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Andrew Blaustein addresses amphibian decline.

We are truly experiencing a silent spring.

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Dr. Andrew Blaustein, OSU zoology professor, presented Monday at the Old World Deli for Science Pub Corvallis. His presentation focused on amphibians and the obstacles faced by the animals, many of which are endangered species.

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amphibian decline Science Pub holds presentation on problems faced by amphibians

ences graduate program at Oregon State University, spoke to a room full of people who came to hear about the plight of amphibians. By McKinley Smith As part of a biodiversity crisis, Blaustein The Daily Barometer said “rates of extinction are going straight Monday night, the Old World Deli hosted up, and they’re unprecedented.” He added Dr. Andrew Blaustein to speak about the that amphibians, such as toads, frogs, salamurky future of amphibians. Blaustein, manders and caecilians, are doing a little a professor in the department of zoology worse than birds and mammals. and the director of the environmental sciAccording to Blaustein, one-third of n

amphibians, or about 2000 species, are currently threatened — with 122 extinctions since 1980. “We are truly experiencing a silent spring where we don’t hear this,” Blaustein said, referring to the harmony of croaking played on his slide. Blaustein explained that amphibians are sensitive for a number of reasons. Their eggs are laid in the open with no protecSee Blaustein | page 2

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The Student and Incidental Fee Committee reviewed, modified two budget proposals Monday night By Jack Lammers The Daily Barometer

“We dedicated dollar amounts to organizations so they can draw out of those pots,” Hatlen said. Members from The Daily Barometer and Beaver Yearbook fielded questions from the student fee committee, which more particularly attacked discrepancies between items in their budgets and the actual amounts spent in those areas. “Regularly the line item doesn’t match up with the expense,” said committee member Terra Setzler. “There

hasn’t been consistency in what was budgeted and what was spent.” Technology, equipment and travel funds received most of the attention, but Hatlen argued for their decisions behind the budgets. “The actual money spent fluctuates year to year in areas like equipment for Student Media,” Hatlen said. After a prolonged discussion, the committee reservedly decided to offer

The Student and Incidental Fee Committee overrode both budgets presented Monday night from Educational Activities and the Oregon State University music department. See SIFC | page 2 Drew Hatlen, Chairman of the Educational Activities Committee and Curt Black, adviser, looked to streamline costs and efficiency in their budget. Their proposal included no decision packages, instead calling for a decrease in student fees for Educational Activities from this year’s $692,582 to $592,032 for fiscal year 2014. The appropriation would amount to $100,650 decreasing fall, winter and spring student fees from $9.58 to $8.08 and maintaining summer fees at $8.50. “We’re looking to fund student organizations in a creative way,” Hatlen said. Much of their budget has been broken up for flexibility, allowing organizations under Educational Activities, including Student Media and OSU jackie seus | THE DAILY BAROMETER Theatre Arts, the ability to apportion Tyler Hogan, seated between committee member Madison Parker and their own funds by submitting fund Brad Alvarez, chair, questions the Educational Activities budget Monday. requests as their needs arise.


OSU was selected by the National Science Foundation to manage three new coastal research vessels By Vinay Ramakrishnan The Daily Barometer

Oregon State University has been selected by the National Science Foundation to oversee the design, construction and operation of three new coastal research vessels. “Oregon State was selected when the NSF put out a request for a proposal to be the lead institution to oversee the design, construction and operation of vessels,” said Mark Abbott, dean and professor of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Oregon State was selected out of three institutions that wrote proposals. “We [OSU] had the best proposal,” Abbott said. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2019 or 2020. Oregon State is expected to receive the first vessel. “Its really exciting, a special recognition for OSU,” said Rick Spinrad, OSU’s vice president for research. “I’m proud of the faculty, staff and students that have worked so hard on this proposal, and I’m proud and

honored to be a part of it.” Abbott seconded Spinrad’s excitement about OSU’s selection. “It puts us in the big leagues, with institutions such as Scripps and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,” Abbott said. “Faculty whose research involves going to sea will want to come here.” The primary authors of the proposal were Dr. Clare Reimers, professor of oceanography at OSU, and Demian Bailey, OSU’s marine superintendent. “The proposal was evaluated by NSF and ocean community experts for criteria, such as the efficiency of the vessel and how executable and thought through the plan was,” said Bailey, who will leave his post as marine superintendent to become the project director. “We had the most executable plan.” Reimers, who will serve as the project support office scientist, felt along with the executability of the plan, OSU’s storied history as a ship operator was a major factor in the selection. “We talked about OSU’s reputation as a ship operator [in the proposal], and that was a big factor in our selection,” Reimers said. “OSU has a lot of people with knowledge of ship design.” See FLEET | page 2

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(CNN) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to politics and gun legislation. His super PAC, Independence USA, is dropping more than $1 million in advertisement money against a Democratic candidate running in a special election to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Chicago. The candidate, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and opposes proposals that call for a renewed ban on assault weapons similar to the one that expired in 2004. Halvorson, who says she doesn’t own a gun, points to the assault weapons ban that’s been in place for two decades in Cook County. But, she adds, the city of Chicago still “has the highest murder rate in the country.” “For whatever reason, I’m the only candidate who’s willing to be honest and just not cave on the issue,” she said. Asked if she’s worried about the amount of money spent in attack ads against her, she said, “How could you not be concerned about more than a million coming from one billionaire in New York?” “If he thinks he can buy a congressional race in Illinois, he’s never going to stop,” she continued. A leading contender in the race to represent Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, Halvorson stresses a stronger focus on revitalizing mental health services, enforcing current gun laws and implementing universal background checks. The new television ad targeting the former congresswoman says that gun violence is “out of control” and “Debbie

