More UIUC Scandals, Gollin Does Nothing
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Where is CHEA director George Gollin (George D. Gollin, George Dana Gollin) when his employer UIUC is in chaos with scandal after scandal being reported?  Finally something happens that really is George Gollin's business, so why isn't he sticking his big hook nose into it like he does with everybody else's business?

Quote:U. of Illinois Lobbyists Had Access to Student Records

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has cut off the access its lobbying branch had to the student information database, The News-Gazette reported. A university spokesman said that there was no reason for those who lobby for the university to have immediate access to student records. Some university officials have worried that the access allowed lobbyists to see and share information about students -- possibly in violation of privacy protection laws. The university has been facing a scandal over the last week, following reports in the Chicago Tribune about the way the university admitted students based on their political connections, sometimes over the objections of admissions officials.
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/04/qt

Quote:UI disables lobbying branch's access to student info
By Christine Des Garennes
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:30 AM CDT

URBANA – The University of Illinois has restricted access to its student-information system following a News-Gazette report that found legislators attempted to influence the admissions process on campus.

The office of government relations, or the university's lobbying branch, was suspended from having access to the UI's Banner system, which includes student information.

The latest action is one of a few taken by the university after the recent disclosure of the "Category I" list, which the UI used to track applicants on whose behalf admissions inquiries were made by trustees, legislators, alumni and others.

On Monday, the university announced it was suspending use of the Category I list. And a task force of university and nonuniversity personnel will be conducting a review of the practice this summer.

Restricting some employee access to the student data, or the Banner system, is "consistent with not having any kind of Category I tracking going on. There's not a reason for them to have that access," said UI spokesman Tom Hardy.

"The need for Banner access can be reassessed once the admissions task force has completed its work," he added.

"Anyone who inquires about applicants will be directed to the appropriate admissions office, where they can access the same assistance and resources available to all," Hardy said.

In February of this year, a UI administrator sent an e-mail to Chancellor Richard Herman outlining concerns about possible violations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA, the federal law that protects the privacy of student records. It applies to all schools that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Although FERPA provides certain rights to the students, including limiting the release of personally identifiable information, there are exceptions, said Carol Malmgren, registrar for the Urbana campus.

"One (exception) is school officials with a legitimate educational need can access without a students' expressed written consent," Malmgren said.

UI Associate Provost Keith Marshall, who oversees the admissions office, wrote that he was concerned Terry McLennand, the UI's assistant director of state relations, was sharing too much information with legislators and the families of students the UI was tracking, according to documents obtained by The News-Gazette under the Freedom of Information Act.

"And this is not the first case this year," Marshall wrote. "Terry should not share this information with anyone because 1) it is counterproductive to our efforts and gives people ammunition to use against us, 2) it's a violation of FERPA to share that information, and 3) estimated ranks are often inflated and require expertise he does not possess to interpret them. If I had my druthers, we would take Banner access away from Terry and his staff."

McLennand told The News-Gazette on Friday that he hadn't seen Marshall's e-mail or talked to him about the complaint, but added that "it's possible I have made a mistake along that front."

On Tuesday, Hardy said the "situation was brought to attention of people in government relations, and they apologized for it."

When asked if the UI is conducting an investigation into possible FERPA violations, Hardy said the university does not comment "on what, if any, legal advice has been sought or provided. The campus works with FERPA issues on a daily basis and maintains compliance."

Malmgren, the UI's registrar, said she has found that when student information is released without approval, in most cases the information is released inadvertently.

Malmgren's office conducts several different kinds of training on FERPA and conducts annual reviews of who has access and what kind of access is allowed to certain units and personnel.

Two of the five staff members in the government relations office had student system access, and that access only pertained to recruiting and admissions data, according to Malmgren.

The Office of Executive Inspector General, an agency of the Illinois governor, would investigate any complaint about violations of the confidentiality of student records, said Gilbert Jimenez, the agency's deputy inspector general of investigations.

Created in 2003, the agency is charged with investigating fraud and abuse in state government, including the state's public universities. It must receive an official complaint to launch an investigation, but a law recently approved by the state Legislature may allow it to initiate investigations on its own, he said.

