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Mohamed Elgarguri fought against Gaddafi’s forces in Libya before returning to OSU By Joce DeWitt The Daily Barometer
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Before returning to OSU, Mohamed Elgarguri fought alongside the rebels that overthrew Gaddafi’s regime in Libya. The speech communications major is married and was a finalist for Memorial Union president.
Mohamed Elgarguri clearly remembers the thoughts that went through his head as he experienced his first enemy ambush in Libya at the height of the Arab Spring last year. He wasn’t thinking about the fact that he had been shot. In fact, he said, his adrenaline level was too far through the roof to even feel pain. He wasn’t thinking about the 100-meter sprint from his hiding spot to the truck that represented his only means of escape in a shower of bullets from Gaddafi’s militants. No, in the midst of combat between Muammar Gaddafi loyalists and revolutionaries, Elgarguri was thinking about his kids. “I was saying to myself, ‘What brought me here?’” said 23-year-old Elgarguri, a speech communications major and political science minor at Oregon State University. He imagined a situation, years in the future, when his children would ask him what he was doing when the fights in the Middle East broke out. “If I had to tell them that I was smoking medical marijuana and fornicating in California, it would reflect poorly upon my character, so I kept saying, ‘I’m not going to let them get me.’” And they didn’t. Elgarguri remembers running the fastest 100-meter sprint of his life to the five-person recon vehicle that carried 11 reporters and revolutionaries that happened to be in his charge. He remembers holding See Elgarguri | page 3
College of Forestry grows sustainable future Although it has seen changes over the years, the college continues to prepare graduates By McKinley Smith The Daily Barometer
The College of Forestry has been a part of Oregon State University for over one hundred years. During this time, the College of Forestry has grown from a graduating class of four in 1910, to a program that sends its emissaries around the globe on a variety of missions, ranging from tracking hummingbirds to researching climate change. “The College of Forestry is tremendously broader than people might think,” said Paul Doescher, head of the department of forest ecosystems and society. “It’s [a] challenge for people to understand the breadth of the college.” The variety of classes and ongoing research projects speak to the scope of the College of Forestry. John Bliss, a professor in the department of forest ecosystems and society, is preparing an undergraduate course where half the students will be from OSU and half will be from Japan. “Many years ago I mentored a Ph.D. student from Japan, Yoshitaka Kumagai. Yoshi is now a professor at Akita International University in Japan,” Bliss said. “Last summer he called me up and recruited me to work on developing an exchange class between OSU and AIU. The
unique class will focus on two rural temporary forest management on communities, one in Eastern Oregon fish, amphibians and other memand one in Akita, Japan, to examine bers of these aquatic ecosystems. how each community is affected by Jeff Morrell of the wood science globalization.” and engineering department heads Forestry students and faculty have 50 to 60 projects at any given time, worked in countries all over the with field sites ranging from Australia world, from Australia to China, and to Hawaii. Utility poles, treated wood and termite damage all come under Chile to Ethiopia. One such student is Sophia the heading of what the department deals with. Polasky-Lauer, one “We kind of do of Bliss’ graduate everything that relates students in the People are saying to deterioration of college, who has also spent time in that in 30 to 40 years wood,” Morrell said. According to the Peace Corps. we’ll add two Executive Associate She is developing billion people. A Dean for the College a proposal for her of Forestry Steve future research. billion people are Tesch, the world “I’m working going to put one heck needs the research on social mobility and climate of a demand on the the college performs now and in the future. change,” Polaskyworld’s forests. “People are saying Lauer said. that in 30 to 40 years, Polasky-Lauer is we’ll add two more looking for ways to Steve Tesch billion people,” Tesch measure vulnerexecutive associate dean said. “A billion people ability in places are going to put one like West Africa, identifying external stresses like the heck of a demand on the world’s effects of climate change and help- forests.” While forests are traditionally ing such communities respond. In the department of forest engi- seen as a source of lumber prodneering, resources and manage- ucts and fuel, sustainable forests ment, Arne Skaugset is conducting and their contribution to clean water three studies on water quality of and animal habitat preservation are also important parts of forest aquatic ecosystems. “The data sets quantifying the management. effects of the industry were dated,” McKinley Smith, reporter Skaugset said. His new studies will firstname.lastname@example.org measure the effectiveness of conOn Twitter: @dailybarometer
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Police, protesters clash outside NATO summit Protesters and police clashed Sunday outside the NATO summit in Chicago, where world leaders met to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan. Police hit protesters with batons as they pushed against a line of officers, video from CNN affiliate WLS showed. The clashes came toward the end of a day of peaceful protests. Occupy Chicago, one of the groups that helped to organize the demonstrations, reported some people were injured. “The police have several demonstrators detained behind their lines, calling for medics. Bloodied protesters being dragged out of sight now,” the group wrote on its Twitter page. An official with the city, who was not authorized to talk to the media, told CNN that between 50-75 protesters had refused to leave the area and had thrown objects at police. Individuals identified as aggressors were “extract-
ed,” the official said. As violence raged outside, inside the NATO meeting U.S. President Barack Obama met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and hosted other world leaders. He stressed that more work must be done before NATO troops pull out of Afghanistan. “There will be great challenges ahead. The loss of life continues in Afghanistan. There will be hard days,” Obama said at the NATO summit. “But we are confident we are on the right track and (what) this NATO summit reflects is that the world is behind the strategy we’ve laid out. Now it’s our task to implement it effectively and I believe we can do so in part because of the tremendous strength and resilience of the Afghan people.” Obama and other world leaders were expected to draw up a road map out of the war in Afghanistan. The summit comes at a key time for NATO countries, who are trying to
