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The Associated Students of Oregon State University legislative branch is working toward improved representation of a small yet significant group on campus: transfer students. The ASOSU House of Representatives and Senate each passed Joint Resolution 05.06 last week, which calls for the increased consideration of transfer students for academic merit aid. Under the current financial aid system, students entering OSU midyear have few institutional opportunities for merit aid. The ASOSU resolution states that this system “excludes and discriminates against students who would otherwise be competitive to receive an Institutional Academic Merit scholarship.” See AID | page 4
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Theresa Moore sits at her desk in the Memorial Union building services office, where she has worked for more than 31 years.
Office manager at help desk of MU building services has decades of experiences at OSU
diabetes, is blind and uses an artificial leg. “A lot of people still don’t know I’m blind,” Moore said. Due to position changes and office renovations occurring within buildBy Sean Bassinger ing services, Moore’s last day is June THE DAILY BAROMETER 30. Theresa Moore knows more about “I know that it’s probably for the the Memorial Union than most, given her service with Oregon State better of the work station,” Moore said. University for more than 31 years. Moore began her work at OSU as Moore, who serves as the office part of the custodial staff for the MU manager at the MU building services and some of the surrounding buildhelp desk, helps relay maintenance ings. When the university decided to calls, counsel students about proper contract out, Moore transferred and building protocols and even gives maintained the same jobs within the tours to new co-workers. same areas. She was later recruited In addition to operating a motorSee MOORE | page 4 ized wheelchair, Moore has Type 2 n
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years. The Democratic candidates, Quintin Kreth, Pat Malone and Anne Schuster completed the panel Wednesday evening. Jerry Jackson, the only Republican candidate, was not in attendance, as By Emma-Kate Schaake he will run unopposed in the primary. The Corvallis League of Women Voters hosted A central question for all candidates was the a candidate forum for the Benton County com- county budget and spending. missioner position in light of the primary election “I would make sure the priorities match what the May 20. goals are,” said Pat Malone, who cited his experience The League of Women Voters, which began in as a co-owner of Sunrise Tree Farm in Kings Valley. 1920, is a national nonpartisan organization that Kreth, 21, is a recent graduate from the University encourages participation and aims to increase of Oregon with a dual major in mathematics and education of public policy issues. Four candidates are vying for the position cur- public policy. See VOTERS | page 4 rently held by Linda Modrell, who is retiring after 15 n
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Victoria Redman will serve as the 2014-15 Memorial Union president, according to a press release from the advisory board selection committee. Redman, a junior studying political science, was one of three final applicants considered for the position. The candidates presented their platforms and credential Friday, during which audience members were asked to provide written Redman feedback. Currently serving as the Associated Students of Oregon State University vice president, Redman has leadership experience through her involvement with the Student & Incidental Fees Committee and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. “Next year is going to be such a historical year for students with the grand opening of the (Student Experience Center),” Redman said. “I
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The Princeton Review lauded Oregon State University for its high level of student engagement in programs like the Student Sustainability Initiative. With the SSI moving to the Student Experience Center, the organization’s garden (pictured above) will be moved to a larger plot near 35th Street.
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Oregon State University recently gained national recognition as one of the Princeton Review’s top 300 “green” colleges in America. Conducted by esteemed college preparatory organization the Princeton Review and The Center for Green Schools, the study highlights the sustainable initiatives and practices of 332 United States colleges. Analysts assigned each participating college a numerical score from 60 to 99, based upon criteria from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. The STARS system considers factors like transit programs, learning opportunities and energy consumption, according to the Princeton Review website. “Both the Princeton Review and Sierra Club pull data out of our STARS annual assessment,” said Brandon Trelstad, OSU’s sustainability coordinator. “Not every school completes it annually, but we do. I think there’s a lot of value in this sort of transparency in reporting.” Six other academic institutions in the state of Oregon made the list,
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‘They have to go’: The environmental, health costs of portable classrooms By Katie Campbell, Ashley Ahearn, Tony Schick EARTHFIX
PORTLAND — Teacher Billie Lane’s portable is a world apart from other classrooms at her school. She’s filled the space with toys from across the universe: Star Trek, Star Wars, Marvel, Transformers and Godzilla. Lane’s World, her students named it — an homage to the faux public-access TV hit. The modular classroom at Kalles Junior High in Puyallup, Washington is her home. She’s taught in the box for 16 years. And she takes care of it. But not every portable classroom is like hers. “Some of them smell really bad,” she says. “Some of them, the lighting is really bad. It’s dark. It’s dank. And when it’s that kind of an atmosphere, it sets a tone for your meetings or for your classroom. It doesn’t feel very welcoming. It’s not a good place to be.” The Puyallup School District where she teaches has 205 such boxes. They form 20 percent of the district’s classroom space. They hold more than 4,000 students — so many that a new high school, a new middle school and two elementary schools wouldn’t provide enough classroom space for them all. The prefabricated structures
come cheap and fast. They offer a lifeline for districts with more students than building capacity, a problem recent projections show will worsen in coming years. An estimated 385,000 portables are in use at schools across the country. But portable classrooms more often than not become permanent fixtures. The largest districts in Oregon and Washington now have thousands of them and a majority are more than 20 years old, data collected by InvestigateWest and EarthFix show. Those short-term fixes can lead to chronic problems. They burden schools with high energy costs and frequent maintenance needs. They expose students and teachers to mold and mildew, poor ventilation and the potential for volatile gases from cheap building materials. Shaylee Adams is one of Lane’s students. The 14-year-old has been in portables that were too hot, too cold, isolated and vulnerable during a school lockdown and ventilated so poorly they made her sick. She has some advice for students not as seasoned at learning inside the box: “Bring water. Bring a jacket. Be prepared for loud noises. Basically, be prepared to be distracted a lot.” Teaching permanently in temporary space Rudy Fyles has watched
