Texas State Architecture Students not paid by A&E, MontelongoPosted: September 6, 2007
The Texas State University Star reports:
A group of former Texas State students and a faculty member are disappointed after working with the A&E television show “Flip This House.”
The show “Flip This House” with Armando Montelongo of Montelongo House Buyers Inc. of San Antonio, produced an episode during the fall 2006 semester in conjunction with a Texas State Architectural Design 3 class.
Montelongo planned to enlist the help of the undergraduate class to “flip” an empty lot at Smith Lane in San Marcos, and construct nine buildings with four condominium units in each structure, all the while maximizing the return on his investment.
The students were instructed to form teams and develop site diagrams for the project. Montelongo planned to judge the team’s work and choose a winner at the end of the show. The winner’s diagrams were then to be implemented by Montelongo at the site.
“The winning team composed of six students was promised a cash prize of $500 per student,” Carpenter said. “The show was filmed, the winning team was announced in a board room scene and a check was presented to the students. The students later found out that the check was only a prop and could not be deposited.”
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