figure out how to meet a 2014 deadline to withdraw from an unpopular war in Afghanistan while shoring up that nation’s security forces. “There will be no rush for the exits. We will stay committed to our operations in Afghanistan and see it through to a successful end. Our goal, our strategy, our timetable remains unchanged,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday. Security was tight at the summit following Saturday’s arrest of three men, described by authorities as anarchists who plotted to attack Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters and lob Molotov cocktails at police during the summit. Two other men, not believed to be part of the alleged plot, appeared in court Sunday to face charges from “related investigations,” authorities said. Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, of Chicago, is charged with falsely making a terrorist threat, prosecutors
said in a statement. Mark Neiweem, 28, also believed to be from Chicago, is charged with attempted possession of explosives or incendiary devices. Bond was set at $750,000 for Senakiewicz and $500,000 for Neiweem. “While the cases that were charged in court today arose from related investigations, the two defendants are not charged with any involvement in the terrorist case from yesterday, and today’s cases are separate matters. The two defendants ... each face their own charges arising from separate incidents,” prosecutors said. Police insist there were no imminent threats to the leaders of more than 50 nations gathering at the summit. The leaders are expected to formally adopt a timetable to transition security from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force to Afghan forces, senior administration officials told CNN. — CNN
Obama continues push for financial regulation After a rough week in the investment industry, President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday to urge Congress to stand by increased regulations of Wall Street, while Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin continued the Republican call for the Democratic-led Senate to pass a budget. The recession was caused by Wall Street treating the “financial system like a casino,” and this week’s $2 billion loss suffered by JPMorgan Chase could have cost taxpayers, Obama said. Congress should back reforms such as those enacted nearly two years ago “because we can’t afford to go back to an era of weak regulation and little oversight where excessive risk-taking on Wall Street and a lack of basic oversight in Washington nearly destroyed our economy,” Obama said. That law, known as Dodd Frank,
passed Congress by narrow margins and is a target of Republicans on the campaign trail. The president said the new rules require financial powerhouses to “write out a ‘living will’ that details how you’ll be wound down if you do fail.” “So unless you run a financial institution whose business model is built on cheating consumers or making risky bets that could damage the whole economy, you have nothing to fear from Wall Street reform,” he said, then defended his position from suggestions that it is an undue restriction on the free market. “I believe the free market is one of the greatest forces for progress in human history; that businesses are the engine of growth; that risk-takers and innovators should be celebrated,” he said. “But I also believe that at its best, the free market has never been a license to take
whatever you want, however you can get it.” Meanwhile, Johnson said in the Republicans’ address that Democrats in the Senate and Obama are acting irresponsibly by refusing to pass a budget. “For his part, President Obama has done nothing to encourage the Senate to pass a budget. Just this week in the Senate, the president’s budget lost by a vote of 0 to 99,” Johnson said. “This is a stunning repudiation of his leadership. At a time when America requires sober financial management, President Obama’s fiscal plans have been so unserious, that not a single member of his own party supported them with their vote.” Spurred by Republicans, the Senate held votes on five budget proposals on Wednesday, none of which passed. — CNN
Lockerbie bomber dies more than two years after release Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the only person convicted in connection with the Lockerbie airline bombing that killed 270 people, died Sunday, the Libyan government and family members said. He was 60. The former intelligence officer, who had suffered from prostate cancer, will be buried Monday, according to a Libyan foreign ministry spokesman. Al Megrahi’s cousin, Omer al-Gharyani, told CNN he was
at a Tripoli hospital with al Megrahi when he died. His death came more than two-and-a-half years after he was freed from a life sentence in Scotland because he was said to be dying. His brother said the family refers “to the deceased as ‘the convicted innocent.’” “May God bless his soul,” he added. Relatives of those killed in the bombing expressed relief and, in some cases, anger. “He was a mass murder-
er. I feel no pity,” said Susan Cohen, whose daughter was among the 189 Americans killed. The destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 was the deadliest act of air terrorism targeting Americans until the September 11, 2001, attacks, according to the FBI. American and British investigators who painstakingly pieced together the wreckage concluded it was destroyed by a bomb.
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Authorities in those nations claimed al Megrahi — once the security chief for Libyan Arab Airlines — and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah were Libyan intelligence agents who planted the explosive. They were charged in November 1991 on 270 counts of murder and conspiracy to murder. That indictment set off the first battle over al Megrahi, until Libya handed him and Fhima over in the face of international pressure. — CNN
Calendar Tuesday, May 22 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 109A. Convenes to discuss student issues. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend.
Events Center for Leadership Development, 4:30-5pm, MU Council Room. Officer Transition Series: Join student leaders at OSU for workshops on officer transitions. ASOSU, 5-6:30pm, MU 109. ASOSU Town Hall: An open forum to come and get your opinions on ASOSU heard!
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Events Latter-Day Saint Student Association, 7:30pm, MU Journey Room. Outreach: Presenting the movie “Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration” Women’s Center, Women’s Studies, Office of Equity & Inclusion, Memorial Union, 4pm, MU 109. “After the Silence”: a story of inspiration for anyone whose life has been touched by the horror of domestic or interpersonal violence. Peggie Reyna (with interpreter), the social worker on whom the film is based will answer questions. Representatives will be available from CARDV and CAPS.
