The Student News Site of Oregon State University

The Daily Barometer

The Daily Barometer

The Daily Barometer

Riley LeCocq

Riley LeCocq, Editor-in-Chief

Third year

Kinesiology major, health policy and management minor

(she/her)

All content by Riley LeCocq

Update: OSU student involved in pedestrian hit and run

September 29, 2022

Oregon State University student is in fair condition and a vehicle of interest is identified in the investigation of the Sept. 26 crash near NW 26th and Harrison Blvd.  As of Thursday morning Aliyah...

OSU student involved in pedestrian hit and run

September 27, 2022

An Oregon State University student suffered extensive injuries following a hit and run crash on Sept. 26, near NW 26th Street and NW Harrison Blvd. The pedestrian was identified as 21-year-old Aliyah...

Resident Assistant (RA), Emily Padrow (she/her), stands in front of her assigned hall, McNary Hall, on Sept. 15 in Corvallis, Ore. This is Padrow’s first year as an RA and the first time that the university has cut off admittance (admittance cutoff was May 1, 2022).

OSU admits record number of students for fall 2022

September 19, 2022

Oregon State University's Corvallis campus expects to welcome a record number of students this fall, causing cramped on-campus housing. “We are definitely expecting a record number of new incoming...

A flyer for a candlelight vigil to be held on May 29 that will honor the victims of two recent shootings in Buffalo, N.Y. and Uvalde, Texas. 31 lives were lost in both shootings, so 31 candles will be set up for this victims at the vigil.

OSU student organizes memoriam for victims of Buffalo and Uvalde shootings

May 28, 2022

Oregon State University students have organized a memorial in honor of victims from both the Buffalo, N.Y.  supermarket and Uvalde, Texas shootings, encouraging students to “show love and take a stand.” Nicholas...

Omega Psi Phi inductee Adigun “Ωba” McLeod, officially becomes a brother as OPP brother LeWaski Watkins puts on the Psi Phi colors on Mcleod during the OSU Probate in the Memorial Union Quad on May 20. Omega Psi Phi is part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, or Divine Nine, which will be performing during the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center block party on June 1.

Juneteenth marks second year of recognition and celebration at OSU

May 26, 2022

The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center has celebrated Juneteenth for many years but celebrations this year will be held in-person as a community block party. The BCC plans to hold a block party...

Perla Nieto (center), a student at Oregon State University, carries a megaphone and shouts pro choice chants on May 14 as the crowd marches toward the Corvallis City Hall in Corvallis, Ore. Nieto and fellow organizers created this event so that students of OSU and residents of Corvallis would be able to participate in some capacity with this nationwide protest for reproductive rights.

OSU, Corvallis join nationwide movement in response to leaked decision about Roe v Wade

May 15, 2022

Dressed in pink attire, more than 260 people marched on May 14 for reproductive rights from the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Ore. to the Corvallis City Hall. The “Bans Off Our Bodies”...

David Lewis, an assistant professor of anthropology and ethnic studies in the School of Language, Culture, & Society, in his office in Waldo Hall on May 6. Lewis is one of the professors spearheading the new Indigenous studies minor, which will allow OSU students to learn more about Indigenous culture, history, art and more.

Indigenous Studies minor to start at OSU as three Indigenous faculty members are given tenure track

May 12, 2022

Luhui Whitebear, assistant professor in the School of Language, Culture and Society, is one of three faculty hired for tenure track, which has helped launch an Indigenous Studies minor at Oregon State...

Organizers gather with various signs for a walkout in the Memorial Union quad on Oregon State Universitys Corvallis, Ore. campus on May 5. The walkout was held in response to a leaked draft decision that the Supreme Court will be overruling Roe v. Wade, which was a landmark decision stating the U.S. Constitution protects a womens choice to have an abortion.

Walkout for abortion rights takes place at OSU

May 5, 2022

Update: The photo for this story has been changed from a previous photo of a protest that took place on May 3 at the Benton County courthouse.  Students at Oregon State University walked out of class...

This illustration depicts a laptop and notebook
on a table. Advisor Kerry Kincanon recommends
students talk to advisors for help with registration.

On Our Minds: Scheduling tips, hacks to make registration less stressful

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. The clock strikes 6 p.m.—it’s registration time. But...

