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Oregon State University plans to file a report to Oregon State Police by the end of this week, because a former university employee sold 338 university-owned cell phones during a five-year span. In September 2013, it was learned that Christina Adams, who was an information technology consultant in the OSU athletic department, was selling outdated cell phones that were issued to coaches and other athletAdams ics department employees. Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing, said the university learned of this scheme last fall when the company See ADAMS | page 4
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Scott Ashford, appointed dean of College of Engineering, addresses a crowd of faculty and staff from the College of Engineering. Ashford will also serve as acting head of EECS and CCE before interim heads are selected.
Oregon State University Provost Sabah Randhawa and College of Engineering Dean Scott Ashford spoke to engineering faculty and staff Wednesday to address two abrupt changes in college leadership. The meeting, which took place in a packed Construction & Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center, addressed plans to move forward in the College of Engineering following Randhawa’s decision to have both Sandra Woods and Terri Fiez step down Friday. Woods served as College of Engineering dean and Fiez served as head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Both were dismissed prior to the end of their terms. “It happened with a lot of deliberation,” Randhawa said. Randhawa said the change was necessary since the declining leadership, which he did not discount any specific individuals for, didn’t match up with See ENGINEERING | page 4
Corvallis has highest vacancy rate in 5 years
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OSU crews worked to clear pathways after the February snowstorm. The sidewalk outside of Ballard Extension Hall shows a cleared path Feb. 9.
Beating inclement weather with adequate preparation Emergency services proud of response, continues search for city-wide improvements
immense impact on many residents’ lives. When weather conditions disrupt daily life in such a large way, the efficiency of local emergency service teams becomes imperative. By Tori Hittner In the transition of recovering from THE DAILY BAROMETER snow and preparing for potential The snowpocalypse. The gloriflooding, campus emergency serous extended weekend. Whatever vices are evaluating past responses Oregon State University students and working to improve future wish to dub the recent snowstorms plans. that descended upon Corvallis, See WEATHER | page 4 the inclement weather had an n
Unexplained vacancies, unclear needs lead to city housing study
changes in housing, a makeup that is not new to Corvallis. There are approximately 13,100 rental units in Corvallis, but there is little accurate By Emma-Kate Schaake data regarding how many, THE DAILY BAROMETER and there is a lack of accurate Despite a record Oregon data explaining either vacancy State University enrollment and rental patterns, or general fall 2013, Corvallis’ rental mar- housing needs. ket has the highest vacancy rate in years. “(Previously), there have been times in September when there was no place to rent,” said the city housing program specialist Bob Loewen. In years with a vacancy rate less than 1 percent, property owners from Albany, Lebanon, and even Salem were advertising to students in Corvallis. Now, Corvallis has an estimated 3.5 percent vacancy rate, the highest that it has been in at least five years. “It’s in constant flux,” Loewen said. “We are a very transient community, which makes it difficult to track.” Students and employees of OSU, tech companies and medical facilities like Samaritan Health attribute to the constant growth and n
Loewen attributes the higher vacancy rate to OSU’s largest graduating class June 2013, and the mandate for all incoming freshman this year to live on campus. Dawn Duerksen of Duerksen and Associates has been tracking more than a dozen major property man-
agement agencies in Corvallis comprehensively for more than a year. She tracks the vacancy rates, prices and locations and has now been able to compare the vacancy rates with those of last year. For the week of Feb. 10-14, See VACANCY | page 4
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DALLAS, Ore. — Staffing reductions at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that were scheduled to take place in July after a public safety levy failed in November are coming several months early. Sheriff Bob Wolfe said that as the department prepares to lose a deputy and a sergeant by the beginning of March — both are moving on to other jobs — patrol staffing will be critically short, and responses to 911 incidents will be delayed or worse. Each shift will have one deputy and one sergeant, but if someone gets sick or takes vacation, certain shifts may have no one. “There is a possibility that we will have shifts that don’t have anybody,” Wolfe said. Polk County officials sought new taxes to pay for more sheriff patrols and operations at the jail, but voters last November rejected the ballot measure by 58 percent to 42 percent. Wolfe said money from the levy would have offset the loss of federal timber dollars and returned the county to funding levels it had in 2008 — and restored 24-hour service that was eliminated in March 2013. Wolfe said he was upfront during his levy campaign about what would result
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if it failed. “This is real — there is no other place to cut. This is real people, this is real money that we don’t have, and anytime I’m losing an employee, I’m losing $100,000 worth of taxpayer money,” he said. He estimated it costs about $100,000 to train a deputy. Other deputies also have applied for jobs at other agencies. “It’s a serious situation in which you have employees with over 10 years of experience out looking for other places to go to work because there is no stable funding in Polk County,” Wolfe said. It’s to the point that the sheriff himself has been responding to calls. “It’s down to where I’m the backup sometimes,” Wolfe said. In terms of what the county expects come July, Wolfe said it’s still up in the air. Future budget processes will determine whether more positions will need to be cut or if the two leaving in March will be enough cuts. Wolfe said there is potential that the sheriff’s office could lose up to four. “People didn’t think the levy was real. I think they thought it was an attempt by the county to squeeze money out of them,” Wolfe said. “Now I’m just going to deal with what I can. It’s very concerning for me as a sheriff that I don’t have the resources to respond to 911 calls.”
Internet service in Portland could be 100 times faster next year. Google announced Wednesday that Portland is one of nine metro areas on the short list for its super-high speed home internet service, Google Fiber. According to Google, the limiting factor that keeps broadband speeds slow is the copper cables that internet signals travel down on the last leg of their journey into homes and businesses. In Portland and the other cities on the shortlist, Google wants to replace that remaining copper with fiber-optic cables that run directly into homes and businesses. Darcy Nothnagle, a Google public affairs official, says the company’s goal would be to reach homes and businesses in Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Tigard and Lake Oswego. “The hope is to build as much as we possibly can,” she said. But before you start dreaming of what you’d do with light speed internet, Google and the Portland metro area have to work out some details. In the coming months, Google says it will review infrastructure maps of the area and study the logistics required to make the project work. The company expects to receive maps and permitting information from the cities by May 1 and to make a final decision on where to build by the end of the year. Construction would likely begin in 2015, says Nothnagle. “Once we figure out how to build it, we have a process where we ask folks to say if they want us to bring it to their homes, and then we go about doing that.” Nothnagle says Google Fiber hasn’t worked out a pricing model for Portland yet. In Kansas City, where Google built its first super high-speed network, it charges residents $70 a month for the service and $120 for super high speed internet and television.
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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!
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VACANCY n Continued from page 1 Duerksen recorded 167 units available, up significantly from the same time last year with 92 open units. “I haven’t seen this big of a vacancy,” Duerksen said. While reasons why this year has seen more vacant rentals is unclear, the timing of when moving occurs and when properties typically become available plays a role. According to Duerksen, leases run from June 1 to July 15, so those early-summer months are when the majority of moving happens. A smaller percentage of what Duerksen calls “the last minuters,” typically college students coming in from out of town, end up looking for places to live in September. It’s not just OSU students that follow this renting cycle. Families, especially those with children, move in and out during the summer months when school is not in session. “Almost all the big percentage of moving in Corvallis revolves around school, no matter the age,” Duerksen. The most sought-after properties are those within walking distance to OSU campus. However, if these properties become available during off-season winter, they may stay vacant for months. The city will be conducting a housing study over the next few months to evaluate what types of housing Corvallis residents are looking for. As it stands, there is only piecemeal data from property owners like Duerksen and Loewen with the city’s housing department. The study will include data on vacancy rates, property values, demographics and commuter standards. There is currently a net migration of 8,000 people who come into Corvallis to work, but live elsewhere. “We want to learn more about those folks who work in Corvallis and don’t live there,” said Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning. Currently, it is unknown if those commuters choose to live outside Corvallis, or if they are forced to by a lack of availability or affordable options. The data from the study will be available in July and the city plans to analyze those findings for assistance in policy changes and a clearer understanding of what Corvallis housing needs really are. Emma-Kate Schaake
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MEDFORD — Students are now starting their second week with substitute teachers at the helm and many kids say it’s not going well. One week in school without their regular teachers and students we spoke with say class continues to be a waste of time. “We’re really not doing anything in there. In my AP calculus class we were coloring last week,” said Gerardo Rodriguez, a senior at North Medford High School. As of Friday, attendance at North Medford High School was down to 30 percent. District-wide attendance was at 44 percent. “No one’s really been coming to school now,” added Rodriguez. However, according to the
Medford School District, as of Tuesday more kids were showing up. The district’s updated information showed 49 percent of kids are going to class in the district. When it comes to North Medford, the district said attendance increased to 37 percent. Students however, said it’s because they’ve figured out how roll call works. “They take attendance in the first block which is first period, so kids usually just go to their first block and then they just leave. They don’t take attendance in any other class,” said Madison Miller, a junior at North Medford High. According to district officials, the principal at North Medford confirms, while they have roll sheets for all periods, 1st period is the official count. “Some subs are trying, some
aren’t,” admitted Miller. However, numerous other students who have spoken with NBC 5 News say they’re not learning much. Some students said they didn’t realize what their regular teachers meant to them until now. “I actually miss my teachers, like I never thought I would get to that point, but I actually miss learning,” said Miller. One teacher we spoke with said he’s concerned about having to catch students up when he does return to the classroom. The Superintendent of the Medford School District said they only hire highly qualified, licensed teachers to sub and with scholarships hanging in the balance as well as graduation on the horizon, it’s important for kids to keep attending school.
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ing,” Randhawa said. “We needed to make sure it gets to a positive place soon.” Randhawa declined to say which the best interests for the college. “It was my assessment that it is, outside companies and representaat best, paralyzed and, at worst, tives he spoke with. EECS Professor Karti Mayaram dysfunctional,” Randhawa said. Ashford, who served as interim said, as an administrative leader, dean for the college in 2011, will Randhawa did not understand the continue the remainder of Woods’ gravity of the situation. “It’s very disruptive,“ Mayaram duration. The decision to continue his contract as dean will follow after said to Randhawa during Wednesday’s meeting. “You’ve proa formal review. In addition, Ashford will serve vided a solution that most likely as acting head of EECS and the does not solve the problem.” In response, Randhawa said the School of Civil and Construction Engineering until a national search decisions made weren’t about any takes place to find new department particular individual and focused more on the issue of the dynamics heads. Over the course of the past few within the college as a whole. “I’m not going to stand here and weeks, Randhawa said he talked with administrators, including change your mind,” Randhawa said President Ed Ray, the provost coun- back to Mayaram. “I have shared my cil, faculty senate representatives, thinking. I think the situation in the foundation board members and college was not very productive.” outside partners through the EECS After the presentation, Mayaram industry advisory board. said Randhawa said all the right “It’s the biggest college in terms things but walked away still feeling of students, research and fundrais- the impact of events similar to those
WEATHER n Continued from page 1 The OSU office of emergency preparedness and Oregon State Police are working in conjunction with the City of Corvallis to ensure the effectiveness of local emergency systems for future responses. “We have an event, then we go back and analyze how we did and how we can get better for the next time,” said Michael Bamberger, OSU emergency preparedness manager. “I’ll record that and then change the plan. We get better every time.” Bamberger is a recent addition to the OSU staff, having previously held emergency response positions with Benton County, Samaritan Health and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation before returning to Corvallis this year. As a new leader at OSU, Bamberger was proud of his team’s response during the winter storms but sees room for improvement. “(Between storms), in just those few weeks, we got better,” Bamberger said. “We’re doing what’s called hot washes, or after-action reviews. Once
everything is better, we pull people together and say ‘OK, how did we do, how can we do better and what should we do again?’” Bamberger and his team employed various methods to evaluate their effectiveness, including consulting with other departments and even checking Facebook and Twitter for students’ responses. After gathering ample information, Bamberger’s team came up with several ideas after the second snowstorm for improving student and faculty safety. By discerning which pathways and buildings were most important, Bamberger created priority maps that show which areas must be shoveled and kept clear first. The dining halls and health center, as well as accessibility ramps, ranked highest on the list. According to Bamberger, the university only employs nine landscapers who diligently shoveled snow each day during the February storm. Other personnel like electricians, plumbers and even housing and dining services employees helped to keep the pathways clear. Despite the added help, some important pathways remained shrouded in snow. “How do we take those limited people we
in September 2013. “Faculty don’t seem to be that important to him,” Mayaram said. “Why is this happening without any faculty engagement?” Other faculty members and staff who spoke out said Randhawa and college administrators failed to take policies of shared governance into consideration. Beatrice Moissinac, a graduate student who attended the meeting, said there has been a lack of communication between students and administrators. “There has been no student voice at all,” Moissinac said. Very few students attended the allcollege staff meeting due to lack of notice. Moissinac said Randhawa’s reasons for the decisions he made Friday did not convince her. Ashford approached to acknowledge the college following Randhawa’s presentation. He said his primary goal was to focus on revitalizing the college’s current state, focus on shared governance policies and continue toward a suc-
have, those limited vehicles we’ve got, and get the most bang for our buck?” Bamberger asked. “An investment in machinery would free up more people to shovel.” The emergency preparedness team plans on improving the resources it already has to improve efficiency. The department owns several Kubota tractors, which can be attached to small plows that would diminish snow piled on walkways. In addition, team members learned from the first storm that setting generators and sand next to buildings before the storm hit made them more accessible. Another valuable tool is the emergency alert system, used collaboratively between the OSU emergency preparedness office and the Oregon State Police. “When it comes to these weather-related events, it’s a group effort because there are so many interests on whether to keep the campus open, or leave some parts open and close other parts of campus,” said Sgt. Eric Judah of the Oregon State Police. Judah said the Oregon State Police on campus provide insight and counsel to the university during weather emergencies, but have greater
ADAMS n Continued from page 1 called the athletics department to clarify a payment amount. Adams had checks delivered to her home address, and her total profit was $14,465. A meeting was held and Adams admitted to wrongdoing, and resigned Sept. 30, 2013. “People make mistakes and this is a serious mistake,” Clark said. “It’s very unfortunate that someone chose to utilize public property for personal profit.” The university reported it to the Oregon University System chancellor’s office. They conducted an audit and their recommendations were released to Oregon State last week. Clark said the university will file a report to the state police by the end of this week, and OSP will determine if there will be any criminal charges for Adams.
cessful future. “I need everyone working with me,” Ashford said. “I know it’s a very difficult time, but we have great faculty — hard-working, dedicated staff.” Following the address, Ashford said he would work with other student leaders in organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers without Borders to including more students in the conversation moving forward. Ashford said he would also consider an open forum or presentation to various student groups if the demand called for it. “There’s a lot of students in the college, so … I (could) try to reach out to the students in other ways,” Ashford said. Mayaram said he appreciated how Ashford wanted to work with faculty and staff moving forward, but added that students should also be more included in the discussion. Sean Bassinger
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sway during emergencies of a criminal nature. Though the snowstorms have passed, Bamberger said the campus is still at risk for potential weather-related emergencies. With the recent rainfall, Corvallis runs a risk of flooding. “We do some prep work,” Bamberger said. “A little bit of work ahead of time makes less work during the event.” The emergency preparedness team has already set out sandbags should the flood waters rise to affect important infrastructures. Bamberger said the alert system from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration makes a huge difference in ensuring public safety and awareness. Although Bamberger is only in charge of the OSU campus specifically, he collaborates with the City of Corvallis, Benton County and the Oregon State Police to generate prompt and accurate warnings. “Ultimately, we boil it down to life safety,” Bamberger said. “It’s always people first.” Tori Hittner Higher education reporter email@example.com
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The Resurrection of Jesus: An Article of Faith or a Fact of History?
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The Resurrection of Jesus means different things to different people. For some it is a foundation of faith, proof of God’s immense love for us and His sovereignty over all creation. Others call it a myth or even a lie, claiming there is no reason to trust any resurrection account. What does the evidence tell us? Craig Blomberg and Carl Stecher will present divergent views.
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Lineup: Craig Robinson hinted at a possible lineup change after Sunday’s Civil War loss when he said he was going to have to do something about OSU’s slow starts. The Ducks made their first seven 3s and jumped out to a 19-point lead less than 10 minutes into the game. On Tuesday, he backtracked a bit. “When I watched the tape, they made a lot of shots, it wasn’t just because we came out slow,” Robinson said. “Our start wasn’t as slow as their’s was hot. I might have talked, or watched, myself back off the ledge with that.” He didn’t close the door on a lineup change, but said it was unlikely. He did say he remains pleased with freshman guard Hallice Cooke and sophomore guard Langston Morris-Walker, who were each inserted into the starting five midway through the season. “If I’m going to challenge anybody, when you get to this part of the season, you’ve got to challenge your seniors,” Robinson said. Pac-12 Tournament: Though six games remain in the regular season, the Pac-12 Tournament was brought up a few times during Tuesday’s press conference with Eric Moreland and Cooke. Why? Because one ESPN.com writer, John Gasaway, recently predicted Oregon State would win the Pac-12 Tournament. Moreland and Cooke said Morris-Walker sent them both a text about Gasaway’s post. “We have the potential to do that,” Cooke said. “(Winning the tournament) is what we want to do, we’re capable of doing it,” Moreland said. “But we’re just going to look one game ahead.” Prior to Wednesday night’s Pac-12 contests, the Beavers (13-11, 5-7 Pac-12) occupied ninth place in the conference standings — one game behind Utah and Washington and two games behind Stanford. If the season had ended Wednesday afternoon, the Beavers would have matched up against eight-seed Washington in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The winner of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game plays No. 1, cur-
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Less than three weeks ago, the Oregon State men’s basketball team was better than .500 in conference after a win over No. 23 UCLA. Three games later, the Beavers are 5-7 in conference after losses to Arizona State, Arizona and then Oregon in the Civil War. The good news for OSU is that the upcoming games are against Washington State — a team the Beavers beat on the road earlier this year — and Washington, which took a six-point win against the Beavers. Oregon State (13-11, 5-7 Pac-12) will return to Gill Coliseum at 7 p.m. Thursday to face the Cougars (9-16, 2-11) to kick off the thirdto-last week of the regular season. “I don’t want to get ahead of
myself so we’re just focusing on Washington State,” said head coach Craig Robinson. “That’s a game I think we can win. We played well against them at their place and we play better when we’re at home, so it feels like we have a real good chance to win.” Should the Beavers beat WSU and UW to reach 7-7 in conference play, the deciding game to surpass the .500 mark again would be against the only team lower than WSU in the Pac-12 standings: the 1-11 USC Trojans. It’s easy to say that the Cougars have been slumping. WSU does have two mini-upsets over a pair of 6-7 Pac-12 teams in Utah and Washington. Two of the Cougars’ losses have been in overtime, including an 80-76 defeat to California. “You can’t take these teams for granted,” said junior forward Eric Moreland. “They’re playing better right now. They’ve got their top scorer back.” WSU’s leading scorer is junior guard DaVonte Lacy, who missed the first OSU game and more
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Freshman guard Malcolm Duvivier guards Oregon’s Johnathan Loyd Jan. 19 in Gill Coliseum. than half the Pac-12 season due burst against Cal. to injury. “He’s just such a prolific scorer,” He returned two games after the Robinson said. “If you can stop OSU matchup and has dropped him, you can do a lot to stop 30 points twice in his last four See MEN’S BASKETBALL | page 6 games, including a 39-point out-
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Oregon State softball coach Laura Berg wasn’t happy with her team’s effort in last week’s Texas A&M Invite. Her team failed to win a game against Texas A&M, Tulsa or McNeese State while in College Station, Texas. “We didn’t compete; we didn’t fight,” Berg said. “These guys are going to have to get mentally tougher.” Berg’s remedy was an intense practice Tuesday that included what she called a “Last Athlete Standing” competition based on drills like planks
