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Minorities still feel Eugene’s historical link to the Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan came to Oregon in 1921. By 1922, the KKK had a foothold in the state and held its first parade through the streets of Eugene and burned a cross atop Skinner Butte. Today, the KKK doesn’t march or burn crosses in public. Yet black people like …

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Schill calls on UO to comment on renaming Deady and Dunn halls

University of Oregon President Michael Schill asked the campus community today for their opinions on renaming Deady and Dunn halls, which are named after racists in UO’s past. Schill sent out an email to the campus community on August 9 detailing the process the administration has gone through considering the …

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Weekly crime wrap up: 07/19 – 08/01

There were 23 crimes reported to the University of Oregon Police Department over the last two weeks. The most common crime was bike theft, with five cases reported. Below is a breakdown of the most notable crimes that took place on or around campus. July 19 Bike Theft: Oregon Hall, …

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Eugene festival cancelled after racist Facebook post

The Festival of Eugene has been cancelled according to a press release sent out by Krysta Albert, the event’s coordinator. The event’s cancellation comes after allegations of a racist post on Albert’s Facebook page. The post, which has since been deleted along with Albert’s profile and the event page for …

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Weekly Crime Wrap-up (07/11-07/18)

13 calls were reported to the University of Oregon Police Department during the week of July 11 to July 18. The most common calls were for bike theft, of which there were five. No arrests were made for these and all but one of the cases have been suspended. Three …

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UO fundraising effort reaches $1 billion halfway mark

The University of Oregon announced on Tuesday that its latest fundraising campaign, which has the ambitious goal of raising $2 billion dollars – the largest effort in the history of the UO or of any public university in Oregon – has surpassed the $1 billion mark. The goal of this …

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Outside the Box: For nonbinary students, conforming to gender norms on paperwork is just easier

If you leave the ‘gender’ box blank on federal student loan paperwork, the system will send it back with an error. It’s impossible to get around this, according to Jennifer Bell, University of Oregon associate director for advising. You have to be either a male or a female. There’s only …

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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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UO Administration and GTFF reach contract agreements, this time without strikes

The University of Oregon Administration and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation met on June 30 to negotiate the latest contract agreements for GTFs and the university. Unlike the negotiations two years ago, this year’s did not result in most of the graduate fellows going on strike. There were a few …

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$6 million endowment will help UO Clinic with operations and research

The Quest Fund gifted the University of Oregon’s College of Education $6 million for its HEDCO Clinic to assist with yearly operational costs for its programs, which provide low-cost educational services to the Eugene-Springfield community. Located in the southern wing of the HEDCO building on campus, the clinic is currently …

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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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More than 200 escape fire at Eugene Mission

The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department responded to a 2-alarm fire at the Eugene Mission on Wednesday night. More than 200 people were in the building, but the fire department reported that all occupants made it safely outside. The fire started in the kitchen and severely burned the inside of the structure. Investigators …

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Recap: One year after hiring, Michael Schill formally invested as UO President

University of Oregon President Michael Schill’s official investiture as the university’s president was on June 1. The ceremony, open to the public, was held in the Matthew Knight Arena and attended by UO faculty, alumni, investors and community members. While Schill has been the serving as president of the UO …

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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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Shasta Lake camp site debris a biohazard, U.S. Forest Service called in for cleanup

Local and student groups that showed up to clean the debris left behind at Lake Shasta last weekend were turned away by the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday. The USFS reported that the debris was too biohazardous for regular clean-up crews to handle. The now-infamous incident of left-behind litter after …

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New Breed Seed: Lane County’s first licensed cannabis grower

Last month, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced the first 12 licensed marijuana growers in the state, and Lane County’s first, New Breed Seed, is just a quick drive away in Cottage Grove. New Breed Seed paid $3,750 to become certified by the OLCC as a tier 1 outdoor grower, …

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UC Eugene — why Californian students keep coming and what it means for the UO

