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Newly elected ASOSU Speaker of the House embraces unique circumstances, looks to tackle, focus on finite issues THE DAILY BAROMETER


Saul Boulanger looks forward to gaining leadership experience as the next ASOSU Speaker of the House.

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Water main in repair

By Tori Hittner



Dozens of hours campaigning in the Memorial Union quad. Eight to nine class visits per day. Hundreds of personal dollars invested in posters and business cards. Saul Boulanger certainly put an immense amount of effort into his campaign for the Associated Students of Oregon State University speaker of the house seat. After earning more than 1,000 out of a few more than 3,000 votes in last week’s election, it turns out his hard work paid off. Serving as the next ASOSU speaker of the house, Boulanger looks forward to what he believes will be a unique and historical year. “My tenure as speaker is a somewhat unique one, which is nothing thanks to what I did — it’s just the circumstances,” Boulanger said. “Because of the transition, both into the (Student Experience Center) and with the House restructuring, we have the opportunity to make student government more relevant, much more See SAUL | page 3

Crews work to repair ruptured pipe that caused flooding, water pressure problems By Emma-Kate Schaake THE DAILY BAROMETER

City crews identified the main water line that ruptured Tuesday afternoon and are working to repair it and to restore water to those without. The line broke on Fifth Street between Van Buren Avenue and Tyler Avenue, causing flooding in much of the downtown vicinity. “The top of the 20-inch pipe failed and broke completely off the pipe,” said Cory Hill, lead worker of water distribution for Corvallis. As of print time Tuesday, it was still unclear what lead to the break. “It appears just to be an age thing, but we’ll analyze it to see what caused it,” Hill said. Water was turned off in between 17 and 19 meters of the surrounding area, but by the evening, other areas of Corvallis were no longer experiencing water pressure issues. “The people turned off will remain turned off until we get it fixed,” Hill See WATER | page 4


A large water main break in downtown Cor vallis caused flooding on Harrison Boulevard, near the downtown fire station Tuesday afternoon.

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Oregon State students, staff, faculty gather, promote the planet throughout the week By Kaitlyn Kohlenberg THE DAILY BAROMETER

Since Earth Day became a nationally recognized holiday in 1970, Oregon State University has recognized and celebrated the date. In more recent years, students and organizations have expanded the one-day holiday into a full week of planetary celebration. Earth Week at OSU consists of nearly 20 events spread across the week, with each school day focusing on a different aspect of celebrating life on Earth. Andrea Norris, the marketing and development coordinator for Campus Recycling, said the coordinating parties wanted to address the broad spectrum of

issues that are related and interconnected with issues of sustainability. Monday morning, students and community members woke up early to sketch a chalk mural, depicting a few of these associated issues on the walkways of the Memorial Union quad. Andrea Carson, the water projects coordinator for the Student Sustainability Initiative, said hosting and addressing a variety of themed activities helps pull people in from all academic and career fields. “I like the idea (of) just bringing in the students that aren’t necessarily instantly connected to Earth Week, but you can definitely draw them in,” Carson said. “The value is basically because all these fun, different events help you make those connections that you wouldn’t necessarily make in the first place.” See EARTH DAY | page 4



For fun and to raise awareness of the group, the Student Sustainability Initiative set recycling bins in the field for participants to drum on during a flash mob.

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Students work to revive club, promote resouces on campus By Ria Rankine THE DAILY BAROMETER

In a small room at Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, a group of Oregon State University students gather for the university’s newest Spanish club. Club president Olivia Hill assigned leadership roles and welcomed members’ ideas. Hill, a freshman, began the club to become more involved with her academic focus in education, Spanish and the international degree & education program. She noticed there was a void on campus for a community of like-minded individuals to share their struggles and learn. No official Spanish club had been recognized since the last president of the club graduated in 2012.

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Hill was left with an ultimatum. “Either I could find another club or start this one,” Hill said. “I really love Spanish and languages, and there wasn’t much of that on the campus, so I decided to add it myself.” Quickly, she found that creating a club came with a few challenges. “The biggest struggle was getting the first club meeting started,” Hill said. “I didn’t know where to start. … I was also uncertain about the huge leadership role, since I have never been a facilitator that carries all the responsibility.” The role of president came with an onslaught of responsibilities, such as creating a new constitution, reserving a room for the meetings, member recruitment and deciding the best day and time for weekly meetings. “It doesn’t sound like much, but not knowing what I was doing made it ...

harder,” Hill said. The club’s weekly gatherings will include watching Spanish movies, telenovelas and reading current events to familiarize themselves with Latin cultures. In the future, Hill wants to collaborate with other language clubs and plan cultural potlucks. “Basically, have a little study abroad when you can’t go out of the country,” Hill said. They also have plans to get involved within the community by tutoring students in elementary or middle schools who need help with their Spanish. At this juncture, the group’s top priority is to get the word out. The members are working together to accomplish this with fliers, professor support and their Facebook page. Hill does admit that plans for the

