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Welcome to the 2018 Renters’ Guide

Whether you are looking for a place to live, a new roommate, room decoration ideas or transportation options, the 2018 Renters’ Guide has you covered.

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DO YOU HAVE OR WANT TO HAVE PETS DURING COLLEGE?

A. I want to walk the least amount possible. B. I don’t mind, but I’d rather walk with a group of people. C. I’d rather drive to campus every day. D. I love walking to campus, exercise is great!

A. Nope, that’s way too much commitment. B. I would, but I’d rather live with a lot of other people than pets. C. I want a pet with low commitment—a hamster maybe? D. I may or may not already have four dogs and three cats...

DO YOU LIKE TO HAVE A LOT OF PERSONAL SPACE?

DO YOU WANT TO HAVE A LOT OF ROOMMATES?

A. Nope, I don’t care! B. I love being around people; I’m a social butterfly! C. I sometimes like to have personal space, but mostly I don’t mind. D. I need a lot of personal space!

A. One or two is fine! Although I don’t mind a lot of people living in the same building. B. Yes—I would love living with a lot of people! C. I don’t want a lot of roommates, the fewer the better. D. Four or five roommates would be perfect.

Answered mostly A’s? See page 3 for on-campus housing options. Answered mostly B’s? See page 4 for Fraternity and Sorority Life information. Answered mostly C’s? See page 5 for off-campus house options. Answered mostly D’s? See page 6 for off-campus apartment options. NEWS PRODUCER

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Interview by JARRED BIERBRAUER Multimedia Reporter Sydney Russo is a first year student studying biology. She currently lives in the residence halls on campus. Russo shared her thoughts about her experience living on campus.

Q: How do you feel about living on campus? A: It’s convenient location-wise for going to classes and having access to the dining halls. However, I definitely feel like some dorms are nicer than other dorms.

Q: What are some benefits to living on campus? A: As a first-year student, it makes it easier to make friends and socialize when you’re living next to everyone that you’re going to classes with. It builds a stronger study environment, it’s easier to go to the lounge where everyone is doing homework who encourage me to do homework as well, instead of living off of campus and having to come back to study at the MU or the library.

Q: What are some of the lesser benefits of living in the dorms? A: Definitely having to share space with

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Q&A: Student living in Fraternity and Sorority Life Interview by CALEB CHANDLER News Contributor Stefanie Gamboa is a senior studying digital communication arts. She is part of the Chi Omega chapter at Oregon State University. Gamboa shared her thoughts about her experience living on campus.

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A: What I like most about living in the Greek Community is all the opportunities it gives me as a student. I am able to participate in things that I otherwise would not be aware of or invited to. Living in the house was also an amazing experience because I got to live with the other girls in the house and I will never live in an environment like that again. It was a great experience.

Q: Were there any downfalls from living in the community? A: One downfall is that once one person gets sick then everyone gets sick in the house.

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Q: What was your favorite/memorable moment from when you lived in the house?

A: My favorite thing about living in the house is that you will always have someone to do things with. If you want Taco Bell at 3 a.m. there is someone that will want the same thing, or if you need to pull an all-nighter there is someone else that will be there right next to you.

Q: What advice would you give to a student about to live in a house or thinking about moving in?

A: The best advice I have for someone moving into a greek house is to enjoy every moment. Once you move out you will wonder where the time went and realize you will never get to live in this house with these people again. It is something I am so glad I got to do and when I think about my college years I am grateful that Chi Omega was a part of that.

Q: What was your process getting in the house?

A: When I was first looking into a sorority I found out about Fall Formal Recruitment that happens every fall. My fall term my freshman year, I was able to go through recruitment to find the right house for me. I was able to talk to girls from every house to find where I fit in. The process is able to filter out houses and leave you with the best fit. Honestly, no matter the house you join, you will find your people; you just have to be patient and trust the process.

Did you know? T h e re a re 4 6 cha pters o n ca mpus t h a t a re a member o f o ne o f f ive co mmunities: I n t erf ra ter nity Co uncil Na t i o n a l Pa n-H ellenic Co uncil P anhellenic Co uncil U n if ied Greek Co uncil Co l l e ctive Greek Co uncil For more information on the Center for Fraternity and Sorority life and living in affiliated housing, turn to page 8.

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Q&A: Student living in off-campus house Interview by CARLOS FITTEN Practicum Contributor Dakota Miller and Griffin Young are secondyears who live in a house near the Oregon State University campus.

A: “Know how to pay bills through the mail, know how to set up your electric. Basically the necessaries to live in your own space. Knowing how to keep good roommate dynamics and keep on the same page about things,” Young said.

Q: Why did you decide to live off campus in a house?

Q: What has been your interaction with your landlord?

A: “I enjoyed the dorms last year, but I feel it’s nice to have running water and laundry, and just basic amenities right in your place and be more in control, I guess, of your living situation,” Young said.

Q: What advice would you have for people who want to live off campus?

A: “Start looking early and weigh your options before you really get serious about which house you need, you know, so you make sure you have the right living situation for yourself,” Young said.

Q: What are some good things to know if you are going to live in a house?

A: “So far great, just a good, honest, backand-forth. We don’t really have any weird feeling of late rent or coming to check out the house without letting us know,” Young said.

“If we need anything fixed, he’ll come by like in a pretty reasonable amount of time,” Miller said.

Q: How do you handle paying for utilities, since that’s a new experience for you? A: “We kind of split it up based on, you know, one of our roommates has his name under the electric and then I’m under the Wi-Fi so we make it work to the same amount; took some

getting used to, but it’s all good,” Young said.

Q: Do you think it’s more cost-effective to live in a house vs. an apartment or vs. on campus? A: “It depends what you want, like honestly there’s different dynamics to having a house and like an apartment,” Miller said. “I definitely think if you tend to cook at home, living off-campus is cheaper than eating in the dining halls,” Young said.

Q: How many roommates do you have?

A: “Us two, and then one more, so three total,” Young said.

Q: Do you prefer more or less roommates?

A: “I think three is a good amount, I think it all depends how close you are to the people that you’re living with, maybe the larger amount, the more you can get by with just kind of acquaintance roommates.” Young said.

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SYDN E Y WISNE R | ORAN GE MED I A NETWORK Third-year student Beth Davis lives in an off-campus apartment. According to Davis, living off-campus is more cost-effective and offers more options than living on campus. 1

Q&A: Student living in off-campus apartment By MELINDA MYERS News Contributor

Beth Davis is an Oregon State University third-year studying biology. Davis currently lives in an apartment off of the OSU campus.

Q: What made you decide to live in an apartment as opposed to other offcampus housing opportunities? A: Living off-campus meant that I could have my own room, a kitchen, a larger overall space, and possibly a pet for much less than the cost of living in a small dorm.

