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Students question future of
Nike, university partnerships
By Hanna LoPatin Williford blamed the matter
Baits Ncws Ediinr which could potentially halt the "It's workers' rights
planned expansion of Oregon's football
Nike's decision not to renew its con- stadium - to a "failure to communi- that are winning
tract with the University of Michigan cate to (Knight) our intentions"
was based on bad business rather than the The future of Oregon and Nike, here.
University's membership in the national Williford said, will depend on the
anti-sweatshop group Workers' Rights development of the WRC by 2003. - Seth Quackenbush
Consortium, said Nike Labor Practices "We're hoping in our case, more so University of Oregon student
Manager Simon Pestridge. from a personal relationship, that things
But the end of the paitnership come to be mended between the
between Nike and the University is the University of Oregon and Phil Knight that's no win for him"
third tieident of Nike CEO and before that date?" he said. With North Carolina mos ing into the
Founder Phil Knight detaching his Seth Quackenbush, an Oregon stu- top-selling spot at Nike, Mirkatos said
company fi-om utsersites belonging to dent and member of the Human Rights he is worried about 1he future of the
the WRC. Aliance, said he thinks the recent university and the WRC.
Ihc nature of the anC uncenmen has eseni wi foirce Nike to eventually It's a possibility that U' vould
left beth anti-sweatshop activists aid adhere to WRC policies. drop out (of the WRC) in the siummer
athletic adminisirators across the ccuii- "Judging froireaciions around cam- when students aren't arouiid to do a
try "Mdering who iscomiIg out cii top pus, it seems Phil Knight is digging sit-in," he said.
and what ihc future is fot Nike and himself ino a hole,' hc said. But, Markatos added, "1 nant to trust
othet WRC schools. As for the dclaration of a winner,"It our current chancellor (interim
Knight first withdrew funds from is workers' rights that are winning Chancellor William McCoy). He
Brown Unisersity's hockey team and here?' Quackenbush said."Nike's going wouldn't betray us.:
then cancelled personal donations to to have to change." McCoy will be succeeded by recent-
the Unisersity of Oregon - his alma Similar feelings were expressed by ly-elected James Moeser in August.
mater. Dennis Markatos, a member of For the remnainino-WRC unisurtin
Dave Williford, Assistant Athletic Students for Economic Justice and stu- under contract with Nike, Pestridgi
Director for Media Services at the dent at the University of North said Nike will "take every contract on
University of Oregon, said that the uni- Carolina at Chapel Hill - Nike's most case-by-case basis."
versity's contract with Nike does not lucrative college. Markatos speculated that Nike woul
expire until 2003, but that Knight's "Hopefully the winners in this case lose revenue from the termination of it
decision will cost the university S30 will be the workers" Markatos said. contract with the University, bu
million in aecidemics and S20 million in "Phil Knight is not a winner," he Pestridge said "Our business is good a
athletics. added. "Greed is running his life and the end of the day."





Mihigan preares to
compete without Nike
NIKE "This University is
Continued from Page 1
But Nike's Labor Practice Manager not called Nike
Simon Pestridge said that Nike's work- University"
ing conditions are superior to other
companies. Bill Martin
"Michigan will not find another Interim Athletic Director
company who will be able to reach our
standards" he said.
Members of the WRC who hope to Noted football powers Notre Dame
improve Nike's working conditions and Tennessee also wear Adidas.
have challenged this claim. Walker said he doesn't think the
"A movement with more than 250 change will affect his on-the-field per-
campus chapters organizing for change formance, but he likes Nike's styles.
will hopefiilly convince Nike that it can "I like thejerseys and shoes now. A lot
do busiess in a fair and responsible of people like Nike's. Most of my shoes
manner' WRC governing board repre- growing up were Nike" Walker said.
sentative and LSA senior Peter Romer Former Wolverine and current New
Friedman said. York Giant rookie Dhani Jones said he
Many Michigan athletes have sup- admires Michigan's position.
poned the University's stand. "Every kid front five to 85 loves
"I think Michigan did a positive Nike. They think of Nike, they sleep
thing, senior al-Big Ten footbal player with Nike and they dream of Nike.
Anthony Thomas said. "The person (But) any time an institution like
mtakes the player, not the shoe. I don't Michigan puts its name on the line,
see (using a different company) being a that's a tremendous thing," Jones
problem IThe 'swosh' isJus V a syhbol" said
Schools outfitted by risval Adidas Marin said there was neset doubt
a e won a share of lout ci the list about sshat Michigat shoUld do.
n uto ubal stional titles this Unis er.itys not aled Nike
I-epili kc N traska and ts nar IL unersity, Ilicie are maty Nikes out
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Continued from Page I
"We are pant of the one university
community?' Bollinger said in a written4
The money came from Bollinger's
unrestricted gift fund, over which he
has full rein. Bollinger said he trans-
ferred the funds to endorse the actions
of the University and the athletic
"When people try to punish
Michigan for acting with honor, we
will stand behind those who are@
harmed, he said.
The athletic department was over-
budget $2.8 million for the fiscal year
1999, and stands to lose more in the
absence of a sponsor, but Bollinger
said the size of the gift was not made
with the debt in mind.
"The amount transferred does not
reflect any particular estimated loss but
instead is a sign of our support,"he said.
Interim Athletic Director Bill Martin
said he was pleased by the President's
"I thought is was a great act by
Bollinger?" he said.
Martin said he did not regret the
actions the University took that led
Nike's decision not to renew the contract.
"No one is going to detemmine our
social conscience" e said.
While he appreciates the gift from
Bollinger, Martin said he is not woried
about finding another sponsor becaus4
Reebok, Adidas and Puma had al con-
tacted the University withii a day of is
disassuciation wih Nike.

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