Gutierrez was one of 10 students arrested in Salem on May 14 during a protest against the "kicker." A kicker is an excess amount of tax rebate money that the legislature has the power to allocate. (Scott Greenstone/Emerald)
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Baseball cards, protests and arrests: Students fight to stop kicker from kicking

In Salem on May 14, ASUO President Beatriz Gutierrez and ten students were arrested during a protest against the “kicker”. The Oregon Student Association hopes the excess amount of tax rebate money called the “kicker” can be allocated to help freeze tuition.

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ASUO president Beatriz Gutierrez among students arrested at Salem protest

ASUO president Beatriz Gutierrez was arrested along with several other students from the Oregon Student Association at a protest in Salem on the morning of May 14. Students were lying in a hallway in the capitol protesting the Oregon kicker rebate, which is an excess amount of tax rebate money available …

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Gutierrez was one of 10 students arrested in Salem on May 14 during a protest against the "kicker." A kicker is an excess amount of tax rebate money that the legislature has the power to allocate. (Scott Greenstone/Emerald)
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Oregon House of Representatives passes a bill to protect sexual assault survivors’ privacy

The Oregon House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 3476 on April 13 to help protect the confidentiality of communications between sexual assault survivors and their advocates. The bill was, in part, a response to the controversial request and release of a University of Oregon student’s counseling records while the university was preparing …

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Gutierrez was one of 10 students arrested in Salem on May 14 during a protest against the "kicker." A kicker is an excess amount of tax rebate money that the legislature has the power to allocate. (Scott Greenstone/Emerald)
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Q&A: Kate Brown releases PSA to UO regarding meningitis vaccine

Salem lent its hand to the University of Oregon’s meningitis vaccine campaign. This week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown released a public service announcement directed at the UO. In the video, Brown encouraged the student body to get vaccinated and throws up an “O” at the end. Brown’s office invited The Emerald …

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This Thursday, President Obama apologized on behalf of the U.S. government for the killing of two al-Qaida hostages in a drone strike. (Creative Commons Archive)
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Dismantling the potential nuclear deal with Iran

Here’s a breakdown of the events surrounding the possible nuclear deal with Iran.

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This  week, President Obama got a new Twitter handle. Find him Twitter, @POTUS. (Photo courtesy of White House media use)
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Obama encourages Americans to support Student Aid Bill of Rights

President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan encourage Americans to support the Student Aid Bill of Rights.

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College Democrats of Oregon host winter convention

The College Democrats of Oregon hosted their second annual winter convention on Feb. 28 in the Lokey Education building on the University of Oregon campus to network and interact with elected officials. Students from UO, Pacific University, PSU and OSU were present. The convention began at 11:00 a.m. with Ben …

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College Democrats of Oregon to host winter convention on Saturday

On Saturday, Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. the College Democrats of Oregon will host a winter convention at the Lokey Education Building on the UO campus to bring student democrats together to network and interact with elected officials. Ben Unger from the ‘Our Oregon’ association is scheduled to speak and 11:30 a.m. and …

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Kate Brown sworn in as Oregon’s 38th governor

This morning, former Secretary of State Kate Brown was sworn into office as Oregon’s 38th governor. Brown was sworn in at 9:55 a.m., five minutes before predecessor John Kitzhaber’s resignation took effect at 10 a.m. Brown is the second woman, and first openly bisexual governor, in the state’s history. Kitzhaber resigned Feb. 13 in …

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Students rally for awareness of divestment of fossil fuels

At 3:00 p.m on Friday Feb. 3, the Divest UO Campaign, in association with the student group Climate Justice League and 350 Eugene,  held a rally outside of Johnson Hall. The rally called on the University of Oregon Interim President Scott Coltrane to support students and faculty on agreeing to sell …

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Kitzhaber announces resignation, will be replaced by Kate Brown

John Kitzhaber resigned Friday afternoon at a press conference in Salem. Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss reported that the governor met with staff and that it’s official. Kitz met with staff this am and resigned. That is confirmed. — NigelJaquiss (@NigelJaquiss) February 13, 2015 Kitzhaber’s resignation will take effect Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 10 …

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Kitzhaber asks the Attorney General for an independent review

In the most recent chain of events in the Governor John Kitzhaber drama, most of which surrounds alleged ethics violations of Kitzhaber’s fiancée Cylvia Hayes, Kitzhaber asked Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, via letter, for an independent review of his office’s handling’s of Hayes’ contracts. Rosenblum responded that an investigation …

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UO alumnus calls for Governor Kitzhaber's recall

UO alumnus and campaign attorney for Republican Dennis Richardson’s unsuccessful campaign for Oregon Governor, Jacob Daniels, has filed a prospective petition demanding the recall of Governor John Kitzhaber. Daniels, along with Richardson’s campaign manager Charlie Pearce, submitted the petition requesting the recall of Kitzhaber, citing many problems with the Governor’s First …

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OLCC listens to public opinion on measure 91 implementation

