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Announcement of EECS head’s termination stirred reaction from faculty, staff, students By Sean Bassinger THE DAILY BAROMETER
Faculty and students became furious because of last month’s unexpected termination of popular department head Terri Fiez. Fiez has served as head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for nearly 15 years. But on Sept. 5, College of Engineering Dean Sandra Woods notified Fiez that she would be removed on Sept. 30. After students, staff and faculty expressed a unified fury toward the decision, Woods decided to let Fiez finish out the academic year. Since then, EECS faculty has formally proposed that Fiez be reappointed for no less than a five-year term. Woods declined to comment on the decision because it is a “personnel issue,” but said she is listening to faculty and student concerns regarding the decision. Fiez also declined to comment on this issue, but said she’s never seen a group of people pull together like this. “We really are more like a family,” Fiez said.
Senior faculty and representatives from top technology companies in Oregon have more than made up for Fiez’s silence.
The department fights back Professor Karti Mayaram said he was shocked when he first read the Sept. 5 email about Fiez’s termination. Mayaram was even more befuddled by Woods’ lack of interest at including the faculty in such a transition decision. “She takes away the most important person from the unit, and says, ‘Fine, let’s move forward from here,’” Mayaram said. Mayaram said the 70 staff and faculty members within EECS were uniformly angry about the decision. Mayaram outlined projects Fiez contributed to, including a new one-year online postbaccalaureate program in computer science and constant relations with technology industry professionals to get more students more jobs. “Even if the dean wanted to make the change, it can’t happen like this,” Mayaram said. “She’s the most outstanding leader I’ve seen at this university,” said John Wager, an EECS professor who has been at OSU for 29 years. “She’s one of Neil Abrew | THE DAILY BAROMETER the most creative, clever, hard-working, Kelley Engineering Center houses many offices and projects for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer See EECS| page 4 Science. The school has been in an uproar since department head Terri Fiez’s termination was announced.
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Soon Yi Oh spent eight months living and exploring the beauty of Corvallis’ nature before presenting her collection, “Sounds of Nature,” in Fairbanks Hall. Oh was born and raised in South Korea. After losing both of her arms at a young age, she learned to use her feet to complete day-to-day actions. As a teenager, she discovered watercolor painting as an artistic outlet and went on to receive her master’s and doctorate degrees, in Oriental Landscape Painting, from the China Academy of Art. Visitors at the gallery were impressed by Oh’s attention to detail. “The attention to detail is breathtaking,” said Jasmine Hart, a junior in graphic design. “It’s got that real tactile feel to it. ... It’s wonderful the way she’s done it. It’s not like your average watercolor painting.” Others enjoyed her use of color and contrast. “It’s like she wants to reveal the sounds of nature through the colors,” said Diness Dimilisna, a second-year graduate student in public policy.
OSU whale expert to conduct trainings on whale watching in December, March 2014 in Depoe Bay on the Coast
Whale Watching Spoken Here program and become whale-watching specialists. Bruce Mate, an expert on whales and director of the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute, will conduct the trainings. By Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova Each year, peak migration times THE DAILY BAROMETER along the Oregon Coast coincide The Oregon Coast offers year- with people’s vacation times. round whale-watching activities, The Whale Watching Spoken Here with gray whales being the most program takes advantage of this commonly seen whale. coincidence with two weeks of Trained whale-watching experts assisted whale watching: One trainare on hand to share their whale ing is the week between Christmas wisdoms. and New Year’s and the other is The Oregon Parks and Recreation during the last week in March 2014. Department is now seeking whaleSee WHALES | page 4 lovers to sign up to participate in its n
Korean artist, visiting scholar Soon Yi Oh presents Corvallisinspired art at Fairbanks Hall
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Soon Yi Oh, a Korean artist, is a visiting scholar. Her art on display this week in Fairbanks Hall represents her view of Corvallis’ landscapes. “You can see the green colors here and the pink colors and the colors of the mountains — it is like they are talking to each other, like conversation.” Oh’s artist statement explains her inspiration for the collection. “The artist listens to the essence of nature and her inner self, and imbues the paintings, via a traditional ink wash technique, with her ideals of the changing seasons,” the statement reads. “By drawing upon the differ-
ent shapes and colors of the natural landscape, the artist expresses the sounds of nature that were invoked in her inner spirit.” Oh is at Oregon State University as a visiting scholar, working on her gallery and offering occasional lectures on traditional Oriental painting styles. Her collection in Fairbanks Hall will be on display for two weeks. Kaitlyn Kohlenberg Campus reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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Oregon Divine Nine houses struggle in shadow of IFC, Panhellenic councils By Courtney Gehring THE DAILY BAROMETER
The Interfraternity and Panhellenic council casts a shadow over the remaining Greek community — a shadow that obscures a Greek council on the brink of extinction. The National Pen-Hellenic Council, or Divine Nine, is a collaborative organization of nine historically black international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. Three of these organizations exist in the Oregon State community. Their presence often goes unnoticed. “People don’t recognize us because our organizations aren’t that big,” said LaTreese Denson, a fisheries and wildlife graduate student who has been a member
of the Portland alumni chapter of Delta Sigma Theta for more than three years. “We are about quality, not quantity.” The Divine Nine council provides a multicultural outlet for camaraderie, academic excellence and service on campuses throughout the nation. At Oregon State, they work alongside the Black Cultural Center, host their own Greek week and provide service in the community. Despite their contributions to the community, Divine Nine members on campus are dwindling in population. Oregon State University has a thriving and growing Greek life in terms of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils, but the Divine Nine chapters on campus struggle to make a strong and lasting presence. “What we are facing here at Oregon State is a state-wide dilemma,” said Brandon Lee, a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi
fraternity and interim assistant director of fraternal and sorority life. Lee’s fraternity currently has no active undergraduate members in the state of Oregon. The remaining two seniors at Oregon State graduated and the remaining seniors at Portland State graduated. “When you don’t have that presence on predominantly white campuses for underrepresented groups, then you really just have eliminated a huge mechanism for access and retention, to draw people in and to keep them,” Lee said. “It’s a problem.” Throughout the United States, the Divine Nine council is thriving. The council maintains strong historical roots in the South, East Coast and West, including Washington and California. Oregon State University as a community and the state of Oregon itself remain in a bubble.
