10/14/2011: From an editorial in the Corvallis paper:
Corvallis Gazette-Times, Oct. 11, on raises for university faculty:
Say what you will about University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere – and the man has picked up something of a maverick label during his term at the Eugene campus – he might be the next best friend for faculty members throughout Oregon’s public universities and colleges, including Oregon State.
Lariviere made headlines – and some waves – recently when it was revealed that the University of Oregon had handed out raises averaging $4,800 per year for faculty members. Those raises, of course, came at a time when faculty members at other state institutions were facing pay freezes and furlough days. (At Oregon State University, for example, faculty members voted to take furlough days.)
Lariviere wasn’t apologetic: He said the raises, which he termed “equity increases,” were to keep wages competitive for faculty members. …