Tuesday, May 29 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 109A. Convenes to discuss student issues. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, May 30 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211. Convenes to discuss student issues and concerns. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend.
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Before returning to Corvallis, Elgarguri worked as a DJ in San Francisco, and for a French television company, while he was in Libya. He has applied for a position in the ASOSU executive cabinet.
on with all his strength until the truck was a safe distance from enemy fire. “I have no idea how I managed to stay on the car,” Elgaguri said, since he had neither a helmet nor a weapon, and the only thing that kept his feet from slipping off the ledge of the truck were the ridges of his combat boots. This was one of many near-death encounters Elgarguri had while in Libya after having a life-changing epitome while watching Al-Jazeera in a restaurant in San Francisco where he free-lanced as a DJ. Though he has a diverse ethnic heritage that comes from several countries in the region — his father was half Libyan and half Italian, and his mother is half Egyptian and half Turkish — Elgarguri said the revolutions in the Middle East did not catch his immediate attention until they began in Libya. “I watched footage of a friend of mine who had gone to Libya for business and ended up protesting,” he said. “I saw footage of him being shot and his body carried away on a stretcher.” Elgarguri said it was this moment in particular that altered his views of the world and his role in it. After a three-year bout with post traumatic stress disorder, which came from his father’s death in a car accident in his hometown of Corvallis, Elgarguri remembers crying for what seemed like the first time. “I felt a renewal of a sense of purpose. I felt my self-destructive instincts. My wasting of self-potential and time was immediately made clear in my eyes and I felt the need to do my best and be my best,” he said. “For the first time in all those PTSD
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years, tears came to my eyes, and I said, ‘I of applicants for Memorial Union president cannot stand idly by while these events are and, since he wasn’t selected, has his sights occurring overseas in the homeland of my set on three different positions within the ASOSU executive cabinet. father.’” Because the only thing that would motiAfter a “spiritually cleansing” pilgrimage with his mother throughout the Middle vate Elgarguri to return to Libya would be East, which he said helped him “surrender to rebuild, he said he hopes to concentrate his ego,” Elgarguri smuggled himself into on how he can most benefit his “direct Libya to fight for the one cause he believes community.” One of the biggest goals Elgarguri has for in. “No savage barbarian has ever used the OSU student body is the development of mercenaries against his own people,” a Middle Eastern cultural center, as it would represent a geographical Elgarguri said in reference region that does not have to Gaddafi’s reign. “After Tripoli fell and Gaddafi I felt a renewal of a home on campus. “I believe in fate. My was on the run, I said good a sense of not being chosen for the bye.” position opened up He worked with a purpose... I felt the MU a way for me to serve number of international on Harris and Cushing’s organizations, including need to do executive board,” he said. Doctors Without Borders “I want to reach out to the and TF1, a national French my best and community of internaTV Channel. be my best. tional students who I feel “Whatever skills and have been neglected and talents I was blessed with underrepresented.” were to be used for the Mohamed Elgarguri Elgarguri said Vice benefit of others,” he said. student, speech communications President Dan Cushing After surviving combat has written a resolution situations on recon, producing reports for TF1 and working on the calling for the construction of a Middle medical side, Elgarguri returned to Corvallis Eastern center. He is waiting to hear back in December 2011 where he is studying and from ASOSU members about which, if any, living with his wife who is pregnant with of the executive positions he will hold for the coming academic year. their first child. Elgarguri said he feels responsible for In his view, nothing but divine intervention brought him back to the city of his using the experience and skills he has to childhood, where he hopes to make a dif- benefit the university. “I don’t feel whole ference within the Associated Students of or complete without putting myself at the OSU. “My life proves, without a shadow of benefit of others,” he said. doubt, that coincidence is not possible,” Joce DeWitt, reporter he said. firstname.lastname@example.org Elgarguri was recently a finalist in a pool On Twitter: @Joce_DeWitt
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Graduate research assistants should be able to unionize N
ow that nearly 63 percent of all unrepresented graduate student employees have signed a decision card declaring their desire to join the union, we believe it’s time for the university to fully recognize all graduate employees, regardless of what type of “assistant” they are considered to be. In early March, the Coalition of Graduate Employees filed a motion to the State Employment Relations Board to fully classify all graduate employees under the same union — this would bring in around 485 new graduate employees into the current union of around 950. Currently, graduate research assistants are not a part of the union, as the university contract holds that only graduates that work “in service to the university” will be covered. The university has attempted to create a definitive line between what is an employee and what is not. Alone, it’s a wise decision to distinguish between the two, to be certain those who are not truly employed by the uni-
