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Podcast: ASUO and You: The Student Senate

The ASUO Student Senate is the largest branch of the University of Oregon’s student government and consists of 23 senators who manage approximately $16 million dollars in annual student fees. But how senators manage all of that money? Where does that money go? And what do senators even do on …

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ASUO and You: The Executive Branch

 ASUO’s structure parallels strongly to that of the U.S. government, and the executive branch is no exception. How much power does the executive branch hold, and what do executive officers actually do? We talk to ASUO President Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón and ASUO Internal Vice President Imani Dorsey to discover …

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Get to know the ASUO president: Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón

On the corner of 13th Avenue and University Street last spring, Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón and a team of Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) hopefuls campaigned in lavender T-shirts with the words “Ducks Together” printed in yellow block letters, surrounded by the same phrase in various languages in …

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ASUO and You Podcast: What is the ASUO?

 You may have heard of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, but what does our student government actually do? How does it work? And how much power does it have? Our first episode illustrates the basics of your student government. This episode was edited by Ryan Nguyen.

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ASUO executives shuffle their cabinet, add positions dedicated to students of color

This year’s ASUO executive slate is shuffling its cabinet, adding positions dedicated to students of color and removing underutilized positions. ASUO President Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacon, her two vice presidents and her chief of staff created five new positions, which include anti-racist, food insecurity, student code of conduct and tuition coordinators, …

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New summer and fall term elections made during last senate meeting of spring term

ASUO Senate confirmed five senators and one senate president to serve on the summer senate, elected next year’s senate president and appointed three new ASUO officers during the last ASUO senate meeting of spring term, on May 30. New senators who were elected in this year’s ASUO Regular Election got …

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New ASUO members welcomed by outgoing members of ASUO administration

Out with the old ASUO, in with the new. Attendees to the ASUO Oath of Office witnessed 43 newly elected and returning ASUO officers take their oaths during the first-ever ASUO Oath of Office Ceremony & Outgoing Officer Celebration of Service May 23 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium. ASUO officers …

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UO President Schill says ASUO decision to pass controversial BDS resolution is divisive

University of Oregon President Michael Schill wrote in a statement Thursday that the boycott, divest and sanctions resolution passed by the ASUO Senate during last night’s senate meeting is divisive and inconsistent with UO’s value of inclusion. In the statement, Schill describes the importance of not dividing the UO community …

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ASUO Senate passes controversial pro-Palestinian resolution

The ASUO Senate passed a resolution Wednesday night in a 12-to-six vote to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a Palestinian-led movement. The resolution encourages the University of Oregon to boycott companies that proponents of the resolution say support the Israeli occupation of Palestine.  The resolution is available here. Over …

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University Senate votes to change course evaluations and evaluate differential tuition

The University Senate voted to change course evaluations and create a task force for evaluating differential tuition at its meeting Wednesday.   Course Evaluations: The University Senate voted to change course evaluations to mitigate bias and better evaluate instructors at the university. The changes came after a study that found …

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ASUO Street Faire donates half of revenue to fund food insecurity efforts

The Associated Students of the University Oregon Street Faire this spring will donate 50 percent of its revenue to fund future campus food security efforts. ASUO has sought to finance food insecurity initiatives this year, but since the ASUO budget season already ended, ASUO looked to the Street Faire as …

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Current ASUO administration prepares for a new slate to move in and to say goodbye

After Ducks Together won this year’s ASUO election by a landslide, some members of this year’s administration said leaving their roles will be bittersweet. ASUO President Amy Schenk said that though she enjoyed her time in ASUO, she would refrain from retaking the job for “twenty years.” Schenk said she’s …

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Ducks Together triumphs as an all-queer, student-of-color-led ASUO presidential slate

Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacon, the ASUO president-elect, thought that winning the 2018 election with her all-queer, all-student-of-color presidential slate was going to be an “uphill battle.” Her campaign manager made sure of that. “I intentionally wanted to low-ball it,” said Tan Perkins, who managed Gallegos’ slate, Ducks Together. “I told our …

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Ducks Together wins 17 ASUO seats in landslide victory, other elections still pending

Ducks Together won 17 seats in this year’s ASUO election in a massive landslide. All of the candidates running under Ducks Together won seats, and all received more than double the number of votes than their United UO competitors. Two United UO slate members, both of whom were unopposed, won …

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United UO is banned from ground campaigning with two hours left to vote

Barely 24 hours after the ASUO Elections Board first penalized United UO for violating election rules — the major of the two violations from Wednesday was for campaigning in University Housing — the board is again disciplining United UO for campaigning in University Housing. An anonymous residence assistant filed a …

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ASUO President Amy Schenk endorsed Ducks Together Wednesday

