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Sandra Woods, an Oregon State University faculty member from 1984 to 2001 is back at OSU as dean of the College of Engineering. Woods comes to OSU from Colorado State University, where she served as dean of the College of Engineering, head of the department of civil and environmental engineering, and interim vice provost. She has a background in environmental engineering, with a focus on the fate of contaminants in the environment. “I’m thrilled. Very happy to be back here,” Woods said. She started her current position as dean on July 30. The position opened up in November 2011, when Ron Adams, who had been dean of the College of Engineering since 1998, left to become OSU’s executive associate vice president for research. Scott Ashford, currently head of OSU’s school of civil and construction engineering, served as interim dean during the 2011-2012 school year. A national search culminated in the selection of Woods, who is now the full-time, permanent dean. “Dean Woods brings a wealth of experience and demonstrated success to OSU,” said Sabah Randhawa, provost and executive vice president, who made the final decision to hire Woods. “I believe she will help advance engineering and computer science — more

broadly STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math], education that is critical to economic growth in Oregon.” Randhawa said. Woods sees the rapid growth of enrollment in engineering as her greatest challenge as dean. “I’ve got to do the best job possible with rapid growth in enrollment.” Woods said. “We’ve got to remodel, and develop facilities and hire new faculty members.” She sees her role as helping faculty and staff develop and deliver programs for students. “It is my hope that we’ll be able to add faculty so we improve the quality of our academic programs and serve the many students who hope to major in the college of engineering,” Woods said. While Woods is new as dean, she doesn’t foresee any radical changes in the lives of the students and staff of the college of engineering. “Ron [Adams] was a great dean. Some things will be different. I hope we’ll be able to add new faculty at an even greater rate,” Woods said. “There may be differences in our approach as to how we allocate resources and identify faculty lines.” The structure of the engineering college isn’t expected to change much either. “If you have the right people in leadership positions, structure becomes less important.” Woods said. Dean Woods doesn’t plan on doing any teaching in her new position. “I spend a lot of time traveling, so I won’t be teaching,” Woods said. “I’ve taught many classes at OSU and Colorado State. It’s since See WOODS | page 2

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Coming into this summer and fall term ASOSU had one mission along with their regular tasks of service: to register students to vote. Since this goal has been accomplished and a record number of students have been registered across the state, ASOSU begins to look forward in the utilization of their fall term efforts. Oregon’s legislative session will be opening up for its regular session on Feb. 4, and a large amount of the effort put forth winter term will be focused toward the capitol, where ASOSU can emphasize on higher education funding. The importance of higher education and the continual decrease in funding needs to become a concern and priority for state politicians, one which will be emphasized not just to fellow students by ASOSU, but by students directly to state representatives in Salem. “We want to have an event where we can pull in a lot of students and let the legislature know how we feel, and that students do vote and are in need,” said Dan Cushing, ASOSU vice president. “But we are looking for deliberate action on [the legislature’s] part. We will be building off of the phone banking and the past success we had last term with this term.” Visits to the capitol, lobbying for student’s needs and the recruitment of students for these trips will begin early in winter term. There will be two ways these visits will take place. One of the visits will be a “day of action,” one large

