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Open house for passenger rail line provides information for residents, commuters By Emma-Kate Schaake THE DAILY BAROMETER

Rail advocates filled LinnBenton Community College on Thursday night to hear the details of the Oregon Department of Transportation passenger rail study, and to provide their feedback on the potential projects. Corvallis residents are passionate about not being overlooked in the potential plans, no matter how unlikely a route directly through Corvallis may seem. “We are sort of the underdog,” said Cascade Pacific Rail Associate chief advocate Lawrence Plotkin. “We have nothing to lose by making a lot of noise. … We need to be the squeaky wheel.” Last spring, ODOT conducted studies to develop a rail route to instigate discussion and analysis of possible rail expansion from Eugene-Springfield and Portland. The four current route options, called preliminary alternatives, met the initial project criteria and made it through the initial screening process. The objectives of the project

are to improve passenger rail mobility, protect freight capacity, create a cost-effective plan, provide affordable transportation, maintain compatibility with rail plans in Washington state, promote quality of life and protect the environment. The four routes are delineated by their location and labeled for study purposes with a color. Each of these routes have several different connection options, in order to best utilize the space and existing infrastructure, as well as provide transportation to the greatest number of people. Each route was evaluated against the project goals and assessed based on overall performance and potential costs. The lines were evaluated in three sections: Eugene-Springfield to North of Albany, North of Albany to North of Wilsonville, and North of Wilsonville to Vancouver, Wash. The blue line would generally follow the current Amtrak route and use the existing stations with potential additions to the track south of Salem, or near Portland’s Rose Quarter. The red would run along Interstate 5 on a completely new track dedicated to intercity rail passenger services and would bypass stations in Eugene, Albany, Salem and the southern Portland

metro area. The purple would use the existing Oregon Electric line, with two new connections south of Albany and south of Donald. Of most interest to Corvallis residents is the fourth alternative route, the yellow, which scored comparatively low on both the scales of project goals and economic viability. This line would go through a new connection and station in Corvallis before connecting up with the blue line to the north. Plotkin and others voiced concerns that if a route like the red line is chosen, it will leave out Albany, Salem and Corvallis, decreasing the potential for ridership. “Humans love convenience,” Plotkin said. “If you have something even slightly inconvenient, they won’t use it.” Albany City Councilman Dick Olson said the city is working on improving its bus system to further facilitate commuters, especially students from LBCC and OSU. “We think a centrally located station makes more sense than having a stop in Corvallis,” Olson said. Michael Holtoff, the environSee RAIL | page 4



Corvallis rail advocate Lawrence Plotkin discusses the rail options with ODOT environmental project manager Michael Holtoff at the LBCC forum Thursday.

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Normally held in spring, philanthropy hosted in fall, hope to raise at least $15,000 By Courtney Gehring THE DAILY BAROMETER

Typically, the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity hosts its annual philanthropy, the Watermelon Bash, each spring as the sun begins to shed its warmth over Corvallis and grocery stores fill with plump, juicy watermelons. But this year, the famous spring philanthropy known for raking in thousands for Community Outreach, Inc. suddenly took a change of season. For the first time ever, the Lambda’s swapped spring for fall and commenced their Watermelon Bash event this week. Community Outreach, Inc. is a local shelter in Corvallis that has been providing for the needs of the mid-Willamette homeless and poor community since 1971. Last spring’s Watermelon Bash raised $12,000 for Community Outreach, Inc. “Our main goal is to raise as much Vinay BIKKINA | THE DAILY BAROMETER money for the facility as we can,” said Sorority women cheer on as participants eat watermelon. Kappa Alpha Theta Mikayla Knight (right) is a watermelon-eating contestant and is a junior majoring in psychology. See BASH | page 4

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SafeRide numbers up, with more plans for improvement By Tori Hittner


One phone call. That’s all it takes to receive a free ride at night to or from campus, thanks to the services provided by SafeRide. As a student-fee-funded organization, SafeRide offers complimentary pick-up and drop-off services to Oregon State students, faculty and staff after 7 p.m. every night. SafeRide services are provided within a large perimeter that extends miles past campus boundaries — and more students than ever are taking advantage of the opportunity. According to SafeRide Director Terence Brasch, the number of calls this year has “nearly doubled” last year’s averages. Nightly reports showed an average of 91 calls per night last week, excluding the outlying numbers gathSee SAFERIDE | page 4

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Thanks for the ride home Around 4 a.m., the Corvallis Police Department responded to a reported fight between five males. Four of the five males allegedly continued to beat up the fifth. When officers arrived, they allegedly found a female pointing to a male lying on the ground. When the male noticed, he allegedly attempted to flee, but authorities eventually caught him. When he explained, he allegedly thought the police were there to give him a Minor-in-Possession, not help him. The victim was given a ride home and talked to about underage drinking and fleeing from police. People will steal anything Someone reported a theft near the

2000 block of Collins Place. A backpack full of school materials, two calculators and a Foundation of Structures textbook were among the items stolen from the vehicle. Monday, November 4

Hit and run A man was walking near the 400 block of Sixth Street when a “‘90s foreign style corner of Walnut Boulevard and Aspen passenger car” allegedly struck him. Street. According to police reports, a man The man was struck, allegedly flew told Corvallis police his two “For Sale By into the windshield and lost consciousOwner” signs were stolen from where he ness. However, he allegedly managed to had placed them. The man valued the observe two males in the car before losing signs at $30 each. consciousness. The victim also menA civil engineer’s worst nightmare tioned he was carrying $960 in his hand A 2001 gray Jeep Cherokee was broken when he was hit, and now it was gone. into sometime during the night near the

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Events Pride Center, Noon-1pm, Pride Center. Stretch it Out. Use this time to destress, care for your body and improve your flexibility in both your mind and body, and meet new people. OSU Music, Noon, MU Lounge. Music à la Carte: OSU Chamber Choir and the West Albany High School Concert Choir. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 12:30-2pm, Snell 427. Diabetes Awareness. Discussion followed by a snack.

Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211. ASOSU weekly Senate meeting. OSU Sales Club, 7-8pm, Bexell 412. General meeting. For students interested in sales this is a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, grow your network, learn and practice sales skills and stand out to employees.

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OSU buildings Man apologizes for causing woman’s death selected for DeMuro Award By Betsy Swanback NEWS-REVIEW

ROSEBURG — A Roseburg man who killed a Myrtle Creek woman in a car accident last year apologized today to her family for causing her death. At his sentencing in Douglas County Circuit Court, Nathan Howard Stuart, 23, turned from the defense table and spoke directly to Charlotte Ann Fields’ friends and family, including her children. “Words can’t explain how horrible I feel about causing Charlotte’s death,” he said. “I’m so sorry I caused your mother’s death. I hope someday you can forgive me. “ Stuart was found guilty Oct. 21 by Judge George Ambrosini of criminally negligent homicide, second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence of illegal substances. Today, Ambrosini sentenced Stuart to six years and three months in prison. He will get credit for the nearly one year he has been in the Douglas County Jail. He collided nearly head-on with a vehicle driven by Fields, 51, on Nov. 17, 2012, in the 3800 block of Diamond Lake Boulevard in Roseburg. Police said Stuart was driving west on Diamond Lake Boulevard when his 1999 Jeep Cherokee veered into the path of Fields’ eastbound 2004 Dodge Neon. Fields was on her way that Saturday morning to the Turning Point Seventh-day


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International Students of OSU, 4:306pm, MU Lounge. Coffee Hour. Come enjoy international food, mingle with other OSU and international students and become culturally aware. Terra Magazine, 6-8pm, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. Science Pub Corvallis – Tom McCall and Oregon’s Environmental Legacy; Speaker: Bill Robbins, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at OSU. Army ROTC, 11am-1pm, Albany. Veterans Day Parade: Army ROTC and other ROTC programs from OSU will be marching in the largest of its kind West of the Mississippi.



