Times of stress can reveal character.
Newsdayhas profiled Collin Finnerty upon his graduation from Loyola. The entire article is here (alas, behind Newsday’s paywall), and is very much worth reading, since it discusses the particular difficulty that Finnerty faced (because of his recognizability) in the case. Two quotes of particular note:
Loyola president Rev. Brian Linnane, commenting on Finnerty’s receipt of the John R. Moller award for achievement in academics, athletics and character: “It is a huge honor. It is a very significant award, and it reflects the way he fit into the team. It’s unimaginable to be accused the way he was, and the way he moved beyond that with great grace and became a leader, it says a lot about him and his family.”
Chaminade High School president Rev. James Williams: “The biggest temptation has been to become angry, which would have been justified . . . Instead he was moved, his family was moved, toward reconciliation. Despite the pain [the accuser] and others were causing, while they were still upset with her they knew she came from a difficult and troubled background and they had compassion for her . . . And the anger never won.”
Who showed character in this affair: the falsely accused college student, or dozens of professors at one of the country’s leading universities?