Collegian T he Cameron University
Monday, March 31, 2014
Volume 90 Issue 8
Run or Dye Painting the town: At 8 a.m. March 8, CU students displayed their passion for fitness as they rallied together - both as volunteers and runners to participate in the annual “Run or Dye” 5k. At the “World’s most colorful 5K,” volunteers threw plantbased colored dye at every kilometer. Photos by Kaitlyn Stockton
CU students win ADDY award Kali Robinson
Assistant Managing Editor
Wednesday, March 5, four CU students received a Silver Annual American Advertising Award – or ADDY – through the Oklahoma City Advertising club. Winners Casey Durham, Joe Lee, Courtney Landoll and Garrett Schaede won for a TV commercial they produced. Students produced the commercial as part of the curriculum for Dr. Theresa Billiot’s Fall 2013 advertising class, centered on the Red River Best Chevy Dealers. According to Billiot, their work met professional standards. “We chose this commercial opportunity because the ADDYs is a well-respected award that receives over 40,000 local entries competing in 200 markets coast to coast from highly-talented individuals,” Billiot said. “If students win an ADDY, this is more
than just a line on their resume; they receive a prestigious recognition from a widelyknown professional organization that has consistently honored the best and brightest practitioners and students.” According to Billiot, students who have won ADDYs raise their job market value among advertising agencies. Industry practitioners consistently stress the need for academics to develop students’ professional skills, and that is what Billiot said she strived to achieve with this project. Students gained hands-on experience to enhance their technical and artistic skills. The project required students to produce advertising content design that would influence consumer behavior and create bottom line results. “When students do not receive hands-on experience in the classroom to foster their professional skills, they do not fare well on the job market,” Billiot said. “In a highly competitive job market,
students demonstrating these professional skills, combined with an overall professional attitude, can increase their chances significantly to land a good job.” Billiot said the diversity of talent in this competition allows students to see how others are stepping outside the box and how the competition is raising the standards in the advertising industry. Students become more inspired to enhance their own levels of creativity, which will help them build effective campaigns for their future clients. “These students produced an outstanding commercial for the Red River Best Chevy Dealers, and it is incredibly gratifying to see their hard work rewarded,” Billiot said. “The ‘tomboy’ concept captures the consumer base of the Oklahoma and Texas dealerships that make up the Red River Best Chevy Dealers - Jim Glover Chevrolet, Wilmes Chevrolet, Herb Easley Chevrolet and Four Star Auto Ranch - and the production value meets the professional
standards required to succeed in the competitive world of advertising,” Billiot said. According to the okcadclub.com, the ADDY Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 50,000 entries every year in local ADDY competitions. The mission of the ADDY competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. The Student ADDY Awards is also a three-tier national competition, which is sponsored by the AAF and National Ad 2. Occurring in conjunction with the prestigious ADDY Awards, the Student ADDY Awards recognize and reward creative excellence by students. As a Silver ADDY winner, the spot receives automatic entry into the district ADDY Awards. The ADDY Awards recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising.
Cultural awareness: “Walk a Mile in My Redface” Carson Stringham
in the CETES Conference Center, had two goals: to educate the audience Staff Writer on the prevalence of negative Native Cultural awareness. American stereotypes and to highlight That is ultimately what Dr. Cornel the advances that have been made in Pewewardy wanted the audience to changing these views. take away from his lecture, “Walk He said: “We live in one of the most a Mile in My Redface: The Indian powerful countries in the world, and Mascot Controversy in American it has many influential colleges and Schools, Sports Culture, and universities that have much influence Media.” in how they construct the world Pewewardy, a former views that we have. In grad school, member of Cameron my professors taught me that higher University’s Department education has a responsibility to create of Education and current a reality that is not only fair, but one Director of Indigenous that is truthful.” Nations Studies at Pewewardy began his PowerPoint Portland State presentation with slides depicting University, is a images of the westward expansion. Comanche-Kiowa and Discussing the idea of Manifest an enrolled member Destiny – an ideology that said the of the Comanche pioneers had not only the right but Nation of Oklahoma. also the obligation to travel west and His lecture, given at conquer the untamed wilderness – 7 p.m. on March 25
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Inside this issue:
Cameron bus breakdown
How well we wear tech
Passion for fashion
Pewewardy said he remembers being taught in school the idea that some races are superior over other ones. In order to fix such fallacies, Pewewardy pointed out it is the institutions of education themselves that must be changed. “Academia has been at the center of what people think is real,” he said. “We have to do an analysis of the educational standards. We have to look at who created those standards, and more importantly, who decides what knowledge is most important.” Pewewardy then spent the rest of his lecture discussing the ways Native Americans have been portrayed over the years, starting with the history of the Indian Schools in such places as Carlisle, Penn.
