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Deedon, Redman sweep ASOSU elections n

Thomas Bancroft wins speaker of the house, only 6.7 percent of those eligible voted By Don Iler

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Brett Deedon and Victoria Redman won the Associated Students of Oregon State University election for president Friday night. Deedon and Redman beat Jackson Lile and Robbie Ohanesian by a total vote of 835-486. Lile and Ohanesian ran an unsuccessful campaign for president last year. Thomas Bancroft won speaker of the house, defeating Elena Christie, 615-463. Fewer stuASOSU dents voted in General the general elecElection results tion than in the President: primary elecBrett Deedon, Viction. There were toria Redman 835 1,483 voters for votes president in the Jackson Lile, Robbie general election, Ohanesian 486 votes only 6.7 percent Speaker of the of eligble vothouse: ers. The priThomas Bancroft mary election 615 votes had 2,118 total Elena Christie voters, about 9.6 463 votes percent of eligible voters. Maria Yerkes and John Varin won two-year seats to the Student and Incidental Fees Committee. Brad Alvarez and Sonia Contreras won one-year seats to SIFC. Financial statements show that Lile and Ohanesian did not spend any additional money during the general election, having spent $981.33 during the primay. Deedon and Redman spent $139 during the general election for a table and space in the Memorial Union and for a Facebook ad. They spent $432.35 in total for their campaign. Bancroft spent $178.50 on his campaign, reportedly spending no more during the general election. Christie also did not spend additional money, having spent $448.80 during the primary. Redman said she is honored to be given the opportunity and looks forward to getting to work. She said she and Deedon would begin looking at hiring their cabinet on Monday. ASOSU officers will be sworn in on June 1.


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Confessions raise concerns n

University confession webpage trend makes controversial impact at Oregon State By Kristy Wilkinson The Daily Barometer

“If I were locked in a room with Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Chip Kelly and I had a gun with 2 bullets in it I would shoot Chip Kelly twice.” This is just one of the many browraising rants posted anonymously on Oregon State University Confessions, a Facebook page launched in January. At the top of the page a disclaimer reads, “This website in no way is affiliated with the Oregon State University, faculty, or student body. Submit anonymous confessions below.” It operates like an anonymous drop box with a link to Survey Monkey, where users can post their comments in a box at These comments are forwarded to the creators of the site. Both creators agreed to interview for this story on the condition that their names be withheld out of concern for both academic standing and personal safety. I will call the creators J. and L., two students who go through hundreds of confessions and pick the ones to post. “We pick the ones that are the funniest,” J. said. The site has 6,327 likes, exceeding the creators’ hopes. Confessions sites aren’t new.

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University confessions sites have spread across the country and even some high schools. Boston University, University of Oregon, Portland State, Boise State, Harvard and Yale — the list goes on. They all operate nearly the same way. Students post anonymously to a polling site. The administrator filters through the inbox and updates the Facebook page. Many of the posts

seem harmless: “I left my keys on the top floor of Kidder” to “May I just be the first one to say, thank god for sundresses! You look beautiful, ladies!” to “I’m in high school yet can’t stop reading these confessions. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT A FRATERNITY/ SORORITY IS.” Those aren’t the posts that have caused a stir. It’s the vulgar, and even threatening posts, that have made


university officials raise concerns. Many Greek leaders and university coaches have instructed their members to not post . “It started as a place where Greek and non-Greek members would bash on each other, or where fraternity men would bash on other fraternities,” said Brendan Sanders, Inter-Fraternity Council president. See CONFESSIONS | page 2

Elderly elm reaches centennial milestone n

The OSU community celebrates 100th birthday of an elm in the library quad By Kyle Reed

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Oregon State University recently suspended the Kappa Sigma fraternity, limiting its capacity as a Greek organization. The fraternity was suspended for two years, due to student conduct violations. The house will continue to operate as a fraternity, but will be unable to use resources and participate in Greek life activities made available to recognized houses. OSU had not suspended a fraternity in more than a decade.

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With the anniversary of an elm tree in the library quad, OSU Facilities Services planted alongside its 100 year old relative.

In the library quad, students will come across many elms that reach majestically towards the sky. On Friday, one such sentinel saw its 100th birthday. A gift from the class of 1913, the elm has now stood guard for a century. In honor of this, a young elm was planted alongside it in the library quad by OSU Facilities Services on the same day last week. “It shows a recognition and appreciation for the students who have come here before and the students today,” said landscape manager Joe Majeski. “It’s like a chain of history that we are a link in that chain, that you are, and I am, and that tree is.” Majeski helps oversee the maintenance of over 520 acres on campus. The elms provide shade, habitat and aesthetic beauty to the campus, as well as assisting in the prevention of water erosion. Often times, they blend into the background. “I’ve been here for 25 years, so a quarter of that tree’s life. When you’re here around something every day, you don’t notice how fast it grows,” Majeski said. “Like when your kids are growing up, and you are away from them for a month, you realize, ‘Oh my gosh, this thing has really grown.’ But over time, I have noticed that the trunk has continued to enlarge, and it slowly but surely reaches up to the sky and spreads further and further.” Elms are a popular choice for street landscaping, as their limbs are easy to manage and do not interfere with

