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Griggs: There is no singular college experience

I’m not even halfway through pursuing my undergraduate degree, so I’m no expert on college and I certainly have no idea what it will feel like to be a college graduate. I don’t claim to have any words of wisdom that will be meaningful to somebody about to graduate college, …

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Pasman: From paparazzi to snapchats: our obsessions with celebrity

We live during a time where there is an incessant need to document everything in our lives. Instagram, Snapchat, tabloids and other sources of media have created a culture of non-stop sharing. Public figures such as celebrities and athletes are no longer able to step away from the spotlight after …

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Manggala: The inherent racism of our education system

In the state of Tamil Nadu, India, lies a small village of less than a thousand people: Perumbai. Children from Perumbai participated in the 10th grade exams, a test taken by a state of nearly 100 million people. With the odds against them, the children of Perumbai managed to come …

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Johnson: Identity politics hurt all political spectrums

My last column received a critique that I thought I would address before I begin this one. I was told that I — and this was a shocking blow — am a white cis male. When I heard this I had to sit down. To think myself, whom I’ve known …

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Greene: Le Pen lost; here’s what that means

After Trump’s election and Brexit last year, right-wing populism seemed to be on the rise worldwide, and this month all eyes were on France as the National Front’s candidate Marine Le Pen made it into the second and final round of the nation’s presidential election. In the end, Le Pen lost, …

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Sherman: Just keep running

I used to live along the route of the Boston marathon but I never went to cheer. I don’t like crowds, not even the sound of the crowds outside my apartment on marathon day. That was before I moved to “Tracktown USA” — before I realized I’d been a runner my …

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Johnson: College made me conservative

Four years ago, I booked an appointment at a local tattoo shop to get a red hammer and sickle permanently inked onto my shoulder. I would later chicken out at the last minute and lose my deposit. Looking back on this today it is clear I retained my dignity. Two …

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Greene: UN getting Saudi Arabia’s input on women’s rights: hypocrisy or illumination?

The United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women “is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.” They are considered “instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world and shaping global standards on …

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Pasman: Don’t watch the news — your sanity depends on it

In his screenplay “Because the Internet,” Donald Glover alludes to the fact that, “On the internet, you don’t really have to feel much of anything unless you want to.” This line appears to be particularly relevant to the current landscape of online news. So much news comes at us that …

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Marks: Social media presence calls into question professionalism of ASUO executive slate

Today, social media is a significant form of communication. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr, people spend hours a day building their social media presence. Some choose to protect their personal lives with privacy settings, while others don’t mind lending their every thought to the general public’s ear. People are …

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Sundberg: French elections question how culture will live on

I sometimes imagine what it will be like when I go back to Tualatin, the suburb of Portland where I grew up, in fifty years. I used to have a rosy dream that I would come back and nothing would have changed; however, in fifty years, with the rapid spread of globalization, …

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Emerald Editorial Board: Live-on requirement doesn’t consider the students it affects

The following is the opinion of the Emerald’s editorial board and not Emerald Media Group as a whole. The Emerald Editorial Board exists to provide the newsroom a voice on prominent campus issues. It operates separately from the objective work of our reporters, giving our organization a platform to create and …

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Manggala: UO needs to address that white nationalists were on campus

On April 20, self-proclaimed “white nationalists” came to visit the University of Oregon. They rode in on a truck with a swastika on the bed and parked in front of the EMU preaching white supremacy on Hitler’s birthday. It’s 2017, and we still have to confront the party that murdered 6 …

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Sherman: Bill O’Reilly’s departure is not a victory for women

For the last week, I’ve been sitting in front of my computer attempting to think of a clever hook or intro or some way into this story that would cause a reader to be invested. I tend toward the narrative and thought I might share something from personal experience or …

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Pasman: Oregon Innocence Project aims to correct a faulty prison system

In the movie “Shawshank Redemption,” when Andy Dufresne is asked why he is in prison, he responds by saying “My lawyer fucked me. Everyone’s innocent in here. Didn’t you know that?” Although it seems to be a running joke among inmates to claim their innocence, are there really people in …

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Guest viewpoint: The dichotomy of tenure and non-tenure faculty

