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MONDAY MARCH 10, 2014 VOL. CXVI, NO. 100


Students respond to racism on campus Sean Bassinger


Students Meleani Bates and Justin McDaniels promote the “I, Too, Am OSU” campaign.

Students start “I, Too, Am OSU” campaign to have open, progressive discussions about race, culture, racism on campus

on campus. One such message was in a bathroom located in Kidder Hall. “These behaviors do not reflect who we are,” OSU President Ed Ray said in the email. “Therefore, we will not let people who engage in these terrible and senseless acts control us or persist in their actions.” By Sean Bassinger THE DAILY BAROMETER Friday’s event started around 11 a.m. and extendMore than 200 people across campus visited the ed to 3 p.m. Students and campus community Memorial Union quad throughout Friday to show members were encouraged to stop by, write their their support for open discussions to promote unity story or supporting statement on a piece of paper with the #Itooamosu hashtag and have their picture and combat hate speech. The “I, Too, Am OSU” campaign started with taken. The collection of photos will later be used late-night discussions among various students. for a documentary to be released at the beginning The Friday gathering came after an email sent out of spring term. through Oregon State University’s administrators, The “I, Too, Am OSU” Facebook page currently which acknowledged a series of racist graffiti found has more than 570 likes. n

Justin McDaniels, one of the students who organized the event, said he didn’t appreciate the university waiting to open conversations until the second incident of graffiti was discovered last week. “I thought that was kind of inappropriate,” McDaniels said. McDaniels worked together with Alex Graham, Jeffrey Tsang, Meleani Bates and other students to come up with a plan of action. The initial conversations, which took place Thursday night around 10 p.m., would result in various social media pages and Friday’s table, which was devoted to the cause. McDaniels said it was vital to facilitate dialogue about micro-aggressions and negative perceptions that minorities deal with. See RACISM | page 3

Tour de Franzia parades with little interference Cyclists in costume pedal through Corvallis despite lacking all necessary permits for Saturday’s event

Corvallis residents and out-oftowners — cycle through Corvallis, stopping at private residences along the way. Mostly, participants view the tour as a way to relax and take a break from life, school and other work. Naturally, as it’s in the name, By Kaitlyn Kohlenberg tourers celebrate with Franzia, the THE DAILY BAROMETER popular boxed wine. Last fall, when police broke up the The Tour de Franzia organizers said they would file for all appropri- group at the Campus Way Covered ate city permits following a warning Bridge, Corvallis police issued the received during the previous event group a notice for clogging city in November 2013. They did not streets, stopping traffic and viofollow through for Saturday’s event, lating other municipal codes and Oregon Revised Statutes. No one according to on-site police. The costumed bike parade occurs was arrested or issued a citation every term in Corvallis. Tourers — during the fall tour. See FRANZIA | page 4 Oregon State University students,


Kaitlyn Kohlenberg

The winter 2014 Tour de Franzia hosted throngs of students biking across Corvallis. Students rode to the Memorial Union before riding to a final party location.

Students use nature’s natural energy n

Oregon State bioenergy minor recruits students to create better way of looking at energy

Hmong Night finally gets its chance n

After 2 cancellations due to weather, cultural night has around 100 guests

By Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova

By Kaitlyn Kohlenberg

The bioenergy program seeks to build a strong foothold at Oregon State University. It would provide students with the opportunity to get involved with an emerging field, to better inform the public on renewable energy and to make a dynamic difference in how future generations deal with energy. The bioenergy minor in the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU began in 2011. The minor program is funded by a five-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The goal is to establish a strong bioenergy minor that is built into OSU’s coursework within the duration of the grant cycle ending in 2016.

Two months after the originally scheduled time for the event, Hmong Night 2014 shared its unique culture Sunday with Oregon State University. The event was set to take place in January, but the power went out in the Memorial Union shortly after it began. At the time, the coordinators chose to continue with the event, hoping the power would come back on. Roughly 250 guests sat in emergency lighting for 15 minutes before the group decided to continue with the dinner, which was served and eaten quickly before the crowd was evacuated from the building just after 7 p.m. The event was postponed again following the snowstorm, which took place in February. “We weren’t frustrated,” said Mao Thao, the president of the Hmong OSU group. “We were See HMONG | page 4


See BIOENERGY | page 4


Courtesy of Reece Hammer

Bioenergy minor Britany Swann works in Dr. Steve Strauss’ lab.

Club’s first female boxer wins match

News, page 2


Baseball dominates in sweep Sports, page 5

Professionalism in the workplace

Forum, page 7

Shoua Vang, a business management alumna, participates in Hmong Night 2014 Sunday.


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An elaborate plan A man came to Oregon State police with a letter that appeared to be from the authorities office. The letter said the man had allegedly engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a female minor, but the letter was actually a fake. The man believed it was from his ex-girlfriend with whom he has an ongoing issue. The investigation is ongoing.

