by Sam Trunkett


As a senior, I can definitively say that fall term is by far my favorite term of the year. Fall term is the term where the air is finally crisp, football season is back, and all of my friends come home from a long summer break. However, I can also definitively say that with age comes nostalgia. Since I am starting my fourth and final year, (yikes), I have recently taken time out from stressing about the future to reflect back on my first fall term at OSU.

My freshman year fall term was one for the books. Even though the winter and spring terms were great, this was the term where I met and was positively influenced by so many amazing people. One of my favorite experiences was taking Sports Media Through the Lens of Twitter, a UEngage course taught by Louie Bottaro. Louie didn’t just teach us to understand how media shapes the world of sports but also how to make the most of OSU. He made himself available to all of us and if there was anything we needed he would always try to help. By the end of the term, I found myself to be a not only a more confident student but a more confident individual.

Through this experience, I realized I wanted to help new OSU students adapt to this university too. I became a UEngage teaching assistant during my junior year and loved it. Not only did I get to work with Louie again, but my group of students were amazing individuals. I learned from their perspectives on sports, media, and also from hearing them share their experience as new OSU students.
In the interest of helping other students have UEngage experiences as rich as those I have been lucky enough to have, I have created a short list of tips to help current and future students get the most out of their UEngage course.

1. Ask Questions: Even though this tip may seem simple, most students do not feel comfortable during the first couple of weeks to raise their hand and ask a question. If you are this type of student, I recommend that you write down the questions you have in class and talk to your professor or teacher’s assistant after class. This way you can get to know your instructor and teachers assistant while building up confidence to ask questions in class.

2. Get To Know Your Instructor: What most students don’t know is that your instructor wants to get to know you. Most will take the time to keep in touch with you during the term and will help you adjust to college life. Your UEngage instructor will also be the most connected person you meet during your first term at school because he or she has been around OSU for at least a few terms and have built relationships with many instructors, offices, and advisors. They can refer you to different on-campus resources or they have the know how to figure out an issue if you have one. The biggest mistake a first year student at OSU could make is not getting to know their UEngage instructor.

3. Get To Know Your Peer Leader: The second biggest mistake is not getting to know your UEngage teacher’s assistant, or peer leader. UEngage peer leaders go through a course to learn about the different on-campus resources so that they are equally as knowledgeable as the instructors. Unlike instructors, peer leaders are also undergraduate students. Even though I learned a lot from Louie, sometimes I was able to get even better advice from my UEngage teacher’s assistant, Caitie. She was able to relate to the class in a way that Louie could not (if you’re reading this, Louie, I am sorry to point out the age difference). Your peer leader understands how hard it is to be a student in today’s changing world and just as eager to help you resolve your issues.

Each year, there is an amazing time in Oregon when the sun comes out for long spells and nature invites us to revel in her wonder; this magical time is called summer. But then, as we begin to adapt to the rhythm of free and unstructured time, the weather cools and school comes back calling.

Going back to school can be both exciting and scary. For freshmen, it entails moving into a new place, trying to make new friends, and figuring out that class schedule. For returning students, things might seem a little more familiar. But for all of us, we come back as slightly different people with new experiences under our belt. Here are a few tips for coping with the new school year:

1. Try new things: I know this sounds difficult, but trying new things is one of the best ways to grow personally and expand your mindset. College is a great place to invest in and develop your own unique interests. So try new things!

2. Take it all in: Life moves very fast and before you know it, you will be graduating college. What this means is that you have to take time to reflect on what you have done and where you are going. Going back to school brings a ton of new adjustments and taking time to reflect on life will give you the sense of clarity and focus that you will need to get the most out of your experience at OSU.

3. Don’t forget home: Most of us had a little help in getting to OSU, whether that is from parents or some other support base. Don’t forget to check in once and a while with that support base while you have loads of fun. Often times, our families can offer meaningful advice and encouragement that helps us get through tough times.