Halvorson will make it worse.” “Debbie Halvorson’s record: more guns in the hands of criminals,” the narrator states. The commercial hits airwaves a little more than two weeks before the Democratic primary. The former congresswoman, however, argued the ad was “shameful” and a “complete lie.” Stefan Friedman, spokesman for Independence USA PAC, said that “as Congress considers President Obama’s package of gun safety measures, it is clear that NRA support and opposition to these reasonable reforms is an electoral liability.” Officials with the group say it has reported $400,000 in spending in each of the last two weeks on the race. With another weeklong buy for the new spot, that should put the total amount spent on $1 million against Halvorson. Bloomberg, a leading voice in the gun control debate, started his super PAC last year with an agenda to support candidates that agree with him on major issues, including gun laws. By the end of 2012, the group spent nearly $10 million. The mayor co-chairs “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” a group with a big presence in the recent back-and-forth over tougher gun laws. The organization has also taken out television ads, though on a more national scale. The ad against Halvorson comes just days before the president is scheduled to travel to his adopted home town Chicago on Friday, where he’s expected to address the city’s gun violence. More than 500 people were killed in gunrelated deaths last year, according to authorities. The first lady attended a Chicago funeral Saturday for a teenager killed by gunfire last month.

BLAUSTEIN n Continued from page 1 tive shell to shield them. They have no skin or hair, leading to increased contact with contaminants. The complex life cycle that characterizes amphibians — being both aquatic and terrestrial at different points in their lives – means they can encounter problems in both systems. Blaustein emphasized that amphibian decline is a complex issue and discussed many causes, including parasites, pathogens, habitat destruction, climate change, overharvesting, introduction of non-native species and UV radiation due to ozone depletion. “He’ll sit out there all day,” Blaustein said of a frog featured in his slide show, which was bobbing at the surface of an algae-coated pond. That same frog had retina damage from his sun-bathing habits, according to Blaustein. Blaustein pointed out mutated frogs with multiple legs can be “mostly explained by a trematode parasite known as a fluke.” The parasite has three main hosts: snails, birds and tadpoles that mature into frogs. Blaustein devoted time to talk about amphibian importance, including medici-

$9.58 for fall, winter and spring fees with a fee of $7.17 for summer. The budget tentatively passed unanimously with one abstention from Setzler. “I am too tired and in no shape to vote,” Setzler said. The decision to keep the student fee level surprised the presenters, who aimed to cut their student fee funding. Next up, OSU music department representatives presented to the committee, requesting a student fee of $4.20 for fall, winter and spring terms. The representatives quickly put together their proposal, and many members took note of items in the budget that had not changed from last year. According to representatives, they experienced a lapse in record keeping and tracking expenditures. “Just now we are finding out where these accounts were,” said Christopher Chapman, director of bands. Other Music faculty voiced their concerns about their current system of tracking their budgets and presenting reports. “We don’t have someone doing budgets in the music department and we don’t get budget reports anymore,” said Erin O’Shea Sneller, publicist and events coordinator. “We’ve been asking for reports and I refer to the new system as a ‘disorganization,’” added Steven Zielke, director of choral studies. After reviewing the budget and setting some guidelines, Brad Alvarez, chair, compared their proposal to others they have seen. “It’s just not up to par and I don’t think it’s very acceptable,” Alvarez said. The committee decided to tentatively lower the fee in light of the circumstances to $2.20 for fall, winter and spring terms. Tomorrow the Student and Incidental Fee Committee will hold a final hearing for approval of the budgets they have heard thus far. The meeting will go from 5-9 p.m. Video of the meetings can be found on KBVR’s YouTube channel, KBVR26. Jack Lammers, news editor On Twitter @jacklammers

nal significance and environmental health. dent from New York, attended the Science Frog skin can be used as a treatment for Pub Monday evening. burns and as a source for medicine. “I love that they’ve got these opportuniAs species of amphibians go extinct, “We ties to come and learn,” Ottersten said. may be losing some of our cures for human Ottersten explained diseases,” he said. that small animals like amphibians are imporThe second segment of and should not be Blaustein’s presentation I love that they’ve got tant ignored. focused on media and these opportunities to Nick Houtman, editor science. One of Blaustein’s of Terra Magazine, OSU’s slides read “conveying scicome and learn. research magazine, ence to the press is not gave opening remarks science – it’s an art.” Kate Ottersen preceding Blaustein’s To prove his point, Corvallis resident presentation and listed Blaustein showed the audience a scientific research paper, the some of Blaustein’s involvement in the title of which was full of terminology that, scientific community. Blaustein is a memwhen reduced to non-scientific language, ber of the Species Survival Commission of the World Conservation Union, a felmeant mosquitos breed in water. One audience member asked Blaustein low of the American Association for the if he had anything positive to say about Advancement of Science and the Aldo the situation amphibians are confronting. Leopold Leadership Program and part of Blaustein emphasized the dismal cir- the board of directors at the Amphibian cumstances amphibian populations Conservation Alliance. Science Pub is sponsored by the face, but recommended the website for audience members Downtown Corvallis Association, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry interested in helping out. “If you go to, you will and Terra Magazine. be amazed,” Blaustein said. McKinley Smith, news reporter Kate Ottersten, a recent Corvallis



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FLEET n Continued from page 1 When the new vessels go into operation in the late 2010s-early 2020s, OSU’s current vessel, the Oceanus, will be retired, and OSU is scheduled to receive the first of the three new vessels. The other two will most likely be positioned on the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States. “The NSF will manage who gets the other two vessels,” Abbott said. The new vessels will have several advantages over the Oceanus and the former OSU vessel, the Wecoma, both of which were built in the mid-1970s. “The new vessels will automate many scientific equipment and navigation functions that are currently done manually,” Bailey said. “They will have highly accurate dynamic positioning capabilities, and can stay in one part of the ocean with great accuracy.”

