Coltrane slips past JH security bubble for coffee with faculty

The rest of the day seems to be none of the public’s damn business though:

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Still it’s a stark contrast with former President Gottfredson. While Dave Hubin made me pay him $108 dollars to see Gottfredson’s calendar, Coltrane has Greg Rikhoff post his schedule on the web – or at least the parts that make him look good. And rumor down at the faculty club is that he’s buying the lattes tomorrow.

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Eugene police earn $50K overtime per home football game

10/30/2014: About $800 per officer per game. Does this encourage them to go easy on lawbreaking Ducks, as apparently happened in Tallahassee with FSU? John Canzano raises the question in the Oregonian, here:

I write this knowing that three UO men’s basketball players faced a sexual assault investigation that got tangled and tricky last spring. They were not charged, but were eventually dismissed by the university. I write this knowing that police work can be thankless, and that officers often seek out overtime to pad their incomes and pay their mortgages. But I also write this hoping that maybe some deep discussion will cause the universities and police departments to work closely together to try and make sure everyone has clean hands.

The difficulty reporters have about getting info on police reports involving UO athletes is pretty obvious, the rape allegations and the shoplifting arrests being the most recent examples – at least the most recent that reporters have managed to find out about.

10/10/2014: “At Florida State, Football Clouds Justice”. And at UO?

The NYT leads with a long investigative piece documenting the Jameis Wilson rape allegations and many other scandals. How do athletic departments get away with this sort of thing? Among the explanations:

A successful football program is also good for Tallahassee police officers. They earn an extra $40 to $45 an hour, at university expense, providing traffic control on game days, according to the department. Last season, officers were paid a total of $112,000, according to the university.

How different is Eugene? Austin Meek reports in the RG today that Dana Altman is so worried about the rape allegations and other legal troubles of those “student-athletes” that he has brought in to help him keep his $1.8M job, that he’s now assigning grad students to live with them, in the apartment complex that Duck booster Pat Kilkenny built right next the to basketball arena:

“Those have been our violations with the law. And then we had young men that had a real bad night.”

That one bad night, which involved the three players engaging in multiple sexual encounters with a female accuser, has resulted in far-reaching consequences.

To deter future incidents, Altman said he has changed living arrangements for his team, requiring players to live with graduate assistants in the same apartment complex across from Matthew Knight Arena.

“It gives us an opportunity to have some different curfews before games, after games, with an easier ability for our GAs to do some checking to make sure our players are where they’re supposed to be on time,” Altman said.

Altman also examined his recruiting process, both as it pertained to players with past disciplinary issues and those with questionable academic records.

*Altman* has “examined his recruiting process”? Shouldn’t someone with less to lose from a more rigorous process be in charge of Mr. Altman?

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Coltrane, Bronet take Grad School control away from Shelton

What are the chances they’ll cut Shelton’s bloated salary to reflect his decreased responsibilities? The job ad for the permanent Dean of the Grad School is here:

Note: UO Employees only

The University of Oregon invites internal nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate School. This position has been reconceived as an independent deanship and will report to the Senior Vice President and Provost. …

Duties of the Position

… LEADERSHIP AND VISION. The Dean must successfully combine administrative leadership with creativity and innovation, developing a vision for the Graduate School and for the future of graduate education at the University by adapting to ongoing changes in graduate education by developing and supporting new opportunities for transformative, rigorous training and student-centered mentorship and support;
representing graduate education in the collaborative environment of the university’s Academic Leadership Team; nurturing initiatives that enrich the diversity of the graduate student population, and managing equity and fairness across the different graduate disciplines and programs; and
ensuring effective collaboration with such units as Academic Affairs, Academic Extension, Enrollment Management, Equity and Inclusion, International Affairs, Research and Innovation, Student Life, and Undergraduate Studies, as well as the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, on issues vital to graduate education.

About the Graduate School

The dean provides leadership to an associate dean, who is also a tenured faculty member, and a professional administrative team comprised of Officers of Administration (5.0 FTE) and SEIU-classified staff (3.5 FTE), as well as GTF and student staff, all of whom support of the core purpose of the Graduate School.

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Doug Blandy’s confidential strike plan allows faculty to cut finals, admins to hire “community experts” to scab on grad students

Word down at the faculty club is that VP for Academic Affairs Doug Blandy has asked David Miller if he’s willing to teach Quantum Mechanics, while noted campus presence John Brewster may teach intro Public Relations classes.

