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    Eugene parents given probation after 2-year-old ate drug-laced candy in their apartmentThe Register-Guard19 after he took the child to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District in Eugene, for medical care. Authorities said the hospital trip happened after the child ingested what Baughman described as a Sour Patch Kid gummy candy that ...and more »

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  • UO Provost Jayanth Banavar talks diversity, student success and his first term at UOUO Provost Jayanth Banavar talks diversity, student success and his first term at UO

    University of Oregon Provost Jayanth Banavar has very full days. Meetings with faculty, with students and with deans from different schools and colleges — all with the aim to solve as many issues as he can. “The job I have is really to be a champion for our students, for our staff and for our faculty,” Banavar said. “And being a champion therefore means hearing what their problems are and trying to come up with solutions.” Banavar grew up in India, and at a young age wanted to go into physics. He would eventually become a professor at the University of Maryland. “I was brought up in India, and in India people sort of begin to specialize in a given subject at a somewhat young age,” Banavar said. “So when I was about 16 years old, I had to specialize in some subject, and I chose physics. Since then I have been studying physics, so it started a long time ago and continues to this day.” Banavar replaced former provost Scott Coltrane in July, after he was attracted to UO’s open provost position. “I had a terrific meeting with [UO President] Michael Schill and I really liked his values and I had heard some lovely things about the University of Oregon, how good the people are, how promising the future is,” Banavar said. “I had also heard about this magnificent gift of the Knights to create the Knight Science Campus. It seemed to me that there was a real opportunity for me with a background in science, but a desire to really help others to come here and try to make a difference.” One of Banavar’s biggest projects is to improve the diversity at UO, in which he found a striking difference from his time at Maryland.   “It’s very different in the sense that one of the things I have found is that Maryland, which is very close to D.C., was a lot more diverse than Eugene is, and one of things I think makes a university or an institution better is to be more diverse,” Banavar said. “I believe that diversity and inclusion are pillars of academic excellence, and so that’s one of the things that I want to do here, is to bring in people with all kinds of ideas, all kinds of backgrounds, because that makes our university and our student experience better.” One of the ways Banavar has listened to students was by staying at the recent protest at the State of University address. e felt this was important to do, and wanted to understand the full scope of the protest. “When people are in anguish, or when they were trying to speak up and are trying to say something, it’s very important that as a member of the university and a representative of the students and of Michael Schill, I just felt that I should try to hear what people have to say and I should try to help in whatever way I can,” Banavar said. “I just care and I wanted to listen and I wanted to communicate whatever I learned to Michael Schill, and if I got a chance I wanted to talk to the students and hear directly about their concerns and try to help.” One of the biggest things that Banavar looks forward to is the development of the Knight Science Campus. He looks forward to working with other universities to develop a stronger scientific presence at a university that historically has been stronger in the liberal arts. “I’m most excited about it because it is something that is going to determine the future of our university,” said Banavar. “We have a magnificent $500 million gift, and it allows one to go from innovation to impact because the whole notion of the Knight Science Campus is to accelerate impact. We can work with our sister institutions in the state and elsewhere. Oregon State University has a really good engineering program, the Oregon Health  and Science University has a fine medical program, and we can take innovations in the basic sciences and go all the way to impact and changing people’s lives.” For the time being, Banavar is focused deeply on improving the lives of faculty and students, and has been enjoying doing so. “I feel very happy to have the job that I do,” Banavar said. “I really am trying hard to make it better for our students and every day that something good happens, I feel very grateful.” Follow Erin Carey on Twitter: @erinlcarey The post UO Provost Jayanth Banavar talks diversity, student success and his first term at UO appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Resident tuition rose by 87 percent in ten years: What’s in store for next year’s tuition?Resident tuition rose by 87 percent in ten years: What’s in store for next year’s tuition?

    Remember last winter term when the University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees approved a whopping 10.6 percent tuition increase?  And then, when lawmakers ponied up extra funds, it reduced UO’s total increase to 6.56 percent? Heads up, because it’s time for UO to balance its coffers again — setting next year’s tuition rate. There’s little chance that tuition will remain flat. That hasn’t happened since 2001 . Total resident tuition and fees have risen by 87.6 percent in the last ten years. At the same time, UO’s state funding dropped, hitting a low in 2012. Since then it’s increased some each year, but hasn’t fully recovered. Funding for UO is still around over $13 million less than in 2008, according to funding records. Meanwhile, university expenses have piled on each year, including personnel and retirement “cost drivers.” Next year, UO must digest an estimated $16.7 million cost increase. That’s a lot less compared to this year’s $25 million that caused the 6.5 percent tuition uptick. While cost increases fluctuate year-to-year, the increases are recurring, and the university has to plan ahead. UO administrators are expecting a $20.5 million annual cost hike in the next eight years — and that’s a conservative estimate, says UO’s Chief Financial Officer Jamie Moffitt.   Moffitt said the cost drivers have gone up dramatically — last year retirement costs went up about 18 percent.   An outsider might look at the university and see an institution ripe with cash. From new buildings to a brimming athletics department, UO is expanding its assets. Tuition Fee and Advisory Board member and professor Chris Murray said it’s a question that comes up often. “Everyone thinks we’re rich, and I’m running around at dinner parties saying we get nothing,” he said at Friday’s TFAB meeting. UO’s Tuition and Fees Advisory board — made up of 16 different administrators, deans, educators and student representatives — will spend the next month discussing and hearing tuition proposals. At the beginning of February, they’ll send a recommendation to UO Provost Jayanth Banavar and President Michael Schill. About a month later, after allowing time for public comment and the provost to examine the numbers, Schill will present the Board of Trustees with his request. The board will then vote on next year’s tuition rates in March. If the rate increase exceeds 5 percent, the proposal will be sent to a state committee for review — the Higher Education Coordinating Committee. In total, the university has about a $1 billion budget to work with. “That’s a billion dollars of revenue and a billion dollars of expenses,” said Moffitt. “So even though it’s large, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s a lot of wiggle room.” Let’s take a look at the numbers . So what’s in a budget? Students are paying for most of it. Each year the budgeting process is roughly the same. An intricate series of number-crunching cost projections and tuition simulations run through the business office and land in the laps of UO’s TFAB members. UO actually has two separate budgets. Administration says these two streams of funding and revenue are separate — and cannot be crossed. Each budget is around half of the university’s billion-dollar pie. One of those budgets will have to absorb the $16 million cost increase — and that’s the half funded mostly by tuition. This separate “fund accounting” budgeting method has confused a lot of people. Some ASUO leaders, students and even faculty are asking for alternative solutions to the ever-growing budget issue, and want to know why the streams cannot be crossed. The fund that’s covered mostly by tuition is the Education and General fund, or ENG. It covers basic university operations — school, college and administration budgets, debts and operational costs. It’s the fund TFAB is most concerned with — the half that must absorb the cost increase. The other fund includes federal grants and contracts, restricted donor gifts (like the $500 million to build the Knight Campus) and auxiliary revenue streams such as housing, athletics and the EMU. Auxiliaries like UO Athletics are supposed to be financially self-sufficient. The university charges them a small amount of overhead for using services like the human resources department, and this small amount of money makes it back into the ENG stream. This fund’s donor gifts, such as scholarships, are given out through a separate nonprofit entity, UO Foundations, which manages and invests UO’s endowments. Currently, most of its financial records are no longer available to the public. Almost all of this fund’s spending is restricted, whether it be legally or practically, said Moffitt. “Money comes in for a particular purpose and it’s spent on that purpose,” she said. Conversely, the ENG fund depends on tuition — and the tuition rate depends largely on UO’s operating and personnel costs, and how much funding the state decides to shell out each year. In 2017, tuition revenue made up over 80 percent of the total funds in this pot — student dollars are funding the majority of the educational costs.  State funding was at 13.9 percent. So what, exactly, is driving up tuition costs? Cost drivers: It comes down to PERS UO’s educational cost is 80 percent people — that means classified and unclassified faculty, staff, graduate employees and everything that comes with them — salaries, retirement and health insurance. These costs are recurring — and each year they increase by millions. They are what make up the $16.7 million cost increase in next year’s budget. Retirement costs are a large chunk of this, and they’re the fastest growing. Every other year the university must pay into the Public Education Retirement System (PERS). This grows by an estimated extra $7.1 million every other year. This cost hit last year, explaining why this year’s cost increase is smaller. This cost is more volatile than others and will likely grow beyond the estimate, and it will keep piling on for at least the next 8 years, said Moffitt. To run tuition projections, Moffitt estimates that annual cost drivers will pile on an annual $20.5 million each year. What can the university do? “It’s a really hard topic because none of us want to raise tuition,” said Moffitt. “I’m now going into my seventh year doing this, and it’s just incredibly challenging.” Moffitt, ASUO leaders and other members of TFAB are searching for ways to avoid huge tuition increases in the face of an ever-growing, dire financial situation. Several options were brought up at the recent TFAB meeting. Here’s what was discussed: Expanding the campus — Moffitt says this is the most viable option. More students equals more tuition dollars, and administrators are considering expanding campus by 3,000 students over the next 8 years to help cover the PERS costs. Their projection includes a 3 percent increase in tuition each year. This eventually requires a new dorm, new teaching building and faculty — but the university hopes to avoid these investments in the first several years. ASUO leaders expressed reservations with this as the only solution. Cutting budgets — The university has already done this. It cut $4.5 from the 2018 budget — meaning staff and faculty — and it may seek more cuts. Lowering salaries — This was brought up by ASUO leaders and a faculty member at the TFAB meeting. Moffitt said renegotiating union wages is not something the university is considering. Dipping into the other fund — ASUO President Amy Schenk wants to see this option explored, rather than cutting jobs or raising tuition. Though administration says each budget much remain more or less separate, proposals have been brought before the advisory board in past. More state funding — ASUO leaders said they will lobby for increased state funding. These points and more will be up for discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Tuition and Fees Advisory Board’s student forum. The roundtable meeting, aimed at discussing tuition and the school’s budget, is at 5 p.m. in the EMU Ballroom. Check back at dailyemerald.com for coverage of the forum. Meanwhile, university leaders are assessing their options. “I wish we weren’t facing cost increases every year, and the cost increases we’re facing mean that we have to make unbelievably tough decisions,” Moffit said. “Sometimes those are decisions to raise tuition more than we like, and sometimes those are decisions to make cuts that end up impacting people’s jobs and their lives — there are no easy answers.” The post Resident tuition rose by 87 percent in ten years: What’s in store for next year’s tuition? appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • UO’s emergency call boxes see few uses but have vital role on campusUO’s emergency call boxes see few uses but have vital role on campus

