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Monday, April 21, 2014
Volume 90 Issue 10
Easter Eggstravaganza: CU hosts annual Easter egg hunt Kaitlyn Stockton Copy Editor
On April 15, children descended on the Bentley Gardens in search of golden eggs in Cameron University’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. CU’s Programming Activity Council, Psi Chi and Psychology Club welcomed Cameron students, faculty and their families to the Easter Egg Hunt. At 6 p.m., children took part in the egg hunt, hula-hooping activities and decorating the sidewalk with chalk. To end the event, children had their pictures taken with the Easter bunny and a live rabbit. Student Activities Specialist Megan Canfield acted as advisor for the Easter Egg Hunt. “It is one of the most fun and shortest events that we do,” Canfield said. “At 6 p.m., we start the egg hunt, and it literally lasts until 6:03 p.m. It is a little chaotic, but a good fun type of chaos. We separate them into age groups, so the 12-year-olds aren’t taking out the younger kids.” Canfield said children had the opportunity to win sweet treats and prizes by finding special Easter eggs. “We have about 12 or so golden eggs. If you find a
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golden egg, you get some pretty cool prizes,” she said. “We have some baskets that have everything in them. We have stuffed animals. We have really big chocolate rabbits.” At the end of the day, Canfield said she enjoyed helping with the event and seeing children leave with smiles on their faces. “It is a fabulous event,” Canfield said. “It is one of my favorite. I love working with little kids. They scramble. They just go.”
Cameron crowns first Mr. CU Ekanem Ekpenyong
mistress of the ceremony said that all the contestants worked very hard to Staff Writer make the event possible, and would be At 7 p.m. on April 12 in the Shepler judged based on three criteria: talent, Ballroom, three male contestants onstage question and fitness wear and competed for the first ever Mr. CU formal wear. crown. Cameron University’s Ebony Ebony society member Ja’lyn Society crowned Chemistry Senior Joel Yarbrough performed a special spoken Ogan. word piece for the Ogan said he event. “It’s a pretty intense decided to take part Sonia feeling. I am happy in the pageant to Chukwudozie, former make history. Miss Black CU and and overwhelmed “I just thought it emcee of the event at the same time.” was something fun introduced the judges. Joel Ogan to compete in,” he The judges for the said, “plus it was the event were Cameron Mr. Cameron University first time it was ever Communication done on campus, so I graduate Ashley wanted to be among one of the first set Del Ciello, Jeff Larson, Cameron people to participate, and to just gain University’s Video Media manager and some experience from being part of a Kim Garner, Producer and Host of pageant.” “Let’s Talk,” a Cameron University’s The contestants for the pageant student entertainment Television show. included Owen Sesser, a junior After the contestants introduced majoring in history, Charles Webber, a themselves and walked in their fitness senior majoring in Chemistry and Joel and formal wear, they were invited Ogan. individually to draw a question. The theme of the event was “The Ebony Society Vice president and Distinguished Gentlemen,” as the Mr. CU event coordinator Morgan competitors were taking part in Thompson said that the event was to something they were not familiar with. create an opportunity for the guys to Karyn Clashing-O’Reilly, the show their talents.
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“After Miss Black CU, a lot of guys were asking us about Mr. CU,” Thompson said, “So we decided to put on Mr. CU so the guys could show off their talents and some of the abilities.” Thompson said the contest was also geared towards giving the winning contestant a cash prize. The prize for winning was a $200 cash gift and the position of being Cameron’s first Mr. CU. Ogan said he was happy to win the pageant because he competed with two other qualified contestants. “It’s a pretty intense feeling,” he said,” I am happy and overwhelmed at the same time. I am glad I won. Its not about winning because I had great competitors, congratulations to them too because they put great effort into doing everything.” Ogan said although he has no plans for the money yet, he is proud of being part of starting out a legacy for the next Mr. CU and looks forward to giving the Ebony society support with future Mr. CU events. Thompson said she was very pleased with the turn out and support on their first Mr. CU pageant, and the Ebony society hopes to host a Mr. CU pageant annually.
