Collegian T he Cameron University
Monday, April 22, 2013
Volume 88 Issue 8
Digital elections make history at CU Kaylee Jones A&E Editor
For the first time, Cameron University conducted their Student Government Association (SGA) elections online. The election took place at 9 a.m. on the first consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday of April. A total of 367 votes were counted, 22 less than last year. Zeak Naifeh, Director of Campus Life, explained the reason for the smaller turnout.
“I think that part of it is, being the first year, people aren’t used to, ‘Oh, I just need to log in [to vote]’,” Naifeh said. “It was less than last year by just a handful of votes.” Naifeh explained that because of ease and convenience, future elections would most likely be conducted online as well. “The elections committee is meeting either this week or next week to do an after action report,” Naifeh said. “I think the vibe is that we’ll go online because it was a lot easier on
them.” Kevin Stieb, Senior Biology major, beat out Dare Ayansola, Junior Information Technology major, by 33 points to win the title of SGA President for the 2013-2014 year. Stieb, an SGA member for the last three years, shared his plans for the upcoming semester, suggesting a polling system for bills that affect the student body as a whole. “Far too often bills that students don’t really like get passed because the student body, as a whole, doesn’t get
its voice heard,” Stieb wrote. “That’s something I want to fix.” While admitting his grades are his first priority for the upcoming semester, Stieb said that doing everything within his power to help students is a close second. “I’ve learned that a large number of students are simply here to get a degree and can’t really be bothered with extracurricular activities because of demands of work and family.” Stieb wrote. “I want to represent these
students, the ones who have essentially lost their voice in SGA, as well as I can.” Returning with Stieb for the fall semester will be new Vice-President, Hannah Smart, a Junior Communication major, and Treasurer, Rebecca Aremu, a Junior Interdisciplinary Studies major. Colten Kennedy, a Senior History/Mathematics major, as well as the current SGA President, offered Stieb advice for the upcoming transition. “If there’s one piece of advice
I could pass on to [Stieb], it would be to listen to everyone he meets,” Kennedy wrote. “That is, to carefully consider every perspective on an issue, because we’re all Aggies, and we’re a team.” Kennedy, a cadet in Cameron’s ROTC program, will graduate and be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in May of 2014.
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McMahon Field & Athletic Center underway
Dedication ceremony for the latest addition to campus set for June 11 Tiffany Martinez
was the best possible choice. “If you look at the Managing Editor Cameron Village The McMahon Field Community Center, if and Athletics Center, you look at the CETES located just west of I — pitched roofs, brick, Cameron Stadium, is near capstone, columns — you’ll completion. find that look clearly in The center has been the Business building and under construction for the clearly in the MAC but what past seven months and will do those places all have in provide CU Aggies with a common? You have to come new softball field, locker on campus, you have to room, weight room, storage drive down University to see room, training facility, them,” he said. batting cage and golfing With the creation of cage. the McMahon Field and According to Vice Athletics Center, the President of Business and architectural pallet of CU Finance Glen Pinkston the will now be on display near dedication ceremony is set the edge of campus and for June 11. Traditionally, this will allow Lawtonians dedication ceremonies an opportunity to catch consist of student speaking, the look and feel of the facility tours and plenty university without having to of food. The dedication actually be on campus. for this particular athletic “By putting that center, however, will have an building where we did, athletic twist as well. we are projecting the “We’re trying to arrange Cameron architecture to the a scrimmage or a couple community,” Vice President innings of play,” Vice Pinkston said. President Pinkston said. The overall complex National Collegiate cost has amounted to $2.7 Athletic Association million. Vice President (NCAA) rules place certain Pinkston said that the restrictions on high school McMahon Foundation has and college athletes playing been the primary donor of softball before their season these funds. begins so other options are “The McMahon being considered in order Foundation has given $1 for the scrimmage to take million,” Vice President place. Pinkston said. “We’ve raised “It won’t involve the private money as well but Photos by Tiffany Martinez softball players,” Vice the McMahon Foundation President Pinkston said. “It has made this possible. State-of-the-art sports center: (Top) Construction workers mount the Cameron Aggies sign on the will be the alumni against They have been very north side of the complex. Groundbreaking for the center took place in September 2012. (Lower left) Clear skies the staff, maybe.” generous to the university.” and low winds allow for a successful day of construction. Gold bleacher coverings, public restrooms and umpire The construction Vice President Pinkston changing stations will be components of the new softball field. (Lower right) Men drill layers of stone to assemble said he is glad the student manager of the site is the remaining portions of the McMahon Center. CMSWillowbrook is the contruction manager of the site. CMSWillowbrook, athletes of CU will soon be out of Chickasha. This provided a new home. campus. the Academic Commons, and the [Cameron] Village.” considered for the center construction company has “It’s been a positive “They’ve done a lot of they were the construction Vice President Pinkston but there was a reason that overseen the creation of addition to the campus,” he work here,” Vice President manager on the MAC, the said there were several beginning construction on many recent additions to said. Pinkston said. “They did Business building, CETES locations that were the area east of 38th street
TECHNICOLOR Cameron to host first ever color run for the Lawton community Tiffany Martinez Managing Editor
Cameron University has teamed up with Comanche Country Memorial Hospital to host Lawton’s first ever TechniColor Run. Proceeds from the 80’s themed run, which will shower its participants in powder and liquid colors throughout the race, will go to the Children’s Starlight Fund — a fund dedicated to the enhancement of pediatric services. Vice President of Student Services Jennifer Holland and Director of Campus Life Zeak Naifeh have spent the past six months planning, organizing ad promoting the event. “There are a lot of runs that happen throughout our community but there are not a lot of connection in those, so a lot of these different community partners who create the runs got together and created the Fit Kids and Fitness in Action series,” Vice President Holland said. Vice President Holland explained that the TechniColor
Run was planned in an effort to sustain consistency with the physical activities of the series. “We wanted to continue that consistent calendar of events,” she said. TechniColor runs are the new craze among runs, according to Vice President Holland. “The idea of a color run is, you start out this 5K course with a white shirt and you go through different color stations throughout the course and at each station you get plastered with different colors so by the end of the race you’re kind of a tie-dyed masterpiece,” she said. There will be five color stations at the CU TechniColor Run representing different community organizations and schools. The powder and liquid color at the color stations is created with powder paint and cornf lower. CU created its own color because it was more economical and according to Vice President Holland, keeping the cost relatively low could attract more people to participate in the run. “We’ve been testing [the color] out, trying to get it just right,” she said. “We’ve tested it out on our clothes and our hair and face.” The run will be preceded by packet-pickup day on May 3. During this time, participants can collect their packets for the run, which will include a t-shirt, bib, bandana, sunglasses and other goodies. That evening, those registered for the run are invited to a movie night.