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day in participation with the Oregon Students has doubled since 1980, according to the OSA Association and other member schools where advocacy information. lobbying can be done as a large collective body. “[We are] looking at measure 11 and trying to Individual visits by the OSU campus will be reform the minimum sentencing laws that curmade as well. These sessions will be smaller, rent jurists and judges are bound to in the state,” having four or five students meet with a legis- Cushing said. “[This] is causing our corrections lature and representative to provide a voice and budgets to go up and education budgets to go down.” face for student issues. While the capitol is still picking up speed, However, time will still be needed. As legislatures begin to finalize their bills and committees on-campus efforts are being made as well to help combat the continual lack begin to meet with the opening of funding from the state. Both of the 77th State Legislature, a and Cushing have looked clearer vision still needs to be There really isn’t Harris through OSU’s budgets as an established. institution in attempts to find a lot of extra “In terms of the OSA, we don’t wastes in spending, and ways to have a specific task at this point room at all at the save money across the campus. in time related to the budget“What we found was that ing,” ASOSU President Amelia campus level. The there is very little waste at the Harris said. problem is at the institutional level,” Cushing The topics and history of stusays. “The dollars that we do dent issues and lobby prioritistate level. get are squeezed and are being zations are known even if the stretched thin. There really isn’t specifics of the actual bill numa lot of extra room at all at the Dan Cushing bers, presented and the final campus level. The problem is figures for the state budget, are ASOSU Vice President at the state level. Every year still to come. the state is giving less and less The OSA currently has six priority issues money to higher education.” to focus on. Improving funding for schools The issues focused on at the capitol are and financial aid, increased funding for childexpansive, but still only one facet of the Harriscare and requiring cultural competency among health care providers across the state, including Cushing administration’s plan of action. Issues on-campus health care providers, are among in regard to international students with academic dishonesty and tuition use, grad students the issues outlined by the OSA. establishing a union, the process in which sex“Schools not Prison” is another one of the ual assault cases are handled and the resources OSA’s platforms for 2013 lobbying. This issue given to victims are all areas to be worked on by will request the state to prioritize the invest- ASOSU. ment of higher education as opposed to continSee ASOSU | page 2 ually increasing the state prison budget, which

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The Blair family of Corvallis was hopefully awaiting for a bright, happy baby. Nineteen weeks into the pregnancy, however, everything changed. Linda Blair was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and had to undergo emergency chemotherapy. This resulted in the baby, Ava, being born premature only 27 weeks into the pregnancy. In any normal situation, Ava’s future looked bleak, but something miraculous occurred. Both mother and daughter survived, and today Ava is a healthy four-year-old girl — thanks to the Children’s Miracle Network along with the funding and support from Beavs Helping Kids, an organization right here at OSU. “Eleven million kids in the US are treated every year through hospitals partnering with Children’s Miracle Network,” said OSU junior Taylor Nelson, economics major and one of the founders of Beavs Helping Kids. “98 percent of kids needing heart or lung transplants in the U.S. are treated at these hospitals, as are See MIRACLES | page 2


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ing from the University of Washington. She worked her way through her education by I’ve been dean that I haven’t working at several different consulting firms. taught.� “When working my way Adams now serves as executive associate vice president for through my undergraduate degree, I was a construction research. inspector and survey crew chief,� “I left my Woods said. post as dean As a graduate of engineerstudent, Woods It is my hope that ing to help worked as an the university we’ll be able to environmenachieve one of its top goals: ad new faculty so tal engineer at a Seattle consulting increased we improve the firm. societal “I worked on impact of the quality of our projects related un i ve r s i t y ’s world class academic programs. to wastewater treatment and assets through environmental engagement Sandra Woods restoration.� with industry OSU Dean of the College of Engineering Adams also had and commera positive outlook cialization of for Woods’ tenure. research results,� Adams said. “OSU engineering has made Prior to her first stint at OSU, Woods received a bach- great progress and [Woods] elor’s degree in civil engi- will help continue that neering from Michigan State momentum.� University, and a master’s and Vinay Ramakrishnan, news reporter news@dailybarometer.com doctorate in civil engineer-

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possible by donations from community members and the hard work of Beavs Helping Kids. “The kids that we’ve helped love to dance,� said OSU junior Keely Bertak, a nutrition science major and co-fundraising chair of the group. “Seeing them so happy and excited is amazing.� According to Bertak and Nelson, the group commits time to raising money, supporting the kids and the miraculous nature of their lives. “Getting to see the families that we’ve helped come to the dance marathon and see how excited the kids get is my favorite part,� said Spencer Ross, co-family relations chair of the group. “Regardless of what the kids are fighting medically, they still have an awesome time.� “While it’s sad to see the struggle the kids have gone through, it’s so inspiring to see how so many people come together to help them,� said Tara Newell, co-fundraising chair. Such inspiration has driven the group, and they hope to expand much further. “Our ultimate goal is that the entire campus will unite for these kids,� Nelson said.

