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Though the floods that overcame Corvallis a couple weeks ago have since died down, residents are still experiencing its effects in their well water.
Recent flooding has caused property damage, unsafe well water and slight overflow in southern and rural Corvallis. Students who live in Albany, rural areas outside of Corvallis and southern Corvallis have suffered flooded basements, yards, and contaminated water in privately owned wells. “It was crazy, it took me six hours to get home that day,” said William Rendich, Oregon State University junior in philosophy. Well-owners have the benefit of pure, non-chlorinated water, as well as not having to pay for a water bill. Though having a water bill is an extra expense, it guarantees filtered, safe drinking and bathing water. Well water doesn’t go through extensive treatment, and it requires renters or landowners to self-manage it through lab testing, pH testing, and treatment procedures should it become infected. This is what OSU’s extension service is worried about. Due to the recent flooding, private well water will not only be infected with nitrates, but also with a coliform bacteria: Escherichia coli, or E. coli. Confirmed tests show some wells have been infected with the bacteria, and many have been infected with a small amount of nitrates that could be dangerous to children.
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The availability of used books at the OSU Beaver Store decreases as financial aid students wait for disbursement. Approximately 65 percent of students at Oregon State University are on financial aid. With the increasing prices of textbooks, a significant amount of pressure is placed on students to find and purchase textbooks at lower prices. Financial aid is typically disbursed to students before the term begins with an estimated 90 percent of financial aid disbursed by the middle of the week. However, some students receive their aid later in the term, forcing some who rely on the dis See AID | page 2
Jennifer Sykes, a new professor at Oregon State University, has a wide range of interests and research. With her experience in social policy, sociology, political sciences and economics, Sykes is proving to be a significant addition to OSU’s teaching faculty. Q: What was it like receiving your graduate degree in sociology and social policy at Harvard? A: I went to graduate school to study poverty and inequality and Harvard presented an exciting opportunity to study these subjects in a multidisciplinary setting in a program that allowed a joint degree quite similar to the multi-disciplinary team that comprises OSU’s public policy school. So it was a fantastic and invaluable opportunity because Harvard offered incredible scholars who are excited about public policy; who were dedicated to studying poverty and really cared about the well-being of vulnerable families in America. Q: How has your first year at OSU been?
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E. coli is a deadly bacteria normally found in feces and can have deadly results within days. While nitrates aren’t nearly as dangerous, they can cause hemoglobin deficiency in young children, and have been found to cause ‘Blue Baby Syndrome,’ which leads to infants losing the ability to intake air and take on a blue coloring of the skin, and ultimately, suffocation. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing oxygen transport in red blood cells. Nitrates consume the enzymes necessary to assist hemoglobin. “Human adults can naturally consume a certain amount of nitrates, and not be affected by it; it won’t hurt us. You wouldn’t want to, but it wouldn’t hurt us. Small children are more susceptible to sickness because their immune systems aren’t as strong,” said Chrissy Lucas, program assistant of Small Farms and Groundwater Education. Lucas is an experienced crop and soil scientist with a bachelor’s degree in animal science; she has been working at OSU since 2003. After moving to Groundwater Education from her original reception job, she does unique work for the treatment and public safety of groundwater. “Water is very easily contaminated. After a flood like this, soil, dirt, debris and some kind of feces will end up washing into a well, in which case you have to treat the water,” Lucas said. Residents who use a private well are encouraged to test their water at least once a year, which is especially recommended for households with
Greek Life has been a significant fixture in the lives of college students across the nation. Recently, Greek life at Oregon State University has reached a significant peak, with 2,806 total students representing Greek chapters within the Unified Greek Council, Inter-fraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council. This represents approximately 13.6 percent of the total population at OSU. Bob Kerr, coordinator of Greek life at OSU, attributes this recent growth to several factors. “Students are looking for academic support and a place to make a big university feel smaller and more inviting,” said Kerr. “As more students experience the benefits of Greek life, they naturally attract other students as well.” Another noteworthy change the Greek community has undergone is the way it markets itself towards incoming students, said Will Later, IFC President. Many students recall the memorable “G” campaign during Connect week, where members of the Greek community wore t-shirts with a large “G” on the front. They allowed the meaning of this letter to spread by word of mouth throughout the student body, which according to Later, led to “so much more awareness about Greek life [causing a] 30 percent increase from last year’s
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A: It’s been a fantastic first year. My masters in public policy students have been incredibly impressive in their talents, but also in the scopes of what they’re interested in in terms of their policies. My colleagues at this school in public policy have been extraordinarily welcoming and it’s been fun coming to a university that has so many new hires at the same time because I have some colleagues who are going through the same process that I am: relocating to Corvallis and joining the Beaver family. I am relocating from the Boston area so the lack of snow has been a huge bonus this year. Q: Can you describe the research you have published? A: My published work has focused on the well-being of vulnerable families. One small study that I did when I was a graduate student at Harvard was I looked at mothers who neglect their children and their experiences of clients navigating the child protective system. My research often focuses on those who have little political power to see how they experience government. My present research takes on an entirely new cliental. I’m focusing on [how] economically vulnerable famiJohn zhang | THE DAILY BAROMETER lies specifically earn income tax New to OSU, professor Jennifer Sykes agrees with the structure of the school See SYKES | page 2 of public policy because it allows her to ‘move around’ within her research.
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AID n Continued from page 2 bursement to purchase cheaper books elsewhere. “There are only so many used books at the Beaver Store, so by the time I get my money, the used books are all gone,” said Grace Garnas, sophomore in food science. Paul Nkemontoh, a sophomore in general science, prefers buying his textbooks online. “I don’t usually buy from the book store because I can find the used books online.” While some financial aid students wait to receive their money, a separate line at the book store for student-athletes and scholarship students allow immediate procurement of funds. “Because of the structure of the Beaver Store, we are not tied to the university. In the university’s eyes we are a private business and so we are not tied to the dispersal of the funds,” said James Howard, academic materials manager at the Beaver Store. “For example, with student veterans we charge the Veterans Associations. There is an automatic procurement, which means money is automatically drawn at that moment.” According to Howard, there are actual accounts from which the Beaver Store charges and draws funds from, whereas students on financial aid have individual funds, which they cannot access. “I usually don’t receive my disbursement until later on in the term,” Nkemontoh said.
