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Monday, November 15, 2004
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Vast array of foreign languages available to students on campus By Angela Gradoz Features Editor
Writer oﬀers tips on staying healthy and keeping a pleasant outlook during a cold. PLEASE SEE PAGE 5
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For the spring 2005 semester, the Department of Foreign Languages will oﬀer 147 classes. Classes oﬀered will vary from more commonly taught languages such as Spanish, French or Portuguese to Afrikaans, Somali and Arabic. Before lesser-taught languages were part of the curriculum and even before a degree became available, Cameron University only oﬀered courses in French, Spanish and German until about 1970. Professor George Stanley believed there was a need to oﬀer a degree. Along with fellow faculty member and current chair of the Foreign Languages Department, Teresa Lubrano, Stanley presented the idea to the curriculum committee, to the dean, to the president and to the Board of Regents. “We knew there were people who wanted to major in foreign languages, and we had the student body,” Stanley said. Since the B.A. in Romance Languages is the only degree oﬀered by the Foreign Languages Department, students are required to take a variety of languages as part of their graduation requirements. “I always thought that students should major in a language family instead of a single language,” Stanley said. “Plus, it makes the student more marketable.” Cilony Alejandro, romance language sopho-
more, encourages undecided majors to try out a few classes offered by the department. “Our country is so diverse and being able to speak another language could help them in many diﬀerent ﬁelds,” she said. Photo by Jennie Hanna Career opListen up: Antonia Edward, public relations senior, tests out equipment tions include: in the Language Learning Center before students come to use it. The lab is translator, designed so that many people can study different languages at once. foreign exchange clerk, Stanley and Instructor Brenda Honeycutt, technical writer, foreign news interpreter, travel who both spent many years living in other agent and many more. countries, are the driving force behind many of In fact, during this past June the Central Inthe lesser-taught languages that have been telligence Agency visited CU and interviewed implemented at CU. students who were interested in working for the “The exciting thing for me is we can use our agency as foreign language instructors. According to Stanley, the CIA only visits schools that oﬀer languages they need like AraPlease see LANGUAGES, Page 4 bic, Persian or Korean.
Out for blood
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Holiday season brings growing need for blood donations as reserves decrease and needs increase By Petulah Olibert Staﬀ Writer
Men’s basketball plays a good game against North Texas despite loss. PLEASE SEE PAGE 10
Potential teachers given an advantage through CamSTEP program By Scott Pratt Staﬀ Writer
Age of e-mailing brings polarized feelings as loss of personal touch is felt. PLEASE SEE PAGE 2 Office: Nance Boyer 2060 Phone: 580•581•2261 E-mail us at : email@example.com First Copy Free - $.25 for each additional copy Contents © The Collegian 2004
For some people being a teacher is a choice they make early in life. For others it is a choice that comes after they have been out of college and worked in another job for some time. The Cameron Secondary Teacher Education Program (CamSTEP) oﬀers students both a way to get their master’s degree in teaching whether they have just graduated from college or been in another type of job for 20 years. CamSTEP is a unique program in Oklahoma. It consists of two highly intense semesters where students who want to get their teaching certiﬁcate and a Master of Arts in Teaching can enroll and graduate in one year’s time. The program is designed to allow students to pack four semesters of work
into two semesters. Sharon Brady, who has been the coordinator of CamSTEP for four years, said that CamSTEP is designed for people who already have their bachelor’s degree and want to pursue a career in teaching. According to the CU Web site, CamSTEP has two objectives: Increase the number of skilled teachers who have the competency of master educators, and provide a more diversiﬁed teaching force for secondary public schools. The ﬁrst goal is met through intense studying and time spent in the classroom learning about teaching. The second is met because of the program’s ability to bring in a diverse population to participate. Brady explained that when
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The Oklahoma Blood Institute hosted a blood drive Wednesday at Cameron University. The Oklahoma Blood Institute is a non-proﬁt center that provides blood to patients throughout Oklahoma. Established on January 1, 1977, by the Oklahoma County Medical Society, OBI aims to provide the safest and highest quality blood, services and health programs to patients and communities alike. In an eﬀort to maintain a suﬃcient community blood supply, OBI, in conjunction with Cameron University, hosts a blood drive near the end of every semester to increase blood stores at the institute. According to Jill Setzer of the Oklahoma Blood Institute, this semester end, with the holiday season approaching, is especially critical. “The holiday season is when we are at our lowest in terms of blood donors,” Setzer said. “With Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year in such close proximity, many people don’t have the time to donate. During that time, there are also more motorists and an increase in road accidents, which results in many victims losing blood. So we are encouraging many people to donate.” Cameron University was one of the venues chosen, Setzer said, because it has an especially large eligible donor group. Those eligible must be over 17, weigh more than 125 pounds and be in general good health. For the Oklahoma Blood Institute to maintain its blood supply, it would need one pint of blood from each of 700 daily donors
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Hold still: The Oklahoma Blood Institute offers each donor a readout of their blood pressure, iron and cholesterol levels.
Voices Handwriting tradition lost with e-mail trend November 15, 2004
When was the last time you wrote a letter to a loved one?