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future are “up in the air,” but she’s certain about what she wants the members to get out of the club. “Be an overall better Spanish speaker with more outside knowledge about Spanish-speaking cultures,” Hill said. “And get an experience outside of the classroom.” Kimberly Weston, a senior majoring in public health, joined the club to improve her conversation skills. In fall 2012, Weston studied abroad in Chile through OSU’s Chillan program. It was an experience that inspired her to join the club. “It increased my passion for Spanish,” Weston said. “Not to sound cliche, but it helped me to see the world in a different way.” The Spanish club is designed for students with past experiences that are similar to Weston’s time in Chile and for

those with future Spanish pursuits. Avery Sorensen, a junior majoring in history, plans to study in Salamanca, Spain, through the study abroad organization, Academic Programs International, in June. “I really want to be fluent in Spanish, and I think this club will keep it in my brain when I’m not in class,” Sorensen said. Moving forward, Hill looks to provide a space for students, much like Sorensen and Weston, to pursue Spanish and Spanish-speaking cultures. “I’m hoping it will be a major club on campus and supply the needed resources for students learning Spanish or even those who are native speakers,” Hill said. Ria Rankine Greek and clubs reporter

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around 1:30 a.m. Corvallis police eventually tracked the intoxicated male down and he lied about his name several times. The 19-year-old male was cited for minor-in-possession of alcohol, loud noise and false info to police.

What’s a group of college students doing by a bush? While on bike patrol, Oregon State police saw a group of five people huddled near a bush. One of the males then allegedly walked into the bush and started to urinate. The group was allowed to leave, but the 19-year-old male in the bush was stopped. He submitted to a breath test, which resulted in a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent. The male was cited for minor-in-possession of alcohol and warned for his other actions.

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A violent start to a peaceful holiday A report came in from the McDonald’s dow of Theta Chi. After officers contacted on Third Street about a male causing a him, he allegedly said he was partying disruption. They said a male in his early at the fraternity and thought it would 20s, wearing a glow-in-the-dark necklace, be fun to climb out a window. He was in had allegedly punched out a window and possession of a bottle of vodka and was then left the scene. Tylor Setzor, 22, was Saturday, April 19 cited for minor in possession of alcohol. found matching the description near the restaurant. He was arrested for criminal My name is not my name Assassin’s Creed style A male could allegedly be heard mischief II. Corvallis police witnessed a old male climb out of a basement win- screaming from several blocks away


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A vandalized fire hydrant caused flooding and other damage to at least two houses in Bend.

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BEND — Bend police said Tuesday they have identified a 16-year-old Bend boy as a suspect in a weekend incident of fire hydrant vandalism that sent thousands of gallons of water pouring down a southwest Bend street, damaging three nearby properties. The teen has not yet been arrested, but police will forward the information to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and also to county juvenile authorities for consideration of criminal mischief charges, said Lt. Nick Parker. The front cap on a fire hydrant was opened in southwest Bend early Sunday, sending thousands of gallons of water flooding down the street and into at least two homes, causing significant damage, police said. Deschutes County 911 dispatchers got a call around 1 a.m. reporting a fire hydrant had been found with an open valve flooding the street at the corner of Wild Rapids Drive and Mt. Bachelor Village Drive, said police Sgt. Dan Ritchie. Rick May of Patrol Services Inc., the private security firm that patrols Mt. Bachelor Village, said he came upon the open fire hydrant and called dispatchers. Bend Fire and Public Works crews responded and shut the hydrant off, Ritchie said. About 20 minutes later, it was reported that at least two homes -- one occupied, the other vacant -- had been flooded due

to the fire hydrant vandalism. The damage to the occupied home included several inches of standing water, and mud and debris were forced into the interior, Ritchie said. The estimated cost of damage was not yet tallied but expected to be in the thousands of dollars, he added. Police have identified three properties affected by the flood waters early Sunday, Parker said, adding that damage estimates were still being compiled. Bend Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Derlacki also said Tuesday that a second fire hydrant had been opened early Sunday, shortly after the southwest Bend incident, this one in the area of SE 27th Street and Bear Creek Road. Parker said he had no information on whether the teen might have been involved in that case of vandalism or not. On Sunday, Barry Geigle, who recently moved to Bend from Portland, said he was thankful the damage to their home wasn’t more significant. “It could have been a lot worse, though,” Geigle said. “The firefighters had just come from a house fire, so they did a good job putting that in perspective for us. We’re just happy everything turned out okay, and it’s just going to take a day to clean up.” “Whatever they did, they did,” he added. “We forgive them, but I hope they don’t do it again.” Anyone with information was asked to contact police through the 911 nonemergency number, (541) 693-6911.

