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Diamond Days & Womenspace


-Rache’ll Brown

We see it on MTV, we see it in magazines, and sometimes, we see it on the streets. Domestic violence is an issue that is often overlooked, and University of Oregon sorority Alpha Chi Omega, along with the help of fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha, is working to help bring attention to those who have been affected.

“Raising awareness about domestic violence is essential,” Lambda Chi Alpha sophomore Cody Koenig said. “Whether people realize it or not, domestic violence impacts so many people, and we need to be able to recognize what domestic violence is and how we can help those affected.” Around the world, one of three women has been the victim of spousal abuse, and ten million children witness it every year. Luckily, organizations like Womenspace offer women and children in difficult situations an escape to get back on their feet.

Womenspace entered Lane County in 1975 and has continued to grow since. With a safe house, emergency services, support groups, and various programs, Womenspace is able to help the women and children of Lane County flourish despite the hardships they may have faced. However, programs like this require a lot of community supports via volunteering and donations, and Alpha Chi Omega will be hosting their annual philanthropy event Diamond Days with the help of Lambda Chi Alpha to benefit Womenspace and survivors of domestic violence. Sophomore Samantha Harmon stated, “The most important reason I support Womenspace is that the domestic violence statistics are at an all time high. If I can have even a small part in lowering the number of assaults and keeping survivors safe, I’ll do it. We, as Alpha Chi Omegas, take pride in helping lift these women up and making them stronger.”

The annual Diamond Days softball tournament and carnival will be held May 18th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the River Front field. Featuring games, facepainting, and food, the event will offer fun for both students and community members alike. A dance will also be held for University of Oregon students Friday May, 17th starting at 9:30 p.m. at Lambda Chi Alpha. The jersey themed dance party requires an entry fee of five dollars, and students must have an ID to enter.

Diamond Days isn’t the only time of the year that Womenspace needs help—donations are always welcome, and volunteers are encouraged. To get involved, visit Womenspace, and if you or someone you know is in danger, call (800) 281-2800 for help.

“Its a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by so many strong women who are all there to support and raise awareness for even stronger women than ourselves,” said senior member of Alpha Chi Omega Gabo Ailstock.

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Graphic by Taylor St. Claire.

University of Oregon Students Design for Change

-Jessica Ridgway

In the fall of 2011 the University of Oregon started a Design for America studio team. Design for America ( or, DFA) is a network of student teams who collaboratively and creatively use design to create solutions to problems in their communities—in Eugene, the teams decided to focus on educational concerns for children with autism and living conditions for the homeless, in hopes that their innovative designs will become helpful additions to our community.

Other DFA studios can be found at universities like Cornell, Dartmouth, and Columbia—but the UO DFA team doesn’t compare themselves to their prestigious sister-teams.

DFA isn’t a class to these product design students, who devote most of their free time to meet together and work. They get hands-on experience with the skills they’ve learned and developed in school and apply them to real-life situations.

The UO DFA Autism team collaborated with the Bridgeway House, a local center for children with autism, to further study what unmet needs these children have and what they could design to help them. The Homelessness team interviewed some homeless at the White Bird Clinic, an agency that helps the homeless in Lane County, and found that wetness from the constant Northwest rain is the source to many problems the homeless face, like trench foot.

Two terms have passed since UO DFA started; they’ve lost some teammates and a few projects have been put away for future innovative designers. But, for the remaining two teams (the autism team and the homelessness team), the laboring research is over and the fun is about to begin—it’s prototyping time. Product design is what many of these students eat, drink, and breathe so they’ve been itching to get their designs off the drawing boards and into their hands.

Interested in joining DFA? The UO team has no plans of starting any new projects this term, but they welcome students of all majors interested in their current projects to contact them. There’s always a need for extra hands and minds! For more information and/or to keep up with the teams check out the UO DFA blog.