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The Associated Students of Oregon State University inaugurated a new president and vice president during a joint session of congress Wednesday night. Brett Deedon and Victoria Redman will now serve as president and vice president, along with Thomas Bancroft, who will serve as speaker of the house. The evening saw farewell speeches from outgoing leaders, the swearing in of new officials and addresses from the incoming president and vice president. During his address, Deedon said that task force directors had not yet been hired and the positions would be reviewed over the summer. Task force directors are typically hired before the end of spring term, and include many different positions, from veteran’s affairs to queer affairs. Earlier in the term, several senators introduced legislation into the senate to consolidate several task force director positions into one position. The legislation met opposition and was moved into a committee for further deliberation. Deedon said the purpose of the review will be to make sure students know what is happening and what effects these positions have. “We are getting to the question of, why student government?” Deedon said. In her speech, Redman alluded to some differences in opinion from this past year in student government that helped her grow as a leader. “I step forward into the position ready to make mistakes,” Redman said. In addition to the swearing in of the executive cabinet and congress, the outgoing leaders also spoke. Jacob Vandever, the outgoing speaker of the house, styled his speech in the manner of “yeas and nays,” the weekly Friday editorial feature in The Daily Barometer. “Nay to the speaker of the house having a bad track record running for higher office,” Vandever said. Both Vandever and his predecessor, Drew Hatlen, had unsuccessful runs for ASOSU president. Vandever will be serving in a newly created position in ASOSU next year, the assistant to the advocate. Dan Cushing, former ASOSU vice president, said he felt ASOSU was not a government in the traditional sense. “We are less about making laws around here than we are about making change,” Cushing said. Amelia Harris, the outgoing president, listed her administration’s accomplishments, citing the successful voter registration drive, lobbying efforts to get the tuition equity law passed at the state legislature and other efforts. The ASOSU president and vice president serve in their positions for one year. Don Iler, editor-in-chief On Twitter @Doniler news@dailybarometer.com

Eli Meyer studies how coral react to environmental shifts with the tanks in his lab By McKinley Smith The Daily Barometer

Eli Meyer is filling fish tanks with brightly colored corals. The newly hired zoology professor hopes to understand why reefs across the globe are disappearing, leaving underwater wastelands where vibrant corals once flourished. He wants to know how these fragile creatures respond to global warming. “Something like 30 percent of corals are gone, and there’s an overall decline of corals worldwide,” Meyer said. Meyer thinks the answer might rest in the tiny creatures’ genes. But, before he could analyze the corals’ DNA, he had to find specimens for his lab. “It’s a really daunting prospect,” Meyer said. “They give you an empty room, and you have to fill it.” However, tanks already fill his small lab in the basement of Cordley Hall. Water churns in the tanks to simulate the motion of the currents. The temperature holds stable just above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, simulating May temperatures in a tropical zone. Lights shine into the tanks to simulate moonlight — the glow that drives coral reproduction. A webcam allows Meyer to monitor

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Dr. Eli Meyer works in a laboratory in Cordley Hall to study select corals’ temperature tolerance, which is monitored day and night. the process from the comfort of his house. Meyer gets samples wherever he can, some were bought online and

others came from SeaWorld. Two spe- Florida Keys. Coral evokes the image of the beaucies, which Meyer said will soon be declared endangered, came from a tiful branching structures that make sea wall pegged for demolition in the See MEYER | page 2

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U.S. Representative for Oregon Earl Blumenauer talks about farm bills, potential of OSU’s agricultural sciences By Kate Virden The Daily Barometer