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CU tennis wins again
March 31, 2014
Cameron bus brakes fail on trip Kaitlyn Stockton
bus and restart. We have since replaced the switch.” After attending the event and banquet for five hours at UCO, Copy Editor students and faculty prepared to head to Lawton. While the majority of the trip went as planned, the buzzer came on again Twenty-one Cameron University students and faculty when the bus was fifteen minutes away from campus. Professor members recently experienced the ride of their lives. Dr. Abbas Johari sat at the front of the vehicle and realized On March 7, students and faculty were stranded after a Cameron bus lost its brakes on their return trip from Oklahoma something was wrong. “Somewhere before getting onto the street that leads to Research Day. The driver swerved the bus over a median and Medicine Park, we heard the buzzer go off again,” Johari said. onto the side of a road to keep everyone from getting harmed. “There was no time to ask to pull over. [The driver] took the Rhiannon Poolaw, a CU student who participated in exit, but there were four cars stopped at a stop sign. He made a Oklahoma Research Day, said she thought something was quick decision. Instead of jamming and running into the cars, he wrong with the vehicle before the group made it out of town. decided to go over the median. The bus started jolting.” “I remember that on our way going to UCO there was a After waking up, Poolaw said she slowly came to the buzzer that kept sounding,” Poolaw said. “Dr. [Yingqin] Liu and realization what was happening around her. some of the other students asked the bus driver about it, but he “I watched out of my window as we missed cars and a public said it was nothing to worry about, so I didn’t. This happened school bus that were stopped at a stop sign by mere inches,” she two or three times on the way there, the first being before we said. “We sped past the stop sign without slowing, so I knew were off Gore Blvd. The driver had to cut the ignition off and restart the bus. I didn’t know if the bus was stalling or what was the brakes were gone. Luckily, as we drifted across two lanes of westbound traffic and onto the median, the car in movement going on.” nearest to the CU bus was 30 feet away. We ran off of the road According to Transportation Foreman Roger Long, this and onto the shoulder.” buzzer was caused by an issue involving the bus’s brake light Long said the incident was a result of a problem with the air switch. conditioning compressor. “The buzzer is a warning signal to let the driver know his “The supplemental rear air conditioning compressor went out brake lights were not working,” he said. “He has to turn off the
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and blocked up,” Long said. “It is driven by a serpentine rubber belt from the engine. That belt also runs the power assisted to the braking and steering system. The back-up auxiliary electrical system kicked in and enabled the driver to slow the vehicle sufficiently down and remain in control.” After walking to a nearby gas station, the group waited for Cameron to send help. Poolaw said a CU engineer arrived and helped fix the bus in around 30 minutes. Long said his shop has at least one of every part he may need for the bus and his men are trained and prepared for such incidents. “When the driver called me, I knew what part I needed,” Long said. “I did not know it was the AC compressor though because that was so outside of the box. We normally don’t have trouble with that system. We knew what tools and parts we needed.” During the wait, Poolaw said her professors took care of her. “Liu and Johari made sure to ask every student if they were okay,” she said. “They attempted to explain to us what had happened and what was going on. They really tried to calm us as best they could even though it was obvious that they were just as frightened and surprised of the incidence was we were.” As soon as the students and professors returned safely to campus, Long and his team began working on the bus. As the bus had recently gone through maintenance, Long said it was an unexpected turn of events. “After we fixed the AC and the belt, we brought it back to the campus and fixed it up. I got into the bus and practiced driving it,” Long said. “We are not sure why the air conditioner went out like it did, but it was totally unforeseen. It did not give us any indication that it was fixing to go out. “We take it very, very seriously. We check everything out and make sure it is safe and efficient. We check every vehicle on every trip. If it goes to Duncan and back, someone puts his or her hands on it. Mileage is recorded. Tires are checked. All the basics, the fluids and more get checked. We have people that come in late nights or early mornings to check every vehicle. We try to catch every parameter and thing that we can think of.” At end of the day, Poolaw, Johari and Long said they were glad everything turned out fine and were happy all the students and professors left the incident harm free. “I don’t blame the gentleman that was driving,” Poolaw said. “Thanks to his quick thinking and maneuvering, I got to go home to my family that day. It all happened so quickly that it wasn’t until after it was all over that I realized what had happened and how lucky we all were to be alive. I remember a lot of smiles. We were all just happy to be okay.”
We Want You Back: CU prioritizes student retention Kaylee Jones
McArthur said he believed students are not returning for several reasons: financial needs, Managing Editor military obligations or academic issues – such as This spring, 149 Cameron students who had failed courses. “We would like to know for each of our earned over 100 hours toward their degrees as of students who aren’t finishing, which category last fall did not return; President John McArthur they are in and how we can best help them, wants to know why. depending on the category, to finish,” McArthur “We Want You Back,” an institution wide said. initiative introduced this fall, assists students McArthur said he hopes the rollout of within 24 semester hours of graduation to Cameron’s “Degree Works” will help student identify specific courses required to finish their retention. Introduced on March 3, “Degree degree. The program also offers assistance to Works” is a program available to advisers as first year students who have not enrolled for the well as students that shows a student’s progress second year. toward completing their degree. McArthur explained the motivation behind “It’s a shift of perception from how much I’ve the creation of the program, “The key idea is done, to how much I have left to do,” McArthur that we have so many Cameron students who started to work toward a degree, and they haven’t explained. “It’s not enough to say ‘I’ve earned 64 finished, and some of them are incredibly close… hours,’ it’s more important to say, ‘and I only have and they just stopped. We want to find out why, 64 more hours to go to finish my degree.’” It is in this shift in perception and this and find out exactly what those students need to provision of information that “Degree Works” finish the degree.”
will contribute to the “We Want You Back” initiative. McArthur explained: “Rather than sending a communication to someone and saying, you have 12 hours left to finish your degree, ‘Degree Works’ will let us say, not only do you have 12 hours left, but which 12 hours. ‘Here are the four courses you need, and next fall, here’s when they are being offered,’ making it much more directed and much less vague.” “Instead of saying ‘You’re almost done, please come back,’ saying, ‘You’re almost done, and here is exactly what you have left to do to finish, and here is the name of someone you can talk to to help you finish.’ We’re trying to make it as easy on you to come back as we can.” Currently, McArthur said there are no plans to offer direct financial assistance through “We Want You Back.” However, there are plans to provide more financial awareness, such as how to budget student loans if a student chooses not to return to school.