traffic. They are also hardy and thrive in this climate despite not being native. “I grew up on the East Coast where there are very few elms left,” community member David Eckert said. “It’s where they were native. It’s very exciting to see when we moved here how many elms are here.” Living through the last century, the elm has seen its fair share of comings and goings. Buildings have risen around it; Eckert’s own home was built in 1913. But the natural element of Corvallis has subsisted through the years. “On our wall, I have a 1910 aerial picture of the campus, and it already had a lot of trees on it, and it was a gorgeous sight,” Eckert said. Many renowned alumni have likely walked by the grand elm. “It’s fun to watch it, and it’s fun to know that people like Linus Pauling who used to go to school here likely walked by this tree on their way to the library and maybe sat under the very tree,” Majeski said. “There’s a really great connection to the past, those who have come and gone, and us today. Who knows, the people today, maybe you or someone, we’ll be talking about you, that you came by here that very day that we rededicated this.” During the tree planting ceremony, Majeski took a moment to recognize everyone who made it possible. “These are representatives of all of the people who have helped over the years maintain the campus; you all would probably agree that this is a beautiful campus, and it didn’t happen by accident,” Majeski said. “I would like to commemorate this new gift for the next 100 years as we watch it grow, and we all grow ourselves.” Kyle Reed, news reporter

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OSU football player hosts benefit art show n

Steven Christian puts art skills on display, raises money for the American Cancer Society By Andrew Kilstrom The Daily Barometer

Reser Stadium is typically a place where football games are played. Steven Christian spent this past season participating in those games for the Beavers. On Saturday night, the grad student and Oregon State University safety entered the familiar building for a different reason. Christian hosted “Artistic Beavers,” an exhibition featuring his own art and the work of other OSU students to raise money for cancer. Price of admission was $5, and there was a silent auction selling OSU football memorabilia. All proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. “I’ve done something in regards to the American Cancer Society every year for the past couple years,” said Christian, who is working toward a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies. “I do it because cancer is such a universal thing. I have the opportunities and abilities to draw, and because I’m a student athlete, I have that notoriety. I might as well do something that benefits the community as a whole.” While cancer impacts millions of people, it has had a major effect on Christian’s life. Christian said he has had close to 20 family members suffer from the disease. “I know a lot of friends that have family affected by cancer,” Christian said. “I have

a lot of family directly affected by cancer, and it’s such a wide-spread, universal disease, so anything I can do to help is good.” The majority of the work on display was Christian’s, but close to 10 artists had art on display Saturday night. Having the event in Reser Stadium, with the added attraction of OSU head coach Mike Riley speaking, provided a unique showcase for student artists. “It’s always good to get your artwork out there,” said Shaylynn Allen, a senior in art and a featured artist at the event. “For being his first art show, this is quite a first show.” Christian planned the event in January but did not know whether or not the event would even happen. Saturday night was the culmination of a four-month effort. “It’s been overwhelming support,” Christian said. “Just that people are here is amazing to me. I just thought of this when I was laying down and I said, ‘Oh, I’ll have an art show.’ For it to come to fruition four months later, I’m in awe right now.” Christian transferred to OSU at the beginning of fall term from the University of Hawaii, where he played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. Most college athletes struggle to balance school and their respective sport. Christian manages grad school classes as well as football, while maintaining a website featuring artwork, comics and animations all produced by him. “It’s very cool,” said Malcolm Marable, a junior in new media communications and

teammate of Christian’s. “As far as all the stuff [football players] do, we have a lot of stuff going on. If he can find time to do all this artwork and put a show on for a good cause, it’s very cool.” Riley has said he has never had a player quite like Christian during his tenure as OSU’s head football coach. “I’m just simply impressed,” Riley said. “He’s got a unique talent that not many of us have but in the middle of being a student, being a student athlete, to put on an event like this, I’m really impressed by it and proud of him.” While Christian’s coaches and teammates are in awe of his achievements, he does not find his workload to be overwhelming. “I don’t think about it being too much, because I love doing all of these things,” Christian said. “It’s just like somebody that plays Halo or Call of Duty in their free time. They go to school and play a sport too, so it’s kind of the same thing.” Christian was granted a sixth year of football eligibility in the winter and will return to the team next season. Regardless of what kind of a year he has on the field, Christian’s biggest contribution came Saturday night. “He’s special,” Riley said. “He’s got a lot going on that’s very positive. This was a really neat thing.” Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom

CONFESSIONS n Continued from page 1 “It was a really negative space that could easily be used for harassment or bullying. I envision the admin as some type of sadist in a basement that uses the Internet to cause drama in the world, because their life is sad.” Associated Students of Oregon State University is also aware of the site. “Oregon State University Confessions is not a good representation,” said Amelia Harris, president of ASOSU. She said the administration contacted her about the site. “The university is concerned about its reputation,” Harris said. “I understand their concern.” Steve Clark, vice president for university relations and marketing, said the administration was concerned, but primarily about the use of images or logos trademarked by the university. “The administration is making a conscious decision to not attempt to regulate the content of the site in any way,” Clark said. Clark said that he would raise the question of personal accountability. “If I’m willing to say something anonymously, why am I not willing to say that in public?” Clark said. He added the university would not encroach on a student’s First Amendment rights. Universities have taken different approaches in their responses to college confessions sites. San Francisco State University asked its college confession page to take down anything that could tie the site directly to the university, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune. The site’s 18-year-old administrator has recently shut down the site, citing pressure from administration, according to the Golden Gate Xpress. The Oregon State University

Calendar Monday, April 29 Events Campus Recycling, 6-8pm, OSU Recycling Warehouse. April Repair Fair Bring your broken items and questions; volunteers will help you learn how to repair your things. The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 4-6pm, MU Journey Room. SPEED Friending! Be sure to make new friends and great connections that will last a lifetime. Free food will be provided.

