Opinion

On-campus diner lauds fresh produce

As a freshman, my biggest source of food is Carson or Hamilton. I also frequent the Dux Bistro and Panda Express. While the UO does supply a healthy dose of fruits and veggies, my Oregonian roots still thirst for fresh produce. When I heard about a farmers market coming to …

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Opinion

Outlasting the bullies

Bullies usually quit after you fight back. Sometimes, for student journalists, a little reinforcement from the big kids is necessary. That’s what happened when professional sports reporters from ESPN and Sports Illustrated stood up for student sportswriters at the University of Montana, who had been blacklisted by the football coach …

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Opinion

Progress is more than economic

Try this. Take the most loaded, nebulous and generic emotional concept you can think of — let’s say “happiness.” Now measure it. Your results may be more confounding than useful, but they will make good blog fodder. It may seem like an ambitious task, but this is exactly what Wharton …

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Chickenpox case on campus; health center advises caution

E-mails were sent out Thursday morning to select students on campus warning of a confirmed case of chickenpox in their classes. Mike Eyster, director of the University Health Center, sent out the e-mail advising students to contact the health center if physical symptoms of a rash and/or fever appear in …

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Opinion

OSPIRG loses its home

The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group was dealt another blow Tuesday when the EMU Board of Directors delivered notice that OSPIRG’s file cabinets have to be cleared from its spot in the east side of the EMU, its professional staff can no longer use incidental fee-funded resources and a …

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Opinion

Ticketing system unfit for student demand

Once again, I’ve failed to acquire my football ticket for Saturday, this time for what promises to be one of the great NCAA football matchups of this season. This is through no fault of my own, but is due to the inadequacy of the online ticketing system. I am told …

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Opinion

Media needs to investigate Taser incidents thoroughly

Surprise, surprise, a new Taser incident to be investigated. Unfortunately, those who predicted Taser troubles for EPD and the City of Eugene were ignored. Now the City Council has rushed to dilute the effectiveness of the Civilian Review Board by working to exclude the only effective members and stacking the …

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Opinion

All students deserve the chance to cheer on their football team

I suppose I am one of thousands of students locked out from receiving a student football ticket even though I have queued online at the proper time every week. The system is broken. Actually, I believe that every student should be able to get a ticket for the game if …

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Opinion

Putting the smart in smartphone

There is an image that I imagine is in the minds of all the coders behind Google’s smartphone operating system (OS) project: an android reaching upwards with its extendable arm to pluck an apple from a tree. Android is designed specifically to tackle the mobile OS market and to compete …

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Opinion

Public deserves EPD Taser truth

Another academic year, another student shocked with a Taser by the Eugene Police Department. This time seems frightfully less justified than last time, when anti-pesticide protester Ian Van Ornum was stunned twice during a demonstration in downtown Eugene. Though it didn’t seem electric shock was required for him to be …

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Opinion

350: A choice of Herculean scope

Science and politics. On the one hand you have observable and verifiable fact (no, I’m not talking about how Congress seemingly never does anything) and the other is a battlefield where everyone talks but no one listens. Quite the inauspicious pairing if you are someone who would like to see …

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Opinion

Average taxpayer helps support hidden cost of food stamps

With regards to Anna Helland’s front-page article concerning food stamps (“Stamps ease burden,” ODE, Oct. 22), I feel you missed an opportunity to explain where this money comes from and to provide another viewpoint. Scott Wells, when referring to the aid he receives each month, says, “It’s free, and it …

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Opinion

Climate summit could rally OSPIRG

It made sense to see ASUO Sens. Jeremy Blanchard and Zachary Stark-MacMillan wearing light green PowerShift shirts at Wednesday night’s Senate meeting, especially because they have been organizing the regional environmental conference and there was a funding request for the event before Senate that night. But I was skeptical when …

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

Students deserve accurate news

There’s a lot of debate surrounding Oregon’s upcoming special election. However, it’s well-established that voters need accurate information if they’re going to make informed decisions. On Oct. 20, an article titled “Tax increase may hurt University funding” ran in the Oregon Daily Emerald that contained some significant factual inaccuracies about …

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Referendum story obscures reality

As a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology who studies the politics of ballot initiatives in Oregon, I am very familiar with how spokespeople for and against various measures use slick talking points and evocative media imagery to make their cases to a larger public. But while it is true that initiative …

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Letters to the EditorOpinion

