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Many times, baccalaureate core courses tend to be run of the mill. You go to class, the teacher hands out a syllabus, and you’re graded on quizzes, homework and tests. There is one baccalaureate core course offered at Oregon State University that stands out from other baccalaureate courses. MUS 108, Native American flute can be used to satisfy the “cultural diversity” requirement in Oregon State’s baccalaureate core curriculum. Native

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American flute is taught by Jan Michael Looking Wolf, an enrolled Kalapuya tribal member from Oregon, and a multi-national, award-winning Native American flutist. “Basically, the whole class is based on oral tradition, and there are two primary objectives,” Looking Wolf said. “One is to look at cultural diversity through the traditions of the Native American flute and one heart. The other is musical self-expression with the Native American flute.” Students in Native American flute actually learn to play the Native American flute in class. “As part of the course, each student gets a hand-made wooden flute See FLUTE | page 2


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Jan Michael Looking Wolf teaches MUS 108, Native American flute. Looking Wolf is an award-winning flutist and developed the class as a pilot course with a workshop style.

There will be another free Music a la Carte event in the Memorial Union lounge today from 12-1 p.m. This event will feature vocalists from the music department. They will be performing duets from opera and musical repertoire with a collaborative pianist, Elizabeth Atchley. There will be some faculty artists performing as well, including Nicholas Larson, Janet Hackett and Megan Sand. “The concert is made up of almost entirely Mozart opera duets, and also includes the beautiful “Flower duet from Lakme” by Leo Delibes,” said Megan Sand, the acting head of vocal studies and opera for the School of Arts and Communication. In addition, there will be a See MUSIC | page 2

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Vegetarianism is a lifestyle many people around the world choose to follow, and while it is difficult for people to maintain healthy and environmentally-friendly habits while balancing a busy lifestyle, student groups at Oregon State — such as the Vegans and Vegetarians Club — are doing what they can to help point people in the right direction. Nov. 1 is known around the globe as World Vegan Day. To celebrate, Oregon State’s Vegans and Vegetarians Club held its annual bake sale in the Memorial Union quad on Thursday, with the goal of spreading the secrets of healthy diets throughout the Corvallis community. The bake sale featured many vegan-friendly baked goods, including gluten-free pumpkin and ginger cream “whoopee” pies, peanut butter cookies, savory scones and brownies. In addition to selling baked goods, the club also had an information booth where they distributed free brochures about veganism to inquisitive students. Junior Amanda Rhodes is a

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The Vegans and Vegetarians Club had their tent blow over several times in their bake sale on Thursday. student in the nutrition program at Oregon State and is the current president of the club. She originally became a vegetarian because she thought it would be healthier for her in the long run, and her habits changed once again when she began researching vegetarianism. “When I got into nutrition I saw that eating less meat and less cheese was better for you; better for your heart, your weight, etc.,” Rhodes said. “When I started researching vegetarianism, I began to learn about veganism.” Rhodes describes the main goal of the club as being a way to reach out and expose others to veganism and vegetarianism, but the club is also about enjoying life with friends. “We also just get together to hang out, eat, talk and

share recipes,” Rhodes said. Recent events that have been hosted by the club include distributing veganfriendly candy for Halloween. “We handed out vegan candy along with a list of vegan candies. Most people don’t realize that many candies contain gelatin, and gelatin isn’t even vegetarian,” Rhodes said. All of the money raised from events like the bake sale goes to the club to help fund future activities and events, but a successful event means more to Rhodes than just the money. “I don’t think we’re even going to recoup the costs from this bake sale, for example, but to me it’s more about outreach. If people have never had vegan treats before See VEGAN | page 2

quarters in Snell Hall. Construction on the center’s new home is expected to be completed by next fall and its architecture and design reflects the diversity of cultures the center represents. The center has a long history that dates back to the early 1970s. The center has met in numerous places over the years and has undergone name changes as well, originally being called the Chicano Cultural Center. Student leaders affiliated with the center also spoke during the ceremony and expressed their excitement with the new center. “It’s great to recognize the work that the center has provided and the work that has been put in to renovate the building,” said Pedro Arenas, internal coordinator for the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. “The center has allowed students to learn about other cultures, study… and even take naps.”

After years of planning and work, the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez celebrated the beginning of a new chapter in its over 30-year existence — the groundbreaking of a new home. Under rainy skies, President Ed Ray, Larry Roper, vice provost of student affairs, and students from the Centro Cultural, spoke about the importance of the occasion. “The construction of a new center sends a message that not only does community matter, but communities matter,” Roper said. During the ceremony, Roper praised Ray’s efforts in getting funding for four new cultural Don Iler, editor-in-chief centers, as well as the efforts put forth by stuOn Twitter: @doniler dent leaders. Ray said that constructing new cultural centers has been one of his priorities, especially with funding from the Campaign for OSU. “I’ve been disappointed that other campaigns at other universities did little for diversity, so I was determined to do something with this campaign, so that everyone in the community felt they had a part in it,” Ray said. According to Ray, funding for the center’s construction came from a combination of different sources, with some funding coming from private donors and the OSU Foundation, as well as some funding coming from students from the Raising Reser funds. The Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez will be the second new cultural center to be completed, with the Native American Cultural Center expected to be done by January. The Black Cultural Center and Asian and Pacific Cultural Center are also getting new homes, looking to be completed by Autumn 2014. john zhang | THE DAILY BAROMETER The Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez recently Larry Roper, vice provost of student affairs, vacated its old house across the street from Reser Stadium and moved into temporary spoke at the ground breaking yesterday.

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VEGAN n Continued from page 2 it can be kind of different and eyeopening,” she said. According to a 2011 study done by the Vegetarian Resource Group, approximately five percent of the U.S. population classify themselves as following a “vegetarian-inclined diet,” with about half of that percentage being vegan. Although this isn’t a huge number of people, many of them have become activists for the cause and have managed to make their voices heard. What’s more, according to The Guardian, the world’s population may be forced to become completely vegetarian by the year 2050, due to food shortages caused by the rapidly-increasing population growth in today’s world. There are also many around the Oregon State campus who have decided to make the switch, such as Colin Johnson, a professor in the department of biochemistry and biophysics. “I’m a vegetarian for mainly health reasons,” he said. Although he is not a member, Johnson made it out to the bake sale to support the efforts of the club. Post-doctorate student Naomi Marty is also involved with the biochemistry and biophysics department. “I’m a vegetarian, but I try to make most of my recipes vegan,” she said at the sale.

Friday, Nov. 2 Events School of History, Philosophy and Religion, 9:30a.m.-1p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Hall. Woman Citizen Symposium. Scholars, political insiders, elected officials, and community activists gather to discuss women’s civic status and political role, past, present and future. Free and open to the public. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Noon-1:30p.m., BCC. Updates of this year’s candidates “Race to the Finish Line.” Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama go head to head for the win. Make your vote count! All parties welcome.

