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Recently passed Interfraternity Council policy at OSU now requires all IFC recognized fraternities to register events with IFC and the Corvallis Fire Department.

New Interfraternity Council policy now requires event registration for fraternities with IFC, Corvallis Fire Department By EJ Albaugh Practicum Contributor

Parties, socials or “functions”, as they are normally called, are a weekly occurrence in OSU Greek life. These events are held by students in their homes, co-ops and Greek houses as a way to connect with others, get away from school, and to celebrate the weekend. In many cases, these parties go off without a hitch, besides the occasional noise complaint, and don’t necessarily end on bad terms. What many don’t realize is the danger that comes along with the events they attend, as they have had little to no standard to adhere to by their governing bodies: until now. A new social policy passed by the Interfraternity Council at Oregon State University has made it so fraternities are required to register all of their social events through IFC and the Corvallis Fire Department. Recently, IFC passed a social policy that, starting the weekend of April 22, requires fraternities to inform IFC of any and all events happening on any chapters’ property. “It’s mainly a means of chapters registering their socials with IFC, so that we can at least know they are happening,” said IFC President Alec Petersen, a supporter of the new social policy. “Having the policy allows us to hold chapters accountable if something goes wrong, or if they aren’t using best practices for hosting an event.” Petersen said that in the recent past there has not been a policy that held chapters accountable for their event hosting, and that this new legislation was a way for IFC to take that matter into their own hands. The policy also requires houses to register their events through CFD. ”We’re not party crashers,” said the CFD Fire Marshal Jim Patton. “We’re not trying to prevent parties, we’re coming out and helping the houses to be empowered to conduct a safe party.” Although Patton may be seen by event-organizers as a “roadblock” to having a social function, he said his motivation lies in keeping students and party-goers safe


If there is a theme that is culturally appropriating or something that is offensive or unacceptable to our (IFC) standards, then we can stoop that problem before it actually begins and have a conversation with the chapter. Alec Petersen IFC President at the parties they choose to attend. “Again, we’re not saying no. We’re saying, ’This is how you do it’,” Patton stated. He wants students to be safe and said that his job is “all about how to make it happen, and make it happen safely.” According to Patton, in the past, party-planners may have avoided registering functions because they did not want to draw attention to the event, or they thought it required a lot of legwork to complete the registration. However, Patton showed that the actual process of registering an event is much less daunting than people may have thought. “It takes no more than five minutes to electronically register [the] event,” Patton said. He continued to explain that after registering, he would respond to the registration and set a time to do a pre-event check where he would inspect the event area for hazards of any kind. While this policy does specifically pertain to IFC chapters, Patton explained that there can be up to $1,900 in fines for misusing property without registering the


event with the CFD. In an attempt to educate the hosts, Patton said he provides them with handouts that outline the rules and regulations regarding their event to clearly state what is expected of them. He then checks all fire extinguishers, alarms, lights and paths to be sure that during the function, people could easily evacuate or handle any situation that may befall them. Patton’s final step in making sure that a party will be safe is checking on the party during its registered time. These take no longer than three minutes and are just to be sure that houses are not exceeding their capacity and that the safety precautions had not changed since the pre-event inspection. According to Petersen, the act of registering social functions goes beyong just physical safety. “If there is a theme that is culturally appropriating or something that is offensive or unacceptable to our (IFC) standards, then we can stop that problem before it actually begins and have a conversation with the chapter,” Petersen said. Petersen explained that while physical safety is the number one concern, chapters can also get into hot water when themes overstep their cultural boundaries. According to both Petersen and Patton, one of the main positives to having this new social policy is the ability for specific houses to have limited liability when confronted with any incident while their event is taking place. Patton stated that the process is designed “to prevent liability, injury, fire, or worse.” “We would hope that folks would appreciate [what we do] if they’re wanting to conduct a safe event,” Patton said. Although he is usually perceived as the “bad guy”, Patton’s first priority is safety for the Corvallis Community, and in this case, bolstering practices that allow for people to have fun in a safe and reasonable manner. According to Petersen, the new policy urges frater-

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TUESDAY, April 26

Event 11:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a Waste Watcher Location: MU Quad Put your recycling knowledge to the test by going up against one of our club members! Don’t worry, first you get to randomly draw a disadvantage for your opponent, then play the toss game for a chance to win a stainless steel mug! Event 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dixon Recreation Center Beaverprint Challenge Location: Dixon Recreation Center Come have a chance to calculate your Carbon Beaverprint using the Oregon State University Carbon Calculator while also learning different ways to reduce it.

