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An Oregon State University student holds two signs reading “The Audacity” and “No Uterus No Opinion” at an anti-abortion demonstration that took place on Oct. 12. After anti-abortion group Tiny Heartbeat Ministries appeared on campus, pro-choice students began their own counter protest. (Content Warning: other photos in gallery feature graphic photos)

Anti-abortion demonstration faces pro-choice opposition on OSU campus

October 13, 2021

*Content warning: mentions of abortion and descriptive imagery. At about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, an anti-abortion demonstration started at Oregon State University, taking place until 1:30 p.m. when supporters...

First-year political science student Nabila Hersi shares her thoughts about sustainability practices and experience in Waste Watchers. Waste Watchers is a group run by Campus Recycling, whose mission is to engage students and the community in waste reduction at Oregon State University by providing educational programming, meaningful opportunities for action and empowerment of future leaders.

OSU sustainability clubs celebrate Earth Day, aim to help university reach carbon neutral goal

April 12, 2021

Waste Watchers is just one of the dozens of sustainability clubs at Oregon State University fighting to save the environment.Nabila Hersi, a first-year political science student minoring in sustainability...

Member of the Human Service Resource Center Food Pantry Katlyn Varney prepares grocery bags for pickup on Feb. 17 at Champinefu Lodge on OSUs Corvallis campus. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has risen among the Corvallis community.

OSU research shows increase in food insecurity during pandemic; HSRC urges students to apply for SNAP

March 29, 2021

Two Oregon State University professors are conducting the first campus-wide assessment of food insecurity, and expect their research findings to highlight the rate of OSU students experiencing food insecurity...

ASOSU President Isabel Nuñez Pérez, right, and Vice President Metzin Rodriguez. 

ASOSU forms special committee following allegations of misconduct against president and vice-president; questions regarding racism, misogyny arise

March 19, 2021

A special committee has been formed by the House of Representatives in the Associated Students of Oregon State University to investigate allegations of misconduct regarding ASOSU President Isabel Nuñez...

This graph shows the estimated cost increases to Oregon State Universitys Corvallis campus Education & General budget. The University Budget Committee will be holding weekly tuition forums through March 11. 

University Budget Committee recommends ‘modest tuition raise’ for next academic year

March 8, 2021

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees has stated they expected tuition to increase from between 2% to 5% a year. The University Budget Committee will be holding weekly tuition forums until March...

Former Daily Barometer assistant director and ad manager, Kami Hammerschmith, shares memories of her experience with The Baro. Founded in 1896, The Daily Barometer has been operated by student journalists determined to report the stories that matter most to the Oregon State University community.

From ‘ragtag team’ to winning national awards: the Barometer’s groundbreaking achievements, evolution

March 1, 2021

In The Daily Barometer’s 125 years of history, the newspaper has experienced and published groundbreaking events; from implementing historical changes in the newspaper structure to covering controversial...

Corvallis Mayor Biff Traber can be seen being interviewed by OMN. With the transition of the OSU student government getting advice from all sources can aid the governing of the OSU community.

Engagement, transparency, respect: City Councilors on forming connections in politics

February 22, 2021

No matter how their interest in government work started, both Corvallis City Councilors and students in the Associated Students of Oregon State University share a passion for helping their community.City...

breaking news

ASOSU releases 2021 election results

February 19, 2021

The Associated Students of Oregon State University elections committee released the final 2021 election results on Friday, Feb. 19.President and Vice President candidates Dhru Patel and Dylan Perfect won...

Phase 1B vaccinations start to take place. Those involved at the Prestige Senior Living West Hills are getting their vaccine.  

Benton County Phase 1b rollout going ‘very well’ though limited; faces ‘scarce’ vaccine supply

February 8, 2021

Phase 1b vaccination administrations are going smoothly, with Group 2 of the phase eligible to receive the vaccine starting Monday, Feb. 8, according to Benton County and Oregon Health Authority.Group...

