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Scott Weaver discusses life as a crane operator working 150 feet from the ground all day
66 to 78 hours a week. “It’s a very demanding and stressful job,” said Mark Reusser, superintendent to construction for Andersen Construction Co., a general contractor with offices in Oregon, Washington By Alyssa Johnson and Idaho. The SUMMER Barometer The tinted windows and air-conWalking down Jefferson Way in front of the Austin Hall construction site, ditioned cab make the job bearable. students by the in-progress building But as a tower crane operator working with a union, these aspects might not and look up. Above them, Scott Weaver sits 150 always be a guarantee. “People treat the crane operator like feet in the air operating the tower crane, holding everyone’s safety a machine — not like there’s a guy sitting up there that beneath the hook. needs to pee and Weaver, known as poo just like the “Scotty” by most of the I pee in a jug, rest of us,” said crew, begins his day at Reusser. 2:45 a.m. He drinks a cup and you’ve According of coffee, showers and to Weaver, the just got to train then drives an hour from crane is the most his brother’s home in yourself not to efficient way to Dallas to arrive at work erect a buildby 5 a.m. do the other. ing. When there He stays with his brothis a short super to cut his drive down Scott Weaver ply of operators, from three hours to one. Tower crane operator that can have its At the site Weaver drawbacks. takes a few minutes to “You don’t get get settled, then makes the climb up the ladder inside the to call in sick, to have a cold or the flu tower, without the help of a cable. or pneumonia,” said Reusser. “The Taking only his keys with him, Weaver whole job stops if you’re not in the won’t leave the cab for anything until seat.” After describing Weaver with a few quitting time. Weaver described a day of work profanities, Reusser chuckled and as the equivalent of driving to Boise, said, “He’s a good guy.” The two have been working togethIdaho, without stopping. “I pee in a jug, and you’ve just got er since 1989. Weaver has done a fair amount of to train yourself not to do the other,” Weaver said. “Lunch comes up on a trades in construction, including concreter, carpenter and laborer, a posirope.” Weaver spends 10 to 14 hours a day See CRANE | page 3 in the operating chair, which is about
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Scott Weaver stands on the Austin Hall construction site after a day of working in the 150 foot tower crane on campus. Weaver spends 10 to 14 hours in the crane a day.
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Kinetic sculpture, community art attracts Corvallis residents By Emma-Kate Schaake The SUMMER Barometer
Participants and spectators of all ages flocked to Corvallis for the 25th annual da Vinci Days festival to celebrate art, science and community. The festival touts the importance of creativity through its full schedule of events, ranging from art displays and live music to the film festival and the increasingly popular kinetic sculpture races. The Graand Kinetic Challenge hosts pageantry awards, a parade and races — on land, mud, sand and water — for these entirely human-powered art creations. Marilyn Kurka and her team “Y-Knot,” from Port Townsend, Wash., created “Toon Taxi.” The “Toon Taxi” is
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a yellow taxicab that blares music and looks out at the crowd through long eyelashes. This creation was inspired by Kurka’s and her team’s participation in Port Townsend’s board of kinetic sculptures. Kurka has raced her creations at various events for 18 years. She said she finds the most fulfillment from events like this that showcase how art and science can be combined. “It’s a culture of art and science,” Kurka said. “I am a computer person, and I love how things work, and I am an artist.” Steve Van Bergen, an Oregon State University graduate from the class of 1985, used his engineering background to participate for the fifth consecutive year, with a vehicle he built with his family. This year, the Van Bergen family created a kingfisher racing bird that wore a helmet and racing goggles, pre-
pared to move on land or water during the weekend’s races. “I appreciate it as an engineer,” said Van Bergen. Participation in an event that closely ties art and science together offers an opportunity to learn more than the basic technical aspects and is a perpetual learning process, he said. The kinetic sculpture events were kicked off on Saturday with a parade, as fans snapped pictures and asked questions. Brian “Wyde Herb” Slayton of Humbolt Kinetic Works in California said he loves the atmosphere of the festival. He and his team were all decked out in furry red flames, ten-gallon foam hats and toy guns, selling the Western theme of their fiery stagecoach, “Hell on Wheels.” Slayton says they enjoy the race but other aspects of the festival, like food, fans and live music, are really
why they come back year after year. “This is an amazing festival,” Slayton said. “They run the race well, and the fans are awesome.” Another creation from California was “Athlete’s Foot,” a giant bare foot complete with tufts of hair, long toenails and bugs. Jen Weiss and the “Athlete’s Foot” team have participated in many events and won awards including the ACE Award, the highest honor for a racing team, at the Kinetic Grand Championship in Eureka, Calif. “Corvallis is awesome,” said Weiss. “We love the race and the fans and the whole kinetic family.” The other pilot and artist of the project, Billy Pinnix, said he also enjoys the atmosphere da Vinci Days brings in Corvallis. See DA VINCI | page 8
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Left: Angelica Garcia and Marilyn Kurka bike their creation “Toon Taxi” before the parade on Saturday. Right: Lexie Lundgreen, 11 fills in the details on her minion from the movie “Despicable Me” with the help of her father, Drew, during the sidewalk chalk drawing Saturday morning.