    On Nov. 26, 2017, a man overdosing on meth pressed multiple University of Oregon’s “emergency call boxes” near LLC North. Help soon arrived and the man was transported to receive medical attention. But for most, the call boxes’ bright multihued yellow posts, brick red button and bright blue light often go unnoticed when observing campus scenery. The 80 call boxes, not including those in elevators, are scattered throughout campus and cost close to $14,400 a year to maintain. They saw far and few legitimate uses during 2017, according to data provided by the University of Oregon Police Department. Oftentimes when officers arrived at the scene in response to receiving a call, no one was found to be in need of assistance. UOPD spokesperson Kelly McIver says that it’s difficult to understand the underlying cause of this trend. “I’m not sure that there’s accuracy or value in describing the mystery activations as pranks, since we really don’t know,” McIver said. Over the course of the year, emergency call boxes were activated 192 times; however officers responded to only nine incidents with individuals at the scene. Here are the situations officers responded to that had individuals at the scene: Nov. 26, 2017 at 12:43 a.m., Living Learning Center North, male subject experiencing methamphetamine overdose, pressing multiple ephones. Responded and medical transport Oct. 11, 2017 at 12:07 a.m., North Side of Lewis Integrated Sciences, verbal dispute, ephone pushed by a party involved Oct. 8, 2017 at 12:02 a.m., North Side of Lewis Integrated Sciences, medical assistance, 35 yo male request medics for a heart problem Aug. 5, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Student Rec Center Turf Field #2, medical assistance, referred caller to 9-1-1 because [UOPD] can’t transfer ephone calls July 24, 2017: at 4:52 a.m., Carson Hall ephone 62, medical assistance, custodian was injured and walked to ephone to get help June 16, 2017: at 2:24 a.m., area of 12/Kincaid, motor vehicle accident April 16, 2017: at 1:26 a.m., Lot 53, person requests medical assistance March 21, 2017: at 6:40 a.m., Cascade Hall NE Exterior, caller reported getting hit by a truck and a verbal dispute Feb. 8, 2017: at 4:49 p.m., Millrace ephone, caller reporting a dispute with his girlfriend McIver says that despite officers’ quick response time if they are close, the smaller, newer technology of cell phones is the primary factor behind the infrequent use of emergency phones. “Response to a call box generally takes no more than a couple of minutes; less if an officer on patrol is close to the location,” McIver said. “Everyone has 911 at their fingertips. They don’t need to go to a call box and talk to a dispatcher. I think that the cell phone largely killed off the use of the call boxes.” Despite their occasional use and high cost, UOPD Police Chief Matthew Carmichael says that there is no benefit in removing the call boxes. “Some campuses across the country have chosen to remove emergency phones which I would caution is a serious mistake,” Carmichael said. “It has been my experience that emergency phones have played a vital role in getting emergency assistance to students who are in need of medical attention or to thwart potential crime. Balancing cost versus student safety, student safety wins.” Editor’s note: The dispatch data was provided to The Emerald in an email from UOPD spokesperson Kelly McIver. It has been edited for clarity. Follow Michael Tobin on Twitter: @Tobin_Tweets The post UO’s emergency call boxes see few uses but have vital role on campus appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Discography Dive: Flying Lotus distorts genresDiscography Dive: Flying Lotus distorts genres

    Emerald writers love a deep dive. In the Discography Dive series, Emerald A&C staffers write in-depth about their favorite groups. This week, music writer Jordan Montero looks into avant-garde hip-hop artist Flying Lotus’ varied works. “1983” (2006) “1983” is Flying Lotus’ most straight-forward album. His simple formula of spacey, electric themes laid over sample-heavy, J. Dilla-inspired beats allowed for stimulating listening to happen within seconds. The disciplines of brevity and forward-thinking tastefulness found in his Adult Swim bumps were applied to his debut; “1983” is a playlist of diverse, bite-sized beats. In essence, “1983” is hip-hop, rooted deeper in the genre than any of his later works, complete with an impressive sample catalog. But simultaneously, Lotus’ aptitude to innovate caused the album to have many sounds and influences. His avant-garde instincts, which would shine later in his career, were foreshadowed on the record in his eclectic motifs and excellent beat command, eventually landing him a deal with Warp Records. “Los Angeles” (2008) “Los Angeles,” released under Warp, pushed Flying Lotus to critical acclaim, being a continuation and expansion on the foundation laid by “1983.” His once-trusty formula no longer satisfied him, making “Los Angeles” more dynamic in character. The beats remained hip-hop inspired, but the music as a whole grew into its own identity. Lotus started spilling over to other genres, and, consequently, his compositions grew more refined and immersive. On the surface, “Los Angeles” is groovier and more intricate than its predecessor. Most songs on the record play like club hits with high-end appeal. Lotus’ ear for drum patterns and his ability to create them is exceptional, even since “1983.” Using his imagination, he executes sweet licks sampling the world’s mundane sounds. Although still progressing, FlyLo would make his furthest leap as an artist with the release of his next album. “Cosmogramma” (2010) After “Los Angeles,” in between releasing numerous remixes and EPs, Flying Lotus was faced with the death of his mother. The creation of “Cosmogramma” coincided with his grieving, and would play a role in ascending the record to universal praise. On the album, Lotus channelled the delicacy that naturally comes out through the death of a loved one. Lotus even sampled the respirator in his mother’s hospital room and flipped it on the track “Galaxy in Janaki.” Wanting something more personal than mere laptop beats, Lotus introduced live instrumentation to his repertoire. As his cathartic, electronic impulses rip and splash throughout the 46-minute album, “Cosmogramma’s” unbound character offers its innovation in the realms of hip-hop, soul, techno, afro, jazz and orchestral conventions. To this day, “Cosmogramma” is the producer’s most inspired, groundbreaking work. “Until The Quiet Comes” (2012) After the maximalist “Cosmogramma”, Lotus turned inward for the direction of his new album. Dwelling on the concept of dreams, a fluctuating subconscious and astral projection, “Until The Quiet Comes” is defined by FlyLo’s philosophical mental state at the time of production. It’s wistful vocal stylings and ambient textures fit the surreal standing of Flying Lotus’ mind. “Until The Quiet Comes” plays with a psychedelic filter over Lotus’ inventive ideas. Maintaining the live instrumentation from his previous album, Lotus shifted more attention to detail than usual to the mixing and arranging of sounds, rather than the compositions themselves. The product is a self-contained dreamworld presented in oscillating drum and synth, and unlike the expansive “Cosmogramma,” “Until The Quiet Comes” allows the listener to approach it, rather than the other way around. “You’re Dead” (2014) “You’re Dead” doesn’t have the traumatic events or the entranced mind to fuel its execution. Instead, the album is grounded by uniform hip-hop and jazz, whereas his previous works liberally bounced around to different genres.  Again aided by friend and labelmate, Thundercat, on the bass, FlyLo’s ancestral impressions free themselves on “You’re Dead.” The album features developed techniques like syncopation and instances of walking bass alongside the swirling mantras of Louts, and has a heavier reliance on guest vocal performances. Through this, “You’re Dead” becomes a surreal take on jazz while entertaining the ominous contemplations of life and death — of which Flying Lotus finds nothing to be afraid of. Flying Lotus received more acclaim for his work on the groundbreaking Kendrick Lamar album, “To Pimp A Butterfly,” following the release of “You’re Dead.” He also made his film directorial debut with his 2017 film “Kuso,” which he also scores. According to Pitchfork, Flying Lotus is in the process of finishing up his next album. Listen to the Emerald’s Flying Lotus playlist below: The post Discography Dive: Flying Lotus distorts genres appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Tuesday campus briefingTuesday campus briefing

    Hi there, UO. Here’s what you need to know in the news on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Tuition setting is upon us. Again. It’s time for UO to start conversations on raising the tuition again — something that’s happened every year for the past 10. The school is running into budget problems, but our story breaks down the complicated issue in the cover story for this week. Have you noticed those emergency buttons on campus? They were only useful nine times last year, but school officials say they are vital. We found out what those calls were for. An emergency assistance phone is seen near the Price Science commons. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald) UO Provost Jayanth Banavar wants UO to be more diverse After a year in the role, Banavar is tackling issues every day to make UO better. We wrote a profile on Banavar and his goals here. The UO Senate is setting goals We look at the UO Senate’s sights for this term, which includes changing the general education requirements — something that affects every student. The Student Food Pantry got an influx of additional food to give away But leaders of the Pantry say they need more space. An on-campus location could be its next home. Freshman basketball player Ruthy Hebard caught ESPN’s eye Th Fairbanks Alaska native is turning heads with her field goal percentage. Hear what her coaches have to say about her. Mushrooms fascinate Roo Vandegrift A research assistant professor of fungal ecology at the University of Oregon is finding new species of fungi in Ecuador. An up-close look at a xylobotryum fungus. (Sarah Northrop/Emerald) We’re a newspaper, so we liked “The Post” — the new movie about the Washington Post. Check out our review of the film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, here. If you like other movies about newspapers, like “Spotlight,” you’ll probably like “The Post” too. Have you heard of the hip-hop artist Flying Lotus? Our Arts and Culture writer Jordan Montero dives into the artist’s discography. See if you agree. Opinion: Are you an activist? Columnist Melody Charles argues why you should be, especially in 2018. Opinion: Anti-immigration statements on campus  Columnist Veronica Fernandez-Alvarado explains why “Deport them all” and “White Pride” chalk near campus are unacceptable. Thanks for reading our Tuesday briefing. Check back tomorrow for more. The post Tuesday campus briefing appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • What you need to know about the UO Senate’s goals this termWhat you need to know about the UO Senate’s goals this term

    Fall term was busy for the university senate: it began reforms of sexist and racist course evaluations. It launched efficient transfer agreements between community colleges and universities in Oregon. And it voted to support the UO Student Collective following their protest of President Schill. This term it has even more to do. This term the senate will be voting on changing the general education requirements, welcoming accomplished faculty with the help of expedited tenure and reducing white supremacy on campus. Changes in general education requirements The senate will be voting on a new general education curriculum, or CORE education curriculum, that aims to streamline the first year of study at UO by offering major-specific tracks of study for incoming students. The senate will introduce the issue at the senate meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and vote on it later in the term. It will vote on creating legislation to support the issue in the coming weeks, starting what will be a very long process of planning and organizing a successful, new system, senate president Chris Sinclair said. The university’s accreditors requested for the university to redesign their general education requirements to be more in line with the university mission. “What the accreditors want is alignment between what we are offering and assessing with the university mission,” Sinclair said. The CORE education program will streamline the first year of study at the university by offering major specific tracks of study. For example, if a student came to the university and wanted to major in business, they would take the business-specific track of study. There, they would take all prerequisites for business classes in conjunction with their general education requirements. If a student was undeclared, they would take a more broad track of study to expose them to more potential majors while still completing their general education requirements. Establishing expedited tenure for incoming faculty The senate will vote on the new expidited tenure process  this Wednesday. Incoming faculty at the university are not guaranteed tenure. The process of granting it to new faculty is long and requires the incoming professors to commit to Oregon without the promise of tenure for six months or often longer, according to Sinclair. President Schill has the executive power to grant tenure to any faculty member; however, according to Sinclair, the university does not want to abuse or rely on this power. The new process, proposed to the senate by Boris Botvinnik, a math professor and faculty personnel committee representative, is much shorter and will guarantee tenure to new faculty much sooner. The new process is aimed to attract acclaimed faculty to the school, according to Sinclair. Provost Banavar brought up the issue to Sinclair at the beginning of the academic year, and the senate created the task force to address the issue. Discussion and voting on the second resolution from the Student Collective The senate will discuss the second resolution from the Student Collective this Wednesday and is scheduled to vote on it later in the term. The second resolution aims to reduce the prevalence of white supremacy on campus in order to make the university more inclusive. At the last senate meeting on Nov. 29, the student collective offered their resolution to the senate, asking for support as they faced their student conduct violations and to denounce white supremacy on campus. The resolution was split into two parts following a motion by senator Keith Frazee. The first outlines the student conduct violations and the second reduces white supremacy on campus. “I perceived two very important concerns within the previous motion. Both are very important issues, but I felt they each warranted their own full and robust discussion,” Frazee said. The senate passed the first part of the resolution last November and is bringing forth a new amended part two of the resolution this Wednesday.  The post What you need to know about the UO Senate’s goals this term appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Fernandez-Alvarado: Anti-immigrant graffiti near campus is part of a much bigger issueFernandez-Alvarado: Anti-immigrant graffiti near campus is part of a much bigger issue

