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Meetings cost more than $7,600; majority of costs come from catering, space rentals By Sean Bassinger THE DAILY BAROMETER
Last week’s first Board of Trustees meetings cost more than $7,600 to fund, according to budget breakdowns from Oregon State University. The majority of expenses stem from catering costs and space rentals for events. The overall cost for catering throughout the three days was nearly $4,000. Nearly 72 percent of the total amount used for catering services funded the Thursday breakfast, lunch and post-meeting reception. This reception presented students, staff and faculty an opportunity to communicate with the 14 board members in a more relaxed environment. Thursday’s concluding reception took place at the Native American Longhouse. “It was a great idea, and I think it was very productive,” Baldwin said. According to Steve Clark, vice president of university relations and marketing, the receptions and preliminary dinner won’t likely occur in the future. Clark said the possible exclusion for
such receptions would significantly cut future meeting costs. “Going forward, we think those expenses will be less,” Clark said. At the Wednesday preliminary dinner, Valley Catering provided the meal at nearly $26 per person, which totaled to more than $360. OSU Catering serviced the remaining venues and meetings. Total cost to OSU Catering was a little more than $3,600. Unlike the Willamette Room at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, which was used twice and cost more than $1,000 to rent each day, there were no rental fees for the Longhouse space. Though the ending reception was primarily scheduled for the first week, Baldwin said he could “see the value” in holding additional receptions in the future. “It provides a much more relaxed forum where people might be less inhibited to approach board members and ask questions,” Baldwin said. Baldwin said the combination of a more formal atmosphere and time constraints at meetings may seem more intimidating for students, staff and faculty to approach board members directly. Sean Bassinger Higher education reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Budget basics covered in Senate Acclaimed biologist to speak about Pacific salmon’s fate ASOSU senators learn upcoming role, importance of nearing budget season
being advocated,” Redman said. Should the SIFC fail to approve a particular budget, it is within the ASOSU Congress’ power to overrule the decision. Likewise, legislators may ask that a preapproved budget be By Tori Hittner amended. THE DAILY BAROMETER Senate President Pro Tempore John Budget approval is an arduous but vital necessity for all student fee-fund- Varin said that this duty is arguably one ed organizations. And despite being of the most important and influential responsibilities student funded, the the legislative body Associated Students holds. of Oregon State If there was a way “If there was a University plays a to put a sign on way to put a sign significant role in alloeverything that said this on everything that cating those funds. said this is student is student fee funded, you Although the Student & Incidental would know how important fee funded, you Fees Committee these are to your education. would know how important these are initially hears and to your education,” audits student orgaRedman said. Victoria Redman nization budgets, it is In addition to the ASOSU vice president the ASOSU legislative brief training, senabranch that gives the tors discussed several upcoming final vote of approval before the budgets are sent to President Ed Ray. legislative events, including a Salem ASOSU Vice President Victoria lobbying trip planned for Friday to Redman reminded members of support student interests. Senators also covered the upcoming this duty during the Senate meeting town hall meeting, tentatively schedTuesday night. Redman provided senators a brief uled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial refresher on their duties in light of the Union 211. The following members were absent quickly approaching budget hearings. Federal law requires all decisions from the Senate meeting: Dylan regarding student fees to be viewpoint Hinrichs, Jesse Thurman, Madison Christie. neutral. Essentially, students in charge Parker and Elena Tori Hittner of approving budgets “may not disStudent government reporter criminate based upon the message email@example.com
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Jim Lichatowich, a graduate of OSU’s department of fisheries and wildlife, presents a seminar on his work with Pacific salmon Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda. The history of the salmon crisis throughout the Pacific Northwest is long-standing, dating back to the 1800s. Extreme logging practices, flood control, cattle grazing and urban development are some of the consistent underlying causes for the endangerment of Pacific salmon. Lichatowich’s newly released book, “Salmon, People and Place: A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery,” published by OSU Press, strategically maps an outline for the recovery of Pacific salmon populations. This plan for recovery was based on Lichatowich’s experience as a researcher, scientific adviser and resource manager working with salmon for more than 40 years. “We enthusiastically accepted the gift of salmon, but failed to treat it with the respect it deserves,” he wrote in his book. “We failed to return the gift of salmon with the gift of stewardship.” Requiring agencies to do more institutional learning, holding salmon managers and administrators accountable in their practices, and undertaking hatchery reform are some of several suggestions for reforming management and the recovery of salmon. Carmel Finley, OSU historian of science, will join the panel discussion on the fate of Pacific salmon. Lichatowich is also author of the award-winning book, “Salmon without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis,” which was published in 1999. The panel discussion will conclude with in a questionand-answer format with the audience. Desserts and COURTESY OF OSU PRESS refreshments will be provided. Books will be available for Jim Lichatowich presents his book on Pacific salmon and signing and for purchase.
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No harm, no foul Men’s basketball coach Slats Gill introduced new penalty rules in the basketball game between the Oregon State Rooks and the Lower Columbia Junior College Red Devils. Under Gill’s new rules, free throws were eliminated and players could receive an infinite amount of fouls without being taken from the game. Gill said the new rules offered “a more solid approach to the problem (of game delays) than is presented by the one-and-one and bonus rules of recent years.” Fans appreciated the elimination of “the parade of officials and players after a foul” but felt the changes took away the “top dramatic moments” in the “waning moments of a close game.” — January 12, 1950 Battle of the book ban Oregon State students joined forces with 50,000 other college students across the state of Oregon to petition the new state anti-obscenity law. Under the legislation, “Playboy magazine and the Holy Bible … (had) a lot in common,” having both been charged as obscene by various citizens. The student-led group hoped to repeal certain parts of the measure that dealt with censorship. According OSU student and coalition leader Scott Brady, “People who voted for the measure … primarily wanted to outlaw massage parlors.” — January 14, 1975 Spin me a tune The Talon-Thane record lending library, housed in the east wing of the Memorial Union, added “six new longplaying records” to its shelves. Containing popular tunes from artists like Doris Day and Buddy Clark, the records could be checked out for three days and even “reserved for scheduled dances.” — January 18, 1950
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U.S. House OKs amendment to Grand Ronde Reservation Act By Dean Rhodes SMOKE SIGNALS
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Monday, Jan. 13, an amendment to the 1988 Grand Ronde Reservation Act that would streamline how the Tribe takes land into trust. Tribal Council Chairman Reyn Leno testified before the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs in support of the amendment in May 2013 and during the previous Congress in July 2012. The legislation, H.R. 841, was introduced by Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader and received bipartisan support from the entire Oregon congressional delegation. “The bureaucratic process that the Grand Ronde Tribe faces in re-acquiring their reservation lands is nightmarishly slow and costly,” Schrader said in a press release. “My bill will not only accelerate this process, saving the Tribe time and money, but also will streamline the process at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, saving taxpayer money.” “The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde wants to express its deep appreciation for the hard work of Congressman Schrader, his staff and all of the Oregon delegation for
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their support and diligence in advancing this important piece of legislation,” Leno said. “This legislation is supported by the commissioners in Polk and Yamhill counties, who, like us, are focused on making their governments more efficient and using their revenues more wisely. This legislation will enable the Tribe to more efficiently move the land it owns into reservation status, which is historically a very complex and time-consuming process. “The Tribe and its neighboring counties continue to work cooperatively as partners in this and other matters that improve the quality of life for our members and the people of the West Valley.” The amendment seeks to end the current two-step process that requires the Grand Ronde Tribe take each piece of former reservation land into trust with approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and then request the land be designated reservation land by Congress. The amendment would allow the Grand Ronde Tribe to combine the two-step process for real property that is within the boundaries of its original reservation established in 1857. In addition, the Houseapproved amendment prohibits the use of any land taken into trust to be used for any gaming activity unless it is within two miles of Spirit Mountain Casino. Leno said passage of the legislation will save the Tribe and federal government time and money by streamlining the process. “Polk County appreciates Representative Schrader’s efforts to pass legislation of importance to the Grand Ronde Tribe,” said Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler. “Polk County has been supportive of the legislation and is pleased to see it passed by the House of Representatives. Polk County continues to appreciate the Grand Ronde Tribe as an integral community partner.” A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate in February 2013 by Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. Now that the amendment has passed the House, the Senate will more than likely take it under consideration, said Tribal lobbyist William Hollier.
