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Monday, April 16, 2018
Volume 98 Issue 8
Senior vocal performance major Lorenzo Butler publishes original work with Imagine Music Publishing Cheyenne Cole
Graphic by Cheyenne Cole
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the CU Centennial Singers and the CU Percussion ensemble, Butler has always Managing Editor been involved in music in an academic setting. Cameron senior Lorenzo Butler’s As a child, he found music all around rendition of the Scottish folk song “The Water is Wide” is available for purchase him; his mother sang to him, his father blared the radio and older siblings shared on imaginemusicpublishing.com. their own music. Imagine Music Publishing licensed “Music was already a part of me,” he and published Butler’s original said. “It was this habit that was already composition this semester. there that I don’t think I can ever escape In an arrangement theory course, from.” Butler’s professor tasked the class with But his own first music discovery was arranging a choral piece. Butler searched for a piece, stumbled the rock band Coldplay. “They influenced how I listened to upon “The Water is Wide” in a choral music and how I treated dissonances or the book and remembered the first time clashy sounds that you hear in music,” he he heard his best friend sing it in high said. “Everything has this flow, and they school. know how to make you feel.” “The song is very beautiful, and it Butler added piano, vocal harmonies really fit his voice well,” he said. “It was just stuck in my head for months - to see and key changes to “The Water is Wide” and showed it to his compositional my friend open up as an artist because professor, Dr. Gregory Hoepfner, he was really shy.” who encouraged him to submit it for Butler knew in that moment that publication. this was the piece he wanted to make Hoepfner said he was not surprised his own. that Imagine Publishing picked up Butler’s “It’s a combination of: nothing piece. is impossible, you just have to think “It’s quality, professional work. And it outside the box, and different struggles of life, love and happiness — that spoke has a market,” he said. “There are always people looking for this kind of composition. to me,” he said. He found the lyrics of the first verse It’s a well-written choral piece and based on a familiar tune that many people like.” meaningful. Hoepfner said this is an “The water is wide / I can’t cross over accomplishment that will take Butler far in / But neither have I wings to fly / So I’ll build a boat that can carry to / And the music profession. “If nothing else,” he said. “I hope this both shall row / My love and I.” gives him some validation for all the hard Butler said the soothing tune, work that he has done these last few years. although it originates from Scotland, serves as a reminder of his Irish heritage. He is a very talented young man.” Butler will debut “The Water is Wide” “The song has this comforting folklike melody, which you can pretty much with the Centennial Singers at the annual choir concert at 7:30 p.m., April 26, in the sing anywhere,” he said. A member of the CU Concert Choir, University Theatre.
Theatre preps ‘Legally Blonde’
Aggie softball on six streak win
April 16, 2018
Media Literacy in a Post-Truth Age
Photos by Stacie Larsen
Truthiness: At 3:30 p.m., on April 5, in Ross Hall, Cameron University’s Teaching and Learning Series presented Understanding Media Literacy in a Post-Truth Age. Dr. Christopher Keller led a disscusion on fake news and teaching literacy, along with the effects of media on society.
Phi Sigma Iota hosts banquet
Initiation celebration: Dr. Teresa M. Lubrano lights the candles during the celebration in honor of the languages they represent, including Latin, Itilian, German, French and Spanish. During the initiation, the organization's two new members received white roses, which symbolizes what the organization stands for.
