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H1N1 vaccine, spray available to community

The University Health Center is preparing to dispense vaccines for the swine flu to the wider campus community next week, including some in a novel form: a nasal spray. The facility received its most recent shipment on Tuesday and plans to start distributing the vaccines after it receives another shipment …

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Local labor protests

Shawn Hatjes  After protesting in front of McArthur Court on Wednesday, a local union convinced organizers of musician Bob Dylan’s concert to drop the out-of-town stagehand staff scheduled to work the show and hire its workers instead for a higher hourly rate. The union made a non-binding agreement with the …

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Senate approves free Times

The program to bring back the free distribution of The New York Times on campus is expected to go into effect as early as next week. ASUO President Emma Kallaway and Sen. Alex McCafferty are the main organizers behind the project, which seeks to increase the scale of the program …

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Campus car-share: what’s ours is yours

Blair Ryan You are a typical college student and you rely on your handy bicycle to get around town. But it’s raining, you need to stock up on groceries, and the next bus doesn’t come for another 40 minutes. Fortunately, there is now a solution to your transportation dilemma: WeCar, …

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UO gets a ‘B’

Correction appended Despite regarding the University of Oregon as an “environmental leader” among colleges, the Sustainable Endowments Institute has given it no more than a “B” on its College Sustainability Report Card. The culprit? According to the Institute’s data, the lack of transparency concerning the University’s investments. The Sustainability Endowment gave …

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Nick Gower named ASUO Senate President

Rena Lev-Bass Sen. Nick Gower was named Student Senate president Wednesday night, beating political opponent Nick Schultz, who shortly thereafter became Gower’s vice president. “We have the capability to do a lot of really great things,” Gower said in his opening speech before elections were cast. “I love discussing. I …

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Flu shots to run out today

Jack Hunter The University Health Center will officially be out of the seasonal flu vaccine today after experiencing unprecedented demand for the shot, said health center director Mike Eyster. “We have already given out more flu shots than we would normally give in a whole season of the seasonal flu,” …

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Fewer EPD officers to patrol campus

The number of Eugene police on campus will fall, and the number of Department of Public Safety officers will increase this year because of changes to the University’s contract with the Eugene Police Department. DPS officers are seeking additional citation authority to address campus-related issues more directly. Until June 30, …

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Local stagehands protest Dylan concert support agreement

After a protest in front of McArthur Court this morning, a labor union has convinced organizers of tonight’s Bob Dylan concert to drop the support staff he intended to use to take down the stage for tonight’s concert and hire a new one. The Theatrical Stagehands Union Local #675, a …

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Faculty union may be on the horizon

Unionizing faculty could lead to higher salaries for University professors, more generous state allocations to the University and greater faculty influence in campus affairs, panelists at two meetings held on campus this week argued. The United Academics of the University of Oregon organized the meetings, held Tuesday and Wednesday. The …

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ASUO Fall Street Faire around the corner

Matt Nicholson It’s that time of year again. The ASUO Fall Street Faire, the ASUO’s largest fundraiser held annually in October and May, starts Wednesday. The ASUO makes money by charging vendors rent for each day of the street faire, requiring a higher rate for food booths, as they typically …

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EPD initiates task force aimed at downtown

In response to recent crimes that have occurred in the downtown Eugene area, Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns is initiating a task force to develop solutions to the serious issues of problem behavior and crime in the area. The announcement came the day after police reported a homeless man had …

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UO professor receives nearly $500 thousand grant

Courtesy Media Relations A University professor received a five-year, $472,494 grant from the National Science Foundation last week to continue a program that he says has been helping social scientists and natural scientists understand each other’s research for the past six years. Political science professor Ron Mitchell runs the “DISsertation …

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Organizers strive to unionize University

Organizers seeking to unionize the University faculty are holding two meetings to address the issue this week. The group hosting the meetings officially calls itself the United Academics of the University of Oregon and has three full-time organizers and an office space next to the office of the Graduate Teaching …