GREEKS n Continued from page 2 recruitment.” At a large school like OSU, composed of 20,621 undergraduates alone, many students can feel overwhelmed, and look towards Greek life as a group they can instantly identify and connect with. Jose Manriquez, chairman of the Unified Greek Council agreed, saying, “More and more people are beginning to find a home away from home within the Greek Community. Each organization is like a second family, you may have your ups and downs, but there will always be someone there to support you.” Kate Burr, President of the Panhellenic Council shares a similar viewpoint. “Oregon State is a growing university and it can be easy to get lost and feel out of touch.” Greek life, she said, gives “a sense of welcome and a home away from home type feeling.” Burr believes some of the other attractions are the rigorous academic standards many houses have in place, and also the philanthropic programs that benefit the greater Corvallis area.
Although disbursement varies across different individuals, according to the Office of Financial Aid, there are many conditions that influence rate of disbursement. “There will be some students who have aid disbursed later as they have unsatisfactory academic progress issues, are not enrolled for enough credit hours for the financial aid they have been awarded, or have just been recently awarded financial aid,” said Doug Severs, director of Financial Aid and Scholarships. With an increase in student enrollment and with more students receiving financial aid, the financial aid office deals more frequently in handling issues that inhibit disbursement of aid. “We try to get a hold of students when this occurs so that may take time,” Severs said. “There is a short-term loan program through the Cashier that students can use for their books and other necessities if their financial aid is delayed.” “I feel that I shouldn’t have to worry about paying either my rent or my books,” Garnas said. “The short-term loan program is a good idea but on top of the loans I already have, it can be overwhelming.” Although financial aid offers temporary relief to immediate monetary problems, some Oregon State students continue to struggle with the amount of expenses for books and other necessities. Ana Bienvenida, staff reporter
This significant increase in students involved in Greek life will have several ramifications, both immediately and in the near future. Kerr said, “Greek life will continue to grow parallel to the university’s growth.” With OSU attempting to expand to 30,000 students, we can only expect that the Greek system will continue its progression. To accommodate the current growth, and also make room for more members, “the Panhellenic Council recently approved the addition of two more chapters to our campus in the upcoming years,” Burr said. Manriquez said this rise in numbers will be extremely beneficial to the Greek life community. As the quantity of members goes up, inevitably the quality will as well, “Meaning that if there are more people coming in to the Greek community, then there are also more visionaries and leaders as well,” Manriquez said. “Having such an improvement in numbers leads to an improvement in quality of members,” Later said. Martin Forde, staff reporter
WELLS n Continued from page 2 children. Should residents find their water to be infected, there are several options for treatment. If the water is infected with nitrates, the best treatment is Reverse Osmosis. If E. coli is found in well water, shock treatment is the safest and most efficient remedy. Shock Treatment is the process of pouring “four to five gallons of bleach into the water through a plug or venthole in sanitary seal,” according to the OSU Extension Service. “[Students] must then pour running water down into the well, then open every fixture and let water run until you smell chlorine in each faucet. Let stand for 10-12 hours, preferably overnight; don’t use water.” After the overnight cleansing session, the chlorinated water must be flushed out from an outdoor faucet to bypass the septic system. Residents are encouraged to wait five days before submitting a new test to sample, and do not drink the water until it is confirmed safe. The nitrate treatment, Reverse Osmosis, is the physical separation and purging of the nitrates through processing. This process is done through a membrane technology filtration method that is able to separate molecules
SYKES n Continued from page 2 credit recipients who are considered the working poor or near poor. Those are the ones who have work, but often are in unstable employment or earn very low wages; they are usually in the service sector. My research is focusing on how they spend and make meaning around consumption with their tax refunds. Q: Are you currently working on new research? A: I’m extending the income tax credit research that I did for my dissertation and I’m also working with a team on a book that looks at the financial lives of the working poor in America to see how economically precarious those who are in the service sector find their financial situation particularly given the current economic times. Q: Why OSU?
A: I came to OSU specifically because they have brought together a multidisciplinary team that is very invested in the study of public policy. So sociology, political science and economics are now housed together within the school of public policy, which, for me, the core policy questions that I’m interested in tackling can’t really be studied in one of these disciplines. I teach a political science course, for example, but my interest and research are in behavioral economics of how the EITC recipients are spending and making meaning of their money. I came in with a joint degree and I didn’t want to end up in a school that forced me to teach sociology 24/7. I wanted to be in a place that you can move around to your research and interests. Tony Sanitlli, staff reporter
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and ions. Students are encouraged to determine if they or their landlord are responsible for this charge. “Students often can’t afford a treatment plan, so they either manage to get the money for it, or live on bottled water,” Lucas said. While it isn’t unsafe to bathe in nitrate-infected water, it is generally discouraged. Lucas encouraged students to contact OSU Extension service to get their water tested as well as receive instruction in how to check their water and maintain their well. “We deal with many people who are completely new to this. It’s a complete learning experience for them,” says Lucas. For students who are worried that their water is infected with E. coli, Lucas said they must send it to a private laboratory for testing, which will most likely charge a small fee. Unfortunately, OSU Extension Service is not equipped for chloroform testing. For more information about the Oregon State Extension Service’s ground water education, as well as well maintenance and safety, please contact Chrissy Lucas, at Chrissy.Lucas@oregonstate.edu.
Calendar Thursday, Feb. 2 Meetings Educational Activities Committee, 4-6pm, MU 110. Budget meeting. OSU Pre-Law Society, 6pm, StAg 111. Regular meeting. College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 132. All are welcome no matter what beliefs or political party.
College of Public Health and Human Sciences, 3-4pm, MU 213. “Using Microsimulation Modeling to Predict the Impact of the Affordability Care Act in California,” by Dylan Roby, PhD.
Dept. of Design & Human Environment, 8:30am-12:30pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Career Symposium. Industry professionals network and share professional experiences in apparel design, housing, graphic design, interior design and merchandising management. Campus Recycling, All day, Surplus Warehouse, all UHDS service centers, MU 103, Women’s Center, APCC, ALS loading dock. Free clean styrofoam recycling.
Friday, Feb. 3 Speakers College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Noon-1pm, Hallie Ford Center 115. Seminar: A Social-Ecological Perspective on Vulnerable Youth: Toward an Understanding of Sexual Development Among Urban African American Adolescents.
