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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 • VOLUME CXVI, NUMBER 82

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Now, the Tally team is giving all OSU students exclusive access to the application before officially releasing it to the public in three weeks. Tally allows users to send side-by-side By Courtney Gehring images of clothing to their followers or in a THE DAILY BAROMETER private message to certain friends. Friends Tally, a mobile application that two or followers can then vote and comment recent Oregon State University graduates on what clothing article they like best — founded, launched an exclusive beta test creating a poll. to four OSU sororities last month. “We’ve seen great usage on Tally so After one month of the application’s far, and we think with some of the new test release, it partnered with a local shoe features we are working on, it will generate even more interest,” said Andy Miller, boutique and gained 200 users. n

Oregon Student Association lists accessibility as No. 5 out of 6 on top issues

The Oregon Student Association, working with the Associated Students of Oregon State University, wants to tackle accessibility issues facing all college campuses statewide. Created in 1975, OSA brings student leaders from various state colleges and universities together to discuss institutional and financial challenges that everyday students face. Each year, the organization conducts a survey of key topics to discuss with state officials during short and long legislative sessions. Currently, tuition costs and affordability remain at the top of the list. Accessibility has made it to number five on the list of goals for 2015. Eric Noll, chair of the board of directors at OSA, credits ASOSU for their work to get accessibility on OSA’s priority list for next year’s legislative sessions. “It’s their advocacy,” Noll said. “They’re the reason accessibility is part of our six-issue platform for the next two years.” Working with Jeffery Evans from the Able Student Alliance, ASOSU President Brett Deedon and Taylor Sarman, ASOSU executive director of government relations, spoke out about the issues facing campus in an effort to gain additional support from OSA. Sarman, who serves on the OSA board of directors and was present when it voted on priorities during a Nov. 16 meeting, said discussions must continue to grow since some students may not even consider them. “You don’t look at our buildings and automatically think they’re not accessible,” Sarman said. “That’s why we wanted to prioritize it as an issue for the next biennium.” According to Bryan Williamson, director of accessibility affairs at ASOSU, Deedon and Sarman notified him that accessibility made it to number five on the OSA survey in November 2013. “We just kept pushing it and pushing it,” Williamson said. “It was huge news when it happened.” Williamson said both Deedon and Evans were together in La Grande when the announcements came through. Beforehand, surveys ranked lower on the organization’s lobbying priority list. “People don’t always understand

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co-founder of Tally. Miller said with new features in place, the current users will be able to invite their friends who are not yet part of the exclusive test. The Tally team hopes to eventually see viral growth as a result. Originally, co-founders Miller and Ryan Connolly set out to create a biometric sensing company, which collected user heart rates and sweat levels while they played video games. However, after spendSee TALLY | page 3

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Science Pub discusses saving 5-million-year-old fish species found in Oregon rivers, oceans By Spencer Ingram THE DAILY BAROMETER

Sometimes the smallest piece in the puzzle is the most vital toward its completion. Monday night’s event, “Cry of the Pacific Lamprey: What this ancient fish is telling us about our water” at the Old World Deli, was a dynamic discussion on the conservation efforts of the lamprey fish species in Oregon rivers. The Oregon State University science pub hosted the event with filmmaker Jeremy Monroe and professor of fisheries Carl Schreck as the keynote speakers. Terra Magazine editor Nick Houtman organized the speaker session. Lampreys are a specific type of fish species, which subside in Oregon rivers and the ocean. They do not have jaws, but a suction See LAMPREY | page 4

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Lemprey, a species of fish that lives in Oregon rivers and the ocean, swims in a stream. They do not have jaws, but a suction mouth, which allows them to graze for food and move through rivers.

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Students Abdulaziz Alsharidah, 22, and Mshry Aldossary, 19, hand out roses Tuesday to OSU junior Catherine Lu.

In an effort to spread messages of unity, love and peace, Muslim students at Oregon State University participated once again in the campaign, “Muhammad: A Prophet of Mercy.” To spread these messages, students handed out flowers on campus Tuesday. Though the students originally had planned to hand the flowers out Friday, campus closures due to snow forced the event to be rescheduled. Gufran Alhejji, a sophomore studying industrial engineering, said the resched-

uling went smoothly despite the reservation of fresh flowers. “(Expressions in Bloom Fine Flowers) was very welcoming to save the roses till the campus opened again,” Alhejji said. One year ago, students participated in the same campaign, conveniently coinciding their event with the week of Valentine’s Day, a time traditionally spent focused on love. In fall 2013, students handed out red, reusable cups that had names of great leaders printed on them and held small informational flyers about the campaign. “We will give roses in the name of our prophet, Mohammed, the prophet of mercy and religion of love and peace,” Alhejji said. “This year, the campaign is under the name of Mohammed as a See ROSES | page 4


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Not just in Sochi A ban on gay marriage in Washington prompted a buzz of campus conversation regarding student rights. Student organizations such as the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance worried that similar legislation may pass in Oregon, an act that would leave some students without insurance benefits and prevent domestic partnership from qualifying for family housing. Students were clearly split on the issue, with several students partnering with statewide organizations to “define the family unit as a man and a woman.” — Feb. 12, 1998