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Ethics luncheon Ekanem Ekpenyong Staff Writer The Cameron University School of Business hosted the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium Luncheon virtually at 11:30 a.m. on April 3 at the MCC Buddy Green Room. The event began with student volunteers selling tickets for the luncheon and giving participants nametags. Attendees of the event included Cameron students, faculty and staff and business owners around Lawton. The event kicked off first with Dr. John Carney welcoming the attendees to the event and quickly briefing them on Mike Hingson, the guest speaker. “Mike Hingson’s ‘Trust, Teamwork and Thunder Dog’s Triumph,’ is a pretty interesting book where he shares his experiences of growing up blind, his experience of learning how to work with a guide dog, and he weaves in his experience being on the 78th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center,” Carney said. Carney also described Hingson as a very talented, smart man of faith. He said Hingson’s speech should be interesting, and all participants would learn something from Hingson’s experiences. After welcoming attendees, Carney invited them to get their food from the banquet, get comfortable and network with each other until the speaker was introduced. Dr. Loran Gresham, President of Southern Nazarene University, introduced Hingson as the speaker. “Hingson is an amazing person,” Gresham said, “If you read anything about him in the publicity that is going out, you perhaps know something about him. Hingson was born blind, but he overcame all the discouragements that came from some teachers and peers, went through a normal school calendar, specialized in Mathematics and became an active and successful businesses man.” Hingson thanked the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium for having him and said he was excited to be a part of the event. “It is an honor to be here,” he said, “I always believe I get to learn as much from speaking and from the people who arrange speaking events for me. I hope that audiences get to hear from me.” The author and speaker also gave the audience a quick tip for having a blind instructor. “When a blind lecturer asks you a question, an important thing to know, don’t raise your hand,” Hingson said. Hingson spoke about the trials he went through while growing up as a blind child. “When I was a freshman in high school, I was removed from riding the school bus because I used a guide dog,” he said, “the school superintendent in our district said, ‘Blind people can ride the bus, no problem, but you got a guide dog. We have a rule that says no live animals are allowed on the school bus,’ notwithstanding the fact that there was a penal code state of law that said that I could take my dog on any public property. Nevertheless, the board voted 3-2 to support the superintendent.”
They found Charley
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April 21, 2014
Testing the ice Casey Brown
A discussion of ethics: (top; middle left; below) Attendees of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium Luncheon converse, while (middle right) Dr. Loran Gresham spoke about the difficulties of growing up blind. Another luncheon will take place in the fall semester on Aug. 20.
ETHICS continued from page 1 Hingson also gave vivid details on how he experienced the 9/11 bombing from the 78th floor of the north tower and how the experience changed his life forever. He talked about how his dog, Roselle, remained calm throughout the horrific event and eventually helped him, motivating many onlookers to get to safety through the staircase during the incident. “People were watching us go down the stairs,” he said. “They were observing us. They were seeing that we went down the stairs successfully, and as some of them told us later, we saw you going, and we thought if you could go down the stairs, so could we.” Carney said the event helps to give Cameron students the opportunity to see and hear speakers they would not have access to. He also said events like the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium helps students see what
they are taught in the classroom in action. “It promotes an attitude of ethics and stresses that is not just something that we talk about in the classroom, but that it’s important in the business community and the professional community,” he said. Amy Smith, a junior Business Management major and event coordinator, said the event was beneficial not only to students but also to business professionals in Lawton. “You can really get access to nationally known speakers through Oklahoma Ethics, so I think it’s a great event,” she said. At the end of the luncheon, participants were given certificates of attendance. The next luncheon is scheduled to take place on Aug. 20 with Cynthia Cooper as the keynote speaker.