Q: What do you enjoy most about

living in an apartment? What are some downsides?

A: The main downside is that I now have to commute to campus, and it’s difficult to go back and forth between my apartment and campus. Public transportation and biking routes make this easier, of course. I enjoy being able to have a cat in my apartment, and being able to cook my meals with usually healthier food than I would get in the dorms. I really enjoy being able to spread out my stuff and have dedicated areas for sleeping, relaxing and studying.

Q: What were some challenges you faced during the moving process?

A: Mostly coordinating with my roommate about how to organize our collective stuff. I had access to moving vehicles and plenty of boxes, so actually moving wasn’t an issue.

Q: What would you say to students who are first-time renters looking for apartments?

A: As long as you keep your budget and all the stackable fees (security deposit, utilities, possible pet fees) in mind, it’s usually much more worth it to live off campus than on. Read the fine print on housing offers, and don’t be worried to ask detailed questions about exactly how to pay rent, contact the landlord, or how utilities are measured and paid.

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2 . L iv in g w it h le ga l de pe n de n t or s p ou s e 3 . S ome t r a n s fe r s t u d e n t s 4 . L iv in g in Affilia t e d H ou s in g Progr a m Use Snapchat or a QR reader to access an apartment finding website. Information gathered from University Dining and Housing Services


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University Housing and Dining Services assists students living in residence halls By JARRED BIERBRAUER Multimedia Reporter For students who live on campus, University Housing and Dining Services is the program in charge of all residence and dining halls at Oregon State University. According to the UHDS website, its 16 residential halls offer different room sizes, moveable furniture, streaming device access, laundry facilities and kitchen appliances all intended to benefit students living on campus. Living on campus has a number of benefits for students, said Brian Stroup, the director of operations of University Housing & Dining Services. “Our contracts for on-campus housing are for the academic year only, so there’s no need to sign a year-long lease for housing in the community,” Stroup said via email. “Our contracts are also flexible if you’re leaving Corvallis for an internship or study abroad opportunity, so you can avoid the challenge of finding someone to sub-lease your space.” The residence halls are close to all of the lecture halls, the Valley Library and campus events, Stroup noted. “You don’t need to worry about driving onto campus daily,” Stroup said via email.

Current first-year students are required to live on campus, but have the option to stay on campus for the following year. If students have friends they would like to live with, there are apartments or suites available in the residence halls. If they don’t want to stress about finding roommates, UHDS can match them up with other second-year and above students, Stroup said. “We have communities set aside for secondyear and above students in many locations on campus. Some are entire buildings, like Halsell Hall, while others are specific wings or floors within a building,” Stroup said via email. “Many of them offer apartment-style or suite-style options that give students more space and privacy than traditional-style residence hall rooms.” According to Stroup, OSU students in their second year and above get a discount of $300 off of their regular housing rates per term. All current OSU students are eligible for this discount, even if they are not currently living on campus. “Take a look at our furnished apartment and suite-style options, where you will be able to live with other second-year and above students, graduate students and transfer students,” Stroup

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said via email. “We have housing tours coming up on March 2 and 9 and April 6. Interested students will be able to check out several of our second-year and above communities.” Students with meal plan balances left over from their current year will roll over for the following year. All on-campus residents receive the highest meal discount of 25 percent off all dining center meals. Alex Banks, a second-year student who lives in Cauthorn Hall, transferred to OSU last year. “The floor that I live on is second-year and up specific, so I’m in a hallway with people who are in my standings,” Banks said. “I guess it’s been great, I don’t really have anything bad to say about UHDS.” Logan Reck, a first year student also taking residence in Cauthorn Hall, utilizes the resources given to him by UHDS as well. “Living on campus allows you to meet new people and make new friends. On the other hand, you’re left with very little privacy, and it can be very noisy from time to time,” Reck said. “UHDS is nice in that it provides students with food and a place to work, but the amount of money students spend on it can be frustrating.” All the second-year and above communities are listed at uhds.link/return.

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Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life works to create positive living environments By CALEB CHANDLER News Contributor

Different from on-campus living or in an apartment, the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life offers the opportunity for students to live in a housed chapter for a fresh experience. Oregon State University boasts a large fraternity and sorority community that includes five separate councils. Two of these councils, the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council, include housed chapters wherein students can choose to live if they are a member of that respected organization, according to Leslie Schacht Drey, director for the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. “Living in the chapter house of a fraternity or sorority is an experience that is truly a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity that you can generally only get as a college student,” Schacht Drey said via email. “The fraternal, or cooperative, component of living in a housed fraternity/ sorority contributes to a sense of group ownership of the experience – all residents contribute in some way to the overall living environment through shared responsibilities for day-to-day management and upkeep.” The chapters that do have a house within the CFSL community are all located offcampus and are privately owned and operated, according to Schacht Drey. The undergraduate chapter, student organization, lease the

house from their national organization. The chapter may also lease from a local house corporation, which is a group of alumni that operate the facility. To live within a specific house, an individual generally needs to be a part of the organization and have access to the amenities. Being exclusive to members of the chapter, the idea of brotherhood or sisterhood is a core component to the live-in experience, Schacht Drey added. Housed fraternities and sororities include a live-in house director, who is often referred to as the “house mom” or “house dad.” This position is filled by a non-undergraduate student who serves in a maternal or paternal role for those living in the house, according to Schacht Drey. Duties done by this individual include day-today maintenance of the house and helping to create expectations for residents to follow while interacting with one another. “The chapter house will often serve as a home away from home for students who are members of housed fraternities/sororities. Even members who don’t live in the structure will consider it a place where they belong and can feel a great deal of pride in the appearance of the home,” Schacht Drey said via email. According to the IFC President Kyle Daniel, chapters will often use their houses for business meetings, studying and social events related to philanthropies, on top of being places of residence.

“Fraternity housing is unique in that it helps individuals bond together with the brothers of their fraternity,” Daniel said over email. “It is like living on a residence hall floor with all of your best friends. In my experience with fraternity housing, I found it amazing that there is always another brother in the house willing to hang out and spend time with you at any given

Living in the chapter house of a fraternity or sorority is an experience that is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can generally only get as a college student. LESLIE SCHACHT DREY Director for the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life

moment. It is a place where lots of work gets done, but also provides lots of entertainment on a daily basis.” As each fraternity and sorority is privately owned and operated, they have the autonomy to create their own live-in requirements and

L OGAN HOWE L L | ORAN GE MED I A NETWORK Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity is located on 26th Street. The Affiliated Housing Program allows freshmen to get exempt from living on campus and move into the fraternity and sorority chapter houses within the program.

