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(Oregon Live)   Phil Knight has offered to donate $500 million to help cure cancer. Difficulty: A University has to find $500 million to match it in the next two years. Challenge accepted?   ( divider line
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2013-09-22 09:37:42 AM  
3 votes:
Wow.  All the non-marketing Farkers have crawled out of the woodwork (your call on whether being called non-marketing is an insult, cuz really, it could either way)

By setting up his donation on contingency, Mr. Nike has given Oregon a huge marketing tool when they start having all their minimum wage college students start calling up all the alumni and other potential donors.  "Hey, if we can raise $500 million, we'll get another $500 million.  Won't you please help us reach our goal?"  And because people will see their dollars being not only good, cuz hey, who likes cancer, but they'll also see it as part of getting a huge donation on top of their little donation.

I suspect Oregon will have no problem at all getting their half of the money.  In fact, I'll go so far as to say they might very well get to the $1 billion before Mr Nike pitches in.  I also suspect, based on Mr. Nike's previous actions, he'll end up giving the school more than what he promised when it happens.
2013-09-22 06:37:45 AM  
2 votes:
What a dickface.
2013-09-22 06:32:39 PM  
1 vote:
For all you tools railing against Knight's relationship with Oregon, it's painfully obvious you dnrtfa. He's donating it to OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University), not U of O. Penny and Phil have already donated over $200 million to OHSU prior to this.

So chill the fark out and stop being mad, bros.

/any money donated to medical research is cool in my book
2013-09-22 03:29:55 PM  
1 vote:
Jesus H, you idiots.

There's a difference between the University of Oregon (Phil Knight's undergrad alma mater) and Oregon Health Sciences University.

Phil's influence has revolutionized UO athletics, at the cost of completely farking up most of the academic programs.

OHSU,on the other hand, is a first-class medical school and research centre.

Oregon might be a little state, but there's more than one goddamned facility of education here, you goddamned savages.
2013-09-22 02:27:01 PM  
1 vote:
This is sure a lot more useful than running one mile for every American soldier who died in the Vietnam War.
2013-09-22 11:23:58 AM  
1 vote:

CowardlyLion: I might be wrong, but, if all that money is a) going to OHSU and b) going to cancer research, then it'd be going to the Knight Cancer Institute, which, if the website is accurate, has 143 researchers. Assuming (almost certainly incorrectly) that every single one of them was a principal investigator and had his/her own lab and that the funding would be split equally between them all, each one would get $7 million. Why not award massive research funding based on merit of the actual research/ideas and productivity of the researchers?

/Oh, right, because you're using your excess cash as a masturbation aid
//must be fun being impossibly wealthy
///hopefully something good will come of it, despite the inefficiency

That's not how endowments work. The trustees don't spend the principal, they allow the university to spend the gains. If the trustees can guarantee a 6% return, then that comes out to be about $420,000 per current researcher per year. That would allow OHSU to double their current staff and provide more lab/office space. Medical research is expensive. It's argued that one new drug costs $800 million

$800 Million Pill

It might stimulate Oregon's economy but it's not going to "cure" cancer. The most important risk factor for cancers is growing older. Although younger folks can get cancer, mostly it's people over 65.
2013-09-22 11:02:47 AM  
1 vote:

italie: Koodz: YoOjo: I thought it was accepted that we can't 'cure' cancer, we can only cure cancers.
There's no magic wand that will eradicate all cancers, just some. Even if we make incredible progress against it we will never be on top, something to do with it mutating probably.


Saying your goal is a "cure" is a half step down from just going balls-out and declaring you're looking for the secret of immortality.

Oh, very well then. Screw cancer and lets go golfing instead?

That's fair, but I find it interesting that this is one area in which people seem all in favor of setting an unattainable goal.  If a Little League coach told his kids when he was forming the team that they were going to become undefeated World Series champions I'd like to think a few people would say, "Hey, that's high-spirited, but it might not be the best idea to give kids those kinds of expectations."  Seems like it's just a setup for somebody to come along later and say "Screw it, they never found a cure, so let's cut these biatches off" as you imply.  I'd rather see realistic, achievable goals for this kind of thing.  I guess "Race for Significant Improvement in 5-year Survival Rates" doesn't fit on a t-shirt.
2013-09-22 11:00:16 AM  
1 vote:
A cure for cancer, but no cure for using sweatshop labor to build a fortune.
2013-09-22 09:25:11 AM  
1 vote:

doglover: What a dickface.


/conditional charity donations are one of the sleaziest celebrity emotional manipulation techniques out there.
2013-09-22 02:43:45 AM  
1 vote:
Or he could do his research and donate it to the school doing the best research. $500 million there would probably do more than a billion at the school that's best at fundraising.
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