“To be told that you owe 8,000 dollars for your student loan is one thing,” McArthur said, “but to be told, and it will cost you 150 dollars a month, is a different thing. I would like for our students to have that information so they can make good decisions.” The first official round of letters to students will be sent out next spring. “I would like more students from Southwest Oklahoma to have degrees,” McArthur said. “I think it opens doors. The knowledge itself is very important, but for many employers, you have to have the credentials.” “I want our students to have as many career and life options as possible, and I think by finishing that college degree, it’s going to open far many doors than it closes.” For students seeking a better understanding of where they are in the progression of their degree, “Degree Works” can be found under the Student Quick Links tab on Aggie Access.
Severe weather preparation Kaley Patterson Staff Writer
Oklahoma has its fair share of weather, but around this time of year Cameron University begins to prepare for intense thunderstorms and destructive tornadoes. Recently, Senior Director of Public Affairs Josh Lehman sent out an email to students, faculty and staff informing them of the protective areas across campus and Lawton’s use of sirens. Lehman said Cameron University wants its students and faculty to be aware of what the warnings are and where safe locations are on campus. The Cameron website has a detailed list of the shelters on campus varying from restrooms, enclosed interiors and basements. Each protective area has a sign designating its location. Similar to the city of Lawton, Cameron has its own siren/ sound system. This past fall, the university installed loud speakers across campus on the roof of various buildings. “We have the ability to do a verbal outdoor message, if needed, to let people know of particular emergency situations,” Lehman said. Lehman said people cannot hear the speakers inside buildings, but Cameron has an Emergency Communication System (ECS) that has the ability to alert students, faculty and staff of server weather by text message, phone call and email. Alerts from the ECS automatically go to Cameron email addresses, but if students, faculty and staff would like to receive text messages, phone calls or alerts to another email address, they can update their information on their Aggie Access. Lehman said Cameron also uses the system to inform students of class cancelation due to inclement weather. Vice President for Student Services Jennifer Holland said Cameron not only wants to prepare the students, faculty and staff for severe weather but also its housing’s Resident
Assistants. “We train our RAs in where the safe places are,” Holland said. “We train them on emergency response. Oklahoma weather is so crazy that it could be gorgeous outside, and by 4 p.m., you could be dealing with severe weather.” Holland said that RAs are trained in August and January to go over the different safe places and emergency responses. Each residential area has severe weather shelter areas. According to Holland, the Shepler Towers are built so firmly that if students take refuge in the core of the building, the lounge or bathroom, on either floor, then they will be safe. Shepler residents can also seek shelter in the basement under the cafeteria, but it does not have the capacity for everyone. Holland said residents would be safer in the severe weather areas on each floor. Holland said that in each building in the Village, residents are supposed to take refuge on the first floor of the building. “We have reinforced the hallways with steel, the whole hallway, and students will want to close the doors,” Holland said. Students living on campus can also prepare themselves for severe weather by being mindful of the weather, making sure that their contact information is up to date on the ECS and to check the weather if they are traveling. “I would encourage students to get a text alert when there’s severe weather,” Holland said. “This again is just a reminder that if my county, Comanche county, is under a thunderstorm warning or a tornado watch or warning. Knowing what the differences of those are, I think is really important.” Holland said students should also be aware of high winds; during that time, they need to stay away from glass, go into an interior area and cover their heads if they have that ability. If students would like more information about how to prepare for severe weather, they can visit cameron.edu/ops/ tornadosafety.html.
Photo by Kaley Patterson
March 31, 2014
Wearable Tech: How well do we know what we are wearing?
