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Lacy Dagen

Gymnast Lacy Dagen makes OSU post-injuries debut

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
January 28, 2019

When Lacy Dagen stuck her vault routine in Gill Coliseum Jan. 19, the applause that met the redshirt junior was the first she’d ever received in her time at Oregon State. In fact, it was only her second...

Intramural sports

Intramural female participation hits five-year low

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
January 14, 2019

Almost every inch of the courts at Dixon Recreation Center was covered by basketball shoe-clad feet, with 117 students waiting for the 3v3 co-rec basketball tournament to begin. Out of these 117 players,...

Sophomore guard Aleah Goodman, who graduated from La Salle High School in 2017, dribbles the ball up court looking for an open lane. 

Beavers reach triple digits in blow out against Explorers

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
December 1, 2018

The No. 9 Oregon State Women’s Basketball team added another win to their season today in Gill Coliseum, defeating the La Salle Explorers, 100-46.From the first whistle, the Beavers (6-1) dominated offensively,...

OSUVB vs. Buff

Oregon State Volleyball loses to Colorado, goes to five sets

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
November 18, 2018

Oregon State Volleyball lost to Colorado in five sets this morning, marking their 17th conference loss this season. The Beavers still stand No.12 in the Pac-12 with an 11-18 overall record.The Beavers...

Junior point guard Mikayla Pivec goes up hard for the lay up. Pivec scored 15 points on the night, helping the Beavers to a victory in their home opener at Gill Coliseum. 

Beavers out-pace Mustangs in season opener

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
November 10, 2018

OSU Women’s Basketball defeated the Mustangs of Cal Poly 79-54 tonight at Gill Coliseum, tipping off the 2018-2019 season.Coming off a 26-8 overall 2017-18 season and making it to the Elite-8, the Beavers...


OSU sees increase in reported sexual assaults from 2016 to 2017

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
November 5, 2018

Data released by Oregon State University shows that the number of reported sexual assaults on or near campus more than doubled from 2016 to 2017, as published by the 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety...

OSUVB vs. UCLA 11/3

OSU volleyball loses to UCLA in five sets

Lauren Sluss, Multimedia Contributor
November 3, 2018

The OSU Women’s Volleyball team kicked off their match against the No. 22 UCLA Bruins strong, winning the first two sets. The hopes for an upset quickly faded, however, as OSU was unable to clinch a...

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

How to register to vote

Lauren Sluss, New Contributor
October 15, 2018

Can I still register to vote? Yes. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. How can I register to vote? Oregon residents have multiple methods to register. Vote OR Vote, a non-partisan...

Mens Soccer

OSU Men’s Soccer sweeps home stand

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
October 14, 2018

Oregon State Men’s Soccer upset the Pac-12 No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal and returned this weekend for a 2-1 win against the California Golden Bears at Paul Lorenz Field. Playing at home, the Beavers...

California Golden Bears lead 1-0 at halftime against the Oregon State Beavers. 

Live Game Updates: Oregon State Men’s Soccer vs. California

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
October 14, 2018

Location: Paul Lorenz Field, Corvallis Ore. Kickoff: 1 p.m.Final Score: OSU- 2, Cal- 1Coming off a win against the Stanford Cardinal Thursday, the Oregon State Beavers (5-4-2) are heading into their...

Weatherford Hall

Outgoing editor-in-chief column: ‘OSU as a whole needs to do better’

Lauren Sluss, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
June 11, 2018

University still faces sexism, racism, apathyStepping into this position in the fall, I thought I knew the OSU community —a place I had called home for the past two years— very well. I was wrong. This...

A complaint filed with the Department of Justice claims OSU created 84 fictitious athletics participants in order to comply with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. 

Complaint filed with DOJ claims OSU violating Title IX, inflating womens’ athletic rosters

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief
June 4, 2018

University aware of complaint, ready to respond if case opensA complaint filed this month with the U.S. Department of Justice alleges Oregon State University is violating Title IX of the Educational Amendments...

Andrew Oswalts platform for his Student Fee Committee candidacy was published in The Baro on May 14, 2018. The other six candidates platforms were published as well. 

EDITORIAL: Why The Baro published uncensored ‘alt-right’ candidate platform

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief
May 17, 2018

Statements printed in effort to educate, inform voters on upcoming electionYou may have noticed The Baro published statements from the last print issue which contained inflammatory views—statements which...

OSU tweet

Editorial: OSU mishandled communication regarding safety threats

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief and Riley Youngman
March 4, 2018

Students, community members were confused, frustrated by university’s response to threatening social media postsAn ominous tweet from the university’s official Twitter account. A slightly less-vague,...

