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With three major buildings completed in last two years, OSU awaits arrival of more By James Shrieve The Daily Barometer
Oregon State University is entering the final stage of a 12-year building and development plan called the Campus Master Plan. The intended purpose, according to the plan itself, is to “identify guiding principles and policies, and establish a conceptual framework for the long-range planning of OSU that will direct physical development over the approximate 10- to 12-year planning horizon.” Spanning from 2004 to 2015, the CMP has been modified greatly since its first inception, and was originally established for 570 acres of land within the city limits of Corvallis. While changes in economic circumstances have made an impact on the plan, an even larger factor in its development has been the expansion of OSU’s population. “The master plan is the key, but it is integrated with our enrollment management plan,” said Mark
McCambridge, the vice president for finance and administration. “Over the last two or three years we have grown faster than we ever thought we would. We got a little behind, from the standpoint of having enough facilities, enough teaching labs and enough classrooms to meet our students’ needs.” When it comes to funding new buildings on campus, donors give half of the funds, and the state covers the other half of costs with bonds they sell, paying the debt service on those until they’re gone. Historically, this method goes smoothly and buildings are constructed at the usual pace. Recently, however, an inconvenient coincidence has stalled this process. In June of 2011, OSU requested a large classroom building, and a new residential hall building. In 2005, the legislature sold bonds to balance their budget. According to a press release from the Oregon State Legislature, those bonds are to be paid off at the end of 2012. The state treasurer has expressed that Oregon is at a point where if it were to borrow a lot more money, the state could be downgraded in its credit rating and
then any bonds issued would cost more. There are enough classrooms and housing right now, according to the enrollment summary issued by the Institutional Research Department, but if OSU grows much further, it will get to the point where students can’t graduate in four years because of a lack of facilities. Government Relations Director Jock Mills is trying to convince legislature to allow OSU to build the new dorm, along with many faculty members who will go to speak with legislators. “There is constant dialogue going on with our elected officials and OSU. I believe we will be successful in getting the new classroom and dorm, because the legislature wants all seven of the state institutions to grow because they want to have more graduates,” McCambridge said about whether or not the university would get the building. “In our case, there really isn’t any place to go. OSU can’t take many more students without putting its students in the position of not getting all the classes that they need to progress; this would be See BUILDINGS | page 3
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Office Assistant Ramsi Marchand pictured above in front of the Native American Longhouse, one of the cultural centers planned for reconstruction.
Study on trout groups shows Newport’s art an interpretation chlorophyll may prevent cancer of parent-child relationships Natural chlorophyll used in various doses on cost-effective trout groups for cancer study
results than testing doses more consistent with a more normal, yet still dangerous, amount. The scientists fed the experimental rainbow trout groups chlorophyll for three days, then chlorophyll and the By Michael Mendes The Daily Barometer carcinogen for four weeks, and finally Oregon State University researchers chlorophyll for three days afterwards. have expanded on a pilot study that Schedules and doses varied for the difshowed chlorophyll to have a possible ferent groups, and tumor prevalence was preventative effect on cancer from expo- measured at two weeks, four weeks and nine months. sure to carcinogens. As the research tested several varying The study also questioned certain research methods on similar stud- doses of chlorophyll and the carcinogen, ies, demonstrating that one common massive groups of animals were needed. research method, using unrealistically Over 12,000 rainbow trout were tested. high doses of carcinogens on animal See CANCER | page 3 subjects, actually produced different n
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12,000 rainbow trout were used in the study in which groups were fed chlorophyll and carcinogens for separate periods of time to measure tumor prevalence.
Fairbanks features artist’s paintings, knitted costumes in order to explore family, gender roles within society
we tend to be more surreptitious about it.”
A man out walking on the street in one of Newport’s costumes would disturb bystanders in a way a child going out By Annecy Beauchemin in a costume would not. The Daily Barometer Newport’s prints of Until Feb. 8, anyone who walks into Fairbanks adults engaging in Gallery is in for a surprise. Mark Newport’s series “Alter normal household Egos” extends noticeably beyond the gallery walls. activities while in Along with digital prints and embroidered comic his costumes can book covers on display by the artist, one will notice the evoke the same full-body superhero costumes hanging from the ceiling in every color. Newport hand knit them all himself. creepy impression, perhaps What, one may wonder, is Newport trying to tell us intentionally. with the enigmatic display? Russell said Douglas Russell, director of Fairbanks Gallery, explained the show touches on a great number of Newport, howtopics, not the least of which is family. This comes ever, is markedunexpected, as only one digital print depicts the topic ly comfortable explicitly: a mother buttoning a grown man into one using fantasy of the pajama-like costumes. on his work, Russell clarified the interpretation. “As a kid, you and if you always want to please your father, and the costumes do see a cosreflect that.” Even adults, he said, aspire to live up to tumed man parental expectations that might just take a super- on the street, it human to fulfill. Also, the choice of material for the may in fact be Newport, costumes suggests maternal issues: the stereotypical who wears his pieces image of a mother who can’t let go, knitting her son as a performance art bizarre sweaters, even when he has grown up. The family interpretation in summary, appears aspect of his work. to be that an adult who religiously chases parental expectations takes on the heroic grandiosity of success in the eyes of family, but part of him still allows his parents to hold his hand in a childlike way. The exhibit comments on gender stereotypes and roles, with prints of traditionally masculine superheroes repairing or creating their costumes using supposedly feminine knitting needles. Russell mentions one final theme, though he has made clear that there are too many to discuss in one sitting. The theme is that of fantasy and imaginative play. “As kids,” he said, “we do that a lot, but as adults,
“Quite a number of levels and layers of intention and meaning come out of this exhibit,” Russell concluded. Annecy Beauchemin, staff reporter 737-2231 news@ dailybarometer.com
Mark Newport’s “Naftaman” pictured above
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Arab League suspends Syria mission At least 64 people were killed in Syria on Sunday, according to an opposition activist group, as the Arab League suspended a monitoring mission designed to protect Syrian civilians from government-sponsored violence. The dead included 19 in Homs, 15 in Hama and 16 around Damascus, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria. Three children were also among those killed, the group said. Earlier, another opposition activist group, the Syrian Revolution General Council, said as many as 34 people had died Sunday, including a person who had been killed under torture, a woman and two children. Heavy clashes took place in the Eastern Ghotta area outside Damascus, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. At least 50 people were wounded in random bombardment by government forces, the group said, adding the government forces attacked residential areas and cut off electricity, water and communication. The reported deaths come a day after opposition sources said at least 98 people were killed. CNN cannot independently confirm reports from Syria because the government limits the activity of journalists there. Ali Erfan, senior advisor to Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby, said Sunday that observer activity in Syria has been suspended, and all observers who were outside Damascus have redeployed to the capital. Some will leave the country,
he said. Others will stay on for the moment in Damascus, but they will not be conducting any missions, he said, adding that he did not have details on how many are leaving and how many are staying. Russia’s foreign minister said earlier Sunday he is in favor of boosting the number of observers in Syria, adding that he did not understand why the Arab League suspended its monitoring mission. “We should like to understand why this useful instrument is treated in such a way,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to reports in Russian state media. The Local Coordination Committees said two Damascus men on Sunday “tarnished the stairway of the Russian Cultural Center in red in an expression of their anger with the Russians’ support of the regime.” It did not provide further details. The Arab League announced Saturday it was suspending its mission because of a sharp increase in violence. Monitors representing the 22-nation alliance were in Syria to determine whether President Bashar al-Assad’s government is abiding by an agreement with the Arab League to end violence against anti-government protesters. “I would support an increased number of observers,” Lavrov said. There were reports Sunday of violent clashes between Syrian troops and rebel forces, made up primarily of military defectors, in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, according the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-