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Budget cuts sap OUS campuses

The State Board of Higher Education recently approved its 2009-2010 budget allocations to public campuses, but steep drops in state funding and looming ballot referendums have left college administrators worrying about their future revenue. The University of Oregon received $64 million for the year. Normally, this would be roughly half …

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Nike, U.S. Chamber of Commerce disagree

In a decision made Wednesday, Nike resigned from its position on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, citing disagreement with the board’s opposition to climate change legislation. A statement released by Nike said the company’s leaders “fundamentally disagree with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the …

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OUS budget passed for next biennium

Amid a steep decline in funding and resources, the State Board of Higher Education approved its 2009-2010 budget allocations to public campuses over a two-day meeting on Thursday and Friday. The University of Oregon received $64 million. Budget allocations for 2009 equal about half of what a school can expect …

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Fall marks return of party patrol for Eugene

The Eugene Police Department’s party patrol is back and, officers said, being greeted mostly by a positive response from students. On Friday night, EPD officers issued nine citations for prohibited noise and nine citations for allowing minors to consume alcohol. Twelve people were cited for carrying open containers of alcoholic …

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Assailant ignites homeless man

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an assault incident that occurred early Saturday near campus. Officers said a local homeless man was walking near East Broadway and High Street when he was lit on fire by an unknown attacker early Saturday morning. The victim was …

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Eugene Police Department weekend wrap-up

Eugene Police Department Weekend Wrap-Up From midnight Friday, Oct. 2 to noon Sunday, Oct. 4Assault incidents: 13Burglary incidents: 7Theft incidents: 30Disorderly subject incidents: 18Loud noise incidents: 26 The Weekend Police Blotter Incident: TheftWhen: Friday, Oct. 2, 2:13 p.m.Location: 2015 Devos St.Description: A caller heard a funny noise outside of her …

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Board rules Taser use on Ian Van Ornum adhered to policy

Rena Lev-Bass Eugene’s Civilian Review Board ruled Thursday night that Eugene police officer Judd Warden did not break department policy in tasing former University student Ian Van Ornum last May. The ruling likely means the department will not discipline Warden for the incident.Warden tased then-18-year-old Van Ornum, who was participating …

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University to offer new cinema studies major

Film buffs at the University now have a reason to rejoice — this year marks the first of the University’s latest major: cinema studies. Although the program will not officially begin until winter term, classes for the major are already underway. Soon-to-be associate professor of cinema studies Michael Aronson said …

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Professor fights state over records manual

Shawn Hatjes Correction appended: Officially, Bill Harbaugh is a University economics professor with a focus on neuroeconomics ­— the study of how people make decisions. In his spare time, however, he is the University administration’s foremost gadfly. Harbaugh has filed ethics complaints against former University president Dave Frohnmayer, raised issues …

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New bill may enable more students to attend college

University senior Breanne Langley is one of thousands of University students driving themselves into debt to pay for their degrees — lots of debt. “I fully anticipate being $100,000 debt when I graduate, and just hoping to come back from that,” Langley said. “I’m kind of banking on really good …

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Clean streets: A mission

Shawn Hatjes Campus-area locals have probably noticed Eugene police officer Randy Ellis patrolling the streets, but they may have overlooked his quiet acts of kindness that set him apart from his fellow officers. The 40-year Eugene Police Department veteran has worked at the West University Neighborhood Station near campus on …

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Ticket system creates source of frustration for students

There’s a sense of excitement around football games that is rarely matched by other event on campus. Students paint their faces and wait hours on end at the gates so they can get the best seats available at the bottom of the student section. It’s an experience that many would …

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Swine flu spurs instructors to relax attendance policies

With swine flu infecting an increasing number of students, chemistry professor Tom Dyke used the beginning of his Chemistry 221 class Wednesday to tell his students about the precautions he will take to make sure their academics won’t be hurt if they catch the H1N1 virus. Then he spent the …

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