GHSU president, Penn State alum 'sickened' by school scandal

Ricardo Azziz

Dr. Ricardo Azziz, president of Georgia Health Sciences University, reflects on different topics and issues in his blog. (WRDW-TV / Nov. 18, 2011)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Dr. Ricardo Azziz opens up in his bi-weekly blog. His latest topic is called "A Tragedy in Two Acts: The Power of Zero Tolerance and Reflex Action."

"Blogging is just one of those ways that we connect with people," Azziz said.

Azziz tackled the recent Penn State controversy that has stunned the nation.

"But for me, it was even more special because it really was my home," he said. "The first home that I knew when I arrived in the United States. I still have memories of it, even as a small child."

Azziz came to Penn State at 2 years old from Uruguay as his father pursued his Ph.D. Dr. Azziz himself would go on to medical school at Penn State.

"I was the youngest medical student ever to graduate from Penn State," Azziz said.

He says the alleged sex crimes at the school come as a shock.

"It is extraordinarily shocking," Azziz said. "It is the kind of thing that I am sickened about."

He is sickened but keenly aware of the symptoms that can infect us all.

"We're blinded by glitz," Azziz said. "We're blinded by fame and that sometimes leads us to problems."

Azziz was also there at UCLA as the fatal word spread that Michael Jackson was en route.

"I knew that I needed to get out of the hospital because once you get all those reporters, police there," Azziz said. "It shuts down and becomes very hard to get out."

Azziz says both the Jackson and Penn State case have a similar diagnosis ... at best, blatant oversight, at worst, tragic cover-ups.

"If you know about it, you are not absolved by passing the word on. I was out in the gym with my Penn State T-shirt, and people would approach me and say, 'What do you think about it?' as if i was supposed to agree with some of the horrible things that happened there," he said.

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