issue 3 Open Mind, Open Heart
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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pride & prejudice
The classic Jane Austen novel is once again being adapted into play form – this time, by South’s very own theater department. The play will premiere on Nov. 12, and will show on the 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. Tickets are available on the SET website. The theater department is excited for it’s debut play of the 2021-22 school year, and hopes to see many students come to watch. – By May Lafer-Kirtner
vandalism or social activism?
Recently, the four gender neutral bathrooms at South have been a topic of contention. While the Gender and Sexuality Alliance is campaigning for more gender neutral bathrooms, South’s administration has been occupied trying to stop the vandalism found in each bathroom. Many students who use the gender neutral bathrooms, however, argue that the vandalism was simply students leaving kind notes for each other, and advocating for transgender rights. – By May Lafer-Kirtner
Photo courtesy of Naomi Sanger
Keystone visit sparks change
On Oct. 15, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited “Keystone,” a new, permanent and affordable housing unit run by homes for good to discuss efforts made against chronic homelessness in Eugene. Homes for Good and Brown share the same passion for getting people off the streets and into homes that they can continually afford. Brown proposed that those who have suffered from chronic homelessness not only need affordable homes, but will also need other services to assure that they won’t end up on the streets again. While the Keystone is on top of these services and programs, it’s still just the first step on a long and perilous flight of stairs. Brown says the task of ending chronic homelessness in Eugene will be hard, and will require a lot of teamwork and resources. Many hope that Brown's visit to the Keystone will result in a bigger push towards change. – By Maia Kinch
JULIA HARVEY UPDATE
On June 3 last school year, South science teacher Julia Harvey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as ALL. Harvey is a longtime teacher at South and a South alumna herself. She has come to be loved by many – even during comprehensive distance learning last year, where heart-to-heart interaction could be difficult.
Photo courtesy of Bobbie Willis
Students at South can sign up for winter sports, which present students with great opportunities to meet new people and to have fun as a community. Winter team sports include: basketball, swimming and wrestling. Students can sign up for winter sports by visiting the FamilyID website, creating an account, and then searching up South Eugene High School to reach the registration form. Teams may hold tryouts or team formation sessions before practices start, so be sure to look out for that. The first day of practice is November 15th so make sure to register if you’re interested! – By Sophia Selivanova
Photo courtesy of Parang Mehta on Unsplash.com
COVID-19 booster shots were approved by the FDA on Sept. 22 for people vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Studies show that after initial vaccination, protection against the virus may decrease over time, providing less protection against the Delta variant. Booster shots are currently available for people 65 and older, and for people who are 18 and older and in high-risk situations. People can access booster shots at local pharmacies and other medical locations. – By Zachary Paskalev
Photo courtesy of Lina Nakagome
Photo courtesy of Mira Ciccarello
An emotional show
By Mira Ciccarello
gun violence in portland
By Mira Ciccarello
This year Portland, Ore., has become the second most lethal city in America, seeing a significant increase in homicides. In 2019 there was a 30 percent jump in homicides nationally. However, in Portland, that jump was markedly larger, with an 86 percent increase in homicides and gun violence. In August 2020, there were 383 shootings reported in Portland; this year, the Portland Police Bureau reported 837 shootings citywide by Aug. 31, breaking the record for the largest year-to-year increase in the North Precinct.