Corn stalks are a familiar sight when driving through the Oregon countryside, and are often seen quivering in the wind with a promise of a delicious crop. Since 1996, District 3 Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., has advocated for agricultural advances. On Wednesday, Blumenauer held an open discussion about the 2013 Farm Bill in the LaSells Stewart Center’s Agriculture Room. The small room held about 30 people, ranging from professors to graduate and undergraduate students ready to hear Blumenauer’s words. Farm Bills are legislative pieces that are changed every five years. The bills focus on more than just farmers and vegetables, but also nutrition for the underprivileged. The discussion with Blumenauer

focused on corn and the necessity to combine feedlots to cut expenses. “I am very interested in what a Farm Bill would look like at [Oregon State University] and the capacity it could impact,” Blumenauer said. A Farm Bill at OSU has high potential, according to Dan Arp, the dean of agricultural sciences at OSU. He explained that within the Farm Bill there are certain titles, and the one that would most impact OSU is the research title. “It is critical to the research and work that goes on here at OSU,” Arp said. Arp highlighted that the Farm Bill would grant OSU $50 million. Other titles within the 2013 Farm Bill include: feeding the Midwest, specialty crops initiatives, organic foods and a beginning farmers and ranchers program. Before speaking to the small audience in LaSells, Blumenauer took a tour of the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, where he was able to see an OSU research facility firsthand. “Our tsunami, or approach to agriculture, is getting

back to basics,” Blumenauer said. The goals he has for Oregon in the 2013 Farm Bill include: maximizing value in smaller scale operations, the opportunity for sustainability and using less pesticides, and to give customers what they want, which, according to Blumenauer, is humanely treated animals and often organic crops. “Twinkies cost less than corn as a result of subsidies,” Blumenauer said. Blumenauer took note of the research at OSU and commented on how he is on the side of innovation. The representative was impressed by the amount of students who went to his discussion as well. “A surprising number of youth are interested in a career with agriculture,” he said. Blumenauer’s prescription to get back to basics includes more transparency between producer and consumer. “People will pay more for quality products if they know where it comes from,” he said. Kate Virden, news reporter news@dailybarometer.com

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Daniel Cespedes carries a diversity of interests, leading him to pursue a unique major By Marissa Solini

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Daniel Cespedes had just finished playing a tune on his bagpipe outside on a sunny Monday when a man crossed the street toward him carrying a six-pack of beer with his Rottweiler in tow. The man approached Cespedes, gave him a firm handshake and said, “I heard you playing the bagpipes from across the street, and it was so wonderful that I went to the grocery store and bought a six-pack of beer so I could give you one.” Cespedes, 21, has many such encounters. After all, he has a unique

life — ranging from his one-of-a-kind major at Oregon State University, to his musical instrument of choice to his plans for this summer. Cespedes is currently a junior at OSU majoring in visual storytelling, a self-created major through the liberal studies program. “I submitted my theme for visual storytelling last fall and it got approved,” Cespedes said. “I developed this plan to kind of bridge the gap between what I was doing in the past, [new media communications] stuff and art stuff.” With help from his experience as a photographer and videographer, Cespedes was one of two people in the country chosen to be 2013 Outdoor Youth Ambassadors for the See CESPEDES | page 2

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up reefs around the world. It’s rare that coral is associated with movement, but the baby coral move before settling down. Meyer raises baby coral from the parents he’s collected. This allows him to understand their genetics because he has both the parent and the offspring. Meyer said he doesn’t know of anyone else raising baby coral in a lab. His research addresses a gap in the knowledge of corals’ response to global warming. If all members of a species are genetically the same, it’s difficult for a species to respond to changes. But, if some individuals are different and more tolerant to temperature increases, then the population as a whole has a better chance of survival. “If there’s no heritable variation, then they’re doomed — they can’t adapt,” Meyer said. “If there is heritable variation, then there’s the potential for them to adapt to global warming.” To fill this knowledge gap, Meyer is “trying to identify the

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College of Liberal Arts to host creativity fair Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts will hold its Scholarship and Creativity Fair Thursday. Faculty and students from the six schools under the College of Liberal Arts will set up booths in the club level, with some presenting onstage. Presenters include Dr. Tara Williams from the school of writing, literature and film, and Sam Houghton from the school of public policy. The event will take place in the club level of Reser Stadium from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

