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Students at OSU feel the effects of Islamophobia

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Letter to the Editor: Rise up, OSU 14


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“My album of the year was ‘Lemonade,’ so a piece of me did die inside, as a Beyoncé fan,” Adele said in response to winning both album and song of the year at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

The College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences is hosting a seminar on water resource management in Korea from Jiwon Seong of the Korean Ministry of the Environment. This seminar will take place in Burt Hall 193 from 3-4 p.m.

TUESDAY FEB. 14 Speed Mock Interviews The Career Development Center invites you to attend a short interview session to hone your interview skills with employers who recruit at Oregon State. This simulation will be held in the Memorial Union Horizon Room from 1-4 p.m. You can register for a 40 minute time slot with your Beaver Careers account. If the event is full, you may drop in.

WEDNESDAY FEB. 15 Watercolor Wednesdays The OSU Craft Center, Childcare and Family Resources and the Healthy Campus Initiative invite you to explore art as a strategy for stress relief and management, or just to take a creative break. This weekly event will be held in the Craft Center in the basement of the Student Experience Center and takes place from 1-3 p.m.

THURSDAY FEB. 16 Tibetan Art Lecture The History Department invites you to attend Representing Our Own Tibet, a lecture by Leigh Miller. In this talk, the paintings, installations and photographs of several Tibetan artists will be explored, with attention paid to the contexts, strategies and experiences that inform the works. This event will take place in Milam

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Alexis Terrell speaks during the FIRST! Program mixer. The progam provides mentorship to first-generation college students attending Oregon State Univeristy.

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Roa’a Albish observes the OSU campus through a window in the ECC. Being Muslim, Albish has felt the effects of Islamophobia.

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Muslim OSU students have felt effects of national policy By Ercoli Crugnale, News Contributor

On Jan. 28, images of protesters holding homemade signs, packed shoulder-to-shoulder with tears streaking their faces flooded news outlets throughout the country. These images of the detainment of refugees in airports, many of whom are Muslims, were the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s executive order. The Oregonian estimated that a crowd of 2000 packed the baggage claim area of the Portland International Airport to protest the detainment of Muslims. Although the epicenter of these tensions lie in Washington D.C., the effects have reached the Oregon State University campus. In the wake of this, OSU Muslim students Safi Ahmad and Roa’a Albish have felt the sting of Islamophobia. And it is only getting worse, according to Ahmad. “In the U.S. in general, well, now we’re not welcome,” Ahmad said. “After the travel ban that was imposed, the president has outright said that Muslims are not welcome here. They’re not given that opportunity anymore because of something that, I guess that,

less than a percent of the Muslim population has been doing. I just don’t understand how it works.” Ahmad is referring to the acts of terrorism committed by Islamic extremist groups such as the Islamic State. He said that the common misassociation between Muslims and people of Middle Eastern descent has contributed to Islamophobia. “You can be any religion, or no religion, to be from that area. It doesn’t have to be Islam,” Ahmad said. “And so that’s like a misconception that has led to the fear of Islamophobia, that all people who are brown-skinned must be Muslim. It means they must be on TV, doing all the ISIS propaganda, listening to it.” Albish feels that the media often misrepresents her religion, and that this is a major cause of the intolerance she and others experience. She wishes that others would keep their minds open to the possibility that they are just students, like everyone else. Albish knows, however, that this is difficult when American news seems to scream

just the opposite. “If media, newspapers, news, everything around you is negative, how would you see reality?” Albish said. Ahmad was born in Pakistan, though he lived in Dubai for most of his life. He has lived in the U.S. for three years. Like any other student, he studies, he cuts loose from time to time and he has his passions. Ahmad said that when these tensions really began to harden in Corvallis during the election, it was a bit of a shock to him. “It went straight to the heart. I didn’t think it would come this close to me,” Ahmad said. “I didn’t think that I would be living in a time when I, my friends or I, would be getting this kind of judgement.” Ahmad says that the tense political climate post-election has allowed people to react in a way that he can only see as “inhuman.” Similarly to Albish, he believes that

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Textbook discount proves highest in nation Nonprofit OSU Beaver Store works to provide lowered course materials costs for students through “Back to Beavs” discount

The average Oregon State University student spent $569 on textbooks in the 2015-16 academic year. Despite textbook costs being a large portion of many students’ budgets, OSU’s textbook prices are the lowest in the nation. The OSU Beaver Store offers the “Back to Beavs” textbook discount, which is currently the highest of any university store in the country, according to Erik Anderson, the merchandise manager for the OSU Beaver Store. “Our staff is extremely proud of our mission to champion textbook affordability because it truly helps students to be successful. Paying for all the costs associated with a university education is becoming increasingly challenging, so whenever we reduce that burden we feel good about our efforts,” Anderson said. The store is directed by a board of OSU students and staff, and the last century’s student savings have added up to around $1 million saved each year. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit company run by OSU students and staff, with no stockholders or owners, the OSU Beaver Store is able to direct all financial resources to providing students with course materials at the most affordable prices possible. Initially, the “Back to Beavs” textbook discount for OSU students began as in-store rebates. Students were encouraged to keep their receipts from textbook purchases and bring them to the Beaver Store at the end of the academic year for a rebate. However, the company found that this method only reached a small percentage of the Beaver Store’s customers, according to James Howard, the academic materials manager for the OSU Beaver Store In 2004, a new discount method for applying the 11 percent “Back to Beavs” discount to textbooks was put in place. According to Howard, the 11 percent discount was immediately applied to textbooks at the point of purchase. The OSU Beaver Store is now split into two pieces. The course material side of the Beaver Store is the nonprofit part of the company, while the merchandise side of the store is profitbased and assists with providing finances for

