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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 • OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY CORVALLIS, OREGON 97331
VOLUME CXV, NUMBER 78
8 – Gymnastics and Wrestling
2 – Sorority prepares for annual Mock Rock event
MEN’S HOOPS: Beavs lose to Washington State 83-73
4 – Taxing your weight 4 – Yeas and Nays
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Some who spend time in MU, Benton Hall, Snell share on necessity of reconstruction By Alex Hilborn
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Benton Hall, one of campus’ oldest buildings, is plagued with construction and aesthetic problems.
Older buildings around campus provide a unique challenge when it comes to maintaining the structures for modern use while still preserving their historical value. The buildings that comprise Oregon State University’s campus range in age from Benton Hall, built in 1887, to newly constructed projects like the Linus Pauling Science Center. While newer buildings often have designs that fit the planned usage of the space and the technological innovations necessary for modern use, older buildings around campus must undergo upkeep and renovation to keep them suitable for the needs of current occupants. For example, the Memorial Union, built in the late 1920’s, has subsequently gone through several modifications over the decades to make the space usable today while accurately maintaining its historical aesthetics. When construction on the MU began, the building was not expected to eventually receive additions on the east and west ends which would ultimately alter its floor plans. “The addition changed the path of travel,” said Sid Cooper, assistant director of Memorial Union Building Services. “Part of our work is making the building easier for path of travel and people with disabilities.” With the increased foot traffic of the current student body, the modification of the building has caused congestion problems around peak activity hours of the school day. The MU Building Services staff hopes to alleviate some of the building’s current traffic flow problems, as non-invasively as possible, by putting up better signage to direct people where to go. One of the first buildings on campus to do so, the MU, has also recently undergone evaluations on how to make the space more accessible to people with disabilities, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, for future use. “One of the big challenges is pre-
sentation,” Cooper said. “How do you preserve the old, but for new use?” The MU Building Services staff uses a variety of techniques to keep the building looking classy but useful, such as repurposing building materials from one part of the building for use in a different section. The MU also utilizes student’s knowledge and skills to help renovate the building as a means for conserving student fees. Often space in the building gets modified to serve new functions, as in the case of the bookstore turning into a second ballroom to meet reservation demands. The MU shows how an old building can still serve the school usefully with some retooling. Sometimes, however, no amount of clever renovations can turn a building previously meant for one purpose into a space that functions well for another. The music department currently finds itself struggling to make Benton Hall serve its needs. “The building is often ineffective for music-making. If music was a science, we would be in the wrong lab,” said Steven Zielke, director of choral studies. “At one point we figured we had 1,000 students. The building is crumbling under all those feet.” With bands and choirs performing in classes too small for their size, Benton also doesn’t have sound-proof walls or proper acoustics, making teaching, learning and playing music difficult for staff and students. The sounds produced by bands can get so loud that volume levels cause hearing damage. Visible cracks also run up the side of the building. “The only way for us to grow is in a new space,” Zielke said. “I don’t think we will be able to repurpose the building for our needs any better than we have thus far.” The music department has attempted, with little success, to make renovations to the building, mostly through personal fundraising. All attempts to modify the space so it functions better for the music department do not change the fact Benton Hall would better serve the specific function the designers initially built it for. “Benton Hall is the most historic building on campus that has yet to be renovated. It would make a won-
Student Incidental Fee Committee hears fee requests n
Three different organizations presented to the SIFC, received tentative approval of funds By Don Iler
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The Student Incidental Fee Committee met last night in the Memorial Union Journey Room to hear presentations and tentatively approve student fees for three different entities. The committee heard budget presentations from the Student Sustainability Initiative, Oregon State University Athletic Department and the Auxiliary Activities Business Center. Requested fee amounts from all three were tentatively approved. The Student Sustainability Initiative requested a fee of $11.86 per student per term, which was approved 5-1 by the committee. This resulted in no change or increase to students from the previous fiscal year. The Student Sustainability Initiative reported successfully serving a larger student body and See SIFC | page 3
derful entry point for visitors to campus. Imagine renovating it and making it a showcase for OSU’s 150-year history as well as the receiving area for new students and their families,” said Lawrence Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “This is dependent on finding a new home for music, which has done an outstanding job of adapting to a building that was never intended to house a music department. Everyone is thus interested in finding a new and improved home for music, but the challenge is funding. The ideal solution, according to Rodgers, would be an expansion of LaSells to create a world-class student arts and communication facility. Dean Rodgers further proposed that if remodeled, LaSells could serve as a hub for the whole School of Arts and Communications. The idea to repurpose two of the school’s already existing buildings could better meet the needs of all parties involved, and makes use of the resources already present on campus, making the school more attractive to future students. Occasionally, such creative measures no longer remain an option due to the poor structural conditions of some buildings. Snell Hall, built in the late 1950’s, got constructed as a dorm in a huge hurry to house an influx of students coming into the university under the GI Bill. Multiple aspects of the structure make utilizing its space difficult and even unsafe. The building has no air conditioning system and an antiquated heating system. Coffee-colored stains run down the walls of the building due to the curtain wall on the exterior retaining water. Water gets left in the curtain wall so that mold doesn’t grow. Soil analyses of the ground the building sits on show that the building might prove insufficiently safe in the case of an earthquake. At the moment, Snell must remain in place as no other location exists to house the groups that operate out of the building since funds for the Student Experience Center have been denied by the legislature. Alex Hilborn, staff reporter 737-2231 firstname.lastname@example.org
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In faculty senate meeting, new deans of schools, Public Employee benefits brought up By Kristin Pugmire The Daily Barometer
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The Student Incidental Fee Committee hears testimony from the chair of the SIFC relating to the committee’s operational fee.
