Field of Screams

UMSL baseball coach Jim Brady's fevered battle with university officials has gone to extra innings.

In addition, Schuster is one of only a few school administrators granted a university-owned car — a brand-new Chevy Uplander. More digging found that Schuster's new position was never posted through the university's department of human resources. The same goes for Dolan's new job as special assistant to the vice chancellor of academic affairs that pays her $93,000 — or approximately three grand more than she earned as the school's athletic director.

Dolan and Schuster did not return a phone call for comment.

"There are a lot of students on campus who can't believe this is happening, especially since they're the ones paying these people's salaries," comments Thomas Helton, the 21-year-old political science major who first broke the story in the school paper. "They want to know how you go from being an athletic director found guilty of discrimination and land a new job in academic affairs. It just doesn't seem to make sense on the surface."

In a follow-up editorial The Current posed two questions: "Why should the university feel the need to make positions for administrators who resign? Why are there exceptions made for these individuals?"

Moreover, the paper wanted to know how Dolan and Schuster could still be on the school's payroll when the University of Missouri's personnel rules clearly state that employees found to discredit the university will be terminated.

So enraged is Brady by the alleged slight, he's taken to handing out a copy of the rules to anyone who bothers to ask. "It's cowardice that the administration is not doing anything about this," he says. "I'm not out to embarrass my state university, but I expect them to follow the same rules and legislations that I abide by."

UMSL spokesman Bob Samples says Dolan and Schuster's new titles have nothing to do with Brady's lawsuit. "I can only tell you that these reassignments are part of a reorganization structure that the campus implemented in the past four years under Chancellor Thomas George," says Samples. Such reassignments, he adds, do not require posting through the human resources department.

As to Dolan and Schuster bringing "discredit" to the university, Samples says the personnel guidelines are subject to legal interpretation. To Samples' knowledge neither Dolan nor Schuster received university discipline — or sensitivity training — following the baseball coach's courtroom victory.

"Business as usual," laments Brady. "For years the university condoned discrimination by keeping these people employed. Now they're going to sweep it under the rug and pretend it never happened. What do you expect?"

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