1 criteria (two women, but they do not speak to one another) had a Copy Editor budget of $170 million. “RoboCop” One of the year’s most popular met two criteria (two women, and films, “Frozen,” (which grossed over 1 they speak to one another, but only billion dollars in theaters) passes the about men) had a budget of $130 Bechdel test. million. “Divergent” met all three According to bechdeltest.com, criteria and passed the test, and it had the Bechdel test was developed by the smallest budget of $85 million. American cartoonist Alison Bechdel According to feministing.com, in 1985 and has three requirements: “the median budget of those passing “1. It has to have at least two [named] the Bechdel test was 35 percent lower women in it 2. Who talk to each than those that failed.” other 3. About something besides a Two other big-budget male-centric man.” If a film meets all three criteria, films “Need for Speed” and “Nonthen it passes the Bechdel test. Stop” had budgets of $66 million and Most movies (over 50%) fail the $50 million, respectively, whereas test. “Veronica Mars” had a budget of only Fewer movies that pass the test $6 million. “Veronica Mars,” however, are made because there is a persistent was also not on the list of the top ten myth in Hollywood that those movies highest-grossing films of 2014. “Nondo not make as much money. Stop” passed the Bechdel test due to a However, fivethirtyeight.com scene in the beginning of the film with crunched some numbers by analyzing two minor characters talking to one 1,615 films that were released from another about a coworker, but did not 1990 to 2013 and did not find any have any main female characters. data to support that myth. In fact, The Bechdel test has its they busted the myth by showing limitations, so multiple factors should that movies passing the Bechdel be considered when using the test. test, in fact, have a better return on “The Lego Movie” was the second investment than movies that fail the highest-grossing film of 2014 so far, test. and it passes the test. However, Chris According to their research, McKay, who worked on the film and movies that pass the test by meeting is slotted to direct the sequel, said in all three criteria make $1.37 for every an interview with the “Daily Mail,” dollar spent, whereas movies that “I’m not sure our movie passes the meet zero out of three criteria make Bechdel test entirely, and I think that only $1.00 for every dollar spent. it’s important. For us we have a lot Thus, there is a larger profit margin of producers that were female who for movies that pass the test with had concerns and we were always flying colors. Movies that meet one or constantly saying to ourselves: ‘Are two of the criteria fit somewhere in we just a bunch of white guys sitting between this range. here making this movie from our own “Frozen” passes all three criteria myopic point of view?’” for the test. The budget for the film Technically, the movie does pass was $150 million. the test because it meets all three In general, according to criteria, according to bechdeltest. fivethirtyeight’s research, most films com – a website dedicated to keeping that feature strong female leads and/ a record of how movies meet the or that have more than one main standards of the test. female character receive significantly However, McKay could be looking smaller average budgets than other to exceed the minimum criteria by films. including strong female characters. In For example, out of the ten his interview with the “Daily Mail” he highest-grossing films of 2014, the “points to the success of recent female more criteria that a film met, the led films like “The Hunger Games” smaller its budget. That is, “Captain franchise and “Frozen” as evidence America: The Winter Solider” meets that they hold up at the box-office.
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Kick it up a notch: CU at the Fitness Center Sadie Jones
“This summer we are going to re-evaluate our group exercise classes and bring in some new workout programs,” Allen said. A&E Editor “Some of our same instructors have gone out and received As summer approaches, university activities and classes start to certifications in new areas.” wind down. While students, professors, faculty and staff prepare Fitness classes are scheduled to begin June 1 and continue for the break, the CU Fitness Center encourages everyone to stick until the end of the summer term. The sessions that will be around and kick it up a notch with new, challenging and sweatoffered include TurboKick, a cardio and kickboxing workout; filled summer programs. R.I.P.P.E.D, a high impact full-body workout; and Butts and First year CU Recreation Manager Melvin Allen greets the Guts, an abs and core workout. approaching summer break full of opportunities for students to “Through these programs, we hope that it sparks the interest stay active and in shape. of students who live on and off campus,” Allen said. “If it is
successful this summer, we’ll continue with the programs next fall.” Each of the workout classes is designed for groups. Students do not have to be enrolled in the class to participate. The instructors welcome anyone who wants to take part in their activities. “We will be open this summer from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.,” Allen said. “We’re hoping students choose to stay on campus this summer and stay involved. We’ve got a good facility to workout in, and we want to keep it going for everybody.” Also included in the summer activities is an Aquatics program. The Fitness Center will be teaming up with the Lawton YMCA for their program “Learn to Swim.” “The goal for the summer programs is to get as many students to stay involved on campus as possible,” Allen said. “We’re in the process of organizing small tournaments depending on how many students, faculty and staff we have available.”
Corrections: In the April 14 issue of the Cameron Collegian, the “On the Road: Speech and Debate Team takes top state and national honors” article misnamed Savannah Price as one of three outstanding legislators in her chamber. Price was also said to have finished in the top 20 for Persuasive Speaking. Kynzie Pierce was the actual award recipient.
