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Carl Djerassi, known as the father of the oral contraceptive pill, made his way onto the stage with the assistance of crutches.
An 88-year-old man shuffled onto the stage of the Construction Engineering Hall of Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center last night aided by two black crutches to describe his life’s work, or at least the second half of it. His voice is a European slur, embellished every 30 seconds or so by a soft gulp as he clears his throat. He has white hair and a thick white beard reminiscent of Ernest Hemingway’s masculine visage. He touches his chin occasionally in thought and jokes casually with the audience about phallic euphemisms. This is the man who invented the birth control pill. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished scientists of our time, and has recently endeavored to add achievements in literature and theatre to what must be among the most extensive resumes on this planet. Carl Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford University, is the first speaker of the 2012 Critical Questions lecture series, sponsored by the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film with support from the Horning Endowment in the Humanities. Djerassi’s presentation, entitled “Science-in-Theatre on the Page and on the Stage,” highlighted what he dubs “scientific smuggling” into the literary world. Through power-point slides and a dramatic reading from his new play, “Phallacy” with OSU Theatre faculty member Theatre Arts Professor Charlotte Headrick, Djerassi demonstrated his use of “science-infiction” and “science-in-theatre.” These genres differ from science
fiction in that they include accurate and plausible scientific information that does not violate any laws of physics. Though Djerassi is most widely known as the father of the oral contraceptive pill synthesized in the early 1950s, the patent for which he was paid only one dollar, he has written 24 books and plays. These have been translated into various languages and performed in theatre and opera houses around the world. Raymond Malewitz, assistant professor of English in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, teaches Djerassi’s play, “An Immaculate Misconception” in his literature in science class, and believes the new genre allows science to reflect upon itself in a different venue, adding rigor to the debate concerning issues such as artificial insemination. Mike Jager, a graduate student in the history department at OSU, said he felt inspired by the presentation to create a similar tool for history. “I’ve been to a lot of presentations, but this one really hit home. This guy’s got my gears turning, so I’m gonna go home and make a pot of coffee,” he said. Many pots of coffee must have been brewed in the course of Djerassi’s ambitious career. After escaping Nazi occupied Austria and learning English in an American school in Bulgaria, he arrived penniless in New York at the age of 16. He then wrote a letter to then first lady Eleanore Roosevelt, stating simply “Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, I need a scholarship.” Amazingly, his letter was answered by a secretary who got him a scholarship enabling him to attend college in the midwest. He graduated from Kenyon College when he was 18 and had a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin before age 22. See SCIENCE| page 3
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Bartlett was recognized for his research in the chemistry.
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Undergraduate student investigated new process for creating compounds By Michael Mendes The Daily Barometer
Sam Bartlett can make a claim that few undergraduates at Oregon State University can make: he’s the lead author of a university research project. Bartlett, a senior in OSU’s chemistry program with an advanced chemistry option, has been working in the lab of Chris Beaudry, an assistant professor of organic chemistry, since 2010. When he first entered OSU, he wasn’t fully sure what he wanted to do. “When I took pre-calculus and chemistry in high school, I started to gain a real interest in science and mathematics,” Bartlett said. “I find the See RESEARCH | page 3
Student-run groups take initiative with energy, sustainability OSU’s energy facts The Daily Barometer
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The level of attention students devote to their carbon footprint not what it could be, say sustainability groups By Drew Wilson-McGrath The Daily Barometer
On Friday, Jan. 27, the studentrun Sustainable Energy Initiative held an expo to highlight the many ways in which student organizations are helping Oregon State University become a key player in the game of “going green.” Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury was the headlining speaker, following an informational walkthrough of student sustainability presentations, starting at 7 p.m. Bradbury’s presentation, “Global Warming Hits Home,” highlighted the impact that global warming is having on Oregon and the rest of the world, with specific attention given to recent natural disasters in Thailand, Australia and Japan. A steadfast advocate for green technology and alternative energy projects across the nation, Bradbury holds OSU in particularly high regard. “I’ve probably given this show over 265 times around Oregon,” Bradbury said. “OSU plays an essential role in this state’s ability to create and sustain renewable energy resources. You should all be proud.” OSU bears the distinction of being
the only public university to receive land, space, sea and sun grants. A vast majority of those grants go toward research concerning how to turn the sun, wind and water into vital energy for a future in desperate need of clean energy solutions. Bradbury’s hour and a half-long presentation focused on some of these innovations, as well as reasons why energy reduction should take priority over energy consumption. “The first thing we need to do is walk our talk.” Bradbury said. “The more we know, the better.” Two student associations at OSU, the Sustainable Energy Initiative and the Student Sustainability Initiative, are doing just that. And no, we don’t know everything, but OSU is walking, even running, at an alarming pace. Few are aware that the elliptical machines at Dixon Recreation Center are linked to generators that dump electricity right onto OSU’s power grid while the machines are in use. In other words, students are virtually powering this institution. Nathan Hinkle is president of SEI, is a student advocacy group for renewable energy research. SEI focuses both on student awareness of the energy crisis, as well as the implementation of diverse energy resources on a local and statewide scale. SEI’s work is funded strictly by grants, fundraising events and
