UO E-Clips: Media mentions through February 26, 2014

UO E-Clips is a daily report prepared by the Office of Communications (http://uonews.uoregon.edu/) summarizing current news coverage of the University of Oregon.

University of Oregon Food Drive

KEZI: The University of Oregon is tackling hunger in Lane County this month. The campus wide campaign is part of the annual Governor’s State Employees Food Drive. School leaders say last year they helped bring in nearly 160,000 pounds of food to Food for Lane County. The goal this year is 175,000 pounds.

Controversial author Lierre Keith to speak at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Daily Emerald: On Thursday night, radical feminist activist, author and controversial figure Lierre Keith will be speaking at the PIELC, a four-day environmental law conference put on by University of Oregon law students. Keith’s controversy stems from her views on trans people... “I think ‘transphobic’ is a ridiculous word. I have no strange fear of people who claim to be ‘trans.’ I deeply disagree with them, as do most radical feminists,” Keith said ... Those comments, as well as some others, have driven the UO LGBTQ community to petition the ASUO Senate to pass a resolution declaring their respect for the concerns of students regarding Keith’s presence ... The resolution ... calls for an alternative panel in which students offended by Keith who still want to or are obligated to attend the conference, can attend.

Oregon Bills Would Curtail Public Records Access

OPB: The Oregon Legislature is looking at two bills that would curtail access to public records. Both measures have advanced through the legislative process without opposition at any stage. Lawmakers say they’re protecting people’s privacy, but government transparency advocates worry about adding even more exemptions to Oregon’s public records law ... Access to information is critical for the public to know what public officials are up to, what decisions are being made and whether government is operating efficiently, said Tim Gleason, former dean of the University of Oregon journalism school ... “In isolation, each one of these seems like a good idea,” Gleason said. “It’s only when you look at the cumulative effect that you begin to see the serious problem.”

Delta Tau Delta receives Hugh Shields Award fifth year in a row

Daily Emerald: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity’s hard work has paid off for the fifth year in a row. The men of the Gamma Rho chapter of Delta Tau Delta at the University of Oregon have been awarded the Hugh Shields Award by the Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity ... The Hugh Shields Award was established in 1965 and recognizes the top 10 chapters nationally who have exceeded in many aspects over the past year ... “It truly serves as a motivating force to keep doing what we’ve done in the past: stay involved, be leaders on campus, and continue to represent the Greek Community the best way possible.”