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OSU pitcher Ben Wetzler arrested, released Saturday THE DAILY BAROMETER

Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler, 22, was arrested and subsequently released Saturday. Wetzler, whose legal name is Benjamin Holmes, was arrested and booked at Benton County Jail Saturday for criminal trespass in the first degree, and criminal mischief in the second degree. Sgt. Benjamin Harvey of the Corvallis Police Department said Wetzler was intoxicated, and thought the residence on Northwest Fourth Street was his house. “He attempted to unlock the door, but he was unsuccessful,” Harvey said. Wetzler broke the window on the BENTON COUNTY JAIL front door, Harvey said, and the residents told Wetzler to leave and then Ben Wetzler, 22. called CPD. Deputy Joel Miller of the Benton County Jail said Wetzler was facility released Saturday due to capacity limitations. His total bail is listed at $37,500. Wetzler’s court date is set for June 9 at 1 p.m., which could be the same day as Game 3 of the Super Regional for the Beavers. OSU head baseball coach Pat Casey was unavailable for the post-game interview after Sunday’s game against UCLA.

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Second annual festival brings together cultures spanning across Asia, Africa, Middle East By Kaitlyn Kohlenberg THE DAILY BAROMETER

Recently approved as a sponsored student organization, the Ettihad Cultural Center, previously the Ettihad Cultural Community, hosted its second annual Ettihad Festival. After rescheduling due to rainy weather, the event took place Sunday evening in the Memorial Union quad. Ettihad, which means “unity” in several languages, was the theme of the evening, bringing together a vast geographic range of nations to focus on the cultural similarities, rather than their differences. “I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event in which there’s so many people from such different backgrounds, just hanging out together, having fun,” said ECC president Lubna Khan. “It’s really quite nice.” See ETTIHAD | page 4



Paria Ghorbani, a Ph.D. student from Iran, answers questions about Iranian artifacts such as the handcrafted brass display pictured above during the festival Sunday.

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Paul D. Miller shares diverse skillset with Oregon State, Corvallis community By Kaitlyn Kohlenberg THE DAILY BAROMETER

Paul D. Miller’s presentation using visuals and audio to represent multidimensional inspirations and projects left audience members interested, intrigued and, sometimes, confused. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, spoke Friday night at the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center. As a composer, multimedia artist, author and the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine, Miller came to OSU to discuss his latest series of works, which were inspired and written during a six-week trip to Antarctica. “The beautiful thing about going down to Antarctica is that there was absolutely no New York,” Miller said. “I wanted to kind of figure out what this does to my sound.” The result of his trip was an album, titled “Of Water and Ice,” and a book, “The Book of Ice,” which chronicles his experiences, as well as throwing in visuals and hidden links to facts and webpages about snow, ice and climate change. Miller cited climate change as a significant source of inspiration and a place for artists to share their messages and concerns in a unique way. Miller claimed that art, music and literature all act as tools to help him express and discuss issues he finds important. “(It was a) mathematical, musical, sonic experience,” said Lauren Pittis, a


Composer, multimedia artist and author Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, discusses influences in his work Friday night. second-year botany student at Oregon State University. “‘Sonic experience’ sounds so pretentious, but that’s what it was.” Pittis was one of the audience members who attended Miller’s presentation. “I really enjoyed the way he crossed over so many disciplines,” said Karen Luchessa, a community member who attended the performance with her friend Sarah Greene. “I found that really intriguing.” Greene, while agreeing that the show was impressive, felt as though the experience was overwhelming at times. “I didn’t always understand what was going on, at all,” Greene said. “The whole electronic thing, the thing up on the screen, I didn’t always follow that.” Luchessa agreed, saying that the

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graphics and visualizations on the projector seemed to distract from the music. Pittis, on the other hand, felt the visuals gave an inside look to Miller’s artistic process. “I really liked how there was a live aspect and then also the recorded aspect,” Pittis said. “Also how he showed us what he was doing while he was doing it, because I’ve never seen someone DJ and mix before.” For Miller, the visual part was important. He works as a visual artist along with his other creative practices and is very focused on the ability to share his works. All of his works, including his most recent album and book, are available See SPOOKY | page 4

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OSU students embrace Wellness Event, a collaboration of campus psych organizations

students as they handed out candy, flyers and advice from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Stationed by every tent were motivational posters, such as the psychology club’s “Get it off your chest,” on which By Ria Rankine students could write down a concern THE DAILY BAROMETER in their life and stick it to the board. When the top psychology orgaIn attendance was Andrey Morozov, nizations on campus collaborate to psychology club president and a junior educate the public, the result is Oregon studying pre-dentistry. One goal of the State University’s inaugural Wellness Wellness Event, Morozov said, is to Event. raise awareness on mental illnesses. Advocates from Psi Chi, Active “Our intention is to really reach Minds, CAPS and other well-being out to the community — people who clubs gathered Friday at the Memorial don’t know much about psychology or Union quad to educate students on mental health,” Morozov said. the resources available to them on See WELLNESS | page 4 campus. Club members chatted with n

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Alexis Lund, a junior in biology, participates in the thumbprint board, which helps to alleviate stigmas by showing that mental health issues are common.

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of Seventh Street and Western Boulevard. When Corvallis police got to the scene, the man was identified as John “Rocky” Conser, 41. He was arrested for a valid warrant and taken to Benton County Jail after medical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital treated him. The search for the culprit is on A man called Corvallis police to report approximately 20 feet off the ground as a hole in the front window of his house. Monday, May 5 an advertisement for the store. It seemed to be caused by a BB gun and Someone likes Crocs that much? occurred while he was out of town. The The owner of Chateau Furniture on Tuesday, May 6 victim pinpointed the crime to have hapNinth Street called Corvallis police to Couldn’t quite make it up the stairs pened between 10 a.m. on May 1 and 3 report someone stole the giant Croc Someone reported a man allegedly p.m. on May 5. shoe outside the store during the previous few days. The shoe was hanging lying in a flowerbed near the intersection Don’t be so careless Track athlete Sara Almen, 19, and another 19-year-old female were allegedly spotted drinking Angry Orchard Ale near the intersection of 25th Street and Taylor Avenue. They were both cited for minor-in-possession of alcohol and warned for open container.

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For the 12th year in a row, Corvallis community members gathered on Mother’s Day weekend to run, walk and raise money for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence. CARDV is a nonprofit organization serving Linn and Benton counties for 32 years with support and community outreach about sexual assault and domestic violence. This year, more than 500 people were registered for Saturday’s 5K run and walk, the one- to two-mile fun-run and the kid’s dash. Peak Internet was one of the sponsors of the event, and the company formed a team of 22 to run together. “We’ve always been a big supporter of CARDV; we do it every year,” said Peak employee Bobbie Samai. As a nonprofit organization, CARDV is awarded grants to cover certain programs, but the operating budget always surpasses that income, said John Marchel of CARDV. CARDV offers cr isis response, support groups, restraining order assistance, law assistance, hospital support, a 24-hour hotline and a 24-hour emergency shelter for those affected by sexual

assault or domestic violence. This year, CARDV reported a 40 percent increase in requests for these services from last year. All services are free of charge, so everything from basic toiletries and comfort items for clients, to lights and water in the shelter itself need to be taken care of by other financial means. “Fundraisers cover those unglamorous necessities that are definitely a necessity,” said CARDV community events director Crystal Kelley. Another key aspect of CARDV’s mission, following care for those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence, is community education. Central to this education is letting victims know they are not alone. The run has been a profitable and positive way to enhance community support and understanding of CARDV. “It raises awareness and gets our name out there in the community,” Marchel said. “It’s a great way to see everyone coming together.” The kid’s dash portion of the event was added last year as a way to include participants of all ages. “We try to make it really family-friendly,” Kelley said. A family fun fair portion of the event included live music, prizes, a photo booth and children craft tables for Mother’s Day cards were set up. Local businesses were also set up around the run’s start downtown at Second and B streets, offering their services.

