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Volume 90 Issue 4

CU discovers its ‘inner fish’ Casey Brown Copy Editor

On Jan. 6, the Biology Department hosted Dr. Neil Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish,” to meet with Honors students, sign books and give a keynote address as part of the 12th annual Darwin Day Celebration. Shubin is Professor of Biology and Anatomy at University of Chicago and a fish paleontologist. Shubin is well known for his discovery of Tiktaalik, a fish with legs that links sea animals with land animals in the evolutionary chain. “This whole inner fish thing began for me when I moved to the University of Chicago in 2001,” Shubin said. He began teaching an anatomy course and realized that a fish paleontologist was well suited for his position. “It seemed very clear that a paleontologist, and not just any paleontologist, but a fish paleontologist is a very good way to teach human anatomy,” he said. “The reason for that is that many of the roadmaps for our own bodies lie in simpler form in other creatures. A photo “The best roadmaps to understand the complex nerves in our head lie in sharks. The best roadmaps

to understand the complex mapping of our brains lies in other creatures from rats to lizards and other things.” Shubin emphasized that human beings have a shared history with all other creatures on the planet. “The take home message is that we share connections to the rest of life on our planet, and that is because we have a shared history,” he said. “We share history with everything from fish

to flies to mice. “We share a connection to the rest of life on our planet. Every cell and every tissue in our bodies, we have history inside of us, and that history is shared with other animals,” he said. “That history is discoverable. We can go out and look at fossils from around the world, and we can look at embryos, DNA and genomes from different genome projects.” Shubin had a particular goal in mind when he set out to look for the Tiktaalik. He said that, based on a slide he saw in graduate school, he wanted to find new places to look for the missing link.“What I set out to do was to find new places to look in the world to look to find how fish evolved to walking,” he said. Shubin said when he designed his mission, he used what he refers to as a “paleontologist toolbox.” This tool set includes looking for rocks of the right age, rocks of the right type and rocks that are exposed at the surface. He searched in Pennsylvania first because of a limited budget and coincidence that rocks of the right age and right type were about three hours from where he was going to school at the time.

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CU stays green 2014: reduce, reuse, recycle Kali Robinson

Six years before it opened, long before they were implimented on campus, changes Assistant Managing Editor were mapped to make Cameron a more Cameron University recycles. This is not green campus. Part of this was creating the Cameron just on a trial basis, but campus-wide. Green Committee, a committee of faculty According to Vice President Pinkston, and staff willing to volunteer to help CU go recycling could become an even larger green and become more efficient. project with more faculty and student “Not everyone is a great candidate for involvement. recycling, that’s why every building does not

have recycling bins,” Pinkston said. The faculty Cameron Green Committee considered who was available to follow through with the recycling initiative. This means transportation of recycled items to the CU recycling unit and maintenance of both the bins and the central repository on campus. “Putting the bins out is the easy part of it. They fill up. Now, what do you do?”

Pinkston said. You have to have people designated to empty the bins, take it to a central repository.” “We had to figure out how do it with existing resources. Part of that is what drove not putting recycling bins in every building.”

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Theatreworks: Peter Pan

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Inside this issue:

Lawton Arts and Humanities Counsel, the National Endowment for the Arts and the McMahon Auditorium Kaley Patterson Authority sponsored the event. Theatreworks USA is a company from New York, Staff Writer NY. Its mission “is to create, produce and provide access On Feb. 7, the touring to professional theatre for young and family audiences company Theatreworks nationwide, including disadvantaged youth and underUSA made a stop at served communities.” Lawton’s “Peter Pan” is about a boy who never wants to grow up. McMahon He lives in a place called Neverland, which is “the first Memorial star to the right and straight on to morning!” Wendy, Auditorium John and Michael are three siblings who encounter Pan to perform a in their room one night. Pan was looking for his shadow production of with his fairy, Tinker Bell. Pan convinces Wendy, John “Peter Pan.” and Michael to come to Neverland with him. With a The City of happy thought and a little pit of pixie dust, they’re off to Lawton, The Neverland. While in this new land, the kids encounter Pan’s adversary Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee. Rafi Levavy is the stage manager for “Peter Pan.” He has been with the company for 12 years and on tour with 20 productions. This is his third time to tour with the show. “Theatreworks does excellent shows that are great for adults and kids,” Levavy said. Levavy admitted to attending other Theatrework shows that he is not involved in simply because he enjoys them. He said often times Broadway talent write Theatreworks productions, including

