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Not taking freedom for granted Juan Meléndez, Greg Wilhoit recount their experiences on death row, oppose penalty
“It makes you realize the weight of the death sentence, because if you make a mistake in sentencing someone who is innocent, then you have basically murdered an innocent person.” Each of the three speakers had By Ryan Dawes 15 minutes to give their testimony The Daily Barometer Before his death sentence for regarding death row. Then, at the end a crime he did not commit, Greg for about 20 minutes, the audience Wilhoit’s judge conferred these words had the chance to ask questions. “This event was a good way to learn upon him: “You are to die by lethal injection. If that fails we’ll electrocute about the issue,” said Nicole Stauch, you. If the power goes out, we’ll hang president of OSU’s Pi Sigma Alpha you. And if the rope breaks we’ll take chapter. “Even as a political science major, I learned a lot.” you out back and shoot you.” Hannah gustin | THE DAILY BAROMETER Meléndez, who was a resident in Wilhoit began his morning the same Peter Fahy spoke at “Surviving Death as any other. He was unaware his wife Puerto Rico when he was falsely conhad been brutally murdered, and a victed of the death sentence, spent 18 Row. Fahy served for 12 years as a little more than eight months later years on Florida’s death row. Many of Lincoln County prosecutor. his inmates commithe would be falsely ted suicide by conconvicted of killing vincing their jailor her and sentenced I wanted to walk to give them a plasto death. After his on grass and dirt. tic garbage bag, with sentence was issued, which they twisted I wanted to hold a Wilhoit spent the into a rope to hang next five years in baby. I desperately themselves. nightmarish condimissed what we tions on Oklahoma’s Meléndez, death row before plagued by lonelitake for granted being found truly ness and depresevery day. innocent. sion in his situation, Now free, Wilhoit considered hanging and fellow exonerhimself with a garJuan Meléndez ee Juan Meléndez, bage bag. with death penHowever, thinking alty defense attorney Peter Fahy of and dreaming of his family and home Corvallis, came together to advo- life back in Puerto Rico, his knowledge cate for abolition of the death pen- of his innocence, keeping a positive alty. Yesterday at 3 p.m. in the LaSells attitude and his faith that God would Stewart Center, they told their sto- provide him a miracle at the right ries in the event, “Surviving Death time, allowed Meléndez to regain his Row.” The event was sponsored freedom and dignity. by Oregonians for Alternatives to His miracle came when a confession the Death Penalty, OSU’s chapter video was retrieved from the actual of Pi Sigma Alpha — the National perpetrator of the crime Meléndez Political Honors Society — Witness to was accused of, and with it he was Innocence, Window to Justice and the exonerated. OSU school of public policy. “I wanted to see the moon and the “Their stories were really powerful,” stars,” Meléndez said, recalling what hannah gustin | THE DAILY BAROMETER said Brett Burkhardt, OSU assistant was going through his mind upon Juan Meléndez and Greg Wilhoit were falsely accused of crimes they had not committed. Melendez spent more professor in the school of public poliSee DEATH ROW | page 2 than 17 years on death row and Wilhoit spent five on death row. cy, and mediator of the presentation.
Incumbent dean inspects English language, pedagogy Climate change, Tara Williams, associate professor of English, named associate dean of the UHC
Williams joined the faculty in 2004 after receiving her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Currently, her areas of research include medieval literature and culture, along with pedagogic issues — pedagogy being the method By Kyle Reed by which something is taught. The Daily Barometer “The UHC position will give me the Tara Williams, an associate professor of English, was recently named opportunity to do more — and have the associate dean of the University a more practical impact — in [pedaHonors College (UHC) at Oregon gogy],” Williams said. “One of my primary responsibilities will be to work State University. n
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Tara Williams, associate professor of English, studies medieval literature and has cultivated an interest in pedagogy.
with faculty across the university to coordinate the honors curriculum.” Her interest in pedagogy was spurred by her passion for medieval culture and literature. “I like to say that everything was invented in the Middle Ages, and that’s only a slight exaggeration,” Williams said. “Many aspects of contemporary Western culture can be traced back to that time period, including the English language itself. It’s fascinating to see how English develops and expands to accommodate new ideas and events, and to see the complex ways in which the experiences of people living centuries ago can resonate with our own.” Williams published a book in 2011 through the Ohio State University Press, titled, “Inventing Womanhood: Gender and Language in Later Middle English Writing.” “[The book] is about different words that are used to describe gender categories in the Middle Ages, because that’s the first time they start using words like ‘womanhood’ and ‘femininity’ and ‘manhood,’” Williams said. “So I was really interested in what those words mean when they start using them, and why they need them when they do.” Williams pointed out that the concept of manhood was established two centuries before the concept of
womanhood. Currently, Williams is working on a project tentatively titled “Middle English Marbles.” “[‘Middle English Marbles’] examines depictions of magic in the 14th century, like the giant green knight in ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ or the dragon lady in ‘Lybeaus Desconus,’” Williams said. “What’s surprising is that those magical spectacles often have moral overtones, or offer a moral lesson to the reader.” Williams recognizes the difficulty educators have when attempting to make topics appealing for the vast majority. “I think the Middle Ages can be a little tricky to students,” Williams said. “So anything I can do to help bring it to life — the more interesting, engaging or relevant to students’ lives — is something I’m interested in.” Williams did not originally plan to teach medieval literature and took an initial interest in 20th century authors like James Joyce. “I was the the kind of student who didn’t talk a lot during class, but then I took a medieval lit class and I couldn’t stop raising my hand,” Williams said. Overall, Williams is satisfied with her career choice. “I love that I have a job where I can See WILLIAMS | page 2
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OSU professor will approach climate change as philosophical issue By McKinley Smith The Daily Barometer
Kathleen Moore will speak about the relationship between science and morality as they pertain to climate change at Monday night’s Science Pub at 6 p.m., held at the Old World Deli at 341 Second St. in downtown Corvallis. Moore is a distinguished professor in the school of philosophy at Oregon State University. Her presentation, “It’s wrong to wreck the world,” will focus on four reasons why climate change and environmental issues are moral concerns as well as four climate change misconceptions that prevent action. “I think I have useful things . . . to say about the relationship between the science of climate change and the ethics of climate change,” Moore said. “They can’t be distinguished. We have things to say to one another.” For Moore, dealing with climate See SCIENCE PUB | page 2
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WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he will not engage in any “chest beating” over Iran’s nuclear program, but plans to issue a “clear and direct” challenge to Tehran during his upcoming Middle East trip, according to sources familiar with his comments. Obama said at a White House meeting with Jewish American leaders that he will still work toward a diplomatic resolution with Iran over its nuclear program, but repeated that no options are off the table, including military ones, one of the sources said. The comments do not represent a change in the Obama administration’s thinking, but come as the president prepares to travel in two weeks to the region where he is expected to be pressed over Iran by the Israeli government. Separately, Obama told the group that he will not unveil his own Mideast peace plan when in Israel, saying such a move would be “premature,” the sources said. The sources said Obama told the participants that doesn’t mean the United States would
not be in the middle of a “policy initiative” within the next year. He told the group he was determined for a “just resolution” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but said he thought that the prospects were “bleak,” one participant told CNN. While overseas, Obama will also visit the West Bank and Jordan, the White House said. Obama was pressed at the meeting about why he didn’t use tougher rhetoric regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes but the United States and other allies believe is intended for building a weapon. Obama said he will work toward a diplomatic resolution and that he still intends to achieve one. He said he is not going to do something for “chest beating” just to show people he is tough, two sources said. During the trip, Obama will issue what is called a “clear and direct” challenge to Iran and that he told the meeting “no options are off the table, including military options,” one participant told CNN. Vice President Joe Biden said earlier this week forceful-
ly admonished any attempts by Iran to develop nuclear weapons. “Big nations can’t bluff. And presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff and President Barack Obama is not bluffing,” Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington. Obama reminded those at the White House meeting on Thursday that the Iranians are a proud people and to reach any agreement, the United States cannot humiliate them and needs to give them a way to back down. He even quoted an old Chinese proverb about building a “golden bridge” for your opponent. During the hour-long session, Obama said he had four aims for the trip: to underscore an iron clad commitment to Israel; to recognize that the bond is even more important with Mideast challenges becoming more prominent in Egypt, Syria and Iran; to directly challenge Iran on its nuclear ambitions and to work toward a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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think about things like fairy kings and giant green knights from a scholarly perspective and that’s a part of my job,” Williams said. “I can talk about it in the classroom, and help students see what’s interesting and valuable about the Middle Ages, what’s relevant about the Middle Ages to their own lives — not usually green knights and fairy kings — but that they can think about those kind of connections.” To Williams, these connections are greatly beneficial. “I think it really enriches our experiences when we can connect back in history as far back as the Middle Ages,” Williams said. “So many things originate there, and if we are aware of that longer history it makes us better citizens and scholars.” Williams is excited to assume her new position, which will start in July. “I want to continue the excellent work that’s already being done with the UHC curriculum and scholarship programs,” Williams said. “Beyond that, I’ll focus on expanding the experiential learning opportunities for students and working with faculty who are teachers and mentors in the UHC, or would like to be. I’ve had wonderful experiences teaching honors colloquia in the past, and have seen how innovative and interdisciplinary formats — which the UHC encourages — can create an exciting and engaging atmosphere for both faculty and students.”
