Too lazy / perpetually hung over to keep up with what’s going on in our wonderful state over spring break? Let the OC do it for you. Here’s the first installment of news briefs from around the state (that we haven’t covered already).
- GQ magazine named fans of the Oregon ducks basketball team as being some of the worst in the nation, citing “numerous violations of the ‘Code of ConDUCKt.’” The Ducks came in at number 14, ranked as just slightly more annoying than fans of the LA Lakers.
“With a firm dedication to taking taunts too far, the Oregon Duck faithful have a storied history of degeneracy that can be traced all the way back to the days when someone beaned legendary coach John Wooden with a half-eaten apple.”
Storied history of degeneracy, or promoting healthy dietary choices for our most esteemed visiting members? You decide.
- A group of UO students alerted local media and stormed the beaches of the Jaqua Center yesterday, asserting their right as UO students to use lavish but otherwise unexciting services reserved for student athletes. The end.
- The Oregon Ducks football team has been chosen as grand marshal of the 2011 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. Organizers cited “has brought unprecedented pride, spirit, and enthusiasm to the state of Oregon and the Northwest.”
- Eugene is set to get a new city hall, now that they’ve “scaled down” their plan and made it “more reasonable.” There’s no saying exactly how much the entire project will cost yet, but the original plan proposed in 2007 was expected to cost some $160 million. The new plan calls for the new city hall to be built on the block between Seventh and Eighth avenues and Pearl and High streets. The current building is considered unsafe in the case of a major earthquake, like the one geologist say we’re due for here in the northwest.
(1) Live each day with courage;
(2) Take pride in your work;
(3) Always finish what you start;
(4) Do what has to be done;
(5) Be tough, but fair;
(6) When you make a promise, keep it;
(7) Ride for the brand;
(8) Talk less, say more;
(9) Remember that some things are not for sale; and
(10) Know where to draw the line.
That’s according to Salem lawmakers. It’s actually the brainchild of James Owen, of the Austin-based “Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership.” Wyoming recently adopted a similar code, and Montana is doing the same. Not bad for a former Wall Street investing manager.
- The Oregon House will also vote on Monday to make February 6 “Ronald Reagan Day” in Oregon.
- You’re not going to die from the radiation from Japan’s nuclear reactors. Radioactive iodine’s half-life is so short (about eight days) that scientists expect it to dissipate by the time it crosses the Pacific Ocean, and remain at “background levels” below the amount you get on a daily basis without even knowing it. So put away your iodine pills and remember that it isn’t always about you.
- The Senate Education Committee approved a bill allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. Undocumented high school seniors who have been in the country for at least five years and in Oregon for at least three of those would be able to qualify for in-state tuition, which is less than a third of the cost for out-of-state students. The students would also have to sign an affidavit saying they have or will file for citizenship. The next stop for the bill is the floor of the Senate. It is already supported by the State Board of Education, university presidents, and business groups.
- Rural Oregon counties are continuing to suffer from the death timber industry in the 1990s, and want Salem’s help. But lawmakers are hesitant to say they’ll be of any help keeping the counties afloat, give that whole “state budget crisis” thing.