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Waning ticket sales, donor support results in festival’s cancelation, reorganization for future By Emma-Kate Schaake The Daily Barometer

After 25 years, the da Vinci Days celebration of art and science will not be held this coming summer. Michael Dalton, board chairman and temporary director of da Vinci days, said the festival needs to reevaluate its structure for financial solvency as well as continued community involvement and enjoyment. “What would da Vinci do?” Dalton said. “We are going to reinvent.” While the festival has remained popular throughout the years, ticket sales and donor support have been declining, forcing the festival board to take loans to continue. At the end of last year, the festival still owed $10,000 to the City of Corvallis and $31,000 to Wells Fargo Bank. “We need to reinvent a new business model,” Dalton said. “The financial model has been a problem for 12 to 15 years — this is not a brand-new phenomena.”

The three-day art, science, innovation and technology festival has been a way for the greater Corvallis community to come together and share their passions. The festival was founded in 1988. According to the da Vinci Days website, “Corvallis is a community of volunteers and active citizens, and da Vinci Days is one way that we celebrate our passion for creativity and innovation.” The festival only has one full-time staff position. It relies on its board of directors and its 1,400 year-round volunteers to help manage the event every summer. The festival is unique to Oregon and the board has every intention of bringing it back. “We intend to try and continue,” Dalton said. “We are just taking a pause to get community input to restructure, reevaluate and reinvent.” While money is certainly an issue, the board, with community input, will be evaluating every aspect of the festival. “Everything is on the table,” Dalton said. “Recommendations are going to be across lots of dimensions.” The board will assess the goverEmma-Kate Schaake | THE DAILY BAROMETER nance, partnerships, mission and Angelica Garcia and Marilyn Kurka greet fans and answer questions outside their creation, “Toon Taxi,” before heading out on the parade at the festival in July. See DA VINCI | page 3

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Measures propose to raise property taxes for public services, annex land for residences By Emma-Kate Schaake The Daily Barometer

Federal aid reliance continues to increase n

Thousands of OSU students awarded, need federal assistance to pay for college By Sean Bassinger The Daily Barometer

Property taxes for community service funding and an approval of land annexation are at stake in the two measures in Corvallis’ November special election. The property tax levy, Measure 02-86, is an increase in the local option tax levy that passed in May 2011. The previous levy raised $1.9 million annually for social services and facilities and is set to expire June 30, 2014. The new levy, beginning July 1, 2014, would significantly increase the public funds raised, more than $3 million per year, by charging property owners approximately 82 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. These funds would pay for services at the CorvallisBenton County Public Library, the Osborn Aquatic Center and the Senior Center, as well as new hires in the Corvallis Police, Fire and Community Developments departments. Chris Saltveit, owner of Preferred Properties Northwest, said that if

First-year graduate student Matt Berger is one of many who rely on federal aid for college. “I just needed something to support in addition to the funding I do have,” Berger said. Federal Student Aid accounts for more than $150 million awarded in grants, loans and work-study programs assigned to more than 15 million students nationwide, according to information from the Office of the U.S. Department of Education’s website. Berger is one of many students who, regardless of various misconceptions, qualifies for federal assistance even though he has funding incoming elsewhere. Doug Severs, director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Oregon State University, said nearly 9,400 students received subsidized loans this term to help with finances and 10,400 received unsubsidized loans. Fewer than 8,000 students currently receive Pell grants, an increase from 29 percent to 36 percent since last year. Though interest levels begin compounding while students are enrolled, Severs said more students accept unsubsidized loans depending on eligibility. “All students can borrow unsubsidized funds, but not all students can borrow subsidized funds,” Severs said. Severs expects the number of students who receive Pell grants will increase to 9,000 by the end of the academic year. Severs added that the recession continues to influence

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Just to stick it to them A report of a belligerent male was called in from the 7-Eleven on Kings Boulevard around 1:50 a.m. The clerk refused to sell Kanin Campbell, 20, chewing tobacco after he was allegedly visibly intoxicated and harassed the clerk. Campbell allegedly stormed out of the store, but Corvallis police found him a few blocks away. He was cited with Minor-in-Possession of Alcohol and told not to return to the store or he would be charged with trespassing. Ten minutes later the clerk called back and reported Campbell was there. He was arrested and transported to Benton County Correction Facility.

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Comments from gallery urge ASOSU senators to push for fossil fuel divestment By Tori Hittner

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The controversy surrounding fossil fuels entered into the Associated Students of Oregon State University Senate meeting Tuesday night. Jesse Pettibone, president and founder of the campus organization, Students Engaging Tomorrow, brought the issue to student government attention Wednesday night. Pettibone’s concerns were addressed during gallery comments at the ASOSU Senate meeting at 7 p.m. in Memorial Union 211. Pettibone asked senators to

bring the issue to administrative attention and sponsor a resolution regarding the divestment of fossil fuels. According to Pettibone, the OSU Foundation invests 6 percent of its endowment in fossil fuels. Using supportive evidence from the Copenhagen Climate Summit, Pettibone drafted a resolution and petition, which he summarized for the Senate. More than 300 universities have already joined the national campaign to completely divest from fossil fuels. Pettibone hopes Oregon State will be the next university to offer its pledge. Senators plan to draft a resolution with Pettibone on Sunday. Seven senators attended the meeting, which lasted 25 minutes and contained a variety of administrative discussions. In

addition to the comments from the gallery, senators oversaw the confirmation of the Task Force Director of Queer Affairs, Sam Kelly-Quattrocchi, and heard Senate president’s comments from Victoria Redman. Redman reminded senators about the upcoming alumni brunch on Saturday. Students are welcome to attend and network with alumni in the Memorial Union Main Lounge from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Senators also discussed the potential for a constitutional amendment that would add a Student Bill of Rights. More input from students is required before a proposal can be drafted. The next Senate meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Memorial Union 211. Tori Hittner

