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Monday, April 3, 2006
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The Student Government Association slate
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Aggie up for SGA elections Collegian Staff
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Left: Kara Morris for president, Aaron Russell for vice president, and Brian Kriss for treasurer. Right: Marcos Rivera for president, Jeff Wozencraft for vice president, and Ryan Alley for treasurer.
By Kenny Scarle
Film festival next stop for Jenkin’s ‘Banished Misfortune.’
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Election of 2006-2007 Cameron University Student Government Association officers and senators is underway. Filing for CUSGA positions ended last week and voting will be Tuesday and Wednesday in the Student Activities Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students can also vote on any computer terminal using CAMSIS and their student ID number. As of Wednesday, two tickets, or groups of candidates, had announced their candidacy for president, vice president and treasurer of the SGA. Marcos Rivera for president, Jeff Wozencraft for vice president and Ryan Alley for treasurer are on the first ticket.
Kara Morris for president, Aaron Russell for vice president and Brian Kriss for treasurer comprise the second. Both tickets include members of the current administration. The Rivera ticket proposes to create “solidarity” among the student population. Marcos Rivera, vocal music junior currently serving as vice president, wants to see a more focused student body, with campus organizations fulfilling their potentials. “As president of the Student Government Association, my main focus will be campus solidarity,” Rivera said. “Currently, several events are held simultaneously and there are often conf licts. I want to work extensively with Student Development and Student Activities to make sure that when an event is held, everyone on campus has the opportunity to attend and not to have to choose which event
to be present at. Rivera would like to set aside time for organizations to have their own ‘Best Week Ever.’ This will give them the opportunity to allow the campus to see and celebrate what they are about. He would like to form a ‘Council of Presidents,’ where organization leaders come together to communicate goals and successes, sharing and deciding what is best for their respective groups. “In addition to those goals,” Rivera said, “I would like to see more athletic participation from the university. I want to assist in setting up an ‘Adopt-a-Team’ project, where each organization will sponsor and cheer for a particular Cameron athletic team.”
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Martin Luther King III to address Cameron University Class of 2006
Softballer sidetracked by injury. SEE PAGE 7
Social activist Martin Luther King III will address the Class of 2006 at commencement May 6. The public is invited to attend.
President Cindy Ross announced that Martin Luther King III will deliver the commencement address to Cameron University’s Class of 2006. The university’s annual graduation ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. May 6, at Cameron Stadium. The public is invited to attend. “Commencement is the culmination of each college student’s academic experience,” Ross said. “I am very pleased that Cameron students, their families and friends will have an opportunity to celebrate that success by hearing the motivational message of Martin Luther King III.” The son of legendary civil rights activists, Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, he has continued his parents’ social and political work and has become known as a staunch advocate of the economically oppressed. Among his many successful campaigns for social equality, King helped broker a compromise between Georgia legislators and other state leaders to alter Georgia’s flag which, at the time, held negative connotations for many of the state’s residents. During the 1980s, he protested for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and was jailed for his efforts. Throughout the early 1990s, King was
deeply involved in standing against political and moral oppression in Haiti, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. King has also spoken to the United Nations on behalf of those living with AIDS, as well as worked against racial profiling, an effort which resulted in the passage of anti-racial profiling resolutions. “Mr. King has devoted his life to fighting for human rights and a nonviolent society,” Ross said. “He has not only continued his father’s rich legacy of fighting for social and political justice, but he has added new dimensions.” King III was born Oct. 23, 1957 in Montgomery, Ala., the second of Martin Luther King Jr.’s four children. He received a bachelor of arts in political science from Morehouse College, the same school his father attended. King served as a commissioner of Fulton County from 1987 to 1993. He was elected to lead the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1997. In January 2004 King left SCLC to take the helm as President and CEO of The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, which annually draws more than 650,000 visitors from across the globe.
Residence life hosts Spring Breakdown 2006 “Spandex? Bah! Ah don’nae got none o’ tha’ stinkin’ spandex.”
