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Re: “The open line: Pulaski Tech tax vote; LR city politics; the union label; LRAFB growth

Anther vote FOR Pulaski Tech today. This college has a unique roll to play in economic -that is to say HUMAN- development. The college prepares people like you, me, and our neighbors, for more financially secure futures. This helps everybody. Simple.

vote FOR!

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by FrankingSpeakly on 03/11/2014 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Pulaski Tech board restates support for Ellibee

Yes, you are all correct to say I was in error to cite a worker's comp claim. I simply misspoke. The reference and argument concern Roe's unemployment claim. With that blunder in wording corrected, I stand by everything I said.

You can talk all you want about alleged biases at the Arkansas Appeal Tribunal. Discuss at length whether or not the SGA represents 10,000 students accurately or faithfully. Debate whether Roe was well-loved by many students who took his class.

The fact remains that, by his own admission, Roe made inappropriate sexual remarks to a student in 2012. The student filed a complaint and roe was counseled for the transgression.

Then, last year, this classroom was caught on tape:

8:20 Student Speaks, “How do we even know happiness without suffering ……you know what I am saying?
8:27 Roe “Uh, have you ever had anal sex with a man?”
8:29 Loud laughter from students
8:29 Complaining Student “What in the world,
Continued student laughter through-out the rest of the dialog with this student
8:32 Complaining Student “You’re out of line sometimes, I’m just…serious
8:35 Roe “Theoretically”;
Complaining Student, “Literally, you’re out of line”
8:37 Roe “have you ever done that?”
8:39 Complaining Student “no”
8:40 Roe “Do you want to?”

And that is what he got fired for. Not only is Roe asking extremely personal questions that clearly make the student uncomfortable, he allows the class to laugh at her. That is a hostile learning environment. Boom.

Ten hours or 10,000 hours of other lectures cannot change that fact. It is unfortunate that otherwise good people sometimes do bad things, but actions -even speech- have consequences.

18 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by FrankingSpeakly on 03/01/2014 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Pulaski Tech board restates support for Ellibee

Truthseeker clearly doesn't seek truth. He and his small group of friends continue to peddle sophistries in the name of Academic Freedom and due process.

He'll tell you there's nothing in the file but college documentation, but ignores the denied workman's comp claims and appeals, which are unanimous in support of termination. The Appeals Tribunal Board documents state, among other things, that "claimant's testimony lacks credibility," and "the Board finds the employer's evidence credible in that it establishes the claimant violated its rules, disregarded its interests, and disregarded the standards of behavior the employer had a right to expect from its employees."

He'll tell you that the SGA exists to support the rights of students, and that only one student's complaint is significant. What, then, of the students who complained about a hostile learning environment in Mr. Roe's class? Are their complaints not to be afforded respect? Apparently not. By the SGA's reasoning, the "paying customer," i.e., student complainant, isn't important. Why should her rights be disregarded? Because she's outnumbered? Sorry, mob rule doesn't fly.

Clearly, college administration followed the law and protected the rights of a student. Roe admitted to saying the things he said, yet feels what he said was wholly appropriate. College administration -and more importantly the law- state otherwise, and he was fired for creating a hostile learning environment. Yes, the college protects itself by doing the right thing. This was the right course of action legally, morally and academically.

If Roe had a leg to stand on, legally speaking, he would have walked to the courthouse by now.

20 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by FrankingSpeakly on 03/01/2014 at 9:22 AM


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