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Even with the weather, the bake sale still had customers that made their way to the tent. The next major event that the group is hosting will be a vegan Thanksgiving meal held in the Veggie House on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 3-6 p.m. The Vegans and Vegetarians Club meets once a month in the Student Sustainability Center located at 738 SW 15th St. Due to the laid-back nature of the club, meeting dates are somewhat irregular, depending on when the members can get together, but information regarding club meetings and events can

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preview of a scene from the upcoming opera benefit performance, “Delight, Despair and Dessert,” which takes place on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Corvallis High School Theater. Sand urges people to attend Music a la Carte since these singers are some of the best collegiate singers in the area. Many have won regional competitions as soloists and participated in major choral events and national and international tours. “People who attend will get to enjoy being entertained with gorgeous vocal music on their lunch break,” Sand said. Cole Haole-Valenzuela is also a member of the group performing on Friday, and will also have a solo. “Music a la Carte exposes people to different styles and genres of music and art. This is not just some little concert; this is absolute art. What do you have to lose by just staying


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to keep that is constructed by Native Americans,” Looking Wolf said. While playing the flute is an integral part of the course, Looking Wolf’s story-telling about Native American culture and the tradition of “one heart” is another. What is “one heart?” Looking Wolf describes it as an indigenous belief and tradition that “crosses cultural boundaries by reaffirming that everyone is equally important regardless of the color of their skin, shape of their eyes, texture of their hair, spoken language, personal beliefs and income.” “The Native American tradition of one heart is found in the Declaration of Independence of this country, its ideals are found in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream, and the policies of Oregon State University, recognizing equal rights’ significance for all people,” Looking Wolf said. Colton Surcamp, a sophomore in history, had heard positive reviews about the course from several sources. “The baccalaureate core is fairly narrow, and I had heard from multiple sources that this was a very good course. It proved to be the right choice,”

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be found on the group’s official blog page. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. “Basically what it comes down to is ethics,” Rhodes said. “There is a lot of abuse in the animal industry, and I don’t believe that we should keep killing animals when we can survive and be healthy without it.” Lara von Linsowe-Wilson, news reporter

Events Women’s Center/WORTHE, 1-3p.m., Women’s Center. Opening event for the Women Returning to Higher Education (WORTHE)/OSU Women’s Giving Circle mentorship program.

Monday, Nov. 5 Events Native American Longhouse & Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., 2-4p.m., Native American Longhouse. Frybread 101: Join us & learn about the misconceptions about frybread.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7p.m., MU 211. Meeting.





for a few minutes to see what the event is all about?” Haole-Valenzuela said. There are many opportunities to attend Music a la Carte because every week there is a new group or musician who performs. “If you don’t like the group or didn’t like the group, you should definitely give other groups a listen. We don’t invite musicians that aren’t fully qualified to put on a great show. We invite the best of Oregon, the United States and the world,” Haole-Valenzuela said. Laurel Mehaffey is a senior in vocal performance at OSU and the vocal studies opera intern in the department. “People probably often walk by Benton Hall wondering what all those strange sounds are coming out of the windows, but maybe don’t realize what actually happens in our building,” Mehaffey said. “Friday is a fun chance to present what it is we work on with some beautiful, whimsical and engaging music.” Hannah Johnson, news reporter

Corrections Yesterday, a caption in the article titled “Don’t know much about history,” misstated that “The West” was a U.S. history textbook. The textbook is, in actuality, a Western Civilization textbook. Also, a name was misstated. The article mentioned Emily Schwab, but stated, incorrectly, her name was Emma. The Barometer regrets the errors.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 Meetings Student Incidental Fees Committee (SIFC), 6p.m., MU 109A. Budget guidelines will be presented to all the different budgeting boards. ASOSU House of Representatives, 7p.m., MU 211. Meeting.

Events Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., 3-5p.m., Native American Longhouse. Meet and Greet w/APiO: Learn about the multicultural Greek organizations on campus.

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Surcamp said. Surcamp strongly credits Looking Wolf for the structure of the class. “He [Looking Wolf ] allows one to break out of their shell,” Surcamp said. “He’s very respectful of self expression.” Surcamp concluded by saying that the Native American flute class is, “The best class on campus.” John Neri, a sophomore majoring in business, echoed many of Surcamp’s sentiments about Native American flute. “You’re not going to find a class where another teacher pours their heart and soul into their course as much as Jan Michael Looking Wolf does.” Asked whether he would recommend the course to others, Neri said, “of course.” Looking Wolf has taught at Oregon State University since 2005. He is the only person to have taught Native American flute at Oregon State. “The class started as a pilot course, and as we developed the curriculum, it became more and more popular and we added more sections,” Looking Wolf said. Prior to coming to OSU, Looking Wolf had lectured at other universities, and developed curriculum for a workshop. “Some OSU professors had heard about my workshop, and Dr. Kurt Peters of the ethnic studies department came

Native American Longhouse, Noon2p.m., Native American Longhouse. Corn Husk Doll Making: Make corn husk dolls and learn the story behind this tradition. Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. and Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., 7-8p.m., Native American Longhouse. Diabetes in Our Communities: Learn about how diabetes affects Latino & Native communities.

up and listened to me lecture,” Looking Wolf said. “Between him and Marlan Carlson, then chair of the music department, we drafted the curriculum as a music cultures of the world class, and found that it was the best fit.” Looking Wolf was born in Portland, and later moved to a Native American reservation. “It was on the reservation that I learned how to play the flute, many years ago,” Looking Wolf said. “I started playing the flute in a very traditional, cultural way, and later I started recording with it.” Since then, Looking Wolf has recorded several CDs and earned multiple awards. This past July, he performed and toured in Derry, Northern Ireland. Looking Wolf is also proud to be a Beaver. “In all of my travels as a performing artist, and all of the places I’ve lectured across the nation, it is an honor to be part of cultural diversity here at OSU,” Looking Wolf said. “I know firsthand that the administration and staff truly care about providing that opportunity for their students.” Vinay Ramakrishnan, news reporter

Baha’i Campus Association, 12:30p.m., MU Talisman Room. “Life After Death” is the theme of this interfaith meditation, discussion and devotion time. Bring your favorite inspirational reading to share. Native American Longhouse, 2-4p.m., Native American Longhouse. Bow & Arrow Shooting: Learn the history and importance of the bow to Native American tribes, then shoot a few arrows yourself.

Saturday, Nov. 10 Events Veterans Affairs, 8a.m.-4p.m., National Guard Armory, Springfield. Free transportation provided. Event for veteran students to receive DOD gear and resources.

Monday, Nov. 12 Events Veterans Affairs, 3-5p.m., MU Main Lounge. “Women at War” Women veterans give their experiences in a Q & A format. Featuring veterans from WWII/Desert Storm/Iraq. Native American Longhouse, 6-8p.m., Native American Longhouse. Code Talkers, OSU Veterans: Discuss the Navajo Marines that broke the code during WWII.

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fter a campaign that has lasted more than two years and will end up costing more than $6 billion, has seen countless debates, more advertisements than we ever wanted to see, The Daily Barometer editorial board has decided to take a stance on this presidential election and choose the candidate we believe is the right choice for this country. We are endorsing Barack Obama. We can talk all day long about why Romney is the wrong choice — and we will get to him — but what we want to focus on is why Obama is our choice. Let’s start with an issue near and dear to most of our hearts: financial aid and student debt. From an economics standpoint, students should be filling in Obama’s bubble on the ballot. The average student leaves their university with a debt of $23,300, and there are currently over $1 trillion in outstanding college loans in the U.S. alone. Obama sought to fix this problem by taking steps, like increasing the funding for Pell Grants by doubling it for more than seven million students. Now Pell Grants, which affects more than 19,000 students at Oregon public universities, will allocate up to $5,635 per student. These steps to increase the amount of funding will make these hardships easier on many students trying to get by financially to pursue a goal of earning a degree. Under both Romney and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget plan, these reforms would be repealed, leaving over a million students without the opportunity to receive Pell Grants. While we’re discussing ways of bringing down student debt, let’s look at the candidates’ plans for tackling the U.S. national debt, a problem that will need to be looked at in the upcoming four years, if we want to avoid a situation similar to Greece. Romney’s plan to trim taxes significantly for those in the highest tax brackets will eliminate an estimated $456 billion in federal revenues per year. While there will be tax cuts across the board, the cuts to the wealthier are much more significant. The lowest tax bracket would be lowered by 2 percent, while the highest tax bracket will go down 7 percent (from 35 to 28). His plan will cost at least $5 trillion and that’s before factoring in the extra $2 trillion in defense spending he would add in, financing the military has not asked for, nor needs. In Obama’s plan, 95 percent of families will pay the same amount of income tax as they currently are. The only changes will take place for those making between $200,000 and $500,000. Starting in 2013, those in that tax bracket will pay $3,300 more in federal income taxes, and those making more than $1 million annually will pay an additional $184,600 per year, on average, according to the Tax Policy Center. The rates Obama is proposing are similar to those under the Clinton Administration. Last we checked the ‘90s were a pretty good period of economic growth for America, as the country’s economy grew at a staggering rate. He also has proposed spending cuts across the board and has been open to entitlement reform to See EDITORIAL | page 10

Ryan Mason is a sophomore in graphic design.

