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Professors relate research on earthquakes, tsunamis, to possible activity in Cascadia subduction zone By Callie Simmons The Daily Barometer

On Friday, March 11, 2011, tragedy struck Japan when a magnitude nine earthquake shook the communities near the east coast of Honshu, Japan. According to data collected by the U.S. Geographical Survey at least 15,703 people were killed, 4,647 went missing, 5,314 were injured, 130,927 were displaced and at least 332,395 buildings, 2,126 roads, 56 bridges and 26 railways were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake and tsunami along the entire east coast of Honshu from Chiba to Aomori. The majority of the damage resulted from a Pacific-wide tsunami, which reached a maximum height of 37.88 m in Miyako. The aftershock caused minimal damage, comparatively speaking, along the west coast. One person was killed south of Crescent City, Calif., and several boats and docks were destroyed or damaged at Crescent City by a tsunami with a recorded wave height of 2.47 m. Several houses, boats and docks were destroyed or damaged at Santa Cruz, Calif., Brookings, Ore., Hale`iwa, Kailua Kona and Kealakekua, Hawaii. This devastating travesty can serve as a sober reminder to the Oregon Coast line that this natural disaster looms overhead for our future. In Japan, school children are required to participate in monthly earthquake drills, families and individuals are sent through earthquake stimulations so they know what to expect when the quake hits, and schools are also equipped with

hard hats and emergency supplies. Throughout Japanese communities, especially in Tokyo, strict guidelines apply for constructing structures; guidelines civil engineering professor Harry Yeh of Oregon State University says are missing on the Oregon Coast. Nationally recognized as an earthquake and tsunami expert, Yeh studies flow-structure interactions and tsunami-induced scour. At OSU, Yeh studies ways to construct buildings to prevent them from falling over during an earthquake. With some minor reservations, Yeh recommends that if people do not have time to escape a tsunami, to find a reinforced-concrete building and climb up to the fourth floor. Ground-breaking research and massive attempts to educate the general public about the Cascadia subduction zone launched into effect after the Japan quake. In recent developments, professor Chris Goldfinger, of Oregon State University, recently published an article in the U.S. Geographical Survey Journal describ-

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The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory allows researchers to study wave-structure interaction and tsunami and coastal hazards. ing his extensive research into turbidites and how — using Carbon-14 dating— they were able to determine a pattern or timeline of earthquakes along the Cascadia subduction zone. “In most cases, these tests can separate earthquake-triggered turbidity currents from other possible sources,” Goldfinger said. “The 10,000-year turbidite record along the Cascadia margin passes several tests for synchronous triggering and correlates well with the shorter onshore paleoseismic record. The synchroneity of a 10,000-year turbidite-event record for 500 km along the northern half of

the Cascadia subduction zone is best explained by paleoseismic triggering by great earthquakes.” With this in mind, these researchers were able to determine a timeline of earthquakes along the zone based on the oldest turbidite deposit and the newest turbidite deposit. This data suggests that there are three rupture zones along the Oregon and California coast, indicating that an average recurrence period for the southern Cascadia margin of approximately 240 years during See EARTHQUAKE | page 7

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Leaders say that the spirit of Halloween should not justify hurtful costuming, inattention By Jack Lammers

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Donna Knoy teaches one of her French classes. Knoy describes herself as an instructor that aims for more than just teaching her students the subject matter.

Knoy motivates students’ interests in language, academic endeavors Donna Knoy, OSU French instructor, shares her varied experiences, stories in secondary, higher education

courses, and in the process has sought to convey more than the subject matter to her students. Knoy went to University of California, Irvine, and graduated in 1970 before teaching in 1971. It wasn’t until 1994 that she came up By James Shrieve to Oregon. The Daily Barometer “At that point my credential was 20-someDonna Knoy’s resolution and endurance thing years old and had never been used in a as a teacher have encouraged and inspired her students. Knoy, now a French instructor public setting,” Knoy said. “I didn’t have a fullat Oregon State University, has taught many time job anywhere. I cleaned houses for six levels and subjects, with a focus on language See KNOY | page 2 n

Halloween is two weeks away, and many students will don makeup and costumes in the spirit of the holiday. According to Community Relation Facilitators and members of cultural centers on campus, the choice of costume should be planned in a way that is considerate of other cultures. “Halloween gives people the power to pretend they are something they are not,” said Agustin Vega-Peters, ASOSU director of multicultural affairs. “What people sometimes forget is that others might see their costume as mocking their cultural heritage.” Vega-Peters noted, as an example of inconsiderateness, that costumes resembling mariachi members are often oversimplified and portrayed in a way that mocks the Mexican pastime and cultural staple. Community Relation Facilitators released a video on Monday on their Facebook page titled, “Think before you costume.” The video took an upbeat approach to the issue, embracing the holiday while remaining informative. Community Relation Facilitator Justin McDaniels hosted the video, pointing out appropriate and inappropriate costumes as a way to supply a distinction for the viewer. Examples of universally acceptable costumes included a gamer, a Beaver fan and a college student. Inappropriate costume ideas

included dressing up in stereotypical costumes including a Geisha, an illegal alien, dressing in derivative Native American regalia and wearing blackface. “These costumes are doing something wrong,” McDaniels said. “[They are] identifying a certain culture or heritage and they are doing it in the wrong way.” The video included representatives from the Black Cultural Center, Asian and Pacific Cultural Center, Native American Cultural Center and Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. Each group showed examples of offensive costumes, further explaining how they feel about the costumes and the undertones attached to them. “The way we dress up matters,” McDaniels concluded. “The way that we can costume ourselves can affect others in a negative way. We want this Halloween and harvest time to be equitable for everyone.” As mentioned in both the video and by those involved, many people see Halloween and costuming without having any limitations, and while they are able to wear what they like, others may feel offended by culturally insensitive costumes. “We want to focus and educate about the unspoken oppression that Halloween costumes portray in cultures around the world,” said Tomomi Kurosaki, graduate assistant from the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center. “The purpose of this event is to let others know that sometimes dressing up in clothing representing a culture can be offensive and an inaccurate representation, and we also want See COSTUMES | page 2