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Oregon Corrections Enterprises provides job experience for state inmates By Kaitlyn Kohlenberg The SUMMER Barometer
Workers from the Oregon Corrections Enterprises program are working to move and install furniture into Weatherford Hall as a part of their furniture production service. As described by the state’s official website, Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE) is designed to give inmates vocational counseling, training and job experience. The program’s roots stem from a 1995 state constitutional amendment requiring correctional facilities to offer either full-time work or active job training to inmates. Numbers from the state website show that inmates who have participated in vocational training are 24 percent less likely to return to criminal behavior and 14 percent more likely to become quickly employed. As for OCE’s relationship with Oregon State University, the program has provided basic furnishings as well as laundering services to the university for 13 years. Jennifer Viña, who is the assistant director for marketing assessment and communications for UHDS, and Patrick Robinson, the assistant director for operations and facilities, both feel that the relationship between the university and OCE has been nothing but positive. “We manage and inventory over 4,500 beds, and logistically managing furnishings like that is challenging,” Robinson said. “To have one vendor who can maintain and reproduce the same furnishings repeatedly in a reliable standard with quality results is really what we’re looking for.” Robinson feels that OCE has provided the consistency and quality that UHDS looks for in a vendor, and the 13 year relationship between Oregon State University and OCE attests to his sentiment. The OCE program doesn’t solely provide furnishings to universities like Oregon State University. According to the OCE business website, the program offers printing services, mail fulfillment and document scanning in addition to the laundering services that the university makes use of. The program also runs production of heavy equipment for transportation, structures for parks and recreational areas, signs for traffic and informative purposes and even clothing and embroidery. The program is constitutionally required to maintain self-sufficiency, so as to not rely on taxpayer dollars. With slightly more than 1,000 inmates working in OCE production shops throughout Oregon prisons, the program brings in enough revenue to sustain itself as well as providing pay for the workers. The Oregon state website notes that these earnings can go “toward meeting their obligations for child support, state and federal taxes, court-imposed fines and victim assistance as applicable.” The website also adds that many inmates send a portion of their earnings home to assist their families. This kind of work, according to the website, helps “hold inmates accountable for their actions and See INMATES | page 2
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A balance between breaking a sweat, healthy food choices By Ria Rankine
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Students might come to college thinking about the “freshman 15,” but experts say they only have half as much to worry about. “The freshman 15 is a myth,” said Lynn Cordes, the dietician at the Student Health Service Center. “But there is some weight gain.” On average, students gain five to seven pounds during their first year at university, according to Cordes. But she doesn’t believe it is all about unhealthy choices. Most of the incoming freshmen are ages 17 to 18 and still have plenty of growing to do, which may contribute to weight gain, said Cordes. Even so, some students on campus said they think dining services could be healthier. Hassan Albalushi, a student in chemical engineering at Oregon State University, said he believes in the freshman 15. “Yes, of course,” Albalushi said. “Most of the diners serve fast food.” Albalushi grew up in Oman, a country in the Middle East, where the quantity of fast food is lower than in the United States. When Albalushi came to campus, he said he was surprised by how many restaurants served burgers and pizza. He said he has gained weight since arriving at OSU, and thinks the dining services are partly responsible. Cordes doesn’t see it that way. While she wants to promote nutritional quality, she said there are times when students will want a hamburger or a slice of pizza. “I want to focus on nutrition quality rather than weight,” Cordes said. “We don’t want to eliminate food choices, but we want to highlight fruits and vegetables without eliminating
sometimes-choices.” The Healthy Eating Team, a multi-department, multi-discipline group of OSU employees work to increase awareness of healthy eating at OSU. They put policies and practices into action to improve the nutritional health on campus. The Healthy Eating Team partners with the College of Public Health and Human Services to bring in Kathryn Hoy, a behavioral economics expert from Cornell. “Ms. Hoy toured various campus food service locations and provided audits of those locations from a behavioral economic perspective,” Cordes said. Cordes and her colleagues reviewed the food service audits to find ways to create a healthier environment. One way they highlighted healthy choices was by placing a bowl of fruits at the checkout stand. “We saw a drastic increase in fruit sales, particularly at locations that don’t offer as wide a variety of fruit and vegetable options on the menu,” Cordes said. Marketplace West brought attention to its healthy choices and created a picture of a fruit salad. They described the picture in depth and then placed it up front for students to easily see. This tactic increased sales of fruit by 73 percent, according to Cordes. “We’re making a lot of strides to promote healthy options in a stealthy way,” Cordes said. Cordes and her colleagues initiated a fruit and vegetable flash mob where students of the Nutrition and Dietetics Club broke into a dance at the MU. “The fruit and vegetable flash mob successfully created excitement and increased awareness of the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables,” Cordes said. “We linked that excitement to actual behavior change by providing a fruit and vegetable to each student and a coupon for another free piece of fruit at that location.” Tara Sanders, the University
Housing and Dining Services registered dietitian, responded to what Albalushi said about serving a diverse population of students. UHDS serves choices they don’t want students eating everyday, but she said she thinks it is all about balance and moderation. “What it really comes down to is a matter of choice,” Sanders said. “We have many, many options. I eat at our dining services and I eat really well. It’s all about choice.” “I can’t provide a percentage of [healthy food versus junk food] but I can say we do provide a plethora of healthy choices and we do provide choices of foods you don’t want students to eat everyday,” she said. The healthy options include fruit salads, vegetarian patties, whole-grain pasta and marinara chicken. Albalushi’s friend, Said Alsibani, a freshman at OSU, doesn’t share Albalushi’s sentiments about OSU’s dining centers. “It’s very easy [to find healthy diners] because they’re everywhere on campus — like the Cascade shop,” Alsibani said. Alsibani said he also gained a few pounds since coming to OSU, but he doesn’t attribute this to the university’s lack of healthy eateries. For Alsibani, it all boils down to a lack of time. “We eat every day, but we don’t exercise every day,” Alsibani said. This seems to be the case for a number of students on campus: They’re unable to fit exercise into their daily routine. Jessica Quinn, office specialist for Sports and Special’s Program at the Dixon Recreation Center, said her department is aware that some students don’t have enough time. She and her colleagues found ways to get around that. “We have multiple five to 10 activity workouts [online] geared towards standing at your desk and following five to 10 minutes of exercise without needing equipment,” Quinn said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean going to a gym, doing a strenuous