Tuesday, April 30 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211. Weekly meeting. Educational Activities Committee, 5:30-7pm, Student Media Conference Room, 120 MU East/Snell Hall. Discuss funding requests and policy changes. Women’s Center, 1-2:30pm, MU Board Room. Women’s Center Advisory Board meeting.

Events Leaders Empowering Asian and Pacific Islanders at OSU, 11am4pm, MU Quad. Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month Kickoff! Join us for games, cake and company!

Wednesday, May 1 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7-8:30pm, MU 211. Weekly meeting. Events Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, 4-6pm, APCC 27th & Jackson. Come learn about how the lei is used in the Hawaiian culture! Lei making and information is provided.

Thursday, May 2 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. The Spiritual Covenant - What does God promise to humankind? Devotions and discussion. SIFC, 6:30pm, MU 207. Weekly meeting. Educational Activities Committee, 5-6pm, Student Media Conference Room, 120 MU East/Snell Hall. Discuss funding requests and policy changes.

Friday, May 3 Meetings OSU Chess Club, 5-7pm, MU Commons. Players of all levels welcome.

Events OSU Music Department, Noon, MU Lounge. Music a la Carte - Crianças de Zumbi Samba School. Audience members are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the performance.

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Confessions administrators are both juniors. They created the site after reading the University of Oregon Confessions page. “We want the site to be big,” J. said. The two men have been best friends since high school, live together and share the site’s hefty administration duties. “One of us will check it in the morning, and then the other one will do it in the afternoon,” L. said. “We go through hundreds of posts a day,” J. said. The two men don’t ever post their own opinions on the site. Some would argue the site has been used in some cases as a form of anonymous cyberbulling. “I wouldn’t say that we are adding to bullying on campus — we’re not the ones who are writing the confessions,” J. said. “We just post them. I think it can be a good place for people to vent.” “If something is really bad, we won’t post it,” L. added. “We want it to be funny, so if it makes us laugh out loud then we’ll

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ick Rosoff’s journey from presidential hopeful to expelled representative is one of the fastest falls from grace that we’ve seen in ASOSU. But what we are not certain of is whether Rosoff’s behavior warranted his removal from office as ASOSU representative on Wednesday. While Rosoff’s behavior had been erratic in recent weeks, especially since losing the presidential race, it wasn’t of the egregious kind that warrants full-scale expulsion. Unprofessional, yes. Childish, most certainly. A little deluded and conspiratorial, very much so. But did he break any rules or statutes of ASOSU in his role as representative? Had he broken the law? From what we can tell, he had not, and it is for these reasons we think his removal from office was both overzealous and unnecessary. The evidence presented against Rosoff during the motion around his expulsion was flimsy at best. It showed Rosoff being openly rude in an email to the ASOSU president, Amelia Harris, and the findings of the judicial council appeal Rosoff made after the elections committee sanctioned him. Rosoff’s email to Harris was distasteful, but was it grounds for removal from office? Hardly. Any politician or professional would know that sending such an email is a bad move and one likely to come back to haunt them, but it is not cause for removal from office. Rosoff,

Editorial like every other American, has the right to say what he wants, whether it is smart to say it or not. And the emails he wrote to Harris — and the Facebook posts — do not amount to grounds for removal from office. But then there is Rosoff’s behavior in the ASOSU offices on Wednesday — as reported by the Barometer in the article “ASOSU expels representative” — that required the Department of Public Safety to be called. Once again, Rosoff’s actions may have been questionable, but it does not appear as if he had any malicious intent. While no one should feel unsafe in his or her workplace, Rosoff appears to only have been sharing his opinion. His opinion could have been heard, he could have been asked to leave by the ASOSU employees there and he could have gone on his way. Instead, the authorities were called on

him a little too soon. Rosoff may or may not be fit to stay in office, and his behavior as of late is unquestionably unprofessional. But more importantly, Rosoff was not given ample opportunity to defend himself or to gather evidence defending his actions. He instead looked like the victim of a baseless witch-hunt by people who didn’t like him. Rosoff should not have been kicked out so quickly and abruptly. Any person should be allowed ample time to defend themselves, and to be blindsided so quickly by a motion to remove a member cuts at our democratic system. What is to stop other members from voting willy-nilly to kick political rivals quickly out of office? This tool of last resort should be used sparingly, and it should not have been used against Rosoff. t

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US involvement in Syria could be another Iraq

Irene Drage is a senior in English.