88 percent of all child cancer patients.� Since the group’s start one and a half years ago, Beavs Helping Kids has hit the ground running with a rigorous fundraising campaign to help financially support the Children’s Miracle Network, and children in dire medical need. “We started up last fall,� Nelson said. “A few others and I did a similar thing in high school, Kids Helping Kids, and we wanted to continue it again in college.� Several fundraisers are planned for this year. In one effort, food purchases at selected campus restaurants will profit Beavs Helping Kids. Also, they provide a way for fundraising teams to register under them, and these teams can organize their own fundraisers for points, potentially winning prizes through Beavs Helping Kids. The largest event the group holds is their annual dance marathon, set for February. “The dance marathon is a way of celebrating the year’s fundraising,� Nelson said. “This is a chance for everyone to meet the families we’ve helped, and for the entire campus to see what is happening here.� The event incorporates food donated by OSU Catering, games, dancing, music and multiple other festivities, entirely made

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Campus compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was highlighted throughout fall term, will continue to be a focus throughout the duration of the administration. Lobbying efforts will be made in regards to funding for costs related to becoming ADA compliant, but efforts on campus still need to be done. The passing of “The ADA Compliance Act� by the ASOSU Senate is one need. HR 04.01 asks for the university’s action in the internal assessment of OSU’s campus for ADA violations, including a plan for fixing these

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Plastic bag C ban comes to town ell, the world didn’t end. With the new year, Corvallis retailers must adopt a new ban on single-use plastic and non-recyclable paper checkout bags, effective Jan. 1. Now shoppers must either bring their own reusable bags or pay for recyclable paper bags at checkout. This isn’t an issue for us, but we’ve known this was coming for at least six months. Between when the bill was passed and approved on July 2, 2012 and now, retailers and shoppers alike have had time to prepare. During the six-month period before the ban officially went into effect, retailers began implementing a 5-cent charge for using plastic and paper bags. Now it’s the new year, and retailers with more than 50 full-time employees have cleared out their single-use plastic bags and have began charging 5 cents per paper bag. Retailers with less than 50 full-time employees, according to the bill, have until July 1 before they must fully comply with the plastic bag prohibition. Some questions popped up once the strangeness settled: What about those little bags we put raw meat, nuts or vegetables in? Fortunately, they’re still here. We completely agree with the ban of checkout plastic bags, but no one wants meat juice collecting at the bottom of a backpack or reusable tote. Although this move away from plastic to reusable is economically beneficial, with new policies come new problems. A study updated in 2012 showed reusable bags can carry a common foodborne virus, according to The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Don’t panic. This happens because most people don’t wash their bags after use. A word to the wise, if you’d rather skip your chances of spending the weekend in the bathroom, wipe the inside of your bag down with a disinfectant — or toss it in the wash. Then let it dry completely. A moist, dark fold is a cozy home for microbial growth. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, nor should it encourage you to lag when adopting reusable bags. If you don’t clean your counter or cutting board after raw meat dripped on it, you can’t expect it to stay bacteria-free. Though, out of all the cities/towns in the United States, Corvallis is fairly innovative, we aren’t the first to adopt such a ban. Actually, the first place in the United States was San Francisco in 2007. It wasn’t until recently, however, that their law included charging for alternative recyclable paper bags. In 2009, Washington, D.C. unanimously approved a single-use plastic bag ban, also. Looking outside our country, China is the most notable adopter of the plastic bag ban. In 2012, after four years of compliance with the ban, China reported saving 4.8 million tons of oil. The prohibition has come for a good reason. We know how terrible plastic bags are for the environment: they’re harmful to the wildlife, they’re hard to recycle, they don’t break down in landfills and they add to our demand for oil. The ban has been a long time coming, and the trial period is over. So stock up your nickels or buy a reusable bag.

