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Students representing OSU activities head for Salem to meet with legislators to make a claim for higher education By Kate Virden
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SALEM — OSU at the Capitol took the combined efforts of 17 Oregon State University activities, ranging from the 4-H Tech Wizards to liberal arts, in order to lobby for higher education. Students were able to meet their district senators and house of representatives, and utilize their real experiences to speak on behalf of OSU and about how college has affected them individually. “OSU at the Capitol is not only our chance to educate the legislative members about Oregon
State University and higher education, but to show off our quality students,” said OSU President Ed Ray. Katy Krieger, a junior in English and psychology, represented the university as a College of Liberal Arts ambassador. “I have witnessed the hustle and bustle of the elected officials, and I admire how they stay connected to their district members,” Krieger said. Aside from the many college-specific activities and clubs participating in OSU at the Capitol, the Army ROTC Color Guard presented the colors at the House of Representatives session. There was also a performance by the Meister Singers, an OSU men’s choir ensemble. Rich Meier, a soloist in the group, spoke about the impact of the music.
“OSU at the Capitol is a good opportunity to present what a choir of many different talents and majors can do,” Meier said. He went on to say the Meister Singers frequent the Oregon State Capitol and have a great experience in sharing their passion. “It is important and valuable to hear students’ thoughts about OSU and higher education because it really influences what we do,” said Ben Cannon, the education policy adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber. Cannon held a question-and-answer session where students and faculty of OSU were able to ask questions and see for themselves the education goals of the Oregon government. He highlighted how the economic future of Oregon depends on educated citizens, like those students who graduate from OSU.
“OSU is a real shining star about what is right with Oregon’s education system,” Cannon said. Other Oregon legislative staff members noted the importance of OSU students visiting the Capitol. Shelley Raszka, a committee assistant, spoke about her excitement in the event. “It’s impressive to see students interested in the legislative process and witness those who will make a difference,” Raszka said. Lyn Horine, a legislative aide for Senator Jackie Winters, highlighted Winters’ advocacy for higher education because the extra money goes toward OSU. She echoes the same ideas, noting the legislators consider it an opportunity to meet talented and educated students.
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Products under review reveal Walmart does not always have the cheapest price By Megan Campbell The Daily Barometer
Walmart’s grand opening in Corvallis was March 29. Some weren’t aware it was even here. “I didn’t even notice,” said Tyler Kon, a junior in civil engineering at Oregon State University. Some knew it had arrived but didn’t bother to check it out. “I haven’t shopped there,” said Marc Green, an OSU physical activity course instructor. “They seem to be doing well without me.” But I was curious. I wanted to know if I could truly “Save now. Live better.” Or if Walmart really offered “Low prices. Everyday. On everything.” I picked five items — milk, eggs, Folgers coffee, ramen noodles and apples — and compared prices between WinCo, Fred Meyer, Safeway and Walmart. I found, that out of those five items, Walmart is not the cheapest grocery store. “We operate on an everyday low price,” said Molly Philhours, Walmart’s public relations agent. “Customers can count on an everyday low basket price.” This low “basket price” is key in understanding Walmart’s low prices.
According to Philhours, prices of individual items within the store may vary from day to day, but customers can count on a cheaper total price. For example, if the milk is more expensive one day, then the rice is cheaper that day. The concept of basket price is not something I considered until speaking with Philhours. WinCo, on the other hand, does have the cheapest per item prices. The Corvallis WinCo store manager did not comment, and corporate WinCo has not returned my phone call. Milk: WinCo sells Hy-Top 2 percent milk for 40 cents less than Walmart’s Great Value gallon of 2 percent milk. Fred Meyer’s brand and Safeway’s Lucerne gallon of 2 percent milk tied for thrid cheapest, or most expensive — depending on if you’re a glass half full or empty kind of person. Each store carries different brands of milk. This is why I compared prices for the cheapest gallon of 2 percent milk. I also took the average base unit price — that is, how much a store charges per fluid ounces. This is not reflected in the graphic, but it served as a useful tool in comparisons. Eggs: Walmart falls behind both WinCo and Fred Meyer in this category. Safeway is, on average, 16 cents more See GROCERY | page 2
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Both professional, students artists display their works in MU concourse gallery By Alice Marshall The Daily Barometer
Waxing Poetic, an exhibition of encaustic paintings, is currently on display at the Memorial Union. Last night, the artists, including OSU students, held a reception in the MU and discussed the unique medium, their content and the advantages and challenges of working with encaustics. “[Encaustic painting is] an ancient painting technique ... created during the Greco-Roman Egypt,” said Shelly Jordan, a professor of painting and drawing at Oregon State University. The paint consists of beeswax, pigment and damar varnish applied in molten layers to rigid and porous surfaces.” Jordan teaches an upper-level encaustics painting course on campus. Four of the five Oregon-based artists presented their work. Jeff
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I prefer to shop at WinCo. I’ve just shopped there from the beginning. I’m really just a creature of habit. Marc Green
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It’s surprising [Walmart isn’t the least expensive option] just because everyone tells me it’s so cheap.