Campus Recycling, All day, Surplus Warehouse, all UHDS service centers, MU 103, Women’s Center, APCC, ALS loading dock. Free clean styrofoam recycling.
Monday, Feb. 6 Meetings College Democrats, 5pm, MU Board Room. Come talk about current events, local campaigns and international news with like-minded people! Student Health Services, 12:301:20pm, MU 206. Budget hearing. Open to all students. Socratic Club, 7pm, MU 110. Sponsored book study of Timothy Keller’s book “The Reason for God” will meet to discuss Chapter 1. This meeting is free and open to everyone.
Events Women’s Center Sister Scholars, 2-4pm, Women’s Center. Game Break! Come to play games and hang out with rad ladies! Graduate School, 4-5:30pm, MU 109. Forum for graduate students to provide feedback to the Graduate School.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 109A. Convenes to discuss student issues. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend.
Events Graduate Women’s Network, 2-4pm, Women’s Center. GWN is a great place to connect with other grads and take a break. This month we welcome Dr. Brenda McComb, Dean of the Graduate School. Graduate School, 4-5:30pm, MU 109. Forum for international graduate students to provide feedback to the Graduate School.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 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. Interfaith meditation or devotions – bring your
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SEC and the student voice R
emember the Student Experience Center? Remember reconstruction of the Memorial Union? These two projects should not be foreign concepts to any student, since, as a collective student body, we voted in favor of both of them two years ago. The vote marked a pretty monumental time in our recent history, as it’s not often that students can come together as a collective whole and decide on anything — let alone spending thousands of dollars in student fees on two building projects. But those who continued to follow the process that any project of this weight must undergo to actually come to fruition took notice of the legislature’s denial of the bonds at the capitol. According to President Ed Ray, who went to Salem to represent the student voice, the decision to refute the bonds was not only a blow to the majority of students who voted in favor of them, but to the university as a whole. The legislature’s decision was more or less a way of telling OSU students, “Sure, you can come to a unified decision on big issues, but it doesn’t matter because the ultimate decision is ours.” It’s comparable to an adult offering a child candy; only to deny her that candy after she decides which kind she wants. Last fall, Ray expressed his admiration over the students’ vote in favor of the SEC, and how they were willing to put their money into things that would not benefit current students, but the future generations of OSU students. Although our ability to unify as a group of some 23,000 people in a democratic decision impressed the president, it didn’t seem to impress the legislature — or at least not enough for them to do anything about it. Now, the issue is resurfacing, as we are currently in the midst of the legislature congregating to discuss the bonds for a 30-day period. During this time, they will create a bill and vote. But what reason do they have to change their minds about the bonds if OSU students do not make their concerns made known? If they don’t hear from students now, it’s as if they’ve either given up or stopped caring. Director of OSU Government Relations Jock Mills suggested students express their views on the issue through the representative voice of the student body, ASOSU President Hopoi or Executive Director of Government Relations Ravi Patel. Not to mention the numerous senators who offered their emails, their office hours and undying attention to any student who has something to say at last night’s town hall meeting. Unfortunately, the town hall only had 28 people present, most of which were ASOSU senators and representatives of the House. Those who were there, including leaders of various cultural centers and Greek life, were given unrestricted opportunities to make their voices heard. If students want something to get done in Salem, if they want their votes for the current building projects, or any other issue for that matter to count for something, if they want to stop being treated like children with candy, they need to keep fighting for the changes they earned with a majority vote. t
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Overseas labor rights, abuse and a little concern I
t’s no surprise today that the majority of American goods are made overseas. And it’s usually not considered a good thing. Outsourcing, labor disputes and abuse, defective and dangerous chemicals — there’s a lot to be worried about. A recent New York Times article highlighted the horrific conditions thousands of Chinese workers have been subject to under the manufacturing company Foxconn Technology, which owns several technology factories in China. From explosions to fires, seven-day workweeks and crowded dorm-like living conditions, improper disposal of hazardous materials and falsified employee records — there’s an extreme stereotype of overseas labor abuse. And most fitting of all is that the more recent and prominent disputes have been over production in facilities owned by Apple, which has recently become America’s number one tech company, and soon to take over the number one spot globally. They brought in nearly $13 billion in profits last quarter. According to the NYT report, while Apple executives claim to have filed multiple inspections, improvements and audits (312 between 2007 and 2009), they still found over 70 “core violations” during that period, which included “involuntary labor, under-age workers, record falsifications, [and] improper disposal of hazardous waste.” But some words still prove hypocritical in the adoration of the company, particularly in the late Steven P. Jobs. “I actually think Apple does one of the best jobs of any companies in our industry, and maybe in any industry, of understanding the working conditions in our supply chain,” said Jobs. “You go to this place, and it’s a factory, but, my gosh, I mean, they’ve got restaurants and movie theaters and hospitals and swimming pools, and I mean, for a factory, it’s a pretty nice factory.” Eyewitnesses and ex-workers
Considering the Horizon noted the extremely bright lights throughout the factory, 24-hour work shifts, standing, and on a $22 a day salary nonetheless. In 2010, Apple filed another 229 audits, finding at least 93 facilities with half their workers exceeding the 60-hour-a-week limit. Four employees were killed last year, and 77 were injured in factory explosions. As a former Apple executive put it: “If you see the same pattern of problems, year after year, that means the company’s ignoring the issue rather than solving it…” But it’d be unfair to say Apple is the sole culprit in today’s world; Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Sony, Toshiba and many other companies have had plenty of their own issues, and many in association with Foxconn. Just last month, in protest of poor working conditions, 150 workers from a Foxconn plant in Wuhan threatened to commit suicide by leaping from the factory roof. After two days, most of the workers agreed to return to work, and the others accepted a compensation package, which Foxconn has yet to award. It didn’t end up as gruesome as it could have, but it’s still drastically different overseas. America doesn’t see employee mass suicide too often; we see union protest and strike. It’s a cheap and bloated world, especially in the dense Far East, and American companies have been taking advantage of it for decades. Somewhere between taxes and insurance and pensions for workers in the States, you can find a more profitable situation overseas. Who’s to blame for it? Apple, for example, hasn’t gotten to the point of overseas manufacturing over the potential of a product. They’ve gotten to this
