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Fuentes’ artworks show vibrantly Analee Fuentes’ display will continue at OSU, influenced by the iconography of her cultural identities

in the content of her paintings. Fuentes’ work, particularly her work in this show, has strong undertones of her Chicana background. “My hope is that this exhibit raises awareness of Latino artists in our region and the breadth of our creBy Alice Marshall ativity,” Fuentes said. “There are The Daily Barometer many wonderful Latino artists in Beginning on Oct. 8 and continu- our area. This show is an opporing through Oct. 31, an exhibit of tunity to take one glance into vibrant work, titled “Del Corazón the rich and diverse world of our (By Heart),” will be displayed in expression.” In response to the fact that the Fairbanks Hall. Colors show in full force this time of year, and so will the population of Oregon is 11 percent chromatic riot of paintings which Hispanic, she states on her website, “I recognize Analee Fuentes will with great delight, be exhibiting. In her that my culture of works, rich oil paint origin has come to I recognize with loads the canvas I acknowledge just, as she claims, great delight, that me. this demographic nature in the Pacific my culture of origin shift in Oregon, Northwest intendbecause my culed. Her depictions has come to me. tural heritage is the of the colorful and repetitive patI acknowledge this lens that informs every stroke of terns of the skin of demographic shift what I paint.” freshwater fish and Her paintings are rhythmic waterin Oregon because a reflection of her scapes pay tribute my cultural heritage admiration of the to local natural Pacific Northwest’s wonders. is the lens that natural beauty as Analee Fuentes well as her attracinforms every is a painter whose tion to ornate patvisual aesthetic is stroke of what terns, colors and primarily based things that are I paint. in the Mexican iconic in traditional Baroque. Before Mexican art. moving to Oregon Analee Fuentes “[The act of paintin 1981, she and her Artist ing] is the compass sisters were raised by which I orient in San Diego, Calif. by her mother. Fuentes’ Chicana myself to daily experience,” Fuentes roots are deep, and her acknowl- said. “My hope as an artist is that I edgement and appreciation of will continue to have new and honest strengthened community and cul- ideas.” On Wednesday, Oct. 10, in turally rich environments were Fairbanks Hall, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., honed at a young age. Her early years spent in National there will be a reception for the exhibCity and Barrio Logan, Calif., with it. Everyone is welcome to come to their community murals and other this free event and to meet the artist expressions of public, culturally- while perusing her paintings.

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“Golden Trout,” by Analee Fuentes, was one of many pieces featured at the Fairbanks Gallery. This oil on canvas painting is an example of her incorporation of natural imagery into her pieces.

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McAlexander Fieldhouse offers free physical activity classes including Sports Conditioning and Beaver Bootcamp By Hannah Johnson The Daily Barometer

Dixon Recreational Sports has many resources for students to stay active and healthy. With services in nutrition, personal training and fitness classes, the student body has many ways of maintaining or reaching their fitness goals. What the student body may not realize is that Dixon’s classes are not restricted to the schedule of Fit Pass classes. Drop-in classes, called Sports Conditioning and Beaver Bootcamp are held in McAlexander Fieldhouse on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. The classes at McAlexander Fieldhouse are free for students. The only item you need to get in and participate is your student ID. Participants do a quick warm-up and then play a game of scatterball, if you get hit with a ball, you do 10 push-ups, squats or situps, and then continue playing. The class consists of interval training, agility ladders, pushing tires back and forth, back rows, ropes and a variety of other body-weight exercises.

Although these classes are not actual Fit Pass classes, they are considered the same as a Dixon Fit class. However, the equipment they use is different. These drop-in classes allow people to get a great workout while using equipment other than dumbbells and barbells. An anonymous source said, “everyone can go at their own pace. It is guaranteed that as long as you push yourself you will feel satisfied by the end of class.” Either class will give similar results — the only difference between them is that one is earlier than the other. “My favorite part of teaching these classes is seeing everyone tired at the end,” said Adam Arner, the fitness instructor for the McAlexander Fieldhouse. Exercise not only gives the students a feeling of accomplishment but Arner as well. At the end of class he asked if the workout was harder than usual. He said the students responded, “yes.” “You really get out of the class what you put into it,” Kenny Clow, a previous fitness instructor at Dixon, said multiple times. Arner encourages students to consider participating in McAlexander Fieldhouse classes See CLASS | page 2

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The program, currently training 11 members, instills a sense of unity, camaraderie in the group of cadets By Ryan Dawes

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In one day, Oregon State University student Cadet Lt. Josh Zessin observed three car crashes, three arrests and the prevention of a suicide. “It was a huge culture shock,” he said. “I learned more just in that day than years before that.” That day was Lt. Zessin’s first ride-along with a police officer as part of the Corvallis Police Cadet Program, a volunteer opportunity for community members aged 16 to 21 interested in law enforcement. Participants observe and assist officers, help with community events, train and compete to hone the skills and experience needed to become the next generation of police officers. These officers must be dedicated to serving and protecting the community they live in. For the 11 cadets in the program, including three OSU students, this is an exciting prospect. “The nice part about it is you don’t know

what is going to happen,” Cadet Sgt. Tyler Laufer said. “It always keeps you on your toes.” Having gone on nearly 200 ride-alongs, Laufer has experienced a wide variety of situations, from 15 officers pulling potentially dangerous suspects out of a stolen car at gunpoint, to entering a house to prevent an abusive husband from continuing to assault his wife, to coming to the assistance of an individual who accidentally shot themself in the hand while trying to unload a handgun. Participating in ride-alongs, however, is definitely not the only way cadets help the police force. Another area they assist in is with undercover alcohol buys, where cadets, as minors, attempt to buy alcohol from bars and liquor stores. If the vendors are willing to sell them alcohol, the cadets fine them. Once, Laufer fined 23 sales. Alongside assisting the police force, one of the largest aspects of the program is the training. Every month, officers train cadets in a variety of crucial skills including communication under pressure, calming an upset civilian, defense tactics, handcuffing and searching, shooting, basic criminal See PROGRAM | page 2


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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be announced Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden — the third of six Nobel prizes to be announced this month. Last year, Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology won the award for the discovery of quasicrystals, which was made in 1982, and “fundamentally altered how chemists conceive of solid matter,” according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

On Tuesday, the Academy bestowed Nobel honors in physics on Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the United States for their work in quantum optics that allowed scientist to observe the workings of atoms without disturbing their properties. As a side effect, their work lays down principles that could lead to astronomically fast computers called “quantum computers,” which would radically change human life, if ever invented. On Monday, the Nobel