Autumn Simmons, a fourth-year student and lead event coordinator of OSUPC (left), and Kenna Reid, a third-year student and Dam Jam lead planner at OSUPC, display Plaza Palooza posters during an event planning meeting in the Student Experience Center on April 27. Plaza Palooza is the new name for what used to be Dam Jam, but Plaza Palooza will also look very different from how Dam Jam has in the past.

Dam Jam takes new shape as ‘Plaza Palooza’

May 2, 2022

The Oregon State University Program Council has reworked the annual event known as Dam Jam to a new festival-like event due to concerns within administration.  Major concerns that will prevent Dam...

Starlight the dog is pictured in a field near the Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis, Ore. on
April 8. Starlight is in a cone because she was recently spayed, one of the many services the Woofstock event raises money for Heartland to do.

Heartland Woofstock event showcases animals as adoption rates fall after pandemic peak

May 2, 2022

Our furry friends have supported us through the pandemic—now it’s time to don tie dye and bell bottoms to support them at the Heartland Humane Society’s ‘60s-themed Woofstock fundraiser. After...

News

Linn-Benton NAACP begins collecting data for environmental wellness survey

April 17, 2022

The Linn-Benton NAACP has launched a survey collecting data on resident environmental health in an attempt to advocate for supportive policies. The survey, due on April 30, is targeted to assess the...

A view of the Willamette River from the Van Buren Bridge in Corvallis, Ore. on April 2. A deceased body was pulled from the river on March 31 and recently identified on April 8 as James Ernest Donat.

Update: Body found in the Willamette River identified

April 11, 2022

The deceased body found in the Willamette River by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office on March 31 has been identified as 44-year-old James Ernest Donat.  Police identified the body on April 8 in...

Freshman Nina Brady (Left) and Brianna Santillan spend their sunny afternoon hammocking in McNary field on March 30. Josh Norris, the director of the Adventure Leadership Institute, said spending time in green spaces can be important for a student’s mental health and wellbeing.

Earth Day events, activities hosted on OSU campus

April 4, 2022

Oregon State University celebrates the week leading up to Earth Day with sustainability events and advises students on how they can be sustainable year-round. Community Engagement and Leadership will...

This illustration depicts a grocery bag full of veggies. Finding affordable, healthy food can  be confusing and challenging as a college student with limited time and resources.

Free food resources available to students on OSU campus, city

April 4, 2022

With the rising cost of college, some students may be facing barriers in getting their basic needs met, but food resources on Oregon State University’s Corvallis, Ore. campus and in the city can help...

This illustration depicts a backpack with folders containing labels for common Bacc Core classes such as math and biology. Other previous Bacc Core classes like health may no longer be included in the Bacc Core requirements.

Baccalaureate core reform possible at OSU

April 4, 2022

Correction: The article, also published in the April 4 issue of the Barometer, incorrectly stated that OSU’s Bacc Core requirements could possibly be decreasing from 45 total credits to 30 credits. This...

Joseph Carran (left), Caitlin Taga, and Zuri Ratto practice their dance routine on Feb. 12 in the Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws fo the upcoming Hō‘ike event. The new name of the event translates literally to the term exhibit or a show, according to Chara Kekona, the Hui O Hawai’i club president.

Hō‘ike event aims to educate community, celebrate the diverse culture of Hawai’i

April 4, 2022

Oregon State University’s Hui O Hawai’i club is changing the name of their student-led event from luau to Hō‘ike with the aim to better represent the culture of Hawai’i.  Hō‘ike will take...

Comedian G Wade performs at the Common Fields Comedy Show in Corvallis, Ore. on March 4.

Common Fields comedy shows become monthly, offering ‘a comfortable environment to laugh’

April 4, 2022

Common Fields food truck pod and taproom has been bringing comedy to Corvallis, Ore. since its opening and now features free monthly Friday night shows. According to Shelby Johnson, Common Fields marketing...

A view of the east side of the Willamette River from the west bank near First Street and Jackson Avenue in Corvallis, Ore. on April 2. The Benton County Sheriffs Office is asking for the publics help in identifying a body found on the east side of the Willamette River across from First and Jackson.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office asks for public assistance identifying body found in Willamette River

April 2, 2022

The Benton County Sheriff's office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a deceased male body found in the Willamette River near downtown Corvallis Ore. on March 31.  The body of a Caucasian...

