A 2-acre fire has shut down some parts the McKenzie River Trail, which is a popular hiking trail for its beautiful views and the famous "Blue Pools." (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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McKenzie River Trail near Blue Pool closed due to wildfire

Fire crews are fighting a 2-acre fire along the popular McKenzie River trail about 70 miles from Eugene, according to the National Forest. The fire was reported by a resident there at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, McKenzie River Ranger District spokeswoman Joanie Schmidgall said to the Register-Guard. The cause of the …

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Zero Waste manages the recycling services in every building on campus. They will no longer be operating inside of the Erb Memorial Union.
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Zero Waste’s waste problematic for EMU

Familiar blue barrels toted on dollys  by members of the UO Zero Waste program can be seen throughout the halls of buildings on campus. These barrels will be conspicuously absent from the Erb Memorial Union moving forward, though their recycling campaign is moving ahead full steam. Mixed messages about pre-conceived plans …

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The suspect involved in a bank robbery on July 27. (Eugene Police Department)
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Chase Bank on West 11th robbed Wednesday morning

Police are searching for a man who robbed the Chase bank on West 11th this afternoon at approximately 11:28 a.m. “The subject displayed a threatening note to the employee,” Eugene Police Department Public Information Officer John Hankemeier said. “He was last seen exiting the Fred Meyer entrance.” The suspect is …

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A fire truck was on the scene at Klamath Hall.  (Wes Franco/Daily Emerald)
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Klamath Hall evacuated

Students and faculty were evacuated from Klamath Hall Tuesday afternoon after a reported chemical smell according to campus operations. Campus operations did not identify the smell was, but confirmed that it was not a gas leak. “The non-hazardous odor was identified as a material contractors were using in a water …

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Eugene Police Department is equipping more officers with body cameras. This will bring added costs and challenges, but may increase transparency. (Creative Commons)
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Eugene police body cameras to bring transparency, added costs

By Jordan Ingram The Eugene Police Department will receive $250,000 in city funds to match a federal grant to expand its body camera program as part of the City Council’s June 27 approved budget. But the EPD faces myriad fiscal challenges with a growing video monitoring system, according to department …

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This Week in Eugene

This week in Eugene: Monday, July 25 — Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery at Hi-Fi Music Hall (44 E. 7th Ave.) at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door When Joshua Powell started playing music in Anderson, Indiana, his style was a mix of high school heavy …

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These are reports from actual students, staff and teachers to the Bias and Education Response Team.
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Free speech in safe spaces: UO faculty want to amend the Bias Education and Response Team

In May 1999, a University of Oregon student said to his class that Hispanic people have a poor work ethic. In the arguments that ensued, one student said to an Asian classmate over email that if she didn’t shut up, “you will see what racism truly is.” After the university …

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Eugene festival cancelled after racist Facebook post

The Festival of Eugene has been cancelled, according to a press release sent out by Krysta Albert, the event’s coordinator. The event’s cancellation comes after allegations of a racist post on Albert’s Facebook page. The post, which has since been deleted along with Albert’s profile and the event page for …

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Lane County Public Service Building in downtown Eugene. (Tran Nguyen/Emerald)
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City’s poor preparation exhibits misunderstanding of public mood

When the city manager’s office requested $500,000 in May for projects related to the 2021 World Championships coming to Eugene, eyebrows were raised. The budget committee was prepared to earmark the half-million dollar sum but couldn’t do so because the request came without any specific plans for the money. “There …

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Springfield/Eugene Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Community Alliance of Lane County cohosted a rally for Black Lives event in Downtown Eugene July 21. More than 200 residents of all ages attended the march and rally. (Tran Nguyen/Emerald)
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Peaceful rally for Black Lives drew members of Eugene, Springfield and UO campus in attendance

Eugene and Springfield residents of all ages took the street of Downtown Eugene today during rush hour for a peaceful rally for the Movement for Black Lives. Springfield/Eugene Showing Up for Racial Justice and the Community Alliance of Lane County host the event in order to honor the black lives that …

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Less than 10 percent of sexual assaults on college campuses are ever reported. (Screenshot from video)
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The debate around mandatory reporting is not over

When the Faculty Senate rejected a proposed revision to the university’s responsible employee policy, most of the conversation centered around the issue of required reporting for incidents of sexual assault and harassment. Boiled down, the debate coalesces around who is a reporter and how many are on campus, as well …

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(Stacy Yurishcheva/Emerald)
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“Rally for Black Lives” tomorrow evening

A “peaceful, non-confrontational rally” will take place tomorrow at 5 p.m. in front of the Lane County Correctional Facilities, according to a press release from Community Alliance of Lane County. Springfield Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is co-hosting the event with Community Alliance of Lane County. The rally will …

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The new ID card design that will be implemented this Fall.
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UO ID cards get a new design after a decade

Fun fact: The UO ID card design is now 10 years old. Another fun fact: That will change soon. The UO Card Office is launching a “re-card” project that will allow all current UO ID card holders to get a newly designed UO ID card. Incoming students will also receive …

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CrimeNews

Weekly Crime Wrap-up (07/11-07/18)

13 calls were reported to the University of Oregon Police Department during the week of July 11 to July 18. The most common calls were for bike theft, of which there were five. No arrests were made for these and all but one of the cases have been suspended. Three …

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UO is halfway to its goal of $1 billion in donations. (Matt Schumacher/Emerald)
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UO fundraising effort reaches $1 billion halfway mark

The University of Oregon announced on Tuesday that its latest fundraising campaign, which has the ambitious goal of raising $2 billion dollars – the largest effort in the history of the UO or of any public university in Oregon – has surpassed the $1 billion mark. The goal of this …