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The 2012 documentary, “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” will be shown on campus Friday in the Gilfilan Auditorium at 7 p.m., with a meet-and-greet section at 6 p.m. Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, “A Fierce Green Fire” spans five decades of grassroots and global environmental activism. The film will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Mark Kitchell and Oregon State University climate scientist Ed Brook.

Restore Oregon has named two Oregon State University buildings as DeMuro Award recipients for Excellence in Preservation, Reuse and Community Revitalization. The Hallie Ford Center and Joyce Collin Furman Hall were selected because of “extraordinary historic rehabilitation projects and compatible infill development,” according to the press release. The Hallie E. Ford Center for Children and Families opened in 2011 as an expansion for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Constructed in 1902, the original Furman Hall was renovated and reopened in January 2012. More details on the award can be found at Restore Oregon’s website under the DeMuro Award section.


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Adventist Church on Douglas Avenue. Fields was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where she died. Ambrosini presided over a four-day bench trial in October. A mix of illegal substances including methamphetamine, marijuana and oxycodone were found in Stuart’s system on the day of the crash. The defense argued that Stuart merely fell asleep. The sentencing was attended by about 30 spectators. Fields’ daughters, Rachel Sturdevant and Roxanne Fields, spoke in court. The family has struggled with what to say and suffers with questions, confusion and endless pain, Sturdevant said. “Nothing can be done to undo the heartache that you caused,” she said, crying quietly. Sturdevant said her mom was a motherly figure to many, and she wanted grandchildren more than anything. “She will never have the chance to spoil them like grandparents do,” she said. Fields said her mother will never have the life experiences she was meant to have “due to the selfish choice you made.” “She didn’t deserve this, and neither did we,” she said. Ambrosini told Fields’ family it took courage

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Wednesday, Nov. 13 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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Lisa Simpson bridge? D’oh! Portland officials debate bridge name PORTLAND — Here’s the problem with TriMet’s decision to hold a contest to name the city’s new bridge across the Willamette River: Officials in Slovakia recently held a similar contest and the overwhelming winner was Chuck Norris. Nearly three out of four Slovaks who voted online chose Norris Bridge, or Chuck Bridge. A distant second place, by the way, was Maria Theresa Bridge, after an Austro-Hungarian empress, and third place was Devinska, the name of a village near the Morava River site that will soon have a new crossing. Norris, a television action star, has a loyal cult following with entire sites dedicated to his fictional prowess. At least the good people of Slovakia aren’t choosing to name their bridge after a cartoon character. City Commissioner Steve Novick says the new bridge name has been a source of considerable discussion in his office and private life. His chief of staff, Chris Warner, wants to name the bridge after actress Sally Struthers. His fiancee, Rachel Philofsky, would like to walk across the Beverly Cleary Bridge. But Novick is voting for the Lisa Simpson Bridge. “She’s sort of the conscience of the show,� Novick says of Fox TV’s longrunning animated series “The Simpsons.� So maybe a daily ride over the Lisa Simpson Bridge would keep us all mindful of being good citizens? Novick has another reason. “She’s an environmental activist in a big way,� he says. And that, according to Novick, would make Lisa Simpson extra appropriate as the name for a bridge that encourages mass transit and bike riding and doesn’t allow cars. It also puts Novick at odds with fellow City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. When asked what name she’d choose for the new bridge, Fritz at first deferred to Novick. When told that might mean a vote for a Simpsons character Fritz responded, “If that’s Commissioner Novick’s best effort, then yes. As long as it’s Marge.� Low comedy isn’t appealing to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Hales is voting for Barbara’s Bridge, after former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts. According to Hales, Roberts has been a light

rail and East Portland advocate, was the first female majority leader in the Oregon House, the first Democratic female secretary of state and has been a “lifelong builder of bridges.� But Roberts is still alive, which is good news to her and her family and friends, but maybe not so good for her chances of getting the new bridge named after her. Link to artistic history It’s a controversial question, whether something as big as a bridge should be named after somebody whose full story hasn’t been written. Then again, Chuck Norris is still alive, and always will be, according to posts on his various websites. Alive or dead isn’t the point, says local curator and art critic Jeff Jahn. Bridges are far too substantial for quirky cartooncharacter names, Jahn says. And politicians? Forget about it. Jahn has started a campaign to have the bridge named after artist Mark Rothko, who grew up in Portland, attended Lincoln High School, and left to become one of the world’s foremost abstract expressionist painters. And, as Jahn points out, last year two of his paintings sold for a combined amount ($161 million) that is more than the entire cost of Portland’s new bridge ($134 million). But the mayor wants the bridge named after a politician. And he is, after all, the mayor. “Bridges speak to ideals,� Jahn says. “Isn’t it about time an artist won?� Jahn has his ammunition all lined up. Rothko, he says, once considered becoming an engineer, some of his paintings portray the Willamette River right where the new bridge is going up, he sold newspapers as a kid underneath the Burnside Bridge, he liked public transportation, and he was once arrested for public nudity while camping in Washington Park. We’re not sure how that last qualifies Rothko for the bridge name, but it does provide evidence that he was channeling the city’s spirit. “Rothko is somebody for the ages. He’s frankly more famous than the city of Portland itself,� Jahn says. But is Rothko more famous than Lisa or Marge Simpson? “He will be a thousand years from now, easy,� Jahn says. Besides, he adds, “The characters in the Simpsons are named

