Local News 7-9-14

FRASER CENTRE PROJECT

Developers have finally crossed a major hurdle in the construction of the long-awaited Fraser Centre in downtown State College. According to Statecollege.com, Hyatt Hotels has formally agreed to be part of the project. The currently vacant lot at the intersection of South Fraser Street and West Beaver Avenue will be converted into a 153-foot high building housing a hotel, retail shops and residential apartments. Developers hope to begin opening portions of the property by 2016.


MATT SANDUSKY INTERVIEW TO AIR

A taped television interview featuring one of Jerry Sanduksy’s adopted sons and Oprah Winfrey will air next Thursday on OWN TV at 9 pm. According to OWN, Matt Sandusky, who also alleged sexual abuse against his father, reveals new details about the abuse he experienced as a child. Matt Sandusky was one of 26 victims to receive financial compensation from Penn State in the scandal’s aftermath.

STATE-OWNED SCHOOL TUITION

Tuition at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities will climb 3 percent for the upcoming school year. According to Pennlive, full-year tuition for an in-state student will cost $6,820. The report says with housing and food, costs for Pennsylvania undergrad will be roughly $18,500. The increase should help close a projected $58.6 million gap in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s operating budget.

ARTS FEST UNDERWAY TODAY

The annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in downtown State College and on the Penn State campus kicks off today with Children and Youth Day. The festival brings over 100-thousand people to the area each year. A special sidewalk sale encouraging creative growth in children is planned for today. The event takes place from 10 am to 3 pm today before operating on a full schedule tomorrow.

PENN STATE ATHLETES SUCCESS IN CLASSROOM

A school record 136 Penn State student-athletes received Academic All-Big Ten recognition for spring and at-large sports. A total 285 Penn State student-athletes were honored in 2013-14. It’s the university’s second-highest total all-time. Three Penn Staters posted a perfect 4.0 GPA.