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Nathan Hinkle and Larkien Loewenherz with a a small-scale biodiesel reactor that mixes ingredients to make biodiesel, including vegetable oil. sponsorships from the College of Engineering, as well as the College of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering. “For a lot of people, electricity is just something you flip a switch to get, and pay a bill to an ambiguous entity for each month,” Hinkle said. “The College of Engineering has a huge array of sustainability research, from biofuel and hydrogen fuel development within the school of chemical/biological/environmen-
tal engineering, to improving building materials and practices within the school of civil and construction engineering.” Despite scattered support, Hinkle feels that too few people know about the energy crisis developing on a local and international scale. “The average American knows very little about where their energy comes from, how it’s produced or even how See INITIATIVE | page 3
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NYC mayor Bloomberg gives Planned Parenthood $250K matching grant The decision by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation not to renew funding for a number of Planned Parenthood projects stirred anger and explanation from both groups and their allies Thursday. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he is giving a $250,000 matching gift to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to help make up for the loss of funding announced Tuesday by the Komen Foundation, his office said Thursday. “Politics have no place in health care,” the mayor said in a written statement. “Breast cancer screening saves lives, and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care. We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.” He was referring to Planned Parenthood’s announcement Tuesday that the Komen Foundation had “succumbed to political pressure” by cutting its funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood amid increased scrutiny by Congress over how Planned Parenthood provides abortion services. Bloomberg’s gift comes on top of the $400,000 that Planned Parenthood reported rais-
necessary, life-saving services,” it said. “It would be tragic if any woman — let alone thousands of women — lost access to these potentially life-saving screenings because of a politically motivated attack.” “People respond powerfully when they see politics interfering with women’s health,” said Andrea Hagelgans, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, on Wednesday. “That’s why we’ve seen a tremendous outpouring of support.” But the American Life League said in a statement that the Komen Foundation’s decision was justified. “PPFA is currently the focus of a congressional investigation, and multiple affiliates are under state investigations,” it said. “Planned Parenthood operatives are lashing out at Komen across the Internet and throughout the media, in what appears to be a coordinated effort to paint Komen’s policy as cowardly and politically motivated.” The Komen Foundation denied Thursday that its decision stemmed from politics. “We’ve always had the right to cancel contracts for organizations that came under investigation for potential wrongdoing,” said Nancy Brinker, CEO and founder of the group. In all, grants were not renewed to 16
ing online from 6,000 donors the first 24 hours after the announcement. Planned Parenthood’s loss attracted moral support when CREDO, which describes itself as the largest corporate donor to Planned Parenthood, announced Thursday that 250,000 of its members had signed a petition urging the Komen Foundation to reverse its decision. “The move is clearly connected to attempts by Republicans in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood,” the organization said in a statement. “In responding to questions about its decision, the foundation cited as its rationale a sham ‘investigation’ into Planned Parenthood launched by Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns as one of the most militant anti-choice members of Congress.” In September, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, on which the Florida congressman sits, began an investigation into Planned Parenthood over the organization’s “compliance with federal restrictions on funding abortions.” In Washington, at least 22 Senate Democrats signed a letter calling on Komen to reconsider its decision. “This troubling decision threatens to reduce access to
of 19 Planned Parenthood clinics, she said. “We don’t base our funding decisions on emotions or politics or whether one side or another will be pleased.” Brinker was a political appointee of the George W. Bush administration, in which she served as U.S. ambassador to Hungary and as chief of protocol. Susan G. Komen was Brinker’s sister. Komen Foundation President Liz Thompson said the funds will be redirected “to other programs in our communities that can provide these services more directly.” She said there was “amazing consensus” among foundation board members about the decision, which was made “over the better part of two years.” But that consensus did not include Dr. Kathy Plesser, a member of the foundation’s medical advisory board in New York, who said she will resign if the decision is not overturned. “I cannot as a physician and advocate for women’s health continue to be a part of the organization if it continues in this direction,” Plesser said. “A big part of what Komen does is reach underserved communities of women. With this decision, they’re not living up to this mission.” — CNN
Social media giant Facebook opens big with IPO Facebook has finally filed to raise $5 billion through a public offering. But it hardly needs the cash: The company already has almost $4 billion stashed in its piggy bank. In its IPO filing, Facebook gave standard (boring) boilerplate explanation of what it’ll do with the cash it raises: “working capital and other general corporate purposes.” Nearly $9 billion is a lot of working capital. Facebook could use it to beef up four key areas. Ramp up mobile. Facebook’s filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission warned potential investors several times about its weakness in mobile. “We do not currently directly generate any meaningful revenue from the use of Facebook mobile products, and our ability to do so successfully is unproven,” the company wrote. Facebook wasn’t built with mobile in mind — it was created in 2004, after all — and it’s been slow to develop device-optimized apps. Facebook for iPad, Apple’s tablet, wasn’t launched until October. That was 18 months after the iPad launched, and Facebook’s delay gave third-party apps a chance to jump in.