    On the corner of East 13th Avenue and Alder Street, anti-immigrant graffiti showed up on the concrete base of the Great Blue Heron statue. “Deport them all” was written with chalk on the statue as well as pro-Trump messages.   Passersby found offensive graffiti near the Knight Library last September. (Courtesy of the University of Oregon) These anti-immigrant messages have been showing up on and around the University of Oregon since President Trump’s election. Over the past year, there have been anti-refugee stickers and white supremacist messages such as “white pride” on our campus. A 2017 report by The Oregonian/Oregonlive profiled white nationalist activity in Eugene. Our city recorded almost 60 hate crimes in 2017; vandalism and graffiti made up 20 percent of the reported hate crimes between January and October. As a student of color, it is terrifying and exhausting to see these racist messages on campuses. According to research done by the Jed Foundation and the Steve Fund, black and Hispanic students are more likely to feel overwhelmed and have mental health issues compared to their white counterparts. Having to keep up with the course load as well as worry about whether the person sitting next to you wants to kick you out of the country is too much pressure to carry. Our administration needs to directly address these messages because they are not simply chalk and stickers, but rather the bubbling of pro-white nationalism and hate crimes against our international students and students of color. According to the University of Oregon, 26.8 percent of the student body identifies as students of color and 12 percent are international students. Though President Michael Schill said he “condemns all forms of hate speech and racism,” as the head figure of our university, he needs to openly take a stand against the white supremacist messages on campus and stand with the students of color and international students. The rise of hate crimes is not unique to the Eugene area; it has been a rising trend on campuses all over the United States. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there has been a growing number of hate groups in the US, and 78 percent of recruitment is done on university campuses. The SPLC reported that the largest motivation for hate crimes post-inauguration was due to anti-immigrant ideals.   If our administration can openly state that they are against white supremacists and hate crimes on our campus, then they will show our student body that this is a campus for all students. These students are asking for support and our administration is ignoring the hateful messages these students have to see. We know that the messages will not end here, and without the support from our university, it will not only encourage more hateful messages to appear, but it will also let over a quarter of our student body know that their mental health and well-being is simply not worth supporting. It shouldn’t be hard for our administration to openly denounce white supremacy, and it should be even easier for them to support such a large percentage of their student body.   The post Fernandez-Alvarado: Anti-immigrant graffiti near campus is part of a much bigger issue appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Charles: You should become an activist this yearCharles: You should become an activist this year

    It’s 2018. You absolutely need to get off your butt and engage in some kind of activism. It is our collective apathy and complacency which enabled Donald Trump to become president. Yes, we are all, in some way, a little bit culpable. Youth between 18 and 24 have a lower voter turnout. Citizens aged 55-64 have the highest voter turnout, at 71 percent. Overall, only 15 percent of eligible voters actually vote. So we as millennials are overrepresented by roughly 24 percent of the American population. That needs to change. Many opportunities have sprouted up within the past two years for engaging in activism. I am personally a big fan of Indivisible, an organization that formed to counter Trump’s policies. For those of you who simply want to resist Trump, while not necessarily advocating any singular platform, Indivisible is the way to go. I’ve often wondered; how do we reach out to Republicans who still can’t bring themselves to the left wing, but still hate Trump’s policies? What if you are “Pro Life,” but really want to find an outlet to help immigrants and refugees? Or what if you really do want to see more women involved in politics, but dislike Hillary Clinton? You’re still welcome to participate in the Women’s March on January 20. There is a relationship between conservatism and Trump, – namely his shameless pandering to the Evangelical right – but I’m not ready to point fingers at fiscal conservatives. I’m not interested in further exacerbating the tensions between those who identify as right wing and those who identify as left wing. If we can find room to include those on the fence, we ought to. Some of you may still believe the apocalyptic rhetoric is unwarranted. Perhaps you haven’t witnessed the rise in hate crimes, the language of rape culture from our politicians and certain entertainment figures or the extremely disturbing suggestion that we ought to strike North Korea first to humiliate them. Ask yourself this question: “Would I benefit in some way from unbridled racism, sexism and xenophobia?” If your answer is yes, then you need to check your privilege. As the saying goes, “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression”. Our self-absorbed culture is partially responsible for the rise in anti-democratic thought and uncivil rhetoric. It’s wrong to believe that we’re on some progressive trajectory in which we can become complacent and ignore what our activist parents and grandparents fought for. We still need to actively preserve our institutions. Ask yourself this: What do you care about? Here are some ideas to get you started: Food for Lane County Indivisible Democratic Socialists of America Black Lives Matter UNHCR The post Charles: You should become an activist this year appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Ruthy Hebard: Outstanding as a freshman and still going strong in year twoRuthy Hebard: Outstanding as a freshman and still going strong in year two

    In the words of Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves, sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard is “a nightmare for defenses.” “If you don’t double her, you’re going one-on-one against an elite post,” Graves said. For the past two seasons, the Fairbanks, Alaska native has been the premier forward for the Ducks. She is third in the NCAA in field goal percentage at 66.4 percent, and still averaging over 15 points and eight rebounds per game. On espnW’s top 25 women’s basketball players to watch this season, Hebard was ranked 25th while teammate and fellow sophomore Sabrina Ionescu was ranked eighth. Last season, as a freshman, she led the Ducks in points and rebounds per game, with 14.9 and 8.5, respectively. She had the best field goal percentage in the Pac-12 shooting 58.8 percent from the field. During last season’s NCAA Tournament, Hebard was one of three freshman to consistently start games, along with Ionescu and Mallory McGwire. Hebard just focuses on game, and doesn’t worry about the stats. “When people tweet about it, I look at it,” she said. “But other than that, I’m just playing.” Ryan Hales, the head coach of Alaska Stars, Hebard’s former club team for three years, believes she is one of the most humble people he has ever been around. “She has got a great attitude and a phenomenal personality,” Hales said. “Everybody just loves to be around her.” While she may be only a sophomore, Hebard has been compared to former Duck Jillian Alleyne, the Pac-12 all-time leading rebounder. Hebard watched Alleyne while she was being recruited. “It’s cool to be talked about with her because she is such a great person and basketball player,” Hebard said. Even though Hebard is playing fewer minutes than Alleyne, Hebard’s stats are impressive enough to stand on their own. She’s up to 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. This past summer, Hebard traveled with USA Basketball’s U19 team to Italy for the U19 FIBA World Cup. There, she got a look at her new teammates, Anneli Maley and Aina Ayuso, and played against some top-tier international talent. Hebard’s physicality has been hugely beneficial for Oregon. Now ranked No. 7 in the country — its highest ranking ever— the intensity is taken up another notch. “Coach says there is a target on our back now, and that’s going to make everyone bring their A-game, which is good for us because we shouldn’t relax on any team,” Hebard said. Her mentality comes from growing up in Alaska, a state not known for its high school basketball standouts. But as a three-time Alaska Gatorade National Player of the Year, Hebard has been one of the best Alaskan players ever. “We have to travel a long ways to get any exposure, ” Hales said. “She has to have a chip on her shoulder. They have complete at a high level so they can even get a glimpse of being seen.” Now that Hebard has received exposure on the national stage, she continues to amaze players, fans and coaches with her efficiency and attitude. Follow August Howell @howell_august The post Ruthy Hebard: Outstanding as a freshman and still going strong in year two appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Science Pick of the Week: UO fungi experts return from Ecuador with multiple new speciesScience Pick of the Week: UO fungi experts return from Ecuador with multiple new species

    If you are looking for a mushroom expert, look no further than Roo Vandegrift. “Think of all the diversity you find in animals, everything from little shrimp to people, you find that same kind of diversity in fungi,” Vandegrift, a research assistant professor of fungal ecology at the University of Oregon, said. “Everything from the typical cap and gill mushroom to microscopic organisms that do all kinds of wild things.” According to Vandegrift, 3.2 million fungi are estimated to exist on Earth, but only about 120,000 species have been documented. New discoveries from his trip to the Andean cloud forest — a high elevation rainforest — in Ecuador could add to that list of fungi. “There could be dozens of new species sitting here on [this laboratory] benchtop right now,” Vandegrift said, “because tropical fungal diversity is so poorly described at the moment.” Vandegrift and his research partner, Danny Newman, a freelance mycologist (fungi specialist) and photographer, collected 350 specimens of fungi from the nature reserve, Reserva Los Cedros. Now that their crowdfunding efforts are nearly complete, the two are preparing for the next stage of their project: sequencing the “barcode” gene of each specimen. 2014 fungal collections sit on a lab tabletop. (Sarah Northrop/Emerald) The barcode gene, Vandegrift explains, codes for the production of ribosomes in cells. Ribosomes are responsible for transcribing DNA into RNA, a process that is essential for life at every level. In Vandegrift and Newman’s case, they used a piece of the ribosome gene known as the “internal transcribed spacer.” “As evolution happens and species split, the sequence for that particular gene gets more and more different,” Vandegrift said. “The more different it is, the more divergent the organism.” Getting their samples was a journey itself, though. To reach Reserva Los Cedros, Vandegrift flew to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. He then boarded a 6 a.m. bus that whisked him deep into the Andean mountains. Reaching a small village in the afternoon, they hired a pickup truck driver, bundled all their research gear into the bed of the truck, and trekked further into the rainforest. “You drive to where the road literally ends,” Vandegrift said, “where you meet a mule train that’s come down from the mountain. You load all your stuff up onto mules and you hike or ride mules up into the mountains for three hours into this tractless wilderness before you finally get to Los Cedros.” The variety of species found at Los Cedros made it an ideal location for Vandegrift to collect samples. Its close proximity to the equator and isolation from humanity allow the site to sustain a rich variety of species not seen in other parts of the world. The reserve is known to contain numerous species of birds, mammals, plants and of course, fungi. Recently, Ecuador has opened more of the country to mining companies for resource extraction. As of June 2016, 80 percent of Los Cedros was signed over to a Canadian mining company, Cornerstone, but Vandegrift said that he hopes their work can highlight why the region should be preserved. “There are more than 100 documented red-list endangered species that occur at Reserva Los Cedros,” Vandegrift said. “The better documented the diversity at a conservation location like this, the less likely it is that the conservation status will be revoked in favor of resource extraction.” Read more about the pair’s work in the recent profile in Colossal: www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/01/ecuadorian-fungi/ Check out Newman’s photos from the trip at citizen science website Mushroom Observer: http://mushroomobserver.org/observer/observation_search?page=11&pattern=%22los+cedros%22 An up-close look at a xylobotryum fungus. (Sarah Northrop/Emerald) View some of Newman’s photos below: Fungi from the Andean cloud forest. (Courtesy of Danny Newman) Fungi from the Andean cloud forest. (Courtesy of Danny Newman) Fungi from the Andean cloud forest. (Courtesy of Danny Newman) Fungi from the Andean cloud forest. (Courtesy of Danny Newman) Fungi from the Andean cloud forest. (Courtesy of Danny Newman) Fungi from the Andean cloud forest. (Courtesy of Danny Newman) The article originally misstated that Newman’s photos were from a photo archive. It has been updated to reflect the correct location of the photos online, a citizen science website called Mushroom Observer. The post Science Pick of the Week: UO fungi experts return from Ecuador with multiple new species appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • The Student Food Pantry needs more spaceThe Student Food Pantry needs more space

    The Student Food Pantry doubled its hours at the beginning of fall term. Before the change, students would stand in line hoping for a chance to get some groceries from the tiny one-car garage full of food. Now, Food for Lane County, a nonprofit organization, began donating more food to the pantry, and students don’t feel afraid that food will run out if they don’t come early to wait in line. “People would show up an hour in advance, and the line would extend clear down to the corner,” said Rev. Doug Hale, manager of the Student Food Pantry. “Then it would take at least an hour to get those people through,” he said. Rev. Hale said that the pantry now opens from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, rather than just on Thursday. The Pantry now serves about 150 students per week – 50 more than when the pantry was only open on Thursdays. Plus the line is shorter and it takes less time for students to get through. Although the pantry is serving more students more efficiently, it still doesn’t have the space that it needs to grow. Oregon State University and Lane Community College both have food pantries on campus for students, but the Student Food Pantry is different. It isn’t officially associated with the University of Oregon. Instead, it is run entirely by the Episcopal Campus Ministry, and it is open to any student with a student ID from any university or college. The Pantry has been open for six years, and Rev. Hale has been managing it for five. He explained that the Pantry is very complicated to run, and it takes the majority of his time to maintain, even though the Ministry also has weekly worship services and discussions. “This is about caring for people as people, whether it’s about food or not,” he said. Rev. Hale said he has thought about every angle of how to get food to more students; he has added more shelves for food in the pantry, found more volunteers for the extra hours, thought about trying to expand the garage or move to a bigger space and has tried to work with administration to get a space on the UO campus. “Sometime there might be space but it might not be appropriate,” he said. A space for the pantry would need to have enough electrical access for multiple fridges and freezers, access to the street for unloading food and at least some sort of counter and water access for preparing food. Rev. Hale said that for years there has been talk of moving the pantry to a larger space on campus so that it could serve more students. “This is really an important issue to [ASUO President] Amy Schenk. The ASUO is really mobilizing to get some things happening. We need a bigger space for this,” Hale said. Moving and expanding the Pantry was a major part of Schenk’s platform last year when she ran for ASUO president. Schenk remains passionate about moving the pantry on campus. She has created a task force within the ASUO focused on getting a space for the pantry. “Efforts are coming along. We’re hoping to solidify location prospects by the end of winter term or the middle of spring,” Schenk said in an interview with the Emerald. After the location is chosen, Schenk predicts that the pantry will be opened within a year. The ASUO food pantry task force meets with administration this Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in attending this meeting can contact Schenk at ASUOpres@uoregon.edu. The post The Student Food Pantry needs more space appeared first on Emerald Media.

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  • Letting GoLetting Go

    Halie Loren’s new album, due out this spring, doesn’t have a name yet. The tracks aren’t fully mixed. There’s no release party on the books. And the popular Eugene singer-songwriter isn’t even sure what the exact release date will be, other than “sometime in April.” But this much is certain: Loren’s new album will mark the fulfillment of a lifetime dream. After a decade of successfully recording and performing jazz standards written by other people, a decade that has taken her around the world to sing, the songwriter set out last year to embrace her own inner voice. A lot of that voice will be about letting go, from a singer who describes herself, with a smile, as a “control freak.” For the first time she’s bringing in an outside producer, a prominent British musician.  Loren — she also sings with The Sugar Beets and her quintet halie and the moon — has been writing songs since she was 14. By then she was already a veteran performer, having sung on stages since the age of 10. Her first public performance was at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska, where she grew up. Songwriting turned out to be a frightening task. “I remember picking up a pen for the first time with the intention of writing lyrics — and being so intimidated,” she says. “I had so much reverence for the music and the song writers I really loved.” The list of her favorites, then and now, includes a range of familiar names, from the Joni Mitchell of Blue to those irreverent early 20th-century New Yorkers who created what we now call the American Songbook. (Think Cole Porter’s “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”) “Everything that Cole Porter wrote is a master class in clever song writing,” Loren says. And, she adds, Paula Cole. This Fire was the first album Loren ever bought with her own money. (Days after a long interview, she emailed a more-complete list of her influences: Bill Withers, Carole King, Paul Simon, Sarah McLachlan, Brian Wilson, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Sam Cooke, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Woody Guthrie and Paul McCartney/John Lennon. “So many others, too,” she wrote. “But that’s a start.”) Loren, now 33, started crafting her songs methodically, penning new lyrics to familiar melodies, so she didn’t have to solve two problems at once. Soon she was writing songs to original melodies. By the time she was 17, she had written more than 100 songs. Along the way she began entering — and winning — songwriting competitions from the Austin Songwriters Competition and the Pacific Songwriters Competition (firsts in both) to the Billboard Songwriting Contest (a song she co-wrote with Larry Wayne Clark took second in jazz in 2004) and the John Lennon Songwriting Competition (runner-up in folk, 2004). Straight out of high school Loren headed for Nashville, where she spent the next two years working with professional country songwriters, using contacts she had made through those competitions. “I had been writing songs for four years — that seemed a long time to me, and I thought I was an old hand at it already,” she says. “But just being in a room hearing them spitballing ideas was an amazing education.”  She learned, Loren says, “a much deeper understanding of the many paths to a song.” Then her life took an unexpected turn. It was 2003, the year of the first Iraq war. The Dixie Chicks told a concert crowd in London that they opposed the war, adding, “We’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.” The sky fell in on the Grammy-winning country group, whose lost bookings kept them from touring for years after. Loren looked around the red-state culture of Nashville. “What if everybody here knew how I felt about the war?” she wondered. She headed back to Eugene, needing to take a long breather from country music. “It wasn’t resonating with me anymore,” she says. Photo by Todd Cooper   She enrolled at Lane Community College, starting off an education that would lead to a degree in art, with a minor in business, at the University of Oregon. At Lane she took a digital music class. She started listening to Tori Amos. And she started writing songs while sitting at the piano. That music, along with a Joni Mitchell cover, would end up on her very first album, Full Circle, which she recorded and produced herself. “It’s still work I’m super proud of,” she says. In 2008 she brought out her first jazz album, one of a series of nine that have so far defined her career. The following year, They Oughta Write a Song took first place for Vocal Jazz Album in the Just Plain Folks music awards, which bills itself as the largest indie music award in the world. Loren flew to Nashville for the ceremony. In those days she was selling her albums off her website, HalieLoren.com, and watching the money slowly trickle in. Then she signed with a Portland distributor who started selling her work in Japan. In 2010 They Oughta Write a Song became the second-biggest-selling jazz album in Japan. Now she has three albums that have hit the top of the Billboard jazz charts there. Breaking into the Japanese market, Loren says, has been her most surprising career shift. For one thing, it’s been lucrative. “It’s been huge in terms of how much it’s empowered me to make music my full career.” She went in a heartbeat from local Oregon performer to international touring star, performing not only in Asia but in Europe and Canada. Loren has an intense work ethic. She gets it from her parents, she says, who instilled in her the notion of getting things done on time and right. Before they retired, her mother was an administrative assistant; her father, an electrical engineer. She has a sister and brother who are both computer programmers. “We are all huge nerds,” she says. “Nerds are people who are interested in things. It’s not being afraid to be yourself, even if that’s not what’s in vogue at the moment. I love being around nerds. I can say that because I am one.” For the last three or four years Loren has had a nagging thought in the back of her mind — the idea of really delving into her songwriting self. Even though she’s known for singing jazz classics, she’s always included a few of her own songs in her albums and performances. But this year she decided she was ready to get back to her artistic roots, to indulge the 14-year-old girl who sat down one day to write a song. Loren relishes the purity of taking over every aspect of the music. “I want my voice to come through in more ways than just my voice,” she says. At the same time, she realized she was ready to cede some control. Loren has produced or co-produced every album she’s made. She designed their covers, marketed them and marketed herself. “There are so many hats to wear,” she says. “I have to try to be all things. What would it be like if I could just let go?” Photo by Todd Cooper   Letting go, in this case, meant turning over production to a world-class pro. Loren sucked up her courage and launched a Kickstarter campaign that raised $68,000 in short order. She used the money to hire Troy Miller, a British drummer and producer who has, among other things, conducted the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Orchestra, and worked with Amy Winehouse, Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula. Last summer Loren flew to London for five days of studio sessions and then to Brooklyn for six more with Miller. Letting go, she says, was a continuing battle. “I had to be okay with the idea I was asking for help,” she says. “But I got to immerse myself in the project and tell the rest of my nature to sit in the back seat.” The studio days were intense, 10 am to midnight. “I didn’t get a lot of sleep,” she says. “But exhausting is not the right word. I felt so energized!” Loren’s inner control tried to complain. “Troy was asking me to stretch my concept of a song in ways I had never realized.  I was so confused. This is not the way the song is in my head! But once I started listening…” The album still isn’t quite ready, but Loren let me listen to half a dozen not-quite-completely mixed songs. Hearing them back-to-back offers a deep tour through the incredible range of Loren’s voice and her original musical vision.  The condition I agreed to is that I not discuss her songs and their titles in detail. But I can say this: At one moment she’s singing a confessional with the quirky intimacy of Joni Mitchell; at another she’s not-quite-belting a gospel-influenced anthem, and at the next she’s off in a nerdy Stevie Wonderish fantasy. Loren’s new album brings in elements of pop and rock and folk — OK, who doesn’t, these days? — as well as world music and that jazzy voice we all know, but she does it in a way that seems easy, honest and all her own. “It’s a series of stories,” she says. “It explores the theme of letting go in a sad, nostalgic way, but also freedom from something you want to shed. It takes some pretty big chances. People who are expecting something similar to me might be surprised.”

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  • Swastikas & Anti-Immigration Slogans Painted in EugeneSwastikas & Anti-Immigration Slogans Painted in Eugene

    Two reports of swastikas on the Toys "R" Us building on Valley River Drive in Eugene were made to the Human Rights and Neighborhood Commission last week. On Thursday, Jan. 4, a driver on Delta Highway saw a swastika on the side of the building.  Meanwhile, Eugene resident Sarah Buck was shopping at the toy store when she noticed that no store employees were present at the checkout lines.  “The manager informed us that everyone was outside because they just found someone had come and graffitied the store with swastikas and anti-Semitic stuff on the outside walls and the truck,” Buck says.  The Toys "R" Us building was spray-painted with a red swastika, the word “Tygarclan” and a five-pointed star. A second swastika was spray painted on an empty semi-truck trailer in the parking lot of the Toys "R" Us.  Jessica Offerjost, a spokeswoman with Toys "R" Us corporate office in Wayne, New Jersey, initially spoke on the phone with Eugene Weekly, saying the company was looking into the incident and requesting copies of photographs taken of the graffiti. In a later email, Offerjost writes, “Early morning on Thursday, January 4, the Toys "R" Us in Eugene, OR, was vandalized. We have zero tolerance for these actions and are working with authorities to identify anyone involved.”  On Jan. 8 reports of graffiti targeting immigrants and DREAMers were made on the University of Oregon Campus. Early Monday morning, the Trump administration had announced its plans to end temporary protection status for citizens of El Salvador.   Kelly McIver, public information officer with the UO Police Department, says the chalked graffiti was found early on Jan. 8, and campus planning and facilities management was still compiling a comprehensive list of what they found.  McIver sent EW a story slated to be published on UO’s Around the O news website that says, “Among the slogans found on campus sidewalks were ‘Deport them all’ and ‘End white guilt.’ The graffiti is a reminder of the recent increase in bias incidents nationally as well as in Oregon and Eugene.”  McIver says he saw a photo of graffiti including the “Make America Great Again” slogan and Trump 2020.  The Eugene Police Department received a report of the swastika on the Toys "R" Us building, according to Public Information Coordinator John Hankemeier. He says people should definitely report graffiti to the police if they see it.  These incidents took place in the weeks after an Oregonian story, which was picked up internationally, spotlighted Eugene as a hotbed of emboldened white nationalism. Many of the incidents depicted in the story took place in Springfield and Creswell in addition to Eugene, and some were originally reported by EW. Eugene’s Human Rights Commission Hate and Bias Crimes report found that hate and bias crimes were up during the third quarter of 2017. Compared to the third quarter in 2016, with 29 reported hate and bias crimes, 2017 saw 57 reports of hate and bias crimes. According to the report, “A man witnessed a racial slur and a threat on his locker and two nooses hanging from the ceiling at his place of work.” Another example in the report stated, “a church employee found racial slurs in graffiti on his place of work.” Compared to data from 2016, hate and bias crimes were on track to more than double in 2017.  Sarah Buck says the swastikas make her feel unsafe.  “It was really bizarre because it’s just something you don’t expect will happen,” Buck says. “Eugene has this whole narrative of being such an open and accommodating community and normally it is — but clearly we have the other end of the spectrum as well — and it’s also clear that they are making their presence known.” 

