Issue 1 Back to school
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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Welcome to our very first online issue of this school year! In this issue, we have stories ranging from upcoming school events during COVID to an op-ed on the Texas Abortion Ban. Additionally, check out our story on wildfires for information about the aftermath of this fire season. Interested in the Nabisco strike and the California recall? Take a look at our briefs section, where we cover recent news topics in a way that will hopefully inspire you to find out more on your own.
Photo courtesy of Arnaud Jaegers on Unsplash.com
In 2020, a group of right-wing Californians started a grassroots effort to recall the California governor election that went to Gavin Newsom, a middle-of-the-road democrat. According to a CNN poll, as of Sept. 15, 63.9 percent of Californians were against having a recall election, a testament to California being a left-leaning state. This left only a small number of people campaigning for Newsom’s main opponent, Republican Party member and talk radio personality Larry Elder. – By May Lafer-Kirtner
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4j covid tests
With schools reopening, 4J has offered free weekly COVID tests for any student who wants them. Schools are working with the UO to push these test results though quickly. Many schools have already distributed their first batch of tests, while others – South Eugene among them – are still trying to figure out how best to organize the distribution. – By May Lafer-Kirtner
On Aug. 10, Gov. Kate Brown implemented a statewide mandate requiring state employees working in public safety, correctional and healthcare settings to be vaccinated for COVID-19. However, multiple county law enforcement offices are finding ways to opt out of the vaccine mandate. This mandate encompasses law enforcement because they have had some form of medical training. In Multnomah County, the local sheriff's office argued that medical training was not essential to their work, therefore, according to the Associated Press, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said she had no choice but to exempt deputy sheriffs, parole and probation officers. –By Mira Ciccarello
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Photo courtesy of Sam Stites for Oregon Public Broadcasting
the nabisco strike
Striking Nabisco workers across the country ended their walkout and ratified a proposed contract by Mondelez International, Nabisco’s parent company, on Saturday, Sept. 18 following several days of negotiations.
fall sports of 2021
Though COVID still looms, South is back to school and back to sports, cross country, soccer, and volleyball. This year brings new kinds of challenges, such as COVID-related cancellations and possible impacts on team rosters. Stay tuned for more in depth and specific team coverage in upcoming Axe Magazine issues.
By Mira Ciccarello
Over the past couple of years, the West Coast has suffered from multiple devastating fire seasons.
Homecoming Carnival: School events during covid
By Maia Kinch
The coronavirus has impacted our lives in many notable, harmful ways, like making us work from home and keeping us from having a lot of normal, teenage experiences. No one wants another speech about how “we’re all in this together,” so let’s talk about something a bit better for morale. School events! How will they work in this not-so-new way of life and what can we expect from our student government team this year?
A Women's march takes place in the city.Photo courtesy of Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash.com
A Right to Autonomy
By May Lafer-Kirtner
"How could I expect this body to be perfect for anything but the punchline?" -Blythe Baird, for the rapists who called themselves feminists
athletes: From the perspective of a fan
By Lina Nakagome
On July 27, athlete Simone Biles surprised many, as the U.S. Gymnastics team announced that she would not continue to compete in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Meanwhile, tennis phenom Naomi Osaka recently stated she would be taking a break from tennis after a loss in the third round of the U.S. Open.