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News Writing Student Spring fever is here. With the stresses of schoolwork and a social life, what better way to unwind than to spend a little time outdoors? The residence life team, comprised of RAs from both the north and south Shepler towers and Cameron Village apartments, put together a brand new program for all CU students. The outdoor concert and cookout, Spring Breakdown 2006, was held in the Cameron Village Courtyard at 7:30 p.m. on March 28. Director of Residence Life Casey Case explained why programming like this is essential to students. “Of course it’s important for student to have fun while they are here,” Case said. “With finals coming up in a few weeks, students
should relax and enjoy programming while they still can.” This year’s Spring Breakdown featured an acoustic concert by Nashville-based Brandon Ingle. Ingle’s music can be found at his official Web site, www.brandoningle.com and at myspace.com/kbrandoningle. Free to all students, the 90-minute concert featured original songs and covers from some of Ingle’s favorite artists, such as Coldplay, Edwin McCain and John Mayer. In addition to the music, free hamburgers, and hot dogs were served. Students were happy to experience both the music and the food. Business finance freshman Charlita Whitehead said, “The food was great and the music was even better. Brandon Ingle was awesome.” This is the first venture into an outdoor concert for the residence life team and team
members feel that it was successful. Case said, “I was pleased with the turnout for the event. Even though it got a little chilly towards the end, I know the students had a great time listening to the music and interacting with each other.” Resident life members are excited about future events. Resident assistant Jenny Jackson said, “The concert went great and I know our future events will have great attendance as well. We have worked really hard this semester coming up with activities for Cameron students.” Coming up in April, the Residence Life Association has slated a camp-out at Quartz Mountain for all residents, an outdoor activity day with inf latable games and a CU baseball game, and an end-of-the-year swap meet. “I really feel like these events will add to the on-campus living experience,” Case said.
April 3, 2006
Hall dedicated in honor of foundation By Kenny Scarle Collegian Staff
On March 28, Cameron University officials, distinguished guests and Cameron students officially dedicated McCasland Hall during a special ceremony in the McMahon Center at Cameron Village. McCasland Hall was dedicated in honor of the McCasland Foundation of Duncan for its two decades of support to Cameron University. The foundation has provided over two million dollars in gifts and pledges for student scholarships and capital improvement projects, as well as matched 36 of Cameron’s 42 endowed lectureships. President Cindy Ross personally thanked the McCasland foundation for its generosity. “The McCasland Foundation’s generosity has provided Cameron students with opportunities to obtain a quality education and a complete collegiate experience,” she said. Speakers at the event included master of business administration student Cinnamon Bock, Communication Department Chair Tony Allison and the Rev. Phil Jones. They each praised the
foundation’s generosity and selflessness. “These gifts have greatly impacted students’ lives,” Allison said. “We are truly pleased with what they have done for the University.” Barbara Braught, executive director of the McCasland Board of Trustees, said that the foundation was honored to have the recognition of the university. “When we received the call saying that Cameron was Photo by Rhyan McGuire going to name This one’s for you: Ole Kim stands outside McCasland Hall after unveiling the new building sign. The hall was dedicated a part of the to the McCasland Foundation of Duncan for two decades of support to Cameron University. beautiful Cameron proud of the relationship with part of the leadership role which the Cameron Village courtyard. Village after the foundation, we Cameron University and proud Cameron plays in the economic There Ole Kim pulled the cord were surprised and very happy,” to contribute to the quality vitality of Southwest Oklahoma.” on the banner to reveal the Braught said. “On behalf of all education students receive After Ross’ closing remarks, McCasland Hall placard. the McCasland Board, I can say here. It is also incredible to be the assemblage proceeded out into this is truly an honor. We are
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April 3, 2006
Modern life’s hidden side
avigating through the 21st century may not be that easy. But another book has appeared on the New York Times best-seller list that may just make it a little easier. In the vein of Thomas Friedman’s “The World is Flat” and Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point,” Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s “Freakanomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything” addresses the oddities of this ever-changing world we live in. The book answers questions a Joan Hagy reader may never have thought to ask, such as “What do schoolteachers and Sumo wrestlers have in common?” It is hard to say succinctly what Freakanomics is about. The title suggests it covers everything but it doesn’t really. It does ask a lot of questions. Levitt and Dubner ask such compelling questions as, “Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?” and “How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real estate agents?” Their answers are interesting and entertaining. The authors’ approach cultural problems and moral questions objectively and use economic formulas to answer such riddles as “why the rate of crime plummeted in the
1990s” and “which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?” Their conclusions might surprise you. By asking the right questions, Levitt and Dubner are able to eliminate speculation and turn conventional wisdom on its head. The way they surmise morality may represent the way people would like the world to work, yet economics represents how the world actually does work. An interesting chapter of the book looks at the most popular baby names of recent years and asks: “Do names affect a child’s life? Why is there such disparity between names given to white and to black children? Does any of it really matter?” The book lists the top twenty “whitest” girl and boy names, the top twenty “blackest” girl and boy names and list of names by income and education levels. These are interesting lists, but the chapter fleshes out why these names are popular, how names move from one list to another and what names are going to be popular five to ten years from now. So just how does this book make navigating this new century easier? It might just be that it opens up new questions and answers some old ones. It may shift your focus on what conventional wisdom is, how truthful it is and why it rarely holds water when economics is applied. Along with “The World is Flat” and “The Tipping Point,” “Freakanomics” is intriguing reading for anyone interested in current events and social change. Joan is a public relations senior and a news writing student for The Collegian.
