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VOLUME CXV, NUMBER 1118
8 – Softball takes series from UW 8 – Gymnasts finish 12th at NCAAs
2 – Senate looks at Secret Service
BASEBALL: Beavers take two of three from UCLA.
4 – On the recent ASOSU mishaps 5 – Unfair labels, First Alt letter
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OSU’s Dairy Farm has been training students for over 100 years in dairy principles By Amanda Antell The Daily Barometer
Spring is here, which means Easter, rain, sun and baby animals. Many animals give birth at this time of plenty. But one place you can always find baby animals at Oregon State is the OSU dairy farm. It is located on 180 acres of land 1.5 miles west of campus. The main barn was built in 1968, as a fire tragically burned down the original. The dairy farm has been on the Oregon State campus for over 100 years. There are currently 120 head of cattle in the dairy herd. The dairy farm runs like clockwork, making for long-hours of hard labor and a rewarding experience by the end of the day. While the student workers all know how to handmilk cows the old-fashioned way, there are many advancements in the facility. The farm has fast-paced milking machines and even has the technology to test the milk. “We have people at the farm each day at 4 a.m. to milk the cows. Weekends and holidays, these shifts are covered by students. The cows get milked twice a day, 365 days a year. The afternoon shift starts at 3:30 p.m. and the cows are normally done being milked by seven each night. All of the evening shifts are covered by students,” said Daniel Krehn, manager of the OSU dairy farm, who has been working there for twelve years. Contributed Photo | OSU DAIRY FARM Testing the milk means using OSU has had a dairy farm for over 100 years. It serves as a working laboratory to help students learn about the dairy industry and help research about See DAIRY | page 3 the dairy cows. The farm has over 240 cows in its facility.
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Stitch artist hailing from the Northwest inspired by earthy tones, rare use of space livens up university art gallery By Joce DeWitt
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The lopsided vase-shaped “Can I Help You?” casts a daunting shadow as morning sunlight filters in from the eastern windows of Fairbanks and epitomizes the muse behind a growing line of sculptures: nature in the raw. Cameron Anne Mason, a contemporary sculptor, seamstress and artist of the Northwest, brought “Can I Help You?” and more than a dozen others of the same family to Fairbanks Art Gallery on the Oregon State University campus for an exhibit period between April 9 and May 2. Faded oranges and off whites. Squiggly outlines and blue pocks. All these indicate Mason doesn’t care much for staying in the lines. “Can I Help You?” is old, worn-out even, and the edges of this cotton sculpture are quite literally busting at the seams. The artist’s blue handprint sporadically marks her territory on the different faces of the piece reminding us, if we had ever forgotten at
all, that she herself crafted the piece with the personal, big stitching visible in all her pieces. Did Mason mean to have different shades of orange cotton? Why a royal blue for the inside — almost entirely invisible — of the piece? These are all questions people who are not well versed in surface design and sculptural work may have when they see the odd color usage and thick thread used to stitch the corners of the vase, and they are relevant until one reads the title Mason gave her cotton and polyester vase three years ago: “Can I Help You?” An indication that there is not necessarily a rhyme or reason behind the aspects that set her pieces apart from other artists’. Mason draws many parallels between her pieces — everything from organic cotton and polyester materials, to the shapes, to the natural, earthy shades that must have been her inspiration back in 2009 when she began this line of sculptures. As an artist originally from the state of Washington, where being “green” is a way of life, Mason’s allorganic material characterizes what is important to her audience, and that is a sense of rare, unscathed fiber art done in free form. See ART | page 3
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Professor develops fragility index, which will help predict when stock markets crash By Amanda Antell The Daily Barometer
Oregon State University finance researchers have developed a scale that measures the likelihood of when stock market crashes may occur in different parts of the world. Eighty countries were observed for this study. Professor in finance at OSU, Dave Berger, was the lead researcher on this study. “We’ve found that [every] country we’ve studied [was] sensitive to the ‘center line factor,’ which leads to a commonality in how the countries were integrated, leading us to the fragility index,” Berger said. The fragility index identifies periods when stock markets are in high risk of experiencing losses or crashes. What makes this scale so special is that it measures how the stock market acts between countries and identifies different factors that seem to be present with each trend of crash. The fragility of a country is measured by looking at how strong or weak its stock market is, and how shocks affect the market. This depends on the size of the nation, what type of market it is and the stage of development the country is
in. When the world’s stock markets are experiencing small or large shifts in their system, they’re more prone to fragility. This project was started in 2010 after Berger collaborated with Professor Kuntara Pukthuanthong, of San Diego State University, on a study of frontier markets and their global market integration. Berger had done an earlier project with Jimmy Yang, also a finance professor at OSU, about international finance interrogation in 1999, when Berger first became an OSU professor. “We wanted to see if frontier markets integrated with developed or merger markets. We found that wasn’t the case,” Yang said. The “Integration Scale” was designed to look at smaller countries with frontier markets, mainly for the possibilities for investors. With the diversification benefit and low competition, the scale found that frontier markets have many possibilities for investors. This study lead to the fragility index with Pukthuanthong, who is excited to see the possibilities that their study may come up with. She feels that this would be beneficial to not only investors and players of the stock market, but to the global economy itself. “Policy makers should apply our measure and attempt to implement some policy to prevent market crash when FI is high. Note that our study
can be developed further as the current version shows FI on day ‘T’ predicts market crash on day ‘T’+1. Policy makers may not be able to prevent crashes within one day. Professor Berger and I are currently working on a real application of FI, in [which] practitioners or policy makers can apply it one month in advance. We also show whether investors can implement our FI to make profit,” Pukthuanthong said. In short, the fragility index predicts when global markets may crash. When a country’s fragility index is high, the global market suffers due to the integration effect. This scale does not predict the crashes of individual companies, but national crashes. An example would be the recent stock crash of 2008; it wasn’t just the United States that was affected. When the fragility index is high, it means countries that have high exposure to the global market are sensitive to global shocks. Examples of exposed countries are: Japan, China, the United States and Great Britain. Countries like Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Malaysia, which are not as exposed, smaller and less developed, should use other measures to predict stock market crashes. Amanda Antell, reporter firstname.lastname@example.org On Twitter: @ AmandaA94877032
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A Senate committee will expand its probe into the U.S. Secret Service this week following a scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia in advance of a recent trip by the president. The Homeland Security Committee will send the Secret Service “some questions this week, as the beginning of our broader investigation, asking whether... this was an exception, or is there anything in the records that show this is a pattern of misconduct that has gone on elsewhere by Secret Service agents on assignment, but off-duty?” Sen. Joe Lieberman, the committee chairman, told “Fox News Sunday.” “Why wasn’t it noticed if that was the case? What’s the Secret Service going to do to make sure it never happens again?” Some Secret Service members and agents allegedly
timeline of all known actions, locations, and possible violations of United States or Colombia law,” codes of conduct, and directives, King wrote in the letter. But King and other officials are quick to emphasize that those allegedly involved in cavorting with prostitutes at a hotel in Cartagena are the exceptions. “In any organization things can go wrong,” President Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “I must say that in my experience the Secret Service has been completely professional, so impressive. I always felt like they were ... willing to do anything to protect the president and the people around the president. And so this was really disappointing. — CNN
Axelrod blames GOP for immigration stalemate President Obama re-election campaign senior adviser David Axelrod put the onus on Republicans for the failure to pass immigration reform in the president’s first term. Axelrod said a congressional “reign of terror” has prevented supportive Republicans from cooperating on immigration issues, which were a hallmark of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. “The nature of Washington is not monolithic opposition to everything the chief executive wants to do as a political strategy, and that is what happened here,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think a lot of Republicans in Congress want to cooperate, know better, but they’re in the thralls of this reign of terror from the far right that has dragged the party to the right.”