Yesterday afternoon, the Oregon State University faculty senate met for the second time this term. The following subjects were discussed: •During committee reports, Dave Berger of the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee provided an update on faculty award nominations. FRAC is hoping to increase the number of nominations this year, and encouraged nominators to double-check eligibility criteria and complete forms online; •The Student Evaluation of Teaching Task Force presented its final report and proposal. The See SENATE | page 3
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Ten states are being granted waivers to free them from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind education reform law, with President Barack Obama explaining Thursday that the move aims to “combine greater freedom with greater accountability.” C o l o r a d o, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee will no longer have to meet 2014 targets set by the law. In exchange for that flexibility, the states “have agreed to raise standards, improve accountability and undertake essential reforms to improve teacher effectiveness,” the White House said in a statement Thursday morning. Obama elaborated on the rationale for the decision later in the day, speaking at a White House event attended by teachers and school superintendents. He stressed that his administration remains committed to the overarching goals of raising standards and closing the achievement gap in the nation’s public schools. At the same time, “We determined we need a different approach” than what was prescribed by the landmark legislation.
“We’ve offered every state the same deal: We’ve said, if you’re willing to set higher, more honest standards then we’re going to give you the flexibility to meet those standards,” Obama said. Each of those states granted waivers Thursday offered different approaches. Massachusetts, for instance, set a goal to slash its number of underperfoming students by half within six years; Colorado is setting up a comprehensive online database of assessment measures, among other steps; and New Jersey is developing an “early warning” system in an effort to prevent students from dropping out of school. New Mexico also requested such flexibility from the No Child Left Behind law, and the Obama administration is working closely with that state. Another 28 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia also have indicated plans to seek such flexibility, according to the White House. “This is good news for our kids, it’s good news for our country,” the president said of the waivers, adding that one approach may work well in one part of the country while another may better suit another place. “If we’re serious about
seeing our children reach their full potential, the best ideas aren’t just going to come from here in Washington.” President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law in 2001. One of the bipartisan bill’s sponsors was the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts. The law included a focus on measuring student outcomes, largely based on standardized test results. Some supporters say it has helped close an achievement gap between disadvantaged students and others. But the law is a source of controversy, with opponents arguing it is turning classrooms into test preparation centers, taking time away from subjects that aren’t tested, and potentially contributing to cheating scandals. Education Secretary Arne Duncan believes the law drives down standards, weakens accountability, causes narrowing of the curriculum and labels too many schools as failing, the White House said in its news release. “Moreover, the law mandates unworkable remedies at the federal level instead of allowing local educators to make spending decisions,” it
said. The law has been in need of reauthorization since 2007, and the president has been critical of the lack of Congressional action on the matter in recent years. Last September, the Obama administration announced that states could apply for waivers from some provisions of the law if they meet other federal mandates. To get the waivers, states had to adopt and have a plan to implement “college and career-ready standards,” the White House said. “They must also create comprehensive systems of teacher and principal development, evaluation and support that include factors beyond test scores, such as principal observation, peer review, student work, or parent and student feedback.” Based on standards set by the existing law, more schools were listed as failing last year than in any previous year since the law’s passage. About 48 percent of schools did not make what’s called “adequate yearly progress” in 2011, up from 39 percent in 2010, according to the nonprofit Center on Education Policy. — CNN
Restrictions eased for women in combat roles The Defense Department notified Congress Thursday it will open up nearly 14,000 jobs to military women that will place them even closer to the front lines of combat. The department plans to make two changes to rules in place since 1994, allowing women to be in smaller ground units. “First, occupations will no longer be closed to women solely because the positions are required to be co-located with ground combat units,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “Second, a sizable number of positions will be opened to women at the battalion level in select direct ground combat units in specific occupations.” The 1994 policy prohibited
women from being assigned below brigade level to units whose principal mission was to engage in combat. “The Army, Marines and Navy have been granted exceptions to policy to allow select positions at the battalion level in specialties already open to women, opening 1,186 additional positions,” the Pentagon said. Kayla Williams, a U.S. Army veteran, told CNN said she went on combat foot patrols with infantry when deployed to Iraq. She served as a translator. “We still have a significant number of actual combat positions that are closed to women, which continues by regulation to enshrine women’s position in the military as second-class troops,” Williams said. “There
will still be many in the military who will say women aren’t real soldiers.” A senior Pentagon official confirmed details to CNN before the announcement. The reality of the past 10 years of war has been that many women serve in support positions — such as military police or medics — which place them in harm’s way. They are not formally assigned to combat units, but rather informally “attached,” which means they do not get the crucial credit for combat duty that is needed for promotions to higher grades. Some of the jobs that will now be open to women include specialties such as tank or artillery mechanic, crew members on missile launchers and field surgeons in forward-deployed
brigade combat teams. However, women will still not be permitted in front line jobs directly involved in combat such as infantry units or counterterrorism sniper teams. Over the past several years, advocates as well as some senior U.S. military commanders have increasingly called for more ground combat jobs to be open to women. According to Pentagon statistics, more than 140 women have lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 860 have been wounded. The new changes may not go into effect fully until later this year, as Congress must have 30 days in continuous session to have a chance to voice objections if there are any. — CNN
Palestinian detainee in Israel 50 days into hunger strike Just under two months ago, Randa Adnan, said her husband weighed just over 200 pounds. Visiting him in an Israeli hospital this week, Randa said, she found her 33-year-old spouse, Khader Adnan, now weighs no more than 121 pounds. “It is something beyond description, as there is no sign of life in him — this is how I found him,” she said. The dramatic and life-threatening loss of weight comes as Khader Adnan passes day 55 in a hunger strike to protest his arrest and detention by Israeli security personnel on Dec. 17 of last year. The nearly two-month protest marks the longest hunger strike in Palestinian history and is a high-stakes move that is bringing increasing scrutiny to Israeli’s arrest and detention policies for Palestinians. Adnan — known as a West Bank leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iranian backed militant group that has killed scores of Israelis in suicide bombings and rocket attacks — was arrested in his home near the West Bank city of Jenin by a group of armed Israeli security personnel. The day after his arrest, said his wife, Adnan began his hunger strike after a team of Israeli interrogators subjected him to a process of humiliation, insult and verbal abuse. His wife and lawyers say Adnan continued to be mistreated, suffering under long periods of solitary confinement, continu-
ous and abusive interrogation sessions and multiple strip-searches. On Dec. 30, Adnan’s health had deteriorated enough that Israeli prison officials moved him to a hospital facility. He has refused treatment from Israeli doctors, but has been allowed to meet with representatives of the Israeli branch of Physicians for Human Rights, which in a statement expressed “grave concern” about his medical condition. This week, Adnan’s wife was allowed to see him in the hospital and described his appearance as being like a “caveman.” She said he appeared dirty and emaciated with long hair, nails and beard, and he was manacled to his bed with only his left arm free. Responding to criticism that it is not doing enough to help Adnan, the Israeli Prison Authority released a statement saying his case was being handled “strictly according to the law” with “special attention being given to his humanitarian situation.” The Israeli military has said little about why Adnan was arrested, releasing only a short three-sentence statement reading: “Khader Adnan was arrested with an administrative warrant for activities that threaten regional security. This warrant was authorized by judicial review. An appeal was filed by the defendant against this decision and is currently under review.” Adnan is being held under a controversial
Israeli military procedure known as “administrative detention” that allows Israel to hold detainees indefinitely on security grounds. The process also allows for detention based on secret evidence and there is no requirement to charge the detainees or to allow them to stand trial. As of December 2011, Israel held 307 Palestinians as administrative detainees, according to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, marking a 40 percent increase from a year earlier. While the practice has always been a lightning rod for criticism, Adnan’s hunger strike has prompted growing demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza and led other Palestinian prisoners to take up hunger strikes in support. “Israeli authorities continue to use administrative detention to detain Palestinians without any charges whatsoever,” said Anne Harrison, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East. “These have included individuals who should not have been arrested at all and were prisoners of conscience.” While Adnan’s wife strongly denies that her husband is a member of Islamic Jihad, the Gaza-based group issued a statement saying it would hold Israel responsible for any harm that came to him. Photos and tributes to Adnan fill one of websites maintained by the militant group. — CNN
Calendar Friday, Feb. 10 Events OSU Craft Center, 10am-3pm, MU Trysting Tree Lounge. Make Your Own Valentine’s Card. All supplies provided.
