Author Archives: Dashiell Paulson

Dashiell "Dash" Paulson is the University Institutions reporter for the Emerald. A senior journalism and history major, Dash is originally from Sandpoint, Idaho. In his free time, he reads, runs, goes scuba diving on weekends and has coffee with friends. You can follow him on Twitter @DashPaulson


Pope Benedict XVI becomes first in papacy to resign in 600 years

By on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 1:00 pm.

Pope Benedict the XVI — the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics — announced Monday morning he would resign from office. Known before as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he cited advanced age and an inability to perform all the duties of his office as reasons for the resignation. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God,” Pope Benedict XVI, […]


Governor recommends paying for academic improvements, other projects must be paid by student fees

By on Friday, Feb. 8 at 10:50 am.

Governor John Kitzhaber has given his backing for $230.3 million in bonds for the University of Oregon to pay for construction projects next year including $11 million to be spent by the state on paying for new classrooms in Straub and Earl Hall. In a list of “recommendations” released on Tuesday, Kitzhaber asked the state […]


State treasurer Ted Wheeler asks students to rally for Oregon constitutional amendment

By on Monday, Feb. 4 at 12:14 pm.

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler wants Oregon voters to pass a constitutional amendment next year and invest $500 million in bonds to make college more affordable for Oregon students from low-income backgrounds. He calls his plan the “Opportunity Initiative.” On Jan. 29, the treasurer visited the University of Oregon to raise awareness about the initiative and […]


UO faculty union seeks empowerment with contract negotiation

By on Monday, Feb. 4 at 4:03 pm.

It might be the most important debate on campus right now and most students have never heard about it. Almost every professor, adjunct, research assistant and emeritus have joined the United Academics faculty union and now they are all bargaining with the University administration for a new employment contract. The shape of this first contract could […]


Major federal, state immigration reform seen on the horizon

By on Monday, Jan. 28 at 4:07 pm.

This year could be the year U.S. politics changes in a big way. President Barack Obama has said immigration reform will be one of his top priorities, and now a bipartisan group of senators, including John McCain, has released a tentative set of principles that would guide those new laws. “Other bipartisan groups of senators have […]


Chancellor George Pernsteiner’s last days on the Oregon State Board of Higher Education

By on Monday, Jan. 28 at 2:09 am.

The times they are a-changin’, and Friday marked the beginning of the end in a long era of Oregon higher education. George Pernsteiner, the third-longest serving chancellor of higher education in Oregon, resigned his position, a move that was supported by higher education leaders across the state. “It has been a true honor to serve Oregon as […]


UO president Michael Gottfredson’s plans for a local governing board, transparency

By on Monday, Jan. 28 at 2:06 pm.

University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson’s office has that just-moved-in feel. He has raised his office desk so he can stand while working on memos or emails. The bookshelves include large pictures of his family, and a small picture of his grandchildren sits on the desk next to the computer. There are binders and folders […]


Rep. Michael Dembrow on making college a practical option despite $1 trillion national student debt

By on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1:19 pm.

Michael Dembrow, an Oregon state house representative, is concerned about the way higher education is going. He has represented District 45 since 2009 and worked extensively on education and workforce issues. This year, Dembrow is chairing the new, permanent committee on higher education. He originally taught English at Portland Community College so naturally he believes education is […]


Gov. John Kitzhaber’s revolutionary thinking in the funding of Oregon’s higher education

By on Monday, Jan. 14 at 10:46 am.

College is getting more expensive in the State of Oregon. Over the last five years at the University of Oregon, in-state tuition has increased from $5,526 to $7,277 per year (PDF), about a 32 percent increase. Out-of-state tuition has gone up about twice as fast. In 2011, then-UO President Richard Lariviere tried to change the dynamic by […]


Introducing Around the O, an ‘online landing spot’ for UO employees

By on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 12:51 pm.

What is “AroundtheO,” that new tab on the University of Oregon homepage? The link will lead you to the new news service for the UO, a website operated by the Strategic Communications Office. What does this site — which is prominently featured next to online student tools — have to offer? Around the O went […]


Oregon governor Kitzhaber takes the lead in making college affordable

By on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 9:38 am.

Every two years Oregon’s governor releases a proposed budget that is examined by the state legislature, debated and hopefully approved. This year, Governor John Kitzhaber’s vision is clear: education, education, education. The governor’s budget could not only overhaul post-secondary education in Oregon, but have direct and immediate effects on the University of Oregon’s building boom, financial aid […]


Is the University of Oregon the worst of the best for public education value?

By on Monday, Jan. 7 at 9:35 am.

The University of Oregon enters the new year with a dubious distinction. In a list of the 100 best values in public education for 2013, the UO ranks 98th for in-state students and 99th for out-of-state students. Is this progress or a problem for the University? The schools on the list are considered by the […]


College.biz: Higher education becomes a priority with creation of state committee

By on Friday, Dec. 28 at 2:10 pm.

This is a first in state history. The Oregon Legislature has created a standing committee on higher education. To compare, California has had a standing committee on higher education since 1991 and Washington since at least the mid-90s. It’s part of an emerging focus on renovating and trying to improve the state university system. The […]


College.biz: Administrators, faculty union United Academics enter contract negotiations

By on Friday, Dec. 14 at 3:19 pm.

While students take off time for holidays, administrators have entered negotiations with the new faculty union, United Academics, which reportedly represents about 1,800 faculty. Meetings begin a process for how administrators and faculty will settle issues including health care, pay, and employment.


The Private Public University: How the UO fulfills its public mission with private dollars

By on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 1:58 pm.

They are standing among opulence. Mom and Dad are there, maybe a younger sibling and of course the prospective student, the high schooler weighing his or her options for where to spend the next four or five years. They are in the north lobby, where the campus tours start. Look to your left, digital pillars glow on the eastern […]