Tublitz, UO police bill

5/11/2011: Two interesting stories in the ODE. Nora Simon has a retrospective on UO Senate President Nathan Tublitz’s term:

Shared governance means the Senate and the administration have joint power to make decisions that affect the University, according to the University’s charter, and Tublitz has fought to keep that relationship balanced.

And Rockne Andrew Roll write on the scene at the legislative hearings on the UO Police bill:

Among the first to testify was Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), who shepherded the bill through the Senate, where it was approved last month. Prozanski was joined in the by Department of Public Safety Chief Doug Tripp and Frances Dyke, University vice president of finance and administration, who acknowledged Prozanski’s leadership on the issue.

Dyke said the costs of implementation would be “relatively minimal” — about $66,000 — and stressed that more than 80 percent of citations issued by DPS for misdemeanor crimes are issued to people who are not students.

$66,000? Really? Many people at UO believe that University of Oregon Vice President Frances Dyke is lying to the Oregon State Legislature, and that a more accurate measure of the cost is 4 to 7 faculty positions. You can hear the testimony here, the lying potential misrepresentation of the actual facts starts at 16:16.

The testimony does make clear that UO intends to cooperate with the city police and use its new powers to patrol and enforce laws (and UO policies?) in student residential areas surrounding the campus. So, my conspiracy view of the reason UO pushed this so hard is that it will allow the UO police to prevent the release of the names of the athletes they arrest, by using the new FERPA exemption from the state public records law, which they recently obtained from Attorney General Kroger.

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10 Responses to Tublitz, UO police bill

  1. Anonymous says:

    Lying? Get serious. We know that she can’t do long division.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s some weird deal with Tripp, PERS, and his friend with the $24,999 used police interceptor deal. Wow is Prozanski digging a hole with this.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Can’t we see the specifics of what it will cost the UO? Can you do a public records request? And what will it cost the state in terms of the early retirement for Tripp and his cronies? And why was the contract with the City of Eugene cancelled for police services. What did that cost? Is is less than giving guns and tazers to DPS?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t believe the ODE piece on Tublitz today. He is just as slimy as any administrator – just bitter that he isn’t one himself! I couldn’t believe that the Senate didn’t do anything substantial on grade inflation. In the end not surprising – Tublitz’s “leadership” is about hot-button topics rather than academics. Does anyone have any hope for his replacement?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your opinion on this, Provost Bean.

  6. Anonymous says:

    No, not Provost Bean. Just a (formerly) naive faculty member who thought that the senate would be a chance to do something substantive, and then just saw a bunch of old blowhards who liked to hear themselves talk, egged on by Tublitz’s “leadership,” wasting our time on issues like ORI when we have so much more that we could be doing. My senior colleagues told me the senate was a joke – I should have listened…

  7. Anonymous says:

    While we’re at it, any chance that the undergrads will have better leadership? Could you get more stupid than Rousseau’s argument against the New Partnership (a while back) because it is going to cost the taxpayers too much money and we can lobby the state to get more money instead?! (huh? won’t that cost the taxpayers something?) With gems like that she is well on her way to follow in her idol Nathan’s footsteps.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Doug Trip makes more money that the city police chief!!!!!!!! Anyone walk by DPS to see the massive numbers of vehicles and all the new ones? Only a $65,000 increase? Wow-za! This means that the new business manager and security director and the parking director must be working for pennies! Dream on. Doug trip plans on having more administrators and want 28 full time police officers when all is said and done!!!!!! In keeping with UO tradition of trying to bait people to come and work here I am sure this means more ‘competitive wages’ are in the works. I think someone on the blog here said an EPD cop maxes out at $37/hour and this doesn’t include benefits like health and retirement. If this bill moves forward it will cost the student dearly because it will be their tuition that pays for a cop force on campus and the students will be the ones getting the tickets. WE MUST DEMAND A FULL ACCOUNTING FROM DPS BEFORE ANY MORE STEPS FORWARD ARE TAKEN!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Does EPD Chief Kerns really make less than $132,000 per year? I mean he has a lot of responsibility and his operation controls the bulk of the our municipal personnel budget.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Your conspiracy idea is valid. I have gotten tips from EPD officers about the Eugene city prosecutors playing a “catch and release” game with athletes. I investigated it and found it to be true. Conspiracy = the New Normal. That makes UO Matters increasingly useful. My dad even reads it !

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