change will require thinking “about it as a problem of human rights, as a problem of distributive justice, as a crisis in reverence” and a “betrayal of love.” “I’ll make the case that scientists, climate scientists and ethicists need to come together into a partnership to create a public discourse about climate change that speaks to people’s moral affirmations and their values,” Moore said. The first misconception Moore will speak about is the belief science alone is sufficient to solve the problem. She believes science needs to be coupled with morality in order to incite change. “Another fallacy that’s blocked action is the notion that, ‘we have met the enemy and it is us,’” Moore said. “If we had to identify an enemy, we might look at the Big Oil, which is showing itself willing to risk bringing down the systems that support lives on Earth in order to rake in enormous profits.” The final two misconceptions Moore will refute are the necessities to win over climate change cynics, and that the opposite of hope is despair. Hope and despair without action lead to abandoning morality. “But between hope and despair is this wide, fruitful territory of moral integrity . . . not acting because you think you can save the world, because you can’t, let’s face it,” Moore said. “But acting with integrity, acting gratefully to the world
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DEATH ROW n Continued from page 1 being proven innocent. “I wanted to walk on grass and dirt,” Meléndez said. “I wanted to hold a baby. I desperately missed what we take for granted every day.” Fahy, death penalty defense attorney, has been battling against capital punishment since the beginning of his career. Not only does he explain it as inhumane, unconstitutional, expensive and ineffective, but also as having negative effects on those administering it. “The death penalty dehumanizes everyone involved,” Fahy said. “We turn our good honest penal staff into killers.” These three men will continue to advocate against the death penalty for many years to come. “We can always release an innocent person from prison, but never from the grave,” Meléndez said. “I dream and pray to God every day that the death penalty will be abolished.” Ryan Dawes, news reporter email@example.com
because we believe it’s a gift.” Moore will also discuss how to address climate change on an individual level. “I want to think with people about how we can act with integrity, which is to say a matching between our values and our actions,” Moore said. “Part of that is refusing to make choices that are destructive to the world. And part of that is imagining new ways to live.” Despite the sobering topic, Moore plans on people having a fun time. “The topic is grim, but the evening is probably going to be fairly raucous,” Moore said. Moore plans to involve the audience with prizes, quizzes and other modes of audience participation. “I want [the audience] to come away feeling good,” Moore said. “I want them to come away thinking, ‘I’ve just spent the evening with people who really care about the world.’” Moore spoke at a Science Pub in Bend last fall and will speak next to CEOs of green building companies at Disneyworld. The books she has written include “Riverwalking” and the coedited “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.” Before she became interested in climate change, Moore said she wrote about “connections to wild places.” “What I was writing about was disappearing before my eyes,” Moore said, so she considered her philosophical “obligation to the future.” McKinley Smith, news reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar Friday, Mar. 8 Events OSU Music Department, Noon, MU Lounge. Music å la Carte: OSU Clarinet Mafia. Campus Recycling, 9am-4pm, Recycling Warehouse (644 SW 13th St.). Film, Plastic & E-Waste Collection Week. Bring broken or unused electronics and clean film plastic for free recycling. Monday, Mar. 11
Events Campus Recycling, 9am-4pm, Recycling Warehouse (644 SW 13th St.). Film, Plastic & E-Waste Collection Week. Bring broken or unused electronics and clean film plastic for free recycling. Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Want a new wardrobe? Want to get rid of that loud sweater that no longer fits? Come to the Clothing Swap!
Tuesday, Mar. 12 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211
Events IFCS - Interfaith Community Services, Noon-1:30pm, Snell Hall Kitchen. Bag-It Better Together. Bring your own lunch. Serving OSU Emergency Food Pantry. Campus Recycling, 9am-4pm, Recycling Warehouse (644 SW 13th St.). Film, Plastic & E-Waste Collection Week. Bring broken or unused electronics and clean film plastic for free recycling. The Asian Pacific Cultural Center, 5-7pm, The Asian Pacicif Cultural Center. Deadweek Feast: Providing study and focus tips for students along with a full meal. Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Bring what you don’t need, score something new!
Wednesday, Mar. 13 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211.
Events Campus Recycling, 9am-4pm, Recycling Warehouse (644 SW 13th St.). Film, Plastic & E-Waste Collection Week. Bring broken or unused electronics and clean film plastic for free recycling. Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Want a new wardrobe? Want to get rid of that loud sweater that no longer fits? Come to the Clothing Swap!
Thursday, Mar. 14 Meetings College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 107. General meeting.
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Friday, Mar. 15 Events OSU Music Department, Noon, MU Lounge. Music å la Carte: Lark. Irish Music. Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Last day to attend Clothing Swap! Bring what you don’t need, score something new!