[and] of research in those languages. Lubrano said the requirements for joining News Editor the organization include taking at least one course in a foreign language at the junior level or At 6:30 p.m., on April 6, Cameron higher and having an overall GPA of 3.0. University’s International Foreign Language “It is the greatest honor that can be bestowed Honor Society, Delta Rho Chapter of Phi on a student of foreign languages,” she said. “It Sigma Iota, hosted its 31st annual initiation is a wonderful honor on your resume. banquet in the CETES Conference Center. “In the past, we have had the greatest The event included an initiation ceremony, comradery among members. They learn from calling of new officers, a full meal and the each other.” presenting of scholarships and awards. Lubrano said she hopes that the students Phi Sigma Iota Co-Advisor Dr. Teresa M. Lubrano said she helped charter the Delta Rho who join the organization are able to gain Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota at Cameron in 1988 experiences that will not only impact their lives as students but also as graduates. and served as the organizations first faculty “I hope they learn leadership qualities,” she advisor until 2015, upon retirement. said. “I hope they learn comradery, how to work She said she thinks its important to have organizations like this one available to students. togther, pride in what they have accomplished, "It promotes amity among nations, " she said. and the urge to continue their education, [and] to be life-long learners. "It promotes the study of foreign languages,
Lubrano said each candle lit during the lighting ceremony represented a different language, including Latin, Italian, German, French and Spanish. She also said, upon charter, the decision to have a white rose as the organization's symbol was influenced by a poem written by a cuban poet José Martí, "I cultivate a White Rose." "It [the poem] talked about how he included everyone that he cultivated the rose for, both his enemies as well as his friends. “It [the rose} was a symbol of amity, of inclusion, and tolerance for all ideas, all nations, [and] all languages.” The evening concluded with the announcing of scholarships, including the Graziella Scholarship given to Phi Sigma Iota President Maribel Gomez and the Delta Rho Benke Scholarship given to vice-president Geraldine Brady.
Photos by Stacie Larsen
Gomez said she was excited to learn about the organization and what it offers. "My minor is Spanish," she said. "That's why I am in this organization. "It celebrates every language." She also said she was surprised and happy to have received the scholarship. "I feel proud to be part of this honor society." Brady said her involvement in the organization has helped broaden her horizons and given her the opportunity to meet others with similar passions. "At first, I started with French," she said, "and then it opened my eyes to Latin and Spanish. "It has helped me in the outside world in the fact that it made me more open and outgoing. For more information about Phi Sigma Iota, visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/ Phi-Sigma-Iota-Cameron-University-LawtonOklahoma.
April 16, 2018
Photos by Madison Lyda
Student Life Editor With the arrival of new buildings, opportunities and involvement for students, Cameron Student Housing is implementing a new opportunity for students involved with Greek life to get even more involved on campus than ever before. Student Housing will officially be implementing a new housing opportunity for Greek communities on campus starting fall 2018. This program for Greek life is officially being named the Greek Communities Pilot Program. This pilot program is a housing opportunity for individuals on Camerons campus who are actively involved in Cameron greek life. Students who participate in this housing option must be a member of one of the three sororities or two fraternities on campus. The program will offer Greek communities on campus the opportunity to further strengthen their bonds as individual chapters and even the community as a whole. The program is designed to help greek life students
get more involved on campus and provide them a space to get to know one another better. Housing Director Katie Hubbard explained the meaning behind the intensions of the greek community, explaining that the purpose of the community is not to isolate, but to create a livinglearning community. “What we are really trying to do here is create an opportunity for people with similar interests to be able to live in a community.” Hubbard said. “Greek communities is a great opportunity to build a community. We’re simply taking a group of students who are already passionate about the same thing and putting them in an environment to see what they can do together, what they can do for the community, the campus, and provide them an opportunity to work closer.” Hubbard said that the idea for Greek community housing wasn’t an initial idea of Student Housing itself, but of the students. Greek chapters on campus have been looking for a housing opportunity for years and this idea allowed them to have that opportunity quicker and easier. Junior Early Childhood
Education major and Alpha Phi Vice-President of Campus Recruitment officer Reagan Pyles explained the connection that this addition to Student Housing would offer the Greek community. “Anytime anyone lives on campus, that person feels more connected to the school. This opportunity is really just going to bring our big groups into a tighter knit community. This opportunity is really going to give members the real fraternity/sorority experience on campus.” Pyles said. “There will be
more participation in events, more activity community service wise and the opportunity to work more often with the other Greek communities on campus.” Pyles said a large population of the incoming students still don’t know about greek life on campus. She hopes Greek Communities will raise awareness for the chapters and help gain membership and friendships. Senior Criminal Justice major Alexander BonanoCruz who is the president of Kappa Sigma fraternity shared the excitement Greek
life feels about this new opportunity after fighting for campus housing for over twenty-five years “I really think it will open up the gateway to allow students to feel that there is something more on this campus than just a wonderful learning program. I think students just really want an area where they can say that this is ours, feel at home.” Greek Communities is approved to begin fall of 2018 and will take place in the Cameron Village. All Greek members are welcome to participate and
information on housing is provided through Greek chapter advisors. Greek Communities will be under development over the course of the next two years until it recieves official Student Housing approval to become permanent. Any questions or need for additional information about student interested in Greek Communities can be answered at the Office of Student Housing located at the McMahon Center, or students can contact housing directly from their email at housing@cameron. edu.
