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Monday, February 13, 2006
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Volume 79 Issue 17
LaMonica and Crisp crowned By Collegian Staff
Volunteers feed the body and the spirit.
Informing the Cameron Family Since 1926
On Wednesday, the Aggie Gym was the place to be. The lights were dim and music filled the air. Excitement grew as the basketball, cross country, golf, softball, tennis and volleyball teams were introduced. Students and faculty yelled and applauded in support of their teams, and the Homecoming nominees were introduced, with enthusiastic cheers greeting each nomination. The 2006 Cameron University Homecoming pep rally was well underway. Program Activities Council co-chairs Blake Red Elk and Frank Myers emceed the event and passed out door
prizes ranging from Arvest Bank hats and salon hair products to a DVD player and an MP3 player. Teresa Silvas, RTV senior, won the DVD player. “I was actually at the rally for a school assignment,” she said, “but it was really exciting. It is great to see the Aggie pride on this campus – to see the students acting as one – passionate for the same goal!” At the Aggies basketball game later that evening, Homecoming winners were announced during halftime. Third-place runners-up were Kensie Klaunch, criminal justice senior, and Frank Myers, psychology senior. Second-place runners-up were Kara Morris, political science junior, and Aaron Russell, multi-media design
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senior. Taylor Crisp, criminal justice junior, was crowned Queen and Carlo La Monica, criminal justice senior was crowned King. Crisp said she was excited and honored by her selection.
LaMonica said he was pleased to be selected King this year. “It’s great. Since I lost by four votes last year, it was nice to win this year,” he said. “I graduate in May and this is a good step toward my future.”
Examining the ‘Human Animal Connection’ By Jessica Lane Collegian Staff
Gruesome murder in Holcomb, Kansas.
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Aggie spirit abounds, and the ladies bring it home.
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Man’s best friend includes a variety of species. Many people have a natural connection with them and invite them into their homes as pets. Other people take jobs that allow them to work with animals, while some rely on their four-legged friends to see the world. Justina Powers, assistant psychology professor instructs the “Human Animal Connection” seminar, which explores the bond that animals have with people and vice-versa. The course takes place two consecutive Saturdays every semester and is open to all students for a general education credit. Topics covered in the seminar include: the role of pets, pet therapy, service dogs, animals and language, emotion and animals, animal abuse, animal consciousness, and spaying and neutering. At the most recent seminar, held on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4., Powers also showed films about animal emotion and animal language. She also arranged an impressive group of guest speakers. Yvonne Johnson from the Humane Society spoke of the importance of spaying and neutering pets. She started her discussion with a quiz aimed at determining students’
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Polly want a cracker? Greg Marcom, business major, holds Lucy, a Yellownaped Amazon parrot during the seminar. Those attending examined the role of pets, therapy, service dogs, animals and language, emotion, abuse, animal consciousness, and spaying and neutering.
A new voice in the vocal music department By Kenny Scarle
Treats given and received: CU students reveal all.
knowledge on the subject: “Your Pet Overpopulation IQ.” The quiz revealed some surprising statistics. For instance, 4000 animals are euthanized in Lawton every year. Johnson said that the health and overpopulation risks could be reduced through responsible pet ownership and having pets spayed and neutered. For example, she said that dogs and cats that have not been spayed or neutered carry a higher risk of ovarian and testicular cancers. “It’s the kindest thing to do,” she said. Johnson also encouraged interested students to volunteer at the Humane Society. There are a wide range of jobs, some as simple as delivering pet food to pet owners who cannot afford it. Some may think that animal communication is all parroting. Christopher Keller, assistant professor of communication, brought one of his parrots to the seminar and discussed the relationship he and his wife have with the birds. Keller said that Lucy, a Yellow-naped Amazon, knows several words and phrases and can whistle the Star Wars theme, although she was too shy to speak for the class.
necessarily going to be happy in it. That was sound advice.” Collegian Staff McLean began her career teaching voice lessons to students in Fort Worth for three OU Cameron vocal instructor Sandy McLean years. From there, she went discovered her love for music to Louisiana to earn her from an atypical source: “Mr. Master of Music Education. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” “You don’t know how In 2000, McLean relocated to “I remember watching Mr. Norman and the University Rogers when I was really young,” far your influence on of Oklahoma (OU), teaching McLean said. “He always had someone is going to music appreciation for nonJohn Reardon, a vocalist from go.” majors and voice for three years, the Metropolitan Opera, on his an experience she found very show. I remember seeing that rewarding. and saying that its really neat to “In the music appreciation be able to do that.” — Sandy McLean class,” she said, “kids come in From then on, music became Vocal Instructor thinking they are going to hate it, her life. because they hate classical music, “My dad always told me ‘when and they think that is all its going you’re picking your career, pick to be. something that if you had to do “Inevitably, though, everybody leaves it for free, you would do it for free,’” McLean discovering music that they weren’t really aware said. “He told me that if you are just looking of – just kind of peripherally aware of. And for something only to make money, you’re not
they find a piece of music that they like and incorporate that into their life. So it is really exciting to see the progression that the students make.” In 2005, McLean began teaching at Cameron University. This is her second semester with the music department and the transition hasn’t been as much of a change as one might expect, coming from a larger university. “OU is a bigger school with a graduate degree program,” McLean said. “They have more [music] grad students there, so the caliber of the student in that respect is different. But with the undergraduates, I would say that there’s very little difference between the majority of the students at OU and here. I think everybody kind of comes in at the same place for his or her undergrad degree.” Aside from teaching, McLean still enjoys singing, whether in professional recitals or the occasional opera.
