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Beneventi: Why we should support the Affordable Care Act

With President Barack Obama’s term winding down, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still a controversial issue in America. While I understand the views of those against the Act, I still believe that it is beneficial for America because it assists those without health insurance. One way the ACA has …

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Marks: A review of National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 had people all over the world celebrating their sexuality. Events were held both locally and globally. The day is supported every year by the Human Rights Campaign, which also provides themes for the day. Furthermore, they have an entire section on their website …

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Robles: Female feminists: We’ve stood, it’s time to walk

“[In the U.S] when you get waited on [in restaurants] they treat males and females as equals, whereas in France they always look to the male,” said Sarah Philippona, business major at the University of Oregon. “I could be with my friend [and] I might be more mature than him …

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Podcast: The “Locker Room Talk” Edition

In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald political columnists Alec Cowan and Zach Moss discuss the second presidential debate and the recent leak of recordings from Donald Trump’s hot mic (during which he shared his lewd remarks about the perks of his celebrity stature), as well as how …

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Cowan: How fear is rigging the election

With one month until election day, all expectations are gone.   The past week of the 2016 presidential election has been dizzying. Numerous tapes of Donald Trump boasting of his exploits have caused many Republicans to back down from their initial support of the candidate, while a new array of …

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Sundberg: We should accept cultural appropriation

A man with brown skin is wearing a sombrero at a Halloween party, he has brown eyes and black hair. However, with a closer look, the man is not Mexican; he is of Ecuadorian descent. If we dig even deeper into his background, we will find out that he grew …

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Cowan: Why the vice presidential debate is actually important

The vice presidential debate is not attractive. Only one is held per election and it features two figures with smaller names and significantly smaller roles than their running mates. Making the debate appealing is difficult, but Tuesday’s provided the best opportunity for voters to see the campaigns’ characterizations of their …

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Marks: What are Hillary and Trump’s stances on LGBTQA+ issues?

With the first presidential debate just behind us, the presidential campaign is heating up. Only a month remains until Oregon residents’ ballots are due. However, despite the election coming up, some of the presidential candidates’ views are still unclear — like what their positions are regarding LGBTQA+ issues. Hillary Clinton’s website …

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Robles: How we can improve study habits for the new school year

Fall term has started and students are revamping their usual study strategies. However, I know that I can’t be the only student who’s ever realized her usual tactics aren’t working. When facing these kinds of struggles, sometimes we are stubborn and we tell ourselves that we’re just going to have …

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Beneventi: Police need to stop shooting first and asking questions later

It seems like fatal shootings by police officers are a rising trend. Within the past three years, shootings in Ferguson, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Charlotte, North Carolina have been controversial because each case involved the shooting of a police officer and killing of an unarmed civilian. The Tulsa case was …

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Marks: Why we should care about Bisexual Visibility Week/Day

Last week was Bisexual Visibility Week, Sept. 19-26, and Bisexual Visibility Day, Sept. 23. The events last seven days and bring awareness to the bisexual community. Bisexual Visibility Day holds the most celebratory activities. Bisexual Visibility Day is a worldwide phenomenon. Portland, Oregon, hosted a retreat for those who are …

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Schucht: Why pockets are sexist

“Hey, can you hold my phone?” Said every girl I’ve ever hung out with, ever. I turn into a walking purse every time I’m with a friend of the opposite sex. People don’t want to have to lug around a giant purse or not wear their favorite clothing, so I …

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Segerstrom: Worth another look: Knight Library murals depict a racist past

The basis for this article is novel. It involves taking the stairs and going to the library. Should you find yourself doing these two somewhat antiquated activities you will run into another relic of a different time. I recently interviewed Kevin Bourgault, who received a Ph.D. in Education at the …

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Ask Braedon: How do you keep a romance going?