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Terra Magazine, 6-8pm, Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd St. Science Pub Corvallis: The Future of Oceans. Speaker Andrew Thurber, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.

Tuesday, May 13 Events

University Events, 10am-2pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Celebrating Distinguished Professors. The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest designation and academic honor that OSU bestows on our faculty. Human Services Resource Center, 10am-2pm, MU Quad. #Textbookscost - Join HSRC in a social media campaign to raise awareness of the issue of educational material access and affordability on the OSU campus.

Wednesday, May 14 Meetings

College Republicans, 7pm, Gilkey 113. Come join us for discussion on current events in the state and nation. W7OSU, 5pm, Snell 229. OSU Amateur Radio Club meeting. International Students of OSU, 4pm, International Resource Center in the MU. Cultural Heritage. An informative educational event led by a panel of students and teachers who will answer questions having a cultural background and cultural knowledge. This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge about customs around the world and to meet international students. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 5-7pm, MU Quad. Food, music, games, poetry. Remembering the freedom of African Americans. Human Services Resource Center, 10am-2pm, MU Quad. #Textbookscost - Join HSRC in a social media campaign to raise awareness of the issue of educational material access and affordability on the OSU campus.

Thursday, May 15 Meetings

Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. A discussion - A world commonwealth.




OSU’s Benny the Beaver and Linn Benton Community College’s Roadrunner help Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson kick off the CARDV run Saturday. Vertebrata Chiropractic Daniel. “We wanted to get offered free massages and con- out, get active and help a good sultation about their practice cause.” for the athletes at the event. Emma-Kate Schaake “We have a really active, City reporter athletic clientele,” said Vertebrata’s Dr. Matthew

Asian and Pacific Cultural Center, 6-8pm, MU 211. The Question of Palestine. This event will examine the occupation of Palestine from a historical perspective, looking at it as a process of ongoing settler colonialism. The role of Palestine within racial justice organizing historically and today will also be examined. Human Services Resource Center, 11am-2pm, MU Lounge. What is being done on campus to increase affordability of and access to educational materials? Join OSU faculty, staff and students to discuss various efforts on campus.

Friday, May 16 Meetings

OSU Chess Club, 4-6pm, MU Commons. Come play with us and learn more about this classic game. All skill levels welcome.

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OSU President Ed Ray shares visions of governance, state funding at Kearney Hall Friday By Tori Hittner

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Oregon State University President Ed Ray shared his vision for the university’s future and compliance with the state’s 40-40-20 goal at the 10th annual Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture Friday. The presentation, held in Kearney Hall at 4 p.m., belonged to a lecture series dedicated to community college leadership. Its namesake, Charles Carpenter, served as a professor and associate dean at Oregon State for many years. Reflecting his career roots as a dean and president of multiple community colleges, Carpenter helped establish the OSU Community College Leadership Program. Ray said he was honored to speak at a time when the role of the state’s community colleges is becoming increasingly important. “At OSU,” Ray said, “we are committed to helping attain the state’s 40-40-20 educational achievement goals in partnership with the state’s entire educational continuum, from kindergarten through all of Oregon’s colleges and universities, public and private.” Governor John Kitzhaber introduced the state’s 40-40-20 goal, which aims for the following educational improvements by 2025: all adult Oregonians holding

a high school degree or equivalent; 40 to meet state goals,” Ray said. “Having percent of adults earning an associate’s mandates and being assigned objectives degree or other postsecondary certificate; without a carrot-and-stick approach and 40 percent of adults holding a bach- seems like a fool’s errand to me.” elor’s or other advanced degree. Although several governing instituRay said that OSU will continue to be a tions like the Oregon Institutional Board leader in advancing the governor’s goals, and Higher Education Coordinating but that state support and inter-university Committee exist, Ray said more structure and guidance is required for the 40-40-20 collaboration must be improved. “When the university governance goal to become a reality. “There has been more than one occadebate began, I said that OSU needs operating flexibility and resources to sion where we’ve asked ‘what the HECC is going on?’” Ray said. “So fulfill our mission of there are a lot of growing service to the people of Oregon,” Ray said. There has been more pains.” The university is cur“There is no evidence than one occasion rently working to foster that the resources are where we’ve asked concrete collaborative forthcoming from the efforts with universistate. We need a fund‘what the HECC is ties across the state and ing plan from the state going on?’“ nation to improve edu… as of right now there cational opportunities. is no state blueprint for And while OSU itself is, success.” Ed Ray according to Ray, moving Ray noted that state OSU president in the right direction, the support would be welstate’s academic institucome in universitysponsored initiatives to increase incen- tions and legislature must unite. “There are a lot of moving parts to mantives for collaboration. With thousands of more potential students entering the age in our higher education system,” Ray equation, greater stress would be placed said. “All said and done, I’m very excited on individual academic institutions. about what we’re trying to do in Oregon. Under the current system, universities I told the governor some time ago that if have more of an incentive to enroll out- we fail totally, we’re just back in the pack of-state students, who offer a larger pool with everyone else; so why not go for it?” of funding. Tori Hittner “There is no accountability for commuHigher education reporter nity colleges and universities at this time



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International Students of OSU, 4:306pm, MU Lounge. Coffee Hour. Come enjoy international food, mingle with other OSU and international students and become culturally aware.

Wednesday, May 21 Meetings

College Republicans, 7pm, Gilkey 113. Come join us for discussion on current events in the state and nation.

Thursday, May 22 Events

International Students of OSU, 5pm, International Resource Center in the MU. Cultural Exposition. An exposition of culture through songs, poems, cultural stories and presentations of cultural items. Active Minds, 8am-4pm, MU Quad. Join Active Minds in honoring those who were taken by suicide. Active Minds will lay 1,100 daisies down in the MU Quad to honor the 1,100 students who commit suicide across college campuses each year. Campus Recycling, 6-8pm, 644 SW 13th Street. May Repair Fair - Bring your broken items and questions; receive free repairs.

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Defaults on loans may cost LCC feds’ revenue EUGENE — Lane Community College risks a disastrous loss of money because students who left the school in recent years — by graduating or dropping out — are defaulting on federal education loans at high rates. The college is caught in a snare Congress set for some for-profit schools whose students learn little, owe much and default heavily. More than 30 percent of LCC borrowers who began repayment in 2010 defaulted within three years, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That’s 952 defaults out of 3,105 students in that period. Preliminary figures show the rate will be about the same for students who began repayment in 2011. Under the three-strike system set up by Congress, if LCC can’t get its next default measurement below 30 percent, the Department of Education can cut off the school’s federal grants and loans. That would mean a loss of up to $95 million to the college and its students. LCC was among the 221 of about 4,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationally with student loan default rates in the danger zone. LCC officials say the reasons for the defaults are largely out of the school’s control, including the economy, borrowers’ choices after they leave campus and the school’s lack of resources for better financial aidcounseling. “We’re doing the work we can do to try to improve outcomes for students,� said Helen Faith, LCC’s financial aid director. “So much of it is well beyond the financial aid offices.� The stakes are high. “If it’s more than 30 percent for three years in a row or 40 percent in a single year, the school will lose eligibility for federal student aid,� stressed Mark Kantrowitz, a national expert on student aid and publisher of Edvisors. “That could be a death sentence for the school. “It’s not just risking the future ability of students to go to college. It’s risking the entire existence of the institution.� LCC’s default rate triggered a federal requirement for LCC to convene a default prevention task force, write a default reduction plan and submit its documents to the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, the rate sparked an on-site review last fall by federal officials who analyzed the school’s financial aid processes and reviewed student files. Low completion rate College administrators are taking a host of steps to remedy the default rate, including tightening up loan procedures, ensuring that students review their levels of borrowing and bringing in a third-party vendor to try to help former students who aren’t paying their bills. LCC administrators are also looking for ways to shave a few defaulters off the “strike two� preliminary figures by looking for data anomalies. They hope to bring the school in at a safe 29 percent in the final figures. Why is LCC’s default rate so high? The No. 1 factor associated with default is dropping out before graduating or finishing a career training program, LCC officials and other experts say. “The whole concept behind federal loans is that students can take out loans, which enables them to get an education, which enables them to get a good job, which enables them to repay the loans,� said Debbie Cochrane, research director at