Editorial versity, or who do not perform duties required of an employee, don’t receive union benefits. However, this division between graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants is arbitrary; the university’s definition of an employee is based upon a now outdated 1970s court and flimsy academic requirements. Since that 1977 court case (University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation v. the University of Oregon), which pitted U of O against its graduate employee union, even the university at hand has overturned the ruling. In the early 1990s, U of O entered into a voluntary agreement with the union to recognize graduate research assistants as part of the bargaining unit. If the University of Oregon — as well as many other universities — already recognizes graduate research assistants as employees of the university and part of any kind of bargain-
ing unit, what is the big deal here at Oregon State? With one Oregon university already rejecting the precedent, our university will have a hard time persuading ERB to uphold the original ruling. However, inconsistencies in the interpretation of past court precedent is not the sole weakness in the university’s argument against the unionization. Their definition of what a true employee is fails to establish any definitive distinction between the two groups of graduate assistants. There isn’t really as big of a difference between the two as the university would lead you to believe. The university views graduate research assistants as students focusing on academic work, while teaching assistants provide a service to the university. But this division is blurred. Many times, research assistants work on projects that are unrelated to their own thesis research, and any research they do conduct automatically becomes property of the university. They have established times of work and their research projects have deadlines,
which often make money for the university in the end. Plus, these research assistants will sometimes cross over into teaching and then go back to strictly research, which makes the distinction line pretty blurry. We aren’t quite sure why the university is combating the CGE’s motion and not just recognizing research assistants outright. Research assistants provide a valuable service to the university and if they want to be organized as part of a union, then they have the right to. Yes, recognizing them as part of the bargaining unit will increase CGE’s size and clout, but we don’t see how the university stands to benefit from not recognizing RAs as employees. The university’s reliance on an outdated court precedent and a suspect distinction between what constitutes an employee isn’t an adequate defense in rejecting the unionization of all graduate employees. t
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he most controversial piece of one of the most controversial acts of legislation, The Patient Affordable Care Act, or Brad Obamacare, is the individual mandate. The individual mandate would force all U.S. citizens to buy health insurance, or face a fine. If we allowed our hospitals to flat This single aspect is what many out reject people who were sick and people believe led to the republican takeover of the house of representa- didn’t have health insurance, this tives in 2010, and many other state type of freeloader wouldn’t exist. legislatures and governorships. It However, our society would be quite also partially gave fuel for the Tea pathetic. Only recently, as in when Party to be created. Obamacare was being debated in So naturally, the individual manCongress, did conservatives begin date must be a rather liberal idea, to renounce the individual mandate because it infuriated so many conas a way to reform our health care servatives and energized them for system. the largest swing of seats in the hisAs recently as 2005, Mitt Romney tory of the house of representatives. instilled an individual mandate in However, that is false. Massachusetts when he successfully The individual mandate was an pursued universal health care in that idea that was thought up in the early state as governor. It is currently the 1990s by The Heritage Foundation, only state to have universal coverage. a conservative think-tank based in Furthermore, when he signed the Washington, D.C. It was the conserbill, there was a member from the vative response to Hillarycare back in Heritage Foundation on stage next the 1990s. to him, clapping wildly as he signed The conservative reasoning behind it. This was one of his biggest accomthis mandate is rather simple: perplishments in Massachusetts, and sonal responsibility. Currently, in ironically, it was his biggest liability the U.S. health care system, one can in the GOP primaries this year. receive treatment regardless if they Governor Romney and President have health insurance or not. It is Obama’s health illegal for hospital care reforms were emergency rooms far too similar for to turn away care Free care eschews republican voters from someone who to be comfortable urgently needs it. personal with, but luckily for Often, those who Romney, everyone responsibility, don’t have health else in the field was care coverage are extremely weak. In which is the either already sick or fact, Obama himpoor. The sick usucornerstone of self said that they ally have pre-existmodeled a good conservative ing conditions and amount of their are denied coverhealth care reform philosophy. age because of how off of the one that much they would Romney enacted in cost the insurance Massachusetts. companies to proOne would guess, likely corvide coverage for, and the poor can’t rectly, that the GOP has done a 180 afford health insurance in the first degree turn on the individual manplace. Now, they get a free ride for date because of the endorsement by care and it costs the hospitals, and in such a high profile, hated democrat, turn, the taxpayers, dearly to pay for President Obama. If Obama had chothis ‘free’ care. sen a different route, then perhaps Free care eschews personal responthe individual mandate would have sibility, which is the cornerstone of some credence, but since Obama conservative philosophy. The individhas embraced it, it has become the ual mandate would get rid of the free epitome of bad policy in conservariders in the system, who cost taxpaytive’s eyes. ers a ton of money. Everyone would t be required to participate under the Brad Alvarez is a junior in finance and economics. The opinions principle of taking responsibility for expressed in his columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Alvarez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. your own care when it is needed.
