University Political Ideology

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Title: University Political Ideology
Author: Hoffman, Carson; Barth, Laura; Bellis, Tyler
Abstract: Throughout the history of the University of Oregon, issues have come and gone that, at the time, seemed to play a vital role in the very nature of the institution, such as budget cuts, protests, and student power. But there was one issue that captivated public attention in 1970, and continues to do so today: how does the University respond to political issues? Should the University, as an institution of open dialogue and debate, ever take sides on an issue that is holy contested? Has it in the past? And should it in the future? In my research I have found this to be a thoroughly unexplored subject even though it has popped up so frequently in the history of our institution. As our country moves into the 21st century, and begins to encounter new perils and issues that may well threaten the very core of our ideological convictions, these questions will only become more and more pronounced, especially as we move into a period of unprecedented international involvement. As we present our system of government as the one shining beacon of truth, democracy, and national righteousness, the world’s eye will be focused on our domestic policies as well as foreign, and the example put forward by our universities may well be an important indicator on the direction our country will take. Thus, these issues hold resonance far beyond our tiny community of Eugene, Oregon, and will reverberate throughout our nation, and indeed, the world as a whole. Consequently, we must take a prudent course of action, or risk not only our national integrity, but corrupting the entire world through the significant influence our nation exerts throughout the world. In 1970, we were faced with the same issue, and the administration of President Robert D. Clark, effectively, for the most part, maneuvered our University through a time that was absolutely critical to the integrity of an institution dedicated to open debate, justice, and the rule of law. So what were these critical issues?
Description: 19 p.
Date: 2003-12-08

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