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Knight Campus architecture team announced

The University of Oregon selected two architecture firms to begin designs on the $1 billion Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. The announcement was made on the university’s blog Wednesday morning. Bora Architecture, based in Portland, Oregon, will work on the project with the New York based …

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New UO ID cards required starting in May

Starting this term, University of Oregon ID Card Services will be giving out new, pre-printed ID cards to all students, faculty and staff. The old ID cards will not work anywhere after May 1. From January 10 to March 24, students can pick up new ID cards for free if …

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Fall term wrap up: Lead, Knight Campus, Taylor’s, blackface and protests

  Noah McGraw and Franziska Monahan go over the major headlines of the term. This episode was produced by Franziska Monahan. Our music was written by Evan DuPell.

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ASUO bingo night informs students that they can have a say on tuition setting

Student government members, through a bingo game, let students know that there are ways for students to get involved in setting tuition at the University of Oregon. ASUO students hosted the “Tuition Lingo Bingo” event on Nov. 29 in Straub Hall. The 25 students who attended the event were each …

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At campus rally, black student groups call for safe and inclusive campus

Black student groups called for University of Oregon administration to meet 12 demands to increase inclusivity for African-American students during a rally at the EMU Amphitheater at 2 p.m. Friday. The Black Women of Achievement, Black Student Union, Black Law Students Association, Black Student Task Force and Black Male Alliance …

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UO law professor who wore blackface releases an apology statement

University of Oregon law professor Nancy Shurtz, who wore a costume that included blackface at a private Halloween party, released an apology on Friday through Pat Walsh, the media relations professional hired by Shurtz’s attorney. The statement reads: “During a Halloween party I hosted at my house, I wore a …

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UO law faculty members call for resignation of professor over blackface halloween costume

The University of Oregon law professor who wore blackface during an off-campus Halloween party is Nancy Shurtz, KEZI reports. Shurtz has been placed on administrative leave by Michael Moffitt, the dean of the UO School of Law. According to KEZI, Shurtz sent the following letter to her law students: “I chose my …

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Here’s how Measure 95 would affect UO

If passed, Oregon Ballot Measure 95 would allow public universities to invest state funds in equities. The proposed measure comes in response to Oregon Senate Bill 270, which passed in 2013. Bill 270 granted public universities the authority to manage much of their own finances, but a provision in the …

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Measure 95 could let UO invest in stock market and unlock a new revenue stream

The Nov. 8 election presents Oregon residents with a ballot measure that would allow public universities to invest in the stock market. The University of Oregon asked state legislators to amend Article XI of the Oregon Constitution, which prohibits state organizations from investing in stocks, to make an exception for Oregon’s …

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UO Senate Wrap Up Oct. 19

The University of Oregon Faculty Senate met on Wednesday night in the Crater Lake room at the EMU. Here’s what they discussed: The interim Director of the Knight Campus, Patrick Phillips, addressed the senate with certain details about the new campus and the 10 year program that goes with it. …

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Reza Aslan talks about identity and America’s future under “Trumpism”

An audience came to see author Reza Aslan speak about religion, identity and America’s future, filling the 500-seat University of Oregon Straub Hall Auditorium on Tuesday evening. The event was the first of a series from the Oregon Humanities Center, which brings in guest speakers to discuss current issues. Aslan …

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UO President Michael Schill officially announces Knight Campus

University of Oregon President Michael Schill addressed a full house Tuesday morning in the Giustina Ballroom. Faculty Senate members, the Board of Trustees and state legislators, including Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, were on hand for the official announcement of a $500 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight. “The initiative …

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UO receives $500 million donation from Knight family for three-building research campus

University of Oregon alumnus and Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny Knight are donating a $500 million “lead gift” to create a three-building, 70,000 square foot campus: the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. According to a UO release, the donation is the “largest ever for a …

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UO BOT member and state representative call for “Yes on Measure 97” during panel