This Day in History: 1986, Chernobly nuclear plant explosion happens in the Ukraine. Today’s Crossword Puzzle actor Alan Across 18 Fed. agent 1 Doorbell sound 19 Best way to sing 5 Radio switch 9 Pop out of the CD player 20 Keep in suspense 14 “Young Frankenstein” 23 Maker of Fiesta Flats taco shells helper 24 Gorilla who learned 15 “Deck the Halls” sign language syllables 25 “__ you for real?” 16 Use crayons 28 Half a Mork-to-Orson 17 “The West Wing”

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THURSDAY, April 28

Discussion 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. Baha’i Campus Association Location: Talisman Room, Memorial Union 105 Discussion Topic: Work as Worship Event 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Women on Wheels Location: Intramural Fields Workshop-style class that covers basic board introduction, riding techniques, rules of the road, and how to get started on your own. A portion of the workshop will cover genderbased norms in longboarding and how to combat them, as well as info on transportation options at OSU. Volunteer 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Growing Food Security EDventure: Service Project with Linn Benton Food Share Location: Student Experience Center Plaza Volunteers will be repackaging food into smaller containers that will be distributed to those experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers will need to preregister to participate. Event 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Illuminating the Truth Location: Student Experience Center Plaza Students will experience a night of live music, food, trivia, and learn about the sustainable methods we can take as individuals to reduce carbon emissions.

Horoscope Today’s Birthday (04/26/16). All you need is love this year. Schedule a getaway for after 5/9. Strategize which investments to make after 8/13. Begin a two-year creative work boom after 9/9. Your family’s good news after 9/1 lead to changes among friends after 9/16. Work out the next phase together. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 — A rise in professional status is possible, if you work for it. Get help from a friend. Trust a crazy hunch. Listen closely for the best timing. You’re earning your pay. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Dream big. Send applications and make reservations. Travels, research and inquiries flow with greater ease over the next two days. Investigate your curiosity. Your discoveries may startle you. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 6 — Work out shared finances together. With imagination, you can advance your plan. Consider an investment in education. Pay bills

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Work with a partner today and tomorrow. Investigate the unknown. Consider what needs to change. Listen graciously to an elder and learn new tricks from the past. Your influence is growing. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Today and tomorrow are busy. Focus on work and build up your reserves. Make a blissful connection. Expand your influence. Add artistic touches. Provide well for your family. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 5 — Focus on love over the next two days. Whether it is romantic, brotherly or toward a passion or enthusiasm, explore your heart’s desire. Have fun with interesting people. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — It’s a time of intense learning. You’re especially clever for the next few days. Adapt to changing circumstances. Clean a mess. Review new findings with your team. Accept advice from loved

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Work and make extra money today and tomorrow. Invest in creative work that you love. Use the right equipment for the job. Ask for what you need. List chores, and request volunteers. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Take charge of the situation. You’re entering a confident phase for the next two days. Circumstances dictate change. Learn new tricks. Clean up and divvy a windfall. Let your love light shine.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — Get into thoughtful planning mode over the next two days. Take care of business behind closed doors. Rest and contemplate. Keep your end of a bargain. Discover a beautiful possibility. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Friends provide a boost of energy over the next few days. Set up team meetings and social events. Your networks have the resources your project needs ... ask around and invite participation.

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Thursday, April 21


Break-in An unknown person broke into a woman’s house and stood in the doorway of her bedroom. The woman could only make out a broad description of the suspect, as she could only see his silhouette. The man then left the house. Police were unable to find any leads or evidence, the case is

Sunday, April 24

Possible stabbing They’ve got my gun A man called police at 3 a.m. A man reported that some- to report that his friend had one had broken into his been stabbed at the “club” unlocked vehicle overnight and was “bleeding out” near and taken his silver and 3rd st. When authorities black Ruger Mark II .22 cal arrived, the victim had muliber handgun and a black tiple lacerations on his back, Stevens 320 12 gauge shot- right arm and head, includgun. The man said both ing two significant puncture firearms were unloaded. wounds on his back, one of There is no lead on the case. which punctured his liver.

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Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of a lare broken plate glass window that had blood on it, and a trail of blood from the window to where the 911 call was made. It was determined there was no stabbing, but rather the victim had been injured after falling through the window. The victim was issued a citation for Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and

the friend who called 911 was booked for Conspiracy, Initiating a False Report and Interfering with a Peace Officer. Reckless driving A person called to report a person was driving recklessly. The driver made it home, but hit several curbs on the way and parked the car crashed into his trashcan. He was arrested for DUII.