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The committee also will announce prizes in literature, peace and economics. Since 1901, the committee has handed out the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 103 times. In certain years, mainly during World Wars I and II, no prize in chemistry was awarded. The youngest recipient was Frederic Joliot, who won in 1935 at the age of 35. The oldest chemistry laureate was John B. Fenn, who was 85 when he received the prize in 2002. —CNN

State Department officials: Benghazi attack ‘unprecedented’ In the most detailed explanation yet of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, two senior State Department officials said there was no prior indication that an attack was imminent. The officials, who briefed reporters on background in a conference call Tuesday evening, said there was “nothing unusual” throughout the day of the attack, Sept. 11. The ambassador held an evening meeting with a Turkish diplomat and then retired to his room in one of the compound’s buildings at 9 p.m., according to the officials. The call, a day ahead of a congressional hearing into security failings at the diplomatic mission, was an attempt to offer the State Department’s view that the severity of the attack and speed at which it unfolded made it impossible to defend even with some of the increased security measures that had been requested — but not fulfilled — before Sept. 11. The first sign of a problem came at 9:40 p.m. when diplomatic security agents

heard loud talking outside the compound, along with gunfire and explosions. Asked whether the attack was a spontaneous assault taking advantage of a demonstration, as originally asserted by Obama administration officials, one senior official said, “That was not our conclusion.” “We don’t necessarily have a conclusion,” the State Department official said. The two senior officials offered riveting detail of the attack, by what one official described as “dozens of armed men,” marauding from building to building in the enormous complex and, later, firing mortars on a U.S. annex less than a mile away. The attack created havoc on the compound, which had four buildings, including one that was used as a residence with bedrooms. The ambassador and two of his security personnel took refuge in a fortified room in the residence but the attackers penetrated the building, said the official. The attackers poured diesel fuel around the building and lit it on fire. The three men decided to leave the safe haven and move to a bathroom to be able

Russian band Pussy Riot appeal hearing resumes Three members of Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot will return to court Wednesday to appeal their two-year prison sentence for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin. The case against band members Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, has garnered an international outcry with celebrities from Paul McCartney to Anthony Bourdain to Madonna backing the cause of the strident trio. “Say what you will about Pussy Riot: this might not be your kind of music. Their actions might offend you. But this doesn’t change the fact that freedom of expression, in whatever peaceful form it takes, is a human right, and one on which

the protection of other rights rests,” wrote Michelle Ringuette of Amnesty International USA. Wednesday’s hearing may also address a request by Samutsevich to ditch her lawyer because of a difference of opinion. The trio was arrested after performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in one of the Russian Orthodox Church’s most important cathedrals in February, a flash mobstyle act that outraged many of the country’s faithful. Footage of the brief but provocative protest action, in which the band members clad in balaclavas screamed “Mother Mary, please drive Putin away,” inside Christ Savior Cathedral attracted wide attention after it was posted online.

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Assembly awarded the prize for physiology or medicine to Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka jointly for their discovery that stem cells can be made of mature cells and need not necessarily be taken from fetuses or embryos. This year’s monetary award will be 8 million Swedish kronor (about $1.2 million). This represents a drop of 20% compared with last year, from 10 million Swedish kronor, and is due to the turbulence that has hit financial markets.

PROGRAM n Continued from page 1 law, building searches and dealing with an active shooter — an armed individual actively threatening civilians. Also, just as important as learning the skills needed, the cadets bond and learn to trust each other. “Through the program, I’ve gained the closest friends I’ve ever had,” Zessin said. “For me, one of the times when I truly learned to rely on my fellow cadets was during a training session where we all had to experience what it was like to be pepper sprayed. Having someone else there for me, just to help get me through that, was one of biggest bonding experiences ever.” As cadets sharpen skills and deepen relationships with each other, once a year they are given the opportunity to compete against about 150 other cadet programs in Oregon and Washington at the Law Enforcement Challenge in Astoria, Ore. Competitions are realistic simulations designed to test and develop the abilities of the cadets, ranging in scenarios from DUI investigations — which the Corvallis program won first, second and third place ­— in, traffic stops, crime scene investigation, precision driving and building searches.

to breathe. In the chaos and smoke they were unable to find the ambassador. One official said it still is unclear how the ambassador got to the hospital where he was declared dead. Hospital personnel found his cell phone in his pocket and began calling numbers. That, the official says, is how U.S. officials learned where he was. The officials echoed what administration officials have maintained since the attack: that U.S. and Libyan security personnel in Benghazi were outmanned and that no reasonable security presence could have fended off the assault. As one official said: “The lethality and the number of armed people is unprecedented. There had been no attacks like that anywhere in Libya — Tripoli, Benghazi or anywhere — in the time that we had been there. And so it is unprecedented, in fact, it would be very, very hard to find precedent for an attack like (it) in recent diplomatic history.” —CNN

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Actor Joey Pantoliano will be speaking tomorrow from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium. Pantoliano will be

For Cadet Lt. Emily Schroff, one of the most valuable parts of the competition was the knowledge she gained from it. In one scenario, what seemed to be a completely normal traffic stop turned into a shoot-out between the police and a group of American Nationalists, a party that rejects American government and law enforcement. In another scenario, there was a call to remove someone who was acting drunk at a workplace. However, upon arriving at the site, she discovered that the woman had fruity breath and was a diabetic. She was going into diabetic shock, and therefore needed medical attention, despite what the original assumptions had stated. “That experience helped me realize that nothing’s routine,” Schroff said. “Every situation in police work is new and unknown. Regardless of the situation though, we’re here to do our best to serve the public and keep people safe.” This is the essence of the cadet program: to learn not only the skills needed to be a police officer, but to stand together in a close, trusting community of officers to best serve the public, regardless of the situation.

Pride Center, 11am-1:30pm, MU 213. Polyamory: My Partners and I - Learn about polyamory from those who identify in the community and not the media. Get the facts and stomp out the myths of polyamory. Snacks will be provided.

Thursday, Oct. 11 Events Pride Center, 10am-2:30pm, MU Quad. Come celebrate National Coming Out Day by signing our pink door, having a cupcake and showing your support publicly. Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. “Building a Spiritual Democracy” is the topic for this interfaith devotion, meditation and sharing time. Bring your favorite inspirational material to share.

Monday, Oct. 15 Events Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Inc., Noon-2pm, MU Quad. Providing information/safe sex kits regarding HIV/ AIDS prevention. First Year Experience Task Force, 5:30-7:30pm, Milam 215. Sophomore focus group. Free pizza.

