The Summer Script (Dillon, Mont) 1985-1985, August 02, 1985, Image 6

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News Notes ASWMC business manager threatened by Steve Howery On July 30, Day Care workers and ASWMC members met in the President’s Conference Room to discuss, among other things, an alleged personal threat to ASWMC Business Manager Kent Richard Wright. Mike Riley, WMC’s legal advisor, told those present at the meeting that ‘Kent Wright and his step-children were threatened with allegations of harm from a phone caller who identified herself only as a ‘faithfull supporter’ of the Day Care’. The threat was reportedly made because the unidentified culprit, who Wright and his wife claim was a woman, believed the busi­ ness manager was attempting to close down the center. Members from both groups expressed their dismay about the threat; many feel that it should be viewed as the voice of one person and not a group action. Riley also stated that he and Wright would ‘make every effort to find the person or persons responsible’. Student Body President Bob Crumley presented an opening statement which blamed the friction between the two organi­ zations on ‘a lack of communication’. ‘The principle thrust of this meeting’, stated President Crumley ‘is to exchange in­ formation so that when we leave today we all have the same foundation of information to base our decisions on. Wright denied all accusations of an at- temp to close the center down. President Crumley then led the discussion toward areas of technical operation of the Day Care Center. Both the ASWMC Business Manager’s and the Day Care Advisor’s re­ sponsibilities were defined, as well as pur­ chasing procedures between the two organi­ zations. Amendments to the Day Care Consti­ tution and By-Laws were discussed and de- rcribed by both President Crumley and Riley. After the meeting, Wright was questioned as to whether or not he would pursue prosecu­ tion of the phone caller. He declined to com­ ment, but instead directed the question to Riley, his legal advisor. ‘Yes’, replied Riley. ‘A phone threat is a criminal act as well as an unnecessary one, and we intend to investigate and prosecute to the fullest’ WMC insurance policy raises four dollars Western Montana College’s insurance policy rate is projected to rise four dollars per semester for the 1985-86 school year, accord­ ing to Student Body President Bob Crumley. The student president stated that the in­ crease to $24 was necessary to keep the insurance company out of debt. He reported that the administration has originally sug­ gested a six-dollar hike, but a re-evaluation of figures proved that a four-dollar lift would be sufficient. President Crumley displayed his displeas­ ure with the current insurance system, stating that it seemed ‘fairly unstable without a lot of backing.’ He reported that one of the problems with the policy occurs in the summertime as stu­ dents may be charged double and perhaps triple the amount they are required. The presi­ dent stated that he was ‘annoyed that there was no formal system to check on double or triple charges during the separate summer school sessions.’ The president also explained that the $24 fee was imposed ‘with the understanding that next year students and administration will work on a new plan for future years.’ Three options were presented by the presi­ dent which would oppose the current system. The first option is one that requires the insurance committee to present a bid price to various insurance companies and attempt to find the most beneficial deal. The second plan suggested by President Crumley was to request certain insurance companies to present their policies to the insurance committee and let the school choose the appropriate program. The third option, and one favored most heavily by the student president, is a program that would ‘piggie-back with other college insurance policies’. ‘This type of plan,’ reported the president ‘would drop premium rates for both schools and would present a tested program for the students of WMC.’

The Summer Script (Dillon, Mont), 02 Aug. 1985, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheSummerScript/1985-08-02/ed-1/seq-6/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.