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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