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University President Fired for Alleged Cover-Up of Student's Rape, Slay (Michigan)
Fox News via AP ^ | 7-16-07

Posted on 07/16/2007 10:19:27 AM PDT by Bladerunnuh

The body of the slain student, Laura Dickinson, 22, was discovered Dec. 15 in her dorm room. At the time, university officials told her parents and the media that she died of asphyxiation but that there was no sign of foul play, despite evidence to the contrary.

It wasn't until another Eastern student was arrested in late February and charged with murder that her family and fellow students learned she had been raped and killed.

The accused student, Orange Taylor III, of Southfield, has pleaded not guilty to murder and criminal sexual conduct charges in Dickinson's death. He is scheduled for trial Oct. 15.

Many in the university's administration were accused of covering up the truth and endangering students to protect the school's image, which has been marred in recent years by tensions with faculty, students and the community.

Robert Dickinson, the young woman's father, said anybody implicated in the federal report "should probably expect the same" fate as Fallon.

"I fire my baristas if they do wrong," said Dickinson, who owns a coffee house. "The board of this school should do whatever they need to do. They need to follow the rules that they have set forth."

The board was expected to meet later Monday to discuss the case. Still undetermined was the status of Vice President of Student Affairs Jim Vick and Public Safety Director Cindy Hall. University spokeswoman Pamela Young said she couldn't discuss Fallon until after the meeting.

Howard Bunsis, president of the faculty union, said Monday that everyone involved in covering up information about Dickinson's slaying should no longer be working for the university.

"It's now time for the university to move forward," Bunsis

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Illinois; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: academia; easternmichigan; emu; lauradickinson; michigan; rape; university
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1 posted on 07/16/2007 10:19:29 AM PDT by Bladerunnuh
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To: Bladerunnuh

Was this the same bozo that had the 10,000 square foot house built for the President while he was president?

(I should not call him a bozo, its unfair to Bozos)


2 posted on 07/16/2007 10:22:45 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (The last Americans to allow unchecked immigration...... were Native.)
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To: Bladerunnuh
"It's now time for the university to move forward,"...cover up our lying...

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3 posted on 07/16/2007 10:23:02 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Bladerunnuh

Doesn’t Michigan employ a couple of convicted Weather Underground nut cases as tenured professors?

This doesn’t surprise me in the least.


4 posted on 07/16/2007 10:23:26 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Bladerunnuh
I don't know where you got that bad excuse for an excerpt. Here is the actual story that includes the name of the university, the name of the person fired, and the fact that he was fired -- at the link you provided:

YPSILANTI, Mich. — The president of Eastern Michigan University was fired, months after top university officials were accused of covering up the rape and slaying of a student by publicly ruling out foul play.

The president, John Fallon, confirmed that he was fired Sunday evening by a unanimous vote of the Board of Regents, The Ann Arbor News reported in its Monday editions. Board secretary Jackie Kurtz on Monday confirmed the firing to The Associated Press.

Fallon told the newspaper that his termination letter was delivered Sunday night and did not state a reason for his firing. The letter said the board had voted unanimously to terminate his employment contract effective Sunday — two years after his five-year contract took effect.

"As a citizen, I am disappointed in this hastily called meeting, without any opportunity to be present or to respond," Fallon told the newspaper. "I have a story to tell and intend to tell it."

The president's dismissal follows an independent law firm investigation and U.S. Department of Education report, both of which found that the 23,500-student public university violated the federal Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to disclose campus security information....

5 posted on 07/16/2007 10:28:08 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: Bladerunnuh

Reading the quote, without clicking on the link, tells me nothing about the univ. pres. That’s not a comment on your c/p ability, it’s a comment on the newswriter’s. Maybe it’s time they fed the monkeys?


6 posted on 07/16/2007 10:28:14 AM PDT by blu (All grammar and punctuation rules are *OFF* for the "24" thread.)
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To: Bladerunnuh
At the time, university officials told her parents and the media that she died of asphyxiation but that there was no sign of foul play, despite evidence to the contrary.

Doesn't this make them accessories?

ML/NJ

7 posted on 07/16/2007 10:29:19 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Bladerunnuh

an autopsy would have been performed - how could this be covered up?

This is something I don’t see in this part of the article.


8 posted on 07/16/2007 10:29:53 AM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: Badeye

This is Eastern Michigan, not UofM (boo hiss)
Go State!


9 posted on 07/16/2007 10:30:06 AM PDT by blu (All grammar and punctuation rules are *OFF* for the "24" thread.)
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To: Bladerunnuh

....so, a black man is accused of assaulting and killing a white woman?

This is obvious racism....


10 posted on 07/16/2007 10:31:16 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: WoofDog123
Also, when this first came out (June?May?) there were reports of other students seeing blood. How the heck could that be interpreted as asphyxiation? Or were they hushed?
11 posted on 07/16/2007 10:31:41 AM PDT by blu (All grammar and punctuation rules are *OFF* for the "24" thread.)
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To: 3AngelaD
"I don't know where you got that bad excuse for an excerpt.."

