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African countries sign free trade agreements

Apr 4th, 2018 | By

By Quinlyn Manfull Staff Writer On March 21, 2018 at a summit in Kigali, Rwanda, 44 of the 55 African Union (AU) member states signed an agreement that will set up a free trade area through the continent of Africa. With the intent of improving regional integration, boosting economic growth across the continent and increasing

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UN emphasizes Climate Change

Apr 4th, 2018 | By

By Heather Pearson Staff Writer Climate change is currently “the most systemic threat to humankind,” according to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres. Speaking last week, Guterres pushed for world leaders to lessen their greenhouse gas emissions. However, when addressing the United States, he stated that “independently of the position of the administration, the U.S.

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Full house for the gubernatorial elections

Apr 4th, 2018 | By

By Natalie Roadarmel Staff Writer This May, elections for the governor of Oregon will begin. The elected individual will hold office for four years, and elections will be held once again in 2022. There are currently 17 people running for Governor, which is more candidates than the state has seen in two decades. It has

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Professors promoted, given tenure

Apr 4th, 2018 | By

By Kellen Bulger News Editor Just last month it was announced that nine WU faculty members would be receiving tenure and/or promotions from the university. The decision to promote and give tenure to WU faculty members is one that is made every semester and approved by President Thorsett and the Board of Trustees. When a

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ASWU Report

Apr 4th, 2018 | By

By Claire Matthews-Lingen ASWU Senator The ASWU meeting on Thursday March 22 was full of productive discussion of proposals. The newly elected executive team was celebrated. President: Akerah Mackey, Vice President: Erica Noble, Treasurer: Sarah Mische. Senate campaigns will take place the week of April 9, and voting will be Thursday and Friday of that

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ASWU creates student portal

Apr 4th, 2018 | By

By Gianni Marabella Editor-In-Chief ASWU is rolling out a new online portal to allow for stronger communication and interaction between University governance and the student body. The site will be a hub where students easily keep up to date with happenings within ASWU and the University as a whole, as well as more easily get

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Myanmar Government Rejects UN Findings of Rohingya Genocide

Mar 21st, 2018 | By

By Quinlyn Manfull Staff Writer “There is no ethnic cleansing or genocide in our country,” said U Aung Tun Thet, a Myanmar government official, to the U.N. body just one day after a United Nations expert suggested the government was implicated in “the crime of genocide” against Rohingya Muslims. This would not be the first

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City of Salem cracks down on homeless camps

Mar 21st, 2018 | By

By Matthew Taylor Staff Writer Residents of a local homeless camp were forced to move last week after the Oregon State Department of Transportation posted signs warning individuals residing in the area to remove personal belongings ahead of a planned sweep later in the month. The camp, which was located in downtown Salem, consisted of

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Trump Administration sues california over sanctuary laws

Mar 21st, 2018 | By

By Heather Pearson Staff Writer On March 6, the Trump Administration escalated its fight against sanctuary cities by filing a lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws. The United States Justice Department sued Governor Jerry Brown, attorney general Xavier Becerra and the state of California. Stating that California’s recent sanctuary city laws make it impossible for federal

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ASWU Report

Mar 21st, 2018 | By

By Benjamin Love ASWU Senator CLA Dean Ruth Feingold joined the Associated Students of Willamette University on Thursday March 16 as a guest and spoke on a variety of topics ranging from her position as Dean to the revising of general education. Dean Feingold mentioned there is a big push to add new academic programs

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