CESPEDES n Continued from page 1 fourth annual Best Internship on Earth. This was sponsored by the Sierra Club, an environmental organization. “It’s called the Best Internship on Earth ... who couldn’t be curious after they read that?” Cespedes said. “It actually applied to what I’m doing. There are two positions this year, and one is for video editing and producing.” Cespedes had 90 seconds to tell the Sierra Club why he was the best choice for the job, so he took it seriously. He made considerations from what kind of music he was going to use, how much information he wanted to include and the order in which he presented his pitch. Cespedes will embark on this 10-week courtesy of marissa solini | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO journey after finishing his spring term at OSU. He and the other intern, Izzy Weisz, Daniel Cespedes used his knowledge of photography and video to help him earn will travel around the United States cre- an internship sponsored by the Sierra Club. ating a video blog of their travels. Weisz is a sophomore in environmental policy at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. She there’s something to that, and it’s some- somebody, and so I started learning.” was chosen as the second intern to be the thing that really affects you deep down, The starting instrument for beginners on-screen personality during her travels when you see somebody who is experi- is called a “practice chanter.” That is what with Cespedes. encing something for the first time. And Cespedes uses with his students when According to the Sierra Club’s news it makes you re-examine every aspect of he teaches bagpipe lessons. He started release, “In addition to your life, and how much teaching how to play the bagpipes in his a generous stipend and you’re taking for granted senior year of high school by tutoring one all-expenses paid travel, and how special it really of his friends from band. He continues to I’d personally love to go each intern will receive all is.” give lessons and also plays at weddings, $1,000 in merchandise on a trip like [those through Cespedes says one funerals and festivals. provided by The North Cespedes has enjoyed attending of his unique hobbies Mission Outdoors] this Face” that interested the Sierra Scottish festivals, not only to play his summer, and I’m certainly Club was his interest in bagpipes, but also to partake in period reThough the individual trips that the Sierra playing bagpipes and enactments. Over the course of his interhoping we will and just Club’s interns go on varbecoming a bagpipe est in playing the bagpipes, Cespedes has capture those reactions. ies every year, Cespedes instructor. Cespedes grown an interest in Scottish history and hopes to document a started playing bagpipes attire, and has even made his own clothDaniel Cespedes special experience on his at age 13, when he want- ing for re-enactments. The Sierra Club is one of the oldest Junior, visual storytelling trip. Mission Outdoors is ed to play something a Sierra Club program unique and relevant to grassroots environmental organizations in America. that aims to introduce his heritage. Cespedes hopes to use his chance as inner-city people to the wilderness. “[My mom] thought I was crazy, so “I’d personally love to go on a trip she made me this bet that if I could find an intern to open people’s eyes to the like that this summer, and I’m certainly someone to teach me how to play, she benefits of the outdoors. hoping we will and just capture those would pay for the lessons,” Cespedes Marissa Solini, contributor reactions,” Cespedes said. “I really think said. “So I had to look around and I found news@dailybarometer.com

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Calendar Thursday, May 30 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. Collaborative Communities. Devotions and discussion. SIFC, 7:30pm, MU 207. Weekly meeting. Educational Activities Committee, 5-6pm, Student Media Conference Room, 120 MU East/Snell Hall. Discuss funding requests and policy changes. OSU College Republicans, 7-8pm, StAg 132. Come join us for fun events and friendly discussion.

Speakers President’s Commission on the Status of Women, 11:30am lecture (11am sack lunch), MU 206. Nancy Aebersold will share best practices for couples seeking dual career opportunities after graduation. President’s Commission on the Status of Women, 6pm lecture (reception 5:30pm with snacks), LaSells Ag. Production Room. Nancy Aebersold will share best practices for couples seeking dual career opportunities after graduation.

Events Pride Center, 5-7pm, Pride Center. Queer Mingle. Food, fun, friends! Free and open to the public. The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 4-5:30pm, MU Journey Room. The Other Voices! Discuss and analyze the music of today’s popular culture and its affects on the African-American communities. Free refreshments provided. Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Clothing Swap! Have any unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories? Do you need new clothes? If you have nothing to donate, please still come by and take what you like! Women’s Center, SHS, CAPS, 2-3pm, Women’s Center. De-stress Workshop! Feeling stressed about finals? Join us and learn how you can relieve stress through mindful exercises, positive thinking and breathing exercises. Snacks provided.

Friday, May 31 Meetings OSU Chess Club, 5-7pm, MU Commons. Players of all levels welcome.

