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On March 4, 2004, Harold Robinson was having a normal day at work as the director of Physical Facilities. He had a meeting scheduled that day at the Duncan Higher Education Center. The only thing out of the ordinary about this day was the weather. “It would rain for a little, then, stop,” he explained. “The wind was extremely strong.” Weather reports for that day noted that the wind was dangerously strong. Robinson said the weather was so peculiar that he actually considered canceling his meeting in Duncan because of the drive, but he didn’t. “I was on Highway 7, and when I got to the Duncan bypass the wind and rain really hit,” Robinson said. “I called back to Cameron to see how things were going and how bad the weather was there, and they told me that I wasn’t going to believe what had happened.” Robinson headed back to Cameron immediately. When he arrived, he was in shock. There were cars with windows out; some cars were so badly damaged they were impossible to drive. The football stadium concession stand was de-
By Ekeama Goddard Staﬀ Writer Hair a little frazzled from a day of work and hands working in conjunction with his voice, he tries to explain the dreaded comma splice and the pronoun-antecedent rule, commanding the full attention of the student across the table from him. After braving the labyrinth of Nance Boyer, the student has found the Chosen One, the Obi Won Kenobi of English, one who understands the meandering ways of grammatical structures, MLA format and organization of academic papers: Mr. Ellis Hooley. At another table are seated two of the student workers. They are ﬁnished helping others in the art of English and in that moment of quiet, listen as the assistant director of the Center for Writers helps a student understand the intricacies of subject/verb agreement and dependent clauses. Though they are both English majors, they listen in admiration to the ease with which he imparts knowledge, which, even to them, is murky. They speak in hushed tones so as not to disturb the One. “He knows something about everything. He knows English, and he seems to know bits about every imaginable topic,” Erica Sams, English senior and student worker, said. English sophomore and student worker, Chelsea Riddles, agreed. “He is very knowledgeable in his area of expertise and good at helping students understand the process of writing,” she said. Earlier that week, English Professor John Morris, a former teacher and now colleague of Photo by Ekeama Goddard Hooley’s, reminisced about when he did his part
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stroyed, debris covered the campus, and Nance Boyer was missing a large section of its roof. “I asked myself, ‘where do we start?’” Robinson said. For the rest of the day and many days to follow, Robinson and other members of Physical Facilities assisted students and faculty with their vehicles, removed debris and worked on many repairs. Although Physical Facilities may sometimes go unnoticed and unappreciated, faculty and students know that without it, CU would simply be someplace for students and faculty to dread. Without the Physical Facilities personnel, damages from storms and other natural disasters would take more time to repair. The Physical Facilities staﬀ has many responsibilities. According to Keith Mitchell, vice president for University Advancement, the university’s land, buildings and vehicles are valued at approximately $94 million, and it is the duty of Physical Facilities to maintain them. “This is no easy feat in light of the age of the buildings and the degree of maintenance that’s been deferred over the years because of insuﬃcient state funding,” Mitchell said. The department is nested between the sta-
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Got mail? Dennis Mosal, CU’s mail courier, heads out to deliver to 63 campus offices. dium and the tennis courts and is comprised of almost 30 buildings. According to Mitchell, one of the buildings dates back to the era of the Great Depression.
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Hooley imparts ‘the force’ in the Center for Writers
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to pass the force on to Hooley. “As a student, he was fairly quiet and went above and beyond what was required for the course. Working in the Center for Writers, he does a tremendous job with helping students,” Morris said. Morris, one of CU’s English Jedi Masters, is not the only one who is appreciative of the assistant director’s work. Mrs. Carolyn Kinslow, director of the Center for Writers, also showers praises on Hooley. “I ﬁrst met him when he was a tutor, and that is how I became familiar with his work,” Kinslow said. “When the position of assistant director became available, I thought of him because I was impressed with the work he had done as a tutor.” Kinslow said that the students responded well to Hooley, who was able to explain to them how they could make their papers better. It was on this basis that she contacted him when the post opened up at the center. “He was very much interested in the position because he had really enjoyed his time at the Center for Writers and was someone who realized how important that work is and how much it can positively aﬀect a student’s performance, not only in English class but in other classes as well.” Though Hooley was interested in the position, Kinslow said that at the time he was working at the Southwestern Behavioral Health Facility; he had to break that contract to take up the position. “Luckily for us, the people he was working with at the time were kind enough to let him out of his obligation so that he could take this position that he really wanted to take,” said Kinslow. Additionally, she said, “He’s helped tremendously in getting the material that we have online available for the Writing Lab. That’s invaluable. It would not be there if not
Piglets enhance lab experience By Scott Pratt Staﬀ Writer The agriculture department has some new friends this semester with the addition of 18 new piglets. The piglets are part of Professor Ira Kennedy’s Swine Science class in the animal science specialization. The class uses the piglets to learn how to care for swine. The students take care of the pigs from the time they are born for about a semester until the pigs are sold. “The students assist in notching the piglets’ ears to tell which sow the piglet came from,” Kennedy said. Students also must give iron shots to the piglets. Pigs kept in a natural environment gain iron from the nutrient-rich soil, but because these piglets are kept on concrete ﬂoors and sow’s milk is
naturally low in iron, they tend to become anemic in a short period of time. “These situations are good for students to get hands-on exposure to working with animals,” Kennedy said. After the piglets were born, they were housed in a pen with heating lamps and bedding until they were turned out to be with the sows. The pigs will grow quickly, leaving Cameron when they are around 40-45 pounds. They will be residents of the Animal Science building on 38th Street until the end of the semester when they will most likely be sold by a silent auction to the highest bidder, according to Kennedy.
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That’ll do pigs: Eighteen piglets frolic in the sunshine while awaiting care provided by swine science students.
March 21, 2005
Freedom wanted: Dorms’ rules need more ﬂexibility Everyone talks about it but no one ever really says anything: While our Aggie cards are great for getting student discounts, getting into events, using the gym and eating on campus, no one likes having to present the card to hang out at the dorms — or even to study together, borrow something or say ‘hi’ to a friend. The dorms are residents’ homes. This is where we live, sleep, study, shower, relax and spend time with friends. Only, when we want to spend time with friends, we have to check them into the dorm and make sure that everyone stays together at all times in the dorm resident’s room. In addition, we are only allowed to have three friends, because that is all we are allowed to bring to our dorm room at one time. Sure, we can divide a larger group of friends among resident card holders, but if our guests are caught anywhere without us, for example in the hallway, another room or downstairs, we risk losing our card or visiting “privileges.” There are lounges on each floor, but anytime we are outside of the dorm room, Lauren Slate we will most likely be told we are being too loud. The North lounge is uninviting, although I have seen a cockroach or two enjoying it, and the remote to the TV did not work the last time I checked. Besides, it is used mainly for a game of ping-pong or to study. The dorms are our homes and there is nowhere else to go to spend time with all of our friends when they are dorm residents. I know that it is viewed as a safety measure to check guests in and out of dorm rooms, but holding a card at a desk is not going to protect anyone. Poor decisions will be made and those who make them probably will not be abiding by the rules, anyway, including stringently checking in and out their guests. It is good to know that there are public safety officers who may be reached if needed. It just seems ridiculous to attempt to keep tabs on hundreds of students. This is not a Catholic boarding school or military camp; it would be great to live on a campus with less restrictions and regulations. We are like mice evading the hungry eyes of our resident assistants through a mousetrap of elevators and doors. I suppose I could just leave if I didn’t like it, but not everyone has that option. Perhaps Shepler needs a newly designed place for residents to hang out and play music or movies. If there are funds to redecorate the lounge, I will gladly take leadership of that project. I believe Cameron dorm residents should experience the freedom of coming and going as we please; with many residents in their twenties, it would be nice to have the same freedoms that we did in high school. Lauren is an English/journalism junior from Lawton. She is also a staff writer for The Collegian and wishes to be elected chair of the Lounge Redecorating Committee. Send comments to email@example.com
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tesimal diﬀerences between us as well? Yes, Summers made a mistake, all right, but his mistake wasn’t in suggesting that there might be some inherent diﬀerences between males and females. His mistake was in making the assumption he was speaking to an audience capable of receiving, analyzing and accepting or rejecting the validity of his message. Instead, he was faced with an audience who didn’t want to hear the message in the ﬁrst place, let alone discuss it. I ﬁnd it ironic, but not surprising, that Summers’ comments regarding the demands of family on women in the workforce were virtually ignored. I suppose it’s much easier for the mainstream media to scream “discrimination!” rather than engage in meaningful debate about the choices women are faced with as they enter the workforce in 2005. Perhaps it was inappropriate for the president of Harvard University to open this Pandora’s box, but I, for one, admire the man for having the intellectual honesty necessary to consider, and express, ideas contrary to mainstream thought. For those who are interested in knowing what Summers actually said, his remarks have been posted for the world to read at http://www.president.harvard. edu.
