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Weekly Pond(er) Finals Week: heat, men’s golf, RIP Muhammad Ali, Stanford sexual assault case

If you can’t take the heat, go to the river and wear a life jacket. Sulman Raza and the rest of UO men’s golf pull of their first ever NCAA Championship win. The Greatest passed away, leaving behind an American legacy. Everyone’s talking about it, as we all very well should be: Brock Turner and the Stanford sexual assault case.

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 10: Cincinnati Zoo, National Spelling Bee co-win, UO golf excitement, extreme pollen count

There once was a zoo that killed a harmless gorilla. The National Spelling Bee competition ended with two young boys taking home the championship title. UO men’s golf makes it to NCAA finals thanks to Sulman Raza. “Achoo-gene” is no joke.

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Yearly Pond(er) 2015-16: When your peers motivate you

As a graduating senior, my four years at UO have been full of both the good and the bad, but this last year especially has given me an inspirational push I never expected. *cries happy tears across graduation stage*

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Pirzad: If campus buildings were people

The buildings on campus are often known by the stereotypes they are associated with, as if they were people. So, here is my take on what life would be like for three individuals named Lillis, McKenzie and Lawrence.

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 9: New campus buildings, norovirus, a Shasta-sized incident

It’s true when people say we only have two seasons: rain and construction. Let’s finish the year strong and not catch norovirus. And way to go, Shasta squad 2k16.

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 8: Graduation, Obama & Commencement Speeches, U.S. transgender bathroom policy, Steph Curry

Que the Vitamin C theme, graduation is upon us! Too bad Obama won’t be speaking at UO’s ceremonies, but he did grace other universities’ festivities. The U.S. government passed a policy for public school bathrooms this week. And Steph Curry, though.

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Pirzad: Gym Rats, Weekend Warriors and Spin Heads

A healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be treated as this far-fetched goal that is deemed unattainable because of the stress that college brings. Students should make eating right and working out regularly a priority because of the diverse benefits they come with.

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 7: Mount St. Helens, Olympics in Brazil, Verizon Wireless protests, Track and Field

Earthquakes are increasingly occurring under the WA volcano, Rio de Janeiro is chaos, workers protest Verizon company, Oregon Twilight Meet was a (track and) field day!

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 6: Met Gala, Drake releases Views, new deans at the UO, presidential visits

Terveisiä Suomi! I’ve taken a break from the P-N-Dub and am currently sitting on the balcony of a fifth-floor (IKEA-drenched) apartment in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It’s truly a beautiful place that seems to only experience wintertime and uses pastels for building colors. It’s also the host of the …

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 5: EU Refugee Crisis, Beyoncé makes Lemonade, RIP Prince

The EU Refugee Crisis has yet to improve; Bey was handed lemons, so she clearly had to make Lemonade, her latest surprise album; Prince’s passing leaves the world stunned

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 4: Kobe Bryant farewell & Tinder, global earthquakes, Kimmy Schmidt

Kobe Bryant bids adieu to the NBA after 20 years, high-magnitude earthquakes hit different corners of the world, Titus Andromedon is back! – Netflix debuted season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 3: Morgan Freeman on faith, the MTV Movie Awards, ASUO elections

Morgan Freeman takes his film roles as God seriously, the MTV Movie Awards left my glass half empty, ASUO elections move to round two while I wait for a dance-off

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Pirzad: Why we need to break up with nuclear weaponry

It’s not nuclear artillery; it’s you. The biggest breakup that mankind, especially college-age individuals, should focus on is one with nuclear weapons. With it being an election year, let’s listen a little closer to candidates’ stances on the topic of nuclear warfare.

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Pirzad: Tailored Coffee is not just another hipster café

From the looks of this 5th Street café, Tailored Coffee Roasters fits the bill as yet another Pacific Northwest hipster joint. But there is so much more to Brian Sung’s business than meets the eye.

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 2: Panama Papers, D.C. marijuana protests, death of UO student

A briefing of the Panama Papers and what went down exactly, White House marijuana protestors take their cause literally, the passing of UO student Connor James

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Pirzad: I’ve found the best doughnuts in town and they’re not Voodoo’s

You can call me a doughnut enthusiast, and you can also listen to me when I share with you the mother of all secrets: where to find the best doughnut in town.