Ouch.. you go, girl! ha
12 posted on 07/16/2007 10:31:59 AM PDT by Bladerunnuh
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To: Bladerunnuh

Seems like more than just university officials should be concerned for their job. How about the hospital emergency personnel? Attending physicians? The funeral home? Anywhere along that chain someone should have noticed indications of trauma. Was there no police investigation? A coroner?

Unless the university had her secretly cremated and just delivered ashes to her parents, someone should have noticed this. Incredible.


13 posted on 07/16/2007 10:32:52 AM PDT by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: blu

This is Eastern Michigan, not UofM (boo hiss)
Go State!

Thanks, As usual the MSM is ‘vague’.


14 posted on 07/16/2007 10:33:32 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Tzimisce
"This is obvious racism...."

Yes, thank goodness it doesn't happen all the time! We have the press to inform us if it did...
Whoops...

http://www.wichita-massacre.com/

http://library.flawlesslogic.com/wichita_2.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channon_Christian_and_Christopher_Newsom_murder
15 posted on 07/16/2007 10:37:39 AM PDT by Bladerunnuh
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To: george76

I am sick of “It’s time to move forward,”
when all the speaker means is,
“We’re ignoring the horror and living for movement
that propels us away from the consequences
of our misdeeds.”

I’m sick of people buying it, mindlessly.
Thanks for your post.


16 posted on 07/16/2007 10:37:56 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: Bladerunnuh

Is that Orange Taylor wearing an orange jumpsuit?


17 posted on 07/16/2007 10:38:43 AM PDT by The people have spoken
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To: Bladerunnuh

Thing of it is. If I had a daughter who died while at a university, the university could have told me that a trio of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Spongebob Squarepants had killed her. OK so what? Why would I believe anything the university says especially given the fact that they almost certainly have liability issues? That’s crazy! That would be like accepting the version of the other driver in a traffic accident.

If I’m in that position I’m going to believe the official police reports if I believe anything.

Unlesss —— this is one of those deals where the university is the “controlling legal authority”. (And they may well be).

Which is to say that the local police force, DA etc. etc. have no say whatsoever in the official communications?

If that is the case, all I can say is that that’s messed up.


18 posted on 07/16/2007 10:39:17 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: newheart

No hospital, no emergency room - she’d been dead three days.

But the poor girl was half-naked, semen on her leg, a pillow over her head - so I guess the university felt comfortable telling her parents she’d been asphyxiated. And comfortable leaving other young women ignorant of a predator.

There was a security video showing the accused entering the dormitory and leaving with a gift bag from the victim’s room. The suspect was not questioned until 40 days after the crime. How long did it take the police to get the video and match it to a suspect?

Mrs VS


19 posted on 07/16/2007 10:49:26 AM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: Bladerunnuh
Howard Bunsis, president of the faculty union, said Monday that everyone involved in covering up information about Dickinson's slaying should no longer be working for the university.

WRONG! Everyone involved in covering up information about Dickinson's slaying should be on trial for obstruction of justice.

20 posted on 07/16/2007 10:53:00 AM PDT by vox humana
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To: vox humana
WRONG! Everyone involved in covering up information about Dickinson's slaying should be on trial for obstruction of justice.

Try acessories after the fact of Rape, and Murder, my friend. That would put them behind bars for life, and that is exactly what should happen here...

the infowarrior

21 posted on 07/16/2007 11:00:58 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: The people have spoken

yes..


22 posted on 07/16/2007 11:03:08 AM PDT by hh007
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To: The people have spoken

That’s what I thought. I wonder how many priors this guy has. He’s certainly earned the name “Orange.”


23 posted on 07/16/2007 11:06:06 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Bladerunnuh

Gosh, how did I know that would be the case?

Am I racist? Or just applying knowledge based on experience?


24 posted on 07/16/2007 11:08:04 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Tzimisce

I’m sure he’ll be charged with a hate crime too. /S


25 posted on 07/16/2007 11:09:16 AM PDT by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: infowarrior
Try acessories after the fact of Rape, and Murder, my friend. That would put them behind bars for life, and that is exactly what should happen here...

And those are just the state charges. Were this *my* daughter, I would also file true cause and complaint, requesting bench warrants for those individuals under RICO Act violations, which could, in theory, result in the death penalty (infowarrior isn't prone to play around with creeps like these...)

the infowarrior

26 posted on 07/16/2007 11:09:23 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Bladerunnuh

I wonder how long the media will keep this around.


27 posted on 07/16/2007 11:09:29 AM PDT by hh007
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To: Brilliant
He’s certainly earned the name “Orange.”

Is his nickname "O.J."?

28 posted on 07/16/2007 11:10:37 AM PDT by WL-law
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To: Bladerunnuh
Howard Bunsis, president of the faculty union, said Monday that everyone involved in covering up information about Dickinson's slaying should no longer be working for the university.