Drama unfolded during the Associated Students of Oregon State University presidential campaign — but not from a candidate. More than a dozen campaign signs from three different candidates went missing from the MU quad in the span of a few hours. Grainy video feed of a white truck driving down the sidewalk the day of the disappearances served as the only evidence. One candidate believed Facilities Services employees were at the root of the problem, having “found some missing signs near Facilities Services headquarters” the previous year. — April 21, 2005

Legal losses Oregon State University won $3.46 million in settlements after a sevenyear legal battle over building damages caused by a fire that originated from a roofing company’s truck. The trial ran into constant delays due to stipulations placed by both parties. The defense, Snyder Roofing, claimed that proper repairs would only cost $2.2 million. OSU disagreed with Snyder’s stance, saying that “in order to bring the building back to full working order, it had to be brought up to code.” University administrators had to set up a separate holding fund for the awarded settlements, as a general reserve fund had been used to make immediate repairs after the fire. — April 26, 1999

The wrong kind of cut The two-chaired barbershop housed in the Memorial Union faced closure as revenue increasingly became an issue. The shop was established shortly after World War II and originally featured five chairs. A travel agency was slated to replace the barbershop, which administrators said they hoped would “help with building expenses without deleting a service.” Men who wished to get a haircut would have to frequent the adjoining salon, known as the Trim Shop. The combination made some students leery, with one female saying she didn’t know “how comfortable a woman will be when she’s in a room full of ROTC guys and she’s got her head covered in shampoo.” — April 24, 1991 All information taken from previous issues of the Barometer, found in the Valley Library Archives.

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Congress currently has no set plan for house position last year, as well. “I wanted to run for speaker originally next year’s restructuring, he hopes to because I wanted the experience of lead- ensure that as many student organizaership, of organizing and managing,� tions — and possibly colleges within OSU Boulanger said. “I wanted to have some — are represented. The amendment and level of influence at key levels in student new format were created with the aim of providing a more inclusive and varied government.� representation. In addition to the general administrative As Boulanger and next duties, which form the year’s Congress prepare We need to hear what core of his position, to enact the changes, Boulanger hopes to focus (the student body) he said student involvelegislative efforts on sevment and input are thinks. If we do, our eral key issues to make imperative. impact as leaders and the organization more “The student body organizers will be inclusive and pertinent collectively is much to student interests. dramatically improved. wiser than the few dozen Included among his people in student govtop priorities are parking, ernment,� Boulanger Saul Boulanger tuition and safer campus said. “We need to hear Newly elected ASOSU speaker of the house lighting. what they think. If we “It’s far better to do one do, our impact as leador two things excellently ers and organizers will be dramatically than 10 things just OK,� Boulanger said. improved.� “I’m going to be focusing on those main issues, and that should take up my entire Tori Hittner tenure.� Higher education reporter Boulanger said that while the ASOSU


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needs to be flushed before regular water usages can be restored. The timeline for a full solution is undetermined. “We’ll get it repaired tonight but the cleaning said. Once crews were able to identify the break, and flushing process can take a while in a water they began working on the first step of the repair line this size,” Hill said. process, which involves cutting off a section of Emma-Kate Schaake pipe and replacing it. City reporter Following the replacement, the line itself

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More than 50 community organizations and businesses braved the moody Oregon weather Tuesday to share information, games and free goods at the 14th annual Earth Week Community Fair. The youngest participants at the community fair came from Cheldelin Middle School in north Corvallis. The students showed off their sustainable model homes, which they built for their seventh grade science class. Each model home required at least one renewable-energy source and 10 parts of the house that were considered sustainable. Activities hosted at the fair were not only informative, but fun and useful as well. At the table for Campus Recycling and Waste Watchers, students had the opportunity to create small tote bags from old T-shirts. At another booth, University Housing and Dining Services had posters revealing just a few of the ways UHDS works to reduce resource consumption on campus. One example of UHDS’ resourceful habits is the recycling of more than 3,000 gallons of used cooking oil generated by campus dining centers each year. The cooking oil goes to SeQuential Biodiesel of Salem, which is an Oregon-local operation that processes cooking oil into biodiesel. Joanna Miller, a first-year master’s student and teaching assistant for an undergraduate sustainability course, said events like the community fair help raise awareness for students and community. “It’s cool to be informed about things such as this,” Rose said. “It’s usually really encouraging.

People don’t understand what a big difference small changes can make, so I think this sort of opens their eyes to that.” Briana Miller, the planning and outreach intern for the Corvallis Environmental Center, said the response at community events consistently impresses her. “You’d be surprised,” Miller said. “When people sign up for your listserv and stuff, they really pay attention. I didn’t think that people paid attention all that much ... but you really get a good turnout.” Throughout the rest of the week, students and community will have opportunities to view films themed around sustainability, participate in scavenger hunts across campus and attend workshops, tree plantings and gardening sessions. The OSU Center for Civic Engagement will be coordinating a day of service projects Saturday. Seven different projects will be hosted for which students, employees and community members are all encouraged to register. Some projects are hosted on campus, while others provide transportation to offcampus locations in Corvallis. Carson said some of the biggest value in the myriad Earth Week events is in getting the community informed and involved with issues that matter. “It’s making you realize that your community is based in this certain environment,” Carson said. “It’s all about making the connection to earth, essentially.” Kaitlyn Kohlenberg Campus reporter

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Freshman Melissa Ausman winds up to throw the discus at the Oregon Relays Saturday in Eugene.

