Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, October 13, 1980, Page 4, Image 4

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    opinion
greg wesson
tabled indefinitely
Defenders of American democracy are quick to
herald it as the best governmental form available.
Frequent elections, almost universal sufferage and the
constant threat of the ballot box insure a responsive
government.
At least that's what we learned at Corvallis High.
Had our education been on the streets of Portland’s
Albina District, the political framework would likely look
less malleable. Lacking the money, status and connec
tions necessary to ‘‘communicate” our needs, we
would feel locked out of a system that offered many
rewards to others, but few to us.
However, I digress.
This piece was prompted by a Portland Oregonian
editorial lamenting the black community’s use of
picketing and a boycott of Lloyd Center to protest the
private stands of one of the center’s managers. Con
demning the boycott as “political bullyism” the editorial
contends that such tactics destroy free expression. If
j public pronouncements produce economic retaliation,
goes the argument, owners will be hestitant to par
ticipate in public debate. Portland minorities should
confine efforts to better themselves to arenas designed
to handle such changes.
Perhaps, if this one instance is viewed in a
vaccuum, a reader could accept the Oregonian’s
advice. But when considered against the backdrop of
the continued, and often unsuccessful, struggle of
American Blacks to surmount the barriers of prejudice
and discrimination, the paper’s counsel must be
rejected. Appeals to use the established order come
loudest from those who benefit from that establishment.
However, when the system becomes a barrier, rather
than an aid, plaudits turn to condemnation.
Consider Nixon’s Attorney General and all around
bad guy John Mitchell. When his trials resulted in
acquital, he praised the wheels of justice for rolling
smoothly. But some ended in conviction, and he com
plained that the process hadn’t worked right.
Understandable, you say? Maybe, but a strong
analogy can be drawn between Mitchell’s reaction and
the Oregonian’s advice. One wonders whether the
paper would be so quick to urge use of standard
channels if the outcome usually went against, rather
than for, the white majority.
Closer to home, the same theory is espoused by
apologists for the athletic department.
’The increased athletic fee was approved in an
open election, so it’s justified.’’
Conveniently ignored is then-University Pres. Wil
liam Boyd’s pre-election comment that it really didn’t
matter what the students thought.
"If it’s the right thing to do, I’ll impose the additional
fees regardless of the vote.”
Say, did you hear that they just had free elections in
Chile?
yours'
Unsound logic
A misshapen piece of logic
such as Joe Halluk’s letter (Oct.
7) concerning mandatory athle
tic fees is itself something of an
argument against the very posi
tion he attempts to explain, viz.
he feels that a winning football
team is necessary to maintain
"high scholastic morale." He
expects his readers to sanction
a financial tyranny that
promises a slow strangulation of
intellectual pursuits because
the results of that tyranny —
gridiron triumphs — will inspire
academic triumph! (I suppose
we are to cheer with our last
breath; scholastic morale with
out scholars is a good trick.)
The logic is a little like that of the
American general who declared
“we had to destroy the village in
order to save it” — or like send
ing third world famine victims
copies of the Wall Street Jour
nal so that rising stock prices
will inspire confidence in the
production capabilities of
America. A connection is there,
but it is so badly mangled in its
expression that it becomes un
recognizable.
Don't misunderstand me. I am
not against college sports,
though Halluk’s moral char
acter-building rhetoric is too
threadbare to convince on its
own. However, to label incon
sequential the loss of instruc
tors, textbooks, library services,
and small class enrollments (in
the face of mandatory fee
boosts for sports) is seriously to
misapprehend the relationship
of athletic programs to their
parent academic institutions.
The "cart-before-the-horse"
approach of Mr. Halluk argues
for more academic services, not
less.
Jim Carson
Graduate, English
Reelect Rust
Although a candidate's
stands on the issues are impor
tant, just as important are the
personal qualities of honesty,
intelligence, and experience.
Commissioner Jerry Rust lets
his stands be known. If he
changes his stand because of
changed circumstances or new
information, he lets that be
known.
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There are those politicians
who try to be all things to all
people. In a remarkably short
period of time Rust’s opponent
has managed to accomplish
some very contradictory stands.
