Author Archives: Sam Stites

Sam Stites is the Emerald's incoming editor in chief. He is a junior journalism major from Portland, Oregon, and his interests include higher education, sports business and the media industry. Entering his third year with the Emerald, Stites can be reached by email: ( Follow him on Twitter: @Sams12

Knight Law Center earns LEED Gold certification

By on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 10:47 pm.

The William W. Knight Law Center became the University of Oregon’s third Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certified building from the U.S. Green Building Council in June. Now the fifth-best environmental law program in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, resides in a building committed to the ideals of its students. […]

Letter from the editor: Following fabricated interview, building trust in community essential

By on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3:39 pm.

Dear readers and University of Oregon community members, It has come to the attention of the Emerald’s newsroom management that Thursday’s cover story (Eugene’s Sweet Potato Pie and Greater Goods lead the charge to carry Fair Trade clothing) had a falsified source. The story began with a fictional account of two University of Oregon students combing […]

Emerald finally gets tour of new football complex more than a week after national media

By on Monday, Aug. 5 at 6:40 pm.

What do Sports Illustrated and the New York Times have in common? Besides the fact they are two of the most highly circulated national publications in the United States, they both received early invitations to tour the University of Oregon’s new $68 million football operations building, a building that the University can hardly call its […]

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 […]

Police officer fatally shot on MIT campus, one of two suspects killed

By on Friday, Apr. 19 at 3:22 pm.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot late Thursday evening and confirmed dead by the Cambridge Police Department, according to MIT’s student paper, The Tech. Suspects fled the campus and were engaged by police in Watertown, Mass., before one was taken into custody. A shoot out — which involved explosive devices — […]

Social Host Ordinance makes its first strike — seven students cited Monday night at pinning party

By on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 12:29 pm.

Eugene Police arrested two students and issued 11 citations after officers responded to a noise complaint at a house at 1776 Mill Street around 11:00 p.m. on Monday. The party, which had approximately 100 people in attendance when the police arrived, is the first to be cited under the new Social Host Ordinance. “The police don’t go […]

Leadership fraternity Pi Kappa Phi pushes for a more accessible campus for the disabled

By on Thursday, Apr. 4 at 9:11 pm.

National leadership fraternity Pi Kappa Phi wants to change how the public views people with disabilities. Members took their mission to the next level Thursday when they organized an event to raise awareness about accessibility on campus. Through their philanthropy — Push America, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization — Pi Kappa Phi members sponsored 30 […]

Student Recreation Center suffers damage after rock wall sprinkler head bursts open

By on Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 7:35 pm.

When the fire alarm sounded throughout the Student Recreation Center Monday evening, many students speculated it was a cruel and immature April Fools’ joke, but what started as a simple fire drill evacuation turned into an hour-long escapade of students attempting to retrieve their belongings from inside the building before heading home. It turned out […]

Student Rec Center closed due to flooding, students evacuated for fire alarm

By on Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 3:47 pm.

A fire alarm went off at the University of Oregon Student Recreation Center at 8:30 p.m. Four UOPD vehicles and one fire truck responded to the call. The Rec Center was evacuated by UO police without any students getting the opportunity to grab their belongings from the locker room. All students were rushed out of […]

UO student’s video responding to Steubenville rape case goes viral

By on Tuesday, Mar. 26 at 7:38 pm.

In two days, University of Oregon sophomore Samantha Stendal’s video — titled “A Neeeded Response” — has over 1.3 million views on YouTube and is receiving national attention for its pointed message in responding to the events of the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case in which two high school football players were found guilty of raping […]

Your first amendment rights on campus

By on Monday, Mar. 18 at 6:10 pm.

James Olmsted broke the law when he confronted students in the EMU amphitheater during a mock border checkpoint exercise. His language, although described as aggressive by some witnesses, was protected under state and federal law. Here are a few laws that protected Olmsted’s speech in the moments leading up to the altercation. Article 1, Section […]

Eight arrested at party early Sunday morning

By on Monday, Mar. 18 at 10:15 pm.

Eugene police officers arrested eight people — including five University of Oregon students — early Sunday morning after responding to a noise complaint on East 18th Avenue between High and Mill Streets. Around 12:22 a.m., the Eugene Police Department — with the aid of an Oregon Liquor Control Commission officer — arrived at the apartment […]

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

By on Sunday, Mar. 17 at 11:29 pm.

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 ongoing and other charges may be […]