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Obama emphasizes college education, national security and growing economy in State of the Union address

United States President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address tonight in Washington. Here are some of the highlights: Obama began by citing some areas of success achieved recently. The economy is growing faster than it has since 1999, he said. Unemployment is lower than it has …

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Obama's plan for affordable education faces Republican dominated Congress

Debt is a reality for many students in higher education. By 2020, the White House estimates that 35 percent of job openings will require a bachelor’s degree and 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree. In an attempt to make higher education more accessible across the nation, President …

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Cost of America's College Promise raises concerns

On Friday, Jan. 9, President Barack Obama announced a proposal created to provide two free years of community college to students. The proposal, named America’s College Promise, enables students to begin a four year degree with two free years at community college, as long as they maintain a 2.5 grade point …

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Oregon's minimum wage rises to meet inflation

In January, Oregon’s minimum wage went up 15 cents to $9.25 an hour. This brings another $26 a month and $234 a year to those working 30 hours a week in minimum wage jobs. The wage raise is thanks to a ballot measure passed by Oregon voters in 2002, tying …

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Former UO craft center employee sues university for $900,000

Former University of Oregon Craft Center employee Laura A. Gerards filed a $900,000 lawsuit against the UO last week, according to the Register Guard. Gerards said in the lawsuit she was fired after taking medical leave for migraines. The lawsuit states that Gerard’s due process was violated when she was fired without a hearing. The …

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"Die-in" for Eric Garner decision staged at Lillis

Lillis’ floor was covered with lying-down students for 14 minutes on Dec. 5. The “die-in” was a protest staged by the University of Oregon Multicultural Center at the Lillis Business Complex in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the killing of Eric Garner. A …

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ASUO and SLAP stopped in attempt to enter office space of Johnson

Members of the ASUO and the Student Labor Action Project attempted to protest in Johnson Hall offices this afternoon to show support for the GTFF strike.  Students had also protested yesterday in the lobby of Johnson Hall with a “Solidarity Study In.” However, this time, UOPD was called to the scene after …

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Timeline: GTFF bargaining and potential strike (updated)

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation is striking after being engaged in contract negotiations for months. Here’s a timeline of major events in the bargaining, vote and decision to strike. See anything missing from the timeline? Email [email protected] with details. Emerald staff will continue to update the timeline as bargaining continues.

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One on the picket line: Katie Jo LaRiviere, graduate student and mother of two

Katie Jo LaRiviere arrived on campus on Dec. 2 in the midst of the morning fog. She arrived at her office ready to work on her final essays for her graduate classes, but today wasn’t her typical Tuesday afternoon. Rather than teaching courses and leading discussions, she put on her coat, …

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Kitzhaber's new higher ed budget isn't enough, public universities say

The presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities aren’t satisfied with Gov. Kitzhaber’s 2015-2017 higher education budget, according to a statement released this morning. Though the $626 million budget is almost a 25 percent increase from the 2012-2014 budget (which allocated $521 million), it’s not as much as the Higher Education …

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Students head to downtown Eugene for vigil supporting the family of Michael Brown

The Community Alliance of Lane County organized a vigil at 5 p.m. this evening in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Oak Street in Eugene. The event was attended in part by members of local social justice organizations and student groups such as …

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Oregon legalized marijuana, here are the answers to the questions you’ve been asking

By now, everyone knows that Oregon legalized marijuana in the recent election. Here are some answers to the questions you’ve been asking. When will Measure 91 actually be enacted? You can legally possess marijuana as of July 1, 2015. Until that date, possession under 4 ounces is still considered a misdemeanor …

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Here’s your break down of the 2014 ballot measures

Measure 86 Oregon Fund for Post Secondary Education If it passes: An amendment to the state constitution would be created to institute a state fund to provide financial aid for students at universities and trade schools. The amendment would allow the state legislature to issue bonds, use general fund dollars and …

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Elizabeth Warren, Peter DeFazio visit UO campus on behalf of Jeff Merkley’s re-election campaign (live updates)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Peter DeFazio visited the University of Oregon campus late Monday morning during a rally in support of Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley’s re-election campaign against Monica Wehby. Warren has long been a vocal supporter of student debt reduction. DeFazio represents much of Lane County in the House of Representatives. …

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ACLU forum about EPD’s anti-bias policy sparks discussion among citizens and minority leaders

The Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union” hosted a Civil Conversation at the Eugene Public Library Thursday evening. The union met to discuss  the Eugene Police Department’s efforts to reduce bias and discrimination against minorities. The featured speakers were Eric Richardson, president of the Lane County National Association for …

