COLLEGIAN THE CA M ERON U N I V ER SIT Y
Informing the Cameron Family Since 1926
Monday, March 3, 2008
Volume 82 Issue 6
CU welcomes alumni back to campus By John Robertson Collegian Staﬀ
Students flock to Fitness Center for Career Expo. SEE PAGE 4
Nature writers visit Aggie habitat.
With cold weather raging outdoors, Cameron University prepared a warm welcome last weekend for a visiting group of alumni. Starting Friday, Feb. 22, the university opened its doors to graduates from as far back as the Class of 1948 beginning with President Cindy Ross’ University Update. After getting acquainted with the alumni, Dr. Ross gave a presentation detailing the immense change on campus in recent years, and revealed plans for the future. Afterwards, Dr. Ross awarded Golden Associate Medallions, a special recognition for alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. Recipients included Janice Brummett, Jannett Hanes, Ed Harp, Ronald Harshaw, Peggy Long, Carney Saupitty, Ladonna Spradlon and Eugene Thompson. Following the ceremony, alumni boarded a tour bus to take in the sights of a new and improved campus and witness the new building projects underway. Ernestine Rollins-Hightower, a graduate of the Class of 1970, said that the changes were incredible to see. “You can’t imagine the diﬀerence,” Hightower said. “Back when I was going to school here, we had dirt streets and sidewalks.” Janice Brummett, Class of 1956, said that she was taken aback by what she saw. “I haven’t been on campus since I graduated,” Brummett said. “I seriously don’t recognize anything.” Later Friday night, the Shepler Ballroom played host to the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Alumni Reception. Inductees included Jerry Davenport, James “Bimbo” Herron, Herb Jacobs, Jackie Martin, Val Maples,
Photo courtesy of Community Relations
Home again: A group of Cameron alumni reminisce over their time spent on the Cameron campus. The homecoming weekend brought many familiar faces to campus including many former CU Athletes who attended the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction. Raymond “Red” Miller, Ted Owens, Brian Naber, Bud Sahmaunt and Orban “Speck” Sanders. Early Saturday morning, alumni festivities kicked oﬀ again with a touch football game at Cameron Stadium featuring the 1987 NAIA National Championship Football Team, and by 11 a.m., alumni from the classes of ’57, ’82 and ’97 had reconvened at the Shepler Center Centennial and Wichita Rooms for a reception highlighting their class’ achievements. Another awards ceremony that recognized
SEE PAGE 9
Photo by Brandi O’Daniel
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Parents come to campus: Junior Art major Ann Morris attended Parents’ Weekend with her mother. Morris brought her mother to campus for an event put on by the Aggie Parent Association.
SEE PAGE 5
Cameron University’s ﬁrst annual Parents’ Weekend kicked oﬀ on Feb. 22 and 23 during the closing of the Homecoming events. Students and their parents were invited to attend a series of events that began Friday night with well-known comedian, Rhetta. Saturday began at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast at the Cameron Village McMahon Center with President Cindy Ross, who spoke with parents and students about “Plan 2013” and the improvements being made to Cameron at the present time and the goals for the future. According to Jennifer Holland, Dean of Student Services, following the breakfast, parents were able to
take a tour. “We are excited about the opportunity to host Aggie parents on campus during Homecoming,” Holland said. “Parental involvement is vitally important during a student’s collegiate experience, and we want to take this opportunity to recognize their support and involvement.” The Parents’ Weekend marked the ﬁrst event of the Aggie Parent Association (APA) that was established for parents of Cameron students to become more involved in their child’s education. The APA was created by Holland; Mandy Husak, Director of Placement and Zeak Naifeh, Director of Student Activities. Together, they developed the notion several months ago to introduce a program for parents to allow
them to play a more active role in their student’s college career. According to Holland, Cameron began getting the word out to parents several months ago to inform them of the APA and establish parent’s membership. “We started the process back in November with a big mail out to all Cameron parents and then had press releases and emails sent out in December,” she said. While Cameron is not the ﬁrst university in the area to have a parent association, it is unique for a nontraditional school like Cameron to incorporate the program into their list of campus activities.
See PARENTS Page 2
University enrollment falls during 2007-08 academic year By Brandi O’Daniel
Why choose the lesser evil?
See ALUMNI Page 2
Aggie Parent Association holds first event By Brandi O’Daniel
DeBlonk serves up final season on tennis team.
alumni and faculty was held Saturday afternoon at the alumni luncheon in the Shepler Ballroom. Lloyd Brooks Mitchell and Lloyd W. Sumner each received Distinguished Alumni awards, while Eric J. Johnson and Brad Zerger were honored as Outstanding Young Alumni.
In the past year, Cameron has seen a signiﬁcant decline in the student population throughout all departments. From spring 2007 to spring 2008, CU’s student headcount has gone down by 4.6 percent, which has caused Cameron to ask why such a decrease in only a year’s time. Jamie Glover, Director of Media Relations, contributes the drop in students to the decline of military dependents, since the Fort Sill population makes up such a large number of Cameron’s student population.
“Since 2001, we’ve lost more than a thousand military students,” Glover siad. “That drop makes up a big percentage of our population.” While there has been a decrease in enrollment, the university is making up for that decline in other areas. The decline in credit hours has only dropped 3.6 percent, meaning that while there are fewer students on campus, more of those students are increasing their load and taking more credit hours each semester. With the shrinking population of students, Glover said that Cameron is doing it’s best to make improvements
campus wide to ensure that those students currently here continue their education at CU. One of Cameron’s program improvements is the early alert system, which is set up to alert the faculty when students are showing signs of trouble. “The early alert system allows faculty to identify students showing diﬃculty in class or with attendance so that they can reach out to students,” Glover said. “They have piloted this for several years and it has been up and running for the last year.”
