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Dixon, Manning update community on county’s 10-year plan to end homelessness

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Wendy Bentley, in desperate need of help, walked through the doors of Community Outreach five years ago. Today, she is a homeowner. The Corvallis native had been living elsewhere for 17 years. She was working as a property manager when the units were sold out from under her, leaving her out of a job and without a home in a matter of 10 days. “I needed to get my life back, because I lost it all,” Bentley said. I needed Bentley moved back to get my to Cor vallis life back, and found because Community Outreach, I lost it all. which helped her get back on Wendy Bentley her feet. Corvallis resident Community Outreach, working in the Willamette Valley since 1971, offers a wide range of services from health, day care and treatment programs, as well as emergency shelters, food assistance and case management. “If it was not for this agency, it would have been a lot more difficult for me,” Bentley said. “They were my saving grace.” She was able to live at the Julian Hotel Apartments, a low-incoming housing facility that recently gained $695,000 from the city for renovations and to secure the facility as affordable housing. “The reality is, for those that are driven to improve their lives, it is possible,” Bentley said. Bentley is a success story, which the Benton County 10 year-plan to end homelessness aims to recreate. Thursday evening, Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning and Benton County Commissioner Jay Dixon updated the community on the plan, citing updates on goals and the plans for the future. The five goals in the 10-year plan offer a wide range of solutions for the prevention and elimination of homelessness. These goals include supplying services for housing, expanding housing affordability, increasing the capacity for self-support services, addressing the social stigma of homelessness and creating a system of data collection for accurate com-




Oregon State researchers seek to determine processes behind snakes’ mating habits

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A female snake, the larger snake in the center, is surrounded by numerous males in this mating ball. Sometimes, mating balls can have 100 males around a single female.

OSU helps victims of ‘alpacalypse’ By Marv Collison

can be adopted. Veterinary student Robyn Thompson told KVAL they call it the “alpaca-lypse.” CORVALLIS — The last of about 175 alpacas that were The Polk County sheriff’s office stepped in last week found starving at a breeding operation in the Willamette after owners of Jocelyns’ Alpaca Ranch could not care Valley arrived Tuesday at Oregon State University. Oregon State University’s veterinary school doctors for the animals. The owners are facing charges. The veterinary school took over the care of the alpacas and students are nursing them back to health until they after authorities say the animals were found starving at the breeding operation in the Willamette Valley. “They’re darn cute,” attending veterinarian Dr. Helen Diggs said Monday from Corvallis. “But they’re so thin, it makes you want to cry.” The College of Veterinary Medicine decided it needed to “step in and see what we could do” for the animals after another location fell through, professor Christopher Cebra said. The college will care for the herd until the alpacas are healthy enough to be adopted. Males will be castrated. Polk County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Isham said the county won forfeiture of the animals last week after Jocelyn’s Alpaca Ranch owners Jocelyn and Robert Silver of Falls City could not care for them. The Silvers also face animal neglect charges. Their lawyers did not return calls, and Robert Silver declined to comment. Isham said 54 animals were trucked to the university last week before a winter storm forced a postponement. The rest are to be shipped in the next couple of days. Shari Bond of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue in Tenino, Wash., said this is the biggest case she has been involved in. She added rescues have become more common since the recession knocked the bottom out of the alpaca market. “People who were making a lot of money think they HERALD AND NEWS can still make a lot of money, but they get themselves in This alpaca is one of 175 found starving in a breeding over their heads,” Bond said. “It wasn’t that long ago you HERALD AND NEWS

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Hundreds of males slither. Following their natural instincts, they surround a single female that is emitting her alluring pheromone. While humans seek out mates using complex cues, snakes are highly attuned at choosing their love-making partners through the application of an innate and biochemical process. Researchers in the Mason Laboratory in the department of zoology at Oregon State University not only study the procreation process of snakes, but 30 years ago, Robert Mason, the lead researcher, was the first scientist to isolate, determine and synthesize a pheromone from a reptile. This breakthrough has furthered scientists’ understanding of the pheromone’s role in the reproductive biology of garter snakes. This pheromone makes up the sexual attractiveness of the female garter snake. It’s a compound of chemiSee SNAKES | page 2

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A crowd of more than 40 gathered at Corvallis Sports Park’s sports pub Tuesday night to hear the latest from three different panelists with specialties in aerial engine design and marketing. The Willamette Innovators Network, a local networking community for traded sector companies in the area, hosted the event. The network directors paired with the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, the partnership between OSU, community members and entrepreneurs, to hear ideas from a panel of local unmanned aerial vehicle industry experts about the current state of UAVs, innovation in the field and future potential opportunities for start-up businesses in the UAV market. See DRONE | page 3