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Toys adorn the tackboard walls of Billie Lane’s portable classroom at Puyallup’s Kalles Junior High. Puyallup’s rural identity vanish as suburban sprawl has gobbled up its farmlands and open spaces. The number of students in the district has doubled, now more than 29,000 by the latest census count, since Fyles entered the district 18 years ago. That shift left Fyles, the district’s chief operations officer, in a dilemma familiar to many school administrators — for just one-third of the up-front costs of new construction, portables were an affordable way to add classrooms. But over time, they’ve come to cost twice as much as brick-andmortar school rooms while offering much less than traditional buildings. Tear open a portable and often you will find cheap plywood, particle board, insulating foams and glues — the modular industry often builds to order, and school budgets are tight. Construct four walls and a roof from that, expose it to the elements for a decade longer than intended and watch your energy and maintenance costs soar. Portables are often charged residential electricity rates because they are separate from the rest of the school. Those can be 25 to 30 percent higher than the rest of the school’s. “There’s a reason they cost a
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third of what another building would cost,” Fyles says. Students and teachers say the learning experience in portables is compromised by poor lighting, erratic temperatures and noisy heating and air conditioning. The structures often are relegated to soggy fields or parking lots, near noise and vehicle exhaust. As long as Lane is left to teach for years in a space built for temporary use, she sees no end in sight to distracted students or lost money. “I’ve been pretty lucky in the portable that I’ve had,” Lane says. “But I know that there are cases around the district where they’ve had to go in and do some of those things, some deep cleaning of portables and other things because of mold or other unknown substances that are in there that are making people sick.” Dave Blake totes a black bag stuffed with strange equipment through Geneva Elementary in Bellingham, Washington. A small entourage trails him down a hallway loud and crowded before recess. A student asks who they are. Blake’s reply, quick and rehearsed: “Ghostbusters.” He’s looking for something you can’t see but, if you know about it, it will scare you. Blake specializes in indoor air for the Northwest Clean Air Agency. He and his mentor Rich Prill, a retired indoor air specialist for Washington State University, have walked through thousands of classrooms and held seminars on the topic. Experts like them have only recently begun to quantify indoor air pollution and its effects on student performance. Blake says they can dramatically improve air quality in just an afternoon, but the people who do their work in Washington can be counted on one hand. “If you don’t look, you don’t know,” Blake says. “We’ve been into schools that were in very bad shape and by the end of the day, it’s a completely different story.” On a rainy day, standing water surrounds Geneva Elementary’s portables. Their siding is weathered and ready to be replaced, Blake says. Inside one, Blake pulls instruments from his bag to demonSee CLASSROOMS| page 3
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Dave Blake of the Northwest Clean Air Agency and Mike Anderson of Bellingham Public Schools test a portable for carbon dioxide levels. are widespread in schools across the country, according to Brenda Doroski, director of the Center for Asthma and Schools at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Issues include poor ventilation, mold, and radon in addition to improper use or storage of chemicals and pesticides, she says. The first and only large-scale study of portable classrooms in particular was done by the California Air Resources Board in 2004, in response to numerous complaints. The study found inadequate fresh air during 40 percent of classroom hours. It also found higher levels of formaldehyde â€” a chemical used in building materials linked to cancer and childhood asthma â€” that exceeded the stateâ€™s chronic exposure limits in nearly all portable classrooms. Levels in portables also more frequently exceeded acute exposure limits designed to protect against respiratory problems. Such problems occur in all types of classrooms, particularly those where maintenance has lagged, but experts say they find
them more often in portables. â€œFormaldehyde levels were a little higher in the portables, some of the ventilation issues were greater, the lighting, moisture problems were a little greater,â€? says Peggy Jenkins, one of the studyâ€™s authors. â€œIt did point to maybe the need for better maintenance and care for our classrooms.â€? Since then, California and the federal government have adopted standards limiting formaldehyde emissions from wood products. The federal standards havenâ€™t yet been fully implemented, and the majority of portables in use throughout the Northwest were constructed before such standards existed. Newer classrooms tend to have more gas emissions, experts say. Around 10 percent of portables in Oregon and Washingtonâ€™s largest districts are newer than five years old. No follow-up studies have been done since 2004 in or outside of California. The levels of such chemicals in Northwest classrooms remain a mystery. Carbon dioxide levels have been studied. Separate analyses
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were to hold steady. On top of these mandates there are also demographic reports showing the district will have to absorb 2,000 more students over the next five years. When Kalles Junior High moved into a new building a few years ago, it was already over capacity. Billie Laneâ€™s portable came with her. Puyallup voters havenâ€™t passed a bond for new construction in a decade. A bond for over $259 million failed two times in 2007. In 2010? Failed. 2013? Failed. Thinking about that brings Lane, the only teacher on Puyallupâ€™s bond advisory committee, to tears. â€œOur priorities are messed up. Excuse me, this is going to bother me a little bit,â€? she says. â€œI donâ€™t understand how we can spend money on sports arenas and on prisons and on so many things that have such a big ticket item to it, and we will not put that money towards our kids.â€? Without her students in the room, she wonders aloud what message these classrooms send to them. Maybe theyâ€™ll see how they were treated and perpetuate it. Maybe theyâ€™ll take it as a challenge to their generation. She hopes itâ€™s the second. â€œI donâ€™t know what to do,â€? she says. â€? Iâ€™m not giving up.â€?