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PORTLAND — The head of a national Native American charity says she’s hopeful that her organization will be able to recover $4 million dollars from the group’s former president, who was arrested on fraud charges this weekend in Portland. Prosecutors allege that in 2006, Brian J. Brown convinced Texas-based National Relief Charities, an organization he formerly ran, to fund his new venture, a Beaverton nonprofit called the Charity One Incorporated. The $4 million was supposed to fund an endowment to provide Native American students with scholarship money. But instead prosecutors say Brown,

along with unnamed co-conspirators, used the money to enrich themselves. Brown allegedly used some of it to purchase of a beachfront condo in Thailand. At his arraignment on Monday, Brown pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. Brown’s court-appointed attorney did not return a call for comment. National Relief Charities current president, Robbi Dietrich, says her organization first discovered the alleged fraud in 2010. The charity filed a civil complaint. And in 2011 a federal judge in Texas ordered Brown and his partners to repay the charity. Dieterich says, so far, none of that money has been recovered.

ROSEBURG — A Roseburg man who killed a Myrtle Creek woman in a car accident last year was found guilty today of criminally negligent homicide and other charges and could face more than six years in prison. Nathan Howard Stuart, 23, was also found guilty of seconddegree manslaughter and driving under the influence of illegal substances by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Ambrosini. Stuart collided nearly head-on with Charlotte Ann Fields, 51, on Nov. 17, 2012, in the 3800 block of Diamond Lake Boulevard. Police said Stuart was driving west on Diamond Lake Boulevard when his 1999 Jeep Cherokee veered into the path of Fields’ eastbound 2004 Dodge Neon. Fields was on her way that Saturday morning to the Turning Point Seventh-day Adventist Community Church on Douglas Avenue. Fields was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where she died. Ambrosini presided over a four-day bench trial this month and had been deliberating on a decision since Oct. 4. Ambrosini delivered the verdict without comment. Sentencing was set for Nov. 6. Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan said she plans to seek the Measure 11 sentence of 75 months, or six years and three months, for the second-degree manslaughter charge. She said she will ask for concurrent time for the other two charges because they all stem from the same incident. “I’m very happy with the verdict. I’m very happy for the family and happy overall. It was the right decision,” she said.

Calendar Wednesday, Oct. 23 Meetings

ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211. ASOSU weekly House meeting. College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 106. Come by for friendly discussion of political events, club activities and educational debates. All are welcome. Student Incidental Fees Committee (SIFC), 7-9pm, Upper Classroom at Dixon. General Meeting. Good Vibrations, Aural Sensations, 2-3pm, Pride Center. Join in on our jam session in a safe and inclusive environment! Bring your instruments and sheet music.

Events Career Services, 11am-4pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Fall Career Fair (All Majors). ASOSU, 5-6pm, MU Lounge. Information session on local levy options 02-87 and 02-86. Student and community leaders will discuss pros and cons.

Thursday, Oct. 24 Meetings

Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. United Nations Global Consultation and Focus - A devotion gathering focusing on the importance of focused consultation.

Events Career Services, 11am-4pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Fall Career Fair (Engineering). International Students of OSU (ISOSU), 5pm, International Resource Center in the MU. Cultural Exposition. An exposition of culture through songs, poems, cultural stories and presentation of cultural items. Campus Recycling, 6-8pm, OSU Recycling Warehouse, 644 SW 13th St. Oct. Repair Fair. Bring your broken items and questions for free repairs and demonstrations. Pride Center, 1:30-2:30pm, Pride Center. Tea Sampling with Topics. Discuss, make friends. Queer your tea! Women’s Center, 5-7pm, Women’s Center. Come share your poetry/other writings expressing your path.

Friday, Oct. 25 Meetings

Chess Club, 4-6pm, MU Commons. Join us for games of chess and more. All skill levels are welcome.

Speakers Women’s Center, 3-5pm, Women’s Center. Keynote speech from Dr. Kathleen Bogart. Discussion to follow

Events Pride Center, Noon-1pm, Pride Center. Stretch it Out. Time to destress, care for your body and improve your flexibility in both mind and body, and meet new people.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 Meetings

ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211. ASOSU weekly Senate meeting.

Events Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 3-4pm, Snell 427. Exploring the underrepresented and our unspoken path to prison. The prison industrial complex, who profits? Pride Center, 2-3pm, Pride Center. Crafternoons. Experience a new crafting adventure each week as we litter the Pride Center with glitter!

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ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211. ASOSU weekly House meeting. College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 106. Come by for friendly discussion of political events, club activities and educational debates. All are welcome. Student Incidental Fees Committee (SIFC), 7-9pm, Upper Classroom at Dixon. General Meeting. Good Vibrations, Aural Sensations, 2-3pm, Pride Center. Join in on our jam session in a safe and inclusive environment! Bring your instruments and sheet music. Multi-Cultural Students in PreHealthcare, 6:30pm, Native American Longhouse. Weekly member meeting.