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ity, and 7.5 hours on sedentary activity, you’d see improvements in triglyceride and insulin levels,” Cardinal said. Cardinal said there are still some biological measures — BMI, white blood cells and neutrophils —that can be improved only with at least 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Cardinal blames improvements in technology and a modern culture that encourages a sedentary lifestyle on the more than 50 percent of Americans who did not meet the national guideline. “We’re taught (from a young age), sit and be still.” Cardinal said. “It is also easy to put off being active, thinking that there are other, more pressing and immediate needs.” Cardinal and Loprinzi encourage students, as well as people with busy work schedules, to seek out ways to be physically active. “One recommendation is to set a timer to go off every hour, and when that occurs, stand and walk for two minutes,” said Loprinzi, the lead author of the study. “If performed eight times during the day, this will result in 16 minutes of physical activity, which is more than half of the recommended daily (30 minutes per day) dose of physical activity.” Stopping negative health activities like smoking or overeating can multiply the benefits of regular physical exercise. Cardinal says the key to staying physically healthy is to stay consistent with activities that people find enjoyable. “I encourage people to find an activity they enjoy and give it a go.” Cardinal said. “Make a commitment to stick to it. Start slowly, build gradually, and enjoy each and every moment.” Vinay Ramakrishnan

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Events Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 3:30-5pm, Snell 427. Black Politics: presentation on the proportionality of Black politicians and a facilitation on the reluctance of Blacks from getting involved. Student Sustainability Initiative, 7-8:30pm, 125 Linus Pauling Science Center. Bidder 70 is a moving documentary of Tim DeChristopher’s 2008 disruption of an auction of Utah public lands over oil and gas and his subsequent trial and incarceration.

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Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. Treatment of Criminals - A discussion.

Events International Students of OSU, 5pm, International Resource Center in the MU. The Danger of a Single Perspective - Developing Your Global Lens. Interact with international and globally-minded, local students in a roundtable discussion about individual global norms, traditions and differences happening and concerning OSU students. ASOSU Graduate Affairs, 7pm, Milam Auditorium. Showing of “The PhD Movie.” International Programs, 3:30-5pm, 402 Linus Pauling Science Center. Lecture Becoming a Global Scholar; navigating the world research career paths. Learn insights from four Fulbright fellows.

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Campus Recylcing, 5:30-6:30pm, Student Sustainability Center. Waste Watchers Weekly Meetings - Come learn about volunteer opportunities and help plan waste reduction events and outreach around campus.

Events Blood Drive Association, 11am-4pm, MU Ballroom. Red Cross Blood Drive. Save 3 lives! Come donate blood or volunteer at the drive!

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OSU Sales Club, 7pm, Bexell 412. Around Campus will talk about their internship opportunties and how to better listen and understand your potential client. Come join us!

Events Career Services, 2-4pm, Valley Library Room: Willamette East & West. Speed Mock Interviews to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialists. Bring resume. Blood Drive Association, 11am-4pm, MU Ballroom. Red Cross Blood Drive. Save 3 lives! Come donate blood or volunteer at the drive!

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Events International Students of OSU, 4pm, International Resource Center in the MU. Cultural Heritage. An informative, educational event led by a panel of students and teachers who will answer questions having a cultural background and cultural knowledge. Career Services, 11am-4pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Winter Career Fair - all majors. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 3:30-5pm, Snell 427. When Identities Collide. We will discuss how our identities can often collide with one another and how to combine one’s own identities. Blood Drive Association, 11am-4pm, MU Ballroom. Red Cross Blood Drive. Save 3 lives! Come donate blood or volunteer at the drive!

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LAMPREY n Continued from page 1 mouth, which allows them to graze for food and move through rivers. Lampreys are similar to an eel and have seven gills on their body. The species is more than 500 million years old, and they can switch between ocean and river environments. Some lampreys never migrate to the ocean and stay as freshwater residents their entire lives. Lampreys are usually characterized as parasitic feeders, though they can also be bottom feeders. “(Lampreys) are an important part of the ecosystem and are a buffer against predation for other species,” Schreck said. “They provide a food source for other species, till the earth. It’s hard to measure their impact.” In the last 20 years, lampreys have been declining significantly in Oregon rivers due to human activity. It is hard for scientists to pinpoint the actual cause of decline. “The biggest thing is (improving) fish passages for lamprey,” Schreck said. “Lamprey can be lost to a variety of factors, which are beyond our understanding.” Monroe added that dams and reservoirs can also alter a riv-

managing@dailybarometer.com • 541-737-3383 er’s environment, which could impede the lamprey’s travel and natural habitats. “Fish ladders and hatcheries do not work for lamprey,” Schreck said. Monroe and Schreck, along with civic organization Freshwater Illustrated and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, have been initiating efforts to save lampreys in the Oregon river systems. CRITFIQ is made up of the Columbia River Basin tribes, which are the Yakama, Umatilla, Nez Perce and Warm Springs, The Science Pub event showcased the film “Lost Fish,” which details the trials of lamprey survival. The CRITFIQ tribes are worried that the decline of lampreys will eventually turn into extinction. Lampreys represent a significant part in the culture of the Columbia River Basin tribes. “Lamprey are an integral part of our culture and designated as food by the creator,” said Umatilla Tribe member Gabe Sheoships. “These fish are part of our heritage.” Humans share the responsibility, Monroe said, in protecting these fish.

