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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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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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Federal court rules youth can sue federal government for climate change

The federal district court in Eugene ruled in favor of 21 youth, including University of Oregon student Tia Hatton, who are suing the federal government for the impacts of climate change, allowing the case to move to trial. On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken announced that she rejected …

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Torn by the Vote: University of Oregon campus reacts to election of Donald Trump

In the 24 hours following Donald Trump’s electoral sweep, the University of Oregon erupted with protest as restless students voiced frustration and disillusionment — and then a determination to heal. After taking to Eugene’s streets with chants and tears on Tuesday night, students stood in solidarity by midday Wednesday, ready …

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Students from UO and South Eugene High School march together in election protest

In an act of solidarity and a call for ‘peace and love’ following Tuesday’s presidential election results, 500 South Eugene High School Students joined University of Oregon students in the EMU amphitheater on Wednesday before marching through the streets of Eugene. At noon, 200 University of Oregon students representing a …

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Hundreds of UO students protest election of Donald Trump near EMU, down 13th Avenue

Hundreds of University of Oregon students gathered on campus just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night to protest the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The group, which at its height was estimated to be more than 600, marched from the EMU, down 13th Avenue and neared downtown Eugene …

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Q&A: Working Families Party candidate Shanti Lewallen

The Emerald interviewed Shanti Lewallen, a 36-year-old longshoreman and lawyer running for U.S. Senate under the Working Families Party ticket. Emerald: What issues do you hope to address regarding college students? Lewallen: I am concerned with student debt. This is something that strikes right at home for me because I had to borrow money …

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Campus views: The Emerald asks students for thoughts on Measure 95

On Wednesday, the Emerald spoke with University of Oregon students about Measure 95 — a ballot measure which, if passed, would let Oregon’s public universities invest in the stock market. Many students were unsure of the purpose behind Measure 95. However, after being presented with information from the Oregon Voters’ …

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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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Video: Ducks On Measure 97

Measure 97 is a proposed corporate tax measure on this year’s ballot. If passed, the new tax could bring in a large increase in funding to the state, which some argue could benefit higher education. Others see this as a new sales tax that will come out of consumers’ pockets. …

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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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Governor Kate Brown makes appearance at EMU amphitheater, encourages students to vote

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown stood beside the ballot box in front of the EMU on Monday, encouraging University of Oregon students to vote in the general election and listening to input on local issues. Prior to arriving on campus, Gov. Brown reached out to ASUO to help its members remind …

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President Obama Endorses Oregon Governor

This morning, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown received an endorsement from President Barack Obama. ” There are good things going on in America,” the President said. “That is especially true in Oregon, where my friend Kate Brown is getting things done.” The President highlighted all that Gov. Brown has done in …

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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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Podcast: Measure 97 and the Oregon gubernatorial election

This week on the Emerald Podcast Network, city politics news reporter Andrew Field discusses the 2016 Oregon governor election with UO students Amy Schenk and Thomas Tullis, including the Oct. 6 debate and Measure 97. Last Thursday, incumbent Democratic Governor Kate Brown and Republican and Independent candidates Bud Pierce and …

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Oregon Governor candidates debate in Eugene over state issues

A Eugene high school’s auditorium was the scene of a live radio debate, where the 2016 Oregon governor candidates highlighted differences on plans to solve state-wide issues. Incumbent Democratic Governor Kate Brown, Republican Bud Pierce, and Independent Cliff Thomason debated over Oregon issues, including Measure 97 and domestic violence, on Oct. 6 at Winston Churchill …

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University of Oregon student works on corporate tax measure in hopes of improving higher education

When Amy Schenk started to work for “Vote Yes on Measure 97,” she was doing it because a friend asked her to. But as Schenk learned more about the measure and its potential consequences, she said she was in the right place. Schenk, ASUO local Affairs Commissioner, is involved with …

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Oregon’s higher education commission sends 42 percent increase for public universities to governor

“Students Won!” Oregon Student Association’s Facebook post read, as Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission unanimously approved a budget request that represents a more than 40 percent increase in public universities’ and community colleges’ operating support budget on Thursday. The budget will be sent to Governor Kate Brown for her consideration ahead …

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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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Q&A with Eugene’s next Mayor

During Oregon’s primary elections on May 17, Eugene chose its next mayor, Lucy Vinis, by a landslide. The Emerald sat down with future Mayor Vinis to talk about her background and plans for Eugene before her term begins in January of next year. Why did you decide to run for mayor? Well, …

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Senator Jeff Merkley discusses Supreme Court nominations with UO professors

A team of legal experts, including Oregon Senator Jeff Merkely and several UO faculty members, took on a discussion about the actions–or lack thereof–of the United States Senate at a panel meeting on Tuesday, May 31. Senator Merkely, along with James Mohr, a member of the University of Oregon History department, and …

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UO Professor Geri Richmond honored at White House

It was mid-afternoon on May 19 in the White House when President Barack Obama addressed the East Room full of what he called an “astonishing amount of brainpower.” Gathered with their families were some of the greatest scientific minds in the country, among them the University of Oregon’s Geri Richmond, …

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Oregon’s shifting political landscape

This election year the possibility of a Trump presidency and a Sanders candidacy aren’t the only indicators of a national shift away from party lines and toward populist candidates. This May marks the first time that the Independent Party of Oregon will have candidates on the primary ballot, and the …

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Democratic Party of Lane County holds watch party at Wild Duck with winner of mayoral race, Lucy Vinis

The Democratic Party of Lane County held an election watch party tonight at Wild Duck Café in Eugene. The restaurant was packed as voters waited in anticipation to hear the results of the elections that would determine Oregon’s new governor, Eugene’s new mayor, and Oregon’s democratic primary. Mayoral candidate Lucy …

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