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Kelsy Valentine

Kelsy Valentine, Campus Editor

Fourth year

Creative Writing major, Business minor


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A map of the ZAP Stations and ZAP Tagging Locations on the Oregon State University Corvallis, Ore. campus. ZAP Stations are marked with bike icons and ZAP tagging stations are marked with pins.

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

June 6, 2022

A map of the ZAP Stations and ZAP Tagging Locations on the Oregon State University Corvallis, Ore. campus. ZAP Stations are marked with bike icons and ZAP tagging stations are marked with pins.

Oregon State University students Makena Apau, left, and Ethan Thompson are wearing masks as they walk out of the Learning Innovation Center on the Corvallis, Ore. campus on Jan. 31. OSU announced on Feb. 24 that it will lift its mask mandate by March 19 at the latest.

OSU to lift mask mandate requirements no later than March 19

February 24, 2022

Oregon State University has announced that it will lift the campus-wide mask requirement no later than March 19 to remain aligned with Oregon Health Authority and local public health guidance. According...

ASOSU presidential ticket candidates Isabella Griffiths, left, Alexander Kerner, Matteo Paola, and Sierra Young answer questions about their platforms on Feb. 16 at the ASOSU presidential candidates debate in the Student Experience Center. The two tickets are vying for the ASOSU presidency alongside another pair of candidates who were unable to make it to the debate.

ASOSU presidential candidates discuss campaign initiatives, goals during 2022 debate

February 17, 2022

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Kerner and Griffiths plan to host Sigma Alpha Epsilon events if elected into office. This has been corrected to Safety Awareness Events....

A statue in front of the Strand Agricultural Hall on the Oregon State Univeristy Corvallis, Ore. campus wears a COVID-19 mask. Masking policies at OSU have not changed despite the Oregon Health Authority announcing that mask mandates will be lifted no later than March. 31.

OSU mask policy unchanged, booster shot requirement deadline extended to May 1

February 8, 2022

Oregon State University has extended the deadline for eligible students and employees to receive COVID-19 booster shots to May 1, from a previous date of Feb. 15. According to a Feb. 8 press release...

Nicholas Bolin, a Dixon Recreation Center employee, checks students in on Dec. 5. Dixon employees are funded by student fees under Recreational Sports, which is one of the eight units of the Student Fee Committee.

Student Fee Committee votes to increase student fees, passes $15 wage increase

December 5, 2021

Oregon State University’s Student Fee Committee has voted overall to increase student fees for each student per term for the 2022-23 academic year. The SFC held their final meeting of fall term on...

A petition for SARC, the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center, which serves as the first point of contact for survivors and their allies.

Petition from OSU alumni demands university be held accountable

November 10, 2021

Clarification: a line about what SARC has done to help OSU alumni Coral Avery has been updated to provide more clarification Content warning: mentions of sexual assault A petition created to bring...

F. King Alexander was president of Oregon State University from July 2020 until he resigned in April 2021. He resigned from his position after an investigation into Louisiana State Universitys sexual misconduct during the years in which he was president.

Complaints against former OSU President F. King Alexander may be dismissed

October 26, 2021

Clarification: Quotes in this article regarding Alexander seeking legal advice and Alexander withholding conflict of interest information have been updated to clarify attribution. The Oregon Government...

Traffic on SW Jefferson Way was blocked off after a natural gas line was punctured at the Pharmacy Building on Wednesday at about 2:45 p.m. Buildings in the area were evacuated and the road remained closed until the gas line was capped at about 3:20 p.m.

Gas leak on OSU campus prompts evacuation of classes

October 20, 2021

A gas line near the Pharmacy Building on the Oregon State University campus was punctured at about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, which shut down the buildings in the area. According to David Sweeney, the...

An incoming student carrying a suitcase and entering a dorm during Oregon State University’s first day of move-in on Sept. 19. The incoming class will be the first group of freshman to experience in-person learning since OSU announced in-person plans for the 2021-22 academic year.

Students are back at OSU after a year at home

September 27, 2021

Students are now officially back on campus, but in-person class and activity guidelines made in response to COVID-19 will introduce many changes to the Oregon State University community. Among...

US Highway 99W, seen near Avery Avenue and Crystal Lake Drive. The Oregon Department of Transportation is considering adding several roundabouts along this section of the highway in south Corvallis to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Roundabouts proposed for southern Corvallis to increase safety

August 20, 2021

The City of Corvallis and the Oregon Department of Transportation are looking at potentially building roundabouts on Highway 99 in southern Corvallis to slow traffic and decrease risk of severe accidents. Highway...