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Two police beats in a row Employees of Jeanne Smith and Associates contacted Corvallis police about a woman allegedly screaming at employees. She then locked herself in the conference room of the building. When authorities arrived, they found Kathleen Smothers, 52, and arrested her for criminal trespass II and disorderly conduct discovered they were without wool and II. It was her second arrest in five days. appeared to be cold. The owner admitted he was aware, but had nowhere else to Friday, February 7 shelter them. He thought they would be The sheep have feelings too OK. The information was forwarded to Corvallis police were sent on a wel- animal control. fare check for the report of alleged cold sheep on Philomath Boulevard. Officers Saturday, February 8

Winter has come A resident notified she saw someone stealing firewood from the shed outside her house. She told Benton County sheriffs that the suspect vehicle was an old pick up and they stole about $25 worth of wood. The thief was last seen traveling west on Gellatly Way. Suspicious critter activity Someone reported a set of footprints was left in the snow heading to a workshop area at the house she was housesitting. Benton County sheriffs aided the woman in clearing the shop and making sure it was secure. Authorities deemed the footprints were actually left by an animal.

Powell’s Books City staff in Milton-Freewater to close 2 can now carry weapons stores at PDX By David Nogueras

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PORTLAND — Powell’s Books announced that it will be closing two of its three concourse stores at Portland International Airport this summer when the leases expire. “The Port of Portland is working on a new vision for retail at PDX, and in spite of our efforts to negotiate a renewal of our leases and review other options for maintaining a concourse presence, we were unable to reach an agreement,” said CEO of Powell’s Books Miriam Sontz in a press release. The locations in concourses C and D are two of seven vendor leases to expire this year in PDX. Port of Portland spokesperson Steven Johnson says PDX will invite new and existing companies to submit business proposals for those storefront spaces this spring. There are 23 Powell’s employees between the three stores at PDX who learned of the closure last week. Sontz says the reason why the announcement is coming now is to give employees of the closed stores time to find jobs in other areas of the company. She says there will be no layoffs. Sontz says these two store fronts had, “a very successful store presence and were enjoyed.” Although Powell’s is a staple in Portland today, the new and used bookstore brand actually started in Chicago in 1970. According to the Powell’s website, the original storefront was opened by college student Michael Powell. Michael’s father Walter joined him for a summer and brought the idea of Powell’s Books back to his home in Portland. Walter opened his own store in the early 1970s. Powell’s opened at the airport in 1988. “We’re very sad to be closing,” Sontz says. “We’re sorry to see them go.” Powell’s along with other vendors have the option to “extend leases through the end of the year and then can submit proposals,” Johnson says. The third airport storefront outside of security will remain open.

HOMELESSNESS n Continued from page 1 munity accountability. Significant progress was made for the first goal of prevention of homelessness through housing aid. This included expansion of Jackson Street Youth Shelter and the prevention of 46 foreclosures, due to assistance from the Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services. In 2013, a significant property for a new homeless shelter was purchased on Fourth Street. Once the funding is secured, a new shelter will be built to house the cold weather women’s emergency and daytime drop in centers, as well as Stone Soup and myriad support services. Such shelter, food and other services are crucial support for those at risk of hopelessness and an encouraging stepping stone for self-sufficiency. Oftentimes, people at risk of becoming homeless, like indi-

municipal court for everyone except law enforcement. If an employee’s job takes them on to private property, City MILTON-FREEWATER — City employManager Linda Hall says citizens can ees in the Northeast Oregon city of Milton-Freewater can now carry con- block that employee from carrying a cealed weapons on the job, thanks to a weapon, either by putting up a sign or saying something directly. policy change there. “If they make it clear to our employee, The change was approved by the city council this week. It means everybody ‘Hey, I don’t know whether you’re a confrom city building inspectors to the cealed weapon permit holder or not, but librarians at the public library can now I’m not comfortable with that,’ we will carry a gun in the course of their duties, immediately honor that, no questions so long as it’s concealed and accom- asked,” Hall said. panied by a valid concealed handgun Hall says the decision to change the license. policy was carefully weighed. And while The provision doesn’t apply to teach- she acknowledges it does carry some ers, since they’re not city employees. risk, she believes in the end it makes And guns are still banned inside the people safer. OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING

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SALEM — A bill that would change how the state funds programs to help highrisk youth is drawing some opposition in Salem. Currently, the Oregon Youth Development Council distributes money based on youth population to counties for juvenile crime prevention programs. House Bill 4134, which was requested by the governor, would direct the Youth Development Council to distribute funding for those programs via a competitive grant process instead of a funding formula. The four grant funds, which total up to $14.4 million in state and federal funds biennially, would go toward programs to prevent juvenile crimes, improve education for high-risk youths among other efforts. Supporters of the bill say changing how these programs are funded would create more accountability and better ensure the money is reaching high-risk youth.

