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Pint for Las Vegas: Donating blood was all she could do

On typical Sundays UO senior Kaity McLain wakes up early and goes to church. She does her laundry, eats dinner with friends and catches up on her homework before bed. But Sunday, Oct. 1, was far from typical. Around 10:30 p.m. Kaity set down with her accounting textbook and climbed …

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Schill shouted down: Small protest, big disruption

Protesters swarmed the EMU Ballroom stage last Friday to disrupt University President Michael Schill’s scheduled State of the University speech. Compared to past protests at UO, this was a small one — but it ended the speech before it could begin. A group of about 45 protesters identifying as “the …

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Club hub: campus clubs bring variety to student life

The University of Oregon, like many large universities, features a breadth of student clubs and opportunities. For newcomers, the sheer number of student organizations can be daunting, but getting involved in campus clubs is an easy way for students to find their footing. It might be exhausting to look at …

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Fire, Fights and Feathers: An inside look at the Oregon Duck mascot

The Duck’s entrance to the 2014 football National Championship — one of the most widely beloved memories in college mascot history — was actually an accident. “They originally had said ‘Hey you’re not running out with the team’ so I was expecting the team to run by and I would …

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Heroin arrests on the rise in Eugene

On Monday, August 14, a routine traffic stop in Springfield became a clear sign of a growing problem in the community. Something didn’t seem right with the passenger and driver’s behavior, so police had their drug dog, Danner, sniff out the truck. Danner led Springfield police to six caulking guns …

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What killed campus concerts?

One day after performing for over 20,000 at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington, Bob Dylan announced a surprise performance at the 976 capacity EMU Ballroom on the University of Oregon’s campus for an intimate 16-song concert. The June 14, 1999 show sold out before anyone could print posters to …

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Late-night eats on 13th Ave: Caspian Mediterranean Cafe brings variety to the campus community

Caspian Mediterranean Cafe owner Elhaam Yazdi didn’t predict the success of her restaurant’s now famous American double cheeseburger. It’s become a popular item, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when students are looking for food after bars close. Yazdi decided to expand the establishment’s hours on weekend nights shortly after …

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How UO students spend $5 million a year on athletics

It’s the beginning of another school year, which means another round of tuition hikes for UO students. The damage this year is a 6.6 percent increase for in-state students (about $810 per year) and a 3 percent increase for out-of-state (about $945). It was nearly 10.6 percent for in-state students, …

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Eugene’s downtown dog ban: does it criminalize the homeless?

  Robert Wilson, sitting at a park block corner on Saturday afternoon, gave off a sunny demeanor to passersby. Saturday Market goers were drawn to him by his chihuahua Chica, perched next to him in a cowboy costume.   Wilson had been homeless for 25 years, three in Eugene, before …

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How UO student housing transformed in under 10 years

A lot has changed at the University of Oregon since the early 1990s. The football team started winning, enrollment exploded, and, thanks to donors like Phil Knight, campus has been under continuous renovation. Despite the addition of new halls and expanded facilities, the UO campus maintains the same aesthetic feel …

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Sifting through Eugene’s thrift scene

Walking along 13th Avenue past campus toward Downtown Eugene, a bored student can encounter various locally owned shops including House of Records and Smith Family Bookstore. But tucked into storefronts across town are one of Eugene’s most valuable resources for the ‘broke’ college student looking to accessorize or even de-accessorize …

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While Venezuela battles, Emerald Jhonny Bethencourt fights for his family on the baseball field

Baseball was never just a sport to Jhonny Bethencourt—it was a way of life. Since the age of 4, he dreamed of playing major league baseball. Born in Venezuela in 1997, Bethencourt grew up in the city of Pampatar on Isla de Margarita. Years of local competition led him to …

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Creswell offers another perspective on life in Lane County

The Urban Echo Chamber Oregon’s character is often defined by its urban areas: cities filled with flavorful food carts, copious coffee shops, and laid-back liberal attitudes. Due to these cities driving Oregon’s social, economic and political conversations, the voices and perspectives of rural Oregonians are sometimes drowned out. Lane County …

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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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Kesey Square: How an author is transforming his city

Kesey On the corner of East Broadway and Willamette Street in downtown Eugene, four bronze sculptures portray acclaimed novelist Ken Kesey sitting on a bench reading to three children. Kesey, who grew up in Springfield and attended the University of Oregon, remains an iconic symbol of Eugene: His renowned literary …

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Dunn Hall is now renamed Unthank Hall

