Duck softball stadium gets 32 foot long jumbotron

You can’t make this shit up:

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The cost of this bloated project has gone from $8M to $16M. While the donor has apparently paid for all the construction, this is UO land that will now be off limits for academic use for a long, long time. At a very rough guess, it’s worth $10M. How much did AD Rob Mullens pay the academic side for it? $0.

And with a jumbotron like that, coach Mike White starts thinking he deserves big money too. $1.425M, to be exact. The RG story on this is here:

Softball ticket revenue is about $10K a year. Before the new raises for the coaches, costs were about $1.4M. The losses are covered from football profits. Why does the Duck Athletics Department get to spend those profits however they like? I don’t know. Back in 2004 the university took a serious look at athletics spending, and concluded that football profits should soon allow athletics to start contributing to the academic side. With deals like this, that will never happen.

Speaking of money losing sports, basketball fans are not exactly flocking to see Dana Altman’s team play in the country’s most expensive college basketball arena:

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BBC digs into Lananna emails, finds link to Nike and 2021 IAAF

11/24/2015: The Guardian points out how lucrative Coe’s connection to Nike was:

The role is believed to pay around £100,000 a year but is also thought to be linked to a complex multimillion-pound earn out deal that Coe signed when CSM, the Chime sports marketing arm he chairs, was sold to Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP and private equity firm Providence with the rest of the company this year in a deal worth £374m.

Now also getting some attention on twitter, here. The IAAF is spending some big bucks on crisis management consultants. The WSJ’s angle on how well they’re doing is here. One new strategy is to have the IAAF do a “prebuttal” of stories, by posting the questions they get from reporters, and their answers, on their own website before the story comes out. All in the interest of transparency, of course. The IAAF FAQ for this latest expose is here.

The scoop by Mark Daly & Calum McKay for the BBC, here:

IAAF president Lord Coe is facing conflict of interest allegations after emails emerged suggesting he lobbied his predecessor over the hosting of the 2021 World Championships.

…  Other emails seen by the BBC reveal that Lananna made at least one trip to Europe to visit Diack a few weeks after this email was written.

And by 15 April 2015, Track Town USA’s campaign had paid off.

“We got 24 hours’ notice of this vote and it was made clear to us what Lamine wanted – he wanted Eugene to get these championships,” an IAAF council member told the BBC. The decision was announced on 16 April.

‘It smells and needs investigating’

Then’s there’s the classic “don’t use my work email for this!”, which Lananna sent from, yes, his work email:

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11/21/2021: IAAF to take back decision to give Eugene 2021 championships?

Former IAAF Pres Lamine Diack is out on bail. In two weeks current IAAF President Sebastian Coe has to testify at a Parliament committee hearing about the $1M Russian drug deal, about Nike / IAAF money going astray in Kenya, and about the decision to give Eugene the 2021 Track Championships.

The Swedes seem to think the decision to give the games to Eugene was corrupt, and are asking the French police to investigate. Corruption in big-time sports? Shocking.

The weird thing from a U.S. perspective is that all these side payments (except for the drug testing deal) and much, much crazier stuff – as in keep all the money for the coaches and athletic directors and Mark Emmert and Larry Scott while paying the athletes $0 – would have been totally legal, and mostly tax-deductible, under the institutionalized corruption that is the NCAA.

Meanwhile the Times (London) is on the story, and seems to have obtained some interesting emails from Vin Lananna and others. The complete story is behind a paywall here, I’m posting a few extracts:

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Really? So who guaranteed Paul Weinhold’s promise to use the full faith and credit of the UO Foundation’s $1B in assets, which by state law are supposed to be used for UO, to support the Track Town bid? Not John Kitzhaber or Kate Brown. Video here:

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Maybe it was Kitty Piercy?

Vote in faculty by-election for PTRAC and FPC by tomorrow

I think only statutory faculty can vote. Do so by logging into Duckweb. Voting closes Tuesday, presumably at 5 PM.

While you’re there, check your Nov. earnings statement to make sure you’re getting your goat money:

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Go Union!