Tuesday, Oct. 16 Events The Women’s Center, 3-5pm, The Women’s Center. A Journey Through My Eyes - Learn about the experiences of some outstanding Latina Women on our campus and in our community. Learn about their struggles, their achievements and their journey throughout their life.

Thursday, Oct. 18 Events Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. “Grassroots Democracy” is the theme for this interfaith devotion, discussion and meditation time. Bring an inspirational reading to share. Pride Center, 11:30am-1pm, Pride Center. Bites with Beth. Explore, discuss and share our development as members of the LGBTQQIAAOPP2S community.

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First Year Experience Task Force, 5:30-7:30pm, Milam 215. Sophomore focus group. Free pizza.

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ASOSU House of Reps. meets tonight The Associated Students of Oregon State University House of Representatives will be meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

CLASS n Continued from page 1 because Sports Conditioning and Beaver Bootcamp fit well with any fitness goal. “If [a student’s] goal is to lose weight, they will burn a lot of calories,” Arner said. Arner’s classes will help improve cardio and endurance, a balance for students who may spend most of their time in the gym lifting weights. Likewise, classes will help improve strength for students used to doing cardio, but no resistance exercises. With intense strength, endurance and cardiovascular training combined all into a single one-hour class, Arner’s free classes are a triple threat for students looking for a different type of training regimen.

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Thursday, Oct. 25 Research Office, 7pm, LaSells Stewart Center Construction/Engineering Hall. Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Indroyono Soesilo, Deputy/Secretary Senior Minister to the coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare of the Republic of Indonesia will discuss Global Climate Change: Role of Indonesian Archipelago & Global Challenges.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 Events Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc., 6pm, MU Journey Room. Annual Tea Party. Refreshments and a welcoming environment for all students.

Thursday, Nov. 1 Meetings Vegans and Vegetarians at OSU, 6pm, Student Sustainability Center, 738 SW 15th St. Potluck-style meetings. All people are welcome, but only vegetarian food is allowed.

Events Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. “World Peace - Fact or Fiction” is the theme of this reflection and discussion time. Share your thoughts with others.

Thursday, Nov. 8 Events Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. “Life After Death” is the theme of this interfaith meditation, discussion and devotion time. Bring your favorite inspirational reading to share.

Thursday, Nov. 15 Events Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. “Science and Religion - Which is Right?” is the theme of this interfaith discussion. Bring your favorite devotion or inspirational reading to share.

Thursday, Nov. 29 Events Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. “Elimination of the Extremes of Wealth and Poverty,” an interfaith discussion. Bring your favorite quote to share.


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n light of the unfortunate death Monday evening, we thought we’d take a moment to let the student body know how much you mean to us. We may not know you personally, but your life and involvement on campus matters greatly to us. We care about you and your safety. We like to think of this university as a home. The involvement of staff and students alike shape the atmosphere and culture so many of us enjoy. If, however, you’re feeling a little lonely swimming in a sea of nearly 25,000 students, remember there are several organizations and services here to help lift your spirits. It’s natural to feel insecure in a new environment, or even an old one — especially when the hustle and bustle of daily life shuffles past in the blink of an eye. This campus can feel overwhelming at times, but embracing your university will help ease the anxieties of living on your own. Staying involved in classes, forming study groups with peers and finding time and ways outside of school to relax can make the difference between hating life and flowing with it. If you’re feeling stressed about school don’t keep it bottled inside. Talk to your professors — they’re here to help. If you’re struggling with social awkwardness, trust us when we say, we’re awkward too. Being awkward doesn’t have to be a downfall or a reason for staying cooped up in your room. Being awkward brings a new and interesting face to the conversation. Awkwardness isn’t a social deficiency, it’s a bonding trait. Apart from the numerous student groups and clubs waiting for your involvement, Oregon State’s counseling and psychological services offers one-on-one counseling, couples counseling and group therapy. They are located on the fifth floor of Snell Hall and are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. So, if you’re in need of true counseling, Oregon State is here for you. If you find yourself in a crisis and are thinking about suicide, please find or call someone who can help. The national 24-hour crisis line is always an option: 1-888-232-7192 or 1-800-784-2433. Don’t avoid calling because you think it’s silly. If you need help, we want you to find it. In their most recent study, the American College Health AssociationNational College Health Assessment reported 46 percent of college students have “felt things were hopeless.” The organization also reported about 86 percent of students were overwhelmed by everything they had to do, 58 percent have felt lonely and 31 percent have felt — within the last 12 months — “so depressed that it was difficult to function.” Though you may feel alone, please know, and believe, you’re not. If you find yourself with low aspirations, motivations and energy levels, don’t shy away from those who want to and can help. It’s not shameful to feel the way you do; it’s just how you feel.

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t’s sorority recruitment time again, and freshmen girls all over campus are searching for a new, comfortable place to start their college adventures. Once girls are successfully recruited, they are officially initiated into the house. Initiation allows them to wear their letters and go in and out of the house as they please. They are also given the opportunity to move in to the house. Most new members don’t move in right away because, typically, freshmen are already living in the dorms. For some, though, it is possible to move in immediately, while others have to wait until the next year. To my knowledge, it is required for all members to live in-house for at least a year before given the “privilege” to live on their own. So why have I quoted privilege? Well, sororities require a lot of time and there are a lot of rules within the

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The Daily Barometer house, but they shouldn’t have the power to dictate a specific living situation as a privilege. Let’s clarify for a moment. According to oxforddictionary.com, the definition of privilege is “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to one person or group.” If this is how privilege is defined, then the members living in the house are at a disadvantage compared to those living outside the house. This is the wrong way to go about it. If sororities want members to want to live in the house, they shouldn’t set the two situations against each other this way. Besides, sororities just don’t have the right to dictate where a person can and can’t live. A girl joins a sorority for a number of

reasons: friendship, sisterhood, community service and even parties. While most that join want to live in the house, others prefer to live on their own. Anyone, sorority girl or not, should be able to have the freedom of choosing where they make their home. A living space is an extremely crucial part of a person’s life and can be determined by a number of reasons. A person’s financial situation, transportation, convenience and general needs are all factors that come into play. After that, it really just comes down to preference. People put a lot of thought and effort into the places they call home. Everyone wants to feel happy and comfortable. As the saying goes, home is where the heart is, and every person should have the opportunity to find the right place. What it really comes down to is a girl should be able to live in the house, but if they do not desire to, they shouldn’t

be forced to. I understand that houses want to promote living in because it keeps the house running smoothly, but I can guarantee most girls will want the experience of living in the house whether it is promoted or not. It is part of the overall sorority experience. It is the easiest way to stay updated on house information and is the greatest opportunity for sisterhood bonding. At the end of the day, sororities are welcome to promote anything and everything about their house. But, when it comes down to determining a living situation, there are a ton of factors that influence a person’s decision. Ultimately, the choice should be with the member. t

