Opinion

Testing the waters of student advocacy

Tonight Emma Kallaway will have a chance to build a legacy for her ASUO presidency, and the ASUO Senate will show how much it cares to advocate on behalf of students. The test comes in the form of the Senate’s first resolution, a statement of opposition to the University’s closed …

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Opinion

Defending reproductive rights

In order to further their efforts to pass the most sweeping domestic policy in more than forty years, House Democrats set back reproductive rights at least that far by allowing an anti-choice amendment to their health care bill last weekend. If young people felt removed from the health care debate …

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Opinion

No blame for virtual impairment

Would you sue someone for making a product you cannot physically use? Alexander Stern, a visually impaired gamer, is suing Sony, Sony Online Entertainment, and Sony Computer Entertainment America for making video games that do not cater to the visually impaired, according to the Web site, GameSpot. Stern claims that …

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Opinion

Health care is a human right, just like free speech

In response to the article ‘Is health care a right?’ (ODE, 11/4), I believe so. A right is not granted by anyone else; you’re born with it, its yours. We’re born with the right to free speech. As Utah Phillips sang, “The state can’t give you free speech, and the …

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Thumbs up and thumbs down

Thumbs Down: The newly re-elected President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. It’s pretty clear that corruption runs rampant in the Karzai administration. His presidential re-election campaign was no different. Karzai won by default after his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew from the race. Abdullah cited government corruption and election fraud, including fake …

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Opinion

Shifting to grassroots power

Wow. Deep breath. Last week was a big one for the environmental movement and democracy here in Eugene. First, Tuesday was the Wayne Morse public address by this year’s chair, Dale Jamieson, at the Knight Law Center. The professor of environmental studies and philosophy at NYU was astute in addressing …

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Powershift: Make climate history

According to the top climate scientists at the United Nations, by the year 2015, the human race must stabilize emissions of greenhouse gases and begin to rapidly reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The switch to clean, renewable sources of energy is absolutely necessary to achieve that …

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A $27 donation for a 27-point victory: Will you match it?

Who would have guessed it’d be by 27 points Saturday night — in OUR favor. I gave us 10 at the most. This is worth celebrating in a way to give thanks to the team and the U of O as a whole. We won by 27 points. I am …

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Opinion

Liquor ban superficial

Four weeks into a 90-day prohibition on malt liquor at six convenience stores in the Whiteaker neighborhood, the police department is claiming victory. Fewer homeless people, who the ban targets, are passed out in the street in front of stores previously willing to sell intoxicants to the intoxicated. One officer …

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Opinion

Women deserve all the options

I’ve biked past the First Way Health Center countless times without realizing its sinister role in the war on reproductive rights. Yet this humble, beige cottage, near the Planned Parenthood on East 17th Avenue and High Street, is one of the 35,000 “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” targeted by the Feminist Majority …

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Opinion

Dems, cut ties with Lieberman

As Democrats in Congress make a final push to reform the nation’s health care system, there is a predictable but utterly inexcusable obstacle blocking them: Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the party’s 2000 vice presidential nominee who defected from the party after losing a primary campaign because of his support for …

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Opinion

Health care is not an inalienable right

During the forensics team’s health care exhibition debate on Nov. 3, I felt that little time was used to rebut the notion that the rights to “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” imply a right to health care. I argue that they don’t. If we are all created equal and …

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Opinion

OSPIRG took student funding away from campus

The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, OSPIRG, de-funded last year by the ASUO, has been promoting a progressive agenda for years on our campus. However, a lack of transparency and accountability doomed its overall mission. It should come as no surprise that the futile, de-funded organization was recently removed …

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Opinion

Students need to cover coughing and wash hands

There was a letter published in the Emerald on Monday titled, “Students need to cover coughing, especially in face of H1N1 pandemic.” In addition to covering your coughs to prevent the spread of H1N1, I would urge everyone to wash their hands after you use the restroom, please. We should …

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Opinion

Duck fans are rude, illiterate and offensive

I realize many of you in attendance of the USC vs. Oregon game did not actually go to U of O (or any college for that matter), but the level of class in Autzen Stadium was still astonishingly low on Halloween. Yes, I was one of the four SC fans …

