Collegian T he Cameron University
Monday, April 29, 2013
Volume 88 Issue 10
CU celebrates an Aggie Arbor Day Kali Robinson
CU Provost John McArthur spoke on Arbor Day east of the CETES building as students volunteered to plant two new trees at noon on April 17. Sophomore Biology major Alexander Franco, junior Criminal Justice major Dalton Matthews and senior Chemistry major Samantha Ristedt helped plant a Kentucky Coffeetree for Arbor Day. Provost McArthur began the event with a brief welcome. He then mentioned the most recent American tragedy at Boston, emphasizing the idea that it was an opportune time for planting. “Tree [planting] plays a role in memories,” he said. A number of trees, according to Provost McArthur, had been planted around the CU campus in honor of late students and exceptional graduates. Several trees had been chosen to be a part of the Cameron Tree Tour because of their economic aesthetic or ethno botanical properties. William Schlecht, CU’s first Biology Education
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Planting for a purpose: (Left to right) Samantha Ristedt, Seth Geiger, Alexander Franco and Dalton Matthews finish planting the Coffeetree for Arbor Day. The event took place on April 17. graduate, who has supported improving the overall quality recognized other individuals Cameron University Plan of student life, planned the who helped make Arbor Day 2013 by promoting an project. at CU possible as well. active campus lifestyle and Provost McArthur “Regent John Stuart [is]
one of Cameron’s regents who has contributed over $100,000 to plant trees throughout campus and
around the perimeter of campus,” Provost McArthur said. The Kentucky Coffeetree was the first of the two trees that were planted by students. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, they tolerate most conditions and withstand drought and pollution. “The Coffeetree is a simulation of a coffee bean you will not find at Starbucks,” Provost McArthur said. The second tree planted was the Caddo Maple tree, whose name is derived from the Caddo Canyon is western Oklahoma, is also capable of adapting to different types of conditions. According to Provost McArthur, the tolerance of these trees was vital for the place in which they were planted. “This is the furthest western extent for maples in the United States,” he said. “It’s supposed to do well in our soil and climate conditions, the real challenge in this area.” Provost McArthur brought the event to a close by quoting “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. “I think I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree,” he said.
ROTC teams up with OBI to host Graduate Preview biannual blood drive for community Dianne Riddles
you to donate?” Spannagel said there are Crossroads Editor several requirements to be The Cameron University eligible as a donor and each Department of Military donor must pass a health screen Science hosted the ROTC before donating. blood drive with the Oklahoma “You must be 16-years-old Blood Institute (OBI) on April to donate blood. If you are 16, 22, at Burch Hall. you must also have a permission Captain Elizabeth Miller slip signed by your parents,” of the United States Army is she said. “Students at Cameron an Executive Officer/Assistant who are 17 must weigh at least Professor of Military Science 125 pounds; anybody 18 or for the ROTC department. older must weigh 110 pounds According to Miller, the or more and everyone must department hosts a blood drive have an ID.” as one of their community “First, the donor answers a service outreach programs once series of questions to make sure a semester. he or she is healthy,” she said. Miller said that as a nurse “We will take blood pressure, she worked at Children’s pulse, and temperature; check Hospital and Medical Center iron count to make sure that in Oklahoma City for about the iron level is okay. It’s a great six years during which time mini-physical if you haven’t she worked the hematology/ been to the doctor in awhile oncology, medical/surgical and it’s a great way to make sure floor and in the bone marrow that your vital signs are okay, transplant unit. so it can be life saving for you “I can’t even express how as well if a problem with your much the blood, platelets and health is detected.” plasma — all of those products According to Spannagel, [have] impacted the kiddos’ some general misconceptions lives and even our lives — to Giving back: Cadet Corporal Victor Perez participates in the blood drive at often keep blood donors away. just be the ones to help facilitate Burch Hall. He hopes, he said, that if he were ever in need of blood there would “You know, people say, and give those units,” she said. ‘Golly gee, I’m a diabetic so I be willing donors that would return the favor. “For a lot of kiddoes, it’s a life can’t donate.’ Not true,” she “The need for blood is huge; range that needs plasma. Those even though life is hectic, source; without it, they couldn’t said. “As long as your diabetes it takes 800 units everyday are all needs that are met making time to donate blood is is in control and your sugar is survive.” to have enough to service the thanks to our volunteer blood important to the community. Mary Spannagel is the okay, you can donate — as well hospitals that we service,” donors.” “We all get up everyday and as anybody who has had a flu Senior Blood Program She said hesitant people we think — wow, you know, Consultant for OBI in Lawton. she said. “The Oklahoma shot is fine and can donate,” Blood Institute has about 140 are more likely to donate when I’ve got things to do; I always She said she has taken on she said. “Even if you have had facilities in Oklahoma that we there is a face associated with ask people — have you thought a tattoo in the last month or the responsibility of ensuring actually supply blood to, so the need and there is a face for about people like Maddie — that there is enough blood for so — if it was in Oklahoma, she is in the hospital now and we are heavily dependent on this blood drive. Madison Hunt patients who need it in area Texas, Kansas, Arkansas Oklahomans to make sure that is a local girl whose life depends she’s already had to have blood or in San Diego County in hospitals. we have enough.” on blood donors every day. and platelets; she is depending California, as long as you know “We are the sole provider Spannagel said that at one “There is a young lady in on those of us who are blood of blood to all of the Lawton the name of the facility where time or another, everyone town named Maddie Hunt donors to donate,” she said. “A hospitals as well as the Indian you got that tattoo and what knows someone whose life who is eight years old and a lot of people say they are afraid month you got that tattoo. hospital,” she said. “Anybody depended on having blood second grader at Hugh Bish of needles — well, I always who needs blood receives it Spannagel said that blood given by a blood donor. Elementary; she is really smart, think, you know what, if you from donors who volunteer at donation is not only simple, it is “We all know somebody she loves athletics, and today were Maddie and you were the Oklahoma Blood Institute.” a great community service. that has had cancer, somebody she is going through her second getting stuck as many times as According to Spannagel, “It doesn’t cost anything but that’s been involved in an challenge with leukemia.” she has just to fight to save her the demand for blood donors a little time and you will save accident or a soldier down According to Spannagel, very own life, isn’t it worth it to somebody’s life.” is great. Photo by Dianne Riddles
Night at Cameron Jacob Jardel Staff Writer
Cameron University showcased its Master degree programs during Graduate Preview Night at 6 p.m. on April 23 in the McCasland Ballroom. This Preview Night highlighted the different facets of graduate programs that Cameron University offers. The evening started with Jamie Glover, Vice President for Enrollment Management, giving an overview of Cameron’s graduate program. Glover, a graduate of Cameron’s Master of Business Administration program, spoke of the benefits that Cameron has to offer its graduate students, from financial aid opportunities to the flexibility of graduate programs. Attendees then followed instructors from the various graduate programs to breakout sessions in which they were able to learn more about their programs of interest. Kaitlyn White, Graduate Admissions Counselor at Cameron, said that Graduate Preview Night is one of the most important events she coordinates. “Graduate Studies Preview Night is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in continuing their education,” she said. She reiterated a point Glover mentioned in her address: Students should never rule out a graduate education.
