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  • Lawmakers trying to figure out how to punish COD, exempt other schools Mar 27, 2015 5:50 AM
    Lawmakers piled up a flurry of proposals after the controversy over a $763,000 severance package for College of DuPage President Robert Breuder, but some of them are going to need a little retooling. At issue: How to give COD a hard time for the severance deal without putting unnecessary limits on other colleges and universities across the state.

     
  • COD candidates: Bring back theater group Mar 25, 2015 6:14 PM
    College of DuPage should rekindle its relationship with a professional theater group that had long entertained audiences at the Glen Ellyn campus, according to candidates in the school’s board of trustees race.

     
  • COD candidates don’t want Breuder picking replacement Mar 24, 2015 11:11 PM
    With College of DuPage President Robert Breuder a year away from retirement, candidates in the school trustee race are offering differing views on what traits the next president should have. However, several candidates agree the future president of the Glen Ellyn community college shouldn’t be someone who is hand-picked by Breuder.

     
  • COD physics professor gets nailed in class Mar 23, 2015 6:35 PM
    College of DuPage physics professor David Fazzini lies on a bed of nails as physics professor Tom Carter smashes a cinder block on top of him. The demonstration in Fazzini’s Physics 1100 class was part of a lecture on the principles of energy.

     
  • College of DuPage faculty: Endorsed candidates will bring integrity to board Mar 24, 2015 11:50 AM
    The College of DuPage Faculty Association's political action committee says the three trustee candidates it has endorsed for the April 7 election — Deanne Mazzochi, Dan Bailey and Sandra Pihos — will bring critical thinking, political prowess and integrity to the school's beleaguered board. The endorsements come at a key time for COD, with critics raising numerous questions about the seven-member board's financial oversight, its handling of President Robert Breuder's pending departure next March and how it will conduct the search for his replacement. They also come after the teachers union last September took a historic vote of “no confidence” in Breuder.

     
  • Endorsement: Our choices for the College of DuPage board Mar 23, 2015 9:44 AM
    Calling the race for the College of DuPage board the "most electric" election in the suburbs this spring, the Daily Herald provides its assessment of the controversities at COD and explains its endorsements of three candidates to move the college forward.

     
  • COD Foundation director defends board members over no-bid contract claims Mar 20, 2015 6:18 PM
    Claims that vendors for College of DuPage benefited from having employees sit on the school’s foundation board are being dismissed as “unwarranted” and “untrue” by the executive director of the foundation. "The volunteers who serve on the board of the College of DuPage Foundation are respected leaders in our community who have agreed to act as goodwill ambassadors for our school,” foundation Executive Director Catherine Brod said.

     
  • College of DuPage board approves PR firm already doing work Mar 20, 2015 9:36 PM
    A Chicago-based public relations firm has been working this month to help the College of DuPage board respond to controversies at the Glen Ellyn campus. But college trustees didn’t formally sign off on the hiring of Res Publica Group until Thursday night. “They should not be hiring a public relations firm at all,” Trustee Kathy Hamilton said.

     
  • COD candidate: No-bid contracts given to foundation board members Mar 19, 2015 5:30 AM
    A College of DuPage board candidate says he's concerned the school gave no-bid contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars to businesses that employ members of the COD Foundation Board. Dan Bailey, one of the 12 candidates vying for three open seats on the board that oversees the Glen Ellyn-based community college, says he'll ask trustees during their Thursday night meeting to create a “very strict policy” that would prevent foundation board members from receiving contracts with the college in the future.

     
  • COD hopefuls suggest review, changes at Waterleaf Mar 18, 2015 2:33 PM
    In the wake of growing financial losses at College of DuPage's Waterleaf restaurant and the revelation that school administrators dined there on the taxpayers' dime, several candidates in the COD board of trustees race say an analysis needs to be done to determine whether the fine-dining restaurant should stay open.

     
  • No controversy, just fine dining at community college student-run restaurants Mar 16, 2015 11:15 AM
    Vegetable strata with red curry sauce, white-bean ravioli and grilled mahi-mahi over sweet potato hash could be big-league food served at any upscale suburban restaurant. But instead of a deep-pocketed chain or entrepreneur running the show, student-managed eateries at community colleges are serving the creative dishes.

     
  • Images: Student-managed college eateries Mar 16, 2015 1:00 AM
    Student-managed eateries at area community colleges are serving creative food. See the students working behind the scenes creating these mouth-watering dishes.

     
  • COD wants to meet with lawmakers about audit costs Mar 13, 2015 2:52 PM
    College of DuPage officials want a meeting with state lawmakers and Illinois' top auditor about the cost of a sweeping review of an investigation into the college's operations. State lawmakers want the college to pay for the probe after the board gave President Robert Breuder a $763,000 severance package.

     
  • Businesses at College of DuPage targeted for back property taxes Mar 13, 2015 6:48 AM
    Milton Township Assessor Chris LeVan said the U.S. Bank branch at College of DuPage should be paying property taxes. His office is also investigating whether the controversial college-run Waterleaf restaurant should also lose its tax exempt status.

     
  • New public relations firm triggers latest dispute at COD Mar 12, 2015 9:59 PM
    College of DuPage Trustee Kathy Hamilton is blasting the school for using a Chicago-based public relations firm to help it address a growing number of questions concerning oversight at the Glen Ellyn campus. In a memo dated Wednesday, COD board President Erin Birt said the board’s legal counsel, Franczek Radelet, has retained Res Publica Group to “assist us in our communication efforts to ensure the public and media have the facts and to prevent the spread of misinformation.”

     
  • COD trustee candidates talk about improvements for students Mar 12, 2015 5:30 AM
    The twelve candidates vying for three seats on the College of DuPage board of trustees shared different visions Wednesday about the most important improvements they would like to make for students.

     
  • COD board may ban reimbursement for alcohol Mar 12, 2015 6:49 PM
    Months after a government watchdog group criticized College of DuPage administrators and board members for using taxpayers’ money on meals and drinks for themselves at the school’s Waterleaf restaurant, trustees are responding by drafting a policy that would prohibit reimbursements for alcohol.

     
  • COD board leader reviewing alcohol, dining reimbursement policies Mar 12, 2015 2:56 PM
    The chairman of the College of DuPage board says she wants to adopt new policies in the next two months to “ensure the academic integrity of the college remains strong.” Erin Birt issued a memo that appoints four members of the seven-person board to review two issues. The first is an “extensive” review of the college's expense and procurement policies. The second is a review of the College of DuPage Foundation Board.

     
  • COD misses deadline to pay for audit Mar 10, 2015 8:26 PM
    College of DuPage trustees will miss a deadline set by state lawmakers to approve funding for a voluntary performance audit of the beleaguered community college. Lawmakers gave the COD board of trustees until Thursday to authorize spending up to $234,000 for Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland to conduct the probe. But the board has not scheduled a meeting for Thursday and cannot legally do so now because such a session requires 48 hours notice.

     
  • COD critics aim to force Breuder out after election Mar 10, 2015 6:01 AM
    Asked if an attempt to oust Robert Breuder as president of the College of DuPage and repeal his severance agreement could provoke an expensive lawsuit, Trustee Kathy Hamilton said, “Let him sue us. You have to stand for something and I would like to see him defend this (financial) record.”

     
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