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Meaningful friendships open opportunities to feed your soul C The Daily Barometer

oming to college ,I was never nervous about meeting friends. I had always been successful socially, and people tended to like me. Coming here knowing not a single soul, I knew the best chance I had at making lasting friends was participating in organizations and activities I had passions for. Now with three years of college under my belt, I can look back and see which friends mattered, and who I’ve moved on from. Common interest in a productive activity sparks true friendship that can develop and be sustained through demonstration of accountability, hard work, and decency. Of the friends I have made on the water polo team, my fraternity (Phi Delta Theta)

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and various other groups and clubs on campus, all of them have exemplified those qualities, if not more. The difference between a great person and a great friend is the ability to share common interests and passions. Some of the best ways to find those people are through opportunities offered here at Oregon State University. Activities and organizations around campus are abundant and are, in fact, very diverse. I am sure you have witnessed all the different social roads you can do down here in Corvallis. While some might be more tempting — drinking to get drunk, doing drugs exces-

sively, etc. — the more fulfilling paths are through groups with positive intentions and results, and having members who strive for defined goals. I will use an example from my water polo team. At the beginning of the season, we all attempt to put ourselves in the position to win every game. We accomplish this not only by showing up to our practices, but also working incredibly hard, and becoming better as a team through getting to know each other. To put this in perspective with what I am trying to say, we first developed respect for each other, which in return gave us the ability to become best friends. True best friends are the ones you can depend on because you have depended on each other in the past,

and have been successful. I immediately going home and challenge you to show me a calling someone I knew in my group of college alcoholics gut was good. who have that kind of shared Ultimately, the message I’m passion, and accountability. sharing is the beauty I have Being able to seen in opportufilter true friends nities stemming from false ones from reaching has really saved Sharing my time out. Sharing my me a lot of time with people I time with people and energy in colrelate to, can relate to, Iincan lege. Solely deala productive in a productive way, is essentially ing with those the easiest way I that mattered way, is have grown as a to me has been essentially the person, and have eye opening. I can look back easiest way I become more prepared for realover the past have grown as world situations. three years and Furthering my a person. remember situapassions with tions I put myself people I care into where I was about is someattempting to be somebody I knew was bad. thing I cherish, and I can only At the time, I justified those thank Oregon State University. t actions by simply telling myself these are my friends, therefore Jenson Vliss is a senior in entrepreneurI have to be like them. I could ship. The opinions expressed in his columns not necessarily represent those of The not have been more wrong. do Daily Barometer staff. Vliss can be reached I would have been better off at forum@dailybarometer.com.

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Letter to the Editor Smoke-free OSU

Response to Pells’ article Mr. Pells wrote, on Sept. 28, 2012, that “If you don’t like smoke or smokers, don’t go near them ... Smokers don’t chase non-smokers down and blow smoke in their face[s] to annoy them.” I wanted to point out that Mr. Pells and many smokers don’t know that even if they don’t have any intention of blowing smoke on non-smokers and people who enjoy clean air, the smoke still gets in many peoples’ lungs in an unpleasant way. When I had my office in Snell Hall, it was located on the 4th floor and I could smell the smoke from people smoking by the entrance of the building on the ground level. I am sure they didn’t mean to blow their smoke into my office, but the reality was, that’s what was happening, and the smokers were not in control of the smoke they were producing. Now my office is in Heckart Lodge, and until the smoke-ban took effect, my colleagues and I were suffering from the smoke through the AC/heater, because there were people who smoked outside of the building, right by where the air intake is located. I am sure those smokers didn’t intend to feed us the unpleasant smoke in our office, because that’s where we spend the majority of the day, every day, but again, they do not have any control of the nasty smoke they were producing. I’d be okay letting “people smoke wherever they want,” as Mr. Pells stated, as long as they can contain 100 percent of the smoke they produce all to themselves. Because all of us have the right to have clean air, whether you smoke or not. Smokers should not be violating other peoples’ right by claiming their freedom to smoke “wherever they want.” Teppei Hayashi

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Sean Mannion tore the meniscus in his knee while handing off the ball in Oregon State’s 19-6 victory over Washington State on Saturday. It was revealed Tuesday he will have surgery to repair the damage in his knee and is listed as “week-to-week” for his timetable to return.

Mannion’s surgery expected today After injuring his left knee in Saturday’s win, OSU quarterback Mannion listed as “week-to-week” in recovery

heavier limp on Tuesday than he did Monday. However, he was very engaged throughout the entirety of practice, giving hand signals for plays on the sideline next to Riley. • Senior cornerback Jordan Riley said. “But I think he felt conAnother interesting bit of news Poyer was named Walter Camp fident that he’s getting better.” that came out Tuesday was that By Warner Strausbaugh National Player of the Week after • Junior guard Grant Enger Mannion might have withheld his The Daily Barometer recording three interceptions, missed practice Monday, but injury during the game. four tackles, one tackle for loss practiced Tuesday and is expectThe day after Monday’s prac“We always tell our players we and a pass breakup. tice, when it was learned that have to know [about injuries],” ed to start Saturday. sophomore starting quarterback Riley said. “Possibly, he should • Senior wide receiver Markus • Freshman defensive tackle Sean Mannion was out indefi- have said something. He normally Wheaton sat out of practice Noa Aluesi was dismissed from nitely with a knee injury, a little has, he told us about his shoulder Monday, and was limited Tuesday the team Monday for violating more light has been shone on the [injury after the Arizona game], with a sore foot. team rules. situation. but he was able to go back and “[Wheaton] should be fine,” “Team rules,” Riley said. Dr. Doug Aukerman, senior play.” head coach Mike Riley said. “He “That’s about it.” associate athletic director for The injury came on a play in was just a little sore when he • Redshirt freshman Storm sports medicine, spoke to the the third quarter when Mannion practiced.” Woods practiced full speed both media during Tuesday’s practice handed off the ball. It was the • Sophomore linebacker D.J. Monday and Tuesday after missto reveal the latest news about definition of a fluke. Welch sat out of practice Monday ing practice in previous weeks Mannion’s injury and timetable. The fallout from Mannion’s and Tuesday with an ankle injury. with knee and foot injuries. “What we know about Sean is week-to-week timetable goes sports@dailybarometer.com “DJ’s a little further behind,” that he injured his left knee durSee MANNION | page 5 ing the game,” Aukerman said. “He has a meniscal injury, which is going to require a surgical procedure this week. Following that, he’ll be out this week, and then it’ll be week-to-week.” The surgery is planned for today and it will take place in Corvallis. Oregon State head coach Mike Riley said Mannion will not be traveling with the team to Provo, Utah for No. 10 Oregon State’s game against Brigham Young because of the potential setbacks of flying on planes post-surgery. Now that the surgery date is set and Mannion — who led the team to its first top-10 rank since 2002, and was also sixth in the nation in passing yards per game — knows the reality of his condition, the road to recovery can be more tough mentally than physically. “I told him it’s going to be natural for him to be really ... disappointed, angry,” Riley said. “I don’t think he’s angry, he’s just really disappointed about this and that’s not going to go away fast because he’s a very, much-invested guy. He’s engaged, he’s committed, he helped lead this team Taylor Hand | THE DAILY BAROMETER from January right into where we While starting quarterback Sean Mannion is rehabilitating from meniscus surgery, junior Cody Vaz will make his are right now.” Mannion walked with a much first start of his career Saturday at quarterback. Vaz has only thrown 17 passes in his career at OSU. n

