OSU officials brief council on changes for fall term

2013-09-15T21:00:00Z 2013-09-22T05:34:13Z OSU officials brief council on changes for fall termBy JAMES DAY, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
September 15, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

With classes set to start Sept. 30 at Oregon State University, university officials went before the Corvallis City Council on Monday to advise councilors of some of the changes that they have planned for the 2013-14 school year.

Associate provost Susie Brubaker-Cole, Kris Winter, director of new student programs, substance abuse prevention coordinator Rob Reff and Steve Clark, the vice president for marketing and university relations, spoke before the council in a 23-minute presentation.

Cole focused on the first-year experience program, which mandates that first-year students live on campus in the fall. Cole stressed the positive outcomes that come with such an approach.

“We know that attaining a college degree leads to greater prosperity, health, wellness and civic engagement through (a person’s) lifetime,” Cole said.

Cole and other presenters noted the importance for students of getting off to a good start in that first year.

Reff discussed the problem of “high-risk alcohol use” and credited the Collaboration Corvallis project with helping to address the issue.

Reff, who served on the project’s neighborhood livability workgroup, said that alcohol problems “negatively affect students and their coursework and can cause problems with livability in the neighborhoods.”

“I’m just one guy, I can’t solve the problem,” Reff said. “Every thing was in pockets before. We weren’t connecting all of the pieces together.”

Reff noted that the university has hired new staffers in its student conduct office as well as Greek life and plans a third hire to deal with community outreach and student behavior off-campus.

“We are going to have boots on the ground so we can directly address these things,” Reff said.

Clark handed out copies of a new guide for off-campus living, which will be distributed on campus and in the community.

In other action, the council approved 8-1 a change in the time of meetings from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Councilors wanted a later start time to make it easier for families to participate, and to make for better coordination with public hearings, which generally start at 7:30 p.m.

Ward 1 Councilor Penny York voted against the plan because she felt the relationship between council start times should have been more explicitly integrated with public hearings and executive sessions.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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  1. Kilgore Trout
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    Kilgore Trout - September 18, 2013 5:50 am
    Believe it or not, it's not 'all about you'. There is at least one case of a pedestrian being killed by a bicyclist in this town, and a head-on collision of bicyclists which resulted in a fatality. Riding a bike even while "paying attention" does not make you invulnerable, though it may make you feel superior.
  2. TheRealJules
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    TheRealJules - September 17, 2013 4:00 pm
    Lights at night is a law intended to protect US from YOU. You seem to think that you are the only one involved when you are in an bike/car accident, and that we (cars) should all rely on you (bike) to be ever vigilant and always alert.

    Your attitude that you are the sole arbiter of your fate while riding on the streets at night without a light is what we need protection from. So, indeed, the law serves a valid purpose according to you. Please obey it. Thanks.
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    TORRENT - September 17, 2013 11:33 am
    Well yes definitely they should ticket bikers without lights!

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  4. YaRight
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    YaRight - September 17, 2013 10:19 am
    Oh yes... please enforce all the laws that protect people from themselves.

    Got news for ya... laws have historically been made to protect people from other people, not from themselves.

    I am one of those "dumb fools" and have never even gotten close to being hit by a car in my 20+ years riding a bike every day/night; it is called "paying attention at all times" and there is no replacement for it.

    Keep making/enforcing laws to protect people from themselves and our future will not only be dumbed-down, but any freedoms we have will be rare and trite.
  5. nocapes
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    nocapes - September 17, 2013 8:24 am
    I want students to be ticketed for not having lights on their bikes and riding at night around campus while wearing all black and an apparent death wish in their heart. Please start ticketing bikers without lights. The poor driver who hits one of these dumb fools is going to have to deal with that for the rest of their lives.
  6. Marvin McConoughey
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    Marvin McConoughey - September 17, 2013 5:08 am
    The student conduct office has been impotent and mismanaged for so long that a better course of action is to abolish it and develop from the ground up a new management center for enforcing student conduct standards. The personnel of the new student conduct center should themselves achieve higher ethical standards than the current, failed, student conduct office.
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