the California-based nonprofit Institute for College Access and Success. When students drop out, the logic gets short-circuited. Those former students are four times more likely to default on loans than students who graduate, research shows. Part of the problem at LCC is that so few students complete their education at the school, reports show. The official completion rate for first-time, fulltime students at LCC is only 12 percent. Some of the students who leave LCC early go on to the University of Oregon or another school. Others attend LCC part time while they work and finish their studies over a longer horizon. “What a student needs here is not necessarily a degree. They may need only a class or a few classes,� LCC spokeswoman Joan Aschim said. The same is true, however, for most community colleges, yet only a handful of them are experiencing repeated annual default rates upwards of 30 percent. “Most schools have rates well below sanction thresholds,� Cochrane said. “When you see a college with a high level of default among student borrowers, that should be a cause for concern. That should give parents pause.� Getting assistance LCC has the dubious distinction of landing on the red flag list created by Andrew Gillen, senior researcher for education at the nonprofit American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. Gillen matched up the graduation rate at U.S. colleges and universities with their default rates — and spit out a list of 120 schools. Lane was one of 18 community colleges on the list. “What the red flag status signifies is that a typical student who enrolls and then borrows to attend Lane Community College has a higher chance of defaulting than they do of graduating,� Gillen said. “What I would say to the student who was considering enrolling at Lane is, ‘Make sure you think long and hard about what you’re borrowing and what your chance of success are.’ � Facing high default rates, LCC brought in third-party vendor American Student Assistance to help its students — and former students — to think through finances: to take no more in student loans than they can afford and, importantly, keep themselves current on federal loans so the school will no longer be in jeopardy. The Boston-based nonprofit organization tries to form a relationship with student loan borrowers while they’re in school so that they can contact and help them later, when the loans are due. “We send information to students a month or a few weeks before they start payment,� spokeswoman Allesandra Lanza said. “That’s when they’ll start paying attention versus six months before, when it’s going to go in one ear and out the other.� American Student Assistance offers students its web-based SALT financial education program. Students can import their loan data and use the site’s budgeting software to make a repayment plan. Covering the debt Current LCC student Veronica VanAndel said she got an email out of the blue from the SALT program. “They have financial counseling. That’s all that I read,� she said. VanAndel said she’ll be “probably $20,000� in debt when she finishes her degree

in accounting and estimates her monthly loan payments will be $100 to $200 — which she hopes she’ll be able to afford with a job in accounting, bookkeeping or payroll. “I have a toddler,� she said. “I’ve already been divorced and I’m trying to start over,� she said. Defaulting on student loans can be as disastrous for individual students as the accumulated default toll is for colleges, Kantrowitz said. The federal government has collections tools that include the ability to — without a court’s permission — garnish wages and seize income tax refunds and other government payments up to and including Social Security. Penalties and collection costs add as much as 25 percent to the cost of the original loan. The government can take up to 15 percent of wages. A delinquency or default can ruin the former students’ credit and make it a challenge to turn on utilities, get a car loan or pass a personnel check when applying for a new job. The federal government collects on better than 80 percent of its student loans. More than two-thirds of LCC students borrow, and their average debt accumulation is $11,789. That’s low compared to debts of many students at four-year colleges. But borrowers with small loans often are unable to afford even the lower community college costs — and they’re more likely to drop out. Counseling shortage The Depar tment of Education’s latest get-tough policy on schools with high default rates is new, so it’s unclear whether the department would pull a school’s participation in loan programs swiftly or give it some more wiggle room. The department is requiring LCC to examine the reasons for its numbers, assemble a task force and make a plan. In a report to the government, LCC officials wrote that Lane students are disproportionately low income and the first in their families to attend college. “They have sometimes not had the opportunity to develop the reading comprehension, math skills and critical thinking skills to help them make well-

considered borrowing choices,� the report said. LCC experienced a 40 percent surge in enrollment during the Great Recession five years ago. With so many added students, the college lacked staff to provide optimal financial counseling. LCC has several other strategies — large and small — for lowering the school’s default rate. This school year, for instance, the school stopped automatically offering students unsubsidized loans — loans beyond the federal calculation of what students need — as part of their annual financial aid package. Instead, students now have to request the unsubsidized loan. The application requires students to look up their current debt, acknowledge the monthly payment it will require and figure out the total the student is likely to borrow before completing their education. Before this change, students mostly took all the money the college offered because they “trust the college to have their best interest at heart, and they believe that federal aid programs are intended to provide them with loan options that are affordable,� the LCC report said. When LCC stopped the automatic subsidized loans, the number of students taking them out dropped in half. The college also will review individual campus units with default rates that far exceed the campuswide average, such as fabrication and welding, human services and automotive tech, Faith said. “We saw such wide gaps,� she said. “There were definitely some programs that had very low rates and some programs that had very high rates.� LCC is also redoubling its efforts to make sure every student, including those who drop out, get exit counseling that describes the students’ obligation to pay back their loans and what to do if they can’t make payments. Federal reviewers looked at 30 LCC student files and found instances in which it was unclear that students got the counseling. LCC adopted a policy of withholding student transcripts until students show they’ve completed the online exit counseling

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Under strobe lights, students enjoy the special needs prom, which Oregon’s teacher of the year Brett Bigham started.

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PORTLAND — Oregon’s teacher of the year spent Friday at the special needs prom — an event he started. Strobe lights, fancy dresses, and a huge bowl of punch greet students as they walk in. This is only the fifth year there’s been a prom for students in special education. It’s all thanks to the first special ed teacher to be name Oregon’s teacher of the year. Brett Bigham teaches the transition program for Multnomah

Education Service District. “It’s just the natural thing as you get to your last year of school. Everybody gets a prom. It was necessary. And as you can see, the kids just love it,� Bigham says. There is no prom king or queen, and this dance is in the early afternoon. There are special diet treats and quiet spaces to get away from the noise and lights. Students come from as far away as Gervais and Rainier for the dance. Since Bigham held the first special needs prom, it’s only grown.

Alleged military deserter arrested By Saul Hubbard THE REGISTER-GUARD

EUGENE — Oregon State Police arrested an alleged military deserter Friday afternoon during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 south of Eugene. Elmer Hoffman III, 46, has been sought by the U.S. Army for fleeing a court-martial in Missouri related to child rape and child indecency charges in March. In his absence, Hoffman was convicted on March 7 of raping his three daughters when they were minors, according myGuidon. com, the weekly online newspaper of Fort Leonard Wood, a U.S. Army base in Missouri. He also was convicted on two counts of abusive sexual contact and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. The victims also included a teenage girl who was a friend of Hoffman’s daughter. The abuse occurred from 1995 until 2011. Hoffman retired honorably from the Army in 2010 and was living in California. But he was recalled to active duty to face the charges, reported.











