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New bill to ban hand-held phone use while driving

Starting on the first of next year, Oregonians will be a call away from a $90 traffic ticket. After a drawn-out debate regarding the policy, the Senate passed a bill June 23 banning all Oregon motorists from talking or texting on a hand-held mobile phone while driving any type of …

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Gerlinger Hall to host one-woman play

Actress Christine Marie Moses will perform in Maya Lilly’s one-woman play “MIXED” Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Gerlinger Hall Woodruff Gymnasium. In her adaptation of Lilly’s original script, Moses explores the identity crisis that can be difficult for multi-racial and biracial people. “Since President Barack Obama was elected, the …

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Officer involved in Taser case asks to be named

Moments before the Eugene chief of police gave a press conference Tuesday, the officer who tasered a University student last month in an incident now under investigation asked that the chief release his name publicly. Chief Pete Kerns addressed the incident Tuesday afternoon, and at the officer’s request told media …

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Senate appoints two, postpones third

ASUO Senate made two of three proposed appointments at its meeting Wednesday evening.  The third appointment was postponed because of a questioning on the rules at play. Giovanni Battles and Justin Schultz were both appointed to PFC at-large positions. Executive nominee Xavier Aranda, an ethnic studies major, applied for Senate …

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Eligibility issue leaves Senate seat unfilled

Despite an executive appointment at Wednesday’s Senate meeting, Senate Seat 14 remains unfilled. Junior Xavier Aranda came before Senate Wednesday, and the questions that followed were not whether Aranda was qualified for the position, but rather a lengthy debate on the classification of academic Senate seats and whether Senate should …

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Chickenpox case on campus; health center advises caution

E-mails were sent out Thursday morning to select students on campus warning of a confirmed case of chickenpox in their classes. Mike Eyster, director of the University Health Center, sent out the e-mail advising students to contact the health center if physical symptoms of a rash and/or fever appear in …

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Health care coverage may be expanded

For many students, college is both an exciting and frightening entry into the “real-world,” devoid of parental dependence but also lacking general guidance and financial stability. Along with this transition comes a potential detachment from a stable health care plan. Although some may be lucky enough to stay on their …

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‘Lights’ out Autzen

Ivar Vong University senior Austin Berry is a big Oregon football fan. He goes to all the games, he cheers on the Ducks and he knows a lot of players on the team. And after attending the Boise State game on Sept. 3, he decided he wanted to do something …

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Professor’s scientific contributions remembered

Jack Hunter Frank Stahl, a professor emeritus of molecular biology, doesn’t teach classes at the University anymore, but every intro-level biology student knows him, at least through his work. Stahl was one half of the groundbreaking 1957 Meselson-Stahl experiment, which demonstrated how DNA replicates. The study has been called “the …

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DPS seeking more responsibility for citations

The Department of Public Safety and the Eugene Police Department are seeking an amendment to increase the types of citations in municipal court that can be given by University DPS officers for certain misdemeanor offenses that occur on campus. The proposal amends the Eugene city code that has been in …

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University drafts sustainable climate plan

Steve Mital was hired as the University’s first director of sustainability in 2007 — the same year then-University President Dave Frohnmayer signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a nationwide effort of institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions and help re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Mital says that …

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ASUO showcases local farms

If you like buying your fruits and vegetables from local farms, then you will benefit from the farmers market coming to campus Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside of the amphitheater, the intersection of East 13th Avenue and University Street. Beginning this Thursday, the ASUO is launching a …

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Tasering of student under investigation

Just as the Eugene community began to put one Taser use controversy to rest, another one appears to be brewing. In an incident last month, Eugene police officers used a Taser on an international University student at an apartment complex on West 11th Avenue. Eugene police Lt. Doug Mozan said …

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Stimulus money funds $12 million in grants

Federal research grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus act, have begun to roll into the University, funding a slew of new projects and equipment. So far, the University has received $12.3 million in stimulus for 34 research proposals. The majority of the grants …

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Simply euphoric

Blair Ryan Tucked between industrial and residential neighborhoods, a 26-year-old chocolate paradise exists. The chocolate factory’s reputation of making its customers happy is even recognized in its name — Euphoria Chocolate Company. Founded and operated by a modern-day Willy Wonka, Bob Bury has expanded his chocolate heaven from its original …