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expectations of its members. In general, many students will move into a house during their second year of membership and live there one to two years, according to Schacht Drey. This can vary, as some chapters are participants in the Affiliated Housing Program that allows first-year students, who are members of the specific chapter, to gain an exemption from the live-on campus requirement. The Affiliated Housing Program allows qualifying organizations to request inclusion as an approved facility for students subject to the OSU First Year Experience Live-on Requirement, according to the AHP webpage. The program offers first year students at OSU a safe, healthy and educationally beneficial housing option that runs consistent to the experience of on campus residents. “Many fraternities have live-in requirements for their members. If someone is interested in joining a housed fraternity at OSU they should be aware of their policies regarding live-in requirements,” Daniel said over email. “Some chapters may mandate that all members are required to live in the house for at least a year, maybe more. This is highly variable from chapter to chapter, so it is important to know the live-in requirements upon joining a chapter.” Perks that come with housing include options for cheaper amenities for those who live in the community as opposed to other living situations, according to Daniel. “Fraternity housing is often cheaper than many equivalent places of residence like residence halls or off-campus housing,” Daniel said via email. “Fraternity houses come with a variety of amenities. Many of them have a chef that cooks meals for the members. Many houses offer a place to wash/dry clothes, a private study room, a common area with games like foosball or billiards.” McKenna Moore, Panhellenic president, said that chapter housing offers a strong sense of community beyond the material advantages of the living space. “I think that some benefits of living in a house are the sense of brotherhood/sisterhood and community,” Moore said in an email. “I also think that it provides a potentially most costefficient living opportunity for some people. Additionally, I think that people decide to live in a house because they get a very special fraternity/sorority experience.” OSU currently recognizes 30 housed fraternities and sororities; 19 fraternities and 11 sororities, according to Schacht Drey. The number of individuals living in a house varies with the year, but generally, 1,300 to 1,500 OSU students will choose fraternity and sorority living. Each chapter sets its own live-in capacity, which can go from 20 residents to 80 depending on the size of the facility. For further information on housing within fraternity and sorority life or general info, go to the CFSL webpage to learn more.


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By CARLOS FITTEN Practicum Contributor Corvallis property management companies are available for students to drop in where they offer information for students on the process of renting in Corvallis, Ore. Dawn Duerksen, a property manager for Duerksen & Associates, works with a variety of renters, including Oregon State University students and future tenants who are looking to find a place to call home. “For the tenants, we can help them find a home, we can help them find different things depending on their needs, like a lot of people have pets, so we are the most pet-friendly company in town,” Duerksen said. Duerksen property managers also assist tenants by informing them of the best times to look for housing and by helping them understand their expectations as tenants. “I think that we do a good job of helping educate tenants what it takes to be a good tenant and what it means to be a tenant, you know, what your responsibilities are,” Duerksen said. “Helping some people to communicate so that we know how to help them in what they need.” Liz Najera, a property manager, has been working for the Sterling Management Group for five years. She provides future tenants applications for rentals and works with tenants through the renting process. “We are a full-spectrum management property,” Najera said. “We manage HOAs, we manage single family homes, duplexes, apartment complexes, commercials. The only thing we don’t do is sell homes.” According to the Sterling Management Group, Inc. website, services provided

by the group can be customized to meet specific tenant needs. Duerksen said individuals who are looking for rentals should be aware of the places they are looking for homes. “Get a list and see what’s available, so looking on websites and looking in property management offices for a list, being careful of Craigslist because people are not honest on Craigslist, and it is upsetting to us just as much as it is to somebody else who gets scammed,” Duerksen said. Griffin Young, a second-year student looking to study horticulture, lives in an off-campus house close to OSU. “Start looking early and weigh your options before you really get serious about which house you need, you know, so you make sure you have the right living situation for yourself,” Young said. Individuals are encouraged to reach out to the Sterling Management Group with questions and concerns, Najera said. “Obviously we are local, so (students) can come by the office, they can email us directly, we also post on Craigslist and simply just give us a call and we’re happy to just stay on the line and give you all the information you need in order to find you a home,” Najera said. Najera said that the employees at the Sterling Management Group are always available to assist tenants with problems related to rentals. “We’re a friendly fun-loving company and we love Corvallis; there’s at least three of us that are native of Corvallis,” Najera said. “We are happy to work and help you through your mistakes or roommate conundrums or anything like that and I think that’s really what makes our tenants like renting from us.”

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Apartments offer smaller space, cost Office of Student Life works to improve student, community relations

SYD NEY WI SNER | ORANGE MED IA NETWORK The 7th Street Station apartment complex is located south of OSU’s campus and is one of many housing options. According to Jon Stoll, apartments offer students affordable housing options.

By MELINDA MYERS News Contributor Off-campus housing is an option for Oregon State University students who decide to not live in residence halls after their first year. One option for students who choose to live off of campus are apartments. Jon Stoll is the head of the Corvallis Community Relations department in the Office of Student Life. The department has been working for four years to connect and improve student and community relations. “It serves two purposes. One, to serve as a liaison to the Corvallis community and then secondly to help educate students about their rights and responsibilities,” Stoll said. “So the liaison piece, working primarily with property managers, subsidy council members, neighborhood associations mainly to receive insight, input.” Moving from location to location is difficult and can cause stress on interpersonal relationships Stoll said. “So one of the largest challenges or transitions is students oftentimes have friends or acquaintances and they decide, ‘Alright, we’re great friends, we’re gonna move in together and have a great time,’” Stoll said. “And the reality of being around somebody 24/7, not necessarily having conversations and planning about house rules or chores, what happens if my significant other is spending the night all the time and that can create some friction. So I think one of the major conflicts or challenges that I hear from property managers is communication and conflict resolution.” Stoll said the increased range of opportunities

for students living off campus can require more attention and thought. “It just requires more communication, more interpersonal conversations, conflict resolution. And a lot of that I think is handled when you’re in the residence halls,” Stoll said. “I think that oftentimes it’s about freedom,

I imagine there’s amenities oftentimes in apartments that you wouldn’t get living in a house. JON STOLL Head of Corvallis Community Relations when oftentimes with increased freedom comes increased responsibility.” One such off-campus apartment opportunity is the Oak Vale Apartments, located on Witham Hill. “It’s a family-owned company and before that it was actually student housing. The buildings have been around for a long time,” Celeste Doering, Oak Vale assistant manager, said. Oak Vale is one of many complexes in Corvallis where students and families can interact in community settings, Doering said. “I really think its a pretty good mix. We have lots of families, lots of students,” Doering said. “It’s probably better for more serious students because it is a mix of students and families. But

