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Sam Misa

Sam Misa, City Editor

Second year

Political science major


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Worker shortage effects compound with existing hardships for Corvallis housing programs

Worker shortage effects compound with existing hardships for Corvallis housing programs

November 2, 2022

While the causes may be different, the problem remains the same for many industries across the U.S. — workers are needed but can’t be found.  In Corvallis, the worker shortage has already caused...

Anonymous tip leads to arrest made in Corvallis hit and run case

Anonymous tip leads to arrest made in Corvallis hit and run case

October 19, 2022

Corvallis detectives identified and arrested a suspect this morning allegedly responsible for a vehicle in a hit and run case which occurred in late September, after receiving an anonymous tip. The...

Two protestors cut their hair in front of the Memorial Union on Oregon State University campus on Monday. Cutting hair has
been used as a statement against oppression during the protests against the  Iranian government.

Iran protest held in MU Quad amidst deconstruction of Believe It campaign

October 18, 2022

Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Quad was home to two very different activities Monday afternoon. While construction workers were busy tearing down the temporary building used to celebrate...


Global Opportunities Fair returns after two year hiatus

October 4, 2022

As travel restrictions loosen around the world, the Global Opportunities Fair returns to Oregon State University — held for the first time since fall 2019.  The GO Fair is organized by OSU's Office...

Global Opportunities Fair returns after two year hiatus

October 3, 2022

As travel restrictions loosen around the world, the Global Opportunities Fair returns to Oregon State University — held for the first time since fall 2019.  The GO Fair is organized by OSU's Office...

Protesters in solidarity with Iranian citizens outside the Corvallis Courthouse Saturday. After the death of Masha Amini, Iran’s government has killed 83 peaceful protesters.

Corvallis joins over 150 protests worldwide against Iranian government

October 2, 2022

“‘Woman. Life. Freedom.’” Anyone walking by the Benton County Courthouse on Saturday morning could’ve clearly heard this phrase being chanted by a group of people protesting for women’s...

Junior tight end, Luke Musgrave, creates the separation necessary to bring in the 27 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chance Nolan early in the first quarter. Musgrave ended the game with 89 yards off of six receptions, helping the Beavers to their 34-17 victory over Boise State inside of Reser Stadium.

Beavers beat the Broncos, breaking their six year season opening game losing streak

September 4, 2022

In their first game against each other since 2016, the Oregon State Beavers welcomed the Boise State Broncos to Corvallis and won 34-17. This also marks the first time that OSU has won a season-opening...

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Emergency response training to take place in Reser Stadium

August 8, 2022

Reser Stadium on Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus is set to host an emergency response training exercise on August 9. The training exercise, which will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00...

Oregon State University Junior Dexter Akanno (center) playing offense during Beaver men’s basketball summer training, preparing for the upcoming season.

‘New and Fresh’: OSU Men’s Basketball team made up of transfers and recruits

August 1, 2022

From making the Elite Eight in 2020 to having a 3-28 record in 2021 the Oregon State men’s basketball team is looking for a fresh start this upcoming season. Despite OSU’s losing record...

United States political parties, depicted with a donkey and elephant for the Democratic and Republican parties respectively, fight over the nation. “The larger polarization of politics is being
reflected in the court right now,” said Oregon State University Associate Professor of Political Science Sarah Henderson.

Misa: Two sides in America, and neither is winning

August 1, 2022

I think it’s fair to say that regardless of your political views, the state of the United States government at this moment in time is deeply flawed. Now why is that? The many issues plaguing...

Professor Gregory Rorrer poses in his office in Gleason Hall at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore on July 11, 2022.

Nine Fullbright awards earned by Oregon State University faculty

August 1, 2022

In the past five years Oregon State University has seen 27 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards go to its staff, with nine of those awards being from 2022 alone. In 2022, OSU exceeded the number...

Pitcher Niel Fiest of the Corvallis Knights celebrates a successful inning with catcher Tyler
Quinn against the Walla Walla Sweets on June 21. The Sweets won the game, 2-1.