Apple software and hardware are not impenetrable


’m a Windows gal. I’m also a New Media Communications student. I frequently handle Mac computers on campus during classes, work and in the Milne Computer lab. I know how to handle Apple hardware and I know how to customize and efficiently use Windows. It’s not so much I hate Macs — though I’m completely willing to admit I am biased against them— it’s I hate the misperception Mac users have toward their Apple hardware and software. My Mac experience has been less than friendly. I’ve heard plenty of people boast about their Mac being the easiest thing they’ve ever used, how excited they are to have a computer where they don’t have to worry about it breaking, crashing or getting viruses. Well, let me tell you, Macs are not the easiest thing to use — granted some Apple products are very intuitive. And thinking your computer is immune to breaking, crashing or getting viruses is just naive. Who better to talk to than the guys who have to fix them? So, I swung by the OSU Computer Help desk located in the Valley Library. The walk-up help desk provides a service, funded by Technology Resources Fees, to OSU students. The OSU Help desk is an unbiased resource for students to learn and get help with issues pertaining to their computer. So, when I asked if Macs can get viruses, the three techies smiled. “Oh yes,” Jon Checkis said. Checkis, Jake Moses and Mitch Houtsager — the three techies I had the pleasure of having a conversation with on these issues — quite willingly revealed the reality behind Macs with


Campbell Good Things Come with Time issues. Apple hardware may be more expensive, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s impenetrable. The common issues these guys deal with aren’t so different than laptops running Windows. Aside from still being vulnerable to physical damage like dropping or drowning it, the help desk has seen Macs with operating system issues, issues with updates, permissions or connecting to the OSU printers. In regards to viruses, however, the biggest and most notable was the Flashback trojan. In his personal opinion, “Flashback definitely caught the Apple community off guard,” Checkis said. Month after month, Mac computers were brought in because of the Flashback virus. Apple software is not impenetrable. This common misconception may have at once had some merit. In the beginning, when Macs weren’t so prevalent, of course there weren’t as many viruses written for them. That’s no longer the case. If you still believe your shiny Apple software can’t get a virus you’re just being silly. I suppose, though, the biggest issue I run into using the Apple hardware on campus is the lack of compatibility between moving files from a Windows operating system to OS X. Many times have I brought an external hard drive or USB to transfer my

saved work from my home computer to my school account, and never has the Mac accepted the link. It simply ignores that I’ve plugged something in. If the Mac were a person, I’d imagine that person covering their eyes and ears, shaking their head, saying, “I don’t see anything.” More than just the product itself as the problem, really I think the problem lies with the Apple marketing and advertising team and their consumers. The “plug and play” idea that Apple promotes has taught an entire consumer line that all they have to do to make their device work is plug it in. That’s just dandy. I like not having to put as much work into something as the next guy, but teaching generations to lazily use their product is disappointing. We should be encouraging adopters to explore their product to its fullest, to reinvent its purpose. If Apple won’t, I will. I call for all Apple enthusiasts, all the users and owners of iPads, iPod Touches, iTunes and any other iProduct to band together and do some research. Don’t settle for, “it works.” Customize, explore and learn about your product. And please, please stop patronizing the rest of us with your ignorance. Macs can get viruses. Apple hardware can fail. And so can Windows and other independent hardware products. Come on guys. You think the malicious 12-year-olds on 4chan would allow for something like computers to go unharmed by malware or viruses? Think again. t

Megan Campbell is a fourth-year junior in new media

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ea to road trips. Nay to road trips that end up in depressing defeat. Yea to Halloween. We hope you got all of the silliness out of your system. There will be no more messing around from here on out. Nay to students who misbehave, who are rude and loud to their neighbors who have jobs, and who flout the law with their lewd and drunken behavior. You may only live once, but you are giving all of us a bad name. Yea to our little ... well... you know who you are. Yea to #YOGROTIA. Nay to putting inside jokes in the newspaper. Nay to bronies. Yea to fathers. Yea to seeing them this weekend. Nay to the fathers who will inevitably use this weekend to relieve their glory years and bro out. You have children and jobs, grow up. Yea to the groundbreaking on the new Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. We’re excited to see it finished. Yea to continued progress on construction of the Native American Cultural Center. That building looks really neat so far. Yea to the drag show last weekend. It was very entertaining. Nay to midterms that seem to go on for three weeks. Why can’t all you professors conspire together and just ruin our lives for one week instead of stretching it out over many? Yea to coffee. It’s probably the only reason we get up in the morning. Well, that and that certain someone’s smile. Nay to Softy and University of Washington fans. Yea to having that person you met at the club Friday night who you gave your number to texting you back. It was exactly the sort of self-esteem boost we needed on Monday night. Nay to Disney buying Lucasfilm. Nay to hurricanes. We are thinking of all our friends and relatives on the East Coast. Nay to Jar Jar Binks. We hope Boba Fett kills you. Yea to leaves changing colors and falling off trees. Nay to people sweeping their piles of leaves into the bike lanes. Yea to football and tailgating. We’re looking forward to it tomorrow. Nay to getting ambushed in meetings. Yea to being able to laugh about it with other people after the fact. It’s fun getting upset at other people’s foibles and ineneptitude together. Yea to candy. Nay to cavities. Yea to spending time with friends roaming the town. Finland. Nay to getting led down a steep forested hill in the dark and ending up in some sticker bushes. Our shoes got destroyed. Yea to the weekend. Get out there and get some. t

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pam, or unsolicited bulk email, is the unholy spawn of telemarketing and confidence schemes. As our methods of keeping in touch with each other have increased exponentially, so have companies’ ways of influencing us. Before telephones, advertising campaigns were limited to bill-sticking and junk mail. Post-Alexander Graham Bell, telemarketing began to become a problem in the 1970s. While telemarketing hasn’t disappeared, the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call registry has helped alleviate the problem, despite the telemarketers beginning to autodial cell phones within the past decade. Spam is the next step in the inevitable evolution into an unimaginable, Godzillaesque creature we won’t have a name for until it exists, like the way spam, popup ads, infomercials and telemarketers were unimaginable until we had the technology to support them. Technological progress seems, some days, to exist only in order to give advertising companies more and deeper contact into our lives. Billboards are easy to ignore — less so are the spammy texts bombarding our cell phones from unknown or invalid numbers. Even social media sites aren’t safe anymore, with the rising trend of Facebook hacks oriented towards spamming everyone in a person’s contact list with some offer or link. When it comes to bulk emails, we can thank the big programmer in the sky for

Irene Drage

The Daily Barometer whoever dreamt up the revolutionary idea of a spam filter; but it’s true a few still get through now and again. Just the other day my good old friend, the Nigerian Prince, showed up again in my inbox asking for a favor and abusing his caps lock. I remember him from the 90s — and honestly, I wasn’t exactly heartbroken when we’d lost touch with one another. Spam can be entertaining, however. Earlier this month, in a new and interesting twist on the “email offering you money” scam, I received an email notifying me of — and I’m not paraphrasing as much as you’d think, here — my outstanding compensation check in recompense for my suffering as a result of an Internet illness. All I had to do was tell them everything about myself so they could double check that they were contacting the correct person and so they could mail the check to the correct address. Understandably, my first response was something along the lines of: “Uh huh. Check back with me, guys, when I can catch a cold from the Internet. Maybe then I’ll fall for it. Until then though, hell no you’re not getting my info.” This was before I noticed the email was sent from a email address, and not anything that looked even remotely official.