properties of smartphones for the Staff Editor face of a wristwatch. As computing technology camera that can With models such has increased in function record videos in 720p as the Galaxy Gear, and ability, so too have its HD, 12 gigabytes of SmartWatch 2, and tendencies toward more usable memory and a highToq, the companies personal and individual use. resolution display equivalent leapt into the wearable tech From the advent of to a 25-inch high definition and other basic computer market in 2013. The next uses. general- and commercialscreen observed from eight year’s Consumer Electronics Since the launch of use computers like ENIAC feet away. Show featured even more Google Glass in 2012, and UNIVAC, consumers In short, the capabilities smartwatches showcasing many companies waited have seen computers grow of this device surpass many even more capabilities. in power while decreasing computers from a decade or to see what would happen 2014 also featured the in size requirement from two ago—and it all rests on with the fringe technology announcement of Cuff, such as this one. However, rooms to desktops to the the bridge of a user’s nose. marketed as a stylish some companies entered a palm of one’s hand. Alongside Glass, other alternative to personal different world of wearable In this modern age, wearable face technologies security. Cuff, which tech—smartwatches. consumers now see such as EyeTap, Golden-i ships in Fall 2014, was Taking the lead of Glass, shown to sync with a user’s computers in a place only and Looxcie have provided companies such as Samsung, smartphone and provide the seen before with on-screen potential users with the Sony and Qualcomm took spies and imagined futures: ability to capture photos, user’s protective circle with to formatting the basic on their bodies. provide head-up displays the location details needed Though wearable technology was around since programmable watches in the 1970s, the introduction of Google Glass to the public conscious in the early 2010s brought the concept of wearable technology to the masses on a broader scale. Glass features a touchpad for controlling the device, a MCT Campus
of unfortunate events occurring any time soon. to find the user. While there is a lot Devices like Glass, that could happen with smartwatches and Cuff technology closer at our have all followed the trend fingertips and on our bodies, of advanced technologies what will happen now falls mentioned earlier. short of those expectations Collectively, they have in my opinion. added to the pool of what In fact, as of right now, a computer can do while the technology seems as becoming more personal in though it is adding on to size and use. how we live our daily lives. While many people Social media is now at our show praise for these new retinas and wrists, and a advancements, many others call for help is a touch of a show weariness, hearkening covertly-hidden button away. back to the equal-yetHowever, what the future disparate dystopias of could hold is as nebulous as George Orwell’s “1984” and it was when Glass first came Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New out. App developers are still World,” where governments trying to figure out the ins use technologies to control and outs of app creation for societies with omnipresence wearable tech. Even tech or blissful automaticity, developers are trying to respectively. perfect the art of wearing a Personally, I see product. neither of these series So, as of right now, my worry does not involve what can happen with government control or how invasive or impersonal this technology could make us in the future. My concern involves how we can use this technology for our own personal betterment. Before we can speculate on the tech we wear on our bodies, we need to know it like the back of our hands.
March 31, 2014
Aggies flaunt final Fashion Week Sadie Jones A&E Editor
The International Club welcomed guests to the 2014 CU Fashion Week themed “Metamorphosis.” The fashion show — made up of models from MacArthur Middle School, Cameron University and volunteers throughout the Lawton community — provided the chance for models to strut down the stage platform of the CU Theatre one last time. At 7:30 p.m. March 8, the Final CU Fashion Week began. MacArthur Middle School students from Deborah McNally’s art class entered the stage one by one and showcased their personal designer. Each student strutted to the middle of the stage. Some students smiled to the audience while others kept their mouth formed in a straight line as they turned, walked down the platform, twirled and paused for pictures and then exited the stage as the next model took the spotlight. After each model from MacArthur exited the stage, Emcee of the event CU student Eloise Herbert stood behind the podium, welcomed guests in the audience, thanked the CU International Club and then introduced the next segment of the fashion show — swimwear. Immediately, the spotlights spun on the stage and the song “We Ready For the Road” filled the theatre. One by one, models marched down the stage sporting exotic swimwear. The theme appeared to be bright pinks, yellows, reds and blues for the bathing suit portion of the evening. The second segment — Urhban Limited of Savelle’s Design — took place after swimwear. Herbert provided background information about the designer and her designs. “Sandra Bussue—owner and Caribbean fashion designer at Urhban Limited focuses on the beauty of life,” Herbert
said. “Her inspirations for the collection are the young females who travel through the stages of life and eventually finds the woman she was designed to be.” With that, the song “International Love” marked the beginning of the segment and signaled the models to begin their performance. The clothing items featured floral prints and exotic designs. The third segment — Mommy Made Boutique — targeted mothers and their children. The boutique specializes in custom hair bows, tutus and t-shirts. CU alumna Tameitria Jenkins designed the outfits. Mommy Made Boutique is located on West Gore Boulevard. After the third segment, Herbert introduced a new designer to the audience. “Lovella Benjamin is an aspiring fashion designer from the Federation of St-Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean,” Herbert said. “She started designing at age 11 and was taught how to sew. Tonight, Lovella’s designs were created with yarn.” Five models entered one after another to the beat of the song “Glamorous.” Each model wore Benjamin’s designs — some of which inspired by the colors of her island’s flag: green, red and black. For the next segment the fashion show brought to the stage CU pride and presented to the audience the spirit wear portion of the evening. Recycled CU t-shirts made most of the designs and creations. Merita Mitchell did the transformations of the t-shirts. “The designs come from my love for Cameron University and its ever evolving structure,” Mitchell said. Another designer whose creations were featured in the show was Neila Ettienne who graduated from CU with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. Her five-piece collection was inspired by her love for the arts, Caribbean beaches and vibrant colors. Five models displayed the exotic pieces of the Nettienne Collection. For the segment that followed, the models conveyed to the audience the vital relationship between the fashion world of black dress and white dress. The bold accessories worn by the
models fur enhanced the clothing. The final two segments of the fashion show displayed two very opposite styles of clothing. One segment titled Kiwie Dan Couture — designed to be comfortable and easy to wear—was made with cotton linen and knit material. The final segment brought glitz and glamour to the stage with its title —The Opera. This year marked the CU International Club’s third year of sponsoring the event. Geno Vazquez, International Club President and IT major, said the fashion show serves several purposes. “The fashion show is meant to broadcast different designers from different parts of the world,” Vazquez said. “The funds that are collected when people buy tickets to come to the show help fund the scholarship that is only for International students. Photos by Avion Thomas
Stars of the runway: (Left) Volunteer model shows off a formal gown in the segment of the fashion show dubbed “Night at the Opera.” (Middle) Two models from the Lawton’s own “Mommy Made Boutique” strut down the CU stage displaying customs tutus and hair bows. (Right) Volunteer male model displays more contemporary items of clothing as he poses for the audience. Merita Mitchell has coordinated the fashion show for the past three years with the help of the CU International Club.
