Category Archives: UConn

Malloy, at the NGA, Asked About Hillary Clinton’s UConn Speaking Fee

by Categorized: 2016 Presidential election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, UConn Date:

The controversy over Hillary Clinton’s $250,000 fee to deliver a speech at UConn in April has followed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to Nashville.

Malloy, who is in the Music City to attend the National Governors Association summer meeting, was asked about Clinton’s fee. The speech was paid for by the UConn Foundation, not the university.

“Private foundations have the right to spend their money the way that they want to,” Malloy said, according to a tweet from Time political reporter Zeke Miller. “I don’t think it would be a controversy if she weren’t a likely candidate for president “


Hillary Clinton’s UConn Speech Continues to Draw Criticism

by Categorized: Jonathan Pelto, Tom Foley, UConn Date:

Hillary Clinton’s April speech at the University of Connecticut is continuing to spark controversy, with two candidates for governor slamming the school for paying the former senator and secretary of state more than $250,000 for the 30-minute talk.

UConn officials say Clinton’s visit was hosted not by the university but by University of Connecticut Foundation, a private group. The program was funded by a grant from the Fusco family of New Haven, which underwrites speeches by scholars, authors and policymakers.

The UConn foundation, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars from private donors for the school in recent years, operates largely in secret: the group is exempt from the state’s Freedom of Information laws.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and independent candidate Jonathan Pelto both criticized the foundation.

“Misappropriating funds contributed for one purpose to another purpose is a violation of the trust contributors and students should have in the foundation board, the President of UCONN, and the Governor, all of whom have a fiduciary responsibility to protect the foundation’s assets,” Foley said.

“Diverting funds meant to benefit UCONN students to political purposes is a particularly egregious violation of the public trust,” Foley added. “If the foundation was used to launder money so the cost of Hillary’s speech is tax deductible to a sponsor that is an inappropriate use of the foundation, too. When I am governor, contributors to the UCONN Foundation, students, faculty, administrators, and alumni will rest better at night knowing the foundation isn’t being used as a slush-fund and tax-dodge by the governor and his political allies.”

Pelto, a longtime critic of the UConn foundation, said the university’s assertion that no tax dollars were used to fund the Clinton speech is misleading.

“In a long standing deal between the University of Connecticut and its foundation, UConn uses taxpayer and students funds so subsidize the foundation so that it will look more successful,” Pelto said. “This year approximately $9 million will be shifted from UConn’s taxpayer and student-funded Operating Fund to the foundation. To suggest that none of that money helped pay for Hillary Clinton’s fee and visit to UConn is simply wrong.”

“Although Connecticut taxpayers, students and their families are unaware of the deal between UConn and its foundation, more than $86 million in taxpayer and student tuition fees have been given to the UConn Foundation over the past decade. The money has been used to subsidize a variety of activities that shouldn’t utilize public funding such as a 5,000 square-foot house for UConn’s president in West Hartford (even though she has one in Storrs), Governor Malloy’s trip to Davos, Switzerland and China and the $251,000 for Hillary Clinton,” Pelto added.

“It is truly outrageous that UConn and its foundation would then divert scarce resources away from instructional costs to pay $251,000 for a speaker,” he added.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was among the Democratic politicians who attended the Clinton speech. A spokesman did not respond to a request seeking comment.



UConn Chemistry Professor With Prior Record Arrested Again

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A University of Connecticut chemistry professor with a prior record of arrests that included ripping the side-view mirrors off six luxury cars in Greenwich was arrested again Saturday by Vernon police on charges of drunken driving and assaulting an officer.

Gabriel Fenteany, 47, of Vernon, had been arrested last year on a warrant in connection with reportedly urinating in a parking lot and damaging the mirrors of a 2014 BMW, along with two Lexuses, two Audis, and a Honda Civic, police said. He is still serving the remainder of a three-year probation in connection with those incidents.

Fenteany, who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, has taught biological chemistry I and organic chemistry II, according to the university. He has been listed by UConn as the ”major advisor” for Ph.D. students with highly complicated doctoral dissertations in chemistry that involved matters involving cell migration and proteins.

The Hartford Courant’s David Owens reports that the newest cases involve alleged drunken driving on Saturday night and an incident at Fenteany’s apartment on May 10 after police had arrived on a wellness check when a friend had reported that Fenteany had threatened to harm himself. When Fenteany refused to answer his apartment door when officers went to check on him, the officers prompted the landlord to open the apartment door and police found him naked as he was walking around the apartment, police said.

When police tried to take Fenteany into custody, he allegedly spit in Officer Earl Middleton’s eye, police said. Fenteany also used a racial epithet when talking to Middleton, who is African-American, police said. Continue reading

UConn Parade Set for Sunday Afternoon in Hartford

by Categorized: Gov. Dannel Malloy, UConn Date:

A parade celebrating the UConn’s double NCAA basketball championships will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. in Hartford, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday.

“I am proud that we can strike while the iron’s hot,” Malloy told reporters at a pres conference. “I urge everyone to come to Hartford and support our amazing national champions…It has been a remarkable run. I attended a lot of the games myself in person during the regular season.”

Later, the governor’s office released details about the parade. It will begin at the state Capitol at 4:00 p.m. The route will continue north on Trinity Street, take a right on Jewell Street, bear left at Gold Street, turn right onto Main Street and then make a right onto Capitol Avenue before returning to the Capitol.