Aggies travel: American South Graphic by Madison Lyda
Department of Historical archives; and the First Whitehouse of the Staff Writer Confederacy. The second half of the trip Over the course of Spring Break, began with the Prisoner of War Cameron University students from Museum and Andersonville Professor Travis Childs’ Civil War Prison in Georgia. and Reconstruction class took a road However, during their trip across the American South to visit last three days, the class the museums and battlefields of the explored the battlefields of American Civil War. Chickamauga, Chattanooga, The trip lasted nine days and Shiloh and Vicksburg. spanned across six states, eventually Childs said it was the very covering nearly 2,800 miles. first Civil War trip offered by Cameron Students had the opportunity to view the actual historical locations they University, but that it was in the making for some time. have studied in class. “I had the support of Lance Janda, The goal for the trip revolved around giving a clearer picture of what the Chair of the Social Sciences Department and Howard Kuchta, who happened in those places, and helping is the Dean of Graduate Professional students realize the complexity of the Studies,” he said. “They encouraged history theythey studied in class. For the first half of the trip, the class me to put together a proposal and to started in South Louisiana, where they submit it for Lectureships at Cameron University, which I submitted last toured a plantation and visited New spring.” Orleans. Because of his submission, Childs From there, students traveled to received three different lectureships a new location every day, including to fund this trip. Contributions came Fort Gaines; Blakely Battlefield near from the James O. “Diz” and June Mobile, Alabama; the Montgomery
Pursley Barnett Endowed Lectureship in History, the Katherine D. Lacy Endowed Lectureship in History, and the Philip L. Jones Endowed Lectureship in Ethics. These lectureships combined raised more than $10,000 in funds for the student trip. Funds aided in every way for the trip, from hotel rooms to gas expenses and an additional $180 given to each student for meals. Ten students jumped at the opportunity to take the trip. Dakota Connick, a sophomore history major, said he was very
appreciative of the importance of the trip, as well as financial assistance given by lectureships. “You could have a Spring Break traveling across the south without spending a dime,” he said. “On top of that, we are all history majors, so I got to be around people who enjoy and are motivated by the same subject as me. So that opportunity was hard to pass up.”
April 16, 2018
State Question 788: Medical marijuana in Oklahoma Justin Rose Staff Writer
On June 26, the state of Oklahoma will vote on State Question 788. This could be one of the most important State Questions in modern Oklahoma history. For anybody who doesn’t know, State Question 788 is the Medical Marijuana Legislation initiative. A vote for “yes” would support the measure to legalize the licensed cultivation, use and possession of cannabis for medicinal purposes. A vote for “no” would oppose the same measure. While it would legalize the medical use of cannabis, a person couldn’t just walk into their doctor’s office and get a prescription. An Oklahoma citizen would first need to obtain a state-issued medical marijuana license, which requires a board-certified physician’s signature. A license would cost 100 dollars, and it would last a total of two years. A person under the age of 18 would need the signatures of two physicians instead of just one, as well as approval from his or her parents or guardians. There would be no specific qualifying conditions to be able to get a license. A person who gets a license would be able to possess up to three ounces of cannabis on-person and up to eight ounces in their home. A seven percent tax would be placed on all cannabis sales. The revenue that would be collected from this tax would first go toward covering regulatory costs. Any surplus from the tax would be split between education and the Oklahoma State Department of Health for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. However, it wouldn’t be an even split. Seventy-five percent of the surplus would go
toward education, and the remaining 25 percent would go to the Department of Health. For those wondering if employers would be able to penalize you, as long as you have a medicinal marijuana card, you don’t have to worry. The initiative would forbid employers, landlords and schools from doing so. Employers would only be able to take action against you if you possess or use cannabis while on the job. The initiative not only brings in much needed revenue for the state, but is also very beneficial to patients. Cannabis can be used to treat more conditions than just glaucoma and cancer. Cannabis’ uses in medicine are mostly related to one key effect it produces: Cannabis is an effective, non-addictive pain reliever. It’s absurd to think that people suffering from chronic pain, among other conditions, are being prescribed opioids that are highly addictive and dangerous, when they could be using a medication that’s not physically addictive and hasn’t killed anybody in recorded history. Even more absurd is the fact that many legislators would be against legalization despite its possible applications as a source of state revenue Let’s take into account that Oklahoma’s lawmakers, as well as its citizens, are currently facing a 611-million-dollar budget hole. I can only imagine how much money is being spent by the state policing, litigating and incarcerating its own citizens for a drug that could be used for such good. If this initiative passes, money will be freed up. Combine that money with the money that will be collected through the seven percent tax, and I think that budget hole will lessen over time.