The new ships will also be more environmentally friendly than their predecessors. Being green was a key requirement of the proposal. “Similar to green building technology, there’s green ship technology,” Bailey said. “It was important to incorporate green ship technology as best as we could.” “They’ll [the new vessels] be a little more efficient in terms of energy, water, waste and sciences than the Wecoma and Oceanus,” Abbot added. Funding for the project will come in two phases. “The first phase will involve refreshing the design of the vessels, and updating the cost estimates,” Abbott said. “At the end of phase one, the NSF will know how much it will cost to build a ship, as well as how long it will take.” Following phase one, the NSF will send the budget to the president, who will then send it to Congress to have it approved. “Once Congress approves the budget, the money will arrive at

OSU,” Abbott said. The second phase of funding will come after Congress approves the budget and the money arrives at Oregon State. “In phase 2, we will run a competitive process to select a shipyard,” Abbott said. “NSF will make the final decision, and the contract to build the ships will be between OSU and the shipyard.” Once the shipyard contract is set up, OSU will monitor the construction of the vessels on behalf of the NSF. The timeline of the project will span nearly a decade. “We’re currently in the ‘design refresh’ phase,” Bailey said. “We expect this phase to continue until July 2014.” The shipyard selection and construction will follow the design refresh phase. “We wouldn’t start construction until 2016,” Bailey said. “All of this has to align with the federal budget and congressional budget allocation.” Bailey emphasized how important the selection of OSU

by the NSF would be toward the future of OSU as a shipoperating institution. “If we weren’t the lead institution, we would most likely not be operating a vessel once the current vessel [Oceanus] is retired,” Bailey said. “It was absolutely necessary for OSU to win the proposal in order to stay in the ship operating business.” OSU is a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System. According to the UNOLS website, it is a group of 62 academic institutions and national laboratories that take part in oceanographic research, and are “joined for the purpose of coordinating oceanographic ships’ schedules and research facilities.” The Oceanus is owned by the NSF, as will the new vessel. OSU currently operates the Oceanus and will operate its new vessel as a part of UNOLS. Vinay Ramakrishnan, news reporter

Calendar Tuesday, Feb. 12 Meetings Student Incidental Fees Committee (SIFC), 5pm, MU Ballroom. Open Hearing. The SIFC will make a final vote and decision on all incidental/health fee budgets for next year and set the fee level. ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211 College Republicans/Democrats, 6:30pm, StAg 109. Debate between College Republicans and Democrats. Socratic Book Club, 7-8pm, MU Talisman Room. Reading and discussion group studying Eric Metaxas’ “Life, God, and Other Small Topics.” Focus on the essay, “How Good Confronts Evil: Lessons from the Life and Death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”


Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, 4-5:30pm, MU Journey Room. Lead by Example. Pride Center, 10am-7pm, Pride Center. Make cards for partners of the same, or different, gender. Center for Civic Engagement & Campus Recycling, 5-8pm, Java II, Library. Recycled Craft ‘n Care. Create recycled decorations to donate to Corvallis Manor and HomeLife. Make recycled cards and stickers for others.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211.


Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and Black Student Union, 4-5:30pm, Snell 427, Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Love Jones with BSU. Pride Center, Noon-1pm, Pride Center. Book Club: reading “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious” by Chris Stedman. The book explains how he went from a closeted gay evangelical Christian to an “out” atheist and humanist. Pride Center, 10am-7pm, Pride Center. Make cards for partners of the same, or different, gender. SOL: LGBT Multicultural Support Network, 5-7pm, Pride Center. This Game is so Gay! Learn about gayming and discuss recent LGBT themes in games while playing Xbox. English Student Association, 7pm, Moreland 330. Showing Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” followed by a discussion led by Professor David Robinson.

Thursday, Feb. 14 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:301pm, MU Talisman Room. Foundations of Civility - Devotions and discussion on the spiritual basis for civility. College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 107. General meeting.


Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and SOL Multicultural Support Network, 5-7pm, MU East/Snell Kitchen. Chocolate Truffle Workshop. Pride Center, 10am-7pm, Pride Center. Make cards for partners of the same, or different, gender. Centro Cultural César Chávez, 5-7pm, Native American Longhouse. Interactive activities, Q&A and free cupcakes! Our guest speaker will be Kathy Greaves and activities led by M.A.R.S.

Friday, Feb. 15 Events OSU Music Department, Noon, MU Lounge. Music å la Carte: Kate Hamilton, viola and David Oliver, piano. Lyrical works from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Rainbow Continuum, 6-9pm, MU Basement. Rainbowl. Free LGBTQ social & bowling event. Competitions, prizes and resource tabling!

Saturday, Feb. 16 Events International Students of OSU and INTO OSU, 6pm, Milam Auditorium. A Cultural Affair, a free multicultural showcase of international and cultural peformance, art and song.

Monday, Feb. 18 Events Campus Recycling, all day, all OSU Residence Halls. Residence Halls EcoChallenge Month. Choose 3 environmental pledges. Through March 1. Vegans and Vegetarians @ OSU, 10am2pm, MU Quad. Free cookies and jerky! We would love if you sign our petition.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211


Women Returning to Higher Education, 12:30-2pm, MU Journey Room. Lecture: Balancing School and Life with Dr. Jackie Alvarez, Director of Counseling & Psychological Services.


Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 5-7pm, Snell 424, 4Cs. History of NAACP. Learn about the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People organization. IFCS - Interfaith Community Services, Noon-1:30pm, Snell Hall Kitchen. Bag-It Better Together. Bring your own lunch. Serving OSU Emergency Food Pantry.

