Heald College — Unethical Practices with students and security
i have been a student at heald college for over a year now and have come to realize that the school is very money oriented. not just through admissions. about 8 months ago there was an admissions advisor who was "let go" his name is michael macneill. he is the person who puts on the central coast throwdown mixed martial arts fights located at a local high school here in salinas. he and his girlfriend who currently works as the LRC coordinator, Rocio Rodriguez have been running their own private business out of heald college for MONTHS NOW, and are using students and security staff to work these events. mr. macneill would advertise these fights all over school campus, he and his girlfriend both sold tickets while on the clock to both students and staff, profiting all the money and hiring students and security to work these events. i was told by mr. macneill that i would be getting paid $100 to work security at the front door, but not to say anything to anyone else working because i would be the only person getting paid. at the end of the fights after all was said and done, i asked mr. macneill and rocio were my money was and they both told me, you knew this was a volunteer event, if you dont like it you dont have to work it anymore. not only were they pulling this scam on the students, but they are also using the security hired through heald to work the events as well. since nobody was paid, nobody from the staff or student population feels they should take part in this little scandal. if you go into the student lounge, rocio rodriguez puts up flyers for every fight as well as sending out emails to students to remind them of ticket sales. mr. macneill has been doing this to students and staff that are unknowing of his plans at the end of each fight, he tells the individuals im only paying you so dont mention it to the other, this way nobody mentions anything to one another about receiving compensation for working the fight. he expects us to work a full 10 hour shift, without at least supplying as much as some food and bottled water for his workers. rocio rodriguez even has flyers posted on her wall behind her desk of each fight that has taken place. together both they have gotten students to advertise their fights promising them commission for every ticket sold and for every 100 flyers put up. im sure some of you have gotten these flyers on your windshield after coming out of your local grocery store or mall here in salinas. those flyers were put up by students who were told they would be paid but never were. each of the security workers and students that have worked the event all stated that if they knew they werent going to get paid, they would have never agreed to work the event, but being in the economy that were in, the offer presented by both mr. macneill and his girlfriend was to good to pass up at the time. i am writing this letter in hopes that heald college representatives from the local office research these fights you can even go to http://www.myspace.com/centralcoastthrowdown
and visit mr macneills upcoming events as well as previous events, im sure rocio probably even has old flyers sitting in her envoy as we speak.
i just want honest people working for a college that has honest students that shouldnt have to worry about getting screwed over like this from a staff member, especially one who was fired because of this and another that is still continuing his dirty work around campus. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP OUR SALINAS HEALD COLLEGE STUDENTS BY GETTING RID OF THESE POISINOUS LEECHES THAT WANT SOMETHING FOR NOTHING BUT YET PROMISE INCOME IN RETURN...
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