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I believe, as always, that [Holocaust survivors] will remain within the written word to be researched and interpreted by future generations for the rest of human history. Ruth Klüger

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University of California Professor, Holocaust survivor

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Ruth Klüger, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine and a survivor of the Holocaust, spoke last night about her love for literature and recalled her experiences in Nazi concentration camps and her immigration to the United States.

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Ruth Klüger spoke about the power she sees in writing through her life experiences By Ryan Dawes The Daily Barometer

Sixty-eight years ago, one of the greatest catastrophes in human history, the Holocaust, came to a close. In its wake are the approximately 6 million Jews that were systematically massacred under the reign of Germany’s Third Reich. This week, Oregon State University and the Corvallis community are coming together to commemorate those who were affected by the Holocaust, and last night a presentation was given on campus by author Ruth Klüger, a distinguished German professor at the University of California, Irvine. She is also a Holocaust survivor. In her presentation, she talked

about her personal experiences in the Holocaust, and also about her love and acknowledgment of literature. “I thought it was really powerful to hear perspectives on literature concerning the Holocaust from an actual Holocaust survivor,” said Adam Rogowski, a Crescent Valley High School student who attended the event. “It opens your eyes to the reality of the Holocaust as well.” Klüger was born in Vienna, Austria, and was only six-years-old when Hitler annexed Austria into the Third Reich. Her father was sent to prison and was later killed. Even at that early age, she strongly felt the oppression against Jews. Eventually not allowed to go to school or to be seen on the streets of the city with a Star of David, which caused her alienation and ridicule, she turned to one thing that could keep her engaged and intrigued:

She began reading hundreds of books. At age 11, Klüger and her mother were taken to Theresienstadt, which would later be labeled as a concentration camp. At Theresienstadt, there were no books except for one that her mother managed to convince a guard to bring to her. A year later, Klüger was taken to Auschwitz, which she called “the antechamber of death.” The only form of literature for her were proverbs told to the Jews, such as, “Speech is silver but silence is gold.” This form of literature she soon grew to detest. “Even to hear them to this day, I will grow sick to my stomach to hear the sarcasm and irony of any of those proverbs,” Klüger said. At the end of World War II, she eventually settled in Straubing, Bavaria, Germany and later emigrated to the United States in 1947.

With her, she brought the wealth of her memories, which developed into her lectures and publications such as “Still Alive” and “weiter leben: Eine Jugend.” “She has an important story to tell that goes beyond the books that she has written,” said Sebastian Heiduschke, assistant professor of German at OSU. “It is a message still in the present that resonates in from the past.” Klüger expresses that these memories will remain timeless and will live on in texts and literature. “There is some talk wondering what will happen when the last of the Holocaust survivors are gone,” Klüger said. “I believe, as always, that they will remain within the written word to be researched and interpreted by future generations for the rest of human history.” Ryan Dawes, news reporter

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Active Minds to let students drop off drugs at a box in the Oregon State Police Department lobby, no questions asked By Kyle Reed

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Students will soon be able to anonymously dispose of drugs at a drop box located in the lobby of the Oregon State Police Department. The drop box, which is being produced by the campus’ Active Minds chapter, will be open at all times of the day, providing students with a means to drop off surplus prescription drugs. “It’s don’t ask, don’t tell,” said Jim Gouveia, suicide prevention coordinator and CAPS therapist. “If you go in there to drop stuff off, no one is going to say, ‘Excuse me, what are you doing?’” There are a variety of reasons for the drop box’s creation, with the primary purpose of it linked to suicide prevention. “There are three goals to the drop box,” Gouveia said. “One is [that] it’s keeping prescription drugs

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out of the water system, so people don’t flush them down the toilet. Two, it’s keeping drugs off the streets for illegal use and drug abuse. And three, it’s a means reduction, meaning we’re trying to eliminate the means of ways of hurting yourself, and one of those is prescription drugs. If people don’t have the drugs in their home, then they are unlikely to overdose on them and die from an overdose.” Medications that are dropped off will be disposed of by the Oregon State Police, which will catalogue what they receive before promptly incinerating it alongside their evidence. Active Minds, which has worked to see the drop box’s fruition, is a national organization that works to decrease the stigmas associated with mental illness, as well as promote mental health and well-being. “What they are trying to say is that we all come with our own stories, [and] we all come with our own issues,” Gouveia said. “But it’s not something you should be ashamed of, to come forward and get help.”

The organization traces back to its founder, Alison Malmon. Her brother committed suicide while she was a college student. After her graduation, she started the program to give people the help they need and to prevent suicides on college campuses. The group also participates and creates events for students to participate in. In May, they hold an event in the Memorial Union quad to raise awareness about suicide. Active Minds will lay out daisies in the quad to represent all of the students who died from suicide. Gouveia hopes students see the value in receiving help. “OSU has seen a disproportionate amount of people die from suicide,” Gouveia said. “I want people to be aware of [the fact] that this is a real issue that affects everyone. The more we can do to prevent it and help people find the help they need and help them prevent it, the better, because we know the treatment works, especially around depression.” Kyle Reed, news reporter

Primary election continues until 10 p.m. Friday, candidates content so far By Don Iler

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Primary elections for the Associated Students of Oregon State University began last night at 10 p.m. Students will have until Friday at 10 p.m. to vote online at elections. Dan Cushing, ASOSU vice president and chairman of the elections committee, said students could find a voters guide on the ASOSU website and could also log in to vote through Blackboard. Candidates began campaigning last week, with several of them setting up booths in the Memorial Union quad or speaking to groups and organizations. A debate was held Monday in the Memorial Union, and candidates were asked questions and allowed limited time to rebut the other candidate’s answers. Many candidates were pleased so far with how the election is going. “Elections have been going really well so far,” said Lexi Merrill, candidate for president. “We have had a good chance to hear people’s personal stories, which has got us fired up to get to work to get elected.” Merrill said she would be bringing her child with her out to the quad to help her campaign today. “We’re willing to get out there in the quad more, we’re willing to go around to more student groups: Shake more hands, kiss more babies,” said Jacob Vandever, candidate for vice president and Merrill’s running mate. “We’re willing to demonstrate to the students at OSU that we really do care about them.” See PRIMARY | page 2