Immediately afterward, there will be a victory rally on the north steps of the building. Parade and rally organizers are relying on private donations to finance both events, which are being produced by the Hartford Business Improvement District in collaboration with the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut, and a number of civic and business organizations.

Corporate sponsors are also helping to underwrite the cost of the celebration. Companies can choose from several sponsorship levels ranging from $10,000 to $2,500 or less.

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Mother Of UConn Student: Herbst Didn\’t Call Back

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In dramatic testimony yesterday, the mother of a University of Connecticut student who was sexually assaulted told legislators the school was slow to respond to her. Kathy Megan reports:

… my personal experience in the aftermath of the assault on my daughter has shown me that the status quo on our state\’s university campuses is in dire need of change and woefully misrepresented…

In her testimony, the UConn student\’s mother told legislators that her daughter has endured \”repeated comments from the state police that her attacker was a \’really nice guy.\’ It speaks to the pervasive level of apathy toward the victims.\”

When she called the university, the woman said was redirected to seven offices over two and a half hours. She said she was met with \”arguments and confusion\” from \”uninformed and inexperienced members of campus security.\”

… Additionally, the mother said she also made multiple calls to university President Susan Herbst that were not returned. Conklin said she was given a \”single point of contact\” — an assistant vice president — very early on in the process.

UConn\’s Herbst Acts To Improve Campus Safety

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\"herbstUConn President Susan Herbst Friday announced a series of measures to improve the climate on campus and to provide more help for crime victims.

The measures include designating a university office as a \”single point of contact\” for victims of campus crime.

“Our goal is to remain at the forefront of the battle against sexual assault and harassment by doing all we can to mirror best practices nationally, and to be a leader in the field,” Herbst said.  “We seek not only to emulate others, but also to be a model for other colleges and universities across the nation. Today, we take another step in that direction.”

\”… we all know very well that our work is never truly finished, particularly when it comes to the issue of sexual violence on our campuses,” Herbst said in a story on the UConn Today website.

“Our policies, procedures, services, and resources must be reviewed and reimagined on an ongoing basis,” she said. “This will ensure we are employing the best strategies to combat sexual violence and provide victims with the help they need.” Continue reading

Lawmakers Pressing for New Rules Against Sex Assault on College Campuses

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A bipartisan group of legislators is proposing tighter reporting requirements for sexual assaults on college campuses.

\”In Connecticut we are going to have the strongest response for victims of sexual assault on college campuses as anywhere in the nation,\’\’ Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, said at a press conference Thursday morning.


Sen. Toni Boucher, the ranking Republican member on the legislature\’s higher education committee, said the proposed legislation is a signal of how seriously Connecticut lawmakers take the issue of sexual assault on campus.

\”The students need a great deal of support,\’\’ Boucher said. A \”college campus has to have a…uniform process on how to do this correctly [and] there should be more communication between themselves and law enforcement right from the very beginning.\”

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Obama To Launch Initiative To Combat Campus Sexual Assault

by Categorized: President Obama, UConn Date:

The Associated Press reports that President Obama on Wednesday will launch a initiative aimed at combating sexual assault on college campuses, three months after several UConn students filed a federal discrimination complaint that accuses the school of inadequately investigating and responding to reported rapes and sexual assaults.

\"whiteThe president is creating a task force that will study how universities can take measures to prevent and respond to sexual assault. The administrative panel also will focus on how each institution has addressed the issue in the past, and develop ways the federal government can hold schools accountable for their track record.

The Title IX complaint filed against UConn last October includes allegations that perpetrators\’ sanctions were lifted and that university police shrugged off complaints and questioned the credibility of victims of sexual assault. A fifth student since has joined the plaintiffs. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for the plaintiffs who suffered as a result of UConn\’s \”deliberate indifference\” to the issue, and asks the court to order UConn to revise its policies and procedures.

Sen. Blumenthal praised the president\’s action on the issue, and said in a statement, \”sexual violence is not a women\’s issue; it is a societal issue. Particularly significant in this call to action is engaging men as ‘influencers’ of other men – role models leading by example to discourage and deter sexual assault and violence.\”

Hillary Clinton Coming To UCONN

by Categorized: 2016 Presidential election, UConn Date:

In an email to staff today, UConn President Susan Herbst said that Hillary Clinton will be visiting campus this spring:

\"hillary… on April 23, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former  Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York will deliver remarks and participate in a question-and-answer session at the Jorgensen for this year’s Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum.

Clinton’s remarks, which will be followed by a Q and A session, will be held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on UConn’s Storrs campus on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. This event will mark the first time Secretary Clinton has visited UConn.

A poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University finds that Clinton has surged ahead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the wake of the scandal over traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge. The pollster reports:

In the wake of \”Bridgegate,\” the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, several measures of New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie\’s 2016 presidential prospects are down, as he trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 46 – 38 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

This compares to the results of a December 11 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University showing Gov. Christie at 42 percent and Secretary Clinton at 41 percent. The December results were almost identical to those of a November 13 survey.

Clinton will speak as part of the 2014 Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum, a program designed to bring young schoolars and leaders to campus. She is being paid by the UConn Foundation, through a gift from the Fusco Family. The financial arrangements are private. The New York Times has reported that Clinton earns $200,000 per speech.