Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Koch-funded college journalism arrives at SDSU

Students "a check on the power of the administration," per sponsor

Charles Koch. "Our contacts at the Koch Foundation gave us complete independence to run the program the way we saw fit."
Charles Koch. "Our contacts at the Koch Foundation gave us complete independence to run the program the way we saw fit."

Could San Diego State University, a bastion of the local business establishment that has carefully guarded its political and financial perogatives, be in for a housecleaning, courtesy of donations from conservative billionaire Charles Koch's foundation to Florida's Poynter Institute?

The prior tenure of SDSU's newly-installed president Adela de la Torre as an administrator at UC Davis has gotten short shrift from the locals.

So portends a September 17 news release by the educational non-profit announcing that SDSU's Daily Aztec and eight other student media organizations are this year's beneficiaries of its College Media Project

"During a time of increasingly limited resources for student media organizations, Poynter will help more student journalists hold their institutions accountable, increase civil dialogue on campus and improve watchdog reporting skills," says the announcement, adding that the nation's college scribes say they are desperate for assistance.

"Some shared stories of intimidation by administrators and even their own peers. Others noted ongoing Title IX investigations and their eagerness to learn more about how to hold their institutions accountable for transparency in job searches and complaints about employees."

Poynter senior vice president Kelly McBride added that the students deserved aid because “they are a check on the power of the administration."

SDSU insiders note that there is no dearth of rocks to be turned over, including follow-ups to a multitude of malfeasance reports issued by California's state auditor and the California State University system.

Among other alleged faults in recent years, SDSU has been dinged for asbestos and potentially hazardous eyewash stations in its student labs and hit for financial favoritism to an unnamed athletic department staffer, along with a bevy of other negative findings.

"A company owned by a campus faculty member improperly included the university name in its name, and the company obtained a deeply discounted facility rental rate from [Associated Students], which appeared to be a conflict of interest,” noted a 2016 CSU audit.

Regarding the school’s fast-and-loose fundraising, auditors said, "The campus had not developed a written fund‐raising policy or established a written delegation of authority for fund‐raising events; fund‐raising events were not always reviewed and approved by a delegated authority prior to the events; and revenues for certain fund‐raising events were incorrectly reported on IRS Form 990."

In September of last year, SDSU's preventative maintenance and a yet-to-be-adopted climate action plan were called out by CSU auditors.

Replied SDSU officials: "The university accepts the risk inherent in not maintaining all assets at the scheduled intervals provided in the [preventative maintenance] program given the finite resources available at this time. We will continue to advocate for additional funding and staffing to expedite this process.”

Fleeing faculty remains a story to be pursued. As reported here in February of last year, professor Anne Donadey of SDSU’s Diversity Equity and Outreach Committee told the faculty senate "The decrease in faculty numbers is cause for concern, as is the fact that percentages of female and underrepresented faculty members have not increased in spite of retirements and regular hiring since 2014-15.”

The prior tenure of SDSU's newly-installed president Adela de la Torre as an administrator at UC Davis, where she declined to provide emails to a law firm hired by the state to investigate her boss and close friend, ex-Davis chancellor Linda Katehi, has also gotten short shrift from the locals.

Then there is the case of Lilac Hills Ranch, the topic of a November 2016 investigative report by SDSU-run KPBS, highlighting what was alleged to be "dark money" political funding against the project without disclosing that developer Randy Goodson and wife were donors to SDSU's posh Parma Payne Goodall alumni center.

Regarding the Charles Koch Foundation's role in the journalism program, Poynter's McBride explains on the group's website, "We pick the schools. We set the curriculum. We hire the faculty. We occasionally update our contacts at the Koch Foundation about our progress. I can personally attest that over the last year our contacts at the Koch Foundation gave us complete independence to run the program the way we saw fit."

Added McBride: "With Koch money we helped the student journalists at Howard University’s The Hilltop newspaper cover the longest student occupation in the college’s history, hold their own university officials accountable and host bl(activism), a conference on black activism.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

What opera is closest to California redwoods?

Tough competing with the English and Austrians
Charles Koch. "Our contacts at the Koch Foundation gave us complete independence to run the program the way we saw fit."
Charles Koch. "Our contacts at the Koch Foundation gave us complete independence to run the program the way we saw fit."

Could San Diego State University, a bastion of the local business establishment that has carefully guarded its political and financial perogatives, be in for a housecleaning, courtesy of donations from conservative billionaire Charles Koch's foundation to Florida's Poynter Institute?

The prior tenure of SDSU's newly-installed president Adela de la Torre as an administrator at UC Davis has gotten short shrift from the locals.

So portends a September 17 news release by the educational non-profit announcing that SDSU's Daily Aztec and eight other student media organizations are this year's beneficiaries of its College Media Project

"During a time of increasingly limited resources for student media organizations, Poynter will help more student journalists hold their institutions accountable, increase civil dialogue on campus and improve watchdog reporting skills," says the announcement, adding that the nation's college scribes say they are desperate for assistance.

"Some shared stories of intimidation by administrators and even their own peers. Others noted ongoing Title IX investigations and their eagerness to learn more about how to hold their institutions accountable for transparency in job searches and complaints about employees."

