SMU honors Rep. Johnson despite scandal

D Magazine’s FrontBurner reported Monday that SMU has in fact honored U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson with the Distinguished Alumni award.

A press release on Johnson’s website announced that she received the award in a private ceremony at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on June 1.

Johnson was originally supposed to receive the award last November, but could not attend the ceremony due to a recent surgery. However, rumors circulated that her absence had more to do with the highly publicized scholarship scandal at that time.

The Daily Campus reported on the Congresswoman’s absence from the ceremony last Fall. Though the scandal had sparked an ethics investigation, Patti LaSalle, SMU’s associate vice president and executive director of public affairs, had commented that she did not feel the investigation would prevent Johnson receiving the award at a later date.

“The Committee chose her based on a lifetime of work, so I really would not speculate on that,” LaSalle said.

It appears that LaSalle’s words have rung true.

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