Author Archives: Colton Totland

Colton Totland is a senior journalism and political science major from Silverton, Ore. He was formerly a news editor at the Oregon Daily Emerald. Outside a newsroom, he can be found skiing, playing soccer or check-raising at a poker table.


Students to be given opportunity to sound off on UOPD’s controversial campaign to carry guns

By on Monday, Feb. 4 at 12:01 pm.

On a fall night some 15 years ago, Pete Deshpande parked his patrol car near campus and stepped out, armed at the hip, yet stalked by fear. One block away at 17th and Hilyard Street, a hundred rioters awaited police in the streets. They had overrun the intersection and as officers approached had begun hurling […]


UO President Michael Gottfredson’s administration wrestles with perceived lack of transparency

By on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 11:53 am.

Public records policy at the University of Oregon entered yet another phase Tuesday, as officials unveiled the latest effort to etch a proper level of transparency — amid publicity that claims the opposite — since reforms first appeared during the Richard Lariviere administration two years ago. A new team of 17 administrators and faculty will […]


Gabonese students at Oregon hope for sustainable homeland, Gabon to give $20 million to UO

By on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 2:58 pm.

An earlier version of this article referenced a $5 million contribution coming from the University of Oregon. The $5 million is a portion of the $20 million in funding from Gabon, not an additional contribution (see the entire contract for the agreement here). The earlier version also stated that Virgil’s age is 23; he is […]


Nima’s Wish formed in remembrance of daughter’s death

By on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6:37 pm.

Eliman Gibba and Alexandra Sianis spent the days leading up to this Jan. 21 — the three-year anniversary of their daughter’s death — sharing the same memories with reporters and being asked the same questions. But Gibba and Sianis welcome all the media coverage, they say, because it allows them to try and preserve Nima’s legacy.


Appointed Interim President Robert Berdahl sends letter to University community

By on Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:38 pm.

Dear faculty, staff, and students: I am pleased to report to you that the Oregon State Board of Higher Education has asked me to serve as the interim president of the University of Oregon and that I have accepted their invitation.  I do so with a mixture of excitement, sadness, determination, and gratitude. I am […]


University statutory faculty enforce shared governance

By on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4:10 pm.

The Statutory Faculty Assembly ratified the University’s constitution Wednesday afternoon to cement a stronger role in determining decisions with the administration and the Oregon University System (OUS). In a meeting housed in MacArthur Court, faculty and staff convened on the hardwood floors for the second time in two weeks, discussing the future direction of the University […]


University President Richard Lariviere fired by Oregon University System, must step down in 30 days

By on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6:49 pm.

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously to terminate the contract of University President Richard Lariviere late Monday afternoon in a public meeting held at Portland State University. The vote confirmed that Lariviere will not be allowed to serve for the remainder of the academic year and will need to leave office by Dec. 28.