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Blue Mountain Community College agriculture instructor Preston Winn remembers his father’s method of watering his crops. “He understood that evapotranspiration took place in plants,â€? Winn said. “He put a can out while the sprinklers ran ‌ when the can got empty, he knew it was time to irrigate again.â€? Winn’s dad hauled pipes and made plenty of trips to his fields to make adjustments. Winn injected the illustration into his description of BMCC’s brand-new precision agriculture program. The college has a 100-acre student-run farm on campus, complete with a twotower center pivot that waters 4.5 acres of crops. Cows and sheep wander the perimeter of the field, which is currently planted with Round-Up Ready alfalfa. The pivot is 20 years old, but is getting a high-tech boost that would have helped Winn’s dad save precious time and water on his Weston century farm. Using a grant from the Red and Gena Leonard Foundation, the

school purchased a $9,000 precision irrigation control system and will soon offer an irrigation technician degree. “With a computer, iPad or smartphone, we have the ability to control our center pivot from anywhere in the world,� Winn said. Such a system considers information about air temperature, soil type, wind speed and what stage the crop is in. The technology allows growers to contain costs and preserve water, said Winn, who heads BMCC’s agriculture, engineering and diesel mechanic departments. Soil moisture sensors (irrometers) and infrared photography could arrive at BMCC in the future and further hone students’ ability to tailor water delivery. Winn said he didn’t grow up with computers and admitted he and many other 50-something aggies sometimes struggle to catch up with an everflowing rush of technological advances. “I’ve got a massive amount to learn,� he said. “I don’t anticipate being one of the (yet to be hired) instructors in the precision irrigation program.�

Winn said the school will partner with industry and companies that can afford the ever-changing technology. The new degree program germinated after companies such as Hermiston’s IRZ Consulting pushed for a precision irrigation program to teach diagnostics and installation to a new crop of technicians. “We hope to partner with companies that need people with these skills,� he said. The program, which will rev up over the next two years, will also include classes on water rights. “Used to be if you had a fight with your neighbor over water, you might end up with a bullet to the chest,� Winn said. Modern water wars continue to rage in court, he said, and it’s critical to understand how to work with other water users. Winn smiles as he talks about the future of agriculture. Farming’s predicted demise leaves him shaking his head. Farmers will find a way to survive as technology continues to transform. Just look, he said, at how growers are starting to use unmanned aerial vehicles — or drone — to fly over and check on their crops.

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and OSU’s vice president for marketing and development, Steve Clark. When the festival began, OSU and Hewlettreach of the festival, as well as the specific Packard both gave significant financial donaprogramming offered and the timing of the tions, which lessened as the years went on. Clark said that OSU plans to help in the event. Dalton said a partnership with the Corvallis school district showcasing student festival, understanding that there needs to be art and science year round is also being “a financially viable business model to be successful for the next 25 years.� considered. The board believes such a model can be Oregon State University was one of the founders of the festival 25 years ago, and it accomplished so a new and successful da Vinci wants to continue its involvement and leader- days can emerge. “The community loves the festival,� Clark ship as the festival progresses into the future. “OSU wants to continue to be a major part said. “We are very hopeful.� in the process and plan in the potential rebirth Emma-Kate Schaake of da Vinci days,� said da Vinci board member City reporter

ELECTION n Continued from page 3 passed, Measure 02-86 would create a sizeable burden for his company. He owns 156 units in the area that could be assessed at up to $300 per unit. “It would be impossible to absorb a $40,000 to $50,000 increase,� Saltveit said. “Unfortunately, it will probably have a notable effect on renters.� Depending on the unit size, rent would increase an extra $20 to $30 per month. Election day is fast approaching, but in special elections, when the presidency isn’t up for grabs, turnout is often low. Saltveit said most students don’t take the time to register or re-register from out of state and thus let the opportunity to vote slip past. However, as renters, Measure 02-86 will have a significant impact on students’ cost of living. “Students don’t really participate on local issues that effect their daily lives,� Saltveit said. Proponents of the measure cite public safety issues, created by OSU’s population growth, as a major concern. The measure would add three new police officers to the existing 53 in the department, as well as an additional hire in both fire pre-

vention and school resources. As a result of the Collaboration Corvallis workgroup on neighborhood livability, changes have already been implemented to address the tension between city residents and raucous students. Fines were raised for alcohol possession and for hosting a party with minors, and police were given additional authority to issue special response notices as a penalty for quality of life violations. According to the annual city survey of citizen attitudes, Corvallis is still a reputably safe place to live. More than 94 percent of those residents surveyed feel secure in their neighborhoods, yet late night police calls to address student behavior are a source of anxiety for residents. Friends of Corvallis, a group in support of the measure, states in the Benton County Voters’ Pamphlet, that “proactive would be so much better than reactive.� There are mixed opinions about the impact the failure to pass Measure 02-86 would have on the facilities funded by the current levy. Regardless, the new levy does dramatically increase the funds currently raised annually, from $1.9 to $3 million per year.

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In a statement provided by the Corvallis-Benton County Library Foundation in the Voter’s Pamphlet, the foundation cites that if Measure 02-86 fails, the library would have to be closed both Sundays and Mondays, and there would be a significant loss to book and service funding. The other measure on the ballot, 02-87, would annex nearly 11 acres of land, located between SW 53rd and 49th Street, north of Nash Avenue, into Corvallis city limits. The majority of that land, 10.49 acres, would be zoned RS-6, for low-density residential. In a statement furnished by the committee for the 49th Street Annexation in the voters’ pamphlet, Corvallis’ “low rental vacancy rate and large student population means more students are competing for singlefamily homes.�

student borrowing trends. “If you look at what we’ve seen in the last five years, our student population has an increased need in the recession,� Severs said. Rachel Wadama, a secondyear business student at Oregon State, said she previously relied on private loans from banks such as Wells Fargo, but recently switched to federal aid because of lower interest rates and more options. “This is my first time going through FAFSA,� Wadama said. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid website offers applications to anyone looking for federal aid. Currently, Wadama relies on both subsidized and unsubsidized loans to supplement her school costs. Another common misconception is that students receiving benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs cannot qualify for additional aid. According to Gus Bedwell, veteran resources coordinator at Oregon State, Congress passed a law in 2009 that allows veteran students to receive additional federal aid awards. “They should apply for the benefits,� Bedwell said. “It could augment what they’re receiving from the federal VA.� Not counting ROTC scholarships and other such incentives, Bedwell said more than 1,000 students use federal VA education benefits to help pay for school expenses. Students seeking additional information on federal aid options should visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships on the second floor of the Kerr Administration Building.

