As the UO's football budget mushroomed with massive promotions in recent years, gridiron stories on the business pages began to compete with those in the sports section. But not until this year has the classified ad section become so important to followers of the Ducks.
The new venue has not pleased Ducks marketing staffers, who had been ballyhooing the record-setting level of sales in a season when Autzen Stadium has been at near capacity level every home game. The classified section of Eugene's daily newspaper showed a trend in the other direction the week of what traditionally has been the big game of every season, against the Washington Huskies, Nov. 16.
Tickets for the interstate rivalry always have been in demand. Whether the teams were winners or losers, tickets for the grudge battle always were in rare supply, netting good profit for illegal scalpers. So it was startling to see a full column of classified ads offering tickets for sale, Nov. 12.
In all, 23 ads were bought by ticketholders trying to get rid of their tickets. One even offered a premium location parking pass with the ticket package. So what's going on, just one year after the Ducks finished a season ranked No. 2 in the nation? Fan loyalty took another hit when Oregon had to return 189 unsold tickets from its limited allocation of 2,500 to the final game in Corvallis — another for which tickets were gobbled up in past years.
A longtime ticket-holder — who clasps his tickets tight to his heart — says the problem was with the "extra 12,000 seats sold this year because of expansion of Autzen Stadium." He says, "They went to people who saw the game as a fad, and decided to get in on the big event in town. When things went bad at mid-season, they had no patience nor loyalty. I know the Athletics Department wants them back next year. But if they don't have the attitude of a true fan, I hope they never come back."
Ducks Coach Mike Bellotti, a longtime winner, looks to next season as a chance for his team to prove it can bounce back from a down year. The ticket manager is hoping the fans — especially the 12,000 new ticketholders — will bounce back, too, and return.
If they don't, announced plans for a possible expansion to boost Autzen capacity to more than 60,000 may have to go on the backburner. — George Beres
The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on Nov. 13 to send a letter to the state Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, asking for a delay in regulations for "debris flow hazards."
Commissioner Pete Sorenson was the only "no" vote. He points out that after logging caused a number of landslides, including one linked to deaths in a Douglas County lawsuit, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 12 to require the department and counties to regulate landslide-prone areas.
"Given the threat to human health, why would the county want to urge delay?" asks Sorenson. "Perhaps because of the possibility of a moratorium on development in those areas," he speculates.
Fall rains have raised water levels high enough to bring salmon up the Siuslaw River to spawn and die. Hundreds of salmon were reported sighted last weekend in spawning beds between Eugene and the coast. Fewer live fish are expected to be seen this weekend.
A popular spawning site to visit is Whittaker Creek campground off Highway 126, about six miles past Walton. Look for a sign for Wildcat Creek and Whittaker Creek and go left. After about two miles, cross the bridge on the right and continue a short distance to the campground. Cross the footbridge and turn left to walk along the stream.
The salmon were born in these streams roughly five years ago and made their way downstream to the Siuslaw River and the ocean, where they lived for about three years. Now, they have returned to their native streams, bruised and battered, for their final act. Please do not disturb.
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Mark Reed, a UO geology professor, filed a legal action Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Lane County Circuit Court which would bar the state of Oregon from prosecuting him for practicing geology without a license on the ground that the state's action would violate his state and federal constitutional rights. He asked for an injunction and a declaratory judgment against the state..
Reed testified against Eugene Sand & Gravel's application for a zone change permitting an industrial gravel mine and asphalt plant on farm land in the River Road area. He and his wife live near the proposed gravel operation. The Lane County commissioners turned down the gravel company's request , but that decision is on appeal.
After the hearings, Eugene Sand & Gravel filed complaints with the state licensing board for geologists charging that Reed violated state law by testifying as a geologist although he is not registered in this state. Reed announced at the hearings that he is not registered and that he was not paid for his testimony, that he was speaking as a resident of the area in question and as an individual..
Co-counsel for Reed are Garrett Epps, UO law professor, and Art Johnson of Johnson, Clifton, Larson and Corson.