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TechniColor table: Math Education major Kerry White works the registration table to recruit participants for the charity event. He is glad to be promoting a type of run, he said, that motivates people to stay active.
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April 22, 2013
CU professor inducted into Da Vinci Institute Tyler Boydston
and from all disciplines. Usually the awards I get are Asst. Managing Editor chemistry awards, and there are not so many chemists, but Dr. Elizabeth Ann Nalley, to get an award like this from Professor of Chemistry and all disciplines I think is a great Clarence E. Page Endowed honor,” Dr. Nalley said. Chair in Math and Science Dr. Nalley has taught at Education, has been chosen by Cameron University for more the Da Vinci Institute as a 2013 than 40 years, and she said her member of the organization. students still remember some of According to Dr. Nalley, she her non-conventional methods was told of her nomination by she uses in class years later. a letter from the organization’s “I use a lot of demonstrations president. and a lot of crazy pneumonic “They wrote me a very nice devices,” Dr. Nalley said. “I tell letter and told me,” Dr. Nalley a lot of stories and then I teach said. “I had been chosen as a dancing in class. Any one of Da Vinci fellow, and I think my my students who has had me dean nominated me. I’m pretty for Organic Chemistry II can sure he did because he said he do the ‘Glucose Shuffle’ for was going to.” you. It’s kind of like the Aggie Dr. Nalley said she feels Shuffle. I know they never honored to be inducted into forget it because I ran into one the Da Vinci institute, as it of my students in New York on covers all disciplines of study the street and he did it there. throughout Oklahoma. That was years ago, so I’ve been They only induct five people teaching like this for lots of a year, and that’s from all the years, and students tell me they universities from Oklahoma never forget it.”
Dr. Nalley said she believes the ideas of the Da Vinci Institute changes the methods professors use to teach students. “What the DaVinci Institute is trying to do is use creativity and innovation in teaching,” Dr. Nalley said. “It’s a group of scholars in Oklahoma getting together to change the way we teach, and I like that. I think that we always have to find new ways of teaching to interest our students.” According to Dr. Nalley, her field of interest is difficult to teach, and therefore she must develop original ways to get information across to students. “Organic Chemistry is a hard class to teach,” Dr. Nalley said. “You have to look for novel ways of teaching in order to make it interesting and catch the students’ attention.” Dr. Nalley, former National President for Phi Kappa Phi, has stayed involved with the Cameron chapter since she stepped down as the National
President in 1998, and will be President of the Cameron chapter in the fall. “I’m the President of the Cameron chapter next year,” Dr. Nalley said. “I’ve remained active and I am an active for life member. The reason I’ll be president next year is that next year our Phi Kappa Phi chapter is celebrating their 40th anniversary.” According to Dr. Nalley, a former student of her’s by the name of Dr. Rick Storm helped to found the Cameron chapter, and she intends on inviting him as a guest speaker for the chapter’s anniversary. “The chapter was founded by one of my former students, Dr. Storm, who has donated a lot of money back to Cameron,” Dr. Nalley said. “I want to have him back next year to talk about his career. I wrote a proposal to bring back my alums next year, and it will be co-sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi as a part of our 40th anniversary celebration.”
Crossfit Center unveiled Kali Robinson Staff Photographer
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Working the weights: Four year Cross Fit member, Catalina Rosales tests her skills. This group of dead lifts was done during a session of “As Many Rounds as Possible.” Isoms gestured to a woman dead lifting and sprinting. She explained that the woman was keeping count of how many reps she did by making tally marks with chalks on the floor. Eventually, Isoms said, there would be chalk all over the gym. “That’s how we make sure to keep track of everything,” Isoms said. “We do A-M-R-A-S, which is As Many Rounds As Possible in a specific amount of time. We’ll set the clock on 15 minutes and say ‘Do this, this and this,’ and see how many rounds they can get.” Four year member Rob Rogers adjusted his form and talked to Isoms about how he could improve his lifting. He expressed confidence in the direction that Isoms gave him. “It’s a lot better now that I know where to push,” Rogers said.