Linguistic proficiency key to bright economic future (U-WIRE) — The world is shrinking; this becomes more obvious every day in a time when the United Arab Emirates offers to buy American ports and when Southeast Asia boasts the fiercest competition in the world economy. The Bush administration stresses the need for adaptation. A recent proposal from the administration plans to spend $117 million on a national language initiative next year, teaching Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. The main point the president is trying to stress is national security; it is difficult to find and keep Arabic-speaking officials to interpret the communications in the “War on Terror” when Arabic is not widely taught in our schools. Bush may be trying to sell this idea under the same buzzwords with which he sold the “War on Terror” or the Iraq war; however, this plan may actually be one of the brightest ideas of this administration. China currently holds one-fifth of the world’s population, according to cia.gov, and India is a close second. These nations contain more than 1 billion people each – more than three times the population of the U.S. – creating a competitive market for cheap labor, which is why many of our jobs go overseas and many of our imports come from China. This trend will probably increase, as Hong Kong integrates further within the mainland Chinese economy. In the United Arab Emirates, the key words are tourism and trade. The annual Dubai Shopping Festival, this year from June 21 to Sept. 1, brought 3.4 million tourists
to Dubai hotels in 2000. That may seem insignificant to Americans, but annually, this festival brings more tourists to Dubai than the population of the entire United Arab Emirates. The high amount of tourist activity here stimulates one of the most successful economies of the “third world,” giving rise to a variety of IT and financial companies, as well as a thriving global trade hub. Both China and the UAE represent excellent global trade opportunities to come. As globalization paves a lucrative path around the world, the day may come when America no longer represents a good trade risk. Some say this day is coming soon; these critics note that the U.S. imports (consumes) twice as much as it exports (produces), a negative trade balance that worsens annually. In a sense, this is a situation similar to not paying your credit card bill. It’s only a matter of time before the collection notices arrive. There is a way to combat this: The United States could improve its trade balance. However, this is unlikely to happen; businesses seek cheap labor, laborers seek high-paying jobs, and these two sides clash in ideology. That’s why it’s more profitable to go overseas and pay a Chinese worker a fraction of what an American might make. The United Arab Emirates and China are expected to be very exciting places to do business in the future; learning Chinese or Arabic now could make a huge difference in whether Americans will continue to survive in the global economy. — Colin Leicht Northern Illinois University
Gamer trades spandex for leather
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he hero inside me has betrayed me. As of our Jan. 30 issue, I was knee-deep in Cryptic Studio’s “City of Heroes” (CoH), but something has happened. After many a weary super-powered battle, I found my cape and cowl torn and twisted. On a whim, during a trip to a local video game store, I asked a sales person for some kind of buffer. I needed something I could play after I had spent hours on CoH, something different. The sales person reached behind the store counter and retrieved my serenity, a copy of a new release by Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard, as a company, wasn’t too new to me. I had been a big fan in the days of Starcraft and Diablo, but I was completely unprepared for their latest concoction. Waiting on just a few gem-colored CDs was an array of characters, unique classes and adventures, not from the universe Cryptic had built, but in the land of Azeroth in Blizzard’s “World of Warcraft” (WoW). Azeroth is a bustling utopia of medieval combat, roped in the mystical ties of magic and laced in war. Players commune regularly with their favorite “Warcraft III” characters, while they build their own persona and conduct battle in epic proportions. Probably one of the most interesting features is the in-game economy. Through a natural ability to assess item value, players have basically built an entire system of profit and loss. An in-game auction house makes it easy for players to sell items they don’t want and compete for items that they may find valuable. In all honesty, the item options available in WoW give the game something that CoH is obviously David Bublitz missing. In CoH, your costume options are aplenty, but there is practically no equipment aside from what you can purchase for your supergroup base. In addition, the monetary system (mainly the conversion rates) for purchasing base materials in CoH is so insanely outrageous that I don’t feel I want to spend the time working to get what I want. I think that the point to all these elaborate MMOs is to give players a place of escape, a place of action and adventure to run away to with a click of a button. It might be that I have grown weary of saving the helpless citizens of CoH’s Paragon City, or maybe my “Temporal Flame” has flickered out, but WoW has renewed my gaming passion. Who knows? I may end up retiring my brightly colored full-body spandex (at least until the next CoH update is released) to slip on my leather armor, pick up my “Sword of Omen” and slay the feeble Alliance scum, all in the name of the Horde. David is a creative writing senior and assistant copy editor for The Collegian.
