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ASUO an excellent, if unused, student resource

Many students have little knowledge of the inner workings of the ASUO and the various opportunities the ASUO presents to students looking to become involved in the culture and decision-making of the University campus. Additionally, students have little knowledge of how their incidental fee money is spent. I am new …

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After LGBTQA vandalism, student union grows stronger

Recently, our student union experienced a heinous attack that touches every student at this University. In the week since the vandalism, the LGBTQA and other groups housed within the EMU have responded courageously. They are a great source of pride for the University and EMU Board of Directors. Students, faculty, …

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Protesters: Get off the soapbox

I’m a student at the University, and I’ve been tracking the Pacifica Forum for some time now. I thought, in light of Cimmeron Gillespie’s recent letter (“Community should not sit idly while Pacifica Forum spreads its cacophonous propaganda,” ODE, Feb. 10) and the general rabble breaking out over this situation, …

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Collective, not individuals, to blame for teen’s death

I’m writing in response to recent media coverage regarding the horrible death of local teen Jeanette Maples. While this tragedy highlights systemic problems within our child welfare system, we should pause and reflect before we blame individual caseworkers. Accountability is vital, but this is far bigger than one staff person. …

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Students: Grasp an opportunity, share your story with decision-makers in Salem

As a member of the ASUO State Affairs team, I regularly discuss issues of access and affordability to college with students. I hear declarations of students struggling to attain their educational goals. Some of the stories that I have encountered are disheartening. I have heard stories of family health emergencies …

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Students cast Pacifica Forum in bad light, overreact to claims of bigotry

Student safety on campus is a valid concern. So, it’s dangerous for all students when a few allow themselves to be exploited by some off-campus extremists who use one neo-Nazi speaker to cast a cloud on the Pacifica Forum. For five years, Pacifica has been the target of local Eugene …

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Community should not sit idly while Pacifica Forum spreads its cacophonous propaganda

The Pacifica Forum has been on campus for many years, bringing in speakers to regularly talk against a “Jewish conspiracy,” against an immigrant invasion, different members targeting racial minorities, feminists, Jews, Muslims and homosexuals. Their language and presentations were described by the previous University President Dave Frohnmayer as “gutter bigotry.” …

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Letter to the editor

Student safety on campus is a valid concern. So, it’s dangerous for all students when a few allow themselves to be exploited by some off-campus extremists who use one neo-Nazi speaker to cast a cloud on Pacifica Forum. For five years, Pacifica has been the target of local Eugene Zionists …

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For some, hate crimes happen every day

Last spring term, the Arab Student Association (ASA) allowed T-shirts to be distributed at its screening of the film “Occupation 101.” The T-shirts featured an Israeli flag with a swastika next to it marked with a big red ‘X’, insinuating the annihilation of the State of Israel and the Jewish …

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Nike U. threatens to take over Eugene

The new separatist athlete learning center at the University seems to actually be a religious building. The book titled “Who’s Afraid of Niketown?” questions whether Nike is a company, a religion, or a cult. It is worth reading and is available at the University architecture library. The Nike “urban interventions” …

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Obama’s gun policies aiming in the wrong direction

I thought President Barack Obama supported sensible measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and children. Unfortunately, in his first year in office, the president showed no signs of leadership on the issue. I understand the President had a lot of important issues on his plate; however, …

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Equity challenges transcend superficial boundaries

There are certain times when our collective experience as people triumphs over our membership as part of “rival” institutions. One such instance occurred this past weekend. The instance I am referencing is the atrocious act of vandalism that occurred at the LGBTQA office in the EMU this past weekend. The …

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Act of vandalism a violation of safety, must not be ignored

We, the staff of the ASUO Women’s Center, wish to write a letter in solidarity with the LGBTQA in light of the recent hate crime committed in the space. Over the weekend, its office was broken into and vandalized with large, spray-painted Swastika symbols. We acknowledge that this crime affects …

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Students: Don’t give credence to Pacifica, unite against bigotry

The Pacifica Forum has posted pictures and names of students on its Web site, and it has posted the faces of six demonstrators, mostly students, on its literature. Members have sent threatening e-mails and harassed students. In light of this, the Senate heard a resolution to ask Pacifica Forum so …

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Tolerating forum fosters subtle racism

“Silence will not save you,” reads a sign in the EMU. In this sign, there is a swastika carved into a tree with a slash through it. If only stopping hate and hate crime were so easy. Meeting weekly on campus, Pacifica Forum has been carving hate speech indelibly into …