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years, then I got a job teaching in Madras in 2000. There were 5,000 people in the town and a reservation within the border. The population was one-third Hispanic, one-third native and one-third white. Everyone at the school lived below the poverty level. When I taught there I realized that I sounded like my mom. In my life, when the teacher makes a critical mark, you change, and everything’s better. It never worked with these kids. I would walk into classes of 36 belligerent students and hear myself say, ‘I told you what we we’re doing. I spoke in English about this,’ and they laughed at me because they spoke Spanish. How could you be so stupid Donna? It was like I was trying to say, ‘you should read my mind.’ I realized that by using my mother’s words I would get fired. Realizing this was an ‘aha’ moment.â€? James Shrieve: What exactly do you mean by an “ahaâ€? moment? What did you learn from that and why? Donna Knoy: So [I was] in Madras, and there [were] fist fights in my classroom, language in the hallway. I was in my French class one day, explaining that success is predicated on some real basic things: food, sleep, water, exercise and I said to myself, “You’re a chicken [expletive]. You aren’t telling your other classes this.â€? The school had to offer something for failing students to take, so I was also teaching calligraphy. I got rid of desks and brought in tables, so they could sit together, honor the person who’s there, let them talk to each other and realize that 80 percent of success is showing up. You can have a good time learning in a friendly setting. The second year I was teaching. I ‌ decided that if I wanted [my students] to succeed, I


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anyone they screwed up. The teacher is first at fault. If there is a problem, it is the perfect mistake, because it reveals what to do. In other words, make them right for being wrong. You have to realize that their physical circumstances are not their fault. You stop harassing them for things they can’t do and you find other ways to show them. Shrieve: How would you describe yourself as a teacher? How have you developed your style? Knoy: There was a woman named Portia who was the most practical woman I ever met and she said, “Donna, when you talk it’s like a dog walk in the woods. You loop out and come back, and the loops go very far, and can be very complex, but you always return to your starting point.� This was my first recognition that my style was good. She awoke a positive framework I could use to frame my “dog walks.� I gave myself permission to be who I am. I gave myself permission to try any and every idea that came to me, because everything counts. Kids are in overdrive all the time, they’ll take endless notes; they don’t see the trees for the leaves. We are essentially only teaching the successful students, I want to know what happened to the rest. I feel like Sisyphus. I rolled first-year French uphill for 40 years, and I still have students coming back saying I was the best teacher they ever had. I used to say that teaching felt like a mission that never ended. While Knoy is currently teaching French, she has hopes of creating a program where she takes people to Italy — taking them on tours while housing them. James Shrieve, news reporter


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French to some women I know and I was teaching French at OSU. On Saturdays I would teach four hours of French in Chemeketa, which was a onehour drive away. Shrieve: Donna, what do you think of your students? What is your perception of their occupation relative to day-to-day life? Knoy: I cannot stand to see children think that they aren’t worth anything. For [the] years that I did Bible study it really bugged me, “the sins of the father shall be visited on the children.� And I asked: is that a prognostication or is that an observation. If it’s an observation then that’s not fun, but if it’s a prognostication somebody had to be kicked. In other words, I’m gonna screw up and you’re gonna pay the bill. And that’s what happens when you have drugs and alcohol when you’re pregnant. That’s what happens when you have people who have never learned, for whatever reasons, and then their children learn even less. Well, who you gonna hit? The kids? The parents? You look at the parents and say, “what did you have to go through?� Then you realize that there is no place to lay the blame. All you have is the children in front of you. All you have is the fabulous wonderful children, then they are handed their circumstances. If you are native, or black or Mexican there are stereotypical attitudes that are handed down that you don’t get to control. Shrieve: How do you approach your students then, when they’ve done something wrong? Knoy: People make mistakes for reasons beyond ability. Being human and having to face the unsolvable issues we do, it all shows up in school work or personal life. I want to show them things that say: let’s fix your part of it. To solve any behavioral issue you must go to the source. I don’t like telling

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would have to share with them what I shared with my academic classes. I wanted the failing kids to understand the support system. It wasn’t just that the better students were smart, they also had a home, water and food, and they didn’t have physical and mental impairments because their parents drank or did drugs. I looked at these kids and said, “Donna, if you really want to heal people ... you need to do more than just teach them.â€? That was the year I started bringing in water bottles, apples, hard-boiled eggs, peanut butter. The kids could buy them at a quarter a piece from me, instead of a buck fifty from down the hall. When I made it convenient and affordable for them, I never realized they would never have a fight again in the classroom or they would start thinking of me as mom. The idea in my head at the time was that I could love all these children in appropriate ways and they could benefit by it, and then they would get better, and their world would get better, and their children would get better and I would change the tide. Shrieve: When did you leave Madras? How did you end up at OSU? Knoy: The economy bombed in 2008 ‌ [Madras High School] got rid of 10 percent of their teachers in the entire district two years in a row. My students’ parents said, “You will not fire this woman until our kids have had a second year of French.â€? So I finished up in June 2009. The week before school was out I got a phone call from OSU in Italian, [asking] would you like to teach Italian in two weeks. I did Italian three summers in a row and in 2011 my classes dried up. Then OSU asked if I would like to teach French for the year. Last year, I was teaching Italian out of my house to the adults I knew from the community college, I was teaching

