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LC’s Campus« Thread Started on Feb 20, 2011, 11:59am »  http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20110….gs-need-repairs

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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #1 on Feb 20, 2011, 6:06pm »  Thank you Billy Gunn for exposing the truth about LC! I hope parents paying good money to send their children there will consider some of the possible effects that this poor infrastructure will have on them. Can you imagine a student who already has asthma problems living in one of the dorms? Or what if central Louisiana gets hit with a hurricane this summer and these repairs have not been made? Make me wonder how this will affect recruitment this spring.
When is the next board meeting? I hope that people will now use this to address the board and the LBC on what appears to be simply incompetent management of a once great college. Leave the politics of religion out of it. Simply make the board address what looks like a rock bottom situation of an administration not living in the real world. Do they really want a lawsuit arising from a student who gets sick or injured because the buildings are in such disrepair?
Make you wonder when the President will be on the radio again with his version of the story.
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #2 on Feb 20, 2011, 6:20pm »  This has settled my debate about the bequest my wife and I have made in our will. You will have read about my concerns in other posts. But now, I will have this provision stricken and find another worthy place to receive the funds. My children are in full agreement as we have discussed before and again today via phone calls after I had them look up the article. They agree that their mom would not have wanted the money to go to LC now either. With clear conscience I will call the attorneys tomorrow and have the documents changed.
As you will have read I have been praying for direction on this matter. God answers prayer! A school worthy of our trust would not have allowed the campus to get in this shape, while flying the President to China, and to DC to meet with the Kuwait Ambassador, or court a Med School, Law School, Seminary, Film School, or a Stadium.
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #3 on Feb 20, 2011, 8:41pm »  He’s certainly going to have to say more than two sentences in an e-mail. Whoo, I’ll bet he’s fuming!
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The Aramark study, completed in 2010 and obtained by The Town Talk, found that many of LC’s buildings need a total of $28,102,049 in deferred and planned maintenance, $4,708,151 to modernize buildings, and another $3,016,319 in upgrades for infrastructure that does not meet current codes.What gets me about that quote is the word “deferred.” Are you telling me that they intentionally put off these repairs? Who ordered that? Obviously, since the buckets are under the holes in the roof, they knew this was going on! Who’s Joe going to fire for that?
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It’s unclear if LC plans to borrow the money to make repairs. Inquiries to the Louisiana Bond Commission were unsuccessful in finding out if LC has applied for more debt to fix the problems.We shouldn’t be in the debt we’re in in the first place!
So, how are they going to come up with the money?
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Aguillard said last year that LC’s strategy would be to mine donations from the newly rich there who believe in LC’s mission of strict, literal adherence to the Gospels.and then
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Drake Owen, director of institutional advancement at Northwestern State University, said NSU’s coffers are greener now because of alumni who have bequeathed land — and the abundance of natural gas underneath it — to the university.
Others have donated some of their natural gas money to NSU for tax reasons, Owen said, and also because they know state funds for higher public education are scarce.
“That alumni has to have an affinity for the school,” Owen said.
LC could pull in millions of dollars from non-alumni who believe in the school’s Bible-centered mission, and who are worth millions of dollars.
“It would only take a few,” Owen said.

OR–and this may sound crazy–you could try not alienating the alumni that you already have! After all, “it would only take a few.” Sadly, few of us “have an affinity” for the school after the shenanigans that have gone on in the last few years. By the way, I learned that the teacher who shoved a student and received no disciplinary action is now head of her department!
How many donor families have pulled their money from LC in the last five years? Does anyone have a list? I heard they lost the Tudors. Is that true?
Has anyone else heard that the federal government has proposed cutting tax deductions from charitable donations? Without that incentive, do we still expect to receive the same amount in donations in coming years? Then, you have to consider when my class “comes of age,” pays off their student loans, and begins to become a part of the potential donor pool. LC shouldn’t be expecting much from us, at least, not with this crew at the helm.
This is blatant disregard for the welfare of their students. I notice that Married Student Housing isn’t even mentioned, and I wonder why not. That building is CERTAINLY in need of repairs. Our pantry flooded every time we showered, and maintenance said they didn’t feel like cutting a hole in the walk, so they just kept re-caulking the tub! We had to shove towels in the ceiling and put pots under the hole… (gee, who’d have thought that we’d have the same strategy as LC would have?)
One last point, on Joe’s e-mail in response to inquiries:
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“Louisiana College continues to pursue its mission: To provide a liberal arts education characterized by devotion to the preeminence of the Lord Jesus, allegiance to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, dedication to academic excellence for the glory of God, and commitment to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit,” Aguillard said. “We look forward to sharing news about Louisiana College at the appropriate time.”Joe, do you understand what “taking God’s name in vain” means? It’s more than just using “God” attached to curse words, or saying “Oh my God!” You are using the name of God to protect your own selfish interests, to bully your staff and students, and to bilk money from donors for many unnecessary and foolish projects, while neglecting the safety and welfare of your own students. Does that sounds like something God would want His name attached to? Do you think He would endorse your lies, or your hatred? You should be sure to tread very carefully!
Louisiana College looks very, very foolish right now.