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we really get a lot of everything.” Options closer to campus include The GEM. The GEM is maintained by the College Housing Northwest. College Housing Northwest is a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 by students to support students in the areas of housing, academic success and personal development. Much like Oak Vale Apartments, The GEM was previously student affiliated housing, according to J.D. Chancellor, site manager for The GEM. Living in an apartment complex can provide unexpected benefits for tenants, Chancellor added. “I imagine there’s amenities oftentimes in apartments that you wouldn’t get living in a house,” Stoll said. “Some might have a common area that you can take advantage of.” Additionally, conducting repairs could be easier in apartments, according to Shealyn Wippert, leasing agent at The GEM. “The benefit of apartment living is the convenience of being able to ask for help,” Wippert said in an email. “If your sink breaks, you can submit a maintenance request and a trained professional will ensure the problem is fixed.” Doering said group activities such as tutoring and studying can be facilitated on-site. “We do a lot of grouping things so if you need a tutor or if you have students who are in the same areas of classes and they can kind of work together,” Doering said. “And it’s all right here, you don’t have to go far from home. When we rent out the clubhouse area they can tutor together there too, which is helpful.” Stoll said students living in the lower class income bracket or who live in poverty,

finding an off-campus apartment in Corvallis can be difficult. “I don’t have the numbers or the data, but I have reason to believe that students explore housing outside of Corvallis, in Lebanon, Albany, Philomath, simply because of the fact that it is cheaper,” Stoll said. “So trying to weigh that balance of distance of travel with the cost of living in Corvallis. I know that it’s something the city of Corvallis is exploring.” Inflation of living costs may be due to the university and could be spreading as more people move to the area, Doering said. “Corvallis is very expensive because of the college,” Doering said. “Even Albany is going up in price now.” Stoll said the Human Services Resource Center is centered on exploring resources for low-income students. The HSRC is currently aiming to add more staff members. “Hopefully with those additional resources they’ll have the capacity to help identify additional resources for students around food insecurity and housing insecurity,” Stoll said. “The reality is that affordable housing is definitely a challenge in Corvallis.” Overall, apartment affordability in Corvallis could be cheaper than the housing market, Stoll said. “Apartments I would imagine are more affordable, generally speaking,” Stoll said. “A two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment I would expect to be cheaper than a twobedroom, one-bathroom house. Most cases I would expect that to be smaller in terms of square footage.”


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Corvallis community offers resources for student housing

Several local groups provide services to meet variety of needs By AVALON KELLY News Contributor In Corvallis, 37 percent of households are labeled severely rent burdened, according to the American Community Survey. Severe rent burden is defined as paying over half of one’s income on housing costs, such as rent and utilities. Corvallis has the highest percentage of severely rent burdened households in Oregon cities with over 10,000 people. The Community Services Consortium, Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services and the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence are three organizations located in Corvallis which provide housing assistance. Students or community members in need of non-traditional housing may find assistance within these organizations.

homeowners and tenants afford maintenance costs. It also provides aid for moving costs, such as a safety deposit, Eldridge added. “If they are homeless, living in their car or

There’s a lot of households in Corvallis that are spending more than half of their income on housing and that gets to be a problem if you don’t have a lot of money and are trying to make ends meet.

Community Services Consortium

The Community Services Consortium’s mission is to provide assistance to people in poverty in the Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, according to Dina Eldridge, the CSC housing services manager. Though the CSC provides other services, housing is a major focus. The organization offers assistance to homeless or evicted individuals and programs to help current

JIM MOOREFIELD Executive Director Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services couchsurfing, not having a permanent place to live—we can help with that,” Eldridge said.

Renters or homeowners can utilize programs through CSC to help manage the costs of home maintenance, Eldridge said. Individuals can apply for assistance with paying utilities, especially during winter months, and for free home maintenance such as weather-proofing and insulation. All programs through the CSC are based on income, Eldridge said. Students seeking aid need to provide income information and proof they are currently homeless or have an eviction notice, if necessary for the program.

Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services

Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services works to provide affordable housing specifically to veterans, families and households with children in the Corvallis area. Jim Moorefield, executive director of WNHS, has worked with OSU students in the past as tenants of the organization’s properties. “When I say affordable, in my world that has a particular definition to it,” Moorefield said. “We say people with modest means shouldn’t pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing. There’s a lot of households in

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NEWS Alternative housing, Continued from page 11 Corvallis that are spending more than half of their income on housing, and that gets to be a problem if you don’t have a lot of money and are trying to make ends meet.” Those who use WNHS services must also meet income eligibility requirements specific to each household, Moorefield said. Students who apply must be over 24 years old, though individuals under 24 who can prove independence from parents or guardians are eligible. WNHS housing is located throughout the Corvallis community, including locations near the OSU campus. Each property has its own amenities, property manager and waitlist, Moorefield added. “In general, we have certain standards of size and quality that would be comparable to newer apartments around town,” Moorefield said. “The problem for students when it comes to housing, is that (the places they find) aren’t newer and quality tends to vary a lot.” Students who meet the guidelines of WNHS tenants can peruse the WNHS website to find the location that suits their needs. Then they can contact the property manager associated with the listing to secure a place on the waitlist, Moorefield added.

Center Against Rape And Domestic Violence Students in need of finding safe housing during the academic year can find assistance through the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence. The organization’s mission is to provide services and support to people impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence. This includes a safe housing arrangement if needed, as well as support groups, medical advocacy, legal support and more, said Executive Director of CARDV, Letetia Wilson. “All services are confidential and can be anonymous, if needed,” Wilson said. “We compliment services offered on campus by offering transportation and 24-hour in-person and phone support. Housing is for those needing a safe, confidential location due to domestic violence or sexual assault.” Every one of CARDV’s resources are available to students. To access these services, individuals can call their crisis and support hotline which is available 24/7, Wilson added. “I don’t hear a lot of students going to a bigger voice to help with their housing needs,” Moorefield said. “There are lots of students who are here awhile and struggle to find housing they can afford. It’s not good for the student or our community or our future when students can’t find affordable housing.”

STEFFI KUTCHER | ORANGE MED I A NETWORK Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence is located on 3rd Street in Corvallis. CARDV can help find housing for students during the academic year.

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COLD NIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN

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feel uncomfortable when people label me with a gender but it wasn’t until I was sixteen that I really understood why. I am mostly indifferent when strangers refer to me as the other binary gender, but it is still somewhat prickly for me when they do so. I am elated when people use gender-neutral pronouns for me and grin while remembering times that this has happened. Finding a label that fit me was very important to me at first, as labels helped me feel that I was not alone. Eventually I started valuing my internal reality over the descriptions that I was given or had discovered.