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oming back to our familiar world of school will be an interesting transition after this winter break. Not only do we have the usual rehabilitation of studying we so blissfully forgot about, but some major events happened during those four weeks. Two major shootings occurred, in Oregon and Connecticut respectively in time. Not even a week apart, and millions of Americans were left in shock and dismay over the deaths of both children and adults. I’m almost sure I won’t be the first or last person to write a column referencing these events, but I also don’t want to drone on about gun control, as most of the attention seems to address. In fact, it’s exactly that mentality I want to talk to about, instead of blaming others. As a child, I was always taught to take responsibility for my actions, and to own up to my mistakes. While often difficult, it was clearly the right thing to do. I quickly learned, while in the short run it seemed like the harder option, in the long run it always made things easier for everyone involved. When a major incident like this happens, the first reaction of the American people is to ask themselves, “Who and/or what was responsible for this occurrence?” Almost never, in my 25 years of life, have I heard that question answered, “We all are.” But you know what? We are all responsible anytime something like this happens.

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The weekly rant - @RantsWeekly Before you get defensive, please hear me out. The first thoughts going through your head are probably in the realm of, “How am I at fault for this? I’m not a killer, and I don’t even know these people.” It all begins with the idea of a society. As individuals, we make up a society— in our case a society of Americans. Naturally, we’re identified as a part of this group. But when it comes to a negative issue of society, we immediately separate ourselves and place the blame outward. This doesn’t work. We can’t selectively be a part of a group; we’re either part of it or we’re not. Even worse than blaming others for these issues is blaming inanimate objects. Blaming the guns for a school shooting is like blaming the iron for burning you when you touch it. It’s the most illogical conclusion you can come to. As people, we make choices. And whether we like it or not, our choices are affected by our environment. If someone feels like his or her only option is to kill people, no matter how irregular their brain chemistry is, there is something wrong with their environment. It’s easy to conclude we should just blame the parents. This isn’t

right, as parents don’t have com- ing your society. plete control over a child’s enviThere is something to be said ronment. Even if they did, their about the perils of always placing parenting is still affected by what the blame on one’s self. Grieving they’ve learned from their own parents often want to blame themenvironment while growing up. selves for their child’s death, and The Blue Review recently pub- are encouraged not to in order to lished a narrative blog from Liza move forward. The idea here isn’t Long, a mother of a child with to remove the blame completely, mental illness. In it, she sympa- but instead to relieve the weight thizes with every parent of a child of exclusive fault that makes the with mental illness, titling her nar- parent(s) feel as though they’ve rative, “I am Adam been wronged. Lanza’s Mother.” We need to stop Even worse than She writes, “No playing the vicone wants to send tim. We need to blaming other for a 1 3 - y e a r- o l d take responsibilthese issues is genius who loves ity for our actions Harry Potter and and our society. blaming inanimate his snuggle anisomething isn’t objects. Blaming the If mal collection to right, we all need jail. But our socito come together guns for a school ety, with its stigma to figure out how shooting is like on mental illness to change it. You blaming the iron for can even apply and its broken healthcare systhis to your day-toburning you when tem, does not proday school life. If you touch it. It’s vide us with other you’re struggling in options.” a class, don’t blame the most illogical the teacher, but Now all we’re conlusion you don’t completely left to do is blame blame yourself can come to. society. But notice either. Instead, she used the words take responsibil“our” and “us” As I ity for your grade, pointed out both earlier in this column, and in a and address your struggle with the previous column I wrote entitled, teacher. As humans, we must work “Society not to blame for our prob- together to solve problems. t lems,” as a part of society, you are just as much to blame as everyone Alexander Vervloet is a senior in communications. else. Not only as a part, but as an The opinions expressed in his columns do not necessarrepresent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Vervloet individual, you are the most pow- ily can be reached at forum@dailybarometer.com or on erful tool in affecting and improv- Twitter @Rantsweekly.

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To those criticizing At Random comics:

Seriously?! Where were you “dehumanizers” at when there were two articles last term about legalizing prostitution? I hope you all write Matt Groening, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, also. Or is it okay to dehumanize alcoholics and people of faith? What forum for humor doesn’t draw attention to stereotypes? Aren’t any of you concerned that there wasn’t ethnic diversity in the strip? And as for the graphics department, they should be glad at least one of their artists is bound to be syndicated. At Random is the best strip the Barometer has seen since I came here in 2009. I wish more people complained about the columns and editorials, but I suspect most students just flip to the comic — because it is funny. C. Ammon Cheney Senior, Psychology

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Senior forward E.J. Singler slices through the Oregon State defense. The Ducks outscored the Beavers in the paint, 46-26, in Sunday’s victory for Oregon. Singler scored 15 points and had nine rebounds.