Jimenez said Tuesday that he could not confirm or deny the existence of any investigation or whether a complaint had been filed.

If the inspector general's office received a complaint and an initial review indicated FERPA may have been violated, the agency would refer the case to federal authorities, he said.

A complaint of that nature might also involve a violation of university procedures or the state Privacy Act, even if FERPA were not compromised, he said.

In that case, the inspector general's office might complete the investigation itself, and if the complaint was founded, the agency would issue a final report to the "ultimate jurisdictional authority" – in this case the UI Board of Trustees, he said.

Asked if any university employees violated any university code or the state privacy act, Hardy said he was not aware of any. Hardy also said he was not aware of anyone filing a complaint with the inspector general's office.

Documents obtained by The News-Gazette under the Freedom of Information Act showed that legislators and trustees used their influence with UI administrators to win admission for favored prospective students.

The 2008-09 Category I list contained 163 names, and more than 100 of those students were admitted.

UI officials contend that only about a dozen students were admitted because they were on the list, and there's no evidence that any unqualified student was accepted.

Jimenez said he could not "prejudge" the reports about the UI's shadow admissions process.

"We don't know what went into this whole package of conduct that allegedly involved special treatment," he said. "It could encompass an awful lot of behaviors."
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/educati...udent_info

Quote:Blago-Style Admissions
June 1, 2009
It's not selling a Senate seat, but the reputation of Illinois as a state where the politically influential get benefits to which they aren't entitled may be extended to college admissions. A series of articles starting Friday in the Chicago Tribune exposed the extent to which less qualified but politically connected applicants have been admitted to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- sometimes over the objections of admissions officials.

The president of the University of Illinois spent Friday rushing to explain that, while he would attend to any problems in the admissions process, the preferential treatment some of his university’s well-connected applicants receive is common to “every highly selective institution.” But to the scale it happens at Illinois? Some college admissions experts say no.

According to a report the Tribune published Friday, the University of Illinois maintains an exclusive list of well-connected applicants who, apart from their backing by powerful players in the university community and Illinois politics, might otherwise prove lacking in qualifying credentials. Members of this list – dubbed “Category 1” on internal correspondence – on average have lower ACT scores and were ranked lower in their high school classes than other admitted applicants. Yet 77 percent of Category 1 students are given the green light to the university while the admission rate for average applicants is just 69 percent.

“This is an eye-opener to say the least,” said David Hawkins, director of public policy at the National Association for College Admission Counseling. “I think handing the admissions office an offer they can’t refuse is an all too common practice. Whether they are written or just understood, most schools have something like this. It’s not a new issue, but the scale and detail of [what the Tribune uncovered] seem to be perhaps without precedent.”

Of course other universities are not without admissions controversies. The University of Florida's College of Medicine is one example, where last spring an applicant was admitted by the dean without the backing of the Medical Selection Committee, which is widely out of line with standard practice. The advantaged applicant is the son of a major Republican fundraiser. But the case at the University of Illinois, admissions experts say, tops them all.

The Tribune combed through 1,800 pages of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, and discovered e-mails between admissions officials and university leadership who candidly discuss the admission of students – a relative of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s convicted fund raiser, Tony Rezko, was one – who, though under-qualified, were being “tracked” by university trustees, state lawmakers or other people the college seemed eager to please.

The Tribune found several cases of university leaders forcing the admission of these Category 1 students, sometimes even over the protests of admissions officials. Most of the more than 500 applicants who landed on the priority list in the past five years received backing from state lawmakers -- the Tribune's Sunday article revealed veiled threats from politicians who sought admission for favored applicants -- or university trustees. Children, neighbors, friends, vacation buddies – tickets to the circle of influence were pretty liberally granted by some of the power players the Tribune identified. Rep. Angelo Saviano even advertises help with college applications in his constituent newsletter.

Rezko’s relative was slated to be rejected, but a message from Illinois President B. Joseph White compelled admissions officials to change the verdict. In an e-mail sequence about another applicant, Keith Marshall, associate provost for enrollment management, wrote to Chancellor Richard Herman: “[h]ope we don’t take too big of a hit for putting him in ahead of more qualified students.”

