Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Oregon Students Demand Action after Racial Incident

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Oregon Students Demand Action after Racial Incident

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CORVALLIS, Ore. -A latino freshman at Oregon State University, who says another student taunted and threw candy at him, contends the incident amounts to racial harassment-and that the school isn't doing enough to prevent racism.

Erubey Olvera wants university officials to find the person who made the remarks not necessarily to punish that person but to make sure the incident never happens again.

"I'm not the only one this has happened to, " Olvera, speaking through a translator, told more than 45 students who gathered at the student union last month to discuss the incident. Olvera says he was walking past a dormitory on Jan. 25 when a student threw candy at him from a fourth-floor window@ When Olvera stopped and asked why, lie says the student mockingly called out: "Oh, oh... he speaks English."

University officials say they are investigating the incident.

Others questioned the university's handling of an incident last year in which a Black engineering student, Derrick Harris, said White students tossed firecrackers and yelled a racial slur as be walked past a fraternity. …

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