Axelrod said it would be unfair to blame the president when Republicans were unwilling to work with him on a bill and blocked passage of the DREAM Act. Obama has vowed to address reform at the beginning of his second term while both political parties jockey for the Hispanic vote. “To say that, because you have an implacable group of Republicans in Congress who simply won’t let that move, that the president hasn’t kept his promise, is a bit disingenuous,” Axelrod told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. He said there will be a renewed opportunity to tackle the issues “when the president wins re-election,” if not before. “I think that these folks are going to recognize when they lose this election that that was the wrong path to take and now’s
the time for a season of cooperation,” Axelrod said. Alex Franceschi, the Hispanic press secretary for the Republican National Committee, responded to Axelrod by pointing to the failure of the DREAM Act, which occurred when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, as evidence of Obama’s record on immigration. “Candidate Obama promised he would make immigration reform a top priority in his first year as President. Even when he had a Democratic controlled House and Senate, we are still waiting on his immigration reform,” Franceschi said. “His immigration policies have only led to record levels of deportations, and the majority of Latinos disapprove of his handling of deportations.” — CNN
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brought back several prostitutes to a hotel in Cartagena, according to sources familiar with the U.S. government’s investigation. The Secret Service says 12 members of the agency have been implicated in the incident. Across the Sunday political talk shows, officials expressed confidence in Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, saying they believe he has handled the scandal well and will get answers. “History is full of cases where enemies have compromised” people with security or intelligence information through sex, said Lieberman, I-Connecticut. He added that based on what he has been told so far, “there is no evidence that information was compromised” in this case. Down the road, the committee will hold a public hearing on the matter — perhaps more
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What “Can I Help You?” and its counterparts can be compared to, as far as specific elements of nature, are peas, blades of grass and larvae. And as claimed by her official website, “Inspired by nature and the touch of human hands upon it, Cameron’s art is a response to the world around through surface, form and stitch” and that inspiration shows in every piece as she expresses her fascination with color and texture on cloth. A second piece called “Blade II: Greengold” shares the shape and structure of the first example, but hardly does the job of showcasing Mason’s talents. It’s a threefoot squiggle mounted on the wall. It assumes, first of all, that green-gold is a color the audience would like to see a lot of, but because the entire piece is this color, the creativity of this piece struggles in comparison. Unlike “Can I Help You,” “Greengold” has sporadic markings of different colors that seem anything but deliberate. They are dirt and accidental, and while “Can I Help You” is being compared to
the likes of grass and peas, “Greengold” seems to carry relation with pus and earwax. With this one, not the others, the gallery curator ran out of pieces to fill the entire wall, but they ended up filling that spot with a big tire track through the mud. But others may disagree — “Greengold” could be an inspiration to them with its usage of wool yarn, rayon, polyester threads and lowwater immersion dye. With such unique usage of texture and color, one wonders how a curator thinks to set up a gallery full of Mason’s work. Fairbanks manager Doug Russell can answer that question. “Last year I went to Seattle and visited top-tier galleries,” said Russell, who admitted that the show Mason was with at the time was unusual, yet ventured into the world of fiber. ”We’re trying to bring fine arts to the gallery and this exhibit crossed over well to fine art.” Mason’s work helped Fairbanks in its mission to initiate a leap to the finer arts from just the usual painting. The technique she used to make “Greengold” and “Can I Help You?” is the same Mason likes to teach in her surface design classes for aspiring artists at the Pratt Fine Arts
Center in Seattle: “Dyeing, within the gold family. The discharge, batik, using resists, edges are also wide and the and printing on fabric using seams are fuzzy. But there is silk screens and other tools,” something more regal about this piece than the rest. according to her website. Moving on to the middle There is a modern element of the gallery — literally the that peeks out in every piece middle, across the room from at Fairbanks, even though “Can I Help You” on its pedes- nature by description is timetal — is Mason’s saving grace: less and even somewhat “Stone Mother Two: Lichen.” unchanging. The mixtures of The natural dependence colors used and the strange of this one is shapes that made obviskip between ous in the 2-D and 3-D We’re trying to name, but it is have a conbring fine arts to more majestemporary tic than its attitude, but the gallery and title suggests. what they this exhibit “L i c h e n” represent — is tall and crossed over symbols of the color the natural well to fine art of chamworld around pagne, and us — are is therefore ageless. Doug Russell celebrating manager, Faribanks Hall Gallery “This is something. one of the It’s height, first fiber which accumulates at the tip shows we’ve had in a while,” that points heavenward, and Russell said, adding that boldness stand out among Mason’s pieces illustrate the the rest of the pieces, and five elements of art: line, though it is not mounted texture, color, value and against a wall like the rest of composition. them, it still has a flat edge As Russell would suggest, facing South, which suggests Mason’s work does a fine job that it could be if Mason so of placing her art in the “condecided last minute. It is a temporary realm.” 3-D figure that could be 2-D as well. Joce DeWitt, reporter “Lichen” has squiggly lines firstname.lastname@example.org of alternating colors that stay On Twitter: @Joce_DeWitt