and wall sits. Three players — junior Ya Garcia and seniors Isabelle Batayola and Hannah Bouska — stayed on the wall for 45 minutes. The wall-sitting competition had to be cut short to allow enough time for batting practice. “They had to fight for it,” Berg said, “whether they won or not. It was not so much about the loss, it was if the other person was going to win, they were going to bleed doing it.” The Beavers (3-8) won’t have long to regroup before the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., which kicks off Thursday with games against Boise State and No. 13 Oklahoma. “It’s one of the big tournaments of the year,” Berg said. “The thing I ask this team is what they want their identity to be. … Do they want to be known as fighters? They’ll have to dig deep and
find a way.” Several highly ranked teams will be in the Classic — OSU in particular will face two top-25 teams, the Sooners and No. 3 Tennessee. Thursday’s games will follow up the Texas A&M Invite, which OSU capped off with a 4-3 loss to McNeese State. Sophomore outfielder Cori Nishitomi admitted that OSU didn’t come out with enough confidence in the tournament. “We had confidence, but not as much as we should have,” she said. “Our team is capable of great things. I believe we have so much more potential.” The reigning champion of the Southland Conference and a frontrunner in the 2014 season, McNeese State, managed four runs early against OSU before being stymied by junior pitcher Melanie Dembinski for four scoreless
innings. “She’s a great pitcher,” Nishitomi said. “She can really throw it in there; she has a lot of confidence in the circle.” Nishitomi herself had a productive tournament with five hits in the last four games. She was one of only three OSU players to record a hit on Tulsa senior pitcher Aimee Creger. Berg slotted Nishitomi in the leadoff spot in the final three games of the Invite. “She just decided to change things up and see how things went,” Nishitomi said. “I trust her decision so I just went with it.” Nishitomi and the Beavers will play five games in Cathedral City with other contests against Virginia and Pacific. Josh Worden, sports reporter On Twitter @WordenJosh email@example.com
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NOTEBOOK n Continued from page 5 rently Arizona, in the quarterfinals. The Pac-12 Tournament begins March 12 in Las Vegas. Malcolm Duvivier: The freshman guard played a season-high 24 minutes on Sunday. He scored four points on 2-of-3 shooting, marking the first time since Jan. 11 that he’d made more than one field goal in a game. Robinson said the increase in playing time was a result of Duvivier’s production in practice. “The best way to get my confidence is to get it at practice and do it consistently,” Robinson said. “He was arguably the best player in practice all of last week.” Robinson said he thinks a light bulb recently went off in Duvivier’s mind. “I can put him out there without having to worry about him making a ridiculous mistake,” Robinson said. Robinson suspects Duvivier will continue to see an expanded role. Junior point guard Challe Barton did not play against Oregon. It marked the first time this season that he did not play in a game. Cheikh N’diaye: The 7-foot freshman center has played in one of the Beavers’ past eight games. Which made the following Robinson comment raise eyebrows: “I think ultimately everyone will be surprised with how good he’s going to be,” Robinson said. “I say this because he’s seven feet tall, but I’ll be surprised if he’ll be here for the entire four years.” Robinson said N’diaye’s limited role is a result of a logjam at the center position. Senior Angus Brandt and sophomore Daniel Gomis have both stayed healthy, leaving few minutes leftover for N’diaye. Cooke on Twitter: Cooke has a habit of favoriting tweets about himself after games. Following Sunday’s Civil War, a game he got off to a slow start in, he favorited several tweets of the negative variety. “That’s what fuels me, I’ve had a lot of naysayers since high school, that’s what gets me in the gym at 8 a.m.,” Cooke said Tuesday. “The negative stuff pushes you to be the best player you can be. I use it for constructive criticism, too.” Around the time he was favoriting tweets, he also posted a tweet saying “My momma taught me to never “hate” anyone so I’ll use the word ‘dislike.’ I dislike Duck fans!”
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Junior left fielder Michael Conforto was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week Tuesday. Conforto led the No. 2 Beavers to a 4-0 record to start the season in Tempe, Ariz., over the weekend. The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year went 7-for-14 at the plate with two doubles, a triple, 11 runs batted in and six walks. It’s the third time Conforto has earned the award in his career, all of which came in the past two seasons. Conforto and the Beavers return to action Friday when they take on Nebraska Conforto in the first of four games in Surprise, Ariz., for the Aramark Pac-12-Big 10 Tournament. The Daily Barometer
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Of the last six games, the WSU contest will be one of the most winnable, considering the first two contests of March will come against ranked teams in No. 23 UCLA and No. 4 Arizona. After the Civil War loss Sunday, the Beavers will have another chance to beat a team they defeated in the first round of Pac-12 play. “It’s that time of the year — the homestretch,” said freshman guard Hallice Cooke. “I feel like we have to bring it all together now. ... If we do, we have the talent to go deep in the Pac-12 Tournament and I feel we can win it.”
