Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Oregon State debates buildings with controversial namesakes

OregonLive
By Special to the Oregonian
July 22, 2017

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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.

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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.