Opinion

The good, the bad

ProtestersThe Theatrical Stagehands Union Local #675 protested outside Mac Court Thursday morning because concert promoters hired out-of-town help to set up Bob Dylan’s stage at a cheaper rate than the union. Though the University’s agreement with the union was “non-binding,” the stagehands won their fight and later brought Dylan’s set …

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Opinion

Give the students Pell

Students are often asked to help advance causes that, while worthwhile, may not have a direct effect on the quality of their lives. Advocating for Congress to pass the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act is not one of those causes. This week, young people around the country are calling …

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Opinion

Party hard, party smart

It’s fall term at the University of Oregon, and we are in “the red zone,” that time of the year when student health professionals say that young women are most susceptible to sexual assault. The assertion was supported last year by a study published in the Journal of American College …

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Opinion

What separates us from other campuses

Forty years ago this week the associated students of this University filed suit in Lane County Circuit Court for student control of the incidental fee. As the year progressed, students agitated what became known as the Grape Rebellion, protesting the quality and quantity of grapes in dining halls. Students fought …

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Opinion

In defense of the student press

Los Angeles City College’s student-run newspaper, the Collegian, is an award-winning publication that has been in continuous print for 80 years. Its staff of approximately 30 students works tirelessly to publish high-quality content while adhering to rigorous journalistic values. The Collegian is a training ground for writers, reporters, columnists and …

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Union welcomes Portland State Recycling Program

Members of the Service Employees International Union would like to welcome the students of the Portland State University Recycling Program to our ranks. The 14 part-time workers in the recycling program found it advantageous to seek union representation to gain basic job rights and protections from arbitrary and adversarial workplace …

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Opinion

For the loathe of the game

If there’s one thing I hate (there are many), it’s the triumvirate of evil dominating our current console market: Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. Microsoft is in a few other triumvirates dominating the technological facets of my life, but that’s another column for the launch of Windows 7. The thing I …

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Opinion

Bill a step in the right direction

Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the continual piling-up of environmental problems in the world today? Or have you ever dreamt of just waking up one day to find headlines that read, “World leaders realize they can’t negotiate with Earth, pass climate change legislation unanimously”? Oh, what a glorious day …

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Opinion

Support the Purple Ribbon Campaign in an effort to stamp out domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month. The University of Oregon Men’s Center recognizes the importance of this issue and is committed to domestic violence prevention. While most men are not violent, most acts of violence on campus, including sexual assault, are being perpetrated by males. What is it about being …

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Opinion

LeGarrette Blount has learned his lesson and should be reinstated by Chip Kelly

This weekend I read online that the University and Chip Kelly have decided to tentatively reinstate LeGarrette Blount, making him eligible to play again this year for Oregon football. I support this decision, just as I supported Kelly’s decision at the outset, which I felt was brave and principled. From …

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Opinion

Roosevelt Institution outlet for students’ voices

The 2008 election showed the dynamic power students have to sway an election as we turned out in record numbers. It was nice to see us fulfill our physical duty by doing what we were asked by the candidates: vote. However, it would have been even better to see us …

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Opinion

Media must reach out to youth

Despite an economy that’s spread the fear of unemployment deep into the thinning pockets of students nearing graduation, it’s an exciting time to be young. Politics and young adults united in wake of the 2008 election with nearly 24 million votes tallied up by Americans between the ages of 18 …

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Opinion

Let’s talk about reproductive rights

This is my commentary on health care. There have been a lot of them out there lately. I know because, after a summer abroad, I spent September wading through the muck and trying to make sense of how the overhaul would actually affect me. At this point, the debate often …

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Opinion

Bellotti should keep classic throwbacks, appeal to Duck fans

OK folks, we need to address our football team one more time this week because between all the legal and financial mumbo-jumbo, you may need to relax those brains just a bit with something satisfyingly inane. I may have ended my tenure as a Daily Emerald columnist over a year …

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Opinion

Blount: Sorry for Boise State

Though the incident at Boise State happened before the start of classes, there probably are few members of our University community who are unaware of the images and media reports of my regrettable actions following the Oregon-Boise State football game. There is no justification for my behavior — not the …

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Opinion

The OSPIRG you might see

The University’s chapter of the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group does not have a $120,000 student government contract this year to organize progressive political campaigns, but it is difficult to see what has changed. For years OSPIRG volunteers stopped students on 13th Avenue soliciting pledges to join the group …

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Opinion

Create community through campus involvement

Ducks, before you get swamped by ridiculous course loads, drugs, peer pressure and petitions, consider why you are here: for an education. That entails your academic life, but also your community, so I encourage y’all to get in on the action and establish a peer network doing something you enjoy …

