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UO pays sex, relationship columnist Savage $24,000

UO pays sex, relationship columnist Savage $24,000
In this photo taken on May 22, 2013, author Dan Savage is in his home in Seattle. Savage's latest book, "American Savage," was released on Tuesday, May 28. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The University of Oregon paid sex and relationship advice columnist Dan Savage $24,000 to speak at an event last month.
   
The university released Savage's contract to the Eugene Register-Guard following a public records request. Savage helped launch a new UO smartphone app called SexPositive to help educate students about health and sexuality.
   
The Seattle-based writer was responsible for all his own travel, lodging and meal expenses.
   
Keith Van Norman, marketing manager for the University Health Center, says the Savage event filled a 300-seat ballroom and drew 150 additional students to an overflow room.  Savage also met with students, filmed an episode of a UO video series, was interviewed by the media and had dinner with health program interns.
   
He says the SexPositive app was downloaded 4,349 times through Oct. 30.

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