CORRECTION In last week’s issue, Jeanne Gaunce’s assistant’s name was misspelled. The name should have read Jill Sodt. The Collegian regrets the error.
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April 3, 2006
Naifeh named new activities director By Kenny Scarle Collegian Staff
As of Thursday morning, Cameron has finally filled the position of student activities director vacated by former director, Courtney Hardin. Zeak T. Naifeh, graduate of the University of Arkansas and East Central University, has accepted the offer CU placed before him. “I feel that this job is an ideal fit, because of my experiences working with the student programming board,” Naifeh said, “both at the University of Arkansas and ECU.” Naifeh has much experience in this field, from organizational skills to academic advising. “As an undergraduate student, I served as the president of the ECU Student Programming Board for four years,” Naifeh said. “During my term, I organized and planned many events and spoke to various groups on such topics as getting involved, the university campus and getting connected.” Hardin was named director of alumni relations at East Central University in Ada. There she
is responsible for developing The director also serves activities, promotions and special as an adviser to the Greek events involving alumni and organizations and the Presidential serving as executive director of Leaders University Scholars the ECU Alumni Association. program. PLUS is a scholarship Since her departure, the program for outstanding high personnel office at CU had school seniors who have excelled been diligently searching for a in the areas of academics, replacement, leadership, placing local involvement and and national community “I feel that this job is an advertisements service. ideal fit because of my in newspapers, Of the reexperiences working with spondents, two magazines and Web the student programming applicants were sites. selected for interboard.” Higheredjobs. views. com is just one Jennifer Holland, — Zeak T. Naifeh director of stuof the many sites listing Activities Director dent development, employment was a part of the opportunities hiring process. such as this one. A total of 26 “Both applicants were great,” applicants responded to the Holland said. “It’s a director-level listing. position, so the necessity of a The role of student activity master’s degree is very important.” director is a full-time position, “The two selected for interoverseeing the Student views had a broad knowledge of Government Association, the campus activities, community Programming Activities Council, service and all the responsibilities serving as campus coordinator that entails. They came before the to over 60 student organizations Screening Committee, and we and acting as chair of the Student were very pleased.” Activities Council. Students were also involved
in the selection process. Blake Red Elk, speech communication senior, was a member of the committee that interviewed the prospective candidates. “The student activities director does an incredible amount of work,” Red Elk said. “Since the position has such interaction with students, it was great that the university chose to include students to assist in the selection process.” The applicants came before a screening panel consisting of two staff members, two faculty members and three students. The panel questioned the interviewees individually regarding their experience in this field. The interviewees also described their accomplishments and participation at their own universities and the style of leadership they can bring to Cameron. “The person taking the position must be aware of life on campus,” Red Elk said. “They are here to help enhance the collegiate experience for students. And as there is so much they are responsible for, it takes a lot of organization and
communication.” While little practical experience is required for this position, the prerequisite of a master’s degree gives the applicant a measure of understanding in the field. “Most of the applicants hold degrees in higher education,” Holland said. “This program prepares you even more for the responsibilities expected for this position. It really is just like teaching. “In this degree program, you learn to deal with certain situations that require a certain expertise.” Currently, Naifeh is a graduate intern with the University of Arkansas Student Programming Board, University Programs. He assists in advising, planning and organizing events and programs with the other university program committees and students, building relationships with the diverse population there. These skills and characteristics will assist him in his duties here at Cameron University as the new student activities director.