The email was good for a laugh, but the fact that someone out there might have taken that email seriously makes me cry a little on behalf of our species. While trying to dodge the malicious advertising can seem like fighting a never-ending and losing battle, the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection offers a few more resources similar to the Do Not Call registry that you can turn to for help. For snail-mail, you have the option of opting out of pre-screened credit card offers in your mailbox, and the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service allows you the option of removing yourself from the mailing lists of the companies associated with the DMA for five years at a time. When it comes to unsolicited emails, the DMA also has an Email Preference Service similar to their Mail Preference Service, in which you can remove yourself from the mailing lists of the companies associated with the DMA. The eMPS is essentially the only game in town, so far, when it comes to preventing bulk unsolicited email — there isn’t a National Do Not Email registry yet, though we can hope — so your best bet is to be leery of Nigerian Princes and to put your trust in strong passwords and efficient spam filters. t

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I have noticed a local issue that we should all be aware of in the form of petty, vindictive birds stealing from the elderly. No longer are our peaceful streets of Corvallis safe from harassment, these birds are growing bolder and more disruptive to our community and I urge everyone to take a stand against them. On at least six occasions in the past week I’ve witnessed birds squawking loudly and offensively around innocent by standers. Many times my own

conversations have been interrupted by birdcalls and the distracting presence of birds flying overhead. As if these situations weren’t problematic enough however, the situation has worsened. I have heard several complaints from my elderly neighbors who say that the cruelest of these birds have actually stolen trinkets and jewelry from them. One exceptional example of this outrageous avian behavior is from my colleague who claims he was an eye witness to a flock of large, pesky crows entering his yard, and through their combined efforts, making off with one

of his beloved garden gnomes. I fear that these birds are only growing more unruly in our lenient town, so I ask that everyone reading this to watch out for them. At any sign of misbehavior or suspicious activity, particularly from crows, I suggest calling your neighborhood watch or local authorities. And if anyone has seen a jolly garden gnome, please have it returned to its bereft owner. Together I believe Corvallis can overcome this threat, but remember, constant vigilance! Jenny Hanzek, Preinterior design

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esident assistants (RAs) have a very demanding job that requires them to be responsible for residents and activities that take place within on-campus housing — but are they too overbearing? Living in the dorms is a great way to meet people and stay close and connected to campus. Typically, freshman students stay in the dorms their first year, but by their sophomore year, most decide they want to move out. Why is that? RAs make or break the dorm experience. They are supposed to lead you and help you with anything you need. They are also supposed to ensure students’ safety and well-being. However, I find most students I know blame the RAs for their unenjoyable experiences. Reasons include they were being too strict, too nosey about the residents’ business and also rude. It seems RAs are crossing the line between doing their job and being overbearing. When I lived in the dorms as a freshman, I had the best experiences of my life. I met so many new people, was involved in many campus activities and got to know some great RAs. In retrospect, with

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all the new friends and activities, I would have been miserable with a mean RA. I understand an RA’s job is to make sure students are safe, but is it really necessary to have floor meetings about how to form a single-file line in case of a fire? These are things we’ve known since our kindergarten days, and they are over-thetop for legal adults to be practicing over and over again. Some RAs go out of their way to bang on doors, and force residents to go to these meetings about how to use the laundry room and where the elevators are. According to the University’s Housing and Dining Services Resident Assistant Position Description, an RA’s main duties are to be promote a positive resident hall community, help and advise residents with academic or campus questions and resolve conflicts between residents. They are there to keep a positive environment and make sure rules are followed — that’s it. College is all about independence and RAs are trying much too hard to be baby

sitters. They are taking away from the college experience. If RAs are going to tell students to be quiet and go to sleep at 10 p.m., why don’t they wake them up in the morning for class too? College students, regardless of freshmen or not, should be able to take responsibility for themselves and seek help if they have questions. That is truly what college is. Students come to college knowing the responsibility is on them, and they look forward to taking control of their lives. RAs need to do a better job of being a peer and not a parent. Let’s face it, the last thing a college freshman wants is to be told what to do after they finally leave home. RAs need to reevaluate their job descriptions and give students in oncampus housing a chance to explore and grow on their own. You are not their parent, their sibling, or even their friend in the beginning. It would be easier, however, to become friends with students by showing them the support and respect they deserve. t

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Dads are the men boys aspire to become F

athers are complicated creatures. Or at least they have an odd role to play in our lives. As my dad used to say to me when I was younger and probably acting like an idiotic 10-yearold and whining about something, “I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it too.” When I was a little boy, my father had an awe-inspiring presence. He was bigger, faster and seemed to have all the funny things to say. He plopped me on his lap and let me drive the truck up the driveway and down the road. He tried to play catch with me, only to watch as I winced and flinched away from the ball over and over again for fear of getting hit in the face. I wasn’t the best son. I’m sure my dad was disappointed when he saw me do poorly in one sport after another, or all the times he got a call from my principal about how I had acted out on the bus or made a substitute teacher cry. Or the times I showed more interest in playing with my Lego instead of running around out in the woods. But, like a lot of dads, my dad was my first idea of the man I was supposed to be when I grew up, for better or for worse. And since men like to be competitive — and I’m the oldest son and share his name — I found myself competing with him in my head. My dad didn’t cry, so I wasn’t going to cry. My dad ran track, so I would


Iler American Hero run track and go to districts. My dad dropped out of high school, so I was going to graduate. My dad joined the Army in the late 1970s, so I joined the Marines during wartime, because I thought I was a bigger badass than he was. I can’t say I always had the best relationship with my father. There was a time from about 8th grade to 11th grade when I hated his guts, but now I like him, and I think I understand him a little better now that I am a man myself. It’s hard being a man. Now I realize how hard it is to follow through with things and how lucky I was to have him around all those years, even the ones where I didn’t see eye to eye with him. According to a 2008 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, around 26.5 percent of children grow up with only one parent, and of that figure, 82 percent of them grow up with only a mother. And the data is even more telling. According to a 2010 report from the Census Bureau, children of single parents are more likely to grow up in poverty, are more likely to not graduate from high school and are more likely to

not be parents themselves. Which brings me back to my dad. He could have taken off and shirked his responsibilities — who would have wanted to deal with a little brat like me? But he didn’t, because he was a man. He’s a man who takes care of things, which was something I forgot about until recently. When my mother died this August, I drove back home and was blubbering in the car the whole fivehour drive back from La Grande, and for most of the next week, while he was taking care of things, calling up people and making arrangements, he was calm and collected and didn’t cry, while I continued to stare listlessly off into the distance or cry. He didn’t complain or question and a week later he was back at work. And that’s what being a man is all about. In spite of how manly I thought I was, I realized I still wasn’t as big of one as he was after all these years and all the competition I had created in my head. So, when you’re out spending time with your dad this weekend, watching football or sharing a pitcher of beer, I hope you think about what kind of man he is and you thank him for it. And when you have children of your own, you try to act like a man yourself.