“Divine Nine has slid off the radar and nobody has even blinked,” Lee said. “If we don’t make changes this year we will be sliding off the map. The council is in jeopardy because as a university, we’re not providing the resources that they need.” Members of the Divine Nine council pass down lessons and traditions through fraternalism. Historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson and Reverend Ralph Abernathy are all pillars of the civil rights movement who drew from fraternal bond of the Divine Nine when paving the path for nation’s future. “We are robbing not only our campus of graduates that would be retained through us, but were robbing our country of leaders that very well may be the ones to save us in the next 30-40 years,” Lee said. Courtney Gehring Greek and clubs reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Damascus voters could derail government By Rob Manning
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DAMASCUS — Over a cup of coffee at a Damascus breakfast spot, Chris Hawes laments the nine difficult years the town of 10,000 has been a city. “And it’s been divisive enough that we’ve had people who have changed church congregations because of internal strife between members,” says Hawes. “We’ve had families that don’t gather because they’re on two different sides of whatever issue. We have neighbors that don’t talk any more.” Hawes is now leading the campaign to dissolve the city. The local measure asks voters in Damascus whether they want to disincorporate - after nine years as city. It’s the latest wrinkle in a long-running conflict over the future of the Clackamas County community. Measure 3-433 is the latest round in a decade or more of conflicts here. Damascus residents voted to become a city in 2004. That was two years after the Metro regional government included Damascus in the largest urban growth boundary expansion in state history. Those two changes meant a new Damascus city council had to draft a long-term plan for how the city would grow. The prospect of greater density, more traffic, and changes to existing neighborhoods has so far thwarted city efforts to craft a plan that both the local public and state regulators can support. Chris Hawes says regional plans to develop Damascus were flawed from the beginning. He says building city neighborhoods across the rocky hills and valleys of Damascus is so expensive, that it might never happen. And that makes city property taxes unnecessary. Dissolving the city would save taxpayers money, he argues. “The net would be a $2.53 per thousand of assessed value savings, which is about $600 or so for a house that’s assessed at $200,000.” Hawes says the city council has helped his cause through missteps - such as a hefty severance it agreed to pay a former city manager. But the conservative-leaning Hawes faces opposition from Republicans. Those include county commission members John Ludlow and Tootie Smith, the party’s county chair, John Lee, and planning commissioner, James Anderson. James Anderson, runs a dental practice in
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Wednesday, Oct. 30 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. Multi-Cultural Students in PreHealthcare, 6:30pm, Native American Longhouse. Weekly member meeting.
Events Career Services, 2pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom. From College to Careers Workshop for Women in Technology.
Thursday, Oct. 31 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30pm, MU Talisman Room. Does the Spiritual World have a physical presence? — A discussion.
Events Women’s Center, 7:30pm, MU Ballroom. Dress up in your best costumes for the 3rd Annual Cross-Cultural Halloween Party with pumpkin carving, henna, face painting, mask making and a lot more! Pride Center, 1:30-2:30pm, Pride Center. Tea Sampling with Topics. Discuss, make friends. Queer your tea! Asian and Pacific Cultural Center, 5-7pm, Asian and Pacific Cultural Center. Night of Folklore. Hear about various folktale and stories shared throughout different cultures around the world. Also, you can learn how other countries celebrate Halloween through fun crafts and meeting new people! Centro Cultural César Chávez, 5:307:30pm, Centro Cultural César Chávez. Join us in celebrating Dia de los Muertos with fun activities, sugar skull painting and hot chocolate. Open to all OSU.
Friday, Nov. 1 Meetings Chess Club, 4-6pm, MU Commons. Join us for games of chess and more. All skill levels are welcome.
Speakers University Events, 12:30pm, Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center. OSU welcomes football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus to campus. A Q&A session with the legendary linebacker will be held. The presentation will be made up entirely of your questions.
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Damascus City Hall in a strip mall. Gresham, but he lives in Damascus where he serves on the planning commission. Anderson is proud of the commission’s efforts on a long-term growth plan. “That is the one bright spot in the whole city process, because the city council has been so dysfunctional, it’s been almost embarassing,” says Anderson. “So there’s not much to defend.” But Anderson says the city has had some success getting Metro to loosen some landuse restrictions, as Damascus crafts growth plans. Anderson says that process isn’t over. If the city dissolves, Anderson is skeptical about how Clackamas County would handle planning. “Metro needs to be dealt with,” says Anderson. “The city is going to be better able to deal with it. If we go back to county control, then we’re just relying on the county commissioners to make some of the decisions that we’ve already stepped through, and are we going to be happy with the people who are going to run the plan process at the county.” Driving through Damascus, the argument plays out as a “lesser of two evils” campaign.
Yard signs in favor of dissolving the city blame the local government for wasting tax dollars. But the signs pushing against the initiative warn that without the city, Metro and Clackamas County would wield more power. Jim Moore teaches politics at Pacific University in Forest Grove. “The argument for staying a city is ‘We may screw up, but they’re our screw-ups, and we get to make the choices,” says Moore. “That’s a pretty powerful rallying cry, especially if you look at the history of the United States. But the other side is basically ‘Boy, this is getting in the way of our freedoms, and I also don’t like how our tax money is being spent.’ That’s also pretty powerful, especially here on the West Coast.” In the end, both sides believe they have a populist message that can appeal to people regardless of their specific politics. And the November 5th election will be also be a test of grassroots strength - especially for the side hoping to dissolve the city. Unlike most other races in Oregon, disincorporating a city requires more than just a majority of voters who take part in an election.
Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211. ASOSU weekly Senate meeting. OSU Sales Club, 7-8pm, Bexell 412. General meeting. Students interested in sales ,great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, grow your network, learn, practice sales skills and stand out to employees.
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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.
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200,000 pounds of hazelnuts destroyed in Keizer silo fire By Laura Fosmire STATESMAN JOURNAL
KEIZER â€” A conveyor belt that caught fire was blamed for the loss of about 200,000 pounds of hazelnuts Friday at the Gnome Hazelnut Factory in Keizer. Firefighters were dispatched to 7505 Windsor Island Road N about 6:15 a.m., said Keizer Fire District Capt. Brian Butler. Crews were on scene for more than two hours to get the blaze under control and fill the silo with water to extinguish the last of it. No one was injured. Butler said the loss was estimated at $320,000. Bob Lindsey, one of the owners of the Gnome Hazelnut Factory and Lindsey Family Farms, said they lost all the hazelnuts in the silo, but equipment damage was otherwise minimal. â€œMy helper came down about 5:30 this morning and turned on the furnace and about 30 minutes later, he smells smoke,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re going to lose a dryer. Thatâ€™s about all. Weâ€™ll get through. Weâ€™ve been operating this system since
A conveyor belt in the bottom of a hazelnut silo at Gnome Hazelnut Factory in Keizer caught fire Friday, destroying 200,000 pounds of hazelnuts.