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Portland’s new bridge across the Willamette River. after Portland streets already, so it is a somewhat redundant idea.� Jahn, by the way, would leave out the Mark in favor of “Rothko Bridge.� A flawed foundation? Brian Doyle, editor of the University of Portland’s Portland magazine, says if the new carfree bridge were named after a Simpsons character, only one Simpson would do — Bart. “You could have nothing but skateboards on the bridge,� Doyle says, forgetting, perhaps, that all those Bay Area expatriates might get confused with a Portland mass transit option called Bart. But Doyle has his own preferences. He thinks Ursula LeGuin should have her due. The Sam Bowie or Greg Oden Bridge would be suitable, he says, assuming the bridge has a flawed foundation. Even better, he likes the Ken Kesey Bridge, “which lights up neon technicolor at unannounced times, freaking out all the boomers riding across it.� The Sam Adams Bridge appeals to Doyle: “Looks good, but doesn’t work.� Also, the Rasheed Wallace Bridge: “Technically flawed.� Leave it to a Reedie to bring Latin into the discussion. Chris Lydgate, editor of Reed College’s magazine, likes Coronary Bypass as a name for the bridge. “It’s TriMet’s crowning achievement, (and) coronary is a Latin word for crown,� Lydgate says. “And it can also be a good way to get to the hospital fast.� Noting that the bridge is expected to welcome crowds of runners and bike riders, Lydgate added, “They’re all working on increasing their heart rates.� Lydgate has another candidate: Sherman’s March. Doesn’t sound local? Not so, Lydgate says, explaining that on the

east side of the Willamette the new bridge connects up with Sherman Avenue. As for the marching aspect, consider all those pedestrians. A third possibility from Lydgate is The Moody Porter Bridge. He says current bridges are all named after streets, and Moody and Porter are two streets that connect with the new bridge on the west side of the river. And the double meaning should be obvious. “A porter is someone who carries things and moody reflects the weather,� Lydgate says. Writer and performer Sharon Wood Wortman says she’s been thinking about this topic quite a bit, which isn’t surprising seeing as how she’s the author of “The Portland Bridge Book� and for years has led walking tours of Portland’s bridges. “As soon as I heard about this bridge the first thing that jumped to my mind was to think of it as ‘Freedom Bridge,’ � Wood Wortman says. Freedom? “I mean freedom of pedestrians to be able to walk across without worrying about cars, you don’t have to worry about some car turning left on you. And freedom from benzene, too,� Wood Wortman says. Entrepreneurial spirit Film archivist Dennis Nyback proposes Joaquin Miller Bridge. Who? “Yeah, that’s the whole problem,� Nyback says. “He was the poet of the Sierras. He was internationally known in the 1890s. Just a really great forgotten Oregonian. It would be great if he got something named after him so people would know who he was.� Turns out Miller, a Pony Express rider and Eugene newspaper editor who was once

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jailed as a horse thief, according to Wikipedia, moved to San Francisco and then to England after his Oregon stay. So how does he fit into Portland? “Mainly because he was such a weirdo,� Nyback says, explaining that when he arrived in London around 1871 Miller was dressed in full frontier man regalia. Marc Moscato, executive director of Know Your City (previously The Dill Pickle Club) also dusts off the history books, to nominate Nancy Boggs. Boggs had a bright red houseboat in the Willamette River from which she offered whiskey and “working girls� during the flood of 1894.


In fact, she was known as the Madame of the Willamette. So apparently she not only knew how to offer a good time, but how to buck up during an emergency. “It goes along with Portland’s DIY entrepreneurial spirit,� Moscato says in defense of the nomination of a woman few have heard about, though many, apparently, enjoyed. TriMet has received nearly 4,000 submissions from people who think they know what the new Willamette River bridge should be called. Among the submitted: Whoop Whoop Bridge, Grimm Bridge, BrownsteinArmisen Bridge and yes, Sparkle Pony Bridge. There’s a campaign afoot to have the bridge named after “Working� Kirk Reeves, who for years wore a white tuxedo and Mickey Mouse ears while playing his trumpet at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge. Reeves committed suicide in 2012. There are no set rules for the bridge naming, though Chet Orloff, who chairs the TriMet committee that will review the suggestions and forward a final few to the TriMet board in the spring, has his own take on what he’d like to see. “I don’t think it should be named after a dead white guy,� says Orloff, a history professor at Portland State University. “We have enough of those.� In fact, all the current bridges with two exceptions were named after dead white guys. Marquam, Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Sellwood, Fremont and St. Johns, yes. Broadway and Steel, no.







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Salem’s last fly-fishing store to close its doors in November By Henry Miller


SALEM — One simple story could serve as the eulogy for Salem’s last remaining independent fly fishing shop, Creekside Flyfishing, which will close its doors on Nov. 30. In the interests of lightening up the situation, we’ll tell it in the form of a joke. So this guy walks into a fly shop and looks at all of the merchandise. And he’s got his cell phone with him, and he’s checking all of the prices online for the stuff that he’s interested in as he browses. He leaves. He’s handled all of the goods, but he doesn’t buy anything. You know what? It’s really not that funny. “Retailing isn’t what it used to be, and mom-and-pop businesses … you can’t compete,” said Kathy Youngers, who runs the store when husband, Rich, is guiding fishing clients. “You can’t compete with all the stuff that’s out there, the big-box stores, the online, the discontinued merchandise that gets dumped on the market every year by too many manufacturers making too much stuff for too few people that actually fly fish.” Despite declines because of the Internet and big-box stores, Creekside was holding its own until the Great Recession that began in 2008 kicked out the strongest leg in the support system. “The whole time since we started we had steady growth, just the right amount, not growing too fast. And then the economy collapsed,” Rich said. “When that happened, it crushed us. “They stopped all the home building, and a lot of our cus-

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tomers worked with the construction contractors. This is a government town, and they weren’t sure about losing their jobs.” This is the third obituary that I’ve written about Salem specialty fly shops, all three owned by people who became friends and mentors. George Hadley’s Orvis pro shop, Fly Country Outfitters, went under in 2003. And The Valley Flyfisher owned by Keith Burkhart closed in 2005. Both George and Keith were singing the same song about the causes as Rich and Kathy. And in the interest of full disclosure, I consider Rich to be at the top of the list. I did stories about the Youngers’ acquisition of Creekside in 1997, through the move to the current location in 2007. And they were among the chief mourners who I interviewed when first George’s, then Keith’s businesses hit the rocks. And along the way we went fishing several times for howto stories about fly fishing for Chinook, coho and chum salmon. So while Rich is younger than me, we’ve grown a lot more gray hairs together over the course of those years. Kathy, who keeps the books, saw what was coming a lot longer than Rich was willing to admit. “Kathy was ready a couple of years ago or so, but I kept hanging in there thinking the corner’s going to turn, the corner’s going to turn,” he said, shaking his head slightly. “And then we’d have a really good, busy day, and I’d think it’s coming back. “And then the next four days would follow up horrible. So it took that good busy day to