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Oregon State University student Ashley Clarke was the first female student to fight on behalf of the Corvallis/OSU boxing club Saturday evening. Clarke won by a unanimous decision. The fight took place during the Corvallis/Corvallis/ OSU boxing club Fight Night held at the Life Community Church. There were a total of nine fights Saturday — six fights included Corvallis/OSU boxing club members. Other OSU student fighters not affiliated with the Corvallis/OSU boxing club also fought in the Fight Night event. Clarke went up against Jessica Figueron from Capitol Boxing Club in Salem. Female fights are between two- and three-minute rounds. Clarke and senior Caleb Lau started the Corvallis/ OSU boxing club several years ago. From the ground up, the two students built the club with coaches Dan Dunn and George Evans. The club now has more than 35 core members. Not all members are required to fight in matches. The second female member, senior Hannah Johnson, Courtesy of Ronald Borst also plans to fight in her first Ashley Clarke, co-founder of the Corvallis/OSU boxing club, competed in her first fight Saturday. match after spring break. She is the first female boxer to represent OSU in the ring.

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Events Women’s Center, Noon-1pm, Women’s Center. Voices is a CAPS sponsored support group for OSU women. This confidential drop-in group is designed to be a safe place to offer and receive support and information surrounding a variety of concerns related to interpersonal/sexual violence and harassment. Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Bring in your old clothes and get some in exchange or just come in and get some new clothes! • 541-737-3383

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RACISM n Continued from page 1 In one instance, McDaniels said a professor of his said they disliked Martin Luther King Jr. Day without realizing the impact her words had. “It was because it was inconvenient to her teaching schedule,� McDaniels said. “Who says something like that?� Bates said the overall effort represented how student voices can go a long way in a short amount of time. “It shows you how powerful students can be once we get together and decide we want change,� she said. Like many others, the negative messages discovered on campus these past few weeks affected Bates and other students. “Things like this wouldn’t happen if we genuinely invested in

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just kind of disappointed. It was more hectic.” Marilynn Cha, the chief marketing officer for the Hmong OSU group, said the postponements were a blessing in disguise. “We had some problems at first with funding, but we got that covered,” Cha said. “The good thing about it is we got more time to practice and more time to make the show a lot better.” When the event was finally able to take place, roughly 100 people gathered in the Memorial Union ballroom to enjoy the cultural festivities. The event was themed around the Hmong Television Network, which framed the skits, performances and presentations as segments of a television network. The first segment of the evening introduced the audience to the Hmong culture and history. The president of the Hmong OSU group, Mao Thao, gave presentations on the Hmong OSU group, the history of how the Hmong people came to the United States, and an introduction to the Hmong alphabet. Hmong student Sonny Chang then performed two songs, before Thao took the stage once again to recite a poem written by a fellow student. Zy Xiong, a 2005 OSU alumna, came to the event to watch her younger brother perform. “This is the first time I’ve been back since I graduated,” Xiong said. “There’s been a lot of changes, but really good. The commercials are definitely entertaining and the way the program is set up is very creative.” The event kept a comedic tone throughout the evening, showcasing several parody advertisements and a humorous reenactments of a Hmong folktale about the story of the rooster. More students performed vocal performances, including a group of Hmong students performing as a pop music boy band and a duet performed by students Connie Chang and Shoua Vang.

Sgt. Jeff Marr, who was on scene last fall, said he was concerned the group was in violation of minor-inpossession of alcohol, open container of alcoholic beverage and driving while under the influence laws. Legally, no “procession or parade” (Tour de Franzia is considered to be a parade) can “occupy, march, or proceed along any street” without a police-issued permit. A parade permit is issued to someone who is “responsible for the formation and orderly procession of the parade,” according to the ordinance. Sgt. Goodwin of the Corvallis Police Department and his partner were positioned near the event’s first location, a private residence at the corner of Northwest Coolidge Way and 23rd Street. Goodwin said the police department typically receives copies of permits throughout the city and though they received two noise permits for Saturday, both were unrelated to the tour, and there were no parade permits filed. “Usually we have copies of parade permits and I didn’t see one,” he said. Still, Saturday’s tour went smoothly, attendees said. “The crowd’s good,” said Alec Grimmett, a senior in new media communications. “Everybody loves to be here; everybody’s just having

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Especially in Oregon, bioenergy is big. The wood in Oregon forests is almost an endless supply of renewable plant materials to be used, according to Reece Hammer, a graduate assistant in the bioenergy program. “We’re taking carbon that is right in front of us, and from that, we can then burn that while we regrow a tree and (the tree) is taking in the carbon that is being burned,” Hammer said. “That’s the closed-loop approach of sustainable bioenergy.” Hammer defines bioenergy as a renewable energy made from existing biological sources and any organic material, which stores sunlight and then converts that sunlight into chemical energy that can be harnessed as fuel. “When people are asked what bioenergy is, no one can really describe it — they know of solar polar or wind power, but there’s much more to it than that,” Hammer said. “Bioenergy can come from wood, wastewater, straw, manure, grass seed, sugar cane and any agricultural product.”

