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ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT PLEADS NOT GUILTY Police say the alleged incident happened in Poland Res. Hall Tyler Dumont Critic Staff A Lyndon junior accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student in a residence hall last year has pleaded not guilty. Several students have reported that he has not been seen on campus for at least two weeks. Taylor T. Burke, 20, of 2116 Chapel Road in Bennington, Vermont, stood in front of a judge at Caledonia Superior Court on Monday where he pleaded not guilty to one felony count of sexual assault, no consent. He was released on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond and ordered to stay at least 300 feet away from the alleged victim and three witnesses. If convicted, Burke faces a sentence of three years to life

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Accused LSC student Taylor Burke pleaded not guilty to sexual assault.

behind bars. Attempts to reach Burke were unsuccesful. According to an affidavit filed by Vermont State Police Detective Trooper Russell Finn, on March 27, 2011, an employee of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center called state police to report that a female had been sexually assaulted at Lyndon State College. The alleged victim then gave a statement to police regarding the alleged March 26, 2011 incident, claim-

ing she had been sexually assaulted. The affidavit stated that both the alleged victim and Burke admitted to engaging in consensual sex in a room on the first floor of the Poland residence hall after hours of drinking at an off-campus party. Police said that party occurred at a location above Phat Kats Tavern, located at 33 Depot Street in Lyndonville. While at the party, Burke admitted to drinking approximately 12-14 beers. The alleged victim said she had consumed about ten Bud Light beers and told police that she knew Burke from attending school, but had not interacted with him at the party or had any prior relationship with him. She said she returned to her dorm room with both her roommate and her roommate’s boyfriend after the party, but the two had “passed out” after attending the party. The affidavit said that Burke arrived at the alleged victim’s room around 2 a.m., where he later “pulled the blankets over their head” and they engaged in consensual sex. The alleged victim stated they both performed oral sex on each other as well. When Burke allegedly pulled her legs towards his chest during intercourse, the alleged victim stated that she became uncomfortable and told Burke to stop. The affidavit said Burke first ignored her, but then said “You like it.” The document said that the alleged victim continued to say that Burke refused to stop, even after she tried other verbal methods including calling out to other people present in the room, stating she had to work in the morning and she was tired. See ‘Assault’, page 3

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LSC SALARIES: POINTS EQUAL PROFIT Sarah Aubé Critic Correspondent John DeLeo, mountain recreation professor, was hired at Lyndon State College in 1974 with a starting salary of $9,000. He said that this was much lower than other schools he was looking at, but that it was certainly a livable wage. Now he is the school’s highest paid professor, making a salary of $83,845.50. “It’s not anything special that anyone does,” says DeLeo, who was surprised that he is the highest salaried professor. “It’s all driven by the union. I don’t have any say in it. DeLeo came to teach at Lyndon after years of working in his field, teaching rock climbing, canoeing, cross country skiing, and other outdoor sports. “I might be the highest paid faculty member, but it isn’t the salary that kept me here,” says DeLeo. “It’s the students and it’s the administration. The students challenge you more professionally than your own professional organization can.” The lowest paid professor,

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Brit Moore, who teaches music business and industry, is paid over $50,000 less than DeLeo. She is making $32,976 a year. Salaries for faculty and staff are complicated, and they are decided in different ways. Faculty salaries are decided based on a formula including a base salary that changes every year based on national averages of salaries at colleges that are similar to LSC. The base salary for this academic year is $22,326. On top of this base salary, professors earn points. Each point is worth a dollar amount, which also changes yearly. This year each point is valued at $963. Professors receive points based on qualification, rank and experience. Points are given for years worked in the Vermont State Colleges (1 earned for every year), degrees earned, experience working in the field, and what rank professor they are working as. For example, a professor with a Master’s earns 3 points in the degree category, while a professor with a Doctorate earns 6

A Quote to Note “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” - Margaret Atwood

points in that area. “It ensures that everybody across the VSC gets treated equally. A degree is a degree is a degree,” says dean of academic and student affairs, Donna Dalton, who makes $118,987.08 a year. “In a lot of institutions, it’s not unusual for people with the same degrees who got hired at the same time to have different pay.” DeLeo, who has been working at LSC since 1974, has accrued approximately 63.5 points. This is equal to $61,150.50. By adding this to the base salary $22,236, his salary of $83,845.50 is obtained. “Now you’re talking about something that actually looks like a salary,” says Dalton of adding points, “opposed to something that’s never going to be sufficient (the base pay).” Faculty members are also given extra pay for certain things that add on top of their salaries.“It’s probably rare that someone’s paycheck matches their base salary,” says dean of administration, Wayne Hamilton, who makes $107,036.76. See ‘Salaries’, page 3

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Salaries: points equal profit  

How salaries work at Lyndon State College.

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