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The cost of coursework: textbook prices rise as Ducks arrive

When University of Oregon sophomore Sara Bass reached for the textbook Essential Clinical Anatomy at the UO Duck Store on the first Monday of classes, the $89.69 price tag didn’t faze her. She knew her books would be expensive, but she viewed them as “a necessary evil.” Bass is not …

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Students, UO staff voice concerns on sexual assault reporting policy

About 40 students and faculty members gathered in Columbia Hall 150 to address sexual assault reporting policy on campus Friday. The forum hosted by The University of Oregon Senate Workgroup on Responsible Reporting aimed to give students input before a permanent policy is determined by the UO Senate. “One of …

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UO Health Center prepares for Zika virus

America’s newest emerging disease — the Zika virus — continues to spread, with 23 cases in Oregon, as reported by the Center for Disease Control. At the University of Oregon Health Center, doctors and medical staff are setting up protocol and pushing to inform students about the disease. Dr. Elisabeth Maxwell, UO …

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University of Oregon falls behind OSU in national sexual health rankings

A recent study ranked Oregon State University the number one sexually healthy university in the U.S. The University of Oregon, however, was absent from the list. Vice News online magazine, Motherboard, reported on the study conducted by an independent research group called The State of Education. The study used three indicators …

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Former UO Football player Fred Quillan dies

Fred Quillan, a former Ducks and San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman, died at the age of 60 on Monday, according to an announcement on the 49ers website. The announcement, released on Sept. 15, did not specify the cause of death. Born in Portland, Oregon, Quillan attended UO from 1975 to 1977 and …

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Dunn Hall renaming follows national trend

Yesterday, the UO Board of Trustees unanimously voted to strip Dunn Hall of its name. “Taking people’s names off buildings is something we should do very, very carefully,” Schill said while addressing the board on Thursday. “It’s very dangerous to obscure history.” The decision marks the University of Oregon as the …

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Schill suggests Dunn Hall denamed, postpones decision for Deady

University of Oregon president Michael Schill released an open letter today addressing the Black Student Task Force list of demands. The demands include, among other concerns, the renaming of Deady and Dunn Halls because of links to racism. “Many of the demands are quite reasonable—consistent with our institutional priorities and the IDEAL diversity framework—and, …

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UOPD names its new police chief after three-month search

UOPD named its new chief today, ending the three-month search. Matthew Carmichael received the position after serving as the chief of police at UC Davis since 2011, according to the UOPD website. Carmichael’s resume includes expertise in mass shootings and “active shooter training/preparedness,” filling a void in UOPD experience with shootings. …

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Uncovering the urban legend: The most failed class at UO

A popular idea that has come under investigation is that Math 111 is the most failed class at the University of Oregon. The Emerald recently attained a copy of the Fall 2015 grade distributions from the UO registrar office, detailing the percentages of grade options for UO classes that term. …

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Senate president emeritus called in as summer senate failed to show up

We went to the meeting, so you didn’t have to. ASUO Senate failed to meet quorum the second time this summer, due to miscommunication. Senate president emeritus Max Burns, called in via Facebook from a cafe in Cambodia to prevent the body from holding another emergency meeting. Burns has been …

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UO space observatory reopened after wildfire threat

The University of Oregon’s space observatory, Pine Mountain Observatory, was evacuated on Saturday, August 20, due to threat from a wildfire east of Bend, Ore. No damage to the observatory was reported but, “one to two” people were evacuated from the center according to Lisa Clark, Information Officer at the …

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4 UO Law grads who have changed Oregon

On Monday, 104 new students started classes at the University of Oregon’s law school. They’ll be following in the footsteps of these defining UO law school alumni. Ellen Rosenblum made history when she became Oregon’s first woman Attorney General in 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1971 and her …

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Students to weigh-in on downtown

Students will soon have the opportunity to shape downtown Eugene as part of an on-going effort by the Eugene City Council to improve the downtown experience. Last Thursday and Friday, Eugene residents expressed opinions for the future of downtown’s public spaces to a consultant group. The group, Project for Public …

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Chip card readers cause rough transition