A balanced meal should include grains, a form of protein, vegetables and fruits. workout. It could include small pieces of an activity that works in your daily lifestyle.” “We try to reach out with different entities such as INTO, Greek Life and housing to better meet their needs,” she said. Albalushi said he believes that the Dixon Recreation Center does make an effort to get students involved in exercise. “They have lots of exercise programs and the equipment is free and the programs aren’t expensive,” Albalushi said. Students can pick up a recreational sports booklet to see all of the programs and program fees that are offered within that term. This quarterly booklet covers all terms, including summer. The average fee, according to Quinn, for officiated intermural sports is $45 to $50. The $45 to $50 fee for the officiated intermural sports is divided between every member of the team. The non-officiated intramural sports are generally free. Quinn acknowledged that the popularity of her program and the Dixon Recreation Center in general is largely known by word of mouth. However, she and the members of her department don’t wait for students to come to them. They reach out to the students. Last year they initiated a “Learn to Play Series.” Its purpose was to reach out to those who don’t normally participate and to increase their participation and knowledge of a particular
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Corvallis Police peruse the Willamette River to promote safety, to assist in aid By Emily Mowry The Summer Barometer
The Corvallis Police Department Marine Patrol has a focus on safety. They patrol more than 80 miles along the Willamette River up to Harrisburg and down to Buena Vista. Sgt. David Peterson is the main contact for questions about the marine patrol department in Corvallis. He says that their main goal is to educate about and promote safety. The Benton County Law Enforcement website lists their main goals as conducting boat examinations, assisting stranded boaters, making rescues, searching for overdue boaters, promoting water safety and enforcing all state marine laws. “Marine deputies also conduct public education activities at boat shows and fairs regarding laws and regulations of safe boating,” according to the website. Jessica Conrad is a marketing major at Oregon State going into her junior year. She recalls seeing marine deputies when she floats the rivers in the area. “They always make sure you’re safe and that they are doing their job,” Conrad said. The marine deputies who patrol the rivers are specifically trained to operate the patrol boat and how to enforce the law while on the water.
During the fall, winter, and spring months, these marine deputies serve as reserves. Peterson said they are also typically college students. Peterson named a few misconceptions that residents might have about what is and what is not legal while on the rivers. First, he discussed the legality of alcohol. “Much to people’s surprise, alcohol is allowed on the rivers”, said Peterson. “You can drink, you just can’t operate a boat,” he says. “You also have to be able to drive once you get to the ending point.” Conrad was unaware of this law. “I didn’t know you could drink. I thought that was illegal,” she said. Open containers also aren’t allowed in the parks within the Corvallis limit. Residents have to wait to open their containers until they are on the rivers. Peterson also said a misconception involves littering. “When people see us coming, they throw their beer cans into the water to try and hide them from us. That is actually a misdemeanor and they can get arrested for that,” he said. “Don’t throw your beer cans in the water.” Another misconception Peterson described involves what classifies as a raft. A raft is described as having walls. If floaters tie their floating devices together, they are classified as a raft. It is an Oregon law that each person has to have a flotation device while on board a boat or a raft. They don’t necessarily have to wear it, but it has to be readily accessible.
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Peterson recalls an event he encountered in the summer of 2011. “A group of three or four girls had tied their inner tubes together. We had warned them upriver to untie themselves, but they had later retied up. The girls had them gotten hung up on a tree and one of the girls went over board and almost drowned,” he says. “It’s important to not tie yourselves together.” The marine patrol department is 80 percent funded by the Oregon State marine board. The marine board pays for all of the marine equipment, including boat and jet skis, according to the Benton County Marine Board website. The jet skis that are available to the deputies are actually a special deal. According to Peterson, the marine board has a partnership with Yamaha in which the jet skis are loaned to them free for the season. At the conclusion of the season, those jet skis are then sold at a used price. Peterson describes them as a being “really cool.” Elise Bowlby is a sophomore at Oregon State studying exercise and sports science. She recalls a time when she was floating the Willamette on this past Fourth of July. “When I was floating on the Fourth, I saw the marine deputies. They were really nice. They actually helped my friend when she got stuck on a tree,” says Bowlby. “They pulled her with their jet skis.” Emily Mowry, news reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
type of activity. Quinn and her department are trying to spread the word and market it. “In our department, we definitely brought in the fact that physical activity is a large part of student development,” Quinn said. “We reach out to a lot of students and we get a lot of participation.” Although Quinn said she would like to see more students become more active, she and her department stay in tune to the changing dynamics of the student body and provide options that will appeal to different genders and nationalities. Recreational sports also partners with Student Health Services. They know that sports are not the only way to be healthy. “We try to be more well-rounded about how to establish a more healthy lifestyle,” Quinn said. To be well rounded, Quinn feels that students should exercise, eat properly and create a balance between studying, leisure and physical activity for a healthy mind and body. The programs on campus are geared to help students live a life enriched with physical activity. “The biggest perk about offering such diverse programs is that most everyone can find something they’d like to be involved in,” Quinn said. “If you don’t walk in and see it, you don’t know what’s there.” Ria Rankine, news reporter email@example.com
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Above: A tower crane is â€œabout the most efficient way to erect a building,â€? said Scott Weaver, the tower crane operator for the Austin Hall construction site. Weaver has been working in tower cranes for 16 years, and said it is a stressful job and all about depth perception. Below: A view from the tower crane of the section grids at the Austin Hall construction site.
