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Brooklyn College Turns Down $10 Mil from Koch Brothers, Will Go On Taking Taxpayer Money
Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/26/2014 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 06/26/2014 6:51:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

No Koch Bros wanted at B.C.

Brooklyn College, part of the disastrous and dysfunctional City University of New York sinkhole, has a $60 million endowment. A drop in the bucket compared to CUNY’s horrifying $3 billion budget.

46% of its wildly inflated budget comes from New York State. New York City taxpayers kick in another 10%.

With so much taxpayer money, involuntarily extracted, they just aren’t in need of any dirty Koch Brothers cash.

Brooklyn College’s liberal politics are keeping grants and progress from faculty and students, one frustrated CUNY professor told the Observer.

The CUNY college has turned down a $10 million grant offer from the Koch brothers, said business professor Mitchell Langbert — who called the decision by School of Business Dean William Hopkins a knee-jerk reaction to the mega-rich industrialists’ support of Republican causes.

This isn’t the first time that liberals have tried to stop Charles and David Koch from doing good with their combined $100 billion fortune.

Activists from the NAACP and the hospital-employee union SEIU Local 1199 in March protested their $100 million donation to build a new wing for cancer patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

“I have never seen a dean not interested in a $10,000 grant, much less a $10 million one,” Langbert said.

“There have been these ongoing quarrels, and they often take the form of the political doctrine that you have to adhere to,” business professor Mitchell Langbert said.

Mr. Langbert attempted to convince Mr. Hopkins and the school of the potential benefits of the grant, which could have reached $10 million, but feels he was blown off. Upon sending the dean information on United Negro College Fund’s acceptance of a large Koch brothers grant, Mr. Langbert was met with resistance and was sent an attachment citing the deal’s fallout.

School of Business Dean William Hopkins told Mr. Langbert to “cut bait” on the proposal.

“Given the shocking suppression—the almost total absence—of anyone who does not agree with far-left ideology at Brooklyn College, saying that there might be controversy because there’s a Koch grant is like saying that you will not tolerate any conservative viewpoint to be expressed here,” Mr. Langbert responded.

Mr. Langbert says that this isn’t the only time he or his few conservative colleagues have felt the pressure. After a proposal to change the hiring policy at Brooklyn College, Mr. Langbert said the university “wrote a vicious letter about me.”

In another instance, one history professor was allegedly denied a promotion because of “a disagreement in ideology,” he said.

The money would have gone to waste anyway considering that Brooklyn College students, like most CUNY students these days, need a much more basic education in things than economics.

Here’s a sample of life in the Brooklyn College Economics Department.

I have not yet been notified of the nature of the complaint, but I have reason to believe that it was filed by the student who threatened to urinate on the classroom floor during my Wednesday afternoon math class. I have also heard that the student claims to have a video recording of the incident.

Also, if you are in possession of such video recordings, have you or anyone else shared them with Dean Hopkins? If so, then what in those recordings led Dean Hopkins to conclude that my behavior was inappropriate? Do the recordings show the student’s behavior? Or do they only show my response?

Do the recordings contain the student’s threat to urinate on the classroom floor? If so, then does Dean Hopkins believe that professors should encourage their students to urinate in the middle of a crowded classroom?

At CUNY, urinating in crowded classrooms is an important form of self-expression.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: New York
KEYWORDS: brooklyncollege; college; educationfunding; highereducation; kochbrothers; leftismoncampus; nothanks
Hey Charles and David, what about supporting conservative colleges with that money instead?

You know -- Grove City, Hillsdale and the like...

1 posted on 06/26/2014 6:51:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I wonder if some form of a taxpayer lawsuit would be feasible, deliberately turning down additional sources of funds to inflate the need for public funding?
2 posted on 06/26/2014 6:56:25 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey Charles and David, what about funding Christian schools? Many students who want a Christian education cannot afford to attend.


3 posted on 06/26/2014 6:57:21 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Brooklyn College?

I have read that public schools in NY are now graduating a much higher percentage. Good for them. The problem is that they were just never given much of an education. I am sure Brooklyn College can do the same for them.


4 posted on 06/26/2014 7:02:48 AM PDT by boycott
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To: SeekAndFind

Textbook example of ‘Stuck on Stupid’


5 posted on 06/26/2014 7:03:08 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d like to see them pick some of the best and brightest inner city kids and pay for them to go to places like Grove City, Hillsdale, etc.

Its really the only hope there is for the inner cities because a percentage of those kids will want to bring something back to the inner city but with a conservative bent.


6 posted on 06/26/2014 7:04:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

“Many students who want a Christian education cannot afford to attend.”

So? And give them a handout? Man, FR used to be a conservative site. I thought that concept of freebies’ runs contrary to Christian teachings. God provides and God’s last name ain’t Koch.


7 posted on 06/26/2014 7:10:05 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SeekAndFind

“Brooklyn College Turns Down $10 Mil from Koch Brothers, Will Go On Taking Taxpayer Money”

The Koch brothers are stupid to try to waste money on that failed mess. They are lucky it was turned down.

Why don’t they use their money to support good conservative institutions?


8 posted on 06/26/2014 7:14:32 AM PDT by detective
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey Charles and David, what about supporting conservative colleges with that money instead?