Kathy and Rich Youngers during more optimistic times just after they relocated Creekside Flyfishing in March 2008. turn it into, by the time that you divided it out over the five, it turned out to be nothing.” Rich will continue to guide, teach casting classes and do what he refers to as “the road show” of presentations at flyfishing clubs and other venues. “The guide business has really been strong, so we’re going to continue to do that. I’ve been doing that for 21 years, coming up on 22,” he said. “I’ve got a really good customer base, and Kathy and I are still going to do the spey classes and the single-hand classes.” They will keep the shop phone number and website for the guide customers. After they mutually decided it was time to pull the plug, Rich said that he still agonized about it, until he had an epiphany about a week ago while guiding

themselves, and we greatly appreciate that,” said Allisha Christianson, development associate of Community Outreach, Owen Jones, a senior studying accounting Inc. “Their funds are unrestricted, and and finance and member of Lambda Chi 100 percent goes into the Community Alpha. “In the spring, it’s hard to compete Outreach program. It does the most because a lot of houses’ funds are pretty good.” Lambda’s goal is to raise more than much dried out, so we moved Watermelon Bash in hopes to bring in even more the $12,000 made last spring and hopefully reach between $15,000 and $20,000. money for Community Outreach.” According to Jones, they are on track to As of Wednesday morning, Lambda Chi beat last year’s Watermelon Bash income. Alpha had raised $10,000. A majority of “Community Outreach does incredible the money was earned during their auc- work, and we love keeping our money tion on Nov. 5 and the remainder through local rather than giving it all to some their online account and sort of national charity,” Jones said. apparel orders. “We like investing it back into the local “Lambda Chi Alpha donates over community.” Throughout the week, Lambda Chi $10,000 each year, and they raise it all by

two longtime clients, one local and one from Colorado, on the Little Nestucca River estuary. It was, Rich describes it with a smile, a magic day with no other anglers in sight on the glassy water. A seal oblivious of the anglers in the boat, wrangled school of salmon 20 feet in front of them, driving the fish onto the bank before they flopped back into the water, “and I mean just really tearing up the water. And I’d never seen that before, all of the times I’ve been out there at tidewater.’ While all around them about a half-dozen bald eagles “did things I’ve never seen eagles do before.” “And I was watching this one baldie, and he was trying to land on this teeny, tiny branch on the end of an old,

Alpha has scheduled friendly fundraising competitions between the sororities, produced a successful auction night and hosted a “field day” event in their chapter house. Although, the field day was held indoors this year, sorority women could still be found face-deep in watermelon guts and demonstrating their strengths in tug-of-war. The finale event will commence Friday at 6 p.m. in Milam Auditorium where there will be a dance off and Ms. Watermelon Bash competition. Courtney Gehring Greek and clubs reporter

dead snag,” Rich said. “And it was breezy up there, and I was watching how he was putting his wings out, how he was maneuvering his wing feathers. “And he’s using the wind draft to help land, and he was just kind of … he’s just kind of moving his wings, he didn’t flap his wings once. And he kind of finally settles on this little tiny tree branch. He tapped his fist on the table in front of him with the finality of a judge pounding a gavel. “And I said at that moment ‘this is where I want to be.’ You

RAIL n Continued from page 1 mental project manager with ODOT, said that the possible routes for the passenger line need to serve the most people possible. According to one aspect of the study, Portland has the highest number of passengers, transporting 462,000 in 2011. Also taken into consideration were the amount of commuting employees in the area, which are currently most densely concentrated in Portland and Salem. “The point of the intercity rail travel is not to stop a lot,” Holtoff said. “We want to get passengers from station to station with time to get to their final destination.” After hearing all of the community feedback, the project will move to a proposal to the Passenger Rail Leadership Council in December.

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don’t get that in the shop,” Rich said, and it felt at that instant as if an anvil had dropped off his back. “That was when I was finally OK with it, something small like that that just. “I remember coming back and telling Kathy ‘I’m feeling good about it.’ Just that one little thing.” Although it’s not as if there haven’t been, and won’t continue to be a couple-of hearttugging moments between now and when they turn the key for the last time at the end of the month. “At least this way we’re leaving with the business with dignity, because we did a good job, and it was outside circumstances...” Rich said. “I don’t regret what we’re doing other than I’ll miss a lot of my great customers, and friends. A lot of customers turned into friends. “A man and a woman came in yesterday, and the woman gave me a little sad face, and I almost lost it.” Kathy agreed. “Probably the people, some of our customers — and we were here for 16 years — and some of those customers are people you actually think of as friends, and you get a chance to chat with them and keep up with what they’re doing, and you know, as well as fish stories,” she said. “That is the only thing that I think I will miss, the customers and the relationships that we’ve built.”

Jyll Smith, ODOT stakeholder engineering strategist, said that after the proposal, the council could recommend further study before sending along a final recommendation to the federal railroads in early 2016. It would be at that point that the potential route could be revealed to the eagerly awaiting public. “We have had so much interest; these are some of the biggest open houses we have had,” Smith said. “There have been tons of comments of, ‘This is why we want it, and this is how it will benefit us.’” Anyone who wishes to learn more about the project can visit the Oregon Passenger Rail website. Advocates of the Corvallis rail can support the line by signing the petition on Emma-Kate Schaake City reporter

Brasch and the rest of the SafeRide team hope to establish a three-year plan for ered on Halloween. Holidays improvement. Information seem to spike the number of and research regarding posrides given. This Halloween sible improvements will be there were 185 calls placed. found via collaboration with Excluding cancellations and other schools in the nation who no shows, 155 students used maintain similar programs. SafeRide services on Oct. 31. Possible changes for the These numbers, while an future include purchasing immense increase from previous years, represent only a frac- another van and adding anothtion of the student body. Brasch er dispatcher. hopes to drastically improve Perhaps most of all, the orgaridership throughout the year nization hopes to “make people by increasing awareness and realize that SafeRide is imporaccessibility. tant” and aid as many students “We aren’t serving enough as possible. The team looks students,” Brasch said. “We forward to continuing to see have 20,000-some students increases in ridership. going to our school. We’re servStudents, faculty and staff ing 1 percent of that.” can contact SafeRide for a pickSafeRide exists to “provide safe transportation” to “all OSU up after 7 p.m. and before 1 students, faculty and staff,” a.m. any night fall term by callaccording to the organization’s ing 541-737-5000. website. This means that anyTori Hittner one with a school-issued ID is Student government reporter allowed to use the program’s services.

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Oregon State celebrates its first goal of the game in Thursday’s win against Oregon. It was OSU’s last game of the season and Senior Day.

Oregon State women’s soccer celebrated Senior Day by knocking off Oregon, 2-0, at Paul Lorenz Field in the season finale. “I don’t think we could have ended it on a better note, winning a Civil War game — it probably one of the best ways to go out,” said senior forward Brandi Dawson. It was Dawson’s goal at the end of the first half that carried the Beavers (6-12-2, 4-6-1 Pac-12) into halftime with confidence for the rest of the game. At the beginning of the game, Oregon (4-12-3, 7-8-1), looked like the dominant team, firing shots off one after the other. It took the Beavers a little longer than normal to settle down into the game. “At first it was a little bit frantic; the ball was flying quickly,” said assistant coach Eric Modelska-Pohl. “But after a little while, the girls settled down, and maybe it took little bit longer than if they had seen (head coach) Linus (Rhode)

standing there on the field.” The Beavers were without Rhode on the sideline due to a red card suspension obtained in their game against UCLA on Sunday. During the game, Rhode watched from above in the press box. “It was tough to watch from the press box, but that was just the situations,” Rhode said. “It was fun to watch the girls play and get a ‘W’ in the Civil War.” CivilWar games are always high intensity games, but that, on top of it being Oregon State’s Senior Day, set the stage for an emotional victory. “In the locker room, we were getting all hyped up,” said senior forward Jenna Richardson. “I think coming out there emotionally we all wanted to put it all out on the field.” Once the team settled down into their rhythm of play, the Beavers played one of their best games of the season After scoring going into halftime, the Beavers took control of the second half, sealing the deal with another goal. “Whenever we go up early, we usually end up playing really well the rest of the game because we have that intensity and that fire,” Dawson said. See WOMEN’s SOCCER | page 6

