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Ron Southwick's behavior is in opposition to the fundamental tenants of the martial arts

Ron Southwick teaches Tae Kwon Do at Michigan State University. His position as an instructor is unclear. He teaches a credit earning class during the day and an informal class that meets three evenings each week. There is a martial arts instructor over him, though he is reluctant to inform anyone who that is. Even though Ron Southwick has some positive qualities, he is an instructor to be avoided at all costs. His positive qualities are his competence as a martial artist, his ability to lead a class, and his popularity among some students. Despite this, he is immature and intense in his interpersonal interactions. He fosters clicks in which some students become a part of the in-group. He scapegoats others by mocking them or saying negative things about them, sometimes when they are within hearing distance. Ron Southwick socializes with students outside class who are in their early twenties. He arranges weekend outings in which they wear their MSU Tae Kwon Do jackets and go to bars looking for fights. In class, Ron Southwick is violent with students he doesn't like, and will physically hurt them when sparring. He arranges these situations in advance, making sure his buddies will come to his aide if he starts to lose. It goes without saying that Ron Southwick's behavior is in opposition to the fundamental tenants of martial arts, which is to use one's ability for self-defense. Ron Southwick's behavior is inexcusable and is unfortunate for a person of his talent.
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#1295512

This review is too nice. Ron Southwick disgraces the martial arts.

#1100007

He is also a thief and a liar. He should be fired.

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#564071 Review #564071 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
East Lansing, Michigan
Cons
  • Violent unprofessional behavior
Reason of review
Poor customer service
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Victor Whiteman - Impressive ride of the valkyries

Victor Whiteman is a legend in the Michigan State University School of Social Work. His hard work keeps him below the radar screen, but the products of his efforts bring him acclaim. I especially recommend him for Social Welfare Policy and Services. This is an important area of social work that Victor Whiteman makes come to life in the classroom. Victor Whiteman's class has panache, substance, and a connectivity that is unrivaled in its authenticity. He helps one see great things about the vitality of the human connection, and how social work, even at a level of policy implementation, is part of a social worker's orientation. His focus on current affairs makes this a class of its time. It's refreshing how the class moves cleverly along, informing us while maintaining command of current social work as it pertains to local and federal government issues. Victor Whiteman truly captures contemporary social work and his class is as grown-up, smart, and savvy as anyone could hope for. Victor Whiteman uses a variety of techniques that pump life into the classroom. His discussion strategies and teaching techniques connect and draw the student in, making each class an essential experience that should not be missed. The subject matter is presented with a clear matter-of-fact delivery, a good sense of humor, and thought-provoking material that unfolds in delightfully unexpected ways. Each lesson builds on the previous week's material. Victor Whiteman has a pleasant, gentlemanly manner that gives him a certain likability. He puts students at ease with his helpfulness and manner, but don't let your guard down. There's substance underneath his gentle exterior, and he expects students to be their best. He's an impressive intellect who's done his time in the field, being a foot soldier in the movement, and having a hand in some of social work's greatest moments. Victor Whiteman is worldly, experienced, and uses interesting stories from those real-life experiences. A major strength is how real everything feels. He forges a mastery of detail, composition, and psychological insight into a masterpiece. There's nothing sappy here; no liberal hand-wringing and quasi-political subtext. It's just a believable edge of instruction with a pulse and a brain, an involving class with both eyes on the truth
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#362439 Review #362439 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Livonia, Michigan
Loss
$20000
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Victor Whiteman - Impressive Ride of the Valkyries

Victor Whiteman is a legend in the Michigan State University School of Social Work. His hard work keeps him below the radar screen, but the products of his efforts bring him acclaim. I especially recommend him for Social Welfare Policy and Services. This is an important area of social work that Victor Whiteman makes come to life in the classroom. Victor Whiteman's class has panache, substance, and a connectivity that is unrivaled in its authenticity. He helps one see great things about the vitality of the human connection, and how social work, even at a level of policy implementation, is part of a social worker's orientation. His focus on current affairs makes this a class of its time. It's refreshing how the class moves cleverly along, informing us while maintaining command of current social work as it pertains to local and federal government issues. Victor Whiteman truly captures contemporary social work and his class is as grown-up, smart, and savvy as anyone could hope for. Victor Whiteman uses a variety of techniques that pump life into the classroom. His discussion strategies and teaching techniques connect and draw the student in, making each class an essential experience that should not be missed. The subject matter is presented with a clear matter-of-fact delivery, a good sense of humor, and thought-provoking material that unfolds in delightfully unexpected ways. Each lesson builds on the previous week's material. Victor Whiteman has a pleasant, gentlemanly manner that gives him a certain likability. He puts students at ease with his helpfulness and manner, but don't let your guard down. There's substance underneath his gentle exterior, and he expects students to be their best. He's an impressive intellect who's done his time in the field, being a foot soldier in the movement, and having a hand in some of social work's greatest moments. Victor Whiteman is worldly, experienced, and uses interesting stories from those real-life experiences. A major strength is how real everything feels. He forges a mastery of detail, composition, and psychological insight into a masterpiece. There's nothing sappy here; no liberal hand-wringing and quasi-political subtext. It's just a believable edge of instruction with a pulse and a brain, an involving class with both eyes on the truth.
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#354132 Review #354132 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Loss
$25000