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the textbook discount. The bookstore, as a whole, operates on a 25 percent initial margin. This margin covers the cost of labor, freight and other processing fees associated with purchasing textbooks and running the bookstore. Upon purchasing textbooks, the 25 percent initial margin minus the 11 percent “Back to Beavs” discount, is applied to the original textbooks’ costs. Students are therefore purchasing textbooks with only a 16 percent achieved average margin applied. According to Anderson, this 11 percent discount allows OSU to take the claim of the highest textbook discount in the nation, with the University of Oregon following in a close second. A study was conducted by comparing the annual cost of all course materials for OSU students and university students nationally. The study showed that during the 2015-16 academic year, the Beaver Store beat the national average by $33. Revenue made from textbook sales is then circulated directly back into purchasing textbooks for the next term. Surplus revenue from OSU logo apparel and souvenir merchandise sales from the Corvallis, Keizer and Portland Beaver Store locations are used as the primary resource for covering the deficit made by the “Back to Beavs” discount, according to Anderson. “The better we are at retailing OSU gear to students, alumni and fans, the more resources we have available to fund our course materials discount,” Anderson said. On top of the 11 percent textbook discount, the Beaver Store offers a rental option for a variety of course materials. The option is created when another organization, such as an independent buyer, wishes to purchase certain course materials from the Beaver Store. When a thirdparty buyer places a purchase offer, this amount is directly discounted from the textbook price. For instance, a company may offer $35 to purchase a textbook at the Beaver Store that costs $75. A student is then able to rent this textbook for a discounted $40. At the end of the term when the student returns the textbook,

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The Beaver Store had lower textbook costs than the national average last year. the Beaver Store sells the textbook to the other organization for the offered $35, covering the entire price of the $75 textbook. “Everybody’s doing rentals now and that helps reduce the initial cost for students,” Howard said. Not only does the Beaver Store work to lower textbook costs, they also supply various textbook styles and link students to free course materials when available, according Rileigh Nielsen, an OSU sophomore working as a textbook clerk at the Beaver Store. “The Beaver Store is very helpful. We provide multiple options for textbooks, whether it be loose-leaf, e-text or hardback, there is something that will provide you with the information you need for your class that is within your budget,” Nielsen said. The bookstore, as of the start of Fall term of 2016, now offers online rentals, thus providing rental options not only for resident OSU students but non-resident and Ecampus students as well.

“Doesn’t matter where you are; if you’re enrolled at Oregon State University, you’re a Beaver,” Howard said. Although the Beaver Store is constantly working to maintain and potentially increase the 11 percent textbook discount, many still agree that course material prices are quite steep, and in many instances textbooks can be found for lower prices elsewhere, according to Howard. “We get it. Sometimes we’re not the best, and that’s OK,” Howard said. A price comparison tool is included on the Beaver Store website. This tool allows members to compare course materials costs at the Beaver Store to various websites that provide the same materials. “We do a price comparison so you can make that call,” Howard said. “Our goal since 1914 has been to find the best cost for the students.”


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Members of the FIRST! Program meet during a mixer on Thursday, Feb. 2. The program consists of first-generation college students and their mentors.

Providing mentorship

FIRST! Program creates opportunities for first-generation college students By Erin Dose, News Contributor

Ninety-three Oregon State University undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty gathered in the Memorial Union Horizon Room on Thursday, Feb. 2. They represented many different majors, ages, interests and ethnicities. A few were nervous, others confident, but they all had one thing in common: all of them were interested in applying to the FIRST! Program, a mentorship program designed to improve either their personal college experiences, or to help improve the experiences of other students. The FIRST! Program will consist of first-generation students and their mentors, graduate students and staff. First-generation students are the first in their family to attend post-secondary education. The mentors will focus on providing students with key information about OSU and general college life. They will be available to help their mentees monthly with all concerns and questions surrounding academics and work, as well as personal problems. Although applications for the FIRST! Program closed on Feb. 10, the program will continue connecting students to other first-generation students and alumni through events. Information on the next round of FIRST! Program applications will be available at the next event, which will take place in mid-April. The mentors do not need to be first-generation students themselves, but during the application process students can opt for a mentor who is also first generation.

The mentorship program is designed to help first-generation students navigate college, but will also exist to inform the university about their experiences and needs. The Division of Undergraduate Studies will use this information in considering the support systems in place for these students, according to academic counselor Jenesis Long. “We’re using qualitative answers as to what it is like to be first generation,” Long said. As a first-generation college student, Long believes this program will be helpful based on her own experiences. “Coming from a rural community, it was good for me to find mentors. I needed to find a community,” Long said. “Finding people who had a similar identity was helpful.” First-generation student Rachel Sousa applied to the mentorship program. According to Sousa, having a mentor who is open to sharing about their own experiences and guiding her through college would be helpful. “It’s difficult because my parents don’t know a whole lot about things like internships and research. They don’t know what happens,” Sousa said. “I don’t have someone to fall back on.” Sousa’s parents both completed one year of community college before her father joined the Navy. They had to move to Chicago, and by then higher education was no longer a priority, according to Sousa. Along with Sousa, Lizeth Carranza is a firstgeneration student, but just transferred to OSU.

She is applying to the mentorship program to make connections and receive guidance, according to Carranza. “It’s barely my second term,” Carranza said. “It’s taking some exploring.” Carranza believes having a mentor will help guide her through her adjustment to OSU. “I want more than just someone telling me what I need to do,” Carranza said. As a first-generation student, Carranza is under a lot of pressure from her parents. She said they don’t know how demanding college is, and expect her to receive good grades easily. “My parents have high standards for me. They can’t help me,” Carranza said. According to Carranza, her parents didn’t have the money or opportunity to pursue higher education themselves. The faculty mentors are also enthused over the project. Debbie Farris is the assistant director of marketing and communications for the College of Science at OSU. She’s applying to be a mentor because she is passionate about students and finds it inspiring, according to Farris. “ There’s lots of learning on both sides,” Farris said. Farris is looking forward to sharing about her experience as a first-generation student. When she was in school, no one discussed being first generation, and students had to figure out their plans on their own, according to Farris. “There were missed opportunities,” Farris said.