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Editorial Board


Legalize gay marriage in 2014


regon’s major gay-rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, decided over the weekend to put a measure on the 2014 ballot that would give same-sex couples the right to legally marry. If you recall, in the 2012 presidential election, Oregon voters had an opportunity to legalize marijuana — which failed — but there was no such ballot for removing the 2004 amendment that specifically defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Washington, Maine and Maryland, however, joined the other six states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont — that had previously legalized same-sex marriage. Minnesota also deserves recognition, for voters rejected a 2012 measure that would have banned same-sex marriage. Last term, we wrote an editorial requesting a measure that would recognize same-sex marriage so we too could be included in the list of these forward-thinking states. It seems Basic Rights Oregon is offering us this chance. Unfortunately, the measure will be on the midterm election. Typically the youth turnout for midterm elections is lower than for the presidential elections. According to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), young people, ages 18-29, make up 21 percent of the eligible voting population in America. Of that eligible voting population, only 24 percent voted in the 2010 midway elections. Oregon’s youth voter turnout (35.7 percent) was higher than the 2010 national average. This midway turnout is still lower than the turnout for the presidential elections in 2008 and 2012. In 2008, the youth vote increased from the 2006 midway election to 51 percent turnout for President Barack Obama’s first presidential election. After dropping for the 2010 midway election, the youth vote in 2012 returned to 49 percent. As the part of the eligible young voters, we need to make an effort to register and vote during the midway elections. Just because a president isn’t running, doesn’t give us an excuse to slack off every two years. Gay rights are not an issue limited to the LGBTQ community. It’s a human rights issue. We are all people with the same basic urges and feelings. Frankly, that we still have these conversations is an insult. People have the right to be with and love whomever they choose. We want to give this chance to our fellow classmates, coworkers, friends and family. It’s important to keep our eyes open. Get ready for the 2014 ballot and make an effort to be part of the youth turnout. Let’s change the expected low turnout rate. Oregon, let’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage in 2014.

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violence and not assume an intent that may not have been present. To put it very bluntly, we cannot know the motivations of the attacker. Perhaps he was owed money, perhaps it was sexually motivated, or perhaps he has been inculcated by a fraternity culture that glorifies the denigration of women. Although we can speculate, we must not assume. To do so distracts from a universal problem and artificially cheapens our attempts to make a world in which anyone can walk home safely in the dark. Steven McLain

The recent events of Jan. 15 and 26 have made the student body justifiably nervous. While I do not condone these acts of violence, I am curious about the way in which we have all responded to them. The protection of all persons from unwarranted violence has become the cornerstone of our understanding about human rights. But for these rights to become universal, they have to be extended universally. Though violence against women Senior, history is deplorable, violence against any person is equally deplorable. Sex, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation Response to Murga’s versus column or any number of characteristics do not grant exclusivity of protec- The police cannot be everywhere tion from violence. As such, it’s In response to Hunger Murga’s important to clarify our response to article regarding the allowance of a

concealed carry weapon on campus, I find it disheartening that we as a campus should feel safe because the police will come to our rescue in 90 seconds. The police cannot be everywhere and it is not a guarantee they will arrive in time to prevent or stop any criminal activity from occurring, so should we wait for the “I’m sorry we didn’t get here faster” speech, or take action ourselves? The rationale of a crazed gunman entering a classroom on campus is unpredictable too, but it’s alright because the police will be there in 90 seconds to save everyone’s life. I am tired of this false sense of security that our campus is immune from a school shooting. There will always be a risk, so why not take action to reduce the risk further. Which is safer, a campus that doesn’t have guns or a campus that might have

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Classroom Protection Act: Protecting children from homosexuals


omosexuals are the lead bullies out there causing problems. Obviously, the LGBTQ community has some anger management issues to work out — at least according to Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville). Sen. Campfield called out homosexuals as the biggest bullies in a phone interview with the entertainment news website TMZ. Yes, he said this in an interview with TMZ, which is, according to Stephen

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The Daily Barometer Colbert, “the least gay of all news programs.” Sen. Campfield also told TMZ that comparing the gay rights movement with the AfricanAmerican civil rights movement was “insulting to the civil rights movement of the black people.” The reason Sen. Campfield thinks the gays are bullies is evident in his

remarks to TMZ: “Most people don’t care about the homosexual community ... quit trying to ram it down everybody’s throats ... quit pushing it on everyone ... leave us alone.” Despite his wish to just be left alone, Sen. Campfield isn’t leading by example. His solution to the problem of the big, gay bullies used to be sponsoring a bill to “ban teachers from discussing homosexuality in schools” — because if you don’t talk about something, it isn’t happen-


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guns? Rather than a qualified classmate who brings a gun to class, I am worried about the crazy person shooting up my campus, who oddly enough is a threat to everyone. I completely disagree with the statement “there is no need whatsoever for civilians to carry guns on campus,” because a school shooting is always a possibility and the police aren’t standing at every corner ready to protect the campus. I think it is extremely ignorant and naive to assume concealed carry permit owners are “idiots walking around with a concealed carry gun like they’re G.I. Joe.” I don’t assume a false sense of security on this campus and take responsibility for myself instead of assuming someone else will do it for me. James Whittle

ing. Because teaching abstinence in sexual education totally works, right? For some reason, Sen. Campfield’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill didn’t pass in Tennessee’s House. Frighteningly, it did pass in the State Senate. However, he didn’t let the failure of his bill get him down; he has a new bill in the works now. Sen. Campfield’s new bill is supposed to protect the morals of our students: The Classroom Protection Act, a.k.a., the-new-and-improved “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Last time the bill died after it took two years for the legislature to figure out that it would be pointless, as it prohibited discussion of homosexuality during sexual education classes for K-8 students — and there are no sexual education classes for K-8 students in Tennessee. However, this new and completely different bill, S.B. 0234, states any information “inconsistent with natural human reproduction shall be classified as inappropriate for the intended student audience and, therefore, shall be prohibited.” Which is not the same thing as the previous “Don’t Say Gay” bill — not at all. Additionally, while this new bill doesn’t prohibit the counseling of students who may be engaging or suspected of engaging in behavior “inconsistent with natural human reproduction,” it must be immediately reported to the parents of the child in question. I can only assume this is because the first step in stopping the big, gay bullies is one that happens at home — possibly involving a belt, or a fist. Sen. Campfield’s first concern is for the children, obviously. Because, as he said in an interview with The Tennessean, “The act of homosexuality is very dangerous to someone’s health and safety.” Sen. Campfield aims to protect these children by taking away all their safe spaces, by making all adults impossible to trust and by keeping them ignorant. Surely, this is a recipe for success. Then again, this is the man whose theory on the history of AIDS, is it came from “one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men.” He then adds, possibly to make himself sound smarter, “It was an airline pilot, if I recall.” Yes, Sen. Campfield, AIDS is all the fault of a single airline pilot — and sodomy in Africa, according to his phone interview with TMZ. Good job, Campfield; I know I certainly respect you more now. t

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Ryan Mason is a sophomore in graphic design.