Letter to the Editor Response to Don Iler’s April 26 column

An alternative After reading Don Iler’s column, I will say that my experience thus far has not been similar. To begin with, if one is particularly uninspired by the classroom discussion, then add some commentary that will reroute the conversation in a more fascinating direction. Granted, that method isn’t guaranteed to be effective, but if one finds classroom discussion dull, then the onus is on the student to figure out what needs to be done to improve the situation. That said, some of the classes (but not many) are highly redundant. Some advice that was given to me prior to attending a university was to choose a major that one can use — STEM majors are a safe(ish) bet — and to minor in what one finds interesting. This way, you are less inclined to feel your time wasted but are still able to enjoy your time here. Furthermore, autodidacticism and a valuable college experience need not be mutually exclusive. A huge reason for attending a university is the vast amount of resources made available to the students (including undergraduates), including but not limited to (1) professors’ knowledge, (2) electronic and printed references, (3) direct peer collaboration and (4) networking

opportunities. Books are brilliant — I’ll be among the first to profess that — but gaining specialized knowledge is only a part of what one gains from a university education if they’re going about utilizing these resources thoroughly. If one finds herself particularly uninspired by her classes, then maybe it’s time to switch majors or possibly universities. Ideally, an autodidact will find her abilities positively augment the university experience, rather than make her feel held back. Toward Iler’s conclusion, he does make a solid observation. There should be an alternative to the standard bachelor’s degree education. For my part, I hope to see greater prominence of vocational education in the United States in the coming years. Examples of vocations (or trades) are electrician, mechanic, paralegal, dentist, web designer and welding. (P.S. There’s a welding school in Albany.) These schools are far more common outside the U.S. in countries like Germany — they’re highly useful alternatives to a university education for those who feel the latter can’t offer them useful education in their area of interest, and their focus tends to be on imparting an efficient and practical education. Katherine Maack Junior in computer science

goals. Despite swearing we wouldn’t get bogged down in another quagmire like Vietnam, the U.S. quickly forgot those lessons following the be it attending a wedding or speak- first Gulf War. Thus ensued the secing with known terrorists without ond Gulf War, as well as staggering themselves ever having committed debt and the murderous burden borne by our National Guardsmen an act of terror. and women. Despite international treaties that This is the first war for which we, as prohibit the use of chemical weapcitizens, have not been asked to pay. ons, and the censure of the United Instead, we have indebted ourselves Nations, it was President Obama to foreign lenders. As the old proverb who drew the line in the Middle says: “The borrower shall become the East sands. It is difficult to imagine slave of the lender.” many nations standing with us. We have sacrificed our moral Because, though the unrest in Syria threatens to destabilize the entire authority, our cultural heritage and region, they — and we — have little our own ideals in a futile effort to interest in Syria beyond our com- make sure the world plays nice. mitment to humanitarianism. The Meanwhile, our own cities crumble, Syrian rebels have grown increasingly our own citizens starve and are left in militant and have adopted extreme the cold, our own children go unedufundamentalism. Indeed, they have cated and our own young men and openly tied themselves to al-Qaida women accrue staggering debt in an affiliates. Al-Assad has asked if the effort to succeed. The need to guarU.S. government antee our obligaintends to support tions with actions is its sworn enemies — We’re hardly in a vital part of interwhich leaves the U.S. national relations, populace to wonder wa position to but the preponderthe same thing. fight another ance of “face savA diplomatic soluing” that seems to open-ended war. tion, though slow be playing out on and fraught with the congressional difficulties, remains floor seems acutely the only viable solution. The waitreminiscent of the Cold War, when and-see approach is not the policy of cowards, but rather the mea- the United States bluffed its way sured response of considering adults. out of nuclear conflagration. We no Indeed, the attitude of hawks in longer stare down a nuclear foe, and Congress seems to border on petu- politics which continue to play in lance. The extent of chemical weap- that sandbox will doom us to unreons use is uncertain, and it may be mitting war in the Middle East and that a rogue general employed them an ossification of foreign policy. We against the wishes of the Syrian gov- must remain vibrant, vigorous and ernment. Furthermore, the rebels flexible in our response. These reasons compel us to remain have increasingly demonstrated their willingness to capture and use these uninvolved in Syria. Moreover, weapons against Syrian forces. Our they speak to the growing need support of rebel forces must remain to assume a more measured and circumspect lest we back the wrong mature presence in the world overall. The American empire has moved side. We’re hardly in a position to fight beyond its adolescent growth pains another open-ended war. Following and needs to assume the wise temVietnam, U.S. war planners under perance of maturity.

Steven McLain

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Colin Powell, a retired four-star general in the United States Army, adopted a plan of overwhelming force committed to achieving specific



ast week, reports from various intelligence agencies, including Israeli and British agencies, confirmed that chemical weapons had been used by members of Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime against Syrian rebels. A letter circulated by the White House through Congress confirmed that U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded “with various degrees of confidence” that chemical weapons — particularly sarin gas — had been used in Syria. This is especially troubling because late last year the president announced that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a “game changer” that would force him to reconsider U.S. intervention. With congressional hawks screeching in his ear, the president repeated on Friday that the use of chemical weapons in Syria “crosses a line that will change my calculus and how the United States approaches these issues.” As the situation intensifies, lawmakers like Sen. John McCain and Speaker of the House John Boehner seem poised to offer increasingly warlike challenges to the president. Essentially arguing the president “walk his talk,” they have recently been joined by policy analysts and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who sees the president’s reneging as discrediting U.S. challenges to Iran and North Korea. The president will be forced to do something. But the direction of U.S. involvement remains undetermined. A direct intervention by the United States would entail massive commitments of U.S. blood and treasure — a commitment still unresolved in Iraq and Afghanistan. A multilateral intervention has the benefit of distributing loss of life and cost amongst several nations, but the doubtful effects of the NATO intervention in Libya have scared both the United States and its allies away from these types of interventions. Moreover, the past several years have seen an increasing squandering of moral authority by the United States, due to the unrestricted use of signature strikes by aerial drones — strikes which target people who engage in the “signature behavior” of terrorists,