University needs civil ethics course

The University offers a plethora of courses geared to meeting students’ educational needs and stimulating their interests in diverse subjects. But one important course is missing and should be required of all students — civic ethics. The course should include sections on government systems, laws, politics, cultures, customs, religions, and …

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Opinion

Intervention needed in ‘Cheesy Griller’ debacle

Residence hall life is under attack. Only last weekend, the poor students at Harvard University had their weekday hot breakfast options taken away. But before that, right here at the University, a far worse travesty occurred in residence hall dining. The famous — perhaps even infamous — Cheesy Griller served …

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Opinion

Players in a game of disciplines

Take a breather from discussing Obama and his maybe-a-little-bit-unearned Nobel Peace Prize. Another Nobel Laureate made a big splash last week: Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics. Let’s be clear: Ostrom has not triumphed as a woman in mathematics or traditional economics. She comes …

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Opinion

Are slates to blame?

Five ASUO senators have resigned since the 2009-2010 Senate began in June, vacating a quarter of the body’s twenty seats. Two resignations — those of finance senator Jessica Jones and academic senator Ryan Lassi — occurred in the past two school days. In the fourth week of fall term more …

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Opinion

Jump-start the change on Wednesday night

“Jump-Start the Vehicle of Change,” (ODE, Oct. 19), is right — NOW is the time for you to get involved in climate issues! Without a real strong push from us, we are headed toward a dreary destructive climate future. We will bear the greatest blow from climate chaos and we …

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Opinion

White privilege mars debate

Ben Eckstein’s recent commentary is a really great example of white privilege. Eckstein argues in his commentary that he is American, but he is also “Native American,” and because he is Native American and white he understands the issue and controversy of Columbus Day. One issue is that Columbus Day …

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Opinion

Celebrating 7, a solid system

Windows 7 launches this Thursday. Wait, Windows 7? Hold the phone, didn’t we just upgrade to Windows Vista? Well, maybe we didn’t, judging by Microsoft’s sales figures and that in less than three years it is releasing a revamp of its last operating system, that I lovingly tell my friends …

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Opinion

Despite lie, Fairey’s photo use fair

Now that Shepard Fairey, the self-styled intrepid street artist whose iconic rendering of Barack Obama in red, white and blue with “Hope” emblazoned below his face, has admitted to lying and destroying evidence about which Associated Press photograph he used for his poster, he has needlessly harmed a strong case …

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Opinion

Jump-start the vehicle of change

Welcome to the new school week! After a long weekend of working, partying, sleeping or whatever it is you pass the hours doing, I think a Monday metaphor is in line to get our brains back on the path to scholarship. So here goes. In a representative political system, government …

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Opinion

Don’t ask, don’t tell, just act

On National Coming Out Day this past Monday, more than 80 students signed their names to a list that appeared on the back page of the Emerald. The list declared the students, along with professors, co-workers, alumni and friends, among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer members of our …

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Opinion

Pedaling away from patriarchy

If women in Eugene are afraid of bicycling, it’s not immediately or visually apparent. Around campus, cool bikes have become functional and ubiquitous fashion accessories across the gender spectrum. Still, on the national level, men out-bike women two to one. Even in Portland, which the League of American Bicyclists ranked …

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Opinion

This Senate needs resolution

The biggest news to come out of this year’s ASUO Senate may not be how much budgets increase or who files grievances against whom. What could be making headlines, from this newspaper to Fox News Channel, is a newfound appreciation for the power of the resolution. Resolutions are “the only …

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Opinion

Columbus Day poses constant struggle

As an American, there are few things in my country’s history that I am as ashamed of as our treatment of American Indians. There is no excuse for the disaster, disease and degradation to which our forefathers and the European explorers who preceded them subjected entire populations of indigenous peoples. …

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Opinion

Sticking it to consumers

Microsoft’s new deal is like getting the Microshaft. Microsoft recently filed for a patent on time-based licensing, labeled “open value subscriptions,” that would allow Microsoft to charge for its software on a subscription plan. Did Microsoft really invent subscription-based software usage? You’ve probably heard of online video games, such as …

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Opinion

It’s time to move forward

Now that the ASUO Constitution Court has dismissed the grievance by which former presidential candidate Michelle Haley sought to remove President Emma Kallaway from office, maybe we can move on to more important matters and start behaving as adults. In a unanimous and unsigned opinion, the court found that Haley …

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