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A stack of past Beaver Yearbooks is pictured. Soon-to-be Beaver Yearbook editor-in-chief Jodie Davaz plans to change the name and model the publication like a magazine.

From several thousand books sold in 1990 to roughly 200 sold so far for the 2013-14 school year, recent years have not been forgiving for the Beaver Yearbook. Kami Hammerschmith, the assistant director of student media, worked as the editor-in-chief for the Beaver Yearbook when she was a student in 1990. When Hammerschmith was on staff, the yearbook had 20-30 paid staff and was able to fulfill its needed budget on purely book and page sales. “It’s happening across the country,” Hammerschmith said. “As schools get larger and yearbooks aren’t able to cover the entire campus community, the sales have gone down. So we’ve been watching our local Beaver Yearbook over the last few years and gauging student interest.” Though student interest has been decreasing, several other Oregon State See YEARBOOK | page 4

May the odds be ever in your favor during Greek Week 2014 annual event has ‘Hunger Games’ theme, celebrates essence of Greek life

In total, 31 Greek houses are participating, which are divided into 10 districts with three to four teams each. Unlike most of the year’s activities for which the By Ria Rankine houses compete against one another, during Greek THE DAILY BAROMETER Week, houses work together within their districts. They compete during field day, during which teams Let the games begin. Greek Week, the annual celebration of being Greek, compete in activities like hot dog eating contests, tug-of-war and an Olympic torch relay race. kicked off Sunday with a “Hunger Games” theme. “It’s not philanthropies versus philanthropies,” The 2014 Greek Week began Sunday with a speech on leadership and unity, and concludes said Laura Steele, the co-head for special events with an award ceremony Thursday. This year, the of Greek Week’s committee and member of Kappa houses did things a little differently as they divided Delta. “You definitely build relationships (with other the teams into “districts,” based off “The Hunger houses). It breaks barriers.” The week’s celebrations work to settle outsider Games” series. n



The Greek community gathers on 26th Street between Harrison Boulevard and Van Buren Avenue for a block party during Greek Week.

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Residents appeal decision of housing project to state’s Land Use Board of Appeals

In March, the Corvallis City Council approved a zone change and comprehensive plan amendment allowing a new student housing development at the Witham Oaks property. The saga is not over yet. Corvallis residents filed petitions with the state’s Land Use Board of Appeals against the council’s decision, which would allow the North Carolina student-housing company, Campus Crest, to develop on that land. “We received two notices of intent to appeal,” said LUBA executive support staffer Kristi Seyfried. Steve Kunert, senior instructor and undergraduate adviser in the School of Writing, Literature and Film, Corvallis resident and member of the petition team, said there were too many issues the City Council overlooked in its approval of the plan. “As a group, we are very disappointed,” Kunert said. A major concern for the appealers was the narrow margin by which the City Council passed the plan in a 5-4 vote in January, after hearing the recommendation from the Corvallis Planning Commission not to move forward. “The City Council overrode the city planning commission,” Kunert said. “The city planning commission said we shouldn’t allow Campus Crest to develop. It’s not a good fit.” The land’s use has been long contested, with seven annexation propositions denied by voters between 1978 and 2002. In 2004, Corvallis voters marginally approved the annexation of the land into city jurisdiction under low-density zoning. The council approval in January created a comprehensive plan amendment and changed the zoning from low to medium density, which allows Campus Crest to build an apartment complex. “The way this land was originally zoned was not for this kind of housing,” Kunert said. Because of that vote, Kunert and other petitioners believe the council not only went against the planning commission, but what the people wanted as well. Throughout the process of public hearings and meetings since the fall, many residents cited concerns of traffic problems from students commuting and the importance of preserving the integrity of the natural space on the land. “I believe that, environmentally, we should leave that place alone,” Kunert said. “I’d just like to see that land stay intact for wildlife and wetlands.” LUBA was created in 1979 with the exclusive jurisdiction to review all governmental land use decisions. It hears and then rules on appeals from decisions by local governments.


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beliefs of house rivalries, according to members within the Greek community. During the week, unity goes beyond words; it’s an action. “My favorite part would be seeing how united the Greek community is and the Greek pride everyone shows just being a Greek member — regardless of the letter,” Steele said. The week’s biggest event took place with a barbecue block party Tuesday. “It’s just a giant Greek barbecue block party,” Tyler Schultz said. “We got permission from the city to shut down Greek row.” Schultz, a member of Sigma Chi, is one of two co-chairs on the Greek Week committee. The committee sold roughly 1,000 tickets Monday night for the block party, Schultz said. Tuesday’s festivities began with the traditional photo at the Memorial Union quad of every member within the Greek community. The party continued on 26th Street between Van Buren Avenue and Harrison Boulevard, otherwise known as Greek row, which was blocked off for the event. As the planning draws to an end, Schultz is excited to enjoy all the work he and others invested into Greek Week. “I’m really glad to get it over with and enjoy the flowers of it,” he said. The next big event is a softball game between the Greek community and the Corvallis Police and Fire departments, which takes place Wednesday at Chintimini Park. The game is a tradition between the Greek community and the police and fire departments. Last year there was a cancellation due to rain, but this year the Greek softball team is coming out strong. “The police and fire department came out and won the first two years,” Schultz said. “This year, the big deal is to even up the score.” The game begins with the national anthem at 6 p.m., followed by the first pitch from Bob Kerr, the coordinator for OSU Greek life. During the week, the houses will raise money for Jackson Street Youth Center in Corvallis, a See GREEK | page 4

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The world is out to get you Corvallis police were dispatched to Chintimini Park at 12:46 a.m. for an aggressive male. A group of people reported an allegedly intoxicated male was trying to fight everyone. No one in the group was intoxicated and couldn’t figure out why the male wanted to fight. The aggressor, who was 20 years old, was several pieces of property throughout cited for minor-in-possession of alcohol and had a blood alcohol content of 0.30 Corvallis. He first stole a chair from University Hero and then a shopping cart percent. from the Safeway on Third Street. He said Saturday, May 17 he was taking the chair to Harrison Bar and Grill. He registered a blood alcohol The quest for the perfect bar chair Corvallis police arrested Wade content of 0.19 percent and was arrested Lorensen, 24, after he allegedly stole for theft III and theft of mislaid property.