An illustration of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. Delta variant COVID-19 cases have been reported in Benton County, and the variant has been found to cause more severe illness in unvaccinated individuals and be more transmittable in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Vaccinated individuals can spread COVID-19 Delta variant but at reduced risk

August 9, 2021

Correction: This story has been updated to say that there have been dozens of variants of COVID-19. A previous version of this story had said there were thousands.As COVID-19 cases start to rise in Benton...

OSU START Leaders welcoming new incoming students in a START 2021 video posted on the website. According to the newstudents website, START Orientations begin on June 21st and will be held virtually.

START aims to ‘mimic in-person feel of orientation in this virtual world’

August 2, 2021

Incoming Oregon State University students attending START orientation will be split into eight separate week-long sessions that will be held virtually with optional in-person events. Students currently...

Corvallis City Manager, Mark Shepard, stands outside of Corvallis City Hall and discusses what the role of City Manager looks like. The City Managers Office ensures the City runs effectively and efficiently to achieve what Corvallis community members, through the City Council, want to accomplish with the resources available.

Oregon expected to have hotter than average summer temperatures

July 24, 2021

August temperatures are expected to be hotter than normal this year, but the Willamette Valley is unlikely to experience a heat wave of large magnitude during the late summer. The last weekend of June...

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Independence man confesses to Corvallis homicide

July 20, 2021

A Corvallis man was shot and killed on Sunday, July 18, following a call to the Linn County sheriff’s office received a call just after 10 p.m. that night. As of July 19, police have arrested Pedro...

Bo&Vine Burger Bar, located in downtown Corvallis, Ore. is just one of the many businesses who are affected by the reduced student population during summer term. As students leave to go home or study abroad, college towns like Corvallis notice a dip in revenue due to the change in population.

City of Corvallis to be impacted this summer by lost OSU student population

July 6, 2021

After a year with low numbers for the college-student population in Corvallis, Ore. due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city will face impacts from the further loss of students over the summer.Oregon State...

Debra, a health corps volunteer, can be seen preparing to give vaccines at the Albany Fairground Emergency facility. Due to decrease in demand for vaccines, Benton County has transitioned to express vaccination clinics.

New express COVID-19 vaccination clinics to provide more opportunities

July 6, 2021

As the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations per day continues to decrease, Oregon is now distributing COVID-19 vaccines through express vaccination clinics in order to reach a wider variety of Oregon locations.Mass...

Elizabeth Simmons, employment developer, can be seen in the Oregon State Career Development Center. With students graduating year-in and year-out the OSCDC is always available to help and build students careers, no matter the field.

The Career Development Center recommends job searching 6 months prior graduation

July 4, 2021

Despite it still being summer, students who are graduating within the next year or looking for jobs or internships are encouraged to begin their job search soon. According to Elizabeth Simmons, the internship...

Oregon State University physics Professor Xavier Siemens, right, discusses research with (from far left) physics graduate students Nima Laal, Robin Case, and Jacob Taylor. Siemens will be leading a $17 million dollar effort to study gravitational waves and their relationship with our ever-changing universe.

OSU professor leads study of gravitational waves

July 4, 2021

Oregon State University physics professor Xavier Siemens will lead and co-direct a $17 million grant that funds the study of gravitational waves to provide insight into how our universe evolves.The National...

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Oregon and Benton County offer COVID-19 vaccine incentives

June 11, 2021

Following the lead of many other states, both the state of Oregon and Benton County have begun offering vaccine incentives to help encourage residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.One incentive that...

A sign detailing Local Boyz Cafe’s current rules requiring a mask for service. Local businesses have had to be more direct with their signage since the CDC has announced that people who are vaccinated no longer need to wear masks inside or outside.

Local businesses react to new mask mandate

June 4, 2021

Even after the Center for Disease Control announced changes to the nationwide mask mandate surrounding COVID-19, most local businesses in Corvallis are choosing to keep their mask guidelines in place.The...

Samaritan Health Services now offers the ability for patients to select which COVID-19 vaccine they receive when signing up through their website. Samaritan Health Services currently offers the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to patients.

Samaritan Health website offers vaccine choices

June 1, 2021

Samaritan Health Services has started offering the ability for residents above 18 to choose which COVID-19 vaccine they want to receive when they schedule their vaccine appointments on their website.When...

As outdoor seating has become more and more common in Corvallis, McMenamins on Monroe allows for a blend of social distancing with the feel of a restaurant that’s missed due to COVID-19 restrictions tightening in Benton County.

Benton County to stay in ‘high risk’ category; COVID-19 cases rising

May 10, 2021

Clarification: We have updated information in this article provided by Marion Ceraso to give more clarification.Positive COVID-19 cases are rising again in Benton County after declining for several months,...

