Sunday, February 08, 2009
Senator moves to rename ASU arena
Trustees at Alabama State University say were caught off guard by an attempt to restore a former Board chair's name to the ASU arena.
Just last May, trustees had voted to remove Joe L. Reed's name from every inch of the building after the Board claimed Reed was giving the university too much negative publicity and was wasting taxpayer's money filing frivolous lawsuits.
Now a state senator has filed a bill to restore Reed's name to the arena. Alabama State University says the bill, "sets a bad precedent and opens the doors for members of the Alabama Legislature to randomly rename buildings at other state colleges and universities, without the person authoring the legislation having any affiliation or association with the school whose building is being renamed."
The Board also contends the bill totally usurps the University's authority.