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April 29, 2013
Gang Unit database made by CU students
Photos by Tyler Boydston
The presentation: (Left): Team one of the two-team project for the Interdisciplinary Capstone course gives their presentation for their database system to the class, faculty members and LPD. (Right): Instructor of Computing and Technology Mr. David Smith gives opening remarks before the presentations are given. The database system was built for the Lawton Police Department Gang Unit and the presentations were given at 2 p.m. April 18 in room 103 of Howell Hall for the Interdisciplinary Capstone Course.
project 11 years ago. “In about 2002, I started Asst. Managing Editor talking about trying to get a Interdisciplinary Capstone group of Capstones together students are currently working to work together on a service project,” Smith said. “About with the Lawton Police five years ago, I was talking to Department Gang Unit for a Dr. Zhao on one of our walks class project. and he said, ‘Let’s do it,’ so Instructor of Computing and Technology David Smith we got together and brought together the Computer Science is leading the project while three Capstone classes working to build the middle-ware for a back-end database.” in conjunction with one According to Smith, the another complete the project. The Capstone project involves Multimedia department students in Computer Science, was brought in during the following year. Information Science and “Our first one was for the Multimedia classes. But for Lawton High School Alumni the first time this semester, the Association,” Smith said. “The students brought a technical next year we were able to get writer from the English Multimedia involved in it. So department onboard. we now had people building Smith and Associate the front-end website, and we Professor of Computing had my guys building the backand Technology Dr. Chao end database.” Zhao first discussed the The courses, held each Interdisciplinary Capstone
spring semester, have taken on a different project each year. This year they took on a project presented to them by the LPD Gang Unit. “This year, we were approached by the Lawton Police Department Gang Unit,” Smith said. “These are not small projects. We’re basically doing in three and a half to four months what a company would do in six months to a year, and would cost up to $50,000.” This year’s project finds the students helping the LPD Gang Unit pull together a new system to track gangs and gang members in Lawton. “The Lawton Police Department Gang Unit is looking for a new tracking system,” Smith said. “They’ve been doing this in a little access database that just doesn’t fit the need. They need something
that’s bigger and more robust. It’s got to be actually able to store pictures and folders and pull pictures forward so they can view them.” The students involved with the projects receive a letter of recommendation for accomplishing the task each semester. “There is a cost to the organization that hires us, and that cost is a letter of recommendation for the students that are participating in it,” Smith said. “That’s not a big cost on their part, but it’s a great benefit for students out looking for jobs.” The project, consisting of thr ee classes, is split into two teams picked by a blind skills assessment and resume review. “We have two teams, and both teams are in competition with the other to try to get this job,” Smith said. “[On] the
first day on the job, we have them write a letter requesting employment. We have them do a resume and a skills assessment. We take these, we get a blind copy and a copy with the actual information in it.” After choosing the members of both teams, Smith said he brings them together in the beginning of the project. “From that point, we get them all together, we integrate all the disciplines, including the tech writer, CS, IS and Multimedia, and they get a little bit of information about the project they’re going to do,” Smith said. This is the first year that the project has also recruited a technical writer who works for both teams. “This is the first year we’ve had a tech writer; an English major named Kaitlyn
Stockton,” Smith said. “She’s been a great asset, because through her, we are able to get things from geek speak to English — that way the documentation that gets produced is readable. We want to continue that relationship with the tech writers in the English department.” Students will spend the remaining time in the semester perfecting their projects and ensuring the coding works, Smith said. “Pretty much they’ll be working to make all the functionality come out in this, so they’ll get it to where they can add and modify gang members’ vehicles, addresses and everything,” Smith said. “They pretty much have the security and log in stuff done, so at this point it’s all a matter of writing the code to make the site work.”
Collegian staff receive Collegiate Media Awards Jacob Jardel
submitted a paper on a given prompt, a resume and Staff Writer letter of recommendation from her newspaper adviser. Staff of the Cameron To receive second, Martinez Collegian earned several accolades on April 5, 2013, said, was a great privilege. “It’s huge when the staff at the Oklahoma Collegiate of a weekly publication Media Association competes and can place (OCMA) Conference in against the staff of daily Stillwater, Oklahoma. publications,” she said. At the beginning of “First runner-up meant so the semester, editors of much to me — definitely the Collegian news staff submitted articles and other one of the highlights of my college career.” media to be judged for the Kaylee Jones, a junior OCMA competition. They were in the running Communication major as well as the Arts & for awards along with Entertainment Editor for news writers from other the Collegian, agreed with Oklahoma universities, Martinez’ sentiments. including the University of Jones, who received Oklahoma and Oklahoma an honorable mention in State University. Tiffany Martinez, senior Column Writing, said, “I felt proud to be part Communication major of staff that carved their and Managing Editor for own way out amongst the the Collegian, earned first competition of much bigger runner-up for College universities.” Newspaper Journalist of “It was encouraging to the Year along with an see what we can do when honorable mention for competing with schools like Reporting Portfolio and a third place accolade for Best OU and OSU.” Tyler Boydston, junior Multimedia Story. English major and the To compete in this Collegian’s Assistant category, Martinez
Managing Editor, also considered the size of the Collegian staff when he was made aware of the awards received. “With our staff size in mind, and the fact that so many of us have other jobs on the side,” he said, “the awards we won mean even more.” Other members of the Collegian received awards as well. Staff writer James Meeks won third place in Feature Photography, Sports Editor Matt Berberea won third place in Photography Portfolio, Circulation Manager Teewhy Dojutelegan won an honorable mention in Column Writing, and The awards: Assistant Managing Editor Tyler Boydston, A&E Editor Kaylee writer Alex Rosa-Figueroa Jones and Managing Editor Tiffany Martinez pose before one of the presentations won first in Personal given at the OCMA Awards. The awards took place April 5 on the OSU campus. Column. “Our staff is a team,” also received awards from Martinez felt pride in her the Collegian staff next Martinez said. “When one the Oklahoma Press semester, expressed her staff, but stated that this of us wins, we all win. I Association’s Better excitement for next year’s pride persists regardless. believe in each one of my Newspaper Contest. They “It’s nice to win,” OCMA conference. writers and editors, and I won first place in the “I feel like it has been a Martinez said, “but even if am extremely proud of what Personal Columns and we hadn’t won, it wouldn’t strong semester for us, and I we do each week.” News Writing categories would really like to show off change a thing about how Along with the accolades and placed in News Content I feel about our staff. We the work our staff has done they received from the and Photography. this year,” she said. work our hearts out.” OCMA, Collegian writers With all these awards, Jones, who will be on
GRADUATE continued from page 1 “This unique event is a great way to learn more about Cameron’s six graduate programs in a relaxed, personal and information-packed setting,” White said. “Admissions staff, faculty, and advisers were eager to share information pertaining to our admissions requirements, graduate tuition, scholarships, and other frequently asked questions.” The six graduate programs to which White referred
included the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Master of Education in Reading, Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Master of Education in Education and Master of Science in Behavioral Science. White stated that these degree programs are highly competitive, affordable, and flexible and have helped make Cameron’s graduate program a model institution.
“Classes are offered weekends, day and night, as well as online. Active duty military and full time professionals are encouraged to attend, as our programs are geared towards busy working adults as well as full time students,” she said. White also made sure to note that the event occurs twice a year so any students who cannot attend one session will not miss out on the event or the information. She said, “This event is hosted twice a year, so if you were unable to join us this Spring, please consider coming to the Fall 2013 Preview Night.” For more information on Cameron’s graduate program, contact Kaitlyn White in graduate admissions.
April 29, 2013
CU holds Faculty Scholarship Exhibit Kaitlyn Stockton Staff Writer
Cameron University acknowledged its faculty’s work and research in its third annual Faculty Scholarship Exhibition. Cameron University celebrated its faculty’s scholarship with an exhibit featuring over 50 pieces of work. The exhibition remained on display from April 15-19 in the CU Library’s Reading Room. A reception was held to recognize all faculty involved on April 18. Dr. Tony Wohlers — Director of Academic Enrichment at CU — said this annual exhibition celebrates faculty research. The event featured professors’ publications in peer-review journals, books, book chapters, artwork and performances. “This is an annual opportunity for faculty to present their scholarly accomplishments,” he said. “It is not just research that focuses on the social and hard sciences but everything across all the disciplines.” Dr. Wohlers said faculty members were allowed to
submit up to three scholarly works in such forms as monographs, edited books, book chapters, journal articles, art exhibits and performances. As the CU faculty has participated in many conferences and worked on research in the past calendar year, Dr. Wohlers said the university has never experienced any problems in submitting research. “Our faculty is very active in terms of going to conferences, publications, or performances or exhibiting art,” he said. “We never have a problem submitting work.” Dr. Wohlers said the exhibition and following reception are held for students and faculty members to acknowledge their professors and colleague’s dedication. “It is a way to celebrate the faculty’s scholarly accomplishments, to acknowledge them,” he said. “There is a reception for those who presented or for any faculty on campus to come by and acknowledge their colleagues.” Dr. Wohlers said some faculty members even conducted their research alongside their students.
