Winter 2014 . Issue I
A magazine by Eugene-area high school students.
Sharing stories from a student perspective.
Bobby Doerr: Local Legend
PLUS: Russian Theater // Scary Movies // Hope For The Homeless
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Cascadia EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Ethan Hauck ART DIRECTORS Bella Anglin Natalie Brown WRITERS Natalie Brown Mararet Gleason Ethan Hauck Natalie Marshall Tracy Pacana Kennedy Potts Russell Strand DESIGNERS Bella Anglin Natalie Brown Margaret Gleason Ethan Hauck Natalie Marshall Tracy Pacana Kennedy Potts Russell Strand ILLUSTRATORS Russell Strand COVER PHOTO Natalie Brown
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A LIVING RECORD - A MLB Hall of Fame inductee celebrates a life well-lived.
CULINARY COMFORTS - Cooking instructor Robin Wiper wows Eugene with gluten-free recipes.
RUSSIAN RENDITIONS - A UO professor explores Russian culture through live performance.
NEW YEAR, NEW RULES - Policy changes at 4J high schools have some scratching their heads.
WHY SCREAM? - A brief look at the psychology behind watching horror movies.
HIT THE SLOPES - South Eugene’s ski team gears up for the winter season.
SUPPLYING SHELTER - An interfaith program provides hope to homeless families in Eugene.
Words Ethan Hauck Photo Bella Anglin
A Living Record: Bobby Doerr Above: Retired Red Sox player Bobby Doerr relaxes in his chair at his home in Junction City, Oregon. Doerr is the oldest living Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.
he crack of a bat, the roar of a crowd–these sounds are commonplace in many baseball stadiums. Names that are best known from the baseball era include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jackie Robinson. Now, Robert “Bobby” Pershing Doerr, the oldest living Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, prepares for his 100th birthday next year. He lives in Junction City, after having come to Oregon during a fishing trip with his recruiter from the Boston Red Sox in 1939. To honor the legend, every summer Junction City hosts the Bobby Doerr Classic, which last year drew over 300 youth baseball teams to participate. The first thing people notice when they meet Doerr is his air of strength, despite his age. When shaking
his hand, it’s stronger than most men in their prime. You can find him sitting in his chair, watching a baseball game. He radiates confidence but is extremely quiet, affirming his reputation as the “Silent Captain of the Red Sox.” Doerr has always been humble, according to his peers. When he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986, he was still dumbfounded. “It was really something to think that my number one would be mine, forever,” says Doerr. “It was quite an honor.” But baseball for him was more than a game. His passion for it started in his backyard as a child. When he was fourteen, he played on a team with first baseman George McDonald, who played eleven out of his eighteen seasons in the Pacific Coast League with the San Diego Padres; Mickey Owen, who had
thirteen seasons in the major leagues; and Steve Mesner, who enjoyed six seasons in the National League. And those were just the infield players. When he was sixteen, Doerr moved on to play for the Hollywood Stars, which later became the San Diego Padres, and in 1937 at the mere age of eighteen, he was signed to the Boston Red Sox. He played with them for fourteen seasons, including the 1946 World Series. While unable to visit Boston on a regular basis, he was flown there last April for the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. The Red Sox Word Series win in Fenway Park was also a special moment for him. He now lives a happy and quiet life with his wife, watching Red Sox games together. z 5
Culinary Comforts Cooking instructor Robin Wiper makes gluten-free taste great. Words & Photos Tracy Pacana
aking a gluten-free meal at home can be a challenging task.
Not so for Robin Wiper. Wiper teaches gluten-free baking classes at Cooks, Pots & Tabletops in Eugene for those who are unable to or choose not to consume gluten. Her recipes, tips, and techniques amaze family and friends, and charm tastebuds all over Eugene. z
Left: “The key to a pizza that slides right off the pizza peal is to work quickly,” says Wiper. “Don’t let the dough sit on the peel any longer than necessary.” She advises to prepare and measure all toppings in advance. Below: Wiper’s homemade BBQ chicken pizza will delight any audience, even those without gluten-sensitivity or intolerance. Wiper uses her own gluten-free pizza dough and rice flour to add special flair to an ordinary dish.
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Above: In addition to teaching her students how to prepare gluten-free waffles, chocolate chunk brownies, and retro banana cream pie, Wiper also shows them how to make gluten-free sesame baguettes, the dough from which can also be used to make pizza.