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Hannah Whitley

Hannah Whitley

The end of spring term is near, and summer is right around the corner! For those Oregon State students living on-campus, it is time to start thinking about moving out of your residence hall. Having lived in a residence hall for the past two years, I am quite familiar with the potential stress brought on during the move out process, but have no fear! Here are a few tips I have found helpful for transitioning out of on-campus living:

1. Use all of your UHDS Dining Dollars!
a. Any unused UHDS Dining Dollars by the end of June 12 will be forfeited. Have no fear- Orange Rewards funds do not expire and are with you throughout your time as a student at OSU. Log into your MyUHDS account ( to see your current Dining Dollar and Orange Rewards balance.
b. Keep in mind- the last day to change your meal plan is June 1.

2. Make sure to inform your RA (Resident Assistant) ahead of time about when you will be moving out of your room.
a. This will most likely occur during your hall’s end of year floor meeting. If you fail to check-out properly, you may be charged a $50.00 Improper Check Out Fee.

3. Start packing early.
a. There is nothing worse than stressing out about your move out time in the middle of finals week. Remember: it’s better to be safe than sorry!

4. If you have to ship or transport your belongings back home through the air, be sure to wean your items down to the necessities.
a. Many residence halls offer blue containers available for students to donate any clothing, furniture, food, or technological items they are willing to part with. Make sure to check with one of your hall RAs for more information.

5. Make sure to take your bike(s) with you!
a. All bikes that are left behind after June 12 will be removed by Public Safety and will be taken to surplus property.

Moving out of the residence halls may seem like a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be! Start early and don’t be afraid to take your time. If you have any questions about UHDS and the residence hall move out process, feel free to call University Housing and Dining Services at 1-541-737-4771 or email with any questions about on-campus living and the move out process.

McKenzie Ross McKenzie Ross

With warm weather taking over it becomes easy to abandon your books for television. Don’t get me wrong, my summer will definitely see some long and hard fought marathons (Orange is the New Black season three anyone?). However, I’ll also be picking up a few books for enjoyment. I find the most daunting part of reading in the summer is figuring out what to read; seriously, where’s a syllabus when you actually want one? So I’ve put together a summer reading list with ambassador recommendations. Spanning different many different subjects there’s bound to be a book or two for you here.


And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
Breanna raves that “it’s a slyly crafted 1930s murder mystery that takes place on a small (fictional) island along the English coast. It was one of the first mysteries I read and it got me hooked even more so on reading!”


Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
John says “it’s an auto-biographical account of Ehrenreich going “undercover” to work a year-round, full-time, minimum wage job (as millions of Americans do every year). Ehrenreich gives an eye-opening account of what it’s like to live at the bottom of the economic ladder and forces you to look at the world in a different way.”


Books from a husband and wife duo:
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran and The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
Hannah says “I’ve read both books each summer since my freshman year in high school. After each read, I think I’ve finally decided what the two books are about, but then I re-read and come up with something different. [Both books are] unconventional, thought provoking, and wonderful.”

Burning Down the House – Nell Bernstein
Logan says “it’s an incredible read about the criminal justice system from behind the bars in juvenile detention facilities. You hear about many individual cases (both positive and negative) that are eye opening and impactful. It truly makes you appreciate life and allows you to see the world from a different lens.”


Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies – Seth Holmes
Holly says this book is “really good for people interested in migrant work, food industries, or public health. A man joins a group of illegal immigrants on their journey crossing the boarder and working as farmers in [Pacific Northwest farms].


The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Of her favorite book Jenna says “it’s a story of a young boy and his life growing up in the Middle East. It’s all the emotions packed into one book.”

Logan Pedersen by Logan Pedersen

As college students with busy lives we can often forget to take breaks, to simply stop, relax, and reflect. If you are looking for a place to escape for some wonderful relaxation, quiet time, and bliss then look no further than the downtown boardwalk of Corvallis. Right off of 1st street lies a boardwalk that extends down 10 blocks. This is a great place to clear your mind, relax, and enjoy the wonderful nature that Corvallis has to offer. As you walk down the boardwalk on one side you will discover many diverse local restaurants such as Great Harvest Bread Co., Sada Sushi, and Riverview Mongolian Grill, while on the other side you hear the peaceful sound of the Willamette River. The boardwalk is great place to go during lunch or dinnertime to grab a bite to eat and walk alongside the river. Whether you’re looking for a good place to go for a date night, break from school/work, or simply want some quite time, check out this hidden gem that is bound to open your eyes to the beauty within Corvallis just minutes away from campus.