Tuesday evening in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane County Fair Grounds, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission hosted approximately 500 people to discuss the implementation of Measure 91. Passed in November of 2014, Measure 91 legalizes the recreational use of marijuana for those over 21. This Marijuana Listening Session was …

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UO and the Emerald interview Gov. Kitzhaber

“I grew up in an era where people actually believed in government,” Governor John Kitzhaber said toward the beginning of his speech on January 22 at University of Oregon. Kitzhaber was speaking to a collection of UO political science students, Wayne Morse scholarship recipients and student government representatives. The governor described …

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Preview: Governor Kitzhaber to lecture at the UO School of Law

Governor John Kitzhaber will be lecturing on equity and opportunity in the state of Oregon Thursday night at 4:30 p.m. in room 184 of the University of Oregon School of Law. The talk is part of a statewide tour of colleges, the most recent stop being Oregon State University. According …

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Obama emphasizes college education, national security and growing economy in State of the Union address

United States President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address tonight in Washington. Here are some of the highlights: Obama began by citing some areas of success achieved recently. The economy is growing faster than it has since 1999, he said. Unemployment is lower than it has …

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Obama's plan for affordable education faces Republican dominated Congress

Debt is a reality for many students in higher education. By 2020, the White House estimates that 35 percent of job openings will require a bachelor’s degree and 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree. In an attempt to make higher education more accessible across the nation, President …

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Cost of America's College Promise raises concerns

On Friday, Jan. 9, President Barack Obama announced a proposal created to provide two free years of community college to students. The proposal, named America’s College Promise, enables students to begin a four year degree with two free years at community college, as long as they maintain a 2.5 grade point …

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Oregon's minimum wage rises to meet inflation

In January, Oregon’s minimum wage went up 15 cents to $9.25 an hour. This brings another $26 a month and $234 a year to those working 30 hours a week in minimum wage jobs. The wage raise is thanks to a ballot measure passed by Oregon voters in 2002, tying …

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Former UO craft center employee sues university for $900,000

Former University of Oregon Craft Center employee Laura A. Gerards filed a $900,000 lawsuit against the UO last week, according to the Register Guard. Gerards said in the lawsuit she was fired after taking medical leave for migraines. The lawsuit states that Gerard’s due process was violated when she was fired without a hearing. The …

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"Die-in" for Eric Garner decision staged at Lillis

Lillis’ floor was covered with lying-down students for 14 minutes on Dec. 5. The “die-in” was a protest staged by the University of Oregon Multicultural Center at the Lillis Business Complex in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the killing of Eric Garner. A …

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ASUO and SLAP stopped in attempt to enter office space of Johnson

Members of the ASUO and the Student Labor Action Project attempted to protest in Johnson Hall offices this afternoon to show support for the GTFF strike.  Students had also protested yesterday in the lobby of Johnson Hall with a “Solidarity Study In.” However, this time, UOPD was called to the scene after …

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Timeline: GTFF bargaining and potential strike (updated)

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation is striking after being engaged in contract negotiations for months. Here’s a timeline of major events in the bargaining, vote and decision to strike. See anything missing from the timeline? Email awallachy@dailyemerald.com with details. Emerald staff will continue to update the timeline as bargaining continues.

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One on the picket line: Katie Jo LaRiviere, graduate student and mother of two

Katie Jo LaRiviere arrived on campus on Dec. 2 in the midst of the morning fog. She arrived at her office ready to work on her final essays for her graduate classes, but today wasn’t her typical Tuesday afternoon. Rather than teaching courses and leading discussions, she put on her coat, …

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Kitzhaber's new higher ed budget isn't enough, public universities say

The presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities aren’t satisfied with Gov. Kitzhaber’s 2015-2017 higher education budget, according to a statement released this morning. Though the $626 million budget is almost a 25 percent increase from the 2012-2014 budget (which allocated $521 million), it’s not as much as the Higher Education …

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Students head to downtown Eugene for vigil supporting the family of Michael Brown

The Community Alliance of Lane County organized a vigil at 5 p.m. this evening in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Oak Street in Eugene. The event was attended in part by members of local social justice organizations and student groups such as …

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Oregon legalized marijuana, here are the answers to the questions you’ve been asking

By now, everyone knows that Oregon legalized marijuana in the recent election. Here are some answers to the questions you’ve been asking. When will Measure 91 actually be enacted? You can legally possess marijuana as of July 1, 2015. Until that date, possession under 4 ounces is still considered a misdemeanor …

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Here’s your break down of the 2014 ballot measures

Measure 86 Oregon Fund for Post Secondary Education If it passes: An amendment to the state constitution would be created to institute a state fund to provide financial aid for students at universities and trade schools. The amendment would allow the state legislature to issue bonds, use general fund dollars and …

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Elizabeth Warren, Peter DeFazio visit UO campus on behalf of Jeff Merkley’s re-election campaign (live updates)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Peter DeFazio visited the University of Oregon campus late Monday morning during a rally in support of Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley’s re-election campaign against Monica Wehby. Warren has long been a vocal supporter of student debt reduction. DeFazio represents much of Lane County in the House of Representatives. …

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