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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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What is ASUO?

While many decisions seem to be out of the hands of students, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) provides a way for members of the student body to influence policy. According to their website, “ASUO provides for the social, cultural, educational and physical development of its members, …

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ASUO pays athletic department $10,000 in effort to save student football and basketball tickets

While University of Oregon students protested against a 10.6 percent proposed tuition hike in March, the Associated Students of University of Oregon (ASUO) voted to transfer $10,000 to the UO athletic department. ASUO’s hope was that the one-time payment would help improve its relationship with the athletic department — which …

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ASUO office restructures, leaving four students jobless

Officials in the ASUO office will be replacing four student jobs with professional staff members to improve efficiency as part of a restructuring process. Because of this, there will be fewer students working in the student government office, which has upset some ASUO members. During a staff meeting on May …

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2016-17 ASUO leaders reflect on a year of successes and challenges as it comes to an end

May 24 marked the end of the year for the 2016-17 ASUO year. Throughout the year, the group has aimed to improve the lives of students through a variety of goals including campus lighting, higher education advocacy and a new and improved Health, Counseling and Testing Center. Former President Quinn Haaga …

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ASUO raises awareness for higher education funding through WTF Phone Bank

On Wednesday, about 50 students called state legislators to lobby for increased funding for higher education. ASUO ran the event, called WTF Phone Bank, in the EMU Call Center. Natalie Fisher, the External Vice President for ASUO who was running the session, has seen success with their mission. “We have had …

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“Cutting into the bone”: Why ASUO leaders endorsed the 10.6 percent tuition increase

In January, when ASUO Vice President and UO senior Natalie Fisher first heard the tuition increase would reach 10.6 percent, she wasn’t surprised. She first heard of the raise during a meeting of the Tuition and Fees Advisory Board, a group the University of Oregon set up to create more …

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Podcast: Weekly news wrap-up: Tuition hike begone!

Today is Saturday, May 13. Here are the biggest stories from this week: the proposed 10.6-percent tuition hike was voted down in Salem; the four finalists for the renaming of Cedar Hall (formerly Dunn Hall) have been announced; and the Portland Senior Experience has been suspended for the School of …

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ASUO torn between decision to increase tuition or make further staff cuts

The current and incoming ASUO slates don’t agree with each other on the 10.6 percent tuition increase recommended by President Michael Schill. Current ASUO President Quinn Haaga and Vice President Natalie Fisher travelled separately from other University of Oregon students to Salem on Thursday for the vote on whether tuition will …

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Nationals in Jeopardy: Haaga’s veto leaves club sports scrambling for funds

Approximately 1,500 students participate in the 41 club sports at the University of Oregon each year, but funding issues this year mean many may not be able to attend their end-of-year national competitions. In early February, Club Sports requested $50,000 from ASUO’s surplus fund to subsidize various club teams’ trips …

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A Quiet Win: (Mis)understanding student government

When ASUO elections began last week, the only campaign running had still not released its specific goals. When elections ended, 24 hours earlier than previous years, less than 4 percent of the student body had voted on the executive ballot. In last year’s election, in which three slates vied for …

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Podcast: Weekly news wrap-up: UO takes the romance out of languages, UO For You wins a one-slate race

News reporter Max Thornberry joins Opinion Editor Alec Cowan and Podcast Editor Emerson Malone to go over this week’s most pressing stories: how the university’s proposed faculty cuts will hurt the Department of Romance Languages; the new sexual assault reporting policy gets passed by the Faculty Senate and UO For …

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In historic unopposed election, Amy Schenk is elected 2017-18 ASUO president

On Thursday evening, Amy Schenk was elected to serve as 2017-18 ASUO president, with her unopposed campaign members winning all positions on the student government’s senate and executive, excluding one position because of a ballot error. “I cannot be thankful enough for the amount of support I got from students, …

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2017 ASUO Elections: A look at UO For You’s updated campaign promises

UO For You, the only campaign running in the student government elections this week, updated its platform on Tuesday, specifying ways its members plan to change campus. The voting period for candidates and ballot measures ends at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 13. The slate posted on its Facebook page Tuesday, …

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ASUO Podcast: External VP candidate Vickie Gimm

On this episode of the Daily Emerald’s ASUO Podcast, ASUO reporter Frankie Benitez speaks with external VP candidate Vickie Gimm about this year’s unusual election, her goals for next year and the role of external VP. This episode was produced by Franziska Monahan.

