Former employee wants TCU records on past discrimination claims

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleTCU cuts online course tuition for the fallNext articleTCU won’t mandate entry testing when students return to campus Renee Umsted RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin Renee Umsted TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention The chancellor responded to a list of demands released by students. (Kat Matthews / TCU 360) Twitter + posts Renee Umsted Linkedin ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others. Renee Umsted ReddIt Facebook Brf Mot Compel 258 07202020 Final Filemarked (PDF)
Brf Mot Compel 258 07202020 Final Filemarked (Text)The brief, filed on behalf of Ricardo Avitia on July 20 in the 342nd District Court in Tarrant County.According to the brief, Avitia, who is originally from Mexico, worked as a veteran specialist in the registrar’s office. During his more than six years at TCU, he received “excellent” reviews of his performance, according to the brief. In fall 2017, Avitia’s workload was increased because about 100 people joined the veteran/dependent student population. According to the brief, Avitia asked to be reclassified as an exempt employee so he could work as many hours as necessary each week to finish his work, without needing overtime. According to the document, Avitia’s white female counterpart, the NCAA certifying employee, was classified as exempt, but Avitia’s request was denied. Around Oct. 1, 2017, Avitia filed a race, national origin and sex discrimination complaint with Dr. Darron Turner, TCU’s chief inclusion officer and Title IX coordinator, according to the document. Avitia named his supervisor, Tiffany Wendt, and the registrar, Mary Kincannon, as those giving him “disparate treatment.”According to the document, Turner tried to convince Avitia not to file a complaint. Another plaintiff, Jane Doe No. 3, also alleged Turner encouraged her not to file a complaint with the Title IX office.After Avitia filed the complaint, Turner spoke with Kincannon, and according to the brief, Kincannon later told Avitia she “did not like hearing complaints from other departments.” Avitia then received criticism of his performance, was placed on a performance improvement plan and was terminated in April 2018, according to the document.The information requested by Avitia is important to the Title VII discrimination case, according to the brief, because the plaintiff currently relies on circumstantial evidence. Proof of discrimination can reveal TCU’s policy and practice related to minority employment and may show pretext, according to the document. “‘Cross category’ discrimination, that is discrimination against other non-whites who are not the same race as the Plaintiff, is relevant to show Defendant’s discrimination against non-whites,” according to the document.Though proof of an environment of discrimination does not prove discrimination against a person, it can show that the reasons for an employer’s action were “implicitly influenced” by a plaintiff’s race, age, sex or religion, according to the brief. TCU will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year Facebook ReddIt Renee Umsted Renee Umsted printThis story was updated July 21 with the university’s response to TCU 360’s request for a comment. A former employee in the registrar’s office, who is suing TCU for discrimination, is accusing the university of attempting to hide proof of other instances of discrimination and its policies for dealing with discrimination complaints.The allegation was made on behalf of Ricardo Avitia, who is claiming that he was fired because he complained his supervisors discriminated against him. On Monday, his attorney filed a brief in the 342nd District Court, asking the court to force the university to provide information about other discrimination cases, as well as “personnel file information, contact information for persons with knowledge of relevant facts, and studies and reports of discrimination issues performed by Defendant TCU or outside consultants.” “As a practice, Texas Christian University does not comment on the specifics of pending litigation.” TCU’s statementThe brief filed by Avitia’s attorney, Jason C.N. Smith, requests TCU answer the plaintiff’s discovery requests, including information regarding other discrimination, complaints and reports on race and diversity issues. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Jacqueline Lambiase is still fighting for students Twitterlast_img read more

Variation of feeding by krill in swarms

first_imgGut fullness of 3264 Antarctic krill in 38 swarms was estimated using fluorometric determination of chlorophyll a . There was a very wide range of gut fullness (maximum value 3277 ng and median of 190 ng) and 7% of the population was classified as empty. There was a similar variability between swarms. Analysis of this variability attempted to partition it between three sources. First, the swarms differed in their composition and it was thought that intrinsic properties of the individual krill might contribute to interswarm variation. Although certain classes of animal had significantly different gut fullness, this was unimportant for the population as a whole. Animal length only accounted for 0.33% of variation, sex-and-maturity stage for 1.6% and moult stage for 4.2% of the variation. By contrast, differences between swarms accounted for 59% of population variability. Second, examination of characteristics of the swarms themselves, such as size, depth and time of sampling, did not yield any property which explained further variability. The final source of variation was likely to be environmental factors, and it is suggested that variation in gut fullness between swarms reflects patchiness in their phytoplankton food.last_img read more

Greta Van Fleet Makes Debut ‘Saturday Night Live’ Appearance [Watch]

