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From free to fee for student workers: Controversy surges over shift meals

University of Oregon student Alex Niemeyer works eight hours a week on campus, serving food to fellow students in the EMU student union. But he doesn’t receive a free meal at the UO for his work. Instead, Niemeyer pays $3 in order to receive 5 points, roughly the price for …

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Bean Hall: The end of a dirty legacy

“You lived in Bean? I’m sorry.” For all its perceived flaws, Bean Hall’s tiny rooms and concrete walls have housed decades of University of Oregon students. Although the east-campus residence hall will begin a two-year renovation this summer, many residents will remember Bean’s old halls with both fondness and resentment. …

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Is Free Speech at Risk? The time and place to speak

Crowds of students rushed into the streets of the University of Oregon, venting their frustration and chanting, “Fuck Donald Trump” as they passed through the intersection of 13th and Kincaid on election night. Students said standing and yelling with peers was therapeutic in the face of an unclear future. The …

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College to the Beat: The Duck Street Family

In a hot dance studio on the second floor of the University of Oregon Student Recreation Center, the smell of hard work leaves a musk in the air. Recreational dancers kick their legs and attempt to pop-n-lock in sync, while they learn the week’s 30-second routine. A giant floor-to-ceiling mirror …

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The Music Man: Tony Glausi – living for jazz

When Tony Glausi meets someone for the first time, he introduces himself by saying, “I teach jazz” or “I play trumpet.” The response generally goes one of two ways.  “Oh, yeah! Dave Brubeck, right?” the stranger might say, grasping for the closest jazz touchstone he or she can muster. “‘Take …

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For the love of hockey: Brothers on ice

University of Oregon club hockey players Sam and Noah Rosenberg didn’t learn to read the way most kids do. Instead of scanning over kid’s books with easy to understand syntax, the two taught themselves written word the only way they knew how: through hockey. Their mother, Kim Rosenberg, remembers how …

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El pueblo unido: campus community joins in protecting undocumented students

El pueblo unido jamás será vencido Maricruz Reyes, 24, smiled as she panned her smartphone over the crowd of roughly 600 people gathered outside the Oregon State Capitol. They were her fellow protestors, calling on Jan. 14 for state representatives to prevent President Donald Trump from deporting 11 million undocumented …

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Eugene supports its immigrant community

University of Oregon student Haytham Abo-Adel spoke to a crowd of about 2,000 people in front of the Eugene Federal Courthouse on Jan. 29. He immigrated to Eugene five years ago. He spoke to a passionate community rallying against President Donald Trump’s latest executive order that temporarily bars entry to …

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Trekking for truffles: The rise of the Oregon truffle

Despite the rain and thick fog that often blankets the Oregon Coast Range, 79-year-old Lee Yamada spent his day in a grim forest with a rake in hand. With his eyes cast toward the ground and rain dripping down his blue hood, he searched the mossy forest floor for a …

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Peaceful but not quiet: Protesting the inauguration

Hours after President Donald Trump placed his hand on two bibles and was sworn in to become the 45th President of the United States, students at the University of Oregon united to demonstrate their anguish. At first, marches and rallies throughout the weekend reflected anger and fear in Eugene. Unity …

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When Mind Meets Body: Martial Arts find a home in Eugene

For some, the idea of martial arts involves high-flying acrobats throwing spinning heel kicks. But for the growing community of martial artists in Eugene, the art form is a workout, a therapeutic release and a lifelong hobby wrapped up in one. “It’s like a game of chess where you set …

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A 29-year debt: The financial effect of the new EMU for decades to come

University of Oregon students who haven’t been born yet will continue to bear the cost of a $98 million EMU renovation project. Students will pay an extra $67 per term until 2043 to cover the cost of the improvements made to the EMU, according to project leaders. “One of the …

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Identifying discrimination part V: Moving forward

In an effort to better understand the challenges facing some minority students at University of Oregon, the Emerald interviewed students of color and faculty who have devoted their careers to addressing diversity and inclusion. Some students have used their experiences to reflect on their own biases and have taken steps …

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Vintage Guitar Heroes: Mckenzie River Music

With a dirty white cinder block exterior and a blue awning over the modest front entrance, Eugene’s nationally renowned guitar and instrument shop, Mckenzie River Music, boasts a large selection of vintage and high-end guitars, basses and various string instruments. Due to the recent snow and ice storm, two humidifiers …

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The year of the ear: How hip-hop got us through 2016

For many, 2016 was a rough year. Terrorist attacks plagued the U.S. and Europe, the Presidential election cycle was one of the most turbulent in recent memory, and another musical artist seemed to die every week. Looking back at everything that made last year terrible, it’s hard to believe that …