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Corvallis drivers need to stop, look both ways ’ve heard so many people complain about the inconsiderate bicyclists who don’t stop at stop signs, or about bicyclists using the sidewalks to cut across campus. As a bicyclist, I’d like to turn the tables and gripe about absent-minded drivers and pedestrians. I realize I look ridiculous in my waterproof pink raincoat and bulky helmet. I do, however, still wear them. It’s the rainy season, it’s getting darker

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Of late, the Oregon women’s soccer program has been chasing Oregon State’s. The Beavers have reached three consecutive NCAA tournaments, whereas the Ducks have never made it to the tournament. Today’s Civil War could determine if OSU makes a fourth straight tournament appearance.

OSU women’s soccer has had great success against Oregon, likely needs a win today to keep NCAA tournament hopes alive

tially, more importantly, a three-year streak of NCAA tournament appearances. The Beavers (11-5-3, 3-4-3 Pac-12) began the season 9-1 and were ranked in the nation’s top 25, but they now find themselves squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble heading into By Grady Garrett The Daily Barometer their final game of the regular season. “I think we need a win to really make it swing Today in Eugene, the Oregon State University women’s soccer team will play arguably the in our favor,” said head coach Linus Rhode. “I most critical regular-season game in program think if we don’t win, the chances [of getting into the tournament] are very slim.” history. OSU, sixth in the Pac-12, is ranked 42nd in On the line is a five-year unbeaten streak against the University of Oregon, and poten- the Ratings Percentage Index. The tournament n

field of 64, which will be revealed Monday at 4:30 p.m., is made up of 30 conference champions and 34 at-large recipients. “You can look at all the numbers, go over all the stats, but really it comes down to what the decision of the [selection committee] is,” said junior co-captain Jacy Drobney. “All we can do now is play and get a win against Oregon.” The Ducks (7-10-2, 2-7-1), who are tied for last in the Pac-12 and have scored just six goals in 10 conference games, will look to play See CIVIL WAR | page 9

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By Andrew Kilstrom Amidst all of the storylines clouded in uncertainty for No. 11 Oregon State going into Saturday’s home contest with Arizona State, whether it be the quarterback controversy, injuries to key players or the team’s ability to bounce back from its first loss of the season, one thing remains true — the Beavers need this victory to remain in the Pac12 title hunt. While a second consecutive loss would certainly not eliminate the Beavers (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) from the championship chase, it would make things much more difficult, especially with two tough games remaining on the schedule — No. 14 Stanford on the road next week and No. 4 Oregon on Nov. 24. Though the team had a good week of practice, according to head coach Mike Riley, the Beavers have other worries entering Saturday’s game. Senior cornerback Jordan Poyer and senior

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It has been more than seven months since the Oregon State men’s basketball team played its final game of the 2011-12 season, losing to Washington State in the semi-finals of the College Basketball Invitational. While a postseason tournament berth is nice, the Beavers are hoping for a better outcome this year. They’ll get their first taste of action this Sunday when they take on Lewis and Clark College for an exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers should mop the floor with the Pioneers, a Division III school located just up I-5 in Portland. Still, junior guard Ahmad Starks cautioned that the Beavers can’t come into the game expecting just to waltz through it. “I’m expecting a team that’s going to come and try to beat us,” Starks said. “It’s an exhibition game but they want to try to compete and do the best that they can so we have to come out and be ready to play.” Despite the superior firepower of the Beavers, head coach Craig Robinson noted there are some important things to be gained from an exhibition game like Sunday’s. “We want to see how our freshmen look against college competition,” Robinson said. “We know it’s not our

level of competition, but we want to see them operate in a game-like atmosphere at Gill Coliseum.” If things go the Beavers’ way early, Robinson expects to get the four new faces of the team plenty of time on the court. Langston Morris-Walker, Victor Robbins, Jarmal Reid and Olaf Schaftenaar are all expected to play for Oregon State this season. At media day three weeks ago, Robinson and the players praised the freshmen for their work ethic in practice and throughout the offseason. Defense is the biggest area the Beavers need to improve on this season, and Starks believes it’s the most important thing they can work on in this final tune-up before the regular season. “[Defense is] what we need to focus on right off the bat,” Starks said. “If we don’t do that then we’ll be messed up all year, so it’s starting the year with a defensive mentality.” The Beavers’ offense was highoctane last season, leading the Pac-12 in points per game and was good enough for 10th in the nation. Despite losing Jared Cunningham — the team’s leading scorer last season — to the NBA, the Beavers aren’t expecting to miss a beat. Robinson has been bringing up defense all offseason, with good reason. If the team’s defense can get to the same level as the offense, the



The Beavers, pictured during a game last season, have welcomed four true freshmen to the family this year. All four are expected to see their first collegiate action Sunday in an exhibition game against Lewis and Clark. Beavers should be one of the best teams in the Pac-12. “We made that one of our goals this year,” Robinson said. “We want to be a better defending team. I thought last year we did a very good job changing our offensive strategy and became a really good offensive team. Now we need to shore up the defense so that

we can take advantage of this highpowered offense that we have.” The Beavers went 4-0 in their European tour in August, and brought in a recruiting class full of potential. But none of that matters once the season starts. A player can be great in practice, but unless they show it on the court, it doesn’t matter.

In the same vein, Beaver Nation will be waiting to see if the men’s basketball team can do something with the momentum that has gathered behind the program. Alex Crawford, sports reporter On Twitter @dr_crawf

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Beavers return four starters from last year’s 20-win team, will miss AllPac-12 selection Marchbanks By Mitch Mahoney The Daily Barometer



Last year, the Oregon State women’s basketball team raised some eyebrows by winning 20 games. The Beavers will tip off their 2012-13 campaign with an exhibition game at home Sunday.

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The Oregon State University women’s basketball team will play its first and only exhibition game Sunday against Seattle Pacific University, a Division II team. Oregon State returns four of five starters from last year: Sophomore guard Ali Gibson, senior guard Sage Indendi, junior guard Alyssa Martin and senior center Patricia Bright are all returning for another season under third-year head coach Scott Rueck, who received a two-year contract extension Thursday that will take him through the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. The Beavers will be without their leading scorer from last season, Earlysia Marchbanks, who was a senior last season. Marchbanks was the unquestioned leader for the Beavers a year ago. Finding that new presence will be crucial for the team’s success. “Just where we get that leadership from this year is going to be the biggest challenge for us this season,” Rueck said. “But that is also what I’m most excited to see.” “[Marchbanks] was a great player,” added Gibson. “I think the team as a whole needs to come together to try and fill her absence.” Instead, the Beavers feature a deep bench

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that is headlined by five highly touted freshmen: guards Khadidja Toure and Jamie Weisner, forwards Deven Hunter and Samantha Siegner, and center Ruth Hamblin. The team will get its first chance to find a new leader, as well as see the new freshmen in action, Sunday. The exhibition game against Seattle Pacific will be Oregon State’s only opportunity to tune up before the season begins with non-conference play on Nov. 10 against Western Washington. “It will be like looking at a road map that tells me where the team might be headed and what the team needs to get there,” Rueck said. The Beavers have very high expectations weighing on them after they finished last season with a 20-13 record and surprised the rest of the Pac-12 by finishing tied for fifth. In the surprising season, Rueck was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, as voted on by the conference media. Oregon State also earned a WNIT berth, advancing to the Sweet 16 with wins over UC Davis and Saint Mary’s, the furthest the Beavers have gone in the postseason in eight years. Mitch Mahoney, sports reporter On Twitter @MitchIsHere


