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CBI: Beavers clobber Leathernecks by 21 points.


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Daily Barometer photographer Vinay Bikkina shot these photos during a helicopter ride over the city of Corvallis and the brick clad buildings of Oregon State University. From above, clockwise: The Valley Library and quad, Goss Stadium, the International Living Learning Center.

AUITF lacks members with disabilities Accessibility taskforce inadequately represents students with disabilities, joint resolution claims

The task force was formed in 2010 in response to HR 01.03, the Resolution to Request Oregon State University’s Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, otherwise known as the Crews Act of January 2010. By Kristin Pugmire The Daily Barometer The Crews Act stipulated that OSU Facilities On Feb. 29, the Associated Students of Services conduct a self-evaluation, use those Oregon State University presented JR 71.03, results to create a transition plan to help Resolution Condemning the Commission on OSU become ADA-compliant and create a the Status of Individuals with Disabilities taskforce “comprised of students, faculty, and staff…to oversee both the evaluation, Coups, at a Joint Session. The resolution, which is 14 pages long, transition plan creation and transition plan asserts that the Accessible University Initiative completion.” Task Force, of which COSID is a parent group, According to the resolution, the AUITF was has diluted its membership to largely exclude originally guaranteed to contain at least six the voices of students, faculty and staff with voting members with disabilities or who were disabilities. well-versed in the ADA, out of a total of seven Last night during a joint session of con- voting members. However, over the course of the next several months, membership was gress, the resolution passed. n

changed to guarantee more administrative officials and fewer members with disabilities. The resolution states that on Dec. 8, 2010, the voting membership of the AUITF was changed to guarantee that at least five members of the committee have disabilities or be well-versed in the ADA out of a minimum of 19 voting members. “This reduced voting membership of the committee to guarantee at most only 26.3 percent of the voting members have disabilities or be well-versed in the ADA,” the resolution states. This prompted the Able Student Alliance, a student-run group that advocates for a fully accessible campus, to withdraw from the AUITF in protest. Though the ASA stated that it expected to be consulted regarding any future changes regarding accessibility on campus, the reso-

lution states that changes were made, and continue to be made, without consulting the expertise of ASA members. JR-71.03 concludes by calling on the AUITF to restore membership and voting rights to the original charter. Representatives from the AUITF and OSU’s Office of Equity and Inclusion have expressed confusion and disappointment regarding the resolution, and in particular, the assertion that the ASA has been deliberately excluded from rejoining the taskforce. “We have made numerous efforts and spent many hours talking with the president of ASA, trying to negotiate his return to the AUITF,” Angelo Gomez, interim executive director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, stated. “We were able to agree on many points, and See ACCESSIBILITY | page 3

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WS: 399 inspired by popular culture, society, gender issues, available to all students in spring quarter By Gwen Shaw

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“Twilight,” “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries.” The past couple years have seen a spike in vampire pop culture, which is exactly what women’s studies instructor Kryn FreehlingBurton said led to the idea for the upcoming class Women’s Studies 399: Vampires: Sex, Race, and Power. “[The goal is to] see what the current obsession with vampires says about our culture and our ideas about sex, and about race and gender and how all those ideas are coming out in our fiction right now,” Freehling-Burton said. The class will be offered spring term on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. As of this Tuesday, the class had 44 open spots. Louie Bottaro, head advisor for the College of Liberal Arts, said that earlier in the decade, a women’s studies class similar to this was offered on the TV show Sex and the City. “It was a huge,

major hit,” Bottaro said. Bottaro, Freehling-Burton and others discussed “what current topic you could explore from a women’s study perspective that could be interesting to the common university student who may or may not go to a women studies class otherwise.” Thus, the idea of vampires came about. “I started doing some research last summer about what kind of academic literature is out there on various TV shows, movies and books. There is a ton out there that various disciplines of scholars have explored,” Freehling-Burton said. She believes that many more will come out, which leads to the possibility of the class growing immensely in enrollment. Freehling-Burton said that in the class, they are going to “explore the history and folklore of where the ideas about vampires today come from.” The class will look at many novels, short stories, graphic novels, TV shows, movies and anime. “The fan-fiction kind of stuff that has a wide interest on the Internet.” Bottaro pointed out that the role of women vampires has changed over the years, which is part of what the course will focus on: the differ See VAMPIRES | page 3

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Instructor Kryn Freehling-Burton will base a lot of class discussion on popular Vampire books.

The first seven minutes of the joint session of the Associated Students of Oregon State University, senators and representatives discussed a motion to set a time limit for the meeting. The motion failed, and in a rare turn of events, the legislature sped through passing two bills and two resolutions after conducting business for only an hour. The first bill, Joint Bill 71.02, passed See HOUSE | page 6

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International News From CNN Middle East Syria considers response to Annan The civilian death toll mounted in Syria Wednesday as the U.N.-Arab League envoy for the country, Kofi Annan, considered a response from Syrian authorities to proposals laid out in weekend meetings, officials said. Annan “has questions and is seeking answers,” said a statement by his spokesman. “But given the grave and tragic situation on the ground, everyone must realize that time is of the essence. As he said in the region, this crisis cannot be allowed to drag on.” The opposition said 56 people died Wednesday across Syria, including 29 in the rebel stronghold of Idlib, where activists reported Syrian military forces had seized control following a four-day onslaught. Only pockets of the city were held by soldiers who have defected, the activists said. Annan met last weekend in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an attempt to of reach a diplomatic solution to the crisis, which began almost a year ago. Three U.S. administration officials said earlier that alAssad doesn’t recognize the former U.N. secretary-general as the Arab League’s representative and had rejected Annan’s efforts. Al-Assad also said he will not do anything until the opposition lays down its arms, the sources said. Annan will brief the U.N. Security Council on Friday, according to the United Kingdom’s mission to the United Nations, which holds the Security Council presidency this month. World powers will continue to attempt to pressure alAssad’s regime and focus on getting humanitarian aid to Syrians, U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday at a news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. The Syrian regime is being isolated politically, diplomatically and economically, by tightening sanctions, Obama said, while the Syrian opposition is growing stronger and military defections are continuing. Cameron said his country wants “revolution rather than civil war” in Syria.