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Opinion

Tread carefully with incidental fee rebates

Student government leaders are working to ensure that any future temporary decreases in the incidental fee will be decided by ASUO consensus, and that a process will be in place to prevent losing half a million dollars, as happened last spring because of a University administrator’s accounting error. Though the …

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Opinion

Times are tough for PC gamers

The announcement that developer Infinity Ward’s “Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” for the PC would not be delayed seemed to coincide with (in hopes of easing the blow) the fact that it would not include private dedicated servers. As if to pat the consumer base on the back, they …

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Opinion

Senate should confirm Aranda

In a Student Senate afflicted by resignations and a student government with traditionally few applicants to replace vacancies, an overqualified student should be quickly welcomed to fill an open seat. The Senate has the chance to do that this week by confirming Xavier Aranda to a seat representing many social …

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Opinion

Clean coal not actually pure

Coal. Considered by many to be a necessary evil. But with clean coal, everybody wins, right? That’s what the Obama administration and the coal industry would have us all believe, but there’s just one problem. Coal isn’t clean, at all. It’s a problem though, because we either need it to …

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Opinion

OSPIRG gives voice to students, deserves to stay in Survival Center

We are writing in response to the article “OSPIRG loses its home” (ODE, Oct. 28). The decision made by the EMU Board of Directors concerning OSPIRG is outrageous. As coordinators for Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an active group operating out of the UO Survival Center, we are appalled …

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Students need to cover coughing, especially in face of H1N1 pandemic

Covering coughs is not just good manners during flu season, especially this year, when H1N1 flu is spreading rapidly. Earlier this week, I traveled from Seattle to Eugene and back to Portland by train, and was appalled at the number of coughing U of O students (apparent by their age …

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Opinion

‘Blackout’ overblown

If Saturday’s game against USC finishes without any racially charged incidents from the student body, it will not be much of a surprise. It probably hadn’t occurred to many students that calling for a blackout at Autzen — that is, wearing black clothing to the game — could have implied …

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Taser case a reminder of racial intolerance

We appreciate your active reporting on the tasering of a Chinese international student living in Eugene. While we wait for more facts to emerge regarding police and landlord behavior, it is important to state the context in which Oregon’s Asians and Pacific Islanders live, regardless of residency, naturalization or citizenship …

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Ticket frustration merits answers

The ASUO has received your e-mails and phone calls. We’ve heard from the students who talk to us in class or come visit our office in the EMU. We have seen that there are more than 1,000 students on Facebook who have joined a group opposed to the current system. …

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Chickenpox case on campus; health center advises caution

E-mails were sent out Thursday morning to select students on campus warning of a confirmed case of chickenpox in their classes. Mike Eyster, director of the University Health Center, sent out the e-mail advising students to contact the health center if physical symptoms of a rash and/or fever appear in …

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Opinion

On-campus diner lauds fresh produce

As a freshman, my biggest source of food is Carson or Hamilton. I also frequent the Dux Bistro and Panda Express. While the UO does supply a healthy dose of fruits and veggies, my Oregonian roots still thirst for fresh produce. When I heard about a farmers market coming to …

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Opinion

Outlasting the bullies

Bullies usually quit after you fight back. Sometimes, for student journalists, a little reinforcement from the big kids is necessary. That’s what happened when professional sports reporters from ESPN and Sports Illustrated stood up for student sportswriters at the University of Montana, who had been blacklisted by the football coach …

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Opinion

Progress is more than economic

Try this. Take the most loaded, nebulous and generic emotional concept you can think of — let’s say “happiness.” Now measure it. Your results may be more confounding than useful, but they will make good blog fodder. It may seem like an ambitious task, but this is exactly what Wharton …

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Opinion

OSPIRG loses its home

The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group was dealt another blow Tuesday when the EMU Board of Directors delivered notice that OSPIRG’s file cabinets have to be cleared from its spot in the east side of the EMU, its professional staff can no longer use incidental fee-funded resources and a …

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Opinion

Ticketing system unfit for student demand

Once again, I’ve failed to acquire my football ticket for Saturday, this time for what promises to be one of the great NCAA football matchups of this season. This is through no fault of my own, but is due to the inadequacy of the online ticketing system. I am told …

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