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ASOSU senate meets briefly, discusses ideas for this term’s upcoming legislation The Daily Barometer

The Associated Students of Oregon State University met briefly last night for its weekly meeting. The senate heard no new business or old business, only hearing a few brief comments from senators. Rhianna Taniguchi announced that the Student Sustainability Initiative was sponsoring a film festival during the month of April. Taniguchi said films would be shown every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room and would include a quick presentation as well as free food. Taniguchi also stated her ideas for bills that the senate could pass or work on. She said she would like to see bills that would allow student parents to bring their children on SafeRide and one that would encourage the administration to make standardized tests optional for admissions. Dylan Hinrichs also announced that ASOSU primary elections began Tuesday at 10 p.m. The senate will meet again next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in MU211. The Daily Barometer

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(CNN) — The Obama administration calculates it’s likely North Korea may test fire mobile ballistic missiles at any time, based on the most recent intelligence showing Pyongyang probably has completed launch preparations, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The administration believes a test launch could happen without North Korea issuing a standard notice to commercial aviation and maritime shipping warning them to stay away from the missile’s path, according to the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the information. He cautioned most of the information comes from satellite imagery, so it’s impossible to reach a definitive conclusion because the United States has no means to gather information on the ground. “We hope they issue a notification, but at this point we don’t expect it. We are working on the assumption they won’t, “ the official said. He said the launch could be “imminent,” but also cautioned that the United States “simply doesn’t know.” The official, along with a Pentagon official, said that the United States has been able to keep satellites over the suspected launch area for most of the past week. The United States thinks the missiles remain at a point about halfway down the eastern coast of North Korea and are about 10 miles inland. Imagery has been impeded by some bad weather, which means there is less than perfect knowledge about what is happening on the ground. But based on what the United States has seen, the belief is that the missiles have received their liquid fuel and are ready for launch. After any launch, U.S. satellites and radars in the region would be able to calculate the trajectory of missiles within minutes and quickly conclude whether they are on a test path headed for open ocean or potentially headed for land areas such as Japan. The United States and Japan would then have to decide whether to try to shoot the missiles down, the officials said. ‘Clear and direct’ threat to U.S. security Also Tuesday, the top U.S. commander in the Pacific called repeated North Korean violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions forbidding the “building and testing” of long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons “a clear and direct threat to U.S. national security and regional peace and stability.” “A major conflict in Korea could have unpredictable, long term and far reaching impacts due to the central location of the Korean peninsula in Northeast Asia and the vital importance of Northeast Asian trade to the global economy,” said Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. The admiral spoke at a Senate Armed Services hearing and submitted testimony to the committee. He said he’s confident that the United States would be able to help defend U.S.

forces and its friends. He acknowledged the importance of China’s role in reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The hearing came as North Korea issued its latest dispatch of ominous rhetoric Tuesday, telling foreigners in South Korea they should take steps to protect themselves in the event of a conflict. “Kim Jong Un’s stated emphasis on economic development and promises of economic growth have so far yielded little, and are undermined by North Korean missile launches and nuclear tests that lead to further sanctions and international isolation,” Locklear said, referring to North Korea’s leader. “North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, its illicit sales of conventional arms, and its ongoing proliferation activities remain a threat to regional stability and underscore the requirement for effective missile defense,” he said. The admiral was asked whether there’s ever been a time of greater tension among North Korea, South Korea and the United States since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s. “I would agree in my recollection, I don’t know a greater time,” he said. The question of China Asked about China and its longtime close relationship with North Korea, he said the country could play a key role in persuading the North Korean government to engage in “restraint,” but “they could do more.” Senators expressed concerns, skepticism and outright criticism of China. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, called the country “a communist dictatorship” that fears individual freedoms. Locklear regards China as neither a friend nor a foe. He said that sometimes, China can be “more nuanced” than the United States, and he noted some reporting that the leadership in China has made some statements about the issue. Over the weekend, Chinese President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying that no nation “should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain.” While he didn’t mention North Korea, the comments were seen as a reference to Pyongyang. “There no benefit to the Chinese of having this type of activity occurring on their borders, no possible benefit that I can see from this. So they will, I believe, in time, work this problem to their national interest just like we do and the South Koreans do,” Locklear said. The saber rattling is making an impact, poll says Meanwhile, the storm of warlike words coming from Pyongyang appears to have rattled Americans, with more than four in 10 saying they see the reclusive nation as an immediate threat to the United States, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows. That’s up 13 percentage points in less than a month, CNN Polling Director Keating

Holland said. “If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted to get the attention of the American public, his strategy is starting to work,” Holland said. North Korea’s unnerving message advising foreigners to secure shelter or evacuate in case of hostilities came as Japan set up missile defenses in Tokyo and North Korean workers failed to turn up for work in the industrial complex jointly operated by North and South Korea. In the statement published by state-run media Tuesday, the North’s Korea AsiaPacific Peace Committee reiterated accusations that Washington and Seoul are seeking to provoke a war with Pyongyang. “Once a war is ignited on the peninsula, it will be an all-out war,” the committee said, adding that North Korea doesn’t want foreigners in South Korea to “fall victim” to a conflict. But staff at the British Embassy in Seoul appeared unimpressed. “We are not commenting on the specifics of every piece of rhetoric from North Korea,” said Colin Gray, head of media affairs at the embassy. “Our travel advice remains unchanged. At this moment, we see no immediate threat to British citizens in South Korea.” And foreign visitors in Seoul didn’t appear to be panicking Tuesday. “I am concerned, but not enough not to make the trip,” said Vicky Polashock, who was visiting from Atlanta. Threat after threat North Korea has unleashed a torrent of dramatic threats against the United States and South Korea in recent weeks, including that of a possible nuclear strike. But many analysts have cautioned that much of what Kim’s regime is saying is bluster, noting that it is believed to still be years away from developing an operational nuclear missile. A more likely scenario, they say, is a localized provocative move. Amid the fiery words from Pyongyang and annual military training exercises by U.S. and South Korean forces in the region, government officials in Washington and Seoul say they are taking the North Korean threat seriously. In the days before North Korea’s latest round of threats and provocations, U.S. and North Korean officials met in New York, although nothing came of the meeting, said a source familiar with what happened. The source described the meeting as part of regular back channel exchanges between the countries. Clifford Hart, the U.S. envoy for six-party talks aimed at North Korean denuclearization, met with North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador Han Song-ryol in mid-March, according to the source. Hart repeated the Obama administration’s call for North Korea to avoid provocative actions and urged a return to diplomacy. Han promised to carry the messages back to Pyongyang, the source said.

