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Colton Fettig, member of Theta Chi, struck by drunk driver veering into opposite lane By Don Iler The Daily Barometer

Oregon State University student and member of Theta Chi, Colton Fettig, died early Saturday morning on April 7 after an alleged drunk driver struck the car he was driving near Fairbanks, Alaska. According to an affidavit filed with the district court in Fairbanks, Fettig had been driving back from Chena Hot Springs resort when a Ford F-250 driven by 31-yearold Paul Kirsteatter of Fairbanks, Alaska, veered into the opposite lane and struck the car driven by Fettig. Fettig was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, as well as another passenger on the left hand side of the car, Jordan Boggs of North Pole, Alaska. Two other passengers, Hannah Gustafson and Gerald Noy, both sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital. Gustafson was pinned in the car and was extricated with the help of emergency personnel. According to The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Kirsteatter has been charged with assault and driving under the influence, and will be charged with murder, pending toxicology results from the laboratory. Kirsteatter was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was recently charged with driving with a suspended license on Jan. 19, after it had been suspended in 2005. Kirsteatter was out on bail after being charged with assault in 2011, after he threatened another person at gunpoint. Fettig graduated from Newberg High School in 2008 and studied construction engineering at OSU. Don Iler, managing editor 541-737-2231, On Twitter: @doniler

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Storied cruising spot for young lovers at OSU honored as state heritage tree during ceremony By Don Iler

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Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, speaking during the ceremony honoring the Trysting Tree as a state heritage tree.

At Oregon State University, traditions have come and gone since the start of the university. But one of the longest, and perhaps most romantic of traditions, is the Trysting Tree. Before co-ed housing existed on campus, before there were fraternities and sororities, before students were allowed to live off-campus, there was the Trysting Tree. Young couples would meet at the Trysting Tree, which cast its magical powers over young star-crossed lovers. Last Friday during Oregon Arbor

Week, the tree was named a state Heritage Tree in recognition of its part in the history of OSU and the state during a ceremony near the tree in front of Benton Hall. The original tree was planted sometime during the 1880s, and was cut down because of advanced disease in 1987. However, cuttings were taken from the original tree prior to its removal and rooted; the grey poplar standing today was planted in 1982. The tree was the subject of many photo essays in Beaver yearbooks over the years, and in recognition of the impact it had on the university, there is a lounge in the Memorial Union named after it as well as the Trysting Tree Golf Course east of the city where Beaver golfers play their sport. The See TRYSTING | page 3

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Genna Reeves-DeArmond has designed clothing based on the Titanic’s Edwardian fashions By Amanda Antell The Daily Barometer

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Genna Reeves-DeArmond standing in front of a display of the Titanic at the Branson, Mo. Titanic Museum.

The Titanic may have gone down in the icy waters of the north Atlantic 100 years ago, but it still continues to have a hold on the zeitgeist as the disaster of all disasters. Design and apparel doctoral student, Genna Reeves-DeArmond, brings the look of Titanic to life through a student-design project. Reeves-DeArmond’s studies focus on historic and cultural dress from different eras. Many people remember that 100 years ago the Titanic sank tragically after colliding with the infamous iceberg. Some remember through the movie, some lost relatives, but Reeves-DeArmond takes the memoir

and her love of the Titanic to a new level. “I have always had a profound interest in history, but the Titanic has incited a particular fascination for me from a young age. I am a selfdescribed ‘Titanic enthusiast’,” says Reeves-DeArmond. The collection will be based on the three classes of the Titanic, most notably first and second, including the ornate beading and the tight hobble-skirts that the high-class women wore. There are actually stairs in some of the older buildings at OSU that are shorter in step and stride to accommodate this fashion. An example would be the stairway to the basement in the Women’s Building. As the one hundred year anniversary draws near, the significance of the event becomes relevant to consumer pop culture by the 3D release in theaters and a possible fashion comeback. The clothes are remembered at the time of the Edwardian

society and almost represented the differences between the classes on the ship. The first-class passengers obviously dressed much differently than the third class. First class passengers’ dress often receives more attention because it is more ornate and detailed, rather than the simple patterns found in third class dress. However, meaning and interest can also be found in third class dress. Reeves-DeArmond’s did more than watch the movie. She conducted interviews, visited all four of the official Titanic museums, and studied the Edwardian period comprehensively. Her research included observations and interviews at four permanent Titanic museums/exhibits in Las Vegas, Nev.; Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; Branson, Mo.; and Orlando, Fla., and interviewing participants between the ages 20-84. This includes people See TITANIC | page 3

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When they last met over a year ago, Wallace was in high spirits but “beginning to fail,” said Safer. He’d suffered from dementia in recent years, according to Larry King, longtime host of CNN’s “Larry King Live.” “They didn’t come any better,” King said. “He was a glorious human being, a wonderful raconteur, a great journalist, a great host, an interviewer with his own style. ... Mike Wallace was a guy, when he’s on, you can’t hit the clicker.” Wallace was already a veteran of the “CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace” and had covered most of the 1960s’ major news stories, including several assignments to Vietnam, when he was hired as a correspondent for the new television show “60 Minutes.” The show debuted in September 1968. During Wallace’s four-decade career on “60 Minutes,” he “sealed his reputation as a hardcharging, no-holds-barred interviewer,” according to the Knight-Wallace Foundation at the University of Michigan, which Wallace supported. “His most memorable moments at ‘60 Minutes’ have often been news-making events in their own rights.” “There were very few 20th century icons who didn’t submit to a Mike Wallace interview,” CBS said. “He lectured Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, on corruption. He lectured Yasser Arafat on violence. He asked the Ayatollah Khomeini if he were crazy.” Wallace not only “loved villains because they made such great copy,” he had a unique ability to get them to open up to him, according to Safer. “He had the charm to talk them onto the broadcast initially, and the tenacity to eviscerate them or allow them to eviscerate themselves,” said Safer. Wallace’s 2005 interview with Jose Canseco “broke the Major League Baseball scandal wide open,” according to the Knight-Wallace Foundation. He also interviewed baseball’s Roger Clemens in 2008, Wallace’s

