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Enrollment projections show 1 percent increase mainly due to retention of current students By Tori Hittner
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OSU researchers discover innovative proteins on surface of bacteria that causes gonorrhea
Early projections show next year’s enrollment at Oregon State University increasing by 1 percent — but the slight change isn’t due to incoming freshmen. Following a consistent trend from the past three years, the increase appears to stem from improved retention rates, according to Kate Peterson, OSU’s associate provost for enrollment management. With no concrete or certain numbers, the projections are based upon previous trends and the applications received thus far. Although the number of applications received jumped up roughly 2.5 to 3 percent, the relatively small increase is no accident. “We didn’t really want to have any large growth in the (2014-15) incoming class for a lot of different reasons,” Peterson said. “(We want to) control our growth a little bit so that we are able to ensure a good quality experience for students when we are here. We really don’t want to outpace our ability to provide that service.” Peterson said the improved retention trend likely continues due to the current enrollment plan’s focus on quality and student success. In recent years, the university has hired more faculty, student advisers and service personnel to promote consistent student satisfaction. See ENROLLMENT | page 4
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Gonorrhea, an ancient bacteria-causing disease that plagues only human populations, is the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States. Studies published this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite gonorrhea as a disease that currently sits on the fence of being untreatable due to its evolved resistance to the few treatments that are left, including ceftriaxone along with either azithromycin or doxycycline. The worst-case scenario is that in the near future — based on its evolutionary ability to become resistant to previous drugs — doctors may have no way to cure people with the disease. The CDC is highly encouraging research of new treatment avenues, such as the development of the field of proteomics. Proteomics is the high-resolution study of the structure and function of proteins. The identification of specific proteins by Oregon State University scientist and assistant professor Aleksandra Sikora provides a fresh plan of attack against a venereal disease, which is showing increased resistance to the antibiotics used to treat it. According to the 2012 United Way Community Health Assessment of the Health of Benton County, gonorrhea in Oregon has increased 38 percent since 2010. Most cases are in the Portland tri-county area, but there were 20 cases diagnosed in Benton County during the first six months of 2012, up from 18 cases in all of 2011. Multi-drug resistant gonorrhea has not yet been found in Benton County, but is a growing problem nationwide and poses an imminent public health challenge, according to United Way of Benton County. Using the evolving science of proteomics, Sikora has identified many proteins that reside in a space within the gonorrhea bacteria, which can be considered an “envelope” or membrane vesicles, according to Medical Press. This cell envelope buffers the interior of gonorrhea from the external environment and is essential for survival, as well for its ability to cause disease. In the process of proving nutrients, the proteins localSee GONORRHEA | page 4
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Illinois-based environmental nonprofit for textile recycling moves into Corvallis area By Emma-Kate Schaake THE DAILY BAROMETER
Gaia, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the environment, has moved its clothing donation project into Corvallis. The project emphasizes the importance of re-wearing, reusing and recycling unwanted clothing, shoes and textiles. Community members can donate their unwanted clothing and save these items from becoming waste. “Eighty-five percent of clothing ends up in the landfills,” said Gaia’s Oregon operations manager Kevin Escobar. The bright green bins, which are now scattering throughout Oregon, aim to offer many communities with the access to recycling. “It’s a free service,” Escobar said. “You just donate, and we take care of the rest.” Gaia sorts the donated items in the bins to be sold to thrift stores, while clothing with minor flaws are usually donated to developing countries, which then use the clothes to repair, distribute or resell. This process aims to not only reduce waste, but also provides democratic access to clothing. Any items that cannot be repurposed or worn are recycled. Gaia began in 1999 in Illinois, and has since expanded to Indiana,
Kentucky, California, Tennessee and, most recently, Oregon. “We want every community to have access to it,” Escobar said. “We can bring that waste number way down.” The program started in Oregon more than a year ago, and through the sale of textiles, has become more financially stable and is looking to expand its programs surrounding the Portland headquarters and elsewhere in Oregon. Aside from its recycling project, Gaia also partners with other nonprofits, provides educational programs in schools and runs community events to raise sustainability awareness. All Gaia facilities aim to be zero-waste by involving volunteers and recycling on the premises. “We are hoping to start a bunch of projects,” Escobar said. “It’s a big team and it’s exciting to be a part of.” Escobar said he has been receiving calls from many different organizations and Gaia has been saving children’s toys as well as accumulating volunteers for the clothing pick up and sorting process. “It’s a lot of labor,” Escobar said. As a part of the educational recycling program, volunteers and groups are taught how to extract and separate the different materials for sale, donation or recycling. Gaia Portland is expanding with potential partnerships with OSU in the future, because as Gaia preaches, “there is no Planet B.” Emma-Kate Schaake
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Marie Harvey, Bill Ripple humbled, to speak in May By Vinay Ramakrishnan THE DAILY BAROMETER
