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Owens: On being the last to turn 21

I’ve always enjoyed having a June birthday. It’s right before school gets out for the summer, so in grade school, I was able to invite my whole class to celebrate. And it was nowhere near Christmas, so I didn’t have to worry about my parents combining birthday and holiday gifts. …

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Owens: Don’t let your parents add unnecessary stress

Heading into finals week and the end of the term look for ways to limit your stress. Look to your parents for support and positivity versus adding to unnecessary stress.

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Owens: Cellphones are ruining concert culture

From the wise words of Beyonce, “Put that damn camera down!” As artists begin their summer concert series and music festival season comes in full swing, we are bound to see countless fuzzy pictures and shaky videos from concertgoers. As an avid concertgoer myself, I have taken my fair share …

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Owens: America, home of the beautiful

When figuring out summer travel plans, instead of going abroad you can travel within your own backyard. The endless places to explore in the U.S. will make a fun adventure and save you a few pennies.

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Owens: Social change is driven by passion

Throughout history change has often only been achieved by protests and riots to create change. There are large social movements regarding race, work, war and property that often do not see change for many years but get the ball rolling through their actions.

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Owens: Men have a critical role in preventing sexual violence

This column is one part of a series of articles on sexual assault awareness at the University of Oregon. Read Emerald editor Sami Edge’s letter to find out why we’ve dedicated today’s edition of Emerald Monday to the topic. One out of every five college-aged women in America will be a …

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Owens: Don’t let leaked media suck you in

It is often hard to wait for the new season of our favorite shows to come out or for our favorite artists to release their next album. In this “now generation,” the Internet puts almost everything we need right at our fingertips, including material that the producers don’t want us …

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Owens: How far will presidential hopefuls go to put each other down?

With the announcement of four candidates for the 2016 presidential election, campaign season has officially begun. The elections take place in November 2016, so now we can expect to see hundreds of television advertisements, billboards and bumper stickers. This early on in the campaign process most presidential candidates, and their committees, are …

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Owens: Revenge porn can destroy people’s lives

When trusted explicit pictures from an ex-relationship are public, they are considered revenge porn. Campaigns like End Revenge Porn have come about to find those in favor of criminalizing revenge porn in the United States.

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Owens: Indiana law causes national outcry

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act was put into place on March 26 after the bill was signed. After the feedback from the bill conitued to be negative, on April 2 the bill included better language on the protection of sexual orientation. Since then Indiana is trying to gain back a better image.

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Owens: No place like home

Where should you live next year? Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you decide.

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Owens: Getting through group projects

There is nothing that makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck like a professor delivering the news that we will have a group project due at the end of the term. No matter your grade or major you will have to go through the experience of …

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Owens: P.E. classes are a fun way to get your exercise in

Getting to pick what activity you do in PE makes it a lot more of a fun experience.

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Owens: I love fast food, but it does not love me

Fast food is both convenient and delicious. But maybe think twice before ordering the quadruple patty burger with a week’s worth of calories.

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Owens: Keeping my eyes away from the ISIS execution videos

There are many things in life that once seen, can never be unseen. Even though there are cautions and warnings advising people to stop, some still choose to watch videos that they will never be able to get out of their heads. ISIS, a radical Muslim organization in the Middle …

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Owens: Spencer Butte trail should be accessible and safe for all

When I first heard the news about a $430,000 project to fix the trail leading up to the summit of Spencer Butte, I was shocked. My first question was how in the world could a trail cost such a staggering amount, and also why do we even need a new trail? …

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Owens: How much do you pass on campus and not notice?

Everyday we walk through our beautiful campus, but we don’t often stop to look around and smell the flowers. The University of Oregon has had many additions and renovations since 1876 when Deady Hall was the only building on campus. Over the years our campus has expanded again and again, …

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Owens: Say goodbye to your weekly dose of Frosty

On most weekends I have a burning desire for some type of fast food, usually involving french fries. Wanting to stay in the campus area, I typically hit one of three places: McDonald’s, Dairy Queen or Wendy’s. Switching off between the three restaurants has made it easy not to get …

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Owens: Ditch the cable box and step into the future of television

Cable and satellite companies have run the television industry for many years now. But with the emergence of video streaming websites and devices, it may be time for everyone to kick their cable box out the door. Every month I open up my Comcast bill and there are some new …

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Owens: With a new student rec center there is no excuse not to workout

Construction is finally done and the newly remodeled Student Rec Center is full of students night and day. Although the main entrance looks the same from the outside, immediately upon walking through the doors you will notice just how big the new Rec is. What used to be an insignificant front lobby …

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Owens: Supporting my Ducks at the Rose Bowl

When I found out that the Ducks football team had made it in to the College Football Playoff, I knew I had to be there. I tried my luck in the Rose Bowl student lottery, but all I got was a heart crushing email telling me I had not been …

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Owens: Making a gingerbread house is a true holiday experience

The holiday season is a joyful time filled with days off from school and work, religious ceremonies and, best of all, sugary food. If you are finding it hard to get into the holiday spirit this year, then I suggest you take some time with family or friends to make …

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Owens: What are your fellow Ducks doing this winter break?

Winter break is a very different experience for everyone and not only because of the different holidays being celebrated. After just getting done with the first set of finals for the school year, some people want to sit and relax while others want to go out and adventure. During this …

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Owens: Time with family is valuable, make your time worth it

As fall term comes to a close and everyone gets ready to go back home we must prepare ourselves for what is to come … family time. Many people love going home during whatever breaks they can to enjoy some quality time with their family, while others may only be …

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Owens: Plan for your Thanksgiving leftovers

When preparing for Thanksgiving, there is really no such thing as getting too much food. Everybody tries their best to stuff their faces with as much food as possible trying to clear everything from the table, but this is often a hard task to complete. There are so many different …

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Owens: 5 signs you're addicted to the internet

In this day and age, the Internet is everything. Many of us have lost hours of productivity and sleep because we were too busy surfing the Net. Even when going to class or watching television, people often feel the constant compulsion to check their social media apps. Simple decisions like …

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Owens: 5 signs you’re addicted to the internet

In this day and age, the Internet is everything. Many of us have lost hours of productivity and sleep because we were too busy surfing the Net. Even when going to class or watching television, people often feel the constant compulsion to check their social media apps. Simple decisions like …

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Owens: Don’t let pornography show you how it’s done

Porn screwed me. As an 18-year-old virgin, I thought I was prepared for what having sex was going to be like. I had watched video after video of people doing it online, so I figured I knew everything about it. Now after actually having awkward, fun and emotional sexual encounters …

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Owens: What it’s like to work the late shift

One of the happiest moments after a night of partying is when you realize it is only 2 a.m. and all the drunchie hotspots near campus are still open for business. Then, the only decision to make is where, and this could end up being the most difficult decision of …

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