Sanford wants moratorium on university buildings

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials at South Carolina's public universities say Gov. Mark Sanford's call for a hold on new construction would hurt students looking for new technology and a quality education.

The Greenville News reported Tuesday that the University of South Carolina's Ted Moore says the school's building projects are essential because they enrich students' learning. Moore says $105 million has been cut from USC's operating funding since 2008.

Clemson's Cathy Sams told The State newspaper that students come to the school expected cutting-edge technology. She says a hold on construction would hurt such teaching.

Sanford asked the Budget and Control Board on Monday to put a moratorium on university construction projects and a cap on rising tuition.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.