I refuse to shop at Walmart on principle. I think they’re evil. Moira Sherry
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I don’t really care where my groceries come from. Tyler Kon
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GROCERY n Continued from page 1 expensive than Walmart. It’s important to know that I did not include club prices for Safeway in the graphic. When shopping at Safeway, however, it does make a difference in price — whether it be 7 or 50 cents — between having and not having a club card. Until I decided to do this, I hadn’t noticed how many eggs each store offers. The most common carton count was a dozen. Each store varied on brand, type and size of egg cartons sold. I took each price per dozen eggs and found the average cost each store sells a dozen eggs at. Coffee: There are too many options — something I never thought I’d say when it comes to coffee — for coffee grounds in Corvallis. To combat this daunting challenge, I compared one brand of coffee offered at all four stores: Folgers. The most common, or rather, the unit amount offered with the most diverse categories, is a 27.8 ounce can of ground coffee. WinCo has a sign that shows competitor prices (Fred Meyer, Safeway and Walmart) on Folgers coffee. If anyone is curious to
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Maruchan. At Fred Meyer, six packages of Nissin Ramen Noodles are sold for $1, with each additional package charged at 20 cents. I assumed a customer would only buy six packages of each type at a time, so I did not add the additional charge for extra packages. At WinCo, both brands of noodles are sold at a consistent price: either 16 or 22 cents each. With this in mind, and with a crafty consumer mind, WinCo provides the best minimum option, but its average is the second cheapest. However, when you go to Fred Meyer you’ll have to buy six packages to truly get a deal. Apples: WinCo has the cheapest average price per pound of apples. Fred Meyer comes in at a close second. However, Fred Meyer has a variety of 15 types of apples, whereas WinCo only offers nine categories of apples. Walmart and Safeway offer seven types of apples. There you have it. Four stores, five products and one slightly cheaper grocery store: WinCo. “I love WinCo,” Lind said. “I buy way too much when I go there.”
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know, that sign is accurate. WinCo offers the cheapest price, with Fred Meyer coming in a close second — just a penny difference. Because most of the 27.8 ounce containers at each respective store varies once, I used the median instead of the average. The median more accurately depicts prices, whereas the mean is strongly affected by the random variation in price. Safeway’s Folgers coffee was grossly inflated in comparison to the other three stores. Despite Safeway’s usual last finish in inexpensive prices, people still shop there. “It’s closer,” said Chelsey Lind, an OSU senior in industrial engineering. “For smaller quantities, I go to Safeway.” This was not uncommon to hear. Green and Donovan Tuisano said they too shop at Safeway because it’s closer. Tuisano is a junior in civil engineering and lives close to the downtown Safeway — the same Safeway I visited. Ramen noodles: As far as average price per package is concerned, Fred Meyer places first, but WinCo was close behind. This isn’t necessarily the best representation as each store has their own special deal on ramen noodles. Only Fred Meyer and WinCo stock both brands Nissin and
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Gunn described his work as being heavily influenced by natural elements in his environment. “The paintings don’t mean anything, until I say it does, until I apply meaning to them,” Gunn said. In one painting, he describes how he achieved the unique texture. “I took an ink rubbing from a section of the street in front of a bus stop,” Gunn said. “The area was subject to hot and cold weather which created the wrinkling of the concrete.” He then took this texture and incorporated it into his multilayered work to describe a mountain pass. Gunn said it originally “had nothing to do with the material or the mountain pass,” but through the medium he was able to achieve a theme that he intended. “The theme or the motif will grow as I work with it,” Gunn added. Encaustics allows artists to incorporate a variety of materials into a piece, from ink and graphite to lipstick and shoe polish. Brenda Mallory explores duplication and repetition in mixed media sculpture and installations. She explained her process of one “birdlike piece.” She arranged delicate pieces of coated fabric with nuts and bolts to create a contrast between the luminescent qualities achieved with the encaustic and the cold, mechanical characteristics of the hardware. Mallory has influences from science, particularily in genetically modified organisms, as well as contemplative rhythms that present themselves simultaneously but without competition. The process is anything but just putting layers on canvas, it requires patience and acceptance of accidents. “I find myself going back to these ideas of nature and how we are always trying to modify it,” Mallory said. Andrea Schwartz-Feit explains her intense, primarily achromatic paintings as being inspired by both her external environment and her internal experiences.
