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Posted By: Magnante, 6/13/2019 9:00:19 AM

Yesterday saw the president (salary: over half a million dollars) of Oberlin College (with an endowment of $887.4 million) plead poverty to a jury in Lorrain County, Ohio (median household income: $54,932), urging them not add punitive damages of up to $22 million to the $11 million already awarded to Gibson’s Bakery. (snip) Gibson’s lawyers spent considerable time going over Oberlin College’s IRS Form 990, showing over $1 billion in assets and numerous employees earning over $100,000

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin 6/13/2019 9:01:33 AM (No. 97334)
I've heard they have a pretty massive endowment - $887,000,000. Better start carving out a chunk of that.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jebediah 6/13/2019 9:09:47 AM (No. 97341)
Oberlin is totally complicit in this travesty and I hope they get what they deserve----for ONCE!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 6/13/2019 9:11:33 AM (No. 97343)
Oberlin should have thought of that before.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jobe 6/13/2019 9:12:23 AM (No. 97346)
How ironic that this haven of wealthy liberals should be held accountable for some of the damage that their offspring have done. I don't know whether to classify this as cynical sarcasm or sarcastic cynicism.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: scottj 6/13/2019 9:23:02 AM (No. 97355)
Who cares if they were bankrupted? Those liberals would bankrupt that bakery in a heartbeat if they could.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: HotRod 6/13/2019 9:39:15 AM (No. 97370)
I'm not a lawyer, but I would imagine that an endowment can be terminated or modified. I would think that persons forking out the money for an endowment would attach some strings to it. I suspect that Oberlin College may be more concerned about that massive endowment than the $22 million.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Northcross 6/13/2019 9:47:06 AM (No. 97381)
Classic. The faculty and administrators are all taking in six figure salaries. The endowment approaches $1 Billion. They have raised tuition 10% a year for the last 30 years. And yet somehow they are in dire financial distress. If true, Oberlin must be the most poorly managed institution in the country.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 6/13/2019 9:50:03 AM (No. 97384)
This college, and so many others just like, need to be effectively humbled. They have been overrun by breathtakingly arrogant management and faculty. IMHO - you can take millions away from this college. But until you start firing faculty, staff and administrators and denying them the enabling expectation of guaranteed generous pensions and lifetime health care, none of the problems at Oberlin will change. This must impact the people that make decisions at the college. They are the ones who caused this.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: hurricanegirl 6/13/2019 9:51:00 AM (No. 97386)
You would think that this whole poverty excuse would be pretty easy to verify. You would also think that if it were false, Oberlin would think twice about lying, too. But lefties have this thing about lying . . . and cheating . . . and bullying . . . until someone holds them accountable. Let's hope that day has finally arrived--in SPADES!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: gramma b 6/13/2019 9:56:42 AM (No. 97391)
I wonder whether the whether the thieving, vicious Oberlin students who started this whole mess actually pay tuition.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 6/13/2019 9:57:16 AM (No. 97392)
Hang them out to dry!!!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: smcchk 6/13/2019 10:01:39 AM (No. 97396)
How do you think the Gibsons felt when their livelihood was being destroyed, Oberlin? Welcome to reality, you smug morons.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: volksford 6/13/2019 10:06:50 AM (No. 97400)
Congrats to dear old Oberlin ,not many institutions of higher learning have four social justice snowflakes worth 8,000,000 apiece ! Gotta hand it to the administration, they walk the walk and are "woke".
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Reply 14 - Posted by: ZeldaFitzg 6/13/2019 11:18:49 AM (No. 97450)
This that the president of Oberlin makes $500,000 per year. Her name is Carmen Twillie Ambar. You don't need to look up her photo. Another PC hire.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: MDConservative 6/13/2019 11:38:45 AM (No. 97464)
Yeah, and I heard they're orphans, too, now that their insurance company bailed on Oberlin!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Old Army Vet 6/13/2019 11:40:59 AM (No. 97467)
If you don't want to be held accountable then don't support your students uncalled for actions. If you join in the crime, you have to pay up for such involvement.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Krause 6/13/2019 11:56:35 AM (No. 97482)
They don't even know that it is a self-inflicted wound, and may be eventually fatal.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Smart11344 6/13/2019 12:04:59 PM (No. 97487)
Far too many colleges have leaned so far to the left they can't see the sun rise.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Timber Queen 6/13/2019 12:09:58 PM (No. 97489)
#16 - I kind of feel for Oberlin. They had no idea that targeting an old white man's bakery for destruction was a crime. After all, everyone knows that bakeries are a hotbed of Christianity and racist/homophobic sentiments which makes publicly targeting them a moral imperative. And, everyone knows when you have a "progressive" moral imperative it outweighs any rights held by evil haters. Indeed, everyone knows anyone who hates "diversity" is worthy of hate in return. Its the only way to bring peace to the world.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: legalart 6/13/2019 12:10:35 PM (No. 97491)
I've been following this case, thanks to L.I.'s great coverage. I so hope the jury will hurl the proverbial book at these PC radicals. The more I read about the school, the more the conviction that they are a menace.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: chance_232 6/13/2019 12:41:19 PM (No. 97509)
Not to worry Obie..... Im sure tge plaintiff will accept payments on the installment plan.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: udanja99 6/13/2019 1:13:52 PM (No. 97532)
The judge needs to freeze ALL of Oberlin’s assets for the foreseeable future.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: lakerman1 6/13/2019 1:57:51 PM (No. 97568)
There are U.S. Supreme Court decisions that allo0w charitable institutions to change terms attached to donations. Example - Milton Hershey established, through the Hershey Foundation, an orphanage for white boys only. The orphanage, which controls Hershey Chocolates, no longer follows Mr. Hershey's stipulations.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Omen55 6/13/2019 2:51:25 PM (No. 97599)
To quote Goodfellas. "F U pay me!"
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Reply 25 - Posted by: JediJerry 6/13/2019 3:33:00 PM (No. 97634)
Better have a bake sale. Perhaps Gibson’s will provide some cookies for you to sell. Poverty? Be prepared for justice to be served.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/13/2019 6:46:54 PM (No. 97785)
Tough Crap...PAY UP!...NOW!!!!
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Reply 27 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 6/13/2019 11:57:25 PM (No. 97906)
Then sell the college and pay your debt!
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Zarin 6/14/2019 12:13:16 AM (No. 97908)
It mystifies me that Oberlin pays $60 million a year to themselves so that ungateful & stupid students can go to their college. In the past a student would be summarily expelled if he got caught trying to buy wine with a fake ID, shop lift & then with the help of his buddies nearly assault an 88 year old man (Allyn Gibson who called the cops & attempted to stop the thief). The administration would be saying good-bye to bad rubbish. I guess today the school is just protecting it's "investments". Oberlin has fewer than 3000 students and over 50 majors. The Music Conservatory is supposed to be excellent and they offer some STEM courses. However, like most modern colleges they strayed away from English and History into the wilds of Africana Studies, Comparative American Studies, Comparative Literature & Women's Studies for majors. Only 10% of the students pay the full ride of about $70K for tuition & fees. I would bet more than donuts that the 3 kids involved in the November 9, 2016 case were full scholarship students majoring in something like Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.
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