Oregon State’s men, women compete in Pac-12 Championships this weekend By Grady Garrett THE DAILY BAROMETER

OSU men The men’s team, in search of the program’s eighth consecutive regional appearance, finds itself squarely on the postseason bubble. Eighty-one teams — 28 automatic qualifiers (conference champions), See GOLF | page 6

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Freshman thrower Melissa Ausman dreamed of attending Oregon State her whole life By Scott McReynolds THE DAILY BAROMETER

Sitting in an office, you get a call — a call from one of the top track and field throwers in the state, and she wants to attend Oregon State. Unfortunately, you have to inform her that you don’t have a throwing team. This was the case for freshman Melissa Ausman, and it was head coach Kelly Sullivan who received that call.

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The No. 5 Beavers split their series with Sacramento State, largely thanks to the play of junior Dylan Davis. Davis started the game on the mound for Oregon State (28-8, 11-4 Pac-12) and threw 4 1/3 shutout innings, giving up one hit and four walks, while striking out three batters in OSU’s 8-1 win Tuesday against Sacramento State. It was just his second start of the season, and he now has thrown 6 2/3 innings in 2014 without allowing a run. On top of throwing nearly five scoreless innings, Davis helped himself out with his offensive production in Tuesday’s win. Before he even stepped on the mound, the junior hit a two-run home run — his fourth of the season — in the top of the first inning to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead. He didn’t stop there. In the third inning, Davis tacked on a two-run single to put the Beavers’ lead over the Hornets (25-16) at four runs. Davis finished the day 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs and four runs batted in. Junior left-hander Zack Reser took

over for Davis in the fifth and pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on four hits. The run was the first he’s allowed in 2014, and his earned run average moved up from 0.00 to 0.41. Reser was credited with the win Tuesday, which was his first this season. The rest of the lineup kept the offense rolling throughout the game. In the seventh inning, sophomore center fielder Jeff Hendrix hit a tworun double, and the Beavers tacked on another run with a fielder’s choice to cap off the Beavers’ run total at eight. Davis, senior outfielder Nick Rulli and freshman catcher Logan Ice each had two hits. The win comes as a sigh of relief for OSU after a late-inning pitching collapse led to an upset loss Monday night against Sacramento State. In Monday’s game, the Beavers used all three of their starting pitchers — Jace Fry, Andrew Moore and Ben Wetzler — but all three are expected to start this weekend. OSU returns to Goss Stadium Friday for one of the biggest series of the year: the Civil War series against No. 19 Oregon. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. The Daily Barometer On Twitter @barosports

A few years later, OSU had built a track, and Ausman’s desire to be a Beaver looked like a potential reality. “She was an athlete that we definitely wanted to get and that we were aware of,” said assistant coach Travis Floeck. “There are an amazing amount of kids out there that are great track and field athletes who wanted to go here because they were Beaver fans their whole lives, but we had to say no. It wasn’t a fun process, but with Melissa, the stars and the moon aligned.” Ausman was ecstatic, to say the least, as a lifelong Beaver fan whose dream was to attend Oregon State, but she also had a goal to compete collegiately in track and field. OSU finally had its track facility built during her senior year of high school, justin quinn | THE DAILY BAROMETER making both wishes a reality. Sophomore Rachel Picknell, freshman Melissa Ausman and sophomore “When Kelly called me and told Kayla Fleskes walk to the discus event at the Oregon Relays Saturday. me he wanted me to come visit I was like, ‘Thank God,’” Ausman said. “I all across the country — her first of was so happy. It was pure joy. This Pac-12, Ausman is doing her part. “It was really our first opportunity many was from LSU, which is curwas what I really wanted to do and to go out and recruit for rently ranked eighth in the nation it was becoming those events,” Floeck for women’s track and field. She was a reality.” said. “She made it a also getting letters from schools like Her coming When Kelly called pretty easy recruit- Army and Navy. to OSU was not ing process because simply a dream me and told me Her heart was set on OSU, though. she really wanted to for her, but for Coming to a collegiate program he wanted me to go here. It was nice the OSU prowas something different for Ausman because we were really come vist I was gram as a whole. able to build around in many ways. From Nyssa, a small With a very new like ‘Thank God.’ town of 3,267 near Ontario on the her.” program, the Oregon-Idaho border, she was one Beavers needed Ausman was the of just a few girls on her entire track Melissa Ausman some top tier best high school disteam during high school. There, she Freshman thrower athletes to help cus thrower in Oregon, holds school records for both the them in their and was ranked 29th shot put and discus. building process. As one of the top in the country her senior year. She See TRACK | page 6 freshman discus throwers in the received recruitment letters from