A lone starship robot waits for cars to pass before crossing Southwest Washington Way on Oregon State University’s Corvallis, Ore. campus on Feb. 23. With so many robots roaming around, it is likely one will be hit, and students can face trouble if they dont follow the necessary steps if they hit one of the robots.

On Our Minds: Starship delivery robots will inevitably cause legal headaches for students

March 29, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. Starship delivery robots that travel across Oregon State...

A Corvallis Transit System bus on route 5 in Corvallis, Ore. on Feb. 2. CTS Route 5 has two main stretches that run along Kings Boulevard and Monroe Avenue, servicing the northside of Oregon State University and the Monroe Avenue businesses.

OSU, Corvallis transit options could be first step in student housing search

March 9, 2022

AS OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY students begin looking for next year's housing, a big question arises: How will they get to campus? Public transit might just be the solution. OSU's Sustainable...

The Associated Students of Oregon State University vice presidentelect Sierra Young (left) and president-elect Matteo Paola outside 
Austin Hall on Feb. 24. Paola and Young won the election by 223 votes

Paola, Young win ASOSU presidency, election sees voter turnout of 17.93%

March 7, 2022

The Associated Students of Oregon State University 2022-23 election concluded on March 4 with a 17.93% voter turnout, over double what it was last year. Matteo Paola and Sierra Young won the president...

The Associated Students of Oregon State University president-elect Matteo Paola (left) and ASOSU Vice President-elect Sierra Young pose for a picture at Snell Hall on Feb. 11. Paola and Young will serve as the president and vice presidential team that will lead ASOSU during the 2022-23 academic year.

Paola, Young ticket wins ASOSU presidential election

March 5, 2022

Matteo Paola and Sierra Young won the Associated Students of Oregon State University presidential election for the 2022-23 academic year with 17.93% of eligible voters participating in the election. Paola...

Marketing student Micah Grobey sits in the Associated Students of Oregon State University office on the second floor of the Student Experience Center. The ASOSU Congress has finished voting on the student fees for the 2022-23 fiscal year and now the Board of Trustees must approve the proposed budgets.

ASOSU Congress concludes deliberations on 2022-23 student fees

February 14, 2022

The allocation of roughly $26 million of student fees has been sorted and approved by the Oregon State University student government and now awaits the board of trustees’ final approval.  In December...

Second-year public health major Sydney Griswold basks in the history of Black excellence icons in the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center on Jan. 10. According to Griswold, Black history shouldn’t be limited only to the month of February.

OSU Black history is ‘365 days a year’

February 7, 2022

For decades, Black Oregon State University community members have fought the university’s racist roots by challenging norms and demanding institutional aid, but this continued effort also requires outside...

A view of the Oregon State University parking garage on Jan. 10. It is open to the public during the week with the first few levels being pay to park and top levels open to those with a resident parking permit.

On Our Minds: Cost of campus parking should be more affordable

February 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. In Oregon’s wet and cold climate, parking on the Oregon...

This illustration depicts someone receiving an award during the Black Excellence celebration that will take place on Feb. 3. The purpose of this celebration is to highlight the achievements of Black faculty, students and staff at Oregon State University.

Black Excellence event celebrates Black achievement with theme ‘Resilience Through the Storm’

January 31, 2022

Oregon State University’s Black Excellence celebration, which highlights the achievements of Black faculty, students and staff, returns with a large in-person ceremony for the first time in two years.  The...

This illustration shows a backpack with school supplies along with a mask and hand sanitizer. Due to a high number of positive cases of COVID-19 because of the omicron variant, students and faculty have to make adjustments to prevent further spread of the virus.

On Our Minds: Omicron COVID-19 variant poses risk for students attending in-person classes

January 29, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. Oregon State University should not have returned immediately...

The Womens Building on the Oregon State University Corvallis, Ore. campus, which is home to the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, can be seen on Jan. 20. Many administrative offices, including the Deans office, are housed in the Womens building.

Oregon State University names new dean of College of Public Health and Human Sciences

January 25, 2022

Oregon State University concludes its search for a new dean for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, appointing Dr. Brian Primack to succeed the current dean, Javier Nieto. Primack will...

A lone American flag rises above a crowd of candles during the insurrection anniversary vigil at the Benton County Courthouse on Jan. 6. The vigil garnered a group of about 200 people.

