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FULL SPOUT PRESS Threes pages of hoopsters, spikers, runners, and more. SPIRTS, pages 8,9,11 QUIET ON THE SET EKplore the silent inulslble uiorld of the deaf FERTURES, page 5 DERDLINE EKHNDED Cactus Riley still accepting submissions ARTS & ENTERTRINMENT, page 11 PAi^Ano November 21,1995 VoiumelS, Number26 StRUISb IHL USILIfHSITV Ot HHRS fll SRN flSTOSIO COMMUNITV Faculty, staff lacks ethnic diversity By Sara Hawkins Acting Fetttures Editor A recent study on the ethnicity and . gender makeup of the faculty showed that tenured and non-tenure track fac¬ ulty at UTSA are currently made up of 75 percent Euro-American and 71.2 percent male. This group does not in¬ clude non-tenure track faculty, and does not reflect the makeup of the UTSA student body. From 1989 to present demonstrates a decrease of 6.9 percent in the Euro- American faculty and decrease of 7.4 percent in male faculty. African-Americans continue to be the most significantly under-repre¬ sented ethnicity in the faculty through¬ out the six year period. This represen¬ tation can be compared with the cur¬ rent 3.8 percent of African-American students currently enrolled at UTSA. The student body consists of 37.1 per¬ cent Ljitinos compared to 13.2 percent in the tenured or tenure track faculty. Native American students were not represented in the figures provided by the Vice President for Administration and Planning Office; however, the fac¬ ulty, according to information provided by The Office of the Provost, consists of 1.4 percent of this ethnic group. The ethnic and gender diversity in the UTSA faculty is watched over by the Affirmative Action and Diversity Committee (AADC). According to the committee's goals, the charge is to "rectify pattems of under-utilization in the UTSA workforce for both fac¬ ulty and staff wherever it is found to exist." The committee designs recruit¬ ing techniques to ensure inclusivity of minorities and women. Some of the techniquesin volved are associated with advertising in places that the "under¬ utilized" will have access to the avail¬ able positions. Dr. Linda Whitson, Vice President for Administration and Planning stated, "A lot of work early on in the piocess, during the advertisement part of the process ensures ^^¦¦«^—^^^— Uiat we have the "(JTSA Is beginning to get diversity in the ^ ^. , . . pool of candi- ^ reputatioo for not only dates being con- quality, but for acadomlc program accomplish¬ ments. It is becoming known among the network of faculty that we really are sidered for the position. Then we have a pool that is fairly rep¬ resentative ofthe percentages TMiurad and Tmhm Tnck FkhMv ¦>« ^ aom nm nm •am uo« 1 .» Km sm iom 00% M to Ii Ji nm H nm 1^ ¦ I00« M ¦ \ '0 0* —^ 00% ft the pool out there seeking to bulld a diverse in the whole uni- <—-,, ,i*w » verse ofwhat we -'* are looking at." This is the step that the univer¬ sity takes to en¬ sure that people -Dr. Linda Whitson, VP for Admin, and Planning end of the hiring process groups the candidates at the top, "If between the top two candidates for that job, one was a member of the underutilized group and one was not, and [both] were judged by the search committee to be essentially equally qualified, then the underutilized candidate would get preference," Whitson added. The academics reviewing the ap¬ plications of the candidates are the ones who de¬ termine if candi¬ dates are equally qualified. When the search commit¬ tee has selected the candidates thatwill be inter¬ viewed for a po¬ sition, the divi¬ sion is required to submit a list of nta% mo% Xt9% vm lotn »m 10 0% 00% L 1 1 1 ll II II Ml n 1 1 1 ll II 11 lWi 90 inreUHMni by Ettmtc DtvwvNy 1 1 1 1 IIII Illi lllllll II II II 1 lllllll lIUUU ^ 1 ¦ ill III III UPiJ >< . K U M K AasfvAMncan know about the position. "Once you have the pool together, then that is where equal opporiunity lakes over," Whitson said. The same opportunity then exists to be chosen for the draw from the [X)ol. An analy¬ sis is done on an annual basis that informs the committee aboul the posi¬ tioning of the pool in relation to the discipline. Affirmative action takes over if a particular discipline is "under-utiliz¬ ing" a minority group or women. The the pool of candidates for that position. This list should include "to the best of their knowledge" ethnicity and gen¬ der. Whitson looks overthe list (pool) and compares Ihe di versity of Ihe "pool" with Ihe diversity represented in thc communiiy of tenure track facully. The AADC, "determines ifthe diversity of that pool is close enough to the diver¬ sity that is out there that we allow them to go ahead and place people on Ihe interview schedule," Whitson