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Students will pay less for tuition prices because of a series of funds granted from a special legislative session in September. The initial announcements from the Board of Higher Education were released Friday. Oregon State University students will now see an increase of 2.5 percent in tuition prices, as opposed to the originally propositioned 5.9 percent increase. Across the state, the average increase was originally 4.8 and was then reduced to an average 2.5

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The Associated Students of Oregon State University Senate focused primarily on popular student issues and opinions at Tuesday night’s meeting. Senators heard a passionate appeal from Olivia Chac, a representative of the Vietnamese Student Association. Chac spoke on behalf of fellow students concerned about the failure to renew the contract of the current Director of Intercultural Student Services Sandy Tsuneyoshi. According to Chac, Tsuneyoshi’s current position would no longer exist under the upcoming reconstruction of Intercultural Student Services. Tsuneyoshi’s contract currently stands to end in December and will not be renewed. Chac brought a letter written by a passionate alumnus to show the importance of Tsuneyoshi’s work and the bond with her students. Chac described Tsuneyoshi as an “intellectual leader and strong advocate” for the students she represents. Senators asked for further concrete information regarding the situation before making any decisions to move forward with a resolution. The Senate Student Outreach Committee reminded senators of the upcoming town hall meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Memorial Union 211. The meeting will focus on issues surrounding the tuition plateau. President of the Senate Victoria Redman introduced possible legislation regarding the Good Samaritan Policy and alternative voting system discussed previously in the House. According to Redman, the Oregon See SENATE | page 3

Funds from September special legislative session make declining tuition rates possible



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Class project helps Corvallis homeless International students raise $1,300 for cold-weather women’s shelter at First United Methodist Church

“We can see people in the street, and we wanted to help.” Homeless shelters were a new concept for the students, and such a support structure for those in need impressed them. They By Emma-Kate Schaake plan on volunteering at the shelter in the THE DAILY BAROMETER coming weeks. One class project can have a huge impact “In China, they do not have a special on the community. place for people who are poor or have no A group of six international Chinese stu- place to live,” said group member Suzhen dents raised $1,300 for the winter women’s Liu. shelter, Room at the Inn. The shelter is a Once they found a place to donate to, temporary winter lodging that runs from the group decided to host a bowling, bilNovember to April and serves up to 12 liards and game night in the Memorial women who are 18 or older. Union basement in order to raise the funds. The project was part of management class They sold tickets ahead of time, especially 456, a practicum class that focuses on the within the INTO program, and offered application of management principles in food, T-shirts, games and raffle prizes at real-world situations. The students were the event. tasked with finding a charity in Corvallis Courtesy of Zemiao He “We sold tickets at INTO and explained and creating a project to raise funds for that their donations to them,” said Pilyi Liu. Chinese student coordinators of Play for Hope — Top organization. “We care about homeless people in “We wanted more people to know about row: Suzhen Liu, Pinyi Liu. Bottom row: Xiaolong Zhang, Yuanquian Sun, Casey Glick, Ruijinh Zhang and Zemiao He. Corvallis,” said group member Pilyi Liu. See SHELTER | page 4 n

Kicking open the doors for new campus Dutch Bros.

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Jessica Ortman, a sophomore in business, looks at the huge line as she works as a barista at the new Dutch Bros.

Cafe opens next to OSU Beaver Store, brings in customers Tuesday with free drinks

“I was just crossing campus and saw that they’re giving out free coffee, so I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll try Dutch Bros.,” said Jessica Denney, whose husband works as the resident director of West Hall. “I don’t go to Dutch Bros. often, By Kaitlyn Kohlenberg THE DAILY BAROMETER so I just saw this as an opportunity to Bright lights, a fog machine and see what their menu offers.” For the grand opening, Dutch Bros. music audible from Dixon Recreational Center helped set the atmosphere for was offering all drinks (smoothies, the opening of the new Dutch Bros. blended energy drinks and coffee at the corner of SW 26th Street and drinks) for free in the 16-ounce size. Washington Way. The newly opened location is the What truly drew the crowds, though, fifth location in Corvallis; however, was the promise of free drinks offered it is only the second walk-in cafe, as all day in honor of the cafe’s grand most Dutch Bros. locations are drivethru only. opening. n

Despite the already-present location on the corner of NW Kings Boulevard and Monroe Avenue, many students were grateful for the additional location. “It’s nice that there’s a Dutch Bros. on this side of campus because it was a little inconvenient to walk all the way over to Monroe, especially when most of my classes are on this side of campus,” said Alexi Schweitzer, a senior in human development and family sciences. Denney agreed from both a student and business perspective. See COFFEE | page 4

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according to police logs. Eventually, Corvallis police used a stun gun and pepper spray on Putnam, which led them to physically remove her from the rig. She was arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Criminal Trespass II and Harassment.

For better or for worse Kmart loss prevention staff spotted a couple around 2:19 p.m. allegedly stealing a table set valued at $200. Kmart loss prevention staff apprehended the couple and showed Corvallis police video evidence of the attempted theft. Police cited the couple for Theft II.

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A bad time and place A red Ford Escape attempted to leave Watch that right hook the Peacock Bar and Grill at 1:13 a.m. Friday, November 15 Someone saw a male with a bloody when it allegedly backed into another Looking to save some gas money face near the Good Samaritan Hospital at vehicle traveling south on Second Street. 12:51 a.m., according to police logs. When A drilling rig operator found Anna The driver, a 28-year-old female, allegCorvallis police investigated further, the Putnam, 26, allegedly attempting to steal edly refused all tests. A search warrant man said he was boxing with his friend the drilling rig from a storage yard in was granted and her blood was taken when he allegedly suffered an inch-long Avery Park. The operator tried to stop her, for testing. cut above his left eye. He took a taxi to but was physically assaulted in response, the hospital for care.