Goss Stadium provides home to Corvallis Knights and OSU Beavers, share competitive atmosphere

July 5, 2022

After the Oregon State University Baseball season ended in early June, some players joined another team to keep swinging into the summer. Through joining and playing with the Corvallis Knights,...

Oregon State University Women’s Softball players Mariah Mazon (left) and Frankie Hammoude have both been named All-Americans by Softball America. While Mazon made the All-America
First Team, Hammoude made Third Team

Blood in the water

Beaver Softball finishes historic season No. 8 in nation
July 5, 2022

Following a losing season in 2021, the Oregon State University Softball team spent this year making up for those losses. Composed of one of the youngest college softball teams in America, the...

Oregon State University PhD student Saichon Sumantakul (left) and second year biohealth science major Melissa Richards preparing silverware for Stone Soup diners at First Christian Church in downtown Corvallis, Ore. on May 24.

Stone Soup Corvallis Inc. faces increased demand for meals, seeks community volunteers

June 6, 2022

Corvallis Ore. based group Stone Soup Corvallis Inc. has experienced increases in demand for meals as high as 40% this year compared to last year, and is seeking the help of volunteers.  “This demand,...

The outside of Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Ore. on June 1. Though teacher turnover rates are increasing nationwide, representatives from Corvallis School District say they are not seeing higher turnover rates than normal.

Amid the nationwide Great Teacher Resignation, Corvallis School District teacher turnover remains low

June 6, 2022

The consumer price index in the United States increased at the highest rate this year since December 1981; many workers have found wages unable to keep up. This is the case with teachers resigning across...

Associated Students of Oregon State University’s Student Fee Commitee sets the summer fees, which are banked to fund eight units around campus. The SFC voted to lower fees for the summer 2022 term.

Student Fee Committee reduces summer fees

June 6, 2022

During the 2021-22 school year, the Student Fee Committee, which makes decisions on incidental and Student Facility Improvement fees, voted to remove the incidental fees from what students taking summer...

Oregon state senior wrestler Devan Turner shaking hands with head wrestling coach Chris Pendelton and associate head coach Nate Engal on his senior night. The OSU wrestling team will host three wrestling camps over the summer.

OSU athletic summer camps open at full capacity for first time in three years

June 6, 2022

This summer is the first time that summer athletic camps at Oregon State University have opened without COVID-19-related restrictions. Some summer athletic camps haven’t been able to operate since...

A crowd of people, including community member Julia Lont (front), line up at the Benton County Courthouse in Corvallis, Ore. as part of a reproductive rights protest on May 5. The protest was a response to a draft opinion from the Supreme Court of the United States being leaked suggesting the landmark abortion rights case, Roe v. Wade, could be overturned.

Oregon funds women’s healthcare amid possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned

May 14, 2022

After a leaked draft from the Supreme Court suggesting Roe v. Wade may be overturned, Oregon legislature has established laws that will fund $50 million dollars for women’s healthcare. This funding...

A file photo of the Majestic Theatre, located in downtown Corvallis, Ore., from July 2020. The Majestic is currently at risk of downsizing and is asking the community for assistance.

Majestic Theatre at risk of downsizing, asks for community’s help

May 6, 2022

The Majestic Theatre, located in downtown Corvallis, Ore., is asking community members for help after city staff rejected budget proposals.  The Majestic Theatre is asking members of Corvallis to ask...

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees discusses salary of the future OSU President on May 5 during a public Zoom meeting. The Board is working through presidential applicants and this Zoom meeting is another step in the process of finding the finalists for the position.

OSU Board of Trustees meets to discuss presidential compensation, finalist fee reimbursement

May 6, 2022

On May 5, members of Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees convened to discuss compensation for the next president and vote on fee reimbursement for finalist candidates. While the board met...

A ballot box in Corvallis, Ore. The Benton County primary election begins on May 17, and voters can drop off ballots at local county and city boxes.

