Ex-U of I grad student files suit against music professor and University of Iowa; Alleges inappropriate sexual remarks, humor, touching, relationship November 8, 2008Posted by John in Crime/Courts, Education.
Tags: Colleges & Universities, higher education, Iowa City (Iowa), lawsuits, Mark Weiger, Melissa Milligan, musicians, oboe, professors, sexual harassment, teaching assistants, University of Iowa
MELISSA ROSE WALDING MILLIGAN,
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA and MARK WEIGER,
III. BACKGROUND FACTS
10. Milligan was a graduate student enrolled at the University in the Doctorate of Music Arts (“D.M.A.”) program during the 2006-7 academic year.
11. Milligan obtained student loans to finance her studies and living expenses at the University
12. Milligan’s major field was the oboe, and she sought to complete the three-year course of study in the D.M.A. program, culminating in a doctoral degree.
13. Milligan was enrolled in graduate music classes and was also a teaching assistant in her major field.
14. Milligan was assigned to study under Weiger, a tenured music professor in her major field who taught oboe and chamber music at the University.
15. During the course of her classroom and private instruction, Milligan was regularly subject to Weiger’s inappropriate sexual remarks and crude sexual humor.
16. Milligan also observed at least one act of inappropriate sexual touching by Weiger with another female student during instructional class time.
17. Weiger regularly engaged in inappropriate behavior during classes and instructional sessions, including telling jokes of a sexual nature and using inappropriate sexual language, much of which was directed towards Milligan.
18. Weiger was engaged in a sexual relationship with another student, which interfered with Milligan’s class time as it diverted Weiger’s attention from instruction as he focused on his sexual relationship instead.
19. In addition to the inappropriate sexual behavior, Weiger verbally harassed and subjected Milligan to personal character assaults, referring to her using derogatory terms and insults in the presence of other students on numerous occasions.
20. All of said actions interfered with Milligan’s reasonable expectation of instruction and education at the University, hindered her completing her doctoral degree, and caused her emotional distress. …
IOWA CITY – A former graduate student is suing three University of Iowa faculty members claiming she was sexually harassed and discriminated against when she came here two years ago.
Debra Hawk-Burt of Columbus, Ohio, filed a lawsuit in Johnson County District Court Monday against three faculty members in the School of Music: Mark Weiger , assistant professor in the woodwind division; John Hill, associate director; and David Nelson, director.
According to the suit, Hawk-Burt applied for admission as a doctoral candidate in the school in February 1992 and was told she was eligible for a teaching assistantship and a $10,000 scholarship. Ultimately, she received no financial aid and withdrew from the university.
Soon after she applied for admission, the suit states, Weiger called Hawk-Burt and made inappropriate comments about her marital status.
When Hawk-Burt visited the campus and was interviewed by Weiger in March 1992, Hawk-Burt claims he inappropriately described to her the sexual activities of a female student.
When Hawk-Burt moved to Iowa City, Weiger told her she did not qualify for the scholarship but that she would work for him that summer teaching his students, the suit states.
Hawk-Burt also claims Weiger repeatedly made offensive remarks to her, telling her dirty jokes, using offensive language and swearing at her. He also allegedly told her he was involved in a sexual relationship with a graduate student who was a member of Hawk-Burt’s woodwind group.
According to the suit, Weiger made repeated, offensive sexual or demeaning comments to this student in Hawk-Burt’s presence. When Hawk-Burt objected, her financial aid was withdrawn and she received a barely passing grade from Weiger .
She reported the incident to Hill, who has supervisory responsibilities for the faculty in the school.
Hawk-Burt then appealed to Nelson in a written statement.
Vice President for University Relations Ann Rhodes said she had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment.
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See controversial full-page University of Iowa basketball ads Gazette sports columnist Jim Ecker is writing about September 25, 2008Posted by John in Sports.
Tags: basketball, College Basketball, Fighting Illini, Hawkeye Sports, Iowa City (Iowa), Jarryd Cole, Jeff Peterson, Jim Ecker, Ohio State Buckeyes, Rick Klatt, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Iowa Hawkeyes
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Click on images to enlarge. ‘SLAM DUNK’ ads published on September 14 and September 18 in Gazette; ‘STEAL’ ad published on September 23.
University of Iowa study suggests Hillary Clinton might have done better if her age was closer to 43 August 2, 2008Posted by John in Education, Political.
Tags: age, hillary clinton, hillary rodham clinton, Michael Lovaglia, sociology, studies, University of Iowa
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., may have had a better shot at the White House if she were younger, a University of Iowa study suggests.
Study leader Michael Lovaglia, a sociologist in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said research indicates Americans expect women to reach their peak performance as leaders at age 43 — four years before men’s perceived peak at age 47. …
Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Mike Boddicker, Norway (Iowa), University of Iowa
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From Baltimore Sun:
Boddicker grew up in Norway, a farm town of 633 near Cedar Rapids. He was a star strikeout pitcher at the University of Iowa and vaulted to Triple-A Rochester less than a year after the Orioles picked him in the sixth round in 1978.
