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Nothing but the Best

We asked students and recent graduates to tell us some of best discoveries they’ve made on the UO campus. From the quirky (best statue) to the practical (best study spot), here’s what they said:

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BEST BURGER

“The Deluxe”
Grab ’n’ Go Marketplace
Hamilton Hall Residence Complex (Across from Matthew Knight Arena)

“‘The Deluxe’ hamburger is the inspiration of chef Dan Irvin, who came to the university from the New Orleans fine-dining scene. He aimed to create a burger worthy of a five-star restaurant. The one-third-pound burger patties are made from locally raised meat. There are 127 possible combinations of the seven sauces offered.”
—JOSEPH RYAN STEFAN, BS ’14, CHICAGO
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BEST DOORWAY

The main entrance to the Jordan Schitzner Museum of Art
“I have dreamed of attending college since I was seven years old, when I imagined a campus full of old, ornate brick buildings that made you feel smarter just looking at them. The JSMA was just how I had imagined college. While the new, renovated buildings on campus are beautiful in their own way, there is nothing that says ‘academia’ to me like the JSMA.”
—FRANCESCA FONTANA, CLASS OF 2017, EUGENE
Pioneer father statue
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BEST PLACE TO STUDY

The Lobby of Lillis Hall, Charles H. Lundquist College of Business
“The Lillis lobby initially lured me with its glass-adorned beauty, but it retains my loyalty because it’s a place I can make my own. This spot’s little-known virtue guarantees that sessions starting in the mid-afternoon will carry on uninterrupted and über-focused into the later hours of the night if they must.”
—CAMERON KOKES, CLASS OF 2017, PORTLAND
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BEST STATUE

The Pioneer
Just off East 13th Avenue, across from Johnson Hall

“On the fridge in my grandmother’s kitchen is a small photo from the ’80s of my aunt, then a student, perched on the shoulders of the UO’s iconic pioneer statue. That grainy shot was my first glimpse of campus. Hustling down 13th Avenue on the first day of classes, I caught sight of the face I had seen so many times while playing with magnets on my grandmother’s fridge. I thought about how my aunt had posed for a picture on the same statue 30 years before, and figured that if she could rock being a Duck, so could I.”
—CHLOE HUCKINS, BA ’16, PORTLAND
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BEST TREE

The Port Orford cedar at the locus of Deady, Fenton, Allen, and Friendly Halls
“Looking like a Christmas tree grown from Jack’s magic beans, the Port Orford cedar scrapes the bottoms of wayward clouds at its highest point and branches brush against grass at its lowest. Stationed in a lush sprawl of greenery, the tree lives on year after year as students come and go, professors are hired and retire, and buildings are erected and remodeled around it.”
—CONNER GORDON, BA ’16, PORTLAND

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