Sunday, Feb. 12 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, Feb. 13 Meetings College Democrats, 5pm, MU Board Room. Come talk about current events, local campaigns and international news with likeminded people! Socratic Club, 7pm, MU 110. Sponsored book study of Timothy Keller’s book “The Reason for God” will meet to discuss Chapter 2. This meeting is free and open to all.
Events Black Cultural Center, 5-7pm, MU Lounge. Panel Discussion of Black men.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 109A. Convenes to discuss student issues. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 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, 12:30-1pm, MU Talisman Room. Recharge your battery – Interfaith devotions and prayers – bring your favorite inspirational reading to share or just listen.
Events Black Cultural Center, 4-6pm, BCC. QPOC meeting. Monthly social event for Queer people of color. Organized by SOL. Black Cultural Center, 6-8pm, BCC. Love & Chocolate. Relationships in the Black community, in collaboration with BSU and SOL.
Thursday, Feb. 16 Meetings OSU Pre-Law Society, 6pm, StAg 111. Regular meeting. College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 132. All are welcome no matter what beliefs or political party.
Monday, Feb. 20 Meetings College Democrats, 5pm, MU Board Room. Come talk about current events, local campaigns and international news with likeminded people!
Events Black Cultural Center, 6:30-8:30pm, MU Lounge. Panel Discussion of Black women.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 109A. Convenes to discuss student issues. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend.
Speakers Women’s Center, 3-5pm, Women’s Center. Budgets, Credit & Savings...OH MY! SisterScholars is hosting a budgeting and money management workshop to help women prepare to be financially independent and savvy!
Events Black Cultural Center, Noon-2pm, BCC. Jeopardy and wings. Jeopardy about black history, in collaboration with SOL.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 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, 12:30-1pm, MU Talisman Room. Tranquility Zone – Interfaith meditation, devotions and prayers – share your favorite inspirational reading or story.
Events Career Services, 11am-4pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. University-wide Career Fair. Connect with more than 100 employers from various industries and graduate schools there to network with students and alumni, offer jobs and internships, and provide other future career opportunities.
Thursday, Feb. 23 Meetings OSU Pre-Law Society, 6pm, StAg 111. Regular meeting. College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 132. All are welcome no matter what beliefs or political party.
Events Black Cultural Center, 5:30-7pm, BCC. Evolution of Hip-Hop. How hip-hop has changed over the years, in collaboratin with NSBE. Career Services, 11am-4pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Engineering Career Fair. Connect with employers from various industries there to network with engineering students and alumni, offer jobs and internships, and provide other future career opportunities.
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Looking ahead, Kappa Delta anticipates a successful event By Martin Forde The Daily Barometer
Every year, nearly all Greek chapters at Oregon State University hold their own respective philanthropies, each aiming to raise money to help counter a major issue in today’s society. Out of all the Greek houses on campus, the most successful to date has been the Kappa Delta sorority, with their wellknown “Mock Rock” event. Last year, the house raised $31,947 toward prevention of child abuse, with this year’s goal aiming toward more than $35,000. Mock Rock is a weeklong event that aims at participation from all members of the OSU Greek life chapters. There are different events, spread out throughout the week in the middle of the Memorial Union quad, with a point system to determine which Greek
house can accumulate the most points; the house with the most points overall at the end of the week claims the win. “Houses can donate money in their name by dropping checks, buying Mock Rock shirts, buying performance tickets, purchasing Mary Kay products from our sale and buying Papa’s Pizza,” said Tori Lynch, head of philanthropy for Kappa Delta. The competition culminates on Thursday, March 1, at LaSells Stewart Center with the actual Mock Rock event. Lynch explains that “each house performs their wellpracticed dance or skit on stage. We encourage them to showcase their talent, incorporate our 90’s theme and be extremely entertaining.” “People get really pumped up about it and cheer each other on. Everyone is really supportive, and you see some really funny acts too,” said Britnee Gillson, president of Kappa Delta. The competition for the top spot is fierce,
and Lynch said it’s “such a fun event that has great bragging rights,” with the competition serving as “a way for each chapter to show off their skill to the rest of Greek life.” Many houses take the event extremely seriously, practicing well before the start of winter term. Another main focus of the event is involvement from the OSU community, not just those in Greek life. “We open up Mock Rock to any organization that would like to participate,” said Melissa Walter, vice president of public relations. “We have gotten a few UGC houses involved on campus and hope more organizations will join in as well.” The local Girl Scout troop in Corvallis will also be at the event, watching the festivities and selling their cookies. Gillson said, “We’d love for people to get a feel for what we’re doing, and how we’re trying to help the community.” However, the event is not all fun and games, but also serves to address two very
serious issues in Corvallis and on a national level. None of the proceeds earned go to the house, but “80 percent of what we make goes to Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence here in Corvallis, and 20 percent goes to our national philanthropy Prevent Child Abuse America,” Walter said. The money which stays in Corvallis goes toward a program known as “Plain Talk,” said Lynch, “an educational program that works with children from Kindergarten to sixth grade, and teaches them the importance of feeling safe, confident and having the ability to make choices.” This event only continues to highlight the characterization of Greek life as not just a social organization, but as an organization which has its roots in the community, and strives to support the greater Corvallis area. “Everyone can kind of relate to it and enjoy it, even if they’re not directly participating,” Gillson said.