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“Being in Oregon, the landscape is so astoundingly beautiful, at a certain [point] I felt more of a desire to work more from my own personal experience,” SchwartzFeit said. Her collection of paintings, titled “Full Circle,” was heavily inspired by the novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and her bold spiral shapes that she uses as a motif in her collection, portray her response to the novel. “I used lipstick, shoe polish, charcoal ... anything that would stick to the substrate,” Schwartz-Feit said. “That stuff did things that I couldn’t do with wax; there are different types of line that the wax couldn’t provide.” Elise Wagner’s work continues the themes derived from nature. Wagner didn’t intend to work with encaustics, but happened by it through a process of working with layers in other mediums. “I started looking at a lot of satellite images and found a duality between what we don’t know and what we don’t see, combined with what we really try hard to understand,” Wagner said. The paintings she is displaying are part of a larger collection titled “Solar Flare.” Wagner began looking at solar flares and interpreting their magnitude and power through their color and scale. Her paintings take advantage of the layering depth of encaustics, as well as the intricate detail of printmaking. The fourth artist, Chris Kelly, was unable to attend the reception. His work utilizes repetition, bold colors and, as with the others, the unique depth characteristic of encaustics. Of the OSU art students, Nicole Hernandez, Dane Miner, Darlayne Rodriguez, Alyssa Elkins and Ana Swan are all being showcased. Their work, which was produced in Shelly Jordan’s encaustic class, provide a glimpse at the talent and discipline the students of OSU’s art department have put into their work. The exhibition, Waxing Poetic, will be on display in the MU concourse gallery through May 8.
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Drones OK when used for good
he word “drone” is often cast in a negative light. Whether it’s the debate over President Barack Obama’s recent drone strike initiative, or Abu Nazir committing acts of terrorism in a revenge plot for a drone strike that killed 82 Pakistani children (OK, that was in “Homeland”), drones are most often associated with violence, death and civil liberty infringement. But Boeing has brought a positive spin on drone use to a local level for us in Oregon. Boeing manufactured and funded the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to take photographs of 50 acres of potato fields in Hermiston, at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The drones will allow farmers to detect problems before they occur. Infrared on the cameras can see which plants are healthy and which aren’t, and identify potential diseases or insect infestations in the plants. This is a productive and innovative solution to a situation that has plagued farmers for centuries. It costs roughly $4,000 per acre to grow potatoes. And this is a major industry for the state of Oregon. Potatoes accounted for $173 million in sales in Oregon in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Oregon has the third-highest rate of production yield and acreage in the United States, trailing only Idaho and Washington. In such an important agricultural region, we believe the drone project in Hermiston will have a positive impact and should be supported. There are concerns and we need to examine opposition to using drones. Rep. David Taylor (R-Wash.) and the American Civil Liberties Union teamed up in support on a bill that would limit the acquisition and use of surveillance drones by state and local public agencies. The bill, which was additionally supported by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in a 13-hour filibuster, was established because of privacy concerns over the drones taking photos. The Seattle Police Department received an $80,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and planned to utilize two unarmed drones. The drones would have been used for searches and in certain criminal investigations, according to NBC News. At a public meeting in Seattle, residents were yelling chants of “No drones!” Miami-Dade County and Houston police have acquired drones for similar use. The anti-drone bill failed, passing out of committee by a bipartisan 9-1 vote in February. But is spying on farmland an issue worth fighting? Power can corrupt, and there is potential for drones to be used in an extortionate manner. Helping farmers see astronomical financial and productive benefits doesn’t feel too corrupt. We like the “Terminator” movies, but we aren’t anticipating the rise of the machines either.
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What I’ve learned in college: Fraternity I’m 28. I have nothing wise to say about the world. But, when I thought about how I only had weeks left at Oregon State, I figured I should go out with a walk-off homerun, the sort of thing that wins the game and keeps people talking long after you’ve left the field. So in the coming weeks I am going to be looking at things I would like to change and reflecting on others.
