‘Big Brother’ fans invade COD Facebook page
The College of DuPage website has been overtaken with comments by “Big Brother” fans recently after the school announced that contestant Andy Herren is no longer employed as a part-time professor at the school.
Herren, a native of Aurora, is a finalist on the hit TV show “Big Brother,” which airs its 90-minute finale at 8:30 p.m. on WBBM-Channel 2.
“The volume of recent posts surrounding the television show ‘Big Brother’ have disrupted our page,” administrators of the COD Facebook page posted Tuesday. “Respectfully, we ask the show fans to take the conversation to the show’s page. As of this posting, we will delete any posts about the show so that we can resume communicating with our students.”
Leading up to the finale, hundreds of comments about the school’s recent announcement have filtered in during the last several days.
Despite Internet reports to the contrary, a College of DuPage spokesperson said “Big Brother” finalist Andy Herren wasn’t fired — only taking time off to be on the show. But the Glen Ellyn school where Herren was an adjunct communications instructor wouldn’t say whether he’ll be hired back after the show concludes.
Joe Moore, vice president, marketing and communications for College of DuPage, said Sept. 17 that adjunct professors work semester to semester.
As to whether Herren would have his old job waiting for him when he returns, Moore said he couldn’t answer that question.
Moore said the community college posted its statement about Herren on its Facebook page Friday “to clarify his status as an instructor” after several people had made comments about Herren on Facebook.
“Andy Herren has formerly worked for College of DuPage as a part-time instructor. He does not currently work for the college. Any behavior or language he uses on the CBS reality show ‘Big Brother’ does not represent the opinions or values of College of DuPage,” the post read.
On Facebook, students described him as “the best teacher I had,” while others professed their detest for the game player who they say has been vulgar during his 90 days in the “Big Brother” house.
“I would not want this guy teaching my kids no matter how old they are,” an angry mother said in her post. “He is a horrible influence on the minds of our kids.”
Former students seem to have a much different opinion of the young speech teacher.
There are almost 30 reviews of Herren on a professor rating website, and most of them speak highly of Herren’s classroom demeanor.
“Andy is an amazingly gifted teacher who clearly loves what he does, is energetic, helpful, and makes class a fun place to learn,” one student wrote just last week. “He helps everyone to feel at ease and will build your confidence in speaking in front of an audience.”
Comments made early last year, before Herren was even part of the hit TV show, were also favorable.
“I think he might be my favorite teacher I’ve ever had! He’s great at teaching and always finds a way to keep the class engaged with creative and fun assignments,” the student wrote. “He is always eager to help and will review your speeches before you do them and give you the feedback you need to have a perfect speech.”
Herren’s fans will cheer him on at a finale viewing party tonight at the Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club on North Halsted in Boystown.
To find out if Herren wins the $500,000 prize, visit Chicago Sun-Times TV columnist Lori Rackl’s blog,voices.suntimes.com/author/lrackl, after the show tonight.