Ah, Valentine’s Day — the time for stuffing our faces with chocolate, scrambling for a last minute date and getting hit from all directions by flying arrows. Romance is truly in the air.

Some people believe that their values and beliefs are independent from their cultures. Others tie their values to their cultural background. Whether you place yourself in the first or second group, cultural values differ significantly. It is important to consider these disparities when meeti…

On Jan. 24, the Huffington Post was one of several media outlets that collectively laid off around 1,000 employees from their organizations. Buzzfeed, AOL, Yahoo News, and Gannet were also among the companies that participated in the layoffs. As a result, Huffington Post cut its entire opini…

If you’re a woman, you have most likely experienced the frustration of overpaying for something that men buy at a lower price. This phenomenon, known as the pink tax, is a scam that women everywhere need to be aware of, and is usually found on goods personal care products, clothing, dry clea…

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent landlords from charging tenants for “pet rent” if they chose to keep animals in their apartments, according to a report on Jan. 21. House Bill 2683 would still allow landlords to charge tenants with a deposit for their pets upon movi…

Some of the greatest athletes in the world are women, yet when we watch ESPN or read a copy of Sports Illustrated, we see far fewer women than men. The main problem is the lack of coverage and inequality of broadcast time, but the focus of coverage is also an issue. Through the language used…

I have, at times, been criticized for employing “extreme” rhetoric in order to get my point across. Most recently, I received a plethora of angry comments on a Facebook post where I stated that all white people are racist — a statement I will continue to defend, even if it means inviting mor…

When then-presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to build a border wall in 2015, his supporters cheered him on. However, millions of other Americans dissented. Some recoiled and others seethed. The reality was that the future president’s pledge sparked nationwide resentment towards him.

Before coming to the University of Oregon, I spent 13 years of my life attending the same private school in Portland. Socially, private schools are hell. Kindergarten was my first year there, and that was where I met the fifty or so kids I’d be spending the next 13 years with. From kindergar…

During the holiday months, it is not uncommon to see people reveling in the joy of consuming all of the seasonal treats that their hearts can desire. Whether these treats come from their favorite food chain restaurant or are made in their own homes, it is rare to see any form of holiday cele…

Winter term is upon us, and we Oregonians are prepared for the long months of rain and gloom that come along with it. But while some students look forward to the chilly weather and grey skies, many others are suffering from something called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

A man may face many problems growing his facial hair. He may only be able to grow patchy beards or be hardly able to grow one at all. His mustache may grow in rapidly while his side hair may take longer to grow. Maybe his workplace requires all employees to be clean-shaven.

When I first told people in my hometown of Saugatuck, Michigan, that I had committed to the University of Oregon, most people had the same reaction: “Isn’t that the school with the great football team and awesome jerseys?”

The topic of immigration has proliferated in U.S. news recently, specifically regarding the U.S.-Mexico border. Harping on the perceived public fear of illegal immigration, politicians have assumed polarized stances on immigration as a whole.

Walking the streets of Eugene on a weekend night, you can hear music blasting through the walls of frat and house parties all around you. If you walk through campus on a weekday, the majority of people passing by will have headphones in as they listen to music on their way to class.

A mandatory live-on requirement was instituted for all incoming freshmen by the University Housing office in the fall of 2017. The University of Oregon was the last of six other institutions, including Oregon State and Lewis & Clark College, to establish a live-on requirement. Since then…

New year, new me. This eye roll-inducing phrase most of us see every January is starting to surface on social media sites once again. People of all ages are swearing to emerge out of 2018 a changed person — whether that be from significant weight loss, a budding love life or a sudden surge i…

Social progress has made the lives of many people safer and better, but it has also brought traditions like the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” under scrutiny unfairly. One radio station in Cleveland, Ohio actually took the song off the air this season in response to listener feedback. This b…

Rapper Brandon Christopher McCartney, better known as Lil B or the BasedGod, laid the groundwork for the current generation of internet-based rappers. Lil B is praised highly by the hip-hop and internet community for his trend-setting ideas, but his social media accounts on Twitter and Insta…

Life isn’t fair. It’s something we’ve all grown to learn from a young age, and it will likely remain true long past when we’re gone. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t even try to make things a little more fair for those who did nothing to deserve getting the short end of the stick.

Visualize two different lives. One where you are furrowing your brows and gritting your teeth over the onslaught of problems you face, or a more pleasant one. A life where you have less stress and you can more easily confront your problems.

Performative allyship is the practice of talking a big talk about being an ally, but not backing it up; in other words, allyship that exists as an occasional public “performance” instead of a continuous, well-informed labor. Beyond being ineffective, performative allyship often contributes t…

“Hey, did you hear what Kanye said?” This is a phrase I’ve become all too familiar with over the last week. My friends and family alike chimed in to express their distaste with rapper Kanye West’s behavior. On Oct. 11th, Kanye visited president Trump in the White House for lunch with NFL leg…

“I just don’t get how you can support ideas like this,” a University of Oregon undergraduate said at a politically conservative event — and then marched off in her brand new Nike tennis shoes. The irony of the situation wasn’t lost on me.

We live in a country with problems. School shootings, global warming, political polarization and human rights violations are only a handful of the issues that we face. The news is littered with stories of violence and tragedy every day. As they say, if it bleeds it leads. With all of this tr…

I’ve gotten used to smelling Juul smoke in my 9 a.m. lecture. It’s rare if I don’t see puffs of smoke periodically floating overhead in class. This is a clear sign that the Juul has become ubiquitous among students.

We live in a country with problems. School shootings, global warming, political polarization and human rights violations are only a handful of the issues that we face. The news is littered with stories of violence and tragedy every day. As they say, if it bleeds it leads. With all of this tr…

I’ve gotten used to smelling Juul smoke in my 9 a.m. lecture. It’s rare if I don’t see puffs of smoke periodically floating overhead in class. This is a clear sign that the Juul has become ubiquitous among students.

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