Collegian T he Cameron University
Monday, December 3, 2012
Volume 87 Issue 9
CU Men travel to Kingsville for conference play.
Photos by Tiffany Martinez
Page 6 Basketball:
CU Women faces OPSU at Aggie Gym Nov. 20.
Appointed officials: Elizabeth Grooms and Heather King were recently elected as the treasurer and president-elect respectively of the Oklahoma chapter of the National Association of Development Education. They were appointed at the annual OKADE conference in Tulsa.
Faculty elected to state positions Tiffany Martinez News Editor
Two educators in the CU Department of English and Foreign Languages were recently elected to state leadership positions in the Oklahoma chapter of the National Association of Developmental Education. The two faculty members, Elizabeth Grooms and Heather King, have taken on the roles of treasurer and
president-elect of OKADE, respectively. According to OKADE’s official website, the association provides statewide opportunities for those educators providing excellence to all higher education students. The association was founded in 1994, with a main focus of promoting developmental education; however, the group also provides scholarship opportunities to Oklahoma
students and networking outlets for Oklahoma educators. The instructors were appointed to be officers at the annual OKADE conference, which was held at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, during the last weekend of October. The conference gathered approximately 150 educators from the fields of writing, math and reading. According to King, the location of OKADE’s annual
statewide conference varies, and Cameron is set to host the conference of 2013. “Instructor Grooms and I presented a PowerPoint presentation highlighting Cameron and the Lawton area to the attending conference members,” she said. “The presentation was a big hit. There is great anticipation among the member of OKADE to visit Cameron University.” Instructor King explained
that her greatest responsibility as president-elect is the task of planning and organizing this upcoming conference, but it is not her only responsibility. “I also now serve on the executive committee for OKADE which makes leadership decisions regarding the organization,” she said, “and next year I will take over as President of OKADE.” See FACULTY Page 2
Forensics team continues successful tradition Thanksgiving: Students and faculty staying in Lawton receive a meal for the holidays.
Holidays: This time of year does not always bring about holiday joy and cheer.
Collins said she was nervous about the transition, Staff Writer but that the team had helped Cameron University’s her to make it to go much Speech and Debate team’s smoother than she had took first in Overall anticipated. Sweepstakes Nov. 10, at the “I feel very good about Rowdy Aggie Classic hosted the progress that they’ve at Texas A&M University. made, especially with the The team underwent a new members, with their change at the beginning of the willingness to try new things,” semester when Sarah Collins, Collins said. “It’s been great. a Cameron alumna, became The environment that the the new Director of Forensics. returning members have Collins took over after Dr. created for them, I think it’s Daniel Schabot, the former been really good.” coach, took an Instructor Cameron’s team currently position at Lower Colombia boasts of 10 members, with College in Washington over half being newly introduced to the summer. the activity this semester. Collins was a member of Steven Haber, Daphne Cameron’s forensics team as a Orebaugh, Kynzie Pierce, student, winning Phi Kappa Bola Adams and Brooke Delta Nationals in Open Cochran all joined the team Parliamentary Debate in this fall. 2005. She was also one of only The team traveled to four nine All-Americans in the tournaments this semester, nation that year. consistently placing at all four.
Sophomore Communication major Zakariya Rajpari and Junior Communication major Skylar Williams enjoyed a successful semester in National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) debate, breaking consistently as a pair. They finished strong by taking first place at the Rowdy Aggie Classic. Williams said his sights were set on building up the team for future success. “Because of how young we are in terms of talent, we’re forced to focus more on the whole – the good of the team, sweeps points, winning tournaments, getting awards for Cameron – and less on individual and successive focus on events that we want to. “ See FORENSICS Page 2
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Hard at work: Zakariya Rajpari and teammate Skylar Williams prepare for upcoming debates. Williams and Rajpari placed first at the Rowdy Aggie Classic Nov. 10
CU honor society receives merit Sarah Brewer A&E Editor
Mediation: CU claims honors at annual mediation tournament.
Page 2 Gold Coders: Cameron places first at regional programming contest.
Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and most selective interdisciplinary collegiate honor society in the nation, has recognized the Cameron University chapter — Chi Eta Sigma — as a Chapter of Merit. The CU chapter received the Chapter of Merit award for the second consecutive year for excelling in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education in addition to engaging the community of scholars in service to others. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only
and is restricted to students with integrity, high ethical standards and who are ranked scholastically in the top of their class, regardless of field of study: the top 7.5 percent of second-semester university juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify for membership. Phi Kappa Phi counts more than 300 chapters in United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, but the CU chapter is one of 54 to receive this distinction for its endeavors in 2012. Chapters must apply and fulfill certain requirements in order to
become Chapter of Merit. According to current Chi Eta Sigma President and the Director of the Center for Writers Dr. Carolyn Kinslow, the CU chapter of the interdisciplinary honor society is pleased to have earned such an honor by following the procedures that were outlined for winning the award: the chapter received high marks from the honor society by holding annual initiation ceremonies, hosting lectures, and prompting members to apply for awards, fellowships and grants. “Everybody is proud of the fact that we were named a Chapter of Merit, and that we have fulfilled the requirements
for becoming one,” Dr. Kinslow said. “The fact that so few chapters achieve that bears out the fact that it takes some effort. It is certainly not impossible to do – it just requires being diligent about doing the things that make for a good chapter.” Dr. Kinslow said she credits the work that former president Professor Hyunsoon Whang had done to revitalize the CU chapter of the honor society. “It was under her leadership that we achieved that designation as a chapter of merit,” Dr. Kinslow said. “We will continue to work to be the kind of chapter that sets a good example.” Setting such an example
includes establishing a presence on campus and volunteering within the community. Dr. Kinslow cited one past service project that was intended to nourish the body and mind in tandem. “We had a grant two years ago, and we put books in the backpacks that are provided to Lawton Public Schools students who do not have sufficient food over the weekend,” Dr. Kinslow said. “We put books in those backpacks so that those students will have a book to call their own.” See MERIT Page 2
December 3, 2012
Mediation team excels at contest Lizzy Owoyemi Staff Writer
The Cameron University Mediation Team claimed honors and was named the Best First Year Team during the 13th Annual National Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament, an event the International Academy of Dispute Resolution sponsored, on Nov. 1 to 3, at the Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. According to Dr. Gary Kowaluk, a Criminal Justice assistant professor, the International ADR Society is a student-run organization established to create greater awareness of mediation and the impact it is having on the courts and the society. “Every school year, the International ADR selects a university where they want the competition to be held,” Dr. Kowaluk said. “It is opened to people interested in mediation across universities, not only Criminal Justice majors.” The CU Mediation team is focused on learning techniques of mediating conflicts, which can also be described as Conflict Resolution. The team does not only offer members the chance to participate in competitions, but also knowledge of a growing field for career opportunities. According to Elon Allen, a senior Criminal Justice major who is on the CU team, there are 15 students in the mediation class, but the competitions had three slot rosters with an alternate. “At our first national competition, it was myself; Lena Colon, who is also a senior; Steve Haber, a junior; and Patrick Zickefoose, also a junior,” Allen said. The competition dealt with conflict resolution, and the roles consisted of a mediator, an advocate and a client. During the third round, each team member took on a part and was judged according to the role played. Allen said the team placed third nationally in the Mediation competition and fourth nationally in the Client/ Advocacy competition. “Individually, I received All American Mediator Honors as
Picture courtesy of Elon Allen
Team Effort: CU Mediation Team members Steven Haber, Lena Colon, Elon Allen and Associate Professor, Dr. Gary Kowaluk (L-R) pose for a picture. The team was named the Best First Year Team during the tournament. fifth best Mediator out of all who mediated,” Allen said. “As a team, we came in third overall in mediation and fourth in Advocate/Client team. I guess there were over 130 mediators.” Allen said that the knowledge of conflict resolution will give him an edge in the laborforce and teach him to solve both small problems and international disagreements. “Now that I am in the knowing of mediation and conflict resolution, possibilities are endless,” he said. “Whether it is helping to solve small disputes to avoid going to court, or
helping come up with treaties and resolutions between warring nations, it is all the same idea clearly on different playing fields.” According to Allen, there are two more International Mediation competitions for the school year, which will be held in Dubai and Dublin. “We are waiting to see if we will be invited to participate in either of the two competitions,” he said. “Hopefully, we will be able to participate and get CU out there more intentionally.”