Lawton Philharmonic presents Musical Menagerie Vicky Smith
News Writing Student In its 52nd Season, the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra presented “Musical Menagerie” on March 15 at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium. Directed and conducted by Jon Kalbfleisch, the concert featured Cameron University’s Dr. Hyunsoon Whang and Dr. Thomas Labe as the duo pianists. Known to “have something
for everyone,” the orchestra lived up to its reputation that evening and presented “Die Fledermaus” Overture by J. Strauss, “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens, “And God Created Great Whales” by Hovhaness and “Firebird Suite” by Stravinsky. The evening began with “Die Fledermaus,” which illustrated a drunken character who wears a bat costume at a grand Viennese ball and was first performed in the glamorous city of Vienna in 1874.
Kalbfleisch noted that this piece was “a great way to start [the] concert.” Whang and Labe accompanied the next piece, “The Carnival of the Animals.” Surrounded by the orchestra, Whang and Labe were center stage with their polished pianos. Between intervals of music, Dr. James Brock recited texts from Ogden Nash’s “Grand Zoological Fantasy.” Whang and Labe amazed the crowd with their talents; playing from memory, they brought life to
the animals portrayed in the texts as their fingers brushed across the keys. Followed by a brief intermission, the audience journeyed through the deep blue sea in “And God Created Great Whales.” With the blue light casted on-stage, haiku poems and images of whales projected on screens, the orchestra provided a glimpse of “miracle of the great whale.” The orchestra performed the piece live as sound recordings of whales played in the
background. “Firebird Suite” closed the evening with a spark of fantasy. The orchestra began the Russian Folktale suite in a soft tone that suddenly increased. The initial shock of the audience was soon replaced with laughter and delight. Whang — adorned in a stunning blue dress — said it was her sixth time to perform with the Lawton Philharmonic. She and Labe practiced with the orchestra two times before the March 15 performance.
Despite the rainy weather, the McMahon Memorial Auditorium was a miniature version of Radio City as the community came together. Whang noted that the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra benefits the Lawton community by bringing “great music”, “exposure to culture” and a “good taste of classical music.” “You can always go watch stuff on YouTube, but it’s totally different when you experience a live performance,” Whang said.
named things like the Indians, the Chiefs and the Braves. He also discussed the role of Native Americans in the media. Again, there was an audible moment of clarity when Pewewardy challenged the audience to perform an online search for images of Native American women and compare the results with the same search on Latin American women. He told the audience that if they conducted this research,
they would find many images of professional-looking, beautiful, classy Latin women, but that many of the images for the Native American women would show Caucasian women posing as Native Americans in silly costumes. But not everything that Pewewardy had to say was critical. He also pointed out that there has been a shift over the years to turn away from these negative stereotypes,
particularly with to college sports teams. He specifically highlighted the progress at the University of North Dakota, displaying a slide that showed the progression of the school’s symbol from that of a cartoonish Indian face to the race-neutral “ND” it is today. To close out his presentation, Pewewardy said in order for things to change, more people need to speak out against longestablished stereotypes and
ideologies. To that end, he gave each person in the audience a challenge: to go home and look for opportunities to address the issues of Indian mascots in their own communities, particularly if no one has said anything about it yet. “Think about how you would work within your communities to address this issue,” he said. “Not just ‘Yea’ or ‘Nay,’ but to even get the conversation going on the issue.”
MILE continued from page 1 Young Native Americans were sent to these schools as a way to educate them about and indoctrinate them into “proper” society. Pewewardy pointed out it was the Indian Schools that first started using terms associated with Native Americans for their sports teams and mascots. It was this topic that he focused on most, showing slide after slide of mascots and fans that all depict warped images and
ideas of who Native Americans truly are. One of the greatest paradigm shifts came when Pewewardy played a radio clip from a fictional sports show which gave the scores of different teams who were all named after various racial terms. He pointed out that no one would approve of the Cleveland Caucasians, the Kansas City Mexicans or the Atlanta Africans, so why was it still okay to have teams
March 31, 2014
O wifi, wifi! Wherefore art thou wifi? The clock is ticking. I hear footsteps and the occasional whir of a printer among clicking keyboards. All I smell are books and coffee. This is my prime. It is another week day, and - again - I am in a corner of the library with my laptop, planner and a few books after work. It is usually quiet and relaxing enough for me to focus on school - whether that be studying for an exam, grinding out a paper or just reading the required coursework. I click my internet browser to log onto the library database to research a topic for my current paper. I receive an error. “We’re sorry,” a sadfaced pictogram displays mockingly - the page would not load. Accustomed to the inability of any device to automatically connect to wireless internet on campus, I type in the direct link. “We’re sorry,” the pictogram repeats - the page would not load. Frustrated, I click refresh. “We’re sorry.” “We’re sorry.” “We’re sorry,” - the page would not load. I save and exit my current word document to focus solely on this inconvenience. I check the proxy settings.