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ea to it maybe finally being spring. Actually scratch that, you all know it’s going to be rain clouds and sad faces from here on out. Nay to all the children who think that just because it is sunny and warmer than 45 degrees, it gives them a right to break out the brotanks and shorts. You’re going to catch a cold. Put a sweater on. Yea to a great start to the Beaver baseball season. We’re looking forward to the series this weekend. Nay to not being able to drink beer in Goss Stadium. We know why the rule is there, and we guess we understand it, but we really just want some cold beer to wash down our hot dog while watching some baseball. Is that really so much to ask? Yea to Girl Scouts. Nay to all the extra calories we are consuming because we are unable to resist their insanely good sales tactics when it comes to selling cookies. Yea to watching the British version of “House of Cards” after watching the American one. More plots, more intrigue, more evil soliloquies to the camera. Nay to using “House of Cards” as a guide to your life. Yea to spending hours of your life sitting through committee and board meetings where nothing important is said and nothing important is accomplished. Some days we wish the eye rolls and the generally unpleasant demeanor would be taken for what it is — not wanting to have our time wasted by being there. Nay to people comparing the new logo to (insert rodent name here). Guess what, the beaver is a rodent, in fact the second largest in the world, so naturally it is going to look a little like a rodent. Yea to the new uniforms. We like the all white football ones and the new gloves. We also like the soccer uniforms and can’t wait to see the spring sports outfits. Meh to the new logo. We want old happy Benny back with his goofy sailor cap, but we know it’s not going to happen. While this one is better than the last and we know folks are going to complain, we just don’t feel too strongly one way or the other. Yea to new Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos. The late night Taco Bell run just got that much cooler. Nay to it being week nine. Yea to it being week nine. Nay to falling behind in your classes and scrambling the last two weeks to catch up. Yea to not showing up to a class for two weeks, taking the multiple choice test, getting an “A” on it and continuing on your journey toward slacker heaven. Yea to bacon. And not the labgrown bacon. We’re talking right off the pig. Yea to it being Friday. Go study, throw some Barometers in the air while walking by Bexell, and get down with some Al Green playing in the background. Remember, we’ll be watching, children. Stay frosty.
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Letters to the Editor Response to Pride’s March 6 column
Cruelty is cruelty Harrison Pride starts off attacking PETA and ends up concluding that turning animals into food, although messy and bloody, doesn’t involve pain or suffering — or at least not much — and has no moral implications, only aesthetic ones. As a person concerned with reducing suffering of animals I was aghast at the fallacies in the piece and stumped as to where to begin to respond, not easy to do in 350 words. Let’s start with factory farming. About 98 percent of animal foods consumed in the U.S. come from factory farms. Inside these warehouses, hidden from view, animals are confined under the most horrifying of conditions. Living beings
are treated as if they were inanimate objects. It is not just that they are ultimately killed, but that they know only suffering and deprivation and pain for their entire lives. Predators have no choice but to catch and eat prey. And predators do not subject their prey to lifelong suffering under unnatural conditions. Farmed animals have no legal protection from cruelty. As long as a practice is considered standard, it is legal. What is done to farmed animals would constitute felony cruelty charges in all 50 states if done to dogs or cats. If you wouldn’t castrate a dog without painkillers, it’s not OK to do it to a pig. Cruelty is cruelty. It doesn’t change because the victim is a pig or chicken rather
than a dog or cat. It comes down to suffering. And that is why PETA has awarded grant money to research lab-grown meat. Lab-grown meat would spare animals from pain. Animals are living beings. They have feelings. Cells in a test tube don’t scream in pain. Unlike predators, we have choices about what we eat. When we have a choice, we can choose to alleviate suffering rather than add to suffering. We can choose to not cause pain to our fellow beings. We can’t be perfect and eliminate all suffering, but we can make kinder choices. And that is what it’s all about. Nettie Schwager Former instructor ELI/INTO OSU Animal advocate
New OSU logo
Looks like a mole rat When I heard that OSU had gotten a new logo I was excited. I thought a new design would be neat and that OSU deserved something good. The letdown I felt after seeing the logo was crushing. This isn’t an original design that will put us in the modern age. This is a naked mole rat in the shape of a Nike swoosh, which isn’t much of a surprise, since Nike designed it. I am very disappointed because the last I heard we were still Beaver Nation. I can only hope that OSU will still be selling merchandise with the old logo on it, because I will not support my school by wearing a design with a mole rat for a mascot. Keana Kief Sophomore in chemical engineering
End the war on drugs, advantageous for everyone I
n a free society, people should be allowed to consume anything they desire at anytime. This fundamental and essential element of freedom should, in theory, remain eternally consistent and unhampered. Restricting the consumption of certain things based on what certain people deem hazardous or threatening is the epitome of hypocrisy. This can be observed through the government-implemented policy that is drug prohibition. Laced with unintended consequences, these laws exacerbate all the social problems they are supposed to ameliorate. According to CNN’s Richard Branson, the United States currently houses the largest prison population in the world, estimated at 2.3 million. The number of those arrested for nonviolent drug charges is estimated to be 1.53 million. Considering the secrecy involved in
The Daily Barometer drug exchanges, the police force may resort to unlawful intrusive tactics to bring “wrongdoers to justice.” The abuse of court-issued warrants and undercover sting operations are two examples of such actions. Prohibition costs are an absolute drain on the national purse. Harvard economics Professor Jeffery Miron explains the legalization of drugs can save our country $41.3 billion in prohibition enforcement and government expenditures annually. On the flip side, if all current illegal drugs were taxed at rates analogous to current “legal drugs” like alcohol and tobacco, we would yield a national tax revenue of $46.7 billion. Intensifying the “war on drugs” does not reduce demand, and blindly throwing money at the problem won’t
contain the wildfire that is drug use. bystanders alike. These unfortunate According to the National Institute circumstances aren’t because of any on Drug Abuse, the percentage of drug itself, or the adverse effects it Americans using illegal drugs has causes. The act of selling, purchasing or consuming remained stable from drugs is unlawful, 2002–11. Over these causing it to hide nine years, illicit drug Offering addicts underground, away use increased only and abusers the use from the public eye. 0.4 percent, mariBuyers and supplijuana use rose 0.8 of cost-effective ers, therefore, canpercent and both rehabilitation not resolve disputes cocaine and psyor conflict within clinics instead of chotherapeutics the normal legalsaw a decrease of 0.4 hurling them into a ity of the judiciary percent. process, and resort crowded jail could A common but to violence instead. save hundreds of threatening misconPublic health also ception regarding thousands of lives. takes a back seat illegal drugs is that when placed in the their trade often cousame sentence as ples with high crime drug enforcement. Cancer patients, and violence. Society glimpses few people with glaucoma and those with stories depicting drug businessmen other severe medical conditions candoing malicious acts to competiSee HART | page 7 tors, subordinates and innocent
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COMING SOON Friday, March 8 Softball @ Fresn State Invitational (vs. St. Mary’s/Fresno State) 3:45 p.m./8:45 p.m., Fresno, Calif. Baseball vs. Texas State 5:35 p.m., Corvallis Women’s Basketball @ Pac-12 Tournament (vs. TBA) TBA, Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, March 9 Softball @ Fresno State Invitational (vs. Iowa State) 11: 15 a.m., Fresno, Calif. Men’s Basketball @ Colorado 1:35 p.m., Boulder, Colo. Baseball vs. Texas State 2:05 p.m., Corvallis Women’s Gymnastics (Comfort Suites Invitational) vs. Washington/Sacramento State 7 p.m., Corvallis Men’s Rowing @ Victoria TBA, Victoria, British Columbia Women’s Basketball @ Pac-12 Tournament (vs. TBA) TBA, Seattle, Wash.
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Freshman right-hander Brandon Jackson delivers a pitch in Sunday’s 14-0 win over Bryant. Jackson allowed two hits and no runs in three innings.