“Some of our faculty are very good at cooperating with our students in their research area. They give the students the opportunities to present their research with them,” he said. As a political scientist, Dr. Wohlers said he also participated in the event to motivate students to conduct their own research. “Although I am an administrator, I am still trying to do my own research,” he said. “When students see what the faculty do, it might be a motivation for them to do their own research. It helps students grow in their endeavors.” Assistant Professor of English Susan Hall — a participant in the exhibition — said she enjoys the opportunity to continue her past work. She said she spends a large amount of time in the classroom; however, she likes to carve out time in her schedule to continue researching. “For a lot of us, we get caught up in the day to day routine of teaching,” she said. “We spend a lot of the time in the classroom, so it is nice to carve out a space where we can think about other things that we do.”
Photo by Kaitlyn Stockton
Exhibition: Dr. Yingqin Liu and Dr. Susan Hall of the Department of English and Foreign Languages look over different pieces submitted to the exhibition. The event took place April 15 to 19 in the Library’s Reading Room. Dr. Hall said she chose to research a topic that came out of her dissertation. She said she finds it important for professors to continue research in their fields and remain up-to-date on contemporary studies.
“I looked at contemporary responses to Mary Rowlandson’s captive narratives and ways in which they have a different take on the way in which Rowlandson is fascinated by American Indian culture,”
she said. Dr. Hall said she was flattered to be a part of the exhibition. She said the presentation has allowed her to see what her colleagues in other departments have been working on. “It’s flattering that the university makes a space for it. Sometimes I don’t know what is going on in history or in political science. Sometimes we just don’t get the chance to have those types of conversations. It’s nice to have an opportunity where we can talk about these types of things,” Dr. Hall said. “It’s nice to talk about the work that is important to us.” Dr. Hall said she hopes the exhibition allows students to see research in a new light. While the event not only lets students know that they are learning from experts in their fields, they also can see the subject as a valuable tool. “For students, it shows that you are learning from people who know their field. Plus, it shows students that research isn’t something you always do for a grade,” she said. “It’s not just an assignment but something that people value.”
Business forum focuses on beautification of Lawton James Meeks Staff Writer
Cameron University held a Business Forum at the CETES Conference room on April 10 where City of Lawton council members discussed the steps they are making toward beautifying the city. Mayor Fred Fitch highlighted the measures Lawton is already taking to make the city a more attractive place to live. “The wellness programs we have going on in this community are very important,” Fitch said. “They are important to the quality of life and that is another beautification in the community.” Fitch explained within three years, the many projects the city is currently working with on the east and west sides of town there will be an added 1,000,000 square feet of retail in the community. Lawton is not the only city working towards beautification. According to a KSWO report on April 8, The Duncan City Council has also discussed putting in a series of codes into place to beautify Duncan. City of Duncan Mayor Gene Brown believes beautification is a way to not only increase economic development, but to also send a positive message to others that the city would be an
attractive place to live. “With our cities, we are so close together and so dependent on each other as cities because we all need each other and in this economic time — no city can stand alone,” Brown said. Brown said potential businesses usually talk to the townspeople and tour the city before bringing their business to Lawton and Duncan. “They look to see how much pride the people have in the community,” Brown said. “If you’re going to make a great investment in the community, you want that community to have a lot of pride and people to be proud of where they live.” The former President of Lawton Beautiful Inc., Dr. Rosemary Bellino, said many prospective doctors that expressed an interest in working at Comanche County Memorial Hospital turned down offers because of a lack of retail businesses in the city. “One of the doctors that wanted to come here that works in ear, nose and throat and he wouldn’t move here because his wife did not want to move to Lawton,” Dr. Bellino said. “I worked for 31 years and hear the same thing over and over again. I think Target will make a difference in the quality of community because it will bring professional people in.” According to Dr. Bellino, people used to go where the jobs were, but now the jobs go to where the people are.
“The number one thing [that] attracts people [to] a community is the aesthetics of the community,” Dr. Bellino said. “When you drive into a community, it’s the first appearance that brings people to a community.” Dr. Bellino hopes that more people will see Lawton as a destination place to work and live and bring the community together within 10 years. The City Manager of Lawton, Bryan Long, has noticed citizens taking initiative. “The Fit Kids Coalition has stood up and activated as a group of citizens on their own and said ‘We have got to make a change,’” Long said. “Quite frankly, they have pushed us in a new direction and with their help and support we have started to take on some projects we would never have taken before such as walking trails.” According to Long, the city receives money through the fees the city collects from traffic violators. “It’s not doing nearly enough, but it’s doing something,” Long said. “Incremental changes make all the difference.” Long said some citizens feel that the city is not taking any action or initiative to enforce rules about keeping these areas clean. He said the city can not act alone; the citizens must also stand up to take action as well if they want Lawton to become an attractive place to live.
Greek Week pops tags for Thrift Shop Party Kaitlyn Stockton
mandatory dress code for the Alexander Franco said he While the dance was free dance, Gatliff said students for all CU students with an ID, saw the dance as a closing for Staff Writer were encouraged to dress in Gatliff said it cost three dollars Greek Week. As organizations to enter the contest. Gatliff have not held many dances in Cameron University’s Alpha their best thrift shop outfits. Towards the end of the evening, this semester, Franco said he explained the rules for the Sigma Phi capped off Greek thought the Poppin’ Tags Thrift competition. Week by sporting bellbottoms Alpha Sigma Phi even held a “If you wanted to do the Shop Party event would provide and old sweaters in the Poppin’ best dress contest for a cash prize. contest, it is three dollars. Four students the opportunity to Tags Thrift Shop Party event. “You do not have to dress up. judges will decide who is best have fun. The fraternity welcomed It was just a fun idea to put a “We thought it would be dressed. We are going to pick fellow Greeks and CU students theme to the party,” Gatliff said. nice to hold one. It allows random people who are not to the Poppin’ Tags Thrift Shop “We are going to have a contest dressed up to determine who is people to blow some stress off,” Party to have fun before the at the end of the night. Best the best dressed. he Franco said. “This is closing onset of finals. The dance was dressed wins a cash prize.” Alpha Sigma Phi President to Greek week.” held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on April 18 in the MCC Ballroom. Twenty-year-old Jay Gatliff — Alpha Sigma Phi’s Sergeant at Arms — said the idea for the thrift shop theme party came from the song “Thrift Shop.” “If you have heard the song “Thrift Shop,” you go goodwill shopping, try to find some fancy clothes for cheap money, throw an outfit together and throw a party,” Gatliff said. The sophomore Biology major said the goal of the event was to provide exposure for Alpha Sigma Phi while allowing fellow students to relax before finals week. “The whole goal behind it was to get exposure and to let everyone have a good time before finals arrive,” he said. “Finals are in a few weeks, and Photo by Kaitlyn Stockton this allows them to wind down and have a good time.” Move to the music: CU students dance at the Poppin’ Tags Thrift Shop Party. While there was not a The event took place at 8 p.m. on April 18 in the MCC Ballroom.
Franco said he found the event a success. Although not all students were brave enough to arrive in their thrift outfits, Franco said he believed his fraternity’s event allowed students to have fun in a safe environment. “I think it is going very well. For the people that are here, I believe they are having fun which is essentially what we wanted for this event. We wanted to get our name out there and associate it with something fun and a safe environment,” Franco said. “It is going very successfully in my opinion. We have other Greeks here as well.”
Gatliff said while his fraternity does not have major plans for the rest of the semester, he and his brothers are already planning an agenda for the Fall 2013 semester. “Next semester, we do have some activities involved with freshmen. We are going to be doing ask a Sig. We are going to set up a table with bunch of campus maps and guides and show freshmen to their classes. If they have questions about college, we are going to talk to them. We want to help the freshmen out because college is a big deal,” Gatliff said. “It is scary to go into it not knowing what you are going into.”
