AUCR Executive Board Statement Regarding Brewer Event Protest

ANA SANTOS / THE EAGLE

The AUCR eboard, of which I am a part, has published an op-ed in The Eagle.  I encourage you to read it.  An excerpt is presented below.

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Adjuncts of the World, Unite!

So, remember when I told you about the adjuncts wanting to unionize? Yeah, well they just made it official:

AU adjuncts voted to unionize today, according to a University-wide memo sent by Provost Scott Bass.

Of the 664 votes cast, 379 adjuncts voted in favor of joining Service Employees International Union Local 500 and 284 voted against.

A total of 1,672 adjuncts were eligible to vote in this election.

Bass said the University will not challenge the election and instead move on to bargaining with the union.

“We look forward to beginning the collective bargaining process and engaging in a constructive dialogue with the union regarding issues related to adjunct faculty employment,” he said.

A date to begin the collective bargaining has not yet been set.

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The Adjunct Faculty Vote on Unionization Should Alarm You. Stand up and be Heard!

I can’t imagine what it’s like working part-time at the sweatshop that is American University.  It must be pretty terrible, though, because the adjunct faculty are holding a vote over unionizing.

According to The Eagle, “the election will be held from Jan. 19 until Feb. 16,” and to facilitate the vote “the NLRB [National Labor Relations Board] mailed 1,700 secret ballots to all adjunct faculty members who are eligible to vote.”

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Budget Drama, Act III

          Two Wisconsinites collecting signatures.  Photo taken by the author.

There was a man standing next to the busy farm-supply store with a sign reading “Recall Scott Walker! Now!” He was holding a clipboard for people to sign their names to the petition to recall Wisconsin’s conservative Governor—but nobody stopped for him.

Wisconsin is a famous swing state. It’s been said that no Democratic president has been elected without Wisconsin’s support since the 1960’s, but in the 2010 Republican sweep, Gov. Scott Walker was brought into office to “open Wisconsin for business.” His inauguration was nothing short of a huge, conservative party—his speech was punctuated with cheers and the previous, Democratic governor was pushed out of office to a round of coughing from the audience.

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Reflections on the Republican Nomination Process

Image courtesy of branchtoon.com

Let’s just admit it.  We have a pretty stupid process of choosing the Republican nominee.  The Democrats’ process is even more fouled up and overcomplicated, but at least they don’t have to go through with it this time around.  We Republicans, on the other hand, are stuck with a terrible process for choosing the best person to face off against President Obama.

First off, I’d like to know why Iowa and New Hampshire deserve to be first.  Do they have higher IQs?  Are they better judges of character?  Did God grant them the first Caucuses and Primaries just as he gave the Israelites their homeland?  I don’t think so.  These two small states are not representative of the country and do not deserve to be first in line just because they have laid claim to it.

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Why I Support Israel

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. (Isaiah 62:1)

A few weeks ago my roommate just noticed that I have a US and Israeli flag hanging side by side in my room one day asked me, “You’re not Jewish why do you support Israel?”

As the campus representative for Christians United for Israel this year I have had the opportunity to participate on the American University’s Students for Israel executive board, attend many events in the DC area along with conferences in California earlier this month and Texas in January. At these events usually being one of the only Christians in attendance I am often asked how I ended up becoming so involved in pro-Israel advocacy.

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Are AU Democrats a Joke?

I know, little puppy dog. Democrats make me sad too.

Listening to some of the Dems here at AU, I’m reminded of an old political joke. It’s funnier when you think about it in the context of students at AU:

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