No. 4 Oregon State will put its 12-0 undefeated start to the test tonight as the Beavers begin a three-game series with Texas State at Goss Stadium. The Bobcats have a mediocre 5-7 record to start the season, but could be Oregon State’s (12-0) toughest opponent thus far in 2013. Texas State has two pitchers on its roster that have the ability to dominate in right-handers Kyle Finnegan and Taylor Black. Finnegan — tonight’s projected starter — is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA. Black, the projected Saturday starter, has a 0.41 ERA in three starts this season. “[Texas State] has two big, big arms coming in Friday and Saturday,” said head coach Pat Casey. “They throw in the mid-90s with good command.” With the way OSU has pitched so far — the bullpen has been particularly good, having allowed zero earned runs this season — the Beavers expect to be competitive regardless of what the offense does. But Casey still hopes for increased production at the plate as well. “We’ve got to step it up,” Casey said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a little better plan of attack and we’ll be aggressive and relaxed a little more.” Oregon State has averaged a healthy 6.75 runs scored per game, but have gotten 37 of their 81 runs in only three of its 12 games. While the Beavers have lacked consistency at the plate, they expect the offense to even out with time. “It’s still early and we’re going to come around,” said senior first baseman Danny Hayes. “We’ve got guys that can absolutely bang it, so I’m not worried about the offense. The more at bats we get the better we’ll be.” Oregon State also hopes to get more
production out of Hayes. The senior was second behind sophomore left fielder Michael Conforto in homeruns for OSU last year with five, despite missing 20 games with a shoulder injury. Hayes is hitting for average this — 10 hits in 30 at bats — but has only two doubles and has yet to hit his first homerun. “I’m not really thinking about it right now,” Hayes said. “I’m just going to stick with the approach. I’ve hit balls hard, I’ve just hit balls right at guys. If I stay in the middle of the field, homeruns will come.” Oregon State also gets a lift from the return of senior outfielder Ryan Barnes. Barnes missed the first 11 games with a wrist injury, but has been cleared to play and is expected to be in the lineup this weekend. “Pitching and defense wins games, so hopefully our offense will come around,” Barnes said. “I’m just going to do what I’ve done in the past, seeing pitches, getting on base and doing what I can.” While OSU has had mild struggles at times offensively, the pitching has experienced nothing of the sort. It’s good timing for OSU, because the Beavers only have one day off before back-to-back games with San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday. Freshman right-hander Andrew Moore, in particular, has been a pleasant surprise for the Beavers. With junior left-hander Ben Wetzler’s back injury during the first two weeks, Moore was thrust into a bigger role. With only one earned run in three starts, it’s safe to say Moore has filled in nicely, reminiscent of Jace Fry last year as a freshman. “He’s been lights out,” Wetzler said. “He comes in every day and works his butt off. He just goes out and competes. He’s way more mature than a lot of freshmen are. Him and [Fry] came in with that same mindset that, ‘Hey, I’m good enough to pitch here and step in and take a role.’” See BASEBALL | page 5
OSU finding its resiliency, hosts Senior Night Saturday No. 10 Oregon State takes on Washington and Sacramento State on Saturday in Gill
us what works and what doesn’t work — what this team needs to do well,” said senior Melanie Jones. “Having that Denver meet last year really helped us in a trial-and-error situation.” Oregon State scored a 197.175, By Warner Strausbaugh which still put them in second place. The Daily Barometer When the going got tough for the Stanford scored a 192.000 and passed Oregon State gymnastics team a year the Beavers in the national rankings. “Last year was a ago, the Beavers perfect example, we couldn’t avoid a midfell off the wagon big season collapse. We tell time at Denver,” said Last season in head coach Tanya ourselves, ‘OK, OSU’s second-to-last Chaplin. “This team meet of the season, we’re machines didn’t allow that to at the University of It definitely Denver, the Beavers when we go up happen. shows the strength wanted to build on there. No emotion. and the will and the their scores with tenaciousness of this postseason nearing. group.” But the team came Throughout the Makayla Stambaugh away with a 196.325, 2013 season, the OSU OSU senior gymnast and a second-place gymnasts have been finish. stressing the imporUnder nearly identical circumstances last week at No. 9 Stanford, the same tance of “peaking at the right time.” Scores at a meet are left up to the could’ve happened. “We had an awful warm-up, and we subjectivity of judges, and with as were all like, ‘Oh no, this is going to be little as a thousandth of a decimal another Denver from last year’ when point making the difference in a meet, we, at midseason, were just tanking finding the team’s peak performance heading into postseason is crucial. it,’” said senior Kelsi Blalock. OSU has improved upon its score in But instead the No. 10 Beavers put the previous meet the last five times up their highest team score of the out — a good sign with only one more Vinay Bikkina | THE DAILY BAROMETER year, erasing any doubts about this regular-season meet coming up. Senior Kelsi Blalock was scratched from the floor and uneven bars lineup year’s squad. See GYMNASTICS | page 5 “Our past experiences have taught on Saturday, but still scored a 9.950 on vault and a 9.800 on beam. n
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Men’s basketball loses by 11 points in Salt Lake City, finish season Saturday at Colorado
No matter who steps up for the Beavers, the rest of the team still can’t seem to find a way to win. Despite a career-high 15 points from sophomore point guard Challe Barton, Oregon State failed to get anything going on Thursday night in Salt Lake City and fell to Utah, 72-61. The Beavers only lead of the game came on a senior forward Joe Burton free throw one minute into the game. Utah then went on a 10-2 run and never looked back, taking the eightpoint lead and turning it into a 16 point rout midway through the second half. Although both teams had doubledigit turnovers — Utah with 11 and OSU with 15 — the Utes outscored the Beavers 21-5 in points off turnovers. Overall, the game was an offensive anomaly for the Utes, who came into the game as the worst offensive team in the Pac-12. The Utes scored nine more points than their season average. Going into the game, junior guard Roberto Nelson said that repeating the defensive success the Beavers had against Jason Washburn was key to their success. OSU failed to do that as Washburn finished with 15 points and eight rebounds — a far cry from the two points and six boards he had the last time these two teams met. Nelson finished with 18 points as the Beavers’ leading scorer in the game making it his 15th straight game reaching double figures. With the win, Utah moves one game ahead of the Beavers in the conference standings, and Oregon State drops to 11th overall in the Pac-12. Oregon State will play its final regular season game on Saturday at Colorado. The Pac-12 Tournament seedings will be known Saturday after the completion of all the conference games.
