University of Oregon

The 10th annual Open Lens Festival brings Oregon filmmakers and their short films to the UO Baker Center in Eugene on February 1st. Film reviewer and seminar leader Doug Hennessy speaks with Eric Alan about the changing filmmaking landscape, and his controversial list of the best films ever made. 

Jes Burns

University of Oregon student-entrepreneurs walked away with a cash prize after competing in the inaugural Colligan User Interface Design Challenge. The aim of the so-called "Duck Tank" was to give students real-world experience conceptualizing a product and pitching it to investors. 

Fans of reality TV may be familiar with ABC's "Shark Tank."  In the show, entrepreneurs pitch a business idea before a panel of venture capitalists who either fund or reject the pitch.

"Duck Tank" is a bit less cut-throat.

Jes Burns

The University of Oregon men’s basketball team dropped in this week’s national rankings after chalking their first loss of the season on Sunday.  The Ducks lost to Colorado on the road.  They dropped from number 10 to 17 in Monday’s A-P top-25 poll. 

Before the loss, the Ducks were one of only seven still-undefeated Division 1 teams.  

Oregon plays again this Thursday at home against California.
 

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Eugene gets to keep its Track Town USA title all the way to 2021. Earlier this week the University of Oregon and the NCAA reached a long term agreement to keep the Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

When any Championship event concludes, the NCAA conducts a survey of the student athletes who participated. The resounding feedback is the ability to compete in a crowded stadium with a knowledgeable fan base. UO Associate Athletic Director Vin Lannana says Hayward Field delivers that atmosphere to spectators and competitors.

Fast-Food Workers Rally In Oregon

Dec 5, 2013

Multiple cities in Oregon participated in rallies held nationwide Thursday to support pay raises for fast food workers. Similar rallies were held earlier this year. Rob Sisk is with the Service Employees International Union Local 503. He says he hopes union members show up at the rallies.

Sisk: "I think it should attract anybody who is in the philosophy and morals behind the Occupy movement. We need to keep those issues out front and keep going after them, until there's economic justice and parity in this country."

Oregon's 'Civil War' Game Has A History Of Wagers

Nov 30, 2013
Desmond O'Boyle

The University of Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers have played each other since 1894. And along the way, friends, family and co-workers have been known to place wagers on the rivalry. KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle attended the game and asked fans from both schools about their most memorable civil war betting experience.

This year's game was a nail-bitter. Tied at halftime at 17, the Ducks pulled ahead of the Beavers with 29 seconds left in the 4th quarter with a touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota. The 36 to 35 victory was the sixth in a row for the Ducks in the series.

More than 50 years of news and sports broadcasts have been boxed up and donated to the University of Oregon. The gift from Chambers Communications is valued at more than $1-million.

Tough Day For Ducks, Beavers

Nov 24, 2013

It wasn't the most stellar day for Oregon football.

The fifth-ranked University of Oregon Ducks didn't help their chances for a fourth year of B-C-S bowls. The Ducks were routed by the University of Arizona Wildcats 42 to 16, Saturday, in Tucson. The Wildcats took advantage of numerous Oregon miscues including three turnovers.

Things didn't go much better for Oregon State. The University of Washington Huskies defeated the Beavs 69 to 27 Saturday night in Corvallis. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak over the Huskies at Reser Stadium.

Ducks Get Back To Business, Beavers Struggle On The Road

Nov 17, 2013

The University of Oregon Ducks looked much-improved Saturday, while the Oregon State Beavers faced a tough road opponent in Arizona. 

The Ducks rebounded from last week's loss to Stanford with a 44-21 victory over the University of Utah Utes. Quarterback Marcus Mariota went into the game with questions about the health of his left knee, but threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns at Autzen Stadium.

Cheryl Crumbley

NPR's Michele Norris and NPR Senior Producer Walter Ray Watson joined KLCC's Rachael McDonald to talk about The Race Card Project. They're in Eugene to speak with students at the University of Oregon.

Michele Norris will be on OPB's Think Out Loud Wednesday at noon. KLCC will simulcast the show. Norris speaks 7 p.m. at the UO EMU Ballroom.

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Angela Kellner

College students and business leaders joined Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Friday in calling on congress to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Thursday the senate passed the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act.  It passed by a 2-to-1 margin with 10 Republicans joining Democrats. Senator Merkley helped pass Oregon's workplace protection law in 2007 when he was speaker of the Oregon House. He says not all states offer the same employment protections for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gendered.

