ED Magedson – Founder
Dr. Gary Wilcox1 University Station Austin, Texas United States of America
This report is meant for educational and informative purposes only. It is also meant to describe the opinions and judgments on my experiences with Dr. Wilcox and the Advertising Department at University of Texas at Austin (which he represents as past Chairman of the board, current adviser, and professor). This is also in exercise of my first amendment rights of freedom of speech. You may report any further complaints against the department of advertising at UT at Austin to ripoffreport.com.
My experience occurred over a year ago. The experience was non-educational and very disturbing to say the least. As a minority and a student I do believe I was discriminated against (given unfair, unethical, and abusive treatment). The first problem is that Dr. Wilcox accepted me into his advertising program when my math test scores were deficient and not acceptable for his program. I am bewildered by his unethical decision. I believe Dr. Wilcox just wanted to play harmful and damaging political games (typical of bigots in power) and wanted to show that he really does care about diversity by accepting a minority into the program which I believe to be a complete facade (bigotry hidden behind politically correct behaviors, or a wolf in sheep's clothing). I was lead to believe that my poor math scores would not be a problem, considering I applied for advertising, not for an accounting program. When I first met with the coordinator and scantily clothed peer adviser that work closely with Dr. Wilcox they were very unhelpful (snarky and scowling) and they tried to persuade me to not get a degree there and that a degree there did not matter (that is more evidence of discrimination). They also wanted to know how stressed out I was about my move to the city of Austin, considering I moved there from a distant city. They arrogantly cross examined me (the coordinator shouted at me "Why are you even here?") and treated me like a third class citizen by telling me I didn't have to be there and constantly questioned me to see if I was stressed out about the move. During my first semester they blocked my phone calls and refused to reply to my emails. In the hall if the peer adviser passed by she would scowl at me or look at me in utter disgust. One of the first mandatory classes I had to take upon my arrival was with The Chair of the department (Borderline personality disordered "Dictator") whom taught "advertising management" but the class was really about upper level finance and accounting, and how finance and accounting technique apply to advertising. That is trickery, deception, bait and switch advertising, and discrimination. The peer adviser, coordinator, and the syllabus previously informed me that the class would only have some basic math.
The second problem occurred before I attended the program. A doctorate level student in the advertising program sent me an email stating that The Chair runs the department like a dictatorship and is unpopular, he also mentioned that the program needed improvements. I kept that email as evidence to prove the bizarre and detrimental politics that were rampant in the program at the time that I was there.
The third problem is that the so-called academic program is run with a statist-Machiavellian type management system (this management style seems prevalent at The University of Texas at Austin), group think, statism, and spying through the behavior concerns hotline and through informants are rampant. You can generate bad rumors about anyone if they showed up late to class through that hotline or through university informants. Spying and reporting any activity was encouraged and embraced when Stalin was dictator of The Soviet Union. I believe the university also use sell out token minorities (for window dressings/facade/show) and use other student workers as informants and for the purpose of mobbing. (Westhues 2005). They also use token minorities to show that the university is truly sensitive to diversity but it is only a destructive facade that perpetuates problems and oppression. I am shocked that this university has adopted that system. They are truly disgusting and low class.
The organization, advisers, The Chair, the professors, peer adviser, coordinator, token minorities, and sell-out students (wimps and sheep) try to destroy any independent thought, individualism, and actively encourage group think. One of their methods to accomplish their Stalinism type goals is through "mobbing" (Davenport, Schwartz, and Elliott, 1999.) The goals of mobbing are to "force someone to adapt to a group norm, revel in animosity, gain pleasure out of boredom, and to reinforce prejudices." (Davenport, Schwartz, and Elliott, 1999, 58-59). Mobbing behaviors can include "No help, promises are made and not kept, no eye contact is made with you, contact is minimized or avoided with you, you are ignored, gestures that signal humiliation, talking behind your back, communication via email that should be discussed face-to-face, having your work checked by someone unqualified to do so, policies changed or not followed, mixed messages, you are made to look inconsistent, you are set up, those supportive of you are discredited, an environment of paranoia is created, giving you tasks that you have not been adequately prepared to assume, and attacks on your private life"(Davenport, Schwartz, and Elliott, 1999, 46-47). Mobbing can be argued as a form of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, workplace/academic hostility, and conspiracy against rights (2007 Federal Law). Im shocked that the university doesnt have a policy against mobbing. I doubt they would enforce it, even if there was a policy. They seem to use every trick in the book to further their statist type goals. The root of this problem starts with Dr. Powers (The President), Dr. Lilly (The Dean of Students), and other deans that are involved with furthering fascist collectivism and mobbing. Team-work and community is great but statism and Stalinism influenced management and group culture are very counter-productive, especially in the field of academics where you should be able to hold fair discussions and not learn in continuous fear.
The fourth problem are the snide professors that said brusquely that "if you don't like the way they do things then you can just leave" and "if you wanted to attend a program with a good reputation you would have attended the accounting program at the McCombs School of Business."
The fifth problem is that I saw on an intermittent basis the incompetence, rudeness (snarky and flippant behaviors), group think, lies, brainwashing, and hostility that the advertising program actively encouraged and facilitated when I was there. They also covered up and protected their reputation once problems were reported; also they provide overly pleasant lip service (Dr. Wilcoxs website and his Newsweek article prove that he is a good fundraiser for the program, , goes above and beyond in recruiting minorities, and in helping a certain female student). If some of this is true then it points more to favoritism, preferential treatment, and superficiality. When I informed Dr. Wilcox about my perceptions of discrimination and how it was a problem for me, he was then supposed to follow company policy which is to report it to officials so that I may receive due process (as an individual in the protected minority group) and appropriate customer service in resolving my complaint. That never happened. The advertising program provides cheerful group photos on their website to make it seem as if they are personable and do excellent academic work. At the end of the day you either feel that you are to blame or that the problems never happen there in their program. This is mostly due to students and staff, at the University of Texas at Austin who defend and protect their ruthless, bigoted, and inactive superiors. Looking back on the destructive situation, Id like all of my tuition money back; however, I believe that will never happen.
If you want to learn about the bag of Machiavellian, and statist tricks (Stalinism) that The Advertising Department at University of Texas at Austin utilized when I was there then read all of these books: Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the workplace (1999), In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and dealing with manipulative people (1996), Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited (2001), Brainwashing: The science of thought control (2006), People of the Lie (1998) Living with the passive aggressive man (1993), The Gaslight Effect (2007), and Political Ponerology (2007). Don't forget to read up on Stalin and learn how he used trickery to convince his people that he was a fair, honest, and loving dictator. Also read up on the very good philosophy of Ayn Rand (1905-1982).
The Roots of War,
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 36.
"The degree of statism in a countrys political system, is the degree to which it breaks up the country into rival gangs and sets men against one another. When individual rights are abrogated, there is no way to determine who is entitled to what; there is no way to determine the justice of anyones claims, desires, or interests. The criterion, therefore, reverts to the tribal concept of: ones wishes are limited only by the power of ones gang." - Ayn Rand
The Roots of War,
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 36.
"The basic principle and the ultimate results of all statist doctrines are the same: dictatorship and destruction. The rest is only a matter of time." - Ayn Rand
Americas Persecuted Minority: Big Business,
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 47.
Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/statism.html
Davenport, Noa, Schwartz, Ruth, andElliott, Gail. Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace. 1999.
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