The main purpose of the minor and getting people educated about bioenergy is that it is a highly innovative field and it can translate into any academic discipline, Hammer said. “We want economists coming in and teachers to pass this vital information onto future generations,” Hammer said. There are 20 students enrolled with the bioenergy minor. Within the program, there are many funding and scholarship opportunities for bioenergy minor students to carry out their research. The bioenergy minor program offers a one-time $1,000 supplement to its students that may not have the funding necessary to enable them to carry out their research. As a form of bioenergy, microbial fuel cells are currently used at Widmer Brothers Brewing Company in Portland. This application of bioenergy stemmed from the research contributions of bioenergy students working under the guidance of Hong Liu, an associate professor in the department of biological and ecological engineering at OSU. A requirement for students in order to receive the bioenergy minor is to perform some sort of research that will result in a final

a great time, taking a break from all the studies.” Police said they did not actively interfere with the tour, and chose to keep their distance, because their main concern was for public safety and only wanted to intervene if it got out of hand. Like last time, the crowd stayed at the covered bridge at the end of Campus Way, past 35th Street, for roughly 30 minutes before police arrived. The group then left for the Memorial Union, rerouting their paths to avoid police officers. Tourers broke up into smaller sections this time rather than traveling as one large cluster. On the way to the MU, two female students were stopped at the corner of Campus Way and 35th Street and were ticketed for riding two to a bicycle. The women said that one bike had broken so the two paired up onto the remaining bike, a solution that resulted in a $110 fine. A female student who requested to remain anonymous said the police presence was not a hindrance to the tour’s success, and no one appeared to be too drunk. “It’s been awesome,” said the female student. “Even not drinking, it’s amazing. It’s just a great way to get out in Oregon and enjoy the sort-of rainy day, but on a bike with a bunch of people. It’s really fun.” Kaitlyn Kohlenberg Campus reporter

capstone project and a thesis. Bioenergy students have the opportunity to seek out a faculty mentor and work together to identify and cultivate their research interest. From the student and mentor collaboration, students work to complete their final project. Partnerships like OSU’s with Pacific Gas and Electric at the Boardman Coal Plant help to cultivate strong career prospects for students that take on the bioenergy minor. Pacific Biodiesel out of Salem and Stalbush Farms of Corvallis are other companies that are looking to hire OSU bioenergy students. According to Hammer, providing more students with access to the bioenergy minor has important implications for society. “We don’t have enough energy resources to provide for the need of everyone, unsustainable materials like oil are going to be gone at some point,” Hammer said. “The innovation that drives the bioenergy minor is the closest sustainable thing we can do for society as a whole.” Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova Science reporter

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Women’s basketball awaits NCAA Tournament fate after USC snaps 11-game win streak By Mitch Mahoney THE DAILY BAROMETER

In the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament, USC defeated Oregon State, 71-62, to take home the conference crown. After beating Utah, 50-35, in the second round and Washington State in the semifinals, 70-60, the Beavers (23-10, 13-5 Pac-12) were in a prime position to win the title against USC (22-12, 11-7). For the first time in the

history of the Pac-12 Tournament, conference juggernaut and No. 1-seed Stanford did not play in the championship game, having lost to USC the day before. Sunday, as the first half of the title game was winding down, it looked like the Beavers were on their way to their first-ever championship. With little more than two minutes remaining in the first half, Oregon State had established an 11-point lead over the Trojans. The Beavers’ defense had held the Trojans to 30.4 percent shooting, while the Beavers’ offense had shot 46.6 percent from the field. It was

setting up to be another textbook win for the Beavers, who entered the championship game with 11 consecutive wins, all by double digits, controlling most of those games with their defense. But it wasn’t meant to be. As the first half was coming to a close, the Trojans effectively stole Oregon State’s momentum with just one possession. Having just thrown up an air ball, the Trojans collected their own offensive rebound, still battling the shot clock. With three seconds left, freshman guard Courtnee Jaco fell to the floor, but found sophomore guard Brianna Barrett

open behind the arc before hitting the ground. Barrett bailed out USC with a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired. What would have been a doubledigit halftime lead for OSU was cut to just seven points. Then, when the two teams came back from halftime, the Trojans took control of the game. In less than three minutes in the second half, a 36-29 Oregon State lead turned into a 38-36 USC lead. The Trojans started using a fullcourt press and upped their overall intensity on defense. As a result, the Beavers had trouble getting into an offensive rhythm. During their

11-game win streak, the Beavers touted their offensive balance as a big key for their success. But in the second half of the championship game, the Trojans’ defense was able to shut that down. Outside of sophomore forward Deven Hunter, who had a career-high 19 points, and freshman point guard Sydney Wiese, who had 17, scoring was hard to come by. Sophomore center Ruth Hamblin was the only other OSU player in double-figures with 10, but USC limited her effectiveness in the secSee WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | page 6

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Oregon State blows second-half lead, still win 78-76 in overtime By Josh Worden


Forty minutes is never enough playing time when Oregon State and Arizona State play each other. The Beavers got the best of the Sun Devils in the second round with a 78-76 overtime victory, followed by senior day festivities for OSU’s six seniors. “Senior night would have been far less enjoyable had we lost the game,” said senior center Angus Brandt. “It was great that we did senior night after the game because none of the emotions came to the surface.” OSU (16-14, 8-10 Pac-12) will play Oregon in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Las Vegas. ASU (21-10, 10-8), meanwhile, will receive a first-round bye. After losing to ASU in overtime Feb. 6, the Beavers went to an extra period again, following ASU senior guard Jermaine Marshall’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, his only made field goal out of 12 shots. Senior guard Roberto Nelson’s potential game-winning jumper at the regulation buzzer was off the mark. But he had a second chance in overtime, connecting on a 3-pointer from nearly the same spot, which all but sealed the game. “I missed the first one but I knew if I got a chance to do it again I would

