Breaking News: Shandong

The president of the university I worked at has been tried and convicted for corruption. They found he had gotten 390,757,871 yuan (roughly $57,323,781 USD) illicitly. He’s sentenced to 12 years in prison. My reading of this story doesn’t make it clear whether he’ll pay all the money back. He should. I also think this fine of $117,300 is too low. I’m strict about these things and think that his family, the adults who benefitted from his ill-gotten gains should face consequences. They should have spoken up or stopped him.

Here’s the story:

任廷琦(Ren Ting QiRen is the last name

In February 2018, according to Shandong Provincial Discipline Inspection Commission news: Ren Tingqi serious violations of law and suspected job-related crimes to conduct a case review (investigation).

After investigation, Ren Tingqi violated the spirit of the Eight Provisions of the Central Committee and exceeded the standard to use office buildings; violated organizational discipline, failed to explain the problems in organizational letters, and used his position to facilitate the selection and appointment of cadres to seek benefits for others and to collect and receive property; violated honesty and discipline, accepted gifts, and used his power to occupy non-capital. People’s property management; violation of work discipline; intervene and intervene in project bidding; violation of life discipline. Taking advantage of his position to seek benefits for others and obtain and receive property, he is suspected of taking bribes.

As a leading cadre of Party members, Ren Tingqi lost his ideals and beliefs, seriously violated the Party’s disciplines and national laws and regulations, and was suspected of crimes, and did not converge after the Eighteenth National Congress of the Party, and did not stop, with a bad nature and a serious plot. According to the Regulations on Disciplinary Punishment of the Communist Party of China and other relevant provisions, after studying and reporting to the Shandong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China at the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Shandong Provincial Disciplinary Commission and the meeting of the Shandong Provincial Supervisory Commission, and with the approval of the Shandong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, he decided to give Ren Tingqi the removal of his party membership, dismissal of his public office, collection The procuratorial organs deal with them according to law.

任廷琦,男,教授,博士生导师,196010月出生,山东牟平人,19827月参加工作,19827月毕业于山东师范大学物理系理论物理专业。曾任山东科技大学校长。

2018815日,任廷琦因受贿罪判处有期徒刑十二年,并处罚金人民币80万元;对被告人任廷琦受贿犯罪所得赃款390.5949万元予以没收,上缴国库;继续追缴被告人任廷琦受贿犯罪所得赃款390.757871万元,上缴国库

20171110日,山东省纪委监察厅消息:山东科技大学党委副书记、校长任廷琦涉嫌严重违纪,接受组织审查

依法双开

20182月,据山东省纪委消息:任廷琦严重违纪违法涉嫌职务犯罪问题进行立案审查(调查)。

经查,任廷琦违反中央八项规定精神,超标准使用办公用房;违反组织纪律,在组织函询时不如实说明问题,利用职务便利在干部选拔任用方面为他人谋取利益并索取、收受财物;违反廉洁纪律,收受礼金,利用职权侵占非本人经管的财物;违反工作纪律,插手和干预项目招投标;违反生活纪律。利用职务便利为他人谋取利益并索取、收受财物,涉嫌受贿犯罪。

任廷琦身为党员领导干部,理想信念丧失,严重违反党的纪律和国家法律法规规定,并涉嫌犯罪,且在党的十八大后不收敛、不收手,性质恶劣、情节严重。依据《中国共产党纪律处分条例》等有关规定,经中共山东省纪委常委会会议、山东省监委委员会议研究并报中共山东省委批准,决定给予任廷琦开除党籍、开除公职处分,收缴其违纪所得,将其涉嫌犯罪问题及所涉款物移送检察机关依法处理。

提起公诉

20185月,山东科技大学原党委副书记、校长任廷琦(正厅级)涉嫌受贿罪一案,经山东省人民检察院指定管辖,由泰安市人民检察院向泰安市中级人民法院提起公诉。

检察机关在审查起诉阶段依法告知了被告人任廷琦享有的诉讼权利,并依法讯问了被告人任廷琦,听取了其辩护人的意见。泰安市人民检察院起诉书指控:被告人任廷琦利用担任烟台师范学院院长,曲阜师范大学党委副书记、校长,山东科技大学校长职务上的便利,收受他人贿赂,为他人谋取利益,依法应当以受贿罪追究其刑事责任

