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By the Barrel: 25 Years of the Oregon Commentator is the culmination of 25 years of the Oregon Commentator‘s existence on the campus of the University of Oregon. Edited by Timothy Dane Carbaugh and produced by Guy Simmons, the book contains stories of death threats, cries of racism, vandalism, de-fundings and power struggles.

The book is organized with a 60-page overview by the editor followed by nine selected events in Oregon Commentator history. Short narratives written by either the editor or specially commissioned essays written by alumni make up the initial narratives to these chapters, after which the primary documents concerning the events have been given to properly contextualize the insanity.

Finally, there are ten selected essays, including a foreword, written by Commentator alumni that commemorate the publication’s history. The book sells for just $15 shipped to your door or $10 at the University of Oregon’s Campus Bookstore on 13th and Kincaid. Copies can also be bought from the Commentator‘s office directly in room 319 of the EMU.

Chapter List:

  • A Note from University of OregonĀ  President Emeritus David Frohnmayer
  • The Oregon Commentator Mission Statement
  • Introduction
  • Foreword by Owen Brennan
  • A Quarter Century
  • 1989 – The ASUO Tries to De-Fund the Oregon Commentator
  • 1994 – Fritz makes MEChA Angry
  • 1995 – Fritz and Owen Sue the Oregon State Board of Higher Education by Fritz von Carp
  • 1995 – Take the K.Q. Test
  • 1996 – A Feminist Named Keith
  • 1998 – The Commentator Helps De-Fund OSPIRG
  • 1999 – The Oregon Commentator Buys the Oregon Voice by Dan Atkinson
  • 2004 – The Oregon Commentator Needs Sensitivity Training by Olly Ruff
  • 2006 – Are You Planning on Hammering Nails With that, Jesus, or are You Just Happy to See Me? by Tyler Graf

Selected Essays

  • The Commentator: Last Chance to be a Hero by Scott Camp
  • The Need for the Commentator by Richard Burr
  • In Memory of Michael Rust by Richard Burr
  • On the 25th Anniversary of the Oregon Commentator by Dane Claussen
  • If I Could Take Back Everything, I Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Mark Hemingway
  • The Train Kept A Rollin’ All Night Long by Timothy Dreier
  • Sudsy Battles the Overrealized Fund by Edward Niedermeyer
  • The Oregon Commentator’s Flame is as Bright as Ever by Ossie Bladine
  • How I Wound Up at the Oregon Commentator by William Beutler

Ending Chapters

  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgments
  • End Notes

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