“Some of you have expressed concerns about how we are going to finance this research project. I would like to address this issue by asking our special guest, Mr. Blake Riley to come up next. Mr. Riley is a very successful entrepreneur and has a strong interest in helping fund an expedition to look for Ogopogo. Please come up to the podium now, Mr, Riley,” said Dean Sanderson.
There was a slight smatter of applause after Blake Riley’s introduction. Some in the audience had heard about Blake Riley, but they didn’t quite know what to make of him. There had been rumours going around that Blake was a rather sleazy character. Although these were only rumors, people tend to believe that where there’s smoke, there is fire. Many of the students were surprised that their dean had not done his due diligence of Blake Riley’s past history. They feared that Dean Sanderson was so worried about coming up with the funding that he wasn’t too concerned where that money came from or what kind of a funder he would have as a business associate.