法院判决

2018815日,山东泰安市中级人民法院公开宣判山东科技大学原校长任廷琦受贿案,以受贿罪判处被告人任廷琦有期徒刑十二年,并处罚金人民币80万元;对被告人任廷琦受贿犯罪所得赃款390.5949万元予以没收,上缴国库;继续追缴被告人任廷琦受贿犯罪所得赃款390.757871万元,上缴国库。
  经审理查明:20053月至201710月,被告人任廷琦先后利用担任烟台师范学院院长,曲阜师范大学党委副书记、校长,山东科技大学校长职务上的便利,为相关单位及个人在承揽工程、拨付工程款、升学就业、调换专业、职务晋升等事项上提供帮助,直接或通过其特定关系人54次索取、收受相关人员给予的现金、银行卡、房屋等财物,共计折合人民币781.352771万元。
  泰安市中级人民法院认为,被告人任廷琦的行为构成受贿罪。鉴于被告人任廷琦到案后主动供述监察机关尚未掌握的大部分索贿、受贿事实,具有坦白情节,赃款已部分追缴,具有法定、酌定从轻处罚情节,依法可对其从轻处罚。法庭遂作出上述判决。

On August 15, 2018, the Shandong Tai’an Intermediate People’s Court publicly sentenced Ren Tingqi, former president of Shandong University of Science and Technology, to 12 years’imprisonment and a fine of 800,000 yuan ($117,300 USD) for bribery, confiscated the proceeds of Ren Tingqi’s bribery crime and turned them over to the state treasury. Ren Tingqi, the defendant, recovered 390.757871 yuan of illicit money from bribes and turned over to the state treasury.

From March 2005 to October 2017, the defendant was appointed President of Yantai Normal University, Vice Secretary of the Party Committee and President of Qufu Normal University, and President of Shandong University of Science and Technology. The total amount of money, bank cards, houses and other property obtained or received from the relevant personnel, directly or through 54 times of their specific relatives, is RMB 781.35 2.771 million.

The intermediate people’s Court of Tai’an held that the act of defendant Ren Tingqi constituted the crime of accepting bribes. In view of the fact that the defendant, Ren Tingqi, voluntarily confessed most of the facts of bribery solicitation and acceptance that the supervisory organ had not yet grasped after his arrival in the case, he had a frank plot, the stolen money had been partly recovered, and he had a statutory and discretionary circumstance of lenient punishment, and could be given a lighter punishment according to law. The court made the decision.

NEWS

 815,山东泰安市中级人民法院公开宣判山东科技大学原校长任廷琦受贿案,以受贿罪判处被告人任廷琦有期徒刑十二年,并处罚金人民币80万元;对被告人任廷琦受贿犯罪所得赃款390.5949万元予以没收,上缴国库;继续追缴被告人任廷琦受贿犯罪所得赃款390.757871万元,上缴国库。

  经审理查明:20053月至201710月,被告人任廷琦先后利用担任烟台师范学院院长,曲阜师范大学党委副书记、校长,山东科技大学校长职务上的便利,为相关单位及个人在承揽工程、拨付工程款、升学就业、调换专业、职务晋升等事项上提供帮助,直接或通过其特定关系人54次索取、收受相关人员给予的现金、银行卡、房屋等财物,共计折合人民币781.352771万元。

  泰安市中级人民法院认为,被告人任廷琦的行为构成受贿罪。鉴于被告人任廷琦到案后主动供述监察机关尚未掌握的大部分索贿、受贿事实,具有坦白情节,赃款已部分追缴,具有法定、酌定从轻处罚情节,依法可对其从轻处罚。法庭遂作出上述判决。

On August 15, the Shandong Tai’an Intermediate People’s Court publicly sentenced Ren Tingqi, the former president of Shandong University of Science and Technology, to 12 years’imprisonment for bribery and a fine of 800,000 yuan; confiscated the proceeds of Ren Tingqi’s bribery crime and handed them over to the state treasury; and continued to recover. Defendant Ren Tingqi received 390,757,871 yuan of illicit money from bribes and turned over to the state treasury.