Finding fraternity elsewhere I have never been in a fraternity and I am glad I never have. I know lots of people find benefit and brotherhood being in a Greek letter fraternity, and I know for some it can be an enjoyable experience. But, I was able to find fraternity in a different way and I don’t think my life or time in college has been any less because of it. When I look at fraternities and their antics, I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on much by not being in one. I’ve heard them talk about the brotherhood for life, the bonding, the professional connections and all the other things that supposedly make Greek life special. But I’ve been able to find all those things and more without belonging to a fraternity with some metal Greek letters attached to the house. Before I was in college, I was in the Marines for five years. I lived with, trained with, worked with, hung out with, ate with, drank with and did dumb things with the same guys. We also went to Iraq together,
women I work with are my new brothers and sisters. We have a dumpy office in Snell Hall and we might not always get Don along, but our daily struggle to put together the newspaper and teach each other how to do our job — @doniler since we do not have a journalism and we came back together. There department at OSU — has brought is nothing like being thrown into us all closer together. a situation with a bunch of other We end up spending around 40 guys from different parts of the hours a week with each other in country, different social classes, the office, and when we are not at different levels of intelligence the office, we tend to get food or and different cultures to show beers with each other too. We’ve you how to get along with other seen each other at our worst, gone people, especially when that situon road trips, created new dance ation is crummy or moves and talked dangerous. about relationBeing in a less You don’t need to ship problems. than desirable We take care be in a fraternity to situation and havof each other, ing nothing but find a fraternity, and bring snacks to each other fosI found fraternity in share and stick tered brotherhood together when the Marines and at between us. There problems arise. might have been the Baromerter. You don’t need a sandstorm and to be in a fraterwe might not have nity to find frabeen able to take a shower for weeks, but at least we ternity, and I found fraternity in had each other and a never-ending the Marines and at the Barometer. cascade of jokes and games to pass We work, we have fun and we have each others’ backs when it gets the time. tough. And I think that our little It wasn’t all fun and games — group of writers, photographers there were people trying to kill us and editors — and my Marine too — but it made for a brotherfriends — are about as good a hood and friends that I will have group of people as you could for the rest of my life. ever find. Now, even past the Marines, I’ve t been able to continue to make Don Iler is a senior in history. The opinions expressed those connections. in his columns do not necessarily represent those of The The Barometer has become my Daily Barometer staff. Iler can be reached at editor@ new fraternity, and the men and dailybarometer.com
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Conventional, organic farming better together
onventional and organic farming practices have been debated for years. Some point to the practicality and production of conventional agriculture, while others argue that the environmental benefits of organic practices are a better alternative. While both have their limitations and their benefits, how can the use of both practices symbiotically contribute to sustainable agriculture that meets the world’s food needs? Conventional farming, sometimes called industrial farming, generally refers to the practice of using pesticides, herbicides and various tilling practices for the production of agricultural products. Conventional farming provides most of the food that the world consumes. However, conventional farming has long been accused of environmental degradation, soil erosion and the poisoning of ground and surface water. Conventional farming has made great strides in these areas by using different tillage strategies and the use of bio-pesticides. Bio-pesticides are pesticides that are not produced synthetically, but rather from natural ingredients such as animals, plants, bacteria and certain minerals. Bio-pesticides are less toxic than their chemical-derived counterparts, and generally only affect the targeted pest. Alternatives to herbicides, such as bio-herbicides have had mixed results and are still being researched. Along with more environmentally friendly pesticides, tillage practices have changed with the realization of the effects of tillage on soil structure. Conventional agriculture has been blamed for the development of plow plns, which are compacted, water-impermeable layers of soil that occur after the immense pressures of plowing are exerted on them over time, without varying the depth of tillage. By varying the depth of tillage, the plow pan can be eradicated or their development could be slowed. The development of conservation tillage strategies has addressed concerns such as the plow pan, but also takes into account nutrient availability, soil erosion and runoff. Conservation tillage practices include