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January 18, 2013 06:22 PM

Too late for the Calendar this week: We hear from Doug Card that he’s doing a free program at 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Lane County Historical Museum at the Fairgrounds, on "Wiley Griffon, More Than a Mule Car Driver." Card will talk about recent research that “uncovers new insights in to the remarkable life of Eugene's first well-known black man, who lived here from 1890- 1913, as well as on the history of Eugene, both good and bad." This event is in honor of the centenary of his death and the kickoff for MLK events.

See http://www.lanecountyhistoricalsociety.org/

January 16, 2013 12:36 PM

Chip Kelly is leaving afterall for the Eagles and it must be official if the UO already posted the job opening for Head Football Coach. But don't expect Kelly's $2.5 million-plus salary - the pay is "commensurate with experience." See job description and application details below:

 

POSITION:  Head Football Coach
SALARY RANGE:  Commensurate with experience
PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT:  Full time, twelve month position

QUALIFICATIONS:                        

Bachelor’s degree required.  Minimum 5 years' successful collegiate/professional coaching experience.  Excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills required.  Knowledge of NCAA rules and interpretations required.  The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated dedication to the full academic and social development of student-athletes.  Preference will be given to candidates who effectively communicate a plan of action for program improvement, have been affiliated with highly successful elite program(s), have demonstrated knowledge and implementation of offensive and/or defensive strategies, have demonstrated understanding of the University of Oregon Football program and can highlight consistent and significant skill development of student-athletes both individually and collectively.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsible for the management and administration of all phases of the Football program in a manner that upholds the philosophy and objectives of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Promotes an atmosphere of compliance.  Adheres to and enforces all policies and procedures of the Department and University, as well as the rules and regulations of the Pacific-12 Conference, the NCAA and other authorities that may legitimately influence the intercollegiate athletic program.

Oversees the recruitment and selection of student-athletes.  Ensures compliance with NCAA guidelines for contacting and recruiting prospects.  Initiates the process for determining academic eligibility and issuing National Letters of Intent.

Provides leadership and instruction in the academic, athletic, professional and personal development of student-athletes, to include advising team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters, when appropriate.

Monitors the eligibility status and promotes the academic progress of student-athletes by working closely with the Compliance staff.  Assists in enforcing support services or activities: study hall, tutoring, academic advising, etc.

Develops and submits the Football program’s annual budget request.  Manages the program within the framework of a balanced budget.

Works collaboratively in the selection, purchase, fitting and maintenance of team equipment, to include uniforms, athletic equipment and supplies.

Schedules and conducts regular practice sessions in and out of season, as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations.  Develops and implements strategies for motivating student-athletes to perform at maximum levels as both individuals and a team.

Works collaboratively with Athletic Director or sport liaison to develop a competitive event schedule.

Ensures that team travel arrangements are in compliance with the University, Pacific-12 Conference and NCAA rules and regulations, to include monitoring the development of travel itineraries and coordination of travel plans.

Oversees the conditioning and training of team members, in conjunction with the Strength and Conditioning staff to ensure that student-athletes are physically prepared for competition.

Supports the Sports Medicine staff to ensure student-athlete welfare.

Supervises assistant coaches, graduate assistants, interns and other support staff to ensure their compliance with applicable rules, policies and procedures and promote an atmosphere if compliance.  Provides orientation, training and guidance, as needed.  Conducts performance evaluations and recommends salary increases, as appropriate.

Participates in clinics, exhibitions and camp activities, as approved.

Participates in public relations activities, to include fundraising appearances, speaking engagements, television and radio interviews, and press conferences, as approved or requested.  Represents the Department at professional, civic, charitable and alumni events.

Compiles data and reports, as required by the Department and University.

Develops and publishes team rules regarding general standards of behavior, with the approval of the sport liaison.  Enforces team rules with appropriate disciplinary action.

Ensures the safety of student-athletes and coaching staff through careful monitoring of the condition of athletic equipment and facilities utilized by the Football program.  Submits requests for repair, maintenance and improvement of facilities to the Facilities staff when appropriate.

Cooperates with all coaches within the intercollegiate athletic program to enhance overall Department operations.

Performs other duties as requested by the athletic administration, including but not limited to Athletic Director and sport liaison.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:                                  

Submit letter of interest, resume and the names and phone numbers of three references via email to Mark Ruckwardt, atathletichr@uoregon.edu.  Mailed or faxed applications will not be considered.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  Finalist must successfully complete a criminal background check.  An equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

January 16, 2013 02:17 PM

The NFL is on everyone's lips today in Eugene as Chip flies the coop. So it must be time for a bad lip reading.

In other, dare we say more important news, President Obama has unveiled new gun control proposals, the Washington Post reports.

Obama spoke in a White House ceremony to formally unveil the proposals and to sign executive orders and paperwork initiating immediate administrative actions, including steps to strengthen the existing background-check system, promote research on gun violence and provide training in dealing with “active shooter situations.”

January 11, 2013 03:46 PM

Downtown Eugene's filling up. Empty storefronts are giving way to bars, restaurants and stores. What else does it need? We vote on more food cars for Kesey Square …

January 10, 2013 12:03 PM

Mayor Kitty Piercy upon hearing the trespass citations would keep people from being able to attend City Council meetings (see today's story about the recent free speech arrests) tells EW:

"You should know that it's important to me for that all our community members can come to a City Council meeting. While I respect the county's rights to make decisions regarding visitors to the county building, it's not okay with me for them to determine who may attend or speak at a council meeting.   I have asked staff to work with the county to ensure that no one is blocked from our council meetings by the county."