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The Oregon State men’s basketball team has been in this position before. After losing to the University of Oregon, 79-66, in the 338th meeting between the two teams on Sunday night at Gill Coliseum, the Beavers lost their conference-opener for the second year in a row. Regardless of the similar slow starts to Pac-12 play, head coach Craig Robinson believes there is a big difference between this year’s squad and last year’s. “This team is better than last year’s team,” Robinson said. “This is the

best team I’ve had us start a Pac-12 season with in five years.” The Beavers certainly played like an experienced squad at times during Sunday’s home loss, but at other times they looked overmatched and had trouble stopping the Ducks’ inside game. Oregon grabbed 11 more boards than the Beavers, and outscored them 46-26 in the paint. Robinson had a simple answer for stopping that kind of prolific scoring in the paint. “Play better defense,” Robinson said. “I actually thought in the first half our defense was pretty good, but in that second half I just thought we got so caught up in the fact that we couldn’t score, we let our defense lapse.” The Beavers went in with all the

momentum at halftime, leading 34-28 and scoring the final 5 points of the half. It was a tale of two halves, though. Despite the Beavers decent start, the Ducks came out and changed the game in the second half. “They just outplayed us,” said junior guard Roberto Nelson. “I think we got a little ahead of ourselves coming in with the lead, and didn’t execute as well as they did. They came out with a purpose and played extremely hard.” Oregon started the second half on a 15-2 run to go up by seven points, but the Beavers tied it back up with 12:32 to go via three straight buckets from junior forward Devon Collier. Everything went downhill after that. Following a jumper from junior guard Ahmad Starks with 11:44 left in

the game, the Beavers proceeded to go over five minutes without making a field goal — at one point missing back-to-back-to-back 3-point shots. During that same time period, the Ducks scored nine points, went up by eight and never looked back. “This has to be a two-half game and we have noticeably not played a good two-half game in a while, so that’s something I need to have us work on,” Robinson said. The Beavers only had five players score: Nelson, Collier, Starks, sophomore forward Eric Moreland and senior forward Joe Burton. The other four players who got in the game failed to register a single point. On the other end, the Ducks had nine players who scored at least two points. Still, Robinson says he isn’t worried about depth.

“We have five guys averaging double figures,” Robinson said. “We have enough guys who can score. What we need to do is, for those guys who can score, to be able to score.” Obviously no team wants to start conference play with a loss, especially in a rivalry game at home, but Robinson remained optimistic. “The upshot to this is that we have 17 more games [within the conference], so I’m trying to keep these guys really positive and just move forward,” Robinson said. “I don’t think anybody is going to go 18-0 this season.” The Beavers play again Thursday at 8:30 PM in Gill Coliseum against Arizona State. Alex Crawford, sports reporter On Twitter @dr_crawf sports@dailybarometer.com

Oregon State’s upset bid over UCLA dashed in second half OSU women’s basketball team lost to UCLA 68-64, Bruins’ 14-point run too much to overcome on Sunday

the only other Beaver to reach double-figures in scoring, and she had 11. “I thought today was a strong performance overall,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “UCLA is obviously an extremely talented, well-coached team, and I thought we By Mitch Mahoney gave it a big-time effort. We competed like crazy The Daily Barometer The Oregon State women’s basketball team today.” Oregon State has not beaten a ranked oppofell short of pulling off an upset over No. 16 nent since 2004, but the first half of the game UCLA at Gill Coliseum on Sunday. The Beavers (6-8, 0-2) were in control for most looked promising for the underdog Beavers. Two early 3-pointers from Martin gave OSU an of the game, until they gave up 14 straight points to UCLA (11-2, 2-0) in the second half. The early lead, but UCLA’s Alyssia Brewer responded Bruins would go on to win the game 68-64. It is with three consecutive layups to give the Bruins a 13-10 advantage. the Beavers’ fifth loss in a row. Oregon State then began piling on points, and Sophomore guard Ali Gibson scored a team-high 15 points along with six rebounds. went on a 24-9 run over the next eight minutes. Freshman guard Jamie Weisner had a produc- The run led to the Beavers’ largest lead of the tive day, finishing with 13 points, eight rebounds game, with the score at 34-22. and five assists. Junior guard Alyssa Martin was The Bruins did not go away, though, as they n