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wide receiver Markus Wheaton — both are team captains and arguably the two best players on the team — are dealing with injuries that have sidelined them this week. Poyer didn’t practice all week with a right knee injury, and is still questionable for Saturday’s game. The Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) and Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player) semifinalist has never missed a contest in his 43-game career, but could very well see that streak broken against the Sun Devils (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12). “He obviously hasn’t been cleared,� Riley said. “But he came out and did a lot more running than I thought he was going to, so we’re just going to keep playing it by ear.� The team will wait until Saturday to see whether or not he’s healthy enough to play. “[I won’t rule out playing] until game day,� Poyer said. “I don’t want to sit here and say it’s 100 percent, but I don’t want to say, ‘count me out as far as being able to play.’ I will go all the way to kickoff if I have to figure out if I can play. I’m trying to play, but at the same time, if I’m out there at 60 percent, it’s probably not good for the team.� It’s better news on the offensive side of the ball for Oregon State. Wheaton is expected to play after suffering a concussion against Washington. “I’m not sure if I’m going to start, but I will play for sure,� Wheaton said. “I feel perfectly

fine, even better than before.� Injuries aside, Oregon State will be faced with a lot of challenges that Arizona State poses on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The Sun Devils are allowing only 21.6 points per game, good for 32nd in the nation, and will a get a boost up front this weekend with the return of junior defensive tackle Will Sutton. Sutton is fifth in the nation in sacks (8.5) and fourth in tackles for loss (14) and will provide a big lift for a Sun Devils squad that allowed 45 points to UCLA last weekend. “[Sutton’s] a great player,� Riley said. “They have a lot of speed on defense, and a lot of different stuff going on. Of course he’s a big part of all that talent that they have.� The speed that Riley eluded to was a common theme that Oregon State talked about all week when referring to the ASU defense, and could be the best test all season for OSU’s offensive line in pass protection. “They’ve got great speed for one, and they generate a ton of pressure,� said offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. “They really put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. I think they have the league lead in sacks, so they’re going to bring the heat on you. They can cause protection issues.� The Sun Devils are second in the entire nation in sacks, and first in the Pac-12 with 33 for the year. To combat the constant pressure Arizona State likes to bring on blitzes, OSU will likely leave

an extra blocker in the backfield in most occasions. That guy will likely be redshirt freshman running back Storm Woods. “I’m planning on staying in [to block] a lot this week, rather than releasing,� Woods said. Despite the constant pressure and problems ASU has created this year on defense, the Sun Devils’ offense will also be a big test for the Oregon State defense that ranks 12th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 17 points per game. Arizona State is averaging 38.4 points per contest, getting it done with a balanced attack of run and pass. Sophomore quarterback Taylor Kelly has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns, and four different Sun Devils have more than 300 yards rushing this season. “They’re very productive and very versatile,� Riley said. “They’ve got good talent, they run the football with different guys and then of course their quarterback is very athletic too, and he hurts people running the ball.� With all of the questions and challenges that will arise Saturday, there is no doubt Oregon State will have to play good football if it wants to successfully bounce back from its first loss. But if the Beavers have proven anything this year, it’s that they’re at their best when others doubt them. Andrew Kilstrom, sports reporter On Twitter @AndrewKilstrom

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once we get back into our rhythm we’ll be fine.” When: Tonight, 7 p.m. Not all bad things come from a season Where: Gill Coliseum plagued with unfortunate injuries and losses; Liskevych has discovered a diamond in knock off the top team in the nation. the rough in freshman Sara Almen. By Darryl Oliver III Stanford also has a match with No. 2 The Daily Barometer “She has been a pleasant and good surThe Oregon State volleyball team will Oregon on Sunday in Eugene, a chance for prise,” Liskevych said. “She is one of those have its hands full tonight, with No. 1 the Beavers to be the spoiler in a trap game. players who [coaches] know will have suc“There is always that one time you can cess in the future.” Stanford in town. Almen is the third leader in kills per set The Beavers (13-11, 3-9 Pac-12) are on beat a team,” said senior Megan McBride. a four-game losing streak and coming off “[Stanford is] going to come into the state with 1.81. “She has been carrying a lot of the load their most recent loss to Colorado. History of Oregon more prepared for the Ducks, will not be on OSU’s side either, as Stanford and they will probably underestimate us. for us,” said McBride on her teammates success. (20-2, 12-0) is 55-0 all-time against the We have to take advantage of that.” The match between Stanford and With the four-game losing streak, the Beavers. There may be one aspect of Stanford’s Oregon certainly does overmatch tonight’s Beavers’ tournament hopes have all but game that could play in Oregon State’s match. If the Beavers can take advantage of gone down the drain, along with their goal being underestimated and being at home, of 10 conference wins. The conference favor: experience. “[Stanford is] number one in the nation, their chances of winning could skyrocket. has five teams ranked in the top eight “Touch the ball on the block, neutral- nationally. but they do have four freshmen,” said head “It’s tough, and it’s tough every night. coach Taras Liskevych. “And those fresh- ize their middles by blocking and serving the ball tough. That’s our plan against There is no respite in the Pac-12,” Liskevych men have their ups and downs at times.” said. Of those four freshmen, three of them Stanford,” Liskevych said. The Cardinal have five players with 100 Oregon State has a chance to pull off an have 160-plus kills — Jordan Burgess, Brittany Howard and Inky Ajanaku — but or more kills, while the Beavers have only upset against the top-ranked team in the they all are among the leaders in attack or three. However, OSU outside hitter Camille country tonight. The Beavers have nothing service errors. Those freshman mistakes Saxton has 97 more than Stanford’s leader, to lose at this point in the season in hopes could be a detriment to the Cardinal on the Jordan Burgess. But Stanford’s leader in of playing spoiler to Stanford’s undefeated assists, Madi Bug — the fourth freshmen Pac-12 record. road in Gill Coliseum. “Enjoy the game, have fun, and go out “We need to play [well] and use the Liskevych mentioned — leads the setting with fire because [Stanford is] number one advantage of our crowd,” said senior battle. Oregon State has been in a funk lately, and we have nothing to lose,” Saxton said. Camille Saxton. The Beavers haven’t played at home in losing seven of its last eight matches. Darryl Oliver III, sports reporter “[Losing] is really hard,” McBride said. two weeks, and Oregon State is hoping the On Twitter @oliver_darryl4 homecoming can assist in an attempt to “Losing is a habit as well as winning and n

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CIVIL WAR n Continued from page 6 spoiler. “Playing a team that knows they’re done is one of the most dangerous things, because they’re out to get you, to make sure you don’t advance, either,” said senior midfielder Megan Miller. Players said the Civil War is always the most physical game of the year. “For us, every game in the Pac-12 is obviously a battle,” said senior midfielder Lindsay Meiggs. “But the Civil War is on a whole different level.” “We’re ready for it,” Drobney said. “It’s going to be a pretty intense game I think, especially with the playoffs on the line. It’s always a big game against them, we always get a huge crowd, they’re on a new field, it’s in Eugene, so it’s going to be a pretty intense game.” Given the recent history of the programs, it should come as no surprise that OSU is the team playing for something more than just pride today. “I know since I’ve been here we’ve never lost to [Oregon],” said senior defender Justyne Freud. “And I plan on keeping it that way.”