THE FAB FIVE Debate team places fifth in national tournament Kaylee Jones A&E Editor
Cameron University’s Speech and Debate team recently placed fifth at the 3rd Annual Junior Varsity National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. The small team, comprised of a mere five female competitors, the majority of which are brand new to the activity, took fifth place in the Division 1 Overall Sweepstakes. The tournament took place March 8th through the 10th. Division 1, as Sarah Collins, CU’s Director of Forensics, explained, is the top tier of three divisions in the competition. Collins said, for a burgeoning team, the placement served as an encouraging push in the right direction. “I think that they were disappointed some when they
didn’t have the individual success that they wanted to,” Collins said, “but when they got a team award, I think it really encouraged them, which is good, because I would like to focus on team awards.” The fifth place standing required the five individuals to participate in a total of 13 events, with sophomore Communication major Katelynn Wright participating in five events alone. Wright placed third in Communication Analysis, seventh in National Parliamentary Debate and 10th in individual sweepstakes. “The events are really hard,” Wright said. “It’s not really hard to construct, what’s hard is finding something to do. Like finding a topic for a speech event, whether it’s platform or interpretation, it’s really hard to do, because you have to find what is relevant for now.” Other victories included that of Kynzie Pierce, a
Teacher of many titles: Dr. Elizabeth Nalley received her latest honor, being inducted into the Da Vinci Institute, but this is not her only. She is also the Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair in Math and Science Education and former national president of Phi Kappa Phi.
English department presents awards for freshman writers
Students, armed with nothing but their bodies, tried a free cross fit work out at the grand opening of Southern Plains CrossFit gym from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Athletes and non-athletes alike filled the gym, enjoying refreshments and checking out what the new establishment has to offer. Owner and CU student Crystal Isoms elaborated on the significance of crossfit training to guests. “If you go to another gym, you are going to get exactly what you pay for — no training, no programming and equipment,” she said. “The way that we work is that your body is the machine. We don’t use machines because we need to do motions that make our bodies stabilize in the process of using strength. Whenever you use a machine that holds you in place, you are taking away all of that ability to stabilize.” Isoms said that there a multiple plans available for interested parties. “We have different kinds of memberships. You can come twice a week for one price, 60 dollars, or twice a week for 80. Unlimited is available because we are open seven days a week, so I have people who come in five or six days a week — [that] is 90 with the discount for Cameron students. That is 100 for those who do not have a discount.” Isoms explained that she creates different workouts each day by choosing movements such as running, jump roping and rowing for her gym members. “You don’t have that at other gyms unless you buy a trainer,” Isoms said. “When you compare it to the price of a personal trainer, you get eight sessions for the price of three or if you come twice a week 20 sessions for the price of three. I always work one on one with everyone.” Isoms welcomes people of all shapes, sizes and circumstance to her gym. “People think they can’t come here because they are injured or out of shape. That is completely wrong. We take 300 pound people who cannot do a squat and get them there,” she said.
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Wracking research: Communication major Katelynn Wright researches the events in which she is to compete. Wright walked away from the Junior Varsity National Tournament with two individual awards. freshman with no prior experience, who placed fifth in Informative Speaking. Also in attendance were members Bishaka Karki, Cassandra Stanga and Savanah Freeman. Preceding the JV Nationals Tournament, members Stanga and Freeman had not participated in many tournaments. “The first tournament they went to was the State Tournament … and they observed there,” Collins explained. “Their next tournament was JV Nationals.”
The success has shed a positive light on an otherwise rocky semester. Upon returning from Christmas break, the team underwent a shocking reduction. “It was rough,” Collins admitted, “but it’s rough with any sort of transition. We went from eight students to three.” Collins expressed her excitement for recruitment opportunities, “They [the current members] are all coming back next year. I’m excited to see what they’re going to do.”
and Dr. Vivian Thomlinson took the time to congratulate Staff Writer and award students during the event. Cameron University There are certain students freshmen were selected by who have a natural ability to the professors of English write, but professor of English Composition I and II and Foreign Languages Dr. courses and presented with Felicia Godwin said the awards in honor of their Freshman Writing Awards are excellent writing and hard not only designed for the most work throughout the spring, talented writers, but also for summer and fall semesters. those who put forth extreme Students who received effort. the awards were recognized “When I select the students by faculty of the English I want to recognize, I do not department and believed to aim to recognize only students exemplify the characteristics of dedicated and outstanding who write well but also those who work hard,” Godwin said. writers. The Freshman “I reserve the awards for those Writing Awards ceremony was held at 3:30 p.m. on April who work hard to develop as a writer and to those who are 15 in the Shepler Center leaders, active in discussions Ballroom. and speak up in class.” Assistant Professor and The awards ceremony for Director of Composition CU freshmen students is not Dr. William Carney began taken lightly. Students were the Freshman Writing encouraged by Dr. Carney to Awards Ceremony by continue using their writing congratulating students on ability throughout their their achievements and for college career. He explained being selected to receive an how important it is to be able award from their professor. to write well and encouraged Fruit, cookies and pastries were provided for the students the students to continue and as they waited for their names grow in their writing. “Your writing careers are to be called to receive their not over yet,” Dr. Carney said. award. “Once a year, we honor CU “Take what you’ve learned here and take it to the next students with the ceremony,” level.” Dr. Kingsley said. Dr. Carney took the Following his introduction, podium once more and Dr. Carney presented his concluded the ceremony with students with certificates and invited the other English words of encouragement and motivation for the freshmen professors to do the same. students. He said many people Dr. Bayard Godsave, Dr. choose to continue their Felicia Godwin, Professor education after completing Ashley Garrett, Professor Elizabeth Grooms, Dr. Susan their degree because being able to write well will benefit them Hall, Professor Heather beyond college. King, Instructor George “Write your way out of McCormick, Dr. Hardy Jones, here and right into your first Dr. John Hodgson, Dr. John job,” Dr. Carney said. Morris, Dr. Aaron Rudolph
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“This remaining year of being at Cameron naturally brings up the question regarding ‘Why did I not run again for SGA President?’ And truthfully, there are several reasons,” Kennedy wrote. “First and foremost is the fact that as I transition into my last year in the ROTC program, I will take on the role of being a mentor and guide to the other classes of cadets. This is something that I want to do my best at, on account of the great mentors that I’ve also had the opportunity to learn from as well.” Students looking to get involved in SGA can join the association on Mondays at 5:15 p.m. in the School of Business for their weekly meetings.