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SOSU House of Representatives’ failure to meet quorum this past Wednesday would typically be seen as a serious failure of student government. But between unauthorized pay raises, an impeachment process that took up nearly all of fall term and a previous failure to meet quorum at one of the most crucial meetings of the year (student fees approval), this second postponed meeting may only be seen as a small blotch on ASOSU’s resume this past year. One or two missing representatives could suggest there are legitimate reasons for missing required meetings, but nine missing representatives speaks to an underlying, persistent lack of accountability and responsibility exhibited by ASOSU this past year. It reveals the lack of leadership and commitment here that continues to shame the group. ASOSU’s mishaps have moved beyond frustrating and disappointing; frankly, it’s become embarrassing. Systemically, in terms of how ASOSU and student-run organizations should operate, failure for the House to meet quorum is unacceptable. Whether our student body views student government as a pertinent and influential organization is irrelevant; these students chose to get involved and have taken the responsibility in upholding their duties. Outside activities, including school work, revolve around the ASOSU schedule; they don’t come before it. Many students take on work responsibilities and find a balance between work and school — ASOSU’s duties are no different and should not be held to a different standard. If a representative feels school has become too large of a burden, then said representative should not remain in ASOSU. Do not mask an interest and commitment to student government with a “busy schedule”. It’s a waste of time and effort — for both the representative and the student body. For this past primary, only 6.2 percent of the OSU student body took part in the vote. The year’s mishaps haven’t helped and these continued troubles won’t bring the number up either. And frankly, students shouldn’t feel obligated to get involved when representatives fail to attend the weekly meetings — the one task required of them. Certainly, the best way to fix a problem is to pay attention and use your vote to change it. But students can only vote for persons on the ballot, and those persons are theoretically exhibiting an interest, ambition and commitment to uphold their responsibilities the (potential) job will require of them. There must be some sort of accountability for missing meetings, even a single one given that it is a weekly occurrence, not daily. This is not to suggest a harsh penalty, as in immediate removal from office, but there could be a mark system, similar to driver licenses – where driving infractions are tallied and considered for insurance reasons, attendance infractions could be tallied and considered for pay and eligibility to return to office in the future terms. However, to be clear, there are individuals involved with ASOSU that continue to show up regularly with ambition and interest. Unfortunately, these individuals are painted in the same picture as those that fail to uphold and follow their duties responsibly and ethically. We should hope this past year has revealed how a student government loses respect, how it should not operate. And we hope this past year gives reason for those currently holding office and those that may consider it to acknowledge how ASOSU can and will be perceived with the continued complications. ASOSU will be held to the same standard it exhibits — students won’t care if the government doesn’t. T
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Education may not be cheap, but can be more accessible
ast term, I wrote about how MIT was setting up an online university program where anyone in the world can attend and get a real MIT bachelor’s degree for free. And it’s not the only recent news over free education. Apparently, a group of English academics feel that more needs to be done about education to the point that they will be setting up a free university in Lincoln, UK. This group is calling themselves Social Science Centre and is made up of 40 academics planning to help students get a BA, MA or their Ph.D. The spokesperson for this group is Professor Keeble who teaches at the University of Lincoln and is acting head of the School of Journalism. In a statement to the BBC, Professor Keeble said that “All of us are very concerned about the burden being put on students of up to 9,000 euros a year, and we want to show that there are alternative ways of running higher education.” For those of you that don’t have your handy currency calculator on them, 9000 euros is about $12,000. For in-state students, that would be a lot, however, for the out-of-state students, that would be a much better situation. The one flaw the Social Science Centre’s plan is that they can’t actually give out degrees, despite teaching classes equivalent to their fellow universities. Another problem is that they don’t have actual classrooms; instead the SSC will be using community centers to educate their
Rebel without a pulse students. Keeble admitted to the BBC that the university that he and the SSC are trying to create isn’t entirely free. While attending the university, students will have jobs and if they choose to, there is a voluntary subscription fee that they can pay to help out. The subscription fee is a little less than the equivalent to what people can earn in an hour of work. Despite the fact that this university can’t give out degrees and there is a miniscule voluntary fee, these academics are hitting at the core philosophy of education: the people have a right to be educated. We have insanely high tuition fees that limit the ability for many people to attend college, which has become necessary in order to get a job paying more than minimum wage. All for what exactly? Pieces of paper saying that we can attend five classes a term and pass them? Don’t get me wrong, I love Oregon State University, but with such high tuition, college is merely economics displaying that only those willing and able to pay for the good will receive the good. This is disappointing, because economics believes that knowledge capital has increasing returns.