April 29, 2013
Greek Olympics bring out competition Sadie Jones
ended the Olympics. Two members from each sorority Staff Writer and fraternity tossed a water balloon back and forth. Each of the Cameron Members increased the University Greek Sororities — distance with each toss and the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), team who went the farthest Sigma Alpha Omega (SAO) without dropping the balloon, and Alpha Phi — as well as won. Fraternities Alpha Sigma Alpha Phi Vice President Phi, Sigma Tau Gamma and Jennifer Nixon said the Alpha Phi Alpha — contain Greek Olympics is a relatively their own defined standards new event and the turn out and goals for the organization. improves year after year. However, one characteristic “This year, the Olympics is present in each — the better than it has been in past promotion of brotherhood years,” Nixon said. “This is the and sisterhood within the third year we have held this organization — was cast aside event and the participation has from April 15 to April 19, as Photo by Sadie Jones been increasing year after year.” each member kept their eye on Jennifer Landers, the SAO the prize, battled against their The struggle: Sigma Alpha Omega and Sigma Tau Gamma duke it out in a game of tug-of-war during the Greek fellow brothers and sisters and Olympics. The Greek Olympics were a part of Greek Week and took place on April 18 at the CU Fitness Center. Greek Council representative, said this week is a chance for fought to take home the gold. Greek members to strengthen of Greek Life and SAO competition.” week when the winner was the end of the bat on their The Greek Olympics — Adviser Leslie Cothren said Each competition announced.” forehead, turn around in circles their relationship with each one of the four competitions other even though they were an event took place every day throughout the week had its The battle began with tug10 times while keeping the that took place during Greek competing against one another of-war, followed by an obstacle bat rooted on the ground and Week — were held from 5 p.m. of the week and was organized own theme. Students who by members of the Greek wanted to earn points for their course where members jumped attempt to run to the end of the throughout the week. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April “Greek Week brings all the Fraternities and Sororities. sorority and fraternity dressed through hula-hoops, ran to the court and back without falling. 18, at the CU Fitness Center. Greeks together — to celebrate “Each fraternity and in their best 80s attire for one other side of the course while The wheelbarrow race was For each competition, the and have fun,” Landers said. event kicking a soccer ball, jumped next. During this game, each sorority or fraternity that won sorority have their own Greek “This week has also been good “Students choose the theme rope 10 times and repeated the member had a partner and received points. The winner — Council representative,” they want for the competition circuit back to their team on would hold their feet in the air for recruitment. Because we Fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma Cothren said. “One member were together all week long, it from each organization is they are in charge of,” Cothren the other side of the court. while their partner walked on — was announced Friday delegated to be a member of said. “They received additional The following competition their hands to the other side of shows we care about each other after the Greek Gods and and will help our brothers and the council — and they are points that contributed to their — called the Dizzy Bat — the court and back. Goddesses Pageant. sisters recruit new members.” overall score at the end of the required members to hold The water balloon toss Student Activities Specialist the ones who planned each
Wellness Center presents Sexual Violence Awareness Month Sarah Brewer Copy Editor
It started with the fliers pinned to corkboards and taped to corridor walls around campus. Statistics and assertions emblazoned on paper signs caught the eyes of Cameron University students earlier this month. Some fliers meant to inform. Tucked behind a glass case in North Shepler, a flier told students that were passing by that one in every four female college students would survive rape on a college campus. But the CU Student Wellness Center did not to mean to frighten students by leaving these messages; rather, the fliers are supposed to draw attention to rape and sexual assault and to usher in National Sexual Violence Awareness Month. This annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence coincides with a recent surge of reports that reveal a pervasive rape culture — behaviors or attitudes that tolerates and normalizes rape and shames survivors while protecting perpetrators — etched into societies across the country and all over the world. For instance, two teenage victims — 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons from Canada and 15-year-old Audrie Pott from California — committed suicide after their classmates bullied them after their alleged gang-rapes earlier this month.
Following the delivery of a guilty verdict after the Steubenville High School rape case, several media news outlets came under fire for lamenting the fates of the rapists instead of showing sympathy of the survivor. Jill Melrose, the Director of the Student Wellness Center and a licensed professional counselor, said she was shocked to hear reporters focusing on the ramifications the verdict will have on the rapists. “It was horrifying,” she said, “and then when the boys were finally sentenced, it was like, ‘oh, those were such good young boys and their lives are ruined.’ Even afterward people were still talking about the boys as if they had been the victims of it. They never really talked about the girl.” Melrose, who began work at the CU Students Wellness seven weeks before organizing emergence of the fliers, wants to instill awareness and educate students. She led these efforts by screening documentaries each Tuesday throughout the month. In the first documentary, entitled “Tough Guise,” Jackson Katz — one of the leading anti-sexist male activists — argues that widespread violence in American society, including tragic school shootings and violence against women, needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity. “They showed a GI Joe doll from the 50s one from now. The older one is just a normal looking guy, and the newer one connects masculinity with violence,” Melrose said of the documentary that was shown to students on April 9. “It makes you stop and think
about how we are fed all of this violence.” She went on to explain how she shoes the subsequent documentaries that screened throughout April, including “War Zone,” a documentary by Filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West that shows what harassing behavior looks and feels like to a woman, and “Asking For It,” a film that reveals that the line between sexual consent and sexual coercion is not always as clear as it seems. “In these four documentaries, I really tried to come at it from different way,” she said. “With ‘Tough Guise,’ I tried to come at the masculinity and what it means and their pressure to be big and bad and violent. This week [with “War Zone”], I tried to come at it from a woman walking down the street confront the men that are whistling at her and saying nasty things to her. Next week is from the ethical point of view that looks at consent.” Melrose encourages students that have encountered sexual harassment and violence to reach out to the Student Wellness Center and hopes students will be more mindful about sexual violence after watching these documentaries. “I am afraid that there are women on this campus that have learned about it the hard way by going through it,” she said. “It’s horrible and it damages women so badly — and men too. Men can be the victims of sexual violence. Children, women, men — everybody. So we really think these documentaries are important and I am happy we can bring them to campus.”
CU hosts third annual technology week Charlene Belew Staff Writer
Cameron University’s Department of Computing and Technology became host to the third Annual Computing and Technology (CAT) week, on April 10, 11 and 12. The public was invited to the CETES Conference Center each day to partake in presentations and student competitions. On Wednesday, April 10, presentations included “Navigating the New Windows 8” by Microsoft Representative Demilade Adenuga and “Mobile Application at Midwestern State University” by MSU Professor of Computer Science Dr. Catherine Stringfellow. On Thursday, April 11, two presentations were given. The first was “Key Skills in the Web Application Development Marketplace,” presented by Chief Knowledge Officer of Darwin Global, LLC/ Smart Horizons Career Online Education/NexPort Solutions, Dr. Robert Miller beginning at 11 a.m. The second started at 1 p.m., titled “The Changing World of Electrical Safety
in the Workplace” and was presented by Division Safety Manager of Rosendin Electric, Shahbaz Javed. Thursday was also the first competition for CU students. This competition, titled Cameron University’s Future Tech Star, started at 2 p.m. It allowed students, either individually or in groups containing up to four members, to come up with ideas for an application and present these ideas to a judging panel. This was the first time the event had ever taken place. Cameron University Instructor David Smith said that CU Future Tech Star will be an ongoing event in future CAT weeks to come. “The Future Tech Star event will absolutely become annual,” Smith said. “There were 10 teams that competed in this event, which was more than we expected, and they had phenomenal ideas.” First place winners of CU’s Future Tech Star included Rubin Ghimire, Jeewan Bhatterai, Nijjwal Shrestha, and Jeevan Gurung for their design of CUPS, which was a parking application. Second place awards went to Troy
Brewer, Nabin Pokharel, Christopher Holderby, and Manish KC for their EZ Menu application. In third place, for their Lantern Messenger application, was Lacy Stephens and Marius Lipka. Finally, on Friday, April 12, Keynote Speaker David Riede, owner and lead developer of SimGuild, Inc. presented “Making History: SimGuild’s MultiDisciplinary Approach” at 4 p.m. Smith said that Making History had great impact on the audience as well as students in this field. “The idea of history coming to life was wild,” Smith said. “There was great attention to detail. He also spoke about how important it is to have a team effort across different disciplines. It is very pertinent to our students to learn this.” The second competition for CU students started at 8 a.m. on April 12. Cameron students competed in a database competition. The winners included Clinton Jones and Lori Crichton in first place, with Marius Lipka in second place and Edmund Velinor and Ajayi
Oluwatobi in third. Other competitions held during Tech Week included a multimedia poster competition and a programming competition. Winners of the programming competition included James O’Doherty, Alka Shrestha, and Blesingo Okenye taking first place. Second place winners were Clinton Jones and Marius Lipka. In third place were Tunde Oladipupo, Olawale Ojunjobi and Mary AbassOjo. Smith said that this has been the most successful CAT week to be held at Cameron University. “CAT week is an awesome opportunity,” Smith said. “I think it was important because it gave the students the idea they need to be well rounded and not just technically capable. This year has probably been the best CAT week we’ve had. The speakers were dynamic and the participation was huge. We’ve probably doubled our participation from last year and I think the students had a great time.” Students and Lawton/ Ft. Sill community members were also invited in to
Photo by Charlene Belew
Tech speak: Keynote speaker of Tech Week David Riede demonstrates his software during his presentation, Making History. The presentation took place April 12. partake in a banquet and a gaming night held on the last day of CAT week. “Next year, we are hoping to see more from the Lawton/Ft. Sill community as well as more participation from students,” Smith said.