“Gold Coders” tops contest Sarah Brewer
Photo courtesy of Dr. Chao Zhao
Three Cameron University students won first place in the scripting section — placing third overall — of the 2012 South Central USA Regional Programming Contest, a subsection of the Association of Computer Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest. Known to their competitors as the “Gold Coders,” senior Computer Science majors Marius Lipka and Nitesh Verma, together with senior Physics major James O’Doherty, huddled around a single computer to crack a series of real-world problem statements — statements that required algorithmic solutions written in Python and C++ programming languages — within five hours. The CU students went against 21 teams from universities that offer only undergraduate programs in computer science. The competition is the oldest collegiate programming contest in the world, drawing more than 30,000 participants from over 2,200 universities in 85 countries. According to Associate Professor Feridoon Moinian, one of the coaches who provided guidance and accompanied the students to the competition, the victory
Breaking the code: CU students Nitesh Verma, Marius Lipka and James O’Doherty get ready to crack programming codes. The group, known to their competition as the “Gold Coders,” won first place in the contest. at the ACM ICPC gauges how well the CU Computing and Technology Department compares to similar programs at other universities. “As academics, faculty and teachers, we often wonder how the quality of or program compares to bigger schools in the country,” Moinian said. “The fact that they did so well against big-name schools in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana is a testament to the quality of the program and the caliber of students we have in our program, and it is very rewarding to me.” Verma said the team was not surprised by the difficulty of the problems they encountered, but he emphasized how other factors affected the outcome of the competition. “Nothing seemed like it
was something we had never seen before, but looking at our different parts — somebody is purely good at math, somebody is really good at coding, and somebody is really logical when solving problems — all of the problems comprise different levels we have to put together,” Verma said. “We solved as many we could, but in a few cases it required some luck to get it all right.” Each incorrect solution that was submitted was assessed a time penalty, and the team that solved the most problems in the fewest attempts and the lowest cumulative time was declared the winner. “We solved one [one of the problem statements] from the ones that were judged completely correct in the main competition,” Lipka said, “but
FACULTY continued from Page 1
“This is my sixth year as a teacher,” she said. “I have participated in professional organizations such as the Georgia Association of Educators, the Alabama Association of Educators, and the National Council of Teachers of English, but this is my first leadership position in a professional organization. I view it as a challenge and a great opportunity to grow in my field.” Grooms, an instructor of first year composition classes, considers her OKADE treasury position a first-time experience as well. “Although I have hands-on business experience in accounting, I have not held a position in a state organization like OKADE,” she said. “I am both delighted and excited to have been presented this opportunity.” The duties of her new OKADE position will include organizing, reviewing and analyzing the association’s budget. “I am responsible for the organization’s purse strings,” she said. “Anything having to do with finances and associated records will be in my charge.” Both instructors maintain that teaching is their profession as well as their passion — giving them another reason why to feel fortunate to have been elected to leadership positions within this educational organization.
in the scripting competition we finished everything.” Since the teammates are supposed to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds and build software systems using one computer throughout the competition, relying on each other to reach the correct solution was essential. The individual members of the Gold Coders first began practicing together after a series of contests held in the 2012 spring semester scheduled to recruit members for the ACM team. O’Doherty said he thinks the team would have advanced further in the competition if they had been able to schedule more practice sessions together. “Our biggest weakness as a team was simply a lack of experience in terms of working
with each other and being able to take a problem or a set of problems and dividing the work amounts ourselves that would be best suited toward our individual strengths,” O’Doherty said. “In fact, afterward we found out that we had completely overlooked the easiest problem that everyone else jumped on and solved first.” However, O’Doherty said he hopes their performance at this competition this year encourages other students here to participate with him when he enters the programming contest next year. “I think it would raise the bar in terms of students’ expectations and what they want for themselves,” O’Doherty said. “That, and I would like to have some good team members for next year.”