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News 2 SGA proposes bill to encourage academic honesty February 13, 2006
By Kenny Scarle Collegian Staff
To cheat or not to cheat? This is a question, ideally, that should never cross a student’s mind. But the reality is that it happens. That is one of the reasons the Cameron Student Government Association (SGA) has brought forth two pieces of legislation for deliberation. On Feb. 6, SGA Vice President Marcos Rivera and the Academic Integrity Committee proposed a statement of support and a resolution regarding student awareness of Cameron’s policies regarding academic integrity. According to Resolution 306005, a change would be made in the student handbook stating that if students are found guilty of academic dishonesty,
or cheating, as a first offense, and see the steps they need to instructors can reduce the grade take to fix it.” on the work and/or class to any The SGA addressed the issue of differentiating group work extent, even failure or forced withdrawal from class. For a from academic dishonesty. second offense, an “FF” will be “We all have lab classes, like recorded on in physical the student’s science,” Rivera said. “We work transcript, indicating a together and failing grade “We want to discourage your instructor for the class sees you and cheating, and find ways and a notation your classmate to be fair, just and helpful with the of academic for the students.” dishonesty. same answers “We want and you are legislation automatically — Marcos Rivera failed. But that is in favor SGA Vice President when one of of students,” Rivera said. you is working “We want to and the other discourage recording data, cheating, that wouldn’t and find ways to be fair, just and be considered cheating. Which helpful for the students; to help instructors allow group work them to see what they did wrong and which don’t? It’s very hard to
define.” The second piece of legislation defines academic integrity and makes it mandatory for students to sign a statement acknowledging their compliance with the mandate. “The statement of support is two-fold,” Rivera said. “The first part is a definite statement of what academic integrity is – a clear definition. And students will have something to sign saying they agree to this. He said the new legislation, if implemented, will be wellpublicized. “The second part is to put this information in the syllabi as part of CU policy,” he said. “Instructors will be required to have an addendum detailing the consequences of abusing academic integrity. It will also be placed in the student handbook.” According to the statement
of support, academic integrity encompasses five values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. It is the foundation on which the student-instructor relationship is established. If students are made aware of the exact boundaries, there will be no room for debate when it comes to a question of educational honesty. Rivera said this information must be made readily available, as the rest of statement of support endorses. “That’s why it will be put in the syllabi,” Rivera said, “so the students will know to go to the syllabus, instead of being completely lost. They can also check in their handbook; it will be in there as well.” The legislation will be presented to the Student Government for a second reading at the meeting today.
CONNECTION continued from page 1 Keller said that Lucy speaks in context-specific phrases. For instance, if Lucy wants a cookie or a nut, she will specifically state which one she wants. He allowed students to hold the amiable Lucy, demonstrating another phrase she knows: “step up,” which signaled her to climb aboard a hand. Guest speaker Vickie Tompkins surprised some students when she brought her therapy dog in training, Titus, a Rottweiler. Tompkins acknowledged that Rottweilers have unfairly received a nasty reputation. “When an animal has a bad reputation, it’s probably because they’ve been taunted or abused,” she said. Titus walked around the class stopping for anyone who would pet him while Tompkins talked about dog training and her work in dog therapy. A teacher’s pet at heart, Titus really hit it off with Powers. Tompkins said that therapy dogs are helpful to a variety of people. Examples include prisoners, people with mental illnesses, AIDS, mental retardation or physical disabilities and those in hospice care. She gave tips on dog training, especially discipline, and said the easiest way to train a dog is with gentleness. “They should never be afraid of this,” she said, holding up her hand. Kaye Love, student support services counselor, brought in her leader dog, Holly, to discuss Leader Dogs for the Blind. She showed a brief film about the program, which provides leader dogs to those who are eligible.
Love talked about her own experience when she went to the headquarters in Michigan where she was required to learn how to use a leader dog before she could receive one. Love talked about the feeling of anticipation as she waited in her room for the sound of a jingling collar and nails clicking on the linoleum. Holly’s services are not limited to those of a leader dog; Love said that Holly really helps break the ice with the new students she works with, but that Holly tends to expect a treat per visitor. In addition to dog therapy, students also learned about horse therapy. The class visited the Giddy Up ‘N Go ranch which provides horse therapy for children who have mental or physical disabilities. According to Powers, horse therapy works exceptionally well with children who are autistic. Nancy Arntz, president of Giddy Up ‘N Go, said she believes it gives the horses a purpose as well. Arntz demonstrated how to groom the horses and then turned the grooming kits over to students, who were allowed to groom and pet the horses. The program is not free, but Arntz said, “We never turn away someone over a dollar sign.” She encouraged students interested in volunteering to contact her. Ann Buchanin, from the Lawton Animal Shelter, began her discussion with a focus on pet owner responsibility. “It’s not a right. It’s a responsibility and a privilege,” she said. Like Johnson, Buchanin
emphasized the importance of spaying and neutering as well as the significance of making sure all pets are tagged. She also discussed a simple vet procedure that injects microchips between a pet’s shoulder blades. The shelter is equipped with scanners to read the chips. Buchanin invited all students to come tour the shelter and to meet their African Sulcata tortoises and Sunshine, an albino Burmese Python. The students seemed to enjoy the course, commenting about how surprised they were that so much information could be fit into one seminar. Michael Fisher, a psychology senior, said, “It compelled and motivated me. I learned a lot in a short amount of time and got a lot of information that is very useful. It provided me with new horizons.” Powers is interested in starting an animal club on campus. Interested students may contact her at 581.2241 or at her office in Nance-Boyer, room 1003.