This piece reflects the views of the author, senior instructor Randy Sullivan, and not those of Emerald Media Group. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send your columns or submissions about our content or campus issues to [email protected] I have been reading in President Michael …

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Greene: A campus guide to door etiquette

At the University of Oregon, we pride ourselves on tackling problems head on, creating not just informed students but critical citizens. But, while UO is addressing social issues like “cultural competency training,” food security and rape culture, there is a much more pressing issue facing the student body that we …

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Sundberg: Finding ASUO solutions after a one slate election

One of the main foundations for democracy is the concept of having an adversarial system, where ideas are debated against each other in a sparring manner. Arguments are fine-tuned through the process of being torn down, picked away and challenged by the opposition. A great example of this practice is …

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Manggala: What ever happened to ‘America First?’

Of all the tacky slogans and phrases that Donald Trump developed on his campaign trail, “America First” was one that truly resonated with his voters. Trump supporters mostly reside in rural areas that have been forgotten in terms of economic policy the past few decades. So, when Trump ran on …

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Marks: The bathroom bill has been replaced, and the replacement is worse

On March 30, the infamous HB2, commonly referred to as North Carolina’s bathroom bill, was repealed. Initially, I was excited to hear the news. With HB2 gone, transgender people would theoretically be able to use whichever restroom they were most comfortable in. My excitement was short lived. Scrolling through twitter, …

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Griggs: Can men and women just be friends? A response to Vice President Mike Pence

A friend of mine came to me with a problem the other day. She told me that she had a male friend who, upon courting and marrying another woman, grew distant from her. Upon some reflection, I realized why: all women are dangerous, wicked she-devils, and I completely understand why …

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Emerald Editorial Board endorses skepticism in a one-slate ASUO election

The following is the opinion of the Emerald’s editorial board and not Emerald Media Group as a whole. The Emerald Editorial Board exists to provide the newsroom a voice on prominent campus issues. It operates separately from the objective work of our reporters, giving our organization a platform to create and …

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Guest Viewpoint: An open letter to Hillary Clinton supporters

This piece reflects the views of the author, Kevin Stevens, and not those of Emerald Media Group. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send your columns or submissions about our content or campus issues to [email protected] Dear Hillary Clinton supporters, I am not ideologically conservative, …

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Sherman: An open letter to Trump supporters

Dear Trump supporters, I didn’t vote for Trump. I am for abortion rights and pro-socialized medicine. I think welfare programs are for the betterment of society, and I hug trees if left outside for too long. I also don’t think you’re an idiot, a racist or a misogynist because you …

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Guest Viewpoint: Thank you, Alex Tizon

This piece reflects the views of the author, Karina Michelle, and not those of Emerald Media Group. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send your columns or submissions about our content or campus issues to [email protected] I almost dropped out of college my senior year. …

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Greene: Five underrated ways to make the most of college

With the sun shining bright, summer break being just around the corner and parties and shows every night, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important during spring term. Studying is less appealing when the river is warm and friends are calling, and school tends to slip into the backseat …

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Greene: Cigarettes — a matter of public health or personal freedom?

I’m not a smoker, but that didn’t stop my libertarian senses from rampaging when the Lane County Board of Commissioners raised the minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21. The issue was not put to a citizen vote or even discussed much in the community prior to passing — it felt …

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Segerstrom: Stop for trains and other good ideas

My brother often calls me when he’s on long road trips. Given that he lives about three hours from the nearest city, I get these calls more often than you might expect. On a trip to the big city last week, he called me and described something that made him …

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Griggs: Intersectionality in reclaiming words

The reclamation of sexual objectification and historically objectifying words is a cisgender white woman’s game. It’s easy for us white girls to pretend that “free the nipple” campaigns are enough to end numerous systems of oppression, some of which we haven’t even considered. But white women need to do some …

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Manggala: Community college might be the better option

Earlier this month, the University of Oregon Board of Trustees approved a $945 tuition hike for all undergraduate students next year, meaning a 10.6 percent increase for in-state students and a 3 percent increase for out-of-state. UO students have had just about enough with how the administration is handling its …

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