Fundraising banquet arranged to raise money for future trips abroad for engineers By Vinay Ramakrishnan The Daily Barometer
The Oregon State University chapter of Engineers Without Borders will hold a banquet to raise funds for the Lela Community Water Project in Kenya. The banquet will take place on Friday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m., at the Corvallis Country Club. The cost of attending is $50 for the general public and $35 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ewb-osu.org/banquet, or reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to be purchased at the door. The banquet will include local performers as well as catered food. “The performers will be Aaron Fillo, a local magician at OSU,” said Alexandria Gill, Fundraising Coordinator for EWB-
OSU. Gill added that the fundraising goals were “$8,000 for the banquet, and the total estimated cost of the Kenya project is $16,000.” She also noted that the food would be catered by the chefs of the Corvallis Country Club, and that the Roaring River Band will be playing jazz music throughout the evening. “Engineers Without Borders is a national organization with 225 student chapters,” said James Teeter, President of the OSU Student chapter of EWB. “We partner with disadvantaged communities for a minimum of five years, and the projects tend to revolve around water and sanitation.” Teeter added “for the past six years, our chapter was working in El Salvador, where we built a water storage tank, pumping water from a spring in the mountain.” The community of Lela, Kenya, is located in the southwest corner of Kenya, near Lake Victoria. According to Jaynie Whinnery, Kenya
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pays for student athletes to attend competitions and receive medical treatment. Around 500 students are athletes, collaborating with the City of Corvallis and the department employs around Transit System on the Beaver Bus, 100 to 150 students as workers. Five which saw an increase of 65 percent in percent of the operating budget of the Athletic Department comes from sturidership over the last year. The Initiative also reported funding dent fee money. Mousa Diabat, a member of the fee projects around campus, as well as committee and also an ASOSU senator, working on a solar water heater project at Dixon Recreation Center that has said he felt many of his constituents had some setbacks due to larger than do not feel their student fees are being expected project costs. The initiative rightfully spent on athletics. “Why should I pay a was left with $347,500 student fee if I’m not in working capital at the interested?” Diabat end of last fiscal year. said, “Athletics is not The Athletic Why should I a service, it’s a luxury.” Department requested Diabat ultimately pay a student a fee of $42.18 per stuapproved the fee. dent per fall, winter and fee if I’m not The Au x i l i a r y spring terms. This is the Activities Business same amount requestinterested? Center presented ed last fiscal year and their budget last. The Athletics is not resulted in no increase. AABC serves the finanThe fee was approved a service, it’s a cial needs of over 300 by five council members student clubs and with one abstaining. luxury. activities, including The money contribThe Daily Barometer. uted goes to paying for Their requested fee of Mousa Diabat student tickets to ath$18.41 was approved letic events. The Athletic ASOSU Senator by six members with Department estione abstention. mated that the $42.18 Additionally, a 25 cent fee results in students receiving tickets for half price if all ath- fee to cover the cost of recovering bad letic events were attended. Students are debt and $1 for a contingency fund provided 6,000 tickets for each football were approved unanimously. All of these requested fees were tengame, 2,500 for basketball games and gymnastics meets and 500 for baseball tatively approved and a public meeting games. It estimated that around 11,000 to be held at 6 p.m. on March 1 will students attend athletic events every allow for public testimony on these fees term and that 91 percent of tickets before their final approval. allotted to students are utilized. Don Iler, managing editor The money received from student email@example.com fees goes into the general fund, which On Twitter: @doniler
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Project Coordinator for the OSU chapter of EWB, some of the issues the community faces include “lack of water, contaminated water and lack of electricity.” Whinnery said some of the impacts these conditions impose on the residents of Lela. “Lack of clean water leads to health issues and lost productivity,” she said. Work will also be done to improve the conditions of the primary schools in Lela. “Concrete floors will be installed, along with sources of clean water.” EWB was founded in 2002 out of the University of Colorado Boulder, by Dr. Bernard Amadei, professor of civil engineering. They state their mission on their webpage as “supporting community driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.” Vinay Ramakrishnan, staff reporter 737-2231 firstname.lastname@example.org
SENATE n Continued from page 1 task force was assembled to assess the current student evaluation of teaching system and recommend changes for improvement. Problems with the current form, according to the task force, include unfair value constructs (students being asked to rate their instructors as “excellent” or “good,” etc.), ratings that ignored the complexity of teaching and the fact that evaluations currently use a summative approach (information is gathered only at the end of the term). Changes for improvement included changing to a formative assessment tool (information would be gathered more than once throughout the term), and creating customizable survey questions to be selected by each instructor; •Becky Warner, senior vice president of academic affairs, represented Provost Sabah Randhawa during his scheduled report. Warner announced that searches are continuing for the deans of several schools, including the College of Science. A nationwide search has also begun to find a replacement for Jackie Rudolph, director of human resources, who will soon resign from the position; •Faculty Senate President Kate Hunter-Zaworski reported that two committees have been formed through the Oregon University System chancellor’s office. One committee will investigate issues related to the Public Employees’ Benefit Board, and the other will investigate retirement issues. Kristin Pugmire, senior reporter
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ea to home basketball games this weekend. Nay to no Saturday night game, only Sunday afternoon. Yea to the arts. The deadline for submitting your literary masterpieces (your words, not ours) to Prism ends today at 5 p.m. Nay to crushing someone’s dreams. Look, most of you who submit your work won’t ultimately make it into Prism. And most of you are probably not used to this rejection, because all throughout your life, people have lied about how good your work was. You were sold a false sense of your accomplishments and talents, making rejection hurt even more. We’re not saying, we’re just saying. Yea to making dreams come true. Yea to Dustin Kruse, a 4-year-old from New Berlin, Wisc., who got the gift of his dreams: a customized toilet from the Kohler Design Center Company. His mom admits Dustin has an “unusual interest” in toilets. But that’s real cute, right? Nay to your son being fascinated with toilets. Yea to the news that Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn will reunite onscreen for the upcoming movie tentatively titled “Interns.” The plot here is irrelevant; this movie will be awesome. Nay to this being the most excited we’ve been about anything Vince Vaughn-related since, well, since the last time he and