A new problem has faced grocery shoppers recently at the checkout: should they swipe or insert their credit card? The fingernail-sized chips on credit cards require users to insert their cards instead of swipe them. The new card readers, known as EMV–EuroPay, Mastercard, and Visa — are increasingly popping up in …

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Two oak trees removed Wednesday to be repurposed

Two pin oak trees between Columbia Hall and Friendly Hall were removed on Wednesday. The area has been blocked off since Tuesday. The trees have been damaged from a grade change—flattening of the land—when University Street changed to the brick plaza that currently sits between 13th and University St, and …

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How a UO dropout found success by turning the college’s cooking oil into biofuel

When a column of black smoke rose from Ian Hill’s burning pickup truck on the side of the Sacramento highway, the former University of Oregon student had a sudden realization. The sight of the flaming fossil fuel backdropped by the agricultural scenery made him think, “I’m going to start my …

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Goodbye July draws vibrant crowd to Kesey Square

A vibrant crowd of about 150 trickled into Kesey Square for the “Goodbye July” concert on Saturday night. The free concert aimed to raise money for White Bird Clinic in Eugene. Next door to Kesey Square, Voodoo Doughnuts offered custom doughnuts, donating a portion of the proceeds to White Bird. …

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Website proposing Oregon bid for 2028 Summer Olympics suggests using UO venues

A new website proposes a bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics that would take place in three Oregon cities—Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis—and suggests using Hayward Field, Matthew Knight Arena and Autzen Stadium for events. The website, oregon2028.com, has laid out the costs, revenues, potential venues, and other suggestions detailing how …

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Event Preview: Goodbye July concert

Eugene band STEEL WOOL, fronted by singer and guitarist Tim Mueller, features a special statue in their 2014 music video of their song “Fat Jesus Riding a Bicycle.” The statue, a tribute to author Ken Kesey, sits on a plot of land that many refer to as the heart of Eugene—Kesey …

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Free speech in safe spaces: UO faculty want to amend the Bias Education and Response Team

In May 1999, a University of Oregon student said to his class that Hispanic people have a poor work ethic. In the arguments that ensued, one student said to an Asian classmate over email that if she didn’t shut up, “you will see what racism truly is.” After the university …

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Candidate for UO Police Chief visits campus

Matthew Carmichael, a candidate for the next University of Oregon Police Chief, is visiting campus today to give a public presentation and hold a forum for questions. The events will be in the Knight Library Browsing Room, and include a powerpoint presentation from 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. It is …

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Minimum wage hikes affect local businesses and students

The Oregonians who earn minimum wage, many of whom are students, will see a bump up in pay to $9.75 an hour this month — increasing from $9.25 on July 1. This is just the first of a series of increases that will continue until 2022. Oregon employers have had to …

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Power outage hits 19 buildings; Knight Library closed for the night

Update (9:30 p.m.): Power is being restored to all campus buildings. Nineteen buildings at the University of Oregon have been without power since around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to UO Alerts. Fixing the issue could take up to four hours, said Kelly McIver, UOPD’s public information officer at approximately 4:00 p.m. …

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$10 million Lillis gift will raise UO Volcanology to higher global status

The University of Oregon’s geological sciences department received a booming gift of $10 million for volcano research from Chuck and Gwen Lillis on Tuesday. UO has been at the forefront of volcano research, and this donation will help lift its reputation even higher. The department plans on hiring two new …

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The UO Bias Education Response Team is under examination from the UO Senate

The Bias Education and Response Team is under scrutiny from professors and staff after 15 years of operating at University of Oregon. A task force meant to collect information and enact policy on BERT has been formed by the UO Senate, a democratic body representing faculty, staff and students on …

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“All lives cannot matter until black lives matter”: Students, community march in protest

A peaceful crowd of upwards of 400 students and community members gathered at the University of Oregon EMU amphitheater to protest and raise awareness against racism. Kim Mcgrew, youth pastor at Powerhouse Worship Center in Eugene, spoke before the crowd about the recent shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Texas. “We …

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Black student groups to march for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

For live coverage of this event, follow Tran Nguyen on Twitter @tranngngn. A memorial will be held at 1:45 on Friday afternoon at the UO Amphitheater for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It will be hosted by the UO Black Women of Achievement Group. The University of Oregon Black Student Union …

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