ColumnsOpinion

Trinidad: Breaking up the boys club

Greek Life is almost ubiquitous with college life, and is often held up as an institution that instills senses of community, character, friendship, leadership and charity among its members. But this is a romanticized version of Greek Life that hides what it truly is: an antiquated relic that perpetuates privilege …

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Trinidad: Let student athletes speak

Last month, I attended a University of Oregon seminar centered around activism in sports, which was part of President Michael Schill’s Freedom of Expression initiative to explore the limits of freedom of expression on college campuses. The event claims that “sport has activism in its very DNA” because sport provides …

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Trinidad: An open letter to journalism students

Dear journalism students, Whether you are approaching graduation or you still have time left in Allen Hall, we have all dedicated our academic journey to a single, common goal: a commitment to truth. And this commitment to truth is something we need now more than ever. In a world that …

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Trinidad: Make Eugene queer again

Alcohol flowing, music blaring, lights flashing and bodies grinding; it’s the typical night out at the local bars. Just like everyone else, I only have one mission: leaving my worries about classes behind, even if it’s just for a night. On a dimly lit dance floor packed wall-to-wall with sweaty …

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Trinidad: A dream deferred: The assassination of MLK’s Legacy

Fifty years ago on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Since then, he has become canonized in American culture and portrayed as a universally loved Christian preacher — a passive, nonviolent martyr with a dream of racial unity whose life was cut short by a hate-filled, …

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Trinidad: Racism isn’t only for white supremacists

I’m skeptical of white liberals, and it goes back to the moment I knew Donald Trump would win the presidency. It was election night, and the polls just started to close on the East Coast. “Madame President” was on the tips of our tongues, and we had bottles of champagne …

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Trinidad: Is Eugene ready to host the world?

Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA and United States Track and Field, is one of track and field’s most influential figures and has been on a crusade to make track and field not only a household sport in Eugene, but across the country. But his shocking success to bring the …

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Trinidad: Chain migration is the American Dream

Apparently, my family and I are part of the immigration problem. Since Donald Trump was elected, he and the Republican Party have embarked on a crusade against immigration: he derided Mexicans as drug dealers and rapists, implemented a travel ban targeting Muslims and betrayed America’s promise to Dreamers. However, it …

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Trinidad: Bring Uber back to Eugene

It is difficult to remember life before Uber. During my summer in D.C., it was a godsend. It saved me from constant subway delays and closures, public transit deserts, monsoon rains and late-night excursions. It became something I could not imagine living without. Then I returned to Eugene. Since 2015, …

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ASUONews

ASUO releases three upcoming ballot measures

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the goals of the ballot measure put forth by OSPIRG. The article stated that, if passed, the measure would allow student groups to request more funding by gathering signatures from 10 percent of the student body. The post has since been updated …

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ASUONews

Senator pushes to give freshmen greater say in senate

First-year senator Keegan Williams-Thomas is currently working to amend the laws of ASUO to allow freshman senators to vote. Williams-Thomas is currently not allowed to vote on issues in the senate, such as resolutions and special requests from student groups. His role is to provide his input on the discussions …

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Fraternity & Sorority LifeNews

Beta Theta Pi disbanded for reports of hazing

University of Oregon’s Beta Theta Pi chapter has been disbanded due to reports of hazing and other “high-risk behaviors”, a statement from Vice President for the Division of Student Life Robin Holmes said. According to the statement, the university was working with Beta Theta Pi’s national headquarters to address these …

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News

Students continue push to improve campus safety

In the wake of the Umpqua Community College shooting, ASUO Director of Staff Casey Edwards and senior Sydney McBride are continuing their efforts of making the University of Oregon a safer place with the Campus Safety Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to increase safety on campus “day and night, inside …

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ASUONews

Elections board announces this year’s ASUO presidential candidates

Quinn Haaga, Zach Rentschler and Samara Mokaya will run as presidential candidates for next year’s ASUO president position. The candidates’ slates — I’m with UO, One Oregon and Duck Squad, respectively — were also confirmed.  According to the rules, students can run together for multiple open seats as a campaign or they …

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ASUONews

Senate confirms its only woman of color to replace departing senator

We went to the ASUO Senate meeting so you didn’t have to. Here’s what you need to know: Senate confirms its only woman of color this year Senate confirmed Ednaly Jimenez-Gomez to take over Senate President Kevin Dobyns’ seat, making her the only woman of color on the senate this …

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ASUONews

Senate has allocated 63 percent of its surplus for the year

We went to the ASUO Senate meeting so you didn’t have to. Here’s what you need to know: Senate has used 63.2 percent of its surplus this year. Here are the lists of approved special requests tonight:   University Film Organization requested $5,000 for new, up-to-date cameras for students to …