Enixsa Serrano Accounting sophomore “Itʼs been years, about eight years ago.”
left, he generally thinks with his head and is more reserved and quiet. If it’s tilted to the right, he is more likely to think with his heart and be more I remember reaching my lanky arm into our rusty mailbox as a young emotional and loving. And if he crosses his T’s low, he has lower self-congirl and getting so excited when in the thick stack of mail, I’d ﬁnd a letter ﬁdence, while crossing them high means he is enthusiastic and spirited. addressed to me. E-mails aﬀord a quick, easy and often mindless option for keeping in Today, I’m still overjoyed to receive a personal letter, though it happens touch. Sure, we all receive heartfelt e-mails from time to time, but most less and less frequently. are short and full of incomplete sentences with phrases like “lol,” There’s just something about the care and time put into a letter that “btw” and “g2g.” In a good letter, sentences are well has drawn me back to this old-style manner of corresponding. thought-out, everlasting and complete. But what When e-mail became the cheaper and faster alabout special occasions like birthdays or holidays? ternative to our classic postal service, I admit I We’re bound to receive several letters and cards happily jumped on the bandwagon. I was in the mail then, right? Not much anymore, saving paper, money and time all at once. thanks to e-cards. Instead of taking the time Who wouldn’t relocate their primary and thought to send a real greeting card or to address from their home mailbox to the make one, we can now click on a picture of a Internet? card and e-mail it to a friend in a matter of Then in an English class last spring, minutes. an assignment drove me to fall in love Letters are the storytellers of our past. with genuine letter-writing again. From a soldier on the battleﬁeld writIn partners, we were to spend a few ing to his loved ones at home, to a king months cultivating a relationship in requesting the help of another nation, to writing through which we discussed the romance of the Reagans, letters tell almost everything: life, love, our the stories that become our history. Once Graphic by future goals and dreams. an e-mail is deleted, it disappears into Leah Hicks One of the most enjoyable parts cyberspace. A letter will last forever. An of the exercise was also the most e-mail is a document to look at on a screen, simple. In writing our letters, we not a piece of paper to hold in hand. chose an array of stationery, found Next time, instead of catching up with a friend new ways to decorate our envelopes in an e-mail, try writing a letter. Who knows, maybe and learned diﬀerent styles of handyour friend will respond and bring back the true meanwriting. ing of “You’ve got mail.” I chose a new pen to use with each letter — Kailani Koenig-Muenster, The Seattle Times and added stickers, colored paper or any other decoration I felt was right. It was the personal touch that made me yearn for the next letter to come in my mailbox each day. Admiring (or trying to decipher) a person’s handwriting is one of the many things that separate letters from e-mails. The diﬀerent styles of handwriting can say a lot about the writer’s personality and add a dose of character to the paper. For example, my grandmother says if a person tilts his writing to the
Muriel Schulte Psychology junior “I put a letter in my husbandʼs birthday card yesterday.”
Sam Self CIS sophomore “I couldnʼt tell you.”
Betty Blair Criminal Justice junior “Wow, in high school. Itʼs been a long time.”
Pablo Santiago Business freshman “Probably a year ago.”
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Fit for life: Editor challenges staﬀ to strive for health
Part of my life changed when I began taking aerobic classes at Cameron this semester. After attending just two class periods, I almost instantly began to feel revitalized and full of life. I used to be almost an inert person who mostly exercised my muscles when doing some fork-lifting. I knew that if I was going to take the position as managing editor at The Collegian, I would need my energy replenished on a regular basis, since working at a newspaper is such an energy-consuming job. However, what I had not anticipated was that I would spend so much of my energy zealously trying to convince my staﬀ about the importance of exercising and taking care of their health. You see, our staﬀ has 16 members, and only four exercise on a regular basis. This is only 25 percent of the entire staﬀ. For those of you who share the same health beliefs I do, you may commiserate with me over this heavy burden and “mission” I have taken on: persuading my Collegian peers that they should be a ﬁt newsroom staﬀ, rather than the stereotypically lazy one. Of course, I have to admit that there is a cultural factor that strongly inﬂuences me. In Brazil, taking care of your health is not such a major issue, for most of the
people do that without thinking about of it. Many Brazilian citizens do not have a car, and as a consequence, they walk to work, to school and to shopping centers. Even if they take a bus, they have to walk to the bus station, and the walks can get pretty long. Since Brazil is a tropical and a huge agricultural country, most of the people eat fresh vegetables, fruits and meat that are mostly bought in an outdoor market. Our diet is extremely diﬀerent than that of Americans. We do have a McDonald’s, but it is very expensive to get a meal. Pizza is not as common, nor is soda, which is mostly a Sunday treat for many families. Therefore, for most Brazilians, staying ﬁt is almost an eﬀortless task. Switching to the America side, I feel I have lost some of my Brazilian identity. I now love hamburgers, fries, pizza and milkshakes. I have found myself wanting to do things the quickest way – getting the quickest meal, putting dishes in the dishwasher, all my dirty clothes in a laundry machine, parking my car very close to my class so that I don’t have to walk a lot and, ultimately, buying frozen foods. Although I now understand part of my peers’ culture, I still want to convey to them – more speciﬁcally, put in their minds – that exercising will make their lives a lot better. One person on the staﬀ, for example, believes that she has
Editorial Board Managing Editor - Anna Politano News Editor - Jennie Hanna Copy Editor - Lisa Snider A&E Editor - Angela Sanders Sports Editor - Joshua Rouse Features Editor - Angela Gradoz Graphic Artist - Leah Hicks
Newswriting Students Emily Archer, Jillian Bassett, Sharicka Brackens, Kelli Colbenson, Krystal Deak, Daniel Evans, Cara Garza, Aaron M. Gilbee, Ekeama S.Goddard, Jennifer Hardy, Teri Hillier, Dawn Holt, Kathleen Kelly, Jessica P. Lane, Kari Lewis, Justin Liszeski, Ian Mitchell, Danielle Murphree, Sonya Ray, Ekayah Rosete, Lauren Slate, Tiffany Soto, Tauren Thompson, Bonnie Tomahsah, Sarah Warren About Us The official student newspaper of Cameron University, The Cameron University Collegian is available each Monday during the year. It is printed by the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas.
