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CU student displays musical ingenuity By Petulah Olibert Collegian Staff
Standing at computer with his headphones on putting his poems to music is Hatuey Campbell’s favorite pastime. While electronic engineering technology may be this CU sophomore’s career choice, his spare time is taken up mainly with his music. Campbell’s interest in music-making began at the age of nine. “Around the age of nine was when I started with free verse,” he said. “Anything that happened in my life or anything I observed, I would write about it. My poems were more or less in free verse. But they were poems about life in general.” As he grew older, Campbell decided to put his words to music. At first he began to experiment with existing reggae or hip-hop beats, and his passion was born. “I made the transition from writing free verse to putting my words to music through my love for hiphop. I was impressed by poetic artists: underground poets like Mos Def and the Fugees,” Campbell said. “After listening to them at the mic, I began to experiment myself using my poems. Knowing that they started with poetry influenced me to give it a
shot.” It turned out all he needed was his poetry, some music and the software with which to combine the two. Now, Campbell’s music-making has traversed the boundaries of his dorm room onto the airwaves: his music is being played over the radio. “There is a lot that went on in the interim,” Campbell said. “After I put my lyrics to the beats, I would post them in online forums. It’s amazing how many unrecognized artists and producers there are on the Internet just trying to be heard. After a while, those producers got in contact with me and provided me with beats to let me try as a demo. So I put a poem to beats supplied by one of the producers. That was the one that eventually made it on air.” Campbell said it is impossible for him to find the words to describe how he felt the very first time he heard his music over the radio, complete with a short biography of himself. In all, he has created over 40 tracks using his own lyrics, which address mainly social and political struggles and stray away from the many negative references found in hip-hop tracks. Lately, he has been joined by several other students interested in musicmaking. “In some way I have
discovered for myself the hidden talent this school possesses and it is amazing,” he said. “We even created a track for the basketball team to stir up support for the team from the crowd by getting them to chant the music. We wanted to release it for the basketball team during halftime, but unfortunately, we never pulled it off.” The track exists along with others that Campbell has posted on his very own Web site: www. camlinestudio.com. Recently he was approached by A&R’s Talent Unlimited USA, a company based in Atlanta that allows small artists an opportunity to be heard. But Campbell says he is keeping his options open. “I don’t make the music for money. I make it because I enjoy it,” he said. “The good thing about it is that as time passes, I find myself improving. But I am by no means the best there is. For me, it is only a hobby that I enjoy. As long I can get myself heard, that is enough. I’m not interested in the monetary side if it. I just want to be heard.”
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Smoke-free campus: SGA approves By Kenny Scarle Collegian Staff
CU Aggies host Cross Country Fun Run and Walk. SEE PAGE 7
Photo by Sarah Warren
No butts about it: A student puts out a cigarette outside of Nance Boyer. SGA has passed legislation to make Cameron 100 percent smoke free.
This year Cameron University is celebrating its sixth annual academic festival, addressing health and wellness with the theme “CU in Good Health.” The theme includes the different aspects of wellness, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. There have been lectures, sports activities and panel discussions addressing the many facets of health, ranging in topics from weight reduction to tobacco usage. According to the American Lung Association, second hand smoke is a primary factor in the development of stroke, lung cancer, respiratory problems and coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Oklahoma ranks the third highest in the nation for heart disease death rates. (OSDH. ORG) As of March 1, all restaurants in Oklahoma have been required to either become a smoke-
free environment or create enclosed and separately ventilated smoking areas. But Cameron University still allows smoking on campus, with smokers restricted from being within 25-feet of all entrances from buildings. Some Cameron students are looking to protect their right to breathe fresh air on campus. At a recent Student Government Association meeting, health and physical education student Jeffrey Luffman brought forth a piece of legislation proposing making Cameron a 100 percent tobacco-free campus. This will change what seems to be the accepted norm on campus. “I want to change what’s normal on our campus,” Luffman said. “And right now, what’s normal is that in order to go into a building, Nance Boyer or the Library, you literally have to go through a cloud of smoke. And on your way, you have to step over cigarette butts.”
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By Kenny Scarle Collegian Staff
A new service at the Cameron University Library will aid in providing current research materials faster than ever 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Muhammad Afzal, head of collection services, said that incorporating e-books into the library database has made about 30,000 books available, literally at the fingertips of CU students. According to Afzal, planning began last December to provide the service. “We were looking at how beneficial this collection would be for our academic studies at
the university,” Afzal said. E-books are electronic versions of traditional books. Afzal said that each book can be viewed in its entirety, including tables, pictures, and table of contents, which can be viewed on the left side of the page. “It’s just like the book,” he said, “no difference at all.” Afzal said that this innovative service includes a wide range of subject areas including criminal
justice and sociology, teaching and education, nursing and health car, business and finance, history and government, military science, music, science and technology. In addition, students will be able to search through encyclopedias and dictionaries. Searches may also be narrowed texts in 10 different languages according to Afzal. Graphic by Sarah Warren
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March 20, 2006
CCM hosts Chemical Dependency Awareness Day By Blake Red Elk
News Writing Student For the Cameron Campus Ministry, informing college students to make good life decisions is a nessessity. The ministry will be holding its annual Chemical Dependency Awareness Day at the CCM building located east of Cameron Village. Campus minister and director Patrick MacPherson has been involved with this event for four years. “A lot of young people’s problems with alcohol and drugs begin in their late teens and early 20s,” MacPherson said. “This is when we need to educate everyone to make informed decisions.” Helping to make those decisions will be speakers who have been affected by chemical dependency and a session in which participants wear “drunk goggles.”
MacPherson hopes these programs will help students see how easy it is to have their reasoning hindered. “Your ability to reason while under the influence is greatly altered,” MacPherson said. “It’s a tragedy to see a youth’s future affected by a poor decision made earlier in life.” These decisions may lead to relationship problems, criminal charges and even an injury or a death. CCM administrative assistant Judy Nelson has been involved with the Chemical Dependency Awareness Day for almost 10 years. She strongly encourages students to take precautions before heading out for a night on the town. “I can’t help but believe that students who attend this event will think seriously before getting behind the wheel of a car,” Nelson said. “I hope the students realize
the effects bad decision making can have.” Nelson and MacPherson offer some advice on what to do if a person needs help. “Be aware of peer pressure,” Nelson said. “Keep track of your surroundings and don’t let people talk you into something you don’t want to do.” MacPherson said: “If you need to, call a friend or take a cab. It’s better to be safe than sorry.” He said that there is no judgment involved during this program. “We’re not here to make a moral statement, we just want to educate students on how to react if they do find themselves in a situation where drugs and alcohol are present,” MacPherson said. “We want the students to be educated to make good decisions and to have a back-up plan.” The event will be from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on April 2. They will also be serving free pizza and nonalcoholic cocktails. For more information about
Chemical Dependency Awareness Day, call Judy Nelson or Patrick MacPherson at 357.7226.
