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UO faculty weigh in on administration’s budget cuts

The University of Oregon is facing a budget crisis. Faculty members are being let go, tuition prices are rising and no one appears to have a solution. At a recent speech and Q&A session, President Michael Schill personally expressed his frustration over students and faculty decrying tuition hikes and staff …

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Univerisity of Florida professor Juan-Carlos Molleda named as the next SOJC dean

The University of Oregon announced Juan-Carlos Molleda as the next School of Journalism and Communication Dean today, according to Around the O. Molleda, who is the current University of Florida professor and chair of the department of Public Relations, will take office July 1. His research focuses on global corporate public …

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UO to implement new policies in response to Black Student Task Force demands

In November, the Black Student Task Force sent a list of 12 demands asking the University of Oregon administration to combat various racial issues on campus. Today, UO President Michael Schill and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Yvette Alex-Assensoh published a letter to the campus community addressing six of the …

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David Conover hired as VP of research and innovation

A memo from Provost Scott Coltrane announced the newest addition to University of Oregon administration this morning. David Conover has accepted the position of vice president of research and innovation. Conover has served as the vice president of research at Stony Brook University for the last year. He concurrently held his …

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Divest UO hosts mock wedding between UO Foundation and fossil fuel companies

The University of Oregon Foundation married the fossil fuel industry today in a mock political theater act presented by Divest UO. The event was the culmination of the campaign’s 35-day sit in at Johnson Hall. Dozens attended the wedding, which featured a sharply dressed duck marrying a smokestack in a white …

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UO announces plan to increase the diversity of Oregon’s public school teachers

Oregon wants a more diverse teacher work force, and it’s requiring the state’s public institutions to help. Oregon Legislature passed a bill last year requiring that the state make progress toward hiring more minority teachers into Oregon’s public K-12 school system. The ultimate goal is that the diversity of the …

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Divest UO pleads first amendment infringement over banner removal

The speech is protected; the banner is not. That’s the line that University of Oregon administration is holding regarding to the Divest UO banner that campus operations removed from Johnson Hall last week. Divest UO members find the timing suspicious, considering the sign had been in place since February without …

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UO President Michael Schill discusses tuition, faculty cuts in Q&A session

University of Oregon President Michael Schill took questions about tuition increases and faculty cuts at today’s campus conversation — and he didn’t try to deny that more are likely. Schill spoke for around 30 minutes in the Ford Alumni Center, detailing his goals for the next year and beyond. The focus of …

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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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Divest UO banner removed from Johnson Hall

University of Oregon administration ordered campus operations to remove a large sign Wednesday morning that the Divest UO campaign has kept outside Johnson Hall in recent weeks. The sign, which said, “Off Fossil Fuels: We call on President [Michael] Schill to urge the UO foundation to divest from fossil fuels,” had adorned …

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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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Presidents of Oregon’s public universities petition state for $100 million funding increase

University of Oregon president Michael Schill has teamed up with the presidents of Oregon’s six other public universities to ask the state for a $100 million increase in funding. The presidents sent their petition to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission on Wednesday, the Oregonian reported. They collectively asked for $765 million …

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UO bringing lawsuit of former UOPD officer to national court of appeals

The University of Oregon filed motions to appeal the verdict of a former UOPD officer’s lawsuit in a national court of appeals on Tuesday. The university lost their first appeal of the case on Feb. 29 in Portland. In 2013, former UOPD officer James Cleavenger sued the university for wrongful termination …

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MLK quote returns the EMU lobby as planned

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” quote has returned to the EMU. The quote’s removal was the subject of considerable national debate in January, but a university official says it was always going to return. The university points to miscommunication and a lack of fact checking for the …

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GTFs rally for “a fair day’s pay without delay”

A year after rallying for a living wage, the University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows are still on average a couple hundred dollars short of making ends meet. “We were guaranteed a living wage last year, but that hasn’t happened,” Political Science GTF Malori Musselman said. About 30 members of …

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UO tuition almost doubled in the last decade. What does that mean for the future?