I make sure my WIFI is set correctly. I sift through Advanced Settings. Done. Done. Done. I open Chrome. I open Firefox. I open Safari. The third browser connects to the login page for the university WIFI - but will not load to let me log in. After almost forty minutes, I find the correct combination of password, browser and timing. I am connected. I work on homework until my connection times out, and I repeat the process. My laptop - granted it is faster than most - has 16GB of RAM. For those of you who are not aware, that means it has the capability to run twelve different devices at once - all displaying high-processing Adobe software with ease. Despite the efficiency of the machine I bought for my education, I could not access the core
smaller colleges is still growing. Chapman quoted a National Science Foundation survey conducted in 2008, saying the most recent year that data is available, nearly half of doctorategranting institutions in the United States had bandwidth speeds of 1 gigabit per second or faster, compared with 25 percent of non doctorate granting institutions. A year earlier, 39 percent of doctoral institutions offered at least a 1 gigabit-persecond connection, compared with 20 percent of other universities. I transferred from the MCT Campus University of Central Florida - a doctorate-granting element I needed to complete it into perspective - according institution - to Cameron my assignments - high-speed to the site - that is about 35% University three years ago. I internet. of the national average. have learned more in the past I went to speedtest.net - a According to Paige three years at this institution site that accurately tests the Chapman of The Chronicles that offers six challenging real-time speed of internet by of Higher Education, the master’s degree programs measuring download speed. internet speed gap between taught by nationally and It ran at 4.04 Mbps. To put research universities and internationally renowned
faculty than I did at a larger institution. Cameron boasts its commitment to providing quality programs with affordable tuition rates both onsite and online - so why not make it easier to access? Higher internet speed is a solution to problems many smaller institutions face difficult accessibility, more time-consuming projects, less efficiency. What is the point of an app to access blackboard when I have to go to Starbucks to do it? This is not to say that Cameron does not foster incredible learning environments or that they do not have the necessary knowledge - they do. But without the medium to access these tools, education becomes difficult and inefficient. It is not something that can be solved in a semester - maybe it will require more grants for higher speed broadband or a new network setup. Whatever the process entails, the end result will mean more assignments turned in, quicker homework time and - overall - a more efficient medium of knowledge.
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Gratitude in a time of graduation: A good education Seven weeks. That’s all the time I have left before I venture out into the real world, leaving behind this gilded cage of a life in academia. I’m not going to lie. I’m scared of what the future holds. I do not adjust well to change. When I first made up my mind to come back to school after leaving the active duty military, I dragged my feet every step of the way. I am thankful that my wife was there to support me and, when needed, push me along the way. Eventually I got the hang of having to study, doing homework and writing papers. It has now been almost four years, and I have grown accustomed to Cameron University being my home away from home. I have enjoyed having the same professors time and time again. It has been comforting to move from class to class knowing that I would see the familiar faces of other English majors. Most importantly, it has been fun to study the courses I wanted to, learning the skills that will carry me into a career that will hopefully be as fulfilling as I picture it being. And that is the topic I would like discuss today, to pass on what information I have gained thus far about seeking and applying for federal employment. To begin with, I have decided to focus my job search on applying for editing and public relations jobs through usajobs.gov. While many of the jobs listed are open to anyone, those who are current or prior military or government employees will find they have a leg up on the process because they will have prior experience working within the realm of government employment. Once I went to the site, I realized just how nice USA Jobs really was. The site allowed me to search for jobs based on type or location. Typing in a keyword or phrase in the site search engine brings up all the possible listings under a particular job title or skill; for my search, I typed in Copy Editor and Public Relations. Once I hit “Enter,” USA Jobs brought up a list of every job in their database they had under those titles, including ones overseas. After looking through what jobs the site had to offer, I decided to actually apply for some. Clicking on the “Apply” link, I was redirected to the page where I got to create my username and password. Once my email was verified, my About Us The official student newspaper of Cameron University, The Cameron Collegian is available each Monday during the year. It is printed by the Lawton Constitution The first issue is provided free of charge. Each subsequent issue is $1.50.