“If I had just been more aware, I would have taken different jobs, done more internships, done more volunteering.” As a mentor, Farris would be able to guide students going through the same stage she had been in, as well as learn about their specific situations. “I learn so much about the experience just from talking to students for a few minutes,” Farris said. Not all people involved in the FIRST! Program are first-generation students, however. Beth Filar-Williams, head of the library experience and access department, grew up watching her parents attend college as first-generation students, and was able to attend college herself. “It was hard to see them work full time and go to school and have kids,” Filar-Williams said. Because of her unique perspective and position at the library, Filar-Williams believes she would excel as a mentor for a first-generation student. “I’ve been a mentor throughout my career. So I would hope to be able to encourage people, to be the support network that they need. Give them a little boost to help them out during their time here. I would love to be able to support them,” Filar-Williams said. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.” Students interested in the FIRST! Program are invited to attend another mixer in April, location and date to be announced through email.

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Losing weight, finding motivation Elysha Lang uses her life experiences to help others make healthy choices By Cassidy Wood, News Contributor

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Elysha Lang works out in Dixon Recreation Center. Lang uses her own personal experiences to teach students how to be healthy through training.

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hen asked about food, chances are that Elysha Lang knows what it’s made of. Years of monitoring what she’s been putting into her body has turned Lang into a nutrition label expert. “I know food labels now better than anything else,” Lang said. “I’m not kidding. If you named any food right now, I could probably tell you exactly what’s in it.” Majoring in exercise science and public health, Lang’s success as a trainer already has come from spending the majority of her life focused on fitness and health. “I am very open about my story,” Lang said. “Because I want to help people like me. I’ve been there, I know what you’re going through. I still do.” Lang’s fitness journey has not been an easy one. But Lang has turned her experiences into motivation to help those around her. “I think one thing that will really help Lang excel in this industry is the amount of empathy she is able to have for her clients,” said co-worker at Dixon Recreation, Gabby Kent. “She has been there before, both physically and emotionally, so she is already someone who can feel for people and that will take her far.”

paid attention to.” Sixth grade was the beginning of an ongoing life struggle for Lang. Nicknamed ‘Ellie’, Lang started getting called things like ‘Ellie Belly’, or ‘Ellie the Elephant.’ Classmates would even make beeping noises at her in the hallways, as if she were a semi-truck. “The funny thing is, I never even talked to these kids before,” Lang said. “I literally didn’t even know some of their names, and they probably didn’t know mine either. Yet they would beep at me in the hallways, or make noises at me, because I was fat.” After being ridiculed her entire sixth grade year, Lang began to tell herself what the other kids would tell her. She started believing she was actually like an elephant, and started to get really down on herself. “I looked in the mirror and began to see what others were constantly telling me,” she said. “And that’s so wrong. It shouldn’t matter what others are saying about you. It’s your life! You’re the only one that has to live with yourself the entire time. It should only matter what you think of you.”

“I was the cute chubby kid”

“I was too embarrassed to go to a gym”

Growing up in Oregon, Lang’s parents only kept veggies and fruits around the house, and she rarely ate any sweets. But coming from a family of five who all have thin, athletic builds, Lang somehow did not get those genes. “I was a big girl,” Lang said. “In elementary school, I was the cute chubby kid. It wasn’t until middle school that I started having to deal with the bullying, but then it got pretty bad. I was this fat kid that nobody really liked or

The summer after seventh grade was when Lang decided it was time for a change. She wanted to be thin, she wanted attention from boys, she wanted to feel popular. So she started to lose weight. She went about it the right way at first, but quickly lost sight of what was most important—staying healthy. “What I did to lose the weight, I did it wrong. I will admit that,” Lang said. “I started off right. I worked out once a day, and I was monitoring

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what I was eating. But then, I started to see results. I saw the numbers on the scale going down, so I started to get more aggressive with it.” Lang noticed that as she ate less and less, the numbers would go down quicker, and if she worked out even more, they would go down even faster than that. She started working out up to six times a day; eating one half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch and the other half for dinner—and that was it. “Remember, it was the summer time,” she said. “So I devoted every day to losing weight. I didn’t work out at a gym, I was too embarrassed to go to a gym. So I would watch fitness videos and do exercises at home, constantly.” Lang managed to lose a total of 120 pounds in just the summer between her seventh and eighth grade years. She was down to 82 pounds, from 202, yet she would still look at herself in the mirror and think there was more work to be done. When she returned to school after that summer, everyone thought she was a new kid. Even her teachers had trouble recognizing her. But despite gaining popularity among her peers after becoming thin, Lang couldn’t overcome the negative body image that she had built up in her head. “It’s pretty bad, how distorted I saw myself,” she said. “I mean there was proof, the scale said I was losing weight, but I would still look in the mirror and not be happy with myself.” She began to notice how unhealthy she was being once she started playing volleyball in eighth grade. “I was completely exhausted, every day,” Lang said. “I had no energy, and I was starving!” It was Lang’s mom who finally convinced her she needed to make a larger change. “I grew up my entire life being insecure; I grew up my whole life thinking I needed to be skinnier. My sisters are thin, my family is thin—I was the odd one out. But my mom was the one who finally said, ‘Elysha, you are too thin. You are just as unhealthy when you’re that thin as you are when you’re overweight. You need to find a balance.’”

“The healthiest I’ve ever been” Lang’s mother was a big part of her becoming healthy again. Having to go through many life challenges, including defeating cancer, her mom has a really good appreciation for life. “My mom is the one who told me there is more to life than being a size 0,” she said. “She would just constantly be there, by my side, pulling these negative thoughts I had about myself out of my head. Lang began to research how to eat healthy, how to work out, and how to gain muscle— something she had not considered before. “I never knew (gaining muscle) was a thing, and now I found a way to be healthy without having to weigh 90 pounds.” In high school, Lang began eating more healthy foods and cut down the number of workouts she was doing per day. Sports played a big role in her life too, during that time. She

was able to be distracted from her insecurities, while still living a healthy life. “I was building muscle, gaining the weight back,” she said. “It was good, it was necessary. But to this day, I am still trying to figure it out. Right now, I think I’m the heaviest I’ve been since I lost all that weight; but inside, I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been.”

