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!<rfving the University of Texas at San Antomo Community INSIDE FEATURES UTSA sells palatial Lutcher center -page 4 ¦***^ INSIDE SPORTS Stacy Rose and the volleyball team on top •page 5 Low wages cause English faculty unrest by S. L. Hampson SUff Writer With the start of each new school year, students hear of teacher unrest, walkouts, and strikes in distant U. S. cities. Such unrest exists closer to home at UTSA in the flight of six English division instructors over the summer and the hiring of seventeen people to replace these six. Dr, Linda Woodson, responsi¬ ble for finding the replacements, states, "I think that this time was especially difficult. We had six people who did not return this fall, and because of those six peo¬ ple leaving—at least three of them were people who taught four classes each semester—their classes had to be filled. In addi¬ tion to that we had increased enrollments, so we had additional classes open. I had to bring in seventeen new people this fall." Many factors affected both the decisions by instructors to leave and the hiring of replacement pro¬ fessors. "Many of the new people did not want to teach four classes. They wanted to teach one or two or three classes, partly because they teach elsewhere or are employed elsewhere. And of course, what they make here teaching four classes is not very good," said Wotxison. Most English instructors are hired as non-tenure-track, con¬ tingency teachers, with the title of teaching associate. Most, if not all, have master's degrees. The base salary for this group is $13,600 for a nine-month semester, teaching eight classes per nine months (the limit in this salary range is $24,000). Instructors who do not teach the full four classes per semester aretiaid one-eighth of their base pay for every class taught. The UTSA Budget Office calculates the average salary for English division teaching associates is $14,438 per nine-month, eight class semester. However, there are instructors, employed by the University for as many as eight or more years, who are still teaching at the base salary of $13,600. Theresa McClain, a teaching associate with a master's degree and twelve years teaching ex¬ perience, says that teachers with equivalent experience in the Nor¬ thside School District can eam $26,400 for a nine-month school year. Paul Perry, who left the division this summer to teach at Palo Alto College, figures his salary is almost double what it was at UTSA, but he emphasizes that he teaches more courses at Palo Alto than at UTSA. The Palo Alto salary is based on five, instead of four, classes per semester. The Roadrunner 8, a group of English division Teaching Associates, conducted an in¬ dependent study of statewide salaries three years ago and learn¬ ed that their salaries rated the se¬ cond lowest in the state, second onlv to UT El Paso. Funding is determined by a for¬ mula established by the Texas College Coordinating Board. Some of the criteria that influence how much funding a university gets include: • Supply and demand for in¬ structor. The demand for science, engineering and business instructors is twice as high as for liberal arts in¬ structors which influences salaries. President announces raises From the Piwkient'a Office Returning non-tenure track facility will be given considera¬ tion for equity and merit salary raises for this academic year. President James W, Wagener said. With the completion of the 1987-88 fiscal year on August 31 and the near completion of the ¦dd/drop period for classes. The University can provide the acadeinic deans of each coUege with aom* auiykiinantal funds which are to be uaed to raise non- tenuT« track instructors' salaries. Total afnount for tlie combined colleges is approximately $100,000, Percentage totals allocated to the coUeges range from 2% to 6% of the part-time salary p<x>l for each coUege, The larger percen¬ tages go to coUeges with tradi- tionaUy lower saiaries, such as Fine Arts and Humanities and Social and Beliavioral Sciences. Amounts given to specific faculty will be based on merit and equity as determined by the deans with appropriate consultations in their coUeges. "This measure lieilps some in compensating the many fine teachers we liave who are not tenure candidates because they do not possess doctorate degress or for other reasons. We are for¬ tunate to liave in San Antonio a cadre of dedicated, able people who want to teach part-time as a part of their professional life, or simply want to teach without ad¬ ded involvement in research or other activities expected of tenure track faculty. They pro¬ vide a quality service for our students," Wagener said. Raises would be effective September 1. • Class enrollment. Enrollment for summer and fall 1988 will determine the budget for the next two years. Liberal arts courses generate less "budget credit" than other disiplines. If eiirollment in¬ creases the effects in terms of the budget will not be felt un¬ til one to two years later. Low salaries is the prevalent issue, although other issues in¬ clude the inability to plan on a stable income and the increased workload of the exit exam, the burden of which was placed upon the teaching associates without benefit of their voice or vote. A Teaching Associate summarized, "We want some commitment that will last over the years, so that we don't have to keep coming back semester after semester, year after year, asking