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PRIMARY n Continued from page 3 Mohamed Elgarguri has not been campaigning in the quad so far this week but has emphasized other campaign strategies. “Rather than harassing students in the quad, we have been investing our time into building inclusive relationships with active student leaders representing Beaver Nation’s array of diverse communities,” Elgarguri said. “This is not a solicitation, it’s an invitation.”

Jackson Lile, who is running with Robert Ohanesian, has voiced his opposition to the First Year Experience, which will require freshmen to live on campus starting in the fall. “Our main point is to have an exemption status for fraternities, sororities and co-ops in the First Year Experience program,” Lile said. “The First Year Experience program may be forcing freshmen into what they may not want to do.” Victoria Redman, who is running for vice president with

Brett Deedon, said she has been getting out the word to students to vote. “We’ve spoken with thousands of students by attending their organization’s meetings to tell them a little bit about the election and what ASOSU does and why Brett and I are passionate about representing them,” Redman said. The primary election will narrow the candidate field, with the two top vote-receivers advancing to the general election. The primary election lasts

The OSU Socratic Club presents…

A debate free & open to the public, sponsored by SEAC & Ed. Act.

Hell and the Love of God

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Wednesday, April 10 • 7 p.m • Milam Auditorium

Does God punish some people for eternity or will everyone eventually get to heaven? Is Hell a spiritual reality or a figurative expression of our separation from God, here on earth? Can a loving God send people to Hell or is it contrary to God’s nature? Did Jesus talk about Hell? Why might God create such a place? Our two speakers will present divergent views. TODD MILES, Associate Professor of Theology and Hermeneutics at Western Seminary, Portland

After earning degrees from OSU in Nuclear Engineering and spending several years in research, his interest in religious issues led Todd to pursue a PhD in theology and biblical interpretation. His latest book, A God of Many Understandings? The Gospel and Theology of Religions, explores the relationship of Christianity to other faiths. Dr. Miles will argue that the existence of Hell is compatible with belief in a God of love.

CHRISTIAN PIATT, Director of Church Growth and Development at First Christian Church, Portland.

He describes himself as “an author, editor, speaker, musician and spoken word artist.” He is also the creator and editor of the Banned Questions book series, which include Banned Questions About the Bible and Banned Questions About Jesus. He blogs on “Patheos” and is a contributor to the Huffington Post. He will argue that a belief in Hell is incompatible with the biblical teaching that God loves all humanity.

For more information, visit: Use the contact form to request special accommodations. Broadcast live at: More than 20 of our previous debates at:

until Friday at 10 p.m., after which students will no longer be able to vote online. Warner Strausbaugh, Megan Campbell and Kate Virden contributed reporting to this article. Don Iler, editor-in-chief On Twitter @doniler

Wednesday, April 10 Meetings

ASOSU House of Representatives, 7-8:30pm, MU 211. Weekly meeting.

Events OSU Divest!, Noon-1pm, MU 206. Should OSU be investing in fossil fuels? Informational meeting about campus fossil fuel divestment campaigns. Free pizza! OSU Socratic Club, 7pm, Milam Auditorium. Debate - “Hell and the Love of God,” by speakers Todd Miles from Western Seminary and author Christian Piatt. Free and open to the public. ASOSU Candidates Nick Rosoff & Joyce Contreras, 3-6pm, OSU Pride Center. Free pizza and information will be provided by Nick and Joyce in preparation for ASOSU’s elections.

Thursday, April 11 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. Rethinking Leadership - Devotions and discussion. SIFC, 6:30pm, MU Council Room. Weekly meeting. We are hearing an MU contingency request.

Speakers OSU College of Forestry, 3:30-5pm, 107 Richardson Hall. 2013 Starker Lecture Series - Forest Biomass: Energy & Beyond. “Wood to Wing: Envisioning an Aviation Biofuels Industry Based on Forest Residuals in the Pacific Northwest” - Dr. Michael Wolcott, Regents Professor and Director, Institute for Sustainable Design, Washington State University.

Events ASOSU Candidates Nick Rosoff & Joyce Contreras, 7pm, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. Free pizza and drinks. Information will be provided by Nick and Joyce in preparation for ASOSU’s elections. Engineers Without Borders OSU Chapter, 8am-6pm, Gleeson Hall Lobby. Free books! Reality TV or books: What would Hemingway do? Career Services, 1-2pm, Kidder 202. Webinar - Securing Federal Employment Abroad. Join us for a discussion about the mission-critical, international positions in government. Hear from agency representatives and Partnership for Public Service Organization staff on a variety of international opportunities.

Friday, April 12 Meetings OSU Chess Club, 5-7pm, MU Commons. Players of all levels welcome.

Events ASOSU Candidates Nick Rosoff & Joyce Contreras, Noon-4pm, OSU Pride Center. Free pizza and information will be provided by Nick and Joyce in preparation for ASOSU’s elections. ASOSU Candidates Nick Rosoff & Joyce Contreras, 7pm, 611 NW 11th St. Free pizza and drinks. Information will be given by Nick and Joyce in preparation for ASOSU’s elections. Saturday, April 13 Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), 5pm, MU Ballroom. The “Flower Festival.” Live music and entertainment. Dinner will be served. Seats are limited, first come, first served basis.

Tuesday, April 16 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211. Weekly meeting.