April 21, 2014
On March 31, CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” ended after being on air for nine years. Millions of fans have been drawn to the show about a man, Ted Mosby, telling his children the story of how he met their yellow umbrella-touting, bass-playing mother. During every story, Ted’s four best friends, Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin, joined his love-fueled escapades. The series produced plenty of laughs with a fair share of tears, but when it came down to the finale, every fan’s favorite character was given a proper farewell. If you do not like SPOILERS, please stop reading now. The final season of “How I Met Your Mother” centers on Barney and Robin getting married, while we simultaneously meet and learn about the mother, Tracy. However, one issue did come up on occasion, Ted’s love for Robin. The first couple of seasons told viewers how Ted fell in love with, dated and broke up with Robin. One continuing joke in the series is how following Ted and Robin’s first date, Ted stole a blue French horn to profess his love for her. The remainder of the show centered on Ted and Robin going through relationship after relationship all while Ted still had feelings for Robin. In the episode prior to the series finale, Robin, having wedding jitters, felt she was making a mistake for not choosing Ted after all these years. Ted reassured her Barney was the one for her and that he, supposedly, no longer had feelings for her. Robin and Barney tied the knot at the end of the episode. Throughout the start of the final episode, we begin to fast forward through the gang’s lives when life-changing moments occur. This includes Ted and Tracy having a child and moving to the suburbs, while Robin and Barney get divorced. At one point in the episode, Lily professes that no matter what direction everyone goes they all are together for the “big moments.” Fast-forward only a few months to a rooftop Halloween party. Robin visits everyone there, only to leave immediately after seeing Barney moving on and Ted with Tracy. Before walking out the door, Robin explains to Lily how she doesn’t feel the group is the same because of how everyone’s life is ending up. Throughout the next few years, big moments continue
occurring. Marshall becomes a judge, and Barney becomes a father, but Robin misses both occasions. One occasion Robin did not miss was the overdue wedding of Ted and Tracy. While we watch the ceremony play out, Ted begins wrapping up the story he is telling his children, only to mention how, at one point, Tracy became sick and that it was “the worst of times.” Cut to Ted, waiting for the train. Ted approaches a young woman holding an instrument case and a yellow umbrella and meets the future mother of his children. Cut to Ted sitting at a desk with his kids. His kids began explaining how that story was too long just to be about meeting their mom because he barely mentions her. Ted’s kids believe their father told them the story because he is still in love with Aunt Robin. After debating back and forth, the kids encourage Ted to go after Robin since their mom had died six years prior. Ted then has an idea. Cut to Robin coming home to her apartment, when she gets a buzz from someone downstairs. She goes to the window only to see Ted…with a blue French horn. Not only did the show give closure to Ted and Robin, but also to all the characters. Marshall finally became a judge while having a family with Lily. Barney finally had a one-night stand go wrong, but it led to the birth of his daughter. He then learned what true love really felt like. Robin finally became a big name, network television talent and lived her dream. And then there is Ted. The closure that came to Ted is the one that makes the finale perfect. Ted meets the woman he fought for years to find. They started a family, moved to the suburbs, got married and lived the life Ted always wanted. However, he also finally got the other girl of his dreams, Robin. This gave both fans of Ted finding “the one” and fans of Ted being with Robin what they always wanted. His kids were right though. How could some fans not see him getting with Robin in the end? He spent eight years talking about her and only one recapping how he met Tracy. Ted experienced something very few people do. Ted found
A fairytale ending
true love, twice. The journey he took with Robin led him to achieving a dream of having a family, only to return to MCT Campus Robin, the girl he always loved. The finale gives hope and understanding that the future will bring you what you deserve. The hopeless romantic, the cute couple, the quotable womanizer and the beautiful reporter finally achieved the life they deserved. Fans can look back on the moments these friends shared and relate to some of them in unique ways. The story may have really been how Ted met Robin, but the lesson is with patience and the support of family, love will never die and always find a way to flourish. The finale was without a doubt legen… wait for it…
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Fan faceoff: HIMYM finale
After nine seasons of Ted’s tedious storytelling, How I Met Your Mother came to a close, dividing fans in its final moments. I will do my readers a kindness Ted never extended to his audience, the gift of a long story short: Ted ends up with Robin. Season after season, viewers were desperate to catch a glimpse of the woman about whom the story is supposedly being told. However, after the big reveal, the mother is promptly killed off to make room for Ted’s old f lame and best friend. Infuriated fans took to social media outlets like Twitter to lampoon the writers for the too long drawn-out con. While some fans were supportive, claiming to have always suspected a reunion between Robin and Ted, many reacted harshly over the
unexpected nature of the finale. “There were maybe like a million possible endings and they picked up the worst one,” tweeted @PoppyR4in. “Ted & Tracy were actually perfect,” tweeted @RJDaviesMedia, “He admitted that. It’s so out of character to go back to Robin. His crush ended years ago.” An avid fan of HIMYM as well, I found myself with similar feelings of betrayal regarding the conclusion. The show is called “How I Met Your Mother” after all, not “How I Managed to Reunite with My First Love After Marrying Your Mother for a Few Brief Years Before I Lost Her to Cancer.” I don’t think the ending was completely terrible; it was simpy textbook, preditable and Disney-esque in the sense that the guy got the girl. The events that took place in the finale were so inconsistent with the long established nature of the characters that it made it impossible for the audience to identify with them any longer.