Other correspondence indicates under-qualified students flagged as Category 1 are sometimes admitted late in the cycle to stave off raised eyebrows at the applicants’ high-caliber high schools. After a trustee expressed interest in a student who had already been denied admission, an admissions official wrote: “Please make sure that Dr. Herman knows that we will move this student in May or June. She has terrible credentials at a good school so we need to move her in as late as possible.”

Of course, said Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director in external relations for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, it is no secret universities sometimes argue that admission of academically subpar students benefits the institution in other ways – athletes and children of big potential donors fit that mold. Without conceding justification for that practice, Nassirian said bending the rules for no utilitarian purpose is worse. At that point, he said, “you wonder what the institution gains.”

Still, Nassirian said what is happening at Illinois is nothing new; it’s the university’s handling of inevitable outside pressure that is “just so over the top.”

“The fundamental pressures are not really unique to this one institution. We recognize that at public and private universities there are various quarters from which pressure for preferential treatment can come,” Nassirian said. “In general, the way you handle these kinds of pressures is with symbolic action without actually bending the rules. It’s mostly for appearances.”

Nassirian gave an example: As a matter of courtesy, he explained, a high-level university official might meet with the well-connected applicant and give him a private tour of the campus. “And then deny admission because he’s not qualified.”

“I can’t really think of other cases where children of the mighty and powerful actually gain admission to the top institutions [based on status],” he said. “I wouldn’t be nearly as offended if it was just the case that they were stroking someone’s ego.”

There is also the obvious consequence of more qualified applicants losing their spots at the university, and the university compromising its integrity by going back on stated policies, Nassirian said.

“It is unethical. It is unethical even in the case of private institutions, where a private donor is involved. It violates stated policies,” Nassirian said. “In a public institution, it’s even more egregious. The expenditure of public funds should not be predicated on influence of public officials.”

What’s more, Hawkins said, a university that breaks its ethical code and admits under-qualified students is likely “shooting itself in the foot.” The university sets high admission standards for a reason, and disregarding them not only jeopardizes integrity, it can hurt the college’s academic standing.

The potential impact on reputation is not lost on Illinois faculty members, according to the e-mails the Tribune dug up. Nor is it confined to the undergraduate college. Paul Pless, assistant dean of law school admission, wrote in one of the uncovered e-mails that he was concerned a student being forcibly admitted with a GPA and LSAT score well below the 25th percentile mark of the incoming class would hurt the law school’s status.

The law school would have to “admit at least 2 additional students to ensure there is no negative impact on the profile, and I can’t say for certain that even that will be enough,” Pless wrote. “Since we are so late in the process it will be unlikely that I will be able to find any single candidate that would have both the LSAT and the GPA to counteract [name redacted] numbers. By admitting [name redacted] we are putting in jeopardy the goal of increasing our median GPA to a 3.5.”

Despite concerns like this, the Tribune report shows university officials offering preferential treatment of well-connected applicants as if it were simply business as usual, possibly oblivious to any breach of ethics. But for Paul Schmitt, student trustee for the Urbana-Champaign campus, the secrecy surrounding influence-peddling by fellow trustees suggests they knew what they were doing was wrong.

“If there is any reason for fumigation of university leadership, this story is it,” he said.

Schmitt said the institution has to “do something to remove the Blagojevich taint that’s associated with our system of governance here.” The first step to that end, he continued, is thoroughly vetting all university appointments made by the former governor and installing new university officials who will reverse the culture of corruption being perpetuated in Illinois.

That, Nassirian said, might be difficult: “It might not be entirely within the power of the university leadership to completely alter the culture there. If significant players at the state level view themselves as entitled to special treatment,” he said, that is tough to change. “But they have the power to at least try to resist it, and they should.”

Hawkins advises they start immediately, as this story is likely “going to have legs for the long haul.”

“Illinois has been in the news quite a bit for corruption, and this story continues because of that,” Hawkins said. “Plus this is an absolutely dreadful time to have this story break, primarily because so many Americans are struggling to realize the dream of higher education. We’re talking about how much work needs to be done in terms of improving access, and this kind of story sets us back a great bit. It suggests that money talks and power talks.”

President White said in a statement Friday he would stress to admissions officials they should not succumb to outside pressure when granting entry into the university. Where there are problems in the admissions process, he said, it is something the university “can and will correct.”