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had her “fair Selling share,” of exercise classes in junk the past. What food at my precious friend does not school understand is that ﬁtness is for life, not for a certain period of time. It is just like studying math. You can do really well while you are A study has shown that most of the drinks and learning and snacks sold in vending machines at U.S. middle and high schools have little nutritional value. constantly using your Drinks Snacks Percentage of total Percentage of total math skills, available in machines available in machines but if you stop Regular soda 36% Candy 42% applying math Fruit drinks (less than 50% Chips (regular) 25% real fruit) 13% to your daily Crackers with cheese 13% Sports drinks 13% life, you will Low-fat chips, pretzels 5% Water 12% ultimately forCrackers, cereal mix 3% Granola, cereal bars 2% Fruit juice 7% get all that you Low-fat cookies 2% Diet soda 6% have learned, Nuts 1% Whole milk 2% Fruits, vegetables 0.5% Low fat milk 2% and you will Other 2% Other 1% no longer reap the beneﬁts of so many hours of studying. In my relentless attempt to get the staﬀ So, if you see a Collegian “nerd” to work out and since it is time to around the block riding a bike, enroll for the spring, I am camjogging or taking a walk, do not paigning to get them to enroll be surprised; they might have with me in step aerobics. I have been totally won over by this odd, been partly successful since one Brazilian lady. editor has already enrolled in step aerobics, and another one is going Anna Politano is a journalism senior from Brazil. She is also the managing to enroll in a P.E. class. editor of The Collegian. Send comMy eﬀorts might prove to be ments to firstname.lastname@example.org successful after all.
Letters Policy Letters to the editor will be printed in the order in which they are received and on a space available basis. The Collegian reserves the right to edit all letters for content and length. Letters should be no more than 250 words. Letters from individual authors will be published only once every four weeks. All letters from students should include first and last names, classification and major. No nicknames will be used. Letters from people outside the Cameron community should include name, address and phone number for verification. Letters can be sent via mail or e-mail, or they may be dropped off at our office.
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.
November 15, 2004
Business professionals, students oﬀered tips on writing savvy through workshop By Laura Brady Staﬀ Writer Three experts in business writing will present a three-hour workshop that will provide a hands-on experience for business professionals and CU students. Business Professor Dr. Sylvia Miller, English Associate Professor Dr. Vivian Thomlinson and technology Assistant Professor Mary Penick will present “English Safari Survival Skills” at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Shepler Center Mezzanine. Miller has years of experience in teaching business communication and has worked in the business world. Thomlinson has taught business writing and has worked in the industry. Penick, a former employee of Telos, also has many years of experience teaching technical writing. Thomlinson said businesses know that writing skills are very important for their workers.
“Surrounding communities have expressed a desire to get their employees up to standard with writing clear, coherent English,” Thomlinson said. The jungle theme for the workshop came about after Penick expressed how it’s like a jungle out there trying to use correct grammar. According to Penick, it’s important to know your target audience when doing any type of writing. “Sometimes people forget whom they’re addressing, and too much jargon can be confusing,” she said. Thomlinson will include the jungle safari theme in her handouts, which she plans to decorate with jungle stickers. “I’m using the motif of animals to rank the diﬀerent errors, like the levels of ferocity,” she said. “There’s no reason why we can’t make this fun.” Among the topics to be covered will be how re-phrasing a sentence can make more sense out of it. According to Thomlinson, it’s essential to maintain credibility
Campus Round-up Fine Arts Lab brings life to ‘dead’ week and ﬁnals week To help students prepare for ﬁnals, the Fine Arts Computer Lab, Music Building Room 139, will extend its hours to midnight Dec. 6-13, excluding the weekend unless plans change, and to 11 p.m. Dec. 14-16. Light refreshments will be available in the lobby. December grads must apply Undergraduate students who plan to graduate in December need to apply for graduation by Nov. 22. Students must bring updated degree plans signed by faculty advisers to the registrar in North Shepler, Room 204. For more information, call 581.2351. Drive under way to help feed families Phi Sigma Iota, the foreign languages honor society is sponsoring a can drive. Collected non-perishables will be sent to the Lawton Food Bank where items will be distributed to families in need in our community. Donations will be collected in Nance Boyer 2014 until Nov. 22, in time for Thanksgiving needs.
