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r n 1. l-J WEBER STATE COLLEGE 1 ir ODDEN UTAH Volume 40 Issue 41 March 28, 1980 1 ( ) r i ! o r JULi u U: - f : ..J L i p j Var? Dyce forced out in administration move William VanDyke, Weber State College's financial aids director for the last 14 years, was unexpectedly fired Monday in an administration move that surprised many faculty and staff. VanDyke's financial aids office had been under scrutiny since December, when race discrimination complaints were filed against the college. But WSC representatives say the dismissal is unrelated to those allegations. In a terse statement released Monday, college administrators announced that the firing, effective Tuesday, is unrelated "to specific charges of racial or sexual harassment. "The reasons supposedly had to do with office management. The dismissal was apparently the result of an in-house investigation of the financial aids records, first announced in February when VanDyke was U of U rejects WSC undergrad pre-meds By Rob Whetten The Weber State College pre-medical program, well-known for having the highest medical school acceptance rates in Utah, suffered a surprising blow last week when no current WSC pre-med students were accepted by the University of Utah medical school. Pre-med advisor Dr. David Havertz, a zoology professor, emphasized '.hat this year's class is as strong as any, with high GPA's, and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores. He said many will still be accepted to out-of-state schools, where Weber State also traditionally does very well. "We have a super program," Havertz said, crediting an outstanding science faculty for much of the success. He commented that he was very disappointed and angry when he heard of the Utah results. "Year after year we try to prove we're not treated fairly, yet nothing comes of it." A cursory investigation revealed that five or six of WSC's applicants had higher MCAT scores and GPA's than some of those accepted by Utah as early as February. The final mailing date was March 15. This result has prompted a meeting today between WSC President Rodney H. Brady, Havertz, Dean of Natural Sciences Garth Welch, and Zoology professor Earl Smart to review the evidence of possible discrimination. "At this point we cannot say for sure," Dean Welch said, "but circumstantial evidence indicates the possibility (of unfair treatment)."Welch indicated that WSC has boasted about its record for so long and that this could have precipitated problems. Dr. Havertz said two former WSC students have been accepted to the only Utah medical school. Steve Scharmann, currently an environmental engineering masters degree candidate at Rice University, and Robert Stoffers, who worked last year to obtain the money for further schooling, were the two WSC graduates accepted. Havertz said the current trend has been to accept older students, even well into their 30's, over younger applicants, and that this trend could have hurt the youthful WSC group. Many students reapply in the year following a rejection and are accepted. Several of the pre-med students were quite upset and charged they were rejected unfairly. One student, who had a 4.0 GPA and MCAT scores on the 91st percentile, expressed his disbelief at the acceptance results, saying he believes the decisions were prejudiced because of WSC's previous record. "There is no doubt it's a backlash," said one chemistry proefessor. "We've been growing and the other schools haven't." He added that President Brady had widely advertised WSC's succeses in placing med school candidates, and that this had probably had the effect of telling the selection committee they were accepting too many WSC applicants. Two WSC pre-med students have reportedly already transferred to the University of Utah because of the acceptance results, but Havertz said that there are always "bouncers" that follow rumor and transfer from school to school depending on one year's results. "We've been above the national average for the last ten years and above the other Utah schools for the last four," he said. continued on page 8 personally implicated in the racial discrimination and sexual harassment allegations. VanDyke said Monday he was asked to resign, but refused to do so because of his innocence of serious job-related lapses. Only then was he terminated, Vandyke insists. Several faculty and staff expressed their astonishment at the unexpected move and some reiterated their respect for VanDyke's integrity and competence. Others said a transfer to a less visible position had been anticipated and the college's reasons for the dismisal were widely regarded with skepticism. "The administration is running scared," said one financial aids employee who asked not to be named. "The majority of us support him and are upset about it (the firing)." VanDyke, meanwhile, is in the process of reorienting his thinking. After holding his job in financial aids for 14 years, he said, "I'm not going to die," when asked about his plans for the future. "It's too new yet; it's only been a couple of days." Results of investigation of the college on racial discrimination allegations is pending. The investigation team spent three weeks on the Weber State campus gathering information related to the charges which specified alleged misconduct in the financial aids procedures. The allegations first received wide publicity in early February when KUTV Channel 2 News aired a series featuring a number of women who accused VanDyke of sexual harassment. The fate of a libel suit initiated by VanDyke against KUTV is as yetundecided. I j I . . ) ' m , - J f i i i V ?! T ni m r STRANGE NEW SPRING BLOSSOMS emerge from the ground, despite March snows. Election rhetoric provides a bit warmer breeze, as posters flap and hot air promises arise when candidates for various ASWSC positions campaign in preparation for April 8 and 9 primaries. Regents increase tuition 1 0 percent, fees unchanged A 10 percent tuition increase was ratified by the State Board of Regents March 18. All nine state-sponsored colleges and universities are affected by the increase, which was recommended by the regents last year. Tuition for a full-time resident student will increase $15 to raise the tuition and fee total from $196 to $211. Full-time non-resident students will pay $42 more. The recommendation resulted from Gov. Scott Matheson's four percent cut of higher education funding to the Board of Regents. Board member George Hatch warned that if funds are cut more than tour percent next, year, tuition could rise again. Utah Technical College's institutional council requested that that college be exempted from the increase. They said the tuition hike would damage enrollment. Council member John Klas said many UTC students could not afford higher rates because of impoverished backgrounds. The regents refused exemption. "We don't relish it, but we can't treat any of the children differently," said Rex Plowman, vice president of the regents. He said nothing could be done because the regents were just ratifying what had already been accepted at the time of the complaint. Bryan Steele, WSC student body president said, "We (the WSC institutional council) have nothing to do with the increase. We decided how the money is divided, not that the money was charged." The council divided the new amount without disturbing the present system of tuition payment. The regents approved the arrangement. Most of the other state sponsored colleges also increased their activity fee, but WSC's remains at $51. This fee is charged alonp with t .Mor: at the time ot rruiyviu'i1..
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-03-28, Vol. 40, No. 41|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|