last sit-down interview, CBS said. In 2006, Wallace became a correspondent emeritus for “60 Minutes” and stopped appearing regularly. In 2008, he underwent successful triple-bypass heart surgery. “I’ve often replied, when asked, ‘I’ll retire when my toes turn up,’” he said in a statement at the time. “Well, they’re just beginning to curl a little, which means that as I approach my 88th birthday, it’s become apparent to me that my eyes and ears, among other appurtenances, aren’t quite what they used to be.” The prospect of long flights to cover news was not as appealing, he said at the time. “But CBS is not pushing me. I’ll be in a comfortable office on the same floor — just around the corner from where I’ve holed up for the past 43 years — available, when asked, for whatever chore CBS News, ‘60 Minutes,’ the ‘CBS Evening News,’ have in mind for me.” Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes” credited much of the show’s success to Wallace. “All of us at CBS News and particularly at ‘60 Minutes’ owe so much to Mike,” Fager said. “Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a ‘60 Minutes.’ There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn’t matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what he would ask next. “Around CBS he was the same infectious, funny and ferocious person as he was on TV,” Fager said. “We loved him and we will miss him very much.” “60 Minutes” will dedicate a special program to Wallace on April 15, CBS said. Wallace “was as tough with everyone as he was with himself,” Bronstein said. He recalled seeing Wallace, then in his 80s, get “white-knuckled” in the tracking booth as he was putting his voice on a piece, growling, “Come on, Mike!” at himself. “I have to say I learned

everything I know about journalism from him. I’m very thankful and appreciative to have known him, and known him well,” said Bronstein. Myron Wallace was born on May 9, 1918, in Brookline, Massachusetts. His immigrant father ran a wholesale grocery business before becoming an insurance broker. Wallace, who later traded Myron for the name Mike, liked sports and music. He reportedly fell in love with broadcast news at the campus radio station of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied broadcast news. After graduating in 1939, Wallace launched his career at radio stations in Ann Arbor and Detroit, where he was an announcer, and did talk and quiz shows, commercials and news readings. The newsman was a communications officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II before landing a series of television jobs in Chicago, and trying his hand at acting. He and his then-wife, Buff, starred in the interview programs “Mike and Buff” and “All Around the Town.” Wallace moved to New York and joined CBS in 1951. After leaving the network in 1955, he found success with the television series “Night Beat” and “The Mike Wallace Interview,” in which he challenged his guests with probing, confrontational questions. Wallace also narrated the documentary series “Biography.” The 1962 death of Wallace’s son, Peter, in a hiking accident in Greece changed the course of his life, Wallace said. He decided to drop other projects and stick to news. He interviewed presidents including George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. He also sat down with deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega; the Shah of Iran, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and comedian Johnny Carson. — CNN

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Mike Wallace, who spent four decades as a hard-hitting, provocative news correspondent on “60 Minutes,” has died, CBS reported Sunday. He was 93. Wallace died Saturday night “peacefully surrounded by family members at Waveny Care Center in New Caanan, Connecticut, where he spent the past few years,” CBS said in a statement. “For half a century, he took on corrupt politicians, scam artists and bureaucratic bumblers,” CBS News said on its website. “... Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. He characterized himself as ‘nosy and insistent.” During Sunday’s night episode of “60 Minutes,” Morley Safer called Wallace “a oneman truth squad with a remarkable gift for getting to the very core of a story.” “More than anyone else, he was responsible for the continuing success of ‘60 Minutes,’” Safer said. “We’re all in his debt.” Hours earlier, Safer described his longtime colleague to CNN as someone who was “never dull,” “fearless” and “tenacious,” driven to get a scoop and to the heart of events, issues and people that shaped the world. “Mike was irrepressible. You could never ... knock him down, he would bounce right back up,” said Safer, expressing a deep admiration for a man whom he’d often jostle against for stories. “The fact is he was nosier than everybody else and more insistent, and more successful at being nosy.” Scott Bronstein, a CNN senior investigative producer who worked with Wallace as a “60 Minutes” staff producer during the late 1990s, remembered him as “an unbelievable journalist” with high standards and unique talent as an interviewer. “He was inspiring,” said Bronstein. “He made you want to do your best work. He always demanded you to report more and more. He was such a marvel, the way he could do an interview.”

