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Commit to higher ed and restructure University funding

Oregon’s system of supporting higher education is clearly broken. As the May 15 Oregonian editorial (“The University of Oregon can’t keep going on this way,” The Oregonian, May 15) emphatically blared, “The University of Oregon can’t keep going on this way.” The University is proposing a bold new solution: “A …

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Emerald opinion desk needs a lesson in humor

Normally I love your “Top 10” feature in the Opinion section, but Tuesday, June 1’s list enraged me a little bit. Listing the “Top 10 Fringe Benefits of the Oil Spill” was not only inappropriate, but it was also completely hypocritical. All I hear on this campus is how important …

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Graduation brouhaha a disservice to seniors

I would like to take a moment to express my utter disgust with the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and with the University’s lack of respect for anything academic. The program you have organized for graduation is not only a joke to academic pursuits, it is a …

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Memorial Day meant for those who made ultimate sacrifice

If you want to honor veterans, please do it on Nov. 11 or June 1 — or any other day. Memorial Day is specifically to honor those who died to keep America free. By confusing this day with support for troops and thanks to vets — all appropriate things to …

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Remember to pay respect to veterans on Memorial Day

Wherever you are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, pause for the National Moment of Remembrance. The magic of the University campus is its ability to foster the diversity of ideas. It is a forum where we can appreciate and argue our differences in culture and political ideology. The hope, …

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Emerald loses its way with recent criticisms of college, Greek Life

The recent opinions of our University promoted by the Emerald have made me very sad. Every time I open the newspaper (which will now be rarely) I read a depressing attack on our University system without offering any reasonable solution. The opinion page has become a forum for journalism majors …

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Greek behavior diminishes philanthropic efforts

I have several very close friends who are heavily involved in their fraternities and sororities. I used to have a somewhat negative opinion of Greek Life, not totally understanding what theses entities really stood for. Recently, however, my view of Greek Life became much more positive. Until now. I was …

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Haircuts as expression of gender are about empowerment, not looks

In last week’s Scene section of the Emerald, reporter Andrew Hitz took on “alt cuts” (Heinous hairstyle takes alt too far,” ODE, May 19). His primary criticism of these hairstyles is that they make the wearer unattractive. “I could see some ugo middle schooler, confused about the meaning of life, …

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Home Depot’s support of campaign is oxymoronic

While walking to the library today, I could not help but notice the sea of blue and white flags spanning the quad. What is this? A campaign in opposition to human trafficking! Great! I’m glad to learn students are highlighting a significant realm of human rights atrocities. However, upon closer …

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Pacifica Forum protesters cross the line of safety

After being present during the “stink bomb” incident at the Pacifica Forum meeting in Esslinger Hall last week, and having witnessed the behavior of the masked hooligans who call themselves the Anarchist Black Tea Society, the first thing I want to do now is to extend my thanks to the …

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Coverage of fraternity, sorority community one-sided, lacking

Well, that chocolate sauce sure looked tasty. Monday’s Greek Week photo essay (“Olympian eating feats,” ODE, May 11), while well-captured visually, was yet another example of the Emerald’s lack of comprehensive coverage of fraternity and sorority life. The images lacked context and the newspaper never provided a description of the …

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Two wrongs don’t make a right at Senate

I respect ASUO Sen. Jairo Castaneda’s vehemence toward diversity and equality, but I need to draw his attention to several things so that he may control his activism intelligently next time (“Racism at Senate is no joke,” ODE, May 6). This is the kind of “activism” that has been heavily …

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Activism’s Achilles’ heel: realism

The recent pair of guest commentaries in the Emerald by Mariah Thompson (“Emerald columnist out of line,” ODE, May 3) and Cimmeron Gillespie (“Fight the good fight, be involved,” ODE, May 3) in response to a piece by columnist Thomas Kyle-Milward manages to disparage all of us who have not …

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Facebook contract no surprise in age of advertising overload

Emerald columnist Greg Dewar seems to assume that Facebook is the last place where commercial interests can prey upon the weak minds of college students (“New Facebook policy is anti-social,” ODE, April 27). I pass fliers, bulletins and ads every day on my way to class — not to mention …

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Kyle-Milward misjudges power of words, sloughs responsibility to the marginalized

I am writing in response to Thomas Kyle-Milward’s opinion column (“Watching words is a lost cause,” ODE Apr. 30). Although the debate over “PC” terms is complex and many standpoints can be taken, I was especially offended by the naivety present in Kyle-Milward’s argument. Arguing that words like “gay,” “lame,” …

