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R.L. Stollar

R.L. Stollar writes the Local Nation segment at EDN. He has a B.A. in Western philosophy and literature from Gutenberg College in Oregon and a M.A. in Eastern religions from St. John’s College in New Mexico. Follow him on WordPress (rlstollar.wordpress.com/), Twitter, (@RLStollar), or Facebook (facebook.com/rlstollarjournalist).

Eugene Does the Harlem Shake

The viral “Harlem Shake” dance craze has officially hit Eugene. University of Oregon students have been caught Harlem Shakin’ with Puddles at the EMU, in front of minivans on Ferry Street, and amongst architecture majors. Oregon State and Benny Beaver have issued an official response.

Christopher Dorner and the Monsters in Our Heads

Trying to understand what happens to people like Christopher Dorner seems more effective in preventing future acts of violence than just saying, “Another crazy monster!” and moving on to the next action-packed news phenomenon. Dorner was not the new Batman, neither was he the new Joker. He was a human being who made the wrong decision based on being wronged.

When It Rains, It Pours: The News Week in Review

Nature has a morbid sense of humor. As Americans have been gridlocked, grumpy, and childish with each other over the last year over politics and the upcoming election, Nature was just bidding its time, waiting until the very last moment to unleash a torrent of destruction all over the East Coast.

Monster’s Blood: A Halloween Cocktail

In honor of Halloween, I present to you a blood-red concoction that is strong, sweet, and sure to please you and your fellow party-goers. It makes for a mighty fine martini, tastes smooth on the rocks, or can be pumped up with a lemon-lime soda to make a big bowl of punch. And did I mention it is blood-red?

Vincent Mulier: From Philosophy to Politics

For Vincent Mulier, philosophy underlies and supports his interest in the political system. A part-time philosophy professor and a criminal defense attorney, he recently entered into politics when he decided to run for the Position 7 Circuit Court Judgeship.

On My Honor, I Will Do My Best: The News Week in Review

As both a human being and an Eagle Scout, I was profoundly disturbed to read the reports about the child abuse that went unreported or actively hidden throughout the history of the Boy Scouts of America.

Don’t Put This Coffee Roaster in Parentheses

Hot off a successful Kickstarter campaign, Noah Crabtree’s dream of bringing the world of third-wave coffee to Eugene is now one step closer to completion. Crabtree’s company, Parenthesis Coffee Roasters, has a unique roasting philosophy.

Lane County’s Voter Registration Deadline

Residents of Lane County will once again have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday, November 6. If you want to vote on November 6, however, you must make sure you are registered. The deadline for voter registration for Lane County residents for the upcoming election is today.

Political Kisses and Sewer Misses: The News Week in Review

Sometimes all a kid needs is someone to look up to as a role model. But in a world of lawsuits, spilt sewage, child molesters, and drunk athletes, it’s understandable why kids these days might feel like something’s amiss.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Take on Swoosh City

Seattle superstars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform a sold-out show at the McDonald Theatre on October 20. The group takes a genre known for bling, women, and cars and transforms it into rhymes advocating same-sex marriage, fighting addiction to oxycontin, and claiming Nike’s Phil Knight promotes consumerism.

Viewpoint: Presidential Debates Give Debate a Bad Name

As a former academic debater and debate coach, I try to watch the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates every four years. But every time, the debates are the opposite of what I hope they will be. They are an exercise in ignoble, useless mudslinging and fodder for pedantic talking heads.

In a World of Environmental Policy, Tevyn East Champions Art

Tevyn East brings together her passions for artmaking, the environment, and Christianity in her one-woman show “Leaps and Bounds.” She will be performing in Eugene on Sunday, October 14. At the heart of her show’s message is the universal value of “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Out of the Darkness: Hope for Suicide Prevention

A tragic loss gave Angela McClintic the inspiration and strength to organize the first-ever Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Eugene in October 2009. The walks have become an annual event held at Alton Baker Park with the purpose of raising awareness for suicide prevention.

Interview With a (Meditative Flash) Mobster

Yesterday, a group of Buddhist monks, nuns and experienced lay practitioners held a “meditation flash mob” at the University of Oregon. EDN interviews Brian Kimmel from Wake Up International on the concept of using flash mobs for meditation purposes.

Rep. Val Hoyle to Address Mental Health Reform

State Representative Val Hoyle will address the future of Oregon mental health care reform at a free public forum presented by the Lane County Mental Health Consumer / Survivor Advisory Council. The Junction City psychiatric hospital will likely be a hot button issue.

Sexy Buses and Failed Faith Healings: The News Week in Review

Sometimes you have a bad day. Maybe your bike tire went flat or you check your bank account and find out you got an overdraft charge. But humans have ways of coping — like reminding themselves, “Hey, it could be worse.”

LCC to Debut Faculty Art Show on Sept. 24

Lane Community College’s Art Gallery is gearing up to present its annual fall exhibit. This year’s exhibit will feature artwork by the college’s Art and Applied Design faculty. 

Viewpoint: Time to Rethink the OLCC

R.L. Stollar argues that it is time for Oregon to rethink its relationship with the OLCC. In these economic times, it makes little sense to allow a state monopoly on liquor.

Bees, Bombs, and Bodies: The News Week in Review

You learn something new everyday. That is part of being human. From the Libya embassy attack to the bee-killing American Foulbrood disease, the News Week in Review has all sorts of new things for you.

The Voice’s Vicci Martinez to Perform at the WOW Hall

This Thursday, September 20, Vicci Martinez from Season One of NBC’s The Voice will perform her unique, powerful take on blues, rock, and pop at the WOW Hall.

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