D.C. Judge rules students, staff can oppose Corcoran Gallery-GWU merger

WASHINGTON (AP) - A District of Columbia judge has ruled that seven current students and two current faculty and staff members have the right to intervene and argue against the proposed merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college.

Judge Robert Okun ruled Monday that the group could possibly be harmed by the merger and can present arguments on the Corcoran's future. Okun ruled against the allowing the larger group Save the Corcoran from intervening in this case.

The Corcoran's board is seeking to merge the museum and its college with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art after years of financial shortfalls and daunting renovation needs.

The group Save the Corcoran wants to stop the merger, saying the Corcoran has been badly mismanaged and could survive as an independent museum with better fundraising and management.{ }