Saturday, August 12, 2006

Motion to Quash Price Subpoena Filed

According to Iowa Courts Online, on August 4, 2006, a motion to quash (or dismiss) Jason Price's subpoena and to deny the University's application for a contempt ruling against the former UD student and former editor of this site was filed.

Rumor has it that Mr. Price's hearing was to be held last week. We have been unable to determine whether the quash motion was granted. In the near future we hope to obtain a copy of the new filing and find out what the results of the hearing were (if indeed the hearing took place).

PLEASE NOTE: This post has been updated. We previously reported, "...on August 4, 2006 Prof. Jeffries' attorney filed a motion to quash..." We have deleted this line because we realized that Mr. Price's lawyer may have filed the motion (rather than Prof. Jeffries'). We will investigate this matter further and report what we find.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case anyone remains unsure as to the priorities at the University of Dubuque, he/she need only look at the "Presidential Palace" being constructed on campus. The adornments of the building go far beyond what would be needed for a functional administrative center. Rumor has it that Jeff Bullock will have two offices, a dining room, and a private shower; while classrooms, perhaps included as an afterthought, are relegated to the bottom level and lack windows.

Considering the dramatic columns and terraces featured in this monument to vanity, one only wonders if President Bullock will be togate when in residence.

Saturday, August 12, 2006 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will someone please explain the strategy of this to me? I never understood UD's worry about this blog and now I am lost about Jeffries thinking stopping the subpenia. WHy does Jeffries care if UD reads private mail? UD looks stupid and even the TH may have to print an article someday.

Sunday, August 13, 2006 7:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not knowing Jason Price personally, I still want to share what a member of a Dubuque church told me. Jason, who provided pulpit supply, has faced serious challenges in completing his education. Perhaps Paul Jeffries worked with Jason and does not want him to bear the brunt of the UD juggernaut.

Sunday, August 13, 2006 9:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Clark Kauffman said...

My name is Clark Kauffman, and I'm a reporter at the Des Moines Register.

I'd like to speak to someone with the faculty, or the student government association, or the larger student body regarding the subpoena issued to a former student for communications with various other students, faculty members, the IRS and Iowa newspapers.

I understand some students and faculty are opposed to the university's actions, whle others are supportive. I'm interested in both perspectives.

If any of you would like to share your thoughts on the matter, please give me a call at 515-284-8233 (daytime at work) or 515-274-4659 (evenings at home). Or you can e-mail me at

Clark Kauffman
Des Moines Register
(515) 284-8233

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the article today and it sounds like no faculty are willing to risk their jobs.

I would try furthure down the list, Ann Pelelo is now at Clarke College in Dubuque and Mr. Price is now at Harvard University

Friday, September 01, 2006 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also try the students as some of them might be more willing to talk. I think the editor of the student newspaper, the Belltower, might be willing to talk too. Does anyone know who he or she is?

Friday, September 01, 2006 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's Des Moines Reg. article says:

The university's lawyer, David
Hammer, said the subpoena is in response to what has been posted on the blog.

"There is a very bad blog being run here," he said. "There have been personal attacks on many people, including attorneys. ... If this thing wasn't so vicious, I would have a different view of it."

Coming from Des Moines this morning and reading the paper in the car I am looking at the blog for the first time, where is the "vicious" attacks? Has this lawyer ever looked around on the internet? I suggest he go to the OFFICIAL webpage of the University of Iowa's athletic department. Look the the comments in today's Des Moines Register! This Blog is one of the better and clearer places I have ever found.

West Des Moines Resident

Friday, September 01, 2006 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's perfectly standard in any number of legal settings to request information that legal counsel deems to be important," Hammer said. "There's a way to make all of this go away, and that's for Professor Jeffries to withdraw the lawsuit."

would that be "the virtues of truthfulness, fairness, honesty and the Golden Rule." ??

Friday, September 01, 2006 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The quote from the university's lawyer Hammer above suggests that the university's main purpose in this subpoena of a student is to get Jeffries to drop his suit. So they harass students as a way to intimate a former professor. What's next?

An observer

Friday, September 01, 2006 8:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "there is a way to make this go away" comment speaks volumes about the UD administration's regard (or lack thereof) for students. Apparently they are simply pawns in a chess match or perhaps more accurately hostages in a standoff. Having failed in the use of their continuing obstructionist legal tactics to cause Jeffries to relent in his lawsuit, they have chosen to harass a student by abusing subpoenas and then blaming Jeffries for their own despicable tactics.

What really bothers UD admin about this blog (and explains their irrational obsession with it) is that it has shined a light into some places that have carefully been kept hidden because they do not bear scrutiny well (such as Bullock's salary).

Friday, September 01, 2006 9:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those interested in the relationship between academic freedom and Freedom of Speech should attend the Iowa Conference Fall Meeting of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) on October 14 at Loras College in Dubuque. Speaking will Dr. Roger Bowen, the National Executive Secretary of the AAUP.

Saturday, September 02, 2006 7:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading through the newspaper flyer on an upcoming college fair, I couldn't help comparing UD's ad to those of respectable scools such as Luther, Central, and Clarke.

How many other colleges join UD in having no serious admissions standards and no input from faculty on admissions decisions? If it were not for a couple of good major programs, the student turnover at UD would be extremely high!

Monday, September 11, 2006 4:02:00 PM  

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