April 22, 2013
Aggies struggle down the stretch Aaron Gill Staff Writer
The Cameron Aggie baseball team had a tough battle with the Wildcats of Abilene Christian University on April 12-14 in Abilene. The Aggies played the Wildcats in a four game series and walked away with only one win. That win came in the form of a shutout against the Wildcat’s number three pitcher and Aggie junior Drew Reidt on the mound for Cameron. Game one for the Aggies and Wildcats was played on April 12 and saw the Aggie’s bats in full support of starting pitcher Reidt who threw all nine innings on the day, putting Reidt’s record on the season at 2-3. Throughout the game Reidt only allowed six hits, walked two and recorded two Ks. The Aggies offense however, came up with eight runs on 11 hits and one Wildcat error. Senior Nick Smith helped the Ags charge forward as he went 3-5 on the day, with one RBI and a run scored of his own. Junior Brad Blumer and senior Kenny Acosta both had two hits one the day and each scored one run. Blumer also recorded one RBI, while Acosta posted an additional two RBIs to his stat card. Senior Thomas Galvan also had two hits on the day. The Aggies came out bats swinging in the first inning and connected to bring three base runners across the plate. Junior Keaton Green led off the inning for the Aggies with a single to center and was followed by a single down the left side from junior Kaz Sanders. Smith followed with a single of his own in the three spot, scoring Green and putting Sanders in scoring position, who was then driven in by a sac fly from Blumer. Acosta stepped up to the plate for the Ags in the six-hole and drove in Smith on a double down the left side. After being credited with an RBI, Acosta was left on base as the inning came to a close. The game then turned into a pitchers’ duel between Reidt and ACU’s number three, Herrera. Neither team scored through the next four innings. The Aggies did add to their 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth when Blumer reached on a one out double and was later driven in by Acosta. Acosta was then plated on a single from Galvan, but Galvan was thrown out at second after trying to extend his single into a double to end the inning. Cameron added two more to the board in the top of the seventh as Senior Colton Davis led off the inning for the Aggies with a walk and then advanced to second after a pitch hit senior Kevin Lum. Both Aggies advanced on a balk then Davis scored on a groundout to first from Sanders and Lum later scored on a single to left from Smith. The Aggies posted one more run to the board before the game was over in the top of the eighth. Reidt then allowed only one hit in the bottom of the eighth and then shutdown the Wildcats in one, two, three fashion to seal the shutout. The Aggies were unable to carry momentum forward and went on to lose the next three games 2-1, 4-3 and 12-4.
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Driving force: Junior Keaton Green sends a single into left field scoring a run against Southeastern Oklahoma April 16 at McCord Field. Green finished 1-5 with an RBI and one run scored as the Aggies fell to the Savage Storm 6-3. Head Coach Todd Holland explained his Aggies had the opportunity to capitalize in the series but just could not really bring everything together to get into the win column. “We played good enough to win,” Coach Holland said. “We had a 3-2 lead in the ninth (game three) and we had opportunities to win and that is really all you can ask for is opportunities to win but we still have to come out and play baseball.” Tuesday, April 16 the Aggies took the field at home against Southeastern Oklahoma. The Aggies recorded a loss to the Savage Storm in just that style. Winds were whipping from the northeast at 20-25 mph with an overcast sky to stage a gloomy day for baseball. CU got a solid start from junior lefty Justin Walker, who went four straight innings only allowing one earned run and struck out three from the Storm. Junior Tim Eason came in to relieve Walker and in his 2.1 innings pitched allowed two earned runs and recorded two Ks. Left-handed Junior Will Smith came in and took the loss for the Aggies in the seventh and in his two innings pitched, Smith gave up two earned and struck out four.
The Aggies, after two and a half scoreless inning, finally posted some runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead, but the Savage Storm answered right back with a run of their own in the top of the fourth. Southeastern put up another run in the fifth to tie the game at two. In the top of the sixth they added yet another run to go up 3-2 on the Aggies. The Black and Gold answered in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at three. After two quick outs, junior Brandon Raidy reached second on a dropped ball by the center fielder. He then moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on a wild pitch. The Aggies did not score again in the game as the Savage Storm posted three more total runs to bring a 6-3 victory in their favor. Coach Holland said that his team had chances to win and you cannot really look toward an ump as an excuse for a loss. “We had the chances to win,” Holland said. “But you also cannot look toward an ump as an excuse, sure there are going to be bad calls, but that is baseball and you have to live with it and like I said, you never quit, you try to win every game and play hard.”