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throughout their education. They recall classes so cold they wore jackets and saw their breath and classes so hot they shoved desks aside and laid on the floor. One portable lost power every couple weeks. â€œPortables are definitely a problem,â€? Brandon says. â€œPortables, they need to go,â€? Shaylee says. For Hannah, a quiet girl who doesnâ€™t say much until her classmates have left, itâ€™s more personal than that. â€œIt feels as though weâ€™re not their top priority anymore,â€? she adds. â€œLike the district doesnâ€™t care enough about the students to take the temporary structure and make it something more permanent where we donâ€™t have to worry about a dog barking outside and the teacher doesnâ€™t have to stop and wait for the bus to go by. So it feels as though weâ€™ve been kind of pushed off to the side.â€? Failed bonds Rudy Fyles and the rest of Puyallupâ€™s school administrators say they care about their students. They just donâ€™t see any alternative. Requirements for all-day kindergarten and for smaller class sizes will force the district to add portable classrooms â€” even if the districtâ€™s student enrollment
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strate one by one what he can detect in a classroom. First he uses his nose. â€œIf you can smell the humanity and taste the humidity, you know you have a ventilation issue,â€? Blake says. Next comes a device that resembles a remote control and detects carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. He runs a wire through what looks like a windsock and holds one end to the CO2 monitor, the other to the ceiling vent. The tool, which Prill sewed for him from a lampshade, funnels air directly into the device for a better reading. Blake uses carbon dioxide as an indicator of whether enough fresh air passes through a room or if students are breathing germs, allergens and chemicals that accumulate in stagnant air. All of these trigger asthma â€” one of the leading causes of both school absences and child hospitalizations. When Blake started this work in 1995, Bellingham opened its doors to him first. It was a courageous move, he says. For most schools throughout Oregon and Washington â€” and the rest of the country â€” there is no Dave Blake. There is no ghostbuster to call. â€œWhatâ€™s the big whoop about indoor air? I had no clue,â€? Blake says. â€œYou have to be trained to know that indoor air is important. And indoor air is always worse than outside air with very few exceptions.â€? Studies show problems with school environment Indoor air quality problems
from Portland State University and Tacoma-Pierce County Health showed carbon dioxide levels in portable classrooms consistently exceeded what engineers consider acceptable carbon dioxide levels. When those levels go up, student performance suffers. Research has shown even moderately high carbon dioxide concentrations can significantly impair decision-making. Another study, which Blake coauthored, showed attendance in Washington and Idaho classrooms suffered with increased CO2. The problem worsened in portables, but the authors are unsure why. â€œIt could have been from volatile organic compounds, could have been the building materials, could have been mold and moisture issues,â€? Blake says. â€˜Portables, they need to goâ€™ If Shaylee Adams wasnâ€™t such a good student, maybe she wouldnâ€™t have gotten sick so often in fourth grade. â€œI was probably sick for maybe like three months out of the school year,â€? she says. â€œLike three or four months.â€? Shaylee qualified for Puyallupâ€™s Quest program offering accelerated courses. The program put her in a portable all day. Then came high fevers, coughing and swelling. But at the end of the year, she got better. â€œWe figured out that part of the reason was because the building at my school and the portable at Quest was making me sick,â€? she says. She and two classmates in Laneâ€™s World, Brandon Silowka and Hannah Peterson, have floated in and out of portables
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AID n Continued from page 4 Claire McMorris, ASOSU legislative clerk and author of the resolution, brought the issue to the Congress’ attention after her own struggles with financial aid. McMorris transferred from Willamette University in winter term. McMorris said the financial office needs to be more inclusive and consider that many transfers are high-achieving students who deserve to be rewarded for their academic efforts. Doug Severs, director of the OSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, said the discrepancy is a product of high numbers of deserving applicants and too few available funds. “It’s not that they’re not eligible,” Severs said. “It’s that funding is awarded already. There’s so much demand that we don’t have any remaining funds by midyear, because we’ve allocated them so far in advance.” OSU transfer students expressed a variety of sentiments regarding financial aid via Facebook, with some lauding the financial aid office for its timely help and adequate award availability. Others, like sophomore Melissa Bunde, had negative experiences as they struggled to navigate the system. Bunde said she wished the office would provide more educational materials and aid for transfer students. “The financial aid office should be more experienced and professional since we’re so young and we don’t know how to quite handle our money,” Bunde said. Severs said his department is aware of the complicated situation many transfers face and has debated withholding some funds to aid students who enter the university midyear. Until a feasible compromise can be reached, however, he suggests students check with their individual colleges and departments, as well as free outside scholarship searches, to find additional merit aid. Now that the ASOSU joint resolution has successfully passed both houses, it will be sent to the OSU Offices of Financial Aid and Finance and Administration, as well as OSU President Ed Ray. Tori Hittner
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County Jail. “Right now, the jail is inadequate,” Malone said. The jail was built in 1976 on Fourth Street “I would bring some diversity to the board as in Corvallis and was meant to last for 10 years, the youngest member in its history,” Kreth said. Kreth said his more than 100 hours of course but that original building is still serving Benton work equips him to manage the county budget. County. Sustainability and conservation were at the “You need to be able to go around and look fore of audience questions, including the posat the comparative budgets,” Kreth said. “You sibility of a sustainability action program and need to look at the big picture.” the protection of native species. Schuster is familiar with balancing budgets “We need to go back to the community; we from her experience for nine years on the have a lot of resources both here at OSU and Corvallis school board and four years as board in the Corvallis area,” Kreth said. chair. The primary elections are May 20, followed “You have to be really cognizant and look by the state elections in November. through the budget carefully,” Schuster said. Emma-Kate Schaake One of the largest projects that would impact City reporter spending is the expansion of the Benton email@example.com