Bill.� The presentation of JB 72.02 is in response to students’ concerns that have come in the form of “...e-mail, Facebook posts, letters, sticky notes, etc.,� according to ASOSU Vice President Dan Cushing, over the issues that were experienced in this week’s student ticket line. The norm for the first read through of presented legislation is for no debate to be done on the bill, only question-

Calendar Wednesday, Oct. 17 Events Native American Longhouse, SOL, Pride Center, 5-7pm, Pride Center. Learn how to make your dream catcher while exploring identities and sharing your pride! Pride Center, 5-7pm, Pride Center. Catching Pride. Learn more about the 2Spirit Community by Qwo-Li, the Queer Studies Professor, and make dream catchers to catch some pride. Thursday, Oct. 18 Speakers Pre-Med Society, 7pm, Owen 101. Mammograms, biopsies and the SCREEN program. 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. Friday, Oct. 19 Events Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Noon-2pm, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez (across from Reser Stadium). Come learn the history of Beavers (students) wearing black. The “History of Beavers in Black� informational will be provided by Diversity Development. Pride Center, 10am-2pm, MU Quad. Queer Fair – Providing information to the community of different resources on and off campus. Saturday, Oct. 20 Sunday, Oct. 21 Monday, Oct. 22 Meetings OSU Peace Studies Program, 7-9:15pm, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Main Meeting Room. We the People – Taking Back our Democracy, a multimedia presentation. Tuesday, Oct. 23 Events First Year Experience Task Force, 5:307:30pm, Milam 215. Sophomore focus group. Free pizza. Wednesday, Oct. 24 Thursday, Oct. 25 Speakers 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. Friday, Oct. 26 Saturday, Oct. 27 Sunday, Oct. 28 Monday, Oct. 29 OSU Campus Recycling, 6:30-9pm, Student Sustainability Center. Bring your broken items and questions; volunteers will help you learn how to repair your things! Save money, save natural resources. Tuesday, Oct. 30 Events Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc., 6pm, MU Journey Room. Annual Tea Party. Refreshments and a welcoming environment for all students. Wednesday, Oct. 31 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. Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm,

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t might just be because we are caught in our own cloud of studying, midterms and creating a newspaper for you everyday, but it seems to us like there is a complete lack of interest in the election this year. The four-year flowering cycle of political yard signs seems to be missing this year, and the growth of bumper stickers seems to be dormant as well. We swear we’ve seen more McCain-Palin bumper stickers than Romney-Ryan ones this year. While a day hasn’t gone by in the last two weeks that we haven’t been told by someone from ASOSU about the importance of registering to vote, we also haven’t seen many people from either side of the spectrum getting excited about this election. The excitement and passion that summed up the 2008 election — and even the 2010 election — is gone, much like the sunshine will be for the foreseeable future. We are not sure who is entirely at fault here, but we are going to point some fingers in order to narrow down the source of our community’s collective apathy about the election. The media has not done a good job of talking about the election. Instead of providing any substantial information or exchanges about the issues at stake, it has devolved into a daily rundown of the previous day’s gaffes and recycled poll breakdowns in battleground states. We do not know President Barack Obama’s position on increasing funding for Pell grants, but we know that Romney doesn’t like Big Bird. Of course, politicians say silly things about the 47 percent, but journalism should not be a series of “gotcha” moments — it should be about the things that are truly at stake. The political parties have also done a miserable job. They have given us a congress that has rarely been this full of acrimony, lackluster candidates and campaigns that have rarely moved into actual discussion about the issues at stake. Obama isn’t as fresh or exciting as he was in 2008, and Romney is about as exciting as a middle-aged millionaire can be to an electorate still reeling from high unemployment and a depressed housing market. And then there is us, the students. Where are the College Republicans and Democrats in the quad? Where are the people discussing the last debate at the bar? Where are canvassers knocking on doors? Where is the passion and debate about the direction of our country? We could continue to chastise you for your apathy, but it’s not your fault. It’s not your fault you don’t care about the election or your democracy. It’s not your fault you roll your eyes when you are told to register to vote in yet another class. Why should you care about the way your country is run? Why should you pay attention to political issues at stake? Go ahead and ignore the election, someone will still win anyway.

