Who Hangs Out In Downtown Eugene?

By: Alex Altman

EUGENE, Ore. -  Downtown Eugene has a plethora of activities to take part in during the warm weeks of April.  You may see people selling street art, eating local foods or even enjoying an evening stroll. People who call downtown Eugene their home, such as Shayna Mcgarity, feel that there is something else that makes the epicenter of this town so great. “I love the friendly people,” Mcgarity said, “no matter where you go, people are friendly.”

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Mcgarity (left) enjoys downtown Eugene cuisine.

The landscape and design of downtown is another desirable aspect to many.  It has a modern feel, but with an old town vibe. “It’s spacious with large sidewalks and lots of open places to hang out.” Says local musician musician Chris Przybyla, who spends a lot of time downtown. He enjoys taking his guitar out on a nice day and playing some tunes in public.

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Chris Przybyla playing his guitar in Kesey Square.

Many people work in downtown Eugene to keep businesses thriving. Grace Kaplowitz is the vendor for the famous food cart Cousin Jack’s Pasty Company. She is satisfied how downtown Eugene is run, but felt there could be some improvements, “I think there needs to be more businesses and activities.” Kaplowitz said, “More businesses that are purposeful rather than just wandering.” She also addressed the need for more family friendly activities and more things to do during the night.

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Grace Kaplowitz working in Cousin Jack’s Pasty Company.

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Downtown Eugene Inhabitants

BY Katie Rosenblad

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(photo by: Michelle Miley) Chris Przybyla is a local artist who entertains those who walk through Kesey Square with his musical skills on the guitar.

EUGENE, Ore.   Full of welcoming people and a variety of businesses, downtown Eugene is a place for all to visit. “It’s spacious with large sidewalks and lots of open spaces to hang out,” said Chris Przybyla. Pryzybyla often chooses to take advantage of the opportunity this provides by playing his guitar in Kesey Square during the afternoon for all to hear.  He is one of many that makes Grace Kaplowitz, an employee for Cousin Jack’s Pasty Company food stand, enjoy working in the downtown area.

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(photo by: Michelle Miley) Grace Kapowitz waits for customers to come to Cousin Jack’s Pasty Company food cart.

She said she really likes how social downtown Eugene is because there are so many people and businesses with things always going on. Kaplowitz’s only criticism is that she would like to see even more businesses and activities downtown. Especially “more businesses that are open, and purposeful activity rather than just wandering. More family friendly things and more night life.”

Meanwhile, Shayna Mcgarity, who works in downtown Eugene and lives in the neighborhood, thinks the area is fine. She too enjoys the atmosphere of the community. “I love the friendly people, and how everybody is friendly. No matter where you go, people are friendly,” said Mcgarity. This friendliness has gone as far as to clean up downtown and improve it, which is why Mcgarity thinks downtown Eugene isn’t in need of any more improvements. She said, “[T]hey’ve really cleaned up downtown as far as homeless people goes. They try to help people who are unfortunate and homeless.”

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(photo by: Michelle Miley) Grabbing a bite to eat at Wrap City downtown, Shayna Mcgarity (left) and her friends enjoy the Eugene culture.

 

Checkout these Facebook links for more info on the great eateries the locals were visiting in this article:

Wrap City

Cousin Jack’s Pasty Company

 


 

 

 

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The People of Downtown Eugene

Chris Przybyla enjoying the beautiful weather in Downtown Eugene

Chris Przybyla enjoying the beautiful weather in Downtown Eugene

Downtown Eugene is a place where people go to enjoy food, shopping, visual arts, performing arts, or just to go and hangout and enjoy the atmosphere. It’s a diverse and creative scene and it’s continuing to grow and improve every day.

“It’s spacious with large sidewalks and lots of open spaces to hang out,” said Chris Przybla. He loves to come downtown to relax and hang out. But he does think that that it needs to have more cheap places to eat. There is a selection of food carts in the area, like for example, Delacata, which has been around for two years and has been named ‘Eugene’s Best Food Cart’ twice.” There is also a grocery store downtown called Kiva Grocery Store. Along with grocery shopping, you can also have sandwiches, espresso, and salads made to order at Kiva.

