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A look at restructuring the Oregon university system

A look at restructuring the Oregon university system

By Scott Scholes Oregon Higher Education officials are pushing the state legislature to allow the Oregon University System  to be less bound to government controls. Because of ongoing record-level enrollment throughout Oregon’s public universities, tuition surpluses are at risk of being spent in other areas of the state budget, said George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the […]

Lecture focuses on animal language

Lecture focuses on animal language

Over 100 people from the campus and community gathered in the Meese Auditorium to hear Southern Oregon University psychology professor Dr. Mark Krause’s lecture on human and animal communication. Krause talked about whether animals have language the way we understand it, and how we can bridge the gap between them and us. A large part […]

FCC approves large scale media merger

FCC approves large scale media merger

The largest television network and one of the largest cable distributors announced a merge last week, solidifying a grim future for opponents of media consolidation. The United States government and the Federal Communications Commission approved the NBC Universal-Comcast merge last Tuesday, and it be official by the end of the month, the New York Times […]

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 & […]

President Cullinan receives leadership award

President Cullinan receives leadership award

By Scott Scholes Southern Oregon University President Dr. Mary Cullinan will receive a leadership award next month. She will be presented with the regional award in Vancouver, British Columbia on Feb. 25. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, which operates in the United States and Canada, will present the award. Dr. Cullinan […]

Gas prices creep higher

Gas prices creep higher

The national average for gas prices is creeping higher, with a solid 20 cent increase since late November, the New York Times reported. A research professor at the University of Southern California, Dr. Doug Wyatt, predicts prices to hit $4.00 by the spring.  Wyatt says that a worldwide shortage of oil mixed with market competition […]

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 […]

The fight for free transit

The fight for free transit

It has been over five years since students at Southern Oregon University have been able to enjoy free rates for Rogue Valley Transportation District bus services, but a university committee is working to re-establish negotiations with the transportation service provider, and make alternative options more available for students. Negotiations involving SOU and RVTD have been […]

SOU embraces Google

SOU embraces Google

Over the course of winter vacation, Southern Oregon University’s information technology crew introduced Google Apps for Education as the new campus emailing and communication system. Both staff and students seem to view this major technological change as a positive and progressive step in the right direction. The changes began Dec.13 when students were able to […]

ASSOU looks for finance director

ASSOU looks for finance director

The seat for the Student Fee Committee’s Director of Administration and Finance has long gone cold since former Director Jordan Marshall resigned Nov. 16. Marshall cited accusations against President Stephen Land and the events leading up to the cease and desist order issued two weeks prior by Associated Students of Southern Oregon Universitylawyers as reasons […]