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Valley fever fungus could be among us By George Plaven EAST OREGONIAN

PENDLETON — A particular fungus that causes the potentially fatal illness known as valley fever could be spreading into Eastern Oregon. Public health officials are taking soil samples from Umatilla County to test for the fungus, or Coccidioides, which is normally found in the southwest United States and parts of Mexico, Central America and South America. Three cases of valley fever were diagnosed in Washington state from 2010-11 in neighboring Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties. Soil samples taken there recently tested positive for the fungus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While all three patients survived, it prompted Emilio DeBess, Oregon’s state public health veterinarian, to collect 17 additional samples primarily south of the state line between Pendleton and Milton-Freewater. Those were also sent to the CDC for testing. There are no confirmed cases of valley fever originating from Oregon, DeBess said, but the expectation is they will eventually find the Coccidioides fungus with a little more digging around the region. “It’s the same weather, the same farmland and pretty much the same area,” DeBess said. “I think we’ll get some leads as soon as we start getting a little more aggressive about requesting information.” CDC test results should come back within the next few months, DeBess said. From there, the county public health departments will meet with local veterinarians and physicians about identifying symptoms and possible testing for the illness. Valley fever is contracted when humans and certain animals — especially dogs — inhale tiny invisible spores that are emitted by the fungus into the air. The fungus itself grows in semi-arid soil, and is most prevalent in parts of southwest Texas, Arizona and central California. It is not known to be contagious or transmitted person-to-person, DeBess said. Changing weather patterns, population sprawl that disrupts the soil and a possible rodent host moving north could help explain how it first arrived in the Northwest, said Washington State University professor emeritus Jack D. Rogers in a university publication. Of those exposed to valley fever, 60 percent do not get sick. People with weaker immune systems or existing respiratory problems can develop flu- and pneumonia-like symptoms, which if left untreated could become more serious. In its most severe form, the disease spreads from the lungs to other parts of the body through the bloodstream, setting up infections that damage skin, bones and inflame the brain. The CDC estimates valley fever kills 160 people annually. With the absence of any clinical cases in Oregon so far, DeBess said it does not appear to be much of a risk factor now. But the Oregon Health Authority looks forward to learning more about the fungus, and working with CDC to expand testing. “We will try and look for it, and sample other places that have similar (environment) to determine how extensive this really is,” DeBess said. “We know the temperatures are similar, but that’s all we really know. It’s just a matter of learning more about the organism.”

ETTIHAD n Continued from page 1 Khan helped form the organization after she noticed an “obvious gap” in the university’s offerings for culture-based student organizations. The ECC roughly covers the geographic zones of southwestern and central Asia, northern Africa and the Middle East. Khan stressed, though, that these are rough boundaries and the organization will take in and welcome all students who feel their cultural ties fit in the ECC community. “There’s nothing like this in the Pacific Northwest; the only thing closest to something like the Ettihad Cultural Center is in private universities and those, too, are Muslim cultural centers,” said Khan. “So as far as I know, this is something very brand-new that Oregon State has taken on, and it’s really exciting.” Khan said roughly 12 preexisting culture-based student organizations could fall under the ECC umbrella. She said that the ECC will work alongside the student organizations, but is also a valuable resource for student organizations that have dwindled due to smaller populations on campus or faltering leadership.

for free from his website. He is the creator of a popular DJ mixing app called DJ Spooky, which currently has more than 20,000 downloads for the iPad. “I would hope that people would feel like you can mix anything,” Miller said. “You could mix the sound of the sun, you could mix the sound of the streets, you could mix the sound of your breath, you name it. Just be creative and never accept that the rules are meant to be the same because they’re always changing.”

Club members passed out plenty of advice with their candies and fliers, one of which is the available resources on campus, such as the psychology club. “(The club is) focused on providing opportunities for students to have experiences related to psychology outside of the classroom,” Morozov said. “We felt that the opportunities we had outside of the classroom were limited.” Organizations similar to the psychology club have come and gone in previous years. As president, Morozov plans to do things differently. “One of my mission statements as president is for this club to stay around and be integrated in the OSU community,” Morozov said. He encourages students to attend

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At the festival Sunday, available student organizations each hosted a booth for their respective nations. Each booth offered its selection of unique and shared cultural traits. Many booths offered food samples; people could watch faux weddings at the Iranian booth, and students from the Indian Student Association were sharing comics and stories commonly told in India.


Traditional Pakistani dishes on display during the Ettihad Festival Sunday in the Memorial Union quad.

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Mutaz Alotaibi, an INTO student at OSU, enjoys the Ettihad Festival Sunday in the Memorial Union quad.


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their bi-weekly meetings at Milam 123, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. More information can be found on the OSU psychology club website. Most participants at the event, such as Cassie Colton, president of Psi Chi and a senior studying psychology and innovation management, came out to deliver a personal message: “You’re not alone.” “Sometimes you feel like you’re the only person with this problem, but you’re not,” Colton said. The organizations want to reach as many students as possible, which is why they chose the MU quad. “Our overall vision is to inspire every student,” Colton said. “We realize it’s pretty lofty, but we feel like we have the ability.” Colton and the members of Psi Chi emphasize that, while their club is psychology-oriented, they do not serve

Nakul Kataria, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, was volunteering at the ISA booth and writing visitors’ names in Hindi, the primary language used in India. “It’s really nice; if you come to an event like this you get to know about cultures from every country,” Kataria said. “I would love (the ECC) to grow ... even bigger and bigger, having more people into the event.” For many visitors, the setup, with booths placed in a circle with an open area at the center of the quad, made it easy to peruse the booths and learn about each culture. “I like the way they’ve organized everything,” said Sorath Dahri, a freshman business student. “The food and the people wearing their traditional dress — it’s very cool; it’s perfect.” Khan said the biggest focus for the event and the ECC is finding a way for students and community members to celebrate their unique cultures and their shared traditions.

to help just students within the psych field. Their support and resources are a broad scope that reaches every student at OSU. Last year, OSU students participated in a study led by Counseling and Psychological Services called the Healthy Minds study. Of the 2,499 participants, 11 percent currently suffered from depression, and 15 percent suffered from anxiety disorders. Of the group, 24 percent had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Respondents who screened positively with a disorder had lower GPAs. The findings show that mental health disorders are prevalent enough to be an issue, said Dave Downing, the president of Active Minds. This is a great concern to Downing, partly in lieu of the stigma attached to health issues. “People with mental health issues

“What we try to do is kind of look for themes that run throughout the region,” said Khan. “However vague they might be, the theme does exist. Like, family is very strong. Religion, although different, is really held close. So that’s what we go for.” Laili Cervantes, a junior bioengineering student, enjoyed learning about cultures different from her own Mexican heritage. “It’s wonderful,” Cervantes said. “It’s cool just walking around and seeing the different booths and part of their culture.” Khan said her hope is that the ECC will provide a space for international and domestic students to learn from one another. “ECC would kind of provide the environment for (students) to grow,” said Khan. “Both within OSU and also keep their cultural traditions however they want to.” Kaitlyn Kohlenberg