ASUO President Amy Schenk endorsed Ducks Together in a Facebook post on Wednesday. Schenk cited the campaign’s understanding of ASUO and current involvement within the University of Oregon as some of the reasons why she decided to endorse the campaign. She added that Ducks Together has demonstrated that its campaign …

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United UO’s punishment for rule violations reduced

The ASUO Constitution Court rescinded United UO’s one-hour ban on campaigning and reduced United UO’s one-day campaigning ban for April 11 to a four-hour ban, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jacob Faatz, the United UO presidential candidate, appealed the Court’s penalty on April 10, and he stated that the …

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United UO barred from campaigning on Wednesday following grievances from Ducks Together

Ducks Together submitted four grievances to the ASUO Elections Board about five violations of election rules by United UO, and the Board penalized United UO for two of the five violations by barring United UO from campaigning on Wednesday, April 11. “It is frustrating that we have lost an entire …

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Highlights from Thursday’s ASUO Town Hall Debate

Ducks Together and United UO took questions and pushed their platform points at the ASUO Town Hall Debate in the EMU on Thursday. Ducks Together emphasized tuition, the food pantry and transparency and took a more aggressive approach pushing its platform points. United UO highlighted safety, health, and parking. Maria …

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Ducks Together and United UO: A look at the two campaigns competing for 32 open ASUO positions

Ducks Together and United UO are the two campaigns competing in the ASUO elections this year. Next year’s ASUO administration has 32 open spots up for grabs. The Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) is UO’s student government, and it’s one way students can express their opinions on …

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Online campaigning for ASUO elections emphasize having student voice in campus decisions

Both of the campaigns putting forth candidates for next year’s vacant ASUO seats have announced their platforms on social media, and both platforms emphasize giving students more influence in campus decisions. Ducks Together and United UO are the two ASUO campaigns this year, and they’ll be facing off for the …

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ASUO Student Senate appoints two new Elections Board Commissioners

ASUO Student Senate voted unanimously to appoint two new ASUO Elections Board Commissioners on Feb. 28. Ram Sharma and Abbie Tornquist are the two new commissioners, and both are University of Oregon students who have not worked within ASUO before but who are eager to learn the position. What does …

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Day two highlights from Board of Trustees meeting: tuition raise and differential tuition approved

The Board of Trustees met for the second day and has voted to increase tuition and approve differential tuition. While many University of Oregon students spoke up against the tuition raise at the meeting, it was approved unanimously. Here are a few highlights from the day’s meeting. Tuition Raise The …

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Two things you need to know about the changes that the ASUO Student Senate made to its forecasted budget.

The Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) Student Senate revised and passed its annual fiscal budget during the ASUO Budget Bonanza on Feb. 2. ASUO is the university’s student government, and it manages the Incidental Fee, also known as the I-Fee. The I-Fee is a fee that UO …

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University Lobby Day presents opportunity to discuss funding with state legislators

The annual University Lobby Day will take place at the Oregon Capitol Building in Salem on Thursday, Feb. 15. All seven public universities in Oregon will be lobbying on that day. The day-long event is a chance for students, alumni and faculty to promote the University of Oregon, meet with …

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ASUO Senate tables Safe Rides’ request for $13,400 toward new vehicle wraps

If you’ve ever called Safe Ride on a wild night out and were unable to clearly see or identify your ride (for some reason or another), there may soon be an answer. Safe Rides, the department managing Safe Ride and the Designated Driver Shuttle, requested $13,400 from the ASUO Student …

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ASUO seeks to fill new position for veteran support

ASUO is accepting applications for a new executive position called the Veteran Student Advocate. ASUO Chief of Staff Will Iverson hopes this will create a new space on campus for supporting veterans. The position was posted before winter break and is still open for applicants. The candidate chosen will also …

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Tuition forum let students learn about rising tuition, vent frustrations

The ASUO hosted an open student forum on Tuesday concerning tuition and fees in the EMU Ballroom of the University of Oregon. The forum was intended to invite student input about tuition-related issues. It included a presentation of budget and cost information about UO, as well as miniature discussions where …

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Student government denies a mandatory per diem for traveling student groups

On Wednesday, the ASUO Senate voted not to approve a mandatory per diem food costs for student groups’ travel expenses. The bylaw, which failed 15 votes to four, required per diem food stipends to be provided to any student group that asks for it. Under the current bylaws, the Senate …

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ASUO President Amy Schenk looks forward to a year of changes and student connections

When you talk to the people who know 2017- 18 Associated Students of The University of Oregon (ASUO) President Amy Schenk best, certain words come to mind when describing her. One of the most prolific would be ‘passionate’. Schenk’s passion for improving students lives shows in everything she does. She’s …

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