Pi Kappa Phi frat boy gets 16 months for sexual assault

In the RG here. He’s been accused before, but the first survivor didn’t want to take him to court. The second one?

“If I don’t hold you accountable for your actions, who will?” the woman wrote in the statement, in comments directed toward Wood.

He pled guilty to sexual assault after the DA agreed to drop the strangulation charge, and was sentenced to 16 months.

UO Matters saves UO $25K and an uncountable amount of administrative B.S.

7/10/2017 update: Sometimes a simple question is all it takes. In an effort to find out more about the $25K buzzword consultant VPEI wanted to hire, I made this public records request on June 18th:

From: Bill Harbaugh <wtharbaugh@gmail.com>
Subject: PR request VPEI Coaching Services
Date: June 18, 2017 at 10:32:41 PM PDT
To: Lisa Thornton <pubrec@uoregon.edu>
Cc: mate@uoregon.edu, Yvette M Alex-Assensoh <yalex@uoregon.edu>

Dear Ms Thornton –

This is a public records request for a copy of all bids submitted in response to:

RFQ for Executive Coaching Services
Solicitation Number: PCS# 211000-00055-RFQ
at https://pcs.uoregon.edu/content/business-opportunities

and emails between Michael Tani-Eshon or Yvette Alex-Assensoh and bidders or potential bidders regarding this RFQ. I’m ccing Mr. Tani-Eshon and VP Alex-Assensoh since they should have easy access to these public records.

I ask for a fee-waiver on the basis of public interest.


Bill Harbaugh

The public records office has sat on it for 3 weeks now, and hasn’t responded to my follow up, but the good news is that the request has already worked. As of July 6th, “THIS OPPORTUNITY IS CANCELLED”:

5/17/2017: Office of Equity and Inclusion searching for buzzword consultant

Nice to know that, after laying off 100 faculty, UO now has money to burn on a consulting firm to help with “executive trustbuilding”, “change management”, “active learning skills including paraphrasing” (that’s a direct quote) and “harnessing the power of culture to optimize outcomes“. $25K, or enough to pay for 4 Pathways scholarships. And it’s renewable:



Faculty union, administration negotiating for 2% raises for 1, 2 years

The current contract expires next summer, so bargaining would normally start in December. Faculty will get 0.75% across the board (ATB) and 2.25% merit pool raises in January 2018. This proposal is for a contract extension and 2% raises in 2019 and again in 2020. These would be part COLA or ATB, and part equity – which is a tough word to define.

During the last bargaining session the administration flip-flopped between raises for internal equity, external equity, and gender/racial equity. At one point they refused to talk about external equity. Then they refused to talk about gender/racial equity. Then they agreed to a working group on gender/racial equity, but not external equity. They’re currently in the process of hiring a consulting firm to study that.

Speaking of which – where are the bids? Three weeks and no reply to this simple public records request?

From: Bill Harbaugh <wtharbaugh@gmail.com>
Subject: PR request Salary Equity proposals
Date: June 18, 2017 at 10:25:52 PM PDT
To: Lisa Thornton <pubrec@uoregon.edu>

Dear Ms Thornton –

This is a public records request for a copy of all bids submitted in response to:

RFP to Conduct Salary Equity Study for the University of Oregon Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Ranks,
UO General / Budget Control – 900100
UO Central Budget – 950001
PCS Administration – 431150

at https://pcs.uoregon.edu/content/business-opportunities

I ask for a fee-waiver on the basis of public interest.


Bill Harbaugh

Here’s today’s letter from UAUO Pres Michael Dreiling regarding the contract extension:

Possible Collective Bargaining Agreement Extension

As the Spring term was coming to a close, I had a conversation with President Schill about the possibility of extending our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) by a year or two. The central idea was that we would come to an agreement about a new raise package for those years and leave the rest of the CBA in place until we could bargain a full Agreement.

I talked this idea over with our Executive Council and we all agreed it made sense to explore this idea with the UO administration. There were several factors that contributed to our thinking, but the main one concerned the unstable and uncertain budgeting future at the UO. We reasoned that locking in positive salary gains now, with no reductions to benefits, was something worth considering.

Dave Cecil and I have met with President Schill and VP Bill Brady twice now and we have the outlines of a proposal. Essentially, we’d be looking at a 2.0% raise in January 2019 and January 2020. In each year, the 2.0% would be divided between a COLA raise for all faculty and an equity raise for faculty who are entitled to one. We are still working out the details with the administration on how best to distribute equity money, but we are insisting on a mix of gender and diversity equity adjustments, adjustments based on our external comparators, and inversion/compression adjustments.

