Arts & Culture

Building legacies: Friendly Hall, a facility of firsts

The Emerald is continuing its series on names of University of Oregon campus buildings this week with Friendly Hall. Check out the previous building stories on Collier House, Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, Lillis Hall, Gerlinger Hall and Condon Hall. Despite its nondescript appearance on campus, Friendly Hall has served as …

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Review: ‘The Circle’ imagines a world of deadly social media

Movies have a very contentious relationship with social media. “The Social Network” envisioned the founding of Facebook as a tragic breakdown in friendships. Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children” took a brief glance at a girl’s suicidal thoughts and the death of a marriage and chalked most of it up …

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Arts & CultureOutdoor

The best places to take graduation photos (other than Lillis)

As seniors begin winding down their last few weeks of school, many decide to head out into Oregon’s spring weather to take graduation photos. Donning green caps and gowns, grad photos are a time to capture the excitement and nervousness that comes with becoming a University of Oregon graduate and …

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Arts & CultureFood

A student guide to a classic spring barbecue

The Eugene climate has been doing its best to fight through the rain and offer some cloudless days lately. Thankfully, those rare afternoons of clear weather are becoming more common. Eugenians are expected to see a spike in sunshine beginning on Friday and carrying on through next week. You know …

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Review: Diet Cig packs a powerful punch at the Boreal

New York two-piece Diet Cig’s debut album, “Swear I’m Good at This,” is a rally cry for self-love and safe spaces — a bubbly pop-punk look at the current political moment in all its confusion. Drummer Noah Bowman and guitar and vocalist Alex Luciano stopped in Eugene to play a …

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Campus Style: Faces of Fashion

Strolling down 13th Avenue, the fashion on display can range from flannel shirts and Birkenstock sandals to football jerseys with running shoes, but even high fashion can be found on campus in the form of chic dresses and designer high heels. Students from around the world attend the University of …

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Podcast: From Bowser to GLADOS – video game villains

If there’s a hero, then there’s a villain. Join Mat and Dana as they discuss one of the greatest driving forces in any gamer’s quest: taking down the big bad final boss, from Bowser and Ganon to Andrew Ryan and GLADOS. This episode was produced by Franziska Monahan.

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Things to do this week: ‘The Cuisine of Mali’ exhibit, Futurebirds at Hi-Fi and ‘Mystery’ of Easter Island lecture

Thursday, April 27: Across the Table, Around the World, The Cuisine of Mali (The Museum of Natural and Cultural History), 6 p.m., $35 with pre-registration This weekend presents a unique opportunity to improve your cultural culinary skill at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. This event explores the “staples and …

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Concert preview: Jahkoy says he can be the face of a new genre of music

At just 23 years old, Toronto-native Jahkoy Palmer has already tasked himself with creating the next popular genre of music. His wide variety of musical influences, international perspective and everyday life experiences all contribute to his unique genre-blending sound that he says will help him achieve his ambitious goals. “I …

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Climbing community: The Rec Center’s rock wall provides more than just exercise for students

Tiana SantaBarbara, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, stared at students scampering up the rainbow-colored plastic rock wall located in the heart of the Student Recreation Center. “I feel like this would be a great place to bring a date,” she said. “If it got really awkward, you’d always …

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Review: Jeremy Wade wrestles with ancient shark in ‘River Monsters’ final season premiere

In the premiere of Animal Planet’s final season of “River Monsters,” host Jeremy Wade hooks the biggest catch in show history: a 14-foot “sixgill,” or cow shark, which he pulled from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Hence its name, the sixgill shark has six gill slits while most other …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends what to read this week

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald acolytes Sararosa Davies and Emerson Malone discuss the best articles they’ve read in the past week. Here are the stories mentioned in this episode: You’re Not Alone: A Community Of Musicians And Fans Bonded By Mental Disorders by Tatiana Tenreyro (Uproxx) …

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Arts & CultureFashion

Spring Cleaning: Closet Revamp

Springtime brings more than just sunny skies and flowers. For many on campus, spring signifies the end of wearing turtleneck sweaters, scarves and winter coats on an everyday basis. More clothing options become available thanks to warmer weather, and most of us feel like we start to get some of …

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Arts & CultureVideo Games

Gaming Week In Review: Original ‘Starcraft’ and “Brood War” now free, NES Classic production to cease

Gaming Week In Review is a semi-regular column by Mathew Brock devoted to recapping recent news from the video game world each week. Read the previous installment here. In celebration of the upcoming “Starcraft” remastered release,  you can download the original version for free, right now The original “Starcraft” and its …

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Review: Solange Knowles brings her triumphant stage show to Portland