From March 2005 to October 2017, the defendant was appointed President of Yantai Normal University, Vice Secretary of the Party Committee and President of Qufu Normal University, and President of Shandong University of Science and Technology. The total amount of money, bank cards, houses and other property obtained or received from the relevant personnel, directly or through 54 times of their specific relatives, is RMB 781.35 27.71 million.

The intermediate people’s Court of Tai’an held that the act of defendant Ren Tingqi constituted the crime of accepting bribes. In view of the fact that the defendant, Ren Tingqi, voluntarily confessed most of the facts of bribery solicitation and acceptance that the supervisory organ had not yet grasped after his arrival in the case, he had a frank plot, the stolen money had been partly recovered, and he had a statutory and discretionary circumstance of lenient punishment, and could be given a lighter punishment according to law. The court made the decision.

Dyslexic Fonts on eBooks

I discovered that eBook services commonly offered by public libraries have fonts you can choose that help people with dyslexia read. These fonts’ letters are heavier on the bottom. Researchers have found that this makes reading easier for those with dyslexia.

I wanted to share how people can get these fonts so I made a short video using Adobe’s Spark and Screencast-o-matic. You can do quite a bit with their free features.

Please share this information so more can use it.

Bunker Labs

On Friday I got to go on a TechTrip with the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and one of the stops was Chicago’s incubator 1871. 1871 offers space and programs for start ups. One of its members is an organization called Bunker Labs that serves veterans who want to become entrepreneurs.

What a great organization!

Education Bubble

I do think tuition rates are ridiculously high. Even though I went to a state school and paid for my second graduate degree as I went and thus have zero debt, I still think I paid too much because it’ll be a long time till I make up for that investment.

I think it’s high time people rethink all the money spent on college in America. All the extra services, many of which most students don’t use, and administrators seem unfair. If you can’t write at the college level, why should the students who can pay for your writing center sessions? Do we need all these extracurricular activities and facilities? Why wouldn’t those who need or use these things pay for them?

The idea that cost of education has quadrupled, as Peter Thiel states in these videos, yet many still graduate but are unable to write a paragraph, should be examined.

Accepting the idea that you can take out a loan and everything’s okey-dokey is unwise. Most people, parents and children alike don’t realize how long it’ll take to pay off that loan.

I also think it may be wiser for people to send their children to community college for two years and then transfer to the pricier university. Ten or twenty thousand dollars extra for a particular social experience, (e.g. dorm life, parties, status) seems like a bad choice. If you’re in a certain income bracket, all the other parents are sending their kids to schools with status. You don’t want to “deprive” your kids. That’s understandable.

Now it seems like it’d be better to put that money aside and give it to a child when he or she needs to buy a car, furnishing for an apartment or a condo. Of course, this is a personal choice for each family.

I’d like to see more colleges offering low-cost options. Think a Southwest Airlines version of higher education and more parents considering different paths to attaining education.

Jordan B Peterson

I recently discovered Jordan Peterson’s videos through Scott Adams of Dilbert fame. I first saw Peterson’s interview with the British broadcaster where he eludes her attempt to make him seem like an offensive, non-PC, heartless villain. I’m enjoying learning more from this gentleman and scholar. (Yeah, I’ve noticed the dearth of gentlemen and scholars, too.)

What he says is straightforward, commonsense, and I think most people I know follow his advice already because they had parents who provided such wisdom. Yet I do know that we all have blindspots and that blame is a tempting easy-out. The video is a healthy reminder and we all need those from time to time.

Below is a sample of the videos Peterson has made himself. These videos are getting a lot of attention and call for more responsible, mature behavior from all of us. No more Peter Pan Complex.

Speed through your Homework & Learn

In this video, Thomas Frank shares a lot of the ideas found in the Coursera course Learning How to Learn. I can vouch for their effectiveness. It’s not just about cheap shortcuts, but how to learn more effectively.

Share this with any students, young or old, that you know.