Wednesday, April 17 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7-8:30pm, MU 211. Weekly meeting.

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ASOSU squabbles ruin its relevancy


or once we wish we did not have to report on the petty squabbles and uninteresting drama that envelops Associated Students of Oregon State University. Of course we are again. This time we’re reporting on the ongoing travails of Nick Rosoff’s election sanctions. Monday night, Rosoff had his appeal of the election commission’s decision to sanction him from campaigning. Rosoff had been prevented from campaigning last week, the first week of campaigning, after the committee found him guilty of violating election rules. Monday’s trial happened after Rosoff’s sanctions had already ended on Saturday, and whatever the judicial council finds will not change that Rosoff was unable to campaign for an entire week. So what is the point of wasting so many people’s time if the outcome of the trial will not change what has already happened? If there were any question that Rosoff had not been trying to circumvent rules that prevent candidates from campaigning before April 1, Rosoff would be right in trying to clear his name. But all the evidence points to the contrary, with Rosoff having organized the meeting under the pretenses of it being about ASOSU elections, when in actuality, it appears to have been nothing less than a thinly veiled attempt to organize people for his campaign. Perhaps rules that prevent candidates from campaigning or publically organizing before spring term should be looked at, but Rosoff broke them as they are currently written. He did not play by the rules of the game and he is now wasting time by continuing to drag out an appeal and drama that will not help him or his campaign. And it is continued drama like this that turns students away from student government. You could point the finger at us, saying Barometer coverage it gives inconsequential events like this more gravity and fatigues a student body that is already tired with the perpetual in-fighting that plagues ASOSU. But we are obligated to cover a trial like this. When you have the vice president acting as the defense, a presidential candidate acting as plaintiff, the president and speaker of the house observing in the audience along with ASOSU’s faculty adviser, and three judicial council members leading the proceedings, it’s news. With so many student leaders sitting in the room, it’s obvious they think it’s important enough to be there, so it is for us as well. But trials like last night’s demonstrate how much time is wasted by student government officials on miniscule squabbles between themselves, instead of directing energy toward more productive endeavors. We would love to report on those accomplishments, but instead we are left with pointless trials. We would hope that it would end before next year, but we doubt it will. We are happy its multi-million dollar budget is put to such good use.


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College students lack the time for pleasure reading


he advent of the printing press in the 15th century revolutionized the production of books, making them easier and cheaper to produce, and more affordable to buy. It no longer required an entire herd of cattle to make enough vellum for a decentlysized volume. The 15th century, with the advent of the printing press and paper books, changed how the world read. Our smartphones or e-readers of today are the printing press of the 21st century. They change how the world interacts, reads and gets its news. Justin Hernandez of the Huffington Post wrote that “people aren’t always quick to pick up a book. I suppose this is universally indicative of today’s internetdriven world. We have all become accustomed to using blogs and social media as our main source for content, leaving little room for newspapers and magazines to compete.” This may be true, but why is it that so many people still aren’t reading? According to a 2007 study by the National Endowment for the Arts, called, “To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence:” “There is a general decline in reading among teenage and adult Americans.” It goes on to state that, “both reading ability and the habit of regular reading have greatly declined among college graduates.” This might have something to do with the 65 percent of college freshmen

Irene Drage

The Daily Barometer who “read for pleasure for less than an hour per week or not at all.” But it’s not just freshmen. The study found that “nearly half of all Americans ages 18 to 24,” — or college students — “read no books for pleasure.” In 1992, 59 percent of this demographic read a book for fun in a year. In 2002, only 52 percent of 18 to 24 year olds read a book for fun. Imagine how that number has declined between 2002 and now. With the Internet constantly at our fingertips, it’s true that “LOL Cats” can be easier, cheaper, more entertaining and faster than a book, even if both are on your phone. But is that any excuse for the bubble most of us surround ourselves with in college, isolated from news from the outside world? We isolate ourselves from the outside world in college, living in bubbles made of stress, sleep deprivation and piles of assigned reading. Finding enough time in the day to get it all done and still have time for fun — not always possible. I’m an English major and a writing minor, and I write and edit for money. So after spending more than five hours after class or before work powering through my required readings and writing papers, the last thing I want to do is aggravate my always-encroaching eyestrained headache with more words.

I’ve had my nose buried in a book since I figured out how to make the squiggles on the page tell me stories. I bought “The Hunger Games” trilogy at the end of winter break, because everyone told me it was a tragedy I hadn’t read it yet — it’s still sitting on my end table, waiting patiently on the top of my to-read pile. Some days the thought of more words just makes me want to cry. Other days, every spare hour I have is spent in catching up on my sleep debt. My to-read pile isn’t particularly “literary” in most senses of the term. I’m not avoiding works by Hemingway or de Cervantes. It’s just, some days things like comic books and young adult fiction seem like too much, after having spent half a day trying to find evidence to support the theory that Don Quixote wasn’t actually insane after all. It’s hard to turn the “analyzing and/or correcting things in writing” switch off, considering I spend over half of any given day doing either, and all the emphasized words in comic books can lead to strange, down-the-rabbit-hole mental monologues that it’s better just to avoid. So there’s a reason I avoid reading for fun now that I’m actually putting all my time into college. But I’m starting to think it’s a stupid one. t

