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General Counsel to investigate athletic department free-speech issues

**This story has been updated to include a comment from the university.  University of Oregon President Michael Schill has instructed General Counsel Kevin Reed to investigate concerns about free-speech policy violations by the athletic department, according the faculty Senate website. The report will be given directly to Schill. During a lengthy Emerald investigation …

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Black Student Task Force: 12 demands – one year later

On Nov. 11, Black student group leaders spoke to hundreds of students and community members at the EMU amphitheater, addressing the climate around race on campus. It’s been a year since the Black Student Task Force issued 12 demands to UO administration in the hopes of creating a safer and …

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GTFF speaks out against alleged drugging at campus bars

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation released a statement earlier this week condemning the actions of a Taylor’s Bar and Grill bartender accused of drugging the drinks of four women. “These actions are abhorrent,” the letter reads. “The actions of a single bartender are not an isolated incident, rather, they reveal the broader …

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Oregon public college presidents ask state for $100 million

Measure 97’s failure spurred Oregon public colleges to continue the effort to fund higher education. On Wednesday, the presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities signed a joint letter that asked for $100 million in funding for higher education. “The universities have collectively been thinking about how they are going to …

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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 professor dresses in blackface at Halloween party; Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity to investigate

Update: Nov. 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm. According to KEZI, the professor has been identified as Nancy Shurtz.  Update: Nov. 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm. Senior Vice President and Provost Scott Coltrane said at the faculty senate meeting the professor has been placed on administrative leave. The Office of Affirmative Action and …

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The Standards of Dining: restaurants working to keep clean in Eugene

In the kitchen at Pegasus Smokehouse Pizza on 14th Avenue, one employee comes in every morning at 4 a.m. and turns on the massive oven that churns out hundreds of pizzas a week. This is the beginning of the food preparation process. Scrutinizing this process is general manager Tara Reader. …

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Former UO student receives jail time as condition of probation sentence

Former University of Oregon student Kevin Post was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 days in jail as a condition of probation for selling LSD and psychedelic mushrooms. Last week, Lane County Circuit Judge Mustafa Kasubhai determined that Post’s actions in selling LSD and psychedelic mushrooms did not contribute to the death …

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Accelerating Innovation: a $500 million idea

University of Oregon President Michael Schill came to Eugene 15 months ago with a vision. He brought together faculty from multiple disciplines and told them to dream big, as if money were no concern. The result of this vision may create a paradigm shift in scientific research. The Phil and …

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UO President Michael Schill officially announces Knight Campus

University of Oregon President Michael Schill addressed a full house Tuesday morning in the Giustina Ballroom. Faculty Senate members, the Board of Trustees and state legislators, including Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, were on hand for the official announcement of a $500 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight. “The initiative …

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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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Indigenous People’s Day celebration takes place in the EMU amphitheater

In order to properly celebrate the freshly re-named Indigenous People’s Day (formerly Columbus Day), the Native American Student Union is holding a celebration in the EMU amphitheater from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 10. Ecuadorian dancers will intersperse speakers representing various Indigenous People’s endeavors around the state.

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Gas leak near University Park

**This post has been updated to reflect the areas that are blocked off A gas leak near University Park at E. 24th and Harris was reported this morning to Central Lane 911 according to the City of Eugene website. The leak was reported at 7:46 a.m. Police are directing traffic and …

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Tuition is going up and is likely to continue going up for the next several years.

    Students will continue to feel the strain of rising tuition at UO this year, but for some, confusion surrounds how their money is being spent. This year, UO’s budget increased $17.5 million, primarily from increased tuition costs. The budget increase is required because of the recent unionization and …

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New administrators look to improve UO this fall

Newly arrived University of Oregon students step into fall quarter at a time when school is evolving. Ombuds, architecture and journalism are among the departments at UO that have a new dean at the helm. Some of these new deans determine the trajectory of their department. Some improve student life. Some …

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Vice president for Student Life Robin Holmes set to leave Oct. 18

Robin Holmes announced that she will be leaving the University of Oregon to join the University of California system in the president’s office in Oakland, California. UO President Michael Schill said in an email on Monday morning that Holmes’ impact on the university community has been felt inside classrooms as well …