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is a socially disadvantaged group,” Downing said. Active Minds created a thumbprint board to help alleviate stigmas. Students suffering from mental health illnesses marked the board with a painted thumbprint. The board illustrates community by showing these problems are common among all students. Downing participated in the Wellness Event, one of many on campus to raise awareness, to break stigmas and help those in need. The OSU student body embraced the event, and they hope to return next year with the same message, but a stronger impact. “We really didn’t know what would happen, but it seems pretty successful,” Morozov said. “Maybe we can make it an annual thing.” Ria Rankine

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Oregon State takes 2 of 3 games against Stanford on the road over weekend THE DAILY BAROMETER

Trailing Stanford 9-5 Saturday with three innings left in the season, the Oregon State softball team had to make a move in order to end the year on a high note. That move came by scoring eight runs in the top of the fifth inning, all coming with no outs, which ended up being the last scoring by either team. The 13-9 victory for Oregon State (18-31, 5-17 Pac-12) gave the Beavers the series win after a 12-4 win Friday against the Cardinal (30-25, 5-18). Between the bottom of the fourth inning and the top of the fifth Saturday, the Stanford and Oregon State softball teams combined to score 15 runs with only two outs in between. That number could have been even bigger, too — OSU had the bases loaded with no outs after already putting eight runs on the board, but three consecutive outs ended the threat. The Beavers finished the year by posting a season-high 13 runs, one day after their 16 hits were also a season-high. Saturday’s game was the third contest of OSU’s last four with a player totaling five runs batted in. Junior center fielder Dani Gilmore reached five RBIs in the second game of the series, getting four of them in a grand slam. She went 2-for-3 in that game with three runs scored. In the season finale, freshman Kiki Pepi joined the five-RBI club, only a triple away from hitting for the cycle. She went 4-for-4 on the day after coming into the game with seven hits in the entire season and no extra base hits. She was 1-for-7 combined in the prior two games against Stanford. Junior shortstop CJ Chirichigno belted home runs in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, the first time any OSU player has done so this year. Chirichigno finished the season with seven home runs, all coming in the last six Pac-12 series. Pepi helped fuel the fifth inning burst, which gave the Beavers a fourrun margin that would not budge for the rest of the game. It also negated Stanford’s seven-run fourth inning. After a leadoff out to start the bottom of the fourth, Stanford collected five straight hits and forced OSU to change pitchers twice. Senior pitcher Amanda Najdek, in her final pitching appearance of her collegiate career, was pulled after 3 1/3 innings. Though Stanford took the lead in the fourth, the Beavers rallied behind junior pitcher Melanie Dembinski, who tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Still, it was the offense that was the highlight of the day. Senior Bailee Niehus started all three games against Stanford after having only one start the entire year. She made up for lost time by collecting four hits on the weekend. In Friday’s game, she had five plate appearances, notching three hits and two walks with two RBIs. In her final game in the orange and black, Niehus scored twice and added a second-inning single. Gilmore was 5-for-11 in the series, finalizing her junior campaign with a .407 batting average, which places her at fourth-best in OSU single-season history. She is also now fourth in career runs scored (124), second in career walks (98), second in single season See SOFTBALL | page 6

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Junior left fielder Michael Conforto (8) celebrates with senior second baseman Andy Peterson (1) after hitting his second home run of the game in the eighth inning of Sunday’s win against UCLA.

Conforto, Beavers sweep UCLA Junior Michael Conforto had record-breaking day in Sunday’s 11-2 win against defending national champs

the plate. With one ball and two strikes against him, Conforto connected on the next pitch he saw, launching the ball well over the right-field bleachers for a three-run home run. The blast gave Oregon State (38-8, 20-4 Pac-12) By Andrew Kilstrom a 6-2 advantage, which became 8-2 THE DAILY BAROMETER later in the inning. Junior left fielder Michael Conforto “They’re always a great pitching was 0-for-3 on the day and 0-for-9 in team and they did such a great job the three-game series against UCLA keeping me off-balance,” Conforto entering a seventh inning at-bat with said. “They did a great job against a a 3-2 lead and two runners on base. lot of hitters, but me especially, they No. 2 Oregon State had just taken had me guessing there for a while. I its first lead of the game on a bunt kind of broke myself out a little bit, single from senior second baseman but it wasn’t before I checked myself Andy Peterson, but was in need of and got back to doing the things that insurance runs with the reigning have been successful for me.” The three-run home run crowned Pac-12 Player of the Year stepping to n

Conforto as OSU’s all-time leader in runs batted in. He has 177 in his three seasons, four more than Andy Jarvis’ previous record of 173. The three-game sweep of the Bruins (23-25-1, 10-14) was what Conforto was most excited about, but he said he was honored to be the new record-holder. “It’s a dream come true; it’s surreal to be honest,” Conforto said. “Coming into this year, that wasn’t even on my radar. It’s one of those things that is going to be really special to me. To see my name up there with some of the guys that went here is a really cool thing.” As if the first shot weren’t enough, Conforto added a laser-beam home run just over the right-center fence

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The regular season for Oregon State track and field came to a close over the weekend as the Beavers competed in their final tuneup before the Pac-12 Championships. The Beavers competed in the Oregon Twilight Friday and in the Linfield Open Saturday. Redshirt freshman Morgan Anderson went into Friday’s meet looking to improve her mark in the 1,500-meter, and was able to cross the line at 4:25.82, besting her previous personal-record of 4:27.15. Unfortunately, it was not as big of a leap as she would have liked. Anderson was hoping to make her way into the top 50 in the NCAA West Region, an accomplishment that would have qualified her for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships. She has one more opportunity to move into that position, and will need to improve her time by about four seconds. Her opportunity will come at the Pac12 Championships, where, oftentimes

in distance races, runners will run for position to earn points, and not for time. Without someone pushing the pace, it could be difficult for Anderson to hit the mark she needs. Anderson’s time does, however, move her into third on OSU’s all time list for the 1,500. Kaylene Rust also had a successful meet on Friday, finishing with a 6 3/4 personal record in the triple jump. Her mark of 35-0 1/2 helped her to finish fifth at the meet. Freshman Melissa Ausman, the Beavers’ new discus record holder, competed during the weekend as well, throwing 145-8. Friday’s mark was significantly shorter than her throw the previous weekend during which she set the OSU record with a throw of 168-0. Freshman Christina MacDonald was one of two athletes to compete Saturday at the Linfield Open, finishing with a PR in the javelin, her signature event. On her final attempt, she launched a throw of 140-5 to win the event, breaking her own OSU record of 138-11. Her throw ranks her 73rd in the NCAA West Region, and only four feet away from See TRACK | page 6

the following inning, this time a two-run home run. Junior right field Dylan Davis added a solo home run the following at-bat, giving OSU an 11-2 lead, which ended up being the final score. Conforto’s effort Sunday — 2-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs — and his presence at the plate this season had his teammates in awe after the game. “He’s the best hitter I’ve ever seen in my life; he’s a freak,” said junior pitcher Jace Fry, who got the win Sunday. “For the RBI record, it was just due time. We knew he was going to get it; it was just a matter of when. To see him grow, especially his pitch recogniSee BASEBALL | page 6

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Scott Crichton joins wide receiver Brandin Cooks in NFL, who was a 1st-round selection to New Orleans THE DAILY BAROMETER

The Minnesota Vikings selected Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft Friday, joining wide receiver Brandin Cooks who was selected with the 20th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints the day prior. Crichton — who accounted for 165 tackles, 51 tackles-for-loss and 22.5 sacks in his career at Oregon State — is the first OSU defensive lineman drafted since Gabe Miller in 2011. Cornerback Rashaad Reynolds, offensive tackle Josh Andrews, wide receiver Micah Hatfield and offensive tackle Michael weren’t selected during the draft, Crichton but signed with NFL Teams for training camp Saturday afternoon. Reynolds — who led the Beavers in interceptions in 2013 with See CRICHTON | page 6