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OSU head coach Craig Robinson, point guard Ahmad Starks have known each other since Starks’ childhood By Alex Crawford The Daily Barometer

Most college basketball coaches meet their players while they are in high school. They court them and try to woo them to come play at their university like they were trying to convince the prettiest girl at the ball to dance with them. This was not the case for head coach Craig Robinson and Ahmad Starks. The Oregon State men’s basketball head coach has known his starting point guard since he was in the third grade. Robinson and Starks first met when Starks played soccer with Robinson’s son back in their mutual hometown

of Chicago more than 10 years ago. “That was a really long time ago,” Starks said. “That was before I knew him as Coach.” Robinson and Starks’ dad actually played basketball against each other in high school in Chicago — Robinson at Mount Carmel High School and Don Starks at Hales Franciscan High School — but did not reconnect until elementary school soccer matches amongst their sons brought them together. Robinson said when Starks was in high school they would inevitably see each other because they were family friends, but he didn’t use those mutual family get-togethers as an excuse to put the recruiting moves on Starks because it would have been disingenuous. “When he was getting into high school I could tell he was going to be THE DAILY BAROMETER ARCHIVES a college player, I just didn’t know what Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson and point guard Ahmad Starks exchange a high-five in a 2012 game See STARKS | page 6 at Gill Coliseum.

Q & A: Lamar Hurd talks Oregon State, Pac-12 basketball By Grady Garrett The Daily Barometer

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Lamar Hurd, former Oregon State point guard (2002-06) and current analyst/color commentator for Pac-12 Networks, recently sat down with Grady Garrett of The Daily Barometer to share his thoughts on the Beavers’ season thus far and the state of the Pac-12 Conference in general. Hurd regularly serves as the color commentator for Oregon State home games on Pac-12 Networks. Note: This interview took place before the Beavers’ loss to Colorado on Sunday. Q: Why do you think the Beavers have struggled this season? A: I don’t think they’ve been a good defensive team all season, and everybody knows that. In the preseason I think they got away with a lot of stuff offensively because they were bigger than a lot of the people they faced, so they were able to throw the ball over the top to the post, hence a lot of the stagnant offense. And then the games they were competitive they made shots, like against Kansas when Ahmad [Starks] went crazy. It’s almost kind of fool’s gold type

stuff. Not to say they weren’t a good team [in nonconference], but I think their defense has caught up with them, their lack of outside shooting has caught up with them — outside of Roberto [Nelson] and Ahmad, which is why they have seen two triangle-and-two [defenses] already — and the lack of a floor leader has really hurt them at times. Q: You mention floor leader ... what do you think the answer is to this team’s point guard problems? A: I think [starting] Challe [Barton] is a good adjustment because it’s opened up the offense and given them opportunities, and the defense has to defend him differently ... but in terms of the answer, long-term, I think they’ve got to go recruit a point guard and a leader.You can’t mold a guy into a leader; you have to find a leader. Q: So you don’t think there’s a true “floor general” on this current roster? A: I really don’t think so, not right now. When I talk about a leader, I’m talking about an extension of the coach on the floor. So not only somebody who gets on teammates when things are getting bad, but somebody who audibles the offense because a team

just went from zone to man, and somebody who doesn’t have to look at coach every three trips down the sideline, and I don’t know that that guy’s here. Talent-wise, that’s not the issue with this team — it hasn’t been for the past couple years, they’ve had talent. I think they’ve just been missing that floor general, that coach on the floor. Q: How much do you think the loss of Angus Brandt has affected this team? A: A lot. You have Angus out there instead of Joe [Burton] or Eric [Moreland] at times at the elbow, 3-point line area. Even if he’s not making the shot he’s guarded differently, and it changes the whole dynamic of their offense. I think offensively it hurts them way more than it does defensively. Q: You were actually on the committee that hired Craig Robinson ... how would you assess the job he’s done? A: The one thing I’ll say to preface any comment regarding Coach Robinson is it’s tough to make an accurate comment about him and his coaching staff without being in their huddles, at their practices, See HURD | page 6

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pin of his career with another one Saturday afternoon, this time capping things for the Beavers with a pin in the final match of the meet to seal a 42-4 win. Thomas was the only Beaver to post two pins during the weekend, earning the maximum 12 points for his team leading to the two blowouts. The Roseburg wrestler has now won four of his five dual matches of the season and his career, including his last three. Thomas wasn’t in the lineup for most of the season, but has been a revelation at the 165-pound weight Seth Thomas class for Oregon State as of late; actThe Daily Barometer ing as a catalyst for a Beaver team Seth Thomas, 165-pound redshirt experiencing its best wrestling of freshman, led No. 9 Oregon State to the year. two victories this past weekend in Thomas will likely remain in the what were easily the best two perfor- 165-pound slot for the Regional mances of his young career. Duals this coming weekend. Thomas started out his memoIf Oregon State is to advance rable weekend when he sparked to National Duals, Thomas will Oregon State’s 50-0 win over Cal Poly undoubtedly play a pivotal role. with a pin in the first match of the Vinay Bikkina | THE DAILY BAROMETER The Daily Barometer meet Friday night in Gill Coliseum. On Twitter @barosports OSU redshirt freshman Seth Thomas pinned Arizona State’s Ray Waters Thomas followed his first dual

