Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 27, 1980, Image 1

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    Vol. 81, No. 152
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Tuesday, May 27, 1980
This Native Ame
rican man joined
more than 1,500
people who attend
ed the 12th annual
Native American
Powwow held in
Mac Court last we
ekend, University
Pres. William Boyd,
a special guest at
the event, was
presented with a
Photo by Doug Fick
Eaton plans to eliminate OSA
Of the Emerald
“The winds of change blow strongly in
That's the message from Don Chalmers,
director of the Office of Student Advocacy, who
says Friday may be his last day on the job
ASUO Pres. Dave Eaton says he is rewriting
Chalmers’ job description to create an executive
director of the ASUO and is opening the new
position to applicants. The change will return the
job to its original status of full-time staff support
for the ASUO, according to Eaton.
In a letter to Jack Steward, University director
of personnel services, Eaton says, “It is my intent
to eliminate the Office of Student Advocacy and
use the resources already approved to establish a
new position entitled ASUO Executive Coordina
tor. I stress the fact that financial resources to
fund this position are available and have been
approved. It will require no additional funding.”
Chalmers, who has been OSA director for
four years, says the job changed gradually from
staff support for the ASUO to individual client
counseling at the request of ASUO presidents. He
says Eaton's change erases four years of job
“Maybe it's time for the ASUO to re-educate
themselves on where their priorities are. It seems
the process has gone full circle,” Chalmers says.
“An executive director of the ASUO may
make it more effective, but it ignores the
development of the job into one of advocacy for
Chalmers says he currently works two hours
a day in the ASUO offices doing “executive
coordinator work,” and still deals with five to eight
students every day in the OSA office. His OSA job
concentrates on helping students with on
campus problems and administrative problems,
an area he says “will go by the by” with Eaton's
job change.
But in the letter to Steward, Eaton says the
counseling functions of the job “can easily be
assumed by the office of Legal Services as was
the case prior to 1976 when the OSA was estab
He says he has not talked to Chuck Spinner,
director of the Legal Services Division, about the
proposed change.
Before Eaton’s plan becomes reality, it must
be approved by Associate Provost Gerard Mosely
and the Incidental Fee Committee. Eaton says he
expects approval from both.
The IFC approval is needed because the
committee allocated money for the OSA director
job, which Eaton wants to eliminate. The IFC
included a budget note with the allocation,
requiring the OSA director to spend half of his or
her time in client counseling and the other half in
ASUO staff support. Chalmers says he spent 65
percent of his time doing client counseling this
year and 35 percent in the ASUO offices
“The 50-50 figures would mean a shift, but
those numbers are reasonable. Now he's shifting
it to 100 percent staff support,” Chalmers says.
Eaton says a full-time exective coordinator
will increase the productivity of the ASUO.
"Progress will be made in moving it back to what it
was," he says.
“If we re going to pay a full-time staff
member, I think the services should be aimed at
increasing the effectiveness of the student
association,” Eaton says. “They're not now.”
He says he wants somebody in the office 40
hours a week to add continuity to the office.
One of Chalmers' concerns is that the job
description may have been written to exclude him
from the position. Eaton, however, strongly
denies trying to "write Chalmers out."
Eaton's new list of qualifications for the job
includes preferences for a master’s degree in
business administration and certified public
(Continued on Page 3)
Lane County grand jury
ponders testimony on
football investigation
Of the Emerald
Oregon Daily Emerald
After three months of investigation by Eugene law enforcement
officials, a special Lane County grand jury began hearing testimony
last week on possible criminal activities on the part of University
football players.
In a separate development, at least two University football
players are being investigated by the State of Oregon for possible
welfare fraud involving food stamps, the Emerald has learned
Eugene,police would not confirm Monday what information is
being reviewed by the special grand jury, which will convene again
this week But sources close to the investigation said it probably will
include testimony on misuse of funds for a secret travel agency
account, wire and mail fraud, burglary, theft and sexual offenses.
The grand jury heard testimony on the travel fund last week and
will begin deliberation on the other charges this week Sources said
they expect indictments to be handed down "in several days."
The most serious charges uncovered by the Eugene Police
Department are those involving sexual assault — rape and sodomy
According to law enforcement sources, eight University players are
under investigation in this portion of the case. The sources would
not name the players, but did confirm that sophomore quarterback
Andrew Paige (also spelled Page) is one of those under investiga
Authorities confirm they have interviewed nearly a dozen
women who allege they were sexually assaulted by University
football players during the past two years Many of the assaults took
place in or around the University Inn. where many of the players and
alleged victims lived
Eugene police said their investigation took three months
because many of the alleged victims now reside outside Oregon
and many are unwilling to testify about tramatic incidents that
happened so long ago. Police were forced to carry their investiga
tion to Hawaii, California and Florida in search of the alleged
After compiling what they thought was sufficient information,
they went to Lane County District Attorney Pat Horton, who
reviewed the case and called for a special grand jury last week
A University woman told the Emerald in an interview last month
that she was raped by a football player in the fall of 1978 Since
then, three other Eugene women have told the Emerald that they
were assaulted by players — two of them claim to have been raped.
One of the women alleges a player came up to her at a party in
1979 and "began doing obscene things, grabbing certain places."
She pushed him away and the player allegedly backhanded her
across the face.
Another of the women claims she was raped by a player in his
University Inn room in the winter of 1979. She didn't report the
incident to police at the time because she was afraid the case
wouldn’t hold up in court. But she did show a friend the bruises she
received in the attack, evidence which might be presented to the
grand jury this week.
It is not known how many of the women will appear before the
special grand jury But authorities said they expect several women
will eventually testify in the case.
Details of the secret Athletic Department travel slush fund were
made public in February, but authorities finished their investigation
only two weeks ago. More than $3,000 in airline tickets for players
and team supporters were supposedly charged to the secret
account at a local travel agency.
The burglary charges, as confirmed by University Pres. William
Boyd and Eugene police, regard the theft of a stereo by an Oregon
football player.
The welfare fraud investigation entails the misuse of food
stamps by at least two players. They supposedly received food
stamps while they were living in the University Inn, even though they
were on full scholarship and eating all meals at the dorm The
players allegedly traded in their food stamps to a local market for
University Pres. William Boyd says the University
needs more time to study the athletic fee. See Page 3.
rhe men’s and women’s track squads posted impr
essive finishes over the holiday weekend See Page 5.