Who put this road here? A report came in to authorities regarding a male allegedly sitting in the middle of 15th Street. Corvallis police arrived to find a 20-year-old male, allegedly intoxicated, sitting in the street. When contacted, the male said he didn’t realize he was in the street. He was cited for minor-in-possession of alcohol. Sailors don’t need such rules Corvallis police allegedly witnessed a male and female walking south on 26th Street carrying a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Rum. Both were 19 and admitted to drinking rum and Coke. Consequently, both were cited for minorin-possession of alcohol.

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LONG BEACH, Wash. — Convicted murderer Brian Brush, who killed his girlfriend Lisa Bonney near a crowded Long Beach boardwalk on Sept. 11, 2009, could be released from prison much sooner than expected. Originally, Brush was convicted of first-degree murder and given an exceptional sentence of 1,060 months, or 88 years in prison. But in an opinion filed May 12, the Court of Appeals for the State of Washington determined that while his conviction was appropriate, his extra-long sentence was not. They remanded his case to Pacific County Superior Court for re-sentencing. Now County Prosecutor David Burke must decide whether to appeal this decision to the state Supreme Court. If he does not or if he loses the appeal, the original trial court will have to significantly shorten Brush’s sentence. “I disagree with the decision, and I was disappointed,” Burke said in a phone interview Thursday morning. “This is the most I can say given that the case is still in progress.” A reporter tried to contact the Bonney family via family attorney Guy Glenn, Sr., and other venues, but was unable to reach them for comment in time for publication. The original sentence At his sentencing hearing in February 2012, Judge Michael Sullivan gave Brush 1,000 months, plus an additional 60 months for using a firearm to commit a crime, saying the “violence, the terror and the horror” of the crime merited an exceptional sentence. In Washington the standard sentencing range for a person convicted of first-degree murder is 240 to 320 months in prison. But Sullivan believed he was permitted to impose an exceptionally severe sentence because the jury determined there were three “aggravating factors.” They are, deliberate cruelty toward the victim during the crime, aggravated domestic violence, and inflicting injuries that exceeded the level of bodily harm typically associated with the offense. During the hearing, Bonney’s family members repeatedly emphasized that the long sentence was one of few small comforts in a terrible ordeal. Speaking to Judge Sullivan, Bonney’s father, Gene Klingler, said, “I want him behind bars without parole so that every day of his life he will remember what he did.” Brush, 47 at the time of the murder, spent about three months in Pacific County Jail before being transferred to await his trial in a Washington State Prison near Shelton in January 2010. So far, he has served about 56 months behind bars. Before the Court of Appeals ruling, he was theoretically due for release no later

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Convicted murderer Brian Brush could have an 88-year sentence significantly shortened. than 2097, at the unattainable age of 135. This amounted to a life sentence. Unless one or more of the aggravating factors is reestablished by the Washington Supreme Court, Brush’s sentence would likely be reduced to no more than 320 months — 26 years and 8 months — with credit for the 56 months already served. In addition, in Washington state inmates typically receive one-third off their sentences for “good time” — time served without major disciplinary problems. Taking all this into consideration, he could end up being released in a little more than 13 more years, at the age of about 65. Basis of appeal During the appeal process, Brush’s attorneys argued that the aggravating factors did not apply in Brush’s case. Furthermore, they argued that he was not given a fair trial because the judge allowed one of the jurors selected to hear the case to instead take a job assignment in Alaska. This switch to an alternate juror occurred before evidence was presented and state rules explicitly allow jurors to be excused if serving would impose a financial hardship. Brush’s lawyers also contended that his repeated admissions of guilt, during and after his arrest, should be thrown out because a police officer asked Brush before reading him his Miranda Rights. In the written opinion issued Monday, judges summarily dismissed the allegation of unfairness and determined that the one question posed to Brush prior to his arrest — “Were you shooting at a human?” was permissible. The judges pointed out that even if Brush’s confessions were disregarded, Brush

would have been convicted on the basis of “overwhelming independent evidence.” Many bystanders witnessed the shooting, with five presenting testimony to that fact at trial. Appellate judges throw out sentence However, the court agreed with Brush’s attorneys that the three aggravating factors couldn’t be sustained. First, the judges said that Brush could not be sentenced on the basis of “deliberate cruelty,” because despite the brutal nature of the shooting, he did not appear to have inflicted gratuitous pain merely for the sake of inflicting pain. According to the opinion, “… there is no indication that Brush deliberately sought to inflict pain as an end in itself or to prolong Bonney’s suffering in any way. Indeed, the evidence is to the contrary; all of the eyewitnesses suggested that he fired the second lethal shot almost immediately after the first.” Former Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain — who successfully led the effort to convict Brush — said Thursday that he thinks the appellate opinion is misguided. “Mr. Brush’s actions were entirely designed to inflict punishment on Ms Bonney, and that’s precisely what the jury found,” McClain said. He hopes Burke will decide to appeal the decision. Another, admittedly more complex, option would be to re-try at least one of the aggravating factors. The judges also said the accusation of aggravated domestic violence had to be thrown out, due to a procedural issue. In order to convict someone of aggravated domestic violence,

the prosecution must demonstrate that the abuse occurred “over a prolonged period of time.” In instructions the jury, the court explained that “prolonged period of time means more than a few weeks.” By providing this clarification, the appeals court said, the judge had inappropriately commented on one of the disputed facts of the trial and thus denied the jury the opportunity to reach an unbiased conclusion about whether Brush had, in fact, abused Bonney for a prolonged period. However, according to McClain, Washington courts have a standard set of guidelines for instructing juries, and for answering jurors’ questions. These guidelines clearly direct the court to explain that “prolonged period” means “more than a few weeks.” “That’s why on this issue alone, the Court of Appeals is so wrong,” McClain said, “The [trial] court instructed accurately on what the state of the law is.” Additionally, the court said the aggravated domestic violence charge could not be applied on the grounds that Brush had inflicted “excessive bodily harm” on Bonney, because no injury that he inflicted could be considered worse than causing her death. According to the appellate opinion, great bodily harm “encompasses the most serious injuries short of death. No injury can exceed this level of harm, let alone substantially exceed it.”