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Researcher finds benefits of physical activity on brain disease, function THE DAILY BAROMETER



The brain plays a vital role in regulating physical activity behavior and exercise performance. A recent study by Oregon State University researcher Brad Cardinal finds that regular physical activity may play

a key role in the prevention and treatment of various neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression and overall cognitive function. Cardinal is a professor of social psychology of physical activity and co-director of the

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Nov. 16, 1984: Eleventh president of OSU, Robert William MacVicar, retires • Underneath MacVicar, Oregon State University saw a major increase in student enrollment from 15,509 students to more than 17,500 students. MacVicar served as president for 14 years, during which 23 new buildings appeared on campus, including Dixon Recreation Center and LaSells Stewart Center. Nov. 21, 1989: Student Fees Committee raises budget to account for increased minimum wage • The OSU Student Fees Committee approved the appropriation of $34,604 to the Memorial Union and Recreational Sports organizations to contend with increasing wages. State law raised the minimum wage from $3.35 to $3.85 per hour. Nov. 23, 1999: Student struck by falling goal post after Civil War win • A female freshman was struck in the head by a falling goal post in the aftermath of the Beavers’ double-overtime victory over the Ducks. After storming the field prematurely, students were directed to the southern end zone to wait until play completely stopped. After the winning touchdown, enthusiastic students climbed atop the goal post and caused the pole to crash upon the crowd below. The stricken student fully recovered from her injuries. All information was gathered from the Valley Library Special Archives and past issues of The Daily Barometer.

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Published in October on PubMed, the study describes this two-way relationship and focuses on its likely implications for improving exercise performance, physical activity and brain-related function and results.

Medieval, modern meld at UO By Kelsey Thalhofer THE REGISTER-GUARD

EUGENE — Before Tyler Stubbert arrived on the University of Oregon campus Monday evening to demonstrate his skills with a sword, he spent two hours cleaning the fingerprints of fascinated middle-schoolers off his armor. “It really helps connect the past to the present,” Stubbert, a seventhgrade social studies teacher at Madison Middle School by day and a ranked fencer by night, said of his craft. “By feeling the weight of a sword in their hand, by wearing the helmet ... they can actually put themselves in the shoes of the people who lived at that time.” Stubbert, 28, and a group of fellow armor-clad fencers from Northwest Fencing Academy, a school of medieval European martial arts in Eugene, demonstrated their sport to UO students in professor Michael Furtado’s upperdivision Medieval Warfare class. As the would-be knights clashed swords, daggers and poleaxes and drilled through 14th- and 15th-century techniques under the instruction of master swordsman Sean Hayes, students got a glimpse of the skills and strategies behind the ancient warfare. Many of them whipped out their smartphones to take photos and videos as Stubbert threw his opponent to the ground. UO freshman Donnell Marzo of McMinnville expressed surprise at how much martial arts, and wrestling, played a role in the duels. “I guess it was in my mind that they only used swords,” he said. While it wasn’t all about the swords, Marzo said he definitely enjoyed checking out the weapons and armor that Hayes passed around the room during

the presentation. As did other students in the class, he posed with the sword while classmates snapped photos on their phones. “Even though it’s just a replica, it’s nice to hold a sword,” Marzo said. “You’re immersed with the object.” His professor, Furtado, said such demonstrations are often the only way to really understand knighthood, since most knights tended to write about fighting technique rather than about their own experiences. Furtado said many students were surprised by the agility of the fencers, who fight with limited visibility in armor that can weigh 65 pounds. “You can show manuscript images, but they’re static,” Furtado said. “You need a way to see this movement to get an idea for the speed and the violence that was involved.” Furtado said the demonstrations help students such as Marzo understand the reality of ancient sword fighting. “It’s nothing like people think, they’re not hacking at each other,” he said. “There’s a lot of wrestling.” If a swordsman talked too much or breathed improperly with his helmet shut, the students learned, he could suffer carbon dioxide panic. If he made a wrong move with his sword, his opponent could use wrestling techniques. Hayes, who has studied medieval combat for 23 years, called the sport “the martial art for nerds.” Before starting his academy in 2007, he taught himself how to read centuriesold Italian manuscripts that demonstrate the intricate duel techniques. “We read books, and then we make them come to life,” he said. “Some subtleties will be lost on the battlefield, very definitely, but the art still applies.


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Wednesday, Nov. 20 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. College of Science, 5pm, WB 205. Info session on the SMDEP summer medical and dental program.

Events Diversity Development, 3-4pm, Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. Welcoming all OSU students and community members! Join us for a great workout and a chance to learn more about the traditions in Polynesian dancing. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 5-7pm, MU Ballroom. Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration: Guest speaker, activities, dinner. Center for Civic Engagement, 6-8pm, MU 106. Faces of Homelessness Panel. Local individuals share personal experiences of homelessness. ASOSU International Affairs, Noon1pm, ILLC 450-452. “Learn the Law. Save $$$.” Join the lawyers from Student Legal Service to learn about landlord/tenant laws, criminal laws and motor vehicle law. Women’s Center, 4-7pm, NAL Gathering Hall. An interactive discussion focused on social justice issues. By telling our personal stories, we will empower others to seek and make changes - on or off campus.

Thursday, Nov. 21 Events International Students of OSU, 5-7:30pm, MU Lounge. Meet and Mingle: Networking starts today for the leaders of tomorrow. Several leaders from the University will impart their knowledge about leadership. Come and mingle! Pride Center, 1:30-2:30pm, Pride Center. Tea Sampling with Topics. Discuss, make friends. Queer your tea! Centro Cultural César Chávez (CCCC) and Meso American Student Association (MASA), 7-9pm, starts at CCCC and ends at NAL. Come celebrate the traditions of Las Posadas. There will be singing, breaking piñatas and food. HSRC & Pride Center, 10am-3pm, MU Quad. Spinning the Numbers. Rainbow pinwheels will be given out that highlight important facts about the LGBTQ youth community and homelessness. Show your support by helping us share these statistics around campus.

Friday, Nov. 22 Meetings Chess Club, 4-6pm, MU Commons. Join us for games of chess and more. All skill levels are welcome.
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.