based opposition group. Three people were killed in the violence, the group said. At least 10 Syrian troops were killed when a roadside bomb targeted a military vehicle in the mountains in the northwest province of Idlib, the Observatory group said. A rebel soldier was killed in clashes between the towns of Bloludan and Zabadani, the group said. A roadside bomb targeted a bus carrying Syrian troops in a Damascus suburb, killing six soldiers and wounding six others, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported Sunday. Al-Assad’s government has been under international pressure to stop a brutal, months-long crackdown on an anti-government uprising that began last year. The United Nations, the United States, the European Union and members of the Arab League have called on alAssad to end the violence and step down. Meanwhile, Syrian Kurdish political groups met in Iraq to formulate a plan to protect their rights if al-Assad is ousted. All but a few Kurdish parties attended the meeting in Irbil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region. In their final statement Sunday, the groups agreed to support decisions and recommendations made by the Kurdish National Council. While the Syrian groups are willing to unite with the Arab opposition in Syria, they want more self-determination and autonomy in a post-Assad Syria. The Kurds also continue to reject taking up arms and say they are afraid of Islamic
undertones in the opposition groups. “We are calling for a decentralized government because Syria is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country,” Abdul Hakim Bashar, chairman of the Kurdish National Council, told CNN. “We demand a secular state, so Islamist movements don’t try to interpret the system for their benefits by applying Islamic rules in a disfigured way.” However, one of the main Syrian Kurdish parties, the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, said it was excluded from the meeting. “We have been working to unite Kurdish people and converge between different views within the Kurdish movement in Western Kurdistan and Syria,” the party said in a statement. “This conference by the Kurdistan Democratic Party is a plan to divide rather than unite the Kurdish people.” “We alert the public that any recommendations and decisions issued by the socalled conference is not representative of the Kurdish people in Western Kurdistan,” the group said. Kurds are Syria’s largest ethnic minority, comprising between 10percent and 15percent of Syria’s population. The United Nations last month estimated that more than 5,000 people have died since March, when the government launched a crackdown against demonstrators. Activist groups estimate a higher death toll, with counts near or exceeding 7,000 people. — CNN
Calendar Friday, Jan. 27 Speakers Sustainable Energy Initiative, 7pm, LaSells Stewart Center. Bill Bradbury, former Secretary of State, will present “Global Warming Hits Home” and discuss conservation efforts in Oregon, job opportunities created by renewable energy and Oregon’s new energy economy.
Events ISOSU, 6-7:30pm, MU Lounge. International Student Experience Forum: Welcome Reception.
Saturday, Jan. 28 Events ISOSU, 10am-5pm, Memorial Union. International or globally minded students are invited to participate in this two-day opportunity for community learning and fun! ISOSU, 9-11pm, MU Ballroom. International Community Celebration. Join us for a night of Bollywood Dance Workshop and International music.
Sunday, Jan. 29 Meetings Vegans & Vegetarians @ OSU, 5pm, SSC, 738 SW 15th St. We eat, chat and exchange recipes. All are welcome, even if you aren’t vegetarian.
Monday, Jan. 30 Meetings College Democrats, 5pm, MU Board Room. Come talk about current events, local campaigns and international news with like-minded people! Educational Activities Committee, Noon-2pm and 4-6pm, MU 110. Budget meeting. Socratic Club, 7pm, Milam Room 311. The first meeting of the sponsored book study for Timothy Keller’s “The Reason for God.” We will discuss the introduction.
Events Campus Recycling, All day, Surplus Warehouse, all UHDS service centers, MU 103, Women’s Center, APCC, ALS loading dock. Free clean styrofoam recycling. Campus Recycling, 2:30-5:30pm, MU Brick Mall. Free recycling of clean styrofoam blocks, wraps, “egg crate” foam and packing peanuts.
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Top U.N. nuclear officials arrive in Iran Top International Atomic Energy Agency officials arrived in Iran Sunday, state media reported, after the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog expressed fresh concerns that the Islamic republic was trying to develop nuclear weapons. The six-member delegation, including chief inspector Herman Nackaerts, arrived at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, Press TV reported. “We are trying... to resolve all the outstanding issues with Iran,” Nackaerts told reporters earlier, as he was about to leave Vienna, Austria, according to Press TV. “We are looking forward to the start of a dialogue, a dialogue that is overdue.” A mission to Iran by such a senior team — which also includes the agency’s second-in-command, Rafael Grossi — is unusual, the agency said when it announced the visit on Monday. The team is due to be in Iran through Tuesday, the IAEA says. The announcement of the mission came shortly after the European Union imposed a tough round of new sanctions on Iran, aimed at cutting off funding to the country’s nuclear program. The
United States and Australia have also ramped up sanctions on Iran in the past week. The United States and its allies think Tehran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies it. Speaking Friday at the Davos Forum in Switzerland, energy agency Director General Yukiya Amano told reporters the visit is intended “to clarify the issues with possible military dimensions. “We are not very sure whether Iran has declared everything and, therefore, we are not very sure that everything stays in peaceful purpose,” he said. “In addition, we have information that Iran has engaged in activities related to the development of nuclear weapons. Therefore, we need to clarify.” “The preparations have gone well, but we need to see what actually happens when the mission arrives,” he said. Inspectors are in and out of the country regularly, an agency spokeswoman said Monday, but a high-level visit of the kind taking place at the end of the month is more unusual. Iran’s envoy to the energy agency said Saturday he was hopeful the trip will
“resolve any ambiguity and show (our) transparency and cooperation with the agency.” “This trip is aimed at neutralizing enemy plots ... and baseless allegations, and proving the peaceful nature of our nuclear activities,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh told state-run Islamic Republican News Agency. Amano said that the energy agency proposed the mission, and Iranian authorities “agreed to accept” it. But the Islamic news agency reported Nackaerts is traveling at Tehran’s invitation. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he was ready to discuss the program with a group of world powers that have been having onand-off negotiations with the country over its nuclear ambitions — including Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. The energy agency reported in November that it can no longer verify that the Iranian nuclear program remains peaceful, and Iran is under increasing international pressure to halt its nuclear fuel work. — CNN
Powerful Iraqi bloc ends boycott of parliament A powerful political bloc in Iraq ended its boycott of the country’s parliament on Sunday, describing the move as a “gesture of goodwill.” The Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc is one of the largest political groups in Iraq. It pulled out of parliament in December and returns as recent bloodshed raises fears of renewed sectarian violence. “The Iraqiya bloc announces, as gesture of goodwill, that it will return to participate the parliament sessions,” the group said in a statement. For
now, a separate boycott of the cabinet remains in place, it added. Before the boycott, Iraqiya had been in a power-sharing deal with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s State of Law Alliance, backed mostly by Shiites. The political bloc accused the prime minister of cutting it out of the decisionmaking process. On Saturday, the White House said that Vice President Joe Biden has been calling Iraqi leaders in an apparent attempt to soothe politi-
cal tensions. He spoke with Dr. Ayad Allawi, an Iraqiya leader, and Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama Nujaifi. “The two Iraqi leaders described deliberations under way among all Iraqi political factions and parties in the run-up to a proposed national conference led by President Jalal Talabani,” the White House statement said. “The vice president discussed with both leaders the importance of resolving outstanding issues through the political process.
