Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Biondi Seeking Donor for Slu Museum Site

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Biondi Seeking Donor for Slu Museum Site

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ON CAMPUS: The Rev. Lawrence Biondi, visionary prez of St. Louis University, is now on the prowl for a donor to underwrite a warehouse-type space that would become the university's museum. Father Biondi said that as a result of gifts over the years, including many works of art and the 4,000-piece ivory and jade collection bequeathed by the late John and Ann MacLennan, the time is ripe for a museum to house the treasures. Elsewhere at SLU, the Rev. Michael Garanzini, veep of academic affairs, has been dee p-sixed by a college in Seattle that had been recruiting him.

SHHH, IT'S PUBLIC: The settlement ending the litigation between teachers of the Maplewood-Richmond Heights school district and school board officials almost did not happen, say sources close to the negotiations. A last-minute snag was the insistence of the district that the terms of the agreement be kept secret. The teachers refused, arguing that the central tenet of the agreement was that the Board of Education "would conduct in open session all future meetings, records, votes, actions and deliberations on policy issues raised by the district's condition of financial stress." Mike Wood, local rep of the Missouri State Teachers Association, said that the district's continued insistence on secrecy "would have broken the deal into a thousand unhappy pieces."

TRIBAL LANDING: Downtowners vow that reps of an Illinois Native American tribal corporation were in town last week surveying the Gentry's Landing property on North Fourth Street with the idea of proposing the state's first land-based casino. ET TU? Now that city Board of Public Service prez Robert Henry has admitted under oath that he had "steered" city contractors to Mayor Boz's campaign for contributions, City Hall observers expect Alderman Fred Wessels, D-13th Ward, chairman of the investigating committee, to recall Lambert Field director Leonard Griggs next week to pose the same question to the good colonel. COMINGS 'N GOINGS: A special award of dedication to Fox C-6 district superintendent Diana Borisaw, who ice-skated to work on one of last week's snow days. …

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