The presence of others can have an influence in a variety of works and disciplines. Previous works can provide inspiration, and sometimes foundations, for future creators, thinkers, innovators, and leaders. For example, contemporary social activists and political figures have described Martin Luther King as a source of great inspiration in the field of social justice. Rowling has discussed how her work draws on the Narnia chronicles by C. S. Lewis. Marie Curie’s work with radium inspired Ernest Rutherford’s experiments that led to the theory of atomic disintegration. American rapper Kendrick Lamar cites Tupac Shakur as a profound influence on his own work, writing, and relationship to his community.
The 2013–2014 season saw the team improve to a 16–16 mark overall but have its sixth consecutive losing season in the conference. The team faced the loss of all five of its starters and its five top scorers following the season, due to graduation, transfers, and the like.   In March 2014, the Pac-12 announced that Robinson would coach an all-star basketball team that would tour China in August.  On May 5, 2014, Robinson was fired from his position as the Oregon State men's head basketball coach.  He was given a $4 million buyout of the three remaining years on his contract.  The team had failed to make the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship or the National Invitation Tournament during Robinson's tenure.  His overall 93–104 record did make him the fourth-winningest coach in team history. 
Whitney Bradshaw is an artist, curator, teacher and social worker. She trained as an artist at Columbia College Chicago where she received an MFA in photography in 2001. While in school, Ms. Bradshaw taught at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute in addition to working at the Museum of Contemporary Photography as the assistant registrar and curatorial assistant. She received three Weisman Scholarships and in 2001 was named one of the top 10 MFA Candidates and awarded the College Art Association Regional Exhibition at Gallery 400 in the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2003, she had a solo exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science. Her photographs can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography as well as numerous private collections, and have been published in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Ms. Bradshaw was formerly the assistant curator of the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection and the curator of photography for the Bank of America Collection. As a curator, she developed more than 40 exhibitions, which have been loaned to museums and cultural centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has published a number of books and essays on the collection’s holdings and currently serves on the editorial board of the Columbia College Press. Prior to her graduate studies, Ms. Bradshaw attained a BA in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Eastern Illinois University. She has also worked, in various capacities, as a social worker across the city of Chicago. Her artwork can be viewed at .