viduals recently released from jail, do not have access to these services due to the pervasive negative stigma surrounding those without a home. “People have stereotypes of what homelessness is and who they are,” Dixon said. Affordable housing is a common thread in the goals for 2014. Manning said the committee hopes to create additional housing for homeless and runaway youth, preserve rent assisted properties and develop additional units of permanent and affordable housing for homeless people, families and veterans. As 2014 and the rest of the 10-year plan unfold, more successes like Bentley’s may be in the near future. “I am proud to be here,” Bentley said. “Other places don’t have the community based agencies that Benton County does. I’m amazed.” Emma-Kate Schaake City reporter

This includes youth with substance abuse problems, poor family support, failure in school or exhibit other risky behaviors. “Counties and their local partners are still in the driver seat in terms of requesting the dollars,” House Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek, D-Portland, told the House Education Committee. Under approved changes to the bill, the grant process would kick in on July 2015. Opponents, including counties and law enforcement groups, argue a competitive grant process would create more financial uncertainty for effective high-risk youth programs. Patrick Sieng, who was representing the Association of Oregon Counties and several law enforcement groups, urged lawmakers to slow the process down and study the financial impact on counties if the funding method changes. Despite opposition during a two-hour public hearing, an amended version of House Bill 4134 moved to the House Rules Committee on a party-line 5-4 vote. Republicans on the committee opposed moving the bill to another committee.

SNAKES n Continued from page 1 cals that is stored within the female snake’s skin lipids — or fats — and is expressed along the female’s back as she moves. “During the breeding season, male snakes use this pheromone to determine whether the female is someone that they want to mate with or not,” said Emily Uhrig, postdoctoral candidate in the Mason Lab. “These chemicals can really provide a snake with a lot of information about a potential mate, so I think that it is just really illustrative of how much information can be encoded in a single, relatively simple signal.” A lot of animals, including humans, have pheromones. Scientists have been able to identify thousands of pheromones in insects, which have been used in biological controls and pest management, according to Uhrig.

Many vertebrates use chemical keys to some degree, but snakes especially rely on chemistry detection, rather than visual cues, which is what humans mostly heavily depend on. There has been work, not by the Mason lab but carried out by other researchers, which has looked into the possibility of the human pheromone, according to Uhrig. “Of course, if you could bottle (the human pheromone), it would probably be a pretty lucrative business,” Uhrig said. “It’s a very difficult thing to pin down in humans — our behaviors are way more complicated.” Understanding how to extrapolate the human pheromone begins with knowing how to extrapolate the snake pheromone. Though, Uhrig said, that is a little bit of a leap to make at this point. Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova Science reporter

Calendar Friday, Feb. 14 Meetings Educational Activities Committee, 11am, MU Board Room. Will review fund requests.

Events OSU Craft Center, 10am-2pm, MU Trysting Tree Lounge. Valentine’s Day Card Making. Free event, supplies provided. Create a unique card for someone special.

Monday, Feb. 17 Meetings 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!

Tuesday, Feb. 18 Meetings 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!

Wednesday, Feb. 19 Meetings OSU College Republicans, 7pm, Gilkey 113. Join us for discussion of club and current events. Come have fun with like-minded people.

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!

Thursday, Feb. 20 Speakers OSU Socratic Club, 7-9pm, Milam Auditorium. Drs. Blomberg & Steeher will debate “The Resurrection of Jesus: Fact of History or Article of Faith?” All debates free and open to the public. Q&A at the end.

Events Career Services, 11am-4pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Winter Career Fair - engineering majors. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 5:30-7pm, Snell 427. Put the “U” in eugenics: presentation and description on eugenics. Blood Drive Association, 11am-4pm, MU Ballroom. Red Cross Blood Drive. Save 3 lives! Come donate blood or volunteer at the drive! Student Sustainability Initiative, 5:30-7:30pm, Marketplace West Large East Conference Room. Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) Kickoff Party. Join the festivities and get the inside scoop on how to win the CCN competition between residence halls. Food and giveaways included!

Saturday, Feb. 22 Events Permias OSU - Indonesian Students Assocation, 6-8pm, MU Ballroom. Annual Indonesian Night “Fearless Sumatra.” There will be performers and Indonesian food and beverages provided.

Sunday, Feb. 23 Events International Students of OSU, 6pm, MU Ballroom. A Cultural Affair: A cultural talent show.

Monday, Feb. 24 Meetings 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.

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DRONE n Continued from page 1 The Federal Aviation Administration selected Oregon as one of the six new drone research testing sites in the U.S. as of December 2013. Joe Gibbs, one of the panelists, works for Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems based out of McMinnville. The company produces UAV engines that get strapped onto an aircraft that is approximately 55 pounds or larger and about the size of a small buffet table. Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems has been in business for six years. “Regarding engines, what people are doing right now is they’re strapping anything onto a UAV that they can get, that might be a weed-whacker engine, a chainsaw engine or a lawnmower engine, slap a prop on it and make it fly,� Gibbs said. “The FAA doesn’t like that — they don’t think that’s a good idea.� Northwest UAV aims to design an FAA certifiable aircraft engine, which will be the mandatory standard designated by the FAA to allow UAVs to operate in commercial airspace. Currently, in the U.S., it is illegal to operate UAVs commercially, unless they are flying under the radar, according to Gibbs. “When I exited the Navy, it was really obvious to me that the aerial future was unmanned,� said Brian Whiteside of Virtual Data Operations Support and vice president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International, Cascade chapter. According to Whiteside, it’s a difficult world right now for UAVs due to the fact that there exists little infrastructure within