Ashley Nolan advanced to second after a sac bunt by Anna Jones. Nolan scored when Keanna Winkfield reached on an error. Sara Vaughn walked and Madison Buckley took advantage by hitting a double down the right field line to send in Winkfield. Vaughn used some heads-up base running to score when Lyndi Smith flied out to center. Allerheiligen led off the fifth with a walk for CU. Ferrell moved her to second with a sac bunt. After Dooley grounded out to second, Tara Martini hit a two-run homerun down the right field line to bring the Ags back to within one. However, Cameron would not be able to come from behind a second time, falling 5-4 to the Wildcats. The Martini sisters led the
Leslie Martini reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman. Ferrell was able to score to bring the score to 2-2. Abilene Christian was not down for long though. The Wildcats loaded the bases again after Buckley led off with a single, Smith followed with a double, and Flanary was walked. Heather Peacock then flied out to left and Buckley scored. The Aggies were able to get the next two batters out to end the inning. Samantha Betts came in for Hebert after she walked the first two batters in the fifth. Betts then walked the next batter to load the bases. Cameron was able to save a run when by tagging out Paige Stevens at home. Lana Smith knocked in two runs when she singled to left center. The
Cameron Softball hits speed bump in Abilene CU Sports Information
Mosley was able to retire six of the first seven batters she faced. ACU also went hitless in the first frame, but they got on Abilene Christian took advantage of Cameron defensive the board in the second after a leadoff homerun by Courtney miscues to take the final two Flanary. Taylor Fitzgerald gave games of the series, 5-4, and Abilene Christian another run 10-2 on Saturday afternoon in after they strung together three Abilene. singles to take a 2-0 lead. Prior to the ACU series, Cameron was able to answer Cameron had a two game back in the next inning. With buffer from the last spot to get one out, the Aggies loaded the into the LSC Tournament. bases after Carly Allerheiligen, With Eastern New Mexico Spencer Ferrell and Misty taking two-of-three from Dooley got consecutive singles. Texas A&M Kingsville, the Later, Leslie Martini stepped Aggies and Zias are tied for up to the plate and ripped a the last spot with nine games double to left field sending remaining. Allerheiligen and Ferrell home The Aggies are now 13-25 to tie the score at two. this season and 6-12 in the The Wildcats one upped Lone Star Conference. CU by scoring three in the Cameron could not get fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. things going early on offense, After getting hit by a pitch, as Wildcats pitcher Peyton
way for CU’s offense with both of them getting two hits and a pair of RBIs. Cameron was able to get ten hits off of Abilene Christian. In game two the Wildcats were able to get on the board first by scoring two in the first inning off Aggie starter Kelsy Hebert. CU tied it back up in the next frame after the Wildcats committed four errors. Micah Foutch led the inning off with a single to center field. Makenzie Burk pinch ran for Foutch and advanced to second after Allerheiligen laid down a sacrifice bunt. Ferrell then got to first on an error by the Wildcat second baseman. Later in the frame, Tara Martini made it to second off of two ACU errors, sending Burk home and Ferrell to third. Next,
Wildcats found themselves with the bases full again after Heather Peacock walked. Abilene Christian got another run when Betts walked Taylor Fizgerald to send in Buckley. Anna Jones gave ACU the final run of the fourth by hitting a single through the right side to send in Smith. The Wildcats scored three more runs in the fifth after Lyndi Smith hit a three-run homer to give them an eight run lead and the win, 10-2. Cameron was able to get two hits off of ACU starter, Caitlyn Crain (10-10), with Tara Martini and Micah Foutch representing CU’s lone batters who got a hit. Hebert (4-6) went three innings, giving up four hits, three earned runs and four walks.
April 22, 2013
Video game obsession breeds contempt
Alex Rosa-Figueroa Staff Writer
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So. Video games. But one year ago, on the occasion of my first editorial, I wrote on the darlings. More specifically, I wrote on the hype machine surrounding them, and my own experience with “Bioshock 2.” For those dear audience members who are short of memory — or simply were not here when my golden words descended unto the page with every keystroke — I didn’t like the game. The sequel to the beloved game was disappointing in that special way, comparable only to something so devastating as stubbing one’s toe, dropping one’s ice cream or finding out the reason why “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” isn’t nearly as scandalous a song as childhood would have led you to believe. What I’m saying is that the game was garbage; it was insufferable; it was the lowest iteration of the highest form of betrayal, and it would be years before I could fully recover the parts of my soul that unforgivable blight on electronic entertainment rotted away; and as I sit at this computer desk, a snarl of contempt growing on my ravished (and ravishing) countenance, I can say only this about that corporatemandated trollop of a game: It wasn’t that bad, all things considered. In my first two editorials of the semester, I spent a collective six pages talking about how you, my lovelies, should chin up and realize that life wasn’t so bad, and avoid the pitfalls of cynicism. In this installment of the frightening
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and discursive journey into my ethos, let us dive deep into the psyche of someone who would rant for two-and-a-little-onthe-third pages about how bad a video game is. That’s right, my friends. We’re going to the Internet. Of course, I’m not being fair. The World Wide Web, or “The WWW” as no one likes to call it, is a wonderful, wonderful thing. If I had to use one word to describe it, I would choose “radical.” What is less radical are the screeching, whining masses; the crowds of those who fly under the flag of “fandom,” but in actuality should be waving the flag of “childishness.” Okay, caveat time: I am not saying that being a nerd or being a part of a fandom makes you childish — if I did
I’d have some serious selfdepreciation issues going on, which would be silly since I’m pretty much the most amazing guy I know. Being enthusiastic about a work of media is no more harming than being enthusiastic about, say, learning or working. What I am saying, however, is that being enthusiastic about something to the point of obsession is a dangerous thing. I don’t mean obsessive in the sense of extreme passion — one need not look further than the row of “My Little Pony” figurines standing at attention on my computer as proof of that. No, when I speak of the dangers of obsession, I’m talking about the kind of possessive indignity towards things to
the point one feels entitled to a product as they want it rather than how it ends up; the kind of possessive entitlement that leads groups of people to raise $85,000 for charity just to tell a game company they didn’t like the ending of a story. Now, okay, that example isn’t the best — I mean, they raised money for charity, right? Charity is one of the few things in life that are an absolute good. But what about when a group of unruly folks get passive aggressive in other ways? This past March, a little website known as The Consumerist held a vote-based competition to determine the absolute worst company in America. In the running were heavy hitters like Wal*Mart and the Bank of America.
This year’s winner was, for the second year in a row, gamepublisher Electronic Arts. So, in a world where companies are oft given more leeway than human beings, human rights crimes run rampant and the term “human trafficking” isn’t just a bad joke about driving at 5 p.m., what was it that damned EA to the very pits of Corporate Hell? Releasing a number of bad video games. Friends, I’m a nerd, and I love my nerdy things as much as I love my brightly colored magic ponies But as with everything, let’s keep things in perspective: a bad video game is not the end of the world, and your passions should not let you lose focus of the big picture.
