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Students and professors gathered for a presentation about the worldwide art exhibit, CowParade, on Oct. 16 in TJ Day Hall.
CowParade is an art exhibit that consists of a group of life-size fiberglass cow statues.
Corporations sponsor local artists to paint these statues. The finished statues range from cow-shaped advertising space to symbolic representations of pastoral history or references to local legends.
CowParade began in Zurich, Switzerland, to promote business in 1998 and quickly spread to Chicago in 1999 and New York City in 2000.
CowParade events have been hosted in more than 50 cities worldwide.
Dr. Sarah Wagner-McCoy, an assistant professor at Reed College, linked CowParade to Irish national pride, the Great Chicago Fire and Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” and explores connections between these seemingly bland, inoffensive cow statues to the deeper cultural meanings that sit behind the public’s opinion of the statues.
The vandalism of the statues in Dublin was one of the topics that Wagner-McCoy focused on.
“The vandalism was surprising,” Wagner-McCoy said. “In other cities, the public loved the cows so much that they would defend them if anyone tried to vandalize them, but in Dublin, the cows were smashed, stolen, beheaded and covered in graffiti, even after the exhibit was officially over and the cows were moved to less public places.”
Wagner-McCoy’s explanation of this phenomenon went back to the British colonization of Ireland and the destruction of statues that Irish rebels saw as symbols of British rule.
She contrasted the vandalism in Dublin with the popularity of cows in Chicago, where the legend of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow is celebrated in songs, reenactments and even a movie.
Wagner-McCoy said that her interest in CowParade first came from working with children in New York.
“It was the summer that CowParade came to New York City, and the kids just loved them,” Wagner-McCoy said. “We took field trips to see them and had activities based around them. There was one activity where the kids made their own little cows out of paper.”
The second time she encountered CowParade, Wagner-McCoy said she was in Dublin when the exhibit returned to the city.
“The teenagers got to paint one of the cows as a group, but they just were not interested,” Wagner-McCoy said. “It was basically a ‘No’ cow. They had these stickers with the red circles with diagonal slashes through them, saying no to drugs, marijuana, guns, all these things that they thought the kids would do, and the kids were supposed to paste these stickers onto this cow statue. It was incredibly insulting.”
The weird contrast between the children’s reactions to the cows in New York City and in Dublin intrigued Wagner-McCoy, she said.
“Pastoral images are everywhere,” Wagner-McCoy said. “It seems like a shallow hype, but it’s also very complex.”
The event was sponsored by the English Department.
Sharon Gollery/Culture editor
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I have mentioned Planned Parenthood a few times in my articles from this year and last.
I mention it because I know it is reliable, not only from personal experience but from what many other people have reported as well.
There is a Planned Parenthood in McMinnville for those who want to visit one.
Last week, when I mentioned Planned Parenthood, I also talked about another local pregnancy center and even though I mentioned it, I don’t know its reputation.
I want to urge caution, however, when using other centers.
Some centers do not provide accurate information and will press their own views on family planning and options.
Women have reported going in for an abortion, birth control, or general information on sex, and instead got a lecture about why what they were doing was immoral and against the teachings of God.
In the New York Times opinion section, a graduate student wrote about her experience with such a place.
She made an appointment at Planned Parenthood for an abortion and the operator told her to think about all of her options, which they are legally required to do.
She decided to go to a local place that advertised information on abortions.
Unfortunately, she found the place to be a false medical center.
The staff was not made up of medical professionals but rather people preying on vulnerable women to push their own personal views that abortion was wrong using religion as a persuasion tool.
Lizz Winstead, writer and co-founder of “The Daily Show,” reported a similar account from her childhood on a YouTube video.
She went in for an abortion and was greeted with false information and religious pressures.
While not all centers are like this, women seeking information should be very cautious when choosing a place to go for seeking professional and medical advice.
Bailey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
R.M. Rilke said that “the knowledge of impermanence that haunts our days is their very fragrance.”
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, especially in light of the fact that I’m a senior and my days on campus are dwindling.
However, the idea that our limited number of days gives them beauty can be pressing to anyone.
Because life is impermanent, we have to be intentional about living it. We have to understand the basic elements of a story and try to make our lives into the best stories possible. This means knowing that each story has a web of characters, pressing conflicts, satisfying victories and vivid settings.
When you understand how stories work, it seems natural to view your life, and everyone’s around you, as complex and unique stories.
After you start viewing your impermanent life as a pressing narrative, it’s up to you to decide to live and view that story.
For some, that might mean engaging in the community to impact other people’s stories positively. Others might seek out adventures and memorable experiences to enrich their own stories.