I first started the process of understanding my gender when I went to an event in which we all were to introduce ourselves with our names and gender pronouns. I did not know until then that I could use other pronouns, but the real revelation was when many of the other people at the event told the rest of us that their pronouns were gender-neutral. Discovering that other people might be feeling the same way about gender as I did was a relief. At that moment, something clicked in my mind, and yet, when it was my turn, I introduced myself using ... somewhere in the area the pronouns that everyone had always called me by, between or completely and it felt wrong. I had not outside of man and woman. done enough self-reflection and research at that point to understand my emotions surrounding gender, and therefore was not ready to declare my pronouns as being different from what society had assumed them to be. After the event, I started researching what gender-neutral pronouns signified. My research confirmed my prior knowledge of sexual orientation being different from gender. I related to many people who identified somewhere in the area between or completely outside of man and woman. Like me, some of them tried at one point in their lives to present themselves to the world as the other binary gender than the one that they were assigned, but it still did not totally fit for me and for many of them. This research also helped me understand more about the way I view my body, as I discovered that some people changed their bodies in the ways that I want to. Many of them had pretty different experiences than I do, but I was still able to understand where they were coming from based on my own experiences. Understanding my gender has helped me become more comfortable and confident internally. Society has changed in the same time period that I have come to understand my gender more fully. For example, OSU now has gender-neutral bathrooms, and many of the events I have attended on campus included pronoun-preferences in the speaker introductions. These steps encourage me. I hope that people understand the importance of gender pronouns and can accept people regardless of their gender. This would involve more consideration towards how you use language to describe another person, and asking people about their pronouns. Prejudice is based on fear, especially of the unknown, so more knowledge can help decrease negative reactions toward people like me. 16 • DAILYBAROMETER.COM • WEEK OF MONDAY, FEBURARY 26, 2018

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one of the pre-deployment training had really prepared me for how cold Afghanistan was at night. My friend Josh and I were young medics who had only left technical school a few months before we got our deployment orders. Between shifts we would sit on the roof of the hospital fighting off the cold with cigars and “near beer.” Josh rarely said things during these middle-of-the-night meet ups and we both stared at the mountains. In hindsight, neither of us had built the coping mechanisms we would need to work in a war time emergency room. We were stationed at the same base, and when we came home nothing really “fit” like it used to. Normal hospital work rarely had the same meaning. Going from dozens of trauma patients a day and switching to normal clinical work is like driving 90 miles an hour and then standing on the brakes. My friend felt like he left himself in that emergency room and what came home was never the same. He ended up killing himself less than six months after our re-deployment back to Japan. Vets hear it constantly during suicide awareness days where battle buddies, the Wingman concept, and Sailors’ assistance are reintroduced. Entire days of training were stopped to talk about suicide and the warning signs to look for in each other. However, we tend to lose this support system when we leave the service and can fall into thinking that we are on our own. We’ve taken the training, lifestyle, and mentality from the service. We also took the stresses and, on occasion, the unhealthy ways to deal with them. As a nation, we still lose an average of 22 veterans a day to suicide. A recent analysis found the suicide rate among veterans to be about 30 per 100,000 population per year, compared with the civilian rate of 14 per 100,000. These results are geared to include veterans of all American conflicts and show that veterans have a suicide rate nearly 2 to 1 compared to civilian counterparts. Oregon State has more than 600 veterans in our student body and surely every student and faculty member knows a veteran personally. This should give OSU students the onus and drive to look to each other, veteran or not, and notice if we are having a problem or see warning signs in someone else. No one should feel like they are in this situation alone. If you find yourself making plans for when you are gone, feeling preoccupied with the thought of your own death, or if you know someone exhibiting any warning signs, there are several options. Contact the Veteran Crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1 to skip the phone tree), the Veteran Crisis online chat at veteranscrisisline.net/chat, or the Oregon State counseling service at 541-737-2131. No one should feel like they have to go through this on their own. Contact a friend or contact professional help, but please, get the help you need.


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isten here boys: we girls go to the gym for a reason and I’m expecting you guys do too, since you’re surrounded by weights and treadmills. We’re too busy trying to reach a goal, which is neither your phone number nor Snapchat handle.

mean that’s what I’m here for. Women want to feel comfortable and they’re not looking for a date. Please don’t make the gym feel less welcoming for us.

The gym is a place where everybody should be completely comfortable. In college, we’re sharing this space with what can feel like thousands of people, many of whom are men. This environment is for everyone, so we women would like to politely request:

First of all, it’s rude. I’m pretty sure you’ve been told this by your grandma. And no one likes to be stared at while squatting. Girls have eyes in the back of their heads, so your staring is way too obvious. Just keep walking—there isn’t much to see here.

Just don’t be that type of guy.

3. Wipe the sweat off the machines

1. Don’t treat the gym like a dating website

We’ve discussed this. We’re sharing this building with many people and most of us prefer to use the equipment when it’s not drenched in sweat. We’re all human and we tend to forget, but maybe next time you’ll

The point is, the gym isn’t a Tinder spot. I appreciate your match, but no thanks. Not today. We’re here to work out, remember? I

2. Stop staring

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here are you from?”

I have a little panic attack every time someone asks me that question. I was born in South Korea, grew up in Texas, and spent snippets of time in Germany, Holland, Scotland, Ghana, Benin, Liberia, South Africa, Sweden, Canada, Israel, Palestine, and Australia. In some of those countries, I spent a week or a month, and in others half a year. Though these durations don’t seem to be long enough to be “where I’m from,” I count them a part of my makeup. “Wow, your English is really good.” I’ve been in American schooling for most of my life. My parents worked with an American non-government organization, and my brothers and I went to public school in Texas before we moved to West Africa. My three friends there were from New Zealand, Canada, and England: We spoke English in four different accents, mine with a slight Texan twang. “Oh, you’re so Asian!” I have been asked all sorts of questions about my appearance. In grade school, one boy pulled back his eyes to describe my face. In middle school, one of my best friends flattened her nose and asked why it looked like that. I remember when I was seven, I was drawing a picture of myself, and one of my classmates snatched the “apricot” color crayon out of my hand and handed me “burnt sienna.” My little self was confounded at the time, but looking back, I can see the gradient of shame growing darker as I grew

by Naymie Bambang remember after reading this. 4. Last, but not least—just leave us alone Whether we came to the gym with a friend or alone, most of the time we don’t have time to socialize and we just want to get our job done. Take the socializing outside or to your dorm. We’d be more than thankful if you would stay out of our personal bubble. This gym is made for all of us, so we have to compromise to make it work for everyone. We all have our reasons for why we’re here, and we’re likely to spend lots of time here and see familiar faces along the way. So next time you come to the gym, use it for what it’s actually made for…and please don’t be that guy.