The Campanile on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, in a September 2015 file image, where school administrators are leading an ambitious effort to reshape the nation’s premier public research institution, but they are facing increasingly fierce reactions from their usual allies—the faculty.

UC Berkley faces backlash from faculty By Teresa Watanabe Los Angeles Times

As top University of California, Berkeley officials lead an ambitious effort to reshape the nation’s premier public research institution, they are facing increasingly fierce reactions from their usual allies—the faculty. Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced in February that the flagship University of California campus would need to reinvent itself to cope with a $150 million budget deficit and the likelihood that state financial support will not return to the more generous levels of the past. But many professors say they have been largely left out of the early planning efforts, counter to Berkeley’s long tradition of joint decision-making between administrators and faculty. At a testy Academic Senate meeting with Dirks last week, professors complained the process has been shrouded in secrecy. They say few details about the school’s deficit, budget reduction targets, plans to

redesign academic programs and other key issues have been disclosed. The Office of Strategic Initiatives, formed in February to lead the campus transformation process, was disparaged for failing to seek wide input from the 2,200 professors, lecturers and other instructors on campus. John Taylor, professor of plant and microbial biology, complained to Dirks that administrators denied his request to see the financial data supporting the budget deficit projections, according to a transcript of the April 12 meeting. “To be true partners in solving the budget deficit problem, we need to be shown all of the data,” said Paul Fine, an associate professor of integrative biology who co-organized the meeting. “It’s unbelievable to me that a Berkeley professor can head the Federal Reserve,” he said, referring to Fed Chair Janet Yellen, “and yet somehow the campus budget is a more opaque and difficult program than the entire

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U.S. economy.” Several critics complained about the top-down way academic departments were selected as candidates for potential streamlining. That could involve coordinating or sharing resources, or possibly even mergers. In a recent memo, Dirks mentioned four colleges _ Letters and Science, Engineering, Chemistry and Natural Resources _ as well as the Division of Biological Sciences and smaller professional schools, such as Public Health and Social Welfare. Deans were asked not to discuss their initial ideas with faculty, said Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof, but only after some of the deans requested confidentiality so they could “speak candidly about moves that might be unpopular.” Indeed, recent proposals to

merge the College of Chemistry into other academic units and suspend spring admissions for the School of Public Health sparked protests from students, faculty and alumni—in part because they were announced without first seeking advice from the Berkeley community. The outcries prompted campus leaders to reverse course. Dirks, in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, said his intentions have been misconstrued and that he has provided regular updates about the budget process in hopes of boosting faculty participation. He said some faculty were operating on “incomplete information” about the planning process and his commitment to collaboration. But he said he would expand and accelerate efforts to “make clear that the faculty are not just

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partners, but architects with us of any institutional decisions we make. ... This must indeed be the case if we are to succeed in our quest to secure Berkeley’s excellence for generations to come.” At the faculty meeting, Dirks acknowledged that any changes to Berkeley’s academic programs would probably save only a few million dollars. But he said the main reason to redesign them would be to settle on an academic vision in line with new budget realities. The chancellor said the campus has taken a “huge step forward” in reducing the deficit, which could have grown to nearly $200 million next year without action. Budget cuts of 1 percent to 4 percent across all campus units and other reductions will help

save $20 million, and restructuring loans for construction projects will save another $16.5 million, he said. In addition, the university can raise $50 million through actions such as increasing the administrative fee on philanthropic gifts. Altogether, these could bring the deficit down to as little as $105 million by June 2017, or about 4 percent of Berkeley’s $2.5 billion operating budget this year. Dirks also told the campus community last week that he would eliminate roughly 500 campus jobs over the next two years _ many through attrition _ for a savings of about $50 million. The aim is to be back in the black within five years, he said. But many faculty and staff have urged that the first cuts be