“Spreads motivation like glitter” Lang uses her personal life experiences as a platform to connect with clients as a trainer. She is not afraid to open up about her story, as she’s found a new passion for helping people overcome the same struggles she’s faced. “My passion in training is to help my clients altogether better themselves,” Lang said. “I have so much knowledge with this, I could honestly transform anyone into what they want to look like; but I like to focus on the bigger picture. I help with meal plans, and I am just that buddy to have who will be a good influence, but who will also hold you accountable. The ‘tough love’ aspect.” Although she’s only worked at Dixon for a year, Lang has already been a positive influence on many of her coworkers. “Elysha is so motivating,” Kent said. “She’s the kind of person who has that spark, and there really aren’t a whole lot of people I know who have that. Outside of work, Lang makes huge positive impacts on the students around campus. So much so that she was interviewed by Polly Lisicak on the KBVR-TV show ‘Grabbin’ Life by the Pollz.’ “That girl is extremely inspiring,” Lisicak said. “She spreads motivation like glitter, and I will treasure our relationship for the rest of my life.” It took a long journey for Lang to get to where she is today, and she still isn’t done yet. She is determined to help her clients make more longterm goals to live a healthy lifestyle, rather than trying to lose weight for the wrong reasons. “That’s why people are constantly gaining and losing weight—because their ‘why’ is constantly changing,” Lang said. “Your goal setting has to be on point, and once that is done, you move on to making the small changes.” Lang will graduate from OSU this summer and plans to move to Florida to work at an internship with Edible Education. “My main objective in life now is to make people understand that health is fitness,” she said. “There is no such thing as being perfect. People are human; they’ve struggled, and they will continue to struggle. Don’t listen to what the fitness programs are telling you. There is no easy fix. You will have to work at this for the rest of your life, and you have to be willing to do so.”


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SIFC sends budgets to ASOSU Final decisions on all student-fee funded units could be made on Feb. 22 at Joint Congress session By The Baro Staff SIFC Recommended Student Fee Levels

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All data is taken from the SIFC open hearing. The ASOSU Joint Congress is the next step in the student fee setting process and will take place Feb. 22. The Student Incidental Fees Committee voted on Sunday night to pass on their final student fee level recommendations for Fiscal Year 2018 fall, winter and spring, as well as summer FY19 to the ASOSU Joint Congress. The next step in the student fee setting process will take place on Feb. 22. The recommended student fee levels for the FY18 and summer FY19 will be voted on by the ASOSU Joint Congress, at which point they will then be sent to the ASOSU President’s desk for her final approval. Public comment will be taken at this hearing, but this will be the last chance for students to have their voices heard by the body that is voting on their fees. Following hours of deliberation among the committee and feedback from the board, the SIFC concluded their open hearing in the student fee setting process with their final recommendations. “I think that we were really responsible in allocating fee increases,” said Peter Schwartz, the SIFC chair. “Increasing the funding is only going to cause these investments (building and equipment reserves) to last longer and to serve the student body for longer.” Many of the budgets were approved as presented by the SIFC. However, there was more than one budget that did not receive approval

for its entire ask. The performing arts budget was one such example. The committee spent over an hour deliberating before deciding to not approve all that the performing arts unit was asking for. Orange Media Network’s budget also went through a lengthy discussion before being approved, similar to the MU’s proposed budget. The SIFC, which is comprised of 13 students that represent the various student fee-wfunded units on campus, has been looking over and going through all unit’s budgets since fall term. Sunday’s meeting was the culmination of the SIFC’s role in the fee setting process. Throughout the open budget hearings and the SIFC open hearing, those directly impacted by the proposed budgets have had the opportunity to have their voices heard, and public comment was taken at the open hearing as well. The ASOSU President, Rachel Grisham, was also in attendance at the open hearing and was pleased with the final SIFC recommendations. “I think in the end the committee was able to make some decisions that were really financially responsible,” Grisham said. “I think that their recommendation came with quite a bit of education and knowledge and I was really happy to see that.”