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Terry Baker won the Heisman Trophy in 1962 as a member of the Oregon State University football team and a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. “Earthquake” Bill Enyart, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011, was a member of the Fiji house during his time at OSU in the late 1960s. It used to be fairly common for members of Greek Life to also participate in sports at OSU. It was part of a portrait of the “American college dream”: starting Beaver quarterback, active fraternity member, cheerleader girlfriend and a solid job lined up out of college. Fast-forward to 2012 and times have drastically changed. Presently, there is only one member of the OSU football team who is in a fraternity, and Interfraternity Council President Will Later estimates that there are only about 10 students who are involved in Greek Life and OSU Athletics. “[If] you’re on a sports team, this is your fraternity experience as a team,” said Later, a grad student and former president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house. “That’s how I view the football team; they are a fraternity themselves. The basketball team is a fraternity themselves. You see them go out together and travel together. It’s a different time. It’s a year-round commitment and so is a fraternity.” Forty years ago, playing a sport at OSU or any major university was a lot more like playing a sport in high school than it is today. Playing a varsity sport is a full-time job. Student athletes have mandatory practices, meetings, games and workouts, and skipping out on any of those could mean the termination of their scholarship. In short, times have changed. It would appear that the main obstacle restraining student athletes from joining Greek Life is the time commitment. Following Monday’s practice, Beaver football head coach Mike Riley admitted that he didn’t know much about joining a Greek house, but he did say the word “time” probably about eight times during a 90-second conversation. It takes a huge chunk of time to be a member of an athletic team and the same is true for joining a fraternity or sorority. Still, one member of the football team has managed to keep the dream of the 1960s alive in Corvallis. Charlie Gilmur is a walk-on linebacker who has been on the team since 2010 and is also a member of the Chi Phi fraternity. Gilmur explained the challenges of being a member of a fraternity and playing Division I football. “It’d be impossible to do everything through Greek Life and be active and See ATHLETICS/GREEK | page 5


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Women’s soccer notebook Midweek news and notes as the Beavers prepare for Saturday’s Pac-12 match against Colorado • The Beavers are amidst the program’s worst four-game stretch (0-3-1) since 2008, head coach Linus Rhode’s first year. OSU’s worst four-game stretch last year was 1-2-1; in both 2009 and 2010 it was 1-3-0. • The numbers say the Beavers’ schedule gets a whole lot easier from this point on. Oregon State University’s final six Pac-12 opponents have a combined win total of eight Pac-12 games this year (an average of 1.3 conference wins per team). OSU’s first five Pac-12 opponents have a combined win total of 16 Pac-12 games this year (3.2 conference wins per team). • OSU plays just one game this week: Saturday against Colorado. It’ll be the third time this season that the Beavers have played just one game in a week, and OSU came away with wins each of the previous times (8/17 vs. UAB, 9/21 vs. Utah). This could give the Beavers’ legs some much-needed rest. After Sunday’s 4-1 loss to UCLA, junior forward Jenna Richardson said, “I think you could tell everyone was a little

ATHLETICS/GREEK n Continued from page 4 involved, as well as compete at the level that Division I sports, Oregon State and the Pac-12 require,” Gilmur said. “It’s tough in the sense you can’t ... give as much time to stuff with the fraternity, but I guess the choice is easy and it was like that from day one. From when I started playing football, it was football first. It’s like your job and your lifestyle and that’s what it has to become. It really consumes your whole life and everything about it.” Greek Life and OSU Athletics are the two most prominent student groups on campus, yet there is a definite gap between them. One memorable collaboration between them was a team of football players won the Alpha Chi Omega Swingers philanthropy last spring, and that was a moment of synergy between the two factions. But a more constant and meaningful connection between the two remains to be seen. Megan Miller, a senior on the women’s soccer team, agrees with that sentiment. “I honestly don’t really think there is a relationship between Greek Life and athletics,” Miller said. “Until last year, I didn’t even know that they wanted us to come to their events or that people outside the [sorority or fraternity] were allowed to come to the events.” “It’s something that really hasn’t been bridged yet, that gap,” Later said. Later added that Bob Kerr, Greek Life coordinator for OSU, met with members of the athletic department last week and heard promising things about bridging that proverbial gap. Yes, frat dudes and sorority chicks party hard and cheer harder at football games every Saturday. And yes, OSU athletes often make appearances at sweaty fraternity basement parties on the weekend. Bringing these two groups together is going to take more than these stereotypical interactions.

bit exhausted. The Sunday games you always are. It comes down to the team with the most heart a lot of the time.” • Freshman Sammy Jo Prudhomme has made three consecutive starts at goalkeeper for the Beavers after starting just four of OSU’s first 10 games. Prudhomme, who has twice been named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week already this season, has allowed eight goals and made 22 saves since the 5-1 loss to Stanford on Sept. 27, when junior Audrey Bernier-Larose played all 90 minutes. Bernier-Larose started four of OSU’s first five games, but the platoon has tilted more in Prudhomme’s favor recently. “[Prudhomme’s] been the one that’s been showing the most of late,” Rhode said after Sunday’s loss to UCLA. “Showing the most quality, mental and confidence, whether it’s in games or in training. That was the big thing.” Though the Beavers have gone just 0-2-1 in their last three games, Rhode said that’s not indicative of how Prudhomme has performed. “Even though we gave up four goals [Sunday], I wouldn’t say that was because