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Thankful for these programs I would like to respond to Drew Pells’ column “Government assistance programs encourage poverty.” I am not sure of Mr. Pells’ background or his family’s financial status, but as someone who has suffered financial hardship due to the economic collapse that has caused the recent recession, I am very much offended by his caustic words. Until five years ago, my husband and I were buying our own home and living comfortably from his employment in the lumber industry. We paid our taxes dutifully and expected that we would retire in our home as we grew older. However, this was not to be. When the economy collapsed and the housing market stalled, the mill was unable to sell the lumber that had been processed. My husband and many of his coworkers were laid off without any idea of when, or even if, they would be hired back. As it turned out, the mill went under, and all the employees were permanently out of work. My husband had to file for unemployment in order for us to pay our bills. I tried to find work to help out, but there was none to be found, since many other people were looking as well. We used up our savings trying to keep our house, which we eventually lost to foreclosure, and yes, we went on food stamps. After all, one has to eat. Today we are living in a

29-foot travel trailer and are both receiving financial aid so that we can go to school and hopefully find employment in new careers. My husband’s unemployment has since then run out. It seems that you are under the impression that unemployment lasts forever, but it doesn’t. Not only that, but while you are receiving unemployment, you are required to look for work. Where my husband’s average take-home pay when he worked was around $2,000 a month, his unemployment was about $1,000. Plus, we had to pay taxes on his unemployment as well, which dropped the take-home to around $800. This caused a financial hardship that often made us both feel lost and frustrated. As for your friend buying a pizza at Papa Murphy’s: he did not do anything wrong. Papa Murphy’s is approved to receive EBT cards. We have purchased our fair share of pizzas from them, and yes, if we had company, we’d even fed them. That is called hospitality. As for buying expensive food, if you call trying to maintain a balanced diet expensive, then we are guilty as charged. We should be able to eat something besides boxed dinners that are loaded with fats and calories. We don’t want to be on food stamps or any other type of public assistance; that goes against everything we both believe in. We are thankful those programs are around to help us, and many others, in need. So, before you categorize


everyone with a label, maybe you should get the stories behind the people on these programs. You may be surprised to find the vast majority are just folks that have fallen upon hard times, from no fault of their own. Roxanne Johnson Pre-business, non-traditional student

Camping out for football tickets

The tents are the line This is my senior year at Oregon State University in the radiation health physics department, and my fiancé and I decided this is the year we are going to try to get Civil War tickets. We’ve gotten tickets to every home game so far, and were planning on getting to the stadium around 7 a.m. to get a ticket to the homecoming game against Utah. Around 10 a.m. on Sunday, we walked by the stadium and people were already camping out, so we decided to camp out as well. We arrived and were set up at 1:30 p.m., probably 30 tents from the front of the line, or what we thought was the line. We got a wake-up call from a guy yelling past the tents that a line was forming and we needed to get up. At 5 a.m., those of us who had camped out for over 20 hours (some more than that) in the rain had been cut in front of by 100-plus people who had just gotten out of bed. The point of camping out is to hold your See LETTERS | page 6


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ver the last four years, I’ve lost over 100 pounds. A few people have told me I belong to a very unique club of elite and strong-willed people. I don’t believe this one bit. While my accomplishment may be unique in a time where food is filled with grease and poisons, I don’t consider my success to be “elite,” or even “strong-willed.” Before you assume I’m just throwing in the humility card, let me explain what I mean, as well as give an argument that’s probably going to offend at least a few readers. I want to firmly state, I am not attacking anyone, just trying to make a point. My journey of weight loss began out of frustration. I was frustrated with many things about my life: lack of friends, feeling out of place, embarrassed about my size and an evident breast-like chest, among other things. At one point I had a girlfriend slap a B-sized bra on me — and it fit. I never actually decided to lose weight. Instead, it happened out of a depression due to my frustrations, where I just didn’t feel like eating. Once others pointed it out and I started feeling healthier — notice how I didn’t say thinner — I started to actually be conscious of my weight-loss and made deliberate efforts toward it. I’m going to be completely honest, when it comes to dieting, I’ve tried it all. I’ve done everything from fasting to eating a lot of tiny meals to the “paleo” diet, to Atkins. This column isn’t about my diet however, or even my exercise regime. I want to address my motivation and what drove me to lose the weight. To me, it feels like society is slowly giving up on trying to get Americans, as a whole, into better shape. This has prompted a lot of “love your body,” and “be happy with yourself, you’re beautiful no matter what your size” movements. This is the most counterproductive movement I’ve ever witnessed. My personal motivation for successful weight loss was the epitome of opposing the movement, as I was fed up with how out of shape I was. Now, I’m not saying my way is the only way, but from other individuals I have met that were also big and successfully got healthier, it was never from a position of “I love my body, therefore I should lose weight.” It was: I want to love my body, therefore I should lose weight. Of course, I can’t just complain about this movement and not have a suggestion on how to fix it. Currently, encouragement is focused on aesthetics and accepting what you look like, because the media and people around you are stuck in a superficial wonderland. However, it should be focused on health, and about how you feel. There is not one man on this earth that is over 22 percent body fat that wouldn’t feel better at 15 percent body fat. The worst part is that 22 percent isn’t terrible, and is in fact under the average 25 percent for American males, and 35-40 percent for American females! For those curious, the medical recommendation for males is 8-19 percent and 21-33 percent for females. A very basic start to any therapy relationship is to teach clients to love and be happy with themselves before they can enjoy the rest of See VERVloeT | page 6

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Former Oregon State center Alex Linnenkohl spent a year with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League.

