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- Arts on the Chopping Block (1)
- Amy Adams Cutting or otherwise absorbing the festival's executive director position would just about do the job for OBF, in addition to... – Thursday
- Tree-sitting global warming protest sure... (10)
- Old Gray Mare Wait. That's not the Save Collier House campaign? Think of the carbon stored in that wood. – Thursday
- Fishwrapper Eye of the beholder - boondoggles are rarely seen as worthless construction projects by the winning contractors... – Thursday
- CSN Minor nitpick -- My prior is that those people who are attracted to UO by the athletic empire are less... – Thursday
- Charlie CAL tree sitters were there for quite some time. No broken backs, or anything else. They know what they're doing.... – Thursday
- uomatters Mr. Miller, while I am a huge fan of your work, this unkind comment reminds me of the snarky things... – Wednesday
- Dog the amount of concrete being used to rebuild Hayward field is generating a lot more CO2 emissions (the process of... – Wednesday
- Warren Miller Honestly first thing I thought was how foolish they would be if they fell of and broke their backs. Talk... – Wednesday
- uomatters I have it from a reliable source that the platform is built from re-purposed wood salvaged from the wreckage of... – Wednesday
- Some data on west of... (15)
- uomatters I am pretty sure that there is no police practice that could possibly have less impact on crime rates than... – Wednesday
- John Holmes How many ride alongs you ever go on Bill? I'm sure that bubble from your office to the faculty club,... – Wednesday
- Dave University police departments typically have jurisdiction not only of university property, but in adjoining neighborhoods, and in areas where students... – Wednesday
- Dave I don't see anyone with measles around here, so let's not vaccinate anymore! (Same logic as displayed here) – Wednesday
- New Year Cat To quote (or possibly mis-quote) Dog, "yeah, that'll happen".... – Wednesday
- Shared Sacrifices Why begrudge UOPD or athletics being immune to campus wide budget cuts? Instead, why no post about Schill announcement that... – Wednesday
- Dog gee I made a mistake imagine that – Tuesday
- Anonymouzzzzzzz Some of the difference between 2018 and 2019 might come from the week of snow we had in 2019. If... – Tuesday
- GTFF bargaining moves to mediation (22)
- grad I suppose the department would pay for travel arrangements with the money they aren't spending to fund students over the... – Wednesday
- anon and on and on Health care costs rise far faster than cost of living, and can be unpredictable depending on the provider. Limiting the... – Monday
- Jack Straw Man In the humanities, very few students have summer support, from what I can see. There are teaching opportunities, sometimes, but... – Sunday
- Oryx This makes little sense. What fraction of F1 students aren't supported in summer? In the sciences support is typically from... – Thursday
- grad The reason the GTFF gave is that international students on F1 visas can't generally work over the summer in the... – Thursday
- grad That is 12 weeks of paid *parental* leave. – Thursday
- Hippo HUB: I may indeed have misstated history. My annoyance about the luxuries enjoyed by the boomer class by accident of... – Wednesday
- honest Uncle Bernie Hippo: I suspect you weren't around so you you aren't speaking from memory. There was a period in the sixties... – Wednesday
- "The Spirit of Transparency" to... (1)
- honest Uncle Bernie Re fake Townhall -- something to consider, the budget cuts are slated to spare "student success" employees, i.e. advisors and... – Tuesday
- Faculty Club: Queer Studies on... (5)
- Dog Correction. I am a professor I am not a Demycrat or even a demicrat I am an authoritative autocrat Furthermore... – Thursday
- Academic Advisor A good question, A.I.O., and a heartfelt one too. Like many more traditional majors (Classics, English, etc.) the Queer Studies... – Tuesday
- MAGA Don't be fooled. Reed is right. These professors are all the same sort: Demycrats. – Tuesday
- Gordian Knotts Hmmmm..... this Faculty Club is sounding pretty inclusive to me. – Tuesday
- An interested outsider As a Portland parent of two gay children (one of whom attends UO), I am all for research and classes... – Tuesday
- UO Senate votes to end... (2)
- UO's attempts to dismiss Freyd... (10)
- Hippo Ha, I remember the "publishing is not an official duty" line. As for this lawsuit, as far as I can... – Wednesday
- Eyeroll I'd love to know how much the UO administration is spending to fight this case rather than settle it. Unless... – Tuesday
