4/8/2014 update: No, I’m not making this up, and yes, my first reaction was to wonder why the UO Senate didn’t think of this years ago.
Reporter Ian Campbell has the story in the Emerald, which also has a helpful timeline for background on this developing crisis. Meanwhile, still no word on which administrator ordered UO’s newly armed police department to arrest and jail one of ASUO’s student president candidates.
4/6/2014 update: UO student president candidate arrested by UO Police for recording a conversation in his dorm room
Long story, all I know about this is what I read in the Emerald. On Friday, UO VP Robin Holmes overruled student government and put one presidential candidate back on the ballot, after the student court had kicked him off for intimidating another candidate. On Sunday, the UO Police arrested the intimidee, for secretly recording a conversation with the alleged intimidator. The Emerald has the story here. Oregon law normally makes it illegal to record a conversation without telling all parties you are doing it:
(1) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 133.724 or subsections (2) to (7) of this section, no person shall:
… (c) Obtain or attempt to obtain the whole or any part of a conversation by means of any device, contrivance, machine or apparatus, whether electrical, mechanical, manual or otherwise, if all participants in the conversation are not specifically informed that their conversation is being obtained.
I’m no lawyer, but note that “Except as”. The relevant ORS (as posted on former Journalism Dean Tim Gleason’s website) includes an exception that allows people to record a conversation “in their homes” without informing others:
(3) The prohibitions in subsection (1)(a), (b) or (c) of this section shall not apply to subscribers or members of their family who perform the acts prohibited in subsection (1) of this section in their homes.
(What’s a conversation? (1) “Conversation” means the transmission between two or more persons of an oral communication which is not a telecommunication or a radio communication. A separate rule applies to phone calls – these can be recorded by one party without the other party’s knowledge, whether at home or not.) Full disclosure: I’m no lawyer.
4/5/2014: VP for student affairs Robin Holmes manipulates another student election
Hypocrisy is the word. Back in 2012 Holmes made it into the Chronicle of Higher Ed, over her willingness to spend UO student money to manipulate the UO students into voting for a fee increase to pay for EMU renovation:
Now she’s decided that the UO students aren’t competent to manage the process for electing their next ASUO President: