OUT FOR THE SUMMER
the axe magazine online issue 16
16 JUNE 2021
– IN THIS ISSUE –
RANKED CHOICE VOTING
by Will Borrevik
by Helen Evans
by Mira Ciccarello & Henry Nieckarz
by Bettina Wu
The Minoru Yasui Contest • Julia Harvey
Quotes From COVID • In-Person Graduation 2021
Eugene School District 4j, South Eugene High School, and your Axe Magazine online would like to acknowledge that our institution sits on the homelands of the Kalapuya people.
In the Treaties of 1851 and 1854-1855, and the subsequent forced removals of many Indian people from western Oregon, some of the Kalapuya were moved to the Grand Ronde Reservation and some were moved to the Siletz Reservation. It is important to note that all of Lane County was an important trading and gathering area for camas and other resources.
During the Restoration Era, from 1977-1989, Lane County was designated at the Service Area for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.
Eugene 4J District and South wish to acknowledge that descendants of the original and Service Area inhabitants of this land are still here today. They are thriving members of our schools and our communities. Countless members of other Tribes now also call our community and schools their home.
We wish to thank those original stewards of this land. We as outsiders on this land wish to remember that we need to take good care of this land and take good care of all members of our school district and community. Thank you for joining us.
Land acknowledgement courtesy of Brenda Brainard.
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Minoru Yasui Contest
By Mira Ciccarello
Every year the Minoru Yasui Student Writing Contest takes place to honor Minoru Yasui, a Japanese-American civil rights activist who challenged the constitutionality of the military curfew imposed upon Japanese Americans during World War II, and this year one of South IHS’s very own students, junior Alejandro McClain, was selected as a finalist for their essay, “My Grandmother Yoko McClain.” . This year's essay prompt was on “unraveling the experience of immigrants.” Students were asked to describe the push and pull reasons of leaving one’s home country, and how society's perceptions of immigrants affects their experience.
By Natasha Dracobly
A GoFundMe has been established to support beloved South science teacher Julia Harvey, who was diagnosed on June 3 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia after a sudden medical incident during class at South. Harvey will be undergoing chemotherapy for the next three weeks at OHSU.
RANKED CHOICE VOTING: A RUNDOWN
The traditional balloting system has stood the test of time, but is there a better option out there?
Story and graphics by Will Borrevik
Whether it’s filling in a singular bubble, punching out a chad (the scraps created when hole-punching a paper), or checking individual boxes, most Americans vote in the same way: When they go to the polls to vote in local, state, and national elections, they are simply prompted to vote for one candidate for each open position. The traditional ballot style has been a mainstay in American elections, from the controversial election of 1876, to the “butterfly ballots” in 2000, to the contentious 2020 election.
Round 1: Here is a model of an election run using ranked choice voting. After the first round, Candidate #2 is in the lead with eight votes, but can’t claim a majority of the 20 votes at stake. Candidate #3 is eliminated after receiving just two votes. Those votes will be reassigned in round two to their candidate that their voter ranked second.
On the hunt
Thrifting: a sustainable and inexpensive way to build your closet
Story by Helen Evans
Within the halls of South Eugene High School, each student has their own personal style. Whenever I am rushing to my next class, I can spot a variety of different outfits ranging from a classic, simple look, complete with a pair of Levi jeans, a comfortable college sweatshirt and a sleek pair of sneakers, to a carefully crafted outfit consisting of fun patterns, flowing fabric and matched with intricate makeup. However, fashion is not cheap; in order to achieve your dream closet you have to be able to sacrifice your bank account by buying the trendiest pieces from fast fashion department stores. Thankfully, Gen-Z has found a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative: Thrifting.
South sophomore Elizabeth Hamilton considering a light purple pullover. There are many good thrift stores around Eugene. Photo by Elizabeth Hamilton.
South sophomore Aliyah Tenney models an oversized puffy jacket. Thrifting is the best way to buy seasonal items that you will only wear for a few months. Photo by Aliyah Tenney.
Appreciation: Gratitude and Father's Day
How to show love this upcoming Father's day
Story and Illustration by Bettina Wu
Every year, people all around the world celebrate various official and unofficial holidays to express gratitude and appreciation for friends and family. Although such holidays may be met with eye-rolling or cynicism, these kinds of holidays serve a very important purpose. They create opportunities for people to express their inner feelings of goodwill toward others in a more acceptable setting. Even so, it can be hard to figure out how to communicate these feelings without upsetting the tender balance between too much and too little, causing many to feel a sharp sense of dread as holidays start to approach. Since Father’s Day is approaching on June 20, this would be a great time to start figuring out how to convey feelings of appreciation for father figures!
hayward and the Olympics
Trials competitors are itching to compete at the brand new Hayward field
Story and Photos by Henry Nieckarz & Mira Ciccarello
Hayward field in all of it's glory.
The atmosphere in Eugene is buzzing with activity and excitement as preparations are finalized for the 2021 Track and Field Olympic Trials. Over the course of 60 years, the Trials have been held in Eugene six times, and locals view the event with great anticipation.
QUotes from COVID
What do students want to maintain from this pandemic?
Quotes and Illustration courtesy of Natasha Dracobly
Although this school year was challenging and unique, there were many positive attributes: flexibility with school work, less rigid deadlines, and an overall sense of understanding and empathy. With this in mind, the Axe Magazine asked students what they would like to see remain as we head back to school in the fall.
“I think something that has worked this year is the amount of flexibility around school, and I think this flexibility would be nice for future school years.”
“The online assignments were better. Of course, paper assignments sometimes are needed, but it made it a lot easier to track what I had to do when it was online. And I like computers.”
“I liked how teachers were more upfront about what you needed to do to succeed in their class.”
CONGRATS CLASS OF 2021!
Students and staff prepare for the graduation ceremony. Photos by Natasha Dracobly.
Photo by Oliver Elliott, South '21 and Justice Gaines, Churchill '21