were not able to compete for limited food. Vets returned to the ranch Dec. 5 and found the animals were starving, Isham said. They recommended the county take over the animals’ care. The county began buying $700 a day worth of hay, which they fed the alpacas on the ranch. When a cold spell hit, about 50 died. After the herd was ruled forfeit last week, the county needed somewhere to put the animals, and OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine volunteered to take them. The cost of caring for the alpacas has topped $14,000, but grants from animal groups like the Humane Society have defrayed most of the expenses,


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Head coach Pat Casey pumps his fists toward the Goss Stadium crowd after winning the Super Regionals and advancing to the College World Series on June 10, 2013.

The weekend forecast for Tempe, Ariz., calls for sunny weather between 84 and 86 degrees, which is about 40 degrees higher and infinitely drier than Corvallis’ outlook. The No. 2 Oregon State baseball team has been forced to practice in the Merritt Truax Indoor Center for the past two weeks because of the recent Blitzkrieg of snow and rain. The dry Arizona heat is a welcome sight for the Beavers, who kick off the 2014 season Friday at the Husker Classic in Tempe Diablo Stadium. “We’re ready to get outside in some sunlight, get out on the baseball field again,” said junior left fielder and 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Michael Conforto. There’s a lot more than sunshine for this team to be excited about. OSU is coming off a deep run in last year’s College World Series. A heart-

breaking loss against Mississippi State sent the Beavers packing, needing just two wins to reach the championship. Senior left-handed starter Ben Wetzler might be more eager than anyone on the 35-man roster. Wetzler turned away a six-figure MLB contract to return to the Beavers for another shot at a title. “I can’t wait,” Wetzler said. “We’ve been practicing against each other for six months. It’s going to feel good to see some other faces in that batter’s box.” Wetzler was named the opening day starter for Friday’s tilt against Gonzaga. Sophomore right-hander Andrew Moore and junior left-hander Jace Fry are slated for starts Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Monday’s starter is still unclear. Saturday, the Beavers take on Nebraska and then round out the weekend with games Sunday and Monday against Pacific (Calif.). Of OSU’s three opponents, the Bulldogs were the only team with a winning percentage better than .500 last year. Pacific, a West Coast See BASEBALL | page 6

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OSU won first Civil War contest in Corvallis, looks for same result Sunday in Eugene By Josh Worden


Oregon State head basketball coach Craig Robinson constantly tells his players that the season gets harder as it goes on. That statement is even truer now, as Robinson’s Beavers will head to Eugene to face Oregon in the second Civil War game of the season. OSU (13-10, 5-6 Pac-12) took an 80-72 win against the Ducks (15-8,

3-8) on Jan. 19, but that contest was in Gill Coliseum and Oregon was in the midst of what would be a five-game losing streak near the beginning of conference play. The Ducks still have lost five of seven since that game, but that stretch included two-point losses to No. 2 Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA. “Their 3-8 (conference record) does not depict the amount of talent they have,” Robinson said. “We’re as cautious playing them as we would be if they were 8-3.” Oregon has also lost by two points to Stanford, and by four to Washington. “They have a lot of weapons offen-

sively; they have a lot of speed,” Robinson said. “Most importantly, they can shoot the ball really well. They’re never really out of games, because four or five of their guys can light it up from distance.” Shooting has been a strength for the Ducks in nearly every game besides the first Civil War, when Oregon put up paltry offensive numbers. Finishing at just 37.9 percent from the floor and hitting 4-of-19 attempts from 3-point range, Oregon finished well worse than their national top-10 average of 83.3 points per game. The Ducks did improve late in See MEN’S BASKETBALL | page 6

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Junior forward Eric Moreland eyes an Oregon opponent at the free throw line during this year’s Civil War.

OSU ready for rematch with Bruins Gymnastics carries momentum into weekend OSU women’s basketball lost to UCLA first time around, looks for redemption Friday

played once already. Both of those games resulted in road losses. On Friday, they’ll host a rematch against the Bruins at 7 p.m., and against the Trojans on Sunday at noon. The last time Oregon State (15-9, By Mitch Mahoney 7-5 Pac-12) played UCLA (11-13, 5-7), THE DAILY BAROMETER This weekend, the Beavers have the Bruins came away with a close two games against teams they’ve one, 66-63. But that game was in Los Angeles, while Friday’s will be in Gill Coliseum, where the Beavers own a 10-1 record. Additionally, the Beavers are in the middle of a three-game winning streak and have won five of their last six games. “I think we have a renewed energy,” said head coach Scott Rueck, “I think we’re a lot more experienced. When you’re a young team, every game means so much in that area. We’ve closed teams out since, where we had not previously. I think we’re more of a mature team at this point.” The Beavers field one of the youngest teams in the nation, with nine of 11 roster spots being held by underclassmen. Meanwhile, the Bruins field a team of mostly veterans. Their leading scorer, forward Atonye Nyingifa, is a sixth-year senior — and their startnicki silva | THE DAILY BAROMETER ing point guard, Thea Lemberger, is a senior as well. n

Samantha Siegner looks for an open player against Colorado Friday.



