Issue 7 will you please be my valentine?

Land acknowledgment

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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Cards for a loved one

By Mira Ciccarello

valentines day playlist

Wouldn’t It Be Nice - The Beach Boys

Goldmine - The Jokes

In Spite of Ourselves - John Prine, Iris DeMent

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Being Around - The Slaps

B-A-B-Y - Clara Thomas

All I Want Is You - Barry Louis Polisar

Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches

L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole

When U Love Somebody - Fruit Bats

God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin

Days Go By - May Erlewine, Woody Goss

When I’m Sixty Four - The Beatles

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell


Photo courtesy of Eugene Police Department

New dna

evidence helps solve cold case

EUGENE, Ore. – In the late 1980s, a string of killings was loosely tied to one man, John Charles Bolsinger, when he was paroled to Springfield from Utah after having been arrested for murder there. He was arrested twice by Springfield police during his time in Springfield. The first was in connection to a burglary. The other was after the Springfield K9 unit tracked him down from fleeing from a potential victim’s home when she attacked him, leaving a vest and a paring knife. The longest sentence Bolsinger received was five years due to the lack of concrete evidence. In 2018, advances in DNA tracing technology allowed police to reopen the case and finally pin the murders on Bolsinger. However, Bolsinger had killed himself in 1988 so no arrest was made. – By Marston Scher

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lawmakers do their best to save the great salt lake

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – As temperatures rise, water levels begin to fall. This is no more apparent than at the Great Salt Lake in Utah. In recent years, the decreasing amount of water has caused there to be a higher concentration of salt in the lake, killing much of the aquatic life there. Observers worry that if this continues, the sand on the floor of the lake will be revealed, thus sending arsenic-laced dust into the air and poisoning thousands of people. This imminent threat has awakened Utah lawmakers to the threat of climate change and they are now in the process of figuring out a way to divert more funds and water to the lake. – By Marston Scher

Photo by Bettina Wu


After 27 years of serving on the Supreme Court, Stephen Breyer, the oldest justice on the court, has announced his retirement from the bench.This has given President Joe Biden the opportunity to fill his seat with a new justice in hopes of balancing the liberal-conservative aspects. The step down came after pressure from liberals, who would like to see a nomination before the Senate party majority changes; the Senate is required to approve justices through a two-thirds vote. Biden has promised to fill Breyer’s seat with the first ever black female justice, and many believe that his shortlist includes Kentaji Jackson, justice on the Court of Appeals – the second highest court in the land – and Leondra Kruger, a California Supreme Court justice. – By Bettina Wu

oregon to drop mask mandate by march 31

The Oregon Health Authority recently announced that the indoor mask mandate, including those in place at public schools, will be dropped no later than March 31. OHA officials say the mandate could be lifted sooner if hospitalizations decline at a faster rate than expected. Once the mandate is lifted, mask mandates will be left in the hands of businesses or employers once again. Schools will have the choice to be mask-optional, changing the rules and definition of what counts as being exposed to COVID-19. This could possibly lead to more quarantines for unvaccinated students and continued classroom disruptions due to staff and/or student absences. – By Sophia Telaroli

Photo courtesy of Multnomah County

Great Harvest Bread Co. Berry Cinnamon Roll

Photo courtesy of Sophia Telaroli

Hendricks Park

Photo courtesy of Sophia Telaroli

local date spots

Eugene has many great date spots – whether you’re taking someone or just going by yourself, there’s lots to do and enjoy. If you’re looking for some delicious food to sit and talk over, you might want to check out Black Wolf Supper Club or the Beer Garden (high schoolers can enjoy the delicious food truck offerings!). If you’re looking for something more nature-oriented and relaxing, consider Hendricks Park, Wild Iris Ridge Park, and the Ridgeline trail – always great activities to get you outside and moving. Or maybe you just want to grab some dessert and hang out. In that case, Prince Pucklers, Metropol Bakery and Great Harvest Bread Co. are just a few amazing options in Eugene. – By Sophia Telaroli




The Axe Magazine Online is pleased to feature the work of freelance cartoonist and South junior Westley Fisher in this issue. Look for more of his work in upcoming issues of the Axe Mag.