Q: Whenever I like someone, when I find out they like me back, I end up not liking them as much. How do I keep up the romance? -Gertrude Romance Lincoln IV Dear Gertrude, We want to be with people who are too good for us. We dream of the …

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Beneventi: We should support Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem

Kneeling during the national anthem is an attention-grabbing form of protest. Started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick, kneeling is a protest against the police shootings of black Americans Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in July. Since Kaepernick’s kneeling was recognized by the media earlier this month, there has been much debate on whether …

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Jimmy Fallon blurs the lines between entertainment and politics

Outrage was kindled this past week as Jimmy Fallon, the iconic “Late Night Show” host, ran his comedic fingers through Donald Trump’s well-known hair. Donald Trump was the first nominee this cycle to appear on his show, and the antics produced waves of criticism, mainly asking the question: Why did …

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The Queer Feminist Guide To the Olympics

The Olympics has a long history of LGBTQA+ discrimination and sexism. The Olympic games were first held in 1896, in Athens, Greece. Women were first permitted to compete in the 1900 Paris games, in lawn tennis and golf, but athletics and gymnastics were not added until 1928. Until this summer, …

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Speak for the Trees and Never Cry Wolf: former UO law student litigates on behalf of the environment

Nick Cady, a University of Oregon Law School Alumnus and the Legal Director for Eugene-based nonprofit Cascadia Wildlands, dedicates himself to the protection of Oregon’s natural resources and wildlife. Drawn to UO for its public interest law program, Cady left his home state of Missouri for Eugene in 2009 and has been planting …

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Moss: Gun Control – Common Sense that Isn’t Common Knowledge

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” – U.S. Second Amendment  Ironically, most people who talk about the second amendment forget the first clause that emphasizes a “well-regulated” militia. What would you …

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Solutions: Take a step forward and change the names

An important population of students are offended that two UO buildings are named for historical figures who held racist views. Roughly a year after the Black Student Task Force demanded that UO President Michael Schill rename Deady and Dunn Halls, the community is still debating whether the names should be …

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Solutions: The imaginary cost of dining hall theft

The New York Times reported that students from Columbia University stole $5,000 in Nutella over just one week in March 2013. At Duke, swiping goods with the aid of hidden containers is so prevalent that USA Today termed it “tupping.” Here at University of Oregon, where 4500 Ducks eat an …

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Solutions: Can administration prevent those pesky power outages?

A power outage struck a significant portion of campus in the afternoon on July 13, cutting electricity in 19 buildings. It wasn’t a major disaster, but students, faculty and staff felt the consequences of the six-hour affair. The library closed, classes ended early and unsaved work vanished. It caused more than a few …

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Cowan: The true power of Donald Trump

This past month, the allegedly distant dream of Donald Trump’s candidacy became an undeniable reality as the New York businessman successfully captured the delegate count to secure the Republican nomination. Since its initial arrival, smiling on a shining escalator, the Trump campaign has drawn millions of voters into the roomy …

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Weekly Pond(er) Finals Week: heat, men’s golf, RIP Muhammad Ali, Stanford sexual assault case

If you can’t take the heat, go to the river and wear a life jacket. Sulman Raza and the rest of UO men’s golf pull of their first ever NCAA Championship win. The Greatest passed away, leaving behind an American legacy. Everyone’s talking about it, as we all very well should be: Brock Turner and the Stanford sexual assault case.

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Moss: Does Islam want a holy war?

Violence in the name of Islam is a topic of every commercial news outlet. Furthermore, groups like ISIS feed the idea that Islam supports violence through the last 90 terrorist attacks in 21 countries over the last year that have resulted in nearly 1,400 people killed. Although the talk of …

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Weekly Pond(er) Week 10: Cincinnati Zoo, National Spelling Bee co-win, UO golf excitement, extreme pollen count

There once was a zoo that killed a harmless gorilla. The National Spelling Bee competition ended with two young boys taking home the championship title. UO men’s golf makes it to NCAA finals thanks to Sulman Raza. “Achoo-gene” is no joke.

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Grad Guide 2016: Eugene breweries you can’t miss

With the Pacific Northwest being full of breweries and gastropubs, there is always an interesting craft beer to try. Here’s a list of the best microbrews that are currently on tap here in Eugene. Ninkasi Brewing Company – Take a tour of the brewery and see the work that goes …

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Robles: Considering the eligibility of women as deacons

Last month, Pope Francis created a commission to study the eligibility of women as deacons of the Catholic Church. This announcement was symbolic in the pope’s activism towards social issues and the changes that he has been making during his time as pope. This step may seem far from progressive in …

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Yearly Pond(er) 2015-16: When your peers motivate you

As a graduating senior, my four years at UO have been full of both the good and the bad, but this last year especially has given me an inspirational push I never expected. *cries happy tears across graduation stage*

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Grad Guide 2016: Tips for cap decorating

With graduation right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear. For those that are creative and want to personalize their graduation garb, decorating your cap is the perfect way to go. So without further ado, here are some ideas to help you stand …

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