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- UO Trustee Connie Ballmer in... (6)
- Charlie Is the trend in college loan defaults increasing or decreasing? – Saturday
- Dog oh yeah https://interestingengineering.com/underwater-welding-one-of-the-most-dangerous-occupations-in-the-world – Saturday
- Dog don't insult welding - especially underwater - its an honorable profession populated by some of the best people I have... – Saturday
- honest Uncle Bernie Good for her! Of course, not everyone should go to 4-year college. That is kind of a straw man. But... – Saturday
- Dog This is worth reading http://www.talk40.com/single-post/2018/01/23/High-College-Costs-Driven-By-Deceptive-Accounting-Practices The suggestion is made that the true cost of undergraduate education is being systematically over... – Saturday
- Charlie Uh, no. This is why they want more people in college. They Pledged Your Tuition-The Council of UC Faculty Associations.... – Saturday
- Deans behaving badly on CAS... (3)
- honest Uncle Bernie Undoubtedly a good pick to address the 52-48 gender disparity in enrollment. (I'll let you guess which gender is underrepresented.) – Saturday
- Alexandre Manuel Dias Farto Really bad (no) process and worse choice. If CAS is actually serious about 'building leadership pipelines' and 'increasing leadership diversity... – Friday
- wasn't a union supposed to help with this Don't we have a union in place to help prevent administrative misbehavior and bloat? Whatever little evidence there was that... – Friday
- Librarians crush Bach Festival in... (2)
- Dana Altman & Kevin Reed's... (1)
- Charlie "The job of s newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable"" Congratulations, Mr. Jacoby.... – Thursday
- “We have taken great care... (8)
- zach The definition of "stakeholders"....anyone willing to drive a stake through the heart of the neighborhood. – Wednesday
- UO Foundation submits permit to... (20)
- Dog and the week ain't even over yet! You really ought to collect all the poster overreactions and publish them as... – Wednesday
- uomatters Or maybe I've just had a long week. – Wednesday
- The Unknown Commenter I see the moderator has deleted my perfectly civil but contrarian response to his comment above. Is that any way... – Wednesday
- Environmental necessity Perhaps the fact the plans described (but never shared) by the UO were to preserve the East Grandstand, even through... – Thursday
- uomatters I wonder how the federal investigation is going: The Justice Department is exploring possible racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges... – Thursday
- Dog you can upgrade a facility while still preserving it character - but that would require Integrity being associated with this... – Thursday
- The Unknown Commenter I am all for anyone who wants input to do so. But they must do it in a timely fashion,... – Thursday
- Permanent Skeptic What a perfect description of the new Oregon Way: only those with deep pockets and a strategy to create more... – Thursday
- Provost releases Institutional Hiring Plan... (2)
- Shaun Harper: Institutional Considerations on... (2)
- Law Prof Nancy Shurtz explains... (6)
- PBF I want neither. Bad intentions with good execution creates problems, but good intentions are sometimes a pathway to hell and... – Tuesday
- Eager frat boys jump on... (8)
- Dog there are a whole host of issues that we should care about If UO matters shows the distribution of responses... – Friday
- Publius "Dog" writes, "Frat Boys acting with base stupidity is unlikely to be anything that any of your readers care about."... – Friday
- Dog yes, dogs behave badly all the time just ask anyone – Thursday
- fratbrosnottheonlyones Unfortunately, Frat Boys aren't the only boys behaving badly on campus. – Thursday
- eugenenative And all that time they could have been reading their bibles and helping elderly ladies cross the street. It's a... – Thursday
- Dog Now if they had just insulted the OBF this thread would spontaneously have generated an infinite number of responses Frat... – Thursday
- honest Uncle Bernie Shocking, isn't it! Frat boys in my day had much standards. I remember! – Thursday
- George Orwell WRONGTHINK – Thursday
- Do "high impact" teaching practices... (14)
- oldtimer Of course, the gaps are much smaller to begin with at highly selective private schools, for many different reasons. – Thursday
- Big XII Sorry for the spam, more from Cornell on active learning: Ballen, who is now at the University of Minnesotta, has... – Friday
- Big XII Also look here at what Cornell is doing. Their results show that they are erasing the achievement gap between under-represented... – Friday
- Big XII Interesting Report Here: https://www.amacad.org/content/Research/researchproject.aspx?i=21999 – Friday
- How big-time sports corrupts academic... (1)
- PollyAnna What happened at UNC could NEVER happen here. We enjoy are a tolerant community, one that respects diverse opinions even... – Tuesday
- Dept of Ed's OCR investigates... (1)
- Robin Holmes, the gift that keeps on giving. – Monday
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- UO Trustee Connie Ballmer in... (6)
- RT @meerahpowell: My latest addition to the Hayward Field saga: An engineering report from 2016 reveals that the East Grandstand is "… https://t.co/EZOHNYMWUE, 11 hours ago
- RT @uocas: A special #DucksGive shout-out to @uoregon President Michael Schill for making a gift to SAIL, the Summer Academy t… https://t.co/50pAwhT0m9, May 18