“The banquet was three times as big as it was last year and we are looking forward to that again. We just want to improve year after year, making it better for the community and for the students.”
April 29, 2013
CU Men’s Tennis to host regionals Matthew Berberea Sports Editor
Cameron Men’s Tennis faced off against Midwestern State April 19 in Southlake, Texas for the semifinal of the Lone Star Conference tournament. The Aggies entered the tournament as the top seed after finishing undefeated in regular season conference play. On this day the Mustangs proved to be the better team as they knocked off the Aggies 5-4 The Aggies fell behind 2-1 after the doubles matches had been played. Sophomores Nicolai Ferrigno and partner Dean Weiglet cruised to an 8-2 victory in the #2 slot while senior Duje Janjic and sophomore Angelo Lencioni came up short 8-4 in the top doubles spot. In the #3 slot freshmen teammates Joao Fazendeiro and Dennis Merdan lost a tough fought match in a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-3). Cameron found success in the top half of the singles matches as Ferrigno took care of Luke Joyce in two sets 7-6, 6-0 and Janjic won in the #2 spot over Kyle Davidson in two sets as well 7-6, 6-0. The #3 matchup found Merdan down after the first set. Merdan battled back and was able to even up the match and take the decisive third set for the victory 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Despite the Aggies success in the top three spots, the effort fell short as the Mustangs took the final three singles matches for the 5-4 victory. The loss ended the Aggies’ eight-game winning streak and put their first place ranking in the region at risk. To the their relief, the Aggies found out Tuesday, April 24 that they will be the number one seed
Photo courtesy of Brandon Neris
Looking for revenge: Sophomore Nicolai Ferrigno focuses on a forehand in a match earlier this season at Cameron. Ferrigno finished this season with an impressive 21-2 record and will have a chance to even the score against St. Edwards’ James Rogers on April 29. in the regional tournament and will play host for the tournament. Head Coach James Helvey explained the Aggies are excited about the ranking but now have to show they deserve the honor. “This year was more of a pride thing because we have been number one four or five weeks,” Coach Helvey said. “Even though we lost the match last week to Midwestern State, that was the only loss we had in regional play. I’m ready to all of that behind us and win the regional
tournament, that would be the icing on the cake.” The Aggies will face St. Edwards in the first round, a team they defeated 6-3 earlier in the season. Aggie standout Ferrigno will have an opportunity to avenge one of his two losses in singles play in a rematch against James Rogers. Helvey said that the adversity of the loss against MSU or Ferrigno’s loss against St. Edwards can help the team stay hungry headed into the tournament. “A lot of my players argue with me on this but
its good to lose every now and then, losing makes you humble losing makes you work harder, when you get those winning streaks going you start thinking about it, and it builds up,” Coach Helvey said. “He (Ferrigno) is hungry, he has come by a couple of times and told me he wants that guy. If he would have beaten that guy, he might not be saying that right now. The Aggies’ coach feels good about the Aggies chances based on their previous success against St. Edwards. “I feel really good about
the matchup and the big key is to win two of the doubles matches, if we can do that we will be in the driver seat,” Coach Helvey said. “We were able to beat them 6-3 last time without Duje (Janjic) in the singles lineup and he’s definitely going to be in the lineup this time and that adds strength. The Aggies will play their first match of the tournament April 29 at Streich Henry Tennis Complex at Cameron. Coach Helvey also mentioned that despite a tough regular season, the women’s team played well
and deserves some attention for their season. “They had a really good year, we had such high expectations after winning regionals the last two years,” Coach Helvey said. “It’s tough to win three straight times because other teams want you even more and our team has been to the mountain top and seen the view and its tough to get back.” The Aggie women finished the season 15-7, 1-5 in conference, and senior Julia Puckhaber was named Lone Star Conference Player of the Year.
Aggie baseball falls in home finale CU Sports Information After a late inning rally fell just short, the Cameron University baseball team lost their final home game of the 2013 season April 21 at McCord Field to Angelo State, 9-7. The Aggies fall to 12-29 overall and 6-18 in the Lone Star Conference as they get their third loss of the final home series. Cody Hudson started the game and went five and two thirds innings, gave up seven earned runs and struck out four as he got the loss. It was a solid day for the Aggie bats as they collected 16 hits on the day against the Rams. Thomas Galvan, Nick Smith and Kenny Acosta all collected three hits apiece, while Colton Davis, Tyler Cox and Kevin Waukau all had two hits apiece. Galvan, Waukau, Acosta and Davis all had a run scored and a run driven in. The Rams are now 30-16 overall and 14-10 in the LSC after winning three out of four games at McCord Field this weekend. Angelo State’s starter only went three and two thirds innings and came away with a no decision, while Mike Weatherly came in and went three and two thirds himself and got his fifth win of the season. Weatherly gave up five hits, only one run and
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Batter up: Senior infielder Thomas Galvan awaits a pitch against Angelo State at McCord Field. Galvan finished with three hits, one RBI and a run scored April 21 against ASU but it was not enough as the Aggies fell 9-7. struck out four Aggie batters. ASU got a 2-3, three RBI game from Quade McKinnon and a 2-5, four RBI and one run game from Andrew LaCombe. The Aggies fell behind early, as the Rams put up a three spot in the top of the first inning, getting two runs on a LaCombe two run
homer. Each team went scoreless in the second and third innings, before ASU added to their lead, getting two runs on McKinnon single in the top of the fourth inning. The Aggies came surging back in the bottom of the fourth inning as they led off the inning with five straight
singles that would end up scoring a run. CU would score another run when Waukau scored on an ASU passed ball. Cameron got their third run on an RBI groundout by Brad Blumer and their fourth on an RBI single by Davis. Each team scored one run in their half of the fifth
inning. Cameron got their run after Galvan scored on another passed ball. The Rams extended their lead by two in the top of sixth, getting two runs on two hits in the inning. After scoreless seventh and eighth innings, Angelo State added another run in the top of the ninth.
Cameron came up down four in the bottom of the ninth and got a quick leadoff base runner as Brandon Raidy reached on an error by the ASU first baseman. Raidy was followed by a Davis walk to put runners at first and second with no outs. Angelo State then brought in redshirt freshman Graylon Brown to try and close out the game. Kevin Lum came up next and flew out to deep right field, with Raidy moving up a base on the fly ball. Galvan was next, and on cue, the Aggie senior got a bloop single in between the center and left fielder to score Raidy. Smith then came up and bounced a ball over the third baseman to load the bases. Waukau then came up with a clutch single to center that scored Davis. With the tying run on second and the winning run on first, Acosta shot a ball down the third base line that seemed to bring in another run, but the home plate umpire called the ball foul, and Acosta struck out on swinging for the second out of the inning. Cox came to the plate next and watched three straight balls come to the plate. After a called strike and a couple of foul balls, Cox watched Brown paint the low outside corner to get the strike out to win the game. Brown was credited with his first save of his career.
