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Cowan: The tokenization of Ta-Nehisi Coates

When the University of Oregon selected Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me for this year’s common reading book, there was a boiling optimism. A now-staple of contemporary literature, the book is being used in classrooms around the country to energize a discussion on a subject that Oregon has always …

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Segerstrom: The Authoritarian Handbook, media

The following text was recovered from under a burning pile of books and U.S. constitutions. It is a partial copy and a team of forensic scientists are working to piece together the remaining sections. They are real moments taken from the ascendency of an apparent demagogue. As they work to …

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Manggala: Reset the Code falls short with some students

2017 welcomed students and faculty with posters, banners and stickers that all had the famous 95_, a number that all students, staff and faculty have on their University of Oregon IDs. Wherever you went, the 95_ was there. It followed you to your classroom, your job, your favorite corner to …

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Marks: Why I didn’t attend the Women’s March

Approximately 4 million people all over the world took to the streets on Jan. 21, marching in protest of President Trump’s inauguration. When I first heard about the Women’s March, I was excited and intrigued. I’ve tried to be politically active whenever the opportunity arises, and this was definitely an …

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Yang: Upgrade your new phone to an old book

A lot has happened since the last time you posted your food on Instagram. For one, Guy Montag, from Fahrenheit 451, has officially begun to challenge the society in which he lives. Anastasia Steele, from Fifty Shades of Grey, is beginning to understand that she is not as innocent as she, along …

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Sundberg: Expand the definition of American

Being an “American” is an identity and name that many citizens and residents of the United States use to identify themselves. It is used exclusively in popular culture, literature and journalism in reference to the citizens of this country of 318.9 million. Being American is synonymous with being a part …

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Souza: OSPIRG campaigns for local change

“Together we can make change happen,” reads OSPIRG’s slogan. No truer words could be said about this inspirational and hardworking organization. OSPIRG (short for Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group) is a completely student run organization. It devotes itself to social change through researching issues and advocating for solutions. It …

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Marks: The duality of California’s travel prohibition

California, ranked sixth among the top ten most liberal states in America, has taken another stride in the direction of topping the list. On Sept. 27, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1887. The bill forbids any taxpayer funded travel to Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, all states …

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Robles: Understanding hate crime

Due to the recent chill of our political climate, there have been multiple incidents that have been astounding to discover. These incidents, which were quickly deemed as hate crimes, were performed by different members of different political parties. Although many of the actions performed may be full of hate and …

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Souza: Tuition meeting provides important opportunity

Tuition and school fees are steadily towering over college students. Moreover, these debt inducing prices are often intangible and without direct information from the administration. Luckily, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon will be holding a Tuition and Fees Advisory Board (TFAB) meeting this Tuesday from 6 p.m. …

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Segerstrom: Resisting racism, lessons from Sessions to Shurtz

Since President-Elect Trump nominated Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, serious fears have risen about Sessions’ stated policies and history of questionable judgment. These concerns led to direct non-violent action by protestors at Sessions’ Alabama office, which resulted in six arrests, including the arrest of the National President of the NAACP, …

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Sundberg: McDonald’s overlooked communities

McDonald’s is the rock for American society. It is not a local community center run with government funds which boast a wide array of programs and events for little or no cost. It is not the public library with free books, DVDs, CDs and even video games to borrow. No, …

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Souza: Elephants safe from poachers, but not zoos

World Elephant Day, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dramatically decreasing population of elephants, explains, “The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants.” Elephants of the wild and those in captivity, such …

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Marks: New Texas Privacy Act fights an old war

The legislation that discriminates against transgender people was introduced Jan. 5. “It’s the right thing to do,” stated Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick at a press conference regarding the Texas Privacy Act.  Patrick, a conservative Christian, considers it a priority and an investment in the privacy and safety of Texans. The Texas …

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Sundberg: U.S. needs a more involved foreign policy

By Mateo Sundberg Peace, stability and prosperity. Those are words that describe the ideal world that we the people, people of every nation, strive to achieve. The difficult question is how we achieve, sustain and spread these ideals to every corner of the earth. Multiple attempts have been made to …

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Marks: Why straight allies are not part of the LGBTQIA+ community

