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Gorillas with muskets, rip-off runs, football! Media digest Oct. 22, 2010

October 22nd, 2010 by Alex Tomchak Scott

Public affairs:

  • Thrift news: The EMU post office is closing in December because it evidently wasn’t making money, although it will evidently continue paying the EMU to lease its space until April. (Emerald)
  • Event administration: Emerald reporter Mat Wolf looks for information about the hired goons detailed with grimacing testily as they drag naughty Autzen Stadium spectators away by the earlobe. He finds a shadowy security contractor that refuses to disclose financial information. “(CMS) is good at being able to work with a lot of the last-minute changes we request,” UO athletics suit Vicki Strand said, conjuring images of Phil Knight demanding ten minutes before kickoff that the guards at his luxury suite at Autzen be traded in for silverback gorillas trained to use Victorian-era flintlock muskets.
  • Traffic: Oregon Football is a menace to drivers. (Emerald)
  • Cougars: They are in Eugene! (Register-Guard)
  • Legal: Bad news for those hankering to have their quests for an education exploited for government subsidies: the state is suing the University of Phoenix, alleging that it lies to investors. (Emerald)
  • Exercise: The University wants students fun-running on a day many will undoubtedly be skipping class and sleeping well past 3 p.m. to deal with post-Oregon Football hangovers. (Emerald, Guard)
  • Conjugation: Do you think the Guard intend’s on running an article that detail’s it when any Tom, Dick or Harry endorse’s someone who run’s for office?* (Guard)
  • Fifth-graders: The Emerald even occasionally scoops the Guard on fluff pieces. (Register-Guard)


  • Letters: A UO graduate student tells Emerald readers common perceptions about domestic violence don’t fully grasp its scope. The Guard’s mailbag is again interesting, containing a defense of college students who receive food stamps and a letter-writer calling the paper’s endorsements hypocritical.
  • Emerald columnist JoAnna Wendel, taking on satirizing duties for the day, appears to criticize those who would try to inject off-field matters into discussion of FOOTBALL! FOOTBALL! FOOTBALL!
  • Ethos blogger Leah Olson paints a chilling picture of a Cambodian killing field. (Ethos)
  • Emerald columnist Mark Costigan provides us a retrospective of the Argentine economic crisis of the 1980s.
  • Editorials: The Guard praises an Oregonian who won the Nobel Prize for economics. It also praises the economics of the new Pac-12 arrangement.*
  • Entertainment: Ethos posts a video of a local band. Full disclosure: I regularly sell one of this band’s members coffee at my dayjob.


  • Oregon Football 60-13 Hated Bruins. (Emerald,
  • Despite injuries to important players, Oregon Football still beat the Hated Bruins. Remene Alston, Jr., in particular was important. “To see him come in there and play the way he did and rip off a couple runs like that, it was awesome to see,” Oregon Football’s coach said. (Emerald)
  • It’s possible that the Hated Bruins’ loss was caused by an inability to keep the ball until they got a touchdown more times than Oregon Football did. “(T)hree points wasn’t going to be the answer tonight,” the Hated Bruins’ coach said after the 60-13 Oregon Football win. (Emerald)
  • The Hated Bears, Hated Cardinal, Hated Women of Troy and Hated Bruins are opponents Oregon Volleyball may not beat. “There’s no tricks to doing this,” Oregon Volleyball’s coach says. (Emerald)
  • Oregon Soccer sunk by Hated Bruins, draws with Hated Women of Troy. Oregon Soccer players praise performance, despite disappointing results. Hated Women of Troy given two pens as they claw back from early deficit.  “Our record is really a tricky thing because we are so good,” Oregon Soccer defender says. (Emerald)
* The headline on the Guard’s RSS feed, and the article’s title were “Nobel laureate’s son back’s DeFazio,” when I wrote this.
** See what I did there?