Events The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 2-4pm MU Journey Room. Poetry Night! Express your emotions through a poem or a song. Hope to see you there! Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Clothing Swap! Have any unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories? Do you need new clothes? If you have nothing to donate, please still come by and take what you like!

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Monday, June 3 Events Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Clothing Swap! Have any unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories? Do you need new clothes? If you have nothing to donate, please still come by and take what you like! School of Language, Culture and Society, 9am-Noon, Waldo Hall. The first annual SLCS Graduate Student Conference.

Tuesday, June 4 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211. Weekly meeting. Educational Activities Committee, 5:30-7pm, Student Media Conference Room, 120 MU East/Snell Hall. Discuss funding requests and policy changes.

Events Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Clothing Swap! Have any unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories? Do you need new clothes? If you have nothing to donate, please still come by and take what you like!

Wednesday, June 5 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7-8:30pm, MU 211. Weekly meeting.

Events Women’s Center, 9am-6pm, Women’s Center. Clothing Swap! Have any unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories? Do you need new clothes? If you have nothing to donate, please still come by and take what you like! School of Language, Culture and Society, 1-4pm, Waldo Hall. The first annual SLCS Graduate Student Conference.


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Purchasing M abandoned railroad, why? he Benton County Board of Commissioners wants to buy an 18-mile stretch of the abandoned Bailey Branch rail line. The commissioners voted two to one on Tuesday and made a bid of $485,707 for the track. Maybe we’re just thinking short term, but it doesn’t seem necessary or financially responsible to buy the land, which stretches from south of Corvallis to the Hull-Oakes Lumber mill in Dawson. Commissioner Linda Modrell said, as reported in the Gazette-Times, that they are not looking to actually build a railroad. Rather, “the idea is to hold onto the right of way.” Modrell spoke about the importance of preserving the route from Corvallis to Eugene for possible future use, which could include transporting cargo or restoring the line for passengers. Again, we don’t have our long-term hats on, but should Benton County spend nearly half a million dollars to hold onto the right of way for some abandoned track? But let’s play devil’s advocate on ourselves, and get inside the head of the two who voted in favor: Modrell and Board Chairwoman Annabelle Jaramillo. Purchasing this railroad would be an investment. Abandoned railroad right of ways, cell towers, parking lots and self-storage facilities can be worth investing in. But, as with all investments, there are serious risks involved. The only profit we see that could come from this purchase is stripping the railroad apart, selling its pieces and then selling the land. We doubt this is something that will come to fruition, it’s simply speculation on our part. It does not seem likely the railroad would ever start up again, especially not anytime soon. There is not enough traffic to turn this pipedream into something feasible. The railroad could be made into a tourist attraction, like the railroad between Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi. Or, it could be made into a bike path — but do we need another one of those? A bike path wouldn’t bring in profit, but would cost the county for upkeep. The only commissioner who opposed making the bid for the track is Jay Dixon. He said the money should be used for more pressing matters in the county. He also pointed out that there would be maintenance costs, and purchasing the land could bring on new liability issues. Plus, there was a new ruling in the Hewlett-Packard Co. property tax appeal, which resulted in a $2 million deduction in the county’s reserve funds. With the sequester, the overall state of our economy and tuition increases, what do you think about the commissioners making a bid of nearly $490,000 on an abandoned railroad? Is that a wise investment, or should we focus more on the more pressing issues at hand?

