WilHam Paterson University Wayne, New Jersey . ;
* • WEDNESDAY: MARCH 27.2002
By Jill K. Sanders
William Paterson University's
radio station, WPSC 88.7, could face
$5,000 fines and the loss of unlimited
broadcasting hours as a result of the
recent budget cuts.
Currently, the station is barely able
' to meet its minimum operating hours
on Wednesdays as required by the
Federal Communication Commission
(FCC), according to Professor Ronald,'
Stotyn, the station's general manager
As a result; WPSC could face fines or
be forced to share air time with anoth-er
Late last year, the Communication
Department received an Incentive
Grant of $120,000, $42,000 of which
went to the radio station. However,
due to the state's budget cuts, accord-ing
to Stotyn, $24,000 to $25,000 of
the money allocated to the radio sta-tion
has been lost.
Stotynhadordered $18,000 worth
of equipment that would have allowed
the radio station operate 24 hours a
day, he said. Under the FCC rule, the
university radio station must operate a
minimum of 12 hours per day.
"The only way we can fulfill that
now is to have live student bodies on
hand to be physically (at the radio sta-tion)
running programs," said Stotyn.
Should the station fail in those
efforts, the other possible.result of an
FCC violation, beyond the fine, could
hurt the station's programming.
"Some'other organization could
make application to the FCC and .
request shared time on our frequency,"
says Stotyn. "That would mean we
could not be allowed to broadcast
unlimited hours...That would be a
SEE WPSC, PAGE 11
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Rothman takes action
Staff Writer '
David Rothman, father of the William Paterson
University student who drowned last spring break, has.
followed through on his recent threat to file legal
action against the university. . -
Rothman filed suits on March 7 with both the New
Jersey Executive Commission on Ethical Standards
and the'Passaic County Superior Court. He is angry '
about the university's failure to take action against the
Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity. Four ZBT members
pleaded guilty in court last.October to improperly rais-ing
money for a scholarship set up in the name of
Rothman's late son, Jeffrey, who died while on vaca-tLoo^
ft SwA G»E©J|iaa w t h his fraternity brothers.
Rothman believes more money was raised than
admitted to in court. v •
"I feel that William Paterson University did not act
in a responsive or democratic manner in handling my
requests," said Rothman in a brief telephone inter- •
view. "Therefore I took the actions I felt were; neces-sary.
I did what I said I would do. It is no longer in
my hands, but in the hands of the court."
Rothman filed the two complaints against the uni-versity's
Board of Trustees, as well as President
Arnold Speert, Provost Chernoh Sesay and Deputy
Attorney General Cheryl Clarke.
University officials were not available for com-ment,
however, in a past interview with a-representa-tive
for the university, who wished not to be named, it
was stated that the university would file an answer to
any such complaint accordingly. If the university
believes that the case does not have merit or will not
hold up in court, the source said, then it will move to
file a motion to dismiss.
'• Rothman appeared before the board of trustees on
March 2 and requested it comment on the actions- of
ZBT and the fundraising matter. The members of the.
board made it clear, however, that after an investiga-tion
by the school's attorney general's office, it con-cluded
that no disciplinary action could or would be
taken. After that meeting Rothman said he planned to
go to court. , •
Rothman will represent himself in both actions.
"I have paid enough to lawyers so far," he wrote in
SEE ROTHMAN, PAGE 11
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