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Letter: A safe, no-brainer decision for the Pioneer Cemetary

Crime has been a big topic lately, and for good reason. The biggest word lately revolves around responsibility of safety and how the city, the University or the state should step up and provide safer areas and better enforcement.

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Letter: The ASUO creates a space for diversity, but leaves many students voiceless

I completely agree with Sen. Lindy Mabuya’s comment last week about the ASUO creating a space for diversity, but not giving a voice for many students of color to express their concern.

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Guest commentary: ASUO needs a stronger cultural competency training program

I can with complete confidence say that the ASUO has members and employees who reflect diverse social and cultural groups throughout all levels of the organization. Just by walking through the doors on any random day you can see the diversity of its members and staff occupying desks and computers, hard at work or hardly working. Instantly, the ASUO appears to have fulfilled its multicultural requirement, congratulations. However, there are more challenges to being a multicultural organization than just looking the part.

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Letter: Students should support the mission of United Academics

By forming a union, we will gain a strong, unified voice — in concert with the University Senate — that will be heard and not easily dismissed by the management of this University or by our elected officials in Salem.

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Letter: Berdahl not among opponents of EMU concert hall location

In Thursday’s Emerald, ASUO President Ben Eckstein is quoted as saying, “One of the people who recently added his voice (to the list of opponents to the EMU location for a concert hall) was Bob Berdahl.” This is not correct.

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Letter: Pete Sorenson stands up for Eugene’s environment, education and economy

I’m writing in support of Commissioner Pete Sorenson’s re-election campaign. He’s been there in many ways for the environment, education and for a sustainable economy. Last year, I saw him in action when he was hosting a town hall event, along with Commissioner Rob Handy, in favor of ending the distribution of single-use plastic bags.

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Letter: Greek GPA data ‘misleading’ due to enrollment ratios

After reading Jackson Long’s article about Greek life GPAs, I was less than sold. From the data that he showed us, he seemed to be implying that being in a fraternity or sorority gave one a distinct advantage in the realm of academics. This may be true with their collection of past tests, quizzes and homework assignments.

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Letter: Keith Appleby’s ‘feminism’ attempts to abdicate himself of responsibility

Keith Appleby’s legal case against the University is important for the community to consider and debate. Meanwhile, his tenuous claims to feminism via shirt must also be vetted — especially by and for the men participating in feminist research and political projects across campus.

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Letter: Taylor story based on sensationalism

As a journalism student, I tend to read the Oregon Daily Emerald frequently. I like to see what my fellow students are publishing. Yesterday, while on the bus, I spotted the front page of Tuesday’s edition. The front page of our newspaper read “ASUO VP Taylor married to ex-OSPIRG chair.” My first thought was, “Is this a tabloid?”

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Letter: Coverage regarding Taylor misses bigger picture

I’ve been somewhat disappointed by the recent coverage of ASUO Vice President Katie Taylor’s personal life and marriage status. Other than it being invasive, gossipy and completely irrelevant to the work she does, it also completely overlooks the things Taylor actually does in her student advocacy.

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Letter: OSPIRG revelation is ‘too damn perfect’

At first, when another alumni sent me a link to the Emerald story about ASUO Vice President Katie Taylor and former OSPIRG Board Chair Charles Denson’s “secret marriage,” I was speechless. But then I realized that I don’t really need to say much, because it’s just too damn perfect.

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Letter: Stand against athletic department is a good move

Last week’s piece “ASUO Athletics Request is Farcical” (ODE, Jan. 18) argued that by demanding more tickets for a lower price from the athletic department, the ASUO would make students look silly. This, after the athletic department asked for an even higher price for the same insufficient student ticket package this year and the ASUO said no.

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Letter: Safe Ride is here to help University students, staff and faculty

Personal safety is an obvious concern for the University community, and at Safe Ride, we believe that everyone has a right to feel safe in their community. Safe Ride offers free, nondiscriminatory, reservation-based rides to University students, staff and faculty seven nights a week while classes are in session.

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Letter: Ads, PR and journalism draw experience from each other

Suggesting that advertising and public relations should be in business schools indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of the communication disciplines.