no-till, strip-tilling, mulch tillage and ridge tilling. No-till practices literally do not till the soil, yet strip tilling tills the soil in narrow bands, but leaves the rest of the field not tilled. Strip tillage is when the crop residue—the organic matter left over from the previous crop— is tilled into ridges, upon which the crop is planted. Mulch tillage is a technique, which leaves at least onethird of the soil surface with residue. Organic agriculture is defined by the USDA as “an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain or enhance ecological harmony.” Organic growers take pride in the minimal agricultural inputs that they use on their products, as well as the more environmentally friendly practices of organic agriculture. The USDA puts forth guidelines for any wild crop harvesting, farm, or handling operation wishes to become organic. The organization must meet a certain criteria if it wishes to sell its product as organic. See pike | page 7
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Sophomore second baseman Ya Garcia has emerged as arguably OSU’s best hitter By Grady Garrett
Ya Garcia has an addictive personality. She’s addicted to Taco Bell, where she goes to get three hard tacos, cinnamon twists and a Baja Blast so often that the workers basically know her. She’s addicted to music, so much so that when she finds a song she likes, she’ll play it on repeat until her roommate, Dani Gilmore, goes crazy. Of late, it’s the soundtrack from the movie “Pitch Perfect.” She’s addicted to Twitter, having amassed nearly 15,000 tweets. “I get hooked on things,” admitted Garcia, a sophomore second baseman on the Oregon State softball team. Lately, you could say she’s addicted to racking up hits. On a team that’s struggled to find consistency, losing nine of its first 12 conference games, Garcia has emerged as an offensive star. Last weekend in a series win over Utah, Garcia batted 7-for-8. She’s had at least two hits in five of her last six games, and is batting .464 in conference games for the Beavers (26-15, 3-9). Only Alexa Peterson of Oregon has a better batting average against Pac-12 opponents. “Just keep her sleeping,” said head coach Laura Berg, who recently moved Garcia from ninth to second in the batting order. “I don’t know what it is that she’s doing, but keep on doing it.” What Garcia is doing, she says, is approaching at-bats with a hitter’s mentality. “Last year I tended to let the good strikes go,” she said. “This year, if it’s a 0-0 count, I’m going to swing. I swing because I want to swing, not because I have to. I’m relaxed going up to the box. I tell myself, ‘She’s not going to get me out. She’s not better than me.’” “She finds a way every time,” said senior catcher Ally Kutz. “She hits it up the middle, she hits a gap, she hits a little blooper, she puts a bunt down. No matter what she’s doing, she’ll find a way to get it done.” Garcia, one of two players to start every game for OSU over the past two seasons, batted just .242 last year but is batting a team-best .379 this season. Senior Maggie Doremus, who started at second base for two years prior to Garcia’s arrival, pointed to Garcia’s kevin ragsdale | THE DAILY BAROMETER work ethic. Sophomore Ya Garcia swings at a pitch against Utah last weekend. Garcia is an offensive leader for Oregon “That girl works harder than probaState this season, hitting a team-high .464 in Pac-12 play. bly any person on this team,” Doremus said. “She cares, she comes in extra, she kicks butt in running. She just has that competitive spirit all the time, that refuse-to-lose mentality.” Perhaps that’s because she’s always
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Entering Wednesday’s game, Oregon State had won 16 consecutive games against the University of Portland. The No. 5 Beavers made it 17 straight with a 5-1 win at Joe Etzel Field. Oregon State (29-6, 10-2 Pac-12) struck first, scoring one run on a single from senior shortstop Tyler Smith in the third inning. The Pilots (13-24) answered in the bottom half of the third, tying the game at one, before OSU took the lead in the fifth inning and never looked back. The Beavers scored three more runs in the sixth inning, eventually winning by a final score of 5-1. Offensively, the Beavers were lead by senior first baseman Danny Hayes. Hayes had a career day, going 4-for-4 at the plate, including two doubles and two runs batted in. Senior outfielder Ryan Barnes and junior second baseman Andy Peterson were the other Beavers to record multiple hits, finishing with two apiece. Barnes extended his hitting-streak to 11 games when he doubled in the fourth inning. Junior right-hander Dan Child got the start on the mound for the Beavers, and had arguably his best performance of the season. Child — who allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings against Portland earlier in the season — allowed one run in eight innings of work, earning his fourth win of the season. The right-hander scattered four hits, while striking out six, and only needed 72 pitches to get through the eight innings. Senior right-hander Cole Brocker closed out the ninth inning for the Beavers. Child and Brocker combined to throw 87 pitches and walked no one. Joe Etzel Field — capacity of 1,007 — was sold out for the nonconference game. The game was the last between the two schools this season. Oregon State returns to action with a Pac-12 series against Washington in Seattle starting Friday. The Beavers will look for their second-consecutive Pac-12 series sweep. The Daily Barometer
