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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.

Flux Playlist: Spring Cleaning

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s almost May, and although the Oregon weather hasn’t quite made up its mind yet, it’s pretty safe to say spring time is among us. So what better time to tidy up and give your apartment that much needed makeover. And I’m not talking about the quick clean up you did three months ago. I’m talking about a serious spring cleaning session. Here’s some of our favorite songs that seem to make cleaning a lot less painless. So grab some rubber gloves and a sponge and check out our Spring Cleaning playlist!


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Mike

  • Hotel Yorba -The White Stripes
  • Blind Mary -Gnarls Barkley
  • In My Room -The Beach Boys
  • Month of May -Arcade Fire

Diana

  • So Fresh, So Clean -OutKast
  • Georgia -Field Mob & Ludacris
  • So Fly -213
  • Go Your Own Way -Fleetwood Mac

Sam

  • Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen
  • Walking on Sunshine -Katrina and the Waves
  • Hip to be Square -Huey Lewis
  • Cats in the Cradle -Harry Chapin

Jamie

  • Dirty Little Secret -All American Rejects
  • Life in Technicolor II -Coldplay
  • I Like it Like That -Hot Chelle Rae
  • Knock Knock -Mac Miller

Tamara

  • Cleaning Out My Closet -Eminem
  • Rich Girl -Gwen Stefani
  • I Want to Break Free -Queen
  • Car Wash -Christina Aguilera ft. Missy Elliot

Jessica

  • Lonely Boy -The Black Keys
  • All Hail the Heartbreaker -Spill Canvas
  • Tommy Chong -Blue Scholars
  • Daylight -Matt & Kim

Flux Playlist: Earth Day!

-Flux Blog Staff

Happy Earth Day everyone! It’s that one day out of the year in which everyone tries to pitch in to help preserve our beloved planet. Naturally, we at the Flux blog thought we would give a shout out to mother nature in our own, special way. So here are some of our favorite songs that pay tribute to our beautiful planet.


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Mike

  • Ocean Breathes Salty- Modest Mouse
  • Cold Desert -Kings of Leon
  • O Green World -Gorillaz
  • Oceans & Streams -The Black Keys

Jamie

  • Set Fire to the Rain -Adele
  • Thunder -Boys Like Girls
  • Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall -Coldplay
  • Light Up the Sky -Yellowcard

Diana

  • Flume -Bon Iver
  • Sunshowers -M.I.A.
  • The Gardener -The Tallest Man on Earth
  • Earthquake Weather -Beck

Jessica

  • Under the Sea -Disney
  • Beyond the Sea -Frank Sinatra
  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain? -Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow -Israel Kamakawiwoole

Sam

  • Mother Earth -Within Temptation
  • Age of Aquarius -5th Dimension
  • Rocky Mountain High -John Denver

Tamara

  • Towards the Sun -Alexi Murdoch
  • Hard Sun -Eddie Vedder
  • Fake Plastic Trees -Radiohead

Flux Playlist: Get Pumped!

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s finally here. The one week of the term that we dread above all others: dead week. With the winter term finally coming to an end, it can be easy for students to get sidetracked with plans on how they will spend their Spring breaks. But before we can sell back our books and work on our tans, we must survive the deadlines and finals that come along with dead week. We here at the Flux blog understand it can sometimes be hard to find motivation to study when promises of sunny weather are just around the corner, so we thought we would put a playlist to get people pumped up and motivate them through the next couple of weeks. So grab your books, find a nice spot in the library and check out our pump up playlist!


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Mike

  • Purexed -P.O.S.
  • Blue Orchid -The White Stripes
  • POWER -Kanye West

Diana

  • You and I -Medina (Deadmau5 Remix)
  • House Party -Meek Mill ft. Young Chris
  • We R Who We R -Ke$ha

Sam

  • We Will Rock You -Queen
  • When They Come for Me -Linkin Park
  • Click Click Boom -Saliva

Whitney

  • Superbad -James Brown
  • Fancy -Drake ft. Swizz Beats
  • Can’t Tell Me Nothing -Kanye West

Jessica

  • Hell’s Bells -AC/DC
  • Howlin’ for You -The Black Keys
  • Shutterbug -Big Boi ft. Cutty