1987 and weâ€™ve never had any difficulties of any dimension in all those years.â€? Lindsey said the companyâ€™s immediate focus was figuring out the next steps. â€œYou just have to take it in stride,â€? he said. â€œIt happened. Regroup and go from there. Nothing is adding up right now. What was different between this morning and last night? We donâ€™t know. Weâ€™ll recover.â€? Fridayâ€™s fire was the second related to hazelnuts in Marion County in October. On Oct. 13 a fire broke out at a hazelnut processing facility in the 7500 block of 65th Avenue NE. The fire originated in the structure that houses hazelnut dryers and caused an estimated $2 million in damage. Butler said Fridayâ€™s fire was determined to be a mechanical malfunction and was not considered suspicious. Because of the â€œunusual amount of nut fires,â€? officials brought in an arson detective with the Oregon State Police to investigate, he said.
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the products that included refrigerated BEAVERTON â€” Reserâ€™s Fine Foods of ready-to-eat items that were distributed nationwide and Canada. They include Beaverton expanded Monday its recall of some potato salad, macaroni salad and refrigerated ready-to-eat products because cole slaw products. An eight-page list of they may be contaminated with Listeria the recalled items is available on Reserâ€™s monocytogenes, which can cause serious website, www.resers.com. and sometime fatal infections in young The products is sold in retail and food children, frail or people with weakened service establishments. The packages will immune systems. be marked with a use-by-date or best by The company issued a recall Oct. 22 for date and followed by a plant identifier
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Chinatown billboard will be changed after complaints By Kristian Foden-Vencil
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no reason to believe Fiez hasn’t been a strong leader for the school. He said the lack of faculty involvement in the decision-making process was complicated visionary leaders I’ve ever had the privilege to because it dealt with personnel. work for.” “You don’t get a consensus on personnel Wager said the termination came “out of the blue,” and that Woods made no attempt to dis- issues,” Randhawa said. “It’s a very different cuss the transition with the department faculty ballgame from that perspective.” Two months of frustration and staff. According to correspondence obtained Wager said in his time in EECS, he’s never seen so much productivity as under the leader- by The Daily Barometer, events occurred as ship of Fiez. Wager said he fears the decision follows: On Sept. 5, Fiez sent an email to her faculty to remove Fiez could cause serious damage to and staff saying Woods would terminate her the school’s progress. “We’ve all got way too much on our plates to position, effective Sept. 30. “She said she would like to change the deal with any distractions, and then here’s this,” direction of the college and needed to make a Wager said. “It’s like a bomb blows up here.” leadership change,” Fiez wrote. “I do not know An industry impacted what her plans are for EECS at this point.” Jeff Krueger, chair of the EECS industry adviOn Sept. 16, students, staff and faculty in EECS sory board at Oregon State, said the decision confirmed statements from to remove Fiez caught many Woods saying she would allow industry executives off guard. The EECS school Fiez to serve out her contract “A lot of people were upset,” until the end of her appointhas grown into a Krueger said. “My phone rang ment in June 2014. off the hook.” pretty powerful The department was still disInitially, Krueger and pleased. As a result, they conentity, meaning other individuals contacted Randhawa on Sept. 27. one of the strongest in tacted Woods via phone and email. The EECS staff and faculty According to Krueger, Woods the country. Most further notified Randhawa on did not respond. Oct. 2 of their reluctance to people attribute Krueger and seven indusparticipate in a search for a try executives, including two that to Terri Fiez. new department head when from Intel and IBM, met on they crafted and signed a Friday to discuss the issue letter boycotting the process. Jeff Krueger with OSU President Ed Ray Following these events, Chair of EECS industry advisory board and Provost Sabah Randhawa. Randhawa replied via email Before the meeting, Krueger to staff and faculty saying he’d only meet with also advised any unsatisfied parties to voice them in the future if Woods was also part of the their concerns in letters addressed to Ray and conversation. He said there were no further Randhawa. Krueger said about 30 executives issues to discuss regarding the nature of the mailed letters to Ray and Randhawa, while personnel issue in question. 20 others gave letters to Krueger to hand out The last major discussion between indusduring the meeting. try representatives and Krueger occurred on “The EECS school has grown into a pretty Friday. Though Ray and Randhawa seemed powerful entity, meaning one of the strongest reluctant to reveal details, Krueger still believes in the country,” Krueger said. “Most people the meeting went well and said the overall tone attribute that to Terri Fiez.” changed near the end. Krueger said some industry organizations “We have the strongest person in the state told him they may cut funding to the college leading this and building this,” Krueger said. if Fiez is not reinstated. “Now is not the time to change.” Randhawa said discussions involved with In the event that the college does not reinthe initial termination took place throughout state Fiez, Krueger said he and other industry a couple of weeks. Randhawa declined to men- partners will discuss additional matters with the state board of higher education. tion what the personnel issue was. “Issues came up and the decision had to be Sean Bassinger made sooner than later,” Randhawa said. Higher education reporter Randhawa also acknowledged that there’s email@example.com
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Started From The Bottom
Fans failed OSU on Saturday
ome field advantage is a very real thing in sports. A passionate fan base can greatly affect the outcome of games. The Northwest is known for having one of the best staples of fans in the country. The Seattle Seahawks’ crowd is known as the “12th man,” forcing false starts as frequently as any team in the NFL; the Portland Trail Blazers have a reputation as a college-like atmosphere for their fandom and the Oregon Ducks have an ever-growing fan base thanks to their recent success. For years — at least since Oregon State became competitive in the late ‘90s — Beaver Nation has fit the mold as well-respected fans. I was there when the Beavers knocked of ranked Oregon in the 1998 Civil War, No. 3 USC in 2006 and No. 1 USC in 2008. I’ve sat through blowout losses and victories in which Reser — or Parker — Stadium remained virtually full for the game’s entirety. During that whole time, the Beavers were a middle-of-the-pack to an upper-tier team in college football. They’ve never been consistently elite, like Oregon currently is, but they’ve been to high-profile bowl games and won a good deal of them. While Mike Riley hasn’t won a BCS bowl game or national championship, he’s given OSU’s fans a competitive team that Oregon State can be proud of nearly every year he’s been at the helm. So when Sean Mannion’s fourthand-goal pass fell incomplete with one second remaining, ending OSU’s comeback attempt on Saturday, I was disgusted. And not because of anything that happened in the game. My focus wasn’t on anything that took place on the field; it was on the thousands of empty seats where fans had left midway through the fourth quarter. Barely half the stadium was full as Oregon State nearly tied the game against the No. 8 team in the nation. They had given up on their team with the outcome undecided — something that would embarress a loyal fan. When I was young, I always assumed Oregon State fans were the best in the country. The