Silver foxes, Rousseau* mourned, guns made of cars. News digest Oct. 21, 2010

October 21st, 2010 by Alex Tomchak Scott

Public affairs:

  • Political money: UO Matters examines who UO employees are backing with their wallets.
  • Lung news: An outside organization is throwing $800,000 at stopping UO students from smoking. That’s in the next blog post down from this.
  • Rallies: The president visited Oregon to try to massage the electability out of health care–loving silver fox John Kitzhaber. The Emerald reports that cute children were present. The Register-Guard says Kitzhaber was happy about it, and also that Obama said he is both a Ducks fan and a Beavers fan. The Oregonian brings a clearer sense of context, and also talks to someone who works for job-promising center Chris Dudley.
  • Product bans: A campus group is trying to stop the UO selling bottled water on campus. (Register-Guard)
  • ASUO: Ben Eckstein is trying to get people to vote. (Emerald)
  • Luxury berries: Unfortunately for stupid people with lots of money, the acai cherry does not cure cancer. (Emerald)
  • Honesty news: The Oregonian rules that Chuck RileyBruce Starr didn’t break the law when he accepted a free trip to Hawai’i from a lobbying group because it wasn’t the law yet.




  • Emerald sports-hack Robert Husseman wants teams in the Pac-12 to play eleven conference games. I realize, reading how worked up Husseman is over this issue, how snide he gets, that I will never care about football.
  • Former Oregon football quarterback Jeremiah Masoli still wants your love. (Portland Tribune)
  • Oregon football does not want to lose today. Rather, it wants to win. (Emerald)
  • Oregon Football kicker Rob Beard never played soccer, and ends interviews with an ominous “so...” (Emerald)
  • Here’s a back-and-forth between Emerald sports-hack-in-chief Lucas Clark and Daily Bruin sports-hack Ryan Eshoff. Warning: there is a pun. (Emerald)
  • Alarming medical news: Oregon football player “Marvin (Johnson) will play with both legs hanging by the skin. And he has.” Starting to see what Andy Drukarev was saying about the dangers of college football. (Emerald)
  • Darron Thomas is a good player, but then again, Hated Bruins free safety Rahim Moore is also good. (Emerald)
  • Mixed metaphors (automotive with gunnery): “But unfortunately for the (Hated) Bruins, the pistol hasn’t exactly been firing on all cylinders.”** (Emerald)
  • Oregon Basketball (M) players are not trashing their coach publicly. (Emerald)
  • Clark pen-sketches some Oregon Basketball (M) players. (Emerald)

* Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

** Drukarev could be talking about this.

Smoke Free Campus — happening.

October 20th, 2010 by Lyzi Diamond

At tonight’s ASUO Senate meeting, President Rousseau announced that the ASUO is moving forward with a smoke-free campus policy. The Executive received an $800,000 grant to be spent over a number of years from PacificSource Health Plans as part of their Healthy Campus Initiative. The plan would be implemented over two years, starting with a “Great American Smoke Out” in November. The money from PacificSource will go to the hiring of three staff members, one full time and one part time, to deal with creating a healthy campus. Rousseau stated that a Tobacco Free Campus would be the primary issue those people will work on, specifically a promotion and education plan. Rousseau mentioned adding signage promoting a smoke-free campus and taking down the smoking stations, but there would be no enforcement of the policy other than peer pressure and a culture change. The idea is to educate new students that UO is a tobacco-free campus, so that is their expectation when they become students. Rousseau also mentioned that Oregon State University is implementing a policy in January, and she would love to do it first.

Other campuses in the country do this, including Arkansas and Kentucky. Should Oregon be added to that list? Comment it up, kids, I want to know what you think. Then I’ll tell you what I think (although I think you already know).

P.S. Smoke-in next week. More details with the next post.


October 20th, 2010 by Lyzi Diamond

Click here to watch live coverage of Senate!!!!!!

Satirizing duties, charm offensive, important memo. Media digest Oct. 20, 2010.