No one is harmed in the pro- secondary education. As a society cess of being educated; the bet- seeking to raise the standard of livter educated people are, the better ing for everyone, why does it matter our society becomes as a whole. if some people didn’t get the best Essentially, education is not a good GPA in high school, didn’t do any or a commodity that should be volunteer work or refused to join an given out to only those that can extra-curricular? afford the cost, but to everyone. I don’t want someone to get a Look at our education stand- spot at the cost of another person ings in the world; we are far from who did all that, but we shouldn’t be the top, being passed by coun- limiting who gets an education just tries that don’t have everything because they didn’t try burning the that we have. The United States candle at both ends. is struggling just to be in the top I believe that there is more that 20 of education standards and can be done to provide a better our government quality of educais still cutting tion to everyone. education fundI’m not saying ...we shouldn’t be ing for defense that OSU profunding and limiting who gets vides low quality other projects of services; rather, an education just national importhat people who tance. There are because they didn’t can’t afford the some arguments tuition and other try burning the candle that try to justify associated costs at both ends. our low rankings should be receivwith the fact that ing an educawe have some of tion beyond high the best universischool. ties in the world, but what does The old saying goes that even if that matter if none of our people we gave everyone a Ph.D., we would can qualify to get into them? still need someone to pump our gas Thanks to financial aid, scholar- or for the non-Oregonians, someships, grants and all the other types one to clean our hotel rooms. Even of available funding, people who if that is the case, is a hotel housewouldn’t normally be able to attend keeper, gas attendant or any other college now have the opportunity. minimum wage laborer going to But is it enough? be harmed by a better education? When we apply to college, we’re t forced to prove our mettle that we Robert Fix is a senior in business. The opinions expressed in his have “earned” the right to attend columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer a university and receive a post- staff. Fix can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A body ‘action’ approach, valuing actions versus appearance
hile shopping for some new workout clothes about two years ago, I noticed that the majority of clothes I wanted to buy didn’t fit me very well and had to be “mended” every few seconds – or didn’t fit me at all. This surprised and upset me because although I make no pretensions about looking like a supermodel, I usually don’t have problems finding clothes that fit me and I feel good in. I went store-to-store that day but was still disappointed in the range of comfortable workout clothes I could find that didn’t make me feel drab. I am not saying that this is every non-supermodel-body-type person’s experience, but I do remember feeling like I had to have a bangin’ body to even fit into workout clothes, or to be seen at the gym in the first place! These feelings got me thinking about all the images of “ideal” women’s bodies I constantly see on display — in fashion as well as fitness ads — which seem to promote the idea that fit people look a certain way, and that if you don’t look a certain way, you are not fit. This idea that all fit people look a particular way has been debunked by nutritionists such as Dr. Linda Bacon, author of “Health at Every Size”. But it got me thinking about the difference between being active for fun and health, and being active to attain a certain type of appearance. If an ideal appearance is all we’re trying to achieve, then there’s a chance that we don’t even need to have a conversation about health. After all, each one of us has heard stories about friends, family members, celebrities, etc. trying to achieve the perfect body type by adopting disordered eating habits and ultimately harming their bodies. You may also have heard stories of individuals who
Be Well. Be Orange. over-exercise in this pursuit and injure themselves. Going into exercise with this mindset of achieving an ideal seems like no fun at all to me. Every time I’ve signed up for an exercise class it is because I thought I fell short of looking a certain way, the entire class seemed like a prolonged punishment. However, as I’ve experienced more and made deeper connections with the people around me and my work, my attitude towards exercise and appearance is changing. I’ve begun to think about my body in terms of all the things it lets me do rather than what I look like. I have discovered that dancing is my favorite thing to do, and I do it regularly. I don’t do it to look like Beyoncé, but because nothing makes me happier than dancing. I am finding that I get a lot more exercise now than I have ever before because dancing comes naturally to me, so I don’t treat it like a chore. I’ve also discovered that my actions can have an impact beyond my own selfgratification. I often teach dance on campus and bring joy to those around me as well. By thinking about what our bodies can do, our “body action” if you will, we can leave behind the narrow notions of beauty and perfection we’ve all been afflicted with and start to appreciate our bodies for everything they allow us to do. In fact, a study conducted by Ohio State University researchers showed that self-acceptance leads to healthier eating habits as well. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, “The studies found, among nearly 600 college women, that those with higher levels of appreciation and acceptance for their body were
more likely to be intuitive eaters. Intuitive eaters spend less time thinking about how their body appears to others and more time considering how their body feels and functions.” The aforementioned issues were the framework upon which the OSU Body Action Campaign was created by Be Well and RecSports. If you’ve run into any of the “Do What You Love” posters we’ve collaborated on with various OSU students, staff, faculty and other community members, you were probably struck by the range of things our bodies allow us to do that make us happy and have nothing to do with our appearance. Swimming, smiling, hugging, dancing, hiking, gardening, weight training — these are only a few things that bring members of the OSU community joy. As you may have noticed, many of these activities also provide the individual a source of exercise. And moreover, doing something that makes you happy can help relieve stress and add to good health. There are a variety of factors that make us happy and I will be the first to admit that appearances do have an effect on our moods. I know that the way in which I present myself — my clothes and my cleanliness — can leave an impression on others with long-lasting consequences (they could be factors in me being hired or fired). How I feel about the way I look on a certain day can impact the confidence with which I approach those around me that day as well. But in the long run, my appearance has nothing to do with my intrinsic value and can’t help me to lead a rich life. I believe that when I truly begin to accept this, I begin to accept myself and my body and allow others to do the same. I encourage you to join me in the OSU Body Action Campaign
by reflecting on all the things your body lets you do which you enjoy rather than valuing your body solely for its appearance. As my friend and wellness coordinator at RecSports Sierra Laverty noted, “Treat your body like a temple. The best way to do that is to discover the kind of activity that makes you thrive, something that when just talking about it your eyes light up every time. And then make room in your life for it, and do it often. You deserve it.” Sierra has created a list of ingredients and a recipe for body confidence which I would like to share with you. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me! Recipe for Body Confidence - Have a conversation with friends about what a “desired appearance” is, and why it has become a focus in our society. Contrast that with a dialogue about what it takes to keep your body healthy and happy. - Who do know that has a clear and genuine passion for something? Consider whether or not their appearance is vital to their passion. - Pay attention to your body! If you feel tired, don’t guzzle down a caffeine-overloaded “Shot-InThe-Dark”. Make time to sleep. (Same goes for eating – when you’re hungry, grab a carrot!) - Count your blessings, not your blemishes – if you need reminders, write down what you are grateful for that your body does for you. - Recognize that you are not alone in your insecurity: even those that have “desirable” physical attributes struggle with the same anxieties. Let’s change that! Every single human being deserves to feel empowered and confident. Neha Neelwarne Oregon State University