stadium was always full and the atmosphere was generally positive. I’ve seen more wins than losses for the orange and black in Reser Stadium, but support from fans always seemed unwavering. But over the last couple of years, I’ve started to doubt the loyalty and passion of this school’s following. I’d be shocked if that stadium wasn’t full in that same situation five years ago. Something has changed. I don’t know if fans have unrealistic expectations because of what Oregon’s doing down in Eugene, if they’ve become spoiled after the program’s recent rise or just don’t care as much anymore. But the bottom line is Oregon State consistently finishes within or close to the top 25 while playing in one of the top conferences in the country. That’s something to be proud of. Yes, fans should expect to win and hope that the program continues to grow and improve. But part of being a fan is sticking with a team through the ups and downs. Success is only sweet after experiencing the pain that comes with losing. Thirty years ago, Oregon State teams were more likely to finish without any wins than with a positive record. The Beavers could be like Colorado or California are now, getting blown out See KILSTROM | page 6
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With forwards Devon Collier, Eric Moreland suspended for the first part of season, sophomore class will play big minutes By Grady Garrett THE DAILY BAROMETER
Tuesday’s exhibition game — against Corban University at 7 p.m. — will give Beaver Nation its first look at an Oregon State men’s basketball team that is under pressure to make amends for last season’s disappointing 14-18 campaign. It’ll also give OSU’s sophomores an opportunity to show how much they’ve improved since largely underwhelming as freshmen. OSU will lean on its second-year players more than originally expected because junior forward Eric Moreland is suspended for OSU’s first 14 regular-season games. Sophomore Victor Robbins, who played just 47 minutes in 12 conference appearances last season, is expected to make his first career start in Tuesday’s game. Robbins has drawn praise from teammates and coaches for the strides he made in the offseason. “Last year I didn’t really play that much,” Robbins said at OSU’s media day earlier this month. “That’s always motivation for anybody. That’s all I did all summer: work out, work on my jump shots.” Senior guard Roberto Nelson compared Robbins’ athleticism to that of Jared Cunningham, who was an All-Pac-12 player for the Beavers two seasons ago. The Beavers are hoping Robbins, whose 6-foot-6 frame allows him to play both guard and forward, uses his athleticism to become an effective player on both ends of the court. “It was weird to me that they were only asking me to play defense last year,” Robbins said. “Because in high school, you have the ball in your hands all the time. From being a scorer, to not being a scorer, to being a scorer again, it’s weird, but I’m up for it.” Olaf Schaftenaar is another sophomore whose improvement in practice hasn’t gone unnoticed. The 6-foot-10 forward from Utrecht, Netherlands shot just 29.8 percent from the field last season, but is expected to provide scoring off the bench for the Beavers this season. “(Schaftenaar) is going to play significant minutes for us,” head coach Craig Robinson said last week. “I’ve been really pleased with his progress. If I had to look at that sophomore class, I’d say he and Victor are vying for who is most improved.” Schaftenaar has a smooth-looking stroke from distance, but never found a rhythm his first season in Corvallis. He averaged nearly one 3-point attempt per four minutes on the court, a startling ratio for someone who shot just 30.9 percent from 3-point territory. See BASKETBALL | page 6
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Sophomore forward Jarmal Reid takes a jumper against Oregon on Jan. 6. Oregon State’s sophomore class could play a big role for the Beavers this season.
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Beavers begin short week of practice, have 6 days between Stanford, USC games By Mitch Mahoney THE DAILY BAROMETER
At practice on Monday, junior kicker Trevor Romaine lined up a 55-yard field goal. It sailed through the air, bounced off the lower crossbar and went through. “You try to avoid those long field goals if you can,” said special teams coach Bruce Read. “Because generally, the percentages are lower — the poles get pretty small the further out you get.” In the first quarter against Stanford, Romaine kicked a career-long field goal of 50 yards. In the second and third quarters, head coach Mike Riley opted to go for it on fourth-downs that would have been field goals of 51, 35 and 52 yards. The Beavers would go on to lose the game by eight points. “Coach Riley is going to call the game the way he sees fit,” Read said. “We’re all behind him, whatever it is he decides to do. There’s a lot of factors that go into whether you kick a field goal or not.” Near the end of the third quarter, the Beavers scored a touchdown. On the extra point play, Romaine’s kick barely got off the ground and did not clear his own lineman’s head. “That kick right there was low, which — I don’t know why, but it was,” Read said. “But Romaine takes every kick seriously.” In the Stanford game, junior quarterback Sean Mannion threw season-lows for passing yards (271) and passing touchdowns (1).
Stanford sacked him eight times and pressured Brennan. “They don’t allow big plays. We had one him all night. In spite of this, Mannion still com- opportunity on a deep ball to Cooks, but we missed the throw.” pleted 41-of-57 passes. To address what else went wrong on Saturday, “(Stanford’s coverage) really keeps everything in front of them,” said wide receivers coach Brent
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Junior place kicker Trevor Romaine has his extra point attempt blocked in Friday’s 20-12 loss to Stanford.
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Most people reading this have probably played fantasy football at least once, and a lot of those people have played for many, many years. Here in Corvallis, students at OSU obviously have more interest in college football, and the Pac-12 specifically. So we here at the Barometer have invented the first ever Pac-12 fantasy football league.
Rosters consist of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, two flex positions (RB/WR), one tight end, one kicker and one defense/special teams. The catch? Each team must have three Oregon State players on their roster at all times. The regular season last nine weeks, with each team playing each other three times. Championship will be Civil War week.
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QB - Hundley: 19 RB - Sankey: 37 RB - Woods: 3 WR - Cooks: 15 WR - Treggs: 9 FLEX - Poole: 1 FLEX - Strong: 0 TE - Sefarian-Jenkins: 3 K - Romaine: 6 D/ST - USC: 26
QB - Mannion: 14 RB - Carey: 36 RB - Gaffney: 32 WR - Evans: 2 WR - Richardson: 19 FLEX - Madden: 6 FLEX - Addison: 12 TE - Clute: 3 K - Furney: 0 D/ST - OSU: 6
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QB - Mariota: 14 RB - Marshall: 33 RB - Ward: 6 WR - Mullaney: 6 WR - Huff: 7 FLEX - James: 0 FLEX - Lee: 0 TE - Smith: 0 K - Oliver: 8 D/ST - Stanford: 21
QB - Kelly: 0 RB - Thomas: 10 RB - Grice: 0 WR - Montgomery: 5 WR - Harper: 3 FLEX - Hatfield: 0 FLEX - Cummings: 2 TE - Hamlett: 0 K - D’Amato: 4 D/ST - Oregon: 12
I’m pretty sure Carey averages like 40 points against me whenever we play. I’m not sure I’d even know who he was otherwise, because I don’t watch a ton of Arizona football. Sankey is the man, and I’m shocked UCLA and Hundley weren’t able to do more against Oregon. It looks like my team isn’t as potent when Cooks isn’t scoring 30 a game, but I’m sure he’ll bounce back this week. And my managerial skills need to improve. It’s getting late enough in the year that I should drop someone when they have a bye and pick up someone else. That probably would have been the difference this week had I done it with Strong. But oh well, still plenty of time to go.