Calendar Wednesday, Jan. 15
Student Diversity Budgeting Board, Noon-1pm MU 206. Etihad Cultural Center Student Diversity Budgeting Board hearing. oSTEM@OSU, 6pm, Kelley 1007. Pizza interest session to discuss requirements of a STEM-focused LGBTQ+ club at OSU.
Events OSU Socratic Club, 7pm, Gilfillan Auditorium. Where can we find hope in the face of evil? Speakers Gerry Breshears and Michael Patton will discuss and answer questions. Free and open to the public. KBVR-TV Beaver News, 7pm, Snell Hall Studio B. Beaver News Anchor Auditions. Have you ever wanted to be on the news? Well here is your chance! OSU Craft Center and Childcare & Family Resources, 11am-1pm, OSU Craft Center, Snell Hall, So. Classroom. Watercolor Wellness Wednesdays. Come explore art as an avenue of stress relief and management. Supplies provided.
Thursday, Jan. 16 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. Prayer and Healing - A discussion. Student Diversity Budgeting Board, 9-10am, MU 213. Diversity Development Student Diversity Budgeting Board hearing. Student Diversity Budgeting Board, 10-11am, MU 213. Native American Longhouse Student Diversity Budgeting Board hearing. Student Diversity Budgeting Board, 11am-Noon, MU 213. Women’s Center Student Diversity Budgeting Board hearing. Student Diversity Budgeting Board, 1-2pm, MU 213. Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center Student Diversity Budgeting Board hearing. Human Services Resource Center, 9-10am, Snell 149. Budget Open Forum to answer questions about the 2014-15 proposed budget. Board members and staff will be in attendance. Open to the public. Educational Activities Committee, Noon, MU 207. Committee meeting.
Events International Students of OSU, 5pm, International Resource Center in the MU. The Danger of a Single Perspective - Developing Your Global Lens. Interact with international and globally-minded, local students in a roundtable discussion about individual global norms, traditions and differences happening and concerning OSU students. CRC’s and UHDS Community Relations Facilitators Program, 7-9pm, MU Lounge. Speaking Justice event welcomes spoken word artist TOO BLACK from Indiana to share some of his poetry, and we will have OSU students & faculty perform, as well. Part of MLK, Jr. Celebration.
Friday, Jan. 17 Meetings Student Parent Advisory Board, Noon, Snell 120. Budget Open Hearing. Student Sustainability Initiative, 10-11:45am, MU 207. Budget Open Hearing.
Saturday, Jan. 18 Events Center for Civic Engagement, all day, varying locations. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Pre-registration required. ASOSU, 10:30-11:30am, MU Board Room. Want your concerns about higher education to be heard? Come talk with Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown. Snacks and refreshments provided.
Tuesday, Jan. 21 Meetings Recreational Sports, Noon-1:30pm, MU 212. 2014-15 Recreational Sports Budget Open Hearing. Student Health Services, Noon-1pm, MU 110. Budget Open Forum.
Wednesday, Jan. 22 Meetings Recreational Sports, 9-10am, Dixon Recreation Center Conference Room. Board to vote on 2014-15 Recreational Sports budget. Campus Recylcing, 5:30-6:30pm, Student Sustainability Center. Waste Watchers Weekly Meetings - Come learn about volunteer opportunities and help plan waste reduction events and outreach around campus.
Events International Students of OSU, 4pm, International Resource Center in the MU. Cultural Heritage. An informative, educational event led by a panel of students and teachers who will answer questions having a cultural background and cultural knowledge. Counseling & Psychological Services, 12:30-1:30pm, Snell 301 conference room. CAPS Budget Open Hearing. To answer questions about the proposed 2014/15 budget.
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injured people over rough terrain. Without the wheel, such transport ideally takes about a dozen people â€” six carrying the stretcher and six others spotting, clearing the path and resting. The wheel will simplify things, requiring fewer people. Thatâ€™s important with little manpower to spare. â€œWe are all volunteers,â€? English said. â€œWe have a limited number of resources.â€? On Friday evening, cameras flashed as Richter posed with the equipment and some of the searchers. She smiled. This was
something positive, a bright moment. The months since her husbandâ€™s death have been trying. The morning after Mattâ€™s body was recovered, Richter said she went alone to the reservoir and found a spot on the bank close to where the boat was found. She watched deer, geese and a lone fisherman in a rowboat. She had a good cry. She pondered Matt, who had fished the reservoir since he was a young boy, and she meditated on her husbandâ€™s last view of the world. â€œThis is what he was seeing,â€?
PENDLETON â€” Tammy Richter remembers feeling dazed and disbelieving as she stood at the McKay Reservoir gazing at her husband Mattâ€™s empty fishing boat. Earlier that Aug. 11 morning, fishermen had noticed the craft circling with no one aboard. They discovered Mattâ€™s hat and a shoe, but the 54-year-old Pendleton fisherman had vanished. In a haze of grief, Tammy remained on a boat ramp with family and friends as search and rescue members combed brush around the shore, just in case Matt had made it to land. A boat trolled the reservoir using a sonar location device. They apologized when forced by darkness to stop for the night. The next day, searchers from five counties continued looking. A team from Klamath Falls drove all night towing a boat with special 3-D sonar equipment. The next morning searchers would locate his submerged body. At the time, anguish shut out most everything, but later Richter would clearly remember the way search and rescue personnel expressed compassion, kept her informed and even E.J. Harris | EAST OREGONIAN cried with her. Gratitude compelled Richter and her family Tammy Richter lost her husband, Matt, in a boating accident while he was fishing on the to donate to search and rescue McKay Reservoir last August.
