Not long before the University of Oregon Board of Trustees overwhelmingly passed a 10.6 percent tuition increase Thursday, the board heard from UO student Charlie Landeros.
Growing up in Eugene, Landeros said, he and his friends never believed in the possibility that they could attend the university.
They were poor and Hispanic. The UO was unattainable, he said.
Landeros joined the U.S. Army, became a helicopter mechanic and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He got the GI Bill, came home and enrolled.
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