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Ducks Together triumphs as an all-queer, student-of-color-led ASUO presidential slate

Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacon, the ASUO president-elect, thought that winning the 2018 election with her all-queer, all-student-of-color presidential slate was going to be an “uphill battle.” Her campaign manager made sure of that. “I intentionally wanted to low-ball it,” said Tan Perkins, who managed Gallegos’ slate, Ducks Together. “I told our …

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Arts & CultureCover Story

“Don’t Touch My Hair” exhibit stirs campus conversations about hair, race and identity

“Your hair is your glory,” Kristen Clayton’s mom told her over and over. She would hover above her daughter’s head and work her hands through the thick, waist-length curls. For Clayton, these moments were a sacred, ritualistic practice. In Melbourne, Florida, where Clayton grew up, she was the only African …

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Eugene local Lauren Burke’s Oregon career began with a childhood connection

Howe Field was built in 1936. It was a small stadium, only fitting 1,400 fans in its bleachers. It was outdated and run-down, but to Lauren Burke it embodied Oregon softball. And playing in that stadium, playing for that Oregon team, was her dream. “This was really the only Oregon …

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Continuing co-op culture: Inside Eugene’s historic student housing co-ops

Sun leaks in to the Janet Smith House’s living room, lighting dust particles and debris from maintenance work happening in the kitchen next door. A small white projector screen sits blank on a metal stand and there are pillows, instruments and other knick knacks scattered around the room. Just outside, …

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At the heart of a student conduct controversy, the UO Student Collective pushed back

During fall term, a student demonstration sparked a debate that would challenge the student conduct code, the power of administrators, and institutionalized racism on campus. The issue even gained national media attention when the New York Times published an op-ed from President Michael Schill criticizing the protest. After the University …

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A culture of protest at UO: then and now

On Jan. 20, 1973, a group of protesters marched from the EMU to Alton Baker Park in opposition to the Vietnam War. When the march began, there were less than a dozen people, but by the time it was over, almost 500 had joined. Marching in silence out of respect …

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Voices from behind bars: Inside the prison where UO’s furniture is made

Most students have no idea that much of the furniture at the University of Oregon is designed and built by prisoners. For years, UO has purchased furniture from Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE), a semi-independent state agency that is self-funded. Last year, UO partnered with OCE to create new dorm furniture. …

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Arts & CultureCover Story

An agent of change: Grad student Ali Lau fights for equity and inclusion for underrepresented students in the College of Design

The Emerald asked the University of Oregon community to nominate outstanding women to celebrate as part of Women’s History Month. Our newsroom chose one woman to honor from a pool of nominees who are making a significant impact at UO with their integrity, courage, innovation, creativity, spirit, smarts, leadership, hard …

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Cover StorySportsWomen's Basketball

“Triple-double queen” Sabrina Ionescu thrives on competition, looks to tackle Final Four expectations

At Sabrina Ionescu’s first basketball tryout in her hometown of Walnut Creek, California, she was just a middle school student trying to find a place to compete. She didn’t own basketball shoes, but that didn’t stop her from outperforming everyone else in the gym. Ionescu ran past the other players …

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A riverfront conundrum: UO submits land use permit to city, sparking controversy over possible artificial turf fields

Situated on the south bank of the Willamette River, the University of Oregon riverfront fields are — to put it politely — rugged. Often overlooked, these fields are only noticed during the walk to Autzen that guides Duck fans through the patchy riverfront grass. But the fields are a burden …

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The honors problem: Extra tuition and high dropout rates in the Clark Honors College

Incoming students at the Robert D. Clark Honors College typically look forward to having small class sizes, building relationships with professors and working with students who are academically driven. But between the cost and the time commitment, the honors college may not be worth it for some students. For freshman …

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Club SportsCover StorySports

From setup to teardown, Oregon rugby teams do it all

It’s 2 p.m. on a recent Friday and Spencer de Urioste and Charles Diemer drive onto Riverfront Field in a black Jeep at the banks of the Willamette River. De Urioste grabs a Bluetooth speaker from the car and plays Luke Bryan’s hit song “Huntin’ Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day” …

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Remembering Tom — students and colleagues mourn journalism professor Tom Wheeler

During his classes, journalism professor Tom Wheeler would often joke about lacking a traditional newspaper background before he arrived as an instructor at the University of Oregon’s journalism school. But to his students and colleagues, Wheeler was a master storyteller. He would regale his students with stories about interviewing music …

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Arts & CultureCover Story

Conversations across cultures: Tutoring program sparks friendships between domestic and international students at UO

Aziz Binhazzaa was anxious about his recent arrival to the United States; his only exposure to the English language was through movies and pop culture. So when he came to study abroad in Eugene, he looked for help. Aziz signed up for the American English Institute’s Tutoring and Conversation Partner …

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Tunnel vision: Exploring the heart and veins of campus

A student heads to the water fountain during a break in class. A professor, preparing a lecture, turns on the lights in the classroom with the flick of a switch. After a day in the laboratory, a research assistant washes their hands with hot water. The University of Oregon community …

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Challenging rape culture in Greek spaces

From Congress to Hollywood, sexual assault scandals are hitting the headlines in a pervasive wave of call-outs and push-backs against rape culture. At universities, rape culture is magnified in fraternity and sorority life — numerous academic studies and statistics trace campus rape culture’s influence back to the party culture of …

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Resident tuition rose by 87 percent in ten years: What’s in store for next year’s tuition?

