Wednesday, November 23, 2011
In Oregon the university system is under the oversight and control of the State Board of Higher Education. Yesterday, the State Board told President Richard Lariviere that they would refuse to renew his contract which will expire in June 2012. Lariviere has been a visionary leader for the UO, attempting to help the UO navigate continuing budget cuts and decreasing state support. Lariviere has worked on a new governance system for the UO, a system that would result in greater independence for UO from the state system. It is assumed that his pursuit of this idea caused the State Board to decide to terminate his contract.
In the hours since the announcement, faculty have rallied to his support. A blog has been set up, We Love Our Pres, and faculty are planning a variety of actions, including a rally on Tuesday. Contacts for the Governor, legislatures, and the State Board appear on the blog.
A story in the Eugene, Oregon newspaper, the Register Guard is here.
In doing some trolling on the web, I came across a fairly new web site that addresses the pros, cons and history of tax exemptions for Churches. The site is well-done, and with the exception of a few minor nitpicks (the exemption for churches goes back farther in history than Constantine; there are references to exemptions for churches in the Old Testament of the Bible and in ancient Egypt), gives a good overview of the issues involved in this continuing debate (about which I am sure we will hear more during the upcoming election cycle).
Check it out: http://churchesandtaxes.procon.org/
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Prof. Randall Roth (Hawaii) served as a consultant to the new George Clooney movie, The Descendants. I haven't seen it yet, but watch for Roth's name in the credits. Here's a story about opening night that explains a little about Prof. Roth's involvement. And here's an interview Prof. Roth did. Roth advised the movie makers about trust law, to keep the movie a little closer to reality. Prof. Roth has long been a hero of mine for the great work he did with the Bishop Estate Trust. If anyone has not yet read the book about the Bishop Estate, Broken Trust, do so! It's a fascinating story of the history of the trust and all the legal mess that unfolded.
Hat tip to Evelyn Brody for sending me the links.