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  • Author to explore ‘obsession with music’ in new Daily Herald book club Mar 31, 2015 10:52 AM
    A new book club concept that will connect readers and authors is launching with a writer who explores the science of the human “obsession” with music. Daniel J. Levitin, author of “This is Your Brain on Music,” will be the first speaker in the Daily Herald’s Author’s Circle Book Club, a collaboration with the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage. Levitin, a professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at the arts center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

     
  • DuPage County prosecutors probing College of DuPage, charges appear unlikely Mar 31, 2015 5:45 AM
    An investigation by the DuPage County state's attorney's office into spending at the College of DuPage is unlikely to result in any criminal charges, according to sources with knowledge of the probe. But critics of the community college's administration are questioning the objectivity of the state's attorney's investigation and already are calling for an independent probe to be done by federal authorities. Grand jury subpoenas for financial records were issued about two weeks ago to both the Glen Ellyn-based college and its fundraising arm, the College of DuPage Foundation, sources said.

     
  • Don’t overlook COD’s successes Mar 29, 2015 1:00 AM
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Recent headlines obscure an absolute truth: There are tremendous things happening at the College of DuPage.

     
  • Watchdog group questions more COD contracts Mar 27, 2015 9:27 PM
    A government watchdog group says the College of DuPage paid a sign designer hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of two no-bid contracts that refer to her repeatedly as an architect — even though she isn’t one. But Carla Burkhart of Herricane Graphics insists she never claimed to be an architect. And COD officials say they used boilerplate contracts and one of them included an addendum indicating Burkhart’s work wasn’t architectural.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.”

     
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