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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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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 to [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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