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Short stories of memorable incidences taking place on college campuses.

Ian Masters Radio Show Segment: The Magnificent Seven with Professor Lawrence Wilkerson

Ian Masters Radio Show Segment: The Magnificent Seven with Professor Lawrence Wilkerson

Lawrence Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell joins Ian Masters to discuss his article at The Huffington Post “The Magnificent Seven”  What is shocking in the radio segment is Mr. Wilkerson is candid and seemingly honest in his evaluation of the Republican Party.  The most shocking view that he puts forth is that one of the Republican Party’s problem with President Obama is black prejudice.  I have suspected this for a long…

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Google Allegidly Denies Proper Adsense Control.

Google Allegidly Denies Proper Adsense Control.

This web site has been in existence since 2006.  The web site started just after taking a web development class at a California State university.  The class was excellent.  Some time, not sure when, I enrolled in Google’s Adsense.  This is an application where you can join Google and they will help place their managed advertisements into your web site and pay you some small amount of money for showing their advertisements.  A web site can begin costing you just…

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Govenor Brown Wants College Education To Take 4 Years Not 6

Govenor Brown Wants College Education To Take 4 Years Not 6

LA Times article, Thurs. May 16, 2013, LA Extra page AA, Brown urges UC to speed graduations. By Larry Gordon The California governor wants a college education to take 4 not 6 years.  There are some factors that are not readily apparent causing this problem.  I will list a few.  Please note that as I list each factor that factor in itself is a self sustaining problem that adds to the next factor.  To solve this problem, each factor should…

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Management Problem Allegedly Persists To The Level Of Incompetence?

Management Problem Allegedly Persists To The Level Of Incompetence?

This blog ran a series of articles delving into an internal problem at a state university.  We were made aware of this problem late fall of 07 and began putting up articles a few months later in an attempt to pressure the university to take action.  It took a while but the university did come around (we are not sure why) and apparently resolved the issue.  The article that once appeared here has been taken down because we think it…

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Financial Aid Problems At A California State University

Financial Aid Problems At A California State University

We received a private communication from a family that allegedly a series of mistakes were made for the deposit of scholarship money into their son’s account. The family counted at least six mistakes made over a six month period: “Wrong check numbers, wrong names, wrong amounts…”. If your student receives scholarship money, you might want to do what this family did. “He has his own checking account and a CD just for scholarships”. Another problem came to light. It took…

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Arbitrary job guidelines.

Arbitrary job guidelines.

The state of California campus systems have job position guidelines. HR units on each campus will use those to set campus standards for hiring and for job evaluations, called desk audits. One staff member thought he qualified for being a TV Engineer. He currently held the position of Equipment Technician III. He was told by HR that only one TV Engineer was allowed on any state campus. That is in the state documents. The bad: after he retired, he found…

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Tables turned and tax payer pays.

Tables turned and tax payer pays.

The bad: allegedly a staff member was brought up on charges of assaulting another staff member. The good: During the legal proceedings, allegedly, the attorney for the university discovered that the work unit administrator was so allegedly deficient that the campus had to pay a very large settlement to the very employee that they wanted to punish. That employee, it is rumored, took that money and became a very successful day trader.

Tax payers pay for duplication.

Tax payers pay for duplication.

Two new TV studios had to be built on the same campus where a very large TV studio practically sat empty, only occasionally used for acting classes. The cost to the taxpayers for this duplication allegedly was in the millions.

Not hired but department chair fired.

Not hired but department chair fired.

The bad: A professor applied for a teaching position at another campus but was not hired. He found out from a friend working at the university where he applied for the job that the department chair allegedly hired a personal friend. The good: The other faculty members in the department found this out and had the department chairman fired.

Rush jobs.

Rush jobs.

High level managers can determine how university money is spent. The bad: Some times managers can use state funding to pay to make up for management errors which can result in state funds unnecessarily being drained. One example of this is poorly planned construction which often times comes from rushed jobs. College campuses must continue to function and the best times for construction is during semester breaks, which in most cases is way too short. If administrators fail to do…

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