Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Wed, April 18 2012 at 6:52 PM, Updated: Wed, April 18 2012 at 7:11 PM
Southern Oregon University students in Washington D.C. were arrested for peacefully protesting increasing student loan debt, and now they're facing a university investigation which could strip them of their ability to participate in student government.
SOU officials said it's a matter of abiding by the student code of conduct, which prohibits violating the law. However, for one of the students in question? He says it's about standing up for what's right.
Meantime, the investigation has not yet begun but when it does, it's expected to last about 2-3 weeks. Other university officials told us the university paid for the students' trip, meaning they were representing the university when they were arrested and that's he problem.
Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.
Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.
Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.
Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.