University Against Slot Casino - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Duquesne University would like nothing more than to see a new arena built for the Penguins, but not if it means putting a slot machine casino at its doorstep.

"Concerned about the welfare of its students, the university announced yesterday it would oppose the proposal by Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. and the Penguins to build a casino near Mellon Arena. In exchange for the license, Isle of Capri is pledging $290 million for an arena.

"The university has sent letters to the state Gaming Control Board, which will award the Pittsburgh slot machine license, and to some state and city politicians voicing its concerns about having a casino so close to its 10,000 students, about a third of whom live on the Bluff or in nearby off-campus housing.

"Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty said the proposed casino, which would be built near Mellon Arena, would be located only two blocks from campus, providing easy access to students.

"…Mr. Dougherty said the university supports a new arena for the Penguins as well as the proposed office and residential redevelopment in the lower Hill that is part of the Isle of Capri proposal.

"…Mr. Dougherty said the decision to oppose the casino was an administrative one and was done without consulting students…"

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