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‘Very bad decision’ cause for dismissals By Steve Mims


EUGENE — It was the day before he took his team to the NCAA Tournament when Dana Altman said he first learned there was trouble within his basketball program. “Rob came into the office and said that there was an incident,” the Oregon men’s basketball coach said during a news conference Friday. It was Monday, March 17, when Altman said athletic director Rob Mullens told him that and not much more. “We didn’t have the details,” Mullens said. “We didn’t have the identities confirmed, but we were aware that an incident had been reported to student affairs. Even in conversations the day prior to leaving, we got very specific about whether we should leave anybody home or whether we should make contingency plans to return individuals as additional information became available.” Guards Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis played in Oregon’s second-round victory over BYU and the third-round loss to Wisconsin in Milwaukee less than two weeks after being involved in an incident that led them to be investigated for sexual assault along with Brandon Austin, a freshman who sat out the season after transferring from Providence. “I didn’t know how serious the allegations that were placed upon the young men were at the time,” Altman said, adding he didn’t even know which players were under investigation during the NCAA Tournament. It wasn’t until April 30 that Altman and Mullens said they saw the graphic police report detailing the events on the night of Saturday, March 8. The next day, the three players involved were dismissed from the team. “When you read the police report, it is very clear that it is conduct that is not fitting of a University of Oregon athlete,” Mullens said. “It was very clear to us that those were individuals

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we did not want representing our organization.” Altman said all three players have returned to their hometowns to be with their families. The players are still enrolled at the university. “I am very disappointed in the three young men,” Altman said. “As a father who has sons and a daughter, any family man would be greatly disappointed.” Oregon did not announce any discipline for the players until Monday when the school issued a statement saying the three were “not currently participating in any team activities.” The school didn’t announce the suspensions at that time because of federal privacy laws, senior associate athletic director Craig Pintens said. The Ducks made the dismissals public on Friday, leaving the team with just three returning players on scholarship for next season: senior guards Joseph Young and Jalil Abdul-Bassit, and junior forward Elgin Cook. Ben Carter and A.J. Lapray announced they were transferring last month and now Artis, Dotson and Austin are gone as well. “I believe it is in the best interest of the young men, and the best interest of our program, that this is the decision,” said Altman, who later added that “there would be a lot of pressure here at Oregon if they returned and tried to play basketball.” Altman said the players were “disappointed” to find out they were gone from the program. “D.A. and Dot loved the university, they loved their time here,” Altman said. “It was disappointing.” Dotson was a two-year starting guard and Artis started as a freshman before playing mostly in a reserve role last season. The two helped Oregon reach backto-back NCAA Tournaments. Dotson averaged 11.4 points as a freshman and 9.4 as a sophomore. He was suspended for one game this season after trying to use false identification to get into a campus bar. Altman

defended Dotson after that incident, calling him “a good young man” who “has done a lot of good things”. “Good people can make bad decisions,” Altman said Friday. “This obviously was a very bad decision.” Artis started 25 games as a freshman and averaged 8.5 points and a team-leading 3.2 assists per game. He was suspended the first nine games of his sophomore season by the NCAA for selling team-issued shoes and averaged 4.1 points after he returned. Austin was one of the top recruits in the country when he signed with Providence last year, but he was suspended for the season and transferred to Oregon in January. Altman said he talked with Providence coach Ed Cooley before signing Austin. “He said it was not a legal matter, it was a university matter,” Altman said of Austin’s suspension at Providence. “The fact that Providence tried to keep him gave us confidence it wasn’t a serious matter.” On March 18th — the day the Ducks landed in Milwaukee and the day after Altman first heard about the trouble brewing in his own program — the Wall Street Journal reported that Austin was being investigated by police in Rhode Island for sexual assault. Altman said before he signed Austin, he spoke with him and his family but was not given a specific reason for his suspension at Providence. “My line of questioning probably didn’t go deep enough,” Altman said. Altman said he has asked himself plenty of questions in recent weeks. “I think any time something of this nature happens, you question a lot of things,” Altman said. “I felt comfortable and confident with these young men, and when I read the report I was very disappointed. You have a history with the young men and so, again, reading the report, I was shocked and I was disappointed.”

in school history at .390. Junior pitcher Melanie Dembinski got the win in both the second and slugging percentage (.700) and she third games of the series. She held used her grand slam Saturday to tie Stanford to four runs Friday in the 12-4 her for eighth place in career home triumph, which was shortened one inning by the eight-run mercy rule. runs (25). She entered Saturday’s game with Junior second baseman Ya Garcia recorded a hit in each game, going her team down 9-5 and didn’t allow 4-for-11 in the series with two walks. another Cardinal to reach home. The Stanford series marks the final She raised her batting average over the weekend from .192 in all confer- game of the year for Oregon State, which loses four seniors — right ence games to .219. Junior left fielder Kori Nishitomi, fielder Isabelle Batayola, utility player in her first year at OSU after transfer- Hannah Bouska, Najdek and Niehus. ring from Longwood University in The Daily Barometer Farmville, Va., finished the season On Twitter @barosports with the ninth-best batting average

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The Oregon State infield celebrates at the conclusion of Sunday’s series sweep of UCLA in Goss Stadium.

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blast to right field. The Beavers dominated from there on out, scoring the final 11 runs of the ball game. “That was nice, it felt good,” Hendrix said of the home run. “I got around on a changeup. It was the third one in a row he threw me so I was right on it.” Though Oregon State swept the Bruins, outscoring them 24-7 in the three wins, the series was closer than the scores indicated. Both Friday’s and Saturday’s wins were come-from-behind efforts, and Saturday’s game was close until the end. OSU gave the Bruins credit, saying their triumph is a testament of the improvements the Beavers are making as a team in recent games. “I feel like UCLA came down here fighting,” Fry said. “They came out ready with energy Friday and we responded every single time. That’s how it was every game this weekend.” “It was such a great team series for us, it felt like everyone had a part in it,” Conforto added. “That’s a great success

for us for this weekend and something we can take moving into the week.” The Beavers’ three wins keep them in first place in the Pac-12 standings, a game up on the No. 6 Huskies, who travel to Corvallis next weekend for the most important series of the year for either team to date. Despite the important slate of games looming in the distance, Sunday was a day of celebration for Oregon State, and especially for Conforto, who could be seen hugging his mother in the left-field stands. It’s no secret who his recordbreaking day was dedicated to. But the work’s never complete for Oregon State, which faces Portland Tuesday before the big weekend showdown. “We’re going to enjoy this series (now) ... and then (Monday) it starts over and we go to back to what it’s been every week,” Conforto said. “We’ll go back to work and get ready for Portland.”

