Board of Trustees Exposes 

Blatant Fiscal Abuse at 

Chicago State University

G. Stolyarov II
Issue CXXXII - December 13, 2007
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It is always heartening to find instances of financial accountability on the part of government institutions. It is also heartening to find cases in which such institutions police themselves. As such, congratulations are in order to Chicago State University’s trustees, who have taken steps to crack down on blatant misuse of funds on the part of some of the University’s employees.

CSU purchased two copy machines for an astounding $251,000 from a firm owned by one of the university’s employees. No competitive bidding occurred for this acquisition. Additionally, Elnora Daniel, the President of CSU, was found guilty of spending “university money on personal items, alcohol, and other unapproved expenses.” Talk about being drunk with power!

The guilty CSU officials used federal funds – derived from a grant given by the U. S. Agency for International Development – to engage in such wasteful spending. The money – meant to be used for printing textbooks for children in Ghana – actually went to line the pockets of the university President and certain associates.

The owner of the company that sold the copy machines, Michael Vernon Warren – a former director of publications and copy services at CSU – is currently under investigation. The university trustees have now mandated that all contracts involving large sums of money be placed before the board for a vote.

G. Stolyarov II is a science fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre,  Rebirth of Reason, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, weekly columnist for GrasstopsUSA.com, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. Mr. Stolyarov also publishes his articles on Helium.com and Associated Content to assist the spread of rational ideas. His newest science fiction novel is Eden against the Colossus. His latest non-fiction treatise is A Rational Cosmology. His most recent play is Implied Consent. Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at gennadystolyarovii@yahoo.com.

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