Shooter sentenced in pot case By Greg Bolt
EUGENE â€” A Springfield resident who shot and wounded a man who allegedly was trying to steal marijuana by reaching over a fence was sentenced Monday to almost seven years in prison. Josiah Timothy Shirley, 31, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted seconddegree assault and unlawful use of a weapon during an appearance in Lane County Circuit Court. A judge sentenced him to 80 months in state prison, which is six years and eight months. Springfield police arrested Shirley the morning of Sept. 25 after a reported shooting in the 1300 block of E Street. The victim of the shooting, a 39-year-old Springfield man, was wounded in the upper leg and taken to a hospital. Deputy District Attorney Erik Hasselman said the victimâ€™s femur was shattered into 30 pieces by a .40-caliber bullet, requiring extensive surgery and a metal replacement for part of the bone. The man, who chose not to appear at the sentencing, has not fully recovered from the injury. Lane County Circuit Judge Cynthia Carlson told Shirley he could easily be facing a much more serious charge. â€œI think youâ€™re very lucky not to be here on some sort of homicide,â€? she said. In addition to the prison sentence, Shirley was ordered to pay restitution of $39,600 to cover the victimâ€™s medical expenses. Hasselman said Shirley had registered
to grow marijuana for other people who are allowed to use the drug under the stateâ€™s medical marijuana laws. He had been sleeping in his backyard to protect the plants, which were growing in an outdoor garden partially enclosed by plastic. The yard is in a dense neighborhood and the pot produced a strong odor, â€œso everyone knew this marijuana grow existed in the backyard,â€? Hasselman said. He said the victim and his girlfriend smelled the pot and decided to try to take some of it. The two came back early in the morning with a homemade device that was meant to reach over the fence and clip off the tops of the marijuana plants, which the prosecutor said they intended to use to start their own pot grow. The two were standing in the yard of a vacant house next to Shirleyâ€™s to reach the plants. Shirley woke to the sound of the plants being clipped. Although he could only see a silhouette, he aimed at them and fired, hitting the male victim, Hasselman said. Hasselman said the shooting was unjustified, even if Shirley did have a legitimate pot grow. â€œYouâ€™re just not allowed to shoot people who steal your crop,â€? he said. Shirley made no statement, but defense attorney Jim Jagger said Shirley had a knee-jerk reaction and was concerned because of a burglary at a house next door and an earlier intruder in his yard. But he said Shirley knows the shooting was wrong.
Bend officer resigns after allegations of sexual impropriety
BEND â€” A police lieutenant in Bend has resigned following an investigation into allegations of sexual impropriety on-the-job. Chris Carney had been on administrative leave from the Bend Police Department since late October. City documents show Carney admitted to police investigators he engaged in numerous sexual encounters while on the job. Many of those encounters took place in secluded areas in the police station. At least one episode transpired on the side of a public road. Investigators found Carney to be untruthful during interviews. The report alleges he also ignored a direct order to not discuss the investigation with others. The names of the four women with whom Carney is alleged to have been involved were redacted from the documents that were made public. City Attorney Gary Firestone says at least one individual is a city employee. Non-redacted sections of the report indicate that one of those women worked as a member of the media. As an administrative lieutenant, Carney also served as a Bend Police spokesman. Police Chief Jeff Sale says Carneyâ€™s behavior is not representative of the department as a whole. He says Bend PD will continue to hold its employees to the highest ethical standards.
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to marry. Matt was born prematurely and weighed just three pounds, but grew into a quiet outdoorsman who loved blackand-white television shows and disdained computers, a man who came home to see her at lunch in a houseful of daycare kids who called him grandpa. Since his death, Mattâ€™s hunting and fishing buddies have finished some of the jobs he had planned, building a privacy fence and pouring concrete at his home. Co-workers at PGG, where Matt was a welder/fabricator, plan to install underground sprinklers. Tammyâ€™s fellow parishioners at Peace Lutheran held a benefit. The local search and rescue squad didnâ€™t forget Richter either, arriving en masse at Mattâ€™s funeral and sitting in the second row, which the family had saved for them. Richter says she wonâ€™t soon forget their expertise and grace. â€œI am so thankful for the way they treated me,â€? she said. â€œThey handled everything with respect and with dignity.â€?
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she thought. â€œHe was at his favorite place, fishing early in the morning. It was a beautiful way to go.â€? She questioned the timing, though. The day before his drowning, they had spent the day together painting a bedroom, having lunch at the Hamley CafĂŠ and talking about the future. Their three children, a son and two daughters, were now grown â€” it was time to take some trips and spoil themselves a bit. Heâ€™d left her that evening for his weekly night with buddies at the Prodigal Son. Matt had asked her to get up early with him and continue painting, but she chose instead to help at a breakfast for the homeless at the First United Methodist Church. He decided to go fishing instead. Sheâ€™s haunted by that, but said sheâ€™s never felt angry at God. The two grew up together and their families were close. When they finally had a first date after Mattâ€™s stint in the Navy, it took just three weeks before they decided
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U N I TING O u r Power f u l Voices Wednesday, Jan. 15
Prominent LGBTQ Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement 4:00 PM–5:30 PM, MU 208
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PENDLETON — A woman is taking the city of Pendleton to court for more than $500,000 after falling in a public parking lot. At 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2011, Lezlie Perkins alleges she was walking through a city lot on the corner of Southeast Byers Avenue and First Street when she tripped three consecutive times on piles of asphalt and potholes.
According to court documents, Perkins claimed she was “carefully and prudently” walking when she tripped with her left leg over a pile of hardened asphalt. While she was trying to catch her balance, she allegedly stepped into a pothole hidden by leaves and sprained her right ankle, then stepped onto another pile of asphalt and caught her foot. Perkins then claimed she fell directly on both knees, sprained her right wrist and went unconscious.
The Pendleton woman now wants the city to pay up to $425,000 for her suffering and $129,500 in medical bills and lost wages. Perkins’ attorney Wade Bettis said his client is in “constant pain” but wouldn’t speak further about the case. In a response to the’ complaint, the city of Pendleton denied that the parking lot was hazardous and alleged that Perkins was negligent, not the city. Eugene attorney Louis Kurtz, who is representing the
city in the case, did not return calls in time for deadline. Public works director Bob Patterson said parking lot maintenance can fall under either urban renewal or street budgets. On a wider scale, the city has acknowledged that it is behind on its road maintenance. With a $900,000 budget for upkeeping all street and lots, the public works department says it’s been forced to defer maintenance. The two sides will meet Friday in Umatilla County Court for a pre-trial hearing.