Speakers Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (Dept of Chemistry), 3-5pm, Construction and Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center. Eric Drexler, founding father of nanotechnology and renowned author, will give a talk titled “From Macromolecular Engineering to Atomically Precise Manufacturing.”

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Healthy plates: Thanksgiving dishes good for you, your budget By Jeanine Stice

Oregon State University Extension provides extensive nutrition education, including budget-friendly recipes, available to the public free of charge at Extension agents and OSU staff develop nutrition-education curriculum, including recipes to support the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program previously referred to as food stamps. Here are her budget friendly, healthy Thanksgiving suggestions: Turkey: Check out the extension recipe and prepare your

turkey safely. Remember to store leftovers immediately. Don’t allow the turkey to sit at room temperature for hours after cooking. Creamed Green Beans & Potatoes: Relies on a simple made-from-scratch white sauce rather than processed cream of mushroom soup so the end product is lower in sodium. It also features sliced mushrooms, a source of selenium, frozen green beans, which are lower in sodium than canned and less expensive than fresh, and red potatoes, a terrific source

of vitamin C, all for less than a quarter a serving. Orange Rice Salad: With the brown rice, sliced celery, chopped nuts, raisins and mandarin oranges, it’s packed with fiber, which will fill you up so you may not need seconds. Supersized portions and seconds are prime contributors to excess calorie intake associated with weight gain. Crustless Pumpkin Pie: This recipe is so simple it’s a great first recipe for an elementaryage child. It features pumpkin, which is packed with beta caro-

vide their own support through resolutions. Sen. Jesse Thurman introStudent Association recently duced the potential for a pubmade the Good Samaritan Policy lic safety resolution encoura priority issue for the year. While aging pedestrians and bikers the ASOSU executive branch is to be mutually aware of their already working on the issue, surroundings. legislators are encouraged to proThurman proposed finding a

way to “deter (unsafe bicyclist) behavior without making it harsh enough to where people won’t want to ride their bikes.� The idea would potentially be added to a list of clicker questions for student opinion. Redman also discussed the need to fill the Election

Committee and open legislative position in a timely manner. The next Senate meeting will be held directly after the town hall meeting Tuesday at 7p.m. in Memorial Union 211.


SALEM — Turkey, Kale and Cranberry Stir-Fry, Creamed Green Beans and Potatoes, Orange Rice Salad and Crustless Pumpkin Pie may not sound like the fixings’ of a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but each of these dishes are packed with a lot more nutrients and antioxidants than turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup. At $3 per person for the meal, who can say healthy eating costs too much?

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Roberts said the shooting was avoidable. PENDLETON — Michael Bordenkircher, With a revolver, he said, the handler should 28, shot himself while cleaning his gun open the cylinder and use the ejector rod Sunday night at his Pendleton home. to remove ammunition. “Clear the weapon before you start Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said the shooting was an accident and the handling it, and keep your finger out of the trigger guard,� Roberts said. wound was not life-threatening. Neither of which happened in this case, Bordenkircher was cleaning a doubleaction .357 revolver when he shot his lower he said. The chief also said gun owners left leg at 1209 S.W. Theta Court. An ambu- should not store loaded weapons because lance took him to St. Anthony Hospital, they can forget the live rounds are in the Pendleton, which transfered him to Kadlec gun. Regional Medical Center, Richland, Wash. This was the second time in a little more

than two months that a Pendleton man shot himself on accident. Robert Inscore, 53, is recovering from the gun shot wound he suffered to his thigh Sept. 4 while trying to clean a .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle. Inscore’s injury was serious enough that he required emergency treatment at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland. “Unfortunately, we see far to many of these accidental firings where it’s relatively simple to check the weapon first,� Roberts said.

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increase. Eric Noll, chair of the board of directors at the Oregon Student Association, said the Board of Higher Education’s decision occurred due to legislative agreements on the “grand bargain,” a series of bills passed by the Oregon legislature after Gov. John Kitzhaber held the special session between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. “As a result of that funding, tuition froze for next year,” Noll said. While the increase applied to the 2013-14 tuition rates averaged 2.5 percent, tuition will not increase in the 2014-15 academic year. Diane Saunders, communications director at OUS, said annual tuition increases have averaged 5 percent each year for the past 13 years before this. “We’re really grateful to the governor and legislature for doing this,” Saunders said. Resident undergraduate students attending Oregon State will pay around $226 less on average per year if they take 15 credits per term. Students who attend the OSU-Cascades campus will pay around $189 less than expected. The $25 million also includes funds from the previous legislative session in June when the State Board of Higher Education voted for OUS to receive an additional $15 million from the state. Though not what the governor initially wanted, the original amount still lowered tuition increases by an average of 3.5 percent throughout the next two years. “We’re hoping this is the beginning of a very positive trend toward affordability for students,” Saunders said. Brett Deedon, President of ASOSU, said the tuition freeze represents a step in the right direction when it comes to issues involved with student affordability. However, Deedon believes more could be done to cater toward the needs of students depending on their specific financial background. One potential strategy Deedon mentioned was to allow more money for more low-income students to attend through tax breaks or benefits. In one such scenario, students could be eligible to receive tuition exemptions based on income level. Deedon said there are other concerns regarding an increase in additional student costs outside of tuition. Because of the influx of new students this year, University Housing and Dining Services saw a cost increase of 8 percent. “It’s a complex issue,” Deedon said. “The choices that we make affect students in a variety of ways.” In total, Oregon State’s yearly tuition costs will be around $6,827 for resident undergraduate students. In comparison to other public Oregon universities, OSU ranks in as the third-most expensive to attend, with Oregon Institute of Technology being second and University of Oregon ranking first.