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The university's health center. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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UO pays $425,00 to settle lawsuit with two former counseling center employees

Correction: A previous version of this story referred to the counseling center as the health center. The two are different entities. The University of Oregon settled a lawsuit with two former counseling center whistleblowers for the amount of $425,000 in total Sunday. The whistleblowers, two employees at the University Counseling and …

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Outside the Box: For nonbinary students, conforming to gender norms on paperwork is just easier

If you leave the ‘gender’ box blank on federal student loan paperwork, the system will send it back with an error. It’s impossible to get around this, according to Jennifer Bell, University of Oregon associate director for advising. You have to be either a male or a female. There’s only …

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University of Oregon Police cars sit in the parking lot at the station. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Candidate for UO Police Chief visits campus

Matthew Carmichael, a candidate for the next University of Oregon Police Chief, is visiting campus today to give a public presentation and hold a forum for questions. The events will be in the Knight Library Browsing Room, and include a powerpoint presentation from 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. It is …

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Gradual minimum wage increases in the Eugene area starting July 2016 (Jarred Graham/Emerald).
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Minimum wage hikes affect local businesses and students

The Oregonians who earn minimum wage, many of whom are students, will see a bump up in pay to $9.75 an hour this month — increasing from $9.25 on July 1. This is just the first of a series of increases that will continue until 2022. Oregon employers have had to …

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UO student Thumi Do outside Knight Library during a power outage on July 13, 2016. (Will Campbell/Emerald)
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Power outage hits 19 buildings; Knight Library closed for the night

Update (9:30 p.m.): Power is being restored to all campus buildings. Nineteen buildings at the University of Oregon have been without power since around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to UO Alerts. Fixing the issue could take up to four hours, said Kelly McIver, UOPD’s public information officer at approximately 4:00 p.m. …

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Updates for the AAEO website are underway this week. (Screenshot courtesy of Bill Harbaugh)
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Months late, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity website update in progress

After displaying outdated information for months, the University of Oregon’s Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity has finally addressed problems with the accuracy of its website. For the students and faculty at the University of Oregon, answering questions about sensitive topics such as reporting sexual assault and harassment had been …

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UO's Volcanology building. (Creative Commons)
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$10 million Lillis gift will raise UO Volcanology to higher global status

The University of Oregon’s geological sciences department received a booming gift of $10 million for volcano research from Chuck and Gwen Lillis on Tuesday. UO has been at the forefront of volcano research, and this donation will help lift its reputation even higher. The department plans on hiring two new …

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Weekly Crime Wrap-up: Nine cases of theft reported to UOPD

Twenty-three crimes were reported to University of Oregon Police Department from July 2 to July 11. The most common crime was theft, with nine incidents reported within last week. Other notable crimes that happened in the campus area last week were possession of meth and heroin, two incidents of harassment …

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Students with the university's Bias Education and Response Team and others protest Campus Ministry USA and Jed Smock's appearance on campus on May 21, 2015. (Shelby Chapman/Emerald)
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The UO Bias Education Response Team is under examination from the UO Senate

The Bias Education and Response Team is under scrutiny from professors and staff after 15 years of operating at University of Oregon. A task force meant to collect information and enact policy on BERT has been formed by the UO Senate, a democratic body representing faculty, staff and students on …

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Chad Cooper, a Eugene resident, holds a sign saying "make America equal for the first time" at a memorial march on Friday, July 8. (Chris Trotchie/Emerald)
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Black Lives Matter has changed UO, but supporters are tired of watching deaths

If you walk past Hamilton Hall, you’ll see photos of deceased black men and women staked into the lawn during a march on the University of Oregon campus on Friday, July 8. Some of the faces, such as Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, were immediately recognizable. …

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Jessica Brown leads a memorial march for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile on Friday, July 8. (Chris Trotchie/Emerald)
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“All lives cannot matter until black lives matter”: Students, community march in protest

A peaceful crowd of upwards of 400 students and community members gathered at the University of Oregon EMU amphitheater to protest and raise awareness against racism. Kim Mcgrew, youth pastor at Powerhouse Worship Center in Eugene, spoke before the crowd about the recent shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Texas. “We …

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Protesters marched to 13th and Agate Street (Chris Trotchie/Emerald)
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Photos: UO students and faculty march for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

UO’s Black Student Union, Black Women of Achievement, and allies of the Black Lives Matter movement marched from the EMU amphitheater to 13th and Agate Street on Friday, July 8 to protest the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The two African-American men suffered fatal gunshot injuries from police, causing …

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The GTFF went on strike in 2014 after failing to reach an agreement on contracts with the UO Administration. (Daily Emerald)
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UO Administration and GTFF reach contract agreements, this time without strikes

The University of Oregon Administration and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation met on June 30 to negotiate the latest contract agreements for GTFs and the university. Unlike the negotiations two years ago, this year’s did not result in most of the graduate fellows going on strike. There were a few …

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Police arrest man for pulling out gun at Black Lives Matter protest in Portland

At least one man was taken into custody after apparently pointing a gun at the crowd participating at a Black Lives Matter rally in Portland today after the death of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. A Facebook group, Don’t Shoot Portland, held a rally starting at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The crowd …

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Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds' livestream seconds after her boyfriend, Philando Castile, was shot four times by a Minnesota police officer.
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Black student groups to march for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

For live coverage of this event, follow Tran Nguyen on [email protected] A memorial will be held at 1:45 on Friday afternoon at the UO Amphitheater for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It will be hosted by the UO Black Women of Achievement Group. The University of Oregon Black Student Union …

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