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Volume XI, Issue 1 The Lost Issue The true story of love and deceit that made us lose this issue page 4

r Catching It is said that some birds of prey use tests to choose their mates... page 10

Art versus Science A whimsical take on the age-old debate page 10

The Ravin' Ste phen Summers puts the 'Poe' back in 'Poet' page 15

The Barren Exploit A poem by Brittney Paulsen

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0nce upon a time I was a wet-behind-the-ears freshman sitting in my room in McNary Hall wondering how to get involved on campus. I had been accepted to the Honors College but still didn't know much about it. On one of my

confused jaunts across campus I

A few years passed by and one day engineering/editor types are a rare I decided it was time to submit breed indeed!

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I find myself coming full-

my first story came another and another and another. Writing for the Chronicle turned into an addiction. I couldn't NOT write for the Chronicle!

circle from a wide-eyed idealistic freshman to a jaded super-duper senior. Over the last several years I've matured as a writer. I've found my inner voice and have explored

One day, out of the blue, many interesting genres. Now

Jenny, the outgoing editor,

I've moved into the role of editor. emailed me and asked if I'd like What's next? Who knows, but I

to take over at the helm of the can't wait to find out! I look forward to serving Chronicle. "Of course," I said, Chronicle. The stories, cartoons, the strong institution that is the "I'd be delighted!" Only later did and photos caught my eye. The happened upon a copy of the UHC

Chronicle in my new role as editor quality of each individual piece I realize that the job of editor-inchief has been the almost exclusive and hope that you will join me in captivated my mind. I thought to carrying Jenny's legacy into the myself,"Wow! I sure would like haunt of liberal arts majors, with future. The Chronicle is nothing to get involved and get a story a few science majors, like Jenny without its contributors! and her predecessor Emily. We published in this neat magazine!"

Farewell to Thee, Old UHC An Honors College Alum Reflects on her experiences at Oregon State by Jenny Moser "Life is what happens

I enjoyed writing too - I comprehensive edits to Bob

while you're making other always have - so when Abby Baddeley (former layout guy Phillips recruited new writers at the extraordinaire) and was soon John Lennon really had UHC welcome meeting, I decided offered the position of co-editorsomething there. Four years ago, I to join the staff of The Chronicle. in-chief for the following year, had no idea what I'd be getting into Just for fun. Really. Dr. Mary along with Casey Woodworth. My sophomore year started at that UHC welcome meeting. In Burke, my microbiology advisor,

plans."

those first weeks of my freshman had told us that cultivating an year, I was a microbiology major entirely unscientific extracurricular to the core. The UHC application activity would only help us on our that year required an essay in graduate school applications, after which we wrote our obituaries as all. Well, one movie review we hoped they'd read sixty years hence. As I recall, mine described and one UHC staff profile later, my future Ph.D. in microbiology I coaxed Jane Siebler (former and career as a research scientist. UHC Head Advisor and our Future-Jenny cured cancer and led faculty advisor that year) to let the commission to distribute the me copy edit the spring issue prior to publication. I sent my treatment worldwide, I believe.

with a bang. Jane and Bob were off staff in one fell swoop: Eric Hill and Jeff Burright took their places alongside Casey and me.

As the brand-new senior staff figured out how to coordinate and motivate writers, plan the layout and get a magazine together, I had

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A Race Worth Running SpringASOSU campaign offers students a voice by Annette McFarland

Who cares? That was the In the past few years, ASOSU sometimes a financial resource for sentiment expressed by a lot of has not been especially open or students with their own initiatives students as I was campaigning for welcoming to students. To be and ideas. ASOSU Vice President last spring. sustainable, the ASOSU officers have They didn't think it mattered who got the mindset that they must find and elected because, any way it went, their train replacements, which is good if lives wouldn't be affected. As Nick you don't want your organization to Graham and I were campaigning for die, but limits the amount of students ASOSU President and Vice President, who actually run and/or apply for we found that a lot of people didn't positions if they don't know how to,

In the course of running for this position, I realized that I didn't want to win anymore. There were two main reasons that changed my mind. First, I looked more closely at the job description and realized it didn't fit with what I wanted to do. even know what ASOSU was or what or don't even know enough about The president and vice president are it did for them. the organization to be interested in more like supervisors supervising the In the spring, Nick Graham getting involved with it to begin people who are actually doing things.

