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The outside of the Corvallis Arts Center on May 12. The CAC building used to be a church and is over 100 years old, and the center features classes, residency for artists-to-be, a gallery and community events.

The Corvallis Arts Center will host Arts Alive in person for the first time since 2019

June 6, 2022

The Corvallis Arts Center is a local arts center that features classes and residency for artists-to-be and a gallery; this year will be the first since the COVID-19 pandemic that they will host Arts Alive...

Corvallis Chamber of Commerce President Simon Date outside of the Chamber of Commerce building. With the summer approaching, the Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to stimulate business and the economy as college students leave for the summer.

Small Corvallis businesses have generally positive outlooks for a summer without COVID-19 restrictions

Businesses reflect on pandemic, look toward future, lifted mandates
June 6, 2022

Many small businesses have struggled under COVID-19 and mask restrictions, which have been coupled in Corvallis, Ore. with reduced student populations, but some businesses are positive about the upcoming...

Bikes locked on the bike rack near the Student Experience Center at Oregon State University on May 31. Bikes are a common way to travel campus and ZAP encourages more people to bike for sustainability and health reasons.

ZAP biking aims to encourage students to bike more through prizes and competition incentive

June 6, 2022

ZAP biking is an on-campus service at Oregon State University that, since COVID-19 quarantine is over for most, is now trying to increase awareness and encourage more people to bike to and around campus.  ZAP...

Student outside of the OSU Global Opportunities office on May 17, holding her passport. The OSU global opportunities office regulates OSU international programs.

F*ck it, real talk: Why it’s hard to study abroad, but important to try

June 6, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. Studying abroad is difficult to do; there are many barriers,...

Starship robots pass by the outside of the Memorial Union on May 16. The Starship robots will rise up in 2065 according to the local representative, but only after they conquer the train that comes through campus.

F*ck it, real talk: Starship robots have gotten faster and more aggressive, taking OSU community by storm

June 6, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. The robots on Oregon State Universtiy’s Corvallis, Ore....

A piece by Tim Timmerman (left) and a piece by Tatyana Ostapenko at the Corvallis Arts Center Looking at Us exhibition on April 10. The artists did not know each other prior to the exhibition but their work was chosen to be shown together due to similarities in message and style.

Looking at Us art exhibition aims to encourage hopefulness through hardship

May 2, 2022

The Corvallis Arts Center exhibition “Looking at Us” hosts work from two artists dealing with themes of life, death and hope in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine. The exhibition,...

Two graduates from the College of Veterinary Medicine wash a dog at the Pet Day event in May 2018 at Magruder Hall on the Oregon State University Corvallis, Ore. campus. The Pet Day event will return this year after being put on hiatus for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Corvallis Pet Day with the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine returns after two year hiatus

May 2, 2022

Corvallis Pet Day at Oregon State University will return this May after a two-year pause, and the celebration will bring local pets, residents and the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine together. Pet...

First-year biochemistry major Mya Kuzmin opens the Tinder app on April 20 in her dorm room. Many college students use Tinder as a way to pass the time between classes which, if done too often, can lead to a negative effect on their mental health.

F*ck it, real talk: Dating apps (probably) aren’t good for your mental health

May 2, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. Dating apps can lead to feelings of self doubt and loneliness,...

Sarah Erickson talks about their experience as an Oregon State University grad student and the problems with math department qualifying exams in front of the Memorial Union on Feb. 18. The “Quals” have been a hot button issue with many students and instructors insisting that they are not an accurate measurement of student success.

F-ck it, real talk: The math department qualifying exams are just another roadblock to success

March 30, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. The math department’s doctoral-qualifying exams at Oregon...

Kira Durham stands in front of a house on 16th Street in Corvallis Or, on Feb. 11. Durham damaged her relationship with her childhood best friend after living with them in the dorms, over sanitation concerns.

F-ck it, real talk: Why you shouldn’t worry about where you live

March 9, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. When starting college, the transition to living in dorms...