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Respond to climate change


or many years now the science confirming humancaused climate change has been solidly established. Yet many people continue to deny either global warming or its human causes (principally the carbon dioxide that is generated by the burning of fossil fuels — coal, natural gas and oil), and many more are too confused by the controversy to take a stand on the matter. The principal source of this denial and confusion is the sophisticated propaganda campaign expertly organized and lavishly funded by the groups with the most to lose from major reductions in the use of fossil fuels: corporations such as ChevronTexaco, Exxon-Mobil, BP and Shell. The issues in this state of affairs are, of course, complex, but certain key facts are beyond dispute: 1) Consensus among scientists and prestigious scientific organizations, such as the National Academies of Science and the International Panel on Climate Change, is extremely hard to achieve, hence all the more significant when it occurs. 2) Even if only the possibility of disrupting the planet’s long-functioning ecosystem existed, the wise and prudent course of action would be to reduce and seek substitutes for the activities contributing to the disruption. 3) Corporations have time and again used their massive organizational and financial assets to influence government and to shape public opinion to further their own narrow interests, despite the damage caused to the public interest. 4) It is morally wrong to wreck the environment, therefore it is wrong to profit from wrecking it. Based on these indisputable truisms, there is really no legitimate justification for not taking decisive measures to reduce the amount of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere. But how can we as individuals have any say in the matter? Lifestyle changes and public demonstrations are certainly called for, but with the political system largely captured by the corporations (until a Constitutional Amendment is passed to stipulate that money is not speech, and corporations are not people), we can vote with our dollars. We can boycott the worst offenders, and we can insist that whatever organizations we are affiliated with divest themselves or their holdings in fossil fuel companies. Divestment can hit the corporations where it hurts — in their share price. More importantly it can bring the whole issue into focus for the average citizen. For a problem as complicated as climate change, this could be divestment’s greatest impact. It played this vital role in advancing the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, another seemingly far-off and hard-to-understand situation. The gradualness and the difficulty of grasping the dire consequences of human-induced climate change leave many of us paralyzed as to what we can do about it. Focusing on the moral question of what it might mean for our planetary ecosystem and for our children’s children can move us beyond that paralysis. Richard L. Clinton

OSU professor emeritus

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pring football isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. It’s 16 practices over four weeks. It takes place five months before the real season starts. It culminates in a spring “game,” which is more of a scrimmage, with many starters not even playing. But spring practices are good for one thing: Seeing which unknown faces could have a prominent role in the fall. Storm Woods was the darling of spring camp last year. Every media outlet did a story on him and every coach was raving about him. It seemed like it all could have been an effort to find someone new to talk about (since he redshirted 2011, his freshman year), but he turned out to be the starting running back, and he performed like one, too. So while VazMannion-ocalpyse won’t be solved until August, and no real contact will be made between offensive and defensive players, there is still something to be excited about with spring football. Here are the three players who didn’t start last year, or maybe didn’t even play last year, who will have fans saying, “Whoa, where did that guy come from?” in September. 1. Sean Martin This is the one I’m most confident about — but it comes with a risk. Steven Nelson, a junior-college transfer from College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., has a chance to supplant Martin as the starter at cornerback opposite Rashaad Reynolds. I don’t think this happens, but Nelson has proved to be capable, and either way, the two give the Beavers See STRAUSBAUGH | page 5

COMING SOON Friday, April 12 No. 24 Softball vs. Utah 3 p.m., OSU Softball Complex Pac-12 Networks (TV) No. 6 Baseball vs. Utah 5:35 p.m., Goss Stadium Women’s Track @ John Knight Twilight TBA, Monmouth, Ore.

Saturday, April 13 No. 24 Softball vs. Utah 3 p.m., OSU Softball Complex No. 6 Baseball vs. Utah 2:05 p.m., Goss Stadium Men’s Rowing vs. Washington TBA, Lowell, Ore. (Dexter Lake)

Sunday, April 14 No. 24 Softball vs. Utah 2 p.m., OSU Softball Complex Pac-12 Networks (TV) No. 6 Baseball vs. Utah 12:05 p.m., Goss Stadium

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Scott Heineman slides safely into home in the second inning of Oregon’s 6-3 win against Oregon State yesterday. Taylor Starr (left) threw four wild pitches in the second inning.

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Oregon State falls to Oregon, 6-3, allowing the winning runs in the 9th inning of Tuesday’s game By Andrew Kilstrom The Daily Barometer

Entering the ninth inning knotted up at 3-3, Oregon State turned to freshman left-hander Max Engelbrekt to shut down Oregon’s offense. Engelbrekt entered with a runner on first and one out. After walking Brett Thomas, Engelbrekt left a pitch over the middle of the plate that Aaron Payne drove for a double, scoring the two runners.

The No. 16 Ducks (24-8, 9-3 Pac-12) added an insurance run in the next at-bat with a sacrifice fly and quietly put No. 6 OSU (25-6, 7-2) away in the bottom half of the inning, clinching a 6-3 victory. “You can’t walk a guy and then back it up with a huge mistake,” said head coach Pat Casey. “They took advantage of their opportunities.” Giving Oregon too many chances was something the Beavers mentioned numerous times after the game. “A common denominator in athletics is if you give a team opportunities, a good team will take advantage of it,” Casey said. See BASEBALL | page 5

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Freshman left-hander Max Engelbrekt delivers a pitch in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game. Engelbrekt allowed two runs in the loss.

Pac-12 softball power rankings By Grady Garrett

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ers, Jolene Henderson (24-5, 1.28 ERA), the The Bruins won 18 of their first 20 but have Golden Bears look like a decent bet to get back to struggled thus far in Pac-12 play. They lost six of National rank: 2 their last seven, including two losses ASU boasts one of the nation’s most potent Oklahoma City for the 2013 College World Series. to Utah last weekend, but the fact that 4. Washington (31-10, 9-3) offenses, ranking first in the country in runs per they’re still ranked in the top 20 is a game (7.83) and third in team batNational rank: 14 testament to the conference’s strength. ting average (.352). Oh, and starting The Huskies have won seven 8. Oregon State (24-14, 1-8) pitcher Mackenzie Popescue owns straight since starting Pac-12 play the best earned-run average (1.19) National rank: NR 2-3. Last weekend, they got it done in in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils have The Beavers fell out of the national rankings this a variety of ways against OSU, winning yet to lose a series this season and will be one of game one, 14-2, and coming from week after they were swept by Washington, but the favorites to win the national title. three home games against conference bottombehind to win games two and three. dweller Utah could be just what 2. Oregon (33-6, 10-2) 5. Stanford (27-12, 5-7) this team needs to get back to its National rank: 7 National rank: 16 winning ways. OSU is not as bad as The Ducks have yet to lose a The Cardinal won four of six games since startits 1-8 conference record indicates. series this year, with a pair of ing Pac-12 play 1-4 and are fresh off a win close losses to California and 9. Utah (16-20, 3-9) against Arizona State. Stanford took two Washington being their only blemNational rank: NR of three from OSU in Corvallis last week. ishes in conference play. Led by Utah was awful in nonconference but took a 6. Arizona (26-13, 4-5) two pitchers who have at least 13 wins and subseries from UCLA this past weekend. The Utes also National rank: 17 1.50 ERAs, Oregon boosts the nation’s fourth-best gave Arizona a fight in late March, The Wildcats lack a true ace like most of the team ERA (1.47). winning one and losing two by a other top teams in the conference possess, but a total of three runs. While they’re 3. California (30-6, 6-3) close series win over Utah and wins over likely the only Pac-12 team that National rank: 9 California and Washington have kept won’t make the NCAA Tournament, Cal entered the 2012 College World them hovering around the .500 mark they’re not complete pushovers. Series as the tournament’s top seed in conference. but was knocked out by eventual Grady Garrett, sports reporter 7. UCLA (3-9, 26-13) national champion Alabama in the On Twitter @gradygarrett semifinals. Led by one of the nation’s elite pitchNational rank: 19