and I returned to OSU from our with. study abroad (I went to France, he Most went to Japan). We hit the ground people that running and were instantly caught Nick and up in campaigning for ASOSU Prez/ I

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VPPres/VP. Wow. It was intense, to didn't let me tell you. Nick and I were up know what against three outstanding tickets, ASOSU which was a big improvement from does for the year before, when only one ticket Ii em ran. Hey, wouldn't you rather beat besides three tickets out, than, well, nobody? getting I saw Nick and me as underdogs: our angry about student leadership experience came something

largely from outside of ASOSU, every once and we had both just returned from in awhile. In studying abroad, which interfered my opinion, Organizing events and programs and with being active and visible on ASOSU has two responsibilities: to actually doing things is more my cup campus. advocate for the students, which they of tea. Secondly, I took a close look Part of the reason I wanted seem to have a pretty good handle on, at my opponents, (particularly Lauren to run for this position was to prove and to be a resource for the students, Smith and Joel Fischer), and thought to people that I could. The elections which I think is an area that needs that they would do a better job than are open to all students (every single improvement. ASOSU needs to not me. Do I regret running? Heck no! It student on campus is a member only let students know what they're was an experience in itself, regardless of ASOSU), and so theoretically doing, but also ask the students what of the outcome. I had a lot of fun, and anyone with the drive, dedication, they want and need. Students should learned a lot about ASOSU, Nick, the and leadership experience should be feel comfortable bringing ideas for student body, and most importantly: able to walk onto the job and do a programs or issues to ASOSU and I mysel P great job, regardless of any ASOSU don't think they do. ASOSU should Continued on Page 15... experience they do or do not have. be an administrative and, perhaps,

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and pound out some Biot-Savart Law

calculations. When I did poke my In winter term 2006, I was head out to see if the punch was filled part of the team that put together the and that everything was running, I first annual Engineering Ball hosted saw at the peak, nearly two hundred by the Society of Women Engineers. people having a blast dancing to a As with any enterprising venture, well-arranged playlist running off an there was concern of having enough iPod. I couldn't help but participate publicity, enough accommodation, in the dancing lesson that started off enough people? Because engineers the ball. I learned enough to apply are not inade fun of for being socially it between problems throughout the adept, but instead are the butt of so night. I'm such a nerd that I had many of the jokes that hint engineers have no fashion, no sex appeal, and never been to a single dance before

aren't so smooth, we were thinking an engineering ball

might not be such a great idea.

The first few days of publicizing the ball didn't go very well. One person was so baffled that engineers would even think to set up a ball she

mistook the ball posters as posters for going Paint-Ba II-

partner! And it was surprising how

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how to dance. I overheard in my physics lab once that they learn to dance because it is an excellent opportunity to meet women. The joke

ing! Tickets weren't selling, Lea Wilson / Chronicie Staff goes that engineering women are and, as an engineer myself, I all the good was planning on bringing my physics the ball. Not to a high school dance, like parking spaces ones are already taken. By being book to the ball to study. After all, the not to prom, not to any at OSU. In spite of this, I had a lot of fun. As a forced to seek elsewhere for a partner, ball was right before midterms! Fortunately for the ball but woman in engineering, it was nice engineers might make another, more that they can unfortunately for me, on the big night to have so many intelligent men ask friendly, reputation I was the only one to get into a corner me to dance. I was never short of a dance!

"Reading in the Amherst Library" by Stephen J. Summers

On promises forgotten much too soon, Of leaves that fell amid broke their spines somehow.

Who'd left as much of genius as they could Behind, when slamming doors of broken wood And rusted hinges, leaving us their sons.

But I don't see beyond a frosted moon Reflected, gazing through the dark window At me, and shelves of human lives now gone Recorded less in language than in rune.

The farmer's child must bear the harvest now, Supplanting elders who have since made good

Yet hope lies here iii this reflection wan, For in this moonlit flice do they live on.