Aggies traveling the globe

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The end of Bieber fever

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Kevin Del Aguila. The stage manager said he has enjoyed his experience with this current tour of “Peter Pan” and has a great group of actors. “We’re all New York professional theatre folk,” said Levavy. “[The actors] are relatively young; most of them are in their twenties. They’re all professional actors.” Theatreworks’ production of “Peter Pan” had only six cast actors. Some of the characters played two parts. Jack Herholdt played not only Mr. Darling but also Hook. Mary C. Davis played Mrs. Darling and Hook’s sidekick, Smee. Ethan Spell played John and a puppeteer for one of Pan’s lost boys. Spell also dressed up as Hook’s greatest fear, the ticking crocodile. Jennifer Margulis played Michael and a puppeteer for a lost boy. Anna Stefanic played Nana, the dog nurse to Wendy, Michael and John. Stefanic also played Peter Pan with Patti-Lee Meringo as Wendy. The cast not only had to switch between roles, but also did their own set changes. The story starts in Wendy, John and Michaels’ room. When Pan arrives, the children receive their pixie dust and begin to f ly. The actors had dolls and stuffed animals to represent them. When they began to f ly, they would lift them up in the air and run about the stage. The production allowed children and adults to use their imagination. Right before the audience’s eyes, the actors changed the stage to their destination of Neverland. Pan intended for Wendy to be his and the lost boys’ mother. He wanted her to read them stories. Captain Hook soon found out about Pan’s new mother and decided that he wanted her as his own.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

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Aggies embracing Quidditch

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February 17, 2014

CU Study Abroad: learning outside of the classroom Tyler Boydston Staff Writer

Cameron students and faculty are getting ready to pack their bags and fly across the pond for this year’s study abroad trips, one going through London, and the other going through the UK, France and the Czech Republic. Both trips will take place March 13 - 22 during spring break. The first trip, titled “Experiencing London Through the Enlightenment,” will take students through London while discussing the writers and thinkers of the Enlightenment and exploring Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral among other landmarks. The students will even go out to the countryside to visit Stonehenge. According to Academic Services Coordinator Lani Malcolm, who oversees the study abroad program at Cameron, the London Enlightenment trip will give students the chance to see the history of London. “They’re going to get a full London experience ranging

from Roman beginnings to present-day theater,” Malcolm said. The second trip for this year’s study abroad program will take students through London, Paris and Prague for a chance to look at different areas responsible for advancements in the area of biological science. “The trip will be focusing on the development of science

as a way of knowing, going through the period of time of the 16, 17 and 1800s, visiting the home of Charles Darwin, some of the areas there in France that were very important to the biological sciences including the oldest zoo in the world,” Malcolm said. The biological sciences trip will also visit the British Museum of Natural History

as well as the Abbey of St. Thomas, where scientist Gregor Mendel worked on the basics of classical genetics. Students wishing to be a part of a study abroad trip at Cameron University have to go through an application process, and they must meet certain criteria in order to qualify. “We have two contracts that students have to agree

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to,” Malcolm said. “One is a code of conduct and that includes their GPA requirements, being a fulltime student and in good standing here at the university and being committed to the academic experience as well. It’s an upper-division 4000 level class. It comes with a lot of responsibility, but it’s a totally different, experiential learning environment.”

The locations for the study abroad trips are taken each year by faculty-submitted proposals, including proposals from years past, and each location has to meet a certain criteria as chosen by Cameron faculty. “Each fall we review the proposals that have come in that year and also ones that have come in the previous years,” Malcolm said. “We sit down and take into consideration things like the location, safety, what kind of background we as a staff have with those countries, what kind of contacts we have and then we try to make a decision. We have in place a rotating calendar that we’re trying to establish right now in terms of keeping them all in a two to three year basis and working in new ones as we have them.” Previous study abroad trips taken by Cameron student faculty include Puerto Rico in October 2012 and South Africa and Italy during spring break of 2013. Students wishing for more information on upcoming study abroad trips can contact the Office of Academic Enrichment at 580-581-6775.

Academic family offers support for one of its own Carson Stringham Staff Writer

Cameron University has once again shown that it is more than a college community; it is a family. Director of the Center for Writers Dr. Carolyn Kinslow recently had two unwelcome surprises in her life: first, one of her sons had been re-diagnosed with cancer; then, the insurance company said they would not pay for treatment. A member of the CU faculty since 1991, Kinslow said her son Andrew was first diagnosed with throat and neck cancer in 2009. After undergoing treatment, he was pronounced cancer free. “When Andrew had recovered, they did not give him a percentage as to how likely the cancer was to come back, but generally when you are cancer free for five years, the medical community considers it a great milestone,” she said. “We were all really encouraged by the fact that he had made that milestone.” But the family’s optimistic hopes were dashed one morning when Andrew awoke to find that one of his lymph nodes had become enlarged. At almost five years to the day that he was first diagnosed, he was diagnosed again. “That was a blow to all us,” Kinslow said.