How To Access e-books
E-BOOKS continued from page 1 Moreover, because e-books are transmitted electronically, newer books can be provided faster than ever; materials published in this year are already available to CU students. Afzal said that not many academic libraries currently offer e-books. “This is an exceptional service from this library,” he said. Only one person at a time may view a particular e-book. For example, if one person has opened a book, it is not available until that person is finished reading it or it has been checked back in. Assistant Director Barbara Pickthorn said that e-books will make it easier for the library to increase its collection. “Anytime you’re dealing with technology, things come faster,” she said. In addition, e-books do not require as much maintenance or expense. E-books can be checked out for a 24-hour period. To check out books, students need to create an account through NetLibrary at www.netlibrary. com. To create an account, go to “Create Free Account” and choose a username and password.
Through the looking glass: Using “drunk goggles” gives the person wearing the goggles the sensation of being under the influence. CCM is providing a day long session on drinking and drug use, were participants wear these “drunk goggles”.
1. Go to the Cameron University library catalog at http://libinfosource. cameron.edu/. 2. In Advanced Search, enter keywords from your topic. 3. Select e-book from the drop down menu of the location tab. 4. Click submit. 5. From there you may choose an e-book from a list of search results
relevant to your topic. 6. Click on the title of an e-book to go to the bibliographic record. 7. The “Connect To” link will take you to the NetLibrary interface. 8. You may choose to immediately view an e-book in the online reader
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Monthly payment, for some 8 Raving lunatic 9 Westernmost of the Aleutians 10 Brit’s break 11 Like some verbs 12 Drink like a puppy 13 “__ the wind and nothing more” 21 Run amok 22 Utmost degree 26 In an upright position 27 Formal ceremonies 29 Music producer Brian 30 “Holiday __” 32 Subarctic forest 33 More seasoned 34 Met diva 35 Most unrefined 38 Bovine sound 39 Annoy 42 On all sides 43 Skillets 44 Sonorous 46 Sugary drink 47 Apartment dweller 51 Manicurist, e.g. 52 Pointless 53 Nixon’s veep 55 Heavy cart 56 Tupperware pieces 57 Graphic beginning? 58 Brief swim 59 Longoria of “Desperate Housewives”
March 20, 2006
Are we our brothers’ keepers? No one can argue the fact that smoking is unhealthy. Most would not argue that smoking is offensive to many non-smokers. But we do argue the point made by health/physical education senior Jeff Luffman, who submited a bill proposing that smoking on campus be prohibited. We question whether student legislators should make such decisions on behalf of smokers. Apparently, those present at a recent SGA meeting sided with Luffman – or didn’t want to stand against him – because that bill passed by a majority, the first step in the legislative process. Those in attendance at the weekly meeting represent the entire student body, and so that vote now represents the wishes of all CU students. We do understand Mr. Luffman’s arguments about health issues related to cigarette smoke and about the financial
burden for healthcare associated with cigarette smoking, a burden carried by all Oklahomans. But we do not feel it is appropriate to pass legislation denying smokers the right to smoke anywhere on campus. If we are to be the guardians of our peers in matters of health, should we next legislate the intake of fats and sugars? Please see Granted, it is related story annoying to walk through the cloud on Page 1. of smoke that sometimes hovers near building doorways, and cigarette butts on the ground are ugly. But if present rules and regulations were enforced, just as new regulations would have to be, many of those problems would decrease. We oppose this overzealous attempt to save us from ourselves.
Writer takes long and winding road to completion of graduation requirements Sixteen years ago I did a dumb, dumb thing: I left Cameron just two classes shy of my degree. In the spring of 1990 I walked in Cameron’s graduation ceremonies, though I needed a science class and a history class to complete a bachelor’s in communication. Because of a great job offer from Channel 3, I put those classes on hold for the summer, with a sincere promise to myself to complete the hours in the fall. In the summer of 1990 Saddam Hussein Joan Hagy invaded Kuwait, and my Army reserve unit went on full alert for possible call to duty for the planned invasion. I put my two classes on hold again. Besides, I was planning my wedding, and my time was booked. Desert Storm came and went. The disruption in my career made catching up on lost accounts, lost time, nearly impossible – no time for school. And that is how the years flew by for me. Along came a baby daughter, a move to North Carolina, another daughter and a move to Dallas. I planned to resume my education as soon as the baby was old enough for preschool. All thoughts of my education left my mind as we watched the twin towers fall. We fled Texas for the comfort and security of small town life with our family in Oklahoma. For some time I could not imagine leaving my daughters for any reason at all.
