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Selcer: Intimidation, fear-mongering, and sexual harassment—just another day in the life of a female journalist.

“What a joke… You deserve ridicule for your idiotic ‘rape culture’ statements.” This is how it began. I received this email last Saturday in response to one of my recent articles which unpacked the rhetoric of American rape culture. I was shocked, at first, by the coarse language and threatening …

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Yazdani: Technology is blighting the spine

“Don’t slouch,” parents may say. “Stand erect,” the wise uncles will urge. “Push your shoulders back,” others will demand. Yet in spite of these warnings, people continue to ruin their backs. They will slouch, they will toddle with their heads down and they will curl over to read their text …

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Anthony: Measuring the impact of 105

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s the golden rule, and from my experience, the Oregonian way. Or at least, it’s supposed to be. A new measure up for vote, Measure 105, is threatening to take away Oregon’s status as a sanctuary state. This new …

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Stevens: The Wrong Kind of Fight

The night of Oct. 6, I found myself in front of the television for four consecutive hours watching men and women beating each other to a pulp. This was UFC 229: McGregor v. Khabib, its violent glory withheld from network television in lieu of pay-per-view. Maybe I had forgotten that …

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Zafar: Self-Care is not selfish

I sat in the lobby of the counseling center at the end of spring term with an uneasy feeling in my stomach. The past year, I was the happiest I had been in a long time, but there was still a heavy weight pressing on my heart. I didn’t know …

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Stevens: A Step In the Right Direction for North Korea

It’s a dangerous job to try and remove sixty-five year old landmines from unstable soil, but that is the task at hand for South and North Korean soldiers. North Korea’s ever charismatic leader Kim Jong-Un has begun lowering his defenses for the first time. This came in the form of …

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Anthony: This one time, at band camp

Band kids are often the most overlooked part of any sporting event, but they’re still always there, supporting the teams and giving the fans and players that much needed boost to morale. But what happens when those same people that they support game in and game out not only don’t …

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Stevens: Is Professional Tennis Sexist?

Serena Williams was dethroned in the 2018 Women’s US Open final by twenty-year-old Naomi Osaka. Apart from this being an important victory for Osaka, it has also set an important precedent for women’s tennis. Serena was the recipient of a violation for coaching, then subsequently a violation for breaking her …

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Selcer: Regarding the moral panic of women’s nipples on Instagram

Nipples: we’ve all got ’em. Why is it, then, that some nipples are classified as ‘inappropriate’ for public spaces when others are not? This is the question trans activist Courtney Demone asked in 2015 when she began a social experiment to see how undergoing HRT (hormone replacement therapy) would affect …

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Anthony: The Willamette (Valley)Girls

It was a term I first heard while cashiering during the summer after my senior year of high school— U.C. Eugene. A current University of Oregon student came through my line, and I asked him if he liked it there because I was planning on attending in the fall. His …

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Stevens: Netflix’s best original is animated

On September 14th, Netflix aired the fifth season of their ever depressing animated original, Bojack Horseman. Since season one, Will Arnett has been loaning his voice to the titular character, guiding the show through its many ups and downs. Bojack Horseman is a show that takes on difficult issues like …

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Selcer: America’s re-re-re-reckoning with rape culture

On Sept. 22, I woke up and found a familiar sight on my Facebook feed. As I fought back the surreal feeling of déjà vu, I read through countless #whyididntreport stories, mostly from fellow women. For the second or third time this year, I joined the latest hashtag and went …

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Yazdani: Bezos’s philanthropy does not rectify his treatment of Amazon workers

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently announced the Day One Fund, a two billion dollar program to assist homeless families and help build preschools; but although altruistic, it does not account for the fact that Amazon treats its employees abominably. The Day One Families Fund would aid homeless families, while the …

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Samuel Anthony: Bussing homeless people, a cheap solution or a waste of money?

Homeless rates in cities along the West Coast have skyrocketed in recent years. People who live in these cities have seen the impacts firsthand and want something done about it. Those in charge of government programs are looking for a quick fix, and what quicker fix is there than to …

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Zafar: Beauty industry’s targeting of young girls promotes pedophilic culture

The internet’s accessibility and the influence of social media give big companies easy ways to target society’s most vulnerable and exposes young girls to objectification and sexualization. The beauty industry is one of the most notorious for perpetuating a specific ideal for young girls to model themselves around. Some of …

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Selcer: 71 percent of American voters support Roe v. Wade. Does it matter?

