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Happy Birthday Oregon Commentator

Birthday Cake

The birthday cake, courtesy of 3 years of working at Baskin-Robbins in high school.

26 years ago today Richard Burr, Dane Claussen, Michael Rust and Robert Davis put out a newsmagazine on the campus of the University of Oregon. The first edition of the Oregon Commentator had commentary about the ASUO, OSPIRG and a wonderful article titled “Radical Moderation” that detailed one staffer’s journey from leftist to conservative (or rather, a “radical” moderate as the title indicated)

The Oregon Commentator‘s journey has been a long one. We’ve gone through cries of racism, vandalism, death threats and de-fundings. 26 years later, we’re still here causing a ruckus and acting as the voice of opposition on an overwhelmingly liberal campus.

Although we may not be exactly the same as the publication placed on newsstands October 24th, 1983, we still hold the same ideals published in our original mission statement from our founding editors, “We believe that the University should be a forum for rational and informed debate–instead of the current climate in which ideological dogma, political correctness, fashion and mob mentality interfere with academic pursuit.”

Happy Birthday Oregon Commentator. Here’s to 26 more years.

  1. Happy Birthday! Colleges throughout the country need more publications like the Commentator. Good luck in future endeavors.

  2. Betz says:


    Have been reading the OC since my junior year (2006) … I have enormous respect for you guys to put out a conservative publication like this in an environment like the UO. You guys are doing a good service to the students at the UO … keep it up!

  3. Carly says:

    Yeah! Happy Birrrthday OC!

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