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A legendary letdown
I felt as though I was sitting idly by Robin and Barney. watching as the rest of the lives of these I simply cannot believe that mere age people I had come to love passed by me. was a sufficient reason for Robin to give From a very young age, I remember up her struggle as an ardent independent enjoying being put-off by unfulfilling plot and find shelter in Ted’s undeniable cotwists. dependency. I believe my intial moment of clarity I was also stunned that Barney, a came after finishing Lemony Snicket’s “A beloved charcter, was cast aside as a mere Series of Unfortunate Events.” supporting role to find happiness in the The End, the last of 13 books, finished birth of a child. the story of the three Baudelaire orphans Both of these scenarios defied the nature without a traditional ending, leaving the of the characters. reader without a clear idea of what might The finale was a farce. happen once the book One of the best had been closed. moments in the show was The final line of when Marshall lost his “I don’t think the the series read, “It is father. ending was completely not the whole story, It brought a tinge of a of course, but it is sadder reality to a show terrible; it was simpy enough. Under the fraught with laugh-tracks textbook, preditable circumstances, it is the and hammy storylines. and Disney-esque in best for which you can Perhaps if the writers hope.” the sense that the guy had recreated a similar It was one of the reality, the finale would got the girl.” greatest lessons I ever have been more believable took away from a book to the legions of HIMYM - the idea that we never fans who were upset over truly see the beginning the twist. or end of someone’s story, and we have to Fortunately for those of us who were accept the facts that we might never know. left wanting by the original finale, the While HIMYM and “A Series of producers have announced an alternate Unfortunate Events” may seem unrelated, ending will be released along with the I believe the writers of HIMYM would DVD boxset, due out this fall. have been better off leaving more to the imagination than simply gratifying their happy-ever-after hungry fans. The mother’s survival was not necessary Kaylee Jones to placate me. Managing Editor Honestly, I believe I was most Tweet to @thesocialintern disappointed in the writer’s treatement of
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April 21, 2014
Singers share the stage for recital Carson Stringham Staff Writer
Cameron University’s McCutcheon Recital Hall hosted an evening filled with music and song. Junior Music Majors Alyssa Yates and Kirk Prucha performed their Junior Vocal Recitals at 7:30 p.m. April 12. Each student was given 30 minutes to sing a collection of songs they had chosen for the recital. Yates, a student of Adjunct Professor Doris Lambert, and
Prucha, student of Assistant Professor Dr. Kathy Scherler, chose to move through their repertoires, taking turns on the stage with their respective professors who acted as accompanists. Dr. James Lambert, Department of Music Chair, attended the event and said the purpose of the evening was for each student to show their skills and proficiency in singing through various musical styles and languages. “For the Junior Recitals, all students must meet specific
requirements with regards to the pedagogy of their voice studies which includes studying foreign languages,” he said. “Those languages include Italian, German, French and English.” Beyond language skills, the students also demonstrated their ability to perform songs from different eras of musical composition. Lambert said the recital helps the university meet the requirements for the accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music
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Recital: Kirk Prucha and Alyssa Yates perform together with accompanist Doris Lambert during their Junior Vocal Recital at 7:30 p.m. in McCutcheon Recital Hall.
