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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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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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Things to do this week: Annual Hope Conference, Light Up the Night Bike Ride and Ab-Soul at WOW Hall

Thursday, April 13 through Saturday, April 15: 23rd Annual Hopes Conference at the UO School of Allied Arts and Architecture (1206 University St.), 12-8 p.m., free The theme of the 23rd Annual Hopes Conference is displacement, specifically the global displacement of resources, populations and natural rights. Each panel, workshop, speaker and …

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Six ways to celebrate spring

Spring break is over and the final term of the school year is here. The new season is a great time to check in with yourself and enjoy the beautiful weather. Whether you want to take stock of your winter clothes, cook new foods or just enjoy the sun, here are …

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Seek out some extra fun during ‘silly week’

Nicknamed ‘silly week’ because of the many class periods devoted to passing out a syllabus and the general lack of homework, the first week of the term is perfect for enjoying a few extra moments of free time before the school work starts piling up. Spring term in particular provides …

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Skaters vs. the stereotype: Oregon’s skateboarding culture

Eugene-native Silas Baxter-Neal has spent more time on his skateboard than he has walking on the ground, or so he claims. The professional skater said that ever since his older brother gave him his first board as a 6-year-old, he hasn’t stopped skateboarding. The first skatepark Baxter-Neal ever skated at …

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To space and back: The story of UO’s ‘Moon Tree’

While walking along 13th Avenue on the University of Oregon’s campus, one encounters countless types of trees with intriguing origins and interesting names, but few trees have a story like UO’s “Moon Tree.  Located between the EMU and Carson Hall is the Moon Tree, a seemingly regular Douglas Fir. Upon …

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Things to do this week: Hawaiian Guitar Festival, Cottage Grove Half Marathon and Sam Lachow

Thursday, March 9: Visiting Artist Lecture Sandow Birk: American Quran at Lawrence Hall (1190 Franklin Blvd.) 6 p.m. Artist Sandow Birk will be visiting campus to talk about his American Quran project, which is currently on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. American Quran is an art piece …

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Eugene’s Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics is this weekend

If you see a large group of people running into the Willamette River early Saturday morning, don’t be too alarmed. It’s just the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. The Polar Plunge, as it is so accurately named, consists of participants running into the sub-40-degree water of the …

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How to show a future Duck the real student experience

Many of us have younger friends or siblings applying to the University of Oregon during this college application season. Our Student Ambassadors do an amazing job giving on-campus tours, but applicants should know what we do outside of school too. For the real University of Oregon experience, take your future …

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Skip Black Friday shopping and visit an Oregon state park for ‘Green Friday’

Skip the shopping, skip the lines and skip the chaos this Black Friday because for the second year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive all day-use fees in support of what the department refers to as “Green Friday.” Although most Oregon state parks are …

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Alton Baker Park solar system model sparks scientific curiosity

On a 1:1 billion scale model of the solar system, it would take about 7,320 steps to reach pluto from the sun. That’s 3.66 miles. In reality, that would equate to roughly 7,320,000,000 steps. At Alton Baker Park visitors can walk through a scale model of the universe to provide …

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Try puddle stomping to enjoy the Oregon rain

Rain has a tendency to get people down. The energy noticeably drops on campus when fall showers hit. The average yearly rainfall in Oregon is 41.96 inches, 2.8 more than national average. This can be rough for students from drier places like California where the average is about 23 inches per …

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Where to find the best scenic views in Eugene and Springfield

At this time of year many college students are haunting libraries with their noses in books, studying for midterms and stressing over papers. While the academics are important, it can also be refreshing to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Here is a quick guide to …

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