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Flux Photo Essay: Where To Study

Welcome to finals week! We at the The Pulse are good at many things, and studying is one of them. But you can’t get a good study session going without a good place to settle down. Below you’ll find our favorite places to study on and around campus. Good luck on your tests!



My favorite place to study is the Architecture & Allied Arts Library in Lawrence Hall. I like it because it is one of the quietest spots on campus, and hardly anybody knows about it. Lawrence has a great energy, and the students that hang around there are such hard workers.



When studying, I need to get out of the house, away from distractions like the TV or fridge. I like going to the Knight Library, but it can be chaotic at times with heavy foot traffic. I like to head to the fourth floor and find a desolate corner where I can settle in and focus on studying.



I love studying at Starbucks because there’s the perfect amount of background noise and people that it’s not uncomfortably lonely. It’s a great place to get term papers done and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte.



When it comes to finding places to do a bit of studying in-between classes, I like to find a good place to sit in Lillis. There are many options, but I especially love sitting right outside the cafe located on the first floor. There, I can grab a coffee, turn on my iPod, and focus on work for a bit while people walk through the building on their way to their next destination.


Espresso Roma is my favorite place to study near campus because it’s well lit and always full of other UO students studying. On a grey raining day, it’s a great cozy spot to get work done.


Websites to Check out When You Should Be Studying: Live Animal Webcams

-Laura Lundberg

While every student has to study for finals, or work on final projects at some point, one of the most common things that everyone does (myself included) is procrastinate. And with a variety of TV shows, movies, video games, Facebook, and just hanging out with friends, the real question is: what should we be procrastinating with?

One of my most common answers is “my dose of daily cuteness,” and while most people think that means looking up adorable photos on Reddit Aww, or YouTubeing adorable kitten and puppy videos, I prefer a more adorable procrastination tool – live animal webcams.

Here are my five favorite webcams for you to enjoy and procrastinate with too, so that you too can get your daily dose of live action aww.


This webcam was brought to my attention very recently, and by the looks of the website, it hasn’t been streaming long. Sikucam is a live-stream of an adorable polar bear cub named Siku at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Denmark. Siku was born on November 22, 2011, and his webcam is not only adorable, but it comes with a cause too. The Wildlife Park hopes to get people involved in stopping Polar Bears from becoming extinct, and Siku is their poster bear. While the webcam isn’t live 24/7, and is jerky at times, there is plenty of roly-poly white baby bear cub to brighten your day.


If you don’t have the money to go on an African safari, this is the next best thing. Africam is one of the best live animal webcams out there. The picture is almost in crystal clear quality, as is the sound. There are three different webcams on Africam: Elephant Plains, Nkorho Pan, and Tembe. Each offers a unique perspective of a watering hole where animals of all kinds come to drink. You can see elephants, giraffes, hyenas, ospreys, zebras and many other species, without any jumpy webcam motions, and all in real time!  Also, you can check out the “Multi-View” Africam’s, which show all three locations at once. Now that’s a lot of animals.

Penguin Cam at SeaWorld

If it’s three in the morning, and you just gotta see some penguins right now, then discovery.com’s newest webcam, Penguin Cam, is ready and waiting at the click of a button. While these birds are at SeaWorld in captivity, there are 300 penguins moving around, looking at the camera, and squawking loudly. Discovery.com set up the webcam in order to promote their newest Planet edition, Frozen Planet, which premiers March 18th on Discovery.

Owl Channel  

If you’re an owl person, then the Owl Channel is perfect for you! They currently have one live stream of a momma owl and her newborn chick. With perfect quality from the camera, this live owlcam is one of the best ways to see barn owls up close and to get your daily dose of aww. They have some other kinds of webcams that you can check out that feature different pairings of owls. Watching a newborn barn owl grow up surely can’t be the worst thing you could procrastinate with!

Robotic Cat Playroom at OHS (Oregon Humane Society)

Lastly, this webcam serves not only to watch adorable kitties playing in a playroom at the Oregon Humane Society, but you can actually play with them from the comfort of your own computer. This camera was set up to support the animals at the humane society, and  gives viewers the chance to observe the cats and get a feel for their personalities before going down to adopt them. What’s even more interesting is that when you hit “Let’s Play”, you wait in a queue (that normally has no wait time) and then for two minutes, YOU control the webcam. You can hit three different buttons, which control three different robotic toys that react when you hit the buttons – that way you too can play with the kitties!

How to Study for Finals like a Boss

-Sam Bouchat

It’s almost finals week. Are you ready? No? Well, join the club. And enjoy some of my personal steps to ensuring an efficient and effective study session.

Midterms mean everything

Odds are that your midterm will look a lot like your final. Get a hold of that old scantron and study it! What did you get wrong? Why? Figure it out, because professors love to reuse questions. Additionally, most professors will let you see the midterm test if you go into office hours.

Flash cards, flash cards, FLASH CARDS!

Everything from foreign language to chemistry can benefit from the usage of flashcards. Na is (flip it over) SALT! 骨means (flip it over) BONE! Good job. Creating and then using flashcards is a fantastic way to memorize things. Also, a stack of index cards are a lot less daunting than a stack of textbooks.