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NewsOpinion

$400,000 accounting error, grievance mark summer ASUO

A half-million dollar accounting error by a University employee and an old rival’s attempt to remove the student body president from office rattled the ASUO this summer, leaving the Executive in a near-constant state of damage control. ASUO President Emma Kallaway said it is “nowhere near settled” how the ASUO …

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Opinion

Your shot at supreme and final authority

  Oh, law students. Undergraduates are so happy you are here.   You probably have more ambitious concerns than undergrad-centered student governance, but you too will pay about $600 a year for the collective promotion of cultural and physical development of the student body. And paying that most incidental of …

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Opinion

Staff need fair OUS contract

Imagine showing up to the first day of fall term and finding lots of dead plants, closed kitchens, no public safety officers and not a library technician in sight. A public university dystopia? Perhaps. A dereliction on the part of the University’s classified staff? Hardly. If the Oregon University System …

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Letters to the Editor

Questions left unanswered for new indoor track

 A $30-40 million indoor track is being planned for the University athletic department by Nike’s primary architect. The drawings surfaced as part of the Eugene ’08 Olympic Track and Field Trials masterplanning “vision.” How will the track be funded? Where will the architect decide to locate it? Is the legacy …

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Opinion

Anatomy of a grievance

 A wise old newspaperman once told me that every good piece of beat reporting should give enough background to make an uninformed reader care. In writing about student government that means repeating ad nauseum phrases like $12 million, the amount of student dollars controlled by student government, and “the (dollar amount here) fee students pay each term” to describe the incidental fee. To so-called everyday students — sly populist rhetoric for people who care enough only to be fooled into thinking student government is bad because they have to pay for it — the details of budget benchmarks and surplus requests are difficult to understand, but at least it might affect them.

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Rehabilitating health care

It’s a no-brainer for the rest of the world, but in America politics can make issues very complicated and drag them forever. No changes have been made to our health care system for more than 40 years despite a few attempts by Democrats, the last of which was by the Clinton administration, being shut down by Republicans and health insurance companies. This issue can get so complicated, it’s important to remember the fundamentals.

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Opinion

Summer senators deserve stipends

 

It has become apparent that the 2009-10 Student Senate made its first major error in judgment before the end of spring term. When senators decided it didn’t matter whether those staying to serve on Summer Senate received any compensation for their work, it was another step toward unaccountability and sloth in the ASUO.

 

Now even Summer Senate Chairman Nick Gower, who just weeks ago thought it fiscally prudent to have students work for free, sees the purpose of student stipends. Gower has come to realize this, he said, because he is holding ASUO office hours on his lunch break from work and is driving to campus from downtown Eugene.

 

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Opinion

Conservatives win ‘space’ at USSA

Sometimes conservatives need a safe space, too. Or at least that was the message ­- and eventual decision – at this weekend’s United States Student Association Student Congress in Boulder, Colo. Conservative students from several western states sought a constitutional amendment that would have created conservative and liberal caucuses within …

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Apologies for late criteria; vows to stay realistic

It has come to my attention that there are students unhappy with the letter I sent out last week addressing the criteria for my administration. I appreciate the criticism and will revise the details of my criteria by the end of next week. The Constitution of the ASUO states, “The …

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Senators’ exits make apathy evident

In the wake of a second ASUO senator resigning prior to starting the academic year, I felt compelled to share my reflections as a former ASUO senator. I served as Seat 17-Grad/Law for the 2008-09 school year as well as the Senate academic chairwoman (for full disclosure, this is an …

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Opinion

Think before running, appointing

In the past two weeks two student senators resigned their positions without ever really starting their jobs. The ASUO president is now constitutionally obligated to appoint replacements to the two seats­ — one representing graduate and law students and one on the Athletics and Contracts Finance Committee ­­­— a reminder …

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Opinion

Student-professor conflict lacks transparency

In response to Dan Lawton’s criticism of a ‘left-leaning’ faculty (“A Vast Disparity,” ODE, 6/1/09), Tim Gleason, dean of the University’s School of Journalism and Communication, assures us that those criticisms “were … fully investigated and appropriate action was taken.” Question: In that neither Lawton nor Gleason identified the professors …

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Opinion

Think before running, appointing

In the past two weeks two student senators resigned their positions without ever really starting their jobs. The ASUO president is now constitutionally obligated to appoint replacements to the two seats­ – one representing graduate and law students and one on the Athletics and Contracts Finance Committee ­­­- a reminder …

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