That's the supreme irony in all this. Charles and David Koch really aren't that conservative. Sure, they support a number of conservative causes, but they also support liberal causes like gay marriage and legalization of pot.

This article simply highlights the fact that the Left has taken two people who aren't remotely the conservatiev puppet masters that they are made out to be, and demonized them to create support. Its Orwellian.

9 posted on 06/26/2014 7:22:45 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Said the one conservative professor left in that “Nue Yuk Sh*y Collective of Academented”:
“Do the recordings contain the student’s threat to urinate on the classroom floor? If so, then does Dean Hopkins believe that professors should encourage their students to urinate in the middle of a crowded classroom?”

Daniel Greenfield opined “At CUNY, urinating in crowded classrooms is an important form of self-expression.”

From the above, we can now say why the EPA has employees defecating in the hall.

As the twig dumps, so does the tree.

But those are humans, not trees said the Libtard.

Block head humans, I say.


10 posted on 06/26/2014 7:23:25 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: SMARTY
Textbook example of ‘Stuck on Stupid’

Absolutely!

If George Soros or John Kerry wanted to give me a check for $10,000,000, I'd take it and cash it, I'd even say thank you.

11 posted on 06/26/2014 7:34:33 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Cor 16: 32)
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To: SeekAndFind

Next time a liberal professor talks about the importance of “diversity” as them how many Conservatives they have on their staff


12 posted on 06/26/2014 7:37:08 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: SeekAndFind

Very true. They should use the money to subsidize conservative schools, where it would be appreciated and open up opportunities to train more people who aren’t hostile to charity or reality.


13 posted on 06/26/2014 7:43:49 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, they should talk to Lawrence O’Donnell.... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3172246/posts


14 posted on 06/26/2014 7:44:32 AM PDT by hecticskeptic (In life it is important to know what you believeĀ….and more importantly, why you believe it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Give me the money. I’ll put it to better use than some liberal college.


15 posted on 06/26/2014 7:49:52 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: boycott

Brooklyn College is part of the city university system - once the jewel in the crown of New York City education. Many Jewish writers and intellectuals who were denied entry at Harvard and Yale came through this system. My father went to Queens College.

It is now a multi-culti hellhole. When I was a kid, Hunter College (female only) was something to aspire too. It’s now a disaster although a nice city campus/street scene.


16 posted on 06/26/2014 7:52:12 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SeekAndFind

And when the college runs out of money to fund birth control for Ecuadorean immigrants who will they blame? The Koch Brothers.


17 posted on 06/26/2014 7:56:11 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: SeekAndFind

Wish the Koch Bros would stop throwing pearls before swine.
Plenty of decent places to donate and do good for those who would appreciate it too. Flux lieberal Institutions in education who are simply demented anyway. Waste of good treasure.


18 posted on 06/26/2014 7:56:44 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: max americana
Charity and helping the underprivileged is hardly “a handout.” And helping kids go to a Christian or conservative college is a good thing.

And sometimes FR reminds me of a Dickensian fun fair!

19 posted on 06/26/2014 7:58:24 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SeekAndFind

If the Koch’s are trying to buy ‘leftist good will’ there’s only one word of advice that suffices.....
‘FAHGEDABOUDIT......


20 posted on 06/26/2014 7:59:01 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe Koch’s should learn a lesson from TEA Party conservatives. When the GrOPe and RNC crapola’s all over us and then hounds us for $$ for their ‘good will’ why then nothing but big fat circles are returned and perhaps with a few stray teabags included now and then.


21 posted on 06/26/2014 8:07:32 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Charles and David Koch really aren't that conservative. Sure, they support a number of conservative causes, but they also support liberal causes like gay marriage and legalization of pot.

Legalization of pot is a conservative position just as Prohibition was opposed by conservatives of the day.

22 posted on 06/26/2014 8:10:59 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: Graybeard58

if he would give enough to fix my truck i would say thank you,and shake his hand.


23 posted on 06/26/2014 8:14:50 AM PDT by old gringo
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To: SeekAndFind
the student who threatened to urinate on the classroom floor

He has a bright future in the EPA: EPA Workers ‘Told To Stop Pooping In the Hallways’.

24 posted on 06/26/2014 8:19:31 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: boycott

“I have read that public schools in NY are now graduating a much higher percentage. Good for them. The problem is that they were just never given much of an education. I am sure Brooklyn College can do the same for them.”

I graduated from BC in the mid 70’s and at that time it was a very good school. I went back for a visit 25 years later and the campus was a wreck. Open enrollment had changed the composition of the student body to minorities and Russian immigrants. It was sad.


25 posted on 06/26/2014 8:21:01 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

I am familiar Brooklyn College.

I recently heard that the public school system in NY has been bragging that they’re graduating a higher percentage of their students. The problem was that none of the could read or write.

It’s a shame what the left is doing to our schools.


26 posted on 06/26/2014 8:31:28 AM PDT by boycott
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To: max americana

If the Kochs want to hand out money, why not give them suggestions?


27 posted on 06/26/2014 9:59:47 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There may be method in their madness. Knowing that such schools as BC may decline their offers, they are looking like good nonpartisan citizens in making the offers. On the other hand, if they donate to Hillsdale or other (perceived) conservative institutions they should just keep quiet about it.


28 posted on 06/27/2014 8:00:29 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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