and know how to communicate properly. Penick will talk about how certain abbreviations in e-mail and instant messages can cloud communication. According to her, it’s beneﬁcial to proﬁle your audience. “Know your audience beforehand. Some people may want straight facts, others may want a more personable approach,” Penick said. Miller will also discuss how to write eﬀective business applications and letters. Thomlinson believes one of the best outcomes of the workshop will be bringing people together from diﬀerent businesses and communities. “It will be a chance for people from a work community to come onto our campus and see what we are doing at CU and how we are trying to turn out graduates who can serve the needs of businesses and meet the needs of the community,” she said. Members from the business
community and CU faculty and students will have a chance to intermingle. “It makes a wonderful connection for people to realize that whether you’re from a university campus, small business or mega shop, we’re all trying to do the same thing, which is we’re all trying to serve a constituency,” Thomlinson said. The fee for the workshop, which is open to the public, is $25. The fee for CU students is $12.50. For details or to reserve a seat, call 581.2280.
SGA members get motivated to help campus through mock legislature By Angela Gradoz Features Editor Recently, Cameron University’s Student Government Association, along with SGAs from other statewide universities, participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, held Nov. 3-7 in Oklahoma City. Cameron recently became re-involved with the OIL in spring 2004. Before that, SGA had not attended a conference since 1999. While SGA President Jenny Jackson is not sure why CU had not been involved, she speculates that the SGA budget might have been the issue, since the event is not free. The OIL, which is held twice a year, “The delegates return provides SGA students from to Cameron with a universities across desire to make changes Oklahoma the op... and to be more portunity to paractively involved with ticipate in a mock government. Durhow to make Cameron ing the session, better for all students.” items concerning the state were de— Jenny Jackson bated in the OIL SGA President Senate and House of Representatives. Items discussed included: foreign language class oﬀerings, gun regulations, aﬃrmative action policies and driver’s license policies. Because participants engage in a variety of mock governmental sessions, many times SGA members return to campus motivated to make changes. “SGA delegates beneﬁt from this experience personally because they work with pressing issues within our state through a very active, hands-on learning process,” Jackson said. “The delegates return to Cam-
Learning by doing: SGA members pose in front of the senate chamber at the State Capitol during the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature held Nov. 3-7. Students were able to participate in mock sessions and learn more about parliamentary procedures by working with other college students from around the state on major state issues. eron with a desire to make changes on campus and to be more actively involved with how to make Cameron better for all students.” In addition to the mock governmental sessions, students learn to interpret parliamentary skills at the OIL. “Parliamentary procedure is strictly followed at OIL and it provides the delegates with the opportunity to have four days to master proper parliamentary procedure skills,” Jackson said. The sessions also resulted in Jackson being appointed and sworn in by the governor as OIL director of ﬁnance. Senator Kara Morris and Jackson co-authored a resolution that passed the OIL senate that requires scholarship notiﬁcations by public universities. Also, Jackson, along with OSU SGA President Joe St. John co-authored and received best legislation by the OIL House of Representatives.
Continued from Page 1 Throughout the state — a ﬁgure Setzer says is almost impossible to accomplish in one morning. However, she was grateful for those donors who did show. “Each donor’s pint of blood can help save three lives,” she explained. “So donating blood isn’t a wasted eﬀort.” Students were not the only ones encouraged to show up in large numbers. Members of the wider community were invited to help save lives as well. The blood drive was held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cameron University’s Student Union. Donors received a free T-shirt, temperature, blood pressure, iron and cholesterol level checks.
It’s my bag, baby: Each person who donates blood is required to fill a bag, and each donation is inspected, tested and marked for proper use. Those who donate are also treated with a free T-shirt, cookies and a soft drink.
November 15, 2004
Youth from local schools provided an opportunity to view the business world By Laura Brady Staﬀ Writer Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) encouraged elementary students to learn about the business world through the ﬁrst of three youth Cameron University Leaders and Entrepreneurs (CULE) camps on Nov. 1 in the Shepler Center Mezzanine. SIFE held the ﬁrst camp with the hopes of presenting fourth, ﬁfth and sixth graders from around Southwest Oklahoma a taste of what it takes to create a new product or service. According to Dr. Suzanne Clinton, associate dean of the CU School of Business and faculty adviser for SIFE, “our main goal is to get the young students’ minds thinking about entrepreneurship, creativity and innovative ideas.” A second camp today, also to be held in the Shepler Mezzanine, will target Southwest Oklahoma junior high students. The ﬁnal CULE camp will be held Nov. 15 in the Mezzanine and will target high school students.
“Our main goal is to get the young students’ minds thinking about entrepreneurship, creativity and innovative ideas.”
Learning a new trade: Elementary students participated in the CULE camps during the first week of November and were provided with hands-on training in the business world. Three camps were offered during the month of November for local elementary, junior high and high schools students.
