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Tech: Five educational and entertaining YouTube channels

If you’re looking for a good way to keep your brain fed on the internet, look no further. YouTube offers some incredible channels to help you learn new ideas from passionate people: PBS Idea Channel Each episode begins with an outlandish thesis (“Is Doctor Who a Religion?,” “What do MP3s …

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Relationships: Gays against gay marriage

It was the poster of a large wedding cake, toppling over, that caught my attention. I found it on a site with a perplexing title: againstequality.org, and the text that decorated the image communicated a powerful, albeit surprising, message: “Marriage is the proverbial burning building. Instead of pounding on the …

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Food: Which food might be gone soon?

Issues like climate change, poaching and deforestation affect more than just our environment and weather — our food is also at risk. According to Salon, coffee beans are at risk of disappearing completely due to climate change. Lands where coffee is mainly grown, such as Ethiopia and Southern Sudan, are …

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Greek: A frat house is a home, too

As the saying goes, a house is a home. But I think sometimes we forget that. Millions of fraternity men across the U.S. and Canada eat, sleep, shower and hang out most every day of every week of the school year in their chapter houses. A fraternity house is not …

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Sex: Sex and relationships news for Nov. 12

Here’s this week’s highlights in sex and relationships on the Internet: Arizona may elect its first openly bisexual to Congress, according to Jezebal. Her name is Kyrsten Sinema and she is a pro-choice, pro-environment, and pro-LGBT Democrat. An unlikely consideration: Should we take lessons from the sex film industry regarding …

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Food: Why I'm excited about the return of 'Top Chef'

“Top Chef,” my favorite cooking competition reality show, premiered this past Wednesday on Bravo, beginning its 10th season with a new and exciting way to weed out the weaker chefs. Judges Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Hugh Acheson and (my personal favorite) Wolfgang Puck took the 21 contestants and determined during …

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Technology: Notable news on Nov. 5 – Nov. 9

The Navy SEALs who consulted with “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” developers Danger Close Games are now under investigation for the information they may have spilled, according to Rueters. Though it is not clear what, if any, military secrets made it into the game, all seven members have been reprimanded and …

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Greek: Top 5 ‘sratty’ things to wear

“Sratty” is the creatively named sorority counterpart of the term “fratty.” It simply means living up to the sorority stereotype to best of your ability and should not in any way be taken seriously. These five “sratty” things to wear ideas stem from Total Sorority Move, a popular website within …

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Music: Green Day set to release new album, '¡Dos!'

Let’s be honest, Green Day was the best thing since sliced bread back in middle school. After “American Idiot,” not so much. But the band’s latest trilogy project is an attempt to rediscover their roots. On Nov. 13, the kings of teenage angst rock will release the second installment of …

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Greek: Paddles aren’t made for hazing

Perhaps one of the most prominent symbols of fraternity and sorority life is the craftily constructed wooden paddles that adorn the rooms and hallways of many chapter houses all around the nation. However, paddles come with the instinctive connotation of pledge hazing and cruel punishment, particularly because of their shape …

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Food: The most expensive foods in the world

Ever feel like just sitting down and enjoying a dish that’s the financial equivalent of a luxury car? Take a look at this list of some of the world’s most expensive edible concoctions and decide for yourself whether or not such a temporary delicacy is worth the phenomenal cost. The …

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Health: Hangover cures from around the world

It’s common courtesy when visiting foreign countries to become enriched in their culture by ways of cuisine, lifestyle, and, if you’re over the legal age, the certain nightlife that they offer. Hangovers, however, are universal — the aches and pains all speak the same language. Each country has its own …

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The results are in: Trojan's 7th Annual Sexual Health Report Card

A couple of weeks ago, The Daily Beast published the results of Trojan’s 7th annual sexual health report card, which ranks 141 schools based on the amount of sexual health information and campus resources they provide. Schools were scored according to availability of contraceptives, availability of condoms, access to STI …

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Piaskowski: Where is our generation's fire starter?

