12 Oregon Road Trips to Take Before Graduation

Words by Kara Fagan and Keven Salazar | Photo by Trevor Meyer With graduation right around the corner, many students are going to be wrapping up their time here at the University of Oregon. Four years have gone in a blink of an eye for many and it is no surprise that students want to make the rest of these next weeks and weekends count. Since many graduates may be moving to other states and areas, it is a great idea to explore as much of Oregon as you can before your time here comes to an end. Here...

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So You Want to Start a Garden, Huh?

Words by Skyla Patton Did you know Eugene was the number one ranked city for urban farming by Redfin Real Estate News in 2016? As the weather gets warmer, the clouds start to disappear and the flowers start to bloom, leaving those of us with green thumbs a little twitchy. Whether you’re a newbie to the home agriculture scene or a seasoned Yard Crasher, the spotting of green sprouts pushing above ground is equally exciting. Check out these tips on starting your first garden, how to grow easy plants as a first-timer and even a few suggestions on where to head if you don’t have a luscious backyard that’s suited to gardening. BONUS FACT (include this anywhere on the spread): Perennials come back every Spring after completing their seasonal cycle, whereas Annuals die after their blooms have finished. Start-Up Garden Tips   Pick Your Plot Wisely   If you’re starting in your backyard or in a few miscellaneous pots you found at a garage sale, the rule is the same: location, location, location. No matter how good your soil is, or how bright the light can be (and vice versa) plants need a healthy, happy environment all around to thrive. This is especially true if you’re looking to grow fruits or vegetables: even a small step in the wrong direction can lead to a sterile plant. But fear not:...

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Best Plants for Your Apartment

Words by Michaela Barnes | Photo by Michael Davies Some plants may be beauty to behold, but their aesthetic pleasures aren’t the only benefits to keeping them around the house. Different plants even have different utilities and work wonders in certain areas of the home. Be aware — if you have furry friends, be sure to consult with an animal professional before attempting home plant remedies to make sure your pets stay safe. Spider Plants Not everyone has a green thumb or the time to adequately take care of their plants, myself included. The spider plant is a great...

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10 Tips to Surviving a Breakup

Words by Sierra Pedro Ah, yes. The dreaded parting of ways. We always imagine that breaking up will be easier than it really is. Why wouldn’t we? In a relationship, you always imagine that there is no way that this person could move on and not care about you. But things get messy when people suddenly leave. Here are my 10 pieces of advice on things to remember if you’re going through a bad break up: 1. Your friends will likely be angrier than you. That’s okay. These are your people. They see the best parts of you that...

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The Whit’s Best Eats

Words by Delaney Rea | Photo by Michaela Barnes Of all the Eugene districts and neighborhoods, the Whiteaker is perhaps the single most bustling and diverse in terms of the restaurants it plays host to. While you won’t find the cheapest eats in town here, the Whiteaker (commonly referred to as “the Whit”) is a great destination for finer dining, detours from familiar taste palates and turning any dinner into an event. It should be mentioned that the Whit isn’t quite the same since the closing of one particularly iconic eatery; R.I.P. Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen. Tacovore This isn’t your grandparents’ taco joint. If it is, you have some seriously food-enlightened elders. Tacovore boasts a menu of delicious Mexican food creations, with menu staples like the Old E (Guero) and Tempeh Chorizo sharing space with daily taco specials of high culinary creativity. They also offer a full bar with some of the best seasonal margaritas around and a selection of house-made sauces that will tickle your tastebuds and burn your mouth to the ground. PSA: Tacovore’s line may look long, but it’s worth the wait. 530 Blair Blvd. Open Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Grit When you’re looking for a meal that comes with served less environmental guilt, Grit is the way to go. Occupying the Whit’s historic Shamrock House, Grit is a community-based, farm-to-table...

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