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things but not feel licensed to say them. But now they feel like it’s been legitimized,” Katz said. Continued from page 3 The university has taken some steps people’s negative perceptions of Islam to address the concerns of students. All have been taken from external sources. staff received extra training after the In Ahmad’s opinion, some government officials are basing policy on election regarding how to properly and xenophobia, causing other others to sensitively deal with potential tensions in the classroom, and the School of voice racist views. “(Others) know, ‘Oh, OK, my presi- History, Philosophy and Religion have dent’s doing it, so why should I be afraid put on various panels and programs not to do it?’ If he does it, and he gets to educate people on the importance away with it, that means that I have the of religious and ethnic tolerance. All of power to do so as well.” Ahmad said. these panels have been recorded and “There are people and there are com- are available on the School of History, munities that are welcoming, but I mean, Philosophy and Religion’s website. The you still have that little fear wherever department will also be offering a new you go that there might be someone class on Islamic traditions in the spring who’s not welcoming.” in an attempt to bridge cultural gaps. Albish put it more bluntly. “Education is the best way to address “I can see that more racism is occur- this kind of thing,” Katz said. ring,” Albish said. Ahmad says that the university has Albish is originally from Saudi Arabia, been put in a very difficult spot with this but has lived in the United States for issue, but was comforted by President over five years. She says that, while Ed Ray’s statement released to all she has never felt unwelcome in that students on Jan. 30 in opposition to time, she has begun to feel trepidation the immigration ban. regarding the passing of new laws and “Obviously I would want them to do their potential more. But I also implications. understand the She said that, circumstances from what she’s that they are seen, the comunder. Being munity does a public uninot feel safe, versit y, you . even among have to be Muslims who Safi Ahmad are American smart about citizens. She what you do. ECC Student also mentioned Obviously Leadership Liaison that, while she’s the university heard horror should have stories from others, most of her experi- some values, and they do hold up to ences have been largely benign. them, that’s for sure.” Ahmad said. “People will come up to me and say, “President Ray’s message, that was ‘What is Islam? What is it about? And great.” Ahmad added. “He showed soliwhat is happening to terrorism?’ And darity with the OSU community, the these kinds of things,” Albish said. “The international community, but again, most important thing is the truth. It’s not that’s as much as he can do.” about terrorism. It’s not about war. It’s Katz feels that patterns of discriminanot about contradiction. It’s about peace tion are cyclical, and students must be and love. We all aim for peace and love.” Dr. Jonathan Katz, an OSU professor aware of this. “A generational campus is only four specializing in the religions and social structure of the Middle East and the years, or five years. I’ve been here 23 Islamic world, feels that Islamophobia years, and there were incidents involving is an issue on campus. He said that discrimination against African-American the School of History, Philosophy and students, and then there’s a response, Religion hosted a solidarity luncheon and then four years later something else in support of Muslim students shortly happens. We can’t let our guard down. after the election, and that many of the We always have to be vigilant about students felt frightened. Some even discrimination and prejudice,” Katz said. reported that disparaging comments While speaking about the detainhad been yelled at them from cars while ing of Muslim refugees, Ahmad briefly walking to class. touched on his own immigration to “I can only imagine that it’s a disheart- the United States. ening experience,” Katz said. “People “My dad applied for a green card for are feeling very frightened, and very the U.S. around ‘99 or 2000,” Ahmad said. insecure about their status. 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ayden Craig’s fifth and final concussion happened in practice, as many concussions do. It was the 2014 spring football season. During one play, Craig got hit on the side of the head, blacked out momentarily and lost all memory for about a 40-minute period. Still, Craig got up and was able to go through the motions on the next two plays before anyone, including Craig himself, realized how hurt he was. The NCAA started releasing results last week from its nearly three-year concussion study that have noted the danger of concussed players returning to action too quickly. In May 2014, the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense launched a nationwide concussion study called the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium study. It enrolled more than 28,000 participants across 30 universities, making it the largest concussion study ever conducted. The preliminary findings were released on Jan. 31 in a concussion conference hosted at UCLA by the Pac-12 Conference, though much more analysis and data will be released within the next year. According to the NCAA’s release, researchers hope the study lays the foundation for a “decades-long examination of the longterm effects of concussion and exposure to contact.” Of those 28,000 student-athletes enrolled, 1,600 concussions were recorded with nearly 300 coming specifically from football practices and games. Compared to a 2001 concussion study—then the largest of its kind—concussed athletes returned to play an average of 6.7 days after injury. That average is now up to 14.3 days. In the 2001 study, 92 percent of repeat concussions happened within 10 days of the first injury. Compare that to this NCAA study, which didn’t report a single repeat concussion within 10 days despite the larger scope. While the drop from 92 percent to zero is momentous, there still exist areas of improvement. Athletic departments like OSU’s have to answer a big question—how do you protect studentathletes who get a concussion and don’t tell the trainers? Dr. Doug Aukerman, OSU’s senior associate athletic director for sports medicine, is trying to help answer that question. As the primary day-to-day manager for OSU’s entire sports medicine program, handling concussion protocol is one of his biggest responsibilities. One way that Aukerman, OSU and other universities have

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been trying to prevent situations like Craig’s is with a test called EYE-SYNC. A potentially concussed athlete straps on the EYESYNC goggles and has to track a moving dot on the screen with their eyes for about 30 seconds; the results can show if a player is struggling to focus, which is a key symptom of concussions. Theoretically, EYE-SYNC can objectively and quickly show if a player is exhibiting concussions symptoms, even from the sideline of a football game. OSU has started using EYE-SYNC during football games and practices this last fall. The credit for EYE-SYNC goes to Stanford’s Concussion and Brain Performance Center, but OSU is one of the schools that has been using the method to collect data. Aukerman says that EYE-SYNC could be ready to be used on a widespread basis immediately once the data collection phase is completed, which he estimates would be within the next year. “It’s an objective measurement,” Aukerman said. “Otherwise you really are heavily dependent on the student-athlete being honest, coming forward and providing information of their symptoms they’re experiencing. And it’s really the job of the athletic trainers, coaches and other support staff to keep their eyes out, and if they see signs of a student-athlete having a concussion, that they step in and try to get them evaluated.” Another way OSU and other schools have attempted noting concussions quickly is with a medical spotter, which every Pac-12 team started using for football games starting in 2015. OSU’s medical spotter sits in the press box and alerts coaches and medical staff on the field if they notice an injury that wasn’t initially reported. The spotter watches a live video feed of the game and can rewind, pause, zoom and change camera angles

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to evaluate players for possible injuries. Beyond Eye-SYNC and the medical spotters, another aspect of concussions is the continued collisions a player expreriences throughout a season. “I do see from personal experience, a lot of concussions come from scout team,” Craig said. “Your risk gets higher, and this happens all the time, when the scout team runs a play and the defense doesn’t run it right. (Coaches) tell you to run it again, and obviously they know where the play is going and sometimes the kid gets popped a little bit harder than needed.” OSU now uses Guardian Caps in football practice, a seven-ounce foam padding attached to the outside of football helmets. Its creator, Guardian Innovations, says the modified polyurethane caps can absorb up to 33 percent of an impact. OSU was one of the first major Division-I football programs to use Guardian Caps. Noting how football players can take hundreds of collisions and “sub-concussive blows” over a season. Aukerman proposed the idea to OSU’s staff in 2015 as another way to limit studentathletes’ exposure to repeated head trauma. Players are not required to wear the padding, but interior linemen are the most common users. Because of how debilitating the symptoms of concussions can be, returning student-athletes to the playing field and the classroom can be difficult. During last football season, OSU senior cornerback Treston Decoud talked in an interview with Barometer about his concussion in the game against Colorado in October 2015. Decoud blacked out after colliding with a teammate, remained unconscious for about six minutes and was taken immediately to the hospital. Decoud returned to the locker room by the game’s end, but was so fuzzy afterward that he showed up to practice the next day even though the team had the day off. Decoud also went to class the next day thinking it was Tuesday, taking him several minutes in the empty classroom before realizing he was in the wrong place. Around the same time, Decoud saw assistant football coach Mitch Singler and didn’t even recognize him. Singler had to tell him about the encounter later, which Decoud had no memory of. “It was a blurry time in my life,” Decoud said. “It was like my head was in a whole different place. It was scary. I swear to God it was scary. I used to cry every night because my head was hurting. I couldn’t watch TV, I couldn’t do nothing. Any light or