—Dr. Suzanne Clinton, associate dean of the CU School of Business and faculty adviser for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Counselors and faculty from the participating schools selected the camp participants, and about 100 students attended the camp on Nov. 1. “Students came from Lawton, Duncan, Carnegie and Minco,” Clinton said. “Some schools brought a small group of students and others brought larger groups of students.” Camp participants were divided into teams that were given the task of inventing and developing a marketing plan for a new product. According to Nathan McCulloch, SIFE member and management senior, “the kids came up with
some incredible ideas.” Clinton agreed. “One team came up with the idea of diapers that you don’t have to change, because the diaper changes and cleans the baby by itself,” Clinton said. “They had a ball.” After the students came up with the business and marketing plan for the new product, they wrote and taped a commercial. Later in the afternoon, the parents of the students were invited to come and were shown the commercials that were taped. During the spring semester of 2004, SIFE sponsored three successful CULE camps, which in-
spired the additional sessions held during this fall semester. “The camps oﬀer publicity to CU and bring students in,” Clinton said. SIFE’s motto encourages college students to help change the world through educational outreach pro-
grams, and by doing so, improve the quality of life for everyone. According to McCulloch, the ﬁrst CULE camp was a success. “We showed the students how to become accomplished entrepreneurs by teaching them teamwork skills, leadership and cooperation.”
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military personnel come to Lawton, some of them want to get their teaching degree, and sometimes their spouses do as well. “We draw on Fort Sill as a resource because of the people who are stationed there,” she said. Candice Hairiston, who has a physical education degree from Cameron and is now participating in CamSTEP, said that the students go to a school in the mornings to observe teaching and then return to Cameron every day at noon for course work until about 4 p.m. “The program is really intense,” she said. “You have to be dedicated to the program if you want to succeed.” Not being able to work is one of the only drawbacks that Brady sees with the program. “Students go from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ﬁve days a week,” Brady said. Students then have to go home and work on their course work, which makes it hard to work at another job. “CamSTEP is stressful,” Hairiston said. “Most of the stress is good, but it is hard to work and go at the same time.” According to Brady, because of the rigorous demands on the students, the program produces teachers who are sought after from all types of schools across the na-
background to oﬀer classes that are not available at most institutions,” Stanley said. In addition, CU is one of only two schools in the country that oﬀers a course in Kurdish, and CU is also included along with 13 other universities that oﬀer Uzbek. Because the department is in the process of hiring a new faculty member this spring, Stanley will be able to teach in-class courses like Arabic and Russian beginning in the summer and fall 2005 semesters. Right now the classes are either deﬁned as arranged or intensive, which means they are self-paced and the student sees the instructor on an as-needed basis. In order for students to stay immersed in a language outside of the classroom, there is a Language Learning Center on the second ﬂoor of Nance Boyer. “We have videos, CDs, and we still use cassettes, so students can really enrich their language learning experience through these materials,” Lubrano said. “We have four computers that we were able to get, in the spring, and they are receiving heavy use by students who work with the foreign language CDs to complete laboratory assignments.” Upon completion of degree requirements there may be students who are unsure of what occupation they want to go into. One option that many romance language majors do, according to Lubrano, is enroll in the CamSTEP program. Students enrolled in CamSTEP will earn a master’s degree in about a year. With the degree, students can teach foreign language at the secondary level. “Students who have completed the CamSTEP program have obtained teaching positions in Oklahoma or Texas,” she said. “We also have people in Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia and several other states.” While students who decide to obtain teaching positions outside of Oklahoma will more than likely have to get re-certiﬁed, Lubrano is conﬁdent that students will not have any problems. “They have not had any problems passing the exam in other states,” Lubrano said. “The subject area exams in Oklahoma are so thorough and so demanding that anyone who passes the Oklahoma exam invariably has no problems.”
SGA Notes Today’s meeting will begin with a second reading of Resolution 304004 by Senators Morris and Lemley to extend on-campus library hours. There will also be a mock legislative bill to aid in learning parliamentary procedure. Resolution 304004 survey results can be viewed at www. cameron.edu/sga. Visit www.cameron.edu/sga for more information about your Student Government Association.
Recognition given: Hackler winners Kent Morris, associate professor of math, and Marcy Blackburn, associate professor of education, were presented awards from Harold and Elizabeth Hackler and congratulated by President Cindy Ross.
tion. Eighty-ﬁve to 90 percent of graduates from CamSTEP are currently employed. Hairiston goes to Lawton High in the mornings to observe the P.E. classes. Next semester she hopes to be able to teach at Lawton High for part of the semester and then move to Central Junior High. According to Brady, the real teaching experience is the most valuable aspects of the program. “The unique on-the-job experience that CamSTEP oﬀers is valuable to the student. No other program oﬀers a student the opportunity to observe for two full semes-
ters,” Brady said. “By the time they graduate they have the conﬁdence and are more assured of themselves, which helps them get jobs.” Being able to work closely with the professors and the teachers also oﬀers CamSTEP students a beneﬁcial environment. There are usually about 30 students per year in the program, which allows for a lot of one-on-one time. Having “one-on-one with the professors” is good, Hairiston said. “Any little problem and I can go to them. Your classmates are always there to support you as well.”
November 15, 2004
How to avoid catching a cold or keep your sense of humor if you do KRT Newswire You probably didn’t get a ﬂu shot this year. Time to panic? Naah. A little knowledge and good hygiene, we always say, is mightier than the needle. So here’s help for surviving the season. Armed with chicken soup, the right blanket, some coping tips and an assortment of trivia about the ﬂu, you may ﬁnd that you don’t need that old vaccine after all. Read on. Prepare. And remember: We’re all in this ﬂu season together. So don’t get too close.
