Swiffer and Dusty add emu flair to farm

Not too many people go to a cattle auction and come home with a pair of emus but that’s exactly what Mikayla Calvery did. She was at an auction with her parents when she spotted the two birds. “We got her at a cattle auction for $50 because no one wanted to bid,” Mikayla said.

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Chinese Students Donate to EMU Project

UO Chinese studentEUGENE, Ore. — It’s not unusual for the University of Oregon to receive large donations from alumni, business owners or large corporations, but they don’t typically come from current students.

The EMU, considered the hub of campus, is under construction right now. The project is about to get a big boost in funding thanks to two international students who say they really want to invest in the future of their home away from home.

The two U of O students are each giving $25,000 to their school as a gift.

“It’s really exciting for me working in international affairs to see students from another country, from a big country, an important country, picking up our way of being a good citizen, being philanthropic,” said Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of Oregon.

There are 1,800 Chinese students at the U of O. One of those students is Xuewei Wang, the former president of the Chinese Students and Scholarships Association.

“I want to do something for my school,” Wang said.

She said she asked for what she explains as a loan from her parents, so she could give back to her school while she saw an opportunity. She said it’s chance for the Chinese community to make their mark on the heart of campus.

Yawei Zhang helped secure the two donations that will go to the EMU renovation project.

“The EMU is the new innovation right now. Everything is new,” Zhang said.

He says he hopes the endowment not only helps build up a structure but the perception of Chinese students in Eugene.

“They are trying to let people know that they are trying to do good things at school and they want to do some positive things to let local community know that the Chinese students here are very very helpful for the campus,” Zhang said.

“Thank you from the University of Oregon to our newest donors. Xièxiè,” Galvan said.

The second donation came in this week by Liao Ma. There will be plaques in both students’ honor when the building is finished.

EMU evacuated Monday night

The Erb Memorial Union was evacuated after a fire alarm around 6:30 on Oct. 21.

A fire truck was seen responding, but left quickly.

Students were allowed to re-enter the EMU around 6:40.

The cause of the alarm is unknown. The UOPD said at 6:53 they did not know the cause of the alarm.


Alleged trespasser arrested outside EMU

A man who the Department of Public Safety says is a trespasser with an outstanding warrant was arrested by DPS outside of the EMU today at 11:15 p.m.

Puppies and Alien Sex: A Night at the Eugene Poetry Slam


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“We are all a little weird
and life’s a little weird,
and when we find someone whose weirdness
is compatible with ours,
we join up with them and
fall in mutual weirdness
and call it love.” 

― Dr. Seuss


Eugene is known as a mecca of art. From the Last Friday Art Walk, to the Hult Center, to the summer Bach festival, artists have found a welcoming and supportive home in this city. We have everything from visual art to music and musicals to protest art from the Occupy Eugene crowd.

A talented but obscure part of our art community is slam poetry. For the last decade, the Eugene Poetry Slam has hosted and promoted this unique form of poetry with hardly any media attention.

The Eugene Poetry Slam held its year's-end event at Tsunami Book Store over the weekend.

The Eugene Poetry Slam began in the 2000s when a group of highschool and college students joined together with older poets at the then-Buzz Coffee House at the University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union building. They had an interest in “slam,” a new and diverse form of written word that had been gaining attention around the world. “Slam” is spoken word poetry, a fusion of written word and performance art.

This last weekend the Eugene Poetry Slam celebrated the end of their season with a theme night, where artists performed pieces that loosely followed the idea of the “sexual” or “erotic.” The “sex slam” was held at Tsunami Book Store and was a riotous, joyful, and touching evening.

A short history of slam

Slam poetry began in the 1980s, when a construction worker, Mark Smith, started a poetry reading at a jazz club in Chicago. Smith was looking for ways to revitalize the open mike nights at the Get Me High lounge. His poetry readings, with a high emphasis on performance, laid the foundation for what is now known as slam poetry. A couple years after, he approached Dave Jemilo, owner of the Green Mill jazz club, with the idea of hosting weekly poetry competitions. The first poetry slam was held at the Jemilo’s club on July 25, 1986. Since then the Green Mill has evolved into a mecca for slam poets. To this day the Mill hosts a weekly slam poetry competition.

In 1998 Slam, a film starring Saul Williams (himself an award-winning slam poet and recording artist) and Sonja Sohn, won the Grand Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film at that year's Sundance Film Festival.

