Friday, November 17, 2017

Oregon State gives first glimpse at $50 million Newport expansion

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.

Sexism, harassment allegations preceded UO firing of Bach Festival director

By Saul Hubbard, Eugene Register Guard
November 16, 2017

The University of Oregon this summer received four complaints about alleged sexist and inappropriate behavior by Matthew Halls, then the artistic director of the Bach Festival, before his abrupt and secretive termination by the UO.

At least three of the unnamed female complaints were Bach Festival performers, newly released records from the university show.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My View: Protect health care for working Oregonians

Portland Tribune
By Janet Bauer

The health care financing package enacted by the 2017 Legislature was a smart move.  A 'yes' vote on Ballot Measure 101 will protect health care for hundreds of thousands of working- and middle-class Oregonians.

Many more Oregonians are now able to see a doctor when they need to, compared to the situation just a few years back.  Health insurance coverage is at an all-time high.  Hundreds if thousands of working- and middle-class Oregonians have gained coverage, thanks to our state's work to make health insurance available to everyone.

Unfortunately, there is a political effort afoot in Oregon that would unravel this progress.  The threat to the health coverage of middle-class and working Oregonians is the defeat of Ballot Measure 101, to come before voters in January.

Read the full article at the Portland Tribune website here.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sen. Ron Wyden "Deeply Troubled" Over Report of University of Oregon's Handling of Basketball Player Accused of Rape

Willamette Week
By Nigel Jaquiss
November 6, 2017

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is turning up the heat on the University of Oregon after a report in Sports Illustrated last week that provided a damaging account of the university's response to allegations of rape against Kavell Bigby-Williams, a prize recruit for the men's basketball team.

The Sports Illustrated story, written by Kenny Jacoby, an investigative reporter for the University of Oregon Daily Emerald, lays out a series of non-responses on the part of U of O personnel after they learned from officials in Wyoming that Bigby-Williams was suspected of rape there.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Reed students have been camped out in the president's office for 9 days

By Lizzy Acker
October 31, 2017

A rotating group of around 40 or 50 students at Reed College have been camped out in an administration building for nine days, demanding the college divest from Wells Fargo.  And the college is, largely, supporting the effort.

"It's our job to disrupt oppressive systems," Tiffany Chang, a sophomore, said Tuesday.

Chang is one of the students who has been occupying the president's office.  She's been there, along with other member of a group called Reedies Against Racism, for over a week.  The students have actually pitched tents in the offices and hallways of Eliot Hall.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New Seasons workers move to unionize

By Anna Marum
November 1, 2017

Workers at New Seasons Market are organizing a union, criticizing the Portland grocer for rolling back health coverage, among other things.

"Right now our main demand is just for them to sit down with us," said Isaac Byrd, a cashier at the Williams store.  "We want to have a conversation."

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, October 30, 2017

More than a building: UO reveals first look at Knight science campus plans

By Andrew Theen
October 27, 2017

Eugene -- The University of Oregon unveiled Friday detailed architectural designs for the first phase of a new science complex fueled by a $500 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight.

Construction is expected to begin in early February on a 160,000 square-foot facility on Franklin Boulevard across the street from the school's primary science facilities.  The $225 million first phase will include two buildings joined together by a glass terrace.  A new pedestrian bridge will connect the new buildings to the main campus, and the designs also include foot bridges over the millrace.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Operation 'Game of Loans' nets more than $172,000 for Oregon students duped by scammers

By Andrew Theen
October 25, 2017

Oregon participated in a crackdown this month targeting companies the Federal Trade Commission says have scammed people trying to pay back student loans out of $95 million in fraudulent fees nationwide. 

Operation "Game of Loans," representing 11 states and Washington D.C., coordinated legal action against dozens of companies which advertised their services as a way to help students save money on their loans.  Instead, federal and local officials say, the companies pocketed millions and duped students across the country.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

AFSCME-represented workers end strike in Lane County

Statesman Journal
Associated Press
October 25, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Striking government employees in Lane County are going back to work after a walkout that lasted more than a week. 

The county says it reached a contract agreement with nearly 700 workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Read the full article at the Statesman Journal website here.

PSU-AAUP endorsed the strike action in solidarity with AFSCME Local 2831 in Lane County.  See the endorsement and the letter of support that was sent here.

Monday, October 23, 2017

OHSU President Joe Robertson announces retirement

By Andrew Theen
October 19, 2017

Dr. Joe Robertson, the president of Oregon Health & Science University for more than a decade, will retire at the end of October but plans to  stay on as president as needed through the end of the current school year.

OHSU announced the retirement news Thursday morning in a news release.  Robertson discovered last month that he has a "mild form of multiple sclerosis," according to the statement.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.