Issue 8, go south!

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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How Countries Are Dealing With ‘Freedom Convoys’

On Saturday, January 22, truck drivers in Canada began to drive around Canada protesting vaccine mandates. Since then, radical groups in many countries have followed suit and started protests of their own while governments scramble to try to disperse them. In order to do this, different governments are trying different techniques. Some countries have taken more serious approaches to the situation such as France, where roadblocks and tear gas were used to scatter the protesters. In New Zealand, however, government officials tried a more peaceful route by playing music at their parliament building in Wellington. Songs such as “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen and “Baby Shark” were played along with “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt. The latter has been played so many times at the protests that some of the protesters knew all the words and began singing along. While tensions rise in countries like France and Canada, New Zealand government officials and their protesters have come together, singing and dancing the “Macarena.” – By Marston Scher


Oregon Mens and Womens basketball Roundup

By Dylan Stevens

Men's Basketball

This season didn't start the way most Oregon fans wanted and definitely didn’t start as expected. The year began with two easy out-of-conference matchups with unranked Texas Southern and the SMU mustangs. Then came one of the most embarrassing losses I've ever seen out of a Dana Altman lead team. BYU came to Matthew Knight Arena and destroyed Oregon 81-49 in an ugly performance all the way around. The season began to fall after the big loss to BYU and Oregon couldn’t get a ranked win. After a tough loss to #1 overall Baylor, the guys got their mojo back and Dana Altman showed why he's one of the best in the business. The Ducks went on a 6 game win streak picking up games against #3 UCLA and #5 USC. As the Ducks go into the second half of the season they hope to keep the momentum going as they have three more ranked games against #7 Arizona, #3 UCLA and now #19 USC.

Women's Basketball

The women’s team is having yet another dominating year and are currently ranked #19 in the country. They started off slower than usual going 3-3 through their first 6 games, but they quickly turned it around and are on a fantastic 9-1 run, winning their last 8 games. Some key games they’ve won were against #9 ranked UConn, who we dominated 72-59, and a close one against #7 Arizona where we squeaked out a 68-66 win in overtime. The women’s team has adapted well after losing the generational talent that was Sabrina Lonescu, which shows that the success of those teams were not only based on one player but the whole team. The rest of the season shouldn’t be a huge problem for this Oregon team but they do still have some big matchups coming up that should be looked out for. Now #8 ranked Arizona will host the Ducks in their next game, and the toughest opponent that they have on the schedule is near the end of the year when the #2 overall Stanford Cardinal comes to town.

Wordle Alternatives

By Bettina Wu

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Wordle, the addictive word game that has taken the world by storm. For many, it is a game that they look forward to playing every day, as the structure of the game makes it very engaging. Many people look forward to each Wordle reset, hoping that they will be able to get the new word in one guess! However, the structure of the daily game is precisely the reason why many people feel that they aren’t getting as much enjoyment out of the game as they could. As a solution, many other developers have created their own spin-offs of Wordle that people can play while waiting for Wordle to reset.

Dordle, Quordle, Octordle, and Sedecordle: For those who enjoy challenging themselves, these games are set up exactly like Wordle. The only difference is that they have a different number of grids. In these games, one must guess two, four, eight, or even 16 words, respectively, simultaneously. These games have the potential to lead to lots of frustration, but with some practice, they can become more intuitive.

Semantle: In terms of frustration levels, the above Wordle spinoffs have nothing on Semantle. Semantle is a little different from the rest of the games on this list because it requires players to guess the target word based on meaning instead of spelling. After every guess, the player is told how semantically similar their word is to the target word using a similarity value from Word2Vec. Players are allowed unlimited guesses, meaning that they have only two choices: Continue playing until they get the word, or give up.

Absurdle: Also known as “adversarial wordle,” Absurdle is a spin-off of Wordle where the computer is actively playing against the player. In Absurdle, the computer tries to make it as difficult as possible for the player to guess the target word. With every guess the player inputs, the computer will change the target word based on what letters are in the guess, and give as few hints as possible in order to prolong the game as much as possible.

Hello Wordl: Have you ever wanted to play Wordle with more than just five letters? Well, Hello Wordl allows you to do just that! In Hello Wordl, the player can choose to guess a word between as few as four letters to as many as 11 and test their ability to think of words that fit that length.

In conclusion, there are lots of fun, challenging Wordle spin-off to keep you entertained while you wait for the Wordle reset. In fact, if you have any specific interests such as Taylor Swift, Pokémon, or Harry Potter, it is possible to find Wordles based off of those.


Infographic by Sophia Telaroli