— Kate Maternowski
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/01/illinois

Quote:DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER
550 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60661
(312)353-5863

DATE(S) OF INSPECTION
01/29, 30 & 31/2003

NAME AND TITLE OF INDIVIDUAL TO WHOM REPORT IS ISSUED
TO: Melanie J. Loots, Associate Vice Chancelor

STREET ADDRESS
601 E. St. John Street, 400 Swanland MC-304

CITY, STATE AND ZIP CODE
Champaign, Illinois 61820

DURING AN INSPECTION OF YOUR FIRM, WE OBSERVED:

Failure to adequately monitor INADs submitted to FDA/CVM as follows:

1.In the role of sponsor submitting INAD [redacted] to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the university has not reviewed the protocol used by their Investigator in this study.

2.In the role of sponsor submitting INAD [redacted] to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the university has repeatedly failed to adequately monitor related research to assure the investigator complied with government regulations and the study protocol. This deficiency has resulted in the following:

a.Sale of 386 investigational hogs for slaughter for food since April 2001 without prior authorization from FDA.

b.Unauthorized rendering of a pig subject to INAD [redacted] on or about 9/27/2002.
http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffic...062471.htm
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#2
Don't forget these classics:

Quote:NIU killer tried suicide 4 times, magazine says
Kazmierczak reportedly was fascinated by shooters at Va. Tech, Columbine

By Steve Schmadeke | Chicago Tribune reporter
    11:28 PM CDT, July 9, 2008

Steven Kazmierczak struggled mightily with mental illnesses, attempted suicide at least four times and was fascinated by the shooters of students at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School, a new magazine article says.

But nothing in the investigative files laid bare in Esquire explains  why he stormed into a Northern Illinois University lecture hall on  Valentine's Day, killing five students and wounding more than 15  before killing himself.

Three of his suicide attempts came while he was a student at Elk Grove Village High School. He once told a school nurse after an overdose attempt that "I want to die. Life sucks," according to Esquire. Kazmierczak, who was treated for bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorders, had suffered psychotic episodes, reporting hearing voices and hallucinations, the article says.

Before opening fire inside NIU's Cole Hall, the former graduate student at the school listened to Marilyn Manson's "The Last Day on Earth" in his white Honda Civic, according to the article. Then he stood emotionless on stage, opening fire while dressed in a black T-shirt with an image of a red AK-47 assault rifle and the word "Terrorist"—a shirt Kazmierczak had joked with friends about wearing to an airport, Esquire reports.

Campus Police Chief Donald Grady declined through an NIU spokesman to confirm or deny the story's details and said the department did not leak the files. Grady said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing and it could be some time before a report is issued.

Kazmierczak also struggled with his sexual identity, telling his former girlfriend of encounters with men, including a University of Illinois biochemistry professor, according to the magazine. He also had a number of encounters with women he met through Craigslist, Esquire reports.

He was discharged from the Army five months after enlisting in September 2001 when his mental health history came to light, according to the article.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local...2056.story

Quote:U. S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Veterinary Medicine

September 29, 2003

Via FedEx Mail

Melanie J. Loots
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
601 East John Street,
Swanland MC-304
Champaign, Illinois 61820

Dear Ms. Loots:

We are writing to follow up on an investigation conducted by Mr. Mark G. Peterson from the Chicago District Office and Drs. Amey L. Adams and Michele C. McGuinness from the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) representing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, Agency) at your facility between January 29 and 31, 2003. This inspection was initiated in response to a letter dated October 28, 2002 and signed by investigators Dr. Mathew B. Wheeler and Dr. Sharon M. Donovan. That letter informed the Agency that they had rendered a pig from a study of double transgenic [ redacted ] crossbred pigs. You are the sponsor and monitor of this study.

This study is one of several you are sponsoring that involves transgenic pigs. Dr. Mathew Wheeler, as the Principal Investigator, requested investigative new animal drug exemptions (INADs) from FDA for the conduct of these studies. The studies are: 1) Transgenic pigs that contain [ redacted ] ; 2) Transgenic pigs that contain the [ redacted ] ; and 3) Double transgenic pigs that contain [ redacted ] . These double transgenic pigs were obtained by cross breeding of [ redacted ] transgenic pigs.

