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With school returning, it is often a time for renewed school pride. But over the past 18 months, a story has been unfolding at the University of Oregon that casts a dark shadow over the state’s largest school—and, more directly, questions the importance placed on sports that has overwhelmed decency and morality. A year and half ago, a female student

  A central claim by cities around Oregon looking to rush backwards on marijuana, including Medford and Grants Pass, is that regulation—even banning—was required to regulate the offensive odor of marijuana. The absurdity of the claim was lampooned in May by Peter Walters of Pendleton, who wrote a letter to

Re: Constitutionality of Camping Bans In our last issue, The Messenger reported on a statement from the Department of Justice regarding a lawsuit against camping bans in Boise, Idaho, a statement which said they were a violation of the 8th Amendment to the U.S. constitution. We reached out to Medford

Re: The Bear Creek Greenway Sounds like the path is all but worthless to commuters. -Will Shapiro   Re: Six Bike Laws Drivers Need to Know I will follow the traffic laws concerning bikers, when bikers follow the traffic laws for being on the street. -Nikkoli David   If they

  The 2015 comedy Dope has an 89 percent rating on, with a critic’s consensus that it features a “starmaking performance from Shameik Moore and a refreshingly original point of view from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa.” It showed at Cannes and was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance.

Measure 91 legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon effective July 1, 2015, but that doesn’t mean the marijuana festival was born on the first of July; it just means they might be a little different now. In the wake of the law change, the Oregon Smoke Fest, a musical celebration of

  In spring of 2003, my band, The Sucker M.C. Jive Turkeys, pulled into a back alley in Medford, and loaded into an echoey, cinder-block sweatbox: Musichead. Though it was a Portland band, three of our five members grew up in the valley and we were banking on our friends

  Re: Southern Oregon’s rental market is now worse than NYC’s All this has happened quite recently. Ten years ago, when I was fresh out of college, I rented a 1-bdrm apartment in a victorian fourplex in the railroad district for $550/month. A few years later, I rented a 2-bdrm

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Latin motto “Carpe diem” shouldn’t be translated as “Seize the day!”, says author Nicholson Baker. It’s not a battle cry exhorting you to “freaking grab the day in your fist like a burger at a fairground and take a big chomping bite out of it.”

One of the reasons I love living in Southern Oregon is the nature. The trees are like something out of a fantasy novel and there are animals everywhere. That’s why it’s so weird to see the backlash against urban deer. To me, they’re part of the package, part of the