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breaking into the top 50. Many OSU athletes forwent competition last weekend in order to rest up for this weekend’s Pac-12 Championships. There are many Oregon State athletes will look to improve their marks in order to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships. Were they to qualify, they would join Ausman and junior Kinsey Gomez in Fayetteville, AR two weeks later. Next weekend’s Pac-12 Championships will be held in Pullman, Wash., on Saturday and Sunday.

six and was a three-year starter — signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Shortly after the draft concluded Saturday, he tweeted, “Just wan it thank god for giving me the opportunity to make my life long dream a reality !! Jacksonville here I come !! #underdognation” Andrews, meanwhile, signed with the Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, Philipp will take part in train-

ing camp with the Cleveland Browns and Hatfield will be with the San Diego Chargers. While only Cooks and Crichton are guaranteed a roster spot next season, all five Beavers will have a chance at playing in the NFL. Oregon State isn’t back in action until Aug. 30, when the Beavers take on Portland State in their first game without last year’s senior class and the departed Cooks and Crichton.

tion, seeing his walk total go up and just being a smarter hitter from his freshman year to know is unbelievable.” While Fry was dishing out praise for his teammate after the game, he was no slouch either, allowing two runs on three hits in eight innings. UCLA scored the first two runs of the game in the first inning, but Fry settled down finishing with seven strikeouts in his 10th win of the season. “I felt like I got better as each inning went on,” he said. “Obviously a shaky start, but I started settling in there toward the end. “I wasn’t really locating anything at that point. I don’t know what it was, it could have been a mentality thing, but after I got out of that first inning, I settled down and just tried to make pitches.” Oregon State tied the game up in the third inning on sophomore center fielder Jeff Hendrix’s second home run of the season — a two-run

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he news Friday that the University of Oregon dismissed Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Arnold did not come as a surprise. It’s the decision that the university had to make. The three men’s basketball players were accused of raping a female UO student March 9. Since these allegations led to an investigation into the incident, the Lane County District Attorney told the university not to take any action against the players. The timing of these events leads to skepticism, since the accusation came on the heels of the NCAA Tournament. Dotson was one of Oregon’s best players and Artis was a role player, while Arnold — who transferred from Providence (and left with a sexualassault allegation, which is still an ongoing investigation) — was not able to play for the 2013-14 season. UO head coach Dana Altman and his assistant coaches received bonuses for tournament wins. Altman and Athletic Director Rob Mullens said they were unaware of who was involved, or the details of the incident, until late April. It is not fair to hold those two accountable for not acting sooner, because of the information that was withheld. They have covered their bases. The police told them not to act. They did not. But waiting two months before doing anything has opened up many to criticize their lack of action. Since the information has been distributed widely to the public, there have been public displays of vitriol aimed at the university and the three players. We are not going to try to evaluate which party is in the right and which one is not. We have already done that enough in the newsroom. History of sexual-assault cases have shown that there are male studentathletes who take advantage of their celebrity status and subsequently take advantage of women, and there are women who take advantage of a male student-athlete’s celebrity for attention, notoriety or other reasons. We read the DA’s statement, in which he listed the many reasons why they could not prosecute the players. We read the police report, which was a detailed retelling of the incident, with statements from all involved parties. Like nearly every sexual-assault allegation, this one came down to a he-said-she-said conundrum — one that we are not comfortable or capable of making judgment on. The university was not able to make judgment on whether or not what their student-athletes did was wrong, either, despite the DA’s conclusion that there was not enough evidence.

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Commercialization of Mother’s Day has ruined the holiday M other’s Day is a time to recognize the trauma we’ve put our mothers through. All the tantrums in grocery stores when your mother wanted to leave you in the lost and found. All those times you cut your siblings’ hair. All your words to her that were laced with angsty disdain, the threats of running away and all the meals left untouched. These times, while hopefully coming to a close, should remind you that your mother (or the mother figure in your life) is a selfless human being — no matter how she portrays it. The extensive litany of things we put our mothers through should be reason enough to offer them a warm and gracious celebration, instead of cheesy “wish I could be there” messages or meaningless impersonal


Scottaline flower drop-offs. It’s important to dig deep and remember what your mom really means to you, what she’s put aside for your benefit and what she’s taught you over the years. Set aside Hallmark for one moment and genuinely cherish your mother. Everyone alive was brought into this world somehow, but not everyone has a mother figure in his or her life, so be grateful if you do. There are a lot of holidays out there that commemorate individual roles: Sibling’s Day, Cousin’s Day, Aunt

and Uncle’s Day, Grandparents’ Day. (I’m serious. Ask Google.) But I think Mother’s Day is one of the most precious celebrations. It all started in 1908, when Anna Jarvis put together work clubs for mothers. These organizations offered food and medicine for mothers and worked hard to enhance the number of employed women, according to an article compiled from the West Virginia State Archives. You might be thinking, “so far, so good.” But then, when Mother’s Day became incredibly commercialized, Jarvis backed out. She spent the rest of her life attempting to basically “take it back.” Well, it’s good to know someone has a conscience. I almost respect Jarvis more for creating something with good intentions, but trying to slay

Rolling backpacks compromise cool factor, or do they?


n some level, at some point in life, we’ve all wanted to be cool. But being cool can be confusing. The concept in itself is a paradox, according to Philosophy Now, given that a “cool” person either requires total control or total detachment, remaining aloof and separate from the situation, while still making an effort to bring forward different and unique ideas. What is “cool” is also not static, according to a research article, titled “Coolness: An Empirical Investigation.” The article discusses at least three



different forms of coolness, ranging from simple social popularity to rebellious, against-the-fold contrarian coolness. Trying to achieve “coolness” is a very vague goal. Trying to even define it is difficult. Something that’s much more easily accomplished is determining what isn’t

cool. Lists of the things that aren’t cool, and that are dorky or nerdy, abound on the Internet, warning folks against the social death-wishes of “bragging about not having cable,” “calling people boss and champ” or “calling shotgun,” according to a helpful, 25-item list on KROC 106.9. Another so-called social deathwish, according blogs like Awkward in Fashion, revolves around rolling backpacks. Blogger Sara detailed how her first experience with a rolling backSee RUUD | page 8

it when it turned against the public. (Remind you of anything?) Don’t get me wrong, I love Mother’s Day. As I get older, it means more and more to me. I’m very grateful to have a graceful and gracious-hearted woman as a mother, and I want to celebrate her, gosh-darn-it. But when commercialization wants to stick its ugly nose in things and render them meaningless, I get frustrated. Mother’s Day shouldn’t be a day to accomplish a series of obligatory acts; it should be a time to celebrate the influential figures in our lives. They deserve it. t

Gabi Scottaline is a senior in English. The opinions

expressed in Scottaline’s columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Scottaline can be reached at

Letters to the Editor Regarding not charging UO players for rape

Injustice evidence of society’s poor morals The decision by Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner not to prosecute Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis for rape is an insult to justice. Gardner’s lack of imagination and moral courage is a sickening indication of the astonishing depth to which our culture exonerates rapists and marginalizes victims. Gardner’s insistence that the victim did not appear “impaired enough to constitute inability to consent,” and that they “stopped the sex acts three times at the woman’s request,” absolves the attackers of culpability and squarely asserts that consent is a continuum, whereby a firm “No!” just might be a yes, if you hold her down long enough. Steven McLain Class of 2013

Regarding the April 30 article “Marijuana supporters to march”

Marijuana for medical use, not recreational As students of public health, we’d like to respond to the frontpage coverage of state laws around medicinal marijuana and the Marijuana March on May 3. The media have become consumed with the politics of legality and medicinal marijuana use, detracting attention from devastating health impacts — life-altering sideeffects often overlooked because they’re more subtle than, say, the negative effects of alcohol abuse. Also overlooked is the drug’s commercialization in places where it has been legalized and potential for young people to spend motivation, time and energy “fighting the system” only to end up broke, dependent and used for profit. We are not disputing use for symptoms surrounding AIDS and lymphoma (mentioned in the article). What concerns us are the healthy students who were handed flyers on campus preceding the march, or individuals who might begin to self-medicate for concerns like depression, stress and emotional turmoil, when better options exist on campus, such as counseling and health coaching — at no cost, and without the addic-