wanting to spend real time with their children choose to go to the movies or on vacations instead of spending time going over homeRobert work. However, again, parents alone are not to blame for our failing education. Rebel without a pulse This isn’t an issue that comes ents haven’t stepped up. down to one factor or one solution; Parents have to work with their this is going to take time and effort children as much as teachers do from everyone — parents, teachto demonstrate the importance of ers and students. Performance pay education. When I was in elemen- seems like a great idea on paper, tary school, my father visited my and sure, there are a few counteachers every day to find out how tries that have implemented the I was doing. His philosophy is that process with successful results, if there is a problem, he is going but performance pay was not the to find the solution now, not after sole reason teachers “performed” the report card comes out. When better. Students don’t automatiI was living with cally understand my mother during the material just high school, she This isn’t an issue that because their never visited my teacher receives a comes down to one teachers, didn’t larger salary. ask about my daily factor or one solution; Instead, with performance and the combined this is going to take instead just waiteffort of governtime and effort from ment, schools ed until a report card came home. everyone — parents, and parents, these My perforcountries manmance dropped teachers and students. aged to set up a during high system that works. school, but not That is what needs by much, because to happen in the my father instilled such a high United States — everyone needs importance of education into to come together with their sole me. This is what parents need agenda being the prosperity of the to do; they don’t have to utilize students, not their political or idemy father’s method, but should ological beliefs. focus on encouraging education. We need to stop looking for soluI understand that parents have tions before identifying the root of several responsibilities that they the problem. Too many people are need to deal with, but there is focused on the problem and trying always time in the day to encour- to come up with a solution without age education. asking why that problem exists. As a society, we have grown If students aren’t performing complacent with how education well in the classroom, we need is being handled. We believe that to look at the schools and their since teachers have the kids for home life. Teachers constantly about eight hours a day, there claim that if they had more supdoesn’t need to be that much more port from parents, their job would education at home. Plus, parents be much easier. And this parental support doesn’t have to be drastic, just a gentle nudge encouraging students to put a little more effort Letters to the editor are welcomed and will be printed on a first-received basis. Letters must be in — maybe all it takes is a little 300 words or fewer and include the author’s signature, academic major, class standing or job title, help with homework at night. department name and phone number. Authors of e-mailed letters will receive a reply for the purpose Teachers aren’t the enemy or of verification. Letters are subject to editing for space and clarity. The Daily Barometer reserves the right to refuse publication of any submissions. the cause of the problem, but they The Daily Barometer could use some support from outc/o Letters to the editor side the classroom.
here has been an ongoing debate over how much, more or less, teachers should be paid in order to encourage better results from their students. In essence, this would be performance pay, since teaching is part of the service industry. This belief, however, that paying teachers more based on how well their students do on tests is a flawed solution. Teaching may be public service, but the service provided is completely different from the traditional mold of the service industry, and it cannot be directly tied to the performance of their consumers, or students in this case. This type of solution does not encourage a better education system and could actually hinder student development. Just like the idea behind the No Child Left Behind Act, with performance pay, teachers are encouraged to teach for the test, not the complete understanding of the concept. Not only that, but with performance pay, the preferred method to measure performance is through standardized tests, one of the worst testing methods we have. Tests should be set up to show that students understand the concepts, rather than simply memorizing facts. Granted, for a math test, standardized testing works great, but for an English class or philosophy class, a standardized test doesn’t exactly show that students have grasped the greater concepts. We need our students to not only know the facts, but be able to use them and understand their importance in the world. Probably, the worst aspect of performance pay is that the blame is placed entirely on the teachers. The United States didn’t fall so far in the education rankings because teachers failed to do their jobs, but because par-
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Should employers take looks into consideration when hiring? James Leathers
The Daily Barometer ing at GNC who can personally vouch for the efficacy of the given product. Likewise, men are much more likely to take advice on how to rekindle a dwindling relationship from a smoking hot employee working at Victoria’s Secret than they are from a 60-year-old “sex expert” who charges $60 per hour for her consultation sessions (speaking in hypotheticals, and not from personal experience, of course). We are all aware that discrimination based on looks is a prevalent issue in today’s hiring practices in fields and professions across the board. However, businesses and corporations can subjectively and arbitrarily deny applicants employment for almost any reason they see fit. This means that they can directly, and in many cases legally, deny people employment based on their physical attractiveness. But who is audacious enough to come right out and reveal such hiring practices? After all, most corporations are “equal opportunity employers,” right? Victoria Hospital in Texas instituted a new
policy disallowing the employment of obese people. This means that both health care and non-health care staff must be below a certain body fat percentage to obtain a job. Is this unethical? They don’t seem to think so. Their policy reads, “[Employees] should fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a healthcare professional.” I think I just had an “Aha!” moment. Victoria Hospital executives have an excellent point. If I were a patient, I wouldn’t listen to an overweight cardiologist telling me that I needed to lose a few pounds to decrease my chance of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. He would have no credibility in my eyes. Sorry doc, but I’ll do as you do, not as you say. I think that of all people, medical physicians should walk the talk. I think that overweight doctors are a poor representation of the very knowledge and practice that they
spent eight or more years of their lives, and hundreds of thousands of their own dollars, learning. I am a pre-medical student and yes, I believe that physicians should not be hired if they are unable to live healthy lives themselves. Of course, this disregards doctors with clinically diagnosed eating disorders, genetic predispositions and things of that sort. So, should looks factor in to hiring new employees? It depends. No one needs a sexy laboratory professor or hunky nuclear reactor operator. However, as discussed earlier, some professions do require a certain degree of physical attractiveness or fitness to obtain success. Some professions require pretty while others require merit; there’s no changing this ugly truth.