College students face difficulty in work force
Asst. Managing Editor In the job market, college students have a difficult time. I only say this because I was laid off from my job a month ago. For two years straight, I had a stable position at a job in Duncan, and drove back there for the weekends. I had it made until I was let go. Then I realized just how difficult things actually are for college students looking for jobs. The search for a job brought about the problem of availability: the amount of hours I am available to work as a college student are very limited, and most jobs are not exactly willing to work with the hectic schedule of a college student/newspaper editor. While I, too, began looking for a job, I have several friends who were also job searching. The job search ‘ended’ relatively early when I landed a job in town for minimum wage and minimal hours. When another job called for a slightly higher pay, I jumped at the opportunity. Suddenly, I thought that the job and school mix would work, but then slowly but surely came to the realization that my hours were still limited, and my ability to pay rent and bills was gone. Things got difficult, and fast. I was hired on as a
temporary worker with the ability to get hired on fulltime, and took the risk and went with it. My inability to work a constant Monday to Friday job, however, proved to be my downside when I was scheduled eight to 14 hours a week. Over the course of my time post-layoff, I have had to adapt to the job market, and I have come to the conclusion that full availability is the only way to get a good amount of hours. So, this is why I write this now: As a full-time college student, the job force is a difficult thing for not all but most of us. While some of us still find ourselves in that awkward phase in life where we’re not entirely sure what we want to do with ourselves, it is difficult to wrap our heads around school and work. However, it is even more difficult for managers and store owners to schedule around our own very hectic life schedules as college students. What we have to do, though, and what I realize that I have to do now, is set up our own school and work schedules to coordinate well with one another. We also have to let those interviewing us understand our schedules when we first talk to them. Nothing is more important than letting potential managers understand upfront what our school schedules are. Another part of the job search that I had to realize very early on was that my own personal appearance had to slightly change in order for me to be taken seriously for any position. Sad though it may be, a few employers are not going to hire someone with long hair and a beard (as is seen in my editorial picture). Since that picture was taken, I cut my hair short and shaved
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the beard (it is in the process of growing again, so shed no tears). This disappoints me to great lengths, as my appearance in that picture is an appearance I very much like. Most importantly, however, is one’s ability to work. If you lose your job, or you are looking for a job, search high and low, look everywhere, and do not count any job out in your quest. After that, be prepared to work hard at the job, and you should be fine. That being said, I continue my quest.
April 22, 2013
No shoes, no show: A Review Photos by Carson Stringham
Carson Stringham Staff Writer
One newlywed couple, an overbearing mother, a zany neighbor, a wise repairman, an out of breath deliveryman and six flights of stairs are all the ingredients needed to make for an evening full of laughs. At 8 p.m. on April 12, Lawton Community Theatre (LCT) opened Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” a comedy in three acts that will run until April 21 at the John Denney Playhouse. The show deals with Paul and Corie Bratter’s – played by Addam Tate and Amanda Richey respectively – first two weeks as a married couple; together they endure a multitude of problems and come to realize that married life is not always as carefree as they thought it would be. Mike Taylor, the director for the show, said that originally “Barefoot in the Park” was not even on
with his crazy antics and magnetic stage presence. Playing Velasco gave Howard a chance to work hic comedic magic in classic slapstick fashion that had the audience rolling in the aisles. Two characters in the play are only seen for brief intervals: the Repairman, played by Erik Marple, was seen in the beginning and at the end of the play. As an unbiased onlooker, he is the only character who gets to deliver advice with no strings attached. Marple did an excellent job at capturing a loveable gruffness that lends Weasling their way: (Left) Mrs. Banks, played by Cynthia Kent, tries to weasel her way into staying the itself to such a character. evening in her daughter, Corie’s, played by Amanda Richey, apartment. (right) Corie tries to pry Paul, played by One of the funniest Addam Tate, away from his legal papers and into the bedroom. “Barefoot in the Park” will play until April 21. moments in the entire play the schedule for this season’s the criteria. show that it had moved from as the character moved from comes with the entrance of the Deliveryman. Don shows, but was a last minute “It has the right amount “brand new” to “lived in.” a naïve young woman to a replacement. of cast members and it’s a After that initial distinction mature one as she learns that Littig’s two minutes on stage “We were not able nice comedy, the kind of was made, the audience had marriage is about more than as the store’s deliveryman were filled with laughter to cast our first choice, show that the whole family to pay careful attention to just having fun. ‘God’s Favorite,’ because we can enjoy,” he said. the playbill in order to see Cynthia Kent, Managing from the audience, not because of anything he said, didn’t have enough people For “Barefoot,” the stage exactly how much time had Director for LCT, played to fill the roles,” Taylor was perfectly set to look like elapsed between scenes. Mrs. Banks, Corie’s intrusive but because of the way he portrayed having climbed up said. “So, we made a choice the interior of the Bratter’s Tate was hilarious as the and exasperating mother. the six flights of stairs to the to find something that was apartment, to include a no-nonsense husband who Her interaction with Tate Bratter’s apartment. Without comparable to another Neil refrigerator, kitchen sink, is trying to deal with his is especially fun, playing on saying a single word, Simon comedy but only a couch, a front door, a bay fun-loving wife. His delivery the idea of the unwanted Littig delivered a fantastic required a small cast.” window and even doors that of the many one-liners that mother-in-law with performance that made him Taylor, a ten year “lead” to the bedrooms. Paul gets was not only funny perfection. instantly memorable. veteran of directing shows Since all of the action to hear, but a joy to watch. Rounding out the main Because of the talented with LCT, said that after took place in one location, Richey lit up the stage cast was Dallas Howard, cast, “Barefoot in the Park” considering two or three the passage of time had to with her vibrant energy. She who played Victor Velasco, was enjoyable, funny, different shows they settled be related to the audience by was able to portray Corie’s an eccentric upstairs thought-provoking and fun. on “Barefoot” because it fit redressing the apartment to range of emotions flawlessly neighbor who stole the show