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crane left and right, up and down and to move the trolley in and out. According to Weaver, it is all about depth perception. â€œWe used to say that it was the difference between an ass-kiss and a brown-noser,â€™â€? Weaver said. The crane is supported by a single tower, which is not as sturdy as the A-framed towers that stand on three legs. â€œIt rocks 18 inches,â€? Weaver said with a shrug, â€œItâ€™s a small one.â€? Weaver operated a crane more than twice this height while working a job for OHSU. According to Weaver, the crane at the Austin Hall site can hold 770 pounds at the tip, but as much as 13,350 pounds when it is close to the tower. Austin Hall is expected to be
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Assessing OSU football’s freshman class — two of his last three opening-day starters were true freshman. The other, Woods, was a redshirt freshman. If fantasy football has taught me Warner anything, other than “never draft Bernard Berrian,” it’s that running back depth is important. Haskins is @WStrausbaugh a couple awkward tackles away from That’s my philosophy on the four carrying the ball in Reser. freshman wide receivers: Hunter Most likely to succeed: A lot of Jarmon, Victor Bolden, Jordan Villamin things have to happen for Haskins to and Walter Jones. see the field. The Beavers are loaded with The freshman who has the best depth at receiver, and one spot is VIP chance to receive solid playing time reserved for Cooks. Between Richard for the Beavers is safety Brandon Mullaney, Obum Gwacham, Kevin Arnold. Cummings, Micah Hatfield and Malik Arnold is a three-star recruit and Gilmore, it is going to take more than was ranked as the 40th best safety in one highlight grab in fall camp for one the nation by Rivals. A major flaw is of these freshmen receivers to receive that he might be too small to play right playing time. away (183 pounds). Last season, OSU introduced a dime formation for passing situations (which happen a lot in the Pac-12 when Mike Leach, Rich Rodriguez and Chip Ke— Mark Helfrich are coaching). The formation utilizes three cornerbacks and three safeties. Ryan Murphy and Tyrequek Zimmerman will be the starting safeties. Redshirt freshman Cyril Noland-Lewis looks to be on track to be No. 3 based on spring camp, but OSU’s depth at safety leaves much to be desired. If Arnold bulked up and got stronger in the summer, I would not be surprised to see him take that spot and keep it. Waiting in line: Dashon Hunt might be the most talented player in this freshman group. He was the only four-star recruit for the Beavers, and received offers from COURTESY OF BRANDON ARNOLD | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO nine Pac-12 schools. Arnold could see time as a true freshman. Unfortunately for Hunt, there are three upperclassmen (Rashaad Reynolds, But each of these four freshmen has Sean Martin, Steven Nelson) that something unique to offer. Villamin are going to be handling cornerback has height, Jones has raw speed, duties this year. Jarmon has reliable hands and Bolden The depth at corner isn’t great, but has big-play potential. that trio has the speed and talent to Cooks is about to become a housestick with the best receiving corps in hold name, but the others currently the conference. on the roster are all a lot more inexReynolds and Martin are both perienced than they seem. Those five seniors. Don’t be shocked if Hunt is combined for only 42 receptions in the starting opposite Nelson, a junior 2012 season. college transfer, in 2014. But don’t be If Riley hit the bull’s-eye on one of shocked if the only four-star recruit the freshmen, it could be a fast ascent gets redshirted this year, either. up the depth chart. The deep sleepers: If you blindfold Warner Strausbaugh, managing editor yourself and have four chances to hit On Twitter @WStrausbaugh the dartboard, you’re bound to hit it once, right? firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cornerback Dashon Hunt, OSU’s only four-star signee, could be a future star in the Beavers’ secondary. By Warner Strausbaugh The Daily Barometer
Freshmen football players are always overhyped. The new man on campus comes in for fall camp and makes a few spectacular plays. All of a sudden, media and fans are buzzing about how fast, athletic and poised this 18-year-old is.
