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Yanez: United UO is the slate to watch

It’s that time of year again at the University of Oregon. The Candidate Town Hall Debate for this year’s ASUO election featured two slates: United UO and Ducks Together. Polls open on Duckweb on Monday, April 9 at 9 a.m. and results will be published on Thursday, April 12 at …

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Yanez: Getting better grades through micromanagement

Spring term is upon us at the University of Oregon! For many students, spring can be distracting. The weather is warming up and some are starting to burn out. Luckily, there’s a way to keep ourselves focused and maintain, if not improve, our grades. Before getting too far ahead of …

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Guest: The normalization of school shootings

This piece reflects the views of Patience Greene, and not those of Emerald Media Group. The piece is part of a series of op-eds from Peter Laufer’s Reporting I class at the SOJC. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send your columns or submissions about …

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Trinidad: A dream deferred: The assassination of MLK’s Legacy

Fifty years ago on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Since then, he has become canonized in American culture and portrayed as a universally loved Christian preacher — a passive, nonviolent martyr with a dream of racial unity whose life was cut short by a hate-filled, …

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Guest: Do our politicians care for our lives?

This piece reflects the views of Kezia Setyawan, and not those of Emerald Media Group. The piece is part of a series of op-eds from Peter Laufer’s Reporting I class at the SOJC. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send your columns or submissions about …

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Guest: The Parkland shooting made it clear: the youth will be the leaders of change

This piece reflects the views of Miguel Perez, and not those of Emerald Media Group. The piece is part of a series of op-eds from Peter Laufer’s Reporting I class at the SOJC. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send your columns or submissions about …

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Guest: What the nation can learn from Oregon’s gun reform history

This piece reflects the views of Carly Armendariz, Clare Malone and Jordan Vargas, and not those of Emerald Media Group. The piece is part of a series of op-eds from Peter Laufer’s Reporting I class at the SOJC. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send …

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Griggs: We can’t continue to victim blame students

The February shooting in Parkland, Florida has caused more of a student-run revolution for gun control than any other school shooting in recent memory, and the movement has received quite a bit of national attention. The students from Parkland were on the cover of Time magazine last week, and there …

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Lovely: How to rejuvenate after a long term

After a grueling winter term, any college student could agree we need some relaxation time. We need to kick our heels up, put cucumbers over our eyes and put our troubles behind us. But with only a weeklong break between terms, we need relaxation that is going to de-stress us, …

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Spaeth: Coping with grief as a college student

The deaths of multiple University of Oregon students and a professor have brought grief upon the university community and beyond. Coping as a college student poses unique challenges, as the college environment is not the most conducive to grieving. After a tragic event like this occurs, students are forced back …

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Yanez: Eugene must help students feel safer

What the heck is going on in Eugene? Recently, there has been a string of armed robberies near campus, more harassment and more sexual assault reported within UOPD beats. Despite the numerous resources campus provides, students have come to terms with a very uncomfortable truth: It is no longer safe …

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Guest: UO profiting off prison labor is a human rights issue

This piece reflects the views of the UO Student Labor Action Project (SLAP), 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] In collaboration with other students working …

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Trinidad: Racism isn’t only for white supremacists

I’m skeptical of white liberals, and it goes back to the moment I knew Donald Trump would win the presidency. It was election night, and the polls just started to close on the East Coast. “Madame President” was on the tips of our tongues, and we had bottles of champagne …

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Marks: Emotional support animals are treatment, not toys

Across the United States, emotional support animals (ESAs) have become a trend. Recently, a story came out about a woman who tried to bring her “emotional support peacock” on a flight with her, resulting in airlines making stricter rules for allowing animals on flights. While it’s good that ESAs are …

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Yanez: 2018 Tuition hike burdens students

According to UO’s Division of Student Life, between 70 and 80 percent of college students work while in school. If you’re like me, you’re one of those students, and you aren’t necessarily working for fun. We know that the rising cost of tuition is one of many reasons why students …

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Lovely: Why college students should buy girl scout cookies

The Girl Scouts have been known for over a century, but they are probably most famous for their cookies. While the excitement only lasts for the few weeks that the cookies sell, there are plenty of reasons why college students should buy Girl Scout Cookies, other than their obvious deliciousness. …

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Trinidad: Is Eugene ready to host the world?

Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA and United States Track and Field, is one of track and field’s most influential figures and has been on a crusade to make track and field not only a household sport in Eugene, but across the country. But his shocking success to bring the …

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ASUO: Students should have a voice in deciding tuition increases

This piece reflects the views of the authors, Amy Schenk, Tess Mor and Vickie Gimm, and not those of Emerald Media Group. They are the ASUO president, internal vice president and external vice president respectively. It has been edited by the Emerald for grammar and style. Send your columns or submissions about our …

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Spaeth: Sexual assault prevention starts with education

Social problems such as sexual assault and harassment are perpetuated due to a lack of awareness and recognition. After an incident occurs, a survivor may not feel comfortable, or may even fear, coming forward and reporting it. Our society sustains the idea that the victim holds some of the guilt, …

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Yanez: Stop pushing capital project funding onto students

Have you ever seen what goes into your tuition and fees? We often hear how tuition is $9,495 per year for residents, but then comes the $2,076 in fees. Why are they so high? It’s understandable that the university would charge us for maintenance and access fees for things like …

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Charles: UO ‘No Lost Generation’ chapter seeks to spread refugee awareness

Harley Emery is a junior at the University of Oregon who decided to get involved in refugee rights when she was a freshman. Emery is majoring in international studies and geography with minors in Arabic and political science. In 2016, she co-founded a chapter of No Lost Generation at the …

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Trinidad: Chain migration is the American Dream

Apparently, my family and I are part of the immigration problem. Since Donald Trump was elected, he and the Republican Party have embarked on a crusade against immigration: he derided Mexicans as drug dealers and rapists, implemented a travel ban targeting Muslims and betrayed America’s promise to Dreamers. However, it …

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Lovely: The state of immigration

On January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. Immigration was something I was eager to hear about because of the controversy over Trump’s proposed solutions, especially involving immigration reform. I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. The Diversity Visa Lottery system The …

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Spaeth: The Catalan Valentine’s Day, Sant Jordi

Every year as the winter holidays come to a close, the general public collectively cringes as Valentine’s Day approaches. The Hallmark holiday is criticized for being superficial and ‘extra.’ It has become not the holiday of love, but the day of forgotten gifts and forever alone memes.  Not exactly what …

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Yanez: An inside look at conservative feminism

What comes to mind when you think of feminism? One might think of the Women’s March or the #MeToo movement. Another might think of fighting against the gender wage gap or for paid parental leave. What comes to mind when you think about conservatism? While I’m sure there’s a lot …

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Griggs: What is self-care and how do you do it?

Indulging in “self-care” is a reasonable response to both the current political climate and the increased risk for mental health issues that many millennials face. Self-care isn’t just a millennial obsession, of course; in Audre Lorde’s 1988 book of essays, “A Burst of Light,” she writes that “caring for myself …

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Colussi: What is causing America’s gun problem?

On Jan. 23, 2018 in Kentucky, America had its 11th school shooting of the year. Among the 20 casualties were two 15-year-old students who died. The day before that, a pickup truck pulled up to a school in New Orleans and fired into a crowd of students; thankfully, only one …

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Charles: Jewish and Muslim community members work to bridge cultural gaps

Last Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Oregon Hillel Foundation and the Muslim Student Association held a joint dialogue panel about Judaism and Islam. The panel is called Manzil Midrash and has been a recurring event for the last couple of years. The topic on Tuesday was about important figures in history …

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Trinidad: Bring Uber back to Eugene

It is difficult to remember life before Uber. During my summer in D.C., it was a godsend. It saved me from constant subway delays and closures, public transit deserts, monsoon rains and late-night excursions. It became something I could not imagine living without. Then I returned to Eugene. Since 2015, …

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Spaeth: Nassar abused over 265 women. Why didn’t we catch him sooner?

The atrocity of sexual misconduct in national sports organizations goes beyond Larry Nassar, a recently convicted serial child molester who was part of the USA Gymnastics organization. Nassar and others involved are currently under fire, but we have only skimmed the surface of the rot that is defined as the …

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