I was reviewing old ODE issues, and I think the following—from my last column as editor-in-chief—sums it up well:
But no other story impacted the campus as much during the past four years as the University joining the Worker Rights Consortium. In April, Nike CEO and University alum Phil Knight announced that he would halt all personal donations, including a promised $30 million to help renovate Autzen Stadium, because the University joined the WRC, a labor monitoring group. And the campus became totally divided.
People blamed the students who protested in front of Johnson Hall for 10 days in an attempt to persuade University President Dave Frohnmayer to sign onto the WRC; they blamed Frohnmayer for not telling Knight in advance about the University’s WRC membership; and they blamed Knight for being selfish.
We received hundreds of letters to the editor and posted feedback on our Web site from furious people who threatened to never donate to the University or hire any University graduates. During the first 24 hours of the story, our Web site received almost 76,000 page views, which is three times more than our previous highest three-day-old record of 26,000.
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