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what accessibility is,” Williamson said. The overall OSA accessibility process is a work in progress, according to Noll. In addition to 2015 plans, Noll said the organization continues to monitor progress on the $10 million accessibility bond OSU hopes to obtain. “We’re watching that package in terms of funding, but there’s no specific legislation that we’re targeting in relation to accessibility,” Noll said. According to the urgent capital request, $3 million of the funds would go toward improvements needed in various auditorium classrooms, $1 million toward large classroom improvements, $4 million toward constructing new accessible pathways near transit stop locations and the remaining $2 million to extend an accessible pathway near the east hill area on campus. The report lists Cordley Hall, Peavy Hall, Gilbert Hall, Wilkinson Hall and the Nash Women’s Building as prioritized facilities for accessibility improvements. Williamson said he was going to speak at a public testimony Friday, but hazardous weather conditions prevented the event from occurring. Currently, there’s no guarantee whether or not OSU will receive the money. “It isn’t happening yet,” Williamson said. “It’s on the table.” The current legislative session, which started Feb. 3, lasts until the end of this month.

role educator and a man of wisdom.” “I think it’s really nice of them,” said Katie Murphy, a senior in zoology who received a rose Tuesday. “I’m a Christian myself, but I still think it’s really nice of them to hand out roses and I think that the message is a good piece of wisdom, no matter what you believe in.” Alhejji had the chance to participate in the campaign both this year and last year. She said the feedback is typically positive and kind. “They all are happy and Nicki SIlva | THE DAILY BAROMETER saying ‘thank you’ and it’s a wonderful message for all of Students handed out roses Tuesday to us,” Alhejji said. “The feed- spread peace and love on campus. back was good. A few people give back the flowers and say ‘no, thank you,’ but there are very few.” The campaign is celebrated nationally and during the 2013 event, more than 40,000 roses were given away in more than 53 cities across 19 states. At OSU, students stood outside of the Memorial Union, Valley Library, Kerr Administration Building and Gilbert, Bexell and Milam Halls, to hand out 3,000 roses to the OSU community. A large part of the campaign is helping correct the stigma attached to the religion of Islam, which is often misconstrued in a negative light in American media.

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here wasn’t a lot to be excited about in terms of OSU sports during fall. All four major sports had disappointing seasons, and only football had a winning record. Despite a 7-6 record, the football team was probably the most disappointing of the four, as Mike Riley and company started the season 6-1, setting lofty expectations before losing the last five games of the regular season. Beating Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was a nice consolation, but didn’t make up for the lost feeling of what could have been. Men’s soccer started the season 8-2, showing signs during its nonconference schedule that the Beavers could potentially compete in a loaded Pac12. But shaky defense and inconsistent offense saw OSU go 0-8-2 in the final 10 games of the season. Women’s soccer struggled from the get-go, starting the season with a 1-6-1 record. A three-game winning streak late in the season provided hope, but the Beavers ultimately finished 5-12-2 overall. Lastly, volleyball had the roughest season of them all, going winless in Pac-12 play and finishing dead last in the conference. They went 9-2 in nonconference, but went 0-20 in Pac-12 play. While the football team finished with a winning record and bowl victory, and the other three programs showed flashes, none of them lived up to expectations. The major fall sports finished with a combined record of 28-50-4, nowhere near .500. It’s safe to say it wasn’t the fall season that Beaver Nation had hoped for at the start of the school year. But then winter sports began. For me, and probably a lot of people, the immediate turnaround was somewhat surprising. I thought wrestling would be pretty good, but I figured gymnastics would fall off considering the experience it lost from a year ago, and both basketball teams struggled last season. The women’s basketball team, especially, has been a revelation for OSU fans. Having lost 12 of their last 13 games in 2013, I didn’t expect the fast start to the season. Through 24 games, head coach Scott Rueck’s team has a 15-9 record, is 7-5 in the Pac-12 and is in sole possession of fifth place in the Pac-12. While they’re not exactly national title contenders, they’ve been competitive and fun to watch all season, and with a major late-season push, could even sneak into the NCAA Tournament discussion. Men’s basketball is in a similar boat. While Craig Robinson’s team has lost its last two on the road against Arizona State in overtime and to No. 2 Arizona, his squad is a respectable 5-6 in conference play and has shown the flashes fans have been waiting for during the past four or so seasons. While an at-large selection to March Madness is probably out of the question, OSU has shown it can compete with almost everybody in the Pac-12 and could make a run in the conference tournament — the winner of which gets an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The gymnastics team is currently No. 13 in the nation and is coming off its best meet of the season, scoring an impressive 197.100, improving in See KILSTROM | page 6

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Freshman Logan Ice winds up to throw during an Oregon State baseball practice. Ice is projected to be the Beavers’ starting catcher this season.

When Jake Rodriguez opted to go pro after his junior year, an opportunity arose for a freshman to take over. Rodriguez was Oregon State’s everyday catcher last season, and led the NCAA in throw-out percentage. He also provided the close-knit team with intangible leadership that couldn’t be quantified. Once Rodriguez signed with the Houston Astros, a vacancy opened at starting catcher. Freshman Logan Ice capitalized. “Logan Ice has really surprised us with how good he can be,” head coach Pat Casey said last week. “Logan’s just playing with a lot more confidence than anyone playing back there. I’m not afraid to put him there at any time against anybody. As a matter of fact, if we started tomorrow, Logan Ice would be my starting catcher.” It took a couple months with his new teammates before he felt comfortable. “I came in a little shier than I really am, a little quieter,” Ice said. Two-thirds of the catchers on the 2013 roster were gone: Rodriguez and Beau Day, who did not report for fall camp. Uncertainty surrounded one the most important positions on the field. Junior Nate Esposito was the only returner with game experience (37 at-bats in 20 games). But after winter break, Ice emerged as a viable candidate. “I was actually very surprised,” said Wetzler, the senior left-handed pitcher. “The transformation he made over winter break was crazy. He was kind of the shy guy, didn’t say much, See ICE | page 6

