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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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UO’s future officers: The ROTC lifestyle

Among the 23,634 students at the University of Oregon, around one percent are proudly training for war. Although Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets blend in when they are among their peers, they stand out on Thursdays when they don their military fatigues. The ROTC is a full-time commitment that demands …

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Q&A: Cameron Avery, Tame Impala touring bassist, is ‘totally uncompromising’ on first solo record

On Friday night, multi-instrumentalist Cameron Avery will perform at the Holocene in Portland in support of his first solo record, “Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams.” Avery is best known as the current touring bassist for Kevin Parker’s main project, Tame Impala, and as the former drummer of Australian psych-rock band POND. Unlike his …

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Culture on campus: Cultural nights at UO allow students to share their heritage

Leaving home is a huge transition for many college students. It’s one thing for students to leave behind their mother’s home cooking, the familiarity of their rooms and the comfort of their families. But for others, leaving home means leaving behind part of themselves. At the University of Oregon, ASUO …

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Sculpting through the eyes of Mike Leckie

Mike Leckie prefers to work in isolation. Situated deep in the southern Eugene forest, the local sculptor finds his artistic inspiration in the serenity and solitude of the surrounding woods. Here, Leckie is able to focus on his craft without distraction — something he says more artists should do. “Too …

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Bass, flannel and ‘jamming econo’ to the end: Pioneering punk rocker Mike Watt to perform in Eugene Thursday

Correction: This post originally said that Mike Watt would be playing at the Hi-Fi Lounge on Friday. Watt and The Missingmen are playing Thursday. Cancel your plans! Mike Watt can’t stop playing bass. No matter what life throws at the punk rock icon, he is always drawn back to the …

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UO student from the Ivory Coast designs clothing to empower women

University of Oregon senior advertising student Ahoua Toure’s energy is contagious, and her passion for designing her own clothing line is seen in her fashion. Originally from the Ivory Coast, all of her designs are made with vintage African fabric from her home country.  “They are really unique patterns that …

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Rapper Vince Staples continues to squash critics and tackle important social issues on current tour

For Long Beach, California, rapper Vince Staples, being a popular musician isn’t always as glamorous as it might appear. “I didn’t grow up wanting to be a rapper,” Staples said in a phone interview with the Emerald. “I’m not going to lie and say that I did. But I definitely …

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Sallie Ford: Exploring how to be alone with ‘Soul Sick,’ life without the Sound Outside

The ‘60s-inspired Portland-based band Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside formed in 2007 and reached prominence in 2011 when they performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2013 the group broke up, but Sallie Ford has not dropped out of the music scene; instead she has sought to …

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Fall Dance Loft: Students prepare to display their creative works at Friday’s performance

Anita Morgan, a University of Oregon senior, cannot figure out why her modern dance choreography isn’t lining up with the music. She glances at Brianne Waller, another UO student and the soloist for this dance, who raises her eyebrows, shrugs and attempts the choreography again. Her dark, curly hair flows …

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Dull dorm? Try a plant

Dorm life can be rough for some students. The cookie cutter layout of the rooms can be hard to put a homey spin on, and the small space might be suffocating. This is especially true for outdoor enthusiasts and during colder seasons when it’s tough to get outside. Growing plants …

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Comedy-folk-punk duo ShiSho: Teenagers with a decade of music experience

When Tommy Stinson played on The Replacements’ 1980 album, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash, at the age of 13, he was considered freakishly young to be in a band signed to a record label. Now, as 50-year-old Stinson prepares for a Friday “Cowboys in the Campfire” tour performance at …

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4 UO Law grads who have changed Oregon

On Monday, 104 new students started classes at the University of Oregon’s law school. They’ll be following in the footsteps of these defining UO law school alumni. Ellen Rosenblum made history when she became Oregon’s first woman Attorney General in 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1971 and her …

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UO psych graduates team up for children’s novella ‘Down the Manhole’

Inspired by Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll, a pair of University of Oregon students have taken their love for these tales and created an adventure of their own: Down The Manhole, a story of bunnies and psychology. Cesare B. Bisbocci and Louis Cicalese, two UO psychology students from …

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Early sales for recreational edibles loom as pot industry matures

In January, the Emerald spoke with Eugene-based entrepreneurs in the marijuana industry whose businesses were soon to undergo dramatic changes during the Oregon State Senate session in February. Here, we revisit these businesses, as they are pressed to meet new production standards from the Oregon Health Authority and edibles are …

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Tsunami Books owner Scott Landfield runs donation-free campaign for Eugene mayor

Tsunami Books owner Scott Landfield is running for mayor of Eugene. So far, he has spent just $3.47.