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Continued from page 3 aimed at administrators, whose ranks have grown much faster than those of faculty or students. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of full-time administrators at Berkeley grew 56 percent, from 821 to 1,281, while fulltime tenure-track faculty increased 1.9 percent, from 1,261 to 1,285, according to UC statistics. More administrators have been hired for fundraising, technology operations, financial planning, student services, building maintenance and campus safety, Mogulof said. Even so, the ratio of staff to academic employees is the lowest in the 10-campus UC system, he said. Berkeley has reduced the number of top executives from 69 in 2002 to 67 in 2015 but increased their total pay from $10 million to $15 million during that same period. Inflation and the need to match rising salaries in the San Francisco Bay Area labor market drove the increase, Mogulof said. He added, however, that executive compensation as a percentage of Berkeley’s operating budget declined from 0.75 percent in fiscal year 2002 to 0.57 percent in 2015. Carolyn Merchant, a professor of environmental history, philosophy and ethics, kicked off the faculty comments at last week’s meeting with a call for a “revolution in cost reduction” led by dramatic cuts in the number and pay of administrators. She also urged more effective fundraising and less paperwork. “We call on the administration to lead the revolution, not by consolidating Berkeley’s excellent existing academic units, but by looking deeply into its own operations and its own expenses,” Merchant said. Celeste Langan, a member of the English department and co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association, said a majority of professors shared that sentiment. Shrinking Berkeley’s vaunted academic programs will jeopardize what makes the university a top-ranked global brand: its comprehensive excellence, they said. Berkeley officials countered that the


Jim Patton and the Corvallis Fire Department will do pre-event safety checks, as well as during the event. CREATIVE COMMONS

campus has evolved over time _ closing the School of Criminology in the 1980s, for instance _ while retaining its reputation for excellence. Genaro Padilla, chair of the English department, asked Dirks for the gender, race and ethnicity of those whose positions would be eliminated, expressing concern that the rank-and-file typically suffer the most from budget cuts. Todd Stenhouse, a spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299, said his members already were stretched thin by past cuts and could not take on more work. He said increased workloads were one reason the on-the-job injury rate has increased by 17 percent since 2009 among his union’s gardeners, custodians, foodservice workers and other members. Custodians in particular have suffered from back, shoulder, neck and ankle injuries, he said: “Front-line staff is being asked

to do more with less.” Many faculty members suggested that more fundraising is the key to resolving Berkeley’s budget woes. However, they fret that donors could then shape the university’s research and academic offerings to suit their private interests. Michael Burawoy, a sociology professor and co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association, said the best long-term solution would be more state funding. To get it, he said, UC needs to make a stronger case for its critical importance to California. In recent months, however, UC’s reputation has been clouded by a string of controversies over sexual harassment cases and a state audit alleging that the system harmed California students by admitting too many applicants from outside the state. “The university has to reconceive itself to be accountable to the California public,” Burawoy said. Los Angeles Times


Continued from page 1 nities to create guest lists and have sober people at the event to deal with any and all problems, before third-parties need to get involved. By having tabs on all who are attending the event through a guest list, having sober party monitors present and alerting both IFC and the CFD of the event, this policy is creating a much safer environment for students and guests to enjoy themselves at functions, according to Petersen. Petersen said that only one chapter in all of IFC was opposed to the new policy, and that many chapters were

more than willing to comply. “It hasn’t changed anything for us” said Janak Ward, the Risk Manager for an IFC chapter on campus. “We always register our parties, hire security, and generally get along well with the Fire Marshal. It just adds one more thing to get checked off before we party, but we don’t really mind.” According to Patton, this attitude is exactly the approach that the CFD hopes other chapters adopt. Making this a part of their normal routine will continue to keep Corvallis a safe place for students and community members to enjoy themselves, while keeping safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind.


Pac-12 softball power rankings By Josh Worden Senior Beat Reporter

#1 No. 5 Oregon (35-6, 13-2 Pac-12). #4 No. 15 UCLA (29-13-1, 10-5-1). #7 California (23-18-1, 6-7-1). Last Last weekend: 3-0 at Arizona State. Last weekend: 1-1 at Arizona. This weekend: Bye. This weekend: at This weekend: vs. Arizona. weekend: vs. Arizona State. Stanford.

Another weekend, another sweep for the Ducks. It wasn’t all easy going, though: the momentum-less Arizona State Sun Devils gave Oregon all they could ask for in the second and third games, losing 5-4 on Saturday and then 7-4 on Sunday in extra innings. But a win (or three wins) is a win. The remaining Pac-12 teams on the schedule — Arizona, California and Utah — are all good teams but Oregon will likely finish 22-2 in conference and head to the NCAA Tournament with visions of the championship trophy dancing in their collective mind.

