Sep 8, 2010

History

In this posting, Philip R. Klein demonstrates why he flunked out of Texas Tech after only a few semesters. The fundamentals of academic subjects like history, economics, political science, reading, writing, and basic arithmetic elude Klein to this day.
FLASHBACK : Lamar University, run by a local board of regents made up of mostly appointments by Democratic Governors gets a taste of red when school enrollment dies, sports dies and they try and throw their eggs in one basket. Being Basketball. As politics is played by the democrats - the GOP takes over in Austin Texas - and dissolves the board of regents and takes the school under the Texas University System - puts in Dr. Jimmy Simmons and tells him to build it up from the ground floor. Simmons gets rid of the politics - puts his foot down - works on getting young people into the school - works on getting professors out that cannot teach and are political drop in favorites - and starts building. In the 10 year plan - bringing back what brought a community together. Sports - real sports - being football and college life.
Very little of this is true and I've addressed much of this before as examples of Klein's "same old think, over and over and over again." See the articles here, here, and here.

Philip is unaware that the football program at Lamar has been discontinued three times, not once, during the history of the school. Likewise, Klein never provided an update on his 2007 claim of a RICO Investigation at Lamar University by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In spring of 1983, the Texas legislature approved Senate Bill 620 which created the Lamar University System. Lamar State College Orange and Lamar State College Port Arthur became separate entities in 1991 under Senate Bill 843. 

In 1993, Dr. Rex Cottle became President after a state management control audit of the Lamar University System. The controversial and critical audit led to discussions on merging the LU system with the Texas State University System (TSUS).

In February 1995, two Republicans, State Sen. Michael Galloway and State Rep. Mark Stiles, sponsored legislation to make Lamar University a part of the TSUS.  Philip has made derogatory statements about both of these past legislators. To be fair, so have many others in Southeast Texas.

While LU System Chancellor Joseph Champagne and University regents opposed the legislation, the bill passed in the Texas House in April '95 by a vote of 141-3. At the time, Democrats, not Republicans as Klein claims, controlled the Texas House of Representatives.  Clearly, this was not a partisan issue despite PRK's unsubstantiated history..

In March 1998, Dr. Rex Cottle resigned under duress and Dr. Jimmy Simmons became President in 1999. Many, perhaps most, involved people believe that Dr. Cottle was the worst administrator in Lamar's history. 

Klein denigrates other past administrators:
If you ride around Lamar - you will see names of buildings of men of yester year who created the death of the University. Now historians of Lamar will be fast to tell you that without those names - Lamar would have been dead. We are telling you that Lamar is alive because those same politicos are now gone. And history should never forget that.
One of those "politicos" mentioned by Klein in the past is Dr. John Gray, for whom the John Gray Institute and the Mary and John Gray Library are named. As Coach, John Gray led the Lamar football team school to an 8-1 record in 1932 and an 8-1-1 record in 1934. Dr. Gray was also the only administrator who served as President of Lamar during two separate administrations.

I'm comforted by the fact that in a few years when Philip R. Klein is forgotten, Dr. John Gray's legacy will live on.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

My money says that Klein couldn't pass the SET exam to enroll at Lamar.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Klein could pass the 8th Grade TAKS test.

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Anonymous said...

The thing that upset me about PK's article about the return of football was his implication that Lamar was going to disappear without the football program. Football is nice to have, but there are so many things that have suffered because all effort in the past few years has been toward the return of football. For example, the music program is now in an old moldy Brooks-Shivers Hall, while all goals are directed to the football program.
I hope the football program is a success, I really do. Unfortunately, this is Southeast Texas, and once the novelty wears off, I am afraid Lamar football will become like Ford Park, a big money sucking failure.