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“Nikolausabend” celebrates Christmas the German way

With the holiday season fast approaching, Southern Oregon University’s German Club is among the first to kick off December with Nikolausabend, a traditional German Christmas celebration. “This is simply a time for the community to get together, free of charge, and enjoy wonderful German food, great cultural music, and have some good conversation,” said Dianna […]

“I Heart Ashland” day of service draws thousands

“I Heart Ashland” day of service draws thousands

People in red shirts with white hearts filled the streets and parks of Ashland on Saturday during the “I Heart Ashland” event, a day of community service organized by local Christian churches. After months of coordination and planning, the “I Heart Ashland” movement kicked off at Ashland GracePoint Nazerene church with internationally recognized evangelical speaker […]

Oxfam Banquet to address theme of world hunger

It’s funny that, in the proverbial land of plenty, nearly one in six Americans has to deal with hunger on a daily basis, a staggering statistic that highlights the often overlooked fact that poverty, homelessness, and hunger are all very real problems in the United States. In an attempt to raise awareness about hunger in […]

Veterans reception honors armed forces

Veterans reception honors armed forces

  Rep. Peter Buckley and retired Col. David Dotterrer inspired, thanked and called on veterans and students to create the future they wish to have during the Veterans Day Reception on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Rogue River Room of the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University. “There are three kinds of people in the […]

Phronesis: A model of student-based community activism

Phronesis: A model of student-based community activism

Despite the peaceful clearing of the plaza by the Ashland Police Department on Oct. 31, the Occupy Ashland protest against economic inequality and corporate greed continues, as the nation-wide movement hits the two-month marker. One of the many groups involved in the Occupy Ashland movement is Phronesis, a community organization started right here at Southern Oregon University in Oct. 2010 by a group of students with the specific […]

OSPIRG works to combat unhealthy food subsidies

“It makes no sense that a box of Twinkies is less expensive than a bag of carrots.” This statement, found on the website of the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, summarizes the main argument against government subsidies to agribusiness firms, and is at the heart of OSPIRG’s recent “Stop Subsidizing Obesity” campaign. “The issue is that the government has been subsidizing big agribusiness firms,” said […]

Recycling center open for business

More than 60 Southern Oregon University students and community members gathered on Oct. 21 for the ribbon cutting ceremony of SOU’s new recycling center, the cornerstone of a revamped campus recycling program. David West, the program coordinator for the Native American Studies program on campus, blessed the center through a traditional Native American song and […]

Forensics lab to provide hands-on experience solving CSI-style crimes

High school and community college students from all around Oregon will flock to the Chemistry Department’s seventh annual Forensic Workshop, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Southern Oregon University’s Science Building. For one Saturday every year, participants get hands-on experience solving a CSI-style crime. However, it’s less about the criminology aspect of […]

Ally Week kicks off with a documentary and a drag

Ally Week kicks off with a documentary and a drag

Ally Week kicked off last week at Southern Oregon University with a drag show put on by the Queer Resource Center. In addition, the SOU resource centers hosted a documentary in the hopes of bringing together a diverse group of students under a united theme of respect. Ally Week is a student-led national movement intended […]

ECOS starts new recycling program

Seventy percent of all waste on the Southern Oregon University campus is recyclable, and thanks to the efforts of one SOU student, it won’t be going to waste for much longer. Misty Munoz, an SOU alumnus, raised $58,000 to overhaul SOU’s recycling program during the summer as part of her capstone project. According to Munoz, […]