Bill Ripple, a professor in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, and Marie Harvey, an associate dean and professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, have been selected as OSU’s 2014 distinguished professors. Distinguished professor is the highest designation that OSU gives to its faculty members. “This recognition is given to active OSU faculty who have achieved national and/ or international stature as a
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Marie Harvey has been at OSU since 2003. result of their contributions to scholarship (and) creative activity, research, education,
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said Sabah Randhawa, provost and executive vice president. Ripple and Harvey were humbled by their selection. “I appreciate the recognition from my university,” Ripple said. Ripple and Harvey strongly credited their colleagues in helping them achieve their recognition as distinguished professors. “Although I’m receiving this award, it should be shared with the ‘broader village,’” Courtesy of Bill Ripple Harvey said. “The award I’m Bill Ripple has been at OSU receiving is because of the since 1984. efforts of many, which would include graduate students, research assistants, colleagues service and whose work has and individuals from the been notably influential in community.” their fields of specialization,” Ripple acknowledged longterm research collaborator Robert Beschta, in the department of forest ecosystems and society. He also credited his Ph.D. students, especially those who worked in Yellowstone. Ripple joined the OSU faculty in 1984 after receiving his Ph.D. in biogeography. His research is focused on a relatively new field called trophic cascades, which analyzes the relationships of species in food webs, with an emphasis on the impact of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. Ripple is currently director See PROFESSORS | page 3
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PORTLAND — In a budget work session Tuesday, Portland Commissioner Steve Novick advocated cutting the $3.9 million budget of the Portland Police’s Drug and Vice Unit, the largest drug investigation organization in the state. Novick said he wants to see some of the unit’s $3.9 million budget reallocated toward other safety priorities in the 2014-2015 budget, in particular $1 million he has proposed in pedestrian safety measures and $2.9 million for an emergency operations center and fueling station that would serve West Portland in the event of a Cascadia earthquake and other natural disasters. The Portland Police Bureau’s Drug and Vice unit primarily targets mid-level drug dealers, an effort Novick argues is futile. “I thought it was reasonable to look at the Drugs and Vice Unit, because you can’t really throw a rock without hitting another study that says that the war on drugs has failed, that trying to interrupt the drug supply is a
loosing battle,“ he said. Novick says the city’s bureaus have submitted $30 million in new requests, and only $6 million in new funding will be available this year. Police Chief Mike Reese defended the Drug and Vice unit’s work to the council. “There is a profound impact on our community. We had 15 homicides and 35 traffic fataltities last year. We had 103 overdose deaths in 2012 which is the last year that there is data for,” he said. Reese said that in 2013, the Drug and Vice division had successfully investigated 21 overdoses, and he said in specific cases those investigations had led to the arrest of multiple suspects four or five levels up the drug supply chain. Novick pushed back, questioning whether drug arrests had a significant impact on overdoses. He quoted a report conducted by the Police Bureau’s Crime Analysis Unit which found that overdose deaths have increased in recent years in spite of increased arrests for drug related crime.
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PROFESSORS n Continued from page 2 of OSU’s trophic cascades program, which focuses on research, education and outreach about the ecological effects of predators. As for his future plans as a distinguished professor, Ripple plans to work more globally on the conservation of the largest carnivores and herbivores. “Because we have so many global issues in ecology, I see myself working more at the global scale than I have in the past,” Ripple said. “I plan on reaching out to other scientists around the world to engage them in more collaboration.” Harvey has been at Oregon State University since 2003. Her research focuses on preventing unintended pregnancies in young women and sexually transmitted infections in young adults. Harvey was inspired to go into her field due to her background as a social worker in the Los Angeles Department of Social Services. “(As a Social Worker) I saw the consequences of unintended pregnancy,” Harvey said. “That was such a sobering experience that I wanted to go upstream and help
women have children when they’re ready.” Harvey has been in her current position at OSU since 2011. Prior to coming to OSU in 2003, Harvey spent 20 years at the University of Oregon as a professor of public health. She has a BA in European history and psychology from the University of Puget Sound and Master in Public Health and the equivalent of a Ph.D. from the UCLA School of Public Health. As provost, Randhawa has the final decision as to which professors will receive the distinguished professor title. “With visionary leadership, Marie Harvey played an essential role in building the first accredited School of Public Health in Oregon,” Randhawa said. “Professor Ripple has published more peer-reviewed articles and is cited more than anyone in the world on the topic of the ecological effects of large land predators.” Ripple and Harvey will receive their awards this term and give public lectures on campus May 13 in the Willamette Room at the CH2MHill Alumni Center. Vinay Ramakrishnan News reporter email@example.com
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40 local soldiers to be deployed to Afghanistan By Tristan Hiegler HERALD AND NEWS