The Oregon State men’s and women’s golf teams each have one final chance this weekend to make cases for postseason inclusion. The men’s team will wrap up its regular season at the Pac-12 Championships in Marana, Ariz., while the OSU women will host their conference tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. Both tournaments begin Friday and conclude Sunday. The OSU teams will have an opportunity to prove they’re capable of going toe-to-toe with the best of the best, as the men’s Pac-12 field features seven teams currently ranked in the nation’s top 50, while the women’s field boasts nine. The Division I Women’s NCAA Championships field will be revealed April 28, and the men’s announcement is slated for May 5. Here’s a look at each OSU squad’s postseason outlook:

walks, three runs batted in, three runs scored and a home run. Davis threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in Tuesday’s win and added a home run of his own, but Conforto gets the nod for reaching base eight of 10 times in the series. Conforto The defending Pac-12 Player of the THE DAILY BAROMETER Year, Conforto is now hitting .408 on Junior left fielder Michael Conforto the season with a .553 on base peris The Daily Barometer Athlete of the centage and .576 slugging percentWeek, narrowly overtaking teammate age. He’s racked up 41 RBIs, second Dylan Davis. on OSU only to Davis, and has walked Conforto went 4-for-6 in two a conference-best 36 times in 2014. Conforto’s power numbers are games against Sacramento State Monday and Tuesday, including four slightly down from a year ago, but

his average and walks are up, making him a likely candidate to win Pac-12 Player of the Year for a second year in a row. No. 5 Oregon State (28-8, 10-4 Pac-12) will need Conforto’s bat against red-hot No. 19 Oregon in the weekend’s important Civil War series. Whomever wins the three-game matchup will have be in good shape to win the Pac-12 Championship. The series starts with a 7 p.m. matchup Friday in Goss Stadium. The Daily Barometer

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GOLF n Continued from page 5 53 recipients of at-large bids — qualify for the regional round of the Division I Men’s Golf Championships. Oregon State currently ranks 66th in the nation, per’s relative rankings. “We’re probably a bubble team right now,” head coach Jon Reehoorn said Tuesday. “The guys know that.” Last year, 10 teams from the Pac-12 qualified for regionals. The Beavers enter this weekend’s Pac-12 Championships ranked ninth in the conference. Senior David Fink, OSU’s top finisher at five of 11 tournaments this season, said the Beavers have felt “safer” — in terms of their postseason outlook — at this juncture in recent seasons. “It’s a little bit of pressure,” Fink said, “but when it comes down to it, golf is golf.” OSU finished seventh — two spots short of advancing to the NCAA Championships — at regionals each of the past three years. Two OSU golfers — Fink and sophomore Brian Jung — boast postseason experience. Fink has participated at regionals three times, while Jung made his first career regionals appearance last May. Forty-five golfers not on qualifying teams are selected to compete at regionals as individuals. Several Beavers could garner individual consideration if the Beavers don’t • 541-737-2231 receive a team invitation.

The OSU women’s team has two things going for it: • Home-course advantage in the conference tournament. • Momentum, as the Beavers are coming off one of their best performances of the season. But OSU will likely need a memorable showing this weekend if it wants to continue its season. T h e N C A A Wo m e n’s Tournament field is made up of 72 teams: 27 automatic qualifiers, 45 recipients of atlarge bids.’s relative rankings slot OSU at 69th in the nation. The Beavers are coming off a strong showing at the Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif., in which they finished ahead of six teams that entered the two-day tournament ranked in the nation’s top 50. The Beavers weren’t selected to participate in regional action last year, despite finishing the regular season strong by placing eighth at the Pac-12 Championships. OSU last qualified for regionals in 2012. Lauren Sewell, Seshia Telles and Anica Yoo each competed at regionals in 2012, when OSU finished 22nd at the 24-team West Regional. Grady Garrett, sports reporter On Twitter @gradygarrett


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1. No. 19 Oregon (31-10, 10-5 Pac-12)

as of late, despite dropping a game to Utah over the weekend, and should feel pretty good about their chances of qualiOregon remains third in the Pac- fying for the postseason. UCLA sports 12 standings behind Washington and the 30th-best ERA in Oregon State, but jumps ahead to No. the nation at 2.41 — 1 in my rankings because of a ninebehind only Oregon game winning streak. The Ducks have State (7th at 2.20) and the most wins among Oregon (28th at 2.86) Pac-12 teams with 31, — and will be a scary and are by far the hot- team in the playoffs. UCLA followed test team. UO is 28th in pretty much this same arc last season the nation in earned run average (2.86) and ended up as national champions and 41st in runs scored per game (6.2). after a crazy postseason stretch. While This weekend’s Civil War series will the Bruins’ starting pitching has been be a major turning point for both the good this season, it’s their bullpen that Ducks and Beavers — the winner will has carried them. They host an improved be in a great position to win the Pac- USC squad this weekend in a three-game 12 Championship, while the loser will series. need some luck to capture the conference title. 5. USC (20-17, 9-9)