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Intramural basketball weekly notebook By Grady Garrett and Andrew Kilstrom The Daily Barometer

Last year, The Daily Barometer ranked the top 10 intramural men’s basketball teams heading into the playoffs. This year, we’re taking it a step further. Over the course of the four-week regular season, we’ll scout each men’s “A” team least twice — unless you’re not any good, then we won’t waste our time. Every Tuesday, we’ll run a notebook with observations from the previous week’s men’s “A” games. The day before the playoffs begin, we’ll release our men’s “A” top 10. We will also release a women’s “A” top 5, but we won’t include the women’s teams in our weekly notebooks since there are only 18 women’s teams in comparison to 78 men’s teams. The notebooks will touch on a variety of topics — we have no set criteria for what we will, or won’t, write about. If you don’t like something we wrote, or if you think we significantly undersold or oversold a certain team, feel free to shoot us an email ( or hit us up on Twitter (@gradygarrett, @AndrewKilstrom). Feedback is welcome, and your email or tweet may make it into a future notebook. Notes on games from Feb. 4-10 —


last night’s games will be included in next week’s notebook. • Apparently the 6:15 p.m. Thursday time slot is full of a bunch of super scrubs, because the Scrubz are 2-0 and winning by an average margin of 30. The rest of the league better figure their stuff out or they’re going to get embarrassed. • Remarkably there are two teams dedicated to the Blazers’ Luke Babbitt in the 10 p.m. Monday time slot. While Babbitt Empire unsurprisingly plays much like Luke, losing by an average of 26 a game, the Babbitt Ballers have played nothing like the lead-footed southpaw, starting 2-0 and winning by 11.5 points a game. • The Yeeders emerged as a legitimate contender, defeating Flint Tropics (primarily back-ups on the OSU football team) by 24. Unfortunately, the schedule doesn’t pit them against SipEp A, the other legitimate team in their time slot, but expect to see both teams in our pre-playoffs top 10. • We’ve discussed how last year’s champion, Lambda Chi, returned only one player this year. It appears they’ve reloaded — to a certain degree. They aren’t quite as good as years past, but they’ve won their first two games by an average of 24 points and are as athletic as nearly any team we’ve seen. They should be able to give SigEp a good battle on the Greek/co-op side of the


bracket — though we shouldn’t write off SAE A Team 1, either. Lambda will face a stiff test tonight, though, against undefeated Fantasy Factory in what may be the game of the week. • Speaking of game of the week, another strong candidate is The MinoTaurs vs. Sabonis’ Massage Team tomorrow night at 10. Both teams have won close games over Polyester, the team made up of several OSU football players you’ve probably heard of. • The game of the week last week occurred between the Cavemen and White Mamba. The Cavemen ended up winning, 44-43 in overtime, but not before a couple laughable moments got us to that point. At the end of regulation, a Cavemen player was fouled with 1.5 seconds left and went to the line for a 1-and-1 with the game tied. His free throw was so off — a line drive that hit the backboard and barely grazed the rim — we wondered if he was trying to miss on purpose because he thought his team was up by one. Then, with about 15 seconds remaining in overtime and the Cavemen up three, a White Mamba player was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer. Basically, the Cavemen were doing their best OSU basketball late-game impression. Despite the Cavemen’s gaffes, the White Mamba player made 2 of 3 free throws and his team ended up losing by one.

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STARKS n Continued from page 4 level,” Robinson said. “When I was [head coach] at Brown University, he was starting out at high school and I knew his level was going to be higher than the Ivy League. I just didn’t know that I would be at Oregon State and would be able to recruit him until it all came together.” As soon as Robinson got hired as the OSU head coach in the spring of 2008, he began recruiting the talented Starks. Starks committed unofficially in August of 2008 and he went on to lead his school, Whitney Young High School, to the 2009 Illinois 4A state title. Starks credited Robinson as the final deciding factor in his decision to come to Oregon State from Chicago. “Home is a long ways away,” Starks said. “So talking to Coach, he knows what it’s like to be away from home, so he’s definitely something like a father figure.” Now in his third year at OSU, this season has been an inconsistent one for Starks. He had the best game of his career in the second game of the year — scoring 33 points on 11-for-21 shooting to go along with five rebounds and five assists against New Mexico State. His two games after that: a combined 2-for-14 from the field for a total of 8 points. He hit a career-high seven 3-pointers against then-No. 10 Kansas and followed that with a 0-for-4 performance two games later. “It’s kind of been up and down right now,” Starks said. “I’m more concerned with the wins and losses though.” The Beavers are now 2-9 in Pac-12 games this year, with a 12-12 overall record. Starks’ role has increased in the 2012-13 season, due to the scoring void left to fill when Jared Cunningham left for the NBA. “I think we’ve asked a lot more of Ahmad than you would ask a normal point guard, because we are asking him to score a lot of points,” Robinson said. “He’s done that for us and what happens is in

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the scouting report he becomes a marked man.” Starks is confident but not cocky, and his quiet demeanor is both a blessing and a curse. He said the number one thing he’s been working on this season is being more vocal. “He’s not an egotistical kid at all, sometimes to a fault,” Robinson said. “I’m trying to get him to be a little bit more outgoing.” As Robinson said, Starks is a scoring point guard and not a distributor-type — that role falls more to Challe Barton. One of the reasons for Starks’ inconsistency is his size, and in turn, his reliance on the jump shot. Starks is listed at a generous 5-foot-9, so it’s automatic that he won’t score on any post moves. “Everything he has to get either has to be on a breakaway layup or it’s a shot that’s going to be contested,” Robinson said. “That is a hard position to put a scorer in and we understand that, which is why we don’t look at his games when he doesn’t score 18 points as a bad game. I thought he did a great job in setting us up in our offense and getting some plays for other guys in the Utah game.” Despite his size disadvantage and his inconsistencies, Starks is having a solid junior campaign. He is tied for first in the Pac-12 for 3-point field goals made, he’s fifth in 3-point field goal percentage, and 20th in scoring — averaging 12.2 points per game. Guys like Starks are great for team chemistry. A self-described laid-back guy, Starks meshes well with all of the other players on the team and spends his free time doing anything from playing video games with Barton and Roberto Nelson, to just staying home and watching a movie. “What I like about our team is that we don’t have any cliques,” Robinson said. “They all hang out with each other. Some play video games, some go out, some do other things with their girlfriends; Ahmad can do all of the above. That makes for a good team chemistry and makes him a good captain.” Alex Crawford, sports reporter On Twitter @dr_crawf