stated. If the diversity is not present then the committee reviews the advertising for that position. Diversity in Ihe pool is critical to the AADC. If it is not present, the commiltee reviews the re¬ cruitment process. The qualifications for thc position are reviewed to ensure thai Ihey are not too restrictive. The job announcement may list re- quiredqualifications and then preferred qualifications. Some limes preferred qualifications are mistakenly inserted inlo Ihe required qualification section, thus unduly restricting certain candi¬ dates from applying for thc position. The Commiltee rectifies this error by editing lhe announcement as soon as it becomes aware ofit. AADC's long term goal is to have Ihe same ethnic and gender representa¬ tion in the faculty Ihal exists in the student body. Diversity is important for providing the students with a sen.se of identity. Forexample Whitson ex¬ plains, "The African-American stu¬ dents are much more likely lo go to diverse institutions." That is, this population, according to Whitson, seems to attend universities wilh fac¬ ully that included their ethnicity. Ac¬ cording to research done by the AADC, siudents and faculty lend to feel more comfortable in universities when their ethnicity and gender are substantially represented. The college that is most representative ofthe panicular ethnicity of the sludeni or faculty will be the university of choice. "UTSA is beginning lo get a repu¬ tation for noi only quality and for aca¬ demic program accomplishments Itis becoming known among Ihe network of faculty ihat we really are seeking lo build adiverse faculty," Whitson said. Debaters end winning season UTSA debaters scored double firsts in the Texas State Championship held last weekend at San Antonio College. Doug Roubidoux and Marco Suarez placed first in the Senior Divi¬ sion with a perfect record (no losses and lost elimination ballots). UTSA leams finished out the next five positions with a tie for second between the Richard Hathaway/Scott Ramin duo and the Casie Lemaster/ John Lemaster pair. Michelle Bailey and her partner Roberi Jones tied with Lorena Donnellan and Gary Martin for third. UTSA teams defeated Angelo Stale, Southwest Texas State University and Sam Houston State University teams in the quarterfinals round to "close out" the tournament. Philip Carney and Ben Mora won the Novice De¬ bate division. UTSA won the Texas Intercolle¬ giate Debate Association's (TIFA) 1995 Firsl Place Debate Champion¬ ship Award, making Roadrunner De¬ baters the official state champions, followed by Texas Tech, (second), UT-Arlington (third). Rice Univer¬ sity (fourth), and Southwest Texas Slate University (fifth). Individual debaters also won speaking titles: Doug Roubidoux won first, John Lemaster took second, and Michelle Bailey placed fifth in the Senior Division. Ben Mora took fifth speaker in the Novice Division. UTSA finished fifth overall Sweepstakes which combines debate with indi¬ vidual events competition. The Roadninners have place in all seven tournaments this semester, fin¬ ishing first in four ofthem. They have won 38 team and individual awards. The pairing of the Roubidoux and Suarez are ranked second in the na¬ tion on the Cross Examination De¬ bate Association's Coach Power Poll compiled from rankings by top coaches from around the nation. Vandalism of club propaganda on bulletin boards has some members concerned ff Club signs accuntuiate on the bulletin boards around campus. Some clubs have had their signs continuously ripped down. By Stephanie Dubicic .Staff Writer Several organizations on campus are having problems keeping their signs posted on bulletin boards in buildings. Free To Choose president Maggie Cronin said she is tired of seeing her signs vandalized. "1 have seen our signs lorn down, sla.shcd, and a few with obscene graf¬ fiti. We have had 20 meeting fliers down by the next day," Cronin said. Other groups' posters have been torn down as well. College Republi¬ cans president Clarissa Arellano said, "Therc is not much wc can do about it since no one has been caught. A lot of things have been missing from the HSS building, and, unfortunaicly, we can no( track it down to anyone." Most of the signs thai have been vandalized are ones in low traffic ar¬ eas. "The bulletin boards in the HSS are in heavy traffic areas. Litlle damage has been done lo them.." Cronin said. As a solution, one profes.sor sug¬ gested to Cronin that she should gel a locked case in which to post the fiiers in. "We are trying to address this on campus. It is an cicmcni that people need to deal with. Ifsoineone is doing this to get a kick outof ii. Ihopc others will realize what is going on and will