Grace Kaplowitz working at Cousin Jacks Pasty Company

Grace Kaplowitz working at Cousin Jacks Pasty Company

When we came across Grace Kaplowitz, a woman who works at Oregon Cousin Jacks Pasty Company, a food cart in downtown Eugene said, “I really love how social it is. There are so many instances of people and things going on.” But there are things that needs to be improved though, “I think there needs to be more business and activities – more businesses that are open and purposeful activity rather than just wandering. More family friendly things and more night life.” There are many people in this area that love to walk their pets along with enjoying the weather around this time of the year. Downtown Eugene comes alive with more action, more commerce, more helping when the weather turns nice.

Shayna Mcgarity, a local, who lives in downtown Eugene also loves how friendly everyone is, “no matter where you go, people are friendly.” Mcgarity said she thinks that the downtown area doesn’t really need to improve on anything now that they cleaned it up “as far as homeless people goes.” The city of Eugene has really cracked down on homeless people this year. The city of Eugene said they’d soon open a third homeless rest stop on Leo Harris Parkway. They are really trying to clean up the streets of Eugene, and figure out a solution to the problem.

The people of Downtown Eugene

(Left) Shayna Mcgarity enjoying her day in Downtown Eugene

Downtown Eugene is filled with many different types of people. The people of Downtown Eugene captures the pulse of this area. Downtown Eugene is unlike any other place on this planet.

 

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Beat: Fashion

By: Michelle Miley

Since the moment I picked up my first marker it was apparent that I had a knack for color. Throughout my childhood and up until now my skills with color and design have evolved into a love for fashion. I have always felt the need to be different and fashion has always given me the outlet to do just that. I want to use fashion as a way to empower women and I aspire to one day be a stylist/fashion journalist. I believe details are everything which is one of the reasons why I want to be a stylist. I love to put together strange pieces with layers of accessories and photographing my creations. My dream is to be a successful stylist and fashion journalist so I can be heavily involved within fashion media.

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Anna Dello Russo: Editor-At-Large & creative consultant for Vogue Japan.

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Yvan Rodic is a successful blogger known as “Face Hunter” who is known for posting his  photographs from all over the world. He has covered multiple fashion weeks and is known as a “street style” photographer and “blog-trotter.”

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This is Nicki Wong who started out as a freelance writer and now works for one of my favorite companies, Nasty Gal, as a fashion and beauty copywriter.

 

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Beat: Local News Anchors

By: Rachel Ibanez

Like a lot of young girls, I had the opportunity to accompany my dad to his workplace. I loved going and went often. I’d help my dad pick out his tie, hairspray his hair and make sure he didn’t have any food in his teeth. We then would walk together into the San Francisco’s Fox affiliate news studio, where he would sit behind the desk and report on the local sports’ news.

My father and me at the 2007 Northern California Area Emmy Awards

My father and me at the 2007 Northern California Area Emmy Awards

When I was little, I’d climb onto the set in between commercial breaks and run around the studio. However, as I grew older, I began to ask his co-workers more questions, observe the producers and watch the controlled chaos that ensues in putting together a television news show. By the time I was a freshman in high school I knew I wanted to pursue being a news anchor and my passion only develops more as time goes by.

Dan Ashley is a local news reporter in San Francisco

Dan Ashley is a local news reporter in San Francisco

There are many award-winning and prestigious local news anchors across the United States. In San Francisco, Dan Ashley is an Emmy Award winning news reporter for the ABC affiliate. He was able to meet with President Barack Obama in an exclusive interview to the Bay Area. In Chicago, Allison Rosati is also an Emmy Award winning news anchor. Tracy Barry is a well-known and esteemed news anchor in Portland.

I look forward to speaking to more professionals and pursuing my dream job of being a local news anchor.

