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This petition, aimed to better support sexual assault survivors and create a safer learning environments is approaching 500 signatures. The petition can be found on  

Survivor-focused support petition created by multiple OSU organizations in response to F. King Alexander allegations

Haley Daarstad, Copy Editor
March 24, 2021

Editor’s Note: Content warning—story contains mention of sexual harassment and assault.A petition addressed to Oregon State University President F. King Alexander and the OSU Board of Trustees, developed...

An Official Benton County Ballot Drop Box in front of the Benton County Courthouse on NW Fourth St. Ballots need to be filled out and turned into one of these drop boxes before 8 pm on Nov. 3. More Ballot Drop Box locations can be found on Benton County’s website.

Frequently asked questions: 2020 general election

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
October 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This story is a part of the 2020 Elections Issue. The Baro has put together this issue to inform Oregon State University and the greater Corvallis, Ore. community about the 2020 Elections....

The Reser stadium empty on a Saturday afternoon. With no cars in view, the lack of students and current lack of sports lends to the feeling of isolation from COVID-19.

OSU fall term enrollment numbers to be released late Oct.; 40% decrease in on-campus residents

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
October 4, 2020

Editor's Note: This article is a part of the 2020 OSU Back-to-School Issue. The Baro has put together this issue to inform Oregon State University's incoming class, as well as returning students about...

PNW wildfire

It is ‘reckless’ to exclude climate change from discussions on wildfires

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
September 28, 2020

With around 1 million acres having burned in Oregon alone, and a quarter million Oregonians under some form of an evacuation order, Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown called the fires a wake up call to climate...

Weatherford Hall seen through a buffer of smoke and haze on Sept. 17. Winds blew the smoke from the wildfires in Santiam Canyon east of Salem, Ore. into the Willamette Valley.

OSU community providing services, resources to those impacted by wildfires

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
September 21, 2020

Thousands of Oregonians have been impacted by the wildfires and OSU community members are working to help people that have been affected by these fires with resources and services.John Valva, executive...

The view down 30th Street in Corvallis, Ore. on Sept. 8, 2020 was hazy and red as fires throughout Oregon continued to burn. The Red coloring of the sky is due to phenomenon called Mie Scattering when dust and soot in the air can scatter light with longer wave lengths.

OSU forest fire research, programs seek to help, educate on fire risk

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
September 14, 2020

With the recent wildfires across the West Coast, people have looked to ways to reduce the risk of fires in the future. OSU is at the forefront of forest management research and aims to educate about wildfires. Oregon...

This is an illustration of a computer, symbolizing Oregon State Universitys shift to online classes in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout the OSU community. According to Haley Daarstad, Barometer columnist, while learning remotely may be frustrating, it is helping to save lives.

Daarstad: Remote education is saving lives

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
April 25, 2020

Switching to online classes was an important step in reducing the spread of COVID-19, keeping OSU students healthy. When the email came out informing students that Oregon State University would be halting...

Larissa Hommes, left, Adam Peckenpaugh and Kelly Holcomb work at the Valley Librarys Circulation Desk. The Circulation Desk offers 39 Dell Latitude laptops available for day, week and term-long borrowing.

OSU offers resources to ease the transition to remote classes

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
March 19, 2020

The shift to remote classes following OSU’s COVID-19 precautionary procedures could potentially be difficult for students, but Oregon State University offers resources that can ease the transition. From...

The ballot drop box in front of the Corvallis Courthouse, Located at 501 SW Madison Ave.

Daarstad: Make your voice heard in the primaries

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
March 9, 2020

Primary elections are significant and provide the opportunity for people to vote for who they want to represent them in the general election.Voting in the primaries started on Feb. 3 in Iowa, and March...

The OSU Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police are stationed in Cascade Hall.

Police respond to injury on OSU campus

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
March 3, 2020

Around noon, first responders handled a situation involving a single injured person in front of Weatherford Hall at Oregon State University at the four-way intersection between SW Jefferson Way and SW...

Farmers Market

Daarstad: We all must eat less meat

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
February 24, 2020

Everyone should be eating less meat. The amount of meat that Americans consume is not sustainable and is causing harm to the environment. The production of meat has increased about five times in the past...

Volunteers assist with clothing repair at a past Repair Fair. Repair Fairs are sponsored by the Oregon State University student group Waste Watchers.