Regarding our "Sneak Peak" cover story on the new public library art and artists Nov. 14, we have since learned that the new art will be veiled from view when the building opens Dec. 26. The art will get its first public viewing at a gala grand opening party and reception Jan. 11.
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Justice, No Peace
The castles have already been erected.
BY THE REV. ROBERT L. JEFFREY SR.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Robert Jeffrey is pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Seattle and gave this talk at the Peace, Justice and Civil Liberties Conference at UO Nov. 17.
According to the book Economic Apartheid in America, in 1999, "10 percent of the people owned 73 percent of all the wealth in America, 90 percent of the American people own the remaining 27 percent." In the last 21 years, the top 1 percent doubled their share of the pie. The next 9 percent also gained. The bottom 90 percent got squeezed.
This trend gets worse when you leave the U.S. The U.N. Development Program reported in 2001 that 225 of the world's richest people now have a combined wealth of $1 trillion. That's equal to the combined annual income of the world's 2.5 billion poorest people. In addition, the wealth of the three most well-to-do individuals now exceeds the combined gross domestic product of the 48 least-developed countries. This is all taking place in an environment of increased legal constraints on the poor and the underprivileged.
According to recent Urban League statistics, while African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, they make up 39 percent of those in prison. Because of recent laws initiated to target the poor, African Americans are imprisoned at five times the rate of their South African counterparts. Similar situations exist in numerous places around the globe; such as East Timor, Tibet, and Mexico, with the most notable example today being the plight of the Palestinians. These are people who are presently experiencing an unemployment rate approaching 90 percent, while their homes and businesses are bulldozed daily without any opportunity for a legal defense.
'Like King before us, we too must speak against this madness, so that we too will not go quietly into that dark night.'
What we must do is as old as fighting fire with fire; we must create a parallel world, a world controlled by the people for the people. It is a world existing solely for the purpose of protecting the people from the excesses of the dominant establishment. We as African Americans along with the progressive community must stop our insidious parade of redundancy, which relies exclusively on marching and threats to bring about change. What we must realize is that the castles have already been erected and the rich and powerful are not threatened by a march, nor are they deterred by our threats. The only thing they care about is their money and their ability to keep taking money out of our pockets so that their coffers continue to expand. The police and in many instances the military are simply pathetic pawns in this system of economic oligarchy.
To attack the police or the military, without mentioning those who lay in wait behind the corporate castle walls to strip-mine and gentrify our global communities, is to make a calculated mistake. We simply cannot continue to depend on the political infrastructure of this country to solve our problems.
Martin Luther King wrote from the Birmingham Jail the following words. "I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and that when they fail to do this they become dangerously-structured dams that block the flow of social progress." He goes on to say, "We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation."
Today we are plagued in America with the curse of leadership by double standard, which is a fundamental component of tyranny. For democracy demands as a part of its essence the absence of double standards, which have served to sustain the rule of the despots of this world. First of all, we have a president who was elected by electoral graft, and political and judicial malfeasance, and who now stands portraying himself as a trusted vanguard for justice and democracy. Second, we have a government that purports to be in a war against terrorism, while blatantly ignoring the genocidal effects of poverty and political oppression on the world's poor. A case in point is the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians. An occupation that locks up by curfew school-age children in homes swallowed up by rubble. An occupation that kills the sick and disabled by restricting their access to medical assistance, an occupation that practices political and social assassinations on its untried citizens, and an occupation whose apartheid structure detains without trial, and murders curfew violators.
What we have in America is rule by hypocrisy and double standards. This is a government whose justice department rightly decries terrorist violence against Americans, while ignoring the domestic escalation of racial profiling; and the wholesale murder of African Americans and other people of color by the police. In addition to turning a deaf ear to racial profiling and religious targeting of American citizens by the justice department, this is a government that seeks to save America from all foreign and domestic terrorists, except those who personally profit from raiding and bankrupting corporations, and illegally padding political campaigns while stealing the jobs and the retirement security from millions of Americans. This is all occurring in a world where half of the world's population of 6 billion live on less than $2 per day while 1.3 billion get by on less than $1 per day. And the president wonders why the rest of the world, with the exception of a few of our rich friends, is upset with us.
