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On Trend: Style Profile-Calena Lawson

-Rache’ll Brown

Sporting a girly style with a relaxed vibe, sophomore Calena Lawson values the combination of comfortable pieces and stylish details to create the perfect spring ensemble. This international studies major from Sandpoint, Idaho, finds fashion inspiration in people-watching, Lauren Conrad, and “excessive online shopping.” With the seasons changing, Lawson offered some advice for students who may be struggling to come up with a new look for spring.

What is your ideal spring outfit?

My ideal spring outfit would be jeans, sandals, and a flowy top. If it’s a nice day, I will usually try to wear a casual sundress.

What is your most worn item of clothing?

My go-to is always a cardigan and my Lululemon leggings.

Are there any upcoming trends that you love or hate?

I don’t like the trend of people wearing non-prescription eyeglasses, but I love the current trends of spring colors, lace, and light fabric.

Where are you favorite places to shop?

I live in a small town, so I do most of my shopping online, usually at Nordstrom or Free People. But there are some really great local boutiques that I love.

What kind of outfits do you like for men?

I love a guy in dark wash jeans, solid colored tees, and Sperrys.

Any ideas for people who struggle to put an outfit together?

If you’re struggling to put an outfit together look for inspiration online; Pinterest is always a good place to get cute outfit ideas.

Do you have any advice for transitioning from winter to spring?

For spring, go for lighter, brighter colors, and start choosing flats or sandals over boots.

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Miss Independent: The UO Women's Water Polo Team's Efforts Outside the Pool

-Eleni Pappelis

Sophomore Jenness Howery is an athlete at the University of Oregon. She participates in the university’s women’s water polo team but has been a swimmer since high school. She swam for Sheldon High School and was introduced to water polo her junior year. Having not gotten enough of her new found extracurricular, she joined the University of Oregon’s club women’s water polo team which she claims is the best decision she ever made.

The women water polo team at the University of Oregon consists of twenty-seven girls. Because club sports at the university are insufficiently funded, it is the women’s water polo team’s responsibility to fund expenses such as pool time and money to travel. The girls practice Monday through Thursday in Springfield. The team partakes in five traveling tournaments a season, January through April, and nationals extend through May which is based on the outcomes of regional tournaments. These tournaments take place in states such as Washington, Arizona, and California.

Howery explains, “It’s really important that we fundraise. Obviously it’s important to help girls who can’t pay the full amount to participate, but it’s also important to make sure to be successful inside and outside the water.”

Each year, the team comes up with fun and creative ways to fund themselves. Some activities include cleaning up Matthew Knight Arena after games or events, sending letters to friends and family to donate money, and selling donuts, cookies, and shirts. Restaurants such as Track Town Pizza and Panda Express participate and have donated a percent of their profits on a scheduled day to the team.

One of Howery’s favorite fundraisers is a banquet held for the highest donors. This banquet is waited by the team and includes a silent auction with prizes from gift baskets to resort vacations. Howery explains that this particular event is special to her because the whole team is bonding to support themselves.

These ladies consistently make it to nationals, and have been working hard to uphold the success they make for themselves.

Image from http://pages.uoregon.edu/duckpolo/index.html

University of Oregon Sophomore Jumps The Fences

-Eleni Pappelis

When fox hunting became a more fashionable sport in the 18th century, competitive horse jumping first started to develop. Due to fences around enclosed properties, horses and their riders required training so they were able to clear the fences and get to the foxes.

Today, the objective of jumping is to complete a course with no mistakes. Each course tests skill, precision, and training. This winner of a competition is the horse and rider who clear the course fastest with the least amount of penalties. Penalties are given when any part of an obstacle is knocked down or when a horse refuses to make a jump.

Ali Levy, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, has been riding horses since she was 8 years old. While competing at a horse show, she takes at least three classes a day, in which she must memorize a ten-jump course and is expected to execute it perfectly.

“Long story short, I have to do it flawlessly and still look good,” Levy says.

