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Can Students Be Denied Housing?

Have you ever scrolled through Craigslist looking for a place, and seen listing after listing saying NO STUDENTS? Kristi Wright and Megan Mercier have, and they want to do something about it. Wright spearheaded a campaign to add students as a protected class under Ashland’s fair housing ordinance. This would legally prevent realtors from discriminating […]

How New Pot Laws Affect You

How New Pot Laws Affect You

Oregon’s prohibition of marijuana has ended. As of Nov. 4, 2014 Oregon became the third state to legalize Marijuana for recreational use. Measure 91 will go into effect on July 1, 2015, permitting Oregonians 21 and older to own up to 8 ounces and up to 4 plants. While many may be excited with measure […]

The Drought is Just Getting Started

The Drought is Just Getting Started

Our California readers may be more used to drought conditions than Oregon natives, but everyone should start preparing for a very dry summer. According to the Oregon Water Resource Department, as of December 2014, 35 percent of the state, along with the majority of Jackson County, has been declared as being in an extreme drought. […]

Religious Exemption on Chopping Block?

In 2012, over 900 Oregonians came down with whooping cough. The highest in half a century. Late in 2014, about 30 children in Jackson county had chicken pox. This year, a Lane county man was diagnosed with measles, the 12th measles case in Oregon in just the past two years. Oregon does not require immunizations […]

Saudi Student Responds to ISIS

Faisal Alotaibi is a Southern Oregon University student with a story. Born in Saudi Arabia with an Egyptian mother, the 31 year old has already earned an Information Technology Degree from Riyadh College in Saudi Arabia, made friends in Sweden, Canada, and South Africa, and cultivated a tolerance and curiosity for other cultures. He has […]

Hurry Up and Do Good!

Attention civic movers and shakers! Registration for this year’s Alternative Spring Break trip to San Francisco, CA is currently open. Spend your spring break learning a thing or two from this city. Starting March 21 through March 28 participants will engage in service projects with partnering organizations dedicated to the themes of food, farming, and […]

SOU Students Ready for a Pit Stop

SOU Students Ready for a Pit Stop

Pita Pit has been operating for a little over a week near SOU’s campus, and owner Trevor Kendrick is already reaping the benefits of being open until 3am on the weekends.  According to Kendrick, Saturday was the busier of the two nights, and received more business between the hours of midnight to 3am than the […]

How Mayor Stromberg’s Dream Hits Where You Live

How Mayor Stromberg’s Dream Hits Where You Live

    Ashland mayor John Stromberg has a dream that housing in the city of Ashland will allow people who work and study here to also live here. He references the fact that housing prices are not designed for the people who work in businesses in Ashland, but wealthy visitors and part time residents,” it […]

The Game Changer

The Game Changer

“F**king stoned out of my head on heroin, and those first couple days were miserable man. I saw god, I swear, just lying there shaking. Torture.” SOU student Kyle, who’s last name we’re redacting, said when reflecting on how his life changed. He was one of the 21% of college age people that used illicit […]

It’s All About That Tea….

It’s All About That Tea….

  Dragon Gong Fu Tea House is one of those places where if you don’t know about it, you would never stumble upon it. Sitting in Ashland’s “underground marketplace” the tea house opens its doors weekday mornings and weekend nights. When a guest walks into the tea house they’re welcomed and seated at the sole […]

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