point due to the success of a product. There’s no more blame on Apple or Foxconn than there is the American consumer. We support this junk business. Thirty years ago, instances like these weren’t considered, let alone recognized. Today, the naive American believes in the ethical and fair treatment of overseas and outsourced labor. Certainly, we’ve come to a point today where there is no “domestic” economy, only global, and there isn’t much an individual can do about it. But we still have the wherewithal to consider how our purchase affects business. iPods, iPads, Kindles, laptops; cell phones, game consoles, televisions, stereos — America, the glutton to electronics. None of it’s necessary, but most of it’s merely convenient, or at least helpful in today’s world. Consider if one could actually care about working conditions overseas — how their purchase indirectly supports such aforementioned practices — what’s to be done about it? Unfortunately, nothing. Today’s industry may operate under the guise of fair compensation, equal rights and labor, but it will continue to lie. There’s no longer an allegiance to a nation; it’s to the buyer, the more efficient production process. American worker unions have controlled the manufacturing industry of our country, and continue to do so. But as they demand rights — from pensions to insurance, rules and bargaining rights only an American citizen would dare ask for and likely earn — they put even more pressure on companies to find a cheaper, simpler solution. As the government considers heavier regulations and larger tax rates — both of which have fair implications and purpose — industries look for other countries that don’t have such lofty requirements. We want a fairer society, a cleaner environment, an equal and ethical treatment of people, but it all
demands sacrifice, particularly for those who want to succeed here in the United States. Foreign labor is a meeting in the middle for fairness, and prosperity and comfort — we don’t necessarily support it, but we continue to demand it for our own good. Whether America can accept it or not, we’re one hell of a narrow society Nevertheless, it’s technology; it’s always changing and the scene could take a dramatic leap to automated production, bringing about another host of employment issues. Technology is merely convenience anyways. Unfortunately, in another case, according to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, nearly 80 percent of the “active pharmaceutical ingredients used to make [pharmaceutical drugs in America]” come from China and India. Forty percent of all drugs taken in the United States were manufactured overseas. The worst part, the FDA does not have the power to recall pharmaceuticals, reject imported pharmaceuticals thought to be counterfeits, or require that a manufacturer notify the agency if a pharmaceutical drug has been tainted or corrupted with foreign or illegal agents. Now that’s something people may care about. Now our bodies are on the line. t
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Cleaning ads reveal perpetual stereotypes of gender I
n the future, if or when we become an extinct species, and the only artifact from our contemporary existence that remains is cleaning product commercials, the discoverers would believe two things: 1. The males of our species are blundering idiots, equivalent to a third child of a family. 2. The females are eagle-eyed harpies whose sole purpose is to regulate the home and its occupants, particularly the bumbling idiot mentioned in item one. Essentially, cleaning product commercials perpetuate stereotypes, denigrate and objectify both genders, and demonstrate the laziness of highly paid advertising firms. The most obvious stereotype has woman’s only place as a hyper-vigilant, anal retentive, clean freak whose sole purpose is to monitor the home, the husband, and the children with either shrill nagging or the gleeful cleaning up after every single mess, absolving the sullied delinquent of any responsibility. Most cleaning commercials I have seen in my lifetime show some version of this stereotype. Granted, the majority of purchasers of cleaning products are women who, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, make 80 percent of the purchasing decisions for household goods, which includes cleaning products. Haven’t we been trying to move away from women taking full responsibility for the cleanliness and functionality of the home? I’m confused. The second wave of the feminist movement revolted against the conventional division of labor between men and women. Why do cleaning product companies still depict a narrative that reinforces conventional family structure? The role men play is no better: they are the
bumbling idiots who run blenders with no lid; obliviously traipse in dirt with their big, heavy work boots; or instigate the children to make a mess, while participating in said disastrous activity. (For one commercial that said disastrous activity is baking cookies — cookie dough on ceiling included). I’m sure there is more than one man in the world who doesn’t know how to use a blender, but they are perfectly capable of learning the basic skills of running a household, blender included. To top it off, men receive condescending smiles from the ever-patient wives who continue to enable such behaviors and not use the moment to kindly instruct, as partners, on cleaning procedures. If we continue to portray father figures and adult males as clueless, clumsy Neanderthals who are only capable of either making messes or very, very simple activities (spraying Febreeze), is it any wonder that married women, according to the National Science Foundation, spend 17 hours a week performing housework versus seven hours for married men? The contributions to this inequality are numerous and complex, but it certainly cannot help that our culture is continuing this gendered division of housework. Some of the most despicable ads portray men performing housework, but they’re performing it shirtless, akin to a stripped down version of the book “Porn for Women.” A Pine-Sol commercial tells the story of the Pine-Sol spokeswomen coming home to a six-pack ab man mopping her bedroom floor. Reversing objectification doesn’t do us any good either. It is just as wrong to objectify men as it is to objectify women, especially to sell a product. Women who are objectified in cleaning ads
are reduced from human beings capable of multidimensional lives, to beings whose sole focus and purpose is to maintain clean households, including cleaning up after their families. She becomes a cleaning machine with no needs or ability to create boundaries for herself. Apart from sexism, these commercials additionally present classism, racism and heterosexism; if one places those lenses on these ads as well, the whole bit is hopeless. Why can’t we have cleaning product commercials that depict men and women in diverse family structures equally taking responsibility for their space, displaying gestures of good stewardship and instilling those values in their children? Isn’t marketing all about fantasy? That ideal certainly does not exist in reality, so why can’t we have it in our advertisements and progress in our gender politics? t
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Rivals.com 4-star (3rd-ranked G, 52nd overall) Corvallis HS, Corvallis, Ore. Riley’s take: (See story)
Caleb Smith Tight end 4-star (11th-ranked TE) Kentridge HS (Renton, WA) Riley’s take: “Physically mature right now. He’s ready to go. He’s one of the best prospects around.”
Brent VanderVeen Quarterback
3-star (11th-ranked dual threat QB) Arroyo Grande HS (Arroyo Grande, CA) Riley’s take: “We got one quarterback in the class, and it was our first choice.”
Chris Brown Running back
3-star (24th-ranked RB) San Joaquin Memorial HS (Fresno, CA) Riley’s take: “He’ll be like other freshman backs that we’ve had in this program that will come in here and get turns right away and see what they can do with it. He’s a really good player.”