The unsinkable Solange Knowles played the headlining slot for Soul’d Out Music Fest, a soul and R&B music festival based in multiple venues around Portland, on Friday, April 21, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The festival’s events from April 19–23 have included Travis Scott (who brought Drake out to get …

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Coalessence Dance group offers a transcendent experience for participants

As people trickled onto the dance floor at WOW Hall, they were welcomed by a couple sweatily practicing “touch improv.” The couple looked like two playful puppies nudging and touching each other, but they were two full-grown adults rolling on the ground. Beside them, a large, burly man with long, …

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Q&A: Rapper Nick Grant talks touring with Ab-Soul, rap battles and directing horror movies

On Saturday, April 21, Atlanta rapper Nick Grant opened for Ab-Soul in front of a lively audience at WOW Hall. Grant is currently touring with Ab-Soul to promote his recently released EP “The Return of the Cool.” Grant first gained mainstream attention after  freestyling on the popular radio talk show, …

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Arts & CultureFood

Starbucks’s Unicorn Frappuccino is a magical nightmare

Starbucks’s magical Unicorn Frappuccino looks like a little kid’s science experiment: a swirl of pink and blue color stirred into a cup then topped with whipped cream. If a child showed their parents, they’d say it was beautiful while anxiously thinking of how to sneak it in the trash with …

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Podcast: Crowd funded video games

Mat Brock and Eric Schucht discuss the growing trend of crowd funded video games, as well as the hit-or-miss titles that have come out of the emerging business model. From “Undertale” to “The Mighty No. 9,” here’s how indie developers make it big and how industry veterans find a way …

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Video: The Biased Reporter Interviews with Local Dispensaries on 4/20

On the only made-up holiday that Oregon agrees to celebrate together, we send our local opinionated man on the street, The Biased Reporter, to ask not so serious questions of our local dispensary owners.

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Appreciating the planet during Earth Week

When you live in Oregon, it is easy to see just how beautiful the Earth is. From breathtaking waterfalls to peaceful forest hikes, this lush state offers a variety of ways to immerse yourself in nature and appreciate what the Earth provides. With Earth Day right around the corner on …

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Q&A: Alex Luciano from Diet Cig talks writing while touring and ‘Swear I’m Good at This’

Sometimes you need to scream about all that’s wrong with the world. Diet Cig, a two-piece band from New York, will be there when you need to let it all out. It’s hard not to dance when singer and guitarist Alex Luciano yelps and Noah Bowman’s drumming provides a cathartic …

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The green rush: An industry on the brink

April 20 is the de facto national holiday for weed connoisseurs, but in the year and a half since recreational marijuana was legalized, it has become just another day of the “green rush.” The Oregon Liquor Control Commission oversees 426 active marijuana retailers statewide, as of April 19. With the …

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Podcast: Spotlight on Science: Dr. Michael Haley

Spotlight on Science is a new series from the Emerald Podcast Network in which we bring in some of the members of the University of Oregon science community to explain what their research is in simple language we can all understand. In this episode, Franklin Lewis speaks with Dr. Michael …

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Things to do this week: April 20-26: Let’s Talk Food, Duck baseball, Record Store Day, Ira Glass, Quack Chats

Thursday, April 20: Let’s Talk Food: Conversations with Oregon food writers at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E. 15th Ave.), 5:30 p.m., $5-10 If you’re a foodie who holds a genuine interest for where your food is sourced, join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History this …

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Review: Ridiculous action reigns supreme in the endlessly entertaining ‘Fate of the Furious’

It’s hard to imagine “The Fast and the Furious” once was a low-budget street racing franchise. Over the series’ seven previous installments, the action increased in volume and ridiculousness. In 2001’s original film, Paul Walker and Vin Diesel raced one another and outran a train. In “Fast Five,” the pair …

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Emerald Recommends: The best weed dispensary deals in Eugene for 4/20

April 20, the nation’s most popular day for smoking copious amounts of pot, is approaching for the second time since recreational marijuana use has been legalized in Oregon. The origins behind this weed smoking holiday are pretty hazy. Some say that it all started when Jerry Garcia asked his band …

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Arts & CultureFood

Noisette Pastry Kitchen: Supporting local farmers

Noisette Pastry Kitchen in downtown Eugene is known for its tasty croissants and friendly staff. With desserts, coffee, sandwiches, soup and an evening wine bar, there is something delicious waiting for every customer — but what makes Noisette unique is where many of its ingredients come from. Tobi Sovak, owner …

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Review: Jeremy Messersmith’s ’11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukulele’ delivers positivity in 15 minutes

Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith can be a little macabre, often spending his songwriting power on graveyards and suburbia. But when the world becomes dark, his music turns to the overtly positive to provide comfort. He is often compared to Portland’s Elliott Smith, but Messersmith has created his own brand of …

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