Oregon State University-Cascades is a branch campus of OSU located in Bend, Ore. This photo illustration symbolizes the separation of the OSU campuses; with the proposed House Bill 2888, OSU-Cascades would become Central Oregon University, and not be a part of OSU.

House Bill proposed to establish OSU-Cascades as separate public university; OSU-Cascades leadership say OSU connection ‘benefits students’

February 3, 2021

House Bill 2888, drafted by Oregon Rep. Paul Evans, proposes separating the Oregon State University-Cascades branch from OSU to create ‘Central Oregon University’. With HB 2888, OSU-Cascades would...

February 19 is the deadline where the Oregon Health Authority requires student’s parents to provide up-to-date immunization records. If a student does not have their immunization records on time, they won’t be allowed to attend in-person or virtual classes.

Up-to-date student immunizations ensures future in-person instruction stays safe

January 29, 2021

Grade students of Corvallis School District must provide up-to-date immunization records or exemption to their school or child care prior to Oregon Health Authority’s Exclusion Day in mid Feb., or they...

OHA Vaccine Distribution Chart

‘Nearly 2 out of 3 people’ in Phase 1a vaccinated, distribution meeting Gov. Brown’s daily target

January 28, 2021

Recent vaccine distributions in Corvallis have been meeting Governor Kate Brown’s daily target of 12,000 doses administered per day, and the process continues to evolve as Good Samaritan Regional Medical...

 This illustration shows a welcome to Corvallis city sign, with an emphasis on the new year. 

City Council tackles new year with bias response initiative, community engagement plans, transportation updates and more

January 4, 2021

Going into the new year, Corvallis Mayor and Corvallis City Council have several projects in place to fully establish the bias response initiative, improve public participation, and support local businesses...

This illustration depicts fruits, veggies, and staple food items. The picture represents the importance of having good resources for nutrition. 

Food pantries urge Corvallis residents to save food stamps, rent money, take advantage of free food services

December 29, 2020

Food banks and pantries in Corvallis continue to be available for those facing food insecurity, with modifications in place to distribute resources safely.Since the pandemic began, the St. Vincent de Paul...

Christmas lights glow bright in downtown Corvallis on Dec. 23, 2020.  

Annual traditions cancelled, Corvallis can still ‘lift spirits’ in new ways

December 24, 2020

Though many Corvallis traditions and events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, community leaders urge residents to explore and support efforts to create new, alternate forms of entertainment and...

Christmas lights glow bright in downtown Corvallis on Dec. 23, 2020.  

OSU students looking forward to holidays amidst pandemic restrictions

December 24, 2020

While Christmas is just around the corner, many students at Oregon State University look forward to celebrating other, lesser-known holidays in upcoming months - though celebrations will look different...

Each phase of Highway 20 safety reconstruction, starting with Phase 1 on the major bend of the highway and ending with Phase 2, which will redo the road between Merloy Avenue and Conifer Boulevard.   

Highway 20 safety upgrades continue, drivers need to be ‘extra cautious’ in inclement weather

December 9, 2020

In response to the high volume of crashes on the U.S. 20 Highway between North Albany and Corvallis, the Oregon Department of Transportation is designing a Safety Upgrades project, which will add various...

Crystal Connor & Julianne Morreale pictured packing food for a low-income food program. The HSRC grocery supplement program provides food for low-income individuals in the greater Corvallis area.

Council launches new low-income assistance program to assist with city services costs

November 24, 2020

The City Services Billing Low-Income Assistance Program created by Corvallis City Council is set to begin in Jan. of 2021, providing up to $25 per month to help eligible residents pay their monthly city...

Residents of The Regent, A local retirement home, gather for a social-distanced lunch during 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd. The Regent has been taking precautions against COVID-19 by ensuring all residents practice social distancing and wear masks when not eating.