It’s unfortunate that Tyler Gaffney running amok against the Beavers’ defense is the most glaring reason that my team won this week. The Stanford-OSU game looked like one of those Ravens-Steelers games from five years ago: A slugfest with no real offense. But mixed in with the tremendous defense was the powerful Gaffney, who found the end zone three times and scored 32 fantasy points. The fantasy vs. reality football debate comes up all too often. A player on the opposing team is having a field day at the expense of the team you’re rooting for — like when the Broncos play the Raiders and I am quietly OK with Peyton Manning torching Oakland, and begin telling myself, “Whatever, the Raiders weren’t going to win anyway.” It’s a horrible thought and goes against everything we stand for as sports fans, but I can confidently say many fantasy football players have had that moment. I can’t blame Sean Mannion for not putting up another godly performance. Just like Grady can’t blame Brandin Cooks. Fourteen points is still commendable, especially when the rest of the team picks up the slack. As an unbiased media member who is going on the third year covering OSU football, I can’t (publicly) root for the Beavers, anyway. It’s unfortunate for OSU that Gaffney had an exceptional day on Saturday, but it wasn’t the reason the Beavers lost either. And hey, at least this won’t happen Civil War week like it will for Andrew with all his Ducks.
When I talk trash — and let’s be honest, that’s most of the time — I always back it up, like I did this week. Mitch’s team isn’t quite as bad as Crawford’s was last year, only because that’s impossible, but it’s pretty bad. You still haven’t won a game? C’mon dude, this is pathetic. Thirty-six points? Holy smokes. You’re a train wreck right now. Warner won again, so it looks like next week’s matchup will decide who the superior team is at this point in the season. I maintain that it’s me, but Gaffney and Carey are pretty scary. Still, I expect Mariota to play well this week after his worst week of the year, and I’ll finally make the moves that have been holding me back from really winning big. I’ll drop Marqise Lee and finally get rid of Jordon James, who hasn’t played since really early in the season. After I make those moves, I expect to take down Warner and sole possesion of first place. Also, to Warner, know what today is? Start of the NBA season. Watch out for #LillardTime. And of course, #HYFR
I swear, writing these stupid recaps is the worst part of my week, because this is getting sad. This week is especially painful. I can’t hide behind the strength-of-schedule excuse I’ve used all year. This loss is on me. Had I cared to look, I would have noticed that Arizona State was on a bye week, and my two most productive players, ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly and running back Marion Grice, were bound to score zeroes. This was my chance to get a win. Andrew’s team, outside of Oregon running back Byron Marshall and Stanford’s defense, was not that stellar. If there is any good news here, it’s that De’Anthony Thomas played for the first time since I drafted him, albeit in a reduced role. Not picking up Marshall, his backup, when Thomas first sprained his ankle has absolutely killed my team.
Bishop Sankey (RB)
Ka’Deem Carey (RB)
Byron Marshall (RB)
27 carries, 241 yards, 2 TDs (37 fantasy points)
23 carries, 119 yards, 4 TDs (36 fantasy points)
19 carries, 133 yards, 3 TDs (33 fantasy points)
2 turnovers, 283 yards allowed (12 fantasy points)
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freshman kick returner Victor Bolden coughed the ball up on the first kick return of the second half. Stanford took over with excellent field position and would score a quick touchdown. With points hard to come by, that turnover proved especially costly. “Victor’s a tough kid,” Brennan said. “He’s harder on himself than any of us would have been. There’s really not anything good you can say to a guy after he fumbles. He already feels like crap. For Victor, he’s a super competitive kid, so for him to do something like that just kills him.” Coming off the loss to Stanford, Oregon State has a short week before its next game against USC on Friday. The Beavers have just six days to prepare for their home contest against the Trojans. Oregon State is planning an “orange out” this Friday. At practice, the Beavers debuted the orange helmets they will wear. “I like them; it’s a good look,” said offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. “I’d like to see the full uniform before I totally have my opinion just because they’re wearing all this different stuff, but I think they look pretty good.”