“I think doing philanthropies or anything outside of a party scene,” Later said. “[It is] really just building relationships and doing stuff for the greater good outside of the Greek Life walls or the field or the court.” There are stereotypes that paint the image of how the people living in a fraternity or sorority act. “I had this picture of what sorority girls were like and what sorority houses were like and I was like, ‘I don’t want any part of that,’” Miller said. “As we grow and mature, I’m sure now that I’ve been here a few years, I wouldn’t mind having co-mingling events and to see that these people are exactly like me, they just have different hobbies than I do.” As OSU continues to grow as a university, these stereotypes must be overcome and these groups must join forces because, as we grow as students, we will realize the potential positive power with this connection. The possibilities are endless. “We need to get to the point now where athletics and Greek Life, including Interfraternity Council, OSU Panhellenic Council, Unified Greek Council and the independents can work cohesively together and create a similar experience for each other,” Later said. It’s not impossible for student athletes to join a fraternity or sorority. Two members of Oregon State’s successful wrestling squad pledged Delta Upsilon last week and Gilmur is a member of Chi Phi and the No. 10 ranked OSU Beavers. Still, bridging the gap between athletics and Greek Life is going to take a lot more than a handful of students joining a house. It’s going to take a cooperative effort from both parties. Later and IFC believe it can be done, and student athletes are more than open to the proposition. All that remains is taking these ideas and making them into a reality.

of Sammy’s performance by any means,” Rhode said. “I’m really happy with how she’s playing.” Rhode said this does not mean Prudhomme will be the starter from here forward, adding that he’d evaluate both keepers during training this week before choosing Saturday’s starter. Last year, OSU graduated four-year starting goalkeeper Colleen Boyd, a two-time AllPac-12 selection. • OSU amassed 33 shots against the Los Angeles schools this past weekend (15 on goal), but only found the back of the net twice. “It’s just a matter of being composed in front of the net and just tapping it in,” Richardson said. “I think we’re looking to get such cute and pretty goals. A goal is a goal.” • Individually, senior forward Megan Miller has five assists, which ranks tied for second in the Pac-12. She is the only OSU player in the top-10 of an offensive category. Prudhomme (.855, 3th) and Bernier-Larose (.765, 9th) both rank in the top-10 in the conference in save percentage, as well as several other statistical categories. sports@dailybarometer.com

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MANNION n Continued from page 4 beyond junior Cody Vaz being named the starter. Depth at the quarterback position is now a glaring weakness on this roster. With Mannion out, there are now only three quarterbacks on the team and one of them — true freshman Brett Vanderveen — is being redshirted. On top of the weakness at the position, sophomore Richie Harrington, who steps in as the team’s second-string signal-caller, is far from ready for game action. Either way, the team will have to adjust. “That’s going to be a situation where we’re going to have to be able to manage the game,” said offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. “[Harrington] hasn’t had a lot of work. He’s only been here a short time and hopefully we don’t get into

that situation.” And Vaz doesn’t have much game experience either, attempting only 17 passes in his career. He does have a lot of work with this team and the offensive system though. “He’s played a lot of football in his career,” Langsdorf said. “This isn’t going to be something completely new to him. But he hasn’t played in a while and he hasn’t played a lot for us.” After a 4-0 start to the season, the news of Mannion’s injury could not have come at a worse time for a team on the brink of something special. With his status as taking the injury weekto-week, expect to see a constant stream of speculation coming out of Oregon State about when No. 4 will be returning. Warner Strausbaugh, sports editor On Twitter @WStrausbaugh sports@dailybarometer.com

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making tough economic cuts elsewhere. “When a relatively conservative institution like the U.S. military, which doesn’t like to take risks because risks get people killed, says it has enough tanks, I think generally civilians should be inclined to believe them,� said Travis Sharp a fellow at the defense think tank, New American Security. But guess which group of civilians isn’t inclined to agree with the generals on this point? Congress. To be exact, 173 House members — Democrats and Republicans — sent a letter April 20 to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, urging him to continue supporting their decision to produce more tanks. That’s right. Lawmakers who frequently and loudly proclaim that presidents should listen to generals when it comes to battlefield decisions are refusing to take its own advice. If the United States pauses tank production and refurbishment it will hurt the nation’s industrial economy, lawmakers say. “The combat vehicle industrial base is a unique asset that consists of hundreds of public and private facilities across the United States,� the letter said. The outlook for selling Abrams tanks to other nations appears “stronger than prior years,� the letter said. But those sales would be “inadequate to sustain the industrial base and in some cases uncertain. In light of this, modest and continued Abrams production for the

Army is necessary to protect the industrial base.� Lima, Ohio, is a long way from this dusty tank parking lot. The tiny town in the eastern part of the Buckeye State is where defense manufacturing heavyweight General Dynamics makes these 60-plus-ton behemoths. The tanks create 16,000 jobs and involve 882 suppliers, says Kendell Pease, the company’s vice-president of government relations and communications. That job figure includes ancillary positions like gas station workers who fill up employees’ cars coming and going to the plant. Many of the suppliers for tank manufacturing are scattered around the country so the issue of stopping production or refurbishment becomes a parochial one: congressional representatives don’t want to kill any jobs in their districts, especially as the economy struggles during an election year. “General Dynamics is not the industrial base,� Pease said. “It is small vendors.� But General Dynamics certainly has a stake in the battle of the tanks and is making sure its investment is protected, according to research done by The Center for Public Integrity, a journalism watchdog group. What its reporters found was General Dynamics campaign contributions given to lawmakers at key times, such as around congressional hearings, on whether or not to build more tanks. “We aren’t saying there’s vote

buying� said Aaron Metha, one of the report’s authors. “We are saying it’s true in pretty much all aspects of politics — but especially the defense industry. It’s almost impossible to separate out the money that is going into elections and the special interests. And what we found was the direct spike in the giving around certain important dates that were tied to votes.� Pease said General Dynamics is bipartisan in its giving and there is nothing suspicious in the timing of its donations to members of the House and Senate. The giving is tied to when fundraisers are held in Washington — which is also when Congress is in session, he said. Lawmakers that CNN interviewed denied that donations influenced their decisions to keep the tanks rolling. Rep. Buck McKeon, a Republican from California and chairman of the House armed services committee, said he didn’t know General Dynamics had given him $56,000 in campaign contributions since 2009 until CNN asked him about it. “You know, the Army has a job to do and we have a job to do,� McKeon said. “And they have tough choices because they’ve been having their budget cut.� McKeon said he’s thinking about the long range view. “... If someone could guarantee us that we’ll never need tanks in the future, that would be good. I don’t see that guarantee.� —CNN