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A sign at the Learning Innovation Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Ore. warns of the danger of COVID-19 and gives tips on preventing its spread to other individuals. The COVID-19 pandemic has been present in Oregon since March 2020.

COVID-19 pandemic timeline suggests ‘overtime’ virus ‘will become endemic’

March 7, 2022

Since COVID-19 first appeared over two years ago around Dec. 12, 2019, the resulting pandemic has altered many lives at Oregon State University, and the virus is likely here to stay. Dec. 12, 2019:...

A sign to wear masks outside of a barber shop in downtown Corvallis, Ore. on Feb. 14. Small businesses are trying to constantly adapt to alterations in COVID-19 restrictions.

Corvallis businesses evolve to persist through COVID-19, available funding

March 7, 2022

The outlook for Corvallis, Ore. small businesses continues to change with alterations in COVID-19 restrictions, weather and available funding.  The COVID-19 pandemic has passed the two-year mark. At...

Jordan Mahr, a third year biology major at OSU, models studying SAT preparatory materials. The SAT exam is considered by many students to be one of the most important tests and factors in regards to college admissions.

SAT to move online in 2024 amid growing number of colleges no longer requiring exam

March 7, 2022

The SAT exam will become online in 2024, however, many colleges, including Oregon State University, already do not require it for admissions due to controversy surrounding the idea that the exam is biased. According...

Clara Barnes works on her laptop in Austin Hall on the Oregon State University Corvallis, Ore. campus. Stephen Redfield, senior instructor of electrical engineering and computer science at OSU, said it can be difficult to monitor unproctored exams that take place online.

F*ck it, real talk: For better or worse, most students cheat in remote-learning education

March 7, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. Many students have admitted to cheating in small ways for...

Ruth Muchiri, the research and development lab manager, stands in Van Breemans lab. Van Breeman and his team have found that cannabinoid acids can help block the COVID-19 virus from infecting humans.

OSU research shows compounds found in hemp can prevent entry of COVID-19

February 16, 2022

Researchers at Oregon State University found that a pair of cannabinoid acids can bind to the COVID-19 spike protein and block the virus from infecting human cells. According to Richard Van Breemen,...

Oregon State University public safety department cars are lined up outside Kerr Administration on Nov. 23, 2021. Since Oregon State University created its own police department in January 2021, Shanon Anderson, the associate vice president for public safety and OSU chief of police, has led police reform and bias trainings.

Oregon State University police department was created to ‘utilize the education mission and values of OSU’

February 10, 2022

After Oregon State University created its own police department in January 2021, the new department had advanced police reform, but some students don't think reform is enough. According to Steve Clark,...

Keith Raab, director of financial aid at OSU, stands in front of the Kerr administration building on Jan. 26. Student loan repayments will remain paused at least until May 31 but Raab recommends students try to minimize the amount of student loans they take out.

Student loan interest, repayment delayed until May 1; OSU Center for Advancing Financial Education can ‘increase financial literacy’

February 10, 2022

Student loan interest and repayment has been paused on federal loans since the beginning of the national state of emergency on March 13, 2020; the pause has been extended until May 1st. Keith Raab,...

A sign urging patrons to stay six feet apart at Long Timber Brewing in Monroe, Ore. on Jan. 14. COVID-19 restrictions continue to require individuals to keep six feet of distance between themselves and others, which can be difficult for smaller businesses to accommodate.

As COVID-19 pandemic enters third year, Corvallis community looks toward future

February 7, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic is now entering its third year, and the Corvallis, Ore. community has seen effects on all aspects of life, leading residents to wonder about the path forward. “The SARS-CoV-2...

Owners Keara (left) and Tristan James with their son of New Morning Bakery located at 219 SW Second St. in Corvallis, Ore. They have been a part of Corvallis Culinary Month for many years and were going to participate in 2022 as well before its cancellation.