See ENROLLMENT Page 2
Photo by Jim Horinek
March 3, 2008
ALUMNI continued from page 1 Finally, Cameron’s own Kathy Liontas-Warren, a Professor of Art, and Abdulhamid Sukar, a Professor of Economics, were inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame. The night’s events winded down with a “meet and greet” with the 1987 NAIA National Championship Football Team and the crowning of the CU Homecoming King and Queen. Even with all of the events happening across campus over the weekend, and the age gaps between graduating classes, alumni seemingly agreed on one thing. Cameron is a powerful tool for realizing the future. Older and younger alumni alike said that the Cameron atmosphere was something they’ll never forget. “I enjoyed going to Cameron more than anything else,” said Ed Harp. “It lead me to a lifetime of good experiences.” Harp also said that Cameron
was much diﬀerent than his time that followed at Oklahoma University. “After I left Cameron, it was a grind,” Harp said. “I was so busy working to pay my way through OU that I didn’t have time to enjoy the campus like I did here. I have no OU yearbooks, but I can look back on my time at Cameron and feel like a part of something here.” Ernestine Rollins-Hightower, still amazed by Cameron’s progress, said that she’s proud to be a part of the Cameron family. “It’s really become a full-ﬂedged university,” Hightower said. “It honors me to have graduated here and to see what it’s become.” Hightower also shared her optimistic outlook on Cameron’s future. “I feel as long as they have leadership, Cameron will always be inviting to people who want to better themselves,” Hightower said.
“I enjoyed going to Cameron more than anything else. It lead me to a lifetime of good experiences.” — Ed Harp Cameron Alumnus
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Celebrating the Aggie: (Above) Val Maples gives thanks for her induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame. (Left) Members of the 1987 NAIA National Championship Football Team participate in a touch football game.
PARENTS continued from page 1 “A lot of more traditional universities have this already, but as our student population gets younger we need something to help them adjust to college life,” Holland said. Husak added that the APA is important in establishing an open communication between parents and CU’s faculty and staﬀ so that both parents and students are aware of all the activities and opportunities that Cameron oﬀers. “The Aggie Parent’s Association came about as an eﬀort to help parents adjust to the often diﬃcult transition from high school to college for their students, and to keep parents better
informed about Cameron traditions, events, deadlines, and resources,” Husak said. “In a nutshell, the APA gives parents an opportunity for active involvement in their student’s CU experience, while still allowing their student to independently think, learn, grow and succeed as adults.” The APA was not designed solely for parents, but with students in mind as well. With the increase of younger students enrolling at Cameron, the APA gives them more opportunities for success with the support from parents and CU faculty and staﬀ. “Keeping parents and students well informed about what Cameron has
to oﬀer can make it easier for both to choose to remain at our university,” Husak said. “In essence, programs like the APA give parents and students a sense of belonging and instill Aggie pride in them from the start.” While college students can be weighed down with the newfound responsibility that accompanies a college education and that of balancing work, course assignments and a social life, students can receive the help and support they need. “It is important for parents to be involved in a student’s college education because the transition from high school to college can
be emotionally, intellectually, and ﬁnancially diﬃcult for both parents and students,” Husak said. “For a student, it is reassuring to know that their parents are there to assist them as needed.” Husak added that students that receive parental and university support are more likely to be successful throughout their college education.” Husak believes students who receive adequate emotional, intellectual and ﬁnancial support from their parents are more likely to attend and succeed in their classes and graduate. Parents that are members of the
APA can look forward to newsletters, e-mails and Cameron magazines sent out regularly, as well as invitations to events throughout the year. Cameron’s Centennial Celebration is scheduled for the fall of 2008, which will be the ﬁrst big event for parents and students to attend as part of the APA. The Centennial Celebration will have food, games, entertainers and performers from throughout the region to help Cameron celebrate 100 years of educational excellence. For more information on the Aggie Parent Association visit parents@ cameron.edu or contact Student Services at 581.2244.
ENROLLMENT continued from page 1 Cameron has also tried to allow students easier access to advisers and counselors that can help them out throughout their college career, and when students withdrawal from classes ask the questions to see what they can do to help. Glover said: “We’re constantly working on student advisers so students have access to advice if they need it. When a student completely withdrawals, we see why and what we can do to help, whether it was ﬁnancial aid issues or a misunderstanding. What aﬀects student’s lives has a big aﬀect on enrollment.” Other improvements have been made from an architectural standpoint that is expected to boost interest and enrollment at Cameron. Dr. John Courington, Professor of Economics and current Dean of the Business Department, said that the new business building currently being erected is one of Cameron’s newest projects to improve the campus, department and enrollment. “With the new School of Business building, faculty and students will enjoy an academic environment that will enhance all aspects of academic pursuit,” Dr. Courington said. “The new building will be a magnet for students. It will serve students across campus with a high tech simulated trading ﬂoor, a modern academic computer lab, student-faculty interaction areas, team rooms, and career development facilities.” Dr. Courington added: “Increasingly, business students expect access to cutting edge technology, interactive learning environments, and facilities that will provide exposure to business innovation. In recent years, the limitations of the prior existing facility were an impediment to attracting students interested in studying business. Opportunities for students to collaborate on research projects and to meet with peers in an atmosphere that promotes academic excellence will be a catalyst in enrollment growth.” Along with making physical changes on campus, CU is continuing its eﬀorts to get students more involved in activities through clubs and organizations. Glover said, “Student activities is an experience that a makes student’s feel engaged and is a draw for new students.” Cameron has also created a Student Success Series that is a month long series of workshops designed to help students with time management, personal responsibility, presentations and test taking and studying strategies. The series of seminars is open to all students and gives a generalized and eﬀective way to better your grades and make the most of your studying time. Glover said, “We’re trying to do more things on campus and make being a student easier so they can be more successful.”
March 3, 2008
News 4 Career Expo success not tempered by damp weather March 3, 2008
By Kerry Myers Collegian Staﬀ Despite the dreary weather outside, the 11th Annual Red River Career Expo was a success. There was a constant stream of people heading in and out of the University Fitness Center on Thursday, Feb. 21. More than 100 employers gathered to recruit possible employees and spread the word about their organizations. The Red River Career Expo gave students the opportunity to meet potential employers, network, and pass out their resumes and get a “ jump start” of being part of the job market. Dr. Jennifer Pruchnicki, Director of Student Development and coordinator for the event said
students students learn the learned a “Rarely does a job just fall from importance lot about the sky – it’s important to be the post of a great college job prepared by doing your research, first market having a strong resume and going impression” The Red after out to meet employers.” River Career attending the Career Expo is a — Dr. Jennifer Pruchnicki Expo. great way for “The Director of Student Development students and employers Expo to make gives them a chance to begin their career contacts and decisions about the search or begin networking future. with future employers or with Jennifer Holland, Dean of Student Services, attends the individuals in the industries they are interested in,” Pruchnicki event annually. She stressed the said. “Rarely does a job just fall impact attendees should attempt from the sky – it’s important to be to make on potential employers. “I hope students took the prepared by doing your research, having a strong resume and going opportunity to visit with the out to meet employers. We hope employers about the company and
the type of positions available,” Holland said. “I hope they gained valuable contact information for potential positions and learned to be confident in their skills and abilities as they visited with the many companies that were represented.” Pruchnicki expressed that one of the most valuable things a student can take away from the Red River Career Expo is how to be well prepared for future employment opportunities. “I think prior preparation gives a job seeker an edge, and I think that employers are seeing that more and more students have done their homework prior to attending the Expo,” Pruchnicki said. “Employers appreciate the initiative that students take before applying for a job.”
