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ODE Doesn’t Like OSPIRG Either

In case you missed it, the Daily Emerald issued an editorial yesterday calling for OSPIRG to be defunded:

This week, the ASUO Executive made for the first time in a long time a very clear recommendation on the ongoing saga of OSPIRG and the funding it receives from the ASUO incidental fee that all students pay. It recommended that OSPIRG be completely defunded. The Emerald has called for increased scrutiny of OSPIRG and its use of our student dollars several times in the past. In 2007, the Emerald called for OSPIRG to be defunded, citing transparency and accountability concerns. In light of the proposal by ASUO President Sam Dotters-Katz to end OSPIRG’s contract with the ASUO, we would like to now reiterate this opinion.

See? It’s not just us “crazy conservatives” who don’t like OSPIRG. There are people all across the board who have problems with it, and not just because of its political stances. Yet weepy, outraged OSPIRG supporters try and spin this as some sort of campaign to squash campus activism. For example, here’s part of an overwrought letter in today’s ODE by Jesse Hough:

As I witnessed egos and tempers flair at the ACFC meeting Wednesday night, a deep sadness overcame me. A sadness that felt like the death of a dear friend. That friend isn’t OSPIRG, it is students’ power and voice in the world.

All we’re really asking for is that our student money be spent transparently and effectively.

  1. asuo insider says:

    this is a load of crap. who is posting this? cmon and enough of this stupid shit. k? got it. Jory told us better

  2. Cheerio says:

    When is the next OSPIRG hearing?

  3. Vincent says:

    I think he’s talking about Rick Warren.

  4. Kai Davis says:

    “mcc. that saddleback ass ”

    Is this a reference to saddlebacking?

  5. Betz says:

    OK, who’s been passing out the blow and mescalin at senate meetings?

  6. DFC Student of Color says:

    out in the night life of eugene last friday i ran into what i thought was a woman based on her soft face. but when i looked up to steal a kiss from those red lips i noticed the person was none other than asuo office regular tom bode. that jory must be rubbing off on innocent people. the high heals caught me off guard but i couldnt get past the soft skin. transsexual? i dont care so long as he destroys student control of the i fee, keeping it out of the hands of those people in the hall way. oooops. mcc. that saddleback ass and cleavage made a perfect place for some motorboating up top and down bottom. but nothing compares to how scandalios approached us in the night. signing off. asuo senator.

  7. nike urbanism duk says:

    Ospiggs “student voice” is a well trained parrot that sqwuaks about whatever the global whining oriented governor and his handlers want it to.
    Is there any difference between the OSA and ospigg ? The fraud associated with both groups is becoming more well known. The end is near for these campus actorvists.

  8. Matt says:

    “When we get beyond the silly ASUO politics and OSPIRG slandering, OSPIRG is a group that gives students a voice in the real world of public policy. ” –Jesse’s letter

    Actually, OSPIRG gives student-hired and directed public policy professionals in Portland a voice in “the real world of public policy.”

    And it is also important to note: due to OSPIRG’s legal constraints, the “real world of public policy” comes to an abrupt end when legislation is introduced by a policy-maker for debate. At that point, the OSPIRG “student voice” is legally required to silence itself. In contrast to OSPIRG, even a halfway organized private citizen can continue to collect signatures, intimidate and discuss issues with legislators, and submit researched arguments to the public policy arena during the time that very arena is considering pending legislative action.

    I think I can get more done during the public comment period of a City Council meeting.

  9. Sakaki says:

    And is there a problem with that, Mr. Hunt? Because it is my opinion that it would be better to support those organizations than, say, a group that openly flaunts it’s criminality.

  10. Mike hunt says:

    Jacob the only orginizations you support are jack daniels and inbev

  11. daniels says:

    ospirg is not the best of organizations, that is just my opinion

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