“I think that as a company, it’s probably a smart move on their part because a lot of the athletic activities happen over here,” Denney said. “It will probably just cater more to the football fans and people going to the basketball games and everything on this side of campus.” With the new Dutch Bros. being in such close proximity to other campus cafes, there are some worries of business being pulled away from the campus dining services. Denney suggested that the Dutch Bros. might help lighten crowds at popular campus cafes like Bing’s or Java Stop. “Personally, because I go to Bing’s a lot, I’ve noticed that there’s often a line out the door,” Denney said. “So I think that pulling away from Bing’s wouldn’t hurt them.” Lisa Schubert, the assistant director for UHDS, said administration is not overly concerned. “In some ways, probably yes (there will be a pull), but

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Students wait in line outside the new Dutch Bros. located next to the OSU Beaver Store on Tuesday. The cafe offered free drinks to mark its opening. I think in a lot of ways no,” Schubert said. “They don’t have the ability to accept meal plans and Orange Rewards. I think there’s always that

SHELTER n Continued from page 1 the homeless in Corvallis.” The event, Play for Hope, hosted on Nov. 8, was a success, and the group was able to come away with $1,300 for the shelter after covering the administrative costs of the event. The MU basement and INTO were cosponsors of the event, which lowered those costs and helped the students finish with such a large donation sum. “The MU basement gave help and excellent service to the event,” said group member Zemiao He. “Because people spent money on tickets, we wanted to give them good food, make them comfortable and help them meet

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initial intrigue, but my sense option of variety on campus.” of Dutch Bros. is that most Kaitlyn Kohlenberg people either love it or they Campus reporter don’t, so I think a lot of people will still enjoy having that

new people.” Before their undertaking, the group approached the shelter to propose their project and ask for help in the organization and implementation of the fundraiser. Unfortunately, other student groups had undertaken similar, yet unsuccessful, projects in previous years, and the shelter wasn’t available to lend much assistance this time around. “They are very busy, so we just decided to do it by ourselves,” He said. “When we donated the money, they were very surprised.” Reverend Jim Phillipson of Corvallis First Methodist Church — where the temporary winter shelter is located — said the money will help ease the burden of the shelter’s operating costs, which are

estimated to be between $20,000 and $30,000 for the year. “We have a small staff, and the church picks up the rest of it, so the money is a big help,” Phillipson said. That small staff limited the church’s ability to help the students, so they were surprised to see the group return, successful and with such a large donation. “It was an incredible act of generosity, for strangers to reach out to people they don’t know,” Phillipson said. “They made it work all on their own, and we were very impressed.” Emma-Kate Schaake City reporter

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Son of Oregon State legend Gary Payton set to play basketball for Beavers in 2014-2015 season By Josh Worden THE DAILY BAROMETER

Oregon State received a letter of intent from a familiar name during the weekend. Gary Payton II, son of former All-American Gary Payton, officially declared his intent to join the men’s basketball team in the 2014-15 season. Payton had verbally committed last week but made it official over the weekend per expectations. He currently is a sophomore at Salt Lake

Community College, where he has started all seven games this season as a 6-foot-3 guard. Getting a commitment from Payton II is a surprise in comparison to the relationship that the elder Payton had not long ago. “When I got (to Oregon State), Gary was sort of disenfranchised from the program,” said head coach Craig Robinson. “We reached out to him and he welcomed the idea of coming back and talking to the team.” Robinson met Payton’s son soon afterward. “I watched him play on his AAU team in high school, and he was skinny, small and not good enough,” Robinson said. “But I just told (Payton Sr.) that I liked the way he plays.

He can see, he can pass, he can do things on the court, but he must have weighed 135 or 140 pounds and he was like six feet tall.” In order to earn a spot at OSU, Robinson knew that Payton II would have to improve. “It would be hard for him coming to play at his dad’s place if he wasn’t good enough,” he said. “But he got better and better. ... I saw him after his high school career and I thought, ‘This kid is getting pretty close, but not quite,’ and then he went to junior college and we followed him.” After two years in Salt Lake City, Payton II is finally set to join the OSU squad. Senior guard Roberto Nelson will See PAYTON | page 6

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The signs pointed against everything that occurred Sunday for the men’s basketball team. An opening loss to Coppin State brought disappointment to a squad that had to travel to ACC-member Maryland. The team flew across the country Friday before going through what head coach Craig Robinson described as “a lot of pomp and circumstance” with meeting the President of the United States. The Beavers practiced Saturday, a day before tipoff. “That’s when you have a rough practice, after you travel across the country,” Robinson said. “Sometimes that practice can be lethargic. With these guys, it was like a practice right here in Gill.” Oregon State (2-1) jumped out in front from the start against Maryland (1-2). The Beavers led by as many as See BASKETBALL | page 6


There are few players more integral to their respective teams than Roberto Nelson is for Oregon State’s men’s basketball team. Nelson is The Daily Barometer Athlete of the Week following two straight wins for the men’s basketball team against Portland and Maryland, in which Nelson put up a combined 55 points and 14 assists. “We’ve got a lot of great athletes at this school, it just feels good to get Athlete of the Week,” Nelson said. His efforts in the last two games turned out to be key as each matchup finished within single-digit margins.


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Senior forward Devon Collier drives the lane against Portland on Nov. 13 in Gill Coliseum.

Nelson also posted a career-high 36 points in the season opener, and he currently leads the Pac-12 with 30.3 points per game. He’s also top 10 in the conference in steals, free throws, field goals and 3-pointers. The senior from Santa Barbara, Calif., has been efficient while leading the Beavers in scoring. He’s knocked down 30 of his 60 field goal attempts on the season, including six 3-pointers. He’s only committed seven turnovers despite playing a conference-leading 36.7 minutes per game. Nelson was the workhorse for the Beavers in a win over the Terrapins in College Park, Md., with President Barack Obama’s family among the 14,000-plus fans in attendance. Not only did he lead all players with 31 points, seven assists and 12 free throws, but he also made key plays down the stretch to seal the game.

