How to Slash Heating Bills Like a Pro

Written by Erin Weaver | Photo by Sierra Pedro Find drafts – and seal ‘em! You could pay a heating company to locate all the drafty points in your house, but there’s also a cheaper, more thrifty option: burn a stick of incense near windows and doors and in rooms that seem particularly cold. If the smoke is drifting to the side, there’s a draft that can be plugged! Common culprits are the spaces around electrical outlets and the strip underneath the front door, which both have low cost solutions (the cheapest of which involves sealing a space with...

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Top 10 Horror Movies to Watch Over Hallo-Weekend

Written by Nicole Scopelliti | Photo by Lauren Bruce 1. The Shining (1980) If you’re looking for an eerie film with a homage to Oregon’s very own Timberline Lodge in the opening credits, this movie is for you. Forego the jump scares this weekend and indulge in this psychological thriller directed by the talented Stanley Kubrick. Follow Jack, Wendy, and Danny Torrance through the Overlook Hotel as they edge towards the brink of insanity. All work and no play makes college students grumpy, so be sure to watch this flick. 2. The Exorcist (1973) This legendary film has made...

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Farm to Fermentation: Eugene’s Spin on Kombucha

Written by Nicole Scopelliti | Photos by Benji Rothenberg The closer you get to the West Coast, the closer you get to crazier, boundary-pushing cuisine. Kombucha (pronounced kawm-boo-cha) is a staple in Northwest culinary culture and is popular among consumers of all ages and lifestyles because of its unique flavor and endless health benefits. I had never heard of kombucha before coming to the University of Oregon, and I was skeptical to try it after I heard that kombucha was alive! As you might guess, I succumbed to peer pressure from my local Eugenian friends and tried the funky,...

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The solitary student

By Gabriel Dufurrena   I hate my roommates. I mean I love them, but it gets old waking up every morning to a sink full of dirty dishes that aren’t mine, a hair-covered bathroom that is occupied more often than not and the collective musk of five dudes. I’ve always fantasized about living alone, but part of me feels like I couldn’t hack the loneliness. To learn more about the experience, I talked to Mohammed Murad, who has been living alone since September, to get a better sense of the ins-and-outs of living on your lonesome. Emerald Essentials: What...

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