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Swine flu spurs instructors to relax attendance policies

With swine flu infecting an increasing number of students, chemistry professor Tom Dyke used the beginning of his Chemistry 221 class Wednesday to tell his students about the precautions he will take to make sure their academics won’t be hurt if they catch the H1N1 virus. Then he spent the …

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Handgun ban gets second look

After two recent lawsuits raised questions about the legality of state universities’ bans on concealed handguns, the state Senate decided Wednesday to weigh in on the subject.At an informal hearing before the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning, Bend lawyer and former Sen. Neil Bryant, who served on the committee for …

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ASUO nominates Senate presidents

Rena Lev-Bass Correction appended Two political rivals were nominated for Student Senate president during the year’s first Senate meeting Wednesday — and they nominated each other. Leading candidates for opposing slates in last year’s elections, Sens. Nick Gower and Nick Schultz nominated one another for Senate president, both knowing the …

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Oregon University System sued over campus handgun policy

A pro-Second Amendment foundation has filed a lawsuit challenging the Oregon University System’s ban on handguns, specifically for those with concealed handgun licenses. The suit was brought forth last month by the Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation and filed by Salem lawyer and former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party Vance …

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H1N1 virus lands on University of Oregon campus

Ivar Vong Two University students told the Emerald on Monday evening they had been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, by doctors at the University Health Center. However, University Health Center Director Mike Eyster said the health center has seen cases of swine flu throughout recent …

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UO won’t change ‘Made in Oregon’ sign

First, it was the iconic neon “Made in Oregon” sign that inspired the disputes, then the nearby Old Town Water Tower and finally, a parking lot shared with the surrounding buildings. However, after nine months of property and lease negotiations with the city, the University appears to be nearing a …

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UO professor awarded psych honors

Rena Lev-Bass On Oct. 7, Professor Michael Posner will take his place in history as one of the nine researchers to win the National Medal of Science and be presented with the award by the President of the United States in a White House ceremony. Created by statute in 1959, …

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EWEB moves to Fourth Avenue

The Eugene Water & Electric Board is in the process of moving the majority of its operation departments from its existing riverfront headquarters to a building with more updated facilities on Roosevelt Boulevard in West Eugene. As the utilities provider moves into the new building, named the Roosevelt Operations Center, …

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Revenue decline forces Walker from appointment

Vicki Walker’s appointment by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to head Oregon’s parole board came to an unforeseen and sudden end on Friday. When a recent decline in state revenue rendered the board unable to pay Walker, the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision asked the governor’s office and the Oregon …

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‘Daddy complex’ may be genetic, not nurtured

A University professor’s recently published findings on the correlation between genetics and the age of first sexual intercourse turns earlier research on its head.  Assistant professor Jane Mendle published her findings in the scientific journal Child Development, and her work indicates that the presence or absence of fathers in girls’ …

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Oregon State apologizes for starting class on Yom Kippur

While University students got an extra day of rest in observance of Yom Kippur on Monday before classes started, Oregon State University held classes without regard for the Jewish holiday.   It was a move that drew criticism from Jewish leaders and others in Corvallis and an apology from the …

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Observing Yom Kippur

Shawn Hatjes  The University was closed Monday in observance of Yom Kippur, the most important Jewish holiday. Yom Kippur marks the end of the “days of awe,” also called the High Holy Days — the first 10 days of the Jewish calendar, when Jews pray for atonement and purify themselves …

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Last chance for EMU post office

Shawn Hatjes Right now, the University has the convenience of a post office in one of its most central buildings. By the end of the year, that may not be so. The U.S. Postal Service’s Portland District announced on July 28 that the postal service is considering closing Eugene’s University …

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Lariviere welcomes students and staff

Jack Hunter New University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere delivered the keynote speech at this year’s convocation, which welcomes incoming freshmen and faculty and awards outstanding professors. Lariviere urged freshmen to “cross the line of the safe and comfortable” and “dare to explore” in their education. “Your obligation is to …

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Postoffice ‘at Home’ Today in Handsome New Quarters

 (Story originally published Dec. 13, 1923)

An entrance free from mud, a large new room with windows extending the entire length of the room, a brand-new writing desk similar to the ones in the regular “town postoffice,” and a newly-planned counter over which to toss the little canvas-encased box containing the laundry to be sent home — these are but a few of the features of the new location of the University postoffice, situated in the lower level of the completed power plant, and open today for the first time to students to receive and send mail.