I was really high on the Trojans to start the year, then really down on them after a brutal stretch, and am high on them again Washington might be second in my after a five-game winpower rankings but the Huskies are ning streak. USC faces still first in the standings that matter Cal, Oregon State, UCLA — the Pac-12 standings. UW has its and Washington State in highest ranking in proits final four conference gram history and is as dangerous as any team. series. If the Trojans can take care of While Oregon State and business against WSU and Cal, and steal Oregon continue to get a game or two from UCLA and OSU, they the majority of the media attention, it should finish the year with a record better could very well be Washington that ends than .500, assuming they win their nonthe season as Pac-12 champs. UW isn’t conference games. USC has a legitimate particularly dominant in any phase of shot at the postseason. the game — its .292 batting average and 6. Arizona State (21-16, 10-8) conference-best 17 home runs are its best ASU was one of the hotter teams statistics — but the Huskies have proven in the Pac-12 before dropping two of they’re good at winning games. three games to Stanford over the weekend. The Sun Devils won four straight 3. No. 5 Oregon State conference series (28-8, 11-4) before falling to the The Beavers know how important Cardinal. Their norearning a national seed is after home field mally potent offense advantage played a major role in them struggled, scoring qualifying for the College World Series a just a combined six year ago. With that runs in the three games. ASU is still fifth knowledge, you’d in the Pac-12 standings and in a good think the Beavers position to make the postseason, barring wouldn’t relinquish a late-season collapse. a 6-1 lead against Sacramento State, even if the Hornets are 7. Stanford (15-17, 6-9) leading the lowly WAC. OSU’s collapse You have to feel bad for Stanford conin Monday’s nonconference game won’t help its case for earning one of those sidering the Cardinal’s brutal schedule national seeds, but the Beavers have to start the season, but they kind of, sort bigger worries with Oregon coming to of, stayed afloat after their first 32 games of 2014. Stanford has now town this weekend. OSU has owned the won four of five games and Ducks the past three years and would has by far the easiest part greatly benefit from another series vicof its schedule remaining. tory against its biggest rival. It’s worth The Cardinal still have to noting that Michael Conforto is hitting face UCLA, but close out the .408 on the year with 41 RBIs and Dylan year with conference series Davis is getting his swing back after a brief rough patch. Both will need to hit against Cal, Washington State, Arizona if OSU wants to knock of Oregon this and Utah. If they play well down the stretch, they could still make a run at the weekend. postseason and finish in the upper-half of the Pac-12. 4. UCLA (21-16, 9-6)

2. No. 7 Washington (27-8-1, 14-4)

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8. Washington State (17-19, 7-8) After a good stretch, the Cougars have cooled off dramatically, going 1-5 in their last six contests. Oregon swept WSU over the weekend and the Cougars have dropped to seventh in the conference standings. Despite being two games below .500, WSU is probably better than its record indicates. The Cougars have outscored opponents 189-147 this season, and are much better than they’ve been in years’ past across the board. Even if WSU misses out on the postseason, they’ve shown strides toward improving their program as a whole this season.

9. Cal (16-19, 5-10) The good news for the Golden Bears is that they stole a win from conferenceleading Washington in their last game. The bad news is that Cal is just 2-7 in its last nine games and is now second-to-last in the Pac-12 standings. The Golden Bears don’t score enough runs, and should be expected to struggle in their remaining conference series. Oregon State, Oregon and Stanford are three of the best pitching clubs the Pac-12 has to offer, providing less than ideal matchups for Cal.

10. Arizona (17-23, 6-12) The Wildcats were only three games below .500 before USC swept them last weekend. While they’re not eliminated from the postseason, they’ve have a tough hill to climb if they want to get back. Arizona is just 17-23 despite outscoring opponents 220-210 this season. UA can score runs — Arizona still sports the highest batting average in the conference — but has to face Arizona State and Oregon in its next two conference series.

11. Utah (12-23, 3-15) The Utes are getting a little better, I guess. They snagged another conference win over the weekend but are still the worst team in the Pac-12 by a mile. The good news is Utah has a four-game series with Nevada this weekend, and the Utes have actually been pretty decent in nonconference games. They’ll probably come crashing back down to earth when they have to face Washington the following weekend, however. Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom

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that, she was just able to get into the flow of things with the track season starting. As her first track season has begun, The transition from a small town to she is out to a fast start, already getting the bigger town of Corvallis did not come on OSU’s all-time list in the shot put and discus. She’s fifth in the discus and sixth naturally to her. in the shot put. “When people call Corvallis a small She has brought excitement and love town, it blows my mind,” Ausman said. for the sport to practice every day for “Because to me this is a big city.” the Beavers, something her coaches She said that it took her about a term and teammates say they admire. Floeck to really get used to Corvallis, but after said the excitement and dedication she

brings everyday is special compared to most athletes. For Ausman and the track and field team, it was a match made in heaven: A lifelong fan dreaming of attending OSU, and a program in need of a top tier thrower to kickstart the program. Both are looking forward to the next four years. Scott McReynolds, sports reporter

