The Rogue News

Ashland Alumni for Congress

Ava Hearn

January 24, 2019

Filed under 2018/2019, October 2018, Print

Just 33 years ago, AHS student, Jamie McLeod- Skinner, roamed the very same hallways that you do today. Now, she is campaigning throughout Southern and Eastern Oregon with the hope of serv­ing in the House of Representatives...

Why We Should Be Concerned about the State of Title IX

Novia Wetzel

January 17, 2019

Filed under 2018/2019, Uncategorized

Betsy DeVos, the United States Secretary of Education, wants to change the federal law to give less support to survivors of sexual assault. One of the changes gives more authority to public schools to decide on whether or not...

Toys Break, but Memories are Forever

Lexie Taylor

January 6, 2019

Filed under 2018/2019, Uncategorized

It’s Christmas morning. A freshly powdered blanket of snow clings to the ground, the milk and reindeer cookies have been eaten and little boys and girls leap out of their beds and dash down the stairs to gawk at the moun...

That’s a Wrap on Gift Wrap

Bailey Mustard

January 6, 2019

Filed under 2018/2019, Uncategorized

As Thanksgiving comes to an end and we feel the Christmas spirit set in, an overwhelming need to purchase presents covered in plastic packaging and gift wrap washes over us. Our minds race to think of the perfect gifts, to prepare...

Lies Are for the Lazy

Zoe Fenstermacher

January 4, 2019

Filed under 2018/2019, Uncategorized

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...

Jumping into Judaism

Skyye D'Allyn

January 4, 2019

Filed under 2018/2019, December 2018, Print

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

Filed under 2018/2019, December 2018, Print

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

Filed under 2018/2019, December 2018, Health/Wellness, Print, Updates

“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...

From an Outsider

Sequoia Snogren-McGinnis

December 13, 2018

Filed under 2018/2019, Uncategorized

Death is a difficult notion for the human to conceptualize. Whether viewed as the “simple termination of life” or as a doorway from this temporal state to the next, it is an exceptionally permanent and profound thing to ...

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