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Diversifying science

When Jaclyn Kellon committed to University of Oregon’s Ph.D. chemistry program two years ago, she knew she’d face academic rigor. But the Cleveland native wasn’t prepared to be one of the only minority students in her cohort, and she wasn’t prepared for the sudden onset of self-doubt. “I’ve always identified …

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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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UO students and Eugene residents protest Dakota Access Pipeline at Bank of America

Over 100 Eugene community members and University of Oregon students rallied in front of the Bank of America on the corner of 11th Avenue and Pearl Street on Friday afternoon to protest the bank’s perceived connection to the Dakota Access Pipeline. If constructed, the $1.7 billion pipeline would stretch nearly 2,000 miles …

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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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UO receives $500 million donation from Knight family for three-building research campus

University of Oregon alumnus and Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny Knight are donating a $500 million “lead gift” to create a three-building, 70,000 square foot campus: the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. According to a UO release, the donation is the “largest ever for a …

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Budgeting on an empty stomach

By 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 6, the University of Oregon’s Student Food Pantry had been open for 45 minutes. But a line still snaked around the repurposed single-car garage. It stretched down the driveway and onto the sidewalk. And Eric* was in the thick of it, standing without a hooded …

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Safe Ride keeps students safe but faces challenges

Safe Ride, an “assault prevention service,” plays an important role in shuttling the University of Oregon community for free, despite looming challenges. The shuttle service’s recent history of budget issues factors into the increasing number of riders the shuttle service has to turn away every year. Still, Safe Ride gives …

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Students can “expect to be listened to” during Friday’s sexual assault policy forum

The debate over University of Oregon’s sexual assault reporting policy is likely to take another turn this week. The UO Senate Workgroup on Responsible Reporting will hold a public forum this Friday, Sept. 30 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Columbia 150. The workgroup has been crafting a new policy since the …

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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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Administration aims to boost UO’s low four-year graduation rate

The four-year graduation rate at the University of Oregon falls significantly below the national average. Only 50 percent of UO undergraduates complete a degree within four years, according to data collected by the Office of the Registrar, putting the university’s rate roughly 10 percentage points under the national average calculated …

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Court resumes in Eugene for youth lawsuit over federal climate inaction

A crowd of several hundred protesters and spectators gathered outside Eugene’s Federal District Courthouse on Tuesday morning, carrying signs, waving banners and waiting in line to sit in an overflow courtroom with a livestream of their case of interest. But the crowd’s size and energy wasn’t the most notable aspect …

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Panel calls for government action at UO’s Climate in Court summit

A panel of renowned climate scientists spoke on the consequences of climate change at the University of Oregon on Monday. The three speakers expressed frustration over government inaction on the eve of a landmark federal climate lawsuit. The Climate in Court summit, hosted by the Wayne Morse Center for Law …

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UO Board of Trustees votes unanimously to dename Dunn Hall

The University of Oregon Board of Trustees voted unanimously to dename the controversial Dunn Hall during its quarterly public meeting on Sept. 8. It will be called Cedar Hall until a new name is chosen. UO President Michael Schill said he would recommend a process for determining a new name …

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UO’s historic graduate student union a model for private universities

On Aug. 23, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students who work as teaching or research assistants at private universities must be treated as employees. This status gave thousands of graduate students across the country the new right to unionize, and it’s likely that they’ll look to the …

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Eugene Property Manager Terry Shockley to serve 51 months for wire fraud

Terry Shockley, a Eugene real estate manager charged with two counts of wire fraud, was sentenced to 51 months in prison and three years of probation, according to the Register-Guard. The U.S. District Court in Eugene also ordered Shockley to pay $4.5 million to his former clients. Shockley pled guilty to …

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UO Senate workgroup to narrow approach to responsible employee sexual assault reporting

The UO Senate workgroup tasked with drafting a permanent sexual harassment reporting policy will likely propose the university narrow its approach to requiring mandatory reporting. Consensus on this point was reached during the committee’s second meeting today, which follows its previously determined timeline to draft a new policy by Sept. …

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Darci Heroy to continue improving sexual assault response and prevention as permanent Title IX Coordinator

On Feb. 27, 2015, University of Oregon protesters marched into Johnson Hall with signs and shouts, demanding that the university change its treatment of sexual assault victims. On that day, the administrators responded by locking doors and refusing to answer phones. Since then, UO administration has responded to student unrest …

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President names new provost search committee

University of Oregon President Michael Schill named 17 UO constituents to a provost search committee on Aug. 19, effectively launching the search for the new Senior Vice President and chief academic officer. The committee’s formation follows a June announcement that current provost Scott Coltrane plans to retire next summer, after …

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Darci Heroy named permanent Title IX Coordinator

Darci Heroy will continue in her role as associate vice president and Title IX coordinator permanently, the University of Oregon announced in a press release yesterday. Heroy has served as interim Title IX coordinator since February 2016. She was originally offered the position permanently, but declined. Her role was slated …

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Solutions: Take a step forward and change the names

An important population of students are offended that two UO buildings are named for historical figures who held racist views. Roughly a year after the Black Student Task Force demanded that UO President Michael Schill rename Deady and Dunn Halls, the community is still debating whether the names should be …

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Solutions: The imaginary cost of dining hall theft

The New York Times reported that students from Columbia University stole $5,000 in Nutella over just one week in March 2013. At Duke, swiping goods with the aid of hidden containers is so prevalent that USA Today termed it “tupping.” Here at University of Oregon, where 4500 Ducks eat an …

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Solutions: Can administration prevent those pesky power outages?

A power outage struck a significant portion of campus in the afternoon on July 13, cutting electricity in 19 buildings. It wasn’t a major disaster, but students, faculty and staff felt the consequences of the six-hour affair. The library closed, classes ended early and unsaved work vanished. It caused more than a few …

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