FORENSICS continued from Page 1 “We’re all doing a little bit more work, but it’s all for the good of the team. The work we’re putting in this year is giving us some good potential for the years to come.” The team concluded the semester by hosting their annual Christmas Classic tournament on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Williams said despite the difficulties that come with transitioning to new leadership, Collins had proven herself to be a hard-working coach. “At the end of the day, Sarah is a fantastic coach who
works really hard to make sure the team has what it needs to be successful,” Williams said. Junior Communication major and Phi Kappa Delta Representative Cameron Brewer agreed with William’s
MERIT continued from Page 1 In addition to meeting the requirements for receiving the Chapter of Merit award, Chi Eta Sigma invites students to present their scholarly work, read from their creative writing, and speak about their study abroad and conference experiences during coffeehouse meetings. Dr. Kinslow said these activities not only align with the values that Phi Kappa Phi espouses, but such work also encourages more people to engage in the life of the mind. She also said she finds fellowship and support among her peers and colleagues in the honor society. “The faculty members who are involved in Phi Kappa Phi are the ones I also go to talk about things that are interesting in our field or in their field,” Dr. Kinslow said. “Invariably, they are the people who serve as good examples for those who are interested in sustaining intellectual curiosity and intellectual inquiry.” With these contributions, Dr. Kinslow said she thinks the CU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi can renew fervor for such academic pursuits and leave a lasting impact. “The motto of Phi Kappa Phi is ‘let the love of learning rule humanity,’” Dr. Kinslow said. “If everyone really did that, it would be a wonderful thing.” assessment. “I would say that my measure of a good coach is my willingness to default to the decision making when it comes my performance,” Brewer said. “I would say that when Sarah makes a decision, I generally believe it is the same decision I would make. I feel very confident in her decision making.”
December 3, 2012
December 3, 2012
Education key for cultural diversity
Teewhy Dojutelegan News Editor
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As an African student living in the United States, I sometimes feel amazed by how innocently misinformed people can be. In my experience, there are usually two types of people: those who laugh at and are embarrassed to be associated with other cultures and those who respect and try to learn more about cultures not similar to theirs. Many international students, including myself, have been asked several questions about our home countries. Often, these questions are so hilarious to me that I have to keep myself from laughing and other times, the questions are insulting. A friend was once asked if he had wild animals for pets at home. Being new in the United States and feeling insulted, he answered, “Do cowboys still fight indians?” Many times, I felt my continent was being ridiculed due to certain questions I was asked. Africa may be poor, it might be underdeveloped with wide spread corruption and bad governance, but it is certainly not as a lot of people think. It is not a jungle, or a desert as many people presume it to be. It is a continent with 54 states, all of which have cities with skyscrapers and paved roads. Over the years, I have been asked questions to
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which I have decided to start replying with sarcastic answers. This is to allow for personal deducing. So far, most people have still not been able to separate sarcasm from truth. Questions for the jungleborn international student: “Do you have giraffes walking down the street?“ “Yeah, their poop signifies blessings on the land.” “Do you have tree houses in Africa?“
“Actually, yes. My dad owns a gigantic one.” “When did you learn to speak English?“ “The airport.“ “Are y’all really hungry in Africa, they keep asking us to send money to y’all?” “Yep, can’t you see how skinny I am?” “Do you know Nelson Mandela?” “Yes, he’s my Dad’s uncle’s younger brother’s third cousin twice married to my aunt’s nephew’s little
sister.“ “Can you speak African?” “(Make clicking sound) Satisfied?” “How did you get to the US?” “I swam. Africans are great athletes.” “Do y’all wear designer clothes in Africa or do you buy them when you get here?” “Not really. There are no designer clothing stores in Africa. We can’t afford them. “ This is my best one; “Do
you ride lions to school?” “Yeah, my dad owns a pride of lions. We feed them milk, shave their claws and incisors and then, they then act like big cats.” After learning about media literacy, I softened a lot, understanding that the questions that I am asked are justified since the media portrays Africa as just one big jungle. Many non-nationals, like myself, have fun listening to people describe our cultures the way they see it. America is one of the world’s most diverse melting pots. As a global country, its citizens need to be educated that there are other cultures outside of its boundaries. There is a need to teach the growing generation about respect for the culture of other people. It is safe for me to say in a few years, in every 10 American children growing up; at least two will have their roots from another country. In a few years, knowing about other places and cultures would be an important part of citizenship as tolerance of other cultures would be integral not only in the work place but also in our daily lives. We need to start learning to respect and tolerate other cultures, as this would go a long way in not just preventing conf licts but also preserving our own cultures, values and morals.