- RT @jjforegon: "Colleges want students to learn about consent; the least they can do is model the behavior." I wrote that -- in N… https://t.co/fnLqWgQVPQ, May 17
- Dana Altman and Kevin Reed nemesis Kenny Jacoby wins Scripps Howard fellowship, will spend year reporting from DC - https://t.co/oKKyEji80Z, May 17
- RT @kennyjacoby: I’m excited to announce that next month I’ll begin a yearlong investigative reporting fellowship with the Scripps W… https://t.co/8xFYnWkrQn, May 17
TagsAAUP-AFT Union? Academic Freedom administrative bloat Athletics athletics subsidy Beangrams Dave Frohnmayer: UO President Dave Hubin Diversity Faculty pay Faculty Union (United Academics of UO) free speech Jamie Moffitt Jim Bean: UO Provost Jim O'Fallon jock box Lariviere Firing Lorraine Davis March 8-9 rape allegations Melinda Grier Michael Gottfredson NCAA NCAA violations new partnership plan off topic OUS Board and Chancellor Pernsteiner PERS Public Records Public Safety Randy Geller General Counsel Research money Richard Lariviere: UO President Robert Berdahl Rob Mullens Scott Coltrane Senate Sharon Rudnick Tim Gleason Track and Field Championships Uncategorized UO Foundation UO Presidential Archives UO restructuring plan UO Trustees
- UO Trustee Connie Ballmer in the NYT, on why she donated $20M to encourage students to go to college 05/18/2018
- Deans behaving badly on CAS Assoc Dean, CoD Head appointments 05/17/2018
- Librarians crush Bach Festival in early Ducks Give results 05/17/2018
- Dana Altman & Kevin Reed’s bête noire Kenny Jacoby wins Scripps Howard fellowship, will spend year reporting from DC 05/16/2018
- Provost releases Institutional Hiring Plan for 2018-19 05/14/2018
- Shaun Harper: Institutional Considerations on Expression, Rights, and Race 05/14/2018
- Senate to meet Wed on learning, multicultural, teaching, diff tuition 05/09/2018
- UO Foundation submits permit to demolish Hayward Field 05/08/2018
- Today: Dana Altman to introduce Harry Edwards at sports and free speech event 05/08/2018
- Senate voting closes noon Friday 05/08/2018
- Library committee starts contest for art to counter insipid, racist mission statement 05/07/2018
- Eager frat boys jump on First Amendment right to make fools of themselves 05/03/2018
- VP for Communication Kyle Henley still uncommunicative on “brand awareness” contract 05/03/2018
- Track and Field championship bid cancelled over lawsuit 05/02/2018
- Grad School’s Three-Minute Thesis competition is back! May 11 05/02/2018
- How big-time sports corrupts academic freedom 04/30/2018
- Duck basketball coaches are obsessed with their Nike Elite accounts 04/30/2018
- Tear down Hayward Field – a monument to dead white males 04/30/2018
- Dept of Ed’s OCR investigates UO for discrimination in its response to sexual assault allegation 04/27/2018
- “We have taken great care to engage important stakeholders in the development of the plans,” Klinger says. 04/26/2018
Another year, another panel data-point.
When I moved to Eugene in 1995 I was surprised at the size of my first EWEB bill. Perhaps I was unduly influenced by the songs of Woody Guthrie, but I assumed that with lots of hydro and rain, electricity and water wouldn’t eat into my mortgage payments much.
Woody steered me wrong. EWEB was a classic government protected monopoly gone bad, and the bills were steep. I had an $863 mortgage on an 1100 sq ft house with oil heat, and EWEB was charging another $120 for water and lights. I couldn’t make it work without my parent’s help – and I knew lots of people didn’t have that kind of help.
Things have now changed. A few years ago the EWEB board hired a new manager, who has cut costs and your EWEB bill. Now he wants to increase the use of “smart meters” which use cell-phone technology to record electricity use and calculate bills, freeing up meter readers for more productive work, cutting your bill even more.
And yesterday the EWEB board voted in favor of this, despite the testimony of a small group of tin-hatters who thought the radio waves would harm their already iffy brain functionality. The RG has the story: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/36419454-75/eweb-decides-customers-must-opt-out-if-they-oppose-smart-meters.html.csp
In celebration, a reader sent me this fabulous video, showing how to put those redundant old electricity meters to a higher valued use. Woody Guthrie would be proud:
We’ve been getting a lot of these call this week. Usually I just hang up, but this time I thought I’d see if I could get them to stop calling:
Me: “You’re calling from Google?”
Him: “Yes. Our logs show that your computer has been hacked from a foreign country.”
Me: “That sounds very serious.”
Him: “Indeed. I will walk you through the steps to download a program that will secure it.”
Me: “OK, but first, can you tell me what IP address my computer is using?”
Him: Click. Tial tone.
No calls since. So if these scammers are hassling you too, try asking the same question. You don’t need to know what your IP address is, or even what an IP address is – they’ll move on to easier prey.
No, I’m not talking about student athletes trying to help Willie Taggart make his payday. This is about regular UO students selling their blood plasma to pay for their living expenses. Emerald reporter Francisca “Frankie” Benitez has the very interesting story here, with comments from a few UO Econ professors. Please add any comments there, not here.