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Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmarese opposition leader, said her country’s present constitution “does not conform” with democratic norms and it should be changed where needed. Myanmar state television broadcast for the first time an election campaign speech by the pro-democracy leader, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was under house arrest for years until she was freed more than a year ago. Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, will participate in by-elections on April 1 after boycotting previous elections. She has been crisscrossing the country to attend election rallies. In her speech, she decried restricting freedom of speech and choice and fostering fear and instability in people’s lives. She called for respect of the rule of law. “As long as freedom of movement and human rights are not fully achieved,” democracy will not prevail, she said. She called for improvements in education, health care, agriculture and the lives of workers and younger people. Suu Kyi has said that she would change the configuration of the parliament in which 25% of seats help the military establishment. She cited the presence of those nonelected officials in Wednesday’s speech. The country’s election commission removed a passage from her speech because it didn’t conform with current election law, Suu Kyi told a freelance reporter for CNN. Earlier, Nyan Win, a National League for Democracy spokesman, said the passage that was removed in advance criticized the previous situation in Myanmar concerning freedom of speech and access to information. The international community has applauded recent political reforms in Myanmar, also known as Burma, long secluded from the rest of the world after a military junta grabbed power in 1962. The generals have begun loosening their grip after international sanctions and criticism over their regime’s human rights record.

A 51-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of intimidation of a witness in connection with an investigation into alleged phone hacking, London’s Metropolitan Police said. He is also suspected of encouraging or assisting an offense, the police statement said. The man, who was not identified, was previously arrested on April 5 last year on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and unlawful interception of voice mail messages, the statement said. He has been released on bail. His arrest comes a day after that of Rebekah Brooks -- the former editor of the British tabloid News of the World and a confidante of its owner, Rupert Murdoch -and five others on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Dozens of current and former employees of News International, the News Corp. subsidiary that publishes Murdoch’s British newspapers, have been arrested on suspicion of bribing police or illegally intercepting voice mail or e-mail. No one has been charged. Accusations of widespread phone hacking on behalf of News of the World prompted its publisher to fold the publication last July. Brooks had previously been arrested in connection with phone hacking and police bribery. She was released on bail Tuesday after a day of questioning. The widening scandal has spawned three police investigations, two parliamentary committee investigations and an independent inquiry. Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Wednesday released a copy of a letter sent to it by James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son, who stepped down as chief executive of News International last month. James Murdoch said he could have asked more questions of senior officers at the firm, but rejected the suggestion that his resignation as chief executive reflected unrevealed knowledge relating to the scandal. “I take my share of responsibility for not uncovering wrongdoing earlier,” he wrote in the letter, dated March 12.

The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians during a weekend rampage has been transferred out of Afghanistan while awaiting charges, the NATO command said late Wednesday. The still-unidentified Army staff sergeant was transferred on the recommendation of advisers to Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, and because “we do not have the proper facility in Afghanistan to detain him for longer than he is being held,” said Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman. A defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN that the man was flown to Kuwait, which has the U.S. military legal infrastructure and personnel to deal with the suspect. The NATO command in Kabul said “some Afghan officials” were alerted about the transfer before it was carried out. Afghanistan’s parliament has demanded a public trial for the suspect, but U.S. officials said they will handle the investigation and prosecution themselves. The news came as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited with troops at a base in Afghanistan, calling Sunday’s killings -- as well as the accidental burning of Qurans by U.S. troops last month and the deadly riots that resulted -- “deeply troubling.” “We have to learn the lessons from each incident so we do everything possible they don’t happen again,” Panetta said, adding that the “tragic” incidents “do not define the relationship between the coalition forces and the Afghan people.” And before meeting with Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, Panetta praised the performance of Afghan authorities in responding to those incidents. “We’ve been trough some difficult events in the past few weeks, and yet the army and the police have been able to maintain order and have been able to control the situation,” he said. “And that tells me that you have gained a great deal of respect and trust with the Afghan people, and that’s extremely important if we are to exceed in this mission of transitioning all of the areas in Afghanistan to Afghan control, governance and security.”

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Obama, Cameron offer united front Citing the challenges in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama and visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday they remained committed to completing the mission successfully by turning over security responsibility to Afghan forces by the end of 2014. In a White House news conference after two hours of talks, the two leaders noted the difficulties faced by the U.S.-led NATO forces, including the alleged massacre Sunday of 16 Afghan civilians by a lone U.S. soldier. With calls increasing to speed the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Obama and Cameron made clear they intend to stick to the timetable set by NATO to complete the handover of security responsibility to Afghan security forces in less than three years. Obama provided more detail than he has previously, saying a summit of NATO leaders in May in Chicago will “determine the next phase of transition,” including “shifting to a support role next year in 2013 in advance of Afghans’ taking full responsibility for security in 2014.” “We’re going to complete this mission, and we’re going to do it responsibly, and NATO will maintain an enduring commitment so that Afghanistan never again becomes a haven for al Qaeda to attack our countries,” the president said. — CNN • 737-2231 

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Professor discusses teaching adult higher education Assistant professor of education spent time teaching in California, Colorado By Tony Santilli

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Q: Are there any similarities between teaching schools in California and Colorado to Oregon State University? A: I’d say that they all are similar. The college that I worked in at Colorado, rather than being in the College of Education, I was in the School of Public Policy. I was teaching students who wanted to be policy analysts or work in government, rather than educational teachers. The program that I teach here of the adult higher ed program is more similar to California because

in both programs, rather than having full time students, they are all people who are professionals — either teachers or administrators who work full time, so the program is set up so that people don’t have to miss a lot of time at work. Technically we have fewer classes, but we meet in bigger blocks of time. So for example, a class I teach here, we meet once a month from Thursday through Saturday rather than having a couple of hours every week. Q: Can you describe the policy research you have conducted? A: Generally speaking my area of specialty is fiscal research, particularly school finance. So I’ve done a lot of work looking at how states are funding their K-12 schools and whether they are providing money that is equally distributed across

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A: I’m working with a colleague on a couple of different topics that we will be submitting to journals soon. One is looking at charter schools and how they pay for their facilities. Charter schools have to use other sources than property taxes that public schools receive. The paper is on the options charter schools have, to either pay rent or buy school buildings. Another one we are looking at is the way states count students for funding purposes. We are looking at the methods to count students that have an impact on student outcomes, attendance or graduation/dropout rates. Then I’m looking at another school finance study event dealing with Colorado that is looking at interactions between the state’s tax system and the way their schools are funded.