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any wearisome, monotKyle Hart onous and downright frustrating aspects of academia promote students to heavily preoccupy with the future professor at Pomona College, put it and dwell on the past. Due dates, perfectly in his recent commencedifficult exams you didn’t score well ment speech, which went viral. on and internship interviews are He said those who are placing too three of the endless reasons students much importance on the distant today feel exceeding pressure to future are operating on an autoplace high emotional stock in things matic “default setting,” which is they can’t yet control or change. efficiently blinding you to the sheer The result? A cohort of overly- beauty surrounding you each and anxious and cautious, caffeine- every day. Theoretically, both the addicted learners whose college past and the future are mere fretfultenures are nothing more than a ness-laden illusions and concepts tension and hassle filled “make-you- created by mankind to disturb your want-to-yank-your-hair-out” type mind, body and heart from runof lifestyle. ning at full capacity in the current Why do we sucLiving in the moment. Being cumb to this burconsciously aware den when these present relieves of your contempofour — or five, or several unneeded rary life is personsix — years are mental burdens ally astonishing, supposed to be ground breaking made of pure metcurrently plaguing and persistently aphoric gold and the minds of inspiring. blissful enjoyment for all? countless people. How often do Now, I underpeople berate and stand that basic belittle themselves prioritization ove r ha p p e ncannot be shunned or neglected ings in their past that they cannot in any fully functional adult life. change? Many of us have desperComprehending the necessity of ately wished for a time machine getting important things thorough- at one — or several — points in ly accomplished is an essential part our lives, investing high emotional of growing up, and should be taken stock into thoughts that create an in high regard. But thinking too immeasurable amount of tension ominously about the unchangeable on our existence. The past is not past or enigmatic future is deeply capable of change or manipulaand personally unfair to everyone tion in any way. Events that have subjecting himself or herself to already transpired, and the results, such apprehension. are something you either choose to David Foster Wallace, writer and live and grow with, or dwell on for

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the rest of your existence. If you unfortunately have regrets, or many things you wish to change about your past, acknowledging that without such negative happenstances, you wouldn’t have transformed into the person currently standing in your shoes. Reception and pardon from the past is the first, and in my opinion, the most crucial part of assimilating to a life of living in the now. If you consistently worry about what you might become, or what you might have been, you will forever be sightless to what is. Living in the past or the future is a forfeiture of your power of creation and innovation. By restricting yourself to either of these imaginary worlds, you shackle your ability to harness happiness as it unfolds before you daily. Living in the present relieves several unneeded mental burdens currently plaguing the minds of countless people. It allows you to better eliminate nonessential worries and stresses, commonly known as “the little things.” As cliche as this may sound, we are only promised this exact moment in time, as the future is everything but certain. In fact, as you are reading this paper you could unknowingly walk in front of the Corvallis Metro bus and cease to exist in a flash, although I obviously hope this doesn’t happen to anyone. I digress. Don’t rob yourself of the true beauty of a mid-spring sunset because of your preoccupations See HART | page 7

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everal weeks ago, the OSUCorvallis Collaboration Project hosted a town hall on addressing rental housing in Corvallis. Local landlords and their lawyers packed the room to protest a proposed rental licensing agreement, bash on their student tenants — and students’ mommies and daddies — and express frustration that they were being “nickelled and dimed.” One tenant who spoke up at the meeting expressed concern about the carpets her young children were playing on, and felt something needed to be done to ensure tenants rented safe units. A landlord who spoke later in the evening, in the midst of an impassioned rant, referred to her comment as representative of the unimportant things tenants complain about, “like the carpets!” Of course, toddlers crawl, so any mother reasonably invested in her child’s health would want to be sure the carpets her toddler crawled on did not have a mold problem that could make the child sick. The conversation raised concern among Associated Students of Oregon State University members participating in the Collaboration Project that nobody seemed willing to reach out to tenants in Corvallis about housing issues in a systematic way. In response, ASOSU produced the 2013 Safety and Housing Survey, a survey designed to systematically reach out to students on housing issues on and off campus. Using a stratified random sample, ASOSU received 473 survey responses from first through third years and graduate students rich in information regarding housing in Corvallis. In a series of two op-eds, we would like to present these results to the community to provide the informed, comprehensive student voice missing in the discourse surrounding housing in Corvallis. We asked students to report if they agreed with five statements about their housing unit and land lords. On the whole, the picture doesn’t look too bad: 66 percent of students agreed or strongly agreed that their land lords or property managers were easy to talk to, while only 11 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed. More than 72 percent agreed that if they had problems with their housing, they would feel comfortable reaching out to their landlord to address the problem, while 11 percent did not. That one in 10 tenants disagreed with these statements is still a cause of concern. Given the margin of error, between 7 and 15 percent of fulltime students living in Corvallis are not comfortable speaking with their landlord to address housing problems. On housing quality, results were more concerning. Seventy-four percent agreed or strongly agreed that their unit’s heating, water and air conditioning worked properly, while 17 percent did not. That’s not OK. Given the margin of error, between one in 10 and one in five students live in units that they believe do not have properly working heating, water and cooling systems. In the words of one respondent, “A lot of housing I have seen, including my own, is unhealthy to students — mold, cleanliness, leaks, insect or rodent problems — and much too expensive for the hazards they can/do cause. It is hard to find housing at a reasonable price that isn’t a health hazard.” See ASOSU| page 7