Steven McLain is a senior in history. The opinions

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Oregon State softball swept Arizona for the first time in program history, winning, 2-1, in all 3 games By Grady Garrett The Daily Barometer

After a crazy finish propelled the Oregon State softball team over the University of Arizona on Friday, OSU head coach Laura Berg joked that she had an ulcer. Little did she know, that ulcer was only going to grow. The Beavers (30-17, 7-11 Pac-12) swept No. 23 Arizona in as dramatic of a series as anyone could ask for. All three games ended, by a score of 2-1 in OSU’s favor, and were decided on plays at the plate. On Friday, OSU sophomore second baseman Ya Garcia made a diving stop on a grounder up the middle and threw the tying run out at home to end the game. On Saturday, OSU had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning with nobody out and the score tied at one. Lea Cavestany hit a grounder to second, and Dani Gilmore beat the throw home. On Sunday, Cavestany once again came to the plate with a chance to win the game. This time, the Beavers, trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth, were down to their final out. Ashley Sanchez was on third and Liz Santana, who had just reached on an error to prolong the inning, was on second. “I just went in there, stayed relaxed, kept it simple,” Cavestany said. “It’s pressure, but you kind of just have to let it go over your head. Ignore it.” Cavestany drove a 2-0 pitch over the third baseman’s head and into right field, where it dropped in front of UA’s Courtney Rodriguez. Sanchez scored easily, while Santana rounded third as Rodriguez fielded the ball. Rodriguez’s throw beat Santana home by roughly 20 feet, but after Santana slid in, the umpire emphatically pointed at the ground before declaring Santana safe. The catcher had dropped the ball. kevin ragsdale | THE DAILY BAROMETER “I knew base hit I was going [home], it doesn’t matter where it Second baseman Ya Garcia stretches for an out against No. 23 Arizona on Sunday. The Beavers beat the Wildcats with three wild finishes, ending the game on plays at the plate in all three games. See SOFTBALL | page 7

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Junior Ahmad Starks will transfer to be closer to home, with grandmother in Illinois By Grady Garrett The Daily Barometer

Point guard Ahmad Starks will leave Oregon State University and play his final collegiate season at a school closer to his hometown of Chicago. Starks started 73 games and averaged 10.2 points over his three seasons in Corvallis. The 5-foot-9 sharpshooter became the school’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made this past season, when his playing time decreased as the Beavers stumbled to a disappointing last-place finish in

the Pac-12. Starks said he is choosing to leave OSU because he wants to be near his ailing grandmother. “It’s more about being closer to home and my grandmother,” Starks said. “She’s suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. She’s like 90 years old. She practically raised me, so that’s

what it’s about.” The condition of Mazola Robinson, Starks’s grandmother, has progressively gotten worse over the last few months. Starks said she “could barely remember” who he was when he saw her over spring break. See STARKS | page 6

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Ahmad Starks drives the lane against Oregon. Starks will transfer from Oregon State to play his senior year closer to his hometown of Chicago.

After spending the last four years playing on Saturdays in Reser Stadium, Jordan Poyer and Markus Wheaton will both be playing on Sundays in the state of Pennsylvania. The two former Beavers heard their names called in the NFL Draft over the weekend. Wheaton was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 79th overall pick in the third round, and Poyer was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 214th pick in the seventh round. Wheaton was a three-year starter at wide receiver for the Beavers. He is the all-time OSU leader in receptions with 227 and finished third in receiving yards with 2,994. The Chandler, Ariz., native was a First Team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012. “It appears to be a good match,” said OSU head coach Mike Riley on Friday after the spring game. “It’s a great organization. They lost one of their great receivers in free agency, Mike Wallace, this year. I’m excited for Markus.” Wallace’s departure does open a potential door for Wheaton to have a productive rookie campaign. Wallace led the team in receiving yards and targets and was tied for first with eight touchdowns. The Steelers currently only have two wide receivers on the roster who had more than 205 receiving yards. It was a much different day for Poyer, who was expected to go much higher than the seventh round. “It started to get pretty stressful as it came down to the wire,” Poyer said. “It was a long three days, but I was just happy to have my name called and

have the opportunity.” Poyer was nearly a First Team AllAmerican cornerback in 2012 after being a Second All-Pac-12 cornerback in 2011. His seven interceptions last year were tied for second in the nation. Riley was asked on Friday about Poyer not being picked in the first three rounds. “Somebody’s messing up out there is what’s happening, there’s no doubt about it,” Riley said. “Somebody’s going to get a really good player tomorrow.” A slow 40-yard run for cornerbacks at the NFL Combine (4.54 seconds) and a May 2011 arrest for trying to enter Impulse Bar and Grill after being kicked out lowered his draft stock. The homegrown Astoria native feels he has something to show to the 31 teams that passed him up. “There’s always something to prove,” Poyer said. “It puts a chip on my shoulder. I’m going to make the most of my opportunity.” Putting a “chip” on his shoulder was an unintentional pun by Poyer, as he now joins former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly in the pros. Kelly left Oregon after six years with the program and four years as head coach. At Pac-12 media day on Aug. 2, 2012, Kelly called Poyer “one of the best defensive backs in the country.” “It’s a good fit for me,” Poyer said. “I’m excited to play for Coach Kelly. We all saw what he did at Oregon.” Poyer said he would be in Philadelphia on May 7 for rookie mini-camp. He also will be teammates with former OSU cornerback Brandon Hughes, who called Poyer after he was drafted. Wheaton could not be reached for comment. Warner Strausbaugh, managing editor On Twitter @WStrausbaugh • On Twitter @barosports