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Q&A: Mary Claire with Brenner Track

Q: If you weren’t running track or playing softball, what other sport would you play at OSU? A: Volleyball. Q: Did you play in high Brenner school? A: I did, yes. My sister plays down at the University of Oregon and we’ve played together for years. I played club and all throughout high school. [I] just didn’t think my knees would allow it in college. But I love it. Q: What’s your favorite class at OSU so far? A: My marine ecology class. Q: What’s your major? A: I’m an Exercise Sports Science [major] but I have a zoology minor. [My marine ecology class] was in my zoology minor and I loved it, it was an awesome class. I love the ocean, I really enjoyed that class. Q: If you could be a superhero, who would you be? A: Isn’t there an Aquaman or something? I want to breathe underwater. Q: Who has the best sense of humor on the team? A: Justine Bird, she’s one of the jumpers. Q: What’s your favorite Disney movie? Disney

character? A: Aladdin and Jasmine. Q: Do you have a pre-meet playlist? Who’s your favorite artist? A: I don’t have a pre-meet playlist, because when you get to the meet you can’t really have headphones on the track or anything but M.C. Hammer ‘s “U Can’t Touch This,” you know that’s my song. That was my walk-up song for softball because, my [initials are] M.C. and my nickname was Hammer for softball. That’s my jam. Q: If you could meet any person who has died, who would it be? A: My grandpa Brenner, my dad’s dad. He played in the [minor league baseball]. I definitely would want to meet him. He played for and managed the Portland Beavers and played up in Tacoma and also down in Sacramento. Q: What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? A: Probably just from my parents telling me to do what I love and have fun doing it. Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? A: Well that’s easy, chocolate peanut butter. Alex McCoy, sports reporter On Twitter @alexmccoy21

STRAUSBAUGH n Continued from page 6 great depth to play three corners in the pass-happy Pac-12. Martin is smart, physical, and has enough speed to contend with the speedy receivers in the conference. He has experience on the field, too. The Beavers introduced a dime package (three cornerbacks and three safeties) on defense in 2012, and Martin was the third cornerback after Jordan Poyer and Reynolds. Martin finished the year with 43 total tackles and two interceptions. It may be a stretch at this point in time, but Martin’s style of play does look a bit like Poyer’s. It would be fitting, too, since they were roommates. 2. Joel Skotte Skotte wasn’t redshirted in his freshman year, always a good sign for a player who is entering his sophomore season as a starter. D.J. Alexander did the same thing a year ago and ended up being more than capable as a starter on the outside. The sophomore from Mountain View High School in Bend is listed atop the depth chart at middle linebacker right now. With Alexander and senior Michael Doctor manning the outside with a lot of speed, Skotte will be able to ease into his role up the middle. The veteran Doctor likes what he’s seen so far from the

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Senior cornerback Sean Martin defends junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks in practice on Monday. young linebacker. “Joel Skotte is a hell of an athlete,” Doctor said at Tuesday’s practice. “He’s smart, reads his keys fast. He’s a good player.” 3. Caleb Smith Some may think Smith is still a year away, but he sure looks like a tight end at a BCS school. Smith stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs 258 pounds. When you stand next to him, he looks even bigger. He enrolled at OSU early last year and participated in spring drills. Like Skotte, he wasn’t redshirted as a freshman. Smith didn’t see the field outside of the occasional three tight end formation. With Colby Prince now graduated, Smith slides in behind junior Connor Hamlett on the depth chart.

While Hamlett is the better receiver right now, Smith can be the jack-of-all-trades at tight end. His strength shows he can be a capable blocker, and he still has good pass-catching skills. Smith has said this spring that he didn’t have as much confidence last year because he didn’t know the offense well enough and didn’t always know his assignments. With a year under his belt now, Smith could eventually become one of the best tight ends in the Pac-12. He probably won’t reach that point this year, but the former four-star recruit has a bright future. Warner Strausbaugh, managing editor On Twitter @WStrausbaugh

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Head coach Pat Casey visits the mound to talk things over in Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to Oregon. Senior right-hander Taylor Starr (26) struggled, allowing three runs in three innings of work.