Lane Community College

Lane Community College has lost a promoter.

Larry Romine, long time board member, writer and teacher, died October 25th, at the age of 83. 

Larry Romine was a reporter for the Register-Guard back in 1960's, the heyday of the daily paper. He taught journalism at LCC and the University of Oregon.  Larry served two terms on the Lane Board of Education. His friend and colleague Pat Albright filled the board position from District 5 when Larry retired.

Two Oregon Basketball Players Suspended

Nov 5, 2013
University of Oregon

Two University of Oregon basketball players are being suspended for a yet-to-be decided number of games for violating NCAA rules. This could put a damper on the season opener for the #19-ranked men's team.

The U of O Athletic Department announced Tuesday that Sophomores Dominic Artis  and Ben Carter would be suspended for an undetermined number of games for selling team-issued clothing.  NCAA rules state that each will have to donate the value of the apparel to charity. 

Jes Burns

Secretary of State Kate Brown says a University of Oregon research department manipulated payroll in order to avoid mandatory furloughs and salary freezes imposed by the governor.

U of O officials asked the Secretary of State to audit the Institute of Neuroscience after an internal review flagged problems. In 2009, the governor imposed across the board furloughs and pay freezes for all state employees in response to the economic crisis. Tony Green is with the Secretary of State's office.

Ducks Stay Undefeated. Beavs Fall Short.

Oct 27, 2013

The University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers both faced tough Pac-12 opponents Saturday.

At Autzen Stadium, the UCLA Bruins went into halftime tied at 14, but were shut out by the No. 3-ranked Ducks in the second half. Running back Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns in the 42-14 victory.

Former Duck Arrested on Drug Charges

Oct 24, 2013
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Former University of Oregon football player Colt Lyerla has been arrested on drug possession charges.

Police say officers with the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team observed Lyerla snorting what appeared to be a white powder in his car on Wednesday night.  When police confronted him, the 20-year-old agreed to go to his home with officers to continue the investigation.  But instead, he ran into a nearby apartment.  Officers arrested Lyerla a short time later when he came back out.

U of O Gets To Keep Ken Kesey's Collected Papers

Oct 15, 2013
University of Oregon Library

The collected papers of novelist Ken Kesey will stay at the University of Oregon. The final acquisition was announced today.

New UO App Promotes Safe Sex

Oct 9, 2013
UO Health Department

The University of Oregon health department is hosting a launch party next week for a new app it has created promoting safe sex.

The app, called SexPositive, was created to appeal to the 18 to 23 year olds that attend the University. It lists the sexually transmitted infection risks if different body parts touch, as well as information about safer sex practices. Health Promotion Marketing Manager Keith Van Norman says the message is positive.

Jes Burns

The University of Oregon's new faculty union has ratified its contract with administration. 

The two-year contract is the result of 10 months of negotiations. Susan Anderson is a German Professor at the University of Oregon.  She says tenured faculty and instructors formed United Academics, a union of more than 18-hundred members. All were working toward a common goal.

Ducks and Beavers Roll on a Rainy Saturday

Sep 29, 2013
KLCC

In the pouring rain last night at Autzen Stadium, The University of Oregon walloped California 55 to 16.  The game was essentially decided in the first quarter, when several Cal mistakes allowed the Ducks to open up a 27-0 lead.  The rain caused miscues and turnovers on both sides.  Oregon fumbled once – it was the first turnover by the ducks the entire season.

Oregon State was also victorious yesterday at home, defeating Colorado 44 to 17.  It was a day for the record books for Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion, who threw six touchdown passes and set a school record. 

Jacob Lewin

Classes begin next week at state universities around Oregon. This year Oregon becomes one of 15 states with a tuition equity program. That means some young undocumented immigrants will be paying in-state tuition rates rather than out-of-state rates that are three to
four times higher.
 

A major collection of Arctic artifacts has found a new home at the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The collection of more than 5,000 artifacts is part of a transfer between the U of O and Western Oregon University. WOU decided to cease operation of its Jensen Museum this year because of financial problems. State Representative Nancy Nathanson from Eugene helped to secure more than 900,000 dollars as part of a statewide mission to preserve significant collections.

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