The prismatic art installation is located at the corner of West 3rd Ave. and Van Buren St. during the 9th Annual Whiteaker Block Party in Eugene's  Whiteaker neighborhood. (Samuel Marshall / Emerald).
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Photos: The Whiteaker Block Party is Decadent and Pretty Dope

It’s been a busy summer for festivals in Eugene. In the past month, we’ve seen the 46th Oregon Country Fair in Veneta and the Lane County Fair at the fairgrounds. Last week, downtown was shut down for vehicle traffic for Eugene Sunday Streets – an occasion designed with pedestrians and cyclists in …

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UO graduate pioneers new musical genre with his harmonica

When Joe Powers was two years old, his aunt bought him his first harmonica. He still has the photo from that Christmas Day, in his Captain America pajamas with the harmonica in his hands. As a teenager, he’d play it endlessly, walking down the street and waiting at bus stops. …

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Olivia Asuncion breaks new ground in a flawed system

For Olivia Asuncion, who was born with a physical disability and has used a wheelchair since age 13, fire drills and building evacuations were always a source of panic and anxiety. “I, for one, have been in many fire drills and evacuations where I definitely did not know what to …

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Chris Lee, headliner at the UO Campus Block Party, has been rapping since his parents kicked him out of their home at 16. (Photo submitted by Chris Lee.)
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From hardship to headlining act: Chris Lee to take the stage of UO Campus Block Party

Junior Chris Lee takes his version of hip-hop to the stage at this year’s University of Oregon Block Party. This rapper will hit the stage with two guests from the STRAY music project and practically family members Donte Thomas and Deontre Curry.

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MNCH ambassadors connect culture and campus

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Student Ambassadors Program consists of a group of students who comes up with ways to connect the museum and the student body. Their biggest campus-museum connection happens with trivia night which brings out a large crowd every time.

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Different Ways of Knowing: Q&A with director of University Theatre’s ‘Sila’

On April 16, “Sila” opens at the Hope Theatre on campus. This play raises questions about the future of our planet and the human community causing the audience to think more into what the future can hold.

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Oregon sophomore theatre arts and German major Alex Mentzel's father is an Associate Professor of Voice here at the U of O, and Alex's longtime vocal coach. "My Dad and I get along really well," he said. "I haven’t always studied weekly with my Dad, but I have been working on my voice regularly with him. He's always been there to help me when I needed it." (Photo courtesy of Alex Mentzel)
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From screen to stage, Alex Mentzel is a star on the rise

When Alex Mentzel was just 11 years old, he came across an ad on Craigslist for a small role in a feature film. He auditioned, and was cast alongside Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear in Feast of Love. Today, as a sophomore theatre arts and German major at the University …

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Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, also helped lead Oregon's wrestling team to success in 1957. (Oregana/University Archives)
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These UO alumni remind us that success is more than GPA

Finals are over, and grades will be posted soon. But before then, remember that there are many UO Alumni who found great success without straight A’s.

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In his hometown, he taught as a professor and worked with students who were part of moot court programs. Each year, 50 countries compete in a simulated trial with real world problems. (Sarah Vella-Labrador/Emerald)
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A Duck Abroad: Arsénio Rodney Gonçalves Lampião’s journey from Africa to Eugene

Arsénio Rodney Gonçalves Lampião has come a long way from his home country of Mozambique to study law here at UO.

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Monica Nunan wants to change ASUO elections for the better

Last week’s Senate meeting saw the confirmation of one of the most difficult positions in the ASUO to fill properly: the elections board coordinator. This year, the responsibility to establish rules for and oversee elections will fall on sophomore Monica Nunan’s shoulders. Nunan is an English and women and gender studies …

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Gregory Mina helps lead UO mock trial team to nationals

When University of Oregon’s mock trial team qualified for championships, the whole team “stood up and screamed like maniacs,” UO junior Gregory Mina said. On January 24 and 25, 10 members, including Mina, will participate in the Winston Thomas Memorial Invitational at UC Berkley where they will compete against mock trial members …

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First-generation freshman works two jobs to make ends meet

A first-generation student at the University of Oregon, Jessica Bolts has been working part-time while in high school and full-time every summer since she was 16-years-old to save money for college. Now a freshman attending UO, Bolts continues to work up to two jobs to make ends meet this time …

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Sounds of Sama: King Sama drops his newest EP, ‘Oregon’

King Sama dropped his most recent EP, Oregon, on Oct. 31, 2014. The EP must have been released on Halloween because it is full of treats. Oregon, the EP, features a consistent flow of Neo-Soul rap and melodic tunes that mix with King Sama’s lyrics that describe his experiences in …

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Women’s Center raises awareness of sexual violence during the “Red Zone”

On Oct. 23, the 2,870 red flags displayed in the memorial quad will be taken down as the Red Zone campaign winds down. The annual campaign, organized by the ASUO Women’s Center, is an international effort to raise awareness of dating violence and sexual assault on college campus. According to Selina …