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I like the fact that he’s done that and I think that’s attracted some talent. But of course you’re graded in wins and losses, and they’ve lost some games that people would have expected them to win, including themselves. I know there are a lot of people kind of calling for his job this year and all that kind of stuff, but I don’t see that happening. I know next year will be a year with high expectancy, probably the highest he’s had so far, and rightfully so — you’re going to have a very


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talented team. And next year I think you have to win. Q: What’s your impression of the Pac-12 this season? A: Overall I think it’s better than last season. I still don’t think it’s the Pac-10 of the early 2000s, but a lot more talent, a lot of parity. Other than Arizona, I don’t think anybody’s set apart, and even they’re not dominant. Q: Second-best Pac-12 team in your eyes? I don’t think there’s a clear one. I can’t pick one. I’d say Arizona State is right there; they’re competitive with everybody. I honestly think Colorado, if they’re making shots ... they’re almost like OSU, if they’re making shots they’re a whole different team. I’ll go Arizona State or ... can’t even say Oregon any-

more. Maybe UCLA, but even with them it’s so questionable. Q: How many Pac-12 teams get into the NCAA Tournament? A: I say three for sure; I can say that with 100 percent certainty. Should be four, so that’d be my 85 percent. I say there’s an outside shot of five, and that all depends if one of the top four don’t win the conference tourney. I think Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon ... I think they’ll get the nod, although I don’t know anymore about Oregon, it depends how they finish out. Then you have a team like Washington, Colorado ... they can win [the Pac-12 Tournament] and get in. Grady Garrett, managing editor On Twitter @gradygarrett

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ment had received more than 700 tips on Dorner’s whereabouts. Some of the calls have come from Dorner’s past acquaintances or people who think they have spotted the fugitive. The city of Los Angeles put up $1 million in reward money Sunday for help catching Dorner, an announcement that followed news that the LAPD was reopening the case that resulted in his termination. Dorner accused his training officer of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in 2007. The LAPD ruled the complaint unfounded and booted Dorner off the force for filing a false complaint. He challenged his firing in court and lost. In a manifesto released last week, Dorner blamed racism and corruption in the LAPD for his termination and vowed to wage “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare� against LAPD officers

NASA cheers new Landsat launch NASA put its newest Landsat satellite into orbit on Monday, extending a long-running program that has been beaming back dramatic images of Earth for more than 40 years. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission — to be designated Landsat 8, once it’s up and running — lifted off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base atop an Atlas V booster. The $855 million platform, about the size of a sport-utility vehicle, has been in the works for years amid concerns about maintaining the U.S. suite of geoscience satellites. The first Landsat mission went into orbit in 1972; the last working mission, Landsat 7, was launched in 1999. It’s still sending back images long after its five-year life expectancy, but suffers from a scanner problem that leaves black diagonal streaks across them. Landsat 5 sent back its last images in January after nearly 29 years; it had been designed to last three. The new mission’s solar panels deployed successfully after Monday’s launch, and the satellite should be fully operational after about three months of trials, NASA said.

“Everyone’s very relieved. We’ve got good telemetry coming back from LDCM, so all is well so far,� Dunn told NASA TV. In 2012, the National Academy of Sciences warned that a combination of budget pressure, program delays and a pair of launch failures in 2009 and 2011 left the United States facing a “rapid decline� in its capability to monitor land and seas from space. The Landsat program is managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, which has been distributing the the data for free since 2008. The imagery has been used to monitor urban growth, water use, farm production and a variety of natural disasters, from the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens to the historic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. “Landsat is a centerpiece of NASA’s Earth Science program, and today’s successful launch will extend the longest continuous data record of Earth’s surface as seen from space,� NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. - CNN

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The teenager who police say shot and killed Chicago honor student Hadiya Pendleton was on probation for unlawful use of a firearm, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday night. Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, were each charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, McCarthy told reporters. They were also charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. They will make their first appearance in court on Tuesday morning. Ward confessed to shooting Hadiya and two others in late January in a case of mistaken identity, McCarthy said. Police said Ward and Williams were gang members seeking revenge against the people who had shot Williams in July -- men against whom Williams had refused to press charges when police arrested them. He and Ward thought they had spotted members of a rival gang at the park when police said Ward sneaked up on Hadiya and her friends and began shooting. Williams was the getaway driver, the superintendent said. McCarthy said Ward was sentenced to two years’ probation in January 2012 for unlawful use of a firearm. “This has to stop. Gun offenders have to do significant jail time,” McCarthy said. “Criminals have to be held accountable. And there has to be a certainty of punishment when we arrest somebody with an illegal firearm.” The charges come 12 days after Hadiya was shot to death at a park in what her godfather,