CNN Poll: Race tightening up in battleground Ohio On the day that both presidential candidates are campaigning in Ohio, a new poll indicates a close contest in the race for the Buckeye State’s 18 electoral votes. According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 51 percent of likely voters in Ohio say they’re backing President Barack Obama, with 47 percent supporting Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Obama’s four point advantage is within the poll’s sampling error. The survey, released Tuesday, was conducted October 5-8, entirely after last Wednesday’s first presidential debate. Since non-partisan, live operator polls of likely voters in Ohio conducted prior to the debate indicated Obama with a 7-10 point advantage over the former Massachusetts governor, the new CNN survey suggests that Romney got a bounce following the debate. The CNN poll indicates a wide gender gap, with Romney leading by 14 points among men and Obama ahead by 22 points among women voters. “Independent voters, suburban voters, and older voters are all evenly divided, indicating a close race right now,� says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “But that’s not a prediction of what will happen in November. With one in eight likely voters saying that they could change their minds between now and November, and several crucial debates still to come, there is every reason to expect the race to

change in Ohio.� American Research Group is also out Tuesday with a poll in Ohio, with Romney at 48 percent and Obama at 47 percent among likely voters. ARG’s previous Ohio survey, conducted in mid-September, had Obama at 48 percent and Romney at 47 percent. “The new polls are a huge boost for Republicans, coming just a couple weeks after a string of polls made them wonder if there was any way to win without Ohio,� says CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. Three national polls released in the past 24 hours also indicate the race knotted up among likely voters. And two of the surveys, from ARG and Pew Research Center, also suggest a post debate bounce for Romney. “There is clearly movement in Ohio similar to what we see nationally. You see it in our numbers. It’s a very close race in Ohio and you feel it talking to people on the ground,� adds King, who is reporting from the Buckeye State. Ohio was the state that put President George W. Bush over the top in his 2004 re-election. Four years later Obama carried the state by five points over Sen. John McCain. But the Republicans performed well in the Buckeye state in the 2010 midterm elections, winning back the governor’s office and five House seats from the Democrats. This cycle Ohio is seeing an outsized

amount of campaign traffic. Obama’s Tuesday rally in Columbus is his 12th visit to the Buckeye state since the unofficial start of the general election campaign in early April. For Romney, his event Tuesday in Cuyahoga Falls is his 15th visit to Ohio in the same time period. Overall, the campaigns, party committees, and super PACs and other independent groups have spent nearly $92 million to run ads on broadcast TV in Ohio since the start of the general election, with more than $20 million of that coming just in the last two weeks. Those figures come from Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political advertising for its clients. “The governor still has problems here, especially with working women in the critical suburban areas. And the president benefits from an improving Ohio economy,� says King. “But our numbers reinforce why there has been $90 million spent on presidential campaign TV ads the past six months: This is the battleground of the battlegrounds.� Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode are also on the presidential ballot in Ohio. When their names were added to the poll, Obama is at 48 percent, Romney 45 percent, with Johnson at 3 percent, Stein at 1 percent and Goode registering less than one-half of one percent. —CNN

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Idyllwild, located in the San Jacinto Mountains in southern California. Routine tests are done as plague is endemic to the area, said Merki. Authorities plan to conduct more tests this week, weather permitting, she said. Plague is caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Humans can get plague from handling an infected animal or from being bitten by a rodent flea carrying the bacterium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Plague can cause serious illness or death, though modern antibiotics are effective in treating it if administered

promptly, the CDC said. Health officials in Riverside County stressed that the risk of transmission to humans is small, especially if people take the proper precautions. They offered the following advice: — Avoid contact with squirrels and other wild animals — Do not feed or touch wild animals — Do not touch dead animals — Do not rest or camp near animal burrows — Protect your pets by leaving them at home, or by keeping them on a leash and using flea-control methods. —CNN


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Big bird puts his big orange foot down This is one angry bird. After President Barack Obama’s campaign released a commercial using the Sesame Street character to mock rival Mitt Romney, Big Bird’s parents at Sesame Workshop asked the president’s team to take it down. “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,� the group wrote. “We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.� Whether the ad airs or not remains in question — Team Obama indicated Tuesday it would air on national broadcast and cable, specifically targeting comedy shows, rather than in the usual swing states where campaigns purchase ad time. But the ad is getting plenty of free air time on newscasts as part of cam-

paign coverage. An Obama campaign official said they had received Sesame Workshop’s statement and were reviewing their concerns. The commercial itself is dripping with sarcasm, a tone not usually used in political commercials. It casts Big Bird as a corporate fiend akin to Bernie Madoff and Kenneth Lay. “Criminals. Gluttons of greed,� a narrator in the spot says of the notorious white collar criminals. “And the evil genius who towered over them?� A silhouette of the famous yellow bird appears in a window, before the ad cuts to clips of Romney saying “Big Bird� on the stump. “One man has the guts to say his name,� the narrator says. “Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street. Mitt Romney.

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With 28 days to go, can you tell us how to get away from Sesame Street? It doesn’t take a campaign report from Kermit the Frog to figure out Mitt Romney woke up to the equivalent of an Oscar the Grouch style ad from the Obama campaign this morning. Mocking the GOP nominee for threatening to take the axe to federal funding for public broadcasting at last week’s presidential debate, the spot’s narrator intones breathlessly: “Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street.� Step aside Big Labor and Big Oil. Is Big Bird this year’s October Surprise? Elmo... call your agent. He’s not tickled. En route to a stop in Iowa where

Romney was to detail his plan for American farmers, senior campaign adviser Kevin Madden was of course asked about poultry, of the large and yellow kind. “I just find it troubling that the president’s message, the president’s focus, 28 days before Election Day is Big Bird,� Madden said. “The governor is going to focus acutely on jobs and the economy and what he can do to create a better, more prosperous future for the American people,� he added. Still, Romney has yet to be pressed on how eliminating funding for PBS would have much of an effect on the deficit. “You would need to cut PBS more than

1,000 times to fill the hole in Romney’s debate promises,� an Obama campaign email pointed out, announcing its new spot. Both the Republican National Committee and the Romney campaign blasted out emails to reporters, with a reminder of what then Senator Obama said during his speech to the Democratic convention in 2008. “If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things,� President Barack Obama said. —CNN