Benton County primary election opens for County Commissioner 1, two measures on May 17

May 2, 2022

On May 17, Benton County will hold its primary election with a race for the County Commissioner 1 position as well as two education-related measures. Alongside the County Commissioner 1 position, votes...

This illustration depicts a Star of David with candles among a pattern. Every year, Oregon State University observes Holocaust Memorial Week with events, activities, and exhibits.

Holocaust Memorial Week aims to ‘teach young people about the Holocaust’

April 27, 2022

In its 35th year of programming, Oregon State University’s Holocaust Memorial Week, which will continue until May 3, will feature various speakers giving insight on the Holocaust and its history.  The...

Terrance Harris, who has served as the director of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center for over six years, sits outside the BCC on April 6. Harriss last day at OSU will be April 15.

‘Time for me to take flight’: Director of Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center departs OSU

April 13, 2022

After having been with Oregon State University for the past six and a half years, Terrance Harris, director of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, is leaving for Drexel University. Located in...

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.

Benton County experiences ‘modest rise’ in COVID-19 cases following lift of mask mandate

April 11, 2022

In the weeks following the lifting of masking mandates across the state, Benton County has seen increases in COVID-19 cases, though cases are down since the peak in early January. According to the Benton...

Oregon State redshirt-juniors Kaylee Mitchell (left) and Grace Fetherstonhaugh (far right) line up to compete in the NCAA Championships on March 11 in Detroit, Mich. Fetherstonhaugh finished ninth and Mitchell finished twetlth in the 3000 meters event, and earned Second-Team All-America honors

One weekend ends in four broken school records for OSU Track Team

April 4, 2022

On Feb. 26, at the PAC-12 Invitational in Seattle, Wash., three Oregon State University records were broken by the OSU Track and Field Team. The three records that were broken include records...

Jonah Smith (left) and Elena Wright rehearsing for the Corvallis High School production of “Mamma Mia!” on March 8. The two hold roles as dancers for the musical, which is showing at CHS from April 21 to May 8.

Here we go again: ‘Mamma Mia!’ returns to Corvallis High School after COVID-19 cancellations

ABBA musical showing at CHS from April 21 to May 8
April 4, 2022

Cut short in 2020, Corvallis High School is now set to reopen its doors for showings of the musical “Mamma Mia!” from April 21 to May 8. Based on the work of playwright Catherine Johnson, the musical...

Longtime Corvallis, Ore. resident Vern Stuewe sits in front of his prototype homeless shelter sits on display in the garage surrounded by tools and other projects.

Former Corvallis business owner invents prototype mobile shelter to help houseless

April 4, 2022

Korean War veteran and retired Corvallis, Ore. business owner Vern Stuewe is giving back to the local houseless community with a mobile shelter prototype. Stuewe has been living at the same Corvallis...

Staci Simonich sitting in Strand Agriculture Hall. As of March 28, Simonich is the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU.

OSU hires first female dean in college of agricultural sciences after ‘unheard of’ support

April 4, 2022

Staci Simonich has been appointed the new dean of the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, making history as the first female dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Prior...

Local band Minor Anomaly performed at Bombs Away Café the night of Oct. 22, 2021. Bombs Away is located at 2527 NW Monroe Ave. in Corvallis, Ore.

Modern Issues Scrutinized Accordingly: Corvallis can and should benefit from local talent

April 4, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. While Corvallis, Ore. may not have any formal venues to...

Oregon State University students line up outside at the Student Experience Center plaza on Jan. 6 to receive COVID-19 testing. Students and professors who are not fully vaccinated must test weekly for COVID-19, and are required to quarantine if they test positive.

Math professor suspended for COVID-19 noncompliance

April 3, 2022

Floran Kacaku, a math professor at Oregon State University, was suspended for noncompliance with the university’s COVID-19 vaccine policies at the beginning of finals week during winter term.  On...

Oxford House, 957 SW Jefferson Ave., is where one can find Oregon State’s University Housing and Dining Services offices. A reception desk is right inside, where someone is there to help students get information about housing options available through OSU.

