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Fernandez-Alvarado: Anti-immigrant graffiti near campus is part of a much bigger issue

On the corner of East 13th Avenue and Alder Street, anti-immigrant graffiti showed up on the concrete base of the Great Blue Heron statue. “Deport them all” was written with chalk on the statue as well as pro-Trump messages.   These anti-immigrant messages have been showing up on and around …

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Charles: You should become an activist this year

It’s 2018. You absolutely need to get off your butt and engage in some kind of activism. It is our collective apathy and complacency which enabled Donald Trump to become president. Yes, we are all, in some way, a little bit culpable. Youth between 18 and 24 have a lower …

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Colussi: New marijuana decision spells trouble for Oregon

“I thought those guys [the Ku Klux Klan] were OK until I learned they smoked pot.” Meet Jeff Sessions, the Trump Administration’s Attorney General. He later said he was kidding, but the basics of his message are true: he sympathizes with white supremacists and is extremely anti-marijuana. He recently made …

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Fernandez-Alvarado: Latinxs can fill the seats, why can’t they fill the screens?

Many people saw Coco, but not everyone saw the film through a Mexican/Latinx lens. To see Coco through that lens would be to sigh a relief (in my case a cry) at finally seeing yourself represented in film. The Disney castle with the mariachi theme in the opening credits made …

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Yanez: It’s time to lower the drinking age

In an effort to reduce alcoholism, a few state lawmakers in Wisconsin are trying to lower the drinking age from 21 to 19. While the National Minimum Drinking Age Act is responsible for the 21 year age restriction, quite a few states allow minors to consume alcohol in private residences …

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Yanez: UO should cut general education requirements

It’s time to have a serious conversation about the content of a college education. In the U.S., most colleges and universities require students to take general education classes, commonly referred to as “gen eds.” Nearly two-thirds of a college education at the University of Oregon is general education. General education …

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Colussi: The student conduct double standard

We all know how important sports are to our university. The athletic department brings in hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Our basketball team made it to the Final Four last year, which is a huge accomplishment considering the UO hasn’t made it to the Final Four in 78 …

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Adkins: 9 things I love most about the UO

As an opinion columnist, I often look at the University of Oregon with a critical eye. I search for faults that need fixing, issues that need addressing and something to take a stand on. However, every now and then, I find myself wanting to express my gratitude for this strange …

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Charles: Why you should start saving in your 20s

I’ll be the first to admit that I really sucked at saving money when I was twenty; it’s still a challenge. One hundred dollars in the bank back then meant that I had $100 to spend. I opened up free trials, which I would completely forget to cancel and then …

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Yanez: What Oregon voters need to consider about Measure 101

How would you feel about a sales tax being imposed on already expensive health insurance? Depending on where you heard about Measure 101, this might be news to you, but that’s exactly what Oregonians will be voting on Jan. 23. According to Edward Johnson, a former canvasser who helped Measure …

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Adkins: Skepticism in an era of Fake News

In our modern, technology-obsessed culture, it has become easier than ever to share misinformation—one only needs to scroll through any social media newsfeed to see my point. A New York Times article from last month, “How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media,” drilled home this point by talking about how …

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Colussi: National election breathes hope for democrats and young people

Only four in ten Americans currently believe the Democratic Party stands for something; over a quarter of all Democrats say their party primarily stands in opposition to Trump rather than for its own agenda. Last week’s elections appear to show a movement growing behind the Democrats, but in reality, it …

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Guest Column: Church Sucks: The writing on the wall

This piece reflects the views of the author, Anneliese Wahlman, 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] Unlike people, numbers don’t lie. With the rapid decline in weekend attendance, …

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Yanez: Are you a nontraditional student? UO has your back

Have you heard of a nontraditional student before? Perhaps you’ve overheard the Nontraditional Student Union booth during the Flock Party talking to such students often referred to as “Nontrads.” If you’re like many of the students on campus you might be one and not even know it. According to the …

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Charles: Feminism and the search for Allah

Last Friday the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program held a symposium in Gerlinger hall concerning Islam and Feminism and how to reconcile these seemingly contrary worldviews in modern society. Presenting speakers were Amina Wadud, Sarah Eltantawi and Azadeh Ghanizadeh. Wadud and Eltantawi are both progressive Muslim scholars, while …