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These are pictures of the boardwalk from an evening stroll I went on this past week.

Holly Briggs by Holly Briggs

We have all been listening to the news, hearing about police brutality and protests that became violent from a sensational and skewed perspective. What we don’t get from the media are well-reasoned and in-depth discussions of recent events in Baltimore and elsewhere. This week at OSU there important forums discussing social justice issues as well as effective ways to take action.

On Tuesday May 12th, four professors from various departments will be at the Black Cultural Center as apart of a panel to help us all make some sense of the issues and place them within the context of the ongoing national story surrounding racial inequality and direct action. Participating will be, professors Crystal Boson (WGSS), Marisa Chappell (HST), Stacey Smith (HST), and Joseph Orosco (PHL). Each will analyze the situation in a different way, discussing Baltimore’s events in the context of violence and silence of Black women, and in the context of racial inequality and the history of direct action. This event is free and begins at 4:00pm.

Another event to consider is the Science Fiction, Social Justice, and the Radical Imagination Lecture in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in the Valley Library. This event will examine the ways in which fantasy fiction can inspire the radical imagination to envision the features of a socially just world. After the lecture there is a workshop in the MU Journey room that will use science fiction movies, things like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, to create direct action plans that parallel our world’s need for social justice. This event is also free, the lecture in the library begins at 4:00pm and the workshop begins at 6:00pm in the MU Journey Room.

These forums provide an opportunity for us all to become better informed in order to help continue to effect the change our generation wishes to see in this world.


If you haven’t already come to understand that spring term at Oregon State flies right by, then consider yourself fairly warned! Already, we’re part way through week six with only five short weeks left until not only the end of the term, but also the end of the academic year. This means that when you note that today is Cinco de Mayo, you can be reminded of the celebratory nature of spring term, but you should also recall that this is the time of year to make your academic advising appointments… for fall term!

Fall 2015 might seem like ages from now, but it will sneak up on you, believe me. Take advantage of the chance to plan ahead and feel confident that the classes you’re taking next term will help you start the year off right. For first-year College of Liberal Arts students, remember this is time to meet with your major advisor and start to have even more in-depth conversations about opportunities within your major. Logistically, you’ll need to meet with your major advisor to receive your registration PIN. Feel free to still consult the College of Liberal Arts Central Advising Office, particularly for questions regarding bacc core classes — they are happy to help!

So, if you haven’t already set up an appointment with your major advisor, be sure to do so sometime during this beautiful week six. If you missed the Matriculation Celebration or are unsure of who your major advisor is, check in with the CLA Central Advising Office (by calling (541) 737-0561 or stopping by Gilkey 213).

by Breanna Balleby

Logan Pedersen by Logan Pedersen

Are you looking to get off campus for a break from your studies? Do you enjoy exploring new areas of Corvallis? Then look no further than a beautiful hike up to the tallest peak in the Oregon Coastal Range. Grab a group of friends and drive over to this scenic sight known as Mary’s Peak.

Mary's Peak

Only 45 minutes from the Oregon State campus, this destination is one you won’t want to miss. At an elevation of 4,097 feet, the summit of Mary’s Peak provides a stunning view. Whether you’re there during the day, at dawn, or sunset, this point will reveal to you the cities and suburbs of the Willamette Valley, the Cascade Range, and even the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. The hiking trail is a total of 6.2 miles in length, but if you don’t feel like a hike then you can always drive straight to the top. So on the next sunny day when you’re thinking of getting away, swing up to Mary’s Peak for an incredible relaxing escape from society and enjoy the nature that lies just outside of Corvallis.

Last summer I had the opportunity to study abroad in London with some of my fellow CLA classmates. Since spring has arrived, my nostalgia has hit an all time high. Because of this, I thought now would be a great time to share my favorite parts of the trip. While I have countless favorites, I’ll limit myself to three.