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  • Vote 'Yes' on 101Vote 'Yes' on 101

    We’ve all seen the signs on lawns around town asking for a "yes" vote on Measure 101, but just what that measure is can be a little confusing. In July 2017, Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law that would continue providing health care for one million Oregonians through the Oregon Health Plan as part of the overall state budget. House Bill 2391 created a 1.5 percent assessment on insurance companies and the Public Employees’ Benefit Board and a 0.7 percent assessment on profits from hospitals that would continue to fund the Medicaid expansion for one in four Oregonians on OHP. Following the passage of HB 2391, three Republican legislators launched a petition drive that led to Ballot Measure 101 in an effort to get voters to repeal the assessments that were signed into law back in July. So in the upcoming Jan. 23 special election, a “yes” vote on Measure 101 would confirm HB 2391, keeping the assessments on hospitals and insurers and creating about $210 million to $320 million in revenue to fund Medicaid. When matched by $840 million in federal dollars that means $1.3 billion in total revenue to the state. A “no” vote repeals those assessments, leaving a budget gap that would need to be filled in the upcoming short legislative session. At a Jan. 4 town hall on Measure 101, Rep. Julie Fahey and Sen. James Manning answered questions about the measure and provided a platform for citizens to discuss it.  Fahey said the assessment “is used in 49 other states and the district of Columbia, so it’s not a new way of funding Medicaid.” Fahey supports Measure 101 and says she hopes it passes so she can focus on other legislative goals in the upcoming short session instead of scrambling to fill a budget gap that HB 2391 was already meant to fill.  Fahey said of HB 2391, “The Oregonian’s editorial about Measure 101 said the Legislature should have come up with a solution to fix this — we did!” A “yes” vote simply reiterates the previous actions of the legislature to fill the budget gap and maintain health care coverage for a million Oregonians, according to Fahey and Manning. At the Junction City town hall, Manning seemed similarly exasperated about this measure’s coming to a vote. “Voting ‘yes’ just agrees with what had already been done,” he said. “Everyone had approved it, bipartisan, the hospitals, everyone!” “It’s not going to cost us anything. It was already approved, and it never had to come up for a vote. This is a total waste of time for all of us to even have to deal with all of this,” Manning added. Rep. Julie Parrish of Tualatin is the “Measure 101 chief petitioner to Stop Healthcare Taxes on public schools, college students, small businesses, and everyday Oregonians,” according to the Voters' Pamphlet. That means that she led the push to bring Measure 101 on the ballot, and she seeks a “no” vote on the measure. Parrish says, “The crux of 101 is not whether we should fund Medicaid, it’s how we should fund Medicaid.” Parrish calls the pieces of HB 2391 in Measure 101 “the most unfair, inequitable and unsustainable way of funding Medicaid.” Parrish says that the assessment on hospitals and insurers “targets people who are struggling to pay for their own health care, people who are seeing double-digit rate increases year over year for the past several years.” Yes for Healthcare, one of the main committees behind the yes campaign, appears to have many large contributions from health care groups, including Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health and Services, CareOregon and PeaceHealth. Some of the top donors to the Yes for Healthcare campaign include Willamette Valley Community Health LLC, which gave $100,000, and Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, which contributed $90,000, as Eugene Weekly reported previously.  The Stop Healthcare Taxes PAC, leading the no vote, has received contributions from various Republican party groups and large contributions from individuals such as Brian Maguire II and Andrew Miller and the All 36 PAC, controlled by Republican Rep. Cedric Hayden, a major influence behind the push to put 101 on the ballot. More than 160 organizations in Oregon support Yes on 101, according to the Yes for Healthcare campaign. A cursory look at the Voters' Pamphlet shows a slew of nurses, doctors, health care advocates, hospitals and educators supporting the measure. In Lane County, Yes on 101 is supported by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Our Revolution Lane County, Indivisible Eugene, the National Organization for Women, the Democratic Party of Lane County and Health Care for All Oregon.  “We can trust that these dollars are going into health care in Oregon,” Fahey said. “In some cases it’s up to $16 [in Federal matching] for every dollar of funding through this approach, and then that funding is returned to Oregon and is completely earmarked for health care.” Several citizens came forward with their personal stories about Medicaid in support of Measure 101 at the Jan. 4 town hall. Susan Bliven, a Eugene resident, said, “Without Medicaid, I would die.” She said she had a tumor strangling her spinal cord, and once she became too sick to work. “We went from a solidly middle class family making $100,000 a year to living on Lee’s [Social Security disability insurance],” she said of her husband. “Access to Medicaid keeps my family from having to decide between paying for food, housing and other necessities or life-giving medical care,” she concluded, tearing up. The chair of the local DSA chapter, Jen McKinney, shared her own story. Her daughter Beatrix was born at 29 weeks, weighing only 2 pounds, due to McKinney’s complications from an infection during pregnancy. She had to take 6 weeks off from work to care for her young daughter.  “We had to stay home because she was immune compromised,” McKinney said at the town hall. “There’s nothing wrong with her today. But her entire life she will have a pre-existing condition because she was born early because of something that happened to me.”  “That is not her fault. She should never be denied health care because of something that was not her fault.”  “We were on OHP and that was the only thing that saved us,” she added. McKinney says Measure 101 has to pass or she will lose her health insurance. “We don’t need slick brochures to tell us to care about our fellow citizens. It’s very, very telling that they need that” on the opposition side, she said. But other citizens raised concerns regarding the measure. Charlie Hibberd stood up at the town hall to say he’s paying $16,500 a year for health insurance he can’t even use because of the high deductibles.  “I’m never going to be able to use my health insurance or I’ll never be able to go to the doctor unless I have a catastrophic problem, and it’s costing me $16,500 a year, with the high deductible. Now you tell me these insurance companies aren’t going to add those costs on to my health plan sooner or later?” Hibberd asked.  Fahey responded, “There is no doubt that the way we structure health care in this country is not working. It’s broken.”  She added that Measure 101 does include a stipulation that insurers can raise prices by no more than 1.5 percent to cope with the 1.5 percent assessment, but she says it will keep costs 6 percent lower for individuals buying their own insurance due to the reinsurance program in Measure 101 that stabilizes health insurance premiums by spreading the cost of high-risk buyers between all the companies. Parrish takes issue with this view, saying that the reinsurance program, which helps insurance companies “offset the costs of high-risk patients,” helps only the 200,000 people or so in the individual markets (in addition to the one million or so on Medicaid), not college students or small businesses.  The Voters' Pamphlet includes arguments in favor from Disability Rights Oregon, 41 community hospitals across the state, numerous Latino groups, Oregon Pediatricians, Women’s groups, including Planned Parenthood, and the Oregon Nurses Association. The arguments in opposition section includes 27 arguments, 16 of which are furnished by Parrish.  Parrish’s main concern seems to be that Measure 101 is “unfair” and that it may overfund Medicaid. She suggests funding Medicaid with a proposed tobacco tax.  Parrish’s largest campaign contributors in the past few years include Anheuser Busch — an out-of-state beverage company ($25,000), Stimson Lumber Company ($15,000), the Associated Oregon Industries PAC ($25,000) and the Oregon Food Political Action Committee ($10,000). At the town hall in Junction City, one citizen named Rep. Parrish as one of her enemies. Mary Stewart addressed her concerns toward the senators and representatives petitioned for 101 but who weren’t in the room. “What do they have against the elderly, the chronically sick, the unemployed, and what do they have against children?” she asked. “Why do they want to take a child who needs treatment and deny them insurance?”  Mary Stewart says her daughter contracted melanoma at age 26 and would have been stuck without insurance as a student if it weren’t for OHP. “If I lose her, I will guarantee that you will never, ever win an elected seat again,” Stewart said of the legislators she blamed for 101, “because I will do everything I can to find a candidate and defeat you if I have to do it myself.” 

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  • Lane County Area Spray Information 2018-01-11Lane County Area Spray Information 2018-01-11

    • Bauman Tree Farm, 541-746-8990, plans to manually spray Velpar L, Vista, Atrazine 4L, Oust XP, Alligare 90 (non-ionic surfactant) and/or AD-Wet 90 CA on 48.2 acres between Territorial Hwy, Briggs Hill Road and Lorane Highway. See ODF notification 2018-781-00228, call Brian Peterson at 541-935-2283 with questions. • RDK Land and Timber, 541-896-3222, plans to hire Strata Forestry, 541-726-0845, to spray Garlon 3A on 43.0 acres between Knight Road and Poodle Creek Road, and Polaris AC Complete and/or triclopyr with amine on 81.6 acres near Cedar Creek. See ODF notifications 2018-781-00394 and 2018-781-00477, call Robin Biesecker at 541-935-2283 or Tim Meehan at 541-726-3588 with questions. • Roseburg Resources, 541-679-3311, plans to spray atrazine, clopyralid, glyphosate, hexazinone, imazapyr, sulfometuron methyl, metsulfuron methyl, Esplanade F, Cleantraxx, Opensight, Payload, triclopyr with ester, 2,4-D with ester, Forest Crop Oil, W.E.B. Oil, No Foam, Activator 90, Brush & Basal Oil, Herbimax, MSO Concentrate, Mor-Act and/or Surface (non-ionic surfactant) on 144.8 acres near Glenad Road, north of Woahink Lake. See ODF notification 2018-781-00740, call Quincy Coons at 541-935-2283 with questions.