April 29, 2013
CU Professor shares short stories Sarah Brewer
the book, entitled “The Mexican,” won the PEN/O. Copy Editor Henry Award for 2013. Its other stories appear in George McCormick Epoch, “Hayden’s Ferry knows his geography — locations inhabit his fiction, Review and Santa Monica Review.” shape his characters and Following an make his writing feel more introduction by Assistant authentic. Professor Dr. Godsave, English department faculty, students and friends McCormick read “DC,” one of the short stories he gathered on the evening of April 12 at the Leslie Powell included in his anthology. Gallery to join the Creative McCormick said he found inspiration for “DC” in a Writing Instructor in celebrating the long-awaited letter from a friend, writing it in the same honest, release of his short-story intimate voice his friend had collection, “Salton Sea.” used. Recently published “I remember that honesty by Noemi Press, “Salton and being astonished with Sea” has thus far won the the way literature can show 2011 Noemi Book Award up in the most unlikely of for Fiction. One story in
places,” McCormick said. He then read a chapter from his new novel. In the chapter, a photographer moves from Southern California to Oklahoma and teaches five sections of photography at a local fictional community college in Lawton. He said his inspiration for his novel came after immersing himself in the work of Wichita Falls photographer Prank Gohlke — a leading figure in American landscape photography who has been exhibited his museum in museums all over the world — McCormick began to develop an aesthetic for the southern plains. Photo by Sarah Brewer
A sea of faces: Lawtonians listen as Creative Writing Instructor George McCormick reads selections from his recently released short-story collection “Salton Sea.” McCormick also read an excerpt from his new novel, which is based in Lawton.
“When you look at the photographs, there are very few people in them, but they are highly expressive and the way he was able to take photographs of what was normally very static landscape and somehow imbue them with a kind of yearning and emotion in high art,” he said. “So for me, photographers of the area are also amazing writers that write this beautiful nonfiction that I like.” McCormick said his work is experimental because its narrator controls what the reader sees through the lens. “There are times when the photograph will be an empty frame on the page, but you never get the content of the photograph. You only get the photographer talking about his own work. That was interesting to me — his relationships with work as opposed to what we might see.” His work also broaches questions of artistic subjectivity and objectivity. The narrator follows a student who crosses a set of train tracks and disappears into a concrete drainpipe. “He is fascinated by the subject, but what does he take pictures of? He takes pictures of the drain pipe, the grain elevator, the dust — but he won’t take pictures of the boy. And that really intrigued me: that he was breaking some kind of ethical or social contract
or something and that he wouldn’t go, ‘that’s my subject and I have to exploit him.” Another example of objectivity in his work occurs when the narrator takes photographs of a derelict house on the edge of town. “To him, it is the epitome of sadness and he’s taking photographs and one of his students walks out and he seems him take photographs of his house. In that moment, he realizes he does not understand who his students are.” Writing from the perspective of this character enabled McCormick to discern the differences that distinguish photography from other artistic mediums. “Those questions come
up in photography in ways that are more immediate that I think are in fiction writing,” he said. “Because in fiction you can say ‘eh, I made it up,’ and a photographer says, ‘that’s somebody.’” He is not yet sure if he wants to publish his as-yet untitled book, but McCormick said he feels he is writing the kind of book he wanted to read five years ago before moving to Lawton. “It will probably be 180 pages but that is all it needs to be,” he said. “It’s one of the few projects I’ve ever worked on that, when I sit down to write, I already know what I am doing next without planning. As long as I concentrate long enough, the pages always come. It feels good.”
April 29, 2013
The vitality of support systems Tyler Boydston
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Unlike most of my previous opinion pieces, the following will give a good look into the mind of the young Tyler Jacob Boydston. In the past I’ve written about movies and TV, past work experience and zealous sports fans. In every editorial I have written throughout my time at the Collegian, I feel like I have just scratched the surface. So, today, I will instead write about the importance of having good family, friends and co-workers in our daily lives. Why do I write about that? I do because over the course of the past year, I have come to the realization that I could not have gotten through any of it without the people I surround myself with on a daily basis. Last June, at the age of 21, I decided to I move out of my parents’ house in Duncan and move over to Lawton to be closer to school and the Collegian. I made this decision lightly, thinking I would be able to get by without a problem. By the time October hit, I had barely any money to my name and was scraping by in order to pay rent and bills. With the help of friends and family — along with the pay I earned from working a job in Duncan and from writing for the paper you hold in your hands now — I was able to make it. At that moment, I realized how thankful I should be, but for some reason, I let that pass by me and I took all of it for granted again. Then, in December, I lost a good friend of mine in a car accident, and I shut down for a good while. I consider the people who stuck by my side during that time to be some of the most amazing people in my life to this day. The funeral was held during finals week last
semester. I was grateful to have professors that worked with me to rearrange my finals, and I was extremely thankful that my friends were here in Lawton. People who did not even know my late friend were there for me to be a shoulder to cry on and a person to talk to. The following semester — the one we are currently in — also served a fair share of difficulties. After losing my job in March, my ability to pay rent and bills disappeared yet again. I wrote about that last week, though, so I won’t bore
anyone with those details. The point I’m trying to make is this — we should hold those people who are there during the difficult times close. We often times forget what everyone means to us, and I find that to be incredibly sad. The group of people who joined together to say goodbye to an old friend in December, a group that had long ago stopped talking to one another, has since held several group discussions on Facebook and are in the process of reuniting under better circumstances.
We some times take those people for granted. I’ve done it before and I have seen it done before, but it really shouldn’t be done at all. I write this opinion piece two days after an old friend’s brother passed away at a young age. It’s sad to consider the fact that I had stopped talking to this friend until I had heard the unfortunate news. As much as I try to say that we should hold these people close, I have failed to on numerous occasions. As I have said in the past, and
will undoubtedly say again in the future: Do as I say, and not as I do. As the semester ends, we will probably all barricade ourselves in rooms, tormenting ourselves over final grades and classes that we skipped too often, but we can not let ourselves lose focus of those people around us that have been there for us, and that possibly need us now. We can’t lose sight of these things. We have to be there. The words we say mean nothing unless we are actually there.
Thoughts of life beyond college it. I will be taking these technical and critical talents I have learned throughout my career. I learned AP style basics from Dr. Keller, and I have taken my love for writing and creativity and put it to use alongside my peers every day by writing for The Collegian. I learned how broadcast and print have converged. Bringing my love of writing James Meeks and affection for radio Staff Writer together has allowed me to have a role in both fields. The road to college is This new admiration almost complete. I have one for radio would not have more semester to finish and been possible without the many changes are ref lecting teachings of Mr. Adams. the end of this journey. Mr. Adams taught me I will be getting married how to write and produce during the summer, quitting radio news stories and the job I had during my commercials. college career and I am These lessons actually now working towards the helped me get a job in radio profession I wanted to do and launched me to where upon entering Cameron. I am now. The knowledge I When I came here I am gaining from the classes simply wanted to just get and the in-field experience my degree learn the ways of this profession are what I of Journalism and move believe will bring these two on with life. Never did I fields together and making imagine that I would learn the fields of broadcast and a whole new aspect to this print further together. field as well as find another Each journey has a love — radio. beginning and when one The skills I have learned ends, a new one begins, from Dr. Keller and Mr. from one lifestyle to Adams have been invaluable another. and these abilities are worth After playing with action more than just a piece of figures and video games, paper with my name on hanging out with friends
and working at a restaurants in high school to studying and writing papers and articles, I am slowly getting ready to go from the college lifestyle to the beginnings of a working adult. I’m not sure how the adult lifestyle is going to be without the worry of homework and exams anymore. The school life is the only one I’ve known since I was five years old and now I’m getting ready to leave it behind for a new one — adulthood. I have gone from school to married life with the girl I have loved since my senior year of high school, to now only having to worry about bills and the house rather than homework assignments. No more waking up early just to finish assignments. Now the only time I will be waking up early is when I have to arrive at work early for that day to take on an assignment for a story. The final school bell is getting ready to ring, the bell that will put an end to my academic career. I will continue learning throughout life, but the time has come to focus on other things such as spending time with my future wife and getting ready to start a family.