first_imgLast night, Michigan rock outfit Greta Van Fleet made their Saturday Night Live debut, performing two songs, as well as getting roasted by comedian Colin Jost. Last month, the quartet was nominated for four Grammy Awards, including “Best Rock Album”, “Best Rock Song”, “Best Rock Performance”, and “Best New Artist”.Ahead of the upcoming award show, Greta Van Fleet brought the first live musical performance of 2019 to Studio 8H, first working through “Black Smoke Rising”, the title-track off of their 2017 debut EP. The four-piece then worked through “You’re The One”, the second single from their first full-length album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, released in October.The band was also mentioned on SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment, where Colin Jost trolled the band, comparing them to an upcoming lunar eclipse. “Sunday night will bring a Super Blood Wolf Moon, which is a rare lunar eclipse, and not, as I had assumed, the name of the band that just performed on our show,” teased Jost.Watch video of Greta Van Fleet’s debut Saturday Night Live performance below:Greta Van Fleet – “Black Smoke Rising”[Video: Greta Van Fleet]Greta Van Fleet – “You’re The One”[Video: Greta Van Fleet]last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgBut World TeamTennis is not sanctioned by those three groups and doesn’t need to follow their guidelines.In other coronavirus-related sports news:— California Gov. Gavin Newsom has given the go ahead for professional sports teams in the state to play without spectators soon. The Democratic governor said Monday that sports could return in the “first week or so of June without spectators and modifications and very prescriptive conditions.” That is extremely welcome news for teams, who were wondering if they would have to make contingency plans to play elsewhere. Los Angeles County officials said last week there was the possibility that their stay-at-home order could be extended through the summer.—LeBron James reiterated Monday that he is hopeful the NBA season can resume, with the caveat that the health and well-being of players won’t be jeopardized by a return to play. The Los Angeles Lakers star said it remains his wish that the season comes back “sooner than later.” The NBA suspended the season on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and two unidentified members of the Lakers were among the league’s players who subsequently tested positive for the virus.— Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says pro sports leagues and entities in baseball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing can apply to the state to hold events without spectators starting May 31. Abbott also says Little League baseball can resume play with parents watching under social distancing guidelines. Youth sports camps may also open in June. May 19, 2020 The sneakers, each signed by the Hall of Fame wearer, are part of the Lelands 2020 Spring Classic Auction that runs through June 19. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.Jordan, Johnson and Pippen wore the sneakers during the Tournament of Americas, which the U.S. team won to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The Americans won gold there in the first Olympics to feature NBA players.The sneakers were given to a team staff member in the locker room after the tournament championship game in Portland, Oregon.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ESPN to show film about Game 6 of 1998 NBA FinalsUNDATED (AP) — The final episodes of “The Last Dance” have aired, yet ESPN has one more program to show about the Chicago Bulls’ sixth championship. ESPN will show “Game 6: The Movie” on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT, following a rebroadcast of episodes nine and 10 of “The Last Dance.” The game will feature game footage captured by five NBA Entertainment cameras. It marks the first time that the game has been available to watch in high definition. The Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 87–86 as Michael Jordan hit the game-winning basket with 5.2 seconds remaining to cap their sixth championship in eight seasons.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-INDIANA RECRUITHoosiers sign LanderBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers have signed Khristian Lander, who was expected to be one of the nation’s top-rated point guards in next season’s recruiting class. But coach Archie Miller says the 6-foot-2, point guard will reclassify so he can play basketball this fall. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-MARLINSMarlins to open training complexJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will allow players on their 40-man roster access to their spring training complex to pitch off a mound or hit in batting cages beginning today. —USA Baseball has tentatively scheduled July 24 as the start date for its 2020 schedule of summer events. The nation’s sport governing body says the first event would be the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the national training complex in Cary, North Carolina. Eight other age-group competitions will be held from late July through August.— The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening. But the stock car series successfully got back on track Sunday at Darlington Raceway without a slip. Participants all passed a health screening to enter the facility, no one was scolded for not socially distancing and everyone wore a mask. It was all NASCAR could hope for as it desperately tries to recover from a 10-week shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says NASCAR can hold its races at Pocono Raceway in late June if the coronavirus situation improves in the area, though the races might have to go off without fans. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which currently is under Wolf’s strictest pandemic orders, or a red designation. But Wolf said Monday that if the county moves to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races as long as there are no spectators present and guidelines are followed to keep competitors safe.— Notre Dame is planning to allow students back on campus for the fall semester beginning in early August. University President, Rev. John I. Jenkins made the announcement in letters to the campus community. There was no mention of sports. The school’s reopening plan includes comprehensive testing for COVID-19, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols, social distancing and mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning of all campus spaces. The Irish are scheduled to open the football season against Navy in Ireland on Aug. 29. Students were sent home in mid-March to complete the spring semester remotely because of the new coronavirus pandemic.