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Colussi: Why we protested

“Nothing about us without us.” That’s what 80+ students and I chanted as we took the stage on Oct. 6. President Schill has ignored student concerns for a long time, so we decided to protest in a way that he simply could not overlook. Students have sought to work with …

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Fernandez-Alvarado: A response to Schill’s NYT Column

On Oct. 13, University of Oregon President Michael Schill wrote an opinion column for the New York Times on the protest that happened earlier this month. His column criticized the students who interrupted his State of the University Address, stating that silencing him was not a proper form of protest. …

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Adkins: UO needs to reevaluate its prevention courses

The University of Oregon  recently launched a new online program for alcohol education and prevention with “Third Millennium Classrooms” as part of an effort to reduce substance abuse and sexual misconduct on our campus. All incoming students are required to go through the two-part program during freshman orientation. With lengthy …

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Fernandez-Alvarado: Stop the cultural appropriation of Cholx aesthetics

It goes hoop earrings, lip liner, crunched up hair and winged eyeliner. That was the aesthetic: the look that all my cousins rocked. They would kick back in their Dickies jeans and GenX shirts while nodding off to MC Magic and N.O.R.E. in the living room. The cholx style came …

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Yanez: The UO should be a private university

When people hear about university administrators earning more than half a million dollars annually, they might think the administrators work for a private university. Collectively, the University of Oregon’s 11 administrative leaders earn more than $2 million in salaries and car allowances. This may be unsustainable with a dwindling in-state …

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Charles: Socialized services are not free money

Free money does not exist. Universal education, healthcare, public transportation and parental leave are all fantastic ideas. We need them. However, I disagree with talking about them as if they are “free.” If Bernie Sanders supporters truly want a social democracy, we have to understand that these services are not free. …

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Manggala: The Genocide Awareness Project aims to terrorize UO students

The Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), a radical anti-abortion organization, will be coming to the University of Oregon this week to display photographs and images of aborted fetuses juxtaposed next to pictures of victims of genocide. GAP wishes to start a conversation on the value of human life by forcing students …

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Alvarado: Columbus Day should not be celebrated

Last week, Mateo Sundberg contributed an Op-Ed column about Columbus Day that has surfaced into conversations around my community. In his column, he argues that Columbus Day should be discussed and celebrated because Columbus’ contribution to Latinxs outweighed all the damage he created. I believe Sundberg’s column ignores the harsh …

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Guest Viewpoint: A critical response to Schill

This piece reflects the views of the author, Chayne Thomas, 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] “Strange it is that men should admit the validity of …

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Editorial: Let Schill speak

The following is the opinion of the Emerald’s editorial board and not Emerald Media Group as a whole. The small student protest that cancelled University of Oregon President Michael Schill’s speech on Friday was disrespectful, ineffective, and reflects poorly on the whole student body. Approximately 45 students, calling themselves the …

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Sundberg: Columbus Day should not be forgotten

Christopher Columbus was a European explorer who exploited and enslaved native people in the Americas, but we should still celebrate his holiday on Oct. 9. Although his legacy is rightfully tarnished by his acts under Spanish authority, his arrival to the New World should be celebrated and discussed, not covered …

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Griggs: An immersive comparison of American and European Leftism

I’m currently on a semester abroad studying media studies at Charles University in Prague, a trip that is sponsored by the University of Oregon’s GEO program, but one that I am participating in largely by myself. I am the only student from Oregon on this exchange this semester and I …

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Manggala: Tips on how to thrive in Eugene as a UO student

Now that we’ve all settled in after the first week of school, it’s time to branch out of our classes and explore what Eugene and the University of Oregon has to offer. One of the best things about being a student here is that we get to live in a …

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Guest Column: Gay’s The Word: Celebrating LGBTQ identity and history all year long

This piece reflects the views of the author, Rachel Benner, 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] Even the air seemed to glitter on the second Sunday …

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Podcast: 20/20: What Charlottesville means to Eugene then, now and in the future

    In this pilot episode of 20/20, host Alec Cowan dives into a topic affecting the university community both now and in the past. This episode’s topic? Charlottesville, which has spurred a national conversation about the meaning of memorials and the right to rally. This episode features Sararosa Davies, …

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