Friday, March 2, 2018

Legislature approves student input groups for tuition hikes

Statesman Journal
Associated Press
March 2, 2018

Oregon's public universities would be required to take student input on tuition and fee hikes, under a proposal advancing in the legislature.

Under the proposal, which the Senate unanimously approved Thursday, universities would be required to establish advisory boards that include students, including members of underserved groups, to give input on fee and tuition increases.

Read the full article at the Statesman Journal website here.

An Aggressive Anti-Immigration Group Wants to Use the Ballot Box to Erase Oregon's Sanctuary-State Policy

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
February 28, 2017

It's not every day that an organization labeled a hate group can be found gathering signatures on the Portland State University campus.

But that's exactly what's happening this month, courtesy of a Salem-based group that wants to make Oregon a hostile environment for undocumented immigrants.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

ACLU files motion to dismiss lawsuit challenging Dallas schools' transgender policy

By Jim Ryan
February 20, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed motions to intervene in - and dismiss - a lawsuit that transgender students and LGBTQ supporters say is troubling and harmful.

The lawsuit, filed in November, challenges a decision by the Dallas School District to allow Elliot Yoder to use the boys' facilities.  Herb Grey, an attorney for the parents of three current or former Dallas students, said the district's policy to allow Yoder into such private spaces violated the civil rights of the majority of the students who do not identify as transgender.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Man accused of threatening Oregon State University shooting made same claim last year

By Everton Bailey Jr.
March 1, 2018

A former Oregon State University student accused Tuesday of posting threats on Twitter to shoot people on campus was sentenced last year to jail time and probation for making the same threat, Oregon court records show.

Christopher Strahan pleaded guilty last March to second-degree disorderly conduct in connection with posting shooting threats from his Twitter account a month earlier and was sentenced in Benton County to 20 days in jail and three years of probation, according to court records.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, February 23, 2018

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

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

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

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.