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U. Oregon Students Shut Down Speech by University President

U. Oregon Students Shut Down Speech by University President

“Nothing about us without us!”

University of Oregon President Michael Schill was supposed to deliver a speech last week about a $50 million dollar gift to the school. Before he could even take the stage, the event was taken over by student protesters.

The protesters claimed they weren’t part of any single cause but chanted “Nothing about us without us” implying that they demanded to be part of any decisions made by the school.

Therese Bottomly reported at The Oregonian:

Student protesters disrupt University of Oregon’s announcement of $50 million gift

The University of Oregon president’s state of the university speech in Eugene was canceled Friday after a noisy group of protesters took over the stage where he was to announce an anonymous $50 million gift.

President Michael Schill walked out of the auditorium without ever taking the podium. He said later in a video address that, while he supports free speech, he does not support protests that impede other people’s free speech rights.

The loud group of a few dozen students did not have a cohesive message but did express concerns over tuition costs, with the leader referring repeatedly to “CEO Schill.”

Charlie Landeros, who led the march onstage and spoke using a bullhorn, said the group represented UO students who felt their voices weren’t being heard by university administrators.

“Over the summer there has been a huge proliferation of neo-Nazi propaganda plastered all over campus,” Landeros said, adding he feared it could escalate to a violent hate crime. “We’re here to stand against that.”

In the video below, you can see the protest, a few lame comments from the Senior Director of Public Affairs and then the protest organizer Charlie Landeros. He claims that the university belongs to the students because they pay tuition. Also note his use of the word resist:

Nick Roll of Inside Higher Ed has more:

Blocking a President From Talking

“Nothing about us, without us,” video shows the students chanting. Signs read “Take back our campus” and “CEO Schill,” a reference to university President Michael Schill.

The scene was similar to Virginia Tech’s State of the University speech earlier this month, where the president was interrupted by students protesting against the university’s employment of a graduate student accused of being a white supremacist. At the end of September, College of William & Mary students shouted down a speaker from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The students at Oregon did not have a cohesive message, The Oregonian reported, but rather expressed a wide array of grievances, including issues with tuition.

“We are no official, established group here at the University of Oregon, we are simply the students,” Charlie Landeros, a student and organizer of the protest, told reporters Friday. “We’re here because we believe that the university inherently belongs to the students, and over the years, the university has been taken away from us. We say no more.”

What we have here is a group of entitled, self-important brats. They do not own the university and if the administration had any courage or brains, they would have locked the students in, taken their names and expelled every single one of them.

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There is a reason students aren’t consulted on decisions by the University and this pre-adolescent display is a glowing example of why that is the standard.

I just checked out Charlie’s FaceBook page.

Sounds like a bunch of spoiled little brats.

I actually laugh over this because it is liberals turning on liberals.

Maybe I should be egging them on and watch the implosion.

    C. Lashown in reply to MarkSmith. | October 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Would be great to see the college administration give them all the boot in the first half of the first term this year. Ban them from campus entirely – let them explain that to Mommy and Daddy.

      Geologist in reply to C. Lashown. | October 10, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Kicking them out would have been far more significant when I was a kid. Getting kicked out of college would end one’s college deferment — pack your bags for a trip to Vietnam!! Be the first one on your block to have your son come home in a box. (Thanks to Country Joe.)

Wouldn’t it be funny if the gift was rescinded as a result of this moronic outburst?

Dateline, University of Oregon: Anonymous Donor Retracts $50 million gift.

“We’re here because we believe that the university inherently belongs to the students, and over the years, the university has been taken away from us. We say no more.”

Someone needs to disabuse the child of this notion. Public universities belong to the tax-payers, and private universities “belong” to the Trustees, who are accountable to the donors.

I understand that in regard to both the spoiled children and the administration, we’re dealing with unthinking liberalism, but for the person who thinks rationally, this is no problem at all. It’s all there on video. Identify them, and expel them.