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Whether through in-person conversation “Vote NO OK788” Facebook page and they or through social media, I constantly see simply don’t make sense. Oklahomans brag about how they are always for They claim this isn’t about medicine, but for a individual freedoms and how big government full-blown legalization of cannabis. shouldn’t infringed upon those rights. That simply isn’t the case. As I mentioned Why shouldn’t the ability to use cannabis be above, in order to obtain a medical marijuana one of those rights? card, you have to go through a board-certified A person using cannabis in their own home physician. has never affected anyone but the person using it. Those against the legalization of medicinal Why should the government continue to try marijuana claim this bill makes it so if a person to prosecute individuals for doing something has a medical card, a potential employer won’t be that makes them happy, while at the same time, able to drug test them. not hurting anyone else? Again, that isn’t the case at all. They will still Oklahoma is also be able to drug test them, they facing a problem with just won’t be able to discriminate “Cannabis’ uses the overcrowding of against a cannabis user if they prisons. have a license to use it. in medicine are Fifty percent of the It’s just like now: if a person mostly related to prison population are has a prescription for opioids or one key effect it individuals doing time any anti-anxiety medicine, an for non-violent drug employer is still able to drug test produces: Cannabis offenses. them. is an effective, If this state In January 2018, an non-addictive question passes on Oklahoma poll conducted June 26, then I believe by “Sooner Poll” found 44.6 pain reliever.” those serving time percent of those asked strongly — Justin Rose for non-violent drug supported the initiative, offenses should be while 17.2 percent somewhat pardoned. supported it. Not only will this help solve the problem of 31 percent of those that were asked either overpopulation, but it would free up tax dollars somewhat opposed or completely opposed the that are used to house them. initiative. That money can be used on stuff we Whether you support or oppose state desperately need, like better education and fixing question 788, please register and vote on June the state’s crumbling infrastructure. 26. I’ve read the arguments being pushed on the Every vote matters; let your voice be heard.
In the April 2 issue of the “Collegian,” in a story titled “CU students take a stand: Joining a nationwide walkout,” the “Collegian” staff erroneously assigned gender-specific pronouns to a student who identifies as genderfluid. Members of the “Collegian” staff regret the error.