Oregon State hosts Boise State, Utah State, Seattle Pacific after 2-week hiatus By Scott McReynolds THE DAILY BAROMETER

The No. 13 Beavers are returning to action Saturday and are looking to build off their win, and best score of the season, against No. 12 Stanford two weeks ago. The Oregon State gymnastics team faces off against No. 16 Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific Saturday in Gill Coliseum. Saturday’s meet will be the team’s second-to-last at home, and the Beavers are hoping to use the home crowd’s energy as momentum to improve their season average. This weekend will bring a different aspect to the meet than usual, as there will be four teams competing at the same time. “This meet there will be a four-ring circus going on, every event is on its own,” said associate head coach Michael Chaplin. “When you have that downtime, maintaining your focus is the trick.” With four teams and four events, the team will sometimes finish before

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Collectively, six of UCLA’s eight rotation players are upperclassmen. “We’re on opposite ends of the spectrum,” Rueck said. “We’re a young team that’s gaining experience and they’re a very mature team that has experience.” Even so, the Bruins are headed in the opposite direction of the Beavers, having lost four of their last five games. In their last four, UCLA’s bench has scored a combined total of zero points, but Rueck isn’t concerned with that statistic. “At this level, I don’t think it matters,” he said. “We’ve had so many cases where there’s teams that seem shorthanded, but when you look at it, teams are only playing six or seven anyway.” Although their bench hasn’t contributed much lately, the Bruins have been getting tremendous production from three players: the aforementioned Nyingifa and Lemberger, along with sophomore guard Nirra Fields. Those three are averaging 18.3, 15.1 and 16.8 points, respectively, which makes each one of them a top-15 scorer in the

Oregon State wrestling heads to Columbus, Ohio, for the first round of the National Duals on Sunday to take on No. 16 Virginia Tech. The Beavers (9-6) are one of 14 teams at the meet, which includes 10 teams ranked in the top 25. Virginia Tech (15-3) is 2-0 against Oregon State all-time, knocking off the Beavers, 20-15, last season in the last meeting. No. 11 Scott Sakaguchi, No. 11 RJ Pena, No. 12 Taylor Meeks and No. 14 Amarveer Dhesi will headline OSU’s lineup, while Virginia Tech will bring five ranked wrestlers into the dual. If OSU advances past the Hokies, it will compete in the quarterfinal round at 7 p.m. If the Beavers lose, they will wrestle in the consolation round at 5 p.m. The National Duals are OSU’s last time in competition before the Pac-12 Championships on March 2.

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the game by closing a 16-point deficit, but never took a secondhalf lead. “Defensively in the first half, we did a better job than we did in the second half,” Robinson said. “I’d like to see some improvement from the secondhalf defensive standpoint.” Every starter for the Ducks scored below his season average, including a combined 13-for-44 effort from Oregon’s top four scorers in forward Mike Moser and guards Joseph Young, Jason Calliste and Damyean Dotson. “There’s not going to be many times where you can hold all those guys to below their averages,” Robinson said. “We just played some good man-to-man defense.” Young is the Ducks’ leading scorer at 18.4 points per game — his 2-for-9 performance with five points Jan. 19 well below his normal 48.2 percent shooting average. “We just focused on trying to shut down Joseph Young,” said senior guard Roberto Nelson. “He was having a rough time, the game before he hadn’t played well either, but he’s really started to pick it up now.” His five points against


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The Oregon State women’s basketball team huddles up as a team after beating Colorado in Gill Coliseum Friday. conference. “The thing that makes them good is that they are all very good 1-on-1 basketball players,” Rueck said. “They create their own shots and they love transition. Those three do a great job getting out on the break, and then they’re obviously focal points of their offense.” Additionally, Nyingifa, Fields

Stanford and five versus the Beavers are each tied for his lowest point total in any game this season, though Young has scored in double digits every game since then, including last game’s 29 points against ASU. “He’s very much like Roberto where he can score points in bunches, especially from behind the 3-point line,” Robinson said. “He doesn’t have to be right on the line to make them, he can be a couple steps behind.” Offensively for OSU, Robinson feels certain particular aspects can be improved. “While we shot the ball well, there were a couple of individual players who didn’t have their best games,” he said. “I’d like to have everyone have a great game and see how we look there.” Nelson had seven turnovers, junior forward Eric Moreland finished 2-for-12 from the field and the Beavers only had 14 bench points. Correct those, and OSU could be on its way to a Civil War sweep. “It would definitely be nice as seniors to go out sweeping them,” Brandt said. “Senior year would be great. This is a game we’ll really be getting up for.” Josh Worden, sports reporter On Twitter @WordenJosh