Pruchnicki stated that employers are also looking to see what future employees will be like. “I think the Expo shows employers a sampling of future employment trends,” Pruchnicki said. “Workplaces are becoming more diverse, and job seekers are savvier because there is so much research on the Internet a student can do before meeting with a potential employer.” Pruchnicki said many students have made contacts at these types of events, so if able to attend one, it could definitely broaden your marketability with employers. “I know of students who have interviewed with companies or gotten some great leads or ideas about their career paths from the Expo,” Pruchnicki said.
Businesses consider college education ‘unsatisfying’ for students entering marketplace By Brandi O’Daniel Collegian Staﬀ Colleges and universities across the nation have recently come under ﬁre for not providing quality education. In an article published in “USA TODAY,” many businesses said they were unsatisﬁed with the level of knowledge from graduating college students. Over the past several years, businesses and policy makers have examined the quality of students graduating from college and determining whether they are well-prepared for the workforce. A study conducted by the Peter D. Hart Research Association found that 57 percent or fewer of today’s college students have developed the skills to advance in the workforce. While there are some students that have acquired skills in a variety of diﬀerent areas throughout their college experience, they may not be particularly strong in any one area. According to Dr. John McArthur, Vice President of Academic Aﬀairs at Cameron University, businesses have impossible expectations to think that students will enter the workforce without any prior training. “I don’t think it’s realistic, nor do I think “We want to meet businesses it’s appropriate,” he part way, done in such away to said. “Every student participates in general improve, but not take away form education programs. the overall education.” We are trying to develop speaking, writing and — Dr. John McArthur critical thinking skills.” Carol Schneider, Vice President of Academic Affairs Associate President of the Peter D. Hart Research Association, told “USA TODAY” that businesses are not just looking for the typical communication skills, but global and cultural knowledge as well. Dr. McArthur and other Cameron faculty members have been keeping up with these education issues and are trying to maintain a balance between teaching students skills for their future profession and give them a well rounded education that can prepare graduates for numerous jobs and not just one in particular. Without turning Cameron into a trade school, faculty want to prepare students for real world experiences. Many programs are already in place throughout Cameron departments that provide hands-on or “minds-on” learning. While Cameron does not enforce all departments on campus to adopt a hands on policy, certain departments are already using interactive learning to teach students. Some programs such as Medical Technology, Criminal Law and Computer Information have already taken this approach. “It is quite diﬀerent across the board,” Dr. McArthur said. “The Medical Technology program is as hands on as you can get, but what you expect a biology major to do is very diﬀerent from what you expect of a history major.” He added that students couldn’t be trained in all possible career ﬁelds considering that students will have a number of jobs throughout their lifetime. “There are so many careers for each major and not enough students to ﬁt them all,” Dr. McArthur said. “Over a lifetime of people change jobs many times.” There are departments across campus that critically assess the way they teach to make courses more productive. Departments like multimedia already have ways to look at the quality of learning students in the departments are receiving. “Multimedia annually looks at the curriculum and interviews students to see whether students are employable,” Dr. McArthur said. “This is in place with the associate program and they are looking at expanding that into the bachelor degree program.” While Cameron is not looking to reconstruct entire departments and programs to teach student speciﬁc job related skills, the university is trying to produce students who are more employable in the national business markets. “We want to meet businesses part way, done in such away to improve, but not take away form the overall education,” Dr. McArthur said.
March 3, 2008
The Great Old One demands attendence at the ballots The primaries aren’t even over yet and we already have backstabbing, name-calling and destructive evil abound, so thick and ripe with fear, that the country is ready to tear itself apart. This happens every four years, like some kind of vicious cycle that tears the country apart and turns brother against brother, father against son and makes cats and dogs seem cordial. I propose an end to the madness. Instead of voting for the lesser of two evils every four years, how about we vote for the ultimate evil and just get it over with? No, I’m not talking about Satan. He’s merely a stepping-stone, a servant to the greater evil, the Great Old One, Cthulhu. You might think I’m crazy, or have joined one of his cults that the great author H.P. Lovecraft wrote about in his mythos. I am not a part of that, but you have to admire the dedication the man had to spreading the word of
Cthulhu. Some say he was a racist. Some say he was a loon. Some say he was a hack. I say he was a man of vision. I say he was a man of greatness. I say he was a prophet. He foretold of Cthulhu’s coming. And in 2008, with your help, Lovecraft will be vindicated. You’re probably asking yourself, what does Cthulhu offer than other politicians don’t? Well, there are a lot of things. For one, we beat around the bush every four years (especially in the last eight years). We lie to ourselves and say we’re voting the better candidate in office every four years. But all we’re doing is putting an evil man, or woman in the office. Why settle for lesser evils? Cthulhu is the ultimate evil. He is one of the Great Old Ones. He is chaos manifest, anarchy in its purest form, evil as can be imagined. Cthulhu caters to Democrats and Republicans, as well as nonvoters who sit in their recliners watching the news every night
and complaining about how the current president is doing a horrible job. For all you first-time voters who just turned 18 and are ready to run out and serve your country, do so. Voters need to send a message to politicians. America needs young voters to go to the polls and cast their ballots this November. Cthulhu demands it. Cthulhu has already taken steps to prevent the “flipflopping” label to be bestowed upon him. After all, he already has plenty of names and legends. The Great Old One has laid out his platform and strategy on his Web site so that everyone can know what he wishes and so that no one can accuse him of Xeroxing their work. He embraces the war on poverty, the war on terrorism and the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. On his blog, Cthulhu states, “He supports the expansion of these petty and half-hearted, but glorious mortal efforts and further promises that, when elected, he will launch a War on Death, a War on Confusion, and will personally occupy no fewer than three additional formerly sovereign foreign nations, beginning with Swaziland.” There you have it, instead of launching wars against thirdworld countries for their oil reserves and for futile hunts of non-existent weapons of mass destruction, Cthulhu will wage