Owen Wilson were in a movie. Nay to trends that won’t die. Why the tights and Uggs ladies? And we’ve also spotted guys rocking the Uggs as well. Seriously, don’t. Just don’t. Yea to helping the kids. Former adult film actress Sasha Grey wanted to donate proceeds from her last adult film to the National Education Association’s Read Across America program. Nay to the folks over at National Education Association’s Read Across America program who rejected Grey’s offer. What has America come to? All Grey wanted to do was expose the kids to reading; she was trying to fill the funding hole left by budget cuts. Perhaps the National Education Association thought it was dirty money? Yea to puns. Yea to the Super Bowl. Yea to Clint Eastwood and Matthew Broderick cameos in commercials this year. Nay to Madonna’s halftime show. Although it seems the peeps with the tweets loved it, we just want Madonna to go away now — at least for her sake, before she breaks something. Yea to the season premiere of “The Voice,” which came on right after the game. You know, we all want another singing competition show. Nay to tardiness. Yea to doing something about it. A Washington D.C. couple was brought to court over their children being tardy to school more than 30 times, which the school district believes falls under the state’s truancy code. But listen, the couple does have a legitimate excuse: the school is half a mile away, which is about a two-minute drive. People, that’s really, really far. Nay to close talkers. It was uncomfortable watching it on “Seinfeld,” but it’s even more uncomfortable when it happens in real life. Yea to it being Friday. The weather should be nothing but rainbows and sunshine. Go for a walk. No go for a run. No run a marathon. Yeah, run a marathon. Or go dancing at Peacock or Impulse, and based on the kind of dancing we know goes on at those places, we feel the workout will be about the same. Yea to 600 hours down, 720 more to go for the term. Maybe a little a less, slacker. t
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ccording to BBC, a University of California policy team and many other research teams are proposing a tax on sugar. They believe if they tax sugar, fat and salt, while providing a subsidy to fruit and vegetables, they will change the American diet — ideally making people healthier. European countries have already implemented similar tax plans to change the diet of their people. France taxes soft drinks, while Denmark and Hungary added a tax to saturated fat. Professor Lustig notes that sugar should be considered as addictive as cigarettes and alcohol. Lustig believes sugar causes a similar level of impairment to the mind, preventing addicts from making the right decisions. The professor goes on to say the issue of taxing sugar would be like banning smoking in public places and putting airbags in cars. In a statement to BBC, Lustig said, “It (sugar) meets all the criteria for societal intervention that alcohol and tobacco meet.” The reason why Lustig feels fat and salt should be taxed as well is that he thinks there would be unintended consequences from only banning sugar. This idea is ludicrous and asi-
Rebel without a pulse nine. The professor needs to reanalyze the situation. First, the problem is choice. People choose to eat massive amounts of sugar, salt and fat. I personally like to have fries with my mountain of salt, which is just below the lethal amount for a normal human. I know salt is bad — that it can increase blood pressure and risk of heart of disease. Choosing to eat salt or sugar isn’t a decision made in ignorance. People make stupid decisions, but that isn’t a reason to go around taxing or banning everything in sight. The reason why it worked with smoking and alcohol is because those caused massive amounts of deaths. Adult obesity is due to a choice — people choosing to eat a little more and exercise a little less. For some people, it is a hormonal imbalance that prevents their metabolism from working at an acceptable level. However, childhood obesity is a problem of neglect on the part
of the parents. We are letting the televisions and video games babysit our children instead of signing them up for baseball or football. There is very little encouragement for children to go out and play sports or exercise. There is no reason why a six-year-old should weigh 200 pounds. In elementary school, kids should be thrown outside, and a child shouldn’t know what a video game is until at least high school, maybe late middle school. I’m not blaming video games either; the problem is the lack of responsibility of parents to get their children outside and playing. In terms of unintended consequences, the professor is going to put a lot of people out of work if the three taxes go through. Fast food industries definitely won’t be able to sustain themselves with a tax of this nature; many regular restaurants will struggle, because people will try to avoid having to pay for the increase in menu prices to compensate for the tax. Not to mention, overall productivity of college students and workers will go down, because many of us can’t stand the taste of coffee and get our daily injection of caffeine from soda. The professor is embarking on a noble venture, but he is misguid-
ed. There shouldn’t be a focus on taxing the reasons people become obese; rather a focus on helping people change the decisions they make toward food. Sure, easier said than done, but here in America, we have this amazing concept call free-will, where we can choose to go to an all-youcan-eat-buffet, or make ourselves a salad at home. Is obesity a problem in the United States? Yes, but that doesn’t mean we should start taxing unhealthy food left and right. Be honest, how many people like straight black coffee? There aren’t enough who do to keep Dutch Bros. and Starbucks in business if they face an increase in the cost of goods sold. We need to make better decisions regarding our health. While you won’t see me at Dixon for any reason other than the hot tub, which has more to do with me pushing 800-pound bounce houses for work than my lack of desire to exercise, that doesn’t mean that we, myself included, can’t make healthier choices in our day-today lives on our own whim. t
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Many benefits to pet therapy Syria a real mess, outside intervention likely C Cail “A The Daily Barometer ollege is going to the dogs, literally. In at least 10 universities nationwide, pet therapy is used to alleviate college stress and depression — and it is working admirably. Universities such as Yale, UConn, Fordham, RIT and Caldwell have discovered the health benefits of bringing dogs and students together. Yale offers doggy rental at the student library. Monty is a little Borderterrier mix and a certified library dog; he is available for 30-minute love-puppy sessions and is a big hit among students. UConn has a pet therapy program called “Paws to Relax” for students during finals week, at which time students can spend some quality moments with man’s best friend. Recently the program has added cats; what better way to de-stress than participating in a cat’s lazy relaxation? Fordham has seen an overwhelming response to their pet therapy pro-
A non-traditional view gram. During one week of pet therapy, they had expected around 25 students to attend but were amazed when 200 students showed up and waited patiently for their turn to interact with the dogs. Caldwell has reported they are starting their second year of pet therapy after an overwhelming attendance, and reported benefits to stressed-out students during exam weeks. It seems as if colleges and universities nationwide are seeing a need to de-stress students and alleviate depression. So are students really that stressed out and depressed? See CAIL | page 6
