The Daily Egyptian breaks major news the hard way

Last week the Daily Egyptian at Southern Illinois University posted a fascinating story about the university chancellor finding jobs for his daughter and son-in-law at the university, all while proposing cuts to many departments.

The excellent reporting and remarkable story made waves through the college media world. It seemed remarkable that Chancellor Carlo Montemagno would exhibit such nepotism, but even more remarkably, it doesn’t seem to be the first time.

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While the daughter and her husband don’t report directly to the president, they were named to jobs they previously hadn’t applied for, according to the story. Montemagno claimed the positions were part of his job negotiations.

Now two ethics inquiries are underway, all thanks to the student newspaper.

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