The only reason UCLA is at No. 4 and above Arizona right now is because the Bruins are the only team to have beaten Oregon this season — and they did it twice. Maybe the only way Oregon will lose another game in the regular season is if UCLA steals Arizona’s uniforms and heads to Eugene this weekend pretending to be the Wildcats. Why would they want to face Oregon again? I don’t know, but the only team UCLA did better against than Oregon is the conference’s cellar dweller Stanford. Maybe Oregon is UCLA’s good luck charm.

The Golden Bears have a somewhat odd schedule for a Pac-12 team, interspersing 10 nonconference games throughout the Pac-12 schedule. California started 6-0 before being shutout by Cal Poly on Thursday, epitomizing the Golden Bears’ overall performance this season: good, but not great. Luckily for Cal, Stanford is next up on the schedule, meaning the blue and gold should just about lock up an NCAA Tournament berth. With No. 5 Oregon and No. 17 Arizona on the end of the schedule, Cal shouldn’t wait longer than they have to before clinching that spot.

#2 Utah (30-13, 11-4). Last week- #5 No. 17 Arizona (32-13, 9-5). Last #8 No. 22 Arizona State (27-19, end: 3-0 vs. Stanford. This weekend: weekend: 1-1 vs. UCLA. This week- 3-12) Last weekend: 0-3 vs. Oregon. at Washington. end: at Oregon. This weekend: at UCLA. Utah was No. 5 in last The Arizona-UCLA series

week’s power rankings, but was supposed to decide the Utes’ current eight-game which Pac-12 South team winning streak is tied for the would ascend north to the longest in the Pac-12 with top of the standings. Instead, (you guessed it) Oregon. they beat each other one time Arizona, Washington and apiece and resolved nothing. UCLA each lost one game this Sounds like a Presidential week, while Utah has been debate, if you ask me. Now, spotless. Utah, however, will Arizona earned the right to not stay in the conference’s be the next team to get swept No. 2 spot for very long. With No. 10 Washington, No. 15 UCLA by Oregon, unless the Wildcats can hold the Ducks’ fiery offense in and No. 5 Oregon next up on the schedule, the Utes should enjoy check. Arizona is no longer the conference’s leader in earned run their 15 minutes of fame while they can. average; Oregon currently sits atop the Pac-12 with a 2.50 ERA as well as a .363 batting average to boot.

To think that ASU is 3-12 in the Pac-12 right now and could still make the NCAA Tournament — Stanford is still on the schedule, so there are at least three winnable games left — is astounding. NCAA Softball is a marathon, though, not a sprint. The Sun Devils seemed to have sprained their proverbial ankle back in March and floundered their way through the rest of the race. But, maybe ASU’s solid start to the season will be enough to push its wounded shell of a body into the postseason, where some top-ranked team can play piñata with their hapless foes.

#3 No. 10 Washington (30-10, 11-7). Last weekend: 2-1 at Oregon State. #6 Oregon State (27-16-1, 6-12). #9 Stanford (13-26, 0-15). Last weekLast weekend: 1-2 vs. Washington. end: 0-3 at Utah. This weekend: vs. This weekend: vs. Utah. In the Cal series, both the This weekend: Bye. California. Huskies and Golden Bears How does OSU lose a series

scored eight runs in the three games, but Washington used a pair of one-run wins to go 2-1. That’s huge for Washington, which jumped three spots upwards in the polls from No. 12 despite the one loss. Washington is also No. 6 in the RPI rankings, the highest mark in the Pac-12. With OSU on the docket this weekend, Washington could really use two or three wins to improve its chances to be one of the 16 NCAA Tournament Regional hosts and one of eight Super Regional hosts. Can the Beavers spoil the Huskies’ late season streak in Corvallis?

but move up one spot in the power rankings? Because going 1-2 against the No. 10 Washington Huskies still means the Beavers beat a Top10 team. Next up is the almostas-good Arizona Wildcats and then a potentially favorable home matchup with Arizona State is next. At 3-12 in conference this year, ASU is stumbling harder than a college student in a flimsy pair of Ugg boots, so OSU could finish out the regular season on a high note. But before that, OSU has a weekend off and then a road trip to Arizona. Sounds like summer vacation more than the most critical point of the softball season, but maybe OSU could use a mindset of relaxation. After that, OSU has its sights set on the NCAA Tournament starting May 20, which OSU will almost undoubtedly reach for the first time since 2013.

