ACLU forum about EPD’s anti-bias policy sparks discussion among citizens and minority leaders

By on Friday, Aug. 15 at 7:29 pm.

The Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union hosted a “Civil Conversation” at the Eugene Public Library Thursday evening. The union met to discuss  the Eugene Police Department’s efforts to reduce bias and discrimination against minorities. The featured speakers were Eric Richardson, president of the Lane County National Association for the Advancement of Colored […]

U.S. Department of Education proposes new rules aimed at addressing sexual violence on college campuses

By on Saturday, Jun. 21 at 9:34 pm.

In efforts to decrease sexual violence on college campuses, the U.S. Department of Education announced new steps that would require institutions of higher education to follow proposed rules related to campus safety and security. These requirements are aimed specifically at minimizing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The proposed rule, published in Friday’s […]

UO refuses to sell fossil fuel stocks, ignoring student vote

By on Friday, Jun. 13 at 12:36 pm.

Even before University of Oregon students voted for the university to divest from fossil fuel investments, the UO Foundation had rejected the resolution. “Thank you for the input, but we will not be divesting,” Paul Weinhold, the president and CEO of the UO Foundation, told The Register-Guard ahead of the April vote. The UO Foundation is a non-profit that manages and […]

Controversial ordinance could close Kesey Square at night to force out homeless people

By on Tuesday, Jun. 10 at 5:30 pm.

Eugene Police Department proposed an ordinance at the May 27 City Council meeting that would close Kesey Square between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m every day, to reduce vandalism. After another public comment session on June 9th, the council hasn’t made a decision yet. Kesey Square, technically named Broadway Plaza, is located at the corner of Broadway and Willamette […]

Why the new West Eugene EmX is so controversial

By on Saturday, May. 24 at 6:22 pm.

The new EmX, which will run west from Eugene Station, is finally nearing the construction phase, after a seven-year planning process marked by bitter opposition and even an ongoing federal lawsuit. But those who object to the West Eugene line say the fight is far from over. The extension along West 6th, 7th and 11th (map) has generated more […]

Oregon’s gay marriage ban struck down; same-sex couples already marrying in Lane County

By on Monday, May. 19 at 7:32 pm.

Oregon’s gay marriage ban was struck down today by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, as spectators and same-sex couples on the courthouse steps cried tears of joy. McShane found the ban unconstitutional because it violated the rights offered under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling was made public at noon outside the federal […]

Questions, confusion at first faculty senate meeting since alleged assault came to light

By on Wednesday, May. 14 at 10:15 pm.

Wednesday’s faculty senate meeting started with remarks from the president as usual, but today’s were stricken with a darker, more concerned tone than typical. This afternoon was the first meeting of the faculty senate since allegations surfaced against three former Oregon men’s basketball players. As remarked by Senate President Margie Paris in the opening minutes, […]

Protesters say new West 11th EmX will increase carbon emissions

By on Wednesday, May. 28 at 3:24 pm.

Riding EmX to class probably seems better for the environment than driving. But opponents of the new EmX route — which is finally in the early stages of construction — say the big green bus is actually less eco-friendly than other forms of transportation, including standard buses. Hundreds of signs in West Eugene oppose the new […]

Let’s toast to wine growlers in Oregon

By on Tuesday, May. 13 at 1:40 pm.

Growler dispensaries have popped up everywhere in Eugene. Growler University, Tap and Growler, The Filling Station and The Growler Guys are a few of local growler businesses. What’s new is that Oregon now allows customers to fill their growlers with something other than beer, and that’s wine. On April 25, Senator Ron Wyden announced that the […]

Cover Oregon website decides to use federal technology

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 3:39 pm.

The Cover Oregon website has had more than a few issues. From problems with the Oracle, the company originally tasked with the website creation and function, to the necessity of the Federal Government granting Oregon a 30 day extension from the original deadline of March 31. The problems have kept the online application from being […]

Guest Viewpoint: What would the Emerald lose if it stopped giving political endorsements?

By on Tuesday, Apr. 29 at 3:42 pm.

If news publications such as the Emerald, The Register-Guard and LA Times, among others, decided to stop giving political endorsements, what would they lose? First off, it would lose a portion of the blind trust we put into news organizations that we trust the other 364 days of the year to give us independence from stories […]

Legislation to increase budget for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program

By on Monday, Apr. 28 at 5:44 pm.

At the height of the recession, already impoverished families were struggling. Legislation made the decision to increase the budget for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Now that the economy is stabilizing, the State Audit recommended that the budget be reconsidered. “We need to do everything we can to help the most vulnerable Oregonians […]

Vote OR Vote registers over 3,000 students as deadline approaches

By on Monday, Apr. 28 at 3:59 pm.

Voter registration for the May primary closes Tuesday, April 29. So far, the Vote OR Vote campaign at the University of Oregon has registered over 3,000 students. Since the beginning of term, Vote OR Vote campaigns across the state have registered 18,000 students total. “It is important for students to register. Period,” Vote OR Vote […]

Hearing on same-sex marriage in Eugene draws national attention

By on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 4:35 pm.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane held oral arguments today over whether to overturn Measure 36, which is the 2004 initiative that banned same-sex marriage in Oregon. The case has drawn international attention, as Oregon could be the latest in a long list of states that have legalized gay marriage after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned […]

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum visits the UO, discusses same-sex marriage

By on Tuesday, Apr. 22 at 5:52 pm.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who recently made headlines for declining to defend Oregon’s ban of same-sex marriage, dropped by The Emerald Tuesday morning to discuss gay marriage, tuition and marijuana. Rosenblum’s decision comes after what she calls a meeting with her “brain trust” where she concluded that there isn’t a constitutional bases to argue […]

Is it time for Oregon to legalize marijuana?

By on Thursday, Apr. 17 at 2:04 pm.

Let’s be blunt – Oregon might just be the next state where you can toke without fear of getting busted. In 2012, Washington and Colorado legalized cannabis while our own legalization effort, Measure 80, failed with 46.75 percent of Oregon voters saying yes and 53.25 percent claiming nay — a measly 6.5 percent point difference. […]

U.S. Supreme Court decision to impact employee health care

By on Wednesday, Apr. 16 at 3:10 pm.

Currently, the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether or not to allow businesses to choose which parts of the Affordable Care Act they provide to employees based on the company’s religious standing. If the Supreme Court decides to allow this, businesses and corporations would be granted the ability to pick and choose which health care […]