Find help with housing both on campus and off

March 9, 2022

WITH THE AVERAGE cost of rent in Corvallis, Ore. being $1,473 per month for an average-sized apartment of 824 square feet, there are resources available for students of Oregon State University...

Associated Students of Oregon State Uuniversity  members Matteo Paola (left) and Kate Rockey are two of the main advocates for the demands of the Survivor Care Reform Resolution. According to Paola, the aim of the resolution is to centralize survivor care initiatives.

ASOSU seeks to reform SARC through resolution

March 7, 2022

Members of the Associated Students of Oregon State University have passed a resolution asking to make changes to the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center.  While not a binding piece of legislation,...

Former KBVR-FM play-by-play announcer and Barometer writer Josh Worden preparing to call the Oregon State baseball games in Surprise Stadium in Surprize, Ariz. on Feb. 18. While Worden was broadcasting the games, the Oregon State baseball team went 4-0, defeating the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Gonzaga University Bulldogs.

Former KBVR-FM commentator makes his dreams reality

March 7, 2022

What started as a chance meeting between Josh Worden and his idol ended up helping Worden realize his dreams of being a professional broadcaster could be a reality. According to Worden, his interest...

This illustration depicts the details of the Community Care Circle event that will be taking place on Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. kaku-ixt mana ina haws in response to an alleged bias assault that took place on campus last week.

Community care event to be held at OSU Tuesday in response to alleged bias assault

February 22, 2022

A Community Care Circle will be held on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. as a result of a physical assault from Feb. 17 that may have been motivated by sexual orientation bias. Held at the Kaku-Ixt Mana...

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Corvallis woman strangled by burglar, suspect arrested on six charges

February 16, 2022

Content warning: Story contains mention of strangulation, attempted sexual assault and general violence.  A violent burglary occurred on Feb. 12 on SW Seventh Street near downtown Corvallis, Ore.,...

ASOSU Presidential candidate Matteo Paola stands in front of Weatherford Hall on Jan. 21. Paola and his running mate, Sierra Young, want to change the ASOSU constitution and ensure that student fees are distributed to student services.

Presidential candidates Kerner, Paola lead ASOSU elections for 2022-23 academic year

February 7, 2022

Update: This story has been changed to reflect a new presidential team that joined the ASOSU presidential race after this story was published. A full story on the new presidential team is coming soon. The...

The Corvallis Police Department looks over the implosion of the west side of Reser Stadium on Jan. 7, 2022. The renovation is planned to be finished in November 2023, and home games will still be played in Reser for the 2022 season.

West-side Reser Stadium renovations to help bring ‘living room environment’ to OSU

February 7, 2022

While the Reser Stadium implosion that occurred on Jan. 7 may be remembered for waking up half of the campus, others see it as so much more for Oregon State University. Steve Clark, vice president of...

Katie Fast, executive director of Government Relations at Oregon State University, serves as the “conduit” between the university and elected officials. She most frequently works with the state legislature as well as the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

OSU seeks continued, added funding from state legislature in 2022 short session

February 7, 2022

On Feb. 1, the Oregon Legislature began the 2022 short session, a 35-day process which will affect both Corvallis, Ore. and Oregon State University.  Short sessions are legislative sessions which occur...

During a Board of Trustees meeting held in the Memorial Union on Oregon State Universitys Corvallis, Ore. campus on Dec. 10, the board discussed the new presidential search timeline. The live listening sessions, which occurred  between Jan. 12 and Jan. 20, were part of the early steps in the presidential search process.

Oregon State University presidential search listening sessions ‘are a good start’

January 21, 2022

Listening sessions at Oregon State University marked the first opportunity for members of the community to give feedback and raise questions and concerns about the presidential search. These live listening...