Q: What are your teaching methods? A: Well, in California I taught a basic preparation class for people who are already teachers, and are interested in becoming administrators or principals. So you’re teaching more leadership skills. Here at OSU, most of the students that I [teach] are people who work in higher education. Some are teachers or administrators, and they are working to get a doctoral degree. It basically helps with advancing in their degree. You get a little bit more money by getting a doctoral degree, so it helps. The way you teach them is on how to manage instruction, how to manage personnel and how to manage budgets and legal issues. Tony Santilli, staff reporter


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ence in empowerment roles in Buffy versus the Twilight series is apparently big one. Freehling-Burton plans to approach the class knowing that everybody will be bringing in their own expertise on different areas. “As a class then, we’re going to read things together, we’re going to watch things together and then do a lot of talking about it.” She plans to have students take their ideas and turn them into their own story or narrative of what they’d like to see or what they think is missing in the media. “The students will be able to academically present an argument of how it connects to course concepts about power in our society and what vampires say about civil rights and our engagement with our governments and our laws that are created,” Freeling-Burton said. For spring, the class will be offered on campus, but there is potential that it will be available on e-campus in the future. FreehlingBurton explained that in general, topic courses should be taught a couple times to see that it is fulfilling the requirements it needs for their major, but also across all majors. If a course meets this criteria, they will submit it to be a part of the Bacc Core as a Difference, Power and Discrimination course. “Our discipline lends itself nicely to those kinds of classes because we’re intentionally looking at how difference in power in our society creates access to some people and not to others,” Freehling-Burton said. If the vampire craze continues, that might happen with this class. But even without it becoming a Bacc Core class, students from all majors are able to take the course. “We do get a lot of women’s studies students, but we’ll pull from all kinds of other majors as well,” Freehling-Burton said. “People that are just looking for that something different and out of their major area that could be a nice distraction from their usual line of course work,” Freeling-Burton said. Bottaro confirms this is a main goal of the class. “It’s [about] bringing students who are interested in a topic and an area and getting [them] exposed to new ideas.”e said. Gwen Shaw, staff reporter

different types of school districts and whether there is an adequate amount of resources going in for the schools to meet the goals and standards that are set for all the students in the state. I used to work for the Legislature in Minnesota and basically worked on the entire state budget, ranging in different policies such as teacher preparation, teacher equality, school finance and programs for special needs. One of the things that I am working on right now is I have a grant to work with states and school districts that are changing the way they pay teachers. So trying to basically use teacher salaries as a way of leveraging higher teacher equality and teacher performance. Q: Are you currently working on any research or journal articles?

are supposed to improve the situation of persons with disabilities on this campus, and you’re not going to were willing to change even how want to make sure the people makthe committee operates, for the sake ing decisions have some knowledge of what the problems are?” Evans of having the ASA come back.” The negotiations ended, howev- said. One of the most frustrating things er, when the ASA demanded that AUITF chair Dan Larson, who does about the resolution, according to not have a disability, be replaced. Gossett, is that it draws attention According to ASA President Jeffery from AUITF’s positive achievements Evans, the group believes the chair in improving campus accessibility, of the taskforce should have a mobil- as well as from projects that are in ity impairment. The committee did the works. “I believe [this resolution] is a disnot agree to the change and negotiatraction from the work that needs to tions ceased. Members of AUITF also took get done,” Gossett said. “And you can issue with the resolution’s claim that take a look at all that’s been done…I membership of disabled students believe in the past two years, more work has been done on this campus has been intentionally diluted. in improving acces“I will say sibility than has unequivocally, that been done in the is absolutely false,” last 20.” I believe the Gomez said. However, memWhen asked how resolution is bers of ASA, as well many current memas JR 71.03’s sponbers of the taskforce a distraction sors from ASOSU, have disabilities, believe that several from the work AUITF representaof the recently comtives stated that the that needs to pleted projects on exact number is not campus still do not known. get done comply with ADA “It’s not approstandards, which priate for us to could have been Jennifer Gossett ask,” COSID chair avoided if ASA had Chair of COSID Jennifer Gossett been consulted. To stated. them, this serves as further evidence Gabriel Merrell, interim associate director for accessibility at the Office that the voices of disabled students are being ignored. of Equity and Inclusion, agreed. “I really hope this gets solved “I don’t think we want to ask, sooner or later,” ASOSU representabecause that’s someone’s personal information…if they’re interested in tive Douglas Van Bossuyt said. Van focusing on accessibility, then we Bossuyt became aware of the uniwant them there regardless of wheth- versity’s failure to comply with ADA er they want to disclose whether accessibility standards when the Crews Act was passed in 2010, and they have a disability,” Merrell said. AUITF chair Dan Larson stated, decided to become involved when however, that AUITF has put forth he was informed that accessibility a great amount of effort to recruit was still an important problem. “How many generations of disindividuals that they know of with abled students have we failed at this disabilities. Evans vehemently disagreed with university and how many more will we fail before this gets fixed?” he said. the AUITF’s “don’t ask” policy. “You’ve got decisions being made Kristin Pugmire, senior reporter and priorities being decided that 737-2231





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oday is a big day. Depending on who you ask, today may be one of the top 10 best days of the year. Today is the opening day of the 2012 NCAA Tournament — without question one of the best days on the athletic calendar each year. But this isn’t the sports page, so we’ll try and make this March Madness piece as non-sporty as possible. And that task is actually surprisingly easy, because the NCAA Tournament — more so than any sporting event in the nation — isn’t as much about the basketball played on the court as it is about the general buzz it generates. People enjoy having common interests. People enjoy camaraderie — things that bring people together. March Madness brings people together. It creates camaraderie, and for that, we are thankful. But more specifically, filling out a 64-team bracket brings people together. It doesn’t matter how much you know about basketball. It doesn’t matter what your major is. It doesn’t matter who you root for. Chances are, you filled out a bracket. If you didn’t — well, you should. If you read this after the first game tips off at 9:15 this morning — well, it’s too late. The best part of March Madness? Office pools. People from all corners fill out a bracket, pit it against others, and brag about how their bracket is going to be the perfect one — no matter how much they do or don’t know. There’s the girl who gets help from her boyfriend. There’s the person who picks their winners based on each team’s colors. There’s the person who picks their winners based on each team’s mascot. There’s the person who neglects their studies and spends hours surfing the Internet, dissecting each team’s roster and schedule. Or the person who tapes each day’s airing of “Bracketology.” Then there’s the person who collects all the brackets, scores them throughout the tournament and has to tell everyone that so-and-so’s girlfriend, who picked team’s based on how attractive their players were, ended up finishing first. The only thing wrong with March Madness? The timing of it. The beginning of the tournament generally falls on the Thursday of finals week at Oregon State, which isn’t all that bad considering a lot of students finish finals early in the week, and those who don’t only have to miss a day or two of games. This year, the tournament starts during dead week. That means basketball fanatics will have spend the first four days of the tournament deciding whether to study for upcoming finals or watch the madness unfold. But that’s a different story for a different day. Enjoy today. Take advantage of the fact that you can walk up to a random person on the street and ask them how their bracket is doing. That’s what makes March Madness.

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ne of the best shows on television is the AMC drama series “Mad Men,” starring Jon Hamm as the main character Don Draper. The story is interesting, the sets brilliant and the acting mesmerizing. Hamm has been in several big movies recently, including “The Town” and “Sucker Punch,” and is just about the coolest and most stylish guy in Hollywood. Not to mention a talented and respected actor as well. “Mad Men” has played a significant part in making Jon Hamm a celebrity, but now that he has some level of fame, anything he says is a potential target of scrutiny. This a problem for all celebrities; being photographed and interviewed to such an excessive degree means that someone is always watching and listening — someone who might disagree with anything they say. Yahoo! recently put an article on their site’s front page revealing that in the April issue of the “ELLE UK” magazine, Hamm made some complaints about some other celebrities.