Correction In articles from Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Thursday, a name was misspelled. It’s Trever Morrison, not Trevor.

and Lemberger are two-way players as well, getting it done on the defensive end of the floor. Each one of them records steals at a rate that is in the top 13 of every Pac-12 player. “If you see a player get a lot of steals, it’s because that player anticipates well and knows what’s coming,” Rueck said. “Steals are usually a byproduct of knowledge and experience, and that’s something that UCLA does a great job of.” UCLA’s experience on the defensive end and the Beavers’ inexperience, in general, could spell trouble for OSU. In the first meeting between these teams, Oregon State committed 16 turnovers to UCLA’s

seven. “That’s a huge part of everything for us, that’s something that’s been a weakness of ours this year,” Rueck said. “We have to take care of the basketball. We’ve been playing much better offensively, I think we’re in a good stretch right now, and we need to have good possessions.” The game will tip-off at 7 p.m., and will be streamed live for free via Oregon State’s Pac-12 portal. Additionally, the game will air on the radio on KLOO 1340AM with commentary by Ron Callan.

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lot of four-game series. This gives Casey and the team a chance to gauge the depth of the roster, and find out which of the younger players will be contributing once the Pac-12 season starts. “We do have a lot of new guys,” Conforto said. “We have some spots that need to be filled. Preseason is a great time for us to see how our team’s going to shape up. There are opportunities all over the place for new guys.” Freshmen Trever Morrison and Logan Ice are expected to start at shortstop and catcher, respectively. Freshmen pitchers Chandler Eden, Kevin Flemer and Jake Thompson are likely to make appearances this weekend, as well. The Feb. 23 game against No. 3 Indiana is the only time the Beavers will play a team ranked in the preseason top 25 until a late April meeting with No. 11 Oregon. As always, the Beavers stick to the one pitch, one game at a time mantra — and don’t worry about who’s in the other dugout. “We’re out there to win,” Conforto said. “We take every game like it’s our last. We’ve got to treat every game like it’s the World Series.”

Conference member with Gonzaga, was 15-39. Nebraska finished 29-30, but made it to the Big Ten championship game, ultimately falling to Indiana, a team that the Beavers eliminated in Omaha, Neb. “We play some teams that maybe aren’t Pac-12 caliber, but any team can beat any other team on any day,” Conforto said. “We always have got to show up and always be prepared. That’s something that Coach (Pat) Casey and the other coaches are good at, they’re always very motivating.” Last year, the Beavers were hot out of the gates, starting the season with 15 consecutive wins. The team isn’t pressuring itself to start 15-0 again, but opening the season as hot as the Arizona weather is what they want to do. “To get on a run like that (last year), it just propelled us and we believed more and more,” Wetzler said. “When you start having success, it breeds more success. It’s fun. Everybody’s energetic and we want to play. “We’ve got to start this season off right with that first pitch.” Nonconference play has a much different feel compared to the Pac-12. The Beavers open with 18 games in 26 days, with a

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GYMNASTICS n Continued from page 5 State hopes to pick up where it left off despite the two-week layover. “Our motto is, ‘stay hungry,’” said freshman Kaytianna McMillan. “Want it as much as we did then.” McMillan has been a standout in her first collegiate season, ranked No. 19 nationally on beam (9.837). McMillan hasn’t yet been confirmed for this weekend’s meet, however, due to a minor concussion that occurred while she was practicing on the bars. Both McMillan and her coaches expect her to be in the lineup Saturday, but are taking it one day at a time and aren’t getting ahead of themselves.

Junior Chelsea Tang and senior Brittany Harris are also hold top-25 national rankings. Tang is No. 21 in the all-around (29.231) and No. 11 on the beam (9.863), and Harris at No. 16 on the uneven bars (9.837). The Beavers will look to maintain their overall success against BSU, Utah State and Seattle Pacific, where they have a record of 98-2 all-time. The team realizes the bigger picture though, and knows that they compete against the nation each week, and if they focus solely on the teams in Gill Coliseum, they could get distracted. The meet will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in Gill Coliseum. Scott McReynolds, sports reporter On Twitter @scottyknows80



