Issue 4 holiday spirit
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 trimester two! In this issue, we have briefs ranging from the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics to the upcoming American Dog movie. Additionally, check out staff briefs on science, holiday activities, and the economy. Interested in an holiday opinion piece? Take a look at May Lafer-Kirtner's story on Hanukkah and Christmas.
Staff Protest against Racism
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BOYCOTT AGAINST 2022 OLYMPICS
Last week, the Biden administration announced that they were issuing a diplomatic boycott against the Beijing Olympics in an attempt to protest against China’s human rights violations in the Xinjiang region. This means that although U.S. athletes can compete as usual, the United States will not be sending any official or diplomatic representatives to attend the Games. Historically, this has been an event where nations set politics aside and compete in peace. So far, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia have also announced diplomatic boycotts, and it is possible that more nations will follow suit. – By Bettina Wu
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American Underdog to release Friday
American Underdog, a film following the true story of Kurt Warner, a former NFL quarterback from 1994 to 2009, is releasing this Friday in theaters only. In American Underdog, the two-time MVP is portrayed by Zachary Levi, who is mainly known for starring in Shazam! It depicts Warner’s unlikely rise from an unpopular, 28 year old backup quarterback to a leading force on the St. Louis Rams. Come back soon for a review! – By Nico Scharn
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supermassive blackholes may merge
This month, astronomers reported two black holes that are the closest ever seen. While they are 89 million light years away from the Earth, they are only 1,600 light years away from each other and are constantly moving closer. Both are larger than our sun, one being 6.3 million times larger and the other a whopping 154 million times larger. This merger will not have any effect on Earth, but it is still a fascinating phenomenon that could provide a greater depth to our limited knowledge of black holes. – By Marston Scher
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The Grinch in Oakland
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5 fun and festive holiday activities
1.) Lights and Snow at 5th Street Market Every Friday and Saturday night from 6-6:30 p.m. until Dec. 19.
December 2020 national gas price average was $2.57, current prices are closer to four dollars. Photo by Sarah Dione.
inflation in the u.s.
Many people have noticed Costco shoppers stocking up more than usual recently, and it’s not just because of the holidays. On Dec. 10, the U.S federal government released the results of an inflation rate assessment. Goods being stuck in the supply chain in various countries, due in large part to lack of transportation workers, has resulted in inflation rates rising by 6.8 percent – the highest jump since 1982. The past year has been filled with a gradual increase in prices of staple items, such as beef and gas. Expect inflation to significantly intensify this winter, before evening out in the beginning of 2022. – By Sarah Dione
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f1 race controversy in abu dhabi
A finale Sunday in Abu Dhabi officially makes Dutch F1 driver Max Verstappen the 2021 Formula 1 World Champion. Going into the season’s final Grand Prix, which determined the World Champion, British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton – the former World Champion – and Max Verstappen both had 369.5 points. Hamilton led the race into the final lap until Verstappen passed him to secure the race and the championship. Hamilton and the Mercedes team were livid, Mercedes argued that the Racing Director Michael Masi had broken the rules in the final lap by speeding up the safety car, which had been on the track since lap 52. When the safety car was deployed during the race, no cars were allowed to overtake Hamilton, giving him free rein to win the race. However, when the race directors sped up the safety car they gave Verstappen one last lap to overtake Hamilton easily with fresh tires compared to Hamilton's tires that had already been through 43 laps. The Race Director defended his claim by referring to a rule that gives him overruling power over the rules impacting the safety car. – By Logan Williamson
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Who's The future of Oregon Football
Now that University of Oregon Football head coach Mario Cristobal’s gone off to Miami on an eight-year, $80-million contract, there’s a wide open spot for a new head coach at Oregon. Turns out, that spot will be filled by former UGA defensive coordinator Dan Lanning. Lanning will need to bring the team together quickly – in time for the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl, in fact – so the future recruiting classes don't fall flat. There’s already been multiple talented ESPN players to decommit from Oregon after the news of Cristobal leaving. Getting a strong coaching staff back will be crucial to the recruiting pool and the success of the program. – By Dylan Stevens
Photo courtesy of Eugene Saturday Market
Among all the festivities this time of year, Eugene holds its very own Holiday Market at the Lane County Fairgrounds every weekend throughout December. The market is indoors and is filled with vendors showcasing people’s handmade arts. Live music is playing and the aroma coming from the delicious food court hangs in the air. Although this year, due to COVID protocol, there aren't quite as many vendors, the Holiday Market still ignites the same holiday cheer it has since the 1980s. The Holiday Market is open from the 23-24 (Thurs.- Fri.), right before Christmas for all last minute shoppers. Find unique gifts while supporting local businesses. – Mira Cicarello
Gingerbread and Menorahs
By May Lafer-Kirtner
Photo of the first night of Hannukah celebrations. Photo by May Lafer-Kirtner.
Infographic by Natasha Dracobly