UO’s complete secret strike plan is here:

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No one should really be surprised by our VPAA Doug Blandy’s willingness to compromise academic standards for financial gain, given that the Arts and Administration Department he used to chair is notorious for grade inflation in its AAD 251-3 gut classes, which have been raking in $1M or so in student credit hour cash, per year:

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It’s funny – every quarter faculty get an email from Blandy about our obligations regarding grades and final exams. We even managed to give finals during last December’s Snowpocalypse. Seems like that’s no longer convenient for our administrators:

From: “Senior Vice Provost” <>
Date: November 21, 2013 at 12:36:42 PM PST
Subject: Dead Week and Final Exam Policy

Dear Colleagues,

This message is to remind you of examination policies that may affect your course planning for the end of this term. Faculty legislation controls assignments that may be required during the last week of regular classes, commonly known as “Dead Week”:

1. In the week preceding final examination during fall, winter, and spring terms:
No examination worth more than 20% of the final grade will be given, with the exception of make-up examinations.
No final examinations will be given under any guise.
No work that will be evaluated for grades/credit will be due unless it has been clearly specified on the class syllabus within the first two weeks of the term.

2. Take-home examinations will be due no earlier than the day of the formally assigned final examination for the class in question.

This action clarifies and extends earlier faculty legislation (1911 Faculty Assembly archives) prohibiting the giving of final examinations earlier than officially scheduled.

Doug Blandy
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

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Fund TF recommendations with $ from bloated Robin Holmes budget

The budget for VPSA Robin Holmes’s office has grown from $2M to $5.5M in five years. Seems like a good place to find the funds for the Senate Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention’s recommendations:

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Perhaps the overhead rates for Athletics and Greek Life should also be increased to reflect the financial burden they are putting on the university

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IAC affirms assault prevention report, despite Sheehan and Paris opposition

10/28/2014: The Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee voted today to approve the following resolution, over the objections of Professors Margie Paris (Law) and Kim Sheehan (Advertising):


The IAC affirms its support for the Senate Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention recommendation #1.4, and will work to interpret and implement it.

[That recommendation states: 

1.4. Empower the Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC) so that it can address
sexual violence issues as they pertain to athletics:

The elected Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC) is key to implementing education
about sexual violence. The 2014 NCAA report “Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal
Violence: Athletics’ Role in Support of Healthy and Safe Campuses,” emphasizes the
importance of Athletics’ collaboration with the rest of the campus. The policy and practice of
faculty legislative involvement in oversight of intercollegiate athletics at the University of
Oregon date back to October 5, 1895. At that time, the Faculty Assembly, meeting with the
University President, voted to create the University Committee on Athletics. In September 1902,
the faculty added undergraduate students and alumni to the committee.24 The Intercollegiate
Athletics Committee of the University Senate operated in its current form for several decades
until former UO President Michael Gottfredson announced that the Athletic Department would
no longer meet with the IAC. Shared governance, an ideal and policy of the University of
Oregon since the adoption of its charter nearly 140 years ago, is essential to the adoption of
policies and practices that will reduce sexual violence at UO. It is essential that the University
President instruct the Athletic Department to cooperate with the Senate IAC on this important
matter. This cooperation must include a willingness to provide requested information and
cooperate with suggested programs, particularly on matters that can reduce instances of sexual
assault perpetrated by, or on, student athletes as well as promulgating more generally values and imagery regarding gender and sexuality that may promote or reduce sexual violence. The goal of a safe education for students, in a university that is free of the scourge of sexual violence, can only be achieved if all parts of the University are told that they must engage with the shared
governance structures that are dedicated to that education.]

This recommendation requires cooperation with the Athletics Department. The Athletic Department is currently not cooperating with the IAC.

Therefore we request that the Senate pass our charge, after review, as legislation. [Legislation would require that Interim President Coltrane accept, or explain his objections, potentially to a faculty assembly].

Given the urgency, we ask that the Senate Executive Committee work to get this done by November 19th, 2014.