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February 13, 2006
Our Voice Collegian forum meant to be interactive In college, we write. In fact, one of the first things we are taught as college students, and perhaps even as high school students, is to be aware of our audience. What you write and how you write it depends upon whom you are writing for. At The Collegian our audience is you, our reader, and we want to write about what you want to read about. Do you like to be informed about interesting classes and workshops that you might not otherwise know about?
Makeover inspires attitude adjustment
’ve always been a fan of the ABC television program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The idea of making over my home struck a chord in me, and judging by the show’s success, it’s done the same in others. Shortly before the inception of that program, my husband and I inherited from his parents the home in which he grew up. It’s a nice country home with acreage, but I’m not kidding myself; the most enticing detail was that it came with neither a lease nor a mortgage. Of course, it was fully furnished and equipped with a lifetime of belongings, from antique furniture to antique bank statements (circa 1974). The house and its several storage sheds were chock full of ‘stuff.’ Add to that our own collection of ‘stuff ” and three boys, and one can imagine we were quite packed in. We planned from the Lisa Snider beginning to do some renovation. The sturdy old house is certainly well built, but lacks in closet space and a bedroom or two. Enter the era of “Extreme Makeover.” After a viewing few episodes of before and after video, I began Pavlovian salivation shortly before 7 p.m. every Sunday evening. It soon became apparent, however, that simply wanting your home rebuilt and decorated is not enough. In order to qualify for this sort of treatment, one needs a heart-wrenching story to go along with housing need. From daughters with rare sunlight allergies to fathers no longer able to ascend the staircase to the bedrooms, Ty and the gang have found solutions for families and have built those solutions into new homes. As we caught on to the requirements of being accepted as a family in need of renovation, we began to look at each other in a new way. Need a sob story, eh? Which of us might make the best sacrificial lamb? Hmmm… Nope. Short of “my husband’s parents died and left us this house that’s paid for, but not big enough,” we just don’t have a story worthy of such a makeover. The show has evolved a bit over the years. In the beginning they
renovated existing structures, but as producers figured out the potential in emotional pull, they began focusing more on the families’ stories and less on the actual re-design. I guess viewers let them know what they thought because soon they had a spin-off: “How’d They Do That?” In this Monday night follow-up to the Sunday evening program, the focus was on the renovation itself. That didn’t last long, and I think they’ve come back around to a happy medium. The family’s story is important, but viewers want to see what is done to the house as well. Somewhere along the evolution, they began to simply bulldoze what was there and start from scratch. This is where we began to see the large volunteer base. In bringing a larger portion of the focus to the construction crew and the community volunteers they’ve struck that balance between heartstrings and how-to. Last week the team from “Extreme Makeover” was in Bartlesville, Okla., to build a home for Danna White and her five children, according to a CNHI wire story. White’s husband John, who was the pastor of the Bluestem Baptist Church, died last April. Since the family had been living in the church’s parsonage, they found themselves without a home. Their church and the community raised funds for housing, but what they were able to purchase was quite inadequate. In this particular story, as well as others we’ve seen on the program, the people who have volunteered their time and services have spoken about what a blessing they received while helping such a deserving family. The volunteers for the Bartlesville build began with 200 and grew to over 1,500 by week’s end. That’s a large number of blessings. I haven’t volunteered on any of these builds; I’m certainly not a recipient of what they have produced. But I am moved by what I see on the program and what I’ve read about it. From my initial feelings of inspiration, to my hopes that someone would come along and rebuild us, to my jealousy that others were getting what I wish I had, to my appreciation that I am not troubled by the situations that these folks have found themselves in, I’ve begun to think of the program in a new way. I call it “Extreme Makeover: Attitude Edition.” Lisa is a creative writing senior from Duncan and the managing editor for The Collegian. Catch the Whites’ story on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when it airs in March.
Do you appreciate hearing about the accolades of the faculty and staff? Do you get a kick out of reading about accomplishments of students like yourself? The CU channels of communication make the first two fairly accessible, but for the latter, we need eyes and ears of the students, faculty and staff. We love to get tips on students doing exceptional things or who are making valuable contributions to our society. We’ve covered nationally
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recognized local artists and authors, entrepreneurs with some innovative products and a web designer who has worked professionally since he was 13. But we know that many stories have escaped our notice. The departments within the Cameron community are communities of their own, and much goes on within them. If you know of anyone with a story to tell, we would like to hear about it. We run personal columns that might push buttons for some. We’d like to hear from those who have other views. If you have news or an opinion to share, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us to write what you want to read.
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Diane King elementary education freshman “My boyfriend surprised me with a single rose after school and took me out for the day.” Danielle Ellison biology freshman “I got a little stuffed doggie that I have to this day.” Brett Carden business junior “I gave my ex-girlfriend a diamond ring.” Josh Thoma health/P.E. junior “I gave a dozen roses and a diamond necklace.” Kyle Jolliff elementary education freshman “Last year, I got this little fuzzy puppy dog from my girlfriend.” Weyodi Grandbergs broadcast junior “I got a set of amber jewelry – earrings and a necklace.”
Crossings dangerous for pedestrian traffic
et’s embark on just a five-minute walk from Cameron Village, Shepler or even the math building, paying keen attention to the pedestrian crossing. The sight is not a nice one at all. Drivers pay absolutely no attention to the crossings and the importance they play for pedestrians. I nearly got bumped into twice this semester while heading to morning classes; thank God I’m athletic and managed to dash for safety. No reflectors are installed for night crossings; no traffic lights are erected for safety. Can we not be protected from those who have no respect for the horizontally spaced line that we call “pedestrian crossing?” I am of the view that the area surrounding a school should be a safety zone for pedestrians. I guess my definition of school zone is a bit unpolished. Do drivers understand
safety regulations? It is clear that many are not concerned with those who walk to and Kareem Guiste through campus. This situation is one that should be given critical attention by the department of Public Safety. Is there more concern about the drivers than the pedestrians? Do we need a bridge be placed over all crossings, so those who do not drive, do not interfere with the busy drivers on campus? Kareem is a business and accounting sophomore from the Commonwealth of Dominica and assists with layout for The Collegian. Watch for him as you drive through pedestrian traffic.