Daarstad: Reduce waste to save our throw-away society

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
February 10, 2020

Reducing waste is a critical component in creating a more sustainable future. Waste is a dilemma with regards to the environment and health. From impacting climate change and causing health problems,...

Columnist Haley Daarstad argues that Oregon State University must focus more on fighting climate change by adopting more sustainable practices like carbon sequestration, or the school’s forests will slowly die.  

Daarstad: OSU must shift forests’ focus from revenue, toward climate change research

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
January 27, 2020

Oregon State University should refocus the management and research of OSU’s several research forests to address the existential threat that climate change presents.Last summer, about 16 acres of old-growth...

Best of 2020: OSU clubs & organizations

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
January 21, 2020

Editor's note: DAMchic and The Daily Barometer are both part of Orange Media Network. First place: DAMchicDAMChic is Oregon State University’s fashion magazine that is produced wholly by students and...

The DAMchic staff pose for a photo in fall 2019.

Best of 2020: OSU clubs & organizations

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
January 21, 2020

Editor's note: DAMchic and The Daily Barometer are both part of Orange Media Network. First place: DAMchicDAMChic is Oregon State University’s fashion magazine that is produced wholly by students and...

Erica Woekel, Ph.D speaks to a HHS 231 class. She is the director of Lifetime Fitness for Health at OSU.

Best of 2020: OSU Bacc Core classes

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
January 21, 2020

First-place tie: Public speakingOregon State University’s Public Speaking class, a communications course in the Speech and Communications department, is in a three-way tie for the best baccalaureate...

(Left to right) Corvallis community members Karen Faux and Meg Kobe showing off their signs at the 2018 Womens March. 

Daarstad: Equal Rights Amendment is necessary

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
December 2, 2019

The Equal Rights Amendment is still needed. All the progress towards equal rights between genders that has been made the past couple of decades, is not protected under the U.S. Constitution, which means...

Global Warming

Daarstad: Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement would be a mistake

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
November 25, 2019

The United States signed the Paris Climate Agreement, a landmark agreement regarding efforts to combat climate change, back in 2015, and withdrawing from the agreement now would be a mistake. As of Nov....

Students study in the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, OSU’s first cultural center.

ASOSU passes land acknowledgment bill

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
November 18, 2019

Correction: This article was previously unclear regarding the affiliations of current-day Native Americans living on reservations. Additionally, "Natives" in reference to Native people was not capitalized....

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Daarstad: Glass ceiling still needs to be broken

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
November 12, 2019

Women have struggled to attain leadership positions, currently and historically, even though they are qualified.  The limitations that people have placed on women’s characteristics have caused a culture...

Back in 2018, the Associated Students of Oregon State University used balloons to draw attention to the issue of school shootings. 

Daarstad: Gun control is no joke

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
November 4, 2019

America has an intense gun culture, but gun control is needed in order to reduce gun violence and death in America. The debate around gun control seems to find its way into the political debate in multiple...

OSU sophomore outside hitter Chloe Brown spikes the ball over the net to the waiting USC defenders. 

Oregon State Volleyball falls to Trojans

Haley Daarstad, Sports Contributor
October 21, 2019

After holding strong in the first set and coming off with a win, Oregon State Volleyball lost to Southern California at 1-3 on Oct. 18. Going into the match, OSU was 8-9 for the season with an all time...

Clery Act 2019: Statistics and Resources

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
October 21, 2019

Correction: The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence's hotline was listed incorrectly. This issue has been corrected. The Barometer regrets the error.  The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report...


Daarstad: Impeachment: Protecting Democracy

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
October 7, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives is doing the right thing by starting an impeachment inquiry.This is the correct pathway to impeachment due to the accusations against President Donald Trump. Abuse of...

OSU student Jess Thompson holds up her sign at a climate rally on Sept. 20, 2019.

Daarstad: OSU’s carbon neutral commitment needs more community backing, funding

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
September 30, 2019

Oregon State University’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025 is not going to happen.At OSU, there are efforts to decrease the university’s carbon emissions, but these efforts are not enough to...

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Daarstad: Decoding politics through columns

Haley Daarstad, Columnist
September 20, 2019

Politics and social problems are a hot topic in the media today. For myself, understanding politics and social issues are significant to me. So, as a columnist, I hope to help people gain a better understanding...

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