NEWS noise made my head hurt. It was a bad two weeks.” Craig has seen similar issues firsthand, and not only in his own experience. He recalls watching an injured teammate try to walk off the field to the locker room, but was too severely concussed to remember the door code. He kept on hitting the handle, unable to figure out how to get in. “Concussions—they mess people up,” Craig said. Craig’s case was no different. After being escorted to the locker room, he began vomiting in a downstairs bathroom and needed his roommate to come pick him up. It’s circumstances like this that led OSU to its concussion management plan, a 10-page document outlining basic procedures including the Return to Play and Return to Learn guidelines, which cover the process by which student-athletes can return to the playing field and to the classroom, respectively. Concussions can hold student-athletes off the field, but also the classroom. Craig experienced this first hand. “It was miserable being in a classroom,” he said. “And that’s how a lot of guys are with concussions.” The plan is meant to ensure the athletic department, medical staff and academic faculty are on the same page when a student-athlete gets a concussion and might need special accommodations. OSU relies on its Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) to be the liaison between the athletic and academic departments, also working with the team physician, professors, academic counselor, the Office of Disability Access Services and others. OSU’s FAR, Joey Spatafora, gets involved once a studentathlete has missed about a week of class and might need help. Last year Spatafora worked with a student-athlete who got a concussion and wasn’t able to return to class. Since the studentathlete couldn’t go to class for three weeks, Spatafora helped them withdraw from class without academic or financial penalty. “There’s a lot of things you have to do to petition for that,” Spatafora said. “My role was helping the student understand the policies and procedures that would have to be followed to get that relief, and it worked out well.” Craig has a similar story, noting that athletic trainers Stephen Gaul and Ariko Iso were “awesome” in walking alongside him in the concussion protocol. He also pointed to the academic counseling staff as being particularly helpful. “Thank God Oregon State has a good protocol with the university,” Craig said. “I think they have great avenues to help student-athletes in need not fall behind in school. They take care of them. I would say the relationship between the athletic department and the student health organization within the school is on the same page. If a student had a concussion, he’s not going to be in the class and the teachers are okay with it. They understand.” Spatafora has been OSU’s FAR for the last seven years, but the Return to Learn procedure was formalized by the NCAA two years ago. Craig’s concussion was back in 2014, so OSU now has an even more thorough framework, as Aukerman says, that specifies which people should get involved if a student-athlete needs aid. Aukerman says the biggest change in OSU’s concussion protocol he’s seen in the five years he has been at the university has been the Return to Learn plan the NCAA outlined. Until it was implemented two years ago, focus was more on the physical prevention and recovery of concussed athletes but not as much on the academic support that injured student-athletes need. “(The NCAA) forced a lot of university institutions to start paying attention to that component of concussions, whereas before there wasn’t a lot of attention paid to it necessarily,” Aukerman said. Seriously concussed athletes like Craig simply don’t have the mental capacity after their injury to handle their normal academic load. “You can look at a board and see two plus two. Well, any normal person can look at it and say, ‘Two plus two is four,’” Craig said. “I sat there, looked at it, thought for a second and said, ‘Oh, it’s four.’ That quick-trigger is not there.” OSU’s concussion management procedure also includes a rule that any concussed student-athlete must be given an overnight contact to monitor the injured athlete over the next 24 hours. Often a roommate, friend or significant other, the overnight contact is given an instruction form that includes warning signs that the athlete might need immediate medical attention. For the most serious of concussions, an overnight contact can be instrumental. Decoud, for instance, had trouble just getting back to his apartment after his concussion without the help of teammate Devin Chappell. “I remember walking him home, him leaning on me and I’m

carrying him on my shoulder,” Chappell said in an interview with the Barometer last fall. Decoud recognized the importance the overnight contact had carried for him. “Thank God for Devin Chappell,” Decoud added. “He had me. If he hadn’t helped me, I don’t know if I would be still here. That concussion was bad for me. I still think about that.” The final step of concussion management, and perhaps the most difficult, is discussing the possibility of medical retirement. When Craig was deciding in 2014 between retiring and trying to come back, he knew his long-term health was on the line. “I was taking a huge chance if I decided to play again, so that was the main focus,” he said. “I made a decision at the age of 20 to no longer play, which was a really mature decision of mine that you don’t see kids at that age making. I’ll tell you this, there’s a lot of kids on that team that never should have been playing. But they had to because that’s all they had.” Craig touches on a point that coaches and doctors alike have to deal with. It’s one thing to inform a student-athlete of all the risks of continuing to play a collegiate sport after they’ve received a concussion. But if that student-athlete doesn’t feel they’ve got anything to go to if they retire, what then? “It’s a discussion we have over multiple visits over a period of time,” Aukerman says about breaching the topic of retirement. “It’s not something we say all of a sudden, ‘Okay, you’re done.’ Because there’s no question there’s a psychological component to not playing a sport that you’ve played for a long time. How do you make that transition in a healthy way, especially if your identity was tied to that sport? So we have to be aware of that