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April 16, 2018
‘My Dear, Melancholy’
The Weeknd releases an EP full of heartbreak Sarae Ticeahkie A&E Editor @SylviaSeeks
Late in the evening on March 29, R&B artist The Weeknd dropped his new sixsong EP “My Dear Melancholy,” The Weeknd and Frank Dukes executively produced the artist’s extended play, with additional production by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo,
Skrillex and Mike Will Made-It. With the artist’s two multiplatinum albums already highly praised, The Weeknd continues to conquer the contemporary R&B world. The artist began dropping hints on social media about the EP the day before the release, followed by a picture of the album artwork Thursday with the photo caption, “tonight.” Late Thursday night, the EP began
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streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. to myself,” then adds, “now I’m asking, who This EP is The Weeknd’s first release do you belong to now? /Who you give that since 2016’s “Starboy,” which included the love to now?” in the song “Wasted Times” songs “Starboy” and “Party Monster,” and a The artist begins to shift from sadness more up-tempo pop, electric dance vibe. to a bit of anger with the song “Hurt Going back to his dark roots, “My Dear, You,” in which he sings, “And now I know Melancholy” gives off the moody, electric relationship’s my enemy / so stay away soul sound with fragile lyrics relating to from me / I’m warning you / You try to fill broken relationships. the void with every man you meet / ’Cause The Weeknd portrays sex and substance you’re upset with me / I’m warning you.” use that correlate with romantic sacrifices He leaves all emotions behind and in songs like “Calling becomes empty when Out My Name,” in he continues to sing, which he sings: “I said “Cause if its love you “Ooh, no one ever loved want again / don’t I didn’t feel nothing, this / and I’m already baby/But I lied/I almost waste your time / But cut a piece of myself for if you call me up, I’m here for sure / You’d your life, guess I was just rather something toxic f**kin you on sight” another pit stop.” The song ends with / So I poison myself Throughout the repetition of “I don’t again, again / Till I feel wanna hurt you” which song, The Weeknd talks about struggling nothing / In my soul / I’m still gives listeners the to find closure after a feel that there will on the edge of somebreakup and ending the always be some sense thing reeking / I feel my of emotional that song with failure of that closure. stays with you, even mind is slowly fading.” With back-tothough you want to — The Weeknd back contributions feel nothing but hatred from collaborator towards the person who “I Was Never There” Gesaffelstein, The broke your heart. Weeknd’s “I Was Never The EP includes There” and “Hurt additional songs “Try You” allows the French electro artist to me” and “Privilege” that also have lyrics take listeners on a journey toward murky that pertain towards the emotional wave of undertones and emotional wailing. faulty love. The dizzying beats of Gesaffelstein pairs Every song gives off a menacing and with the The Weeknd’s haunting voice to moving vibe that takes his listener’s back to have listeners feel each emotional word. his 2012s “Trilogy” and his 2015s “Beauty Continuing the destruction of a Behind the Madness” signature emotional heartbreak and how difficult it is to fall numbness. back out of love, The Weeknd sings “And The artist continues to search for an even though you put my life through hell / elusive healing that never completely went I can’t seem to forget ‘bout you / I want you away.
CU Theatre presents: ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’
Photos by Robert King
Blondes do it better: Cameron University’s Theatre is presenting “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m., April 19-21; and at 2 p.m., April 22. The musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes in the pursuit of her dreams. To purchase tickets, contact the CU box office.
April 16, 2018
Donation adds field lights By Drue Watkins Sports Editor
studying. With so many new lights, the hope is to draw in more students and potential fans to the events at more manageable times—which, in turn, generates more money and support. Jackson said the lights will not only bring in more people to watch, but also the town just looks better with them out there. “When I’m driving down the street and see them rising up, it really does add something here in Lawton,” he said. “Not just to Lawton, of course, but Cameron, too. There’s this new level of prestige—it can help with recruiting, crowds, scheduling. I think the benefits are too numerous to even count.” As of now, there are no late-night games scheduled for the remaining seasons of either softball or baseball this year—and that is unlikely to change. However, beginning next season the lights are planned for extensive use.
During the past month, the Lawton McMahon Foundation donated over $365,000 to Cameron University for new lights at McCord Field, home of Aggie baseball, and at McMahon Field, home of Aggie softball. The award is split between the two athletic facilities, with McCord Field getting $188,000 and McMahon Field getting $177,000. McCord Field will also be getting additional electrical support for the newly installed grid; the intent is to increase how long the lights can be used. The Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is installing the new electrical configurations, and the softball team can now enjoy their new lights, but the baseball team still has a few more days to wait. With the ability to have field lights on for games as well as more electrical power, both Cameron baseball and softball have the potential to expand their seasonal schedules by including night games. In turn, the new night games can