Koch at George Mason University
OCT. 10 2016
RT - Thom Hartmann Show
OCT. 6 2016
Washington Post, Justices, academics dedicate Scalia law school
Skeptics, including some of George Mason’s faculty and students, said the gift and the renaming showed that donors were wielding undue influence over Virginia’s largest public university. Protesters displayed a banner on a sidewalk along Fairfax Drive, outside the law school, Thursday morning as people gathered for the dedication. “Protect Public Ed Not Private Interests,” it said.
“Our concerns have been ignored by the leadership of George Mason University,” one of the demonstrators, sophomore Janine Gaspari, said.
OCT. 6, 2016
WJLA, Justice Kagan praises Scalia at law school renaming ceremony,
George Mason University officials announced plans to change the name shortly after Scalia died in February. The move was tied to a $10 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation and a $20 million matching grant from an anonymous donor that is contingent on renaming the school.
The GMU faculty senate passed a resolution in April that questioned the change, and some opponents urged the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia to reject it. But the council said in May it had no oversight role in the matter.
About 30 students, faculty, alumni and Virginia taxpayers protested the undue influence they believe donors have on what they're taught at GMU which is a public school. They want a faculty review of donor agreements.
"It's about the strings that are attached to the money and not who the donations are from. Yet again our voices were ignored," said Janine Gaspari, a sophomore at George Mason University.
SEPT. 30, 2016
Bloomberg, Protest Planned for Scalia Law School Ceremony
“We do not believe the administration has addressed student and faculty concerns raised about the university’s relationship with private donors,” [UnKoch's Samantha] Parsons said in the release.