- not entirely true On any case of substance GC will usually punt to a subcontracted firm for a very generous fee. Your tuition... – Tuesday
- not entirely true Non-phd spouses get hooked up all the time. It's actually a big contributor to admin bloat. By passing through extra... – Tuesday
- Hippo I agree that almost every instance of fitting a least squares line to observational data for a purpose other than... – Tuesday
- prof from another "Suggestions for our new job titles are welcome in the comments." Distinguished Professor or Regents Professor, with a rigorous selection... – Tuesday
- GC Kevin Reed believes "toxic"... (37)
- uomatters Thanks, the UOM post is here, with Kevin Reed's emails: http://uomatters.com/2018/03/uo-pres-mike-schills-lawyer-wants-to-read-professors-emails-with-reporters.html – Tuesday
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- Arts on the Chopping Block (1)
- RT @zack_demars: Inbox: TFAB to host second-to-last meeting this Friday. Out of state tuition is the only topic of discussion. Final… https://t.co/VM3LYgKoz3, Apr 17
- Tree-sitting global warming protest sure to boost UO's enrollment yield https://t.co/Pqw3ULcaB8, Apr 17
- RT @Tobin_Tweets: Members of Cascadia Forest Defenders are “tree-sitting” in front of the Collier House. Press release says the demon… https://t.co/8TUwkxwcfa, Apr 16
- RT @jennDSN: Today I am weary of why it always has to be a fight for those with less power or advantage. @uoregon - DO THE RIGHT… https://t.co/N8klMSvSe7, Apr 12
- RT @SwannLab: Crazy idea UO, but maybe what is going to put UO on the path to greatness is not the fancy buildings but the people… https://t.co/6Y3OAzw95k, Apr 11
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- Arts on the Chopping Block 04/18/2019
- Return of the Reefer-crazed Killer: UO Econ Prof Ben Hansen 04/18/2019
- Coach Altman: We will never pay players. Judge: Orders $6k payments to 53K “student-athlete” victims of NCAA antitrust violations 04/18/2019
- Tree-sitting global warming protest sure to boost UO’s enrollment yield 04/17/2019
- Some data on west of campus crime trends, relevant to budget crisis 04/15/2019
- “The Spirit of Transparency” to be laid to rest at budget cut Town Hall 2PM April 22, EMU Gumwood room 04/15/2019
- Senate postpones Ac Emergency policy vote, waiting for GC’s thoughts 04/15/2019
- Duck AD Rob Mullens to charge Hayward fans $50K for Slusher’s Schlong 04/11/2019
- UO’s attempts to dismiss Freyd lawsuit include redefining “Professor” 04/11/2019
- UO Senate votes to end numerical teaching evals. Vote on ACP delayed. Info on contacting state legislators on budget crisis. 04/10/2019
- GTFF bargaining moves to mediation 04/08/2019
- Faculty Club: Queer Studies on Wed, Pres Schill & Prov Banavar on Th 04/08/2019
- U of Nike author Joshua Hunt to speak at U of O, Tu April 9th 5:30 04/07/2019
- GC Kevin Reed believes “toxic” Faculty Club “reeks of white male privilege” 04/03/2019
- ¿CAS? task force lunch with Pres Schill Wed 12-1 04/03/2019
- Provost Jayanth Banavar promoted to Professor of Physics 04/03/2019
- Developer to unveil plans for redevelopment of fabulous Romania Showroom & parking lot 04/02/2019
- Provost Banavar appoints Laura Vandenburgh as interim Dean of College of Design 04/02/2019
- Provost and IAAC ask faculty to narc on athletes, preserve the NCAA cartel 04/01/2019
- Provost announces college budget cut details, as athletics bloat continues 04/01/2019
“Call for Solidarity with the Protestors in Turkey In their Struggle to Defend Democracy
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: In front of Knight Library.
Tens of thousands of protestors in Turkey have suffered, and resisted, state authorized police brutality for the last 6 days. The events began on May 27th at Gezi Park in Istanbul when police brutally attacked peaceful protestors. It was the 3rd day of a sit-in protesting the decision to demolish the park as part of government plans to redevelop Taksim Square. What started out as an environmentalist campaign evolved into a civil resistance movement. Thousands of otherwise unaffiliated people spontaneously flooded into the park and the square in support of the protestors, rallying against the relentless police violence. The ever-increasing police cruelty has culminated in protests springing up suddenly all over the nation. The protestors hail from many social, cultural, and political backgrounds. Meanwhile, the police continue to exert excessive force on civilians who have come together to support shared values, such as democracy and personal liberty. This ongoing resistance speaks of the urgency to recognize the voice of the people in the face of an increasingly repressive and aggressive government.