Pederson The Spaces in Between Evidently, Hamm harshly criticized the stupidity of celebrities like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, who are being rewarded (in attention and money) undeservedly. The Yahoo! article made a rebuttal against Hamm’s statements, focusing on how both of the women mentioned have — at a relatively young age (they are only 31, while Hamm is 40) — worked very hard to build legitimate businesses that have become very successful. Essentially, the article gives the impression that these stars have earned their living, and did it faster — while making more money — than Jon Hamm. For a while now, I have found Yahoo! news stories and writers to be ridiculous, and this is no exception. Not only is the article pathetically

short with minimal effort from the writer, but there are irritating links placed in the middle of it advertising other inane pieces of celebrity commentary: “Photos: Paris Hilton’s worst outfits ever.” The fact that it was seen as a topic significant enough to be transferred from one media source to another, and making the front page of the site, is simply mind-boggling. The most irritating component of the article that they took an opinion from an interviewed celebrity and wrote up an article just to magnify it, suggesting that people were not taking it as seriously as they should. Instead of readers seeing Hamm’s statements in the magazine and deciding what they thought about it, Yahoo! made an attempt to make it a shocking controversy and point out that Hamm needed some serious correction. It’s as though he betrayed members of his own celebrity community and must be punished by those who know better. It’s hard to condone bad-mouthing normally, but Hamm’s point

was a legitimate one and did not deserve the annoying attention of Yahoo! news. His opinion was not an unpopular one either; it only came under scrutiny because of his celebrity status. In fact, it was amusing to scroll into the comments section and see the overwhelming amount of readers siding with Hamm. They applaud him for the exact reason he is being opposed by Yahoo!; he is a celebrity who is finally speaking out against idiots like Hilton and Kardashian being idolized. It is silly that such a viewpoint, held by countless others who have spoken out, deserves punishment simply because it was publicly stated by a celebrity. After all, compared to Jon Hamm’s immense talent and commanding presence, it is hard to side with a reality star who was divorced 72 days after she got married. t

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riday morning, as usual, I attended two classes, stopped in at the library for some quick research and participated in an extra credit event at the Women’s Center. Since I also had to attend another event in the late afternoon, I had no time for a leisurely dining experience. Therefore, I stopped for a quick burger at Carl’s Jr. — fast food for a fast-paced life. Sound familiar? In these multi-tasking, high-speed lives of ours, we often resort to eating on the fly. According to Market Watch, Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on food; 48.6 percent of the food budget is spent on meals away from home — mainly, fast food. That would account for a total of $583 billion a year spent on fast food just here in the United States. Wow! That is mind staggering. If you divide that number by people living in America, the result would be $1871 spent annually per person. Divide that by 12 months and you have $155.91 spent by each person per month on fast food. If you were to calculate an average of $6 per meal, that would translate into 25 meals per month. Considering that an average month



A non-traditional view has 30 days, 25 meals a month is almost a daily habit. According to Franchise Direct, an online franchise statistical report website, 52.4 percent of the fast food market is in the United States — number one globally. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development gathered statistics from various social agencies around the world to calculate what the averages were for food preparation at home among Americans. Americans rated bottom of the barrel in time spent cooking, with an average of only 30 minutes a day. With our low priority on meal preparation, it’s no surprise we have one of the highest obesity rates in the world. America’s love affair with convenience foods started in the 1950s, around the same time of the fascination with the television. It was also a new marketing period that promoted time-saving appliances and

“convenience foods” for the homemaker; hence the appearance of “TV dinners.” In 1954, Swanson marketed its first TV dinner; by the end of that year, over 10 million were sold. The name “TV dinner” was removed in the 1960s but America’s love of “convenience foods” remained. White Castle became the first fast-food chain, McDonald’s soon followed. The invention of the microwave and freeze-dried products contributed to the production of pre-packaged processed foods and moved us into the realm of the quick and easy. Recently, we have established a new food trend of “organically grown.” Our growing concern with how and where our food is produced is a paradox when it is offset by our fast-food habits. This presents an interesting extremism; on the one hand we want fast and easy food, on the other hand we want healthy “slow food.” Many of us will shop at First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op where we will scrutinize the ingredients in the organic yogurt, throw a loaf of sprouted grain bread into our shopping cart and after our purchases, go through the drive-thru of Taco Bell for a Burrito Grande,

two beef soft tacos and a small diet Coke. What’s really funny is that we care that our fresh-ground coffee is produced in Guatemala using sustainable farming practices, but haven’t the faintest idea where the pork in Arby’s five-for-$5 BBQ pulled pork sandwiches comes from or that the closest it comes to organic is that it will decompose in a landfill, eventually. With increasing rates of obesity, our love for fast food amounts to a toxic love affair. We know it’s bad for us, but the siren cry is irresistible; we are programmed, biologicallyspeaking, to love the fats and sugars that places such as McDonalds’s, Arby’s and Carls Jr. provide for us. And we can’t forget the convenience. To offset the guilt and balance the scales, we shop organic because maybe mixing the super-healthy with the really crappy-for-you food will perhaps produce an OK diet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way. But it’s a free country and we have the right to delude ourselves as much as the next person. t

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Flying makes people do crazy things, even those in charge


hate flying. In a plane, using a kite or listening to an R. Kelly song — none of it appeals to

me. In my opinion, air travel is good for only three things: 90s Nicholas Cage movies, Kareem Abdul Jabbar cameos and a future possible combination of the two (looking at you, Hollywood). That’s why I completely understood last Friday when a plane traveling from Dallas, Texas, to Chicago, Ill., was delayed when a flight attendant had a mental breakdown. Because too much flying can make you do crazy things. According to passengers on the American Airlines flight, the attendant got on the plane’s intercom system before takeoff and began calling the plane unsafe and alluding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Many passengers noticed she was acting strange before she got on the speaker system. “She was acting weird from the very beginning,” said passenger Whitney Bessler. “When we first got