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Oregon State’s men’s basketball team has put two exhibition wins in the bag and is set to start the games that count in the wins and loss columns. The Beavers didn’t play exactly as some expected in their tune-up games, with rough first halves in both games that included the Beavers falling behind to NAIA teams Concordia and Corban. However, OSU fought back on both occasions and took double-digit victories in each contest. Sunday’s 8 p.m. home matchup with Coppin State will provide another opportunity for the Beavers to finally get off on the right foot. “If you let guys feel like they’re in the game, they can be in the game,” said head coach Craig Robinson. “That’s even more important against a Division I team like Coppin State.” It will be the first regular season game for the Beavers and the first of two straight home matchups. The Eagles will be playing the second consecutive game against a Pac-12 team,

as they travel to face California on Friday before making their way to Gill Coliseum. Coppin State faced another Pac-12 member in USC to begin the 2012-13 season, which ended with a 14-point victory for the Trojans. “What worries me is that we’re playing a team at the beginning of the season that is used to playing big teams,” Robinson said. “They like to push the ball, they play hard and they’re used to playing in situations like this.” The only two players in double digits in the USC game for Coppin State have since graduated, though the Eagles are returning four starters from a year ago. They finished with an 8-24 record last season. For the Beavers, senior guard Roberto Nelson has been the leader he was expected to be coming into the season. His 36 points against Concordia tops any prior contest in his career. Second only to him in scoring last game, with 17 points, was freshman guard Malcolm Duvivier, who has received praise from Robinson for his work ethic in practice. “He came out (on practice Thursday) playing as hard, if not harder, as he had been, but he didn’t take one shot until the very end,” Robinson said. Duvivier was seven-of-eight from the field on Tuesday but didn’t force his shots in practice.

“That is extremely mature for a freshman,” Robinson said. “He was really working on running the offense and trying to help other guys. I’ve never seen that. I don’t see that from veteran guys.” Duvivier and Nelson led the Beavers offensively against Concordia, but it has been the defensive side of the floor that the team is trying to focus on. “We gave up too many points last game,” said sophomore Victor Robbins. “We can score, that’s never our problem. We have to keep up the intensity on defense.” The Beavers also showed signs of missing their two suspended big men — senior Devon Collier and junior Eric Moreland — in the first two contests. The Cavaliers outrebounded the Beavers, 41-36, and managed to track down 19 offensive boards. “We need (Moreland and Collier),” Robbins said. “We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds last game. … We have to push it and jump over every hurdle until they get back.” Luckily for the Beavers, both players are able to practice. “We have the best scout team in the country,” Robinson said. “We have two potential All-Pac-12 players playing with three walk-ons, and it makes the walk-ons See BASKETBALL | page 6

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Junior running back Terron Ward approaches a USC defender on Nov. 1. Oregon State has struggled running the ball this year.

Last week, the Oregon State football video department released a trio of throwback videos chronicling the Beavers’ recent history of talent at the wide receiver, cornerback and tight end positions. The most notable exception was the recent chain of running backs, which arguably has the most depth of talent since the top of the century with past stars Ken Simonton, Steven Jackson, Yvenson Bernard and Jacquizz Rodgers. The difference between the running backs and the other positions is that the three videos used past players, such as Joe Halahuni, Jordan Poyer and Mike Hass, to draw a correlation with current players like Rashaad Reynolds or Brandin

Cooks who could one day be remembered in the same light. For a variety of reasons, the situation is different for the running backs. Partially to blame is the passing game, which not only has been efficient enough to take the emphasis away from handing the ball off, but also has specifically changed the way OSU tries to run the ball. With more and more passing attempts, the Beavers tried to streamline the offense by using more draws when running the ball in an attempt to keep defenses guessing when a pass play was called. Draw plays were not Oregon State’s bread and butter with players like Yvenson Bernard and Jacquizz Rodgers, however. “Yvenson was a great stretch runner, Jacquizz was a great zone runner,” said offensive coorSee FOOTBALL | page 6

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The Oregon State men’s soccer team is sandwiched between two top-three teams on No. 4 Cal’s schedule. The Golden Bears (11-1-2, 5-1-1 Pac-12) lost to No. 2 UCLA on Sunday and head to Seattle to take on No. 3 Washington this Sunday. On Friday? The last-place Beavers (7-7-2, 0-5-2) are the team that may be the lowest on Cal’s radar. “We definitely have the ability to come out and be a little unnoticed and see if we can scare them a little bit,” said sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bersano. “By all means, I think we can win the game. It’s a chance of actually going out and doing it, because I don’t think that they’re going to think we can.” The matchup with Cal, one of three Pac12 teams nationally ranked in the top four, is only the fifth home game of the year for OSU. The Beavers are 2-1-1 at home. In the last two weekends, the Beavers’ play has been up and down, according to head coach Steve Simmons. On the last two Friday games, the Beavers have played first-place UCLA to a tie. On the last two Sunday games, they lost to San Diego State — the Aztecs’ only two conference wins this season. “The San Diego State (losses) represent some coming of age that we need to have happen,” Simmons said. “And depth — we’re missing some pieces that are not healthy. It’s hard, especially with FridaySunday games.” In the last five games, the Beavers managed to score just two goals and were shutout three times, which is more than they’ve been shutout in the previous 11 games. “We’ve got to kind of ‘man up’ a little bit in the sense of, those games are behind us, we didn’t do what we wanted and we know what we want to do,” Bersano said. In the last two games against the Bruins and Aztecs, OSU had only four shots on goal — a problem they’re looking to correct this weekend. “We’re going to look to score goals as early and often as we can,” said sophomore midfielder Mikhail Doholis. “We got a lot of

Last weekend, the Oregon State swim team defeated San Diego, en route to its first dual meet win of the season after losing four straight meets. Assistant coach Jamie Jackson said that win against San Diego helped the team build morale. She hopes that confidence will continue to grow when the team competes on Friday against Seattle University, which has swimmers with comparable skill. “We have a good chance to win, but we need our depth to pull through,” Jackson said. “Our people who are finishing fourth, fifth and sixth in other dual meets really have a chance to get second, third or fourth.” Jackson said she understands that the pressure could be too much, but she hopes that it will motivate the swimmers and get them excited. Senior Crystal Kibby is one swimmer who could possibly earn a first-place finish in the meet. Her times might not be consistently improving, but Kibby has been facing tough competition. She



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Junior Brenden Anderson chases down a loose ball against UCLA on Oct. 18. chances against UCLA and San Diego State … that we just didn’t finish.” The last time the Beavers played Cal on Oct. 3, the Golden Bears defeated OSU, 3-1. The Beavers are currently sitting at No. 82 in the Ratings Percentage Index. With Cal and No. 3 Washington still on the schedule, the Beavers have a chance to climb those rankings with strong showings in the last three games of the season. “The fact is we have top-five teams that we’re playing that can move us up quite significantly (in the RPI),” Simmons said. “Maybe everybody else is seeing (us) as a spoiler, but we’re trying to get a result.” Simmons also said junior forward Khiry Shelton, who has missed half the season with a back injury, is not necessarily ruled out for Sunday’s game against Stanford. Despite playing eight of the team’s 16 games, Shelton is still the Beavers’ leader in goals with four. The game is set to start at 1 p.m. Friday and will be aired on Pac-12 Networks. Warner Strausbaugh, editor-in-chief On Twitter @WStrausbaugh

