Introduction

The first attempt to organize the student body was in 1896-97 to raise money for the in debt football team. The students were only partially successful because the Board of Regents would not allow an incidental fee for athletics.

1900s

In 1900 the first student body organization was unanimously voted into being with subsequent Faculty approval. The organization was called the Student Assembly. Charles H. Horner was elected the first president.

A new constitution was adopted in 1906 and student fees were not mandatory until 1909.

1910s

The student body supervised The Barometer, Oratory and Debate clubs, Athletics and the Student Council. The student Council’s duty was to formulate and enforce regulations and discipline as directed by the student body.

In 1911 “the faculty turned over the powers of government to students,” (1913 Orange).

1920s

The Board of Control has: control and apportionment of the finances of the student body, and control over approving schedules and budgets for student activities. The board is comprised of 3 faculty, 1 alumnus, and 5 students.

The “Associated Students” term is begun to be used. Every student is a member of ASOSC and meeting were held every other week. ASOSC was an organization of the entire student body working under a constitution and by-laws approved by the faculty and having general authority over all student enterprises (1927 Beaver).

1930s

The Educational Activities Board is organized in 1936. The board has control over athletic and student activities budgets.

1940s

Athletics was separated from the ASOSC and the Educational Activities Board increased student membership from 2 to 8.

In 1941 an Executive Order to evacuate all Japanese American students was received at Oregon State College. But ASOSC and the OSC presidents questioned the validity of the order and were met with this reply by the commandant:  “Gentleman, the U.S. is at war with Japan. This is an Executive Order and it will be carried out. Good day.” 

Marguerite Johnson took over office of the ASOSC President in 1944 when the president graduated mid-year. Johnson had been elected as the 1st Vice President and was the first ASOSC woman President.

The operating philosophy of the ASOSC was to integrate the relationships of military and civilian students within the college atmosphere. Oregon State Victory Day was held in Portland where $1,002,000 was raised in war bonds.

The ASOSC Constitution was revised in 1948 to establish a senate that included 28 members with the indication that student policy would originate from the senate instead of appointed boards and committees.

1950s

The ASOSC brought the Model U.N. to campus to host hundreds of west coast students.

In 1959 the ASOSC Senate passed two major resolutions. The first recommended a name change from Oregon State College to Oregon State University. The resolution was given to the OSC President, the Faculty Senate and eventually Oregon State Legislature. The second resolution was for the acquisition of the Carolonic Bell system which provided music for the campus for 40 years.

1960s

The ASOSC lobby the Legislature to change the institution's name to Oregon State University. on March 6th 1961 Governor Mark Hatfield signed legislation changing Oregon State College’s name to Oregon State University.

In 1963 ASOSU worked with ASUO President Neal Goldschmidt to persuade Governor Hatfield to put a student on the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.

The ASOSU campaigned to eliminate the closing hours of the women’s buildings, which the university implemented a few years later. 

The ASOSU discovered classic rubberstamping among the bookstore cooperative with 25 students voting themselves onto the board at the annual meeting. Following the discovery a student discount was given immediately, a broader range of merchandise became available and student workers received a pay increase. 

The ASOSU lobbied the Legislature to pass a State Bond Measure, which saved each OSU student $100 per year by eliminating a tuition increase.

In 1965 an ASOSU advisory board was established, composed of all thr living group presidents. Later the ASOSU helped set living standards for University Housing. 

The ASOSU Experimental College was established in 1967-68.

OSU President James Jensen hosted the ASOSU, MU, and Panhellenic presidents and the Dean of Students at his house for dinner on a monthly basis.

Toward the end of the decade the ASOSU adopted the first Student Bill of Rights after a year long review process. There was an ongoing dialogue between student leaders and the OSU administration regarding the proper role of the ASOSU. The result of this was that the OSU administration had less control over the ASOSU and student organizations and activities became more independent.

At this time student protests were becoming the rule and not the exception. ASOSU encouraged students to participate in local government and lobbied the Oregon Legislature on students’ behalf.

1970s

A student advisor was added to the Faculty Senate and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. There was also student representation on the Corvallis City Council.

The ASOSU Senate was reorganized to institute proportional representation based on the number of student in each college.

With the establishment of the Memorial Union Program Council the ASOSU was involved with the Student Activities Committee, the Athletic Board, the Student Insurance provider, the Memorial Union Board, the Alumni Board, the Bookstore Board and Faculty Senate.

Dixon Recreation Center was approved and built with student fees and was to be managed by students.

The Faculty Senate attempted to discontinue handing out diplomas at commencement. This fight continued throughout the 1970s. With the help of the Oregon State Alumni Association the ASOSU fought and won this battle.