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To make matters worse, most of it was captured on film by passengers’ iPhones, making it second only to Steven Slater’s meltdown a few years ago as the top flying-induced freak-out. In early August of 2010 Steven Slater, a long-time flight attendant working for Jet Blue, argued with a passenger about remaining seated as their plane taxied to the gate. Slater got on the intercom and told the passengers to “F**k off,” then proceeded to grab a beer, deployed the chute and ran into the terminal. He was promptly arrested an hour later at his home and charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. While both of these incidents could easily be brushed off as individuals having bad days that suddenly turned into much worse days, they hint at the underlying problem of flying. The sky is like international waters: there are no real enforceable rules. No matter how many times

you flash a seat belt sign or say one carry on per person, people know in the end that it’s their decision. That’s why being a flight attendant is such a hard job, they are tasked with getting people to follow rules they know they don’t have to follow, like a movie usher or crossing guard of the sky. Telling someone to stay seated on a plane is like lecturing a class on a Friday: they can hear you, but no one is listening. Tasked with the thankless job of enforcing rules in a lawless place, we as a society need to remember to take it easy on flight attendants when freak-outs happen. For all that they go through, it’s surprising we don’t see more of these incidents. After all, too much flying can make a person do crazy things, like cursing out an entire plane or watching a Nicholas Cage movie. t

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E-books ideal for the future, wide-ranging benefits for each student, all the material for classes is available instantly. Digitized works can be translated easily into most ing off in the e-book market, languages with software, and as the benefits outweigh the most e-readers can connect to negatives for authors. They can the internet, providing a worldbreak away from publishing wide network of support and contracts that don’t pay them discovery. Standardization of fairly and don’t give them full curriculum over wide, remote control over the copyright, like areas becomes effortless with most mainstream publishing wireless networking. When contracts. By publishing online, kids have the opportunity to an author can earn direct profit further their own education on a published work, instead of without obstacles like content negotiating for royalties from availability standing in their a large corporation. And the way, the only option is to give prices are fair since publishers them the opportunity, in this case through the development don’t demand of e-reader a high overand tablet head for We should embrace technologies. e-books. This means there’s Although this change, no middlenew techremembering that man — a nologies like solution that e-books and printed works are consumers media important, but...that online are on-board may be intimiwith. this technology can dating and feel The greatlike the end provide access to est benefit of of a era, ultithe e-book those that didn’t mately, this revolution is technology is have it before. the access it an invaluable provides, not resource. Print just for pubmedia may be lishing authors, but for kids disappearing, but it will never in education. From one single go away. There will always be device, it is possible to read a need to keep copies of online works from every author and works on paper, as computon every subject, anywhere. ers can fail, but discrediting the In schools in the United technology purely for that reaStates, children could carry son is short-sighted. around one tablet or e-reader Even the Library of with all of their reading assignments on it checked out from Alexandria in ancient times the school’s library, along with made a copy of all the texts books to read for fun. Rural acquired for their collections. school districts that don’t have Perhaps we should think of this big libraries or newer books technology as doing one better can use e-readers to assign any than the Library of Alexandria. book needed or desired for the Instead of saving knowledge in class, from any year. Textbooks, one area in northern Egypt, the which aren’t currently available information is spread across for many e-readers, will eventu- the planet, to every hard drive, ally be digitized for tablets and for all to use. I don’t see anye-readers. thing wrong with that. The possibilities in the t United States are endless, but Amanda Enbysk is a junior in geology. The opinions real opportunities for advance- expressed in her columns do not necessarily represent those ment are apparent in develop- of The Daily Barometer staff. Enbysk can be reached at ing countries. With one device

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here’s no doubt that technology progresses at an incredible pace. It seems like it was just yesterday that we had to use giant monitors and clunky, noisy desktops in order to get email, while now a tablet PC can grant access to almost any website in the world literally at the touch of a finger. With these advances, print media is gradually shifting to online, books included. The rise of electronic books (e-books) and e-readers has prompted an intense debate about the wisdom of this change. Although this is a fast change, ultimately e-books are a great asset to society — both here and abroad. We should embrace this change, remembering that printed works are important, but with the understanding that this technology can provide access to those that didn’t have it before. Jonathan Franzen, author of “Freedom,� is the most vocal detractor of the technology, criticizing the perceived impermanence of e-books and praising the anti-capitalist nature of printed books. Franzen overlooks the fact that although print books may feel more permanent in your hands, the nature of software today means that once a book is online, it’s copied a million times over and saved in hard drives everywhere. The information contained in that book isn’t disappearing, so long as computers exist. On the anti-capitalist nature of printed books, I’m not sure if Franzen has heard of online piracy or not, but there isn’t much more anti-capitalist than freely trading copyrighted works you didn’t pay for. In fact, piracy and online file-sharing is the main reason for impermanence on the Internet. E-books and online publishing are helping eradicate online piracy, however, and open these avenues to new users. Self-publishing sites are tak-

ecently, the New Orleans Saints have come under investigation due to information being released about a “bounty� program set up by the team. Apparently, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams set up a system where he would give anywhere from $1000 to potentially $50,000 for various plays made on the field. Williams would tell the defensive line that if you knockout a particular opposing player, you would get a certain amount. If they had to be carted off, you would be given some other amount, so on and so forth. Ultimately, Williams was encouraging his players to take out the better players on the opposing team. After the NFL got wind of this, an investigation on the Saints began, looking into the legality of the program and what, if any, punishment there should be. The NFL has to prove that this bounty program caused more career-ending injuries, more concussions and severe health problems for teams that played the Saints during the bounty program than would normally have occurred. I’m all for the bounty program and don’t see any problems with such a thing existing in football. This could be a result of having watched several football games, or because I’m a man, but either way, I don’t see an issue with it. Professional football is all about tackling your opponent to stop them from progressing down the field. This isn’t some kind of middle school two-hand touch game, but a game where you sprint towards your opponent and hit them so hard they are looking for the Mack truck that took them out. Sure, football may be the second manliest sport in the world, but that doesn’t mean we have to treat players like they’re babies. I don’t want football players to have serious injuries, but they did willingly sign up to partake in a violent sport. The defensive line is always trying to take out a quarterback or wide receivers; this bounty program doesn’t change the way the game is played. Not to mention these players are paid millions of dollars, $2000 is not going to make their bank — merely provide a little more incentive, if they want, to play harder. We watch football for the hits and impressive catches, not for the players to tickle each other or hit each other with pillows. Look at boxing, one of the manliest sports, if not number one. All they get is lightly padded gloves and then are told to pummel their opponent until one of them can no longer stand. They don’t get facemasks or shoulder pads; they are taking a fist to the face with little protection. There is a lot of brain damage in boxing; I mean what else could



Rebel without a pulse explain why Mike Tyson got that tattoo on his face? This bounty program doesn’t change the game of football, nor does it cause any extra harm than a normal non-bounty tackle causes. Honestly, if an incentive program actually caused players to perform on a better level, then maybe we should adopt it for other teams. Pay the Packers receivers every time they manage to catch the ball, pay Tom Brady a little bonus if he doesn’t choke in the big game, and who knows, a

little extra money could encourage Tim Tebow to make better passes. A small bounty program with such a small bonus to these players doesn’t cause any harm. The NFL should just back down and let the Saints continue on with their business. We should let bygones be bygones. American football is a violent sport demanding a lot of the individuals involved. We can only do so much to make the sport safe while still allowing the sport to continue. Ignore the bounty program and enjoy the athleticism that goes into one of the most difficult sports humans created as an excuse to legally hurt other people. t