Student workers receive accolades
their gratitude. I have Have we ever been to the lab on a pondered on the few occasions, not for students who give help, but rather to find their time and efforts a place of solitude, at the various faculty and, yes, I can attest departments as workto the fact that the study employees? employees there do As I walk through work toward ensuring campus, as I visit there are at least a various departments few more students and grab a bite to eat are capable of at our campus mini Kareem Guiste who understanding the food bars, I always theoretical world and say hello and thank practicality of mathematics. you to the various student workers To them I would give a dozen assigned around campus. roses. Let us take a moment and As I end the litany of cheers give bouquets to those who make and thanks to the many student the various departments more workers who contribute invaluable efficient. For example, the theatre service to the facilities on campus department successfully put on and who help ensure the smoothly the play “Working.” I would like run delivery of efficient services to say thank you to the scene shop in these departments, let us not and the costume shop work-study forget those who make sure that employees. With the guidance we always get a good snack or of their faculty supervisors – or meal. To the work-study staff at rather, bosses – these students the cafeteria, Moody Blue Grill worked tirelessly and vigorously in and the Smoothie Shop, the contributing to the very successful kindness you display when you play. serve us is colossal. May I say, The mathematics department “Keep up the good work.” can boast of an efficient faculty and staff and will, no doubt, give credit to the student workers in the math Kareem is an accounting and business lab as well. Speaking with students administration/economics sophomore who have gone there for assistance, from the Commonwealth of Dominica all they could do was use the and holds a work-study position as the layout assistant for The Collegian. most thankful words to describe
But in the fall of 2004, more than 14 years after I had donned cap and gown, I returned to Cameron to complete those few credits and finally get that degree. Imagine my surprise when I found out those two classes had morphed into five and it would take me several semesters, not just one, to capture that elusive degree. I was working fulltime and taking more than one or two classes a semester was out of the question. See, there is this thing that happens when you take too long to come back and complete your degree. They – I’m not sure who “they” are – add degree requirements. If you come back after just a few years there are exceptions, but 14 years is too long. Eight hours became 15. So I plunged in, and three semesters later I am nearly finished. I can’t really explain how it feels. I know for me, having a degree will change quite a few things in my life. Doors are opening for me already, more than two months before graduation. I have decisions to make, and I’m feeling uncomfortable having to consider all the choices. I know this: I am relieved to be this close to finishing my education. I am even grateful for the three extra classes I was required to take. Those classes have taught me valuable skills that make me much more marketable. As I thought about how to finish this column, I learned Christopher Reeves’ widow, Dana, had died. She was 44. I am 44. Her death reminded me it is never too late to stop putting things off. Joan is a public relations senior and a news writing student for The Collegian. She can also be found in the second-grade classroom at Grandfield Elementary, where she works as a teacher’s aide.
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Dear Editor, It has been said that good manners will get you into places that even a good education cannot. Using good manners helps preserve decorum, keeps society civilized, and shows respect for others, all worthwhile traditions. Yet this semester at Cameron, in parking lots, at building entrances, on stairwells and especially in classrooms, students have shown an embarrassing lack of respect for their fellow classmates and maybe more troubling, our professors. A whispered comment to a classmate is not that to which I refer. Whatever you and your bud are talking about is not important to me – it is annoying! You have other options. Refrain altogether, write it down, learn how to whisper (if you must), or wait until after class to complete your conversation. Those of us who wish to participate in class discussions, or simply listen to the lecture, unfortunately do not have the same options available to us. If you must come to class late, please cause as little disruption as possible. Dropping your book bag, jingling your keys and asking for pencils or pens or paper, doesn’t make you cool. It makes you selfcentered, inconsiderate and rude. If you’re not grown up enough to display good manners in public maybe you’re not grown up enough for college. Sincerely, Robin St. Germaine English Senior
In the March 6 issue, Alison Ellis was incorrectly identified in the headline as “Alison Ellison.” The Collegian regrets the error.
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March 20, 2006
CU prepares for severe weather season By Christina Frye Collegian Staff
Storm season is here and Cameron University is up to the challenge. According to Director of the Office of Public Safety Jim Ronan, the university is working to educate the campus community. “Cameron University has taken steps to ensure that all students are aware of the procedures they should follow in severe weather,” he said. Severe weather information is publicized on campus in the student handbook and in course schedule publications; however, other provisions have been added to ensure overall student awareness. “We are going the extra mile to ensure that this information is available to everyone,” Ronan said. According to Ronan, many students might not be aware of the emergency procedures to take, simply because they have not been exposed to the proper information. “We receive many inquiries during severe weather situations,” he said. “This is probably because many of our students are not originally from Oklahoma and are not familiar with the weather conditions.” On a Web site collectively coordinated by the administration, the office of public safety and the physical facilities office, general information on severe weather safety for students and staff is now available. The information provided includes tornado safety, weatherrelated alert information and lists of the designated safety areas on campus. It outlines the emergency procedures that should
Havoc wreaked: On-lookers survey damage created by the high winds that swept through Cameron University’s campus in spring 2004.
be followed if students are in class, in residential areas or attending a function, Ronan said. And for students who might not be familiar with severe weather terminologies, the site offers definitions of commonly used terms.
The tornado safety Web site is accessible at www.cameron.edu/ ops/tornadosafety.html. Ronan encouraged all students and faculty/staff members to take a few minutes to look through the Web site and to familiarize
themselves with the locations of the storm shelters immediately. For added safety, the offices of physical facilities and public safety have posted signs throughout campus to direct people to the safe areas in an emergency situation.
Ronan said, “It’s too late to start looking for published instructions or procedures when severe weather is moving throughout the area. It’s something you need to be prepared for in advance, then react when it is happening.”
McNair scholar and chemistry student chooses path Kathleen Kelly Collegian Staff
Ambition, drive and determination have brought McNair scholar and chemistry senior Valerie Toodle to a critical turning point in her life. Having been accepted into graduate programs at Washington University in St. Louis and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and anticipating official acceptance from Berkeley University, Toodle must choose to follow one of three paths, a path that will culminate, she hopes, in employment with the Center for Disease Control. “People laugh when I tell them this,” she said, “but my goal is to be a virus hunter for the CDC.” A native of Mobile, Ala., Toodle said that her interest in this particular area of research came about partly because of her work as an Emergency Medical Technician. “I used to work as an EMT,” she said, “because I thought I wanted to go pre-med and help saves lives, but after all I saw, and I saw a lot of things, good and bad, I decided I would rather work to prevent disease than try to cure it.” Toodle read about individuals who, although exposed to human immunodeficiency virus, didn’t get the disease, a fact she found interesting. This led to her decision to focus on human immunodeficiency virus research. Although her particular area of interest is the HIV virus, she applied to graduate schools where numerous viruses are studied, rather than schools where the focus is on a single area of specialization. “I wanted a grad school that has a lot of interaction between labs and a lot of areas to study, not just HIV,” she said.
Toodle visited both Johns Hopkins and Berkeley in February. Located on opposite coasts, “they couldn’t be more different,” she said. “Even the teachers were different. Berkeley wasn’t for me. It’s beautiful, but it’s just not for me.” She plans to visit Washington University soon. “They’re paying my airfare there
said, “so it’s a model for HIV – similar, but not virulent for humans.” If she chooses Johns Hopkins, she will leave in early July to work in the lab doing research all summer. “I want to spend the summer doing research,” she said. “That way I can devote the next semester to my studies.”