KLAMATH FALLS — About 40 personnel of the Klamath Falls-based Oregon Army National Guard unit will be deploying to Afghanistan this year. Come August, the personnel will be sent overseas, providing security to a U.S. Air Force base in that country for about nine months. Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Hurst said Charlie Troop’s (First Squadron, 82nd Calvary Regiment) unit strength is currently at 78, with personnel from across Oregon and Northern California making up the rest of the troops shipping out. “We’re over 100 percent, we’re looking really good and on schedule for what we need to do,” Hurst said. Their assignment is the protection of the Shindand Air Base in the western part of Afghanistan in the Herat province. Training for the deployment is set to start in May, Hurst said. There will be a send-off ceremony in Bend on June 17 at the Vince Genna Stadium, he added. Bravo Troop from Redmond and a small headquarters troop from Bend are also being deployed. From the Bend ceremony, the troops will be sent to one of two Texas bases for a monthand-a-half of intensive mission training. “Any unit that deploys, there are just blocks of training that need to be checked off,” Hurst said. Hurst noted he and Captain Sergio Soto, commander of Charlie Troop, are set to deploy forward. A small rear detachment will stay behind, but a rear commanding officer has not been named. Past deployments
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Forty local soldiers to be deployed to Afghanistan. Charlie Troop has seen action and completed missions in several other areas. They have set foot in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Afghanistan once before the current deployment, helped out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and were stationed in Iraq. Sgt. Michael Ege, one of the troop members deploying, said their mission in Iraq was VIP security and escort. Charlie Troop moved generals, politicians and entertainers across the country and vehicle convoys and the occasional Apache helicopter, Ege said. High-profile names the troop protected include Vice President Joe Biden and former California Gov. Arnold
GONORRHEA n Continued from page 1 ize, suppress the immune response, offer a permeability barrier and keep the bacteria healthy. Using these newly discovered proteins may offer a way to attack the survival and spread of the gonorrhea bacteria, Sikora said in the press release. None of the proteins have yet to be used for that purpose. “Some past approaches to create a gonorrhea vaccine failed because they were focused on proteins essential to infection, which were quite unstable,” she said. “Because they were changing so constantly, they were unsuitable for a vaccine. The proteins we’ve now identified offer a much more stable and vulnerable target.” Millions of gonorrhea cases worldwide are mild or asymptomatic.
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Noted symptomless infections that are found most commonly in women have the propensity to cause issues with pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease and even infertility, as well as increase the transmission of the HIV virus. “This could be a milestone in finding new ways to treat a global problem,” Sikora said. “It appears that one or more of these proteins, either within the bacterial cell envelope or on its surface, are essential to its growth and survival. Now we have a new target to aim at.” Researchers are hopeful that these findings may lead to a new vaccine or treatments for the disease. Researchers from OSU and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center published their findings in March 2014 in the journal of Molecular and Cellular Proteomics.
“In order to catch up (to ensure quality), you have to slow down the growth,” Peterson said. “We’ve made good progress … in reaching our target populations … but we’ve got a ways to go yet.” The current enrollment plan aims to reach a smattering of target populations to round out a student’s college experience and provide a more diverse environment. With such a campaign, the university aims to offer students of all cultural, socioeconomic and academic backgrounds a worthwhile, affordable education. Working closely with the office of financial aid and scholarships, both the admissions and enrollment departments attempt to keep the cost of education low and the return for students’ money and time high. “If you buy a car, as soon as you drive it off the lot, it depreciates in value,” Peterson said. “But your degree is going to continue to grow in value throughout your entire life.” Tori Hittner
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said those personnel are getting what help they can from the regional Veterans Affairs offices. Rear detachment Littlejohn said he’ll be helping to manage the personnel left behind when the rest of Charlie Troop deploys. He said the troop will continue to be involved in local events, such as the Klamath County Fair and any parades. Recruitment and training will continue as well. “Guys that are able will still continue to train and do our mission,” Littlejohn said. According to Hurst, the deployment could last until next spring or early summer, depending on the political situation in Afghanistan.
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Schwarzenegger. According to Ege, civilian singers and visiting officials were a little easier to manage compared to the visiting generals, who often had their own schedules. “They’re more grateful that you’re helping them out because they don’t understand what’s going on,” Ege said of escorting the civilians. Charlie Troop didn’t sustain any casualties during its deployment in Iraq, though mortars attacks against their section of Camp Victory in Baghdad (nicknamed the “Hotel”) were constant. Several members of the troop currently suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Staff Sgt. Steven Littlejohn. He
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take Ralph Miller Court in search of a victory over Radford — who? — in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. I asked to spend the day with Nelson — well, as much of the day as team rules permit — because I want to better
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Senior guard Roberto Nelson looks toward the rafters against Washington State Feb. 20 in Gill Coliseum. Nelson played his final game as an Oregon State Beaver March 19.