FLU ETIQUETTE Once ﬂu season sets in, there’s a whole new code of etiquette. Oh, you should still R.S.V.P. and send thank-you notes. But now there’s an “extra” set of rules for staying away from germs — and keeping your germs away from other people. 1. Carry tissues with you everywhere, especially if you’re under the weather. Gross but true: The ﬂu virus spreads through little virus-carrying droplets that spew from your mouth and nose. Every time you cough or sneeze, block those droplets with a tissue, and then throw the tissue away so no one else will come into contact with it. By the way, those new anti-viral tissues made by Kleenex? They can’t hurt, but they’re not
going to solve your problems. Any tissue, anti-viral or not, will help contain those virus droplets, and any tissue will let them loose if you don’t cover your mouth and nose completely. 2. If you’re caught without tissues, sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm, not into your hands. As you might guess, your hands are the worst place to have the ﬂu virus. 3. If you think you have the ﬂu, stay home. No, really — even if you’re tough, and even if the oﬃce needs you. Inevitably, six podmates will end up staying at home instead of just one. 4. Don’t shake hands during ﬂu season. If you’re introduced to someone new, just smile, then nod or wave. If people extend a hand to you, explain that it’s ﬂu season and you don’t want them to get sick. That’s less oﬀ-putting than, “Don’t touch me!” 5. If you’re sick, carry some disinfectant wipes. It’s beneﬁcial to everyone to wipe oﬀ doorknobs, phones and computer keyboards. 6. Don’t share your air. If you’re around someone who’s sneezing or coughing, stay at least three feet away. Even if it sounds like a dry or shallow cough, it’s still ﬂinging those nasty droplets everywhere, and you could inhale one of Courtesy Photo them. 7. If you’re sick, don’t prepare food for other people. If you’re eating out and the person who serves your food is coughing or sneezing, don’t eat the food. Politely ask for a replacement or a refund. (Hint: This request will be better-received if you are self-deprecating and make fun of yourself for being paranoid and extra careful.) HAND-WASHING 201 Yeah, yeah, hand-washing helps prevent the ﬂu. You know this. But are you washing your hands properly? Probably not. Here’s what to do: Use warm water and soap. We’ve all come across public rest rooms where soap is nowhere to be found. Prepare for this emergency: Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel, foam or wipes. Or carry your
own soap: The Container Store sells single-use soap sheets (paperthin sheets that lather up and melt in water) in tiny, portable plastic boxes; get 50 sheets for $5.99. Don’t just lather, rinse and leave. You have to spend some time scrubbing. Experts oﬀer several guidelines for just how long you should scrub. Some say you should sing “Happy Birthday” twice; others say you should sing your way through the alphabet once. Either way, plan on about 20 seconds of scrubbing. Don’t ignore your ﬁngertips, ﬁngernails and cuticles. And please, keep the singing to yourself. After you’ve washed, you can undo all that scrubbing just by touching a dirty faucet or doorknob. Especially if you’re in a public rest room, use a paper towel (or a tissue — you’re carrying those with you, right?) to turn oﬀ the water. If you can’t open the door with your arm or shoulder, keep that paper towel and use it to handle the doorknob when you leave. THE CHICKEN SOUP FACTOR Does chicken soup have healing powers? In 2000, Stephen Rennard, a won’t say which) worked better pulmonary expert and professor than homemade. of medicine at the University of The study is purely theoretiNebraska Medical Center, put it to cal, of course. And Rennard has the test. a Harvard bachelor’s degree in Rennard added his grandmother’s folklore and mythology, too. So chicken soup to samples of white take this study — if not your blood cells called neutrophils. chicken soup — with a These are the cells that grain of salt. rush in to ﬁght an invading virus, SOUP’S ON an act that Here’s stimulates a classic the prochicken duction noodle of the soup recipe mucus from “The that Fannie causes Farmer congesCookbook” tion. Sure by Marion enough, the Cunningsoup inhibited ham (Alfred the neutrophils’ A. Knopf, $30) to movement, which keep on hand during ﬂu Courtesy Photo — theoretically, at least season. — means it could eliminate some CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP congestion. Serves 6 Rennard also tested 13 com6 cups chicken broth mercial brands of chicken soup, 1 stalk celery, ﬁnely chopped and some of them (he 2 (dry) ounces ﬂat egg noodles
Common questions for the common cold and flu Q: What’s the diﬀerence between a cold and the ﬂu? A: Both are upper-respiratory-system illnesses caused by viruses, but the ﬂu — short for inﬂuenza — is more severe than a cold. Symptoms of a cold are a sore throat, runny or stuﬀy nose, and sometimes a headache caused by congestion. If there is a fever, it is mild. Flu symptoms are sore throat, runny nose, dry cough, headache, extreme tiredness, muscle aches and a high fever. Q: Is the ﬂu deadly? A: It can be for people in high-risk groups, which includes those 65 and older; people with weakened immune systems, such as people with AIDS; people with long-term diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes; and children under 2. Inﬂuenza can lead to complications, such as bacterial pneumonia and worsening of chronic conditions such as heart failure.
