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April 23, 2010

NCAA.JPGIUP President Tony Atwater and IUP men's basketball Coach Joe Lombardi at NCAA Regional Championship, IUP's Memorial Field House,March 16. Photo by Brandon Oakes


By Megan Guza and Andrew Wojcik


INDIANA -Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Tony Atwater's spending policies at the institution he leads have made headlines, not all of them positive. But his personal spending is a separate and, until now, an unpublicized matter.

April 19, 2010


Renovation project prompts questions about priorities


Library.jpg Workers renovate the patio at the entrance to Stapleton Library. Photo by Amber Grady


By Emily L. Mross


INDIANA - Of all the new construction projects at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the renovation of Stapleton Library's main entrance -- facing the Oak Grove in the heart of campus -- is one of the most visible.


When it is completed in spring 2010, the $1 million project will have replaced the entire patio structure, said Patti Andritz, the project architect from the IUP Department of Engineering and Construction, during an interview at Stapleton on March 4.


Andritz said the waterproofing on the original library patio was installed incorrectly, and it affected the structure's integrity. The renovation started as a project to fix cracked sidewalks and surfaces, which, according to Andritz, were a safety issue.  This warranted more repairs and a new look, including new automatic doors at the main entrance.

April 7, 2010

Panelists.jpg From left to right: Mark Scolforo, Melissa Melewsky, Barry Fox, Eric Ebeling. Photo by Patrick Farabaugh

Part One:  Introductions, Panel Discussion  

Part Two:  Panel Discussion (continued) 

A panel of news-media experts reviewed the first year of the 2009 Pennsylvania Right to Know Law during a March 31 public symposium in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building. The evening event was attended by 170 people, mostly IUP students and faculty members.

Panelists included:

  • Eric Ebeling, executive editor, the Indiana Gazette
  • Barry Fox, deputy director, Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, Harrisburg
  • Mark Scolforo, reporter, Associated Press, Harrisburg
  • Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, Harrisburg

IUP journalism professor David Loomis moderated.

Panelists said the new state law had vaulted Pennsylvania from the bottom tier of states with accessible public records to the top. And they warned that legislation already has been introduced in the General Assembly to weaken the provisions of the year-old statute.


"It's not safe," Melewsky warned. "It's under attack."


Melewsky urged citizens to contact state lawmakers in Harrisburg to urge them to protect the Right to Know Law.


The event was sponsored by the IUP journalism department, the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Elizabeth Ray Sweeney Trust.




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