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Oregon State’s softball team will finally get the matchup with UC Santa Barbara that was originally scheduled for Feb. 28. The third game for OSU in the Long Beach State Invite was postponed due to rain, and eventually set for Wednesday at 12 p.m. UCSB (21-14, 1-2 Big West) is able to play OSU (11-17, 2-5 Pac-12) in Corvallis because the Gauchos already had a doubleheader scheduled against No. 3 Oregon in Eugene Tuesday — UCSB lost both matchups. There are two common opponents between OSU and UCSB, one of them a Cal State Fullerton team that encountered the Gauchos this weekend. CSF, which received votes in the most recent NCAA top-25 poll and is slotted at No. 32, was the only team OSU was able to play in the Long Beach State Invite, a 5-2 victory for the Beavers. The Gauchos managed a win over CSF in the opener of their three-game series before dropping the next two, including a 10-0 defeat in five innings. Both UCSB and OSU have played and lost a pair of games to No. 21 Texas A&M, the Beavers by a combined score of 12-4 and the Gauchos 17-1. The Gauchos finished their nonconference schedule with a 20-10 mark before their Cal State Fullerton matchup. “They’re fighters,” said OSU head coach Laura Berg. “They’re going to want to come at us because we play in the Pac-12. We’ve got a target on our back whether we have a below.500 record or not, we still play in the Pac-12.” Besides the Oregon doubleheader, UCSB also scheduled No. 1 UCLA for earlier this season, losing both games
understand how the fifth-year senior is coping with the fact that his illustrious individual career is culminating in an appearance in a third-tier postseason tournament that, frankly, few acknowledge exists. And because I want to peek into the life of OSU’s fourth all-time leading scorer as he prepares for what could be his final collegiate contest. A week has passed since the last conversation between Nelson and myself, which was in an MGM Grand Garden Arena locker room following the Beavers’ 14-point loss to Oregon in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. Nelson’s body language that evening expressed despair as I pressed for his thoughts on a disheartening season gone south. “It’s disappointing, if that’s the word,” Nelson had said as he struggled to come to terms with the harsh reality that he’d never live out the dream of playing in the NCAA Tournament. But his demeanor a week later is entirely different. “Filled out a (NCAA tournament) bracket yet?” Nelson asks moments after unzipping his backpack. Kind of. I show him what I have so far. Nelson references Warren Buffett’s promise to give $1 billion to anyone who correctly predicts all 63 tournament game outcomes. Nelson claims that if he ever becomes a billionaire, he’ll donate $100 million to OSU’s athletic department. “So we can renovate Gill,” he says, “and make it nicer than Oregon’s (Matthew Knight Arena).” There’s no questioning where his loyalty lies. As Nelson examines my picks — he says he thinks Virginia, not Iowa State like I think, will win it all — he explains that he doesn’t resent those partaking in the madness of March. Nor does he dwell on the fact that he could have experienced the Big Dance had he not signed with a program in shambles. After all, powerhouses like Ohio State and UCLA offered the top-100 recruit out of Santa Barbara High School. Oregon State was the right choice, Nelson contends. CBI appearances and all. … Nelson receives a call from Joe Kennedy, OSU’s director of player personnel, who’s checking up on Nelson’s whereabouts. Pregame shootaround is in a few minutes, but Nelson has a takehome final he needs to finish. “I’m not sure I’m going to make it,” Nelson says. “But I’ll be there for the (pregame team) meal.” Prioritizing school before basketball? Probably not something Nelson would have done five years ago.