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February 13, 2006
Students volunteer in soup kitchen By Petulah Olibert Collegian Staff
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Getting involved: Nadirah Renè, business sophomore, volunteers at a Cameron Campus Ministry soup kitchen. CCM participates in a variety of charities and student events.
Some students manage to put aside their busy schedules to brave unsheathed blades and naked fires—in the kitchen, that is. Every month Cameron Campus Ministry (CCM) spearheads a soup kitchen at the St. John’s Baptist Church where students volunteer their time and culinary skills to help make the charitable feeding program a success. Along with business junior Adrian Albert, foreign language senior Tahira Simmons, and finance senior Karim Sifflet, business sophomore Nadirah Renè volunteered at CCM’s latest soup kitchen held on Feb. 4. “I got to know about the soup kitchen from my roommate and I decided to get involved because I like helping out and participating in community service,” Renè said. “I’d done charity work before. The last was when I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and it felt good knowing that I had a hand in helping build a house for a family. “The soup kitchen had a similar effect. Many of the people who walked in seemed much less fortunate than I was and it felt good being able to help out because I could see that it made a
difference. “I would volunteer again. I don’t think it is too much to ask,” Rene said. “Being a volunteer is just a way to give of yourself for a small amount of your time. I see it as giving God a helping hand to do his work so it’s really no burden. One should never be too busy to help people out because you never know when the tables can turn and it may be you.” According to CCM Director Patrick McPherson, CCM has hosted soup kitchens for the past eight or nine years during each academic year. “We began and have maintained our involvement because we think it is a very special ministry for the people here in Lawton, and one in which we can participate easily. We want to work to help those who are at difficult times in their lives,” he said. “We think very highly of St. John’s Baptist Church and their ministry to lower-income families in the community and we just want to continue to a part of that ministry.” Since they’ve begun, McPherson says the ministry hasn’t run short on volunteers. With CCM’s Student Leadership Team (SLT) and the Students of
the Caribbean Alliance (SOCA) taking active participation, there are plenty of people to go around. “I think people should be encouraged to do whatever they can in the local community to reach out to people,” McPherson said. “We always need to work with those who are marginalized in our culture and I think this is one way to do it. “I’m hoping that every organization on campus would have some dimension to it which focuses on community outreach programs. I would encourage any organization to get involved. It doesn’t take too much time and it can be done with a modest budget, so it is a great thing to do.” CCM has taken part in may other charitable works, like Redemption Church, a ministry to people who have been incarcerated. It has also worked with Habitat for Humanity, Lawton Community Food Bank, youth programs and regional and international mission works. Activities for students include mission trips, bible studies, a variety of worship experiences, theological discussions and Espresso Yourself, an open mic coffeehouse.
Spring fashion, part one: men’s attire By Blake Red Elk
News Writing Student Disregard your calendars, spring is here. With designers and retail stores displaying the latest in spring fashion, it’s time to start thinking about the days of budding trees and warm afternoons. These are the top 10 trends in men’s fashion for the upcoming season. Seersucker: This relentlessly wrinkled fabric has been around for years but designers are starting to use it in unconventional ways. Look for a seersucker jacket for those days when you want to dress it up a little bit but can’t bear the heat of a wool blazer. The classic blue-and-white striped print still looks great in shorts and pants and can be found in many retail stores. The Polo: A staple in men’s wardrobe for years, this spring the polo is heading off the golf course and hitting the street. Stores like Dillard’s and Aèropostale offer polos that are in for 2006. The two-button or no-button polo is an updated version of the classic that looks great in bold stripes or intense solids. White deck shoes: Designers are putting these canvas slip-ons with everything from casual Tshirts and shorts to button down dress shirts and khakis. Skip the socks with these shoes to avoid a look that goes best with a pocket protector. Designer shoe labels
offer these shoes but you can also find them for under $7 at your local Wal-Mart. Henley shirts: This is a great shirt for casual spring fashion because of the versatility. Coming in a variety of fabrics, this shirt takes you from the classroom to an evening date. Look for the three-button version in every color at stores like American Eagle and Buckle. Baseball tees: In three-quarter length or short sleeve, the baseball tee might be carried out in spring and throughout the summer. Look for this shirt with ultrabright sleeve and a darker body to visually increase to size of your shoulders and narrow the waist. Old Navy carries great versions of this shirt under $13 that look good with cargo shorts or denim. Dark denim: With shredded denim on its way out, dark denim is ready to step forward as the jean fabric of choice this spring. Distressed looks and “whiskers” showing age are still in fashion but are much less severe than in past seasons. If you find yourself around a Target, look for Mossimo’s version of dark denim for under $30. Bootcut and loose-fit jeans are still top-sellers. Tapered leg denim, however, will never come back. Bold stripes: From polos to dress shirts, the more vivid the stripe, the better. Turquoise, red, orange and bright white come
together in vertical or horizontal stripes this year. All major stores will carry this trend so be on the lookout for your favorite retail store’s take on this spring trend. Also look for this in rugby style (a striped print with a white collar) shirts. White pants: Whether it is cotton khaki material or denim, white pants are hot this year. Pair it with a navy polo shirt to coincide with the nautical fashion theme this season or wear them with a pink dress shirt for a “Miami Vice” throwback. Either way, the white pant is right for daytime and nighttime. Skinny: It is not just the models that are getting thinner, the clothes are too. Dress shirts are featuring a closer fit with narrower collars. Ties are going back to the thin side for a very retro 1980s look and suit jacket lapels are slimming down for a more modern, sleek appearance. Be cautious; avoid wearing too many of these skinny styles together or you might look like you are wearing your little brother’s suit. Color: Don’t let the environment be the only thing changing color this season. Go ahead and retire the grays and blacks of winter and replace them with vibrant reds, electric yellows and powerful blues. Unless a vocation as a clown is in the future, it is advisable to not wear all of these intense spring colors all at
once. One at a time will do. Brave the cold February wind and go shopping for a few, or all, of these new spring looks. They are offered in all price ranges and at a variety of stores in the area. Next week we’ll take a look at women’s spring fashion.
