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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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Oregon House approves bigger budget for universities, but administrators say tuition will likely still increase

The Oregon House of Representatives today approved increased funding for the state’s colleges and universities for the first time in years, but administrators at the state’s institutions of higher learning still say tuition increases are necessary to defray rising costs. University funding would increase by 8 percent more than is …

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UO economics professor files complaint against UO general counsel and lawyers

Last week, University of Oregon economics professor Bill Harbaugh filed a complaint with the Oregon State Bar, alleging Eugene lawyers Bill Gary and Sharon Rudnick misled a judge. Gary and Rudnick are partners at the Harrang Long Gary Rudnick law firm, which has been representing the UO administration in recent union …

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University Senate votes to request that UO Athletic Department pay their share

For the first half of Wednesday’s faculty senate meeting, UO legislators worked together to tidy up faculty housekeeping. For the most part, debates over legal matters and committee qualifications were flowing unanimously and without too much confrontation. That is, until Senator Bill Harbaugh’s proposal to request academic funding from the UO Athletic department …

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United Oregon accused of bribery, grievance filed with Elections Board

Three days into campaigning, a grievance has been filed against leaders of the United Oregon slate, alleging that members of the platform were bribing students to vote for them by offering them a shirt. The grievance, filed by Ducks for a Difference Campaign Manager Andrew Rogers, provides five testimonies from students …

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Video: ASUO presidential debate

ASUO Presidential Candidate Debate ASUO presidential candidates Sam Dotters-Katz and Lamar Wise present issues important to their campaigns and take questions from students Tuesday evening.  

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Bill for tuition freezes heard in legislature, likely to pass Higher Education Committee

Tuition freezes for incoming undergraduates in Oregon universities could be one step closer to reality if House Bill 3472,@@checked [email protected]@ heard in the Oregon Legislature this week, is passed. The bill, which would begin a study on the plausibility of tuition freezes in the Oregon University System, had its public hearing …

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Campus Christian group offers free coffee — no strings attached

Taylor [email protected]@[email protected]@ thought she knew all about Christian ministry groups. They were a weird, pushy, hypocritical and condemning inside group — something that she had no desire to participate in. At least, that’s what she thought before she started college at the University of Oregon and discovered a network of …

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Videos of UO adjunct professor James Olmsted in confrontation with student group incites anger on social media

Update: The University of Oregon Police Department released a statement Friday, confirming that Olmsted, 58, was arrested Thursday afternoon on campus. “He (Olmsted) was cited in lieu of custody for second-degree theft and two counts of physical harassment. Olmsted was escorted off campus and issued a letter forbidding his return. An investigation is …

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Student groups seek to repeal Social Host Ordinance

The Social Host Ordinance, a piece of legislation passed by the Eugene City Council in late January, is being petitioned by ASUO Sen. Lamar Wise and Kevin Cronin, executive director of the Lane County Young Democrats. The two student leaders began gathering signatures this week in hopes of bringing the …

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Oregon Athletic Bands’ funding increased for next school year by ASUO Departments Finance Committee

The ASUO Departments Finance Committee wrapped up its deliberations on an issue that has been hotly contended within the ASUO on Tuesday night. The issue on the table: funding the Oregon Athletic Bands for the 2013-2014 season. After meeting for less than half an hour, the DFC approved the full …

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Social host ordinance hearing brings UO students in droves to Eugene council

The Eugene City Council hearing at the Lane County Courthouse had an especially collegiate feel Monday night. Nearly 100 University of Oregon students attended the meeting to voice their concerns about the controversial social host ordinance that cracks down on unruly, alcohol-fueled parties Students who were unable to enter due …

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Video: Students on Gay Marriage

Sex and Relationships Reporter Katherine Marrone asks University of Oregon students what they think the future of gay marriage is.

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Oregon 2012 Election Summary

A brief roundup of the 2012 Oregon election results.

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Top news from around Eugene on Nov. 5

Today’s Weather: High — 70, mostly sunny; Low — 44 Crash pins Springfield woman against fence A Springfield man allegedly crashed into a parked van Saturday night, pinning its owner into a fence. Steven Patrick Birkenbach, 42, has been charged with assault, drunken driving and reckless driving, He was also charged with hit and …

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Freshman voting groups created to be helpful but could be too influential

Hannah Golden | Freelance reporter Clusters of freshman crowd the carpeted dorm hallways. Ballot measure booklets and boxes of Cheez-Its are strewn across the way. This has become an increasingly common sight as first-time voters on campus are making an effort to fulfill their patriotic duties. First-time voter and University …

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Eugene's proposed Social Host Ordinance for new party rules may have overlooked issues

There has been a lot of talk about the proposed Social Host Ordinance and how it will affect the city of Eugene, especially students. The ordinance deals with “unruly gatherings,” which are defined as “a party or gathering of five or more persons where alcohol is served or consumed” that …

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Top 5 ballot measures students should know about

Another election year is almost to its highly anticipated conclusion. With only days left to send in ballots, voters are given the important choice of how they want their state to run. Here at the Emerald, we have taken the top five state ballot measures that will potentially make a …

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University of Oregon alum Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici talks her college days, new election and today's students

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is familiar with the University of Oregon. After earning a two-year legal assistant degree from Lane Community College in 1977, she decided to try her hand at law prompted by her volunteer legal aid work. To achieve that goal, she decided to attend UO and earn a …

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Tensions flare during ASUO Senate meeting Wedneday night

ASUO Senate discusses the ‘social host’ ordinance and confirms Caleb Huegel to the Constitution Court.

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ASUO Senate: Oct. 24

Mayor of Eugene Kitty Piercy makes an appearance during Wednesday’s ASUO Senate meeting to discuss the ‘social host’ ordinance.

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Eugene City Council passes ban on plastic bags Monday night

The Eugene City Council passed an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags Monday night at Eugene Public Library. In their temporary council chambers, members passed the motion with a vote of 6-2, with councilors Mike Clark and George Poling opposing. Local grocery stores will charge  a minimum of five cents per …

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ASUO Senate: Oct. 17

Live coverage of the ASUO Senate meeting on Oct. 17

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Video: Oregon Student Association on why students should register to vote

Volunteers with the Vote or Vote campaign and Peter DeFazio @@[email protected]@work to register University of Oregon students to vote before the Oct. 16th deadline.

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ASUO President Laura Hinman hopes new EMU referendum will be approved for ballot

The new EMU referendum, presented at Senate Wednesday night, includes a maximum student fee of $69.

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ASUO Senate: Oct. 10

Live coverage of Wednesday night’s ASUO Senate meeting:

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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio to register student voters on campus

As part of a statewide push to register student voters, Congressman Peter [email protected]@http://www.defazio.house.gov/@@ will be meeting with students on the University of Oregon campus on Oct. 10. During the event, DeFazio will be meeting with student leaders of the campus vote campaign, after which he will clipboard canvass at the …

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Democrats v. Republicans: Political Science Honor Society to host debate Nov. 1

The College Democrats and College Republicans will participate in a political debate scheduled for Nov. 1. Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society, will host the debate, which will cover a number of topics including economic recovery, gay marriage, health care and energy policy, said ASUO Academic Director Harlan …

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