April 29, 2013
Love: a final springtime serenade Carson Stringham
Photos by Carson Stringham
The Cameron University Concert Choir and Centennial Singers recently combined their talents, putting on a concert to finish the spring semester. The concert, which opened at 7:30 p.m. on April 23, was deemed a celebration of “Liberty, Love and Hope,” with each group choosing their songs to fit one of the three parts of the motif. The Concert Choir, under the direction of Temporary Instructor Dr. John Cornish, focused on the themes of liberty and hope, while the Centennial Singers — conducted by Adjunct Professor Doris Lambert — chose to use love as the inspiration for their section of the program. The evening began with the Concert Choir performing two patriotic songs: “God Bless America” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” In his introduction, Dr. Cornish said the Concert Choir had recently performed the same two songs in tribute to Vietnam Veterans as part of a concert at the McMahon Auditorium. Both songs featured a capella interludes that highlighted the choir’s harmonizing prowess. Next, the Centennial Singers took to the stage to perform four songs which spoke on the various forms of love. Each song performed had something
special about it to set it apart, but there were two songs that really stood out: the first was, “In My Life,” a Beatles song arranged in the a capella style by Steve Zegree that featured a solo by CU freshman Jessica Fernandez. Fernandez, a Vocal Music major, said this was her first semester singing with the Centennial Singers. “It’s a lot more upbeat, a lot more ‘show,’ so I really had to grow out of my comfort zone and learn to use my face and body rather than just relying on my voice,” she said. Fernandez said she was really honored to do a solo for the concert, especially since she did not even need to try out for it, but was instead handpicked for her vocal talent. The second song of the Centennial Singers’ portion of the program that stood out was “I Love a Piano,” written by Irving Berlin and arranged by Philip Kern, which featured duo pianists Kristina Henckel and CU senior Jiha Choi.
the last time that she and the Singers would work together. As Lambert’s voice cracked, it was apparent to everyone in attendance that Henckel’s presence on campus would be sorely missed. Henckel then brought the audience to its feet with an amazing interlude that showcased excerpts from “Totentanz” by Franz Liszt, making sure that the swan song of her career at Cameron would be remembered. Before she left the stage, the Singers presented her f lowers. The last portion of the concert brought the Concert Choir back out When words are not enough: (Top) Cameron’s onto the stage to sing songs Concert Choir finishes the evening by performing about hope. The first, “Prelude” by Ola Gjeilo a capella. (Below) Kristina “Prelude” by Ola Gjeilo, Henckel performs for the last time at Cameron, ending was sung a capella and had her four-year career with the Centennial singers by definite connections to playing excerpts from “Totentanz” by Franz Listzt. the composer’s Norwegian background. The next Even without the evening took a sad turn as song, “Sing Me to Heaven” complicated piano Lambert announced that by Daniel E. Gawthrop, accompaniment, the Singers’ Henckel, who has been the last song would have been a Singers’ accompanist for the featured just the women of the choir. crowd pleaser based on the past four years, would be Before the choir sang its fun choreography alone. leaving soon as part of her third song, “Good Night, Following the merriment family’s military obligations, Dear Heart” by Dan of “Piano,” the mood of the and that the concert was
Forrest, Dr. Cornish said that he wished to dedicate the song to the memory of those that were lost in both the Boston bombing and the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. He said that while the list of songs that were to be performed had been finalized long before the tragedies took place, he thought that Forrest’s song was an appropriate tribute. The last two songs of the night were “Abide with Me,” a song that Dr. Cornish wrote himself four years ago and was recently published last year, and “I Will Rise,” arranged by Craig Courtney and Lynda Hassler. The latter featured a trio ensemble that was made up of Kaley Neal, Jessica Fernandez and Thomas Hudson, all of whom are freshmen music students. Showcasing the young talent of the choir was a perfect way to match the theme of hope as it showed that the future of the Concert Choir will be in good hands. Dr. Cornish said he felt that the song choices he made for the choir’s portion of the concert were appropriate, not just after the recent tragic events, but for anytime. “We always need something to remind us of the possibility of life beyond death, to have something that gives us hope,” Dr. Cornish said, “and I think history has shown that people turn to music when words are not adequate enough.”
April 29, 2013
Playing by Intuition
Charlene Belew Staff Writer
Primitive beauty: Native American flutes are displayed. Dr. Paula Conlon hosted a performance that included performances by three prominant Native American flutists. Photo by Charlene Belew
At 7:30 p.m. on April 22, Cameron University’s McCutcheon Recital Hall became home to a Native American flute concert and lecture, presented by the CU School of Liberal Arts. Dr. Paula Conlon, Associate professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Oklahoma presented Music and Identity, covering three prominent Native American flutists including Doc Tate Nevaquaya, R. Carlos Nakai, and Mary Youngblood. Sons of Doc Tate Nevaquaya and noted Comanche flute artists, Tim Nevaquaya and Calvert Nevaquaya preformed flute songs at the event. While presenting her research, Dr. Conlon also played a demonstration of Lakota love songs and a personal composition of hers titled, “Show Me the Path.” The Nevaquaya brothers demonstrated several songs and personal compositions, including church hymns, Comanche love songs and warrior riding songs. According to Dr. Conlon, Doc Tate Nevaquaya was a renowned Native American flutist of the Comanche tribe. Flute player and flute maker Nevaquaya lived from 1932 to 1996, composing and playing traditional music while imitating nature.
Tim Nevaquaya said that most flute playing from several regions traced back to his father. The brothers spent their childhood learning how to make their own flutes as well as play them in traditional style from their father. “I’ve spent approximately 30 years making flutes,” Nevaquaya said. “I follow the traditional methods for making a flute, using the width of the hand, the width of the thumb, the length of the arm and personal skills.” Nevaquaya said that while the flute is in a constant state of evolution, each represent characteristics of their individual makers. He also discussed the warbling sound that traditional flutes make and how the better the warble is, the better the flute is. “The marvelous thing is that the flute still moves people,” Nevaquaya said. “It’s a simple instrument that still touches people. It’s also amazing how such a primitive instrument is appealing to such a technically capable world.” Nevaquaya said that each flute has a special meaning to him. While most were made by him using traditional methods, two were gifted to him. “They each have a special meaning to me. They each have their
own songs to play,” Nevaquaya said. “I was once asked to play for a gentleman in Denver and I demonstrated him a healing song on a flute he provided me. When I was done, he had come back to me to gift me the flute because he said felt something inside. He told me that he believed the flute belonged to me for moving him, so it became very special to me.” Nevaquaya said when composing, his music is never written down. He learns each of his compositions through memorization, intuition and that each are unique when they are played. “I play through memorization,” Nevaquaya said. “I don’t write down my compositions, so when they are played, there is always a variation. I believe that this was done traditionally in the past and I practice it today.” Nevaquaya said he has one personal inspiration instead of a personal style. “There isn’t a set style. I play by intuition when I’m making music,” Nevaquaya said. “The personal inspiration behind it is the almighty God. I believe that he’s the one that gifted this instrument to the tribes. I’m here because of him and I play for him.”
