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Police gathered at McNary Field as they conduct an investigation on an explosion.

Breaking: McNary Field explosion injures one, closes parking lot

Wes Flow, Ryan Harlan, Emma Coke, and Alexander Banks
October 30, 2023

Update (5:51 p.m. PDT) CPD has released a statement saying that the victim of the explosion is a 22-year old male from Cottage Grove, OR. According to their preliminary reporting, the victim is not affiliated...

Anikia Phuvasate

Student on the street: Where’s your favorite place to hike at the coast?

Emma Coke, News Contributor
September 6, 2023

With fall term quickly approaching and summer coming to an end, there isn’t much time left to enjoy the warm weather at the Oregon coast before we’ve all run out of time. Here are some of Oregon...


A ‘wake-up call:’ conservation efforts for wild salmon and steelhead are failing

Emma Coke, News Reporter
September 6, 2023

Around 16 million wild salmon and steelhead used to return to the Columbia River Basin at the Bonneville Dam, but by the 1970s, it fell to less than 1 million, causing conservation efforts to commence. Starting...


PRAx exhibits Artist-at-Sea Rebecca Rutstein’s work

Emma Coke, News Reporter
September 6, 2023

In the first-floor hallway that runs past a cafe at the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building in Newport, hangs a series of small, vibrantly-colored, and at first glance, unusual, paintings. The exhibit...

No, the orcas aren’t attacking boats, researchers say

No, the orcas aren’t attacking boats, researchers say

Emma Coke, News Contributor
August 24, 2023

In an unforeseen twist of maritime mayhem, pods of orcas have unleashed a wave of what many are referring to as “boat attacks.” These marine mischief-makers have taken to flipping, nudging and even...

OMN Creative Team

‘Let Hawaii heal’, Maui fires’ residential impact, environmental cause

Riley LeCocq and Emma Coke
August 18, 2023

The raging wildfires on Maui dropped a heavy weight of panic and uncertainty across the islands of Hawaii with displacement, destruction of homes, history and wildlife. These are the sentiments of Shyanti...

Photo of Otter Rock located north of Newport at Oregon Coast on Jan. 18. Newport is less than 50 miles away from Oregon State University and has many opportunities for activities throughout the summer to keep cool.

Beat the heat at the coast this summer

Emma Coke, News Reporter
August 7, 2023

As the sweltering summer sun intensifies, the soothing sound of waves crashing against the sandy shores and the cool, salty breeze becomes near impossible to resist.  From hikes amongst the headlands...

OSU researchers estimate gray whales consume millions of microparticles each day

OSU researchers estimate gray whales consume millions of microparticles each day

Emma Coke, News Contributor
August 7, 2023

Correction: In the August 7 version of the article, there was misinformation. Microparticles are any particles smaller than five millimeters.    Researchers at Oregon State University estimate...

Phytoplankton blooms along the coasts of New Zealand as captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite. Scientists used images from the satellite to understand changes in the oceans color.

Climate change affecting the color of the ocean’s surface, study reports

Emma Coke, News Reporter
July 26, 2023

It’s no secret that climate change is impacting ecosystems of the big blue sea in a myriad of ways, and now the big blue sea may not be as blue as it once was due to climate change. The ocean’s...

The interior of the O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory’s flume, photographed on July 20 in Corvallis. Oregon State University’s Wave Lab is the nation’s largest wave research lab, designed to host research from universities and corporations from all around the world.

Newly-planted vegetation may actually increase coastal dune erosion, OSU researchers find

Emma Coke, News Reporter
July 22, 2023

A widely held belief is that vegetation helps prevent coastal dune erosion. However, a recently published study involving Oregon State University researchers suggests that may not always be the case. The...

Photo courtesy of Adriene Koett-Cronn, photo taken by Mark Farley.

Tsunami drill prepares Oregon coast in event of ‘The Big One’

Emma Coke, News Reporter
July 11, 2023

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center recently hosted a tsunami evacuation drill to encourage Newport residents to re-evaluate or establish evacuation plans in the event of "The Big...

Great Oregon Shakeout approaches after jolting start to earthquake preparedness month

Emma Coke, OMN Copy Editor
October 17, 2022

Corvallis residents got a good reminder to practice earthquake preparedness earlier this month when a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the Oregon State University Corvallis campus.   The magnitude 4.4...

In this photo provided by Community Outreach Inc., a medical worker is seen filling out documents.

Local volunteer organization offers free medical care

Emma Coke, News Contributor
August 9, 2022

Corvallis-based organization, Community Outreach Inc., offers free or discounted primary and acute medical care to those who are uninsured and underinsured within the Linn-Benton County area. COI, which...