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Mattison won’t attend OSU this year. The freshman running back begins to look more and more like the next Barry Sanders after that one filthy juke move on the veteran linebacker in a non-contact drill. And then, inevitably, everyone is let
down when the coach redshirts him — sending him to the practice-squad abyss to be forgotten for the next 12 months. There are a few who make it through the impregnable redshirt wall and make the roster. There are even fewer who contribute in areas other than special teams. Brandin Cooks, Terron Ward, Dylan Wynn and Isaac Seumalo were the lucky — and talented — ones who did that for Oregon State in the last two years. Fall camp is upon us and the freshmen have been trickling in to Corvallis. With a little more than a month until the first game of the 2013 season, what better time to, well, overhype a few of these newbies? The departed: Before delving into the potential impact freshmen, somebody who would have made this list no longer has the chance. Things didn’t look good when Lawrence Mattison tweeted this on July 17: “Just got the worst news I could here right about now.” Mattison, a three-star running back from the San Antonio area, was on the fringe of being academically eligible to come to OSU. Mattison was fending for himself in high school. His father died when he was in middle school. His mother was an absentee alcoholic. But he still managed to dominate at the highest level of Texas high school football at Smithson Valley High School. The NCAA ruled him academi-
cally ineligible due to the credits he received in summer school coming from online classes, according to Mattison on Twitter. He will attend Butler Community College in Kansas. He said he plans on transferring to OSU after two years. Opportunity arises: Mattison’s departure opens the door for another freshman running back from Texas. If 3,207 rushing yards, 11.4 yards per carry and 52 total touchdowns sounds appealing, then Damien Haskins is your guy. Those are the numbers he amassed in his senior year at New Boston High School. The biggest knock on Haskins was that he played in 2A, a low division in Texas. For some context, Mattison and current Beaver Storm Woods played 5A in Texas, while former Beavers James and Jacquizz Rodgers played 4A. But OSU head coach Mike Riley was convinced Haskins was the biggest steal among OSU’s recruiting class. Once the Beavers made an offer, other teams began to show interest. Haskins has a chance to not only avoid a redshirt, but see playing time in 2013. There are durability concerns with starting running back Storm Woods, who quickly was on a firstname basis with the training staff. Redshirt freshman Chris Brown is a wild card. It’s one thing to be the star of the spring game. It’s another thing to have Shayne Skov chasing you down. Haskins will enter at No. 4 on the depth chart, but Riley has never shied away from freshman running backs
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The OSU outfielder has continued the momentum from a spectacular sophomore season, batting .349 in the Cape Cod League this summer By Oregon State Athletic Communications
FALMOUTH, Mass. – Oregon State outfielder Dylan Davis has continued a Beaver tradition amongst players who compete in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Davis was named to the CCBL’s
All-Star Game on Saturday, and will start for the Western Division on Saturday in South Yarmouth, Mass. Fox College Sports Atlantic will televised the game at 3 p.m. PT. Davis’ inclusion to the 2013 game continues a trend for the Beavers, who are tied for ninthmost amongst all Division-I teams with five players selected since 2008, according to research by Kentucky. Oregon State’s selections have come in 2008 (Ryan Ortiz), 2010 ( A n d re w Su s a c ) , 2 0 1 1 ( Ja k e Rodriguez) and 2012 (Matt Boyd). Davis, who joined the cape late as the Beavers progressed through Omaha, is having an outstand-
ing summer for the Falmouth Commodores. He has played in 17 of the team’s 32 games and is batting .349 with three doubles, five home runs and 21 runs batted in. His five home runs are second in the Cape Cod League while his 21 RBI rank him fourth. A junior in 2014, Davis led the Pac-12 with 61 RBI and 22 doubles during the 2013 season and his .335 batting average led the Beavers. He earned his first AllPac-12 First Team honor and was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Corvallis Regional. VINAY BIKKINA Oregon State Athletic Communications
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Running back Storm Woods named to Doak Walker Award watch list
Weisner in U19 tournament update Oregon State’s Jamie Weisner just keeps on making a name for herself. After a stellar freshman season in which she led the Beavers in scoring (12.5 points per game) and rebounding (6.4 per game), Weisner is currently representing Canada at the U19 World Championship for Women in Lithuania. Through four games, Weisner is averaging 17 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Against Netherlands on July 19 in Canada’s first
game of the tournament, Weisner put on a show. She finished with a team-high 33 points on a remarkable 14-of-17 shooting from the field, making 13-of-15 shots from inside the arc (plus 4-of-7 free throws) and adding a three-pointer on two attempts. Weisner’s efforts were enough to propel Canada to a 69-67 win. In Canada’s second game, a 65-60 loss to France, Weisner scored 14 points and added four steals and four rebounds. Against China in Canada’s
third game, a 79-64 loss, Weisner was held to seven points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field. On Tuesday against the United States, Weisner made 5-of-6 attempts from the field and finished with 14 points, adding seven rebounds. The Canadians fell to 2-3 — they earned a forfeit victory over Senegal earlier in the tournament — with their 88-54 loss to the Americans. Canada, which is fourth out of six teams in Group F, plays against Lithuania today.
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Storm Woods, pictured here darting past a Washington State defender, is one of seven Beavers currently on a preseason awards watch list. By Oregon State Athletic Communications DALLAS, Texas – Oregon State sophomore tailback Storm Woods was named as a preseason candidate for the 2013 Doak Walker Award when the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced recently. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, Woods seized the starting tailback position in fall camp and started all 12 games in which he played. The “doit-all” back rushed for 940 yards and 13 touchdowns and added 38 receptions. Woods rushed for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns to cap the season at the Valero Alamo Bowl. His breakout game came at Arizona when he ran for 161 yards and a touchdown. He also posted a three-score outing against Utah. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on November 14, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on November 25. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on December 2 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee
consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives. Nominations for the award will be accepted through October. The recipient of the 2013 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas, in February 2013. The award, in its 24th year, is named for SMU’s threetime All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification. The Beavers return to the practice field in preparation for the 2013 season Mon., Aug. 5 for the start of camp. OSU opens the year at Reser Stadium against Eastern Washington, Sat., Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. For information on the several ticket plans available for the 2013 season, please access BeaverTickets.com or call 1-800-GO-Beavs during business hours.
