Monday, December 11, 2017

Ron Wyden joins calls for Donald Trump to resign over alleged sex misconduct

OregonLive
By Gordon R. Friedman

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden on Monday joined the chorus of Democratic senators calling for President Donald Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations.  He also said Congress should launch an investigation if Trump will not step down.

Wyden's statement comes amid a wave of women speaking up about sexual mistreatment they say they have endured at the hands of powerful men in politics, the news media and entertainment industry.  Calls for Trump's resignation are also growing among the state's most liberal Democrats as several of Trump's accusers are saying publicly that the president should pay a political price for his alleged sexual indiscretions. 

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, December 8, 2017

OSU won't fight judge's decision to examine professor's firing

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
December 7, 2017

The fate of an Oregon State University professor fired on sexual harassment and bullying charges this fall will have to wait at least another week.

A. Morrie Craig, a long-time toxicology professor fired by President Ed Ray on Oct. 30 following a faculty-led conduct hearing, appealed his termination to the university's board of trustees.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

OSU professor fired for sexual harassment, bullying, makes rare appeal to trustees

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
December 5, 2017

A veteran Oregon State University professor fired over allegations of sexual harassment and bullying has appealed his dismissal to the school's board of trustees, according to board documents.

Oregon State trustees on Dec. 11 will determine the fate of A. Morrie Craig, a toxicology professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He was first hired by the university in 1976.

Read the article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Higher education leaders in Oregon nervously wait as tax plan still could be 'devastating' to students

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
December 1, 2017

College students and campus administrators in Oregon are nervously watching Congress to see whether the final Republican tax plan includes policies that private and public university leaders alike say would be devastating for students and make college less accessible for everyone.

Republicans appear to have enough votes to pass the Senate version of their tax plan, but higher education officials say the House version approved Nov. 16 presents far more damaging policy changes that would make college more expensive for graduate students in particular.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Oregon State Will Change Some Building Names

Inside Higher Ed
By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
November 28, 2017

Oregon State University will rename multiple campus buildings after concerns they were named for racists, it announced Monday.

University President Ed Ray has asked for recommendations for new names for Avery Lodge and Benton Hall and its annex, which all house various administrative offices.

Read the full article at the Inside Higher Ed website here.

Pacific University announces $80 million fundraising campaign

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
November 22, 2017

Pacific University, the private school with campuses in Forest Grove and Hillsboro, said it plans to raise $80 million by 2020.

The school is expected to formally announce its latest fundraising effort Monday.  According to the website, Pacific is more than halfway to that goal already.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

UO names Georgia Tech scientist to lead Knight campus

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
November 20, 2017

The University of Oregon on Monday named a Georgia biomedical engineer who specializes in regenerative medicine to lead the new science campus named for its most famous donor and alumnus.

Robert Guldberg will run the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific impact, a $1 billion research and innovation hub taking shape at the Eugene campus.  The school unveiled plans for the project in October 2016 after receiving a $500 million commitment from the Nike co-founder and his wife.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Oregon Democrats in Congress Tell U.S. Justice Department to Stop Bullying the State on Sanctuary Policies

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
November 17, 2017

The Democratic congressional delegation from Oregon today told the U.S. Department of Justice to stop bullying the state by threatening to withhold federal funds if Oregon Doesn't dismantle policies that bar local officials from aiding the feds in immigration-related investigations.

U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Peter DeFazio in writing a letter that warned the DOJ that its tactics were "harmful and retaliatory" and that a federal judge had previously barred such efforts to coerce state policies.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, November 17, 2017

U.S. Justice Department Demands That Oregon Explain Its Sanctuary Laws or Risk Federal Grant Money

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd

The U.S. Department of Justice demanded Wednesday that Oregon explain its sanctuary laws, or risk losing federal dollars.

In a letter that was also sent to 28 other so-called "sanctuary jurisdictions," acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson asked the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to account for policies that the U.S. DOJ believes may violate rules tied to federal funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant program.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Oregon State gives first glimpse at $50 million Newport expansion

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
November 15, 2017

Oregon State University offered its first look at the architectural designs for the school's planned $50 million expansion of its Newport campus.

Plans for the 72,000-square-foot building at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport were revealed Wednesday afternoon during a public meeting at the coast.  OSU hopes to start construction next spring and open the building by 2019.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.