FDA regulations for the conduct of studies under INAD are set forth at 21 CFR § 511.1. This rule includes the requirement that study animals may not be used for food without prior FDA authorization. To date, FDA has not permitted genetically engineered animals to be placed into the human food supply. Nevertheless, you released at least 386 pigs from INADs [ redacted ] for sale for slaughter as human food. FDA has only allowed animals from genetic engineering investigations to be rendered for incorporation into animal feed in limited circumstances. These limited circumstances do not include permission to render animals from [ redacted ].

Another requirement of 21 CFR § 511.1 is that the sponsor provide current monitoring of studies. [21 CFR 511.1(b)(8)(ii)]. During the inspection, FDA found no evidence that you provided for monitoring of the investigation. You had no documentation that the University has a formal monitoring program or that the studies conducted by Drs. Matthew B. Wheeler and Sharon M. Donovan were monitored.

This letter serves to remind you that FDA expects documentation of plans regarding the disposition of all investigational animals and that any study that must be under INAD must meet requirements for current sponsor monitoring. It is imperative that all safety regulations be followed scrupulously to help assure the highest level of confidence possible in the conduct of this type of research.

Please direct any written response to:

Vernon D. Toelle, Ph.D., Team Leader BIMO and Administrative Actions Team (HFV-234) Division of Compliance Office of Surveillance and Compliance Center for Veterinary Medicine 7500 Standish Place, Suite E469 Rockville, MD 20855-2773

If you have any questions please feel free to contact either Dr. Vernon D. Toelle at 301-827-0312 or Mr. George A. Prager at 301-827-7791.

Sincerely yours,
Gloria J. Dunnavan Director Division of Compliance (HFV-230)
Office of Surveillance and Compliance
Center for Veterinary Medicine
http://69.20.19.211/cvm/FOI/UIUCLetter.htm
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#3
Add a few more to the list.  

I said it here almost a year ago, but the more things change the more they stay the same.  

Obviously the guy has no real interest in public service, unless he has changed his name from "Gollin" to "Public".  
4Knee Kate Wrote:Latest: Murdering UIUC student was sexually exploited by perverted UIUC prof:
Quote:Kazmierczak also struggled with his sexual identity, telling his former girlfriend of encounters with men, including a University of Illinois biochemistry professor, according to the magazine.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local...2056.story

Let's assume you are a bored UIUC professor stuck in a dead end job, laboring under the mistaken belief that you have some public service obligation outside your discipline.  

You look around for somebody's private business to meddle in under the guise of correcting some great social injustice, and notice:

a) a fellow professor is queering off with a male student, resulting in that student going on a murderous rampage

b) a university administrator who shares your residence but not your last name is cited by the government for selling mutant experimental pigs to the public for food

c) the state administrator to whom you send your extra-discipline "research" is an adjudicated civil rights violator and admitted sexual deviant

d) the website where you post your mindless commentary and drivel is a front for pedophile-pandering gay boy pornography

e) your own daughter maintains two filthy internet blogs where she reveals that she is a lesbian, that she listens to the "suck my dick fuck my ass song" with dear old dad, and that her mother refers to Catholics as "dirty Papists"  

f) a professor in your department received his PhD after submitting as his individual work a dissertation that he admits really was co-authored by fifteen (15) people.

To which of these outrageous practices do you devote your spare time to put a deserved end?  

According to UIUC physics professor George Gollin (George D. Gollin, George Dana Gollin) the correct answer is: none of the above.
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#4
What...
Educators doing exactly what politicians and wire pullers expect them to...
Really?!
Now that is new...
The state democracy is in, eh?
PFFT!
A.A Mole University
B.A London Institute of Applied Research
B.Sc Millard Fillmore
M.A International Institute for Advanced Studies
Ph.D London Institute of Applied Research
Ph.D Millard Fillmore
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#5
George Gollin (George D. Gollin, George Dana Gollin) should resign too.  After all, the self-annointed sleuth has made it his business to protect the wealthy higher education cartel, and he has failed miserably.  More stench of scandal right under his big nose.  Time for UI to sweep out all the garbage, including the self-promoters and officious intermeddlers.