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No detailed developments have been offered, but developers tentatively plan to build 60 units of housing on the property to increase the supply of affordable housing. Opponents of the measure find that without a detailed plan present, it is impossible to know the full impacts of the annexation. Two forums are set for Wednesday featuring Mayor Julie Manning speaking in favor of measure 02-86 and an opponent speaking against the measure. The first will be held at the Memorial Union at 5 p.m., followed by the next at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library at 7 p.m. Both forums will also discuss the land annexation measure 02-87. Emma-Kate Schaake

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Jessica Keyes and Brooke Chrysler pose with Benny the Beaver at the OSU Student Alumni Association photo booth Tuesday at Field Day in the Memorial Union quad.


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Students gathered in the Memorial Union quad Tuesday for the Buffalo Wild Wings Challenge. All contestants finished within six minutes, while other stood nearby and watched. Students sampled the Buffalo Wild Wings hot sauce with vegetables. Cheng Li, the president of the Chinese Association, won the Justin Quinn | THE DAILY BAROMETER competition with a time of three minutes and 37 seconds. Li won Buffalo Wild Wings Challenge winner Cheng Li ate 12 wings a T-shirt, stein and gift certifi- in three minutes and 37 seconds. Li is the president of the cates to Buffalo Wild Wings. Chinese Association on campus. Justin Quinn


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Concussions becoming an epidemic in college football, Storm Woods has dealt with concussions first-hand By Warner Strausbaugh The Daily Barometer

Storm Woods was protecting his quarterback. Utah’s Justin Thomas darted into the backfield, heading toward Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. Woods lunged for the block, but he wasn’t quick enough. His head collided with Thomas’ right knee. He fell, seemingly lifeless, onto the grass. “Everything slows down all of a sudden,” said OSU head coach Mike Riley. “You can feel it in the stadium, you can feel it in the team and you can feel the pain that the parents are probably feeling as they’re watching this.” Minutes ticked by. The ambulance arrived. No one moved until Woods held up a finger to the crowd. He suffered a concussion in the Sept. 14 game against the Utes. It was his second in five months, and third in his football career.

“I live for now,” Woods said a few days after the Utah game. “I live day by day. If it affects me in the future, which I pray to God it doesn’t, it is what it is. I’m doing what I love.”


At least 11 football players at Oregon State University have experienced a concussion since the beginning of the 2011 season. More than 12,500 concussions were reported to the NCAA from 2009-2011, according to a calculation from NCAA concussion statistics. “Football is a collision sport, so some amount of trauma is going to be inevitable,” said Doug Aukerman, OSU’s senior associate athletic director of sports medicine. “The recognition of head injuries and concussions is much more prevalent.” A concussion typically results from forceful blows to the head or body that result in rapid movement of the head. “It’s like a wave tapping through your brain that takes place right after the impact,” said Dr. Tarvez Tucker, a neurologist at Oregon Health and Science University. Tucker worked as a neurologist for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2010-12. See CONCUSSIONS | page 6

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While the offensive line has struggled to open running lanes, pass protection has been impressive in first 7 games By Josh Worden

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After throwing for 481 yards and four touchdowns in a win against Cal on Saturday, junior quarterback Sean Mannion moved from seventh up to fourth on ESPN’s “Heisman Watch,” but if you asked him about it he might just talk more about the guys in front of him than his own play. No, not the top three on the watch list — Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel — but the other guys in front of him: his offensive line. The blockers up front have been key to the nation’s top-rated passing offense, and they will be even more important heading into the last five games of the regular season. While Utah leads the Pac-12 in total sacks,

the next five teams on the list are the next five opponents for the Beavers. “It just shows how much competition we have in our conference,” said freshman offensive tackle Sean Harlow. “It’s just a challenge, every week is getting tougher.” The toughest of those five games for the offensive line might be this Saturday’s matchup with No. 8 Stanford. The Cardinal lead the conference in total yards lost on sacks. They carry the Pac-12 individual sack leader in linebacker Trent Murphy and have three players in the top 15 in quarterback takedowns. “Their whole team is athletic all over the place,” said head coach Mike Riley. “They’ve got a lot of big athletes that play everywhere.” The Cardinal defense held No. 12 UCLA to 10 points last week, including four sacks of Bruin quarterback Brett Hundley. vinay bikkina | THE DAILY BAROMETER “We just have to get in the film room and The offensive line fires off the ball against Colorado on Sept. 28. Junior quarterback Sean See football| page 8 Mannion has only been sacked nine times this season thanks to his pass protection.

The Daily Barometer Athlete of the Week number two was a more traditional goal: a rightfooted strike from the top of the 18-yard box. The goals were the seventh and eighth of Uchacz’s career. More importantly, they helped the Beavers end what had been a season-long swoon. With five games remaining, OSU has moved into a tie with WSU for eighth in the Pac12 standings. Uchacz leads OSU in points (eight) and coleads the team in goals (three). She’s also tied for second on team in assists (two) and ranks second in shots on goal (nine) and third in total shots (20). A stellar senior campaign for a player who started just one game as a junior. Oddly enough, Uchacz was relegated to the role of substitute for a three-game stretch in Erin Uchacz mid-September of this season. In the last of those games, a 3-0 win over Cal Poly on Sept. 20, she The Daily Barometer played a season-low 26 minutes but scored a goal. Senior Erin Uchacz has had quite the past few She returned to the starting lineup for the weeks. Beavers’ next game and has arguably been the Two Sundays ago, the senior midfielder’s 71st- their best player since, considering she’s scored minute goal versus Arizona State gave the OSU two of their four conference goals and assisted women’s soccer team its first conference victory on a third (Oct. 4 vs. Colorado). of the season. Uchacz and the Beavers return to action Friday Uchacz struck again five days later, scoring in versus No. 12 Cal. The game is set for 7 p.m. at Paul the 17th minute of the Beavers’ 1-0 victory over Lorenz Field in Corvallis. vinay bikkina | THE DAILY BAROMETER Washington State in Pullman, Wash. The Daily Barometer Senior Erin Uchacz looks for an open teammate in an Oct. 13 win against Arizona State. Whereas her first game-winner was a redirecOn Twitter @barosports tion of a Jacy Drobney free kick, game-winner Uchacz has two goals in OSU’s last two games.

