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UO Administration and ASUO Constitution Court deny OSPIRG’s four proposed ballots for the 2014 spring election

The University of Oregon Administration made its recommendation on March 11 to not place all four of OSPIRG’s proposals on the spring election ballot. The ASUO Constitution Court agrees with the administration’s ruling and will not put the proposals on the ballot. The four ballot measures were sent to the …

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Q&A with Congressman Peter DeFazio on GMOs, veteran’s health care and college costs

On Friday, March 7, 2014, Congressman Peter DeFazio came to a press event put on by Oregon Students Interest Research Group  to speak out about the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms and OSPIRG’s campaign to ask markets and grocery store chains to label foods that contain GMOs. “It was a …

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News

ASUO Senate discusses benchmarks, considers turning organizations like OSPIRG into programs

OSPIRG may face zero funding from ACFC, but they may receive funding elsewhere.

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News

OSPIRG educates K-12 students about energy efficiency

Volunteers from Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group began Energy Education week Monday by visiting classrooms and after school programs in an effort to educate 700 children about energy efficiency and conservation, according to an OSPIRG press release. “Teachers are really excited to have us come,” said Helena Schlegel, OSPIRG’s …

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ASUO Senate passes ACFC budget with contentious OSPIRG increase

The budget increase proved to be the most controversial, however; OSPIRG regained its funding just last year after being stripped of it in 2009.

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Letter: Viewpoint neutrality exists because of mandatory student fee

After I read the Constitutional Court’s decision in my favor in the Rudin v. Bowman issue, I expected some people to be unhappy. I also expected some people to be upset with me. I even expected people to write letters to the editor criticizing Con Court’s decision. I did not, however, expect people to spread false information about the Court’s decision and about my motives. Because it happened, I am setting the record straight.

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Letter: Fighting for public interest is a ‘civic obligation’

Providing wheelchair access is a political issue. Lowering the voting age to 18 was a political issue. Violence against women is still a political issue. “Political” just means relating to government of public affairs of a country. Child labor laws were political issues. Does anyone really believe students shouldn’t work on these issues?

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Letter: Rudin’s grievance based on political, not viewpoint, bias

Even though our committee is split on the OSPIRG issue, we still believe that this grievance is unfounded and inappropriate, and that the Court’s decision is equally unfounded and inappropriate. We stand with our Chair and believe that the Court’s ridiculous ruling should be immediately reversed.

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Constitution Court sides with Rudin on grievance

The Constitution Court ruled Sunday night that ASUO Sen. Ben Bowman violated viewpoint neutrality in OSPIRG’s budget hearing.

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Opinion

Saldana: Highlighting, reviewing winter term’s issues

We’re past the term’s halfway point, and I felt it’d be a good time to review the latest updates to issues that are pertinent to both myself and the University community at large.

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Opinion

Saldana: OSPIRG shouldn’t be subsidized by student body

Last week, the Athletics and Contracts Finance Committee approved OSPIRG’s request for a 97 percent budget increase. An increase it neither deserves nor earned.

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ArchivesNewsPolitics

ASUO Senator Ben Rudin filing grievance against ACFC Chair Ben Bowman

ASUO Sen. Ben Rudin filed an official grievance Friday against Sen. Ben Bowman regarding a statement he made at the OSPIRG budget hearing Tuesday evening.

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OSPIRG gets approval from ACFC for increased funding

The committee ultimately reached a vote. Bowman, Reps. Christina Hardesty and Shabd Khalsa voted in support of the funding increase, while Woodside-Gomez and Rep. Andrew Quinlan voted against.

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OSPIRG heads into budget hearing amid controversy

ASUO Vice President Katie Taylor cast the tie-breaking vote in the Executive’s benchmark recommendations, the main dispute of which had been the increase in OSPIRG’s funding.

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ASUO vice president’s marriage to former OSPIRG board chair brings varied opinions

ASUO Vice President Katie Taylor’s now-publicized marriage to former OSPIRG board chair Charles Denson elicited mixed reactions within the ASUO on Tuesday.

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Letter: OSPIRG revelation is ‘too damn perfect’

At first, when another alumni sent me a link to the Emerald story about ASUO Vice President Katie Taylor and former OSPIRG Board Chair Charles Denson’s “secret marriage,” I was speechless. But then I realized that I don’t really need to say much, because it’s just too damn perfect.

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ASUO vice president married to former OSPIRG board chair since 2009

ASUO Vice President Katie Taylor said that her relationship with Charles Denson has had no bearing in her ongoing support for OSPIRG, citing that she began working for the organization in 2008 as a canvasser.

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Opinion

Editorial: Predicting the issues of Winter Term

The term starts today but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to bring up the issues that will guide it — especially considering this term’s topics are already set up.

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NewsPolitics

Ban the Bag campaign heads to Eugene City Council

Environment Oregon hosted a kick-off event for their citywide Ban the Bag campaign Tuesday in downtown Eugene. In a City Council meeting on Monday night, members of Environment Oregon and OSPIRG asked city council members to consider a ban on plastic bags.

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News

Students meet to speak on climate change at Power Shift West 2011

Power Shift West 2011, a three-day national youth conference focused on climate change issues and solutions, came to the University of Oregon and the nearby Wesley Foundation Center over the weekend.

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NewsPolitics

Senate takes on textbooks, hiring processes

The ASUO Senate played host to a couple of unusual guests Wednesday night as Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) presented its campaign to reduce textbook prices and asked for the Senate’s support. Nicole [email protected]@http://www.ospirgstudents.org/[email protected]@, an OSPIRG representative, stood with two costumed characters to present a nationwide petition asking …

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A retrospective on the 2010-11 ASUO

The 2010-11 school year has been accompanied with a number of twists and turns in the University’s student government, but there have been a few storylines that have run throughout the year of ASUO politics.

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Letter: Return of OSPIRG demonstrates improved ASUO climate

The climate of the ASUO is just now beginning to reflect the values of a “liberal, progressive, free-thinking” campus.

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NewsPolitics

State representative takes on task of lowering textbook costs for students

House bills 2963 and 3651 will look at strategies to reduce the cost of textbooks

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