University of Oregon junior Samantha Berguin remembers working part-time on campus in 2015, giving tours to high school students considering UO for college. But it was always awkward for her when she would lead them past Deady Hall, located behind the iconic business school. The building was named after former …

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“It is necessary”: Here’s what you need to know about the tuition increase

The state of Oregon is facing a $1.6 billion deficit. It has not been responsive to requests by universities for increased funding. Last November University of Oregon President Michael Schill, along with the presidents of Oregon’s six other public universities, wrote a letter to legislators requesting $100 million for higher …

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Major League Ready: Meet David Peterson, Oregon’s projected first-round draft pick

It was shaping up to be a decision that many high school baseball players could only dream of: Go to college, or go to the pros? For Oregon pitcher David Peterson, it was a decision he was ready to make. Peterson entered his senior year at Regis Jesuit High School …

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Shasta 2017: a clean(er) Shasta Weekend

University of Oregon students remember the infamous purple cooler from last year’s Shasta Weekend emblazoned with the phrase, “Do You Wanna Do Some Blow Man?” and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity letters. The image was just an example of the mess created by University of Oregon students on Slaughterhouse Island …

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For the culture: Black Student Union hosts the 15th annual Divine Nine Step Show

University of Oregon’s Black student population is underrepresented in the classroom, in the faculty and in administrative funding. But the annual Divine Nine Step Show provides Black students with a place to gather, dance and enjoy their culture — a culture that is struggling to find representation on a predominately …

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Happy Mother’s Day from NASU: The Native American Student Union’s annual Mother’s Day Pow Wow

Hundreds of people flooded Mac Court for two days of singing, dancing and community building at the 49th annual Mother’s Day Pow Wow, hosted by the University of Oregon Native American Student Union. The event welcomed Native Americans and non-Natives alike, allowing everyone to take part in Native American culture. …

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The art of nothing: UO professor Ron Jude’s search for meaning

This story is by Emerald contributor Emily Olson.  Ron Jude bought his first camera at age 13, “literally out of a Sears catalog,” he said. For the University of Oregon professor, an internationally-acclaimed photography career all started with goofing around in a high school dark room. He made photos to …

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A Republican reality: Being red on a blue campus

Students trickle into an empty classroom and shed their jackets, revealing their T-shirts. One shows a rainbow campaign logo stating “Make America great and Gay again,” and others walk in wearing bright red Make America Great Again hats. Many compliment their friends’ regalia as it is uncloaked, and a few …

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Building dialogue at Manzil Midrash: a meeting of the minds

Most University of Oregon students never cross military checkpoints or narrowly miss suicide bombs, but for some, the violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can’t be escaped — even when living 7,000 miles away. Students gathered in the EMU Amphitheater on Tuesday to celebrate Israel’s 69th Independence Day at the Israel …

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: What happened and what comes next

One in five women will be sexually assaulted while they are attending college in the U.S., according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. This indicates that 3,250 women at the University of Oregon will suffer some kind of sexual abuse in four years of school. About 300 community …

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Leave it to Leavitt: The man behind Oregon’s defensive rebuild

Doug Brenner jokingly calls him a psycho. Troy Dye compares him to the Energizer Bunny. Juwaan Williams says his team’s new defensive coordinator is always loud. That is, when he’s had his daily dose of Pepsi, usually no less than three cans a day. But he only runs on original …

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Campus Style: Faces of Fashion

Strolling down 13th Avenue, the fashion on display can range from flannel shirts and Birkenstock sandals to football jerseys with running shoes, but even high fashion can be found on campus in the form of chic dresses and designer high heels. Students from around the world attend the University of …

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Nationals in Jeopardy: Haaga’s veto leaves club sports scrambling for funds

Approximately 1,500 students participate in the 41 club sports at the University of Oregon each year, but funding issues this year mean many may not be able to attend their end-of-year national competitions. In early February, Club Sports requested $50,000 from ASUO’s surplus fund to subsidize various club teams’ trips …

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The green rush: An industry on the brink

April 20 is the de facto national holiday for weed connoisseurs, but in the year and a half since recreational marijuana was legalized, it has become just another day of the “green rush.” The Oregon Liquor Control Commission oversees 426 active marijuana retailers statewide, as of April 19. With the …

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A Quiet Win: (Mis)understanding student government

When ASUO elections began last week, the only campaign running had still not released its specific goals. When elections ended, 24 hours earlier than previous years, less than 4 percent of the student body had voted on the executive ballot. In last year’s election, in which three slates vied for …

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