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Oxfam Banquet to address theme of world hunger

It’s funny that, in the proverbial land of plenty, nearly one in six Americans has to deal with hunger on a daily basis, a staggering statistic that highlights the often overlooked fact that poverty, homelessness, and hunger are all very real problems in the United States. In an attempt to raise awareness about hunger in […]

Jackson County Fuel Committee: Helping low-income families fend off the winter cold

Jackson County Fuel Committee: Helping low-income families fend off the winter cold

Many in Southern Oregon are familiar with the challenges that the winter months bring, and one of the most important aspects of the winter is something that most people take for granted: heat. The Jackson County Fuel Committee has been working non-stop since 1977 to ensure that low-income people have the basic necessities of heat […]

Local businesses adapt to changing economy

Local businesses adapt to changing economy

Ashland’s annual Festival of Light is approaching, and along with serving as the kick off for the holiday season, it also signifies the end of the profitable tourist season and the beginning of the more difficult months for many local businesses, both old and new. Ashland is not immune to the economic hardship that the […]

New program designed to help minority students come to SOU after graduating high school

A new agreement between Talent Middle School and Southern Oregon University guarantees minority junior high and high school students admission into SOU once they graduate, so long as they fulfill certain application requirements. The fledgling program, called Pirates to Raiders after the mascots of both schools, was introduced to students and parents of the Phoenix-Talent […]

Flowers for Edrik Gomez

Flowers for Edrik Gomez

Intelligent. Quirky. Compassionate. These were only a few words that can be used to describe the “funny brother.” A passion for politics, good humor and Latin American history. These were only a few topics the “eternal optimist” was interested in. Anyone who fights for the poor, anybody who fights for social injustice, against tyranny, oppression, […]

Phronesis: A model of student-based community activism

Phronesis: A model of student-based community activism

Despite the peaceful clearing of the plaza by the Ashland Police Department on Oct. 31, the Occupy Ashland protest against economic inequality and corporate greed continues, as the nation-wide movement hits the two-month marker. One of the many groups involved in the Occupy Ashland movement is Phronesis, a community organization started right here at Southern Oregon University in Oct. 2010 by a group of students with the specific […]

Humanitarian sculpture installation at Hannon Library officially dedicated

Humanitarian sculpture installation at Hannon Library officially dedicated

This year’s campus theme of civility is illustrated beautifully in “Humanitarians for Justice, Non-Violence and Peace,” a new art exhibit in the Hannon Library, consisting of 21 bronze busts of famous humanitarians. Dedicated Friday, the collection of sculptures was donated by Ashland artist Meera Censor. Censor, a 66-year-old Ashland resident and mother of five, was inspired to create the collection by a personal experience with violence and […]

New artisan bakery opens in Medford

Medford is now home to Buttercloud Bakery and Café, a small artisan bakery and café that had its official grand opening Friday. Their doors are open every day of the week until 3 p.m., although that may be subject to change after the owners gain a better feel for their customers. The new establishment specializes in biscuits, pies, sticky buns and “other downright delicious baked […]

Occupy Ashland works to establish common goals as protest enters its fourth week

Occupy Ashland has worked diligently over the last few weeks to let citizens know that “We are the 99 percent,” or the majority of the population that is not considered wealthy. Now, the protest is focusing on creating concrete goals for the future and recruiting more support. The movement was originally started as a response […]

New pub does things right, caters to locals

A man stands in front of the broad windows of the Playwright, scanning the menu and the advertised events. After a few seconds he opens the door just enough to pop his head in and asks, “Are you guys open?” “For you we are,” replies Christopher Wells, the bartender, as he welcomes the man inside. […]