Alex Linnenkohl catches a little out pass from his quarterback and begins sprinting down the sideline. Two defenders who are half his size make a last-ditch effort to knock down the former Oregon State center, but he dives for the endzone. Touchdown. In his efforts to tie the game for his team, he takes a massive chunk of skin out of his hand and bends his pinky finger completely backwards. It could have been a lot worse, though. The pylon Linnenkohl was diving for was actually a telephone pole, and the sideline was the raised curb separating the sidewalk from asphalt. The game he was playing is a game he has played since the age of 10. This particular edition, however, was being played in the street in front of a buddy’s house following the Beavers’ 42-24 statement win over BYU on Saturday. Normally, you don’t see professional football players out in the street celebrating their alma mater’s win by throwing the pigskin around and getting rowdy, but Linnenkohl is at a unique spot in his life. A spot everyone — football player or not — can relate to. Alex Linnenkohl is at a crossroads. He’s on a sabbatical of sorts, contemplating his next move. He’s reached a

point in his athletic career that all football players must eventually face and, in one way or another, we will all face. He has to decide what to do with his life. Linnenkohl’s career as a member of the OSU football team ended in 2010. He started 26 consecutive games at center and earned Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention three years in a row. He joined the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League in February for the AFL’s spring season, where he was the only player on the team to play every snap. Now, Linnenkohl has to decide if he wants to give up playing the sport that has defined his life. “What have I been doing for the last 14 years? [Football] is all I’ve ever been trained to do. I guess I’ve always known I couldn’t play football forever, but it’s been my identity for a long time,” Linnenkohl said, contemplating the question deeply even as he answered. “To have to decide whether to change that or not, it’s a big deal. It’s a big part of my life.” While Linnenkohl loved his time in Des Moines, Iowa, and his first season in the Arena League, he still has higher aspirations. Linnenkohl got a taste of the NFL lifestyle during his stint at training camp with the Chicago Bears prior to last season. While they both may be professional football leagues, the Arena Football League is a world apart from See LINNENKOHL | page 8

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Football 51 17 Taylor Kelly (ASU): 20-28, 308 passing yards., 5 TDs Marion Grice (ASU): 5 catches, 101 receiving yards, 3 TDs

14 21 Brett Hundley (UCLA): 15-21, 183 passing yards, 2 total TDs Johnathan Franklin (UCLA): 22 carries, 79 rushing yards, 1 TD

24 14 Silas Redd (USC): 26 carries, 155 rushing yards, 1 TD Matt Barkley (USC): 10-20, 167 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

13 20 Everett Golson (ND): 12-24, 141 passing yds., 1 TD, Stepfan Taylor (STAN): 28 carries, 102 rushing yards

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The fullback is one of the most unheralded positions in football. Like an offensive lineman, the position requires doing the dirty, yet necessary, work with little recognition. It is common to go through an entire game without noticing that the fullback is even on the field. Oregon State sophomore fullback Tyler Anderson has done all of those things for the Beavers this season, but somewhat surprisingly, he has done even more. While Anderson’s primary responsibility as a fullback is to block for other skill position players, he brings much more than that to the table. “[He’s a] reliable guy,” said head coach Mike Riley. “He finds a niche, does everything he can, finds another little niche [and] does it really well. Kickoff team, punt team, whatever you ask him to do, he’s good.” One of those niches has been running the ball and converting for first downs and touchdowns in short-yardage situations — something OSU had struggled with until Anderson’s emergence. “It’s like it’s money every time [in goal line situations],” said sophomore running back Malcolm Agnew. “He’s such a good player.” “He’s great overall,” said freshman running back Storm Woods, “but I would say [running on the goal line] is a strength of his, definitely.” Though most OSU fans probably had not heard of the 5-foot-10, 215-pound sophomore prior to this season, they might have come to know his name after the impact he is making for the undefeated Beavers. The walk-on has 42 rushing yards on nine carries this season, has two rushing touchdowns and has converted multiple third and fourth-down short-yardage situations. Anderson stayed humble about his emergence as a short-yardage back. “A lot of [the reason for my short-yardage success is] the line too,” Anderson said. “They get the push, and it’s just a yard. I played running back in high school so I know how to carry the ball.” Anderson was a standout running back at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., where he

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Storm Woods and Tyler Anderson celebrate after Anderson’s touchdown in the fourth quarter of OSU’s 19-6 win over Washington State on Oct. 6. Anderson has become the short-yardage back for OSU. rushed for 1,289 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. Finding the end zone is nothing new for Anderson, so it is no surprise that he has scored twice in five games this season. “Tyler’s awesome,” said sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion. “I played against him in high school when he was at De La Salle and he was a monster, obviously carrying the ball a lot.” While Anderson has gotten the majority of his

recognition for the two touchdowns — something almost any other player would be the most proud of — blocking is where he has the most fun. “I do take more pride in [blocking] than I do running the ball because my position is a ‘block first’ kind of a position,” Anderson said. “I’m not the biggest fullback, so I really take pride in getting the right block and making the right read. It’s a good See ANDERSON | page 8

Football vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m., Reser Stadium, ESPN2 (TV) Women’s Golf @ Stanford Intercollegiate, All Day, Palo Alto, Calif.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Women’s Soccer vs. Arizona, 12 p.m., Lorenz Field Volleyball @ Arizona, 11 a.m., Tucson, Ariz., Pac-12 Networks (TV) Men’s Soccer @ Cal, 2:30 p.m., Berkeley, Calif. Women’s Golf @ Stanford Intercollegiate, All Day, Palo Alto, Calif. Men’s Rowing @ Head of the Charles Regatta, All Day, Boston, Mass. • 737-6378 

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Question & Answer

With seniors Justyne Freud and Claire Pflueger


Prior to Sunday’s home game against Arizona, the Oregon State women’s soccer program will honor four seniors: forward Megan Miller, midfielder Lindsay Meiggs, defender Justyne Freud and goalkeeper Claire

Pflueger. The Daily Barometer’s Grady Garrett recently grilled Freud and Pflueger on a variety of topics as they prepare for their final set of regular season games in Corvallis.


