Some powerful interests want to light a fire under lawmakers who are considering giving the seven campuses of the Oregon University System more autonomy. As first reported at wweek.com, five men, including Nike Chairman Phil Knight, former University of Oregon Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny, Columbia Distributing Chairman Ed Maletis and Endeavour Capital Managing Director John von Schlegell have each written $65,000 checks to Oregonians for Higher Education Excellence. Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle, one of the PACâs founders, gave $62,500.âIf the PAC is to be used, it wouldnât be supporting candidates but instead focused on an initiative petition,â Boyle tells WW. âOur preference is to see a legislative solution.â
Dept. of Shameless Self-Promotion: WW won Oregonâs biggest journalism award and 18 first-place prizes at the annual Society of Professional Journalists banquet May 20. Nigel Jaquiss won the top prize, the Bruce Baer Award, for his coverage of the Columbia River Crossing, including âA Bridge Too Falseâ (June 1, 2011).
Among Pacific Northwest alternative weeklies, WW won seven first-place awards: Corey Pein, government and political reporting, âThe Other Portlandâ (Oct. 12, 2011), on the city east of Interstate 205; and lifestyles reporting, âCheat Localâ (Aug. 17, 2011), on Grouponâs impact on small businesses. Art director Ben Mollica for page design. Nigel Jaquiss, commentary, the CRC. Casey Jarman, arts and entertainment reporting, âMack to the Future,â (Sept. 7, 2011), on hip-hop artist Macklemore. Aaron Mesh, personalities reporting, âVoodoo Childâ (Dec. 21, 2022), on Voodoo Doughnut co-founder Tres Shannon. Jonathan Crowl, sports reporting, âGang Greenâ (Aug. 31, 2011), on the Timbers Army.
WW also won 11 first-place awards among Oregon non-daily papers, circulation above 8,000: WW staff, spot news, âBucked!â (Nov. 16, 2011), on the shutdown of Occupy Portland camps. Corey Pein, government reporting, âThe Other Portlandâ; and consumer reporting, âCheat Local.â James Pitkin, news feature, âThe Gunâ (Aug. 2, 2011), on buying a gun on the street; and general feature, âDirt Roads, Dead Endsâ (May 11, 2011), on the cityâs unpaved roads. Ben Waterhouse and Ruth Brown, food reporting, âDrip Cityâ (April 6, 2011), on Portlandâs coffee scene. Nigel Jaquiss, comprehensive coverage, the CRC; and education reporting, âYour Teacher is Fâedâ (March 23, 2011), on school funding. Ben Mollica and Cameron Browne, best page design, âDrip Cityâ (above). Aaron Mesh, religion and ethics reporting, âChildren of a Higher Godâ (March 2, 2011), on the Santo Daime church. Vivian Johnson, news photography, âChaos to Checkmateâ (Nov. 16, 2011), the shutdown of Occupy Portland camps.