Former caregiver, 19, held in theft of artwork from client, 91 By Paris Achen THE COLUMBIAN columbian.com
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Portland couple are accused of stealing Native American artwork worth more than $300,000 from the home of a Vancouver woman where they worked as in-home care providers. Toakase F. Tovo, 19, and her boyfriend, John L. Kalamafoni, 22, allegedly stole more than 130 pieces of artwork in 2011 and 2012 from 91-year-old Margaret Sotta, who has dementia. They sold the items to collectors and antiques dealers around greater Portland, according to a court affidavit. Tovo appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree theft, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and two counts of second-degree possession of stolen property. Kalamafoni is still at large, said Vancouver polices spokeswoman Kim Kapp. An arrest warrant was issued for his arrest in August 2013, court records show. “It’s very painful,” said Sotta’s daughter, Teresa Sotta, on Tuesday. “(My mom) has had dementia for several years, so she is basically at the mercy of her caregivers.” Judge Robert Lewis held Tovo on $10,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Steven Rucker to defend her against the charges. She is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Jan. 22. Teresa Sotta said her father, Robert Sotta, was an avid collector of Native American artwork, including pottery, blankets, baskets and statues. He died in 2011 and left his art collection to his wife. Before his death, he hired private in-home
care provider Lavinia’s Home Care and Placement Agency to care for him and his wife for 24 hours a day. Owner Lavinia Tovo and members of her family, including her daughter, Toakase Tovo, provided the care, according to the court affidavit. In October 2012, Margaret Sotta had to be taken to a hos pital for undisclosed medical problems. Her children decided that she needed a higher-skilled in-home care provider and terminated services with Lavinia’s Home Care, the affidavit says. After the termination, Teresa Sotta noticed that many pieces of the Native American artwork were missing from her mother’s house in Vancouver’s Village of Fishers Landing. The Sotta children conducted an inventory and found that at least 108 pieces of artwork were missing from the home. The artwork is valued at about $320,000. “Dad often shared information about his collection with anyone who would listen,” said Robert Sotta’s son, Thomas Sotta. “He was very proud of his collection and would explain why certain pieces were more valuable than others. These culprits used that information and took advantage of Mom’s dementia to pilfer the most valuable pieces over a few months’ time.” Teresa Sotta reported the theft toVancouver police on Oct. 15, 2012. The Sotta children, who suspected someone from Lavinia Tovo’s family was to blame, also hired private investigators to try to find out who stole the artwork. Investigators found some of the stolen items on an art gallery website, according to the court affidavit. They found a Portland
antiques dealer and two Native American art collectors who said they purchased pieces of artwork from people matching the descriptions of Toakase Tovo and her boyfriend, Kalamafoni. Vancouver police Detective Jane Easter said in the affidavit that she also recovered a stolen statue, which Kalamafoni had sold to downtown Vancouver’s Accent on Antiques and Collectibles, 1911 Main St. A private investigator and a Portland Police Bureau detective visited the couple’s home in Portland in February 2013 and questioned them about the accusations, according to the affidavit. During the interview, the couple admitted that they had been stealing artwork from Margaret Sotta’s home since October 2011, the affidavit says. Lavinia Tovo told The Columbian Tuesday that she didn’t know about the thefts. She said her business is not in operation at this time because of a lack of clients. The Lavinia’s Home Care website states that the business has been in operation since 1996 and serves Clark County and Oregon’s Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. Toakase Tovo, Kalamafoni and Lavinia Tovo also do not have home care aide certifications, as required by Washington law, according to the Department of Health. Lavinia’s Home Care is a registered trade name for the company Armani Concrete & Masonry which has an address in Camas. Its business license in Oregon, under a Portland post office box address, has expired and was not renewed.
Seaside City Council gets tough on illegal marijuana dispensaries By Nancy McCarthy THE DAILY ASTORIAN
SEASIDE — The Seaside City Council shut down Puffin Tuff and severely reprimanded the owner of Highway 420 Monday night when Police Chief Bob Gross recommended that the city pull their business licenses for operating illegal medical marijuana dispensaries. Such dispensaries violate federal law and are illegal under Oregon law, at least until March 3, when state legislation will allow the licensure of medical marijuana dispensaries. Gross told the City Council that, within the past 60 days, the police department used a “confidential reliable informant” to buy medical marijuana at Puffin Tuff’s storefront at 1525 S. Roosevelt Drive. The business, which had a city license as a “patient resource center” since 2011, had been under investigation by the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Task Force after learning that marijuana had been sold there for two years. Overseen by Seaside Police Sgt. Steven Barnett, the undercover purchase was successful. The department’s informant was not asked for identification nor for a medical marijuana card when the purchase was made at Puffin Tuff, Gross said. Gross noted that when the business first applied for a license in 2011, it had originally proposed to grow and dispense medical marijuana. However, the city denied the license because the business would
have violated state and federal laws. The owner returned shortly afterward with a new business plan that said the business would dispense only advice and not marijuana, and the city issued a license. Puffin Tuff’s owner, Jonathan Preuss, told the City Council that identification and medical marijuana cards are always requested at the store before someone purchases marijuana. The police informant may have walked in while a clerk was in another part of the building and not at the counter, he said. “The informant could have walked into the store, grabbed a bottle and left,” Preuss said. Request for delay Preuss was accompanied by Mike Mullins, of Stoney Girl Gardens, which calls itself on its website “Oregon’s largest and oldest association of dispensaries.” Mullins asked the City Council to delay action on Puffin Tuff’s business license and begin discussion about how Seaside will comply with new state regulations on medical dispensaries that go into effect in March. At that time, the dispensaries may become legal under House Bill 3460, adopted by the Legislature last year. But Mayor Don Larson pointed to the business’s past practices. “The point is, you apparently broke the law in 2011, 2012 and 2013,” Larson told Preuss. City Councilor Tita Montero agreed. “It seems to me you fully intended to go outside the purview of the law,” she said.
“Why should we believe that, if you’ve been doing that for three years, you’re going to follow the restrictions of the business license now?” City Councilor Jay Barber suggested that Preuss return for a business license after he received a state license to operate a dispensary. Barber first made a motion that the City Council deny the renewal of Puffin Tuff’s business license with the caveat that Preuss could reapply after obtaining a state license. However, when no one seconded the motion, Barber moved to deny the license outright. The motion was approved unanimously by Larson, Barber, Montero and councilors Randy Frank and Don Johnson. Councilor Dana Phillips was absent. Another buy Another police undercover purchase was made at Highway 420, a storefront selling novelties, including smoking supplies, gifts and kites at 1803 S. Roosevelt Drive. Business owner Steve Geiger recently subleased the back of the building to Seaside Green Cross, a medical marijuana collective. However, Geiger said the day he learned from Seaside City Hall that his business license might not be renewed, he canceled the sublease. Although Gross said the police department’s informant was allowed in the back of the store to purchase marijuana without being required to show identification or a medical marijuana card, Geiger vehemently denied that happened, saying
that everyone is required to show a card. “It’s not true,” he said. “It’s simply not true. I’m a businessman, and I don’t deserve what’s going on here, and it’s not right.” But Montero said the issue remained: “This is about having a business license that says you can do one thing and you’re doing something else.” Geiger admitted he operated the collective by having medical marijuana in the back of his shop to supply those who were members of the collective, including himself. “I did make some decisions that, in retrospect, I wish I hadn’t made,” he said. Code name Barber pointed out that the store’s name, Highway 420, which is code for cannabis, hinted that cannabis-related products were available there. But Geiger said that, while he sold tobacco-related products, his store wasn’t an outlet for marijuana paraphernalia. City Manager Mark Winstanley pointed out that Geiger failed to tell the city clerk who was working on his business license renewal about the dispensary in the back of his shop. “I find out that (in Seaside) you don’t tell the truth,” Geiger said. “In a town like this, it’s best if you don’t raise feathers.” Montero said she was willing to allow Geiger to renew his license because he had canceled the sublease for the dispensary. But Geiger had to promise that he would “sell only what he says he’s selling.”