Long-term care facilities work to keep residents connected while following COVID-19 guidelines

November 13, 2020

Retirement homes and other long-term care facilities in Corvallis, Ore. have implemented guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents and staff safe, while designing inventive ways for...

Nuclear Reactor

Petition aims to direct OSU’s work under national grant towards true nuclear safety

November 11, 2020

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility has created a petition urging Oregon State University leaders to work towards real nuclear safety. OSU was awarded a $4.3 million grant awarded from the National...

Tamra Cluff Election Reaction

Students on the Internet: How do you feel about the results of the presidential election?

November 10, 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.Tamra...

Ballot drop off stations are located throughout Corvallis, including locations such as the Corvallis Public Library and OSU Gill Colosseum.

Students living outside of home address encouraged to ‘show up’, request absentee ballots

October 25, 2020

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

For the first time in Benton County history the ballot will have rank choice voting. Voters will be able to rank the candidate they favor most as their first choice, but in case that candidate doesnt have enough popular support to win, voters can add a back up choice.  

Benton County becomes first Oregon county to adopt ranked-choice voting ahead of county election

October 24, 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 Hilton Hotel on 2500 SW 26th and SW Western Blvd is one of ten hotels and motels in the Corvallis area. The Hilton is across the street from Reser Stadium and walking distance to campus, taken April of 2018.

Consideration of Corvallis business license program is ‘preliminary’, could limit challenges reaching local businesses

October 23, 2020

The rise of COVID-19 has highlighted the way communication between the city and local businesses could be improved, and possibly reintroduced the idea for implementing a business license program.Business...

An Official Benton County Ballot Drop Box on the corner of Ralph Miller and 26th in between Gill Coliseum and Reser Stadium. Ballots need to be filled out and turned into one of these drop boxes before 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. More Ballot Drop Box locations can be found on Benton County’s website.

County clerks urge Oregon voters to fill ballots carefully

October 22, 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....

A homeless camp set up along the Willamette River with a sign stating dog on premises.

Corvallis providing more resources to homeless community due to COVID-19

October 22, 2020

With winter weather quickly approaching, Corvallis shelters and community centers are adapting to COVID-19 health policies to house as many people as possible, though capacities and resources are both...

Juniors Julie Duong (back facing), Irene Walker (left), Aanchal Vidyarthi (middle), and Sowmya Jujjuri (right), spend their evening after classes lounging on the MU quad.

OSU anti-racism initiatives aim to support Black, Indigenous students; ‘there’s still work to be done’

October 14, 2020

Correction: The Black Student Access and Success Initiative abbreviation, BASI, was spelt incorrectly on two instances. These corrections have been made.  Following Oregon State University’s vocal...

The OSU Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police and Student Conduct and Community Standards play a role in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, by reinforcing physical distancing and face covering guidelines set by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. 

OSP, OSU leadership urge OSU community members to follow COVID-19 policies, Code of Student Conduct

October 6, 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...

General Corvallis City Section Graphic

Wildfires cause ‘influx of displaced families’ in Corvallis, businesses still hit hard

September 18, 2020

Local businesses in Corvallis, Ore. are still adapting to the impact of COVID-19 as wildfires continue to spread across the state, causing many businesses to reevaluate and change current systems.Simon...

Megan Baus, a second-year chemical engineering student, said she is a little wary about having in-person labs this fall term.

Professors develop ‘innovative’ ways to continue laboratory instruction in fall term

August 9, 2020

Though the COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of uncertainty regarding the safe implementation of laboratories in the upcoming fall term, instructors are working to ensure students are given the best possible...

The Memorial Union and University Housing & Dining Services will be implementing safety precautions for their staff amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

MU, UHDS leadership discuss safety precautions to protect staff

August 4, 2020

Oregon State University will implement safety precautions in the fall that depend heavily upon the work of maintenance staff, food service workers and other staff whose jobs include managing maintenance...

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing parents to work remotely, many Oregon State University parent-faculty adjusted their normal routines at home to accommodate activities to keep their children happy, busy and stimulated.