OSU Presidents Roy Young and Robert MacVicar continued inviting student leaders to their house on a monthly basis.

The ASOSU continued working to get student representation on the Oregon State Board of Higher Education so that the Board would acknowledge that its decisions affect students.

OSU was the first college to make voluntary student donations to the Public Interest Research Group movement.

The ASOSU secured space for the Black Student Union and authorized the creation of the Hispanic Student Union and the Native American Student Union. Each union had representation in the ASOSU Senate. 

The ASOSU Office of Legal Advising was established in 1974 to provide relatively legal services to students, through student fees. Also established was the  ASOSU Office of Public Relations to increase awareness of ASOSU’s actions and services.

The ASOSU Senate allocated funding for an ASOSU Day Care that operated out of Good Samaritian Episcopal Church.

The Student Fees Committee guidelines were revised and took effect in 1974-75. Membership changed to include that ASOSU Senate in the review procedure. 

The 1974-75 Legislative Session passed the Student Collective Bargaining Act, which established the Oregon Student Lobby. OSU and the University of Oregon signed on to the act and used the Oregon Student Lobby to involve the smaller universities in the legislative process. They focused on common problems between the eight universities. The ASOSU worked with the Oregon Student Lobby to create a close working relationship among the schools.

The ASOSU traveled around the country to develop the United States Student Association into an active organization.

The  ASOSU succeeded in renovating Snell Hall with student building fees. Snell Hall had been a student dormitory but became the home of student activities, student media, student involvement, and ASOSU.

The Oregon Student Lobby convinced the Oregon Legislature that students should be involved in faculty evaluations. Once implemented at OSU there was a student on every departmental evaluation committee.

A 1977 initiative was raised to fund a gay student association. Once the  ASOSU Senate approved $1,000 in funding there was a movement calling for a veto, but the  ASOSU President refused.

A 7% budget increase was proposed for all student fee programs. The men’s Athletic department requested a 14% increase that was vetoed by the ASOSU President.

The  ASOSU convinced the Oregon State Board of Higher Education to allow OSU to accept a land donation from the Giustina family, which became Trysting Tree Golf Course.

Additional lighting was installed on campus pathways heavily walked by students, particularly female students.

The Athletic Department attempted to reduce the number of student seats in Gill Coliseum for basketball games, but was rejected with a threat to lower the Athletic Department’s student fee revenue.

The Oregon Student Lobby requested a boycott of all companies that did business in South Africa because of apartheid. The boycott was well received on all of the campuses, including OSU.

1980s

ASOSU made significant efforts with legislators, the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and the community to evaluate the tuition and fee structure, to consider user fees and to earmark programs for increased or decreased funding.

Several capital construction improvements were authorized, including the renovation of the Memorial Union to provide more commercial services and the expansion of Dixon Recreation Center. The Dixon Aquatic Center was planned to be removed from the budget, but was kept due to student interest.

The OSU administration and faculty pressured the ASOSU to limit the independence of the Student Incidental Fees Committee, but the independence was preserved. 

The ASOSU structure followed the OSU administration in building pyramids away from student hands-on governance. They had no training in group dynamics, strategizing or planning for specific issues. Agendas changed year to year with different administrations, so there was little consistency that would have facilitated such training and increased direct governance. 

The first Student Advocate has hired in 1987, Lynn Pinckney, who focused on supporting ASOSU programs and initiatives. The Minority, Women and Gay and Lesbian Student Affairs Task Force was also established in 1987.

OSU President John Byrne met with ASOSU monthly to discuss student issues.

In 1988, the Ride Share program and the Office of Legal Advocacy were both established. Ride Share was the Saferide predecessor and was a part of a Rape Prevention Program to give free transportation to female students around campus and student housing.

The ASOSU renewed its fight to maintain the tradition of handing out diplomas at commencement.

1990s

The Women’s Affairs Task Force was created in 1990.

The ASOSU and the USSA organized the first ever all student hearings in front of Congress.

The ASOSU implemented a textbook exchange for students.

After a 10-year-old OSU lawsuit against ASOSU regarding the student health insurance plan money the court sided with ASOSU. OSU was required to pay all of the ASOSU’s legal fees and was chastised for threatening students with criminal charges.

A student referendum called Our Little Village was passed to authorize student fees to fund a childcare facility for students. 

An Oregon Senate bill that would have taken away student autonomy in student fees was debated. The ASOSU lobbied and beat the bill.

2000s

Recruitment drives were institutionalized and the ASOSU Internship program began. The childcare and healthcare subsidies were increased. The ASOSU implemented a new online book exchange. The ASOSU began working with the Corvallis City Council to develop a rental housing code.