Brian Kriss, finance junior, is currently serving on two CUSGA committees, the Finance Committee and the Academic Appeals Committee, feels that he would be a definite contribution to the student body as treasurer of the SGA. As a finance freshman and an employee in the Wal-Mart accounting department, Kriss indicated he has experience in this field. He, along with his running mates, want make the student government an organization of honor, diversity and action. Cameron students running for office have very strict guidelines in their campaigning. There is to be no
active campaigning, such as posters, signs or public speaking within 75 feet of election booths or within 25 feet of computer labs. They can spend no more than $100 and can only utilize a certain number and size of signs. The process is designed to offer students a fair means of electing the officers and senators each year. The candidates will participate in a debate at 5:15 p.m. today in the Sciences Complex, Goodyear Room. Questions will be fielded and the opposing tickets will have the opportunity to present their platforms. “Aggie Up” and exercise your right to decide.
ELECTIONS continued from page 1 Jeff Wozencraft, political science sophomore and SGA sergeantof-arms, is also looking forward to serving Cameron in the coming year. After his recent election to the Oklahoma Student Government Association representing Cameron and as a participant in the United States Army Officer Training Program, he feels that he has much to offer the University. “I believe with that, and my extensive training in skills which are necessary to lead, such as time management, group motivation, decision making under stress and group communication, I can be the kind of leader that gets things done,” Wozencraft said. “Cameron needs a true leader that is hard working and dedicated and available to the students; who will round up the real issues that need to be addressed, such as updating the once overlooked dorms, building group solidarity to answer concerns and questions from student organizations and increasing attendance and pride at athletic events. The collegiate experience isn’t just about books and grades: it’s about the life you lead here on campus; the experiences and memories you garner as you live your life.” A public relations and organizational communication junior, Senator Ryan Alley is confident he is the most qualified for the position of treasurer of the SGA. He is in his third year as a PLUS scholar, and is an Aggie Ambassador, Programming Activities Council member and former financial staff member of his church, “I have great experience in this role,” Alley said. “As a youth minister, I directed the budget for my church and the various groups within. I was responsible for making decisions on what was to be done with those finances and the activities they funded. Also, I was involved with fund-raising efforts, which allowed the groups to grow, enjoying more freedom to expand and participate in many diverse events. “As treasurer for the SGA, I want to help with student organizations and supplement their fund-raising efforts. Since the SGA oversees all the clubs on campus, we can definitely assist with that. Campus groups can always use more money for their operations. Also, I believe more information
is needed from the SGA about the availability of the funds we have to offer,” Alley said. “We have a set amount each year to contribute to clubs but they aren’t aware of it and don’t apply. I think these and our own SGA funds could be more appropriately distributed. My leadership skills and proposals will help to create more knowledge and unity on campus, allowing us to pool our resources to serve the university in a more even, considerate fashion.” The Morris ticket is proposing to make the student government a place for every Aggie to make their campus into whatever they want. They want to ensure every voice is heard, and they won’t make promises they don’t intend to keep. Kara Morris, political science junior and current treasurer of the SGA, is seeking the presidency of next year’s SGA. She wants to see proposed changes on campus become a reality. “As Cameron University students, we know how it feels to want to affect change,” Morris said. “There are many ways to do that. However, utilizing Cameron University’s Student Government Association is the unifying organization that will allow every voice to be heard.” As a political science junior, former Supreme Court Justice and OSGA Representative, Morris believes her expertise in these areas will be of great benefit to the university. “The experiences gained from these positions are priceless,” Morris said. “We bring our expertise and open minds to learn as much as
possible to bring praise to Cameron. There is so much potential Cameron University’s student government has to offer, that we want to bring it to its zenith.” Aaron Russell, multimedia design junior and past Aggie Ambassador president, a Programming Activities Council member and a Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature Delegate, believes that the role of vice president of the SGA will be hard work, but isn’t afraid of it. “We are responsible, reliable and willing to work hard for our fellow Aggies,” Russell said. “We are capable of balancing our schedules with our activities in a manner that student government will remain our priority. As officers, leaders and students, we know it takes long hours and fresh ideas to keep an organization strong. I want to build on the experiences we have in other organizations, such as Aggie Ambassadors, PAC and others to make the student government the place for every Aggie to make their campus whatever they want.”