hopefully make it,” Nelson said. “I just wanted to go to something I felt comfortable with.” Nelson said that after the Arizona loss Wednesday, he returned to the gym that night for an impromptu shooting practice. He still started out slow Saturday by going 1-for-5 in the first half, but he made the most critical shot of the game. “Even though he wasn’t having a good game, he’s the guy you want to have the ball,” Robinson said. “I knew what he was going to do, my staff knew what he was going to do ... my wife knew what he was going to do. And he did it.” The senior trio of Nelson, Brandt and Devon Collier finished with a combined 40 points and 10 assists. Nelson posted eight of his 15 points in overtime to steal a share of the limelight from junior forward Eric Moreland, who had been commanding the attention on both sides of the floor with 19 rebounds to go along with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Nelson’s six rebounds were the next closest of any Beaver, helping OSU control the boards 44-33 while holding 7-foot-2 senior center Jordan Bachynski to just four rebounds. “I am stunned that there were over 70 rebounds to be had and we kept (Bachynski) off the boards to only get four of those — Eric had a lot to do NICKI SILVA | THE DAILY BAROMETER with that,” Robinson said. “In order to beat good teams like (ASU), Eric Senior center Angus Brandt throws down a slam dunk Saturday in the Beavers’ overtime victory against Arizona State. See MEN’S BASKETBALL | page 6

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Beavers outscore Northern Illinois 29-2, allow only 10 hits over weekend By Warner Strausbaugh THE DAILY BAROMETER

The No. 5 Oregon State baseball team had as many runs in Sunday’s game as Northern Illinois had hits during the four-game series over the weekend. In the four-game sweep, the Beavers (14-3) pitched three shutouts, including a no-hitter, and allowed the Huskies (1-12-1) to score only two runs, compared to OSU’s 29. “Our pitching was really good,” said head coach Pat Casey. “Obviously you have to pitch well to compete in our conference; the competition is going to be a lot better.” “Really good” might not be an accurate description for the Beavers’ dominating performance on the mound. Junior left-hander Jace Fry threw a no-hitter Saturday, senior lefty Ben Wetzler gave up a single hit in eight shutout innings Friday and a committee of five pitchers combined to throw a five-hit shutout in Sunday’s finale. Junior Dylan Davis, a mainstay in right field and the cleanup spot in the lineup, made his first pitching appearance of the season Sunday. Davis started See BASEBALL | page 6

Morris-Walker suspended indefinitely By Grady Garrett THE DAILY BAROMETER



Junior left-handed reliever Zack Reser delivers a pitch against Northern Illinois in the fourth inning Sunday. Reser threw four shutout innings in the 10-0 win.

The Oregon State men’s basketball team might be down one usual starter this week at the Pac-12 Tournament. Sophomore guard Langston Morris-Walker, who started 16 of 18 conference games for the Beavers, was suspended for Saturday’s regular-season finale after violating university rules. Morris-Walker Following OSU’s 78-76 win over Arizona State, head coach Craig Robinson told reporters he didn’t know how long the Beavers would be without See MORRIS-WALKER | page 6

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Oregon State notches second-highest score of season in Tucson, Ariz. THE DAILY BAROMETER

The depth of the No. 15 Beavers showed up Sunday as they battled against No. 18 Arizona. The Beavers defeated the Wildcats, 197.050 to 196.275. They were able to record their second-highest score of the season without two of their top gymnasts: freshman Kaytianna McMillan and senior Kelsi Blalock. The performance was key in improving OSU’s Regional Qualifying Score, which helps improve seeding in the postseason, because it came on the road. The Beavers were able to score so successfully due in part to their consistency. They

had many high scores, but they only had to count one score worse than 9.800. This allowed Oregon State’s top scores to be even more helpful. There were four routines that scored 9.900 or better — three on the beam for which they scored 49.325, Oregon State’s highest on the beam this season. The top performer was freshman Madeline Gardiner with a score of 9.925, who was followed by juniors Chelsea Tang and Cerise Witherby, who both scored 9.900. The scores were careerhighs for both Gardiner and Witherby. The beam was the final event of the meet, but the Beavers set themselves up for a great meet when they started on the bars, where they had their highest score of the meet at 49.350. Sophomore Erika Aufiero

led the Beavers in the event with a score of 9.925. Her score was complimented by senior Brittany Harris and Tang, who both had scores of 9.875. The lowest-counted score in the event was 9.825. In the middle of the meet, the Beavers competed in the vault and floor. They scored well in these two events, with a 49.175 on vault and a 49.200 on floor. The Beavers will go into this week looking to carry their success and consistency into their next meet, which is the last of the regular season. Oregon State heads to Seattle Friday for its last meet of the season, which will be against Washington and Seattle Pacific. The Daily Barometer On Twitter @barosports

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something that mature, that selfless, and then you have something that unfortunate happen right after, I hope you guys don’t focus on the negative and focus on the positive,” Robinson said. Morris-Walker’s services. The suspension is the second of Morris-Walker’s “Because it’s university rules … and our leaderOSU career. He was suspended for one game last ship is in Seattle,” Robinson said. OSU faces Oregon at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the season after he was cited for misdemeanor theft first round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. for allegedly trying to steal a T-shirt from the Robinson said the incident that resulted in campus bookstore. If Morris-Walker, who averaged 5.2 points and Morris-Walker’s suspension occurred Thursday night, but declined to reveal any more specifics. 24.3 minutes per conference game, misses any Robinson said that before the incident occurred, time in Vegas, Collier figures to start. Morris-Walker offered up his starting spot to Grady Garrett, sports reporter senior Devon Collier for Saturday’s home finale. On Twitter @gradygarrett “I’m heartbroken for him because when you do


