1998-01-23; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 50 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1998 CM LIFE 78 years of serving the community FRIDAY January 23, 1998 12 pages Alleged sexual harassment; Rand files lawsuit, resigns By Jennifer Ackerman LIFE Editor After receiving a letter of reprimand for alleged sexual harassment and "creating a hostile work environ- ment," David Rand submitted his resignation and then filed a lawsuit against CMU for failing to release his employee records to him under the Freedom of Information Act. Rand, who became director of Greater Michigan Programs for CMU's department of Extended Learning in February 1996, filed suit against the university last week. He did not receive any of his requested documents until Thursday. But he said the wording of the documents is "vague." Rand submitted an FOIA request Dec. 19 to the office of Provost Richard Davenport, after he was issued a letter of reprimand by Del Ringquist, dean of the College of on which this is based. The Extended Learning. However, the university did not respond. "I don't believe I have done what the university has alleged," Rand said. "I wanted the letters letter of reprimand Constitution says if you're accused of something you have the right to know who's accusing you. aI think they've confused certain kinds of speech with sexual harassment. I think it's a ludicrous assumption," he said. According to the lawsuit, the university didn't reply to grant Rand's request, issue a written notice denying his request in full or part, and didn't ask Rand for a 10-day extension to respond to the FOIA. Eileen Jennings, university council, said CMU takes FOIA requests very Director of Greater Michigan Programs sues university for failing to comply zvith FOIA request seriously and is investigating the matter. "We're looking into it and we're trying to figure out what has happened," she said. In addition to the lawsuit, Rand filed a grievance against the reprimand in accordance with CMU's Professional Administrative Handbook in December. According to Rand, Russ Herron, vice president of University Relations, has been designated to hear his appeal, and said no hearing date has been set. Davenport said he has removed himself from Rand's appeal panel due to a conflict of interest "I can't be sitting on any kind of appeal panel of any regard," he said. "I've sort of been out of it for some reasons that I can't state on the phone. There are other reasons why it's a conflict of interest. I've taken myself out of this." Davenport's wife, Sharlene Davenport, is an instructional material manager for Extended Learning. Rand is her direct supervisor. Phyllis Powell, CMU's Affirmative Action Officer, said, "No comment. I will not divulge any information." Late Thursday night, Rand indicated that he knew who had made the informal complaint, but refused to name names. He said, "It was not one of my staff. It was someone else. Someone, I've never met." Rand is working out of his home until the end of this month when his resignation will take effect. He doesn't have another job lined up, but said he plans to move to Spokane, Wash. While some may perceive Rand's actions as an admission of guilt — Rand maintains that's not his reason for leaving. "I thought I had been unjustly accused," he said. "I thought I knew why and I knew where this was going to lead and I just decided I didn't want the hassle. "I don't mind defending my name. I just knew it would ruin my effectiveness to be a good director," he said. Rand said he was "shocked" when he was notified about the allegations during a meeting with Ringquist, Powell, and Larry Smiley, associate See SUIT Page 12 Activity key to fighting cabin fever By Heather VanDyke LIFE Staff Writer With the end of the holidays, and with campus covered in snow, some students may be feeling a little confined. Don Bertsch, director of the Counseling Center, said this feeling of confinement is commonly called cabin fever. He said when students experience cabin fever, they're often unmotivated and can easily begin to feel the blues. "Cabin Fever is a form of depression. People get down and feel closeted," Bertsch said. He said cabin fever often occurs among students residing in the dormitories, but it possible for it to affect just about anyone. Jay Teneyck, Westland senior, who lives in the Douglas Street Townhouses occasionally suffers from cabin fever. He said he counters the feeling by staying active. "My friends and I have snowball fights and go out to lunch a lot," Teneyck said. "We also go to the bars at night." Teneyck said he is glad he is able to find things to keep him busy. "If it wasn't for the activity, I'd probably have cabin fever," See FEVER Page 2 Addition to SAC being looked at by university By Kristi Gutowski LIFE Staff Writer A room at the Student Activity Center is being pegged for a possible addition. According to Tbm Jones, director of campus recreational services, engineers have been hired to look at the possibility of placing an additional floor to the top of the Multi-Activity Center, room one. "I believe that this is feasible since I have seen these things done before," he said. Jones said there is an issue of money. He said he is not sure at this time how much the