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.

Mullens, Lananna, Lorraine Davis get free Jock Box parking

Having a hard time finding a parking spot on campus, despite your $420 parking fee? Not a problem for the Duck athletic nomenklatura. They get free parking in the Jock Box parking lot:

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Here’s the list of beneficiaries:

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Eric Roedl, Craig Pintens, – wait, Tim Gleason’s not on the list? The MOU allowing this scam is here:

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They’re really claiming that the parking spots were “donated as part of the Jaqua Building Gift”? Actually, t was the other way around. UO gave the land to the athletic department for $1. At the time it was being used as a parking lot, very convenient for the Oregon Hall staff. Of course they had to pay to use it. For regular UO employees, reserved parking spots range from $1200-$1800:

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Of course regular UO employees don’t get “Courtesy Car Stipends” either:

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And why is the hunting license fee so high, at $420? Because the Ducks stuck UO with a large part of the bill for the underground Knight Arena garage.

Emerald: Parking tickets subsidize Matt Court parking garage

2/23/1015: Since the Ducks are still claiming they pay their own way, it seems like a good time to repost this classic Emerald report:

Alex Tomchak and Dave Martinez have the story in a Daily Emerald investigative report – from back in 2010:

If you pay a parking ticket doled out on the University campus, chances are you’ll be helping to pay off debts accrued on the parking structure under construction beneath the Matthew Knight Arena.

… “If the circumstances had been perfect, we would never have built an underground structure,” Horner said, adding, “Under the circumstances, because of the location, because of the requirement to actually build the arena, this is what we have.”

Duck coaches pocket parking payola

5/20/2013: They are making UO parking operations pay nearly $1M a year towards the bonds for the underground Matt Court Arena parking garage – meaning the cost gets tacked on to the fees every UO parking pass holder must pay. And then they earn $370K a year, presumably from game parking, and spend it on themselves:

Everybody gets a car!

No subsidies here. Move it along, professor.

Professor Emeritus status

6/29/2011: (revised, corrected to note existence of the old rules and the fact that they are also illegal)

At some universities it’s automatic. At the University of Montana, it’s apparently subject to the petty whims of the faculty.

The UO Senate approved new rules in 2010, but the entire package was rejected by General Counsel Randy Geller because it included a clause for free parking, which state rules prohibit. (Sensibly – everyone needs to pitch in to help pay for the jocks’ new arena garage.)

Provost Bean says this means the old rules are still in force:

FROM: “James Bean”
DATE: May 11, 2011 13:46:44 PDT

The recommendation from the senate was deemed illegal and hence not
acted upon by the President. The old policy is still in force. …

That old policy is here. But it also includes the offending parking clause. So by Bean’s Randy Geller’s logic it’s also all illegal. So maybe the new policy was rejected because it ruled out emeritus status on the basis of administrative service – very inconvenient for UO President Emeritus Dave Frohnmayer. Who knows.

So, currently, retiring professors must apparently rely on the patronage and whim of Academic Affairs VP Russ Tomlin. Russ can, apparently, even make the call on whether or not to cut off your email access – as UO did to Jean Stockard a few years ago.

This is not an acceptable situation. If you have more details on what is going on, please leave a comment.

new UO scapegoat appointed

1/14/2011: With Melinda Grier gone, the job of UO scapegoat has been open for more than 6 months. It appears the administration has now appointed VPFA Frances Dyke to the position:

Dear Senators:

As you know, the new basketball arena opened last night to
some fanfare and publicity. Although most things ran smoothly,
the parking on campus did not. Many people arriving to campus
for non-basketball purposes were forced to pay $10 to park
even if they had a valid parking permit. Vice President Frances
Dyke has agreed that this charge occurred in error and would
like to rectify this situation with each individual who was charged
inappropriately. This includes all faculty, staff and students.
Please have anyone you know who came to campus yesterday
afternoon and evening for a non-basketball activity and was
charged $10 to write Frances Dyke directly

Thanks very much in advance for forwarding this message to
your colleagues and constituency.


Nathan Tublitz

Nice try Mr. Mullens, but we want the whole $600,000 – and the $2 million of ours that Jim Bean is paying to run the Jock Box too. Meanwhile, rumor is that Frances will be writing those checks out personally. Disturbingly, there is no evidence the normal affirmative action rules were followed during the scapegoat hiring process. Perhaps it’s an interim appointment?

$600,000 was not enough

1/13/2011: Now the UO athletic department is trying to hit the faculty staff and students up for another $10 for parking on game day – whether or not they are going to the game. College of Education Dean Mike Bullis spills the beans on how to keep your money:

[] On Behalf Of Terry Kneen
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 3:15 PM
Subject: coegr: Fwd: coe-staff: important: parking near COE today,

Important parking information for basketball games.