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The annual festival is student led and directed and features five plays By Annecy Beauchemin The Daily Barometer

On April 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the OSU theater department is holding auditions for a medley of student one-acts to be produced in May. The oneacts run for, at most, 20 minutes each and range in genre from tragedy to farce to the surreal. Aspiring actors and actresses can find the auditions in the Withycombe lab theater. Those auditioning will be able to, if they already know a little about the plays, choose to aim for certain preferred roles. Those interested or experienced in comedy and fight choreography may find a fun role in Sarah McKenney’s cho-

sen play “Jack Junior” (“The Buccaneer’s Bairn”), written by Jeff Goode. McKenney stated, “There are so few plays where a female gets to use a sword.” McKenney is a senior in business with a love of theater. Those looking for something darker may find interest in Megan Grassl’s one-act, “Fearm,” by Crane Johnson. “It takes people down a creepy road,” said Grassl on her production, which begins with a woman showing a potential renter around her apartment. Grassl is a senior in theater who wants to try all facets of theater before she graduates, including production. Between the comedies and thrillers, some students have chosen more realistic dramas, such as senior in theater Rowan Russel, who hopes one day to professionally act and direct. His produc-

tion, “Paradise,” by Romulus Linney, is one of the most populated of the one-acts, as well as one of the toughest. “It’s got a couple pretty challenging roles for men and women in it,” Russel said. He described the play, which involves a family moving on to a new phase in life, as “bittersweet”. He encourages anyone who wants to take on “Paradise” to try out. Student directors have been preparing to produce the plays under the supervision of theater professor Charlotte Headrick. They are a mix of experienced and first-time directors, all looking to take their studies of theater to another level. Tucker Minnick, a senior in theater who will be directing Mary Plowman’s “Get Out of Your Cage,” gave his reasons for trying direction as “Getting the whole picture

of a production.” According to Headrick, “Auditions are open to everybody.” This means that students and staff alike can try for a role, even community members who can bring a reference. The one-acts are the perfect opportunity for those who have always wanted to try acting, but weren’t sure because of the commitment — practicing for a full-length play can be like attending an extra class. However, Headrick describes the one-acts as less busy than preparations for a long production. For example, Russel only will need actors two to three times per week. Inexperienced and firsttime actors are welcome to try out as well. Annecy Beauchemin, reporter

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TITANIC n Continued from page 3 who haven’t seen the movie as well. The ship itself has become an icon for both the tragedy and a period in time, but there is more to the Titanic than the sinking of the ship. The Titanic is representative of a historical moment and clothing is a tangible marker of that moment. The clothes that the passengers wore add a rich layer to the historical knowledge and provide cultural context for museum visitors. “The clothing personalizes the history because people today can relate to it. It is a common thread between people of today and a hundred years ago, even though styles have changed,” says Reeves-DeArmond. As a design and apparel doctorate student, ReevesDeArmond emphasizes the importance and relevance of

pretation” of Syria’s intentions, the staterun Syrian Arab News Agency reported. While insisting the Damascus government has acted in “good faith,” Maqdisi put the onus on Annan for the peace plan to proceed — saying the envoy “has not offered written guarantees to the Syrian government that the armed groups agreed to stop violence, nor has he offered guarantees that Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will commit to stop funding and arming terrorist groups.” And in a statement on state-run TV, Maqdisi said, “Syria will not repeat what

the hidden language of “dress.” It can reveal individual stories about the wearer, as well as information about society, gender roles, social class and technology. “When I visited the Las Vegas exhibition at the Luxor hotel, it was surreal to look into a display case at a man’s pants and shoes that had survived under the ocean for decades. In this way, clothing can offer an outlet to provide scientific information, especially related to preservation and conservation,” says Reeves-DeArmond. One of the famous mysteries of the movies is: were Jack and Rose real people? According to the interviews Reeves-DeArmond conducted with the staff, they weren’t actual people, but represented the dress, class difference and the struggles each class went through on the Titanic. One of the members of Reeves-DeArmond’s team, Casey Stannard, described the experience of working on this

happened during the [Arab League] mission, when it committed to the exit of its armed forces from the cities and surrounding areas, then the armed terrorist groups took advantage to arm its members and conduct all forms of terrorism.” The statement referred to an Arab League monitoring mission that took place several months ago. Calling President Bashar al-Assad a “liar,” activist Ahmad el-Khalaf told CNN on Monday that he has no faith Syrian forces will leave and stop the violence. —CNN

project as surreal and interesting. She found the passion Reeves-DeArmond had for the Titanic inspiring. Stannard is also a design and apparel doctorate student. Stannard explained she expected some sort of fashion to come back from this era due to the recent popular-cultural publicity its getting from this monumental anniversary. The hobble skirt and the hats were her favorite part of Edwardian fashion, and she hopes to see them make a comeback. “Fashion is evolutionary, not revolutionary,” says Stannard. Stannard explains that fashion evolves from the times but moves forward along with the future. For more information about the Titanic project of ReevesDeArmond, please visit the Design and Apparel department inside Snell Hall.

TRYSTING n Continued from page 3 tree was instrumental in many couples marrying over the years, and the class of 1901 placed a stone marker by the tree. The tree is also mentioned in the school Alma Mater, which is sung weekly by ASOSU senators and representatives. While it is questionable whether its magic has transcended to current students and couples at OSU, its place in the memory of the university is unquestioned. Students can find the tree in between Benton Hall and the education building, perhaps its influence on young lovers still sways hearts.

