Sens. Schultz and Tipitino have proposed yet another change to the Pacifica Forum resolution. In an e-mail sent today, Schultz said:
I have worked extensively with several of you, especially Senator Tipitino. Enclosed is a copy of an amended resolution. Demic and I intend to make the following changes to the resolution prior to sending it to Rules Committee. Please look it over and think about it before Wednesday.
To be sure, the situation is beginning to get out of hand.
ASUO Student Senate, January 28, 2010
Student Senate Bill SS.R.? (2009/2010)
Authored by: Senate Vice President Nick Schultz, Senator Demic Tipitino and ASUO Executive
Sponsored by: Senator Mercedes Whitecalf, Senator Castenada, Senator Zach Stark-MacMillan, Senator Chris Bochichio, and Senate Ombudsman McCafferty
Condems the actions of Pacifica Forum members and supports the University Administrations decision to remove them from the EMU
1.1 Whereas, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) is composed of an Executive and Legislative branch, both advocating for issues and concerns shared by students of the University of Oregon.
1.2 Whereas, the ASUO acknowledges and respects the right of all individuals and organizations to engage in unrestricted speech.
1.3 Whereas, the ASUO supports the Affirmation of Community Standards of the University of Oregon which seeks to “Reject bigotry, discrimination, violence, or intimidation of any kind.”
1.4 Whereas, recent comments and actions by members of the Pacifica Forum have degraded many students on this campus, and represent backward and untrue ideas.
1.5 Whereas, a large segment of the student body has expressed that they feel unsafe due to the situation surrounding the Pacifica Forum.
1.6 Whereas, the EMU is the center of student life, the home of a diverse student population, and paid for with the intention of enhancing the cultural and physical development of the students of the University of Oregon.
1.7 Whereas, students pay for and control the Erb Memorial Union, and desire that it remains a safe space for all student groups.
2.1 Be it resolved that, the ASUO unequivocally condemns the recent comments and actions by members of the Pacifica Forum, and the ignorance these ideas speak to.
2.2 Be it further resolved that , the ASUO supports the Administration’s recent decision to move the Pacifica Forum to a campus location outside of the EMU and recommends this decision become permanent.
2.3 Be it further resolved that, the ASUO encourages students to stand in solidarity against the views and actions of members of the Pacifica Forum, and encourages the administration to maintain the safety of all parties involved.