Last in batting average. Last in earned run average. Last in fielding percentage. And worst of all, last in the Pac-12 standings. The Cardinal could have had a worse season — I’m sure their 5-3 win over then-No. 17 Missouri on Feb. 25 will highlight the memoirs of every fan in attendance — but not by much. Actually, even the Missouri win couldn’t be that big: the official attendance for that game was 101 people. Yikes. But hey, Arizona State is nearly as bad this season and Stanford will play the Sun Devils two weekends from now. That series could be this season’s ultimate don’t-be-last battle of Pac-12 softball. You won’t want to miss it, all 101 of you who still have hope in Stanford.


The Beavers have moved to 6-12 in Pac-12 play after losing a close series in Washington that could have gone either way.

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Pac-12 baseball power rankings By Brian Rathbone Sports Contributor

If you, like me, thought that after last weekend’s slate of baseball games would bring some clarity to the pecking order to the Pac-12 standings, then you were There is no making sense of who is current favorite to win the conference, 10 of the 11 teams are within two games in the win column. That raises the question for the third straight week, Does anyone want to win this conference?

No. 10 Oregon State (26-10, 8-7 Pac-12)

Stanford (19-15, 7-8)

UCLA (19-18, 9-9)

Best series win: USC Worst series loss: Arizona State (sweep) I had a baseball coach preached that the key to winning games is pitching and defense. Stanford does both better than every team in the Pac-12. They are the only team with an ERA lower than 3.0 and team’s are batting .223 against them. That alone will make the Cardinal a tough draw the rest of the way. stay down for this long.

Best series win: Oregon (sweep) Worst series loss: California (sweep) Last season’s Pac-12 champs and No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament has come on hard times in 2016. The Bruins lost their four of their first five conference series before sweeping the Ducks last week. UCLA is too good of a program to

Best series win: Washington Worst series loss: Washington State The Beavers were the runaway favorBest series win: Oregon State (sweep) Best series win: California ites to win the Pac-12. But with the loss Worst series loss: Arizona State Worst series loss: Oregon (sweep) of pitchers Drew Rasmussen and Sam (sweep) Another southern Cal school that is Tweedt, the OSU pitching staff depth is Cal is in a free fall. After starting conferstruggling to replicate their success from being tested. Despite the lack of arms, the Beaver offense is loaded. ence play with an 9-2 record with sweeps a season ago. I think they just like playing OSU is in the top-3 of nearly every offensive category, and lead the of OSU and UCLA, the Bears have come in the sun, they haven’t lost a conference Pac-12 in team batting average (.298), slugging percentage (.444) crashing down dropping three consecuseries at Dedeaux Field. Three of their and triples (27). Call me a homer, but this is the conference’s best tive series. Their next two series don’t next five series will be played at home. get much easier with Washington and Stanford on the schedule. team.

California (22-14, 9-9)

No. 24 Arizona (26-14, 10-8)

Arizona State (23-14, 9-9)

Washington (22-14, 9-6)

Utah (14-22, 9-6)

USC (18-20, 7-8)

Oregon (17-16, 7-8)

Best series win: California Best series win: UCLA Best series win: Stanford Worst series loss: UCLA (sweep) Worst series loss: Utah (sweep) Worst series loss: Utah A team batting average of .227, 20 I’m sticking with the offensive theme, The Sun Devils are starting to heat points lower than the next lowest team in up, started Pac-12 play with series lossThe ‘Cats are getting it done on the the conference. This has been the Duck’s es to Oregon State (sweep), Utah and offensive side, leading the conference on MO since reinstating their program, but Washington. Since then they have taken base percentage (.389), runs scored (265) have been able to counterbalance that down Cal and Stanford (sweep) and find with above average pitching. But with a and hits (393). And they do just enough on the mound to make a team ERA hovering above 4.0, they may have a hard time making run at the title. Plus they have Oregon State at home in two weeks. themselves right back in the think of the conference race. that up. Now watch Oregon come into Corvallis next month and sweep the Beavers. Best series win: Oregon Best series win: Arizona Worst series loss: Oregon State Worst series loss: Oregon State Sorry Utah, I’m not buying the hype The Huskies are a really good team, Best series win: Oregon State anymore. We will start to see the nonWorst series loss: Arizona State they are the only team in the conconference Utes that won a total of The Cougars are the lone team that ference to be in the top third of the five games as the season continues. I can feel comfortable saying are out of conference in offense, pitching and With Washington, Stanford, Cal and a contention for the Pac-12 title, and even fielding. At the end of the season they surging UCLA team on the horizon, the with 12 conference losses, they aren’t may kicking themselves to blowing a late lead that would have once first place team could find them- mathematically eliminated. Here’s something you don’t hear everywon the season series against Oregon State. selves in the Pac-12 basement in a couple of weeks. day, football season is just around the corner, so there’s something to look forward to.