In 1990 the first-ever National Poetry Slam occured in San Francisco, featuring three teams from Chicago, San Francisco, and New York. In 1998 the community received a slight boost into the mainstream, when Slam, a film starring Saul Williams (himself an award-winning slam poet and recording artist) and Sonja Sohn which tells the story of a young African-American man who uses poetry to overcome his socio-economic troubles, won the Grand Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film at that year’s Sundance Film Festival. Fast forward to this year when the National Poetry Slam features over 80 teams and lasts five days long. Slam competitions have gone international, with large scenes everywhere from Canada to Russia to Australia to India.

Recently, slam poetry has become very popular as a form of self-expression among teenagers—as well as an excellent tool for educators to get teenagers interested in art. The 2010 documentary Louder than a Bomb followed this youth interest in slam poetry, showing the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepared for and competed in the world’s largest youth slam.

How it works

The typical format at any poem slam, including Eugene’s, is as follows: there is a round of open mic performances, a performance by a featured poet, and then the actual slam competition. In the competition, poets perform in succession. Each is judged by a panel of judges, scored on a scale of 1 to 10. Each performer’s score is recorded by the official score keeper. At the end of the performances, the top five get to move onto the next round. The cycle is repeated, and the top three receive cash prizes and a chance to perform at the season’s final.

EPS began Saturday night with live jazz performed by Kenny Reed's band.

Roxy, the booking coordinator for the Eugene Poetry Slam, explained the format of the slam season:

“Slam season is from September to May,” Roxy said. “We hold a reading and competition on the 2nd Saturday of every month. The finals are held in May, featuring the top 3 poets from each month’s competition. The top 4 poets from the finals win either cash prizes or a place on the Eugene slam team.”

Depending on the interest of the finalists, the Eugene group decides whether to send a team to compete in the regional slam tournament. Last year they sent a team to regionals, held in Portland at the Backspace Cafe, where they competed against the finalists from Seattle, Portland, and Boise. They also performed at the Oregon Country Fair. This year the finalists from Eugene opted for cash prizes instead of traveling to the regional.

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The "Sex Slam" was very well attended: all seats were taken and late comers had to stand.

Last weekend the Eugene Poetry Slam held its end-of-the-year celebration. Since this night was the year’s-end celebration, the event had a theme: “Erotic.” To add to the fun, the Slam gave away prizes donated by Castle Adult Superstore and featured performances from several Eugene burlesque groups, Trudy Bauchery and the Broadway Revue, throughout the evening. The event was a wild success. The crowd was engaging, loud, and enthusiastic — not a single chair went empty. In fact, groups of people had to stand.

The night began with live jazz performed by Kenny Reed and his band, followed by a half hour of open mic performances. Then Jorah, the slam’s administrator, took to the stage to introduce the evening’s featured poet, Tatyana Brown. Brown has an impressive resume: she is ranked 4th in the world in competitive slam poetry and is an award-winning haiku poet as well.  Brown performed a heated, touching, and illuminative poem about her relationship with a lover, received with cheers and applause from the audience. The poem featured one of the strangest lines ever in an erotic poem — “you’ve got the most beautiful lymph nodes I’ve seen all day” — that proved an arresting image when later placed into a context of someone fighting cancer.

Jorah, the evening’s host and administrator of EPS, commented on the night’s theme of sex, or eroticism.

Jorah, the evening's host and administrator of EPS, talked of puppy love, broken hearts, and read some Dr. Seuss.

“It’s funny,” she said, “when you throw out a theme like ‘erotic.’ You get anything from the pains of a broken heart to extraterrestial alien orgasms. It’s a testament to human creativity.”

And Jorah was not joking. The evening’s poems went all over the place, ranging from the embarrassments of one’s first intimate encounter, one-night stands, sex with extraterrestrial beings as a metaphor for presidential politics, to how discrimination and fear can get in the way of finding true love. Words and images heralded the Christian gospel, green tea, cocaine, Bush and Cheney, even puppies wrestling.

Prajna, Eugene Poetry Slam’s scorekeeper and a poet herself, said that this variety is what draws her to slam poetry:

“I appreciate the authentic expression. The simple ways in which slam lets you be who you are. There are no rules. It gives you freedom.”

Prajna has been with the group since it started at the Buzz Coffee House at the U of O. “We used to be anarchist punk homeschoolers,” she laughs. “Now I’m the only person left from the old days. But I still love it. Today, so many people talk, but few listen. This is a time we have to intentionally listen to one another. It’s awesome.”

Attendees came from all over. DeShaun, a slam poet himself, traveled from Portland just to be there.

Visiting poet Tatyana Brown was the featured poet. She is ranked 4th internationally in competitive slam poetry and is an award-winning haiku poet.

“I love the Eugene scene,” he said. “It is a very welcoming place.”