Freud, from Huntington Beach, Calif., arrived at OSU in 2008, but redshirted as a true freshman. Pflueger, from Wenatchee, Wash., has been at OSU since 2010 after playing two seasons at Spokane Falls Community


College. Check Thursday’s Barometer for a profile on Meiggs and her sister and teammate, Natalie, and next week’s Barometer for a profile on Miller.

Claire Pflueger

Justyne Freud

Q: Favorite soccer memory at OSU?

JF: Making it to the Sweet 16 [in 2009].

CP: Hosting an NCAA Tournament game vs. Portland [last year].

Q: First soccer memory at OSU?

JF: I was injured [in 2008], and the team all had to run the beep test the first day, which is our fitness testing, and I felt so bad because it looked like they were dying.

CP: When we swept the Los Angeles schools [at home in 2010].

Q: Favorite non-soccer memory?

JF: Last year going to Vegas with [some of] my teammates.

CP: Going to my first Civil War football game [in 2010].

Q: Signature [head coach] Linus Rhode moment you’ll remember?

JF: We were playing Arizona two years ago, he was seriously pumped up at halftime, trying to do this speech for us, trying to get us going, we weren’t playing our best, and he’s standing there staring at us, intense, and he goes, “We’re having a lot of sex out there.� And we’re like, “What?� And he just starts busting out laughing. And I mean we won 3-0, so he meant to say success obviously, but that didn’t really come out properly.

CP: I can’t beat [Freud’s answer].

Q: Worst practice you can remember?

JF: Six a.m. practice after we lost to Portland State my sophomore year, it was running for two hours straight.

CP: Running after we lost to Stanford and Cal [two weeks ago].

Q: You’re stuck on an island with two current teammates — who and why?

JF: Erin [Uchacz] because she’s so awkward and funny. And Brandi [Dawson] because she’d be the reason I’d survive.

CP: Justyne because she does such stupid stuff that it’d be entertaining. And Lindsay, because she’s so resourceful that she’d figure out a way for us to survive — on coupons.

Q: Best player you’ve played with at OSU?

JF: Courtney Wetzel (2007-10).

CP: Colleen Boyd (2008-11).

Q: Biggest trash talker you’ve played with at OSU?

JF: Chelsea Buckland.

CP: Milan Cabrera.

Q: Funniest teammate you’ve had at OSU?

JF: Jenna Richardson.

CP: Erin Uchacz.

Q: Best thing about being a student athlete?

JF: Not having to wait in tents for football tickets.

CP: Free printing and free tickets.

Q: Opinion of the Ducks four years ago?

JF: Hated them.

CP: I’m from Washington, so I didn’t really care.

Q: Opinion of the Ducks now?

JF: Hate them.

CP: Hate them.

Q: Favorite place to eat in Corvallis?

JF: Cheba Hut.

CP: Flat Tail.

Q: Favorite place to drink in Corvallis?

JF: I don’t drink.

CP: I don’t drink.

Q: Best-looking men’s team at OSU?

JF: Men’s soccer.

CP: Crew.

Q: Plans after soccer?

JF: That’s the million-dollar question.

CP: Studying in France.

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LETTERS n CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 place in line, and that the line of tents is the line. I know in the past, the tents were the line and people respected that and the staff made sure the line started with the tents. My fiancé and I had gotten little to no sleep and now were standing in line, behind 300-plus people who were not camping there the night before. I watched as an entire frat walked past the line to the front, where one person had saved a spot for them all. This is a ridiculous slap in the face to the dedicated people who decided to camp out to make sure they got a ticket to support their team! We need to figure out a system where the tents are the line and people respect that! This school is going to have a lot of angry people if they don’t fix it before the next home game or by the Civil War, when people will have been camping for multiple days! I call on the university for a more organized, respectful and integrous process by which students can get tickets to football games. Mikayla Loveall A sleep-deprived, wet and frustrated OSU student

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At 5 a.m. Monday morning, a few hundred students decided to form a line to get student tickets for the 5-0 Beavers’ game against Utah. That would have been fine except for one small detail: a line of tents was already wrapped all the way around Reser Stadium. Students who just arrived that morning ended up ahead of students who had spent more than twelve hours in the rain. Obviously, this isn’t fair, but it also isn’t a new occurrence. The same thing happened in 2010 when students were camping out for Cal tickets. I was cut in front of then too, so I wasn’t exactly surprised when it happened again this year, as the stakes are even higher. I’m not here to talk about what happened; I want to talk about what we are