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Campus goes dark

Ivar Vong After a power plant failure briefly plunged the University into darkness at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, several fire alarms were simultaneously triggered around campus. Eugene Fire Department trucks arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. Smoke was reported only in Straub Hall, the Volcanology building and Earl Complex, according …

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Matt Knight Arena construction on schedule

Matthew Knight Arena is on schedule even if it means staying a little later in the workday, says Projects Superintendent Adam Bonner of Hoffman Construction. The Emerald and other members of the press toured the arena’s construction zone Friday morning. The 75-foot high structure, from the street, should have the concrete set by Oct. 29. All the steel should be in by late-March and the roof on by the time the rainy season is over. Starting in February, the Alumni Center will be built above the underground three-level parking structure. Bonner estimates that on average, at this time about 200 workers are on site but once March ends and the steel is in, the number will nearly double.

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$400,000 accounting error, grievance mark summer ASUO

A half-million dollar accounting error by a University employee and an old rival’s attempt to remove the student body president from office rattled the ASUO this summer, leaving the Executive in a near-constant state of damage control. ASUO President Emma Kallaway said it is “nowhere near settled” how the ASUO …

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Walker appointed to state parole board, replaced by Edwards

Walker resigns State Sen. Vicki Walker (D-Eugene) resigned from her seat on July 12 to accept an appointment to the state parole board by Gov. Ted Kulongoski. On the board, Walker will make more than $97,000 per year, much more than what she made as senator. Many media, including The …

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Try to ‘duck the flu’ this winter

When it comes to preventing the upcoming flu season, Paula Staight likes to use the ironic phrase, “Duck the Flu.” Staight, a spokesperson for the Health Center, has been working all summer to prepare for the usual flood of flu cases that will hit the University this winter. The H1N1 …

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Classified staff, OUS strike deal, both parties claim victory

An agreement reached Sept. 7 between the Oregon University System and a union representing University staff averted a strike by the employees that could have hindered the start of the school year. The Service Employees International Union Local 503 represents employees referred to in OUS parlance as classified staff: office …

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Building from the ground up

Matthew Knight Arena Work continues on the Matthew Knight Basketball Arena. The $200 million structure, paid for with state bonds, is slated to replace the aging McArthur Court for the 2010-11 basketball season. Ground was also broken on the underground parking structure that will accompany the arena. The garage will …

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‘Green’ rankings reveal room for improvement at University

In September, “Sierra,” the Sierra Club’s bimonthly magazine, published its third annual ranking of “planet-preserving colleges and universities.” The University of Oregon was ranked at 25. There are many lists that rank the environmental stature of colleges based on multiple sources, and the University’s grades on all of them are …

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Rec Center using new hand scanning machines for entry

Leslie Montgomery The technology at the Student Recreation Center door is getting a high-tech upgrade. The student ID card readers that were in place through the summer are being replaced by biometric machines that scan patrons’ palms. Rec center sources cited many reasons for the change, but the biggest were …

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LTD axes some campus routes, more cuts expected

The Lane Transit District cut 3 percent of Eugene and Springfield bus routes at the beginning of September to compensate for lower revenue, but avoided bigger cuts through an infusion of money from the federal stimulus. However, sources at and close to the transport provider said larger cuts will likely …

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EPD fostering positive relationship with UO

The Eugene Police Department’s new chief said he plans to increase communication between EPD and University students. However, the new contract in the works between police and University administrators is likely to diminish the department’s presence on campus. Because the contract is still under negotiation, police chief Pete Kerns said …

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Job hunting for dummies

Unemployed? Check. Looking for a job? Check. With the economy in its current state, it can be difficult to know what the changing job market is looking for, especially when you are a college student looking for a job to fit your already tight schedule. Craigslist, an online city-based classified …

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Former UO, NCAA president Myles Brand dies

Oregon Daily Emerald Archives Former University president Myles Brand died Wednesday at age 67 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Brand was the 14th University president, serving from 1989-94. During his tenure and after it, he earned a reputation for making tough decisions, as well as being an ardent …

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Who you need to know in Eugene

Oregon Daily Emerald RICHARD LARIVIERE This former University of Kansas provost was selected last year by a search committee to become the 16th University of Oregon president. Lariviere is a Chicago native who grew up in Iowa, attending the University of Iowa as an undergraduate and studying Jewish and Hindu traditions …

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UO making strides in sustainability

Leslie Montgomery Steve Mital dismisses the Sierra Club’s low environmental ranking of the University. In fact, the director of the University’s office of sustainability rejects the entire idea of quantifying schools’ environmental quality. “It’s impossible to produce a ranking of such individually diverse schools,” Mital said. “Each school’s sustainability efforts …

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