war on death and confusion. How many of us have been confused? How many of us have been effected by death? No longer! Cthulhu will put an end to all of that. Are you one of those who want to abolish the income tax? Instead of gathering in convention halls in South Carolina and attacking poor professors in workshops, vote Cthulhu! His online blog states this, “Great Cthulhu is neutral on tax rates, as it is his custom to simply take what he wants, when he wants it. He has no particular interest in pieces of green paper backed solely by religious dogma; he permits his devotees to collect as much paper in as many colors as they happen to like.” How many have disagreed with the Supreme Court rulings every year? How many have said the justices should be replaced? Cthulhu hears your cries for help. He understands what you need. “Great Cthulhu is well accustomed to the adoration of priests wearing black robes and he is willing to accept the due homage of the Nine and raise them to his priesthood,” Cthulhu says. “Since there will no doubt be many vacancies on the court as their minds break one after another in the mad ecstasy of his fearful presence, Great Cthulhu pledges to appoint only strict Constitutional constructionists to
Print journalism is dying of technology T
hat familiar ink smell, the soft thud as the paperboy hits the door with the daily news and the black stains on the tablecloth. These are all aspects of the tradition that is print journalism and the icon that we take for granted: the newspaper. With the popularity of the Internet the face of media and the way that media is distributed to the masses has changed drastically. There has been a major increase in the number of news Web sites over the past few years. This increase has put a major dent in the feasibility and proﬁtability of print journalism. It is hard to justify spending the money that it takes to print a newspaper when the same information and, in many cases, much more information can be distributed via the Internet for a much lower cost. As the portion of the population that has grew up before the Internet was created decreases, the loyal audience of print journalism will also decrease. Most of the members of the younger generations that are part of today’s population have not lived in a world without the Internet and from this group comes much of the audience for Internet news. The “death” of the “Albuquerque Tribune” is a strong sign that print journalism is on its way out. According to the Associated Press, “The Albuquerque Tribune,” published its last paper on Feb. 23. The “Tribune” was a major force in print media in the state of New Mexico. The “Tribune” will not be the only place that closes its doors due to a loss of proﬁts. However, some
of the larger newspapers may still experience a decent level of readership. Publications like “The USA Today” and “The Wall Street Journal” that have a large reader base as well as their own niche in the news market have the possibility of surviving. The publications that are most likely to shut down their presses are the smaller local newspapers that do not deal with a very large reader base or have extensive coverage. Despite the grim outlook, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for some news publications. Because the Internet is what is putting them out of business it is possible for the newspapers to save their business by making the switch from print to a Web based publication. This switch will undoubtedly see a new breed of journalists who can complete the wide variety of tasks that are necessary to produce a Web publication. In many cases it is possible for the dying newspapers to actually make beneﬁt more from the Internet than they did with print. The newspapers will be able to cover more news and add a video and audio aspect to their coverage. Without the cost of printing and distribution the overall proﬁt of the publications would possibly increase. Simply put, with the fact that a large amount of the world population has access to the Internet it is going to be hard for the print news publications to compete with Web based media. Print journalism is a tradition. The local newspapers that many people are accustomed to and the national newspapers that line the news stands have been a part of American culture
since 1690 when Benjamin Harris published “Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestic.” There is no question as to the fact that the world will see a decline in the number of newspapers on the market. The question that remains is whether or not those impacts will MCT Campus be detrimental. The number of people who access the Internet is a positive indicator that the world’s knowledge of current events, especially among young adults, will increase due to the proliferation of Web-based news. The Web oﬀers so much variety and options to the younger generations of news seekers
the bench under the assumption that the basic sanity of their approach should allow them to serve at least a term year or two before they are reduced to gloriously gibbering cannibals. Because Great Cthulhu spent many years himself neither living nor breathing, he sees no reason that the Constitution must either.” Fear not people, Cthulhu knows what it will take to bring the country into a new area for the 21st century. Soon, there will be no wars, no hatred, no sadness. The world will be united under one banner. I say, this November, vote Cthulhu 2008. THE CAMERON UNIVERSITY
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March 3, 2008
Tiger woods may sweep entire season By Mike Downey MCt Campus Holy mother of golf, he won again on Sunday. That makes ﬁve in a row for Mr. Tiger Woods. He hasn’t lost in 2008. Now the guy already is being asked if he might shoot for a perfect season ... you know, like the New England Patriots did. Being asked if he could win every single tim Maybe he will. “If you don’t believe you can win an event,” Woods said after winning a rich match-play thing in Arizona, “don’t show up.” Let that be a golf lesson to the rest of you. If you don’t think you can beat him, don’t bother joining him. It’s over before it’s over. Stay home. Clean your clubs. A quick look at what’s left for 2008 and yes, you can see why Woods could win them all. It’s downhill from here. April 10-24, The Masters, Augusta National, Augusta, Ga.Tiger tries on a green jacket before the Masters begins, just to save time. He picks out a 42 regular and tells them to put it in the trunk of his car. PGA Tour oﬃcials force him to go out and actually play the golf course. Woods shoots 75 to prove he is made of ﬂesh and blood, not ﬁlled with “nuts and bolts,” as Stewart Cink recently suggested. Tiger ﬁnishes 64-62-60 to win by 20 shots. A rainy day in Georgia rusts his nuts and bolts, but he wins anyhow. May 8-11, The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Woods phones in a 65 to win. Literally. He uses a ship-to-shore radio from his yacht, docked near Nassau, to phone in each of his
shots. A protest by Phil Mickelson that a golfer must be required to attend a tournament in person is ignored. June 12-15, U.S. Open, Torrey Pines, San Diego, Calif. To tie Byron Nelson’s record of 11 tournament victories in a row, Woods agrees to Mickelson’s dare that he play barefoot and with one hand tied behind his back. A spectator disrupts a putt at the 18th green. It angers Tiger, who begs San Diego to stay classy. June 26-29, Buick Open, Warwick Hills, Grand Blanc, Mich. Tiger wins again, but not before expressing his huge disappointment with each citizen of the United States who still hasn’t had the good sense to go out and buy a Buick. The PGA slaps Woods with a $100,000 ﬁne for “disrespecting other kinds of cars.” July 10-13, John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill. Michelle Wie ﬁnally wins a men’s PGA tournament, but only thanks to a sponsor’s exemption that permits her to stand on Woods’ shoulders while he hits the ball. Wie thus becomes the ﬁrst female golfer to win a men’s tournament while being carried by a guy. July 17-20, British Open, Royal Birkdale, Lancashire, England. Paul McCartney makes a $100 billion bet that Woods won’t win the tournament, thereby risking close to half of the alimony demanded by Heather Mills. Woods does win. He uses a portion of his winnings to purchase Wales. Aug. 7-10, PGA Championship, Oakland Hills, Bloomﬁeld Township, Mich. Tiger’s winning streak is in jeopardy when he trails Mickelson by two going into the 72nd hole. But everything changes when
