Thursday, July 29, 2004

Alumni oppose Dickinson plan

Centre Daily Times
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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Alumni oppose Dickinson plan

The Associated Press

CARLISLE Dickinson School of Law's alumni group opposes plans for the school to operate a second campus in State College, arguing that the law school should instead maintain a single, upgraded campus in Carlisle.

The school's General Alumni Association surveyed 753 alumni before approving a resolution Saturday that rejects a compromise plan to start a second site at Penn State's main campus, according to GAA President Luci Jankoski McClure.

"The suggestion of two campuses for DSL as a political compromise does not advance the ultimate goal of creating and maintaining a first class law school whose mission is to prepare students for the practice of law," the resolution, approved in a 19-1 vote, states.

An upgraded Carlisle campus, which is closer to Harrisburg, is the most convenient and cost-effective, the GAA said in a letter sent Tuesday to LeRoy S. Zimmerman, chairman of the law school board of governors, and others.

School officials first proposed moving the school -- Pennsylvania's oldest law school -- entirely from its lifelong home in Carlisle. But at a meeting in June, the law school's board voted to study the option of creating a law school with campuses in both Carlisle and State College.

Supporters of a move say staying in Carlisle would require millions of dollars in maintenance and building renovations. Moving to State College could bolster the school's reputation and allow students to take advantage of a wide variety of joint-degree programs, they said.

Opponents say the move would deliver an economic blow to Carlisle.

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