Russian renditions University of Oregon professor Julia Nemirovskaya teaches her students about Russian culture through bilingual theater. Left: Julia Nemirovskaya discovered her interest in fusing Russian studies and live performance while working at Brigham Young University.
ulia Nemirovskaya is a professor of Russian history and literature at the University of Oregon. Every year she also teaches a Russian theater class where she writes and directs Russian-English plays that her students perform. While working as a professor of Russian history at Brigham Young University, Nemirovskaya met Thomas Rogers, who at the time was a professor of Russian literature, often putting on bilingual plays that he had written. Nemirovskaya learned that as a student Rogers had been taught by a Russian professor. That professor ignited a love for Russian culture in Rogers that would last for years. Nemirovskaya, a Moscow native, was inspired that plays performed in a foreign language could create such deep attachment and cherished memories in
Words & Photo Natalie Marshall a person from a different culture. Years later when Nemirovskaya found herself in Eugene, she drew on this inspiration to create a theater program at the University of Oregon that would allow her to produce her own bilingual works. “We are slaves to routine, so the most memorable things for us are Christmas and birthdays,” says Nemirovskaya. “I think that theater is that same kind of celebration. It is very memorable because it’s not routine, or time as it goes–it’s compressed time.” Her class puts on one or two plays a year. Nemirovskaya says that though theater is her favorite class to teach, the plays are the most “exhausting” of her work as a professor. While she’s in production there’s little distinction between her home and work life. The one or two time-a-week classes don’t provide as much time for students to practice, let
alone build the props. “Students are always in and out of our house,” says Lizka Vaintrob, Nemirovskaya’s daughter. “They come and work on something, be it a backdrop, props, costumes, and then leave.” Though it’s hard work, Nemirovskaya loves her job; talking about it brings tears to her eyes. “Theater never failed me,” she says. “Other courses a thousand times, but theater has always worked and it’s a miracle.” She is grateful to the Eugene community for being so supportive of the program. “We have enough enthusiasts in this town, community, and [within the student population] that we can make miracles,” she says. “That makes me proud of this town, which is very open to other cultures.” z 7 CASCADIAMAG.COM
New Year District-wide policy changes in 4J high schools receive mixed reactions.
New Rules Words & Photo Kennedy Potts
espite protests from students and teachers at 4J high schools, a new three-by-five schedule went into effect this school year. Many are struggling to adjust to this change and Oregon’s new law regarding proficiency grading. Reactions were varied from those within the 4J community. The district administration decided to implement the schedule change in hopes of saving money and improving the school system. A group consisting of counselors and teachers from 4J’s high schools worked to design a common schedule option. They recommended a trimester schedule with five seventy-minute class periods a day to the superintendent. The intent is to provide a “just-right” level of instruction time, reduced class sizes, spending cuts, and better alignment with schedules at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. While many embrace the changes, there are students, teachers, and parents who remain critical. Some spoke out against these changes because they were satisfied with the current schedule and uncomfortable switching to a new system. Others say that the benefits are overstated. For Rachel Kruska, a senior at Henry D. Sheldon High School, the three-by-five schedule is a mostly welcome adjustment. “I have Work Study after lunch, so if I [had any fewer] classes in the morning I wouldn’t be able to have all the credits I need to graduate,” she
Above: With the adoption of proficiency grading this year, 4J students are taking more tests. The policy change drew mixed reactions from community members. says. “But I hate how we start earlier now.” Annie Beckstrand, a senior and an International High School student at Sheldon, says, “The fact that there’s no more zero period is great, which also means no longer being addicted to coffee. But now our schedule couldn’t be any more confusing. Every day I have a certain class at a different time than the day before. I walk into the wrong class about every other day.” Much like the three-byfive common schedule, proficiency grading was created to improve the school system. In 2011, House Bill 2220 was passed in order to make proficiency grading a standard in Oregon’s schools. Students are now almost solely graded on their level of mastery on the material they have
been taught. Teachers can no longer give significant credit for homework or participation. The new grading policy is meant to prepare students for the type of grading used at a collegelevel. Proponents claim proficiency grading reflects a student’s actual skill in a subject rather than his or her participation in class. “We were having some teachers offer extra credit for bringing cans in for a food drive,” says 4J district Superintendent Sheldon Berman. “This type of grading does not accurately portray a student’s proficiency in a class, and this is what the new system is trying to eliminate.” z
Words & Illustration Russell Strand
Finding solace in chaos: scary movies and the teenage brain.