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Harvard University President Larry Summers recently came under attack when he commented on the possible reasons women are represented in fewer numbers in the ﬁelds of science and engineering. He suggested that there might be some physiological reasons to explain why women tend to be under-represented in certain areas. His remarks raised a ﬁrestorm of protest: His subsequent apology has done little, if anything, to quell the storm. Summers’ remarks, which were made at a conference on diversifying the science and engineering workforce, were intended to stimulate thought and provoke discussion. He forgot we live in the era of Political Correctness where it’s perfectly acceptable to cling to the tattered and worn image of the woman as a victim, but totally unacceptable to discuss the possibility that women are capable of making some hard choices in regard to career paths, choices that might include giving up the 80-hour work week of the high powered executive for the 24-7 work week of the stay-athome mom. It’s also unacceptable to consider, even for a moment, the idea that perhaps women and men are hardwired to perform some tasks better than others. There are, after all, some pretty obvious gender diﬀerences. Why should we reject, without consideration, the idea that there may be some inﬁni-
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Josh Huckabee Pre-nursing freshman “Invisible, so that I could run away from people.”
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dear Editor: The Department of Music & Theatre Arts produced Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun March 3-6, 2005. This fun musical featured numerous Cameron students and Lawton-Fort Sill Community members both onstage and backstage. Even though a representative from The Collegian attended our photo call, we were very disappointed that no article or photo from our production was featured in The Collegian. There was not even a mention in the “Campus Round-Up” listing in the February 28th issue. I also ﬁnd it hard to believe that the movie, Constantine and The Music were more important than showcasing Cameron’s OWN on the A & E page. While I appreciate any coverage we receive of our student events, I am disappointed that our students didn’t have your support. Thank you for allowing me to voice my concerns.
Lindsay Williams Science senior “Invisible.”
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Patrick McKinzie Engineering freshman “I would fly.” Our Views The opinions expressed in The Collegian pages or personal columns are those of the signed author. The unsigned editorial under the heading “Our Voice” represents the opinion of the majority of the editorial board. The opinions expressed in The Collegian do not necessarily represent those of Cameron University or the state of Oklahoma.
March 21, 2005
Life experience, research and passion keep Stanley churning out new works By Petulah Olibert
on their rounds while they dug bullets out of walls, dusted for ﬁngerStaﬀ Writer prints and searched for other types of evidence,” Stanley said. “During It’s long been known, especially that time, I grew familiar with a among writers, that life experiences, lot of people at the Detroit police coupled with a vivid imagination headquarters. One lady in particuand a curious nature, are essential lar used to relate really fascinating to morph black print into colorstories about how crimes had been ful, dancing images in the mind’s solved. One was about an envelope eye. Cameron University Professor that had been found at the scene George Stanley has a ﬁrm grasp on of a crime. She had unsealed it and this concept. found that there was more saliva on Stanley, a well-known children’s the right hand side, which lessened ﬁction writer, ﬁrst began writing for along the left hand side. That proved adults. that the suspect was left handed; “At ﬁrst, I was doing what most left handed people usually lick from college professors did — writing right to left while right handed articles on linguistics,” Stanley said. people lick from left to right.” “After pursuing my master’s at the Almost immediately Stanley University of Port Elizabeth in went into overdrive, concocting imSouth Africa, I accepted a Fulbright ages of his ﬁrst story, “The Saliva professorship to the University of Solution,” published in Child Life N’Djamena in Chad. At that time, magazine in 1974. Stanley’s ﬁrst I felt totally isolated and the only book, “The Crime Lab,” was pubcompany I had was my shortwave lished by Avon in 1979. radio. I began to listen to BBC conEventually, Stanley began writing stantly. Eventually, I wrote some for popular mystery publications. radio plays that BBC broadcasted. Although he writes mostly under During that time, I was also writing his own name, short stories for he also uses the Irish and Afri“I love nonfi ction, like pseudonyms can and British M. T. Coﬃn, magazines.” history, but I also enjoy Stanley’s big turning those events into Adam Mills, and the Simon and break in writing fi ction.” Schuster Comchildren’s ﬁction — George Stanley pany names of came packaged with pearls and Professor Carolyn Keene Franklin W lace, in the form Foreign Languages and Dixon. of his wife. Af“I had always ter marriage, he wanted to write for children. I read became well acquainted with her these novels as a kid and I always brothers, who worked for the Dewanted to write mystery, but I troit police department. started writing for adults and it “My wife’s brothers were evidence just worked out that way. I guess I technicians. I used to go with them
fell into it after the publication of “The Crime Lab,” Stanley said. “However, I may soon put the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries at rest. They’re making them more modern as time goes by and I’m getting less and less so. They have to be really edgy and hip. I’m not so hip anymore. But I enjoyed writing them.” Stanley is also the author of an Photo by Scott Pratt eight part historical series for A rare moment of respite: Professor George Stanley pauses to reflect on his middle schoolers. career as an author and teacher. “It was an enormous “I’ve been writing for so long Stanley is determined to continue amount of work,” Stanley said of that I don’t initiate many things along the path he has carved for his most recent publication. “We anymore. I write what the edihimself. started last March and didn’t ﬁntors ask me to write,” he said. “I “I love nonﬁction, like history, ish until November. My job was to recently concluded “Crazy Horse” but I also enjoy turning those events select the historical documents and for Simon and Schuster, which will into ﬁction. Right now my plans are to write the connective text for them be out soon. They also have a new to continue with whatever comes — to put them in context. I had series called “Childhood of World along and to do exactly what I’m to choose the parts that I thought Figures” for which I’m writing doing. I plan never to retire,” Stanley young people would enjoy reading. Leonardo Da Vinci and General said. We started in 1492 with the voyages MacArthur. Right now I’m working For hopeful writers, Stanley ofof Columbus and we ended with the on a novel set in Lawton about the fers this advice: “You may be reading 2004 presidential election. The ﬁrst Ku Klux Klan, and I’m really enjoysomething now — a mystery or a document begins where the King ing it.” horror, perhaps — that you wish and Queen of Spain give Columbus Stanley does not intend to limit you could have written yourself. permission to make these voyages.” himself to a single literary genre. Well, there’s a very good chance you So, what’s in store for the accomIn addition to his self-proclaimed can. I read the Nancy Drew and plished writer? As he put it, he still perfect job at Cameron University Hardy Boys mysteries when I was a has to conquer the world. Retireteaching foreign languages, to which kid and now I’m writing them. Anyment is a nonexistent notion. he plans to add Swahili and Persian, thing is possible; just start writing.”
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Employment opportunities for health care professionals CU’s Science and Technology Building will be the site of a Healthcare Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Southwest Area Healthcare Consortium will sponsor the fair, with representatives from hospitals and professional groups available for students to talk to. There will also be employment opportunities. Call 580.581.2284 for more information.
PAC Blood Drive PAC will sponsor a blood drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday in the Student Union Reading Room.