The biggest opportunity in mobile: advertising. The company doesn’t yet serve ads to users who access Facebook through apps or its mobile site. Package more data. Facebook had 845 million monthly active users as of December 31, which means lots of tasty bits to sell to advertisers. “Facebook’s product is data, period,” says Rebecca Lieb, a digital advertising and media analyst at Altimeter Group. “Boy, do they have a lot of it and boy, are they going to get more of it.” That increased data payload comes as Facebook continues to expand its tentacles deeper into the Internet beyond its own site. User profiles have long been an easy way for advertisers to target — “I like ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and The Gap” — but now Facebook is connected to a lot else that its users are doing online. If you listen to a song on Spotify, watch a video on YouTube or read an article on The Washington Post, that activity could be posted to Facebook. In turn, Facebook can package that data in ways that help advertisers piece together your interests — and decide which kinds of ads you’ll respond to best. “It’s one thing to have eggs and flour
and sugar — it’s another thing to have a cake,” Lieb says. “What you like on Pinterest, which TV shows you watch ... all of this helps inform ad decisions, and the more information the better. “ Streamline ads. Of course, all of this potentially valuable data means squat for advertisers unless users are exposed to and engaging with the ads served. Advertising accounted for 85 percent of Facebook’s total 2011 revenue, or almost $3.2 billion. To date, most of Facebook’s ads have been display ads: banners, images and other graphics. Facebook is serving those ads to a hugely massive user base. In the third quarter of 2011, Facebook served 28 percent of all U.S. display ad impressions — more than Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL combined. “Facebook is serving so many display ads, but businesses are asking: How do we get leads off of this?’” says Jed Williams, a social/local media analyst at research firm BIA/Kelsey. “It’s getting to the end of the experimentation period,” he adds. “Facebook ads have to drive bigger performance than they have in the past. They feel the weight of that pressure.” — CNN
Calendar Friday, Feb. 3 Speakers College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Noon-1pm, Hallie Ford Center 115. Seminar: A Social-Ecological Perspective on Vulnerable Youth: Toward an Understanding of Sexual Development Among Urban African American Adolescents.
Events Campus Recycling, All day, Surplus Warehouse, all UHDS service centers, MU 103, Women’s Center, APCC, ALS loading dock. Free clean styrofoam recycling.
Monday, Feb. 6 Meetings College Democrats, 5pm, MU Board Room. Come talk about current events, local campaigns and international news with likeminded people! Student Health Services, 12:30-1:20pm, MU 206. Budget hearing. Open to all students. Socratic Club, 7pm, MU 110. Sponsored book study of Timothy Keller’s book “The Reason for God” will meet to discuss Chapter 1. This meeting is free and open to everyone. Educational Activites, 12-2pm, MU 211. Open hearing for 2012-13 budget cycle.
Events Women’s Center Sister Scholars, 2-4pm, Women’s Center. Game Break! Come to play games and hang out with rad ladies! Graduate School, 4-5:30pm, MU 109. Forum for graduate students to provide feedback to the Graduate School. Black Cultural Center, 6-8pm, BCC. Culture Taboos. Talking about stereotypes of black people and how they impact their way of life.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 Meetings ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 109A. Convenes to discuss student issues. Students and student organization delegates are welcome to attend.
Events Graduate Women’s Network, 2-4pm, Women’s Center. GWN is a great place to connect with other grads and take a break. This month we welcome Dr. Brenda McComb, Dean of the Graduate School. Graduate School, 4-5:30pm, MU 109. Forum for international graduate students to provide feedback to the Graduate School. Black Cultural Center, all day, BCC. Health Awareness. National black HIV/AIDS awareness day. Education on safe sex.