older. The only thing that made sense to that little girl was what she saw in the mirror. I was different. And that was bad. I would never be seen as a person, first. I was “Asian” before I was me. “Do you not understand what I’m saying?” (in Korean). My Korean is good but not great. Korean newspapers use so many Chinese-derived words (think Latin-origin or SAT prep vocabulary) that I just zone out and my eyes lose focus. My family left Korea when I was six, and we never stayed anywhere long enough to get citizenship. And still, my passport tells me I’m Korean. “You’re like, the least Korean Korean I’ve met!” (meant as a compliment). My English is fluent, and I have a completely American accent. I think, pray, and journal in English. I don’t keep up with Korean popculture—sorry K-pop heads—but I love Saturday Night Live and am a worthy opponent in Trivial Pursuit. I adore hip hop, comic books and Hot Cheetos, and they rival my love for my Korean comforts: banana-flavored milk, my dad’s old, 70s Korean folk tapes, and tteokbokki—a spicy rice cake dish. “So…what are you?” I know my name is Jooun and Grace, too. I’m an introvert, slightly neurotic, and a Top Chef fanatic. Are those things important? Am I? Or is my Korean-ness all that I am? Is my being American the measure of my relevance? If the question is where I’m from, I don’t really know. Some days I feel more sure and other days it doesn’t feel so important to be sure. All these questions I’ve been asked over again, and I wonder if those people would have asked if they weren’t so threatened by a lack of definition, a lack of comfort. Could we come to focus on who is in front of us and not what is in front of us? I’m okay with being unsure. Are we? And so, I ask, what are you? I mean, tell me about who you are. WEEK OF MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018 • DAILYBAROMETER.COM • 17

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he is middle-aged, a single parent and African-American. You might know this about her because she’s your coworker, or perhaps your neighbor, or maybe she’s even a fellow student in your evening Spanish class. She has no wedding ring on her finger. She’s always a little bit late or leaving a little bit early because of her children. She drives a mediocre car and probably doesn’t live in a great part of town. She is obviously not well-to-do. She has more than one child. And she works a job that holds little to no prestige. You might think you know her just from the limited information you have gathered.

and good friends, she prevailed. She found a good job, where she was promoted twice. She raised her children in a nice neighborhood with an excellent school system. Most importantly, she survived raising her kids through the tumultuous teenage years while remaining sane and intact!

Though life has not always been easy, she has had the grit and determination to make the best life for her family possible. Now that her children are in their late teens and early Unfortunately, here in the USA, stereotypes run rampant. They are twenties, she has decided that it is finally time about as common as having a McDonald’s in every neighborhood. to pursue her own dreams once more. She has Single parent? African-American? Stereotypes say that she was enrolled in Oregon State’s Ecampus program to probably one of those poor women who lived in an inner city, had finish her bachelor’s degree and pursue her love kids at a young age and her children likely have multiple fathers who of foreign language. Though it is challenging aren’t present in her children’s lives. But, only part of that is true. taking classes while holding a full-time job and taking care of a family, She actually grew up in suburbia with her she is determined to parents and siblings. She had a reasonably You might think you know her succeed. happy childhood, riding bikes around the neighborhood, playing with dolls, crushing just from the limited information She is me. on famous boy bands. Unfortunately, her you have gathered. blissful home life would radically change. Her parents ended up divorcing, which Without having known was devastating to the family, but her my story, what would mom was her rock. She was the super glue you have assumed that held everything together when the pieces had fallen apart. And about me had you just met me or if you had only her dad was still in her life with regular visits. the bare minimum facts about me? Would you have had stereotypical thoughts or ideas? Would you have categorized me without knowing me? In spite of the devastation divorce had caused in her family, she Though it is easy to make snap judgments graduated high school with decent grades and went straight to and think stereotypical thoughts, I hope that college. Feeling burned out after two years of full-time study, my story reminds you to catch yourself when she came home to find work. After one year of working she felt negative stereotypes arise in your thinking. the renewed desire to complete her education. She enrolled at a Remember that everyone has a story, and different college for her third year. Toward the end of her junior everyone’s story has value. Purposely put those year, a long-time love interest proposed to her and they decided to thoughts on pause and make a conscious effort marry. Children came right away and before she knew it, there were to be open. four. Unfortunately, there were unhealthy elements to the marriage and after several years of being together, they thought it best to end it, leaving her with four children to raise primarily on her own. But, with the tangible and emotional support of family, church,

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Tips and tricks: roommates

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Are you trying to find a new roommate? Here are a few tips and tricks to finding the perfect house mate.

WHO SHALL IT BE?

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

-UHDS recommends not rooming with a best friend. Although it may be a great time to hang out with them, living with them can likely be a different story.

-Have a roommate discussion about location. Talk about living on or off campus and what area to live in.

-Use choosing a roommate as an opportunity to branch out and meet new people. Consider rooming with someone from a different state or country.

-Plan in advance who will buy what necessities. Determine who will be providing furniture, appliances and other housing needs. Coordinate decorations to fit everyone’s tastes.

ROOMMATE PROFILE

MONEY TALKS

-Take advantage of the roommate profile on MyUHDS­— take time to write well-rounded answers. A more complete profile will give a better chance of matching with a more compatible roommate.

-Having a discussion about finances before moving in with someone can help eliminate stress. Talk about rent, utilities and other expenses prior to signing a lease or contract.

-Don’t immediately settle for the first roommate match. Chat with multiple people to find the best fit.

MAKE AN AGREEMENT -Roommate agreements are a mandatory requirement for those living in the residence halls, but they can be helpful for off-campus housing too. -Include conflict resolution in a roommate agreement—how does each roommate prefer to address problems? Setting a protocol before problems arise can prevent them from occurring later.

See an example roommate agreement on page 22

-Read through the lease or contract thoroughly to recognize tenant responsibilities. Information compiled by Erica Baldwin, News Contributor, from University Housing and Dining Services, and the Corvallis Living Guide.

Oregon State University students give advice about roommates “If someone isn’t pulling their weight, just talk to them about it. Don’t keep things bottled up.” Nick Palka Second-year University Exploratory Studies

“When you’re looking for a roommate don’t be afraid to send out a lot of emails to a lot of different people. You’re never really sure who’s gonna be (available). You never know if you’re going to strike gold with somebody. You might find a really good connection with someone you didn’t even really think was gonna be a good connection.” William Stone Third-year New Media Communications

“If you’re going to have a roommate, be very straight at the very beginning… find someone that has like a similar mind to you, someone that shares your values when it comes to the house or apartment.” Breonna Keller-Robbins Second-year Liberal Studies

“I have really awesome roommates because we all clean up after each other and we’re very respectful of our house. We understand each other’s boundaries. Also my roommates are really on top of their homework, so that motivates me to get mine done as well. Definitely try to room with your friends. It makes a really good experience.” Claire Cahill Second-year Computer Science

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Moving in with new people can sometimes be a challenge. Whether you are living with your best friend or someone you barely know, setting terms before you move in is always a good idea. This roommate agreement can help you and your roommates will help you set ground rules and expectations of your household. Feel free to cut out this page, take it to your roommates and fill it out together. Then stick it on your refrigerator and refer to it if any problems arise!

