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This is (not) the end of our journey

Sean Bassinger
June 6, 2016

On an April evening in 2013, I was getting ready to head home after I turned in my last news article for the week.That’s when my boss got the call.“What?” She first asked. It was her brother, describing...

Offering support

[Photo] Offering support

June 3, 2016

Offering support

Chemistry Is Awesome

[Photo] ‘Chemistry Is Awesome’

June 2, 2016

'Chemistry Is Awesome'

What’s next for Clinton, Sanders, primary election system

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
June 1, 2016

June 7, which may come to be known as “the day of political reckoning,” is upon us.The Democratic National Convention will not take place until July, but the primary contests of what continues to be...

Members of the ASOSU Senate met Tuesday night to discuss and vote on JB-07.23. The Senate ultimately passed the bill on to the House of Representatives, who will vote Wednesday at 7 p.m.

[Photo] ASOSU: Here we go again

May 25, 2016

Members of the ASOSU Senate met Tuesday night to discuss and vote on JB-07.23. The Senate ultimately passed the bill on to the House of Representatives, who will vote Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Increasing Voter Turnout

[Photo] Sanders wins Oregon primary

May 17, 2016

Increasing Voter Turnout

Transgender, gender non-conforming rights: It’s about more than ‘just’ bathrooms

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
May 17, 2016

North Carolina sure made headlines after attempting to get more heavily involved with everyone’s business.And speaking of “business,” it’s time to talk about bathrooms. But not “just” bathrooms.On...

Pictured above: Absolutely not Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

This column is (not) about Trump

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
May 16, 2016

Racist. Misogynistic. Xenophobic.These are three words we often hear pertaining to Donald Trump, current Republican frontrunner as president of the United States. Since summer 2015, Trump continues to...

Recent primary issues prove U.S. elections need overhaul, adjustments

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
May 12, 2016

It’s one thing to make a typo on your term paper, accidentally forget your class time or miss a number on a math problem. We all make mistakes.This year’s election, however, seems to be a completely...

Upcoming presidential election more vital than ever in determining future

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
May 5, 2016

If you haven’t heard the news in politics, here it is: Donald Trump is now (basically) the Republican nominee for president of the United States.I won’t say this marks the end times (yet), but we’re...

Taking a “gap year” off college could have benefits

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
May 3, 2016

There’s a new “gap” in town, and it’s not a popular retail clothing chain or wage discrepancy issue.I’m talking about the “year off college” gap, now made even more popular thanks to the...

Off-campus considerations for moms, families visiting Oregon State University

Sean Bassinger
April 29, 2016

So here we are again at Mom’s and Family weekend.Between the on-campus activities offered, the annual presentation of Sing and other performances, this arguably has to be one of the most entertaining...

Consumers should have the right to own more of their own media

Sean Bassinger, Forum Editor
April 26, 2016

I’m all for the development of new technology. What I’m not too keen on, however, is the premise that all digital collections, archives and files we each collect over the years could easily vanish...

Learn more about hemp, marijuana laws in the U.S., drop connotations

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
April 20, 2016

What you are about to read may alarm you or make you quite uncomfortable.Then again, the subject matter may also make you quite comfortable, depending on your preferences or beliefs.Let’s talk about...

Students, university cannot afford instant police, trooper increase plan

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
April 13, 2016

Our campus has a serious party problem—at least that’s the impression I’m under if it’s something that requires a potential $1.4 million remedy.OSU administrators and City of Corvallis officials...

Strive for continued action, changes following this year’s ASOSU elections

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
April 11, 2016

Looks like we’ve survived another student government election season.The Associated Students of Oregon State University elections have concluded with the preliminary results showing that the ticket of...

Why national politics matter for everyone

Sean Bassinger, forum editor
April 7, 2016

If you’re a college student between the ages of 18-22 (or younger/older), you either love or hate the dreaded “P” word.It’s rather disheartening to wake up each morning and see the current state...

Student government process (still) needs more students, perspectives

Sean Bassinger, Forum editor
April 5, 2016

Colleges, universities and politics: I’ve seen a few things since my time working for student papers.When I first started as a reporter for The Commuter, Linn-Benton Community College’s student newspaper,...

Democrat debate

Image: A serious problem with U.S. politics

Sean Bassinger, forum editor
March 30, 2016

We have a serious problem in U.S. politics right now, among other things.As the primary election season continues, the Democratic and Republican parties continue to see support for two seemingly unlikely...

