Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, October 08, 1980, Section A, Image 1

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    daily emerald
Vol. 82 No. 25
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Wednesday, October 8, 1980
Photo by Steve Dykes
Bible-totin' Brother Ray (right) got a little more than he bargained for Tuesday when members of the
Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade decided to set up shop on the same day. For more of the
Brother’s berating, see page 7.
Senate seat 'debate’
allows little debating
COOS BAY (AP) — The meet
ing of three candidates for the
U S. Senate came off as less of a
debate than a joint appearance
Tuesday night.
Republican Sen. Bob Pack
wood ran on his record,
Democrat Ted Kulongoski
called for more jobs, and Liber
tarian Tonie Nathan looked for
less government.
Opportunities for confronta
tion among the candidates were
non-existent in the format of the
meeting sponsored by the Coos
Bay World newspaper and held
at the city library.
Each candidate was allotted
five minutes for an opening sta
tement, five minutes for a close,
and time to answer a number of
questions. No rebuttals were
allowed by moderator Charles
Kocher.
Packwood opened with an
appeal for more money to be
spent on conventional military
forces. He said more than half
the Navy's aircraft carriers are
not fit for combat and that only
30,000 of the 100,000 U S. Ma
rines can be put ashore in case
of combat.
Kulongoski, a state senator
from Junction City, said the is
sue of the campaign was jobs
and lower interest rates. With a
rising voice, he criticized Pack
wood for accepting money for
speaking engagements and for
spending large amounts of
campaign money.
Nathan went into a rambling
discussion of Libertarian Party
policies of less government and
non-intervention in foreign
affairs.
The most strident note in the
two-hour session came on a
question of campaign financ
ing, when Kulongoski called
Packwood a liar for saying a
right-to-life group spent
$200,000 to help defeat Pack
wood.
“It was a lie,” Kulongoski
said.
Packwood said in response
that he could document the sta
tement.
Kulongoski said, “I challenge
him tonight to tell us where it
(the proof) is at.”
Following the meeting, Pack
wood said that Kulongoski had
mistaken Packwood’s sta
tement. Packwood said a group
called "Moral Majority" had
earmarked the money but later
decided that Packwood could
not be defeated anyway.
While Kulongoski called for
jobs, particularly in the forest
industry, which has been hard
hit by high interest rates, Pack
wood said his reforestation
legislation is on its way to the
president.
"We don't have to make the
chbice between timber and
spotted owls We will have en
ough timber for jobs and
wilderness,” Packwood said.
Kulongoski, speaking after
Packwood, wondered aloud
why it took Packwood 12 years
to get the legislation through
“It only shows up 30 days
before the election,” he said.
Nathan said Libertarians
represent what most Americans
want in their leaders. “You say
you want to get government off
your back and pay less taxes. If
you mean it, you have to vote for
me,” she said.
The second of the scheduled
three debates will have a similar
format in Salem on Thursday,
and Portland on Saturday.
University faces quality decline
Budaet cuts endanaer academic standing
Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part
series on the effects of budget cuts on
academics.
By MARIAN GREEN
Of ttw Emerald
Grave danger has overshadowed the
University’s departments and schools.
While most departments share the fear
that budget dollars won’t stretch through
this year’s classes and research
projects, all agree that if the current
funding shortage continues into next
year, the University will suffer a “disas
trous” decline in its academic standing.
“The University will become a good
place to raid faculty,” cautions Shirley
Menaker, dean of the Graduate School.
And it won’t just be institutions with
much better funding, just adequate
funding, she says.
During the past decade, state support
of higher education dropped by 24 per
cent while support for most other agen
cies increased or remained the same.
Consequently, higher education suf
fered a severe blow when a $204 million
state budget deficit was announced and
a $2.7 million cut in the University budget
ordered.
Although the recent budget cuts were
spread throughout the campus, each
department feels the impact in varying
degrees.
Travel was cut by 30 percent, supplies
and services were cut by 15 percent and
five dozen unfilled faculty positions were
eliminated.
Within the College of Arts and
Sciences, the University’s largest,
encompassing 22 departments, the cuts
are "drastically effecting research,” says
Acting Dean Glenn Starlin.
The losses don’t effect research per
se, Starlin says, “but those people (in
volved in research) depend on it to im
prove their goals.
“Scholarship is important for tenure.”
Cuts "not only effect the support of
scholarship among the younger faculty,
but also researchers who have already
accomplished something and need to
relay it to other professionals in the field
by attending seminars and confer
ences,” Starlin says. "The findings have
less impact (when researchers hear
about it indirectly) and everyone’s re
search is affected."
The department also had to cut back
on graduate help. ‘‘There’s been a
reduction in the number of graduate
students, partly because we don’t have
the money. The best graduates will go
somewhere where they can get sup
port.”
The reduction causes problems,
because "we are a research institution
with a mission to offer graduate
degrees," he says.
Problems with unfilled faculty posi
tions are compounded by the haphazard
method of cutting positions, Starlin says.
A good example of the random cutting
is the philosophy department, which had
only eight positions before the budget
cut. This year three of those eight were
cut, says Alison Baker, associate dean
for fiscal affairs. "Obviously they're go
ing to lose more money."
The cuts in supplies and services
crucial to the operation of the arts and
sciences is also devastating, Starlin
says. “The dollar value of Xeroxing is
almost invaluable, and suddenly it
becomes a personal cost to the profes
sor and legislates against the teaching
function — and the student.”
Along with the supplies and services
cuts, there has been no indication that
there will be any funds for equipment at
all, Starlin says.
Much of the equipment already in use
is highly sophisticated — such as the
electron microscope in the biology
department — and needs constant main
tenance, but Starlin isn't sure if the
department will receive the necessary
funds to take care of the delicate in
struments.
And, now that the new computers are
here, the department can’t afford the
computer terminals needed to take ad
vantage of them, Starlin says.
"The sciences are going to suffer
because their funding is already pretty
thinly spread,” Menaker says.