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Griggs: Understanding the history of bitch

In the present day, the word “bitch” has so many different meanings that it is nearly impossible to define. It can be used as a scathing insult directed at a woman, but it can also describe something impressive or cool (bitchin’). If someone engages in the act of bitching, they’re …

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Segerstrom: The Authoritarian Handbook, institutions

Chapter 3:  Delegitimize the other institutions Good news! If you completed chapter one adequately, then this process is already underway. In fact, by convincing the people that the press is nothing but a bunch of lying liars who have it out for you and the truth, you’ve laid the foundation …

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Greene: Trump’s first month in review

Trump’s campaign was plagued by biased media trash-talk. An MRC study found that 91 percent of opinions on Trump broadcasted from ABC, CBS and NBC during his campaign were hostile, and the bashing hasn’t let up since Trump’s taken office. New York Times headlines read “‘Unbelievable Turmoil’: Trump’s First Month …

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Marks: What’s wrong with the Human Rights Campaign

Although the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization in the United States, claims to “advocate for LGBTQ equality and educate the people about LGBTQ issues,” many people in the queer and trans community take issue with it. Currently under fire by the LGBTQIA+ community is the HRC’s guide …

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Manggala: Education pick could be disastrous for Oregon

Last week, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education with a narrow 51-50 margin, with the tie-breaker coming from Vice President Mike Pence. Education is largely under state and local control, but DeVos will be in charge of federal-level decisions and expresses many of the same views as President Donald …

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Segerstrom: The Authoritarian Handbook, targets

Chapter Two: Pick a Target, any Target Step 1: Define the others and tell people how bad they are. There’s something in the air, you can almost feel it. It’s anger, fear or some combination of both. People have lost jobs that might not be coming back. Reports of violence …

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Yang: The problem with our dining halls

The University of Oregon’s dining halls have a reputation on campus for providing students with delectable foods at all five locations. The staff has done a wonderful job at making sure that all of the eating quarters are kept clean and tidy for bustling students rushing to and from classes. I …

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Marks: On sexual violence

I have been sexually abused twice in my life. The first series of incidents were abuse in a committed relationship. She would manipulate me into doing things I didn’t want to by treating me badly if I didn’t do what she wanted me to.  The second was rape. I was …

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Sundberg: New Supreme Court pick will bring balance

Merrick Garland’s long, strung out and painful nomination process came to an end on Jan. 3 of this year after the Republican-controlled Senate’s insistence on not holding hearings for President Obama’s nominee. The responsibility to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat fell into the lap of President Donald Trump, and …

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Manggala: Immigration order tears families apart

Earlier this week, I had to warn my mother about going to the mosque this weekend. The mosque is her safe place, where she meets with friends and prays with family. I had to tell her to be careful about going to the place where she worships. I’ve never thought …

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Cowan: The tokenization of Ta-Nehisi Coates

When the University of Oregon selected Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me for this year’s common reading book, there was a boiling optimism. A now-staple of contemporary literature, the book is being used in classrooms around the country to energize a discussion on a subject that Oregon has always …

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Segerstrom: The Authoritarian Handbook, media

The following text was recovered from under a burning pile of books and U.S. constitutions. It is a partial copy and a team of forensic scientists are working to piece together the remaining sections. They are real moments taken from the ascendency of an apparent demagogue. As they work to …

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Manggala: Reset the Code falls short with some students

2017 welcomed students and faculty with posters, banners and stickers that all had the famous 95_, a number that all students, staff and faculty have on their University of Oregon IDs. Wherever you went, the 95_ was there. It followed you to your classroom, your job, your favorite corner to …

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Marks: Why I didn’t attend the Women’s March

Approximately 4 million people all over the world took to the streets on Jan. 21, marching in protest of President Trump’s inauguration. When I first heard about the Women’s March, I was excited and intrigued. I’ve tried to be politically active whenever the opportunity arises, and this was definitely an …

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Yang: Upgrade your new phone to an old book

A lot has happened since the last time you posted your food on Instagram. For one, Guy Montag, from Fahrenheit 451, has officially begun to challenge the society in which he lives. Anastasia Steele, from Fifty Shades of Grey, is beginning to understand that she is not as innocent as she, along …