Mickelson’s tee shot goes oﬀ a tree, then a tent, then oﬀ the windshield of a car owned by a woman from Flint. Woods aces the par 4 with a bunker rake, just to rub it in. Aug. 18-24, Olympic Games, Beijing. Tiger takes the gold medal in men’s basketball, edging Argentina in overtime 90-89. “I told you, if you don’t think you can win,” he says, “don’t show up.” Aug. 25-28, Democratic National Convention, Denver. Woods accepts the nomination to be Barack Obama’s running mate, infuriating Republican challenger John McCain, who screams at Obama: “I asked him ﬁrst!” In a related development, The New York Times reports a suspected relationship between Obama and a lobbyist representing Nike. Sept. 4-7, BMW Championship, Bellerive, St. Louis. Although he is clearly upset by the Tournament Formerly Known as the Western Open being moved out of the Chicago area, Woods enters it and wins. He is appeased by an announcement that the 2009 event plans to return to Lemont as the BMW Diablo Cody Classic. Sept. 18-21, Ryder Cup, Valhalla, Louisville. The defending champion Euro team stands in awe after its stunning Ryder Cup defeat by a U.S. team made up of Tiger Woods and a half-dozen Churchill Downs jockeys. U.S. captain Paul Azinger says: “I have never seen Tiger with such a good short game.” Oct. 16-19, Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas. Raising a bundle for charity while winning yet another PGA Tour event, Woods also makes a
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Salut: Tiger Woods salutes the crowd on his win after putting out on 18 during final round action for the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. music video with Timberlake called “9-Iron in a Box” that is expected to win each of them a Grammy. Tiger announces that he probably will skip the Miley Cyrus Miniature Golf Pro-Am as well as the Lindsay Lohan Skins Game later in the month. Oct. 21-30, World Series, Chicago. Woods defeats the Cubs all by
himself in Game 4, so far in front after six innings at Wrigley Field that the rest of the series is called oﬀ. Asked if he could also enter and win the Tour de France, the X Games and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he replies: “That’s my intent.” He just might.
By Dave Johnson
without a win. If the losing streak had lasted any longer, Hillary Clinton was planning to sponsor his car. PHOTO PLACES CLEMENS AT CANSECO BARBECUE A man says he took pictures of Roger Clemens at Jose Canseco’s 1998 party, which the Rocket, under oath, told Congress he never attended. If the picture is authentic, the only league Clemens will be pitching in next year might be the California Penal League. INDIANA PARTS WAYS WITH KELVIN SAMPSON Just in time, too. Congress was about to launch another investigation. MANNY RAMIREZ LOVES BEANTOWN The slugger said he wants to ﬁnish his career in Fenway Park. Well, sure. How many other stadiums have a bathroom in the left-ﬁeld wall? U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM BRINGING OWN FOOD If only the Americans could ﬁgure out a way to bring their own air to Beijing. FALCONS GET SOME GOOD NEWS By winning a coin ﬂip, Atlanta will get the third pick in the NFL draft. Which is kind of like being given a glass of water while you’re standing in a burning building _ not a lot of help, but you’re not going to turn it down. REPORT: ROMO, JESSICA TO WED Us magazine says QB Tony Romo and girlfriend Jessica Simpson are talking matrimony. Cowboys fans now are fully expecting an 0-16 season. VIRGINIA TECH RALLIES TO STUN MARYLAND The Hokies really left everything on the ﬂoor. Especially Dorenzo Hudson.
The week that was in the world of sports MCt Campus
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Champions: Ryan Newman celebrates his victory in the Daytona 500 with members of his team at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Rewinding the week that was, in which the NBA All-Star game provided non-stop action (well, on the oﬀensive end, anyway), a really long losing streak came to a merciful end (no, not hers), and millions of Dallas Cowboys fans prepared to answer the call “If anyone here knows of any reason why these two should not be wed ...” EAST WINS ALL-STAR GAME 134-128 If no one is going to play defense in this thing, why not just let the Knicks suit up? A-ROD: `I WAS TESTED 9 OR 10 TIMES’ When it was pointed out that so many tests could have indicated a red ﬂag, Alex Rodriguez acknowledged he was exaggerating. At least he didn’t say he “misremembered.” GORAN IVANISEVIC BECOMES SEAN PENN A photographer says the former Wimbledon champion assaulted him as he tried to take his picture. The big news here is that somebody actually remembered Goran Ivanisevic. MONICA SELES ON REALITY TV The retired tennis legend will be on “Dancing With the Stars.” Hmm ... wouldn’t “Shrieking With the Stars” be more appropriate? DUKE LOSES TWO IN A ROW Aren’t the Blue Devils supposed to wait until March to fold? FIDEL CASTRO STEPS DOWN AS CUBAN LEADER The Yankees immediately oﬀered him a one-year, $28-million contract to join their rotation. RYAN NEWMAN WINS DAYTONA 500 Newman had gone 81 races
March 3, 2008
Assistant coach possibility for DeBlonk By Bira Vidal Collegian Staﬀ
Photo coutesy Rafael Zurita
Megan deBlonk left Kansas behind to pursue something greater, her passion to play tennis at Cameron University. Since she was nine, deBlonk has been playing tennis with the help and inﬂuence of her family. She shared the passion for the sport with her dad, who made sure she was well instructed and kept up her game. “My dad taught [how to play tennis]. I think a lot had to do with my family and the beneﬁts they got from that,” deBlonk said. Keeping family tradition, deBlonk’s sister attended Cameron and also served on the women’s tennis team. Jessica deBlonk was one of the reasons why Megan chose Cameron as her university. “My sister played here previously and then she coached [on an assistant position],” deBlonk said. Relating tennis to her life, deBlonk says the sport has helped her in many diﬀerent ways. Tennis has given her the opportunity to reach some of her objectives. “It gives you good goals and it inspires you,” deBlonk said. The 2008 season started in the beginning of February and deBlonk has prepared herself to face her last season on the team. As a senior, she thinks about the outcome of the season and the possibility of stepping up to a new level in the competition. “This season is going to be amazing. We got a lot of tough schools and this is my last year. We practice Monday
through Friday and when the weather is ﬁne we hit it on the weekend. “I think we have potential to go [to Nationals]. We know the team. It would be awesome to go to Nationals,” deBlonk said. As she enters her ﬁnal season, deBlonk thinks about the changes she to her schedule and her life without those daily tennis practices. “It’s going to be surreal. For four years I’ve been practicing,” deBlonk said. But she still faces the possibility of staying on the team. Carolina Vera-Vera currently serves as the Assistant Coach for Women’s Tennis. Vera-Vera’s ﬁnal term concludes this spring semester and anyone can apply for the position. Because deBlonk has played on the tennis team and knows the tactics of the game, she feels the odds of her being hired are in her favor. “I considered the Assistant Coach position, and that’s a good opportunity,” deBlonk said. DeBlonk has plans for the immediate future. With a degree in Criminal Justice, she will opt for a diﬀerent route, taking an internship in a separate ﬁeld after graduation. “I have an internship in real estate and it should potentially lead to a job,” deBlonk said. “I’m looking forward to that.” As for her future and tennis, deBlonk stated her passion would remain with the sport. Her plans are to keep playing, and in the long run, to relate her ﬁnal job decision to tennis. “It would be nice to stay in tennis. I wouldn’t imagine my life without tennis. We’ll see what happens,” deBlonk said.