January 10, 2013 12:13 PM

As far as parodies go, "this is fuckinnng awesommme."

January 7, 2013 06:03 PM

Most awesome story of the week from the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

A Marin activist named Jonathan Frieman, who runs a small nonprofit corporation (the JoMiJo Foundation) was driving in the carpool lane on highway 101 in Marin when he was stopped by a cop and given a $478 ticket. Ah, but Frieman insists he wasn't driving alone; beside him in the car were the articles of incorporation and other relevant corporate paperwork for his foundation — and in the United States, corporations are considered people. In fact, the California Vehicle Code refers to “natural persons or corporations.”

So Frieman is challening his ticket in traffic court, and is willing to spend his own money to appeal the case as far as he can. He wants to force the courts to decide: If a corporation is a person, then it gets to ride with a driver in the carpool lane, and his ticket has to be dismissed. If it's not a person, then maybe it can't make political contributions.In fact, if a corporation isn't a person, a whole lot of evil stuff might come to an end.

The story says Friedman's traffic court hearing was today.

And then there's domestic violence, Portlandia style from KOIN in Portland:

A man is facing assault charges, accused of choking his girlfriend using his dreadlocks in Southeast Portland.

Domestic violence is awful and never funny; I hope the woman is OK. And I have to wonder: How did this not happen in Eugene?

January 7, 2013 11:53 PM

SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) is challenging the curfew at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaze tonight. Here is the live stream via Ustream. About 75-80 people appeared to be there around 11 pm at "Reclaim the Plaza: A Free Speech Celebration."


Free live streaming by Ustream

January 7, 2013 11:28 AM

It's not yet clear what's happening on the UO campus this morning (beyond a rally scheduled for 11;30 am in regard to shake up in the diversity office) but UO emergency alerts are warning students to stay away from the Health Center and the latest alert says Agate is closed between 13th and 15the avenues. Another alert told students and faculty that there are intermittended power outages across campus. The Daily Emerald is reporting that "A University police spokesman said that explosions were heard near the Walton Complex. Smoke was reported to be coming from around the maintenance tunnels."

Updates to come.

Update:  KVAL is on the scene (we don't come out til Thursday, by which time this will be old news, but exlosions are bread and butter for the TV folks): "Employees told KVAL News that they believe it was because of a pipe leak of some kind inside the building."

Update: The R-G writes, "The explosions and smoke are 'likely' a result of a malfunction in a maintenance tunnel near the health center and the Walton residence hall complex, UO police spokesman Kelly McIver said."

Update: The Daily Emerald is reporting it appears to be a transformer that blew. Accounts differ as to what parts of campus might have lost power in addition to some of the residence halls. The Em has some nice photos of firefighters and smoke. 

January 7, 2013 05:48 PM

And just in time for the first week of classes: No power in the dorms. Here's the latest update from the UO.

 

Power outage at University of Oregon impacts on-campus residents

Work will continue around the clock to restore power to campus

Eugene, Ore. (Jan. 7, 2013) -- A power failure occurred today across the southwest section of the University of Oregon campus, the result of a series of malfunctions that were reported from the underground tunnels that deliver utility services through the 295-acre campus.

No one was injured in the incident, which resulted in visible smoke above ground and inside the University Health Center. The Health Center was evacuated and a two-block section of Agate Street – from 13th to 15th avenues – was closed for approximately two hours.

Campus Operations is working as quickly as possible to restore electricity to all affected buildings and repairs have already brought power back to many. However, several buildings are still without power, including many UO Housing residence and dining halls, including Carson Hall, Hamilton Hall, Bean Hall, Living Learning Center, Earl Hall and Walton Hall.

As a residential campus, more than 4,000 students live on campus and their safety is a top priority, said Michael Griffel, director of University Housing. 

“Heat, fire systems and lighting are necessary for a safe living environment," he said. "As such, we are planning to provide lighting assistance and additional campus safety officer presence this evening for approximately 3,000 students impacted by this outage.”

The location of the power transmission feeder failure was inspected by Eugene Fire Department and UO Campus Operations officials who described the failure as an overheating issue that caused the electrical circuits to ignite and melt.

Students, faculty and staff were notified via emergency notification channels about the incident and updates continue during the restoration of power. Latest information is posted at alerts.uoregon.edu.

“We are working as quickly as possible to safely restore all power to affected areas of campus,” said George Hecht, associate vice president for Campus Operations. “Getting power back to the affected buildings, especially residence halls and research facilities, is a top priority to alleviate issues.”

Additional student programming is planned on campus, including a BCS Championship Game watch party and activities at the Student Recreation Center and Erb Memorial Union.

January 5, 2013 01:29 AM

One minute you're hearing former Eugenean Mat Kearney sing "Breath In, Breath Out" on Grey's Anatomy or it's "Nothing Left to Lose" while you're driving down Highway 58 (avoiding that ammo someone spilled this morning) and the next you're like, "Oh, shit, is that a song about Chip Kelly?"

"Chip don't go, don't go, don't you go to Philly, Cleveland or Buffalo. They don't have half the heart or the jerseys."

 

January 5, 2013 11:55 AM

Every good starship captain ought to have a Twitter feed. If you still can't get your body beamed to other planets at least you can send 140 characters from space. 

William Shatner (aka Captain James T. Kirk, aka @williamshatner) tweeted to Chris Hadfield, of the Canadian Space Agency  "Are you tweeting from space?" Hadfield is the International Space Station's Flight Engineer for Expedition 34, so he is indeed tweeting from space.

In fine Trekkie form, he responded: "Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the surface." 

And as @SarcasticRover points out, "If the  /  interaction goes down like most Captain Kirk adventures, they'll be kissing soon."