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Oregon State’s youth excels at OSU High Performance Oregon State women’s track and field hosted its second meet of season, 2 underclassmen get wins

best in the high jump. “We actually set it up specifically for them tonight,” said head coach Kelly Sullivan about Gomez and Weber. “Kinsey and Emily have done nothing but PR in every race. Kinsey did it indoors twice in the 3K and now By Alex McCoy every outdoor race has been a PR. The Daily Barometer Emily Weber, every time she has worn It was an exciting Friday afternoon the uniform for us now, she has run a for the Oregon State track and field personal best.” team at the OSU High Performance Gomez took first place in the 1,500meet, which was just the second meet hosted in Corvallis at the Whyte Track meter race Friday afternoon with a time of 4:26.89, and Weber wasn’t far and Field Center. Sophomore standout Kinsey Gomez behind in second place with a time of and freshman Emily Weber stole the 4:29.46. Weber has shaved 14 seconds show in the 1,500-meter race, Michele off her time since high school. Turney, a freshman, took first in the Turney took first in the triple jump for the third time this season and senior triple jump with a leap of 38 feet — Kristin Oenning set a new personal just shy of her previous jump at home n

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— and also the school record of 39 1/4. “We’re young,” Sullivan said. “This is the youngest team we’ve had since our very first year and I think our future is incredibly bright. Just having this facility has made a huge difference and what it is going to do for us in the future, you can’t even put a price tag on it.” Oenning set a new personal best in the high jump on Friday afternoon to start off the meet, with a jump of 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches, her first personal-best since high school. “[Friday’s meet] was awesome,” Oenning said. “I PR’d for the first time since high school, and the weather was just a bonus. I found it a lot easier to jump when it’s warmer, and also having all of my friends and family here was just really encouraging.” Oenning was one of five seniors recognized at Friday’s home meet. Thrower Mary Claire Brenner, Whitney Pitman, Lauren Graebner and Taylor Hunt were also recognized as the first senior class of the brand-new Whyte Track and Field Center. “Today was so much fun,” Hunt said. “It was really cool to see how many people actually showed up and it was bigger than I was expecting which was really cool. It was also really cool to officially be the first senior group recognized. It’s bittersweet to be done, but today was really fun.” Friday’s meet was the second and last home meet of the season as the Beavers continue to strive for marks that will send them to the Pac-12 Championships.


Senior Kristin Oenning clears the bar at Saturday’s meet. Oenning set a personal record in her last home meet.

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All eyes were on Sean Mannion, Cody Vaz, but Brent VanderVeen received the most playing time on Friday with the third team By Andrew Kilstrom The Daily Barometer

Oregon State held its annual spring football game on Friday, which was televised on the Pac-12 Networks and featured a scrimmage format with the offense dressed in white and the defense in black. The attention going into the game focused around the quarterback competition between junior Sean Mannion and senior Cody Vaz. Mannion played two series and Vaz played one before handing the reigns over to sophomore Richie Harrington and redshirt freshman Brent VanderVeen. Mannion and Vaz had similar numbers, though Mannion ended his drive with an interception in the end zone. Mannion completed eight of 11 passes

for 67 yards, while Vaz was 4-for-6 for 59 yards. Despite the interception, Mannion said he felt comfortable back in a gamelike atmosphere. “Other than maybe one play, I felt really sharp,” Mannion said. “All in all, it’s been a good spring for me. I think I’ve made a lot of improvements.” Oregon State fans got a look at VanderVeen for the first time, and the redshirt freshman was mostly impressive, completing 15 of 27 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Chris Brown handled the majority of the workload at the running back position with sophomore Storm Woods sitting out the game with concussion-like symptoms. Brown showed flashes on Saturday, including catching passes out of the backfield, something he had struggled with during spring camp. The experience should be beneficial come fall camp, which starts on August 5. See FOOTBALL | page 6

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Freshman Michele Turney flies through the air at the OSU High Performance. Turney won her third triple jump competition of the season.

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OSU enjoyed dominating pitching over the weekend, surrendering only 5 runs in 3 games By Andrew Kilstrom The Daily Barometer

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After losing its first Pac12 series of the season to Washington last weekend, No. 5 Oregon State bounced back with its first conference sweep against USC in program history. The Beavers (34-8, 14-4 Pac12) remain in first place in the Pac-12 standings after the weekend, a game ahead of No. 10 Oregon who swept Stanford over the weekend. “Anytime you sweep somebody in this conference, it bodes well for your club,” said head coach Pat Casey. “It was a good week for us, and now we have to sustain it.” See BASEBALL | page 7