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Senior Obum Gwacham will play defensive end in 2014 after playing receiver for Oregon State his entire career By Warner Strausbaugh THE DAILY BAROMETER
Obum Gwacham has been raising Oregon State football fans’ eyebrows because of his 6-foot-5, 224-pound frame since he arrived in Corvallis as a wide receiver in 2010. He has the size and speed of the prototypical wide receiver, but the position never panned out for Gwacham — who was also an accomplished high jumper for the OSU track and field team from 2010-12. After losing the fall camp battle for starting split end to sophomore Richard Mullaney, Gwacham received little playing time, outside of special It’s less thinking and teams. “It just wasn’t working,” it’s more reading and Gwacham said. “I might have reacting, which is been overthinking some plays, some things. I really what I like to do. wasn’t playing at 100 percent (health), so that wasn’t helpObum Gwacham ing either.” Senior defensive end Gwacham said defensive line coach Joe Seumalo had talked about Gwacham playing defensive line in the past, but Gwacham had always been set on receiver. After the season ended, senior defensive linemen Devon Kell, Mana Rosa and John Braun were set to graduate. When standout junior defensive end Scott Crichton declared for the NFL Draft, Seumalo gave Gwacham a call about seriously making the switch to defensive end. Seumalo told Gwacham this was a great opportunity, and after talking to his family, Gwacham decided he wanted to make the switch. “It’s less thinking and it’s more reading and reacting, which is what I like doing,” Gwacham said. He also said the battle between the wide receiver and the cornerback is similar to the battle in the trenches between the defensive
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Collier seeks opportunity to return to old self Senior forward Devon Collier has seen his playing time, production drop in conference play By Grady Garrett THE DAILY BAROMETER
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Senior forward Devon Collier dribbles at the top of the key Saturday against Cal.
Devon Collier just wants an opportunity to help his team. The senior forward made that much clear Monday, two days after playing a season-low 14 minutes in Saturday’s loss to California. “I’m not happy at all,” he said. With how he’s played? Or with his role? “Both.” One month ago, Collier was feasting on overmatched nonconference opponents, beating double teams with ease while forming the nation’s top scoring tandem with teammate Roberto Nelson. That seems like long ago. In four conference games, Collier’s averaging just 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. In 11 nonconference games — he was suspended for OSU’s season opener — he
The typically efficient scorer is shooting averaged 18 and 8.9. As a result, Collier’s playing time has 50 percent from the field in conference gradually declined in each of the Beavers’ play — but he’s averaging just 4.5 field last six games. Saturday’s contest marked goal attempts per contest, a far cry from the 10.5 he averaged in just the third time in nonconference games. Collier’s four-year career that he played 14 min“The last few games I have to get utes or fewer against a I had like 22, 20 and 14 my mind right. conference opponent. minutes, so I wasn’t able to produce as I wanted “My production is not It’s a mental thing. to,” Collier said. “That’s up to where it should one of the main reasons be,” Collier said. “I feel Devon Collier why I haven’t been up to like I haven’t gotten the Senior forward where I was when I was opportunity to put it back there. I had some bad games, but playing 28, 30 and 32 minutes.” everybody has their bad games. I just have On Tuesday, head coach Craig Robinson to get the opportunity to be able to bring credited Collier for approaching him that back up.” about what he can do better. Collier, who averaged 30.2 minutes in “Devon has had some quote-unquote nonconference games, opened confer- slumps in his tenure here,” Robinson said. ence play with an eight-point, eight- “He just needs to get back in the gym and rebound performance in 22 minutes at get comfortable when the ball is going Colorado. He played 20 minutes two days through the net.” later at Utah, then was removed from the But Collier hasn’t had many opportunistarting lineup for games against Stanford See COLLIER | page 6 and Cal.
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an opportunity to learn and grow in our competitive experience.” Oregon State lost no seniors after the 2013 season and expects to further develop the remaining players By Zach Scheibner on its roster. THE DAILY BAROMETER Alexander is looking toward The Oregon State women’s seniors Seshia Telles, Melissa golf team opens up the 2014 sea- Gibbons and Lauren Sewell to be son at Stanford’s Peg Barnard leaders for the rest of the team, as Intercollegiate Invitational in Palo well as helping younger players Alto, Calif., on Feb. 15. Head coach develop for the future. Rise Alexander is excited for her As for the younger talent on the team to start the season at what he team, Alexander is optimistic about called an ideal venue. the program’s future, especially with “After finishing up the fall season the new freshmen. with success, we are excited for the “There is no doubt that (freshteam to have the opportunity to men) Jesse Hamilton and Krissy play a schedule that will comple- Peterson will both impact this proment our abilities and commitSee GOLF | page 6 ments,” Alexander said. “It will be n
Despite Oregon head coach Paul Westhead saying the Ducks would focus on stopping Hamblin in Monday’s rematch, the sophomore from Houston, B.C., played even better. Hamblin recorded Oregon State’s THE DAILY BAROMETER first triple-double in 30 years and the Sophomore center Ruth Hamblin third in program history, finishing with is The Daily Barometer Athlete of the 23 points, 12 rebounds and a careerWeek after a dominant weekend for high 10 blocks in 33 minutes of play. The Beavers knocked the Ducks off the women’s basketball team. Hamblin led the Beavers to a 88-80 once again, 84-70, in Gill Coliseum. Her back-to-back monster perforvictory in Eugene on Saturday night with 16 rebounds, five blocks and a mances are well above her season career-high 27 points in 31 minutes averages of 8.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game. of action.
Hamblin has been on a tear as of late as her minutes have increased and her role expanded. Her numbers are well up from the 4.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game she averaged in her freshman season last year. Hamblin played on the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team last summer, which included eight games across Europe and China. Hamblin and the Beavers are back in action Friday when they travel to Los Angeles to take on USC. The Daily Barometer On Twitter @barosports firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. No. 1 Arizona (17-0, 4-0 Pac-12)
Last week: @ UCLA (W), @ USC (W) This week: vs. ASU The Wildcats, one of the nation’s four remaining undefeated teams, checked in at No. 1 in this week’s AP Top 25 for the sixth week in a row.
