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Musical Blues

BY RUBEN GARCIA Fallout of budget cuts affect music store owners EUGENE, Ore.- On the corner of West Eighth Avenue and Monroe Street in Eugene, Oregon sits a music store called Pacific Winds Music. 9.5 miles away on 35th Avenue … Continue reading

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Chris Peters: A man that has never left

BY RUBEN GARCIA EUGENE, Ore.- Students come in and out of this place everyday. All of them having one thing in common. They all lug around large black cases. In some of the cases there are cellos, violins, and guitars. In … Continue reading

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20 questions with Ted Simmons

Ted Simmons is writer and editor. He currently lives in New York City. His work has been published on Mass Appeal and Complex.

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JWN: Where they get their news

JWN residents and business owners get their news from different places BY RUBEN GARCIA EUGENE, Ore.- People in the Jefferson Westside Neighbors Neighborhood get their news from various places. Matt Sandler, a professor at the University of Oregon, is well … Continue reading

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Rap Blog: Why’s This So Good?

June 11, 2013 was a big day in Jon Caramanica’s career. On this day thee New York Times published a feature story written by Jon, titled “Behind Kanye’s Mask”. The feature was so significant and “good” because it was the … Continue reading

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Creeping in a pastry shop

BY RUBEN GARCIA Coffee makes the world go round. Pastries make the world go round too. So does, money. But for our purposes coffee and pastries make the world go round. Nestled between the busy streets of 7th Avenue and 8th … Continue reading

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Rap Tweets

BY: RUBEN GARCIA Rappers and members of the media do not have a strong relationship. Rapper and producer Kanye West has not been shy about sharing his feelings for the media. Rappers tend to rely on their publicists to get … Continue reading

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Residents of JWN reveal their concerns

BY RUBEN GARCIA EUGENE, Ore. – In the Jefferson Westside Neighbors neighborhood, everything seems great. The lawns are freshly mowed. The sun gleams against the sidewalk and heats the surrounding area. A fresh breeze counterbalances the subtle springtime heat. Residents … Continue reading

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Beat: Rap

I remember hiding my explicit compact discs from my mom when I was 10 years old. She would not dare let her son listen to 50 Cent. “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” was the first album that started my love … Continue reading

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Another World (Neighborhood)

BY RUBEN GARCIA EUGENE, Ore. – Students seldom venture past the confined area of east, south, north, and west campus. On April 8, 2014 I did just that. I traveled to Jefferson Westside Neighbors neighborhood and what I encountered was … Continue reading

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