process of moving out of a sport that has been such a huge part of your life up to that point.” Craig’s position coach, Tavita Thompson, was even more firm. When talking with Craig, he was straight-forward: “If you were my child,” Thompson said, “I would not let you play football anymore, so I’m not going to play you even if you decide to play.” To this day, Craig says his decision to retire three years ago was the right choice. Even while retiring as soon as he did, he still has some medical issues he deals with today like occasional slurring of words, sensitivity to light and diminishing eyesight, which Craig says has forced him to get glasses for the first time. “With the amount of concussions I had and the severity of them, my new 100 percent is not what the old 100 percent was,” Craig said. “Now, 96 percent is my 100 percent.” For those involved in OSU’s concussion protocol like Aukerman and Spatafora, helping student-athletes go through difficult decisions like Craig’s is their job. Most importantly, they say, their goal in helping student-athletes recover from brain injuries is about more than just getting them back to the field. “The majority of our student-athletes are not going to become professional athletes,” Spatafora said. “We want them to have as rich of an experience as possible athletically, because for most of them, this is it. This is the peak of their athletic competition. But we want to protect them. Like all groups of students, they’re unique. They’re really at the peak of their game with respect to their athletic career. We want to protect them, put them in a position to succeed (athletically), but also succeed academically because that’s what they’re going to be doing the rest of their life.”

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If you’ve ever browsed the DVD section at Bi-Mart or watched the commercials on “SyFy,” chances are you’ve seen a movie produced by The Asylum. It may not have been obvious, but once you know what to look for, it becomes easy to spot an Asylum “mockbuster” wherever you are. Let’s practice! Below, I list several pairs of movies, one of which is the actual Hollywood production, and the other an Asylum direct-to-DVD “mockbuster”: “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” vs. “Transmorphers: Fall of Man” “Martian Land” vs. “The Martian” “I am Omega” vs. “I am Legend” “Snakes on a Plane” vs. “Snakes on a Train” “Paranormal Activity” vs. “Paranormal Entity” OK, so maybe it isn’t that hard to pick out the “mockbusters” above. But what’s more difficult to comprehend is that all of these movies actually exist. They’re all out there, available to watch. Are they any good? Absolutely not. They’re terrible. In pretty much every way they’re terrible. D-list talent, awful writing, terrible special effects, the list can go on. Also, I lied. The most surprising thing about The Asylum isn’t their ability to make movies, it’s the fact that NONE OF THEIR MOVIES HAVE LOST MONEY. Every single movie they have ever produced (over 75 since 1997) has turned a profit. They’ve even had some stand-alone mainstream success

in recent years, with the “Sharknado” franchise currently producing its fifth entry, and the “SyFy” show “Z Nation” receiving positive reviews. So how do they do it? Well, according to its founders David Latt, David Rimawi and Sherri Strain, their profitability comes from a combination of two things. Firstly, they make movies for really, really cheap. The average budget for an Asylum production is less than $1 million, and they typically shoot in under 30 days, often in 12. Secondly, they guarantee distribution deals before they even begin production. This essentially means that their movies are sold before they are even made. The similarity of Asylum “mockbusters” to mainstream Hollywood hits allows the studio to capitalize on the publicity of the original movie. Producers at The Asylum always insist that their movies have original stories, although they do occasionally encounter legal troubles. Their “mockbuster” of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” had to change its title from “Age of the Hobbits” to “Clash of Empires”. But, you may be wondering, who would buy something like this? Well, Asylum movies are apparently very popular in Japan, and they have a certain following among Americans that have an affinity for campy, schlocky garbage. Many Asylum movies are shown on the “SyFy” channel. Producers at The Asylum insist that most of the people who

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buy their movies do so intentionally, but going through reviews on “IMDB” or “YouTube” makes it clear that not everyone who picked up “Atlantic Rim” knew what they were in for. There’s always been an interesting tension between these awful “mockbusters” and other, more traditionally “bad” movies, like Tommy Wiseau’s notorious “The Room.” I happen to enjoy a classic bad movie every so often, but The Asylum’s movies are SO difficult get through. There’s this sense of nonsensical earnesty in independent bad movies—like we’re seeing someone’s strange vision come to light. Like this scene from Neil Breen’s “Fateful Findings”: You can’t fake the utter bizarreness of Neil Breen. The Asylum, on the other hand, seems to know exactly what it’s doing. They know their capabilities and they know how to make money. As a result, not only are their movies bad, they’re usually extremely boring and aggravating. Sure, this could be said about bad movies more generally, but there’s never anything in an Asylum movie that keeps viewers on their toes. You get what you expect. In today’s highly-commercialized film industry, complete with a myriad of sequels and 3D productions, The Asylum knows how to stand on the sidelines and profit. Their business model is strange, their movies awful, but The Asylum is here to stay. So next time you go to buy a DVD of “Transformers,” pay attention! You may end up with “Transmorphers.”


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Walking to the MU for lunch yesterday there were three men who appeared to be “white” standing behind a table full of cookies. At first, I thought a fund raiser for a good cause, a greek life philanthropic endeavor but alas it was a group of young men attempting to prove that Affirmative Action is Racist. They were attempting to demonstrate that by charging people who appeared “white” full price and then others who appeared to be “nonwhite” cheaper prices depending on what “other” you appeared to be. Women also got special prices and if you were a woman and appeared to be “other than white” you got the cookie free of charge. Well…the ignorance of this exercise floored me. Have these college students every taken any history classes, have they ever ventured outside their privileged world, have they never taken a sociology class, do they not know

the facts about social, economic, and gender disparities in this country? There is research to show that Affirmative Action actually helps those people seen as “white” more then it does the very people that it was created to serve. Sally Kohn’s 2013 article in Time magazine uses examples from the public and private sector to show that affirmative action has advanced the careers of white women more than those of people of color….not only do white women benefit from affirmative action, but so do their white husbands and white children…. If we continue to spread opinions with out doing the research we spread alternative facts that are not only based in fear but spread biases, false information, and more fear. Please have an opinion but do your research first!