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include renewable energy resources and organic groundskeeping. Trelstad said the university itself aims to including Lewis & Clark College and Portland continue its dedication to sustainability, notaState University, which both made the green bly through renewable energy and alternative rating honor roll. These schools earned the transportation options. The sustainability highest composite rating of 99. office actively contributed plans for the new “This is our fourth or fifth year being rec- parking system, ultimately leading to disognized,” Trelstad said. “We are on a path to counted carpool parking. continual improvement and In addition, the univerit … demonstrates that this sity recently unveiled five is something we’re dedinew ground-mounted solar We tell students ... cated to in the long run.” arrays, three of which stand to try to understand in Corvallis. Essentially solar Trelstad noted that part the connections and panels attached to posts drivof OSU’s continued success in the field of sustainability implications of what en into the ground, the devices will generate renewable enerstems from the variety of (they) do and then projects and organizations gy from the sun’s rays. its students and staff foster. try to apply it to our Students interested in conOne such organization is tributing to OSU’s “green” campus community. the Student Sustainability environment are encouraged Initiative, which aims to to join organizations like Olivia Poblacion promote sustainable livthe SSI — or simply be more SSI director ing and provide students aware of their own habits and the opportunity to make an environment. effective difference in their “We tell students … to try to communities. understand the connections and implications “The student engagement component is of what (they) do and then try to apply it to our really strong at Oregon State,” said Olivia campus community,” Poblacion said. Poblacion, SSI director. “We have 12 paid The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green student workers who are devoting their time Colleges” is an annual publication and remains to making OSU greener.” unaffiliated with Princeton University. The SSI currently sponsors and maintains Tori Hittner several sustainable projects within OSU, Higher education reporter including a bike share program and campus food assessment. Potential future focuses firstname.lastname@example.org
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Moore still offered tours of the area for new employees. When Cindy Garmon, office specialist back as an official OSU staff member at building services, first arrived in 2008, she recalls how collected Moore was durwhen the contracting ended. Around 2006, Moore noticed she start- ing her tour. “She knew exactly where we were,” ed losing her sight. Garmon said. “She knew where things “I hadn’t told anyone,” Moore said. She continued work as usual at first, were.” Garmon said she was impressed by all because she knew the area so well. Moore later decided to check in as a the work Moore does and continues to do. Regardless of Moore’s efforts to consafety precaution as her condition worsened. Following meetings with the office tinue tasks with her loss of vision, switchof equality and inclusion and the state’s ing to a wheelchair later that year made it blindness commission, she partook in a more difficult for her to get around easily. “When I lost my leg, it felt like I lost part week-long computer training to become the MU building services office manager. of that,” Moore said. Sid Cooper, assistant director of build“My brain was numb when I came b ack,” she said. “I couldn’t even think how ing services at the MU, said Moore has been instrumental in helping others withto spell my name.” Already knowing the ropes of the many in building services and the MU underbuildings under MU building services, stand why Americans with Disability Act including Snell Hall, made it easier for requirements remain important in terms of campus improvements. her to adapt, Moore said. “Theresa convinced me to spend a Before her sight completely vanished,
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week in a wheelchair,” Cooper said. “It opened my eyes to what people have to go through.” The decisions to adjust Moore’s position came following discussions involved with establishing new systems within building services. One new feature includes a series of 18 security cameras requested to help businesses with after hours surveillance. “Theresa’s been really good working with us on that, knowing it was coming at some point,” Cooper said. Though she’s sad to go after years of service, Moore said she understands why the changes are taking place and wants the best for the university in the long run. “I want whatever it takes to make this place run smoothly, because the students are important to me,” she said. There were no other part-time positions she could have been placed in, she said.
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The No. 2 Oregon State baseball team’s earned run average of 2.18 is the fifth-best in the country. In the Pac-12, OSU (35-8, 17-4 Pac12) has run away with first place in team ERA with a mark of 2.05. The pitching has been phenomenal for the entire 2014 season, but the staff has not shown itself to be deep. Depth is not a concern for the team, though, because the three-headed monster of a rotation — Ben Wetzler, Jace Fry and Andrew Moore — has been nearly untouchable for opposing batters. Those three arms may be the difference between a championship season and a disappointing one. Wetzler, Fry and Moore have accounted for 80 percent of the team’s total innings pitched in 21 conference games. The three are averaging more than 7 1/3 innings per start, and have started every Pac-12 game to date. OSU pitching coach Nate Yeskie compared the starting trio to the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the World Series with Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson starting five of seven games. Johnson even came in to pitch the ninth inning of Game 7. “That is the mentality that we have,” Yeskie said. “Our starters, you almost to have to wrestle them to get the ball away from them, and that’s a good thing.”
That mentality has paid dividends for the Beavers. Wetzler, Fry and Moore have a combined ERA of 1.69 in the 21 conference games. But what happens when the starters cannot continue to throw in a game, lest their arms fall off? There are other pitchers on this roster, and OSU has had to use them, albeit sparingly. The Beavers’ bullpen has pitched just 38 2/3 innings in conference play, and has only accounted for 27 percent of the team’s innings for the season. “When the frequency of things is a bit of a challenge, it can be tough to throw the ball the way that you want,” Yeskie said. In Tuesday night’s 12-inning nonconference win against Oregon, head coach Pat Casey used six pitchers. Even though it was an out-of-conference game, it was still uncharacteristic for Casey. The standout on the mound for OSU in Eugene was senior right-hander Scott Schultz. He picked up his sixth win of the season, allowed no runs, no hits and two walks, while striking out three batters in 4 1/3 innings. Schultz is clearly OSU’s most trusted reliever. He served as the closer for the majority of the 2013 season, and has filled that role this year. “He gives us the option to really extend a game, which is atypical for what people perceive as the closer’s role,” Yeskie said. Schultz has pitched 17 1/3 innings in Pac-12 play, which is more than twice as many as any other reliever. Junior left-hander Zack Reser is second with 8 1/3 innings. After that, See BASEBALL | page 6
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Senior right-hander Scott Schultz walks to the mound against Cal May 6, 2013, in Goss Stadium. Schultz has been OSU’s most utilized reliever out of the bullpen this season.
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In her third year at Oregon State, head coach Laura Berg has become familiar with other Pac-12 coaches. Before she coached her first game at OSU, however, she was already familiar with Stanford head coach John Rittman. Berg played on the USA National Softball Team for Rittman from 2001-08. Now, Berg and her OSU squad (1630, 3-16 Pac-12) will take on Rittman and the Cardinal (29-23, 4-17) to finish out OSU’s season. The first game is Thursday at 7 p.m. in Stanford, Calif. Berg remembers Rittman’s coaching
from the USA National Team well and she even uses some drills in her practices that she got from Rittman. “I really look up to him, I get a lot of advice from him,” Berg said. “He’s a great guy, great coach. He’s done a lot for this sport. He’s done a lot for Stanford.” Rittman is in the midst of his 18th season at Stanford, which has a 29-23 record this year, securing the 18th consecutive winning season for the team with Rittman at the helm. The Beavers are coming off a 1-1 weekend against UNLV in which junior second baseman Ya Garcia recorded her 100th career hit. Garcia didn’t know she was approaching the milestone until she saw a tweet from the OSU softball page saying she was at 99 career hits heading into the UNLV games.