Along with expelling them, negate any credits they may have accumulated, and put a freeze on their transcripts. If a request for transcripts is ever made by another school or a prospective employer, send only the documentation relating to their expulsion.

They are still free to make their inane protests, so long as they do not infringe upon the free speech rights of others, or the normal day to day functioning of the University.

Do this, and these things would stop overnight. It would only have to happen once…and then, perhaps again when new students who don’t remember come into the school.

If the administration desires to be merciful, give those who have been expelled an opportunity, after a year or two, to reapply. But in order to return, they would have to sign away rights to any form of protest whatsoever, as well as any due process. They would, in fact, be on perpetual probation, able to be expelled again for any reason the administration deems suitable.

It’s a pipe dream, i know. While liberals are running the universities common sense has no place.

    Tom Servo in reply to aslannn. | October 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

    “Someone needs to disabuse the child of this notion.”

    That’s what police with truncheons are for. Sooner or later these snowflakes are going to run into how things work in the real world.

    As far as the University – this behavior will continue as long as you allow it to continue. It will stop when you want it to stop.

    If you do nothing to make it stop, then it is obvious to all of us that you must want it to continue.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to aslannn. | October 11, 2017 at 6:44 am

    “Ohh, you think you are in change? Well then how come this paper here says that I just expelled you from this Institution? If you were “in charge” I couldn’t do that could I?”

Every college and university should include this in their admission packet:

“This institution exists for the purpose of providing an education to students. Should you be so fortunate as to be admitted to this institution, let it be known that you are being admitted for the purpose of obtaining an education. You are being admitted as a student, and if admitted, you will be admitted as a student. If you prefer to be a political activist, you are advised to apply to some other institution.”

“…then the protest organizer Charlie Landeros. He claims that the university belongs to the students because they pay tuition…”

I didn’t want to turn this into a research project, but per the total cost for an in-state student (including undergrad tuition, housing, books and supplies, and other living expenses) is $25,815. For an out-of-state student it’s $48,495.

These idiots aren’t paying for that. Anyone who has amassed the human capital by the time they turn 18 (say, a plumber’s apprentice who went to work while still in HS) to spend $100-200k over four years doesn’t need this BS. They’re buying a house not some degree in leftist BS.

These Pajama Boys, Girls, WTFs are still on mommy and daddy’s policy and still living on their dime.

But I’m glad these morons are all in on the concept that something belongs to whoever is paying for it.

Congrats, leftists. Your birth control belongs to your employer. College leftist Charlie Landeros et al are disrupting events to deliver you that message.

He said later in a video address that, while he supports free speech, he does not support protests that impede other people’s free speech rights.

Actions speak louder than words. Or, in this case, the lack any action to stop the students blocking his speech tells me he doesn’t really mean what he said.

During my first day in Marine Corps boot camp, I was emphatically informed that I was not a Marine and would not become a Marine unless and until I graduated from boot camp. My education continued thusly daily and without unabatement for the entire 12 weeks that I spent there.

Why do students think they should advise and otherwise run the institution of higher learning they have chosen to attend from day one?

thalesofmiletus | October 10, 2017 at 10:13 am

Still no sympathy for the academy as a whole. They could have nipped this kind of thing in the bud back in the 60’s, but they didn’t. They bought into the cultural revolution garbage which has all but destroyed Western culture, and now we’re supposed to feel sorry for them now that their Frankenstein monster has turned on their creators? Ha! Ha!

The real crybabies are the faculties and administrators of the modern universities.

All I want to know is have my tax dollars been unfunded from these diversiversity marxist indoctrination camps formerly known as ‘universities’?

4th armored div | October 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

does no one realize that this is how the russian revolution began

    TX-rifraph in reply to 4th armored div. | October 10, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Actually, the “protesters” (read: rioters) do know I think. What a lot of these useful idiots don’t apparently know is how the French Revolution turned on many of the useful idiots after their utility was devalued to zero by the leaders of the revolution.