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• Through 35 games, the favorites (according to our rankings) are 28-5 (there were five games featuring unranked teams). Not to brag, but that’s not too shabby. Before I get to where we messed up, let’s go over what we got right: - Heading into the playoffs, I strongly felt like there were six teams capable of winning the All-U championship. I thought the drop-off between No. 6 and No. 7 in our rankings was fairly significant. Well, the top six teams are 12-0 with an average margin of victory of 15.3 points. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but it’s definitely a six-team race for the All-U title. In fact, I guarantee 100 percent that either MinoTaurs, #getnbuckets, Yeeders, Money Team, Fantasy Factory or Scrubz will win it all. • Where we screwed up: - Christensen 29, (8) Honey Badgers 25 This wasn’t even an upset; Christensen dominated, holding Honey Badgers to six first-half points. Six! We apologize to Honey Badgers for putting a target on your back that you didn’t deserve, and we apologize to Christensen for judging you off your 20-point loss to Lillard Time. (Although, Christensen lost its next playoff game to Money Team by 19.) - Team Havin Fun 49, (25) Richie Rich and the Dixie Chicks 47 We knew Richie Rich wasn’t good,
we just had to put them in the rankings because they were 4-0. - (21) Lazy Sunday 34, (15) Sabonis’ Massage Team 29 - (21) Lazy Sunday 46, (7) Cheeseballs 45 Lazy Sunday played absolutely no one during the regular season, and they didn’t dominate the teams they did play. But they did play on Sunday, and it’s hard to judge Sunday teams because half the time they’re probably hungover. Whatever the case, this team didn’t give it their all during the regular season. Oh, and it helps that their point guard is a baller. - Varsity A 37, (14) Sig Ep 35 On the Greek side, unranked Varsity A shocked the world by defeating No. 14 Sig Ep despite the fact that Sig Ep had four players taller than Varsity’s tallest guy. Varsity, a team known for living and dying by the 3, has long been a contender in the Greek/co-op division, but was expected to have a down year this year. And this was the year Sig Ep — which won the All-U Championship in 2009 — was expected to return to prominence. Sig Ep jumped out to an early double-digit lead, but Varsity slowly chipped away and eventually took a 37-35 lead after draining a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left. A Sig Ep player was fouled with 10 seconds left and went to the line for a 1-and-1, but missed
the front end and Varsity was able to send the loud contingent of Sig Eps lining the walls home unhappy. - Quarterfinal game to look out for: (4) Money Team vs. (1) MinoTaurs, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. We may have undersold Money Team a bit in our rankings; they might just be the No. 2 team, which would make Sunday’s showdown even bigger. - Other Sunday game to look out for: (11) Lambda Chi vs. (10) SAE, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. I’m not ready to say Sunday’s Greek/ co-op semifinal between Lambda Chi and SAE will decide the Greek/co-op champion — Varsity did lose to SAE by only two earlier this term — but I’ll be surprised if the winner doesn’t end up in the All-U Championship. Lambda opened with a relatively unimpressive six-point win over Fiji, while SAE destroyed Delta Upsilon by 44 (DU should stick to football). - Team with the best draw: (12) Flint Tropics. This all-football team led by Mitch Singler went just 2-2 in the regular season, but got one heck of a postseason draw. They cruised to a quarterfinal match-up vs. (2) #getnbuckets without having to face a top-15 team. Grady Garrett, sports reporter On Twitter @gradygarrett email@example.com
GYMNASTICS n Continued from page 4 The difference between last year’s team and this year’s has been apparent for coaches and gymnasts. “This year everyone’s pushing each other, everyone wants to be in lineup, everyone really has that will or drive,” Jones said. Senior Makayla Stambaugh, who posted two scores of 9.950 at Stanford and was awarded the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the third straight week, credits the mental composure of this team to the newfound success. “It’s coming down to our mentality,” Stambaugh said. “We tell ourselves, ‘OK, we’re machines when we go up there. No emotion. Go up there and know what to do.’ I think that mentality . . . has helped us a ton.” Saturday will be the Beavers’ final regular-season meet. They take on Washington and Sacramento State. The meet will serve as Senior Night, honoring the team’s five seniors: Stambaugh, Blalock, Jones, Stephanie McGregor and Hailey Gaspar. “These four years have really flown past,” Jones said. “With this team and this group of seniors, we’ve been together for the past four years, and we’ve gone through the ups and downs. We’re closer than ever before and our gymnastics is
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Oregon State fell to USC, 64-57, in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament By Mitch Mahoney The Daily Barometer
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Freshman Erika Aufiero has been a mainstay on uneven bars throughout the 2013 season. Aufiero scored a 9.825 on bars in the Feb. 22 meet against Arizona and Seattle Pacifc. obviously a big part of us.” Stambaugh, Jones and Blalock all posted a 9.950 in the Stanford meet, and the performance of the seniors has been a large part of OSU’s identity this season and the reason for the improved scores each week. “It’s been great to see each one of them really push themselves to have their best senior year possible, because it’s made
us much stronger,” Chaplin said. Blalock was scratched from the uneven bars and floor lineup prior to the Stanford meet after aggravating a knee injury she suffered in practice the week before. It’s unknown if she will be ready to compete in either lineup, but Blalock will be out there for balance beam and vault,
where she currently ranks 15th in the nation. Saturday’s meet won’t be the last time the Beavers will perform in Gill Coliseum. The Pac-12 Championships will be hosted in Corvallis on March 23, and NCAA Regionals will be in Gill on April 6. Warner Strausbaugh, managing editor On Twitter @WStrausbaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sophomore center fielder Joey Jansen slides back into second base Friday night against Bryant. Oregon State won, 2-1, in the 10th inning by a walk-off single from senior Tyler Smith.
“He’s been fantastic, he really has, and I’m looking forward to him continuing it” Casey added. Even with a staff as deep as Oregon State’s, six games in five days is no easy task. Luckily for OSU, Wetzler and senior right-hander Taylor Starr are once again healthy. “We went down to [Palm Springs, Calif.] and played eight games in a short period of time and got through it without Starr and Wetzler,” Casey said. “Now we’ve got both those guys, so I like that we have pitching depth.” Oregon State will look to continue the hot pitching and hopes for improved production at the plate in the series opener tonight at 5:35. Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom email@example.com
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Freshman guard Jamie Weisner pulls up for a jumper in a home game at Gill Coliseum this year.