2. California (12-4, 3-0)
Last week: @ UO (W), @ OSU (W) This week: vs. UW, vs. WSU The Golden Bears opened conference play with three consecutive victories on the road, which is no small feat in the Pac-12. It’s even more impressive considering they’ve done it without Jabari Bird (ankle) and Ricky Kreklow (hand), two players who made a combined 14 nonconference starts.
3. No. 25 UCLA (13-3, 2-1)
Last week: vs. UA (L), vs. ASU (W) This week: @ Colorado, @ Utah UCLA, which has lost to Missouri, Duke and Arizona, still doesn’t have a marquee win on its resume. But last week’s down-to-the-wire, four-point loss to the Wildcats proved the talented Bruins are capable of hanging with anyone.
7. Stanford (10-5, 1-2)
Last week: @ OSU (L), @ UO (W) This week: vs. WSU, vs. UW Three days after losing to Oregon State, Stanford — which has been decimated by injuries — “upset” Oregon in Eugene. That’s the unpredictable nature of the Pac12 for you.
8. Utah (12-4, 1-3)
Last week: @ UW (L), @ WSU (L) This week: vs. USC, vs. UCLA The Utes’ four losses have been by a total of nine points. But their 0-3 record in road games is worrisome, and Sunday’s loss to WSU is a result no team wants on its resume.
9. ASU (13-4, 2-2)
Last week: @ USC (W), @ UCLA (L) This week: @ UA Star point guard Jahii Carson shot just 23.5 percent (4-for-17) from the field in Sunday’s blowout loss at UCLA. The Sun Devils will need consistent production from Carson if they’re to contend for an NCAA Tournament bid.
4. Oregon (13-3, 1-3)
10. OSU (9-7, 1-3) Last week: vs. Cal (L), vs. Stanford (L) Last week: vs. Stanford (W), vs. Cal (L) This week: @ OSU This week: vs. UO The Ducks won seven of nine conference The Beavers were 20 minutes away from home games last season. They’re 0-2 in conference sweeping the Bay Area schools and establishing themselves as a games at Matthew Knight legitimate threat to finish Arena this season, and in the top half of the conwill enter Sunday’s Civil ference. But after blowing War looking to avoid what would be a heada 10-point halftime lead to scratching 1-4 conference start overall. Cal on Saturday, OSU doesn’t look like a team that’s ready to take the next step. 5. Washington (11-6, 3-1) Last week: vs. Utah (W), vs. Colorado (W) This week: @ Cal, @ Stanford Who saw this coming? The Huskies, who had two bad nonconference losses (at home vs. UC Irvine, neutral site vs. Boston College), have won three of four conference games and gave Arizona a scare in Tucson, Ariz., in their only conference loss.
6. No. 21 Colorado (14-3, 3-1)
11. WSU (8-8, 1-3)
Last week: vs. Colorado (L), vs. Utah (W) This week: @ Stanford, @ Cal Perhaps everyone overreacted a tad to the Cougars’ dismal offensive showing in their conference-opener, a 60-25 loss at Arizona. By taking Colorado to overtime and beating Utah, the Cougars proved they aren’t a team you can beat by simply showing up.
12. USC (9-7, 0-3) Last week: @ WSU (W), @ UW (L) This week: vs. UCLA, vs. USC Last week: vs. ASU (L), vs. UA (L) A week ago, the Buffaloes were widely conThis week: @ Utah, @ Colorado sidered the conference’s second-best team. Former Florida Gulf But an overtime victory over Coast coach Andy Enfield WSU and a 17-point loss in has learned he’s no longer Seattle raised questions. The coaching in the Atlantic Sun biggest: Is Colorado even Conference the hard way. a tournament team withThe first-year USC coach’s out leading scorer Spencer team has been outscored Dinwiddie? The Buffaloes’ best player left 259-186 in three conference games, all losses. Sunday’s game with a knee injury and it wasGrady Garrett, sports reporter revealed Monday that he’d miss the rest of the On Twitter @gradygarrett season. firstname.lastname@example.org
ties to put the ball through the net recently. Against Cal, Collier was on the court for 23 offensive possessions and received just 13 touches. With those touches, he attacked the rim four times — scoring twice, drawing one foul and getting blocked at the rim once — and passed nine times, three resulting in assists. The only turnover he committed was a pass that sophomore center Daniel Gomis dropped underneath the basket. In the second half, when Cal turned a 10-point halftime deficit into a five-point win, Collier amassed a grand total of three offensive touches in six minutes of action.
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Alexander said. “We have the ability to have great success this year if we take care of these commitments”. The Beavers last played in the Pac-12 gram in many ways both on and off the course Preview game in Kona, Hawaii, on Nov. 5, as they move through their careers here at 2013. OSU tied with Colorado for ninth Oregon State,” Alexander said. place on the first day of the preview. No. 5 The Pac-12 has been filled with talented Washington took first place in the match teams in women’s golf in recent years, and while No. 1 UCLA took second and No. 2 USC that looks to be no different this year. The took third. conference is statistically the best in the The only unranked teams in the preseason nation. rankings that participated in the Pac-12 Out of the top 10 teams in the country, Preview were Oregon State, Washington State five come from the Pac-12. Seven of the 12 and Hawaii. schools are in the top 20. On the second day of the tournament, No. Oregon State will use the regular season to 2 Southern California took first place while gear up to host the Pac-12 Championships No. 1 UCLA and No. 5 Washington took from April 25-27 at Trysting Tree Golf Club. Alexander believes that hosting on OSU’s second and third. The Beavers placed ninth home turf will be an exciting thing for the on the second day as well, only tying with program. The Beavers’ goal is to improve Washington State. Alexander and the Beavers hope to improve with every event and build toward the end on that finish on Feb. 15 when they’re back of the year. “We have commitments to take care in action for the Peg Barnard Intercollegiate of everything we have control over — the Invitational. amount of time we put in, the quality of the Zach Scheibner, sports reporter work we do day-to-day and the mental trainOn Twitter @zack11234 ing we can do on and off the golf course,” firstname.lastname@example.org
GWACHAM n Continued from page 5 end and offensive tackle. “A lot of the same things I did at receiver transfer to D-line,” Gwacham said. “The corner is now a 300-pound O-line guy.” With that in mind, Gwacham plans to put on 25-30 pounds in the offseason to get his playing weight up to around 250 pounds. It isn’t the first time he’s had to endure a serious weight regiment. Gwacham gained 15 pounds in his first year because he was too skinny for receiver. “I don’t need to overthink (the weight gain),” Gwacham said. “I’m going to obviously have to eat a little more.” Gwacham has already begun working out with OSU’s defensive linemen and says he has learned a lot in less than a month.