If you can avoid cramming, do so

Cramming is wasteful—you’re studying to remember information for a single test, and then will inevitably forget it. That’s not fun! I, for one, want to remember how and why human activities are affecting fluvial systems. You shouldn’t be in class to pass; you should be there to learn. And remembering this stuff now will save you valuable time in the future!

Time Management

Be aware of your priorities. Sure, my geology final is on Tuesday while my Japanese final is on Wednesday, but I also know that my geology final won’t have kanji on it. Label each test with a priority level, and study accordingly. It will save you time, energy, and will help you mentally organize the upcoming nightmare of a week.

Make Blackboard your new best friend

If you’re lucky, your professor put some class materials online. Anything from PowerPoint lectures to the keys to the homework assignments is now a vast field of knowledge. Get to know that stuff. If your professor thought it was important enough to put into immortal online form, odds are it’s also important to know.

Once a textbook, now a canvas

Those textbooks are yours. You bought them for inflated prices and, no matter what you do or how fantastic the condition is, you will only ever sell it back as used. So use it. Mark the corners, doodle notes, put stickers on pages, stuff it with color-coded Post It notes. Highlight passages, underline captions, and draw creative crayon graphs in the margins. Even if you never open it to that page again, marking a passage or phrase will help you remember it infinitely times better than simply reading it.

Follow Sam at @sambouchat

Let's Do Drinks!

-Whitney Barton

It’s late in the term and while there may be deadlines and exams on the horizon, finding a time to take a little break at some point in the week can be just enough to maintain your sanity.  These are two quick and super easy little snacks to pair with a drink when you want to cash in a much-deserved breather.  I paired these salty, crunchy bar food inspired appetizers with a fresh, semi-sweet rosé (Beringer White Zinfandel).

(For those looking to save on time, Pepperidge Farms makes a variety of really good cheese straws.  You can also find herbed, spiced cashews in most grocery stores, definitely gourmet stores, and sometimes in the bulk food section.)

Rosemary Cashews

You will need:

  • 1 pound cashew nuts
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (I actually did a full teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through. Meanwhile, combine the rosemary, pepper, sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl. Toss the warm nuts with the rosemary mixture in a large bowl until the nuts are completely coated. Serve warm.

 Cheese Straws

You will need:

  • 2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry (such as Pepperidge Farm), defrosted
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 ½  cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Roll out each sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured board until it is about 10- by 12-inches. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush the surface of the pastry. Sprinkle each sheet evenly with Parmesan 1⁄2 teaspoon of the thyme, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt, and some pepper. With the rolling pin, lightly press the flavorings into the puff pastry. Cut each sheet crosswise with a floured knife or pizza wheel into 11 or 12 strips. Twist each strip and lay on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and puffed. Turn each straw and bake for another 2 minutes. Don’t over bake or the cheese will burn. Cool and serve at room temperature.

Please note:  In the original cheese straw recipe, which is hyperlinked at the top, gruyere is required.  I didn’t have any on hand, and I didn’t feel like going to the store and springing for some.  So I just used Parmesan.  They were still delicious.  So no worries if you only have one kind of cheese.  Also if you don’t like thyme, or don’t have any, basil, parsley or basically any other herb will be good too.

Flux Playlist: It's a Celebration!

-Flux Blog Staff

If you are reading this blog post, congratulations! You have officially survived finals week! Now that you’ve turned in all of your papers and sold back all of your books, there’s only one thing left to do: Celebrate! This week, the Flux bloggers wanted to give you a playlist to help get your celebrations off on the right foot. So grab some friends, forget everything you learned this term and most importantly, enjoy your winter break!

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  • One More Time -Daft Punk
  • DARE -Gorillaz
  • Going On -Gnarls Barkley


  • Moves Like Jagger -Maroon 5


  • Marry the Night -Lady Gaga
  • Call it What you Want -Foster the People
  • You Da One -Rihanna


  • Sexy and I Know it -LMFAO
  • No Hands -Waka Flocka
  • You Make Me Feel -Cobra Starship


  • Night of Your Life -David Guetta
  • Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay -Big Sean
  • H.A.M. -Jay-Z & Kanye West


  • Caribou Lou -Tech N9ne
  • Boombox – The Lonely Island
  • Line & Sinker -Billy Talent

Flux Playlist: Songs To Study To

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s a cold Monday afternoon and the Knight Library is filled to capacity, which can only mean one thing. It’s officially Finals Week. We here at Flux feel your pain and have put together a playlist of some of our favorite songs for those long nights of cramming. So whether your pulling an all-nighter at library or finishing a project at the lab, take a deep breath, grab a pair of headphones, and remind yourself that Winter break is only one week away!

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  • The Wind Cries Mary -Jimi Hendrix
  • Gravity Rides Everything -Modest Mouse
  • Woods -Bon Iver


  • New Moon -Alexandre Desplat
  • Comtine D’un Autre Ete -Yann Tiersen


  • The Elements Song -Tom Lehrer
  • The Presidents -Jonathan Coulton
  • Flight of the Bumblebee -Beethoven


  • Prelude in E Minor -Chopin


  • The Cave -Mumford & Sons
  • Flightless Bird -Iron & Wine
  • Twilight -Elliott Smith
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