Calendar Wednesday, May 21

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

Events Vegans and Vegetarians @ OSU, 10am-4pm, West side of MU Quad parking lot. Get paid to watch a 4 min. video! International Programs & Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, 6-8pm, 032 Nash Hall. Study Abroad in Antartica! An information session about an upcoming study abroad program to Antartica. Refreshments will be provided.

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. Recreational Sports, 11am-Noon, Dixon Rec Center Conference Room. Recreational Sports Board Meeting.

Friday, May 23 Meetings OSU Chess Club, 4-6pm, MU Commons. Come play with us and learn more about this classic game. All skill levels welcome.


Wednesday, May 28 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.

Friday, May 30 Meetings OSU Chess Club, 4-6pm, MU Commons. Come play with us and learn more about this classic game. All skill levels welcome.

Volunteers Center for Civic Engagement, 2-4:30, 3-5:30, check-in begins at 1:30pm in Dixon lower courts. Choose from more than six different service projects. Pre-registration is required. You can register online.

Wednesday, June 4 Meetings College Republicans, 7pm, Gilkey 113. Come join us for discussion on current events in the state and nation.


Botched branding Students and faculty ruled in on the recent logo change, which swapped a cap-wearing beaver for the interlocked letters of OSU. Some students appreciated the logo, claiming that “it (was) a nice change.” Others, however, were not so fond of the new representation, calling it a confusing “maze with no way out” that failed to “reflect the heritage of the university.” — May 18, 1989 Pulling for Pauling An “imaging and text retrieval archive of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling papers” radically innovated the way researchers interacted with sources in the university’s special collections. Using special software, OSU researchers and archivists electronically catalogued and stored more than 150,000 items. The development enabled “scholars from all over the world ... to obtain access to the archive” and was lauded as having an “immense impact on the scholarly world because of the amount of scientific and historical information” it contained. — May 20, 1994 Dew you remember? The introduction of Mountain Dew Code Red apparently set off quite the buzz around campus, meriting prominent space in editorial comments. Satisfied students described the drink as “Mountain Dew meets Hawaiian Punch with a twist of humming-bird feeder food flavor” and noted that drinkers would have to be “scraped off the ceiling for bedtime” due to the extra caffeine. OK, so perhaps it didn’t make such a positive splash. — May 22, 2001 All information was gathered from the Valley Library Special Archives and past issues of The Daily Barometer. • 541-737-3383

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Garden shines light on history, legacy By Chelsea Gorrow DAILY ASTORIAN

ASTORIA — It took nine years to complete, but Saturday closed a dark chapter of Astoria history to fix a decades’ long mistake. The Garden of Surging Waves, a Chinese-Astorian commemorative park, officially opened to the public, following a morning ceremony which hosted leaders, community members, donors, and the Chinese-Americans who can still remember a time when the Chinese were treated like second-class citizens. “Astoria, Oregon, is going to get just a little bit better today,� Mayor Willis Van Dusen said. “What we are doing today is dedicating a beautiful park that tells a story. It is a story of the American pioneers that came here from China to make Astoria and the northwest a better place to live. The story was never told properly, in fact I think intentionally, the story of the contribution of the Chinese-Americans. “It was a mistake it wasn’t told and we’re correcting that now with our bicentennial gift.� Van Dusen led the ceremony and thanked those who have helped with the garden since the project began in the mid-2000s. Originally intended for Ninth and Astor streets, city leaders seized an opportunity in 2011 – the same year as the bicentennial – to relocate the park to 11th and Duane streets. A portion of that Duane Street block collapsed at the site of the former Safeway store in late 2010. From then on, “the hole in the ground,� as community mem-

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Children run across the stained glass sturgeon mosaic on the floor of the “Pavillion of Transition� at the center of the Chinese heritage park in downtown Astoria. bers quickly began referring to it, lent itself to an idea to create a city block called Heritage Square that would include the garden as one portion. The Garden of Surging Waves, at more than $1 million, is the first phase of the project. It broke ground with a ceremony in April 2012. Construction began in early 2013. The hole is still present and will become an amphitheater in the three additional phases of the project. “At one time, over 25 percent of Astoria was Chinese,� Van Dusen said. “The Chinese brought the railroad to Astoria. The Chinese coolies, a term for a Chinese laborer, worked in the seafood plants. This story was not told and it is now told with the Garden of Surging Waves. The good and the not so good. “You’ll see a sign in there that says ‘Chinese seen fishing

will be shot.’ We are not leaving out any of the history of their contribution to this area. This is not a park about China. This is U.S. history. This is American history.� During Saturday’s festivities, Oregon Sen. Betsy Johnson, Arlene and Jordan Schnitzer, and Rep. Deborah Boone were among those who were seated on the stage and shared a few words. A moment of silence was also held for those involved with the Garden of Surging Waves but who didn’t live to see its completion, such as Art DeMuro and Duncan Law. Natalia DeMuro, the daughter of the late Art DeMuro, congratulated the city on its “amazing� accomplishment. Flora Law, the widow of Duncan, said she knew her husband was celebrating the accomplishment from above.