October 20th, 2010 by Alex Tomchak Scott

Public affairs:

  • Democracy: Emerald reporter Ian Geronimo looks into the soul of the County Commission races on this year’s ballot and finds only pain. (Emerald)
  • Unpopular initiatives: The effort to beat the UO’s riverfront development continues with efforts to drag Richard Lariviere before the UO Senate. (Emerald)
  • Plants: The Emerald with a feature on an OSU program in Eugene.
  • Literature: A novelist and her translator will be on campus Thursday* for a reading. (Ethos Magazine**)
  • The obese: The U.S. government is trying to move part of nutrition labels to the front of food packages. (Emerald)
  • Honesty news: The Oregonian with what appears to be a slightly harsh ruling of “false” on a Congressional candidate’s claims regarding his rival.


  • UO Matters readers get deep on Richard Lariviere’s overtime policy and subsequent scolding. Of all the things in this digest, this one is worth reading.
  • The Guard’s Editorial Board says Lariviere’s decision to give overtime to employees on furloughs was stupid but well intentioned.
  • UO Matters also has praise for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
  • Emerald columnist Matt Tellam goes to meetings for the College Democrat and Republican parties and finds that, surprise surprise, they are boring and devoid of intellectual substance.
  • Journalism student Becky Metrick pinch-hits an Emerald column about a girl who’s been through serious shit.
  • The Emerald Editorial Board has taken over satirizing duties for the moment, and writes about students’ desire to sleep, frolic, and possibly have sex with one another.
  • Editorials: An EWEB employee was sexually assaulted three times by her co-workers, and EWEB allegedly did nothing to stop it, which the Guard’s editors say  is emblematic of a larger problem.
  • Letters: The Guard’s mailbag is surprisingly nearly free from suspiciously on-message, pro-candidate missives purportedly written by everyday citizens all by themselves. Instead, it contains attacks on the newspaper’s endorsements and a thank-you note to the police.
  • In case you thought reading the sports section of local papers every day for two weeks had changed my opinion on the subject, I still believe this video contains all the information you need to know about sports. If anything, reading the sports section has emboldened this belief.
  • The Guard’s George Schroeder says Oregon Football now needs a charm offensive to go along with its on-field ones. (Register-Guard)
  • Oregon Basketball (W) has seen some players graduate. Other players have matriculated. This makes people excited. Simultaneously it makes them nervous. (Emerald)
  • The Emerald also has pen-sketches of five new Oregon Basketball (W) players. (Emerald)
  • The Emerald profiles Oregon Football player Josh Huff. (Emerald)
  • Emerald sports-hack Patrick Malee says he doubted Oregon Basketball (M) coach Dana Altman, but he’s willing to admit he was wrong. (Emerald)
  • Emerald freelance sports-hack Isaac Rosenthal with urgent notice about an important memo Oregon Hockey may have missed. It seems Oregon Hockey throttled the Hated Cougs, Hated Bruins and Hated Eags. (Emerald)
  • The UO athletic director is in Medford and they’re a bit starstruck. (Mail Tribune)
* I think
** I should note that I also do occasional work, in theory, for Ethos. Full disclosure, etc.

Fuck Kitty, OSPIRG

October 20th, 2010 by OC Editorial Board

In an attempt to help the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group regain its funding from the ASUO in the coming school year, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy insulted both UO students’ intelligence and what brittle shards remain of the UO student government’s institutional integrity last week at the OSPIRG kickoff meeting.

OSPIRG faces a battle to regain funding this year and, undoubtedly, sees Piercy’s support as a big gun in that battle. OSPIRG is a political advocacy organization that, in theory, pushes issues selected by students in circles of governmental power.

For years, with one interruption, it was funded through the ASUO, until in 2009 the student government voted to stop funding it, owing to doubts about the way in which it used its money. OSPIRG is not the only organization in the state named “OSPIRG”: It shares that title, offices and most of its staff with the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, a lobbying group with a much larger budget. The Oregon State PIRG can lobby; the law prevents the Oregon Student PIRG, or any organization that accepts public money, such as the ASUO’s, from doing so. In theory, Oregon Student PIRG is controlled by students; Oregon State PIRG answers to its donors.