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  • Slant - 2018-01-11Slant - 2018-01-11

    • You should have gotten your ballot in the mail this week for Measure 101. Vote “Yes!”   • In addition to the Jan. 23 special election, things are getting under way for the May primary. Officially for the Democrats, law student Kimberly Koops-Wrabek has filed, and a press release confirms that Marty Wilde, a lawyer and health care administrator, is also in the race for Rep. Phil Barnhart’s District 11 legislative seat. Attorney and District 11 chair Kamala Shugar has announced she will not run. See our blog at eugeneweekly.com for updates.   • Are you unhoused or without an address? Don’t let that stop you from voting. Lane County tells us, “Individuals do not have to have a traditional residential address in order to register to vote. Their physical location can be used to help determine which voting precincts they should be included in.” According to the county’s public information officer, Devon Ashbridge, “the staff in our Elections Office takes great pride in making sure that anyone who is eligible to vote — regardless of his or her circumstance — is able to register, as well as receive and return ballots.” Ashbridge says homeless individuals can get assistance in person at the Elections Office (275 W. 10th Avenue) or by phone at 541-682-4234. For voters without a mailing address, the Elections Office can arrange to hold their ballots for two weeks. She adds that the post office may also offer similar hold and pick up services. Paul Neville, director of public relations at St. Vincent DePaul, and staff at the Eugene Service Station (56 Highway 99 North) tell us that ESS staff can help make a phone call, fill out a new form or provide a stamp or a ride to Lane County Elections to help facilitate voting.   • In mid-December, Mayor Lucy Vinis asked all Eugene city councilors to send her their hopes for the city in 2018 and beyond, and what they are most proud of in 2017. Saying she would not use these unless all councilors responded — a curious limitation — she didn’t include those she did receive in her “State of the City” address or publication, so we offer the responses from councilors Betty Taylor and Emily Semple. In 2017, Taylor was most proud of the saving and naming of Kesey Square, street repairs, the free symphony at the Cuthbert and adding some seating downtown. Her hopes for the future include a homeless shelter downtown, a youth center downtown, City Hall, restoration of the Eugene airport’s flying people art in its entirety, the return of free parking downtown, the cooperation of business owner Ali Emani to open the walls on two sides of Kesey Square, the elimination of the MUPTE tax break for developers, a fireworks ban, more permanent seating downtown, self-cleaning restrooms scattered through downtown, a daylighted millrace, and putting community gardens in currently unused spaces, such as the former City Hall block. Semple says she was most proud of downtown improvements in 2017, and her 2018 wishes are for increased car camping, more dusk-to-dawn sites, overnight facilities for the unhoused, including those with substance abuse problems and other innovative overnight solutions, as well as day storage areas and community centers.   • People who sleep in tents in homeless camps have more than the bitter cold to deal with each night. Dampness creeps into those unheated spaces and wrecks sleeping bags and mattress pads, making them unusable. “Once the mold sets in, even spraying with bleach doesn’t help,” one camper told us. Many of us who are more fortunate have extra sleeping pads, Coleman stoves and other outdoor equipment that’s rarely used. The homeless camps really appreciate that dry gear. If you don’t know where to bring such items, feel free to stop by EW’s office at 1251 Lincoln Street as we collect gear and clothing for the unhoused and make regular runs with them to the White Bird Clinic.   • Sabrina Madison-Cannon, an associate dean at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a professor of dance at the school’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, will be the new dean of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, the UO said this week. An African-American who’s a former soloist with Philadelphia Dance Company, she will start work this summer, overseeing — among other things — the struggling Oregon Bach Festival. The UO has already deflected EW’s request to talk with the new dean. “She’ll be happy to connect with you when she arrives on campus, but it would be premature to talk just yet,” UO spokesman Tobin Klinger replied when we emailed Madison-Cannon for an interview.

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  • Biz Beat 2018-01-11Biz Beat 2018-01-11

    • Scott Landfield at Tsunami Books says that the longtime bookstore and performance venue has until Jan. 15 to have $302,000 ready to go into an escrow account to secure another 10-year lease on its Willamette Street location. Landfield says, “Tsunami has always been timely on rent, so that is not the issue,” it is more an assurance to the new owners “that we can cover a 220 percent increase in rent.” Landfield continues, “Using a community-wide micro-loan process we have thousands of people involved, have $160,000 in the bank and about another $80,000 pledged our way.” People can contact Landfield at tsunami1@opusnet.com for more info or to donate. • The Eugene Cohousing Downtown project has been set aside, for now, according to Martin Henner, a key organizer. Cohousing is a form of community living that is growing in popularity worldwide and has taken off in Portland and Corvallis, but not so far in Eugene. The urban-style adult development intended for a vacant lot on Lincoln Street near Broadway “has not managed to attract enough people to make it work,” Henner says. “Interested people were hanging back, waiting to see if they wanted to join us after we had reached the state of architectural drawings and actual unit prices.” For updates, call Linda Seymour at 541-344-5751 or email eugenecohousingdowntown@gmail.com. • Meanwhile, the suburban Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing development is advancing despite lengthy appeals and legal challenges. The family-oriented project along the Willamette River is expecting to break ground next fall. “The city is deeply committed to the success of our project,” says project manager Will Dixon. “We are 95 percent complete with building permits, and we have a strong core of households committed to forging ahead.” Organizers hold regular meetings on the third Sundays of the month. The next will be Jan. 21. Call 541-689-3548 or find designs and more information online. • Hong Kong Restaurant at 18th and Willamette in Eugene is under new ownership, with new pastry chefs trained in China. The extensive new menu for lunch and dinner is getting positive reviews. Li Zhang bought the restaurant from Ted and Jolie Tang, who retired last June after running the restaurant for 34 years. • We see that Russell Fox has taken over Action Drain from his uncle, Ryan Fox. The small Eugene business competes with the larger rooter businesses and has the motto: “We drain your sink, not your wallet.” • The planned $43 million McKenzie River Interpretive Center and Discovery Park is reporting progress. The nonprofit Friends of the Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery has raised more than $1.2 million so far to lease the 46 acres and begin development planning. The latest grant is $25,000 from a fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The site of the center will be the historic old hatchery near Leaburg Dam, which is now a county park and wayside. Across the river is the Leaburg Fish Hatchery, which is owned by the Army Corp of Engineers and has been threatened with closure. The interpretive center is intended to “honor Oregon’s most beautiful river, its boating and fishing legacies.” Call 541-914-9089 for more information or to get involved. Send business updates and tips to bizbeat@eugeneweekly.com

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  • ODOT adds road salt to its arsenal in Lane CountyODOT adds road salt to its arsenal in Lane County

    The brutal ice storm that ravaged parts of Lane County in December 2016 has prompted the Oregon Department of Transportation to add road salt to its highway-clearing arsenal in the county. But it will take the perfect winter storm, the kind that brings heavy freezing rain or packed snow, before state road crews sprinkle salt on the stretch of Interstate 5 in the county, ODOT transportation maintenance manager Kevin Finch said Tuesday in announcing the new strategy.

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  • Stories of Four ImmigrantsStories of Four Immigrants

    Hands down, immigration was one of the biggest issues in our country in 2017, an issue that played out in Oregon as much as anywhere else. But there are many kinds of immigrants.

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  • Eugene's surging rat population has exterminators busyEugene's surging rat population has exterminators busy

    Seeing rat traps sitting untouched both upstairs and in the basement, pest exterminator Robin Morrison delivered welcome news to a Eugene homeowner last week. The initial evidence that his home was infested with rats - a first in his 38-year ownership of the property - was several months ago, when he noticed bite marks on fruit he kept on a counter.

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  • Report: Miami Hurricanes transfer DJ Johnson picks Oregon | Canes WatchReport: Miami Hurricanes transfer DJ Johnson picks Oregon | Canes Watch

    Eugene, Oregon where UO's campus is located, is about a seven-hour drive from Johnson's hometown of Sacramento. He played 23 snaps over eight games as a true freshman and recorded three tackles in his only season in Coral Gables.

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  • Golden Globes 2018 under a big spotlightGolden Globes 2018 under a big spotlight

    The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards mark the unofficial beginning of the entertainment awards season, and this year the industry is grappling with more than issues of race and who will say what about President Donald Trump. The #MeToo movement, which has cast attention on sexual harassment, violence and gender inequality, has found champions among the stars and birthed Time's Up, a newly launched anti-sexual harassment and assault initiative organized by more than 1000 women in entertainment.

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  • Anti-Semitic uptick in Oregon college town as neo-Nazis come out of the woodworkAnti-Semitic uptick in Oregon college town as neo-Nazis come out of the woodwork

    George and Judy Tanner pose with the sign they held at a February rally after a surge in neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic graffiti appeared in Eugene, Oregon. SEATTLE - The college town of Eugene, Oregon, is known for its easygoing vibe and environmental activism, but that reputation has been challenged in the last year by a resurgence of neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic behavior, including a string of threatening graffiti and hostile rhetoric.

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  • Your 2018 Golden Globes viewing guideYour 2018 Golden Globes viewing guide

    Hollywood's award season unofficially kicks off Sunday at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. The event, where roughly 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honor the best in film and television, has a reputation for surprising water-cooler moments.

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  • a Game of Thronesa to officially end in 2019a Game of Thronesa to officially end in 2019

    "Game of Thrones" viewers will have to wait until next year to see how the HBO drama will come to an end. While it's been speculated the final season of the series would not air until 2019, HBO made the news official on Thursday.

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  • On the ReboundOn the Rebound

    For centuries upon sad centuries of human history, people have been searching desperately for that proverbial Fountain of Youth — a futile quest for a miracle anti-aging remedy that allegedly drove Spanish explorer Ponce de León scurrying to Florida in the 16th century. Modern equivalents of de León’s mythological chase for sexy immortality include endless fad diets, daily applications of cosmetic goo, hey-presto pharmaceutical cures and — the daddy of them all — cumulative plastic surgery disasters that leave octogenarian celebrities looking like shrink-wrapped cadavers in a wind tunnel. But it turns out that, after millennia of striving, the Fountain of Youth is not hidden far away in some exotic location or purchasable in newfangled pill form — so y’all can stop scouring the ends of the earth. The Fountain of Youth is within! The unlikely discoverer of this truth is a Eugene construction worker named Troy Monroe, whom you may have seen practicing his craft of an evening along Coburg Road or at 29th and Willamette: He’s the guy jump-dancing on a small trampoline-like device called a “rebounder.” Rebounding, Monroe says, is the world’s most perfect workout, and what’s more, he discovered that it actually reversed the aging process for him, Benjamin Button-style. In this regard, Monroe is his own best testimony: He’s 48, but he could pass for 27, easily, and the guy’s abs are totally chiseled. “It totally blew me away,” Monroe says of seeing the results of rebounding. “It changed the whole game. With the results you see here, never did I work out past the 25-minute mark.” Of course, simply jumping up and down doesn’t capture the whole story of Monroe’s routine. Combining a vegan diet of mostly raw foods, regular juice fasting and high-intensity interval training, he’s landed on a way of life that, according to him, harmonizes perfectly with the body’s physiognomy. Monroe’s “trainer name,” Rx8020, captures this formula — a prescription (Rx) of 80 percent nutrition to 20 percent exercise, and 80 percent raw food to 20 percent cooked. The road to this health revelation was a long one. A native of Los Angeles, Monroe says he was always interested in fitness, getting into athletics in his teens and dabbling with veganism. He had early dreams of being a dancer, but was turned off by the scene. Monroe “did the evangelical thing” for a while, considering a career in ministries, and was married for a bit in his early 20s. While raising two kids as a single parent and working at the UCLA Medical Center, he became more interested in health and nutrition. “That’s what my passion was,” he says. “I was always trying to find out what I could do to better my health. It was at UCLA where I discovered that I was actually starting to age backward. That’s when it hit me that I had something I could offer the world.” Moving to Eugene in 2008, Monroe acquired a certification as a wellness coach from the Spencer Institute — an online coaching and career training service. In 2012, he incorporated a 40-day juice fast into his fitness regimen.  “It was during this time that I discovered the health benefits of rebounding,” he says. “I learned that NASA had officially declared rebounding to be the best manmade exercise in the entire world.” According to Monroe, the healing process is speeded up with rebounding. “Rebounding is not just an exercise that burns calories,” he says. “It moves the lymphatic system. Rebounding opens pathways, flushes it out like no other exercise. It detoxes you while you exercise.” Other benefits, he says, include better sleep; relief from anxiety and depression; promotion of human growth hormone; better functioning of the gallbladder and pituitary gland; increased testosterone; and an immediate spike in production of white blood cells. “Everything is increased and heightened and strengthened when you rebound,” Monroe says. Not to be a stickler here, but the rebounding community is fond of citing the 1980 NASA study, which was actually specific to the effects of “trampolining” versus running regarding weightlessness, oxygen intake and G-forces on the body in motion. There is no evidence that NASA declared rebounding “the best manmade exercise in the world,” and a New York Times article from Jan. 16, 2015, debunks the more hyperbolic claims of enthusiasts, stating that “rebound exercise is, at best, aerobically mild,” and that “there also is little or no scientific evidence that rebounding benefits the lymph system, bones, blood or cellular health.” That said, Monroe does make a compelling case for his style of urban rebounding, which after all is incorporated into a more holistic regimen that, according to him, starts with nutrition. “The first line of defense is nutrition,” he emphasizes. “The diet is the foundation.” Diet, it would seem, is not only the foundation; for Monroe, it’s a site of global spiritual warfare for our health.  His more radical thoughts on nutrition and health can be found on his blog, “Black to Raw,” in which he refers to himself as a “Life Existentialist Expert” and writes such things as: “Make no mistake, medical genocide is part of New World Order genocide. The One World Government has only one objective: total genocide of anyone who is not willing to be controlled by the international Communists. It is a purge, a killing frenzy, cold-blooded murder. Medical genocide is part of the Communist New World Order genocide.” And: “This is a spiritual chemical battle going on 24 hours a day, every day in your blood, cells and tissues. pH is the battlefield. If you take the spiritual blinders off, you will notice that everything in this world is perpetrating an acid environment. God is trying to alkalize you and Satan is trying to acidify you.” Rebounding, then, is but the most visible aspect of Monroe’s program, and one that he’s always eager to promote as a wellness coach. “The reason I did rebounding in public is I have a unique style of rebounding because of my dance background,” he says. “I knew I had something that nobody was doing, and the best way for people to see what I’m doing is to get out on the street. If you do what I do, you get what I got,” he adds. The response, he says, has been positive — I mean, really, what better promotion for rebounding than to do a little vigorous rebounding on the side of the road during rush hour?  “People stop and talk,” he says. “They’ve chased me down. The weirdest thing is somebody came along and started jumping on it when I took a rest.” Monroe is currently holding rebounding classes 5 pm every Sunday at Xcape Dance Academy; for more information, you can check out his Facebook page or call 541-650-8007.