As a journalist and writer, my main concern is telling my own story and other people’s stories. This means taking time to reflect on everyday happenings, and it means investing hours in interviewing people about events and causes they’ve been involved in.
Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that that something as seemingly trivial as a basketball game or a Cat Cab is a unique and important narrative, waiting to be told.
When you view life as a web of connected stories, details like how many students were screaming as loud as they could during a basketball game become important and beautiful in the grand scheme of things.
So whether you want to enrich other people’s stories, explore your own, or tell them all, I encourage you to let the impermanence of life be the fragrance that haunts your days, seeing each detail as valuable and note-worthy.
Joanna Peterson/Managing editor
Joanna can be reached at email@example.com
I know it’s not the first thing on every student’s mind, but being “green” really is important.
Between classes and all of our other commitments, it’s difficult to remember to consume less.
Our lifestyles aren’t exactly friendly toward our environment.
Technology, all the gas we use in our cars and even the food we eat on a daily basis are not compatible with our Earth.
People, especially people in our modern generation, believe that it’s no big deal to pay no attention to environmental issues.
Many are ignorant about the actual impact our actions and behaviors have on the planet.
Things like plastic water bottles, paper and plastics thrown away in the garbage bins, driving from one end of campus to the other and leaving lights in a room on are examples of things that I see around campus that are wasteful.
An easy fix for the water bottles is to carry your own reusable plastic or metal water bottle. Fill it up and stick it in your refrigerator at night and have cold water in the morning.
You’d be surprised how much more water you drink when using a water bottle like this, too.
Plus, the water is free. You don’t have to pay an overpriced $2 for a plastic water bottle that you’ll just throw away.
Every room is provided with a green recycling bin. The green chairs of the residence halls worked hard last year to get the grant money for all those bins. Why not take advantage of them and put your recyclables in there?
Paper, plastics, cardboard, glass and many other items can be recycled.
There’s even a picture on the side of the bin that tells you what can and can’t be recycled.
I know the feeling of waking up in the morning and really not wanting to walk all the way across campus to class.
But starting your car and driving the tiny distance across campus really is a huge waste of gas. Invest in a bike or a longboard, or take the opportunity to wake up by going on a brisk morning stroll to class.
Plus, it may get you in better shape, since you do it every day. This goes for elevators in buildings as well.
Take the stairs, it’s not that hard. And when you have to use your car to get somewhere, for the love of Earth, please just carpool. It is unnecessary to drive separate cars.
Also, it really isn’t hard to turn off the lights when you leave a room. It’s a simple fix, and one of the easiest ways to take steps to becoming more “green.”
It’s hard to remember, but unplugging your appliances like curling irons, blow dryers and cell phone chargers when you’re finished is another good way to save energy.
Did you know that most cancers and diseases that are so prevalent in our society today are all linked back to the environment? So instead of treating the symptoms, let’s treat the cause and start taking care of our planet.
Kelsey Sutton/Copy chief
Kelsey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
By the end of October, seven billion people will inhabit Earth according to the United Nations.
This means that in only 12 years, Earth’s population has grown by one billion people.
At this rate, resources will be used up quickly unless everyone changes their habits.
One of the reasons our population is growing at such a rapid rate is because of the large numbers of children born in developing countries.
People in these countries produce more children because there is a higher mortality rate, resulting in a greater number of people.
A lot of people in America may not think that what happens in other countries around the world concerns them, but in reality, we are all connected.
We all live on the same planet and are using up the same resources.
While there are a lot of big changes that need to be made, there are plenty of small things that everyone can do to save our planet.
Everyone has the capability to recycle. All it takes is throwing recyclables in recycling bins instead of in trash cans.
By reusing as many resources as possible, we can help preserve all of Earth’s resources.
Along with recycling comes the concept of sustainability. Try to live in a way that doesn’t use up Earth’s resources.
Recycling is a great first step on the path to sustainability. Go shopping in a thrift store. There are a lot of great items that have already been used.
Also, be aware of what is going on in other countries and donate what you can afford to charities that help struggling people around the world.
Donating something as simple as a blanket or a dollar can change someone else’s life.
By aiding poor countries around the world, we are also investing in ourselves.
People in developed countries have fewer children than those in developing countries, due to a lower mortality rate.
Therefore, by helping developing countries, we are beginning to take care of the population problem. As a country becomes more stable, its citizens begin producing less children.
People who want to have kids should also consider adopting children before having children of their own.
Why have children in an over-populated world when there are plenty of existing?
When deciding to raise a family, at least consider adoption.
Why not provide a loving home to someone who has none?
If everyone follows at least one of the previous tips we can live on Earth for many more generations to come.
Meghan O’Rourke/Opinion editor
Meghan can be reached at email@example.com