Down by six, Maryland put up 12 points in the last 3:30. Nelson guided OSU by calmly hitting four free throws and scoring eight points by himself in that same span as the Beavers preserved a seven-point edge to the final buzzer. “The last four minutes of the game, he was directing traffic from the shooting guard spot,” said head coach Craig Robinson. “He was telling Challe (Barton) what to run and when to run it.” Nelson chalked up his successes as just a small part of the team’s goals. “To see the maturity of this team and to play against a Maryland team in front of 15,000 of their fans, that’s a tough place to play in,” Nelson said. “For us to go out there and get a win, that says a lot about our team.” The Daily Barometer

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In a conference full of impressive running backs, Bishop Sankey stands atop the Pac-12 in rushing yards. Sankey, a junior at Washington, is fourth in the nation with 1,396 rushing yards and tied for sixth with 14 touchdowns. The Oregon State football team knows what’s in store for Saturday’s matchup against the Huskies (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12). “He’s a strong running back,” said junior linebacker D.J. Alexander. “He’s physical. He’s probably one of the best we’re going to face. He’s not easily tackled. He’s a hard runner and he’s an amazing athlete.” Sankey has surpassed 3,000 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns in his career. He has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season and eclipsed 125 rushing yards in all but three games. “Everybody on defense has got a big job,” said head coach Mike

Riley. “Linebackers are always a major, major key to everything that you see — especially an offense like Washington.” The linebacker corps received a boost on Saturday with the return of Alexander. Alexander missed the game against USC on Nov. 1 with a shoulder injury, and the defense watched Silas Redd, Javorious Allen and the USC running game rack up 242 yards. It was a different story against ASU on Saturday. Alexander had his best game of the 2013 campaign with 10 total tackles, eight of which were solo tackles. Junior linebacker Jabral Johnson said Alexander had an immediate impact against ASU. “It was a huge difference,” Johnson said. “The guys behind him did pretty good, but it was a good feeling having him back in.” The starters at linebacker have often been a revolving door for Oregon State (6-4, 4-3). The original starting three from fall camp — Alexander, senior Michael Doctor and sophomore Joel Skotte — never started on the field together. Alexander missed the first two games and the USC game. Doctor See FOOTBALL | page 6


Junior linebacker D.J. Alexander (4) wraps up Washington’s Bishop Sankey Oct. 27, 2012, in Seattle.

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Pat Casey’s Beavers sign ton of local talent By Kerry Eggers


CORVALLIS — Oregon State signed its 2014 baseball recruiting class Wednesday, one insiders say is the best in program history. Highlighting the group is a standout bunch of state-of-Oregon recruits reminiscent of the the 2004 congregate that included pitchers Dallas Buck, Jonah Nickerson and Kevin Gunderson. “It’s one of the most talented classes we’ve had, and may well be ranked the highest of any class,” says Pat Casey, who will enter his 19th season at the OSU helm. “We’re especially excited about the in-state guys. The state of Oregon’s talent base is strong, and were able to get some good ones. We’ve had the opportunity to follow these kids for a while, and it’s neat to see it come to fruition.” Oregon State’s 2013 recruiting class was ranking No. 5 nationally by Baseball America. Among the in-state signees are infielders Trace Loehr of Putnam and Jackson Soto of West Albany, outfielders Cooper Brunner of Tualatin and Elliott Cary of

Clackamas and pitcher Sam Tweedt of South Salem. Not included in that group is 6-4, 225pound left-hander Christian Martinek of Jesuit, who will sign a letter of intent for football but also play baseball. Martinek is ranked as the No. 19 prospect nationally by MaxPreps. Also coming in as a walk-on this year is right-hander Reza Aleaziz of Southridge, the Metro League pitcher of the year and a Class 6A all-state selection last spring. Aleaziz signed a letter-of-intent with Oregon but was given his release and will join the OSU program. Baseball recruiting classes are always in jeopardy of being splintered by the June major league draft. “If all our guys show up, it’s a really good class based on raw ability,” Casey says. Cary -- whose father, Chuck, pitched eight years in the majors -- batted .438 at Niceville, Fla., and was named the area’s “Hitter of the Year” as a junior. His family moved to Clackamas this summer in order to help Cary transition to playing with the Beavers. “Elliott had seen us play in the (College)

World Series and liked our program,” Casey says. “He’s a kid who we feel can come in and contribute right away. He and Trace Loehr, in particular, are guys who could have played (for any college team) in the country.” The 5-9, 175-pound Loehr, who projects as a middle infielder, was a member of the U.S. under-18 team that won the World Cup in Taiwan in September. He scored the winning run in a 3-2 final over Japan. He was 5A all-state as a junior. “I have a ton of confidence in him being a guy who can have an immediate impact,” Casey says. “He does a lot of things well.” The 6-3, 195-pound Tweedt is another player Casey feels “can come in and be a major contributor early.” Soto is a third baseman who showed well in the Area Code Games last summer. “He showed a real strong ability to hit,” Casey says. The 6-2, 195-pound Brunner has speed and top defensive skills, Casey says. “He could be a kid who takes a little longer to develop, but we think he’s going to be a player,” the OSU coach says.

Ducks players would be disappointed with Rose Bowl By Ryan Thorburn THE REGISTER-GUARD

EUGENE — The rose is off the bloom. Oregon is back in the top five, on the fast track to winning a Pac-12 championship and could face an unbeaten Ohio State in a Rose Bowl matchup for the ages. But there is still an air of disappointment among the ranks. “I don’t want to play in a Rose Bowl unless I’m playing for a national championship,” senior wide receiver Josh Huff said after Monday’s practice. Moments later, junior running back De’Anthony Thomas — who also played in Oregon’s 45-38 victory over Wisconsin in the Granddaddy of Them All two seasons ago — also stiff-armed the idea of ringing in the New Year in Pasadena, Calif., if it doesn’t include the BCS title game. “It’s not a big deal at all. We already won a Rose Bowl, so it

feels like whatever,” Thomas said. Welcome to Mark Helfrich’s world, where nothing short of winning a national championship is quite good enough. The Ducks (9-1, 6-1) are coming off a 44-21 victory over Utah and preparing for a road trip to Arizona, where the visitors from Eugene can usually expect the unexpected to happen. On Monday, Helfrich was still being asked about Stanford and to respond to an ESPN talking head stating Oregon is “regressing” this November. “It’s hard to win every football game. I think if you look around the country, there’s not 50 undefeated teams. A lot of those teams that are up there now weren’t there last year or the year before for the last five, 10 years,” Helfrich said. “I don’t think we’re regressing in any way. Can we play better? Absolutely. Our guys came

out committed to doing that today.” Utah beat Stanford and lost close games to No. 12 UCLA (34-27) and No. 22 Arizona State (20-19) before leaving Autzen Stadium with a deflating 23-point defeat. Many of the students left at halftime before Thomas’ dazzling 86-yard punt return changed the game. Perhaps the program is a victim of its own success. The only thing Chip Kelly (46-7 at Oregon, four BCS bowl appearances) didn’t do during his four seasons as head coach was deliver a national title. “We were up 44-14 before all the subs went in. To be up 44-14 in a conference game is not good enough, but other teams will grind out a win and they’re ‘workmanlike,’” Helfrich said. “There’s certainly a little bit of an unfair standard.” Quar terback Marcus