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OSU, I’m pissed. Are you pissed yet? I constantly walk this thin line of being incredibly angry and being utterly distraught by what is happening in our nation. Do I fight someone or do I weep? It changes from second to second, minute to minute, day to day. Right now, I weep. I weep for my fellow human beings who thought they were American, who have spent their lives reaching for an American dream that just spit in their faces. I weep for separated families, for refugees, for undocumented people. I weep for those who were shown not only on election day, but everyday before and since that this country doesn’t want us. I weep for family members who will never know that my heart broke on the day they celebrated this hate, how much they hurt me by supporting the vitriolic administration that doesn’t value the humanity of their niece, their granddaughter, their cousin. Yes, I weep. I’m certain responses will mock

my “special snowflakeness,” saying I am the problem with our generation. But I am not afraid of this emotion, and neither should you be. Because I not only weep, I survive. You can try to beat us down, but we are still here and we will fight. We will never stop fighting. No matter how many people write hateful things on my political posts, or in response to this piece, no matter how many executive orders are written to try and stop me, I will NOT STOP USING MY VOICE. I will march and speak out for you, even if you don’t think you need me to. I will not rest until this society treats us like the human beings we all are. And neither should you. Get pissed. Get angry. Get fired up. And rise up.

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HOROSCOPE Monday, Feb 13 – Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 Aries: March 21 – April 19 The moon is opposite your sign, so take it easy. You have a lot going on, but things are gradually going to get better. Focus on taking good care of yourself and being kind to all the nice people who are supportive of you. Taurus: April 20 – May 20 Your psychic side is being stimulated, thanks to Neptune. You need to trust your gut. If you meet someone on a blind date and things feel off, don’t risk a second date with that person. Or if you have a powerful dream, pay attention to the messages in it. Gemini: May 21 – June 21 You’ll enjoy some fun banter with someone as Mercury increases your powers of communication. You could find yourself flirting with a co-worker or neighbor. Or you might bump into a former flame

and have some sassy dialogue with that person. Cancer: June 22 – July 22 Your emotions are really intense, courtesy of the moon. Try to chill out. If your sweetheart is being annoying, find a way to laugh about it. If you need extra support, consider talking with a therapist, minister or close friend. Leo: July 23 – Aug. 22 Two cranky planets are creating some delays or temporary setbacks. Be as patient as you can. You might have to put in some extra hours at work to complete all of your tasks. Or you could have a communication glitch while you are interacting with a close loved one. Virgo: Aug. 23 – Sept. 22 The sun will be moving opposite your sign for several weeks, and this means you’ll be introspective. Do some meditating. Write in a journal. Vent your spleen in a blog. Get stuff off your chest and focus on healing

and renewal. Libra: Sept. 23 – Oct. 23 Mars is offering some challenges, and this could affect your romantic relationship. You might be stressing out about work or money matters. Instead of dumping negativity on your honey, try to have some loving and open discussions with your sweetheart. Scorpio: Oct. 24 – Nov. 2 You’re going to have more fun with your honey this week as a friendly sun brings you good energy. Stage a romantic dinner out or attend a fun concert. Or cook something special for your honey at home and simply relax together. Sagittarius: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21 You could be attracted to two people at once. Maybe you’re still attracted to a former flame, and you’re considering getting back together with him or her. Or maybe you’ve met someone recently and are enjoying a good flirt. Venus says go for it.

Capricorn: Dec. 22 – Jan.19 You’re focused on making some positive changes. Jupiter is inspiring you to find ways to get healthier and wealthier. You should avoid interacting with negative or depressed people who only drag you down. Surround yourself with supportive cheerleader types. Aquarius: Jan. 20 – Feb. 18 You could discover that a friend, neighbor or coworker has a crush on you. Maybe you haven’t paid much attention to this person. The sun says keep an open mind. Even if you hadn’t considered dating this person, give it a try. Pisces: Feb. 19 – March 20 The sun will be in your sign for several weeks, and this marks your yearly personal new year. It’s a great time to make a fresh start, let go of bad habits and release negative relationships from your life. You’ll find it easier to achieve major life goals.

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An education was not all that these OSU alumni couples left with after graduation By Jacquie Gamelgaard, OMN Photographer

Brett McFarland and Jill Sherman

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Candice and Matt Eide Candice and Matt Eide met during their freshman winter terms when Candice’s sorority, Chi Omega, had a function with Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. With a burst of courage, Matt asked Candice to dance and they hung out for the rest of the evening. They started exclusively dating junior year, and while Candice says it took a while for Matt to “pop the question,” they were married in 1993. For Valentine’s Day, Matt is treating Candice to a spa and then they will have dinner together. They have been married for 23 years. ”We both just knew we would end up together from that very first night. We love going back to that college atmosphere, and visiting where we have so many great memories and where we fell in love,” they said.

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Brett McFarland and Jill Sherman met in a ceramics class and didn’t get together until two years later when they happened to take the same math classes their senior year. Being an adventurous couple, they talked about getting married on their post-graduation bike trip to Baja in January of 86, but according to Jill, it turned out to be more adventurous than romantic because they were usually sweaty, dirty and tired. The two eventually tied the knot on a kayak trip in Alaska that same year. Soon after, they moved to Orcas Island where they opened “WildLife Cycles,” a bike shop they ran for 20 years. For the last 10 years, they’ve been working at the high schools on Orcas where Jill teaches math and Brett teaches applied physics. So far, the two have been together for over 30 years. As a sort of mid-life crisis, Jill says, they’ve recently formed a rock band to reminisce their youth.

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Kacey and Collin Turner met in a world religions class in the spring of 2008. They sat by one another the first day of class and sat in the same spots for the rest of the term. Kacey says that class and Facebook banter was the only action occurring at that time. However, they ran into each other that next fall. Collin asked Kacey for her number, and soon enough, they went on their first date at Francesco’s Gelato. According to Kacey, they talked for so long that the restaurant had to kick them out so they could close. By the end of their date, Collin asked Kacey, “this is going to work, isn’t it?” They were officially together the next week. They are now happily married and have a baby named Miles, and will be sharing Valentine’s Day together as a family this year. “I now have two valentines so I’m feeling very lucky,” Kacey said.


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