Feds look to take Chang’s home; her son fights suit

Feds look to take Chang’s home; her son fights suit

Christopher Brito, News Editor
September 11, 2013
Filed under News

Federal prosecutors are attempting to seize the Jamaica Estates home of the late dean Cecilia Chang as well as funds tied with her embezzlement schemes, but her son has argued that he is the house’s “rightful heir.” An initial conference in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court... Read more »

Harrington Steps Down Effective July 31

Harrington Steps Down Effective July 31

Kieran Lynch, Editor-in-Chief
May 8, 2013
Filed under Harrington Steps Down, Home Scroll, News

An earlier version of this story was published on May 3, 2013. The more recent version, below, appeared in the Torch's May 8, 2013 'Special Report' print edition. Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of the University, announced in an email to the University community Friday that he will ste... Read more »

Harrington’s Actions Show Lack of Caring

Michael E. Cunniff, Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus
May 1, 2013
Filed under Opinion

I don’t think Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M. President of the University saw me as he left Newman Hall at precisely 4:45 p.m. Monday afternoon. I happened to be passing by when he walked out, strolled to the line of cars parked across the street and climbed into a late-model Audi before zooming off. Even... Read more »

Board of Trustees breaks silence over Chang, Harrington and Wile

Anthony O'Reilly, News Editor, Emeritus
April 10, 2013
Filed under News, Off campus, On campus

The Board of Trustees, in an email to the University community on Tuesday, broke its silence about its ongoing in­vestigation in the wake of published re­ports detailing the roles of Rev. Donald J. Harrington and his chief of staff Rob­ert Wile in the Cecilia Chang embezzle­ment scandal. Without... Read more »

Harrington Releases Statement Amidst Investigation

Anthony O'Reilly, News Editor
March 8, 2013
Filed under Crime, News, Off campus, On campus

Under scrutiny for accepting gifts from deceased dean Cecilia Chang, Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of the University, released a statement in an email to the University community. In the statement, Harrington pleaded for patience as the investigation by Frank Wohl, of Lankler Siffert... Read more »

Wile Joins Harrington Under Scrutiny

Michael E. Cunniff and Nicole Valente, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor
March 6, 2013
Filed under Home Scroll, News, Top Stories

The fraud perpetuated by former dean Cecilia Chang continues to haunt the University, leading to the Board of Trustees retaining outside counsel in the wake of another published report that details more questionable expense reports. The latest report, from New York Magazine, outlines more than $40,000... Read more »

Flames of the Torch: The Last Straw

Torch Editorial Board
March 6, 2013
Filed under Opinion

If there’s something we’ve learned this year, it’s that you never know what’s coming next. As the bizarre Chang saga continues, we’ve come to learn way more than we ever expected to about Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M. – his travel itineraries, his real estate investments, his designer suits... Read more »

Report: Rev. Harrington, Robert Wile Deeply Embedded in Chang’s Gift-Giving

Kieran Lynch, Features Editor
February 25, 2013
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Deceased former St. John’s dean Cecilia Chang showered President Rev. Donald J. Harrington and his chief of staff, Robert Wile, with extravagant gifts supposedly paid by “unnamed donors,” when they were really being charged to the University, according to a report in New York Magazine. The former... Read more »

Report: Chang wrote about sexual relationship with former St. John’s president

Report: Chang wrote about sexual relationship with former St. John’s president

Anthony O'Reilly, News Editor
December 11, 2012
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Even after her death, Cecilia Chang continues to haunt St. John’s. Handwritten notes from the disgraced former dean, who committed suicide on Nov. 6, detail an intimate sexual relationship with the late former University president Rev. Joseph Cahill, C.M., according to a report in The New York Times. The... Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Harrington and Oliva talk Chang investigation, trial and the “lavish” gifts Pres. received

EXCLUSIVE: Harrington and Oliva talk Chang investigation, trial and the “lavish” gifts Pres. received

Michael E. Cunniff and Nicole Valente, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor
November 14, 2012
Filed under Home Scroll, News

The month-long courtroom saga now behind them, the University president and general counsel decided they are ready to tell their side of the Cecilia Chang story. In exclusive interviews with the Torch, Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of the University, and General Counsel Joe Oliva detailed... Read more »

Q&A: Father Harrington: Torch talks Big East, Future of STJ and SGI with University Pres.

Q&A: Father Harrington: Torch talks Big East, Future of STJ and SGI with University Pres.

Torch Editorial Board
November 14, 2012
Filed under Home Scroll, News, Off campus, On campus, Sports

Torch: In a normal period, what does your daily schedule look like? Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M.: I spend a lot of time working with my direct reports so that’s the chief academic officer, the provost [Robert Mangione], it’s the chief operating officer [Martha Hirst]. Dealing with Joe [Oliva] ... Read more »

Cecilia Chang Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Cecilia Chang Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Anthony O'Reilly, News Editor
November 6, 2012
Filed under Crime, Home Scroll, News, On campus, Top Stories

Cecilia Chang, the former dean of the Asian Studies Center on trial for allegedly embezzling $1.1 million from the University and forcing international students to work as personal servants, died in an apparent suicide in the early hours of Nov. 6. She was 59. An NYPD spokesperson confirmed only that... Read more »