It’s a daily battle around my house to get the kids to step up and do their chores. A former Dean at St. John’s University found her own solution to the daily chore battle by forcing her student’s to do them for her!
Cecilia Change, the former dean of the Institute of Asian Studies at St. John’s, is accused of stealing more than a million dollars from the university and of using her position of authority to intimidate students into helping with her daily chore list.
The students, most of whom were international students, were reportedly made to cook, clean, and chauffer the ex-Dean’s family in order to keep their scholarships. The students were told that the work was a requirement of their scholarship status.
Ms. Chang is a long-time member of the faculty of St. John’s having spent more than three decades working for the institution. In addition to the extortion of the students, Cecilia Chang is being accused of embezzling from the school to pay for her own son’s tuition and her casino trips. Chang is also accused of granting her son a scholarship to the college’s law school. When the school discovered the scholarship, she allegedly charged the tuition to her credit car and submitted it to the school for repayments as travel expenses. As a result of the pending charges against her, she was fired from her post over the summer.
A sampling of chores that students were allegedly asked to do included taking out the trash, shoveling snow, cooking dinner, doing laundry and driving family members to varous appointments. Maybe Ms. Chang should have asked her son to do some of the chores to earn his own tuition money!