Condominium/Hotel Complex Development on Campus Halted
Condominium/Hotel Complex Development on Campus Halted

Robert Cooney
Univ Adv - Communications
January 16, 2007

VP Advancement Jailed for Putting Too Much ‘Fun’ in Fundraising

Chris Horbachewski, the University of Lethbridge Vice-President Advancement, will be cooling his heels in jail after being arrested for trying to sell University property without permission.

In a rare move, University Security and the Internal Auditors office disclosed that Horbachewski had effectively sold the undeveloped portion of the U of L’s south property on University Drive to a major international resort development company.

“A number of things tipped us off,” said Sonya Harris, the University’s internal auditor. “In addition to Horbachewski’s extravagant lifestyle -– we documented sales receipts for a stable of horses, among other items -- was a busload of tourists asking ‘…where the skating rink was.’ We found this to be unusual, and moved swiftly from that point forward.”

Rumours persist that Horbachewski is participating in the local Canadian Cancer Society’s “Jail and Bail” event, and will supposedly help the charity raise money by being placed ‘under arrest’ and taken to a holding facility at the Park Place Shopping Centre, where he is expected to raise funds by calling likely donors.

Horbachewski will be arrested by members of the Lethbridge Police Service and formally charged on Wednesday, January 17, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the University Advancement Office, room A735, University Hall. The University community is welcome to attend this event.

Harris said that documents uncovered in Horbacheski’s garage revealed plans for a 2,000 unit condominium/hotel complex, a large outdoor skating rink –- to be lit at night -- a helicopter pad and control tower capable of handling large-capacity helicopters, and parking for 2,000 vehicles.

They would not confirm the location of a proposed ski hill-style park, but Horbachewski had commissioned a report to verify if the river could be affected by large-scale excavation on the riverbanks near the property.*

“We’ll see how he does with this first phase of his community service at Jail-N-Bail,” Harris said. After that he may be placed elsewhere. At this time we are co-operating with an agency in Manitoba, so if Mr. Horbachweski wishes to skate outdoors he'll have ample opportunity for that in Thompson, MB.”

Pledges can be made at the University Advancement Office (A735, University Hall) or on-line by following this web link:

** Disclaimer: If you are a resident of Riverstone or a member of the University community and have not yet realized that this is a completely false story, please put down the phone. The Lethbridge Herald and other media have already been informed, and there are absolutely no plans to build the structures as described on this property.

Please contribute to this worthy cause and help get Chris out of jail on January 17 by making your pledge on-line.

Canadian Cancer Society website (for general information):

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