“I am sure he is looking down on us today with a big smile on his face,� Flora Law said. “Because he would be so happy to know that it has come to pass that the city now has a beautiful new park.� Law was the first to bring the Chinese-Astorian history to Van Dusen’s attention. Described as “courageous� by Johnnson, Law educated Van Dusen who at one point had asked “What’d you guys do?� Admittedly, Van Dusen and many other Astorians were unaware of the Chinese contributions. Until now. “What a special spot this is and what a wonderful addition to the landscape of Astoria, to our state and to our region,� Johnson said. “We should be thinking about Duncan Law today whose courageous comment was the catalyst for this tribute to the Chinese contribution to the northwest.� She also thanked Suenn Ho, the designer of the project, for her “delicate� work with the garden. Ho was also acknowledged for her help in raising $119,000 on her own to help fund the project. Arlene Schnitzer was recognized for her $250,000 donation she gave at her son Jordan’s fundraising dinner at his home in Portland last year. “Astoria, you are very cool,� Ho said. “You have helped us to understand how important it is to listen to other people’s stories. And you have so many stories to tell. Everyone has a story, and I think we owe you the park here that needs to be finished. We will continue on. This is just phase 1.�

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OAKS n Continued from page 1 The board can rule on land use decisions, such as comprehensive plan changes, zone changes, conditional use permits, variances and rural land divisions. The petition and appeals process allows time for each party to file its information, arguments and briefs before the board makes a final decision. Once the petitions are filed, the city has 21 days to file all of its records of the case to the board. Following that, the petitioners have a 21-day period to file their review with the basis for their appeal. Then, in another 21 days, the city will file its brief on the initial decision it made with the council chambers in March. After the board collects and reviews all of the necessary documents, an oral argument is scheduled with all parties involved at the LUBA headquarters in Salem. From there, it takes the board roughly 35 days to issue its opinion and final verdict. The process is thorough and lengthy, and petitioners will not hear any results until after the LUBA oral hearing and argument session. “The normal case takes about six months,” Seyfried said. Kunert said he and fellow petitioners rallied together and contributed money to petition the appeal in the hopes of delaying and eventually stopping the Campus Crest development. “We are hoping the Land Use Board will say this isn’t a good idea,” Kunert said. Emma-Kate Schaake City reporter

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GREEK n Continued from page 1 shelter for homeless youth. As of Monday, roughly $1,500 was raised toward the shelter. Each house created donation baskets that members of the houses purchased themselves. “We have upwards of 700 donation items,” said Lauren Spalding, co-chair of Greek Week committee and member of Delta Delta Delta.

YEARBOOK n Continued from page 1 University communities still hold value to the yearbook. The OSU Alumni Association and the archives at the Valley Library have both expressed their continued investment in the yearbook as a source of student perspective on campus life. “They had told us that their big interest was seeing the campus through the student perspective,” Hammerschmith said. “They could have someone in their office create a yearbook, but what it wouldn’t have is that student perspective.” The Yearbook, which has gone under several names and formats since it started in 1894, is OSU’s oldest form of student media representation. Though sales have declined in recent years, students have continued to push for the publication, even forfeiting paychecks for many of the Yearbook staff. Tomas Patlan, a senior in photography who is the current editor-in-chief for the Beaver Yearbook, has two paid staff aside from himself: the photo editor and business manager. Patlan said he was aware of the diminishing interest in student yearbooks when he took on the role as editor-in-chief, after working as the photo editor for the yearbook during his junior year. “As time’s gone on and the student population has grown, the presence of the Yearbook is

Baskets were filled with everything on the youth shelter’s wish list, like toiletries, canned goods, clothing and packaged snacks. Donation jars will be stationed at the MU quad from Monday-Wednesday where districts check-in for field day. Funds are also raised through shirt sales and tickets for the block party. While the cause is important, Spalding emphasizes that Greek Week isn’t about philanthropies: It’s about the Greek community.

“We have philanthropies all year long,” Spalding said. “Greek Week is more of a week we dedicated for the Greek houses to celebrate the unity.” Greek Week concludes at the grass fields across from Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity for field day. Winners will receive a trophy after field day to officially wrap up 2014 Greek Week.

not as apparent,” Patlan said. He cited social media as a way in which many students and community members have replaced physical yearbooks, commenting that websites like Facebook make photographs and anecdotes about university life free and readily available to students, faculty and alumni alike. Regarding the low sales numbers for the 2013-14 school year, Patlan recognized that changes would need to be made for the Yearbook to persist. For many faculty and staff within the student media department, the biggest call for change came when no applications were received for the positions of editor-in-chief or business manager for the 201415 yearbook. Following the initial lack of applications, the posting for the job opening was revised and prompted students to explain how they would like to change the Yearbook given the role of editor-in-chief. Current KBVR FM station manager Jodie Davaz stepped up and was hired on as the new editor-in-chief for the Yearbook, which she hopes to rename as “Beaver Magazine,” or “Beaver Mag” for short. “The Beaver Magazine will kind of be a place where students can go to learn about the culture of students around them and the activities of students around them,” Davaz said. She hopes to publish three volumes of the magazine per

year, at the end of fall, winter and spring terms, similar to OSU’s literary magazine, Prism. Pulling on the knowledge that social media is already acting as a way for individuals to archive experiences, Davaz expressed interest in opening up the student archive and making the publication more crowd-sourced than in previous years, with potential for digital editions of the publication. She added that, especially because she will be the only paid staff member for the publication, she plans on inviting students from all colleges and departments of the university to contribute. “So people who, say, go to Shasta, will be invited to submit their best Shasta pictures and can talk about their stories and perhaps tweet links or clips,” Davaz said. “So that it’s not just me saying, ‘Here, that’s what Shasta looked like.’ It would be everyone contributing their own stories.” Though her history is in radio, Davaz said she looks forward to the new experiences and knowledge she will obtain through working in print media. “I’m going to need to figure out how to collaborate ... to be able to generate content, generate interest and ultimately make a beautiful and functional product,” Davaz said. “It will be a really fun experience to build something completely new.”

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Beavers’ bullpen tagged for 6 runs in loss to Oregon, Pat Casey blames mental mistakes for 5-run 7th inning By Andrew Kilstrom THE DAILY BAROMETER



Senior outfielder Nick Rulli stands at third base after hitting a double in the inning. The Beavers lost to the Ducks, 6-2, at PK Park in Eugene Tuesday night.

