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Guest Viewpoint: All University of Oregon employees deserve a discrimination free workplace

This piece reflects the views of the author, Lois Yoshishige, and not those of Emerald Media Group. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send your columns or submissions about our content or campus issues [email protected] No employee should have to face racism, sexism, nepotism or …

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Read the Comments: Liz Foote Treacy on Bar Passage

I’m going to be trying something different with this column and I’m hoping you’ll come to loathe it as much as I already do. It goes like this: I read all the comments posted on Emerald Opinion pieces, pick one, and take the time to respond. Many have been surprised …

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Manggala: My journey of understanding ‘Black Lives Matter’

I didn’t really get Black Lives Matter at first. I didn’t know what it was about. All I remember was that after the murder of Trayvon Martin, #BlackLivesMatter was trending. My initial reaction — which 16-year-old me regrets thinking now — is that all lives should matter, right? From then …

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Marks: Eight signs you’re in an abusive relationship

Relationships can be difficult to navigate, full of ups and downs. Sometimes you want to spend lots of time with your partner, and sometimes you just need some time alone. These are all normal aspects of a relationship. But what happens when the relationship changes? When the behavior of your …

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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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Griggs: An honest look at what it means to have a mental illness

My mental illness has historically been disregarded by my friends and family, who are otherwise completely loving and understanding. I have always been anxious, and my anxiety has never been fully understood, something that other people with mental illness can surely corroborate. I can relate to the confusion; I don’t …

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Greene: Rally clash in Portland is another iteration of the fight for free speech

Like much of the country, Portland saw protests after Trump’s election that closed highways. Political strife escalated again in April when the city canceled its Rose Festival because of threats from self-identified anti-fascists that violence would break out if the Republican float was not removed. The tension in Portland skyrocketed …

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Sherman: The law school is falling short and pulling standards with it

As a homeschool student, my entire year’s grade depended on standardized testing. This angered me for one specific reason: I couldn’t get a perfect score even if I answered every question correctly. In state testing, you are evaluated as falling into a certain percentile range. I could score in the …

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Johnson: The dangers of an unquestioning campus

Each day the list of what we may question grows smaller. As society progresses, it too acquires many weak points it wishes to hide. A pathological liar will continue to lie after being caught just as our society continues to shrink the list of what we may question when it …

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Manggala: Mosque defenders look to protect Oregon Muslims in an atmosphere of fear

Outside of the Eugene Islamic Center, a group of people from the Eugene community stand outside the mosque as people pray inside. When prayer is over, the worshippers speak with the group, offer them food and shake their hands. It’s a genuine and cordial encounter between different communities; it’s the …

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Cowan: The University of Oregon’s year in free speech

It’s been an up and down year for free speech at the University of Oregon. On the one hand, demonstrations have abounded. A march spurred on a moment’s notice on election night and students’ voices rang through the early morning. Students continued to gather for days, and this culminated in …

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Sherman: Misogyny is a pre-existing condition

I’m too angry and too tired of this subject matter to offer my usual narrative. Today, there is no backstory or prelude; we need to talk about rape. Rape is one of the limited exceptions the GOP is willing to offer for federally funded abortions (federal funding such as Medicaid …

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Griggs: There is no singular college experience

I’m not even halfway through pursuing my undergraduate degree, so I’m no expert on college and I certainly have no idea what it will feel like to be a college graduate. I don’t claim to have any words of wisdom that will be meaningful to somebody about to graduate college, …

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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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Manggala: The inherent racism of our education system

In the state of Tamil Nadu, India, lies a small village of less than a thousand people: Perumbai. Children from Perumbai participated in the 10th grade exams, a test taken by a state of nearly 100 million people. With the odds against them, the children of Perumbai managed to come …

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Johnson: Identity politics hurt all political spectrums

My last column received a critique that I thought I would address before I begin this one. I was told that I — and this was a shocking blow — am a white cis male. When I heard this I had to sit down. To think myself, whom I’ve known …

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Greene: Le Pen lost; here’s what that means

After Trump’s election and Brexit last year, right-wing populism seemed to be on the rise worldwide, and this month all eyes were on France as the National Front’s candidate Marine Le Pen made it into the second and final round of the nation’s presidential election. In the end, Le Pen lost, …

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Sherman: Just keep running

I used to live along the route of the Boston marathon but I never went to cheer. I don’t like crowds, not even the sound of the crowds outside my apartment on marathon day. That was before I moved to “Tracktown USA” — before I realized I’d been a runner my …

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Johnson: College made me conservative

Four years ago, I booked an appointment at a local tattoo shop to get a red hammer and sickle permanently inked onto my shoulder. I would later chicken out at the last minute and lose my deposit. Looking back on this today it is clear I retained my dignity. Two …

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Greene: UN getting Saudi Arabia’s input on women’s rights: hypocrisy or illumination?

The United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women “is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.” They are considered “instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world and shaping global standards on …

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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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Marks: Social media presence calls into question professionalism of ASUO executive slate

Today, social media is a significant form of communication. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr, people spend hours a day building their social media presence. Some choose to protect their personal lives with privacy settings, while others don’t mind lending their every thought to the general public’s ear. People are …

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Sundberg: French elections question how culture will live on

I sometimes imagine what it will be like when I go back to Tualatin, the suburb of Portland where I grew up, in fifty years. I used to have a rosy dream that I would come back and nothing would have changed; however, in fifty years, with the rapid spread of globalization, …

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Emerald Editorial Board: Live-on requirement doesn’t consider the students it affects

The following is the opinion of the Emerald’s editorial board and not Emerald Media Group as a whole. The Emerald Editorial Board exists to provide the newsroom a voice on prominent campus issues. It operates separately from the objective work of our reporters, giving our organization a platform to create and …

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Manggala: UO needs to address that white nationalists were on campus

On April 20, self-proclaimed “white nationalists” came to visit the University of Oregon. They rode in on a truck with a swastika on the bed and parked in front of the EMU preaching white supremacy on Hitler’s birthday. It’s 2017, and we still have to confront the party that murdered 6 …

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Sherman: Bill O’Reilly’s departure is not a victory for women

For the last week, I’ve been sitting in front of my computer attempting to think of a clever hook or intro or some way into this story that would cause a reader to be invested. I tend toward the narrative and thought I might share something from personal experience or …

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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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Guest viewpoint: The dichotomy of tenure and non-tenure faculty

This piece reflects the views of the author, senior instructor Randy Sullivan, and not those of Emerald Media Group. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send your columns or submissions about our content or campus issues to [email protected] I have been reading in President Michael …

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Greene: A campus guide to door etiquette

At the University of Oregon, we pride ourselves on tackling problems head on, creating not just informed students but critical citizens. But, while UO is addressing social issues like “cultural competency training,” food security and rape culture, there is a much more pressing issue facing the student body that we …

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Sundberg: Finding ASUO solutions after a one slate election

One of the main foundations for democracy is the concept of having an adversarial system, where ideas are debated against each other in a sparring manner. Arguments are fine-tuned through the process of being torn down, picked away and challenged by the opposition. A great example of this practice is …

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