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Back to the Books: Tips for transfer students on how to triumph over their first year at UO

As a new year starts, many wide- eyed new students will be experiencing the campus in a rush of new classes, new rules, and plenty of ins and outs to adjust to. While the traditional freshman student will feel this more than most, there’s a group of students who will …

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Back to the Books: Dorm Breakdown

With a wealth of dorm experiences — both good, bad and everywhere in between — Emerald staffers are here to pass on some wisdom. Check out the Emerald’s dorm by dorm breakdown of the university’s residence halls below. Global Scholars Hall College dorms are usually pretty barren. Not GSH. It …

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Q&A with comic studies professor Michael Allan

  COLT 370: Comparative Literature – “Comics, Colonialism, and Images of Empire” What goes on: Analyze cultural representations through the graphical narratives of Tintin, Babar, Frank Miller’s “300,” Joe Sacco’s “Palestine” and Ari Folman’s “Waltz with Bashir.” When it’s offered: winter 2016. Credits: 4. Hours in class per week: 2 hours, …

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Back to the Books: Free student resources

The average University of Oregon student graduates with almost $25,000 in debt, so it’s never too early to start saving (or, at the very least, avoiding overdraft fees on your bank statement). We don’t have the secret to financial wellbeing, but you won’t have to venture far beyond 13th Avenue …

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Back to the Books: What game day means to Oregon football fans

To every individual associated with the University of Oregon, whether they are an incoming freshman or an 80-year-old diehard fan, football game days in Eugene are something special for all. Combine the rich history of Oregon football with the atmosphere and exquisite scenery surrounding Autzen Stadium and campus, and you’ll …

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Back to the Books: Guide to campus buildings and locations

Lokey Science Complex Spread out over 10 buildings, The Lokey Science Complex is a major research hub at the university. Labs that use sensitive equipment, like nanotechnology and MRI machines, are located under a courtyard to minimize vibrations. Miller Theater Complex Home to the Robinson and Hope Theaters, the Miller …

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Back to the Books: Guide to the residence hall food options

When it comes to eating on campus, the number of dining options can be daunting. Whether you’re a freshman navigating college for the first time, or a senior who’s had Jimmy John’s for lunch a few too many times, dining in the campus residence halls is an appetizing and often convenient option. Use …

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Back to the Books: Guide to coffee shops around campus

The late EMU’s basement café, The Buzz, a venue for stand-up comedy, slam poetry and open-mic nights, closed its doors near the end of the winter 2015 term after 15 years in business. It has since been supplanted by corporate coffee overlord Starbucks, which opened on Monday, Sept. 21 in …

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Back to the Books: A three-step guide to fall intramural sports

**Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Back to the Books” edition, which is currently available in locations throughout Eugene.** Maybe you played sports in high school, but now that you’re attending a Division I university, you’re afraid that organized sports are going to be a thing of …

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Back to the Books: Q&A with “Understanding Disney” professor Daniel Steinhart

**Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Back to the Books” edition, which is currently available in locations throughout Eugene.** Journalism 412: Understanding Disney What goes on: Analyze the scope of the massive Walt Disney empire, which covers properties from ESPN to Lucasfilm, a TV and radio station …

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Campus decision makers: Connecting the dots from UO administration to ASUO

**Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Back to the Books” edition, which is currently available in locations throughout Eugene.** Much like our nation’s federal government, you can separate the levels of power at the University of Oregon into three branches: administration, faculty and students. Administration: Board of …

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Back to the Books: How to get involved with Oregon club sports

**Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Back to the Books” edition, which is currently available in locations throughout Eugene.** Since March 2014, the club sports office at the University of Oregon has resided in the frigid hallways of McArthur Court. While the printer spits papers onto the cold …

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Dalton: What I wish I knew as a freshman

**Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Emerald’s “Back to the Books” edition, which is currently available in locations throughout Eugene.** Freshmen year inevitably includes an abundance of firsts. It’s your first night in the dorms, your first college class and your first time doing laundry. But what truly …

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Back to the Books: Where each Oregon sport ranks nationally

**Editor’s note: This story will appear in the Emerald’s “Back to the Books” edition, available Monday in locations throughout Eugene.** Even the most casual observer of college sports knows that the Oregon football program is thriving. Oregon football has played in 10 straight bowl games, including a record four consecutive BCS bowls …

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Back to the Books: New to Eugene? Here are the best places to catch a flick

**Editor’s note: This story will appear in the Emerald’s “Back to the Books” edition, available Monday in locations throughout Eugene.** When you’re in a new city, the first thing you’ve got to do is locate the essentials. Where are you going to grab a morning latte? What’s the first stop …