ny further bloodshed that follows will be on their hands.” Those were the words uttered by United States Ambassador Susan Rice after China and Russia vetoed a new United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at stopping violence in Syria. This is the second time since October that China and Russia have vetoed a Syrian resolution, despite warnings from Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that “the absence of us acting together as the international community is civil war.” The resolution, which was approved by all other members of the Security Council and Arab League, was formed in the wake of what Syrian opposition is calling the bloodiest 24 hours in the young 10-month rebellion. Last
Friday, Syrian government forces launched mortar and rocket assaults on Homs, the third largest city in Syria, killing at least 200 people. This was another bump on what is increasingly becoming the bloodiest revolutionary road in the Middle East. Russia and China defended their veto, calling the resolution “unbalanced” and saying it would “complicate the issue.” Russia fears that early drafts of the resolution only penalized the Syrian government, not the opposition, for violence. This underscored Russia’s primary concern that the resolution would turn See CLARK | page 6
Privacy, relationship between students and teachers gone I The Daily Barometer n elementary school, the only thing I knew about my teachers was the information they chose to tell us in class. The most I knew was their cat’s name, what they like to do for fun and perhaps their favorite book. At one point in time, there was a boundary between teachers and students — a line of privacy which allowed teachers to have a life of their own without the world knowing what they did last night. With the development of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other online media, educators have to work twice as hard to keep that barrier between work and home. Today, any student can “Google” the teacher’s name and find their Facebook accounts and other profiles that should perhaps remain unseen. The common theme now is if a teacher does choose to have an online profile, they work hard to make it as unseen as possible. Many choose to only make the name and
profile picture visible, while everything else is unavailable. Some even go as far as to figure out ways of making their profile invisible so that when someone searches their name, the profile doesn’t even show at all. However, this is not a foolproof method. Often, even with the most private of profiles, you can still find the pictures of the person under Google images. Furthermore, if you are friends with someone that does not have a private profile, your pictures will also come up with a search of that other friend. It’s clearly a problem of privacy between the teacher and students. It is common now for students to become curious about their teachers. Perhaps it’s out of boredom or out of a small crush on the teacher, but whatever the reason is, students
“Google” their teachers every day all over the world. Teachers now have to be more aware of this fact. With today’s technologically advanced youth, the ability to keep everything online private is becoming increasingly more difficult for teachers. Often their Twitter status update still shows up on his or her profile when someone looks at it, and that update alone could reveal too much information. Perhaps they said they were sad that day, or they were upset with work, assuming that non-friends wouldn’t be able to see that. However, if a person finds a way to see it, it can start rumors, distrust and problems in the professional work environment. The point is we all need be conscientious of the fast-paced technological world we are living in. Teachers must be more conscious of their online accounts, and students should be more courteous to the fact that teachers have a life. The fact that they went to a classy party last night with other professional friends
is nothing compared to some of the drunk party pictures students have plastered on their Facebook accounts. In addition to that, students’ profiles are generally not set to private. Perhaps, before we search our teacher’s information, we should think about the fact they can search us and find much more information than we want them to know. Privacy is fleeting in school, which should be a place where we trust our teachers and assume they go home and grade papers, and hang out with their cat. We should overcome the availability of information, have some restraint, and think about whether “Google-ing” one of our elementary school teachers is a wise decision. We need to think about how much information we really want to know about the people around us. t
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So why are students more anxious and depressed now? No one knows for sure, but it is hypothesized that finances, competition and the recent recession have contributed, which leads us back to the ever-growing popularity of campus pet therapy. But does it really make a difference? Pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy, has been utilized for many years in the U.S. Nursing homes, hospitals, disaster victims, prisons, people with behavior issues and disturbed children are just a few recipients of pet therapy. Pet therapy has been proven to lower blood pressure, decrease stress and generally improve mood. Many psychotherapists are incorporating animalassisted therapy as part of treatments to help control depression, anxiety and bipolar syndromes. The effects of pet therapy in universities have been positive; students have reported feeling happier and calmer after just a few minutes of petting a furry friend. Since many major universities are hopping on the wagon, so to speak â€” or should I say, hopping on the leash â€” why isnâ€™t OSU part of this emerging positive trend? The benefits would far outweigh the inconveniences. I, for one, wouldnâ€™t mind cuddling a four-legged, anti-stress, therapeutic animal during finals week, or any other time, for that matter. What can I say, I just love puppies. But then again, who doesnâ€™t? t
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â€œThe Supreme Court accepts 1 percent or less of such requests and todayâ€™s decision makes a strong statement about their chances,â€? he said. The dispute goes back to 2007, when Odyssey announced it had found a 19thcentury sunken ship off of Spain. The company claimed ownership of the coins and said it had flown them to a guarded location in the United States. Spain filed suit in a federal court in Tampa, Fla., also claiming the treasure. Spain says its navy warship Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes was carrying the coins. The 34-gun frigate left Peru in 1804 and crossed the Atlantic to within a dayâ€™s sail from Spain when British ships attacked the Spanish fleet. â€” CNN