Malik Gilmore Wide receiver
3-star (52nd-ranked WR) Lakewood HS (Lakewood, CA) Riley’s take: “A great player, we’re excited to have him.”
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The Corvallis High product, one of the nation’s highest rated offensive lineman, opts to stay home for college By Warner Strausbaugh The Daily Barometer
Locally grown, nationally recognized, Isaac Seumalo was a big catch for the Beavers on Wednesday’s Signing Day. Ties run deep with Oregon State and Isaac, starting with his family. His father, Joe, is the defensive line coach for OSU; and his brother Andrew is a starting defensive tackle for the Beavers. As both a father and a coach in this process, Joe Seumalo was ecstatic Wednesday when it became official that his son would be donning the orange and black. “I feel privileged, blessed, all of the above,” Joe said. “To have him stay with his commitment here at Oregon State and be able to be a part of something special here; I am thrilled, to say the least.” “We’ve known Isaac for a long time,” said head coach Mike Riley. “We left no stone unturned in recruiting Isaac. Because he’s Joe’s son, we did not take anything for granted. In doing that, we’re being fair to [Isaac], because he ended up being one of the most highly recruited guys on the West Coast.” Isaac got eight other offers, including ones from recent powerhouses like Stanford, Boise State and the University of Southern California, but Joe said Oregon State was always going to be where his son landed. “It was always Oregon State because I’m here, his brother’s here, his connection with Mike Cavanaugh … and his relationship with Coach Riley as well, that’s been huge,” Joe said. Joe and Cavanaugh coached together at the University of Hawaii in 1999 and 2000,
and according to Joe, Cavanaugh’s relationship with Isaac was a crucial part of the decision. As hard as it might have been, Joe had to throw biases aside and let his son choose what he wanted to do, and not be the one pressuring him into coming to OSU. “I kind of stayed away from the decision making,” Joe said. “If you look at Isaac throughout his life — the academic part of it, the social part of it, just the individual part of it — he’s been outstanding.” Having a brother on the team will only add to reasons why this was a no-brainer for Isaac. Especially since they’ll be banging helmets in practice next year, as Isaac is an offensive guard and Andrew is a defensive tackle. “That connection’s always been there with Andrew and Isaac,” Joe said. “I think there was a moment that kind of solidified itself, which was after that Civil War this past year. After the game, I saw them kind of embrace, and it was a good one. I felt like ‘Okay, I think Isaac is set on it. This is where he wants to be for the next four years. And he wants to make sure that we never lose to the Ducks again.’” While everyone had pegged Isaac as a nearSee SEUMALO | page 7
Dustin Stanton Tight end 3-star (32nd-ranked TE) Lakewood HS (Marysville, WA) Riley’s take: “He’ll be really, really fun to watch as he gets older, stronger and bigger. What really drew us to him initially was his athleticism. The first clip I ever saw of him, he was playing basketball.”
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3-star (10th-ranked C) Oceanside HS (Oceanside, CA)
Garrett Weinreich Guard 3-star (41st-ranked G) Arroyo Grande HS (Arroyo Grande, CA)
Josh Mitchell Guard
3-star Mount Si HS (Snoqualmie, WA)
Tackle 3-star Granite Bay HS (Granite Bay, CA)
Mike Riley addressing the media Wednesday.
Offensive line needs addressed n
Beavers sign seven offensive linemen, some who will have the rare chance of playing right away next fall By Warner Strausbaugh The Daily Barometer
For a team built on the foundation of pounding the rock, establishing household-name running backs behind offensive lines with All-Americans, 2011 was a monumental fall from grace for Oregon State. The Beavers finished 118th (out of 120 NCAA FBS teams) in rushing yards per game, a clear indication that the quality of the offensive line
To have him stay with his commitment here at Oregon State and be able to be a part of something special here; Iam thrilled, to say the least.
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had slipped from its usual production. “The last couple years, [the running game has] been disappointing,” said offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. “It’s down to your attitude as an offensive lineman, your pride that you have to have to be able to knock the guy off the ball and kick his ass. I think we’ve missed that mentality.” It was clear from the moment OSU’s 3-9 season came to a conclusion that they were going to be putting a lot of emphasis on the offensive line in their off-season recruiting plans. The Beavers inked seven offensive line recruits on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, reinforcing the glaring need for some new blood up front. “We needed to get some offensive linemen, so
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I’m really excited about this group,” said Oregon State head coach Mike Riley. Aside from the subpar production that the line has provided in recent years, OSU also lost a number of proven starters who had been permanent fixtures. Three of the five regular starters from last year’s squad — Mike Remmers, Grant Johnson and Burke Ellis — were seniors. Their veteran status will be missed. “Obviously, their experience is going to be the big thing,” Cavanaugh said. “When you look at Remmers and Grant Johnson, they started a lot of games for us, so obviously experience is going to See OFFENSIVE LINE | page 6
Chase Eldredge Guard
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Stan Hasiak OL
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Trust in the coaches, the fact that so many young players have shown potential lead recruits to Corvallis By Grady Garrett The Daily Barometer
Joel Skotte says he knew where he’d sign the minute Oregon State offered him a scholarship late last spring. But that didn’t prevent the Mountain View High School senior from having second thoughts as he watched the 2011 college football season unfold. Oregon State limped to a 3-9 finish and missed a bowl game for the second consecutive year. Skotte also had an offer on the table from Boise State, a program that’s won 50 games in four years. “That was the biggest problem in my mind,”
Skotte said. “Boise State was whooping people and Oregon State was struggling.” But yesterday Skotte, along with 20 other high school seniors, signed his letter of intent to play for the Beavers. The way Oregon State has built its program, Skotte said, “overpowered the fact that they had a down year.” That was the general theme across the board, as Oregon State raked in one of its stronger classes in recent years. “Coach [Mike] Riley really knows what he’s doing if he can go to four bowl games in a row in a place like Corvallis,” said Rivals four-star tight end Caleb Smith. Safety Cyril Noland said he wasn’t discouraged as he watched OSU’s forgettable season unfold from his hometown of Ruston, La. “Sure, it wasn’t as pleasing as you’d like, but See SIGNEES | page 6
Joel Skotte LB Rivals.com 3-star (33rd ranked inside LB) Mountain View HS (Bend, OR) Riley’s take: “He’s like physically ready to play. He could make an impact right away. He can run, he’s big enough right now and he’s a very, very good athlete.”