While she attends school during her off-season, Levy rides at least once a week. When it becomes closer to a show, she trains for five hours a day, six days a week.

“I love this sport because it takes me away from my busy life for a few hours. It is nice to leave campus for a while to spend some time relaxing,” says Levy.

Levy intends to join the club team at University of Oregon in the future and is excited to compete on the team because of the many horses she will have the opportunity to ride.

“I really enjoy riding different horses because it makes me better,” she says.

Duck & Cover: UO Men's Basketball Grabs Win From Stanford

-Eleni Pappelis

Oregon’s men’s basketball team, now ranked twenty-fourth nationally, bounced back from a tough loss to California on a buzzer beater on February 21. Last week’s game was also the Duck’s lowest percentage of shots made during this season with an average below 27 percent.

To redeem themselves, the Ducks returned to Matthew Knight Arena not looking back at their last defeat. The Ducks took a victory against Stanford this past Saturday, February 23, where a loss could have cost them a ranking on the AP Top 25. Their last game against Stanford resulted in the Cardinals blowing out the Ducks 76-52 on January 30.

Stanford trailed Oregon 77-66. Oregon began the game with a sense of urgency in order to gain control of the game’s first half. Junior Johnathan Loyd, who started due to Dominic Artis’ injury, kept up the pace to rattle the Cardinals. The point guard had a great game both offensively with nine assists and fifteen points, and defensively with three steals. Senior forward Arsalan Kazemi also scored fifteen points, seven rebounds, and five steals of his own.

The Ducks’ victory also marked Head Coach Dana Altman’s 600th win in his coaching career.

Tonight, Matthew Knight Arena will host Oregon State for a Senior night at 8 p.m. The Ducks look forward to the Civil War but also to recognize seniors including Kazemi, E. J. Singler, and Tony Woods who will be playing their last game of the regular season. With only two other games to wind down the season, Altman’s team will then travel to Las Vegas for the Pac 12 Tournament, which begins March 13.

Help Prevent Child Abuse!


Kappa Delta is at it again. February 22-24 will kick off this sorority’s philanthropic event, “Shamrock,” which benefits the local child abuse prevention agency, Looking Glass Station 7.

This Eugene organization receives 80 percent of the event proceeds while the other 20 percent will benefit the national philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse America. As a whole, we hope to raise awareness both nationally and locally each year while providing funds that directly impact the local community.

There are multiple ways to donate to our Shamrock event. First, by attending our all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner on Feb. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kappa Delta house, 1680 Alder Street. Tickets are 4 dollars in advance or 5 dollars at the door. Second, there is a two-day basketball tournament in which all proceeds from registration fees go to the Looking Glass. All participants also receive a free t-shirt. If unable to attend these two events, anyone can donate online at www.kdshamrock.org

Let’s Shamrock for a cause and help make a difference one child at a time.

Damn You, STFU: An Unfair Campaign That's Working For Me

-Casey Klekas

I used to scoff at the Smoke and Tobacco Free University campaign, smartly and respectfully acronymed STFU (was “Get The F!@# Out” already taken?). I never thought a little inconvenience would get me to cut back on the smokes. The sort of public declaration of intolerance, the mob-rule attack on a minority, was a little tough to swallow. But I accepted it and took to smoking elsewhere. Now I wouldn’t dare be caught with a lit cigarette between Agate and Alder, 18th and Broadway. So, I’m like Socrates: I respect the laws, even if I disagree with them (hopefully they won’t condemn me to drink poison).

I’ve changed my route to the PLC so I can burn a quick one before class. Between classes I’ll sneak to the other side of Kincaid and hope my smoke doesn’t drift eastward. When I’m walking home, I’ll wait until I pass our smoke-free campus boundary to hang out with Mr. Stogie. And my general impression when I’m near campus is that of an exile that’s coming too close to his old town.

