EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon Athletic Department gave the media a tour of the school’s newest athletics complex.
During the tour, attendees were actually able to see inside of Oregon’s practice because most of the building has a view of the fields.
It was the first time KEZI 9 News has seen Oregon practice in Eugene in almost two years.
Both non-athlete students and faculty members, who share the campus, but won’t be sharing the new facility, are reacting to the new facility.
Those who spoke with KEZI 9 News about it. There were those who believed all the attention was great publicity and could definitely reel in some great athletes and even more students in general, but some didn’t think it was likely there would be any real benefit for them in this situation.
“You make it sound like ‘Reganomics’ or something like there will be some trickle effect and we’ll get to feed off the crumbs of football players or something. (laughs) Honestly, I don’t think it’s going to be like that. They get more attention. They’re hyped up. The university might get more national attention for the football league, but I don’t think it’s going to further its name as a university,” said UO senior Loveprit Singh.
KEZI 9 News also spoke with some faculty members, who said this sort of continued investment in the athletics department takes away from the true mission of the university–to educate. Faculty members also said while the university isn’t footing the bill, its support of the building is support of a message that is contradictory to that mission, and in the end, it’s taking away from the rest of the population’s college experience.