for some token raise. We want to be able to look ahead at a future that makes sense for us economically." For many teaching associates there is more to it than the salary. One teaching associate, Linda Howe, said she enjoys interacting with college students and seeing writing skills improve through the semester. Other instructors say they have chosen university careers because their schedules give them time for their families, or they just plain enjoy working with play enjoy working with college students. An instructor added, "I've been amazed, since I've been here, at the dedication of people, many whom of course have left already. To give up people like that is just astonishing to me. A university that claims to seek higher stan¬ dards—and is actively doing so in some departments—the im¬ balance, just cannot be justified." The ability of students to read and write is an integral part of any discipline. Woodson said, "We are providing the ground¬ work across all curriculums." Dr, Leonard Valverde, vice president of acsademic affairs, em¬ phasized that the university ad¬ ministration is aware of the situa¬ tion facing the teaching associates. "We do know, we are aware of the problem," he stated. "We do value and appreciate them and have attempted to at¬ tend to the salary issues of non¬ tenure-track teachers." However, he added, UTSA is not atypical in the salary issue facing its instruc¬ tors. Most universities depend on a large pool of non-tenure track, part-time teachers to fill out the teaching staff. The majority of salary allocations, however, in any university are dedicated to the salary requirements of tenure- track professors. "The University is always in the role of having to attend to tenure-track with inappropriate funds while also having to tend to non-tenure track," Valverde said. Valverde also stated, "There's a perception by some faculty that they're in worse shape than they are." He referred to the indepen¬ dent study conducted which showed that non-tenure track teaching associates at UTSA were the second lowest paid group in the state. According to a statewide study Valverde has seen recently, "We are about Protestors oppose film's presentation By Thomas A. Porter Acting Featurea Editor Theological differences aside, protestors of the movie, "Tlie Last Temptation of Clirist," and theater representatives were able to get along, according to John Toohey, a public relations consul¬ tant and liaison liired by Univer¬ sal Studios. Toohey, who was not speaking on belialf of Universal, but as a liaison between the studio, the theater, the poUce and the pro¬ testers, said "The Christian groups that I have worked with and tliis is my fourth opening, liave been tremendous people to work with. They have been cooperative, they have been orderly and they liave been, in general, just very nice people." There are a number of people who believe the film is blasphemous but who have not seen the fUm," he said. "The film is based on a novel." "They're trying to make Jesus a movie star," said Walt Copp- inger, a baptist preacher, "Clirist saved Mary Magdalene, She came to him, knew he was God, and recognized the fact tliat he saved Jesus was God: "He was man in the flesh and God in the spirit. He was everytliing any man would ever want to be and more. He was perfect. He was sinless. He had a perfect heart, a perfect mind, a perfect attitude, and perfect com¬ passion. We want people to know the real Jesus Clirist." Coppinger said. "They can't learn the real Jesus Clirist, not watching that movie they can't," According to Toohey, the objec¬ tive of the movie goes "far beyond Christ having sex in a dream." The temptation, accor¬ ding to Toohey, "is not that of having sex" but rather "for Jesus Christ to Uve out his Ufe as a nor¬ mal man: to have a wife, to have children, to work—to not have the responsibility of being the Messiah." "He refuses tliis temptation in the final analysis," said Toohey. "He realizes liis role and he ac¬ cepts liis role. The viewer comes away from the movie seeing Christ in a role tliat many liave let sUp away: tliat being the role of Ills humanity. He did suffer the temptations tliat we aU suffer. He overcame them. He felt the terror Protestors outside the Crossroads Theater beUeved Temptation of Christ presents misinformation. "The Last "They can't learn the real Jesus Christ, not wat¬ ching that movie; they can't." -Walt Coppinger and the horror of being crucified as we would feel it. Yet he over¬ came all these tilings to perform the role that his Father liad set forth for liim." PhiUip WilUams, who describes himself as' a "street preacher," likened the movie to a blcx:kade and a booby-trap, "The devil has put up a blockade," said Williams, "so that people cannot see Jesus Christ. The movie is a booby-trap depicting Clirist as imperfect. If you have a concept her. None of that other junk they got in that movie even happened." In answer to the question whether it was necessary to go to the movie in order to object to it, Coppinger asks: "Is it necessary to get drunk to object to drinking; or is it necessary to do dope to ob¬ ject to dope; or to kill to object to murder; or rape to object to rape? I don't think so." Coppinger said tliat he beUeves that Christ is not perfect, you have no salvation. It destroys the Word of God, it destroys you, and your faith in Jesus Clirist. Jesus Christ was a holy man." Jeff La Reau, twenty two year old son of