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going to do. It’s disheartening and frustrating that a percentage of our students lack the maturity, common sense and integrity to form a proper line — but that will most likely always be the case. Regardless, we are Beaver Nation and we can fix this, right? There are 6,000 tickets. There are 25,000 OSU students. Not everyone is going to get one, but there’s no student or group of students that deserve tickets first. The seniority argument is reactionary and flawed, so don’t make it. The only fair way to determine who gets a ticket is first-come, first-serve. For many students, camping out is their way to ensure they get a ticket. The opportunity is there for everyone. The ticket office opens at 7 a.m. specifically so everyone can get to class on time if they camp out. Fortunately, there is an easy fix to this cutting problem. Two years ago, ASOSU created a set of guidelines, and then monitored the line each Sunday night. It worked great; they took down names, made sure everyone was in line and booted cutters. I know many students have already brought this to ASOSU’s attention and I am confident they will put something in place again to help create a positive environment. Honestly, some barriers, caution tape and a dozen volunteers are all we need to get started. Heck, I’ll take down people’s names myself if I have to. More importantly though, we need to breed an environment of respect. It’s unbelievable to me that some students value a ticket enough to cut in front of thousands of their peers, but not enough to camp out for eight hours. Everyone out there loves our football team and our university. We are all equals and it’s time to start acting like it. Building and fostering a respectful community is a continuous process but it can’t start from the administration. No one can make you respect your fellow OSU fans — it’s a conscious choice. This is already a memorable season on the field. Let’s not ruin the experience off the field. Go Beavers. Ray McGuinness College of Business MBA student

VERVLOET n CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 life. In order to do this, you aren’t thinking about the superficial “Am I happy with how I look?” You need to be happy with who you are, which means you need to feel good. In order to feel good, you need to feel healthy. The human body does not send signals of feeling good when you are morbidly obese. From this fact, I have drawn the conclusion the movement should be: have your body love you. I’m all for not encouraging weight loss to make others happy with you, or because it’s “more attractive.” I am, however, extremely opposed to encouraging the morbidly obese to keep living the same lifestyle when we have paramedics ruining their backs lifting people of great size and people not getting on a flight because they can’t fit in a single seat. The future is very uncertain in the world of medical bills, and every time your body breaks down from a compromised immune system and higher physical stress loads, you can’t be sure what it’s going to cost your future self. I was not “strong-willed” with my weight loss; I was simply listening to my body. When I felt terrible after eating a cheeseburger, it was time to stop eating them. When I sat around all day and felt lethargic, I moved more. I was not “elite,” as my body has the same organs, muscles and bones as most everyone else. As I lost weight, my depression lessened and eventually went away completely. I started feeling great, which made me more confident. So I emphasize: Don’t focus on loving your body, focus on letting your body love you. t

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the past 10,000 years. This means that a magnitude 9 earthquake happens roughly every 240 years and it has been 312 years since the last magnitude 9 in the 1700s. Patrick Corcoran, a coastal hazard outreach specialist for the Oregon Sea Grant based at OSU who works directly with community leaders on earthquake and tsunami preparedness, attributes Oregon’s lack of preparedness to a disconnect in our culture. “It is not a question of if, but when the earthquake will strike, what happened to Japan has happened to us 22 times already,� Corcoran said. “The science is there. We, as a community, just need to make the connection.� Corcoran further describes how it is not in our culture, our human mind-set, in the Northwest to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis. “The last earthquake happened before white settlement, so we basically have no family history with earthquakes, in other words we have no culture with tsunamis,� Corcoran said. “Humans don’t do well with intervals of 300 years, it [is] easy to assume that it won’t happen anytime soon and procrastinate preparing if it is not a pressing issue. It is hard to image the severity of an earthquake [or] tsunami if you have never expe-

rienced one yourself.� With this being said some coastal communities have taken proactive measures in preparing for a tsunami, such as walking-time maps for evacuating to the closest assembly area, practicing night walks and encouraging families to start storing up food. Corcoran also discussed how brochures and signs are helpful only up to a point. Of course it is important to educate the public, but it is also important that knowledge inspires proactive action, and that coastal communities adjust their actions and behavior based on research. “We are currently engaging in research to see if this theory is plausible, it would be the first time in history that humans have broken this pattern, naturally I would like to think it is plausible through education and awareness,� Corcoran said. Only seconds, minutes, weeks and possibly years separate us from the largest natural disaster to strike this coast since white settlement. Research indicates that the Oregon Coast is an unpredictable time-bomb. According to those involved, the dedication of scientists, the knowledge of community leaders and the involvement of community members will likely start a ripple effect of knowledge, awareness and action. Callie Simmons, news reporter

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ASOSU n CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 ing and limited conversation. President Pro Tempore John Varin needed to remind the Senate of this rule several times. The “Ticket Bill� turns over “the distribution of tickets for OSU sporting events� as “the sole purview of OSU Athletics, not ASOSU, government officers or employees.� Cushing answered questions regarding the bill’s vagueness by saying not to “micro-manage� and stating that the bill’s vagueness was purposeful. Most of the concerns came from the speedy schedule to pass the bill through. The bill addresses a present need but will not be implemented for the next few weeks. Senator Dylan Hinrichs was vocal about the necessity of taking time to fully answer the problem at hand instead of “appeasing the crowd.� ASOSU will be meeting with the athletic department on Thursday to present the bill to them. After attempts to move the bill to special order,

the bill did not pass by vote, and with suggestions of a suspension of Robert’s Rules by a two-thirds majority vote falling flat, the momentum was slowed by at least a night. Further debate continued in a rather cyclical effect, and another warning of “questioning, not debating,� coming from Varin, brought a “move to end discussion� by Hinrichs, which passed by majority vote. Students who are interested in participating in the discussion via gallery comments and students who may want to hear the conversation first hand can attend the House meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m. in MU 211. If the bill does not pass, it should make it back to the Senate next Tuesday. After no presidential announcements or further senator comments, a member of the gallery reminded everyone of a Black Out Reser meeting that will take place in the Willamette Room in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center from 12 to 2 p.m. this Thursday. Ricky Zipp, news reporter