Construction is underway on the east side of Reser Stadium where Student Health Services will be relocated to the Oregon State University Wellness Clinic for future use. Student Health Services and the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center will both move out of Plageman Hall and be separated from each other.

Student Health Services, Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center to move out of Plageman Hall

Emma Coke, News Contributor
June 6, 2022

In the fall of 2023, Oregon State University’s Student Health Services, which is currently housed within Plageman Hall, will move to the southeast side of Reser Stadium.  SHS moving to Reser Stadium...

Students wait in line to order at Trader Bings Cafe in Austin Hall on the morning of May 16. Worker shortages at on-campus dining halls and cafes have caused long lines and further difficulty for current staff members.

UHDS locations experience ongoing worker shortages

Emma Coke, News Contributor
June 6, 2022

Employment at Oregon State University’s Housing and Dining Services locations, for both students and professional staff members, is still not up to pre-pandemic levels.  UHDS locations, which include...

Oregon State University Interim President Rebecca Johnson sits alongside VP Patricia Bedient at a Board of Trustees meeting in the Memorial Union Horizon Room on April 8 that discussed tuition increases. Johnson has served as the interim president at OSU since former President F. King Alexander resigned last spring, but the board announced on May 20 the two finalist candidates for the next OSU president.

Board of Trustees announces OSU presidential finalist candidates

Emma Coke, News Contributor
May 20, 2022

Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees announced the finalists for the university’s next president in a public meeting on May 20. Community members can meet both finalists in forums happening...

This illustration depicts a milk carton displaying a search ad for the new OSU president. The search for a new Oregon State University President is still in the process with recent updates.

OSU presidential search to continue with board meeting on May 5

Emma Coke, News Contributor
May 4, 2022

The search for Oregon State University’s next president continues with a public session Board of Trustees meeting on May 5 at 1 p.m. over Zoom.  The meeting will consist of determining compensation...

Sophia Ospina, a first-year student at Oregon State University, orders hot chocolate from Cascadia Cafe student worker Izzy Waggoner in the International Living-Learning Center on April 19. Cascadia Cafe is one of the on-campus coffee shops participating in the new program to offer students who bring their own reusable mugs a 35-cent discount.

Program to reduce disposable cup use has been ‘well received’

Emma Coke, News Contributor
May 2, 2022

More Oregon State University community members have reportedly been bringing reusable mugs to coffee shops after the start of a new program that charges for the use of disposable cups.  In February,...

Oregon State University students working at the Student Experience Center on Jan. 6 organize containers for COVID-19 testing. Even with OSU no longer requiring community members to receive their booster shots or wear masks, the rate of positive COVID-19 cases on the OSU campus has remained low.

OSU loosens vaccine requirements, positive cases remain low

Emma Coke, News Contributor
April 25, 2022

After Oregon State University announced COVID-19 booster shots for all students and staff and weekly testing for unvaccinated individuals will no longer be required, COVID-19 cases are reported to have...

Pictured is a coffee drink in a reusable mug and a croissant from the Cascadia Cafe on March 8. Two on-campus cafes, e.Cafe and Cascadia Cafe, are now offering a 50 cent discount for drink purchases with resuable mugs.

On-campus cafes offer discount with use of reusable mugs

Emma Coke, News Contributor
April 4, 2022

Correction: The Barometer was informed that the details of the pilot program for reusable mug discounts at e.Cafe and Cascadia Cafe have been changed. This article has been updated to reflect these changes. Students...

After closing due to the impacts of COVID-19 and University of Housing and Dining Services being short-staffed, North Porch Cafe in the Memorial Union is making a comeback for Spring 2022. This illustration depicts students waiting in line and ordering from the cafe.

North Porch Cafe has reopened with shorter menu, ‘enjoyable work environment’

Emma Coke, News Contributor
March 21, 2022

After being closed for nearly two years due to staffing shortages, North Porch Cafe reopened on March 15 and will operate Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  North Porch, located in the...

Hedges frosted with ice on the morning of Jan. 27 on SW Western Boulevard and NW Twelfth Street in Corvallis, Ore. Temperatures are expected to drop to 18 degrees Farenheit in Corvallis in the early morning of Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Subfreezing temperatures at night return to Corvallis after spring-like weather

Emma Coke, News Contributor
February 22, 2022

Just when many thought spring weather was finally beginning, subfreezing temperatures are back in the forecast this week in Corvallis, Ore. The early hours of Wednesday, Feb. 23 will be especially cold,...

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