CLARK n Continued from page 6 out like the Libyan resolution that ended with Westernled bombings and the ousting of President Muammar Gaddafi. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is one of Russiaâ€™s key allies and weapons export destinations in the Middle East, and they are hesitant to remove him from his post. The Security Council tried to appease Moscow with behind-the-scenes negotiations that demand for Assad to step down from power, but ultimately could not reach a compromise. After the second veto, International Crisis Groupâ€™s Syrian expert Peter Harling said, â€œItâ€™s quite clear â€” this is a license to do more of the same and worse. The regime will take it for granted that it can escalate further. Weâ€™re entering a new phase that will be far more violent still than what weâ€™ve seen now.â€? Harling could be right, as Assad has a poor track record of mixing violence and his constituents. His father, Hafez al-Assad, ruled Syria with an iron fist for more than a quarter century, and handed his son power in 2000. Since coming to power, Assad has failed to meet many of the progressive promises he made while trying to present himself as a forward thinking politician. According to the United Nations, he has killed 5,400 people and arrested more than 15,000 since protests broke out against his regime in March of 2011. French ambassador Gerard Araud called the veto â€œa sad day for this council, a sad day for all Syrians and a sad day for democracyâ€? and said Russia and China were â€œcomplicit in the policy of repression.â€? Many agree that the decision to veto was a sign of the re-Putinization of Russian politics. While some outside critics call for a creation of a coalition of the willing to intervene in Syria, the likely next move will be to play the waiting game. As Russiaâ€™s recent veto indicates, Moscow is not ready to give up a reliable ally in the turbulent Middle East, and is content to see how things play out. For now, the best outside forces can hope for is a stabilization in Syria â€” something that seems like a long shot, as the Syrian government continues to call the Homs attack overblown. Without international intervention, Clintonâ€™s predication of civil war does not seem that far off. t
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Jerald Kay, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Wright State University School of Medicine, says there is a distinct rise in mental health issues of college students over the past few years, namely, students between the ages of 18 and 24. College life presents a unique set of stressors such as transitions into new living quarters, having to make new friends, exposure to new cultures and alternate ways of thinking, heavy scholastic workloads and financial difficulties. Trying to successfully juggle all these first-time issues can lead to high anxiety and depression levels. Although most colleges and universities offer counseling centers to help students cope with highstress situations, most students do not avail themselves because of the stigma that they perceive is attached to the need for outside help. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, led a new study that analyzed the results of college students who took the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory questionnaire between 1938 and 2007. The analysis found there was a sharp rise in anxiety and depression among young students in 2007, with 31 percent of students suffering from â€œhypomania,â€? a condition that is described as a mix between anxiety and unrealistic optimism. This was compared to findings of 1938, which showed only 5 percent of students with this syndrome. In 2007, there was 6 percent rate of depression as compared to 1 percent in 1938.
diction over applications from Florida, denied without comment the motion in Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. v. Kingdom of Spain. The company has filed at least one another stay request with the justices. Melinda MacConnel, Odysseyâ€™s vice president and general counsel, expressed disappointment, but said she recognized that the court â€œrarely grantsâ€? such motions. â€œHow we proceed from here will depend on whether a mandate issues and what a subsequent order might look like, especially given the fact that the courts have determined they do not have jurisdiction in the case,â€? she said in a statement. Goold said it was unlikely that the Supreme Court would review the case.
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“It looked like to me that they thought all they needed to do was show up and they’d win,” Robinson said. “That’s absolutely not the case.” coach Craig Robinson said. Oregon State trailed 29-28 with just over five For a team that struggles as much on the road as the Beavers do (2-5 in Pac-12 road minutes remaining in the first half, but WSU games this year), coughing up winnable home closed the half on a 17-3 run to break the game open. games simply won’t cut it. From that point forward, OSU didn’t give the “It’s disappointing, being our first game back at home in awhile and we didn’t execute 5,782 Beaver fans in attendance a legitimate as well as we should have,” Jared Cunningham reason to get excited. The Beavers trailed by 15 at half, 15 at the said. The Cougars (12-11, 5-7) entered Thursday’s under-16 timeout, 16 at the under-12 timeout, contest 0-5 on the road in Pac-12 play. And 16 at the under-8 timeout and 12 at the underthat mark included losses to Utah and Arizona 4 timeout. Much of the reason why OSU couldn’t make State, two of the conference’s bottom three a game of it was the fact that WSU got whatteams. Robinson, who said most of his postgame ever it wanted inside. comments to his team weren’t printable, The Cougars outscored the Beavers 40-20 thinks OSU may have came in with a bit too in the paint and finished with 12 offensive much confidence. rebounds, each of which seemingly led to
uncontested put-back layins. The Cougars got 24 points from forward Brock Motum, who torched the Beavers for 26 points in the Cougars’ 81-76 December victory in Pullman. Forward D.J. Shelton added 14 points and grabbed six offensive boards. “I don’t know what it was with our frontcourt,” Robinson said. “I was trying to find a guy who could come in and do something.” Cunningham was the lone offensive bright spot for a team that shot 37.3 percent (22-for59) from the field. The junior guard scored 33 points and knocked down a career-high five treys. “You don’t get many outings like that, and you want to be able to take advantage of it,” Robinson said of Cunningham’s efforts. Midway through the second half, Cunningham had more points (24) than the rest of the team combined (23). “The supporting cast has got to do a better
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home crowd, but the Beavers dashed those concerns last Friday. “It was definitely a lot of improvement, especially since we had the same rotation as we did in Arizona,” said junior Makayla Stambaugh. “We had a good energy,” said senior Leslie Mak. “We definitely saw ways to improve from the first (road meet) in Arizona, and definitely acted on those and you could see the results.” Through four meets, Mak, last year’s Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, has proven that title could easily carry over to 2012. She ranks second in the nation on balance beam, seventh on uneven bars, 12th in allaround, and 18th on the floor. The team was happy with their performance against UW, and hopes that kind of outing will carry over to future road meets the rest of the season. “Their focus stayed much stronger all the way through the competition,” Chaplin said. “I felt like the energy actually grew near the end of the competition. They did
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“There’s going to be some good teams there; we’re looking forward to it,” said 141-pound junior Mike Mangrum. “I think we’ll do well.” If Oregon State is able to win on Sunday, they will advance to the regional finals, where they will likely take on No. 5 Iowa. This would be an interesting matchup, not only because it would be the Beavers’ toughest dual of the year, but also because head coach Jim Zalesky would have a rematch against his alma mater and the team he coached to three national championships before taking over at Oregon State. Zalesky won three individual national championships as a wrestler in addition to the three as a head coach. No doubt, the chance to take on his former team would mean a great deal to Zalesky and the whole OSU team, but they need to make sure they win Sunday’s dual first. If Oregon State could upset Iowa and advance to the final four, it would also boost momentum going into the Pac12 tournament, and then moving on to the NCAA national championships. The Beavers first dual will take place at 1 p.m. with the opportunity for another dual later that day.