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Oregon State returns to Corvallis with three more wins after the UCLA Tourney in Southern California. Winning three of five, the Beavers (9-13) have completed the nonconference portion of the schedule and will kick of Pac-12 play Friday against Arizona State. The Beavers opened the tournament by defeating Charleston Southern and Georgetown Friday by a combined score of 14-2 before getting blanked Saturday by Grand Canyon University. A Sunday split closed out the tournament for the Beavers

Sophomore first baseman Gabe Clark connects for a two-run double in the sixth inning of Sunday’s win against Northern Illinois.

BASEBALL n Continued from page 5 and pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, albeit a little wild — he gave up two hits and three walks and escaped a basesloaded jam in the second inning. Junior left-hander Zack Reser, who had thrown only 2 1/3 innings so far this season, kept the hot pitching going with four shutout innings, allowing just two baserunners and striking out two. “He’s pitched well,” Casey said. “It’s kind of been odd that we haven’t had to use him as much. We used him down in Arizona and I thought he threw well.” Reser already surpassed his 2013 innings total Sunday. Last season, he appeared in seven games and pitched 4 1/3 innings. He’s clocked 6 1/3 in 2014, and has yet to allow a run. “It was good,” Reser said. “(The coaches) should see that I can get the job done, go from there and come back next week and do the same thing.” Casey had some reservations about the bullpen last week, but the four-game sweep of Northern Illinois has alleviated some of those concerns. “A lot of arms are get-

ting thrown,” he said. “I was impressed by our pitching a whole bunch.” Although freshman Chandler Eden’s was the only reliever to take the hill in the first three games of the series, four relievers came in Sunday and closed out the final 6 2/3 innings of the game with no blemishes. On the offensive side, it’s been sophomore first baseman Gabe Clark who has found his hitting stroke. Clark had a two-run single in the first inning Sunday, and followed it up with a two-run double in the sixth. Clark is hitting .469 in 32 at-bats on the season, and has 14 runs batted in, which trails only Davis (17) and junior left fielder Michael Conforto (24). “Baseball’s funny; the ball just keeps finding holes,” Clark said. “I got lucky, the ball got lost in center field, probably should’ve been caught. Hopefully, I can keep doing that — just finding holes, seeing the ball, staying with the approach.” Casey is happy with Clark’s emergence as another reliable hitter, but still felt the offense was lacking this weekend, despite averaging more than seven runs per game. “If our offensive group would

match the intensity of our pitching this weekend, in particular, we could have really rolled some crooked numbers on the board,” Casey said. “We didn’t really do that and we’re going to have to get a lot better if we’re going to play in our conference.” The Beavers begin conference play Friday with a trip to Salt Lake City to take on Utah. “It’s going to get heated,” Reser said. “Every game is competitive. It’s going to be fun next weekend.” Sophomore right-hander Andrew Moore (1-1, 0.89 earned run average) fell ill this weekend and Casey opted to not have him pitch. Casey said Moore will be ready to pitch against the Utes (8-6), and doesn’t know how the rotation will play out. Before the first conference series, OSU will face Ohio State Tuesday at home. The Buckeyes lost two out of three against Oregon over the weekend, including a 20-4 Ducks win Sunday. Casey said one of two freshmen, Jake Thompson or Trent Shelton, will start for the Beavers. Warner Strausbaugh, editor-in-chief On Twitter @WStrausbaugh

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Oregon State female athletes compete in hammer throw, pole vault, 4x100 relay for first time in program history

the discus and shot put, with distances of 135-9 and 40-11 3/4. Three other OSU athletes won events, with freshman Melissa Ausman winning the discus (144-4), sophomore Kelsi Schaer winning the 800-meter (2:14.91) and junior Allie Church in THE DAILY BAROMETER the 100-meter (12:29). Saturday was historic for Oregon State track The meet came less than a week after the and field as OSU’s women athletes competed in program received an anonymous $2 million the hammer throw, pole vault and 4x100-meter donation for the completion of the second phase relay for the first time in program history in the of the Whyte Track and Field Center. OSU Invitational, only the second meet at the Construction for the facility’s completion will Whyte Track and Field Center ever. begin in the spring of 2015. Oregon State freshmen Helen Ann Haun and Oregon State’s next meet is the NCAA Indoor Annie Sidor took first and second, respectively, Championships Friday, in Albuquerque, N.M., in the pole vault. followed by an outdoor event, the Oregon Shortly after, sophomore Rachel Picknell Preview, March 22 in Eugene. became the first Oregon State female athlete to The Daily Barometer ever throw the hammer, winning the event with On Twitter @barosports a throw of 141-8. She also took second place in n

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no walks and only four hits. She earned a loss in the first Grand Canyon game, but allowed just one earned run in another complete game. Dembinski collected wins in both of her starts, allowing two earned runs through 13 total innings. OSU did not face any Pac-12 teams in the UCLA tournament and won’t actually face the Bruins until the Beavers travel back down to Los Angeles in April. The wait for Pac-12 play will end this week, however, with Arizona State venturing into Corvallis for a three-game series. A pair of 1 p.m. starts Friday and Saturday will lead into a 12 p.m. series finale Sunday.