Mariota completed 19 of 26 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns against the Utes. The remarkable redshirt sophomore leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency with 25 touchdowns and no interceptions. But the left knee injury and the loss at Stanford seem to have razed Mariota’s chances of raising the Heisman Trophy in New York next month. Mariota was sacked three times by Utah’s defense, which leads the nation in sacks, to finish with negative yards rushing for the second consecutive game. “As an offensive unit, there’s things that we can get better at,” Mariota said. “But we scored 44 points. That’s not too bad.” Oregon held Utah to 2.8 yards per rushing attempt and limited quarterback Adam Scholz to 13 completions for 181 yards and one touchdown.

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12 points, and took a 90-83 win in what Robinson qualifies as the biggest non-conference road win during his tenure. “We were hoping to be 2-1 at this point, if not 3-0,” Robinson said. “We had no idea we had a chance to play as well as we did on a court where (Maryland) doesn’t lose non-conference games.” The Terrapins had won 30 consecutive home games to nonconference opponents entering Sunday’s contest. “The way we practiced after Coppin (State), I knew we were getting better,” Robinson said. “I didn’t put the panic button on.” Oregon State bounced back from that loss with a victory against a University of Portland team that led No. 1 Michigan State at one point Monday. Maryland was clearly OSU’s toughest test of the first three games, but the Beavers never faltered. “This was the best executed game at Oregon State of the game plan that I’ve seen in a long time,” Robinson said. Senior Roberto Nelson’s 31 points was nothing new — he had 36 against Coppin State — but he had seven assists and combined with fellow senior Devon Collier to score 60 of OSU’s 90 points. “To have (Collier) shape up near the basket, finish so well, and who’s a threat like that, it opens up a lot of avenues,” Nelson said. The win against Maryland brings a lot of confidence for an OSU team that could have crumbled after the Coppin State defeat. “I know how capable our guys are,” Nelson said. “A lot of people overlooked our team and that’s totally fine. … We’re trying to do all the necessary things so that, come later in the season, we’ll be the team that they’re saying to watch out for instead of the team they’re overlooking.”

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Salt Lake Community College sophomore guard Gary Payton II dunks in this season’s preseason jamboree on Oct. 19. ally really funny; that’s a good nickname.” with the capabilities he has and the Whether or not Payton II remains athleticism he has, he’ll be able to do it,” known as “The Mitten,” he’ll be playing Nelson said. in Gill Coliseum where his father’s banner Josh Worden, sports reporter hangs from the rafters. On Twitter @barosports “He has big shoes to fill, and I think

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be graduated by the time Payton II will arrive, but Nelson still is excited for the transfer’s prospects. “I met him on his visit,” Nelson said. “When he came on his visit, he went to the (OSU Beaver Store) and got a Beaver sweater and I was like, ‘Aright man, I see you in that fresh Beaver sweater.’” The Las Vegas native is currently averaging 11.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest while shooting 50.8 percent from the field for SLCC. Sticking to the familial trend, he leads his team in steals with 16 on the year. His father still holds the OSU all-time record in steals, points and assists. Payton Sr. led Oregon State to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1988-1990 and still holds the OSU record for most points in a tournament game with 31. Payton was nicknamed “The Glove” while at OSU, whereas his son has been christened “The Mitten.” Nelson wasn’t sure if Payton II embraces the moniker. “I didn’t really hear about the nickname until recently,” Nelson said. “That’s actu-

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started the first two, injured his foot and will miss the remainder of the season. In their stead, Johnson has filled in at outside linebacker every game and redshirt freshman Rommel Mageo has become the starting middle linebacker. Alexander’s insertion into the lineup energized the defense. “He brought a lot of speed and excitement to the game, and we needed that,” Johnson said. The Sun Devils still managed 156 yards on the ground, but it was 30 yards below their season average. And it was a drastic improve-

ment after the USC game. “People were more focused and locked in, focusing on their responsibilities,” Johnson said. Washington has its own challenges right now, too. The starting quarterback is still a mystery. Senior Keith Price, who leads active Pac-12 quarterbacks with 35 starts (Sean Mannion is second with 28), injured his shoulder in Friday’s game against UCLA and is questionable for Saturday’s matchup with the Beavers. The Seattle Times reported Monday that the Huskies are preparing redshirt freshman Cyler Miles for his first collegiate start. Warner Strausbaugh, editor-in-chief On Twitter @WStrausbaugh