Kobey Bonin, an Oregon State University senior student majoring in liberal arts who uses a wheelchair, has faced many challenges while trying to find accessible housing both on and off campus in Corvallis, Ore.

Students with disabilities face housing challenges

May 3, 2021

Correction: In a previous version of this article both in print and online, Kathryn Magura Krieger name was spelt incorrect. Statements made by Margura Krieger and Earlee Kerekes-Mishra have been edited...

OMN Writer, Kelsy Valentine, poses in front of the Gill Coliseum with her second dose vaccine reminder card after receiving the first dose just prior on Tuesday, April 16th. Individuals getting the vaccine must wait over two weeks before receiving the second dose.

COVID-19 vaccination process is ‘very quick and easy’

April 19, 2021

A wide population of Oregon State University students, staff and faculty are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and all Oregonians over the age of 16 will be eligible starting April 19. According...

Integrative Biology Professor Dr. Jane Lubchenco is President Joe Bidens pick for Deputy Director for Climate and Environment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Lubchenco is an environmental scientist and marine ecologist who teaches and conducts research at Oregon State University.

OSU professor chosen for role in White House

April 18, 2021

Clarification: This story has been edited to reflect that Dr. Lubchenco is not the only leader on national climate and science at the White House, and her colleagues have been listed in the second paragraph...


Student on the Internet: How have you adjusted to remote learning?

April 12, 2021

Editor’s Note: All photos are contributed by the interviewee.Collin Mckenna (he/him)Second-year student in forest management“It’s been a hard one. I’ve had to really start using planners and lists...

If Corvallis does lose its status as a metro city, it is possible that the city could lose some of its federal financial resources. Corvallis currently receives funding for transportation—such as street infrastructure improvement and maintenance as well as public transportation.

Corvallis at risk of losing ‘metro city’ title

April 12, 2021

The Federal Office of Management and Budget proposed an idea in August 2019 to increase the threshold that classifies a city as a metro city; if passed, Crovallis, Ore. will lose its metro city title. Since...

Oregon Governor Kate Brown poses for a photo on March 9, 2017, in Bend, Ore.

Gov. Brown makes statement regarding OSU board, Alexander, new Senate bill seeks to ‘rebuild and strengthen trust’ within university communities

March 21, 2021

Editor’s Note: Content warning—story contains mention of sexual harassment and assault.The Office of Governor Kate Brown released a statement supporting the Oregon State University Board of Trustees’...

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Corvallis Police Log: Feb. 21 – March 6

March 15, 2021

February 21Theft 3A vehicle on Northwest 28th and Northwest Van Buren Avenue was broken into between 11 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 8 a.m. the next morning. The vehicle had been unlocked at the time. A grey wallet...

A discarded surgical mask on Oregon State Universitys Corvallis, Ore. campus.  The county remains in the extreme risk category for COVID-19 cases.  

Benton County holds town hall to discuss extreme risk COVID-19 label

March 15, 2021

Benton County has remained under the “extreme risk” category, leading residents to ask questions about why. County officials called a town meeting earlier this month to discuss the categorization,...

Corvallis residents awaiting and receiving COVID-19 vaccinations inside of Reser Stadium. On February 17th, FEMA announced that Benton County would receive $3.1 million in federal funding to support COVID-19 vaccination centers.

Funding from FEMA will support mass vaccination clinics

March 9, 2021

After being awarded $3.1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Benton County will use this money to support mass vaccination clinics for COVID-19, but vaccination rates are not expected...

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Corvallis Police Log: Feb. 7 – 20

March 8, 2021

February 7Orange Media Network did not receive a report of any crimes committed on this dayFebruary 8Identity Theft A resident on Northwest 32nd Street said that someone had filed for unemployment benefits...

Cathy, a digital communication arts student, grabs a Daily Barometer newspaper from the box in front of the Memorial Union. Since its establishment in 1896, The Daily Barometer’s reporters have been determined to report the most important stories to the OSU community.

The Daily Barometer’s impact ‘poured out through its pages’

March 1, 2021

Student journalists who work for The Daily Barometer are in a unique position to report events happening on and around the Oregon State University campus, being students themselves while also providing...

Scott Johnson was the editor-in-chief for The Barometer during the 2001-02 academic year. Johnson said he started at The Barometer with a goal of becoming a sports reporter, but later found he liked editing and design more than reporting.

The Barometer’s former editors-in-chief aimed to ‘make a difference in community’

March 1, 2021

One of the critical factors contributing to The Barometer’s exceedingly long history is the editors-in-chief who have helped the newspaper to come together and grow into new opportunities.Last school...