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with a 6-3 against Grand Canyon — a day after losing to the Lopes — and a 6-2 loss to Cal State Northridge. Junior right fielder Dani Gilmore recorded a hit in every game, finishing 8-for-14 with four runs batted in, four runs scored and four walks in the tournament. Junior shortstop C.J. Chirichigno chipped in four hits with three RBIs and three walks. She was the only Beaver to notch more than one hit in the tournament finale. The Beavers rotated just two starting pitchers in the five games with three starts for senior Amanda Najdek and a pair of starts for junior Melanie Dembinski. Najdek picked up the win in the opener against Charleston Southern with a complete game, totaling eight strikeouts,

has to play like that.” OSU had five players in double digits but played without sophomore guard Langston Morris-Walker, who is indefinitely suspended for committing an infraction against university rules. Sunday’s contest was a hectic game that nearly got out of hand at the 16:12 mark of the second half in the midst of an OSU 11-0 run. As Brandt hit the floor after drawing a whistle, ASU junior forward Jonathan Gilling earned a technical foul for what Robinson referred to as “an unsportsmanlike event.” “Gilling, in the heat of the moment — and I think he is a terrific kid and not a malicious player — did something unsportsmanlike,” Robinson said. Gilling’s foot appeared to come close to making contact with Brandt’s face and a

lengthy official review ensued, though Brandt said after the game that Gilling did not make contact with him. “I didn’t know what happened so I just reacted thinking that I saw a foot coming toward my head,” Brandt said. “After the game, he came up to me and said, ‘I wasn’t trying to kick you,’ so no love lost between us.” OSU led for a 25-minute span until a pair of 3-pointers by Gilling and Marshall forced overtime. Bachynski gave ASU an overtime lead with four points, but he would be the only Sun Devil to make a field goal in overtime until senior forward Shaquielle McKissic’s 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left. OSU was sparked in the first half by freshman guard Malcolm Duvivier, who, shortly after checking into the game, added a quick eight points in just 66 seconds, already more than his career-high. He finished with 13 points and three 3-pointers. “I love his offense but it was really his defense that

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL n Continued from page 5 ond half. Those three players accounted for 74 percent of the team’s offense, and it just wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Trojans down the stretch. The Trojans wound up with the more balanced offense Sunday night. Junior guard Ariya Crook led the team with 16 points. She was followed closely by junior guard Kiki Alofaituli, who had 15. Sophomore guard Brianna Barrett had 11, including a pair of free throws that were the daggers at the end of the game, while All-Pac-12 forward Cassie Harberts was the other Trojan in double figures. She had 12 points to go along with five

made me sit up in my seat,” Robinson said. “We were sort of in a funk in that first half and he came in and popped us out of it.” Robinson noted Duvivier’s defense on ASU sophomore guard Jahii Carson, who was held to six points in the first half before posting 18 after the break. OSU’s victory in the last game of the regular season won’t have an affect on conference standings since OSU was set in the 10th-place slot already, but the Beavers will enter the third edition of the Civil War coming off a quality win over the Pac-12’s thirdplace team. “Since USC, we’ve played four really good games of basketball for the most part, we just didn’t come up with four wins,” Robinson said. “Now it’s crunch time, every single game counts for any kind of postseason whether it’s NCAA or NIT.” Josh Worden, sports reporter On Twitter @WordenJosh

rebounds. With USC’s Pac-12 Tournament victory, they clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament later this month. They haven’t played in the tournament since 2005. On the other side, Oregon State heads into the next segment of the postseason on a sour note. With the loss, the Beavers still did not clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament, although no Pac-12 team has ever been left out of the tournament after recording 20 total victories and 13 conference wins. The Beavers will have to wait until March 17 to see if they’ve been invited to play in the tournament. They haven’t played in the NCAA Tournament since 1996. Mitch Mahoney, sports reporter On Twitter @MitchIsHere

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e live in a society in which hate speech has become an accepted part of the background of our lives. We don’t even notice it most of the time. When we do notice it — which isn’t as often as we should — we either roll our eyes in supercilious hauteur, because we’re better than whichever ignoramus who wrote it, or we respond with anger and hate of our own. Fighting hate with hate isn’t anywhere near as successful as fighting fire with fire. You can’t create a controlled burn, a backfire or a firebreak with hate. Adding more hate to the situation just, to continue the metaphor, adds more fuel to the fire. The only way to smother hatred is through open discourse. We need to keep our heads, stay calm and participate in productive discussions about why hate speech is harmful and about where and how it originates. Without calm, productive discourse on the topic, everyone involved gets inflamed. When our ire is up, we don’t retain rational points and can’t comprehend logical arguments. When you take logic out of an intellectual argument in a debate, it’s just a fight. The firebreak for hate is knowledge. To the best of our own knowledge, hate is based in ignorance. At least, the type of hate that ends up as hate speech graffitied on bathroom walls does. But while refraining from fighting hate with hate is good, ignoring the problem entirely is just as bad. We like to think we’re better than the people in the past, whose ignorant attitudes and hateful segregation sparked the race riots and the Holocaust. But when we tell ourselves that, we’re playing pretend. If we really were better than our ancestors, we wouldn’t still be having these problems today. Ignoring the graffiti on the wall, or just painting over it without some sort of response that lets people know it’s not OK and won’t be tolerated, is essentially just sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that the wildfire won’t burn us because we don’t believe it’s really there. Wildfires don’t care if we believe in them or not. Neither does hate. Both still exist regardless of our belief. If we acknowledge they exist, we can put effort into stopping them. We can build firebreaks and set controlled burns, we can rewrite policy and open discussions. We hope, by doing these things, that we can bleed the poison from the wounds the hate speech left on our campus, and find a way to prevent them from being written, spoken or thought again.