As if dealing with the anger, fear and sadness of the situation were not enough, Kinslow said it came as a shock when the family learned that Andrew’s medical insurance would not pay for his proton therapy treatment as it considered the treatment to be experimental. Kinslow said she did not understand why the insurance company was taking that stand. Proton therapy has existed since the 1980s and is used in such reputable institutions as the Mayo Clinic and MD Anderson Cancer Center. As word of her family’s situation spread, various organizations and groups have come forward to offer assistance. First, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lawton organized a benefit brunch from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Museum of the Great Plains. As part of the brunch, there was also a silent auction, which helped raise funds for Andrew’s treatment. Professors and staff from the English and Foreign Languages Department then volunteered to bring in a variety of dishes and baked goods as part of a bake sale for Andrew on Jan. 29 in NanceBoyer. All told, the two events raised about $5,500. Kinslow said the money raised thus far, while helpful and considerate, is only about one-eighth of what the overall costs

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of the treatment will be; this does not take into account travel expenses, doctor’s fees or any additional tests that may be needed. While still worried about what the future holds for her family, Kinslow said she is touched by the support and help her and her family have received from the Lawton and Cameron communities. “The outpouring of concern that people have exhibited has really helped all of us tremendously,” Kinslow said. “It’s astounding to me to see the effort that people have put in to seeing that Andrew gets help.” Cameron recently came together to assist Lauretta Ekeh, a student earning her Master of Behavioral Science who suffers from lymphangioma, in raising $5,738 to help with expenses following reconstructive surgery on her face. Kinslow said it speaks highly of the people who make up the Cameron community that so many are willing to stand behind their fellow Aggies. “I know people in this department are not just colleagues,” she said. “They’re friends; it shows that they genuinely care about others. I cannot imagine finding a better place to work.” Readers can donate to Andrew’s cancer treatment fund at andrewcancertreatment.

Corrections In the Feb. 3, 2014 issue of the Collegian, in “Godsave to publish collection ‘The Torture Tree,’” Dr. Hardy Jones was listed as an Assistant Professor, but is actually an Associate Professor. Also, Queen’s Faerie Press should be changed to Queen’s Ferry Press.

Crowd pleaser: Dr. Neil Shubin signs autographs and poses for pictures with fans. The acclaimed fishpaleontologist and author of “Your Inner Fish” gave a keynote address at Cameron to celebrate Darwin Day.

INNER FISH continued from page 1 Shubin said when he and his team looked for Devonian age rocks from about 365 million years ago, they started to find fossils immediately. However, these fossils were not exactly what Shubin set out to find. “We were finding lots of fish and lots of tetrapods, but we weren’t finding the exact intermediates that we wanted,” he said. “We wanted something actually deeper in time. We realized, based on findings

from elsewhere in the world, we needed rocks that were deeper in the Devonian age.” The expedition moved to northern Canada to look for the intermediate tetrapod. After six years, Shubin and his crew found what they were looking for. “When I saw that snout, I knew we had found what we had spent six years looking for,” he said. Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Mike Husak said he brought Shubin to Cameron because the fish paleontologist has made an important impact in the literature used inside his classroom. “Neil Shubin and his books are basically standard reading for the Biology Department,” Husak said. “Certain classes are required to read some of his books because he has some of the biggest discoveries in our lifetime.”

3 Trending Casey Brown gives her take on the biebs

February 17, 2014

Bieber Backlash: The petition to deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card has reached over 255,000 signatures. After such a petition reaches 100,000 signatures, President Obama must examine it. The petition was created Jan. 23 and quickly reached the necessary 100,000 signatures. So, Bieber is off his pedestal. This time in 2008, he was making his way to mega stardom. Bieber was originally a YouTube sleeper, who went from an unheard of to an overnight sensation. In 2009 his first single was certified platinum in Canada. In 2010, his first album, “My World,” was released and also certified platinum.

In 2011, Bieber’s movie “Never Say Never” grossed $73 million at the box office. This year, CNN reported Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach for drunk driving. He also may be charged with felony vandalism for

egging a neighboring house in California. This isn’t the first time a celebrity has been evicted from his or her pedestal, but it is the first time in a long time that it has been a male celebrity. The significance of a male celebrity falling of a pedestal shows a cultural shift. Most of the time when men do things that aren’t politically correct or legal, they are forgiven much sooner than when women do similar things. For example, Britney Spears’s comeback took much longer than Michael Vick’s. Britney Spears shaved her head in 2007, yet has only

recently—within the last couple of years—become a part of mainstream media once again. However, Vick was arrested and served jail time for illegal dog fighting. Not long after he was released, he was signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, and many of his fans were arguing that he had “served his time.” Vick was vindicated just as quickly as he was vilified. In Bieber’s case, this is also the first time that the masses are calling for someone to be deported. What problem will that solve? How will American life be bettered with Bieber permanently back in Canada? It probably won’t solve anything. However, this love/hate relationship with celebrities seems to be two sides of the same obsession coin. On the one hand, a celebrity’s rise to fame is fueled by the devotion of fans. On the

other hand, those same fans also fuel his or her demise. The problem is that celebrities are human beings who aren’t being treated like they are indeed human beings. Justin Bieber is a teenager who is making mistakes, not super human. He should, therefore, be treated like a teenager who is making mistakes, not like someone who has to be continually perfect to appease his fans and the public at large. Again, what good will it do to deport him? There will still be crime in America, and there will still be celebrities who receive special treatment. Also, if he is as troubled as it appears he is, he will most likely still make the same mistakes in Canada as he has been here in the States.