KMTR TV has a report on the meeting here:

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Paris was Senate President last year, and Sheehan is the chair of the “President’s Advisory Group on Intercollegiate Athletics” which President Gottfredson established the day after he finally picked up the EPD report on the basketball rape allegations. The timeline is here:

April 14: The EDP tells UO that their investigation is complete. Under the Clery Act UO was required to begin its own investigation “immediately” after learning of the allegations, but certainly no later than the conclusion of the police investigation. Any UO investigation would have started with the EPD report. But despite EPD requests, UO did not even pick up a copy of the report until April 28. (April 24 in some reports.) That’s 50 days after Gottfredson knew of the alleged rape.

April 21: UO General Counsel Randy Geller tells President Gottfredson he is resigning. The campus is not told until May 5.

April 25: Deadline for basketball season tickets and donations.

Season ticket application deadline & half of DAF donation is due.
Priority points calculated for season ticket and single game benefits.

April 28: UO finally picks up its copy of the investigation from the EPD. (April 24 in some reports.)

April 29: UO’s official “Around the O” blog reports that UO Professor and co-founder of the UO Coalition to End Sexual ViolenceJennifer Freyd (Psychology) has gone to the White House for the announcement of new Title IX rules strengthening universities sexual assault reporting and prevention efforts.

April 29: President Gottfredson suddenly announces he will not require AD Rob Mullens or other athletic department employees to meet with the UO Senate’s athletic oversight and advisory committee, the IAC. Quoting a report by IAC chair Rob Illig (Law) that was never approved by the IAC or the Senate, Gottfredson says he will establish his own “Athletics Advisory Council” and make his own appointments.

The UO Senate Executive Committee declines to cooperate with Gottfredson’s request for nominations to his AAC, until further discussion. Details and documents here.

Sheehan and Paris had the opportunity to speak at length and explain their opposition to this motion. [A recording is available on request, if I can figure out how to get it off my phone]. After more than an hour of discussion, the IAC voted to end debate and then voted to pass the resolution.

10/27/24: IAC to hold emergency public meeting on athletics and sex assault prevention

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Administrator eats crow over academic freedom violation

10/28/2014: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has the news, here:

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2014—In a victory for free speech, New Jersey’s Bergen Community College (BCC) has rescinded its punishment of an art professor it placed on leave and forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for posting a picture of his daughter wearing a Game of Thrones T-shirt.

After learning of BCC’s outrageous actions, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) connected Professor Francis Schmidt with FIRE Legal Network member Derek Shaffer, a partner at the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and Gabriel Soledad, an associate at the firm.

Bergen-Community-college-game-of-thrones-TshirtIn a recent letter to Schmidt, BCC Director of Human Resources Patti Bonomolo acknowledged that the college “may have lacked basis” for punishing him and that doing so “potentially violated” his constitutional rights. “Lest there be any doubt, BCC recognizes and respects that you are free to exercise your constitutional rights, including your right to freedom of speech and expression, even to the extent that you may disparage BCC and/or its officials,” wrote Bonomolo.

“I’m very happy to have my First Amendment rights back. I’m glad to have this thing behind me and would like to get back to teaching animation,” said Professor Schmidt. “I’m happy to know groups like FIRE are out there, protecting my valuable First Amendment rights as an academic. Without them our higher education system would be all the weaker.”

“Saying that Bergen Community College’s punishment of Francis Schmidt ‘may have lacked basis’ is like saying that King Joffrey may have been a less than ideal ruler,” said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff …

4/17/2014: “I will take what is mine with fire and blood”

No, that’s not a quote from a UO law professor, or Kimberly Espy, (or the faculty union treasurer) it’s from Daenerys Targaryen. The Foundation for Individual Rights has the story on how it got a professor put on leave and sent to a psychiatrist by his paranoid administrators.

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NYT on the hidden costs of sorority life

10/28/2014: Fascinating story by Risa Doherty:

During fall or winter rush, sororities court starry-eyed freshmen. They showcase their joyful conviviality with skits and serenades. They stress the benefits of joining, and brag about attracting the prettiest, smartest or most athletic. At many traditional sororities, however, not much energy is spent explaining what is expected, leaving many pledges unaware of the considerable time commitment and costs.

Do the math: Official charges include Panhellenic dues, chapter fees, administrative fees, nonresident house/parlor fees, a onetime pledging and initiation fee and contribution toward a house bond. Members must also buy a pin (consider the diamond-encrusted one) and a letter jersey. Without housing, basic costs for the first semester (the most expensive) average $1,570 at University of Georgia sororities, $1,130 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and $1,580 at Syracuse University.