Damon Stuart, described as an “ideal community” on Chicago’s South Side. Police said that there were no substantive tips as to the shooter’s identity, but once they had a description of the car, they linked it to a traffic stop that occurred several days before the killing. That description and interviews with parolees led them to Ward and Williams. McCarthy said Ward surrendered on Saturday night without a struggle, but Williams tried to escape. No weapon was recovered, he said. Hadiya’s was killed a week after she performed at one of the events surrounding Obama’s second inauguration. Shatira Wilks, one of Hadiya’s cousins, said the family was elated that the suspects were in jail. “However there is no level of comfort — not long-term comfort — and we are still miserable,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “(Hadiya) is the face of every parent’s dream child. Hadiya had so many different things awaiting her in life. She was a wonderful, wonderful kid. My little cousin really was an angel.” She said Hadiya was hanging out with a volleyball team — a group of girls and one boy — when she was killed. The killing — which occurred in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood near the Obamas’ Chicago home — drew the first couple’s attention. First lady Michelle Obama attended Hadiya’s funeral Saturday, and her husband wrote a note to Hadiya’s family that was

printed on the funeral program: “We know that no words from us can soothe the pain, but rest assured that we are praying for you, and that we will continue to work as hard as we can to end this senseless violence.” Hadiya’s parents are in Washington to attend the State of the Union address, McCarthy said. Hadiya, who often urged friends to stay away from gangs, was an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep School. Her slaying — the 42nd in the city this year — also highlighted the problem of gun violence in Chicago. More than 500 people were fatally shot in 2012. McCarthy reiterated his call for minimum sentences for gun crimes and mandatory background checks. “Michael Ward would not have been on the street of New York City to commit this act,” the impassioned superintendent said. “This is not about gun control. This is about the criminal justice system being designed to prevent gun violence.” Huge gaps in that system must be closed, he said, mentioning sentencing guidelines and universal background checks for gun buyers. “But in my book, one of the bigger things is (a) requirement to report the loss, theft or transfer of firearms,” he said. He hoped Hadiya’s case would be a turning point in the gun laws debate, and he apologized for his rant. “I get a little emotional,” he said. “Because it’s true.” - CNN

Thousands mourn slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper

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Friends and family of a slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper gathered Monday at a football stadium in north Texas to say their final goodbyes. Chris Kyle, America’s self-proclaimed most deadly military sniper, was shot and killed February 2 at a gun range, alongside his friend, Chad Littlefield. Another veteran, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, faces murder charges in their deaths. “I stand before you a broken woman,” Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle’s widow, told the crowd at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “But I am now, and always will be, the wife of a man who was a warrior both on and off the battlefield.” She wiped away tears and struggled to speak as she remembered her husband, whose casket was draped with the

American flag. “There isn’t enough time to tell you everything you mean to me and everything you taught me. I know you had no idea you were teaching me, but there is something only God and I have known for a long time. God worked through you to make me into the woman I am supposed to be,” she said. Thousands turned out at the stadium to remember Kyle, author of the best-selling book “American Sniper.” Kyle learned to shoot on hunting trips with his father. He served four combat tours in Iraq and received two Silver Stars, among other commendations. While serving as a sniper in Iraq, Kyle wrote he personally had 160 confirmed kills from a distance of up to 2,100 feet -- more than any other U.S. serviceman,

in any conflict. This led Iraqi insurgents to nickname the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Texan “the devil” and put a bounty on his head. In interviews promoting his book, Kyle offered no regrets. “I had to do it to protect the Marines,” he told Time magazine a year ago. “You want to lose your own guys, or would you rather take one of them out?” After his retirement from the Navy, Kyle became a businessman, a reality TV personalty, a supporter of fellow veterans, an avid hunter and an outspoken opponent of gun control. He is survived by his wife and two children. - CNN

Cleanup underway after storms hits southern Mississippi Emergency officials in seven Mississippi counties were dealing Monday with widespread damage after a swarm of storms swept through the area Sunday evening, injuring scores of people. No deaths have been reported. Two people in Lamar County were critically hurt, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said. A tornado struck Hattiesburg, a southern Mississippi city that straddles Lamar and Forrest counties. The Weather Service described the storm as packing 170 mph winds — an EF-4 on the service’s tornadic scale. The scale ranges from EF0 to EF5. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree reported major damage to a number of buildings. “If there is a good thing about this, it happened on a Sunday when most of these structures were vacant,” he said. Tornado sirens were activated 20 to 30 minutes before the twister touched down, DuPree said. “I think that was enough for people to find shelter, to go to a place in their house that was safe,” he added. Several homes were destroyed in Marion County, and numerous structures — including businesses and public buildings — sustained “significant damage,” the state emergency management agency said. As of Monday morning, 4,000 power customers were without electricity, down from the approximately 14,000 who had

lost power, Mississippi Power spokesman pus to stay away until further notice. Mark Davis said. Nearby Oak Grove High School also Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared suffered damage. Randy Wright posted a state of emergency for the affected photographs to his Twitter account, counties. The declaration means state showing debris strewn on what appeared resources and assets can to be a parking lot and a be used to support local truck upside down in a response efforts. Some baseball diamond. There’s quite a 63 people were treated The Hattiesburg at area hospitals, most of Public School District few homes without them for minor injuries, canceled classes power at this point. he said. Monday. Quite a few trees Some 200 mobile “There’s quite a few homes were damaged on houses, on cars, homes without power or destroyed, and 100 at this point,” Forrest that type of thing. apartments were damCounty Sheriff Billy aged and uninhabitable, McGee said. “Quite a Billy McGee he said. few trees on houses, on Forrest County Sheriff Bryant tweeted phocars, that type of thing.” tos of the storm damage. Ten to 15 people were hospitalized, but In Hattiesburg, the University of none suffered serious injuries, he said. Southern Mississippi suffered damage It was not clear how those people were to several buildings, but there were no hurt. reports of injuries there. The campus Sarah Lawrence, a Hattiesburg resident, was already closed because of Mardi said the storm sounded like “stuff being Gras and was to remain closed through thrown.” Tuesday; classes were canceled through “Within seconds, everything changed,” Wednesday. she said. “I didn’t feel like there was much “We never lost power,” said Joe Paul, notice. I heard the sirens and everything vice president for student affairs, in a looked OK outside, so I started making statement on the school’s website. “The preparations to go into the bathroom. cafeteria is up and running, and everyone And then, next thing I know, all the lights is fine.” went out, and it got dark outside.” University police declared a state of emergency and urged those not on cam- CNN




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