o matter what job you have, part-time retail or big time business, personal will always prevail over professional. It doesn’t matter if the employee handbook is the size of “Moby Dick,” or there’s a Human Resources person for every two employees, there will always be those who can’t bottle their personal feelings enough to maintain an appropriate amount of professionalism. I’m not saying you have to shut yourself off and switch to emotional autopilot. People like a little pizzazz. But the divide between what we should be doing and expressing at work and what we shouldn’t is dangerously narrow. Maybe we all need a lesson in professional behavior. Say you work at a place where you look forward to seeing your coworkers. Good for you. But you need to remember that even though you may be yucking it up with them on the weekends, when you’re at work, you still need to leave



the six-pack at home and clean up the jokes. By all means, enjoy being at work. Liking your job is always a plus. But you’re clocked in to work a job that’s paying you to do something for them, not to disrupt the peace with your riotous behavior. I’m preaching this sermon because I’m all too familiar with the urge to joke my way through a shift. It’s fun. You think no one should stop you, because it’s your life and you spend a majority of it at work. Considering the pie chart of my life demonstrates mostly laughing with an unsatisfied sliver of sleep, I can relate to that idea. But there are reasonable guidelines for work behavior, some of which

include knowing your workplace and what’s appropriate. If you’re new, suck it up and follow all of the rules. Always be respectful of the people in charge, even if you have a friendly rapport with them. Also, no dirty jokes. There’s a fine line between sexual harassment and being suggestively funny. The Huffington Post conducted a survey of 1,000 adult interviews about sexual harassment. Out of this survey, only 27 percent of people who were sexually harassed reported it. Sixty-one percent of people witnessed someone else getting sexually harassed. So maybe we should do everyone a favor: think before we act. Don’t make others uncomfortable, even if it’s just a joke. Along with dirty jokes is the inevitable crush that may develop. You’ll be stocking shelves or hustling coffee and you’ll look over your extended arm and notice that you’ve spent more time with your decently attrac-


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Literal, figurative soapboxes make progress S

ometime back in the early 1900s, perhaps a little earlier, people seeking to have a larger audience hear their voices started using the tools at their disposal. One of these was the soapbox. It was typically a sturdy wooden crate that people would stand on to orate

their opinions concerning current events and politics. These impromptu speeches took place in informal settings — street corners and parks — and in no way did they guarantee a positive response for the speaker, or any other benefits.

Occasionally, really old vegetables were involved. One misplaced comment could send a listening crowd into a rage. But an intelligent argument could start a social movement. Rather like the Internet forums of today.


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tive coworker than you have with your friends. You look at his worn-out work shirt, or her messy hair, and think about how dull your job would be without that person’s spark in your life. Stop. Don’t even entertain the idea. I know we’ve all heard about the sweethearts that met at work and are married today — but most of that situation is fantasy. Most of the time, work relationships are messy and unnecessary. When it comes to professionalism, it’s all about exercising willpower to keep your personal life separate from your work life. If you can do that, you should be able to keep your job with a minimal amount of conflict and drama.

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With this improvised form of public debate, people whose needs were not always met — the working class, the everyman — could actively participate in public and political debate. Even though they were packaged in nothing more than the authenticity and dirt, they delivered their messages. Those present could immediately dispute an illogical argument. The person at the source of the rhetoric could be interrogated further for reasoning, which made it possible to turn a speech into a healthy debate. A form of connectivity could be established in the concept that your problems could be the same problems other people were struggling under as well. If enough people didn’t like what was going on, then through the sheer will and power of the masses, they could effect change. A particularly historically significant example is Hyde Park in London. The northeast corner of the park is known as “Speaker’s Corner” with the large influx of soapboxers congregating there for more than 150 years every Sunday to express their opinions and debate them with hecklers. Hyde Park was the place of nearly every political movement significant to Great Britain, according to an article in the Camden New Journal. “People were getting something authentic, something unfiltered and real,” oral historian Laura Mitchison said in the article. “They weren’t just a face on the television, they had to account for what they said or they could get a punch on the nose.” Within this perspective, people publicly stating their opinions should, at the very least, be prepared for opposition and criticism. Ideally, they should be armed with an open mind for the other side of the argument. Although the debate can create a general sense of frustration and anxiety, especially for those of us who don’t like conflict — if I may raise my hand — the benefits outweigh the tribulations. A writer from the University of Vermont, Alfred C. Snider, published a piece on the good that comes from See RUUD | page 8