General Editorial Graphic

Letter from the Editor | Exercise your right as a student: vote

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief
February 12, 2018

This week, our campus has the option to participate in something that has not occured in Associated Students of Oregon State University history: to participate in a recall vote.This vote is to potentially...

A wolf in beavers clothing

EDITORIAL: Democracy dies in darkness

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief
January 22, 2018

If media is neglectful or silenced, false and harmful beliefs are permitted to disseminate. We, as a student media organization, believe in the continued coverage of not only current events, but also current...

Baro Editor-in-Chief Lauren Sluss stands outside of the Student Experience Center. 

Letter from the Editor: It’s not too late to be engaged in the name evaluation process

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief
November 27, 2017

Students have opportunity to engage in OSU community, build legacy“Out of an ethic of love, we must disrupt!”I remember this chant echoing through campus in March of 2016 as students and community...

OSU student Priscila Narcio leads a chant during the Oct. 9 student walkout to gain support for a clean DACA bill. Narcio herself is a DACA recipient, and advocated for a show of solidarity with undocumented students in Oregon and the United States as a whole. 

Students stage campus walkout, show support for clean DREAM Act

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief and Tiffani Smith
November 9, 2017

Protesters encourage letter writing campaigns to Rep. Greg Walden to raise awareness of the presence of undocumented students in Oregon.Amidst the rain pouring and boots splashing through puddles, the...

Baro Editor-in-Chief Lauren Sluss stands outside of the Student Experience Center. 

Letter from the Editor: Minimizing cultural appropriation begins with discussion, education

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief
October 31, 2017

Over the past week, the Baro has engaged in multiple discussions about ways to participate in Halloween celebrations safely. However, there is one important aspect of Halloween in which we have not discussed:...

Case of meningococcal disease conrmed at OSU Corvallis campus

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief
October 30, 2017

Student Health Services offer, recommend immunizations to prevent spread A singular case of meningococcal disease has been confirmed at the Oregon State University Corvallis campus, according to an all-students...

Student Health Services stocks a vaccine against strain B of meningococcal meningitis, which is available for students. 

Meningococcal disease case confirmed at OSU Corvallis campus

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief
October 27, 2017

A singular case of meningococcal disease has been confirmed at the Oregon State University Corvallis campus, according to an all-students email sent at 1:50 p.m. today.According to the email, testing is...

Located in Snell Hall, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access handles reports of sexual misconduct. 

OSU’s Title IX policies remain unchanged despite federal rollback

Lauren Sluss, Editor-in-Chief
September 25, 2017

Equal Opportunity and Access will continue to investigate sexual harassment reports The U.S. Department of Education formally announced it is rescinding Obama-era sexual assault guidelines under Title...

Sara Mahdavifard, Vahid Mahdavifard, Mohammad Pakravan, and Leila Ghorbanzaden (left to right) are from Iran, one of the seven countries affected by the ban.

Closed borders, open campus

Lauren Sluss, Managing Editor and Joe Wolf
February 5, 2017

University, community members respond to immigration banFor Mohammad Pakravan, America was a shining beacon promising a better life. This was the promise that drew him to the U.S. in 2012.Born in Iran,...

Staff members of the Global Community Kitchen prepare food for the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 24. The GCK allows student organizations to rent out the industrial kitchen in the Memorial Union to make food for campus events. Student volunteers prepare, serve and clean up the food through the GCK. 

Global Community Kitchen allows students to prepare food for campus events

Lauren Sluss
January 17, 2017

Student organizations no longer have to cook for their events within their own homes. With the help of OSU’s new Global Community Kitchen, students can now have access to a professional industrial-sized...

Laura Leong, OSU assistant registrar, passes away in car accident

Lauren Sluss, Managing Editor
December 9, 2016

The Benton County Sheriff's Office reported a fatal motor accident taking place yesterday morning (Dec. 8) at 8:15 a.m. This accident resulted in the death of Laura Leong, Oregon State University assistant...

Collette Byrne sitting outside the Memorial Union. Byrne has been taking OSU math classes for the past four years, and has been at the top of her class for every one. 

Fourteen-year-old has been taking math at OSU for years

Lauren Sluss, Managing Editor
December 5, 2016

Out of the 36 students who took vector calculus II at Oregon State University over the summer, the student to receive one of the highest grades in the class was not only the sole female, but also still...

OSU President Ed Ray

OSU declared a sanctuary university

Lauren Sluss, Managing Editor Amy Schwartz
November 28, 2016

Joining a growing movement across the country and reacting to local pressure, President Ray commits to protecting studentsOn Nov. 21, President Ed Ray joined a nationwide effort by officially declaring...