aid student-athletes by extending more time between their match-ups and allowing them to spend more time in classrooms. Cameron athletic director Jim Jackson said he is beyond excited about the new lighting systems. “It’s fabulous,” he said. “The towers are popping up and looking grand. All in all, both places are really starting to look like actual ballfields.” In 1993, Cameron removed the original wooden light posts following the collapse of a post during a baseball practice. Jackson said the university—particularly the athletic department—has wanted new lights ever since, but until now, the funds just haven’t been available. “In the end it’s all about safety,” he said. “The old ones we had back then were wooden telephone poles that would become easily rotten. These new ones are much safer, and not to mention they look nicer, too.” Cameron head softball coach Dennis Furr said the lights will make a huge difference on the field, particularly for the program’s authenticity. “The change will be big not just for the team, but for those who come out to watch, too,” he said. “I think every player likes playing out under the lights, and it will also aid with our seasonal scheduling and later practices, which is always a good thing. We owe the Foundation a lot.” The newfound capability to adjust new flex hours is the primary reason for the light installations. Currently, a majority of Cameron’s baseball and softball games at home occur during the day, when most people who are capable of watching are either working or Photos by Drue Watkins
Aggies dominating with six game win streak
Photos by Bobby Hines
By Markel Turrell Staff Writer
Starting on April 6, the Cameron softball team extended their win streak to six games after taking their three-game series against the Eastern New Mexico (ENMU) Greyhounds. Cameron junior third baseman Alyssa Osterdock said getting six wins in a row really inspired the team. “It gives us a lot of confidence,” she said, “because before that we were kind of in a low spot after losing a couple of series in a row.” In the first game of the series, Aggie sophomore pitcher Bethany Hines dominated in the circle, pitching her best game of the season with a two-hit shutout; she also ended the
game with 11 strikeouts. The Aggies got things going early with a pair of runs in the first inning, as sophomore catcher Callie Busby hit an RBI single that scored sophomore outfielder Kaylyn Smith. Following the first run, Eastern New Mexico pitcher Leslie Reyes walked junior utility player Abbey Warren with the bases loaded, which ended up bringing freshman utility player Aliyah Young home, extending the Aggies’ lead to 2-0. The scoring didn’t stop there, however. In the bottom of the second inning, Hines hit an RBI of her own, running in senior third baseman Annie Combs. Warren then hit two more runs in the second, bringing the Aggies’ lead to 5-0. After a few stagnate
innings, the Aggies burst the fifth inning open with freshman first baseman Madyson Marvulli hitting a sacrifice fly ball to bring in a runner. Combs added on a second run, and in the sixth inning tacked on a final run, ending the game with an 8-0 victory for Cameron. Cameron junior pitcher Rylee Willmon got the start in game two, as ENMU went scoreless throughout the first six innings, and only tacking on two runs in the final inning. To begin the scoring for Cameron, Osterdock hit an RBI single that brought Warren home in the bottom of the second inning. Osterdock said the team played great the whole series, and she was particularly satisfied with her own performance. “They were pitching a lot
of low in the zone,” she said, “which is what I hit the best, so it was right in my power zone every time I went up to bat.” Callie Busby would give the Aggies a 2-0 lead in the third with a sacrifice fly that scored Hines; however, Busby wasn’t done for the day, as later in the fifth inning she gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead after ripping an RBI-double down the left field line. ENMU kept things close early, but a strong sixth inning by the Aggies got them some much-needed breathing room after scoring three total runs that inning. Senior second baseman Lauren Mason scored the first run in the sixth with an RBI, while Combs brought on even more with an RBI-triple.
ENMU would pick up a pair of runs in the seventh inning, but the scores were too late, allowing the Aggies to hang on for the win, 6-2. Despite their early success, the Aggies struggled in the final game of the series. After a slow offensive start for Cameron, ENMU took a fast lead in the third inning following a walk with the bases loaded. The Greyhounds further extended their lead to 2-0 after a sacrifice fly. However, the Aggies started to turn things around after Osterdock hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning, narrowing the deficit to 2-1. Osterdock then homered again in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, giving the Aggies a 5-2 lead. Osterdock said ENMU kept making pitching mistake after mistake. “After my first home run
they never changed their zone any,” she said, “which wasn’t very smart on their part.” The Greyhounds got back into the game with a homer of their own, cutting the lead to 5-4 in the sixth inning. However, in the bottom of the sixth, Combs hit a solo homer to left field, giving Cameron some breathing room up 6-4 and ending the game there. After sweeping ENMU, the Aggies move to a 25-11 overall record on the year and 13-8 in the Lone Star Conference. Cameron’s next big matchup is against perennial powerhouse and 13th ranked West Texas A&M beginning April 13. First baseman Alyssa Osterdock said the team is prepared and looking forward to the next series. “As long as we pitch well and match them hitting wise, we should be fine,” she said. “We are usually pretty good at playing very well against good teams like them.”