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hould your physical appearance matter in the workplace? The response from most people would be a reflexional “No.” For me, if you completely disregard skin color as a component of physical attractiveness and avoid the whole racism issue, then yes, I can think of at least a few exceptions that would yield reconsideration. First, lets think of the classic examples. Runway models — You must be exceptionally thin and pretty to make it in this profession. Discrimination based on weight or appearance is part of the hiring process. Bartenders — Physical attractiveness will warrant better tips. From a financial business perspective, looks do matter. However, here’s where we start to blur the lines between ethics and effective business policy. Let’s analyze a field such as sales. Should all positions in sales be at least in some part related to physical appearance? Good sales skills aren’t entirely defined by physical characteristics, but they are definitely magnified by them. Men are not likely to buy weight-training supplements from a 5’7”, 120-pound scientist. They want to buy it from the 6’4”, 235-pound bodybuilder work-
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n Tuesday afternoon, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave a lecture on the global economy in which he argued that the world is becoming ever more interconnected, and that many problems will need to be solved through greater international cooperation. While Brown’s argument is certainly true with regards to some pressing issues, further centralization of political power isn’t a wise idea in general. The first part of Brown’s argument is most certainly correct: “We are all part of an interdependent economy. What happens to us in one country affects all of us right across the world.” This point was underscored yesterday at the economics department’s weekly seminar, where University of Michigan economist Jing Zhang discussed the impact of Chinese productivity growth on living standards in other countries. The days of autarky and isolationism are long gone and are not coming back. Furthermore, it is true that this interdependence necessitates increased international cooperation on certain issues. Greenhouse gas emissions from one country affect not just the polluting country, but the entire planet. Likewise, the alleviation of extreme pover-
ty is not, and should not, be the sole responsibility of the countries in which the world’s poorest citizens are living. However, in the interest of protecting individual liberties and for pragmatism’s sake, I strenuously disagree that further transfers of power from local and state governments to national and international bodies is a wise course of action. It is often much more difficult for a government to infringe upon the rights and liberties of its citizens if those citizens are free to move to another jurisdiction. Thus, in the interest of protecting individual liberties, political powers should be put in the hands of local and state governments rather than national or international governing authorities as far as is reasonably possible. Take health care, for instance. Obviously, there are many health-related issues that are best addressed nationally and internationally. Successfully combatting the spread of infectious and communicable diseases has often required significant international cooperation. Likewise, it often makes more sense for medical and scientific research to be funded by the federal rather than state governments, as a discovery made in one state will
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the credit for keeping the UK from adopting the euro. It’s true that the countries of the world are becoming more interconnected and that there are many pressing issues which require increased international cooperation. However, we shouldn’t, as a general rule, centralize even more power in the hands of national and international bodies. Jonathan Pedde
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Texas pastor behind Chinese activistâ€™s freedom It has been a busy week for Pastor â€œBobâ€? Xiqiu Fu, a pastor from Midland, Texas, who has spent considerable time on the international stage working for the release of Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese activist who arrived in the United States on Saturday after weeks of diplomatic back and forth between two global super powers. Weeks ago, when Chen escaped from house arrest by jumping over a high wall and hiding out in a pig sty, Fu was the first to know. When Congress called two hearings in 10 days to address Chenâ€™s situation, Fu was front and center. Both times, Chen called Fuâ€™s cell phone and he translated for the Congressional hearings, and the English speaking world, the concerns of the blind activist for his extended family. â€œItâ€™s really an answer to prayer,â€? Fu told CNN of Chenâ€™s arrival to the United States. Fu said he talked with Chen six times before the latter boarded a flight from Beijing to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. â€œHe sounded very upbeat but concerned about his other
extended family members he is leaving behind who are facing some real serious retribution from the local authorities,â€? Fu said. Fu is the president of ChinaAid, a Christian human rights organization that has been campaigning for Chenâ€™s freedom. On Tuesday, Fu was in Washington, D.C. He began his day at an event with former President George W. Bush, who name-dropped Fu from the podium at an event billed as a Celebration of Human Freedom. Fu sat in the front row between Bush and his wife Laura. His job was to introduce the former First Lady. Mrs. Bush spoke glowingly of how Fu had helped secure a notebook with the book of Revelation hand copied by Chinese prisoners for the Freedom Collection at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Fu took the chance behind the podium to share his personal story, telling how he was a student leader in 1989 at Tiananmen Square, then became a pastor of a house church in China. After he and his wife were arrested for â€œillegal evange-
lism,â€? they fled to Hong Kong in 1996. From there, they immigrated to the United States and ended up in â€œdustyâ€? Midland, Texas, where in 2002 they founded ChinaAid. The group focuses on â€œexposing the abuses, encouraging the abused, and spiritually and legally equipping the leaders to defend their faith and freedom,â€? according to a statement on its website. In Chenâ€™s case, that has meant being fully engaged with campaigning for his freedom. After the event with Bush, Fu headed to the Rayburn House Office Building to appear in front of a subcommittee hearing on human rights to discuss the Chen case. Before it began, Chinese journalists and members of the international media peppered Fu with questions about Chenâ€™s condition and whether or not he would be calling into the hearing. Fu smiled and answered their questions, alternating between Chinese and English, and said he had lost contact with Chen since the previous night. Once the hearing got underway, Fu slipped out into the
hallway with a staff member from Rep. Chris Smithâ€™s office. A swam of reporters and photographers promptly followed him into the hallway. Fu and the staff member slipped into a back room. A few moments later, Fuâ€™s assistant slipped out and motioned to the reporters to go back into the hearing room, indicating Fu had connected with Chen again. For the second time in 10 days, Fu took to the dais with Smith, holding up his cell phone and translating questions to Chen and relaying his answers. â€œTheyâ€™re doing fine, especially my two children,â€? Chen said on the phone through Fu. â€œThey kept telling my wife and I that this is such a wonderful place, we can play outside. And he said you can tell from my wife and I how terrible they had been back to our home town. They were only allowed to have one hour outing every day,â€? the activist described of his familyâ€™s time in a Beijing hospital. He also explained that Chinese authorities were harassing his extended family in Shandong Province in eastern China. â€” CNN
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MENâ€™S GOLF n Continued from page 7 what is at stake, and the pressure and intensity is tenfold that of any other event. I think we started out a little tense and tried to play perfectly instead of just going out and taking care of business. At the same time, it is very difficult to follow up a great round, and I think in the back of their minds they might have felt like they were going to need to shoot the same kind of score today. â€œThe team was great,â€? Reehoorn added. â€œIt was not looking good for a while, and they really fought hard the last nine holes to finish well and make it close. They did the same thing yesterday to bounce back [after] such a disappointing finish the first day.â€? The one player who wonâ€™t return next season is senior Jonnie Motomochi, who shot a 2-over 72 on Saturday to finish the regional in a tie for 41st place with a 4-over 73-69-72â€”214. Motomochi concludes his four-year career at Oregon State as a team leader who always played with a smile that was reflective of his outgoing personality.
