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RYAN BAKKEN: Say it ain’t so, Joe

Published 10/17/2009, Grand Forks Herald

Critics of NDSU President Joe Chapman’s spending have driven him to resign. I hope they’re happy. They call it extravagance. I wonder what all the fuss is about. His house goes 125 percent over budget. So what? His office undergoes a $238,000 makeover. Chicken feed. His wife rakes in $50,000 for attending meetings? Big deal. He spends $260,000 in the past year from his slush — excuse me, discretionary — fund. Hey, all executives get perks.

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