(NN&V Staff) – Yesterday, the UNLV Rebel Yell reported that CSUN’s Chief Counsel Jon Goldman, creator of the controversial RebFest concert, resigned from CSUN (Consolidated Students at University of Nevada) for confidential reasons. However, executives plan to continue paying him the equivalent of his CSUN salary as a consultant for the $242,000 concert, which has come under scrutiny for several reasons including the $70,000 in student fees approved to fund it and the image it will present while higher education funding is slashed. CSUN President David Rapoport, who recommended his friend Goldman be appointed as Chief Counsel last July, has said that Goldman will be paid from the $70,000 allocated to RebFest and stated, “The theory is we could technically hire as many consultants as we want.”
“There is no provision in the approved RebFest budget for unlimited consultants, and Goldman should not be paid now that he is no longer a member of CSUN,” said Mark Ciavola, president of the UNLV College Republicans. “Rapoport has crossed a line into an ethically questionable place.”
One CSUN Senator, who has been working anonymously with the UNLV College Republicans on the RebFest issue, stated that many CSUN officials and senators were aware of Goldman’s ineligibility when he created, drafted the budget for, and proposed the RebFest event to CSUN.
“Members of CSUN should represent students with honor and integrity, or remove themselves as representatives of the student body,” concluded Ciavola.