He got called up to make his first big league start in late 1980, but for the next 2 1/2 seasons, he was stuck. …
Cedar Rapids native nominated for Emmy July 17, 2008Posted by John in Entertainers.
Tags: Actors, Ben Linus, Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Drake University, Grinnell (Iowa), Iowa City (Iowa), Michael Emerson, Primetime Emmy Awards, Terrence Quinn, Terry O'Quinn, Toledo (Iowa), University of Iowa
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Nominees for the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today. “Lost” actor Michael Emerson, who was born in Cedar Rapids, was nominated for Supporting Actor, Drama Series. He’s up against William Shatner, “Boston Legal”; Ted Danson, “Damages”; Zeljko Ivanek, “Damages”; and John Slattery, “Mad Men.”
Emerson was also nominated for an Emmy in the same category last year but “Lost” co-star Terry O’Quinn received that award.
O’Quinn has an Eastern Iowa connection as well, having attended the University of Iowa.
Emerson won an Emmy in 2001 for his work as Guest Actor for “The Practice.”
According to Gazette archives, Emerson graduated from South Tama County High School and Drake University. His parents live in Grinnell.
From October 2006 Gazette archives:
He’s not creepy to Mom
Iowa-born actor lands full-time `Lost’ role as leader of Others
By Rob Merritt
As the mysterious Henry Gale, Michael Emerson of Toledo has managed to creep out many viewers of the hit TV show “Lost.”
Fortunately, his mother isn’t one of them.
“People say, `He scares me,’ ” Carol Emerson, 72, of Grinnell, said Monday.
“But he plays such an opposite personality from what he really is.”
A Cedar Rapids-born actor who graduated from Drake University in 1976, Emerson, 52, was originally brought on board “Lost” for three episodes last season. His role was expanded dramatically, however, after he made a huge impression with producers and viewers alike.
His character, who originally claimed to be a crash survivor, turned out to be the leader of The Others – a group that’s been abducting characters on the show since its beginning.
As a result, Emerson was made a series regular on “Lost,” which kicks off its third season tonight.
Emerson has found success playing the bad guy in the past. He’s appeared on “Law & Order” and in the horror movie “Saw,” and earned an Emmy for his portrayal of serial killer William Hinks on “The Practice.”
“I never dreamed I would play so many dark roles,” Emerson said by phone last week from Hawaii, where “Lost” is filmed. “I was always the funny guy onstage. Doing these roles that are so serious, I’m not sure how I got here.”
Nor is he sure how long he’ll be staying. Last year, Emerson saw his scripts only 48 hours in advance, so he had no idea about Henry Gale’s plot twist until it happened. This year it’s more of the same.
“The third season is highly dramatic,” he said. “So it’s not hard to imagine anyone getting killed at any moment.”
There are still a few teasers Emerson can throw out. He says much of the third season focuses on The Others, who up until now have existed as villains in the shadows.
Also, Henry Gale is seeing a lot more action. The character spent most of last season imprisoned by the castaways; this year, Emerson already has filmed a fight sequence in the forest and a windy sequence atop a high cliff.
“I discovered I’m not as good with heights as I thought,” he said.
Henry Gale isn’t even Henry Gale. It was revealed last season that Gale actually was using the name of another man, whose body was later found buried on the island.
So what’s Gale going by now? Emerson won’t say.
“It’s a plot point,” he said.
Emerson hasn’t yet had a chance to talk about Iowa with Evangeline Lilly, whose character, Kate, supposedly hails from the state (and has returned there in flashbacks).
“I spend less time with the other actors than you might think,” Emerson said.
Instead, Emerson keeps in touch by phone with his wife, actress Carrie Preston, and his parents, Carol and Ron Emerson, back in Grinnell.
“He wanted to know what the weather was like here, and I said, `It really looks like fall,’ ” Carol Emerson said. “He said, `I wish I was there.’ I said, `You’re in Hawaii!’ He said, `Yeah, but paradise gets boring after a while.’
He’s a Midwesterner at heart.”
Michael Emerson said he misses the Midwest, as well as his home in Manhattan, but he also knows he’s landed what may turn out to be the role of his career.
“Sometimes I don’t appreciate the place I’ve gotten to until I’ve been there for a while,” he said, “but sometimes I sit back and I say, `Wow. This is an extraordinary job.’ “
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The Democratic contract on the winner-take-all market traded at 64.3 cents, according to its website. This figure shows that investors believe there is a 64 percent probability that Obama will win the popular vote in the general election. …
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Tags: Bemidji State University, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Beverly Everett, flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Floods of 2008, Iowa City (Iowa), natural disasters, orchestras, University of Iowa
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From Bemidji Pioneer:
For their size, Bemidji State University Department of Music and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra are populated by a relatively large number of University of Iowa graduates.
And when these alumni considered the devastation the University of Iowa School of Music Voxman Music Building and Hancher Auditorium sustained when the Iowa River flooded Iowa City earlier this month, they looked for a way to help their former university home. …