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Mass Media (Newspaper) - June 23, 1978, Boston, Massachusetts Volume 13 issue 1 June 23 David Knapp Appointment Challenged by Sylvia S On June 12 the Massachusetts House of Representative unanimously passed a resolution calling for a new election of David C Knapp as president of UMass Knapp was elected by the UMass Board of Trustees by secret ballot on May 15 The resolution charges that the secret ballot violates the stats open meeting law and alludes to the actual vote and executive session not Knapp himself The resolution was filed by Andrew S and Thomas C Simons Simons cited the poor example set by the election and said the Trustees are explicitly subject to the states open meeting law and they have violated the spirit if not the tetter of the law We are concerned said Simons because this is probably the highest paid position in Massachusetts Newspaper Association on May 23 filed a suit in Suffolk Superior Court calling for an invalidation of the election also citing violations of the open meeting law Legal counsel for the association James Heighem said There is no longer any question that the UMass Trustees are subject to the open meeting law It is the position of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers that the procedures used to elect David Knapp and in particular the use of the secret ballot were a violation of the open meeting law this is in no way directed at Knapp Gerald Tache president of the newspaper association did not feel that the action was remedied the Trustees held a public vote confirming the selection of Knapp at their June meeting Robert Healy Chairman of the Board of Trustees issued a statement to the press concerning the Associations suit The Board of Trustees feel that the action brought against them was without legal merit and the procedures employed by the Board were fully consistent with the open meeting Trustees have the secret ballot before notably in She selection of a site for the UMass School At that time use of die secret ballot was upheld through a formal opinion by lor mer Attorney Edward Brooke The sun is pending lit he David C ii U ihc Ol ill A substantial number of graduates from the College of Public and Community Service the College of Profes Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences were awarded special honors at Convocation ceremonies which took place prior to Commencement day Among those students were AS and Comray ally Service Dams Award Sylvia Tracey Amalfitano L Nelson Foxx Rosemarie Quinn Cheryl Ann Gooding Speda Service Awards for 1978 Thomas Crawford Cutting Cheryl Ann Gooding L Nelson Foxx Jocelyn Nash Sliney Quinn Leon Nathaniel Rock College of Professional Studies Judith A Baker Lourraine M Burke ut Program Prize A Mark E Keating Gerald Joanne C Apotheker William M Paul James A Ia it idea M Banforth Scholarship Mary Anne Carroll Biology Robert W Scheuch Jr Slyvia J Walker Chemistry DavidT Callaghan Mary Anne T Carroll Stephanie Lee Moore Lawrence James Murphy Jr Jeanne Curran Owens Bruce Pearce Michael S Gary Ixon Taylor Carol Ann Luttrell Robert M Arney John E Jr von Mary A Jay John F Kennedy Award Anne E French Marc E Prou History David Grosser Charles loseph Italian Ivana Rebecca A Psychology Jerry Stuart Adams Bader Dianne Alien Doyle Sharon Lynne J I Beverly Ryder Anne M Verdon B Thomas D Reed A J by Michael L Trainor Contract negotiations between the Union FSU and the University of Massachusetts have resumed and have become more intensive since Faculty ac tion against the Administration The negotiations were last April and resumed at the end of May The Administration negotiations when they left the bargaining table over the issue of Personnel Policy The FSU proposed that tenure decisions should not be made the recommendations unless the Dean provided convincing reasons for overturning them The Administration wanted the power of tenure decisions to rest solely with the Dean and administrators regardless of Facility recom When the negotiations ended the FSU met to consider action which would get the Ad ministration back to the table and bargaining in goodfaith The Amherst branch of the Union decided to grades tt the end of the semester UMB Faculty finally decided on similar action bur only after it was toolate to ef inform students They decided on a five day symbolic withholding of grades from the registrar 188 Faculty grades until the end of May despite Administration memos which said that the action was in violation of their contract In a letter submitted to Steamer when the Crudes were delivered Faculty outlined their reasons for the action Participating faculty intend nO violation of Contractual obligations State laws and professional ethics Rather in solidarity our colleagues at UMA action asserts our collective distress over the ad systematic to negotiations of a contract which will embody long rights of i but ihe ISIJ iUil nol thai he Hi Kulh lhe c nil 1 S ft ai CM
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