February 2020

Students for Sustainable Development: ACTION PRESS RELEASE

On December 4th, University of Oregon students part of the informal group, Students for Sustainable Development, zip-tied protest signs on the fencing surrounding Hayward field, and on the recently put up fences around the construction site of the proposed new Hamilton residence. The signs included the statements “Green Universities Don’t Break their Climate Action Promises,”…

United Academics begins bargaining

United Academics of the University of Oregon (UAUO), the union that represents faculty at the university, kicked off bargaining for a new contract last month. Atop of some of their priorities is more rights for non-tenure faculty and undergraduate student support. This will only be their third contract and first new contract in five years….

All Charges Dropped Against “Salem 21” Pipeline Protestors

Nearly 1,000 people gathered in Salem on November 21 in opposition to the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas Export Facility that would be located in Coos Bay, and the proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline that would carry gas to the terminal from existing pipeline 229 miles from Malin, Oregon to Coos Bay. The proposed pipeline…

Who Are the Three Judges on the 9th Circuit Court Who Dismissed the Juliana v. United States case? And Why?

While climate change is an evident problem, the judges ruled that the plaintiffs, who at the time were between the ages of 8 and 19 when they filed the suit against the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by enacting policies that contributed to the climate crisis, lacked valid…

PIPELINE UPDATE: ACTIVIST VICTORY!

On Jan. 24, the Pembina Pipeline Corporation withdrew its Removal-Fill permit application from the Department of State Lands for the Jordan Cove pipeline project. Earlier that week, the Department had rejected Pembinas fifth extension request to prolong a decision on the permit. Facing a final decision on Jan. 31 for the Removal-Fill permit, Pembina withdrew…

New Year, New Editor Eric Howanietz

With nine months left to save the world, no one wants to be part of a generation that gives Nixon a second term this time around. But as we face the reality of another rigged coin toss, the existential crisis tempts even the best of us to withdraw into apathy. One way or THE OTHER……

Man camps terrorize indigenous women

One of the least talked about effects of oil pipelines relates to Native communities, especially the women living by pipelines and construction of them. The environmental impacts are naturally extremely important, but the focus in this article is on how intersectionality plays out in terms of the consequences of pipelines on the environment and in…

Drop the Mike

UO President Michael Schill has started a blog series called “Open Mike” which ironically appears to have the comments disabled. In this non-open discussion forum, President Schill addresses budgetary issues in the typical manner of someone saying nothing for a long time and expecting not to be interrupted. Before the end of the second paragraph…

Students Reject TFAB Proposal, Demand Tuition Decreases

In the face of yearly tuition increases and decreasing enrollment, the University of Oregon is considering a guaranteed tuition model to boost recruiting. The Tuition and Fees Advisory Board (TFAB) held a forum on Jan 14 to discuss the proposed system, which would lock in tuition and fees at a set rate for each cohort…