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February 13, 2006
Students of the Caribbean Alliance revamp club By Petulah Olibert Collegian Staff
According to Marie Claire Michel, Students of the Caribbean Alliance (SOCA) executive, the organization has not being as active among the student population as it should be. She attributes this to students’ varied priorities. “Our mantra is: ‘Working together is progress, staying together is success.’ We have tried to hold true to it but it is
very difficult with everyone’s priorities being different,” Michel said. She said that education is the main priority for most of the Caribbean students here. She said they forget that being well rounded is also very important and that they should try to immerse themselves in other oncampus activities rather than just their books. “The club has been trying to create an environment that is very easy-going and fun-loving,
and at the same time attempting to give back to the community,” she said, “but it has been quite a task with so many of us buried in our books.” The club has decided to restore activities originally held by the first SOCA executive who formed the club in 1999, and add new intra-club activities. “What we’re planning this year are a couple sightseeing trips and monthly social gatherings so that we can rebuild that family atmosphere of the Students of
the Caribbean Alliance,” Michel said. “As far as the wider on campus activities that we have hosted, like Socarnival, we have been very successful.” She said it seems that while the fund-raising has improved, the number of people coming out to watch the parade has dwindled. “This is something we have tried to counteract by inviting other schools to attend our functions,” she said. “Another successful campaign is our
biannual welcoming reception for new international students.” Ideas slated for the semester include a trip to Oklahoma City, courtesy of Cameron Campus Ministries, a fund-raising luncheon, a trip to Six Flags theme park and a games day at Midwestern University. Michel added that her immediate goal for the club is to encourage membership from the entire Caribbean community at Cameron University.
The Center for Creative Living hosts book discussion
By Lisa Snider Collegian Staff
“The Oklahoma Experience: Re-Visions” is a new book discussion series that will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, at The Center for Creative Living in Lawton. This series, part of “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma,” focuses on five novels and a memoir by Oklahoma authors about distinctive Oklahoma experiences. Each captures a part of Oklahoma’s history through a contemporary perspective. “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” is a cooperative project begun in 1985 by the Oklahoma Library Association and the Oklahoma Humanities Council to bring organized reading and discussion to the state’s communities. The project offers over 30 different series, each consisting of several books and focusing on a particular theme. At each program, a visiting scholar will make a 30minute presentation on the book for that meeting, relating it to
the overall theme. Small group discussion will follow concluding with a brief wrap-up. The first reading for the series will be “Pushing the Bear” by Diane Glancy. Through fictional voices and real documents, she tells the story of a Cherokee couple who marched with another 13,000 Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Along the trek toward the Indian Territory, questions arise regarding the white man’s Christian beliefs versus Cherokee tradition. The visiting scholar will be Caroline Larsen, an Oklahoma City attorney. Larsen has a background in education and has led the discussion for “Pushing the Bear” in other programs. Another controversial event in Oklahoma history, the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, serves as a backdrop for Rilla Askew’s “Fire in Beulah,” the second program on March 7. The speaker will be Trish Yarbrough, English professor at East Central University at Ada. The third book in the series is Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s
“Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie,” a memoir about growing up in rural Oklahoma in the 1940s and 1950s. The visiting scholar for this discussion on March 21 will be CU English Professor Scherry Cardwell. The fourth reading is LeAnne Howe’s novel “Shell Shaker,” which parallels Choctaw experience in the 1700s with Choctaw experience in Durant
in the late 1990s. Dr. Lewis Parkhill, English professor at East Central University at Ada, will lead the discussion of this novel on April 4. The fifth and last reading is “The Honk and Holler, Opening Soon” by Billie Letts on April 18 with Dr. Jennifer Kidney, director of “Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma,” as the scholar. “This series provides
participants the opportunity to read and discuss books by some excellent new Oklahoma authors,” said Cardwell. The program is free of charge. To register, call the Center for Creative Living at 248.0471 or go by the center at 3501 S.W. F Ave. in Lawton to pick up the first book.
