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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 […]

“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 […]

Fire and brimstone: Traveling preachers cause a stir in the Stevenson Union courtyard

Fire and brimstone: Traveling preachers cause a stir in the Stevenson Union courtyard

Southern Oregon University received a heavy dose of religious fervor on Thursday, Nov. 10, when a group of preachers set up shop in the “free speech zone” in the courtyard of the Stevenson Union and began denouncing homosexuality, drug use, pornography, and other activities they believed to be sinful. Laura O’Bryon, SOU dean of students, […]

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 […]

Flowers for Edrik Gomez

Flowers for Edrik Gomez

Intelligent. Quirky. Compassionate. These were only a few words that can be used to describe the “funny brother.” A passion for politics, good humor and Latin American history. These were only a few topics the “eternal optimist” was interested in. Anyone who fights for the poor, anybody who fights for social injustice, against tyranny, oppression, […]

SOU student invited back to Carnegie Hall, this time to perform duet with fellow student

SOU student invited back to Carnegie Hall, this time to perform duet with fellow student

  Juggling classes, homework, a job, and music practice, Beatriz Abella seems like just another stressed, overworked, caffeine-infused college student. Your average college student isn’t, however, practicing for a performance at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 18. Actually, this will be her second performance this year. The first time she was invited to Carnegie Hall was for a solo performance in April. Now she’s going back, this time to perform a duet with fellow Southern Oregon University student Mandee Light. “I’m […]

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 […]