The Oregon State women’s basketball team’s season is over. The Beavers (10-21, 4-15 Pac-12) lost to USC in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament, 64-57. Like so many games this season, Oregon State had a chance to come away with a victory, but blew it in the closing minutes of the game. The loss marks the ninth time this season OSU has lost to a Pac-12 opponent by seven points or less. In the game, Oregon State held the lead as late as 8:51 remaining in the second half, 41-39. However, a scoring drought and a string of defensive fouls allowed the Trojans (11-19, 8-11) to come away with the victory. USC shot a season-high 46 free throws and made a season-high 35 of them. With them, the Trojans were able to overcome a poor shooting game that saw them convert just 29 percent of their field goal attempts. Free throws turned out to be the deciding factor down the stretch. Over the final 8:06, the Trojans attempted 24 from the charity stripe and made 19. As a result, the Beavers watched three of their players foul out: Jamie Weisner, Patricia Bright and ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley. A late flurry of points by sophomore guard Ali Gibson was enough to cut USC’s lead to four with 24 seconds left, but the Beavers were unable to make defensive stops or force the Trojans into turnovers without fouling. Gibson led the Beavers with 13 points. She was followed by Mollee Schwegler, who contributed 12 from the bench off of four-forsix shooting from 3-point territory. USC was led by three play-
ers, all of whom were sent to the foul line at least 10 times. Ariya Crook paced the team by scoring 17 points, going 10-for-12 from the line. Cassie Harberts scored 16 points and made 10-of-18 foul shots. Christina Marinacci had 13 points and made nine of her 10 free throws. It’s a disappointing end to a rough season for Oregon State, but there is still a lot to look forward to for next year, including the continued development of the younger players. Throughout the season, Oregon State received major contributions from its freshman class. Weisner was a major bright spot as the team’s leading scorer and second best rebounder. Earlier this week, the media and Pac-12 coaches named Weisner a Pac12 All-Freshman. She was also named by the coaches as a All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention team. Another freshman played particularly well for OSU. Forward Deven Hunter was the team’s leading rebounder for the season. She averaged 6.1 per game in only 21.5 minutes per game. Three other freshmen — Samantha Siegner, Ruth Hamblin and Khadidja Toure — each made significant contributions to the team as well. Siegner averaged 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in only 15.1 minutes per game. Hamblin played in 28 of 31 games and shot 50 percent from the field on the season. Toure saw the least amount of action of the three, but was still a contributor. She shot 31.6 percent from behind the arc in her freshman campaign. Even though the team will be graduating five seniors this year, Oregon State will see the return of a lot of talent next year. Add in the team’s improved play down the stretch and next year could be promising for OSU. Mitch Mahoney, sports reporter On Twitter @MitchIsHere firstname.lastname@example.org
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Clinton urges Supreme Court to overturn DOMA (CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996, is now calling on the Supreme Court to rule the same law unconstitutional. The law, which defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman, denies federal benefits to same-sex couples in the nine states where same-sex couples can now legally wed. “On March 27, DOMA will come before the Supreme Court and the justices must decide whether it is consistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality and justice above all, and is therefore constitutional,” Clinton wrote in an op-ed published online Thursday night by The Washington Post. He continued: “As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe
that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution.” When it first became law, Clinton wrote “it was a very different time.” He added that many supporters of the bill believed its passage would “defuse a movement to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which would have ended the debate for a generation or more.” Under those circumstances, he wrote, the bill came to his desk, opposed by 81 out of 535 members of Congress. Fast forward to 2013, and the climate is much different. Nine states (plus the District of Columbia) have passed laws allowing same-sex marriage and public opinion polls shows a majority of Americans think it should be legal. According to a CBS News poll conducted last month, 54 percent of
Americans think same-sex couples should have the right to legally wed, while 39 percent oppose same-sex marriage. Looking back, Clinton said he had hoped DOMA would not provide an excuse for discrimination. “I know now that, even worse than providing an excuse for discrimination, the law is itself discriminatory,” he wrote. “It should be overturned.” Same-sex couples who are legally married in the United States are still denied “more than a thousand federal statutes and programs available to other married couples” because of the law, he wrote. While he previously opposed same-sex marriage, Clinton went public in 2009 with a change of heart. “I was against the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage nationwide, and
I still think that the American people should be able to play this out in debates,” Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in September 2009. “But me, Bill Clinton personally, I changed my position.” “I am no longer opposed to that,” he added. “I think if people want to make commitments that last a lifetime, they ought to be able to do it.” In his op-ed, Clinton wrote that “while our laws may at times lag behind our best natures, in the end they catch up to our core values.” “I join with the Obama administration, the petitioner Edith Windsor and the many other dedicated men and women who have engaged in this struggle for decades in urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act,” he wrote.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) — North Korea’s threat to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States has puzzled American officials, who see the regime ramping up its threats and rhetoric. It’s leading to the belief that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is more unpredictable, more dangerous and harder to read than his late father, Kim Jong Il. “The new leader is acting in ways a bit more extreme than his father, who was colder and more calculated,” a senior administration official said. “Kim Jong Il was more aware of the off-ramps to end these escalations. “I don’t recall he ever went this far in terms of the pace and scope of the rhetoric. Threatening to launch nukes directly against the United States and South Korea confirms what a lot of people have been saying, which is we are dealing with someone new,” the official added. Comparing Kim Jong Il, who died last December, to a chess player, the official said the son is more like a boxer. “Nobody knows what he has planned, what he is thinking or contemplating doing or why the North Koreans are tripling down on their rhetoric,” the official said. Another senior administration official said Kim’s youth and education abroad offered promise for many North Korea watchers that he would be more willing to engage with the West. “Unfortunately, he is following the example of his father and grandfather pretty
closely,” the official said. “It’s hard to be optimistic.” His grandfather, Kim Il Sung, was the founding leader of North Korea. Officials said the latest threats, coupled with North Korea’s nuclear test last month and its launch of a long-range rocket into space in December, have the United States and South Korea bracing for the possibility of a violent response by Pyongyang to tougher U.N. sanctions approved on Thursday. They pointed to the 2010 sinking of a South Korean submarine and shelling of a South Korean island. “It’s dangerous to dismiss these threats as just rhetoric and propaganda, the second official said. “It’s hard to predict.” Leading up to the U.N. vote, North Korea upped its bellicose rhetoric. A spokesman for the foreign ministry suggested the United States “is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war.” As a result, North Korea “will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country,” the country said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. Despite the strong language, analysts say North Korea is years away from having the technology necessary to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile and aim it accurately at a target. And, analysts say, North Korea is unlikely to seek a direct military conflict
with the United States. North Korea’s behavior is even more curious because it comes as South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, took office last week calling for new dialogue with the North. Although she pledged a strong defense posture and retaliation against North Korean provocations, she called for easing tensions that grew under her predecessor. “Given that for five years they were so angry at the previous president, Lee Myung-bak, why would they mortgage the next five years by being so difficult when a new South Korea leader is just taking office,” the first official asked. “It’s so very concerning.” Officials note that China, North Korea’s closest ally, has demonstrated unprecedented frustration with Pyongyang’s behavior. In rare public statements, a top Chinese Communist party official suggested that China abandon North Korea and support unification with South Korea. “We are in a new territory. Something is happening in China,” one of the officials said. “For the North to be acting this way at this time has everyone on edge on what is going on, but nobody has good answers because the country is so opaque. We are trying to find a precedence to explain this.” The worst possible explanation, the official said, “is that the North Koreans don’t have a plan. That is when chances for miscalculation are the greatest.”
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Five questions: Targeting Americans with drones on U.S. soil (CNN) — Since 9/11, the United States has increasingly relied on drones to kill its enemies and to chip away at terrorism around the globe. Drone warfare has always been a controversial method of war. But it became virtually sensational during the heated discussion over John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA chief. Responding to a question stemming from that discussion, Attorney General Eric Holder said this week he would not entirely rule out the possibility that a drone strike could be ordered against Americans on U.S. soil. He said that had never been done, and it would happen only under extraordinary circumstances. That ignited further intense debate. The United States should do everything to stop a terror attack in progress, nearly every agrees. But does that also mean the president has the right to target an American citizen believed to be a terrorist within U.S. borders? What’s President Obama’s argument? For some time, the administration has fervently defended the drone program in general, boasting that it has helped deci-
mate al Qaeda and saved the lives of troops that might otherwise be involved in ground attacks. The United States has carried out 349 “CIA drone strikes” in Pakistan and 61 in Yemen, according to Washington-based non-partisan think tank The New America Foundation. When it comes to drone strikes in Indiana or New York, the administration insists the unmanned machines could be used when an imminent threat to the United States is clear. Drone strikes on U.S. soil could be necessary when capture isn’t feasible, the administration says. Dealing with a 9/11 or a Pearl Harbor-style attack — or one that seems very likely — could justify a domestic drone strike, Holder said. What law or precedent might support their argument? CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said there is no law on drone strikes. “Police officers use weapons on American citizens all the time,” he said. “This is just another weapon.” The Supreme Court has held that the military may constitutionally use force against a U.S. citizen who is a part of enemy forces. But that’s not in the United States.
