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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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A 29-year debt: The financial effect of the new EMU for decades to come

University of Oregon students who haven’t been born yet will continue to bear the cost of a $98 million EMU renovation project. Students will pay an extra $67 per term until 2043 to cover the cost of the improvements made to the EMU, according to project leaders. “One of the …

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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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New committee will bridge gap between UO Senate, President and Athletics Dept.

Ending a nine-month wait, the committee responsible for advising the UO Faculty Senate on student athletes’ academic performance and welfare received an overhaul during today’s senate meeting, the last of the year. The motion has been awaiting vote since April. The newly renamed Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee has been called inefficient due …

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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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UO Senate calls for investigation of athletic department for possible free speech violation

This story has been updated to include a comment from UO Athletic Department spokesman Craig Pintens. The University of Oregon Senate issued a request on Sunday to launch an investigation into a possible free speech violation by the UO Athletic Department regarding its threat to limit Emerald press credentials during an investigation of a UO …

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State Senator stepping down to take position at UO Knight Campus

Sen. Chris Edwards (D) will join the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact as the new assistant vice president for strategic initiatives with an emphasis on development starting on Dec. 15. “We already have a lot of great things happening at the University of Oregon,” he said …

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Students call for UO to be a ‘sanctuary’ campus university

On Wednesday, around 150 University of Oregon students gathered at the Erb Memorial Union amphitheater, calling for the administration to accept and protect undocumented immigrant students following President-elect Donald Trump’s election. The rally was part of the nation-wide “sanctuary campus” protests, which have taken place in more than 40 universities, …

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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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Oregon public college presidents ask state for $100 million

Measure 97’s failure spurred Oregon public colleges to continue the effort to fund higher education. On Wednesday, the presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities signed a joint letter that asked for $100 million in funding for higher education. “The universities have collectively been thinking about how they are going to …

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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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University Senate approves new degree, questions committee on student-athletes

University of Oregon students will soon see a new major in the geography department called Spatial Data Science and Technology, and review will continue on the effectiveness of the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee’s charge over student-athlete academic performance and well-being. It’s all thanks to the University Senate meeting that occurred in the Gerlinger …

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UO proposes speech and protest policy in wake of campus demonstrations

The Office of General Counsel for the University of Oregon is circulating a six-page proposal for a Time, Place and Manner Rules for Campus Speech and Protest Activities policy. UO President Michael Schill announced the reasoning behind the policy on Friday. The proposal, given to the Emerald by UO Vice …

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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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UOPD Chief looks forward to improving campus engagement with students

Two months into his new position at the University of Oregon Police Department, Chief Matthew Carmichael said moving to Eugene was the right move. “We just do things different here … I was in Albertsons the other day, and we have Duck Tracks ice cream here, man,” Carmichael said. “I …

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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 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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Search for new UO provost makes headway

“Choosing a provost is among the most important decisions a president will make for a university,” University of Oregon President Michael Schill wrote in an open letter after the current provost, Scott Coltrane, announced retirement in June. The Provost Search Committee is tasked with helping Schill in that decision. The …

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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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Schill addresses state of the university in UO Senate meeting

** This post has been updated to clarify that UO President Michael Schill did not say that the passing of Measure 97 would hurt the university’s budget. University officials are not allowed to advocate for or against any political policy. University of Oregon President Michael Schill listed new faculty hires, …

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Law student and UO employee sue university after living in house with lead-based paint

A University of Oregon affiliated couple is suing the university for failing to maintain an habitable living environment for its tenants, according to a court document. UO law student Shannon Wilhite and UO Greenhouse Manager Brian Dykstra filed a lawsuit on Sept. 8 accusing the university of failing “to abate a lead-based …

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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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Workgroup on sexual assault reporting to hold student forum

A group of 10 faculty members, staff and students working to draft a permanent policy on sexual assault reporting will hold a student forum next Friday, Sept. 30. The forum will be used to gather feedback on portions of the policy, the University of Oregon senate workgroup said in their …

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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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UO reorganizes Johnson hall, names new vice presidents

The University of Oregon has named its new interim vice president for student life and vice president for student services and enrollment management, UO President Michael Schill announced in an email to campus. Kevin Marbury, the current director of physical education and recreation, has been named interim vice president for student life. …

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