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Events Black Cultural Center, 6-7:30pm, BCC. Intersection of Afro-Latinos. A documentary about Afro-Latinos, in collaboration with the CCCC.
Thursday, Feb. 9 Meetings
OSU Women’s Network and Assn. of Office Professionals, Noon-1pm, MU 208. Baby Boomers Unite: Working Through Issues Together. Gather with peers and share knowledge and experiences relevant to issues faced by those in the Baby Boomer generation. OSU Pre-Law Society, 6pm, StAg 111. Regular meeting. College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 132. All are welcome no matter what beliefs or political party.
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SCIENCE n Continued from page 3 He also worked in a Syntex lab in Mexico City where, in 1951, he directed the synthesis of the first oral contraceptive for women. For this he won the National Medal of Science. Djerassi has taught chemistry at Stanford University since 1959 and is the founder of Zoecon Corp, which develops environmentally friendly approaches to insect population control. He has more than 1,200 papers published in academic and scientific journals. Shannon Lucas and Austin Rondema, seniors at OSU who will marry and move to California next year, attended the lecture due to an interest in bridging their pursuits as an English major and bioengineer, respectively. Lucas appreciated seeing science in fiction in a realistic setting that is both entertaining and scientifically intriguing. Kim Kenny, staff reporter 737-2231 email@example.com
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RESEARCH n Continued from page 3 process of working through problems to be really exciting.” He started his college studies in biology, but soon found his real calling in chemistry. “I did some research in a molecular biology lab, and decided it wasn’t for me,” Bartlett said. “I knew I wanted to do research, and I was leaning towards organic chemistry, so when I saw Professor Beaudry at the Interzone, I expressed interest in working in his lab.” Beaudry emailed him back the next day, accepting him into the lab. “Without the mentorship of Professor Beaudry, none of this would’ve happened,” Bartlett said. Bartlett began working on a synthetic chemistry project for a graduate student. He did so well that Beaudry gave him his own project: investigating a novel process for creating compounds called beta-diketones from a precursor product and an organic chemical (o-Iodoxybenzoic acid, or IBX) that can be easily filtered out after the reaction.
INITIATIVE n Continued from page 3 they use it,” Hinkle said. The SSI is comprised of a variety of students and dedicated professors who, through campus-wide programs such as the Energy Civil War and Building Energy Challenge, attempt to raise awareness of and accessibility to clean, natural energy resources for OSU faculty and students alike. In a three-term year at OSU, an estimated $889,500 in student fees is allocated to student sustainability research and practical application, and SSI receives a bulk of that money. Becky Rubenstrunk is a member of SSI. “We need a commitment,” she said. “From our people, as well as our government to make sustainability a priority.” A little more awareness can go a long way, which is precisely why the concentrated efforts of SSI and SEI are so valuable; they aim to lessen the gap between students and various renewable utilities that their money pays for. When asked how SSI impacts OSU students, senior Brian Laird said, “Particularly noticeable on campus would have to be the effects of the
What Bartlett found was that the reaction converted more than 95 percent of the precursor molecules — a rarity in organic chemistry. “What’s written in the paper is nearly 100 percent Sam’s work,” Beaudry said. Outside of academics, Bartlett is active in rock climbing and music. Together with a friend, he has applied to DJ an electronica playlist on OSU’s radio station, KBVR. Bartlett is also currently applying for graduate school and the publication of a research paper looks good on his application. However, there’s still one more step before Bartlett considers the paper’s success to be complete. “It was thrilling to be able to go online and see my name on our paper, but I think I will be even more excited when another researcher cites our work.” Bartlett’s advice for students? “If you’re interested in a science career in an academic setting, you should pursue research early. The opportunities are there,” he said. Michael Mendes, staff reporter
green fee.” The “Green Fee” is an $8.50 per term charge to an active student; it is included as part of the $11.86 Student Sustainability Initiative fee each student pays every term. “It’s used for renewable energy infrastructure on campus,” Laird said. Students are surrounded by this renewable energy infrastructure on a daily basis. The recently fareless transit buses that travel down Monroe every half-hour are fueled by student fees assigned to SSI and the City of Corvallis in an attempt to reduce the need for vehicles in the community. A new energy cogeneration plant produces energy using massive turbines, which can burn clean gases and biodiesel. By using the steam generated from the turbines, vital energy is provided for heating and lab equipment across the campus. Dixon Recreation Center uses solar-powered water heaters for the pools and showers. Combined, SEI and SSI have their hands full with many projects that are putting OSU on the map as one of the nation’s top research institutions.