“Just have the courage to fail. If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never try, and if you never try, you’ll never succeed.” — Valerie Toodle Chemistry Senior and back,” she said, “so I feel like it’s only fair to take a look at what they have to offer.” She said that Johns Hopkins is her first choice at this point. The institution offers research opportunities in the Macaque monkey lab, where monkeys with simian immunodeficiency virus are studied. “SIV is simian HIV,” Toodle
Toodle’s journey has not been without adversity. “I was born very poor and lived in the projects,” she said. “My mother was single, and I had one sister.” After the death of her mother, Toodle moved around frequently, until her grandmother took her in as a ward of the state. “I lived in foster homes and
went to eight different elementary schools,” she said. “I was 12 or 13 when my grandmother took me.” Toodle believes that her background helped make her application to the different graduate schools unique, increasing the possibility of acceptance. She said that there is a misconception about what is required for acceptance to graduate schools. “I went to a conference in late October with other McNair scholars,” she said. “They had people there representing schools like Princeton. No one really believes this, but if you have a decent GPA – 3.something – and a decent GRE, that isn’t just what they’re looking for.” Toodle said her essay made the difference. She said that her approach contrasted with that of other applicants who wrote that they had always wanted to do research and who did not share information about their life experiences. “In my essay,” she said, “I told them how I didn’t start out wanting to do this (research), that I originally wanted to go to
med school, but then I decided I wanted to go into prevention. I also included my personal history.” Toodle does not accept the argument that environment determines the direction one’s life must take. Her grandmother, who passed away before seeing how much Toodle has accomplished, taught her differently. “I don’t think you can say ‘I was born in this environment; I was raised in this environment; this is all I know,’” she said. “The outcome of your life depends heavily on you. Just have the courage to fail. If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never try, and if you never try, you’ll never succeed.” Dr. Danny McGuire, assistant professor of chemistry, discussed Toodle’s work as one of his student research assistants. “Valerie worked as an assistant last summer and last fall, from June through December,” he said. “She is a very determined and conscientious student. When she has her mind set on a particular goal, she puts her being into accomplishing it. She deserves all she has achieved.”
March 20, 2006
Upward Bound summer program benefits students and staff members By Regan Frizzelle Collegian Staff
The Upward Bound program is in full swing, recruiting new volunteer staff members for the six-week summer program that will begin June 1 and end July 30. The program is funded by the government and prepares high school students for a college education. The summer program provides the opportunity for the children to experience an education that is culturally and academically relevant, as well as allowing them to be involved in outside recreational activities. There are two positions that are available for college juniors
and seniors for the summer program. The first is Residence Hall Counselor/Tutor. Those filling this position will help students with educational work and facilitates activities or events, as well as with other activities that will help the student succeed in college. The compensation for completing the six-week program is $600. The second position that is available is the Residence Hall Floor Supervisor. The supervisor helps students educationally and promotes an atmosphere where the students feel respected. The individual filling this position is also responsible for supervising the residence hall and supervising the Residence Hall Counselor and
Tutors. This position pays $700. Jessica McKelvey, Assistant Director and Counselor for the Upward Bound program, said she looks forward to the new summer staff people each year because they have a lot of fun. “Each summer is so fulfilling because all of the employees get the opportunity to connect and build strong relationships with the kids,” McKelvey said. Each summer those participating in Upward Bound take a recreational trip with an academic focus. This year the theme is geography; participants will travel to Colorado Springs where they will visit Royal Gorge and the Garden of the Gods. According to McKelvey these
trips give staff members and summer employees more time to get to know the students and help them prepare for college. “Trips like these give students who come from different social and economic backgrounds the advantage of learning outside their environment, where otherwise they might not have been able to,” McKelvey said. Chantel Behney, a senior at MacArthur High School, has been in the program for three years. She said she loved the summer program because it taught her how to study better and helped her prepare for life as a college student. “I loved the summer trips,” she said. “The year before last, I got to go to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I
felt like it gave us the opportunity to build strong relationships with the summer staff and at the same time learn.” She also said that she feels like the staff always created an atmosphere where she could be herself. She said she never felt like they made her feel intimidated because they were older and wiser. “All of the staff who work with the Upward Bound program are always there to help anytime you have any questions, and I loved that,” she said. The deadline for applications is April 1. For more information, call or email Jessica McKelvey, assistant director, Upward Bound at firstname.lastname@example.org or 581.2791.
Fitness and technology: palm-sized personal trainer
physical therapist, does a podcast and listens to others. “It’s almost like you’re eavesdropping on someone’s conversation,” he said. “It feels more authentic. Not so corporate. People are hungry for that.” You can listen to a podcast on your computer or on the go with your iPod or other MP3 player. When you subscribe to a podcast, it’s automatically downloaded to your computer. Then you transfer the podcast to your MP3 player. Why people plug into podcasts varies as much as the advice spilling from the ear buds. Miami attorney Amy Agnoli, 47, a Causadias’ client in the flesh, travels extensively. So she downloads his podcasts to take with her. “This way I can keep up with my training,” she said. Fitness professionals aren’t
surprised that podcasts are growing at a sprinter’s pace. Gregory Florez, an American Council on Exercise spokesman, said, “About half the people who frequent gyms own MP3 players. So they already have the equipment.” If podcasts help people stick with a program, they serve a purpose, he said. “More than 70 percent of people who start an exercise program quit within six months,” Florez said. “Among the top reasons are boredom and lack of motivation. So if listening to a podcast keeps them exercising, that’s something.” Nonetheless, people need to listen with critical ears. Hosts talking about special diets or exercise programs don’t necessarily have any expertise. Some are pushing products that could harm your health or offer advice that can cause or aggravate an injury.
