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Archive for June, 2008

ODE takes on gun control; predictable results

June 3rd, 2008 by CJ Ciaramella

In case you missed it, ODE Opinion Editor Elon Glucklich took on the 2nd Amendment yesterday in a piece titled “Gun argument lost in divide between sides.” He was spurred in large part by our latest issue, which contained a couple of articles about guns. In fact ol’ Elon mentions us in the lede! But here’s Glucklich mending bridges on the contentious topic:

Like I said before, my narrow-mindedness has prevented me from rationally approaching the issue of gun-ownership. Even now, liberal guilt pangs within me for having written a hundred words without demonizing gun owners as backasswards white trash that threaten our children’s safety.

A more reasonable and considered statement I have never read. Of course, the rest of the article can’t maintain these lofty heights of rhetoric, but it’s still pretty good. See how many factual errors about guns you can find.

UPDATE: Turns out Elon was on Lars Larson yesterday talking about his opinion piece. I’ve been trying to find some sort of audio or transcription of it, but Larson has the worst website ever.

Ethnic Studies Officially Departmentalized

June 2nd, 2008 by Vincent

The Daily Emerald is reporting that Ethnic Studies has, after a long campaign, been approved for departmentalization:

In a phone conversation with former ASUO President and Ethnic Studies Coalition member Emily McLain, Senior Vice President and Provost Linda Brady revealed that she had approved the departmentalization of the ethnic studies program beginning in fall 2008.

Though I’ve long been a critic of the departmentalization drive, founded as it was on feel-good spirit and assurances that departmentalization was sure to be a “good thing” for campus, I’d like to congratulate Ethnic Studies and everyone involved in the departmentalization campaign.

University student Tased downtown

June 2nd, 2008 by Sean Jin

The Ol’ Dirty has a story in today about two University students being Tased and arrested for disorderly conduct on Friday.

The police report says that Ian George Van Ornum was standing in the middle of the street on Willamette and Broadway protesting the use of pesticides on highways, and was approached by police because he was disrupting the traffic.

Van Ornum then resisted arrest and was Tased twice. University student Anthony Farley tried to prevent the arrest and was Tased and subdued.

The circumstances for the Tasing aren’t made very clear in the report, and the use of a Taser does not seem necessary. Unfortunately, there is no objective information on the incident, since the accounts given by spectators present were friends of Van Ornum. If anything, though, this is a testament to the effectiveness of Tasers in assisting police officers in arrests. (more…)

Metal Mondays: Supergiant Edition

June 2nd, 2008 by Vincent

Due to recent events on the blog, instead of posting the video I originally intended to post, I’ll instead simply post a video of the band CJ and I saw at the Samurai Duck tonight. Some flames are simply not worth fanning…


Sudsy Goes to Washington!

June 1st, 2008 by Amy


Photo courtesy of ASUO Chief of Staff Papailiou, thanks Athan!