98 pitches while completing a threegame sweep of the Golden Bears. It was the Beaverton native’s third complete-game shutout of the season and fourth of his career. The outing earned him National Fry Pitcher of the Week honors as selected by the National Collegiate Baseball THE DAILY BAROMETER Writers Association. Fry was also Oregon State starting pitcher Jace named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week Fry is The Daily Barometer Athlete for the third time this season. of the Week after a dominating perIn 12 starts this season, Fry is 9-1 formance against Cal in Sunday’s with a 1.59 earned run average. He’s 5-0 win. been even better in Pac-12 play, going The left-hander threw a one-hit 6-1 with a 0.98 ERA and opponents complete-game shutout using just are hitting just .146 against him.
“I was like, ‘Oh shoot, I’m going to go in a slump because I’m one hit away,’” she said. She went 0-for-3 in the first game, but responded by going 3-for-5 on Sunday with three runs scored. Her performance in the second game was indicative of her whole team’s effort, which resulted in a season-high 15 hits and a 10-7 win. Junior shortstop CJ Chirichigno went a perfect 5-for-5 with five runs batted in. “I was so proud of her,” Garcia said. “When I heard she was 4-for-4 and she was going up for her fifth at-bat, I told everyone, ‘Don’t talk about it. Don’t jinx it, let her hit another one.’” Chirichigno singled in that at bat, her last of the day and one inning after her three-run home run in the sixth inning. Chirichigno has one home run in
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each of the last five weekends. “She’s a stud,” Berg said. “She’s one of those kids that works her butt off every time she’s on the field, in the weight room, when she’s conditioning, and you see the results.” Chirichigno is now third on the team in batting average (.292), slugging percentage (.583) and on-base percentage (.370) in conference games and is second with 32 RBIs. Garcia’s productive game Sunday, however, was a bright spot in the midst of a lengthy slump. After hitting .307 last year and being named Pac-12 Honorable Mention, Garcia batted .222 in nonconference games this season and dropped to .192
in conference. In between her 0-for-3 performance Saturday and her 3-for-5 game Sunday, Garcia talked with her parents and changed up her mental approach. “The first day against UNLV, I struggled,” she said. “I was thinking too much. On Sunday, I talked to my parents and coach Berg, and I went in with a clear mind. I just thought to myself, ‘I’m a good hitter. I can do it.’” Garcia’s parents reminded her to relax at the plate and let the game come to her. “They just told me to keep it simSee SOFTBALL | page 6
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1. No. 2 Oregon State (35-8, 17-4 Pac-12)
ence game against the Beavers was the Ducks’ to lose, and they ultimately did in 12 innings. Oregon will play in the The Beavers have established them- postseason and should get well more selves as the best team in the conference than 40 wins with 11 games remaining. at this point and are riding an eight-game UO still has conference series at Arizona winning streak. Just how good has OSU State, at UCLA and home against Cal to been this year compared to the rest of finish the year out. the Pac-12? Consider this: Washington 4. Stanford (22-20, 9-12) is third in the conference in run differAt 9-12 in conference, the Cardinal ential at plus-94 and Oregon is second at plus-119. Oregon State is an incred- probably won’t qualify for the postseaible plus-154, allowing just 118 runs all son, but they’re certainly making a run at season and average more it late in the year. Stanford has won eight of the past 11 games and took runs scored per game two of three on the road against than both schools that UCLA this past weekend. The are right behind them. key for Stanford, as it’s always At this point, OSU’s only perceived been in recent years, is pitchweakness, if you even want to call it one, is the bullpen. Oregon State has good ing. In Stanford’s last eight victories, the young arms, but the problem is they’re Cardinal have allowed just 18 runs. In inexperienced and unproven. After Scott their past three losses, they’ve allowed Schultz and Zack Reser, Chandler Eden, 23 runs. If Stanford were to finish the Brandon Jackson and Kevin Flemer are year with a big win streak, the postseason the only three pitchers who have thrown could still be attainable. more than seven innings this season, and 5. USC (25-20, 13-11) none have thrown more than 7 2/3. The The Trojans were as hot as anybody in starting pitching is good enough it might the Pac-12 entering the weekend before not matter in Pac-12 play, but could cause dropping two of three against Washington problems in the postseason. State. It was a tough series, losing game two 4-3 in 10 innings, but it was a game 2. No. 6 Washington USC needed. At five games better than (33-11, 19-5) .500, playoffs are realistic, but the Trojans After a short rough patch, the Huskies will need a strong finish. They get a favorare back on track, having won four able series with Cal this weekstraight. While that sounds good, the end, but have to finish the wins came against last-place Utah (three season against Oregon State. games) and Grand Canyon, and one of If I were them, I wouldn’t the Utah victories came with a final score want my postseason chances of 21-17 in nine innings. Yes, you read riding on that matchup. Regardless, USC that right. has to consider the season a success at UW takes on OSU in just fifth in Pac-12 standings right now. two weeks. The Huskies get 6. Arizona State a break from the Pac-12 this (24-20, 12-10) weekend, which could either be a blessLike USC, Arizona State isn’t playing ing or a curse. They take on BethuneCookman. I had never heard of the its best baseball when it matters most. Wildcats before today, but considering The Sun Devils are 5-6 in their last 11 and they’re 20-29 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic were swept by Oklahoma State in three games over the weekend Conference, I’m assuming they won’t pro— ASU allowed 28 runs vide much competition for Washington. in the three games. ASU The three-game series could provide a remains in fourth place confidence boost for Washington heading into the biggest series of the season, in the Pac-12 standings and has a fairly but if UW loses even once, it could rattle favorable schedule the rest of the way, but also needs a strong finish. Arizona State them heading to Corvallis. finishes the regular season with home 3. Oregon (35-14, 13-8) series against Oregon and Utah, finishing I really don’t know how the Ducks the year at Washington State. aren’t ranked in the national top 25. The 7. Washington State Pac-12 is definitely down this year, but 35 wins are 35 wins in what (20-23, 10-11) The Cougars had a good weekend is still one of the better conferences. Oregon taking two of three from the Trojans, but has won 13 of its last 17 have struggled mightily down the stretch games. Painfully, all four of the losses dur- at 3-7 in their past 10 games. WSU was ing that span came against rival Oregon one of the more pleasant storylines just State. It felt like Tuesday’s nonconfer- a few short weeks ago, but have fallen
out of postseason contention and are now seventh in the Pac-12 standings. While the Cougars are only three games worse than .500, they’ve been outscored 216166, suggesting they’re worse than their record indicates.