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Schooled in Style: Professor Michael Allan discusses his style in this Q&A

Most professors maintain a pretty conservative sense of style when they’re at work, but every now and then we get professors with superb taste. We might even find ourselves thinking, “Wow, that’s a really nice shirt,” while spacing off in the middle of lectures. This closet profile honors one of those classy professors: Michael Allan of …

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Columbus Day becomes Indigenous People’s Day throughout country as UO celebrates indigenous solidarity

On Oct. 13, cities across the country opted not to celebrate the federal holiday of Columbus Day, replacing it with Indigenous People’s Day or Native Americans’ Day. This year Seattle made the change along with Minneapolis and Portland Public Schools. The change was met with some opposition: according to the Seattle …

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New self-harm support group creates rare safe space for healing

If you dealt with emotional pain by causing yourself physical pain in the form of cutting or burning yourself, you would probably be wary of revealing your secret to a group of strangers. But the leaders of a new support group at the HEDCO Clinic on campus want self-harmers to …

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University of Oregon Forensics team harnesses community spirit to push for inclusion in collegiate debate

In the dim aura of hazy bar lights, amid piles of french fries and freshly drained pint glasses, members of the University of Oregon Forensics team huddle around a tea-light table candle squabbling loudly about the proper response to a question they’ve just been asked. Suggestions are shouted around mouthfuls of half-eaten …

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The light of late student Griffin Felt will not fade any time soon

It was sunny most of the day on Friday, Feb. 28. But by 4 p.m. an unexpected rainstorm had set in. Nevertheless, by 5 p.m. about 100 people gathered near Autzen Stadium to remember University of Oregon student Griffin Felt one week after his death. @@name checked@@ Against the gray …

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University Film Organization prepares Felicia Maunu for movie business

Concentration rung heavy in the room. All eyes were locked onto their computer screens. It was a Tuesday night in the Cinema Studies Lab on the second floor of Knight Library as members of the University Film Organization practiced editing for their weekly workshop. Over in the far left corner of the …

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Charlie Weaver selected as new president and publisher of Emerald Media Group

Charlie Weaver, the digital and creative director at the Iowa State Daily student newspaper, was officially announced as the future president, publisher and CEO of Emerald Media Group following an Emerald Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Weaver was one of two candidates selected as finalists in the …

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Jennifer Summers works to prevent alcohol abuse

Jennifer Summers sits at a large desk in a small office. A large stack of files and papers sits next to her computer — studies on college drinking, notes on programs she wants to implement, data that she’s analyzing for the best methods of substance abuse prevention. Summers, three years …

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Q&A: SOJC graduate Mat Wolf on life in Cairo amid a political revolution

Mat Wolf has been around. He’s worked at newspapers all around the state, from The Register-Guard to the Mail-Tribune in Medford and even the Oregon Daily Emerald. He graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication in 2012 and moved to Jordan soon after to work for …

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Professor emerita to be honored with national award for outstanding legal contribution

Mary Lawrence will be awarded one of the most prestigious distinctions in the field of law education on June 3 for a project that she started 35 years ago. In 1978, as a professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, Lawrence helped to found the Legal Research and …

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Create! Eugene hopes to drive art-based local tourism

Students sticking around Eugene this summer can look forward to a brand new way to express their creativity. Throughout the month of August, Create! Eugene, a workshop-driven celebration of the arts, will showcase exhibitions and demonstrations in its inaugural attempt to get creative juices flowing. The festival, hosted by the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene, will …

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Maintenance repair man inspires students at the Student Recreation Center

On the back wall of Marvin King’s office hang an assortment of handmade thank you notes, letters and drawings. Ask him about them and he will smile proudly, chuckling while he recounts his favorite tales of his last fourteen years working for the University of Oregon Student Recreation Center and …

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UO martial arts professor encourages students to think like beginners

Ryan Kelly might be a highly trained and experienced martial artist, but one of the University of Oregon adjunct professor’s most sought-after accomplishments is the attainment of a “beginners mind.”@@http://www.uoregon.edu/findpeople/person/Ryan%20Kelly/41398@@ As a student of Jeet Kune Do — the teachings and philosophies of Bruce Lee — Kelly has dedicated his life …

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Chinese transfer student worried about his family, himself in light of North Korean nuclear tension

Fengyi Zhang is not sure how much longer he will be in America. He is a transfer student from Dalian, China, which is near the North Korean border. As global tensions rise in response to North Korea’s fervent displays of nuclear power, he spends each day questioning the fate of his hometown, …

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New president of Clark Honors College Student Association hopes to perpetuate legacy of excellence

Garrett West@@directory@@ sees the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon as the best of two worlds. According to him, small class sizes and a rigorous academic program give the honors college the intimate appeal of a prestigious private school, while its placement within a large university provides students …

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