Prajna agrees, expressing how supportive this city is of its poetry community.

“Eugene is supportive, very much so,” Prajna said. “There are multiple open mics around the city, Cosmic Pizza has had many youth open mic nights. It’s one big community.”

DeShaun said that content is the distinguishing mark between Eugene and Portland. “Eugene is more metaphysical. There is less an emphasis on performance and more emphasis on the literature of the pieces. Also, the audience is great. It is more diverse than Portland. There are both young and old poets alike. Portland is all young kids from the college scene.”

Prajna summed up what brings so many people to the Eugene Poetry Slam, time after time, for the last decade:

“I come to hear people’s stories. To get a new window on the way people see themselves. And what stories people want to tell.”

For more information about the Eugene Poetry Slam, visit their website at http://eugenepoetryslam.webs.com/. Or you can attend one of their events beginning next season, starting the 2nd Saturday of the month beginning October through June. Their events are held at Tsunami Books at 2585 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405.

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November 22 – Morning Headlines

According to reports, the PERS program in Oregon pays out more than 230M a month in benefits.


  • Housing project draws ire
    They came in numbers and with plenty of arguments. Opponents of Bascom Village, the proposed low-income project in northeast Eugene, made their case Monday night in hope of persuading the City Council to halt the development. About three dozen people s…
  • Springfield eyes land purchase in Glenwood
    City officials are exploring the possibility of buying two pieces of vacant property along Franklin Boulevard as part of the city’s Glenwood Refinement Plan. The long-term plan, which seeks to redevelop the area west of town into a ri…
  • Mike Bellotti: Highest paid beneficiary of Oregon public employees retirement system
    According to data released monday, the top beneficiary of the Oregon public employees retirement system (PRES) is former Oregon football head coach Mike Bellotti. Bellotti, who retired from the University last year to become an analyst for ESPN, receiv…
  • Victim, driver in fatal car-bike crash planned to graduate from UO next month
    Both a Scotland-born cyclist and the driver who allegedly struck him in an alcohol-related crash Friday were set to graduate from the University of Oregon next month. Craig Macfie, 24, died Saturday of injuries he suffered in the 2:30 a.m. incident, wh…
  • Middle-aged man collapses outside EMU
    At approximately 3:50 p.m., Eugene police and fire units responded to a call that a middle-aged man had collapsed outside the EMU and was not breathing.
    University freshman Albert Reynoso said he saw the unidentified man collapse face down on the sidew…
  • Stabbing victim, 18, clings to life as police seek suspects
    A 18-year-old man repeatedly stabbed in the torso clings to life at the hospital, police want the public’s help tracking down the people responsible.
  • Dorris Ranch Closed for Police Investigation
    Dorris Ranch Living History Farm was closed Monday after police found a body there. Officers have not released the person’s identity or the cause of death.
  • 400 Oregon state employees missed furlough days
    About 400 Oregon state employees failed to take enough furlough days in the last budget period.
  • No. 18 Vanderbilt beats Oregon State 64-62
    Brad Tinsley hit a 15-foot jumper with 4.5 seconds to play and No. 18 Vanderbilt beat Oregon State 64-62 on Monday night in the championship game of the TicketCity Legends…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Wind and rain for the next couple of days then the winds calm down, but the rain continues.

High: 55
Low: 38
Rain: 0.50 inches today


A strong upper air trough of low pressure (“U” shape in the jet stream is setting up along the Oregon coast keeping the moisture level up. A frontal system moved southward on the California coast spinning some moisture northward, but not reaching us. Another frontal system will push into Oregon bringing colder air south producing falling temperatures and falling snow levels as the next cold front sweeps through just in time for Thanksgiving which will be wet and there may be some new snow in the mountains for the skiers (Hoodoo and Willamette Pass ski areas are hoping to open the season this Friday as long as they get enough additional snow.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with rain (0.50 in. of rain possible) and windy  (wind S: 20-30 mph gusts to 50 mph) today, rain (0.25 in. of rain possible) and breezy (wind: S 15-25 mph gusts to 45 mph in the evening) tonight, rain Wednesday (0.50 in. of rain possible) and Wednesday night, cloudy with a good (50%) chance of AM rain, rain Thursday afternoon (Thanksgiving Day) and Thursday night highs 55-46 lows 44-38. Mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Friday, a good (50%) chance of rain Friday night, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Saturday, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Saturday night and Sunday, rain likely (60%) Sunday night, then mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Monday highs 47-53 cooling to 49 Monday lows 40-43 cooling to 39 Sunday night. (seasonal averages high 50 low 37)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

Coeur Noir Exhibit Opens in the EMU

The “Coeur Noir” (or “Black Heart”), an exhibit that features the art of Seth Pierce, opened Monday and is on display in the Buzz Gallery at EMU.