Frustrations finally boiled over. Students holding signs saying, “When will the price be right?” and “Silenced again,” marched out of the Board of Trustees meeting March 4 in an act of defiance against University of Oregon administration. “We’re not willing to work with you if you’re not willing to work …

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UO Board of Trustees passes 4.7 percent and 4.5 percent tuition increases amid students’ concerns

The Board of Trustees passed a 4.7 percent tuition increase for in-state students and 4.5 percent increase for out-of-state students. The hike will cover the $17.5 million increase in costs for the fiscal year 2016, as the University of Oregon’s budget relies heavily on students’ tuition. Student Amber Potratz said the …

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Winter UO Board of Trustees meeting live updates

Follow our live coverage of Board of Trustees meeting below. Access the agenda here.   Live Blog Board of Trustees Live Updates March 4  

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UO Board of Trustees committee discusses “troubling” decrease in student course loads, future campus redesign

The Finance and Facilities committee, a subcommittee of the University of Oregon Board of Trustees, met Thursday morning to discuss remedies for increased enrollment and delayed graduation. This is in preparation for the once-a-term full board meeting tomorrow morning at the Ford Alumni Center. Here are the highlights from this morning’s …

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79 UO faculty members will not return next year

Non-tenured members of the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences faculty found out Monday that 79 of their colleagues will not return for the 2016-2017 academic year, according to the Register-Guard. Contract nonrenewals were issued on Monday. The decision is reportedly part of UO President Michael Schill’s plan …

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SEIU responds to statewide minimum wage increase

Minimum wage has been a hot-button topic for a while now. Bernie Sanders brings it up weekly on the presidential trail and the discussion has labored on in statehouses around the country, even here in Oregon. Currently, there are four statewide initiatives to raise the minimum wage, not including a …

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Preview: Board of Trustees Winter meeting to vote on tuition increases

University of Oregon Board of Trustees is set for their Winter meeting March 4 at 10 a.m. in Giustina Ballroom in Ford Alumni Center. Finance and Facilities Committee will meet at 9 a.m., and Academic and Student Affairs Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Here are some of the items on the meeting’s agenda: …

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UO President Michael Schill to address tenure workload issue at BOT meetings

University of Oregon President Michael Schill will discuss whether non-tenure track faculty will stay or go with the UO Board of Trustees this week, according to the Register-Guard. Non-tenure track faculty employment has increased in some departments, such as the College of Arts and Sciences, even as enrollment in the …

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UO seeking nomineees for senate, committee seats

Candidates can now self-nominate themselves for a place in the UO Senate, Committees and other elected positions. According to Around The O, provost Scott Coltrane and Senate President Randy Sullivan posted a message to the UO community, asking for help with the nomination process in “shaping the future for the University of …

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SEIU leads a student tour of campus classified workers

The Service Employees International Union took students on a tour of the classified workers’ side of campus last Wednesday, Feb. 18. SEIU has been attempting to increase awareness of its union since a near-strike this summer. An Ethnic Studies 199 class attended the tour. The instructor, Associate Professor Daniel HoSang, …

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University of Oregon Senate unanimously passes three motions

Unanimous efficiency was a key theme for the University of Oregon Senate on Wednesday. Members and officers of the senate passed all three proposed motions, in addition to opening up discussion for a fourth potential policy change. Here are the details of the two hour meeting. A new degree program …

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UO may forcibly move cell phone tower located next to Hayward Field

As the University of Oregon gears up for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships, the UO Board of Trustees thinks the cell phone tower at Hayward Field has got to go. The Board of Trustees met over conference call for an emergency session on Feb. 18 to decide the fate of the …

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Student groups turn to ASUO for funding to cope with Schill’s proposed administration cuts

The ASUO Program Finance Committee granted an 11.6 percent increase in its budget to accommodate student groups facing impending academic department cuts. Early in January, University of Oregon President Michael Schill announced a plan to reallocate funding from departments across campus toward research funding. This means some departments will receive increases …

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UO Senate to vote on new graduate sports-centric program

The University of Oregon senate will vote on creating a new graduate program on sports product design this Wednesday, according to the UO senate agenda. The program, if passed, will enhance UO’s relationship with Portland-area sports products companies, including Nike. The proposal, dated back in 2012, includes two sports-centric master degrees, the Register-Guard …

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Access Shuttle routing system makes transportation service less accessible

The free transportation service for people with accessibility needs has created a new routing system, and many who need the University of Oregon Access Shuttle said the route refuses to accommodate them. Before the change, freshman Abdullah Alshabanah could call the Access Shuttle’s number and driver Vickie Peterson would put …

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