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hat if you found out that people you don’t know refused to talk to you? What if you discovered that you couldn’t get a job or make a purchase for seemingly no reason at all? This is a reality for some, and for a lot of them, it has nothing to do with anything they’ve done. Everyone has been called names throughout their lives. The childhood standard counter is, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Many of us know that this isn’t true, and words often sting worse than physical attacks. What many don’t know is that words can do a lot more than just hurt; they can define us. When we’re children, we point to a dog and ask our parents “What’s that?” To which they reply, “That’s a dog.” This is how we learn what things are; we see something and then give it a word, a definition, a label. To the average person, that word and thing are synonymous. But realistically the word is just a symbol that represents it, and the physical makeup and actions of that object are what defines it. Unfortunately, for many, there is no separation of the two – the word and the object itself. In some cases this works just fine. In the case of a dog, it allows us to look at an animal, and based on the characteristics we’ve learned about what makes a dog — four legs, fur, its distinctive bark and pant — decide if it is one or not. But it’s not always that simple. If we say a man is gay, how do we know? Is it because we’ve seen him show attraction to another male in an observable form? Sometimes, but a lot of times that’s not the case. A lot of us think of gay as dressing a certain way, acting a certain way, the tone of his voice, how boisterous he is. None of these actually make him gay; they’re just charac-
The weekly rant teristics we’ve attributed to a guy being gay. The biggest issue with this fact is that it works both ways. Just as we observe a man and decide if he’s gay, based on what we see and hear, when we’re told someone is gay, we often assume facts about him or her. Not only that, but we can take two words that should mean that same thing, gay and homosexual, and often different attributes are assumed. This is because of a certain positive or negative connotation that’s given to each word. Why is this a problem? Is it actually causing harm if we make a few assumptions about someone because of the label we’ve given them? Won’t everything be clarified upon talking to this person? Let’s take a look at some common words thrown around in contemporary society to see if we can answer these questions. Take for instance the word “Muslim”. This word simply refers to someone that practices the faith of Islam. It doesn’t mean anything else. Is that the only characteristic we attribute to a Muslim though? Not even close. Often the word “terrorist” gets attached. We assume big bushy beards and hijabs where you can only see a woman’s eyes. It even goes further than this, as many assume a Muslim student is antisocial, un-American (whatever that means), and hates freedom. I can show you Muslims that defy all of these characteristics and almost all defy at least some of them. Yet millions of Americans make these assumptions when they
think of a Muslim. How about the word “geek”? For our purposes, I’ll define a geek simply as someone that is well educated and shows a high interest in using technology. Again, this isn’t the only characteristic that we attach to this label. They’re assumed to be male, book-smart, unstylish, weak and virgins. And again, I can show you some of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to computers that defy every single one of those descriptors. Starting to see a pattern here? All of these characteristics past the root definitions of the words are known as “stereotypes,” and the concept shouldn’t be anything new to us. They extend to every race, skin color, group of people with common interest and manner of appearance (if a girl dresses scantily, she’s considered a “slut”). For a lot of you, none of this is new information, and you’ve probably thought about it before. What you may not have thought about though, is the fact that despite how horrible labels can be, we as humans love them. Modern day humans need to categorize. We can no longer describe people by their simple characteristics. We must give them a title that represents who they are – a label. This is why no matter how much people think about it, and recognize how harmful labels can be, they still continue to create new ones every day. The consequences of the human need to label are twofold. First, and most obvious, we make assumptions about people that aren’t true. These don’t even need to be negative assumptions about someone to be hurtful. You meet a new friend wearing a football jersey - he is now a jock. You invite him to hang out with you and some of your other friends and decide to play a pickup game of
football. He doesn’t play very well and is now extremely embarrassed because of the assumption that was made. This could have easily been avoided if you had simply asked him, “Hey, nice jersey, do you like to play football?” Some of us do request these clarifications, but a lot of us don’t. The second byproduct of labels is a bit less obvious. By creating these categories for people to fit in, we feel the need to alter ourselves to properly fit our label. For instance, if a girl is labeled as popular, she thinks she can’t be seen having alone time – this would suggest that she isn’t as popular as others thought. She will feel as though she can’t be seen with someone labeled a “loser”. If a guy is a “player,” he can’t fall in love or have a relationship. That label doesn’t even have to be true, but if the guy feels it adds positive light to him, he’ll match the characteristics to continue to feel valued. We’ve even taken the labels “man” and “woman” and given them expected characteristics, often contradictory, that leave many people feeling inadequate and for some, thinking they’re “the wrong sex.” This is a much bigger issue than most realize, and it’s something that won’t solve itself overnight. We can only help to lessen the problem by each person making a conscious effort to not make these assumptions about people. If I’m just preaching to the choir, so be it, but just ask yourself the simple question: “How would I feel if people assumed things about me?” If nothing else, when you meet someone that’s been labeled, try to remove that stigma and determine who they are for yourself. t
Alexander Vervloet is a junior in communication. The opinions expressed in his columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Vervloet can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter to the Editor First Alt on plastic bag ban
Progress, initiative on reusable methods First Alternative Co-op is following the potential ban on plastic bags in Corvallis with interest. We have been open since 1970 and offered plastic bags for carryout for a very short time many years ago. While plastic bags are recyclable, people have to actively return them to a place that can recycle them and the percentage of the time that happens is very low. We accept bags at the Co-op for recycling, but then must transport them to a facility where they can be recycled. We encourage our customers to bring their own bags – reusable or paper – and we reward them. For each bag a customer brings from home, for each used bag or box they opt for, or for not using a carry out device at all, we donate 5 cents to a local nonprofit organization. Since 2006 we have saved 1.5 million bags from going out our door and donated $77,656 to local organizations. In July 2009, we instituted a 5 cents per bag charge for anyone who uses a new carry out bag and it has been very well received. Most customers bring their own or use one of our free options (a box, used bag, reusable-bag-toloan program) or carry their groceries out without any bag at all. Our consumption of paper bags has easily been reduced by half in the last 3 years since the bag fee went into effect. We feel positive about this step forward in helping our environment and hope that others in the city join us in our efforts. Donna Tarasawa First Alternative Co-op Marketing Manager
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After suspension, search for Etan Patz to resume Monday the second source, who was also briefed on the investigation. The chemical can indicate the presence of blood, but is not always conclusive, according to that source. At this time, the stain is described only as an area of interest. Investigators used chainsaws to dig out the portion of the wall with the stain, which will be sent to the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia for analysis to determine whether the substance is blood and, if so, whose it is, the second law enforcement source said. The basement is about a half-block from where the boyâ€™s family still lives. Etan vanished May 25, 1979, as he walked to a bus stop by himself for the first time. A carpenter whose former Manhattan basement is the scene of the search said through his lawyer Friday that he had no involvement in the disappearance. Othniel Miller, 75, who has not been charged with a crime, has long cooperated with authorities and plans to continue to do so, his lawyer said. â€œMr. Miller has been cooperating with this investigation for over 30 years,â€? attorney Michael Farkas said. â€œHe has continued to cooperate on multiple occasions. And I am going to assist him in cooperating to the fullest extent possible.â€? Millerâ€™s daughter, Stephanie Miller, told CNN