April 3, 2006
CETES receives grant for technology project Cameron University’s Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies recently was awarded a $130,000 Economic Development Enrichment Fund grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The grant, which is one of only five awarded in Oklahoma, was part of a special initiative to support activities of economic, workforce and community development initiatives that are within an institution’s strategic plan. “This grant represents a mark of accomplishment for CETES,” said Executive Director Peter Abramo. “CETES is quickly being recognized both locally and on the state level as a quality endeavor with the potential to impact economic growth in the surrounding community and beyond.” Cameron University will use the grant to implement the “Community Technology Entrepreneur Project.” As part of the project, Abramo said, CETES will host an invention/ business plan contest in the near future, searching for the best technology-based product. “The first week of April will be used to promote the contest on campus,” said Tracy Davis, the administrative secretary of CETES. “The major goals of the contest are to help the winner with the resources, marketing, and economic development to start a business and to assist with the first needs
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CETES: The Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies will soon implement the Community Technology Entrepreneur Project and will host an invention business plan contest. CETES is situated behind Nance Boyer on campus. of a new company.” Participants from Southwest Oklahoma will have the opportunity to compete by presenting their idea for a technology-based business to a panel of expert judges.
Winners of the contest will receive free office space in CETES, as well as additional business development support. Full details for the contest will be available this month. “While Cameron will be
the impetus behind the project and provide leadership, the success of the project will depend on forging partnerships and sharing responsibility with community,” Abramo said. “The contest will add
an element of excitement. We will be looking for the business plan or invention with the most potential, then we will help them make their entrepreneurial dream come true.”
Psychology in memory of their two sons. On June 21, 2003, Kevin, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Kentucky died. In February 2004, Kevin’s older brother, Jeffery, was killed while on active military duty in Iraq. This endowment is to advance the study of depression and suicide prevention at Cameron University. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, the GEO Group, Inc. is a world leader in privatized correctional and detention management. The Lawton Correction Facility is an integral part of the group’s private correctional system. The business’ core values include a strong belief in community involvement and education. The company has established this lectureship to advance the study of criminal justice and sociology.
Doyce and Sammy Croy of Duncan, and their daughter Dr. Melanie Croy, professor of kinesiology at Angelo State University, established the Croy Foundation. This endowment was established to advance the study of education. Todd and Cindy Sanner are Duncan residents and Cameron University alumni. After graduating from Cameron with a degree in chemistry, Sanner started a business developing and marketing chemicals for use in oil and gas exploration around the world. Both Todd and Cindy Sanner have been active leaders in the Duncan community who want to invest in the University that gave them a solid foundation for their futures. This endowment was established to advance the study of chemistry.
Endowed positions at CU top regional universities Cameron University added a new chapter to its already rich history of endowments last week with the establishment of four new endowed lectureships. The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents officially approved the endowments during its regularly scheduled meeting in Oklahoma City. The four new endowed lectureships include the Jeff and Kevin Graham Memorial Lectureship in Psychology, the GEO Group, Inc. Endowed Lectureship in Criminal Justice, the Croy Foundation Endowed Lectureship in Education, and the Todd and Cindy Sanner Endowed Lectureship in Chemistry. “I thank each donor for their generous investment in Cameron’s students and faculty,” President Cindy Ross said. “These endowments create exciting opportunities for our students and provide our faculty with additional resources to enhance student learning.” The Regents also approved Cameron’s request to apply for matching funds for each lectureship from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Three of the lectureships – Graham, GEO Group and Croy – will have their initial gifts of $12,500 matched by the McCasland Foundation of Duncan, making a $25,000 endowment. The new $25,000 endowments will then be submitted to the State Regents to be matched, creating a $50,000 endowment. The Sanner gift, which was originally $25,000, will have $12,500 added by the McCasland Foundation. The resulting $37,500 endowment will then be matched by the State Regents. “These endowments result in
