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    A week’s sail from land, Kim McCoy was aboard a ship owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The weather worsened, tossing the vessel around like a rag doll while the captain struggled to steer clear of treacherous ice chunks called “growlers” in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary off the coast of Antarctica.
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    When Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Israel this spring, there was much talk of what his trip would mean for the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. “I am hopeful,” the president told an audience of mostly college-age Israelis, “that we can draw upon what’s best in ourselves to win the battles for peace in the wake of so much war.” The crowd rose to a standing ovation.
  • Class Notes - 2000s
  • Class Notes - 2000s
  • Class Notes - 2000s
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    Tim Swinehart, a social studies teacher at Lincoln High School in Portland, was disturbed by the monster storm. But as part of a growing movement of educators committed to environmental justice, he turned the weather event into a lesson about climate literacy.
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    On a warm summer night in Oklahoma, members of the Seminole Nation gathered for a celebratory stomp dance. Men wore blue jeans and baseball or cowboy hats adorned with eagle, hawk, and crane feathers. A tribal elder began to sing, and the other men chanted the chorus in their native tongue. Women, dressed in skirts and blouses designed with Seminole patchwork, kept the rhythm with shell shakers fastened to their legs.
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    Andrew Bradburn B.A. ’85, Tessa Idlewine B.A. ’09, and Brian Drischell B.A. ’93: Crowds roar and cheer as celebrities walk the red carpet outside Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Cameras click staccato style and flashbulbs dazzle as reporters wrangle movie stars for live interviews at the annual Academy Awards ceremony.
  • Class Notes - 2000s
  • Amy Clay Ives B.A. ’01 joined teammates rowing for Australia in the women’s quadruple sculls. Her team finished fourth in the finals, just behind Ukraine, Germany, and the United States.
  • Class Notes - 2000s
  • Class Notes - 2000s
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    When he was a novice monk, Donald Altman remembers sitting cross-legged on a low futon, swathed in saffron-colored robes. As he contemplated his vows, he became distracted by a giant-sized Cadbury milk chocolate bar that was sitting on a nearby shelf.
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    As Alexis Fox J.D. ‘09 settles into the rhythm of her regular 4-mile run, she can’t help replaying the disturbing video footage in her head. At a Canadian slaughterhouse, a horse is still conscious after being hit by a stun gun. Writhing in pain in the kill box, the mare is then hoisted up by one leg to be butchered and dismembered.
  • Class Notes: 2000s
  • Class Notes - 2000s
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    Although Dr. Makoto Uchiyama B.A. ’04 was born in Bangkok, grew up in Malaysia, and had never lived in Japan, Uchiyama considers Japan his homeland, his native culture. As a resident physician in Portland’s Legacy Health System, he felt compelled to put his medical training to use on the ground after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit on March 11. The subsequent tsunami, fires, and nuclear threat confirmed his resolve.
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    Exploring forests, romping in creeks, and swimming in lakes and rivers near the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, Brett VandenHeuvel J.D. ’05 fell in love with the great outdoors. He grew up near Muskegon, where the industrial south transitions into the rural north.
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    After graduating, Chris Killmer B.A. 07 joined the nonprofit Catholic Charities of Oregon. The staff includes attorney Samantha Dashiel J.D. ’09, who helps clients with immigration issues, and bilingual case manager Meagan Kent B.A. ’03, who handles day-to-day client case management. They not only serve people in need, but also support each other in work they say is frequently “daunting and overwhelming.”
  • Class Notes - 2000s
  • Class Notes - 2000s
  • Class Notes - 2000s
  • Class Notes - 2000s
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    After his nine-year stint in Chicago, Brian Farr purchased and managed a San Francisco personnel agency, which he sold for a profit to a regional firm in 1993. He then moved to Oregon and cofounded a successful investment management firm. But something was missing.
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    Jules Kopel Bailey canvassed Portland neighborhoods seven days a week during his 2008 bid for state representative of Oregon House District 42. He estimates he knocked on 10,000 doors in the space of five months, ratcheting up his efforts to 100 visits a day during the final leg of the campaign—all while holding down a full-time consulting job and hustling to raise money for the race.
  • Class Notes - 2000s
  • Class Notes: 2000s
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