October 26, 2007
Oregon Debates Role of Big Sports Donors
Some professors warn that large gifts for athletics are creating 2 cultures at the university
The Willamette River flows through the heart of this bustling college town. On the southern bank is the University of Oregon's main campus, where backpack-toting freshmen gather in front of a campus map, and students look at leaflets handed out by activist groups.
Across the river, a new face of the university has emerged. Here, a $160-million facelift has made ultramodern athletics facilities the envy of Oregon's peers. Behind a glass enclosure in the Len Casanova Center is a