Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1996-06-181
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UTOdD Tuesday, June 18, 1996 Volume 59 Number 1 li-lfll Basketball under NCAA microscope By Brandon Rodak Signpost sports editor In a report made public Thursday by Weber State. University officials, the NCAA made allegations that men's Head Basketball Coach Ron Abegglen and his coaching staff provided players with cash and other privileges in direct violation of NCAA rules. The report was a copy of the official inquiry letter the NCAA sent to school officials regarding the WSU men's basketball program and its noncompliance with the NCAA constitution and bylaws. The NCAA said in its inquiry that "this case appears to be 'major' in nature." The inquiry gives details of the following allegations against the program and the coaching staff: Lamont Gundy, who never 1 v '6 So long, farewell, aufwiedersehen, good-bye. Former Weber State University Provost Robert Smith is honored at a recent awards ceremony. See column regarding his departure on page 4. played basketball for WSU due to a "systemic flaw" of the institution, received financial aid during fall quarter 1994 although he had not graduated from Crossland Junior College in Jacksonville, Texas. NCAA rules mandate a junior college transfer student have at least an associate degree to be eligible to receive financial aid. The NCAA alleges the WSU coaching staff enrolled Gundy in correspondence courses through Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God in Lakeland, Fla. and St. Joseph's College in Windham, Mass. to bolster his grade point average so he could receive his associate degree. Moreover, the inquiry states the courses were charged to the VISA credit card number of a relative of volunteer assistant coach -gfr" .... . '"H - Bob Lyman. According to the NCAA, assistant coach Mark Coffman assured Lyman that using the credit card to enroll Gundy in correspondence courses required at Southeastern College for his associate degree was in compliance with NCAA rules. Furthermore, the NCAA alleges Abegglen and his staff provided Kirk Smith, who played forward for the Wildcats from 1993-95, with $814.95 for correspondence courses at Southeastern College, nearly $200 for incidental expenses, and a reduced rate for off-campus housing. Abegglen and Coffman are also accused of providing another athlete with housing after he was evicted from WSU dorms for student code of conduct violations. See NCAA page 7 I ! mi i i Jl Ron Abegglen Related story: View of tenure differs among professors By John P. Dugan Signpost news writer Floating out on the internet is an anonymous list of 16 reasons "Why God Never Received Tenure at any University." Number six helps define one of the problems associated with tenure. It reads, "It may be true that he created the world, but what has he done since then?" The principal difference between a tenured professor and a non-tenured professor is the burden of proof, provost Robert B. Smith said. For a tenured professor, "if there is a dispute and the university wishes to terminate, the burden is on the university to prove that there is a good cause," Smith said. If the professor is not tenured the burden is on the individual to prove why he or she should not be fired. This is the extent of the power of tenure. But Dr. Richard Alston, economics department chairman, said it is a power that is crucial for the protection of society. "University professors serve both as champions and as informed critics of the status quo, but they can accomplish that critical social responsibility only if they're free from retribution or threats and tenure is the source protection," Alston said. Lyall Crawford, associate professor " of communication, disagreed, commenting that tenure is itself an influential power. "Mv principal objection to tenure was that it places too much power in the hands of too few," he said. "Tenure decisions are made by those who have tenure. It's hierarchical and it leaves people out of the Mark Coffman Students react to NCAA investigation. See page 7. decision-making process." Crawford was offered tenure, but he declined to accept it. "What struck me while being reviewed for tenure was that I couldn't look back. The reviewers could see my credentials but I couldn't see their credentials," wrote Crawford when he declined tenure. He added that before professors obtain tenure they tend to avoid controversial subjects. There is a seven-year waiting period before tenure is considered. "For some people it might stifle expression if they are concerned about being tenured. Maybeafter six or seven years of that, they have learned to keep quiet," Crawford said. "That's why we have outside reviewers and multiple steps in the department, in the college, and See Tenure page 2 News: Firing squad executions find new life in IWs. Sec page 3. Features: Curing the sumi e.-r blues. See page .5. Arts & Entertainment: Sore feet abound at Downtown Saturday Night. See page 6.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1996-06-18, Vol. 59, No. 1|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; 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 University|
|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.|