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Controversial ordinance could close Kesey Square at night to force out homeless people

Eugene Police Department proposed an ordinance at the May 27 City Council meeting that would close Kesey Square between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m every day, to reduce vandalism. After another public comment session on June 9th, the council hasn’t made a decision yet. Kesey Square, technically named Broadway Plaza, is located at the …

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Why the new West Eugene EmX is so controversial

The new EmX, which will run west from Eugene Station, is finally nearing the construction phase, after a seven-year planning process marked by bitter opposition and even an ongoing federal lawsuit. But those who object to the West Eugene line say the fight is far from over. The extension along West 6th, 7th …

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Oregon’s gay marriage ban struck down; same-sex couples already marrying in Lane County

Oregon’s gay marriage ban was struck down today by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, as spectators and same-sex couples on the courthouse steps cried tears of joy. McShane found the ban unconstitutional because it violated the rights offered under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling was made public …

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Hearing on same-sex marriage in Eugene draws national attention

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane held oral arguments today over whether to overturn Measure 36, which is the 2004 initiative that banned same-sex marriage in Oregon. The case has drawn international attention, as Oregon could be the latest in a long list of states that have legalized gay marriage after …

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New law protects minors seeking medical attention for alcohol emergencies

Underage students seeking medical attention for alcohol poisoning may now do so without worrying about receiving alcohol possession charges, thanks to a bill signed into law by Oregon governor John Kitzhaber on March 3. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Margaret Doherty, passed unanimously through the Oregon Senate on Feb. 20. …

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Q&A with Congressman Peter DeFazio on GMOs, veteran’s health care and college costs

On Friday, March 7, 2014, Congressman Peter DeFazio came to a press event put on by Oregon Students Interest Research Group  to speak out about the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms and OSPIRG’s campaign to ask markets and grocery store chains to label foods that contain GMOs. “It was a …

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Students discuss misconceptions about Social Host Ordinance at Wednesday panel

Seats were far from empty in Columbia 150 when students met to discuss the Ordinance on Unruly Gatherings, commonly known as the Social Host Ordinance, on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The forum was an opportunity to clarify the ordinance’s stipulations and consequences, especially in light of recent arrests related to unruly …

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City of Eugene erects fence around Whoville compound

A week after erecting “No Trespassing” signs around the homeless encampment of Whoville, the City of Eugene has put up a fence around the compound. “(The fence is) really just to secure the site and prevent trespassing,” Laura Hammond, community outreach coordinator for the City of Eugene’s Planning and Development …

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Student clubs must wait to get recognized as official ASUO groups

Have an idea to start up a new club on campus? While the application may be quick and simple, the process to get officially ASUO recognized could leave you waiting in the cold. To become officially recognized, programs must meet twice each month for no less than six months. They …

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ASUO Senate looks to fill five empty seats

Along with the new year comes the ASUO Senate looking to get some new faces on the body after five senators resigned at the end of fall term. Senators Parker Williams, Jonathan Wu, Kevin Frazier, Lexi Olson and Stephanie Schie all resigned, leaving the ASUO Executive the task of finding new …

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ASUO prepares for the new term

Even with fall out of the way, the ASUO is going to experience sweeping changes coming into the new year. For the winter term, the executive branch of the ASUO will be staying busy with ensuring that the two new programs it’s launching in the winter run as smooth as possible. …

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Q&A: SOJC graduate Mat Wolf on life in Cairo amid a political revolution

Mat Wolf has been around. He’s worked at newspapers all around the state, from The Register-Guard to the Mail-Tribune in Medford and even the Oregon Daily Emerald. He graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication in 2012 and moved to Jordan soon after to work for …

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Q&A: Omar Hagrass, UO grad and Egyptian citizen on activism in Cairo

Omar Hagrass graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012. As an Egyptian native, he moved back home upon earning his degree in political science and now works as a financial analyst at CI Capital. Hagrass was one of many Egyptians who took to the streets and successfully oust Hosni …

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Oregon state Senate approves nearly $24 million in bonding authority to UO

The Oregon state Senate approved a series of bills today that authorize approximately $1 billion in bonding authority for projects statewide, with the University of Oregon receiving about $24 million. The Senate approved two items with a price tag of more than $8 million for the UO: $8.5 for the …

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Senate overwhelmingly votes to grant UO an independent governing board

The Oregon Senate, on a 23-7 vote, approved a bill that would grant the University of Oregon administration’s wish to create an independent governing board. Senate Bill 270 would grant both the UO and Portland State University the ability to create such a body the moment it passes in the …

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