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Frustrated fashionista

Seven On Your Side
September 25, 2009 8:38:44 PM PDT
A Brooklyn student organized a charity fashion show for an area college he didn't even attend. But when it was time to get payment in full, school was out.

"It just hurts, that we got the sharp end of the knife." Durell Morgan says that knife was wielded by a local college and sliced his pay check in half. "I don't think they handled it professionally at all."

Durell's talking about LaGuardia Community College. Back in April, the 22 year-old student signed a contract to be creative director for the college's 10th annual charity fashion show. It was all to raise money for the school's scholarship fund.

"It was a big headache. It paid off, but at the same time, I devoted alot of myself into this show." Durell recruited nearly 50 models, scores of dancers, and hired a handful of clothing designers, hair stylists, and make-up artists.

"I put the show together with pennies and nickles, so to speak," said the young director. "And the end result was really high fashion."

Durell's pay? Should've been $1570. "(But) I've only received $750. That's it."

Durell's isn't the only one owed. 7 On Your Side found 6 others who worked on the show are owed a combined $1650.

"Everything is now excuses. Anything I call them, they're changing stories, or money supposedly disappeared."

So we contacted LaGuardia Community College who immediately launched an investigation. And just days later, it found Durell was right. The college thanked 7 On Your Side for bringing the matter to it's attention.

But, most importantly, made all the money owed, re-appear. A spokesperson said the students in charge of payments dropped the ball.

"We're kind of looking at this as a teaching moment as educators," said LaGuardia's Director of Communications, Susan Lyddon. "We're going to be working with the students a little bit more closely so they can kinda learn a little bit more about contracts."

As a result, everyone, including Durell finally got their paychecks. All told, it turned out to be a payday of a combined $2470.


Story by: Tappy Phillips

Produced by: Steve Livingstone

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