increased learning opportunities universities. for Cameron students including “I am extremely proud of undergraduate student research, Cameron’s exceptional level of internships and the chance to continued growth in the field of learn from distinguished visiting endowments,” Ross said. “With lecturers,” a commitsaid Gary ted and carBuckley, vice ing base of “With a committed and president alumni and caring base of alumni and for academic supporters, supporters, we will continue we will conaffairs. to provide Cameron Cameron tinue to pronow boasts vide Cameron University students 53 endowed University with increased learning positions, students with opportunities.” more than increased any other learning opregional — Cindy Ross portunities.” university General President, and trails and Mrs. Cameron University only the Mark University of Graham Oklahoma established and Oklahoma State University the Jeff and Kevin Graham among all state colleges and Memorial Lectureship in
April 3, 2006
‘Banished Misfortune’ goes independent By Joan Hagy
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Dr. Matt Jenkins’ short film, Banished Misfortune, has been selected for showing on April 22, at the Roxy Theatre as part of a week-long festival. The communications associate professor will attend the 2006 Bare Bones Independent Film Festival in Muskogee. Jenkins wrote, produced and directed the satirical comedy. The film begins in ancient Ireland. A prophecy handed down through a family warns them to “beware the cow.” The story ends with the murder of an evil scientist by a determined young vegetarian whose family has died from a form of mad cow disease. Jenkins uses satire, humor and a hula dancing performance in his film, which runs just under 25 minutes. A film qualifies for the festival as a short if it is between 15 and 30 minutes. “‘Banished Misfortune’ is actually the title of an ancient Celtic tune I heard at the International Fest,” Jenkins said. “The story grew from that song, and a rendition of it can be heard
in the opening scene of the film.” Jenkins has utilized some young talent from the Lawton area to perform in the film. The cast includes Lindsey Hunt, recent Cameron graduate and morning news anchor on KAUZ; Nicole Lockart, communications junior, and KCCU’s Cynthia Sosa, morning personality. Justin Walton, communication assistant professor, performs the scenestealing role of Dr. Lumpkin. Steve Adams, communication assistant professor, has a role in the opening sequence. Jenkins said he would like to work on a full-length film for his next project. “My plan is to shoot a western in Oklahoma that takes place in the 1930s” he said. Jenkins said another short film might be in the works, this one taking place on a submarine. He is also planning to develop a documentary with Adams about the ending of prohibition in Oklahoma. But film-making costs money. Jenkins relies on grants for his documentaries and pays for his short films out if his own pocket. The Bare Bones Independent
‘Banished Misfortune’ equals success: Assistant communication professor Justin Walton stars in Dr. Matt Jenkins’ ‘Banished Misfortune.’ The short film was selected for showing at the Bare Bones Independent Film Festival. Film Festival, known in film circles as BBIFF, promotes and supports films created on very small budgets by multi-tasking screenwriter/director/producers. Jenkins’ 2004 film, “Houston,” was nominated by BBIFF for best short picture. Jenkins said the
Bare Bones festival is growing in prestige and he is honored to have his film be a part of the showcase. The festival is open to the public and there will be a reception following the screening of Jenkins’ film. For
more information about the Bare Bones International Film Festival, visit the Web site at barebonesfilmfestival.com. Click on the “short movies” tab to view information about Jenkins’ film and the other short film selections.
‘Night of Dance’ combats violence By Regan Frizzelle Collegian Staff
Beauty and the beast: V (Hugo Weaving) works Evey (Natalie Portman) into his plan to overthrow Sutler’s corrupt government in “V for Vendetta.” This marks the first succesful adaptation of an Alan Moore graphic novel and Hugo Weaving’s fourth movie with the Wachowskis.
