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- UO Pres Michael Schill should... (4)
- apt Wow, impressive marketing range for Nike and the swoosh: take a “social justice” platform (Kap) nationally and rely on overtly... – Saturday
- Deplorable Duck Fits together nicely with the Rec Center's new policy to prohibit men (who are sweaty, smelly, loud, grunting, and intimidating... – Saturday
- Not a law professor Why would you fire someone for being racist? I thought it was protected by academic freedom of speech. – Saturday
- charlie I doubt that the HC was the guy in charge of a NIke marketing scheme. But, dayum, "Savages?!" What's next,... – Saturday
- Salary equity adjustments update, Freyd... (14)
- thedude Partially right. Notwithstanding the 2-5 percent of the population that is homosexual, men are equally likely to have children biologically.... – Saturday
- CSN What you are missing is the concept of a monopsony labor market. There is not direct competition for academic labor... – Saturday
- Deplorable Duck Ha. Seriously, though, presumably everyone at UO feels that (all things considered), they're being compensated at their market value. If... – Saturday
- equity General comment on this: the criteria for the merits of Freyd's case are not the same as the criteria for... – Friday
- uomatters I'm with you, Deplorable. General Counsel Kevin Reed's unwillingness to settle with Prof Freyd and move on is very curious. – Friday
- Deplorable Duck Difficult to imagine why anyone with salable skills would choose to be involved in a lawsuit, versus simply moving on.... – Friday
- uomatters Yeah, you'd almost think the $100K a year Shelton is paying Academic Analytics for faculty productivity reports is just money... – Friday
- uomatters The administration's put itself in a bit of a bind here. On the one hand, Brad Shelton just went through... – Friday
- Pres Schill nixes plan to... (7)
- trumplackey So, fake news. (sigh) – Friday
- Art-lover Check EW’s online version of the story—there are multiple corrections. The museum administration had been interested in the EWEB building... – Friday
- Environmental necessity I thought bonding authority was one of the benefits of breaking free of OUS...float a bond, build a large garage,... – Friday
- CSN Can't get external funding to build a huge garage. – Friday
- Inquiring Minds Mind boggling why they don't build a muilti leval garage at the PLC lot. Good access to campus there, museum,... – Friday
- uomatters Uh, I confess I didn't read the story that closely either, but I think the proposal was for the museum... – Thursday
- IfYouBuildItTheyWillPark The current building is beautiful, and they want to abandon it due to lack of parking?? If only there was... – Thursday
- DeVos issues Title IX rules (2)
- What can we change about... (33)
- trumplackey According to the Daily Emerald, a conservative activist will be speaking on campus tonight. This is a rare newsworthy event... – Friday
- Office of Resilience used CAS... (17)
- Hippo I was confused by the relative pronoun "that" which had an ambiguous antecedent. But as I stated, I am lacking... – Wednesday
- uomatters I'm no economist, but I think this Senior Research Consultant is trying to say that UO's Safety and Risk Services... – Wednesday
- Hippo "I can assure you that the College is not funding this project, but rather it is being run from the... – Wednesday
- Dog Wait a minute, I am sure I answered one of the questions as: Like this survey, JH is also an... – Wednesday
- Women department chairs matter (3)
- MAGA Duck Women work together as an in-group, color me surprised. I don't know how any of you are confused by Trump.... – Wednesday
- Deplorable Duck Naively, I would have imagined that having more women dept chairs would lead to such results, simply via favoritism, even... – Wednesday
- Rhedude While the study has garnered some press, those are some of the worst looking event studies I've ever seen. Title... – Wednesday
- Are Josh Hunt's claims about... (21)
- UO to replace chief spokesperson... (1)
- uotechmatters Daily emerald article https://www.dailyemerald.com/news/uo-removes-tobin-klinger-from-spokesman-position/article_70deb716-e469-11e8-ab67-27bd42bf7cd7.html “Klinger will be moved to special projects at the UO, according to Kyle Henley, VP of... – Saturday
- Gov Relations Office posts info... (2)
- uomatters 4thnight, congratulations for submitting the most ridiculous comment of the week. Your penalty is to tell us what you think... – Thursday
- 4thnight "The increased diversity and the large Democratic margin in the House will likely contribute to increased tension and differences between... – Thursday
- Chairman Harper: Faculty Club is... (7)
- uomatters See http://uomatters.com/2018/11/uo-to-replace-chief-spokesperson-tobin-klinger.html – Thursday
- Doggo What's going on with the random disappearance of Tobin Klinger from Communications pages. Just curious... – Thursday
- Dog As long as the performance is in one of the preferred and pre-chosen categories, then it should be good. – Thursday
- Peter Keyes Can we expect that Malcolm's vote total will count towards his performance metrics? – Thursday
- uomatters I like Mike, but Alec Baldwin's got a lock on that. – Wednesday
- justsayuotoducks I've found him to be warm, urbane, and personable. Seems like a good match. – Wednesday
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- UO Pres Michael Schill should... (4)
- RT @I_am_orange: Not cool #goducks. cc @uomatters After the blackface Halloween costume? https://t.co/7Dxn5ZdJHK, 24 hours ago
- RT @CodyMcDavis: In light of the @BetsyDeVosED proposed rules to undermine the essential protections of Title IX, I remind you of my… https://t.co/lQT6KL25Q6, Nov 17
- RT @AaronGullickson: A magnificent example of conflating substantive and statistical significance from the overview of my uni's Faculty… https://t.co/WGgTiewBfv, Nov 16
- RT @CydZeigler: It will be important for all of us to keep an eye on how the NCAA handles this young athlete, disowned by her paren… https://t.co/thEqhUrcoR, Nov 16
- RT @Psychologician: I am in awe of the courage of @sbrietz, @kristinarapuano, and others here. It is inspiring, and at the same time da… https://t.co/FxPTAlZSyL, Nov 15
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- UO Pres Michael Schill should fire Duck Coach Mario Cristobal for cause: 11/16/2018
- Angry Duck coach Dana Altman snarls at his unpaid UO student-athletes 11/16/2018
- Salary equity adjustments update, Freyd lawsuit, UO lawyers “blame it on the union” again 11/16/2018
- Still no news on CAS recombination task force. 11/16/2018
- DeVos issues Title IX rules 11/16/2018
- Pres Schill nixes plan to expand Schnitzer Art Museum to EWEB over costs 11/15/2018
- Office of Resilience used CAS faculty as unwitting, unpaid test subjects for consulting company 11/14/2018
- Women department chairs matter 11/14/2018
- Sensible Canadian city wants Olympics sports boosters to bugger-off 11/14/2018
- Duck coach Dana Altman tells UO GC Kevin Reed he was played by player 11/13/2018
- Big-time college sports brings more glory to university 11/12/2018
- UO to replace chief spokesperson Tobin Klinger 11/08/2018
- Gov Relations Office posts info how state election will affect University 11/08/2018
- Chairman Harper: Faculty Club is a beacon of light in the darkness 11/07/2018
- Are Josh Hunt’s claims about Knight and the Frohnmayer’s FARF false? 11/05/2018
- Get Out the Vote 11/05/2018
- Duck athletes 6x more likely to be reported for sexual misconduct than all students 11/05/2018
- Pres Schill gets new contract, raise, bonuses. Gives bonus for scholarships 11/01/2018
- EPD searching for suspects in Halloweekend assaults 11/01/2018
- Faculty Club halloween costume report 11/01/2018
“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.