When people ask, “what was your favorite part of London?” the theater is my first answer. It’s unlike anything I had previously experienced. I stood (quite excitedly I might add) through a performance of Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s Globe and sat two feet away from Martin Freeman playing the malicious Richard III. I also saw the Curious Incident of the Dog in Nighttime, and I swear I’ve never seen anything so innovative and transcendent. If there’s one thing you should be doing in London (besides sitting in pubs and practicing your horrible British accent) it’s seeing plays.

2. Spending Hours in MUSEUMS


From ancient worlds, to natural history, and modern art, London has got you covered. There are so many incredible museums in London that span a wide variety of subjects; it’s difficult to not spend your entire afternoon lost in their bowels. I loved that we could discuss a painting from 1553 in class and then hop on the Tube to go see it in person. This is what’s so great about London; it’s a perfect blend of old and new.



What is that clichéd quote again? The place is only as good as the people? Well, I think there’s some truth to this for a couple of reasons. First, it was a comfort to have people from a familiar setting. Second, I learned so much about myself through the people with me. In many ways, they were what made the experience a great one. I wouldn’t have loved London so much if I hadn’t been with other College of Liberal Arts students. After all, it’s more fun to explore a city with new found friends!


Overall, studying abroad in London has been the highlight of my college career so far. Because of this trip, I’ve added the International Degree and I’m packing my bags for France this summer. I cannot stress how beneficial study abroad has been to my education and personal growth. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, I highly recommend you take it. Currently, the College of Liberal Arts is accepting applications for the 2015 London trip. This year, one of the professors leading the trip will be Michelle Inderbitzin who teaches Inside-Out: Prison Exchange Program at Oregon State. Professor Inderbitzin, like study abroad, will expand your worldview immensely (believe me, I know from experience). Her London course will focus on the similarities and differences between the UK’s correctional system and the United States correctional system. So if red telephone booths and afternoon tea don’t interest you (seriously? who’s not excited about tea?) then spending time with one of the best professors at OSU should.

If you would like additional information about the trip to London this summer, follow this link.

Bon Voyage!


by McKenzie Ross

Jon Bosworthby Jon Bosworth

Fresh cut grass, vibrant blooming flowers, sun soaked students, and an indescribable buzz on campus; that’s Oregon State University in the spring. You see, there’s no better place to be in the spring than Corvallis, Oregon. I don’t know if it’s the anticipation of sun built up over several rainy months, the natural beauty offered by the Willamette Valley, or all of the events and activities associated with springtime, but it’s an amazing time of the year. Coupled with the beauty and warmth provided by the weather, comes a host of activities and events on and off campus to keep you busy throughout the term.

On campus there are a ton of events and festivals throughout the spring, beginning with Mom’s Weekend in early-May and culminating with commencement in mid-June. In addition to these events there is the ever-popular Dam Jam, where MUPC (the Memorial Union Programming Council) invites a well-known musical artist to play a huge concert in the quad! Check out the OSU Calendar for more events:

Outside of Oregon State is the place to fully enjoy the spring. Corvallis is the place to be if you enjoy the outdoors, there are numerous hiking, biking, and running trails as well as breathtaking destinations close to town. Some of my favorite places to hike are Bald Hill, which is a quick walk from campus, Chip Ross Park, and Mary’s Peak. Mary’s Peak is the highest point in the coastal range and offers breathtaking views of both the Willamette Valley and the coast after an enjoyable hike. If outdoor activities aren’t your thing, there are great restaurants, coffee shops, and clothing stores downtown that can be a part of your day after visiting the Corvallis Farmers’ Market. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings be sure to go down to 1st street and take advantage of fresh produce and flowers, unique art and much more at the Corvallis Farmers’ Market. No matter what your interest is, I guarantee that Corvallis’ springtime whether will be perfect for you!

Don’t get discouraged if the weather seems to be playing with you, it probably is. Just trust me, a morning that starts out like this,

gray daycan quickly turn to this:

bright day