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A computer lab on the fourth floor of McKenzie Hall
flooded on Oct. 1. Cracks in the roof of the building
make flooding a common occurrence in this lab.
Although equipment was not
damaged in this flood, the
problem demands attention
BY KELLY BROWN
On Oct. 1, student employees arrived at
McKenzie Hall to find an inch of water on the
floor and a fallen ceiling tile in a computer room
at the Social Science Instructional Labs.
No one was surprised.
The smaller of two computer labs on the
fourth floor floods at least once every fall term,
according to the staff. This time, no computers
“I got a phone call from one of my employees,
and she said, ‘Oh, I just went in the lab and it’s
full of water,’” said Cathleen Leue, director of the
SSIL. “This is a problem we’ve had every year —
MCKENZIE, page 7A
The PSYCHE Of a LEADER
As the interim dean, Robin
Holmes plans to make cultural
competency a primary goal
BY JOE BAILEY
Ever since an llth-grade psychology class
gave her goosebumps, Robin Holmes
has had an intense interest in psycholo
gy and the specific needs of college students.
“The 18- to 24-year-old range is the most criti
cal time for students’ development in general,”
she said. “Lots of things happen during that age
range, whether it’s suicide, first psychotic break,
depression, first relationship break-up ....”
Holmes, a clinical psychologist, was appoint
ed interim dean of students in June, a position
she said will enable her to continue her work
preventing student suicide and help her improve
the social environment on campus.
Holmes will continue to work as director of
the Counseling and Testing Center.
In addition to her official University positions,
Holmes works for the Center on Diversity and
Community and heads the University’s Cultur
al Competency Program while maintaining a
private psychology practice in Eugene.
Improving campus-wide cultural competen
cy and suicide prevention are her principle aims
as interim dean, Holmes said.
“These things are very important, and they
will have long lasting effects on the health of the
campus,” she said.
Holmes plans to use her position as interim
dean of students to further the University’s cul
tural competency objectives.
“We’re bringing together a committee of stu
dent affairs professionals who are going to work
on writing our divisional cultural competency
plan,” she said. “I think we can lead the charge
in bringing cultural competency to campus. ”
Holmes will work with is Chicora Martin,
director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Educational and Support
“She has always been an advocate for diversi
ty and addressing issues of bias on campus,”
Robin Holmes, director for the Counseling and Testing Center, recently became interim dean of students.
To define cultural competency, Holmes draws
examples from her work as a psychologist.
“As a psychologist, ethically, I have to be cul
turally competent,” she said. “So If someone
came in to see me I would be able to understand
that person and not let my own biases, my own
blindspots and my own judgments get in the
way of helping that person.”
A culturally competent campus requires that
individuals keep biases and backgrounds from
hindering relations with odrers, Holmes said.
“Whether the student is white, brown, yellow
or green, if they’re coming in to see us, we need
to help them,” she said.
Holmes serves on University President Dave
Frohnmayer’s Executive Diversity Committee.
The committee comprises 10 faculty members
and one student, ASUO President Adam Walsh.
Walsh praised Holmes for her work on
“She’s very calm in demeanor,” Walsh said.
“She wasn’t a front-runner in leading discussion,
but when she had to make a point, she did.”
Holmes traces her passion for diversity issues
to her experiences as an African-American
woman and her training in psychology.
“As a person of color, I find it to be something
that’s very important for me personally,” she
said. “I’ve been in many situations where I’ve
been the only person of color.”
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Football player arrested
on hit-and-run charges
A Duck football player is cur
rently facing hit-and-run, careless
driving and speeding charges af
ter a crash in September left a
parked car wrecked in the middle
of Patterson Street, Eugene
Matt Bramow, 18, a freshman
wide receiver, was leaving the
parking lot of Barnhart Hall and
entering Patterson Street on Sept.
30 when he hit an unoccupied
Mercury Sable parked on the side
of the street, police said. The
crash pushed the cif- into the
middle of the street and hit an
other parked car in the process.
Bramow didn’t stop and contin
ued to drive south down Patter
son Street, police said.
• No one was hurt in the crash.
Several people witnessed the
incident and reported Bramow’s
license plate number to police,
Eugene Police Department
spokeswoman Kerry Delf said.
Bramow was arrested on Oct. 8,
but was re
and hit-and-run charges. A trial
date has not been set.
Ducks Head Football Coach
Mike Bellotti said in a statement,
“I am aware of the alleged inci
dent. I will let it take its course
through the legal system and go
from there. ”
Bramow was a first-team all
state wide receiver and received
an honorable mention as all-state
defensive back at South Eugene
High School. He caught 96 pass
es for 1,300 yards and 26 touch
downs during his senior year.
Coffee shop employees offer
more than $11,900 to charity
I/O Duck Stop Espresso Bar
employees donate tip money
to ShelterCare, a local agency
Every year, baristas at the University Book
store’s The Duck Stop Espresso Bar donate a
year’s worth of tips to a local charity.
Thursday morning, The Duck Stop baristas
presented ShelterCare, an agency that pro
vides housing and support, with their largest
check to date: $11,901.38.
“That’s a lot of quarters and fifty-centers,”
bookstore General Manager Jim
ShelterCare is a private, nonprofit human
services agency that provides housing and
support for families that are homeless or at
risk of homelessness and for adults disabled
by mental illness or brain injury.
“We’re really excited to donate,” Williams
said while presenting an oversized check to
ShelterCare representatives. “This year’s do
nation represents a lot of hard work, great
CHARITY, page 6A
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on Thursday af
last year’s tips to
year's tips will be
donated to the
Nicole Barker |