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HOUSE n Continued from page 6 by the joint session would require senators and representatives to attend at least one student event per term while wearing their ASOSU nametags. Students who did not attend events would be marked as if having an unexcused absence from an official house or senate meeting. The bill appeared to be an attempt to involve members of the Legislature more in the OSU community by making them interact with their constituency more. “It would show to our fellow students that we are here for them,� said Rep. Jesse Davis. Senator Crystal Boyd echoed those sentiments. “One of the most common complaints of students is that we don’t take an active interest in their events,� Boyd said. Joint Resolution 71.03, made up of 14 pages with 69 whereas clauses, condemns the alleged marginalization of the Able Student Alliance from meetings of the Accessible University Initiative Task Force. The session decided to forgo a second reading of the bill and brought it to a vote, which passed the senate unanimously and the house by a margin of 15 yeas and two abstentions. Joint Bill 71.04, which would require ASOSU to conduct town hall meetings twice a term in order to facilitate better communication with the student body, passed both houses unanimously after no discussion. Joint Resolution 71.04 passed both houses after minimal discussion. The resolution lends support to the Coalition of Graduate Employees—the union that represents graduate student employees in labor negotiations with the university—as it enters a new round of bargaining with the university. “This shows we support CGE in bargaining efforts with the university and it gives graduate students a greater voice in congress,� said Sen. Dan Cushing. The Coalition of Graduate Employees recently submitted an application to the state to allow it to recognize all research assistants, not just graduate teaching assistants. Currently, not all research assistants are represented by the union because some university departments consider the work they do as not in service to the university, which is what the language in the contract currently stipulates. “We want OSU administration to know that ASOSU aligns with the goals of CGE,� said Angela Baxter, ASOSU director of graduate student affairs. “All graduate employees, whether teaching or research, should be treated equally by the university.� ASOSU house and senate will not be meeting again until after spring break.





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As schools gear up for March Madness, a new study released Wednesday shows that race and gender gaps in higher education continue to plague college basketball players on the NCAA tournament teams. The study found that the female players in the tournament continue to outgraduate their male counterparts, and that graduation disparities between blacks and whites persist but are considerably less pronounced among women. “The women’s teams always give us good news to report each year,� said Richard Lapchick, the lead author of the report, which was produced by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. The study found that women student basketball players on the tournament teams graduate at a rate of 89 percent, compared with 67 percent for men. In addition, a disparity of 8 percentage points exists between white and AfricanAmerican women. That disparity jumps to 28 percentage points among male athletes, the report found. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday’s report shows that “too many racial gaps in graduation


time,� the mother said. “I asked her to watch him overnight, and when I came back ... they were gone.� Tanner and the mother lived in the same apartment building, and Tanner wanted the boy to stay in her apartment and the other kids to stay at another friend’s apartment, the mother said. Tanner was a high school student at the time and had to attend classes the next morning, but when Champion-Morin went to pick up her son that morning, he and Tanner were gone, Champion-Morin said. Tanner’s mother said the two had left the state, ChampionMorin said. She called police, she said. The mother knew Tanner and her family well, and they spent a lot of time together, she said. “At that time, I trusted her, I knew her,� Champion-Morin said. Police asked her to take a polygraph and she agreed, but because she was pregnant at the time police told her she could not take it then, ChampionMorin said. She never knew police had closed the case back in 2006, and she assumed all along they were still working on it, she said. She called Houston Police several times to check on the case over the years and was always told she had a new police contact and the case had been

assigned to someone else, the mother said. She found the experience frustrating and had not called back in a while, she said. Still, she thought often of her son, she said. “I always wondered every night. I dreamed and prayed on it,� she said. She explained Miguel’s disappearance to his siblings “the best I could,� she said. “They still somewhat don’t understand the situation, why (someone) would do that,� Champion-Morin said. Her children now “are trying to make sure I stay calm� and are “praying with me,� the mom said. Miguel could be returned to her “by the end of the week,� she said. “I’m going to let him know I love him with all my heart ... and any questions he has, I will answer them,� ChampionMorin said. “It will be hard.� “We will probably have to go to a psychiatrist together,� she said, adding it will also be opportunity to work out their relationship and get to know one another. When asked how she felt about how Houston police handled the case, she said, “It took years to get some sort of progress. This took years ... a lot of running around and nobody helping me.� — CNN







rates remain, especially among the men’s teams.� Duncan told reporters that graduation benchmarks should increase, and warned underperforming schools that they “simply won’t be allowed into the tournament� if they don’t meet academic standards. “Raising the bar is always the way to go,� said Duncan, adding that his goal is to let “students be students first, and not (be) used by universities to make a bunch of money.� Bad behavior has “been tolerated for so long,� he said. But the report also revealed that 22 NCAA women’s programs playing in this year’s tournament have a 100 percent graduation rate of their players. Those schools were Dayton, DePaul, Oklahoma, Duke, Kansas State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Creighton, Ohio State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Penn State, Georgetown, Florida, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Louisiana State, St. John’s, South Carolina, Iowa, Connecticut and Princeton. Percentages were determined by the number of athletes that graduated within six years of entering school. The report focused only on this year’s NCAA tourna-

ment teams. “Historically, women’s basketball student-athletes place great importance on academics,� Lapchick said. “They are truly representative of the balance that is needed to be a student-athlete in today’s collegiate environment.� But there was also a sliver of good news for the men: Graduation rates among college basketball players bumped up 1 percent from last year, and longstanding gaps between blacks and whites narrowed by 4 percent, according to a separate report released by the institute earlier this week. Still, “the issue of race remains the most prominent issue,� Lapchick said. Overall college graduation rates for African-American women stand at 48 percent. It is 38 percent for African-American men, roughly 29 percentage points lower than African-American male basketball players. For white women, the rate is 67 percent and for white men it’s 63 percent. College campuses “are often not welcoming places� for some students, said Lapchick, urging reforms in higher education and within urban high schools. — CNN

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and disbelief that Miguel, the youngest of her five children at the time of his disappearance, had been finally found. Authorities did not give details about who was taking care of the boy when he was found. When Champion-Morin received a phone call Monday from the child welfare agency, “I kind of had to look at the phone — was this real?� said the mother, who had a sixth child after her son’s disappearance. She wondered if authorities’ call was a cruel joke, she said. She was asked about the disappearance of her son and his connection to Tanner, she said. “At first, it kind of scared me,� she said. She was thinking about her son in recent days because his birthday was March 1. The child protection agency told Champion-Morin that Tanner had been arrested in east Texas, but that her son was not with Tanner at the time, the mother said. Champion-Morin will undergo a blood test possibly this week to prove she is the biological mother, she said. On the night that her son and Tanner disappeared, Champion-Morin said she had asked Tanner to watch her son overnight. At the time, the mother had five children, all under age 4, and Miguel was the youngest. “I was having hardship at the