The Educational Opportunities Program is housed on the third floor of Waldo Hall. The EOP provides support for students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education.

Student accuses ASOSU of discrimination for disqualifying elections running-mate

February 22, 2021

The Associated Students of Oregon State University disqualified a student from participating in its elections because they had taken a term off for financial reasons; ASOSU was then accused of discrimination...

(Left to right) The ASOSU vice president Metzin Rodriguez and President Isabel Nunez Perez as well as the ASOSU election committee (Chase Pettibone, Dari Edwards, Julia Cleric, Michaela Canete and Zachary Garrow) say that this ASOSU election feels more cut-off from OSU students due to the pandemic. Virtual platforms are the best option to reach students, but the lack of interaction and information can be difficult.

ASOSU elections see only minor changes in virtual format

February 22, 2021

This year, the Associated Students of Oregon State University elections looked different in the form of virtual meetings and campaigning, but voting stayed in a similar format.Similar to previous years,...

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Corvallis Police Log: 1/24 – 2/6

February 15, 2021

Jan. 24Loud Noise, Special Response NoticeAt about 11:30 a.m., police responded to an argument between a male and female at the Super 8 Hotel on Northwest Second Street. The woman was heard screaming from...

Joel Fowlks and Carole Chase in The Daily Barometer from 1999. The couple reconnected after 17 years apart and are now engaged.

Two former Barometer staff members engaged after 17 years apart

February 14, 2021

Two past Barometer staff members who met because they both worked for the student newspaper in the early 2000s reconnected three years ago and are now engaged to be married.Carole Chase, a former humor...

Xan Augerot, commissioner and chair of the Benton Board of Commissioners, discussed her point of view on the decriminalization of drugs in Oregon. Augerot has lived in Oregon for more than 20 years and has been working as a chair of the Benton Board of Commissioners since January of 2017.

Local elected officials react to new drug decriminalization laws

February 12, 2021

Measure 110 is now in effect across the state of Ore., which decriminalizes small amounts of drugs, leaving local elected officials and law enforcement cautiously optimistic about the measure’s effects. This...

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Corvallis Police Log: 1/10-1/23

February 11, 2021

Jan. 10Unlawful Entry of Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 3A vehicle was broken into and vandalized while parked on Northwest Witham Hill Drive. The owner found mud inside the vehicle as well as a hole...

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Corvallis Police Log: Jan. 3 – 16

January 20, 2021

Jan. 3Orange Media Network did not receive a report of any crimes committed on this day.Jan. 4Theft 3At 10 a.m., a man on Northwest Ninth Street reported the theft of his Republic Service’s gray trash...

The last session of a two part Student Fee Committee meeting took place on January 13 via Zoom. 

Student Fee Committee votes to pass all fee requests, aims to support all students

January 17, 2021

The Student Fee Committee, in their second congressional meeting, decided to pass all the fee increases and decision packages requested by their units for the 2021-2022 school year.While there were many...

The Associated Students of Oregon State University government body held its first of two joint-sessions on Jan. 6 via Zoom. These ASOSU sessions are to review the recommended budgetary guidelines for the student fee-funded units and confirm student fees-funded budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

Student Fee Committee discussions impacted by COVID-19 concerns

January 8, 2021

In a meeting held by the Student Fee Committee to discuss the fees for the 2021-2022 school year, financial problems due to COVID-19 raised many concerns among students. In the first congressional joint...

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Corvallis Police Log: Dec. 13 – 26

January 5, 2021

December 13Animal at LargeAt about 8 p.m., two dogs were in custody at the Hilton Garden Inn on Southwest Western Boulevard. An employee of the inn said that the two dogs had been running through the street...

An illustration of downtown Corvallis. 

Benton County provides funding for local businesses affected by the pandemic

January 4, 2021

Jack Wolcott, co-owner of Grassroots Books and Music in Downtown Corvallis, owns one of the many businesses in Benton County who’s needed to apply for funding assistance during the pandemic.Earlier this...

A photo illustration of what many OSU community members can expect when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available: a band aid.

OSU forms plan to prepare for COVID-19 vaccine, related concerns

January 4, 2021

Following two COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer and Moderna—being approved by the Food and Drug Administration in December, Oregon State University has begun creating a plan to deal with these vaccines at both...

Corvallis Police Log: Dec. 13 – 26

December 28, 2020

December 13Animal at LargeAt about 8 p.m., two dogs were in custody at the Hilton Garden Inn on Southwest Western Boulevard. An employee of the inn said that the two dogs had been running through the street...

