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ELGL puts focus on local government

Feb 21st, 2018 | By

By Matthew Taylor Staff Writer On Friday afternoon, a group of civic leaders who hold positions in local governments across the country came to Willamette for the first ever to host an event called “Inspiring Local Government Careers”, hosted by the advocacy group Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). The event, which ran for nearly five

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Trans student federal protections ending

Feb 21st, 2018 | By

By Heather Pearson Staff Writer The Education Department says it will no longer investigate or take action on discrimination cases filed by transgender students who are barred from using bathrooms which correspond to their gender identity. Last February, the Education and Justice Departments withdrew Obama-era bathroom guidances for trans individuals. These previous guidances affirmed that

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Bishop discussion at ASWU meeting

Feb 21st, 2018 | By

By Ben Love ASWU Senator The Veg Society presented their club, which promotes a community with similar interests revolving around veganism and the negative effects of meat eating. Following the presentation, ASWU Senate approved the club. The election commission will be gathering soon to prepare for this year’s Exec and senate elections. An email from

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American companies attempt to internalize healthcare

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

By Kellen Bulger News Editor Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced that they are intending to partner, with the goal being to “address healthcare for their U.S. employees, with the aim of improving employee satisfaction and reducing costs.” The release of this joint statement from the three giants in American industry certainly didn’t happen

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Sanctions on Russia revoked

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

By Matthew Taylor Staff Writer The Trump Administration sent shockwaves throughout the United States last week when it missed the Jan. 31 deadline to impose a new set of sanctions on foreign firms and governments doing business with Russia’s defense and intelligence sector. The sanctions were part of a congressional effort to punish Russia for

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Sustainability conference inspires students

Feb 13th, 2018 | By

By Natalie Roadarmel Staff Writer This past week, eighteen Willamette students had the opportunity to attend a regional sustainability conference in Portland. WOHESC (Washingtion Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference) is a conference dedicated to inspiring change, facilitating action and promoting collaboration among students and faculty in the region’s higher education institutions. WOHESC is particularly focused

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Eating for liberation creates food for thought

Feb 13th, 2018 | By

By Heather Pearson Staff Writer When I sat down with organizers Dr. Anne DeLessio-Parson and Sophia Brownstein to learn more about their upcoming event ‘Eating for Liberation,’ Dr. DeLessio-Parson set out tortilla chips, rice and beans for us to share. “Food invites us into conversation every time we sit down to share the table,” stated

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Title IX lawsuit creates new women’s lacrosse team

Feb 13th, 2018 | By

By Julia Di Simone Staff Writer Willamette’s newest Bearcat team is here: women’s lacrosse. The high-intensity sport first played by Indigenous peoples of the Americas will be featured on our campus this upcoming academic year. Unlike club teams of Willamette’s past, the newly established team is set to compete at the NCAA Division III level

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ASWU discusses new Bishop plan

Feb 13th, 2018 | By

By Claire Matthews-Lingen ASWU Senator Ed Whipple and Don Thomson spoke with ASWU last week about their proposed student healthcare plan. ASWU is in full support of the proposal to keep health services on campus by raising the student health fee to $310. The questions asked of Whipple and Thomson consisted of logistical questions about

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Salem’s rapidly growing homeless population

Feb 6th, 2018 | By

By Natalie Roadarmel Staff Writer It was estimated that there were 1,151 homeless people living in Marion and Polk counties in 2017. In 2016, that number was estimated to be 856. The homeless population in Salem has heightened rapidly in the past few years, mainly due to a lack of attention and resources from the

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