Corvallis vigil remembers U.S. Capitol insurrection, looks toward future of voting rights

January 7, 2022

A year after the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, political action groups led a candlelight vigil in remembrance and perseverance of democracy at the Benton County Courthouse in Corvallis, Ore.  Crowds...

An illustration of three graduating high schoolers. The Corvallis School District, beginning with the class of 2025, will be changing the way it recognizes its high school graduates at commencement.

Corvallis School District changing graduation recognition in line with ‘core values’

December 22, 2021

The Corvallis School District is set to do away with traditional recognitions for graduating seniors as they move to expand new measures of success, beginning with the class of 2025.  Families were...

Monroe, Ore. resident Joseph Bailey prepares to receive his third dose of the Pfizer vaccine from Willow Christensen, an RN from Good Samaritan, at the Oregon State Alumni Center on Thursday, Dec. 16. COVID-19 boosters are recommended by the Benton County Health Department to protect against the virus, specifically the Omicron variant.

Benton County Health says to ‘layer protections’ to shield against Omicron variant

December 17, 2021

Benton County is gearing up to provide COVID-19 booster shot clinics and suggests layering protection methods ahead of the expected holiday season in response to concerns over the Omicron variant. Benton...

Pastega Christmas Light Display returns to brighten Corvallis festive spirit

December 16, 2021

After 2020’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pastega Christmas Light Display returns to its 250-piece display, bringing the holiday season to the Corvallis community. For...

This illustration depicts a law scale to depict the opposing and allied sides of the Kyle Rittenhouse case.

On Our Minds: Students should not have to grieve perpetuation of injustice following Rittenhouse verdict

December 4, 2021

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. After the national news of Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal,...

Kelsey King, a junior at Oregon State University, works part-time at the info desk in the Memorial Union on Nov. 18. The Memorial Union is one of the eight student fee funded units managed by the Associated Students of OSU so student employees who work there might soon make a minimum of $15 an hour if the proposed wage increase is accepted.

ASOSU pushes for student wage increase to ‘fairly compensate’ student employees

November 29, 2021

Correction: a paragraph originally stating the Student Fee Committee endorsed the increase in wages has been corrected to state that it is the Congressional Budgets Committee, instead, who has endorsed...

Illustration showing several Christmas trees with one in front decorated with red garlands, white snow a star. There is much debate over when the right time to celebrate Christmas is.

On Our Minds: Decking the halls must wait until after Thanksgiving

November 29, 2021

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. The age-old debate between Mariah Carey songs before...

First-year mathematics student Ana Bacon (she/her) waves the Pride flag in front of the Memorial Union on Nov. 14. The Pride Center on Oregon State University’s Corvallis, Ore. campus is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and was first established in May 2001.

‘An ever-evolving mission’: Pride Center celebrates 20 years on campus

November 29, 2021

The Oregon State University Pride Center celebrates 20 years as an on-campus home for queer-identifying students thanks to continuous student-driven work. “Twenty years of being a cultural...

The Oregon State University Student Fee Committee deliberates on the budgets for student fees at a hybrid in person and virtual meeting on Nov. 23. The biggest topic of conversation during the deliberations was a raise that would affect many student workers who have jobs that are paid by student fees.

Student fee funded units request budget increases after year of low operation levels due to COVID-19

November 25, 2021

Student fee funded units at Oregon State University have proposed increases to their budgets to return to pre-pandemic operation levels, which would increase student fees during the 2022-23 academic year. Over...

Slides with information from Oregon State Universitys Student Health Services nutrition website outline on campus nutrition information. Students are also encouraged to teach themselves about nutrition to support their own success.

OSU gives students access to free nutrition services

November 15, 2021

Oregon State University provides students with free nutrition resources through clubs, classes and on-campus dining, but students are also encouraged to teach themselves about nutrition to support their...

A file photo illustration depicting someone with a Bandaid reading COVID-19 to depict the experience of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Benton County has been experiencing a modest rise in COVID-19 cases since the lifting of the mask mandate across the state of Oregon.

Local health experts encourage COVID-19 vaccination for kids 5-11 following FDA approval

CSD says ‘vaccination is an important tool’ to combat COVID-19
November 8, 2021

Due to community concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11, the Benton County Health Department and Corvallis School District hope to inform parents and caregivers about the benefits...