“It’s buyer beware,” Florez said. “The credibility of these things is all over the map. I’ve heard everything from certified fitness professionals offering valid advice to people pushing things based on no scientific information whatsoever.” Indeed, anyone can jump into the podcasting pool, and they do. Physical therapists. Personal trainers. Recreational athletes. Professional entertainers. They’re all doing podcasts for reasons ranging from marketing to having fun. Most podcasts are free but some hosts look for sponsors to defray costs. Some hope eventually to charge for subscriptions. Jim Reimann is a health-care consultant in suburban St. Paul, Minn., who does irunningradio. com with wife, Bonnie. They’re recreational runners who chat about running shoes and nagging injuries, including Bonnie’s latest mishap during a jog with their dog. In New York City, performer Marina Kamen writes and sings music for marinaspodcast.com. Her credentials: After getting to 215 pounds she lost nearly 100 pounds and speaks from experience about dealing with food. With the number of fitnessfocused podcasts increasing, who knows where this latest craze will lead. But Florez, a fitness business veteran, has an idea. About seven years ago, he watched online personal training programs mushroom, then fade, leaving a few survivors. He predicts the same for fitness podcasting, still a novelty. Some podcast hosts who don’t lure paid subscribers eventually will drop out. Other hosts will lose fans because they don’t produce useful podcasts regularly. “Whether you’re training or trying to lose weight, you need consistency,” Florez said. “It’s the same with podcasting. Without that, success won’t happen.”
us, and they want to see what the leaders at Cameron are doing. I don’t want them to see us smoking.” Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in our nation. The economic toll of smoking in Oklahoma exceeds $2.2 billion dollars each year, including $907 million in direct medical costs and $1.3 billion in lost productivity. In total, every Oklahoman pays an average of $600 each year in smoking-caused costs. (CDC.ORG) “Smoking-related illnesses cost Oklahomans more than just their health,” Luffman said. “When you say it’s your right to smoke; you’re
right, it is. But guess who has to pay for it when you need health care? Every Oklahoman.” Passed by a majority of the SGA, Luffman’s legislation at its second reading evinced that the greater number of representatives of students on campus agree that a 247 smoke-free environment would be the preferred standard. “Right now what we are doing is trying to make a change in the social norm ... It’s not normal to stand at doorways and smoke. That’s the bottom line. It shouldn’t be normal if, at a football game, we are sitting next to each other and you fire up a cigarette. In your mind, that
shouldn’t be normal because that’s infringing on my right to clean air.” As Cameron University is celebrating Academic Festival VI - “CU in Good Health,” it seems only fitting to create an environment designed to promote physical, as well as educational, fitness. “If we want a campus that is in good health,” Luffman said, “this is one of the steps we need to take. We can be one of the first institutions of higher learning in the state to emplace this and make a change for the better. Let’s conclude Festival VI by going tobacco free by the end of the semester - go smoke free to culminate ‘CU in Good Health.’”
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KRT News Wire Personal trainer Mike Causadias runs nonstop, working with clients across southern Florida. But Causadias recently learned how to extend his reach. Now, fitness buffs all over the country, and the world, can work out with him. They just download his weekly podcast – an energetic mix of strength-building exercises and workout tips – on WhatIWantPodcasting.com. Count his fitness-focused podcast among hundreds available to anyone looking for free advice and a little motivation. It’s the latest twist in the growing world of podcasting, which has mushroomed with the soaring sales of MP3 players. Sure, you can get fitness tips from magazines, books and TV. But podcasts are mobile, available any time and usually free. At her Sunrise, Fla., home and nearby parks, Tracy Gittens, a clothing designer, and twin sister Nadiah listen to Causadias to get them moving. “People need someone to help motivate them, and here he is,” Tracy said. “Anytime you want to listen, he’s right there.” That’s exactly what Causadias had in mind. Causadias, 28, started his podcast two months ago. “A lot of people don’t find it convenient to get to a gym,” he said. “I’ve made it simple. People can do these exercises at the park, in the kitchen, wherever. People can get out of bed and do this.” Causadias’ podcasts demonstrate everything from tummy tightening to building up your lower body. But that’s just one option. A run through podcast directories shows myriad offerings. Physical therapists give tips on injury prevention. Personal trainers
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help you build bigger biceps. Veteran runners tell you how to train. Motivational podcasts are among the choices; ditto, weight loss. Sometimes there’s a single speaker. Others feature two or three people, chatting like radio DJs. A few, including Causadias’, include video so you can see the podcaster in action, if you have a portable player with video capability. Some hosts post podcasts regularly, say, once a week. Others, only when the host gets around to it. Some podcasters are polished; others stumble and stammer. But listeners don’t appear to care. Some are even drawn to the non-intimidating, unpolished tone. It’s like listening to ordinary people share their know-how among friends. Doug Kelsey, an Austin, Texas
NO SMOKING continued from page 1 According to the American Cancer Society, cigarettes kill more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs combined, causing medical costs to soar. “Sixteen Oklahomans die a day from tobacco related illnesses,” Luffman said. “Is it significant that 55,000 people die every year due to second hand smoke? I think so. Seven hundred of them are Oklahomans. Big Tobacco wants you to think that it’s normal to smoke or that we should give more rights to smokers. And I’m not saying people shouldn’t smoke, although it’s bad. I’m just trying to
create a tobacco free campus.” According to the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Lawton Public Schools were the first educational organization in the state to become a completely smoke-free environment. “As an institute of higher learning in this community, Cameron University sets a standard,” Luffman said. “And that standard is actually enforcing a policy at this level that is already being enforced at the Lawton Public school system. Nearly every club and organization on campus has an interaction with some youth program, and guess what? These kids are looking to
March 20, 2006
Cameron student artists display work By Joshua Rouse Collegian Staff
Cameron University art students showcased their years of hard work with a grand opening last Saturday at the Museum of the Great Plains. The annual Senior Art Show includes the works of 16 artists and will continue through April 2. Art professor Katherine LiontasWarren said this is a major step in the careers for these art students. “This exhibition allows them to showcase their works of art for the public and to prepare them for a professional life as an artist,” she said. The Senior Art Show is a graduation requirement for art students and has been held annually since the early 1970s. The exhibit offers examples of many different types of works and offers the public a first hand opportunity to look at the students’ accomplishments. Rachel Hornbeck has 14 paintings in this year’s art show. She said her family is a great influence on her work but she does have some paintings that she called “self narrative.” “My family is the world to me so my work is greatly influenced by moments of family life and being a mother,” she said.
