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Student life director wants to be paid for interviews

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Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 19:11

File photo Jorge Posadas

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Jorge Posadas

Jorge Posadas, director of student life, said in an email Monday, if The Ranger wants to interview him, "we can set up a professional consulting contract and we can negotiate an appropriate fee."

Posadas has long demanded email exchanges with The Ranger and refused to conduct telephone or in-person interviews to provide information on the goings on of the office of student life.

Until recently, he has prohibited his staff from speaking to reporters.

The Ranger does not allow student reporters to conduct e-mail interviews except in unusual circumstances, such as military personnel serving overseas.

Posadas said the fee is for serving "as professional source on the subject of student affairs."

In his email, he refused to be interviewed "since by doing so it is in an official capacity with repercussions I am not willing to accept."

At about 12:15 p.m. Friday, he declined to speak to The Ranger on the record about his email statements and ignored questions from this reporter.

"I will talk to Dr. (Robert) Vela on this issue. I am out of the office but will be back on Monday," President Robert Zeigler wrote.

Vela, Posadas' supervisor and vice president of student affairs, did not return calls by posting time.

On Sept. 19, Posadas told a reporter he does not give interviews, and the proper procedure for obtaining an interview with him is to go through the public relations office.

He refused to explain why he would not speak about his activities in a managerial position at a public institution, and then said he would charge the reporter with harassment if attempts to speak to him continued.

Public information officer Julie Cooper said the office helps direct outside media outlets to proper sources, and Posadas may be misinterpreting policy.

An employee of a public institution bears the responsibility for providing information to the public, which the media represents.

Philosophy Professor Richard Schoenig, who has been teaching here since 1975 and almost every semester teaches an ethics course, said, "I think we owe openness to the media, especially as we are employed publicly."

He said failure to address those issues is not in the spirit of educational institutions.

"If it relates to their job, I think they have an obligation," Schoenig said.

To reach the office of student life, call 210-486-0125.


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Mon Oct 31 2011 18:37
How much is this doofus being paid to make a horse's ass of himself like this? (and good work by the Ranger!)
Sun Oct 30 2011 21:21
From Shakespeare's Hamlet, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Mr. Jorge Posadas raises too many red flags to simply give him a "pass." Staff Writer J. Almendarez perhaps should stay on Mr. Posadas' trail a little longer to see if there is any "fire" under all that distracting smoke!
Tue Oct 25 2011 09:01
The Ranger has a history of biased reporting and unprofessional journalism tactics. It is completely understandable why people on campus would want to avoid being consistently misquoted.
Mon Oct 24 2011 12:33
There are two problems here; the first was addressed by Professor Schoenig - ethics which includes open and honest dialogue which respects all parties involved, the second is legal - as part of a public institution Mr. Posadas has an obligation to respond to legitimate inquiries. This acknowledged the Ranger reporters sometimes communicate both a low degree of respect and professionalism when requesting information. If this is the case I would have told the reporter to take a hike as well.
Sat Oct 22 2011 15:51
Greed, hostility, inability to speak to the public, unaccountability... It's amazing that this person hasn't been outright fired. With all the budget cuts, and his support of the clinic closure, I wonder why more students and parents aren't questioning whether Posada truly has the students in mind.

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