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CU Vice President Jennifer Holland talks housing with the Collegian

Why have the rates increased? Managing Editor “For a long time, the university has subsidized On Jan. 29, a Cameron housing as a way to grow onpress release announced campus population. We’ve an increase in housing and worked hard to become a board rates for the 2014more traditional university. 2015 academic year. Approved by the Board of That meant that we had to subsidize housing to Regents for the University get more people to live on of Oklahoma, Rogers State campus. University and Cameron We’re at the point we’ve University, the new rates got to increase our rates to will be effective Aug. 1, be able to maintain a quality 2014. environment.” Currently, 473 students live in on-campus housing, down from 543 last fall. Vice President of Student Services, Jennifer Holland, sat down to better explain the increase. How do our rates compare on a national level? “If you look at our rates compared to other institutions across the state, we’re still very, very low. If we would have been compared in U.S. News & World Reports lowest room and board rates, we would have been 4th lowest in the nation, so that tells you where we compare in the nation. Even with the increases… we’d still be 6th or 7th in the nation.”

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What should we see as a result of the increase? “[In the fall semester,] we are going to make enhancements in the wireless network. That’s going to be one of our priorities - to enhance the wireless network in housing over the summer. One thing we’re adding in Shepler is an ice and water machine. In Shepler, we will redo a few of the bathrooms over the summer. Last year we did two floors, which

is four bathrooms. You should also see some more improvements in the lounges in Shepler. I hope that they can see an improvement in our work order process, that they see more attentiveness to our work orders and a quicker turnaround. We’ve been responding to them but we’ve not necessarily communicated with students along the way, like: we’ve received your work order, here’s where your work order

is in the process, your work order is complete, let us know if you have any further questions. We’ve not done that, so we’re going to move that over into the university system that allows that to do it automatically. I think that’s really going to make a difference to students.” What can be done to help reduce costs? “We’ve got to help students better understand how to take care of their spaces because the wear

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and tear is more than the normal wear and tear. We’ll be increasing the number of health and safety inspections that we do. If people would treat the facilities like they would their own home, then obviously our issues would be less, but that also means our staff has to treat it like it would be their own home. We’re kind of upping the expectations on that, like if you walk by something there are things that aren’t appealing, let’s fix them, because you would do that in your own home. I think when we start doing that, then students will follow along and the increased health and safety inspections are going to make a difference. If we have to come in your room and address it for cleanliness, you might be charged for that. If we have to come in and clean your room or we have to repair something we know was not damaged when you got there, you might be responsible for that. I think that if we can make some changes like that, then we’ll continue to see improvement in the facilities.”

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“Most of the buildings are cleaned at night. When the custodians come out, for example, the ones who clean this building – they drive their cars, park right here. They come in and clean this building – maybe Birch and one or two others.” Vice President Pinkston said adding recycling means now the custodians also have to stop by, load up recycling into an electric cart, drop it off and bring it back. Although this may not sound like a time-consuming ordeal, Vice President Pinkston said it can have resonating effects with other staff. “That just takes away from whatever they were doing before they were recycling. The other part of it is the electric carts are used during the day. You take it off the charger for the evening shift so people can haul stuff there and there is one electric cart that did not get much of a charge for the next day.” “If you had an opinion that Howell Hall, for example, would have volume. We would take a look at it and say ‘Well, we’ll try.’ So, we might do it for

a representative 90 days and see how much they are used so if someone had an idea as to where they should be, we would try it.” For students who are not aware of locations of current bins, you can recycle in the MCC, Art building, Business building, Administration building, Howell Hall, Shepler mezzanine and the recycling unit behind physical facilities. Cameron’s website offers tips to save energy and recycle. For example, adjust the heating/cooling while leaving out for the day. Unplug chargers or plugs while not in use. Wash clothes in cold or warm water, but not hot water. The US Dept of Energy said that 90 % of the heated water is used in washing laundry though

the warm and cold water is effective for laundry. Other, more long-term money and energy-saving tips are to do things like use fluorescent bulbs rather than incandescent. The reason is that fluorescent bulbs converts 90 % of electrical energy into light energy and remaining 10 % into heat energy, while incandescent bulbs is opposite of fluorescent bulbs. Turn off the lights, fans and electronics in unoccupied bulbs. Turn the computer off at night or put to sleep, which reduces use by about 70% Do not have a recycling bin? Create

your own. Buy a plastic trash bin and put a recycling sign on it or contact the green committee for containers. Plastic Recycling: Recycle plastics (except styrofoam) by placing them in a plastics recycling bin on campus or at an go green drop-off location. Or, create your own recycling bin. Dispose waste in respective bins: Cans, papers, and some other things which would be recycled should be thrown in the respective bins.

