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Since 1900 \ Volume 107, Issue 47 \ Friday, October 28, 2005
Leaks in the rubber roof caused
more than an inch of water
to flood the social sciences lab
BY KELLY BROWN
Roofers have completed repairs to McKen
zie Hall’s roof in an effort to stop repeated
leaks in the fourth floor Social Science In
Three contractors from Umpqua Roofing
Company finished patching up new cracks
that developed over the summer and caused
several inundations, including one that filled
the lab with an inch of water. They also re
moved the rocks from the roof to inspect all of
the seams for possible leaks.
“They responded really, really quickly,”
said Cathleen Leue, director of the lab.
She said the University’s response was
wonderful following an Oct. 14 ODE article
that discussed the problem (“McKenzie’s roof
causes recurring lab floods”).
McKenzie Hall received a new roof in 1989,
but the rubber roof was attached to the walls
in what was later discovered to be an ineffi
cient way. Although the same rubber is still
used, construction crews no longer secure the
large sheets of rubber in the same manner.
The rubber covering expands during the
summer and contracts during cool weather,
forming tiny cracks.
MCKENZIE, page 4
south of UO
South University Neighborhood
residents aired concerns about
housing code, parties and noise
BY CHRIS HAGAN
Residents of the South University Neighbor
hood expressed concern Wednesday regarding
what they see as deteriorating relations with
At the neighborhood association meeting, a
panel including Eugene Rental Housing Pro
gram representatives, Eugene police officers
and ASUO President Adam Walsh took ques
tions from residents.
The meeting began as a discussion of the
new rental housing code, but it quickly turned
to questions about whether the code will affect
homes where trash and other problems spill
out into the neighborhood.
The Eugene City Council passed the housing
code in November, and it went into effect in
July. It is a complaint-driven system, meaning
the city will not do inspections; tenants must
bring complaints themselves.
COMMUNITY, page 6
Coalition hosts affirmative action panel
University students gathered Thursday night to
share their viewpoints on the controversial issue
BY JOE BAILEY
A panel of minority students
discussed the value of affirmative
action last night in an event that
drew approximately 30 students.
The Oregon Students of Color
Coalition held the discussion,
which was billed as a workshop
to educate students on issues of
minority access and advance
ment. It was held in the EMU
Fir Room in conjunction with
National Take Affirmative
Senior Brenda Sifuentez said
that affirmative action is only a
small part of the solution to
larger problems of racial and
“Affirmative action is not go
ing to solve anything on its
own,” she said, adding that
more programs are needed to
address “institutional racism”
Jamilia Taylor, a second-year
law student, objected to at
tempts in the media to portray
affirmative action as an issue
that solely affects whites and
blacks. She said that ignoring
the impact of affirmative action
ACTION, page 6
Zach Blank | Freelance photographer
Right to Left: Jamila Taylor, Jael Anker-Lagos and Brenda Sifuentez discuss affirma
tive action and University policy at a meeting in the EMU Fir Room Thursday night.
Jewish hip-hop group performs at Hillel
Original Jewish Gangsters Jonathan “Doctor J Money” Gutstadt and Judah “Butter”
Maceo Ritterman perform their Hip-Hop Shabbat at B'nai Brith Camp. They will be
performing at Oregon Hillel tonight at 6 p.m.
The Original Jewish Gangsters, a Bay Area-based
hip-hop group, blends talent with tradition
BY BRITTNI MCCLENAHAN
Take a few rap lines from the
song, “Bim Bomb”:
“Love all men and women,
that is my religion,
A free will decision to in
crease my vision,
We’ve risen from the prison
With Shabbat Shalom as the
home of our wisdom,
Bim Bomb ...”
That’s a taste of what the
Original Jewish Gangsters hip
hop group is all about.
The popular group will be
performing today at 6 p.m.
at the Oregon Hillel with its Hip
Hop Shabbat performance,
following Shabbat services
at 6 p.m.
Hip-Hop Shabbat is a mod
ernized version of the Jewish
Shabbat service, which com
bines the traditional Friday
night prayers with rapping and
dancing, backed up by pre
recorded hip-hop, reggae,
electronica and dub beats.
“Usually the first time people
hear our music, they think it’s
kind of funny,” said performer
Judah “Butter” Maceo Ritter
man, 25. “Then people listen to
our lyrics and are like, ‘Wow,
this is really good.’”
All born and raised in Oak
land, Calif., OJG’s members —
Ritterman, Jonathan “Doctor
J Money” Gudstadt and Elana
Jagoda — created the group
after combining their talents
and love for hip-hop with their
“What we’re really about, at
our core as a group and in our
own lives, is to connect people
with spirituality and build
communities,” Ritterman said.
“Our music is an opportunity
for people to connect with
Shabbat and to connect
Gutstadt, 26, founded the Bay
Area group during spring break
2003, when the University grad
HIP-HOP, page 8
Eugene police prepare for Halloween weekend
Teams of officers will increase patrols in campus neighborhoods
to ensure the safety of students and others during the holiday
BY KATY GAGNON
In an effort to prevent Halloween riots that
have plagued campus-area neighborhoods in
the past, Eugene police will strengthen pa
trols near campus this weekend.
Multiple police teams will concentrate on
the west and south campus neighborhoods
and other problem areas, Kerry Delf, Eugene
Police Department spokeswomansaid.Con
centrated patrols of campus neighborhoods
are a response to past riots in the West Uni
versity Neighborhood, including one on Hal
loween in 1998.
Because Eugene has not seen a riot in a
while, authorities are preparing for the
worst, said Eugene police officer Randy Ellis.
Involvement in a riot may seem like a “rite
of passage” for some University students,
“If you haven’t been involved in a riot in
your four to five years at the UO, then it’s like
you’re not completing your college educa
tion,” he said.
Officers will have no tolerance for alcohol
and party-related violations this weekend,
Delf said, and party hosts and others caught
breaking the law will be arrested or ticketed.
“They will not get off with a warning,”
“If you’re a minor, you are not supposed
to be drinking,” she said. “A lot of young
people don’t take this to heart, violate the
law and don’t think they will get caught.”
Party Patrols in the campus area occur
nearly every weekend and usually consist of
eight officers and a sergeant, said Ellis, who
has patrolled campus neighborhoods for
For Halloween weekend, staffing will be
significantly increased, Delf said.
Officers can volunteer for Party Patrols and
are usually paid overtime, Ellis said.
If a party gets out of control, the host is
encouraged to call the police, Delf said. The
police will shut the party down and may
Ellis said police generally won’t cite of
fenders when someone calls on themselves.
“People don’t realize how quickly they can
lose control of a party,” he said.
Police can enter a private home if they see
criminal activity occurring inside, he said.
Increased patrols will begin tonight and
continue until Halloween. Police will be on
foot, bicycles and in cars, Delf said.
Contact the crime, health and safety reporter