Football Is Back!

By Logan Williamson

With Chad Kessler being hired as head football coach for the 2022-2023 season, it is likely that South’s football team will be back on the field come this fall. Chad Kessler is the current Head wrestling coach and has coached football at South in the past.

“I think there is a championship football team walking the halls of South Eugene right now,” Coach Kessler said.

South gets a bad rap when it comes to football despite having many impressive teams throughout the years. In fact, the Axe carried a winning record in 2018. There is no shortage of talent at South, as seen through the many, incredibly successful teams in other sports. If South can put together a dedicated football team, they will have a very good chance of winning games.

“There are awesome benefits to playing football with unfortunately a negative narrative,” Kessler added.“The sport has suffered a series of negative reviews – football itself is a taboo.”

Football in general has been declining in participation over the past few years due to research into the dangers of concussions, as well as increased student participation in other sports. However, circumstances have improved significantly, and there has never been a safer time to play football.

South has opted out of the last two seasons due to low turnouts during the pandemic – only 19 players registered to play for Fall 2021. Players were still able to practice, even though there were no games being played.

“Practices were really fun and a great way to play with my friends in a sport I love,” South sophomore Auzy Cacioppi said.

The team welcomes any students interested in finding out more about South’s football program and how to participate to contact Coach Kessler in room 113.

Online dating safety

By Sarah Dione

In the spirit of Valentine's Day coming up and the senior class being bound for adulthood, it’s important to send the class of ‘22 out into the world with some cautionary online dating safety advice. Online dating is a popular route for both casual dating and trying to meet “the one.” Since the beginning of the pandemic, dating sites have seen a dramatic increase in users: Between March and May 2020 OkCupid reported a 700 percent increase in dates, according to author Brenda K. Wiederhold.

Given the popularity, and maybe even necessity, of such sites for young adults heading out into the big, wide world, I have compiled a list of how to date online successfully, while also keeping your safety in mind.

Tip #1: Be Strategic in Choosing Profile v Photos

When building your profile, opt for uploading photos that aren’t posted anywhere else, so it’s less likely that unwarranted users can find you on other social media sites. Along with that, avoid mentioning where you attend school or work. Attracting a stalker is not ideal.

Tip #2: Don’t Meet Up So Fast

Finding someone you connect with online can be exciting, but it’s wise to hold off on meeting in person for a little bit. Start off with a video chat to see if they are who they say they are. When the time comes to meet in person, do it publicly, provide your own transportation, tell someone where you're going, and most importantly, (if you’re of age) stay sober. Vulnerability to date rape increases when not taking these precautions, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Tip #3: Look for Red Flags

Typically red flags are easy to identify online, some of them include: asking you for financial assistance; not sending you photos to verify their identity, giving you vague answers; or talking about their ex. If you see a suspicious profile, contribute to the safety of the environment by reporting them.

Hopefully these tips can aid you in the search for a successful long term relationship, and if that’s not what you’re looking for it’s important to learn how to safely terminate contact with someone. When it comes to breaking off a relationship that played out online for the most part, some might feel inclined to ghost with no intention of sending a formal termination note. To avoid any complexities, it’s safest to send a concise, honest goodbye message. If you have no desire to remain friends or acquaintances, request that they delete your contact information as you will do the same.

Photo by Constance Van Flandern at Willamette Pass

how you can save the next winter olympics

Local snow conditions foreshadow challenging conditions for winter athletes.

By Marston Scher

All over the world, the snow is melting on all the well-known places for winter activities. Because of this, Olympians have been forced to train on manufactured snow which presents a big problem for the athletes. This artificial snow is harder and slicker than real snow and can make it more difficult to stop and fall safely, which makes events such as the biathlon and Nordic skiing more dangerous than they would normally be. Not to mention the chemicals and energy it takes to produce this artificial snow, the environmental effects of which we are yet to discover. This is not a one-time problem, either. If global emissions continue to rise, snow levels will continue to fall until the only remnants of our beloved “winter wonderlands” are nothing but puddles and nostalgic memories.