Quote:University of Illinois application clout-list fallout grows

Legislator issues call for resignations, investigations of university leaders

By Stacy St. Clair and Jodi S. Cohen | Tribune reporters
June 8, 2009

Fallout from questionable admissions practices at the University of Illinois continued Sunday as a state representative called for the resignation of the school system's president and the trustees who meddled with student applications.

State Rep. Mike Boland (D-East Moline), chairman of the state House Higher Education Committee, said President B. Joseph White and other university leaders betrayed the public's confidence by giving preferential treatment to politically connected applicants.

"They were trusted to protect our university," Boland said. "In my eyes, they failed in that regard and they should resign."

A university spokesman said he does not expect any resignations and that the university is taking steps toward restoring "public confidence in the integrity and fairness of University of Illinois admissions."

Boland, whose name does not appear on the university's patronage list, also wants Gov. Pat Quinn to appoint a panel to investigate the shadow admissions systems chronicled in a recent Tribune series. After reviewing more than 1,800 pages of documents, the Tribune found subpar applicants gained admission to the Urbana-Champaign campus with the sway of state legislators and university trustees during the last five years.

About 800 students' names have been placed on annual lists since 2005, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. It's unknown how many would have qualified for entry on their own, but their acceptance rate is higher than average -- even though records show patronage candidates, as a group, had lower average ACT scores and class ranks than all admitted students.

During the last five years, more than 100 politicians, most of them Springfield lawmakers, forwarded applicant names to the university's lobbyists, a practice that resulted in the students being placed on the clout list, university records show. However, Boland did not call for any elected officials to resign, saying they must answer to voters in the next election unlike the governor-appointed trustees.

The Tribune review found that trustees backed applicants who were friends, neighbors and relatives. Several trustees also said they forwarded requests from people they didn't know but who contacted them because of their position with the university.

While some trustees and lawmakers said they didn't realize there was a separate category for their requests, the records showed they needed only to forward a name and a few vital statistics to have the student placed in it.

Trustee Kenneth Schmidt repeatedly forwarded applicant names, even asking Chancellor Richard Herman when he could "check up on my crop en masse" in a 2006 e-mail. Trustee Larry Eppley passed along a request in 2005 from then- Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who wanted one of Tony Rezko's relatives admitted. And current board chair Niranjan Shah pushed for a student to be admitted to the MBA program even though Herman warned that school officials "had serious concerns about his ability to handle the academics."

"I am outraged trustees and individuals within the upper levels of the university administration are apparently actively helping under-qualified and unqualified students get admitted," Boland said. "Admissions to a public university, one of the best schools in the country, should be based on merit, not knowing a trustee or elected official."

The university suspended the clout list -- known internally as Category I -- last week and announced plans to appoint a panel to examine the process and suggest ways to avoid political pressure in future admissions decisions. The task force will report to university trustees, the same group whose bold and repeated admission requests fueled the Tribune's report.

Boland said the university cannot be trusted to investigate itself, especially after officials defended the list's usefulness as way of tracking inquiries.

"It should be an outside investigation so we can get to the bottom of this," he said.

Boland sent a letter to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D- Chicago) last week, asking permission to hold legislative hearings on Category I. Madigan -- who is tied to more than 40 names on the clout list since 2005 -- has defended the practice as good constituent service and would need to approve Boland's request.

A U. of I. spokesman said the president and board of trustees would cooperate with the hearing process.

"The university will participate in any hearing the legislature decides to undertake, making ourselves available for testimony and providing whatever materials are requested," spokesman Tom Hardy said.

If Boland's hearing request is denied, he says he would like Quinn to initiate a public inquiry and subpoena documents, including the names of Category I applicants, to determine whether trustees or lawmakers had financial or political incentives for helping students. U. of I. officials redacted student names in documents released to the Tribune, citing privacy laws.

The governor's spokesman said Quinn will make an announcement about the U. of I. admissions controversy this week.

Quinn does not appear on any of the clout lists maintained by the university.

Since the Tribune series ran, university officials have moved to restrict university lobbyists' access to the admission office's database after documents showed admissions officers feared the government affairs office was sharing confidential information with lawmakers and the families of well-connected students.