11th Annual Student Research Conference scheduled On April 15, West Texas A&M University will host the 11th Annual Student Research Conference. Participation in this event requires preparation of an abstract or proposal and a presentation before judges and colleagues. The abstract must be formatted according to discipline standards and submitted online at http://wtcis. wtamu.edu/~sturesco. The $20 registration fee includes the awards reception. The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 1. Contact Dr. Bryan Vizzini at 800.651.2419 or bvizzini@mail. wtamu.edu for more information.
when I left for Cameron. About a month after I got here and set up shop, he called me and told me that he was getting out and going home and basically thanked me for bothering to take the time to treat him like a person and try to teach him some stuﬀ,” for him. He is very knowledgeable about everything. We are Hooley said. “You don’t often get that kind of feedback from very fortunate to have him.” students in any situation, but in that situation in particular, it With all this praise, you may be wondering what starship made me really aware of just how much of an impact you can brought Hooley to the tiny planet of Lawton. have on a person and really never realize it. It’s pretty amazing.” In his oﬃce, in a rare moment of rest, Hooley said, “OriginalHooley credits this experience with keeping him on the ly I’m from Arizona, from a little mining town about 51 miles teaching route. northeast of Tuscon called St. Manuel. I moved to Oklahoma “I’ve always enjoyed the academic setting and the open exas a kid and lived in Stratford which is where the peaches come change of ideas with knowledgeable people, working with people from, then lived in Norman for about a year before moving who have paid the money who want to be there and want to here.” learn. But, had it not been for my experience teaching at SouthWhile attending high school in Lawton, he began to evolve western Behavioral Health, I don’t know that I would’ve thought into the Jedi master we now know as Mr. Hooley; it’s not only about teaching,” Hooley said. his English expertise that students and colleagues notice. HoolHooley noted that his job allows him to do the ideal kind ey is also comfortable with technology. of teaching. He can work one on one with students and see the “When I was still in high school, I went to the local Vo-tech progression of their work as they become comfortable with the and took two years of computer school back when home comlanguage. puters were just coming into their own. There I got a lot of expoHe said that the Center facilitates his meeting these people sure to how they worked and what they did and how to program and that the number of students who use the facility is increasthem,” Hooley said. “It’s something I kept up ing. He believes that the scope of the center with over the years, so in a lot of cases when has broadened because students from all discipeople have questions [about computers in the “I’ve always enjoyed the plines are now found there. He commented on lab] they ask me.” academic setting and the the diversity of CU’s students. Hooley said that he started oﬀ like any one “Cameron is really unique in the composiopen exchange of ideas of us — as a student at Cameron. Originally tion of its student body. There are people not a history major, he soon changed to English at with knowledgeable only of all kinds of diﬀerent backgrounds in the prompting of English composition teacher people.” terms of social economics and ethnicity, but Lyn Miller while in her Composition I class. — Ellis Hooley all age groups are represented here. There was After this suggestion, there was no stopping also one lady who was 73 years old and she Assistant Director the educational journey for Hooley. He did so was coming in to get her associate’s,” Hooley Center for Writers said. “One of the beneﬁts of the job is that no well in his classes that he was one of the ﬁrst students to work at the Center for Writers. two tutoring experiences are ever going to be “I worked here as a tutor as an undergrad exactly the same. I mean, the kinds of concepts and enjoyed the experience immensely,” Hooley said. you might teach might be the same but the interaction with the After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1996, he worked at student is never going to be the same at all. As a result, I learn a high school for a year, then at the Southwestern Behavioral tons of stuﬀ from around the globe that I’d probably never be Health facility, teaching disturbed children. exposed to if I didn’t have the opportunity to visit with them “I substituted for almost two years after I graduated and and get to know them a little bit. That kind of broadened my worked elsewhere for a while. I taught at Eisenhower for a year,” horizons.” Hooley said. “Then I taught for a nine-week period at SouthAfter explaining that his scope of information is expanded by western Behavioral Health, which was probably the one experihis exposure to a variety of diﬀerent students, what does Hooley ence that really renewed my energy as a teacher because it was a think of his job? great spot with a great staﬀ and great kids.” “It’s the perfect job. It’s a nifty exchange that keeps me on my Hooley said that the experience he gained from this estabtoes and sharp,” said Hooley, with a gleam of satisfaction in his lishment was eye-opening as the children had emotional, social eye. and substance-abuse problems. He said one particular child Today, like most other days, Hooley is sitting at a table with stood out in his mind. a student, passing on his light-saber knowledge of how to use “I had a student out there who had been diagnosed as a psygerunds and participles. Tomorrow, it may be some other aspect chopath; he was violent. As a student, he was kind of average. of the English language he will tackle, endeavoring to help a He had some problems in certain areas and strengths in others. student understand and, hopefully, master the art of communiHe was very artistic in that he liked to draw. He was still there cation.
March 21, 2005
Western Oklahoma State College nursing program working with CU By Ian Mitchell Staﬀ Writer Western Oklahoma State College, based in Altus, has been in partnership with Cameron University for the past year and a half, facing the daily challenges of providing quality nursing education for students at both campuses. According to Director of Allied Health Carol Kendrix, the ﬁrst steps toward the development of the program were initiated in 2003 with an agreement that included Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Southwestern Medical Center, Duncan Regional Hospital and Memorial Hospital and Physicians Group in Frederick. “Discussion about the program between Altus and Lawton began spring 2003 and the memorandum between hospitals was signed in July 2003,” she said. Kendrix said that on Nov. 3, 2003, the ﬁrst ITV transmission was done with the sophomore class. She said by August 2004, the freshman class was added via ITV. However, according to Kendrix, the students selected for the nursing program during spring 2004 are the ﬁrst students to truly be a part of the program as it was visualized. Nursing freshman Chyvonne Taylor chose the WOSC nursing program because she feels it is both aﬀordable and convenient. “I wanted to get into nursing but felt it would be too expensive to get into a school like OU without a scholarship,” Taylor said. “Also, I did not want to be driving to and from other parts of the state. So being able to come to Cameron to do the program was perfect for me.” According to Nursing Program Coordinator Chrystal Overton, the WOSC nursing program has achieved one of its main objectives through this joint venture. “One of our primary goals was to increase the availability and
convenience of an associate’s degree in nursing education to Lawton and surrounding areas,” Overton said. “By adding the distant site, we could also increase the number of students we accept in the program. I believe this has been achieved.” According to nursing freshman Shari Taylor, she chose WOSC’s program because she wanted to get into the work force quickly. “After getting my associate’s, I will be able to start working as an RN while working toward my bachelor’s,” she said. “I just really wanted to start working as soon as I could.” Overton said there are currently 18 sophomore and 20 freshman students enrolled at the Cameron site. According to Overton, the nursing program will graduate 44 students this year but they hope for even higher numbers in the coming year. “We hope to increase our enrollment next year to allow us to graduate 60 students,” she said. Overton said that in addition to herself, there are three fulltime faculty members and one secretary working at the Cameron site, and one pre-nursing adviser, Debbie Crossland, who works for Cameron and advises both WOSC and OU nursing students. She said next year there will be two full-time faculty members each in Lawton and Altus and she will continue to work at both campuses. According to Kendrix, staﬃng has been a major challenge facing the program. “Finding qualiﬁed faculty has been one of the greatest challenges so far,” Kendrix said. “It is diﬃcult to compete with hospital wages in an education setting. Faculty has to be master’s prepared to teach, so it has been hard to ﬁnd faculty who will work for the salary that an educational institution pays.” When the program started, most of the clinical work was done in Lawton. Plans were made to expand to include both Duncan
and Frederick; however, according to Kendrix, to date only Duncan has been included. “Because Frederick is a smaller hospital, we have not had students there as yet,” she said. “However, we still hope to be able to use them as a clinical site.” Another problem identiﬁed by Kendrix is getting the classrooms equipped and up and running. “We continue to have technical glitches, which cause problems in the classroom,” she said. “It has been frustrating at times, but anytime you have something so new to people, this is part of the process.” Overton feels there is a need to maintain a sense of unity between students enrolled at the two sites. “One of the greatest challenges was keeping group cohesiveness. The nursing program has traditionally had a great deal of group cohesiveness. We have worked hard to maintain the ideal of one program,” Overton said. “We have implemented the use of WebCT, an Internet based format for class discussion, communication, and much more, to improve communication among the two sites. We also co-teach all classes so there is an instructor at each site to assist students as needed.” Kendrix agrees. “We try to maintain a closeness between students and preventing a ‘we’ ‘they’ separation,” she said. “It is hard to maintain a sense of oneness when the students are
separated.” According to Shari Taylor, they have succeeded in eliminating any feeling of division. “The thought of there being an ‘us’ and ‘them’ never even crossed my mind,” she said. “So I would say they have been very successful with that.” She also said she is grateful for the opportunity that this agreement between the various health care institutions has created for students living in the Lawton community. These institutions, according to Kendrix, are currently funding the program under their original agreement. “They have provided the funds to establish the classrooms, hire instructors, and meet the material, supplies, travel needs, etcetera, for
this ﬁrst two years, which will be up in June 2005,” she said. “I do not know if all four hospitals will continue to fund the project.” Kendrix does foresee a decrease in overall program costs in the coming year. However, she still believes there will be a need for additional instructors. “The budget for the overall program will go down considerably over the next year,” she said, “but with the increased number of students comes the need for extra faculty in the clinical area. Our hope is that the hospitals will see that it is an eﬀective program and will continue to support the ﬁnancial needs.” Additional information on the WOSC nursing program can be found on their Web site at http:// www.wosc.edu.