The Oregon State men’s golf team heads south to The Classic Club in Palm Desert for the 2014 Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The tournament will get underway Friday morning and continue through Sunday, with each team playing one round of 18 holes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In the Amer Ari Invitational last weekend, senior David Fink posted a 70-67-66—203, which led the Beavers on each day at the par-72, 7,074-yard Waikoloa Kings’ Course. The Hawaii native hit six birdies and 12 shots for par Saturday, jumping from a 12th-place tie to fourth place by the end of the day. Fink has now shot a sub-70 score 18 times in his career with the performance, three of which have already come this season. His previous career-low was a 5-under 67 that he has earned three times, most recently Friday in the second round of the Amer Ari Invitational. Oregon State finished in 14th place out of the 20-team field, after a 10-under 285-281-288—854 performance. The team shot a combined even-par 288 when Fink was the only Beaver to stay under par on the final day. Freshman Kevin Murphy shot a 2-over 74 Saturday, which placed him in a tie for 56th place with a 1-under 72-69-74—215 in the tournament. Fink and the Beavers look to carry this momentum from the Amer Ari Invitational to their next match in Palm Springs. The teams currently participating in the Wyoming Intercollegiate are Wyoming, Cal Poly, Iowa State, George Mason, Texas Tech, Colorado, TCU, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arkansas-Little Rock, Kansas State, Oregon State, Denver, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, UC Santa Barbara, Oregon, UT Arlington, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola Marymount and San Francisco. After the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate this weekend, the Beavers will be participating in the San Diego Intercollegiate in San Diego.
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The Beavers, on the other hand, have lost only once in Gill Coliseum during Pac-12 play. “We’ve got six games left and four of them (WSU).” are at home,” Moreland said. “You want to Robinson added that having to play Lacy take care of the ones at home. In order to do will keep the Beavers from overlooking big things after the season and to get into the Washington State. best postseason you can, you’ve got to win “It’s almost better that Lacy is back to these last few games.” give us something to worry about and not The next three weeks will be crucial for be cocky about,” Robinson said. “This is a an OSU team that is on the verge of equaldifferent team with Lacy in there.” ing the most conference wins through 13 The 6-foot-4 WSU guard is averaging 27 games since 1993. “In the past, (February) has seemed long points in his last four games, though the Cougars have been unable to win a confer- because we weren’t relevant,” Robinson said. ence game on the road in seven tries this “It certainly doesn’t feel like the season is long yet — we’re hoping that it’s long.” season.
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Veterans need medical aid closer to home
he United States has a special relationship with its military personnel and veterans. Men are required to sign up to be drafted into the military. Women and men are recruited at high school job fairs before they’ve even got their diplomas in their hot little hands. Active military personnel can die overseas for their country before they’re even allowed to drink in their home country, because their brains are apparently not yet developed enough to handle the alcohol — bullets, death, tactics, strategy and killing, though, their brains can apparently handle fine. And that’s all while they’re still in the military. The services available to veterans — preference when job hunting, VA hospitals, superior health insurance and benefits — sound nice, until you actually start paying attention. An example close to home is one that the Barometer reported Monday: Veterans enrolled at Oregon State University may have to travel all the way to Portland or Roseburg for medical care that their insurance covers. Even if that medical care is only a simple blood test that needs to be performed every few weeks. That’s ridiculous. Medical care isn’t always something that can wait for the drive to Portland. If it were, Corvallis’ hospital would be Oregon Health and Science University, with whom OSU has a joint degree program, not Good Samaritan Regional Health Services or the handful of local clinics in Corvallis. Add to that the fact that all the veterans attending OSU are (gasp) students, and the Monday through Friday operating hours of the VA hospitals in Portland and Roseburg get increasingly difficult to schedule around for students with classes on those days. Students shouldn’t have to forgo knowledge in order to receive medical care. Even if the medical care is for something that can wait, should our surviving soldiers have to look forward to 90-minute drive to receive that medical care now that they’re out of warzones and back in the first-world country they call home? No. It’s stupid, is what it is. And no wonder — bureaucrats designed the system. But that doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way. Gus Bedwell, OSU’s veteran resources coordinator, and Wyatt Fluckiger, Associated Students of Oregon State University task force director of veteran affairs, are currently working on a way to use the system to make it possible for veterans to receive veteran-insured health care on the OSU campus. Someday soon, OSU’s student veterans might not have to travel further than Student Health Services, or the soon-to-be veteran’s home in Lebanon, for health care. Keep up the good work, guys.
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hink about this: If you make a baby — accidentally or on purpose — and decide to keep it, you are legally responsible for that baby for 18 years. Responsible, in this sense, is being defined as the care, feeding, comfort and psychological health of another human being. These are individuals who are going to go out into the world and operate in it based on the information they were provided with. The examples that you set for them, the values and ethics you’ve taught them and whether they know how to take care of themselves — all these things are going to help determine what your kids choose to do in their lives.
Let’s not kid ourselves. How you’re raised, regardless of whether you share the same worldview as your parents, can and will affect your life. Adopting a pet from the Oregon Human Society requires filling out more forms than it takes to have and raise a baby. If I want to go and make myself a rug rat right now, I could. Regardless of the fact that I’m barely past adolescence,
unmarried and in college, holding down two jobs with no knowledge of how to care for a baby. But if I want to go and adopt an English bulldog from the shelter and name him Churchill, I need to meet the pet, have my family meet the pet, complete an adoption questionnaire that requires my driver’s license, contact information, residence, the name of the veterinarian service I’ll use and the subsequent living conditions my pet will experience. It’s important to the Humane Society that they know that this animal will be taken care of, and won’t be traumatized as a result of my inadequacy as a pet owner.
