Is NU the Next Land Grant to Experience a Scandal for Misdeeds?

May 3, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. (exclusive) by Ivy Harper

Former NU President Graham Spanier’s criminal indictment shows that the tipping point for reining in the Ivory Tower finally has arrived.

Like NU, Penn State is a federal/Morrill Land Grant Act University.

Like Penn State, NU’s Top Titans have abused their power; in NU’s case it is a financial/retaliation-against-challengers-abuse rather than physical or sexual abuse and subsequent cover-ups.

The Ivory Tower must be reined in and Spanier’s sad saga shows that Nebraska’s Platte RiVersailles reign will be coming to an end.

Hard-working Nebraskans remain in the grip of America’s second Great Depression yet NU’s Regents voted recently to give NU raises although they are in the country’s 1 per cent in terms of salaries and benefits.

NU’s rubber-stamping Regents continue to use worn-out dogma and self-serving rationales merely to justify excess. Just like Wall Street.

Here’s a better way to view the University “Executive Salary Equity & Perks” Arms Race. Just because the President of Ohio State buys a cherry-red, gas-guzzling Hummer and brags about it, does that mean that NU should buy a Hummer 3 on steroids. Or a tank.

If the rapacious President of Ohio State, Gordon Gee, retrofitted an aircraft carrier and drove that around his Ohio campus, should Nebraska’s five Chancellors follow?

No. They should not. NU Chancellors should buy a small, “smart” car and feel content—and proud–that they are not taking part in the immoral and bad-business-driven belief that bigger is always better…

Or that more money for already-wealthy Corporate Chancellors – formerly known as Public Servants – can continue to be justified when the lavish salaries of the PUBLIC “hyper-trophying hordes of University Presidents/Chancellors/Vice-Chancellors/Deans & Provosts” are a core contributor to America’s ever-escalating, obscene economic disparity.

This bears repeating: Predatory College Presidents and their BFF’s, predatory student loan lenders, have helped to create the United States of a Mess. Remember, NELNET didn’t fleece the U.S. taxpayer all by their “loan-somes.” NELNET had NU’s help and the NU Foundation got around $22 million dollars for their role in the nefarious NU/NELNET “Partnership” that happened right after NU President Milliken came to power and when uber-lobbyist Kim Robak was NU Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs. She resigned from NU one month after the NELNET/NU “Partnership” and shortly afterwards, the Mueller-Robak lobbying firm began receiving $45,000 a year from NELNET, an arrangement that continues to this day.

NU’s Regents don’t seem to understand that they should be ROLLING BACK NU salaries and perks rather than increasing them. Students are suffering, Sirs, and you’re supposed to be Stewards for them.

A recent USA Today article begins: “At least one person on campus has done okay as the economy has declined: public university presidents’ salaries climbed 37.6 per cent last year…” while tuition continues to skyrocket and hard-working American students are stuck with soul-crushing predatory student loan debt.

University Presidents et al are supposed to be leaders but in Nebraska, it’s clear that it’s just the reverse. NU’s Regents & NU’s Presidents are being led to fiscal sanity by We the People.

But boy, that is definitely happening. When LGUR first started, it seemed a bit lonely talking about the legacy of the Land Grant Act but all one has to do is read the LJS Comments and the Omaha World-Herald to know how much that’s changed.

Here’s the reality: Nebraskans see the Big Picture far better than NU’s Regents, NU’s President, & NU’s Four Chancellors who are being paid excessively by citizens who have more vision than the Ivory Tower does. Wow.

Ironic and sad at the same time.

The good news: the college reform tipping point has arrived. And while NU’s Regents et al continue to show their clique-like cluelessness about the Lives of Others, it’s still just a question of time before NU will be officially reined in either by the ballot, by an Inspector General, or via legislative mandate.

A final note: NU repeatedly seeks increases by referencing that they’re only doing so because they’re stuck at a “mid-point” with their “Peers” in the Big Ten.

My answer: “Peer Pressure, isn’t that what Educators teach Middle Schoolers to ignore?”

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