From the Washington Post:
Virginia’s most socially conservative state lawmaker was ousted from office Tuesday by Danica Roem, a Democrat who will be one of the nation’s first openly transgender elected officials and who embodies much of what Del. Robert G. Marshall fought against in Richmond.
The race focused on traffic and other local issues in suburban Prince William County but also exposed the nation’s fault lines over gender identity. It pitted a 33-year-old former journalist who began her physical gender transition four years ago against a 13-term incumbent who called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe” and earlier this year introduced a “bathroom bill” that died in committee.
“Discrimination is a disqualifier,” a jubilant Roem said Tuesday night as her margin of victory became clear. “This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias . . . where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it.”
Sorry for getting off topic, but having grown up in Virginia with a trans best friend as my rock-climbing buddy, I wanted to celebrate too. Sic semper tyrannus, Cathy.
I’m not a big fan of this term, what with me being white and all, but this may be the canonical example. His privilege? The cops tased him and took him to court instead of shooting him dead. The story doesn’t say if it was a Stihl or a Husqvarna. K-Falls, so I’ll guess Stihl.
I’m no former marine electrician, but it’s harder than you’d think. I asked a union friend and he sent me some links. The first one had a default of $9.99 a month and no way to change it. I’m guessing it’s a bit hard for them to update their website without electricity.
This one worked: https://www.fcpr.org/. In case your Spanish is as bad as mine, HAZ TU DONATIVO means exactly what you think it does. Paypal or credit card. If anyone has a better suggestion, please post it.
Members of the University of Oregon community,
President Trump this week is expected to make changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, also known as DACA. I join hundreds of university leaders as well as local, state, federal, and business leaders in strongly urging President Trump to continue this program. I also write to let our students know that we support them, and to provide information about where our students and their families can go for assistance, should the need arise.
In a world full of ambiguities, there is no ambiguity for me about the importance of continuing DACA. My view of morality dictates that young people, many of whom were brought here as infants or toddlers, must be allowed to remain in the United States to learn, work, and make a life for themselves. The United States is their home. To uproot them would be wrong. Period.
But the argument for DACA doesn’t just rest on principles of morality; it is also good for our country. One of the reasons the United States became the greatest nation in the world is because it was founded, built, and shaped by immigrants. Millions and millions of people, including all of my grandparents, risked everything to come to the United States to escape religious, ethnic, and political oppression or to seek out a better life for their children. The very act of coming here showed grit and determination, the willingness to assume risk, and courage—just the skills necessary to build our nation. …
The UO Senate resolution from last November, written by Prof. Lynn Stephens and other members of the DACA and Undocumented Students Working Group, with cooperation from the UO administration, is here. The video of the Senate meeting is here. Minutes:
4.4 Vote: US16/17-09: Declaring UO a Sanctuary Campus; Lynn Stephen (Anthropology) et al. Lynn Stephen read the motion. She thanked President Schill and Provost Coltrane for their statement on immigration earlier in the day and for working together with the Senate. She noted that over 200 local jurisdictions throughout the United States, though not Lane County, have expressed their unwillingness to help ICE enforce immigration laws.
Motion to adopt. Presented by: _______________. Second: ________________.
Craig Parsons expressed his concern about the Senate addressing issues like this one, which asks the UO to take a position on how it will deal with federal agencies. The previous resolution focused on the university’s own values, but this one requires a political stance from senators who were not elected based on their political beliefs. Jane Cramer said this resolution will make many students she knows feel safer. Chris Chavez said it is important for the university to speak up at critical moments like this.
Vote to adopt. No – 2. Yes – all other votes. Moved/Seconded/Carried.
9/4/2017: Miserable old man finds brief joy in punishing innocent children
Politico has the news on Donald Trump’s decision to repeal the Obama directive that gave temporary residency and a path to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, here. Congress will have 6 months to decide to reinstate it, or not.
Sept 5 downtown Eugene rally against DACA/Dreamer repeal:
By some of the same people who organized the excellent Eugene Anti-Hate march. On Facebook here.
8/14/2017 update: Peaceful Eugene Anti-Hate march from EMU to downtown
I’m no brother of the Shenandoah Stonewall Jackson (sic) Council of The Order of the Arrow, but I now understand why we kept that red-hot poker in the campfire:
CNN has the news.
That’s the proposal from the Oregon State Marine Board. $10 per year. Kayaks and rafts too. Sailboats over 12′ already need to pay a fee.
11/8/2016 update: Market predictions are not worth a shit.
11/7/2016: Betting market predicts Clinton + Dem Senate, S&P up 2.2%
Data from predictwise.com, based mostly on the $140M gambled on betfair.com so far:
More great RG headlines:
“Putting the fun — and education — in fungi”, here.
“Here’s a mushroom that will give you a fun trip, and here’s one that going to kill you,” ,,,
“Someone wants to buy old city dump near Creswell”, here.
Oregon men, and dog, to face jury of their peers after seizing control of BLM badger hole. In the RG here.