‘Tis the season to be greedy two people were shot over a parking space in Florida outside of a Wal-Mart, a line-cutter had a gun pulled on him in San Antonio after punching another customer in the face and workers from Wal-Marts across the nation decided to picket the store for beginning their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving. In short, things got ridiculous fast, and no one found Tyler Boydston themselves truly prepared for the onslaught of Sports Editor craziness that ensued. The holidays are So, where do we go now upon us. With from here? Personally, all Thanksgiving (and the ever the people who partake infamous Black Friday) in Cyber Monday make a over and done with, we find lot more sense than those ourselves looking ahead willing to put themselves to Christmas, when gifts in harm’s way for the Wii and greed are abundant. U (as awesome as it may However, the holiday be, I would rather not find seasons have turned us as myself in a fist fight to get a society into a terrible, one). monstrous group of people The responses to willing to punch out and Black Friday from small destroy anyone in the way of businesses and online our getting the hottest gifts. sellers have been quite My experiences with extraordinary. In fact, Black Friday began four I participated in Small years ago while waiting Business Saturday this year, in line at 5 a.m. for a gift despite my aversion to being I was supposed to get for in public in the three days my nephew. While waiting following Thanksgiving. in the line for four hours, If I were to suggest I noticed that things were anything, it would be to not well. With 15 minutes find other routes (like the before the time for sales ones I have so far suggested) to start, a fellow customer instead of going to big ripped off the plastic retail chains and getting in surrounding the mp3 the crosshairs of a frenzy players, and all hell broke of wicked customers all loose. looking for the same things. One customer was Black Friday and the punched in the face that weekend post-Thanksgiving year, but that was not the are only the start, though. worst that happened. With Christmas in the near This year, I managed to future, going out in public avoid Black Friday, and I is just a scary venture when am more than just a little looking for anything to buy proud about that fact. This your best friends or family year featured violence across members for the holidays. the nation, all in the name Speaking as a man who of not entirely good deals: used to work in retail, the
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most people I saw shopping were on the last two days leading up to Christmas. With fewer and fewer things available as everyone continues to buy out the stores, customers become more and more infuriated when they find out that whatever they are looking for is not available any more. So, with all of this in mind, I think what we all need to learn is that the holidays are not a time for gifts. Sure, gifts are
exchanged and given during the season, but they are not the focus. Despite the fact that some friends of mine became annoyed with my posts on Facebook during November about the many things I am thankful for, I still strongly believe that the holiday season should be about being thankful. The holiday season is about the bonds we have with one another, about the many great things within our lives and about happiness
in general. It sounds cheesy, but that is what I believe the holidays should be about. We should not spend our time bickering and fighting over stupid gaming systems and gifts while in long lines at Wal-Mart, but should instead focus on the things we already have and the people we have in our lives. If we can just start to do that, then maybe all the craziness from the Black Friday sales will cease. Happy holidays, everyone.
December 3, 2012
CU Band closes semester with fall concert Teewhy Dojutelegan
so that some of my Music Education people may know the literature that they need to know when they graduate.” News Editor Couch said the band this year has done better than The Cameron University Music Department will relieve previous years. the stress of finals week when it hosts its annual Fall “The band has improved a lot over the last couple of Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the University years,” he said. “They are very willing to take on more Theatre. difficult literature and roles.” According to Assistant Professor Dr. Roy Couch, the According to Dr. Couch, the band has been working conductor, the concert will consist of music that will hard to prepare for the Fall concert. interest both audience members and performers. “We have been practicing for close to two months,” “I put a lot of time and thoughts into how I chose the he said. “We had time off for both fall break and music,” Dr. Couch said. “I wanted to put together an Thanksgiving, but we have had a fair amount of time to entertaining program that both the listeners and players put this concert together.” will enjoy.” The concert will open with “Triumphal Ode for He also said he included a Spanish piece so as to Military Band,” written by American composer Howard familiarize his students with the literature. Hanson. The piece is from his earliest work as a musician. “The music is a mix of wind band literature written for A more contemporary work will follow when the band a wind band,” he said. “I try to put in some Spanish there performs ‘The Echo Never Fades” by David R. Gillingham.
