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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7 Hidden Restaurants in Eugene

Words by Michaela Barnes | Photo by Lauren Bruce Sometimes you get bored and tired of going to the same places over and over again to eat out. You want to branch out and find some new places to hang out at and grub out. We know this struggle all too well, so we went out to find a few of the hidden gems around campus. Mame 541 Blair Blvd. If sushi is your thing, Mame is the place to be with its stellar sushi and cozy atmosphere. It’s a great place to relax and wind down after a...

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10 UO Clubs to Try This Year

Words by Keven Salazar & Kelsey Tidball | Photo by Keven Salazar Learning new things and connecting with others who share the same passions that you do is an important part of going to college, and the University of Oregon has many clubs that can help you with just that. Whether you enjoy being out in nature or dancing, the University of Oregon offers many clubs that will fit anyone’s needs. Below are 10 great clubs we recommend that you check out this year to learn new skills and have fun doing so! UO West Coast Swing Club Whether...

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Realistic Resolutions for the College Student

Words by Skyla Patton | Photo by Trevor Meyer We’ve all heard the typical New Year’s resolutions—and we’ve all seen their outcome, too. The first week of January can be borderline chaos for the local gyms, health food stores and jogging paths. Many of us know from learning the hard way that these resolutions aren’t always as easy to keep as expected. After all, just keeping track of one pencil over the course of a term can be a challenge at times. Check out these ten resolutions for college students that you’ll actually be able to keep in 2018. 1. Study at least 24 hours before the actual exam Now bear with us—this may sound ludicrous but it will actually really help, we promise! Even if it’s just a day or two in advance, picking up the book and skimming the material a few times will do more for your test scores than you expect—and no, sleeping with the textbook under your pillow doesn’t count. Explore the EMU upper levels for hidden study spots or check out the atriums in Allen and Lillis for a quiet, scenic location. 2. Don’t go out literally every night Even if it’s just a night or two, staying in and having “you nights” every once in a while will help your day-to-day life and even enhance your remaining party days. Opt for Taco...

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A Student’s Guide to Healthy Eating on UO Campus

Words by Michaela Barnes The freshman fifteen is real, like really real. You’re on your own now and nobody can tell you not to eat the junk food right at your disposal. To help keep you on track of your New Year’s health resolution, here are some of the healthy alternative meals you can choose from in the dining halls. Hamilton Acai bowls are great healthy breakfast options  you can find at the Common Grounds Café. A 12-ounce bowl is four points ($5.25) or there is a 16-ounce bowl for six points ($8.75). While there are four bowls to...

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