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ednesday, federal judge Michael McShane will hear two connected cases framing an argument to strike down the same-sex marriage ban Oregon passed in 2004. This has been widely debated in our state for the past 25 years. Both sides, pro same-sex marriage and anti same-sex marriage, are beginning to partake in political smack talk — the O word, “ordinance,” has been dropped on a variety of occasions. If the judge does wave his powerful, federally issued wand and invalidates the measurement opposing same sex marriage, 25 years of hard work by pro same-sex groups will come to fruition. This whole “measurement” and “law” business gets pretty confusing at times, so let’s go over why this hearing is so important. If the judge strikes down the ban on same-sex marriage, it will make Oregon the 17th state to allow samesex couples to marry. On top of this, no one will have any legal standing to appeal the decision the judge made, because Gov. John Kitzhaber and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum chose not to defend the ban. No appeals means less mess and



fewer arguments down the road — it’s like the government version of a clean break-up with your girlfriend or boyfriend. Only instead of gaining new free time to play poker with your buddies, you’re gaining something just a little more important: equality. In case the arguments espoused during the hearing aren’t enough, the organization, Oregon United for Marriage, will submit 160,000 signatures calling for a new measure on the ballot to strike down the old one banning same-sex marriage from 10 years ago. They only needed 116,284 signatures, so the OUM gets some extra credit. Stemming from this monumental case are more measures in the same vein. When they aren’t drinking panda bear blood or baby tears, the Oregon Family council — the main proponent of the ban 10 years ago — has been trying to push a measure

on the next ballot to allow businesses to refuse services connected with same-sex weddings and other related festivities. Word around the political watering hole is that the hearing Wednesday — as well as the OFC’s campaign — might become as nasty as it has in the past. 1992 and 1994 were years the debates on the topic got heated. How heated? When one organization tried to create anti-gay ordinances and ultimately failed, they threatened to have a recall done in an effort to change the decision. Sen. Lenn Hannon told them, “Go ahead, make my day.” You know you voted correctly when your state senator can pepper in a “Dirty Harry” reference while talking about the loaded topic of gay rights and equality. For now, we’re waiting with bated breath to find out whether Oregon will be state number 17 to make history. t

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ear readers, I don’t have a question for this week, so I thought I’d write about a common experience I have in my class — well, more accurately, a common category of question that I get in my classroom question box. Students frequently ask me, “Is it OK if ___?” — fill in the blank. Is it OK if I have sex before marriage? Is it OK to have X number of sexual partners? Is it OK if my boyfriend watches porn without me? Is it OK if I don’t swallow? Are one-night stands OK? Is it OK if I want to try a threesome? Is it OK if I have an abortion? Is it OK if I masturbate 10 times a day? Are friends with benefits OK? Is it OK to have anal sex? I think you get the picture. All of these questions are things I can’t See GREAVES | page 8

Range of human idiocy is phenomenal, as Portland flushing reservoir proves


ortland will flush 38 million gallons of water after man urinates in Mt. Tabor Reservoir” was the title of an article in The Oregonian last week. Apparently, an unnamed 19-year-old and his skateboarding buddies thought

that it would be swell to hang out at the reservoir in the wee hours of the morning. A couple of them tried to climb the fence for a romantic midnight swim. The one that made it over the fence discovered that reservoir water ranges between 35-50 degrees Fahrenheit.

So the 19-year-old smushed himself against the fence and urinated into Reservoir 5, which provides a great deal of Oregon with drinking water. What night is complete without a few selfies? He celebrated his successful contamination of a state’s drinking



water with a few. Thanks to you, nameless 19 year-old. Because even though the water for the reservoir tested clean, even though this isn’t the first time hooligans have been caught doing nasty things in the reservoir, even though the water could be utilized to grow trees or bunnies or something — everything is going to be flushed. Because people, particularly those in the Portland Water Bureau, find pee icky. So we earth-loving and tree-hugging Oregonians feel sick to our collective stomachs at the idea of either ingesting pee-water or flushing it and being wasteful. I don’t blame them, nameless 19 year-old. I’m sure you don’t either. You were probably very inebriated. The reservoir must have looked like a massive toilet bowl. It could very well be that you did not pass first grade. As such, you would have been incapable of reading the sign, which stated, “This is your drinking water. Don’t spit, throw and toss anything in it.” Perhaps you’re part of the specific and ostracized coalition of men who pee on everything because they believe they have a water gun in their pants. Maybe you wanted to make the reservoir yours, to show your love for the great Rose City, and so conspired to put a little bit of yourself into every thirsting Portlandian soul. You could be a victim of incontinence, diabetes, prostate problems or interstitial cystitis. Or maybe you’re just that special breed of human that is a mix between intentionally belligerent and unintentionally insensitive. The kind whose genes only perpetuate because others pity them, or from interactions with others of similar idiotic caliber. You may think I’m being harsh. But I think you have to be a special kind of jerk to pee into a state’s supply of drinking water. If this teenager’s name is ever released to the public, let’s stop future events like these by not helping him procreate. Keep our water clean.

