The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 31, 1993, Image 3

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Wednesday, March 31,1993 The Battalion Page 3 Senior yell candidates campaign in MSC KYLE BURNETT/l'hc BaUnlwu Senior yell leader candidates lead a crowd of about 100 students in along with junior yell leader hopefuls and student body president a practice yell in the MSC Flagroom Tuesday night. The candidates, candidates, were given the opportunity to pitch their campaigns. Four Baylor professors asked to retire University could lose half of journalism faculty over gender bias complaints THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WACO— Administrators at Baylor Univer sity have asked four journalism professors not to return next semester in the wake of com plaints involving gender bias, according to a published report. If the offers are accepted, the university's journalism department could lose more than half of its full-time faculty members. Baylor of ficials have also decided not to renew another professor's contract, according to the report published March 17 by the Waco Tribune-Her- ald. Michael Bishop, acting department chair man, offered an early retirement package to tenured professors Loyal Gould, William Mc- Corkle and Adrian Vaughan, according to the newspaper. The newspaper said that Baylor officials also decided to present Professor Roger Van Ommeren with a buyout option for the last year of his contract. The actions followed an internal investiga tion by Baylor's Sexual Harassment Mediation Board and the filing of a complaint by Sara Stone, an associate journalism professor, with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commis sion. The complaint by Ms. Stone, filed in late., November, specifically alleged gender bias by Gould, a former department chairman. Gould, McCorkle and Van Ommeren all re fused to comment on the matter, referring questions to their attorneys. "It did catch me by surprise," said Vaugh an, who has been at Baylor for nearly 30 years. "I really had no indication it was coming." Vaughan said his attorney was reviewing the Baylor bid. The offers would be effective at the end of the semester in May if accepted. Baylor President Herbert Reynolds said a new journalism department chairman will be hired from outside the university. Gould stepped down as chairman in earl ^December. Reynolds said Ms. Stone's complaint was related in part to her treatment iniggard to time she spent off campus in professional du ties. Railey defense investigates reports of black man seen running from home during night of attack THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN ANTONIO- The defense grilled a Dallas detective Tuesday about reports of a black man seen running from the direction of ex- minister Walker Railey's home the night Railey's wife was attacked. Railey's attorneys also zeroed in on half a dozen other investiga tive issues, including an unidenti fied white van parked in the neighborhood before the assault. Even the defendant's younger brother, Gary Railey, came under scrutiny. Testifying on cross-examina tion, Det. Stan McNear said a jog ger reported spotting the man about 9:30 p.m. and said he was running at a "high rate of speed." The man was never identified and McNear indicated the report was but one of many that police checked out and discarded after the choking assault on Peggy Rai ley April 21,1987. Now, six years later, Mrs. Rai ley, 44 and essentially brain dead. lies in an East Texas nursing home and her. husband is on trial for at tempted murder. Railey, 45, former pastor of the 6,000-member First United Methodist Church of Dallas, says he was researching a book at Southern Methodist University at the time his wife was attacked. The state hopes to use mobile phone records to prove Railey was nowhere near the SMU cam pus at the time he says he was in a recorded telephone call. Prosecutors allege the calls and recordings were part of a counter feit alibi and that Railey wanted his wife out of the way so he could continue his love affair with Dallas psychologist Lucy Papillon. State attorney Cecil Emerson said Ms. Papillon probably will testify Wednesday and no later than Thursday. The defense has hammered away all week at police and crime scene officers in an effort to show that investigators overlooked, ig nored or mishandled potential ev idence. In a brittle confrontation, lead defense lawyer Doug Mulder questioned Det. McNear about the jogger's story, the white van, a suspicious brown foreign car, threatening phone calls, finger prints and several other topics. He also brought up some notes in which Peggy Railey mentioned her husband's brother, Gary Rai ley. "She didn't like him, did she?" Mulder asked. "No, sir," McNear replied. "She said so in no uncertain terms?" "Yes, sir." "In fact, she wished him dead, didn't she?" "Yes, sir." Mulder made no attempt to ex plain the relevance of the notes but presumably the questioning was part of a defense effort to cast suspicion on people other than the defendant. Another Dallas police detective testified that Railey complained about having trouble with his brother but the FBI had checked him out. As he skipped through differ ent suspects and subjects, Mulder quizzed McNear about the ex- wife of another Dallas minister who received threatening phone calls two days after the attack on Mrs. Railey. "Did you know that...someone was stalking and threatening" the woman? Mulder asked. "...It appeared to me to be more of a prank call," McNear re sponded. Moments before excusing the officer, Mulder questioned him about Railey's appearance in the early morning hours after the at tack. "Did you seek any scratches on his face?" he asked. "No, sir," he replied. "Did you see any scratches on his hands?" "No, sir." Prosecutors also brought wit nesses to show that a security sys tem was operative at the Railey home in April 1987 but no alarm sounded the night of the attack. 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