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With the departure of All-American Jordan Poyer, the Oregon State football team is relying on veterans to anchor the secondary for the 2013 season. Poyer was the backbone of the secondary in 2012, guarding wide receivers on the outside and in the slot in OSU’s various defensive packages. He was also the starting punt returner, and a key leader for the team. “Jordan Poyer was a big part of the team last year,” said senior cornerback Sean Martin. “No one is going to be like him, but we are going to get those positions filled.” The Beavers have a lot of youth in the cornerback position, which has led
to a lack of depth, but also provides for the older players to take on a greater responsibility in leadership. Senior Rashaad Reynolds and Martin are now entering their fourth year. Martin, in particular, has gained attention this spring with his continued improvement. Martin said that he has been focusing primarily on fundamental aspects of his game and using his competitive nature to push to improve further every day. “Paying attention to detail, trying to get my feet right, just get my eyes right and be aggressive to go off instinct,” Martin said. “I want to react without thinking about it.” The coaches have taken a notice in Martin’s improvement, but have also seen growth from junior college transfer Steven Nelson. “Martin has been doing an outSee CORNERBACKS | page 5
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The at-bat showed just how much Garcia’s offensive game has evolved since last year, when she did not record a single extrabase hit in 128 at-bats. “I’m going to do what they don’t expect me to do,” said Garcia, had to work harder than everyone else given her small frame. who decides if she’s going to slap or hit away based on the At 5-foot-3 — that’s what she’s listed at on the official roster, anydefense’s alignment. “I like messing with people because it’s fun.” way — with blazing speed, Garcia is the prototypical “slap” hitter. “It is very deceiving,” Gilmore said. “She’s five feet tall, 100 Last year, the lefty slapped, as opposed to hitting away, roughly pounds soaking wet. The outfielders and infielders are playing 50 percent of the time. This year, she’s primarily swinging away. her like a slapper, and when she smacks it over their heads people Last Friday against Utah, Garcia led off the fifth inning of a tied are surprised. You would think they would learn, but they play game with a line-drive triple into the right-center gap. She ended her the same way.” up scoring the go-ahead run later in the inning. Garcia said she’s capable of hitting the ball over the fence, a claim that’s not refuted by those who watch her hit in practice every day. “She thinks she’s six feet tall when she’s in the box,” Berg said. Garcia admits she’s 5-foot-3 only with her “brand new metal cleats on,” something her teammates don’t let her forget. “She looks like a little kid walking around campus,” Gilmore said. “Whenever we’re in the terminal at the airport, we’ll see the car seats go around the carousal and say, ‘Ya, there’s your car seat.’” “If it makes them feel better to make fun of someone else,” Garcia said, “then so be it.” In the meantime, she plans on continuing to turn heads with her play on the field. kevin ragsdale
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CORNERBACKS n Continued from page 4 standing job,” said defensive backs coach Rod Perry. “Right now you have Sean on the depth chart, and also you have Nelson who is competing with him.” Nelson is taking the time this spring to become accustomed with the Beavers style of play and the faster speed of FCS football. He is still learning the defense, but has shown off his abilities and competency in his first three weeks at OSU. “I’m just taking it one day at a time, keep learning what the offense is doing, and most importantly, what the defense is doing,” Nelson said. “It has been a challenge, but I have a lot on my shoulders and I just have to pick it up.” As well as growing in skill, Nelson has assimilated into the team well. The more inexperienced players — Malcolm Marable, Jovan Stevenson and Larry Scott — can learn from him, and he in turn is able to take advice from the other veterans. “I think he fits in great,” Perry said. “The players have gravitated to him and he has a good relationship with them.” The Beavers are going to need another leader in the defense because of the youth
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1. No. 5 Oregon State (29-6, 10-2 Pac-12)
It’s clear right now that Oregon State and Oregon are the two teams vying for the top spot in these Pac-12 power rankings. Both swept an inferior opponent — OSU swept Utah, the Ducks swept Cal — and both are far ahead of the rest of the conference in the standings. But the Beavers get the top spot because of this: In three games this weekend, the OSU pitching staff allowed only four runs. The trio of Matt Boyd, Andrew Moore and Ben Wetzler had a 1.64 earned run average over the weekend, and the bullpen did not surrender a run at all. Boyd was outstanding on Friday night, pitching a two-hit shutout. The senior left-hander is now 7-1 in 2013, with a 1.55 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings. On top of all those positives, the first NCAA Baseball RPI rankings were released on Tuesday, and the Beavers come in at No. 1. Last week: vs. Oregon (L), vs. Utah (W/W/W), @ Portland (W) This week (predictions): @ Washington (W/W/W)