Beaver Preseason Watch Lists (as of July 19) Brandin Cooks, Jr., WR – Maxwell Award (top player), Biletnikoff Award (top receiver) Scott Crichton, Jr., DE – Bronko Nagurski Award (top defender), Bednarik Award (top defender), Lott Trophy (top defender) Keith Kostol, Jr., P – Ray Guy Award (top punter) Rashaad Reynolds, Sr., CB – Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) Trevor Romaine, Jr., PK – Groza Award (top kicker) Isaac Seumalo, So., C – Rimington Award (top center), Outland Award (top interior lineman) Storm Woods, So., RB – Doak Walker Award (top running back)
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BEST Bridge program helps incoming freshman student athletes adjust to college life By Sarah Kerrigan The SUMMER Barometer
Freshman orientation is an exciting time for the incoming students to tour the campus, sign up for classes, and get a glimpse at what college life will be like. Most students are only required to attend a two-day orientation, but student athletes are also required to participate in the BEST Summer Bridge program. The program is a three-anda-half week intensive program for incoming freshmen to get a jump-start with their careers as student athletes. They take a total of two courses worth a total of six credits. There are three BEST Summer Bridge programs each summer. One is exclusively for football players while
the other two are a mixed group of sports. Students live on campus during their stay and are able to familiarize themselves with university housing. Many of the students find their roommates for the year during their stay over the summer. The main focus of this program is to provide student athletes with the necessary resources to ensure them success first as a student of Oregon State and then as an athlete. “BEST is a holistic program that attends to the different aspects of student-athlete life at OSU, and we aim to prepare them for such an experience,” said program coordinator Chris Lenn. During the program, students are able to take various assessments for academic evaluation in math, writing, reading levels, learning styles and leadership. The assessments are used to help advisers create academic plans
catered to each individual. Starting with their orientation, the student athletes have access to the Student Success Center and evening study tables for their benefit in the courses they take during the program. Many students enjoy the jump-start these few classes give them in the transition from high school to college. The BEST Summer Bridge program gives student athletes not only an advantage academically, but socially as well. It helps builds the athletic community from the start as they discover the new world of college together. The first two sessions, which began July 8, end on Aug. 1. The third session, which is made up of athletes from baseball, softball, men’s and women’s crew, women’s golf and swimming, begins on Aug. 19. Sarah Kerrigan, sports reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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OSU’s schedule features two trips to newly renovated stadiums By Oregon State Athletic Communications
Planning to travel with the Beavers on the road this year? Oregon State’s travel schedule is littered with an abundance of exceptional destinations from the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, to beautiful San Diego, the Palouse, the Bay Area and the sunny desert of Arizona. Away game football tickets (except Civil War) are available for purchase now. In 2013, the Beavers will play for the first time in two newly renovated stadiums – Washington State’s Martin Stadium in Pullman and
California’s Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. Ticket prices are: • Utah (Salt Lake City) - $57 • San Diego State (San Diego) - $27 • Washington State (Pullman) - $47 • California (Berkeley) - $67 • Arizona State (Tempe) - $47 *The above prices include a $2 per ticket fee. Tickets purchased through the Beaver Ticket Office will be allocated within the allotment provided to Oregon State in priority order. Tickets will be mailed three to four weeks prior to the game. In addition, fans are reminded season tickets remain available with prices beginning at $170 for the popular Valley View seats of Reser Stadium.
For all your ticket purchases or for more information visit www.beavertickets.com, in person at the Gill Coliseum Ticket Office (Room 107), or via phone by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. OSU’s 2013 schedule: 8/31: Eastern Washington 9/07: Hawaii 9/14: @ Utah 9/21: @ San Diego State 9/28: Colorado 10/12: @ Washington State 10/19: @ California 10/26: Stanford 11/01: USC 11/16: @ Arizona State 11/23: Washington 11/29: @ Oregon Oregon State Athletic Communications
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Barbie girls, ‘Monster High’ dolls, average Jill
Moving sucks, I is hard work oving’s a pain in the neck. Some of us are lucky enough to find a great — and affordable — living situation the first time around. The rest of us, however, know and dread those familiar letters that show up in our mailboxes, letting us know our lease is about to expire. It doesn’t mean we’re finally able to move out of our inconveniently located and prohibitively expensive apartments without the financial penalties — or impacts on our credit scores — that come from breaking leases. No, it means we have to move. Again. Moving is a soul-destroying checklist of packing, moving boxes, unpacking, finding someone with a truck who’s willing to help haul around couches and recliners, spackling nail holes and scrubbing down the walls, making sure you got everything, going through an inspection with the landlord, losing approximately five irreplaceable and vital things in the move. And that’s not even taking into account the housing market in Corvallis. If you’re looking for a place to live at the beginning of June, you’re in luck. Or at least, you’ll have better luck than in the middle of the summer or at the beginning of the school year — or at any time during the school year. Corvallis is a college town, so the market is understandably tight, especially since Oregon State is planning to increase admissions, and subsequently the student population, in coming years. If you’re moving into a place by yourself, don’t take it for granted that your future landlord, or their ads, are telling the truth. Check it out independently and in person. A place being advertised as a studio might actually be a studio, or it might be a quad with shared bathrooms and kitchen. A quad is fine if that’s what you’re expecting, but finding out your home for the next year is a quad and not a studio after you’ve already signed paperwork because you’re apartment hunting from out of state is a gigantic downer. Moving in with friends is great. Or at least better than moving in with perfect strangers. But regardless of who you’re moving in with, make sure to get the facts. Find out what the total rent is for the place per month, including power, internet and utilities, and do your own math to make sure you’re not getting screwed over. In the end, it really just comes down to who we know. After we graduate, some of us will be trading on who we know, and who they know in turn, to get our feet in the door of new jobs with new companies, or a leg up on the competition when it comes to promotions. So this is like a preview of what’s to come.