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Civil Wars. Every other OSU team that I don’t know,” Rhode said. “I couldn’t faces the Ducks has lost — or, in the tell you the reason why, but it is surcase of cross-country, track and golf, prising they haven’t turned the corner.” finished lower than the Ducks at the “It completely surprises me,” Freud Pac-12 Championships said. “They have the — at least one Civil War Nike money, the facili*** in the past two years. We hate people who ties; they just got a whole new stadium for “I still talk about it are cocky and don’t their women’s soccer with the people who Two years ago, Oregon football playhave graduated, how have the right to be. team . . . but if we’re er Cliff Harris referred to OSU as the the ones beating them, we will never lose to the Ducks’ “little brother.” You need to earn your I’m not complaining.” Ducks in our career,” Though Harris was talking specifirespect in this Meiggs said. Miller pointed out cally about football, recent numbers OSU doesn’t nec“We hate the Ducks conference, you can’t that suggest the “big brother, little brother” essarily get better just as much as everyanalogy is a valid one when comparing just think you have it. recruits than Oregon. body else that goes the two athletic programs in general. “I’ve never known here,” Miller said. “We OSU and Oregon face each other Oregon to get the bigMegan Miller in 11 sports at the Division I level. especially show up time soccer recruits, Since the fall of 2009, OSU has a better to play [Oregon] and Senior midfielder but I wouldn’t say we overall record than Oregon in one of make sure they know do, either,” Miller said. we’re better than them those 11 sports: women’s soccer. OSU “It might be a case of people who are women’s soccer is 54-22-8 since 2009; at some [sports].” Since 2001, the OSU women’s soccer recruited here mesh better than girls the Ducks are 31-39-9. recruited there.” The baseball programs are an iden- program is 6-2-3 against Oregon. Miller said the remarkable Oregon In its 18-year history, the Oregon tical 50 games over .500 since the women’s soccer pro- athletic facilities — which one would 2010 season, while gram has never made think would attract top recruits — don’t every other sport has it to the NCAA tourna- necessarily work in the Ducks’ favor. belonged to the Ducks, “To be honest, the glitz and glamour Every year it’s ment. Since 1997, the record-wise. gets to people’s heads, and I think it Ducks have finished If any OSU team is been the biggest higher than seventh in gets to their women’s soccer program,” qualified to flip Harris’ thing, you don’t Miller said. “We hate people who are the Pac-10/12 once. statement around and Considering Oregon cocky and don’t have the right to be. refer to itself as the lose to the Oregon consistently fields You need to earn your respect in this Ducks’ “big brother” Ducks. I guess national contenders in conference, you can’t just think you — or, in this case, “big sports such as football, have it.” you can call it sister” — it’s without OSU players do agree the Ducks are volleyball, cross-counquestion the women’s a tradition. bound for success at some point. They try and track and field soccer team. — just to name a few just hope it’s not today. For them, that’s “I think they’re getting a lot better, — the incompetence something on which Jacy Drobney of the women’s soccer they’re always having close games, they pride themselves Junior midfielder program is puzzling to they compete, they’re a good team,” on. Meiggs said. “So [today’s] going to be “Every year it’s been the biggest some. thing, you don’t lose to the Oregon “I think Oregon [women’s soccer] a battle.” Ducks,” Drobney said. “I guess you can has all the things they need to be sucGrady Garrett, managing editor call it a tradition.” cessful, whether it’s the team itself or On Twitter @gradygarrett OSU has gone 2-0-1 in the last three everything around the department, so



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unpopular at the time, he stood by them because he believed it was the right thing to do. We all know Obama’s presidency has not bring down the debt as well. We also believe that character is impor- lived up to the lofty expectations everybody tant, and the comparison between the can- wanted and anticipated after his election in didates on this particular matter couldn’t be 2008. However, we do believe Obama has the country on the right trajectory, and his more different. If graded on consistently maintaining core policies are forward looking with a goal to values, Romney would receive an “F.” In the make America strong in an ever-changing past 10 years, between Romney’s campaign world. Romney, on the other hand, wants to become governor of Massachusetts and to go to back to the past. Obama put it his campaign to become the President of best: Romney has the foreign policies of the the United States, he has flip-flopped on 1980s, the social policies of the 1950s and every core value, and has shown no will- the economic policies of the 1920s. Those are policies of the past. ingness to stand by his previously held We want to keep moving forward. positions. t In comparison, though Obama’s stances Editorial serve as means for Barometer editors to offer commentary and (pushing for health care reform, advocat- opinions on issues both global and local, grand in scale or diminutive. ing for same-sex marriage) may have been The views expressed here are a reflection of the editorial board’s majority.

CAMPBELL n Continued from page 10 does not constitute a full stop. Plus, I’m in an obnoxiously bright pink raincoat with new, bright blinking lights attached to my bike. How do you not see me? Not all of us are inherently Oregonian. With the Beavers’ football home games attracting a lot of traffic, and now Dad’s Weekend, the streets of Corvallis are going to be filled with more crazy drivers than usual. No one’s on the same page, when it comes to the laws regarding driving. Every state and country is different. With all of this in mind, I’d like to think there would be a certain level of caution expected from more than just the drivers, but also from the bicyclists and pedestrians as well. I wish this were the case. As a bicyclist, I follow the laws. I stop at the stop sign and wait for my turn to go. I don’t ride on the sidewalks and I use my lights appropriately. The bicyclists everyone keeps complaining about are giving the rest of us a bad reputation. I, too, hate the bicyclists who ride on the sidewalk and breeze through stop signs. What really irritates me though are the pedestrians in my bike lane. I don’t ride in your territory, so you should get out of mine.

So there we have it, 400 words of me complaining about everyone. When what we really need is to all think about what we’re doing, rather than me gripe about a few examples I’ve personally had to conquer. Bicyclists, just stop at the stop sign — and that goes for you too, drivers. Pedestrians, get out of the street! No one wants to hit you, but you’re not making it easy to avoid a collision. We all need to follow the rules of the road, otherwise the chaos will never cease. Please be careful this weekend while you’re out with your dad. Please follow the street signs and demonstrate a modicum of patience. You’re an adult now — or you should be able to fake it well enough by now — and adults can wait their turn. We learned about it in kindergarten, so hopefully adults still know how. Honestly, taking an extra second to stop at an intersection you’re already legally obligated to stop at anyway isn’t anything when you weigh it against how long it would take a person to recover from an accident. Drive, bike and walk safely, Corvallis. t