Chris Miller S 3-star (60th ranked safety) Diamond Ranch HS (Pomona, CA)
Tyler Hasty Corner
3-star Bellevue HS (Bellevue, WA) Riley’s take: “This kid is an athlete. He might be a returner, he might be a safety, might be a corner, might be a slotback, might be a ‘Wildcat’ quarterback. He’s a player. Watching his film and watching Jordan Poyer’s film, there are a lot of similarities.”
Cyril Noland S 3-star Ruston HS (Ruston, LA) Riley’s take: “We may look at them [Zack Robinson and Cyril Noland] for versatility at corner.”
Zack Robinson WR
3-star Sequoyah HS, Tahlequah OK JOHN ZHANG
Riley’s take: “We may look at them [Zack Robinson and Cyril Noland] for versatility at corner.”
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Safety Cyril Noland signs his letter of intent in Ruston, La. Noland was one of the defensive backs who did not change his commitment Wednesday.
Keith Heyward’s departure could be part of the reason why OSU signs only one corner after four originally committed By Grady Garrett The Daily Barometer
Not everything went according to plan for the Beavers Wednesday. Cornerback Cleveland Wallace surprised a few folks when he chose to sign with Washington after originally committing to Oregon State. “They [Wallace’s family] called me this morning and I thought he was coming, and then a little bit later he had decided something else,” head coach Mike Riley said. Wallace wasn’t the only defensive back to flipflop on the Beavers. Rivals four-star corner Devian Shelton signed with the University of Southern California and
2-star La Marque HS (La Marque, TX) Riley’s take: “Outstanding prospect.”
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Caleb Saulo LB
three-star corner Kentrell Brice signed with Louisiana Tech. Both had previously given verbals to Oregon State. Tyler Hasty, out of Bellevue High School in Washington, ended up being the only corner the Beavers signed. “I would have liked to have signed another corner,” Riley said. “At one time we had four corners committed and we ended up with probably only one true corner.” The three corners that flip-flopped all did so after former Beaver secondary coach Keith Heyward took a position at Washington in January. Riley didn’t come out and say that Heyward’s departure was what led to Wallace, Shelton and Brice’s change of heart, but he didn’t rule it out, either. “It might have affected one guy in the class, I would say that’s possible,” Riley said.
One defensive back that stayed true to their commitment, safety Cyril Noland, was a teammate of Brice’s at Ruston High School in Ruston, La. Noland said Heyward’s departure might have played a “minor factor” in Brice’s decision, but nothing more than that. Noland, one of three safeties the Beavers signed, was “shocked” when he heard Heyward was leaving, but not discouraged. “I talked about it with my parents and came to the conclusion that Oregon State was still a good fit,” Noland said. “It would have been nice to play for him, don’t get me wrong, but life goes on.” Riley echoed that last sentiment Wednesday. “We’re getting past [Heyward’s departure and lost commits] today,” he said. “We’re on to the next deal.” Grady Garrett, sports editor Twitter: @gradygarrett firstname.lastname@example.org
2-star Kentlake HS (Kent, WA)
Garrett Owens Kicker
2-star Arroyo Grande HS (Arroyo Grande, CA) Riley’s take: “I just saw this kid, and I didn’t want to let him go.”
Rommel Mageo DE
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Noke Tago DL
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Cade Cowdin LB
3-star College of the Desert
Dyllon Mafi LB
3-star Oakland HS/Laney CC Riley’s take (on both JC LB’s): “Guys that have played and fit our style well. They’re active and good football players.”
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recruits realize the caliber of the coaches and the direction the program is headed,â€? Noland said. Skotte said his main concern was whether or not the current coaches would keep their jobs. Well, with the exception of secondary coach Keith Heywardâ€™s departure to Washington, the coaching staff is back. â€œThe coaching staff was the main thing,â€? Skotte said. â€œThey treat you right.â€? Riley said the coaches didnâ€™t have to try any harder
to â€œsellâ€? the program after a losing season, because recruits realize the potential the young core of Beavers displayed last year. â€œI didnâ€™t have to sell it, these kids know,â€? Riley said. â€œI think recruits are smarter than some of the adults trying to recruit them. They have an awareness about them that can be pretty special. They can look at this roster and look at whoâ€™s there and then fit themselves in and see that vision.â€? Noland agreed with this line of thinking. â€œRecruits realize the caliber of the coaches and direction the program is heading,â€?