All —

As you may have heard, the grand opening of the new Matthew Knight arena this evening. The issue of parking for the Matt Knight Arena’s inaugural event — the basketball game against USC — is one that caught all of us, even me, by surprise. Specifically, we learned today that parking lots #17, #18, and #40 around the College of Education are to be used for game parking and cars arriving in those lots after 4 pm this evening are to be charged by attendants to park in those lots. Because the HEDCO Clinics are open and serving individuals until 8 pm and we have evening classes with faculty and staff arriving after 4 pm that initial directive did not work for us. After multiple phone calls to various parts of campus I have learned that parking attendants at the lots around the COE have been instructed to not charge for parking if the individual(s) in that car say they are not attending the basketball game. Please relay this message to as many people you know who may be affected by this situation.

I am sorry for any inconvenience this situation may cause.


Michael Bullis, Ph.D.
Sommerville-Knight Professor and Dean

I for one am glad that the UO deans are spending their time on this, instead of mere academics. Go Ducks!

Senate Agenda

12/1/2010: The Senate meets today, agenda here. A report from President Lariviere/Provost Bean on the Riverfront Research Park should be interesting, given recent revelations about UO’s apparent failure to follow the development procedures. I suspect the statement will be limited, given the potential for a lawsuit from the developer.

France Dyke will talk about parking. Don’t expect any answers about why fees have been raised $600,000 per year to pay for the underground arena parking garage, which cost about $50K per slot. She has been asked this many times, and she’s committed to not explaining the subsidy, ever. The only question is what combination of strategies she will use this time:
a) read from prepared statement, then feign ignorance
b) obsequiously thank the questioner and say her staff will look into it
c) act like the questioner is being unreasonable for not accepting a non-answer

Paul Weinhold of the UO Foundation will speak. This is part of a burst of transparency designed to build support for Lariviere’s restructuring plan. Don’t ask why the Foundation is spending donor money building extravagant offices for themselves and UO Development in the new Alumni Center, instead of on classrooms. Don’t ask how hard we had to work explaining to increasingly skeptical donors why this was the #1 priority for UO. None of your business, you ungrateful student professor punk. Really, this is best for you. Trust us. By the way, we are not going to agree to be subject to the Oregon public records law. Ever.

peacehealth parking contract

11/9/2010: Here’s a nice moneymaker for DPS: Rent 100 parking spaces from Peacehealth for $25 a month, then sell parking permits for them for $400 a year. Earn a bit more by selling, say, 120 permits for the 100 slots. See UO’s contract with the Peacehealth parking garage here. Of course, this is way, way cheaper than the Arena underground parking garage.  But Frances Dyke is going to make students, faculty and staff subsidize that garage anyway – the athletic department needs your support.

Why are parking fees increasing?

Update: VP for Finance Frances Dyke has issued the first of what I am guessing will be many corrections to the memo below. I’ll post the final version after they converge.

[PLEASE NOTE: The original version of this e-mail contained an error regarding past increases in faculty/staff parking fees. Rates for both faculty/staff permits and student permits did increase a year ago. Corrected message is below.]

9/22/2010: DPS Director Doug Tripp and VP for Finance have produced a memo on the latest parking fee increases. It will should be posted at, once they get their blog fixed. The memo makes no mention of many of the increases detailed here, and is at odds with the statements by DPS Capt. Herb Horner, reported in a series of reports on parking in the ODE last April. Herb said the fee increases were needed to cover the cost of the underground Arena parking. In their FAQ, Frances and Doug say that fees are increasing for other reasons, and that arena parking costs will be covered by arena parking users:

Q.  How will the debt service and operating costs for the arena’s underground garage be covered?

A. The debt service and operating costs will be paid by those who use the underground garage. Fees will be collected from those with reserved spaces in the garage, along with campus visitors, faculty, staff and students who choose to use hourly metered parking in the garage and people attending events in the arena and the alumni center. The athletic department has guaranteed a portion of the debt payment.

Those are going to be pretty expensive meters – if this is true. They do not give any numbers on costs. The entire memo is here:

From: Frances Dyke, UO vice president for finance and administration
and Doug Tripp, director of the Department of Public Safety

Parking outlook

Changes to bring relief to users of the University of Oregon parking program have resulted in a net increase of more than 600 spaces by early 2011, compared to the 2009-10 academic year. The expansion addresses the needs of a growing campus and requests by students, faculty and staff to provide increased parking availability and improved access to campus.

A map showing all UO parking facilities is available at

As you may expect, the expansion will result in some short-term disruptions as well as increased user costs.