—Premier League soccer teams have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The Premier League has been told by government experts that coronavirus restrictions could endure for at least a year in English soccer, with players allowed to resume only non-contact training from Tuesday. Qualifying is the hallmark of the U.S. Open. The USGA likes to point out that roughly half of the 156-man field has to go through some form of qualifying. But not this year.Still to be determined is how the exemptions are created for the rest of the players. Among those not already exempt is Phil Mickelson, who has said he won’t ask for an invitation.In other golfing news:—The return of live golf to television had a total audience delivery of 2.35 million viewers. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson defeated Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in the TaylorMade Driving Relief. The exhibition has raised at least $5.5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. NBC Sports says the total audience delivery was 16% higher than the final of the Dell Match Play last year in Texas. It used that as a comparison because only four players were on the course. It was roughly the same as network coverage of PGA Tour events from the second quarter of 2019.ESPN-LAST DANCE The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins made no announcement.The person says the rest of the complex in Jupiter, Florida, will remain closed.According to the source, the optional workouts will be individual, with a staff member present, and those involved will abide by social distancing guidelines. DIAMONDBACKS-MARTED-backs OF Starling Marte says wife dies of heart attack NFL-ROONEY RULEAP Sources: Rooney Rule to require for more interviewsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is amending the Rooney Rule to require more interviews of minority candidates for head coaching and coordinator positions. That’s what two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press. Reacting to a lack of diversity progress in hiring for those jobs, the league will require teams to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach openings.The two people say that at least one minority candidate must be interviewed for a coordinator’s spot. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not announced the additions.The rule is named after the late Dan Rooney, who owned the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was adopted in 2003. It has had some impact, but in the recent spate of coach hiring, few have gone to minority candidates. VIRUS OUTBREAK-WORLD TEAM TENNISWorld Team Tennis plans three-week seasonUNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva says the league is “still on track for July 12” to open its three-week season and is hoping to select a site this week.Silva said in a telephone interview Monday with The AP that four cities are “in the mix.” He mentioned Texas and Florida as possible host states.The International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours said Friday they were extending their suspensions of play into late July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Angry ump: Garcia says he kept quiet to protect son-in-lawNEW YORK (AP) — Former umpire Richie Garcia ended a decade of silence over his firing as a Major League Baseball supervisor, telling The Associated Press he kept quiet to protect his son-in-law and daughter.Garcia says he feels impugned by former colleague Randy Marsh, who testified in a deposition that Garcia was let go because he attended minor league games umped by son-in-law Vic Carapazza.Marsh retracted that comment in an interview with the AP, saying he doesn’t know why Garcia was dismissed. Jimmie Lee Solomon, then in charge of umpires, says MLB wanted new supervisors with new ideas.Carapazza is a top umpire now, just like Garcia was. OBIT-BILLS-BEN WILLIAMSBills, Ole Miss lineman “Gentle Ben” Williams, 65, diesOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Robert Jerry “Ben” Williams Jr., former Buffalo Bills defensive end and the first African American player to appear in a game at Mississippi, has died. He was 65. Ole Miss announced in a release that Williams died Monday from natural causes at a Jackson, Mississippi, hospital. Affectionately known as “Gentle Ben,” he was the Rebels’ first black player to earn All-America honors as a first-team selection in 1975 and was a three-time first team All-Southeastern Conference selection.Williams was drafted by Buffalo in the third round in 1976 and spent his entire 10-year career with the Bills during which he had 140 starts in 147 games.Listed at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Williams earned his nickname because of his friendly off-field personality. — Manchester United says it will refund fans with season tickets for the games they won’t be able to attend during the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings.—The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training. Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.GOLF-US OPENNo qualifying for US OpenUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Open won’t have qualifying for the first time since 1924. Chalk that up to the COVID-19 pandemic that already has postponed the U.S. Open from June to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York. Update on the latest in sports: PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte has announced on social media that his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack.Marte wrote on Instagram Monday, “Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack.” He said, “It is a moment of indescribable pain. On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time.”The 31-year-old Marte has played his entire eight-year big league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason.The Pirates also responded on social media, saying “the entire Pirates family extend our deepest condolences to Starling Marte and family during this terrible time.”MLB UMPIRES-GARCIA Lander is from Evansville and joins Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway as the third major in-state recruit in the 2020 recruiting class. Leal was named the IndyStar Mr. Basketball last month. Galloway and Lander were both second-team selections on The Associated Press all-state team.Indiana also has signed Jordan Geronimo of New Hampshire.Elsewhere in college hoops news:— San Diego State has signed forward Joshua Tomaić as a grad transfer from Maryland and will be eligible to play next season. Coach Brian Dutcher said 6-foot-10, 235-pound Tomaić can play multiple positions but is most comfortable at the stretch four, preferring to play facing the basket.