February 13, 2006
Sheared sheep, broken straps and druids Collegian Staff
Normally, commercials are scorned and ignored during regularly scheduled programming. Super Bowl commercials, on the other hand, have traditionally drawn more attention and fascination than the actual games themselves. In past years, commercials have featured pigeons dive-bombing a Pontiac to the sound of “Danger Zone,” performed by Kenny Loggins, bears dressed as hunters going into stores and buying 12-packs of Pepsi Cola and even singing sock puppets that look like dogs. This year there were monkeys, Diet Pepsi cans and Jessica Simpson singing a version of “These Boots Were Made for Walking” for Pizza Hut. Budweiser has always been known for entertaining commercials. This year two aired during the Super Bowl. The first
shows the famous Clydesdales lining up to hike the ball, when, suddenly, a sheared sheep runs out onto the field. Two cowboys leaning on a fence see it. “Streaker,” one of the cowboys remarks noncommittally as the sheep runs around and dances on the field. The commercial was not aired in some markets. Budweiser’s second commercial showed a Clydesdale colt trying to pull the Budweiser wagon. He puts his head through the reins and starts pulling while his parents push it from the back. The driver looks at the Dalmatian at his side and says, “I won’t tell if you won’t.” Bud Light aired four commercials, including one with a couple of guys stocking their refrigerator with Bud Lights. The refrigerator is attached to a revolving wall that rotates into the adjacent apartment, much to the delight of the four guys there. They proclaim it to be a “magic
fridge.” Removing the Bud Lights, the men then gather before the refrigerator, bowing and chanting “magic fridge.” Four Go Daddy commercials were banned this year. During Super Bowl XXXIX a Go Daddy commercial aired showing nowwrestler Candice Michelle in front of a Senate hearing when the strap of her shirt snaps. This year banned commercials included a steamy window washing scene, a car wash scene and a stripping scene on the desk of a senator. An edited version of the stripping commercial was aired which only showed the strap breaking and the senator grabbing his oxygen mask. Emerald Nuts revealed their latest commercial using an acrostic with the Emerald Nuts brand name to sell their product. Diet Pepsi aired two commercials showcasing the “Pepsi Can” as a media mogul including an album on Diddy’s logo and a movie with action star
‘Working’ cast takes five
Even druids love Emerald Nuts: Machete enthusiasts crowd around a druid in an “Emerald Nuts” Super Bowl XL commercial. Jackie Chan. Jay Mohr played Diet Pepsi Can’s agent. Movie-goers had their first look at the summer movie season with short glimpses of Wolfgang Petersen’s “Poseidon,” Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible III,” and the Disney sequel “Pirates
Morris and Thomlinson grace Leslie Powell Gallery By Joan Hagy
News Writing Student
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Taking a breather: CU Theatre students ante up to represent over 20 different characters in the theatre department’s upcoming show, “Working.” The first performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the University Theatre.
of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Super Bowl commercial prices hit a record $2.5 million for a 30-second spot. That same time frame will only run $700,000 at the Winter Olympics.
Valentine poetry and the lives of strong, ancient women seem worlds apart, but both might be described as passionate, mysterious and vibrant. Lawton’s Leslie Powell Foundation and Gallery will bring those two worlds together this week in a Valentine evening reading by Dr. John Graves Morris and a lunch bag lecture by Dr. Vivian Thomlinson, both professors with Cameron University’s English Department. Morris will present his reading titled “The enigma we answer by loving: Poems to love,” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14. “The poems presented will be accessible and related to Valentine’s Day,” he said. “They will involve love relationships and some will be amusing.” Morris will read his newest poem, entitled “Don’t Worry Baby,” for the first time. He said his father, his own childhood and the music of the sixties were the inspiration for the poem. Morris has read poetry on Valentine’s Day at the Leslie Powell Gallery for several years and has presented a lunch bag lecture. “I am enormously grateful to be invited back and that the Leslie Powell Gallery
indulges my love of poetry,” he said. According to Thomlinson, her lectures are really dialogues with the audience. Last March she gave part one of her lecture “Glimpses of some non-canonical women from the Jewish and Christian Apocrypha and the Islamic Qur’an” at the lunch bag lecture series offered at the Gallery. She felt this subject needed to be expanded upon. From 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 16 she will deliver part two of the talk. “All the really good stories about women never made it in to the Bible, the Torah and the Qur’an,” she said. “The church fathers made the decisions about what stories would go into the ancient texts and women were not part of those decisions.” Executive director and curator for the Leslie Powell Gallery Nancy Anderson said she is impressed with the people in the community who share their talent and information. “Dr. Thomlinson and Dr. Morris are two of the most generous contributors to our lecture series,” Anderson said. “Cameron has been a wonderful resource for us.” The Leslie Powell Gallery is located at 620 S.W. D Ave. For more information on Morris’ poetry reading or Thomlinson’s lunch bag lecture, call 357.9526.
‘Capote’ worthy of its Academy Award nominations By David Bublitz Collegian Staff
I have never been so torn. I sat silent and alone in the middle of one of the theaters in Carmike 8, unsure of what to expect as the beginning sequences of Bennett Miller’s “Capote” flashed quietly across the movie screen. I had no idea that I would be leaving the movie theater just two and one-half hours later at odds with my own principles and general passion to become more than what I am. The film began with Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Nelle Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) and the start of their research into the 1959 Clutter family murders in Holcomb, Kansas. The research conducted by the pair (Capote and Lee) was originally intended for use in “The New Yorker,” but Capote eventually took everything to a higher level. During and after countless interviews, he began crafting “In Cold Blood,” a work Capote would claim to be “the first non-fiction novel.” At first Capote seemed capable of genuine empathy, but after years of research he appears to undergo
a transformation. He takes on the characteristics of a sociopathic telemarketer manipulating those he needs so he can accomplish his own selfish goals. By the end of the movie he becomes almost vampiric, drawing on the life force of the accused murderers, Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino), demanding them to finish telling their stories so he can write his “great American novel.” By the time the credits were about to roll I found myself almost empathizing with Smith and Hickock. Harper Lee’s character is an obvious foil to Capote. The film works to contrast Lee’s novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and Lee herself, against Capote and what he does to get his writing out. After the movie had run its course, I instantly felt compelled to question my own values and beliefs in regard to what I want from myself. The movie made me question what lengths I would go to ensure my dreams come true. According to the film, Capote stepped on whomever he had to in order get what he wanted, with little regard for those he hurt in the process. The movie does seem to imply a little remorse on Capote’s part, at least in the way it juxtaposes Capote’s death with his
Their last night: Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) prepare for the last time they speak with Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) before their execution. time in Holcomb, accomplished through the use of brief blurbs at the end of the film. Despite this attempt to make Capote “human” once again, by the time I left for home I was disgusted with the man. His attempt to establish glory out of tragedy was malicious to begin with, but when brought into context with the way he retrieved the information for his work, I found his title for the book more than suitable. I was, at least in part, able to
hold back my initial opinion of Capote until I had time to go home and research him, but as I learned more and more about him I found that Hoffman may have just captured the character in all his “glory.” I am usually withdrawn when it comes to forming opinions about real people depicted in movies, just because I recognize the fact that Hollywood tends to dramatize things, but if any part of “Capote” holds true, I think my opinions of the man himself are completely
justified. If anything, “Capote” teaches us to question our own values in terms of what we are willing to do to succeed. I’ll admit it took all I had to look past Hoffman and his stomach churning performance with Ben Stiller in “Along Came Polly,” but when I was finally able to push that splinter from its swollen place in my flesh, and accept Hoffman as Capote, the film definitely seemed worthy of its five Academy Award nominations.