Hornbeck said she did not have any art experience when she began her collegiate career. “My first painting experience began in 2000 at Cameron and that class is where I really found my home,” she said. The show represents the culmination of the hard work the students have done during their time at Cameron. Hornbeck’s paintings span five years of work. She said the art show provided closure. “My show means all the hard work has paid off and is coming to a close for this chapter of my life,” she said. “It is the end of one type of time period and the beginning of something new.” Hornbeck was shy at first about her work shown. But she said she has become excited and proud to have it viewed by the public. Danielle Davis, a graphic designer, has a poster campaign for the Emem organization on display in the show. The Emem organization is a global community for graphic design students to display their work and get feedback. She also has a tattoo book showcasing the history of tattoos of cultures like Japan, China, the Middle East and Africa. Davis said the show is a chance to see the length to which she goes
to create an “audience conscious product.” “It’s also a chance to show my technical capabilities in my field of graphic design, as well as my conceptual skills,” Davis said. Davis looks to pursue her career through grad school. She applied at schools mostly on the East coast including Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design. She also applied at smaller schools in California and the Southwest. According to Davis, the work of a graphic design artist is more about visual communication so selling it is different than fine arts. “Graphic designers can freelance, which, in a way, is being an individual designer,” Davis said. “But we’re usually in the client business, working for clients to create the work.” Other featured artists include: Tonya Allen-Pagels, Evan Burris, Danielle Davis, Leah Hicks, Rachel Hornbeck, Silas Knight, Tsapaha Komardley, Megan Marple, Anna Menshikova, Alex Pena, Tammy Regan, Heidi Sredensek, Corey Stang, William Taylor, Carol Torres and Deborah Ward. The artwork will be exhibited through April 2 at the Museum of the Great Plains .
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An artist’s work is never done: Tammy Regan prepares her artwork for the annual Senior Art Show. Regan’s work will hang alongside art by 15 other Cameron students through April 2 at the Museum of the Great Plains.
Clooney’s ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ short but sweet By Joshua Rouse Collegian Staff
A&E Briefs Cameron University Percussion Ensemble Cameron University’s percussion ensemble will present a concert at 8 p.m. on March 26 in the Cameron University Theatre. Guest performers include Dr. Christopher Deane and Dr. Scott Deal. For more information contact Dr. Jim Lambert at 580.581.2807. Life is Sweet on the Edge of a Razor Southern Plains Indian Museum will feature Comanche artist Cynthia Clay in a solo exhibition of painting, drawing and bronze sculpture. The opening reception will be held at 4 p.m.on Feb. 19. For more information call 405.247.6221.
During the 1950s, America was in the grip of the Cold War with the Soviet Union and threats of communism came with a high price. Actors, businessmen and anybody who was accused of being a communist were brought before committees to denounce their communist allegiance or face severe penalties. This charge was lead by Senator Joseph McCarthy. Academy Award winner George Clooney takes this trying time in American history and adapts it into the Best Picture nominated film “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Relatively unknown actor David Straithairn plays Edward R. Murrow, a news anchor for CBS News and a voice and face of the resistance against McCarthy and his blacklists. Clooney has a small role in the film as producer Fred Friendly at Murrow’s side. Clooney blends real footage of McCarthy from his press releases and hearings into the movie with excellent precision. At no time is an actor ever portraying him in the film. The seamless transition between the real-time footage and movie is unnoticeable. “Good Night, and Good Luck” is shot completely in black and white. The lack of color adds a sense of authenticity to the film which otherwise might have been lacking. Clooney does not show the movie as a play-by-play account of what McCarthy did and how he did it. He leaves that up to history classes and firsthand accounts of the events. Instead, Clooney chooses to show how Murrow systematically brought down McCarthy. Watching the movie, I actually felt like I was in the 1950s watching Murrow and McCarthy battle each other. David Straithairn was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award but was beat out by Philip Seymour Hoffman
(“Capote”). Both movies were biopics and the best of the year. The one problem with Hoffman winning the Oscar was he did not look anything like Truman Capote, whom the movie was based on. Straithairn looked completely different from his normal self and looked surprisingly similar to Murrow. Between the two, Straithairn deserved the award more. “Good Night, and Good Luck” was probably the best politically historical film since “All the President’s Men.” Clooney does an excellent job
of establishing the setting as well as the political atmosphere and giving a believable and entertaining view of the events. Clooney was definitely overlooked when it came Oscar time for this film. While “Good Night, and Good Luck” did not have the buzz that “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crash” did, it is definitely a movie that anybody should check out. It is relatively short, only running for 90 minutes, but is gripping and entertaining throughout.
At the Oscars: George Clooney, nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ arrives at the 78th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater.
March 20, 2006
Women’s golf team is a new program for CU By Blake Red Elk News Writing Student This is the inaugural year for Cameron University’s women’s golf team, and so far it has been a swinging success. Coached by Rick Goodwin, the Lady Aggies have spent this year working toward becoming a competitive force in the Lone Star Conference and in the nation. “We’ve set lots of goals for ourselves,” Goodwin said. “We’d like to get to where we are in the top one-third of the conference and in the top of the national rankings.” Goodwin said he would like the team to score a 320 or under in tournament play and that the team would take one goal at a time. With the team posting a 333 once this year, the team is already closing in on one of those goals. The players also have goals for the future. Elementary education junior Krystle McCorgary said, “I’m excited to see our team continue to grow and get some notoriety in the conference.” A transfer student and AllAmerican golfer from Pratt Community College, McCorgary said she was excited to play on a brand new team at CU.
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Women’s Golf Team: Devri Morgan, Lauren Gonzales, Laura Madden, Krystle McCorgary, Renee Breeze and Jennifer Madden. “My former coach told me Coach Goodwin was scouting at a tournament I was in a Pratt, and he was looking for players to make a new team,” McCorgary said. “Once I came to visit the campus and I met the coach, I knew I wanted to play
for the Aggies.” That enthusiasm was shared by McCorgary’s teammate, business finance freshman Devri Morgan. “I was really excited to get the chance to play college golf since I haven’t been playing very long,”
Morgan said. Morgan started playing just four years ago during her freshman year at Bixby (Okla.) High School. Morgan and McCorgary, who are also roommates, have seen the changes that the team has made
during the year. “It was an interesting situation for me and Devri to come on to the team because the other four girls already knew each other,” McCorgary said. “But they were really great and they were just as ready to play as we were.” The other four players, Lauren Gonzales, Jennifer Madden, Renee Breeze and Laura Madden, are all products of Lawton high schools and have known each other for years. Morgan said, “We work well together. We mesh.” So far this year that ability to mesh has contributed to an eighth place finish at the Tarleton State Classic, a fifth place finish at the St. Edward’s Invitational and a third place finish at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Tournament. “I’m proud of how the ladies played at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate,” Goodwin said. “It really helped us in the rankings.” Currently, the Lady Aggie golf team is thirty-ninth in the national rankings. The golf team is looking forward to the Texas and Missouri tournaments, and to the future of Lady Aggies golf. “I look forward to playing for CU for years to come,” Morgan said. “Cameron’s only getting better and I’m just glad to be apart of it.”