To many, the writhing chainsaws of serial killer flicks and the blood-soaked freak fests of zombie films are vital entertainment. But why are we as a society infatuated by this violence? Are the violent images in horror films detrimental to our mental health? “The main reason [we enjoy watching horror films] is that we think it can protect us,” says South Eugene junior Daisy Burge. “If we witness violence we could somehow be immune [to it] because we think we have learned how violence perpetuates itself. Teenagers witness violence in film as useful and exciting.” In addition to providing a perceived immunity to violence, Burge theorizes that pure suspense is also vital. “Shock value is important because it involves aspects not seen in everyday life,” she says. Brandt Stuart, a 4J psychology
associate believes that viewers’ attraction to these violent elements stems from a connection between the real evils within our society and our own realities. “We are inundated by violence through war and abuse—actual violence,” Stuart says. “[Horror] movies
are a combination of integrating our violent reality and a way to desensitize ourselves through fantasy. We need to deal with this craziness in our culture. Since it’s so disturbing, you better step back. Watching violent horror films
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makes [the violence in our culture] more palatable.” The purpose of watching horror movies could lie in the solace of chaos: a comfort in the perception of the extreme. However, there’s evidence that comfort increases when viewers watch scary movies with a friend. According to a small poll, South Eugene High School students typically prefer to watch scary movies with a close friend rather than alone. Horror movies are designed to make the audience feel scared, but serve the purpose of showing viewers fantastic violence, helping them cope with the evils of reality and providing an elevated sense of shared comfort from a buddy. “When we’re in a state of tension, it makes us love the things we love more and hate the things we hate more,” says South psychology teacher Anna Grace. “When [horror] puts us in a state of aroused tension, it can intensify our emotions for certain things,” she adds. “[Scary movies] might make you feel closer to your companion.” z
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Hit The Sl ope s
The holiday season inspires many emotions, but for local ski racers it triggers excitement knowing they are about to start yet another unforgettable season.
High school ski teams gear up for winter.
new season. Students from high schools all over the Eugene area as well as members of the Willamette Alpine Race Program gather during this "There’s no place I would rather be time to prepare. when I am up on the mountain.” Many racers enjoy searching for the Ski racers and patrol members best deals on new equipment, hoping gathered in early November to attire that these items will improve their themselves for winter. Berg’s Ski & performance. Snowboard Shop in Eugene hosts an Alpine racing isn’t largely annual “racers’ night,” discounting items recognized in the Eugene area, although for racers and ski patrol members in the there are generally about fifteen to twenty area. The event serves as a kick-off to the racers on South Eugene High School’s
team. The skill level of racers ranges anywhere from beginning to expert. “I just can’t wait to get up there and start skiing again,” says South Eugene senior racer Andrew Blumm, who enjoys free skiing and experimenting with new jumps and tricks at the terrain park. Blumm’s favorite part about the ski season is traveling to the mountain every weekend. The time the team spends together provides support and can improve performance. “There’s no place I would rather be when I am up at the mountain,” says Blumm. “It’s my own type of paradise.” z
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An interfaith community comes together to give shelter to Lane County’s homeless families.
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hildren laugh and talk while making Christmas wreaths out of construction paper. They glue on the final pieces and carry their masterpiece to hang above the fireplace. This is a classic holiday scene, and one most know well. The difference is that these children live at a church and their families are homeless. First Place Family Center’s Night Shelter program provides a safe place for families to sleep at more than thirty local churches and synagogues in Eugene. Each host site accommodates the families for one-to-two weeks before they move onto the next. The only official requirements for program admittance are that the parents are actively job-hunting and that they have children in their custody and care, or can provide proof of pregnancy. There is also a two-month stay limit for each family. “Night Shelter gives people a place to be where they don’t have to worry about where they and their children have to sleep at night, and they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from,” says Becky Beck, who co-
ordinates the Night Shelter program. The program can accommodate up to ten families at a time, which constitutes forty or more people depending on family sizes. The host sites are only required to provide dinner, breakfast, and a place to sleep, but many go above and beyond. First United Methodist Church in downtown Eugene is the annual host for the holiday season. The church arranges nightly children’s activities and crafts Families enjoy a dinner provided by Night Shelter featuring a living room area program volunteers. with an artificial fireplace and a mantle with Christmas stockings. It winter when families are trying to escape also includes a study area for kids to work the cold. To deal with the demand, Beck on homework. First Place provides the says the program concentrates on families mattresses, partitions, and bedding for each who appear to need it the most. Single guest, and each child is given a handmade fathers with nowhere else to go, expectant quilt to keep. mothers, and large families are usually The waiting list can reach fifteen the program’s top priority. z or more families at any given time. The list tends to grow longer during fall and
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