FOX news is right on for once … with a spoof of how journalists get a little caught up in social media.
Activist Rod Coronado is back in jail because a judge decided he didn't approve of Coronado's Facebook friends.
U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney sentenced Coronado to four months in prison for violating his parole by "friending" Earth First! co-founder Mike Roselle, the Missoula Independent reports.
Roselle told the Independent: “I sent him a friend request because someone had suggested that I friend him, and given that I’ve known Rod for quite a while, I did. I guess he hit the accept button.”
Coronado's parole officer reported the activist's unauthorized Facebook usage and wrote in the court document (which is available at the Missoula Independent's website): "In monitoring Mr. Coronado’s Facebook account, this officer found Michael Roselle to be a 'friend' of Mr. Coronado," and continues, "Available documentation and intellegence indicates Mr. Roselle is a cofounder of Earth First, Rain Forest Action Network (RAN), and the Ruckus Society. According to the FBI, many environmentalists convicted of violent offenses have been associated with both Earth First and the Ruckus Society organizations."
We were disappointed to see that Roselle is not a Facebook "fan" (liker?) of Eugene Weekly but a quick check reveals that EW does have a number of FB friends in common with him. We'll let you know if that ever gets us in trouble.
So in this piece last week, I promised to post my interview with the recently formed Eugene Arts Collective's founder, Braxton Nagle (you can also pop over to Nagle's Cigar Box Nation page and his Etsy page).
Here, a day or so late, is the interview! Short but sweet. By the way, the Arts Collective's FB page says artists need to hurry up to reserve a spot in the collective as the space is filling quickly.
Q&A with Braxton Nagle
How did the idea come about, Braxton?
I'm working with the owner of Fenario, Brent Rosskopf, who's helping a lot. I thought it would be a good idea for an arts-related co-op of some sort Basically. I was really inspired after watching OPB or something, which was doing this piece on Portland’s awesome arts co-op (Editor's note: We're trying to track this down; Barry Johnson, formerly of the The Oregonian, suggests Blackfish Gallery, and I've got other Portland art critic/writer friends working on it too), huge, like 50 different fine artists, craftspepople, all under one roof with their workshops.
It’s just something that I really wanted to do. I’m in a unique situation. The landlord (Kent Anderson) has given us a break on the rent, so that’s the only way I’m going to be able to pull this off. I need to basically cover utilities, which is still kind of a lot, but definitely doable.
Tell me more about the details. How many artists, how much would it cost per artist?
We have room for about 13 people. Basically, for $225 a month, you get a 10x15 foot space, a wall space. The artist would keep all profit, we would take no percentage, and if they wanted to use the gallery to paint in, that’s part of the deal.
So people can make art in their space?
Yes, within reason! Something low-impact, fine arts painter or photographer, that would be OK; obviously, we wouldn’t be able to support a blacksmith or something like that.
Plans for the entire space include workshops, I've heard. What else?
We just want to cover our utilities first [and] then start creating more of a community space. Our vision is to spread the arts through downtown. We’re dead-center; we’ve got a great space here. We want to have workshops and events. It’s really an open way for anybody to come in with some kind of creative idea and just do it here.
Who has responded to you?
On the Facebook, a lot of local people, we’re up to 105 people. (Editor's note: That was last Wednesday; the group has 218 fans as I write this entry on Monday.)
I’ve talked to Marc Time, who’s doing the Eugene Storefront Art Project, he’s going to start having meetings here, and I’ve offered him some window space here. I’d really like to get ... we all share a similar vision here, so it would be nice to kind of consolidate a little bit.
We’re up to about 5 people who want the space. They haven’t physically handed over any money yet; there's still a show up. This is the last show; [Fenario] closes at the end of the month.
How are you feeling about the idea of the Arts Collective?
I have some good folks who are supporting me, they're real creative and intelligent; we’re real excited at this point. We're trying to get a core group of people and figure out how to move forward.
What are the hours you’ll be open?
At this point, I don’t know. I’m going to keep the framing; we’ll still be doing giclée printing out of here. Brent, the owner, will stay on and do his printing; I’ll do my framing and cigar box guitars. And I’ll be managing the collective.
Should artists contact you on Facebook?
Yes, or they can call the gallery; we will keep same phone number. (Editor's note: That number is 541-393-3333, and Nagle's email addy is BNagle5 at gmail dot com.)
And feel free to comment here or at Business Insider.
Well, d'oh for me! As Symphony exec director Paul Winberg told me in an email, the Symphony is on Facebook.
I should have known that because I am one of the 174 fans.
My confusion: I thought that the "Eugene Symphony Association," the name of the fan page on Facebook, was the Eugene Symphony Guild, the kind of ... auxiliary support group for the Symphony. (The Guild runs the Garden Tour and does all kinds of other fundraising work for the Symphony.)
Winberg says that Eugene Symphony Association is actually the name of the organization (but that the Facebook page name may change to say Eugene Symphony at some point so we will all ID it correctly).
SO: Fan the Symphony RIGHT HERE, people.
Woke up this morning to find UO students on Facebook joining a group called "UO Students for Equal Access: NO to the John Jacqua Center." The Center's already built and open (and students of all kinds have access to the coffee shop and the auditorium for classes, but not the rest of the building).
The Daily Emerald has been all over the Center; Jill Kimball (a former student of mine) wrote "Athletes learning in grandeur" on Tuesday and Jenn Hughes wrote today's "Parking spaces temporarily reserved for student-athletes". The latter begins,
Trying to find a parking space at the University just got easier.
Beginning this term, spots in two parking lots are temporarily reserved for student-athletes who use the recently instated, state-of-the-art John E. Jaqua Academic Center.
You have to read the article to find out about the "corporate entity, Phit"* created to build the center and make agreements about removing parking from other students to give it to student-athletes using the center.
Apparently, this does not please some UO students. Here's a screen shot of the Facebook group:
Can't read it?
The Jaqua Center opened recently on campus. This 40,000 sq ft building is restricted to a select few members of the student population. The actions taken by the university have shown very clear preference for some without regard to everybody else paying tuition! Please join and invite other concerned students. We are not second class students at this university!
Underneath the photo (of one of the Jacqua Center bathrooms), it says, "Nike does NOT run this school!"
You have to be part of the Oregon network on FB in order to see and join the group, listed under Student Groups â€” General. During the time it took me to post this blog, the group gained 5 members, FWIW.
*PHIT? As in PHIl knighT? *headhands*