As the students, staff, and faculty from Turkey at the University of Oregon and the GTFF, we ask for your support as we gather together for solidarity with the civilians of Turkey. They struggle bravely and peacefully to protect their basic human rights and refuse to surrender their liberties under state oppression. They resist and confront extreme police brutality under very dire circumstances. Acts of solidarity are particularly important at this moment, as they will help highlight the struggle and will show support for our friends, families, and thousands of people we have never met. Your valuable support and solidarity will greatly fortify our determination and resistance.”
would he? NYT:
Harvard secretly searched the e-mail accounts of several of its staff members last fall, looking for the source of news media leaks about its recent cheating scandal, but did not tell them about the searches for several months, people briefed on the matter said on Saturday.
Under state law he can. Thanks to a fellow paranoid for the tip. 3/10/2013.
2/1/2013: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education helped the student pursue the case:
A federal jury today found former Valdosta State University (VSU) President Ronald M. Zaccari personally liable for $50,000 for violating the due process rights of former student Hayden Barnes in the case of Barnes v. Zaccari. In May 2007, Zaccari expelled Barnes for peacefully protesting Zaccari’s plan to construct two parking garages on campus, calling a collage posted by Barnes on his personal Facebook page a “threatening document” and labeling Barnes a “clear and present danger” to VSU.
Update: See the comments for this correction, from Ms Emeldi’s lawyer, David Force, making clear that the Emeldi case is against UO, not against Prof Horner:
There is not now and never has been a lawsuit by her against Dr. Horner. The sole defendant in the case is the University itself. Title IX of the Education Act is directed to institutions, not individuals, who receive Federal funding support. Monica’s lawsuit seeks damages and equitable remedies (an injunction) against the University for retaliating against her for criticizing Dr. Horner.
10/30/2012. UO has spent something north of $150,000 on lawyers to defend Coach Chip Kelly in the Willie Lyles NCAA investigation. Add in the hours for Jim O’Fallon, Rob Mullens, and the general counsel’s office, not to mention three UO president’s so far, and the cost has to be well over $500,000. There’s no sign that UO is going to ask Kelly to help pay for any of it.
But suppose a case involving a UO professor and substantive questions of academic freedom comes up. Well, one such 2005 case involved law school professor Merle Weiner, sued for defamation by someone who didn’t like the description of his court case that she published in a law journal. President Frohnmayer and his general counsel Melinda Grier decided not to defend her. UO argued – I’m not making this up – that publishing was not part of a professor’s job responsibilities. Weiner had to pay for her own defense, and she settled out of court.
Now there’s another important UO case, involving a conflict between Ed School professor Rob Horner and former PhD student Monica Emeldi. The appeals court ruling against Horner has attracted national attention because it allows grad students to use Title IX anti-discrimination law to file suits against the professors who advise their research – apparently a first.
It’s a controversial decision, Diane Dietz had an excellent write up in the RG Sunday. So is UO going to defend its faculty this time? Randy Geller gives a resounding maybe:
“We have reason to believe that this would be a good candidate for review because it has academic freedom and Constitutional implications,” Geller said. “The question we have to ask ourselves, first of all, is it worth seeking review? If review were to be granted, then are we prepared for the cost of (review)?”
I’m all for applying cost/benefit analysis. I just don’t trust Randy Geller to do anything better than a hack job at it. The UO Senate should make this call – unless Johnson Hall is now going to start arguing that advising PhD students is not part of a professor’s job responsibilities either.
It’s worth noting that there is a policy on legal services in the works – but it’s been stalled for almost a year. Geller’s original version created a firestorm in the Senate Executive Committee, and he refused to show up and defend it.
5/11/2011: The ivory tower has never been exactly snowy white, but here is an example of a particularly egregious case, the Koch gifts to fund chairs in Free Market Economics at Florida State. Fascinating gift letter/contract here, news story from Kris Hundley of the St. Petersburg Times (that’s Florida, not Russia), here:
Under the agreement with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, however, faculty only retain the illusion of control. The contract specifies that an advisory committee appointed by Koch decides which candidates should be considered. The foundation can also withdraw its funding if it’s not happy with the faculty’s choice or if the hires don’t meet “objectives” set by Koch during annual evaluations.
I really love this quote though, which gets to the nut of the issue:
Said Washburn, author of University Inc., a book on industry’s ties to academia: “This is an egregious example of a public university being willing to sell itself for next to nothing.”