Dear University of Oregon Faculty,

Due to an incomplete ballot in the spring 2015 elections cycle and a recent retirement — which together have created vacancies on two vital university committees having to do with faculty promotion, tenure, and retention — the University Senate has decided to hold a special election to fill these two very important seats on the Promotion-Tenure-Retention Appeals Committee (PTRAC) and the Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC). Candidates have been identified through inquiries sent out to deans, department heads and those with the requisite experience required.

To vote, please log in to Duckweb with your UO ID and PAC number. You will see elections as a menu item in the main menu. You will have one full week to cast your ballots. The election will run from Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.


Promotion-Tenure-Retention Appeals Committee (1 vacancy):
(Candidate must come from the College of Arts & Sciences and have prior FPC experience:

Carol Silverman, Anthropology
Nicholas Proudfoot, Math
Mary Jaeger, Classics
Henry Wonham, English

Faculty Personnel Committee (1 vacancy):
(Candidate must be from Journalism per committee membership rules:
Peter Laufer, Journalism
John Russial, Journalism

Rename Judge Deady Hall for Minoru Yasui?

11/23/2015: Mark Baker of the RG on Minoru Yasui’s Medal of Freedom:

… The key date in Minoru Yasui’s life was March 28, 1942. It came 111 days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Yasui spent hours on Portland’s streets that night, violating the first stipulation of Executive Order 9066, a curfew that forbid those of Japanese ancestry from being anywhere outside a five-mile radius of their homes at any time, or outside at all between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Then a 25-year-old attorney, he could not persuade the one officer he encountered to arrest him and so instead turned himself in at the Police Department and spent two nights in jail.

He would be housed that summer of ’42 at the Portland Assembly Center, once a livestock pavilion, with 3,000 other Japanese-Americans, before being sent to an Idaho internment camp.

He was returned to Portland in November, where a U.S. District Court judge ruled that his curfew violation was unconstitutional, according to his life history on the tribute project website. But in a bizarre twist, the judge ruled that since Yasui had worked for the Japanese Consulate in Chicago in 1940-41, he had effectively renounced his U.S. citizenship and thus disobeyed a lawful regulation governing enemy aliens.

He was sentenced to a year in jail and fined $5,000.

In 1943, the U.S. Supreme Court heard his case and reversed the lower court on both counts, saying the curfew violation applied to U.S. citizens due to “wartime necessity” but that Yasui’s work for the Japanese Consulate did not abolish his U.S. citizenship.

He would spend the rest of his life appealing the conviction. …


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Deady Hall was the first building on the UO campus, completed in 1876. Originally just called “the building”, in 1893 it was named after Judge Matthew Deady, the first president of the UO Board, and the man who put the notorious black exclusion language in Oregon’s first constitution.

The obvious alternative candidate is Minoru Yasui, a UO Law grad and posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. More on this amazing man here.

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UO Law Professor Ralph Mooney has an excellent history of the evolution of Judge Deady’s racist views and legal decisions, here. It’s not as simple as it seems. By the 1890’s, as a federal judge, he was a strong defender of the rights of Chinese immigrants. Read it all, here:

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Comments welcome.

CNN reports on UO retaliation, will air Hunting Ground despite libel threat

Back in the day, Dave Frohnmayer could make sure that even the local press wouldn’t cover stories about UO’s retaliation against its employees. For example, Joe Wade’s discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, which forced Frohnmayer and John Moseley to pay $500K and create what is now UO’s VP for Equity and Inclusion. I think that got one brief mention in the ODE.

Those bad days are gone. The RG and Oregonian cover everything. UO’s (alleged) retaliation against Archivist James Fox also made the national higher-ed press, as did the UOPD’s retaliation against James Cleavenger. And now CNN has a thorough report on the retaliation lawsuit brought by the UO whistleblowers who went public in the RG about Doug Park’s seizure of Jane Doe’s counseling records, here. A snippet:

Jennifer Morlok landed her dream job on the very campus where she earned two degrees. She was both a proud alumnae of the University of Oregon and a senior staff therapist and case manager at the university counseling center.

But when the school became embroiled in a scandal involving sexual assault allegations against three basketball players, Morlok found herself caught between a student client and the university she loved and served.