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February 17, 2014

CU welcomes Chinese New Year Sadie Jones A&E Editor

Cameron University’s Asian Club provided students with a glimpse of Chinese culture in the Chinese New Year Celebration. At 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the MCC Ballroom, members of the Asian Club, CU students and professors of the Music and Math Departments joined in celebrating the year of the horse. Communication major and one of the Presidents of the Asian Club Helen Wong said the horse is part of a 12-year cycle of animals. “In China, the New Year is as big of a deal as the Christmas or Thanksgiving holiday here,” Wong said. “The New Year is primarily a time to visit relatives, eat a lot of food and wish others good luck.” The actual date of the Chinese New Year is Jan. 31. The Asian Club incorporated several aspects that are present in the authentic Chinese New Year Celebration such as food, music, dance, martial

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Evening celebration: (Top) Member of the Southwest Institute of Chinese Martial Arts entertained the crowd with Kung-Fu. (Right) Atendee of the party Jessa Stringham, enjoys the evening of food, games, dance, music and singing. CU organizations, students, faculty and community met at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the MCC for the event. arts, fortunetellers and games. Members of the Asian Club and others who participated dressed in authentic attire. Wong said the club is only a few years old. Students do not have to be Asian to join the club. “As long as the students are interested and willing to learn about different cultures, they are welcome to join the club,” Wong said. “The goal of the organization is to teach and inform students about other cultures, not just the Asian culture.” Wong and her fellow President, CU Business major Aysha Shahid, began

the evening by welcoming guests to their celebration. Chinese Professor Sally Shi followed by introducing the Chinese New Year. Assistant Professor of English and Foreign Languages Dr. Yingqin Liu and students then recited a Chinese poem. Numerous activities were available for guests to participate in throughout the celebration. The CU MathCom organization provided math games while Chinese writing games also took place. Attendees learned how to write their names in Chinese and also how to say “Happy New Year” in Mandarin.

Throughout the celebration, students and guests provided a diversity of performances. CU student Sujana Rupakheti contributed to the New Year celebration with a Napoleon dance, and Music majors Quinton Williams, Ashim Bohara and Kassandra Duran performed musical pieces. David Scott from the Southwest Institute of Chinese Martial Arts gave guests a special treat with his Kung-Fu routine. Cameron Communication Professor Dr. Yanjun Zhao headed the game, “Interesting Facts about China” where she read several “facts” that

were either true or false. Participants decided which statements were true or not. “I am from Hong Kong,” Wong said. “And I didn’t know all of the facts. I really enjoyed the game, but I thought it was a little hard.” Professor Shi ended

the evening by singing the Chinese song “Shalala.” The Asian Club also provided door prizes throughout the evening which included traditional Chinese fans, noodles, variety of decorations and a small Asian notebook.

inspired to start a parenting magazine during her time as an Managing Editor adjunct English instructor at Cameron. A national award-winning “We had gone to Tulsa with magazine has found a home in my daughter for a conference, Cameron. and I picked up this parenting Cameron’s Center for magazine in the hotel called Emerging Technology and Tulsa Kids,” Clevenger said. Entrepreneurial Studies has “And I thought, ‘What a great worked to foster several small resource for families to figure businesses over the last few years. out places to go and do things One of these businesses together.’” is OK Family Publishing, Clevenger shared it was not the parent company for the until she lost one of her students Oklahoma-based Red River in a fatal car crash that she Family magazine — a magazine decided to take the plunge and described by their own website start the magazine. as a “parenting community “It just rocked my world, offering expert advice, articles and I thought, ‘Every day we are on parenting trends and issues, guaranteed this moment.’ And and numerous ways for parents so I started looking at my life… I to enrich their experiences in had talked to my husband about raising the next generation.” doing a magazine a couple of Red River Family magazine years after seeing Tulsa Kids, is one of four titles currently and I thought, ‘Today’s today, published by OK Family and tomorrow I may be here; I Publishing, along with its sister publication, Rio Grande family, may not.’ So I took a leap of faith and two titles not owned by the and quit teaching and started the publication,” Clevenger said. publisher itself. “It’s been a wild ride ever “Every month we have 50,000 since,” she added. parenting magazines coming out Red River Family magazine of Oklahoma, Texas and New was first published on May, 1 Mexico,” Laura Clevenger, the 2008. publisher as well as creator of Clevenger said that in 2008 Red River Family, explained. they were the only parenting Clevenger said she was

magazine in Oklahoma printing cover to cover all color on glossy paper. Their first year to compete for a national award, Clevenger said Red River Family left with a gold, while Tulsa left with bronze. “I felt happy that we raised the bar in Oklahoma, because Lawton takes a kick in the pants for sort of being the stepchild of Oklahoma,” Clevenger said. “[People think] everything great should be coming out of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and here, Lawton came in and swept the market in parenting publications. I was really proud for our community.” As a “partner in education” with Lawton Public Schools, Clevenger explained a lot of schools distribute the magazines to local moms for them. Red River Family’s website lists roughly 145 locations where their magazine is available to be picked up – 38 of which are in Lawton alone. While the magazine began as a print publication, it is now digitally accessible as well. “Our young moms really love reading us on the web, and our older moms and grandparents love to read us in print,”

Clevenger said. “We knew we needed to be on the web because young moms are tech savvy, but at the same point, I think it is difficult to launch a web only publication.” Clevenger explained the benefit of working in CETES apart from the access to technology: “The small business incubator is a great resource. They offered, besides affordable rent and technical support, they also have a lot of business advice that we really needed… I have a background in journalism; I don’t have a background in business. We would not have been successful without Cameron.” One of the most amazing experiences of the job, Clevenger shared, has been her opportunity to personally interview individuals in the U.S. Department of Defense. Clevenger said someone picked up a magazine at one of their locations, and it found its way to the pentagon. One day she received a call extending an interview. “What’s amazing is we have the cell phone number for Mrs. Obama’s secretary.” Clevenger said. “That’s crazy.”