The search for Etan Patz, a 6-year-old New York boy who disappeared more than three decades ago, is expected to resume on Monday after being suspended for â€œoperational reasons,â€? an FBI spokesman said. A law enforcement source briefed on the investigation said no evidence of human remains has been found so far in the basement of a building in Manhattanâ€™s SoHo neighborhood where investigators are looking. Around 2 p.m. Sunday, investigators searching the basement abruptly folded up a tent they had erected to shield them from a nasty rainstorm. Moments later, two large New York Police Department vans rolled in, obstructing most of the view of the scene. Through a small break between the vehicles, photographers were able to catch a glimpse of something being loaded into the side of an unmarked blue van. FBI spokesman Peter Donald declined to discuss the reasons behind the searchâ€™s suspension. â€œWeâ€™ll be back in the morning,â€? he said. Sundayâ€™s developments came a day after investigators discovered a possible blood stain on a concrete wall while tearing apart the basement in their search for clues in the case, a second law enforcement source told CNN. FBI agents, assisted by the NYPD, discovered the stain by spraying the chemical luminol, said
affiliate WCBS that her father had cooperated with federal agents, saying he â€œdoesnâ€™t have anything to do with it.â€? Investigators recently relaunched their probe of the cold case, often described as a milestone effort that helped draw the plight of missing children into the national consciousness. Authorities said both new and old information led them to Miller, a part-time handyman, who met Etan the day before he disappeared and gave him a dollar. Miller faces no charges in connection with the disappearance. It was interest in the carpenter that prompted authorities to bring a cadaver dog about 10 days ago to a SoHo basement, where Etan apparently had encountered the carpenter, then 42, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. The dog picked up a human scent in the basement, where the man had a workshop. When agents interviewed the man about his connection to the basement, the source said the carpenter blurted out, â€œWhat if the body was moved?â€? Farkas, the attorney, said he will speak to authorities about that alleged remark. â€œI donâ€™t know that he asked that,â€? Farkas told reporters. Late Thursday, authorities set up a grid in the basement and planned to rip up the concrete
floor. They also took out part of the back wall of the basement, an unoccupied area beneath what was once a restaurant. The floor was â€œnewly pouredâ€? at the time the boy disappeared, according to another law enforcement source. It was not dug up during the original investigation. Miller was picked up by the FBI again Thursday, but is not in custody. He was questioned and returned to his Brooklyn apartment, the source with knowledge of the investigation said. â€œWeâ€™re looking for human remains, clothing or other personal effects of Etan Patz,â€? NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said of the current investigation. â€œItâ€™s a very painstaking process.â€? In 2010, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said his office decided to take another look at the decades-old mystery. FBI leads were then culled from that case file, sources said. The investigation garnered national headlines as authorities splashed the childâ€™s image on the sides of milk cartons in the hopes of gathering more information, then a novel approach. Etan was officially declared dead in 2001 as part of a civil lawsuit filed by his family against a drifter, Jose Antonio Ramos, a convicted child molester acquainted with his babysitter. â€” CNN
Army cancels Ted Nugentâ€™s performance at Fort Knox over Obama comments and Recreation remain committed to carrying out the June 23 concert, and the possibility exists that a replacement will be selected,â€? the announcement said. It was not immediately clear whether Styx or REO Speedwagon planned to carry on with their scheduled performance. Nugent and Fort Knox public affairs officials did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. Response to the announcement was mixed, with more than 1,000 people weighing in with comments. â€œI feel they had little choice after the comments Ted Nugent made at the NRA convention. As president, Obama â€œArmy Entertainment and is their commander-in-chief,â€? â€œAfter learning of opening act Ted Nugentâ€™s recent the Fort Knox Directorate of Carrie Peterson wrote on public comments about the Family and Morale, Welfare Facebook in response to the announcement. Some urged the soldiers r ve ial! and their families to boycott a e B pec the concert, while others urged S Itâ€™s lights out on Ted Nugentâ€™s scheduled performance at an Army base in Kentucky. Commanders at Fort Knox have decided against allowing the â€œMotor City Madmanâ€? to take the stage at the base in June, the latest fallout over Nugentâ€™s comments that he would be â€œdead or in jailâ€? if President Barack Obama were re-elected.
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video that the NRA posted on YouTube. â€œIf you canâ€™t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I donâ€™t even know what youâ€™re made out of.â€? The video has since been removed. Many have questioned whether Nugent was alluding to violence against the president. Nugent issued a statement confirming his meeting and describing it as a â€œgood, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone.â€? News of the canceled concert came a day after Nugent agreed to pay a fine, serve probation and record a public service announcement as part of a deal to plead guilty to transporting an illegally killed black bear in Alaska. The plea deal, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in
Anchorage, Alaska, stems from federal allegations that arose during a bear hunt in May 2009 that was filmed for Nugentâ€™s television show, â€œSpirit of the Wild,â€? on the Outdoor Channel. In the plea agreement, Nugent admitted to shooting and killing a bear using a bow and arrow during a hunt on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska, just days after he wounded another bear. Alaska limits licensed hunters to the bagging of one bear per hunting season. Under the law, the wounding of a bear counts toward the seasonâ€™s bag limit. Nugent gained musical fame in the 1960s as a member of the psychedelic band The Amboy Dukes, then as a solo act in the 1970s and later as a member of the 1980s supergroup Damn Yankees. He is probably best known for the1977 rock anthem, â€œCat Scratch Fever.â€? â€” CNN
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Styx and REO Speedwagon to pull out of the show if Nugent is not allowed to perform. Still others were angry at the base commanders. â€œIâ€™m very disappointed to hear that you canceled Ted Nugent - this man is a patriot and embodies the spirit of the 2nd amendment, one of our constitutional rights. I believe that the US Army is around to fight for our constitution and our rights. As a former US Army soldier, I am ashamed of your actions here,â€? Michael Edgerly wrote in his post. On Thursday, the Secret Service said it resolved questions regarding comments that Nugent, a conservative activist and gun rights advocate, made about Obama during a speech at an NRA convention in St. Louis, Missouri. â€œIf Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,â€? Nugent said, according to a
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Track and field comes away with two individual wins By Oregon State Athletic Communications The Daily Barometer
EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon State track and field program completed competition Saturday at the Oregon Relays, turning in several season-best times and two first place finishes. In just her third meet this season after redshirting during the cross country and indoor track seasons, Emily LaValley turned in another first place finish as she won the 800 meter run B section with a time of 2:16.51. Casey Masterson made her track debut this weekend as she also competed in the 800 meter run placing third with a time of 2:18.74. Haley Hunt rounded out the Beavers in the 800 meter run finishing in sixth place. Her time of 2:21.66 was a new season best by the freshman runner.