A Texas woman has been arrested as a suspect in an alleged kidnapping of a boy eight years ago, the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. The woman, Krystle Tanner of San Augustine, was the godmother of Miguel Antonio Morin, who was 8 months old when he and Tanner went missing, the boy’s mother, Auboni Champion-Morin, told CNN Wednesday. Tanner, also a neighbor, had been babysitting the boy in her Houston home, she said. San Augustine is about 165 miles northeast of Houston. The boy, now 8, was in good physical condition Monday and was in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services, said sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham. The mother filed a police report in 2004, but Houston police closed the case two years later after prosecutors asked for clarification of the date the boy disappeared and Houston police were “unable to clarify that information,� Cunningham said. Tanner was arrested Monday in connection with the boy’s kidnapping after Child Protective Services began investigating her in August on allegations of negligently supervising her children and an unknown 8-year-old child who had been physically abused, Cunningham said. In an interview Wednesday, Champion-Morin expressed joy

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WNIT n Continued from page 7 year, there is really nothing that any opponent can do to you that you haven’t seen.” The focus for Oregon State Univeristy will be relighting the spark that allowed them to play at such a high level during the regular season, before losing their last three in a row and being eliminated in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. “Success makes you stupid,” senior guard Earlysia Marchbanks said. “We went into those last three games big-headed. Since then we all have met and realized what we need to do to win and compete at our best

BASEBALL n Continued from page 7 California (10-4, 0-0)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: Sixth Baseball America: NR Against OSU: March 16-18 at Berkeley Summary: With nine players batting over .300 for the season, Cal is another team that can outscore anyone in the conference. Their 10-4 record is likely due to a difficult non-conference schedule that included series against Long Beach State and Nebraska. Additionally, the Golden Bears have good starting pitching with a total team ERA of 3.29. This number would be even lower, but the bullpen has struggled so far this year with an ERA of 9.49.

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level.” “We have a second opportunity now, we are going to learn from what happened down there (at the conference tournament) and apply it this tournament,” Rueck said. “We are going to battle like crazy, like we have all year.” The Beavers used the prior week of practice to reconnect mentally, putting into perspective what it is going to take to make a deep tournament run. “I feel like we are getting to know each other again. That’s what’s going to help us succeed,” Marchbanks said. “We are learning to have fun on the court and trust each other. We are hungry and want to leave everything on the floor. We are going in

Oregon (12-3, 0-0)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: Seventh Baseball America: 17th Against OSU: May 25-27 in Corvallis Summary: You can add baseball to the long list of sports that Oregon contends at, because it looks as though they may have finally turned the corner since bringing their baseball program back. The Ducks have similar statistics to last year, and will likely win ballgames the same way as in the past: through pitching and defense. Despite being toward the bottom half of the league in hitting, with a team batting average of only .281, the Ducks have the second best team ERA in the Pac-12 at 2.64.

fighting.” The winner will advance to face the winner of UNLV versus St. Mary’s in the second round of the 64-team tournament. The Beavers lost a regular season road game to St. Mary’s earlier this season. The Beavers have had an unexpected fairy tale type of season, and this tournament is their last chance at any sort of fairy tale ending. “We need to be hungry and come out and fight like we have all year,” Rueck said. “March is called ‘madness’ for a reason. Anybody can beat anybody and it’s one and done from here on out.” Jacob Shannon, sports writer Twitter: @shannon_app

USC (12-4, 0-0)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: Eighth Baseball America: NR Against OSU: May 18-20 at Los Angeles Summary: Caught on yet? The Pac-12 is good, really good. Southern Cal is yet another team with an impressive nonconference record going into Pac-12 play. Though USC is coming off of a mediocre season, the Trojans are returning seven positional starters and ten pitchers. Their .313 batting average and 3.47 team ERA is nothing special by Pac-12 standards, but is solid nonetheless. What’s most impressive about USC is probably the efficiency of the pitching staff. The Trojans have 132 strike outs in only 135 innings, and have only 50 walks on the season.

MEN’S HOOPS n Continued from page 7 “We were able to limit their runs,” Cunningham said. “If we keep doing that, we’ll be in great shape.” OSU’s fast start forced the Leathernecks to abandon their traditional deliberate style of play. “That (the early lead) forced the tempo of the game to be in our favor,” Robinson said. “If you would have asked me before the game if we would have scored 80 points, I would have said no.” The Leathernecks had surrendered 80 or more points once — in their seasonopening loss at Dayton. With the victory, OSU hit the 20-win mark for the first time in more than two decades. “I don’t even think I was born when that

WSU (9-5, 0-0)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: Ninth Baseball America: NR Against OSU: May 18-20 at Pullman Summary: WSU usually finishes towards the bottom of the Pac-12, but has had a solid start to the season finishing the non-conference schedule four games above .500. While the Cougars have displayed that they have decent hitting so far this year (scoring 89 runs on .306 hitting) their pitching is a bit of concern. Their 4.22 total team ERA is good for third-worst in the Pac-12 in a league with high-powered offenses. They have made up for it with great defense, however, posting an impressive team fielding percentage of .984 on the year.

last happened,” Cunningham said. He’s right. Cunningham was born in 1991. The Beavers last won 20 games when Gary Payton was a senior (1989-90). “It hasn’t sunk in yet, because we’re so focused on one game at a time, but it’s really a cool milestone,” Robinson said. “It’s something this team and this program should be proud of.” A potential 21st win could come against Texas Christian University, who the Beavers will host at 7 p.m. Monday in a second-round CBI game. Players say their level of motivation won’t change. “We’re playing in (the CBI), so we want to win it all,” Starks said.

UW (10-6, 0-0)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: 10th Baseball America: NR Against OSU: March 30-April 1 Summary: The Huskies have shown that they will be competitive in the Pac-12, despite being chosen by the Coaches Poll to finish secondto-last in the conference. The Huskies are already at ten wins and have impressive victories over quality opponents San Diego State and UC Irvine. Hitting may be an issue going forward, posting the third lowest batting average in the conference at .287 and only one homerun as a team, but their pitching is solid and efficient. Don’t expect Washington to contend for a Pac-12 championship, but don’t be surprised if they act as spoilers for playoff teams late in the year.