The fear, then, for those who fought and revoked the Oregon Student PIRG’s funding, was that people who didn’t answer to students were controlling the allocation of more than $100,000 of their money, and that they were using it, indirectly, to pay for things it couldn’t legally pay for. This charge was never proven outright, but the Oregon Student PIRG could never coherently answer it either.

Which brings us to the present day, and Piercy’s appearance, which was risible. The ASUO works imperfectly, but it exists for two important reasons. First, it allows UO students some control, albeit limited, over their academic destiny, their most powerful outlet for influencing how their education is administered. The UO administration has, quite frankly, spent the last decade mercilessly rat-fucking everyone who depends on this university, then lying through its teeth about it, often to the effect, if not necessarily for the purpose, of filling the coffers of those in power, so having some sort of weapon, however imperfect and tragically dormant, for students to change that is important.

Second, college is an insulator from the issues that affect much of the enfranchised populace. Most UO students have the privilege of not having to work to support themselves. What real stake can they have in the wider political issues that play out, even on a local political scale? If the ASUO botches a funding decision, students can see themselves suffering for it, even if it only deprives them of a football ticket or a ride home from a party. Students get the opportunity to make these decisions for themselves. It’s a dry run for being involved in the democratic process, a lesson the UO, intentionally or not, doles out in the cruel and arbitrary nature of government.

When a prominent politician, one who is reasonably popular among UO students, comes in to the equation, and tries to influence a funding decision to be made by UO students concerning their own money, it’s an insult, and a threat to the autonomy of that decision. Kitty Piercy has no stake in the allocation of UO resources, beyond, to put the most idealistic spin possible on things, her stake in the outcomes OSPIRG purports to seek in wider government.

At one point in her address to the rally, the Emerald reported, “She said that when she tries to deal with a national issue in the city’s budget, there is opposition all along the way, drawing the comparison between a tax-funded city budget and the student incidental fee.

‘”What they do at the federal level comes to live here in our homes, in our lives … Sorry, but I actually breathe this air,’ Piercy said.”

Fair enough. We hear you all the way, Kitty. But if the air you breathe is that important to you, you have your own municipal budget. OSPIRG is an organization tailor-made to accept government funding, and it would be perfectly legal to fund it through the city. Why don’t you cut off a slice of the City of Eugene’s budget for OSPIRG, rather than trying to bully and guilt-trip UO students into using their own meager fees to pay for your clean air? See how popular it is when you try to throw $100,000 of Eugene taxpayers’ money at a political advocacy organization.

If you’re not willing to do that, go fill some fucking potholes and get out of our business.

A Very Simple Solution

October 20th, 2010 by Ross Coyle

Evidently, people are still shocked and terrified that the personal information they put on the web could be seen by other people. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has provided a helpful video on how to set your privacy settings on facebook, but I think I have a much simpler, easier plan that achieves the same goal.

Here’s the EFF’s version:

And here’s my own home made idea:

We all fall down.

October 19th, 2010 by Lyzi Diamond

For those not in the know, certified crazy person Art Robinson is seeking to outseat long-time Democrat Peter DeFazio in the race for Oregon’s 4th congressional district representative. The man sells and markets his own home-school system, in order to “Teach your children to teach themselves and to acquire superior knowledge as did many of America’s most outstanding citizens in the days before socialism in education.” He also founded the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, an organization known for promoting Robinson’s crazy home-school curriculum, and this:

Several members of the Institute’s staff are also well known for their work on the Petition Project, an undertaking that has obtained the signatures of more than 31,000 American scientists opposed, on scientific grounds, to the hypothesis of “human-caused global warming” and to concomitant proposals for world-wide energy taxation and rationing.

Totally. Nuts.

But according to internal polling, Robinson is not doing all that bad.* According to the Center for Responsive Politics (totally amazing organization, for the record), he has raised $947,640 to DeFazio’s $904,883. (Data as of September 30, 2010.) Not a big leap up, but $43,000 is nothing to scoff at.

