Friday, December 12, 2003

Studying the Move Ad Nauseum So We Can Pretend to be Open-Minded

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Friday, December 12, 2003

PSU law school board to study possible move

The Associated Press

CARLISLE Four new committees will study issues related to whether Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law should move from its current location here to the main campus in State College.

LeRoy S. Zimmerman, chairman of the board of governors for Dickinson School of Law, said Thursday he had appointed committees to study expansion of the current campus location, alternate sites in the Carlisle area, moving to State College and general issues related to funding and strategic planning.

"The law school is facing a serious problem with aging and overcrowded facilities," said Zimmerman, a former Pennsylvania attorney general. "Our board of governors is committed to conducting a thorough and objective review of all the options in front of us, which include rebuilding and expanding on our current site in Carlisle and moving the school to the University Park campus of Penn State."

Meanwhile, state lawmakers from the Carlisle area are trying to round up more state funding for the law school. Sen. Hal Mowery, R-Cumberland, has asked for $30 million in capital funds. The money, which would have to be approved by Gov. Ed Rendell, would only be available if the law school agrees to remain in Carlisle indefinitely.

Rendell has said the school should stay in Carlisle.

"He sees no reason for a move," Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo said Thursday morning.

News of the possible move first emerged last month, when The Sentinel of Carlisle reported that law school dean Phil McConnaughay had written a confidential memo recommending that the law school move to State College within five years.

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