2. No. 8 Oregon (28-8, 12-3)
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After losing two consecutive games to Arizona State, the Ducks have been cruising. Oregon defeated ASU to avoid the sweep, knocked off the Beavers in a nonconference game a week ago and outscored Cal 18-8 over the weekend in a threegame sweep. Scott Heineman was on a tear in Berkeley, Calif., hitting .462 (6-for-13) with three home runs, three doubles, six RBIs and four runs scored in the sweep. Last week: @ OSU (W ), @ Cal (W/W/W), @ Portland (W) This week (predictions): vs. UCLA (L/W/W)
3. No. 9 Arizona State (22-11-1, 8-7)
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4. No. 13 UCLA (23-10, 7-5)
took two out of three games from Cal. UCLA is led by pitching. The Bruins are second in the conference in team ERA (2.63) and have allowed the secondfewest walks (81). It’s been the hitting that has held UCLA back. In the last seven games, the Bruins have only averaged 2.3 runs per game, and scored an average of just one run in their three losses over that time. Last week: vs. Hawaii (W), vs. Loyola Marymount (W/W/L), @ UC Irvine (W) This week (predictions): @ Oregon (W/L/L)
5. Arizona (23-12, 8-7)
After getting swept in back-to-back series by Oregon State and Oregon, the defending national champions have picked up the pace. Although it was against lesser opponents, the Wildcats swept Utah and Cal on the road, and then took two out of three games last weekend against Washington State — a mark of 9-1 over their last 10 games for the ‘Cats. It’s clear that Arizona isn’t in the same competitive level as the two Oregon schools, but the Wildcats are in contention as the third-best team in the conference. The 8-7 record in Pac-12 is a bit misleading, as six of those seven losses came to the Ducks and Beavers. Last week: @ Washington State (L/W/W) This week (predictions): @ Stanford (L/W/W)
6. Stanford (20-11, 7-5)
Stanford has been good, but not great. And going into the season as the favorite to win the Pac-12 by the preseason coaches poll, 2013 can only be viewed as a disappointment for the Cardinal. Right-hander Mark Appel is carrying Stanford’s pitching staff with a 1.41 ERA (second in the Pac-12), 78 strikeouts (first) and a 1.78 opposing batting average (second). Last week: @ San Jose State (W), vs. Washington (W/L/W) This week (predictions): vs. Arizona (W/L/L)
7. Washington State (18-16, 5-7)
The Cougars might have the best offense in the conference, but it hasn’t been enough to make up for the lackluster pitching. WSU is second in the Pac12 in batting average (.309), tied for second in home runs (19) and first in slugging percentage (.439). In their last 12 games, taking out the four-game sweep over Brown University (3-24), the Cougars are 3-12. Last week: vs. Arizona (W/L/L) This week (predictions): @ Cal (L/W/L)
8. USC (14-22, 6-9)
There is a clear threshold in talent in The Bruins haven’t played like their No. 13 ranking indicates. They’re 6-6 in their the Pac-12, and the drop off happens last 12 games, and haven’t won a confer- between WSU and USC. The Trojans do, ence series since March 22-24 when they however, only trail Arizona and ASU by
two games in the standings. USC is in the middle of the pack in hitting in the Pac-12, but it’s the pitching that has plagued this team. The Trojans rank last in the conference in team ERA (4.87) and second-to-last in home runs allowed (18) and strikeouts (210). The Trojans have managed to not get swept yet in conference play, but their only series win has come against Cal. Last week: @ Cal State Fullerton (L), vs. Arizona State (W/L/L) This week (predictions): @ Utah (L/L/W)
9. Utah (15-17, 4-11)
The Utes have been inconsistent all year. They were swept at home against Cal to start the conference season, and then went out and took two of three at Stanford. In road series against Arizona and Oregon State, they’ve proven they can’t keep up with the big boys in the Pac-12, getting swept by both. With series against USC and Washington remaining, the Utes have a chance to move above their current 10thplace ranking in the Pac-12. Last week: @ Oregon State (L/L/L) This week (predictions): vs. USC (W/W/L)
10. Cal (16-20, 5-10)
After starting off with a 5-4 record in the Pac-12, the Golden Bears are heading downfall fast. Cal is in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, losing to Stanford in a nonconference game and then getting swept by Arizona and Oregon before falling to San Francisco. Catcher Andrew Knapp is the bright spot on this team. Knapp is ninth in the Pac-12 in batting average (.344), seventh in slugging percentage (.531) and eighth in on-base percentage (.424). With five consecutive games at home coming up — and the next two Pac-12 series being against WSU and Washington — Cal could turn things around. Last week: vs. Oregon (L/L/L) This week (predictions): vs. Washington State (W/L/W)
11. Washington (9-25, 3-9)