Corvallis Culinary Month 2022 canceled, community urged to eat local

January 22, 2022

Corvallis Culinary Month usually provides an opportunity for restaurants to increase business during the slowest time of year, but has been canceled this year amid rising COVID-19 cases and staffing shortages. The...

Oregon State University’s public safety officer trucks parked south of Kerr Administration Building on Nov. 23, 2021. The PSO trucks, driven by PSO security officers responsible for public safety on the Corvallis, Ore. campus, can often be seen on campus and typically pick up lost, stolen or abandoned bicycles.

Concerns about structure, ethics of campus security raised by OSU students

Oregon State University’s Department of Public Safety includes armed police alongside public safety security officers
January 3, 2022

Oregon State University has had its own police department since January 2021, but some students are against its presence on campus due to ethical and racial concerns. In 2019, Genesis Hansen, a fourth-year...

The “orange book” is a document of over 50 pages that gives a broad overview of the OSU budget on Dec. 21. In recent years, state funding to Oregons public colleges has been decreasing, forcing student tuition to fill in the gaps.

Rising student tuition funds majority of OSU education and general budget

December 23, 2021

Public colleges, including Oregon State University, have received less state funding in recent years, forcing students and families to make up the difference, but many wonder where this increasing tuition...

A rock gully prone to landslides in the Glacier Peak Wilderness in the North Cascades of Washington in August 2021. Landslides will be a major threat after the Cascadia earthquake, according to Oregon State University Professor Andrew Meigs.

Though Cascadia earthquake may be long off, local experts encourage preparation

December 22, 2021

With several earthquakes recently hitting off the Oregon coast, Oregonians are reminded of the Cascadia fault, which will produce a powerful earthquake that could have severe effects on Corvallis, Ore.  According...

The dusty glacier on Glacier Peak in Wallowa County, Ore. during August, 2021. According to local climate expert Larry ONeill, rainfall, heat from the summer, the snowpack in the mountains and how early the snowpack melts out are all factors to consider when determining the severity of drought.

Wet conditions will not end Oregon’s worsening drought, according to climate experts

November 15, 2021

Despite close to normal precipitation averages, Oregon’s drought continues to worsen, according to local climate experts.  “This year's drought was more severe than the precipitation totals suggest,”...

Chemical engineering major Zaid Al Attar poses on Oct. 7 near the Memorial Union. Al Attar, who’s from Iraq, believes OSU students should be more aware of Thanksgiving’s history.

International students give their perspective on Thanksgiving’s history, place in American culture

November 1, 2021

Thanksgiving is approaching and while the holiday is popular in the United States, it is not internationally celebrated so many Oregon State University international students hold unique opinions on its...

Art work displayed at the Corvallis Arts Center What Will Nature Do? exhibit, curated by Oregon State University climate scientist Dominique Bachelet. The exhibit, which is a collaborative art-science project, will be open until Nov. 13.

New Corvallis Arts Center exhibit conveys hope about climate change

October 16, 2021

Arts-Sci Oregon State University encourages hope regarding climate change with a new exhibit at the Corvallis Arts Center. Many people may see art and science as two separate entities. However, the...

Sophie Holden

Student on the Street: How do you feel about the threat of wildfires in Oregon and the wildfire expert panel hosted by OSU?

October 11, 2021

Sophie Holden (she/her) second-year marketing major “I believe in [the threat of wildfires] for sure. I evacuated from where we lived in Clackamas for two weeks. I accepted losing the house....

Owner of Riverland Family Farms Annaliese Watson (left), and manager Doug Eldon (right), pictured at their
booth at the Corvallis Farmers Market located in downtown Corvallis, Ore. Eldon says their business has seen decreased sales since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Corvallis Farmers’ Market looks toward uncertain, optimistic future

October 11, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into its second year, many community members are unsure about the outlook of the Corvallis Farmers’ Market, but remain hopeful.  The Corvallis Farmers’ Market,...

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