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Beat: PAC-12 Baseball

Photo and Text By Katie Rosenblad

In an early season game against Seattle University, A.J. Balta runs for first base.

In an early season game against Seattle University, A.J. Balta of the Oregon Ducks runs for first base.

I have always been into sports and as I have gotten older my love for them has only increased. My sophomore year of high school I was introduced to sports photography and further introduced into the sport of baseball. I then started covering my high school baseball team and have since felt the need to continue photographing and following baseball.

I currently attend as many home baseball games at the University of Oregon taking pictures of both Oregon and their opponents in PK Park. It is a beautiful sport that I love to witness and capture as best I can. The the sounds of the ball colliding with a bat or a glove, “Take Me Out To the Ball Game” blasting on the loudspeaker, and all of the little elements that go into a big play that can be captured in a picture: Baseball is America’s pastime. Continue reading

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Beat: Capturing Videography

Bryan Cargill in Action

Photo by Cody Rappaport • Antwerp, Belgium

By: Bryan Cargill

My whole life I have been fascinated by the art of videography. The way that you can capture a moment, and manipulate our world is almost magical. Ever since junior year of high school when I received a small flip camera for Christmas at age 18, I have been restless producing videos.

I love making all kinds of videos such as short documentaries, music videos, tutorials, and even some experimental work. I know doing videography for a living would make for a satisfying life and career path. Continue reading

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Beat: St. Louis Cardinals Baseball

My second home at all times.  My vacation, paradise, and dream home, wrapped in one massive, public, and glorious package.

My second home at all times. My vacation, paradise, and dream home, wrapped in one massive, public, and glorious package.

BY Devin Ream

Growing up in Southwest Missouri, and having strong ties to St. Louis is are reasons why I am a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.  The other reason is growing up in my home it was religion.

My father’s view on the game of baseball was that there are 162 games a year in which we can sit and watch the gospel of the St. Louis Cardinals, or we could go to church where it is boring and we could go 104 times a year at the most.

I’m glad he chose the The Book of Musial, and on television they would re-enact all the great battles of old, because the game hasn’t changed much.  Then they would go out and create new tales, like the story of one man overcoming an entire team like Chris Carpenter did during the 2011 NLCS, or just the story of one city’s team overcoming all obstacles to go on and win a World Series when everyone doubted them.  Even though the Cardinals were down to their last strike 3 times.

The game of baseball, and the St. Louis Cardinals, has taught me many lessons on life, winning, and the pursuit of happiness.  Greater than any drug, is the smell of Budweiser, brats, hot dogs, fresh-cut grass, and the view of the Arch just over the cityscape of St. Louis.

To cover this amazing team and the season ahead I will be following these reporters and broadcasters.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Derrick Goold is the lead Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

 

 

 

 

Jenifer Langosch, the lead Cardinals Reporter for MLB.com.

Jenifer Langosch, the lead Cardinals Reporter for MLB.com.

 

Jenifer Langosch is the Cardinals Reporter for MLB.com.

 

 

 

 

Bernie Miklasz

Bernie Miklasz

Bernie Miklasz who is the St. Louis Post Dispatch and StlToday.com sports columnist and blogger.

 

 

 

 

Broadcaster Dan McLaughlin

Broadcaster Dan McLaughlin

Broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest, Dan McLaughlin.

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Horton is a former baseball player and broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest.

Rick Horton is a former baseball player and broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest.

Broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest, Rick Horton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Sports columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Also I will be following Joe Strauss who is the Sports columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

 

 

 

 

Also I will be visiting ESPN’s website on the St. Louis Cardinals, Twitter for the St. Louis Cardinals, Arch City Sports Blog, and the MLB.com website for the Cardinals.