An OSU resource: The Valley Library

Lauren Sluss, Managing Editor
September 26, 2016

The Valley Library at Oregon State University is home to countless resources meant to assist students. Kaitlyn Menguc has found a home as one of those resources by working as a part-time information specialist....

Tackling the future

Lauren Sluss
June 6, 2016

As a young girl growing up in Redlands, California, Amanda McBride knew her life would always be filled with sports. From playing water polo and rugby, to majoring in exercise and sports science, McBride’s...

Button #IllGoWithYou

#I’llGoWithYou campaign aims to make gendered spaces a safe space

Lauren Sluss
May 9, 2016

Responding to anti-transgender legislation, the #I’llGoWithYou button campaign offers solidarity and assistance to people within the Oregon State University community who are transgender or gender non-conforming,...

Spring Intramural Sports

Lauren Sluss
April 12, 2016

Spring intramural sports and special events allow students to not only stay active and be healthy, but also engage in the Beaver community.  Whether students are just looking for a break from academics...

History of Valentine’s Day

Lauren Sluss
February 11, 2016

According to History of Valentine’s Day, the true origin of St. Valentine’s Day is still murky. However, the Catholic Church does recognizes at least two different saints named Valentine or Valentinus....


RecycleMania competition begins at Oregon State University

Lauren Sluss
February 10, 2016

Working to promote a more eco-friendly campus, RecyleMania 2016, the annual eight-week recycling competition between universities, launched this week and runs through April 2. The competition hopes to...

Syrian Refugee Clothing Drive

Supporting refugees: Student organizations help provide for those in need

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
February 5, 2016

Partnering with ASOSU and ISOSU, the Ettihad Cultural Center is hosting its first clothing drive for Syrian refugees throughout the month of February, looking to support the Syrian refugees settled in...

Lou Gehrigs Disease

OSU researchers discover way to limit progression of ALS

Lauren Sluss
February 4, 2016

After decades of work, OSU researchers successfully created a therapy which stops the progression of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for almost two years in one type of mouse model.    ALS is a fatal...

Samaritan Pastega Region Cancer Center opens in Corvallis, Ore.

Lauren Sluss
January 28, 2016

Serving patients throughout Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport, the Samaritan Pastega Region Cancer Center in Corvallis held its opening ceremony this past Saturday, which will serve...

OSU provides humanitarian opportunities through Engineering

Lauren Sluss
January 22, 2016

The College of Engineering is one of the only universities in the country to include a new to include a humanitarian engineering program. The school recently expanded to incorporate the program in an attempt...


Waste Watchers host Meet N’ Eat

Lauren Sluss
January 12, 2016

Working toward achieving a more sustainable campus, Waste Watchers, the student volunteer club, will be hosting a Meet ‘n’ Eat tonight to provide students with the opportunity to get to know the organization...

Intramural sports

Winter Intramural sign ups begin

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
January 11, 2016

Winter intramural sports leagues and special events provide students an opportunity to stay active while engaging in the community. These sports leagues and events offer different types of play for all...

Womens Center

Women of color support group

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
December 3, 2015

Working to provide a safe space to discuss intersecting identities and oppression, the Women of Color Support group at Oregon State University looks to do this through dialogue and activism.“It’s a...

Pacific Dead Zone Glacier

Dead zones threaten oceans

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
December 2, 2015

Low oxygen dead zones are threatening ocean life off coasts in the Pacific Northwest according to researchers at OSU.Dead zones are areas of hypoxic, or non-oxygenated, areas of water within the ocean,...

Divest Club

Divest: fighting for a greener campus

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
November 23, 2015

Student led organization encourages OSU to cut fossil fuel consumptionWorking to make the Oregon State University campus more sustainable, Divest, a student-led organization at Oregon State University,...

The World is Not Flat Seminar

For earthquakes, the world is not flat

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
November 22, 2015

In her seminar ‘The World is Not Flat’, professor of mechanical and civil engineering at California Institute of Technology Domniki Asimaki explained how earthquakes can do more damage just based on...

Breaking Barriers in climate change

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
November 18, 2015

Riding bikes, changing lightbulbs, and recycling products appears to be the common remedy prescribed for combatting the effects of climate change. But these well-intentioned actions may not be enough....

Potato Rescue

Potato Rescue

Lauren Sluss, News Contributor
November 17, 2015

Researchers at Oregon State University received a $2.7 million dollar grant which allows them, along with colleagues in Washington and Idaho, to begin battling potato disease currently impacting Pacific...

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