"It's now time for the university to move forward," Bunsis

I had agreed with the first rational statement, until he put both feet in his mouth with the second...

Dump Bunsis, too.
Nobody should be able to move on from murder... or the attempt to minimize it's permanent grief to dozens of family and friends.

Move on indeed!

29 posted on 07/16/2007 11:11:36 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: The people have spoken

I’m guessing it is.

Fitting color for a man with a name like that, isn’t it? Since he will probably end up wearing orange for the majority of his life.


30 posted on 07/16/2007 11:12:37 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous (Master of Sinanju (emeritus))
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To: blu
I agree with you completely.
It's sad that a responding poster made even the name of the place finally clear --Eastern Michigan University .
31 posted on 07/16/2007 11:13:45 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Tzimisce

Good luck with that...


32 posted on 07/16/2007 11:14:42 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Bladerunnuh

Yes, but all value systems are equal just differnt doncha know.


33 posted on 07/16/2007 11:15:18 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: hh007

“I wonder how long the media will keep this around.”

I’m sure they’ll delve into it about as intently as this:

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/fugitives/vc/murders/vc_murders.htm


34 posted on 07/16/2007 11:15:38 AM PDT by Bladerunnuh
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To: ml/nj

white vic

black perp

nothing to see here


35 posted on 07/16/2007 11:26:13 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: Bladerunnuh

I do not see how the president thought he could get away with it. The truth was obviously going to come out.


36 posted on 07/16/2007 11:52:02 AM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Bladerunnuh
The board was expected to meet later Monday to discuss the case. Still undetermined was the status of Vice President of Student Affairs Jim Vick and Public Safety Director Cindy Hall. University spokeswoman Pamela Young said she couldn't discuss Fallon until after the meeting.

Load'em up move'em out, as well as anyone else that had direct knowledge of this. Damn there is going to be BIG pay out for the tax payers on this one.

37 posted on 07/16/2007 12:35:59 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Bladerunnuh
this blaming the university and making a big deal out of "hiding the murder" by the MSM is just so they don't have to announce once again that a black guy raped and killed a nice college girl in her own room.....

of course, the university acted immorally, unethically and irresponsibly, and you ask yourself why and we know why.....

38 posted on 07/16/2007 12:43:17 PM PDT by cherry
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To: newheart

hippa....hippa...hippa.....


39 posted on 07/16/2007 12:44:14 PM PDT by cherry
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To: hh007
I wonder how long the media will keep this around.

Probably not longer than one news cycle. The story is not politically correct.

40 posted on 07/16/2007 12:45:01 PM PDT by vox humana
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Is it true that some college police forces operate independent of the local police force? It seems that years ago I read that some universities were able to conceal rapes, assaults, etc., on campus by utilizing their own police squads.

Could have been an incorrect rumor - this story just reminded me that I had heard that.

But -- I can't imagine the parents not demanding an autopsy at the very beginning.

41 posted on 07/16/2007 1:02:31 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (If MY people who are called by MY name -- the ball's in our court, folks.)
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To: Bladerunnuh
How is it so easy to fire a university president, yet so difficult to fire a university professor. Ward Churchhill is STILL employed by the University of Colorado.
42 posted on 07/16/2007 1:05:46 PM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

Yes - I seem to have the same foggy recollections as you do - and I sort of started recalling them while writing my post.

If that turns out to be the case I’d say there is a very real conflict of interest going on here.

Not too different from some of these cruise ship incidents where the cruise ship security is in charge of investigating the incidents at sea. They have a vested interest in having the story come out a certain way.


43 posted on 07/16/2007 1:06:17 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Bladerunnuh

I suspected that there was more to it than a simple cover up.
Then I saw the photos and I knew immediately what it was that the college, the media and the police were so eager to hide.
It’s obvious that the college, the media and the police actually were happy about the “white” girl getting killed by a member of a specially-privileged protected group.


44 posted on 07/16/2007 1:09:56 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (it's sick out there and getting sicker - bob grant)
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To: Badeye

The University of Michigan is one of the centers of liberalism. The place is evil.


45 posted on 07/16/2007 1:13:25 PM PDT by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

“It’s obvious that the college, the media and the police actually were happy about the “white” girl getting killed by a member of a specially-privileged protected group.”

Comments like this make me think YOU’RE the mentally deranged one.


46 posted on 07/16/2007 1:16:57 PM PDT by gracesdad
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To: FightThePower!

It didn’t happen at the Univ. of Michigan.


47 posted on 07/16/2007 1:22:53 PM PDT by gracesdad
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To: GretchenM
This is more Clinton speak : “It’s time to move forward,”

I’m sick of people buying it, mindlessly.

Thanks for your post.

.

48 posted on 07/16/2007 1:28:09 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: infowarrior
bttt

accessories after the fact of Rape and Murder...

49 posted on 07/16/2007 1:29:52 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Trust me schools look out for themselves and do NOT give accurate campus crime statistics. I can attest to this from very personal experience.


50 posted on 07/16/2007 1:30:42 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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