I'm sure others will argue we should just be happy Knight didn't want to use the law school for a day care center.From: Zach Spier
Date: July 16, 2012 7:04:00 PM PDTTo: School List Cc: Michael Moffitt Subject: law-students: Nike use of law school during Olympic Trials
During the Olympic Trial, Nike got the exclusive use of most public areas of the law school for almost two weeks at no charge.*
For those of you who weren't here, that included the commons, student lounge, Court Cafe, all upstairs classrooms, and all downstairs classrooms except 175 and 110. Those areas were walled off tightly. By comparison, BarBri paid $275/day for Room 175 only, which is a substantial discount from our usual rental rates. I wasn't able to find out how rental income is split between the law school and the rest of the university,** but I believe we'd have received the lion's share if Nike had paid to rent our space like any other company would have had to.
There might be a legitimate case to be made for this arrangement, but from my perspective, it doesn't matter whose name is on our building, or who sponsors our athletic programs. Nike is a very profitable publicly traded corporation, and its founder's generous gifts do not give tuition-paying law students an obligation to put money in the pockets of its shareholders. I think we probably gave up enough money to put a deserving student through school for a year. I assume that this decision was made by somebody in Johnson Hall, and I hope our Dean did everything he could to get something out of the deal for us.
Regular rates for renting law school classrooms are here. The full special no charge Nike contract is here - big file. Earlier Oregonian story here. And while UO was happy to let Nike (or the OTC - anyone know the difference?) use the building free, they were a bit more concerned about letting a UO student see the deal without forking over some more of his student loan money:
Dear Mr. Spier:But, after some negotiating, Mr. Spier was able to get most of the documents he wanted for the more justifiable price of $0.00. And in all fairness, acting UO Public Records Officer Lisa Thorton was very helpful with that - despite Interim President Bob Berdahl's best efforts to make those curious about UO matters pay as dearly as possible. 7/17/2012.
The University of Oregon, Office of Public Records has received your public records request for:
“(i) The contract for Nike's rental of the law school and adjacent areas during the Olympic Trials.
(ii) The contract for BarBri's rental of law school classroom space for the summer session.
(iii) The written policy or procedure for renting out law school space to private entities, including
(a) The current written cost schedule (i.e. how much per room per day)
(b) The current written policy for determining rental fees in absence of a cost schedule, or for unique requests like Nike's
(c) The current written policy for dividing rental revenue between the law school and other general university funds”
The office is now providing an estimate to respond to your request.
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Should you be interested in lowering the cost of your request, I would suggest eliminating subsection c in item 3, as it comprises the bulk of the estimate.
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Dear Mr. Spier -
Attached are the records responsive to your request made 06/26/2012. The office considers the attached documents to be a 'simple request', and as such are being provided to you at no cost.
The contract between the UO and Oregon Track Club (OTC) for the 2012 Olympic Trials has been redacted for personal privacy (ORS 192.502 (2)). Additionally, you will see that on page 17 of that contract "day 6" has been blacked out. This is part of the contract, and was not done by our office.
The office considers these documents to be fully responsive to your request, and will now close your matter. Thank you for contacting the office with your request.