EUGENE — In No. 1 Oregon State’s final Civil War matchup of the season, the Beavers (41-10, 22-5 Pac-12) failed to get a season sweep in the fifth meeting against the Ducks. The Beavers held a 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning, but Oregon (41-16, 17-10) scored five runs in the seventh and shut the door the rest of the way, prevailing 6-2 Tuesday night in Eugene. Oregon’s Shaun Chase launched a three-run home run over the leftcenter field fence to cap the inning, which began with two Oregon State mistakes. Chase hit two home runs on the night and accounted for four runs batted in. The home runs were just the fourth and fifth OSU has allowed this season. Head coach Pat Casey, however, blamed mental errors for Oregon’s five-run explosion. “We misplayed a fly ball, made a bad throw to the plate and walked a kid that we were supposed to pitch to,” Casey said. “They capitalized big time on our mistakes. … We shot ourselves in the foot.” In OSU’s second loss in the past

16 games, there were many faces in unfamiliar places. With senior second baseman Andy Peterson out due to an ankle injury suffered in Saturday’s win against No. 8 Washington, the Beavers played with a lineup they hadn’t used all season. Freshman Caleb Hamilton moved from his normal spot of third base over to second base, while junior Michael Conforto moved over from his normal spot in left field to make his first career start at third base. Junior Dylan Davis started on the mound, meaning junior Michael Howard manned the right-hander’s normal position in right field, and senior Nick Rulli filled the void in left field. Junior Nate Esposito, meanwhile, gave freshman Logan Ice a day off behind the plate at catcher. Freshman shortstop Trever Morrison, sophomore center fielder Jeff Hendrix and junior first baseman Gabe Clark were the only Beavers in their normal positions. “We’re hamstrung,” Casey said. “We’re still trying to get (senior Kavin Keyes) back 100 percent. Peterson is out, so we can’t play Hamilton there, so we had to put (Conforto) there and he did fine. He didn’t make any mistakes at third base.” While there were more than one Oregon State players out of their normal positions, Conforto was the most surprising. Conforto, who played third base in See BASEBALL | page 6

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Running back Terron Ward dives over an Oregon defender toward the end zone in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.

The Oregon State defense swarms a Middle Tennessee player in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Seattle.

Football nearly pulls off upset in Civil War: Nov. 29, 2013

Women’s Basketball NCAA Tournament Victory: March 23, 2014

The Beavers entered the Civil War in the middle of a four-game losing streak, having just suffered one of the most lopsided losses in recent memory at the hands of the Huskies. Meanwhile, the rival Ducks had suffered their own debilitating loss the week before, but as the 13th-ranked team in the country, they were still a massive 21.5-point favorite at home against the Beavers. Come game day, though, the Beavers played inspired football. A few pivotal plays went Oregon’s way early, but the Beavers stayed aggressive and eventually erased Oregon’s early 14-point lead. By the end of the third quarter, the Ducks held a 24-20 lead, which set the stage for one of the most climactic finishes in Civil War history.

In the final quarter, the lead changed hands a total of four times, and the Beavers ended up on the wrong end of it. With 5:13 left to play, the Beavers were down 29-30 and a field goal would have taken the lead. After marching 49 yards to the Ducks’ 25 yard-line, facing a 1st-and-10 with 1:44 remaining on the clock, the Beavers called a fly-sweep for freshman receiver Victor Bolden. Bolden turned the corner and ran 25 yards for a touchdown, and the Beavers were up 35-30 in a game that was predicted to be a blowout. But there was still 1:38 left on the clock, and the Ducks had two timeouts remaining. In that time, the Ducks went 83 yards to score the gamewinning touchdown, and Oregon escaped with the victory in a thriller.

It was a season for the ages for the OSU women’s basketball team. Coming off a 2012-13 season in which the Beavers managed only 10 wins, expectations for the team were predictably low. Coaches in the Pac-12 predicted that Oregon State would finish the season eighth in the conference. The Beavers shattered those expectations. Behind the sharpshooting and heady play of freshman point guard Sydney Wiese, OSU finished the regular season by winning nine consecutive games, all of which were by double-digits. They finished in a tie for second in the conference with a record of 23-10, and ended up playing in the Pac-12 title game against USC, which they ulti-

mately lost. However, the Beavers were rewarded with an invitation to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 1996. They were a No. 9 seed and faced No. 8-seed Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the tournament. In that game, the Beavers’ defense stifled the Blue Raiders, who finished with only 36 points, the lowest point total by any team in any 2014 NCAA Tournament game. For Oregon State, Wiese was the only player who scored double-digit points, but it didn’t matter because Wiese finished with a whopping 26 of them. The Beavers won their first NCAA Tournament game in 19 years, 55-36.

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Junior Dylan Davis looks in for the pitch in Tuesday night’s game against Oregon. Davis allowed no runs and one hit over 2 1/3 innings.


high school, showed his versatility. The junior didn’t commit an error and even made a barehanded throw to first for an out on an attempted bunt. “He’s comfortable there and has played over there all his life,” Davis said. “He’s an athlete and he competes. Wherever it is, he’s going to play and play well.” The Beavers took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when Davis and Clark hit back-to-back singles with two outs to score Morrison and Hendrix. Oregon State had seven hits in all Tuesday night, but Casey wasn’t satisfied with his team’s resolve at the plate. “We didn’t compete at the plate and didn’t put up enough of a fight,” Casey said. “If you’re going to win baseball games, you’ve got to compete with your opponent.” Like the two teams’ last meeting May 8, both teams went to the bullpen early. Davis pitched just 2 1/3 innings and Oregon starter Jack Karraker tossed three frames. OSU used four pitchers, while the Ducks used three. OSU’s bullpen was charged with all six runs the Ducks scored. One positive for the Beavers was the

return of senior Kavin Keyes. OSU’s regular first baseman pitch hit in the ninth inning, making his first appearance since fracturing his thumb against Washington State April 13. The switch-hitter grounded out to short in his only at-bat, but Casey said it was a plus to finally get Keyes back on the field. “It’s great,” Casey said. “Good for Kavin to get an at-bat. We wanted to get him in the game earlier, but there really wasn’t an opportunity, so I was glad he got an at-bat.” Casey also said that Peterson is still day-to-day and could play in this weekend’s season finale series against USC. “If it was the last game of the year, he would have played,” Casey said. “Hopefully he can go for the weekend.” Oregon State plays again Friday against the Trojans in Los Angeles. Davis said the Beavers will need to be a lot better if they want to clinch the Pac-12 title this weekend. “We didn’t play our best baseball,” Davis said. “You can’t take a game off and I’d say we took a game off (Tuesday). All these games are huge for seeding and we know we have to compete at all times.” Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom




Junior left-handed pitcher Jace Fry (not pictured) throws a pick-off attempt to sophomore first baseman Gabe Clark.

Oregon State wrestling head coach Jim Zalesky is frustrated after the Beavers lost in dramatic fashion to No. 6 Oklahoma.

Baseball beats Washington with walk-off: May 17, 2014

Wrestling falls to No. 6 Oklahoma: Jan. 25, 2014

Oregon State, ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time, had already lost the first game of a three-game series with Washington, which would essentially decide the Pac-12 champion. Needing a victory, the Beavers turned to junior Jace Fry, who was phenomenal. The Beaverton native tossed nine scoreless innings, scattering nine hits. The only problem was OSU couldn’t score either. Entering

the bottom of the ninth in a 0-0 tie, freshman Logan Ice provided the drama, lacing a double off the right-field wall to score Dylan Davis from second. The walk-off victory propelled OSU to an eventual series victory, which put them in the driver’s seat to win its secondconsecutive Pac-12 title. Now ranked No. 1 in the nation, Oregon State has a chance at its first national championship since 2007.

Baseball outlast Oregon in 12-inning showdown: May 6, 2014

Oregon State was a heavy underdog when the Sooners came to town for a dual late in the season. With eight wrestlers ranked in the top 25, Oklahoma had the upper hand, but a gritty Beavers squad refused to be intimidated. Pat Rollins (125 pounds) gave OSU a big early advantage with a pin, which 157-pound RJ Pena built on with a pin on his own, three matches later. Oklahoma won five

Gymnastics upsets Stanford: Feb. 3, 2014

of the first nine matches, but Oregon State carried an 18-17 advantage into the final matchup. It was winner-take-all in the last contest between OSU’s No. 13 Taylor Meeks and Oklahoma’s No. 3 Travis Rutt. Meeks battled for three periods, but eventually lost a 7-3 decision as the Sooners edged Oregon State in Gill Coliseum.

Men’s basketball beats UCLA: Feb. 2, 2014 Forget the fact that OSU only won three of the remaining 11 games in the season after beating UCLA, the Beavers’ upset victory over the Bruins on Feb. 2 was the high point of the year. The game propelled OSU into a winning record in conference — the first and only time that would be the case — and secured the first home sweep of the Los Angeles schools since the 1989-90 season. OSU won, 71-67, despite only six different players scoring, using an 18-2 run late in the game to defeat the eventual Pac-12 Tournament champions. Hallice Cooke led all scorers with a then-season-high 20 points, though the win wasn’t pretty — the Beavers shot 57.5 percent from the free-throw line and committed 18 turnovers. UCLA leading scorer Jordan Adams went 0-for-9 from the field, though, and the Beavers were able to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday with a win.

The Beavers swept Oregon in their conference series just a week-and-a-half prior, so it was no secret that the Ducks wanted revenge. Oregon State grabbed an early lead in the first inning, but the Ducks fired back, and eventually grabbed a 3-2 advantage in the fourth inning. Oregon State managed to tie things up at three runs apiece heading into the eighth inning, but both offenses stalled. The two rivals combined to use 13 pitchers in the 12-inning affair, which took a whopping four-and-a-half hours. Finally, in the top of the 12th, sophomore Jeff Hendrix drove a fly ball to right field to score the go-ahead run. Oregon managed to get a runner on third base in the bottom of the inning, but senior Scott Schultz slammed the door for the 4-3 OSU victory.

Going into their most emotional meet of the season, the Pink Out Meet to support cancer, the No. 16 Beavers went out and put up their top mark of the season, upsetting No. 12 Stanford. They topped the 49-point mark on all four events, showcasing the depth of their roster. A Beaver gymnast earned the top score in three of four events. Senior Kelsi Blalock led the Beavers. She tied for a career-best on the floor with a score of 9.950 and a 9.875 on the vault. Both were top marks for the Beavers. The result propelled the Beavers into the No. 13 spot in the nation, the ranking they ended the season with.

Women’s soccer falls to USC in controversial double-overtime: Nov. 3, 2013

Football takes down Utah in overtime: Sept. 14, 2013

Women’s rowing ties Washington State: May 3, 2014

This was one of the wilder games of the year for any Oregon State team, even if the Beavers were on the losing end. The Beavers scored the first goal of the game when Jenna Richardson scored from a Brittney Oljar assist in the first 46 seconds of the contest. USC quickly answered with a goal of its own in the 10th minute, but neither side was able to get anything going in regulation, going to overtime with the score tied at one. Goalie Sammy Jo Prudhomme had a career-high 15 saves in the game, stopping multiple wouldbe goals to keep the Beavers in it, but it was the Trojans who would score in the golden-goal period. In the 109th minute, with only seconds remaining, the referees signaled a handball in the box, giving USC a penalty kick. The Trojans connected and sent Oregon State home with a loss.