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Every Day Kine Grindz brings Hawaiian specialties to Eugene

For Kawika Asam, serving food isn’t about business – it’s about family. Asam moved to Eugene from Hawaii in 2007 and graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012. He decided to continue living in Eugene after graduation but still missed the food from home. His parents worked for a catering …

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‘Tree limbo’: The fate of campus’ fallen trees

Despite the University of Oregon being the number one school in the country for sustainability leadership in architecture education, an area by Millrace known as “Back Forty” holds a stockpile of valuable trees that were removed from campus, including cedar, oak and walnut.






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An evening with Slayer: The kings of thrash metal

would be a liar if I said I was expecting this day to go smoothly. I was scheduled to interview and attend a concert by a band that verges on being the most violent act in the world, and they were playing at a venue notorious for its rowdy shows. …

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Q&A with Michael Helquist, author of Stonewall Honor-winning ‘Marie Equi’

This Friday, historian and activist Michael Helquist will discuss his novel, Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions, which won the 2016 Stonewall Honor – given to “exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience” – for Non-Fiction. He will also be signing books, which will be for sale in the Knight …

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University of Oregon graduate paints mural at new Wesley Center

After staring at a brick wall on 25th Avenue and Harris Street, University of Oregon alumnus Nikolaj Byrdman drew a celestial sketch using a ballpoint pen. After showing it to the building directors, he got approval to transform the wall of the Wesley Community Center into a mural, now under construction. The mural is …

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Podcast: Jamie and Meerah Pick the Best Music of 2015

Listen to the first episode of Emerald staffers Jamie Perry and Meerah Powell’s biweekly music podcast below, in which Perry and Powell pick a few of their favorite tracks from 2015. “The Prick” – Dogs on Acid “Brazos River” – Lomelda “Something Soon” – Car Seat Headrest “Burn Masculinity” – …

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Q&A: UO grad Andrew Katz returns to Eugene with Car Seat Headrest

Andrew Katz, an alum of South Eugene High School and 2012 economics graduate from the University of Oregon will return to Eugene this Friday, Jan. 22. He returns as the drummer for Car Seat Headrest, a rising indie-rock band reminiscent of Room On Fire-era Strokes, with the loose quality of …

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Pete Peterson retires from the Red Rooster Barbershop after 45 years

After more than 45 years at the Red Rooster on 13th, legendary barber Pete Peterson retired on Friday. The man responsible for Steve Prefontaine’s signature flow, the haircuts of the past seven university presidents and many more famous faces is finally stepping down as owner of the Red Rooster Barbershop. …

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Q&A: Cole Kastner previews Face in the Sun Art gallery at GSH

This week, Global Scholars Hall will host Face in the Sun: A Colorful Collection of Student Artwork. The reception will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m Thursday, Jan. 21 near the dining room at GSH. This is the grand opening of the GSH’s art gallery. To preview the gallery, …

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Eulogy: David Bowie

David Bowie, one of rock’s bravest artists, died January 10, 2016. Here’s why his legacy matters.






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UO grad cuts into Lane County surgical history in exhibit

The mere mention of 19th-century surgery may conjure up grotesque images of gore and doctors begging for a malpractice lawsuit, but this is a perception that one University of Oregon graduate aims to debunk. Faith Kreskey wrote and did extensive research for the exhibition No Harm Intended: A Medical History …

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Blood, humility, punk-rock and fatherhood: Inside Beach Slang’s ‘Noisy Heaven’

Beach Slang is the most exciting band of 2015. Whether they’re begging the audience for TUMS or rolling with guitars on the stage, its live act is an adrenaline rush. The Emerald spoke with singer James Alex before a recent Portland concert.






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Q&A: How a UO GTF became Max the dog in ‘Disney on Ice: The Little Mermaid’

After surviving a bus crash that broke nearly every major bone on the left side of his body, Barton Howe became Max the dog in ‘Disney on Ice: The Little Mermaid’






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