“I think it was hard for me to come into games off the bench and be expected to take every shot that I get,” Schaftenaar said. “This year, getting more playing time, I’ll be able to really get into games before I take those shots.” Robinson had several theories as to why Schaftenaar struggled last year. “First of all, because he was a freshman,” Robinson said. “Second, because he was taking shots because that’s all he could do. Everyone knew it so they knew how to guard him. He’s added some things to his game now. “Thirdly, what people don’t realize about our foreign kids, this is a completely different culture to play basketball in. Quite honestly, (Schaftenaar) was just a little too humble to make those shots. I always say the kids from the (U.S.) think they’re better than they are, and the international kids don’t think they’re as good as they are.” Forward Jarmal Reid is a third sophomore whose minutes figure to increase this season. He’s expected to start Tuesday’s game in place of senior Devon Collier, who’s suspended for both exhibition games and OSU’s season-opener. Reid, who is considered one of OSU’s best all-around defenders, started 17 games last season but saw his minutes reduce dramatically in the second half of conference play. That, Robinson said, was in part because he shot just 27.3 percent from the field and averaged just 1.5 points per game. “I don’t think he isn’t the kind of guy who can get 8-10 points a game for you,” Robinson said. “I think you’ll see a little bit more of everything from Jarmal. We still want him to be a lockdown defender, but we need him to be a little more assertive on offense.” The fourth member of OSU’s sophomore class, guard Langston Morris-Walker, will battle true freshmen guards Hallice Cooke and Malcolm Duvivier for minutes off the bench. Morris-Walker, a good defender with athleticism, played in 26 of OSU’s 32 games last year. “There’s no secret to the fact that he’s got to work his
So when your team — that’s 6-1 and No. 25 in the nation — is within a touchdown and two-point conversion of the No. 8 team in the nation, you should cheer them on to the bitter end. The fact that various ESPN analysts were tweeting about the fair-weather nature of OSU’s crowd on Saturday night is embarrassing for anyone affiliated with the university. Most of the student section remained as the final seconds ticked away, with only section 124 underneath the scoreboard and the athlete section sparsely populated. They at least seemed appreciative of their team’s effort despite the outcome. As for the rest of the stadium, especially alumni who make up a large majority of the crowd on any given Saturday, there’s no excuse. Your job as a fan is to cheer on your school and aid them in hopes of victory. You are the reason home field advantage exists. If you’re not in the stands, then you’ve failed your team. Oregon State gets a shot at redemption this Friday against USC, another home game that will be nationally televised. Oregon State’s fans get the same shot. I advise they take advantage of it. Andrew Kilstrom, sports editor On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom email@example.com
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Sophomore Olaf Shaftenaar looks for an open teammate against Oregon on Jan. 6, 2012. way into the rotation,” Robinson said. “What holds him back is sort of a lack of understanding of our offense, which he’s coming along great with, and the fact that we have a lot of good players at the guard spot.” Grady Garrett, sports reporter On Twitter @gradygarrett email@example.com
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ISHWHES is a sensation sweeping the nation, and doesn’t look like it’s slowing
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down. The acronym stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt theWorld Has Ever Seen, and it’s the brainchild of The CW’s “Supernatural” star Misha Collins. The scavenger hunt list is more than 100 items long. The “items” are often ludicrous and hilarious, including, “Jump into a leaf pile wearing a business suit” or “Jog in real ‘Pumpkin shoes’ (you may substitute any squash or gourd), wearing jogging shorts and headphones down a busy sidewalk.” Other items involve endearing activities such as reuniting a grown adopted child with the parent, tracking how many couples have been together for more than 60 years or simply hugging
a veteran. Contestants assemble in groups of 15 and do their best to complete the entirety of the list in hopes of winning a grand prize. This scavenger hunt partners with Random Acts of Kindness, and as such it has broken the Guinness World Records three times with massive membership in activities like delivering coats to homeless folks and helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. To participate, you need a camera, Internet access and a group of friends
who don’t mind doing crazy things in public and the courage to follow the GISHWHES credo: Death to normalcy. This year’s hunt is over, and contestants are in the process of being judged. Contestants come from everywhere — even Oregon State University. Christina Lackey, of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, ran through the MU quad in gourd shoes while listening to Kansas. Lackey said that “GISHWHES was a fabulous experience.” She said that even though GISHWHES only happens once a year, the friends she’s made while participating have lasted year-round. “Since we don’t want to let each other down, every year we put our selfconsciousness aside and make unlikely art for GISHWHES,” Lackey said. “I’ve learned that a lot of my classmates and
professors at the veterinary college are extremely good sports when it comes to odd requests like finding me a classic car, helping me sew a bikini out of tea bags, and being extras in a video about a robot going to work.” What I want to know is what rock I’ve been living under. How did I have no idea that something like this existed? How is it that people performing random acts of kindness and doing really very strange things in public is beneath our notice, but Miley Cyrus’ twerking and licking stuff makes headlines? No more. Let’s get out there and GISHWHES this place up. t
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International wave energy collaboration pushes limits of what we know Wave energy has come a long way. But for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, new developments and insights have not come on their own accord. Belinda Batten, director of NNMREC, has recently returned from a marine energy conference at the Orkney, Scotland, wave and tidal energy facility. Batten said she was thankful for the experience, as it brought many people from around the world together to collaborate with ocean energy developments. “Europe is the gold standard for wave energy,” Batten said. The European Marine Energy Centre tested 30 devices in the last few years, according to Batten. I’m staggered by the ambition that shows.
Scottaline I wondered, though, why the EMEC would want to help our Oregon State researchers, and why it reaches out to other countries. Research is great, but isn’t it usually to make money? Batten said that the EMEC is already contracted, and so isn’t threatened by other countries benefiting from their studies and research. One of their goals is even to come together and share their knowledge with others — hence Batten’s recent trip to Scotland.
The EMEC website says that they’re specifically and took their feedback leading the development if interna- seriously, which is something I admire, tional standards in wave energy, and as not many research institutions or have “coordinated the development of businesses would take those testimoa suite of 12 industry guidelines, six of nies into account. I think it shows how which are being progressed for global seriously they take their commitment adoption as the first international stan- to benefitting communities as well as future improvement of harnessing dards for marine energy.” While the EMEC appears to be “fran- wave energy. chising,” what they’re really doing is t showing the true value of collaboration. Gabi Scottaline is a senior in English. The opinions in Scottaline’s columns do not necessarily They’re studying wave and tidal energy expressed represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Scottaline devices, conditions of ocean activity can be reached at email@example.com. and are considering the community’s voice in it all. “We talked with the community about their concerns with the devices and wave research,” Batten said. Additions to levy not necessary They spoke with fishermen
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Please vote “no” on ballot levy 02-86. This levy is an extension of ballot levy 02-74, which passed in May 2011 by a measure of 65 percent “yes” to 35 percent “no.” Levy 02-74 was a three-year levy supporting the library, the senior center, the aquatic center and social services and will maintain funding for these amenities until July 1, 2014. Although proponents say we must pass levy 02-86 now or lose amenities, a renewal election isn’t needed until May 2014, and the additions aren’t very popular. Levy 02-86 is a five-year levy that continues those amenities, and adds seven personnel positions and $600,000 per year in unrestricted revenue to replace tax revenue lost to Hewlett-Packard’s reduced assessed property value. The amenities draw $0.49 per $1,000 of property value, and the additions ask for $0.33 per $1,000 more. The City Council’s stated reason to combine the personnel with the amenities was to guarantee the most support from the different items’ proponents, and not pit department against department in vying for funding. Among personnel, 02-86 proposes hiring three police officers to address “livability” issues, focusing on the student-centric neighborhoods. New preventative measures need to be given opportunity to show their effectiveness. Some property owners and managers are informing their tenants of expected behaviors and potential repercussions for misbehaviors. The Corvallis Police Department is actively employing a warning and fine system for repeated noise or party-related violations. The Student Conduct office has hired people to deal with off-campus student behavior violations and is distributing an off-campus living guide. The city is combining popular amenities with dissimilar and less popular items on this levy. This “all or nothing” option needs to be voted down, and the city needs to provide two levies in the spring; one for amenities and one for personnel. Tom Jensen
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More housing? G Yes, of course he last measure on the ballot that directly affects Corvallis is Measure 02-87, which concerns the annexation of the site on 49th Street. The site is north of Southwest Nash Avenue, between 49th Street and 53rd Street. The site in question is surrounded by residential areas and is around 10.5 acres. If the annexation is approved, it will be zoned as a low-density residential area. It looks like a pretty nice area on Google Maps’ satellite view. Our Forum editor did a drive-by examination of the site in question on Monday, before managing to get lost in the wilds of Southtown. According to her, the site is surrounded by other low-density residential areas, and the neighborhood around it looks pretty decent. As students, we’re all for more housing in Corvallis. We’ve talked about it before. Maybe even a little too much. Nah. But we know that the annexation of this lot won’t really mean anything, or change anything, right now. It’s a long-term thing. For instance, look at the Witham Oaks site we discussed earlier this month. The Witham Hills site was annexed by the city a while ago, but it’s still undeveloped. Now that the Corvallis Planning Commission has denied the plan amendment and the zone change, therefore preventing Campus Crest from building an apartment complex on the site, we haven’t heard of any plans for its development any time soon. So even if the city annexes the land, it doesn’t mean it will be developed. Basically, from what we understand, the annexation means that the site will become a part of the City of Corvallis, and in the future, the city will have the option to ask the voters if it can build on the lot. We figure it’s probably a good idea. Corvallis is already straining at the seams. With Gov. Kitzhaber’s 40-40-20 plan and OSU’s anticipated increased enrollment, the problem won’t be going away anytime soon. This won’t really help solve it. But it might be as a step in the process of creating a solution. Increasing the city’s limits isn’t a perfect solution, but it might be the only viable one. It is highly unlikely OSU will leave Corvallis — and would the residents really want it to? Some of them, sure, but the college students’ money would leave with them, which might spell the end of many businesses in town. Enrollment is only going to increase. As a result, housing can only get more expensive, and many more students will start living out of town and commuting to school. Some people might view this as a good thing. But if the town reaches out to meet those students halfway, then it can at least benefit from the money they pay their landlords in property taxes.
