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What happened with Affleck-Graves’ money?

Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Last week my spouse received a letter from an associate provost congratulating him on being named a recipient of the Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C., Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. $1,500 would accompany the award. The letter concluded with an offer of help in facilitating donation of the money to a charity, if my spouse so chose. (OXFAM America and our parish on the southeast side of South Bend would welcome the assistance.)

I mention this after reading the report in The Observer (“Affleck-Graves on loan company board,” April 16) of Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves’ $59,000 bonanza: compensation for “eight months as a director for Student Loan Corpor-ation, a lender affiliated with Notre Dame’s preferred lender, Citigroup.” I wonder if University President Father John Jenkins, with whom Affleck-Graves is said to have discussed the ethics of the appointment, was minded to offer the University’s help to disburse the reward to charity – or possibly a scholarship fund for indigent students?

Surely Comrade Affleck-Graves did not need the money? Given his position in the Party’s apparatus, his remuneration must rank with the very highest on campus.

Ann Pettifer

Class of 1976

South Bend, Ind.

April 18