Ceding a less egregious amount of control, or getting a better price, that’s a different matter. Let’s talk turkey.
4/21/2011: Posted at the request of UO historian Glenn Anthony May:
I received an Email today from a distinguished China scholar who asks whether the University of Oregon has had public discussions concerning the “illegal detention of Ai Weiwei.” I can’t answer that. (Here is one event at PSU.) Are any UOMatters readers aware of such events at UO?
As UO Matters readers are doubtless aware, the internet is flooded with stories about Ai Weiwei. Here are few links to recently posted stories and columns:
If you have any information to share, please post a comment. Glenn Anthony May.
China Again Recognizes U. of Calgary
China has restored the University of Calgary to the country’s list of accredited universities, a list that many Chinese students rely upon when deciding where to enroll, The Calgary Herald reported. The university disappeared from the list last year, following a visit to the campus by the Dalai Lama.
3/8/2011 update: Richard Read of the Oregonian gets some amazing quotes on this, from the PSU CI head.
3/6/2011: The London School of Economics has thoroughly embarrassed itself with its ties to the Gaddafi regime. The world now knows you can buy an LSE PhD and whatever that brings in international respectability – or once brought – for a few million quid.
Is UO on a similar track with our Chinese government funded Confucius Institute? China is no Libya, but this article by UO history Professor Glenn May in the Asia Sentinel raises the sorts of questions that the LSE apparently found too uncomfortable to ask – until it was too late.
Abstract from the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization:
Since 2001, China has funded nonprofit Chinese language institutes in nearly100 countries. The institutes have since branched out into business and other areas while also funding scholarships and study in China. In an article for the Asia Sentinel, Glenn Anthony May of the University of Oregon points out that the centers of study come with conditions, including support for a one-China policy that denies recognition of Taiwan as a state. Donors influence campus management and presentations, and schools with Confucius Institutes may avoid open discussions on Tibet or the 1989 Tiananmen protest against Chinese government policies. He argues: “Once the perks from Hanban begin to arrive, professors at universities with CIs become extremely reluctant to do anything to upset their generous benefactors.” Colleges have become complicit in Chinese propaganda and censorship, and May blames the Chinese scholars who comply with restrictions, yet understand the issues of history and need for free debate better than most. – YaleGlobal
Here is just one of the troubling examples in the article:
But it’s not just Taiwan that receives special treatment. Two other “T” words are anathema to Beijing, and hence to Hanban: Tibet and Tiananmen. Don’t expect any universities with CIs to arrange a visit of the Dalai Lama anytime soon or to schedule a symposium on the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. In Canada last year, during riots in Tibet, the head of a Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo succeeded in reversing the direction of coverage and getting a major Canadian television station to apologize for its previous pro-rebel coverage. …
Under the circumstances, the academy cannot expect the China scholars, the supposed experts on things Chinese, to police the activities of the institutes. They are, sad to say, a hopelessly compromised lot. Nor can we expect university administrators to do so either – many of them have played key roles in establishing Confucius Institutes on their campuses. That leaves the rest of us. If you care about free speech and believe that the university should provide an open forum for discussion and debate, you should be concerned.
Peter Schmidt of the Chronicle has an article here on the pros and cons. (Accessible from campus IP addresses.) Some excerpts:
Like the 60 other Confucius Institutes that have cropped up at colleges around the United States since 2004, the Maryland facility was established with the blessing, and the money, of the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese government continues to give it about $100,000 in financial support annually, and to pay the instructors from China who teach there. Such arrangements allow colleges to provide a lot more instruction and programming related to China. …
Other colleges have heard protests from Chinese officials over plans to let the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual and cultural leader, speak on their campuses. Although the University of Washington played host to the Dalai Lama over Chinese objections in 2008, it came under fire for taking steps to ensure that he would not be asked questions dealing with the autonomy of Tibet or China’s crackdown on unrest there. In Canada, the University of Calgary’s decision to award an honorary degree to the Dalai Lama last year was followed by its removal from the Chinese government’s list of universities it classifies as accredited.
Since the first Confucius Institute in the United States was established here at Maryland, in late 2004, however, there have been no complaints of the institutes’ getting in the way of academic freedom on American campuses or of Chinese officials’ using their government’s financial support for the institutes as leverage to get American colleges to squelch speech they oppose. …
The Confucius Institutes are distinct, however, both in their tendency to be housed within universities and in the degree to which they are financed and managed by a foreign government. Hanban is overseen by officials of a long list of national ministries, including those of education, culture, commerce, and foreign affairs.