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themselves back out of it.” “I have to get my mind right,” Collier admitted. “It’s a mental thing. Just not worry about myself, just worry about the team and what I can do to help the team if I don’t get that many minutes.” Even though they’ve played well for stretches with Collier in a reduced role, the Beavers realize how important it is that Collier returns to his dominant self. “If we want to be at the top part of the Pac-12, we’re going to need Devon,” said junior forward Eric Moreland. “He’s a key piece to our team and he needs to get his stuff together so we can win some games.” Josh Worden contributed to this article
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And one of those touches wasn’t by design — a loose ball that Collier collected and dished to Hallice Cooke for an open 3-pointer. “I feel like even though I’m not playing as much, I’m still doing what I can try to help our team,” Collier said. One thing Collier knows he needs to improve on is free throw shooting. Over his past seven games, the 62.1 percent career free throw shooter is just 7-for-21 from the charity stripe. Robinson said he thinks Collier “lost focus” when the Beavers were in Hawaii three weeks ago. “It’s what happens sometimes to players — they lose focus,” Robinson said. “Everybody has a time in the season where they lose focus and they can usually snap
“The guys on the dark side, with the Beavers. they are welcoming me in,” Gwacham said the camaraGwacham joked. derie between wide receivers Gwacham played a few coach Brent Brennan and the games on defense in high rest of the receivers is going school in Chino Hills, Calif. to be missed, and wishes his But his time on offense only would have defensive I’m going to try to worked out experibetter. ence is at be in the best position But he is eager for us to win games and cornerthrilled back. He and that’s what I for this new would play opportunity. want to do. there when “(Giving up the other on receiver) teams’ Obum Gwacham sucks but at receivers Senior defensive end the end of the were tall. day it’s about As of the team and not about me,” now, there are five other Gwacham said. “That’s hondefensive ends on the roster, estly the truth. I’m going to try but junior Dylan Wynn is the to be in the best position for us only one with much in-game to win games and that’s what I experience. want to do.” Spring camp begins March 31, which gives the senior Warner Strausbaugh, editor-in-chief ample time to prepare for the On Twitter @WStrausbaugh new position in his final season email@example.com
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Green machine is TARDIS full of Mythbusters
he state-of-the-art environmental chamber that just arrived at Oregon State University’s Green Building Materials Laboratory, is one of only three in the entire world. One of the others is in Germany, and the other is in Wisconsin. This “green machine” is designed to stress test new materials to see how well they’ll stand the test of time. While we were explaining it to each other in the newsroom, our conflicting, overlapping and confused definitions combined to inform us that it’s basically half time machine, half Mythbusters-in-a-box. That’s right. OSU has a time machine. We are just that cool. The green machine isn’t actually a time machine, much to our disappointment. It tests building materials to see how they’ll stand the test of time, but it doesn’t accelerate the speed of time within the chamber to do so. Apparently, that’s physics-ly impossible, despite what “Doctor Who” has taught us. Instead, the chamber simulates aging, like how forgers simulate aging on counterfeit works by baking them in an oven for a while. The same results are achieved in a much shorter timespan by using science. The reason why our new green machine is so special is because it can basically do everything at once — it’s a multitasker. Older iterations of environmental chambers could only test one stress per single building material per use. They were single use because the chamber was split by a wall made of the material being stressed, while one side of the wall is subjected to “indoor” conditions and the other subjected to “outside” conditions, and the whole thing is taken through an accelerated aging process. It’s a complicated machine, and for a long time, it was the only way to do it — one thing at a time. But now, we can see how multiple buildings — or, actually, buildings made with multiple materials — could react to a simultaneous earthquake, hurricane and flood 400 years in the future. Or if they could even last for 400 years. Beyond its novelty and nerdly value, OSU’s environmental chamber will hopefully be a huge benefit to the start-up green materials business in Oregon, providing opportunities for inventors and innovators to stress test their prototypes. The ability to provide buyers and investors with solid data regarding a prototype is something that can give an inventor a leg up on the competition. Now we just have to figure out a way to get “Mythbusters” to come and use it, and our initial hypothesis might even prove plausible.
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ear Dr. Sex, For someone who claims sex can be anything you want it to be, you cling very tightly to a dictionary. ... It would be fantastic to see an article in the newspaper on a more open view of BDSM from a sex professor at a college that claims it embraces a minority. Signed, Kinda Snarky (Dr. Sex assigned this signature to the question-writer as there was a lot more in the original communication.) Dear Kinda Snarky, First of all, BDSM is not a minority because BDSM is not human. BDSM is a minority sexual practice. While OSU does its best to embrace minority people and uphold diversity in an entire state that struggles with these issues, I am fairly confident that OSU
Ask Dr. Sex never claimed to embrace minority sexual practices. In fact, they’ve been known in the past to steer clear of anything that isn’t mainstream and acceptable to the general population — which includes parents of students, as well as alumni dating back decades. One occasion in particular comes to mind, which was reported on by The Barometer when it happened in February 2011: “Sex educator and feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino,
whose canceled appearance at Oregon State University’s Modern Sex Conference raised controversy over the university’s decision that funding (her) would be an inappropriate use of general funds, will be speaking at LaSells Stewart Center Tuesday. Taormino was invited in October to be the keynote speaker at the Modern Sex Conference, but university administration determined in January that it would be inappropriate to pay Taormino with general funds because of her work as a pornographer and content of her website, http://www.puckerup. com, and (her) appearance was subsequently canceled. “In response to calls from students to bring Taormino to campus using other funds, the Memorial Union Program Council and the
Email questions for Dr. Sex to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “Ask Dr. Sex.” Your name will not be published with the question. Associated Students of Oregon State University are sponsoring Taormino’s appearance.” So if you’re looking for a liberal university, you ought to head further south. I can definitely write a column on BDSM, but it’s important to keep in mind the number one rule of writing: know your audience. I know my audience. Not only do they include stuSee GREAVES | page 8
Entertainment genre depends on individual need for emotional realignment
y younger brother took a writing 121 course in his senior year of high school so he wouldn’t need to take it when he goes to college. He had to read “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams and make a solid attempt at defining the symbolism in the poem. The poor kid stormed into the living room one day when I was visiting and raged about the class. He argued that the poem wasn’t really a poem, because poems are supposed to entertain the reader — apparently Mr. Williams failed my brother in this. He then retreated upstairs, to the
we’re intrigued by dark and depressing films like “Prisoners” and enjoy feel-good fairy tales like “Tangled.” Why do we keep cracking open tomes Cassie of Russian literature and also picking up the latest Janet Evanovich as an impulse buy? Because they’re all interesting. safety of his Xbox. I took a short story writing class This made me question my own interpretation of certain forms of wherein the best rule of thumb was entertainment media — books, films, to create conflict. My instructor etc. My conclusion was that enter- phrased it, “No one wants to hear tainment isn’t really the point; it’s about Jack and Jane’s happy marriage behind a white picket fence. about whether it made you think. If you’re lucky, you get to be enter- But if Jane is cheating on Jack, now tained and intellectually stimulated. it’s interesting.” It could turn out that in the end There is also the question of why
Jane and Jack figure out their problems and live happily ever after, or they could break up in a way that leaves Jane financially destitute and Jack with a drinking problem. Either way, the audience is entertained and encouraged to think See RUUD | page 8