February 13, 2006
Homecoming in action, CU pulls 1 - 1
Inside was rough: Crashing the boards was imperative in the SOSU battle. #21, Arthur Trousdell, adds two.
Williams blocks out: Taylor Campbell goes up for two, while Tiffany Williams battles underneath for a rebound. Photos by Christina Frye
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Down by 19 points with under eight minutes left in the game, Cameron men’s basketball team made a valiant comeback bid against Southeastern. However, the Tigers preserved their place atop the Lone Star Conference North Division standings with a 81-75 win. It was the fourth straight loss for the Aggies, who fell to 11-11 overall and 1-6 in league play. After suffering a fatal collapse in the final seconds of regulation in an overtime loss to Texas A&M-Commerce a week earlier, Cameron nearly dealt the Savages a similar fate. After an Eric Babers dunk put SOSU up 73-54 with 7:48 to play, Cameron launched a 21-3 run capped by an Arthur Trousdell jumper that made it 76-75 with just over a minute to play. With momentum clearly on the Aggies’ side, Southeastern’s Robert Aitken calmly drilled a three-pointer from the left corner on the Savages’ next possession and thwarted Cameron’s comeback bid. The shot put SOSU back up by four and the Aggies missed their final four attempts from the field. Trousdell led all scorers in the game with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while Marlon Bernard added 10 points and a game-high 17 rebounds for the Aggies. Matt Reid, the overall team scoring leader, finished the game with 13 points while Willie Tisdale came off the bench to chip in 18. Cameron will look to end its current losing skid in their game against East Central in Ada.
Tiffany Williams scored a game-high six points and hauled in a careerbest 18 rebounds, which lead to Cameron women’s team to a 25-point rout of Southeastern Oklahoma in Lone Star Conference North Division action at Aggie Gym. Cameron owned a dominating 58-40 rebounding advantage and held the Lady Savages to just 25.7 percent shooting, improving to 13-9 with a 76-51 win. Williams was one of two Cameron players to post double-doubles in the game. Senior forward Melissa Steen added 15 points and 10 boards. Cameron built an 11-point halftime lead, thanks to a 10-of-12 effort at the free-throw line in the first half. Williams scored half of her 12 first-half points from the line, while Steen was 6-of-8 from the floor. The Lady Aggies extended their lead to 18 early in the second half on a three-pointer by Brittany Cooksey. With only 10 minutes left on the clock, Chelsea Turner hit a jumper to raise the score to 57-37. Off the bench, Ashley Bernardi added to the CU spark and scored a career-high of seven points in the final three and a half minutes of the game. The Lady Aggies look to continue their assault on the top of the conference leader board as they travel to Ada to take on East Central. In their first battle, CU posted a 68-57 win over the Lady Tigers on Jan. 21 at the Aggie Gym.
Halftime Action: Two fifth grade students from Pioneer Park Elementary School raced to half court, put on Aggie T-shirts, then complete full-court layups. Eleven-year-old Darien Smith (top left) won the race, and 10year-old Christian Bhagan (top right) finished shortly behind. Bhagan regularly attends CU games to watch his neighbor, Clara “C.C.” Caroll play. “They’ve done a good job this year. Even though they’ve lost a couple of games, I still come to watch C.C. play. She often helps me practice my game,” Bhagan said. Other Aggie fans showed up in full color, painted head-totoe in the CU colors and added character to the Homecoming games.
Lady Aggie golf team works hard to prepare for upcoming season By James Norris
News Writing Student As the Lady Aggie golf program enters its second year, head golf coach Rick Goodwin said the girls have worked hard, giving Cameron an edge as they prepare for the spring season. “Starting out in 11th place last season in our first tournament, we didn’t finish the way we expected, but (the team) got better throughout the fall,” Goodwin said. “We’ve continued working hard this semester and the good weather is great because it allows us
an upper hand in competing in San Antonio.” Another advantage the Lady Aggies will have this season comes from someone inside the athletic department: head coach of the men’s golf team, Jerry Hrnciar. “From the whole playing side of things, I rely on Coach Hrnciar’s insight (gained) through his 30-plus years of coaching,” Goodwin said. Two of the six-member team are Lawton’s own sophomore twin sisters, Jennifer and Laura Madden. A third-place finish in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Golf Tournament in October has fueled the Maddens desire to see
the success from the fall carry over to this semester. Jennifer said the amount of work and effort the team put into their golf game throughout the fall semester is what will pay off in the end.
