Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Oregon State debates buildings with controversial namesakes

OregonLive
By Special to the Oregonian
July 22, 2017

Editor's note: This story was produced by student reporters as part of the High School Journalism Institute, an annual collaboration aong The Oregonian/OregonLive, Oregon State University and other Oregon media organizations. Read this post for more information about the training program.

By Emily Mena-Rangel and Desirea Pierce

A debate about buildings named for people accused of holding racist ideas has called into question how Oregon State University's past aligns with its values today.

Four buildings -- Arnold Dining Center, Avery Lodge, Benton Hall and Gill Coliseum -- might be renamed after research suggested that the buildings' namesakes may have held segregationist or pro-slavery views.  Though some say removing the names would erase campus history, others argue the names honor people with white supremacist backgrounds, making students of color feel unwelcome.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

UO student alleges gender discrimination at heart of 2016 sexual assault investigation

OregonLive
Andrew Theen
July 18, 2017

A University of Oregon student filed a federal lawsuit this week claiming the school violated his civil rights and pursued a discriminatory investigation "based solely on his gender" after a female student accused him of sexual assault in 2016.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court filed in Eugene contends the student, identified under pseudonym John Doe, was not allowed due process during an investigative hearing conducted by the university.  Doe was "effectively deprived the right to confront his accuser, to challenge her credibility through meaningful cross-examination, and to present a defense," the lawsuit claims.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Oregon Promise will be 'significantly' changed 2 years after it started

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
June 30, 2017

Oregon higher education leaders are considering making significant changes to who qualifies for the Oregon Promise, the last dollar scholarship program approved by lawmakers just two years ago.

Lawmakers are budgeting $40 million for the program in the next two years, $8 million less than state officials say is needed to pay for it.  So now the state may cut off grants to students from wealthier families to make up the difference.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Lawmakers back $100 million for Elliot State Forest, $50 million for UO campus

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
July 3, 2017

Oregon will issue more than $100 million in state bonds to keep the Elliot State Forest in public hands and another $50 million to help the University of Oregon build a new science complex named after its most famous graduate.

Legislative budget writers approved with little comment a lengthy capital construction list Monday which includes more than #362 million for 29 projects on public university and community college campuses across Oregon.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Epochal Crossroads and the Values(s) of Higher Education: A Critical Reflection

AAUP-Oregon
June 19, 2017
By Pedro Garcia-Caro, United Academics at UO

Courtesy of AAUP-Oregon
The divisive and toxic national political climate has deeply impacted our campus throughout this academic year, altering the way in which we all see each other and the university as an institution.  Already, over the past decade, the historical crossroads for our university was an increasingly fraught choice between a previously dignified public university or a largely privatized corporation.  The scandalous withdrawal of state revenues away from Higher Education in Oregon and elsewhere in the country dictated a donor-driven, student-as-customer-and-future-alumni ethos for which the narrative of the campus was becoming increasingly more devoted to the show-business of college sports next to the campus as a profitable space for networking, offering a set of business-oriented skills (accounting, letter writing, marketing), and then - as an afterthought - showcasing some cool scientific discoveries resulting from regularly underfunded projects.

Read the full article at the state AAUP website here.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Study: More Oregon college students use pot since legalization

OregonLive
By Lynne Terry
June 14, 2017

Marijuana use among Oregon college students has gone up since the legalization of recreational pot, a new study found.

Much of that increase was among students who had recently been drinking.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

AAUP-Oregon is Hiring!

AAUP-Oregon
By Ashley Bromley
June 12, 2017

The Oregon State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP-Oregon) is pleased to announce an organizer position to be filled as soon as possible.  Four years ago, faculty at the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Oregon State University came together to revive the state organization if the AAUP.  Since that time, the state conference has established itself as a voice for faculty in Oregon and an important partner with other higher education unions and student groups, legislatively and on campuses.

Read the full article and see the application requirements at the AAUP-Oregon website here.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Southern Oregon University loses $1.9 million in email scheme

OregonLive
By The Associated Press
June 8, 2017

Ashland -- Southern Oregon University lost $1.9 million in an email scheme.

The Mail Tribune reports University officials announced the loss Wednesday, stating the funds were intended for the contractor on the McNeal Pavilion and Student Recreation Center.  But unknown suspects allegedly posed as Anderson Construction in an email, prompting officials to send the payment to a bank account the contractor did not control.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

What's Required of a Professor Who Learns of a Student's Rape? One University Seeks a Nuanced Answer (U of O)

The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Katherine Mangan
May 25, 2017

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Faculty members at the University of Oregon will no longer be required to notify campus authorities when students confide in them that they've been sexually assaulted or harassed but say they don't want the information reported.

The new policy, announced this week, comes at ta time when colleges cationwide are struggling to meet the demands of tough but confusing requirements under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

Read the full article about the University of Oregon's new policy at The Chronicle of Higher Education's website here.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Do Away with the Electoral College? Lawmakers inch Oregon closer

OregonLive
By Gordon R. Friedman
May 25, 2017

Salem-- House lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday that would make Oregon award its Electoral College votes only to presidential candidates who win the national popular vote.

Wednesday's vote marks the first time that such legislation, already passed by 11 other states, may have a shot at becoming law in Oregon.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.