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Saturday, June 11, 2016

OSU lavender graduation in commencement program printed by student newspaper that goes weekly next year

Lavender graduation in commencement program printed in Barometer Jun. 11, 2016, p. 15

PHOTO: (click on photo to enlarge) The Oregon State University Lavender Graduation Thursday, June 9, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM for LGBTQ+ graduates is announced in the student newspaper's print edition, of which a copy was given out to all parents for the Oregon State University "Commencement Program: One Hundred Forty-Seventh Annual Commencement 10:30 a.m. Reser Stadium Saturday, June 11, 2016," accessed Jun. 11, 2016. (see "Commencement 2016," Oregon State University Daily Barometer, June 11, 2016, cover, p. 15 print edition on and Angela Batista added 8 new photos -- attending Lav Grad with Susie Brubaker-Cole and 2 others at The LaSells Stewart Center. posted June 9, 2016 and Oregon State University Pride Center Lavender Celebration posted on including "Some pics of Lavender Celebration from our interim Chief Diversity Office and social media enthusiast Angela Batista.") The inclusion in the print edition of the commencement program is significant because the gay student graduation event has traditionally been done in a very low key manner past years to avoid confronting the conservative parents of students.

In the same Jun. 11, 2016 Commencement issue, which was printed by the Oregon State University Daily Barometer student newspaper, there was an announcement that the student newspaper would be printed only weekly next school year, despite having been a daily newspaper for 95 years and in continuous publication for 120 years, from 1996 to 2016. (See student newspaper opinion columns by Riley Youngman, "Incoming Editor-in-Chief looks forward," Barometer, Jun.11, 2016, p. 7, posted Jun. 6, 2016, Rachel Suchan, "Outgoing Editor-in-Chief Reflects," Barometer, Jun.11, 2016, p. 7, posted Jun. 6, 2016 and Sean Bassinger, "This is (not) the end of our journey," Barometer, Jun.11, 2016, p. 10, posted Jun. 6, 2016)

The announcement of the OSU student newspaper change, from printing it daily to weekly, continues a trend toward less printed student publications, such as the Beaver Yearbook, which was recently converted into a quarterly magazine. Although I understand the trend toward digital online publications, I am still concerned that the necessary archival processes will be done so that all of this information can be accessed in the future. Clearly, this is a good topic for another post.

The new OSU student newspaper publication schedule is not yet documented in their Daily Barometer Advertise Orange Media 2016 Rates Posted: Monday, January 25, 2016 9:34 am (PDF) that is used to sell advertising in the student newspaper.

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