Garrett 4th and 5 Whenever OSU’s coaches visited SBHS during Nelson’s recruitment, Craig Robinson has said they aimlessly roamed the halls because Nelson “was never in the classroom he was supposed to be in.” Nelson admits he didn’t take school seriously; “It wasn’t fun,” he says. And once in Corvallis, Nelson had to sit out a season and seven games because he hadn’t been cleared academically. Now, as he breezes through questions relating to the 14 trends from Seth Godin’s “Meatball Sundae,” he’s two days (and one more final) from completing his undergrad. Robinson used the word “shocking” when recently describing Nelson’s evolution into soon-to-be college graduate. Nelson gives his coach all the credit. Robinson preached “respecting the academic process” and encouraged Nelson to pursue a major he enjoyed, which turned out to be new media communications. Nelson says Robinson’s commitment to preparing players for life after basketball is what drew him to OSU in the first place. “If I went to another program,” Nelson says, “I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today.” … Of course, playing at Oregon State doesn’t come without some disadvantages. “Roberto, you seen this?” Nelson pulls his head out of “Meatball Sundae” and takes a look at what I’m pointing at. It’s a poll posted on OregonLive.com. The question: “How far will the Beavers go in the CBI?” The poll has garnered 251 votes, breaking down like this: • Lose tonight to Radford: 37 votes • Reach the quarterfinals: 15 votes • Reach the semifinals: 33 votes • Lose in the championship series: 14 votes • I don’t care: 152 votes That last number. Wow. Nelson shrugs. I push for a reaction. “The fans that are there for us are there for us,” Nelson says. A few seconds pass. Just when I think he’s about to return to “Meatball Sundae,” Nelson goes on: “Even when we were in the thick of things (the Pac12 race), people weren’t showing up. Like 8-10 (in conference) isn’t good, See NELSON | page 6
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Senior Amanda Najdek delivers a pitch against Arizona State March 16 in the OSU Softball Complex. by four and eight runs, respectively. Oregon State can have the same result as UCLA with the help of a strong pitching performance, which the Beavers had in their two wins over then-No. 5 Arizona State three weeks ago. Senior pitcher Amanda Najdek held ASU to three runs in her two complete games, but she struggled Sunday against California by getting behind counts. “The biggest thing with our pitching staff right now is we’re not getting ahead of batters,” Berg said. “Against ASU, we were getting ahead of them and they weren’t comfortable in the batter’s box. The Arizona and (Cal) series, they were too comfortable. And they can be when they’re in a hitter’s count.” OSU also failed to make plays in the field against Cal, making six errors in
seven innings. “We’ve got to play with heart,” Berg said. “When you’re booting the ball around and looking like the Bad News Bears, you’re not showing heart … and that is not what Oregon State is all about.” The UCSB game will serve as a onegame respite from the Pac-12 schedule before OSU travels to face Utah Friday. Playing an efficient defensive game will be a area of focus for OSU before the Utah series. “We’re making errors that we don’t normally make and some people are on a different page,” Berg said. “We all have to getting on the same page and playing for each other.” Josh Worden, sports reporter On Twitter @WordenJosh email@example.com
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Oregon State nearly blew a sevenrun ninth-inning lead Tuesday night, but managed to push its win streak against the University of Portland to 20 games with a 9-6 road victory. The No. 6 Beavers (22-6, 6-3 Pac12) scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed in the contest. OSU carried a 9-2 lead into the ninth inning, but the Pilots (5-23) refused to go down without a fight. Portland scored four runs, and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, but senior Scott Schultz was able to induce a groundout, sealing the victory for Oregon State. Juniors Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis led the way offensively, collecting three hits apiece. Davis drove in three runs and senior first
baseman Jerad Casper added four hits and a home run for Oregon State. Sophomore center fielder Jeff Hendrix was the other Beaver to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Freshman Jake Thompson and junior Zack Reser did the majority of OSU’s pitching, combining for 6 2/3 innings pitched. Thompson allowed two runs on three hits in three innings of action, while Reser earned his third win of the season, pitching 3 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. The Beavers tallied 15 hits Tuesday at Joe Etzel Field. OSU and Portland will play one final game this season May 13 at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer. OSU returns home Friday for a three-game Pac-12 series against Stanford in Goss Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. The Daily Barometer On Twitter @barosports firstname.lastname@example.org
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but it’s (tied for) the (program’s) best record since 1993. And this is our lowest attendance figure since …” Since Gill Coliseum opened in 1949. “We’ve had to boost the attendance,” Nelson continues. “Tonight they’ll say there are 3,000 fans there and you’ll be able to look out and count them. Because there weren’t even that many people there on Senior Day and now it’s finals week and some people have already left town.” No OSU student athlete has supported OSU athletics more than Nelson, who regularly attends men’s and women’s soccer matches, softball games and countless other sports that rarely draw more than a few hundred spectators. Nelson truly embraces being a part of Beaver Nation. Which makes it all the more
sad that Beaver Nation never came to truly embrace the men’s basketball team during Nelson’s tenure. … “My wingspan’s short,” Nelson suddenly announces. It seems like an out-of-leftfield remark until I realize Nelson has finished his final and is now scouring over the pre-draft measurements of every player taken in the last five NBA Drafts. Nelson, who’s 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-2 wingspan, explains he’s searching for a player with similar measurements and a game comparable to his. He comes across Andrew Goudelock, a 6-foot-1 point guard with a 6-foot-4 wingspan who was drafted 46th overall in 2011 out of the College of Charleston. He whips out his phone and calls Sports Illustrated senior writer George Dohrmann, who chronicled Nelson’s junior high and high school years in the book, “Play Their Hearts Out.”