Callie

  • Viva la Vida -Coldplay
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ -Journey
  • Waking Up in Vegas -Katy Perry

Tamara

  • Cinema -Benny Benassi (Skrillex Remix)
  • Sunshine -David Guetta
  • Jump on Stage -Girl Talk

Flux Playlist: Freak Out

-Flux Blog Staff

We’ve all freaked out at least once in our lives. Whether it’s caused by a tough day of work or trouble with friends, we’ve all had those days where all we want to do is kick and scream and yell. Instead of taking your anger out on your pillow or screaming at the top of the lungs, we thought we’d give you a playlist to help release your stress in a more healthy fashion. So next time you find yourself on the brink of a nervous breakdown, grab a pair of head phones, crank up the volume and check out our Freak Out playlist.


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Mike

  • Something is Not Right With Me -Cold War Kids
  • Crown on the Ground -Sleigh Bells
  • Just Lose It -Eminem

Sam

  • Red Flag -Billy Talent
  • Chop Suey! -System of a Down
  • Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen

Tamara

  • Jungle Drum -Emiliana Torrini
  • Don’t Cry Out -Shiny Toy Guns
  • Crazy -Gnarls Barkley

Diana

  • Runaway -Kanye West ft. Pusha T
  • 3rd Planet -Modest Mouse
  • Sooner or Later -N.E.R.D.

Whitney

  • Kiss -Prince
  • Just Got to Be -The Black Keys
  • Protect Ya Neck -Wu-Tang Clan

Jessica

  • MakeDamnSure -Taking Back Sunday
  • We Used to Vacation -Cold War Kids
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love -The Darkness

 

Flux Playlist: Happy Valentine's Day!

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s that special time of the year when men get to embarrass their girlfriends by sending flowers to their work. When chalky, little heart-shaped candies pass as actual food. And most important of all, it’s the day you get to spend with that special someone. It’s Valentine’s Day and the love is certainly in the air. We here at the flux blog had some fun with our previous playlist, but we haven’t forgotten all of you love birds out there! So grab a blanket, light some candles and enjoy our Valentine’s Day playlist with that special someone.


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Mike

  • God Only Knows -The Beach Boys
  • Fell in Love With a Girl -The White Stripes
  • Just One Kiss -Raphael Saadiq ft. Joss Stone

Jessica

  • The Girl -City and Colour
  • Mario Kart Love Song -Sam Hart
  • Sexual Healing -Marvin Gaye

Tiana

  • Best Love Song -T Pain ft. Chris Brown
  • It Girl -Jason Derulo
  • Heartbeat -The Fray

Diana

  • You and I -Ingrid Michaelson
  • Stay With You -John Legend
  • Sure Thing -Miguel

Whitney

  • Let’s Stay Together -Al Green
  • Prototype -OutKast
  • Lost Without You -Robin Thicke

Sam

  • You’re Still the One -Shania Twain
  • Kiss and Tell -Adam Lambert
  • She Will be Loved -Maroon 5

Tamara

  • Thinking of You -Katy Perry
  • Your Love -Nicki Minaj
  • Tighten Up -The Black Keys

Callie

  • Just a Kiss -Lady Antebellum
  • At Last -Etta James
  • One and Only -Adele

 

Flux Playlist: Anti-Valentine's Day

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and for some of us that means planning out a special evening for you and that special someone. But for the rest of us, Valentine’s Day is just another night on the calendar. So we here at the Flux blog staff decided to pay tribute to those who will be spending lover’s day alone. So sit back, relax and enjoy our anti-Valentine’s Day playlist.


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Mike

  • Every Man Has a Molly -Say Anything
  • Roses -Outkast
  • Psychotic Girl -The Black Keys

Tamara

  • Forget You -Cee-Lo Green
  • Hard -Rihanna
  • Smile -Lily Allen

Whitney

  • Fall in Love (Your Funeral) -Erykah Badu

Jessica

  • Seventy times 7 -Brand New
  • Your Ex-Love is Dead -Stars
  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright -Bob Dylan

Diana

  • Giving Up -Ingrid Michaelson
  • Erase Me -Kid Cudi

Sam

  • Carol Brown -Flight of the Conchords
  • You Oughta Know -Alanis Morissette
  • Potential Breakup Song -Aly & AJ

Callie

  • Landslide -Stevie Nicks
  • Not Over You -Gavin DeGraw
  • Before He Cheats -Carrie Underwood

Tiana

  • Mr. Know it All -Kelly Clarkson
  • Rumour Has It -Adele
  • 25 to Life -Eminem

 

The Year of the Sasquatch

-Mike Munoz

It’s that magical time of the year, when the Sasquatch! Music Festival line-up is revealed, giving us music junkies approximately 112 days to obsessively research each and every one of the 114 bands and comedians who will be there. But hey, who’s counting?