Erin Jones continued the momentum that LaValley set with her first place finish in the 800 meters into the 1,500 meter run B section race where she won with a time of 4:42.24. Sandra Martinez had a strong showing in the 1,500 meters with a third place finish and a time of 4:43.26. This is the second week in a row that both Jones and Martinez have set new season-best times in this event. “This is the first 800 that Emily LaValley has run in a couple of years so for her to get the win was great,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “And then both Erin and Sandra set new personal records in the 1,500 meters. They all have had a pretty good last couple of weeks of training, so it is exciting for all of them.” Kinsey Gomez turned in another strong 1,500 meter run with her third place fin-
ish in the women’s 1,500 meter section one race. Her time of 4:34.60 beat her previous season best by four seconds. Audrey Botti competed in the 1,500 meter section one as well, finishing in fifth place with a time of 4:35.36, which beat her previous season-best by four seconds. Lacey London finished in 10th place in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:40.54. “That was a really big personal record for Kinsey,” Sullivan said. “I know that was also very close to a personal best for Audrey as well.” Laura Carlyle notched another notable performance in the 1,500 meter run section two race. Carlyle, who already holds the school record in the 1,500 meters, finished in ninth place with a new team-best time of 4:23.79. “Laura ran well and got a
regional qualifier in the 1,500 meters,” Sullivan said. “She has really bad allergies right now so we are trying to figure that out with her.” Kristin Oenning competed in the high jump, notching a season best height of 5-4.50. She beat her previous season-best height of 5-4.25 that she set at the Willamette Invitational at the end of March. “Across the board we are really pleased with everyone,” Sullivan said. “We got everyone performing and got everything out of them that we wanted. Overall, it was a really good weekend.” The Beavers will return to action next weekend when they compete at the Pacific Twilight, hosted by Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. The meet is set to take place April 27 and 28. Oregon State Athletic Communications
Men’s V8 finishes second in race on Charles River in Boston By Oregon State Athletic Communications BOSTON, Mass. — The 18th-ranked Oregon State men’s varsity eight made its longest trip of the season and came home with a second-place finish in a race against No. 10 Northeastern and Holy Cross on the Charles River in Boston, Mass. on Saturday morning. The Beavers’ crew of Dan Thompson (coxswain), Ross Ellingwood, Daniel Werner, Clayton Ward, Wyatt Worrel, Jorgen Anderson, Bryce Fransen, Ty Louis and Chris Nofziger finished the course in 6:25.7. Northeastern won the
event with a time of 6:11.9 and Holy Cross rounded out the group in third place after crossing the line in 6:26.1. “We did not measure up today to the pressure and intensity set by Northeastern,” Oregon State head coach Steve Todd said. “The guys were rattled from a poor start and didn’t settle into the race very well.” Fighting a cross headwind that seemed to pick up in intensity through the middle of the race, OSU found itself down immediately after a poorly executed start and had to claw its way back into contention, eventually top-
ping Holy Cross by about one seat. Northeastern jumped off from the getgo and took home the big open-water win. “If there was a good point it was that the team did not back down as it came time to sprint,” Todd said. “They moved into second with only a few meters to spare.” The Beavers will be on the water only once more before the Pac-12 Championships, competing in the Windermere Cup in Seattle, Wash. on May 5. Oregon State Athletic Communications
BASEBALL n Continued from page 7 in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied 4-4 and OSU runners on second and third. The infield was in to prevent anyone from scoring on a ground ball, but senior designated hitter Ryan Gorton came up with a clutch single up the middle to score both runners and take the final lead of the ballgame. “I didn’t really hit it very hard, but it found a hole and got the job done,” Gorton said. “We weren’t hitting well all day, but we manufactured runs and did enough to win.” OSU managed its seven runs on only five hits, thanks to good execution in sacrifice bunting and base running. The Beavers also got some help from the lackluster Bruins, who committed three errors — all fielding bunts. “Not a lot of hits today that’s for sure,” Casey said. “I’m sure they wish they could have a couple of pitches back and same thing for us, but we competed and made the plays when we needed to.” Oregon State got off to a rocky start in the series, losing 4-0 Friday in a game in which they were nearly no-hit. The Beavers got back on track after a 3-0 win on Saturday behind a dominating performance by freshman lefty Jace Fry, who threw a complete game shutout. Sophomore southpaw Ben Wetzler, sophomore right-hander Dan Child and Fry all pitched well on the weekend, allowing only six runs combined. Wetzler got the loss in the first game of the series when OSU managed only two hits offensively, but Fry and Child were both brilliant in their appearances to get OSU back to winning ways in conference play. Pitching out of the bullpen, on the other hand, continues to be inconsistent and almost cost OSU in Sunday’s game. Junior reliever Matt Boyd retired only one of four batters he faced in the seventh before the Beavers brought in Bryant. Bryant got out of the seventh and eighth unscathed, but allowed five hits in a two-run ninth inning — which OSU entered up 7-4. In fact, the damage could have been much worse if it wasn’t for a baserunning blunder by Shane Zeile, which turned a bases loaded, no-out situation into a one-out, runners on the corners situation. “We brought Boyd in in the seventh and wanted Tony to go in the eighth or ninth, but we left the ball up, which led to some runs and had to bring him in early,” Casey said. “We let Tony go for two innings, not because we don’t have confidence in the other guys, but because we have confidence in him.” Oregon State struggled to score runs all weekend, scoring only 10 combined in the three games, but won with pitching and defense. The Beavers will need much of the same if they want to get a win in a nonconference game against Oregon this Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Eugene. The Beavers will be looking for revenge after being swept by the Ducks in the final regular season series last year. Andrew Kilstrom, sports writer Twitter: @andrewkilstrom
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After losing Friday, OSU gets dominant performance out of Jace Fry Saturday, does just enough to win Sunday By Andrew Kilstrom The Daily Barometer
Tony Bryant may have flirted with disaster in the ninth inning Sunday against No. 11 UCLA, but the junior closer got Jeff Gelalich to fly out to end the game with the tying run on second. The 7-6 win sealed the series for an Oregon State team that needed the win to remain in the upper half of the Pac-12. When asked whether Sunday’s game was a gritty win, head coach Pat Casey responded saying, “I think that’s an understatement. We needed that one.” Despite winning two of three against the Bruins (26-10, 11-7), OSU fell to sixth place in the Pac-12 standings after Stanford swept Arizona State to move into fifth place at the halfway point of the conference season. Nevertheless, the win got the Beavers (26-12, 8-7) back above .500 in conference play. “We didn’t play perfect baseball, but it’s not the time to dwell on the things we didn’t do well,” Casey said. “Sometime we’ll have a talk about this, that and the other thing about what we need to improve, but we should have a lot of guys in that locker room that are happy about winning a series against one of the top teams in the nation.” The defining moment in Sunday’s win came See BASEBALL | page 7
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Jace Fry, a freshman out of Southridge High School in Beaverton, pitched a complete game shutout Saturday to put an end to OSU’s four-game conference losing streak. The Beavers went on to win game three of the series, as well.