BASEBALL n Continued from page 6 “They took advantage of our mistakes, and we did not do a good job on the mound.” “We gave them so many opportunities,” added sophomore outfielder Dylan Davis. “It’s pretty hard to win a game when you give a team like Oregon opportunities that you shouldn’t.” Senior right-hander Taylor Starr got the start for the Beavers and, in the first inning, looked dominant like he did all of last year against the Ducks. Then he ran into control issues. Last year, Starr shut down Oregon in two starts, allowing four runs and striking out 13 in 16 innings of action. Tuesday, Starr walked and hit a batter, followed by four wild pitches in the second inning, surrendering two runs to the Ducks. The senior allowed Oregon to plate a third run during his final inning of work, the third inning, allowing three singles with two outs already recorded in the inning. “He was really good in the first inning,” Casey said. “But I don’t know what was wrong with him after that. I don’t have the answer. If I had the answer, I would’ve helped him with it.” After being down 3-1 early, OSU fought back to tie the score at three in the fourth inning. Junior third baseman Jerad Casper scored junior catcher Jake Rodriguez with a single before senior Ryan Barnes scored Casper with a sacrifice bunt down the first base line. Despite the sluggish start and end result, Casey liked the resiliency he saw from his team. “I thought we battled really well after we got down 3-1,” Casey said. “We hadn’t hit a ball

hard in the first three innings.” And while it was a nonconference game, both coaches acted as if the result affected the conference standings. There were 10 walks between the two teams, but the intensity was high from the start. “We play every game the same,” Casey said. “We want to win every game. We want to battle. We want to win and so does our opponent. Usually, it comes down to who plays the game of baseball the best, and we didn’t tonight.” Tuesday’s loss will serve as

motivation when the Beavers face the Ducks again in the conference series on May 17. “It’s a big game because they’re ranked so high and we’re ranked so high, and even though it’s nonconference I think everybody views it as a big game,” Casey said. “We always want to win. They just beat us.” OSU is back in action for a home series against Pac-12 opponent Utah starting Friday. Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom

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Florida abduction: A libertarian washed ashore in the worker’s paradise (CNN) — Online acquaintances wished fair winds and following seas to Joshua Hakken as he fled to Cuba, a strange refuge for a professed fan of Ron Paul. Hakken, his wife and their two sons, 2-year-old Chase and 4-year-old Cole, were at a marina on the communist-ruled island when CNN found them aboard their small sailboat Tuesday. Florida authorities believe Hakken sailed there after abducting the two boys from the Tampa home of their grandmother, who was granted custody after Hakken’s 2012 arrest on drug charges in Louisiana. “This all just seems like the government is yet again making real criminals out of non-violent peaceful freedom lovers,” wrote one commenter on “Adam Vs. The Man,” a libertarian web forum. The family’s Cuban sojourn may be short-lived, as the government there announced Tuesday that it would hand them over to U.S. authorities. A man identifying himself as Hakken — “a father, a registered professional mechanical engineer and a veteran of the USAF” — joined the Adam Vs. The Man discussion board in February 2012 under the handle “Sailingbull.” “I am absolutely devoted to life, liberty, the rights of the individual and the Constitution of the United States of America,” he wrote. “Mr. Ron Paul is the ONLY politician I have ever admired or supported. It is unimaginable what the forces at be are doing and want to do to him.” Paul, the former Texas congressman, ran for president as a Republican in 2008 and 2012 and once as the Libertarian Party nominee, in 1988. Hakken vounteered to help Paul supporters scout out campsites near last year’s Republican convention in Tampa, posting photos of site possibilities on the message board.

CNN has not been able to indepen- room at the time.” dently confirm Hakken’s identity, and Police said they found both drugs Adam Vs. The Man founder Adam Kokesh and weapons in the room and called in did not respond to requests for comment. the state Office of Child Services, which But in a post last week, after news that “determined that the children were in Hakken was wanted in connection with danger” and took them into their custody. the abduction, he noted, “I feel like we’re Hakken was charged with marijuana in a position to help here. Maybe to reach possession, possession of drug paraout to him. Certainly phernalia and the use of seems like a stupid way a controlled substance to go about this, regardaround minors; “Officers I feel like we’re less of what your moral also took custody of sevassessment is.” in a position to eral weapons for safe Both Hakken and keeping.” help here. Maybe his wife, Sharyn, held The Office of Child to reach out to him. Services professional engineertold CNN it ing certificates — hers Certainly seems like would not comment on in civil engineering, his the case. a stupid way to go in the mechanical and The children were put fire-protection specialabout this, regardless into foster care with a ties, according to state of what you moral family in Tangipahoa records. Parish, north of Lake assessment is. After high school, he Pontchartrain. Two attended the Air Force weeks after the arrest, Joshua Hakken Academy in Colorado the foster mother called from June 1996 to May 911 and told dispatchers, 1998, academy spokes“I need a cop now. I have man Meade Warthen told CNN. Online, a guy at my house with a gun.” Hakken said he left because of a previous“I have two foster children, and it’s ly undiagnosed spinal condition; Warthen said the academy couldn’t comment on their dad ... I don’t hear banging, but I’m not getting out ‘til a cop car gets here,” the reason for his withdrawal. The couple’s legal woes began last June she said. Hakken left without the boys, who later with what police called a “disturbance” at a hotel in Slidell, Louisiana, just east were sent to live with Patricia Hauser, Sharyn Hakken’s mother, in Tampa. On of New Orleans. “When police arrived, both Mr. and April 2, a Louisiana court terminated the Mrs. Hakken were acting in a bizarre couple’s parental rights, investigators say. manner that alarmed officers,” a Slidell The following day, Hillsborough County police statement recounts. “They were authorities say Hakken entered Hauser’s talking about ‘completing their ulti- home, tied her up and took off in her mate journey’ and were traveling across Toyota Camry with the boys. Three and a the country to ‘take a journey to the half hours later, surveillance video capArmageddon.’ Let it be noted that both tured their recently-purchased sailboat of their children were present in the hotel heading into the Gulf of Mexico.