Monday, May 21, 2012 â€˘ 7 â€œItâ€™s sad to say goodbye to Jonnie,â€? Reehoorn said through his Twitter account immediately following the round. Junior Matt Rawitzer followed up his Oregon State-best 5-under 65 that he fired on Friday with a 2-under 68 to record his first top-10 finish as a Beaver with a 4-under 73-65-68â€”206 to tie for 10th place. The transfer from the University of Idaho had four birdies in his final round and concluded his first season with the Beavers with four subpar rounds in his last six tournaments. â€œMatt started out the same as the other guys, a little up and down, but he was able to save par on the greens he missed early and avoid an early bogey or two, which allowed him to get more and more comfortable in his round,â€? Reehoorn said. Junior Nick Chianello also had a great first season in the orange and black after transferring from the University of Portland last spring, finishing the year as the Beaversâ€™ scoring average leader after a tie for 25th place at regionals with an even-par 71-66-73â€”210. A couple of Oregon State veterans, junior
Nick Sherwood and sophomore David Fink, will also return next season as two of the most experienced players on the team. Sherwood was his usual consistent self at the regional with a 1-over 70-71-70â€”211 for a tie for 27th place, while Fink has gradually worked his way back from an injury and finished tied for 48th with a 6-over 73-69-74â€”216. California, which won the Pac-12 Championship at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, took home the team title with a 25-under 815 to finish six strokes ahead of San Diego State (19-under 821). The University of Alabama at Birmingham (-10), Stanford (-8) and the University of Central Florida (-5) also advance to the NCAA Championships. Josh Anderson of Pepperdine University, who competed at the regional as an individual, advances to the NCAA Championship after claiming medalist honors with a 14-under 196. Oregon State Athletic Communications
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SOFTBALL n Continued from page 7 Lauren Chamberlain hit a routine grounder to shortstop and Casey attempted to score, but Elizabeth Santana saw the Sooner racing home and nailed her at the plate for the first out. Ricketts would walk to load the bases, however, and on a 1-0 pitch Jessica Shults hit a grand slam into the stands in right field to put Oklahoma on top, 4-0. The Beavers threatened in their half of the opening frame when Hannah Bouska walked and Erin Guzy singled into shallow left field to put runners on first and second with two away. Ricketts would induce a slow roller down the first base line, which she fielded unassisted, to keep Oregon State off the board. The Sooners left two on in the third and one on base in the fourth before extending
their lead in the fifth. Ricketts struck out looking to start things off, but Shults hit her second home run of the game, this one a solo shot, to add another run for the hosts. Katie Norris singled home another run later in the frame to give Oklahoma a 6-0 lead, the eventual final score. Despite the bitter ending, the year proved fruitful for a number of players whose individual performances set personal bests and helped push the team to new heights. Junior Elizabeth Santana finished the season batting a team-leading .344 (64-for-186) and her 41 RBIs are eighth alltime in single-season history at Oregon State. Dani Gilmore concluded her freshman season second on the team with a .322 average. Her 48 runs scored are third in OSU history for one season, her 39 walks are fifth and her 17 stolen bases are good enough for second. Gilmoreâ€™s
nine home runs also led the Beavers and are the most for a freshman at OSU since Tarrah Beyster hit 12 in 1997. Hannah Bouskaâ€™s 12 sacrifice hits this season are tied for seventh in school history and her 14 stolen bases are tied for sixth for any one year. Erin Guzy and Desiree Beltran also set personal highs for average, home runs, hits, runs, doubles and RBI. Beltran was also hit by a pitch 19 times, which beats her OSU record of 14 set last year. Senior Paige Hall had one of the best seasons for an Oregon State pitcher in the last 20 years, winning over 75 percent of her games (14-4) while also successfully closing out six Beaver wins. Her six saves tie an Oregon State single-season record, lead the Pac-12 and are sixth nationally. The team will return much of its firepower in 2013, including Santana, Gilmore, Bouska, Beltran, Garcia, outfielder Lea
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BASEBALL n Continued from page 7 The game-three victory assured that the Beavers (currently sixth place) remain only a half a game out of fourth place in the competitive Pac-12, with only three regular season games remaining. That three-game series will take place Friday, when No. 6 Oregon invades Corvallis in a matchup that holds massive implications for both squads.