The vice president and Iraqi leaders agreed to stay in close touch as events unfold.” In the latest in a series of attacks, a suicide car bomber killed at least 31 people and injured 60 more in a Shiite funeral procession in Baghdad on Friday, two police officials said. The bombing occurred as mourners were heading toward a hospital in Baghdad’s Zafarniya district to recover the bodies of relatives shot the night before, officials said. — CNN
ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 109A. Convenes to discuss student issues. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend. Educational Activities Committee, 4-7pm, JPLC Talisman Room, MU. Budget review.
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Wednesday, Feb. 1 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211. Convenes to discuss student issues and concerns. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend. Baha’i Campus Association, 12:301pm, MU Talisman Room. Recharge yourself – Bring your favorite inspirational reading, prayer or devotion to share in an interfaith surrounding. Educational Activities Committee, Noon-2pm, MU 110. Budget meeting.
Events Women’s Center, 2-3pm, Women’s Center. Coffee and Tea from Around the World. International women from all over the world will come and discuss their cultural traditions, social customs and women’s roles. Cupcakes, coffee and tea will be served. Campus Recycling, All day, Surplus Warehouse, all UHDS service centers, MU 103, Women’s Center, APCC, ALS loading dock. Free clean styrofoam recycling.
Thursday, Feb. 2 Meetings Educational Activities Committee, 4-6pm, MU 110. Budget meeting. OSU Pre-Law Society, 6pm, StAg 111. Regular meeting.
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Campus Crusade screens documentary, features olympic snowboarders By Cody Visscher
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A crowd of students occupied Milam Auditorium Friday night to see Nations Foundation’s snowboarding documentary, ONEYEAR . The Nations Foundation, a group of professional snowboarders who share their Christian beliefs through snowboarding, was brought to Oregon State University by Campus Crusade for Christ. Campus Crusade for Christ, otherwise known as CRU, is a student organization on campus. “We are devoted to spreading the understanding of who Christ is and we emphasize how being a Christian is not a religion, but a relationship,” said Nathan Cooley, CRU staff member. Bobby Jacobson, a sophomore in civil engineering, said the movie was “Awesome. It was cool how Kelly Clark talked about not having her identity in snowboarding, but in Christ. ” Sophomore in business Slater Thompson agreed and added, “I thought the movie was really well done. It captured my attention and had a good message. It doesn’t get much better than that.” The movie featured profes-
sional snowboarders such as Dave Downing, Matt Hammer, Janna Meyen Weatherby, JJ Johnson, Kelly Clark, Eric Willett, Tommy Czeschin and Andy Finch. Tommy Czeschin and Andy Finch have both competed for the U.S. Olympic team and they also appeared on the Amazing Race in 2011. Andy Finch hosted the movie showing and shared his own testimony. After giving his testimony, Finch said, “Even though I walked away for a while [God] was still holding me, and molding me because we have a relationship. ” Finch spoke about his time at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, an experience he claimed to be “the highlight of his career.” He said “the Olympics are cool because you are actually representing your country instead of just yourself.” Finch stayed after for discussions and autographed pictures. When asked how Christianity affected his snowboarding career he said, “It has taught me how to trust the Lord. Sometimes when I am boarding I feel like I am going into battle. So instead of worrying I just lean on God.” CRU meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. in MU East’s International Forum, and try to hold events like this once a term. Cody Visscher, staff reporter
CANCER n Continued from page 1 “You can do large-scale studies in trout for a fraction of the cost of mice or rats,” said Rod Dashwood, principal investigator and director of the Cancer Chemoprotection Program at OSU’s Linus Pauling Science Center, and one of the authors on the study. “Additionally, trout eat until full, so there’s no waste of any of the diet.” Trout also have certain liver enzymes that, similar to humans’, break apart the carcinogen in question and convert it into its harmful form. It was found that with lower doses of carcinogens, chlorophyll bound to the carcinogens and removed them from the fish’s systems, resulting in smaller and less frequent tumors. However, when the carcinogen doses were amped up to levels known to produce tumors most of the time, the beneficial effects disappeared, and were sometimes reversed. “[In] most of the studies in rodents, the animals are treated with doses known to produce a high incidence of tumors, which may have no relevance to human exposure and may bias the outcome,” Dashwood said. That was not the only difference between this study and most studies of its kind.
Oakland’s mayor says city is fed up after hundreds of Occupy activists arrested Municipal employees in Oakland worked Sunday to clean up damage they said was caused hours earlier by Occupy protesters, “possibly 400” of whom were arrested for breaking into a YMCA and City Hall and challenging police. Oakland Police Officer Johnna Watson said authorities were still trying to determine exactly how many people had been detained, with earlier reports putting the figure at over 100 people. She described what transpired as “one of the largest mass arrests that we have seen in the city,” adding that “it would be fair to say that we’re looking easily at over 300, possibly 400” arrests. Mayor Jean Quan took reporters through City Hall on Sunday, pointing to walls where graffiti had already been painted over and other areas of garbage, vandalism and destruction that she said had been left by protesters. “I ran out of patience a long time ago,” Quan said of the Occupy Oakland activists. “We’re tired of some people — and, again, it’s a faction of the Occupy movement — using Oakland as their playground.” “I think people are really angry,” she added later, speaking about residents’ feelings toward the demonstrators. Despite the large-scale arrests
“We used natural chlorophyll. Not many studies are done with natural chlorophyll,” said Tammie McQuistan, a research assistant working at the Linus Pauling Science Center and the study’s first author. Most studies are conducted with chlorophyllin, a synthetic substitute that has also been shown to be effective in certain treatments, but creates possible side effects that natural chlorophyll has not been shown to cause. Both chlorophyll and chlorophyllin have been shown to bind to flat-structured mutagens and allow them to be flushed out of the body without damaging any DNA, though this is not necessarily the mechanism at work in this particular case. The carcinogen used in this study was DBC, an airborne chemical created by combustion and smoke. According to the study’s research publication in the Food and Chemical Toxicology Journal, it has been found to be perhaps the most carcinogenic chemical of its class. Research was conducted at OSU’s Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory. The chlorophyll used in the study was extracted from organic spinach grown in Corvallis’ own First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op. Michael Mendes, staff reporter 737-2231 firstname.lastname@example.org
and their failure to achieve their stated goal of moving into a “large, vacant building” that could be their hub, Occupy Oakland activists remained on the streets Sunday and forged ahead with a planned “Rise Up Festival” at an area park. Watson, the Oakland police spokeswoman, said Sunday that law enforcement agencies “are preparing for additional problems, if they should present themselves today.” “Our force has a lot of officers, [and] we have mutual aid prepared,” she said. Occupy Oakland is part of a larger movement that began last year in New York and quickly spread across the globe. While the protesters have highlighted a number of causes, the overarching theme remained the same: populist anger over what activists portray as an outof-touch corporate, financial and political elite. Oakland has been a flash point of the Occupy movement since October, when police used tear gas to break up demonstrators who refused to leave downtown. One demonstrator, an Iraq war veteran, suffered a skull fracture after being hit with a police projectile, according to a veteran’s group. Police said they acted after the crowd threw paint and other objects at officers.
