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FSU's Koch problems in the news:


State of the University Series: Funding, Oct 8 2016, FSU News

[I]n the past few years, President Thrasher and Florida State have faced scrutiny from students and speculation from the media regarding funds and donations. In January of 2015, President Thrasher abruptly canceled a meeting with the Progress Coalition—a group of students who regarded the large sums of funding money from the Koch Brothers as ‘jeopardizing the university’s academic integrity.’

Thrasher has, however, responded to critics since his arrival on campus about the influence of the Koch brothers on Florida State faculty and curriculum:

“Anyone who would suggest that (the Koch Brothers) would be allowed to pick the faculty or pick which kind of programs are offered—we would not accept that kind of gift. There is nothing to the Koch grant contract that allows them to do anything like that.”

Koch Foundation provides over $800,000 to FSU, June 29 2016, FSUNews

Op Ed: FSU Koch gift must have strings attached, June 26 2016, Tallahassee Democrat

New [Koch] Funding Supports Postdoc Fellowships, Research and Outreach, June 21 2016, FSU News

United Faculty of Florida does not support Koch grant, June 18 2016, Tallahassee Democrat

Koch Criminal Justice Reform Trojan Horse: Special Report on Reentry and Following the Money, June 16 2016, PRWatch

Charles Koch Foundation provides more than $800,000 in research grants to FSU, June 15 2016, Tallahassee Democrat

Charles Koch's Disturbing High School Economics Project Teaches 'Sacrificing Lives for Profits', May 9 2016, Alternet

Provost candidate has ties to Koch interests, Nov 17 2015, Tallahassee Democrat

FSU students debate value of Koch donations, Nov 5 2015, Tallahassee Democrat

University responds to Progress Coalition report, June 6 2015, FSU News

Progress Coalition report uncovers alleged violation of university donor policy, June 4 2015, FSU News

[Admin Op Ed] Koch contract portrayed inaccurately, Feb 25 2015, Tallahassee Democrat

Koch contract raises serious issues for FSU, Feb 23 2015, Tallahassee Democrat

FSU Progress Coalition to Protest Thrasher Speaking Event Tomorrow, Feb 10 2015, WTXL

LTE: Economics Department likely to be influenced by Koch donation, Jan 22 2015, Tallahassee Democrat

Reply to John Thrasher on Koch agreements and Transparency at FSU, Jan 21 2016, FSU Progress Coalition Blog

Thrasher: Academic freedom not restricted by donors, Jan 16 2016, Tallahassee Democrat

An MOU Relating to a Grant from the Koch Foundation, Jan 1 2015, AAUP Academe Blog

UFF-FSU Statement Regarding Donor Agreements, Jan 15 2015, United Faculty of Florida FSU

Thrasher nixes meeting with students on Koch funding, Jan 11 2015, Tallahassee Democrat

[Student Op Ed] Koch-funded positions raise serious concerns, Jan 10 2016, Tallahassee Democrat

How FSU Sold Its Soul for $1.5 Million, Jan 9 2015, Gainseville Scene

James Carville: FSU stands for ‘For Sale University’, Nov 18 2014, The Hill

BOG approves Thrasher, protests continue, Nov 12 2014, FSView

On first day in office, new FSU president hears student demands, Nov 11 2014, USA Today College

Students protest selection of Thrasher as FSU president, Nov 6 2014, WTSP

Thrasher confirmed as new presidents of FSU, Nov 6 2014, Florida Times-Union

UnKoch  My Campus National Day of Action Around FSU Presidential Search, Nov 4 2014, Inside Higher Ed

FSU Students ask Board of Governors to reject Thrasher's appointment, Nov 3 2014, Tampa Bay Times

FSU student group to protest Thrasher presidency, Nov 3 2014, Miami Herald

Florida State U. Board Picks Politician as President Despite Widespread Protest, Sept 24 2014, Chronicle of Higher Education

John Thrasher named new president of FSU, Sept 23 2014, News4Jax

Koch Brothers, ALEC Threaten Campus Democracy at FSU, US Universities, Sept 19 2014, Popular Resistance

Politifact: Thrasher says he has 'never received any contributions from the Koch brothers' - MOSTLY FALSE, Nov 19 2014, PolitiFact Florida

John Thrasher Hears Student Demands as He Takes the Helm at FSU, Nov 10 2016, News Service of Florida

Thrasher's first day at FSU begins with tense student meeting, Nov 10 2014, Florida Times-Union

Koch Network Poised To Control FSU, Sept 1 2014, Crooks & Liars

FSU foes point to John Thrasher's ties to Koch brothers, Sept 19 2014, Tampa Bay Times

How a Koch foundation influenced a university economics department, Sept 12 2016, Washington Post

Koch brothers sought say in academic hiring in return for university donation, Sept 12 2014, The Guardian

Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions, Sept 12 2014, Center for Public Integrity

Presidential search is latest battle for free-market lobbyists trying to transform FSU, Context Florida, September 1, 2014

Koch brothers influence on FSU sets risky precedent, Aug 28 2016, Florida Independent Alligator

My View: Free FSU search from corporate influence, Aug 27 2014, Tallahassee Democrat

FSU trustees insist on at least three president finalists, June 28 2014

Koch Foundation Criticized Again For Influencing Florida State, May 23 2014, NPR Morning Edition

Thrasher To Interview For FSU Presidency Over Objections By Faculty, Students, May 21 2014, WFSU

[Faculty Op Ed] FSU learns from Koch association, May 15 2014, Tallahassee Democrat

FSU Students Discover New Senate Bill Meant To Keep Koch Infiltration… Behind Closed Doors, Apr 24 2014, Daily Kos

Column: Some fear Charles Koch's influence damages FSU's integrity, Apr 19 2014, Tampa Bay Times

Is Charles Koch Funding Climate Science Denial in Florida State University Economics? Apr 9 2014, Greenpeace Blog

The University is For Sale’: Koch Brothers Target Higher Education, Apr 6 2014, National Education Association's NEA Today

My View: Don't let Koch hurt academic integrity, Apr 4 2014, Tallahassee Democrat


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