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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #4 on Feb 20, 2011, 9:08pm »  I’m trying to figure out whether to laugh or cry. Probably a little of both.
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #5 on Feb 21, 2011, 1:10am »  Read the comments on the TT. It blows my mind how people are still blindly accepting Joe and his administration as competent. Apparently, the Town Talk is “picking on” Joe like STATE BOARD OF NURSING picked on him.
The picture from the Town Talk shows a bucket under one of the holes in Cottingham. From the picture, it looks like the bucket is full and has been there for a while. Some people also believe that no one is allowed to scrutinize LC for its financial mishaps unless they are giving them money. Being an alumnus myself, I have never given LC a dime after graduation. Just like any other investment, if I do not believe my money will be used effectively, I consider it a sin to give my time and money to such a wasteful cause. After all, we shouldn’t cast our pearls before swine, right?
By the way, haters, LC does affect the entire Cenla community, and not just those who donate to the college. LC is the only decent option for most people in Louisiana for their career paths (religion being the most obvious.) So, yeah, I would say LC’s poor business practices are detrimental to the entire Cenla community. Not to mention the different ancillary jobs the college provides for locals’ income.
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #6 on Feb 21, 2011, 8:45am »  I think it’s now time for some courageous pastor to write a letter, sending it to the newspapers and the LBC and ask that a change of administration be swift and forth-coming.
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #7 on Feb 21, 2011, 11:01am »  This story was part of today’s LSU System media sweep, so the joyous news of how God is moving at LC has gone statewide, if not nationwide.
And since the infastructure is not “up to code,” wouldn’t it perhaps produce some positive results for alumni, in addition to writing board members, to contact the parish and/or state fire marshall’s office–if noting else, to say “I’m an LC alumni, and I’m curious to know the status of the students’ safety”?
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #8 on Feb 21, 2011, 11:45am »  I’ve sent the following email to Lance Carruth, Claudia Landry, and Joella Burke at the Lafayette district of the state fire marshal’s office:
2/21/2011
Dear Mr. Carruth,
As a 1999 alumnus of Louisiana College, I was deeply saddened to see yesterday’s Alexandria Town Talk article, accessible at http://www.thetowntalk.com, describing the current condition of the school’s infastructure. I am writing because, as the infastructure’s current condition directly impacts the safety of students, faculty, and staff, I believe that the state fire marshal’s office should pursue a rigorous investigation of the soundness of the school’s buildings–if one isn’t already in progress.
If such an investigation will be or is already being conducted, would it be possible for the fire marshall’s office to make their findings available to LC alumni, or would any findings be made through regular public channels (the fire marshall’s website, local media, etc.)?
I hate to “vent” for a moment, but I find it so dishartening that a school which routinely dreams of a multi-million dollar law school, medical school, film school, divinity school, and God knows what else should be so lax with regard to the safety of eveyone who lives and works on campus.
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #9 on Feb 21, 2011, 12:43pm »  You should also consider sending your email to the SACS coordinator for the college. This is his information I found on the SACS website:
Staff Name: Dr. Michael JohnsonPhone: (404) 679-4501 x4514Email: mjohnson@sacscoc.orgAssistant: Ms. Carole PacigaPhone: (404) 679-4501 x4555Email: cpaciga@sacscoc.org
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #10 on Feb 21, 2011, 1:02pm »  Done.
Feb 21, 2011, 12:43pm, jericho wrote:
You should also consider sending your email to the SACS coordinator for the college. This is his information I found on the SACS website:
Staff Name: Dr. Michael JohnsonPhone: (404) 679-4501 x4514Email: mjohnson@sacscoc.orgAssistant: Ms. Carole PacigaPhone: (404) 679-4501 x4555Email: cpaciga@sacscoc.org