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Oregon State lost chance to improve overall team score against Cal, not worried about effects By Scott McReynolds THE DAILY BAROMETER

The No. 13 Oregon State gymnastics team was coming off of its best meet of the season. They had multiple season- and career-best marks set going into a Saturday meet against Cal. That meet against the Golden Bears, however, was canceled due to the snowstorm that hit Corvallis. The team was looking to carry over the success they had into the meet, and improve on little mistakes made. They now wait another week to see if the adjustments will pay off, following the upset win against No. 10 Stanford. “(The gymnasts) are where we want them to be,” said associate head coach Michael Chaplin. “That’s the one thing that meets really tell you, we didn’t get that this week, but we felt leading up to this last meet, they were making good progress.” The missed meet won’t have a big effect on where the Beavers end up in the season

rankings, but it could affect their position in the postseason qualifying rank. The regular season rankings combine the total scores from all meets and average them out. For the postseason, the Regional Qualifying Score is used to qualify for regionals. The RQS is based on the team’s and an all-around competitor’s six best scores. Three scores must be from away meets, and the top score is eliminated. The remaining five scores are then averaged to obtain the team’s RQS. The coaching staff isn’t overly concerned with the missed meet. If it were an away meet, they would have been more concerned, due to the fact that teams usually score lower away from home. A missed road meet would have taken away an opportunity to achieve a high score. The Beavers know that they have two more home meets in which they can improve their scores, and OSU is even viewing the week’s break as a positive. “They won’t have to compete and they get to rest their body a little bit,” Chaplin said. “It helps you mentally and physically

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e’ve never been this relevant this late in the season.” Sixth-year Oregon State coach Craig Robinson reiterated that sentiment — in one form or another — several times as his team raced out to a 5-4 conference start, the program’s best in 14 years. It was undeniably true as OSU — a program that hasn’t sniffed the NIT, much less the NCAA Tournament, under Robinson — entered the second half of the conference season.

Then Arizona State and Arizona happened. The Beavers played well enough to win in Tempe, Ariz., but didn’t make enough plays down the stretch in an overtime loss to the Sun Devils. Three days later, Arizona, the nation’s No. 2 team, dismantled OSU in a 22-point blowout. One week after residing in a five-way tie for fourth place in the Pac-12, OSU (13-10, 5-6 Pac-12) finds itself in a threeway tie for seventh.

So is OSU still “relevant?” For now, yes. To a realist, the NCAA Tournament no longer seems reachable. Perhaps it never did, although Robinson did say it was still the team’s ultimate goal as recently as last week. The Beavers probably need to win six of their final seven regular-season games to be considered for an at-large bid. Considering they face UCLA and See GARRETT | page 6


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1. No. 6 Stanford (22-2, 11-1)

seconds later. Shockingly, Stanford’s conference 7. UCLA (11-13, 5-7) record is no longer spotless. The Much like the Huskies, the Bruins have talHuskies put an end to Stanford’s ented scorers in forward Atonye Nyingifa (18.3 21-game win streak, and Stanford is no longer infallible. Their next game points per game), and guards Nirra Fields (16.8) and Thea Lemberger will be one to watch, too, as they take (15.1). However, all three of on No. 15 Arizona State Friday. them are playing close to 40 minutes a game as they too 2. No. 22 California (16-7, 8-4) have issues with depth. Their The Golden Bears rebounded nicely from a pair of losses to weekend includes a Friday trip to Corvallis Stanford, by coming back to beat and a drive to Eugene two days later. Washington and Washington 8. Washington State (12-12, 6-6) State this past weekend, although The Cougars do not like playing against their remaining schedule will be tough. California schools. Their last three games include a loss to UCLA, a loss 3. USC (15-9, 8-4) to California and a loss to The Trojans only had one game last weekStanford. They head to Utah end, but it was a dominating and Colorado this weekend, wire-to-wire victory against where they’ve had a little more UCLA. Forward Cassie Harberts continues to be one of the best success. forwards in the conference, aver9. Colorado (14-9, 4-8) aging 18.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in conferTeams nine through 11 on this list played ence games. each other over the weekend, so things got nicely sorted 4. Oregon State (15-9, 7-5) at the bottom of the Pac-12. I was tempted to put them third on this list Colorado dropped a game to after winning three straight games, but the Beavers still haven’t recorded Oregon State but came back to win against a victory against an elite team. Oregon. This weekend, they’ll have a 10. Oregon (13-10, 4-8) chance, though. They host the Prior to their loss against Trojans Sunday. When these Colorado, the high-scoring teams played each other earlier this season, Ducks were a mismatch for USC came away with an 81-60 victory, but the slow-paced Utes. They Sunday’s game will be on OSU’s home court, came away with a 93-71 where the Beavers are 10-1 this year. victory Saturday.