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It’s how he felt when he made the transition from bullpen to starting rotation. 39 days Boyd almost didn’t have a chance to make that transition. Two days after LSU knocked the By Warner Strausbaugh Beavers out of the NCAA Regional The Daily Barometer in June 2012, the Cincinnati Reds Matt Boyd’s father, Kurt, said some- selected Boyd in the 13th round of the thing to his young son. MLB Draft. “Whether you think you can, or you The left-handed pitcher had spent think you can’t — you’re right.” his three years as a reliever for OSU, The quote, from revolutionary accumulating 79 career appearances American industrialist Henry Ford, out of the bullpen, an 11-1 record and a 2.22 earned run average in 125 2/3 stuck with Matt. n

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Senior left-hander Matt Boyd looks in for a sign against Cal on May 3. Boyd has excelled as OSU’s Friday starter this season.

innings pitched. The major leagues were calling, and Boyd didn’t know how to answer. “There was one point when I really thought I was going to sign,” Boyd said. He took 39 days to make a decision. His pro career could wait. “#Beavernation make your reservations for Omaha. I have some unfinished business to take care of with my boys back in a Beaver Uniform!” he announced via Twitter on July 13, 2012. “It was clear — it was my job to come back,” Boyd said. “I wanted to win a title. I wanted to leave my stamp with this university. That was the reason I came here.” Bitter end in the Bayou Boyd and his teammates had been thinking about winning a championship since their season came to a turbulent end last year. In Baton Rouge, La., facing elimination against national No.7-seed LSU, the Beavers found themselves with a one-run lead in the ninth inning — and a chance for a rematch with the Tigers to move on to Super Regionals. Everything fell apart quickly. LSU scored in the top of the ninth to tie the game, and then scored the eventual game-winning run in the 10th. Boyd pitched in the 10th inning. He retired the two batters he faced, but it was already too late. “We thought we were going to win it all last year,” Boyd said. In his three years at OSU, each season has ended in regionals or Super Regionals. Boyd didn’t want to leave the job of winning a title unfinished. Bailing for a new paycheck and new life wouldn’t achieve the team’s goals or his own. ‘Starting’ over Erasing the memories of Baton Rouge came easier for the Beavers when they heard one of their best pitchers would return. “Getting him back really set the tone for the pitching staff,” said junior catcher Jake Rodriguez. “He just stepped up and made a great decision to come back. I think it not only helped us, but it helped him as well — getting his confidence as a starting pitcher.” Boyd finally got his chance. He made two starts for the Beavers as a freshman in 2010, and six combined starts in summer leagues over

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Boyd delivers a pitch to the plate against Cal on May 3. Boyd was selected to the Pac-12 First Team on Wednesday. a three-year period. After his summer season in the Cape Cod League ended, Boyd told head coach Pat Casey that he wanted to be a starting pitcher in his last season. Casey obliged. Boyd was only used to throwing for one or two innings at a time. His offseason regimen took a drastic change. “There were lots of adjustments I had to make,” Boyd said. “Everything was based around endurance, lasting and going longer.” He also developed a fourth pitch. In addition to a fastball, curveball and changeup, he learned to throw a slider. Boyd said it’s now one of his best weapons to use. ‘The best decision of my life’ Boyd got the nod to start in Oregon State’s home opener against Bryant University on March 1. Since then, he has started every Friday night game — the spot reserved for the team’s ace. Boyd ranks in the top three in the Pac-12 in ERA (2.09), opposing batting average (.196), strikeouts (98) and innings pitched (107 2/3). “I knew he’d do great, but I just didn’t know how he’d do this long in the season, because he hasn’t been a