An illustration depicting someone holding a flag with the words Celebrate, Remember and Persist. Celebrate, Remember & Persist is the theme of the Corvallis/Albany NAACPs 50th Freedom Fund event, taking place on Nov. 6 in person on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus and virtually.

Corvallis-Albany NAACP chapter celebrates 50th Freedom Fund event

November 3, 2021

The Corvallis-Albany NAACP branch will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their annual Freedom Fund event taking place virtually and in person on Nov. 6.   The Freedom Fund Celebration is an annual...

Belen Amazcua, first-year Oregon State University student studying public health, attends the College Assistance Migrant Program etiquette presentation for leadership and networking on Oct. 27 in the Memorial Union. Dining centers on campus will be hosting events related to Thanksgiving throughout the month of November.

Festive dining options offered for Oregon State University students on and off campus

November 1, 2021

Oregon State University provides seasonal dining options, special events and food accessibility resources for students to enjoy as the time to gather and celebrate around a meal nears.  As the colder...

Third-year Marine Studies major and Leadership Liaison for the Pride Center Marin Monteith wipes the rain away from the Queer History Month signs located throughought the Corvallis, Ore. campus on Oct. 21. Monteith is in charge of posting and taking down of the signs alongside the rest of their Pride Center peers.

‘Queer Joy’ timeline walk celebrates the close of Queer History Month

October 27, 2021

Oregon State University's Pride Center celebrates triumphs in queer history with a campus timeline walk displayed throughout campus Monday through Friday until Oct. 31. The Pride Center, one of OSU’s...

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...

An illustration depicting someone receiving a COVID-19 vaccine booster. Health experts have been recommending that certain members of the population receive a booster to better protect against COVID-19 and its variants.

Corvallis begins rollout of COVID-19 booster for eligible citizens

October 19, 2021

In the past year, two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine have initiated a return to pre-pandemic conditions but for some, a third shot is required to maintain a path to normalcy.  According to the Centers...

Students eat, study and gather together in the Memorial Union lounge on the OSU Corvallis, Ore. campus on Oct. 8. With higher enrollment numbers among the general student population as well as students of color, study spots such as the MU are often crowded.

OSU continues to grow student population and diversity

October 17, 2021

Oregon State University’s student population has reached record high numbers entering the new school year in both the size and diversity of students attending.  The unofficial count of students across...

2020 Olympic gold medalist, Jade Carey, hosted a media event at the new OSU gymnastics practice facility on Sept. 10. Carey is beginning her freshman year as a Kinesiology major and looks forward to continuing her gymnastics career as a Beaver.

Carey transitions from competing at 2020 Olympic Games to competing at Gill Coliseum

After dazzling the crowds in Tokyo, Carey hopes to impress OSU gymnastic fans and the world
September 27, 2021

Since the Tokyo Olympics have come to a close, beaver gymnast Jade Carey has set her sights on getting ready to bring her unique skills to collegiate gymnastics. The 21-year-old elite gymnast,...

College freshman Noah Wolf doing his summer job for a wallpapering company at a Lake Oswego, Ore. work site. Working over the summer is a common occurrence for many college students. 

LeCocq: Pandemic summer promotes change for college students

July 6, 2021

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. Adjusting to on-campus life is always a concern for first-year...

This illustration shows a woman handing her business card to another professional in her industry. Networking is a critical step to infiltrating the job market.

LeCocq: Pandemic will impact students’ path to graduation for years to come

June 7, 2021

Oregon State University student Max Peterson is one of many who have been forced to decide whether to follow his planned degree path or make sacrifices for the sake of experiencing the graduation he’s...

 Gus Woolfrey, second-year Oregon State University business management student, looking on Facebook for housing options. For many students, social media has become the biggest aid for students looking for roommates and housing. 

LeCocq: Searching for college roommates remotely is a struggle

May 3, 2021

For a college student, traditional ways of meeting friends and making connections  have gone out the window due to the past year’s remote reality, leaving the search for housing and roommates a challenge.I...

Dave So, current Oregon State University student majoring in mechanical engineering, volunteered at the Reser Stadium Clinic to contribute to the vaccine distribution in Corvallis, Ore.

LeCocq: OSU Extension Services is educating Oregonians about COVID-19 vaccine access, listen to them

April 25, 2021

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer.Since information about COVID-19 and its various vaccines is...

Load More Stories