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looked at but didn’t have to time to apply for right then and there; and it allowed me to upload scanned versions of my DD214 and Disability Rating letter to be attached to job applications that required proof of my service and rating. All of these things have made applying for jobs convenient and less time consuming. There is also a feature where the site will send me email updates – such as termination notices and status changes on my applications – on the jobs that I have saved and/or applied for. I will say this – experience is definitely a plus. Many of the jobs I have looked at require at least one year of experience at the pay grade just below what the job is slated for; in other words, if the job is a GS-11, you must have experience working that job as a GS-10. However, one of my saving graces has been that many jobs allow for education to be supplemented for experience, thus allowing me to apply for jobs based on my skill and knowledge sets. The application process for these jobs, besides attaching the resume and other scanned documents, includes a questionnaire for each job that asks about specific details required for each position. Some ask about my willingness to travel. Others ask what specific experience I have in the organization where the vacancy is – if it is a job with Veterans Affairs, do I know much about how the organization functions. The best part about this whole experience has been realizing that my college education is a true and valuable commodity. I have received many chuckles and sideways glances over the years when I have told people that I am an English major, but seeing all the job opportunities out there that use the communication skills that I have learned and practiced over the course of my college career has been a real eye opener. My advice to every student on campus is this: do MCT Campus not take your education for granted. Whatever you are studying, learn it well. Every class is an opportunity to account was created, and I could actually apply for the jobs grow – and the stronger you grow in the classroom – the I wanted. more marketable and prepared you will be when facing the USA Jobs has a lot of nice features: it had me set up a real world. profile for my contact information that would be attached to every job I applied for; I was able to create a blanket Carson Stringham resume through the site, which is kept on file, that I can attach to my applications; it allowed me to save jobs that I Staff Writer THE CAMERON UNIVERSITY
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March 31, 2014
Tennis claims three Jacob Jardel
from the duo Rory de Boer and Felipe Oyarzun (8-2). Staff Editor The men split singles matches Cameron’s tennis teams against Colorado Mesa, with welcomed students back from Angelo Lencioni (6-2, 6-0), Joao Spring Break with three wins in Fazendeiro (6-3, 6-1) and Dean four matches on March 24-25 Weigelt (6-0, 6-3) picking up at the Streich-Henry Tennis wins for the Black and Gold. Complex. However, the split was not The men’s team dropped enough for the Aggies to pick up a close 5-4 match against the win. Colorado Mesa after the The women’s team was women prevailed 7-2 against able to come out on top after the Mavericks on Monday. The Spring Break losses to Division Aggie women and men won I Incarnate Word and St. both matches against Tartleton Edward’s University. Helvey State and Southwest Baptist 5-4. praised his team’s success on Head coach James Helvey Monday after the two-game attributes some of the men’s skid. team’s loss against the Mavericks “We lost a tough one 5-4 to to what he calls the “Spring St. Edward’s, and that one kind Break Hangover” from of hurt us a little bit,” he said. scheduling a match after four “But they came back and beat days off. Colorado Mesa 7-2. We had a “We scheduled a match the great day with the women and Monday after Spring Break, came in fired up.” and we just didn’t come out,” That fire led the Lady Aggies Helvey said. “We weren’t ready. to taking two of three doubles But their team showed up. matches against the Mavericks. Colorado Mesa’s got a really Paula Gutierrez-Casas and great team. They were ready, and Florence Tornero won their we weren’t.” match 8-5, while Angie Torres The day started out with the and Samantha Wood played to a Aggie dropping two of three decisive 8-1 victory. doubles matches against the The women kept the flame Mavericks, the lone win coming burning, taking five of the six
singles matches. Laura Roberts picked up a three-set win (6-4, 4-6, 10-5) to complement wins from Torres (6-4, 6-4), Gutierrez-Casa (6-0, 6-1), Wood (6-1, 6-4) and Tornero (6-3, 6-3). The next day proved to be a chaser for the men’s hangover in the form of a challenge from their head coach. “Coming out here,” Helvey said, “I challenged my guys to get back on track. We beat Southwest Baptist 5-4.” For the second consecutive day, the men’s team fell behind in doubles competition. Fazendeiro and Dennis Merdan took home Cameron’s only doubles win 8-4. After falling in the first two singles slots, the men came back with four wins from Oyarzun (7-6, 6-4), Lencioni (7-5, 6-4), Fazendeiro (6-4, 6-3) and Weigelt (6-4, 6-2) to take the match against the Bearcats. The women’s match against Tartleton State proved to be a kindling to the fire from the win against Colorado Mesa. The Lady Aggies started off taking two of the three doubles matches against the TexAnns, notching two 8-6 wins from Gutierrez-Casas/Tornero and
Torres/Wood. This advantage would prove enough for a Black and Gold win after splitting the singles matches with Tartleton. Antonia Moberg provided a three-set win (6-4, 3-6, 6-3) to compliment a 6-1, 6-1 win from GutierrezCasas and Tornero’s 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 win. The two-day set of matches brings the men’s team’s record to 13-5 on the season, while the women improved their record to 12-2.
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Midwestern golf: Men ranked 7th, women ranked 9th Ekanem Ekpenyong
stroke better than their opening round score. According to the men’s golf coach, Jerry News Writing Student Hrnciar, the Aggies’ performance was a setback On March 18, at the Midwestern State to his expectations; their poor start displaced the Invitational, the CU men’s golf team moved up team. two slots, taking 7th place, while the women’s golf “We expected to be in contention, but our team came up eight strokes, claiming 9th place. poor start knocked us out of contention in the Men’s golf first round, and we could not make it up in the Cameron’s men shot a 913 and had their best final two rounds,” he said. round on Tuesday afternoon, but it was only one Hrnciar said the team’s biggest challenges CU Sports Information
were the super-fast greens and taking big numbers on certain holes. Sophomore Cullen Stahl rose up the overall leader board to card a 220 for 8th place to lead the Aggies, finishing seven strokes behind Midwestern State’s Derek Oland, who won the overall individual title. Stahl said he has been motivted to improve on his gameplay. “I haven’t been playing up to my own expectations, but just working on getting better,” he said. “It’s a team game, and I try to stay focused any way to lead my team. We have been struggling as a group, but we are so close to being unstoppable.” Junior Bradley Ferrell had Cameron’s second best score with a 228, tying in at 21st place. Junior Dylan McClure improved as the tournament progressed, carding a 233, while senior Michael Kelly declined a stroke in each round to finish in 52nd place with 237 points. Junior Zeb Littlefield had his best day on Monday, rounding out the Aggie five with a 239. Sophomore Justin Jang who played as a medalist for Cameron placed ninth overall with a 222. Hrnciar expressed his concern about the Aggies’ performance in the game and the need for the team to improve for future plays. “I feel disappointed that we have not positioned ourselves very well regionally or nationally,” he said. “We are not competing at the level that we are capable of, and we have to do so
starting this next trip, or we will have troubles making it to the national championship.” St. Edward’s won the overall men’s team title with 870 points, finishing 16 strokes preceding MSU.