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Vegetarian Resolution: new year, no meats

January is a time of year for resolutions, and self improvement often tops the list. For some, a change in diet is a must, but for those willing to convert to vegetarianism, it’s common to lose resolve as the year goes on. University of Oregon student Zach Leherr decided to …

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Identifying discrimination part I: the student perspective

In an effort to better understand the challenges facing some minority students at University of Oregon, the Emerald interviewed students of color and faculty who have devoted their careers to addressing diversity and inclusion. Some students have used their experiences to reflect on their own biases and have taken steps …

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The Unseen World of Ants

Beneath the volcanology building on the University of Oregon campus is a colony that never sleeps. The laboratory, tended by Dr. Robert Schofield, has broken ground in the field’s knowledge of leaf cutter ants. The Emerald has captured the sights and sounds of ant science in a multimedia story that explores the lab, …

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Still Spinning: House of Records celebrates 45 years of music

A standard vinyl single spins at 45 revolutions per minute on a turntable. As the needle hits the groove and, with each revolution, makes its way around the disc, listeners are treated to the weathered sounds of music as history — every scratch, bend and pop. In the 45 years …

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Diversifying science

When Jaclyn Kellon committed to University of Oregon’s Ph.D. chemistry program two years ago, she knew she’d face academic rigor. But the Cleveland native wasn’t prepared to be one of the only minority students in her cohort, and she wasn’t prepared for the sudden onset of self-doubt. “I’ve always identified …

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Escaping in Eugene

Why roll dice or tap away on a controller when you can decode the secret message and find the hidden door yourself? The hostess at Dare Escape Rooms instructs groups of 2-6 patrons to close their eyes as she leads them into the dark and musty room. After the door …

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Black Student Task Force: 12 demands – one year later

On Nov. 11, Black student group leaders spoke to hundreds of students and community members at the EMU amphitheater, addressing the climate around race on campus. It’s been a year since the Black Student Task Force issued 12 demands to UO administration in the hopes of creating a safer and …

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The 18th Animation Show of Shows gives animators a chance at the spotlight

Animation is hard. Just ask Bryce Ballew, a digital arts major at the University of Oregon currently taking a class on the subject. “The first project I did … [took] about a week straight of work,” Ballew said. “It’s exhausting.” But according to Ballew, the quality of the final product …

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Torn by the Vote: University of Oregon campus reacts to election of Donald Trump

In the 24 hours following Donald Trump’s electoral sweep, the University of Oregon erupted with protest as restless students voiced frustration and disillusionment — and then a determination to heal. After taking to Eugene’s streets with chants and tears on Tuesday night, students stood in solidarity by midday Wednesday, ready …

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Tommy Stinson talks Replacements history in Portland, performs in a Eugene living room

The Replacements have a “terrible fucking history” with the city of Portland, according to bassist Tommy Stinson. As for his time in Eugene, well, he doesn’t remember ever visiting the city.  On Dec. 7, 1987, the Minneapolis punk band played a notorious show at Portland’s Pine Street Theater that is …

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A lifelong race: Justin Gallegos doesn’t let Cerebral Palsy keep him from running

If you saw Justin Gallegos on the street, you’d think he looks just like any other loyal Ducks fan. The Santa Clarita, California, native is almost always decked out in a green beanie with the iconic yellow ‘O’ emblazoned on the front. He usually sports a Nike shirt marked with …

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From cookies to hair, David Yost brings a new perspective to Oregon

Midway through an interview with David Yost after practice last week, my phone rang twice. It was the Philadelphia Eagles’ media relations team with Chase Daniel, Yost’s former quarterback at Missouri. Yost asked if it was Daniel on the line and if he could catch up with him briefly. I …

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The Standards of Dining: restaurants working to keep clean in Eugene

In the kitchen at Pegasus Smokehouse Pizza on 14th Avenue, one employee comes in every morning at 4 a.m. and turns on the massive oven that churns out hundreds of pizzas a week. This is the beginning of the food preparation process. Scrutinizing this process is general manager Tara Reader. …

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Live from the graveyard

This Hallow’s Eve, Eugene is hosting a concert to die for. Tucked away in the hills of southwest Eugene lies the Eugene Masonic Cemetery, which has been a part of the city’s history since its inception in 1859 — 10 years after the city’s founding. The Hope Abbey Mausoleum, an …

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Kombucha: An ancient drink receives a modern revival

When Matt Thomas tasted kombucha [kom-BOO-cha] for the first time, he had no idea what to expect — let alone what he was drinking. “I wasn’t ready for that super vinegary weirdness,” Thomas said about his first-ever sip of the mysterious liquid. Thomas, a 2002 University of Oregon graduate, is …

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