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- Former UO VPR Kimberly Espy... (3)
- Union responds to Provost's letter... (14)
- Dog this was written as a combination of dogstorming and UOmatters intelligent algorithm. – Saturday
- Admirable Leadership So who actually wrote "the Provost's letter"? The Provost, while addressing the Senate, has recently attempted to distance himself from... – Saturday
- Unhappy in COD Did you read the union response? Quite the contrast to the Provost letter. It looks like the grown-ups showed up... – Thursday
- honest Uncle Bernie After an admittedly quick read, the Provost letter sure struck me as bullying, even threatening. As I mentioned above, good... – Wednesday
- U n Ograd Wasn't the union supposed to fix this? – Tuesday
- PPPM has forsaken the Oxford comma?!? At least they didn't use a semicolon... – Monday
- An upside down COD Where in the letter does the Provost demonstrate good listening? Why are so many faculty in Architecture disturbed by recent... – Monday
- MmmmK No kidding. Given that it's current year, one would assume that one side are minions of the orange-haired freak, while... – Monday
- Live from Provost Banavar's Metrics... (14)
- honest Uncle Bernie Sounds like a case of Intelligent Design to me! – Saturday
- Elliot Berkman Ha! My apologies for thinking that bringing relevant scholarship to a discussion would be persuasive to academics. There I go... – Saturday
- Dog yes the initial formation of the research institutes was radical but that was long over by 1990 or so. Change... – Saturday
- Old Man Dog tells us that "The history of the UO is one of cloning ourselves to maintain our discipline niches." Perhaps... – Friday
- Dog Yes psychology/economic lens battle - not veryhelpful for us ignorant masses. The only incentive that I ever responded too or... – Friday
- Elliot Berkman Regarding Holstrom's work, I think faculty performance follows what he calls a "career concerns" model (e.g., https://academic.oup.com/restud/article-abstract/66/1/169/1666374). Given the employment... – Friday
- Hippo Where is this all going? Will we will need hyper-metrics to access decisions based on metrics? Suppose Dept X's self-proposed... – Friday
- Dog For me, one sensible way for a Research University to evolve is to invest in emerging funding areas (hopefully the... – Friday
- Angry Dana Altman lectures Pit... (6)
- uomatters Last I looked UO was spending $7M a year on Kyle Henley, Tobin Klinger and their ilk. You can buy... – Thursday
- Anas clypeata Interesting. You produce an independently determined amount and quality of content based on your assessment of costs and what the... – Thursday
- Dog Hey, a most excellent script - keep up the auto convolution! – Thursday
- uomatters Sorry. The truth is I stopped writing posts for this blog several years ago. They're now generated by a python... – Wednesday
- MmmmK No idea what I'm looking at. Who is Dana Altman? What is a Pit Crew? And what is NIT? Anyway,... – Wednesday
- Dog Hey its an extra Game in the Knight Palace of Roundball, certainly that will reduce out payback time from infinite... – Tuesday
- Riverfront astroturf is not for... (8)
- WWFLODI2020 This may have been covered in the Senate but another field to keep replacement nike-turf 'donations' from going to the... – Thursday
- Dog you consumption of scotch likely contributes to global inequity so your not equal to the other 7.499999999999 B – Wednesday
- uomatters As one of the 7.5B, I take umbrage! – Wednesday
- Dog So is the presence of 7.5 billion consumers – Wednesday
- New Year Cat Ecologically such a bad idea. – Wednesday
- Dog Always better to substitute data for belief, so here is some 1. Oversubscribed soccer fields next to Rec Center -... – Monday
- uomatters Your personal attack on my athletic bowling skills would be defamation per se, if only it were false. In any... – Monday
- IM participant It strains credulity based on stature, but is it possible that the editor has not historically tended to be involved... – Monday
- Where has Oregon spent the... (3)
- Isaiah Some of the most lucrative government contracts are those awarded for (re-)applying a coat of good intentions atop the road... – Monday
- Conservative Duck "Politicians waste other people's money. Film at 11." Color me surprised. – Monday
- oldtimer the ‘mill to nowhere’ is just one example in Oregon of a much larger phenomenon in the shift away from... – Monday
- School of Architecture & Environment... (4)
- disappeared faculty Just as NTTFs are being eliminated from the discourse by being omitted in emails listing faculty accomplishments, for example. – Sunday
- President: Faculty complaints about lack... (8)
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- Former UO VPR Kimberly Espy finalist for provost at Ball State, Kansas State, Kentucky - https://t.co/4cmcLO9sSF, 21 hours ago
- RT @brendatracy24: Not surprised. Leadership starts at the top. Anyone ever wonder why Phil Knight stays silent on these issues? Anyon… https://t.co/7caBRD5x61, Mar 17
- RT @JeffmanningOre: The Oregonian/OregonLive's take on the basketball scandal and the athletic footwear industry: https://t.co/e5gkvqk4Kn, Mar 17
- KMTR news: UO Senate calls on administration to withdraw Conditional Use Permit for riverfront https://t.co/T4em4Ya5Ha, Mar 16
- RT @WarrenKZola: Finances for 2018 @NCAA March Madness: 1. @NCAA gets $771M annually from CBS/Turner; 2. Each conference gets $1.6M… https://t.co/J0o3szM90J, Mar 16
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- Former UO VPR Kimberly Espy finalist for provost at Ball State, Kansas State, Kentucky 03/17/2018
- Live from Provost Banavar’s Metrics Town Hall: 03/15/2018
- Faculty Club to host President Schill, tonight at 5PM 03/15/2018
- College as a country club 03/15/2018
- Senate votes overwhelmingly against astroturf next to Willamette 03/14/2018
- Union responds to Provost’s letter to Architecture faculty 03/14/2018
- Angry Dana Altman lectures Pit Crew over poor NIT attendance 03/13/2018
- Riverfront astroturf is not for PE classes or club sports. Is it part of the UO Foundation’s secret Tracktown 2021 plans? 03/11/2018
- Where has Oregon spent the $ it saved by cutting higher ed? 03/11/2018
- President: Faculty complaints about lack of shared governance are preposterous, careless, false, absurd, an insult, a defamatory slur, and demagogy 03/09/2018
- The UO Senate is not a sham operation like other Senates 03/09/2018
- School of Architecture & Environment meets on sucession 03/09/2018
- Why is the Ross fund unlike any other Foundation fund? 03/06/2018
- Faculty Club to host CoE Dean Randy Kamphaus, this Wed 5PM 03/06/2018
- SPICE Science Fair this Sat in Willamette Hall 03/06/2018
- Some CoD faculty not happy with new Dean, reorganization 03/06/2018
- There is no case for the humanities 03/06/2018
- UO submits Conditional Use Permit to develop near Willamette 03/06/2018
- Board of Trustees approves modest tuition increase, higher for Business College, big cut for Honors College 03/06/2018
- 1000 Oregon State faculty sign to support union 03/06/2018
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.