The number of Californians who attend the University of Oregon has more than doubled in the last nine years. To put that into perspective, you only need to look as far as the UO’s nicknames: University of California—Eugene or Cal State Oregon. At the beginning of this year, there were …

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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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U.S. Senators urge for college accreditation regulation

Fraudulent for-profit colleges may be stealing financial aid from larger institutions. Last month, 24 U.S. senators, including Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, signed a letter urging the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate national accrediting agencies’ practices to check that colleges are meeting the academic standards outlined in the Higher …

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No internet access in the EMU for six hours on May 12

The Erb Memorial Union will be undergoing a network shutdown in order to replace some old equipment Thursday morning, from 6 a.m. to noon. The outage was announced by EMU Maintenance employee Jake Vasey. So if you’re studying or working in the EMU, you won’t be able to access the …

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Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump rallies energize and polarize Lane County

Troy Shinn, Tran Nguyen, Max Thornberry, Noah McGraw and Raquel Ortega also contributed to this report. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders certainly have a few well-documented differences — including the reactions each of them provoked upon arrival in Lane County. Thousands of Oregon residents flocked …

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UO’s Global Scholars Hall construction lawsuit continues over a year later

Just over a year ago, the University of Oregon filed a lawsuit over design faults in the concrete foundation of Global Scholars Hall. The UO is suing the firms associated with the building’s construction, which finished over five years ago. Chief among the firms is Hoffman Construction, an Oregon contracting …

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Christoph Lindner named new dean of A&AA school

University of Oregon Provost Scott Coltrane announced today that the search for a new Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, which began last fall, is over. Christoph Lindner, professor of media and culture at the University of Amsterdam, has been named the A&AA Dean. He will begin …

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Once a Duck, always a Duck: Remembering Connor James

Oregon lost a Duck, a best friend, a brother and a son at the beginning of April. Connor James was a freshman studying biology at the University of Oregon. James died falling from a train on April 1. At 18 years old, he is survived by his family: his parents, …

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Sweet Life opens second location near UO despite small car accident

The wait is over: a new Sweet Life Desserts location on East 19th Avenue and Agate Street opened its doors Monday morning — despite a small car accident that occurred the night before. According to managers at Sweet Life, a car backed up at a higher than usual speed and hit …

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Elizabeth Armstrong comes to UO to talk about status competition and sexual assault prevention

Over 100 students and faculty attended Elizabeth Armstrong’s lecture April 21 at the Ford Alumni Center. So many were in attendance that several dozen students were left without seats, listening along while sitting cross-legged in the back of the room. The talk, titled “Status, Violence, and Alcohol: How Status Competition Creates …

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Ever wondered why so many Californians choose UO?

Talking with Californian University of Oregon students about why they came to Oregon can often yield complaints about California’s higher in-state tuition and academic standards. For Patrick McClellan, a Palo Alto native who attended Mountain View High School in California before going to the UO, these lamentations are nothing new. …

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UO feels the Bern as Sanders opens first Oregon campaign office in Eugene

On your walk to morning classes, you may have seen the Bernie Sanders booth across from the Duck Store or noticed the clipboard-clad volunteers making sure that Sanders supporters are registered as Democrats in time for the primary. As the presidential spotlight makes its way toward Oregon’s May 17 primaries, …

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UO Board of Trustees committee will discuss plan to recruit more minority faculty

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the University of Oregon Board of Trustees will hold a meeting to address a continuing lack of diversity among UO faculty. Lack of diversity among UO faculty has become a more frequently referenced issue on campus, one often brought to the forefront of conversation throughout this …

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UO extends halt on FSL expansion following the organization’s latest review

An external review of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Oregon affirms concerns about sexual assault within the community, Vice-President of Student Life Robin Holmes said Monday. Holmes personally requested the report, which examined documents and conversations with campus as well as fraternity and sorority members for issues related to sexual …

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