Women’s golf coach Rick Goodwin said the weather affected the Lady Aggies’ performance, but the team needs to improve. “We battled some strong winds today, but we have some work to do as a group,” Goodwin said. “This tournament is going to hurt us in the rankings, and with the week off, it gives us some time here to focus on what we need to fix.” Sophomore Alexis Thompson was the highest scorer for the Aggie golfers, carding a 159 and placing 19th overall. Junior Jacqueline Strickland was Cameron’s second highest finisher with a 159, finishing in 27th place, and Senior Lindsey Alexander was four strokes back of Strickland and placed 39th overall. Freshman Katie Johnston, last week’s overall winner at the Lions Invitational, placed 56th with a 169, and Senior Kaylee Johnson-Wickham concluded with a 176. Senior Aleesha Holden led Cameron’s individual medalists with a 174. Junior Candice Swartz carded a 181, and freshman Bailey Brown a 187. Dallas Baptist was the team winner, leading with 606, finishing seven strokes ahead of MSU.
Aggie baseball steals three from ENMU Charlene Belew
Climpson and pinch hitter Matt Nilmeyer. The Greyhounds scored five more runs in the top of the fifth Sports Editor inning, raising the score 11-3. These would be the last points that The Aggie baseball team went head to head with Eastern New ENMU would score during the game. Mexico University during four games over a three-day stretch. It was in the bottom of the seventh when Cameron attempted The games were held from March 21-23 on the McCord Field. to combat the eight-run lead that ENMU held. The strong rally The Black and Gold took home three wins against the brought in 16 runs in the last two innings for the Black and Gold. Greyhounds. Head baseball coach Todd Holland said that In the bottom of the seventh, six scores were made. Climpson although they lost one game throughout the weekend, the three singled through leftfield, allowing right fielder Tobin Mateychick wins are still a huge success for him and his team. to reach home plate. Following this, Nilmeyer stole second base “The game we lost, we [still] pitched good enough to [manage] while Climpson stole home. a no hitter. We just couldn’t push a run across. It wasn’t the Shortstop Kas Sanders doubled down the left field line, greatest of hitting conditions this weekend; it bringing two players, Hardzog and Nilmeyer, into was cold [and] the wind was blowing straight in. “You could see the score. Pinch hitter Cody Knight then singled into But then the next game we go out and score four center field, bringing in the last two players, Sanders panic in Eastern and Raidy, of the seventh inning. This tallied the right away,” Holland said. In the final game, Cameron walked away with New Mexico’s score at 11-9, leaving CU with a two-point deficit. a 19-11 win, a triumph for the Aggies. CU came Holland said that the Aggie’s comeback was eyes.” back from an eight-run deficit in the bottom of strong and made their competitors fearful of losing Todd Holland the seventh and eighth innings when they scored their lead. Head baseball coach 16 points to win the game. “We just had a couple good at bats. Instead of Holland said that maintaining the excitement going through five pitch innings or six pitch innings, and keeping the intensity up during the seventh and eighth we made them throw strikes and we made them get us out innings were the keys to breaking ENMU’s lead on the Aggies. instead of getting ourselves out,” he said. “Then, when we got to “You could tell their pitchers were getting tired and kind of 11-9, you could see the panic in Eastern New Mexico’s eyes.” worn down. So I was like ‘hey, keep on them, keep on them, The rally continued on into the bottom of the eighth; it was keep on it,’” Holland said. “The first four innings we really didn’t here that the Aggies stole the game in its entirety after scoring 10 really do much of a threat then all of a sudden it started nipping more runs. at them and chipping away. Then we just kept scoring and scoring To start the bottom of the eighth, Climpson scored, unearned, and scoring and scoring.” when Raidy reached first base on an error by the shortstop. ENMU led the top of the first inning with five runs. CU Following this, Nilmeyer and Hardzog both scored when scored one point in the bottom of the second when second Sanders and Knight were walked by ENMU. To continue into baseman Kaden Hardzog hit a fly out to centerfield. Because of the eighth inning, Raidy scored when Mateychick reached first this, first baseman Brad Blumer was able to reach home plate. on an error by the shortstop. Blumer also reached first on an In the top of the fourth, the Greyhounds scored, unearned, error by the shortstop, allowing Mateychick to advance to second, bringing the game to 6-1. However, in the bottom of the fourth, Knight to advance to third, and Sanders to score. the Black and Gold brought in two scores by leftfielder Jordan Then, Knight scored when Climpson singled into left field.
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Hey batter: Tobin Mateychick winds up for a pitch. The Aggies faced ENMU on March 21-23 at home. When Nilmeyer went to bat, he also singled into left field, allowing Climpson to advance to second while Blumer and Mateychick both scored. To end the game, Hardzog doubled down the left field line, batting in Nilmeyer and Climpson, bringing the score 19-11 after a 16 point rally. Holland said that this 16 score rally was a turning point in the season for his team. “They were excited,” Holland said. “They were jumping up and down. It was really a good win for us.”