Spraggins established a partnership with University Housing and Dining Services to build a childcare center within the proposed family housing units. She also helped form the Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Coalition in response to racial hate incidents on campus.

BlueLights were purchased and installed on campus, which are directly linked to campus security and give students immediate access to assistance. 

Funding for the Oregon Student Association was increased by 5% through lobbying at each Oregon University System campus A student fee referendum was passed to support the United States Student Association programs and staff lobbying for students in Washington, D.C..

2001-2002

The ASOSU President assumed a seat in the OSU President’s Cabinet, opening the door to student input on critical decisions being made by the group. 

ASOSU Women’s Affairs Task Force lead efforts to open SafeRide service to men.

Roach worked with the City of Corvallis on racial profiling and rental housing standards. The ASOSU began working on rental housing standards in 1987.

The Queer Resource Center was established after a great deal of heated campus debate. The Student Incidental Fees Committee passes the proposal unanimously 

The Office of Legal Advocacy was established in October 2000 with full-time Legal Advocate for Students Patricia Lacy. The office was established as a resource for student’s legal needs against the university.

The administration defeated the proposed energy fee by taking a stand against it when the Oregon Student Association and member schools were hesitant to do so. Oregon legislators were helpful in pushing for its defeat. The campaign received national attention where it was mentioned in USA Today.

The administration persuaded the university administration to create a contingency fund to assist low income students in accessing higher education.

The ASOSU sponsored Gubernatorial Week that brought all the candidates for governor to campus prior to the November 2002 election.

The university implemented a new policy and appeals process for disabled students with the assistance of the ASOSU Legal Advocate and a student who was denied access to chemistry classes because of his disability.

2002 - 2003

The OSU Bookstore increased the student discount from 7% to 8%. The Corvallis Rental Housing Code passed in the summer of 200.

The ASOSU staff secured numerous leadership positions in other organizations, including the chair of the Statewide Student Association Alliance, the vice chair of the Oregon Student Association, the vice chair of the Oregon Statewide Student Equal Rights Alliance and 5 caucus chairs of the United States Student Association.

The administration struggled in its relationship with the United States Student Association because of staff mistreatment and an interrogation preceding that took place at the USSA Congress. This became the breaking point for the relationship between the two organizations. The administration ran and passed a campus-wide referendum that broke ties with USSA and ended a $100,000/ year obligation to the organization.

The ASOSU secured a $300,000 contingency fund that helped over 1,000 students stay in school

Following the failure of Measure 28 and the resulting tuition increases. The administration also secured an additional $2.2 million in financial aid for the following school year from the OSU administration.

Working with the Faculty Senate and OSU administration the ASOSU stopped a proposal to increase OSU’s enrollment grade point average requirement from 3.0 to 3.25. The administration believed the change would adversely affect underrepresented and low income students. 

In coalition with the Oregon Student Association, the ASOSU secured a shared governance policy with the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. The policy institutionalized student participation

on all university committees that affect students.

The ASOSU also secured a commitment of funding garnered from “sidewalk bumps” to pay for physical access upgrades on campus. The bumps were invented at OSU for visually impaired students. Facility Services promised to use all revenue generated from the sale of the bumps to upgrade campus.

2004-2005

ASOSU students lead a contentious campus-wide effort to fund Queer Resource Center (Pride Center)

ASOSU agrees to fund $2.5M towards “Raising Reser” construction project. Students guaranteed 6082 seats in new section

Student Parent Advocate program created, a precursor to FRC.

Students established Shared Governance Agreement with OSU President Ed Ray.

2005-2006

ASOSU is awarded $500k toward the creation of the Human Services Resource Center Project from excess “Raising Reser” funds.

ASOSU leads the initiative to build what would become SEC, ten year project.

2006-2007

ASOSU offers free lunch “Escape Hunger” to students Tue-Thur each week.

MealBux program created after Escape Hunger begins to lose volunteer base.

2008-2009

HSRC officially opens as a service of the ASOSU in Snell storage closets

ASOSU approves new constitution through campus-wide vote, takes affect following year.

First House of Representatives and Speaker of the House take office on June 1st, 2009.

2010s

ASOSU with OSA lobby legislature to establish independent boards, with students having a seat, and control of student fees.

ASOSU leads an effort to establish the Veteran’s Lounge in MU.

ASOSU lobbies Library to run 24/5 operating hours.

ASOSU renews Shared Governance Agreement and creates new Student Bill of Rights.

ASOSU votes to cut membership with OSA.

2020s

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