New OU nursing coordinator shares the love at Cameron By Jennifer Hardy Staﬀ Writer
Sharing the Love: New OU Nursing Coordinator, Heather Love presents a lecture to one of her classes. Love became the new coordinator in December.
Set on the west side of the CU campus is the Lawton location of the OU College of Nursing. Although the program may not be the most recognized on campus, OU nursing has been around since 1997. Heather Love replaced the previous program coordinator, Beverly Bowers. Love came to the Lawton campus in August of 2004 and served as an instructor for her ﬁrst semester. Then, in December, she was oﬀered the job as the coordinator of the program. Besides coordinating the program, Love teaches classes, runs the lab, advises students and has administrative duties. Love graduated in 1993 from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in science and nursing. She then came to Cameron and received her master’s degree in 2004 through the OU College of Nursing. Throughout the years, Love has had diﬀerent jobs. She has worked in obstetrics and in surgery. Before coming to Cameron, she worked at the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. She served
one year as an instructor and six information the students receive years as the coordinator of the throughout the generic program LPN program oﬀered there. is new. Love said she enjoys working Love is planning other changes both in OB and teaching. including an eﬀort to increase “I like doing both because I community involvement and make have such a love for both ﬁelds,” people more aware of the OU she said. “I can get my ﬁ x doing College of Nursing program. both jobs.” “There is such a shortage of Love is looking at making nurses,” Love said, “ and if we changes to the College of Nursing are able to make the facility program; but her priority is to expansions that we are looking to enlarge the physical space and make, we will gain more students go beyond their current facility, and the shortage will be cut.” Conwill Hall, second ﬂoor. Although there are only 40 “Right now we have 40 juniors students selected for the program, and 40 there are usually seniors in around 100 “We are looking forward our generic applicants. program,” Love described to great changes and many Love said. it as a “very more years of success.” “We are competitive” wanting atmosphere. to possibly Finally, what — Heather Love expand our Love is looking OU Nursing Coordinator facilities or to do with this maybe even program is to work hand in hand with some make it more of a close-knit, of the technology centers in the family relationship with the rest community to up our numbers to of the CU campus. 70 students in both the junior and “We are so grateful to Cameron senior classes.” for allowing us to use the facilities The generic program here,” Love said. “We are looking is oﬀered to students who forward to great changes and enter the program with no many more years of success.” health background. All of the
Students recognized for history research By Dawn Holt Staﬀ Writer Six students represented Cameron University at the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians and Phi Alpha Theta regional conference and paper competition at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee on Feb. 25 and 26. Scott W. Kohrs, history senior, Jamie McGuire, history junior, Bill Barber, history junior, John Harding history senior, Jerry Brown, history senior, and Daniela Green, history senior, presented papers at the conference, with Brown and Green awarded for their presentations. Brown received second place in the undergraduate U.S. history category for his paper, “Truth is Mighty and Shall Prevail: Analyzing the ‘Coﬃn Handbill’ and its Effects on the Election of 1828.” Green won third place in the undergraduate non-U.S. history category for her paper, “German Historians during the Nazi Regime.” According to Sarah Eppler Janda, assistant history professor, the requirement for submitting a paper for the conference consisted of the endorsement of the faculty adviser for Cameron’s Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. There was no limit on the number of students who could participate, but the department selected the best quality of work. Each paper submitted was critiqued by his-
tory faculty members who have expertise in the particular area of research. Faculty members oﬀered suggestions to the students if they wanted to make changes. “Dr. Stegmaier (professor of history) and I are very proud of our students showing,” Janda said. “All of them worked at perfecting their papers and practicing their delivery in the weeks leading up to the conference.” The conference brought together faculty and students from across the state to promote the study of history, giving the students the opportunity to meet people from other institutions and learn more about history. “It is a particularly good opportunity for our students who are interested in going on to graduate school,” Janda said. “For the students who do plan to go to OU, OSU, or one of the other schools in Oklahoma, it gives them a chance to meet the faculty members from those institutions.” There were a total of six students who competed and seven papers submitted. All seven papers were products of Stegmaier’s Civil War class or his historical research and writing class. Janda said that each student represented the university well. “Jack Tunstall, the executive director of the National Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, attended the conference and singled out our students for their ﬁne performance,” she said.
Photo by Dawn Holt
Rewriting history: Seniors Scott W. Kohrs and Daniela Green participate in Senior Seminar in History, a class required of history majors. Kohrs and Green presented research papers at the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians and Phi Alpha Theta regional conference. Green was awarded third place in her category.
SGA Notes The following items are slated for today’s SGA meeting: The second reading of Resolution 105015, authored by Senator Rivera, to provide students with online enrollment. The ﬁrst reading of Resolution 105018, authored by Senator Red Elk, to name currently unnamed CU streets. File now for SGA positions in the Student Activities Building. Filing ends March 30 at 4 p.m. Elections will be held on April 5 and 6. Have any questions about SGA? Visit www.cameron.edu/sga or call 581.2444. WORKERS Continued from page 1
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include trash pickup, street signs, sprinkler system maintenance and providing labor when faculty is moving oﬃces or when furniture needs to be replaced. Professor Don Aguilar of the multimedia department has had an experience with moving oﬃces and furniture. “Physical Facilities remodeled our oﬃce from two oﬃces to four,” he said. “They also helped us move the old furniture out and the new furniture in,” Aguilar said. “I appreciate so much what they do. They are very helpful and very service-oriented.” French believes the best part of his job is the payoﬀ. “Since the outside of the campus is the ﬁrst thing that students and faculty see, the way the campus looks is the best part of my job,” French said. “Getting everything covered is deﬁnitely the hardest part of my job.” French works with four crews to get everything done: a mowing crew, a ﬂower bed crew, a crew that works on speciﬁc parts of campus only, and a one-man crew that mows the big ﬁelds that Cameron owns. The grounds department has won many awards. One award was the ﬁve-year Environmental Quality Improvement Award. This award was received in 1999. “This was awarded by the City of Lawton Environmental Community for the Unity Gardens,” French explained. Current projects French’s crews are working on include placing ivy beds and ornamental grass on the north and south sides of the cafeteria, redoing ﬂowerbeds and putting up signs. One of the most important duties of Physical Facilities belongs to Ed Burris, the physical plant engineer at CU since 1996. “My main priority is to manage the everyday maintenance of environmental control and water works,” Burris said. Even though he is on call 24/7, 365 days a year, Burris has “no complaints.” “We’re here for the employees and students. We want the campus to be as safe as we can make it,” Burris said. “I wouldn’t work anywhere else.” Mary Stevens, the Shepler Hall director, works very closely with Physical Facilities and is appreciative of the department. “They always respond in a timely manner to all of our requests,” Stevens said. Barbara Pickthorn, the assistant director of the CU library feels the same. “Physical Facilities always gets everything done that needs to be done,” she said. Adam Calaway, assistant director of Government and Community Relations, also expressed his gratitude. “The Physical Facilities department is the unsung hero at the Cameron University family,” Calaway said. “They work diligently to provide Cameron students with a safe, clean and attractive campus, and they do it with little fanfare. We all owe them a special thanks.” Robinson, French, Hacker and Mosal are just a few of the people who deserve thanks. Whether it is damage from a storm similar to the one on March 4 of last year or a leaky faucet in the bathrooms, the staﬀ of the Physical Facilities Department has it covered.