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See LETTERS | page 8 Ryan Mason is a junior in graphic design

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LETTERS n Continued from page 7 tive, amotivational or emotionally damaging side effects present in marijuana. With cigarettes pervasively recognized as harmful, why is lighting up a joint viewed as an act of political will, despite the damage caused by putting 489 largely unstudied chemicals into our bodies? We’d like to point students to literature coming out of states that have legalized marijuana, citing aggressive marketing, a false sense of security among users, misrepresentation of THC potency and a general lack of education around symptoms and side effects. Reliable, peer-reviewed sources and scientific studies are the best way for individuals to be fully informed on all aspects of marijuana use, with concern for their health and wellbeing. Only then can we have a more balanced picture of a complex drug with potential to both alleviate and devastate lives. Lauren Zimbelman Graduate student of public health Meghan Fitzgerald Ph.D. Student, health policy

Regarding Wilson’s May 9 letter to the editor

Vaccinations: The never-ending saga I’m writing in reply to Laura Wilson’s letter to the editor in response to Cassie Ruud, published in Friday’s edition of the Barometer. Yes, vaccines have side effects, and sometimes very serious ones. Yet, we face risk and weigh those risks every single day of our lives. We climb into our cars and careen down • 541-737-2231 541-737-3383 highways behind 1,000 pounds of steel. And we may even know that 4 percent of us will be involved in a crash in any year, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That’s one in 25. But we drive without giving that 1-in-25 risk so much as a second thought. We are willing to accept this risk because of the benefits of driving. Vaccinating, like driving, is another risk worth taking. Vaccines prevent illness, not only for the person vaccinated, but for that person’s family, classmates, co-workers and for children too young to be vaccinated. As well as for those who cannot be vaccinated because of illness or because they are immunocompromised from, say, chemotherapy for cancer. Did you know that one person with measles can infect up to 17 others just by being in the same room? Did you know that measles can sometimes cause measles encephalitis, or even death? Measles is airborne. If you are immune, you won’t catch it and you won’t pass it on to others. The easiest way to acquire that immunity is to get the vaccine and avoid the downsides of having the illness. More than 10 million vaccines per year of all kinds are administered to children alone. Just one in 100,000 vaccines will result in a side effect, according to our best evidence: the Vaccine Adverse Event Report System (VAERS) — a system open to reporting from anyone, not just physicians and nurses. Compare that 1:100,000 to 1:25 for auto collisions. Plus, these reported vaccine side effects range from redness and swelling at the vaccination site to “loss of equilibrium” to “none stated” (which still becomes an adverse effect because it was

reported as such) — and yes, unfortunately, even a rare death can occur. In 2013, there were 46 deaths reported among the 131,147 adverse events following a vaccine on the VAERS site. All this data is easily accessible from the VAERS website. And for those of you who are science junkies, you might want to pick up the April 25 issue of the journal Science and read the editorial on page 339. It’s co-authored by a Harvard professor of public health, a University of Michigan emeritus medical professor and an assistant professor at MIT. The title: “Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy.” Let’s protect ourselves and others from unwanted death and disease from preventable diseases by getting the inexpensive and effective vaccinations that prevent them. So, you can take your chances. Get sick, suffer and infect your friends and family. Or get vaccinated and avoid all that. Sandra Bean

easy appeal to peer populism deriding those who aren’t buying into climate alarmism as “uninformed dolts.” This, the English major assumes, is because you’ve slept through the science courses she’s taken, for one, and for the real red meat measure of dolt-ism: You get your information from Fox News, which she asserts in the obedient obligatory delegitimizing custom, isn’t “actual news.” I have some questions regarding what Ruud claims “actual news” consists of. In my mind, actual news would consist of a fair treatment of both sides of an issue, providing the consumer with relevant information so that he or she can make an informed judgment, opinion or decision. I don’t think it should include rigging trucks to explode, as NBC has in order to steer opinion about the safety of that truck, or provide a forged document as evidence that a former President went AWOL from the Air National Guard as CBS had, or edit a 911 tape to suggest a guy defending himself with a gun shot his attacker just for being black (NBC Doctoral candidate, public health again). And I don’t think “actual news” outlets should chase away investigative reporters because they’re working on stories about Regarding Ruud’s May 9 column current administration scandals that make Accusations against Fox News from intol- ideologically like-minded network bosses uncomfortable. erant liberals don’t hold water Ruud obviously objects to Fox News’ ediIf I had a nickel for every time an intolertorial viewpoint, and in lock-step with peer ant liberal said Fox News wasn’t really news, approved consensus, adopts the party line I could recoup all that income I’m likely to and dutifully passes it along without serious lose in its redistribution for fraudulent causes. examination. Kind of like global warming, Taking time out from enlightening us with isn’t it? such profound columns as “Poor body image Harry J. Mallory hijacks our right to rock the short shorts,” Cassie Ruud attempts relevance with an Corvallis resident

Christian SmithruD is a senior in new media communications

EDITORIAL n Continued from page 7

the 2014-15 season. Those three were valuable commodities for the team, but the university’s decision to kick College athletics is political. The university them off surpassed their goal of producing a was faced with a decision once this incident talented team. became public. Oregon’s athletes have had plenty of criminal Their hand was forced. They had to dismiss activity in the past decade. Their reputation, especially among Beaver fans, has not been a Dotson, Artis and Dotson. The university’s student body has already been good one. The decision to remove these three from the a loud and collective force to stand up against acts of sexual assault in the wake of this incident. team is what Oregon had to do. They had to do it By keeping these three on the team, the Ducks for the public image, and for the reputation and would be used as an example of an athletic integrity of their program. They had no choice. program that is willing to keep its players on the t roster for wins and money. serve as means for Barometer editors to offer commentary After dismissing Dotson, Artis and Arnold, the Editorials and opinions on issues both global and local, grand in scale or Oregon men’s basketball team has only three diminutive. The views expressed here are a reflection of the editorial scholarship players remaining on the roster for board’s majority.

Every intersection is a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked

RUUD n Continued from page 7 pack went in her piece, titled “The Rolling Backpack of Social Status Death”: “But on the first day of school, my best friend looked at me as if she was too embarrassed to be seen with a girl who carried such a ginormous backpack. She had to sit me down to give me the talk — the talk about how rolling backpacks are the essence of nerdiness.” Rolling backpacks and how folks react to them — myself included — perplexes me. Part of me agrees with any condemnation of rolling backpacks outside of a certain age range or an airport. The other part of me acknowledges the evidence that folks with rolling backpacks are probably not going to have to pay the chiropractor as often as I will in the future, due to my poor posture and heavy, traditional backpack. In fact, the positives of utilizing a rolling backpack are numerous, ranging from the aforementioned lower likelihood of back pain to more storage space, durability and numer-

ous pockets. So why the social rejection of something so positive and innovative, just for the vague and ever-changing status of being considered cool? And given that a fair number of folks are unfairly judged based on this cool or uncool determination for superficiality, when does the cycle of rejecting something based not on its utility but on its external qualities end? For Greg Gutfeld, author of “Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You,” the evil beast of “cool” lurks behind every dangerous decision, and “infects all aspects of our lives” — the cool enslave others through social pressure and fear of rejection and loneliness. The cycle ends when folks begin thinking critically and being true to themselves. So if you want that rolling backpack, a Segway PT or a pocket protector, wear it loud and proud, knowing that you are expressing your individuality and authenticity. That in itself is pretty cool. t

Cassie Ruud is a senior in English. The opinions expressed in Ruud’s

columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Ruud can be reached at


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