This is a government that promotes international law and order at the barrel of a gun, but refuses to join the World Court; it locks up by the thousands drug users while allowing the unrestricted growth and distribution of poppies in Afghanistan. This a government that denounces world-wide environmental agreements, and speaks disdain for the United Nations, while ignoring the criminal behavior of Kenneth Lay and his own Vice President Dick Cheney, right here in our own backyard.
The time has come for real change. This is change that begins when we understand that money in a capitalist culture is the thing that drives change, and if those with money refuse to hear our demands then we must use our money to make them hear. Today, of the world's 100 largest economies, 49 are nations — and 51 are corporations. Their protectors are the police and the military, and their enemies are those who are not a productive part of their agenda to amass wealth for themselves. Police brutality and wanton murder and unilateral militarism for them are simply the necessary consequences of doing business.
We must build firewalls to protect the integrity and safety of our communities and ultimately our country from the monopolistic obsessions of transnational corporations. These firewalls must include, but not be limited to, the capacity to boycott as a means of successfully getting those in power to address our grievances. Second, we must form multi-racial collectives that will practice defensive investment, and third, we must transcend the trap of party affiliations and target candidates who receive money from corporations but refuse to get involved in domestic and global issues of human, environmental, and worker rights.
Finally, the fundamental question before our civilization today is how do we escape a system in which we are so totally invested. We have become addicted to the trappings provided for us by this system that rewards our participation in ways that we may never completely understand.
We are imprisoned by our lust for such things as McDonalds, Burger King, television, radio, gasoline, automobiles, candy, chewing gum, computers, software, shoes, socks, grocery stores, movies, newspapers, paper, dentists, prescription medicine, drugstores, libraries, universities, churches, mosques, temples, preachers, teachers, high schools, elementary schools, race, parents, siblings, relatives, nationalities, inheritance, prejudices, sexual phobias, and on and on.
We are victims of an evolutionary process hijacked by people who now control everything that humanity needs from the cradle to the grave. To revolt against these people is either suicidal, or delusional. It is suicidal because it would mean the abdication of all things that in any way would benefit the insatiable greed of those who spend most of their time thinking up new and improved ways to entice our addictions. It is delusional because whatever we need simply to survive, or to fight, is gained only by feeding the 20 percent of the world's population that receives 82.7 percent of the total world's income. In other words, we are expendable. However, it is the knowledge of the fact that we are the expendable 80 percent that should motivate our passion for change.
Initiative is Ours
Martin Luther King put it this way when speaking against the brutality of the war in Vietnam. He stated, "Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam, i.e., of Palestine. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption abroad. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours."
Like King before us, we too must speak against this madness, so that we too "will not go quietly into that dark night."
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Born and raised in Eagle Park, Ill., Arbrella Luvert grew up in a segregated society. "My parents were activists for school integration," she recalls. "We've always believed in speaking up." She met her husband, Henry, also a civil-rights activist, when both were students preparing for teaching careers at Eastern Illinois University. In 1975, the couple spent a summer on the road, searching for a place to settle. "We both liked Oregon," she says. "So beautiful and clean." The following year, the Luverts arrived in Eugene. Arbrella taught business courses for 13 years at Churchill High School, and later for six years at North Eugene, while raising four daughters and a son. The family has been active in the local NAACP, where Henry served as president, and at Bethel Temple, where Arbrella directed the choir for years. In the mid-'90s, she returned to school for an administrative license. After three years as vice-principal at Sheldon High, she is currently in her third year as principal of Adams Elementary and Hillside Alternative School. "I like working with students, seeing progress and success," she says. "It happens because people work together to make it better for all kids." — Paul Neevel
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