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1984 Mindbender of the Month Award to: John Peace, chairman of the University of Texas board of regents, for his stupefying explanation of why the regents axed The Daily Texan. Said Peace, “Since the student members of the Texas Student Publications Board will not agree to a plan which will preserve the traditional relationship between TSP and the regents, we must adopt a solution which will foreclose the question.” All the students wanted was precisely to preserve the traditional relationship. No such luck. They were foreclosed. The regents cut off the student paper’s funds, declared the TSP board defunct, and instituted suit to recover the board’s assets. TSP, whose faculty members had voted with student members against the regents’ proposed castration of the Texan, responded by allocating funds to fight the regents’ move. Next stop court. New bumpersticker seen around Austin: “It’s 10 p.m.: Do you know where Ben Barnes is?” The Big Thicket Association has elected a new president, Dr. Pete Gunter, a North Texas State University professor and sometimes contributor to the Observer. Representatives of more than 20 groups met in New Braunfels last month to set up a statewide environmental coalition. The state TB Association will be bankrolling the coalition with a grant from the National TB and Respiratory Disease Association. Members of the steering committee are Jim Patterson of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Ned Fritz of the Texas Academy of Sciences, Arthur Atkisson of the San Jacinto TB and Respiratory Disease Association, Char White of the Citizens for a Better Environment and Cass Germany of the Sierra Club. Sex discrimination at UT By Karen Northcott Two Austin womens’ groups and a local attorney have filed a complaint with the Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare charging UT at Austin practices sex discrimination. The Womens’ Law Caucus, the Womens’ Law Center, and Bobby J. Nelson filed a formal complaint alleging a pattern of sex discrimination at all levels within the university community. The complaint was filed under Executive order 11246, which forbids all federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sex. The groups requested an immediate investigation that would include admissions and financial aid; placement of women graduates; recruiting, hiring and promotion policies for both staff and faculty; salary inequities; standards of enforcement for pregnancy leave and nepotism policies and provision of day care facilities. The Secretary of the HEW ruled that students and their problems were not in its jurisdiction and, therefore, it could not act on that portion of the complaint. Attorney Bobby J. Nelson said the groups are trying to challenge the student ruling. “Clearly if women are discriminated against in admission policies, financial aid and extra curricular activities, it follows that there will be fewer women faculty members,” Ms. Nelson said. The HEW is presently trying to arrange negotiations between the women and the university. If the women do the .negotiating, and not HEW, the student issue will be included. The women hope to be able to delve deeper into the problem permeating the university then HEW would be able to. The women compiled a report examining the status of women at the Karen Northcott is a member of the Space City! collective. Yes, she’s the editor’s sister. university and included a closer look at a sample of 33 of the approximately 70 departments within the university. The report is divided into four major areas: administration and staff, faculty, students and general policies. The results of the womens’ report are as follows: Administration & staff Of the 14 schools and colleges within the university, none of the deans of the schools is a woman. Only 2 of the 53 academic departments have a woman chairman, Home Economics and Educational Psychology. None of the officers of the Administration \(this includes chancellors, woman. Of the approximately 325 offices, bureaus, divisions and activities occupying university facilities, including various types of research centers, libraries, science laboratories, administrative offices and publication offices, only 40 women occupy top administrative positions; and of these 40, 25 are head librarians, according to the study. Faculty The women on the faculty, what few there are, in almost all cases have lower salaries and less opportunity for promotion then men. Out of a sample of 19 departments there are 595 faculty members, 88 of whom are women. Of these 595 faculty members there are: 222 full professors and 7 are female professors; 123 associate professors, 11 are female; 158 assistant professors, 11 are female, according to the report. Two departments, Art and Library Science, have a surprisingly large number of women; however, there are other factors which explain this apart from non-discriminatory practices. In the Art 4ABre,’ Department, the reason for the high percentage is that they teach in the art education section, a field tradionally reserved for women. Similarly, Library Science is reserved for women. In fact, given that 81% of the graduate students are women, a 31% rate on the faculty is very poor, the report states. Out of a sample of 10 departments, the study indicates all but one department pay women faculty members substantially lower salaries. Examples: Art, male professor, $18,550, female professor, $15,000; Drama, male, $21,333, female, $17,000; Special Education, male, $19,750, female, $16,000; Educational Curriculum and Instruction, male, $18,830, female, $17,500; Home Economics, male, $22,500, female, $19,333. Out of the sample of 11 departments, the report shows all but two departments pay male assistant professors more than female assistant professors. Examples: Educational Curriculum and Instruction, male, $12,600, female, $11,800; Educational Psychology, male, $11,840, female, $10,500; Physical Education, male, $12,800, female, $11,500; English, male, $11,025, female, $10,000; German, male, $11,800, female, $10,750. Students Women students receive unequal consideration for university jobs and financial aid and are subject to exclusionary policies in educationally valuable extracurricular activities, according to the study. 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