UO and the Emerald interview Gov. Kitzhaber

By on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:04 pm.

“I grew up in an era where people actually believed in government,” Governor John Kitzhaber said toward the beginning of his speech on January 22 at University of Oregon. Kitzhaber was speaking to a collection of UO political science students, Wayne Morse scholarship recipients and student government representatives. The governor described watching Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential […]

Preview: Governor Kitzhaber to lecture at the UO School of Law

By on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:44 pm.

Governor John Kitzhaber will be lecturing on equity and opportunity in the state of Oregon Thursday night at 4:30 p.m. in room 184 of the University of Oregon School of Law. The talk is part of a statewide tour of colleges, the most recent stop being Oregon State University. According to Kitzhaber’s press secretary, Chris Pair, […]

Obama emphasizes college education, national security and growing economy in State of the Union address

By on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10:09 pm.

United States President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address tonight in Washington. Here are some of the highlights: Obama began by citing some areas of success achieved recently. The economy is growing faster than it has since 1999, he said. Unemployment is lower than it has been during his whole presidency. […]

Obama’s plan for affordable education faces Republican dominated Congress

By on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10:05 am.

Debt is a reality for many students in higher education. By 2020, the White House estimates that 35 percent of job openings will require a bachelor’s degree and 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree. In an attempt to make higher education more accessible across the nation, President Barack Obama announced a new […]

Cost of America’s College Promise raises concerns

By on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 10:20 am.

On Friday, Jan. 9, President Barack Obama announced a proposal created to provide two free years of community college to students. The proposal, named America’s College Promise, enables students to begin a four year degree with two free years at community college, as long as they maintain a 2.5 grade point average and continue productivity towards […]

Former UO craft center employee sues university for $900,000

By on Monday, Jan. 5 at 3:44 pm.

Former University of Oregon Craft Center employee Laura A. Gerards filed a $900,000 lawsuit against the UO last week, according to the Register Guard. Gerards said in the lawsuit she was fired after taking medical leave for migraines. The lawsuit states that Gerard’s due process was violated when she was fired without a hearing. The lawsuit names the university as […]

“Die-in” for Eric Garner decision staged at Lillis

By on Friday, Dec. 5 at 3:26 pm.

Lillis’ floor was covered with lying-down students for 14 minutes on Dec. 5. The “die-in” was a protest staged by the University of Oregon Multicultural Center at the Lillis Business Complex in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the killing of Eric Garner. A group of about 100 students […]

ASUO and SLAP stopped in attempt to enter office space of Johnson

By on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 10:25 pm.

Members of the ASUO and the Student Labor Action Project attempted to protest in Johnson Hall offices this afternoon to show support for the GTFF strike.  Students had also protested yesterday in the lobby of Johnson Hall with a “Solidarity Study In.” However, this time, UOPD was called to the scene after students were denied entry, but […]

Timeline: GTFF bargaining and potential strike (updated)

By on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 9:32 pm.

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation is striking after being engaged in contract negotiations for months. Here’s a timeline of major events in the bargaining, vote and decision to strike. See anything missing from the timeline? Email awallachy@dailyemerald.com with details. Emerald staff will continue to update the timeline as bargaining continues.

One on the picket line: Katie Jo LaRiviere, graduate student and mother of two

By on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 12:37 pm.

Katie Jo LaRiviere arrived on campus on Dec. 2 in the midst of the morning fog. She arrived at her office ready to work on her final essays for her graduate classes, but today wasn’t her typical Tuesday afternoon. Rather than teaching courses and leading discussions, she put on her coat, tied a pink scarf around […]

Kitzhaber’s new higher ed budget isn’t enough, public universities say

By on Monday, Dec. 1 at 3:29 pm.

The presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities aren’t satisfied with Gov. Kitzhaber’s 2015-2017 higher education budget, according to a statement released this morning. Though the $626 million budget is almost a 25 percent increase from the 2012-2014 budget (which allocated $521 million), it’s not as much as the Higher Education Coordinating Commission recommended, according to The […]

Students head to downtown Eugene for vigil supporting the family of Michael Brown

By on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 9:23 pm.

The Community Alliance of Lane County organized a vigil at 5 p.m. this evening in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Oak Street in Eugene. The event was attended in part by members of local social justice organizations and student groups such as the NAACP and the University […]

Marijuana use still prohibited on UO campus

By on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 9:20 am.

While the passing of Measure 91 legalized the recreational use of marijuana in Oregon, the University of Oregon’s policy toward marijuana use will remain the same. The university currently bans the “manufacture, processing, distribution, or cultivation of a Drug, including but not limited to marijuana or narcotics,” according to the Student Conduct Code. While drug possession and use […]

Oregon legalized marijuana, here are the answers to the questions you’ve been asking

By on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 11:42 am.

By now, everyone knows that Oregon legalized marijuana in the recent election. Here are some answers to the questions you’ve been asking. When will Measure 91 actually be enacted? You can legally possess marijuana as of July 1, 2015. Until that date, possession under 4 ounces is still considered a misdemeanor and over 4 ounces is […]

Oregon outranks other states in preliminary voter turnout

By on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7:22 pm.

Oregon is coming out on top in the preliminary count for voter turnout. Currently, Oregon’s turnout for midterm elections is 69.5 percent, according to the Bend Bulletin, which is the highest in the nation. States have up to a month before they are required to complete and certify their turnout results. The preliminary results show […]

Election Day Results

By on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 12:53 am.

As Election day ends in Oregon, here are the results so far: Measures :  Measure 86 – Oregon Fund for Post-Secondary Education If passed: Would amend the state constitution and institute a state fund to provide finical aid for students at universities and trade schools. Result – Failed   Measure 87 – Oregon Hiring of State […]

UO graduate creates documentary about Measure 91

By on Monday, Nov. 3 at 10:40 pm.

From signs in yards, articles and debates, everyone has heard about marijuana legalization in the form of Measure 91 in Oregon. University of Oregon graduate Nic Adenau explored the measure and the possibility of legalization through video form in his documentary Marijuana in Oregon. Adenau graduated from UO in 2013 with a degree in digital […]