(NASM). “As chair of the department, I have the responsibility to make sure that our degree requirements meet the standard of the NASM,” Lambert said. Once our students graduate from Cameron they have the capacity to be admitted into graduate studies programs at the master’s level.” The evening opened with Prucha’s hearty rendition of “Arm, Arm Ye Brave,” part of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabeus.” Once Prucha was finished singing, he and Scherler exited the recital hall. A moment later, Yates and Lambert entered together, with the former taking center stage and the latter moving to the piano. The evening proceeded with the students taking turns performing. During each turn, Yates and Prucha sang a song or a small collection of songs of a similar theme. One such collection was performed by Yates and featured two German love songs based on poems by Fiedrich Ruckert. The first was Robert Schumann’s “Widmung.” Next, Yates chose to sing “Liebst du um Schönheit” by Gustav Mahler. Prucha followed up Yate’s performance with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “La Vendetta” from his opera “The Marriage of Figaro.” The song contained a very rapid middle
section which showcased Prucha’s ability to sing quickly but clearly. The second half of the recital, Prucha focused on songs that showed off his robust and powerful voice, while Yates chose songs that allowed her to display not only her vocal range but also her acting skills. For the final number of the evening, Yates and Prucha
shared the stage to perform a scene from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” Together, they sang “Crudel! Perche finora” and acted out a scene in which Prucha, as the Count, tries to seduce Yates, as Figaro’s fiancé Suzanna, to meet him in the garden for a secret rendezvous. Yates and Prucha performed their pieces from the scene flawlessly.
Night of worship promotes unity among the nations Photos by Ekanem Ekpenyong
Ekanem Ekpenyong Staff Writer
Cameron University’s Nigerian Association, in conjunction with Christian Fellowship, hosted a “Praise the Lord all Ye Nations” themed night at 6 p.m. April 11 in the Shepler Ballroom. According to Oluwatomisin Atolagbe, a
Biology senior and organizer of the event, said the theme was chosen to show the unity of many nations through worship. “A couple of people in our fellowship came up with different themes that had to do with praise and worship,” she said, “but most people agreed to this theme because it was about many nations
coming together, not just Nigerians.” Silas Oyewale, an Information Technology senior, started the event with an opening prayer. Oyewale thanked God for the lives of all attendees, for families around the world, for the Lawton community and for an opportunity for so many people to gather and fellowship together. He invited the presence of God into the event, praying that God should take control and have a way in the lives of every participant. The praise band consisted of singers and instrumentalists from CU. The Oklahoma community led songs of praise and worship in several languages as the crowd sang and danced along. Samuella Odartey-Addo, Communication sophomore, led the the praise band. Cameron Baptist Ministries’s Karly Loving gave words of exhortation. Parks talked about how empty her life felt without
God and how easy it was to be a Christian only on Sundays. A worship choir from Christ Apostolic Church in Oklahoma City also performed Christian music to the excited crowd. Cameron graduate Bukunmi Owoyemi led the crowd in her own original songs and familiar Nigerian Night of praise: Students gathered together and worshiped praise songs. in unison for “Praise the Lord all Ye Nations.” The event was Tommy held at 6 p.m. April 11 in the Shepler Ballroom. Loving, a budding rap artist from said. “I am proud that even beckons for you to come back Cameron Baptist Ministries, far away from the watch to him with an open heart. entertained the audience of your parents, you still His grace is sufficient unto all with old school Christian rap choose to create time to come of us, only if we believe and music. together and fellowship. It is come back to him.” Pastor Joshua Aghasedo, amazing.” Atolagbe said she was from the Christ Apostolic Aghasedo also preached pleased with the turn out and Church, said he was proud about coming back to Christ hopefully, there will be more of the students for not only no matter what an individual events like this in the future. organizing the event but also has done or gone through. “I’d say it exceeded our for the amazing turnout. “It is never too late to expectations because the “I know that so many of return to God’s heart of event was a huge success, you come from thousands of mercy”, he said. “Every day, he Glory to God.” miles away from home,” he
“Where’s Charley?” scheduled to take the stage Casey Brown
Photos by Kaylee Jones
“Where’s Charley,” the final play of the Theatre Department’s 2013-2014 season, premieres at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday April 24 in the CU Theatre. The play will run April 24 – 27 with 7:30 p.m. show times Thursday - Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Admission is free for Cameron students with a student I.D. Scott Richard Klein, the director and Theatre Arts Department chair, said rehearsals for the production have been going very well. “We spent the first couple of weeks on music,” Klein said. “The dance looks really good. They got off book last week fairly well. We had some hiccups the first two nights, but after that, it has gone pretty smooth.” The production will also
end the season’s theme “Year of Classics.” Klein said it has been a great season. “It has been great because it has been fun to revisit all of these especially for those of us who have had them in our History of Theatre classes,” he said. The cast is comprised of Brandon Smith playing Brassett, Mark Deyesso, Jr. playing Jack Chesney, Dylan Bittner playing Charley Wykeham, Tearza Wayman playing Kitty Verdun,
Ashley Winfrey playing Amy Spettigue, Clinton Blackwell, Jr. playing Reggie Wilkinson, Byron Phillips playing Stephen Spettigue, Corin Fixico playing Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez, James Barker-Murphy playing Photographer and the chorus consisting of Faith Dennis, Samantha Eddy, Destiny Gilliand, Dillon Harper, Kelsey Hood, Jamie Pearce, Abigail Rinestine, Kayla Short and Sierra Siffles.