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‘Carrie’remake: Necessary modernization or irrelevant update? October is a fantastic month. Changing leaves, creeping cold and blinding morning fog go hand in hand with a barrage of horror movies. But inspiring fear is a tricky task. Most people go for the obvious: blood, ghosts, aliens, zombies, the occasional shark flying out of a tornado. Of those who can write horror effectively, Stephen King sits in a little ivory tower at the top. The terror he creates is effective because it’s infused with irony and strange reality. He knows that what is truly terrifying comes from within us. Translating that type of genius fear to the movie screen is hard enough the first time. I would like to start a campaign against the remaking of classic films. Sometimes it works. But for the most part, we shouldn’t mess with the classics. The original “Carrie,” circa 1976, is flabbergastingly awesome. Nobody does creepy like Sissy Spasek.
I remember watching this film as a tween, in a dark bonus room with a group of squealing girls. Even then, I knew I was witnessing something outstanding. When I heard the film was being remade this year, I thought it was a joke. When I later heard that Julianne Moore was attached I wondered if it could possibly be any good. Unfortunately, this remake is more like turn-of-the-21stcentury scary teen movie than a horror masterpiece. Every moment before the bucket of blood is spilled looks, feels and sounds like something Jennifer Love Hewitt would have done. You know, back when she was cool? Teen melodrama mixes with cheesy dialogue and novice acting in a small Maine town where Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) lives. Her hyper-religious mother (Moore) begrudgingly lets the awkward teen attend public
high school after the state mandates against homeschooling. Shy Carrie has never fit in, but on the day she has her first period — infamous shower scene included — she is harassed over an emotional edge. The film brings in a modern twist with the use of smart phones and social media to make the bullying of Carrie incredibly relevant. This new interpretation helps move the plot forward and actually adds to the story. It is a clear commentary on today’s battle against bullying. Fair warning to all the mean girls out there: If you push a sweet girl with strange telekinetic powers too far, you just might end up dead on prom night. From the moment the pig’s blood leaves its suspended bucket, this film becomes terrifying. The prom massacre is one of epic proportions with explicit violence and death fully real-
ized with contemporary special effects. Though this film felt juvenile and the product of a small budget, I found it entertaining. I flinched through the bloody killings and mass hysteria of the final sequence. Moore played a magnificent creepy mom and even dropped one of the best lines in film history: “I can see your dirty pillows”. To be honest, that line is the one consistency I was hoping for. Bottom line: See this film if you want to be entertained for Halloween and can accept it for the remake it is. Don’t see this film if you haven’t yet seen the original — or if you’ve noticed that you might have the ability to make objects move with your mind. We don’t want you to get any ideas. It’s worth the theater ticket as a Halloween novelty. Otherwise, I recommend you wait for the cheap vending machine rental. Shelly Lorts
Netflix’s ‘Derek’ open OSU music department instructors innovate for interpretation Arts & Entertainment
When I first heard that Ricky Gervais created, wrote, produced and starred in a new Netflix original series, it took me less than five minutes to start watching it. Gervais is the British comedy mastermind who created “The Office,” “Extras,” “Life’s Too Short” and “The Ricky Gervais Show.” He’s also one of the more provocative people in television. Just cue up any of his monologues when he hosted the Golden Globes from 2010-12 to see why. Gervais is hard to understand and even harder to appreciate. He is the embodiment of British humor: dry, highbrow and often offensive. But if you listen to what he says, his points are valid, even if they display the most bitter of truths that most don’t want to hear. I’ve watched and enjoyed most of Gervais’ work, which is why “Derek” was so baffling to me. The show is set at a retirement home in England called Broadhill. The home is struggling financially and outdated. The charm of Broadhill — and “Derek” — is the cast of characters who live in, work or visit Broadhill. Gervais plays the show’s lead character. He’s named, as one would likely guess, Derek. But Derek isn’t normal. He has an unconfirmed mental disability, hinted in the show to be autism. Gervais has never been afraid to say or do things that people won’t like. This is the first time he’s portrayed someone who he may or may not be making fun of. An easy conclusion would be to think Gervais has decided to take on a more serious approach. “Derek” is heartfelt, funny (though not nearly as funny as his other hit series) and addresses people and issues that often go unnoticed or uncared for. Being a fan of Gervais, however, leaves me cynical about “Derek.” Ironic, because it’s Gervais’ cynicism on life that makes me think. There is real precedent to the notion that this could be Gervais’ attempt at the darkest of dark humor — by playing an autistic man. It’s different than “Rain Man” or “The Fighter.” Dennis Hoffman and Christian Bale weren’t known for poking fun at people and their unfortunate situations. Gervais is, even if there’s an underlying message about society within his insensitive humor. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, though. If “Derek” is a more serious work than anything Gervais has done, then defining what exactly the show is supposed to be is the next question. My best interpretation: Gervais is making himself into an image of someone he’d make fun of. Gervais has made a career out of making fun of others, especially his long-time co-worker Karl Pilkington (who also stars in “Derek,” and is amazing in it). If that’s the case, it’s a noble move. Warner Strausbaugh
As part of the “Between the Cracks” music forum, instructors from the Oregon State University music department performed at the Corvallis Arts Center Saturday. The exhibition featured Mike Gamble, Shawn Trail and Dana Reason, as well as a live performance by Justin Morrison, a dancer from San Francisco. Their production was electro-acoustic, with a focus on collaboration. Late Saturday night, the ensemble set up shop on the main stage of the Arts Center. It was a simple affair with Gamble on guitar and laptop, Trail with electronic drums and various mixers and Reason on piano. Morrison joined them on stage and moved throughout the venue during the show. The performance featured two sets which were about 10 minutes long. Throughout the sets, each performer took turns leading and following. To call it simply improvisational, or compare it to jazz, doesn’t do their performance justice. It was a communal creation of sound; there was no grandstanding or outrageous solos. Each artist worked with the others to create a whole. Ambient, airy tones filled the room like smoke, allowing a space for single notes to pierce the fog and become melodies. Patterns would begin and be echoed by others, then be distorted into something new. Through it all, Morrison moved like liquid glass, a statue, never still.
