November 2010 Archives

November 29, 2010


Former IUP President Tony Atwater at the IUP men's basketball NCAA Regional Championship, IUP's Memorial Field House, March 16, 2010. Photo by David Biblis.














By Jessica A. Moretti

INDIANA -- Personal spending by former Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Tony K. Atwater decreased during his last year in office.  It marked the first decline since taxpayers began reimbursing his personal expenses in fall 2004.

Atwater's total combined expenses, not including his salary and benefits, dropped to $110,702.94 in 2009-10 from $130,451.63 in 2008-09, a decline of 15 percent.

On Sept. 2, IUP released Atwater's 2009-2010 expenses in response to an Aug. 2 request filed under the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.  The release supplied expense vouchers for all taxpayer-financed expenditures by Atwater and his wife, Dr. Beverly L. Roberts-Atwater.

The Atwaters' overall spending dropped, but expenses in some expense categories rose. For example, spending on Atwater's official residence and travel decreased while expenses for his car and his house-cleaning staff increased.

November 8, 2010


Drilling-rig photo from the IUP Marcellus Shale Week website































Track: Marcellus Shale.mp3 


Last week, "Global Alert" previewed the Nov. 3-5 Indiana University of Pennsylvania symposium on economic, environmental and political issues involved in drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania's bedrock a mile underground.


This week, we review a highlight of the week's events - the Nov. 3 screening in Eberly Auditorium of the award-winning documentary film "Gasland" and the panel discussion and debate that followed. "Global Alert" producers Garritt Fleming, Rob Miller and Kevin Smith recorded and reported the action and reaction.

November 2, 2010


Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. signs autographs following Monday's speech at Fisher Auditorium. Photo by Dustin Mendus


























By Dustin Mendus


Retired Navy Capt. James A. Lovell Jr., the former U.S. astronaut depicted by actor Tom Hanks in the Oscar-winning 1995 film "Apollo 13," recounted his historic space exploits to a well-attended town-and-gown audience in Fisher Auditorium on Monday night.


Lovell, 82, was the protagonist in the film and the commander of the ill-fated 1970 NASA mission on which it was based. He and two crew members were on their way to the moon when an explosion aboard their capsule crippled the controls and changed their mission from expansive scientific exploration to basic human survival. Lovell guided the crew safely back to Earth.

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