Again, there is other documentation about drone use against U.S. citizens abroad. Consider a Justice Department memo, given to select members of Congress last year, that says the U.S. government can use lethal force against American citizens overseas who are operational leaders of al Qaeda or its affiliates. One high-profile example of a U.S. citizen killed in a strike overseas is Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric born and educated in the United States. A drone killed him in Yemen in 2011. Who are the most vocal opponents? The pushback against the administration has united unlikely bedfellows. Republicans and Democrats are both dubious of drones hovering over Americans. This week Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, became a vocal opponent of targeting Americans inside the country. He talked for nearly 13 hours in a filibuster on the Senate floor, driving home his fear that an American citizen might lose his or her rights while within the nation’s borders. The filibuster was designed to hold up Senate approval of the Obama’s nominee for CIA
director until Paul got a solid answer on whether the president has the authority to order a drone attack on an American on U.S. soil who is not engaged in combat. In response to Paul’s filibuster, Holder sent him a letter Thursday saying the president does not have the authority to use a drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil. Paul said he was satisfied with the Justice Department response. The Senate approved the nomination of Brennan. The GOP isn’t standing as one voice over anti-terrorism tactics. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham assailed Paul’s filibuster. “All I can say is that I don’t think that what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people,” McCain, R-Arizona, said on the Senate floor Thursday. At one point in his filibuster, Paul said there would be nothing stopping the United States from dropping a missile on Jane Fonda, who actively protested the Vietnam War in the 1970s. McCain, who admitted Fonda wasn’t his “favorite American,” was peeved by Paul’s argument.
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Crumb stars suggest Milky Way was cannibalistic (CNN) â€” Billions of years after going on a cannibalistic binge, our own Milky Way galaxy has been implicated by the stale crumbs it left behind. Astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, used Hubble Space Telescope data to spot the crumbs â€” ancient stars thought to be remnants of a dwarf galaxy engulfed by our hungry Milky Way when it was still young. The finding, to be published in the upcoming issue of â€œThe Astrophysical Journal,â€? supports the hypothesis that the Milky Way grew by pulling in smaller galaxies and claiming them as its own. The researchers found the stars while looking at data from the Andromeda galaxy â€” the next big thing the Milky Way is destined to overtake. In about 4.5 billion years, the two are set to meet up and form an elliptical galaxy (Milkomeda?). In order for astronomers to focus on stars in Andromeda, they had to cancel out the annoying stars that orbited the outer reaches of our own galaxy. â€œSo when that [Andromeda] study came out, I basically asked them for their contamination,â€? said Alis Deason, the postdoctoral researcher who led the new study. The outcast stars exist among millions of others that form a loosely packed halo around the Milky Way. Whereas our solar system is roughly 25,000 light years from the galactic center, these castaways lurk at 80,000 light years from the core. Deason and her team sifted through seven years of archival Hubble data to find the stars that others had thrown away. They hoped to identify remnants of a â€œgalactic shellâ€? â€” a structure seen around other galaxies that hints at a cannibalistic past. â€œBasically, the halo is just a hodgepodge of stars that have come from other galaxies, usually dwarf galaxies,â€? Deason said. â€œThe reason these are interesting to study is they retain the memories of their initial conditions.â€? Ultimately, the team settled on 13 stars cruising along in the halo. That they existed there, along with
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thousands of other stars, wasnâ€™t the tip-off to their significance. Instead, their trajectories were what gave away their foreign past. Unlike other stars in the halo that move radially around the outer realm of the galaxy, these 13 stars appeared to hover. â€œWhen we looked at these 13 stars, which are three times further away than itâ€™s ever been done, we found that the sideways motion was actually quite large,â€? Deason said. Their tangential motion hints that they were once part of another galaxy acquired by the Milky Way billions of years ago, like aimless minnows left behind after a whale swallows up the rest of the school. â€œBy looking at their velocities and their spatial positions, we can try to figure out what satellites these stars came from and when they came into the galaxy,â€? Deason said. â€œItâ€™s a link to find out about the accretion history. Thatâ€™s why we study the halo.â€? These foreign stars will provide useful information about our own galaxy as well. Monitoring their movements, which
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Billions of years after going on a cannibalistic binge, our own Milky Way galaxy has been implicated by the stale crumbs it left behind. are affected by the gravitational pull of our galaxy, could give us more accurate measurements about how massive our own galaxy really is. Because most of the mass of our galaxy consists of dark matter â€” a mysterious form of matter that canâ€™t be seen - the dance of these straggling halo stars might hold the key to the big picture of our galaxyâ€™s composition. Deason and her team stress that more hovering stars need to be pinpointed before our Milky Wayâ€™s cannibalistic guilt is confirmed, but the existence of these 13 outliers hints at a halo of hidden clues about our galactic neighborhoodâ€™s early days. Deason is hoping to acquire Hubble data from different fields and distances to ultimately rack up 600 to 700 halo stars for further study.
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those of legal markets. These include warning labels, quality control information, manufacturer accountability and instruction sheets. Because the current market is so heavily concealed in secrecy, drug suppliers will often dilute (or cut) their product with other substances to increase profitability. Legalizing drugs will encourage users to recognize and purchase from credible drug manufacturers, which ensure a purer product than black market competitors. Offering addicts and abusers the use of cost-effective rehabilitation clinics instead of hurling them into a crowded jail could save hundreds of thousands of lives and counter the spread of intravenous diseases. The number of drug addicts in the United States that died from an accidental drug overdose in 2007 was 27,658, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. It further reports that 354,000 people contract HIV/AIDS by sharing syringes. Nobody can deny drugs that are currently illegal can be unhealthful and addictive. Modeling glue, matches, household cleaners, countless overthe-counter drugs, lawn mowers and steak knives can be hazardous, but that doesnâ€™t mean they are deemed illegal. It isnâ€™t illegal to step into Bombâ€™s Away CafĂŠ and get a cold pint of beer on Tuesday night. It isnâ€™t illegal to pick up a pack of American Spirit cigarettes at the SuperEtte supermarket. It isnâ€™t illegal to sip an early-morning coffee on the Brew Station front lawn. However, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine all have addictive characteristics similar to many banned controlled substances and are customary in society. D.A.R.E. to help me break the taboo of discussing shortcomings of Americaâ€™s war on drugs.
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Cat sanctuary intern ‘was living her dream,’ her father says after daughter’s death DUNLAP, California (CNN) — Even if his daughter was fearless, Paul Hanson was not. He supported Dianna’s lifelong love of big cats, as well as her single-minded mission to work with them. Yet despite her assurances, he worried. His nightmare came true Wednesday, when a 350-pound African lion killed Dianna Hanson at Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Dunlap, California, where she was working as an intern. “I always had a premonition that someday I would get a call like this,” her father said Thursday. “But I just thought it would be much further in the future than 24.” That’s how old the Seattle native was when the lion opened the gate of a pen at the big cat sanctuary, then moved into a larger enclosure, according to the local coroner. Dianna Hanson was cleaning the enclosure the two lions had been in not long before, Fresno County coroner Dr. David Hadden said, citing investiga-
tors. Somehow, one of those animals — a 5-year-old lion named Cous Cous — escaped and attacked her. “(Hanson) died very quickly and did not suffer,” Hadden said. A preliminary autopsy showed Hanson died of a “broken neck and other neck injuries,” according to the coroner. The animal inflicted other injuries “post-mortem.” Paul Hanson,told CNN’s Erin Burnett he had been told that his daughter wasn’t mauled, saying she had no blood, “no rips or gashes.” He and his family are grieving, taking comfort in the fact that Dianna Hanson died doing what she loved — taking care of big cats such as Cous Cous. Looking back at photos Dianna had posted on Facebook over the past two months, when she’d begun working at the expansive northern California facility, Paul Hanson said he and his wife agreed that this was the happiest they’d ever seen her.