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Community must work to oust Pacifica Forum

I am a student living in the dorms, so word got to me pretty quickly about the Pacifica Forum. I was shocked, to say the least, and I wanted to learn more about it. I went to one protest and my mind was immediately made up — I had to …

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Assault on Jaqua Center unjust; athletes need academic support

In the recent weeks I have been deeply dismayed by the Oregon Daily Emerald’s handling of the controversy surrounding the newly opened John E. Jaqua Academic Center. As a student-athlete myself, I know firsthand the extraneous challenges presented by being a full-time student and member of a University athletic team. …

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Students: Vote to shape future

Today is the very last day to vote. But vote on what? If you haven’t noticed from the phone calls, class reps, signs, canvassing volunteers, unofficial drop boxes, Twitter and Facebook updates, or constant TV and radio advertisements, there’s a special election going on in Oregon right now. Special elections …

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Seven months on The Tonight Show not enough for Conan

Talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien stood in front of his “Tonight Show” audience for the 146th and final time Friday night. The applause after Andy Richter announced Conan’s name was overwhelming and uproarious. The audience chanted his name and remained standing until Conan commanded them to sit, joking, …

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Minorities playing majority role

Last Friday, more than 200 students marched to Agate Hall to demonstrate their disapproval of the Pacifica Forum on campus. Friday’s event took place in Agate Hall, but the Forum’s weekly events are usually held in the EMU. The Forum’s presence in the EMU is the center of the controversy. …

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Supermajority no longer rules Democrats; Senate should pass House bill, public option

Finally! Democrats will no longer talk about getting 60 votes (supermajority). It’s what Sen. Ted Kennedy would have wanted. Many Democrats and independents in Massachusetts understood this. Now Democrats have to pass health care through reconciliation (51 votes). As to other differences between supermajority and reconciliation rules­­ — well, good …

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University should consider families’, students’ plans before moving graduation

I feel as though I have to say something regarding Wednesday’s article titled “Graduation date choice questioned.” As an about-to-be graduated senior in the spring, I am upset about the University’s decision to hold commencement on Monday, June 14, for the College of Arts and Sciences. I am the first …

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Jaqua Center poses serious risk

I have a few stones to throw at Phil Knight’s glass cube for student athletes … besides the fact that Knight is spending big money to defeat measures that will benefit the public good. The University’s own tour guide has already admitted seeing people walk into the building’s glass walls …

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Anti-66 and 67 campaign flagrantly out of line

When Oregon’s election law is violated, as happened last week when political consultant Mark Nelson (for the Measures 66 and 67 opposition campaign) mailed a counterfeit ballot to scores of thousands of voters, exactly who is responsible for enforcement? Obviously Secretary of State Kate Brown hasn’t the courage to enforce …

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University, Nike need to realign priorities

After the first visit in nearly 40 years to campus, I tried and tried and tried again to find information on the glass building in a pond I noticed over by the new arena. For a long time, there was zippo as it seemed the University was trying to keep …

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Oregonians support Knight, Nike with no reciprocity

Phil Knight has another campus memorial with a glass bauble for his sport stars! I only wish he would support fair taxation and be willing to spend the same portion of his income on schools, human services and making our community safe that any middle class Oregonian spends. He is …

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New student-athlete academic facility leaves other students out in the cold

I rarely read the Oregon Daily Emerald because the contents so often fill me with bitter disgust, but I foolishly wanted to learn more about the “Taj Mahal of academic facilities” featured in the Jan. 5 issue. The mollycoddling of student-athletes is absurd to me. They already have free tuition, …

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Reprinting anti-atheism commentary offensive, lacking balance

A long-time fan of the Oregon Daily Emerald, I was deeply surprised to open up the year’s second issue to find Dick Richards’ “Knocking atheism off its pedestal” as the off-campus commentary in the opinion section. An ardent supporter of free speech and an equally ardent supporter of discourse between …

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Voters should consider senior citizens, students in upcoming special election

Measures 66 and 67 will be on your ballot, which will be arriving soon in your mailbox. I serve on the budget committees of two organizations that will be adversely affected if these measures fail, and I would like to explain why many citizens of Lane County will be impacted …

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Ducks face identity problem on the field and in the stands

I am very proud of the UO football team for winning the Pacific-10 Conference title this year and playing in the Rose Bowl. On Jan. 1, a good football team beat us and we have to accept that. But I would like for us to learn one lesson from the …

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