Grady Garrett, sports editor Twitter: @gradygarrett

Utah: (4-11, 0-0)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: 11th Baseball America: NR Against OSU: May 11-13 at Salt Lake City Summary: Incredibly, Utah is the only team in the entire conference to finish the preseason with a losing record. Utah was never a baseball team to begin with, and being thrown into arguably the best conference in the nation just seems unfair. The Utes have posted a league worst batting average of .239 and ERA of 4.70. Unfortunately, there’s really nothing they do well, including defense, in which they have a terrible fielding percentage of .742 on the year. Utah will serve as WSU has in football in recent memory, acting as the team everybody wants to play for a cheap win. Andrew Kilstrom, sports writer Twitter: @andrewkilstrom

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and steals, we get some momentum,” Cunningham said. “That’s what our team does.” Cunningham, who seemingly disappeared for patches of last week’s Pac-12 Tournament, needed very little time to introduce himself to the Leathernecks (18-15, 9-9 Summit). The All-Pac-12 guard eclipsed his season average in the first half, scoring 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting. The Beavers, who shot 62.5 percent in the first half and 68.2 percent in the second half, had defensive lapses here and there but never let Western Illinois climb within less than 10.

Head coach Scott Rueck is only in his second year, but he’s already led the Oregon State women’s basketball team to the postseason. The Beavers (18-12, 9-9 Pac-12) will face UC Davis tonight at 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Competing in the WNIT is the next best thing for those who don’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament. “Postseason play is what you do this for. You want to get to March, you want to play and you want to play as long as you can. Certainly, everybody wants the NCAA [tournament], that’s obviously our ultimate goal, but at this level you have other opportunities,” Rueck said. “This is definitely going to be our first step. Knowing this team and what they did all year, I am really happy for them, they earned it and they deserve it.” The only time the Beavers faced the Aggies of the Big West Conference came during nonconference play during the 2006-07 season. Oregon State won by 10 points at home, but both programs have come a long way since. Where the regular season schedules overlapped, UC Davis has fared very similarly to Oregon State. The Aggies beat Washington in Seattle, barely lost to St. Mary’s and struggled to put points up on Stanford. Rueck compared UC Davis to Oregon, as they like to play in transition and shoot the 3-pointer, but catching any team off-guard is unlikely at this point in the season. “They run a couple different zone defenses. They are a team that plays with a lot of pride, they play really hard and they shoot the three a lot, but we have faced all of that this year,” Rueck said. “At this point in the

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Devon Collier dunks with authority in the second half of Oregon State’s 80-59 win over Western Illinois in the first round of the CBI Wednesday night at Gill Coliseum.

The Beavers jump out to a 16-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish, move on in CBI

an early 14-point lead enroute to an 80-59 trouncing of Western Illinois at Gill Coliseum. Motivation apparently wasn’t an issue for a team that had lost in the By Grady Garrett Pac-12 Tournament semifinals just The Daily Barometer five days earlier. “I didn’t know if (the Pac-12 The last time the Oregon State men’s basketball team played in the Tournament loss) was gonna help Collegiate Basketball Invitational, or hurt us, because the guys were an uninspired effort led to an so disappointed,” coach Craig embarrassing 96-78 loss to Boston Robinson said. “But the excitement of potentially winning 20 games and University in 2010. This year’s Beaver squad spent the excitement of playing longer got the first six minutes of Wednesday them back up again. That’s why you night’s CBI opener making sure saw the start we had.” nothing like that happened again. “Once you tell us (we have more OSU (20-14, 7-11 Pac-12) raced to games), we’re going to come out n

hard,” junior Jared Cunningham said. The Beavers scored on their first seven possessions and didn’t miss a shot from the field until sophomore guard Ahmad Starks missed a lay-up over 10 minutes into the game. At that point, all five Beaver starters had scored, sixth-man Roberto Nelson had buried a trey and Jared Cunningham had provided a “kiss the sky” highlight with a thunderous alley-oop finish. There weren’t many people there — announced attendance was 1,931 — but those who were never really had much to worry about. “Once we get a couple of dunks

Pac-12 baseball: team-by-team previews By Andrew Kilstrom The Daily Barometer

Stanford (13-2, 0-0 Pac-12)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: First Baseball America Top 25 (March 13): Second Against Oregon State: May 4-6 in Corvallis Summary: Stanford is straight up scary in all areas of the game. All nine starters are hitting over .300 with 14 home runs as a team, good for first in the conference. Their 122 runs scored compared to only 44 runs scored against is just silly, especially when you consider that the Cardinal have faced a difficult non-conference schedule with their only losses being against a good Fresno State team, and a loss in a pitcher’s duel to then No. 4 ranked Rice by only one run. And their pitching staff has a total team ERA of 2.76.

Arizona (13-3, 0-0)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: Second Baseball America: Sixth Against OSU: March 23-25 in Corvallis Summary: Though Arizona hasn’t been one of the powerhouses of the conference in recent years, it seems as though the program has turned a corner. Arizona State is usually the big brother in baseball, but this year it looks as though Arizona might come out on top. The offense is solid, with three starters hitting well above .400 on the season and 128 runs scored. This is compared to only 58 runs allowed and a team ERA of 3.02. Though Arizona hasn’t been blowing every team out, it’s clear that they will be a force in the Pac-12.

Arizona State: (11-4, 0-0)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: Third Baseball America: 11th Against OSU: April 5-7 at Tempe Summary: Even though ASU has won 11 of 15 games, their record doesn’t reflect the dominance they’ve displayed this year. Consistently known as being an offensive juggernaut, the Sun Devils are at it again. A staggering 11 players with at least 10 at bats are batting over .300 with a total team batting average of .336. When you combine that with a Pac12 best 2.18 team ERA, you get a team that has scored 83 more runs than they’ve allowed. Don’t be surprised to see ASU challenging for the Pac-12 championship again this year.

UCLA: (13-3, 0-0)

Preseason Pac-12 Poll: Fourth Baseball America: Ninth Against OSU: April 20-22 in Corvallis Summary: After losing three of their first five games, the Bruins are riding an impressive 11 game winning streak. It’s not as if they’ve been playing a bunch of Sacramento States the whole time either (Well, they did play Sac State three times actually, but they beat No. 18 ranked Georgia three times as well). Amazingly, their 105 runs scored and 68 runs allowed is only average for the Pac-12, but with situational hitting and pitching, the Bruins could also make a lot of noise in the conference.

Oregon State: (11-5, 0-0) Preseason Pac-12 Poll: Fifth Baseball America: 25th Summary: Despite being one of the youngest teams in the conference, the Beavers look like they could potentially compete for a national title in the Pac12. Though OSU has been known for solid pitching and superb defense in recent memory, it seems as though the team might have a different look than in years past. It was the Beavers’ offense that carried them to 11 wins in the nonconference, with only average pitching and defense. If the freshmen develop quickly and play up to their potential, the Beavers could be looking at another chance of getting back to Omaha. See BASEBALL | page 7

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