The series of parking disruptions that began in 2007-08 with construction projects at the College of Education and School of Music and Dance will continue this fall as projects at the opposite corner of campus – primarily, Matthew Knight Arena and the Ford Alumni Center – near completion. Another major project, the East Campus Residence Hall, causes additional parking disruptions with the closing of the Bean parking lot and the loss of 400 spaces. But additions of, or changes to, five east campus parking lots will bring an additional 311 east side parking spaces online for the beginning of fall term. Five more facilities under construction this fall – including the 375-space arena parking structure – will make another 679 spaces available for the start of winter term.

Since the parking program must be self-supporting a second unwelcome fact is that the cost of parking for UO employees will increase this year to a base annual rate of $400 ($33 per month) – up from $300 ($25 per month) last year – for traditional non-reserve, faculty/staff parking permits. Reserve parking permits will increase to the base rate plus $1,150 this year from the base rate plus $900 a year ago. Student parking permits – which were the only parking rates to be increased last year – will remain at $300 this year.

We recognize the fee increases will affect many UO employees on a personal level, and the decision to adjust rates – particularly in the current economic climate – was an incredibly difficult one. Other than a necessity for the parking program to be self-supporting, there is no single reason for the increases. But an overarching factor is campus growth and a need to adjust the number and type of parking facilities on campus – and to pay for them.

Below are a series of questions and answers regarding UO parking issues.

Parking impacts due to construction projects

Q. After their completion, how did the projects at the College of Education and School of Music and Dance affect campus parking?

A. While the construction projects temporarily displaced hundreds of parking spaces, they ultimately resulted in a permanent loss of just 35 spaces. Hundreds of new or refurbished spaces were returned to the UO’s parking inventory, including some under the new HEDCO building. High-efficiency lighting and stormwater systems were installed at some locations.

Q. How did construction of the Jaqua Center affect campus parking?

A. The project temporarily displaced 178 spaces at 13th Avenue and Agate Street. Those spaces have been restored or replaced through a combination of parking projects.

Q. What new parking lots in the east campus area will be available for use at the beginning of fall term?

A. The largest of the new lots is at the former Oregon Department of Transportation property east of Walnut Street, where 132 spaces will be available. There are also parking lots off Villard Alley, south of 15th between Moss and Villard streets (54 spaces); and off Moss north of 15th (11 new spaces). Efficiency upgrades at several existing lots will result in about 50 additional spaces. More than 90 temporary spaces will be provided east of Moss St. and south of 15th during Fall term.  In addition, the university has leased 100 new spaces in the PeaceHealth garage at 666 E. 13th Ave. (corner of 13th and Hilyard), and could contract for another 200 spaces if demand is high.

Q. What additional parking projects will be ready for use at the beginning of winter term?

A. The new arena parking structure is the largest, at 375 spaces. The northside lot on Riverfront Parkway, north of the Millrace, will offer another 151 spaces. Other parking lots are being built on Moss between 15th and 17th avenues (79 spaces); on Columbia Street south of 13th Avenue (54 spaces); on Villard east of the basketball arena (20 spaces); and at the corner 15th Avenue and Walnut (64 new spaces).

Q. Overall, what will the university’s parking picture look like by the beginning of 2011?

A. The total number of campus parking spaces will be over 3,500 – significantly higher than ever before. Much of the parking expansion has been accomplished on existing paved areas, and has included improvements in energy efficiency and treatment of stormwater runoff.

Parking fee changes, procedures and policies

Q. The university’s parking program in an “auxiliary enterprise.” What does that mean?

A. An auxiliary enterprise is an accounting entity that exists to furnish goods or services and charges fees to cover its costs. It is managed as a self-supporting activity. Campus growth at the UO has required additional parking infrastructure, and that has resulted in costs that the parking program must cover through fees and fines.

Q.  How will the debt service and operating costs for the arena’s underground garage be covered?

A. The debt service and operating costs will be paid by those who use the underground garage. Fees will be collected from those with reserved spaces in the garage, along with campus visitors, faculty, staff and students who choose to use hourly metered parking in the garage and people attending events in the arena and the alumni center. The athletic department has guaranteed a portion of the debt payment.

Q. How will parking fees be set for FY 2012?

A. Fee proposals are due in December of each year. For the next round of parking fees, Department of Public Safety Director Doug Tripp will chair a work group charged with examining the university’s current parking fee structure and making recommendations about how parking rates should be determined in the future. The work group will represent a cross-section of the campus community.

