Stetson to build law center in downtown Tampa January 15, 2003 Regular News Stetson to build law center in downtown Tampa Stetson University College of Law purchased 7.3 acres from the City of Tampa recently to build the Stetson Law Center and Campus in downtown Tampa.Construction is expected to take 10-12 months and will commence once the building permits are issued.“We are very excited about the purchase of this property in downtown Tampa. The Law Center and Campus will be a major hub of legal activity for Tampa Bay,” said Dean Gary Vause.“Stetson’s Law Center and Campus is a long awaited dream that will soon become a reality and complete Tampa’s goal as a center for academic excellence,” said Tampa Mayor Dick Greco.The three-story, 73,500-square-foot main building to be built at the 1700 N. Tampa Street site just off Interstate 275 will reflect the same Spanish-Mediterranean architecture of Stetson’s Gulfport campus, including a tower that will overlook downtown Tampa.Agreements have been negotiated for the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and the Hillsborough County Bar Association to reside on the campus. Stetson also will offer classes for part-time students at the Tampa location, as well as continuing legal education workshops for practicing attorneys and business professionals.The first floor will house classrooms, a state-of-the-art courtroom and a full law library; the second, proposed chambers and offices for judges and court employees for the Second District Court of Appeal, and the third floor will be reserved for future law school use. Stetson purchased the property for $1.2 million and spent another $427,000 to demolish the former Tampa police station on the site. The estimated building cost is $9.23 million.
Black Stars midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has admitted for the first time he is not very comfortable playing in defence despite being handed defensive roles at his Italian club Juventus and in the national team.After being deployed at the left back for Ghana’s Group G clash with USA last Monday, the gifted Asamoah said he would prefer being played in an offensive midfield role where his talent would be better utilised by the Stars.“Everybody knows where I perform best. I have never enjoyed playing at the back but when you’re asked to step in what can you do? he told the media after last Monday’s 1-2 loss to USA.“I see myself as one of the creative players on the field and so when I play in the offensive, it’s more helpful.“I don’t enjoy playing at the back and in the end it doesn’t help the team.”Critics of Ghana’s tactics say Coach Kwasi Appiah deprives his team of the attacking thrust and creativity which the Juventus star provides, particularly when the Stars have other options in defence. On a number of occasions when Asamoah made forays in attack, the Ghanaians had USA on the back foot, and the midfielder started off the three man-move with Asamoah Gyan which saw Andre Ayew scoring a beautiful goal last Monday.“When you play as a target man, you have to stay up front and help the team out by holding the ball up and waiting for support. That all comes with experience.“It’s a good role for me to play when its on the offensive. But I’m afraid the defence is not the best place for me,” explained Asamoah.At the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa, Coach Appiah faced similar criticisms after deploying Asamoah in defence, but he later buckled under pressure in the course of the tournament when the Ghanaian side clearly needed a creative midfielder to unlock opposing defences.–