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Oregon’s Biggest Political Stories of 2015 in Photos

Oregon’s Biggest Political Stories of 2015 in Photos

2015 was an influential year in Oregon politics filled with scandal, civil unrest, violence, and a host of new laws. What follows is CatlinSpeak’s photographic coverage of some of the biggest political stories of 2015. A New Governor Four-term Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced on Feb. 13 that he would resign, following several months of […]

Why the Voting Age Should be Lowered to 16

Why the Voting Age Should be Lowered to 16

In a nation founded upon sweeping democratic values, it is imperative that all eligible citizens, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, and age are guaranteed the right to vote. With the presidential primaries beginning Feb. 1, voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts are moving into high gear. Students who turn 18 by Nov. 8, 2016, will get […]

Nestle is Trying to Privatize our Water

Nestle is Trying to Privatize our Water

Nestle is currently working on a plan to privatize water in Oregon, and the ecological impact could be disastrous. The company is lobbying to construct a water bottling facility in Cascade Locks, Ore.. Given the close proximity to the Columbia River Gorge, if Nestle’s plan succeeds, they would own water from the Mt. Hood National […]

Playing Dress-up: Young Girls Held to Adult Beauty Standards

Playing Dress-up: Young Girls Held to Adult Beauty Standards

In a society driven by technology, it is no surprise that the biggest influence on today’s youth is the media. Although there are many outlets of influence, the media has the largest impact on self-esteem, causing teenagers to take measures to fit a socially constructed standard of beauty. On Dec. 19, 2015, fourteen year old […]

Unveiling the Reality of Young Motherhood

Unveiling the Reality of Young Motherhood

At the ages of eighteen and seventeen respectively, Reynna and Maria gave birth to children. Twenty-year-old Reyanna would graduate high school. Maria would drop out in order to tend to her son. Maria, now 35, became a mother when living in Costa Rica. She recounted how difficult and stressful her life became after the birth […]

Racial Tensions and Violence at Lewis and Clark

Racial Tensions and Violence at Lewis and Clark

On Tuesday Nov. 17, 2015 two messages on an anonymous social media platform known as Yik Yak, which allows user to post and read messages by other members nearby, ignited a firestorm at Lewis & Clark. One post stated that it was time to “bring back slavery” and the other said, “I just want to […]

Taylor Swift: Country to Capitalist

Taylor Swift: Country to Capitalist

In 2004, an exuberant and ambitious 14-year-old Taylor Swift moved to Tennessee to pursue her dream of becoming a country music star. Swift had signed an artistic development deal with RCA Records, and spent the next year learning from country music industry professionals Liz Rose, Troy Verges, Brett Beavers, Brett James, Mac McAnally and The […]

The Impacts and Hidden Costs of Climbing Mt. Everest

The Impacts and Hidden Costs of Climbing Mt. Everest

Following weeks of sleepless nights, biting cold, and risky climbing, Mt. Everest climbers have the possibility of being offered the opportunity to ascend from Camp Four to the summit. They will stand for only a matter of minutes on the mountain’s summit, which is is the highest point on earth, standing at 29,035 ft. “Summit […]

“Christmas” Trees vs. “Holiday” Trees

“Christmas” Trees vs. “Holiday” Trees

On Oct. 22, 2015, Starbucks revealed its new holiday cup. While other cups have been red, this year’s differs in the sense that it is only red, without designs or the words “Merry Christmas.” After the release of this year’s cup, Starbucks came under harsh scrutiny when customers claimed that design was, as NBC describes […]

Why Pop Music is All the Same

Why Pop Music is All the Same

When fans buy Pitbull’s latest banger or Drake’s newest R&B ballad, the only information that they see regarding its authorship is the artist listed. However, in most pop music, there is an entire team of people responsible for writing the music, playing the instruments, recording the song, producing the song, and engineering the final product. […]