Lewis & Clark controversy ebbs

The Lewis & Clark College student newspaper story on an event featuring U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts caused a stir earlier this month though it hadn’t been published yet.

Lewis & Clark senior Anthony Ruiz said he just wanted to write a simple story about the law school’s first Environmental Moot Court Advocate of the Year Competition, argued before the sitting Chief Justice. Ruiz sent his story on the April 5 event to his editor, who told him that the school had said Roberts’ staff wanted to prescreen the article. The Pioneer Log’s deadline for last week’s edition passed, and Ruiz, 22, held the story at his editors request, although he said it felt wrong.

“Freedom of the press is one of the most important cornerstones of a civil society,” said Ruiz, who graduates this May with a double degree in political science and rhetoric and media studies.

Roberts’ staff later said that they did not want to prescreen the story.

“It was really a simple misunderstanding,” said Lise Harwin, director of public relations at Lewis & Clark. “We have all connected since.”

Ruiz said he is proud of his school and believes the guidance of an adviser might have helped prevent such an issue.

“The deep irony in this thing is that certain people may have considered censoring a story in the hopes of trying to quash controversy and more was created,” Ruiz said.

The article is scheduled to be published in print in the Pioneer Log Friday and is available online.

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Senior wins scholarship

A Lake Oswego High School senior pocketed a music scholarship to the college of her choice.

Heather O’Donnell received the Violet Lang Vocal Music Scholarship for high school seniors following a singing competition on April 13. She landed the $500 scholarship following her renditions of works by Christoph von Gluck and Johannes Brahms.

O’Donnell plans to major in vocal performance at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., majoring in vocal performance. She plans to pursue a career in opera.


Eagle Scout honored

A Lake Oswego Eagle Scout is one of a handful of students invited to attend the National Rifle Association’s Oregon Youth Education Summit.

Henry Frame, 17, is a home-schooled student who plans to finish high school requirements and begin college classes at Portland Community College this fall.

Frame, who has a state youth hunting license and turkey tag, would like to hunt turkey. He earned the rifle shooting merit badge through Boy Scouts of America Troop 49.

Oregon summit attendees learn about state and federal government. Two attendees will be chosen to apply for the National Youth Education Summit in Washington, D.C.

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