Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Other People’s Money: UNT Dallas Law School to Purchase Historic Building, With Taxpayer Funds
The TTTTT Nerve: Back on October 19, 2016, North Texas Daily published a Tiffany Ditto piece that was entitled “UNT unaccredited law school to buy Dallas building where Lee Oswald was shot.” Take a look at this opening:
“UNT Dallas is paying the city of Dallas $1 for the city’s former municipal building with plans to house UNT’s law school there. But the building will cost $56 million to renovate, and UNT’s law school is still not accredited, officials said.
The university has been negotiating the deal with the city for the last 10 years, Law School Chancellor Lee Jackson said. The city of Dallas is donating the building, the land it sits on and $16 million worth of restorative work.
“We believe the location is ideal for a public law school because of the many courts and law firms in the downtown Dallas area,” Jackson said in an email.
After a decade of planning and gaining the state’s approval to issue $56 million in bonds, UNT is finally able to acquire the building, Jackson said. The long-term bonds will be issued by UNT but the state of Texas will reimburse the debt and interest.
The city of Dallas has already invested $16 million into restoring the building’s exterior walls, stabilizing the structure and demolishing of the interior of the building.
Renovation of the inside is set to begin January 2017 by UNT’s architects. The goal is to modernize the inside so that it can function as a 21st-century law school while keeping its old charm. James Maguire, vice chancellor of the law school, will oversee the architectural changes made to the interior of the building, but he could not be reached for comment.
The building, at 106 South Harwood Street, was erected in 1914 and was home to Dallas’ city government for over 60 years. The building gained fame when Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested and jailed there after assassinating President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Two days later, Jack Ruby shot Oswald while he was being lead out of the municipal building.
With millions of dollars being poured into the new law building, UNT hopes it will be able to acquire the accreditation needed from the American Bar Association to graduate students that can go on to be lawyers.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, this deal reeks of a foul stench. Apparently, the pigs at the Univer$iTTTTTy of NorTTTTTh TTTTTexa$ Dalla$ Commode of Law believe in their vision so much that they have to rely on taxpayer funds to make their dreams come true! Sadly, state legislator idiots agreed to this scheme.
Other Coverage: Back on September 26, 2016, the Dallas Morning News featured a Robert Wilonsky story that was labeled “Despite accreditation woes, UNT ready to buy historic City Hall for downtown Dallas law school.” Make sure to read the following portion:
“Dallas' first public law school, in the heart of downtown, remains at risk of not being accredited by the American Bar Association. But that isn't stopping UNT Dallas College of Law from proceeding with long-standing plans to buy the old Municipal Building from the city.
On Monday morning, Lee Jackson, chancellor of the University of North Texas System, went to Dallas City Hall to outline its purchase plans for the 103-year-old landmark, which served as the city's fourth city hall until 1978. UNT plans to renovate the building, which is across the street from Main Street Garden, using $56 million in tuition revenue bonds approved by the state Legislature last year.
The city agreed to turn the building over to UNT at no cost but with an agreement that the historic structure be restored.
UNT first expressed interest in the old muni building a decade ago, and the City Council has repeatedly passed resolutions in support of planting a law school downtown. There was just one problem: Until it received the Legislature's blessings, UNT didn't have the money to make its dream tangible.
In the interim, the city is spending some $14 million in bond money to rehab the building's exterior, especially a rotting roof, and other pieces of the Beaux Arts building gone to seed because of deferred maintenance.” [Emphasis mine]
Of course the pigs expressed interest in more freebies. Was the old Texas School Book Depository building not available to lease, on the public’s dime?!?! What about the Texas Theatre, where this bastard was arrested? You couldn't get the city to shell out some cash to you for that location?!?! Perhaps, you could set up shop in an abandoned warehouse or homeless shelter. After all, these seem to be places where you can find your future grads.
Conclusion: As noted on the trash pit’s website, the Univer$iTTTTTy of NorTTTTTh TTTTTexa$ Dalla$ Commode of Law is currently not accredited by the American Bar Association cockroaches. Hell, these dolts typically approve any potential law school that has running water, bookshelves, a library, and a fax machine. It seems that the ABA cretins will eventually give their stamp of approval. However, YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE PART of a school that has no alumni base – and a garbage reputation. In the final analysis, only a moron would even consider attending such a pathetic in$TTTTTiTTTTTuTTTTTion.
Posted by Nando at 5:12 AM