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Beavers’ memorable season comes to an end after going 2-2 in Norman Regional By Oregon State Athletic Communications
NORMAN, Okla. — The Oregon State softball team’s most successful season in the last five years came to an end at the hands of No. 4 Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon, as the Beavers dropped a 6-0 regional contest to the host Sooners at Marita Hynes Field in Norman, Okla. With this result, Oklahoma advances and will host Arizona in NCAA Super Regional action next weekend. Oregon State finishes the 2012 season with a 36-23 overall record, the team’s best since 2007. This year the Beavers also set school records for runs (301) and RBIs (269). Their .273 team batting average is tied for fifth, their 202 walks are second and their 70 steals are tied for third. The 18 runs OSU scored in Norman are the most for the team in a regional since they plated 26 in Madison, Wis. in 2005. The Beavers had trouble getting the bats going against one of the top pitchers in the country, as Keilani Ricketts tossed a complete game, allowing only two hits and striking out 10. Oklahoma scored four times in the first inning on just one swing of the bat. Georgia Casey led off the game with a walk and moved to third when Destinee Martinez’s ground ball snuck under the glove of Ya Garcia at second base. Martinez stole second to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out for the Sooners. See SOFTBALL | page 7
The Oregon State softball team celebrates its seniors after a May 12 game against Arizona. The Beavers will lose five seniors, but will return the majority of their starting lineup next year as they seek a second consecutive postseason berth.
Men’s golf finishes seventh The Beavers made a late charge Saturday, but finished two spots short of qualifying for nationals
A day after shooting the lowest team score on a par-70 course in school history, an 11-under 269, the Beavers got off to a tough start on their first nine holes, as they were 7-over at the turn. Whether it was nerves or By Oregon State Athletic Communications the pressure of the final round, all five playSTANFORD, Calif. - The Oregon State men’s ers relaxed and shot a better score on their golf team made a late charge on the back final nine holes. Despite the strong finish, the nine in the final round of the NCAA Division I top five teams shot equal or better rounds Men’s Golf Stanford Regional on Saturday, but on Saturday to separate themselves from the fell just short of earning a trip to the NCAA field. “Regionals are so much different than any Championships to conclude an outstanding other event,” Reehoorn said. “Everyone knows season. n
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See MEN’S GOLF | page 7 The Beavers finished the three-day, 54-hole tournament in a tie for seventh place with a 1-under 287-269-283—839 at the par-70, 6,742-yard Stanford Golf Course and just four strokes out of the top five spots, which earn a trip to the NCAA Championships at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Oregon State wraps up its 2011-12 campaign with two team titles, a fifth-place finish at the inaugural Pac-12 Championship and its sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Regionals. Four of the five players who competed at the Stanford Regional will return next season, giving head coach Jon Reehoorn and assistant coach Tim Sundseth confidence heading into next season. “Right now I’m disappointed,” Reehoorn said. “At the end of a three-round event, when it comes down to four shots, it is very easy to think back to where we lost shots and say ‘what if.’ But the guys played well. In a few days I’m sure I will allow myself to think that we accomplished a number of good things and be excited with the progress we are making. One thing I know for sure right now, is the best part of this week [happened] off the course. The guys were really all about the team and it was a lot of fun to be with these five. All of them, including the four returners, HANNAH O’LEARY | THE DAILY BAROMETER truly care about Oregon State and the team Senior Jonnie Motomochi wrapped up his first. They want us to be great and that can collegiate career this past weekend. only lead to very good things in the future.”
Baseball takes two of three at WSU n
OSU hung on for a 7-5 win Sunday after losing to the Cougars on a walk-off grand slam Saturday The Daily Barometer
PULLMAN, Wash. — It was a record breaking weekend for No. 23 Oregon State University, as it won two of three against Washington State in a series that was highlighted by head coach Pat Casey’s program-tying 613th win and freshman left-fielder Michael Conforto’s OSU single-season record 69th RBI. The series was tied at a game apiece heading into Sunday’s rubber-match, which was important for Oregon State (35-18, 15-12) because of standings implications and potential postseason seeding. Sophomore right-hander Dan Child got the start for OSU and earned his sixth win of the season after completing eight innings, while allowing five runs on 11 hits. Junior center-fielder Max Gordon got OSU on the board early with an RBI double in the third inning. Conforto then provided more early offense for the Beavers with a three-run home run to put Oregon State up 4-0. After WSU (26-26, 11-16) scored two runs to narrow the lead to two in the fourth, senior third baseman Ryan Dunn put OSU back up by four with a two RBI double. OSU and WSU traded runs in the fifth before the Cougars made things interesting with a sacrifice fly in the seventh and the ninth innings to narrow the lead to two once again. Freshman right-hander Dylan Davis entered the game for junior right-hander Cole Brocker and subsequently earned his first career save, recording the final out for the 7-5 OSU victory and series win. The game-three victory came after an OSU win in game one and a WSU win in game two. Junior designated hitter Danny Hayes played fantastic all weekend, going 6-for-11 in the series with three home runs and eight RBIs, including two in game one that pro-
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Head coach Pat Casey won his 613th career game as a Beaver on Sunday. pelled the Beavers to a 10-2 romp. It looked like the Beavers might steal a close victory in game two after trailing 5-4 going into the final inning, when junior shortstop Tyler Smith tied the game with a two-out double to breathe new life into a game that had looked all but over. But WSU was not to be denied, and quickly loaded the bases in the bottom half of the ninth. Junior left-hander Matt Boyd quickly recorded two outs, but failed to record the final out that would have sent the game into extras, when P.J. Jones launched a walk-off grand slam for the Cougars. See BASEBALL | page 7