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Letter: Public relations has its place in journalism education

As a public relations student, I can’t speak for the Ad side of things, but — Jonathan Bowers doesn’t get it. He’s operating from an antiquated perception of public relations practitioners, a stereotype of spin doctors whispering all the right things to say into politicians’ ears to win them more blind (and financial) support.

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Letter: ASUO will continue to fight for student input

Fall term was a time of challenge and triumph for the student body of the University. The term repeatedly tested the strength of our student voice, and at every turn the ASUO Executive stood with students to assert our right to a say in our own education.

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Letter: Institutional boards are a commitment to tuition hikes

Tuition is too high. You know it, I know it, we all know it. I have seen friends who should have gone to college plunge directly into the desolate job market instead because they lacked the means to afford tuition. … So what do we do?

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Letter: Lariviere firing a moment for catalytic student change

I am a senior at the University and I am writing to express my dismay and outrage over the Oregon University System’s unjust decision to fire University President Richard Lariviere, and to express my concern for the future of the University.

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Letter: Faculty members support Lariviere plan's implementation

An open letter to Governor John Kitzhaber and members of the Oregon State Legislature from the members of the University Faculty Advisory Council.

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Letter: President Lariviere termination hurts students

One big issue with this termination of President Lariviere is not knowing what his biggest error while in office was. I know that it was reported that President Lariviere had raised the salaries of faculty members. If this is the biggest fault that he has, I believe the OUS needs to re-evaluate their decision.

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Commentary: Oregon University System ignoring students, search committee in decision

On a July afternoon in 2008, members of the University Presidential Search Committee gathered together for the first time. The immediate order of business was a presentation from Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner. He spoke to the present position of the University, where it needed to be ten years from that date and the kind of leader we needed to take us there.

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Letter: Blame ticketing problem on ASUO, not athletic department

Over the past few days, there have been multiple articles and editorials in the Emerald regarding student tickets, incidental fees and the Pac-12 Championship Game. With these articles and letters also comes a bevy of incorrect information, which I am here to clear up.

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Letter: Student tickets not worth what we pay for them

We need a better student ticketing system now, and it starts with telling athletics that if they want more money, they need to earn it by allowing students access to more tickets.

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Letter: Redefining the fraternal experience in a time of opportunity

As we question all aspects of society we must also find it appropriate and necessary to examine a core activity for many and a peripheral for others: the fraternal organization. While change can be a challenge, it can also be an opportunity.

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Letter: Eugene should follow Portland's lead on plastic bags

Hello, as a former Eugene resident and current Portlander, I feel very strongly that the former city should, as the latter city has done, ban the plastic grocery bag from its markets and grocery stores.

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Letter: Student members of the Outdoor program opposed to postponement

The student staff members of the EMU Outdoor Program oppose ASUO President Ben Eckstein’s decision to remove the EMU renovation from the November referendum ballot, and we demand that the EMU vote be reinstated. The decision to deny students a vote in the process was rushed, shortsighted, and was made without the consultation of many student groups. Facts have been misconstrued and personal opinion has taken precedence over the rights of students. By removing the EMU renovation from the ballot, Eckstein is silencing students’ voices at a time when they need to be heard most.

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Letter: New EMU should have commitment to sustainability

As the co-directors of the Climate Justice League, we are glad that ASUO President Ben Eckstein moved the EMU ballot measure to the spring. In the EMU/SRC survey, the number one priority listed by students was sustainability; however, the administration’s current considerations to make the building sustainable are insufficient.

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Letter: Student unions support postponement of referendum

There is a wide array of student groups that call the EMU home. Our spaces within the building are important — they hold our resources and our histories and are a home away from home. Historically, these spaces didn’t always exist. They were fought for by students before us and today we are threatened once more with the prospect of losing them. We cannot allow this.

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Letter: Student outcry against EMU postponement is misleading

As a student who spends multiple hours each day in the EMU, I understand the importance of this renovation project. I also certainly want the chance to vote in a referendum on whether or not I approve of the fee increases involved.

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