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Security Council members ended an afternoon of private discussions Wednesday about a draft resolution on Syria still riven by major differences but expressing optimism that an agreement could be reached, participants said. â€œI think we have a much better understanding of what needs to be done for us to reach a consensus,â€? said Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the world body. â€œClearly, there is a desire to get a text that can be adopted in the next few days,â€? said Mark Lyall Grant, Britainâ€™s ambassador. â€œBut thereâ€™s a lot of difficult issues and weâ€™re not there yet.â€? He said that negotiations will continue Thursday morning. The British delegation said it hoped for a vote this week; the U.S. delegation said it was not a matter of weeks before a vote
could be held; and the French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe was quoted in Paris as saying he hoped for a vote next week. The Moroccan delegation, which submitted the draft, is now working on an edited version of it, Colombian Ambassador Nestor Osorio told reporters. Discussions Wednesday included whether to support an Arab League plan that calls on Syria to form a unity government within two months but stops short of supporting military intervention or economic sanctions, he said. â€œWe have more work to do,â€? said U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice. â€œBut I think people are in the spirit of rolling up their sleeves and trying to get to work in a serious manner.â€? The draft calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to transfer power to his vice presi-
were being leaders, but they werenâ€™t. Itâ€™s probably pretty harsh, but I think weâ€™ve missed that tremendously.â€? This group of young freshman may be an be the key in what weâ€™re losing.â€? Losing seniors is a part of life in college exception to one of OSUâ€™s normal rules about football, and the team has to, and will, move true freshman linemen. on. â€œNormally I would say offensive linemen are â€œOne of the things I always tell my offensive automatic redshirt candidates, just for growth line guys is the game stays the same, but the and development and all that they have to faces change,â€? Cavanaugh said. learn,â€? Riley said. â€œBut I think we could see Now, with the seven newly-signed linemen, some impact from this group right away.â€? OSU will have an abundance of fresh, new talâ€œThereâ€™s some people in this group who can ent at their disposal for four come in because theyâ€™re assmore years. kickers,â€? Cavanaugh added. â€œWe lost quite a few guys the The only returning O-line It was obviously last two years, so this was big starters to this team are right for us,â€? Cavanaugh said. â€œWeâ€™re a big need and tackle Colin Kelly, who will be excited about it and I canâ€™t wait we filled that with a senior in the fall, and guard to start coaching these guys. It Josh Andrews, who sprained the group weâ€™ve was obviously a big need and his MCL in the second game we filled that with the group got coming in. of the season and was very weâ€™ve got coming in.â€? limited for the remainder of Some highly-touted recruits the season. But itâ€™s been made Mike Cavanaugh are among those joining the clear that no one is guaranteed Offensive line coach ranks in the offensive line. a spot for the fall. Isaac Seumalo (four-star OSU is excited for this new recruit, third-ranked guard nationally, according to Rivals), Grant Bays (10th-ranked center), class of linemen to come in right away and and five more three- or two-star linemen, will contribute to this team and to bring them back be the core of what hopes to be the next great to the days of old when a good Oregon State offensive line was the norm. OSU offensive line. â€œThis isnâ€™t about having fun, itâ€™s about beatâ€œAll of them have a lot of upside,â€? Cavanaugh said. â€œSo weâ€™re excited about them. They bring ing people up, establishing yourself on the a lot of different things to the table â€“ something field,â€? Cavanaugh said. â€œSo weâ€™ve got to have that nastiness back, and I think itâ€™s coming that weâ€™ve been missing.â€? back.â€? One of those elements: leadership. â€œI think thereâ€™s some leaders coming in,â€? Warner Strausbaugh, sports writer Cavanaugh said. â€œWe had missed that flat Twitter: @WStrausbaugh email@example.com out. Some guys might have thought they
dent. Al-Assad has faced growing international pressure to stop a bloody crackdown on dissidents seeking his ouster and democratic elections. Arab and Western diplomats voiced their support for the draft resolution, but representatives from Russia and China -- two of the five Security Council members that have veto power -- have slammed it as meddlesome. More effective than the resolution, Russia and China said, would be the fostering of dialogue within the country. But U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was unsympathetic. â€œThe Syrian people themselves are the ones who are crying out for peace and justice, for dignity, for their rights, for a better future,â€? she said in Washington. â€œAnd every member of the council has to make a decision: Whose side are you on? Are you on the side of the Syrian people? Are you on the side of the Arab League? Are you on the side of the people in the Middle East and North Africa who have during this past year spoken out courageously and often for their rights? Or are you on the side of brutal, dictatorial regime? U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaking alongside Israeli President Shimon Peres after talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday, said the members of the Security Council â€œfully understand the seriousness and urgency of these issues; I sincerely hope that they will be able to take necessary action.â€?
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he said. â€œThe fact that they had a quarterback [Sean Mannion] that was a freshman All-American after not even starting at the beginning of the year is a really good sign.â€? â€œItâ€™s good to have guys you know youâ€™re going to be playing with for a long time,â€? Smith said. If this yearâ€™s class pans out, the Beavers could be set to challenge the Pac-12 in a few years. â€œWinning games comes down to the guys in the program wanting to win, and the guys in this class really want to win, and I think weâ€™ll pull it together and make good things happen,â€? Smith said. â€œEveryoneâ€™s pumped to know we can be the start of something big,â€? Skotte said.
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SEUMALO n Continued from page 4 lock to sign with OSU, it was not always an inevitability. USC made a late push for him, and uncertainties started creeping in for the coaches. Riley said Isaac came to him “man-to-man” and told him he’d like to visit USC. Needless to say, Riley’s pleased with the way things turned out. “When I look back on it, for him I’m glad, because he was able to explore and make a new decision, where he could make the statement ‘I liked USC, but love Oregon State,’ and this is where he’s going to be. In the end when you hear that, you can say that was a good process.” Now that it’s official, the next step will be how Isaac can contribute to the Beavers. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the offensive line for 2012, it’s definitely not out of the question that he could be a rare true freshman offensive line starter. The ESPNU Scouting Report on Seumalo states, “He mixes a high effort and physical style of play with a good feel for the game,” and
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also “is a physical and tenacious run blocker.” ESPNU ranks him as the 19th overall recruit nationally, and Scout has him as a fivestar recruit and top-ranked guard, while Rivals ranks him third among guards. By most who scout high school athletes for a living, Isaac is a can’t-miss guy who is on the right track to doing great things for the Beavers. Another of OSU’s signings on Wednesday was linebacker Joel Skotte from Mountain View High School in Bend. Skotte played against Seumalo a few times in high school and knows what kind of upside he brings to the table. “He’s a strong dude,” Skotte said. “When I went one-on-one against him, the only way I could get through was to run around him. He’s the best blocker I’ve ever gone against, it’s really not even close.” All of the hype surrounding Isaac will probably continue, leading into fall camp once he becomes a student at OSU and a part of the football team. Staying grounded and level-headed is what his father wants and expects him to be when that time comes.
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Junior guard Chucky Jeffery is the Buffaloes notable team leader and biggest offensive threat, but has already been accounted for considering the way Oregon State was able to neutralize arguably one of the best players in the conference in the Civil War, Oregon’s Nia Jackson. “[Jeffery’s] a very good player, she’s clutch and great in the open and half court,” Rueck said. “But Nia Jackson was the ultimate test, and through that game we learned what we can do defensively, and gained a lot of confidence in ourselves.” Outside of Jeffery, Colorado is a very typical well-rounded basketball team, which puts emphasis on the game plan as a whole, rather
“I think he’s excited about just that opportunity to come and compete at a very high level,” Joe said. “And then hopefully when it’s all said and done, he’s earned himself a position in front of the line, but we’ll see what happens.” A lot has been made of Isaac Seumalo’s recruiting decision for over a year now. The Corvallis High School product will raise a lot of expectations for the offensive line and the Beavers in general, and the hope for the team is that he lives up to those lofty goals. “He basically could have chosen where he wanted to go in the country,” Riley said. “He had the benefit of knowing us the best, that either helps you or hurts you. We want guys in the end that know exactly why they’re coming here, and I think Isaac does.” Isaac did indeed have his pick of the litter, and he chose Oregon State. Perhaps he can be the starting point for the revitalization of a program that’s had a losing record the last two seasons. Warner Strausbaugh, sports writer Twitter: @WStrausbaugh email@example.com
than any one player being a threat. “Colorado has a little bit of everything. It’s the game plan to take away their shots,” Rueck said. With two wins this weekend, the Beavers would move into no worse than sixth place and could move to as high as fourth place. OSU hosts Utah Saturday. “It’s intriguing, these two new teams [Colorado and Utah] to the conference and it is fun to expect the new faces,” Rueck said. “I am happy with where we are. We continue to improve and eliminate weaknesses, so we’ll hope to finish with more than four wins this second half.”