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Sunday’s loss to San Diego State hurt OSU’s RPI, but playing in Pac-12 allows for playoff hopes By Grady Garrett The Daily Barometer

After Oregon State men’s soccer coach Steve Simmons addressed his team’s lackluster performance on Sunday, he raised a point he’s brought up several times since conference play began nearly three weeks ago. “The good news is we’re in the number one conference in the country,” he said, “and all it takes is a couple wins to get your RPI jacked up again.” A team’s Ratings Percentage Index is based upon its record and strength of schedule and goes a long way in determining its postseason chances. Because the Beavers won seven of nine nonconference games, and because the Pac-12 boasts three of the nation’s top four teams, OSU players and coaches have believed for weeks that even a mediocre conference record would result in a high RPI and, hopefully, an NCAA Tournament bid. This week, OSU (7-6-1, 0-4-1 Pac-12) dropped from 57th to 69th in the RPI because of Sunday’s loss to a San Diego State team that began the day with a 3-7-1 record. On Tuesday, Simmons maintained that four weeks (or five games) is enough time to significantly improve their RPI despite the recent step back. “We’re in a position because the RPI in the conference is so high that we can get

into that bubble area where all of the sudden you’re doing some things,” Simmons said. “We know that, the guys know that. There’s nothing more to it. We just have to make sure we can do the things we need to do.” The 48-team postseason field is made up of 22 automatic qualifiers (conference champions) and 26 at-large selections. There are a number of factors the selection committee takes into consideration, but simple math suggests a team needs a top-40 RPI to have a realistic chance of receiving a bid. Other men’s soccer notes: • The Beavers will face both UCLA and SDSU for a second consecutive weekend — the No. 4 Bruins at 6 p.m. on Friday in Los Angeles and the Aztecs at noon on Sunday in San Diego. Following its trip to Southern California, OSU gets a weekend off from games before hosting No. 1 Cal on Nov. 8, Stanford on Nov. 10 and No. 3 Washington on Nov. 17 to close out the regular season. • OSU has used the same starting lineup three games in a row: two freshmen (MF Devonte Small, MF Michael Steele), three sophomores (G Matt Bersano, MF Bjorn Sandberg, MF Mikhail Doholis), four juniors (D Will Seymore, D Brenden Anderson, MF Mike Reckmeyer, F Chance Bergen) and two seniors (D Josh Smith, D Alex Eckerson). Senior Borce Atanasov, junior Jackson Groves and freshmen Ole Sandnes, Matt Arbogast and Brendan Woodfull were all used off the bench against both UCLA and SDSU. Simmons said minutes could be distributed differently this weekend since

the Beavers will be playing their third and fourth games in the span of nine days. “I could foresee more rotation just because of the freshness that’s going to be required to make sure the guys aren’t dead-legged out there,” Simmons said. • Junior forward Khiry Shelton, who leads the Beavers in goals (four) and points (nine) despite having missed their last six games, remains out with a back injury. “We just check on him day by day,” Simmons said. “He won’t travel (to Southern California) this weekend. But we have a bye week (the following week), so we’ll see what happens. We have basically two more weeks and we’ll see how he feels. But at the end of the day, we’re not going to risk injuring the kid.” Shelton, who last played Sept. 22 versus San Jose State, has been plagued by injuries throughout his collegiate career. A foot injury ended his freshman season after just six games and he missed three games due to injuries last year. • OSU individual statistics notes: - Bergen scored his first career goal on Friday. - Small picked up his second career assist on Friday. - Atanasov totaled seven shot attempts (all on goal) against UCLA and SDSU. He now has a team-high 23 shot attempts on the season. - Bersano made nine saves versus UCLA and three saves versus SDSU to up his season total to 63, which makes it the leader in the Pac-12. Grady Garrett, sports reporter On Twitter @gradygarrett

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(34th round, Chicago Cubs) and Chandler Eden (36th round, Miami) as well as infielder Trever Morrison (38th round, Boston) all chose to play at Oregon State instead of playing professional baseball. Six of Oregon State’s incoming freshmen played in the 2012 Area Codes Game, a contest featuring

the top high school baseball players in the nation. The Beavers’ final fall scrimmage will take place at 2 p.m., on Saturday at Goss Stadium. Attendance is open and free to the public.