project would cost. "This is practical, but it may take three to four years for the money and resources," Jones said. Jones said in the Multi- Activity Center, room one, there are several sports activities held, including yoga, aerobics, indoor soccer and floor hockey. He said a full-time aerobics room with mirrors on the walls is needed. "We believe that there is a demand for the full-time aerobics room," Jones said. "This student body is approximately 58 percent female, and today, most women are into fitness and wellness." Jones described the many benefits of adding another room and said he could not foresee any disadvantages, except for the cost factor. "We would have twice as much floor space, and our students deserve a full-time aerobics room. "The only disadvantage might be if we are not able to afford this." LIFE ILLUSTRATION/ERIK S SCHERB The desk crew at the lowers have got it bad. Cabin fever strikes CMU. From upper left: Jen Miracle, Bedford senior; Lee Arcay, Saginaw freshman; Eric Birko, Warren senior; Ashley Butler, Gaylord freshman. CMU retention conference today CMU is hosting a Student Retention Conference today beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Rotunda Room of the Bovee University Center. The purpose of the conference is to raise awareness of the issue, examine the profile of CMU students and form strategies for increasing retention rates. Guest speakers include John Gardner, a nationally renowned educator and John Matlock, assistant vice provost and director of the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives of the University of Michigan. In addition/ University President Leonard Plachta, Provost Richard Davenport and several student leaders will be in attendance. '■■'■■ Gymnastics team ranked 8th in the country. Page 5 Classified 10-11 Crossword 10 Et cetera 8-9 Sports 5-7 Voices 4i CMU ranks second in master's for African Americans By Ebonii Broadus LIFE Staff Writer With help from the extended learning program for adults, CMU is second in the nation for graduating African- American students with master's degrees and eighth overall for all minority students. Generally, the minority students in the program graduate from one of CMU's 50 off-campus sites in the United States, said Mary Meier, interim director of the Office of Institutional Research. "CMU has a large problem recruiting minorities (on campus) because we are not near a big city, and with the off- campus sites adults can continue with their families and their jobs," Meier said. According to a 1993-94 study conducted by the CMU Office of Institutional Research, for on-campus students receiving master's degrees: 4.9 percent were Asian, 1.8 percent were unknown, 1.6 percent were African Americans, 0.9 percent were Hispanic, and 0.9 percent were Native American. Approximately 20 percent of all students enrolled in CMU's extended learning program are minority students. "There are some attempts underway to increase the number of (master's degrees to) African ______ American and other non-majority students on campus; but CMU needs to be a lot more creative in their attempts to attract African-American students," said Robert Smith, Thorpe Residence Hall director. "It's great to see that minorities are moving forward with extended learning on campus as well as on the off-campus sites/ said James Mitchell, assistant director of Minority Student Services. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, CMU is second in master's degrees to African "It's great to see that minorities are moving forward with extended learning on campus as well as on the off-campus sites." JAMES MITCHELL Assistant Director of Minority Services American students with 406. Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., is first in the nation with 434. State University of New York- Brooklyn College is third with 309. Wayne State was 11th with 231. The _____ University of Michigan was 14th with 211. CMU was eighth nationwide in master's degrees to all minorities with 511. New York University ranked first with 723. The University of Michigan ranked ninth with 503. Wayne State University was 22nd with 313. CMU's extended learning programs reach over 50 locations in 20 states and Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. CMU has off-campus locations in metropolitan Detroit, Saginaw, Washington, D.C., Honolulu, Kansas City, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Fla. Getting a master's degree School rankings mat give out the highest number of master s degrees to African Amencon and non-majonty students African American student*. • Webster University 434 * • Central Michigan Univ 406 • • State Univ. of NY-Brooklyn College 309 • • Wayne State (nth) 231 • • University of Michigan (14th) 211 • Non-Majority students • New York University 723 ♦ • Central Michigan Univ. (8th)....511 • • University of Michigan (9th) 503 • • Wayne State University (22nd) 313 • : U.S. and other sites. The university also has programs on military bases in California, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, and Virginia.
|Title||1998-01-23; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, January 23, 1998 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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