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better.” Collier is still a game away from returning to the floor, but the Beavers should have sophomore Jarmal Reid back on Sunday. Reid “was a little under the weather,” according to Robinson, and was held out of the Concordia game. The Beavers struggled to slow the Cavaliers’ offense, which put up 94 points on Tuesday. “He would have changed the whole complexion of that game,” Robinson said. “Whenever somebody goes on a run, he can single-handedly shut it down.” Nelson noted that Concordia, which totaled seven 3-pointers in the game on Tuesday, hit some tough shots regardless of the defensive pressure. “Some nights that’s how it’s going to be for the opposing team,” Nelson said after Tuesday’s game. “We could have defended a little better, but we came through when it mattered and we stuck together.”

dinator Danny Langsdorf. “It kind of depends on the runner.” Langsdorf said the decision to change to more draws was not necessarily based on sophomore Storm Woods’ and junior Terron Ward’s abilities. “(We’ve had) heavier passing, so we run more draw off of it,” Langsdorf said. “We’d like to get back to the zone and stretch, that’s what we were really good at with Jacquizz and Yvenson.” The position has taken a vast transition from only a few years ago. Ken Simonton led the Beavers in rushing four straight years (1998-2001), followed by two consecutive years led by Steven Jackson. One year later, Yvenson Bernard began a string of three straight seasons atop the Oregon State ground game, after which Jacquizz Rodgers immediately took over from 2008-10. “One thing we’ve done is had one good runner,” Langsdorf said. “You saw it with Steven, Yvenson and Jacquizz. Those guys were by far clearly the best guy, and so we featured him.” When Rodgers decided to forgo his senior season for the NFL draft, the trend of dominant feature backs faltered. In 2011, OSU’s leading rusher was freshman Malcolm Agnew, who scraped together 423 yards in an injury-

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About halfway through the second half, Oregon had a streak of good opportunities, earning three corner kicks in a five minute span. The Ducks were unable to capitalize, allowing Oregon State’s second goal on a counter in the 77th minute. Sophomore midfielder Natalie Meiggs collected the ball in the center of the pitch, turned and slotted a ball through Richardson. “Nat just turned, and I saw the gap open up,” Richardson said. “It took all I had left in the tank to sprint through as fast as I could.” Richardson connected with the ball to beat the goalie to the far post and put the Beavers up 2-0 with just more than 20 minutes to play. “The girls played a good game,” Rhode said. “For a spell there at the end, we were a little bit shaky, but then we pulled it together and finished the game strong.”

riddled season. More than half of those yards came in OSU’s first game of the season against FCS team Sacramento State. The next two leaders of that year are still on the team — Ward and senior Jovan Stevenson. Ward has remained in the backfield while Stevenson has switched between cornerback and running back. The 2012 season showed signs of a return to a rushing-fueled offense, as Woods — a redshirt freshman at the time — took the reins in the backfield along with Ward. Woods finished with 940 yards on the season, while Ward added 415. Still, the Beavers were a pass-first team in 2012. Quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz combined to average 38 attempts per game in an offense that got 71 percent of its offense through the air. This season more than any other has been a display of a nearly one-dimensional offense despite having talented backs. Woods eclipsed the 1,000 career yard mark after 13 games and Ward is only 93 yards away from hitting that benchmark. The system hasn’t changed either. Corvallis is still the home of a conventional pro-style philosophy. “Our offense hasn’t changed,” said offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. “We’ve got the same system, we’ve done it for a long time. We make tweaks here

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we need to come out with every game, and if we do that, we are going to come out on top more often then not,” Modelska-Pohl said. Sarah Kerrigan, sports reporter On Twitter @skerrigan123

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Sophomore running back Storm Woods takes a draw up the middle against USC on Nov. 1. or there, but it’s the same offense.” Another tweak may be imminent this year as the Beavers managed to run the ball on occasion against Stanford and USC in stark contrast to previous weeks. “In the USC game, we started coming around on it a little,” Langsdorf said. “We had some big runs and got back to a little more balance.” Against the Trojans, Woods and Ward combined for a 6.6 yard-per-carry aver-

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Yeas & Nays Yea to thinking the Forum page would be sent before the Oregon vs. Stanford game was finished. Yea to that not being the case. Yea to David Shaw, Tyler Gaffney, Kevin Hogan, Shayne Skov, the Stanford Tree and the rest of the preppy, spoiled rich kids in Palo Alto, Calif., who deserve (another) celebration for beating the Ducks. Nay to not being able to change the Tweet of the Day in the sports section. Yea to all the Oregon State athletes tweeting their support for Stanford, or rather, their joy in watching the Ducks lose. Nay to this Yeas & Nays clearly showing a rooting interest, or lack thereof, in a team. But hey, they’re a really, really easy team to dislike. Yea to Thursday night getting miles better than it was before. Yea to ending this late-night rant about the Ducks loss (did we mention it was great?) and sending this newspaper for all of you to read. Now onto the original Yeas & Nays. Yea to a nice, calm, relaxing weekend with no fathers, no football and no holidays that are used as an excuse for thousands of college students to become stereotypes of themselves — drunk and wearing little clothing. Nay to social media. Yea to “Game of Thrones.” Nay to “Game of Thrones” addictions getting in the way of school, work and life — even if a current addiction to the series is a few years behind. Nay to “winter is coming,” and its overuse in the Barometer these days. We just went three-for-five for that phrase making a staff editorial this week. House Stark would be proud. Yea to starting another new book series. Nay to only having time to read anything between midnight and 2 a.m. Yea to pumpkin cookies, brownies and cooking dinner in the newsroom. Nay to winter, which is coming. Nay to the constant, unrelenting drizzle — not enough to validate wearing a raincoat, but enough to make more than seven minutes outdoors an exercise in misery. Yea to boxes, they’re more comfortable than one would think. Nay to people trolling the Yeas & Nays board in the newsroom. Nay to homophones, because they “waist” everyone’s time. Yea to the a capella group, Outspoken, singing the Oregon State University Alma Mater at the State of the Students Address. Now we’re talking. Yea to the women’s soccer team winning the Civil War game, 2-0, on Thursday. Yea to Newcastle United beating Chelsea, 2-0, on Saturday. Yes, we did just drop an English Premier League reference. The rest of the world loves soccer, why can’t America? Nay to meters, degrees Celsius and driving on the left side of the road. We can’t convert all at once. Blimey, that’d be confusing. See you at the Peacock.


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eterans Day is approaching quickly, which means we have a celebration to look forward to — one of homework and class participation. Not the most memorable way to celebrate our country’s veterans. According to U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, there are no legal requirements for state and local governments (including schools) to close for the day. School districts are free to do what they please for this holiday, which is all the more reason to be upset at our university for making us go to class.