Oh, and this doesn’t include television ads attacking Congressman DeFazio, which were bankrolled by the formerly-mysterious Concerned Taxpayers of America. As part of the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the funders of the PAC did not need to reveal themselves — until this last Friday. It was then discovered that the Concerned Taxpayers of America could only technically refer to themselves in the plural — there are only two of them, and Robinson has since revealed that he only kinda sorta knows one of them.

Ultimately, the attack ads likely have nothing to do with getting Robinson elected. The Washington Post article linked to above states that DeFazio has a feeling his congressional decisions on hedge-fund legislation have something to do with it:

“I have been one of the most prominent critics of Wall Street and tried to call them to account,” DeFazio said. “I’ve obviously made some powerful enemies.”

Robert Mercer, one of the two “concerned taxpayers” who has also donated to the Robinson campaign, is the executive of Renaissance Technologies, a Wall Street hedge-fund that has the potential to suffer in the face of harsher hedge-fund legislation.

Basically, it’s a big mess. Special interests on top of special interests, money flying from hand to hand, television ads that have little semblance of truth . . . how do you navigate through the sea of propaganda and controversy?

Friends, you have the World Wide Web at your disposal. Before sending in your ballot, go and read election endorsements (specifically ours, which will be online this Sunday), research the candidates and the ballot measures, and make your own decisions. Your television is going to lie to you every time.

*I was one of the 300 likely voters called for this Art Robinson poll. “If you knew that Peter DeFazio eats babies, would you still vote for him? Push one for yes, two for no, three if you are unsure.” I’m being hyperbolic, but that was basically the name of the game.

Internet Meme enshrined in Haloween costume.

October 19th, 2010 by Alex Tomchak Scott

Probably not suited for Oregon weather methinks.

“As a karate expert … ” Finally, a political candidate about whom I can get excited.

October 19th, 2010 by Alex Tomchak Scott

I am not being ironic.

Obviously Jimmy McMillan is not going to win, and I don’t even think he should, not that the identity of New York’s governor is any of this Oregonian’s business. But I read the Register-Guard mailbag every day, and see a few letters every day from suspiciously on-message letters from people purporting to be everyday citizens who wrote them all by themselves. No excess, no matter how slime-smeared* from the Republican or Democrat parties can be considered shocking at this point, but you even see third-party no-hopers using this tactic, or assailed by it.

Additional viewpoints and political alternatives, no matter how whacked-out and gratuitous, are by definition welcome in the America in which I believe. My spirits drop, however, to see so-called alternatives, ones who have no realistic chance of winning, ape the win-at-all-costs methods of the establishment parties, though.

There may be some of that to Jimmy McMillan and his Rent is 2 Damn High Movement party too. I haven’t checked. Honestly, I don’t even know whether or not rent is too high in New York. But he seems more a shrill voice of the popular id. Rather than a hopeless pretender dressing up in the king’s clothes, he’s the gadfly all third parties ought to be. His rent is too high, he’s angry, and he’s not shutting up about it. Politics builds in its practitioners a thick skin, and perhaps his opponents’ skin is already thickened beyond the point that he can “sting (them) and whip them into a fury, all in the service of truth.” But at least the man is trying.

Maybe McMillan is the Socrates of our era. Where the original had complicated ontological queries, the new model has only rage, articulated simply. But maybe, cometh the confused, soundbite-obsessed, shallow hour, cometh the focused, soundbite-friendly, uncomplicated man.

Note: Credit to the New Yorker’s Amy Davidson for the blog post that alerted me to McMillan’s existence.

* Only slightly hyperbolic

Alcohol-fuelled bedlam, mayoral noses, rude Chip Kelly gestures. News digest Oct. 19, 2010.

October 19th, 2010 by Alex Tomchak Scott

Correction: Originally, this post called the Emerald’s columnist “Hannah Wendel.” Her name is actually JoAnna Wendel. I now feel vaguely senile.