UTSA's former assis¬ tant atliletic director, Bemie La Reau, was another person who protested the movie. "It doesn't really show God as he really is. Tliat is our savior we are talking about in there," La Reau said, pointing in the direction of the theater. "Just like if someone would say something bad about your mother or your father, you would want to take a stand against it," Equating the film to a novel of liistorical fiction, Toohey said, "If you are a liistorian, and you are confused as to wliat was artistic Ucense and wliat was fact, you go back and read the liistoric ac¬ count. People who question the film should go and read the Bible," Toohey has been to openings in four major cities and said that certain groups promised to destroy screens as well as the film, if the movie was shown. He did not name any groups who had threatened violence, but said that they were not Christian groups. The Crossroads Mall beefed up their security by liiring Balcones Heights Police officers to stand guard outside the ticket booth. Two patrol cars were parked near the protesters. The film received mixed reviews from local clergy invited to a private screening by Univer¬ sal Studios. "The groups prt>- testing are not violent, troublesome people," Toohey said. "Before. I had no more use for Bible toters than for a leper colony; but now I am happy the film came out. The protesters tumad out to be enjoyable peo¬ ple to work with." Teacliing Associate Linda Howe eigoys teaching despite problems. average, we're now towards the middle of the scale. ' This is due in part, he said, to funds used for across the board increases last year. In response to the rumors of teacher walk-outs, Valverde says the university would find replacements for these teachers. He believes, however, that the in¬ structors would not consider such rash actions, especially when the administration is sympathetic to their plight and looking for ways to improve the situation. He agrees that the quality of educa¬ tion could suffer if replacements were needed during the midsemester or mid-year. Valverde added. "We pride ourselves on a cadre of part-time people who are well-qualified" and that a walk-out is not necessary in getting the ad¬ ministration s attention. Campusllne UTSA student organizations are encouraged to submit their news to the CampusUne. ConUct News Editor, Box 103, UTSA, San An¬ tonio, Texas 78228 or call 690-9301. Division gets new director Retired Rear Adm. Wayne Bodensteiner, the new director of tlie division of management and marketing at UTSA, brings the college of business the expertise acquired in a naval career that culminated with his management of over $40 biUion in development programs. Bodensteiner, whose appointment was effective Aug. 1, replaces Dr. WilUam Litzinger, who has returned to teaching. Bodensteiner, who retired from the Navy in 1985, was assistant professor in the management department at UT Arlington before joitiing the UTSA faculty. His research has focused on industrial management and manage¬ ment of teclmology, develoment and technical risk. In his final assignment with the Navy, Bodensteiner directed technology and engineering development and the transition to production of aU Navy weapons systems, aircraft, ships and weapons. Accounting director named Dr, RusseU Briner, former accountancy professor and director of graduate studies in acountancy at the University of Mississippi, is the new director of the division of accounting and information systems at UTSA. Briner, whose appointment was effective Aug.I, fills the vacancy left when Dr. James Gaertner became dean of the CoUege of Business, Briner, 49, earned his bachelor's degree in business administra¬ tion from Texas Tech University, mas ters degree in business ad¬ ministration from Texas A&M Univers ;y and doctorate in business administration from Oklahoma State University. Before joining the Mississippi faculty in 1978, Briner was on the faculties at Sam Houston and Oklahoma SUte universities aiid Alvin Junior CoUege. Briner also was an accountant with firms in Houston and Alvin, Texas, Briner lias developed auditing appUcations on the personal com¬ puter for use in auditing courses and has written papers on topics ranging from how to purcliase the best software to microcomputer appUcations of attribute sampling. Club sponsors collection drive The Alamo Roadniimer Personnel Management Club at UTSA has joined a sUtewide aluminum (»tn recycUng campaign to raise money to help restore the Battleship Texas. Associate Professor Gary Raffaele, a strong supporter of the project, brought the aluminum can drive to UTSA after seeing a special about tlie Bat¬ tleship Texas on PubUc Television, Businesses and communities aU across Texas are urging people to save their used aluminum cans and donate them to the official Save Battlesliip Texas coUection centers. The cash value of the donated cans wUl be given to the Texas Parks and WildUfe Department's restoration fund. Cans can l>e dropped in any of tlie displays around campus.
|Subject||University of Texas at San Antonio--Periodicals.|
|Description||A digital archive of The Paisano, a student operated newspaper at the University of Texas at San Antonio.|
|Publisher||The Paisano Educational Trust|
|Collection||UTSA Student Publications Collection|
|Coverage||United States; Texas; San Antonio;|
|Rights||The Paisano Educational Trust|
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