Washington State (13-26, 6-12)

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Oregon State University’s Valley Library houses the Special Collections Archive, which contains years of documentation in the forms of books, manuscripts, photos, yearbooks, past issues of The Daily Barometer and other documents, at the center of the fifth floor. The SCARC opens 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Delve into rich campus history By Jackie Keating Forum contributor


unlight streamed through the panoramic windows of the special collections archives as I began my quest for Oregon State University history on Monday, April 25. The Special Collections and Archives Research Center, or the SCARC as it is affectionately known, is located on the fifth floor of the Valley Library, and offers stunning views of the library quad and surrounding mountains as well as housing “the university’s unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs and books,” according to

the SCARC website. When I went in, I instantly got a cool, scholarly vibe—you can tell immediately that this is a place where people go out of their way to learn. I walked past the entrance, which is currently showing an exhibit on owls, and got to the main room. It’s simple, but elegant: a series of tables are surrounded by bookshelves full of local history, like old yearbooks and collections of newspapers. It was the newspapers I was after—specifically, I wanted a copy of our very own Barometer from 50 years ago to see what has changed. I was made to take my coat and backpack into a small locker room, and then fill out a form identifying who I was and the purpose of my research. Then, I got to exchange my OSU ID card for a huge bound book of school papers ranging from September 1965 through August 1966. I suppose I was expecting a lot to be different, and a lot was. The papers themselves are huge and dense, and some of the ads were on the sexist side, but a lot of the content seemed eerily the same. I jumped to Tuesday, April 26, 1966’s edition of The Daily Barometer to get a taste of what life was like around the same time as today. For instance, one

the arrival of the breathalyzer to Oregon, proclaiming that “a new breath-testing machine was used by state police in Corvallis two weeks ago for the first time since Oregon’s ‘implied consent’ law I was somewhat was implemented on April 1.” surprised at how little The article went on to explain what a Breathalyzer is, and warned the drivers of the some things have 60s to know their rights when submitting to a changed here at OSU. Breathalyzer test. There was also a humorous ad for “Whammo’s blind dates,” asking readers to “let our IBM 7090 computer (the world’s most perfect boy/girl matcher) select 5 ideal dates for you!” Overall, it can be really fun to sit down for a headline declared “KBVR Plans Special Show,” moment and wonder what life was like decades outlining that KBVR would be hosting a mother’s before we were born. And if you’d like to look past the old newspapers weekend radio show titled “Hats off to Mom.” Another story announced the winners of ASOSU and yearbooks and see old manuscripts or photoelections, and one small headline shouted “IFC graphs, that can also be arranged. Whatever the case, if you want to take a quiet moment to reflect Sing Ends Moms Events.” and explore, head up to the SCARC. It’s open from I was somewhat surprised at how little some 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. things have changed here at OSU. I didn’t realize The opinions expressed in Keating’s column do just how embroiled in tradition the school was. not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Barometer Still, the year was 1966, and there were some staff. stories to prove it. One story, for example, outlined

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’m all for the development of new technology. What I’m not too keen on, however, is the premise that all digital collections, archives and files we each collect over the years could easily vanish in our lifetime. When I started down the path of journalism and digital communications, I was often told that “newspapers will likely be completely gone in about five years.” By Sean Bassinger This was back in 2011. Forum editor Though the decline of printbased media models continues to decline, I doubt that the remaining newspapers and magazines will all magically vanish in the next year. It’s also important to not mistake the term “newspapers” with the overall premise of “journalism,” because we especially still need news. About three years ago, I wrote a column titled “Print and Digital Media: A Case for Coexistence,” where I outline the pros and cons of each. Common themes include the resource exhaustion for producing so many “two-year throwaway” electronics such as cell phones and tablets, and a University of Oregon study that actually highlights how people retain information better that they read from a print source. Still, I find it continually fascinating to see how long newspapers and magazines have actually held on in a world where Moore’s law doesn’t have so much as a “pause” button and we keep hearing about how different our lives will be in the next decade. Imagine, for instance, how robots could totally become a household staple. Don’t worry, we hopefully won’t deal with the same type of dystopian future we often see in the “Terminator” movies. Hopefully. Similar articles and columns have popped up throughout the following years that continue to forecast what we could be up against