I’m not going to bring up a losing argument against the movement that banned smoke and tobacco from campus. I understand that it bothers people and they’d prefer not to walk through a cloud of second-hand smoke before they go into the library (now they can just settle for a line of smokers on the perimeter of campus). I realize that many smokers are not as conscious as I would say I am about the social toxicity of second-hand smoke. But I am bothered by the air of zero-tolerance that seems antithetical to what we stand for as Ducks. STFU? Has there ever been another campus campaign that could get away with condemning behavior like this, enough so that smokers are implicitly told to Shut The F!@# Up? I don’t think so.

But what bothers me more than the little inconveniences and my status as a pariah is that, in my case, the STFU campaign has actually worked. Since the new year started, I haven’t smoked a sober cigarette. Maybe this is because I feel so unwanted by my peers when I reach for my pack of stoges. It’s a bit of a drag to think that I can be so easily manipulated.

Duck & Cover: She Loves to be a Dirty Duck

-Eleni Pappelis

After trying nearly every sport offered at Beaverton High School, there was only one that stuck with Zoe Wilson. At the age of sixteen, Wilson started playing rugby at the recommendation of her friend. Her school never had a women’s rugby team before Wilson’s friend, Sierra, rallied a team together. Wilson decided to give the sport a shot and went with Sierra to the first few practices. She immediately fell in love with rugby. This interest soon developed into a passion. She more noticeably felt this connection while transitioning to a college team.

Wilson was a freshman when she joined the Dirty Ducks women’s rugby team at the University of Oregon. It was during her first season that Wilson’s dedication to rugby was tested.  With a close score against Stanford, players rushed down the field fighting to win another “try” against their rival team. Unexpectedly, Wilson tore her meniscus in her left knee during the play.

“It was really hard because I just wanted to keep playing,” Wilson says. “It was really frustrating.” However, she did not let this physical pain hinder her from finishing the game.

Eyes teary from the initial shock of her injury, Wilson quickly composed herself and demanded that she would be put back in the game to play. She set aside her pain to devote all of her remaining ability to rugby.

Wilson is now a sophomore and captain of Oregon’s Dirty Ducks Rugby Club. As a result of her injury, she wears a knee brace whenever she participates in practices or games. The damage in her knee makes her more susceptible to future injuries and could possibly lead to a necessary surgery. Wilson believes that only the most serious of injuries could force her to stop playing rugby.

“I get a lot out of rugby, “she explains. “It allows me to feel like the person I want to be.”  Wilson’s experience proves that rugby is much more to her than simply a game. It demonstrates her strong character. Wilson is driven to win and dedicated to stay tough to support her team. She is determined to play the hardest she can, even if it means receiving a few wounds.

The Queer Film Festival: A break from school for some social injustice

-Max Brown

After working on projects and homework all day I decided to catch one of the movies at this year’s University of Oregon Queer Film Festival. The festival is being held at the Bijou Cinemas and began Friday, February 9th, and runs until Sunday, February 10th.

Arriving halfway through “Performance anxiety,” I was treated to a love scene between two attractive men. It was pretty hot. The premise for this short film was that two straight actors needed to film a gay love scene. I had missed all the build up where the two actors squirm and take issue with kissing and fondling each other.

My timing was perfect. This wasn’t hardcore porn, but creative camera angles, two guys kissing, and a little full-frontal nudity. The video and sound quality was good, but the premise didn’t really interest me. I had come to see the following movie anyway: “Unfit: Ward vs. Ward.”

This a documentary is about a 1995 custody modification case in Florida that resulted in Mary Ward, a lesbian, losing custody of her 11-year-old child to her ex-husband, John Ward, who is a convicted murderer. This sounds like madness and as the documentary unfolded, the insanity and injustice of the situation only grew.

During the documentary John recalls the murder while on “Geraldo” after he had won custody of his daughter. He had asked his first wife to grant a divorce and to give him custody of their daughter; she said she would see him in hell first. He then shot her three times, walked up to her as she begged for her life and shot her three more times in the heart before reloading his revolver and shooting her six more times. He was convicted of second-degree murder and served a mere eight years in jail.

