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Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy speaks about University, City of Eugene relationship (with audio)

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy sat down with the Emerald to talk about the relationship between the Eugene community and University students and the future of the city.

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Students impact politics and politics impact students

Just because most University students seldom leave the comfort of campus neighborhoods doesn’t mean they’re not affected by the politics of Eugene as a whole.

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Campus biking infrastructure improved with 20-year-old plan

Efforts to improve campus cycling infrastructure began after the University received a silver ranking for campus bike friendliness from the League of American Bicyclists. Senior UO Bike Program coordinator Ted Sweeney and former Bike Program coordinator Brianna Orr were the students who nominated the University the award, and both thought the ranking can be raised by a few improvements to campus streets and pathways.

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Who's who in the ASUO

Here are some pivotal people to know in this year’s student government.

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Tentative agreement reached by union and University system; union members to ratify

Negotiations between Oregon University System and Service Employees International Union bargaining teams started at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, and culminated this morning at 4 a.m. with tentative agreement on a new contract. Both teams met at Western Oregon University to work out a settlement involving points that union members …

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Classified staff and Oregon University system work out preliminary agreement

Service Employees International Union ( SEIU ) @@http://www.seiu.org/@@Local 503 and Oregon University system ( OUS ) came to a settlement at 4:30 this morning that prevented strike votes from taking place today. A strike vote had been scheduled to take place at each Oregon University affiliate, contingent on progress made …

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UO Bike Program, Campus Operations begin initiative to improve bike safety

To increase bicycle safety, Campus Operations layed down the first shared road arrows, or “sharrows” on 13th avenue Monday morning. The arrows will replace bike lanes, making campus streets shared between drivers and cyclists. This is the first of three steps to improve bike safety on campus.

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Circus brings protesters to the Matthew Knight Arena

100 Protesters gather outside the Matthew Knight Arena Friday afternoon after the Ringling Bros. Circus comes to town.

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Construction on East 13th Avenue changes business environment

Tuesday was the start of the third phase of a project to make the street more accessible for parking, bicycles and automobile traffic between Alder and Kincaid streets. For the time being, it means shutting off that block completely.

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University growth causes tension in surrounding neighborhoods

As enrollment grows and the University continues to expand, students seeking to live close to campus pack more densely into the surrounding neighborhoods — with far-reaching impacts.

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Take Back the Tap campaign meets with University, EMU representatives

In efforts to promote tap water over the sales of single-use plastic bottled water on campus, members in the Climate Justice League Take Back the Tap campaign met with the University’s student affairs, housing and athletics, as well as EMU representatives on July 5th to discuss points about moving forward with the initiative.

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ASUO Summer Senate second meeting; still no funds allocated

The ASUO’s rules require the Student Senate to meet monthly during the summer, but so far it has had little reason to do so. At its June meeting, at least, the Senate made decisions. At its July meeting, held Tuesday, it didn’t even do that, beyond deciding to close the …

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Oregon government restructures higher education bureaucracy

During the 2011 legislative session, Oregon passed some key bills that will change the face of education in Oregon. Such bills as Senate Bills 242 and 909 provide new approaches to aspects of funding and planning, while the creation and extension of a number of specific task forces and smaller bills go into changes on a smaller scale.

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Oregon lawmakers slash higher education funding

Oregon’s legislature passes a higher education budget that cuts spending by 17 percent.

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Foster youth celebrate as Oregon Senate passes tuition waiver

Work at least two jobs. Go to class if possible. Stay up late studying, if studying is even a priority. This is the life of a foster child in college. “Studying is the last thing you’re going to do when trying to pay rent and tuition,” current University senior and …

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Inexperience punctuates first ASUO Summer Senate meeting

The ASUO Summer Senate was operating within the confines of its bylaws by holding a 27-minute meeting on Tuesday evening, but the nervousness among its members permeated their minds and hung thick in the air of the Alsea Room in the EMU.

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State board tightens reins on University president

Lariviere’s contract will be renewed next year — with major conditions altered.

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Architecture students reinvent South Willamette for Eugene city planners

Focus on transportation, density and mix between business and living is central in designs.

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A retrospective on the 2010-11 ASUO

The 2010-11 school year has been accompanied with a number of twists and turns in the University’s student government, but there have been a few storylines that have run throughout the year of ASUO politics.

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ASUO Senate elects chair, vice chair to work summer months

Sens. Emma Newman and Harlan Mechling ran to be Summer Senate chair, with Mechling eventually succeeding. Sens. Katherine DuPont and Kaitlyn Lange were nominated for Summer Senate vice chair at the previous meeting to run, but Lange was absent and did not submit a letter to the body. Both Mechling and DuPont were elected by a secret paper ballot, the vote counts of which was not released to the press.

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Oregon bottle bill to become reality

Bill includes more beverages, 10 cent refund and recycling centers.

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Upstart campus publication Yalla to dissolve due to lack of involvement

Started as an idea in the back of the mind of University Arabic faculty member Mohamed Jemmali to give experience to journalism students connected with the Arabic department, Yalla — a campus publication — may have to stop operation after this year. The publication will likely have to return funds somehow, because it was allocated $1,190 in the Programs Finance Committee process this year.

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Oregon Senate approves Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway

Student initiates renaming of Highway 126 to remember fallen officer

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ASUO open house attracts nongovernment student attendance

The ASUO office, located in EMU Suite 4, is getting a makeover. The student government has selected a new logo to replace the void created last year, four computers designated for shared use have been put in place as a part of larger refurbishing, and ASUO members and other students alike gathered in the office for an open house event Thursday evening.

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Death sentence will be first in 14 years in Oregon

The debate on the death penalty reopened as an inmate is sentenced to death.

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New ASUO senators hold initial meeting, discuss year’s goals

While senators also heard from special requests and a report from the University Diversity Plan, a major focus of the meeting was dedicated to establishing respectful discourse norms for the Senate to adopt this coming year.

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Summer construction projects to improve streets around campus

College students will return home, or start internships, and the city of Eugene, the city of Springfield, Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane County and the Lane Transit District will start construction projects to make the county ready for the fall, which inevitably will bring more college students and more rain.

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Amelie Rousseau, Maneesh Arora, others in ASUO reflect on their Executive term

Rousseau and Arora were elected to the chief executive positions last spring, and their term is ending today. From their involvement with state legislative issues to some in-house accomplishments, the year has been termed as a volatile one, where much has changed.

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OrgSync, new University contracted service, will better connect student programs

Thanks to a large cash infusion from the ASUO and its programs, OrgSync — an online resource like DuckWeb specifically for University clubs and programs — will be put in place, making it easier for students to find what’s happening on campus.

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SEIU rallies in Salem for new budget strategies

Thousands of public employees rally at Capitol to urge legislators to adopt new budget strategies.

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