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’ve always thought the reaction to the Barbie doll was strong and extremely polarized. You loved her, dressed her, helped her walk around — because she couldn’t stand up straight to save her life thanks to her disfigured feet — and took care of her. Or you loathed her very existence, shot BBs at her and tied her to rockets in your back yard. I had a hard time understanding these emotional responses because Barbie always was just another toy to me. When I got older, I began to understand the concepts that she represented, such as achieving beauty at any cost and having a “perfect” body and a hot boyfriend. On a basic level, Barbie and her friends all look the same, they’ve just been molded from different colored plastics to satisfy diversity standards, the way a high school student appeases a teacher with a report plagiarized from Wikipedia. Barbie has been in vogue since 1959, when she debuted as a fashion doll. So perhaps we shouldn’t be too hard on her, as she was created simply for her looks, not as a pillar of hope and
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his summer I decided to stay in Corvallis instead of going back home to Las Vegas. People wonder why I chose to stay here instead of returning to Sin City. Fun fact for you: If you’re not 21, it’s not that fun. Even though I’m in Corvallis for the summer, it’s been fun and educational because I’ve been writing for the Barometer. It’s been a hoot and a half. But seeing a majority of my friends leave the country for Thailand, Australia, Germany, Denmark and Madagascar, I have to think that my plans to be a novice journalist are subpar to being a world traveler. Suddenly, my Instagram and Facebook feeds are full of photos of the exotic dishes, architecture and beaches of far-off places. All I have to show are the stack of books I’ve finished so far and my reporter’s notebook full of interviews and commentary. This summer I don’t get to go off and explore the world, but I do get to stay in a climate that doesn’t reach 120 degrees. t
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light for young girls everywhere. It’s not really Barbie that I have a problem with. Instead, it’s more that she is just another flavor of the ubiquitous “perfect” body type that circulates throughout the media. Advertisements featuring women in a positive and attractive light? I’ll bet you five bucks those women look like distant relations of Barbie. TV series about a plucky heroine? You’ll owe me another fiver, because I know that the star’s going to be tall and slender, with perfectly proportioned hips and breasts. Oh, and she’s also going to hook up with the male lead after a calculated few sexualtension-filled seasons of flirtation and almost-dates. Barbie is just another blueprint out there for a “perfect woman,” and is not representative of the average woman. This creates false ideals and lots of other icky, presumptuous expectations. But Barbie has a new challenger. Have you heard of these new dolls called “Monster High” dolls? I hadn’t, but that’s okay since I’m 20, and I spend more time playing with participles and
The Summer Barometer nouns than dolls. These Monster High dolls are punky, with hair dyed in pinks and greens, mini skirts and platform heels. An example is Draculaura. Give me a minute while the gothic horror novel lover within my soul screams in agony and despair. Okay, moment over. So, wouldn’t it be great if these new Monster High dolls differed from Barbie in new and inclusive ways? Showing different body types, ethnicities, sexual orientations — maybe providing a new blueprint that says that whoever wants to model themselves after these dolls can be whoever they want to be. Got you hoping there for a minute, didn’t I? Nope, these new dolls look like Barbie’s newer, hipper cousins, except they’ve upgraded to a giant head. Same incredibly slender form, same giant eyes and pouty “Hey, how you doin’, sugar?” lips, just younger and with
bigger heads. Don’t worry little girls! You can be whoever you want to be! Just make sure that you have a giant head or else the boys won’t love you! That, my fellow oxygen thieves, is the future. But there may be just a twinkling of hope out there on the horizon — a northern star flickering into being as the sun sets. Barbie’s owner Mattel recently released a version of what Barbie would look like as an average American woman. This version is much shorter, had shoulder length hair, eyes that didn’t make me think of E.T. and a realistically healthy build — and best of all, she can stand on her own two feet. This Barbie is flatfooted. She doesn’t need to be held up. She can stand alone, as perhaps a first step towards dolls that are inclusive and accepting of all. t
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‘Gay widow’ calls for marriage equality in Oregon
eople cried. They celebrated. Supporters of Marriage Equality across the nation rejoiced. The Supreme Court had just delivered a deathblow to the Defense of Marriage Act and freed same-sex couples in California to join their hands in marriage. The Gazette-Times’ front- page photo featured a cheerful queer crowd celebrating at Squirrels, happy people with their glasses raised. I was there, too, but my glass was empty. I felt more sorrow than elation. My wife Jennifer died last year after a battle with cancer. She was 43. We had just celebrated our 11th anniversary, and she believed in marriage. She felt it was a brave commitment — an open embrace of your beloved. She was my person. We were one of 180 couples in Benton Country who registered as domestic partners since the option was made available in 2007. I was the beneficiary of her assets. And once she was diagnosed with stage-4 cancer, I had power of attorney to deal with financial logistics while she fought for her life. I am a gay widow now, so my strug-
Guest Column gles are not only with my own grief. I was not allowed to collect her cremated remains; a brother she hardly ever saw had to do it for me. I had to fight the bank to keep our home, even though I was on the title. I pay taxes on her retirement. I cannot collect her Social Security benefits. I cannot even receive her tax refund for 2012. If you think we could have avoided this mess with the help of an attorney, you’re wrong. These rights and others were simply not afforded to us. They still aren’t. Legal marriage would have spared me these insults; it would have allowed me to focus on my own pain. But my story isn’t keeping me from joining in the celebration. You see, I’m hung up on the math. Seventy-two percent of U.S. states — including Oregon — deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Committed, loving couples in 36 states are not allowed to legally establish and protect a family.