There’s no denying it — the acronym for the queer community has gotten long. This has become a source of confusion for some people, especially those who aren’t part of the queer community. However, I find myself increasingly obligated to let people know that the “A” in LGBTQIA+ does not …

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Souza: New budget increase hits everyone

On Dec. 1, Oregon Governor Kate Brown released the FY 2017-19 budget proposal for Oregon’s seven public universities. The proposal is made for flat funding among the seven Oregon public universities. Boring? So what, who cares? Well, if you are any part of the UO community, whether past, present or …

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Sundberg: Universities must diversify their ideas

By Mateo Sundberg Over one year ago, the Black Student Task Force released a list of twelve demands for the University of Oregon administration to address campus issues surrounding diversity and tolerance. One of the demands, demand number six, was a request for the University of Oregon to commit to …

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Marks: Stop policing trans bodies

When I first came out as a nonbinary transgender person, I was not prepared for the amount of policing other people would soon perform regarding my body, my looks and how I express myself. By policing, I mean trying to tell me what to do and how to do it. …

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Souza: DAPL protests victorious, but for how long?

“The water protectors have done it. This is a monumental victory in the fight to protect indigenous rights and sovereignty,” said Lilian Molina, a Greenpeace spokeswoman, after the Army called off the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction through the Missouri river on Sunday. According to CNN, the DAPL is “ …

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Marks: How Trump’s presidency will affect the LGBTQIA+ community

I spent the night of the 2016 presidential election with my partner, hoping to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s win. However, by midnight, the election had been called. Trump had won. I couldn’t believe it. Over the next two days, I was in too much of a daze of anxiety for the …

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Souza: Dying earth: UO Thompson’s University Center doesn’t recycle

The three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) is a concept taught from elementary age of how to save our planet. Recycling is a simple way of living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Anyone who visits the UO campus can easily see that it is an institution committed to the green way. However, ironically, …

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Robles: Can safety pins really make a difference?

You may have noticed a spread of pictures in social media newsfeeds of people wearing safety pins on their clothing. The wearing of a safety pin is part of a rising social movement occurring in the United States that started after the presidential election. These safety pins are meant to …

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Souza: Trump against human rights: Pence and pro-life means death of women’s humanity

“I would defund [Planned Parenthood] because I’m pro-life, but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood,” said Donald Trump during a GOP debate in February, 2016, in Houston. Trump’s threats to defund Planned Parenthood are very confusing. He acknowledges that the health center helps “millions and millions of women,” and yet …

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Souza: Trump against human rights: Limiting access to birth control

In civil rights activist Ta-Nehisi Coates’s memoir, he states, “What we must never do is willingly hand over our own bodies or the bodies of our friends.” The cries of women for their human right to govern their body has intensified throughout America as they refuse to hand themselves over …

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Segerstrom: No Mr. President, we won’t let you

A principle of democracy is that governments rule by the consent of the governed. So what are we to do with a president who doesn’t respect the concept of consent? Donald Trump, who ran a campaign that closely resembled an insult comic tour — ‘Tired Jeb,’ ‘Little Marco,’ ‘Lyin Ted’ …

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Marks: How to be a moral slut

Polyamory is becoming an increasingly prevalent form of relationship in our society. However, there is a significant stigma around polyamorous relationships. The purpose of this column is to debunk some common myths about polyamory and explain how a healthy polyamorous relationship works. Polyamory is the practice of being involved with …

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Decklar: Feminism damages body images

Think “feminism.” Think “body image.” What do you see? You may see a woman who covers her body with the sole purpose of modesty. You may hear the thoughts of a woman who is confident in her body, but not her sexuality. According to the media, women must be thin …

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Cowan: What Trump wants to do in his first 100 days

With the election passed, the future of Donald Trump’s America is now in view. What voters can presently look to is “Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter,” a 100 day plan released by the Trump campaign in late October. The plan contains three major reforms: cleaning up Washington, protecting …

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Souza: Why kids should be taught about sexual assault

Sexual abuse incidents can be seen throughout the world, haunting the past of victims and looming in the future of today’s children. Furthermore despite the United States having a strong hold on women’s rights and strict laws against sexual abuse, such abuse still exists. According to The National Domestic Violence …

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