Public affairs news:

  • Handcuffs: It appears the City Council will soon give DPS the power to arrest people. (Emerald, KEZI)
  • Masters and workmen: After failing to sell UO Graduate Teaching Fellows on their June offer of, essentially, nothing, the administration is seeing if increases in wages and benefits and an inclusive hiring process will do the trick. Undoubtedly, this is interrelated with Richard Lariviere’s increases in staff overtime, for which Gov. Ted Kulongoski scolded him, although the Emerald’s Stefan Verbano doesn’t explicitly make that connection. Once again, the Emerald’s Stefan Verbano scoops the Guard on an important UO story, although this one is far denser and more confusing than the masterful one he wrote about financial aid. For those keeping score, that’s three embarrassing defeats he’s meted out to the Guard already this year, and a run of two in as many stories. (Emerald)
  • The opaque: UO Matters’ author is dying to hear what the Oregon University System discussed at its last meeting, and renews his crusade against OUS lawyer Ryan J. Hagemann’s studious refusal to release minutes of OUS meetings.
  • Bedlam news: Faced with the prospect of “alcohol-fuelled bedlam” connected to Thursday night’s Oregon Football-Hated Bruins game, Eugene police are gearing up for an extra night of party patrols. A sample of the apocalyptic hellscape EPD anticipates: “‘I’m praying for bad weather, because that usually helps calm (the madness) down,’ (EPD Capt. Rich) Stronach said.” Note: Unlike the last Guard article on the subject, this one lacks any tips about how to avoid police if you happen to want to use alcohol to induce a bit of bedlam, beyond a sentence that appears to present the patrols as a punitive measure: “The extra patrols will continue until police see a marked decrease in disruptive after-hours activities on Friday and Saturday nights.”(Register-Guard)
  • Dust-eating: The Guard is still catching up with Willamette Week on the Lariviere’s scolding story. (Register-Guard)
  • ASUO money: So, if you thought the mayor of Eugene was too good to dirty herself with the ASUO, with trying to influence its agenda, you were stone dead wrong. Here she tries to persuade the ASUO to fund OSPIRG. (Emerald)
  • The ether: The U.S. government is trying to pass legislation that would warn cellphone users before they get extra charges in their bills. Many UO students, though, are on their parents’ plans, and so don’t care. (Emerald)
  • The slammer: The Emerald’s Ian Geronimo, perhaps with a somewhat cynical perception of what is important to UO students, meditates on the positions incumbent Floyd Prozanski and opponent Marilyn Kittelman’s hold on mandatory minimum sentencing. (Emerald)
  • Charity: A $10 million anonymous gift for OHSU. (Oregonian)


  • The Oregonian joins Kulongoski in scolding Lariviere.
  • Newish Emerald columnist JoAnna Wendel* goes to a cadaver lab, disappointingly taking with her the perception that anything is “way too graphic to recount here.” This is especially disappointing because she does talk about “bisecting a penis.”
  • Letters: The Guard’s mailbag is unexpectedly exciting today, as political candidate Jay Bozievich’s wife scolds the Guard and a letter-writer for criticizing her husband. Meanwhile, County Commissioner Bill Fleenor implicitly calls nearly every politician in the state a “jackass,” but doesn’t have the stones to name names, and frankly would be more authoritative if a political rival wasn’t taking him to court alleging he violated Oregon Public Meetings law.
  • Editorials: The Guard‘s ed. board wants Barack Obama to cough up some timber payments and an improved rail connection for Coos Bay.
  • Skating enthusiast John Boytz wants a new skate park.

