Newly-minted OSU Trustee Alex R. Fischer holds 48 stocks in OSU contractors in violation of ethics rules
(Oct. 23, 2014)—Ohio State’s first response to the lawsuit filed by fired band director Jon Waters’ for wrongful dismissal is astounding in its lack of substance and salacious innuendo.
Ohio State shames itself with More pandering to tabloid journalism
The most substantive legal argument is that Waters had no legally binding contract. Really? This is the best argument they have? This is the same university that willingly cashed the $30 million check that Waters generated for the university from the Apple iPad commercial last year—an almost unheard of achievement in university music. This is the same university that gave Waters glowing job performance reviews.
Not unexpectedly, both president Michael V. Drake and provost Joseph A. Steinmetz are claiming no liability since they didn't assume their new jobs until after the scandal broke. As the Church Lady was fond of saying, "How conveeeeeenient." An analysis of their emails prior to Jul. 24, 2014 will no doubt show their duplicity. Any reasonable person can see that their start dates were timed so that they could deny liability now. Fraudulent misreprentation is an offense. Collusion is criminal.
Jerry Springer could do better
Leave it to unscrupulous lawyers to sling more mud at $500-900 per hour of Ohio's money. OSU's response reads more like a badly-produced Jerry Springer show, replete with 24 exhibits. The contents are simply more of the same stuff from the discredited Glaros Report. See Columbus Dispatch coverage just released.
Click here to download the complete Defendant's response with 24 exhibits (21MB ZIP file).
Click here to download just Defendant's response without the exhibits.
The trustees introduce more salacious innuendo. If this information was really so important as they make it now, then why wasn’t it included in the Glaros Report? This OSU administration appears more interested in pumping out salacious tidbits for the evening news than in treating Jon Waters and the band fairly.
University attacks Jon Waters while Fischer and wife, Lori Barrares, secretly make their fortunes from OSU contracts
Newly-minted Ohio State trustee Alex R. Fischer holds 48 stocks of McBee Strategic clients including 12 in M.O.O.C. (Massive Open Online Course) vendors Google and Oracle. He also holds three stocks in WellPoint, Inc., and 94 stocks in members of the Facebook Cartel.
Fischer’s only apparent qualification to be an OSU trustee is that he has lived in the shadow of OSU trustee president Jeffrey Wadsworth for most of his career. During that time he served as chairman of OmniViz, the Battelle Laboratory subsidiary that appears to have been the conduit for Battelle’s theft of OSU grad and inventor Michael McKibben’s invention of social networking. See previous three posts.
Federalization of higher education is afooot
The mud slinging at band director Jon Waters is silly misdirection. This university leadership is hiding the real sins in their surreptitious efforts to federalize Ohio State's IT infrastructure into their global MOOC plan.
M.O.O.C. is the federal equivalent of Common Core—an attempt to federalize higher education via control of Internet infrastructure. The chief proponent of MOOC is provost Joseph A. Steinmetz.
These financial disclosures were obtained from Fischer’s wife, Lori Barreras. They were contained in her 2013 financial disclosure filed with the Ohio Ethics Commission on Apr. 14, 2014.
McBee Strategic is lobbyist for Jeffrey Wadsworth, CEO, Battelle Memorial Institute. Wadsworth is also president of the Ohio State board of trustees. See McBee Strategic client list (Ohio State contractors are highlighted in yellow).
Fischer and Barrares live in Jeffrey Wadsworth’s shadow
Fischer and Barreras were both employed by Wadsworth at Battelle before they were fired in early 2009 for improper use of the Battelle corporate jet (ostensibly to accomodate their affair), according to a Battelle source. In recent days, they have landed well. Barrares was sworn in by OSU Trustee Algernon L. Marbley as a commissioner at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Fischer was installed as an OSU trustee two weeks before they fired Jon Waters. Curious timing.
According the OSU Office of Legal Affairs, a trustee or employee:
- Cannot authorize a contract or use authority to secure authorization of a contract for self, family, business associate
- Cannot solicit or accept things of value
- Cannot disclose or use confidential information
- Cannot receive additional compensation for performance of official duties
- Cannot represent parties on matters in which public servant involved
- Cannot participate in matters where public servant has a conflict of interest i.e. when something of value will result for self, family members, others
See Ohio State Office of Legal Affairs, Legal Topics, http://legal.osu.edu/ethics.php
These intertwined Fischer/Barrares/Marbley relationships with Jeffrey Wadsworth and his lobbyist, McBee Strategic, are gross violations of these Ohio ethical standards.
Ohio State's Corruption Virus
Resignations or firings of some and maybe all of the current OSU trustees are in order for allowing this corruption to infect Ohio State like the Ebola virus.
Reinstatement of Jon Waters is a must.
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