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Those of you who’ve visited my blog courtesy of Pharyngula may recall the strange episode of “CSU Fresno Vs. The Lesbian/Atheist Conspiracy”, which I posted about here.
For those of you who don’t, here’s an update on the whole affair: plaintiff Lindy Vivas, the fired women’s volleyball coach whose alleged sexual orientation and personal religious beliefs were at issue in her suit against CSU Fresno, was awarded $5.8 MILLION dollars in damages—more than three times the amount sought by her legal team. Seems like the jury wanted to send a message, doesn’t it?
Well, some, including state representative Dean Flores, got the message: something is amiss at CSU Fresno in terms of gender equity in one highly visible department (Athletics), and chaired hearings on the matter. Others, like, CSU Fresno President John Welty and CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, they appear to have received a different message. The outcome, coming on the heels of their defeat in the courts, is another exercise in public humiliation for these two fellas and it looks as if they’ve made things worse, instead of better, with their testimony. You can read about this here, but first, two warnings:
1) Don’t read if you think you’re above some extremely juicy gossip
2) Don’t read if you’re already fed up with the Alberto Gonzales story. While this may not carry the import of the Attorney General’s attempt to rehabilitate his rep as a first-class deceiver, but it’s eerily familiar: in each case, highly-placed administrators who owe their positions to appointment by the executive branch seem unwilling or unable to answer tough questions posed by elected officials.
Posted by Scott Hatfield . . . . at 5:21 PM