Author Archives: Andy Rossback

Andy Rossback is the editor in chief of Emerald Media Group. His work has appeared in The Huntsville Times, The Virginian-Pilot and the Coos Bay World.


Eugene’s downtown division: A day on the corner of Broadway and Willamette

By on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 8:56 pm.

Todd Patopea is just trying to enjoy his hamburger. But instead, the newly-minted food cart owner is nearly Tased by Eugene police officers — he’s about to be part of a high speed pursuit. “This bike comes racing down the street and bike cops are chasing him,” Patopea said. The cops disappear down a side […]


Track legend Steve Prefontaine’s mother dead at 88

By on Wednesday, Jul. 17 at 4:41 pm.

Elfriede Prefontaine died Tuesday at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield. She was 88. Prefontaine was the mother of University of Oregon graduate and track star Steve Prefontaine. Twelve days before her death, she fell down at an assisted-living facility in Eugene, according to The Register-Guard. More to come.


Updated: Memorial service planned for Oregon star tennis player Alex Rovello, who died Saturday

By on Monday, May. 13 at 5:13 pm.

University of Oregon tennis player Alex Rovello died Saturday at Tamolitch Falls near the Trailbridge Campground, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said. The 21-year-old Rovello was a junior journalism major at the UO. Update, 5:52 p.m.: The Oregon athletic department released a statement regarding Rovello’s death Sunday afternoon. “The Oregon tennis family is devastated by the loss […]


Student petition changed to urge UO to end relationship with Blackboard

By on Wednesday, Mar. 20 at 2:29 pm.

Students who created a petition to get Tuesday finals canceled after the Monday Blackboard outage are asking the University of Oregon to end its relationship with the company that created the software. As of this post, it has more than 1,600 signatures. “Any unplanned loss of access to the Blackboard system, especially during final exams, amounts […]


Updated: Small fire at Tingle Hall in Hamilton complex extinguished

By on Monday, Mar. 18 at 6:29 pm.

A small fire in a stairwell in Tingle Hall at the Hamilton Residence Hall took place shortly after 4 p.m., according to tweets from students and from the official University media relations Twitter account. The UO Alerts page confirms the incident, including the fact that officials from the Eugene Fire Department are currently investigating the […]


Ashton Eaton to thank Oregon Senate for supporting Olympic athletes

By on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 12:36 pm.

Olympic gold medalist and former University of Oregon student Ashton Eaton will go before the Oregon State Senate on Thursday and thank them for supporting the Olympic Trials in Eugene last summer, The Associated Press reported this morning. He is slated to speak for 30 minutes. Eaton set a decathlon world record at the trials and went on to […]


Woody Tasch speaks about agriculture tonight at the Global Scholars Hall

By on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 12:46 pm.

Woody Tasch has been a catalyst for $21 million of investments in 180 small food enterprises and organic farms over the past two years. He’s the founder and chairman of Slow Money — a nonprofit focused on such investments. “This program will urge us to put our money where our mouths are,” said Wayne Morse Center […]


Explosions reported near University Health Center, power outages reported across campus

By on Monday, Jan. 7 at 8:05 pm.

UPDATE: At 4:45 p.m., some University residence halls remained without power, including parts of the Walton Complex, Earl Hall and Straub Hall, according to a University press release. “Heat, fire systems and lighting are necessary for a safe living environment,” Michael Griffel, director of University Housing, said in the press release. “As such, we are […]


The 10 most viewed University of Oregon stories of 2012

By on Monday, Dec. 31 at 4:26 pm.

According to DailyEmerald.com statistics, this is a countdown of the most viewed stories of the year: 10. A torrential downpour in November slammed the campus and flooded streets throughout Eugene. 9. The tragic death of University student and Chi Omega member Lill Pagenstecher from meningitis was a low point in 2012. 8. A controversial column said […]


Miss Oregon Nichole Mead to give speech at UO

By on Friday, Dec. 28 at 3:52 pm.

University of Oregon alum and Newport native Nichole Mead, Miss Oregon 2012, will visit the UO on Feb. 14 and give a speech about scholarships from the Miss America Organization. The speech will take place at the Veterans Memorial Building on Willamette Street at noon. She’ll sign autographs at The Duck Store at 2 p.m. Mead graduated from the UO in […]


University under fire after cutting short minority leaders’ contracts

By on Friday, Dec. 28 at 3:58 pm.

Members of local Native American, Hispanic and African-American communities feel blindsided by a change-up in the University of Oregon’s former Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, The Register-Guard reported today. The UO is severing ties with three assistant vice presidents — Emilio Hernandez, Carla Gary and Tom Ball — who were tasked with promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Instead, […]


Rumors of Taco Bell inside Starbucks on 13th Avenue resurface, no official comment confirms

By on Monday, Oct. 20 at 1:04 pm.

Despite comment from Taco Bell on Friday saying it wouldn’t happen, a “coming soon” sign with the Taco Bell logo appeared today in front of the Starbucks building at the corner of 13th Avenue and Alder Street. It appears that the fast food restaurant will replace the Quiznos inside Starbucks which closed several months ago. The sign says […]


Daily Beast: U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is America’s third greenest politician

By on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4:54 pm.

The Daily Beast has rated U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley as the third greenest politician in the United States. Of more than $6 million in campaign contributions he’s received, about $90,000 were meant to promote environmental legislation. Merkley was at the EMU two weeks ago talking about homeownership and the economy.


Candlelight vigil for Carlene Ho set to take place at Hendricks Park on Sunday

By on Thursday, Sep. 20 at 10:41 am.

A vigil for Carlene Ho — who drowned Monday in a Klamath County lake — will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday at Hendricks Park. Another vigil for Ho will take place in San Francisco at the same time. “We want to celebrate the life of this amazing, talented, loving, charasmatic and happy individual,” the […]


Surgery puts John Boyett out for 2012 season, potentially ends Oregon career

By on Monday, Sep. 10 at 5:45 pm.

Senior safety John Boyett told the Napa Valley Register Sunday that he will undergo surgery this week to repair partial tears in both of his patella tendons. The surgery will end his 2012 season. Boyett read from a prepared statement: “I’ve had a lingering injury that I played through all last year. The hope was, […]