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OSU takes unique water approach n
While other universities opt for ‘Ban the Bottle,’ OSU groups take a less direct approach By Alex Hilborn
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Several Oregon State University groups have implemented programs to encourage greater consumption of tap water, in place of bottled water, without resorting to “Ban the Bottle” policies like numerous colleges around the nation. Starting back in the spring of 2009, Washington University in St. Louis made the move to stop the selling of bottled water in the university’s establishments. Since then, more than 20 other universities have followed the trend by either fully or partially banning the sale of bottled water. The universities placing embargoes on bottled water have become
collectively known as the Ban the Bottle campaign. The campaign uses statistical slogans, such as “the recommended eight glasses of water a day at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400,” to support its cause. At the moment, no groups on OSU’s campus call directly for the university to join the Ban the Bottle campaign, but entities such as the Student Sustainability Initiative and the Student Dietetic Associate have proposed efforts to non-forcibly transition the university to a more tap water-friendly, less water bottle—reliant mentality. Even where the desire to ban bottled water exists at OSU, achieving such a goal would require the surmounting of a few obstacles. OSU currently resides in the middle of a contract to have all of its food retailers sell Pepsi Co. brands.
Attempts to ban bottled water in the past have come up against this contract and found it a great impediment. Any ban approved by the university that prohibits the sale of bottled water would violate the legal agreement that the university has made with the third party distributor. “If students wish to ban bottles, they have to look at when the contract is up again,” said Michael Henthorne, Director of the Memorial Union, who manages the Pepsi contract. “Contracts have intervals. Students who are interested in banning bottles — they have to get out ahead of it. You have to do years’ worth of laying groundwork.” Henthorne said the university takes no official stance on giving bottles the boot, but instead does Alexandra Taylor | THE DAILY BAROMETER its best to cater to the needs of both The drinking stations, like the one pictured above in Snell Hall, are available in several buildings around campus. See WATER | page 3
First bat fly fossil discovered by Oregon State researcher n
Collector sends amber specimen to Dr. Poinar, turns out to be new fossil of fly By McKinley Smith The Daily Barometer
| Courtesy of Alison Koleszar
Mount Hood, pictured above on a clear day, only experiences minor releases of magma pressure that don’t blow ash into the air.
Oregon State University zoologist George Poinar Jr. discovered the first known fossil of a bat fly, a parasitic insect that feeds exclusively on bats’ blood. “[A bat fly is] a fly that’s been modified by millions of years of coevolution with bats. The fly probably started its association with bats by living in caves and began by crawling on bats for protection and then began feeding on bats,” Poinar said. The bat fly was encased in amber, preserving it for mil-
lions of years. A collector, who didn’t know what it was, sent it to Poinar. Poinar was very excited when he discovered what the amber contained, and in the process, learned a lot about bat flies. “Up until, then I knew very little about bat flies. Now I at least know a little,” Poinar said. Besides being the only known fossil of its kind, Poinar found evidence that the bat fly was host to a rare form of bat malaria. Malaria is a parasitic protist that completes its life cycle in two hosts: in this case, the bat fly and the bat itself. Different stages of the malaria can be identified in the specimen. See FLY | page 3
Researchers explain why Mt. Hood hasn’t erupted n
Studies, research find differences between eruption patterns of volcanoes By Michael Mendes The Daily Barometer
Oregon State University researchers may have uncovered the secret behind Mount Hood’s lack of highexplosive eruptions in the last 500,000 years. This discovery may provide insight into volcanic eruptions in general. The key lies in the mixing of warmer and cooler magma within. Mount Hood and other similar volcanoes still experience minor, lowexplosive releases of magma pressure that release lava down only a small part of the mountain and don’t blow clouds of ash into the air. One example would be the collapse of the Crater Rock lava dome in subsequent low-explosive eruptions around 1,500 and 220 years ago. By investigating lava rocks and small crystals within the rocks, scientists were able to discern a difference between the eruptions of Mount Hood and other nearby volcanoes,
such as Mount Mazama. “When crystals form, they retain a record of the conditions they formed under,” said Adam Kent, associate professor at OSU’s department of geosciences. It was found that there were two different types of rock and crystal conditions within the mountain’s lava rock deposits indicating different formation conditions, particularly the temperatures at which the crystals formed. Furthermore, thanks to Mount Hood’s special conditions, older rocks can now be studied and compared to the newer ones to see if the findings hold. “Hood’s eruptions are very consistent in style — it has erupted the same way for at least the past 30,000 years,” said Alison Koleszar, postdoctoral research associate at the department of geosciences and the lead author of the study. Magma nearer to the surface is cooler and thicker, and thus, pressure builds up easily within it. In contrast, deeper-earth magma is warmer and more fluid, which allows more relief of internal pressure. At Mount Hood, there is a consis-
tent mixing of the surface magma with deeper magma, which warms the surface magma and prevents pressure from building to the point that the volcano would experience a high-explosive eruption in a similar manner to St. Helens. “Volcanic eruptions are primarily driven by the gas content — the water and carbon dioxide in the magma,” Koleszar said. When the magma is more runny, the gas can escape more easily, leading to a release of pressure. These findings pave the way for further research of Mount Hood, in order to investigate what kinds of properties lead to this consistent magma mixing. “Because the eruption style and magma composition at Mount Hood is so constant through time, the volcano is a great natural laboratory,” Koleszar said. “As a follow-up to this study, now we’re looking more closely at the two magmas that mix together at Mount Hood, and we’re trying to identify the origins of each of those magmas.” Michael Mendes, staff reporter 737-2231 email@example.com
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Poinar’s discovery of the first known fossil of a bat fly, above, came after many years of studying malaria.
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Questions raised about several items in rec sports budget By Don Iler
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Last night, the Student Incidental Fee Committee met in the Memorial Union Journey Room to hear and tentatively approve budgets from three student budget organizations. The committee heard from Counseling and Psychological Services, Recreational Sports and the Student Diversity Budgeting Board. Counseling and Psychological Services and the Student Diversity Budgeting Board were both tentatively approved. The Recreational Sports base budget was tentatively approved but several decision packages were tentatively rejected pending further information. Counseling and Psychological Services presented their budget first. They requested no fee increase and fee assessed students will remain the same at $35.23. Counseling and Psychological Services provides mental health care and counseling for students on campus at cost. They offer individual counseling and group therapy sessions as well as many other programs. The budget increased in size because of the increase in enrollment and included three decision packages. One would raise the salaries of professional staff to bring them more into line with salaries of staff at University of Oregon and Portland State University. Salaries had been frozen as a result of a salary freeze two years ago. The second package would hire a full time intern and the third would hire two new professional staff positions in order to meet the needs of higher demand placed on Counseling and Psychological Services because of increased enrollment. All decision packages were approved and will draw down a large budget surplus of $1.2 million that
Counseling and Psychological Services had accumulated over the last few years. Because of the decision packages, the surplus is estimated to be depleted by the fiscal year of 2016. Recreational Sports presented their budget next. It initially stated that it was not increasing the assessed fee of $66.20 for fall, winter and spring terms and $56.93 during summer, but then presented a decision package requesting an 86 cents increase in fee to help better fund club sports. Questions surfaced during the presentation of decision packages of the budget. The first one, which would increase the fee in order to better fund club sports, was deemed a good idea, but the committee decided it would rather see the money for the package come from elsewhere rather than increasing the fee. The decision package was approved, but without the increase in fee. The second and third packages would create two new full time positions, one for a web and media coordinator and another for a membership coordinator. The need for both positions was questioned, especially the need for a web and media coordinator. Senator Crystal Boyd stated that she did not feel that website maintenance would require a full time position and would perhaps be better filled by students or a half time student employee. The committee agreed on this and a consensus was reached to not approve the packages based on a lack of knowledge of what the positions would entail and what they would be required to do. The committee asked that more information be brought to the open budget hearing on March 1. The fourth and fifth decision packages would add two office assistants and add one month of employment to a coordinator in order to provide more opportunities for climbing, rafting and the
Adventure Leadership Institute. These were both tentatively approved. The sixth decision package would set aside $25,000 for new initiatives that may arise. Chairman Josh Makepeace questioned the need for a new initiatives fund since it seemed to replicate the need for a contingency that the Student Incidental Fee Committee maintains and Recreational Sports could request from as needed. A consensus was reached to not approve the decision package. The Student Diversity Budgeting Board presented their budget last. Their requested fee amount dropped 2.46 percent to $12.47 for fall, winter and spring and $8.30 for summer. The Student Diversity Budgeting Board is the umbrella organization that handles budgets for the cultural centers, including the Native American Longhouse, Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, the Pride Center, SOL and diversity development. Their budget included one decision package to create a three-quarter full time professional staff position. The position was needed because of increased enrollment. However after discussion, it was determined that perhaps a fulltime position would be better suited. The committee tentatively approved the budget, but wanted to look into numbers for making the position full time and to consider that decision package during the March 1 open forum. The Student Incidental Fee Committee will next meet Monday Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at Dixon Recreation Center in the upper classroom. If students wish to attend, they must bring their identification card in order to enter Dixon. The open budget hearing will be Thursday, March 1, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Don Iler, managing editor 737-2232 firstname.lastname@example.org
Obama derides energy critics in Miami speech President Barack Obama said Thursday his Republican critics promising immediate lower gas prices are either uninformed or dishonest, and he pledged in a speech to University of Miami students to continue pushing for alternative energy sources. Framing the issue as “one of the major challenges of your generation,” Obama said developing a broad-based energy policy incorporating all sources — oil, gas, nuclear, solar, wind and alternatives such as algae — would take years but was essential for the nation’s future economic well-being. His speech came as gas prices soared around the nation, rising 3.3 cents nationwide overnight to $3.61 a gallon, according to AAA. GOP presidential challenger Newt Gingrich and other Republicans complain Obama is bowing to foreign oil suppliers such as Saudi Arabia and the environmental lobby by not fully exploiting U.S. oil reserves. At the Republican debate in Arizona on Wednesday night,
Gingrich introduced himself by saying he had “developed a program for American energy so no future president will ever bow to a Saudi king again and so every American can look forward to $2.50 a gallon gasoline.” Without naming Gingrich, Obama appeared to target that remark Thursday, saying to cheers that “anyone who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about — or just isn’t telling you the truth.” “It’s the easiest thing in the world to make phony election-year promises about lower gas prices,” Obama said. “What’s harder is to make a serious, sustained commitment to tackle a problem. And it won’t be solved in one year, it won’t be solved in one term, it may not be solved in one decade. But that’s the kind of commitment we need right now.” He touted current U.S. oil production as being at its highest level in eight years, and he said U.S. reliance on foreign oil imports has
decreased, dropping below 50 percent in 2010. Obama also listed steps taken under his energy policy, including approval for new nuclear plants; opening more territory including in the Arctic region to exploration and development; an agreement signed with Mexico this week to cooperate on developing oil and gas reserves along their maritime border; increasing fuel efficiency standards in cars and trucks, and developing alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power. Because of the new fuel standards, he said, in the middle of the next decade “you’ll be able to fill up your car every two weeks instead of every week — something that, over time, will save the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump.” “And it means this country will reduce our oil consumption by more than 2 million barrels a day,” Obama added to applause. “That’s not only good for your pocketbook, that’s good for the
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The Pride Center, 10am-7pm, The Pride Center. Come contribute to a collage that celebrates and supports those that have struggled with the AIDS Virus. There will be supplies to make pieces in the center all week, which will then be assembled and displayed. College Republicans, Noon-4pm, MU Quad. First Amendment Week. Come and support your freedom of speech. College Republicans, 7pm, MU La Raza Room. Debate between College Republicans and College Democrats. Come show your support for your political party.
Saturday, Feb. 25 Events Black Cultural Center, Noon-2:30pm, BCC. 2012 OSU Black Affairs. Call to action regarding black issues in Corvallis.
Sunday, Feb. 26 Meetings Vegans & Vegetarians @ OSU, 5pm, SSC, 738 SW 15th St. We eat, chat and exchange recipes. All are welcome, even if you aren’t vegetarian.
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Events Black Cultural Center, 6-7:30pm, BCC. Child Soldiering, in collaboration with ASA.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 109A. Convenes to discuss student issues. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend.
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Wednesday, Feb. 29 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211. Convenes to discuss student issues and concerns. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend. Baha’i Campus Association, 12:301pm, MU Talisman Room. Ultimate reality is the theme of this Interfaith meditation, devotion and quiet time. Bring your favorite inspirational reading to share.
Events Black Cultural Center, 6-7:30pm, MU Ballroom. Black History Month Dinner, in collaboration with SOL.
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Alternative spring break trips still available n
Applications can be turned in for students to place on alternate list By Vinay Ramakrishnan The Daily Barometer
During spring break this year, the Center for Civic Engagement will be hosting three alternative spring break trips. The trips will be to Yakima, Wash., San Francisco, Calif., and Newport, Ore. All trips will involve some type of community service including poverty, hunger and environmental restoration. Students can apply online at Oregon State’s Center for Civic Engagement website under the “programs” menu. The priority deadline was Feb. 17, but according to Emily Bowling, Civic Engagement and Service coordinator, “Spots will be offered later this week to students for the three trips. Students can still submit applications until March 1, but then will be put on our alternate list in the event we have students drop out of the trips.” The trips will be one week-
long, from March 24 to March 31. Trip expenses vary from trip to trip. According to the Center for Civic Engagement website, the Yakima trip is estimated to cost students $120, which includes “transportation, lodging and four dinners.” The San Francisco trip is estimated to cost $350, and includes “transportation, lodging, and most meals.” The Newport trip is estimated to cost $240, including “transportation, lodging and five dinners.” The Center for Civic Engagement website also talks about different themes of the trip. The Yakima trip will be centered around community and cultural engagement. The San Francisco trip will focus on hunger and homelessness. In Newport, it will be about environmental restoration. All trips will also all have “off days” when students explore tourist attractions in the various locations. Bowling said, “11 students will be going on the Yakima and San Francisco trips, and 11 to 15 students will be going on the Newport trip.” She added, “A trip leader/coordinator will
WATER n Continued from page 1 tap and bottled water users. “I don’t think it’s for us to dictate the issue, but we will help interested groups if they want data,” Henthorne said. Even if interested parties took a preemptive strike at banning bottled water before the university renewed its supplier contract, the pro-tap activists would still need to address the logistical aspects of removing bottled water from campus, and the public perception of such an action. The sale of bottled water accounts for around 13 percent of all Pepsi product sales on campus, netting the university an estimated $200,000 to $250,000 annually. No longer having the right to sell this product would have a visible impact on the university’s wallet. Also, without bottled water, the university would have no proper way to hydrate 40,000 summer football game attendees unless they sold them less healthy and still bottled alternatives like soda. Having filling stations within the stadium would mean having to permit people to bring open containers into the stadium, which creates concerns about spectators smuggling alcohol into sports events. If all of the practical concerns of banning bottled water get ironed out, the public still has to receive the ban with good will. People of the pro-bottle mind-
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be on each trip.” As to what class standing is required for students to be on the trip, Bowling said that “all OSU students, undergraduate and graduate, are eligible.” A committee of staff from the Center for Civic Engagement will decide which students get to go on the trips. According to Bowling, the committee will include Juila Lang, graduate assistant, and Marcella Flores, graduate intern, both of the Center for Civic Engagement. “Students will be selected based on the quality of their application, having the application turned in before the priority deadline and passing a conduct screening,” Bowling said. Lang and Flores will be coordinating the trip with Bowling. “Each of us who are coordinating the trips will be planning where we stay, where we serve, what we eat and activities we do while on each of the trips,” said Flores, who will be travelling with students on the San Francisco trip. Vinay Ramakrishnan, staff reporter 737-2231 firstname.lastname@example.org
set see the denial of bottled water as an attack on their freedom, as illustrated by the voiced dissent from protesters of the University’s smoking ban, that will take place in the fall. To still work toward their individual or overlapping goals of bettering the environment or improving people’s health, the SSI and SDA have taken a less heavyhanded approach to inspire a culture shift around water use by educating the public and improving the water resources available to the campus community. The SDA, in conjugation with the Healthy Campus Initiative, runs the Fresh from the Faucet campaign as part of the larger Be Well campaign. The Fresh from the Faucet campaign aims at getting more people to drink filtered or unfiltered tap water out of reusable containers. “Currently there is no attempt to use policy to limit personal choice,” said Bre Huffman, vice president of the SDA. “Take away a resource like bottled water and people will just buy a soda.” Instead the group strives to key people in on the environmental and health effects of drinking bottled water in comparison to tap water so that individuals make the choice to drink the water of their own volition. The SDA has also worked around campus to help get filtration units installed in numerous sites so that tap water drinkers have more convenient access to water. The campaign’s university webpage provides a
“We found developing stages of malaria in the bat fly including cysts attached to the gut and transmission stages in the salivary glands.” The fact that the transmission stages of bat malaria were present in the salivary glands suggests that the bat fly had recently fed and ingested the malaria from a bat, or that the bat fly was already a carrier of the malaria and was ready to infect a new bat host. According to Poinar, this fossil dates back to nearly 25 million years; at that time, the bat fly had already adapted to taking blood from bats. Bat flies only consume blood and don’t leave their host except to find a mate or deposit eggs. Poinar, whose research with malaria was featured by The Daily Barometer in November of last year, has studied malaria extensively. McKinley Smith, staff reporter 737-2231 email@example.com
map of where people can fill up at filtered stations. Like the SDA, the SSI works around campus to teach people about the impacts of bottled water usage. The group also promotes the use of tap water through filtration units and the passing out of reusable containers. Members of the SSI say they would support a campus exclusion of bottled water if the public expressed agreement with the measure. “The largest significance is culture to lay the ground work to set up the future,” said Brian Laird, co-director of the SSI. “Address issues of students using bottles through education.” The SSI tries to get students around campus to understand the bigger picture of how drinking out of disposable water bottles affects the environment. The manufacturing and transportation of disposable plastic bottles take up energy resources and put toxic chemicals into the environment, for something that will ultimately just get thrown away. Co-director of the SSI, Morgan Dumitru, expressed concern that the Ban the Bottle campaign inspires negative reactions from those who see the measure as a violation of their freedoms. “I’d like the public to look at it not as talking about taking people’s water, but finding a better means,” Dumitru said.
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ea to it being Friday. You have survived the week. This alone merits a cheer. Yea to a little late-night shopping. What’s better than heading out to your favorite store at night and wandering around for a little while? Nay however, to forgetting a small but very important component of a successful trip: clothes. It seems a southeastern Pennsylvania man, Verdon Lamont Taylor, stripped off his clothes in a parking lot and preceded to walk around the local Walmart in nothing but his socks. He was arrested and charged with indecent idiocy. Yea to the Republican primary debates. They’re the gift that keeps giving. Nay to the Republican voter psyche at the moment. After a few one-night stands (Herman Cain, Donald Trump, that governor from Alaska) and flings (Paul, Gingrich) the GOP is only now coming to the conclusion the rest of the country realized a year ago: Mitt Romney is going to be your guy. Just plan the marriage and divorce in November — it’s longer than most couples last. Yea to the Oscars. Nay to false hope. We always get kind of excited for the Oscars each year, especially this year, when we thought Eddie Murphy would be hosting. Instead, we have Billy Crystal 20 years past his prime, and predictable winners for the leading categories. If they wanted to spice it up they should just have the nominees fight it out for the trophy, if for no other reason than to see Jonah Hill get beat up. Nay to IM teams forfeiting moments before game time. Speaking of IM teams… Yea to the Barometer IM team being 3-0. Nay to IM referees in general though. They are awful. Just awful. Yea to puppies. Nay to sharks. Yea to memes. Nay to falling into the trap of personal negative attacks. Yea to ASOSU truth-tellers, a “concerned Beaver” and others who remained anonymous, this week in their feedback and critique of the practices of the Barometer. According to some anonymous commentators, you’re reading a newspaper publication that perpetrates “lies.” Nay to hiding behind a pseudonym. Yea to external reviews. Yea to rankings. Washington D.C. was recently named one of the top ten U.S. cities for cheaters. This is surprising for a place that was once home to great family men like Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton and institutions that are shining example of class and stand up citizens, like the U.S. Congress. Yea to side notes. Salt Lake City was number four on the list. Funny. Nay to using Abraham Lincoln as your rationale for dropping out of college. You know, thinking in any way you’re like him is completely reasonable. He went to do a little thing like winning the Civil War and saving the country. We’re going to take a guess and say you won’t be doing anything of that magnitude. Good luck though. Yea to the NBA All Star Weekend. Nay to quality of the games this season. If you have followed the NBA this season, we don’t need to explain this nay. Yea to the weekend. There is gymnastics on Friday, OSU Has Talent auditions all weekend and on Sunday, we believe there will be ducks arriving on campus and mobs and things flashing. It all sounds very strange, but exciting. This could be that war people keep talking about. We just hope it’s a civil affair.
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his election year, we face a difficult decision: do we stay with President Barack Obama or do we decide to jump ship? While there are several reasons for us to follow the latter, I think it would be a mistake for the country to attempt such a move. Many of Obama’s attempts to resolve our nation’s most pressing problems haven’t quite worked out the way he anticipated. However, does that have to do with the president failing to do his job, or that we expect more from him than what he actually has the power to do? When Obama was elected four years ago, we put so much weight on his shoulders and expected him to solve all our complications right away, before all the dust had settled, that he didn’t have much room to move. Obama walked into two wars: a failing economy and the decision whether to bailout banks or not. I haven’t agreed with every
Rebel without a pulse one of the Obama Administration’s moves, but I do believe he made the best decisions with the information he had. But before considering why Obama should continue to be our commander-in-chief, we need to look at why a different candidate would be the wrong choice for America. Since Mitt Romney is the Republican front runner right now, he will be the main focus of why we shouldn’t vote for a different president. Romney hasn’t been doing too many international tours; he hasn’t established himself as a force on the world stage. With the world climate being on very rocky ground, can we really afford to elect someone new
to the job that has yet to establish a expect from him. presence in the world? Last week, the Vice-President of Not to mention, our own internal China, Xi Jinping visited the United system is unstable States where he and isn’t ready for had a meeting a candidate to take with the president. ...with the country control merely to At this meeting, in economic turmoil, Obama laid out spend the first months, or even how China isn’t livtime and energy is his first year, learning up to the stanprecious, and would dard of human ing the ropes of the job. Romney be wasted with a new rights the United isn’t privy to all States would like, leader in charge. the information and that China that Obama has might be playaccess to at this ing unfairly in the point. Romney economic trade will spend considerable time play- by keeping the yuan low. While ing catch up learning all the infor- the Vice-President of China didn’t mation Obama already knows and quite yield to Obama’s comments, gaining the respect of his fellow Jinping did admit that China had world leaders. some room to grow. Nevertheless, we still need a reaObama has also developed an son to support Obama. economic plan to try to put the First, he has been touring the United States back on the right world since he started campaigning track. His new economic plan back in 2007. The world recognizes See FIX | page 6 who Obama is and what they can
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Losing faith in the Academy Awards, all about image I n most respects, I am a fairly open-minded person. I do not have much of a political agenda, and my beliefs usually depend on context rather than firm absolutes. That may sound wishwashy and indecisive, but I still am able to learn from my experiences and develop viewpoints that are defined and focused for good reasons. One political area I do find myself somewhat enraged by is the Academy Awards. While not as relevant as the presidential election or Wall Street, the Academy Award is certainly a cultural landmark that looms over our mediaobsessed society. How motion pictures are interpreted and digested by an audience, and what movements it brings about culturally are not to be ignored. Movies are a part of the American fabric, and it is hard to avoid them; we treat movie stars like idols — like gods that we aspire to be like, and many are willing to risk surgery, pain and grotesque physical transformation just to be closer to that kind of status. And if we do not admire the glamorous personalities of film, we admire its industry. Movies put to use new technological advances, showcase cutting edge computercreated visuals, and create projects that reimagine different media
Pederson The Spaces in Between forms that are culturally or historically significant (such as music and books). It evokes an older, more rugged sense of American ingenuity and progress, combining science, economy and artistic expression all in one efficient format. Each year, these achievements of entertainment and technical evolution are celebrated with the Academy Awards, which will air this coming weekend. There are several categories that address different components of film — acting, cinematography, art direction, etc. — and ultimately there is one winner in each category that is considered “best.” Even though I have always been interested in the Academy Awards and who wins, I have become increasingly bothered by such an objective notion of what film is best, and why it is best. It is a huge ordeal to reduce all the films in one year down to just a handful of elite titles, and as I have come to learn over the years, the choices are not entirely based on merit. A lot of politics and campaigning moti-
vate the choices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It seems as though the Oscars are more than a celebration of what film is best; there is a great deal of attention paid to dodging consequences. There is a glittery, superficial, song-and-dance image of Hollywood that is perpetuated to this day, stubborn to die, which has a lurking hand that guides movies towards an appropriate best-picture result. An unfortunate example of this is last year’s Oscars. Among the ten nominations, two films were considered to be racing neck-andneck for the best picture award: “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech.” I saw both films, and while “The King’s Speech” was a good movie, I found “The Social Network” exhilarating. It was a more relevant film, a more unique film, and had incredible camera work and music. “The Social Network” received astonishing amounts of praise from critics as well, and movie-goers that I knew seemed to enjoy it as well. It seemed like a shoo-in. But at the end of the night, it lost to “The King’s Speech,” a powerful and inspirational film that did not really speak to me in any way (other than Colin Firth’s impressive acting). The film that won was a safe choice for the Academy; it was
uplifting, historical and luscious. “The Social Network” is a better film, but it was directed by David Fincher, who also made the movies “Se7en” and “Zodiac” — films that center on a serial killer. These films have nothing to do with “The Social Network,” but are reasons enough to suppose why the Academy might want to distance themselves from officially recognizing David Fincher with a best picture award. It is hard to say that particular reasons like this are why certain films do not win, and that the Academy Awards are entirely corrupt, but there are certainly issues like this plaguing the Oscars. It makes the presentations frustrating to watch, and most of the time, I can predict which film will win by eliminating all the films that have slightly controversial elements that may threaten the pristine glory of Hollywood. I am losing interest in the Academy, and question their choices more and more. Two of my favorite films of the past year were “Drive” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and neither one is up for best picture. The latter is directed by David Fincher. Go figure. t
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here is a common misconception with college, which has irked me since coming here last fall. There is a perception that college is a time of wild women, lots of beer, skipping class and copious amounts of other shenanigans. It’s sort of the “bad news travels like wildfire” sensation that the good things about college don’t spread around as easily as the bad. Yet it is also easier to talk about and to see the negative things about college, such as excessive drinking and skipping classes, than to focus on the good things of college, like making friends and doing well in school, and having to grow up and mature. One must wonder: why waste money to attend college if you’re not going to apply yourself? College can teach you so many things, why
The Daily Barometer not be willing, or at least want to learn? When we consider “social” in the context of college, it often has negative connotations, i.e. you must drink. When I came to school last fall, I did not drink any alcohol. Interestingly enough, I also joined a fraternity, yet throughout the time, I didn’t drink. I still had fun on “thirsty Thursdays,” and would often drive for someone who was drinking. That is really what college is about — making friends, having fun without overdoing it, and learning who you are and what you want to become. However, sometimes people seek the social aspects more than the academic aspects of college, and
this is where they get in trouble. I have personally known people who have had a GPA as low as 0.4. It always seemed curious to me as to why students choose to not care about the money and the opportunities presented here at Oregon State University. We are all paying a lot of money to come here, why not try and get the most out of it? Why are you wasting your money if you’re not going to apply yourself? Why even be here? More importantly, if you’re not here on your own dime — which the majority of us are — why waste your parents’ money, or scholarship organizations’ money? They invest in you to do well in school. Why go through the effort to get the money, then not try? The fall 2009-2010 Retention Rate (students who entered fall 2009 then came back the following
fall) was 83.1 percent. There are plenty of reasons for students to not come back after a year: financial reasons, problems within their family, personal reasons or problems at home. However, there is another aspect of the retention rate. Perhaps the academic load was too much for the student to balance work and school and a social life. Or perhaps that student couldn’t balance their time well, or the social stereotype of college was too alluring, and they cracked open more beers than books. Students that follow this sort of approach to college tend to not stick around long. The percentage of full-time freshmen that demonstrated progress by returning for a second year, according to the Oregon University See PIKE | page 6
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elcome to the largest social network on Earth — and no, I’m not talking about Angela Facebook. It appears a man is far less than what he thought he was, and far more. Case in A non-traditional view point, competition may not of Princeton University disbe the name of the game, but rather cooperation among covered that when subjects species that ensures survival contemplated harm being done to others, a similar of the fittest. Darwin’s “fittest” did not network of cranial regions mean the strongest, but that was activated. This led them the species less capable of to realize that viewing vicadapting would not survive; tims and small children, two therefore, adaptation is cru- very different subjects, procial for any life on this planet. voked the same neurological Somehow, we have decid- reaction. A research study that was ed that adaptation meant becoming successful, and released by Emory University that success is measured in neuroscientists James Rilling what we acquire. Acquisition and Gregory Berns, revealed is obtained through compe- that subjects who were given tition, and so we have been the opportunity to help instructed from day one of someone else, while their our exisbrain activity tence to be was recordcompetitive, ed, triggered No species can even at the the caudate expense of nucleus and survive without others. anterior “Becoming cooperation, and c i n g u l a t e , number one,” portions of cooperation “Finishing the brain ahead of the that turn on cannot be game,” “It’s when peoa dog eat achieved without ple receive dog world” – rewards or these are the compassion and e x p e r i e n c e clichés that pleasure. In empathy. have become other words, a part of our helping othculture. We ers g i ve s have been us the same pleasure as bombarded with media pro- self-gratification. claiming that we should buy But it’s not only the brain more, achieve more, become that shows we are hard-wired more, and we adhere faith- for compassion; our body fully to these beliefs, judging system known as the ANS, and measuring our life with or autonomic nervous systhis form of currency. Our tem, which is comprised of personal economy is based neurological, cardiovascuon a race to reach that certain lar and respiratory organs, point of accumulation where is also affected by empathy. we can say, “There! I have it all, and now I’m happy.” When we feel compassionate But we rarely ever reach that or empathetic toward others, goal – maybe because we are our heart rate goes down, our breathing slows and oxytocin using the wrong currency. In our race to become the is produced at higher levels. most “adapted” species on Higher levels of oxytocin proEarth, we have overlooked mote long-term bonds and how species really thrive. commitments along with No species can survive with- nurturing behavior. But how is being compasout cooperation, and coopsionate and empathetic relateration cannot be achieved without compassion and ed to survival of the species and adaptation? empathy. Darwin wrote that “one Science has recently discovered that humans are of humankind’s noblest virwired for compassion. Jack tues seems to arise incidenNitschke, a psychologist at tally from our sympathies the University of Wisconsin, becoming more tender and conducted experiments with more widely diffused, until women looking at pictures they are extended to all senof their babies. In the study, tient beings.” I don’t know Nitschke wrote that these about you, but that sounds women not only reported like compassion to me. If feeling more compassionate compassion is what makes toward other babies, but it us want to cooperate with was discovered that certain others, then how is cooperaareas of the brain associ- tion going to make us more ated with positive emotions adaptable? Nature has devised coopdemonstrated unique activity when women viewed their eration as the method to surown or other offspring. vival; one has only to observe In another study, Joshua a colony of ants, bees, a pack Greene and Jonathan Cohen of wolves, and even our own
colonies of families and towns. In their book, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,” Jonathan Haidt argues that natural selection is not only about individuals who compete, but also groups competing with other groups – both of these examples are “survival of the fittest.” However, it’s when a group competes that the cooperative, altruistic groups win and pass on their genes. In the end, cooperation may indeed be the answer to adaptation of species, and if cooperation is what it’s all about, then move over, Facebook – we, all of us, are the largest social network on Earth. t
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MEN’S HOOPS n Continued from page 7 The Beavers have a chance to punch their so-called big brother in the gut this weekend when the Ducks come to town on Sunday for the 337th meeting of the Civil War. Oregon (19-8, 10-5 Pac-12), is in contention for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. The Beavers (15-12, 5-10), on the other hand, are just trying to break a four-game losing streak. “It’s huge. Coach (Craig Robinson) said when he first got here people said all that matters is you beat the Ducks. That statement alone says a lot,” junior Angus Brandt said. “If we can stop them from winning a conference title, that’d be huge.”
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Despite the Beavers’ big win in Matthew Knight Arena earlier this season, a win on Sunday at home will not be easy to come by. Since they last played on Jan. 29, the two teams have gone in opposite directions faster than Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Since that game, the Beavers have gone 1-5, and the Ducks have gone 4-2. The Beavers are trying to finish the season strong. Their only hope to make into the “Big Dance” is to do their best impression of last year’s Connecticut squad and win the conference tournament. “It’s coming down toward the end of the season and if we could make a run that’d be great,” junior guard Jared Cunningham said. “People are
WOMEN’S HOOPS n Continued from page 7 tion of their defensive approach. “They’re at home. This is a team that has a lot of offensive firepower, and they can score, and their system is to score quickly. It needs to be the same for us, a game where we have a say in what the tempo is,” Rueck said. “We have to control tempo like last time, and it needs to be kind of a slugfest, where we play five-on-five. I anticipate another great game.” Last time the two teams met up, forward Amanda Johnson, the Duck’s leading scorer, wasn’t very effective in her first game back since sustaining a midseason thumb injury. One can expect her to be more of a factor this time around. “She is an elite scorer, needs no space to get a shot off, and is warrior and a senior playing in her last home game. We are expecting a huge game from her, and it is going to take a big time effort from us to slow her down,” Rueck said. “We saw flashes of her last game, and she didn’t play as long as she normally would because of that injury, now I am expecting to see her on the court for 40
gonna remember what you did at the end, not at the beginning, so if we can make it through these last couple games and even stretch it out way beyond this, that’d be great for us.” If Oregon State wants to sweep the season series over the Ducks, they are going to have to shut down junior E.J. Singler and senior Devoe Joseph, who averages a teamhigh 16.3 points per game. “[Singler] is trying to score and he is shooting more threes. He is just being more aggressive offensively,” Robinson said. “I think that Joseph is also being very aggressive offensively. Those are the main things I have noticed, but I spend more time worrying about what we are doing.” Sunday’s game is an oppor-
minutes, and a big-time performance.” OSU freshman Ali Gibson had a career day in the season’s previous matchup, going 5-for-12 from 3-point range and finishing with 23 points for the night. Her biggest 3-point shots came down the stretch, building the momentum that the team would rally around to win the game. “We never give up as a team,” Gibson said. “We knew that if we kept taking the shots that were open we could knock them down.” Oregon State is also playing for a firstround bye in the Pac-12 Tournament, and needs to win its remaining games to assure itself of a top-four conference finish. “It is a special opportunity and I am proud of the team for putting themselves in position to do that. You always want to beat your rival,” Rueck said. “We need wins right now to get where we want to go at the end of this year, and so this is the next one. Certainly it has that added incentive against your rival; it is the Civil War. We have to come out and play great.” Jacob Shannon, sports writer Twitter: @shannon_app email@example.com
tunity for the Beavers to steal some of the Ducks’ mojo and gain some of their own. “I know that our fans and our administration and our whole program enjoy having that [opportunity to sweep the Civil War],” Robinson said. “Our team enjoys having that opportunity, but it doesn’t mean anything until we do it. So we aren’t really talking a lot about it. We are just going to work every day and trying to prepare to play our best game.” “We haven’t accomplished a lot of the things we set out to do,” Brandt said, “so if we can sweep the Ducks that will be one bright spot on the season.”
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MEN’S GOLF n Continued from page 7 With the championships being in Corvallis, the team wants to redeem themselves from last year and try and not only make it to Nationals, but take the Pac-12 as well. The last time the Beavers, who have never won a conference title, finished in the conference’s top-five was two years ago, when they finished fifth. That had also been the first time they had made it to Nationals since 2001. This Monday, the team will be traveling to Long Beach, California to play at Virginia Country Club. “We are excited for this tournament and hopefully we can play well,” Sherwood said. After venturing to California for the next two weeks, OSU will return to Oregon to play in the Bandon Dunes Collegiate Tournament in Bandon, Oregon. With the team’s main goal being to make it to Nationals, they are more determined than ever to keep improving. “We are going to be excited when we are finally at Riviera,” Sherwood said. Caitie Karcher, sports writer Twitter: @caitiekarcher email@example.com
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and Oregon (14-13, 6-9) got a glimpse of what it would take to make a run The Daily Barometer in the Pac-12 Tournament, but are Tomorrow, OSU travels to Eugene, concentrated on the rivalry game to looking to show Duck fans just how come. far they have come since last year’s “You have got to move on and 81-72 loss in Eugene. learn from the weaknesses that were “It is always very exciting, there is exposed in those games and take it that extra something. It is our rival and for what it is,” coach Scott Rueck said. both of us want to beat each other,” “Those were two games, and we got said sophomore guard Alyssa Martin. beat by those two teams, but we are “It doesn’t matter what any of us are moving onto the next thing and that ranked, it is going to be a close game.” is this Saturday’s Civil War.” The Beavers (17-9, 8-7 Pac-12) have Oregon State’s defensive identity proven to be resilient and confident has clashed with Oregon’s fast-paced, no matter the circumstances, and are transition offense in the past. The in the midst of rewriting Pac-12 per- Ducks feature the second-highest ceptions one game at a time. scoring offense in the conference. Both teams will be looking to The Beavers are second-best at conreroute their morale after two tough trolling the scoring margin, a reflec losses to the conference’s top two See WOMEN’S HOOPS | page 7 teams, Stanford and Cal. Both OSU
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The two rivals have gone in opposite directions since OSU’s win in Eugene last month
Two years ago before the Civil War football game, University of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris called Oregon State the Ducks’ “little brother.” Since then, only one thing has changed. OSU vs. UO Harris is no a When: Sunday, longer a Duck. 4:30 p.m. Oregon State, Where: Gill however, continues to live up to Harris’ moniker of “little brother.” The Beavers have lost to the Ducks in football the last two seasons, gone 1-4 in baseball and got swept by the Ducks last year in men’s basketball. The Ducks garner much more attention than the Beavers nationally, mainly because of their successes in football, their flashy uniforms and their aggressive out-of-state marketing campaign.