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his June, the Corvallis City Council will decide whether to implement a possible plastic bag ban. The city can go a number of different routes. The city may ban “single-use” plastic bags at checkout in retail stores and impose a paper bag fee at grocery stores, not including produce, meat or deli item wrapping bags or businesses with fewer than 25 employees. They may ban just plastic bags, but have a passthrough fee on paper bags. Or, they may institute a voluntary education program focused on the effects of plastic and encourage the use of re-useable bags instead. While the majority of the populace may not feel or see the effects of plastic disposal – or lack thereof – in the environment, a ban on plastic bags should not be taken as an irrelevant or unfounded conclusion to a seemingly trivial, undiagnosed and unimportant issue; the cause has reason. The proper way to mitigate this environmental intrusion and reduce the use of plastic in society is an absolute ban on plastic bags, with a pass-through fee for paper bags. This is the most cost-effective and less intrusive option in solving such an issue. Corvallis should support a plastic ban proposal, at least in this manner. First, the actual effects of plastic in the environment are suspect at best. To the average citizen, proper disposal essentially means putting the plastic in a recyclable bin and turning away for the waste company to deal with. A more prudent individual may take the necessary steps to dispose of the plastic in a specific

Editorial container or area, such as the First Alternative Co-op’s recycling center. But the environmental toll of plastic begins at production, not (improper) disposal. According to Scientific American, nearly 8 percent of the world oil production goes into making plastic — a substantial demand for a fleeting product, at least in use. In fact, plastic is anything but fleeting. According to the EPA, plastic litter — depending on the type — can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Scientists are still relatively uncertain on the timeframe for decomposition of plastic bags, as temperature and soil conditions can affect the rate, but plastic-anything is not a compostable product; our sewers, coastlines and ocean speak to the permanent nature of plastic. And the EPA estimates fewer than 5 percent of all plastic bags in the United States are recycled, at least in disposal, not considering reuse. The situation isn’t getting better. However, besides the environmental toll, which is the cause of the issue, the real topic of discussion is the subsequent effect: the cost, both for the retailers and the consumer. Plastic bags are certainly not a luxury, but they are a privilege. Consumers aren’t getting an additional tax per bag they use at a grocery store, nor is the store requiring them to bring back the bags for reuse next time. It would then seem the retailer is in fact spending money on the consumer in providing these bags, despite

how cheap they may be to produce. Therefore, requiring an additional fee upon checkout for plastic bag use — particularly a fee that would go back to the retailer, preferably for donation purposes afterwards — only affects the consumer. This ideally would mean less plastic bag use, or at least more re-use of said bags. However, this does not directly influence the decisions of the retailers. Hence, the passthrough fee on paper bags — which are more expensive than plastic bags — would make up for the transition and requirement on not providing the cheaper plastic alternative. It would not be a dramatic or burdensome transition for businesses. For example, here in Corvallis, Market of Choice already uses bio-degradable plastic and paper bags, Trader Joe’s uses paper bags and First Alternative only offers paper bags, with a per bag fee of five cents. It would seem, especially here in Corvallis, a ban on plastic bags is nothing new, nor strenuous. If anything, a fee on a paper bags at checkout is only paying for a product the retailer has already purchased. While it was free in the past, only a cost to the retailer, the passthrough fee would now make the consumer seriously consider the costs of such luxuries, if they can be so called. And that is the point of the ban: to make the consumer change habits. Of course, five or so cents per bag isn’t a considerable amount, but it is an amount nonetheless. Any additional costs always put a heavier burden on the economically less fortunate among us – the real problem with

such proposals. But unlike other cases that adversely affect the poor — such as paying for health care or opting to go without and expensive “healthy” food versus cheap fast food — the alternative option, and solution in this case, is not any more expensive than the penalty. Purchasing a re-useable cloth bag costs no more than a few dollars, at most. Many stores hand out free bags for promotional services – think of Dex, the phone book service, which hands out a free tote bag every year. Moreover, even opting out of purchasing a re-useable cloth bag does not mean the consumer will be penalized each and every time they decide to use plastic; once they purchase a plastic bag, they are welcome to reuse it the next time. One of the main disagreements with a plastic ban proposal is that consumers already reuse the bags for a number of things around the home and for other shopping uses. And if this is the case, than a ban — i.e., an additional fee on using a bag — should not adversely affect the consumer, or at least cost them any more money than they already spend on grocery services. The Corvallis community ethic obviously fits the bill for a plastic bag ban, something other cities may not be so welcoming of. One may debate how important it is to address the plastic pollution, but one thing is clear: A ban won’t hurt anybody. t

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ccording to Wired Magazine, the National Security Agency is in the process of building a facility in Utah to collect every piece of information we produce, analyze it, then file it away for future reference. This new facility will record every phone call, every tweet and any other method we use to communicate with others. The NSA claims this is being done in order to protect the people of the United States; that this method of capturing people’s information needs to be done in order to help with cryptological analysis. The NSA argues this facility will help them break codes faster than previously done and that people shouldn’t be worried about the information, because the NSA will heavily encrypt everything. There is only so much that can be done in the name of defense before the country turns into a police state. When our government takes bank information, financial transactions, legal documents and private communications without informing its people, it becomes obvious that the government has too much power. There is no reason why the government should have the power to spy on all people that support the country they live in. How are people supposed to feel safe using the First Amendment’s freedom of speech when the government is recording every little thing that we do? Wired interviewed several former NSA employees who either quit because they couldn’t allow such immoral actions to happen, or were fired for standing in the way of the project. The plan to create the virtual “Library of Babel” started when the U.S. code breakers admitted that they could no longer keep up with all the code makers in the world. The NSA code breakers need a more advanced system to help them capture and decipher all the codes that exist to better protect the United States. This is still not a sufficient reason, in my mind, to spy on everyone, especially when the United States has yet to formally rec-