The legal rights that swirl around death, assets, children, they are not afforded to two individuals who have clearly said to one another, “You are my person. Protect me. Take care of me. Spread my ashes when I die. And I will do the same for you, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health.” As my story demonstrates, domestic partnership is not enough. I “married” my wife the night before she died. We had a ceremony with our families and a minister. She told me she loved me, and she held my hand. It took every effort — her last strength — to be present. She cried joyfully when I said my vows. We didn’t need a piece of paper or a title for our love to be legitimate. We did, however, deserve the legal status of “family.” Oregon may soon have a chance to embrace marriage equality. Oregon United For Marriage will begin canvassing this month to put a measure on the ballot next year. Be one of the 150,000 signatures on that list. t
Angelicque E. White is an assistant professor of
Oceanography. Her column was originally published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
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ince June 19, 11 people arrived from the beautiful and exciting country of Colombia with the exclusive purpose of improving our English language at one of the best-rated institutions in the United States. Since we arrived at INTO OSU, on every step we take everything has been an exceptional and unforgettable experience, especially the kindness, happiness, friendliness and respect that characterizes the people of Corvallis. Knowing different cultures from different places is more than amazing, it is a challenge for the dynamics of modern businesses, and also boosts your personal network in an environment such as the International Living and Learning Center. Understand and respect their behaviors, beliefs, gestures and interests is part of the process of growing as a joint community with values and ethical principles that might build one unique society without prejudices. It is here where versatility plays an outstanding role in every one of us. But why? Because for most of us, this is our first experience knowing people from other countries like America, Russia, China, Japan, Korea and the Middle East, to name a few. Participating as Green Team Volunteers at the 25th da Vinci
Guest Column Days was a fun and uniting activity. Learning about how to recycle, how to sort and what we can do with these wastes is pretty important to our personal education. Moreover, seeing youth involved in these kind of activities is awesome — and thanks to that, it is possible to reach high levels of civilization and technological development during our lives, since we can grow up with this sort of thinking and be more helpful to the planet than previous generations were. Taking advantage of this opportunity, we want to thank one hardworking and passionate person who has attended us and has guided us through all the process since we arrived, Kathleen Rochester. To conclude, we want to extend our invitation and encourage you to visit Colombia, our beautiful and warm country, knowing that there are 11 families who are willing to welcome you with open arms and give you the most pleasant of stays, because in Colombia the only risk in visiting us is that you would want to stay forever.. t
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Pick of the week: Tuesday Nights plays at da Vinci Days Corvallis band performs at da Vinci Days, plans to move to Portland By Brooklyn Di Raffaele The Summer Barometer
The night before da Vinci Days, every musician at the rehearsal had a beer. The Corvallis band Tuesday Nights prepared for their show at the 2013 da Vinci Days. Tuesday Nights have been playing as a group since 2011, and have made a name for themselves in those two years. Tuesday Nights was started as an acoustic group by Chance Jackson, soul guitarist, and Noah Brokaw, rock guitarist. Tthey called themselves “The Idiots.” Chance then called in Michael Miller, the current lead singer and keyboardist, to come audition for the group. Later, when the guys were recording a single, one of the people helping out at the recording, Nick Wright, shredded on the bass and he was offered to join the band “with an offer of a six-pack,” said Brokaw jokingly. The group was formed, and their name was changed, but the band also needed a new drummer. That’s when Jacob Wambach was called in to audition for the band. “Everyone just kind of fell into place — we all met by chance,” Brokaw said. Once the group was established, the music started. The members of Tuesday Nights write their own music and also play covers of songs that
they like. They find inspiration for their music as a group. They’re mostly influenced by bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon, but what makes this band have a different sound is that each member has his own influence. Everyone in Tuesday Nights comes from a different musical background, and they are all influenced by different sounds. “It comes in handy when we are trying to write songs because we aren’t trying to sound like one specific group or sound,” Brokaw said. “We try to be influenced by ourselves.” Tuesday Nights puts their own indie ideas and talent into everything they play. With their cover songs, they take their own spin on the titles with tempo, effects, pitches and use of different instruments. Add in this group’s energy and passion, and the result is music magic. When they have an idea for a new addition to a piece or a new song, they start playing together and make it work. Their original music doesn’t fall short of their covers. Each musician plays his own part with his own style, and when partnered up with the rest of the band, those styles meld together. Tuesday Nights has played shows all over the Corvallis music scene, including at Bombs Away Café and at Cloud and Kelly’s Public House. They have also played in
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Eugene, Ashland and Portland. In 2012, Tuesday Nights won Battle of the Bands at Flat Tail Music Festival. After they “dominated,” Battle of the Bands, as Wambach put it, Tuesday Nights went on their first tour: the Deep Dish West Coast Tour. After their tour, they continued to play in Corvallis. They also played at the 2013 Battle of the Bands as musical guests. Now this native Corvallis
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The band Tuesday Nights plays for a crowd, Saturday, at da Vinci Days. rable show. Tuesday Nights opened with one of their original songs “Home,” about the Willamette Valley, and they also debuted another original song, “Typical.” The energy on stage emanating from the band was contagious, and the smiles on the guys’ faces were as bright as their musical futures. Tuesday Nights has big plans a when they get to Portland. They want to play Sasquatch! Music Festival and play in the
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“It’s really a community event here,” Pinnix said. The kinetic sculptures offer plenty for spectators to enjoy, but in other areas across the festival, professional and budding artists of all ages were able to participate and share art of their own. One of the most popular hands-on activities is the sidewalk chalk art. Artists had a square of sidewalk, a box of chalk and three hours to create art that would be on display for the rest of the festivities. Kenny Faase, Corvallis resident and artist, drew the Eiffel Tower and said he enjoys the collaborative aspects of this event. “You create a piece of art in an hour or two, and you share with fellow artists,” Faase said. “You share and learn techniques
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band is moving up to Portland to make a bigger name for itself. “We have a fan base in Corvallis, and that is what we want to do in Portland,” Wright said. “Once we are in Portland, we want to network hardcore, play a lot of shows and play with a lot of bands.” Their performance at da Vinci Days was one of their last performances in Corvallis for a while, but they rocked the stage and made a memo-
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