Lady Aggies win three games before home opener By Craig Martin Sports Information Director Just days before their 2008 home opener, the Cameron softball team (11-10) this weekend participated in the West Texas A&M Lady Buff Invitational tournament. The Aggie squad has taken part in a number of non-conference tournament thus far this season, and today wrapped up a solid 3-1 showing in their four games at WTAMU. CU swept their two games on Friday, and split their two games this afternoon. “We won three out of four and were able to beat a fellow Lone Star Conference team,” Head Coach Richie Nye said. “I feel like now that we have played our tournaments and one of the tougher schedules in the LSC from a competition standpoint, it says a lot about the character of our players.” On Friday afternoon, Cameron was originally scheduled to take on Fort Hays State University and Oklahoma City University , but ended up with a double-header against the FHSU Tigers. In the first game between the teams, CU shut out FHSU, 8-0.
Cameron got on the board every time we have needed a big early thanks to a seven-run second hit someone has stepped up.” inning. The Aggies extended their In the nightcap between the lead to 8 runs forcing the game to teams, Fort Hays made it more be called after the Tigers’ at-bats interesting but still did not have in the fifth inning due to a runthe firepower to upset the Aggies. rule. Cameron held Fort Hays to Cameron won the game 12-7 only 2 hits in the game and did although they were behind twice not commit an error. in the game. Sophomore FHSU got pitcher on the Ashton board first McBride going up recorded a 1-0 after shutout and the first a complete inning, game but the victory Aggies after going rebounded all 5.0 and took innings. She the lead gave up no 5-1. runs on only A five2 hits after run fourth facing a total inning gave Graphic coutesy MCT Campus of 16 batters. the Tigers their McBride also second lead of the walked only one Tiger batter and game, but Cameron once again did not give up an extra-base hit. bounced back and took the lead “We have picked up our for good. Cameron recorded defensive play a little bit,” Coach 16 hits in the game and only Nye said. “Offensively we are still committed 1 error. not hitting the ball as well as we Senior third-baseman Melissa should be considering the girls Bour had a great double-header we have in our lineup. But so far with Fort Hays State and a very
solid tournament as a whole. Against FHSU she knocked in a total of 4 RBI and went 4-7 from the plate with two doubles and a homerun. For the weekend she went 6-13 with a team-high 6 RBI. “Melissa had a very good tournament this weekend,” Coach Nye said. “She hit the ball very hard and played well. We need players like her to step up and that’s what it takes to win ballgames.” In today’s games Cameron started out with a defeat at the hands of the Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm. The score was close for most of the game and was only 3-2 after 4.5 innings. The Storm put up 3 runs in the final 2 innings to clinch the 6-2 victory. Cameron finished with 5 hits and no errors in the game. Sophomore pitcher Sherry Tetreault put in a solid performance from the mound as she went 5.2 innings for the loss. She faced 32 batters and only gave up 6 runs, 4 earned, on 9 hits. Tetreault also struck out 4 batters and walked 5. Cameron’s fourth and final game of the tournament pitted
them against the host Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M University . The Aggies started the game the right way by taking an early 1-0 after their first at-bat. WTAMU stole the lead in the top of the second to go up 2-1, which is where the score stayed for most of the game. Cameron regained the lead in the fifth inning and put the game out of reach in the sixth. CU ended up defeating WTAMU 4-2. McBride and Bour both put in strong final games as McBride recorded her second victory of the season and Bour knocked in 2 of her aforementioned 6 total RBI. McBride went all 7.0 innings and faced 33 batters. She gave up only 2 runs on 9 hits and struck out 2 Lady Buffs. Bour went 1-3 with a gamewinning double in the fifth that put Cameron up for good. “If we continue to play like this and have a few other players step up we will be in good shape,” Coach Nye said. “I feel like we have improved, gotten better, and made some adjustments throughout these early tournaments. Now that we have some home games we will be able to put everything together.”