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ASUONews

Incidental fee increase aims to directly reinvest in students

This year, PFC will have an 11.6 percent increase in its budget to help with these fast growing groups and has also increased stipends for student leadership positions. According to Lusby, the additional funds will help student groups become more productive. “A lot of groups grow very quickly on campus …

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News

Update: Hours before retirement, UOPD chief had detailed schedule for the following week

Update: Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:13 p.m. McDermed’s retirement came with no warning to other members of UOPD. She had meetings scheduled for every day next week, including three days of Incident Command System advanced training and a meeting about Track Town 2016, McIver said only hours before McDermed announced her …

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ASUONews

Senate gives $50,000 to Club Sports to help send teams to national competitions

Senator Quinn Haaga wants to change the process to allow funding to send teams to national competition within Club Sports’ budget. ASUO hosts a tuition transparency information session to prepare for next week Board of Trustees’ meeting The session will inform students about the proposed tuition hike and ASUO’s alternative …

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News

EMU Ballroom gets an upgrade, but disrupts scheduled events

On March 19, the EMU Ballroom will close for a $2 million renovation. The project, which is supposed to be complete at the start of the fall 2016 term, will expand the venue’s capacity and improve its accessibility.  “[The ballroom renovation] is a blessing for everyone on campus. It’s the …

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ASUO

How ASUO is spending your $16 million

Every term, you pay $223.75 to the incidental fee, which funds the University of Oregon’s student government. It decides how to use that money to fund student groups, child care for students, SafeRide and more. ASUO Senate approved its $16 million incidental fee budget on Feb. 17. ASUO is raising the …

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ASUONews

Senate approves 4.5 percent increase for incidental fee budget

We went to the ASUO Senate Meeting so you didn’t have to. Here’s what you need to know: Senate approves 4.5 percent increase on the 2016-2017 Incidental Fee Budget ASUO Senate unanimously approved next year’s 4.5 percent increase for the Incidental Fee. As a result, students will pay $233.75 per …

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ASUONews

United States Student Association loses funding due to low membership, lack of results

The ASUO Athletics and Contracts Finance Committee unanimously decided to defund the United States Student Association after seeing a lack of on-campus results. The USSA, a student-led grassroots advocacy group, received $28,540 inthe last fiscal year, but ACFC members did not see significant on-campus impact warranting continued funding, ACFC chair …

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News

Ron Peterson, longtime supporter of UO, dies at age 88

Ron Peterson, the namesake of Peterson Hall in the Lillis Business Complex and Peterson Plaza at Autzen Stadium, died Sunday, Feb. 14 at the age of 88. Peterson was a longtime supporter of the University of Oregon. In 2002, he and his wife, Patricia, made the second largest donation to the university, …

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ASUONews

ASUO senator storms out of meeting, EMU budget not approved

ASUO senators and finance committees convened at Mackenzie Hall on Feb. 13 to vote on proposed budgets for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Although budget meetings often evoke images of spreadsheets and boring presentations, this six-hour budget meeting was less mundane. “My life revolves around drama, and today is a ripe day for my …

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ASUONews

ASUO and student group aim to make UO more accessible for students with disabilties

The AccessABILITY Student Union and ASUO senators are working together to move the University of Oregon to the forefront of higher education institutions that are universally accessible for students with disabilities. At the Jan. 6 ASUO Senate meeting, the senate approved a resolution to create a working group to collaborate …

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ASUONews

ASUO senators prepare for unique relationship with University Senate this term

ASUO senators Max Burns, Hannah Thompson, Tess Mor, Evan Roth and Keegan Williams-Thomas will be serving as the five student members in the University of Oregon Senate this term, a rare opportunity at any school. Although the senators said they are excited to represent students at the meetings, some have …

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AcademicsNews

UO law school dean will step down July 1

UO School of Law Dean Michael Moffitt has decided to resign as dean effective July 1, 2017. According to Moffitt’s message to the law school community, he decided to step down “after considerable soul-searching” and concluded that “the time is right” to find new leadership. “It has been my great …

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ASUOHousingNews

Senators make progress with housing resolution, plan to vote on issue next week

We went to the ASUO senate meeting so you don’t have to. Here’s what you need to know: Senators finalizing housing resolution language, possible vote next week Senators Max Burns, Andrew Dunn and Zach Rentschler have continued working on the housing resolution that was introduced last week. The senators have …

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AdministrationNews

Executive director candidate aims to improve health center’s “culture of excellence”

During a presentation on Jan. 26, LeAnn Gutierrez, a candidate for the executive director position at the University Health Center, presented her vision of success to a crowd of about 50 staff members of the UHC. With the University of Oregon’s health services ranked 13 in the nation, according to …

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