Julie Navarre - egregious practicum advisor at Michigan State University

Julie Navarre is your quintessential academic *** ***. Her face beams when she makes negative comments about men in class. She uses her role as a professor and as a practicum coordinator to promote hate. She harms students with indiscretions such as treating students like dirt turning things into a personality conflict. She forsakes judgment and professionalism to play favorites and pursue personal grudges. She fits nicely among collegues who engage in similar behavior. Julie Navarre tries to make man-hating acceptable by displaying anti-male literature and propaganda in her office, and engaging in attacks on men in casual conversation.
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#269354 Review #269354 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Livonia, Michigan

Ellen Whipple - Empty-headed bubble of estrogen

Allowing Ellen Whipple to teach must have been someone's idea of a perverse joke. If her class had a second title it would be hurl harbor. It's that bad. She's an empty-headed bubble of estrogen that explodes on her class like acid, potentially scarring them for the duration of their lives. Her bold faced statements would garner unintentional laughs if students weren't afraid of retaliation. Her lectures are a vehicle for spewing her anti-male invective. She is an academic fascist and is unabashedly anti-family. Rarely do her manifestos have an intelligent viewpoint. Mostly, it's male bashing for male bashing's sake. One of her saddest moments is when she chastises mothers who discipline their children in public, emboldening some mothers to challenge her. How can a professor who has never been a mother be so critical? What's most enlightening is this: you'll never see a better example of a professor's contempt for students. Students who politely ask questions are given such a rebuff that others stare in wide-eyed astonishment. Ellen Whipple has an aristocratic coldness and aloofness that is unforgettable. She wears expensive clothes and carries herself like royalty, showing the most humanity when she's being negative. She scrunches up her face and makes negative statements, making feminist tirades and casting a pall of gloom. She plays favorites and grades unfairly.
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#269352 Review #269352 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Livonia, Michigan

Ellen Whipple - An Academic Fist to the Groin

Allowing Ellen Whipple to teach must have been someone's idea of a perverse joke. If her class had a second title it would be hurl harbor. It's that bad. She's an empty-headed bubble of estrogen that explodes on her class like acid, potentially scarring them for the duration of their lives. Her bold faced statements would garner unintentional laughs if students weren't afraid of retaliation. Her lectures are a vehicle for spewing her anti-male invective. She is an academic fascist and is unabashedly anti-family. Rarely do her manifestos have an intelligent viewpoint. Mostly, it's male bashing for male bashing's sake. One of her saddest moments is when she chastises mothers who discipline their children in public, emboldening some mothers to challenge her. How can a professor who has never been a mother be so critical? What's most enlightening is this: you'll never see a better example of a professor's contempt for students. Students who politely ask questions are given such a rebuff that others stare in wide-eyed astonishment. Ellen Whipple has an aristocratic coldness and aloofness that is unforgettable. She wears expensive clothes and carries herself like royalty, showing the most humanity when she's being negative. She scrunches up her face and makes negative statements, making feminist tirades and casting a pall of gloom. She plays favorites and grades unfairly.
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#265977 Review #265977 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Loss
$1000

Michigan State University Professors Jo Ann P. McFall and Julie Navarre

Jo Ann P. McFall and Julie Navarre are your MSU School of Social Work "Rocky and Bullwinkle" Field Liason Team. Jo Ann McFall is your short, *** Field Liason *** and Julie Navarre is her tall, dumb, aide-de-camp. Together, they are part of one of the most corrupt, unconscionable, and unethical administrations in higher education history. Understanding how these two think may be the closest one gets to seeing evil in its purest form. Jo Ann McFall and Julie Navarre torpedo students' chances of success by engaging in personal attacks that undermine the agencies confidence in them. They act with unmitigated arrogance towards the students they are supposed to help. A student who brings something to Jo Ann McFall's attention will experience a lashing out so intense it's startling. Julie Navarre will stand beside Jo Ann McFall and stare directly at the student, nodding her head in agreement. Minorities are the most likely to incur their wrath. Minorities are placed in practicums in which co-workers and supervisors are hostile to them because of their minority status. This is in addition to the numerous ways in which minorities experience wrong-doing and unfair treatment in this program.
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#1443171

The way Jo Ann McFall manages practicums is appalling and disturbing.

#1439805

My experience exactly. Don't believe Jo Ann McFall when she says you can't succeed as a social worker. She has no idea what she's talking about.

#349624

Big words don't make you right nor do you state any proof other than inflamatory remarks. You sound veeeeeery bitter :p

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#263215 Review #263215 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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