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Black Lives Matter, Spanglish and Meditation – Interesting courses to look out for this year

This year, you can enroll in some standard courses like Political Science 101: “Modern World Governments,” or Music 125: “Understanding Music” or even History 101: “Western Civilization.” Or you can go bananas with your financial aid and reach for more obscure choices such as Poli-Sci 346: “Terrorism and Weapons Proliferation,” …

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Q&A: UO Board of Trustees chair Chuck Lillis on the role of the board and future of the univeristy

Chuck Lillis is the chairman for the University of Oregon’s new Board of Trustees. Lillis grew up in Kansas City and has his bachelors and masters degrees in business administration from the University of Washington, and went on to receive his doctorate from the UO. He has spent years in business academia as the former dean …

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Q&A: Bryan Haunert explains the Student Recreation Center renovation

Associate director of facilities, operations and services at the University of Oregon Student Recreation Center Bryan Haunert,  recently took a tour of the Midwest along with a group of about eight members in hopes of one day building a top notch facility. In January of 2015, incoming freshmen, as well …

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Get lost in Eugene’s downtown ‘Barmuda Triangle’

For seasoned Eugenians, the downtown bar scene is synonymous with its namesake: The Barmuda Triangle. It’s a relatively small area that’s easy to get lost in and you’ll likely lose part of your evening as well. The guide below should help you navigate the infamous area without trepidation. Jameson’s Bar …

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You’ll be sick of these songs by the end of fall term

Pop music thrives in the summer. Better weather and more free time means more parties, and more parties means more bangers. But once the leaves begin to fall and the grindstone starts turning once again, only the songs of the summer will remain, incongruously bouncing around our heads and thwarting …

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Back to the Books: These are the shows you have to binge watch before the first day of school

Okay, so you’ve watched every episode of “Doctor Who,” “Gossip Girl” and “Sons of Anarchy” that Netflix has to offer. But there’s a whole world out there of old and off-beat television that you haven’t even touched. If you’re looking for a way to kill the last week before classes …

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Back to the Books: Like a good neighbor, don’t have 100-person ragers at your house on a Monday night

Duck fans are known for getting rowdy after a home game. Walk down any street in the West University Neighborhood after Oregon routs an opponent and it’s pretty obvious that people love football, sometimes loudly and obnoxiously. When you combine a Duck win with the last weekend of the summer, …

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Back to the Books: Welcome to the best years of your life

I’ve been to a sorority house on three occasions, and each was accompanied by copious amounts of pie and a serenade by On the Rocks. I’ve never lived in the residence halls. And I’ve certainly never experienced what it’s like to share a house with five other guys. Sure, we …

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Lewis Integrative Science Building a sustainable masterpiece

The Lewis Integrative Science Building at the University is one of the most expensive ever built at the University of Oregon. It is also one of the most impressive, with a slew of green engineering marvels contained in its 100,000 square feet. Standing in the atrium surrounded by windows on …

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Five of the best restaurants across the street from campus

1. Caspian Mediterranean Restaurant In the event hunger strikes, Caspian is the go-to place for a great deal and huge selection. Advertised as specializing in Mediterranean food, Caspian carries specialties like lamb and chicken gyros, kabobs and tabouli salad. However, if middle eastern cuisine isn’t your thing, they’ve got everything from …

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Head out to McDonald Theatre and Cuthbert Auditorium for some big names soon touring through Eugene

Sept. 25 – Mac Miller with Travis Porter and YG Tuesday, 7 p.m. Admission: $35 – $40 Location: Cuthbert Amphitheater   Sept. 26 – Train Special guests Mat Kearney & Andy Grammer Wednesday, 7 p.m. Admission: $44.50 advance; $50 door Location: Cuthbert Amphitheater   Sept. 28 – The Shins Special …

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Five ways to make your house party-ready for Friday night

Party hard or go home You know that big white house on 17th and Hilyard? Or 14th and Patterson? Beer cans and party cups everywhere and it looks like they have more furniture on their front porch than they do inside? The West University neighborhood has a lot to offer …

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Four things you packed that you won't use in dorm life

Some of the items you hauled all the way to Eugene will sit pretty and collect dust throughout the year. But don’t worry, everyone else has them, too. Surprisingly, the finger pad on your laptop actually works pretty well, so that wireless mouse you got will sit on your desk …

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Dressing to impress: The first week of school

Your personal style guide to make a good first impression.  First day of school is overwhelming. Let’s be realistic, no one will pay attention to you. So do not plan on taking more than 30 minutes to get ready. Your options should be sweats, yoga pants, or leggings. Jeans and …

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Take the path less trodden to get through campus more easily

Some tips on what to do – and where to avoid – if you want to get around campus quickly and safely.

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