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t’s Transgender Awareness Week. The “T” in LGBTQIAA is often ignored. Yes, there are likely more lesbians, gays and bisexuals than there are transgendered individuals, but this isn’t a numbers game. It’s not about who wins, or which letter in the acronym is most important — they’re all equally important. It’s about equality of quality of life and happiness for everyone, no matter how small the percentage of the population. “Transgender people are often the most visible and therefore most marginalized part of our LGBT community,” Dru Levasseur, director of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project, was quoted as saying on Lambda’s website. Levasseur also said that transgendered individuals are “on the front lines” of the fight for everyone’s right for equality, regardless of sex, gender or sexual orientation. Transgendered individuals fight the hardest “to be free from harmful gender stereotypes and to define one’s own personal sense of self and expression of that self,” Levasseur said. Every cisgendered tomboy who’s been forced into a dress and ribbons and all the cisgendered men who were told as children that “boys don’t cry,” or “boys don’t play with dolls” and have subsequently sworn that their own children won’t be raised into gendered stereotypes are a part of this same fight. An important part of Transgender Awareness Week is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is every Nov. 20 — this year it falls on a Wednesday. We take this day to remember and memorialize people who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence and shine a light on the violence and fear the transgender community still faces in this “enlightened” era. For the skeptics, we know of 68 people who’ve died from transgender violence since Nov. 20, 2012, according to the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website. The causes of death listed make us sick inside and disgusted with our fellow humans. We don’t understand how anyone can hate someone so much just for who they are, what they are, without ever even knowing or interacting with them. While it’s true that 68 known deaths worldwide out of a population of more than 7 billion isn’t a statistically significant percentage, it’s still too high; any statistic greater than zero is too high. One death would be too many. Oregon State University’s Pride Center will memorialize this year’s victims of discrimination-based violence against transgendered individuals with a candlelight vigil in the Memorial Union quad, Wednesday at 7 p.m. t

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Urban legends, horror stories shouldn’t Guest Columnist prevent students from donating blood Stand by her Amarah Khan


onating blood can be a scary process. There are people who don’t weight enough to be donors — lucky them — but the rest of us battle with the ethical issue of overcoming our mixture of hemophobia and trypanophobia to contribute to society. Do we placate our fears to give blood to the needy, or do we keep our heads down and pretend we don’t see the Red Cross bus when it parks on campus or near our places of employment? A lot of people need blood, and no, I’m not talking about vampires or people suffering from porphyria. According to Brookhaven National


Scottaline Laboratory’s website, 4.5 million Americans would die each year without blood transfusions. Statistics like these don’t make the decision to bypass that Red Cross bus any easier. But as a person who has never donated blood, I can’t justly persuade you to make the right decision. I am not under the legal weight to give blood, I haven’t recently

gotten a tattoo or piercing, I don’t have any blood diseases nor am I particularly greedy with my blood — but the horror stories I hear from my coworkers and friends are enough to keep me from offering up this vital resource. My roommate recently tried to give blood when a Red Cross bus showed up in the parking lot at her workplace. The nurse who drew her blood — or attempted to — couldn’t get the needle through her skin on the first try. After that “minor hiccup,” he then had difficulties finding the right vein. There was a point where blood actually squirted from See Scottaline | page 8

ENDA new hope for equality, not end of world The Employee Non-Discrimination Act was passed by the Senate on Nov. 7. It outlaws discrimination in the workplace based on an individual’s gender identity. Since then, the Internet has been swept by excitement from supporters and despair from the opposition. Winnie Stachelberg is one of the excited supporters. She says in an article in Reuters, titled “ENDA: Next step forward in the march to equality,” that she remembers observing an earlier version of ENDA

in 1996 that would have prohibited discrimination of gay and lesbian workers. It failed to pass by one vote. Ralph Reed of USA Today is despairing because he says the lawyers will have even more reasons to drool. Reed calls this a bad idea because said drooling lawyers can now look forward to “litigation, frivolous lawsuits and additional compliance costs,” and such things cost business owners money. Reed also expressed concerns with the idea of men coming to work



dressed as women and vice versa, claiming that it would be a disruption in the workplace. I find this scenario highly unlikely. Even if it were to bear fruit, so long as See RUUD | page 8


am an anthropologist. I have crossed the globe, responding to natural calamities as a Gender Advisor for humanitarian agencies. I am a certified Sexual Assault Responder. Engaging with unique traditions and social norms has been an essential part of my pursuit for crosscultural awareness. I have come to understand that there are fundamental commonalities among people that transcend cultural and racial barriers. One such commonality is the harsh truth about women’s oppression and insecurity — their pervasive struggle with abuse that exists in some shape or form in all societies. Socioeconomic status, power dynamics and political awareness affect how women experience subjugation across the globe, but women continue to be disadvantaged and abused even as our world shrinks into a global village. In a growing campus community where people from all ideological, political and cultural backgrounds mingle routinely, addressing issues of oppression takes on a new meaning and complexity. As a member of the Oregon State University community, I admire the steps this institution has taken to raise awareness about gender-based violence and other forms of oppression — but it isn’t enough. A lot more is still needed. We have successfully created individual pockets of resources, such as See Khan | page 8

Letter to the Editor Typhoon Haiyan devastates Philippines

You can help Dear Campus Community, It is with great sorrow and sympathy that we write to the campus community regarding the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. As many of you know, the tragedy of this typhoon is still unfolding. There are many calls for assistance from those of us who are fortunate enough to be out of harm’s way. In this spirit, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Intercultural Student Services ask that we all take the time to support and assist those communities most hard hit by this devastating storm by actively engaging as a community of care. There are several opportunities and ways in which you can make a difference. First, you can participate in the Isang Bansang Pilipino Fundraiser from Nov. 17-25, which includes the sale of Lumpia and Musubi. Second, ISOSU and International Programs are co-sponsoring a Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund that will remain active until Friday. For online donations, please access For cash and check donations, please make checks out to American Red Cross and deliver to the Student Events and Activities Center in the Memorial Union. Donations will transfer to the American Red Cross. Other Typhoon Haiyan-related student support on campus includes CAPS and International Student and Advising Services. Oregon State University is an inclusive and compassionate community that upholds the value and integrity of service to others both at home and abroad. For many of us, challenges like these bring forth the best in our personal values of empathy, generosity and care. As a campus community, we make a difference in the lives of others through our collective spirit. Allison Davis-White Eyes, Ph.D. Director, Intercultural Student Services Tracy Bentley-Townlin, Ph.D. Interim Dean of Student Life