White House signs off on new aid for Syrian rebels WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama has signed off on a new package of nonlethal aid for Syrian rebels, U.S. officials tell CNN, signaling his administration is cautiously wading further into the conflict. Officials said the White House approved the package at a meeting of the National Security Council last week. The move reflects what officials describe as a ramped-up effort to change the military balance on the battlefield in Syria. It follows a decision by Obama last month to send food and medicine to the rebels, the first direct U.S. support for the armed opposition. Other agencies have not been briefed on the final elements of the package, which is expected to be detailed at

a White House meeting this week. “We have no new decisions on assistance to announce at this point and continue to review every possible option that could help end the violence and accelerate a political transition,” said Caitlin Hayden, a National Security Council spokeswoman. Officials said it is expected to include equipment such as body armor, night vision goggles and other military equipment that is defensive in nature, but could be used to aid in combat by Syrian rebels battling forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. The package being discussed, however, still falls short of the heavy weapons and high tech equipment sought by the rebels. Obama’s national security

team and members of Congress have repeatedly urged the president to increase the direct aid for the rebels. They argue such a step would strengthen the hand of moderate members of the opposition and make them less reliant on well-armed extremist elements within their ranks. Secretary of State John Kerry has pushed for more aggressive U.S. involvement in Syria since taking office in February. The move comes as Britain and France are leading efforts to lift a European Union arms embargo on Syria. Both have suggested they are prepared to join nations like Qatar is providing the rebels with weapons and are urging the United States to do the same. A push last summer from CIA, Pentagon and State Department leaders was reject-

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Investigators determined the engine had run out of fuel, but that the fuel gauges were working properly. Freudenberg apparently misled his company’s communications center that he had adequate fuel for the mission, radioing from the hospital that he had 45 minutes of fuel when he had only 30 minutes. Asked by NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman if Freudenberg could have been mistaken, investigators responded, “We do not believe so.� Freudenberg, a former Army helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, had worked for the company just under a year, and probably wanted to avoid revealing that he had taken off with inadequate fuel, which is a violation of FAA regulations, investigators said. The NTSB said other factors leading to the crash included the pilot’s inability to perform a crucial flight maneuver known as autorotation after he ran out of fuel. In the helicopter he was flying, the pilot must transition to autorotation in two seconds to avoid a crash. The investigation found that the autorotation training the pilot received was not representative of an actual engine failure at cruise speed, which likely contributed to his failure to successfully execute the maneuver. And the pilot likely was fatigued, having failed to take advantage of his adequate off-duty hours to get sleep, the NTSB said. One NTSB member voted against the proposed safety alert, saying it diminished other alerts. “This will be looked at by the (aviation) community as an overreach,� said member Earl Weener. “It doesn’t make sense.�

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Sheriff: Student plotted TX college attack, fantasized about stabbings (CNN) — The 20-year-old student accused in a stabbing rampage at a Texas college campus told investigators he had fantasies of killing people and had planned the attack, sheriff’s officials said late Tuesday. Dylan Quick, 20, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after the stabbings, said Donna Hawkins, an official with the Harris County Prosecutor’s Office. “According to the statement the suspect voluntarily gave investigators, he has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school,” a statement from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. “He also indicated that he has been planning this incident for some time.” Quick used “a razor-type knife” to stab victims at the Lone Star College’s CyFair campus Tuesday, the sheriff office’s statement said. Fourteen people were injured in the attack, officials said. Two of them remained hospitalized in critical condition late Tuesday, said Kathryn Klein, a spokeswoman for the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute. Witnesses of the attack at the campus northwest of Houston described a chaotic scene. Bleeding victims collapsed to the ground. Many students and teachers ran for cover. Some sprang into action, chasing after the suspect and helping the wounded. Cassie Foe was in the school’s nursing lab when she heard a scream coming from the hallway. Moments later, the nursing student put her training into action, placing pressure on a wound in a stabbing victim’s neck as an attacker went on a rampage at the Lone Star College’s CyFair campus. “It just seemed like he was just going around, basically getting whoever was more open and easiest for him to reach,” Foe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday. Steven Maida said he saw so

many people swarming that he thought it was a campus tour. Then, he saw them running and heard someone say: “My friend’s been stabbed.” Maida said he saw blood on a stairway and several injured victims. One wounded woman had a hole in her throat, one had a hole in her cheek and another victim had a stab wound in the back of his head, Maida said. “I just took off downstairs running,” he said. Finding the attacker was his goal, he said. Maida told CNN he was among a group of students that chased the suspect, tackled him and pinned him down until authorities arrived. “I couldn’t run the other way like everyone else was,” he said. Authorities could not be reached immediately to confirm Maida’s account. Earlier Tuesday, Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Gilliland said authorities received an initial report that the suspect had been wrestled to the ground by a student before campus police arrested him. Garcia said a call came in to 911 Tuesday morning describing a “male on the loose stabbing people” at the school. At least one injured victim had what appeared to be the blade of a box cutter or an X-Acto knife sticking out of her cheek, student Melody Vinton told CNN affiliate KHOU. Vinton said she had just left her chemistry class when she saw the attacker stabbing people, aiming at their necks and faces. Soon, she was trying to help victims, ripping a paper towel dispenser off a bathroom wall to get enough paper to help stem the bleeding. “I turned around and there was just blood. Just blood dripping down the stairs, all over the floor, all over everyone’s towels on their necks, just a lot of blood,” told KHOU. “There’s no humanity in that. Just to see another human being do that was more traumatic than anything.”

Another student, 19-year-old Maya Khalil, snapped photos of the chaos as it unfolded, posting pictures on Twitter that showed a bandaged student on a stretcher and police and paramedics swarming the scene. “It was really scary,” she told CNN. Most of the victims had lacerations in their head and neck areas, said Robert Rasa, a spokesman for the CyFair Volunteer Fire Department. “We were literally going from building to building, room to room, looking for patients, setting up triage,” he said. The school was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon while authorities combed the campus to ensure no other injured people or attackers were there, Harris County sheriff’s spokesman Alan Bernstein said. While authorities investigated, teachers and students huddled together in locked rooms, said Marianna Sviland, a teacher at the college who was in a faculty workroom at the time of the stabbing. “Outside the window, I saw cops running around, I saw students running and I realized something was going on,” she said. “It was scary.” By 2 p.m. (3 p.m. ET), students and staff were allowed to leave campus, Sviland said. Details about the victim’s injuries were unclear Tuesday afternoon. Bernstein said it wasn’t clear whether all of the injured people were stabbed. “It’s possible other people were running away” and became injured that way, he said. Four injured victims “were in a dire enough situation that they were taken out on helicopters,” Bernstein said. “I do believe the confrontation was limited to a few (classrooms) or just one classroom — not anybody roaming around and getting into a large number of areas,” Bernstein said.

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