Baseball team loses ﬁrst series of season By Craig Martin
Sports Information Director Hitting the road for the ﬁrst time this season, the Cameron Aggie baseball team (9-7, 3-5 LSC) traveled south this weekend to take on the Angelo State University Rams (11-5, 6-2 LSC). CU ended up losing their ﬁrst series of the season as they dropped three of the four games. Angelo State is a very good team who went deep into the NCAA postseason last year with more then 50 victories. On Friday afternoon the teams matched up for the ﬁrst game of the series. ASU got on the board early thanks to a tworun ﬁrst inning, but Cameron cut the lead in half after their at-bats in the second inning. The Rams extended their lead with 6 runs over the next 2 innings and ended up winning the game 8-1. Cameron recorded 8 hits in the game to Angelo States 9 hits, and committed 3 errors. Junior outﬁelder Josh Barnett showed that he has fully recovered from an early season hamstring
pull by going 3-4 from the plate in the game. He was the lone Aggie to record multiple hits in the contest and ﬁ nished with a teamhigh 2 doubles. The next two games of the series came via a double-header on Saturday afternoon. Cameron won the ﬁrst game 7-5 after battling back from an early deﬁcit. The Aggies got things going and started with a 1-0 lead, but the Rams took over 2-1 after the ﬁrst 2 innings. Photo coutesy David R. Bublitz Beginning in the fourth Warming up: A few members of the Cameron University baseball squad rests before their home game at the inning, CU scored at least McCord Field. The team so far has maintain a good record at home in its spring 2008 season. one run in ﬁve straight innings to put the game out of reach. was too much as the Aggies were also hit a double. 10-9. A pair of Aggies hit at least run-ruled and lost 13-3. CU only In the nightcap it appeared as Barnett continued to have his .750 from the plate in the game. if Cameron was going to get an way with Ram pitching as he went recorded 5 hits in the game and Sophomore third-baseman Blake committed 6 errors. afternoon sweep of Angelo State. 3-4 from the plate with a teamWatson had a great day swinging Senior pitcher Bevan Anderson Cameron built up a very nice lead high 2 RBI. He was a homerun the bat as he went 3-4 with a thanks to a seven-run second away from the cycle after recording was saddled with the loss after team-high 3 RBI. He also walked putting in a strong 5.2 innings of inning. Going into the seventh and a single, a double, and a triple in once and hit a homerun. Senior ﬁ nal inning Cameron was up 9-2, the game. Barnett also stole a base. work. He faced 27 batters and gave catcher Kyle Walbrick was another but that was simply not enough. up 8 runs, only 4 earned, on 10 This afternoon the teams CU player with an outstanding hits. He also struck out 2 batters The Rams scored 8 straight wrapped up the four-game series oﬀensive performance as he went and walked 3. runs in the inning without ever with Cameron hoping for a split. 4-5 from the plate with 2 runs. He recording an out to win the game Unfortunately the Ram oﬀense
March 3, 2008
I’d like to thank: Diablo Cody won the Oscar for Best Original screenplay for “Juno” during the 80th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Sunday, Feb. 24. This was Cody’s first Oscar nomination and award.
Sweet victory: From left, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and producer Scott Rudin accept the Oscar for Best Picture for the film “No Country for Old Men” during the 80th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Strike ends, Academy Awards unhindered By Joshua Rouse Collegian Staﬀ One month ago, the Oscars were on ice and the little statuettes were huddled together in a dark room, terriﬁed that they would be degraded in the same manner as the Golden Globes. Thanks to quick action by the Writers Guild of America, the Oscars were back on and on Feb. 24 the stars were out and shining as bright as ever. Going into the show, the contenders in the top categories had been narrowed down to but a handful of names, mostly “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood.” Both movies quietly came onto the scene late in the Oscar season and began bringing in accolades as the award season kicked oﬀ earlier this year. Still, people love an underdog (not the movie) and many had hoped 20-year-old actress Ellen Page would take home an Oscar for her popular role as a pregnant teen in “Juno.” Marion Cotillard ultimately won the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for her role as singer Edith Piaf in “La Mome.” She beat out newcomer Page and familiar faces like Cate Blanchett who was previously nominated for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in “Elizabeth: A Golden Age.” Blanchett was nominated for the same role in 1999 in the movie “Elizabeth.” Daniel Day-Lewis has been nominated for an Oscar four times and has won one-half of those times. He makes Peter O’Toole cry himself to sleep at night. Lewis’ latest Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar was earned for his role as Daniel Plainview, a
cutthroat prospector in turn-of-thecentury Texas in “There Will Be Blood.” Viggo Mortensen was nominated for his gritty portrayal of a Russian mob hit man in “Eastern Promises.” He’s turned in two award-winning performances in two years with director David Croneburg. Last year, he starred in “A History of Violence” as Tom Stall, a man with a history of violence living in a small town. Perhaps he’ll win his deserving Oscar next year. If not, he and O’Toole can create a support group for multi-nominated performers. The two most important awards of the night, Best Director and Best Picture, when announced, held no surprises for winners or attendees. Joe and Ethan Coen took home the Academy’s two most prestigious awards for “No Country for Old Men.” The movie, which features no music, tells the story of mob cash and the trail of blood one serial killer leaves to get it back. After the feel-good story of director Martin Scorsese ﬁnally winning an Oscar, the Coens’ victory fell a little ﬂat. Both brothers are no strangers to the Academy’s graces, winning multiple awards for “Fargo,” their bloody depiction of murder in the Great North. With the lack of surprises in both the nominations and the winners, it was not surprising that a record number of viewers chose another channel. According to Nielson Media Research, only 32 million people watched the Oscars this year, which is an all-time record low. “The Chicago Tribune” blames the drop in viewers on the dark, edgy content of the favorite movies. Show host, Jon Stewart touched on the broody nature of the ﬁlms.
One could also consider the lack of a blockbuster movie to be a big factor. In 1998, the year “Titanic” won a record 11 Oscars, more than 55 million people tuned in. Last year, Scorsese’s crime-drama “The Departed” took home many of the little statuettes. The movie was
heavily promoted during its late2006 theatrical run and ended up grossing more than $100 million at the box oﬃce. Of the ﬁve nominated movies for Best Picture, only “Juno” boasts a box oﬃce total of more than $100 million. Still, even holding the Oscars
this year has to be seen as a victory for Hollywood, which lost billions during the three-month long writer’s strike. Had the Oscars been reduced to another devastating press conference, who knows how many viewers the Academy would have lost?
March 3, 2008
Cheese and meteorites:
Cokinos, Lison give readings at CU Library
Photos by David R. Bublitz
Writing to inform: Writers Chris Cokinos (above) and Kathe Lison (below) read from their latest works-in-progress on Friday, Feb. 22, in the Cameron Library. Cokinos and Lison are both interested in research-based nonfiction writing and write to instill new interests in their readers.