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t’s a common complaint: the secularization of America. Religious groups feel as if they are constantly under attack — from the ‘War on Christmas,’ to the push on birth control, prayer in school to the mutilation of traditional marriage. While most Americans are complaisant and tolerant to our changing state, conventional objection will always remain. Still, America may be the last bastion of hope to freely express your beliefs. If anything, we have only one serious issue with religion, and it has to do with our military ties; it has nothing to do with a nation that feels free to attack mainstream religion, such as Christianity or Judaism. Those complaining about a secular America are the only ones ever complaining, and they’re usually religious. This is an artificial issue. Nevertheless, we do sometimes see crimes of restriction against religious organizations, particularly in employment and participation purposes. And despite decades of precedent defending the establishment of religion, the Supreme Court still deals with the business. Just last month, the court rules — unanimously nonetheless — that while employees of religious organizations are not exempt from laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, religious organizations will always be protected. In 1963’s Sherbert v. Verner, the Court rejected South Carolina state law that would deny unemployment benefits to a Seventh Day Adventist
Considering the Horizon who turned down a job offer that required Saturday work. In 1972’s Yoder v. Wisconsin, the Court found Wisconsin’s law requiring students to stay in school until the age of 17 unconstitutional, after an Amish family challenged the law. In 1990’s Employment Division v. Smith, while ruling against an individual who was fired for use of peyote, even though it was for religious purposes, the Court did maintain that the states have the power to allow such illegal acts if under a religious purpose, but they are not required to. In 1993’s Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. Hialeah, the court struck down a city ordinance banning animal sacrifice, which was put in place after a local religious group began the practice. And though not necessarily a freedom of religion case, just last year, the Court defended the Westboro Baptist Church’s protests at a military funeral for the late Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, holding that no matter how hurtful and disagreeable the message may be, they have every right to say what they wish, while in a peaceful and legally-situated manner. As Chief Justice Roberts said when citing the 1989 Texas v. Johnson opinion: “…if there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that
government may not prohibit the to become president of the Muslim expression of an idea simply because student organization, or a Christian society finds the idea itself offensive or student to become the president of the campus Hindu organization.” disagreeable.” And this is where the guise of secuThe final sentiment rings true throughout American society, espe- larization arises. Though, the devil is in cially when it comes to religious mat- the details. Vanderbilt is a private instituters. Americans just don’t mind what their neighbors believe in, or at least tion, with no religious affiliation. The University does not need to adhere they shouldn’t. to the laws prohibiting free exercise Yet the issue continues on. of religion. Ironically, in the same In fall 2010, following a discrimimanner, religious organizations cannation complaint against a Christian not be required to fraternity, Vanderbilt “not discriminate,” University began Vanderbilt cannot investigating all Those complaining be required to allow religious organizadiscrimination. about a secular tions on their camMoreover, there’s pus. The university America are the only no substantive proof ultimately would a leader of one of eliminate a clause ones ever complaining, these groups could in the student orgaand they’re usually get to such a position nization handbook without the vote of religious. This is an protecting relithe students involved gious association. artificial issue. in the group. The uniEssentially retooling versity is not assigntheir non-discriming a Muslim to lead ination policy for a Jewish fraternity. A Christian, believstudent organizations, the Chancellor ing in traditional marriage, will not be held that membership in student appointed to an executive role in a organizations will be “open to everygay or lesbian student group without one and that everyone, if desired, has the members’ approval. There is no the opportunity to seek leadership puppeteering. positions.” The University has merely required One director of a Christian frater- the student organizations to accept nity on campus wrote in an editorial to this new policy — a nondiscriminaFox News: “How can an organization tion one. They have not directed the maintain its identity without the abil- groups to act upon it. ity to choose its members and leaders No one enjoys messing with anothbased on those beliefs? The answer is: er’s business, or trying to make things It can’t. Vanderbilt’s new nondiscrimiSee RESTO| page 6 nation policy enables a Jewish student