Red River Family Magazine New growth for parenting publications in Oklahoma Kaylee Jones

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Raising the bar: Publisher and creater of Red River Family magazine Laura Clevenger, continues her hard work with her vision for the local publication.

PETER PAN continued from page 1 Hook and Smee kidnapped Wendy, John, Michael and the lost boys. The change to Hook’s ship, complete with a big blue sail. Pan came to the rescue, fought Hook off with an umbrella and knocked Hook

off his own ship and into the mouth of the ticking crocodile. Then, Pan returned Wendy, John and Michael to their parents. Beause he refused to grow up, he said his goodbyes. After the Lawton

performance, Theatreworks’s production of “Peter Pan” will head to the West Coast to wrap up its tour. If students are interested in Theatreworks USA, they can find more information at

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Theatreworks production: Members of the “Peter Pan” cast perform the Disney classic for the Lawton community. The reenactment of the 1953 film began at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium. The Lawton Arts and Humanites Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the McMahon Memoral Auditorium sponsored the production.



February 17, 2014

Writing series continues with poetry Maurice Buckner

to the audience. “How many of you are Staff Writer familiar with Chaucer’s Trolius and Criseyde?” At 7 p.m., Feb. A few audience members 7, in the Center for raised their hands. Emerging Technology “Well, for those of you and Entrepreneurial who aren’t familiar with Studies Conference it,” she said, “it’s boy meets Center, Francesca Abbate girl, boy falls in love with began reading poems girl, boy loses girl when from her new book “Troy, she leaves to stay with her Unincorporated.” Abbate came to Cameron father. Or,” she said, “you could go the other way University in continuation around and say girl meets of the Visiting Writer’s boy, girl falls in love with series. Before she began to boy, girl loses boy when read, she posed a question

she leaves to stay with her father and falls in love with another man.” The loose and limber synopsis lightened the room with laughter. Abbate began to read the first of 12 poems that drew Chaucer’s characters out of their medieval time period and made them normal everyday disembodied characters trying to find their way. She hijacked the plot, which had been done before, including by Chaucer

himself, and freed them both in the small town in which the book is titled. Abbate’s ideas for the piece was not far from where she calls home. “I live in rural Wisconsin,” she said. “And, we were driving around and we found this little town called Troy Unincorporated. Troy is where Chaucer’s poem takes place. I knew there was East Troy, there was a big Troy and there’s another Troy and then there’s Troy

Unincorporated. It was a great accident.” Abbate knew which poem was her favorite and fearlessly announced it. It is titled “Chorus” in the book and “Unusually Warm March Day, Leading To Storms,” on the broadside. “I am really fond of the poem on the broadside, which is one of the poems I wrote after my MFA that felt like me,” she said. “It didn’t feel like something that I wrote for class.” Both English and non-

Theatre certain to lift for CU production Kaley Patterson Staff Writer

The Cameron University Theatre Department has dedicated this year’s season to the classics. On Feb. 20, the department will start the spring semester with Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth.” “There are scenes of plotting, fight sequences including sword combat, ghosts and mad scenes all combined with the beautiful lines of Shakespeare,” Dr. Deride Onishi, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and the director of “Macbeth,” said. “The production focuses on the disintegration of

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as they let themselves become consumed by ambition.” Some of the cast members are Cameron students, professors and others are members of the Lawton community. Brandon Smith and Leah Mazur play the leading roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Byron Phillips plays antagonist and hero Macduff. John Beckman plays King Duncan, and Mark Branson plays his son, Malcolm. John Fortney plays the general of the English forces, Seyward. Tearza Wayman plays Hecate, queen of the witches. Onishi described the cast and crew to be “exceptionally creative.” “The actors are willing to experiment with movement and line readings, so at

each rehearsal, we uncover something new about the play.” Mark Deyesso, 21-year-old senior Theatre Arts major, plays Macbeth’s close friend, Banquo. Deyesso has been with Cameron’s Theatre Department for two and a half years. He said Banquo has been a difficult character to embrace. “In theatre, you have those characters that you identify with, and it’s a lot easier to play those characters,” Deyesso said. “Then you have those characters that you don’t identify with at all.”

