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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, we need to do …

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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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Sherman: The dangerous words of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

At 16, I found myself at a fire department in Kidderminster, England, with a friend of mine. The firefighters took us for a ride in the truck, let us use the Jaws of Life, hold the hose and wear their turnouts. I guess that’s what happens when two 16-year-old girls …

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Greene: Fake news: the media tears itself apart in the information era

One month ago, President Donald Trump tweeted “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Hillary Clinton delivered a speech advocating for the private and political sector to take action regarding fake news: “So called fake …

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Yang: Greek life more about partying than community work

Fraternities have been around as early as 1776 at the college of William and Mary, one of the oldest universities in America. The goal of the first organization Phi Beta Kappa was to create a close-knit community with students seeking to uplift the ideals of the group, while maintaining lifelong …

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Griggs: Sluts, sexuality and stigma

Feminine sexuality is viewed in many different ways, all of which fit under a patriarchal umbrella. One way to view femme sexuality is that women are supposed to be docile and submissive, allowing the supposedly more powerful man to be in charge sexually. Some might be led to believe that …

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Segerstrom: Q&A with Dr. Christopher Ali on net neutrality and internet accessibility

Dr. Christopher Ali is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ali is a former Federal Communications Commission intern and the author of the book “Media Localism: The Policies of Place,” which was …

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Marks: Trump’s decision to leave rights of transgender students to states creates difficult situation

On Feb. 22, President Trump rescinded the Obama-era bill that protected transgender students from discrimination. This occurred despite Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ initial reluctance to sign the bill. She told Trump that she was “uncomfortable because of the potential harm that rescinding the protections could cause transgender students.” Despite …

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Manggala: An increased military means a weaker America

Donald Trump surprised both parties last Monday when he announced his intention to increase military spending by $54 billion, which is nearly a 10 percent increase of the total military budget. Allocating $54 billion to military spending means that money has to come out of other federal programs. Trump has …

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Sherman: Free speech is not always compatible with UO

The fog from the ocean slipped over the icy roads, making the morning light whimsical, if not somewhat creepy. The man beside me was clearly the quiet type, hardened by manual labor and softened by the love of his wife of more than 40 years. “You know, every time I …

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Greene: Black History Month, celebration or segregation?

Black History Month originated as Negro History Week in 1926. Carter G. Woodson, a Black scholar who earned his doctorate at Harvard, started the tradition. He placed it on the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom Black communities …

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Sundberg: Musicians need more creative freedom

What hasn’t been done has already been done before. Music, film or literature that is new and innovative may not be appealing to a broad swath of the general public, and hence techniques to appeal to the lowest common denominator emerge. One method of choice is the practice of sampling …

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Yang: Comedy reveals our biggest faults

Stand-up comedy has been a part of American culture since as early as the 19th and 20th centuries. It has encouraged us to cackle at topics that go against the discourse community, while leaving room for us to be aware of our vulnerability. Having said that, there is more to …

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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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