Super Bowl and all the hype Reality of global warming L The Daily Barometer The Daily Barometer B ove is in the air. No not the type of love a man feels for a woman, or a dog feels for a slow squirrel — I’m talking about true love. The unconditional love and affection only a fan can feel for a team. The type of love that makes the Lifetime channel look like True TV, and Valentine’s Day feel like something named after Christopher Columbus. A love when coupled with a winning season and playoff run can get out of hand quicker than a Penn State protest. Professional sports are built on this type of love (who else but a lovelorn fan would buy a New Jersey Nets Jersey?) but only one league knows how to truly capitalize on it. Without question, the Super Bowl is the defining sporting event of America. More than a Championship game, but just short of a national holiday, it is the picture of what all championship games should strive to look like. In 2010, according to Nielsen ratings, Super Bowl XLIV averaged 106.5 million viewers and replaced the series finale of “M*A*S*H” as the most watched telecast of all time. Nielsen also reported that SB XLIV was the second most buzzed about sporting event of the year, right behind the start of the NFL season. The reason for the NFL’s success is the same reason college football is popular: regular games matter. Due to the physical toll football takes on its players, football season is the shortest of any sport, with just one game a week. While most other pro leagues would baulk at the idea of a shortened season and the supposed revenue loss associated with it, it’s the exact reason football remains the iconic American sport it is today. Nothing is valued more than effort in sports. From pee-wee soccer games to state and national championships, no mantra heard more often than “Try your best.” At the beginning of almost everyone’s sporting career it is drilled into
your head that winning doesn’t matter as long as you try your best. That’s why football’s short season is its greatest strength; it forces players to try their best every game. A standard NBA season lasts 82 games, the NHL 82 and the MLB 162. In contrast, the NFL season is only 16 games long. NFL players do not have the luxury of skating through an unimportant middle part of the season. The old belief that only the final two minutes matter in a professional basketball game sadly rings true. One of the main reasons the NBA has started to lose money is the fact that no one wants to pay any substantial amount of money to go see a game in the middle of the season when no one is even trying. Not only does the NFL have the right formula for season length, they also have it for playoffs too. The NFL is the only professional league in America that has single elimination playoffs. This allows for more miracles to happen in NFL playoffs than any other sport. Teams can fluke their way to the championship in single elimination, but no one can do it in multiple seven-game series. The success of the NFL can teach other leagues the valuable lesson that less is more. The less fans see hard hitting plays and diving catches the more they want them. The fewer players on the field, the harder they try when they do play. It’s why love is in the air, as we approach this weekend’s Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots. It’s why fans love the sport. And it’s why fans love this sport. t
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The following is in response to Guest Column Tuesday, Jan. 31’s column “The other cause of global warming.” efore addressing the scientific weaknesses of “The cause of recent climate warming — other cause behind Global on the grounds of popularization at Warming,” it must be stated that the hands of a venture capitalist is climate scientists and their associ- misdirected and fallacious. ated funding agencies do not conWhat “giant corporations” are sider the science behind climate responsible for the Mauna Loa change a political or economic observations, the AR4, or even issue. the IPCC? The author of “The The scientific basis of “An other cause behind global warmInconvenient Truth” (2006) stems ing” would make it seem that Al out of numerous observational cli- Gore himself conducted the body mate records, including the Mauna of research he Loa CO2 curve presents in “An (also known as the Inconvenient Keeling cur ve), ...the ideas Truth,” which is b e f o re - a n d - a f t e r and in presented in “The erroneous photos of alpine dire need of further glacier retreat, and investigation on other cause of a literature survey the author’s part. of over 900 peerglobal warming,” The scientific reviewed climate shortcomings of while reasonable, “The other cause science studies, all of which were ehind global do not currently bwarming” completed before are vast the filming of the reflect the state of and demand thordocumentary. The ough exploration. following year, the the science. Firstly, the author’s ideas presented in dismissal of the “An Inconvenient physical relationTruth” received heightened atten- ship between CO2, solar irradiance tion as the Intergovernmental and the Earth’s surface temperaPanel on Climate Change (IPCC) ture precludes the effectiveness of released Assessment Report (AR) the other mechanisms presented. 4, a comprehensive synthesis of Incoming solar radiation (insolacontemporary climate science lit- tion) is absorbed by the Earth’s erature, data and conclusions that surface and re-emitted as longwave determined that within uncertain- (infrared) radiation. Greenhouse ties, anthropogenic emissions of gases in the atmosphere, like cargreenhouse gases are the primary bon dioxide and methane, selecdriver of recent climatic warming. tively absorb this terrestrial infraThousands of scientists from red radiation and re-emit it back 120+ countries volunteered to sup- towards the Earth’s surface (known ply data, write and review drafts as the “greenhouse effect”), thus of the report and submit the fin- increasing the temperature of the ished document. What is done with Earth’s surface and lower layers of such data and conclusions after the atmosphere. These greenhouse publishing is not within the pur- gases, especially CO2, act like a view of the scientists involved in thermal blanket for the Earth – the research. Thus, to discount the it’s simple: adding more CO2 is conclusions reached by the AR4 like adding more blankets. In fact, and “An Inconvenient Truth” — without this physical relationship, that anthropogenic emissions of See Warming | page 6 greenhouse gases are the primary