Final production: (Left): Sir Francis (Mark Brown) proposes to Charley’s Aunt (Dylan Bitther.) (Right): Production cast Tearza Wayman, Ashley Wintres, Mark Deyesso, Dylan Bitther and Mark Branson pose for the CU play, “Where’s Charley?”
April 21, 2014
April 21, 2014
Lady Aggies ground the Jets Jacob Jardel
against a tough team in Newman,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge for us. We’re Staff Editor going to have to be ready, that’s for sure.” The wind on Saturday morning also Cameron’s women’s tennis team served played apart in preparation for the match. up a win against Newman University on “Today’s going to be pretty windy. It’s April 12 at the Streich-Henry Tennis going to be pretty tough for the girls. But Complex. wind plays to both sides,” Meeks said. The Aggies came into the match fresh However, he also mentioned that, no off two 8-1 wins against Southeastern Oklahoma State and McMurry University. matter what, the Jets were the main focus They carried that momentum to take down for his team heading into the match. “There are no excuses, and we’re going the Jets 6-3. to have to come ready to go. This is a good The match also followed the release of team, and we’re going to have to come out a new set of rankings, in which the Aggies moved up to third in the region. According and take it to them,” he said. The Aggies took on that challenge from to Women’s Tennis Assistant Coach Colby the start, winning two of the three doubles Meeks, this move gave the team a needed matches on the slate for the day. Paula boost. Gutierrez-Casas and Florencia Tornero “Our confidence is pretty high right now,” Meeks said. “Right now we’re ranked defeated their Newman opponents 8-4 while Antonia Moberg and Magdalena three, and we’re pretty happy about that. Kovinic won 8-5. We got ranked above Tartleton, who was The lone doubles loss was Angie Torres’ right there with us.” and Samantha Wood’s 8-1 loss to the Jets’ Meeks also mentioned how this Kirstie Symon and Taylor Jordan. confidence carried over into the match The Black and Gold took that against the Jets, who came into the match momentum into singles competition, with a 19-2 record. taking four of six matches from the Jets “We’re feeling confident going up
despite losses from Torres and Laura Roberts. Kovinic won a back-and-fourth three-set match in the six slot 6-1, 2-6, 10-5. Wood won her fifth consecutive singles match 6-3, 6-0, bringing her win total to 18 on the season. Tornero also won her 18th singles match on the season 6-1, 6-3. Tornero’s doubles partner Gutierrez-Casas would only drop one game in her straightset victory 6-1, 6-0. The win pushed the women’s record to 16-4 on the waning season. With only a few matches left before the Lone Star Conference and NCAA South Central Regional tournaments, the team looks to finish of the season strong. According to Meeks, this finish happens one game at a time. “We’re just taking it match by match,” he said. “We’re taking each team with the same mindset going in, not taking any team for granted. Right now, that’s the most important thing. That, and staying focused heading into the match.” The Aggies hit the court for the final time on April 21 in Norman against Seminole State College.