U. of I. also has promised to make an unadvertised appeals process -- an option used to keep politically connected applications alive -- more public.
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Herbert Spencer Wrote:George Gollin (George D. Gollin, George Dana Gollin) should resign too.  After all, the self-annointed sleuth has made it his business to protect the wealthy higher education cartel, and he has failed miserably.  More stench of scandal right under his big nose.  Time for UI to sweep out all the garbage, including the self-promoters and officious intermeddlers.

This is Illinois we're talking about ... you can't sweep away all the garbage. To do that you would need a flood of biblical proportions to wash away all the crap and stench that have infected that state to its very core.  Sad

P.S. If there were a flood unleashed by the Almighty, I wonder how Gollin and Loots would fare?  Big Grin
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#7
Little Arminius Wrote:To do that you would need a flood of biblical proportions to wash away all the crap and stench that have infected that state to its very core.  Sad

P.S. If there were a flood unleashed by the Almighty, I wonder how Gollin and Loots would fare?  Big Grin

Gollin & Loots = Crap & Stench = first ones down the drain
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#8
Gollin excluded from admissions probe panel!  

Imagine having an investigation and not letting world renowned super sleuth like George Gollin (George D. Gollin, George Dana Gollin) play.  Right on your own UI campus you have someone whose giant intellect and apparent complete lack of common sense or ethics makes him a perfect choice for any government office or inquisition.  What are they thinking?

Gov. Pat Quinn to create panel to probe U. of I. admissions
Quote:Quinn's seven-member Admissions Review Commission, led by well-respected retired federal Judge Abner Mikva, will have 60 days to complete its work, according to an executive order expected to be signed by the governor....

The seven-member commission charged with reviewing admissions procedures at the University of Illinois includes three attorneys and two former journalists.

--Chairman Abner Mikva, Chicago, former congressman, U.S. appeals court judge and White House counsel under President Bill Clinton.

--Ted Chung, Highland Park, general counsel to Gov. Pat Quinn

--Bernard Judge, Chicago, former editor and publisher of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, previously held editing positions at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

--Charles Scholz, Quincy, Ill., private practice attorney and member of the board of directors, Bank of Quincy.

--Doris Lowry, Chicago, president, Aspen Pine Group Inc.

--Maribeth Vander Weele, Chicago, president of Vander Weele Group LLC, a corporate investigations firm. Previously was inspector general of Chicago Public Schools and an investigative reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times.

--Ricardo Estrada, Chicago, executive director, Erie Neighborhood House.

Obviously the answer is that there are only seven people on the panel.  Gollin needs at least 16 to get anything done.  It's a tradition at Princeton, you know.

Will the other six copy off the Asian guy?
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#9
Quote:Kazmierczak also struggled with his sexual identity, telling his former girlfriend of encounters with men, including a University of Illinois biochemistry professor

Who is the pervert?  
http://mcb.illinois.edu/departments/bioc...alpha.html

If we can find them why can't Sphincter Boy Gollum?  

Isn't Gollum the one who frets about diploma mill doctors killing people, even though medical doctors are licensed in every state and couldn't legally practice medicine with a milled degree?  

This Kazmierczak asshole killed a bunch of people, all because he got diddled by one of Gollum's fellow profs.  Funny how Gollum only has to walk down the hall to check this out, but he hasn't said a single word about it.  
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Yancy Derringer Wrote:Who is the pervert?  
http://mcb.illinois.edu/departments/bioc...alpha.html

You are right, Yancy.  According to the Chicago Tribune, somebody listed on that page may well be a pervert who sexually exploited a student--a student who then went on a rampage and slaughtered other students.  No doubt this murderous assault was a direct result of being degraded and abused by said pervert prof.

So we know why George The Sphincter Gollin isn't doing anything about it.  It's only a few dead students, not something really important like protecting the wealthy higher education cartel from cut rate competitors.  

The question is why isn't Governor Pat Quinn appointing seven more political hacks to investigate this?  

Aren't multiple vicious, bloody murders considered a little more severe than some rich guy's stupid kid getting into college?  Doesn't Quinn have enough Chinese guys in his office to do all the actual work?
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