narrowed the score to 34-29 by halftime. “We executed beautifully in the first half,” Rueck said. “And it was some of the best basketball we have played to this point. [But] credit UCLA for cranking up the pressure. [They had a] 14-point run at a key moment and that was really the ball game.” At the start of the second half, the Beavers struggled to get shots off against an aggressive Bruins defense, and they were battling the shot clock on several occasions. One such instance occurred with the score at 41-40. While the fans in attendance were counting down the final three seconds of the shot clock, Gibson dribbled right, drove into the lane and hoisted an off-balance jumper just before the time expired. The basket counted, and it sent the crowd of 1,161 into a frenzy. The following inbound pass by the Bruins was stolen, and Weisner was fouled on the play. She

made her two free throws and OSU was up by five. Their lead would eventually reach six before UCLA went on their 14-0 run. It took a jump shot from Samantha Siegner to end the Beaver’s scoring drought, which lasted nearly five minutes, but it was not enough. The game remained close until the end, but OSU could not cut the lead to any fewer than three points, before losing by four. “Winning is a skill,” said Rueck. “And we’re continuing to develop that skill. It’s never a lack of heart with this team. It’s never a lack of effort. It’s a lack of experience sometimes.” The Beavers turned the ball over 24 times, and eight of those came during their scoring drought. They will look to cut down on errors before their next game, which is Jan. 11 at Arizona. Mitch Mahoney, sports reporter On Twitter @MitchIsHere sports@dailybarometer.com


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ike Riley is, without question, the best head coach the Oregon State football program has ever had. His 81 career wins and five bowl victories are both Oregon State records. He turned a program that was the lowest of the low into a respectable and consistent contender in the Pac-10/12. Riley is probably the best thing that ever happened to Oregon State football. Ironically, the blame for a disappointing 3-4 finish to what was almost a magical season falls squarely on Riley’s shoulders. His back-and-forth decisions at quarterback transformed a potentially historical year into a season that leaves Beaver fans wondering: “What if?” It started four games in to the season. Up until that point it wasn’t even a question that sophomore Sean Mannion was the long-term starting quarterback for this Oregon State team. He played in all 12 games in 2011 (starting 10 of those 12) and

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He’s bigger, has a stronger arm and is a year younger than Vaz. There’s no doubt in my mind that Mannion was the better long-term starting quarterback for the Beavers at that point in the season. But when Mannion played poorly through three quarters in Seattle, Riley decided to pull the trigger and reinsert Vaz into the lineup. The move made sense at the time. Mannion clearly was not himself and may not have been healthy, and Vaz had proven he could put up points. Not to mention, an undefeated season was on the line. Riley did what he felt was best for the team at that time — a decision that was justified. In retrospect, it might have been the worst thing Riley could have done for the future of this football team. All of a sudden there was a legitimate quarterback controversy swirling around the team. When Riley decided to go with Vaz, he sent a message that he didn’t trust Mannion, whether he meant to or not.

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Freshman defensive back Adrian Colbert and the Texas Longhorns celebrate after their Alamo Bowl victory over Oregon State. OSU’s loss marked the fourth loss in the final seven games for the Beavers. Mannion had played, by far, his when the game matters most. worst game of the season against Matt Barkley would not have Washington but he still had a chance been benched in that situation. to do what good quarterbacks do See KILSTROM | page 7 — make the necessary plays to win