Going green: Just another feel-good activity
he phrase “going green” conjures up visions of useless notebooks filled with browntinted pages and plastered with pictures of the earth or the recycle symbol on the cover. We all know what I’m talking about. Don’t pretend you don’t. The notebook image may be the most clear to me, because I had one exactly like it when I was a high school freshman. It makes sense that at that age I wanted to go green by purchasing something I didn’t need because it claimed to be made out of recycled materials. For many young consumers, going green looks a lot different than it
Scottaline does for their adult counterparts. Research from Mintel.com says that “14 percent of 18-24-year-olds switched to a more environmentallyfriendly product because of a post by a friend on a social networking site.” There are so many products out there that young people feel they need (cosmetics, an extensive wardrobe, a car), that their idea of going green is to still have all those things, but made of
as many recycled materials as possible. Going green for adults is a little different — or should be. It means maximizing the use of recycle and yard debris bins (you know, the huge ones towering over your trash bins). It also means being smart regarding car usage, not wasting groceries, using water sparingly and not discarding your trash where there isn’t a trashcan. Even passing up a produce bag for your apples is a smart idea to eliminate excess trash. But no — we work hard. We’ve earned the right to squeeze every ounce of usable resources available and disregard any harm we may be See SCOTtALINE | page 8
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The hoops that the shelter requires prospective pet owners to jump through help guarantee the safety and happiness of the pet and make sure the potential owner is ready for the responsibility of owning a pet. Having a baby — in the “traditional” way — doesn’t have that same amount of careful forethought. And unlike pets, babies have to grow up one day and pay taxes. This is why the job of parenting isn’t something that should be taken lightly or shrugged off as another stage of life. The tiny little person crawling on the floor has the potential to one day be the next president of our country or the next See RUUD | page 8
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hen people ask where I live, I tell them, “in a small village by the Orange Market,” because I have four roommates, and all of them have friends. If we apply the transitive friend’s property formula, there’s at least 10 people in our house at any given time. One of my fellow villagers brought bananas. These bananas subsequently brought a colony of fruit flies. For those of you who haven’t had to deal with the delightful experience of fruit flies, let me break down their invasion techniques. Stage one is setting up a mother base. In our case, they subtly infiltrated the kitchen. The fruit fly queen deploys a recon team first, so initially you deduce that the uptick in flies isn’t unusual. As the days progress, however, the quantity gets amped up dramatically and soon the kitchen is no longer the safe place it used to be. Gone are the days when you could harmlessly make chicken pot pie without being bothered. No more getting the otter pops from the freezer without being harassed. Definitely no more open salad bars. I like my salad bars. I didn’t want to admit we had a problem. Instead, I found solace in denial. I walked into my kitchen and pretended the flies weren’t there. To make a bold statement to the queen, that I wasn’t picking up what she was putting down, I made my grandpappy’s famous strawberry and peanut butter smoothie with sprinkles and a dash of brown sugar. That smoothie had all the bells and all the whistles. But two flies wanted to send a message, and they had the gall to dive right in. The day was Feb. 4. It was a Tuesday. I am not a violent person. I pay my taxes. I vote for those recycling bills. I’ve owned a Furby. (OK, let’s be honest: I own a Furby, no past tense.) But that day was different. There’s a time in a person’s life when there are just things you can’t unsee, things that even the most sociopathic of sociopaths can’t compartmentalize. This Tuesday marked FFWI. The first fruit fly war. After screaming in the fetal position for an hour or so while listening to Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn,” I decided to go on the offensive. With the help of Pinterest and the uncanny determination of a man with nothing to lose, I made my very own fly trap. One part old banana, two parts vinSee GREVSTAD | page 8
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PENDLETON — The logistics of razing an old hospital can be headache-inducing. No one knows that more than Craig Smith, one of the people charged with jumping all the necessary hoops required for demolishing St. Anthony Hospital’s building. The sprawling facility has stood empty since the Dec. 20 opening of a pristine $70 million medical center nearby
If all goes to plan, the 290,000-square-foot structure left behind will likely meet the wrecking ball sometime in July, pending approval from the hospital’s parent company, Catholic Health Initiatives. Planning for the demolition started about two years ago. “The demolition of a large facility of this nature is every bit as involved as building one,” said Smith, St. Anthony’s director of facilities management. “There are so many regulatory agencies and state entities
involved.” Most of the building will end up underground. “Our intent is to grind up the concrete and bury it on-site,” he said. Workers will fill the basement with the pulverized concrete and cover it with dirt and vegetation. To get ready for the demolition, in the next several months, workers will clear the building of leftover equipment and furnishings, pipes and electrical fixtures. “Any material that can’t be
are called to do. First it’s reduce, then re-use. Only then are we asked to recycle. We’re not so fond of n Continued from page 7 reducing, and re-using is icky. So, I guess it’s time to pretend we recycle. causing our planet. Our negligence in this area is depressing. The way we look at going green and those who participate in this cause is somewhat of a paradox. Recycling is mainly a home activity. You don’t have We look down on the conservationist “hippies” to make a weekly trip anywhere. Of all recycling, who are hyper aware of their individual impact on 72 percent is home-based, according to call2rethe environment, but we simultaneously want to cycle.com. When we expand going green beyond the level appear (in moderation) like we’re doing our part by throwing our Goodwill dollar into the earth’s of the individual, the “looking good” factor doesn’t disappear. Our bag ban here in Corvallis may be begging jar. Mintel’s research also revealed that out of the an example of a city’s posturing to look better to people who claimed to value going green, 20 the green movement. t percent admitted to concealing recyclable trash Gabi Scottaline is a senior in English. The opinions expressed in in their garbage cans. Scottaline’s columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily If you think about it, recycling is the last thing we Barometer staff. Scottaline can be reached at email@example.com.