8. UCLA (23-22-1, 10-11) What’s happening to the Bruins? Coming off a national championship, it’s beginning to look like UCLA is going to miss the postseason altogether. UCLA has scored just 63 runs in the past 18 games (3.5 per contest) and are 5-12-1 in the last 18 games. With Oregon State, Oregon and Washington as their remaining Pac-12 opponents, it looks like the Bruins will likely finish lower than .500. It seems as though the offense is just too bad to overcome with pitching and defense.
9. Arizona (18-28, 7-17) Had you told me before the season that the Wildcats would be 10 games worse than .500, both overall and in Pac-12 play, at this point in the season, I would have been shocked. We knew their pitching didn’t quite stack up in a Pac-12 conference predicated on pitching, but I figured the offense was good enough to overcome the shortcoming. At 2-8 in the last 10 games, I was obviously wrong. Getting swept by Oregon State over the weekend was no surprise, but the Golden Bears didn’t put up much of a fight getting outscored 24-7 in the process. With USC and Oregon still on the schedule, it looks as though the Golden Bears won’t finish the season better than .500, but can take solace in the fact that at least one team in the conference will finish the season worse than they will.
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ple,” Garcia said. “Don’t think too much, because when you think too much, that’s when it starts going downhill.” The team’s elevated level of offense against UNLV is exactly the recipe for success against Stanford, a team that thrives on high-scoring games and forces opposing teams to put up big numbers in order to win. The Cardinal have scored at least nine runs in 16 different contests — more than 30 percent of their games. Stanford has the ability to outpace
opposing teams, such as this weekend against No. 2 UCLA when the Cardinal took a 12-9 upset win. In a game against California March 14, Stanford was down 13-8 in the final inning with two outs and one runner on base. Six runs later, Stanford was celebrating a comeback victory. Stanford also has the tendency to let those offensive outbursts go to waste, including a 16-15 loss in nine innings to No. 3 Arizona State a month ago. OSU will head into the weekend series without senior right fielder Isabelle Batayola, who was injured against Portland State last week and is officially out for the
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The San Antonio Spurs got off to a good start in the NBA Western Conference finals. A fast start, too. The Spurs raced, hustled, defended and executed their way to a 29-16 lead Tuesday after one quarter and a 65-39 edge at halftime. They were never in danger after that as they went wire-to-wire and beat the Trail Blazers 116-91. San Antonio shot 50.6 percent from the field and held Portland to 37.8 percent in taking a 1-0 lead in the best-ofseven series. Game 2 is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, also at AT&T Center. Point guard Tony Parker’s 33 points and the contributions of the deep Spurs bench fueled the victory for the defending West champions. Parker made 13 of 24 shots from the field, with nine assists. Veteran power forward Tim Duncan had a solid 12 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes, and the five main San Antonio reserves scored a combined 47 points on 17-for-30 shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland’s All-Star power forward, led the visitors with 32 points and 14 rebounds. But other Blazers, including point guard Damian Lillard (17 points, 6 of 15 from the floor) and Nicolas Batum (7 points, 3 of 12) had largely frustrating nights at both ends of the court. San Antonio maintained a big lead, 90-66, through three quarters. Portland missed its first eight 3-pointers before making one early in the fourth quarter and finishing at 4 for 16. The Spurs, on the other hand, sank 7 of 16 tries from beyond the arc.
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season with a broken hand. Before the Portland State series, Berg issued a goal for her team to finish out the season on a seven-game win streak. The Beavers swept PSU before splitting a pair with UNLV. “That’s not going to happen with the loss to UNLV, but we can still come out 3-0 this week and finish the season strong,” Berg said. “That’s the expectation.” “I know we can sweep (Stanford),” Garcia added. “As long as we do what we do and stay focused on all the aspects of our game, I expect big things.” Josh Worden, sports reporter On Twitter @WordenJosh email@example.com
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Senior right-hander Brandon Jackson warms up in the bullpen against Stanford April 4.
BASEBALL n Continued from page 5 the rest of the bullpen has combined for just 12 innings in the entirety of Pac-12 play. The starting rotation’s dominance has been the key to OSU’s wins, but when the Beavers need to call in a reliever, it is either in the midst of a sticky situation or a complete blowout. “Them going deep into games, I feel like it’s good and it’s bad,” Schultz said. “Most of the time when they’re coming out, it’s going to be in a close game. You’ve got to have your mind right from the get-go.” In the past two series — home vs. Oregon, at Cal — Schultz and Reser entered the game three separate times in the eighth or ninth inning in a one- or two-run game. “The one thing the two of them have done a tremendous job of is take care of their bodies and their arms,” Yeskie said. “That’s one of the big components of being a reliever: You’ve got to be able to bounce back.” In the regular season, with four games per week — one of which is nonconference — the Beavers are able to keep Wetzler, Fry and Moore out there for as long as they need
to. All three threw 120 or more pitches in the Oregon series. Come postseason, that may not be the case. Regionals can span between three and five games for a team and the College World Series has the potential to last eight games for a team. Last year, OSU used starter Matt Boyd twice in relief when the team’s confidence in the bullpen was waning. Yeskie says it is not an issue of lacking confidence in the current bullpen, but rather, they simply have not needed them. “We’ve got (other) guys who are capable,” Yeskie said. Still, five pitchers (Wetzler, Fry, Moore, Reser, Schultz) have pitched 181 of a possible 193 innings in Pac-12 play. That’s 94 percent. Schultz mentioned Brandon Jackson, Max Engelbrekt, Chandler Eden and Jake Thompson as pitchers who will need to step up once the regular season winds down and postseason play begins. “They’ve just got to keep their confidence up, and when their name is called, they’re going to be ready,” Schultz said. Warner Strausbaugh, editor-in-chief On Twitter @WStrausbaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
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eing the designated financial liaison between your roommates and the landlord can have its ups and downs. First of all, you are in charge, which can be scary. Dealing with other people’s money is a big responsibility. Second of all, you have to be honest, and in the midst of those dolla dolla bills, yo, it can be hard for some people to keep their cool and do what’s right (just look at Justin Bieber). However, if you like to be in control, then this is the task for you. A friend of mine once told me that his roommate claimed the landlord raised their rent. Eventually, my friend ran into the landlord and asked why the rent was raised. She was very confused at his question. Come to find out, the rent was not raised and the roommate was rip-
ping my friend off. Every month. It’s safe to say from this experience, and just by living in this world and knowing the mentality some people have, that choosing your designated bill-payer should be a carefully thought-out procedure. This decision is even more important than where you live or how many people you can bear to live with. First off, it would probably benefit renters to know a little bit about the process and what it entails. Renting terms can be useful to know and understand. A roommate is a person who shares a living space with someone else, whereas a subletter is someone who steps in for the person who is on the lease and rents in his or her place until that person returns.