“The staﬀ is made up of experts in a variety of ﬁelds: carpenters, electricians, plumbers, groundskeepers, maintenance engineers and auto mechanics,” Mitchell said. Robinson has been at Cameron for 22 years. He still remembers his ﬁrst look at the campus. “Most of the grounds were vacant on campus,” he said. “There was little landscaping, fewer buildings and few focal points.” According to Robinson, the Physical Facilities Department boasts a crew of 78 workers. An important responsibility of the facilities is to deliver mail. This is the duty of Dennis Mosal, Cameron’s mail courier for 14 years. Mosal is in charge of sorting, bundling and delivering mail. Mosal started at Cameron in 1987 working as a custodian supervisor. He then moved on to grounds and then became a mechanic. In 1991, he moved to the mail department. “I deliver mail to 63 oﬃces twice a day,” Mosal said. “Remembering who, what, where and when everything goes is the hardest part of this job. The easiest part is the hours, and that I get to stay clean,” Mosal said. Mosal enjoys working at Cameron and says there is never a dull moment. “I also get to work with two great student workers,” he said. Gabriel Vidal, computer science junior, is one of the student workers. “I’ve been working here for two years, and I really enjoy it,” Vidal said. “I’ve learned a lot about the university and the faculty side of each department.” Another very important part of the facilities is carpentry. Lumber, saws, paint buckets and paint brushes are strategically placed everywhere; this building is the domain of Terry Hacker, the carpenter foreman. “We have several responsibilities here on campus,” Hacker said. “We replace and install windows, doors, ﬂooring and ceilings – just to name a few.” Hacker has been at Cameron for 21 years and believes it’s a great place to work. “I like working here because of all the good people I work with,” Hacker said. He believes working on a collegiate campus is not like regular construction because of weather situations. “If it’s raining, we can work inside,” he said. “We can always work.” Examples of projects completed include installing backstops on the baseball and softball ﬁelds and windscreens at the tennis courts. “We’ve worked with the athletic director on many occasions,” Hacker said. Sam Carroll, CU’s athletic director, appreciates the work of the Physical Facilities personnel. “Physical Facilities is important in the support of our athletic programs,” Carroll said. “They are good to work with and continue to work with us in the daily maintenance of our facilities.” Some other responsibilities of the carpentry department include the installment of signs, with or without braille, upkeep on all sidewalks, driveways and parking lots, and they are currently making bathrooms handicap accessible. “We stay busy all year round,” Hacker said. “When students are on break from classrooms, we are working.” While the carpenters work on the inside of the buildings, John French, the grounds foreman and a six-year veteran at CU, works outside. Lawnmowers, weed-eaters and other landscaping tools ﬁll his oﬃce. “Our primary goal is ground Photo by Sarah Warren maintenance. This encompasses the grass, ﬂowers, shrubs and trees,” Clean and green: Groundskeeping is one of the jobs that comes French said. under the Physical Facilities umbrella. This award-winning department Some other responsibilities works continually to make the campus a welcoming sight.
Chinese restaurant superior to others By Justin Liszeski
PAC will be showing “Meet the Fockers” at 7 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Student Activities Building. The event is free of charge. Easter Egg Hunt
The entry deadline for the University Talent Show is 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Activities Building. The winner of the show will receive $100. For more information, call 2217. Second pageant performance The second and final performance of “The Prince of Peace” will be from 9 p.m. Saturday night until 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning at the Holy City. There is a $5 per car donation. Band concert Photo by Justin Liszeski
Chinese, anyone? The China Hong buffet, though not well known, does not disappoint. The restaurant became another in a line of Chinese restaurants in Lawton about eight months ago. After my second trip to the two center buﬀet lines, I made my way back to the table with my plate stacked with more good food. Teriyaki chicken and black pepper chicken, crab Rangoon, egg rolls and wonton clung to the plate as I did my best to balance the tower of food. Seated once again, and stuﬃng my face while admiring the pictures hung on either end of the wall, I began to feel sympathy for such an excellent restaurant. Why customers did not ﬁll this place baﬄed me. On the other hand I was aware that the emptiness was why I was enjoying myself so much. It was a sad revelation, knowing that I would lose the pleasurable experience if more people began to come, but this restaurant would likely close if it did not become more popular. While ﬁlling my third plate, I saw one man walk in and get a togo box. He was the only customer I saw throughout my dining experience. My third trip to the buﬀet line was the best. There was an actual salad line, not some pathetic excuse for one, oﬀering the generic
coleslaw in tubs. An ensemble of salad could be made from the assorted vegetables and greens including red and green peppers, jalapenos, broccoli and mushrooms, both fried and fresh, olives, pickles and pineapples. The lettuce pulled apart into chewable portions and, like everything else, it was fresh. Eyeing the last buﬀet line, I ﬁnished oﬀ my salad. The last buﬀet line was stocked with sushi and desserts. I opted for the dessert. There were chocolate ﬁlled and pink leaf-shaped cookies, coconut pastries, small slices of chocolate cake and cherry topped bananas. I tried each of these and all, except for the chocolate cookies which were a bit dry, disappeared quickly. All of the ﬁne food I ate cost me about $8, with an additional $4 for a tip. Anyone willing to drive out there and spend the money is likely to have a similar dining experience. You can also stop by for a little $6 order to-go box of food. The quality and variety of food, the aesthetic setting and price make for a memorable meal. Overall Grade: A
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Staﬀ Writer On the west side of town there is a little known restaurant worth visiting when the desire for Chinese cuisine takes you. China Hong Buﬀet is located next to the Country Mart on 67th St., at 6740 NW Cache Road. While there are plenty of Chinese joints in town, none can compare to the dining experience that China Hong oﬀers. It delivers some amenities superior to the others, including the variety of food, the privacy, the setting and the service. Naturally, having to review the restaurant, I ate myself miserable, but the time between my arrival and departure was pleasant and ﬁlled with several trips to each of the 15-foot long buﬀet lines. When I noticed personal pan pizzas I grabbed half of one and began strolling down the line, choosing my favorites ﬁrst. Fried shrimp and chicken sparsely occupied my plate which ensured plenty of room for both the sweet and sour chicken and General Tso’s chicken; a couple of sesame balls ﬁnished my ﬁrst sweep. Oﬀ I went to my extremely shiny and clean table. With plenty of delicious food and nothing to complain about, I talked with my friends, noting the cleanliness of the restaurant and the few number of customers, before making my second trip through the buﬀet line. Arriving there at 1 p.m., I had thought the place would be a somewhat busy. Instead, only the managing family were present. Surprising at ﬁrst, but when taking into consideration the distance from the schools and 9-5 businesses, it made sense that it would not be so busy. Delighted at the opportunity to enjoy what I thought was a new restaurant, without the liveliness customarily associated with such places, I was astonished to learn that China Hong Buﬀet has been open for eight months.
March 21, 2005
Cleveland County Fairgrounds — Norman — 405.360.4721 • Creative Craft Festival: Sunday
The CU Concert Band will present a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday in the University Theatre. For more information call 2240. Senior piano recital Yui Kan Chan will be presenting a piano recital at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the McCutcheon Recital Hall.