The band will then play “Festal Scenes,” a work by contemporary Japanese composer Yasuhide Ito; the piece uses four Japanese folk songs and two percussion instruments. John Fannin’s piece, “A Winter’s Dawn,” will follow. According to Couch, this piece conveys winter scenes with bells, chimes and other percussion instruments. Next, the band will play “Symphony No. 4 for Winds and Percussion” by Andrew John Boysen, Jr. Couch said he will follow this four-movement masterwork with “Glenbury Grove” by Julie Giroux. The titular location is the “fictional and non-fictional place, deep in the woods” where the composer calls home. Finally, the concert will close with “Festivo,” a work of award-winning English composer Edward Gregson. Admission to the event is $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and free to CU students, staff and faculty with a university ID.
Student Housing sets table for Thanksgiving dinner James Meeks
dinner possible by sending time in the kitchen instead Staff Writer of returning home to their family and friends. Cameron University “All of the RAs are Student Housing held a volunteering tonight, as well Thanksgiving dinner for as the Sodexo staff that would residents on Nov. 19 at the normally be in the cafeteria.” Shepler Ballroom. Horn said. The holiday feast allowed Senior Resident Assistant students who could not AJ Adenuga organized the return home for the holidays feast. He said a total of 100 a chance to celebrate by eating students came to eat turkey traditional Thanksgiving and ham 15 minutes before dishes and desserts with their the feast began. friends and neighbors. Adenuga has been Shawna Horn, Graduate volunteering to serve dinner Hall Director of Student since becoming an RA two Housing, believes that this dinner builds bonds between years ago. Although this is his last year as an RA, it is CU residents each year. also his first year in charge of “We have some students leading the festivities. that do not really go home “We had to register the for Thanksgiving, whether event, get the menu set, get that would be that their international or out of state,” an approximate amount of people that are coming Horn said. Photo by James Meeks and get all the tables and According to Horn, decorations set,” Adenuga Resident Assistants helped Bring on the feast: Resident Assistants serve Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to resident students. said. make the Thanksgiving Student Housing also invited faculty and police and their families to celebrate the holiday and enjoy a meal together.
December 3, 2012
Women’s basketball rise against OPSU Tyler Boydston
end of the season.” Webb said the team has Sports Editor yet to play any sets, as they are currently working on The Cameron University more freeform games. women’s basketball team “We really haven’t run played and won against any sets this year,” Webb Oklahoma Panhandle State said. “We let them play a University on Nov. 20 at lot of freelance basketball. home in the Aggie Gym We’re trying to teach them after falling to East Central how to play so they won’t University Nov. 15. rely on plays.” The first home game of According to coach the season against ECU Webb, the team’s capacity ended with a loss for the for growth can be met Aggies with a final score of through the retention of 46–78. concepts and their ability Point leaders on CU’s to work together, as well team included junior as being a more aggressive Hannah Pollart with 13 team. points and six rebounds, “If our team can and junior Lacy Reinke understand and retain with nine points and six concepts, then that will be rebounds. really good at the end of the According to women’s year,” Webb said. “They just head basketball coach Tom have to continue to increase Webb, the team had defense their learning curve. They’re trouble during the game really close right now, and against ECU. Photo courtesy of Sports Information that helps a ton. They’re “East Central played competitive. They have a extremely fast, and we Aggie Action: Junior Hannah Pollart fends off a player from Oklahoma Panhandle State University during struggled in defensive their game Nov. 20. The Aggies’ next home game will be against Eastern New Mexico University on Dec. 12. chance to be really, really good. We need to get better transition,” Webb said. “I helped to show the team’s improvement on things that “We played really good at defensive transition think it helped us in the fact that ended in an Aggie victory of 66-50. improvement after their we needed to work on. We competition,” Webb said. and being more physical. that we learned from that. Senior Alexis Williams previous games of the minimized turnovers, which “What that does is help you We also need to push the If they’ll do that all year, it joined Reinke and Pollart season. was big, and some shots fell. to realize where you