OSU professors keep their children entertained during COVID-19

August 3, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing parents to work remotely, many Oregon State University parent-faculty adjusted their normal routines at home to accommodate activities to keep their children happy, busy...

Faculty members created a petition to provide Oregon State University leadership with concrete suggestions regarding caregiver resources for OSU community members who are in need of more support due to COVID-19. Lisa Ellsworth, assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, is one of the faculty members who contributed to the development of the petition.

OSU faculty writes petition asking university leadership for more caregiver support

July 30, 2020

Correction: A quote by Susanne Brander has been edited to provide more clarification about the university's response to the petition.Faculty members created a petition to provide Oregon State University...

Marjorie Sandor, a professor of creative writing and English, emerita, at Oregon State University, published her fifth book called The Secret Music at Tordesillas on June 15.

OSU professor emerita discusses new, award-winning novel

July 30, 2020

After publishing her fifth book, The Secret Music at Tordesillas on June 15, Marjorie Sandor, a professor of creative writing and English, emerita, at Oregon State University, reflects on her writing process...

Oregon State University President Emeritus Ed Ray smiles in his office. Ray became the 19th president of OSU in 2003. 

President Emeritus Ray reflects on legacy left behind, looks to the future

July 26, 2020

President Emeritus and future professor of economics Ed Ray stepped down as president on June 30 after serving Oregon State University for 17 years, and recently reflected on the legacy he left behind.“Five...

Madelene Salazar, diversity learning assistant in Cauthorn Hall, is a third-year transfer student with a major in environmental engineering. For incoming freshmen living in dorms, Salazar suggests looking at digital tours of dorm rooms on the University Housing & Dining Services website and checking what is allowed to be brought into the dorms.

First-year students, ALAs, DLAs share residence hall advice for incoming freshmen

June 15, 2020

This article is a part of the START issue, a guide for all incoming Oregon State University students and their families going through START, which aims to help familiarize them with the campus, college...

2018 Graduating students associated with DamDiverse pose under the Weatherford Hall arch for a photo.

Update: Oregon State University hosts online Commencement celebration

June 15, 2020

As the on-site Commencement ceremony planned for June 13 has been postponed to a later date, Oregon State University updated its Commencement website to function as a temporary graduation celebration for...

Due to COVID-19, Executive Director of University Housing & Dining Services, Stephen Jenkins said UHDS is working to extend the expiration date of dining dollars that were supposed to expire in June 2020.

Students left with excess dining dollars, UHDS working to extend expiration date

June 8, 2020

Many freshmen and other students were left with an excess of dining dollars after Oregon State University campus closures due to COVID-19—leaving students wondering what will happen to their rollover...

“In times of crisis, the Red Cross is fortunate to witness the best of humanity as people rolled up a sleeve to help those in need. Thanks to the many who gave blood and scheduled upcoming appointments in Oregon in the past two months, the Red Cross has been able to meet immediate patient needs,” said Christine Welch, the communications manager at the American Red Cross Oregon-Washington Blood Services Region.

Don’t let COVID-19 ‘dissuade you from donating,’ the need for blood donations continues

May 16, 2020

In the initial few weeks following the global outbreak of COVID-19, countless Red Cross blood drives were forced to cancel, even when people all across the United States still needed a constant supply...

Scott Paja, assistant dean for Experiential Learning & Employer Relations, discusses how companies may not be able to financially onboard, or generally support interns in the same way they used to pre-pandemic. “Big picture, it’s gonna be a tough time for a lot of these organizations who employ our students. They’re working through exercises to determine what their budgets look like, and what their actual operations look like, and whether they can support, both financially and with a meaningful experience, an internship for one of our students,” said Paja.

Students face uncertainty in internship, research plans, OSU works to provide more remote opportunities

May 5, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic stalling future plans, many students are dealing with the loss of summer internships and the suspension of in-person research.In the past few months, social distancing has...

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