5. No. 15 Arizona State (20-4, 9-3)

11. Utah (10-13, 3-9) They may be the 15th-ranked team in the The Utes played well against country, but the Sun Devils are coming off Oregon State for 32 of 40 minan embarrassment of a game. utes. Unfortunately for them, They were obliterated by an the Beavers were able to rally Arizona team that only has and ended up beating the Utes, seven active players on its roster, which is inexcusable 60-47. Utah has lost three games in a row. for a team as good as ASU. 12. Arizona (5-18, 1-11) 6. Washington (13-10, 6-6)

The Huskies just beat Stanford. That alone should give them more credibility than a team that just lost to Arizona, but one game does not make a season. Washington has talented scorers in guard Kelsey Plum and forward Talia Walton, but it has little firepower from off the bench. To illustrate, when Plum fouled out against Stanford, the Huskies nearly blew a 12-point lead 60

The Wildcats were likely beneficiaries of what ASU should call a trap game. Having lost to ASU, 60-36, just days prior, it’s likely that the Wildcats forgot there was a game when the two teams met for a second time. The harsh truth is that Arizona still has to finish the season with seven active players. Mitch Mahoney, sports reporter On Twitter @barosports sports@dailybarometer.com

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little bit. …I see really good quality going on.” With more quality, the Beavers will focus on perfecting their routines and making sure they can hit it every time. rest a little bit.” They have improved their overall team score It could make a bigger impact for the freshmen, who did not compete weekly during their in each consecutive meet up to this point, and will try to maintain that as they move forward. club careers. With this weekend being the second-to-last “We take it as it is and use the opportunity for a couple extra practices, to build up and home meet for the Beavers, performing at a get even better,” said freshman Kaytianna high level will be crucial in order to get another high score to calculate in with their RQS score. McMillan. The team will host Boise State, Utah State As the gymnastics team heads into the second half of their regular season, the team’s training and Seattle Pacific this Saturday at 6 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. phase changes. “You start to go more into higher lever of Scott McReynolds, sports reporter quality rather than quantity,” Chaplin said. On Twitter @scottyknows80 “We’re starting to kind of get into that phase a sports@dailybarometer.com

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GARRETT n Continued from page 5 Arizona during one brutal fourday stretch in March, it’s tough to see them finishing with anything better than a 10-8 conference record. And even if OSU does find itself on the bubble, its atrocious nonconference strength of schedule (No. 242 in the nation, per ESPN) and pair of RPI sub-150 losses (Coppin State, at Hawaii) would be tough to ignore. A more attainable goal, it would seem, is a top-half finish in the Pac-12. Eight teams — from secondplace UCLA (7-3) to tied-forseventh Washington (5-6) — are separated by fewer than

ICE n Continued from page 5 and he came back from winter break and he was a completely different human being.” Wetzler and fellow veterans Michael Conforto, Dylan Davis and Andy Peterson met with Ice once they realized he was a starting backstop in the making. “They basically just sat me down and they were just like, ‘It’s yours. If you want it, take it and run with it and don’t look back,’” Ice said. “At that point, it really set in that I was a legitimate candidate to be the starting catcher.” Wetzler said the freshman showed noticeable differences in demeanor shortly after that meeting. Ice was more vocal in scrim-

three games in the conference standings. Three of those eight teams have considerably tougher remaining schedules than the Beavers, whose next four opponents have a total of 11 conference wins. Arizona State (7-4) has five games remaining against teams currently ranked inside the RPI top 50. Utah (5-6) has six. And Colorado (7-4), which is 15-1 at home and 3-5 outside of Boulder, Colo., plays five of its final seven on the road. If the Beavers can finish .500 or better in conference, there’s a decent chance they’ll be a top-six seed at the Pac-12 Tournament — which is important, considering seeds five and six draw the conference’s worst two teams in the first round

(the top four seeds get a bye). A .500 conference record would also almost certainly get OSU into the NIT, which the program last reached in 2005. ASU, Washington and Stanford made the NIT last year after finishing 9-9 in conference. Since 2011, only one Pac-10/12 team (USC last year) didn’t receive an NCAA or NIT bid after finishing with a .500 conference record or better. And that was because the Trojans lost eight of 13 nonconference games. As long as a .500 conference record remains achievable — and it should for at least two more weeks — the Beavers can consider themselves relevant.

mages, able to get on older and younger players for mistakes, and becoming more of a leader on the field despite his lack of experience. Those traits are crucial at catcher — the position that serves as the field general on a baseball diamond. “I’m a really outgoing guy when it comes to the baseball field, so once I figured out that I was the guy, it was pretty easy for me to be loud and take charge,” Ice said. Ice hit for an average of .321 in his last two years at Rogers High School in Puyallup, Wash. He was an all-league selection in his junior and senior year. Perfect Game USA rated him as the No. 230 national all-around prospect. He said his hitting and baserunning are areas for improvement, but his defense is where he excels.

“I take pride in my defense, I always have,” Ice said. “Being a catcher, I don’t think hitting is ever a high priority. You look at the major leagues, catchers are not very good hitters. I take pride in my catching.” The No. 2 Beavers open their season Friday with a four-game tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Ice and Esposito are expected to split time at catcher. But it appears it’s Ice’s job to lose, and the young up-andcomer can’t wait even two more days. “I couldn’t be more ready to go,” Ice said. “We’ve had five, six months to prepare. All the years you prepare as a young kid leading up to this point, you dream to play in a collegiate baseball game.”