starter like this,” Rodriguez said. “He’s been outstanding every time he’s gone out there.” Boyd said he wanted to leave his stamp on this university when he came back for his senior year. The smooth switch from reliever to starter, and how effective he’s been all year, adds to that legacy. “He’s done everything that a pitcher could possibly do in his time here,” said pitching coach Nate Yeskie. “He’s closed. He’s set up. He’s been long relief. He’s been short relief. He’s started.” Boyd would be two months into his second season in the minor leagues if he made a different decision. But he doesn’t think about that. As he gets ready to take the mound Friday against UT San Antonio, he says he revels in his choice to return to Corvallis. “Coming back was the best decision of my life and this is one of the main reasons — to pitch in the postseason and win it all,” Boyd said. “I definitely am going to have some chills. I have chills just thinking about it.” The Beavers earned the No. 3 national seed on Monday for the NCAA Tournament, and Goss Stadium See BOYD | page 6

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Andrew Moore is the Athlete of the Week for the second time this year after throwing his third complete-game shutout of the 2013 season against Washington State on Saturday. The performance came after Moore threw another complete game shutout against rival Oregon in his hometown of Eugene on May 18. Moore allowed only three base runners against the No. 10 Ducks, earning national

Pitcher of the Week honors in the process. Against the Cougars on Saturday, Moore scattered six hits while striking out seven batters and walking none. The outing lowered his earned run average to a microscopic 1.22 on the season. Moore’s last regular season start was impressive enough to earn him Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. The right-hander’s teammate, sophomore Michael Conforto, won the award last season for the Beavers. Moore finished the year with a nearly perfect 12-1 record in 14 starts this year, and recorded a save in his only other appearance. The 1.22 ERA was second best in the Pac12 conference, and best of an OSU starting rotation that saw all three regular starters finish in the top five (senior Matt Boyd finished third and junior Ben Wetzler finished fourth). Moore was named First-Team All-Pac-12 in addition to being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. His next start will come this Saturday in Oregon State’s second game of their regional. The Beavers host Texas A&M, UC Santa Barbara and UTSA starting Friday. The Daily Barometer

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er Jake Rodriguez. Conforto and Smith were both selected After it was announced Monday that Oregon State earned the No. 3 national for the second time in their careers, after being selected in 2012. seed and will host a regional and potenIn addition to the first team selections, tially a Super Regional, the Pac-12 conMoore was named Pac-12 Freshman of ference announced that a school-record the Year after amassing a 12-1 record, 1.22 seven Oregon State players were named earned run average and three completeto the Pac-12 First Team. game shutouts. The entire starting rotation — Matt Conforto was named Pac-12 Player Boyd, Andrew Moore and Ben Wetzler of the Year after recording a .332 batting — was named to the 25-man list, as well average, 42 runs batted in and nine home as outfielders Dylan Davis and Michael runs. He also led the conference in on-base Conforto, shortstop Tyler Smith and catch- percentage (.457) and walks (37).

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Oregon State women’s basketball center Ruth Hamblin will travel to Europe for a threecountry exhibition tour with the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team. Hamblin, a rising sophomore, was part of a group of 29 players at a tryout camp held at McMaster University in Edmonton, Ontario from May 17-19 and was one of 14 selected to make the trip to Europe. “It is a huge honor to play for Team Canada,” Hamblin said. “Competing with and against some of the best players in the world is something that can’t be replicated. It’s humbling to be even invited to the tryout, let alone put the jersey on and take the court. This experience is going to help me take my game to the next level. The speed, precision and physicality are something I’m still adapting

to, but I’m excited to embrace the challenge.” Team Canada will begin its series of exhibition games with a pair against the Czech Republic in Prague on Tuesday and Wednesday. From there, the team will travel to Belgrade, Serbia for an exhibition tournament from May 31-June 2 against Serbia, Italy and Montenegro. Team Canada finishes the European leg of its exhibition schedule with a tournament in Paris, France from June 7-9, featuring squads from France, Spain and Turkey. Hamblin is trying to earn a spot on the team that will represent Canada at the FIBA Americas Championships, held from September 21-28 in Xalapa, Mexico. That roster will be announced later this summer. The rosters for a July exhibition trip to China and an August tournament in Brazil will also both be released at a later date.

