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Stalker Scandal Revealed

Faculty member files suit against school over lack of protection

Tenured and award-winning faculty member Nadia Raza filed a lawsuit against Lane Jan. 21 over their inability to deal with a student who threatened and stalked Raza in 2014.

According to Raza’s suit, Lane failed to communicate with her, did not act when the student continuously threatened her and made it difficult for her to file a restraining order against the student. This caused Raza to start teaching online classes exclusively to avoid the threats she was receiving on campus.

“Lane’s response made a terrifying situation much worse,” Raza said in a press release.

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Board offers money, advisory role to student plaintiff

Details of proposed settlement await administrative action

In a settlement offered through Lane’s Board of Education, former student government Senator Francisco Gomez would receive $6,500 and a role in crafting the board’s new policy relating to mandatory student activity fees in exchange for dropping his pending lawsuit against the board.

The lawsuit, filed in 2015, claims that the board violated Gomez’s First Amendment rights when it charged him the mandatory student activity fee that credit students on Lane’s main campus pay each term.

Gomez has said the motivation to file suit against the board was his dissatisfaction with the way Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group uses mandatory student fees.

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Activity fee sparks lawsuit

Former student senator sues college over voting process

Lane’s Board of Education moved Wednesday evening to remove students’ ability to vote on changes to the mandatory student activity fee in an attempt to quickly resolve a lawsuit filed by former ASLCC Senator Francisco Gomez.

In his suit, filed in August 2015, Gomez argues the Board of Education violated his constitutional First Amendment rights when it assessed him the student activity fee.

The thrust of Gomez’s suit revolves around the legality of the student-voting process, but he laid bare his true motivation to file suit in an interview with The Torch.

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Lane: unplugged

Second internet outage in two months leaves students frustrated

Lane’s main campus experienced its second Internet outage since December’s disruption on Jan. 14, around 2 p.m. This time the outage did not prove as troublesome as last term’s, which was all day Dec. 2, 2015, but it did bring to mind how troublesome it can be.

Victoria Koldewyn, student and library assistant, spoke about how different the outage was compared to last term.

“Our class wasn’t affected too much.” Koldewyn said. “It wasn’t a big deal and it was only out an hour. Last term it was down for several hours and that was a big deal. We have offline methods where we could check out materials at the library but really it puts a screeching halt to everything.”

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Lack of sales causes cafeteria closures

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Crush Burger employees make use of their downtime in between serving customers.

The constantly changing hours of Lane’s food court, located in the newly reconstructed Center Building, leaves many students without any other options for food besides what is sold in the Titan Store. The current hours listed on the Lane web site show most options in the food court are open until 3 p.m. with Lime Fresh being open until 5 p.m. daily except Friday. Despite this, students have gone to the cafeteria around 3 p.m. and found it to be completely closed down with employees cleaning up for the night.

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MLK legacy rallies locals for a common cause

Hundreds of marchers celebrating MLK Day pass alongside Ferry Street bridge in downtown Eugene on Jan. 18 on their way to The Shedd Institute. The march began at Autzen Stadium with speakers from local religious, civic and racial groups. For extended coverage see pages 4 and 5.Hundreds of marchers celebrating MLK Day pass alongside Ferry Street bridge in downtown Eugene on Jan. 18 on their way to The Shedd Institute. The march began at Autzen Stadium with speakers from local religious, civic and racial groups.
Hundreds of marchers celebrating MLK Day pass alongside Ferry Street bridge in downtown Eugene on Jan. 18 on their way to The Shedd Institute. The march began at Autzen Stadium with speakers from local religious, civic and racial groups. For extended coverage see pages 4 and 5.Hundreds of marchers celebrating MLK Day pass alongside Ferry Street bridge in downtown Eugene on Jan. 18 on their way to The Shedd Institute. The march began at Autzen Stadium with speakers from local religious, civic and racial groups.

Over five decades ago, Martin Luther King Jr. inspired a nation to stand up and take steps in the fight for justice and equality. For 29 years, Eugene has commemorated King’s birthday with a march rallying locals and others around promoting civil rights.

The march began in front of Autzen Stadium in Eugene, with hundreds gathered to hear from local government and civil rights leaders, as well as community members.

Tarik Richardson, member of the Black Student Union at the University of Oregon, helped facilitate and lead the march.

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Lane quits Perkins Loan program

The Federal Perkins Loan has been offered to students since 1958 and was set to offer assistance to students with low income and few other options. Now it stands to lose its place at Lane due to a combination of poor timing, confusion in congress and a lack of eligible students.

“It was really meant to help minorities, first-time college students and extremely low-income students,” Cynthia Deshpande, Lane student accounts loan advisor, said in an interview with The Register-Guard.

One of the many advantages of this Loan is that if a student were to go into some sort of public service, such as military or EMT, it would cancel any and all money owed on the debt.

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UCC staff and students thank Lane for support

Representatives from Umpqua Community College attended Lane’s Board of Education meeting this past

Wednesday, Jan. 13 to give their thanks for the help that Lane offered after the recent shooting that claimed 10 lives.

In a moving speech that brought several in the room close to tears, Jan Woodcock, associate professor of social science at Umpqua, thanked Lane faculty and administrators for their support after the tragic event.

“The concrete specificity of support that came from Lane Community College, the depth and breadth of the support that [President Mary Spilde] and her leadership team provided, more than anything, stabilized us and got us through,” Woodcock said.

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Resource fair held to assist students

For the first time Lane is offering a Student Services Resource Fair with the hope that it will give them the tools and strategies needed to make the pieces fit together. The fair will take place Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be on the second of floor of the Center Building, showcasing various resources that all students can access.

This event is the brainchild of Tammy Walters, Career Advisor in the Ready to Work Program.

“This is a way to offer resources to help support them so they can continue their classwork,” Walters said, referring not only to FASFA support, but also to the various other offices and clubs that will be present.

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Director’s reassignment alarms faculty

Lane administration may have violated a Medical Office Assisting faculty member’s contract by removing her without due process, according to a statement by the Faculty Council.

A formal grievance filed by the faculty union, officially known as Lane Community College Education Association, claims Lane removed Martha Pittman from her role as Program Director of the MOA program because of alleged performance deficiencies without attempting to investigate Pittman’s performance.

“If there is a perception, real or imagined, that there is a faculty performance issue that has impacted curricular enhancements or improvements, then there is a process that the college can use to address it in a very systematic way,” Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coordinator Christina Howard said.

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