house bookkeeper. It’s good to set ground rules, let your roommates know how the rent bill will be set up and even show them proof of the Gabi bills if they have questions. Hopefully if everyone is up front initially about how bills will be It sometimes seems like renting issued and received, the months to with roommates is a giant sleepover with no rules and popcorn, espe- come will be smooth sailing and no cially if you rent with friends, but it’s one will have to fret over anything. The old adage stands true in this not always like this. In fact, it’s rarely like that. It’s definitely fun to live case, as well as most others: Honesty with people you already know, but is the best policy. In other words, there are always going to be times don’t be a raging deceptress. Don’t when controversial situations arise con or otherwise take advantage of and have to be dealt with. your roommates. Knowing the terms and conditions t of being a renter is an essential step Gabi Scottaline is a senior in English. The opinions in finding your own place or mov- expressed in Scottaline’s columns do not necessarily ing to another location with others, represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Scottaline especially if you’re crowned as the can be reached at email@example.com.
Recent anti-vaccination movement is idiotic
ack in winter, one of my more — ahem — interesting friends began posting Facebook statuses advising people to skip on getting their winter influenza vaccinations. I tuned it out despite its obvious blatant lack of brain-cell involvement — this same friend also thinks that God sent natural disasters as punishment for Miley Cyrus’ twerking and that marijuana will cure cancer if ingested as oil. What I disregarded as paranoid ramblings has apparently borne fruit according to pieces in both USA Today and the Washington
that vaccines caused autism. The Lancet report caused panic. Many parents didn’t get their chilCassie dren vaccinated for diseases that humanity has spent blood, sweat, tears and copious Petri dishes on nullifying. Those kids were added Post, showing that diseases pre- to the “Anti-Vaccine Body Count,” ventable by vaccines, such as mea- which currently sits at 1,387 presles, rubella and whooping cough, ventable deaths, 131,702 preventhave begun showing up. able illnesses and zero autism In the year 2014. diagnoses scientifically linked to Apparently this hearkens back to vaccinations. an older form of idiocy that began Apart from citing the discredited with the debunked and scienLancet report as a good reason to tifically rejected Lancet report from See RUUD | page 8 1998 — a report that falsely claimed
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veryone has experienced stress in their lives with work, family, friends and extracurricular activities. Everyone knows how awful stress is and the havoc it can wreak on your life. College is a very stressful time in a person’s life. If that stress is not treated, then life and health hazards can arise. Stress causes heart problems, ulcers, strokes, immune system failure, psychological problems and many other health maladies that no one wants to deal with. Forty percent of workers in the United States say their job was very or extremely stressful, and 25 percent of workers say that their job is the number one stressor in their lives, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. I agree. The people I work with and the policies I have to work within See DI RAFFAELE | page 8
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‘At Random’ tickles the funny bone Just writing in to compliment Ryan Mason’s “At Random” comics from this year. I’m loving the now-distinct flavor of his comics — they tickle the reader with varying degrees of irreverence, dark humor, social commentary and silliness. Some of his comics may have pushed the socially acceptable envelope this term, so I thought it might do to make sure some positive comments made their way to Mr. Mason. Wednesday’s comic was particularly delightful. Katherine Maack
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ow that our ASOSU warmup is out of the way, it’s time for us to get ready to vote in the real elections. Not that we think student government is fake — it’s just obviously not as important as the local, state and federal government. Election Day is May 20. Ballots need to be mailed or dropped off in an official location by 8 p.m. that day. You don’t have to vote in Benton County’s elections — many students never change their address while they’re at school, and instead vote in their home counties for their home county measures. If you’re planning to vote on what’s on the ballot back home, we can’t really help you out there. However, if you’re voting in the Benton County elections, keep reading. We’re going to talk a little about the candidates, but mostly about the positions they’re attempting to fill, in simple English, rather than convoluted legalese. There were no county or state measures filed. As these are the federal elections as well as county elections, there are a ton of candidates to mention. So we’re going to start big: There are three Democratic candidates for the position of Oregon’s United States Senator and five Republican candidates. The term of a U.S. senator is six years, so consider carefully who you will be voting for — if your candidate wins, you’re going to be stuck with him or her for a while. The Democrat candidates are Pavel Goberman, Jeff Merkley and William Bryk. The Republican candidates are Monica Wehby, Jo Rae Perkins, Mark Callahan, Timothy I. Crawley and Jason Conger. A U.S. senator is a part of the government’s legislative branch, and writes and votes on the bills that will become laws — if they are passed by both the Senate and the House and then approved and signed by the president. A senator is supposed to represent the opinions and beliefs of his or her constituents, though we all know things sometimes get lost in translation. There are only two senators in Congress per each state, no matter the size or population density of the state in question. There are only two candidates running for the position of Oregon’s fourth district Representative in Congress — one Democrat, the incumbent Peter A. DeFazio, and one Republican, Art Robinson — but there are four candidates running for the fifth district. The two Democrats are Anita Brown and Kurt Schrader, and the two Republicans are Ben Pollock and Tootie Smith. (Yes, Tootie. We didn’t misspell that or make it up. You can’t pick your parents, we guess.) The term of a U.S. representative in Congress, aka congressman or -woman, is two years. Senators may also be termed congressmen or -women, but are usually referred to as simply senators. States are divided into districts depending on population — one district for every 693,000 people. Corvallis lies in the 4th district. Representatives represent only the people who live in their specific districts, rather than the people of
