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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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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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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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