News Channel 11, Lubbock, Tx.

Quoted from New Channel 11, Lubbock, Tx. in “New name added to possible TTU Chancellor list (link found at left under News/Articles:

“Sources tell us that Dr. David Schmidly, former President of Texas Tech, is now on that list of speculated chancellor candidates. According to our sources, Schmidly has expressed interest in returning to Tech as its third Chancellor.”

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Lee Agnew pix from the neighborhood

“Somebody” ought to do a documentation project of homes and families in the “100 Acres.” I guess this might be a start for something like that. I took some pictures last month.

How about a photo calendar as a fund-raiser? It could be a 19-month 2006/2007, beginning June 1, 2006. Better get some shots of the Patio Club pretty quick.

For viewing Lee’s pix: http://geezerlee.livejournal.com/60649.html

Lee Agnew

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City and County Forum w/ OSU

City and County Leaders Forum, Stillwater Public Library 5:00-6:30pm.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Regional bank BB&T Corp., one of the nation’s largest
financial institutions, will make no loans to developers who plan to build
commercial projects on land taken from private citizens by the government through the power of eminent domain, the company said Wednesday.

“The idea that a citizen’s property can be taken by the government solely
for private use is extremely misguided, in fact it’s just plain wrong,” John
Allison, the bank’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.

In an interview, BB&T chief credit officer Ken Chalk said the bank expects
to lose only a tiny amount of business, but believes it was obligated to
take a stance on the issue. “It’s not even a fraction of a percent,” he said. “The dollar amount is insignificant.”

But he added: “We do business with a large number of consumers and small businesses in our footprint. We are hearing from clients that this is an important philosophical issue.” Chalk said he knows of no other large U.S. bank with a similar policy.

BB&T, which is headquartered in Winston-Salem, ranks among the nation’s top 10 banks by assets.

In June, a divided Supreme Court ruled that cities may raze people’s homes to make way for shopping malls or other private development. The 5-4 decision gave local governments the power to seize private property in the name of increased tax revenue.

The ruling upheld a decision by the City of New London, Conn., to seize
seven property owners’ land so developers could build a hotel and high-end condominiums to keep pharmaceutical giant Pfizer expanding in the state.

Scott Bullock, a senior attorney with the Arlington, Va.-based Institute of
Justice, who represented homeowners in the New London case,
applauded the bank’s decision.

“Eminent domain abuse is wrong and unconstitutional,” Bullock said in a
statement. “BB&T has stepped up and recognized its corporate
responsibility to not be a part of this shameful abuse of individual rights.”

The policy also will protect the assets of banks such as BB&T by not tying
up their money in projects that may draw political opposition, said Columbia University law professor Thomas Merrill, a specialist on eminent domain.

Merrill added that he did not believe there were many cases similar to the
one that developed in New London.

“No one knows how many of these projects are out there because the data is flimsy,” he said. “But my hunch, from what data we do have, is that the
number is relatively small and concentrated in large congested cities like
New York, Boston or Baltimore.”

In its statement, BB&T said 38 states have recently passed or are
considering laws to ban the use of eminent domain for private development. Similar legislation is pending before the U.S. Congress.

“While we’re certainly optimistic about the pending legislation, this is
something we could not wait any longer to address,” Chalk said in a
statement. “We’re a company where our values dictate our decision-making and operating standards. From that standpoint, this was a straightforward decision; it’s simply the right thing to do.”

BB&T, with $109 billion in assets, operates more than 1,400 branches in 11 states and Washington, D.C.

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Student Forum w/ OSU

Student Forum w/ OSU, Click Hall, Alumni Center, 7:00-8:30pm

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Stillwater Residents Forum w/ OSU

Stillwater Residents Forum with OSU, Stillwater Public Library at 4:00pm.

Student Forum w/ OSU@ 7:00pm (see below)

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PETITION

Download Petition

Print the petition, sign, take it to your neighbors, friends, relatives and even strangers to sign. If you want to collect signatures by standing in a public area, you can do that. Print as many copies as you need. If you do not live in Stillwater, you can print the petition, sign, and get other signatures, preferably, OSU alumni, too. Send the signed petitions to CCOSU, 847 W. Eskridge Ave., Stillwater, OK. 74075 or fax to (405) 377-4823.

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Master Plan Survey

There is a survey on the Benham site. It asks for an ordering of importance of improvements, positive aspects of campus (most positive aspects of master plan, negative aspects of campus (aspects which need the most thought and work) and General comments about the master plan. You might want to fill it out.

Link to Survey

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Faculty Council Forum

Faculty Council Forum with OSU, Cllick Hall, Alumni Center, 4:00-5:30pm

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Song/Poem by Lee Agnew

Good Old Town (for Stillwater, OK)

A Poem by Lee Agnew (Ted & Jeanne’s son)

Listen, have you heard the news
Oklahoma’s got the blues
Up there in Stillwater town
Funny things are going down

A University needs land
To build up their new Master Plan
Don’t care what the neighbors say
Four hundred homes are in the way

They got money if you play nice
Tell you it’s fair market price
If you argue or complain
They got Eminent Domain.

Good old town a long time gone.
Good old town a long time gone.
Good old town a long time gone.
Left me here to sing this song

Ted and LeRoy they were friends
At Oklahoma A&M
After the War they both came down
To teach in a land grant college town

Jeanne taught at the college too
She and Martha had lots to do
Their children walked to school together
In the Oklahoma weather

Good old town a long time gone
Good old town a long time gone
Good old town a long time gone
Left me here to sing this song

Now fast-forward fifty years
In the paper it appears
T. Boone Pickens gave some dough
And OSU has got to grow

An Athletic Village is
The way to be competitive
Training rooms and tennis courts
A practice field that’s all indoors

President says yes it’s true
They want Ted’s house and LeRoy’s too
Now I like to watch a game of ball
But this don’t make no sense at all

Good old town a long time gone
Good old town a long time gone
Good old town a long time gone
Left me here to sing this song

Long ago the Okies sang
Of Pretty Boy Floyd and the Dalton Gang
I think we’ve all learned since then
There’s lots of kinds of highwaymen

They say we can’t stop their game
So take the money and don’t complain
But Woody Guthrie called it then:
Robbery with a fountain pen

I can’t tell you what to do
But to yourself you must be true
Me, I gotta take this fight
Cause there’s some stuff that just ain’t right

All you people on Bellis Street
Now sing this song and sing it sweet
And all you folks down Washington,
Jump in with me and sing along

Good old town a long time gone
Good old town a long time gone
Good old town a long time gone
Left me here to sing this song

(Repeat chorus)

(This piece was inspired by the life and work of Woody Guthrie. It is not intended to infringe on any copyrighted material)

Listen to “Good Old Town” here.

If you have a slow Internet connection and are experiencing problms with the streaming version above you can download the entire file to your computer before playing. Download “Good Old Town. Note: This is a large file and may take 30 minutes or more to download with a dial-up connection.

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