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The University of Central Arkansas, whose board chairman last week announced a $700,000 donation from food vendor Aramark to renovate the UCA president’s home, will not get the money unless it renews a contract with the company, a letter obtained Tuesday shows.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 08/31/2011

Print Headline: A gift - if UCA keeps vendor on

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  • Jason2010
    August 31, 2011 at 7:32 a.m.

    Sounds like a kick back to me. It doesn't matter if everyone else is doing it or not, if it appears improper then it's just as bad as it being improper.

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    August 31, 2011 at 8:20 a.m.

    That appears to be just laundering public money -- payments to the vendor -- to try to make it appear to be private money not subject to state supervision.

  • ConwayHog
    August 31, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.

    Hotspringslawyer....you are so right! How is this money/bribe repaid? In the least it appears unethical - message here is: you have to have money to make investments/bribes if you want a contract with higher ed!

  • Morgancub
    August 31, 2011 at 8:38 a.m.

    Kick back or bribery, what ever it is, it's wearing it's Sunday suit !!!
    Wonder what that 7 yr.contract is worth to Aramark anyway !! Must be fat!!

  • 08211117
    August 31, 2011 at 9:13 a.m.

    It seems that UCA is always caught up in some scandal. It makes me ashamed to be an alumni!

  • tajohn
    August 31, 2011 at 9:52 a.m.

    Aramark is a bunch of food nazis. They won't even allow ANY events that are held on campus to be catered by anyone other than Aramark. Even if it's not a UCA event. If someone from the outside world wants to pay to use any banquest facilities at UCA, it must be catered by Aramark or they can't have it there. And it's VERY expensive and the food is mediocre at best. They also handle the concessions at all the athletic events and athletics doesn't even get a cut from it. How crazy is that?? And speaking of Barnes & Noble, unless it's changed, athletics also didn't get a cut from any athletic logo stuff they sell in the bookstore. Maybe that's changed now. Not sure. No wonder UCA athletics needs more money. They can't even get money from areas they should be getting money from.

  • Firefighter
    August 31, 2011 at 4:56 p.m.

    Wonder if the IRS believes this is a "tax deductible contribution" and if not, how many other "tax deductions" Aramark makes and deducts.

  • richweav
    August 31, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.

    I say UCA tell Aramark to take the 700K and put it where the sun doesn't shine, then open up for competitive bidding as soon as their current contract expires.

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