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RUUD n Continued from page 7 the individuals wear attire appropriate to their occupation (professional or nonprofessional) it would be no more distracting than what the office’s administrative assistant or receptionist wears. Distraction and concentration are also individual responsibilities. Unless your boss is OK with employees wearing zebra suits and running rampant through the office, there shouldn’t be any issue with what Joe-next-cubicle-over is wearing. If you are allowing something as superficial as appearance to distract you from your job, you might want to reevaluate your con- • 541-737-3383 centration skills. Have a little faith in humanity’s ability to adapt to change — if we couldn’t we would have died en masse ages ago, not to mention that women would never have made it into the workplace. I can’t say I feel much sympathy for Reed or business owners who may be sued. Lawsuits, frivolous and nonfrivolous, come with the territory and would still exist even if ENDA did not. I have to wonder if politicians said the same thing about the women’s rights and civil rights movements when they demanded that women and black citizens be treated with equal opportunity in the workplace as part of their overall statements of equality. Yes, with great change come

Oregon’s unemployment at 7.7 percent, a 5-year low By Sergio Cisneros OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING

PORTLAND — Oregon’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent. That’s the lowest it’s been in the five years since the start of the Great Recession. Oregon’s latest jobs report covers two months, catching up from a federal government shutdown that delayed most economic data. Joblessness in Oregon fell from 8.2 percent in August to 7.7 percent in October. Oregon’s Labor Economist David Cooke said construction, hospitality and leisure are growing industries, but government jobs are declining. “We’re seeing residential construction picking up, following a prolonged period of very low activity over the past three calendar years. And then in the government sector it’s just been a long trend of reductions in budgets, and that’s been hitting federal government agencies as well as local government agencies especially,” he explained. Cooke said fewer people in Oregon are looking for work. The 61 percent labor force participation rate is the lowest since the department started tracking these rates in 1976. The state’s unemployment rate is a half-point higher than the U.S. average.

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great lawsuits, sensitivity programs and overall self-evaluation. But the takeaway is the fact that ENDA is making history in an incredibly positive way. It’s not perfect, but it is better than trying to restrict people into unhealthy and shameridden boxes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, happy and healthy workers are more productive workers. Productivity translates into money. Ergo, ENDA will make you money as a business owner if you dot your I’s and cross your T’s. t

Cassie Ruud is a junior in English. The opinions

expressed in Ruud’s columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Ruud can be reached at

SCOTTALINE n Continued from page 7 her arm onto the nurse. Needless to say, this was a failed attempt at drawing blood. Likewise, when one of my coworkers went to a different blood drive to get his blood drawn, the nurse tried to insert the needle into the wrong vein, explaining to her supervisor something about how she thought the traditional crook of the elbow vein was an artery. (It’s not.) This makes me wonder who is being recruited to draw blood and why similar incidents happened to different people, with different nurses and in different locations. Stories like these are exceptions and not the norm, but these accounts still make me leery of giving my arm over to a stranger with a syringe. But, situational horror stories aside, giving blood helps millions of people, and in the end, is a worthy fear to overcome. So I encourage you to face these fears and donate blood, even if it makes me a hypocrite. t

Gabi Scottaline is a senior in English. The opinions

expressed in Scottaline’s columns do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Scottaline can be reached at

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KHAN n Continued from page 7 the Women’s Center, The Student Care Team, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Dean of Student Life Office, Department of Public Safety and Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) — resources that need cohesion, efforts that need to be streamlined. In the past few weeks, I have been assisting a courageous young student who was seeking to report threatening behavior from an ex-boyfriend. She has an existing “no-contact” order issued by the campus police, but since the violations occurred off-campus, the campus security could not enforce the no-contact order. She took the matter up with the Corvallis Police Department, and they appeared unable to enforce an order issued by the campus police. In the middle of this conundrum, the victim has been shuffled from one campus resource to another, until she finally found everything she needed at Corvallis’ Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV). There are important lessons to be learned here. Reporting abuse, threatening behavior or a physical assault is an often debilitating process and requires tremendous amount of courage and perseverance. Most victims are unable to share their story with anyone, let alone able to repeat it numerous times in the hope that someone would know how to proceed. It is imperative that OSU assigns a single entity with the task of triaging Gender Based Violence reports and sending the victim in the one, most effective, direction. In my opinion, SASS should take the lead on being the primary resource for all members of the OSU community who need to report abuse. The office should retain a highly trained Sexual Assault Response Team that jumps into action and walks the victim through medical, legal and social courses of action available. Every step a victim takes walking from one office to the next, every day he or she waits for an appointment, adds to the fear and trauma of his or her experiences. In my line of work, expedience and effectiveness go hand in hand. I have spoken to victims who relate a feeling of being exhausted and drained by the sheer effort

it takes to find help. Often, friends and family fail to act appropriately and end up traumatizing the victim further. For parents whose child has shared a traumatizing event, please acknowledge that the threat is real and debilitating. There are some cultural elements at play here as well. In my native South Asia, parents tend to have very little faith in their children’s ability to protect themselves against the dangers around them. It is perhaps too easy for them to believe when a child indicates a threat. However, Western parents instill a heightened sense of self-reliance and independence in their children, often to the extent of diminishing perceived threats or dangers. The most effective response is to embolden the victim through reassurance. Pay credence to the level of insecurity presented by your child, because it is not easy for young adults to admit fear and seek help. For fellow community members on campus, including students, faculty and administrators, the best time to act is immediately after a victim approaches you. It does not require any certification or a degree to effectively assist a victim of GBV. All you need to do is to be a compassionate listener. Offer a shoulder to lean on, reassure the victim that they are not alone and respond to the urgency of their need. One of the most humiliating and demoralizing experiences shared by victims of abuse is facing disbelief in the eyes of the people they have trusted. I have witnessed individuals offering disbelief, skepticism and even criticism when dealing with a victim of abuse — I can state with utmost surety that those victims hardly ever recover from such discouragement. If you are a faculty member and an otherwise bright student in your class appears to be struggling, take that extra moment from your day and ask. If you are a student and a friend seems distressed, invite them to share their burden and believe in the cause of their despair. Because the least you can do in the battle against oppression is to stand by the victim. Be an advocate, and not just because it is a very rewarding experience. Amarah Khan Anthropology Department

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