotes leading to them wandering into the suburbs and attacking people/pets, ergo it's not really surprising that Penn State University would prefer to mitigate the risk of getting sued over wild animal attacks by suspending their clubs' outdoor activities.
    It would be quite simple to have the student participants sign liability waivers.


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    How on earth did this country's early explorers and settlers move anywhere west of the Mississippi River? I guess the ones who had the courage, did go; the ones making these kinds of decisions are descended from those too timid to leave.

    And that's about all I trust myself to say at this time.

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    If it's coyotes their worried about, I know a bunch of Texans that would be happy to thin the population for them.
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    They probably got tired of listening to all the complaining of no wifi and bad cell signal out in the woods and just decided to drop it all together. I could be wrong, but i have strong doubts that people going to that school know what real camping is, or want to do it.
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    Make the club a non-school related enity and continue as before. Sounds like a limp wrister complained.
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    I bet this is MUCH more about potential sexual assault than it is actual natural dangers in the woods.

    You can't make it men only or women only because that isn't "inclusive" thus the events have to
    be scrapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RScottie View Post
    It would be quite simple to have the student participants sign liability waivers.


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    That wouldn't prevent them from receiving negative publicity over their students getting attacked by wild animals while on a University-approved trip in the wilderness.
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