cated on the topic, some of for testing which is set at the our treatment has changed,” beginning of the season. The Aukerman said. “Several years player has to match or exceed She was part of a team that ago, if somebody had … a mild their baseline to get back on examined players with head blow to the head or a mild con- the field. Woods also had to do psyinjuries and diagnosed when cussion, we would potentially the player was ready to return let them go back to play the chological testing, which same day.” mostly tested his memory. He to the field. A hazy awakening also gradually worked on the Balance, vision, nausea, Storm Woods was lying in a physical aspect of his return. headaches and memory loss hospital bed in Salt Lake City It started out as six 50-yard are signature side effects, when he realized what had sprints with 15-second breaks. Tucker said. happened. Then individual ball-handling “The problem is that football Ten to 15 minutes after the drills. Then 7-on-7 drills. Then is a dangerous sport and that’s hit, his memfull-team one of the things that makes it ory started drills. attractive to viewers and play- coming back. “I was itchers,” Tucker said. “I’m not sure H e That’s the game of even ing to get back how much less violent it can remembered on the field a be made and still have a place the play that football. On any play, lot, but at the in the American sports arena.” landed him in an ACL could be torn, same time Getting your ‘bell rung’ the hospital. I know how a concussion could Riley played for legendary “It’s not a concussions happen. It’s brutal. Alabama coach Paul “Bear” fun thing,” can affect Bryant 40 years ago, when no Woods said. you,” Woods one talked much about head “You’re not Storm Woods said. “I didn’t injuries. Sophomore running back aware of want to rush “Everybody just used to refer what’s going back. I knew to it as just, ‘You got your bell on.” this team was rung,’” Riley said. “They usuWoods going to be good with or withally would either check to see was sidelined for three days out me.” if you could count the fingers because he still had sympThe worst-case scenario that were out in front of you or toms. When the headaches David Keller never played a give you some smelling salts. went away, he started working game for the Beavers. If you could do any of that and his way back. The redshirt freshman respond OK, then they’d send The Beavers use the Sport offensive lineman was forced you back in the game.” Concussion Assessment Tool to retire in late August when Riley has watched that hap- (SCAT 2) test to evaluate the he suffered his seventh py-go-lucky attitude devolve. players who experience a head concussion. “We probably started hear- injury. Keller was born with what he ing more and more about it in Players rate symptoms describes as “a ball of fluid in the last 10 years, and probably as none, mild, moderate or his brain stem.” His doctor told even more recently than that, severe. Players rate anything him the risk of playing football when it’s really become a talk- from headaches and dizziness was too high. ing point,” Riley said. to sadness and anxiety. “Walking away from football “One of the difficult things is was one of the hardest deciAukerman said it is evident that athletes are more likely you’re relying on the student- sions I have ever had to make,” to report symptoms now than athlete to give you an honest Keller said via Facebook. “I’ve answer to some of these ques- grown up training to make it ever before. Team trainers and doctors tions — some of them are sub- to a Division-I football projective,” Aukerman said. are being cautious too. gram and it got taken away so Each player has a baseline quickly.” “As we become more edu-

Keller remembers getting hit after his helmet flew off in a high school game. He said he was knocked out for two minutes. “When I got some of my concussions, I felt like I was looking two ways,” Keller said. “It was almost like I was cross-eyed.” He said Ariko Iso, OSU’s head football trainer, wouldn’t let him practice or play until all the symptoms subsided and he felt ready. Keller said the quickest he has come back from a concussion was two weeks, and the longest was seven.

Tuesday, Baseball America announced its 2013 recruiting class rankings, pegging Oregon State’s class as the fifth best in the nation. The No. 5 ranking marks the third time an Oregon State recruiting class has been ranked in the top 10, and is the sixth time

since 2006 that the Beavers have finished with a class in the top 25. This year’s ranking is also the tops in the Pac-12 conference. Three different freshmen from this year’s class chose to play at Oregon State instead of the MLB after being selected in this year’s draft. Right-handers Jake Thompson

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It took Woods 10 days to return to practice, but three weeks until he played in a game. He’s averaged less than 10 carries per game since returning on Oct. 12. Woods did score two touchdowns, something he hadn’t experienced since the season-opener. Woods said he felt faster and fresher than ever when he came back. The only thing he has changed is his blocking. He doesn’t lead with his head now, a lesson he learned with experience. Woods is playing the game he loves, and he’s aware of the potential consequences. The Utah game showed him that one second can change everything. “That’s the game of football,” Woods said. “On any play, an ACL could be torn, a concussion could happen. It’s brutal.” Warner Strausbaugh, editor-in-chief On Twitter @WStrausbaugh

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rofanity has become the new way of expression. Whether it offends you as a listener, or makes you feel empowered as a user, the practice of swearing as a medium of articulation seems to have spiked over the years. According to Katy Steinmetz’s article, “Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Swear Words,” “About 0.7 percent of the words a person uses in the course of a day are swear words, which may not sound significant except that … we use first-person plural pronouns — words like ‘we,’ ‘our’ and ‘ourselves’ — at about the same rate.” Curse words — otherwise known to psychologists as taboo words — evoke a certain emotion in the user, especially if they are used sparingly in speech or writing rather than suf-


Scottaline focating it. These words grab the attention of listeners. “Taboo words tend to be ‘emotional’ words, and emotional things attract our attention and keep it,” Jessica Love wrote in her article, “On the Psychology of Swearing.” Whether you’re a college student tasting the intoxicating air of freedom, or a real adult engaging in witty banter with your coworkers, swearing is known to be cathartic and speech enhancing. But at what cost?

“Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly,” business and religious leader Spencer W. Kimball said. So if swearing is controversial, and in some cases offensive, why do we do it? Well, according to Dr. John M. Grohol, there are several different kinds of swear words: sexual references, blasphemous, scatological, animal names, ethnic/racial/gender slurs, ancestral allusions, slang and substandard terms. We use these different types of swear words depending on who we’re around and the setting we’re in. Most people also require a certain level of familiarity before they feel comfortable swearing. Ultimately, though, these words are used for the thrill; See SCOTTALINE | page 8

Designated driver punished for responsibility


n Oct. 14, the Huffington Post reported on a 17-yearold Massachusetts student being stripped of her high school volleyball captain title. What was her offense? She went to pick up an inebriated and underaged friend from a party and arrived at the same time the police did. Even though Erin Cox hadn’t been drinking, and was acting like a concerned friend should, her school’s zero-tolerance policy removed her from her position as captain of the

could say that Cox’s friend was supposed to drive herself home, despite her inebriation, or that she should have stayed at the party, Cassie regardless of what might have happened to her or anyone else. What if someone had tried to hurt her while she was under the volleyball team and suspended her influence? Irrelevant. She shouldn’t for five games. Because she was a responsible, have called for Cox’s help. However, concerned friend, she was consid- Cox’s friend’s punishment is on her own head because even though she ered an accomplice to the crime. Right. By with this logic, you See RUUD | page 8



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of the most important components to any newsroom is the Associated Press Stylebook, the journalistic Bible that guides us towards current word usage, proper capitalization, and Oxford comma usage. AP style is largely responsible for the strange, seemingly random or haphazard rules we must follow. To go against AP style is like landing on Park Pl. in Monopoly: you’re ridiculed as you mortgage your hardearned respect for unluckily missing one Oxford comma. We know the analogy’s a stretch — we just wanted to incorrectly abbreviate “place.” #YOLO Because addresses are the proverbial candy shop for AP style devotees. So many things can go wrong. So, you wanted to abbreviate that address, eh? Think again. Spend any considerable amount of time in a newsroom and you’re bound to hear, “Leave me alone — check the stylebook already!” Then comes the manual perusal of the stylebook. An online, searchable version exists, but who wants to pay twenty-five dollars for it? When we finally come to the word you want, listed in alphabetical order, 9 times out of ten it isn’t there and we’re forced to look it up on Google news for a consensus from other news media like CNN and The Register-Guard. We apologize to our Copy Editing Instructor. We acknowledge that we may have to run all the way to Miami, Florida, or Anchorage, AK, to escape your wrath. Not even the President can save us now. “For me, I gotta say, AP style is kinda a curse and a benefit at the same time,” said an Editor who declined to be identified on the basis of being made-up. Curse though it may be, the AP stylebook can be invaluable at times. Imagine that, for some reason — perhaps you’re writing a story about food children don’t eat — you need to look up the word “broccoli.” At this point, a reasonable person would Google it. But journalists have only recently discovered the location of the power button on most computers and tech support has enough problems helping them understand Facebook properly, so you look in the stylebook. And behold! There, between Broadway and the Bronze Age, is the word. The word you have been searching for. Like a beacon of light in a word besought by the dark cloud of ignorance, the world “broccoli” appears. And nothing more. Too bad if you’re from Mars and don’t understand what broccoli is. After we’ve given over one-hundredand-ten % to living up to the standards of AP, we can move on to more profitable pursuits.

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Government shutdown aftermath W

e, meaning “‘merica,” are a lot of things. We’re sometimes good, sometimes bad and sometimes praying at the altar of processed food and shiny Hollywood lights. Americans like their overseas outreach that isn’t really that effective, and big, huge military spending. We like to pretend we’re actually reading that Wall Street Journal subscription, even though it just holds our toast at the breakfast table, while last night’s episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” plays in the background. We’re a nation filled with health problems, obesity and declining reading comprehension levels. Don’t even get me started on the ridiculous amounts of self-tanner. We want to eat everything, weigh nothing and wake up with little blue birds that are sweetly doing our Math 111 problems. So, when the government threw a temper tantrum and shut down, I wasn’t surprised. It actually reminded me of the hundreds of “Real Housewives” episodes I’ve watched. Now, if you’ve never had the privilege of watching this wonderfully crappy television, it’s a pretty simple equation: Wealthy women, plus designer labels, divided by unnecessary drama, multiplied by wine, equals TV gold. Except in this show, which I’ll name “The Real Politicians of Yo Government” — emphasis on the “o” — you have this equation: Wealthy, white-haired men, plus horrible suits, plus a lack of basic listening skills, divided by a three-year-old’s problemsolving skills, multiplied by bourbon, equals government shutdown. All of this is served in a nice tall glass of constituency apathy, and mixed with the so-sweet straw of media under-information and over-dramatization. Just like “Real Housewives,” every major television network displayed a dramatic newscaster, with too much makeup, vaguely describing the government shutdown. Then, they repeated it, printed it and played it back to us in sound bites. As a nation, we feared for our taxes, health and retirement. Hysterical banners scrolled across the screen, screaming about the “government shutdown,” leaving me to want to scream back, “Don’t you mean ‘partial?’” Just like in the coverage of “Real Housewives,” the facts were skewed. The whole government wasn’t shut down. Regardless, it was not an effective use of our taxpayer’s money. The Dow Jones fell and America lost about $28 billion. Then, that first Thursday morning, it rose about 200 points. The real losers weren’t our taxes or our foodstamps like the Barometer editorial discussed. What we lost was image. In the world of politics, image makes or breaks the candidate. Just like in the cast of “Real Housewives” the most popular “Housewife” is the one who presents him- or herself in the best light. The one who’s the most “relatable,” or as relatable as one can be in $2,000 shoes. Every single politician lost legitimacy over this 16-day shutdown. While the polls are clear that citizens blame the Republican Congress the most, President Obama isn’t doing great in See WILKINSON | page 8

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Man gets 70 months for stabbing By Greg Bolt The REGISTER-GUARD

