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Spaeth: Playing an intramural sport can be the perfect exercise

Before coming to college, many students stayed active through athletic programs or PE classes at school. Once students come to college, many subconsciously distance themselves from their previously active lifestyles. It’s tough to push yourself to go to the Student Rec Center when you’d rather be in bed watching Netflix. …

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Spaeth: Phi Kappa Psi’s incident is not representative of the Greek life community

In early May, the University of Oregon Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was temporarily suspended after a document surfaced containing the name of the fraternity, its members and questions containing anti-gay slurs, rape jokes, references to illegal drug use and derogatory language directed at women. While their actions are condemnable, Phi …

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Spaeth: The Starbucks scandal is breaking the silence about racial discrimination

In early April, two Black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks, allegedly on suspicion that they were trespassing, when they were actually just waiting on a friend. The arrests led to the takeover of a Starbucks store in Philadelphia and outrage. Since the incident and the protests, Starbucks has …

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Spaeth: Nike needs to step it up and promote women and minorities

In recent months, Nike has been criticized for not hiring and promoting enough women. There have also been reports of “inappropriate workplace behavior.” The company wants to “include different perspectives” but it will not be able to do this unless it has a better representation of women and minorities — …

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Spaeth: Coping with grief as a college student

The deaths of multiple University of Oregon students and a professor have brought grief upon the university community and beyond. Coping as a college student poses unique challenges, as the college environment is not the most conducive to grieving. After a tragic event like this occurs, students are forced back …

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Spaeth: Sexual assault prevention starts with education

Social problems such as sexual assault and harassment are perpetuated due to a lack of awareness and recognition. After an incident occurs, a survivor may not feel comfortable, or may even fear, coming forward and reporting it. Our society sustains the idea that the victim holds some of the guilt, …

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Spaeth: The Catalan Valentine’s Day, Sant Jordi

Every year as the winter holidays come to a close, the general public collectively cringes as Valentine’s Day approaches. The Hallmark holiday is criticized for being superficial and ‘extra.’ It has become not the holiday of love, but the day of forgotten gifts and forever alone memes.  Not exactly what …

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Spaeth: Nassar abused over 265 women. Why didn’t we catch him sooner?

The atrocity of sexual misconduct in national sports organizations goes beyond Larry Nassar, a recently convicted serial child molester who was part of the USA Gymnastics organization. Nassar and others involved are currently under fire, but we have only skimmed the surface of the rot that is defined as the …

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