But such fees are only a portion of the real cost. Add in fines, philanthropy and the incidentals that are essential to participate in sorority life and the total spirals upward, especially when a closetful of designer party dresses is part of the mix.

10/20/2014: Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in denial

Step one is to admit you have a problem. Despite that fact that five of his students ended up in the hospital with alcohol poisoning after last year’s “bid day”, Mr. Shukas thinks maybe the problem is that regular students may have mis-reported they were in chapters, inflating the greek life rape numbers in Jennifer Freyd’s survey report. The ODE has the story:

… Justin Shukas, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UO, has made sure that there are a number of programs in place to make students feel safe in terms of sexual assault.

“We do a new member orientation program that happens within two to three weeks of when new members receive their bids,” he said. “We cover sexual assault prevention and alcohol abuse prevention.”…

Shukas said that many FSL members were surprised by the results of the study. “I think a lot of the students’ reaction is that they weren’t aware,” Shukas said. “The data was also self reported, and it’s unsure if those students were actually in chapters, so there are still a lot of questions about that.” …

UO FSL saw first hand how individuals’ poor decisions can lead to an unsafe environment after five sorority women were hospitalized due to alcohol poisoning following Bid Day 2013.

10/15/2014: Fraternity members 3x more likely to commit rape – UO Dean Shang says don’t forget about their community service

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UO Senate Task Force on Sex Assault seeks input before vote

To: University of Oregon Campus Community

From: Robert Kyr; President, University Senate

RE: Report of the Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support—Seeking Your Feedback (Deadline: Monday, November 3, 2014)

I am writing to strongly encourage you to read the Report of the Senate Task Force to address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support, and to offer your feedback through the survey vehicle that can be accessed through the link under #2 below.

Please participate by offering your feedback to the report in whatever ways you prefer, as follows:

1) TO READ THE REPORTThe Report of the Senate Task Force (“Twenty Students Per Week: The Final Report of the University Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Support Survivors”) may be accessed through the following link, which may also be found at the top of the Senate website homepage (

2) TO OFFER WRITTEN FEEDBACK (Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3rd by 6:00 pm)—If you wish to offer feedback, please do so through the following link (also provided at the top of the Senate website homepage at

Please note that there is a space for you to offer feedback for each recommendation, so please focus your efforts on specific items, rather than writing all of your comments in a single space. The deadline for submitting your feedback is 6:00 pm on Monday, November 3rd. The Senate Task Force will meet on the next day to discuss your comments and to consider revisions for its report.

3) TO OFFER FEEDBACK IN PERSON (Campus Forum, November 3rd)—

If you would like to offer feedback in person, please participate in the Campus Forum that is scheduled at 4:00-6:00 pm on Monday, November 3, 2014, in the Ford Alumni Center Ballroom (first floor). In particular, students are encouraged to attend and participate, since the Task Force would like to receive their feedback, both through the online vehicle (#2 above) and/or through the Campus Forum.

4) SENATE DISCUSSION & VOTE (Senate Meeting, November 5th)—

The November 5th Senate meeting (3:00-5:00 pm in Lawrence Hall 115) will feature an open public discussion on the Senate Task Force Report followed by a Senate vote to affirm the recommendations.

I hope that you will participate in our open public process for the consideration of the Senate Task Force Report. The issues that it addresses are of the utmost importance to all of us and to the future of our university. Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of each and every member of our community, especially our students.

In closing, I would like to thank the Senate Task Force (and especially its Co-Chairs, Carol Stabile and Randy Sullivan) for its superb work on behalf of us all. We are grateful for their expertise, commitment and dedication in addressing these crucial issues.

We look forward to working with Interim President Coltrane and his administration to implement the recommendations in a sustainable way that will be for the highest good of all concerned.

All the best,

Robert Kyr

Philip H. Knight Professor of Music

President, University Senate

10/22/2014: 3PM Today: UO Senate Task Force on sexual violence prevention recommendations

No, I’m not talking about Mike Gottfredson’s self-appointed “Presidential Sex Assault Review Panel”. That group will apparently have its final meeting Nov 21st in Portland, of all places. Presumably so they can stay in a nice boutique hotel, while avoiding any awkward questions about how much of their ~$150K report was actually written by Jane Gordon (Law).