Gymnasts don’t make Super Six, finish 12th at Nationals n
A slow start led to a 196.475 for the Beavers, who hoped to land spot in Super Six The Daily Barometer
DULUTH, Ga. — Oregon State gymnastics finished 12th this weekend at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Beavers had been trying to reach Super Six for the first time since 1996, but failed to do so. A slow start for the team pretty much ended any chances of advancing to the second night of competition. OSU started on floor, and Olivia Vivian and Kelsi Blalock had outof-bounds deductions in their score, and the Beavers ended up
only scoring a 49.150. For the regular season that wouldn’t be bad, but for Nationals, a couple of low scores can be costly. “In a competition like this … there’s probably less than a tenth or a tenth-and-a-half between the top three teams,” said head coach Tanya Chaplin. “You look at where our score was, we had a 196.475. And one step would’ve put us in eighth place versus 12th place.” There was little room for error and OSU couldn’t quite maximize on its routines. However, the coaches and gymnasts are still satisfied with their season as a whole. “No, it’s never a disappointment,” said junior Melanie Jones. “We tried our hardest, and it’s real-
ly a lot of pressure. I think we did the best we could with what we had.” “I was pleased with the fight they had,” Chaplin said. “Actually, I was proud of them. They fought all the way to the end and finished on beam with an incredibly strong finish. But we couldn’t dig ourselves out of the hole we started on floor.” Although Oregon State finished last in the competition, it did have one huge positive from the meet — Melanie Jones was the lone Beaver gymnast to qualify for Individual Event Finals. On Sunday, Jones was in the individual finals for her floor routine, which earned her 2012 First-
Team All-American honors. Jones finished tied for fourth out of 11, with a score of 9.925. The fact that Jones was in this position just a year after injuring herself and missing both Regionals and Nationals in 2011 shows how much of a progression it has been. “It’s definitely been a big turnaround for me, competing in allaround and on bars,” Jones said. “It’s good to get out there and help support the team.” Jones only competed in two events last year, and was never expected to compete on uneven bars in her tenure at Oregon State. “Melanie has been great to us this year,” Chaplin said. “[She did] a tremendous job and I just think
that’s how she kept herself all year. She competed great, she’s got a great mindset and she’s a strong competitor.” Aside from Jones, two others on the team received All-American honors. Senior Leslie Mak was Second-Team All-American in both balance beam and floor, and junior Makayla Stambaugh was SecondTeam All-American for floor. The season is now officially over for the Beavers. Mak and Vivian, the only two seniors, will depart and leave some pretty big shoes to fill. But OSU will assuredly come back next winter with an eighth straight Nationals appearance in mind. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Beavers ended what was a four-game losing streak by beating Huskies twice By Jacob Shannon The Daily Barometer
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Elizabeth Santana is greeted by teammates at home plate as she scores on a three-run home run by Dani Gilmore Saturday against the Huskies.
The Oregon State softball team proved its resiliency by knocking off another top-10 opponent — twice. The Beavers (29-15, 6-8 Pac-12) have been catching Pac-12 opponents off guard since late March, and over the weekend added a series win over the University of Washington to their list of achievements. OSU’s defensive approach kept scoring margins to a minimum, allowing it to take the series against the No. 9 Huskies (36-11, 7-10 Pac-12). The last Beaver team to win at least 29 games (the 2007 team) went on to advance to a Super Regional, one step short of qualifying for the College Softball World Series. It was exceptional pitching that kept the Huskies scoreless for 14 of the 23 innings over the three-game span. “It goes back to us pitching really
well and playing solid defense, and then our ability to kind of scrap on offense,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “Every time we step on the field from here on out, doesn’t matter if it’s a ranked opponent or non-ranked opponent, we have to play that way and the scoreboard will take care of itself.” Junior pitcher Tina Andreana gave up just two runs Sunday and junior catcher Ally Kutz’s three-run homer propelled the Beavers to a 3-2 win. Sunday’s game followed a 7-6 extrainning Husky win Saturday and a 4-3 OSU win Friday. Andreana got credit for both Beaver wins on the weekend, having pitched six innings in game one before being relieved by senior Paige Hall and then throwing all seven innings Sunday. “Tina really stepped up on the mound and really had great presence and great focus,” Walker said. “She threw a lot of great pitches and that was really powerful.” Andreana gave up five runs over 13 innings against one of the best hitting teams in the conference. “She definitely rose to the occa-
sion,” junior Elizabeth Santana said. “This is one of her best games she has thrown this season. She was focused and ready to win the game, and was willing to do whatever it takes. As soon as she stepped on the field she was ready to go.” This is the third higher ranked Pac12 opponent OSU has found a way to beat. “We are a team to be reckoned with and I think we have proved that in Pac-12, nobody should take us lightly,” Andreana said. “For us to have the opportunity to win a series, or win all three games in a big weekend, helps prepare us for what is down the road when in a Regional or Super Regional, if we get ourselves there,” Walker said. “It allows us to feel like we can do this three days in a row at this level and keep competing hard.” The Beavers will play a makeup double header Tuesday versus Portland State before returning to conference play next weekend at Utah. Jacob Shannon, sports writer Twitter: @shannon_app email@example.com
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