The exhibit, which will be up until Dec. 5,  showcases the theme of the “art of the macabre,” and highlights some of Pierce’s most distinguishing work like “Study of Picasso’s ‘La Cestina,’” a painting that fuses both Picasso and Pierce’s stylistic approach.

“I think it shows my style over time developing a lot. I was inspired by personal past narratives mixed with art history,” Pierce said, pointing out that he draws from influences such as Ralph Steadman, Leonard Baskin and the skater street culture.

All of the pieces were created over the course of only two years and highlight Seth Pierce’s work over many mediums, which include Pierce’s most recent interest — print — as seen in “Moti Gaj Meets Ravana,” a detailed depiction of the Hindu legend.

Memorable pieces from the gallery depict photographs of deceased rats and a print displaying knives reminiscent of Warhol’s pop art, apt entries in the mythos of macabre which has been a relevant theme in art for thousands of years. Yet despite the archaic anchor of the theme, Pierce provides a modern approach, emphasizing the relevance of death and disfigurement in our daily lives through recognizable images.

“Every piece has weird things I like and dislike,” Pierce said. “It’s good to see [my stuff] in frames though.” a product that is all thanks to the curator, Savannah Euler.

“Coeur Noir” was the brainchild of Euler, a junior at the UO and Buzz/Aperture Gallery Laboratory Coordinator. Euler said that the display is a personal interest of hers.

“There is something about the pieces that is really relatable, yet wonderfully dark,” said curator Savannah Euler. “I just wanted to throw my ultimate show and the timing is great for Halloween.”

Euler was given free range on the pieces she chose and the result is a compilation of the truth in the dark and grim, a great feat for a curator who has produced only two exhibits.

Visitors of the opening reception spoke highly of the artist and the exhibit.

“the dark disposition often shown in the pieces is liberating,” university freshman Bobby Mink said.

“He’s an amazing illustrator that uses monsters allegorically and also hides behind them,” said Jesica Freedman, another university student.

October 13 – Morning Headlines

Olympic Trials return to Hayward Field - Image courtesy UofO


    • False fire alarm at the EMU
      The fire alarm triggered around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night in the Erb Memorial Union (EMU), prompting DPS officials and the Eugene Fire Department to rush to the University campus to investigate. The alarm caused several University students who were st…
    • Bicycle theft on the rise around campus
      Walking around to the back of his house last Wednesday evening, junior Keane Daly expected to find his bike locked to a pole. Instead, he found an open lock and nothing else. Daly had used a wire lock with a letter combination system to keep his bike s…
    • Police remove anti-loitering bikes from downtown
      Now you see them, now you don’t. The old bicycles that the Eugene Police Department had been locking to flower planter railings at the intersection of Broadway and Olive Street are now gone. But the reason for the bikes’ removal is not entirely cle…
    • Police officer raises $6,100 to help keep the homeless warm
      Eugene police officer Randy Ellis said publicity and a generous donation from a local business owner helped him collect more than $6,100 during a fundraising drive aimed at helping to keep homeless people warm and dry this winter. “I was shocked” b…
    • Father basks in glow of Nobel
      Charles Sargent was lying in bed early Monday listening to “Morning Edition” on public radio and thinking of getting up when he heard the news. His son, Thomas Sargent, had received the Nobel Prize in economics. “I came pleasantly awake,” he sa…
    • “Real World” stages casting call at Eugene bar
      Are you young, individualistic and fearless in front of cameras? Maybe MTV’s “The Real World” is the place for you. Hundreds of would-be reality stars turned out at Eugene’s The Cooler bar on Wednesday, hoping to net a coveted spot on the show,…
    • Duck fans: Where’s the 110 percent?
      Take a knee, Duck fans. Saturday is arguably the biggest home football game since Stanford visited a year ago. National television. ESPN’s GameDay. Sports talk show host Dan Patrick encouraging an “Occupy Eugene GameDay” rally. And, oh yeah, Ariz…
    • Hammer time comes to Portland for U.S. Olympic Trials
      The competition schedule for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials was unveiled on Wednesday. The eight-day meet will be contested over a 10-day period at Hayward Field, June 22 to July 1, but the first members of Team USA that will compete at…


Tim Chuey Weather:

Sunshine and dry weather for your Thursday. What about the rest of the week into the weekend?