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Intelligence official offers new timeline for Benghazi, Libya consulate attack A senior U.S. intelligence official emphatically denied that the CIA refused repeated requests from its officers on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, to assist the Americans under attack at the U.S. mission there. Just five days before the presidential election and in a rare briefing to reporters, the official Thursday offered almost a minute-by-minute account of what happened that night. According to a Fox News report last Friday, citing an unnamed source, CIA officers working at an annex about a mile from the mission were told by officials in the CIA chain of command to “stand down” after receiving a call from the mission asking for help. “There were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support,” the senior intelligence official said, offering a passionate defense of the actions taken by the CIA officers on the ground during the Sept. 11 attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The official insisted the agency operators at the annex were in charge of their movements and the safety of those who were preparing to respond to the initial attack on the mission compound. There was “no second guessing” their decisions, the official said. According to a detailed timeline provided by the official, there was a roughly 25-minute gap between the time those officers received the initial call for help from the mission to the time when the approximately half a dozen officers were able to get underway to assist. During that time, according to the official, CIA officers at the annex location were loading weapons and equipment into their vehicles, while others were on the phone trying to get local “friendly” militias with heavier weapons to help. The official said the officers responded “as quickly and as effectively as possible.” The team from the annex came under fire at the mission, the official said, but was able to gather all of the U.S. personnel at the mission except

sporadic small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade rounds. The security team returns fire and the attackers disperse at approximately 1 a.m. — At about the same time, a team of additional security personnel lands at the Benghazi airport and negotiates for transport into town. Upon learning the ambassador is missing and that the situation at the annex has calmed, the team focuses on locating the ambassador and tries to obtain information on the security situation at the hospital. — It’s still predawn when the team at the airport finally manages to secure transportation and an armed escort. Having learned that Stevens is almost certainly dead and that the security situation at the hospital is uncertain, the team heads to the annex to assist with the evacuation. — They arrive with Libyan support at the annex at 5:15 a.m., just before the mortar rounds begin to hit the annex. The two security officers are killed when they take direct mortar fire as they engage the enemy. That attack lasts only 11 minutes before dissipating. — Less than an hour later, a heavily-armed Libyan military unit arrives to help evacuate the compound of all U.S. personnel.

for the missing ambassador and headed back to the annex where they again faced small arms fire for about 90 minutes before the attackers left. The Fox report also suggested that the officers on the ground urgently asked for military backup, but that the CIA also denied those requests. The official said that reporting was wrong. The military, the official said, provided drone surveillance and there were a couple of military officers as part of a CIA security team from Tripoli to assist. That security team was delayed at the Benghazi airport and did not arrive at the annex until early morning, shortly before that facility came under a sudden and intense attack that lasted 11 minutes. Two officers, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were killed by mortar fire. The attack has become part of the political debate as the Obama administration has been harshly criticized by many Republicans for initially describing the incident as a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islamic video on the web and evolved into an assault on the mission. The senior intelligence official said there was a need to address this issue now because some of the media mischaracterizations of what was done that night is a disservice to the men who had to make decisions under fire. Here is the timeline of events, as provided by the senior intelligence official: — Around 9:40 p.m. (local time) the annex receives the first call that the mission is under attack. — Fewer than 25 minutes later, a security team leaves the annex for the mission. — Over the next 25 minutes, the team members approach the compound, attempt to secure heavy weapons and make their way onto the compound in the face of enemy fire. — At 11:11 p.m., the requested drone surveillance arrives over the mission compound. — By 11:30 p.m., all U.S. personnel, except for Stevens, who is missing, depart the mission. The exiting vehicles come under fire. — Over the next roughly 90 minutes, the annex receives

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Five days before the presidential election, polls in some crucial battleground states suggest two things: The race is close, and President Barack Obama appears to have a very slight “inside the sampling error” edge over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The president on Thursday ended a threestate swing with a rally in Colorado. A few hours earlier, a CNN/ORC International Poll indicated that 50 percent of likely Colorado voters support Obama, with 48 percent backing the former Massachusetts governor. The president’s 2-point margin is well within the survey’s sampling error. The poll’s Thursday release also came on the same day that Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, headlined a rally in Greeley, Colorado. The top-line results of the CNN survey are very similar to an American Research Group poll conducted this past weekend that had Romney at 48 percent and Obama at 47 percent, and an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll conducted last week that suggested the race was tied at 48 percent. “If you didn’t know why President Obama and Paul Ryan are here today, and Mitt Romney is coming Saturday, now you know,” said CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, who was reporting Thursday from Colorado. As in most swing states, there is a fairly big gender gap, with the CNN poll indicating Romney ahead among men by 10 points and Obama winning with women by 13 points. Income is also an important indicator, with the president holding a big lead among lower-income voters, while voters with more than $50,000 in income last year are tied at 49 percent for Romney and 49 percent for Obama. “But the key may be the split between the Denver area and the rest of Colorado, with the suburbs throughout the state likely to determine the winner,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. According to the survey, Obama beats Romney by nearly 2-1 in the two big urban Democratic strongholds of Denver and Boulder. In the Denver suburbs (Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson and Broomfield counties), Obama’s support drops but he still holds a 53 percent-45 percent margin over Romney. “But the GOP challenger appears to do better in many Front Range suburbs around cities like Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Combine those Front Range communities with the rural east and west and Romney has a 55 percent-43 percent lead once you get beyond the greater Denver area,” Holland said. In the battle for crucial independent voters, the poll indicates the president has a 49 percent-47 percent edge. King said Obama’s strength in Denver and Boulder suggests that Romney is going to need strong turnout among the state’s evangelicals and in rural areas. “Splitting the votes of self-described independents probably isn’t good enough for the governor,” King said. “He needs to boost that number in the final days to win. And while our poll gives the president a tiny edge, it’s also proof his ground operation must deliver in the cities and closest suburbs.” Could minor-party candidates act as spoilers in Colorado?

It’s tough to tell, but it is intriguing to note that when three minor party candidates are included in a separate horse race question, a 50 percent-48 percent advantage for Obama becomes a 48 percent-47 percent margin, with Libertarian Gary Johnson pulling 4 percent and Green party candidate Jill Stein claiming 1 percent, and Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode coming in with less than one-half of one percent. Statistically, there is no difference between 50 percent-48 percent and 48 percent-47 percent, but it does illustrate the potential effect of the minor-party candidates in this extremely close race. Ninety-four percent of people questioned said they have made up their minds on whom they’ll vote for, with 5 percent saying they could still change their mind. Nine electoral votes are up for grabs in Colorado, which President George W. Bush carried by 5 points in his 2004 re-election. But four years later, then-Sen. Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic convention in Denver, and he won the state by 9 points over Sen. John McCain in the 2008 election. The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from October 26 to 31 (entirely after the third and final presidential debate), with 984 adults, including 904 registered voters and 733 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey’s sampling error for likely voters is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. In Wisconsin, where 10 electoral votes are at stake, three new surveys have been released over the past 24 hours. According to an NBC News/ Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, Obama is at 49 percent and Romney at 46 percent among likely voters in Ryan’s home state. The president’s 3-point advantage is within the survey’s sampling error. A Marquette Law School poll indicated Obama with an 8-point (51 percent-43 percent) lead in the state, and a St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio survey had the president at 52 percent and Romney at 43 percent. A CNN Poll of Polls that averages all three surveys indicates Obama with a 51 percent-44 percent margin over Romney. Ten electoral votes are up for grabs in Wisconsin, which no Republican has won in a presidential election since 1984. The president campaigned in Wisconsin on Thursday, and Romney stops there Friday. A New poll by NBC/WSJ/Marist on Thursday in Iowa gives the president a 6-point 50 percent-44 percent advantage. A new survey by the University of Iowa that was conducted over a longer period suggested a closer contest for the state’s six electoral votes. An NBC/WSJ/Marist survey in New Hampshire indicates Obama at 49 percent and Romney at 47 percent in the battle for the state’s four electoral votes. The race for the White House is a battle for the states and their electoral votes, with 270 being the magic number. The contest will be won or lost in the battleground states and no state is getting more attention than Ohio, where 18 electoral votes are up for grabs. A CNN Poll of Polls that averages the five nonpartisan, live operator surveys conducted in Ohio after last week’s debate indicates Obama at 49 percent and Romney at 46 percent among likely voters.

The Daily Barometer, Nov. 2, 2012  

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The Daily Barometer, Nov. 2, 2012  

Oregon State University's student-led newspaper since 1896.