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Men’s tennis split set Jacob Jardel Staff Editor
Cameron’s men’s tennis team split two matches against Bethany College and Seminole State College in a three-day span. The first match against the Swedes saw a 6-3 Aggie win on April 12 at the Streich-Henry Tennis Complex. That next Tuesday, however, the Black and Gold came home from Norman with a 5-4 loss to the Trojans. The first match featured a face off with a streaking Bethany college team, who were ranked sixth in the NAIA National Polls and were undefeated in 13 matches this season before the Aggies stymied the streak with a 6-3 win on a windy Saturday. Assistant coach Mario Urban made note that the wind always plays a factor into games, emphasizing the ferocity of local gusts. “When the wind blows,”
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Urban said, “it’s going to blow hard. So it’s definitely a factor when we play down here.” However, he also mentioned that the team felt good heading into the competition and the tail end of the season, despite Bethany College’s record. “We’re feeling pretty confident,” Urban said. “We’ve got a couple of tough matches ahead of us, but we can finish strong.” That confidence showed with the Aggies’ win over the Swedes, despite falling behind in doubles competition. The team of Rory de Boer and Felipe Oyarzun pushed their opponents before falling 9-7 in doubles. Angelo Lencioni and Dean Weigelt also put up a strong effort despite an 8-4 loss. The Black and Gold’s lone doubles win came when Dennis Merdan and Joao Fazendeiro defeated their Bethany College counterparts 8-3. However, the Aggies bounced back from an opening
deficit with a strong singles outing, taking five of the six matches against the Swedes. Despite Merdan’s loss in straight sets, the other five Cameron competitors took down their opponents to clinch the win for the Aggies. Fazendeiro came back from losing the first set to take his match 2-6, 6-4, 10-8. De Boer (6-4, 6-3), Oyarzun (6-4, 6-0), Lencioni (6-2, 6-1) and Weigelt (6-3, 6-3) all took care of their opponents with straight set wins to seal the comeback. The Aggies came into this match ranked second in the region, which, according to Urban, offered a surge of confidence for the team. “We’re ranked number two in the region,” he said, “so we’re set to host a regional, which is good for us.” However, the Aggies were unable to take the momentum from their win against the Swedes along with them to
Norman against Seminole State, who was the fourth ranked team in the ITA Division I NJCAA rankings. It was Cameron’s first loss to a junior college since the 2012 season. The Aggies fell behind early after being swept in the doubles competition. The singles competition saw promise, as a string of wins from Merdan (4-6, 6-2, 7-5), Lencioni (6-4, 6-2), Fazendeiro (6-1, 6-1) and Weigelt (6-3, 6-4) put them within one win of the match. Despite this push, losses from de Boer and Andres Velasco halted the comeback. This loss dropped the Black and Gold men’s team to 16-7 overall on the season heading into a Lone Star Conference matchup with Midwestern State on April 17. The Aggies close the season against TexasPermian Basin on April 18. Next up for the Aggies is the NCAA Regional Championship May 3-6.
CU Volleyball: New coach, new goals Krista Pylant Staff Writer
After zero conference wins last season, Cameron University’s volleyball team is looking for a fresh start for their fall season with new head coach Qi Wang. Wang, who is no stranger to the Lone Star Conference, spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Angelo State. With that experience, he said he is bringing a specific coaching regimen to the Aggies. “You have to base it on the players you have because the players’ reactions are different,” Wang said. “We do have all kinds of
philosophies, but the philosophy has to match our kind of players’ situations.” With all these philosophies among the players on the team, finding a way for them to mesh was one of the goals Wang mentioned as a primary focus coming out of their first few workouts this semester. “We do have some kind of idea after spring training,” he said. “We need [to] try to enhance the overall connection skills of the players, so we can play as a team.” The Aggies met coach Wang during their first offseason practice after spring break. Because the roster is not yet set, Wang has been focusing on building his team one step at a time by
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training returning players and recruiting new ones. Although the Aggies’ volleyball season does not officially begin until the fall, the team began playing practice matches against each other to “test the variation and the player’s ability on the court.” The team also played in Midwestern State’s Spring Fling Tournament on April 5 against Vernon College, MSU Alumni, Tarleton State and Dallas Baptist. Despite seeing improvement with ball control and court defense since he began working with the Aggies, Wang mentioned there are still areas that need fine-tuning before the season begins. Wang said, “In general, we need to enhance our competitive skill and athleticism.”
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CU baseball vs. SWOSU Charlene Belew Sports Editor
Aggie baseball went head to head against Southwestern Oklahoma State University on April 15 at the Lawton McCord Field. The Black and Gold swept away their opponents with a score of 15-6 in the nine inning game. While SWOSU maintained the lead with two runs in the second and three runs in the top of the third, the Aggies came back with four runs
in the bottom of the third and one run in the bottom of the sixth. SWOSU brought in one runner in the top of the seventh, bringing the score to 6-5. The Aggies scored three runs in the seventh. CU also rallied against SWOSU in the bottom of the eighth when they brought in seven scores to finish the game, walking away with a 9-point lead.
Published on Apr 21, 2014