Poynter senior vice president Kelly McBride added that the students deserved aid because “they are a check on the power of the administration."

SDSU insiders note that there is no dearth of rocks to be turned over, including follow-ups to a multitude of malfeasance reports issued by California's state auditor and the California State University system.

Among other alleged faults in recent years, SDSU has been dinged for asbestos and potentially hazardous eyewash stations in its student labs and hit for financial favoritism to an unnamed athletic department staffer, along with a bevy of other negative findings.

"A company owned by a campus faculty member improperly included the university name in its name, and the company obtained a deeply discounted facility rental rate from [Associated Students], which appeared to be a conflict of interest,” noted a 2016 CSU audit.

Regarding the school’s fast-and-loose fundraising, auditors said, "The campus had not developed a written fund‐raising policy or established a written delegation of authority for fund‐raising events; fund‐raising events were not always reviewed and approved by a delegated authority prior to the events; and revenues for certain fund‐raising events were incorrectly reported on IRS Form 990."

In September of last year, SDSU's preventative maintenance and a yet-to-be-adopted climate action plan were called out by CSU auditors.

Replied SDSU officials: "The university accepts the risk inherent in not maintaining all assets at the scheduled intervals provided in the [preventative maintenance] program given the finite resources available at this time. We will continue to advocate for additional funding and staffing to expedite this process.”

Fleeing faculty remains a story to be pursued. As reported here in February of last year, professor Anne Donadey of SDSU’s Diversity Equity and Outreach Committee told the faculty senate "The decrease in faculty numbers is cause for concern, as is the fact that percentages of female and underrepresented faculty members have not increased in spite of retirements and regular hiring since 2014-15.”

The prior tenure of SDSU's newly-installed president Adela de la Torre as an administrator at UC Davis, where she declined to provide emails to a law firm hired by the state to investigate her boss and close friend, ex-Davis chancellor Linda Katehi, has also gotten short shrift from the locals.

Then there is the case of Lilac Hills Ranch, the topic of a November 2016 investigative report by SDSU-run KPBS, highlighting what was alleged to be "dark money" political funding against the project without disclosing that developer Randy Goodson and wife were donors to SDSU's posh Parma Payne Goodall alumni center.

Regarding the Charles Koch Foundation's role in the journalism program, Poynter's McBride explains on the group's website, "We pick the schools. We set the curriculum. We hire the faculty. We occasionally update our contacts at the Koch Foundation about our progress. I can personally attest that over the last year our contacts at the Koch Foundation gave us complete independence to run the program the way we saw fit."

Added McBride: "With Koch money we helped the student journalists at Howard University’s The Hilltop newspaper cover the longest student occupation in the college’s history, hold their own university officials accountable and host bl(activism), a conference on black activism.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Big Oak Ranch – another roadside attraction

The fines that MTS should pay
Next Article

The Truth: no better suited than Catherine Deneuve

Hers truly is an imitation of life.
Comments
6

Yay! More money from the oil company goons!

If you aren't a Breitbart troll and have half a brain, please read this: www.archive.org/stream/pdfy-qDYkCJZp968ltoLM/Meet%20Charles%20Koch's%20Brain

It's a pamphlet of sorts written by Mark Ames on Robert LeFevre, the guy who converted Charles and David from being John Birch Society drones (their dad helped found the JBS) to being the Libertarian monsters they are today. If the link doesn't work, throw "Meet Charles Koch's Brain" into a search engine, the 24-page (48 printed out) document was originally part of an issue of NSFWCORP, the magazine Ames ran after getting the boot from Moscow (where he ran the expatriate magazine the eXile.)

LeFevre was in the I AM cult, crossed picket lines during the Depression, was a toady to R. C. Hoiles, and generally operated as a shill most of his adult life. He met the Koch brothers at his Colorado "Freedom School" which was about promoting first-generation Libertarianism. There is a lot more to it, but please read the document - it explains a lot about why Libertarianism works like it does.

Sept. 20, 2018

That's great that the Daily Aztec made no mention at all of the scandal at UC Davis that brought down the chancellor there (not the president) who was de la Torre's boss. Seems that misconduct attributed to the boss had de la Torre right in the middle of the mess, and that she refused to cooperate with the investigation. And now with that history, she's the new president of SDSU and most locals are none the wiser about her record.

If this foundation money stiffens the backbone of the student editors and reporters at the Daily Aztec, all the better.

Sept. 21, 2018

Look for ever more slanted administrating since KOCH wants to get back its investment in "education" in the form of support for Koch promoted issues. SDG&E does this same thing by supporting KPBS which leans toward support what is good for SDG&E!

Welcome to ever more bought Media!

Sept. 21, 2018

Follow the money and you will find who is in control.

Sept. 22, 2018

Koch Bros: remember us? We inserted notes in our employees' paychecks threatening their job security if they agreed with the Obama Administration's policies by voting for candidates other than right-wingers. Don't take the money, no matter what positive results they claim to have cultivated. Koch Bros: it's shame they can afford excellent healthcare.

Sept. 26, 2018

Seriously. They did not do that. How in the world would they know how their employees voted?

Sept. 28, 2018

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close