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EDITORIAL n Continued from page 7 the whole state. Like senators, they also write and vote on bills in Congress. There are eight candidates running to be the new (or returning) governor of Oregon — two Democrats and six Republicans. The Democrats are Ifeanyichukwu C. Diru and the incumbent John Kitzhaber. The Republicans are Bruce A. Cuff, Gordon Challstrom, Tim Carr, Dennis Richardson, Mae Rafferty and Darren Karr. The term of a state governor is four years, and the duties vary by state. Oregon’s governor is the state’s chief executive, and is charged by the Oregon Constitution with “faithfully executing the laws, making recommendations to the Legislature and transacting all necessary business of government. The
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governor may veto bills of the Legislature and shall fill vacancies by appointment,” according to Oregon’s Blue Book website. There are two candidates running for the position of Oregon State Senator (8th District), Democrat Sara A. Gelser and Republican Betsy L. Close. The term of a state senator — a senator in the state assembly — is four years. State senators do pretty much the same thing as U.S. senators, but on a smaller, statewide rather than nationwide scale. For the position of state representative, there are a total of six candidates for three different districts, the 15th, 16th and 23rd districts. The candidate for the 15th district, Republican Andy Olson, is running unopposed. The candidates for the 16th district are Democrat Dan Rayfield and Oregon State University’s own Jacob D. Vandever is the Republican candidate. The three
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candidates for the 23rd district are Democrat Wanda Davis and Republicans Mike Nearman and Jim Thompson. The term of a state representative is two years. Like state senators, state representatives do much the same as their federal counterparts, but on a statewide scale. Districts for the state assembly each contain approximately 63,850 people and are reorganized based on population every decade. Corvallis is in the state assembly’s 16th district. There are four candidates for the only contested position of Benton County Commissioner, three of whom are Democrats — Pat Malone, Quintin Kreth and Anne Schuster — and one who is a Republican, Jerry J. Jackson Sr. County commissioners “direct and evaluate appointed department heads, negotiate contracts, bargain with labor organizations, enact policies to deliver public services and appoint residents to county advisory committees, boards and commissions, accord-
DI RAFFAELE n Continued from page 7 can be a pain in the neck, stressful and they interfere with other areas of my life. Along with a horde of health risks, stress brings lesser productivity in students and workers. Excessive stress messes with a person’s ability to think rationally and get stuff done. This then causes a vicious cycle of more stress, because the person can’t think clearly under stress and because of that stress is not getting work done — and that’s even more stressful. So stress is terrible. But how does one cope with stress? The answer is subjective, because everyone deals with stress in their own ways. Some go to the gym and work out that stress on the elliptical, some play with puppies, some read a good book and some go away on a trip. Vacations are great for a person’s
ing to Linda Modrell’s 2010 election website. Commissioners also enact ordinances, which are essentially county-wide laws, and judge land use disputes, as we saw in the relatively recent Witham Hills rezoning issue. All the other positions have only one candidate running unopposed. Without a concerted effort toward a write-in campaign, they will be gaining their positions, so we’re not going to name them all or define their positions. If you want to know more, that’s what the Internet is for. We did some of the research so you wouldn’t have to — but seriously, don’t take our word for it. If you’ve got the time, do your own research. Knowing what and whom you’re voting for is, we think, even more important than voting in the first place. t
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health. They (generally) lower stress and blood pressure and make life just better. It makes total sense — getting away from our problems and stressors at hand, just for a little while, can make a big difference. A vacation doesn’t have to be an elaborate adventure to Southeast Asia or surfing in South Africa. It can be as simple as going home for a weekend or into a neighboring town or even staying home and organizing a vacation from your obligations and responsibilities. Taking a break from what’s causing the stress and anxiety gives people the opportunity to freshen and relax their minds and come back to work with eagerness to succeed instead of disdain. Mental health breaks or pauses are not lazy; they can save a person’s sanity. t
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RUUD n Continued from page 7 not get your yearly dose of dead or weakened germ cells so your body can practice fighting and become immune to the live and active germ cells, the other half of the anti-vaccine movement claims that vaccines are not 100 percent effective. Well, neither are all forms of birth control, but that doesn’t stop the condom hotspots on campus from being refilled on a regular basis, does it? And I mean, can we really trust those life jackets to absolutely save our lives if we fall off a boat when there are so many other factors involved in the process of drowning? I hope you won’t blame me for sneering and grabbing something that is more likely to save my life over a big handful of nothing. Might as well throw out modern medicine altogether, according to a piece from the Sleuth Journal that claimed that the real trick to besting swine flu is hand washing and elderberry extract. Just give me a minute, Sleuth Journal, while I find myself a fresh sacrificial goat from the agriculture majors for the fertility ceremony to the great Goddess Freya. Speaking of goats, the thing that really gets mine is when people’s stupidity ends up hurting children. Want to avoid vaccines and feel your ribs crack because you’ve been coughing so hard? Fine, go for it. Want to watch as a red, pus-filled rash begins to cover the whole of your body and go through the agony of not being able to scratch it? Knock yourself out. But when you bring children into your idiotic, ill-formed philosophies, you’re no better than the Followers of Christ from Oregon City — a group so reliant on prayer as their cure-all and rejecting of modern medicine that children of parents belonging to the group will die from diseases and maladies that could be quickly solved in a hospital setting, according to a piece from The Oregonian. Kids dying from fluid filled cysts on their necks or from simple urinary tract infections because their parents felt that if they only prayed a little harder and had a little more faith their babies would be saved. It doesn’t matter if it’s conspiracy theories or fundamentalism fueling your illogic against vaccines — if you’re an adult. If you want to play chicken with your immune system, then that’s your right. But for the love of all things bright and beautiful, leave the kids out of it. t
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Published on May 8, 2014