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OSA encourages students to register, vote

As a student in the Oregon University System, you will be affected by changes taking place in the future of higher education. That’s why members of the Oregon Student Association say it’s important for students to vote. “Schools need to come up with a plan to increase access to student registration,” says Sarah Westover of the Oregon Student […]

OUS institutes new firearms policy

Students, employees and anyone who has business at SOU are now prohibited from carrying firearms on campus after the State Board of Higher Education unanimously approved a new guns policy Mar. 2. Some people are exempt from this new policy, including law-enforcement members and people that are a part of the Reserve Officer Training Corps […]

ASSOU and OSA to lobby Oregon legislators against high textbook prices, tuition increases

Personal stories from college students about the effects of high textbook prices and annual tuition increases send a clear message to Oregon, according to representatives of Associated Students of Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Student Association. “The situation today isn’t the same situation faced by other generations,” says Jazmin Roque, an OSA representative who […]

Students lobby in Salem

On April 25, over 60 Southern Oregon University students drove to Salem to gather with approximately 400 other students from across the state to show their support for several education bills being considered by the Oregon legislature. “For the most part the representatives were really receptive,” said Edward Oneil Latimore, Associated Students of Southern Oregon […]

Marijuana dispensery opens in Ashland

Members of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program now have a new resource in Ashland for medical marijuana. The Greenery, which opened April 20, is located at 1746 Ashland St. The non-profit business offers free membership, free classes, discounted therapeutic services and on-site medicine. The Greenery does not have doctors that can issue OMMP cards, but […]

Tuition equity bill gains momentum

On March 29, the Oregon Senate passed Senate Bill 742 by a vote of 18-11, a crucial step in an attempt to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates if they met certain selection criteria. The Oregon House of Representatives still must pass the bill, but the Senate’s approval has already angered many of […]

State unemployment rate going down

State unemployment rate going down

Roughly 6,300 news jobs were gained in Oregon during January, reducing the state’s unemployment rate from 10.6 percent to 10.4 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate the state has seen in 24 months, according to the Oregon Employment Department’s monthly report, released last week. The 6,300 jobs are a seasonally adjusted rate, meaning that […]

OUS restructuring plan gaining attention

OUS restructuring plan gaining attention

Public universities facing a potential $100 million dollar cut from next year’s budget are scrambling to restructure the way they financially operate. Several potential plans for restructure have been proposed by the Oregon University System and individual universities, and one plan in particular is gaining support from the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University. “We […]

Controversial ban targets children

Controversial ban targets children

Portland congressman Mitch Greenlick’s proposal of a controversial bill that would penalize bicycle passengers under 6 made headlines this week. The bill would make it illegal to carry a child under the age of 6 either a bike or a bike trailer. Greenlick was inspired to draft the bill after reading an Oregon Health & […]

Stricter child pornography law in the works

Stricter child pornography law in the works

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger plans to make a push for a state law that would make the viewing of child pornography illegal. The Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled that looking at child pornography, as long as it wasn’t purposefully downloaded, printed, or paid for was legal under Oregon statutes. Kroger plans to propose a […]

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