Suspected student no reflection of PSU
Penn State University’s name shouldn’t be in jeopardy due to the unlawful acts of a Penn State student.
Vladislav Miftakhov, a fellow student and acquaintance of mine, was recently arrested and charged with felony counts of possessing weapons of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe, along with related misdemeanors.
Although this was an unnerving, potentially disastrous attack on our university and community, it shouldn’t reflect on the rest of our student body.
Vladislav lived off campus; I have been to his apartment several times because I am good friends with his roommates. Since he didn’t live on campus it was not Penn State’s duty to monitor off campus students like Miftakhov.
Penn State Altoona chancellor Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry stated because Miftakhov has a valid green card, there was no reason to deny him acceptance here if his record was clean.
The administration was being fair to give him equal opportunity. Anything else would have been profiling. He has lived in the United States for about 14 years now.
Although opportunities to improve student safety should always be sought, it is important to remember that the university couldn’t have done anything to prevent this from happening.
Penn State’s proud name should stay prestigious during this investigation.