April 6, 2000......Volume 29, Issue 30

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College leaders explain rising operation costs
Leaders of the four state-related institutions -- Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Lincoln University -- faced questions recently about the costs of higher education from the House Commission on Postsecondary Education in the 21st Century, a group of legislators and state leaders looking at the increasing costs associated with obtaining a college degree.

Pilot composting program good for University and good for environment
Since its inception three years ago, Project Earth Grow has been successful in more efficiently turning food waste from University dining commons into a wealth of campus beautification opportunities. Each new step taken in the program at University Park has yielded bigger aspirations and larger pilot tests in pursuit of the ideal way to recycle and compost the waste accumulated on a daily basis.

Law students get "Web" review
Students at The Dickinson School of Law can now evaluate their individual courtroom performance skills on a weekly basis thanks to a new classroom technology collaboratively developed by Microsoft and Penn State. The new teaching tool -- a Web-based program that enables students to digitally view clips of themselves practicing opening statements, closing arguments, cross-examinations and other class exercises -- made its debut in a Trial Advocacy I course at the Dickinson campus this fall and is being used this semester. Work to modify the courseware to better suit student needs is ongoing.

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