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  • Dancing Away the DonaldDancing Away the Donald

    In these troubled times, one way to take care of your mental health is to get out and dance. That’s what a 34-year-old Cottage Grove massage therapist has been doing for the past year and a half, ever since she realized that current events were sucking her and the rest of the country into a morass of despair. Sarah Rose dances solo once or twice a week in a pullout on Highway 99 just south of Goshen, next to her little white Kia, which sports a big green and white sign on top that reads “Optimism.” (“Rose” is a name she uses for her dance performances to deter, as she says, creeps.) She picked the spot because it’s clearly visible to motorists driving past on adjacent Interstate 5. “The political-environmental climate was getting dark and cloudy,” she says. “And I followed right along in the primaries when everyone started getting worked up.” She began dancing next to the freeway, often during rush hour, in April 2016. Her sign in those days said, “Elect Dance 2016.” At first she was ignored. Then people began honking horns from the freeway and waving. Then a few folks began stopping to ask what she was up to. “Is this a real political party?” they would ask. “Yeah,” she would say. “It’s a dance party.” After the surprise election of Donald Trump at the end of 2016, she came out to dance once again, wondering what her sign should read now. The word “optimism” popped into her brain. She drove right to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Cottage Grove and ordered a vanity plate that reads “OPTMST.” Then she had the “Optimism” sign made, and she’s still using it. Rose has been visited by curious cops — one, a woman, stopped to dance with her — and has even taken her show on the road. Coming back from a trip to Texas she drove old Highway 66 and stopped to dance along the way.  She’s still dancing once or twice a week, sometimes joined by friends, at her spot next to I-5 whenever the spirit, or news of the world, moves her. “I do it to tip the scales,” she says. “There is so much negativity in the world!”  See more on the Facebook page: facebook.com/downwithOPT.

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  • Fighting for FitnessFighting for Fitness

    So the new you wants to get in shape this year — a lofty goal that is easier said than done. If diets and gym memberships have failed in the past, now might be the time to try a different approach.   I’ve practiced and later taught taekwondo for 20 years, and recently made a foray into jiu jitsu. I didn’t have any say in the matter when I began practicing martial arts at age 5 when my parents signed me up, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. My hobby kept me from Little League and pee-wee soccer, but none of my friends turned their childhood sports into jobs that help them pay for college. Consider trying martial arts as your first step in your fitness goals. All of the reminders and self-encouragement in the world will let you down unless you have a plan, and the martial arts are very structured. In order to progress in taekwondo, for example, you have to follow a set schedule that includes testing, and though a sport like taekwondo is technically a fight sport, the camaraderie and encouragement of your peers will keep you motivated. Eugene has a number of studios and instructors to take classes with. Options range from high intensity Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) training to lower-key tai chi featuring slow movements and careful breathing. Taekwondo lands somewhere in the middle, but everyone can choose their own path. My instructor in Eugene is Master Russ Duer, a sixth-degree black belt in taekwondo. Full disclosure: I have worked at Duer’s American Taekwondo Association (ATA) studio for the last two and a half years. The entire curriculum is self-defense-based and includes something for everyone age 4 to 104. Duer’s studio practices Songahm taekwondo, which focuses on personal development of the mind and body. Taekwondo features kicking and striking with the hands and feet. In my experience, many ATA studios are scared to include anything from outside their own martial arts bubble. Duer on the other hand brings in everyone from gun safety instructors to UFC stars such as the controversial Colby Covington, so everyone can receive well-rounded training. Duer’s wife, Katrina Jensen, a third-degree black belt, hosts women’s self defense seminars bi-monthly, empowering women and teaching them self-defense techniques. While my experience and training in martial arts has been from ATA studios, I recently decided I should branch out. After checking out some Google reviews and a recommendation from Duer, I went to Northwest Martial Arts for some jiu jitsu training. Brazilian jiu jitsu focuses on taking your opponent to — and controlling them on — the ground. As someone who has trained for stand-up fighting and self defense my whole life, I thought that knowing what to do on the ground would be beneficial. If nothing else, it is an intense, whole-body workout. Tyler Pascua (ground) shows a class how to keep your distance. Photo by Trask Bedortha.   Tyler Pascua, a brown belt instructor at NWMA, teaches the jiu jitsu fundamentals class Thursday evenings. He has trained for 9.5 years and touts the mental as well as physical benefits of martial arts. “I’m not a health-wise human being generally,” Pascua says, “but one thing jiu jitsu has done for me is it has given me something to come back to.” Jiu jitsu is more than a physical act, he says; it is something that clears space in your head. Being healthy isn’t easy. Martial arts isn’t easy. But the benefits of both are worth the long road ahead.  Learn more about Duer’s ATA at duersataoregon.com or call 541-345-3018. Check out NWMA at nwmaacademy.com or call 541-912-9099.

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  • How to Save a LifeHow to Save a Life

    Egan Warming Center faced a record 11 straight days of activation this year, and with three months of winter left they’re banking on hundreds of dedicated volunteers to show up night after night to help shelter the homeless on freezing nights. Luckily, citizens like Diane Cunningham are ready to help. Cunningham is an intake volunteer at two Egan locations in Springfield — either the Springfield Seventh Day Adventist Church or Ebbert Memorial United Methodist Church, depending on the night. She’s 68 years old with cropped grey hair and an easy smile. Cunningham is retired, and she says she’s not happy unless she’s volunteering for the community. “I think that’s a route to happiness for a lot of us, is looking around and saying how can I make my community better,” she says. Every night it’s open, the emergency shelter provides medical treatment, a safe place for pets to stay at certain locations, hot meals in the evening and morning, and new socks and other supplies. “They usually get a hot cooked breakfast before they leave,” Cunningham says. “We load them up with sandwiches for the day.” Almost every night she volunteers at Egan, Cunningham shows up at 4:30 pm and stays till 10:30 or 11:30 pm to welcome guests and help new volunteers get settled in.  “They’re all outside, and there can be 40 of them. Sometimes we’ll have an intake of 80 people,” she says. “Fifty is what we can comfortably handle, but we’re not going to turn anyone away, and we get a lot of walk-ins in Springfield.”  Cunningham says she has become very friendly with some of the guests over her 5 years of volunteering for Egan. “I have friends who say ‘those people.’ You know how we use that term, ‘those people,’” she says. She asks friends who talk this way to give her two nights of their lives to change their minds.  “Come volunteer two nights with me,” she tells them. “I just want you to see who ‘those people’ are.”  The result: “They’re amazed! They say ‘Oh I had no idea!’” “It’s not ‘those people,’” Cunningham says. “It’s Kathy and Bill and Tennessee.” Egan Warming Center director Shelley Corteville says that, “time and time again, people that volunteer often say, ‘I get more out of volunteering than guests get from me.” “We literally are saving people from freezing to death,” Corteville says. “And what could be more important than that?” Each night Egan is open, Corteville points out, its 11 locations require 300 to 320 volunteers. Although thousands have completed the training, she says that only about 500 people consistently volunteer. Cunningham says this might be because folks can get uncomfortable with “talk about how to protect yourself, how to deescalate,” she says. Part of the training “is to teach people how to be safe.” But Cunningham says she has never felt endangered at Egan.  While she says the training might sound scary, implying that people seeking shelter might not be safe, Cunningham says the guests in fact are very polite and grateful. “I get a hundred ‘thank yous’ a night,” she says. “They love to talk, they love to know that you’re interested. People say, ‘How can you do this every day?’ Well it’s because it’s fun!” Although Cunningham is happy to volunteer and looks forward to her nights with her guests, she says the area still needs to step up and create a permanent shelter.  “They need a door they can lock so their stuff isn’t stolen,” she says of the unhoused. “You can’t stabilize someone when they’re on the street.” On those cold Egan nights, Cunningham goes home tired, but happy. “When I get home and crawl into my nice warm bed, I know there’s 80 people who are warm and safe and fed because I showed up.” To volunteer, go to eganwarmingcenter.com or call 541-687-5820.

