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A New Group on Campus: Active Minds

-Mike Munoz

If you didn’t walk past the EMU last Wednesday, then I’m guessing you didn’t see the abnormal shoe display in the amphitheater.

In order to raise awareness of the 1,200 college students who die by suicide each year, a student-run organization known as Active Minds (along with help from the Suicide Prevention Team) built this creative display where shoes were laid out in the middle of the amphitheater in honor of Stomp out the Silence Day. It stirred curiosity amongst students, including me; and as one of their first major university campaigns, they are quickly spreading awareness and grabbing people’s attention.

Active Minds is a national organization devoted to changing how others think about mental health and illness. They encourage open conversations in comfortable environments on college campuses throughout North America. By holding campus-wide events, Active Minds hopes to help students become more educated and open about mental health disorders and to aid those who suffer from mental health problems.

There are many chapters on college campuses across the country dedicated to this cause; and while the UO chapter is fairly new, they are quickly establishing themselves and their cause and encouraging students to get more involved.

UO’s Active Minds held many events last week for Stomp Out the Stigma Week: a week dedicated to destroying the negative associations that go along with mental illness. They had a film showing of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” on Tuesday, the shoe display on Wednesday, and as a big finale, they held an “Awkward Social” party on Friday night.

Active Minds frequently tables outside the EMU to educate others, but they really stepped up their game with last week’s activities. And even though they are a recently formed chapter, I have a feeling we will be hearing and seeing a lot more of them within the next year!

The Paper Cup Demise

-Tamara Feingold

There’s something about holding that venti-sized paper cup with a cardboard sleeve that I just can’t get enough of.

I’m not going to lie, I texted about five friends in panic when Starbucks updated its cup design last March without warning me. Needless to say, I’m a drip coffee with a little bit of half-and-half and Splenda connoisseur and there’s nothing that says “I’m ready for class” like a good strong cup o’ joe. It’s the last dirty little un-environmentally-friendly habit I’ve hung on to. I ride my bike, don’t use paper towels, and carry reusable grocery bags. I judge people with Hummers.

But when I walked into The Buzz coffeehouse on campus a couple of weeks ago, my usual twenty-ounce drip coffee was $2.75. A little steep for a black cup of java, right? Right. That’s because The Fishbowl, The Buzz, and Union Market have all adopted a new pricing plan:

Use a disposable paper cup: You pay the beverage price plus 50 cents

Use a reusable mug: You pay the beverage price minus 50 cents

As attached as I am to that status symbol of steaming joy, this new payment plan is irresistibly sensible. The concept, which is the result of a recent contest hosted in the EMU called Fifty for Five Thousand, includes all profits from the paper cup tax returning to future sustainability projects.

For those of you hoping to save some money without carting a travel mug around campus all day, fear not. There’s an Adopt-a-Mug program allowing students to use a mug stocked by the coffee shop.

What’s so wrong with an occasional paper cup of coffee, you ask? Usually, the coffee cups aren’t made from recycled paper and the plastic coating that keeps your beverage warm also means it ends up in a landfill. According to the Environment Action Association, Americans consume about 400 million cups of coffee per day, which is disturbingly comedic.

If nothing else can get to poor college students, it’s a raise in prices. Especially in coffee, which I consider to be vital to the finals/no sleep/early classes experience that is the University of Oregon.

For that reason, as I sit in The Buzz listening to The Black Keys I’m sipping out of my brand new, twelve ounce, stainless steel with a screw lid and mug full of piping hot coffee. And if I, a diehard daily paper cup fiend, can switch over, so can the rest of Eugene.

NOTE: 12 OZ coffee mug not recommended for true coffee drinkers. What was I thinking? Someone get me a 20 OZ for my birthday.

Underrated On-Campus Study Spots

-Mike Munoz

With just over half of the winter term behind us and midterms and exams in full effect, finding an open spot in the Knight Library has gone from a simple task to an hour long journey for a seat. After finally giving up on the Knight Library, I began my quest to find the perfect study spot on campus. Here’s a list of the top places on campus to study.


Located on the far south west side of the UO campus, the HEDCO building goes largely unnoticed by students who aren’t music or education majors. At just under two years of age, the building is one of the newest additions to the campus and provides a great study spot for students looking to escape large crowds. With a café and a lounge area with a fireplace, the HEDCO building is a great place to meet with a group or get some reading done. However, be aware that the building is closed on weekends.

EMU Skylight Area

When it comes to study locations, the EMU seems to be a no brainer for most students. With great choices of food in the Fishbowl and the Buzz café downstairs, students have plenty of options for study spots. But perhaps the best place to study in the building is the skylight area. Located just above the ticket office, the skylight area offers multiple levels of countless tables and vending machines, making it an ideal study spot. Despite large crowds during lunch hours, the EMU skylight area always has open areas to study in.

William W Knight Law Center

Chances are that unless you live in the dorms or are heading to a Ducks basketball game, you haven’t spent much time around the William Knight Law Center. Located just across the street from Hayward Field on Agate, the law center seems to fly under most students’ radar. The building features the Wayne Morse Commons study area, where students can quietly work in groups and discuss classes. Just upstairs is home to the John E Jaqua Library, where students can find a quiet area to read or work on an assignment.

Lawrence Hall

As the arts and architecture center at the UO, Lawrence Hall is filled with sculptures, paintings and tons of stressed out architecture students working tirelessly on their projects. Tucked away between Pacific and Allen Hall, Lawrence is a great study location. The second floor is home to the Hearth Wilcox café, which is a very popular study spot for art and architecture students. Students can also find a quiet place to study at the A&AA Library, which is open seven days a week.