CHEERS & JEERS: Madam Governor, They’re Your OSU Trustees

CHEERS  to Jenna Riccolo for refreshing candor. Riccolo spoke to university trustees on behalf of OSU’s staff union – SEIU 503 – flatly declaring, “At LSU, athletics’ profits were prioritized over the experiences and trauma of those who came forward to bring [to] light sexual and interpersonal violence.”   Obviously, she was referring to Oregon State University President F. King Alexander covering up sexual assault allegations for his last employer, Louisiana State University. 

JEERS to longstanding and wanton institutional neglect of sexual assault survivors at Oregon State University we at The Advocate first reported as much back in 2017, here, here, and here. This week’s fecklessness from the trustees, simply putting Alexander on probation, didn’t surprise us one bit. 

WITH BATED BREATH we wait to see if Governor Brown will intervene, as the aforementioned university trustees are her appointees. CHEERS to Corvallis’ state senator Sara Gelser calling for Alexander to be sacked. JEERS to Alexander for his post probation statement by video the words didn’t sound like his as he spoke them, and in any event, it was too little and too late. 

CHEERS to Jeff Blaine for being the dude selected by the City of Corvallis to prevent things like deadly crosswalks, or in govern-y parlance, the Director of Public Works. Blaine’s CV looks cool, and he takes over July 2. 

JEERS because we know what you click on, and even though we love you, we know you don’t click on enough wildfire stories and you REALLY NEED to know about wildfires because they are your future. CHEERS to OSU Extension for their Wildfire Wednesdays webinar series, which is free. We‘re also really liking the excuse to nag you about this again…  

BATED BREATH as we all await the outcome between Bodhi Cafe and their landlords we hope cooler heads prevail in this sad, and all too familiar, story. Will Bodhi Cafe continue Only time will tell. 

CHEERS to the city council for dispatching $369,000 in federal CARES Act money at their March 15 meeting. It primarily went to non-profits serving area homeless, with about $58,000 going to agencies serving area children. JEERS as our nation cheaps out on economic justice and prevention, and decides that homelessness is, generally, a local problem. But at least they sent us a few pandemic shekels so we guess we’re supposed to cheer, which we’ve just done... Yep, cheer, cheer, yaythanks.  

PLOT TWIST, Mayor Biff Traber reports the managed homeless camp envisioned to neighbor the men’s shelter and BMX track is permanently scuttled it couldn’t manage to find an insurer. 

WE WAIT WITH BATED BREATH as Oregon’s Department of Education asked the feds to pretty please skip standardized tests for a year. Washington DC hasn’t said no to the waiver yet, so we’ll see. 

CHEERS for the Oregon Senate passing a resolution declaring healthcare a human right the matter now moves to the House, and if it’s successful there, it’ll be coming to a ballot near you during the next general election. The amendment theoretically obligates the state to ensure cost effective healthcare for all Oregonians, but doesn‘t spell out how the state would do that. Republican lawmakers argue against, saying things like big taxes, no specifics from Democrats, and lazy policymaking. Democrats are all, like, healthcare for everyone because it’s the human thing to do.  

WE WAIT WITH BATED BREATH as multiple forest pesticides were found in Oregon’s coastal waters. What appears to be happening is that single herbicide applications for various timber harvest areas leech on down to the coast and intermingle, which creates a brew that may be impacting wildlife reproduction. Sooo, Oregon Department of Forestry Public Affairs Specialist Nick Hennemann said in an email that the study by Portland State University Researchers indicates a need for more research, and possibly new regulations 

SHRUG as state senate Republicans failed to show for a hearing on… you guessed it… consequencing lawmakers that don’t show up for work. Predictable, yes? It was like a last blow for a week that became increasingly hard to sit through.