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LINNENKOHL n CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 the NFL. “In the NFL, there are millionaires,” Linnenkohl said. “And if we went out to eat and there are millionaires with us, the shots are Patron. Everything is the highest level. If it was steak, it was filet mignon; if it was seafood, it was lobster. Especially hanging out with the O-linemen, there weren’t a lot of spared expenses as far as getting the best things.” Compare that to Arena, where the players were provided with daily coupons for free meals at various restaurants throughout Des Moines and would meet up to try to figure out how to get the best deals. “You’ve got these little things in your wallet, and you’re trading with guys and trying to figure out where to go eat, and that kind of played to my

interest,” Linnenkohl said with a chuckle. “As we all know, I like checking out specials and seeing the deals around town. I kind of became the go-to guy, once again, for where we were going to go eat and the coupons that we needed to get.” It is a league of millionaires, lavish spending and top-shelf liquor, compared to a league of coupon-cutting buddies trying to decide between Johnny’s Sports Bar and Texas Roadhouse for dinner. “I pretty much went straight from [the NFL lifestyle] and went to Arena where it really is kind of a grimy, low-pay job,” Linnenkohl said. “Almost all the dudes are pretty broke, so nobody’s buying expensive meals for anybody, and the team travel arrangements they try to do as cheap as they possibly can. Instead of flying a private jet, we are flying economy class just with normal people.” • 737-6376 Still, Linnenkohl has not ruled out the possibility of continuing to play in the Arena League. “The con factor is that because it’s such a big difference from NFL money,” Linnenkohl said. “It’s definitely way less worth putting your head through the same amount of trauma, putting your body through the same amount of trauma for a check that’s probably one-fiftieth of an NFL check.” Injuries and long-term bodily harm — especially brain damage — have become a huge matter of concern in the football world over the last few years. From players committing suicide, to guys like James Harrison saying they have had double-digit concussions, some wonder how long the sport of football, as we know it, will be around. Being able to do what you love, and make good money doing it, will continue to trump the concerns of the general public and the worrisome warnings of medical doctors. “If I had been with an NFL team this whole last season and had a contract in front of me, I’d play ‘til I was 50 if I could for $500,000 a year. But for some cheeseburgers and some milk money, I don’t really want to put my head out there like that,” Linnenkohl said, expressing the same sentiment that keeps

ANDERSON n CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 feeling when the running back runs past my block and I know I’ve done my job.” It is not just Anderson that appreciates the art of blocking, either. The other skill positions for OSU — the people Anderson blocks for — have

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Center Alex Linnenkohl (60) started 26 consecutive games at center for the Beavers over three seasons. He was named All Pac-10 Honoroable Mention in 2008, 2009 and 2010. players motivated to play an incredibly dangerous sport. Linnenkohl does not know what he wants to do, though. He is in a position many people will find themselves in someday. Arena football was a fun time for Linnenkohl, a vacation of sorts from what society would consider to be “the real world.” But, unless he truly thinks it can eventually translate into a career in the NFL, he is not sure its worth the continued effort and abuse to his body.

“I really could keep my identity as a football player and press that lifestyle and keep doing it, but I don’t want to be in my mid40s in a wheelchair,” Linnenkohl said. “I love the game, and it’s been great to me. It’s gotten me education, I’ve met the best people, played with the best guys [and] met some of my greatest friends through the game. I expect it to keep loving me back like it has. I expect [it] to keep working out for me, whether I’m playing or coach-

ing. I just don’t know today what I’m going to do.” The great thing for Linnenkohl, and for all of us, is that no one really knows what they are going to do with their lives when they are in their early-to mid-20s. Life is confusing, but rest assured, Linnenkohl will continue doing what he loves, in one way or another.

noticed the work he has put in this season. “He’s a great blocker,” Agnew said. “He’s very physical. He always finishes his block and has great technique. He has a little bit of nasty to him, that’s what I like about him.” “He’s the best blocker on the team in my opinion,” added Woods. Before becoming the primary fullback this season, Anderson received the majority of his playing time on special teams. Whether it was making tackles on punts or making blocks on kick returns, Anderson was constantly making plays last season and has been this season as well. “Tyler not only plays a lot of fullback for us, he [also] plays on all of the special teams and does a great job doing whatever we ask,” Riley said. “I’m

really proud of him.” “He really opens up a lot of different things for us,” added Mannion. “And obviously he’s an unbelievable special teams player as well.” While Anderson can still walk around campus without many students recognizing him for the standout football player that he is, his impact has been a big reason for OSU’s 5-0 start. “The things he does in protection, run blocking and even when he gets the ball [have been a big part of our success],” Mannion said. “I think he’s a great short yardage option, run and pass, so what he’s been able to do as a fullback for us has been unbelievable.” Anderson may never have his jersey sold in the Memorial Union bookstore, or get the type of notoriety that Mannion or Jordan Poyer receive on

a daily basis, but his performance on the field and his effect in the locker room have not gone unnoticed within the team. “He’s such a good player,” Agnew said. “He’s such a nice man. I really like him as a player and as a friend.” “I love guys like him,” added Riley. “Guys that are willing to jump in and do anything you ask. Every job that you give him is important; he takes it like it’s important, and he’s a great team guy.” While his post-game stat line might seem insignificant, his impact has not been. If Anderson keeps playing the way he has so far this season, he will likely be a big reason OSU keeps winning games.

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