‘Be Cool’ not worth admission fee, time By Joshua Rouse Sports Editor It is hard to “be cool” after watching Travolta and company make fools of themselves in the new release, “Be Cool.” The price of admission alone would anger a person but then to sit through nearly two hours of pointless babble is enough to send somebody into a ﬁt of rage. John Travolta (“Ladder 49”) reprises his “Get Shorty” role as Chili Palmer, a shylock who decides to go to Hollywood and enter the movie business. This time around, Palmer enters the music business after his music mogul friend, Tommy (James Woods), is shot by a member of the Russian maﬁa with a bad toupee. Palmer hooks up with Tommy’s widow. Edie Athens (Uma Thurman) to help an up-and- coming singer, Linda Moon (Christina Milian). A problem enters the mix in the form of Raji (Vince Vaughn), Linda’s manager who thinks, “he is black.” Raji and his homosexual bodyguard, Elliot Wilhelm Courtesy Photo (The Rock) hold Moon’s contract Let’s tango: Chili Palmer and Edie Athens, and refuse to played by Travolta and Thurman, share a dance. give it to Palmer. That is when the games begin. Raji wants to get out from behind his partner Nick Carr (Harvey Keitel) and go to the top using Linda Moon. Palmer wants to give Moon her own spotlight. Palmer and Athens decide to use her record label to catapult Moon to stardom but hit a road bump when Ivy League graduate Sin LaSalle (Cedric the Entertainer) show up wanting $300,000 that was owed to him. This is when everything goes downhill and the intricate plotlines become more confusing than those of “X-Files” and “Lost” put together. The Russian maﬁa becomes involved in the whole mess, and even the FBI shows up wanting to arrest somebody. A person needs a note pad to keep up with the twists and turns of the plot. When comparing John Travolta’s performance in “Be Cool” with his other work, movies like “Battleﬁeld Earth,” “Swordﬁsh” and “Domestic Disturbance” come to mind. While Kevin Costner might have two of the biggest Hollywood ﬂops of all time (“Waterworld” and “The Postman”), Travolta has a long list of bombs himself. In time, “Be Cool” will be added to the list. And people will come to think “that was the sequel to ‘Get Shorty’?” Uma Thurman is her usual styling self. Many guys will enjoy the topless sunbathing scene early in the ﬁlm. Don’t worry though, it’s only rated PG13. Thurman and Travolta have a stunning dance scene later in the movie which Tarantino fans will relate to Travolta’s earlier picture, “Pulp Fiction.” “Be Cool” has its funny moments, though they are weak. The Rock is seen in a pink cowboy outﬁt singing “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man,” and Dabu, LaSalle’s cousin, provides welcomed comedy relief throughout the entire movie as he continually seeks things to shoot. All in all, The Rock is the funniest actor in the movie. WWE fans will not believe their eyes at seeing The Rock play a homosexual bodyguard. While the homosexual jokes are in excess, they still come oﬀ as funny. Something that is not as funny is Raji’s apparent attempt to “act black.” His stereotypical talk and inept dialogue keep people reaching for their earplugs to stop the madness. Or to quote “Planet of the Apes” star, Charlton Heston, “It’s a mad house, I tell you! A mad house!” Overall Grade: C-
March 21, 2005
Movie reaches out Two video games given grades to all genders, races By Billy O’Keefe
By Anna Politano Managing Editor Life is indeed a rocky road, but it can become less bumpy with hope and faith. This is what the recent hit “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” is all about. Directed by Darren Grant, and written by Tyler Perry, the movie grossed $21 million on its opening weekend, from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27. Starring Kimberly Elise, Shemar Moore, Steven Harris and Tyler Perry, the movie is directed mainly toward the black audience, but the story it conveys is so real-life based, that the production could also have been entitled “Diary of a Mad White Woman.” While the title may imply the film is solely targeted toward women, in reality, it’s about men and women who are trying to make the right choices in life. Although the audience may begin the movie with an assurance of its predictability, their assumptions fail. Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise) is a loyal and devoted wife to Charles McCarter (Steven Harris). Charles is a wealthy lawyer in Atlanta, and the couple lives in an opulent mansion. On the eve of their 18th anniversary, Helen is brutally forced out of her house after she sees Charles’ lover entering the living room. Helen desperately begs Charles to reconsider, but he reluctantly
refuses to. The desperate woman gets into a U-Haul truck and goes off to the “ghetto” to the comforting arms of her grandmother, Madea (Tyler Perry). Without any hope, Helen reconstructs her life by finding a job, trying to make new friends and restoring relationships with family members. She is deeply hurt and confides in her diary on a regular basis. While trying to put the pieces of her life together, Helen is faced with a new “friend,” Orlando (Shemar Moore). Although she resists at first, Orlando finds a way to slowly conquer Helen’s heart, giving her hope for the future. Meanwhile, Helen’s mother, a strong Christian woman, encourages Helen to believe in God, and have strength. As HelCourtesy en’s faith increases, she Photo finds herself in love with Orlando. At this point, the majority of the audience may predict that’s how the movie is going to end. To the surprise of many, what seems to be a happily-ever-after tale takes a whole different turn. In a story about forgiveness, healing, hope and faith, the conclusion of the movie will leave many eyes watering and hearts touched. I recommend the film to everyone. You will probably not regret it. Overall Grade: A+
KRT Newswire DEVIL MAY CRY 3: DANTE’S AWAKENING For: Playstation 2 From: Capcom “Devil May Cry” fans would prefer to forget about the series extremely forgettable second chapter, so thanks are in order to Capcom for making this doubly possible. For one thing, “Dante’s Awakening” is prequel rather than a sequel. For another, it’s as intense, exhilarating and challenging as its predecessor was not. The challenge part is worth noting twice: “Awakening” is an extremely diﬃcult game. You’re given every chance to play your way — you can develop Dante into a swordsman, gunslinger, defensive specialist or acrobat, and your repertoire of moves is immensely varied and stylish. The controls are exceptionally ﬂuid, and the wide-open spaces make for a far more appealing playground than “DMC2’s” corridor chases. “Awakening” simply crushes you with wave after wave of baddies, and if they don’t kill you, the boss battles at the end just might. An “easy”
mode opens up after a few deaths, and you can replay ﬁnished levels in order to build up items and experience, but no matter how good you are or become, you will most deﬁnitely be tested. Unless you’re the type to destroy your controller out of frustration, take the test. Store shelves are weighed down by games full of boring levels and underwhelming encounters. “Awakening” is a rush not only because it gives you the exact opposite (with a funny and engaging story on top for good measure), but because it does it so masterfully well from bell to bell. You will die, and die often, but the pain is well worth it. FIFA STREET For: PS2, Xbox, Gamecube From: EA Sports BIG Anyone who has ever played soccer at the schoolyard knows that street soccer is an entirely feasible thing, so a “Street” game running on a caﬀeinated version of EA Sports’ FIFA engine seems like a winner. Unfortunately, an excessive emphasis on tricks ensures that it isn’t. Tricks are an integral part of other “Street” games, so their presence is no surprise, but
canned trick animations that wrestle control away from you? Not good. And an artiﬁcial intelligence system that turns goalies’ brains to mush if you take a shot after a lengthy trick combo? Even worse, since it dilutes whatever soccer ﬂavor the game had. You’ll ﬁnd yourself busier trying to string tricks together than actually attack the goal, and that’s only fun for so long. You can play straight-up soccer if you like — all the ingredients, including a cool new shot system, are there — but your computer opponents won’t comply. Questionable decisions aside, “FIFA” looks great and moves like a pro. The commentator is astronomically bad, but you can shut him up in the options area. The career and player creator modes are on par with what you ﬁnd in other “Street” games, but the screwy AI makes this a better multiplayer game. Online play is strangely omitted, so hopefully you have friends around. Canned animations still interfere — it occasionally feels like you’re queuing commands — but at least you can attempt some more traditional soccer this way.