job of making open shots,” sophomore guard Roberto Nelson said. Nelson, who entered Thursday’s game 4 for his last 24 from 3-point land, broke out of his slump with 14 points and hit 3-of-6 from long range. But much of that came well after the game had been decided. Sophomore guard Ahmad Starks, who’s been a slump similar to Nelson’s, finished 3-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-13 from beyond the arc. The Beavers now turn their attention to the University of Washington, who they’ll face at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. “We’re playing for our lives Sunday,” Robinson said. “We’re kind of out of the race, but we’ve got to keep getting better so we can be competitive in the Pac-12 Tournament.”
a great beam set, so I was pleased with that on the road.” Freshman Chelsea Tang is slowly starting to return to action after spraining her elbow the Monday after the team’s second meet. Tang was a regular fixture in the lineup before the injury and will be worked back into that role once fully recovered. “We’ll see how her elbow is coming along and how her routines are from just starting back again,” Chaplin said. “She’s working hard to get back on all the events that she was on before.” Tang only participated in vault against the Huskies last week, scoring a 9.550. “I hope so,” Tang said about getting in more events. “Maybe beam, I’ve been doing beam this week as well as vault. Not bars yet.” The Beavers have defeated all four of the opponents they’ve faced thus far. With vastly inferior opponents compared to the norm, another OSU victory is expected. Warner Strausbaugh, sports writer Twitter: @WStrausbaugh
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Pullman, Wash. — Oregon State extended its win streak to five in row Thursday night by defeating Washington State University 51-39. The Beavers (16-7, 7-5 Pac-12), avenged their early-season doubleovertime home loss to the Cougars. T h u r s d a y, junior center Thais Pinto led the team off the bench, finishing with 12 points — nearly double her season average — and seven Sage Indendi rebounds. 10 points After a backand-forth start, Washington State took hold of the lead with a 9-0 run midway through the first half. The Cougars (10-14, Next up... 4-8) would hold OSU vs. UW onto their lead When: Saturday, until halfway 2 p.m. through the secWhere: Seattle, ond half. Wash. Once the B e a v e r s regained the lead, it was their defense and junior guard Sage Indendi’s 10 second-half points that allowed them to cruise to victory. In light of their win, Oregon State was held 16 points shy of their scoring average and only shot 32% from the field. As this win streak carries into the final Thais Pinto six games of the regular sea12 points son, the Beavers have suddenly made themselves a serious contender to finish in the top portion of the conference. They’re tied with UCLA for third in the Pac-12, only two games behind second-place California. The Beavers will look to make it six in a row when they play at the University of Washington Saturday. firstname.lastname@example.org
Beavers suffer setback loss to Washington State Robinson thinks his team thought they’d win just by showing up, which certainly was not the case as WSU dominated
sights set on a top-4 finish in the conference, which would have meant a first-round bye in March’s Pac-12 Tournament. Oregon State vs. Washington When: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. That, at the moment, seems outside the realm Where: Gill Coliseum of possibilities. By Grady Garrett The loss was the Beavers first head-scratcher After an 83-73 home loss to Washington State The Daily Barometer at home since their 14-point loss to Idaho in University, the Beavers (15-9, 5-7 Pac-12) slid into December. They may have entered Thursday’s contest ninth place in the conference standings. winners of four of five, but the cold reality in “It’s been awhile since we had a horrible outing, And that’s in a conference that may receive as and I thought that this was the horrible outing,” Corvallis is the fact that the OSU men’s basketball team doesn’t appear ready to take the next step few as one or two NCAA Tournament bids. See MEN’s BASKETBALL | page 7 anytime soon. Forget the “Big Dance,” Oregon State had its n
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If the No. 16 ranked Oregon State wrestling team wants to advance to the final four of the national duals tournament, they will have to take care of business this coming weekend in the six-team Iowa regional. OSU earned the no. 2 seed for the Midwest regional, earning a bye in the first round. They will take on the winner of the Iowa State vs. Wisconsin matchup on Saturday. Both teams have losing records and have struggled as of late, meaning OSU should coast through to the regional finals assuming they wrestle up to their expectations. Despite the favorable opponent, OSU will still have obstacles to overcome. The team hasn’t wrestled since their win over Stanford, Jan. 29, and although the site is neutral, either Wisconsin or Iowa State would essentially have a home crowd.
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Dejected Beavers watch from the bench as Thursday night’s contest comes to a close. Oregon State had won four of its last five, but saw its momentum come to a screeching halt at the hands of the Cougars.
OSU, on the road again, will compete against two teams for the first time this season By Warner Strausbaugh The Daily Barometer
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Senior Clayton Jack and the Beavers need to pick up two dual wins this weekend if they want to advance in the duals tournament.
The Beavers hit the road for the second consecutive week for a Friday meet with Sacramento State University and the University of California-Davis. Yes, that Sacramento State. Oregon State’s first four meets of the season have all come against opponents ranked in the top 25. This will be a change of pace for OSU, as neither opponent even cracks the top 40. The three-team meet, however, will be a nice preview of the postseason for the Beavers, as having more than two teams closer resembles the setup at a postseason meet. “There is a difference in that we will be starting on floor, finishing
on beam, and going in a different order than what we’ve gone in,” said head coach Tanya Chaplin. “So it will give our athletes an opportunity to get ready for postseason OSU vs. Sac and compete St./UC Davis more like what When: Friday, 7 p.m. it’s going to be at regionals and Where: Davis, Calif. Pac-12s.” The change will be something the team is looking forward to, since this style of competition will more closely mirror postseason, instead of falling into the rhythm of the same rotation over and over again. Oregon State saw big improvement last week when they defeated the University of Washington 195.975194.725. There were some early concerns about only being able to put up the big scores at Gill in front of the See GYMNASTICS | page 7