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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown to visit SOU tomorrow

Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State, will be hosting an informal discussion on civic engagement and student participation in elections tomorrow, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., in Elmo’s cafeteria of the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University. Brown and her office are responsible for a variety of administrative duties, including auditing the use […]

Occupy the Courtyard: Rally held at the Stevenson Union

Students and community activists occupied the Stevenson Union courtyard on Wednesday, Nov. 30, as part of the months-old Occupy Wall Street movement, a massive protest against corporate greed which has left encampments of protesters in cities across the nation, from New York City to Los Angeles. The protesters formed a semicircle around an open microphone […]

Man murdered on bike path in Hunter Park Saturday evening

Man murdered on bike path in Hunter Park Saturday evening

A 23-year-old man was found murdered on the bike path in Hunter Park on Saturday, making this the first murder in Ashland in more than seven years. The Ashland Police Department said that David Michael Grubbs was found dead on the Bear Creek Greenway between Walker Avenue and Normal Avenue on Nov. 19 around 5:30 […]

Larry’s takes the cake: creative confectioner crafts crazy cupcakes

With the establishment of Larry’s Cakes, a revolutionary phenomenon has taken the local cupcake industry by storm: using the humble cupcake as a unique and creative art form, a showcase of the creator’s talent and ingenuity. Larry’s Cakes, located at 66 N. Pioneer St. in the heart of Ashland, offers over 50 flavors of cupcakes, […]

Caldera Brewing Company constructing new brewery

The Caldera Tap House has been a popular music venue and social hub for Southern Oregon University students for years, producing widely-distributed award-winning beers and specializing in locally made products. As a result of their success, the company has decided to take the next big step, vamping up production through the construction of a new […]

“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 […]

Jackson County Fuel Committee: Helping low-income families fend off the winter cold

Jackson County Fuel Committee: Helping low-income families fend off the winter cold

Many in Southern Oregon are familiar with the challenges that the winter months bring, and one of the most important aspects of the winter is something that most people take for granted: heat. The Jackson County Fuel Committee has been working non-stop since 1977 to ensure that low-income people have the basic necessities of heat […]

Local businesses adapt to changing economy

Local businesses adapt to changing economy

Ashland’s annual Festival of Light is approaching, and along with serving as the kick off for the holiday season, it also signifies the end of the profitable tourist season and the beginning of the more difficult months for many local businesses, both old and new. Ashland is not immune to the economic hardship that 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 […]

Humanitarian sculpture installation at Hannon Library officially dedicated

Humanitarian sculpture installation at Hannon Library officially dedicated

This year’s campus theme of civility is illustrated beautifully in “Humanitarians for Justice, Non-Violence and Peace,” a new art exhibit in the Hannon Library, consisting of 21 bronze busts of famous humanitarians. Dedicated Friday, the collection of sculptures was donated by Ashland artist Meera Censor. Censor, a 66-year-old Ashland resident and mother of five, was inspired to create the collection by a personal experience with violence and […]