Eugene Weekly calls it as they see it: The Phildo

Per the UO Constitution, the official naming ceremony requires pro-forma approval by Pres Schill and his Faculty Advisory Committee. But the Eugene Weekly has spoken:

We loved all the responses we got for naming the Hayward Field tower — and Phil’s Phallus Palace was a strong runner up. The “weiner” is: The Phildo. Come get your Eugene Weekly T-shirt. And University of Oregon: Please take note, and also the UO and Nike should rethink possible future designs that bear distinct responses to parts of the anatomy that don’t involve footwear.

Rumor has it that 3-D printed USB powered versions will be for sale soon in an array of sizes at ThePhildo.com, for far less than the ~$2.37M the academic side had to pay to wire up this egofice.

The naming call was easy. As UO’s Hayward website notes “Its perforated metal skin and steel form flare upward and outward to resemble a …”

Well, you get the idea. And what will be under the foreskin of this “heroic wood” egofice? A living room:

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6 Responses to Eugene Weekly calls it as they see it: The Phildo

  1. zach says:

    With so many things to investigate at UO and create discussion about the EW creates this kindergarten level buzz about this ? The editor works at UO. I just cannot believe it. They could look at forcing students to buy sports tickets that go unused, seismic deficiencies of campus buildings, 65 million to fix Huestis Hall (what a dump I used to work there) campus deferred maintenance backlog (how much has accumulated), old dorms lacking fire sprinklers , details of the mostly unknown one billion dollar knight campus, east campus home demolitions and legal battles with tenants, housing discrimination in east campus (leaving homes empty while claiming they are full) oh and then there are plans for a indoor track in Glenwood and plastic sports fields along the entire UO riverfront…lastly if Japan cancels Olympics what will UO use the new Hayward stadium for this summer(instead of the Olympic trials)….I vote for a free Motley Crue concert let the UO Foundation pay for it.

  2. zach says:

    With so many things to investigate at UO and create discussion about the EW creates this kindergarten level buzz about this ? The editor works at UO. I just cannot believe it. They could look at forcing students to buy sports tickets that go unused, seismic deficiencies of campus buildings, 65 million to fix Huestis Hall (what a dump I used to work there) campus deferred maintenance backlog (how much has accumulated), old dorms lacking fire sprinklers , details of the mostly unknown one billion dollar knight campus, east campus home demolitions and legal battles with tenants, housing discrimination in east campus (leaving homes empty while claiming they are full) oh and then there are plans for a indoor track in Glenwood and plastic sports fields along the entire UO riverfront…lastly if Japan cancels Olympics what will UO use the new Hayward stadium for this summer(instead of the Olympic trials)….I vote for a free Motley Crue concert let the UO Foundation pay for it.

  3. cheyney ryan says:

    I don’t see how it’s either/or–talk about those other problems OR talk about The Phildo. Personally, I see The Phildo as an emblem, a monument, a concretization of much that is wrong at the U of O. Specifically, the transformation of the university from a place that used to have a social conscience, and a robust student political culture, to one that is besotted with pleasure domes. The Phildo is our own Trump Tower.

    Also EW has never shied away from addressing issues at the U of O. On the contrary, long before the basketball/rape scandal a few years ago and the rush of concern about sexual assault at the U of O, EW and its current editor were running articles about the utter indifference of the U of O to these problems. This is only example of how it has been ahead of the curve.

  4. itsoktobemediocre says:

    waitwaitwaitwaitwat… Academics had to pitch in $2.37M?!?!?!?!?! What how wait what does this how does this huh????

  5. zach says:

    Okay bud, to start off I took your class in late 80s but anyway, the bloody weekly has not much space between pot ads and beer centerfolds to entertain issues of any gravity so I would prefer the columns about sex toys etc instead actually tackle issues on campus that are important to survive UO and possibly contribute towards Duck literacy in some oblique fashion but maybe I am insane and the EW is brilliant. And yes, the EW has been shy about addressing any UO issue of significance for about a decade …would you like the complete list of AVOIDED and important isssues ? The EW has covered issues like kitty litter these days. Iceberg sized issues are not even noticed by doper diaper reporters.

  6. Gary Arnold says:

    First of all, the Franken-Track at 15th and Agate does not deserve to be called Hayward Field (I prefer Knight’s Blight). Hayward Field was unceremoniously transformed into firewood in 2018 and is gone forever. I used to feel like I owned a small part of Hayward- In the 70’s I used to jog around it. Some my PhysEd classes had us do 12 minute runs there. I went to Steve Prefontaine’s memorial service at Hayward. I’ve been in the stands during Olympic Trials, NCAA championships and more Twilight meets than I can remember. I enrolled for the weekly Track Town fitness events just so I could go there and walk around the track every Sunday morning. Now, Hayward is gone-Hayward has just turned into Phil’s Place. And I don’t find myself caring what happens at Phil’s Place.

    We have transformed, what for me, was the heart and soul of Eugene-ness into a facility that won’t be filled to capacity more than six times in a decade. The rest of the time, it will be a vast expanse of empty seats. What a monument to excess and ego.

    Here is one thing we could do as a community. How many Conestoga shelters would fit into this place? We could move all the homeless from the Trump-villes around town into one place-the residents would have a secure place to sleep with centralized access to water, food and bathrooms. A huge number of work study jobs for students would possible-just keeping the place clean. Social workers wouldn’t have to chase down every client-they would all be in one village.

    I’m sure this simple idea horrifies those who built this thing on 15th and Agate. How dare anyone suggest that this shiny monument to sport be used to actually solve problems for people who don’t have disposable incomes to spend on $100 dollar-a-day entrance tickets and $20 dollar tofu dogs. But you know, maybe this shiny new facility should suffer a little bit to aid the suffering in the larger community. We would find so much more fulfillment in getting a few lives back on track rather than just hosting just a few track meets.

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