Local News 6-19-14

PENN STATE LAW SCHOOL SPLIT

Penn State and the Dickinson Law School will operate independently. The university announced the Council of the American Bar Association approved Penn State’s proposal to operate an independent law program beginning in fall 2015. According to Statecollege.com, The Dickinson School of Law at Penn State originally served as a second campus for Dickinson Law School in Carlisle.

UPS AND BEST BUY EMPLOYEE THEFT

State College Police say a 37-year-old State College man allegedly stole more than $27,000 in electronics from Best Buy and a 9 mm pistol. According to police, Matthew Snyder was working as a UPS driver and stole packages intended for delivery then sold them online. Snyder previously managed the Best Buy Mobile in the Nittany Mall, where a package of 10 iPhones never arrived. Police began the investigation in January and executed a warrant at Snyder’s home in March.

HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATION

Homeland Security Enforcement Agents detained 10 people unlawfully living and working in the United States during a raid last week at five area Asian restaurants. According to the Centre Daily Times, Customs Enforcement officials say the investigation is ongoing. The report says a source claims the issue is a criminal matter and could take months.

PSUALERT REMINDER

On July 1st the new PSUAlert system will replace PSUTXT to provide emergency updates to Penn State students, faculty and staff. According to the university, the new service will feature enhanced messaging capabilities and better integration with Penn State’s other communication platforms. Through June 30th, both PSUAlert and PSUTXT will be used to reach users. Penn State sent a reminder to PSUTXT users earlier this week reminding them to make the switch.


PENN STATE FOOTBALL CULTURE

46 Penn State football players earned a 3.0 GPA average or higher during the 2014 spring semester. The group includes returning kicker Chris Gulla and graduates Kyle Baublitz and Pat Zerbe, who each earned a 4.0 GPA. 40 of the 46 academic standouts are returning for the 2014 football season. 21 players earned Deans list honors after just 12 were recognized in spring 2013.