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Head coach Pat Casey was also recognized for his team’s Pac-12 Championship and 45-10 record, being named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Right-hander Scott Schultz and infielder Andy Peterson rounded out the awards for Oregon State, earning honorable mention for their efforts this season. Oregon State returns to action this Friday at 5 p.m. The Daily Barometer On Twitter @barosports sports@dailybarometer.com

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The Pac-12 Conference, in conjunction with the league’s television partners, announced a partial slate of times for games for the upcoming 2013 football season. The remainder of the kickoff times and television networks will be announced during the course of the season. The Beavers open the docket against the Eastern Washington Eagles, Sat., Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. in a game being televised live nationally by the Pac-12 Networks. The following Saturday OSU hosts Hawai’i at 5 p.m., also on the Pac-12 Networks. OSU ventures on the road for the first time in the upcoming season Sept. 14 with the conference opener at Utah, kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. PDT on Fox Sports 1, a new national multisport network that launches Aug. 17. The Beavers game at San Diego State on Sept. 21 is at 4:30 p.m. on the CBS College Sports Network, marking the final non-conference game of the season. On Friday Nov. 1 the Beavers host USC in a primetime telecast that begins at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The 117th Civil War in Eugene will be telecast by Fox Sports 1 at 4 p.m. Fri., Nov. 29. The Pac-12 Networks will air 35 Pac-12 home games, while ESPN and FOX will combine to televise 45 games from Pac-12 sites, including the Pac-12 Championship Game.

All-Pac-12 Postseason Honors Individual Awards Player of the Year: Michael Conforto, OSU Pitcher of the Year: David Berg, UCLA Defensive Player of the Year: Pat Valaika, UCLA Freshman of the Year: Andrew Moore, OSU Coach of the Year: Pat Casey, OSU First Team All-Pac-12 Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford J.J. Altobelli, SS, Oregon Michael Benjamin, 3B, ASU David Berg, RHP, UCLA Matt Boyd, LHP, OSU Kasey Coffman, OF, ASU Michael Conforto, OF, OSU Dylan Davis, OF, OSU Brandon Dixon, 3B, Arizona Johnny Field, OF, Arizona Ryon Healy, 1B, Oregon Ryan Kellogg, LHP, ASU Andrew Moore, RHP, OSU Andrew Knapp, C, Cal Kevin Newman, SS, Arizona Adam Plutko, RHP, UCLA Brian Ragira, 1B, Stanford Justin Ringo, DH, Stanford Jake Rodriguez, C, OSU Jimmie Sherfy, RHP, Oregon Tyler Smith, SS, OSU Tommy Thorpe, LHP, Oregon Pat Valaika, SS, UCLA Nick Vander Tuig, RHP, UCLA Ben Wetzler, LHP, OSU

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Lawyer: Soldier to plead guilty in killing villagers (CNN) — In order to avoid the death penalty, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales intends to plead guilty in the killing of 16 Afghan villagers, his lawyer said Wednesday. A plea deal — which Bales’ lawyer John Henry Browne told CNN about by text message, as he was meeting with his client — must be approved by a judge and a commanding general. In addition to those killed, six Afghans were wounded in the March 2012 attack near a small U.S. base in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. The shooting spree strained already tense U.S.-Afghan rela-

tions and intensified a debate about whether to pull out American troops ahead of their planned 2014 withdrawal. The Army would not comment on any potential dealWednesday. A hearing in the case is scheduled for June 5. Bales’ attorneys have said that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and sustained a traumatic brain injury during a prior deployment to Iraq. “We think the Army is attempting to escape responsibility for the decision to send Sgt. Bales to Afghanistan for his fourth deployment, knowing that he had (posttraumatic stress disorder) and a

concussive head injury,” Browne said last year. “I think that the person who made the decision to send Sgt. Bales to the most dangerous area in Afghanistan in a small outpost is responsible for Sgt. Bales being in Afghanistan, and he should have never been there.” Afghan authorities have called for swift action in the case. “He committed a mass killing crime, and we would like the court in the United States to implement justice and punish him according to the crime,” said Ahmad Zia Syamak, spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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