Three police officers and one protester were wounded in the earlier clashes, city and police officials said. Occupy activists said the number of injuries in its ranks were higher, reporting on its Twitter feed that more than a dozen of their group suffered burns and other injuries after being struck by police “flash-bang” grenades. The tensions began to brew early Saturday afternoon when about 250 people gathered in a park across from Oakland City Hall, intent on taking over a previously unidentified building. The protests turned violent when demonstrators were turned back by police when they tried to break into the long-vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center. Posts on Occupy Oakland’s Twitter feed claim that police met the protesters “with munitions and violence.” One read: “#OccupyOakland being teargassed smoked bombed & shot at w rubber bullets.” Oakland police said they used smoke, tear gas and beanbag bullets. They did so after warning protesters who had begun “destroying construction equipment and fencing” around the Kaiser center, according to a police statement. Officers were “pelted”
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with bottles, metal pipes, rocks and burning flares, police said. About 20 people were subsequently arrested, though it did not stop the demonstrators. Scores of them moved to try to take over an occupied, downtown YMCA — until police forced them out and arrested many of them. City Hall was another hotbed of activity. Quan said police have video showing that protesters used a crowbar, or something similar to it, to pry open an emergency door and enter the building. But Omar Yassim, a member of the Occupy group, insisted “the doors were open.” While Yassim said he was not aware of any damage inside City Hall, reporters on Sunday saw that many parts of the building appeared to be in disarray. That included overturned trash cans, a damaged children’s recycled-art exhibit, shattered glass from an interior door, an overturned vending machine, a missing American flag that had been burned and a historic model of City Hall that lay broken on the ground. A large sign reading, “Commune Move In,” sat in the hallway. — CNN
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unfair. That is the balancing act of it all.” Most of the major construction projects in the last two years were finished and occupied by the beginning of fall quarter. That includes the Linus Pauling Science Center, the Hallie Ford Center and the International Living-Learning Center. The new Ag Sciences Pavilion is being constructed and the new College of Business building will begin construction this summer, to continue into fall term. The four cultural centers are in various stages of design and the Native American Longhouse will be the first to start construction in the near future. The Student Success Center is also under construction. Lastly, Strand Agricultural building is the biggest upcoming renovation. It will be gutted and redone beginning in the fall of this year. A full copy of the CMP can be viewed at http://oregonstate.edu/ facilities/cpd/
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omorrow, at 8 p.m. in room 109 of the Memorial Union, the Associated Students of Oregon State University will host an open town hall. It’s the opportune chance — as intended — for students to have their opinions heard, and for the ASOSU to better represent them. After the introduction of SB-71.01, which gave on-campus organizations automatic seats in the ASOSU Senate, many felt concerned about misrepresentation within our student government. The bill was quickly rejected. According to Crystal Boyd, an ASOSU senator, the town hall will allow the “full breadth” of students to have their voices be heard. The undemocratic, clearly unpolished bill should bring some good after all: a student town hall is a much-awaited courtesy. There is no doubt the majority of OSU students do not follow, nor understand, the sort of duties and actions granted to and by ASOSU. But it does not mean the general student body should not be directly involved in the process. With recent dealings over the partnership with ASOSU and the Oregon Student Association regarding tuition-related expenditures and lobbying, we, the student body, should quickly take advantage of the opportunity to get involved — especially since ASOSU does have a stake in our educational costs. Moreover, the town hall could spark a much needed rise in ASOSU attention and participation — should more students get involved, more should get done. A lack of pressure and grievance from the public doesn’t lead to action in our national political scene, and ASOSU and the student body are no different. For instance, any ideas considered for constitutional amendments would need at least 15 percent of the student body to vote on it. And as of late, even that small amount has been hard to come by. It’s easy to lose hope in governmental affairs, especially when the fall term was plagued by a drawnout impeachment process, one which never brought about any serious consequences, only delay. But Tuesday’s town hall is a chance to improve the process, push the representatives for some real action. Team Liberation, a student-led human relations group, will facilitate the town hall discussion. Theoretically, the group will ensure that all participants get their voices heard, and do so in a respectful manner. It would seem ASOSU is serious about opening up the doors for more opinions, and we should all take advantage and see the opportunity in the same. ASOSU can only be as effective and prolific as their constituents ask — or hopefully demand — them to be. Don’t feel the organization can have much of an impact? Don’t really care about the troubles of policy-making? You can come and say that. But hopefully, you want to know what can be done, how you can get involved and what you want to see — and you can come and say that as well. t
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YouTube phenomenon: Exploitation or evolution? R
ebecca Black’s “Friday”, “Charlie Bit My Finger”, “David After Dentist” — these are a few of the YouTube videos which have become viral global phenomena overnight. With the capabilities of the internet, a 14-year-old girl — who has a singing voice similar to the sound of a cat being run over — can become a well-paid superstar by simply uploading a video to a community website. Besides pouring out a few grand gifted by her parents and spending hours shooting the music video, this young lady became wealthier than a large chunk of the blue-collar workforce thanks to YouTube. Good gracious, the world we live in. Well, for you viral video fanatics, there’s a new fad that has taken YouTube and the Internet by storm, and shows a never ending potential. “Sh** Girls Say” was originally created as a Twitter feed by two
Hart Canadians, Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard, and quickly took the Internet by storm. They are based on stereotypical catch phrases that women say in conversation with each other, as well as discussions with the opposite sex. Both Humphrey and Sheppard play the female counterparts in the videos, walking a “mile in her heels.” They began collecting phrases that girls say via their Twitter feed and rapidly compiled a large list of possible material. The feed quickly blossomed into a full-blown show, gaining many viewers and increasing the need for new content. It is currently an episode-based “web-
com” (web-based sitcom) and has allowed for many parodies to stem from it. “Sh** Frat Guys/Sorority Girls Say”, “Sh** Southern Guys Say”, and even reciprocated shows, like “Sh** Girls Don’t Say”, have surfaced as a result of their ingenuity. Despite my short Rebecca Black rant to open, I strongly support the acts of these two Canadians for several reasons. The first: artistic expression. Considering we live in a world of constantly changing media, it is extremely difficult to formulate new ideas that will get people’s attention and haven’t been done before. The second: breaking down social stigmas. Plain and simple, stereotypes are, and always have been, a part of our everyday lives. They are unavoidable, unceasing, and, in most cases, uncalled for. Exploiting them, and giving us all a chance to step back for a minute, perhaps off our pedestal, and laugh at ourselves for a minute is a breath of fresh air
and I appreciate their work. This brings me to my last point: bravery. In making this video, these two dudes had to know that they would offend a few, if not many women. However, as they continued, it became an Internet sensation and they are making a series out of it. The only real problem I could see arising is extreme feminists groups getting offended by the exploitation of common phrases used by women. But let’s be brutally honest here, there isn’t a comedy concept out there that everyone agrees with, loves to watch and supports in full. What these two have accomplished is pure genius, and I hope ABC or CBS doesn’t try to make an actual sitcom out of it and completely destroy it. t
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More students getting into volunteering, for themselves and others
merican cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” It may not be easy, but it only takes one person to make a difference in someone’s life, and it only takes one person to change the world. Colleges — and college students — are proving that nationwide. How? Through volunteer work. In a Student Health 101 survey of more than 315 college students, 63 percent said they either regularly or occasionally volunteer their time for a good cause, with most citing a lack of free time as a reason preventing them from volunteering more. Beyond dressing up your résumé, getting involved in volunteer projects you’re passionate about helps you develop essential life skills like a sense of community and citizenship. A Lift for Your Self-Esteem Debbie Mandel, a stress management specialist based in New York, says finding time to volunteer can actually ease a student’s stress level. “If you manage your time, shed