Cross Country Fun Run/Walk Welcomed Competitors By Bira Vidal Collegian Staff Ranked as number 15th in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championships, the Cameron cross country team learned how to deal with college life and the responsibility of building a new team. When asked about the results of its first season, head men’s cross country coach Matt Aguero said, “I was pretty proud, we had a very young team, basically composed of freshmen, and they trained hard through the season.” The team has become stronger this season with the addition of two runners from Kenya, David Chirchir and George Njuguna. David and George “have posted times that are faster than our current team’s bests,” said Aguero. The Cameron Cross Country team hosted a five kilometer race and one mile fun run/walk at 9 a.m. on March 4. The weather was cooperating with the runners who ran and walked on a prepared course surrounding the Cameron McCord Field. “It is a good opportunity for the Lawton and Cameron communities to experience and learn more about cross country,” said Aguero. Around fifty runners from different age groups participated. The winner of the male race was Steven Lemons, who held a time of 17 minutes and 36 seconds. Lemons is one of the fall season recruits and plans to be an exercise and physiology major.
“I felt okay while running. I am still thinking about running for Cameron. Maybe,” said Lemons. The winner of the women race was Betty Hernandez from East Central University holding a time of 19 minutes and 37 seconds. Prizes were given according to gender, age groups and final ranking. According to Aguero, the Cross Country team will now be focusing on the coming track season. “The guys are training hard. I am excited about this track season and the cross country season which will start in the fall. The recruitment for new runners is going well, and on April 12th, we will start to put the recruited runners on the team roster,” said Aguero. Matt Moreno, an engineer and design freshmen, had clear expectations about the upcoming track season. “I want just to go out and run fast. I improved my time from the fall. Just run.” The team will have several meetings, including the normal track and the hurdle categories, starting on March 9 at Tarleton State University.
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First Place Men’s: Steven Lemons First Place Women’s: Betty Hernandez
On your mark, get set, go: Runners of all ages and categories are up to the challenge - Lemons and Hernandez took trophies home.
A look at the upcoming World Cup competition By Kareem Guiste News Writing Student
Kareem Soccer fans around the world are getting more excited by the day, as world cup fever goes air borne. Filled with anticipation, we are ready for another of the world’s most enjoyable and spectacular soccer competition.
In exactly 102 days the television screens of avid fans around the world will be fixed on the stage in Germany for the kickoff of the FIFA World Cup 2006. Who will be victorious? Who will be looked at as a “danger man”? These are the key questions being asked around the globe as excitement fills the hearts of the passionate soccer fans. Thirty-two teams from across the globe make up the field for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals. Six continents are represented and six past winners will take part, including the host nation, Germany, which heads the 14strong European contingent. Brazil will lead the South American challenge. Trinidad’s team will be at its best as the eastern Caribbean nation tries to secure a place in the round of
16 and possibly, with the likes of Dwight Yorke, make the final round. This week we will highlight Group A. Germany will compete against Costa Rica, Poland and Ecuador in the fight for supremacy. Only two teams from each group will be rolled into the round of 16. Germany is ranked 19 in the world and, with three world titles to its name, is one of the favorites for this world finals event. All eyes will be watching Bayern Munich’s playmaker Michael Ballack as the national captain seeks to inspire the youngsters around him with his experience and class. Rising stars such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski will unleash a wave of euphoria among the home country faithful. Costa Rica, ranked 25, has shown great potential in the
warm-up friendly matches for the competition. It would be unfair to rule them out as one of the possibilities for second round fame. The team will be shouldered by the fearless defense of Gilberto Martinez, the bravery of Walter Centeno and, of course, the goalscoring beacon of star Paulo Wanchope. The veteran striker will retire from international football after the finals. At number 22 in the world, Poland will seek world cup fame, as they begin the quest of returning to soccer glory. As the team’s lifter, the striker pairing of Maciej Zurawski and Tomas Frankowski will spearhead the quest for soccer mania. This week’s “A look at the groups,” will end with Ecuador. This team, which has made it on the world stage for only the second time, shows what true
determination on the soccer field is about. Ranked 38 in the world and with high-spirited youngsters including Christian Lara, Luis Valencia and Franklin Salas, who surely have a bright future in the European leagues, this team is hungry for success. Ecuador’s hope for success at the summer games rests on these young stars, as well as on the wise old heads of Ulises de La Cruz, Ivan Hurtado, Mendez and Agustin Delgado.
Kareem has played soocer for 13 years, and has not yet made it to watch a World Cup game; he would like to see Italy or France win the competition in 2006.
