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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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‘Independence’ a campaign tactic for ASUO special interests

Amelie Rousseau’s campaign claims to be “the independent ticket.” When weighing the validity of this claim, ask yourself how their campaign has been any different from the other slates running in the ASUO elections. They are running with ideologically like-minded candidates and have ideologically based campaign goals. Their only difference …

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‘Tangible benefits’ are superficial appeals

I don’t see how Reality Check candidates and supporters can simultaneously promote sustainability and increased student parking. The limitation of campus parking is an explicit planning tactic to discourage students to drive to campus. Because personal transportation is the largest single contributor of anthropogenic carbon to the atmosphere, encouraging more …

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Consider riverfront when voting in ASUO election

Last Friday, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation union (GTFF) voted unanimously in favor of a resolution opposing development north of the tracks in the UO Riverfront Research Park until the 1989 master plan is updated through a democratic, student- and faculty-inclusive process. Graduate and undergraduate students should pay close attention …

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Fraternity, sorority presidents endorse McCafferty

As fraternity and sorority presidents at the University of Oregon, we officially endorse Alex McCafferty, Alden Williams and Reality Check as a slate that not only represents the best interests of our Greek community, but also the interests of all students at the University. Alex and Alden’s plans are clear …

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Reality Check slate offers concrete, tangible goals

Last week, I woke up at 6 a.m., put on my blue shirt, stood in the cold and talked to students daily for one reason: I want students to know about Reality Check. I’d definitely call myself a “progressive” student. I strongly care about the environment and spent months volunteering …

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UO Alert! system not used in campaigning whatsoever

On Thursday, a letter to the editor (“ASUO campaign practices grossly overstep boundaries, are excessively intrusive,” ODE April 1) inferred that the University’s Emergency Notification System, UO Alert! and the phone numbers registered in the UO Alert! system were utilized to send ASUO campaign information to students. I’d like to …

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Tubby Smith not the right fit for Oregon basketball coach

I just read on the ESPN news crawler that UO has offered the men’s basketball head coaching job to Tubby Smith: big mistake. Smith came to the University of Minnesota in a surprise move three years ago. The biggest surprise is how little he has done to revive a moribund …

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ASUO campaign practices grossly overstep boundaries, are excessively intrusive

I find the ASUO elections annoying enough with the constant bombardment from over-enthusiastic students in color-coordinated T-shirts handing out useless pamphlets that just go straight into the nearest waist basket, but they seem to have gone overboard with their recent ploy. In the middle of my first class back from …

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OSPIRG caters to special interests, does not warrant student fees

I’ve heard supporters of OSPIRG claim over and over that the group argues on behalf of the “public interest,” but a quick glance at OSPIRG’s agenda shows that it’s not at all a public interest group. It’s a special interest group — one that has little to do with the …

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OSPIRG empowers students, deserves ASUO funding

ASUO elections are buzzing and you’ve probably already had to run away from people wearing neon shirts and waving fliers as you find your way to class. This week, we have the opportunity to shake this campus with a wave of progressive, inclusive, sustainable change. Your vote on DuckWeb could …

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For independence, vote Rousseau and Arora for exec

Few principles are as deeply embedded in our campus culture as the ideal of independence. As Ducks, we are independent thinkers, and we value leaders who are true to the University’s identity. The ongoing campus elections represent an opportunity for University students to once again stand up for independence and …

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Free food and water: nice idea, still impossible

When reading Mohamed Jemmali’s “Food, water should be free for all” (ODE, March 8), my first thought was, “Where do free lunches exist? Maybe in Utopia, but not here.” Here, everything has a cost, even if the user does not pay for it. To use an extreme example, if we …

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Reaction to recent crime spate sets exceedingly low standards

In letting Jeremiah Masoli and LaMichael James remain students in good standing at the University, the president and dean of students have demonstrated a casual disregard for the safety of students and the integrity of the University, and shows that the big dollars of NCAA football have trumped common sense. …

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OSPIRG must show tangible results before receiving support

In response to Thursday’s guest commentary by Tyler Polich, “OSPIRG fosters growth,” (ODE, March 4) Polich seems to misinterpret the reasoning behind the ASUO budgeting process. He repeatedly refers to OSPIRG as a program. However, it’s not a student-run program, but rather a contracted service. In his commentary, Polich claims …