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Unprecedented: Getting to Know UO For You

ASUO has an annual budget of approximately $16 million and only one slate is in the running to take control of these funds next year. On Tuesday, the Emerald hosted a town hall meeting with Presidential Candidate Amy Schenk and Internal Vice Presidential Candidate Tess Mor from the UO For …

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Running unopposed: one ballot, one candidate

Imagine a U.S. presidential election with only one presidential candidate and one party running. That is what this year’s ASUO elections are going to look like. Only one slate — ASUO’s version of a political party — is running in this election. Students can either vote for Amy Schenk and …

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Podcast: ASUO winter wrap-up

Franziska Monahan and Francisca Benitez go over some of the biggest stories around ASUO this term, including the ASUO’s denial of Club Sports’ funding request and the appointment of the new Senate president and treasurer, and offer a preview of the upcoming ASUO election. This episode was produced by Franziska …

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ASUO Senate grants $85K from surplus in senate meeting

Today was the last ASUO senate meeting before spring break and the end of winter term. Eleven organizations requested money, with eight transfer requests and five funds requests from surplus. Senate passed all requests during the over two-hour meeting. $85,175 was granted from surplus in total. The Black Student Union requested …

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ASUO Senate elects Lauren Young as president

Last week, ASUO Senate said goodbye to its president Max Burns. This week, it welcomed newly elected Senate President Lauren Young. Young, the former ASUO Senate treasurer, was voted into office by the senate on Wednesday night after she edged out the only other candidate, Vasilisa Smith. Burns personally recommended …

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Why ASUO denied Club Sports’ $50,000 request

Last week, around 120 student athletes from Club Sports crowded an ASUO Senate meeting to express frustration over its decision not to overturn the veto by ASUO President Quinn Haaga on a $50,000 funding request for athletes’ national competitions. According to Haaga, Club Sports has been in the habit of …

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Podcast: What to expect from today’s Board of Trustees Meeting

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, associate news editor Max Thornberry and podcast producer Emerson Malone outline what to expect during today’s Board of Trustees meeting. The proposed 10.6 percent tuition hike for next year, another round of non-tenure-track-faculty cuts, mandatory first-year residency for freshmen and an ASUO-led …

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120 Club Sports athletes flood ASUO Senate meeting

One hundred and twenty club sport athletes, facing a denial of a request for $50,000 from ASUO, flooded a student government meeting on Wednesday night, lining the room shoulder-to-shoulder to voice opposition. After hours of emotional testimony, ASUO remained undecided in granting the money. The money would be used to fund …

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Photos: 2017 UO Taiwan Night showcases campus performers

The Taiwanese Student Association hosted a cultural night on Feb. 13 in the EMU ballroom. The event featured many performers from the “China Night” Lunar New Year celebrations on Jan. 29 and featured original performances that students practiced in two weeks between the shows. “We didn’t want our performances to be …

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Senate Wrap-Up Jan. 25

Senate had a busy evening this week and we went to cover it! Here’s the recap. Ten student organizations requested more funds or a reallocation of current funds during Wednesday’s Senate meeting. First up was Student Mental Health Advocates. SMHA works with the National Alliance of Mental Illness to better …

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ASUO Wrap-Up Jan 11

The first ASUO Senate meeting of 2017 happened! Here’s the recap. ASUO appointed two new members; Hong Lei for Program Finance Committee and Clarice Beasley for Senate Seat 15. Lei was appointed to PFC at Large position by a majority vote of acclamation. Senator Gimm was the only senator to …

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ASUO Wrap-Up November 30

Here is the recap from the last ASUO meeting of 2016. Confirmations -Carter Fritsch Carter Fritsch was narrowly appointed as the ASUO Elections Coordinator after a divisive Senate questioned him for over an hour. There was controversy about his appointment because he has been involved with ASUO during his entire …

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ASUO bingo night informs students that they can have a say on tuition setting

Student government members, through a bingo game, let students know that there are ways for students to get involved in setting tuition at the University of Oregon. ASUO students hosted the “Tuition Lingo Bingo” event on Nov. 29 in Straub Hall. The 25 students who attended the event were each …

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