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An open letter to students, faculty and staff: Welcome back to Oregon State University, after what was hopefully a long and restful break. On behalf of the Registrar’s Office, we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to all students, faculty and staff who managed to complete their finals at the end of fall term. Your patience, understanding and adaptability were a glowing reflection of how our institution comes together in a crunch. Faculty and students were excellent about checking the website for updates, reviewing their schedules for changes and accommodating any change necessary. The facilities crew was responsive to last-minute requests while working around the clock to help keep campus safe during and after the storm. Athletics administration and their facilities team were constantly adaptable and responsive in an effort to meet our changing needs. LaSells Conference Center offered use of their facilities so that we could schedule the building for final exams. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences allowed us to use Langton Hall for final exams as well. The list of contributors who made the “snowtastrophe” manageable is a long one. Typically, it takes about four weeks to set a schedule for final exams each term. Last term, that work had to be re-done (twice, due to a major water main break in Milam) in a matter of days. While our office moved more than 1,000 exams that impacted about 19,000 students, we recognize that the real heavy lifting was done by all students and faculty impacted as a result of the snow, burst pipes and ice. The Office of the Registrar staff couldn’t be happier to work at an institution where people come together, work as a team and help each other during crises. Thank you for making Beaver Nation what it is. Rebecca Mathern
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Legislators take testimony on Columbia River Crossing By Jim Redden PORTLAND TRIBUNE
PORTLAND — A special Oregon legislative committee took testimony on how the state could lead the Columbia River Crossing project on Tuesday. Project executive director Kris Strickland it would involve Oregon taking responsibility for raising approximately $1.4 billion though tolls imposed on the replacement I-5 bridge. The state would also have to keep its $450 million commitment to rebuild the Hayden Island and Marine Drive interchanges, and to accept $850 million in funds from the Federal Transit Administration for a new light rail line on the bridge between Portland and Vancouver. Numerous agreements still need to be completed between the state
GREAVES n Continued from page 7 dents on the more conservative side, but they also include the Corvallis community. The Barometer is available in many stores and restaurants in Corvallis. Therefore all of my columns have to be PG-13 even though they run in a college paper. If that’s not racy enough for you, don’t read it. There’s plenty of racy sex writing on the Internet. So, on to BDSM. There are numerous ways of explaining that acronym. One more-inclusive explanation would be Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadism, Masochism and SadoMasochistic play. That means that the acronym actually represents five different behaviors. Generally, all of these behaviors would fall under an umbrella of role playing. Bondage is when restraints are used to immobilize (to one degree or another) a sexual partner. Discipline
and project partners, including Washington, for all that happen, Strickland said. Among other things, Washington would have to help Oregon collect tolls from Washington drivers, even though it would not fund any of the project. Some members of the Joint Interim Committee on Interstate-5 Bridge Replacement expressed concerns about whether all the agreements can be completed and if Oregon would be responsible for any cost overruns. Strickland said the Oregon Department of Transportation would take steps to mitigate such risks, includng contracting with third parties that would assume such liabilities. The hearing was held in advance of the 2014 Oregon Legislature that is expected to decide on whether to proceed with a state-led project. The 35-day session is scheduled to begin
on Feb. 3. The Columbia River Crosses originally proposed to replace the I-5 bride bridge between Portland and Vancouver and modify nearby freeway interchanges in both states. The 2013 Oregon Legislature approved $450 million in state funds for the project, but the Washington Legislature refused to authorize its share. Since then, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber directed the Oregon Department of Transportation could build a smaller version of the project that does not include freeway interchange improvements in Washington. The current version of the project is estimated at around $2.8 billion. The Federal Transit Administration has already approved $850 million for a new light rail line between Portland and Vancouver as part of the project. The Legislature would need to reau-
thorize the $450 million, and State Treasurer would have to issue state bonds to be repaid by the tolls.
includes varying degrees of punishing a sexual partner. Domination is imposing one’s will/demands on a sexual partner and submission is giving in to the will/demands of a sexual partner. Sexual sadism is when someone enjoys inflicting pain on and/or humiliating a sexual partner. Sexual masochism is when someone gets enjoyment from being hurt or humiliated by a sexual partner. Sadomasochistic play is when a sadist and a masochist are together, one inflicting pain, one receiving pain and both enjoying it. Those are not exclusive definitions, and people see BDSM differently based on their own personal lens. Common language used to refer to the respective partners in many of these activities is Doms and Subs or Tops and Bottoms. Frequently, unique sexual practices engaged in by a minority of the population (like BDSM) are perceived by the majority to be strange, deviant, abnormal, pathological or are judged quite negatively. The phrase
that immediately comes to mind is “sick in the head,” or, as many of my students ask, “Why can’t people just have normal sex?” However, a better source to turn to in deciding if a behavior is problematic would be the experts in mental health. From the standpoint of the current “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” all but one of the five behaviors included in BDSM are considered to be consensual and therefore practicing the behaviors themselves does not justify psychiatric intervention. Thus, the people who practice them are not pathological. Psychiatric intervention is only necessary when “the behavior causes distress or impairment to the individual or harm to others.” Therefore, the only behavior considered problematic by mental health folks would be sexual sadism as a standalone — without the masochist. This is considered a psychiatric disorder, because it’s not consensual and therefore it fits
the criterion of “harm to others.” If it were consensual, then it would be sadomasochism. As I said in my first column last week, sex can be anything you want it to be — as long as it’s consensual. So it could be “normal sex” or it could be BDSM. If something is unique and not practiced by the majority, but it turns you on — and it’s consensual — then I hope that you feel comfortable doing it. Don’t pay any attention to what other people think. Society has been wrongly judging the behavior of others for centuries. They won’t stop judging, so why should you stop doing what interests you?
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Dr. Kathy Greaves is a senior instructor and faculty
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RUUD n Continued from page 7 about the characters’ actions and what they represent. In the treatise “Why We All Love a Good Tragedy” from the website Lloydian Aspects, the concept is suggested that people like to feel emotions that aren’t the ones we have an abundance of experience with in our everyday lives. For example, to a person whose life is going pretty well, darker films or books might have a greater appeal than lighter stories. Conversely, a person currently going through a rough time, or who’s had a harder life than the suburban ideal, may want to drown in happy stories with neatly tied up endings. This logic is what fueled many of the adventure and romance films of the Great Depression — let’s distract the public with escapism. Or rather, hope. According to “Happiness, Hope, and Optimism” by Patricia A. Dunavold, hope can “motivate behavior, increase persistence, enable one to go on (even in the face of adversity).” People need a combination of dark, thought-provoking tales and hopeful, happy ones as sources of entertainment. Entertainment isn’t always a given, or a one-size-fits-all, and neither are the things which will inspire your logic circuits to greater function. All you can hope is that, as a human, you get one, the other or both. And remember that if it’s neither, you’re not obligated to finish it (even if it’s for a class — though you’ll be stuck with the resulting grade). t
Cassie Ruud is a junior in English. The
opinions expressed in Ruud’s columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Ruud can be reached at forum@ dailybarometer.com.
Published on Jan 15, 2014