MEN’S BASKETBALL n Continued from page 8 points per game. OSU’s big men will have their hands full with Colorado’s sophomore forward Andre Roberson, who is averaging a double-double on the season with 11.1 points and 11 rebounds per game. No one on the Beavers is averaging more than 6.7 rebounds per game. Last year, Oregon State was beaten bad, 83-57, in a December nonconference game in Boulder. But the Buffaloes top three scorers from last year are all gone. And two of those three — Alec Burks and Cory Higgins — are now playing in the NBA. Robinson doesn’t think that means much. “They have replaced those guys with equally good guys and then they have the kid (Carlon Brown) who is the one-year transfer
who comes in and plays,” Robinson said. “This team doesn’t drop off much from last year. As a matter of fact, they might be a little bit better because the scoring is more spread out.” This game promises to be a hard fought contest, considering Colorado is undefeated at home and the Beavers are coming off a Civil War game where they played arguably their best stretch of basketball all season. The Beavers may have dropped last year’s game in Boulder, but this game promises to be a whole new story. “We’re a different team this year, you can’t compare last year’s team to this year’s team, on so many levels,” Brandt said. “It’ll be a totally different game this year than last year.” Alex Crawford, sports writer Twitter: @dr_crawf firstname.lastname@example.org
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Two in a row Oregon State enters the second half of conference play on a 2-game winning streak. The Beavers beat Oregon last Saturday and won at USC a week before that.
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Why go? With two wins this weekend, the Beavers could move to as high as fourth in the conference standings. And two wins is certainly reasonable — Colorado and Utah both have losing records in conference play.
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PPG RPG APG 9.7 5.4 0.2
Vital Statistics (Sophomore guard) 2011-12 Season
PPG RPG APG 8.8 3.2 2.1
Oregon State was able to “just catch the bus” as it heads into the second half of conference play. Recent wins over USC and Oregon said a lot about Oregon State’s potential to win games. “We have been competitive nearly every night. I’m happy with the way we are progressing, the last two games we’ve shown that we can be the one that makes plays,” Head Coach Scott Rueck said. “I’m really encouraged by this team as we head into the second half now.” That competitive drive discussed by Rueck isn’t asking for reflection either, as the players head into their inaugural conference matchup against the University of Colorado (15-5, 4-5 Pac-12). “There’s another game, we are still working on ourselves, meeting the goals set in practice, and bettering us to go out and win,” sophomore guard Alexis Bostick said. “That Civil War win was fun, but I want the next one too.” Although their upcoming opponents are new to the conference, the Beavers (13-7, 4-5) really have seen anything and everything in preparation for what is to come. The Buffaloes are a well-rounded team that have found a place in the middle ground in almost every team statistic, most noticeably scoring and shooting percentages. The only category where they sit above Oregon State is rebounding. “We will take that as a challenge, we will set that as a goal, and really work hard on the boards, and that will help us accomplish anything,” said junior forward ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley. Rueck and company have strived to be a defensive team, and meshing perfectly with that identity is the emphasis on winning the rebounding column. “You have to rebound if you want to win, it’s a dirty work that usually involves changing old habits, but winning is fun, so we’ll do everything we can to rebound,” Rueck said. See WOMEN’S HOOPS | page 7
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Beavers face third-place Colorado in Boulder, where they lost by 23 last year By Alex Crawford The Daily Barometer
These Buffaloes will have quite a bit of running to do if they want to keep up with Oregon State’s red-hot offense. The Beavers, winners of three straight, enter tonight’s game against Colorado fourth in the nation in scoring at 82.4 points per game. A three-game win streak in this relatively weak Pac-12 Conference might not seem like much, but it’s something the Beavers haven’t done in three years. It’s been just as long since they’ve won back-to-back conference road games. “We’re on a good roll right now, we’ve won three in a row and are really starting to find our groove, getting our rotations down in man defense and getting it up to a standard that’s
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good enough for Pac-12 play,” junior Angus Brandt said. “I’m confident we can make a run toward the higher end of the standings.” In addition to leading the Pac-12 in scoring, the Beavers are also first in assists, field goal percentage and steals. They also have player of the year candidate Jared Cunningham, who leads the league in scoring and steals. It might seem like a head-scratcher that the Beavers aren’t first in the conference standings — or even in the top five. They currently sit in eighth place with a 4-5 conference record, but anyone who has followed their season knows that the Beavers aren’t an eighth-place team. They lost a quadruple overtime game to Stanford at home, which was followed by an overtime loss to
Arizona in Tucson. A few different bounces of the ball and OSU is 6-3 and tied for third in the league with Oregon and Colorado. Coach Craig Robinson and the Beavers are not dwelling on what could have been, though. They are taking each day and each game one at a time and it’s currently paying off. “It would be nicer to be in second place and not having lost the overtime games. But I have more confidence in this team than any other team I’ve ever coached,” Robinson said. “So record be damned, it’s fun coaching this team because every single game we coach, we feel like we are going to win it.” Despite losing two of their key players from last season, the Buffaloes haven’t seen much drop off. After winning three in a row, Colorado is coming off a 17-point loss at UCLA. The Buffaloes are lead by senior guard Carlon Brown, who TAYLOR HAND | THE DAILY BAROMETER comes into the game averaging 13 Devon Collier rises for a layup earlier this year. Collier, the Beavers’ second leading scorer, was held scoreless in last year’s blowout loss at Colorado. See MEN’S BASKETBALL | page 7