The Rogue News

Inspiration from Literature III

Sequoia Snogren-McGinnis

January 7, 2019

Inspiration: “I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow, the million moving shapes and cul-de-sacks of shadow. There was shadow in bureau drawers and closets and suitcases, and shadows under hou...

Holly Jolly Yule Lads

Jared Stamper, Writer

January 7, 2019

Who are the Yule Lads? The Yule Lads are from Icelandic Christmas folklore. They go to everyone’s houses to leave gifts in their shoes, but only if they’re good. If not, they leave rotting potatoes. One comes each day ...

Jack Duggan on Honoring Veterans

Ayla Foust

January 6, 2019

Veterans Day is celebrated as a national holiday in honor and remembrance of anyone who has served, or is currently serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is a holiday primarily thought of as a day off, rather...

Reckoning with Tragedy

January 6, 2019

As the new year approaches and 2018 comes to an end, we are given the opportunity to look back and reflect on the past 12 months. 2018 has seen a number of major tragedies. There have been over 300 mass shootings in the United States since January of this year. The regularity of ma...

Santa Unveiled

January 4, 2019

Parenting: it’s such a hard job. When you don’t know the right things to do to make sure your kids are happy and behaving, it is challenging. So you turn to the one tool you have: LIES, a technique that has been passed down through generations, but maybe shouldn’t be anymore.

Jumping into Judaism

Skyye D'Allyn

January 4, 2019

As a person with Jewish heritage, I wish that the extent of my knowledge of Judaism didn’t come from watching the first half hour of Passover at Bubbe’s 3 years ago. I’m also quite possibly the only Jewish person to never...

Homeless Holiday Perspective

Logan Knouse

January 4, 2019

I believe a lot of people forget that there are those in the world who, during festive seasons, don’t have a family, a home, a tree in the living room or lights illuminating the night. We pass by nameless people every single day, and most of us don’t bat an eye. While some homeless can be upfront, nagging, capable young people, the majority of the homeless are hidden from view and have very real and difficult stories. On a particularly cold evening, under 30 degrees, Rogue News sought out the opinions of someone with personal experiences on the matter of homelessness. In downtown Ashland, right outside Martolli’s, a woman, heavily bundled, sat outside holding a sign reading ‘season’s greetings.’ Rogue News inquired if she’d be willing to talk about her experiences being homeless and she agreed. This woman, Susie, was evicted from her home due to a new Oregon statute that put her mobile home in the same category as ‘floating homes.’ She was barely late on her rent to the mobile home park but was evicted. She spoke about the cold being hard on her, especially after breaking her collarbone, and mentioned how most of her friends, those who don’t qualify to sleep inside, don’t get enough food to keep warm through the night. When asked what was difficult for her during the holidays, she responded, “I lost my firstborn son in an automobile accident right after graduation and then I lost my husband. My son’s been gone 20 years and my husband’s only been gone 6. I miss them during the holidays real bad.” Susie also discussed stereotypes she observes. “The workers at the shelter are always saying to count the bowls because these people steal, and that’s not true. We’re just like everybody else, we’ve just fallen on circumstances,” she said. It was heartbreaking to hear. At a time centered on goodness and peace, people in our community continue to be stereotyped and ignored. The state does help the homeless to an extent. They get fleece blankets and hats, cots on some nights, and the homeless shelters celebrate the holidays. “At pioneer hall, we had Thanksgiving dinner. And just last night, across from the Presbyterian Church, they had a Christmas tree up with wool socks on the giving tree. We all got to pick a pair. They do special things for us in the holiday season.” But homeless people are still on the streets when it’s cold, and they are still treated as lesser when no one wants to hear their stories. Hers is a hard one to hear and was monumentally eye-opening for me. I can buy my decorations and peppermint lattes and I won’t think twice about it, but these people don’t have those opportunities and don’t get to experience this festive season like I do. There isn’t a chance that, after hearing these experiences, I could ever go back to taking my situation for granted. I will always remember what Susie said: “For the grace of God, anyone might be in the same position as us.” It’s a blatant truth, and the world could stand to hear it more....

Title IX Transgender Troubles

Amber Eaton

January 4, 2019

“It’s now okay for a man to hit a woman,” was the first line of a video that debuted on YouTube on October 3, 2017. It was created by PragerU, a conservative organization. The advertisement was blatantly transphobic. As...

Pearson’s Education System

Novia Wetzel

January 4, 2019

If you’ve attended an American public school, you’ve probably heard of Pearson Education. Maybe your teachers use their textbooks or you noticed their name on the bottom of your science test. The point is, Pearson is everywhere....

Views on Vouchers

Lara Rivera

January 4, 2019

The school vouchers that are available in 14 states and the District of Columbia allow parents to choose the school their children will attend using public funds. Vouchers redistribute funds typically allocated to a sch...

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