Q. How does the parking program fit into the university’s sustainability goals?

A. While the parking program is designed to provide parking facilities for university employees, students and visitors, it also supports alternative transportation programs such as bicycling and the use of public transportation. The program strives to help the UO meet its goals for reducing its carbon footprint through progressive sustainability initiatives. In addition to the many parking mitigation programs administered by the Office of Parking and Transportation, the university also supports a program which allows all holders of UO ID cards to use the Lane Transit District (LTD) system at no charge.   A portion of each department’s OPE expense pays for the free bus passes.

Q. What does the parking program hope to accomplish when setting its fee structure?

A. The parking program must be self-supporting and self-sustaining. It must provide parking infrastructure, along with the services to operate, maintain and provide security for all campus parking facilities.

Q. Was anything done to limit this year’s parking fee increases?

A. A significant effort was made to mitigate increases in parking rates. The university was able to restructure some of its debts on parking facilities, achieving more favorable terms. This year’s parking rate increases were less than anticipated because of the debt restructuring. In addition, the parking program deferred maintenance on several parking facilities to reduce operational costs. Parking has also sought to build efficiencies through the use of e-commerce, pay-on-foot displays and other innovations.

Q. How are accountability and efficiency being improved?

A. Several technological initiatives have been launched. Electronic pay-on-foot stations reduce the number of parking meters and expand payment options. Online payment options are reducing the need for customers to receive counter help. Plans are being developed to install gate controls at the entries to some parking lots, and require gate cards for access. That will allow better management of those facilities and reduce the need for enforcement.

Q. How is the Department of Public Safety’s parking program adapting to its new obligations and responsibilities?

A. A new Office of Parking and Transportation has been created within the Department of Public Safety to coordinate campus access, parking, traffic, transit and transportation programming. The position of director for the new office is currently posted for application. The new office will be required to develop an annual campus parking and transportation master plan – with campus input – to ensure that its practices are financially viable and consistent with expectations of the campus community. The director will also appoint a parking and transportation advisory committee.

Q. How can the campus community be better informed about parking issues?

A. A new website for the UO’s Office of Parking and Transportation is under development. The site will promote information sharing and online payment options. A new parking blog ( provides quick updates on parking and transportation issues, and promotes open and helpful exchanges.

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9/3/2010: Eugene will likely use federal stimulus money to remodel 13th between Alder and Kincaid, hope they do it soon. Alan Pittman doesn’t like it, but to me this looks like a nice improvement to the rundown street that is UO’s real entrance, for everyone except the jocks that get free parking under Matt Court. Besides, the bike people seem to like it. Not that it matters, the backstory is that Frog sued the city over working conditions and the settlement requires widening the sidewalk to give him 3x as much office space as a UO Professor. But then Frog has a higher impact factor than most of us: 67,700 hits.

In the comments, Ted posts:

Not only is it going to be better and safer for everyone (bikes, peds, and cars), the 13th section isn’t even the important part of the project. The rest of it is a redesign of Alder between Franklin and 19th, creating a two way “cycle track” on one side of the road. 13th between Alder and Kincaid is actually being used to pick up on-street parking that is being moved off of Alder (North of 13th). The fact that parking on 13th is being increased and we are STILL calling it a nice, safety-focused redesign is a testament to the hard work of the bike/ped planners working for the city. This project deserves the support of the UO community.

I am sure I’m not the only fixie rider to be a little disappointed to discover a cycle-track is not the same thing as a velodrome, but in all seriousness this proposal looks great. I hope all the new trees don’t block the sidewalk and drop leaves on the path – not that I don’t use a handbrake.

How to get more guys to go to college. Big guys.

8/27/2010: By Ben Jacklet in Oregon Business:

… George Fox fielded a football team from 1894 to 1968 but dropped it when the team could no longer compete. Bringing back football after a 42-year absence is a point of pride to University President Robin Baker, and a smart business decision. Like Pacific, George Fox has fairly steep tuition ($36,000 including room and board) and women make up 62% of students. By restarting football, “we’ll draw around 75 new students who are men who will pay to be a part of George Fox University and to play football here,” says Baker. “It makes perfect financial sense.”

George Fox already has started building a $6.5 million sports complex with lacrosse and soccer fields as well as a 1,200-seat football stadium. The university will hire a coaching staff to rebuild the team from scratch and is looking forward to its largest incoming freshmen class ever in the fall of 2013 — if not by number of students then certainly by weight.

George Fox University is, of course, named after the founder of the Quakers. The story includes this from President Lariviere, on UO:

“With the new arena coming online and additional expenses of hiring personnel, we’ve got a couple of tight years coming up,” says Lariviere.

Fortunately the faculty and staff are happy to cover those coaches’ salaries by paying higher parking fees.