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Rebel without a pulse ognize that we have been attacked by a foreign nation. 9/11 was done by a radical terrorist organization and Hawaii wasn’t officially a state at the time of Pearl Harbor. The United States was a pretty safe place before there was this massive facility recording everything we do. There really doesn’t seem to be a legitimate reason for a code breaking facility on this scale to exist. There hasn’t been a real war between countries in decades; granted Israel and Iran might be going at it soon, but no other countries, North Korea excluded, want to go to war. China, Britain, Germany and all European countries aren’t going to gain anything from going to war with anyone else. We should focus on building a stronger economy that outranks China rather than building a better spy agency. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do about this. There isn’t a legislation to vote down, or a congressman or senator to email in order to halt the project. The NSA has the funding and the power to see this plan through to fruition. I would like to hope some sort of miracle will occur that will shut this project down, but I doubt such an event will happen. You would like to think that someone in the government would have valued the privacy of the people more than the potential to break more codes. There isn’t any proof that having this facility will make us any safer than we already are. Congress has defended our right to privacy on several occasions; What happened this time? What pressing concern could they have had in order to justify this monstrosity the NSA is creating? No agency should be so powerful that they can push an agenda under the radar that violates the rights of all citizens of the United States and the world. The NSA building this spy facility only shows how far we have fallen as a society when the government no longer trusts the citizens they are supposed to protect. My advice is to enjoy all the private searches and communications that you take part in now, because soon enough, the idea of privacy will go the way of the dinosaurs. t

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he theist must present an intelligible description of God. Until he does so, God makes no more sense than “unie”; both are cognitively empty, and any attempt at proof is logically absurd.” “Faith as an alleged method of acquiring knowledge, is totally invalid and as a consequence, all propositions of faith, because they lack rational demonstration, must conflict with reason.” — Selected quotes from George H. Smith’s “Atheism: The Case Against God”. Theists are people who believe that one or more gods really exist. Atheists are those that are without god-beliefs (‘a’-theists): they are not convinced that gods exist. The burden of proof is always upon those who claim something exists (it would be absurd to have to believe everything one was ever told, except for those claims one could disprove). With reference to belief in god(s), there is then the presumption of atheism. If the theist is unable to make a persuasive case for the existence of any gods, then the atheist is justified in his atheism. The atheist’s lack of belief in gods does not imply that he or she is certain that no god(s) exist; it is more of a “show me” or skeptical state of mind. Some theists argue that they don’t need to prove the existence of God (they just “know” God exists). If they’re happy with that, fine. If, however, they want to counter the arguments of atheists, this won’t do. Also, if they have any sense of logic at all, they must realize that until the existence of God is established, all other theological arguments and beliefs are meaningless. The question of the existence of God (or any god) is a factual question, and should be answered in the same way as any other factual question. The evidence must be presented and examined. God of the Gaps Also known as the “argument from ignorance,” or as I prefer to call it, the “God did it” argument, is the explanation by religionists for everything that happens, even if they don’t know how something works or why something happened. As science advances, explaining more and more, there is less for the “god of the gaps” to do. Science seeks natural causes, while religion seeks supernatural causes, so this religious argument is the very essence of the inescapable conflict between science and religion. According to George H. Smith, in his book “Atheism: The Case Against God”, science seeks to make reality coherent; theology seeks to convince us that some aspects of

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reality are incoherent. To the extent that science succeeds, theology dies of strangulation. The basic conflict is between reason and theology. Anyone who advocates theism — the belief in the supernatural — simultaneously advocates irrationalism — the belief in the unknowable. Theology attempts to reduce man to a state of perpetual ignorance. The tragic fate of Galileo is a paradigm case of the conflict between religion and science; imprisoned and threatened with torture, he was forced to retract his heliocentric theory of the solar system. The issue is not whether any scientific theory is right or wrong; it is “Why has Christianity found it necessary and desirable to suppress free inquiry with the threat of force?” If the Church is committed to rationality and truth, why has it subjected dissenters to torture and death? The person of reason, concerned with arriving at truth, supports his or her ideas with reason and evidence – not with personal attacks. The conflict between reason and faith is immense and irreconcilable. We rationalists view such incredible doctrines as virgin births, resurrections and places of eternal torment as the products of a primitive and superstitious age — and since Christianity is predicated on these beliefs, it seems we must reject Christianity for the same reason. First Cause Argument: “Everything we see has a cause. That cause in turn had a cause, and so on back through time. If we were able to follow this sequence far enough back, we would come to the First Cause — the uncaused cause. This we call ‘God.’” But if everything must have a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just as well be the universe as God. There is no reason to suppose that the universe has not always existed; nor that, if it did not once exist, it did not come into existence by itself. In the 20th Century, we learned that the universe is actually ruled by quantum mechanics, which means that it is possible for events to have no cause. Objects can indeed appear out of nothing and disappear back into nothing. The First Cause Argument really assumes that this First Cause, or God, exists. But that is precisely See atheism | page 5 • 737-6376 