Giving up 48 points in a Pac-12 football game usually translates to a loss, but the Oregon State offense was not deterred. The Beavers used a pair of fourth-down conversions in the fourth quarter and sealed the 51-48 win over Utah on Sept. 14 with a walk-off touchdown from Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks. Mannion finished with 443 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions, owing a large portion of his success to Cooks’ 210 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Though the OSU defense allowed 539 total yards in the game, and was partially responsible for squandering a 27-10 lead, it also recorded three interceptions, one of which went for a touchdown. Mannion’s game-winning pass was tipped by a Utah defensive back — an interception would have ended the game in an OSU loss — but Cooks hauled it in and the Beavers celebrated their first win against Utah in Salt Lake City since 1968.

Earlier this month, the 19th-ranked Oregon State women’s rowing team traveled to Wawawai Landing near Pullman, Wash., to race head-to-head against No. 15 Washington State for the Crawford Perpetual Plate. The Beavers sent five boats — a Novice 8, a Third Varsity 8, a Varsity 4, a Second Varsity 8 and a Varsity 8 — to face off against Washington State. It was the V8 crew that made this event truly remarkable. In the first 1,000 meters, Washington State established a lead of about 3/4 of a boat length. Knowing they were running out of course, the Beavers kicked into high gear. Over the final 1,000 meters, the Beavers slowly cut into Washington State’s lead. They were neck-and-neck down the stretch, and when they crossed the finish line, race officials determined it was too close to call. The race ended in a tie, which almost never happens, and the two teams ended up sharing the Crawford Perpetual Plate.

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Lackluster voter turnout should shame us as students


enton County has a total of 49,289 registered voters. Only 12,487 of those registered voters cast a ballot in the midterm primary election, according to the unofficial election results available Tuesday night on both the county and state websites. Our statistics are as of print time Tuesday night. That’s only 25.3 percent voter turnout for our county. We weren’t the worst of the bunch — that was Multnomah County, with only 18.8 percent. We guess the hipsters in Portland just aren’t all about the politics. But we also most definitely were not the best represented county. That was Grant County, and it had an amazingly high 58.1 percent voter turnout. The fact we can call 58.1 percent “amazingly high” is just depressing. Awesome, more than half of the registered voters in the county actually voted. But we’re not even that awesome. The optimistic response to our voting statistics would be: “Wow! A little more than a quarter of the registered voters in the county actually voted!” Most of the Oregon State University campus is of legal voting age. Our student population is 25,701 for spring term. If we assume 25,000 OSU students are 18 or older, we could pretty much control the fate of our county if we all voted, since that number is more than half of Benton County’s registered voters. No, we don’t actually believe that all of the hypothetical 25,000 of OSU’s 18-and-older students are registered to vote, or if they are registered, have switched their allegiances from their home counties (or states) to Benton County. But just think about what we could do as a campus if we were all registered to vote in Benton County and actually took the five or 10 minutes to fill out the ballot and either mail it in or drop it off. We could be all-powerful cosmic beings, or at least, all-powerful registered voters who still regularly have to ask our parents for money so we can afford to spend the weekends out on the town. Don’t you want to be all-powerful? True, it’s just the primaries, and the midterm primaries at that. But the primaries determine who you’re going to vote for in November, so can you actually give us a good reason not to make sure the candidate you want to win the general election will actually show up on its ballot? Apparently not. Historically, the turnout for college-age voters has always been lower for the midterm elections than it is for the general elections, according to a report from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. The hypothesis for the low turnout


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A hug a day keeps stresses away It’s a scientific fact that hugs are good for you. I know. I looked it up. (Online. So it must be true.) Hugs feel good, they are good and everyone, at one point, realizes they need them. If you think about it, hugging is weird. I’ve been a part of many speculations about the origin of hugs. The most common conclusion is that it must have been just plain weird to initiate the first embrace. But, let’s get back to the infinite spring of fun facts from the Internet. Scientists have noted that the “love hormone,” also known as oxytocin, is released when embracing. This


Scottaline reaction has a very positive effect on heart health and reduces stress, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola’s article, “Fun Facts about Hugging.” Mercola also notes that 10 seconds of hugging per day can boost your immune system, fight fatigue, ease depression and lower the risk of heart problems. This brings us to my grand plan

for dead week. Instead of the Valley Library hosting dogs during dead week as a de-stressor for students, there should be a free hug event. I can already imagine the campus’ stress levels depleting. Plus, it wouldn’t get weird at all. There is actually a place in Madison, Wis., that rents out cuddlers for all your PG-13 companionship needs. It’s called the Snuggle House and cuddling professionals are paid to give hour sessions of spooning, hugging and cuddling. Talk about uncomfy. Suddenly my library idea isn’t See SCOTTALINE | page 8

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f you want something sold fast — a car, a dress or an idea — sell it with fear. Say things like, “while supplies last” and “if you don’t buy this surge protector, then your TV will break,” if it’s a product. If it’s a concept, utilize graphic imagery like pictures of disease-ridden genitalia, chickens crammed into one cubic foot of space or naked bodies being tortured and burned by horned demons from an 1130 A.D. depiction of Hell. These things will stick with the person you wish to sway to your concept like nice little thumbscrews if paired with the idea that such condemnation can and will happen to the potential convert if they do not

is a powerful weapon to have up your sleeve. When it’s been used in wartime politics, people were motivated to do horrible things Cassie out of emotion. Manipulations of pathos have helped inspire events like the believe you right this very instant. Holocaust, genocides in Rwanda As for language — smother and ethnic cleansing in former everything from a pathos-sided Yugoslavia as individuals were argument like baby-back ribs in inspired to kill neighbors they had lived peacefully with for years, barbecue sauce. “Pathos stimulates emotion in based merely on ethnicity or an audience. It appeals to the religion. Get someone worked up enough, heart, not the head,” according to the Texas A&M University Writing emotional enough and far enough Center piece on the differenc- away from logical cognition, and es between different methods of you’ve created a fantastically effective puppet convert. persuasion.