In past years Sasquatch has had some great line-ups, but has missed out on some of the bigger artists that play festivals such as Coachella and Bonnaroo. And this is mainly because Sasquatch tries really hard to maintain its indie/ alternative rock roots. But this year festival organizers have proven they can stick to their roots and still compete with the big boys.

Two of the biggest acts revealed last night were Jack White and Beck. White recently announced that his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, will drop in April, so it makes sense that he would be touring in the spring. But I would never in a million years imagine him playing at the Gorge.  I was also very excited to see Beck in the line-up, but surprised considering he hasn’t released anything since his 2008 album, Modern Guilt. Regardless, both of these artists were huge gets for Sasquatch, and last I checked neither is playing Coachella.

The line-up will also feature big names such as Bon Iver, who is fresh off a few Grammy nominations for their self-titled sophomore album. Sasquatch has also grabbed a couple of DJs and techno artists to satisfy the needs of those who love to dance and rave into the night. Both Pretty Lights and Girl Talk have played Sasquatch recently; however this will be their first times playing on the main stage.

Sasquatch also picked up some great comedic acts. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will bring a little slice of Portlandia to the Gorge, performing songs and sketches from their show. Brownstein will have a busy weekend as she will also perform with her punk band, Wild Flag. I was also very surprised to see Tenacious D on the line-up, but got excited thinking of the possibility of a Jack White and Jack Black duet. Sasquatch will also feature comedian Nick Kroll, whom some of you may know as Ruxin from the popular TV show The League.

While I was very happy with the Sasquatch line-up, there were a couple of names I was surprised to see left of the list. For the second year in a row, Sasquatch has missed out on booking The Black Keys. But if you really have to see the blues rock duo from Ohio, their tour hits Portland and Seattle in early May. I was also surprised by the absence of Florence + the Machine considering the duo is confirmed for Coachella and will be touring to promote their latest album, Ceremonials. That being said, the line-up seems to be just fine without them.

The bottom line is that Sasquatch has a stacked line-up that even festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo will have a hard time competing with. It has a great set of headliners in Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver and Pretty Lights, and I didn’t even mention The Shins, The Roots, Feist, Metric and Explosions in the Sky are also booked to perform. According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the Dragon. But after seeing the line-up for Memorial Day Weekend, 2012 may be remembered as the year of the Sasquatch.

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Steady 27's Rock Black Forest Bar

-Tamara Feingold

Moving in next door to a band could be a good thing or a bad thing. If they’re bad, you’ll be forced to endure sleepless nights as they practice nearby. But if they’re good, you have access to instant free entertainment.

Luckily when my roommate and I first heard our new neighbor’s jam session, we instantly fell in love. We brought blankets out to the front lawn to listen to the addicting music of the Steady 27’s.

With guitarist and vocalist Max Richter, bassist Kyle Yarak, and drummer Lucas Edmands, the Steady 27’s music is mostly alternative rock with a bluesy sound at times. Their main influences are The White Stripes, The Black Keys, and Arctic Monkeys, and their sound is a fresh yet gritty combination that leaves the listener interested.

“We want people to have a good time when they’re with us. We just want people to have fun with it, because we’re having fun,” said Richter. Last night’s show was no exception when the band played at Black Forest bar in Eugene where they play about once a month. It was a lively set with a few new songs and some old favorites like “Give Me” and “The Mission District”, and the audience enjoyed the original music.

As for the future, the band plans to focus on gaining a larger following in Eugene with audiences of loyal listeners and newcomers alike. The band hopes to play five more shows before 2012 and will record a full album once a few new songs are added. To listen to the band’s most popular songs, click here and to “like” them on Facebook, click here.