Scottaline Despite what we students perceive as the terrible injustice — not getting the day off from classes for Veterans Day — there is the bigger issue of veterans not receiving the day off from work. It is specifically stated on Oregon State University’s holiday calendar

that if veterans want the day off, they must request it. Even then, they will not receive paid leave unless they have accumulated paid time off. This is outrageous. Forget us poor whiny college students who just want the day off to sleep and catch up on nonsense. Why can’t we give our veterans a few hours off on a day that specifically honors them? It’s a little ridiculous. Bruce Braley, a U.S. representative in Iowa, has reintroduced legislation to give veterans this special day off. We should be following his lead on this.

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’m incredibly uncool. It’s not something that can be helped, really — one is born cool or born lacking intrinsic coolness. I’m too bubbly and easily excited to be cool. It’s often been brought to my attention that if I were an animal, I’d be a Labrador: happy, smiling, always willing to play. I’m the dog from “Up,” or the hyperactive squirrel from “Over the Hedge.” Being the comic relief isn’t cool. Fortunately, over the years I’ve picked up a few tricks that make me seem cool. The following pieces of advice are for my fellow science fiction nerds, bookworms and “adults” with a 12-year-old child’s sense of humor. The first step in tricking people

angst goes a long way, but be careful not to come off as too aloof, lest people think you’re a hipster. Hipsters aren’t cool. Shelly Don’t be too available. Cool people are always busy doing cool things, like brooding against impressive skylines. into thinking you’re cool is apathy. Just like your emotions, maintain Acting interested in or excited about a distinct aura of mystery when it anything utterly negates coolness. comes to social media. “Like” things You must pretend, at all costs, that sparingly and don’t be too eager to respond to comments or texts. nothing piques your interest. Eagerness and desperation aren’t There is nothing awesome enough cool. Wait at least 17 minutes before to hold your attention or beget emoresponding — 17 minutes is the threetional involvement. With apathy comes brooding. If day rule of social media. Don’t conform. Cool people are you always look uninterested or deep cool because they’re willing to do in thought, you’ll appear smart. Smart is the new sexy. Sexiness is, cool, cutting-edge things. If you fit in with the crowd, you’ll have no distincby default, cool. Having just the right amount of See LORTS | page 8


It’s important that we not only name a day after the people who have served our country, but let them celebrate it. “Allowing them to take Veterans Day off work is just one small way of showing our gratitude for their commitment and service,” Braley said. Even if the university does not give students the day off for Veterans Day, giving veterans a paid day off is a way to show our respect for their service. t

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Letters to the Editor Regarding Ruud’s Nov. 4 column

Do your research In regards to Cassie Ruud’s article on gluten intolerance, “Gluten intolerance: Flatulence no longer a laughing matter“: Oh, please. How about looking up some actual data from the scientific literature — it’s in the library and online — and writing about what you find? For instance, the prevalence of Celiac disease, although apparently growing rapidly, is around 1 percent. Use the training you are getting in college to help you to filter out the fads and opportunist bullpoo from what is actually known. This, in my honest opinion, is what education is about. I look forward to reading your next column. Kevin Marley Research Assistant

Regarding Ruud’s Nov. 5 column

Our votes really don’t matter Cassie Ruud’s editorial, “Apathetic voters ignoring duties as citizens to country,” casually mentions that we feel our votes don’t matter, but fails to address this critical issue. We don’t simply “feel” that way; we have hard evidence showing our votes don’t matter. An October 2012 study by Thomas Hayes examined the responsiveness of legislators to various income groups. Regardless of political participation, legislators still ignore the interests of lower-income voters. As summarized by Eric Dolan (quoted in a presentation by the Young Turks), it found that “In all of the five Congresses examined, the voting records of Senators were consistently aligned with the opinions of their wealthiest constituents. The opinions of lower-class constituents, however, NEVER appeared to influence the Senators’ voting behavior... The neglect of lower income groups was a bipartisan affair. Democrats were not any more responsive to the poor than Republicans.” (emphasis mine) Our so-called ‘representatives’ do not represent us. Students (at least, I and most of the students I know) are always short on funds and can’t afford to donate to politicians. Therefore, the opinions and desires of students — along with opinions and desires of anyone else who is lower-income — are represented by exactly zero percent of Congress. And that’s not even taking into account the way that the electoral college and gerrymandering allows candidates who are not favored by the majority to take office anyway, voter ID laws (where


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Oregon chub found in the Molalla River Basin Oregon health centers get federal grants By Peggy Savage


PORTLAND ­­­— An ODFW Native Fish Investigation team has found the first Oregon chub in the Molalla River since Eisenhower was president. ODFW ’s Native Fish Investigations Program recently teamed up with the Molalla River Watch. The result – the first sighting of Oregon chub in the lower Willamette basin in 60 years. In more good news for followers of this threatened native minnow, NFI staff recently discovered two populations of Oregon chub in the Molalla River Basin. Historically, Oregon chub occupied the Willamette River from the mouth of the Clackamas to the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette River. However, the last observation of Oregon chub in the lower Willamette was at Oregon City in 1953. Since 1991, ODFW’s Native Fish Investigations Program has conducted surveys at over 50 locations in the lower Willamette in an attempt to locate this species, without success. In 2013, NFI partnered with the Molalla River Watch to identify and survey additional locations in the Molalla River basin. Oregon chub were found at two sites, one on Milk Creek near the town of Canby, the other near


PORTLAND ­­— Four Oregon health centers have received a combined $2.3 million from the federal government. The money comes from the Affordable Care Act and will be used to help low-income Oregonians. $150 million is going to 236 health centers across the country. One of them, the Virginia Garcia Center in Cornelius, will get almost $860,000. CEO Gil Munoz says they’ll use it to open a new office in Newberg for the uninsured and low-income workers who will soon have insurance, “We’ll be partnering with Yamhill County health to provide mental health and alcohol and drug services,” he said. “We’ll be providing dental services and there’s also public health and WIC services that will be on site.” The Bandon Community Health Center, La Clinica Del Valle in Medford and the Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg also received grants. Dave Herasimtschuk

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Oregon chub are found in the Molalla River basin. the town of Molalla. Oregon chub had not been documented in the Molalla basin previously. This finding extends the range of Oregon chub 70 river miles north. Although }populations were historically documented below Willamette falls, the current known distribution is close to the historical distribution of Oregon chub. Nonnative fish species, such

as largemouth bass and bluegill, predate upon and compete with Oregon chub, and are common in the off-channel and slow flowing habitats preferred by chub. The impact of nonnative fish, combined with the alteration or loss of many off-channel habitats and changes in river flow due to the construction of the Willamette dams, led ODFW to believe that Oregon chub were likely extirpated from the

lower Willamette. NFI staff are planning to seek out and collaborate with partners in the Molalla basin in 2014 and beyond to sample additional areas. In addition, NFI will seek out public and private landowners that are willing to allow introductions of Oregon chub into suitable habitat, to increase the number of populations and add resiliency for the species.