By: David R. Bublitz Collegian Staﬀ Utah State University professors and writers Chris Cokinos and Kathe Lison gave readings on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Cameron Library, as part of Cameron’s visiting writer series. Lison, who began the readings, has had essays and poetry published in literary journals like “Wasatch Journal,” “Western American Literature,” “Clackamas Literary Review,” “Primavera,” and “Under the Sun,” just to name a few. She read a few passages from her newest nonﬁction work, a researchbased narrative about French cheeses. Lison said the reason she decided to write the book on cheese
was to oﬀer readers an opportunity to expand their interests. “I hope that I can interest readers in subjects that they may not have thought they had interest in before and teach them something about the subject,” she said. Lison’s work on the cheese narrative will have taken her to France on fact-ﬁnding and cheesetasting expeditions at least three times before the book’s completion. After Lison read a sample of her work, nature writer Chris Cokinos took the podium. Cokinos is a poetry and nonﬁction writer. He has published two books, the ﬁrst a book of poetry titled “Killing Seasons” and the second, a nonﬁction nature narrative titled “Hope Is the
Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds.” In addition to his book publications, Cokinos has published work in “Poetry,” “The Iowa Review,” “dislocate,” “Science,” “Birder’s World” and “Shenandoah.” At the reading, he read a few passages from his latest work “The Fallen Sky: A Private History of Shooting Stars,” a book about meteorites and meteorite hunters that took Cokinos as far as 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle and to Antarctica. Cokinos searched for and collected meteorites as part of the 2003-2004 Antarctic Search for Meteorites Expedition. Much like Lison, Cokinos hoped his work would ignite new interests in his readers.
“What I want to accomplish with my nonﬁction writing is to get interested readers who aren’t going to know that they’re interested in meteorites and the people who hunt them until they read my book,” he said. Cokinos said that nature writing has helped him expand his own interests and learn. “As a reader, what I value most about it is learning about the natural world, the non-human world. I’m a sucker for facts; I love to learn new things. But I’m also particularly interested in writing what’s beautiful, both in the actual content and in the writer’s style,” Cokinos said. A drive to learn hasn’t been the only inﬂuencing factor on Cokinos’ work. “Poetry has really helped me in paying attention to language and journalism has really helped me in paying attention to facts. I don’t see why they have to be mutually exclusive,” he said. While attention to language and facts has been important to Cokinos, he said that attention to character and an ability to look inward helped him to discover things about himself as well as the world around him. “‘Hope is a Thing with Feathers’ included a lot of natural history, but there was a lot more going on in a personal way then even I realized as I was writing it,” Cokinos said, “so with the meteorite book, I’m really conscious of being part of the story in a way that a lot of science and nature writers would not
want to.” Looking inward has been not only an important part of Cokinos’ already-published work, but has also been important to his newest writing. “It seemed impossible to me to write about the lives of these meteorite hunters, many of whom had terrible things happen without acknowledging that I had gone through some experiences that helped me understand them [the meteorite hunters] better - like divorce and things like that,” Cokinos said. “So, there’s a memoir strand in that book [“The Fallen Sky”] that a lot of science and nature writers would not have.” “The writers I most admire are going into the natural world with an open eye, learning from it and they’re conveying that learning to readers,” he said. “The step that I want to try to take is to not only do that but to acknowledge the fact that I’m also this human being, I’m not like this ‘author guy.’ I have this other life and that is inﬂuencing what I’m doing.”
Strike over: television writers to return to work By: Chris Allison Collegian Staﬀ The writer’s strike has ended and viewers can look forward to their favorite shows returning. After three months of negotiations, the Writer’s Guild of America settled with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. One of the main issues of the strike was the distribution of royalties for television shows and movies broadcast on the Internet. TV Guide provided a list of the airdates of returning shows on its Web site but noted the following airdates are tentative and may be subject to change. The strike has postponed the seventh season of “24” to January of 2009. There are eight episodes of “Lost” that were made before the strike and ﬁve more episodes will air beginning in late April. All three of the “CSI” and “Law & Order” series will return in the spring. “Saturday Night Live” aired its ﬁrst post-strike show on Feb. 23. “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Oﬃce,” “30 Rock,” “Desperate Housewives,” “House,” “Ugly Betty,” and “Boston Legal” are returning in April. But some shows, such as “Bionic Woman” and “Journeyman,” were canceled due in part to the writer’s strike. “Battlestar Galactica” will begin production on its ﬁnal season in March with an indeterminate airdate. The superhero drama “Heroes” and the comedy “Pushing Daisies” are expected to return in the fall.
Both sides of the strike seem content with the outcome. According to CNN.com, Leslie Moonves of CBS Corporation made this statement, “At the end of the day, everybody won. It was a fair deal and one that the companies can live with, and it recognizes the large contribution that writers have made to the industry.” The strike ended just in time to allow the Academy Awards to broadcast in its usual threehour format. The Golden Globes were broadcast at a January news conference that announced the winners. Had the strike not been settled, actors would have boycotted the Oscars. CNN estimates that the economy of Los Angeles County alone lost around $3.2 billion. Paul Bond of The Hollywood Reporter sites several examples. When the strike began, 46 primetime dramas were shooting in Los Angeles. Each episode costs about $3 million to produce. Any one-week of canceled production means a loss of $138 million. Each show employs 200 workers. To date, approximately 10,000 people
have lost their jobs. Permits to shoot dramas fell from 263 to 91 and sitcom permits fell from 59 to 18. An example of aﬀects on industry related businesses are limousine companies. There are more than 1,200 limo companies and 6,000 drivers in Los Angeles. One company lost $200,000 in January and its 34 drivers lost an estimated $30,000 in tips. One single client of that company canceled 180 cars in one day. Carl DiOrio of The Hollywood Reporter explained the issues agreed on in the strike settlement. Basic compensation for writers will increase around 3-3.5% per year. A ﬁrsttime residual of 1.2% of the distributor
gross will be awarded for Internet ﬁ lm and TV content. Writers also have received rights to spin-oﬀ projects that result from their materials. CNN cites that writers would get a maximum ﬂat fee of around $1,200 for streamed programs in the next two years and 2% of distributor’s gross in the third year. MCT Campus
March 3, 2008
By Craig Martin Sports Information Director On Cameron’s first annual Athletics Hall of Fame weekend, the Aggie basketball teams hosted the RiverHawks of Northeastern State and were looking for the first women’s-men’s sweep of the season. Unfortunately, neither CU team was able to record the victory and NSU left Lawton with two victories. The Aggie women lost 82-68 but played the RiverHawks completely close throughout the entire game.
In the second game of the afternoon the Cameron men fell to Northeastern State by the score 77-60. The Aggies battled back from more than 30 points down to make the game very interesting down the stretch. On Feb. 20 both teams traveled to Durant to play Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The women were unable to come out of Durant with a win. However the men won their game with a final score of 73-72.
Photo courtesy of Community Relations Photos by Bennett Dewan Photo Collage by Bira Vidal