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Sundberg: Expand the definition of American

Being an “American” is an identity and name that many citizens and residents of the United States use to identify themselves. It is used exclusively in popular culture, literature and journalism in reference to the citizens of this country of 318.9 million. Being American is synonymous with being a part …

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Souza: OSPIRG campaigns for local change

“Together we can make change happen,” reads OSPIRG’s slogan. No truer words could be said about this inspirational and hardworking organization. OSPIRG (short for Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group) is a completely student run organization. It devotes itself to social change through researching issues and advocating for solutions. It …

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Marks: The duality of California’s travel prohibition

California, ranked sixth among the top ten most liberal states in America, has taken another stride in the direction of topping the list. On Sept. 27, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1887. The bill forbids any taxpayer funded travel to Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, all states …

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Robles: Understanding hate crime

Due to the recent chill of our political climate, there have been multiple incidents that have been astounding to discover. These incidents, which were quickly deemed as hate crimes, were performed by different members of different political parties. Although many of the actions performed may be full of hate and …

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Souza: Tuition meeting provides important opportunity

Tuition and school fees are steadily towering over college students. Moreover, these debt inducing prices are often intangible and without direct information from the administration. Luckily, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon will be holding a Tuition and Fees Advisory Board (TFAB) meeting this Tuesday from 6 p.m. …

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Segerstrom: Resisting racism, lessons from Sessions to Shurtz

Since President-Elect Trump nominated Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, serious fears have risen about Sessions’ stated policies and history of questionable judgment. These concerns led to direct non-violent action by protestors at Sessions’ Alabama office, which resulted in six arrests, including the arrest of the National President of the NAACP, …

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Sundberg: McDonald’s overlooked communities

McDonald’s is the rock for American society. It is not a local community center run with government funds which boast a wide array of programs and events for little or no cost. It is not the public library with free books, DVDs, CDs and even video games to borrow. No, …

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Souza: Elephants safe from poachers, but not zoos

World Elephant Day, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dramatically decreasing population of elephants, explains, “The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants.” Elephants of the wild and those in captivity, such …

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Marks: New Texas Privacy Act fights an old war

The legislation that discriminates against transgender people was introduced Jan. 5. “It’s the right thing to do,” stated Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick at a press conference regarding the Texas Privacy Act.  Patrick, a conservative Christian, considers it a priority and an investment in the privacy and safety of Texans. The Texas …

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Sundberg: U.S. needs a more involved foreign policy

By Mateo Sundberg Peace, stability and prosperity. Those are words that describe the ideal world that we the people, people of every nation, strive to achieve. The difficult question is how we achieve, sustain and spread these ideals to every corner of the earth. Multiple attempts have been made to …

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Marks: Why straight allies are not part of the LGBTQIA+ community

There’s no denying it — the acronym for the queer community has gotten long. This has become a source of confusion for some people, especially those who aren’t part of the queer community. However, I find myself increasingly obligated to let people know that the “A” in LGBTQIA+ does not …

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Souza: New budget increase hits everyone

On Dec. 1, Oregon Governor Kate Brown released the FY 2017-19 budget proposal for Oregon’s seven public universities. The proposal is made for flat funding among the seven Oregon public universities. Boring? So what, who cares? Well, if you are any part of the UO community, whether past, present or …

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Sundberg: Universities must diversify their ideas

By Mateo Sundberg Over one year ago, the Black Student Task Force released a list of twelve demands for the University of Oregon administration to address campus issues surrounding diversity and tolerance. One of the demands, demand number six, was a request for the University of Oregon to commit to …

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Marks: Stop policing trans bodies

When I first came out as a nonbinary transgender person, I was not prepared for the amount of policing other people would soon perform regarding my body, my looks and how I express myself. By policing, I mean trying to tell me what to do and how to do it. …

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Souza: DAPL protests victorious, but for how long?

“The water protectors have done it. This is a monumental victory in the fight to protect indigenous rights and sovereignty,” said Lilian Molina, a Greenpeace spokeswoman, after the Army called off the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction through the Missouri river on Sunday. According to CNN, the DAPL is “ …

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