Nepali New Year offers CU a sampling of diversity Alex Rosa-Figueroa Staff Writer
At 5 p.m. on April 14, students, faculty and all manner of attendees entered the McCasland Ballroom to join in celebration of a new year during the Nepali New Year Night. This event was held to commemorate and celebrate the beginning of the 2070 year and featured traditional and contemporary Nepali entertainment as well as Nepali cuisine. The evening began with a welcome from the host of the night, Bishaka Karki. Karki, with some humor, gave a short explanation for the 2070 date, effectively giving a preview for the formal explanation of the
Nepali calendar that was to come. “We are not in the future — the Nepali calendar is just different,” she said. “We celebrate the new year on the first of Baishakh.” After the welcome, Karki called for CUNA adviser Sarah Stroud to begin the festivities with the candle lighting inauguration. With the ceremony begun, the time came for the CUNA board members to be introduced and acknowledged for their contributions to the night and the organization as a whole. Once the board members were given thanks, the audience was asked to stand. As the ballroom’s occupants rose, guest singer Arvinda Malakar took
the proverbial stage and began to sing the national anthem of Nepal, “Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka.” Those in attendance who knew the lyrics were invited to join Malakar in the country’s anthem, and upon completion of the song, it was time for a presentation on the country. The audience listened as CUNA member and speaker Nayan Pandey stood at the front of the ballroom and educated the room on Nepal and its culture. He spoke on the size of the country, putting the scale and population into perspective with larger nations, such as the United States. “The population is 29 million,” he said, “which is ten times less than the United States.”
During the presentation, Pandey also took the time to explain the Nepali calendar and why the event was celebrating the year 2070 and not 2013. According to Pandey, the Nepali calendar is termed Bikram Sambat, abbreviated as B.S. The calendar is similar to Gregorian calendars in its 12-month structure, but is ahead of the western calendar by roughly 56.7 years due to an earlier start. Pandey explained that the first month of the Bikram Sambat is Baishakh, the first day of which fell on April 14 this year. Pandey concluded his presentation after an explanation of the other 11 months on the calendar and called for the audience to enjoy
their time. “It is a time of celebration,” he said. After the presentation, attendees were invited to partake in dinner, which consisted of a number of homecooked Nepalese dishes. The main menu included dishes such as Pulao, a rice with dried fruits within; a Cauliflower and Potato Curry mix; Pork Choyela, a spicy pork dish and Pickel, a mixture of tomatoes and peas. While attendees ate their meals, they were also able to watch a number of Nepalese performances. One such performance was the “Kala kurtai le,” a Nepali folk dance between two pairs of young men and women. The dance, a
back-and-forth piece in which the men attempted to woo their partners, increased in tempo as it went on, and elicited audience participation though clapping with the beat of the song. Additional entertainment included a fashion show that showcased five pairs of traditional Nepali costumes; “Gairi khet ko,” a folk dance which featured Nepali and nonNepali girls alike; a Bollywood fusion dance which featured five songs from five Indian movies and Prakritti Adhikari, a guest performer who sang the English song, “Falling Slowly.” With food, entertainment and high spirits, Nepali Night 2070 ushered in the new year with energy.
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Trek it out Kaitlyn Stockton Staff Writer
Cameron University’s Magic Lantern Film Society welcomed Trekkies of all ages to its showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In the final installment of the Magic Lantern Film Society’s 2012-2013 film series, the organization invited CU students, community members, retired faculty and more to watch the Star Trek episode “Space Seed,” followed by the showing of The Wrath of Khan. The screening began at 6:30 p.m. on April 13 in the CETES Conference Center. Advisors Professor of English John Morris and Professor Emerita Sherry Newell – both Star Trek fans – were in attendance. Professor Emerita Newell graced the audience in her authentic Star Fleet uniform. She spent a part of the evening showing audience members her Star Trek memorabilia and autographed items from throughout the years. Dr. Morris said the decision to show the movie was a result of solicitations from students and guests. While the Magic Lantern Film Society had screened similar movies such as Star Wars in the past, Dr. Morris said the organization has never shown Star Trek. “We actually solicitate suggestions from people who come to watch the films. This [Star Trek] was put forward. We have never shown it,” he said. “She [Newell] always wants to show the best in terms of context. If we are go to show a Star Trek movie, we are going to have to show the best one, which is Wrath of Khan.” Dr. Morris began the evening by continuing Magic Lantern’s serial showing of the Lone Ranger. Guests were welcomed to popcorn and other snacks as the night soon ventured to the final frontier. Dr. Morris said the group decided to show the original episode “Space Seed” to allow students to see Khan’s origins and experience the beginnings of the Star Trek franchise. “We are going to show the original episode from the series so
All trekked out: (left) Professor John Morris and Professor Emerita Sherry Newell oversee the showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. (Top right) Students settle in for the movie while (bottom right) popcorn pops. people can see where it comes from,” he said. Dr. Morris said there is more to the movie than just the sci-fi aspect. Events and references in Wrath Khan can be seen as social commentary. He also said fans of literature will enjoy the film for small appearances of their favorite classics. “There is an interesting story about regenerating dead planets which people are thinking about doing such a thing, which is a comment about that,” he said. “Plus there are quotations from literature. Khan is quoting Moby Dock right and left. And the music is fun. It is just fun.” Before the night ended, Dr. Morris and Professor Emerita Newell awarded its organization’s officers with certificates, handed out door prizes and announced its movie line-up for the 20132014 school year. According to Dr. Morris, the Magic Lantern screenings are
free and open to the public. He said he loves for CU students to come to the events to see something new. “It’s free. We are the best bargain around,” he said. “There are people from the community that have come for years. We get Upward Bound students who come to our film as a cultural event. If you haven’t seen a movie like this, this is why we show them.” Overall, Dr. Morris said he hopes viewers have fun watching the movie. He said the feel for the old television is perfectly displayed in the movie, allowing old and new viewers to relive the adventures of the Enterprise. “I just hope they have a good time,” Dr. Morris said. “It is a pretty good story. There is a lot of drama in it. The interplay between the characters is wonderful. The feel for the old series is back. It’s just fun. It’s not great drama, but it is a pretty good science fiction movie. We hope people enjoy it.”