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Despite pitfalls, WIC program has made strides in the right direction

I read with interest the column in the Oregon Daily Emerald, “Delicious, but malnutritious,” by Grace Pettygrove (ODE, Feb. 26). The article about the WIC program was insightful and well-researched. However, WIC has since made strides in their food program offerings. As of Aug. 1, 2009, they have added more …

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Columnist should reconsider ‘Caucasian perspective’

In the column “Western perspective is not culture,” (ODE, March 2) the author — whom it is not my intention to disparage — made the argument that education at the University is perpetuated through academic media that assume a “Caucasian perspective.” The author states that, “College should be a place …

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OSPIRG fosters growth

I have been following the debate regarding OSPIRG for over a year now. I have read the articles, the letters to the editor and the blog commentaries with a growing bewilderment and disdain.The great controversial contest that by now has overwhelmed countless square inches of the ODE, has been reduced …

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Outsourcing arena construction jobs a shame

Does anyone find it odd that, during the public relations nightmare that the University is currently experiencing nationally in its sports department, the new arena being built right in our own city by the University is in the practice of hiring their skilled workforce from the Seattle and Portland area? …

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Arrests overhyped; student-athletes held to unfair standard

In the last several weeks, a few student-athletes have been accused of breaking the law. Once again: student-athletes. Not coaches, not faculty and not administration. Students. I think it is ridiculous how big of a deal is being made about these arrests. These are young kids in their 20s who …

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University’s widespread use of Blackboard a better system than PSU’s

You may have seen the article “PSU prepares to replace Blackboard” in the Emerald (ODE,  Feb. 26). Interesting article. One point that the article misses is that Portland State University was stuck with a very old version of “Blackboard,” actually a version of WebCT Campus Edition. The company Blackboard, Inc., …

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Small price, big results: $1.90 per term could bring OSPIRG back to campus

In its mission, the ASUO promises to work for “individual and collective interests both within and without the university,” but OSPIRG critics say, “the incidental fee is not for saving the world.”  Why? We pay $195 each term, over $20 to student tickets alone. Why can’t $1.90 go to “saving …

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Don’t be fooled: Destroying natural resources won’t solve current energy crisis

The search for energy production has become so frantic that people are reconsidering using radioactive uranium to boil water, heating great quantities of our already over-used water to turn turbines to provide electric power so more people can acquire more gadgets. Within the past century, our society has only become …

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Duck fans epitomize fair-weather friendship

For weeks on end this past fall, we poured into Autzen Stadium on game day singing along in unison to “I Love My Ducks”— and I thought we did. But now, with LaMichael James in need of our support more than ever, that chorus is nowhere to be heard. The …

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OSPIRG criticism justified; ACFC acted in best interest

Yesterday’s letter to the editor concerning the recent refusal to fund OSPIRG (“ACFC shows lack of responsibility for not funding OSPIRG; ASUO should reject decision,” ODE, Feb. 22) was disrespectful not only to the hard work of the Athletics and Contracts Finance Committee but also to the students of the …

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Oregon Opportunity Grant essential to education; student voice affects legislators

On Feb. 12, college students from all around Oregon, including 25 from the University, converged on the capitol for the Oregon Student Association’s annual lobby day. Students met with Oregon legislators to convince them to prioritize issues that are at the forefront of our minds as students and constituents: skyrocketing …

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ACFC shows lack of responsibility for not funding OSPIRG; ASUO should reject decision

There are huge problems in the world — global warming, the rising cost of health care, consumer rip-offs, an economic crisis and more. OSPIRG was started at the University to give students a vehicle with which to solve those problems. By combining the energy of students with the expertise and …

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Soul-crushing: Music Man’s treatment shameless

His name is Misha Seymour. By now, most of campus probably knows him as the “Music Man.” I just always knew him as that man who made me smile when I saw him. In the past months, the University has dealt with many controversial topics, each creating a stir of …

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U.S. nuclear weapons policy hypocritical

President Obama just approved the construction of two new nuclear reactors for the first time since the 1970s. That gives Iran another excuse to pursue its controversial nuclear program. Let’s compare the two countries: America has nuclear plants and bombs. Iran doesn’t. America is the only country to have used …

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