ATHEISM n Continued from page 4 what it is trying to establish! This is “begging the question.” No fair. The Design Argument (The Teleological Argument, or Intelligent Design): “Life is so complex that it must have had an intelligent designer.” This is just slick, Madison Avenue creationism. Mention of “God” is meticulously avoided in hopes of getting Intelligent Design taught in public school science classes. But no one is fooled who doesn’t want to be fooled. It masquerades as science, but has no body of research to support its claims. Much of its effort is toward finding faults with the theory of evolution. However, even if ID proponents could disprove evolution, ID would not be established (even if it were a legitimate scientific theory, which it is not). Disproving one theory does not prove another: every theory must be proven or disproven independently. One argument against ID is that the human body is not a good “design.” For example, we each are born with an appendix, an appendage that serves no function. It can, however, become infected and burst, a potentially fatal condition. The existence of an appendix can be explained by evolution, but it certainly would not be there if humans were intelligently designed. Another criticism is that ID proposes that complexity (life) arose from greater complexity (God, or, if we must, “the Intelligent Designer”). But if complexity must come from greater complexity, then this being must have been designed by a still greater or more complex being, and so on. This infinite series is endless and absurd. The natural explanation of evolution posits that complexity arose over time from less complexity, which is not absurd. The Second Law of Thermodynamics (the Entropy Law) doesn’t allow complexity to increase over time This ID-related argument uses the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, which states that “any closed system will tend toward disorder,” or, “energy spontaneously disperses from being localized to becoming spread out if it is not hindered.” Entropy refers to the dissipated potential and the second law, in its most general form, states that the world acts spontaneously to minimize potentials (or equivalently maximize entropy). But it is only the over-all entropy of a complete, or closed system that must

Monday, April 9, 2012 • 5 increase when spontaneous change occurs. In the case of spontaneously interacting subsystems of a closed system, some may gain entropy, while others may lose entropy. Life on Earth can increase in complexity over time because of input of energy from our sun, which is losing energy in the process. Who can deny that a fertilized human egg can become a person: this is surely an increase in complexity! Of course, if increasing complexity of life were impossible because it really violated the Second Law, then ID (creationism) would also be impossible, and we would not be here to contemplate the question. The Moral Argument: “All people have moral values. The existence of these values cannot be explained unless God implanted them. Therefore, God exists.” There are simpler ways of explaining the origin of moral values without requiring the existence of a God to implant them. Besides, if moral values come from God, then all people should have the same moral values, which they do not. The Argument from Life: “Life cannot originate from the random movement of atoms, yet life exists. Therefore the existence of God was necessary to create life.” If God is also “alive,” something must have created him. Life didn’t originate from the random movement of atoms but was limited by the non-random laws of chemical reaction and of atomic physics. The Argument from Revealed Theology (or from the Bible): “The Bible says that God exists, and the Bible is the inspired word of God. Therefore, what it says must be true. Therefore, God exists.” If the Bible were the inspired word of God, it would not contain self-contradictions or errors of fact. Also, this is a circular argument: it continues to beg the question. It assumes the existence of the very thing we are trying to prove (God). Conclusion The same basic arguments for the existence of God have been around for a thousand years. They all fail to actually prove the existence of any god. If the theist still resists giving up the comfort of his “god-beliefs,” then it is useless to argue with him further. It is best, perhaps, to share with him this quote by Thomas Paine: “To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.”

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the last several years and, just this year, they started calling it Tebowing. ... I have no idea why.� The quarterback recalled how, during one game last season, a Detroit Lions defensive player stood over him and began Tebowing after tackling him. He said he wasn’t sure if the act was meant to mock him, but still called it “flattering� because the opposing player, whether he realized it or not, was praying — something that Tebow believes is a good thing, wherever it’s done. Beyond his exploits at the University of Florida and more recently in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, nowadays Tebow is known as much for his outward expression of faith as for his football. It began in Gainesville, where he led the Gators to two national championships while etching Bible verses into the eyeblack he wore on game days. In Denver, his jersey was one of the league’s hottest sellers, even before he started regularly for the team, in large part due to his immense popularity among Christians. “I’m just so blessed to have a platform so when cameras are rolling, they can’t just turn it off,� he told Champion. “They have to hear me say, ‘I have to thank my lord and savior, Jesus Christ.’� But it’s also made Tebow a lightning rod of sorts, with some questioning whether he should be talking more about football and less about his faith, as well as a fixture in popular culture. In one “Saturday Night Live� skit, a character portraying Jesus goes into the Broncos’ locker room saying he doesn’t want to have to “bail out� the team every week and praising their upcoming foe, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, as a “miracle worker.� Tebow said Sunday that he takes the attention in stride, saying that anything that gets people thinking about faith is a positive. “When it’s being talked about, that means it’s being contemplated by people,� he said. “And that’s a good thing.� And believing personally that his fate is in God’s hands gives Tebow comfort and joy, he said, and helps him remain optimistic and energized while tackling most any challenge. As important as football is to him, Tebow said he feels wholeheartedly that following God’s path is more so. “Whatever happens in life — good or bad, whether you’re the hero or the goat, whether you like it or not — you know that someone has a plan for your life, and it’s a special plan,� Tebow said. “When you trust that and you have hope in that, then you have peace in all decisions and everything you do. And it brings a lot of joy to your life.� — CNN










