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Oregon Daily Emerald
An independent newspaper at the University of Oregon
www.dailyemera.ld. com
Since 1900 | Volume 107, Issue 38 \ Monday, October 17, 2005
the 2008
yward Field’s
ipic Track and
The USA Track & Field site selection com
mittee chose Eugene over 2000 and 2004 host
Sacramento late Friday night. The trials take
place from June 27 through July 6. 2008 and
Games in Beijing.
This will be Hayward's fourth time hosting
the trials, the last being in 1980. *
“We are ecstatic yet humbled by this
rack Club
President Greg Erwin, a former University
athletes vi
United States track and field
ipete at the 2008 Olympic
distance runner, said in a news release.
The Oregon Track Club submitted the bid
for the trials with the help of Northwest Event
Management and the University Athletics De
USA Track & Field estimates the event will
bring more than 1,000 athletes, 500 coaches,
1,000 media representatives and $20 million to
the Eugene area.
“It’s certainly an effort — needless to say —
that’s going to be more widespread than the
Parker Howell | Editor in Chief
Constitution Court will review RRC
Tim Bobosky | Photo editor
At the Programs Council meeting, David Goward, the Recognition Review Committee
chairman, answers questions about how the new organization will affect student groups.
Recognition Review Committee's inspection of
student groups' loyalty to policies under scrutiny
Student government’s Recog
nition Review Committee, which
ensures student programs meet
ASUO and University standards,
is facing a review by the Consti
tution Court that will decide
whether the new committee
is constitutional.
The new committee is generat
ing praise from some student
groups while also raising ques
tions about the committee’s
power and legality from others.
RRC will decide whether stu
dent groups’ mission and goal
statements meet standards and
whether those groups are follow
ing those statements. Approved
groups are allowed entrance into
the Programs Finance Committee
hearings, where incidental fees
are allocated.
Charlotte Nisser, general man
ager of campus radio station
KWVA and Constitution Court
justice, said last week that the
court is reviewing and discussing
the duties and procedures of the
Recognition Review Committee.
The court has the authority to re
view the committee because the
Green Tape Notebook, a book of
rules and guidelines for student
government, requires that it ap
proves new policies, she said.
The committee must be ap
proved before it can make
a decision.
“I can tell you there will be a
decision in the next week,”
she said.
David Goward, programs ad
ministrator and chairman of the
ASUO’s RRC, circulated a memo
at Friday’s Programs Council
meeting with “important clarifi
cations and explanations”
about the new committee. The
memo was mainly in response
to student groups’ concerns
about losing funding through
the RRC process.
Last year, PFC, which will
continue to review mission and
goals statements after RRC,
twice attempted to defund the
Oregon Commentator, a liber
tarian opinion journal, by deny
ing its mission and goals. Some
PFC members felt the journal
propagated hate speech and
wasn’t advantageous to stu
dents or University diversity.
Goward’s memo stated that
RRC does not decide which pro
grams are “worthy of funding”; it
only decides whether a program
is “worthy of ASUO recognition.”
Programs that aren’t recog
nized can’t receive funding.
“We can unrecognize a group,
which means they aren’t eligible
to go through the PFC process,
and if they cannot go through the
RRC, page 7
The Department of Psychology
has altered its research methods
to thwart a fraudulent caller
In the last two weeks, five University students
have reported receiving phone calls from some
one impersonating a psychological researcher,
causing the psychology department to implement
new procedures for its researchers who contact
study participants by telephone.
Under the new procedures, if a researcher
wants to contact a prospective study participant
by phone, he or she must e-mail the student one
day in advance. These e-mail messages contain
experiment protocol numbers, which callers must
be prepared to verify. The numbers can also be
verified at the psychology department office in
131 Straub Hall.
“We took it pretty seriously,” said acting psy
chology department head Lou Moses. “We want
ed to set some procedures in place that would
help students distinguish between the real and
the phony ones.”
While details vary in the five student reports.
Human Subjects Coordinator Lisa Cromer said
common tricks of the “mystery caller” include
keeping people on the line for up to 40 minutes,
CALLER, page 6
on police
A special election will decide
whether an outside auditor
is needed to review claims
The City of Eugene will mail voters’ pam
phlets today for a special election that could al
low an independent auditor to evaluate com
plaints against the Eugene Police Department.
The measure is the result of recommenda
tions made to the council by the Eugene Po
lice Commission. The commission spent 15
months studying the police department after
police officers Roger Eugene Magana and
Juan Francisco Lara were arrested for sexually
abusing more than a dozen women. The two
were convicted in 2004.
Measure 20-106 would amend the city char
ter so that the city council appoints an audi
tor and a civilian review board of no more
than seven to oversee the police department’s
response to complaints. The civilian review
board would monitor the auditor and review
closed cases. It would also have the ability to
EPD, page 4