In the end, there wasn’t much left to say when Erik Libbert stood before a judge to be sentenced on assault and burglary charges. Libbert, 43, received the mandatory Measure 11 sentence of five years and 10 months for his conviction on second-degree assault. A 37-month sentence for firstdegree burglary will be served at the same time. A jury convicted Libbert a little more than a week ago on both charges in connection with a Father’s Day attack that had boiled over from a child custody dispute. Demanding to see his children, Libbert illegally entered the Springfield home where his estranged wife and their two children were staying and stabbed a man who was trying to force him to leave. The man was hospitalized with serious cuts to his legs and side and spent months in physical therapy healing from the wounds. A grand jury originally indicted Libbert on the more serious charge of first-degree assault, which carries a mandatory 7½-year sentence. But after hearing the evidence, a jury convicted him on the lesser charge. Neither Libbert nor the victim chose to address Lane County Circuit Judge Mustafa Kasubhai before he

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to tell a joke, a story, to yell at someone or talk about something awesome or terrible. Think of the sounds these words use, which are mostly harsh, fricative and plosive combinations, such as “sh” and “ck”. It’s no wonder why they are used to startle the listener or get their attention. But this is no reason to use swear words liberally and in any context. There are alternative ways in which we can express ourselves with intelligence and authority. I would argue that a larger vocabulary warrants more respect. This isn’t to say that people with diverse lexicons don’t swear, or that those who do swear can’t earn respect, but what kind of respect are they getting? If we set a higher standard we can expect a higher standard.

attempted to solve the situation in a safe and mature fashion, she still committed a crime. Cox didn’t commit a crime, though. In a way, she was attempting to prevent one by not making her friend drive drunk. It’s asinine for her school to vilify her for doing something that could have saved someone’s life. It sends a message. Cox’s school, North Andover High, is telling its students not to imbibe illegally. But it’s also implying that its students shouldn’t assist anyone who might need their help, for fear of the school penalizing them. As Cox told the Huffington Post, “If a kid asks for help from a friend, you don’t want that kid to say ‘I’m sorry I can’t help you. I might end up in trouble at school.’” What we have here is a conflict of the law and ethics. The law says underage drinking is a


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With more depth to the offensive line, the run game took a modest step forward with a 3.6-yard average against the Cougars, and keep preparing,” Harlow said. “I think we’ll Saturday’s game against California was the first time both sophomore Storm Woods be fine, honestly.” The Utah game may have been the most and junior running back Terron Ward averimpressive performance for the unit this aged over three yards per carry. While there’s been some improvement, season. Facing the team that boasts the league lead with more than three sacks per the Beavers have not relied on running the game, Mannion was only brought down ball and have no intention of doing so in the future. once on 45 attempts. Mannion has attempted 334 passes this In addition, the line was never whistled season, second-most in the country. He’s for a false start in a stadium that is known to be one of the toughest venues for oppo- only been sacked nine times despite the large numbers of attempts. nents to play in the conference. That’s an average of one sack every 37 Mannion’s blockers still give credit to their quarterback for the success, though. passes, easily the best ratio in the Pac-12 “He’s really accurate and precise with and a significant step up from last year’s what he’s doing,” Harlow said. “It’s always mark of one sack every 15 attempts. While passing as much as OSU has this nice when you can trust your quarterback.” season — oftentimes abandoning the run Oregon State has needed to trust Mannion, because the running game has — might not be what anyone expected sputtered, partially due to injuries up front. going into the year, the Beavers will continue to do what’s worked so far. The Beavers did not have every pro“(Run blocking) is what I prefer,” Harlow jected starter on the line healthy until the sixth game of the season, when they faced said. “But it’s working so I can’t complain.” Washington State. Until that game, OSU Josh Worden, sports reporter averaged 2.4 yards per attempt on the On Twitter @WordenJosh ground.

imposed the sentence. James Jagger, Libbert’s attorney, called it a sad day for his client, who he said is “beside himself” about being unable to see the two children. “He’s a good man,” Jagger told the judge. “It’s with great sadness we stand before you.” The assault capped an escalating dispute between Libbert and his estranged wife over visitation with the children. According to testimony at the trial, the couple has not divorced because of the cost and therefore don’t have any formal agreement for sharing custody or setting out visitation rights. Libbert’s wife testified that she cut off visits because she believed Libbert was working with an attorney and might take the children and not return them. Libbert said he was upset because he believed his wife was planning to move out of state and take the children with her. After a back-and-forth argument through phone calls and text messages, Libbert showed up at the house the night before Father’s Day. He was ultimately told by police to leave, but he came back the next day and ended up stabbing the victim with a long folding knife he brought with him. In addition to the prison term, Libbert was ordered to pay $13,466 in restitution to cover the victim’s medical costs. He will not be allowed any early release and will be on post-prison supervision for three years after he is freed.

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problem for professionals like the police to handle, and anyone who gets involved is meddling. Our inner moral compasses say that a person shouldn’t be punished for trying to do the right thing in a way that wasn’t going to harm anyone. Cox did the right thing that night and it’s sickeningly unfair that she’s being reprimanded for it. Postdam sums it up perfectly in its online how-to about designated driving, “Although thousands of lives are saved each year by both designated drivers and those who don’t let friends or others drive drunk, many more are needlessly lost. Each such death is a tragedy affecting many others who are left suffering and grieving. Be a designated driver . . . be a hero.” Even if it means martyring yourself. t

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WILKINSON n Continued from page 7 popularity. The shutdown caused a loss in column inches, air time and radio show discussion regarding the issues that really matter. Why? Because, while the whole world was screaming “government shutdown,” real and important problems were going un-reported. What’s worse is they didn’t come to a resolution. They punted till four months out, and while Obama stated he had no intention of having another government shutdown, every single news organization will be talking about how it could happen, whether it will happen again and I’d bet my rather small right boob that someone throws up a “Government Shutdown Countdown” clock in the corner of every network newscast. In “Real Housewives” land, we call this the after show. It’s when Bravo host, Andy Cohen, puts all the women in the same room, adds wine and then has them discuss the last season. There is always finger pointing, always tears and just like in politics, someone always has funky hair. t

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