Here is the silver lining: Pitcher Austin Voth has put together a great 2013 campaign. Voth’s 71 strikeouts are second in the conference, only trailing Appel. Washington’s ace has a record of 4-4, a product of a crappy team, and he has a 2.90 ERA in one of the best conferences in college baseball. Other than Voth, the Huskies don’t have much going for them. They’re 5-20 on the road this season, and are 3-9 in their last 12 games. With a series coming up against the Beavers, things won’t be getting much better, either. Last week: @ Cal State Northridge (L), @ Stanford (L/W/L) This week (predictions): vs. Oregon State (L/L/L) Warner Strausbaugh, managing editor On Twitter @WStrausbaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
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Partying not everything From 2002 to 2004, I worked as a sports writer and columnist for your Daily Barometer. Instead of using the opportunity for good, I chose to write a weekly column describing my drunken exploits, mocking various groups/teams on campus and bragging about poor decisions I continued to make. Friends of mine still talk about how â€œcoolâ€? and â€œawesomeâ€? it is to re-read some of those old articles, but I want to take this opportunity to finally add something positive to the mix. I donâ€™t regret the â€œpoorâ€? decisions I made â€” we all make mistakes and learn from them. What I do regret is how
PIKE n Continued from page 3 There are national organic certification procedures, and then there are regional or state procedures for organic certification. These procedures vary whether you are a crop producer, livestock producer, livestock processor and handler, or post-harvest handling. Organic production is not without its challenges or issues. Organic production costs three times more than conventional farming according to the Scientific American. Additionally, controlling pests and weeds is a challenge for organic producers. Some people are also uncomfortable with the use of manure for fertilizer in place of chemical fertilizers. However, the largest perceived problem facing organic farming is comparing organic yields with conventional yields. In a study by the science journal Nature, a study by Canadaâ€™s McGill University and the University of Minnesota, found that most plants in the survey of 316 conventional and organic crops fared worse than conven-
much I glorified the partying lifestyle that I had adopted. I am now 30 years old working as a middle school counselor and expecting my first child any day. Ten years ago I was probably passed out drunk underneath a bush by Pita Pit because I couldnâ€™t find my way back to the dorms. The greatest memories you will have from your time at OSU are the simple ones: Those 2 a.m. study sessions with your roommates or an impromptu drive to the coast just to jump in the water. Blacking out every Thursday and making out with the drunkest girl on the dance floor is not. It took me a long time and cost me a tional production of those crops. However, the results were not uniform over all of the crops, where organic cereals 26 percent lower than conventional, and organic vegetables 33 percent lower. However, legumes fared much better, being only 11 percent worse than conventional, and fruits were only 3 percent lower than conventional. There is good news for both organic and conventional agriculture, however. With more utilization and the advancement of technology, organic farming may be able to compare with conventional yields. Likewise for conventional farming, the use of more environmentally-conscious pesticides and herbicides, and more utilization of conservation tillage practices, we can improve yield and environmental benefits for both conventional and organic farming. It is important, however, to remember that conventional farming is trying to diminish its environmental influence, and improve soil health with changing their practices. The idea that conventional farmers are ignorant of these effects, or that they donâ€™t care are mislead assumptions. Farmers have, since the Dust Bowl, tried
lot of pain to fully remove myself from that party-scene that seemed so appealing while I was at OSU. I want to encourage you all to take this time to grow as young adults, appreciate what a gift your education is, and to have the courage to be different. I used to end my columns with some witty pop-culture reference, but I think the rap music you listen to now is dreadful so Iâ€™m out of the loop. What Iâ€™ll say instead is this: You all deserve better than that partying lifestyle. It is fleeting and will leave you feeling empty (I promise). Give yourself a chance for more. Eric Powell
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new techniques to improve soil health and water retention in soil to prevent such a disaster from happening again. In addition, with the advancement of technology, pesticide and herbicide use can decrease as more environmentally conscious substitutes are found. Though both organic and conventional farming have their respective issues, but by working collaboratively instead of dividing ourselves into sects, these sectors of agriculture can work together to fight hunger and to help the environment. The public perception of both industries needs to change if this is to happen, however. I am not only discussing consumers, but producers need to work together to solve world hunger and environmental concerns regarding agriculture. Agriculturalists must work together, as they have in the past, to solve the problems agriculture will face in the coming years. t
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