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Weekly news wrap up: Dunn hall renamed, multiple lawsuits thrown out

Dunn hall renamed in response to Black Student Task Force list of demands The University of Oregon Board of Trustees renamed Dunn Hall to Cedar Hall until a permanent name is decided on. The change came after the BSTF issued a series of demands to the school last year. The …

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UO psychologist uses a fake class to ask real questions

Psy 607: Everything is Fucked was set to be taught by professor Srivastava Monday mornings in Straub Hall. A common concern among psychology researchers was summed up in a joke syllabus written by University of Oregon associate professor Sanjay Srivastava earlier this month. The syllabus was never intended to represent a …

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University receives $237,000 for ShakeAlert system

The University of Oregon was awarded $237,000 this week as part of a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey. Those funds are part of a greater $3.7 million fund that is dispersed among six universities on the West Coast, according to a press release. The funding is allotted in order …

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Festival of Eugene is back after racist comment led to cancellation last month

The Festival of Eugene is coming back after being cancelled last month following an alleged racist Facebook posts on the event coordinator’s page. The event had been cancelled for the safety of the patrons and the vendors, according to a release sent out following the controversy. The event will not …

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More questions means better results for minorities

New research is pulling back the veil shrouding well-intentioned “ban the box” (BTB) policies across the country. These policies were intended to reduce employment discrimination by not requiring job applicants to list their criminal histories on job applications. These BTB policies appear to be doing far more harm than good. …

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Did the head of the counseling center violate her ethics as a psychologist?

The fallout the University of Oregon suffered after an alleged 2014 rape involving three basketball players isn’t over. The Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners issued a letter of reprimand and fined Shelly Kerr, director of the University Testing and Counseling Center, $2,500, assigning her to take a six-hour course on “professional …

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Director of Testing and Counseling Center fined in relation to alleged 2014 rape case

The alleged rape case concerning Jane Doe and three former University of Oregon basketball players continues to haunt the university: Shelly Kerr, director of the University Testing and Counseling Center, was fined by the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners last month. According to a report, the Board found that Kerr had “acted …

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Working on the sun: UO researchers pioneering solar energy

Groundbreaking energy research is taking place at the University of Oregon. When UO President Michael Schill announced that research is a top priority under his leadership, Shannon Boettcher and a team of graduate students took up the call. Their work on the production of low-cost, high-performance solar panel cells could …

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Shaky Ground: UO’s plan for the Big One

Walls crumble, glass shatters and the ground ripples as the subduction zone off the coast of Oregon releases hundreds of years of tension, setting off a chain of catastrophes known as the Cascadia Event: a high-magnitude earthquake causing an estimated 30-foot tsunami along the coast, widespread flooding, power outages, broken …

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Zero Waste’s waste problematic for EMU

Familiar blue barrels toted on dollys  by members of the UO Zero Waste program can be seen throughout the halls of buildings on campus. These barrels will be conspicuously absent from the Erb Memorial Union moving forward, though their recycling campaign is moving ahead full steam. Mixed messages about pre-conceived plans …

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Chase Bank on West 11th robbed Wednesday morning

Police are searching for a man who robbed the Chase bank on West 11th this afternoon at approximately 11:28 a.m. “The subject displayed a threatening note to the employee,” Eugene Police Department Public Information Officer John Hankemeier said. “He was last seen exiting the Fred Meyer entrance.” The suspect is …

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Klamath Hall evacuated

Students and faculty were evacuated from Klamath Hall Tuesday afternoon after a reported chemical smell according to campus operations. Campus operations did not identify the smell was, but confirmed that it was not a gas leak. “The non-hazardous odor was identified as a material contractors were using in a water …

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City’s poor preparation exhibits misunderstanding of public mood

When the city manager’s office requested $500,000 in May for projects related to the 2021 World Championships coming to Eugene, eyebrows were raised. The budget committee was prepared to earmark the half-million dollar sum but couldn’t do so because the request came without any specific plans for the money. “There …

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The debate around mandatory reporting is not over

When the Faculty Senate rejected a proposed revision to the university’s responsible employee policy, most of the conversation centered around the issue of required reporting for incidents of sexual assault and harassment. Boiled down, the debate coalesces around who is a reporter and how many are on campus, as well …

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