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EPD uses Taser on student; action under investigation

Eugene police used a Taser stun gun on at least one University student in an incident last month that did not lead to an arrest. An investigation is underway to determine whether the Taser use was warranted. Eugene resident Carol Berg-Caldwell attended the Tuesday meeting of the Human Rights Commission, …

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Stamps ease burden

Blair Ryan University student Scott Wells used to be embarrassed when he bought groceries with his food stamps card. Now, two years after starting on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Wells sees it more as a reward for working hard. “To use the benefits, you have to be working …

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Meningitis identified on campus

Tuesday afternoon, University health officials identified a student living in the Living Learning Center South who had a “probable” case of meningococcal meningitis. The student was hospitalized and tested positive for the bacteria. The University posted a message on its online UO Alert! system warning of the severity of the …

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Lariviere addresses furlough days issue

Ivar Vong University administrators faced a worried and sometimes angry crowd on Wednesday when they held a town hall-style meeting addressing upcoming furlough days for classified and unclassified staff. President Richard Lariviere, Senior Vice President and Provost Jim Bean, Vice President of Finance and Administration Frances Dyke and General Counsel …

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Renamed Cheesy Griller angers students

Jack Hunter A recent menu change in a residence hall café has altered the name of the Cheesy Griller, a sandwich of considerable girth and reputation, to “grilled cheese,” but in the hearts and minds of many students, it will forever be known as Cheesy Griller. The sandwich, two pieces …

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ASUO Senate plans to reevaluate rules

The ASUO Senate’s Rules Committee will present potential changes to the senate rules to the full body at tonight’s meeting and next week. The changes have been in discussion since the beginning of the summer. Changes to the senate rules include removal of Oregon Revised Statutes and accounting indexes, shifting …

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Your happiness, measured

Blair Ryan What’s on your mind? Social psychologists at Facebook have developed a program to figure that out — and they’re using what’s on your mind to measure the overall mood of the nation. One of scientists behind the Facebook happiness-measuring index is University graduate teaching fellow, Adam Kramer. Kramer’s …

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ASUO Sen. Lassi resigns

Blair Ryan Sen. Ryan Lassi resigned Tuesday, making him the fifth senator to do so this year. Lassi, an academic senator representing business students, cited time commitment as one of his reasons for leaving the senate seat, a recurring theme with many of the recently resigned senators. “My head is …

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University van rental system replaced

The University’s system that doled out vehicles on a rental basis to student groups and club sports teams, known as the “motor pool,” closed its doors in the spring, leaving a void that is now being filled by Oregon State University’s motor pool. The ASUO Motor Pool service provider changed …

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Soup kitchen to dining room

Blair Ryan Josie McCarthy has always cared about people. She attributes it partly to growing up in a large Irish family in Chicago. As she puts it, “Irish families like to take care of their own,” and McCarthy has always had a wide view of who she considers her own. …

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Tax increase may hurt University funding

Student organizations and University administrators are scrambling to deal with two state ballot referendums going to a special vote in January that would have a large impact on higher education funding in Oregon. The two referendums, Measures 66 and 67, seek to veto two bills signed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski …

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Dominating the debate

Jack Hunter The University of Oregon debate team likes to brag about how good it is. In fact, its members will tell you about it any chance they get, complete with flourish, hard facts and rhetorical grace. But given the team’s long list of awards and accolades, the braggadocio seems …

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Health Center out of H1N1 vaccine, hopes for more

Last Thursday, the University Health Center ran out of vaccines for the second time in two weeks — this time it was the H1N1 vaccine. The first shipment of vaccines lasted for a week, and the second installment of 300 doses merely two days. The health center received its second …

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Last Friday first of 10 furlough days

Those who attempted to renew their driver’s licenses, register for food stamps or obtain a fishing license last Friday encountered the first of several scheduled furlough days for many state agencies. For 64 state agencies across Oregon, Friday marked the first of their scheduled unpaid days off work — the …

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Sen. Jones resigns, cites time constraints

Programs Finance Committee Sen. Jessica Jones resigned Friday after a week of illness from the H1N1 virus. “It occurred to me, while confined to bed for the past week, that the best part of illness was finally getting some sleep,” she said in a letter addressed to the Senate. Jones …

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