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buried will be removed,” Smith said. “Basically, we have to strip the structure to its core.” A casualty of the demolition will be a tiny chapel located on hospital grounds. The organization first looked into moving the chapel, but backed off after learning the move would cost more than $500,000. Instead, the hospital may construct a copy of the historic chapel. “We can build a replica of that structure for half of what it would cost to move it,” Smith said. “We will remove the stained glass, pews and dais for reuse in the future chapel.” Asbestos removal is another item on Smith’s checklist. The Environmental Protection Agency is involved because of hazardous materials that exist in part of the building.
GREVSTAD n Continued from page 7 egar, one part dish soap, five parts death and 100 parts awesome. This worked for a while. However, this was obviously not the queen’s first rodeo. She applied the time-tested “divide and conquer” routine. We soon had a kitchen and bathroom situation on our hands. Fun fact: Fruit flies can lay eggs in drain pipes. Our sink was the Love Shack Express. I was defenseless. Not to be outdone, I bought three containers of drain cleaner and mixed them with scalding hot water. My roommates were starting to think that I’d lost it, but war is a cruel and fickle mistress. Plus, we don’t have a bathroom problem anymore. Alec: 1, fruit fly wench: 0. She staged a tactical retreat to the kitchen, to focus her forces on the dirty dishes left by the
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Some sections of the old St. Anthony Hospital will require special care during the demolition process, including this section built in 1922 that contain asbestos. Specifically, the structure, built in 1922, contains asbestos in pipework and glue that binds the flooring. Removing those materials, proven to harm lungs and cause cancer, will require careful handling by certified contractors, and will cost almost
$300,000. Smith said a detailed hazardous material abatement plan has been developed for EPA review and approval. The plan includes removing some door and window frames covered with suspected lead-based paint in the 1922 section.
village’s weary visitors. I hate fruit flies. They, much like Hugh Grant, are the bane of human existence. They serve no purpose in this world. They were in the sinks, on the peppers, on the lamps and on the stove. This was my Gettysburg — and I lose to nobody. Cue “Gemini.” Forget those homemade fly traps, because they weren’t working. Gemini was the real deal. Gemini worked as advertised, and the real-life Venus fly trap was beautiful. Her multiple heads looked like a hydra pouncing on the fruit fly wench’s unsuspecting minions. There was a new queen in town. She was cleaning up. The stove became spotless. The counters were clean again. The fruit fly queen was losing forces at a vast rate. I’ve never gone to West Point, and I am pretty sure I’d get kicked out of anything that remotely
resembled a class on organized military tactics — but this was a strategy game I was winning. The flies tried to make a last stand at the sink. None of the remedies I could think of helped — it’s like they’d built up a tolerance to household cleaning products purely on the power of their hatred and desire to not lose. But I took a play out of Harry Truman’s playbook — I did what had to be done. I dropped four ounces of eucalyptus down the sink, and ended it. Feb. 10 is VOFF Day in my village — Victory Over Fruit Fly Day. Maybe my roommates think I’m nuts, but I don’t mind. They can say anything they want, because I’m too busy playing with my Furby and drinking my fruit-flyless smoothie to care.
RUUD n Continued from page 7 leader of the Ku Klux Klan. And saying “it takes a village to raise a child” doesn’t relieve parents of responsibility. Instead, it means the responsibility extends beyond the parents to members of the community, doctors, baby sitters and teachers, according the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s article, “The importance of parenting in child health.” The article stresses the idea of a parenting society, a society that prioritizes kids, is a form of early intervention that promotes health and has the ability to “reduce mental handicap ninefold.” Such forethought and care for the children of the world is exhibited and established in Great Britain’s health care system. The United Kingdom offers a grant known as the Sure Start Grant, which is essentially a form of paid maternity (or paternity) leave in the sum of approximately 500 pounds. It exists so that new parents — whether they’re biological, adoptive or surrogate — can have an alternate revenue source to draw on in order to focus on their baby in the
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early days. The U.K. also has Statutory Maternity Leave, taking the form of up to 52 weeks spent with the baby and not at work. You also get paid — did I mention you get paid? You get paid to spend time caring for the early development of your baby and forming a close connection to that brand-new, tiny human. You get paid 90 percent of your wages in the U.K. to stay at home for an extended period of time and form a connection with your child. In the United States, a new baby means an average of six weeks of maternity leave, without the guarantee of it being paid. If we had a society in which children matter enough to encourage parents to be good and prepared parents, in which the number of U.S. murders committed by youths isn’t 58 times higher than that of the U.K., and a country where having a child is an honor presented to those who are ready for such responsibility — I think I could be happy. t
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