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SIFE prepares for Governor’s Cup By Petulah Olibert Collegian Staff
Cameron University’s Students in Free Enterprise members are preparing for the annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup competition to be held in Oklahoma City, Mar. 10 to Mar. 20. The competition, designed specifically for students of Oklahoma universities and colleges, serves to foster ideas necessary for tomorrow’s business executive. In addition to the cash prizes awarded – $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 going to the first, second and third place winners respectively – the competitors are awarded the opportunity to meet several entrepreneurs and investors. According to Dr. Suzanne Clinton, faculty advisor for SIFE, both undergraduate and graduate members of SIFE are working hard to perfect two business plans for the competition. “We have many SIFE students who are working on the business plans,” Clinton said. “We also have students in the MBA program who worked on the plans and who will
help us with the presentations. “The students chosen to represent SIFE showed interest in the business plans that we were working on, had the knowledge and expertise that would assist SIFE in the preparation of those plans, and were excited about working towards the Governor’s Cup Competition.” Business administration senior Joshua Rakes and 2005 business administration graduate Cinnamon Bock are two of the students hard at work on the proposed business plans. Rakes, who joined SIFE for “a more realistic taste of entrepreneurship,” said he enjoys the projects they have had to work on in SIFE – the Governor’s Cup being no exception. “I love the projects we take on,” Rakes said. “From CULE Camp to the Anti Piracy commercial, to the Ethics Contest and the Governor’s Cup, I have learned many things about how to write a business plan, how to work with children, and how to teach them in a successful way.” According to Rakes, the work he has had to put in is sometimes
overwhelming, but he has faith that the group will overcome. Apropos of his election to represent Cameron University at the Governor’s Cup, Rakes said: “It really feels great that we will be the ones representing Cameron. If we win, we will be an example of a small school with outstanding potential.” Bock is pursuing her MBA and also working towards the Governor’s Cup award. She said she joined SIFE in order to “apply classroom instruction to the real world” – and she hasn’t regretted it since. “Shortly after I became a member, I was asked to be part of a four-member team to compete in a regional finance competition, Duel in the Rockies, at the University of Colorado. We won first place,” she said. “That was the beginning of many successes I experienced in SIFE.” Bock said SIFE has provided her with leadership skills and teamwork experiences that she wouldn’t have had otherwise. “I was given the opportunity to help with the will-writing session
last year, which was done for free out of appreciation for the service of our public servants,” she said. “As a team, we helped to prepare living and last will and testament documents. This was something I was not familiar with until that day.” In addition to the Governor’s Cup, Bock says the team is constantly brainstorming for ideas for their many ongoing projects. “The Governor’s Cup business plans have been submitted, one by the undergraduates and one by the graduates. We now have to wait and see if we’ve made it to the next round,” she said. “But there is never a dull moment in SIFE. We always have something to do. I had the privilege to speak at Academic Convocation last year and no matter what the venue, I praise Cameron University and the faculty and staff of the School of Business for their continued dedication to the students.” “ I could not have received as much from my college experience had I attended a different school; my experience here at Cameron is
undeniably the best.” Clinton is of a similar mindset. She says the governor’s cup competition provides students a unique outlet. “The Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition provides our students an experience that they cannot get in the classroom,” she said. “From the knowledge they gather while researching the product, to the practical handson experience achieved in preparing the business plan, to the knowledge they obtain while trying to formulate financials for the business plans, this competition provides an excellently wellrounded experience for anyone interested in business.” Clinton said that these kinds of opportunities allow Cameron University to showcase the quality education provided to students here. The first statewide Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup was launched in 2005. Twenty-five undergraduate and 12 graduate teams from 14 colleges competed.
Berkeley students stage nude sweatshop protest By Matt Krupnick KRT Campus
Dozens of University of California, Berkeley students took advantage of a break in the recent cold and rainy weather Wednesday to strip naked and protest the use of sweatshops to make college apparel. The revealing display in front of the building housing Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s office quickly attracted a crowd of about 300 onlookers, many of whom snickered and kept well away from the protesters. Some of the 36 or so male and female protesters remained fully clothed, while others wore nothing but their birthday suits. Past sweatshop protests – which did not feature nudity – drew little response, said Lexa Grayner, a 20year-old UC Berkeley student who helped organize the event. “We’ve tried to get the word out before, and this way worked the best,” said Grayner, who wore her underpants and strategically placed plastic wrap under a bright green cardboard sign. “People know that we’re having a naked protest, and
they know what it’s about, too.” Scores of passers-by merely glanced at the protest and kept walking. After all, UC Berkeley is the campus that became famous for the exploits of Andrew Martinez, a student who became known as “the naked guy” when he attended classes in the buff in the mid-1990s before the school expelled him. Several campus police officers watched Wednesday’s protest, and one introduced himself to Grayner before the event. Police would be watching the protest but planned to remain “low-key,” he told her. Indeed, campus officials said no protesters were arrested during the demonstration, during which students chanted, danced and played a drum and trumpet. They also tried unsuccessfully to persuade Birgeneau to come out of California Hall. A campus spokeswoman said Birgeneau was at an off-campus meeting Wednesday. “Hey hey, Birgeneau you’ve got to know,” the protesters chanted. Grayner told the crowd that “all those Cal sweatshirts you guys are wearing were made in sweatshops,”
but university officials said very few companies use abusively cheap labor to make college apparel. UC Berkeley long ago began requiring its manufacturers to meet minimum labor standards, said Maria Rubinshteyn, who directs the university’s marketing and trademark office. “I won’t deny that sweatshops KRT News Wire exist, but the In the buff: University of California at Berkeley students march nude to protest the university use of sweatshops in the manufacturing of college apparel om March 1. The protest is doing the drew attention, but no arrests were made. best it can to ensure college an 18-year-old freshman from apparel is being clothing. Only by providing jobs Prunedale who watched the nude manufactured fairly,” said can we help the workers.” demonstrators nevertheless. “I’d Rubinshteyn as protesters shouted Some onlookers were unmoved sleep fine at night if my shirt was through megaphones a few feet by the protest. made in a sweatshop.” away. “I’m actually surprised that “I personally don’t care, because (the protesters) are not wearing I’m apathetic,” said Ben Joyce,
Ag department hosts second annual Nikki Hardy Scholarship Fund Dinner Collegian Staff The agriculture department will sponsor the second annual Nikki Hardy Scholarship Fund dinner on March 30 at the animal science arena. A donation of $5 for each pork roast dinner is requested, with proceeds going to the scholarship fund. Linda Gibson, agriculture department secretary, said the fund was originally established to assist Cameron University graduate and agriculture major Nikki Hardy with medical expenses incurred during her battle with cancer. Nikki’s battle ended with her death in Norman on April 16, 2005. At last year’s agriculture department banquet, Nikki’s husband David presented the first of what he
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hopes will become an endowed scholarship. “David is hoping to make it an endowment, with the funds earning interest, which will go toward an annual scholarship,” Gibson said. The process of selecting the recipient of the scholarship has not yet been determined, but David will be involved, Gibson said. “He will be presenting this year’s scholarship recipient with the award at the agriculture department banquet on April 28,” she said. Gibson said pre-orders for take-out meals will be accepted, but are not required. Pick-up of the take-out meals will begin at 4 p.m., with the sit-down dinner beginning at 5 p.m. For more information or to order take-out meals, call 581.2275.
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Michael Cox , Cameron graduate, performs on campus at the 30th annual Jazz Festival. The festival was held March 9, with a full day of Jazz concerts.