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UO students, faculty focus on digital surveillance A scholarly panel about online civil liberties, presented by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, is scheduled for this EUGENE — University of Oregon freshman Aubrey Correa morning. The public is invited to both events. Colin Koopman, assistant professor of philosophy and Morse doesn’t want to be watched. But after taking an Internet, Society and Philosophy course Center resident scholar, said the federal government is capturing this winter, she’s realized that all the electronic gadgets she uses a dizzying number of details about the activities of U.S. citizens. gives government an open window into her life. Now, she’s try- The government fastidiously harvests and stores Internet usage and phone patterns, he said. ing to pull the blinds. The Electronic Frontier Foundation for decades has been piecWhen she uses her cellphone, she does so with awareness that who she called, when and from where become data that ing the picture of domestic data gathering together from facts that whistle blowers brought to light and from documents they are stored by the National Security Agency, Correa said. She’s switched from using Google Chrome as her browser to got obtained under Federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. Then, eight months ago, former National Security Agency TOR, a browser that scrambles her search data so her online contractor Edward Snowden started leaking documents that movements can’t be collected and stored. detailed government spying operations. She no longer posts on social media the way she once did. “We were suing the NSA long before Edward Snowden. “People say, ‘Why are you concerned if you have nothing to hide?’ ” she said, “But I don’t like the fact that I’m being watched However, his revelations have come to bear in our case,” said Electronic Frontier Foundation staffer April Glaser. “They subso much for no reason.” Correa helped organize a student rally in support of electronic stantiate our claims.” Among the creepiest revelations? privacy that is taking place today at the Erb Memorial Union on British and American agents spied on people at home through the UO campus. The meeting will feature members of the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit lap top cameras, microphones and Xbox consoles, Glaser said. U.S. phone companies have been ordered to store telephone group that sues over, and lobbies for, Internet freedom.

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metadata – information about who calls or sends text messages to whom about what – for government collection, government documents show. At an Internet hub in San Francisco maintained by AT&T, there’s an NSA room with fiber optic splitters, which, another whistleblower reports, collects and stores a replica of Internet traffic that can be mined for patterns of communication off into the future. “The U.S. government knows who you call, for how long, perhaps where you are when you make that call. They might have your text messages,” Glaser said. “We don’t know how broadly this surveillance regime applies. We know that every phone call is taken in. And we know carbon copies of the Internet go to the NSA and data facilities across the country.” Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. that most Americans would be “stunned” to hear how the U.S. Patriot Act laws are interpreted by the government in secret to justify domestic spying. It “would be alarming to the public if it knew about it,” Wyden wrote. President Obama earlier this year ordered changes to intelligence-gathering practices in a bid to prevent the government from storing some collections of phone and electronic communication data. Obama is hoping the changes will mollify critics at home and abroad, but some argue the changes aren’t enough. In January, the federal We’re in this Privacy and Civil Liberties critical social moment Oversight Board issued a scathing report saying the where we all have to NSA’s mass data collection decide what we want program is illegal and should to keep private and be ended. But Obama rejected the findings. what we don’t. Koopman worries that with all the information Colin Koopman amassed over the years, Assistant professor of philosophy at U of O when a next-generation Joseph McCarthy sets out on a witch hunt, the government could analyze the amassed data and sweep in thousands of suspects. “Imagine how much more effective and efficient McCarthy’s machine would have been if Hoover’s operatives at the FBI didn’t have to go bugging everybody’s homes in Hollywood, but had already been bugging everybody’s homes for the past 10 or 20 years because they had access to data that was already there, ” Koopman said. The knowledge puts a chill on political speech and activism when people fear that their actions or mistakes could come back decades later in a case against them, critics said. “Activist groups, when they come under suspicion, there’s going to be all this backlog of data on them. It really places a burden on democratic participation,” Koopman said. Added Glaser: “Surveillance is what governments use to repress, to profile. We’ve seen this with the Stasi (East German intelligence). Look at other governments that have enacted statewide surveillance. It’s frightening.” A bill in Congress, the USA Freedom Act, would restrict the NSA’s collection and analysis of massive databases containing domestic communications. The bill was written by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the U.S. Patriot Act, who’s now opposed to how far the NSA has gone with bulk data collection. “We’re in this critical social moment where we all have to decide what we want to keep private and what we don’t,” Koopman said. “The (technological) capacities always exceed or outpace what we would deem moral and legitimate. It’s really about figuring out that line, where does morality sit?” In the meantime, Glaser said, cell phone and Internet users should assume the government is watching their every move if they are not taking steps to protect their privacy, such as using an browser such as TOR. “If you’re changing your clothes with the light on and the curtain open,” she said, “then people are going to be able to see you.”


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a jumping-off point for discussion, critical thinking and public debate. Even on the days when my the art of debate. He found that debate can idea-well runs dry, hopefully a encourage improvement in column will make the reader communication and listening ponder a little more about life skills, organization of informa- and the way that we as human tion, specifically in research, beings live it. And that ladies and gentlecritical thinking, social intermen, is one step closer to action and leadership. As an individual paid to progress. t find things to soapbox about Cassie Ruud is a junior in English. The opinions four days out of the week, I expressed in Ruud’s columns do not necessarily find this practice stimulating. represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. More importantly, I see it as Ruud can be reached at

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