Xbox game expands into movie industry By Joshua Rouse Sports Editor The Halo video game franchise has expanded beyond the simple Xbox game. It has now become a culture of its own with action ﬁgures, books, a possible movie, and now the wave of the future: web episodes. Three friends wanted to make a machinima spoof of “Halo: Combat Evolved.” Roosterteeth Productions, a small Internet enterprise, took the idea and developed it. Soon, one of the most popular games of the decade was plagued by machinima. Machinima uses video capture cards on computers to record game play movies from video games and other productions. Once the game has been recorded, the players can dub their voices into the video. “Red vs. Blue: The Bloodgulch Chronicles” follows the antics of two armies in the middle of a desolate outpost called Bloodgulch. Fans of the game will recognize this as a multiplayer map from “Halo: Combat Evolved” and its cousin, Coagulation, from “Halo 2.” The two armies, Red vs. Blue, continue a long-standing war with each other. “No, he means why call it a warthog? It looks more like a puma,” Grif, one of the characters from the Red army, says.
“What in the sam hill is a puma?” Sarge says. “You mean the shoe company?” the brown nosing Simmons replies. With lines like that, it is no surprise Red vs. Blue is becoming one of the most popular shows on the internet. There are two completed seasons and producers are in the third season now. There is a weekly episode of usually four to ﬁve minutes released each week on the Web site. Fifty episodes in the storyline have been compiled with an assortment of diﬀerent episodes poking fun of national events, including the Sundance Film Festival and the ﬂu season. Throughout the three seasons, the group has been in diﬀerent areas, ranging from Bloodgulch to Battle (Beaver) Creek to Sidewinder to Burial Mounds to Zanzibar; all are diﬀerent multiplayer maps from the “Halo” games. While the references to the game itself are minimal, there is an occasional mention of the Master Chief or the Covenant. The story of the two armies in Bloodgulch takes oﬀ when a rookie for each army arrives. Caboose, for the Blue army, is a
dopey and misguided idiot who has a fascination with “AI.” And then there’s Donut, with the Red army, who steals the Blue ﬂag and then gets pink armor, or as he says, “light red.” Turbulent times begin when Tex arrives, a freelance assassin who has an evil artiﬁcial intelligence in her brain. After she is killed, O’Malley, the AI, takes the body of a doctor who then kidnaps a robot and sets in motion a plan to take over the world. To stop him, the two armies must join together. But when a bomb in a robot blows it up, it sends the group into the “future.” They then have the armor from the “Halo 2” game. But O’Malley is still around. Season three is rumored to be the ﬁ nal season of the series. It’s become a hot topic on many Internet message boards and the weekly release has become more anticipated than the weekly episode of “Lost” or “Desperate Housewives.” Episodes from seasons one through three are on the oﬃcial Web site: http://www. redvsblue.com.
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New volleyball coach seeks to improve Lady Aggies By Christina Frye Staﬀ Writer The Lady Aggies announced the appointment of the new volleyball coach, TeAna Crutcher. The new coach brings to CU years of experience as both a coach and as a player. Crutcher was a member of the Las Cruces High School State Championship team in 1998, earning several collegiate titles, including all-conference academic recognition at New Mexico State University and all-independent honors at South Dakota State University. As a graduate assistant coach at SDSU for the past two seasons, Crutcher coordinated both the travel and the academic programs for the Jackrabbits. She also served as an assistant coach for the USA High Performance (16 and under) North Country Region volleyball team under head coach, Andrew Palileo. Crutcher stresses academics to all athletes. “Players have to have a desire to get better, and to do that they need to stress their academics,” she said. “If the grades aren’t there, you can’t play.” Crutcher noted that there is not a professional volleyball league, so if volleyball athletes want to prosper, they have to do well academically. With seven years of coaching experience, Crutcher looks forward to building onto the legacy that retired Coach Kim
Photo by Christina Frye
The race is on: The Lady Aggie volleyball team runs sprints for practice under the watchful eye of their new coach, TeAna Crutcher. Vinson worked to establish over the past 15 seasons with the CU volleyball team. Crutcher stated, “I will never be able to fill Coach Vinson’s shoes; I will have to make my own history with the team. Coach Vinson and I have different styles of coaching, and I will only be able to build off of
her legacy.” There will be some immediate changes in the coaching staff: a new graduate-assistant coach will be hired. The Aggies have six returning players for the spring season who look forward to meeting the challenge of Crutcher’s new coaching style.
Man dies from golf ball to head By Randy Jennings KRT Newswire Dale Parlin died in the most unlikely manner in the most likely place. A golf ball hit by his son glanced off a tree and hit Parlin in the head last Friday. He died the next day. It was only appropriate, his family said, that Parlin’s last conscious hours were spent on the Lake Arlington Golf Course doing the job there he loved so much. “It was just the way God wanted him to go to heaven,” said his son, Scott Parlin, whose tee shot on the No. 15 hole hooked in the direction of his father. Parlin, 67, a retired salesman, was on duty as a golf course marshal, watching his son from behind a cluster of trees 150 yards away. He didn’t seem hurt at first, but his son could tell something was wrong and called an ambulance. Parlin was taken to Arlington Memorial Hospital, where he died of a cerebral hemorrhage that may have resulted, in part, from bloodthinning medicine he took for a heart condition.
Burial was Wednesday in Kennedale. Scott Parlin, a basketball coach at South Grand Prairie High School, said he and his father had grown closer in the last few years. They played golf together the day before the accident. “I had hit a good drive on No. 15 on Thursday,” he said. “I
think that’s one reason he wanted to watch me on that hole the next day. He was always proud of his children and grandchildren.” Scott Parlin and family members revisited No. 15 on Sunday. “It has been hard the last few days, but our family is extremely close, and that helped me get through it,” he said.
Aggie baseball continues success By Sonya Ray Staﬀ Writer The Cameron University baseball team traveled to Canyon, Texas, to compete in a four-game series against West Texas A&M on March 4-5. Cameron won three out of the four games, improving their record 8-5 for the season. The Aggies earned their ﬁrst victory against the Buﬀs, 19-6, in game one of the March 4 double-header. According to the CU box scores, Greg Patton and Rodney DeLong both had three runs and three runners batted in. Cameron had 14 hits compared to West Texas, who came in with seven. In game two the Aggies received their ﬁrst and only loss of the four game series, 7-6. WTAMU had nine hits; Brendan Perotta, Matt Rehkopf,
and Coby Corley all contributed two each. L.J. Willis had a game high of 7.0 in pitching in the March 4 game. Assistant Coach Butch Huskey was pleased with the performance of the CU baseball team in the series. “Overall the team performed pretty well. It was a good series,” Huskey said. On March 5, the Aggies were back in action trying to bring home a win for CU. The Aggies were successful in both games, winning with scores of 23-12 and 10-5. CU player Matt Castillo had a game high of ﬁve runs. Corey Stang answered in ﬁelding and held a game high of nine putouts. “We’ve been improving every week. To be a good team you have to show progress. We are showing progress in becoming a good team,” Huskey said.
Junior Vicki Ibarra, biology major, said, “Coach Crutcher has shown us a lot of new stuff. She has shown us different hitting techniques and we are excited to be back.” Juniors Tayler and Taran Turner, both general business majors, stated that it is time to focus on the new season with
Crutcher. Crutcher looks forward to the challenge of taking over CU’s volleyball program, and hopes to lead the Aggies to competing and winning at the National and Regional Levels. Crutcher stands by her motto: “Set the tone, and be accountable.”