Be Well. Be Orange. a few unnecessary items from your to-do list, you can find an hour or two a week to volunteer,” she said. “Your mind needs to take a break and reconnect with people and causes that are purposeful. A good deal of happiness depends on having a purpose.” As Mandel notes, volunteering is one of the best things you can do for yourself mentally and emotionally — it has positive effects on your mood and self-esteem. These commitments are a great way to meet friends with common interests and give you the opportunity to grow yourself and experience new things. It gets you out in the world meeting new people and strengthening skills that may help you down the line in your career and in forming relationships. A Lifetime of Service Getting involved in volunteer work during college may also keep you involved later in life. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2010 Volunteering in the United States report, “Individuals with higher levels of educational attainment engaged in volunteer activi-
ties at higher rates than did those with less education. Among persons age 25 and over, 42.3 percent of college graduates volunteered, compared with 17.9 percent of high school graduates and 8.8 percent of those with less than a high school diploma.” “The open minds of college students very easily grasp concepts like giving of themselves to others and trying to improve the life around them,” said Robert Neuman, former associate dean of academic advising at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. “Best of all, these concepts make them much more intelligent about life and give them a better way of looking at it. Students take these ideas with them after college, shaping who they are.” There’s no doubt students recognize the benefits of giving back: Nearly 93 percent of students polled by Student Health 101 say they feel satisfaction from helping others. Volunteering: Meeting the Needs of Community and Students There are many benefits, beyond dressing up a résumé, that students can receive by getting involved in volunteer projects they are passionate about. Students develop essential leadership and life skills by working with others on volun-
teer projects; they develop a sense of self, community, place and citizenship. Students connect to others and this can help overall emotional and mental health. Simply the act of helping others can make a student feel good. They often find friends who share common passions and social concerns through service work. As a result of experiential learning, students deepen their understanding of social issues through service work. Volunteering boosts self-efficacy, agency, and confidence and can help a student be physically healthy as well. Many students also find leadership experience and clearer direction in life by volunteering. Community service work often results in students gaining new relationships and a stronger sense of community and belonging. Feeling motivated to make a difference in your community? Contact OSU’s Center for Civic Engagement in Snell 158! The CCE puts on several one-day service events every year and conducts individual and group consultations to help students find service opportunities in their areas of passion. Callie Schweitzer University of Southern California
Sexism prevalent in video games, Internet not a laughing matter
he last time I played a video game obsessively was when I holed myself up in my room for the summer after high school, to do Baal runs with my level 99 hardcore barbarian in “Diablo II: Lord of Destruction,” or “D2LOD.” As a young female who played video games, I certainly received a lot of nasty comments, objectification or worship bordering on stalking. Much of what was said cannot be published: I was called every slur you can think of. I was kicked off servers. I was stalked. My inability was always a reflection of my gender. I was told to go kill myself. The tamest remarks involved bare feet and kitchens. But I cannot deny I took much pleasure in occasionally telling a mouthy, sexist guy that a girl beat him. I felt like I had something to prove; I rarely met another player who identified herself as a girl or a woman. Usually, I would not disclose this information, but I was usually “found out” by other players since I regularly played on servers.
The Daily Barometer Eventually, my gender showed in my opinions or ways of speaking. I ultimately left the video game world completely, mostly due to change in interests, but the treatment I received from the males I encountered in my online worlds did not encourage me to stay. And apparently, this situation has not changed one bit. In fact, I’d say it became even worse due to the decreased prices of headsets, which were prohibitively expensive when I played; one’s insults were limited by typing speed, and knowledge of “L337” and abbreviations. The foulest rages I’ve heard are from watching clips of Xbox Live after I stopped playing. I was happy to be gone from that world. Recently, I’ve considered taking up gaming again, but research has led me to decide that I will either keep to single player games
or not return at all. I realized the pockets of anonymity on the Internet tend to bring out the worst in us, so many people are not saying what they would normally say. But guess what? They’re still saying it. I also realize there are many economic, racial, and job-related inequality issues that still need to be addressed, and that complaining about sexism in video games is very much a reflection of my class and privilege as an American. But all those problems do not negate the very real problem of sexism in video games. And the depiction of women in video games are particularly problematic as well and certainly related, but not within the purview of this article. The sexism needs to stop now. It’s no laughing matter. To say, “It’s just a joke,” after you’ve just called me the “c-word” is not acceptable. I don’t need to “lighten up,” and not take everything so seriously. No one has the right to say what is and is not offen-
sive to another. It seems after reading recent articles on feminism and video games that these excuses are still prevalent, which does not surprise me in the least. There is actually a whole blog dedicated to sharing trash talk aimed at women titled “You Play Video Games? So Are You…Fat, Ugly or Slutty?” After reading this blog, and remembering how absurd some conversations became, the women who host that blog are right: at some point it becomes funny. It becomes funny because it’s so crude and pathetic; some posters fall over the edge into what seem to be caricatures of themselves. It’s so bad, so offensive, that it becomes unreal and ludicrous. I’m just not sure what to make of it after a while. All I can do is turn my head and ignore it all. I hope others try and do the same. t
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when a Republican was on the ballot, including his support for Democrat Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Massachusetts presidential primary. Incumbent President George H.W. Bush and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan were on the GOP ballot in the primary, but Romney has said he registered as an independent and voted for Tsongas as a strategic move against Bill Clinton. â€œHe canâ€™t even remember his own voting record,â€? Gingrich said Sunday. â€œThe debate the other night, what he said was just plain false.â€? To Gingrich, such dishonesty raised questions about Romneyâ€™s suitability to be president. â€œYou cannot be president of the United States if you cannot be honest and candid with the American people,â€? Gingrich said. â€œAnd thatâ€™s compounded, frankly, by a number of the ads he runs, which are just plain false.â€? In particular, Gingrich cited claims in Romney ads that he resigned in disgrace from the House in 1999 after being cited two years earlier for an ethics violation. On Saturday, Romney called Gingrich â€œa great guy with a lot of great ideas,â€? but added his chief rivalâ€™s standing as an historian â€œdoesnâ€™t give him the
right to re-write history.â€? â€œHe was fined for ethics violations,â€? Romney said. â€œHe ultimately had to resign in disgrace. He canâ€™t rewrite history.â€? Gingrich responded Sunday that â€œI did not resign in disgrace,â€? and he also rejected the assertion that the $300,000 he paid to cover the cost of the investigation against him was a fine. At a Naples, Florida, campaign event later Sunday, Romney touted his debate performances in Florida, drawing cheers by asking: â€œWasnâ€™t that a hoot?â€? Referring to Gingrichâ€™s complaints about the two Florida debates, including the former House speakerâ€™s protest against organizers telling the audience to keep quiet at the first one last Monday, Romney said Gingrich was â€œnow finding excuses everywhere he canâ€? for his falling support. The increasingly vitriolic campaign rhetoric caused some Republicans to lament infighting that they fear will hurt the surviving candidateâ€™s chances of defeating President Barack Obama in November. â€œI think it could go on a while and it would not be to our benefit,â€? veteran Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, told NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Press.â€?
