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Shasta 2017: a clean(er) Shasta Weekend

University of Oregon students remember the infamous purple cooler from last year’s Shasta Weekend emblazoned with the phrase, “Do You Wanna Do Some Blow Man?” and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity letters. The image was just an example of the mess created by University of Oregon students on Slaughterhouse Island …

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For the culture: Black Student Union hosts the 15th annual Divine Nine Step Show

University of Oregon’s Black student population is underrepresented in the classroom, in the faculty and in administrative funding. But the annual Divine Nine Step Show provides Black students with a place to gather, dance and enjoy their culture — a culture that is struggling to find representation on a predominately …

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Happy Mother’s Day from NASU: The Native American Student Union’s annual Mother’s Day Pow Wow

Hundreds of people flooded Mac Court for two days of singing, dancing and community building at the 49th annual Mother’s Day Pow Wow, hosted by the University of Oregon Native American Student Union. The event welcomed Native Americans and non-Natives alike, allowing everyone to take part in Native American culture. …

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The art of nothing: UO professor Ron Jude’s search for meaning

This story is by Emerald contributor Emily Olson.  Ron Jude bought his first camera at age 13, “literally out of a Sears catalog,” he said. For the University of Oregon professor, an internationally-acclaimed photography career all started with goofing around in a high school dark room. He made photos to …

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A Republican reality: Being red on a blue campus

Students trickle into an empty classroom and shed their jackets, revealing their T-shirts. One shows a rainbow campaign logo stating “Make America great and Gay again,” and others walk in wearing bright red Make America Great Again hats. Many compliment their friends’ regalia as it is uncloaked, and a few …

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Building dialogue at Manzil Midrash: a meeting of the minds

Most University of Oregon students never cross military checkpoints or narrowly miss suicide bombs, but for some, the violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can’t be escaped — even when living 7,000 miles away. Students gathered in the EMU Amphitheater on Tuesday to celebrate Israel’s 69th Independence Day at the Israel …

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: What happened and what comes next

One in five women will be sexually assaulted while they are attending college in the U.S., according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. This indicates that 3,250 women at the University of Oregon will suffer some kind of sexual abuse in four years of school. About 300 community …

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Leave it to Leavitt: The man behind Oregon’s defensive rebuild

Doug Brenner jokingly calls him a psycho. Troy Dye compares him to the Energizer Bunny. Juwaan Williams says his team’s new defensive coordinator is always loud. That is, when he’s had his daily dose of Pepsi, usually no less than three cans a day. But he only runs on original …

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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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Nationals in Jeopardy: Haaga’s veto leaves club sports scrambling for funds

Approximately 1,500 students participate in the 41 club sports at the University of Oregon each year, but funding issues this year mean many may not be able to attend their end-of-year national competitions. In early February, Club Sports requested $50,000 from ASUO’s surplus fund to subsidize various club teams’ trips …

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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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A Quiet Win: (Mis)understanding student government

When ASUO elections began last week, the only campaign running had still not released its specific goals. When elections ended, 24 hours earlier than previous years, less than 4 percent of the student body had voted on the executive ballot. In last year’s election, in which three slates vied for …

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The business of lacrosse: Coaching and marketing UO Lax

The University of Oregon club men’s lacrosse team has continually found ways to stand above the 41 other club teams at UO. Not only is it one of the top club teams in the country, but it practices at the Moshofsky Center, Oregon football’s indoor athletic facility; has three social …

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Goodbye Instructor. Hello Research: Faculty cut to make room for research

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that 31 non-tenured faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences were not renewed. The correct number is 21 non-tenured faculty members and 10 staff members. Twenty-one non-tenured faculty members and 10 staff members in the College of Arts and Sciences …

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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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Unprecedented: Getting to Know UO For You

ASUO has an annual budget of approximately $16 million and only one slate is in the running to take control of these funds next year. On Tuesday, the Emerald hosted a town hall meeting with Presidential Candidate Amy Schenk and Internal Vice Presidential Candidate Tess Mor from the UO For …

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The New Face of the UOPD: Fourth time’s the charm

The last three University of Oregon Police Department chiefs left before fulfilling their contracts. After the latest chief — Carolyn McDermed — retired unexpectedly, UOPD began the search for a replacement for the fourth time in a decade. Last September, the University of Oregon hired Matthew Carmichael as chief of …

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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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When luck runs out: Oregon’s Final Four loss against North Carolina

GLENDALE, Ariz. — There were plenty of chances to do the improbable again. Oregon fans had seen it happen too many times to believe the Ducks wouldn’t pull themselves together, hit a couple of clutch shots, survive and advance. Just like they had all March, and all season. Oregon built …

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Running unopposed: one ballot, one candidate

Imagine a U.S. presidential election with only one presidential candidate and one party running. That is what this year’s ASUO elections are going to look like. Only one slate — ASUO’s version of a political party — is running in this election. Students can either vote for Amy Schenk and …

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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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Setting the record straight: The price of transparency

Multiple University of Oregon students were arrested this year, an assistant football coach was paid over $60,000 for less than a week of work and one visit to campus by an author cost UO donors over $40,000. Public records requests help clarify the facts for stories like these.   As …

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Faculty vs. athletics: Fighting for control

Connor Johnson, a former longsnapper on the Oregon football team, said it’s a “bummer” how many athletes have to make decisions they don’t want to make due to conflicts with sports. Almost all the time, he said — whether it’s being unable to enroll in certain majors or take classes …

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Got a grand? Undergraduates will pay over $1000 more to attend UO next year

Annual tuition will cost $945 more for all undergraduate students next year. The decision, which amounts to a 10.6 percent increase for residents and 3 percent for non-residents, was made by the Board of Trustees during a Thursday meeting. With the increase, many students are forced to reevaluate their position …

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E1 Multimedia Story: Protecting the Water

When the Native Americans from Standing Rock Sioux Reservation called for support, tens of thousands answered by standing on the front lines or donating materials. Much of this help comes from the Pacific Northwest, Eugene and even the University of Oregon. When an Emerald reporter arrived at camp, he found …

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Inflating Grades: Why it’s easier than ever to get an A

In 1980, an average student at the University of Oregon earned a 2.6 GPA. Last year, the average student received a 3.13. UO Students are receiving better grades without evidence that they are performing at a higher level, a phenomenon in higher education termed grade inflation. For the past six …

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Dogs to the rescue

Four paws, a fluffy tail and a wet nose are all part of what make dogs so endearing, but some furry companions at the University of Oregon offer much more than their unfathomable cuteness. For some, having a service or therapy dog is a matter of life or death. UO …

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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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