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all four events in the process. It’s a team loaded with unproven underclassmen, but head coach Tanya Chaplin has proven she recruits talent, and the sky seems to be the limit. Surprisingly, OSU’s most consistent sport in recent years is having the toughest season of the winter sports. The wrestling team has underachieved up to this point, but the season is by no means lost. Head coach Jim Zalesky’s big three — 197pound Taylor Meeks, 149-pound Scott Sakaguchi and 157-pound RJ Pena — have all endured rough patches they’re not used to this season, but have proven they can compete for individual NCAA titles at the end of the year. Both Meeks and Sakaguchi have been ranked as high as No. 1 this year, and Pena is one of the best in the nation at pinning opponents. Not

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to mention freshman heavyweight Amarveer Dhesi, who is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation and could make some noise in March. Overall, these four sports are 42-26 in head-tohead competition, and all four are at least three games better than .500. The winter sports’ .620 winning percentage is a drastic increase from the fall sports’ 34 percent winning percentage. It’s something Oregon State fans should enjoy and be proud of. Throw in the fact that Oregon State has the No. 2 baseball team in the nation heading into 2014 and a softball team that qualified for the postseason a year ago, there’s a lot to look forward to. If you attend Oregon State or are a fan of the university’s athletic programs, I suggest you take a moment to enjoy the recent success. In the words of OSU radio announcer Mike Parker: “It’s a great day to be a Beaver.” Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor On Twitter @barosports sports@dailybarometer.com


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eels kind of like the recent atrocities in Russia have sparked a strange sort of backlash in the U.S. In the effort to prove ourselves better than our former rival country, LGBTacceptance in the U.S. and other countries seems to be at a record high. And the movement’s just gaining more momentum. A couple years ago, we were paused at the top of the roller coaster. We’ve just started our descent, and the ride’s getting better as we go. A decade ago, the coming out of University of Missouri defensive end, Michael Sam, would have meant that he’d be a pariah in NFL locker rooms, assuming anyone was brave enough to draft him. Now, he might just get drafted in order to spite Russia. Obviously, American football has nothing to do with the Olympic Games in Sochi. However, Sochi’s recent and publicized epic fail has brought our opinion of Russia to an all-time low. Proving our country better than their country has become the socially acceptable one-upmanship game of the year. We don’t think it’s a question that Sam will be drafted — he had the skills to get on the board, even with rumors that NFL executives knew he was gay before he came out. We do think that he will unfortunately be drafted in a much later round than he would have if he hadn’t come out publicly, or had not been open about himself with his friends, family and teammates. It’s unfortunate that people think a football player’s sexual orientation could in any way affect his skills on the field. Just because he’s out doesn’t mean he suddenly forgot how to play the game, or that his abilities are no longer as remarkable as they were before, or that he no longer led the Southeastern Conference in sacks last year, or was SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year. It’s like Jon Stewart said, wonderingly, in his Friday Night Rights segment on Monday’s Daily Show: “It’s as though sexual orientation has nothing to do with physical strength.” Insanity, right? The world sucks, but we’re making it better. It might seem like it’s happening slowly right now, but it’s happening. The more we support this newfangled notion of “it’s none of your business, so stop caring about something that has nothing to do with you, fundies,” the more momentum the equal rights movement gains. Every time someone new comes out, every time another stereotype is shattered, it makes it easier for everyone who comes after. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Maybe someday we can capitalize that G and put a “the” in front of it, and make the cliche even more fitting.

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ear Dr. Sex, During your hiatus from writing, I missed your “traditional” Valentine’s Day column. I have always thought too much pressure is placed on couples to show their romantic side on this day, aimed toward one gender more than the other, when this one day is not as important as the big picture of life and our relationships the other 364 days. Your reasons for disliking the upcoming “holiday” stuck with me. I am sure there are many new people on campus, and in the community, who have not had the pleasure of hearing what you have to say, so I hope you will consider a repeat this week, and for the years to come if you are still writing this column. Thanks, With You on This One

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means. Therefore, this column will focus on Valentine’s Day — the holiday I quite possibly dislike the most. I want to point out some of the major pitfalls of this holiday. Some say I am anti-Valentine’s Day, but in actuality, I see myself as a realist, and I have three very real problems with this holiday. The first problem I have with this holiday (or rather, its marketers) is how it can make people feel bad if they don’t have a partner. For those of you without a partner on Valentine’s Day this year — or in previous years — you Dear With You on This One, are probably painfully aware of what I It would be my pleasure. am talking about. Our society is set up in such a way Given that Valentine’s Day is Friday, I’d like my readers to consider what that single people feel like losers on Valentine’s Day really means to them Valentine’s Day. Those individuals — not what the media and product with a partner are making plans for marketers would like you to think it the most romantic evening of the year,

frantically searching for the perfect gift, dreaming about what their partner might surprise them with. And there you are, single, alone, no date, no gift to buy, no gift to receive. I have known many people who’ve stayed in an unhappy relationship just to “get through” Valentine’s Day. Imagine you’re in a romantic relationship, but you don’t really like the person. You’re just staying with them so you can celebrate the only holiday devoted to actually liking someone romantically. How does that make any sense? Unfortunately, society is very focused on coupledom. So those of you who aren’t in a relationship: rejoice. Rejoice that you aren’t expected to partake in the most sexist of holidays, which is the second problem I have with Valentine’s Day. I see Valentine’s Day as a sexist holiday in which all the marketing is

directed at men, pressuring them to come up with the perfect gift to express their feelings for their girlfriend/wife. If you don’t believe me, check out this piece by Piper Weiss for Yahoo’s Shine: “6 Mistakes Men make on Valentine’s Day.” Thank you, unnamed student who sent me the link. This holiday is heterosexist as well, because it assumes that all couples are heterosexual. For the most part, Valentine’s Day is all about men spending money on women. The pressure on these men to get just the right gift is really quite unfair. Why aren’t women supposed to be expressing their feelings for their boyfriend/husband from the bottom of their wallets? The vast majority of products being over-marketed this time of year are products for women. Yes, I know, there are a few advertisements for silk boxers, but if this truly was a unisex holiday, we would be seeing specific Valentine’s advertisements for products stereotypically coveted by men — i.e., tools, electronics and home See GREAVES | page 8