Agreeing to a two-year contract extension would delay bargaining for many needed non-salary improvements to the CBA. This concern weighs on our minds. The EC thought, however, that we will be in a better position to bargain with our new Provost after we have had a chance to build a relationship with him, and he has had a chance to acclimate himself to the university. We are confident that over the course of the next two years, he will learn that our concerns are shared by a great many people at UO, and he will want to work with us to solve them.

There is nothing final about any of our discussions, and I wanted to include you in the conversation as soon as was practicable. I welcome your feedback about this idea. Any agreement we reach with the UO will have to be ratified by the membership, so look for your opportunity to vote. We hope to have a proposal for you to vote on later in the summer.

In solidarity,
Michael Dreiling
UA President

Goats scab and take union jobs at U Mich

The highlight of the 2013 UAUO faculty union bargaining was when the administration made us a “take it or leave it” offer that included a one-time $350 lump-sum payment, which Sharon Rudnick and Tim Gleason thought would be irresistible to our underpaid adjuncts and split the union.

I checked craigslist and blogged that you could buy a goat for $350 (a nice one) and this became the running joke for bargaining – Rudnick had to threaten to close the sessions if a certain professor didn’t stop playing goat noises on his cell phone. You know who you are. Shameful.

David Cecil and Mike Mauer pretended they didn’t understand take it or leave it, and went on bargaining for another month, getting us another percent or so. Then they took the goat too. The union celebrated with a goat roast:

But it turns out not all university unions love their goats. Inside Higher Ed reports:

Goats. They’re cute, they’re used in yoga classes, they’re … taking union jobs?

That last charge is being leveled by a labor union against Western Michigan University. The institution recently brought in goats to clear overgrown brush and weeds from a wooded 16-acre lot, according to local media. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1668, however, says that the university’s use of goats violates the union’s labor agreement with Western Michigan.

The union has a contract to cut the grass at Western Michigan. While the goats aren’t being used to trim the grass, their use wasn’t discussed with the union ahead of time, and the union says they’re taking jobs that could have gone to Local’1668. …

Rob Mullens’ secret $10M 8-year porkalicious contract & perverse incentives

Update: 8 months after the secret deal, President Schill tells the Oregonian’s Andrew Greif why he paid Duck AD Rob Mullens millions more at the same time UO was laying off faculty and hitting up our students for tuition increases:

“His contributions to UO have cemented a legacy of excellence that will have a lasting effect in the classroom and on the field. We were happy to extend his contract and are confident that he will continue to work for the benefit of the entire university.”

Sure. The most disturbing parts of this contract are the perverse incentives it gives Mullens to inflate spending and increase the amount of money he gets from ASUO and from UO’s academic side – many millions a year in subsidies – and the lack of any consequences for Mullens for additional damage to our “brand” from new scandals on his watch.

Instead of a bonus for the “Director’s Cup” Pres Schill should have paid Mullens a percentage of any money the athletic department transfers to the academic side to support UO’s academic mission. But Schill is going to just assume “that he will continue to work for the benefit of the entire university.” That’s unlikely. I predict Mullens will continue to do what he’s been incentivized to do – win games for the Ducks, regardless of what it takes and how much it costs the university in money and reputation.

Apparently the raise that the Trustees approved in 2015 was not enough for AD Rob Mullens. He came back for more, and President Schill gave it to him, in October.  $10M over 8 years, with retention bonuses and penalties for UO if we fire him, unless for cause. Apparently incessant scandals and millions in subsidies are not cause.

I don’t know why the Board of Trustees Executive and Audit committee did not meet in public to approve this, as they are supposed to do for contracts over $5M, and as they did for his last raise. I also don’t know why the contract was never posted on the UO Public Records website with the other athletics contracts, although I can imagine. Here’s the math:

Say, anyone know if we are still paying Helfrich? Full Mullens contract here. The money shots:

Johnson Hall to get new parking lot with no wide spots for prof’s El Camino

It’s been awhile since this university has had a good parking scandal. I think the most recent was over free Jock Box parking for Rob Mullens, Vin Lananna and Lorraine Davis, and before that the Knight Arena underground garage. This pales in comparison – though the campus’s El Camino drivers might ask why their parking fees will subsidize parking for our well-paid administrators and their compact cars.*


* Full disclosure: Actually I walk to campus.

Oregon buys more trees, less education

I’m no economist, but I think they’d call this a violation of the law of diminishing marginal utility:

The Elliott Forest package, part of Gov. Kate Brown’s effort to keep the forest under state ownership, drew the ire of local legislators. Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, said he wasn’t happy about it.