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I could go and not get insanely far behind." Some of the required classes are sequences that taking a term out to

study abroad during the school year wouldn't work. "I really liked studying abroad" said Hillary, "and would recommend

it to anyone who has the chance to go." She went on to emphasize

that when studying abroad, it is important to keep an open mind about everything. "Some of the food is strange," she shared about

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involved in over the school year on Drew Calhoun, a senior in top of all of my classes. Instead of Biochemistry Biophysics, decided getting a summer job making money to complete a research project last at a restaurant or grocery store for summer for several reasons. During example, perhaps for even more the school year, students learn science money, the research project served (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) as a viable source of income and in the classroom, through lectures, gave me research experience that will textbooks, largely from the findings serve extremely useful for me when of others. Drew's research project applying for future internships and offered him a chance to get the hands- possible careers." Drew offered some advice to on experience of actual research in a true laboratory setting. "I would future students thinking of completing highly recommend the research research over the summer: "The key experience to everybody," explained to having a good experience working Drew, "Whether planning a career on a project over the summer is to in medicine, research in industry follow the directions and instruction

her experience, "and you have to be open to that. In general though, you just need to make sure that you don't judge people on cultural things that or academia, or even something of the professor and all of your may seem strange or unusual or even non-related, getting the research superiors in the lab and to develop unfair. The culture is what it is, and in experience serves as valuable strong relationships with them. You a lot of ways when studying abroad experience for later jobs and may will be needing their guidance and you are going to observe, not try to help you decide whether or not you assistance throughout the summer, so change things. So, the most important want to do research later on in life getting along with them, helping them with their projects, and following thing is to keep an open mind." as well."

By studying abroad, Hillary The summer was the most the normal procedures of the lab was able to learn about the way logical choice for Drew because he you are working in is essential to

Mexican culture works. As she put already participates in a lot of things having a fun and rewarding research it, "It was interesting being there to during the academic year: "I have a lot experience." see how people in Mexico live. It is very different in some ways, but in a lot of ways also very familiar." One of Hillary's most memorable There are many resources on campus to help you find the moments was trying to catch a bus summer adventure that fits your goals. The OSU Career Services office in Morelia right after a rainstorm: has an internship coordinator who helps students locate appropriate "The streets had turned into rivers so internships. If you are interested, contact Adiy Clark at 737-0519 for an I wore sandals and pulled my pants appointment. If the study abroad program is what you are after, drop by

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up above my knees and waded in the streets with water almost to my knees.

Then trying to catch a combi (little bus) without getting splashed and drenched even more than I already was was a lot of fun."

the International Education office at 444 Snell Hall or visit their website at: http ://oregonstate.edu/international/oie/. Finally, if you are interested

in tackling a research project or want to work in a research lab, you'll want to watch for announcements like the Undergraduate Research Innovation Scholarship Creativity (URISC) or Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU programs). In addition, your professors and advisors can be helpful in finding an opening. Also, be sure to check out any bulletin boards or clippings posted in your department office.

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The Barren Exploit by Brittney Paulsen Smear on the shadow, Black, blue and grey. Put it on, skin tight. Getting dressed to kill. Hop in. and have no fear. Down to drown some part of you. Like a train careening down the slopes, Going off, who knows where, To nowhere to die.

Smear on the soap, New, cold, and clean. Scrubbing off and bleaching out. Running away, flying to Never-land, Looking down upon arrival, To find it stuck with gum to your shoe.

An emptied glass was my companion sitting there in Jackson's Canyon, As I studied faces blurring, darkened up against the door. There came another to sit by me, looked me up-and-down quite finely, Just as though I were some fine'ry from a rug-merchant's sales-floor. "Tis a salesperson.' I muttered, 'selling something heretofore. Only this and nothing more.' I cannot always quite remember, but perhaps it was December Coldly leaving grey November when I rested at this door. Seeking peace from pressures many, finding solace were there any To be found within this hovel, embers creeping 'cross the floor; Sipping drinks I'd left my office, trying to forget Lenore, Here comes this man to the fore. Then he began, never stopping, speaking quickly with arms flopping, Telling all he could of shopping for great bargains at his store. This night only!' shouted to me this man who was talking shrewdly, 'This night only are the sales you can't afford to just ignore, Miss this chance and you'll be sorry that there will not be a more Honest price to bargain for.'

Smear on the paint, Thick, sweet, and sickly, Covering up a gaping hole In the grand masterpiece of life. An indiscretion, misdirection, tiny death, Charcoal marks on the record of perfection.

'What precisely are you selling?' said Ito the salesman yelling; Before I would begin shelling dollars from my pockets poor, I should like to know for certain my investment was a sure thing, Would not leave me lacking surety nor lead me to disaster. For I needed no more bankers to make me their bonded debtor Nor to throw me out their door.

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McFarland: ASOSU is what students make of it

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Don't just complain about something: President! Anything is possible!