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We actually W don’t say he advertisement that the Associated Students of Oregon State University ran in Tuesday’s Barometer was noticeable, provocative and undoubtedly had good intentions. We cannot endorse or oppose the ad, because that is a stay-as-far-awayas-possible area for a newspaper. However, the intention of the ad and the Facebook group it promoted is “to initiate a campus dialogue.” We think the beginning of a potentially big movement definitely could have been executed better. The first message of this campaign is: “We don’t say ‘f*g’ because it’s a word tied to the pain and suffering of many people.” The timing is also concerning, considering one of ASOSU’s four presidential candidates, Bret Barlow, was involved with an anti-gay Facebook page and used that three-letter word in a reprehensible way. Chastising one of your four possible student presidents is questionable, regardless of how hurtful his statement was. Our concern about this campaign is that rather than it being a proactive movement for the entirety of campus, it was spawned as a reaction to say, “Hey, everyone, we’re not cool with what this guy said, and since we can’t do anything about it because of that First Amendment thing, we’re going to start this campaign and tell you all that we don’t use this word.” If the word is that offensive, and you’re that against it being used — considering it exacerbates the “pain and suffering of many people” — why are you using it? Unfortunately, we have an inkling that this advertising campaign may backfire on ASOSU. Not only is it nearly identical to Duke University’s “You Don’t Say” campaign, ASOSU doesn’t have the right to try and start taking back the word or healing the wounds resulting from its use over the years. Maybe if the Pride Center had run the advertisement or been involved in the campaign, we’d be feeling more forgiving. After all, Duke’s campaign was a collaboration between Blue Devils United (Duke’s student LGBTQ group) and Think Before You Talk (a student-led campaign). We’re not saying ASOSU is straight and narrow. We’re saying that, as an organization, ASOSU’s job is to create rules or laws on campus to regulate the use of hate speech or to define the consequences of its use, not to salve the resulting psychological wounds hate speech causes on campus. That’s what Counseling and Psychological Services is for, as well as the many cultural centers on campus. ASOSU may end up accomplishing the opposite of what they intended with the advertisement — frankly, one of our editors, who is openly a member of the LGBTQ community, finds it offensive, and she’s not the only one. If the Pride Center, other cultural centers or, heck, even the administra-

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GREAVES n Continued from page 7 answer, yet students ask me these things every term. Honestly, I think I get asked these questions because students are looking for permission to do these things. I think students are seeking permission in an effort to alleviate the guilt other people lay on them if they do things other people don’t approve of. I guess it could also be students hoping I’ll say that it’s not OK to do something, so they can tell someone else not to do that something. I hope it’s the former and not the latter, as no one person has the right to

Rain catching up, but drought persists By George Plaven EAST OREGONIAN

PENDLETON — Total precipitation is rebounding across northeast Oregon, thanks to wetterthan-usual months in February and March. Marilyn Lohmann, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Pendleton, said local stations reported approximately 5.16 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1. That’s .48 inches above normal, and more rain is in the forecast the next 8-10 days. Yet the U.S. Drought Monitor for Oregon continues to label most of Umatilla and Morrow counties in moderate drought, according to the map last updated April 15. The area is still nearly 2 inches below normal precipitation for the water year beginning Oct. 1, Lohmann said. It was an alarmingly slow start to the year, with forecasters looking at one of the driest winter seasons on record in many locations, Lohmann said. When the storms finally arrived, it helped turn conditions around — especially boosting snowpack in the Blue Mountains. “It was like night and day,” Lohmann said. “It was great to have those couple of fairly cold and stormy months.” Northeast Oregon continues to do well compared to other areas of the state farther south. Much of southern Oregon is in severed drought, according to the Drought Monitor, and Gov. John tell another person what’s OK or not OK for the other person to do. My basic philosophy is that as long as it’s consensual and legal, you should be able to choose to do anything sexual that you like. If other people have a problem with that — well then, that’s their problem, not yours. Everyone needs to be OK with the behaviors they choose to participate in. Again, as long as it’s consensual and legal, then permission and approval should come from within. These are questions that each individual person has to decide for her- or himself. I could tell you if United States society, in general, is OK with what you are asking. I could tell you if most

Kitzhaber has declared emergency conditions in Lake, Harney, Malheur and Klamath counties. “Out of the state, we are among the best in regard to precipitation,” Lohmann said. “We’re actually very lucky.” Of course, the recent rain is a help to local dryland farmers. But they, too, said they will need more to overcome a terribly dry fall. Larry Coppock, a wheat farmer near Adams in Umatilla County, said they will be at the mercy of June rains to really fill in the grain. He also suspects some of the stands sustained freeze damage over the winter, as temperatures dipped to single digits and below zero some days. Still, Coppock remains optimistic for a good harvest come late summer. “You wouldn’t farm if you weren’t that way,” he said with a laugh. Dryland wheat is a major backbone of the local agriculture economy. Umatilla County has about 239,000 acres planted, and Morrow County another 180,000 acres, figures from Oregon State University Extension Service show. Ken Grieb, a Morrow County commissioner and wheat farmer near Lexington, said the conditions are vastly improved in recent months. He, too, is looking for a big rain around the Memorial Day weekend, which he said seems to make the crop. “If we can keep getting some moisture, I think we could have an above-average crop in Morrow County,” Grieb said.

people in the U.S. have done what you are asking. I think, however, that those things shouldn’t matter. All that should matter is if you think it’s OK. Now, of course, you are likely to run into opposition, especially with the less common activities, but stand your ground. Help the opposing party understand your perspective. This is even important when talking about thinking something is OK, even if you personally don’t want to do it. Finally, don’t expect the other person to change their perspective. Instead, ask them to respect yours. It’s an “agree to disagree” thing. This is an important skill to have in every aspect of your

life — with coworkers, with friends, with family members and especially with a long-term partner. t

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