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  • More on Measure 101More on Measure 101

    Oregon voters face a decision regarding the future of health care when they go to the polls for the Jan. 23 special election. Measure 101 asks voters to approve funding for health care for Oregonians. The measure has more than 160 organizations endorsing it, according to the Yes for Healthcare campaign PAC, which has raised more than $1.8 million to support the passage of 101. Specifically, Measure 101 itself would garner between $210 million and $320 million for health care from the Oregon health care industry, according to progressive think-tank Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP), by adding 0.7 percent to the existing 5.3 percent hospital assessment and establishing a 1.5 percent assessment on health insurers, managed care companies and the Public Employees Benefit Board.  OCPP says the previous health insurance company assessment, which helped pay for health care in Oregon, expired in 2014. A “yes” vote will allow the funding to go into effect. A “no” vote could result in as many as 350,000 Oregonians losing their health care, according to state Sen. James Manning, a Democrat representing District 7 in Lane County. “There’s only a small segment of the population that for whatever reason doesn’t want Oregonians to have health coverage,” Manning says. “So if this measure does fail, possibly 350,000 Oregonians will lose health coverage and over 66,000 children that are covered under the Oregon Health Plan will potentially lose their health insurance as well.” Manning, along with Sen. Lee Beyer and Rep. Julie Fahey, will host a town hall at the Viking Sal Senior Center in Junction City on Jan. 4.  “I want to make sure that we answer any questions that anybody may have regarding Measure 101 and [that voters] understand the severity if the measure doesn’t get passed,” Manning says. Locally, Republican Rep. Cedric Hayden from Roseburg has campaigned against the measure. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, it allowed a Medicaid expansion funded by federal dollars that helped bolster Oregon’s health care industry. In 2017, federal dollars no longer paid 100 percent of the expansion, forcing legislators to find new ways to fund the recently expanded and revamped public health care system.  The fiscal impact statement for the measure estimates that the state would lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from federal matching Medicaid funds. “If it doesn’t happen we are going to lose a big chunk of funding,” Robert Duehmig, board president of the Oregon Rural Health Association says. “Not just state funding but the billions of dollars of federal funding too.” Supporters of the measure are adamant that this tax is vital to continue insuring the most vulnerable Oregonians. Recent expansion of Medicaid has helped insure one in five Oregonians. Manning says the major stakeholders — hospitals and insurance companies — agreed to the tax. “Some people, for whatever reason, they don’t want children who may not be documented to get health care. That’s evil and it's morally criminal.” Some of the top donors to the Yes for Healthcare campaign include Willamette Valley Community Health, LLC, which gave $100,000, and Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, which contributed $90,000. A number of rural communities are standing behind Measure 101 as well. “When it comes to health care, access to health care and the importance of families being covered, it works in rural Oregon like it does in urban Oregon,” Duehmig says. Expanded and affordable health care is important for the nearly 400,000 children who rely on Medicaid in Oregon. Duehmig writes in support of the measure that Medicaid also insures more than a third of families in some rural parts of the state.  Duehmig and other supporters say Measure 101 will stabilize markets and protect Medicaid moving forward. Public support for the measure has reached the ears of lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum. Sens. Peter Courtney (D-Salem) and Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) both support the measure and encourage voters to do the same.  “As the Democratic Senate President, and the Senate Republican Leader, we don’t always agree. But on Measure 101, there’s no question: Oregonians should vote YES,” Courtney and Ferrioli write in an endorsement in the special election’s Voters’ Pamphlet. “Oregon has a plan for funding healthcare that really works for all of us. That plan is Measure 101.” In addition to the Jan. 4 town hall in Junction City, the League of Women Voters Lane County, together with the Springfield City Club and Wildish Community Theater, is sponsoring a forum on 101 at 7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Wildish Theater, 630 Main Street in Springfield. Hayden will speak in opposition to Measure 101 and Rep. John Lively will speak in support.  LWVLC is holding a second forum noon Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way. A buffet lunch is available for $17; beverage only is $5. If you attend the Jan. 11 luncheon, LWV asks you call and say whether you will be lunching, just want a beverage or simply plan to attend. Call 541-343-7917 or email league@lwvlc.org.

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  • Rod Adams' Crime: HomelessnessRod Adams' Crime: Homelessness

    On Dec. 20, a small crowd of supporters once again followed Rod Adams to the Eugene Municipal Court as he faced sentencing for criminal trespass by sleeping near buildings on the city’s sidewalks. As a homeless man who has been ticketed or arrested more than 40 times in Eugene for a variety of minor, nonviolent crimes during the past nine years, Adams has been taking his cases to trial to start a conversation about the criminalization of homelessness. Adams himself is a controversial figure who often videos police interactions; he also criticizes some of the advocates and groups who seek to help the unhoused. Attorney Joseph Connelly represented Adams at sentencing for a conviction of criminal trespass (see Eugene Weekly 12/14/2017) and for a probation violation from a separate criminal trespass case that went to trial Nov. 15 (EW 11/22/2017). But Adams was also assigned a new attorney, Andrew Kraushaar, who will represent him in late January on multiple counts of criminal trespass in the second degree and disorderly conduct. At the start of the sentencing hearing, Connelly and Judge Richard Fredericks discussed the counter-productivity of jailing Adams time and time again. “Putting him in jail is probably costing the city more money and resources than just putting him in an apartment,” Connelly said. The judge agreed and acknowledged his change in thinking since his previous sentencing of one year of probation and seven days in jail if the probation was violated. “The point is that in all of these cases, Adams always gets up, cleans up and moves on,” Connelly said. “It would not be a ridiculous suggestion to ask police to simply wake people like Mr. Adams up, ask him to move on and just let him go.” Arwen Maas-DeSpain, who works with Occupy Medical and Carry it Forward — two organizations that directly help the homeless in Eugene — spoke at the hearing about the lack of available resources for Adams and the homeless community at large. Maas-DeSpain was not allowed to speak at Adam’s first trial, where that judge also did not allow the issue of homelessness to be addressed. Maas-DeSpain testified that, more often than not, all services in Lane County, and specifically those for veterans that Fredericks has asked Adams to look into, require two things: The person must be homeless and must have been diagnosed with a mental or physical illness.  Adams, she said, does not need or want to be diagnosed with a mental or physical illness, making him ineligible for those services. “Rod to me represents a bit of the population that falls through the cracks in our available resources in our community,” Maas-DeSpain said. “He just ends up not fitting into the criteria for most of the programs here.” Further, even if Adams did agree to saying that he has an illness, all programs include some level of case management — essentially a manager coming in to check up on the person, doing anything from enforcing a curfew to consistently checking in — something Adams says he should not have to agree to. “It’s a matter of human dignity — he’s looking at what he’d have to, or be forced to, give up by taking part in the services our city provides,” Connelly said. “Let me ask you this: Could Mr. Adams become housed if he would merely go through the steps that are required for the case management criteria?” Fredericks asked. “It seems that way to me, and maybe I’m wrong, but it seems like he just won’t do it.” “That’s a little bit of a trick question,” Maas-DeSpain answered. “You’re asking somebody to agree to something that feels like a human rights violation — giving up his freedom.” The judge said he’s been working intently on this case outside of the courtroom, and that there is no easy answer to the issue at hand. He said Adams’ choice-of-evils defense would fail in his courtroom, but it might prevail on appeal to a higher court. Adams has been appealing his criminal trespass convictions in hopes of tackling this issue at a different level. “We just haven’t been able to talk about homelessness, which doesn’t feel like justice to me,” Maas-DeSpain said. “If there are ways to allow that talk to happen, then something different might happen here.” Fredericks sentenced Adams to four days in jail, two for each count of criminal trespass, and one year of probation. Adams will be represented by Kraushaar on Jan. 31 at his trial for criminal trespass in the second degree and disorderly conduct.

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  • Pollution Update - 2018-01-04Pollution Update - 2018-01-04

    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent a warning letter to Goshen, Inc. on Dec. 1 for various water quality-related violations at its “wood recovery” facility on Milliron Road south of Junction City. More specifically, DEQ cited Goshen, Inc. for failing to monitor stormwater discharges, violating effluent limitations and failing to document inspections and employee stormwater education. During its inspection DEQ documented a leaking dumpster, “soils, chip piles and piles of sawdust throughout the facility not being swept/removed at acceptable frequency,” an unidentified source of standing water, and “no source control practices … upstream of the north pond to prevent or minimize oil or other pollutants from entering the pond.” Goshen, Inc. is one of 117 Lane County facilities with Clean Water Act-permitted industrial stormwater discharges to waters of the state. For a list of these facilities, please visit goo.gl/GGFxUD. — Doug Quirke/Oregon Clean Water Action Project

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  • Slant - 2018-01-04Slant - 2018-01-04

    • Eugene Weekly’s huge “sports department” is thrilled to see the actual huge sports department at The Register-Guard finally giving the University of Oregon women’s basketball team some love. Ranked 10th in the country, this team is so much fun to watch, both in the arena and lately on TV. The UO athletic department should build a crowd for Coach Kelly Graves and his amazing players. Think UConn. • Vote “Yes” on Measure 101 in the Jan. 23 election. We keep hammering that endorsement because turnout and support is so critical. On Dec. 17, The Oregonian in Portland editorialized for a “No” vote, of course, and that should be enough to send us down-staters back to the long list of trusted organizations that say “Yes.” For the full list, go to yesforhealthcare.org/supporters. • 2018 is the year of elections we must win locally and nationally. Here’s a new candidate who has already filed for Lane County commissioner from Springfield (District 2). Joe Berney, who is challenging the Republican incumbent Sid Leiken, says this district has an 11-point Democratic edge as well as many independents, so he has a good chance to win it. Check him out at joeberney2018@gmail.com. • The longtime mascot of South Eugene High School, the Axemen, has come under fire recently, and legitimately so — in this day and age, female and gender-questioning athletes should never be merely auxiliary to their male counterparts. Lady Axemen doesn’t cut it. It’s straight up discrimination. The 4J School Board needs to vote to change the mascot and decide on a path forward to choosing a new one that takes into account the wishes of SEHS students and faculty. 

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  • Cumulus Career FairCumulus Career Fair

    Cumulus Media wants to help you find your new career. January 25 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Valley River Inn‘s Columbia Ballroom dozens of prospective employers will be on hand to give you information about their business, and to hopefully find YOU. Sometimes it can be tough out there to find a good fit for you when it comes to where you work. What better way to find the perfect spot for you to land than to meet your future boss in person? So anyone who is fresh out of college, or even working through their 10th job that they hate, can come down and explore what local businesses have to offer them. Who knows? It could end up being the job you have for the next 30 years. Only one way to find out. Businesses signed up (click to visit web site): Coach Glass PenFed Credit Union Oregon Medical Group Three Rivers Casino Attune Foods Gateway Living Delta Sand & Gravel Visiting Angels Lanz Cabinets Georgia Pacific New Horizons In-Home Care Sherman Bros Trucking Express Employment Professionals United States Marines Walsh Trucking 4J School Transportation Lane County Sheriff’s Office Lane County Government Bankers Life

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  • Listen To High School Basketball on KUGN!Listen To High School Basketball on KUGN!

    Check here every Monday for each week’s game. 12/1 – Churchill @ Sheldon 12/8 – Sheldon @ Thurston 12/15: Lakeridge @ South Eugene @ 6:45 12/21: Willamette @ Churchill @ 6 pm 12/29: McNary @ Sheldon @ 7 pm 1/12: North Medford @ South Eugene @ 6:45 (on 95.3 The Score) 1/19: Churchill @ Springfield @ 7 pm (on 95.3 The Score) 1/26: South Medford @ South Eugene @ 6:45 pm (on 95.3 The Score) 2/2: Marist @ Thurston @ 7 pm (on 95.3 The Score) 2/9: Crater @ North Eugene @ 7 pm (on 95.3 The Score) 2/16: Springfield @ Churchill @ 7pm (on 95.3 The Score) 2/23: North Eugene @ Springfield @ 7 pm (on 95.3 The Score) PLAYOFFS

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  • 3rd Annual Trunk-Or-Treat3rd Annual Trunk-Or-Treat

    KUGN and Kendall Toyota are gearing up for the 3rd annual #TrunkOrTreat! The “Trunk-or-Treat” is a super safe alternative to the typical trick-or-treating experience. It’s happening Halloween day (from 4-6pm), in the parking lot behind the VRC where you catch the shuttle buses to Duck games. Kendall Toyota will be on-hand with a bunch of shiny brand new cars. They’ll have every trunk on those cars popped and full of candy for the parents and the kids. Plus, the folks from Eugene Comic-Con will be there with the Jeep from Jurassic Park! Come on out and enjoy what’s becoming a Lane County tradition. Brought to you by: ALPINE HEATING AND AIR ZEROREZ MATTRESS MANIA BELFORE PORPERTY RESTORATION NEW HORIZONS ULTIMATE PEST CONTROL LAH-DEW INSURANCE ALVORD TAYLOR SERVPRO LANE BLOOD CENTER CASCADE TRUCK BODY AND TRAILER SALES EUGENE COMIC-CON P.I. GRAPHICS PAPA‘S PIZZA THE BARBERS

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