4/30/2013: Recently in the ODE,
According to a billing statement revealed last Thursday on the UO Matters blog, the university has paid more than $300,000 to the Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C. law firm in legal fees over the last year. Sharon Rudnick, partner in the firm and attorney leading the University team in bargaining negotiations, claims that a total of $266,245.50, has been billed as a direct result of her employment. …
According to Rudnick, the University funds that pay her bills are pulled directly from an administrative fund contributed to by general revenue from a variety of university departments….
As Union negotiations are expected to continue, with meetings scheduled through the end of this term at the very least, the question remains as to how much more money the University will spend on legal representation against its own faculty, an issue especially poignant in light of statistical evidence that UO educators are among the lowest paid as compared to their peers.
… [Rudnick said:] “These negotiations…will lay the foundation for an ongoing relationship between the university and the faculty.”
President Gottfredson, please don’t let this be the foundation of your relationship with the UO faculty. Fire Randy Geller and Sharon Rudnick and start with a clean slate.
Sami Edge on the UO AD’s refusal to implement multi-year scholarships for athletes, with quotes from Jim O’Fallon, Nathan Tublitz and a volleyball player:
According to O’Fallon, the decision about whether or not to grant multiyear athletic scholarships ultimately rests with individual coaches; however, he doesn’t believe the UO is likely to adjust their current practices unless forced into change by recruitment practices.
“It will affect us a lot if schools start using the multiyear scholarship as a device for recruiting activity,” he said. “We’re likely to see schools that are a little bit farther down on the pecking order try to make up by offering longer scholarships to the most marketable recruits.”
Not clear if the student she interviewed got approval from AD spokesperson Andy McNamara before talking – a Duck policy that Diane Dietz discovered last year when the random drug testing program was being debated and the players wouldn’t go on the record.
Samantha Matsumoto on increases in student fees for the new EMU etc:
Normally, the expected costs letter accurately estimates what students will pay over their time at UO, according to Vice President of Student Affairs Robin Holmes. While fees generally increase between 3 and 5 percent per year, the increases are usually not significant over the four to five years a student is enrolled at the university.
But total fees will rise significantly over the next two years because of the addition of two new fees to cover the costs of the Student Recreation Center and EMU remodels at $38 and $67 per term, respectively.
“We’re in an anomaly period for students because these building fees are coming on as new,” Holmes said. “Four years from now, the students coming in are going to know the cost is x amount because the fees would have already been rolled out. But the next two years are a little bit of an anomaly because we have new fees coming in.”
And Hannah Taylor on professors with biases. (Ryan Knutson had a piece back in 2008 comparing UO faculty contributions to McCain and Obama. Last time I checked 33 of ~650 UO faculty were registered Republicans.)