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Corvallis Police Log: Nov. 29 – Dec.5

December 11, 2020

Nov. 29Driving While Suspended, Warrant Arrest At about 10 p.m., Police were driving south on Southwest Third Street when a Honda Accord put his right turn signal on and immediately completed a lane change,...

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Corvallis Police Log: Nov. 22 – 28

December 6, 2020

November 22Found PropertyA wallet was found on Northwest Conifer Boulevard by a man who had been out walking with his wife. They had tried to contact nearby residences but were unable to locate the owner....

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Corvallis Police Log: Nov. 15-21

November 24, 2020

Nov. 15Special Response Notice, Unlawful Amplified SoundAt about 1 a.m., police were dispatched to a report of a loud party on Northwest 14th Street. When they arrived, Police heard music playing loudly,...

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Corvallis Police Log: Nov. 8-14

November 22, 2020

Nov. 8Unlawful Amplified SoundAt about 1:30 a.m., a loud party was reported on Northwest Coolidge Way. When police arrived, they could clearly hear music coming from the apartment. The police contacted...

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Corvallis Police Log: Nov. 1-7

November 12, 2020

Police Logs Nov. 1 - 7Nov. 1The Daily Barometer did not receive a report of any crimes committed on this day.Nov. 2Criminal Mischief 1 – VandalismAt about 12:30 a.m., an unknown suspect used the power...

The International Living-Learning Center, also known as the ILLC, is one of OSU’s on campus dorms located at 1701 SW Western Boulevard. 

OSU international students react to voting rights

November 8, 2020

While voting in elections is a right given to American citizens, international students at Oregon State University are unable to vote in the election, yet will still feel its effects. Voting is one of...

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Corvallis Police Log: Oct. 25-31

November 5, 2020

October 25Shoplifting 2Winco Foods reported a shoplifter at approximately 12:50 a.m. after an employee saw two males leave the store with two six packs of beer that they supposedly didn’t pay for. The...

Members of the Corvallis community gather for the Count Every Vote rally on Nov. 4 at the Benton County Courthouse. As the election continues, protestors express their concerns.

Count Every Vote rally demands all ballots be counted this election

November 4, 2020

Due to President Donald Trump prematurely attempting to claim victory in the 2020 election, Corvallis community members stood in solidarity with voters at a rally Wednesday afternoon.The Count Every Vote...

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Philomath man killed in a second head-on collision in two days

October 30, 2020

For the second time in two days, the Benton County Sheriff’s Department has reported a fatal head-on collision between two vehicles.At approximately 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, a dodge pickup truck traveling...

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Corvallis Police Log: Oct. 19 – 24

October 28, 2020

Oct. 19Theft 2A Corvallis resident reported their bike had been stolen, sometime between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 18, stating that an unknown suspect had cut two U-locks off his bike. The bike was estimated...

This illustration represents sending in voting ballots and voting in general. This was done for an article on voting myths for the 2020 election. 

The truth behind voting myths

October 27, 2020

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

The OSU Care Center, Beaver Beginnings, retains a colorful interior and positive attitude despite the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19. Beaver Beginnings provides child-care services for the students, staff, and faculty of OSU.

OSU responds to petition asking for more caregiving support

October 20, 2020

After several faculty members created a petition asking Oregon State University for more resources for staff and student caregivers, their situation has improved, but they still face many barriers. Caring...

A photo Illustration by Jessica Hume-Pantuso meant to embody the experience of getting a COVID test in Corvallis. Places such as Rite Aid and The Samaritan Urgent Care offer testing to anybody that thinks they may have COVID.

COVID-19 testing information for Corvallis residents

October 13, 2020

Clarification: The article previously stated that the PCR test is 100% accurate, we have since clarified that the test is nearly 100% accurate depending on other factors including how long the infection...

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Corvallis woman charged with attempted assault

October 12, 2020

On Monday morning just after 8 a.m., two Corvallis residents engaged in a verbal argument, resulting in physical assault and a handgun being discharged, police say.Corvallis residents Tyler Morin, 27,...

Food Pantry Coordinators Rosalie Vernave (left) and Tina Hanby (right) putting together a few of the many food boxes that are distributed by the Human Services Resource Center. The HSRC also offers help with housing and textbooks for Oregon State students. The Food Pantry distributes boxes every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm and more information is available on the HSRC website under the Food Security tab.

OSU students look to additional resources for emergency funding support

September 30, 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...

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Local man tries to force entry into OSU residence hall

September 29, 2020

On Sunday afternoon, Oregon State University students received an alert stating that a man had followed a student into a residence hall before trying to gain entry into that student’s dorm room.According...

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