Masked phantom terrorist holds ‘vendetta’ against government By Josh Rouse Collegian Staff
Totalitarism is a frightening but very interesting concept. Science fiction authors have used the idea, describing how democracy would give way to a stricter government. Alan Moore took that one step further creating a graphic novel called “V for Vendetta.” Centered on a terrorist known only as V, the novel chronicals his quest to get revenge against the iron-willed government for the wrongs done against him and the populace. He uses extreme and violent tactics to try to liberate the people and overthrow oppression. Unlike many science fiction works that touch on totalitarism, “Vendetta” makes the reader wonder if V’s actions are in the best interest of the people or if he is merely acting on his undying thirst for revenge. The year is 2020 and a virus has nearly wiped out the human population. America has been devastated and all but eliminated. In Britain a man rises to prominence by promising security, but at the expense of freedom. John Hurt, who also starred in another totalitarism film, “1984,” plays Sutler, the dictator. There are striking similarities between Hurt’s Sutler and Adolph Hitler. Hugo Weaving, the unmistakable Mr. Smith from “The Matrix” trilogy, plays V. But you never actually see his face. Instead, Weaving uses his brooding voice and body language to deliver the character and express his hatred for the government. The mask that V wears does get a little strange looking throughout the movie. You hear him talk, you see him move, but you never see his lips move. It plays tricks on the mind at times. “V for Vendetta” is written and produced by the Wachowski brothers who went from high-to-low with their “Matrix” movies. Luckily, “Vendetta” plays more like the story driven “The Matrix” and less like the specialeffects laden sequels. But don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of big budget explosions and special effects to satisfy the action junkie. However, if you are looking for an action vehicle to hold you over until the summer movie season begins, “V for Vendetta” is not for you.
First and foremost, this is a political film. There are connotations that remind a person of present day events. “V for Vendetta” is not an anti-American or anti-Bush film, but it does show what happens when governmental power goes unchecked in the name of security. I actually wondered how good a movie could be when it combines the Wachowskis — orchestrators of the biggest letdown in movie history with the “Matrix” sequels — and Natalie Portman (“Star Wars,” “Closer,” “Garden State”). But Portman brought her “Closer” acting skills to “Vendetta.” While her character still had moments that remind you of “Anakin, you’re breaking my heart,” from “Revenge of the Sith,” she pulls off the role as Evey (the nosey reporter), pretty decently. The relationship between V and Evey can be best paralleled with “The Phantom of the Opera.” In fact, that parallel adds more of a dramatic touch to the movie and pulls it away from the usual “big explosions equal big dollars” popcorn movies. Alan Moore originally removed his name and denounced any involvement with production. He must have been as avidly anticipating the “Matrix” sequels as the rest of us. He also had his name removed from two previous adaptations of his works: “From Hell” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” But Moore has since publicly supported “V for Vendetta.” In a time when Hollywood is filled with sequels, remakes and comic book adaptations, “V for Vendetta” walks a tight line between all of them. It borrows a little inspiration from George Orwell’s “1984” and is another comic book adaptation, but it is different from the rest. “V for Vendetta” places itself in the same breath as “Sin City” as one of those unforgiving comic book adaptations that has not been watered down for Hollywood. It still has plenty of big budget escapades, but it grounds them and counters with a very healthy dose of compelling story and entertaining drama. Somebody described this movie to me as a “thinking man’s action film.” And that is actually right. If you like political thrillers like “1984” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” definitely check out “V for Vendetta.”
Psychologist and Cameron student Merita Tyrell-Mitchell wants to bring awareness about violence to the Cameron community. This is why Mitchell, presently working on a master’s degree in entrepreneurial studies, has organized “A Night of Dance,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Cameron University Theatre. “Violence is detrimental and can even be fatal, whether through rape, domestic violence or even a robbery,” she said. “People need to know what to do and how they can help break the cycle.” Mitchell said the reason she is so passionate about the subject is because of her experience with victims of domestic violence at New Directions, the battered women’s shelter. Last year, Mitchell decided to put together a fashion show to benefit the shelter. “I really wanted to help the community understand that it was in our ability to do something and that we could make a difference if we worked together,” she said. She began to do research on how she could continue to make a difference, and that is when she decided to encourage involvement from students from Cameron and the community. “I am really excited about this night, because first I love to dance, but also I get to send a message of love that I hope will help people realize they don’t have to be afraid, and they can have a part in stopping violence,” Mitchell said. Twenty-five dancers will showcase their talents in the form of ballet, rap, hip-hop, or their native cultural dances. Mitchell said that she has talked to her dancers about violence that happens even here. She said she wants the dancers to realize they have a responsibility to use their talent to bring forth a message that will heal and help. “Violence touches us all,” she said. “We cannot just sit back and let it take over, we have to do something.” For more information about X-pressions Dance Production, “A Night of Dance,” or for tickets call 355.2417. Admission is free and open to all students and faculty.
The Back Page
April 3, 2006
Photos by Kareem Guiste