Deyesso said Banquo is a completely different character from those he has played in the past. “It has been a challenge, but it has been really fun,” he said. Aside from channeling his own character, Deyesso said the cast and crew will portray “Macbeth” differently than what the audience is used to. “With sound, we’re going a little more modern and cinematic, but we’re still doing certain things in an old fashioned kind of style,” Deyesso said. The audience can also expect different types of multimedia to be used in the production. Deyesso said the actors are even modernizing some of the actions their characters would make. For instance, he said Banquo would have not given another character a hug in an

original production. “I think [the play’s] a huge challenge for our department because it is Shakespeare,” Deyesso said. “It’s such a heavy thing to take on, but I think it will be impressive to see what is technically being done and what the actors are doing.” Deyesso said the actors are pulling off some fantastic performances, and they are still only blocking scenes. “Everybody is working really hard and really well together,” Deyesso said. “There’s quite a camaraderie among the cast.” Onishi, Deyesso, and the rest of the cast and crew have a few more weeks to prepare for opening night. The curtain will rise on Feb. 20 and will fall on Feb. 23. Students,

English majoring students came to hear Abbate’s poetry. Sophomore English Education major Raeven Bird was out to get more acquainted with poetry. “I’m developing an appreciation for poetry,” Bird said. She enjoyed the fact that Abbate gave new life to Chaucer’s poem. “I liked how, even though it was a retelling of an older poem, it related to modern day.”

Photo by Sadie Jones

faculty and staff can reserve tickets by calling the Theatre Department’s box office at 580-581-2478.



February 17, 2014

Aggie softball goes 2-1 in Arkadelphia Charlene Belew Sports Editor

On Feb. 9, Cameron softball went head to head against Henderson State University, Missouri Western State University and Arkansas Tech University. Cameron went 2-1, winning against Missouri Western (8-5) and Arkansas Tech (4-3). The Aggies fell against Henderson State with a score of 12-7. In the match against the HSU Reddies, Cameron led strong in the first inning with four runs, holding Henderson state to one run. It was in the bottom of the fourth when the Reddies took the lead with eight runs, bringing the score to 9-6. In the first inning, junior third baseman Emily Nix hit a grand slam into left field, bringing freshman designated hitter Paige Daino, sophomore first baseman Sonora Zukerman and sophomore shortstop Carly Allerheiligen home with her. Henderson State managed one run in the bottom of the first. In the third, Cameron maintained the lead when junior right fielder Tara Martini hit a homerun into center field. In the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Aggies brought the score to 5-1 when Allerheiligen scored off of Martini’s sacrifice hit into center field. It was in the

bottom of the fourth when the Reddies brought in eight runs, bringing the score to 9-6. Henderson State hit three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Cameron did not see another score until the top of the seventh. In the second match against the Griffons, the Black and Gold led the first inning with three runs. They maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the game with five more runs in the fourth. In the first inning, Zukerman hit a homerun into center field, allowing sophomore second baseman Macy McKay and Daino to reach home plate with her. After two scoreless innings for Missouri Western, they managed one run in the top of the third. In the bottom of the fourth, Cameron’s Aggies brought in five more runs. Nix hit a homerun, allowing Zukerman to run home with her. Later that inning, sophomore catcher Makenzie Burk and freshman right fielder Kolbee Gray scored on McKay’s single into right field. To finish the inning, Daino singled, allowing McKay to score. Missouri Western brought in two more runs in the top of the fifth as well as in the seventh, but it was not enough to catch up to the Black and Gold. Cameron closed out

Photo courtesy of CU Sports Information

the day with a win against Arkansas Tech. They led the first inning with one run, seeing another three runs in the third to guarantee the win. In the bottom of the first, junior center fielder Misty Dooley stole third and scored off of Daino’s sacrifice hit to shortstop. In the third inning, the Aggie’s held the Golden Suns

to one run. In the bottom of the third, Burk scored off of Daino’s ground out to second. Later in the inning, Dooley scored when Nix hit a single, allowing McKay to advance to second. Finally, McComas hit a single, allowing McKay to score the third run of the inning. After another two scoreless innings, Arkansas Tech hit two more runs.

Cameron took the victory by one point. Head Softball coach Rodney Delong said that the two wins brought in by the Lady Aggies were significant to their weekend. “The wins were much needed after giving up a six run lead in the first game. I feel like we played better as a whole this weekend then we did the previous weekend,”

DeLong said. “Our goal is to continue to improve and work hard in the process of a long season. If we continue to work hard and play better then winning will take care of itself.” The Lady Aggies will be going head to head against Newman University and Texas A&M International University on Feb. 22 in Canyon, Texas.

Photos by Brandon Nerris

Women take fifth in World Golf Invitational Jacob Jardel Staff Editor

Cameron’s women’s golf team heated up the scoreboard at the World Golf Invitational on Feb. 9 and 10 in St. Augustine, Fla. The Aggies finished fifth overall during the two-day event, shooting +57 after a first day score 319 and an improved secondday 314. Rick Goodwin, head coach of the Lady Aggie’s golf team, made note of the fact that the team could have placed higher. “We finished fifth out of seventeen teams,” he said. “We would have liked to have played better, but that’s how it goes.” However, he mentioned the optimism he felt with their placement in a tournament like this. “For this time of year,” Goodwin said, “we were as good as we could be. This was kind of a way to get started in warm weather and green grass. Hopefully we can build off of this.” Senior Lindsey Alexander and junior Jaqueline Strickland led

the way for the Black and Gold, with both golfers finishing tied for a seventh-place, 11 strokes back from overall leader Jessica Bradley of Lynn University. Strickland matched the best score of Monday’s round, shooting a 71 after putting up an 80 the day before. Alexander followed up her Sunday score of 75 with a 76 on Monday. Goodwin mentioned that both Alexander and Strickland can build from their performances while heading into the rest of the season. He said, “They were a couple of shots out of the top three. Those things are what we try to build off of and are the purpose of taking a trip like this.” Sophomore Alexis Thompson finished 25th in the tournament after shooting a first-day 76 and a second-day 82. Freshman Katie Johnston also contributed to the Aggies’ efforts after scores of 88 and 85 and finishing tied for 69th place. Junior Candice Swartz rounded out the Black and Gold’s scoring, finishing 86th, shooting rounds of 100 and 90.