“We all worked hard in the off-season,” she said. “A lot of our players are used to attending tournaments now and are better prepared, which allows them to improve.” Jennifer has set some goals for herself and her team. “I hope I shoot a better round, into the 70s,” she said, “and I hope as a team we have a good showing in our first year of conference.” Laura is optimistic about their performance. “I hope we all can shoot lower scores as individuals, improving each tournament to help the team,” Laura said. “I also look to shoot
better scores, hoping to allow us to place in more tournaments as a team, and also have a good showing in conference.” The Lady Aggies will look for a team effort Feb. 25-26 as they compete at the St. Mary’s Invitational in San Antonio. “This opening tournament in San Antonio will show where we are at and what we need to work on,” Jennifer said. “Our second tournament is a month away so it gives us time to improve, but we should be prepared to go.” “We hope we can come out ready for the tournament in San Antonio,” Laura said.
Superbowl XL - Will this be the final Bus stop? Super Bowl XL was a storybook dream for running back Jerome Bettis and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The TV spot which aired just before the Super Bowl began showed Harrison Ford reading a Dr. Seuss story with the help of football legends like Joe Montana only foreshadowed what was about to happen. Before Feb. 5, Bettis had never won a championship ring in his 13year career. He has held many rushing titles and is the fifth all time lead rusher in Josh Rouse NFL history, so it was only fitting that he win his first Super Bowl in his hometown of Detroit. Super Bowl XL was a fairly boring game, but after the division game against the Colts and the AFC championship game against the Broncos, the Steelers were probably glad to have a boring
game. The Steelers took the long high road to get to Detroit. They were counted out during the middle of the season with a record of 7-5. Nobody thought they would be able to make it to the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl, but coach Bill Cowher has never been known to give up. The Steelers ran the tables and entered the playoffs as the sixth seed team. They beat their division rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals on the road, traveled to the RCA dome in Indianapolis where they beat Peyton Manning and the Colts, and then they traveled to Denver and handed the Broncos their only home loss of the season. The Seattle Seahawks had an easier path. They entered the playoffs as the number one seed in the NFC and beat the Washington Redskins at home before beating the Carolina Panthers the following week in the NFC Championship game. Coach Mike Holmgren was on a quest to be the only coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different
franchises. He won in 1997 with the Green Bay Packers. For both teams, history was on the line. No sixth seed team had ever gone past the division playoffs, let alone to the Super Bowl. But the Pittsburgh Steelers were not any ordinary team. With second year quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the helm and retiring Bettis in the backfield, the Steelers had something special going for them. The game itself was dull and uneventful through the first half. The most entertaining thing before the second half was the pre game concert with Stevie Wonder. Aretha Franklin, who had publicly complained about not being invited to perform during the half time show, butchered the national anthem. The NFL dedicated the game to MVPs from previous Super Bowl games. There were some old legends who came out, including 49ers duo Steve Young and Jerry Rice. The Rolling Stones put on a concert that even bored many
Stones fans. I have always been a fan of the Rolling Stones, but that concert reminded me more of “Night of the Living Dead” meets Michael Jackson than an actual concert. Jagger was bouncing around stage trying to salvage the show, but it was to no avail. The second half of the game opened with a big run by Willie Parker, the Steelers first string running back. The Steelers were then up by 14-3. After that, the only big play came in the form of a “gadget” play by the Steelers with wide receiver Antwaan RandelEl throwing a touchdown pass to Heinz Ward. The Seahawks battled back to within 11 points at the end of the fourth quarter, but they suffered with bad clock management and an uncoordinated offense so the Steelers became Super Bowl XL champions. Ward was named the Super Bowl MVP and was given a 2007 Cadillac Escalade. As Bettis held the Vince Lombardi trophy, questions quickly arose over his retirement.
His only response was, “The Bus stops here in Detroit.” It was a good run Bus, congratulations on your Super Bowl ring.
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Lawton Philharmonic presents new season of concerts Lawton Philharmonic Society President Cathy Caccioppoli announced that the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra will present two concerts. The first will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday in the McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 N.W. Ferris. Associate Professor of Music Dr. Earl Logan will conduct. The concert will include works by Rossini and Beethoven. The Cameron University Concert Choir and members of other community choral organizations will join the orchestra to perform “Polovtsian Dances” by Borodin. The second concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. on March 11 at the same location. Tickets prices are $20 to $50 for a twoconcert package per person and $5 to $30 for single concert tickets per person. For tickets or more information, call the McMahon Memorial Auditorium at 580.581.3472.
President Ross hosts open door meetings CU students are welcome to visit with President Cindy Ross at an Open Door meeting scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. March 23. The meeting will be informal and may cover a wide range of topics. Call 581.2201 to reserve a time to meet with President Ross.
Career opportunities with the CIA offered Recruiters from the CIA will be available to meet with students interested in career opportunities from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Language Learning Center, Nance-Boyer. Seating is limited, so only those students with serious career interests in the CIA should attend. Recruiters will also be at the Red River Career Expo on Feb. 23. For additional information, contact Dr. George Stanley, Nance-Boyer Hall, room 2021, or call 581.2929.
“The last opera I was in was ‘Orfeo’ about two years ago,” she said. “I enjoy the performing – it’s fun to do. You get to be someone you would never be in real life and do things that you would just never do. You can get out and be a really naughty person and then come back to your normal life, so its fun.” Even though performing is exciting, teaching holds a special place for McLean. “You don’t know how far your influence on someone is going to go,” she said. “I’m interested in classical music today because my dad took music appreciation in college and got into it. I grew up with that. So there’s sort of that chain, that connection of knowledge that grows. That’s
exciting to me.” McLean, with her colleagues in the music department, will have an opportunity to demonstrate their talents to the CU community in the New Music Festival. The faculty recital will be held at 7 p.m. on March 31 in the McCutcheon Recital Hall.