“And that’s the only way I can bear this,” he said. “Because this was her dream. She was living her dream.” Death devastates those at big cat sanctuary When she was 6 or 7, Dianna Hanson was convinced she’d someday go to Siberia to study Siberian snow tigers. Her obsession with them and, eventually, other big cats never left her, according to her father. Her first hands-on experience with such animals came while a student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, where she helped take care of lions and tigers owned by a family there. The six-month internship at Cat Haven was her big break — her ticket, she hoped, to getting a full-time job at a zoo. Paul Hanson said that his daughter was impressed with everything about what she considered “a very safe, well-run place” where the animals got far more room to roam than at most zoos. “She was just really impressed with the way it was
Nutella-gate! Columbia students swipe pounds of popular chocolate hazelnut spread from cafeteria (CNN) —When students trade their high school diplomas for college dorm rooms, friends and family wish them luck and tell them to enjoy their new-found freedom by “going nuts.” But while most students blow off steam by partying until the wee hours of the morning, some students at Columbia University seem to have taken the “go nuts” advice a little too literally. According to the Columbia Spectator, the Ivy League institution introduced Nutella to its campus dining halls last month, hoping to give its students a taste of luxury living (because living on the Upper West Side of New York City is clearly “roughing it”). To the administration’s surprise, students’ demand for Nutella quickly exploded to the tune of 100 pounds consumed per day. But consuming the “breakfast food” in the dining room wasn’t enough for some of the stickyfingered undergrads, who ultimately decided to abscond with the buttery, chocolaty, hazelnut spread by the jar. The Nutella news broke when Spectator student life reporter Cecilia Reyes published a story after being passed along a Facebook page where one student council representative posted a message regarding the high volume of Nutella disappearing from the dining halls. Council representative
Peter Bailinson explained his post to Reyes, saying that Executive Director of Dining Vicki Dunn had told him that Nutella consumption was reaching 100 pounds per day since it first debuted in the cafeteria. According to a New York Times article, other Facebook members put their thinking caps on to work out the total cost of 100 pounds of Nutella, coming up with $5,000 per week. “’They took the 100 pounds and used it as a hard fact’ in doing math on the Facebook page,” Bailinson told the Times. “I quickly commented, ‘More than 100 pounds was a rough guess, I don’t have the hard figures.’” Reyes told CNN she reached out to Dunn for comment, but was unable to reach the dining director regarding the pricy crepe filling. “I was told their policy is not to comment on numbers from dining,” she said in a phone interview with CNN. “But they would neither confirm nor deny the $5,000.” CNN obtained a tongue-in-cheek e-mail exchange between Assistant Vice President of Media Relations Robert Hornsby and Columbia University officials denying press reports claiming that campus dining halls were “running rivers of nut-brown ink to the tune of $5,000 per week in allegedly pilfered Nutella.”
laid out and organized,” he said. “There was never any question of safety in her mind or any mismanagement.” Cat Haven’s founder, Dale Anderson, said the facility has been “incident-free” since it opened in 1998. And Dianna Hanson quickly became part of the “family,” lightening the load and brightening the mood wherever she went, recalled the non-profit’s president, Wendy Debbas. She gave the animals songs — for a jaguar named Samba it was “La Samba,” to the tune of “La Bamba,” while another named Rose had “Kissed by a Rose.” “She made instant friendships with everybody up here,” Debbas said. “Everybody loved her.” They don’t — at least now, at least publicly — have an explanation as to what happened to her. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said that when the lion attacked, another employee at the sanctuary tried to distract him away from Hanson
and move him into another enclosure. “But all attempts failed,” the office said. A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the animal to reach Hanson and give her medical assistance. However, it was too late. “Our whole staff is ... it’s just, it’s devastating,” Anderson said Thursday, choking back tears. ‘They are wild animals, end of story’ The autopsy finding on Hanson will be reviewed by a veterinarian at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is conducting the necropsy on the lion. “Fish and Wildlife has trained our officers in California to recognize a lion kill due to our abundance of mountain lions,” Hadden said, noting that the coordination between the two camps follows a protocol set up in case of a mountain lion attack. “We never in our wildest imagination thought it would be an African lion.”
Fatal lion maulings are rare in the United States, though not unprecedented. Twenty people, including five children, have been killed by big cats in the United States in the past 21 years, according to figures kept by Big Cat Rescue, a nonprofit cat sanctuary in Tampa, Florida. Another 246 people were mauled in the United States during that same time period, 1990 to 2011, the group said. The attacking lion, Cous Cous, was one of Dianna Hanson’s favorites, according to her father. The lion was also a celebrity of sorts, having appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ television show when he was about 3 months old. That said, noted animal expert Jack Hanna said any big cat can be unpredictable in the way it reacts to what it sees or hears. “They are wild animals, end of story,” he said. “No matter what anyone says, they are wild animals.”
Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg message to kids: Learn to code computers (CNN) — Hey kids! Forget trying to become a doctor or rapper or a football star, not to mention all the teasing you may get in school for being a nerd — computers are where it’s at. That’s one message of a new video in which Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and other tech execs urge young people to learn computer programming. “Learning how to program didn’t start off with wanting to learn all of computer science or trying to master this discipline or anything like that,” Zuckerberg says. “It started off because I wanted to do this one simple thing — I wanted to make something that was fun for myself and my sisters.” Gates says, “I was 13 when I first got access to a computer. I wrote a program to play tick-tack-toe.” The five-minute clip, called “What Most Schools Don’t Teach,” was posted online Tuesday by Code.org, a new nonprofit foundation that seeks to cultivate computer science in U.S. school curricula. The foundation argues there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers
but that only 1 in 10 schools in America teach kids how to code. “Our policy (at Facebook) is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find,” Zuckerberg says. “The whole limit in the system is that there aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.” The Facebook CEO appears to be passionate about supporting technology and science education. Last week Zuckerberg and a handful of other tech execs announced a $3 million annual prize for researchers doing lifesaving work, saying he hoped it would inspire future scientists. The “What Most Schools Don’t Teach” clip tries to make coding seem accessible and easy for anyone with a basic understanding of math. “Addition, subtraction, that’s about it,” Gates says with a smile. “It’s really not unlike playing an instrument, or playing a sport,” says Drew Houston, who created file-sharing site Dropbox. “Even if you want to become a race-car driver, or play baseball, or, you know, build a house — all of these things have been turned
upside down by software.” Also featured in the video are musician Will.i.am and NBA star Chris Bosh, both of whom have taken coding classes. There’s been much recent hand-wringing in Silicon Valley about how the United States is lagging behind other countries in developing future software engineers. Code.org claims that computer-programming jobs are growing at twice the U.S. national average while less than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with degrees in computer science — less than 10 years ago. The video also emphasizes the perks and casual vibe of working at a deep-pocketed tech company, where employees get free food, work barefoot and skateboard around the office. “The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future,” says Gabe Newell, co-founder of video game developer Valve. “You’re going to look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else.” The clip already has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube. Code. org hopes to get it shown in schools across the country.
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