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Intro to Online LSU Article

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Published by Sean Pitman, MD
LSU vs. Louie Bishop
LSU vs. Louie Bishop

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Published by: Sean Pitman, MD on Apr 04, 2013
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Thefollowingdocumentandit’scorrespondingexhibitsconstituteathoroughaccountofmyexperienceasastudentofLaSierraUniversityundertheadministrationofcurrentLSUPresidentRandalWisbey.MembersoftheSeventh-DayAdventistChurchleadershiphaveencouragedmethatlaymeninthechurchshouldbeactivelyinvolvedinbringingaboutchangetothecrisisatLaSierraUniversity.Itismyhopethatthefollowinginformationwillenlighten,awaken,andhelpchurchleadersandlaymenalikeplaytheirpartinbringingaboutthismuchneededchange.DuringthiscrisisatLSU,theeffortsofvariouschurchmembersandleadershavebeendirectedtowardcreatinggreatertransparencybetweenLSU’sBiologyandReligiondepartments,theLSUadministration,andthemembersandleadersoftheSeventh-DayAdventistChurch.Incontrast,youwillnoteonlines234and235oftheproposedLSUbylawchangesthattheBoardofTrustees’designatedfunction“Toorderandcontrolallaffairsandbusiness,andtobeinformedoftheworkofthevariousschools,departments,committeesandprograms”willbeterminatediftheproposedbylawchangesareapproved.IfeachofuswilltaketimetoreadtheproposedLSUbylawchanges,wewillnotethepotentialresultsofreducingthepowerofLSU’sBoardofTrusteeswhilestrengtheningthepowerofLSU’spresident,whoundertheproposedchangeswillbedeemed“ChiefExecutiveOfficer.”Worldhistoryhasalreadyillustratedclearlytouswhathappenswhenmoreandmoreresponsibilityandpowerisinvestedinoneman.Thefollowinginformationisaperfectexampleofhowaninstitutioncanconductitselftowardoneofit’sstudentswhenit’sleaderhasbeeninvestedwithtoomuchpower,andotherschoosetofollowhisleadanyway.Thehandlingofthesituationsandeventsthatfollowhappenedundertheleadership,direction,andoversightofRandalWisbey,currentpresidentofLaSierraUniversity.Itisnotasurprise,then,thathenowseekstoconcentrateinhimselfasmuchpoweroverLSUasispossible.ThisinformationisalivingexampleofwhatRandalWisbeyiswillingtoputastudentthroughinordertoattempttokeepthemsilent.Whilerepresentinganopennesstodiversityofopinionandviews,undertheleadershipofRandalWisbey,LSUhasdonequitetheoppositetowardcertainindividuals.Asyouwillsee,RandalWisbey’sadministrationwithheldandadmittedtodestroyingdocumentsconcerningmethatIhadaperfectrighttoseeandreview.ThisactionviolatedmyrightsasastudentundertheFamilyEducationalRightsandPrivacyAct(FERPA)of1974,andisjustplainwrong.Asyouwillnotice,IbeganrequestingdocumentsIwasentitledtoreviewinJanuary2010.TheLSUadministrationanditslegalcounselrepeatedlyrepresentedthattheyhaddeliveredalldocumentationthatIwasentitledtoreview.InaletterdatedMarch4,2010,includedinExhibitV,LSU’slawyerKentHansenstated“Theeducationrecordsthat
 
youhavebeenprovidedconstituteyourentirestudentfile.”OncemyattorneybeganinsistingthatLSUdelivertomealldocumentationIwasentitledtoreview,LSUsoonadmittedthattheyhadbegundestroyingdocumentsthattheyhadbeenwithholdingfromme.WhywouldLSUadmittodestroyingdocumentsinJune2010whenLSU’slegalcounselKentHansentoldmeIhadbeengivenmyentirestudentfileinMarch2010?Sincethefollowingeventsandcommunicationstranspired,IhavereceivedzerofromLaSierraUniversityinregardstoanytypeofapology.MyattorneypointedoutthatLaSierraUniversityhadbeenanticipatinglitigationasaresultoftheseevents.IhadtheoptiontoinitiatelitigationwithLaSierraUniversity,butratherdecidedtofollowthecounselin1Corinthians6:1-8infirstbringingmycasebeforethebrethren.Verse1says“Dareanyofyou,havingamatteragainstanother,gotolawbeforetheunrighteous,andnotbeforethesaints?”Rather,myeffortshavebeentowardmakingthoseinthechurchawarewhoareabletoactuallyaccomplishsomethingtowardsthosewhorefusetotellthetruth.YouwillnotethedocumentbelowwasforwardedtoofficialsattheGeneralConferenceandtheNorthAmericanDivision.WhenLSU’sadministrationdeniedmemyrightasaU.S.citizentodefendmyselfregardingthemistakesRandalWisbey’sadministrationallegedIhadmade,IaskedaLSUemployeetorepresentme.Heeagerlyagreedtoassistmeinpresentingmycasebeforethedecidingcommittee,whilemakingitknowntomehowsuccessful(andthereforesecure)hefelthewasinhisemploymentattheUniversity.Yet,whenItalkedwithhimashorttimeafterherepresentedme,hehadbeenmadeawarethathisjobwouldbeterminatedinonlyafewmonthsattheendofthe2009-2010schoolyear.OthershavebeenmistreatedbyRandalWisbey’sadministrationinrecentyears.Lastyear,threemembersoftheBoardTrusteeswerebootedbytheirfellowBoardmembersfordevelopingaproposal,inconjunctionwithfacultymembers,toincludeSDAChurchteachingsonCreationinLSUclassrooms.Forafullerstory,gotohttp://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-education-headlines/20120510-riverside-la-sierra-professor-board-members-dismissed.eceLikewise,LSUProfessorLeeGreerwasterminatedin2012whenheattemptedtoworkwithfellowprofessors,LSUboardmembers,andchurchleaderstoincorporateSDAteachingsonCreationintoLSU’sclassrooms.Forafullerstory,gotohttp://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2012/05/09/terminated-lsu-biologist-lee-greer-issues-press-releaseIrealizeitcanbeachallengeforchurchleaders,accreditingbodies,constituents,andparentsofLSUstudentstoreallyseewhattheUniversity’sadministrationis

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