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June. Yea to 20 inches of snow in two days in Corvallis. Yea to relaxing snow days spent with friends, blankets, Netflix, pizza, beer, wine and going nowhere near the outdoors, which looked like the location for the final scene of “Fargo,” minus the woodchipper. Nay to everything that resulted from the snow. Nay to driving in the snow. Nay to ramps and handicapped parking spaces not being maintained and cleared of snow for use. Nay to having school Monday. Nay to the snow and ensuing campus closure cancelling Friday’s Barometer, and most importantly, cancelling Yeas & Nays. Yea to having an extra week of material for this week’s Yeas & Nays. It’s going to be a doozy. Buckle those seatbelts. Yea to 10 years of Kanye West. Yeezy taught us well. We don’t care what people say. We know what the Midwest is. We never know what we got till it’s gone. We can get much higher. We had a toast to the scumbags. We balled so hard. We kept it 300, like the Romans. We know you ain’t finished. Thank you, Kanye. Nay to Kanye West, the person. Yea to J.K. Rowling saying Harry Potter and Hermione Granger should have been together. Even though backtracking on her work is a little spotty, this just makes too much sense to complain about the statement. Nay to Ron Weasley, who truly was a self-fulfilling prophecy of embarrassment, irrelevance and general incompetence in the shadow of The Chosen One. Yea to Karl Pilkington, that round-, empty-headed, lovable buffoon. Nay to the knobs, blokes and many other British slang words that can’t be printed. Yea to Bruno Mars for the being the only good thing about this year’s Super Bowl. Yes, it’s been that long since the last Yeas & Nays. The withdrawal must have been killing you. Nay to the radiator in Snell Hall killing us. Its piercing, high-pitched whistle that announces its presence in 30-second intervals is reason number 5,497,782,110,685,143 why Snell Hall should be imploded, burned to the ground, flooded or blasted with multiple wrecking balls at the same time. Yea to Michael Sam for coming out this week. We applaud Sam and those who have been and will continue to be supportive of him. Nay to the culture of ignorance surrounding homosexuality in professional sports. The testosterone-filled bros should keep all those hateful thoughts in mind when they win the Super Bowl and start celebrating as “We Are the Champions” by Queen plays. Yea to people in high places at OSU applauding our staff editorial and saying the Barometer is the best paper in the city, “hands down.” Nay to authority figures using Comic Sans MS font. That’s a loss of all respect. What are you, a 6-year-old? Yea to Kathy Greaves’ Valentine’s Day column in Wednesday’s paper. The day, if celebrated, should be spent in a simple and meaningful way. Nay to the stigma surrounding being single on this day, or not “living up to expectations” with a significant other. Valentine’s Day needs to be washed down the tubes to yesteryear along with Columbus Day. Yea to those who will be going out this weekend, single or not. See you at the Peacock. t

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Habit monsters, monster habits not always bad

Yeas & Nays B Y ea to opening day for the Oregon State baseball team. We’ll see you in Nebraska in

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ad behaviors have taken ownership of the word “habit” in our society today. It’s easier for someone to choose Frosted Flakes every morning for breakfast than it is to get up early in order to exercise. A habit can be something you set in your mind in a positive way, or something negative that you let slip over time. Either way, habits are a result of a physical and neurological training. Jason Selk writes about three phases of good habit formation in his article, “Habit Formation: The 21-Day Myth.” The first phase, Selk calls the

task. We are naturally prone to give in to the seductions of a life of comfort and ease. Plus, excuses run rampant when the implementation Gabi stage is at hand. I have twirled my hair ever since I was a baby and had no hair to twirl. My mom did it — I guess I “Honeymoon phase,” when the task just immediately picked it up from feels easy. “The Fight Thru” is the her. People might think I do it to be second phase, when old habits are cute, but I do it because it’s a habit I trying to reel you back in. The third haven’t been able to break. and final phase is “Second Nature,” When I’m stressed or thinking, my when things are easier but there’s still brain tells my fingers to go straight a chance the person could be sent to my hair. It brings me a sense of back to the previous phase. satisfaction that I can’t really explain, Despite these three tidy steps, but I wish I could stop because it’s good habit formation is a difficult not exactly good for my hair.


Bad eating habits in children are most likely from the influences of their parents, even their mother’s when their child is in the womb, writes Kristen Wartman in “Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb.” You might not think your habits have a lasting effect on you or others, but in the long run they probably do. Fortunately, habits can be broken. Unfortunately, breaking them is a process that goes beyond sitting back and eating that delicious bowl of Frosted Flakes. t

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History behind Valentine’s Day darker than you think B

eing charged with learning about the origins of Valentine’s Day for this particular column had me wondering if I want to keep celebrating it. I may have nightmares about being beaten with goatskin whips in the attempt to make me more fertile. That little gem comes from the Pagan festival of Lupercalia, typically celebrated Feb. 15, and very popular until the fifth century A.D. — according to a piece in The Week, titled “Valentine’s Day: from Pagan spanking to romantic ornithology.” There was also the option for a



matchmaking lottery, wherein the names of the women were drawn by the men to whom they would be coupled for the duration of the festival. Or longer, if they liked the other’s feng shui. The early Christian Church wasn’t a fan of this operation and inserted the celebration of St. Valentine into a close calendar slot — because inte-