Oregon Football is No. 1:

  • Panim et circences: HULIQ’s Dave Masko decides to kill Oregon Football fans’ buzz by using the Ducks’ ranking as an excuse to talk about non-directly-related social issues or some junk. Read Satire X and “The Road to Wigan Pier,” which make the same, extremely valid, point more effectively in the sense that they are neither myopic nor intellectually dishonest, and written by two of the cleverest writers of all time. Do not waste your time with Masko and his anonymous UO student strawman.
  • The Emerald’s Robert Husseman has a different take on the ontological question of football. He writes one of those lovely little pieces of which he is capable, reminding us that it is as arbitrary and cruel as life itself.
  • The Emerald reports that Oregon Football is in a good mood.
  • John Canzano wants Oregon Football to win it all so Chip Kelly can put two fingers up at the BCS.
  • NBC’s John Tamanaha thinks Oregon Football could stay No. 1. ESPN’s Ted Miller thinks Oregon Football will be in the BCS championship. The team’s wide receivers coach says, unsurprisingly, that he likes Oregon Football’s attitude.

Other sports:

  • Oregon Running-a-Very-Long-Way member Anne Kesselring seems like a fun person. I mean, I’m just saying, Anne, Robert Husseman knows my phone number.
  • Oregon Sailing, which has refused to let the Commentator cover it, is doing well.

ODE Says What We’ve All Been Thinking

October 18th, 2010 by Rockne Andrew Roll

Today’s Oregon Daily Emerald derided the ASUO Senate’s formation of an “ad-hoc” committee to “discuss” UO President Richard Lariviere’s $800 Million bond proposal and plan to restructure the University. While the editorial makes very valid points, it surprised me by being, to use an almost overly harsh word, naïve. For example:

“However, the difference between this committee and [ACFC, PFC, etcetera] is that the four members will talk about how they are going to talk to administrators, which is only one issue.”

This kind of procedural haggling is the bread and butter of the Senate. It’s why they get up in the morning. It should be no surprise that, when addressing something as monstrous as Lariviere’s Big Thing (to add an affectionate nickname), they’d want to form a committee to tinker with the minutia, especially considering the inevitability of the full Senate tinkering with whatever the committee comes up with.

The Editorial acknowledges this fact, but goes on to question another basic truth.

“They should do what they can to be one functioning body – or at least capable of coming to some sort of reasonable conclusion without having to jump through hoops.”

The answer is simple: because burning through twelve million bucks a year simply isn’t excitement enough. The “jumping through hoops” is the fun part; we can’t take that away from those poor Senators. But what’s more:

“This brings up a question: Is our Senate incapable of having a basic discussion?”

A simple phone call to anyone who has ever been to a Senate meeting would give you the answer this question: yes.

However, if you edit their last sentence strategically, it can at least look like the ODE came to the more important logical conclusion of all this.

The ASUO must remain relatively cohesive to most appropriately represent the student body. Branching out into ‘ad-hoc’ committees is just a waste of time.”

There you go. Well done.

Unpermitted discharge, wild-eyed fidgeting, as a physician. News roundup Oct. 18, 2010

October 18th, 2010 by Alex Tomchak Scott

Public affairs news:

  • Democracy questions: The Emerald’s Ian Geronimo interviews U.S. House candidates Peter DeFazio and Art Robinson, which is better on video. Money question: Ducks or Beavers? DeFazio: Ducks. Robinson: wild-eyed fidgeting. (Emerald)
  • Handcuffs: There will be a hearing tonight on whether DPS should be able to arrest people. (KEZI)
  • Weather: Global warming. The world haz it. It is a problem. Some people came to talk about it this weekend and a bunch of people went to see that happen.* (Emerald)
  • Discharges: An environmental group has filed suit alleging that a Eugene company illegally dumps unfiltered water in the Willamette. The group says it represents people who “have been, are being, and will be adversely affected by defendant’s unpermitted discharges.” Jokes come cheap on that one. (Register-Guard)
  • Honesty: The Oregonian catches U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader in a lie about the Troubled Asset Relief Program.


