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January 2, 2015 02:19 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 01:44 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 01:01 PM

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

December 18, 2014 03:24 PM

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

December 11, 2014 03:42 PM

Sallie Ford at Cozmic Dec. 9. All photo illustrations by Athena Delene.

The last time Sallie Ford played in Eugene was October 2013 at Sam Bond's. She was with her old band, The Sound Outside, and had recently released Untamed Beast. That show was packed — if memory serves me right, there was a line around the block.

This past Tuesday eve, a fairly balmy night for December in Eugene, Sallie Ford  returned with a new band (the new band is named just Sallie Ford — Cristina Cano on keys, Anita Lee Elliott on bass and Amanda Spring on drums) to Cozmic. Unfortunately the turn out was not as stellar; there were maybe 20-25 folks and in a cavernous space like Cozmic, that can feel pretty empty. But the performance was great, Sallie Ford reproduced the sound from their new record Slap Back to a T.

Anyone have any thoughts on the disparity between the two shows? Why such a huge turnout a year ago at Sam Bond's but a very humble turnout at Cozmic? I often see situations like this with bands touring through Eugene. I would love to hear your feedback. Email alex@eugeneweekly.com. See more photos below.

Christina Cano (keys), Sallie Ford and Anita Lee Elliot (bass)

Amanda Spring on drums

Anita Lee Elliot on bass

December 10, 2014 09:40 AM

The UO and the GTFF reached a tentative agreement early this morning. UO administration agreed to create a seven person committee to over see an emergency fund that a graduate student could use for parental or sick leave. This from the UO website:

In a mediation session that began Tuesday and went through the night, our bargaining teams came to terms on a tentative agreement. The GTFF members will hold a ratification vote to decide on the final agreement. The president, on behalf of the Board of Trustees by designation of authority, will ratify the agreement before it will take effect.

GTFs will be returning to work, as soon as today, as the university completes finals week.

We were able to find compromise in regard to a graduate assistance fund and absences provision that address concerns about financial losses from medical and parental needs, and agreed on substantial salary increases. Details of the agreement will be forthcoming.

And this from the GTFF:


The new agreement includes 5% raises to minimum wages retroactive to the current school year and another 5% for next year, and creates a new Graduate Student Assistance Fund. The fund is accessible to all graduate students when facing financial challenges due to illness, injury or adding children to their families. 

The two teams had been deadlocked on guarantees related to access to the fund. The solution came in allowing the fund to be overseen by a 7-member committee, the majority of which are graduate students.

Half of the graduate student seats are appointed by the union, the other half elected by the UO graduate student body.


The GTFF will hold an end-of-strike rally at noon today at Matthew Knight Arena. 

December 10, 2014 04:11 PM

Eugene School District 4J is on the prowl for a new superintendent, and its looking for community input. Launched Dec. 8 and open through Dec. 21, 4J's online survey is for all members of Eugene's community. 4J says board members will use the survey to determine what characteristics its looking for in 4J's next superintendent.

The first question asks survey-takers to identify the top eight most desirable characteristiscs out of a list of 25 attributes, including "be visible throughout the district and actively engaged in community life" and "communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and in a variety of ways."

The survey also allows community members to write their own answers, as well as submit the names of people they think might qualify as a candidate for the position of 4J superintendent. Find the survey here.

Also, 4J will hold a series of public meetings the week of Dec. 15 at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St. Make your voice heard.

December 9, 2014 05:16 PM

Sen. Ron Wyden speaks out on the ethics and effectiveness of coercive torture. Wyden disputes the CIA's claims of the usefulness of enhanced interrogation techniques. 

December 8, 2014 04:02 PM

This just in from Cascade Wildlands regarding a public hearing today.

The State of Oregon has decided against privatizing the Elliott State Forest after receiving overwhelming public comment encouraging a conservation solution for the 93,000-acre state forest located northeast of Coos Bay. 1,147 out of 1,185 comments received during the public process, or 97 percent, encouraged the Department of State Lands and the Oregon State Land Board to protect the iconic forests for its outstanding water quality, salmon and wildlife habitat, hunting and fishing opportunities and its remarkable ability to store carbon to mitigate climate change.

Instead of privatizing the forest, the Land Board, made up of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary Kate Brown, and Treasurer Ted Wheeler, will continue to explore various management alternatives for the Elliott that meet public expectations as well as its Common School Fund and Endangered Species Act mandates. The State Land Board will meet Tuesday, December 9 from 9 am to noon at 775 Summer St. NE in Salem to further discuss future management scenarios and has extended the meeting to handle what is expected to be significant public comment.

“The state of Oregon should be given kudos for not privatizing the Elliott as elk hunters would have ultimately encountered “no trespassing” signs instead of open access into this outstanding backcountry,” said Ed Putnam with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. “It is important that as the public process moves forward a balanced plan gets enacted that enhances the forest habitat, and keeps it in public hands.” 

Earlier this year, the State Land Board voted to dispose of nearly 1,500 acres of the Elliott State Forest and quickly auctioned the acreage off to the timber industry. One timber company has already put up “no trespassing” signs and has vowed to clearcut the forest. The lands were disposed of after conservationists successfully challenged a number of illegal old-growth clearcutting projects on the forest that would have significantly impacted the marbled murrelet, an imperiled sea bird that nests in coastal old-growth forests.

“The table is set to find a lasting solu