stop," Cronin said. Arellano said. "11 people have noth¬ ing better lodo than pulldown signs,il is really sad bccau.sc ihcy need a life." Students still rally behind Paul Davis By Ray Melendez StoffWriter Paul K. Davis's future at UTSA remains uncertain since the presideni's office has y'et to rule on the instructor's appeal concerning the division's deci¬ sion not to rehire him. Davis, a non-tenure track faculty member, claims the university's deci¬ sion was made without due process and for reasons he calls unfair. Davis also contends that one reason the university failed to renew his con¬ tract was that he used a controversial study guide., "There is no new information about my status," said Davis, "The only thing that has happened is that I got a hold of Steve Amberg, head ofthe UTSA chap¬ ter of the Texas Faculty Association, and he sent a proposal to try to change or improve the grievance process." The administration argues that Davis is not being rehired for profes¬ sional reasons and claims his contract expired. Davis clarified a quote said in the last Paisano issue, "Basically I want to point out that at the faculty meeting. Dr. Johnson, only implied that we should, not will, keep the most experi¬ enced personnel available. It was only a suggestion and proposal on his part," Davis said. Davis also noted that a vast major¬ ity of siudents and faculty have ap¬ proached him about the situation. "Many students have told me that they stand behind me. I have also been approached by many pan time faculty in other departments and diey are pretty mad, as well," Davis said. Siudents circulated a petition in Davis' classroom asking fellow stu¬ dents to support Davis' slay at UTSA and sign the petition. Gary Manin, who led the petition drive said, "If the study guide is ap¬ proved every year, then what is the problem? He is a very interesting pro¬ fessor and not all his tests are from the guide," Martin said. Martin added, "It (the sludy guide) is not even recommend, while in some other classes, it is mandatory Ihal you buy the books that the teacher wrote." Martin had 26 signatures in his pe¬ tition and says he will acquire more within the week. He plans to send a leiter to the administration and show the suppon of the studenis. However, Martin said, "The only problem is that the contract is signed already and he probably isn't going to come back, so it (the petition) wouldn't be able to do that much, but I still can't see why he is being let go." Others like freshmen Julie Ann Yell and Christine Ziese, went to the office of the division director of Social Be¬ haviors and Sciences, Dr. Raymond Baird, to personally notify them of their support of Davis. "We went because we consider Mr. Davis a good teacher and very enthusi¬ astic," Ziese said. "When we got there and expressed our opinions to the dean. he would not discuss details with us but mentioned to us that if we really wanted to have Mr. Davis as a teacher, we should attend San Antonio Col¬ lege, because he also teaches there and bccau.sc it's cheaper, as well." Ziese added, "That really upset me because 1 am not paying lo go to SAC. I am paying to come to UTSA. I am also paying to have the besl possible teachers, and it bodiers me that they lold me I should go to some other school to take his class. All I want lo know is why are they allowing good teachers logo away. I want to know the truth." Yell, who accompanied Ziese, agreed "This situation is not right," Yell said "He is a good teacher and deserves to be kept. Even though I am failing his class, 1 think he does a good job in explaining and he really cares a lot about the students. He teaches his¬ tory in a different point of view. It is just not right to see him go." Mini health fair to be held Nov. 30 "Don't Wait Until New Year's to Make Your Fitness Resolution" is thc theme of a mini health fair, spon¬ sored by thc UTSA Alumni Asso¬ ciation. Thc fair will lake place under the Sombrilla on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to I p.m. Slaff from Ihe Siudent Health Center will be available to check weight, blood pressure, and body fat, while UTSA coaches will offer a ten-week training schedule and advice about personal fitness pro¬ grams. The fair is coordinated by Dr. Amiso George's Planningand Cam¬ paigns class. Anyone who registers for the event during the mini health fair will be eligible to win door prizes in¬ cluding three Panasonic cassette players, free/discount dinners at area restaurants, and passes to health clubs. For more information, con¬ tact the Alumni Programs Office at 691-4133.
|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;|
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