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Track and field finishes tough competition at Stanford By Oregon State Athletic Communications PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Oregon State track and field team finished a tough two days of competition at the Stanford Invitational today with several athletes achieving season-best times in their events. The Oregon State track and field team competed against some of the best collegiate and professional athletes in the country. The Beavers were among competitors from many top-25 programs, including Stanford, Baylor and Arizona, and professional athletes sponsored by Nike and New Balance. “Overall, it was not one of our better meets here,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “We’ve actually had some great meets at Stanford over the years. All we can do is rally ourselves. They are disappointed, but we have some things to work on and will be ready to compete again next weekend.” Kinsey Gomez, Erin Jones and Aly Nielson all competed in the 5,000 meters for the first time this season. Gomez finished 16th in section five of the race with a time of 17:21.18. Jones and Nielson finished 19th and 21st respectively,with times of 17:32.18 and 17:41.75. “That was a personal record for Gomez and was a pretty decent time in the 5,000 meters,” Sullivan said. “I think that Erin Jones also got a personal best, so it was good to see that.” In the 1,500 meters, Audrey Botti and Lacey London both achieved season best times in section seven of the race. Botti finished in sixth place with a time of 4:39.06 and London finished right behind her in seventh place with a time of 4:39.17. “They both did really well,” Sullivan said. “London had a six or seven second personal record in just her second 1,500 ever. Audrey has been a little banged up the last couple of months so it is good seeing her get back into it.” Emily LaValley competed in her second meet of the season in section six of the 1,500 meters. After leading her race at the beginning, LaValley became injured, but was still able to finish the race in 14th place with a time of 4:43.53. Kristin Oenning competed in the high jump and placed seventh in her section of the event. She placed with a jump of 5’3.25.” Taylor Hunt competed in the 800 meter run for the fourth time this season finishing in 10th place in section six with a time of 2:20.75. “Kristin actually had a phenomenal jump at 5’5.00”, but on her second or third attempt she accidentally knocked the bar off,” Sullivan said. “Even though she didn’t get a personal record today, she cleared 5’5.00” a couple of times and looked really good, but she just didn’t get a lucky bounce.” The Beavers will return to action next weekend when they head to Monmouth, Ore. to compete under the lights at the John Knight Twilight on April 13.

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Oregon State men’s crew team competed in eight races at Vancouver Lake on Saturday, eventually walking away with six total wins in duals against Gonzaga and No. 9 Stanford, as well as a novice-four encounter as part of the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Invitational, all of which continued a strong start to the Beavers’ 2012 season. OSU began its busy day with a quartet of races against its Northwest rivals and used the wonderful weather to its advantage, claiming victory in each of the V8, open 4+, JV8 and freshman 8 events against the Bulldogs. “We had fantastic conditions this morning, near perfect actually,” Oregon State head coach Steve Todd said. “All four crews raced well against Gonzaga and we came away with some hard-fought victories.” The Varsity 8 race started with Gonzaga jumping out to an early lead, but 600 meters in the Beavers’ boat of Dan Thompson (coxswain), Ty Louis, Daniel Werner, Clayton

Ward, Wyatt Worrel, Jorgen Anderson, Bryce Fransen, Brad Buser and Chris Nofziger drew even. Gonzaga attempted to push Oregon State, but with 250 meters to go, OSU pulled away for a 1.7 second win. The Beavers finished in 5:58.7 to the Bulldogs’ 6:00.4. OSU also won JV8, open 4 and freshman 8 races against Gonzaga, with the first being the closest, as Oregon State won by eight-tenths of a second. The Beavers were victorious in the open 4 by a nine-second margin and their freshman crew won by six seconds. Following a brief afternoon hiatus that saw Oregon State’s novice 4+ defeat Seattle Pacific, Humboldt State and Western Washington with a time of 7:02.5 as part of the NCRC Invite hosted by Lewis & Clark College, the team’s V8, JV8 and F8 crews went to work later in the afternoon against Stanford. Conditions deteriorated a bit as the varsity races were run in mild conditions, but the 2V and freshman races were run in a strong cross chop. Stanford’s varsity crew took advantage of a very strong start and opened up a lead early on. Oregon State cut into Stanford’s advantage in the sec-

In game two, Wetzler surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings and was helped out by a good performance from the OSU bullpen, which allowed no runs in the remaining 3 2/3. NOTES: Freshmen outfielders Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis, two of OSU’s top four hitters, struggled against Arizona State, going a combined 4-23 producing only two RBIs; Tyler Smith, one of the nation’s hottest hitters, extended his current hit streak to 11 games with a single in the third inning Saturday; OSU has not announced its starters for the two-game series vs. Nevada, though it’s virtually certain that the plans won’t include Wetzler, Child or Fry.

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ond half of the 2,000-meter course, but could not close to within a length of the No. 9 Cardinal crew. Stanford eventually finished in 5:55.0 to OSU’s 5:59.7. The Cardinal won the JV race by 10 seconds, with a time of 6:28.5 to Oregon State’s 6:38.8. In the freshman race, Stanford and Oregon State stayed nearly level down the course with both crews seesawing back and forth. Oregon State led by just over a half-length with 100 meters to go when Stanford had a steering breakage, allowing the Beavers to surge into the final lead. “The conditions the rookie crews faced were incredibly challenging, but we did extremely well to come away with a win,” Todd said. “We would also like to thank Lewis & Clark College for hosting today’s regatta.” Oregon State is back in action next weekend when it heads to Redwood Shores, Calif. for the Stanford Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.

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“We knew that this was going to be a tough region,” Chaplin said. “We feel very fortunate and honored that we get to represent this region at nationals, because it was a fight and we learned a lot, and we’re ready to come home and really work hard.” Georgia and Auburn were figured to be tough, but Michigan’s strong showing was a little unexpected. They were within one poor OSU beam routine of reaching nationals themselves. “[Michigan was a] great team to compete against,” Mak said. “To watch them get so close to taking nationals is almost inspiring for me, because they’ve had injuries and they’ve had adversity, and the fact that they were able to compete like that kind of shows us that we can step up our game like they did.” Stepping up their game in that way will have to happen for the Beavers, as nationals now

take center stage. This will be the seventh consecutive season OSU has made it to nationals. But in the last six attempts, they never made it to the Super Six (the second night of team competition). Seniors Mak and Vivian have gone to nationals and come up short for the last three years, so there will be a lot of motivation to get over the hump and get to that Super Six. The team will spend the next two weeks practicing for nationals. The NCAA Championships run from April 20-22 in Duluth, Ga. “There’s definitely been a lot of adversity this whole year, injuries and different things like that,” Mak said. “But I think the main thing to remember is this team has a lot of heart, a lot of hunger and drive for success, and as long as we keep focusing on doing our job and practicing hard, working on those details, I know we’re going to do great.”