None of that mattered to Judge Joseph Tarbuck. He didn’t even mention it in his ruling to grant custody to John. Tarbuck insisted that he did not “condemn the mother of this child for living the way she does.” Instead he wanted to give the child the opportunity of living in a “non-lesbian world.”

Mary appealed the ruling with help from the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco, but that failed to reverse the ruling. The movie shows how Mary was a good mother, having raised multiple children already, and that John was completely unfit as a father. He had little to do with their daughter’s life the six years following Mary’s divorce and when their modification case was filed.

After the failure of the appeal while waiting for a decision on another appeal, Mary died of a heart attack. In the end, her lawyers were able to succeed in having the court not report its decision, which prevented future lawyers from pointing to this case as evidence to stop another gay or lesbian from keeping their children. Not much of a success, if you ask me.

This was a powerful documentary. There was so much injustice and our consolation is that this messed up kind of thing is happening less. However, the film makes a point to say that gays and lesbians are still losing the rights to their children because of the ignorance of some.

As I filled out the evaluation slip for the film festival on my way out of the Bijou a woman said she always came to the event, but she wished they’d show happier movies. She wasn’t saying the movies were bad or the messages were unimportant, but the stories weighed heavily on their viewers and she wanted a happier tale.

I don’t see why this is unreasonable. We live in the time of “It Get’s Better,” and it would be nice to see more documentaries about the LGBTQ community that tells a story about joy and happiness. Maybe the final day of of this year’s Queer Film Festival will offer a movie like this.

Image from http://bijou-cinemas.com

My University of Oregon Bucket List: Things to Do Before You Graduate

-Jamie Hershman

While I may only be in my second year here at the UO, there are many things to cross off my college bucket list before my four years are up. In case you can’t remember everything you should try to complete before you graduate, here’s a little reminder as to all the places to go, things to do, and people to see.

Definitely if you’re feeling rebellious, you should start your bucket list at the Jaqua Center. It’s off-limits to us non-athletic regular folk, and you know you want to break the rules just a little bit. I say swim in the pool outside the Jaqua at least once really late on a Friday night or early on a Saturday morning. Another item to cross off the list is to make it up to the second floor of the Jaqua; who knows what’s actually up there? It is such an unsolved mystery to the majority of the student body. Aren’t you just a little bit curious?

In terms of academia, there are a few accomplishments you should achieve before leaving college. Try and make the Dean’s List at least once. This requires you to receive a term GPA of a 3.75 or higher, but you’ll feel especially intellectual after a term on the Dean’s List and never want to be off the list again. Besides getting great grades, take a class that isn’t related to your major or general education requirements. Find a class that interests you and learn about a topic that will make you more all-around intelligent.

For the Eugene tourist in you, some places are a must-see. You have to try Voodoo Doughnuts. Even if you’re not much of a doughnut person, the doughnut flavors are just so out-there and unique that you have to see it for your own eyes. Maybe you will even be brave enough to try the bacon maple bar. And when you’re downtown at Voodoo, you should also stop by the Saturday Market to see the local crafts and food vendors. For your sporty side, I recommend hiking Spencer’s Butte on a nice day in spring term. Lastly, it is a must to travel to Portland one weekend (for all you out-of-staters). It is such a cool city that’s only about two hours from campus—you can’t leave Oregon without seeing one of the most liberal cities on the west coast.

As an automatic Duck fan, you have to go see a football game at Autzen stadium. Even if you don’t understand football, it is much more about the experience than anything else. We have so much pride for our team and the student section is packed with so much cheer that it’s hard not to get into the game. Maybe you can even get a picture with Puddles! Can I get a ‘sco ducks?

While there are probably many more things you can list off, these are just some of the main things on my list. See how many you’ve already accomplished and which ones you are waiting to do. There’s only so much time before your four years are up, so make the most of it!

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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!