CSU faculty told staff is busy prepping for Palin

TURLOCK — Professors at California State University, Stanislaus say campus staff are working hard to prepare for Sarah Palin's upcoming visit, despite assurances that a nonprofit foundation is organizing the event.

Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, is scheduled to headline a black-tie fundraiser on Friday night.

Mark Grobner, who chairs the biology department, says his technician was told Wednesday he could not access a campus truck to pick up a donated piece of equipment because facilities staff were too busy getting ready for the gala event.

Palin's appearance has generated widespread coverage and criticism since it was announced in March.

University officials have not divulged the terms of Palin's contract or her speaking fee. Wednesday, a spokeswoman said the foundation would compensate the university for work done specific to the event.

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