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ear readers, There haven’t been any specific questions posed to me for the column this week, so I thought I would write about my experiences doing outreach presentations focused on sexuality and relationships. The most common location for these is the residence halls, but I have also done them in the cultural centers, in classrooms, in the Greek system and for the general university population. Usually they are informal question-and-answer sessions. Students and other attendees submit anonymously to a question box and then we sit around as a group while I answer them. Virtually every type of outreach presentation I do, I get some questions that, I am sure, were intended to be jokes. Well, the joke is on the authors of said questions, as I can address just about any question as if it were real. Here are some examples: “I used Purell as lube last time I had sex, and I haven’t been able to get an erection since. Help.” “Do rim jobs have any nutritional value?” “What’s the best way to get semen out of socks?” “Can I get pregnant from 3-D porn?” “Is it OK if my penis does not fit the handset while having phone sex?” “How do you put the penis in the vagina?” “Every time I see this girl in my class, I get this feeling like the front of my pants is too small. Is this love?” “Should I be worried if my couch turns me on?” “My penis is bigger than my arm. Is this normal?” And then there are the questions that I believe (or that I truly hope) are intended to be humorous, but are anything but funny. Here are some examples: “What I really want to do is put a dildo on my boyfriend’s head and ride him like a unicorn. Why is he hesitant to do this?” “What are the advantages and disadvantages of incest?” “Is it incest if it’s your stepmom?” “Should I hate myself for giving my best friend AIDS?” As I said, I always get questions that fall in these two categories when I do outreach presentations. With the former, more innocuous ones, I talk with students about the two main reasons why I get questions like that. The first reason is that the authors are too uncomfortable with their own sexuality and with talk of all things sexual to be able to ask a real question, so they have to make a joke instead. The second reason is that if they asked a real question, it would indicate that they didn’t already know everything there was to know about sex. And of course they know everything at the wise, old age of 18 or 19, right? For the latter questions, the ones that clearly are not funny, it can actually be harder to get students to see how unfunny those questions are. I point out that, at the very least, those questions are highly disrespectful. At worst, they are criminal. So often, their perspective is, “I wasn’t being serious See GREAVES | page 8

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looking so outrageous after all, is it? We have to commercialize everything now. But exploitation of innocent things aside, hugging is a tender sign of affection, which is unique in that it can be between anyone, depending on what kind of person you are. There’s something about seeing two people hug that is cute and somewhat rewarding. In a really good hug, your hearts are pressing together (kind of like they’re highfiving each other through your ribcages). It opens up an unspoken path for communication, creating a vulnerability that is more comforting than anything else. Hugs also boost serotonin levels, which contribute to the mood-elevating side effects, according to the article, “10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day” by Marcus Julian Felicetti. So even though you probably shouldn’t go around hugging random strangers, getting in those daily hugs is beneficial to your health. So you know what to do.

However, don’t expect them to hang around very long if they have any kind of critical thinking skills. We learned this with abstinence and fear-based sexual education, compared to comprehensive sex education — trying to terrify your quarry with scary pictures and threats of getting pregnant and dying does nothing in terms of creating a long-term solution to the problem. A series of studies performed by the Colorado Department of Education determined that in the cases of drug-prevention programs that utilize exaggerated scare tactics tend to fail more than succeed. Apparently, “when exaggerated dangers, false information or biased presentations are delivered, teens tend to disbelieve the message and discredit the messenger,” according to the studies. Given that even the average high-school student is prone to brief bouts of critical thinking, the idea of pushing an emotionally based agenda on college students (who constantly utilize their critical thinking skills) strikes me as somewhat foolish. You’ll find “sheeple” everywhere you go — people who will buy something the first time they see it or are introduced to an idea, who don’t waste time on doing double takes and who don’t understand that if you spell chicken slowly it spells gullible. But you’d think that if you’re making a bid for something you feel is important, you would want highly intelligent and logical people in your fold rather than unquestioning, jump-when-I-say-jump zomboids.

for the 18-24 demographic is that the midterm elections just aren’t as exciting as the general elections. Primaries are even less exciting. We get that. Choosing who’s going to be president of the entire country — whose face might one day be on our money — is much more exciting than picking a bunch of people to do a bunch of mysterious and boring jobs we don’t entirely comprehend, even if we actually paid attention in our high school U.S. government classes. But just because these elections are boring doesn’t make them any less important. We’ve heard all the excuses. We’ve even made them: “I forgot,” “I’m too busy,” “I lost my ballot,” “I didn’t register in time.” For a country that prides itself on democracy, we sure let apathetic laziness have pride of place in our lives. Or maybe it’s because we’re all still not-sosecretly children — if they still gave out “I voted!” stickers, we bet we all would have gone the distance, because stickers are cool.


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GREAVES n Continued from page 7 — I was kidding. Lighten up, jeez.” Truth be told, it’s no different than what a racist says after telling a racist joke. “I wasn’t being serious — I was kidding.” Or when someone says, “That’s so gay.” But when you call them out on it, they say, “I didn’t mean anything by it. You’re being too sensitive.” Ultimately, both types of questions reflect the discomfort most people in the United States feel when it comes to sexuality — whether it’s their own sexuality or the sexuality of others. It’s not that as a sexuality educator, I don’t understand the extremely personal nature of sexuality. I do. What I don’t understand is why we can’t talk openly and honestly about sexuality in the general sense. We don’t have to share


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our personal experiences, desires or fantasies, but we should be able to acknowledge this core part of our existence at a level that surpasses the sexual marketing of a hamburger. This discomfort with sexuality, and our inability to see everyone as a sexual being, is reflected in the dreadful sex education that most U.S. teens receive. Until the U.S. changes its attitudes about the roles of sex and sexuality in the lives of nearly all individuals, we won’t improve the quality of education regarding it in our country. And until we improve the quality, I will always have a job. t

Dr. Kathy Greaves is a senior instructor and faculty member in the

college of public health and human sciences. Greaves hosts sexuality and relationship Q&A sessions in the residence halls and the co-ops, in sororities and fraternities, in the cultural centers and for community groups. The opinions expressed in Greaves’ columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Greaves can be reached at

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