Anonymous Tip from Penn State: “There is a bigger story here.”

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“The director and long time assistant director are colluding with [Professor] John O’Neill,” writes tipster In late December, we received an anonymous tip in the mail from a reader about our ongoing inquiry into possible ethics violations by Penn State Professor John W. O’Neill of the School of Hospitality Management (SHM). Our inquiry has so… Read more »

Penn State Confirms Professor John O’Neill Under Ethics Investigation

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University Official’s Assurance Undercut by O’Neill, Raising New Questions It’s been three months since we began contacting officials at Penn State about potential ethics problems with School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Professor John W. O’Neill. On Jan. 9, 2017, a University official confirmed Conflict of Interest (COI) investigators are looking into questions we’ve raised about… Read more »

Hotel Union Leader’s Database Undercuts Claim of Organizing Success

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Analysis of HTC Data Reveals It Represents Barely One-Third of What Union Claims As readers know, we’ve been looking into the spending and governance choices of union President Peter Ward of the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC). Despite the hotel building boom and surging tourism in New York City, especially outside of… Read more »

Unraveling Penn State’s Confusing Ethics Oversight

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Questions About Professor’s Ties to Hotel Lobby Uncover an Ethics Labyrinth Since October of last year, we’ve been reporting on the potential ethics violations of Professor John W. O’Neill of Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM). He appears to be operating a private consulting practice on campus, using the University’s prestige to increase the… Read more »

Who Is Investigating Questions about Professor O’Neill’s Ethics?

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Our reporting has found strong evidence indicating Penn State Professor John W. O’Neill is using his position at the School of Hospitality Management to bolster his consulting practice and credibility of his hotel lobby-funded research. If true, this would violate the university’s ethics standards. So, we were encouraged to learn via a Dec. 17 Centre Daily Times… Read more »

Coast Guard Still Searching for Records of “Study” that Undermines Offshore Wind Energy

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Over the past 10 months, we have uncovered the shipping lobby’s influence in the Coast Guard’s offshore wind energy study, known as the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS), which was charged with balancing shipping navigation safety with the development of an offshore wind industry. Our reporting shows the study’s authors never visited an… Read more »

Questions About Penn State Professor O’Neill Referred to Ethics Office

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Our Visit Sparks University Probe  Not long after we began investigating the hotel lobby’s campaign to undermine the more sustainable method of hospitality offered by home sharing, we became aware of Penn State Professor John O’Neill. Professor O’Neill is a well-known advocate for the hotel lobby (here) and is frequently called upon by journalists. But… Read more »

Marriott’s Overseas Cash Pile Grows

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Will Hotel Lobby Giant Bring Money Home? The new, widely-popular, and more sustainable method of hospitality offered by home sharing is under attack by the hotel lobby. As we continue to examine the hotel lobby’s campaign, one giant of the industry keeps turning up. It’s the largest hotel chain in the world: Marriott International. Marriott… Read more »