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Student Legal Services offers help with roommate issues Advice, help available for students through Livability Code

By BROCK HULSE News Contributor When renting an apartment or house, individuals should be aware of the regulations and expectations set for them by landlords, Tracy Oulman, Housing & Neighborhood Coordinator for Corvallis, said. “Be clear on the expectations of what you’re getting into,” Oulman said. “If the policy is no smoking, and you have smoking going on, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have to pay to return the unit to its original condition.” Oulman said the best way to shrink problems a tenant has with a landlord is to talk to them. “The first thing that we would say to somebody who called (to file a complaint) is, ‘Have you contacted your landlord?’” Oulman said. Todd Easton, the code compliance supervisor for the Corvallis Housing & Neighborhood Services Division, said that the Corvallis Livability code addresses the minimum expectations for landlords and tenants. The expectations include aspects from habitability issues like lack of heat or electricity, to general maintenance problems. “It addresses the specifics of who is responsible,” Easton said. “It’s online and very easy to search, just one chapter.”

Oulman said the Livability Code is fairly new and was implemented just over a year ago after being developed for about five years. The Livability Code replaces a more general rental housing code and clearly defines roles and responsibilities for both landlords and tenants. “It would be a useful tool to somebody who is considering filing an issue to take a look and see if they are meeting their own responsibilities as well,” Oulman said. Easton said a common misconception the department sees is the belief that the city can help them with legal problems regarding their renting status. “The city is not really a legal entity, it’s not to advise law,” Easton said. “We get a lot of those calls, wanting legal advice. We can’t do that.” Oulman said that as students, there are helpful resources on campus for legal advice regarding housing. Marc Friedman, attorney and executive director for Associated Students of OSU Student Legal Services, Access the Law, recommends that students utilize Student Legal Services for any housing legal problems. “I would encourage students if they have any questions to contact us,” Friedman said. “So often questions require individual attention.” Most landlords would rather not deal with major problems like lawsuits or

evictions, Friedman said. “For the most part landlords prefer everyone get along, pay the rent and we’re happy,” Friedman said. “They don’t want the tenants to complain, they don’t want the neighbors

The city is not really a legal entity, it’s not to advise law. We get a lot of those calls, wanting legal advice. We can’t do that. TODD EASTON Code Compliance Supervisor Corvallis Housing & Neighborhood Services Division

to complain, they certainly don’t want the cops to complain.” One situation that the ASOSU Student Legal Services office deals are conflicts between roommates. “If a landlord has each individual sign a lease, from our perspective, that’s easier,” Friedman said. According to Friedman, issues caused by a single roommate tend to be difficult when

all are on the same lease. To evict a single tenant, the landlord must evict all individuals on the lease. “What sort of problem is it with the roommates? Is it just that somebody doesn’t get along with somebody, or one roommate may be just a pig and no one wants to live in that kind of situation?” Friedman said. “Roommate situations for us are often the toughest ones to come to a completely adequate situation.” Oulman said a similar situation can be solved easier when dealing with neighbors as well. “Be mindful of your own impact of what’s going on around you,” Oulman said. “Get to know your neighbor. Don’t wait for something bad or negative to happen before you say hello.” Easton said most of those intending to make a complaint have not spoken to their neighbor. “If a neighbor has a complaint about another neighbor I ask, ‘Have you spoken with them?’ and it’s usually, ‘No,’” Easton said. “After they agree to speak with them, it usually works out pretty well.” Oulman said that many situations can be solved before they get out of hand through proper communication. “A lot of problems can be solved just by being friendly,” Oulman said.

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By ANGEL XUAN LE News Contributor Many students at Oregon State University do not have cars. For these individuals, the university offers other means of transportation. The Beaver Bus on-campus shuttle operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It runs five different loops around OSU campus, according to Sarah Bronstein, the OSU transportation options supervisor. “It does not have a set schedule and runs constantly all day,” Bronstein said. “They can just go and not dwell at a stop.” Matthew Lee, a third-year biohealth sciences student at OSU, is a regular rider of the Beaver Bus. “I think it is very convenient. The rotation times usually come around faster than you think and they move fast too,” Lee said in an email. “I remember back when I never used these rides, I thought it’d be a little weird mainly because I walked everywhere but I found that I liked using these rides, especially with the Beaver Bus, if I’m going to class.”

Another transportation option for getting around campus and the city is Pedal Corvallis, Bronstein said.

You can check out and return it, then immediately check out another bike. The bikes have lights on them and are powered by generation hubs. SARAH BRONSTEIN OSU Transportation Options Supervisor “There are eight stations throughout the city; two of them can be found on campus,” Bronstein said. “It’s very affordable. A membership is twenty-five dollars a year, and for a weekend it

only costs five dollars.” The two spots on campus that these bikes can be found are the Kerr administration building and on Monroe Avenue near Weniger Hall, Bronstein said. After a pass is purchased, individuals can check out the bike for two hours at a time. “You can check out and return it, then immediately check out another bike,” Bronstein said. “The bikes have lights on them and are powered by generating hubs.” Bronstein said a third source of transportation on campus is Zipcar, which is for students who may not have a vehicle at their disposal. “There are four to five Zipcars that are available to members to take out on trips,” Bronstein said. “It is deeply discounted for OSU students. A yearly membership is only $15 for students.” Zipcars are easily accessible on the OSU campus and have their own designated parking spots, Bronstein said. “You pay for as much driving as you

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Free to ride 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Every night On- or off-campus

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Car rentals by the hour or day Rates start at $7.50 per hour ISABEL SHOLZ | ORANGE MED IA NETWORK The Beaver Bus drives through campus picking up students throughout its routes. It runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on five different loops.