Camera lenses

Step outside of your “professional comfort zone” during career, college experience

Sean Bassinger
March 9, 2016

Traditionally, it’s good to excel at one skill.For the longest time it’s how we’ve managed to efficiently distribute jobs and tasks across departments and other areas when we work.Traditionally,...

Donald Trump fans represent sign of serious unaddressed social problems

Sean Bassinger
March 7, 2016

Trump lost some traction over the weekend.Super Saturday, which saw primary and caucus contests take place in Puerto Rico, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine and Louisiana, only gave two additional state wins to...

This year’s election, “Super Tuesday” hard to compare with 2008 results

Sean Bassinger
March 3, 2016

Fellow “Berners”—it’s time for a reality check.What you see and hear on the dank stash of Bernie Sanders memes may be somewhat incorrect.Now I’m not “calling” this game in the name of Hillary....

Unpopular “bacc core” classes allow for more diverse college education

Sean Bassinger
February 19, 2016

I was never a huge fan of baccalaureate requirements.Extra math classes, extra science classes and other core requirements outside of our true passions should be the last thing we focus on, correct?I wouldn’t...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Walterboro, S.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Trump, Sanders represent public’s desire for change in politics

Sean Bassinger
February 18, 2016

There seems to be one giant similarity between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump supporters: We’re all frightened.Only, we seem to express our fright in not so similar ways.As the primary elections continue,...

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a September 2010 file image at the University of California, Hastings. Scalia died on Saturday, Feb. 13. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Late Justice Scalia had terrible views, was still very human

Sean Bassinger
February 16, 2016

The late Antonin Scalia, now former justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was a complete scumbag when it came to social progress.I get it.I’ve witnessed all across my own Facebook feed and other social...

Apathy with ASOSU: Student government concerns involve all students

Sean Bassinger
February 10, 2016

I and past Barometer editors have been critical of the Associated Students of Oregon State University in the past ... and present.Between impeachment trials that cite alleged acts of irresponsibility of...

SafeRide stakes: Proposed amount of financial increases seemed invalid

Sean Bassinger
February 8, 2016

It’s ironic how a service that uses vans to provide safe transit for students has no idea where it’s going.Representatives on behalf of the Associated Students of Oregon State University spoke on their...

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz celebrates with supporters in Des Moines, Iowa, after winning the Iowa Republican caucus on Monday, Feb. 1.

Sites like ‘PolitiFact’ help to inform voters, generate better discussions

Sean Bassinger
February 4, 2016

Honesty and politics: They don’t always go together well.There is, however, one site that pins both side by side in an effort to help intrepid Internet warriors make more informed voting decisions:

Passionate journalism still essential in society

Sean Bassinger
January 29, 2016

“There’s no money in it.”“It’s a tough field to get into.”“Have you considered engineering?”These are the most frequent comments I heard after telling some close friends and family members...

Not Nearly Finished: Balance is key in college career success

Sean Bassinger
January 20, 2016

Try to maintain a life with class, work and a social life.It sounds easier said than done, and I can attest to this.I’ll come right out and say it: If you want to see nothing but the letter “A” on...

Republican debates: enough is enough

Sean Bassinger
January 15, 2016

I get it: We live in a democracy with various political ideologies and issues.With this in mind, it’s best that we hear from various points of view in regards to dealing with these problems.This is also...

Not Nearly There: Get involved outside of the classroom

Sean Bassinger
January 13, 2016

Here we are at the beginning of winter term.Expectation: If you’re a freshman, you may feel like you’ve got this college thing down now that you’ve been tossed into the fray. Surely you’ve mastered...

Courtesy of USA Today

Oregon ‘militia’ should reconsider their means

Sean Bassinger, Forum Editor
January 6, 2016

There’s so much wrong with this whole “Y’all-Qaeda” problem in Eastern Oregon right now.Naturally we can start with the fact that we have a bunch of over-entitled, angry white men irresponsibly...

Do something: Mass shootings cannot continue

Sean Bassinger, Forum Editor
December 4, 2015

Here we go again.Fourteen dead and several others wounded in San Bernardino, Calif.Three dead, several injured and others held hostage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo.Conversations...

‘Entitlement’ often confused with fairness

Sean Bassinger
December 2, 2015

I’ve heard the general argument that millenials are the so-called “entitled” generation when compared to those in the past, because we ask for so much without actually working for it.We’re “entitled”...

Voting important for millenials, college students

Sean Bassinger
November 20, 2015

Voting is much more important than you may think.I know, I know – maybe you’re not a fan of reading political stuff. Maybe you have better things to do with your time (see: “Fallout 4”) or perhaps...

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