Monday, October 08, 2007

And We Think Midd Spends A Lot of Money!

Tuition is high at Club Midd and everytime the College wants to spend money, whether it be travel expenses for the top 100 applicants, tire "art", a fancy new logo, or renovations to McCullough, peeps complain.

Just to put it all in perspective, here are some of the expenses that Oral Roberts University had over the past decade. (Allegedly, of course):

-A longtime maintenance employee was fired so that an underage male friend of Mrs. Roberts could have his position.

-Mrs. Roberts — who is a member of the board of regents and is referred to as ORU's "first lady" on the university's Web site — frequently had cell-phone bills of more than $800 per month, with hundreds of text messages sent between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. to "underage males who had been provided phones at university expense."

-The university jet was used to take one daughter and several friends on a senior trip to Orlando, Fla., and the Bahamas. The $29,411 trip was billed to the ministry as an "evangelistic function of the president."

-Mrs. Roberts spent more than $39,000 at one Chico's clothing store alone in less than a year, and had other accounts in Texas and California. She also repeatedly said, "As long as I wear it once on TV, we can charge it off." The document cites inconsistencies in clothing purchases and actual usage on TV.

-Mrs. Roberts was given a white Lexus SUV and a red Mercedes convertible by ministry donors.

-University and ministry employees are regularly summoned to the Roberts' home to do the daughters' homework.

-The university and ministry maintain a stable of horses for exclusive use by the Roberts' children.

-The Roberts' home has been remodeled 11 times in the past 14 years.

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