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Gymnasts advance to nationals Auburn Regional Saturday; Auburn Arena; Auburn, Ala. 1. (6) Georgia - 197.100 2. (7) Oregon State - 196.450 3. (21) Michigan - 196.325 4. (18) Auburn - 196.100 5. West Virginia - 195.900 6. Michigan State - 194.050

Top OSU Participants

Bars • Vivian/Mak (T1st, 9.900) • Harris/Stambaugh (9.850) * Casey (9.800) Beam • Mak (1st, 9.925) • Vivian (2nd, 9.875) • Jones (T3rd 9.850) Vault • Mak/Blalock (9.850) • Stambaugh (9.825) Floor • Jones (T2nd, 9.900) • Stambaugh (9.850) • Harris (9.800)



Leslie Mak, pictured here in a meet against Stanford earlier this year, and the Beavers are headed to nationals. It’s the program’s seventh consecutive trip to nationals.

The Beavers come up clutch on the beam, narrowly top Michigan to make it to nationals for seventh straight year

delivered. Those three led the entire regional with their beam scores, and those last three performances put the Beavers ahead of the University of Michigan to seal a second-place finish at regionThe Daily Barometer als and a spot in nationals. “We knew that it was going to be close, and AUBURN, Ala. — It wasn’t until the very last routine of the night that the Oregon State gym- our last three beam performers did a fabulous nastics team realized they would be going to the job taking first through third on this event,” head NCAA Championships for the seventh straight coach Tanya Chaplin said. “And we needed those performances tonight in order to compete and year. The No. 7 Beavers needed three clutch beam move on.” Jones scored a 9.850, followed by Vivian’s 9.875, routines to clinch a berth to nationals, and Melanie Jones, Olivia Vivian and Leslie Mak all setting up the ideal scenario. Senior Leslie Mak — n

back-to-back Pac-12 (Pac-10 in 2011) Gymnast of the Year, and number one in the country on balance beam – stepped up with an opportunity to take the team to nationals. Mak’s performance was just what the team needed, a 9.925. “Mel just knocked it out of the park, Olivia did a great routine and Leslie did an awesome routine,” Chaplin said. “So it was nice that they really stayed mentally tough and could do what they needed to do there.” “It was definitely close and really exciting, but for me going into beam, I really wasn’t aware of how close it was,” Mak said. The meet came down to the wire because of the

All-Around • Mak (2nd, 39.425) • Jones (39.275) • Harris (39.150) • Stambaugh (39.125)

number of talented teams in the regional. Of the six teams in the region, four of them were ranked in the top 21 nationally. No. 6 Georgia pretty comfortably took first in the region, but the fight for second was a nail-biter. Oregon State’s score of 196.450 was just narrowly ahead of its competitors. No. 21 Michigan, who was breathing down OSU’s neck the entire competition, scored just behind with 196.325, and Auburn, the host school, ended up with 196.100. Rounding it out, West Virginia scored 195.900 and Michigan State had 194.050. See GYMNASTICS | page 7

Baseball faces Nevada after losing three to Arizona State OSU, who struggled to score runs in Tempe, will play two against the Wolf Pack in Reno

The series is pivotal for OSU because of what happened this past weekend. After losing 8-2 Thursday and 3-2 Friday, OSU looked to be in good position midway through Saturday’s contest. By Andrew Kilstrom The Daily Barometer The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the The No. 20 Oregon State baseball top of the fourth when sophomore team will try to get back on the right catcher Jake Rodriguez delivered an track after being swept by No. 24 RBI single. The score stayed put at 1-0 Arizona State when they take on the until the bottom of the eighth inning. University of Nevada at 2 p.m. today Freshman starting pitcher Jace in Reno, Nev. Fry, who had thrown a gem up till Nevada is 17-14 on the year, and that point, loaded the bases with could proffer further problems for an two singles and a walk, and no OSU team that scored just five runs in outs. Sophomore lefty Cole Brocker three games in Tempe, Ariz. replaced Fry, but surrendered five runs Despite their recent struggles, (three which were charged to Fry). there’s good news for the Beavers (18ASU went on to win 5-1, and the 11, 6-6). They get to play five com- loss moved Oregon State into a tie for bined non-conference games against fourth place in the conference with Nevada (today and 1 p.m. tomorrow) ASU. and then Arkansas-Pine Bluff (FridayDespite their offensive struggles, Sunday) before they take on No. 4 starting pitching was solid in the UCLA at Goss Stadium the following second two games of the series. weekend, which promises to be a vital Sophomore right-hander Dan Child series. gave up five runs over six innings of Nevada has solid numbers across work in the first game of the series, but the board, posting a 4.10 team ERA sophomore lefty Ben Wetzler and Fry NEIL ABREW | THE DAILY BAROMETER and has a solid top of the lineup. pitched well in the second two games. Freshman Michael Conforto swings and misses in a game against Washington earlier this year. The Beavers have Nevertheless, the Wolf Pack are a team See BASEBALL | page 7 struggled offensively lately, scoring just five runs in three games in Tempe this past weekend. that Oregon State expects to beat. n

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