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The Beavers are coming off their first tie of the year, but remain No. 8 in the nation, thanks in-part to consistency on bars By Warner Strausbaugh The Daily Barometer
In 17 attempts, Boise State University has never defeated Oregon State in Gill Coliseum. Friday night at 7 p.m. in Gill, the No. 8 Beavers will host the No. 16 Broncos and will look to continue that trend with win number 18. A win would be especially nice after last week’s tie with UCLA, the first opponent the Beavers have not defeated this year. Boise State will be the sixth opponent in seven meets who has been ranked, more cause for OSU to bring their ‘A’ game. “Any ranked opponents, obviously it’s good to have,” said associate head coach Michael Chaplin. “It’s good for our fans to see another strong team come in, see good gymnastics. I think for our girls, it’s a little easier for them to get up for those meets.” The Beavers are in the upper echelon of team rankings for all four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. OSU ranks at least in the top 15 of all four.
Oregon State vs. Boise St. When: Tonight, 7 p.m. Where: Gill Coliseum
Out of everything they do, the bars team has been the most stable and consistent unit of the team. While each unit has been strong throughout the year, every lineup but bars has had at least one hiccup. Currently, the bars unit is ranked second in the nation, only behind the University of Florida. Their consistency has shown during this season, as they have not below a 49.100 in any of their six meets. “Every event kind of has its struggles throughout the season, so I’m kind of holding my breath,” said assistant head coach John Carney. “You kind of wait and see if the shoe’s going to drop, and hopefully we can train to where that doesn’t happen.” Carney, whose main coaching focus is with the uneven bars, was praised by the OSU gymnasts as a big part of the bars team’s success for this year and in previous years. “I think ever since John came to OSU, he’s been an amazing bars coach,” said senior Olivia Vivian, who is ranked 13th on bars individually. “He’s putting methods in place straight away, which I’m finding
have helped us on bars. It’s the most consistent of the events we have. Week in, week out, we have a solid lineup.” Every other teammate sees the reliability with the bars team, too. “I’d say bars is our rock with this team,” said senior Leslie Mak, who ranks fourth on bars individually. “We definitely have some amazing bar workers this year.” Bars has improved even more so in their last two meets. Two weeks ago, they put up their season-high of 49.425. Then at last Friday’s Pink Out, the unit scored 49.325, their second-highest total on the year. “I think we’re at the top of our game,” said sophomore Hannah Casey, who only participates in bars right now. “There’s always room for little improvements, but we are pretty consistent.” Look for the gymnasts on bars to continue that cohesiveness Friday night, as the team also wants to stay consistent in maintaining their undefeated record against Boise State at home. Warner Strausbaugh, sports writer Twitter: @WStrausbaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
After just missing out on Nationals last year, the Oregon State men’s golf team is determined to make it to Riviera Country Club in California, the site of this year’s NCAA Championships. Last year, OSU missed out on Nationals by two spots, finishing in seventh place at the NCAA Arizona Regional. “It was pretty devastating not being able to make it to nationals, but as a team, that is our main goal this season,” said senior Jonnie Motomochi. This season, the team has six returners from last year, three of whom are seniors. They have added two freshmen and two transfers to the team. Senior Alex Moore is looking to build off last year’s breakout season in which he set the school record for the lowest round shot (a 9-under 63 at the Oregon Duck Invitational) and almost won the Pac-12 individual title, losing a seven-hole sudden death playoff. Also returning is junior Nick Sherwood, who held the second-best scoring average (72.76) on the team last year. “I want to continue improving as an individual and be the best golfer I can be, that way I can also help my team,” Sherwood said. The team visited Waikoloa, Hawaii at the beginning of February to play in the Amer Ari Invitational, where they finished 17th. “Going to Hawaii is always my favorite because it is a great course and a nice change of scenery,” Sherwood said. “Unfortunately, the wind got the best of us.” To continue improving, the team is really focusing on their short game, including putting and chip shots. For a good portion of practices, the team will be setting up different putts to get as much practice as they can. “We like to compare our averages to the pros, and when you look at our putting, we just aren’t there,” Motomochi said. Along with putting, the team is hoping to lower individual averages. “It is getting that score from 73 and 74 to 71 and 70 that is going to make us go that extra mile,” Motomochi said. With a tough conference, OSU will have to play well to compete. Five Pac-12 teams rank in the nation’s top 25. This season, Oregon State will be hosting the Pac-12 Championships at Trysting Tree Golf Club for the first time in ten years. Playing at home is something the team plans on taking full advantage of. “We want to make the most of the opportunity to host, and it has been a while since we have finished high in the conference, so we want to be able to do that this year when we are here at our home course,” said head coach Jon Reehoorn. After his first season as head coach last year, Reehoorn is settling into his position at OSU. “I love OSU, and it is similar to where I went to school, which is great,” he said. See men’s gOLF | page 7
Published on Feb 24, 2012