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January 9, 2015 04:17 PM

For those going to the Championship game in Texas Monday, how can you tell a fan of the Buckeyes vs, a fan of the Ducks? Here's a blog post from the Fort Worth Weekly:

January 8, 2015 11:54 AM

This is Oregon's state bird, the Western meadowlark:

Pretty, right? This photo was taken in South Dakota by an EWstaffer. Problem is, the Western meadowlark seems to be a rare sight in most of Oregon, at least, according to this change.com petition:

As you may or may not be aware it is generally accepted that the state bird of the great state of Oregon is currently the Western Meadowlark. As an avid birdwatcher I live next to an area with abundant wildlife. My only sighting of a Western Meadowlark was on a trip to desolate south east Oregon. According to Wikipedia the state legislature of Oregon never voted on the state bird, it was named as a result of a polling of school children in 1927 by the Audubon Society. It is my belief that over 90% of our residents have either never seen one or would probably not recognize one if it were to alight in their vicinity. How we ended up with this bird(it is not even in the lark family it is a kind of blackbird) is beyond me but I suspect either hanging chads or a butterfly ballot.

The Western Meadowlark is the state bird of Oregon, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming. That's right, FIVE OTHER STATES! Only if we changed to the Mockingbird (Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas) could we equal this total lack of originality.

By now it must be obvious what needs to be done. There is only one obvious logical choice for state bird, Anas platyrhynchos AKA the Mallard. It is my contention that most Americans if asked would assume that our state bird was a duck. Along with park pond denizen, farm bird, popular waterfowl game bird, in Oregon the duck is a very powerful symbol loved by true Oregonians.

We're conflicted on this suggestion... on the one hand, it seems only fair that since the beaver is Oregon's state animal, the duck should get its share of the limelight. And let's face it, we see ducks absoutely everywhere: on campus, at Delta Ponds, along the river, even across the street from EW's office, nesting under some stairs.

But do the UO's Ducks really need yet another symbol glorifying their existence? Ducks themselves are suprisingly badass, with their corkscrew penises and their relative ubiquity in Lane County (see EW's 2012 cover story). But can they really measure up to a mysterious, golden-colored songbird?

You can make your case known and sign or detract the petition here, at change.org. 

January 7, 2015 02:01 PM

New video about bus rapid transit focuses on LTD's EmX system and Seattle's equivalent. Featured are Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, Councilor Greg Evans, UO's Marc Schlossberg, PeaceHealth's Phil Farrington and others. See also best-oregon.org

January 7, 2015 01:04 PM

We all heard about the storms, fires, drought, earthquakes, eruptions and other natural events in 2014. Here, the USGS recaps them, including some you might not have heard about. What will 2015 bring? Could get worse.

January 5, 2015 03:59 PM

A full transcript of California Gov. Jerry Brown's inaugural remarks can be found today at http://wkly.ws/1vo

His fourth address targets climate change and what California has done and can do to lower greenhouse gases and become more resilient to drought and other climate-related issues facing the state and nation.

January 2, 2015 03:19 PM

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes did an interview with Duck quarterback Marcus Mariota before his Heisman win and before the Rose Bowl win that is sending Mariota and the Ducks to the National Championships against Ohio State. 

In the interview with FCA, of which he is a member, Mariota discusses his Christian faith and going "all in for Him."

Some highlights (and you can read the full interview here as well as a perspective from Charisma News (Breaking News. Spiritual Perspective) on the interview here.)

 How is your faith a part of you being a football player? 

 Being a football player, faith plays a huge role. When things start to get rough you find comfort in your faith. Knowing that no matter what, you can dust yourself off and be okay. And you know you do it for [God’s] glory. You do it for your teammates, your family, but also for His glory and to represent His name.


What has God taught you about yourself while at Oregon?

… I’ve learned that no matter what, my faith will guide me. However I play on the field, I know my faith will guide me. After sports, my faith will guide me. As I’ve grown in my faith, that’s something that’s given me comfort. God has taught me that I can trust in Him. No matter what–whether things are good or bad–I know I can always trust in Him. And that has really allowed me to go All In for Him.

Neither the Charistma story nor the FCA interview mention that whole "Jesus, girls and Marcus Mariota" thing.

December 23, 2014 02:44 PM

In case you missed it, The Newsroom recently aired a fascinating and scary fictional interview with a government official on climate change. Climate deniers are all over this, of course. We are blocked from embeding the segment here, but you can watch it on YouTube at


December 22, 2014 02:01 PM

What is the relationship between climate and capitalism? Naomi Klein puts the pieces together.

December 18, 2014 04:24 PM

A BBC story online says black truffles have an active ingredient to that found in cannabis plants. See http://wkly.ws/1v2