In what could be a memorable score in NCAA history, the college athletic system lost 9-0 to student-athletes. On June 21, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the college sports system violated antitrust laws by limiting monetary and non-monetary resources to student-athletes, such as internships, co-op programs and school supplies. Judge Neil Gorsuch wrote the court opinion, concluding that an offer of education-related benefits could provide student-athletes with some sort of compensation for the value they bring to colleges or universities. Judge Brett Kavanaugh tore up the NCAA model like he was Budweiser and a college kid again, claiming that the NCAA is currently making billions of dollars but not a dime goes to students. “The NCAA business model would be downright illegal in almost every other industry in America,” he wrote. While discussing the importance of varsity athletics to the social fabric of the United States, Kavanaugh praised the track and field meets at Eugene. We hope the Duck student-athletes receive their fair share from Uncle Phil.

• Vaccination rates for COVID-19 in Oregon have remained stubbornly slow. We are about 50,000 below the 70% threshold. Governor Kate Brown has set a goal of fully reopening the state. The virus is still going strong, as are the more contagious variants like the Delta variant, and as the restrictions begin to lift, the unvaccinated not only risk their health, but that of relatives and close friends. Vaccines are an essential tool in keeping the virus at bay, so we urge you to get the vaccine. It’s worth it.

• Speaking of COVID-19 and vaccinations, Eugene WeeklyThe reception is open to the public again, for the first time in a year and a half, during our normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. We will be closed on Monday July 5, respecting the public holiday of July 4. All visitors to the office are required to wear a mask at the entrance, regardless of their immunization status. We are happy to provide a paper mask for those in need.

• The late Derrick Bell was dean of the University of Oregon Law School from 1980 to 1985, leaving Eugene to return to Harvard Law School where he was the first full African American professor. Now he’s in the national news as a hero to Americans like us, and a villain to others for his role as one of the main thinkers of critical race theory. It seems unlikely that its critics, other than academics, have any idea what this theory is. The American Bar Association describes it as “a practice of questioning the role of race and racism in society that emerged in law academy and spread to other areas of research.” The best ways to figure it out are two of Bell’s ten books: Faces at the bottom of the well and The reader Derrick Bell. Most Americans demonizing Bell don’t want their children to learn anything about race or racism. Alas.

• “What are we doing about elder abuse? ” is the subject of the City Club of Eugene’s program at noon on Friday, June 25. Speakers are: Geoff Clark, Lane County Adult Protective Services; Brenton Gicker, IA with CAHOOTS (and periodical GE independent); and Chief Bob Morris of the Junction City Police Department. Still virtual, this show will be broadcast on the City Club’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

• What we will read soon: Last best hope, America in crisis and renewal by George Packer. One of our favorite readers highly recommends this one to dive into the crises facing the post-Trump United States. The New York Times The June 20 book review section gave it an in-depth review paired with Jonathan Rauch’s review. The constitution of knowledge: a defense of the truth. The NYT says the writers “are here to defend Enlightenment liberalism – equality and scientific rationality in an unequivocal sense of Western tradition. They see this belief system as the great unifying force of the country, and they worry about its future.