Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rollege Cocks!@!

We at the Insurgent have been mourning the loss of and have been looking for a new way to chill. The upcoming graduation ceremonies scare us because we know that soon we are going to have to settle down at our dads' businesses and won't be able to rage 7 nights a week.

Before we move back down to California we're doing our best to get in as beer pong games as possible and trying to bring flip cup back. We would like our legacy to be more than just that random police charge. (If we play our cards right we could be remembered as the kids who returned flip cup's title of, "Official Party Game of the Red Party Cup," thereby returning beer pong's title of "Official High School Party Game of the Red Party Cup.")

While the above post may not have made any sense to anyone I suggest you visit and relish in the fact that you are only young once.

I love my Ducks!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Press Release: May 19th “Ride of Silence” Honors Bicyclists Killed on Roads

Ride of Silence
EMU 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 18

Press Release: May 19th “Ride of Silence” Honors Bicyclists Killed on Roads

The Ride of Silence, an annual bicycle ride held to memorialize cyclists killed or seriously injured on local roadways and to promote traffic safety, will be held on Wednesday, May 19. Riders will gather at the EMU Amphitheater on the University of Oregon campus (13th & University) at 6:45 p.m. After a brief ceremony, the group will leave on bicycle to visit the sites of several bike fatalities in recent years.

The Ride of Silence is a slow-paced, silent ride, similar to a funeral procession. Besides honoring those who have been killed while bicycling, the Ride seeks to give a visible reminder to motorists and bicyclists alike of their responsibility for ensuring safety on our shared roadways.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, eight bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle collisions in Eugene-Springfield from 2004-2008 (the most recent data available). Another 37 collisions resulting in serious injuries to bicyclists were reported to ODOT during the same period. At least two additional bicyclists were killed in rural Lane County from 2004 to 2008..

Wednesday’s ride will depart from the EMU around 7 p.m. on a flat, 10-mile route that will stop by three different locations at which bicyclists have been killed. A brief memorial to the cyclist involved will occur at each site. The ride is open to bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Helmets are required by law for all cyclists under the age of 16, and are strongly encouraged for all. For more information, contact Sue Wolling at 541-345-2110 or

Monday, May 17, 2010

'Why We Rage' Wednesday at 7:30

Wednesday, May 19th, at 7:30pm
In the Student Recreation Center Bonus Room
7:30 PM - Doors open
8:00 PM - Student acts start
9:00 PM - Athens Boys Choir

"Why We Rage" is an event spawned from the the printed publication that shares the same name.

The print version of "Why We Rage" originated with the creative and frustrated energies of students exercising their passions in the face of blind cultural ignorance and oppression. Seeking an outlet for their grievances, student poets, writers, commentators, embarked on expressing their feelings through cultural work as a way to educate others and enact change.

The "Why We Rage" event is a way for students to come together to express their passions for social justice, peace, equity, and sustainability.

Read the full letter from Alex Esparza (ASUO Multicultural Advocate, LGBTQA Co-Director, OSERA Co-Chair) after the jump.

Letter From Alex Esparza:
Hello all!

The week of the event has finally arrived!! This Wednesday, May 19th, at 7:30pm in the SRC Bonus Rm is the Why We Rage event! This is being put on by myself as the ASUO MCA, the MCC, MEChA, the LGBTQA, and the student unions as a whole. Its going to be an amazing event and a really unique opportunity to hear student pieces--spoken word, poetry, music, and artwork--as well as Athens Boys Choir. Please attend and show support! Below is an explanation of Why We Rage and Athens Boys Choir.

Why We Rage originated with the creative and frustrated energies of students exercising their passions for social justice, peace, equity, and sustainability in the face of unknowing, often blind cultural ignorance, willful denial, institutional, and intersectional oppression. Seeking a positive outlet for their legitimate grievances, student poets, writers, commentators, embark on expressing their feelings through cultural work as a healthy way to share their experiences and further educate a broader audience with the goal of encouraging all people to step up and develop plans of action to achieve genuine coalitional solidarity and community.

A page of "Explanation of the Publication" states: "Why We Rage is a space for student voices to be presented in a manner that reflects their opinions and values concerning various social issues. For many students, activism is an integral part of their lives along with their studies. Through their quest for social justice, many students encounter some form of resistance and find it difficult to express their anger. Often times, the anger of people of color is considered unproductive" or is devalued. In reality, this anger is an indicator of unjust social conditions that are harmful to everyone. This concerns issues such as racism (institutional, systemic, interpersonal, and otherwise), discrimination on various levels, and misunderstanding of gender, class, and sexuality."

Katz, aka Athens Boys Choir, is a spoken word artist from Athens, Georgia. He is a trans activist, often speaking to issues of marginalization of the trans and Queer communities. He was one of the lead performers of Out/Loud last year, and was widely received.

So please, save the date!!

In solidarity,