media platforms for what appears to be a much smaller amount of money. I could rent one of my favorite films for 48 hours for anywhere between $1-2 and wouldn’t have to fret over the burden of some obscure $60 late fee. I have a strange hunch that this is why we saw stores such as What it all comes down to is Hollywood Video vanish so quick. the premise of consomers But instead of seeing the renters and owners markets shift, we’re voting with their dollar. witnessing an era in which the renters market appears to replace the owners market outright. Though I know for a fact I prefer one avenue more than the other myself (ownership), certain models work well with different people. I only hope we can find ways to keep our options open as technolwith media shifts. For instance, one CNBC article that published ogy continues to progress. And let’s face it—regardless of our continuing economic status, a in Oct. 2014 leads with “Bid farewell to your collection of movies, majority of this growing tech isn’t going anywhere. books and music.” Anywhere but forward, that is. The articles goes on to explain how current digital rights license The opinions expressed in Bassinger’s column do not necessarily agreements mean that many “owners” of digital content are merely reflect those of The Daily Barometer staff. renting it. And this is not incorrect—especially since many streaming servers, electronic archives and so-called “clouds” could shut down at any time. Letters Granted, one could make the argument that somebody could Letters to the editor are welcomed and will be printed on a firsttorch an entire library, archive or museum (see: The Lighthouse received basis. Letters must be 300 words or fewer and include of Alexandria), but there’s still a certain sense of security through the author’s signature, academic major, class standing or job title, department name and phone number. Authors of e-mailed letters will publicly owned and maintained records that we don’t see as much receive a reply for the purpose of verification. Letters are subject to in the digital world. editing for space and clarity. The Daily Barometer reserves the right This is also why we’ve seen the rebirth of media such as vinyl to refuse publication of any submissions. Each reader will be allowed records, or the continuing support of classic bookstores. one published letter per month. The Daily Barometer We also walk away with a more authentic marketplace experience. c/o Letters to the editor I don’t know about you, but I feel less excited about surfing around on 480 Student Experience Center Amazon for two hours as opposed to literally losing myself in Powell’s. 2251 SW Jefferson Way Oregon State University What it all comes down to is the premise of consumers voting Corvallis, OR 97331-1617 with their dollar. e-mail: The majority of us love the premise of instant access to various


Student art gallery featured in Fairbanks Hall ʻEntwinedʼ examines relationship between living beings, nature

human needs such as agriculture.

By Nick Sullivan

Printmaking allows the artist to make multiple printed copies of the artwork which in turn allows more people to own copies.

All this week from April 25 to the 29th the West Gallery at Fairbanks Hall will be displaying the works of Ashley Howarth. The artwork in the gallery is a collection of nature prints that include such printing methods as screen printing, intaglio and linocuts. The prints represent the forms of multiple types of animals and are set in many different nature environments. Howarth has been pursuing art for many years. “Art is just something I’ve done all my life,” Howarth said. Howarth is from Oregon which she claims may have contributed to her want to use nature and animals as the subject matter of her work. “Nature is just something I’ve always appreciated and admired,”Howarth said. Kay Campbell is a professor of art and has worked with Howarth over the last three academic years through six courses in printmaking and color theory. “Nature is an immense subject matter that many of our Pacific Northwest students are heavily influenced by in their creative work,” Campbell said. The gallery shows the contrast between humans and other animals as they exist in nature. While the non-human animals simply exist in nature, the art depicting the influence of man shows the molding of nature to fit

Howarth makes use of multiple forms of printmaking in her gallery.

“With print painting more people can enjoy my work,” Howarth said. Professor Yuji Hiratsuka described screen printing as the use of silk or other fabric and the blocking off of any aspect of the fabric that an artist does not want ink to get through. The fabric is then placed over paper and a squeegee is used to spread ink over the fabric. Intaglio printmaking is the use of a metal or plastic plate which is then scratched with a needle and those scratches are used as ink reservoirs., according to Hiratsuka. Then a press is used to transfer ink on to the paper.


Applied visual arts student Ashley Howarth displays her art in the West Gallery at Fairbanks hall. The gallery is titled ‘Entwined’ and will be on display until Friday, April 29.

Lastly, Hiratsuka described linocut as the use of a linoleum block which is cut and shaped in order to be used for relief printing. Hiratsuka addressed the misconception that printmaking is used for nothing more than mass producing art. “Printing is a medium of art and not just a means of copying,” he said. For those who are interested. the reception for the gallery will be on Tuesday, April 26th.


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The Daily Barometer, April 26, 2016  
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