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The author of â€œThe other cause of global warmingâ€? correctly states, however, that trends in summer insolation (the amount of radiation received on June 21 at 65Â°N latitude) suggest a future cooling of our world climate, yet climate models of varying complexity consistently predict further globally-averaged warming (of differing magnitudes) throughout the end of the century and beyond, even under decreasing summer insolation â€” primarily due to the increased atmospheric CO2 levels. In fact, more recent articles by Archer and Ganopolski (2005, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems) and Tzedakis et al. (2012, Nature Geoscience) suggest that considering present levels of CO2 (390+ ppm), we may skip this predicted Milankovitch cooling entirely and even force our planet out of the next ice age. Thus, the ideas presented in â€œThe other cause of
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Yet some would suggest thatâ€™s intolerance in America? That this is evidence of the right â€” politically correct â€œsecularizationâ€? of our nation? Itâ€™s time we just accept what â€” merely to please the general public. But it doesnâ€™t mean we have; be privileged and thereâ€™s always an immediate humbled we can even speak and act on it in public. If relicomplaint to be made. Sometimes, people need to gious establishment truly faces let things be â€” accept the cir- defeat, the Courtâ€™s got your cumstance and move on. No back. And not many other one is stepping over religious institutions can say that. t bounds here; rather itâ€™s only another grievance against a Armand Resto is a senior in environmental science and editor of the forum. The opinions expressed in his columns do not necessituation that doesnâ€™t substan- sarily represent those of The Daily Barometer staff. Resto can be tially change anyoneâ€™s life. reached at email@example.com.
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The Oregon State women’s basketball team (14-7, 5-5 Pac-12) won its third game in a row, beating Colorado (15-6, 4-6 Pac-12) 65-45 in front of 1,159 at Gill Coliseum Thursday night. The game started out slow for both teams, but Oregon State would get confident defensively, which translated to offense, allowing them to go on a 22-2 run in the first half. “The key to that run is that the defense was phenomenal,” head coach Scott Rueck said. “I thought we played their post perfectly, and stayed in front of the ball. This is a team that drives the ball a lot, and lives off of that in a lot of ways, and we didn’t let that happen.” The Beavers held Colorado to the lowest scoring first-half output (17 points) in the Pac-12 this season. The defensive effort created 22 turnovers, and seven Beavers combined for 15 steals. Rueck was proud of the defensive anticipation
OSU 65, Colorado 45
1st 2nd Total Colorado 17 28 45 OSU 33 32 65 OSU Marchbanks: 13 pts (4-11 FG), 5 rebounds, 3 steals Gibson: 12 pts (3-4 FG), 3 steals Indendi: 10 pts (3-7 FG) Martin: 5 pts (2-8 FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists Colorado Seabrook: 10 pts (2-4 FG), 7 rebounds Reese: 4 pts (2-11 FG), 7 rebounds as a theme for the evening. “We are anticipating better. That is the key to this,” Rueck said. “Once you can relax, and anticipate where the offense is going with the ball, and play the angles correctly, which is what we did tonight, we force their team to weaknesses all night, and if you’re going to your weaknesses it’s sometimes not pretty.” Offensively, junior guard Sage Indendi moved into fourth all-time for 3-pointers made in school history, going 2-for-2 from behind the
arc to move her career total to 106. The Beavers were able to keep their lead the whole game, allowing no lead changes. That was a far cry from their previous conference losses, which all seemingly came down to the game’s final possessions. “We really gave ourselves permission to not play to the scoreboard, and kept in the game, it could have been easy to get lazy, but we stayed focused,” Indendi said. “This was a 40-minute game where we made few errors, and we held them under 50 points,” Rueck said. “This was a great performance for our team and a good win.” The Beavers hope to build on their success as their defensive identity clashes with Utah this Saturday. “Utah is a great defensive team, they love that end of the floor, it’s another one, they are going to know our tendencies, they are going to have the scout on us, and really make us work to score,” Rueck said. “So I anticipate a defensive battle and another tough night in the Pac-12.” Jacob Shannon, sports writer Twitter: shannon_app email@example.com
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Sophomore guard Alexis Bostick sizes up the Colorado defense Thursday night at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers won by 20.
