Meeting was called to order around 7:04 p.m. After introductions, a representative of DPS had an announcement.
He said that the department wants to do a better job this year– at keeping the student body updated, not necessarily at protecting and serving. He talked about the name change from Department of Public Safety to University of Oregon Police Department. “This is a name change only,” he said, which is kind of true, if we are speaking in a temporally fixed context. I suppose as long as he doesn’t say this again, ever, you can’t call him a liar. There are eleven officers on “staff” (I’m pretty sure he used that word) at the moment and more will be hired in the coming months. Arming officers is intended to happen this year, given that the rest of the UO community does not oppose. “Know your rights” literature will be dispersed soon, as well.
The Mills International Center will be hosting “The Meet” Thursday Oct. 4th, 5-7 p.m. All are invited for food, fun and meeting students from all over the world.
The Emerald used a good hunk of time talking about how they’re different now. Emerald Media Group, they would like to be called, but I will stick with Ol’ Dirty.
Public forum time. Senator Emeritus Nolan comes up with some pledge for the senators to sign, promising to keep the LGBT community in mind and not discriminate. I can’t think of a way to make fun of her that doesn’t involve sarcasm, so I will just state my view: while probably well-intended, all this pledge does is portray the LGBT community as an “other,” (precisely what the pledge aims to rectify).
Announcement from Harlan: EMU open until 3 a.m. during dead week. Fuck yeah!
LGBT dance, Homecoming Parade, Street Faire and Mallard Madness all coming up soon.
As we move on to special requests, I note that the Emerald correspondent keeps winking at me and making kissy faces.
Special requests: Women in Law (or something like that) transferred funds between line items. ASUO Executive expedited their Finance Retreat, moved trip to EMU for ease. Senate wisely used this time to discuss the amount in surplus. $790 until next week or something. Nobody knows. Oregon Ballroom Dance had a request for something. It was postponed indefinitely because of low funds in surplus. Vietnamese Student Association requested a small remainder of funds needed for next weeks event. The motion to approve passed.
Then there was a Summer Senate update. Shit was difficult to hear and when it settled down, all Miyamoto was talking about was the new polo t-shirts that Senate got.
This was followed by committee nominations. This is always funny because it’s like in a 200 level Spanish class when the teacher starts looking for volunteers.
The Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force was formed. Ben Bowman was able to bring up his character again. Senator Ewing’s LA cap was really cute. And Senator Mubaya’s family mascot is a lion.
My Twitter feed was frozen on tweet #128 and I wasn’t able to continue updating. There must be a limit or something. The end.