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Dana Reason played the piano at the “Between the Cracks” music forum on Saturday at the Arts Center
Gamble’s guitar was adventurous and bold, often coaxing the others to join him and find a new tempo. Trail strained sound from the environment and synthesized new harmonies. At times it was as if he was constructing new instruments from sound itself, crafting it into melody and percussion as he willed. Reason accented the group with her skill on the piano. Her composition is equal parts classical and innovation. During the set, she placed various found items into the piano itself, creating new and eerie sounds. Morrison was an instrument himself. His dancing both accented and defied the music. At times he joined with it, flying through the flurries of Reason’s piano. Other times he defied it, leading the musicians with his moves. The music was never his master, but he was always listening, always part of it. The dark tones and deeply exploration nature of the first set transitioned into a playful high contrast piece in the second half. Morrison changed into several costumes and incorporated various pieces of art in the gallery. At one point, he brought a child’s painting onto the stage that said “Art is Fun!” and placed it onto the piano, before he dove into the piano itself. In a segment that he later described as “piano drag,” Morrison donned a wig and pantomimed playing the piano while Gamble played back samples of Morrison plucking at the piano’s strings. Reason took the stage and played sections of Ligeti’s Etudes with her hands behind her back. As the second set returned to the exploration and creation of the first set, Trail showcased his talents. It ended in a humming, monastic chanting which slowly faded. When all was silent, Morrison turned off the lights. The night’s performance was part of The Arts Center’s “Between the Cracks” music forum, which is organized by Dana Reason. The Arts Center is located on 700 SW Madison Avenue, and admission is free for students. The next performance will take place on Nov. 16, and will feature Andy Kozar Trumpet compositions. Tyson Beauchemin
Sweet, heavy, full of mass appeal Dr. Dog’s newest album is like warm honey: saccharine sweet, heavy and full of mass appeal. For those who can pick up a beat and sway, sing along to an anthem or tap their toe to a gospel tune, this should be the next album you listen to. Dr. Dog’s bluegrass, blues and soul inspirations shine through on this album, solidifying a sound for the band that makes them stand out among other big names in the “indie rock” genre like The Black Keys, Portugal, The Man and The Fratellis. The singers, Scott McMickan and Toby Leaman, share the vocal track for the album, coming together at times to make a “singalong” vibe. The raw quality they share perfectly complements their
KBVR-FM unique, DIY-sounding percussion and variety of instrumental throwins like trumpet, banjo and piano. The influence of big players in the 1960s music scene like The Beatles and The Beach Boys is evident in their music. Their use of overlapped vocals and harmonies brings in a retro vibe you may have heard on a hot summer night in the 1960s southern U.S. The most notable part about their overall sound — aside from their unique gospel-blues sound — is how they make their listeners sway. Listen to any of the tracks on the album (especially “Distant
Light,” “Long Way Down,” “Nellie,” “Rock and Roll” and “Minding The Usher”) and you’ll find yourself bobbing your head, stepping in time or just generally picking up the heavy and driving beat they carry. Releasing the single “Broken Heart” onto the YouTube scene and other Internet music venues excited critics for the album’s release. It’s the most cohesive, catchy and put-together product we’ve seen from this unique band since their first album release in 2002. Their upcoming tour is highly anticipated, and their growing popularity will be much deserved. Meghan Vandewettering Music director, KBVR-FM
Zombie Fest at the Majestic
The Majestic Theater will host a Zombie Film Festival on Halloween, showing three classic zombie movies: White Zombie - A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. Night of The Living Dead A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. Revolt of the Zombie - An international expedition is sent into Cambodia to destroy an ancient formula that turns men into zombies. Zombie Fest starts at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets are $8 at the door, $6 for students. One ticket gets you into all three movies.
SubZero Nightclub will host “Beaver Trap” on Friday. “Beaver Trap” is an 18-andover show that will consist of electronic dance music, focusing on the “Trap” sub-genre, and will feature ImanoS. CATHODE will open for ImanoS. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
The Majestic Theater presents ‘The Sound of Music’
Tickets are available for The Majestic Theater’s production of “The Sound of Music.” Performance dates are Nov. 7-9, 13-16 and 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10, 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.
KBVR is organizing a fundraising concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Nov. 16 at the Habitat’s ReStore, located next to the Philomath Boulevard Safeway. The concert will take place after the Habitat for Humanity construction event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chamber Music Corvallis
There’s been a change in program for the 55th season of Chamber Music Corvallis, which will feature the Daurov/ Myer Duo on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. instead of the Calefax Reed Quintet. With Adrian Daurov on the cello and Spencer Myer on the piano, the duo will perform Beethoven’s “7 Variations on ‘Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen,’” without Opus #46, from Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute;” Debussy’s “Cello Sonata in D minor;” Rorem’s “Dances for Cello and Piano” and Rachmaninov’s “Cello Sonata in G minor,” Op. 19. Individual tickets are available online, at the door and from Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis. Ticket prices range from $24 to $27.
Civil War at the Majestic
Starting at 4 p.m. on Nov. 29, the Majestic Theater will stream the Civil War game — OSU vs. U of O — live on the main stage. This is a free community event sponsored by Flat Tail Brewing.