“Quite honestly, it’s a gift to the environmental community, who would prefer we never cut another tree,” Kruse said.

He also said adding in the $100 million in bonds meant taking away bond dollars from universities and community colleges, including UCC, whose share for its Industrial Arts Building dropped from a requested $10 million to $8.1 million.

The Elliott Forest had been up for sale until Brown introduced her most recent plan to keep it under public ownership. Lone Rock Resources and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians had offered $220.8 million for it. The land was originally set aside to generate timber revenues for the Common School Fund.

Rep. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, said it made no sense to sell bonds to pay for land the state already owns.

“That’s the single dumbest thing we could do,” he said.

New Provost Jayanth Banavar appoints Scott Pratt to run Ac Affairs

Dear friends,

I am writing to introduce myself as the University of Oregon’s new provost and senior vice president. As you may know, President Michael Schill asked me in February to join this outstanding institution and I was delighted to accept. I arrived on campus last week, but I have been working with my future colleagues over the last few months to prepare for my transition. I am very grateful to Scott Coltrane for his support and friendship. I am very much looking forward to working with all of you to enhance the excellence of our university.

As my first official act as provost, it is my pleasure to announce that we have selected Scott Pratt as our new executive vice provost* for academic affairs (EVP) following an internal searchthat generated an outstanding pool of candidates. Scott has served as vice provost and dean of the Graduate School since March 2015. In his graduate dean position, Pratt expanded and energized the UO’s doctoral programs, supporting President Schill’s priority of increasing academic excellence and research productivity. During his more than 20-year career at the UO, Pratt, a professor of philosophy, has served as director of graduate studies in the philosophy department, as well as department head, associate dean of the humanities, and director of undergraduate studies for the philosophy department. He has published seven books and dozens of articles and has received a Williams Fellowship for Outstanding University Teaching. Pratt’s appointment is effective immediately. He will continue to serve at the graduate dean until an interim dean is appointed.

Pratt’s appointment as EVP is part of the new leadership structure of the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs (OPAA). This leadership structure is designed to advance the university’s strategic goals and create more focused, nimble, and sustainable support for our academic programs, units, faculty, and initiatives. Scott will focus on defining and implementing high-priority academic initiatives for the university. Brad Shelton will serve as executive vice provost for academic operations where he will develop our academic budget model and support academic planning. Associate vice president and chief of staff to the provost, Melanie Muenzer, will continue in her leadership role, helping to accomplish our academic aspirations. We will also hire a new vice provost for academic affairs this year.

Please join me in congratulating Scott Pratt on his new position. I am very happy to have Melanie, Scott, Brad, and all of the OPAA staff at my side as I get to know the campus and gain greater insights into our university. My office will host a series of events in late summer and early fall as the academic year starts so that I may meet directly with faculty and staff. I am delighted to be your colleague and am very proud to be your partner in advancing the University of Oregon’s academic mission.

Jayanth Banavar
Provost and Senior Vice President

[* UOM: I’ve never of an Executive Vice Provost either, but there’s been so much title inflation in JH they’ve run out of sensible ones. Whatever, Pratt is a great fit for this job. He and the search committee are now searching his executive officer, who will have the title of Vice Provost.]

Oregon taxpayers give UO $50M for Knight Campus construction

Saul Hubbard has the good news in the RG today. The ask was for $100M, but the rest will come next biennium or so. These are the kinds of bonds that are repaid by taxpayers – unlike the $235M the state let UO borrow for Knight Arena. Those bonds are UO’s obligation to repay, and are an ongoing constraint on our ability to borrow.

Ducks to replace top communicator Craig Pintens with Jimmy Stanton

Not a surprise, given the long string of public relations fiascoes under Pintens. Odd that there didn’t seem to have been an Affirmative Action compliant search notice on the UO jobs website, but the Knoxville News-Sentinel has the report here:

Rob Mullens really can’t afford a repeat of this sort of performance from Pintens:

Or the 4.75 million hits this brilliant idea brought UO:

The rumor is that Duck PR flack Craig Pintens thought a video of a fun snowball fight between the Duck football players and UO students would make for some good press, so Coach Helfrich sent his student-athletes across the river to campus.

Willie Taggart must drop Darren Carrington, to teach Dana Altman how to delay next Duck scandal

7/2/2017: That’s my takeaway from the various sports columnists, e.g. here and here.

7/1/2017: Another of Willie Taggart’s Ducks gets a DUI charge

This time it’s one of his players, not one of his coaches, so at least UO won’t have to pay him $60K to leave. Award winning Emerald reporter Kenny Jacoby has the details and the list of the player’s previous charges in the ODE here.