This is the report from the all volunteer UO Senate Task Force, which has been working all summer, holding public meetings, running a survey, and trying to get info from the athletics department and greek life. Their initial recommendations will be made to the UO Senate this Wednesday, there will be a town hall later, and the discussion and voting will begin at the November 5th Senate meeting.

Subject: [UO Senate 2014/15] [Senate:] Wednesday (Oct. 22)‹Important Senate Meeting!

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UO Trustees ask The People’s help in choosing next Great Leader

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Chief Strategic Communicator Tobin Klinger has the glorious news in “Around the 0″:

A series of public forums designed to solicit input from an array of university constituents to inform the presidential search will be held in November. … Events will be held in Eugene and Portland, to provide multiple opportunities for on-campus and off-campus groups. They are:

  • A student forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, in the Gumwood Room in the EMU.
  • A faculty and staff forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Walnut Room in the EMU.
  • A Eugene area community forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, in the Reading Room in the Knight Library.
  • A Portland area community forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch St.

The Central Hiring Committee requires that loyal Ducks pay no intention to questions about why there are more Moffitts than students on the committee, or to scurrilous claims that the people’s will may be ignored, such as this one in the Register Guard:

Saying the University of Oregon requires a different kind of presidential search this time, Board of Trustees Chairman Chuck Lillis has advanced a search plan that he wrote and that reserves broad powers for himself — and a select group of others.

Lillis gave himself the authority to conduct the search with an “assist” from a 14-member committee weighted with trustees and administrators.

A second 12-member committee that includes some UO students and office workers will be allowed to provide “relevant perspectives and insights,” according to Lillis’ plan, which he unveiled Thursday at a trustees meeting in Eugene.

Lillis included a “code of conduct” that prohibits anybody but himself — and the chairwoman of the “assist” committee — to comment publicly on the presidential search, not even on the search timeline.

Lillis alone will be allowed to rank and even eliminate finalists, according to the plan he wrote.

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MIT joins UO in pre-empting AAU sex assault survey monopoly

10/27/2014: The NYT has the story, here:

In a rare, detailed look at sexual assault and harassment on a university campus, M.I.T. revealed Monday that among undergraduates who replied to a survey, at least 17 percent of women and 5 percent of men said they had been sexually assaulted.

While Mike Gottfredson and Robin Holmes did their best to stop the UO survey, it seems the MIT administration was enthusiastic – down to their General Counsel’s office. Now that would be something to see at UO! MIT webpage on the survey here. As UO’s Jennifer Freyd did here – and apparently unlike the AAU plans to do – MIT has posted the survey and methodology for free public use.

The AAU’s RFP for their Campus Climate survey is here: Looks like the AAU intends to keep the intellectual property for themselves instead of putting it in the public domain, and presumably they’ll charge non-AAU schools for using it:

All intellectual property developed related to and as a result of this project shall be retained and solely owned by AAU, with participating universities retaining ownership and control (including use for further research and/or publication) of the individual institutional data. The AAU retains the right, at its sole discretion, to utilize a different platform and/or vendor in future administrations of the survey.

Wouldn’t it be great if the researchers involved in the UO and MIT efforts could standardize the core questions, before the AAU’s high paid consultants even get started?

10/1/2014: AAU, Berdahl and Gottfredson lose survey race to Jennifer Freyd

UO journalism grad Allie Grasgreen has the full story in Politico:

AAU AIMS TO HEAD OFF FEDS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT: The Association of American Universities is working to develop a campus climate survey on sexual assault in an effort to head off the prospect of a federally designed and mandated survey. The work began after a White House task force suggested the value of such a survey, but before Sen. Claire McCaskill introduced a bill that would require the Education Department to develop one for all campuses receiving federal aid. AAU President Hunter Rawlings told member institutions in May that they “want to get ahead of this issue before a federally designed survey is mandated for us.” AAU plans to hire an independent firm this month to work with campus officials and send the survey out by spring. They hope the survey will eventually be useful for non-members, too. McCaskill’s office called the idea “terrific.”