President of the OSU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, Quentin Onyemordi, gives a speech during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Peace Breakfast at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on Jan. 17. Rather than just a three day weekend, MLK Day should be a day to honor the legacy and life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Modern Issues Scrutinized Accordingly: ‘Not a day to go to sleep,’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just a day off

January 17, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. Made a federal holiday under the Reagan administration in...

Grace Johnson and Paige McClain preparing dinner on a Tuesday night for the diners waiting in line outside of the building. Both volunteers are students of Oregon State University.

Modern Issues Scrutinized Accordingly: For just two hours a week, you can help over 100 houseless people

January 3, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column does not represent the opinion of The Daily Barometer. This column reflects the personal opinions of the writer. As fellow residents of Corvallis, Ore. dedicating just a...

Fans seen here cheering on the Oregon State Beavers inside Reser Stadium when they faced off against the Univeristy of Washington Huskies in Corvallis on Oct. 2, 2021. The Beavers went 6-0
at home during the 2020-21 football season and became bowl eligible for the first time since 2013

Coach Smith revives OSU football program

January 3, 2022

After starting from the bottom, Head Football Coach Jonathan Smith has spent the past three years trying to bring back the glory days of the Oregon State University football team. This past...

Alvin Freer (right) and his partner, Carolyn Wheeler. Not to be confused with the ice cream flavor, Chunky Monkey is the dog in Wheeler’s arms.
The three of them live out of the RV pictured in the image above.

Corvallis houseless community in ‘disarray,’ City of Corvallis continues campsite sweeps

January 3, 2022

For Corvallis, Ore. resident Zachary Pierce, who has been without a house for over a decade, this winter will be the first he gets to spend with a roof over his head. Others, however, are often...

A Board of Trustees meeting was held in the Memorial Union on the Oregon State University Corvallis, Ore. campus and broadcast online on Dec. 10. The board discussed the presidential search timeline and Reser Stadium video board project during the meeting, which occurs quarter-annually.

OSU Board of Trustees approves presidential search timeline, Reser Stadium video board project

December 16, 2021

Oregon State University’s presidential search will begin in January 2022 and a replacement video board for Reser Stadium has been approved following a Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 10.  The deadline...

The Runway Fashion Exchange located in downtown Corvallis, Ore. at 264 SW Madison Ave.
The business has had to close down its basement where it housed its men’s clothing department due to both an employee shortage as well as a lack of business this past year; however, as a result of the return of students to campus, they have a revived workforce and the customers to support it.

There is ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for local businesses amidst budget cuts, worker shortage

November 29, 2021

Suffering from a lack of customers and a lack of workers, many Corvallis, Ore. busi- nesses are still adjusting to a new nor- mal two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Simon Date...

Student Phlebotomist Barbara Miller prepares a COVID-19 Rapid PCR test in the testing tent behind Student Health Services on Nov. 8, 2021. SHS conducts COVID-19 testing for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated students.

Modern Issues Scrutinized Accordingly: Vaccine, natural immunity should end masking

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. Masking may be on its way out on campus because those with...

Oregon State redshirt-junior inside linebacker Jack Colletto after scoring a 47-yard rushing touchdown for the Beavers at Reser Stadium on Nov. 20. The Beavers would go on to win the game by a score of 24-10, giving them their seventh win of the season, and making them undefeated at home since 2000.

Oregon State football picks up seventh win on the season, finishes undefeated at home since 2000

November 21, 2021

Teams visiting Reser Stadium beware: Beaver Nation is a component of the game, and they proved it for the sixth and final time last night against the Arizona State University Sun Devils. Following a...

Center Director Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws and Assistant Professor, School of Language, Culture, and Society Luhui Whitebear poses in a mask acknowledging Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The image of a red handprint has come to symbolize the MMIW movement as a way to represent the thousands of women who have been silenced.

‘We ought to be doing more’ for Native American Heritage Month

November 1, 2021

Though there are more than 400 Native Americans living in Corvallis, Ore., which is located on Kalapuya land, Luhui Whitebear said “there isn’t much in town for Indigenous folk outside of Ina Haws.” Whitebear...

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