He told striking nurses at a rally
that he supported them. Yet two
weeks later he said he support
ed both the hospital administra
tion and the nurses. This is
pleasant but meaningless. He
tells students that he's a super
ior environmentalist, yet
promises to business groups
that he'll ease environmental
land-use regulations. He told
FISHPAC that he supports a
Constitutional amendment to
deny reproductive rights to
women, while telling the local
Women's Political Caucus that
he supports the right of choice
He accuses Rust of worsen
ing relations between the
County and local governments,
when if fact Rust faces the wrath
of his fellow Commissioners
because he supports the major
ity positions of the cities, school
districts and public utilities
against the go-it-alone, unila
teral attitude of the present
Commissioners.
Be sure to vote according to
the issues. But also remember
to vote for honesty, intelligence
and experience: reelect Com
missioner Jerry Rust.
Dorothy Abelson
2248 Golden Garden
Eugene
OSEA to stay
The Oregon State Employees
Association is the bargaining
representative for more than
one thousand classified staff
members of the University.
Chapter 338 is the University
Local.
Throughout the nation OSEA
is regarded as one of the trend
setters in creative Public
Employee-Public Management
relations. The 1979 contract
between OSEA and the State of
Oregon was the fourth best
gross pay increase negotiated
by any state employee union in
the entire United States.
Locally Chapter 338 has 15
job representatives, who repre
sent fellow employees in
grievances with management.
Most of these job reps have
received training from the Labor
Education Research Center
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here at the University, on con
tract enforcement. They have
been so well-trained that they
have won several important
grievances in recent months,
especially in blue-collar areas.
The most recent success was
a grievance involving improper
notice of a radical change in the
custodial shifts at the Physical
Plant. All custodians involved
will receive a $21 penalty pay
award because their job repre
sentative knew the contract and
knew how to file a grievance.
We have found that enforcing
the contract is almost more im
portant than negotiating it. One
of our major goals is to get all
department heads and supervi
sors to at least read the contract
and hopefully honor it. Some
do, and some don’t. Some peo
ple consider this harrassment -
we call it contract enforcement.
Alan Brown
OSEA Membership Secretary
Go, fight, win
I should like to remind the
University of Oregon faculty of
their proper priorities by means
of the following little story,
which, though old, is exemplary.
It seems that the chemistry
department at Ohio State at
Inzanesville was called to a
special meeting by its chairman,
who addressed them thus:
“All right, you people: I have
called this meeting to tell you
that you are to get going on
things! I want to see more re
search, more publishing, bigger
grants, and even better teach
ing from now on, because
whether you like it or not, we are
going to build a chemistry
department our football team
will be proud of!”
So faculty: Let's go!! Yea
Team!!
Edmund Soule
Library Professor Emeritus
Underfunded
Whenever funds are low it is
customary to try to use it as an
excuse to stop funding
programs for minorities — no
matter how valuable or frugal
the program. Bryan Miller's let
ter (Oct. 7) is a classic example
of scapegoating a minority
group for no apparent reason
except the “humor value” of
closet and fruit-pie jokes. Like
all good liberals he quickly
adds, "I have some respect for
gays, but I think funding should
reflect the desires (sic) of the
student majority.”
The commonly used and
accepted figure at which social
scientists put gay persons is
10-15 percent of the population.
This means that those of us who
love people of our same sex are
one out of every ten randomly
gathered persons. The fact that
we have been beaten, fired from
jobs, refused housing, treated
like monsters and subjected to
brutal social myths and lies
gives us a very real need to
spend time together in situa
tions where support and un
derstanding is available. I would
contrast this with the “need” to
play ball or the "need" to fund
other social '“play" for students
on a campus where finding
ways and places to “play” is no
problem.
The total ASUO programs
budget is $521,000. Of that, the
Gay People’s Alliance receives
.5 percent or $2,600. If the GPA
received the 10 percent it “de
serves” based on the number of
gay students it wou.J receive 20
times that amount! Of course,
gay people also have children in
child care, are people of color in
the minority student unions, and
use other services on campus.
Nevertheless, it is clear to me
that rather than receiving more
than our share, gay people are
underfunded based on our
representation and our needs.
Bryan Miller, you obviously
don’t know what you are talking
about.
Jean Lorraine
1830 Columbia St.
Eugene
letters policy
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and try to print all letters
containing fair comment on
ideas and topics of concern
or interest to the University
community. Letters must be
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acter margins and should be
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Letters must be signed, the
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faculty status) noted and
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phone number where possi
ble.
Monday, October 13,1980