Donors & Funding- Research Post 4

“Billionaire’s Role In Hiring Decisions At Florida State University Raises Questions” – Tampa Bay Times

I chose this article to use for my project on Donors and Funding at George Mason University for it’s information on the Koch Brothers. The Koch Brothers have cause a lot of controversy here at George Mason University, but also at other universities as well. The article dives into the fact that the Koch brothers demand hiring rights in exchange for their donations, as well as to supervise the employees. This strongly resembles the controversy with the Antonin Scalia Law School, in which Koch Brothers have the same privilege. I plan to use the quotes and information from the article and strengthen my case on the Koch Brothers and their effect on the donations at Mason. I also plan to look into Florida States’ Koch Brother agreement. Koch has been funding more and more faculty that share their similar viewpoints and I plan to thoroughly research this in comparison to here at George Mason.


Donors & Funding- Research Post 3

“UnKoch My Campus: Opposing Billionaires’ Efforts to Infiltrate Higher Education”- Truthout

This article presents the Koch Brothers as men who use well-funded attempts to promote their pro-business agenda. The pair have given “$109,778,257 to 308 colleges across the country”. The Koch brothers have been a generous donor to George Mason University for many years and are responsible for big projects such as the Antonin Scalia Law School name change, etc. The article goes into depth of all the money the Koch Brothers have donated to many colleges along the east coast. I plan to use this article for my project on donations and funding for George Mason University, to compare how much the Koch brothers do for our university compared to others. I also plan to research and see if their donations have a positive or negative affect on said campuses in the country. The Koch Brothers, being fairly conservative often bump heads on liberal campus, where most of their controversies,toward what they could be affecting in the universities, occurs.

Donors & Funding- Research Post 2

“The Donation That Renamed George Mason’s Law School After Scalia Sure Has Some Weird Rules Attached” – The Washingtonian 

This article that I have chosen to use in my research on donors and funding at George Mason University is written by Benjamin Freed of the Washingtonian.  The article was published in May of last year, still making it pretty recent, and talks about the huge controversy of naming George Mason’s Law School after the late supreme court judge Antonin Scalia. Like the Koch Brothers’ controversy, conversative views on a very liberal campus spark conflict. In this case, many students did not want their law school to be named after a judge who did not have similar views of the students, and whose name would be put on their diploma for the rest of their lives. Another main point this article looks into, is the terms and conditions of the law school agreement, which is very odd considering it talks about how the donor must always be informed of the law schools’ changes in dean, policies, etc. I plan to look more closely into the deal and find more on the agreement conditions of the donor.

Donors & Funding- Research Post 1

“Students Sue George Mason Over Koch Brother Donation Records” -Washington Business Journal

This article that I am using for my Donors and Funding Research is written by Tina Reed, a staff reporter from the Washington Business Journal. The article informs the public that the students at George Mason University are suing the university due to the controversy of the it’s popular donors, The Koch Brothers. The Koch Brothers are an huge part of donations here at George Mason University, and my research on Donors and Funding mostly revolves around the Brothers. The article gives me financial statistics of all the money the Koch Brothers have donated, and their main controversy of how students fear that the Brothers’ conservative views will affect student research, policies, and many other academic freedoms. The writer also implements how the Koch Brothers have also caused controversy at other universities along the east coast. As a researcher I plan to look into the different places the Koch Brother’s money goes into compared to George Mason, and look more into the court case, which as of today is more public and more deep into Mason’s donor history.