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“What do you think about Andrew Goudelock?” Nelson asks. Dohrmann explains that Nelson should liken himself to an established NBA player, and Goudelock appeared in just 41 games for the Los Angeles Lakers before signing overseas. “What about (Washington Wizards’ point guard) Andre Miller? He was the first comparison I got.” Sure, Dohrmann agrees, but Detroit Pistons’ point guard Chauncey Billups works, too. “Bigger point guards who can post up little guards,” Nelson later explains. Nelson knows he faces long odds this spring as he prepares for the draft. Sixty players will be taken in June and Nelson isn’t currently ranked among the top100 prospects on draftexpress. com. He’s going to have to work on his ball-handling, because he’s going to have to play point guard if he’s going to make it in the NBA. And he’s going to have to prove he’s more athletic than he gets credit for, and prove that his short wingspan won’t hinder him on the defensive end. “But I can score, I can shoot, and every team needs a shooter,” Nelson says. “I got a little more than a lot of people expect.” If he’s not drafted, he’ll look to make an NBA summer league squad or sign overseas. … As Nelson exits the library, he runs into a guy he’s played pickup soccer with in the past. “What are you up to?” Nelson’s asked. “Just getting ready for my game.” “I thought your season was over? Is it like a friendly?” “Sort of,” says Nelson, who acknowledges later that the guy doesn’t really follow basketball. “What are you doing after the season?” “I’m going to try to keep playing. Probably overseas.” “Oh man, you got NBA bro!” “I’m going to try,” Nelson says. “But hey, I’ll be around some in the spring, let’s play some soccer. I need to get my skills back.” I’ve noticed over the last few years that Nelson interacts with “regular” students more than you’d think the Pac-12’s leading scorer would. At schools like Ohio State or UCLA, someone with Nelson’s accolades might get treated more like a “god” than a regular student — which is another reason why Nelson thinks Corvallis was the perfect fit for him. “I like connecting with all different kinds of people,” Nelson says as we continue our trek toward the Valley Football Center. “My whole thing is I’m just a regular dude who plays on the basketball team. Like in my theory class, some of my classmates are so weird, and we’re friends, because I’m weird, too. I’ve met the funniest, coolest people here.” An older gentleman stops
Nelson outside of Reser Stadium to tell him how much he enjoyed an Oregonian article that detailed Nelson’s relationship with his best friend, Johnathon Hoover. “I hope things work out for you,” the man says. Nelson explains to me that those interactions, the ones that have little to do with basketball, mean the most. The name he’s made himself on the court isn’t nearly as important as the reputation he’s built off the court. He’d rather be characterized as a “high character” individual than a “high volume” scorer. “You’re remembered by how people feel about you,” Nelson says. “If you’re an arrogant asshole, you’ll be forgotten.” As we near the Valley Football Center, where the pregame team meal is, a stranger wishes Nelson “good luck tonight.” It’s the first person we’ve encountered in three-plus hours who’s referenced the game. “You considered that tonight could be your last college game?” I ask. “Any day could be your last,” Nelson says. “That’s real dramatic, but it’s the truth.” … “It stings, man,” says a devastated Nelson, speaking to reporters from his seat at the podium inside Gill Coliseum’s media room. “This is not the way you want to go out.” One-hundred twenty-four games played; 70 starts; 1,745 career points scored. All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention as a junior and (a questionable) All-Pac-12 Second Team selection as a senior. For all he’s accomplished on the court, Nelson’s last memory from his days donning the orange and black will be a 96-92 loss to Radford in a nearly-empty Gill Coliseum. “Our record doesn’t reflect the good things that we did this year,” Nelson says. But 16-16 is 16-16, and it’s hard to sugarcoat a season that began with aspirations of reaching the NCAA Tournament (or at least the NIT) and ended with a first-round CBI loss to a team Vegas expected to lose by 14. Nelson did his part, scoring an efficient 26 points, adding four assists and playing with an urgency expected from a player looking to extend his career. But in the end it wasn’t enough. “I’m not happy with how my career ended,” Nelson says, “but I enjoyed every minute with Beaver Nation.” Shortly before leaving the room for the last time in uniform, Nelson expresses his love for Beaver Nation again: “I’m going to be a familiar face for years. You’re going to see me as much as you see Benny. The people here, I love it. I love Beaver Nation, man. I’m proud to be a part of it.” Grady Garrett, sports reporter On Twitter @gradygarrett firstname.lastname@example.org
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t’s surprising how much we think we know when we’re young. We believed we knew what was best for us, we were firm in our beliefs that the adults were out to get and/or control us and almost everything we did as adolescents we did in the name of self-expression. Sometimes we forget we went through this stage. We think that we were always the super-mature college students that we are now. Fortunately for us, we’ll always have friendly reminders of our past, namely parents, old journals and those cripplingly embarrassing memories. About a week ago, my parents received a few boxes of household items we’d stored back in Georgia. One of the boxes contained a small collection of diaries I’d kept from age 7 through 15. Flipping through them, I found the contents of those pages would frighten Stephen King.
