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Overhearing a conversation can take you back

It’s truly interesting what I overhear when I am walking between classes at Southern Oregon University. Love lives falling apart, teachers not being fair or unclear about what they want. Sometimes just daily life. Once I overheard three women discussing the difference between a long board and a short board. I could only deduce that […]

The splash was bigger than expected

    Four weeks ago, in my column titled, “Tunisian unrest could begin to ripple throughout region,” about the mass protests in Tunisia, I called for similar peaceful protests to spread all throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Unfortunately, it seems that the international community has not taken heed to the words of this […]

Outdoor Program is a cache for adventurous students

Southern Oregon University’s Outdoor Program offers terrific services for students. From kayak rolling clinics to snowshoe rentals, the Outdoor Program has something to offer avid outdoor persons or the inexperienced beginner. Over the years, the outdoor program has grown from a small entity to a full service gear rental shop accompanied by a trip service […]

Ten-year, $100 billion budget cuts may hit Federal Pell Grant program and student loans

Ten-year, $100 billion budget cuts may hit Federal Pell Grant program and student loans

The U.S. Congress is preparing to vote on wide-reaching budget cuts that could affect the academic livelihood, and survival of many college students. President Barack Obama’s 2012 federal budget takes aim at Pell grants and loans for graduate students. The cuts proposed would decrease the available funds from the Federal Pell Grant program by $100 […]

Keeping our rulers in check through technology

Keeping our rulers in check through technology

There are some things rulers and the powers-that-be will never learn. The more they struggle to silence their opponents by cutting off means of communication – such as the Internet – the more it is evident how wily and resourceful people can be, and how they will always find a way to speak out against […]

Electric cars; Eco-Friendly

Electric cars; Eco-Friendly

BY VARUN SAVARA The infrastructure for electric cars is improving in Portland.Electric Cars are good transportation alternatives to fuel powered cars and do not pollute the environment with carbon dioxide. Plus, they are much cheaper than gas powered vehicles. Portland plans to install 500 electric car-charging stations by next year in preparation of the release […]

Election Sweeps Southern Oregon

Ashland Public Library ballot drop-off was a flurry of activity as people scrambled to submit their ballots on Tuesday for the local and state elections. Heather Spencer, local police officer on the 4 p.m. shift, took ballots from people as they walked, biked, or drove by to vote. “Every five minutes there’s a steady stream […]

Congressional redistricting: Cause for Concern?

The redistricting used in the 103rd, 107th and 108th  (1994, 2002, 2004) United States Congresses rearranged the political map in favor of Republican politics — a move likely to frequently cause problems in the year to come. In most states, the state legislature determines the district boundaries. Shaping these boundaries, however, may be done for […]

Giving thanks to veterans

Giving thanks to veterans

RW Balzer On November 11th we celebrate Veterans Day and give thanks to all the living veterans that have served our country both in time of war and in blessed peace. I, as a Viet Nam veteran, wish to thank all the vets from WW II to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for their service […]

Tragedy strikes Notre Dame athletics

Tragedy struck college football last Wednesday.  Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old student worker in the Notre Dame video production department was killed after the scissor lift, from which he was filming the Notre Dame football practice, collapsed. My question for the University of Notre Dame and its athletic department is why was Sullivan allowed to go […]