This is Oregon's state bird, the Western meadowlark:
Pretty, right? This photo was taken in South Dakota by an EWstaffer. Problem is, the Western meadowlark seems to be a rare sight in most of Oregon, at least, according to this change.com petition:
We're conflicted on this suggestion... on the one hand, it seems only fair that since the beaver is Oregon's state animal, the duck should get its share of the limelight. And let's face it, we see ducks absoutely everywhere: on campus, at Delta Ponds, along the river, even across the street from EW's office, nesting under some stairs.
But do the UO's Ducks really need yet another symbol glorifying their existence? Ducks themselves are suprisingly badass, with their corkscrew penises and their relative ubiquity in Lane County (see EW's 2012 cover story). But can they really measure up to a mysterious, golden-colored songbird?
You can make your case known and sign or detract the petition here, at change.org.
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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes did an interview with Duck quarterback Marcus Mariota before his Heisman win and before the Rose Bowl win that is sending Mariota and the Ducks to the National Championships against Ohio State.
In the interview with FCA, of which he is a member, Mariota discusses his Christian faith and going "all in for Him."
Some highlights (and you can read the full interview here as well as a perspective from Charisma News (Breaking News. Spiritual Perspective) on the interview here.)
How is your faith a part of you being a football player?
Being a football player, faith plays a huge role. When things start to get rough you find comfort in your faith. Knowing that no matter what, you can dust yourself off and be okay. And you know you do it for [God’s] glory. You do it for your teammates, your family, but also for His glory and to represent His name.
What has God taught you about yourself while at Oregon?
… I’ve learned that no matter what, my faith will guide me. However I play on the field, I know my faith will guide me. After sports, my faith will guide me. As I’ve grown in my faith, that’s something that’s given me comfort. God has taught me that I can trust in Him. No matter what–whether things are good or bad–I know I can always trust in Him. And that has really allowed me to go All In for Him.
Neither the Charistma story nor the FCA interview mention that whole "Jesus, girls and Marcus Mariota" thing.
In case you missed it, The Newsroom recently aired a fascinating and scary fictional interview with a government official on climate change. Climate deniers are all over this, of course. We are blocked from embeding the segment here, but you can watch it on YouTube at
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