Scottaline One entry in particular that struck my fancy was written back in 2007. I was apparently in an existential battle that involved the “Twilight” series, lamenting that my mom wouldn’t let me read the romantic vampire series. I told my diary, quite persuasively, that in order for me to be a writer, I had to read everything. (Yes, I used the word “everything” and then went on to talk about “Twilight.”) In my defense, my brain was obviously not fully developed yet. You can’t have that much of a love affair with “Twilight” and be of sound mind. The National Institute of Public Health has my back on this one
— they say that our brains aren’t fully developed, or even resemble adult brains, until our early 20s. The parts of the brain that control impulses and planning ahead are last to develop, which makes the milestone of turning 20 a launching point from which we leap into a time of enlightenment. Just think of all the mishaps you had as a teenager — all the embarrassing moments, the times when you were sure you were right about something — and years later, it’s quite clear that you were the one in the wrong. Frankly, it’s hilarious reading about it in an old diary. But just because old diaries serve as evidence of past misjudgments doesn’t mean you should abandon journal writing as an activity later on in life. Adulthood can greatly benefit by maintaining a journal. In therapy, this practice has been recognized as highly influential in the reflection
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ike most of my peers in our freshman year, the concept of evaluating my instructor’s performance in class and that evaluation being requested by the school blew my mind. This opportunity to put voice to our opinions and experiences wasn’t available to us in high school — at least, to me it wasn’t — unless we wanted to make a whole lot of fuss with little chance of positive results. However, as my years here progressed, I began to wonder if these
Selecting the second option prompts the evaluation form to claim that your identity will be known by both your instructor and the instrucCassie tor’s supervisor. My theory is that this is so instructors have the opportunity to explain their own evaluation of evaluations made any difference at all. your evaluation, having had you as a student. Whether it does depends on if the I know there are instructors and students doing the evaluation want professors who carefully consider their instructor to see their comments, critiques and use them to improve the or if they want the instructor’s superviSee RUUD | page 8 sor to see the comments as well.
process. Therapy has many different facets. It involves more than just sitting in sessions and paying one’s dues. Keeping a journal allows clients to be introspective and articulate their ways of processing things, according to “Journaling in Therapy” by Ryan Howes. If anything, I think we can all recognize the diary’s key role of providing our present selves with entertainment featuring our past selves. Looking back at old journals, for those of us who kept a diary or journal back in the day, actually tends to boost our current levels of self-confidence in the people we are now, when we can see how much we’ve matured. (Unless you still like “Twilight” — then you’re probably screwed.) t
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ear Dr. Sex, Are men hardwired to cheat? Signed, It sucks being the last one to know Dear It sucks, This is actually quite a complicated question. I can definitely provide you with evidence that men just might be hardwired to cheat — reasons that are primarily based in reproductive theory. I can also talk about free will and the frontal lobe — the things that let humans function beyond our hardwiring. Let me say at the onset that these are two completely different schools of thought. Some people are quite offended by the idea that men are hardwired to cheat. Others would argue that if men are, in fact, hardwired to cheat, then you can’t blame them, right? “I can’t help myself.” I will also point out that reproductive theory is, obviously, heterosexual-based, so if you are a gay man, I can’t really provide decent support for an answer. So first let’s explore the idea that men may be hardwired to cheat — and I am taking cheating to mean a man having sex with someone who isn’t his monogamous partner. Reproductive theory would suggest that every man desires or even needs to participate in sexual activity with many different women in an effort to reproduce or attempt to reproduce as many times as possible in his lifetime. This excessively high level of attempts at reproduction is to ensure not only the continuation of the species, but lots of offspring specifically from his lineage. In contrast, women are less likely to participate in sexual activity with many different men. However, I am not convinced that it’s because women are not hardwired to cheat.