Conflicts should be resolved offline; cyberbullying destroys people

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read a very interesting column by Yahoo Tech columnist David Pogue: “Why Are People Such Jerks Online?” Pogue proceeds to break down his ideas of why people feel entitled to spew hate and rage at each other online, within the perspective that it’s easier to berate someone you don’t know. Since individuals have the ability to remain anonymous on the Internet, Pogue theorizes that there are no social repercussions for having a tantrum, and that thousands of other opinions surround you, which make you feel the need to scream your own at high volume in order to be heard at

because even if you know the person, what are they going to do to you? Pull out the almighty caps lock button? Pogue suggests that the youth of Cassie today could be a factor, since children today aren’t taught to be as civil as they were in the past. I’m not so sure about that, considall. Thank you, insecurity. The natural curiosity for reaction ering I’ve seen people of all ages act should be added to that list, because immaturely online, including some even if you know the person, using who definitely predate the Internet. I blame it on insecurity — people the Internet means distance is probably involved, or you guys would be who don’t feel good about themselves and who lack a healthy way of fixing it talking it out face to face. Provided you’re mature individuals, choose instead to take it out on othequally invested in solving the issue. ers as a form of bullying. It even has Reaction observation is relevant a name: Cyberbullying. Add to that the anonymity of the

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Internet and the general lack of consequences for things said online, and you have a whole preschool playground set up for people to act out their innermost fears and insecurities. I know this because I once lost a friend over the Internet — the most I can deduce from the event is that it was a matter of miscommunication. As an English major, I try to consider all options of what someone is trying to say before assuming I know what they’re talking about. If the adage “90 percent of human communication is provided by body language” is accurate, then the See RUUD | page 8

Letter to the Editor Do you really want to be remembered as the people who immortalized a crane?

End MU crane memorial fundraising I write not to attack, but to plea — please end the MU crane memorial fundraising, and return all funds to donators. Enjoying the crane via Instagram, memes and Facebook is good-natured; creating a sense of community through an unexpected source like the crane is great. However, there is a line where fun becomes asinine. Having a crane memorial would not stand as a testament to the impact of the crane on our campus, it would stand as a beacon of privilege we should be ashamed of. This attempt harms the Memorial Union, Student Legacy Park and any student-funded efforts to improve our community. I hope donors have never said anything like “College is expensive” or “I’m a broke college student,” nor used student loan money to fund this effort. If any of that applies to anyone’s name that goes on that statue, I hope it serves a reminder to think deeper about one’s privilege. Please consider everything this statue might say about you, and us. Is this really the best choice? Is this statue necessary for people to feel like they have left a mark on Oregon State University? Degree completion, relationships and hard work are the real impact. For example, a name on a pointless statue means wasted money, but time at OSU could lead to being someone’s reference on a resume — that impact does not cost a dime, and can mean so much more to someone than a name in concrete. The biggest impact is never tangible. The MU crane ideal is fun and entertaining for some, and it can stay that without involving money. Please realize all aspects of what this will say about OSU students, and promptly end this effort. Jordan Schrader

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Time to up the ante for Humans vs. Zombies

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pring term is going to come around soon, and with it some inevitable changes: The leaves appear, the weather gets warmer and you’ll get to come off that academic probation from hitting Shasta a little too hard this term. Dad will be proud. Every year, however, we forget about the game that sweeps across campus biannually and grabs the student body’s attention for — give or take — three minutes. Soon, April rolls around and Oregon State is the set stage for: Humans vs. Zombies. I have gained extensive knowledge from watching “The Walking Dead” and being an active subscriber to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention zombie preparedness letter. I know a thing about zombies — actually, two things. These two things are: First, zombies don’t wear color-coordinated bandannas; we all know they are color blind, because their eyes are either dead or falling out. Second, I know that not even the latest, state-of-the-art NERF equipment can boast enough power to kill a zombie, because I have a healthy stack of Highlights magazines that showcases all the aforesaid NERF weaponry, and the most damage it might do is leave one heck of a suction mark. As of last November, there were 196 casualties. This is a little too high for my liking. On top of that, even though there were an unprecedented number of deaths, only 426 participants signed up. We need to boost these numbers while decreasing casualties if we want to have a shot at surviving the unavoidable collapse of social order and zombie-induced anarchy that could strike at any minute. And this is how we do it: Thomas A. Swift’s Electronic Rifle — though you might know it better as the TASER. NERF guns are effective at showing off your uncanny ability to hit cans from five feet away, a skill that always impresses the ladies.