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Respect others’ opinions; harsh retaliation remarks unnecessary

I think it’s a dark day when someone is so harshly critiqued for giving his opinion, as Emerald columnist Thomas Kyle-Milward was in Monday’s paper regarding his latest column (“Watching words is a lost cause,” ODE, April 30). The only part I enjoy about the Emerald is the opinion section. …

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Athletic department needs African-American head coach

By my count, the University has 18 different intercollegiate athletics programs. There is not a single African-American head coach among them. Am I the only one who sees this as something that is terribly wrong? My hope is that Oregon’s search committee for the new athletic director looks long and …

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University should follow in Wisconsin’s footsteps

Thank you for publishing the guest commentary by Mariah Thompson of the UO Survival Center (“Draconian regulations need to go,” ODE, April 21). It is a continuing outrage that the University administration cozies up to Nike, given this corporation’s immoral labor practices in other countries. The University of Wisconsin has …

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Riggs-Henson would put the ‘fun’ back in government functions

I would like to recommend that you vote for Pat Riggs-Henson for Lane County Commissioner when the ballots arrive in your mailbox shortly. I have known Riggs-Henson for quite some years, during which I have had the pleasure of working with her as a member of LCC’s budget committee while …

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Protestors threaten Pacifica Forum advocates with violence

Someone among the handful of University students protesting against Pacifica Forum these past few months posted a message on their Facebook page that incited the public to “kill a Nazi.” After my letter to the editor, in which I criticized the behavior of those protesters, was published in The Register-Guard, …

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News coverage suspiciously lacking for technology incubator

In January, Rich Linton (vice president for research and graduate studies) mentioned a new University “technology incubator” facility to be built along with some points about the ORI building controversy in a letter to the editor in The Register-Guard. In the letter, he did not disclose any location for the …

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A vote for Riggs-Henson is a vote for students, workers in Lane County

In a crowded field of candidates vying to represent the people of Springfield as a Lane County Commissioner, one candidate stands head and shoulders above the rest: That candidate is Pat Riggs-Henson. During her 14 years of service as Springfield’s elected representative on the Lane Community College Board of Education, …

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EMU survey lacks alternate transportation options

I’m frustrated with the lack of content regarding transportation in the YourVoice EMU Survey. There were several questions that asked “if there was more car parking, would students frequent the EMU and SRC more often?” However, it did not ask students if having more transportation options, more bicycle parking, or …

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Renewable energy possible solution to global warming

In dealing with the global warming crisis, one necessary response is for society to support more renewable energy. But people in the world’s richer countries cannot avoid a drastic reduction in consumption, say, through less driving, less space for housing per person, less meat eating, more support for organic agriculture …

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Masoli should pay fine to establish scholarship

Instead of having to sit out the 2010 season, why can’t Jeremiah Masoli play football in 2010 but in exchange pay a very substantial fine? The fine would be a certain percentage of his NFL signing bonus, and maybe a certain percentage would have to be negotiated by Masoli and …

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3C dance symbolizes unity, friendship amid campaign

This morning I decided to treat myself to a nice cup of coffee and relax after two strenuous weeks of campaigning. So I went to a coffee shop, sipped my drink and hopped on Facebook. I soon found myself reading various articles in the ODE about the past couple of …

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Spring term blooms with a plethora of programming

Spring term. You certainly picked the right time to be on campus. The hour is ripe with showers, an EMU/SRC survey and, most of all, student programs events. These fertile grounds of spring provide a bounty of possibility. Please join me and consider the following. In the next few weeks, …

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Bellotti-Frohnmayer handshake seems fishy

Someone’s scripture refers to the “sins of the fathers being visited on the children.” That’s what we’re getting at the University, and the big daddy is former University President Dave Frohnmayer. He joined in the notorious, no-contract handshake with Mike Bellotti to give him a farewell gift of $2.3 million. …

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Rousseau and Arora best choice for a united campus

As leaders from a broad spectrum of campus life, we recognize the need for diverse representation in the ASUO. Our campus represents a patchwork of communities, and we need leaders who understand this and work to bridge this diversity. Elected students must be capable of representing the voice of all …

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Thanks for the e-mail; where was it earlier?

Yesterday, I received a mass e-mail from ASUO Sen. Jeremy Blanchard. It’s the first I have received since he became a senator. I do not know how he obtained my e-mail address. I certainly did not ask be on any campaign mailing list. He exhorted me to vote for Amelie …

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