High: 65
Low: 42
Rain: slim chance

A weak high pressure ridge (“arch” forming on the orange jet stream line) will build up just long enough to give us a series of dry days. A frontal system pushed through Oregon bringing some pretty heavy showers with it and now high pressure at the surface (represented by “H”) is combining with the upper air ridge to clear us out for some sunshine.  The question is when will it fade another upper level low (“U” shape on jet stream line) set up off the coast to bring back the rain.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Partly cloudy with patchy fog this AM, a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon, mostly cloudy tonight through Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday, mostly cloudy at night, then partly cloudy Sunday and Sunday night highs 65-60 lows near 42. Partly cloudy Monday through Tuesday night, then partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday highs near 64 lows 43. (seasonal averages high 66 low 41)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

False fire alarm at the EMU

The fire alarm triggered around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night in the Erb Memorial Union (EMU), prompting DPS officials and the Eugene Fire Department to rush to the University campus to investigate.

The alarm caused several University students who were still working in the EMU to temporarily abandon their work. Amid an array of flashing lights, the students sat idly as officials determined the source of the alarm.

Among the affected was Shannon Sullivan, a member of the University of Oregon Cultural Forum. She and others were busy preparing an upcoming art exhibit. According to Shannon, nobody in her group was startled by the alarm or the possibility of a fire, and all were eager to get back to work.

“We were discouraged because we were trying to finish quickly,” Sullivan said.

DPS officials discovered that the source of the alarm was a manual pull-station within the EMU, and therefore led them to conclude that the ordeal — which lasted approximately 20 minutes — was a prank.

The EMU reopened around 11:20 p.m., but only for ten minutes; at 11:30 p.m., the building closed to the public for the night.

The Cultural Forum’s exhibit, entitled “Past Present,” opens Friday and chronicles the long history of the EMU through a series of photographs in the Aperture Gallery and the EMU fishbowl on the first floor. The Forum has organized an opening reception for Friday from 5-7 p.m. in the Aperture Gallery.

July 18 – Morning Headlines


July 18 – Morning Headlines

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  • Hyw. 38 fatal crash 
    74 year old pick-up driver loses his life in Sunday crash near Elkton
  • Eugene officer injured slightly in afternoon accident
    A Eugene police officer was slightly injured in a crash Sunday afternoon in the northbound lanes of Delta Highway just north of the Interstate 105 onramp, police said. Officer Kara Williams, a nine-year veteran with the Eugene department, was in one of…
  • Eugene Courthouse community garden receives major donation
    One of Eugene’s newest community gardens, the Courthouse Garden is celebrating success through a major donation to help it keep growing.
  • Change coming for Springfield’s ward boundaries
    Springfield’s ward boundaries will get some tweaking this year, thanks to uneven growth in the city. According to the 2010 Census, more people are moving into the city’s eastern wards.
  • EMU Fishbowl to undergo renovations, additions
    To coincide with Oregon 2020, a comprehensive plan that includes enhancing the student experience by designing opportunities for community engagement, the EMU Fishbowl is planning to add new additions in hopes of bringing a livelier atmosphere to campu
  • Oregon football nearing start of summer camp
    The Oregon football team broke out of the Willie Lyles stranglehold this week and made a few promising headlines as the start of summer camp draws near. The Ducks have been running voluntary workout sessions on the practice fields outside the Casanova


Tim Chuey Weather:

We’re starting the week off warming up today, but we’ll just go back to like last week ended. There is summer weather out there, but we can’t seem to find it

An upper level trough of low pressure (“U” shape) has moved in along the coast and will keep us alternating between periods of clouds and cooler temperatures, and rain or drizzle and even a thunderstorm thrown in for good measure, then back to less cloudy and slightly warming temperatures until late next week. A frontal system will be approaching the Pacific Northwest by midweek which would indicate the that there seems to be no end to this wet “Springlike” weather pattern soon. We could see a change over next weekend, but it is too soon to get too excited about it until there is some hard evidence it is possible.

Mostly cloudy this AM with a slight (20%) chance of showers, partly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers and a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers late tonight (0.50 in. of rain possible, more in thunderstorms), mostly cloudy and cooler Tuesday with a good (50%) chance of showers and a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening (under 0.10 in. of rain possible, more in thunderstorms), mostly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday AM, partly cloudy with a (20%) chance of showers Wednesday afternoon and evening, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday night highs 81-70 warming to 76 Wednesday lows 54-50. Partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Thursday and Thursday evening, then just partly cloudy Thursday night through Sunday highs 75-82 lows near 48. (seasonal averages high 82 low 51)

The Pollen forecast for the Eugene/Springfield Area is for trees and weeds to be low, and Grass to be moderate. (Provided by Allergy and Asthma Research Group)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com


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