It was not easy, but her choice was clear.

She stood up for Jane Doe. …

And CNN will air “The Hunting Ground” today, Sunday, November 22, at 8 p.m. ET. CNN calls it “The groundbreaking documentary about sexual assault on American college campuses”.  The lawyer for Jameis Winston calls it libel. The NYT reports CNN is broadcasting it anyway:

The documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” features an interview with Erica Kinsman, who accused Mr. Winston of sexually assaulting her when he was a quarterback at Florida State University. The movie, directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, had its premiere at Sundance in January.

The movie received some positive reviews but was the subject of withering criticism last week from professors at Harvard Law School who argued the movie’s treatment of a rape case at Harvard was deeply flawed.

An attorney for Mr. Winston urged CNN not to run the documentary, saying that the movie “falsely and maliciously” attacks his client, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and threatened to sue CNN if it showed the film. Mr. Winston’s case was investigated by the Tallahassee police and Florida State, and he was not charged.

Sounds like Mr. Winston should have hired HLGR attorney William F. Gary, who has years of experience sending out threatening defamation take-down letters.

Remember the Hat Day: November 21, 2015

Break out your hats and mark the day. On November 21st 2011, three four years and four five UO presidents ago, OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Board Chair Matt Donegan came down to UO with their ultimatum and told Lariviere to resign, for trying to implement his plan to bring faculty pay to the AAU averages, and trying to set up an independent UO Board. Lariviere refused to leave, so they fired him, on instructions from Governor Kitzhaber. Nigel Jaquiss broke the news on the 22nd. Four years later, where are the principals in this sad event?

UO President Richard Lariviere: Now president of Chicago’s Field Museum, and apparently well on his way to completing a turnaround of that troubled institution.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber: Resigned after getting caught trying to destroy his email archives, and under federal investigation for alleged political corruption.

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OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner: Still living at Treetops and using Oregon students’ tuition money to pay for his kids’ maid service. Just kidding, the croissant chancellor is now pulling down +$300K as president of SHEEO, a little known non-profit higher ed policy group in Colorado.

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OUS Board Chair Matt Donegan: After a very nasty divorce he sold his timber business, then sent out some feelers on restarting his political career. The response was not good, and he’s dropped out of public life to work on counting his money.

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(Bridget Burns and Chuck Triplett at the 2011 Mac Court meeting.)

OUS Board Secretary Chuck Triplett: Triplett’s role in setting up the secret discussions that led to the board’s decision to fire Lariviere may never be fully known, unless I can get my hands on the OUS digital email archives. Meanwhile he has parlayed his $72K job for Pernsteiner into a $130K job for UO, and then a promotion from Scott Coltrane. All without an affirmative action compliant search.

Pernsteiner’s Chief of Staff Bridget Burns: She and Triplett were quite the team. After OUS collapsed she set up a consulting business, which just got a $9.8M grant from the DoE. According to her website,

… she led the successful legislative effort to free Oregon’€™s seven universities from state agency status, for which she received the national award for innovation in government relations from colleagues spanning the national higher education landscape at AASCU, APLU, AACC, and CASE.

Wow, and to think Mark Haas and Mike Gottfredson have been claiming all the credit for SB 270.

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UO Senate President Rob Kyr: “Mr. Pernsteiner, answer the question as a human being would answer it.” Kyr is back at his regular job, composing and teaching.

Black Student Task Force releases list of demands for administration

Diane Dietz reports on Pres Schill’s campus conversation here, and Miles Trinidad has the story on the demands in the Daily Emerald, here:

… “Some of these requests will be easier to achieve than others, but I believe we can make good progress in the coming weeks and months on most, if not all, of those requests,” Schill said. …

Here is the complete list of demands:

  1. Change the names of all of the KKK-related buildings on campus.
  2. Create an African-American Opportunities program that is comparable, in scope and impact, to the Opportunities program for the Latino student population and community.
  3. Commit to creating a Funding Resource and Scholarship initiative that is designed exclusively to support and meet the unique needs of students that identify as Black/African American.
  4. Commit to having Ethnic Studies 101 as a graduation requirement.
  5. Commit to creating an Academic Residential Community (ARC) that will feature African-American history/Oregon Black Diaspora.
  6. Commit to hiring an African-American advisor/retention specialist as well as Black faculty across all academic disciplines, especially major UO departments such as Architecture, Business, Education, Math, and Science departments.
  7. Create a substantial endowment fund and support system to fund and open a Black Cultural Center.
  8. Commit to creating a Black Student Leadership Task Force.
  9. Commit to conducting seminars and workshops by bringing in a black faculty from a peer institution who specializes in Black history and contemporary black issues.
  10. Commit to creating a Student Advisory Board for The Office of Equity & Inclusion and Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE).
  11. A commitment to immediate change of Fraternity & Sorority Life Baseline Standards for University recognition.
  12. Commit to immediately keeping and publishing data on efforts to increase Black student acceptance, retention, and safety.

Adidas takes on Nike in bid for Eugene School District sports gear

 Nike’s no bid contract with UO is pretty stingy (except of course for the annual $30K clothing allowance for JH insiders). The Eugene public schools drive a tougher bargain. Alisha Roemeling in the RG:

Apparel giants Nike and adidas have found a new arena in which to compete: for the uniforms of high school student athletes in the Eugene School District.

At a Eugene School Board meeting on Wednesday, school district officials announced that adidas has submitted a sponsorship offer and will be competing with Nike for an ­exclusive-rights sports apparel deal for varsity high school athletes.

The two companies’ basic proposals are ­similar, each offering to provide the school ­district with up to $300,000 in product rebates for school uniforms and equipment over the next five years. In ­exchange, varsity athletes at the district’s four high schools would wear the selected company’s uniforms.

But there are also some differences, or sweeteners. Adidas, for example, said it will offer $250 to any of the four schools that wins a league title in an Oregon School Activities Association-sanctioned sport during the life of the agreement. Adidas also offers to kick in $500 to any high school with a team that wins a state title during that time.

The Duck deal?

From Matthew Kish in the Portland Business Journal:

Which football championship team has the worst Nike contract? The Ducks.

Here’s a breakdown of Nike’s [athletic apparel] deal with each university in the playoffs. The terms cover the 2014-15 academic year [reordered in descending order of cash payment]:

– Ohio State: $2.5 million in equipment and apparel and nearly $1.5 million in cash. The university also gets $150,000 in discretionary apparel, typically for athletic department personnel.

– Florida State: $3 million in equipment and apparel and $1.4 million in cash.

– Alabama: $2.8 million in equipment and apparel, $780,000 in cash.

– Oregon: $2.2 million in equipment and apparel and $600,000 in cash. The university also gets $185,000 in discretionary apparel, typically for athletic department personnel.

But hey, we’re #1 in “discretionary apparel”!

From what I can tell from Dave Hubin’s redacted public records, $30K of that goes to our colleagues in Johnson Hall, presumably including some who signed off on the contract. So they’ll be looking good on their Jan 1 Rose Bowl junkets.

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More here.

Ombud Bruce McAllister to leave UO

Looks interesting:

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Update: It’s so: Ombud Bruce MacAllister to leave UO

An anonymous fan of the blog sends this:

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015 at 4:34 PM
To: Senior Leadership Team <
Subject: personnel announcement

Sent on behalf of Greg Stripp

Dear Colleagues,

I want to let you know about a departure from the university family. Ombudsperson Bruce MacAllister has decided to leave the university so that he can return to his home in Santa Fe, NM, to pursue ongoing consulting commitments. His last day will be November 30. We will communicate interim plans soon, as we assess program needs and plan for a new recruitment.

We are deeply grateful to Bruce for launching the University of Oregon’s ombuds office, which is an independent and neutral problem-solving resource for students, faculty and staff. Prior to joining UO, Bruce helped design and implement a number of ombuds programs, including the ombuds office for the University of California at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

We’re sorry to see Bruce go, and we wish him the very best of luck.

Greg Stripp

11/19/15: Ombud Bruce MacAllister to leave UO?