Colorado 82, OSU 60
Men’s win streak comes to screeching halt in Boulder Beavers had won three in a row, but it didn’t seem like they had any momentum Thursday when they played at Colorado
The Beavers followed up a Civil War win in Eugene with an abysmal performance in Boulder, Colo., losing to the University of Colorado 82-60 Thursday night. The loss was Oregon State’s first in four games, The Daily Barometer and marked the team’s lowest scoring output of BOULDER, Colo. — A week and a half ago, Craig the season — tied with the 60 points they scored Robinson was asked what it’d take for his team to in a December home loss to Idaho. The Beavers, frankly, didn’t do anything right. shake its road woes. They shot 36.3 percent from the field (21-58), Oregon State, at the time, had lost 13 straight 20 percent from 3-point territory (3-20) and 50 conference road games. “Getting your first road win,” Robinson said. percent from the line (14-28). Defensively, they let the Buffaloes do as they “Once you realize you can win on the road, then it pleased. becomes easier to win on the road.” The Buffaloes shot 51.8 percent from the field Apparently not. n
and out-rebounded Oregon State 41-26. Oregon State led 9-6 after the first media timeout, but things went downhill from there. Colorado went on a 21-8 run to close the first half, turning a 3-point lead with 7:48 remaining in the first half into a 15-point halftime advantage. Oregon State also trailed the Civil War at half, but any notion that Thursday’s game would resemble Sunday’s come-from-behind performance disappeared after the Buffaloes scored 11 of the first 15 second-half points. With the loss, the eighth-place Beavers fell four games behind first-place University of Washington in the Pac-12. firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado 82, OSU 60 1st 2nd Total OSU 31 29 60 Colorado 46 36 82 OSU Cunningham: 12 pts (5-12 FG) Collier: 12 pts (4-7 FG) Moreland: 10 pts (4-5 FG), 9 rebounds Colorado Robertson: 16 pts (6-10 FG), 15 rebounds Dufault: 14 pts (6-7 FG)
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Oregon State gymnastics travels to Seattle Friday for its third consecutive conference meet, taking on No. 21 University of Washington, a matchup with more implications than meets the eye. With the University of Oregon and Washington State University both not having gymnastics programs, the Huskies have slid into that natural rivalry slot for the No. 8 Beavers. “There’s always that rivalry there, that Northwest rivalry,” said head coach Tanya Chaplin. “I want to beat everybody,” said associate head coach Michael Chaplin. “But yeah, certainly there’s a rivalry there and they’re our closest Pac-12 opponent. And we’ve had a good record over the years and want to continue that. I think last time we were there, we did lose, so I clearly remember that.” True, last time OSU faced the
Huskies in Seattle in 2009, they came away third in a four-team meet, and placed behind Washington. The only gymnasts on the current team that were a part of that defeat were seniors Leslie Mak, Olivia Vivian and Stephanie McGregor, the latter of whom is out for the year with an injury. “I think there’s added incentive for us that went there last time to really just make sure that doesn’t happen again,” Vivian said. Oregon State isn’t exactly catching Washington at an ideal time, either. Last week, in their first home meet, the Huskies knocked off then-No. 1 UCLA. Although a lot of the victory had to do with UCLA’s struggles, Washington still beat the nationally top-ranked squad. “Washington did an awesome job of capitalizing on the opportunity,” Tanya Chaplin said. “UCLA opened the door and Washington walked through.” “UW has been getting better every year, and they’re someone to be reckoned with this year,” said junior Kelsi Blalock. “Obviously since they knocked No. 1 off … they would love to do the same to us, I’m sure.” The Beavers may be returning an
important member of the team from injury this week. Freshman Chelsea Tang, who was impressive in her first two collegiate meets, sprained her elbow in practice after the meet in Arizona. Tang is one of four allarounders (competing in all four events: vault, bars, beam, floor) on the team thus far, and will be questionable for Friday’s meet. There’s a chance Tang will be back “at least on a few events,” according to Tanya Chaplin. “We’ll try to bring her back slowly on things.” The discrepancy between home and road performances has been noticeable so far for OSU, even though the sample size of just three meets is small. In home meets with Oklahoma University and Stanford University, the Beavers scored an average of 196.663. In their only road meet at the University of Arizona, they scored 194.825. In gymnastics, that is a lot bigger difference than it appears. “I know that we’re going to go in with full confidence after last week,” Vivian said. “I feel like Arizona was just a fluke, just a freak accident.” Last week’s win over Stanford was
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The Beavers have scored an average of 196.663 in their two home meets, while they scored 194.825 in their lone away meet. OSU’s best performance of the sea- formance together on the road, and son. The hope for the team is to prove we know that,” Tanya Chaplin said. they can score just as high while Warner Strausbaugh, sports writer away from Gill Coliseum. “Now we need to put the same per-