Opt out of Black Friday

 By: Xylia Lydgate Get trampled or feel alive? I know what I’ll be doing on Black Friday this year, and it won’t be shopping. Read more to find out why. On the day after Thanksgiving last year, REI closed all 143 of its retail locations, headquarters and distribution centers on the infamous American holiday, “Black Friday.” Instead of extending its hours and offering big discounts, … Continue reading Opt out of Black Friday

50 Years of Adventure

 By: Xylia Lydgate How do you like to spend your free time outside? I just hit the slopes of Mt.Hood Meadows with the Outdoor Program a couple months ago, which is now celebrating its 50 years of student-led adventure and services. That marks the longest enduring, university-led outdoor program nationwide! Rumor has it that the University of Oregon was the first school to officially start … Continue reading 50 Years of Adventure

My Epic Snowboarding Experience [for Beginners]

  By: Xylia Lydgate This past weekend was my second time snowboarding and I had a blast, thanks to Campus Rec’s Ski Shuttle. I was more than ready to make a comeback from my first snowboarding experience, which involved me not having snow pants and falling down the mountain every five feet. This time I was equipped with Gore-Tex snow pants and “ButtSaver” pads, including … Continue reading My Epic Snowboarding Experience [for Beginners]