Q: What causes the ﬂu? A: Flu is caused by one of three types of inﬂuenza viruses. Inﬂuenza type A and inﬂuenza type B viruses are the ones that cause serious disease; the third, inﬂuenza type C, usually causes only a mild illness and is not considered a public health problem. Q: What can people who aren’t going to be getting a shot do to reduce the likelihood of getting the ﬂu? A: For healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49 who are not pregnant, the FluMist nasal spray is another way of building immunity to the ﬂu virus. Another thing someone can do, particularly an elderly person or a person with a serious chronic disease, is to get vaccinated for pneumococcal pneumonia. Although that won’t help prevent the ﬂu, it can prevent one of the serious complications.
Sources: www.cdc.gov; The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times
1/2 cup raw chicken meat, cut into bite-size pieces Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 teaspoons chopped parsley Simmer the chicken broth and celery about 5 minutes. Add the noodles, and cook until tender. Add the chicken pieces, and cook about 2 minutes or until done. Add salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with the parsley. Nutritional analysis per serving: 116 calories, 5 grams fat, 8 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams protein, 23 milligrams cholesterol, 784 milligrams sodium, trace dietary ﬁber, 37 percent of calories from fat. But who really wants to cook when they’re sick? Chicken noodle is now a soup du jour at many restaurants. Call your favorite restaurant to check listings and order
takeout, or swing by Boston Market or Chick-ﬁl-A, which have chicken soup on the menu every day. FLUTAINMENT: ENTERTAIN YOURSELF DURING FLU-INDUCED COUCH CONFINEMENT WITH MOVIES You think you have it bad? Watch “The Day After Tomorrow.” Dennis Quaid must not only ﬁgure out how to get his son out of New York, which is rapidly become a giant Popsicle, but he must also save the world from a quickie global warming. It’ll make your sinus pressure look like a picnic. Need something to relate to? Try “Osmosis Jones.” Inside the body of a cold victim, the blood cells and cold tablets team up to ﬁght the invading viruses. Character voices include Chris Rock, Kid Rock, Laurence Fishburne, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy and William Shatner. Go lightly and escape with “Breakfast at Tiﬀany’s.” If the luminous Audrey Hepburn, the handsome, pre-”A-Team” George Peppard, the Henry Mancini score and the zany cocktail party scene don’t make you crack a smile, you might want to seek emergency help. BOOKS TO MAKE YOU SMILE THROUGH THE ACHES AND PAINS “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” by David Sedaris. If you like your humor wickedly warped, try the new collection from this great American humorist. “If You Can’t Live Without Me, Why Aren’t You Dead Yet?” by Cynthia Heimel. A collection of sharp, funny, feminist essays. If that’s not in stock, try another Heimel collection, “Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I’m Kissing You Goodbye!” “The Essential Calvin and Hobbes,” “The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes.” ‘Nuf said. Courtesy Graphic
November 15, 2004
PAC presents ﬁrst open mic show By Ian Mitchell Newswriting Student “I would deﬁne, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty. Its sole arbiter is Taste.” — Edgar Allan Poe Cameron students will have an opportunity to see if one group of poets suits their tastes as PAC hosts Poetry Slam at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Student Activities Building. According to PAC co-chair Frank Myers, the event will be sponsored and hosted by PAC and is open to the general public. Myers said it would feature poets who perform on Wednesday nights at Mr. C’s Lounge on Lee Blvd. However, according to Myers, any person who would like to perform that night needs only to attend the show and indicate his or her desire to present a piece.
“Students or anyone else in the Lawton community can just show up and read a poem if they want to, or just sit and listen,” he said. Myers said the idea to have a poetry night came about through discussion between Manuel Hager, political
Writer enjoys clever comedy of Eternal Sunshine By Lauren Slate Newswriting Student What if you met someone completely diﬀerent from anyone you have ever met? And from one sunrise to the next, you began to fall in love with them, blissfully ignorant of the fact that you have already had a relationship with this person and had them erased from your memory the night before. That is exactly the situation that Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) fall into in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. When their relationship falls apart, their memories of each other are too unbearable for them to move on, so they ﬁnd themselves at the mercy of a doctor who promises to take their memories of each other away forever. But Joel ﬁnds that with each passing of a memory of Clementine, he decides he does not want to forget them or lose her. Joel and Clementine explore the time they had together as they run through each scrambled recollection. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has been newly released on DVD and VHS. The cast includes the famous faces of Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst. Every character is important to the movie and displays the faults and insecurities of humanity and how we attempt to escape our miseries. This movie was the ﬁrst “romantic comedy” that I have ever seen that I would not label a “chickﬂick.” The mood of the ﬁlm is serious and void of slap-stick comedy patterns. In this complex movie, the comeGraphic by Angela Sanders dy is truly unexpected and clever. It takes you from one scene to the next. Some of the scene ﬂow is very choppy. The events do not follow in chronological order, but rather mix in a way that allows their purpose to be revealed in the end as the pieces of the story come together. Throughout the ﬁlm, the scenes jump from one to another almost every minute, but in the chaos of all the action, there are beautiful moments of truth that reveal the search to ﬁnd oneself, the desire for someone to save us and make us feel alive and to feel that our lives have purpose, and every moment is fulﬁlled. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a movie you can watch repeatedly and still ﬁnd something new with each viewing. The concept for the picture is somewhat sci-ﬁ, but the emotions and experiences of the characters are more real than any love story I have ever watched on-screen. If you like the movies Fight Club, Momento and Vanilla Sky, which make you have to think and put the pieces together, you will like this ﬁlm. Or, if you would just like to see it rain inside, see cars fall out of the sky or watch ocean waves roll through a house as it ﬁlls with sand, this movie could be interesting to you. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was given 50 four-star reviews. Make this 51. Overall Grade: A