In particular, McCain called for a halt to the Republican debates â€” 19 so far this campaign dating back to last May â€” that he said have â€œturned into mud wrestling instead of exposition of the candidatesâ€™ views on the issues.â€? â€œWeâ€™ve had enough of that, and itâ€™s time to recognize who the real adversary is and thatâ€™s not each other,â€? McCain said. On the CBS program â€œFace the Nation,â€? real estate tycoon Donald Trump also noted what he called â€œa very nasty race.â€? â€œThe level of hatred, I guess you could say, thereâ€™s no other word for it, itâ€™s unbelievable,â€? Trump said, adding that the eventual GOP winner might emerge a stronger candidate, but it was â€œvery possible theyâ€™re hurting themselves.â€? In addition, Trump â€” who has in the past expressed interest in running for president but never followed through â€” again raised the possibility of mounting an independent campaign if he believes the Republican nominee would be unable to beat Obama. Romney reserved his harshest comments for Obama, accusing the president on Sunday of failing to lead and seeking to transform the country into something â€œwe might not recognize.â€? â€” CNN
Family convicted in Canada â€˜honor murdersâ€™ A Canadian jury Sunday convicted three members of a family of Afghan immigrants of the â€œhonorâ€? murders of four female relatives whose bodies were found in an Ontario canal. Mohammed Shafia, 58; his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42; and their son, Hamed, 21, were found guilty of firstdegree murder in the deaths of Shafiaâ€™s three teenage daughters and his first wife in his polygamous marriage. Sundayâ€™s verdicts followed a three-month trial, in which jurors heard wiretaps of Shafia referring to his daughters as â€œwhoresâ€? and ranting about their behavior. All three were sentenced to life in prison immediately after their convictions, with no chance of parole for 25 years. â€œThis is a good day for Canadian justice. Our democratic society protects the rights of all,â€? Gerard Laarhuis, the chief prosecutor in the case, told reporters outside the courthouse in Kingston. â€œItâ€™s a very bad day, because this jury found that four strong, vivacious and freedomloving women were murdered by their own family.â€? At least one Shafia family supporter interrupted Laarhuis with shouts of â€œliesâ€? and called the verdict a â€œmiscarriage of justice.â€? But others cheered the verdict as Laarhuis continued. The three Shafia sisters â€” Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13 â€” were
found dead inside a car that plunged into the Rideau Canal in Kingston on June 30, 2009. Shafiaâ€™s first wife, 50-yearold Rona Amir Mohammad, also died. The verdicts came on the second day of deliberations for a seven-woman, five-man jury in Kingston, about 280 km (175 miles) west of the familyâ€™s home in Montreal. There was no immediate comment from defense attorneys. Prosecutors said the girlsâ€™ father, mother and brother all plotted to kill the four women in an â€œhonorâ€? murder. Investigators claimed that hours of wiretapped conversations reveal a premeditated plan to punish rebellious, Westernized daughters and their permissive advocate, Rona. Shafia and Yahya admitted on the stand that they were upset with Zainab for running off to marry a Pakistani man they hated, that Sahar wore revealing clothes and had secret boyfriends, and Geeti was failing in school and calling social workers to get her out of a home in turmoil. Prosecutors argued that under instructions from his father, Hamed Shafia used the family Lexus to ram the other family car carrying the women into the canal. The shattered headlight on the Lexus, they claim, matches the damage on the rear bumper of the family Nissan in which the women were
found dead. Investigators also believed the victims might have died before they hit the water, because they were unable to escape despite their seat belts being unbuckled and the car being submerged in just 7 feet of water. In the three-month-long trial, Shafia testified, â€œMy children did a lot of cruelty toward me,â€? as he wept openly on the stand. He went on to say he believed his children â€œbetrayedâ€? him by dating and he did not hide his anger, saying a father would never expect that kind of behavior from this daughters. In taking the stand, Shafia swore to tell the truth on the Quran and he again invoked the holy book to say Islam does not condone killing people to preserve a familyâ€™s honor. In a direct response to a question from prosecutor Laurie Lacelle, Shafia said, â€œTo kill someone, you canâ€™t regain your respect and honor. Respected lady, you should know that. In our religion, a person who kills his wife or daughter, there is nothing more dishonorable. How is it possible that someone would do that to their children, respected lady?â€? â€œYou might do it,â€? Lacelle calmly replied, â€œif you thought they were whores.â€? Shafia had used that term in a conversation captured by wiretaps. â€” CNN
Florida interstate crashes â€˜horrendous,â€™ victim says; 10 dead
Newt Gingrich on Sunday accused front-running rival Mitt Romney of waging a dishonest campaign, saying the former Massachusetts governor is trying to cover up some liberal stances in his past. In an interview on the ABC program â€œThis Week,â€? Gingrich suggested that Romney lacked the character to be president. The two Republican presidential hopefuls top the polls in Florida leading up to Tuesdayâ€™s primary. Romney is out front in the latest polls, and a victory would give him new momentum after Gingrich won last weekâ€™s South Carolina primary. Stung by Romneyâ€™s resurgence, which has benefited from strong debate performances last week and advertisements that harshly attacked Gingrich, the former House speaker has increasingly challenged Romneyâ€™s honesty. â€œHe would say thing after thing after thing that just plain wasnâ€™t true,â€? Gingrich said of Romney in reference to the Thursday debate on CNN . â€œI donâ€™t know how you debate a person with civility if theyâ€™re prepared to say things that are just plain factually false. â€œ In particular, Gingrich cited Romneyâ€™s claim that he had never voted for a Democrat
After the crashes stopped, Steven Camps said all he could hear was the sound of crying as the air, heavy with smoke, shone red from vehicle fires. He pulled his friend from their car, which wound up wedged between two semi trucks. The two were lying in the grassy median of Interstate 75, he said, praying that a car would not leave the roadway and hit them. The vehicle Camps was riding in was among those involved in a series of overnight accidents in northern Florida, blamed on poor visibility from smoke from a nearby brush fire, authorities said. Ten people were killed in the crashes, which the Florida Highway Patrol said involved at least 12 passenger cars and about seven semi trucks.