Remember last winter term when the University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees approved a whopping 10.6 percent tuition increase?  And then, when lawmakers ponied up extra funds, it reduced UO’s total increase to 6.56 percent? Heads up, because it’s time for UO to balance its coffers again — setting next …

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Construction Disruption: A breakdown of the bigger construction projects on campus

Walking down the quad off 13th avenue, you’re going to hit construction. The first sign is the noise — the drilling, hammering and beeping of excavating vehicles. The next sign is two fences, one metal and one neon orange plastic, guarding the construction zone. The third is the giant hole …

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Cover StorySports

Family business: Keith Smith’s family and Seattle roots propelled him to a basketball life

It was on the court of a Seattle community center where NBA player Jamal Crawford — who played for the New York Knicks at the time — first spotted seventh-grader Keith Smith with a basketball in his hand. The 18-year NBA veteran noticed more than just talent in Smith. He …

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Arts & CultureCover Story

Portraits of faith: Students connect with their faiths in new ways while attending the University of Oregon

College students have been growing less traditionally religious for decades. But some religious students at the University of Oregon are finding their faith growing in ways they didn’t anticipate. Young people are substantially less likely than their predecessors to say that religion plays an important part in their lives, pray …

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Arts & CultureCover StoryMusic

A year in live music: Eugene’s concert scene booms

Picture this. Tyler, the Creator; Brockhampton; Foo Fighters; Elton John; The Shins. No, this isn’t the lineup for an quirky music festival in LA or Seattle. If you opened up the Emerald’s calendar in the last year, you might have found these in our in listings. Each of these artists …

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Cover StorySports

The resilient cheerleader: From the Final Four to chemotherapy

A sea of Oregon green and yellow and North Carolina blue and white engulfed the stands. Oregon cheerleader Sarah DeBois walked out from behind the stands to look at the 77,612-person crowd. “It was the scariest, most exciting thing,” DeBois said. “We had never cheered in front of that many …

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Money for blood: As the global plasma industry grows, struggling students donate to survive

“You just walk in and walk out with money,” says Cheyenne Johnson, a former Lane Community College student. Twice a week, she visits the Grifols Talecris plasma donation center in Eugene, supplementing her income with money exchanged for the plasma in her veins. Plasma, a component of blood, is used …

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Cover StoryFootballSports

War Daddy: Henry Mondeaux sets the tone for Oregon’s present and future

You won’t find a definition for the term “war daddy” in a regular dictionary. Instead, you’d have to go to Urban Dictionary, an online crowdsourced lexicon of slang, where you’d find that it means: “A beastly defensive lineman that eats up blockers and spits them out for dinner.” You also …

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Cover StoryCross CountrySports

Racing Ahead: Sophomore distance runner Katie Rainsberger leads the way for Oregon cross-country

Katie Rainsberger crossed the finish line at the Bill Dellinger Invitational demolishing the course record by 37 seconds last September. But she didn’t leave the finish line right away. She stood in the chute, her black Oregon singlet soaked, and her spikes covered in mud, shouting as her teammates kicked …

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Hawthorne Hall: A Confederate Legacy

At the end of the Civil War, Confederate officer Benjamin Hawthorne surrendered his troops at Virginia’s Appomattox Courthouse and walked 100 miles to his home. In 1873, eight years after the war, he moved to Oregon. In 1959, the University of Oregon named a residence hall after him. Hawthorne, an …

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Cover StorySportsWomen's Soccer

After four knee surgeries, Oregon soccer’s Caitlyn Wong is stronger than ever

Playing soccer is tough. The beautiful game moves at a lightning fast speed. Players run an average of seven miles a game, all while figuring out the best way to stifle their opponents. It may be easy to pick up and play, but it takes a lifetime to master. While …

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Death, drugs and drunks: A Halloween weekend ride along with UOPD

UOPD Officer Adam Lillengreen had just booked an offender at the Lane County Jail when a call crackled in over the barely audible dispatch radio, alerting Lillengreen to a possible cardiac arrest a few blocks away. Lillengreen flipped on his lights and sirens and raced to the location — an …

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Sleeping Giant: The past, present and future of Mac Court

University of Oregon’s McArthur Court gives the appearance of a high school gym: rickety, wooden bleachers suspended over an ancient wooden floor. In the building’s prime it held just 9,000 people, and what the arena lacked in amenities and space it made up for in pure energy. The bleachers would …

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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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