gration between beheaded saints and BDSM goat whips would be a piece of cake. By the way, there were perhaps two St. Valentines respectively beheaded by the same Roman emperor — Claudius II, according to “The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day,” by Arnie Seipel of National Public Radio. Regardless of which of the two went belly-up, the story behind the one on the Catholic Registry of Saints goes that St. Valentine was performing secret marriages — secret because Claudius allegedly either wanted more men in his army or didn’t like the idea of Christians

getting shacked up, the stories conflict. St. Valentine was consequently caught, jailed and beheaded. The legend goes that Val sent a love letter to his jailer’s daughter signed, “From your Valentine,” and the rest was history. Since then, the holiday has been commandeered by Hallmark and other companies with an investment in making money out of love. (They obviously never listened to The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love.”) However, if you’re not into goat whips or sappy cards, don’t despair. The world has a slew of different (and healthier) versions of Valentine’s Day. In Japan, the tradition is for women to spoil their gentlemen with chocolates. The gentlemen reciprocate on White Day — March 14. In South Korea, they celebrate Black Day on April 14. On this day, singles meet up in restaurants to either commiserate or celebrate singularity. In Wales, there’s Dydd Santes Dwynwen Day on Jan. 25, and in Finland and Estonia the celebration of Valentine’s Day is as much about friendship as it is about romantic love. The translation of their day’s name is “Friend’s Day.” However you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, know that I personally wish you a happy one, be it with someone you love, someone you just met, your cat or a night on your own. If the latter, go treat yourself to something special — buy yourself something you’ve been eyeing for a long time, or go do an activity you’re passionate about. Regardless, have a happy Valentine’s Day, whether that means celebrating with someone else or something involving goat whips t

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Megaloads go to court in Marion County Circuit Court By George Plaven

An Omega Morgan heavy hauler carrying oil refining equipment to the Canadian tar sands sits at a weigh station on Wednesday in Pilot Rock.


PENDLETON — A third and final shipment of massive oil refinery equipment is bound for Canada after departing the Port of Umatilla earlier this week. But while the convoy lumbers south on Highway 395, opponents representing environmental and tribal concerns filed a petition in Marion County Circuit Court that would keep future loads off the road without increased public input. Petitioners Peter Goodman, with the nonprofit organization Act on Climate, and Carl Sampson, headman-chief of the Walla Walla Tribe, allege the Oregon Department of Transportation didn’t properly consider public interest when permitting the loads hauled by Hillsboro trucking company Omega Morgan. State law allows ODOT to issue variance permits for oversize loads “if it determines the public interests will be served.” Yet the department declined to hold public hearings, provide notice or allow any opportunity for comments, according to the petition. If the petitioners succeed, a judge would order ODOT to set aside permits for megaloads until determining actual public interest. Goodman and Sampson are also asking for a permanent injunction against new variance permits until the department establishes rules for public involvement. Patrick Cooney, ODOT communications director, did not discuss litigation but said the agency issues 100,000 permits every year. In broad terms, public interest is served by allowing movement of freight and commerce across the state, he said. “We do that in such a manner that there’s no damage caused to the system by oversize loads,” Cooney said. The petitioners, however, claim it is not enough to find something in the public interest by only examining potential damage to highways. It requires that, overall, more good than harm is done as a result of the loads. Megaloads will eventually supply the tar sands of Alberta, Canada with machinery necessary to extract and ship oil, Goodman said, leading to global climate change. “The cargo is so damaging to the environ-


ment,” he said. “The end result for climate change is really disastrous.” At approximately 400 feet long, 22 feet wide and weighing more than 900,000 pounds, the megaloads take up both lanes on twolane highways and are too big to fit under interstate bridges. The route being used now instead runs indirectly south into the John Day Valley and east toward Homedale, Idaho, before cutting back north through Montana and into Canada. The loads travel approximately 35 mph, and are not permitted to drive in hazardous weather. Numerous delays have already slowed the first two shipments, which Omega Morgan began moving in December. Protesters also held several demonstrations

throughout the region, resulting in some arrests. In addition to increased carbon emissions from tar sands oil, members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation oppose megaloads on their ceded territory. Sampson — known ceremonially in the Walla Walla Tribe as Peo Peo Mox Mox, or Chief Yellowbird — asked how decades of government-to-government relations can simply be ignored to accommodate these loads in his affidavit to the court. “Help me understand why we, the people of this land, have not had voice on such an important matter,” Sampson said. “The simple passage of these loads alone is an affront to

the traditional values and ecological integrity of the lands I have been stood up by my people to protect. We have a strong tribal culture that will suffer irreparable damage if the megaload is not stopped.” Omega Morgan project manager Erik Zander has said there is no plan to use the route as a long-term industrial corridor through Oregon. Goodman said they remain concerned about the possibility, especially as oil sands deposits are developed in Utah. That’s why the public needs a voice in the ODOT permitting process, he said. “We feel the citizens of Oregon should have a say,” Goodman said. “It is not worth risking planetary climate chaos for profit for relatively few people.”

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