New university, 19th in Greece, opens today

The country’s 19th university, the University of the Peloponnese, is to be inaugurated in Tripolis today. And though authorities have tried to accommodate different peninsula regions by spreading departments around, war is raging between different towns keen to get the infusion of economic activity that hundreds of students will imply. Prime Minister Costas Simitis will open the university today and it will accept its first 120 students on October 1 in the departments of computer science and telecommunications technology in Tripolis. Other departments will open over the following year in the capitals of each prefecture in the Peloponnese, except for Patras and Pirgos, which already host the University of Patras. Argos, for example, argues that the local university department should be split between the two towns, while neighboring Nafplion says it should get it alone. It took a telephone interview of inmate Savvas Xeros for the authorities finally to react. Selective sensitivity is not a democratic solution. TV channels are a voracious monster. Their insatiable appetite for higher rates has led them to uncritically reproduce the truths, half-truths, and lies leaked by the authorities. With a similar shallowness, they broadcast the mudslinging by some right-wing circles who accused PASOK of nurturing terrorism.

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