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Squawk of the Day - Feb. 19, 2012

"Albany State University is not telling the truth about the Ray Charles gift. I am a faculty member who was at the ceremony when Ray Charles said that the money was to be used for a theater named for his mother. ASU has this on film. He was very clear."

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bubbavet 2 years, 2 months ago

We know,but the truth is always twisted to suit one's own needs and wants when greed is the motive.

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waltspecht 2 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunately, it will all eventually play out in the courts, and Taxpayer money will be used for any settlement. Certainly not any Alumni money or Grant money. Even tho there was at one time a missuse of grant money I don't think they will try that this time. Plus it will be so much easier to use State and Federal money that was meant for operational funds. If they are squeeky clean, why do the Alimni not stand up and pay the tab?

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cameron06 2 years, 2 months ago

Employee did you assist in the misuse of these funds? Anywho, whether or not ASU mis used funds is not important, let me see someone build a 27 million dollar facility out of 3 million dollars. . . Looks to me we are still 24 mill short. Hmmmm?

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Sally_O 2 years, 2 months ago

Even if they were short $24 Million dollars, that doesn't give them the right to use the money as they please.

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whattheheck 2 years, 2 months ago

Right on! Money given in good faith should be used in good faith--or returned in good faith. Of course this falls about when a party does not live up to its obligations.

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LuLu 2 years, 2 months ago

To the Squawker: Thank you for being honest about this. Even though we all know about the dishonesty and corruption that abounds at ASU, it's encouraging to hear someone actually from there speak up. Are there others there who are willing to speak up, too -- publicly? A press conference by employees who want to come forward would go a long way in getting something done. Sunlight is, after all, the best disinfectant.

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whattheheck 2 years, 2 months ago

There isn't enough sunlight or Clorox for this one Lulu,,,,,,,,,

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Cartman 2 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunately, the first eight words of the squawk is the real message. I remember hearing of the gift being reported in the press. My impression was that the money was intended for a music building named after his mother. Now the charitable act of a loving son has been squandered by a yet unnamed person. So who was in charge of the money? I am sorry that the late Ray Charles misplaced his trust in ASU. Find the person responsible and have them repay the money to the Charles family. There is no need for public funds to cover this embarrassment.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 1 month ago

With the State's budget in shambles, ASU will never be able to scrape up enough money to build that theater. Why does it cost $27 million? I would think a building like that would cost around $10 million.

I hope the state doesn't sink another almost $30 million into a facility that the taxpayers will have to continue to fund its maintenance (Riverquarium anyone?).

ASU, if you cannot raise the money on your own, give back the money. That's what other universities do; they go to their alumni and raise money. ASU graduates should be doing well enough to give back, and if they aren't, then hand back the money to the family. Holding it indefinitely just makes it easy for folks to spend a little here and there, and pretty soon, it's all gone.

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