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Professor Weighs In On Arena Debate

UO Architecture Professor Richard Sundt has a commentary piece in the Register-Guard today, in which he voices his opposition to plans for the new basketball arena. Sundts thesis is that existing plans are overly grandiose, and that their realization is a forgone conclusion that has already cost Bill Moos his job, and put Pat Kilkenny into power. Furthermore, Sundt alleges that funds from the Westmoreland sale will be going toward purchasing property for the arena, indicating that the University has skewed its priorities unnecessarily towards athletics. Sundt writes:

“The earmarking of Westmoreland money for possible use on the arena makes everyone stakeholders in the project. This arena venture should not, therefore, be allowed to stay in the hands of two or three UO administrators and a couple of donors.”

The piece brings up a number of serious concerns with the Athletic Departments clout, and its fixation on lavish goals which would well hurt the Universities academic mission. These issues cut to the heart of one of the biggest debates on campus, and should be more extensively discussed across the campus community.

  1. Nick says:

    That damned racist, oppressing, white education supporting, black athlete subjugating, eminent domain loving Athletic Department! When will they stop using black men to entertain and make headlines on ESPN?

    Schwifferdouche Power!

  2. Doomscheissah says:

    Noise problems up there with an arena, however, due to the close proximity of the University Housing complexes.

    We’ll wait and see.

  3. Timothy says:

    I swear that if they try to use eminent domain to get that shit the Frohn is going to wake up next to a decapitated horse.

    *Note to FBI: I AM NOT SERIOUS

  4. Meghann says:

    University officials have said repeatedly that absolutely no Westmoreland money will go to the arena. They’ve also said repeatedly that some of the Westmoreland money will go to purchasing property along Franklin Boulevard, property they say is essential to the college’s long-term expansion needs. If you press the right people hard enough, or simply look in the ODE archives, you’ll learn that several pieces of property along Franklin (namely the 7-11 store and the office of the dentist who doesn’t want to move) must be purchased to make the arena happen.

    Doesn’t take Zach Vishanoff to connect the dots on this one.

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