Homeless families seek shelter in Salem By Stefanie Knowlton STATESMAN JOURNAL

SALEM — The YWCA’s Salem Outreach Shelter is working with families to find another place to stay while the nonprofit tries to dig out of a $30,000-per-month shortfall. The shelter stopped accepting new families last month, and soon it will close its doors until the board approves a more costeffective way to run the shelter. “It’s really hard to do a restructure of a program and create a new service model when you

have families there,” said Shaney Starr, YWCA board president. “We are helping them find permanent housing.” She declined to say how long the seven families have to find a place to live. Katie Wilson, who lives at the shelter, said she was given until Nov. 30 to find a home for herself and her twin daughters. “It’s been very difficult for many of us,” she said. “We’re all scrambling.” But she has a lead on a Section 8 apartment that she hopes to

move into soon. Many of the families have Section 8 vouchers, Starr said. YWCA Salem is considering significant changes in order to bring the organization back into the black, and the shelter is a big piece of that plan. It’s the largest program expense in the budget, according to a 2012 audit, with an annual cost of $433,191. That’s more than one-third of the YWCA’s operating budget. Regardless of what happens, the property needs to remain a


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YWCA’s Salem Outreach Shelter on Center Street soon it will close until the board approves a more cost-effective way to run the shelter.

LORTS n Continued from page 7

because you don’t want people to catch on. And for the love of coolness, tion of cool. Keep your clothes don’t ever laugh at your own jokes. simple and neutral. Cool people Lastly, cool people make the don’t stand out, but they don’t do stupid things they do look cool. “mainstream,” either. Did you just trip over your own It’s a tightrope of an act, feet in the middle of the Memorial coolness. Union and go flying forward with Memorize a few choice lines the force of a 747? Stand up, make of comedy and wit. Wit is cool. eye contact with bystanders and Don’t speak often, but when you give them the “‘Sup” chin nod. do, make sure it’s funny, facetious Just like a cat. Cats are cool. and fast. However, you need to Did yesterday’s underwear just drop your witticisms with caution, fall out of your pant leg because

shelter because of grant funding connected to it, Starr said, otherwise the grants would need to be repaid. But it’s not clear what population the shelter might serve in the future and whether it would stay with the YWCA. The shelter opened 25 years ago and merged with the YWCA in 2001. It moved to its location on Center Street in 2007, where it serves as many as 14 homeless families at a time, helping them find jobs and housing, and providing life skills training. Several local shelters have beds for families, but almost all have waiting lists, said Dominique Donaho of the Salem Housing Authority. “There is a huge unmet need in Salem,” she said about emergency housing. Nearly half of the homeless residents in Marion and Polk counties are children, according to a homeless count done Jan. 30, 2013. Simonka Place, a Keizer shelter for women and children, soon will open a new wing. The expansion will increase its capacity by 60 percent to 82 beds. But the Union Gospel Mission, which runs the shelter, expects to be at capacity as soon as the new beds open next month. “There is just a ton of need,” said Kyle Dickinson of Union Gospel Mission. “We will do the best we can with everyone who comes to us.”

you were in a hurry to get dressed this morning and put on the same pants you haphazardly discarded last night in a video-game daze? No problem. Scoop those suckers up and walk proud. If bystanders are staring, give them a smirk and an indignant eyebrow raise: “Yeah, that happened. What of it?” Being cool is an act. Most of us aren’t born with the Awesome Gene — many of those who were abuse it. Luckily for my fellow nerds, geeks and dorks, our awkwardness is becoming cool.

Strawberry growers thrive in high altitude setting By Samantha Tipler HERALD AND NEWS

KLAMATH FALLS — Strawberry plant growers use the unique Klamath Basin climate to their advantage. Sitting at 4,200-footelevation has its perks. “We don’t do strawberries, we do strawberry nursery plants,” said Scott Scholer, the general manager of field operations at Lassen Canyon Nursery in Macdoel, just south of the OregonCalifornia border. “It’s a niche market in the Klamath Basin.” The growing season starts around April 1, when the strawberry plants are put in the ground. They grow throughout the spring and summer. In October the weather turns cold, making the plant act like it’s winter, building up starches. That’s when strawberry nurseries harvest, removing the plants from the ground and shipping them to warmer climates, such as southern California. Once there, the plant will act like it’s spring and time to make fruit, even though it’s only November or December. That way, the fruit is ready to harvest in the spring. For Lassen Canyon Nursery, most of the plants go to commercial fruit growers in California. Some go to Florida, Louisiana and Arkansas. Plants are grown across the Klamath Basin, in Bonanza, Merrill, Malin, Tulelake and Dairy. Lassen Canyon Nursery has weather detectors in the fields and Scholer waits for at least 250 hours of sub-45-degree temperatures before harvest starts. Initially harvests are done at night from about 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. because the plants — especially the roots — need to be kept cool. As long as the ground isn’t frozen, Scholer and his crews can keep harvesting. Scholer said in the past he has harvested in the snow, the layer of white insulating the ground and keeping it from freezing. Once nighttime temperatures in Macdoel drop below 20 degrees, the roots can freeze. It’s too cold to harvest and operations are moved to days. Last week a long line of machines worked through the Lassen Canyon Nursery fields. “It looks like a railroad train,” Scholer said. First came the chopper, which removed all the tops of the plants, like a giant double-edged razor blade, Scholer said. Next came the harvester, turning the plants in a giant cylinder on its side, knocking off all the dirt. Another harvester runs the plants up a bumpy track, again knocking off the dirt. At the end of the harvester the plants go into large white bins. A worker drives by to collect them, taking them to semi trucks. Lassen Canyon Nursery ships 26 semi-loads of strawberry plants a night, Scholer said. Each semi holds 66 bins. “Everybody knows their job,” Scholer said of his crew circling the fields. “It’s just round and round and round.” Headed south The trucks take the plants for processing, where workers trim the plants and roots and pack them into 1,000-plant containers to head for California planting. Within hours of being taken out of a field, strawberry plants are on their way to southern California. The first plants of the harvest in September were replanted in Oxnard and Irvine, Calif., within days of being harvested in Macdoel. A plant can be processed on Monday, shipped on Tuesday and in the ground on Wednesday, Scholer said. That plant will start making strawberries by Thanksgiving or Christmas, with the peak fruit production in time in for Easter and Mother’s Day.

So go with it. Stand proud with your apathetic and vacant stares, awkwardly aloof social tendencies and ill-timed, convoluted comedy. But if you’re caught trying to trick people into thinking you’re cool, don’t mention me. I have a cool reputation to protect. t

Shelly Lorts is a post-bac student in English, and has a BA in film production. The opinions expressed in Lorts’ reviews do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Lorts can be reached at

LETTERS n Continued from page 7 IDs are definitely not free), lack of mail-in ballots in many states, lack of ballot access for third-party candidates, super-PACs and dirty campaign funding. A thoughtful discussion of why we should or shouldn’t vote ought to include an analysis of all the reasons why our votes do little or nothing, and what we can do to restore meaning to our votes. Amanda Hoyt Department of Chemistry, pursuing M.S. with thesis in organic chemistry

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