— The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower-court ruling prohibiting the NCAA from limiting compensation for education-related expenses for student-athletes. The decision upholds an injunction approved by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on behalf of a nationwide class of student-athletes. The appeals court ruling clears the way for Division I conferences to independently set rules for education-related compensation provided to student-athletes. WEBBY AWARDSLebron James, Spotify, HBO among 2020 Webby Award winnersLOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James, Jimmy Fallon, Spotify and HBO are among the 2020 Webby Award winners for internet excellence.The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners today.Fallon’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” won a Webby for best website promoting a celebrity, while James was honored for his ESPN’s “Welcome to Bron Bron Land,” which took home the best user interface award. This year’s Webby Home Internet Celebration is dedicated to honoring individuals and organizations who are using the internet in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Patton Oswalt will host the 24th annual Webby Awards’ beginning at 3 p.m. EDT.DREAM TEAM-SNEAKER AUCTIONJordan, Magic, Pippen Dream Team sneakers being auctionedNEW YORK (AP) — Sneakers worn by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen while they played for the Dream Team are being auctioned. Associated Press last_img read more

Daley learning from, reveling in late-season comeback for Syracuse ahead of Friday’s national semifinal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Immediately after Syracuse midfielder Bridget Daley scored her second goal of Syracuse’s NCAA quarterfinal against Boston College, she leapt right into the arms of fellow senior Alyssa Murray.The two form one of the closest duos in the Orange’s lineup, and Daley said she has joked that Murray should be the one to assist on any goal she scores through the rest of the season. Against the Eagles, their chemistry on the field led to a special moment of celebration that seemed highly unlikely during the early part of the season.“I was just wide open on that cut, and she found me,” Daley said. “By that point, we were in control and I just ran to her. It’s those little moments in a game where you really build confidence for the rest of the way.”Daley has played with plenty of confidence since returning from a broken left foot in April. The fifth-year senior has become an all-around contributor for the Orange, picking up three goals and six draw controls during the first two games of the NCAA tournament.She’ll look to finish her college career on a high note when second-seeded Syracuse (20-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) battles fellow ACC squad and No. 6-seed Virginia (12-8, 3-4), in Friday’s 5 p.m. national semifinal game in Towson, Md.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Daley and a senior class that reached the semifinals the past two seasons before falling short both times, she said this is the most important week of their college tenures. SU is in search of its first-ever title in women’s lacrosse or any women’s team sport.“For me, it’s my fourth final four, and I’m not just going to settle for going or second place,” Daley said. “We’re here to win it all.”With Daley’s help, that appears to be a very reachable goal, especially now that she’s trying to make up for lost time. The senior is still trying to make the most of her tumultuous 2014 season, which hit rock bottom when she suffered the break against Stetson on January 24.But Daley never doubted that she would be back in the lineup, especially with another playoff run at stake. She said that was all the motivation she needed to fight through any physical or emotional pain.“Now, every second I get to play, it’s that much sweeter,” she said.Along the way, Daley has led with both her voice and performance on the field. She admits she’s not a pure goal scorer, so she prides herself on winning the hustle plays: backups behind the net, scrums for loose draws and groundball battles between the 30-yard lines.Against BC, she picked up four draw controls, including the effective clincher with 1:09 left.Murray said the team needs Daley for that reason, adding that she “works her butt off” on every play.“No matter if she’s going to get recognition for it, or if no one’s going to notice anything that she’s doing,” Murray said. “It’s just because she’s a great teammate.”She does the same in her preparation, which SU head coach Gary Gait said is just as important to her success. Her work ethic is infectious to other players, including younger ones who might be afraid to trust themselves.“She’s always brought the energy and enthusiasm to each game and practice,” Gait said. “She continues to get better every day, and she means so much to this team.”Daley partly disagreed, saying that the Orange would be in its current position with or without her. If nothing else, she said watching the entire team progress through the season has made this spring enjoyable.Although a national championship would put it over the top, she said just being a part of one of the best teams in program history has made 2014 one of the best years of her life.Mostly, it’s because of all those “little moments.” Now, she has one more chance to celebrate what could potentially be the biggest moment in Syracuse history.“It’s still up there as the best one, despite everything that’s happened,” Daley said. “I don’t regret coming back whatsoever.“I think I learned a bunch about myself, and got even closer to a great group of girls.” Comments Published on May 22, 2014 at 9:44 pmlast_img read more