“… was to announce an anonymous $50 million gift.”

It’s easy to see why

Charlie wants a piece of that $50 Million pie. Sorry Charlie, only the best tuna … Well you remember the rest.

Gee… I am going to buy one share of Microsoft so I can stroll up on stage as Bill Gates Is talking….

As I’ve said before, when good conduct is discouraged, bad conduct is encouraged.

This is, of course, the university’s fault. After all, if the protesters had politely requested to take the stage after the university president was done so they could lay out their grounds for protest, there would not have been any problem. The protesters knew that the university would never allow this, so they were forced to storm the stage in order to bring attention to their plight. (whatever it is)

So, if your head is screwed on sideways, you know that the students are innocent as the driven snow and the university is guilty of sexism/homophobia/suppression/Nazi/white empowerment at the cost of the minority members of the student body.

The Left: Forming Idiotic Self-Sarcasm since… well, the 60s at least.

Ever wonder why you don’t hear about something like this happening during Basic Training? Results would be Fort Leavenworth and making little rocks out of big ones.

Lawlessness begets lawlessness. If there are no negative consequences for their actions they will do something much more destructive the next time, and it will encourage students at other universities to act out.

I’ve bought a couple of 6 packs of soda and a large jar of popcorn because this stuff has promise. Between Weinstein, Jemele Hill and the college follies who needs the NFL?

“the university belongs to the students because they pay tuition”

And this motel room belongs to me because I rented it for the night. Therefore I have the right to heave the furniture through the window.

I bought a cheap seat on this flight, therefore I have the right to tell the airline how to run its business.

Universities have three primary functions: teaching, research, and credentialing (awarding degrees). A few (grad) students do some teaching, and some students contribute to research, but, in both cases they do so under the supervision of faculty.

There’s a reason why students typically have had lower status than anyone else on campus: it’s because they don’t yet know enough to be able to contribute much of anything to the university’s primary functions. At least the janitorial staff knows how to keep the buildings habitable; students aren’t qualified to do that either.

Now please excuse me while I go disrupt the grocery store: they no longer stock my favorite brand of canned beans without even consulting me. How dare they- nothing about us, without us! Whose grocery, our grocery! Venceremos, venceremos.

We need to hear “Don’t tase me bro” outcries at schools all over the fruited plains. That would calm down some of the snowflakes that seem to think the world is their sandbox! Enough is enough!

Subotai Bahadur | October 10, 2017 at 7:49 pm

It’s Oregon. The state government will adopt Landeros’ mantra as policy.

Well, Schill doesn’t have the spine to deal with an Honors College dean and Associate Professor of History who publishes such post-modern gibberish as this (from the abstract): “Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.” (from the obviously mis-named journal Progress in Human Geography (

If they’re teaching this kind of stuff at the University of Oregon, they’re going to get a whole bunch of people there who pay tuition or may be there on “scholarship,” whom I’ll decline to call “students,” who are the know-nothings who act like this.

He won’t have the spine to discipline them.

    Alu Toloa in reply to Oregon Mike. | October 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Robert Summers, the brilliant UCC scholar, former U. of Oregon student body president, who grew up on a ranch in Halfway, Oregon, and by far my best professor at the U. of Oregon law school, left Oregon for Cornell law school after a 1968 “Law Day” prank, when some of my classmates arranged for a stripper from the Golden Canary in Eugene to prance before his Commercial Transactions class, mostly clothed, in keeping with the “Law Day” tradition of blowing off steam after a long year toiling in law school vineyards. Would that he, and not law professor Michael Schill, were now President of what once was a proud institution.

Immediate expulsions would start making the point that the inmates don’t run the asylum. Continued coddling proves they do.

Unknown3rdParty | October 14, 2017 at 6:23 pm

“If the administration had any courage or brains” … but what do you expect from liberal leadership at a liberal school?