Washington Post – Teaching assistants at Amherst College were encouraged to sleep with and socialize with students to boost enrollment in the Spanish department, according to a lawsuit filed by a former faculty member.
Dimaris Barrios-Beltran, a former lecturer in the Spanish department at Amherst, claimed discrimination, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful termination in a lawsuit against Amherst and her former supervisor, Victoria Maillo. The suit describes her as becoming concerned soon after she was hired in 2012, which is when Barrios-Beltran claims Maillo told her she liked to find “pretty faces” online to hire as teaching assistants in order to attract more students to Spanish classes and spoke disparagingly about some students and Barrios-Beltran’s Puerto Rican accent.
Early in 2013, Barrios-Beltran’s teaching assistant called her in tears, according to the lawsuit, saying that Maillo was treating her like a prostitute. The teaching assistant claimed that Maillo was angry that she was dating a student at the University of Massachusetts and told her and other teaching assistants to go to parties with students and sleep with them to encourage them to take Spanish. Barrios-Beltran claims that in frustration, the teaching assistant asked Maillo if she wanted her to sleep with a different guy every night like another teaching assistant was doing, and the teaching assistant told Barrios-Beltran that Maillo responded, “that is what I brought you here for.”
Barrios-Beltran spoke with other teaching assistants in the department who confirmed this, according to the lawsuit: “These young T.A.s believed they were being asked to prostitute themselves in order to increase enrollment in the Spanish Department.”
It’s no surprise that in the pussified college atmosphere of the past half-decade Professor Maillo would catch so much heat for her actions here. People just can’t think outside the box anymore. It’s all by-the-book, to the letter of the law, and above all, totally PC. Who cares if enrollment in the Amherst Spanish program was declining? Who cares if kids were passing on Spanish classes for flashier, hotter languages like French and Chinese? You just buckle down, try your hardest and what will be will be. God forbid anyone take a little initiative and try to turn things around. God forbid someone push the limits to try and shake things up, maybe by encouraging all the hot ass lecturers standing around in the teacher’s lounge to get out there and fuck some students. No no no, can’t do that, that’s a lawsuit.
Remember, there’s a reason Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches in NFL history – being involved in every aspect of the organization from the top to the bottom. Professor Maillo doesn’t just teach verb conjugation – she works out strategies with her personnel (i.e.: banging and blowing potential students), pushes them, motivates them to be their best.
Ok, maybe the motivation was a little intense.
According to the lawsuit, after speaking with the teaching assistants Barrios-Beltran complained to the chair of the department the following day, and then Maillo’s behavior to her became “hostile and retaliatory.” She continued to complain about Maillo’s comments, which she found inappropriate, about Jewish people, Puerto Ricans and people with disabilities, and about some of the content Maillo chose for class, such as a radio program about how watching pornography would help your sex life.
…But hey. Whatever gets the job done.