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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #11 on Feb 21, 2011, 3:29pm »  While many colleges and universities are faced with the challenges of deferred maintenance, few are in the condition found at LC. Also, colleges faced with the magnitude of deferred maintenance found at LC don’t propose and plan elaborate plans for expensive and unrealistic expansions. It is a given that a college that cannot take care of its base facilities will not be able to do all that we are hearing about from the present administration.
It is a certainty that SACS will be interested in the physical condition of the campus and the dearth of financial resources with which to improve conditions. The trustees also should be interested in the conditions that have been brought to light. In fact, the trustees should be interested in a lot of what is going on at LC.
The trustees have a legal and fiduciary responsibility for the financial health and well being of the college. The size of the president’s salary is an indication that the trustees are letting him have his way with things. Something is a bit to cozy there. In addition, they are ignoring the delusional activities of the current administration.
The trustees need to nail the president down about the actual dollars that are available for all of the plans he is making. Not what he hopes or thinks will come in, but what he is relatively certain he will get, and why he can be relatively certain. The trustees need to know what is going on. If they do not hold the president accountable, there is no one else charged with that responsibility.
Also, the trustees should have a meeting with the financial vice president of the college and ask him some tough questions. After promising him protection against the vindicative proclivities of JA, they need to implore and/or command him to give them an unvarnished, factual and true, opinion about the financial health of the college. Of all the people there, he is the one who knows the most about what is going on.
A day of reckoning is coming. The president is playing a shell game with all of the projects he has announced. It is his version of a Ponzi scheme. Sooner or later, all of this will implode and the game will be over. What will be left when this happens? Will the trustees be able to explain how and why they let all of this go on? How will they deal with the financial liabilities they have incurred? What, then, will be the future of LC?
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #12 on Feb 21, 2011, 3:36pm »  I got a reply from SACS!
Thank you for the information. Our Principles of Accreditation can be found on our website, if you desire to see them – look for the “Accrediting Standards” tab atwww.sacscoc.org
There are standards that pertain to physical facilities. If a school is reaffirmed, that is made public. If a school is denied reaffirmation and placed on a public sanction, that is made public, along with the accreditation standards that led to the sanction. Louisiana College’s reaffirmation will be considered at our December 2011 Commission meeting, and the outcomes are made public soon thereafter. These are posted to our webpage. To see examples, you can follow the “Accreditation Actions and Disclosure Statements” entry on the same webpage; you can see the disclosures following our last Commission meeting.
The information you provided falls into the category of “unsolicited information,” and we have rules that govern how this enters into the accreditation process. I will forward the article (not your email or name) to the institution so that they may have time to respond to the concerns raised, and the visiting committee will look into these concerns when they visit the campus.
Michael S. JohnsonVice PresidentSouthern Association of Colleges and SchoolsCommission on Colleges404-679-4501 x4514mjohnson@sacscoc.org

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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #13 on Feb 21, 2011, 3:44pm »  You know, if you are reading this story online, you might have missed the headline on the physical copy of the paper:[image]
Hubby and I had a good, long laugh.

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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #14 on Feb 21, 2011, 4:01pm »
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The trustees have a legal and fiduciary responsibility for the financial health and well being of the college.I’ve heard mention of this before. What exactly are the implications? Are you saying that the board will be personally responsible for coughing up the millions of dollars LC owes?
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The trustees need to nail the president down about the actual dollars that are available for all of the plans he is making. Not what he hopes or thinks will come in, but what he is relatively certain he will get, and why he can be relatively certain. The trustees need to know what is going on. If they do not hold the president accountable, there is no one else charged with that responsibility.I think that’s a fantastic plan, and it reflects poorly on the board that this wasn’t a standard operation!
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A day of reckoning is coming. The president is playing a shell game with all of the projects he has announced. It is his version of a Ponzi scheme. Sooner or later, all of this will implode and the game will be over. What will be left when this happens? Will the trustees be able to explain how and why they let all of this go on? How will they deal with the financial liabilities they have incurred? What, then, will be the future of LC?Joe’s gotta be asking himself the same questions. My question is: how long did they think they’d be able to get away with all this? After all these years, I am still constantly surprised by the temerity of this administration. Could their crimes be serious enough to warrant jail time?
Also: What would have happened to LC if not for Save Our LC? Who would have been watching out for the welfare of our alma mater, and how would the information have been disseminated? Hopefully, we’ll finally get some vindication, and the “day of reckoning” really will arrive.

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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #15 Today at 4:10pm »  Great article. I’m so glad the TT is taking up the hard issues that so many seem content to sweep under the rug- such as student health as it relates to decrepit facilities and the clear mismanagement of funds by the administration. If caring for the students, whom Aguillard claims are the heart of LC, is exemplified by this article then it’s clear how highly he thinks of them. His ever increasing paycheck shows how highly he thinks of himself. He’s getting a handsome salary for running the school into the ground. Apparently that is a literal possibility it would seem.
Does anyone know if there would be any legal implications towards the trustees in a situation like this? Would they (could they) be held responsible for allowing this by their lack of oversight and if so, to what end? Could a parent of a student/students file a lawsuit and name each of them as well as the the institution claiming endangerment/squalor? Is that something that could stand in a court of law?
Do the trustees have the authority to pull in a firm who can do an impartial financial audit of LC? I wonder if they’d be savvy enough to make sure they came from well outside of Joe’s reach and outside of his sphere of vindictiveness? Would the LBC have the power to insist upon it?
Yesterday at 11:59am, elmatt97 wrote:
http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20110220/NEWS01/102200329/1002/news01/La-College-plans-new-projects-w hile-existing-buildings-need-repairs

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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #16 Today at 5:01pm »  Has anyone contacted David Hankins? It would seem that he helped create Joe and should be held accountable for the failures of the current administration. He is listed as a trustee. Does anyone know if he actually attends trustee meetings?
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Re: LC’s Campus« Reply #17 Today at 5:26pm »  Welcome to the Board, arouet (love the name by the way)! I think in the case of David Hankins, one might want to find someone who might have influence over him to see reason in this case. Would he listen to anyone about the current administration and its failures?
Has the college, by the way, made any response yet to the article?

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