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Culture Fail – Dehumanizing the Enemy

A look at the effects of racism, and dehumanizing that lead to terrible events like the recent shooting in a Wisconsin that left 7 people dead....

Culture Fail – Wal-Mart, have a seat. We need to talk.

On the surface, Corvallis looks like a town that could use a new grocery store- it would bring entry-level jobs for a growing student population. But let's be honest here, not only do many not want a Wal-Mart- we genuinely don't need one...

Bag Ban: Culture. . . Fail? Win? You Decide

The recent ban of plastic bags by the city council has polarized our town. Some are applauding the ban of single-use plastic bags, while others are frustrat...

Corvallis Does Not Deliver…Food

Imagine, if you will, a night in Corvallis like any other. A group of friends are watching a movie. It's all fun and frivolity until the terrible noise begins.....

Culture Fail – Zombies? Get Real.

Well, right on the heels of last week’s CF where I slammed Pastor Worley for his inhuman treatment of the LGBT community, now this week you're all eating pe...
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Too White to Get It

The recent Oregon ban on high school sports team mascots, such as the “Braves” and “Chiefs,” is causing a lot of uproar. While Native American activists are cal...

The Silent Epidemic: School Lunch Food

The news and activists are calling it “pink slime.” As the fast food chains--long chastised for their lack of quality--begin to phase out the meat, one place is intent on keeping it: school lunch rooms....

Darkside Cinema: Snubbing A Broken System

Darkside Cinema is Corvallis' locally owned independent theatre. When the term “independent theatre” gets thrown around, people can get nervous. Visions of barely comprehensible foreign movies, watched by elitist film snobs smoking cigarettes and telling you why your life is meaningless, because you've never seen Eraserhead. While these stereotypes float in the ether, the Darkside stands as a testament to what an independent theatre really is. But running a local theatre comes with a lot of risk....

Mother’s Day: Give a Fair Trade Gift

Mother's Day is coming quickly and as many of us will wait until the very last minute to buy anything, we may forget to stop and ask, “Is this fair trade?”...

Culture Fail: Is Santorum Really Out?

The only thing sadder that Rick Santorum's “war” on porn is that a certain percentage of Americans actually take him seriously...

The Whiteside: Working On Act 2

Right in the middle of downtown Corvallis is a relic from the past. Old-timers have colorful stories and memories of their time there, but if you've lived in Corvallis for less than 10 years, odds are you have never been inside the Whiteside Theatre....