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Buying a boost: Smart drugs on campus

When Alexis got to the University of Oregon her freshman year, she was introduced to Adderall by someone selling it in her dorm. She went on to use it a couple of times a month for long readings and writing essays, as well as during exam periods. “If I needed …

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Pasman: We can’t be too quick to judge

In this age of political correctness, people seem to be less able to take a joke than ever. Humor is a great diffusing force that enables us to move through life easier. But people are taking things so seriously that humor is disappearing, and is being replaced with anger and …

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Pasman: From paparazzi to snapchats: our obsessions with celebrity

We live during a time where there is an incessant need to document everything in our lives. Instagram, Snapchat, tabloids and other sources of media have created a culture of non-stop sharing. Public figures such as celebrities and athletes are no longer able to step away from the spotlight after …

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Pasman: Don’t watch the news — your sanity depends on it

In his screenplay “Because the Internet,” Donald Glover alludes to the fact that, “On the internet, you don’t really have to feel much of anything unless you want to.” This line appears to be particularly relevant to the current landscape of online news. So much news comes at us that …

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Pasman: Oregon Innocence Project aims to correct a faulty prison system

In the movie “Shawshank Redemption,” when Andy Dufresne is asked why he is in prison, he responds by saying “My lawyer fucked me. Everyone’s innocent in here. Didn’t you know that?” Although it seems to be a running joke among inmates to claim their innocence, are there really people in …

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Pasman: Can float tanks be the answer to information overload?

Last Thursday afternoon I trapped myself into a futuristic-looking pod and submerged my whole body into an epsom salt-water concoction. Why, you may ask? I was getting to try out sensory deprivation, the act of blocking out all external stimuli, by laying down for an hour and a half in …

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Pasman: UO Neuroscience making big strides

It wasn’t long ago that it would have been considered impossible to see how our brains think, but UO neuroscientists are working on making this a reality.

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Pasman: The cellphone gun is a bad idea

First it was the 3D-printed gun, and now, the cellphone gun is the latest technological firearm development creating quite the stir.

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Pasman: People shouldn’t get rich from imprisoning others

America imprisons more people than any other country on Earth, and privately owned prisons are greatly to blame for this tragedy.

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Pasman: Microdosing brings LSD back to cultural relevance

LSD, the drug most commonly associated with hippies and the counterculture movement of the ’60s, has now found a new audience who aren’t taking it to trip or be one with the universe.

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Pasman: Know where your meat is coming from

Could some red meat actually provide benefits to the consumer as well as the environment?

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Pasman: Chasing the illustrious ‘A’

Do grades in college really mean anything, or is grading just a way of distracting us from our education?

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Pasman: Nicotine is an unfairly demonized substance

What would happen if we removed nicotine from the negative connotations of smoking and addiction?

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