The lack of snow does not only affect Olympians either. Higher temperatures present a threat to snow everywhere, including Oregon.

“There was only enough snow for Willamette Pass to open a few days before Christmas,” said Calvin Joye, South student and member of the Ski Patrol Youth (SPY).

“It was later than I expected,” he added. “[The season start date] changes every year but you can definitely notice a change year after year. It starts later and later and later. The season probably won’t end until March this year which is weird if you think about it. Winter is supposed to end at the end of January and start earlier than it has been. It’s stretching further out.”

The belated season has made it harder for him to find time to go to the pass and when he is there he has also felt a change in the temperature.

“I feel like the days have been hotter, the season gets pushed from being during winter break and before that to during the school year. There are some days that I don’t go to school to go snowboarding because that is the only time that I’ll be able to until next season. I want to get the most out of the few months that the season lasts for, and those just happen to be during school.”

Joye has been to Willamette Pass at least seven times this year, and he has started to notice a change in the consistency of the snowfall.

“Right when the snow started, there was a ton dumped up there and that lasted for a while, but recently it’s been super icy and slushy.”

This paints a dismal and unfortunate picture of the future of snow in Oregon. However, all hope is not lost! According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), if humans stopped producing all greenhouse gas emissions today, temperatures would begin to decrease on their own as the gasses are removed from our atmosphere through natural processes. While stopping all greenhouse gas emissions right now is not a remotely realistic goal, this data does provide hope for the future of Earth, given that we change our current practices. Most of this change will need to come from governmental legislation, but everyone can do their part to help. Here’s what you can do:

1.) The best thing to do is contact your local representative in government! This might seem daunting at first glance, but a simple email or tweet can go a long way to getting legislators' attention when enough people speak up.

2.) One of the biggest producers of greenhouse gas is farms where meat and dairy are produced, so a healthy and cost effective way to reduce these emissions is by simply eating less of these products. As a meat eater, I am not saying that we all have to cut meat entirely out of our diets. Simply, cutting down on our portions so that less meat lasts longer can help.

3.) Another excellent way to help is by using more sustainable methods of transportation. This can mean anything from walking, biking, or taking the bus to reducing the number of trips you take on an airplane each year.

4.) Protect our parks! Trees and plants in parks are fantastic reducers of air pollution and excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, so it is important to respect these green areas by treading carefully and keeping them clean.

5.) Finally, thrift! A lot of items, such as clothing, are thrown away after someone grows out of them even though they are perfectly fine to be worn again. In fact, one estimate shows that about 85% of our clothing ends up in a landfill or burned and the average American throws away about 81 pounds of clothes a year. That adds up to about 16 million tons of “textile waste” a year from Americans! By thrifting, you can save these clothes, the environment, and yourself a couple of dollars.

Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list and there are plenty of other ways to help. The most important thing is that as long as everyone is doing their part to lessen the effects of the climate crisis, there is still hope for us and everything else here on Earth.

truffle Season

Chocolates make a delightful day-of Valentine’s gift.

By Natasha Dracobly

When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, it’s difficult to find one more iconic than the truffle. While you may be tempted to go for whatever Safeway’s selling in a heart shaped box – which would probably taste just fine – our staff does have some recommendations. Eleven Axe staff members tried four truffles: two “truffle bars” (which tasted like regular chocolate bars), and one non-truffle chocolate bar, and we came away with clear favorites.

Unsurprisingly, the Euphoria dark chocolate truffle was a hit, but it wasn’t alone: Trader Joe’s Cocoa Truffles were equally as popular. At only $2.99 for the nearly 9 oz box for the latter, they prove a delicious and affordable option compared to Euphoria truffles, which are $2.99 for a single truffle.

Though Russell Stover boxed truffles were the least popular among the truffles, they, too, received votes as favorite (and were more popular than the chocolate bars). So if you were planning for that heart shaped box, don’t worry. But you still may want to consider stopping at Trader Joe’s!


By Mira Ciccarello

By May Lafer-Kirtner