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 1: ASUO elections, Instagram’s Algorithm Apocalypse, men’s basketball feat. Coach K and Kobe Bryant

Welcome back! 13th & University St. is the place to avoid with ASUO campaigns abuzz. Instagram users were in a frenzy about a proposed update. UO men’s basketball leaves March Madness but not without triumph.

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Pirzad: Eugene was key to the success of “Animal House” and vice versa

The Eugene/UO setting of “Animal House” did a lot for the movie, and the movie has done a lot for the local culture in return.

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Weekly Pond(er) Spring Break: Brussels attacks, POTUS in Cuba, POTUS’s mad bracket, Pope on Instagram

The Islamic State strikes again, this time, in a Brussels airport and subway station, leaving about 30 dead and around 230 wounded. President Obama and fam took a momentous trip to Cuba. He is also doing well with his March Madness bracket. Pope Francis joined Insta! #follow4follow?

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Weekly Pond(er) Finals Week: March Madness and Obama’s bracket, Albertsons returning to Eugene, Chipotle

March Madness is about to get real mad, President Obama has chosen his winner for the 2016 men’s college basketball tournament, Albertsons is coming back to Eugene since Haggens took them out, all those free Chipotle burrito coupon codes explained

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 10: Springfield as anti-panhandling, House of Cards, Louis C.K. v. Trump, UO women’s sports

A ban is being debated against panhandlers in Springfield, House of Cards has returned in time for prime Dead Week procrastination, Louis C.K. warns us of the ills of Trump and his followers, UO ladies perform in lacrosse and acrobatics and tumbling

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Pirzad: UO Women on International Women’s Day

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, and ASUO Women’s Center members who are also international students weigh in on the subject of gender inequality both broadly and specifically for our generation.

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 9: Ninkasi, “Fuller House,” UO men’s bball and the Oscars

Ninkasi Brewing Company faces some legal “trouble,” “Fuller House” made its long-anticipated debut, men’s basketball is exciting and the 88th Oscars closes out this year’s award-show season

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 8: RIP Harper Lee, Zika virus, Guantanamo Bay, Portland Trail Blazers

To Kill a Mockingbird’s Harper Lee dies, Zika virus continues to pose a threat in the Western Hemisphere, Obama proposes Guantanamo closing, the ‘Zers are winning! (knock on wood)

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Pirzad: Should the U.S. invade Syria?

Political science professor Jane Cramer went up against Colonel Peter Mansoor in the debate “Containment vs. Direct Engagement: Should the U.S. invade Syria?” and there was a clear winner.

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Pirzad: Culture events and organizations are not just for students of color

With a campus of over 24,000 students, the turnout at cultural events is usually under two percent of the total student body. There is a lack of cultural awareness at the University of Oregon that needs to be fixed.

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 7: Kesey Square, UO dorm requirement, Grammy Awards featuring Kendrick Lamar and others

Vandalism in downtown this week shows local anger for a possible Kesey Square revamp; UO has made it a requirement for freshman to live in dorms starting in 2017 and the Grammy’s went from 0 to 100 real quick.

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Pirzad: Channel your inner DJ Khaled for #Treatyoself Awareness Month

Turn your February, and every other month for that matter, into a time to find time for yourself. Undergraduate students and a Doctoral candidate weigh in on how self-care is not only a #keytosuccess, but that it is also important for your overall well-being.

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 6: Super Bowl, feminism, Beyoncé, campus protests, New Hampshire primary

If you were wondering why, unlike every other year, roman numerals weren’t used for the Super Bowl this time around, here’s a solid answer: @NFL scared of L word #SuperBowl50 is patriarchy #FeministSuperBowl. – @blakerr This year’s Super Bowl was a grand show, to say the least. Tom Brady was …

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 5: ‘Grease: Live!’, #SAGsSoDiverse, OSU bones, Peyton Manning, Iowa caucuses

‘Grease’ went live and killed it, the SAG Awards were anything but saggy, OSU scores archeologically, Peyton Manning has an unknown future, Kween Hill and Sen. Cruz beat out opponents in the first of many races

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