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The Daily Barometer But let’s be honest, if you’re reading this, you’re on the wrong side of 18 years old. Between listening to National Public Radio, yelling at kids to recycle and drinking your microwaved milk, you just don’t have the energy to chase a zombie through a classroom and down a fire escape anymore. This, my friends, is where 975,000 volts of pure lighting comes in handy. Nothing says “I am not afraid of you” like making some bandana-wearing zombie take a wild ride on Thomas Swift’s boom stick. As much as I love the idea of throwing marshmallows at other living things, we need to prepare ourselves. A sock isn’t going to save you from your run-of-the-mill zombie. Not only are these methods ineffective, it really just gives the wrong message, between peppering people with delicious camping goodies and throwing the clothes off our backs at the opposition, we are just reinforcing blatantly disrespectful behavior like trying to eat people’s faces. What goes perfectly with a little dose of TASER? For those of you playing at home that guessed a macuahuitl, you are correct. Made of Aztec origin, this heavy club is equipped with jagged rows of stabby obsidian. Coincidentally, it also serves as a perfect gift for the special someone come Valentine’s Day (shop ahead, guys and girls). Using the TASER in combination with the macuahuitl, we can lower the zombie-related death toll and take zombie simulation to the next level, while simultaneously creating an experience the whole family can enjoy. Now let’s talk numbers. We have more than 25,000 students here, but only 496 participants. That’s about a 2 percent participation rate. How do we remedy this? We have to find the root of the

problem first. Late in October, when I was doing my post-lunch, pre-dinner, after-coffee power walk, I ran into a “human,” but I use the term loosely. After all the carnage I’ve seen in previous years’ battles — people being barraged by socks washed with fabric softener, NERF bullets that lightly sting upon impact with bare skin and the tragic, unfathomable anguish of the occasional skinned knee — I had to know: What’s the prize for winning such a tough, adrenaline-driven competition like Humans vs. Zombies? Make no mistake, that’s exactly what HVZ is: a competition. It tests you mentally and physically. It’s a fine event, rivaled only by the most rugged of its kind, like gamblin’, shootin’, huntin’, fishin’, spittin’, smashin’ rocks with your bare hands, smokin’ a pack of unfiltered Marlboros while muddin’ in your truck and scrapbookin’. When I asked the human I spotted what he’d win, he shed light on my conundrum and told me, without hesitation: “eternal glory.” Now, eternal glory is nice and all, but I can’t pay my banjo lesson debt with it. We’re college kids. We need concrete material winnings. Have the winner get priority parking and erect a statue of them in the quad — nothing fancy, you understand, just something that says, “Hey, random kid walking in the quad, I’m better than you.” NERF guns are cool. NERF guns and TASERS are fun. NERF guns, a TASER, a weapon hand-crafted by ancient Aztecs and maybe a smoke bomb or two is not only what I call my Tuesdays, but a game I not only endorse but would gladly participate in. t

Alec Grevstad is a senior in speech communications. The

opinions expressed in Grevstad’s columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Grevstad can be reached at forum@dailybarometer.com.

GREAVES n Continued from page 7 repair — similar to the marketing we see at Father’s Day. But we don’t. What we do see advertised are the products stereotypically loved by women — similar to the marketing we see at Mother’s Day. Things like flowers, candy, jewelry and perfume, which suggest that all women (and only women) love these products. What about all the women who don’t care about those things? Yes, they do exist. Worse yet are the endless advertisements for lingerie, obviously a gift for her and not him. Have you ever worn any of those ridiculous get-ups? Talk about uncomfortable, impractical and designed for Barbie. For the most part, lingerie turns women into sex objects instead of sex partners. The final problem I have with this holiday is that it suggests it’s mandatory to show love and affection (using our purchasing power) for our partner on this particular day of the year — but it doesn’t matter on the other 364 days of the year. If you plan on having a successful, long-term relationship, this is not the approach to take. It is much more important — even vital for the success of the relationship

RUUD n Continued from page 7 Internet has just taken a huge chunk of interpersonal communication out of the equation. Though if this were true, this would have been a problem long before the Internet. People have communicated in writing since the creation of the written language. It’s kind of what it was made for. When I lost my friend, insults were flung and accusations were made that made little to no sense to me. However, I now understand that it was a sincere lack of this important part of communicating — body language — that drove the final nail

— that you show your partner how much you care for them by respecting them, enjoying their company and making an effort to make their life better and more pleasant because you are in it. And you should be doing this 365 days a year. How romantic is the man who buys his wife a $5,000 necklace for Valentine’s Day and spends the other 364 days out of the year paying little to no attention to her? How romantic is the woman who gets angry and disappointed with her husband because he bought her daisies and Hershey’s kisses when she wanted roses and Godiva chocolates? These people neither love nor respect their partners. Love cannot be expressed through a purchase. Love is expressed in thoughts, feelings and deeds that occur daily, not on a single, over-commercialized day of the year. The perfect gift comes from the heart, not the wallet. t

Dr. Kathy Greaves is a senior instructor and faculty

member in the college of public health and human sciences. Greaves hosts sexuality and relationship Q&A sessions in the residence halls and the co-ops, in sororities and fraternities, in the cultural centers and for community groups. The opinions expressed in Greaves’ columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Greaves can be reached at forum@dailybarometer.com.

into our friendship coffin. Misinterpretation ran rampant, heedless of how each of us tried to explain the situation to the other. Being able to see someone’s face when they’re saying something to you can make a big difference, as well as being able to hear their tone of voice. My recommendation from this is to deal with larger problems offline and in person, and to save your tantrum for another forum. t

Cassie Ruud is a junior in English. The opinions

expressed in Ruud’s columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Ruud can be reached at forum@dailybarometer.com.

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