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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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Adkins: Does local media represent regular citizens?

The day after Christmas, I turned on the local news for background noise — something to fill the quiet house while my parents were out grocery shopping. I wasn’t really listening until a particular breaking news update caught my attention: a mom and daughter were killed in Lake Oswego on …

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Colussi: How the Women’s March excludes women of color

The second annual Women’s March took place around the country on January 20; over 300,000 people marched in Chicago alone. The first Women’s March came under fire for excluding women of color and other marginalized groups due to lack of focus on issues affecting women of color, and while organizers …

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Guest: Happy Anniversary, Cascadia!

Today, January 26, 2018 marks the 318th anniversary of the most recent monster earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ).  In the past 6,000 years or so, these quakes of magnitude 8 or 9 have occurred every 202 years on average.  Only once in that period of time has the …

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Yanez: How to choose a minor without wasting gen ed credits

Previously, I called for the University of Oregon to cut general education requirements. Of course, it’s not so simple; we are legally required to have these general education credits in order for the university to remain accredited. This requirement may encourage some students to take the classes that allow them …

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Fernandez-Alvarado: Let’s talk about the bedroom

The news about Aziz Ansari was beyond uncomfortable. The 3,000-word story of a 22-year-old photographer named Grace — not her real name — is a detailed account of a night of aggressive, selfish behavior by comedian and creator Ansari. Ansari did not commit a sexual felony, but he did violate …

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Griggs: #MeToo: class and elitism

The #MeToo movement, while being a good introduction to the problem of sexual assault for many Americans, has received extensive media coverage focusing solely on Hollywood scandals impacting rich, typically white, celebrities. But can progressivism really be embraced and understood by people who benefit so richly from our current capitalist …

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Charles: How do Eugenians feel about the #MeToo movement?

This weekend was the second annual Women’s March, which launched last year on January 20. And even though the forecast said it would pour, I wasn’t going to let anything rain on my parade. I went downtown to the Eugene Federal Courthouse before the march started, and asked several participants …

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Marks: Why can’t we figure out consent?

Two main causes are at the root of many of the sexual assault and harassment allegations littering the news. One of them, more difficult to control, is people not listening to “no.” The other, which everyone has perpetuated, is miscommunication. The latest story that’s been circulating is of a young …

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Fernandez-Alvarado: Anti-immigrant graffiti near campus is part of a much bigger issue

On the corner of East 13th Avenue and Alder Street, anti-immigrant graffiti showed up on the concrete base of the Great Blue Heron statue. “Deport them all” was written with chalk on the statue as well as pro-Trump messages.   These anti-immigrant messages have been showing up on and around …

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Charles: You should become an activist this year

It’s 2018. You absolutely need to get off your butt and engage in some kind of activism. It is our collective apathy and complacency which enabled Donald Trump to become president. Yes, we are all, in some way, a little bit culpable. Youth between 18 and 24 have a lower …

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Colussi: New marijuana decision spells trouble for Oregon

“I thought those guys [the Ku Klux Klan] were OK until I learned they smoked pot.” Meet Jeff Sessions, the Trump Administration’s Attorney General. He later said he was kidding, but the basics of his message are true: he sympathizes with white supremacists and is extremely anti-marijuana. He recently made …

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Fernandez-Alvarado: Latinxs can fill the seats, why can’t they fill the screens?

Many people saw Coco, but not everyone saw the film through a Mexican/Latinx lens. To see Coco through that lens would be to sigh a relief (in my case a cry) at finally seeing yourself represented in film. The Disney castle with the mariachi theme in the opening credits made …

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Yanez: It’s time to lower the drinking age

In an effort to reduce alcoholism, a few state lawmakers in Wisconsin are trying to lower the drinking age from 21 to 19. While the National Minimum Drinking Age Act is responsible for the 21 year age restriction, quite a few states allow minors to consume alcohol in private residences …

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Yanez: UO should cut general education requirements

It’s time to have a serious conversation about the content of a college education. In the U.S., most colleges and universities require students to take general education classes, commonly referred to as “gen eds.” Nearly two-thirds of a college education at the University of Oregon is general education. General education …

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Colussi: The student conduct double standard

We all know how important sports are to our university. The athletic department brings in hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Our basketball team made it to the Final Four last year, which is a huge accomplishment considering the UO hasn’t made it to the Final Four in 78 …

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Adkins: 9 things I love most about the UO

As an opinion columnist, I often look at the University of Oregon with a critical eye. I search for faults that need fixing, issues that need addressing and something to take a stand on. However, every now and then, I find myself wanting to express my gratitude for this strange …

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Charles: Why you should start saving in your 20s

I’ll be the first to admit that I really sucked at saving money when I was twenty; it’s still a challenge. One hundred dollars in the bank back then meant that I had $100 to spend. I opened up free trials, which I would completely forget to cancel and then …

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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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