That’s the rumor from the faculty breakfast club. Here’s hoping it’s not true. MacAllister has done an amazing job. Before he came 2 years ago I had no idea what an ombud did, now I have no idea how UO can function without one. Their website is here.

UO’s Steve Mital gets transparent about EWEB costs

Mital is the Director of UO’s Office of Sustainability, and ran the famous 2013 Urban Farm survey – the last publicly released data about why students come to UO.

He’s also the President of the Eugene Water and Electric Board. And he’s practicing transparency there too. Christian Wihtol has the story in the RG, here:

The Eugene Water & Electric Board made a “mistake” when it signed a long-term contract to buy power from the Seneca wood-burning electricity plant north of Eugene, and the utility has tried, unsuccessfully, to get out of the contract, EWEB’s president said Wednesday.

However, the utility has been unable to find a way out and is “stuck with” the “controversial” contract, said EWEB President Steve Mital in comments he posted on in a discussion with readers about EWEB’s expenses and its proposed electricity rate increase.

Signing the contract “was a mistake,” Mital wrote. “Management has looked into legal off-ramps. None can be found. We are stuck with it. I’d like to think that I would have voted against it had I been on the board … But that’s a bit of a cheap shot. It may have seemed like a good bet at the time.”

It is the sharpest public criticism an EWEB official has leveled against the secret contract that EWEB signed in 2010 to buy the Seneca plant’s power for 15 years.

In his comments, Mital also praised The Register-Guard for trying to force EWEB to disclose the utility’s contract with Seneca. …

Here’s hoping this guy’s political ambitions go beyond EWEB, because state government sure needs people like this.

Gambling, guns, and an acid-test for UO’s free speech policy

Everyone favors free speech they agree with. The acid test is defending speech you disagree with. UO has a strong policy defending such speech, here:

The University of Oregon values and supports free and open inquiry. The commitment to free speech and freedom of inquiry described in this policy extends to all members of the UO community: Faculty, staff, and students. It also extends to all others who visit or participate in activities held on the UO campus.

Free speech is central to the academic mission and is the central tenet of a free and democratic society. The University encourages and supports open, vigorous, and challenging debate across the full spectrum of human issues as they present themselves to this community. Further, as a public institution, the University will sustain a higher and more open standard for freedom of inquiry and free speech than may be expected or preferred in private settings.

Free inquiry and free speech are the cornerstones of an academic institution committed to the creation and transfer of knowledge. Expression of diverse points of view is of the highest importance, not solely for those who present and defend some view but for those who would hear, disagree, and pass judgment on those views. The belief that an opinion is pernicious, false, and in any other way despicable, detestable, offensive or “just plain wrong” cannot be grounds for its suppression.

The University supports free speech with vigor, including the right of presenters to offer opinion, the right of the audience to hear what is presented, and the right of protesters to engage with speakers in order to challenge ideas, so long as the protest does not disrupt or stifle the free exchange of ideas. It is the responsibility of speakers, listeners and all members of our community to respect others and to promote a culture of mutual inquiry throughout the University community.

But it’s easy to write a strong policy. The acid-test comes when you have to follow it, for speech you disagree with. Like this:

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Fortunately the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is on the case. Given UO policy and the many SCOTUS rulings against prior restraint, this is an easy one. Full letter here:

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Law Dean Michael Moffitt to explain how he got $10M from general tuition fund

From: <> on behalf of Kathy Warden <>
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:15 AM
To: “‘'” <>
Subject: deans-dirs: Reminder: Dean Moffitt’s 5-yr review presentation today

Dear colleagues,

This is a reminder that you are invited to Dean Michael Moffitt’s public presentation today at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm in room 175 in the School of Law. Dean Moffitt’s presentation will include a retrospective of his past five years as dean of the School of Law, as well as a look ahead to the challenges, initiatives and accomplishments he envisions in the coming years.

If you are interested in providing feedback to the review committee, you may do so by completing the online survey at: To maintain confidentiality, providing your name on the survey is optional.

If you prefer, you may contact any of the members of the review committee to discuss the review. You will find the members listed here:

Scott Coltrane
Provost and Senior Vice President