I think the operative word there is “eventually”. For those who don’t want to diddle while the AAU gets its act together, the survey developed by Professor Freyd and graduate students Marina Rosenthal and Carly Smith is already available, free and open-source, here. Preliminary results from UO are also posted there. The leaked AAU memo that Gottfredson posted by mistake is here.

I’m no psychologist, but I’d worry that any survey commissioned by administrators like Gottfredson and Berdahl would suffer from “confirmation bias” that would tend to minimize the extent of the rape problem, their ineptitude, and the extent of the institutional betrayal.

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Frances Bronet’s claims on grad student paid leave are contradicted by SEIU

Francesca Fontana has a well researched article in the ODE, here:

… The GTFF asked for a 5.5 percent raise for two years for all GTFs. According to Bronet, the university offered two proposals: a 6 percent raise per year for two years to level one GTFs and 3 percent to levels two and three, or 5 percent in the first year and 4 percent in the second for all GTFs.

“We are happy with either of those because we want to meet their interest and their needs,” Bronet said.

The other unresolved priority is paid leave. According to Bronet, the university cannot offer the GTFF paid leave because they are part-time employees (working under 0.5 Full Time Equivalent, or FTE).

“What they can do right now is have 12 weeks of protected job leave,” Bronet said. “In terms of paying for family leave, one of the dilemmas is that we have many employees on campus that work less than 0.5 and don’t have access to family paid leave. We’re trying to have some kind of equivalence across all the people who are working and contributing to our collective community.”

The Service Employees International Union released a statement on Sept. 30 announcing solidarity with the GTFF and revealing that part-time classified staff accrue paid leave. This leaves adjunct faculty as the only part-time employees that cannot acquire paid leave.

According to Henry, the issue of paid leave is a form of discrimination towards students who want to have children.

“We’re told, ‘Dissertate before you procreate,’” Henry said. “Without paid leave, the issue of gender equity comes into play because you’re saying men can pursue professional track positions, wives can stay at home and have children. This gets rid of the best and brightest women on their way to becoming professional scholars because you can’t do both.” …

The university is also claiming that the tuition waivers grad students receive should be counted as pay. Whatever. The point is UO needs our grad students. Of course we give them fee waivers. Many other universities supplement these with research grants for computers and travel. (As a first year PhD student Wisconsin sweetened their offer to me with me a state of the art $2500 PC with a 386 processor and 1MB of RAM.)

Actually, to stay in the AAU we need many more graduate students. It’s a bad time for the administration to pick a fight with the ones we got. This is the first time in history that UO has hired an outside lawyer to negotiate with the grad student union. That’s been a big failure. Coltrane and Bronet need to show that they have the stones to back down, and set things right.

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Jim Bean takes 2 days a week off from teaching for consulting work

Sort of. Despite his sabbatical application claims, Bean hasn’t yet taught a class. He is apparently still on the UO payroll though:

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Last we heard, this job entailed getting paid $240K or so for writing up the Sports Product Design “Cluster of Excellence” proposal. To top that off, he’s got a consulting gig as co-director of a $500K project for Florida State and FAMU:

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This proposal submitted by the “Collaborative Brain Trust” consulting group says Bean is committed to working 2 days a week on this project. (Yes, of course Bean’s drinking buddy John Moseley is also part of the brain trust, along with Dan Williams. At least Lorraine Davis is too smart for this one. And check the drink receipts in the footnote below before sending that threatening defamation letter, boys.)

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And indeed, it seems like Bean’s got a busy fall:

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This might cause a little trouble for our former Interim Provost, as UO policy allows only 1 day in 7 for consulting work.

Oh yeah – drink receipts here. A martini and $100 in wine:

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Professor suspended over ironic comments and inappropriate sighs

Rumor has it that some Johnson Hall administrators – and perhaps a few members of our new Board of Trustees – still dream that the civility restrictions on academic free speech that Mike Gottfredson tried to enshrine in the faculty union contract will someday come to pass. Meanwhile The Daily Telegraph has a hilarious story about how they could be used:

[Professor of English] Thomas Docherty was banned from the University of Warwick in January for allegedly giving off “negative vibes” and undermining the authority of the former head of his department.

The case against him included “inappropriate sighing”, “making ironic comments” and “projecting negative body language”.

The English, of course, have nothing like our First Amendment. They do, however, have a wicked sense of humor. After being subject to the necessary amount of ridicule, their university administrators backed down too.

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