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NEWS Transportation, Continued from page 24 use,” Bronstein said. For students looking for transportation in the evenings and night, SafeRide, which runs through the Associated Students of OSU, is another option, Bronstein said. SafeRide is a transportation service for students to get from a location to their residence, but not commerical locations. “It operates seven days a week,” Bronstein said. “No questions asked and gives students a safe ride home.” Kyle Patubo, a SafeRide driver, was first introduced to the service at Fred Meyers Night during Welcome Week in the fall 2017 term. After using SafeRide a few times, he decided to become a SafeRide driver himself. “I love Safe Ride,” Patubo said. “It’s really fun driving around people and picking up real cool people. It’s fun talking to passengers.” Sayeeda Sieah, SafeRide assistant manager of outreach, said that the program operates differently. compared to other universities or programs. “Unlike many other schools we operate every night except when the school is closed. We allow students an unlimited amount of rides per night, we pick up anywhere in/outside the city of Corvallis and we pay our drivers,” Sieah said in an email. SafeRide can have long wait times on some days, according to Sieah. “There are many factors that go into why a van is either late or has a long wait time. Some of them include if the van was involved in an accident, somebody became sick in the van and our drivers had to stop service to clean, problems or complications with current riders, the drivers are on their break, and/or just a busy

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night,” Sieah said via email. SafeRide works to accommodate as many students as possible, regardless of disabilities, identities and access, Sieah said. “SafeRide allows students to have an alternative, judgement-free ride home free of

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How to decorate new home on a budget Students utilize Facebook marketplace, OSUsed for home decorating By ANGELINA MACCA Practicum Contributor

The light blue walls are dressed in a contrasting pink-and-black tapestry illuminated by spherical lights, the bed is cushioned with pillows of landmarks matching the world map hanging by the window, which brightens the space with its natural lighting. Jumpstart the dreaded spring cleaning by learning how to refresh a space on a budget without losing personality in a few easy steps. When beginning to organize or decorate a new home or room, a good place to start is analyzing the space, said Vianka Ayala, an Oregon State University interior design alumna. Additionally, look for areas of improvement that can aid in the functionality of the space. “Hardwood flooring is very beautiful, but can be cold and reverberate noise easily,” Ayala said. “In this case you can pick up an accent rug, which will add design appeal to the space and be functional.” For many first year college students, the first problem they run into when moving is the cost of furnishing their new space, Ayala said.

“Be thrifty! Ask family and friends if they have anything they need to part with,” Ayala said. Recently, Facebook added a marketplace to their website and app where users can sell items they no longer need, similar to sites like Craigslist. “There are usually resale Facebook groups for things like furniture in the college community,” Ayala said. “At the end of the year, lots of people are just trying to get rid of furniture when moving out.” Do-it-yourself projects quickly add personality to a space. Many sites such as Pinterest and Youtube have DIY project tutorials for every skill level, Ayala noted. “Ugly table? Spray paint it! Don’t have money for art? Put up photos of family and friends in creative ways,” Ayala said. According to the DIY Network blog, succulents are an easy plant to include because they require little attention and care. “Plants can add a lot of color for little cash,” Ayala said. Creating a theme or style based around an object that has appealing features is a good starting point for when you don’t know where

to begin, Ayala said. “I build a space around that object and the qualities I enjoy about it,” Ayala said. “This can make decorating a space much less overwhelming.” Think about what makes the object appealing and go from there, Ayala said. According to Rae DeLay, materials manager for OSU Surplus, OSUsed is an easy way to find home essentials at a low cost. Common items found there are chairs, desks, bookshelves, plates, cups, computers and sports items, all under $40. Sharing major purchases or borrowing from friends and family can help cut costs, DeLay said. DeLay said one of the best times to go shop at OSUsed is the third week of June when students are moving out of residence halls and leave items behind. “Desk lamps, rugs, storage and housewares are gone in a couple weeks,” DeLay said. The OSUsed store is open year-round for the public on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. Special sales and events can be found on their website and Facebook page. The next step in organizing and decorating

Utilizing wall space with a whiteboard or corkboard is one of the many ways students can decorate for studying, while customizing a room.

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a home is to put together a functional space. Professional Organizer Kristin Bertilson teaches her clients how to create a living space that suits their lifestyle needs. “We help them from being overwhelmed and cluttered to having calm and happy homes,” Bertilson said. Clutter can occur when there is a significant lifestyle change, such as moving homes, Bertilson said. Most students living in residence halls struggle to find space for all of their belongings, according to Bertilson. To combat this, she has some go-to tips and tricks that anyone living in a small space can use. “Don’t take everything you can on your first trip,” Bertilson said. “Take a season’s worth and then trade it out.” Students should take advantage of the negative space in the room, Bertilson said. For instance, stacking storage units on top of each other will help with organization more than stacking them side-by-side. “Go vertical as much as possible,”

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NEWS Room decor, Continued from page 26 Bertilson said. Moving out for the first time can be expensive and it’s important to budget where all the money goes, Bertilson said. “Spend the money where you need it the most,” Bertilson said. A good starting place is to think about what spaces will be utilized the most and put more money into those areas, Bertilson said. Invest in items that are crucial and used most often, such as a desk. The goal is to build a space that will aid in a successful lifestyle. Mariah Gray, business administration student, says organization is of the utmost importance for living in a small space and sees her room as a sanctuary where everything has its place and is peaceful. “I use indoor mini white lights all around my

room to create a relaxed vibe and I rarely turn on the fluorescent overhead lighting,” Gray said. “I also have many plants in my window and sea shells from home.” Gray says she finds it hard for her to study in her room and instead gets her homework done on campus before she lets herself go home and relax. “I find myself being most productive in busier areas, particularly at Bing’s or Dutch Bros on campus,” Gray said. “I put my headphones in and get down to work, something about the people coming and going helps me stay accountable and people watching gives me a little break as needed.” “Think of those key areas of where you are not succeeding and the why behind it,” Bertilson said. “A lot of times people don’t understand their own study habits and it has to do with their surroundings.”

LOGAN HOWELL | ORANGE MED IA NETWORK Having a designated space to read and shelve books helps create a productive space to study.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

OSU should build planetarium

Last spring term I took Dr. Lazzati’s outstanding astronomy course. We learned an astonishing amount about the origins of the universe, our solar system and deep space objects. We learned how to measure astronomical distance and looked at some of the most amazing solar objects in the sky. I would encourage everyone to take an astronomy course. In the lab portion of the course, we had an opportunity to visit the telescope on the roof of Weinger Hall to see the stars. Unfortunately, every night of spring term clouds obscured the sky and we were never able to observe the stars. Last summer my friends and I got together to watch the total solar eclipse. We got to talking about our experience in our astronomy class and wondered how we could improve our ability to view the night sky. We started thinking it would be

great if OSU had a planetarium for the astronomy course to view the night sky during class time. Currently OSU is a world-class science institution without a planetarium. Spitz Planetariums can install a state-of-theart, turnkey, 200 seat planetarium at OSU for $1.1 million. The computer system and projection system can display crystal clear astronomy, earth science, marine science and oceanography programs. Besides supporting the OSU astronomy classes, the planetarium could also be used to teach children in the nearby school districts and encourage young scientists that may someday return to OSU to study science. Rick Wilson Corvallis, Ore.

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