In 2001, Charles gave the south Georgia school $1 million and donated another $2 million a year later after receiving an honorary doctorate from the college. The native of Albany, Ga., died in 2004 at age 73.
The money was given solely for the construction of the performing arts center, yet it exists only “on the drawing board and in an unapproved downsized plan,” the foundation said in a statement.
Charles was specific about how the money was to be spent, said foundation President Valerie Ervin.
“It is incomprehensible that Albany State University failed to use the money in the manner Mr. Charles wanted. Mr. Charles would find ASU’s behavior unacceptable,” she said.
Albany State University spokesman Demetrius Love said the gift was never restricted and that the school continues to pursue funding for the building, which is expected to cost at least $23 million.
Susan Sarandon gift supports table tennis
Susan Sarandon has donated $75,000 to support table tennis programs in New York City public schools.
The city Department of Education said Wednesday that the money would pay for equipment and coaching. This year, 27 high schools and middle schools have added table tennis.
Ms. Sarandon is the co-owner of a Manhattan table tennis club called Spin. The actress told the Wall Street Journal that the sport relieves stress and is great for children who are unfocused and need exercise.
Deputy in Gibson arrest settles discrimination lawsuit
The deputy who arrested Mel Gibson on charges of drunken driving and later claimed he suffered religious discrimination at work settled his lawsuit Tuesday against the sheriff’s department.
Attorneys for James Mee said a $50,000 settlement was reached and must be approved by a county claims board. A trial scheduled to begin this week was canceled.
Deputy Mee, who is Jewish, claimed his superiors discriminated against him after arresting Mr. Gibson in 2006. Mr. Gibson had appeared in a public service announcement while building close relations with the department.
“Deputy Mee did not file his lawsuit for money, but he filed his lawsuit for the principle of what happened to him and he strongly believed in his case,” said his attorney, Etan Lorant.
Sheriff Lee Baca’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the department acknowledged no wrongdoing in the settlement.