 

Reporter Links:

https://twitter.com/DannyMacTV

https://twitter.com/miklasz

https://twitter.com/LangoschMLB

https://twitter.com/dgoold

https://twitter.com/ArchCitySports

https://twitter.com/JoeStrauss

https://twitter.com/RickyH49

Website Links:

http://archcitysports.com/category/baseball-2/stlcards/

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=stl

http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/_/name/stl/st.-louis-cardinals

https://twitter.com/Cardinals

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Sports in Society-More Than Just A Game

By Michaela Gilmer

Growing up, I remember my dad taking me to see the University of Oregon’s women’s basketball games. Unlike my two older sisters, I was fascinated by the game and tagged along with my dad and my brothers to any sporting event I could. Since I was little, I have loved watching sports.

However, I realize now that there is much more to loving sports than simply watching the game. The sports industry is growing and changing all the time. There is this idea that the sports industry is a straightforward, one-sided business. The reality is sports are made up of individuals who all choose to come together and work as a team. Whether it is the coaches, athletes, industry employees, etc., these individuals all come together to play the same game; it does not exempt the fact that those individuals are still people with individual needs, desires and beliefs.

In 2014, many athletes and allies are both continuing and beginning to take a stand for many challenging issues facing college and professional athletes. There are many reporters, activists and organizations dedicated to helping athletes and the sports industry as a whole progress.

Desmond Howard is an ESPN sports analyst who openly shares his strong views and opinions about current issues facing both college and professional athletes.

Richard Sherman plays cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. Prior to SuperBowl XLVIII, Sherman received a lot of negative press and outrage from his fan base. Since then, Sherman has written numerous pieces about the issues of racism and prejudice he and many other players are victims of.

The You Can Play Project is dedicated to finding equality for LGBTQ athletes.

Sports business reporter, attorney, author and sports management instructor, Kristi Dosh, focuses on the intersection of college sports as business.

Kain Colter of the The College Athlete Players Association strives to assure all college athletes have a voice and are being taken care of.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is America’s Union Movement who advocate for a college athletes union.

 

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Immigration Beat Blog

Immigration policy in the U.S. has been an increasingly divisive issue in the U.S. political realm in recent history, and shows signs of heating up again soon. As I orient myself toward a future career as an international correspondent, it will be essential that I know the in’s and out’s of contemporary American policy on the issue.

It’s also an issue that deserves as much coverage as it can get.

Last summer, a bipartisan senate group made massive strides in immigration policy when they passed a bill that would grant undocumented immigrants legal status after passing a background check and paying any back taxes and outstanding fines. In the last ten months, deliberation on the future of the policy has been mute. However, a recent dip in the Chinese economy has some journalists predicting that a massive influx in Latin American immigrants could hit the U.S. in the coming years, meaning that the issue might again be in the forefront of the political sphere soon.

As I follow immigration and immigration reform policies circulating within the legislative branch, I will be following these immigration journalists closely:

Jose Antonio Vargas:

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Famous for telling his own story as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times a few years ago, Vargas is a freelance journalist and filmmaker published publications from The New Yorker to Rolling Stone and everything in between. He follows immigration politics closely and is an advocate for government lead reform.

Elise Foley:

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Foley covers the immigration and politics beat for the Huffington Post. After studying journalism at Northwestern University, Foley worked for The Washington Independent and POLITICO before taking her current job.

Alan Gomez:

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Gomez currently writes as the political and immigration reporter for USA Today. He has a diverse reporting background, having covered everything from hurricanes to high school football, and currently works out of Miami.

Víctor Manuel Ramos:

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Bilingually published in publications like El Diario in New York and the Orlando Sentinel in Fla., Ramos currently writes on diversity and immigrant communities for Newsday in Long Island, New York. His issue coverage ranges from policy measures to how they play out on the individual and family level within the Long Island community.

María Inés Zamudio:

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Zamudio currently works for The Chicago Reporter, a magazine that’s been “investigating race and poverty since 1972,” according to it’s website. Zamudio is a bilingual reporter with previous writing and multimedia experience in California.  She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 and has since participated in the 2013 NY Times fellowship and 2012 Justice in Journalism fellowship, among others.

 

 

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