A few weeks back, President Barack Obama told MTV news, “I’d like to see a more explicit discussion of the issues that are out there right now, because music’s such a powerful mechanism.” He continued to explain that he feels that in our current popular culture there hasn’t been as …

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Kendall: Why James Bond is the worst spy ever

James Bond is the worst spy ever. Strong words, I know. Let’s compare and contrast James Bond, super spy extraordinaire, and Tony Mendez, real life intelligence for the CIA played by Ben Affleck in “Argo” (easily one of the best films of the year) in an imaginary scenario. Against this …

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Top Five: Backpacks of the Week

1. Laptop Backpack: OK, it is pricey but some things are worth investing in, such as a durable backpack. Keeps laptop safe and comes in complementary neutral tones.  $219.95. 2.Polka Dot Backpack: Polka dots have been a big deal since summer or so. This bag would make a trench coat …

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Advice column: Are long-distance relationships worth the time and energy?

Dear Katherine, My boyfriend is going to Spain for winter term. We have been together for four months, and we are crazy about each other. Should we stay together for the four months he’ll be away? I don’t want to hold him back in any way, but I also don’t …

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Three gross ingredients that you don't know are in everyday foods

Have you ever looked through ingredient labels to certain foods and read something that you couldn’t pronounce? What about those that state “natural flavors” and ever wonder “what does that mean and where does it come from?” Some foods that we enjoy might contain some scary ingredients that help produce …

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Q&A with Tevin Preston, a UO fraternity president

Three years ago, Tevin Preston stepped foot into Lambda Chi Alpha for the first time, feeling immediately welcomed and wanted — and with reason. He proved his natural leadership skills after serving as treasurer his sophomore year and social chairman his junior year before becoming elected president. Today, Preston is …

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Chuck Palahniuk's pajama party for adults

It may be hard to imagine the WOW Hall being transformed into an adult pajama party, where story topics range from burying infants in the backyard or dropping acid at a taping of “The Price Is Right.” But that’s exactly what Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain, and Lidia Yuknavitch did this …

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Technology: News week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

Popular online retailer Zappos was hacked back in January, but the legal proceedings have proven to be more trouble for the footwear giant. The court has found that Zappos’s End User Licence Agreement was unenforceable according to Boing Boing Magazine, meaning that the company is in a great deal of trouble with customers. …

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Food: Leftover Halloween candy and what to do with it

With Halloween now over, an abundance of candy is something that you might find yourself dealing with. Personally, I always manage to purchase too much candy for this strange holiday, and short of eating it all in one sad go, I find myself creating ways to use the candy for …

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Piaskowski: Our culture's short attention span has dissolved the classic notion of an LP

With the advent of the information age and the sheer amount of media consumption that our generation experiences on a daily basis, has our ability to appreciate the products we consume deteriorated? Well, if you consider the theory of declining attention spans, it shouldn’t be difficult to infer that there’s …

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Health: New ways to defend yourself

We like to think that we are safe when walking through campus from potential threats, but as the days get shorter and darkness falls around late afternoon, things can get sketchy quickly without warning. Women on college campuses across the country are advised to carry items such as pepper spray, …

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Advice Column: Dealing with being a hopeless (and single) romantic

Dear Katherine, I’m interested in men, and I’m having a hard time finding a boyfriend. I sometimes joke with my straight friends about how much easier it must be for them to find somebody. Let’s face it: there are just more straight individuals out there. The limited guys that I …

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Greek Week 2012 nears end, raises money for the Eugene Boys and Girls Club

Let the games begin. Greek Week kicked off last Thursday, beginning a week-long tournament as fraternities and sororities team up to compete against each other in a series of events. The annual event celebrates the Greek community while aiming to cultivate homecoming weekend at the University. This year, the community …

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Starting up a vegetarian lifestyle the right way

If you have ever had the idea of becoming a vegetarian, be aware that it likely won’t happen overnight. Like any lifestyle change you make, dedication and you will need to put in work to make the switch toward cutting meat and embracing the vegetarian diet. While watching films such …

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Greek: Haunted fraternity and sorority houses across the country

Fraternities and sororities are rich in history, and the physical houses themselves are no exception. Though these are our homes now, they have been home to thousands before us for nearly a century long. These walls are rich with history and have seen laughter, growth and horror. Here are some …

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Film: Horror is in the eye of the beholder

The Halloween season has me thinking of the horror genre. My two favorite horror movies are “Waxwork” and “Waxwork II: Lost in Time.” They’re not scary. Not at all. The horror movies I tend to like aren’t even scary. In fact, most horror movies in general tend to fall in …

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Fashion: Bagel + Forehead = ?

In honor of Halloween, it seems appropriate to remind people of a recent body modification fad popular among Japanese hipster youth: Bagel heads. This procedure could work to your advantage if you want to be a warlock or a villain from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Here’s why:  Gluing on gashes …

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