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STRAUSBAUGH n Continued from page 5 had proven their worth, Oregon State was a 3-4 team. If this young group really is as capable as I think they can be, there has to be one guy and only one guy. As junior quarterback Cody Vaz fell to the ground for the ninth and tenth sack in the Beavers’ final possession, it was obvious to many that sophomore Sean Mannion should have been under center. Hold your horses. The same people who were saying that were also clamoring for Vaz’ insertion after Mannion’s fourth interception against Oregon. Those same people were also calling for Mannion in the Stanford loss, as well as wanting to see Vaz attempt a comeback at Washington. Whether it’s Vaz or Mannion, it has never been more apparent the future of this team, which

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KILSTROM n Continued from page 5 Geno Smith would not have been benched. So why pull Mannion when he has a shot to solidify himself as an elite quarterback, and OSU as legitimate BCS contenders? It’s easy for me to rip the decision now, but the decision was rash and damaged Mannion in a way that is dire for any quarterback. It ruined his confidence. Confidence is what matters most for arguably the most important and challenging position of any sport. Mannion’s seemed all but shot. After Riley named Vaz starter the following week against Arizona State, it looked like he had made his choice for the rest of the year. But in another bizarre twist, Vaz went down with an ankle injury at the end of the loss to Stanford. Mannion was asked to fill in as if nothing had happened. As if he had never been benched at all. Mannion threw four touchdowns in the next game against Cal, a 62-14 romp by OSU. But it was clear the Golden Bears had given up on the season. Mannion ended up starting the final three games.

While Riley maintained all along that he had two capable starting quarterbacks, it began to look like he wasn’t sure if he even had one. It almost seemed as if he did not trust either of them. When Riley finally announced that Vaz would start in the Alamo Bowl, it marked the fifth time he had changed between the two quarterbacks in seven games. It doesn’t matter how mentally tough a player is. Repeatedly getting benched and then reintroduced into the starting lineup week to week is a roller coaster of emotions that will inevitably affect anyone. Funny enough, the season ended with Vaz reinjuring his ankle in the first half of the bowl game, and he didn’t look the same for the rest of the game. The one time Riley actually should have made a quarterback change, he chose not to. Mike Riley is still the greatest coach Oregon State has ever known, but Riley and the team will always have to live with the decisions that were made. And a dream season that was lost as a consequence. Andrew Kilstrom, sports reporter On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom sports@dailybarometer.com

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On Dec. 17, a heating pipe on the fourth floor of the Linus Pauling Science Center broke apart. Water poured from the pipe, lining the west wing of the fourth floor and causing wall, floor and property damage. After carrying out loads of property, both salvageable and damaged, paneling and flooring have recently been stripped from the building. The water from the fourth floor cascaded all the way to the ground floor, with just drips of water falling through by the time water broke through the first floor ceiling. Most of the visible damage can be found on the west side of the fourth floor, with a completely stripped wood floor in what was a dining room area. People in the building noticed a pre-existing problem with water dripping slowly from the pipe, but repairs had yet to take place. About 30 staff members have been displaced due to office damages, including 10 offices on the fourth floor and eight on the third floor. OSU under an emergency declaration aims to work quickly to restore and repair the building, thus begging questions involving timelines. “If we are lucky, we will have news by the first of February,” said Patrick Hughes, OSU chief risk officer. “Once we decide on a contractor and are ready for construction, we’re looking at a four to six week timeline for restoration and repair.” How much will the rebuilding cost OSU? According to Hughes, a rough projection at this point puts restoration costs at about $100,000 and repair costs at around $350,000450,000. OSU has a $500,000 insurance deductible and it remains to be seen whether costs will fall above or below the deductible. According to Hughes, the situation isn’t the best, but isn’t the worst either. “If the pipe burst on the first floor, we would probably be looking at a $10,000 cleanup,” Hughes said. “If the leak caused damage to the research facilities, we would be looking at a much larger expense.” Hughes has spent much time over the past few weeks in the building, meeting with Jim Patton, Fire Prevention Officer for the Corvallis Fire Department, and with OSU facilities, risk management and construction teams. He has also worked with the displaced faculty, who he regards as very cooperative and understanding with the repairs. “This is a high end, brand new building with lots of kids and faculty,” Hughes said. “A lot of the affected staff have been really good, know what happened and have been very professional.” Jack Lammers, news editor On Twitter @jacklammers news@dailybarometer.com

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