April 22, 2013
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FIGURATIVELY Sarah Brewer Copy Editor
A visual evening: Visitors admire the work of CU Art Students in a gallery following a visual lecture by Mark Kang-O’Higgins. The artist spent the week teaching at CU. Paintings filled with intense color and expressions were the focal points of a visual lecture that artist Mark Kang-O’Higgins gave after spending a week teaching his techniques to Cameron University students. Kang-O’Higgins took the evening of April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall to delve into his work and show the kind of art his students produce under his tutelage. A native of Ireland, Kang-O’Higgins has been a painter, fine art instructor and commission portrait artist for more than a decade. He is a graduate of the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland; the Edinburgh College of Art; and the New York Academy of Art where he earned a master of fine art degree in painting and sculpture. He also currently leads the KangO’Higgins Atelier, a yearlong course in drawing and painting, at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. Kang-O’Higgins said his work is firmly rooted in the figurative tradition. He explained in a press release that he is interested in the human condition in both the physical and emotional sense, and in his work, he said he aims to describe their presence as individuals or events and presence in relation to or in juxtaposition with other events and environments. He also said he makes use of his surroundings and incorporates what he sees into his work. “I tend to draw and paint a lot of what’s around me,” he said.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “We’re going to show Pitch Perfect out on the lawn, in front of the MCC,” Vice President Holland said. The event is open to people of all ages. The registration fee for students and those under 18 is $15. “We’ve kept the price, intentionally, at $15 for all students — regardless of what grade you’re in,” she said. Though Vice President Holland is projecting approximately 1,000 runners, she predicts the registration fees will not amount to what it cost to put on the race. She said, however, this does not necessarily concern her. “It’s so important for us to get youth active in our community,” she said. “We
kind of hope they will get the running bug, we kind of hope they will get the bug to participate in events like this. We just want them to come out and have a good time.” Non-student adult prices are initially $30 but will rise to $35 a week before the run. “It’s not competitive, it’s not timed — it’s really just for fun and for charity,” Vice President Holland said. “We are thrilled not only to be providing a cool activity that’s focused on good health practices for our community but also to be raising money for the Starlight Fund.” To register or to find more information on the event, visit www. technicolorrun.com.
“Maybe that’s a sign of a lack of imagination, but it’s also for me, it’s a true to my existence and the people in my life are usually not going to charge me to sit and be my models.” Some of his portraits he presented depicted intimate scenes — his wife giving birth and breastfeeding their son with an accusatory look on her face— whereas others gave an unflinching look at the gruesome aftermath of warfare complete with religious undertones. The portrait that elicited the most audible response from the audience was one of his son only minutes after he had been born. “They come out slimy and elongated, and weird looking, and I did a painting of it because kids — to me — are the most beautiful things on the planet when they’re not taking a poop on you. There’s nothing like holding a baby and all that softness,” he said. “But it’s not all sweetness and light. Life is a mixture of all that stuff. I try adopting all that stuff into my work.” Kang-O’Higgins advised students to devote time for developing their craft. “You have to practice,” he said. “Artists will say you have to be doing it in order to be fluent in your skills, and I think that’s true and I think that hopefully helps me in my teaching.” Several students had the opportunity to practice and implement some of his methods in their own work. Senior Art major Elia Merel described participating in the
workshops as an interesting experience. She displayed her work — a vivid portrait of a nude woman lying on a chaise lounge — in a gallery during a reception that followed the lecture. “Honestly, the first time I did expressive art per se was over the summer — that was just with watercolor and I’m new with oil paint. It was really nice to see someone doing it like that. He does it so effortlessly; I didn’t understand it. It made me want to quit for a second,” Merel admitted. However, Merel said his energy took hold of the entire class in a matter of time. “After he did the demos for everybody, everybody immediately got to work and we didn’t stop. Even during the breaks when the models left, we still kept working on the backgrounds or something like that,” she said. “I did it within three hours; it was really fast-paced.” His lessons encouraged Merel to be daring with her work, and after looking through his own perspective, she saw an entire spectrum of color in ordinary objects. “For me personally, I am very timid with colors,” she said. “Whenever I look at an object, I see it in flat color whereas painters see different colors. Like if you look at skin — it is red and yellows, but for me it is just a peach tone. Maybe that’s just the graphic designer in me. Today I added green to skin tones; I added blue, I added red.”
Coloring Cameron’s campus, one marathon at a time: (far left) Kerry White, Math Education major, works a registration booth for the marathon in the MCC. (bottom left) A towel colored by the powders that will be used at the run. (right) Pictures from the technicolor promotion are displayed at a booth in the MCC. The marathon will take place on May 4, with a projection of 1000 runners, and will be $15 for students to register.