Most of the collisions were on Interstate 75, said Alachua County Sheriffâ€™s Office Sgt. Todd Kelly. Crashes also occurred on U.S. Highway 441. The interstateâ€™s northbound and southbound lanes remained closed Sunday afternoon, and would stay closed until the roadways are cleared, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Traffic was being detoured. Camps said he was returning to Gainesville, Florida, from Micanopy, about 12 miles away, with a friend early Sunday on I-75 northbound when traffic came to a stop on the interstate in what looked like heavy fog. â€œIt was just so crazy,â€? he said. â€œWe were just sitting in the car and all of this came out of nowhere.â€? Camps, a passenger in the
car, said they were talking to a man in a stopped car in the next lane about the low visibility when they began hearing crashes as cars were struck from behind. The car next to them â€œliterally almost went under (a) semi truck,â€? he said. â€œWe saw that guy die after talking to him before we could even react.â€? He said the car he was riding in was then struck twice, effectively wedging it between two semi trucks. He was not hurt badly, but his friend could â€œbarely even move,â€? he said. Camps helped pull him from the car onto the median. â€œAs it was happening on the northbound side, it was happening on the southbound side as well,â€? he said. â€œThere was
nowhere to go. It was just cars hitting cars and cars.â€? He called the scene â€œhorrendous.â€? â€œEverybody was crying,â€? he said. â€œYou still canâ€™t see anything.â€? Some motorists were stuck in their vehicles, he said, calling it â€œmass chaos.â€? Camps said he received stitches in his leg and was released from a hospital. He said his friend was still hospitalized but may be released soon. He said he was â€œblessedâ€? â€” â€œIf you saw the car, youâ€™d be like, â€˜How did you live?â€™â€? The crashes occurred between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday in the same areas, Kelly said. A responding officer reported visibility was virtually zero, he said. â€” CNN
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GYMNASTICS n Continued from page 8 ning of an overall team effort that showed just why they are ranked in the top 10 nationally. “Kelsi did a phenomenal vault this evening,” said head coach Tanya Chaplin. Vault had been the team’s worst event of the rotation in their first two meets, but tonight it was much improved. The importance of vault is key, because it is always the first event for the Beavers at home and a hot start is what they always want each meet. “Starting off with a good vault is something we really, really need,” Blalock said. “And it’s what we’ve been working on, because that just sets the bar, especially because it’s first event, and it’s always going to be lower scoring.” Blalock has not gotten off to the start of the season that she wanted, but Friday she shined, scoring a 9.800 on beam and a 9.825 on floor to go with her 9.950 vault. “That was a big energy boost,” Blalock said. “I’ve been struggling up until this point, and I think that was exactly what I needed to give me a jumpstart on the rest of the season. I’ve been really nervous and I don’t really know why, but, for sure, it was the best feeling in the world.” Blalock needed to take on a larger role with the team with freshman all-arounder Chelsea Tang missing the meet because of a sprained elbow. Blalock replaced Tang’s spot on beam and proved she belonged. “We’ve had to do a lot of shuffling with Chelsea not available in the lineup, and the girls really rose to the occasion,” Chaplin said. “We still need to keep pushing it as far as depth goes and we really need to go on the road and do the same type of beamset that we’ve done here at home.” Freshman Katelyn Ohlrich had her first ever collegiate
appearance in Friday’s meet, subbing in for Tang on vault. The biggest area the Beavers needed to see improvement this week was on beam, and they did just that. In Arizona the week before, four sub9.600 scores led to a disappointing outing, and that had been the crucial event OSU wanted to correct for Stanford. Not one gymnast scored under a 9.800 on beam, making their desired turnaround come to fruition. “It was great,” said junior Makayla Stambaugh. “I was so proud of everybody. Last week I just think was a fluke. We worked really hard in the gym and we’re usually pretty solid. We got it out of our system though and I think that we’re going to climb from here.” Senior Leslie Mak earned a Pac-12 Special Performer of the Week for her 9.950 on beam last week, and followed it up Friday with another solid 9.900. Mak also set a career mark on her floor routine with a 9.900. The floor team had the highest marks of the rotation, totaling 49.325 (out of 50). “The crowd is so fun, and I’m having a lot of fun with my new floor routine,” Mak said. “I get to really show it off. I think a lot of credit is really due to the lineup in front of me; those girls do such a fantastic job that the judges almost have no choice but to give me a high score because the girls in front of me got one.” Both beam and floor scores were season-highs for the team this season. The team saw the Stanford meet as an opportunity for redemption, and they took advantage of that opportunity and then some. After falling to No. 10 in the national rankings last week, expect the Beavers to be on the fringe of reaching the top five. Next Friday, OSU will travel to Seattle to face the University of Washington. Warner Strausbaugh, sports writer On Twitter: @WStrausbaugh email@example.com
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Devon Collier throwing one down in front of the Duck student section Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.
MEN’S HOOPS n Continued from page 8 ing our heads trying to figure out what the heck was going on,” Robinson said. “We had such a good week of practice here we go again getting off to that slow start but that second half was impressive, from two standpoints: we were able to figure out how to score on them and we were able to figure out how to stop them and turn em over.” Robinson was visibly proud of his team that fought through a lot of adversity to win this game. After going on a 19-9 run to take their first lead of the day with about 11 minutes left in the game, the Beavers built momentum and slowly stole the game away from the Ducks. The Ducks didn’t go down without a quack though. It seemed as if the Beavers were doing everything in their power to give the game back to the green and yellow. OSU went up by 11 with 6:53 left in the game but mental errors and several threes brought the Ducks dangerously close to tying the game with 40 seconds left. U of O had the ball, down three, with 40 seconds on the clock and had a plethora of opportunities to score, but the Beavers held strong to gain their first conference road victory since 2010. “It gives us confidence now that we
can play away games, especially in an arena that it’s hard to play in,” Devon Collier said. “Oregon’s really good on their home court and being able to beat them, now we go on to the next one and see if we can get a couple away games.” Robinson was hard-pressed for an answer when asked if getting the first conference road win was bigger than winning the first Civil War game. The team needed a road win badly, regardless of who the opponent was or the implications of the game. “It’s hard to say here in front of Beaver Nation that [getting the first road win is] more important than winning the Civil War but they’re 1A and 1B. Usually winning the Civil War is so big for us because historically we haven’t won very often, and we haven’t won here very often,” Robinson said. “So it’s really important to get that road-win especially when we have [this Civil War] road-win and then we have two more that we have to deal with Thursday and Saturday.” One might say that the Beavers have turned the corner on their season and are once again living up to their own high expectations but Coach Robinson prefers to continue just taking it one day at a time.