My advice? First, if you get in there and do something about ever get an idea for a program, it! IfASOSU is going to change from

And the dirt on Mike and Lindsey I know you're all waiting for?

event, speaker, or are just pissed the elite, closed-off, clique image Well, even though I was campaigning off about something, go to ASOSU it currently gives off to something with it! There are ten task forces to accessible and awesome for all address student issues, and yours will students, it's going to take talented probably fit iii perfectly with one of students to do it! Third, don't be them. Second, check out ASOSU. I'd afraid to run or apply for a position in recommend getting involved in the the elections next spring! You could internship class (for anywhere from be a senator for your college in the

hard-core for Smith/Fischer in the

General Elections, I know Mike Olson and Lindsey Johnson will do a good job too! Lindsey and I graduated from Rex Putnam High

School together and I've evenjumped on her "trampy" in her front yard. And 1-3 credits) or one of the Task Forces Senate, a Task Force Director, or even that's about as scandalous as it gets! (which all have weekly meetings). MUPC orASOSU President or Vice-

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grad in exactly 12 terms anymore anyway? "But Annette, it's too expensive!" Okay, think about this: when else in your life are you going to have the opportunity to live in another country for a few months to a year, while you 'study'? Seriously. I tell people that studying abroad was the best thing I've done for myself in my life thus far. And it's true. I had awesome experiences, met amazing people, became proficient in a second language, and learned a lot more. Plus the classes weren't too terribly challenging over there The End of The Ravin' either! It's totally worth taking out loans or tapping the parents or doing whatever you have to do to get But glass refilled his mood did change and stories of an angel strange yourself over there! Replaced the dour poems that he'd begun. This creation oddly bore And if all else fails, take Resemblance to an Imp perverse and to bedeviled heads reversed. advantage of the international But he soon left these topics light and told of tales with darker core, community here on campus. You Money stolen, secrets broken, murders near the shrouded morgue. may not be able to go to Saudi Yet my friend had stories more. Arabia or Japan, India or Malawi but, wouldn't you know it, we Now his voice rose somewhat higher telling then Ligeia's pyre have exchange students on campus And the madness-induced fire burning up in poor Usher. from all of these places! And as a Red Death masques all persons killing rich and poor all houses filling. former exchange student myself, And accounts of nature chilling, willing to inflict torture I know how much it means to Or to kill an eye insanely and confess to hush the roar be welcomed and valued by the Of a heart which beats no more. domestic students. An easy way to get involved with international Here I looked and saw the empty bar, light fading like the evening star, students is through the English Come with me, sir, it isn't far outside to my own chamber door.' Language Institute. They're always I had drunk but very little while my friend was all a-tipple looking for conversation partners And I offered him a vintage which he could not just ignore. for their students, and everyone "Montillado, sir?' he asked me, stumbling quickly to the door, (even people as crazy busy as me), Bring me to it, I implore!' has one hour a week to spare! Also Walking toward, he thought, my homestead, we instead to catacombs head just keep your eyes peeled in the Barometer and on bulletin boards He continued waxing onward on his stories all the more. around campus for meetings and I said to him, 'No use fighting, no one would have bought your writing,' events of an international nature. As I chained him, eyes a-lighting on the bricks denying him succor. They're going on all the time! Thank you for these pieces plenty, that will pluck me from the poor, Though, please, call me Montresor.' own country because of the travelto visit Germany, The Nethering I did. I never could have gotten lands, Belgium, Italy, England, these experiences from books or and Scotland. I met people from the news from within America's those countries as well as people borders. from Canada, New Zealand, AusSo, study abroad! tria, Spain. Portugal, Japan, China, "But Annette, I cant! I'm an South Korea, Istanbul. Kansas, engineer/hard core science/some Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North other hard major with sequence Carolina, Poland, Brazil, Argentina, classes!" Anything's possible, my Peru, Mexico, and more! I was so friends! There are many programs lucky and blessed to have gotten that take only one or two terms, these opportunities, and I learned and don't forget summer programs! so much about the world and my And who's finishing their under-

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Ian Stewart, Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So

Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

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Stephen King, The Gunslinger '-Nick Meredith Theodore Geisel, The Lorax --'Tim Karplus

Daniel Quinn, lshmael Ed Viesters, No Shortcuts to the Top -'Tim Sorg

Eric Hansen, Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea --'Douglas Van Bossuyt

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