On Iran, Romney says he sees eye-to-eye with Israel PM Netanyahu Mitt Romney on Tuesday said that he would use the same test to evaluate Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program as would Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a wide-ranging interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room,� the Republican presidential nominee also defended his proposed U.S. tax model and shed light on how he would handle the civil war in Syria. Romney told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that there should be “no daylight between the United States and Israel,� and emphasized that military action against Iran would not be imminent. “We share values, and we’re both absolutely committed to preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon,� Romney said. “My own test is that Iran should not have the capability of producing a nuclear weapon. I think that’s the same test that Benjamin Netanyahu would also apply.� Last month, Netanyahu asked the United Nations General Assembly to draw a “clear red line� to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Holding up a picture of a bomb and drawing a line below the fuse, the Israeli prime minister said, “a red line should be drawn right here, before Iran completes a second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb, before Iran gets to a point where it’s a few months away or a few weeks away from amassing enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.� Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has called

Netanyahu’s remarks “entirely baseless.� On Tuesday, Romney said “there’s great hope and real prospects for dissuading Iran from taking a path that leads into a nuclear setting.� “Let’s also recognize that we have a long way to go before military action may be necessary,� Romney said. “And hopefully it’s never necessary. Hopefully, through extremely tight sanctions, as well as diplomatic action, we can prevent Iran from taking a course which would lead to them crossing that line.� But should military action be necessary, he said “the actions of Israel would not come as a surprise to me,� because he and the country’s leaders would be in close touch. Elsewhere in the region, Romney explained how he would handle the civil war in Syria: by working with allies in the region, particularly Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and identifying “voices within Syria that are reasonable voices, that are moderate voices, that are not al-Qaida or any jihadist-type group.� “We try to coalesce those groups together, provide them perhaps with funding,� Romney said, also suggesting coordinating with those allies to arm the groups. “But the key thing here is not just to sit back and hope things work out well, but to recognize that Iran is playing a major role in Syria, and we through our friends in the region must also be playing a role to ensure what’s happening there and

make sure we rid ourselves of Mr. Assad and don’t have in his place chaos or some kind of organization which is as bad as he is or even worse take his place,� he explained. Domestically, Romney addressed Democratic criticism of his tax model, which he described as “inaccurate and wrong.� President Barack Obama charged at last Wednesday’s debate that Romney’s proposal to reduce rates would cost $5 trillion dollars, while Romney countered that he would not support a tax plan that would add to the federal deficit. “The combination of limiting deductions and credits and exemptions as well as growth in our economy will make up for the reduction in rate,� Romney told CNN Tuesday. Pressed by Blitzer, Romney

did not specify what credits and exemptions he would reduce, but he suggested two possible routes: to either limit the total amount in tax credits which could be claimed on a return, or put a ceiling on how much one could claim from a specific credit. The final plan, he said, would be worked out with Congress and follow four basic guidelines. “I’ve made it pretty clear that my principles are: number one, simplify the code; number two, create incentives for small businesses and large businesses to grow; number three, don’t reduce the burden on highincome taxpayers; and number four, remove the burden somewhat for middle-income people,� he said. “So I don’t want to raise taxes on any group of Americans.� —CNN

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Top US intelligence chief says no warning of Libya attack, rebuffs critics The top U.S. intelligence official said on the Obama administration did not come out Tuesday there was no obvious warning ahead soon enough and identify the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens of the deadly attack on the American and three other Americans as a consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and planned, terrorist assault. rebuffed criticism of the intelligence Clapper said an increased secucommunity’s initial assessment of the rity risk is the new normal overseas, incident. and that people need to understand James Clapper, director of National what intelligence can and cannot Intelligence, said in raw and revealing do. remarks to a group of intelligence pro“The challenge is always a tactical fessionals and contractors in Orlando warning, the exact insights ahead of that there is a “message� the inteltime that such an attack is going to ligence community has learned since take place and obviously we did not the Sept. 11 attack that is “applicaJames have that,� Clapper said in answerble to the executive and legislative Clapper ing questions after the speech. branches of government� as well as to “This gets into the mysteries versus secrets members of the media. U.S. intelligence has been sharply criticized thing. If people don’t behave, emit a behavior by some members of Congress who allege or talk or something else ahead of time to be

detected, it’s going to be very hard to predict an exact attack and come up with an exact attack,� he said. Clapper showed he’s not immune to the criticism which he read as while returning from a working trip to Australia. “I flew back to Washington, and I’m reading the media clips about the hapless, hopeless, helpless, inept, incompetent DNI, because I acknowledged publicly that we didn’t instantly have that ‘God’s eye, God’s ear’ certitude about an event that I mentioned earlier,� Clapper said. “It made me want to go right back to Australia.� Several intelligence sources have expressed frustration since the attack that there was an unrealistic expectation for that community to know what happened within hours of the Benghazi incident.

Intelligence officials have adjusted their initial assessment of the attack from one that may have been prompted by an anti-Muslim film circulating on the Internet to a more recent belief that it was a planned, terrorist assault. Clapper channeled a recent article written by Paul Pillar, a 28-year intelligence community veteran who now teaches at Georgetown University which laid out the argument that second-guessing what the intelligence community knew after the Benghazi attack and forensically questioning at what moment they knew it, doesn’t do much to help the conversation. Pillar wrote that “a demand for an explanation that is quick, definite and unchanging reflects a naive expectation — or in the present case, irresponsible politicking.� —CNN

First suspected American drone strike in Pakistan since protest march kills 5, Pakistani officials say ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. drone attack killed five people early Wednesday in Pakistan’s tribal region that borders Afghanistan, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. It was the first drone strike since demonstrators marched to the border of Pakistan’s tribal region over

the weekend to protest the attacks. Activists from the United States and Britain participated in the march, which was led by the cricket star turned politician Imran Khan. Four missiles were fired Wednesday at a suspected militant hideout in the area of Mir Ali of North Waziristan,

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shipping containers and security forces to block access to the demonstration’s final destination in the tribal region. When confronted with the roadblock, Khan directed protesters to turn back, saying the march had achieved its goal of drawing attention to the controversial U.S.

drone strikes. Khan has been a fierce critic of U.S. policy in Pakistan and the use of drone strikes, calling them a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a strategy that stokes militant anger towards Washington. In recent years, the U.S. government has sharply stepped up the use of drone attacks in

Pakistan’s mostly ungoverned tribal region, widely believed to be a safe haven for militant groups fueling the insurgency in Afghanistan. U.S. officials say the drone strikes are an effective strategy against militant groups and insist civilian casualties are rare.

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