Former University of Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny has financial interest in Courtside, Skybox apartments
In July 2009, a distraught Steve Romania realized his student housing project was dead in the water. The long-time Eugene auto dealer was days away from breaking ground on the project, located just east of the University campus. But his bank got cold feet, and his project became one of many real estate deals stalled by the recession.
Classroom headcounts are rapidly growing, and the number of new faculty has failed to keep up with a burgeoning student body. As such, introductory-level classes have now grown to teach more than 500 students at once, causing teachers to instruct in environments that some say are disarrayed and chaotic.