back into it. But that’s to be expected from a team that hadn’t won a conference road game in nearly two years. The important part is the fact that the Beavers showed resilience at a time they may not have shown resilience one, two or three weeks ago. If you would have closed your eyes and just listened to the crowd over the game’s final 10 or so minutes, you would have thought it was much closer than it actually was. That’s because 11,219 Duck fans tried everything in their power to will their team back into the game, erupting at the most faint sign of hope. But each time the crowd rose, and each time Oregon grew a little bit closer, Oregon State responded. Whether it was Jared Cunningham getting to the free throw line, Ahmad Starks hitting a trey or the defense forcing a turnover, the Beavers had an answer. This could be a turning point in the season. Yes, that’s easy to say. Cliche to say. But when asked last week what’s key to the Beavers winning on the road, Craig Robinson said “getting that first win.” And the fact that they got that first win, in a hostile environment, when it looked like they were headed for 3-6 in conference play, is huge. If OSU plays the same way the rest of the season that they played over the final 13:15 of Sunday’s game, there’s no reason why they can’t finish in the top three or four in the conference. Not to say that will happen, but there’s at least some belief — some well founded belief with game film to back it up — that OSU can play well on the road with its backs to the wall. Grady Garrett, sports editor On Twitter: @gradygarrett firstname.lastname@example.org
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midway through the second half after U of O’s 8-0 run. “We needed to do something, we started to take them off the dribble, which gave us the open looks,” Rueck said. “Then it gave us hope, and our defense really stepped up to help that.” Looking forward to what’s to come, Rueck said, “This team has a big heart, and a lot of belief, and we are gaining a lot of confidence. We are in the middle of the conference now. I am confident this team is going places. We are building and making progress. I am excited for that second half of the season.” Jacob Shannon, sports writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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that added pressure and he handled it so that’s very big for us. “ The first half featured nothing but sloppy basketball, turnovers and bad shots by both teams. The two teams combined to shoot a mere 31.5% for the half and had a combined 19 turnovers. Somewhere, the Washington Generals were smiling. “We weren’t playing well in that first half scratch-
ere we go again.” If you were a fan of the team that’d lost 13 straight conference road games, that’s exactly what you were thinking at the 13:15 mark of Sunday’s Civil War. That’s when Devoe Joseph hit back-to-back treys to give the Ducks a 6-point lead and send the nearly sold-out crowd at Matthew Knight Arena into a frenzy. How could you not be thinking that? The game was staying true to script. In true away-from-Gill form, the Beavers came out of the gate slow (10 points in the game’s first 14 minutes and 10 seconds), battled back then hung around. But in the past – in Seattle, in Pullman, in Tucson and Tempe – it was the home team that seized momentum late and made the gamechanging plays down the stretch. So when Joseph got hot – seemingly seconds after OSU had tied it for the first time since early in the game – the outcome seemed inevitable. But Sunday, OSU flipped the script. In a very big way. From the 13:15 point forward, OSU played its best basketball of the season. The Beavers answered Joseph’s back-to-backs with an 11-0 run, and the Beaver lead never dipped below three after that. The final 13:15 was not flawless – this was probably a game the Beavers would have won by 10 had it not been for a few crucial, late-game turnovers that let the home team
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Jared Cunningham and the Beavers celebrate their 76-71 win over the Ducks in Eugene Sunday. Cunningham scored 24 of his game-high 27 points in the second half.
Beavers, losers of 13 straight conference road games, go down to Eugene and silence the Ducks
By the end of the second half, Jared Cunningham showed them who daddy was. Arguably the best player in the conference, Cunningham scored 24 of his 27 points in the second half to lead Oregon State to a 76-71 victory By Alex Crawford over the Ducks. The Daily Barometer “I told Jared early in the week, and this put a lot During a timeout midway through the first of pressure on him, ‘your best players help you half of Sunday’s Civil War basketball game, the win games on the road,’” coach Craig Robinson University of Oregon student section broke into a said. “So not only did he have his own pressure because he wanted to help the team win but I put “little brother” chant. n
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Leslie Mak competing on the beam in Friday’s win at Gill. The Beavers struggled on the beam in their second meet of the year, at Arizona.
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Right away, it was readily apparent that the Beavers had put last week’s underwhelming win over the University of Arizona in the rearview mirror.
No. 10 Oregon State defeated No. 12 Stanford University Friday night 196.800-194.525. The overall team score was the Beavers’ best so far this season, slightly better than their score in their opening-night upset over Oklahoma. Junior Kelsi Blalock’s career-high 9.950 on vault, the first event of the night for OSU, was just the beginSee GYMNASTICS | page 7
This year’s Civil War would be the classic melodrama college basketball is familiar with, as 3,719 attended Gill Coliseum to witness the Oregon State (13-7, 4-5 Pac-12) women’s basketball team outshoot its rival down the stretch in a 67-60 win Saturday night. As both teams struggled to find rhythm offensively, each team would take its turn trading turnovers for shot attempts, watching the lead flip-flop until Oregon State would execute the improbable. Late in the game, sophomore Alyssa Martin would command the momentum in the Beavers favor as her 3-pointer — one of three in the last four minutes for the Beavers — would take the lead once and for all. This would inspire the squad to follow up with a clutch defensive stand, forcing the Ducks (11-10, 3-6 Pac-12) into a shot clock violation, and having to count on luck from there. Freshman Ali Gibson would win the lead with another 3-pointer. Gibson went 4-7 from the behind the 3-point
line second half, all part of her careerhigh 23 points on the night. “If it’s open, take it. We went through a few sets, and worked the plays in practice, but it was open so we took it. Coach always has confidence in us as shooters,” Gibson said. Gibson’s success would help make her identity within the program public. “That’s who she is, a phenomenal player. She’s the best player on our floor every day,” said coach Scott Rueck. “She’s a winner, and makes every play you need. Tonight she made the shots we needed, that’s who she is.” Junior forward Patricia Bright was the Beavers’ noticeable presence inside, finishing with her second career double-double on the evening with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Most of the game would be back and fourth, themed defensively in the statistics with 23 total turnovers, and below average shooting percentages from the field. Defending the 3-pointline decided the game. “It was a battle of a game, more of defensive game than anyone expected. Then it turned into a 3-point shooting contest, and I didn’t know if we could win that against Oregon, but we did,” Rueck said. The Beavers found themselves down See WOMEN’S HOOPS | page 7