There is no shortage of controversy over the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings — from the accusations of Dr. Blasey Ford to evidence that Kavanaugh lied under oath to the Senate, to Kavanaugh’s contentious opinion that presidents should be shielded from both criminal and civil charges while in office. But abortion may …

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Yazdani: Backing Colin Kaepernick is not unpatriotic

Americans reacted with both praise and condemnation when football quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner in 2016. Some critics labelled the footballer as “unpatriotic.” But there is nothing unpatriotic about Kaepernick. Kaepernick told NFL Media that he would not “stand up to show …

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Yazdani: Elon Musk is driving Tesla into ruin

Erratic and weary, Elon Musk has managed to puncture Tesla’s growth with his behavior alone. From smoking marijuana during a live interview to calling the Englishman who helped save the 12 Thai boys stuck in a cave a “pedo,” Musk’s actions have concerned even his staunchest supporters. Tesla’s stocks were …

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Samuel Anthony: College athletes — unpaid workers or highly paid college students?

College athletes are the most prominent figures on campuses everywhere; however, is it fair that these figures make less money than the kid selling their jerseys at the student store? As someone who has three roommates and has eaten four bowls of top ramen and five PB&Js in the last …

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Selcer: To my fellow first-generation students, with love

Though it’s been six years since my dad first dropped me off at college, I still remember the feeling I had when he left. At first, excitement — here I was, officially on my own! But then, a rush of overwhelming anxiety. Here I was, in a place I did …

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Zafar: Trump’s denial of Puerto Rican death toll is disgusting and dangerous

Nearly a year after hurricanes Maria and Irma, Puerto Rican officials revised the death toll from 64 to 2,975. President Donald Trump immediately dismissed this as false. To deny the hurricanes as the cause of death of nearly 3,000 brown Americans is to deny the government’s failure to its citizens. …

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Selcer: A second opinion on being fat, happy and healthy

Recently, the Emerald ran a piece titled “Health doesn’t come in supersized portions” which offered a critique on the “Health At Every Size” (HAES) campaign. While I don’t subscribe to the HAES campaign—because I don’t believe it is radical enough—the arguments leveled against it were not unfamiliar to me as …

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Stevens: Dealing with tragedy the wrong way

The last ten months has seen the Hip Hop community coping with the loss of three major artists. Rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion passed away earlier this year, but most recently, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller was found dead in his California home. The death was ruled an apparent overdose which …

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Bibeau: Health doesn’t come in supersized portions

Throw away that spinach, tuck your running shoes back into the closet and cancel your gym membership because, according to the approach of the fat acceptance movement known as “Health At Every Size,” you’re only wasting your time. HAES calls for a “weight neutral” outlook toward healthcare. A weight neutral …

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Trinidad: Breaking up the boys club

Greek Life is almost ubiquitous with college life, and is often held up as an institution that instills senses of community, character, friendship, leadership and charity among its members. But this is a romanticized version of Greek Life that hides what it truly is: an antiquated relic that perpetuates privilege …

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Marks: Farewell, University of Oregon

Dear University of Oregon, From the time I first started taking classes here as a senior in high school to my college graduation three years later, my life has changed dramatically. I dropped out of another school, transferred here, founded and let fade away an a cappella group, joined a …

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Lovely: How social media can build our professional lives

Dr. Karen Freberg is an internationally recognized social media expert. She is a published author and has worked for well-known companies such as Cinnabon, the Kentucky Derby Festival, Adidas and others. She came to the University of Oregon on May 23 as a guest speaker for the Game Changer Series …

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SHAC: Emergency Contraception should be more accessible on campus

This piece reflects the views of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), 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] Sexual health is a core aspect of overall …

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Spaeth: Playing an intramural sport can be the perfect exercise

Before coming to college, many students stayed active through athletic programs or PE classes at school. Once students come to college, many subconsciously distance themselves from their previously active lifestyles. It’s tough to push yourself to go to the Student Rec Center when you’d rather be in bed watching Netflix. …

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Manggala: Is Kanye cancelled?

It’s a strange time to be a Kanye West fan right now. The hip-hop pantheon is in the middle of releasing new projects under his label G.O.O.D. Music, including his own studio album, ye, which released last Friday. In the past, this has only been good news. But recently, Kanye …

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