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Time to I stop putting off dreaded job hunt raduating seniors: It’s that time. It’s time for us to start thinking about — gasp — life after college. It’s actually past time for us to begin the dreaded job hunt for the things that will become our careers, if we want a guarantee that we won’t be languishing, unemployed in our parents’ basements for six months after we get our hot little hands on the fancy piece of paper we paid upwards of $30,000 to earn. “Career” is a word with an ominous ring for many of us at this point in our lives. Sure, they’re what the majority of us are doing this whole “college” thing for in the first place. But that intended career was just a vague shape floating in the indefinable future while we concentrated on classes, paying the bills, having social lives and enjoying what people keep telling us is the best time of our lives. So, basically, a lot of us have been procrastinating when it comes to our futures. Maybe it’s because we think we already know what’s in store for us, or maybe it’s because we’re afraid of what the future might hold. Anyone who’s ever done the job hunt game before — maybe for a summer or minimum-wage job in high school, or trying to make end’s meet before giving up and returning school — knows it can be rough. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to “do something” with our degree. It’s not enough to get a job after we graduate — we’re supposed to get our “dream job.” If we don’t, we’re a failure. But that’s circular logic. It’s a fallacy that we go to school to get a degree to get a dream job. We go to school to get a degree (hopefully), so we can get the entry-level position, in which we will struggle to pay off our student loans while attempting to pull ourselves slowly up the promotion ladder. It’s not going to be dreamlike at all. In the best-case scenario, we’ll find work in a field we love. No one ever loves everything about a job, even if they love their job. There’s no “dream job.” But acknowledging that and finding the little joys in a job or career that we didn’t expect to love can make all the difference. Don’t “settle” for something that’s not your dream job — embrace it. Give it a chance. You might actually love it, if you stop comparing it to being the senior editor at Random House or the editor-in-chief of The New York Times.
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RUUD n Continued from page 7 way they teach. But there are instructors and professors who are set in their ways and so adverse to change that any criticism from a student, warranted or unwarranted, doesn’t have any effect. If those stubborn professors are tenured or instructors who have been employed by the university for forever and a day, do you think they feel the need to listen to what their students say? Teacher knows best, after all. Of course, students can be biased in their evaluations, or not take them seriously, which skews the information intended to improve teaching. This concern is raised in a piece by the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment examining the usefulness of student evaluations of teaching. The OIRA asks if students are even qualified to evaluate their instructors. Answering its own question, it says that the evaluations are indicative of student satisfaction, which is actually linked to effective teaching. So do OSU’s SETs make a difference? Yes. At least, according to Peter Cohen’s “Effectiveness of student-rating feedback for improving college instruction.” Apparently, student feedback to instructors generally had “a modest but significant effect on improving instruction.” So providing instructors with straightforward critiques and instructive feedback on what they did right and what they did wrong helps them help themselves. Provided, of course, they’re willing to change. If they’re not, well, that’s what Rate My Professor is for. t
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GREAVES n Continued from page 7 While women may desire to continue the species and their lineage just as much as men, the rate at which women can reproduce is far lower than the rate for men. Therefore, women need to be more selective with whom they have sex. There are two contributing factors to women’s limited reproductive capacity. The first reason has to do with ovulation.Women ovulate when they begin menstruating (actually, they ovulate for a bit before that) and stop once they are post-menopausal. The average age of menarche (first menstrual period) in the United States is 12.5 years old, and the average age of menopause is 51 years old. That means that women possess reproductive capacity for 39 years. Men possess reproductive capacity from the moment they start producing sperm until they die. Sperm production begins around the age of 14 and the average life expectancy of men is about 76. Therefore, men can reproduce for 62 years versus women’s 39 years. Therefore, men have more time to reproduce. A second reason women need to be more selective with whom they have sex is because they are the ones who are burdened with pregnancy and lactation. This burden allows women to have, on average, one child per year — not counting multiple births. I know it doesn’t work this way, but let’s try and determine the reproductive capacity of the average man and the average woman. If the average woman had one child per year during her entire menstruating life, then the average woman would reproduce 39 times. If the average man had sex with a different woman every day, — remember, he’s not burdened with pregnancy, so
in theory he could attempt to reproduce every day, even multiple times a day, but let’s just stick with once a day — the chance that each individual woman with whom he has sex is fertile is about 10.7 percent. This is because a woman ovulates once every 28 days (on average) and that egg is viable for about three days. So that means the rate of conception over the course of a year is 39 (10.7 percent of 365 days). Then multiply 39 times 62 — the number of years that he is of reproductive capacity — and we get a potential 2,418 children. I know that’s crazy, but I think I’ve made my point about reproductive theory. The average women could only hope to have 39 children while the average man could have 2,418. If continuation of the species is the goal, clearly he has a better chance. In theory, she needs to be more selective if she wants to ensure her offspring are of good genetic quality. That way, her offspring are more likely to survive. He doesn’t need to be selective at all. He can sow many seeds. If only 4 percent survive, that’s already twice as many offspring as women. All of this gets thrown out the window if you believe we have sex for love and make babies to create a family. Next week‘s column will focus on why some people can’t seem to remain monogamous or why certain contexts are more likely to result in cheating, even with silly things like a frontal lobe and free will at our disposal. t
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