March 21, 2005
Men’s tennis wins while Lady Aggies falter By Josh Rouse Sports Editor The Aggie Men and Lady Aggie tennis teams are putting up impressive numbers on the court. Since the season picked up in February, the men’s team has lost only one game and has won twelve. Their loss was against University of Oklahoma. On March 5, the men faced oﬀ against conference rival Central Oklahoma and Rockhurst at the CU Tennis Complex. The men defeated UCO 5-3 and then followed it up with a 5-2 win over Rockhurst. The wins extend Cameron’s win streak to nine. According to Cameron Sports Information, Mark Johnson of UCO defeated Alex Furan in the singles match with sets of 6-0, 36, 6-2. Cameron’s Rafael Zurita defeated Javier Easton with sets of 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. David Richardson, UCO, defeated Oscar Guerra with match sets 1-6, 6-2, 7-5. Jorge Zabrodiec defeated Arvin Pourtokan of UCO with straight sets 6-1, 6-2. In doubles, Guerra/Zurita of Cameron defeated Askeland/ Johnson with match set 8-6. UCO responded with Haugen/ Richardson defeating Furlan/ Mullor with set 8-4. Cameron wrapped up the matches with Fernandez/Darren Cobble defeating Constant/Easton 8-5. Cameron defeated Rockhurst with a score of 5-2. The Aggies’ Alex Furlan defeated Paul Ravkin with sets 6-1, 6-1. Rafael Zurita beat Rockhurst’s Zach Miller 6-
Possibly the next Andre Aggasi: General Business senior Oscar Guerra practices for an upcoming match for the Cameron University tennis team. Guerra won his match against Rockhurst University’s Josh Kopmeyer. 4, 6-2. Oscar Guerra, Cameron, defeated Josh Kopmeyer with sets of 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Jorge Zabridiec defeated Garrett Fischer with sets of 6-2, 6-1. Rockhurst rebounded slightly in doubles. Ravkin/Arkaev defeated Cameron’s Zuerita/ Guerra with a set of 9-8. Miller/ Dowdell, Rockhurst, defeated Mullor/Furan 8-6. Cameron’s Fernandez/Darren Cobble defeated Kopmeyer/Fischer with a set of 9-7.
The Lady Aggies have won four matches and lost only two of the season. Their most recent loss came against Presbyterian College. The Lady Aggies team, under the leadership of Coach James Helvey, dropped a close 5-4 decision that eventually came down to the ﬁnal match. Cameron took the lead with doubles wins by Vera-Vera/Moreira defeating Bankhead/Netzler 8-2 and Ivie/ King defeating Brown/Fuller 8-2. Presbyterian made the match
NFL Draft shaping up as guessing game Chris Harry KRT Newswire Just because there’s a lack of consensus regarding the top players in this collegiate player pool doesn’t mean the 2005 NFL draft won’t be as strong as recent years. The league’s annual scouting combine at the RCA Dome proved as much during the weekend and got everybody in draft mode again. There will be plenty of players to go around come April 23-24. Where and when they go, however, is anyone guess; more so than in recent years. “There aren’t those players dead-locked where you can say, `That guy is going at 1/8No.3/8 5, that guy is going at 6, that guy at 7,’” Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said. “I think that’s aﬀecting the perception of the draft when in reality the draft is seven rounds. There’s as much value in the third, fourth and ﬁfth (rounds) as there is in the top 10, as far as team-building.” All three state teams hope to team-build their way back into contention. For the second straight season, Tampa Bay, Miami and Jacksonville did not reach the postseason. The Jaguars came the closest, going 9-7 and falling out contention in Week 17 while the Bucs and Dolphins were miserable — 5-11 and 4-12, respectively. The Dolphins have the second overall pick and could go in any number of directions, starting at running back and quarterback. They don’t have a second-round pick, by virtue of last year’s trade for quarterback A.J. Feeley, but could replenish that choice (or others) by trading the rights to running back Ricky Williams. New Coach Nick Saban shed no light on which way the Dolphins might lean in any round. “We’re still trying to evaluate a lot of diﬀerent aspects of their physical ability, the psychological
a tie winning the no. 2 match along with four and ﬁve. The contest came down to the match between Catherine Bankhead and Thatianne Moreira. Moreira was defeated by Bankhead with sets of 2-6, 7-6, 6-4. “It is a tough sport. I’m number one but lost three and won two,” political science sophomore Thatianne Moreira said. The Lady Aggies believe they will win in the end of the season. “We have a deeper team,”
CU adds feminine touch to Aggie golf program By Sonya Ray Staﬀ Writer
What brothers are for: NFL brothers Peyton and Eli Manning celebrate at the 2004 NFL Draft. disposition, their competitive ability and all those types of things,” Saban said. “We really don’t have a lot to say.” The Bucs have lots of work to do on the rebuilding front, but salary-cap problems will prevent them from being a player in free agency. They do, however, have 11 draft picks, the most since surrendering two No. 1s, two No. 2s and $8 million to lure Coach Jon Gruden from Oakland. This will mark the ﬁrst time since Gruden arrived that he’ll have all his premium choices, including the No. 5 overall, plus three others (two in the third round) on the ﬁrst day. “We need the picks,” Gruden said. “Not only do we need the picks, we need to make good picks. We need these guys to make our team.” The Jaguars select 21st, where they likely will be looking for an oﬀensive tackle, defensive end or cornerback. The Jags will have to wait several hours to know which player falls their way, but in this draft one team’s sixth-ranked
player easily could be another’s 26th — and vice versa. This year’s list of 333 players is dotted with players like Matt Jones, the 6-foot-6, 242-pound quarterback from Arkansas. Jones, however, projects as a wide receiver and deﬁnitely had Houston General Manager Charley Casserly and his kind imagining the possibilities when he ripped oﬀ a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash — fastest among the quarterbacks running in his group. Jones made himself a lot of money Sunday and made believers out of a lot of important people. “This thing is all over the place,” Casserly said. “Free agency will play more in this draft than other drafts because teams that ﬁll needs will go to another area quickly. Teams usually take needs in the ﬁrst round. Because that player starts for them, usually they have options. “But here, they don’t have as many options. . . . People have more variations of how they have players rated, especially the juniors, than I’ve ever seen.”
Moreira said. Physical Education junior Carolina Vera-Vera looks past the loss. “As a team we are looking good. We need to stay together so that we can accomplish our goals. I know that we are going to give the best we have,” Vera-Vera said. The Aggies’ next home game will be March 23 against Oklahoma Baptist University. Both teams will be playing at the CU Tennis Complex.
In the fall of 2005, a women’s golf team will take its place as one of the newest members of CU’s athletic department. Cross-country track will be added as well, giving CU a total of ten sports and fulﬁlling NCAA Division II requirements. Rick Goodwin, head coach of the tennis team, is excited about the opportunity to coach Cameron’s ﬁrst women’s golf team. “I’m pretty excited about it. My daughter plays golf at OU, so that’s one recruit I will not get,” Goodwin said. “I worked with developing her for that, which gave me some insight on what parents go through and what the kids go through to get ready to play college golf.” Goodwin is a member of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) and has taught golf for over 25 years. Although he has not signed any players to the team, he is currently attempting to recruit players for the upcoming season. “We are in the recruiting process trying to get eight to 10 girls on board. There will be some local kids from around the area, and I will try to get some junior college players with
some experience,” he said. Goodwin feels that the most important team objective is for the women to focus on maintaining their grade point average (GPA). “My objective at ﬁrst is more on their GPA than their golf stroke average. Then my goals are to graduate a class within the ﬁrst four years and be competitive by then,” he said. According to Goodwin, the fall season is considered the non-championship season while the spring is the championship season. The team will try to play in four tournaments in the fall and ﬁve in the spring. The Lady Aggies will face six competitors this season from Texas and Oklahoma which include: Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Tarleton State, Texas A&MCommerce and West Texas A&M. Goodwin said that women’s golf is becoming more popular, and he takes pride in teaching the sport. “It is growing by leaps and bounds,” he said. “It’s a challenge; I enjoy the gratiﬁcation of teaching golf. When you help someone be successful, there is gratiﬁcation in there all the way.”
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A smashing success: Above, Cadet Taron Dukes, Math/ROTC senior, expends a little unused energy on the roof of a donated vehicle during a fund raiser sponsored by Scabbard and Blade, the ROTC Honor Society. The event was held Wednesday northeast of the Science Complex. Below, Capt. Kenneth Mitchell takes a swing at the windshield.
March 21, 2005
Mapping the way: Cadet Justin R. Stuart, history junior, consults with Cadet Johnathan M. Wagner, accounting sophomore, while Battalion Commander Cadet Charmaine Douse, human ecology senior, oversees. The cadets were involved in squad tactics training.
The line forms here: Below, cadets move into end of the day formation. Photos by Christina Frye
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