are. basketball harder and be doesn’t matter if you win or to be the top three scorers “The game against We need some more shots We need to know what we more aggressive.” lose. Every game is going to of the game. Reinke scored Oklahoma Panhandle was to fall, because when they need to work on. We need The women’s basketball help you get better if you big,” Webb said. “Number do, life is easier.” to know what our strengths team’s next home game will just learn from the mistakes 15 points and had seven one, our team needed According to coach and weaknesses are so we be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 you made the night before.” rebounds in the match, while Pollart and Williams reinforcement that they’re Webb, the first four games can focus on those. I know at the Aggie Gym against Five days later, the both scored 12 points each. capable, and a win does of the season have helped no one wants to be one and Eastern New Mexico Aggies welcomed Oklahoma Coach Webb said that for them. Number the team focus on what they three, but as a whole at least University. Panhandle State University two, I think we saw some need to improve on. we know where we are at the to the Aggie Gym in a game the game against OPSU
Men’s basketball faces loss to Texas A&M Kingsville Matthew Berberea Managing Editor
The Cameron University men’s basketball team traveled to Texas A&M Kingsville to kick off their Lonestar Conference schedule Nov. 28. The Aggies were coming off a previous road trip to Kingsville for the Kingsville Classic where they were victorious over Bacone College, 75-60, but came up short against McMurry University, 56-76. Cameron came out of the gates strong early and found themselves with a 22-15 halftime lead, but it was not enough as the TAMUK Javelinas rallied back to spoil the conference opener for the Aggies, 48-56. The first half started as planned for the Aggies as the jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead behind a threepointer from Junior guard Craig Foster. CU continued to pile it on as Foster buried another shot from behind the arc and grew the Aggies
lead to 12-4 with 13:25 to play in the half. The Javelinas would not go down quietly and battled back with a 7-0 run midway through the half to pull the game even at 13 points each. Cameron Head Coach Wade Alexander called a timeout and his boys responded well as Foster once again nailed a three and the Aggies went on a 9-2 run to end the half with a 22-15 lead. In the first half the Aggies were led on offense by Foster who went 3-4 from deep and scored nine points in the half. On the boards, junior guard Jonathan Patino led the way with five rebounds at the halfway mark. The 15 points allowed in the half marked the lowest first half total given up by the Aggies since Nov. 27, 2010, when the Aggies held Tarleton State to a mere 14 points at half. The Aggies were unable to carry their strong defensive effort into the
second half as the Javelinas came out strong and went on a 12-4 run to open the final 20 minutes of play. With that, TAMUK took their first lead of the game, 26-27, with 14:02 to play in the contest. From there both teams traded buckets and the score remained within one until the Javelinas were able to gain a seven point advantage behind three straight field goals from Jamahl Brown, who led TAMUK on the night with 20 points going 7-15 from the field and 4-6 from the charity stripe. The rest of the game was decided by a series of runs from each team as the Black and Gold once again battled back and pulled the game within one point, 39-38 after a Foster three and a layup from redshirt-junior forward Trevor Smith. At the end of the night the Javelinas proved to be too strong in front of their home crowd and they pulled away and ultimately came out on top with a 48-56 over
the Aggies. Turnovers plagued CU as the Aggies had a 17 to 10 turnover to assist ratio for the night. Neither team found an advantage on the glass as each squad finished with 38 rebounds however the Aggies did hold a significant advantage on the offensive glass out rebounding the Javelinas 1710 in that department. Craig Foster finished with a season-high 20 points going 6-11 from three-point range and 2-2 from the freethrow line. Foster however registered zero assists and four turnovers. Foster was followed by junior guard Tim Johnson who finished with nine points and four assists. Patino led the Aggies in rebounds with seven despite seeing only 25 minutes of f loor time. Photo courtesy of Sports Information Additional information on CU men’s basketball Going for the goal: Senior Andrew Thomas fights for and all Cameron athletics a goal against Southwestern Adventist University in their may be found at www. game Nov. 11. The team won their game against SAU, cameronaggies.com. but later fell to Texas A&M Kingsville 48-56 Nov. 28.
Published on Dec 3, 2012