Oregon House of Representatives member Phil Barnhart and Board of Trustees member Kurt Wilcox spoke, alongside “Vote Yes on 97” organizers, in an attempt to persuade students and faculty to vote “yes” on Measure 97 Monday evening.  Measure 97 will set a 2.5 percent tax on corporations earning more than …

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UO hires new dean of business school

Sarah Nutter will be the new dean of the University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business. Nutter is the current dean of the business school at George Mason University. She will take up her role at the UO business school on Jan. 17. “The UO is gaining a talented dean …

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UO President Schill considering a recommendation on hiring and retaining black faculty

A University of Oregon panel sent a recommendation to UO President Michael Schill on ways to hire and retain more black faculty. The working group of three administrators, a faculty member and a graduate student is recommending Schill and Provost Scott Coltrane develop a predoctoral fellowship program that would inform students working for a doctorate about …

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Free gifts for freshmen: UO gives first-year students a place to belong to

Before the University of Oregon freshmen started school, they were given free gifts. The university gave the class of 2020 pep rally t-shirts and lanyards, as well as two books: a novel and a guide to excelling in class. Over the summer, the UO Division of Undergraduate Studies sent every …

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EMU to offer new study spots as Knight Library reduces operation hours

The Knight library will no longer operate on a 24-hour schedule five times a week, according Lesli Larson, Director of Library Communication and Marketing. The library is now open to students from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Despite the cut in operation hours, the library is increasing service hours — …

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From medical condition to social justice movement

  When Sophia Vicencio first moved to University of Oregon from Iowa, the last thing she expected was that her day-to-day activities would become more difficult. For many other students, traveling up and down hills isn’t much of a consideration. But for Vicencio, that’s a different story.    “I use …

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Proposal for a UO black cultural center in limbo

University of Oregon administration is considering whether to open a black cultural center on campus, as plans to meet the Black Student Task Force’s demands continue to come to fruition. When the BSTF sent the administration a list of demands to increase campus inclusion for black students, it called for …

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Administration aims to boost UO’s low four-year graduation rate

The four-year graduation rate at the University of Oregon falls significantly below the national average. Only 50 percent of UO undergraduates complete a degree within four years, according to data collected by the Office of the Registrar, putting the university’s rate roughly 10 percentage points under the national average calculated …

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UO’s historic graduate student union a model for private universities

On Aug. 23, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students who work as teaching or research assistants at private universities must be treated as employees. This status gave thousands of graduate students across the country the new right to unionize, and it’s likely that they’ll look to the …

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Uncovering the urban legend: The most failed class at UO

A popular idea that has come under investigation is that Math 111 is the most failed class at the University of Oregon. The Emerald recently attained a copy of the Fall 2015 grade distributions from the UO registrar office, detailing the percentages of grade options for UO classes that term. …

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President names new provost search committee

University of Oregon President Michael Schill named 17 UO constituents to a provost search committee on Aug. 19, effectively launching the search for the new Senior Vice President and chief academic officer. The committee’s formation follows a June announcement that current provost Scott Coltrane plans to retire next summer, after …

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UO psychologist uses a fake class to ask real questions

Psy 607: Everything is Fucked was set to be taught by professor Srivastava Monday mornings in Straub Hall. A common concern among psychology researchers was summed up in a joke syllabus written by University of Oregon associate professor Sanjay Srivastava earlier this month. The syllabus was never intended to represent a …

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More questions means better results for minorities

New research is pulling back the veil shrouding well-intentioned “ban the box” (BTB) policies across the country. These policies were intended to reduce employment discrimination by not requiring job applicants to list their criminal histories on job applications. These BTB policies appear to be doing far more harm than good. …

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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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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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$6 million endowment will help UO Clinic with operations and research

The Quest Fund gifted the University of Oregon’s College of Education $6 million for its HEDCO Clinic to assist with yearly operational costs for its programs, which provide low-cost educational services to the Eugene-Springfield community. Located in the southern wing of the HEDCO building on campus, the clinic is currently …

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