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Student Insurgent Endorses Fiscal Conservatism!

In the latest issue of the Student Insurgent (at least I think it’s the latest… aside from a calendar advertising events in May at the “Eugene Free School”, I can’t find a date anywhere on this thing), noted advocates for fiscal responsibility, Joey Beats and Cimmeron Gillespie fire a devastating broadside against the Student Rec Center, admonishing the Rec Center for its profligate ways.

We couldn’t agree more! In fact, former OC Editor-in-Chief Ted Niedermeyer scooped the Insurgent on this story about two years ago (story begins on page 20). Still, it’s nice to see the Insurgent kids finally take notice of the massive misallocation of student dollars at the University of Oregon:

This problem of funding as [sic] been a constant issues [sic] for the Rec. Center, as they have gone before student government asking for more money, year after year and received in full, [sic] their requested funding… Such waste is intolerable given the national financial state and our own Fat-Katz administration’s promises of ‘fiscal responsibility’.

No doubt it’s only a matter of time before these newly minted fiscal conservatives at the Insurgent join the Oregon Commentator in demanding higher standards of accountability and less wasteful spending of student money across the board in the ASUO.

Will they reverse their support of that notorious money sink known as OSPIRG? Hope springs eternal.

Then again, one of their letters to the editor in the latest issue describes how the Insurgent gang gave some random anarchist a ride to the Bay Area in a “state-owned” van and proceeded to go “to the co-ops in Berkeley for a naked, neon good time,” so I’m not getting my hopes up.

One can only wonder if that trip was paid for by student money and, if it was, how the Insurgent staff squares that with their sudden commitment to prudent fiscal management.


The next column in the Insurgent, attributed to “Greenwash Guerillas”, lambasts the U of O for it’s attempts at “greenwashing” through the use of carbon offsets. It begins with the paragraph:

Carbon offsets follow the same logic as indulgences did for the Catholic Church centuries ago. Offsetting argues that if you do something “bad” you can mitigate that by paying someone to do something “good” in your name.

Did we buy up the Insurgent with some of that blog contest money and someone just forgot to tell me, or something?

  1. Robert says:

    Wait a minute. The Rec Center is not funded by the i-fee. The rec was taken off of the i-fee two years ago by the administration with the support of few in the ASUO but Sara Hamilton and Athan Papailiou. Last year, Emily McLain, Matt Rose, Kate Jones and Billy Hatch all worked to stop its “advisory board” from raising the rec’s fee by more than ten percent. If it went to a vote of ASUO electeds, or the student body as a whole, the rec would likely die.

  2. Vincent says:

    I think I read that dude’s comment on some other blog recently.

  3. Sakaki says:

    Someone didn’t read the entire story, it seems.

  4. Forget, please, “conservatism.” It has been, operationally, de facto, Godless and therefore irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God both are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson’s Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

    “[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth.”

    Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

    John Lofton, Editor,
    Recovering Republican


  5. Sakaki says:

    Man…that’s the first time I’ve ever heard my old boss called Dustbunny.

  6. nike urbanism duk says:

    Dustbunny Miller ought to drop off a fake plant for these tree huggers at the Survival Center…..that will quiet them down.

  7. Ossie says:

    The Insurgent has been diverting money from it’s publishing account into it’s “let’s radically drive to San Fran, paid for by radical student dollars given to us by school government, and be with other radicals fighting the radical fight against the not-very-rad government” fund for years. And the stupid ASUO just let’s them do it over and over …

  8. Niedermeyer says:

    So the Insurgent is taking on the Rec Center? Best of luck to them. The SRC makes GM and Chrysler look like models of self-reliance. But, I’m sure the Insurgent’s combination of courageous conviction and fiscal policy experience will set things right. “The national financial state and our own Fat-Katz administration” are definitely the places to start looking. Keep raging against the (elliptical) machine, kids!

    Also, “a taste of rage” sounds like a gift basket. Like Harry and David for the Linkin Park/”I’m so moving out of here when I turn 18″ crowd. Someone better have a copy at the victory party…

  9. Vincent says:


    Yeah, Diego’s “Taste of Rage” read like something written by a self-indulgent emo kid and submitted to a high school poetry collection. None of the usual Cure references work here, though; Robert Smith’s too white.

  10. CJ Ciaramella says:

    Also, I was at the Senate meeting when the Insurgent transferred money out of its publishing budget so they could afford the “state-owned vans.” I’m glad our student money pays for the Insurgent staff to drive to SF and get fucked up. Wonderful.

  11. CJ Ciaramella says:

    Oh, but did you read Diego Hernandez’s prose poem, “A Taste of My Rage”?

    You haven’t lived yet, sir. Quite possibly my favorite thing the Insurgent’s published all year.

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