Overall, Goodwin was impressed with his team’s performance, especially from the top three performers. However, he noted the overall need for parts of the team to improve. “The top three can keep us up there,” Goodwin said, “and that’s kind of what happened this week. The top three were the difference, but you count four scores. That’s the difference between us finishing fifth and, maybe, second.” Lynn, the top ranked team in the nation, finished the tournament on top of the pack, shooting a 294 to lead by 16 strokes at the end of Sunday. The Fighting Knights expanded their lead with a second-round 297 to finish the tournament at +15 (591), 25 strokes ahead of second-place Saint Leo University, the number two team in the country. Rounding out the top five were third-place West Georgia University at +49 (625) and host Flagler University in fourth with a score of +55 (631). The Lady Aggies’ next test will come in San Antonio, Texas, at the St. Mary’s Invitational, Feb. 17-18.



February 17, 2014

Aggies prevent sweep in Odessa Photos couresty of CU Sports Information

Jacob Jardel Staff Editor

The Aggie baseball team suffered a recent setback during a pair of doubleheaders against Texas-Permian Basin on Feb. 8 and 9. Cameron dropped the first three games of the weekend slate in Odessa, Texas, before climbing back up to .500 on the season with a win in the final game. In the first Saturday game, the Black and Gold pulled ahead to a 3-1 lead before the Falcons pulled ahead in the middle innings, leaving Cameron with a 5-3 loss. The scoring started early for Cameron after sophomore left fielder Jordan Climpson singled in the top of the first, driving in senior second baseman Kas Sanders for the game’s first run. After UT-PB answered with a one run in the bottom of the inning, Sanders would drive in a run of his own in the top of the second, singling home senior center fielder Brandon Raldy. Senior first baseman Brad Blumer would drive in junior shortstop Codey McElroy later in the inning to put the Aggies ahead 3-1. The team would lose the lead in the bottom of the third when the Falcons knocked in three runs, bringing the score to 4-3. Cameron would allow one more run in the fifth, bringing the final score to 5-3, Permian Basin. The second game of the weekend stand featured another loss for the Aggies, despite the team tying up the game in the later innings. In the same vein as the previous game, Cameron was the first team on the board after senior right fielder Tobin Mateychick’s double in the first drove in Blumer and Sanders. The Falcons would pull ahead in the next two innings with one run in the bottom of the

second and two in the bottom of the third. Mateychick kept the Black and Gold in the running when his fifth inning single drove in Climpson; but a run in the bottom of the sixth sealed the team’s fate, a 4-3 loss. The first game of the Sunday doubleheader featured the Aggies starting on top before Permian Basin came back in the later innings to saddle the Aggies with their third loss of the series. After two scoreless innings, Climpson drove in the game’s first run on a double down the left field line, scoring Raldy. In the next at bat, Blumer grounded out to third, but not before Mateychick came around to drive the score to 2-0, Cameron. However, the Falcons were able to seal their third win of the four-game set after driving in a run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth, leaving the Aggies with a 6-2 loss. The Black and Gold ended the weekend on a high note with a 5-2 win behind a four-hit pitching performance from senior Steve Matta. Cameron’s scoring started in the first inning on an error from the UT-PB third baseman, allowing McElroy to reach base and Climpson to score. The next inning, Mateychick’s double to left scored junior third baseman Garrett Schaede, bringing the score to 2-0. Raldy put the Aggies up 3-0 when his single to left brought Sanders in to score. Sanders returned the scoring favor in the seventh, driving in McElroy on a single. Later that inning, junior catcher Tyler Palmer finished the scoring output when his single brought junior designated hitter Matt Nilmeyer in to score. The Falcons made a late-game rally, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh; but junior reliever Josh Nielson held back Permian Basin to seal the 5-2 win for the Black and Gold.

Intramural quidditch

Photos by Misty Neal

“I think this is going to be awesome combining Harry Potter and sports. I love sports and this has to be a great combination and am excited to see how it works out.” Daniel Smith

Flying high: The first quidditch match of the semester was held Feb. 7 in the Aggie Rec Center. Members of the Psych Alliance and the Alpha and Omega Team united to go against Chi Lambda Upsilon.

Psychology junior

“Going in, I did not expect it to be as high-motor as I thought it was going to be. That said, it is definitely a great way to add a nerdy spin to getting more physically active.” Jacob Jardel Psychology graduate student

The Cameron University Collegian: February 17, 2014  

This is the issue of The Cameron University Collegian from February 17, 2014.

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