  • Emerald columnist Thomas Kyle-Milward presents an important biological query through a political allegory: ants and lions, why do they fight?
  • I think the Emerald’s occasional scribbler Andrew Hitz is saying cigarettes can make you look cool.
  • Editorials: The Emerald thinks the ASUO’s ad-hoc committees are a waste of time. Forest. Trees. Seeing one and not the other.
  • Letters: People writing in to the Oregonian have things to say about UO tuition, namely “let’s have a class war.” The Guard’s inbox contains the usual suspicious praise for politicians, using phrases such as “as a physician” and “viable candidate.”
  • Movies: Occasional Emerald scribbler Chris Lenci found it possible to describe the new Jackass movie with generically positive adjectives.



  • I don’t know if you know this, but Oregon Football is so good it doesn’t even have to play to be proclaimed officially the best thing ever for a whole week. The Register-Guard also writes about this. But the BCS standings are still disagreeing, presumably because they are no fun.
  • Oregon Volleyball made the Hated Beavers look foolish. This was the last Civil War game ever at McArthur Court. Not swelling with pride? CARE MORE ABOUT SPORTS!
  • Oregon Running-a-Very-Long-Way won, and got second, and got third, and won the team tournament, and just made every one of the hated rivals who decided they could out-run-a-very-long-way Oregon look somewhat foolish for trying.
* Fun fact: If your web browser cuts off the Emerald‘s headline the same way it cuts it off for me, it says “Global war…,” which, if you react to global war as I do, makes you very alarmed every time you see it. Not that global warming isn’t also alarming. It is, just not in an “am I going to die tonight, in my bed?” kind of way.

Oregon Bans Bottled Water

October 16th, 2010 by Jordan Blaisdell

Multnomah County will now restrict the county’s purchase of bottled water.

Marijuana could be getting legalized in California next month and we are banning bottled water. What a time we live in.

Check out the full article here

State seeks white supremacists, stupid windmills, Media digest, Oct. 15, 2010

October 15th, 2010 by Alex Tomchak Scott

Public affairs:

  • He-said, he-said: UO President Richard Lariviere and Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner are not getting along so well right now. Willamette Week uncovers a pretty testy e-mail. UO Matters gives Lariviere the thumbs-up for doing so.
  • Financial Aid: The UO’s financial aid office was crushed by an avalanche of financial aid applications this year, the Emerald reports. I must once again praise Emerald reporter Stefan Verbano. His article about the OUS budget was somewhat opaque, but this is the most flawless piece of journalism I’ve seen in the Emerald since Dave Frohnmayer was UO president. Just getting an interview with UO administrators is difficult if you work for the Emerald, never mind scooping the Guard on something like this.
  • Forgotten mail: Someone forgot to mail a package, leaving it in a Chapman Hall classroom. A kerfuffle ensued.
  • Having it both ways: Lariviere’s wife, Janis Lariviere, has given $600 to both Chris Dudley and John Kitzhaber, the Guard’s David Steves writes. Nike co-founder/UO sports benefactor Phil Knight has given Dudley $100,000 though.
  • Rights: In Oregon, “the vacancy sign is out” for white supremacists, the state’s commissioner for labor and industry said at a ceremony marking Oregon’s first Civil Rights day Thursday, meaning either that the state is seeking new white supremacists or that the its social climate encourages white supremacy. Probably the latter.


  • The Emerald’s Mark Costigan concludes a series on a woman the Argentine government disappeared in the 1970s, launching an attack on the U.S.’ Cold War policies his writing has earned. (Here is the first part).
  • Periodic Emerald scribbler Bruce Poinsette opines on the tear-jerking repetitiveness of conferences on black issues.
  • Letters: If you think windmills and solar panels are a good policy idea, you are stupid, one Eugene resident tells Emerald readers.


  • The Emerald’s Andy Drukarev pulls out some interesting stats and anecdotes on brain damage in college football, and questions the very foundations of college athletics, both at the UO and across the nation. UO Matters gives him the thumbs-up too.
  • Oregon Cross-Country will be wearing pink at its next meet.
  • Oregon Volleyball will take on the Hated Beavers this weekend, but the coaches think it might be best if the volleyball players didn’t get too worked up.