DuPage Co. (ECWd) -
What do you call it when a person makes a claim in a response to the Faculty No Confidence vote that has no record to support the claim?
I know, many are squirming in their seat as very few want to go that far because you just don't know what the other side of the story is. I have reported on numerous half truths and out right deceptive comments by Breuder to include last weeks article pertaining to the annexation issues and intergovernmental agreements. (Click here for that article.)
Breuder statement: "This past year, Waterleaf brought "16,000" guests to College of DuPage. It is a strong marketing tool, and we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars by way of the restaurant. It is an important beacon demonstrating the quality and service we provide, both for our students and the region." (Click here to see response - Page 23 highlighted)
One lie at a time please!
"This past year, Waterleaf brought "16,000" guests to College of DuPage.
Page 20 of the presentation provided at the last COD Board meeting and I quote: "As of December 2014, the Waterleaf served 11,574 customers, compared to 7,125 in the respective prior year period." (Click here for report see page 20)
Let's make sure we are clear on this one as I know this word-manipulating primadonna will claim he was talking about "guests" and the report was talking about "customers", as in paying for their food. I hope he tries to imply his number represents how many walked through the doors, of which some were not customers. That would represent a 4,426 person difference, which would imply a whole lot of people ate on the tax payer dime! Maybe that is why they are bleeding money?
"We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars by way of the restaurant"
Is that so? Hundreds of Thousands? Sound familiar!? It should as we previously covered the use of that exact same phrase: “Over these six years, hundreds of thousands of dollars has been raised for our Foundation”that directly benefits our College", yet they had NO records to support such a claim. (Click here for previous article)
Breuder talks a lot, but the pattern has been established that his words lack substance! We have learned very well, just because this guy says something does not make it truth. Our very foundation of reporting was based on two fact based questions, Says Who and With What proof? That principal is why we publish the documents in support of the reporting. Otherwise it is just someone's opinion.
I sent a FOIA request to COD and asked for a "copy of all funds raised by way of the Water leaf Restaurant as a marketing tool."
"The college does not have any responsive document to your request." (Click here for COD response to FOIA)
So what do you call it when the President of a College claims "hundreds of thousands" have been raised yet they can not produce one document to support that claim? Where did all the money go? Hundreds of thousands yet not one shred of documentation to show where this money is? Clean Audit?
It's not much different than his attempt at justifying his hunt club membership. You may recall he claimed "the return on investment in terms of money spent versus either dollars raised or friendships created and solidified is significant”, yet they had no records to support that claim either. (Click here for that article)
I believe this fresh example of not being honest with the public is sufficient to bring embarrassment to the Board of Trustees and harm their reputation which was a criteria in his severance agreement.
That being the case, please use this example to NEVER name a building on COD campus after this guy!