Friday, February 23, 2018

Oregon's science superstars: A look at a few of the state's top research minds

OregonLive
February 17, 2018

Oregon is home to a number of elite scientists who have made advances in cancer treatment, oceanography, climate change, chemistry, biology and physics.

This is not a comprehensive list of the state's top scientific minds, rather it's a snapshot of the state's superstars in these fields.  This list ran in conjunction with a story about the state's building boom in the sciences.

Read the list at the OregonLive website here.

Oregon State University enacts policy requiring self-reporting of past felony convictions, sex offender registration

OregonLive
By Danny Moran
February 15, 2018

Oregon State University on Thursday announced a policy change that could alter the participation standards for athletes with histories of past misconduct.

Coming eight months after news that OSU pitcher Luke Heimlich pleaded guilty in 2012 to sex abuse, OSU's new rule will require that all new and continuing students self-report past felony convictions and if they are registered sex offenders prior to the fall 2018 term.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Recall effort of OSU student rep amplifies campus pushback on white nationalist views

OregonLive
By Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
February 15, 2018

CORVALLIS - Student government elections can be a listless affair on any college campus.

Less so when one of the incumbents espouses racist views, pals around with white nationalists and stands accused of a felony hate crime.

Andrew Oswalt, an embattled student body representative here at Oregon State University, faces a recall vote as he simultaneously attempts to capture a second term during this week's campus elections, which end Friday night.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Oregon Sen. Jeff Kruse Resigns After Multiple Allegations of Sexual Harrassment

Willamette Week
By Rachel Monahan
February 8, 2018

Oregon state Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) has resigned, two days after the release of an investigation into his alleged sexual harassment of Sen. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Portland), as well as Salem interns and lobbyists.

Kruse is the highest-profile Oregonian brought low since the #MeToo movement began confronting men with allegations of workplace sexual harassment.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

In a New Lawsuit, the ACLU of Oregon Seeks Answers About Feds' Arrests of Undocumented Immigrants at Courthouses

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
February 7, 2018

The ACLU of Oregon is filling a new lawsuit on federal court Feb. 7 against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seeking information about the agency's secretive practice of making arrests at Oregon courthouses.

The suit follows ICE's resumption of the controversial tactic of apprehending suspected undocumented immigrants as they leave court.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Oregonian Conducts Another Round of Layoffs. This time, 11 Newsroom Staffers Are Gone

Willamette Week
By Nigel Jaquiss
January 31, 2018

The Oregonian's editor, Mark Katches, broke some news to his staff this morning that left nobody smiling.

"Today, the positions of 11 of our colleagues in the newsroom are being eliminated," Katches wrote in a memo to his staff.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

What's the Matter With Malheur? Oregon Counties With the Most to Lose If Measure 101 Failed Still Voted Against It

Willamette Week
By Nigel Jaquiss
January 31, 2018

Last week, Oregon voters resoundingly approved Measure 101 by a margin of 61.6 percent to 38.4 percent.  The people who most need health care in Oregon will keep it - in some cases, despite themselves.

That victory came even though the GOP lawmakers who had referred the measure to the ballot were inviting voters to say "no" to new taxes, which is usually an easy selling point.  But the referral of the Medicaid funding package proved so confusing and unpopular that the "no" side struggled to raise even a pittance to fight it, getting outspent about 30 to 1.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

OSU Grad Student Faces Felony Hate Crimes Charges For Putting Racist Bumper Stickers on Strangers' Cars

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
February 1, 2018

Andrew Oswalt, the Oregon State University graduate student who sparked outrage for voicing his racist views in the student paper, has been indicted on two felony hate crime charges and two misdemeanor charges for vandalizing strangers cars with stickers printed with a racist slur.

Oswalt faced two counts of intimidation in the first degree and two counts of criminal mischief at his arraignment in Benton County Circuit Court Tuesday, as first reported by OSU's Daily Barometer.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Miles Davis named next president of Linfield College

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
January 31, 2018

Miles Davis didn't envision a career in academia and once in the higher education world, he didn't plot a path to the president's office.

On Wednesday, the 58-year-old was named the next president of Linfield College.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Reed College, NLRB Case No. 19-RC-213177

National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions

On January 17, 2018, the Student Workers Coalition-Local 1 Housing Advisers filed a representation petition seeking to represent approximately 52 student housing advisers at Reed College.  The following is the description of the petitioned-for unit:

Included: All student Housing Advisers (HAs);

Excluded: Non-Student staff of Reed College's Residence Life Dept. including Resident Directors, student employees of Reed College employed in other departments.