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Both men’s and women’s rowing teams took home secondplace finishes on their weekend races. The No. 19 Oregon State men took on No. 2 California on Sunday morning on Vancouver Lake in Washington. The Beavers were unable to come away with a win. The closest race was the varsity 4+ with a time differential of 8.21 seconds. However, California was clearly the superior team, beating the Beavers’ varsity 8 team by more than 20 seconds. The Oregon State women hosted the first ever Oregon State Classic Saturday on Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore. The Classic consisted of 13 races between Stanford, Syracuse, Washington State, San Diego and OSU. Stanford was the dominant team throughout the day, finishing first in all its races, with Washington State and Oregon State battling each other for the number two spots. The Beavers came away with a third place finish in the varsity 8+ grand finale as well as six second-place finishes in the morning and afternoon sessions. While the women have three weeks without competition before the Pac-12 Championships, the men have only one more set of races next weekend before they focus on the Pac12 Championships. The Daily Barometer

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STARKS n Continued from page 4 “That hurts,” Starks said. “I don’t know how much longer she’s going to be here.” Starks said the University of Illinois and Bradley are among his potential destinations. Because Starks is transferring to be closer to a sick family member, the NCAA could grant him a hardship waiver that would allow him to play next season. Players who transfer from one Division I school to another generally have to sit out a season. Starks’s junior season got off to a good start. He scored 14 points or more in five of the Beavers’ first seven games, a span that included a career-high 33-point effort in a win over New Mexico State on Nov. 11. But Starks began to fade as the season progressed, and he was eventually replaced by sophomore Challe Barton in the starting lineup. Starks averaged just 6.3 points over the Beavers’ final 10 games of the season, after averaging 12.1 points the first half of Pac-12 play. Starks said his dip in playing time and production did not lead to his decision to transfer. He said it worked the other way around: that his drop-off in production was a product of his head being elsewhere.

“I wasn’t mentally there through the whole season,” Starks said. “I’ve been on-andoff the whole time, just kind of dealing with this for awhile. Obviously, there were basketball frustrations just like any other player has, but this just weighed on me.” Junior Roberto Nelson, Starks’s backcourt mate and roommate on the road, said he was not blindsided by Starks’s decision to transfer. “I just think he was unhappy,” Nelson said. “You could kind of see it on his face. I don’t really think it was anything personal or against coach [Craig Robinson], he just wasn’t happy.” Nelson backed up Starks’s claim that his decrease in playing time did not play a role in the decision to transfer. “I can honestly say that had nothing to do with it,” Nelson said. Starks’s departure likely solidifies Barton as the Beavers’ starting point guard next year. It will also likely mean expanded roles for sophomores-to-be Victor Robbins and Langston MorrisWalker and could press incoming freshman combo guard Hallice Cooke into early action. Grady Garrett, sports reporter On Twitter @gradygarrett

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FOOTBALL n Continued from page 6 “I thought it was good for Chris,” said head coach Mike Riley. “We let a lot of those guys play a long time. ... And that was probably pretty tough for him, but I think it was good for him too. That’s really the best way to learn.” While the majority of starters didn’t play much more than a series or two, one interesting note was the play of junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The speedster was utilized as the primary kick returner, and served as the first-team punt returner on Saturday. Jordan Poyer — who was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday — returned punts for the Beavers for the past three seasons. If Saturday was any indication, Cooks could be returning kicks in 2013. While coaches aren’t allowed to interact with players before fall camp, players can still practice on their own. “It just turns into the offseason weight-training program, running, getting in routes [with] the receivers,” Mannion said. Overall, Riley was happy with the game and the improvements his team made during spring camp. He hopes the hard work carries over to next season. “You always would like more time,” Riley said. “But I think, in general, we got a lot of improvement out of the players on the team.” Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom • On Twitter @barosports

OSU secured the sweep of the Trojans (16-26, 8-13) because of its pitching and defense. The Beavers allowed four runs on Friday, none on Saturday and one on Sunday. “Our pitching was outstanding all weekend, especially against a club that swings the bat pretty good,� Casey said. “I thought we played defense well all weekend.� Freshman right-hander Andrew Moore earned his eighth win of the season on Saturday, throwing 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Junior left-hander Ben Wetzler was nearly as impressive on Sunday, allowing just one run while striking out five in eight innings. Wetzler asked to finish Sunday’s game, which would have been his second-straight complete game, but was replaced by junior Scott Schultz in the ninth inning because his pitch count was over 100 pitches, Casey said. Wetzler has pitched his best baseball of the season in his past few starts. “I think it’s just confidence,� Casey said. “I’m happy for him. He’s been very good for us. Our whole staff has been good.� “Being able to throw three pitches for strikes,� Wetzler added. “Trusting my pitches has made a big difference.� Offensively, the Beavers were better as well, jumping out to early leads in all three games. Taking the pressure off its starting pitchers is something

Casey said OSU always tries to do. “Getting ahead of people really takes the pressure off everyone,� Casey said. “We haven’t scored a ton of runs, but sometimes how many runs you score isn’t always what kind of club you are offensively. Scoring more runs than your opponent is more important than how many runs you score.� One reason for OSU’s improved week offensively was the play of sophomore left fielder Michael Conforto. Conforto went 20-straight games without hitting a home run before knocking his seventh of the season out of the park on Saturday. Conforto added two more hits and an RBI on Sunday to get back on track after a tough Washington series. Conforto said the team feels as good as it has in a while after the series sweep. “It feels like everything’s clicking for us right now,� Conforto said. “We’re playing for each other, playing hard, and we know that if we do that, everything will take care of itself.� The Beavers do not play a nonconference game this week for the first time in a month. Their next game is on Friday, a Pac-12 series with Cal. OSU hopes to get fully healthy and rested before then. “We don’t have a midweek game for the first time in a while,� Casey said. “It will be good to get healthy and ready for the weekend.� Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom

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SOFTBALL n Continued from page 4 was going to be,� Santana said. “Coach Berg didn’t have to wave me in, I was going. I was just like, ‘Crap, ball is there.’ My first thought was go hard, that’s all you can do in that situation.� For the third day in a row, the OSU dugout spilled out onto the diamond and celebrated while the Wildcats were left to wonder what had just happened. The win was OSU’s fourth in a row, dating back to a 1-0 defeat over California on April 21. This was the Beavers’ first-ever sweep over the Wildcats (28-22, 5-13), who may fall out of the national rankings for the first time in school history. OSU senior pitcher Tina Andreana, who had allowed one run in her last 14 innings entering Sunday, tossed her third complete-game in as many outings. “We got away with one, giving up that many free bags to a team like that, but overall, [Andreana] hung in there,� Berg said. “When she got into those tight situations, she came through.�

After Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth, Andreana was able to refocus and get out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to keep the Beavers close. “They scored the one run, and I was like, ‘We’re going to win it right here,’ and we scored two,� Andreana said. With eight games remaining, OSU has now reached 30 wins — the number Berg has said they needed to reach to feel good about their postseason chances. “This weekend was kind of like a postseason weekend,� Berg said. “This is what it’s going to be like when the games are tight, the pressure is on. These guys need to realize we can do this, play in tight situations.� “The competitiveness of the game, the scrappiness we’ve had these past three games, that’s exactly who we are,� Cavestany added. “That’s Oregon State softball.� Grady Garrett, sports reporter On Twitter @gradygarrett

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role in the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 near the marathon’s finish line. Tsarnaev was captured April 19 after a nearly 24-hour manhunt. His brother, Tamerlan, died after a gun battle with police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his head, neck, legs and hand when he was captured, according to the criminal complaint accusing him in the marathon blasts. Tsarnaev has been less talkative since authorities read him his Miranda rights three days after his capture. But the information the teenager gave investigators in two sessions of questioning has produced good leads, a U.S. law enforcement official said. FBI: Search of dump tied to suspect ends Since the pair of blasts turned celebratory cheers into screams of horror at the Boston Marathon’s finish line, investigators have kept working — interviewing people and searching for evidence, even when it meant sifting through trash — to find out why. One of the most recent focuses of the probe was a landfill in New Bedford, Massachusetts, adjacent to the town where Tsarnaev attended school at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Authorities finished combing the dump for clues that may shed light on the bloody attack on Friday, said FBI spokeswoman

(CNN) — A Tupelo, Mississippi, man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and others is expected to appear in court on Monday. James Everett Dutschke, 41, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Oxford before Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander, according to a statement released by the U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Mississippi. It’s not clear exactly when on Monday he will appear. Dutschke’s attorney, Lori Basham, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday night. Dutschke has been charged with possession and use of a biological agent as a weapon in connection with an investigation into the letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, and Sadie Holland, a judge in Lee County. Ricin is a deadly toxin derived from castor beans that has no known antidote. No illnesses were reported. Last week, agents searched Dutschke’s residence and former martial arts studio. At the time, Dutschke told CNN affiliate WMC-TV that he agreed to the FBI search “to help clear my name.”

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Laura Eimiller, who wouldn’t say whether they found anything. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation had said investigators were looking for Tsarnaev’s laptop computer. Tsarnaev led authorities to look there, the source said, and others who may have knowledge of the computer’s whereabouts or may have played a role in disposing of it also provided leads that prompted the search. Eimiller, the FBI spokeswoman, said the investigation remains open, with interviews and the search for evidence continuing. Officials: 2011 wiretap reveals talk of jihad In the past few days, Russian authorities turned over an intercepted conversation from 2011 between one of the Tsarnaev brothers in the United States and their mother in Dagestan, Russia, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. The wiretapped communication discussed jihad, but the conversation was vague, according to two U.S. officials. It’s unclear why the Russians were eavesdropping on the mother or for how long. One of the officials declined to say whether that wiretap information could have made a difference in ultimately uncovering a future attack on the United States. Tom Fuentes, a CNN contributor and former FBI assistant director, said the FBI would have found that information help-

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had a falling out. He has accused Dutschke of stalking him online, a claim the former tae kwon do instructor has denied. Dutschke told reporters last week that he did not know Curtis well. “He’s just a little nutty. I don’t have a relationship with him,” he said. Authorities have not said how they linked the letters to Dutschke, who appears to have personal connections to at least two of the three people who were sent letters. In 2007, Dutschke failed in his bid as a Republican to defeat Democratic state representative Steve Holland, whose mother, a judge, received one of the ricin-tainted letters. Dutschke also has said he met Wicker. Meanwhile, he faces molestation charges in an unrelated case. According to a grand jury indictment handed up this month and obtained by CNN, Dutschke is accused of molesting three girls under the age of 16. He has repeatedly denied the charges in interviews with local media and pleaded not guilty in court this month. Dutschke closed his tae kwon do studio after the allegations were made public.

The Daily Barometer April 29, 2013  

Oregon State University's student-run newspaper since 1896.

The Daily Barometer April 29, 2013  

Oregon State University's student-run newspaper since 1896.