Salvaged never looked so savvy Tiffany Martinez Managing Editor
Art students of Cameron University have recently been honored with the task of designing and assembling trophies for a nationwide car show that has reached the Lawton community. The 2013 Trykes ‘n Tread event was sponsored by various community businesses, hosted by the Vertically Challenged car club and organized in an effort to raise money for two charity organizations: AmTryke, an American Business Club (AMBUCs) organization dedicated to supplying therapeutic tricycles to individuals unable to operate traditional bikes, and the Wounded Warrior Project, a program created to raise awareness and funds for injured service members. The co-director of Trykes ‘n Tread, Kori Brown, helped plan the event for the second consecutive year. She approached Professor of Art Dr. Benson Warren, three months prior to the event hoping that his students would like to collaborate in the welding of car show trophies. “I have a cousin who graduated [from CU] and she was an Art major,” Brown said. “She said I
three or four to work on the trophies that fell into either a car or motorcycle category. One student that helped design a trophy replicating the state of Oklahoma with motorcycle parts said that one of the best moments of the experience was getting able to see the community come together. “We went to the salvage yard and we were kind of Photos by Tiffany Martinez lost because there were no motorcycle parts,” Art Major Taylor Dunham said. “My dad is a Harley guy and has a lot of friends so I told him we couldn’t find anything at the salvage yard. He said he had a friend that could lead us in the right direction.” Dunham said she ended up venturing into a motorcycle shop on Sheridan Road and shared the cause of the class project, which was received quite well. All revved up: (Left) A picture of one of the vehicles from the car show is set out for display. The 2013 Trykes “He gave us a tank, he ‘n Tread car show was an effort to raise money for two charity organizations. (Right top and bottom) Two of the gave us handle bars, he gave trophies, commissioned by co-director of Trykes ‘n Tread, Kori Brown, are made for a nationwide car show that us a sissy bar,” she said. “I recently visited the Lawton community. After Professor of Art Dr. Benson Warren was approached by Brown, he was so excited.” Dr. Warren also collaborated with Cameron students to create the trophies that would be awarded after the car show. commented on the giving should talk to Professor she said. may not know a lot about put forward. spirit of Lawtonians he has Benson.” Brown explained that vehicles, but they went out “They’ve done a good job,” witnessed in recent weeks. Brown said she the ‘Best Of ’s’ are the most and pulled parts and had he said. “They don’t have a “This is an awfully big accompanied students to a prestigious of car show no problems getting dirty. lot of the experience that you endeavor for somebody to local salvage yard where they trophies. We are just excited to have may need to do this kind of take on,” Dr. Warren said. chose car parts with which “The Best Of ’s are the Cameron’s support on this.” project.” “And from we’ve seen, the to construct specific types of ones that everyone goes Dr. Warren, the man Twenty-seven students, community has really been trophies. for,” Brown said. “And I’m behind the scenes, was the morning and afternoon generous and helpful and “They have [created] 10 very proud [of the students] impressed with the efforts classes of Design II, that’s a nice thing to see — trophies — the ‘Best Of ’s,’” because a lot of them his freshman-level students organized into groups of and it’s all for a good cause.” Photo by Kali Robinson
April 29, 2013
Vocational Rehabilitation works Kali Robinson Staff Writer
The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is a state-run organization that is dedicated to helping people that have disabilities or health concerns become independent and move into careers that fit their needs. According to their site, DRS expands opportunities for employment, independent life and economic selfsufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success in the workplace, school and at home. Public Relations Representative Jody Harlan, who has been with the agency for 20 years, described the importance of a program like DRS. “We say that what we want to do is ‘cool independence with cool job benefits,’” Harlan said. “If you don’t have as much money, you don’t get to make as many choices. People with disabilities want the same things people without disabilities want.” Harlan explained that DRS helps people who are disabled and currently out of work access the tools they
Specialist at DRS. Layton provides individual career advisement and determines what each of her clients’ needs to become a successful, independent part of society. Layton said she got into the field after receiving assistance from the program. “One of the employers here said ‘You should work for us.’ It sounded good so I applied for it and got it,” Layton said. “I’ve been here ever since and I’m not going anywhere. My heart’s in it.” Layton explained she understood how embarrassing it can be to ask for help but delineated between DRS and other government-assistance Photo by Kali Robinson programs. “It’s not for everybody,” Oklahoma DRS client’s initial step: DRS Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist Heidi Layton assists Layton said. “It’s not a free Cameron graduate student Charles Leslie in the application process. Leslie received his bachelor’s degree in 2012. ride. It’s a hand up for people who want to work hard and need to support themselves. DRS employees like to work a funding issue. She stressed Career Planning Center. make themselves and their These tools, she explained, with people who go into a that she did not, however, They receive evaluations lives better.” can vary from training or career that enables them to want that to discourage that assist counselors that Layton addressed possible learning a trade, to utilizing manage their own expenses to anyone from applying. determine both the client’s monetary concerns relevant computer software and pay for the disability. “Since February 2012, we occupational interest and to any government program. equipment. “You need a good job, have transferred 2,200 people skills that will enable the “Everything government “If they have a disability training and assistance to be off of the waiting list,” Harlan applicants to set realistic [related] needs to be improved that is a barrier to independent and make your said. “More people come career goals. but there’s enough good in employment, then we talk own way,” Harlan said. to be helped than we have The next step in the it to validate its existence,” about what it’s going to take Harlan said that right money to help at a time. Once process is to interview with Layton said. “I think it’s a to reach their career goal. now, these programs someone’s in the program, a counselor or Vocational great opportunity for people They use the plan like a have a waiting list for they’re not affected by waiting Rehabilitation Specialist. who really want to go to work roadmap to reach the goal new applicants. Eligible lists.” Heidi Layton, a current and improve themselves, and gain employment.” individuals might have to During the process, Cameron student, is a despite having a disability.” Harlan explained that wait to receive service due to applicants go through a Vocational Rehabilitation
Armed Services YMCA serving and helping
military families in the past, today and into the future
Photo courtesy Armed Services YMCA
Photo courtesy Armed Services YMCA
Lawton’s first and present AFYMCA buildings: The original building still stands at 201 SW 4th Street and the future home is located at the northern edge of Elmer Thomas Park near the National Guard Armory. Since the original building was constructed in 1941, the ASYMCA has been helping military families in the Lawton community.
and he gave them water and prayed over them,” Vaughan Staff Writer said. “[This secretary] founded the YMCA Since its inception, the Christian Commission and Armed Services YMCA has their deal was to be nona history of helping U.S. combative but to provide soldiers. support where there will Bill Vaughan, executive be coffee, water, news from director of the Armed home, taking a letter to be Services YMCA of Lawton, mailed and provided worship said that the organization services as well as first aid.” got its start during the Civil Vaughan explained that War when volunteers assisted both Union and Confederate one of the devices used during the Civil War was a coffee troops. wagon capable of brewing up “When the soldiers were marching off to Virginia, they to 500 cups of coffee. The volunteers would tote the stopped at New York where the secretary of the YMCA of fire and brew coffee as they traveled looking for troops New York saw all these men that were being force marched wanting a cup of coffee.
During that time, the Armed Services YMCA did not care if a soldier fought for the Union or the Confederacy. If American soldiers were looking for aid, they would provide for those soldiers as long as they were not armed. The YMCA went on to care for soldiers during the Spanish American War and both World Wars. Vaughan stated that the Armed Services YMCA built their building in 1941 at Lawton using emergency war funds. “It was to be a haven outside the post for soldiers to recreate,” Vaughan said. The building that is located
in downtown Lawton is actually part of Fort Sill and is owned by the government. According to Vaughan, when the Armed Services used to be a draft army, there was a place where soldiers could go to have fun, play games and watch TV with their fellow troops. After the draft was eliminated, the soldiers needed a place that could help them take care of their families rather than a place to hang out. “When it became more family oriented, there was a need to address the needs of the family,” Vaughan said. “Our mission is to stand ready to meet the needs of military
Photo courtesy Armed Services YMCA
Old tradition under a new roof: This sketch is an artist’s rendering of the future new home for the Lawton Armed Services YMCA. This organization has served many military personnel and their families.
members and their families. At that time the need came to help provide for our families so that’s when we changed our recreation center into a child center.” Vaughan said that this change allowed the soldiers to serve their country and it allowed their wives to go to work or school. “We started providing child care in the 1970s; our primary programs are to assist the military families,” Vaughan said. The organization has many different programs for soldiers and their families to use, including childcare, the Soldiers Closet and Food Closet access. “Our food closet is for when the soldiers have more month than money,” Vaughan said. “We also have a comfort
fund which provides direct financial assistance so if a chaplain were to call and sent a family that needs direct assistance in paying a utility bill and they got themselves in a jam then we help them out.” The Armed Services YMCA is about to get a new building sometime in 2014 where they will be better equipped to take care of the children of soldiers. The new building will be bigger than the current building, allowing more room for the children to play. The new building will give them more room for the food closet, as well as more room for holding activities and events. For more information about the Lawton Armed Services YMCA, visit www. asymca.org.