science sophomore and Director of Student Activities Courtney Hardin. Hager hosts the Wednesday night poetry performances at Mr. C’s Lounge and Hardin previously worked at the University of Arkansas where she observed the favorable responses of students to frequently held events of this kind. The two
Graphic by Ian Mitchell
discussed the idea with the PAC co-chairs. “Courtney was interested in trying it out here, and Manuel wanted to start up a poetry night as well,” Myers said. “They came to the PAC co-chairs, Taylor Crisp and myself, and we talked about how we could make it happen.” The genres of poetry performed, according to Myers, will be of a wide range. He said that some might not be appropriate for children. “Some of it may be suitable for younger audiences and some may not,” he said. “So I wouldn’t suggest bringing kids.” Some of the performers from Mr. C’s Lounge have already displayed their talents at Cameron this semester. Myers said that during the Cultural Showcase on Thursday of Diversity Week, a few participants read poetry as part of the show.
“During the Cultural Showcase, we did bring in a few of them from Mr. C’s Lounge where Manuel Hager hosts,” he said, “so we’ve already seen some of them perform.” According to Myers, PAC felt it was necessary to have outside performers because a show consisting purely of poetry performances is basically novel for this campus. They did not want a situation where only a few students wanted to perform. “We wanted to avoid having a show with only one or two students performing,” Myers said. “So we made sure that the poets from Mr. C’s Lounge will be there to put in enough performances.” According to Hardin, if Thursday’s show is successful, there will likely be another show of this kind next semester. “If this poetry performance is well received on campus, we will probably be putting on another one in the spring,” she said.
Jamie Foxx changes roles for biopic about pianist Ray Charles By Josh Rouse Sports Editor There is only one thing that can be said about the Ray Charles biopic, Ray: spectacular. Many times, a two-and-ahalf hour movie is long, drawn out and not entertaining. Ray is entertaining, fast-paced and the best movie of the year – hands down. There has been talk of a Best Actor Oscar for Jamie Foxx. After seeing this movie, there should be no more talk whatsoever. Comedian Jamie Foxx has been in and out of the spotlight since his feature ﬁlm debut, Booty Call, in 1997. Foxx has acted predominately in comedic roles in movies such as Bait, Held Up and Breakin’ All the Rules. Recently he starred in the more serious ﬁlms Redemption and Collateral. Ray is Foxx’s big drama debut and deﬁnitely has Oscar potential. Foxx spent one full day with Ray Charles, learning how to play the piano for his role. Foxx hit one wrong note and Charles became upset about it and repeatedly told him not to mess up. After that, they became friends and continued as friends throughout the making of the movie. Ray tells the story of Ray Charles’ life from his days as a child to his days as one of the greatest piano players of all time. Charles lost his sight completely at the age of seven, shortly after seeing the death of his brother. His mother pushed him into piano lessons, and the rest is history. However, Charles’ entire life was not all candy-coated. As do
many stars, Ray experienced some personal problems with his wife, whom he later divorced. He also had a bout with drug and alcohol abuse. Ray Charles was more than just a piano player. He was a poster child for those who said an African-American could not make anything of his or her life. Ray Charles fought adversity to become the star he was. His innovative music and thrilling lyrics launched him to the forefront of the music industry. There was not a single song Charles could not play, from rock to gospel; he knew it all. Charles helped ﬁght segregation in many of the nightclubs that made him a star. His legend lives on as many singers and pianists mold themselves in Ray Charles’ image.
Ray Charles died just after ﬁlming was completed. Jamie Foxx attended his funeral, as did many others involved in the ﬁlming of the movie. Jamie Foxx deserves an Oscar for this ﬁlm. When a person is sitting in the theater watching it, it is hard to even believe that this is an actor up on the screen and not Charles himself, because Foxx plays him so perfectly. Ray came in second at the box oﬃce with $20 million, behind The Grudge with $21.8 million. Ray was only released in 2,006 theaters while the Halloween feature, The Grudge was being shown in well over 3,000 theaters. Look for Ray in theaters nationwide. It is a movie nobody should miss.
Overall Grade: A
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November 15, 2004
Play brings two fields together By Petulah Olibert Staﬀ Writer Science and literature have always been opposites on the academic ﬁeld, the former residing in the realm of logic, the latter in fantasy. But recently, the two have been increasingly bridging the vast chasm that kept them divided for years. Science in theatre may have begun with plays like Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, about a 13year-old math whiz, and Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, which depicts the 1941 meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. The play Oxygen certainly follows in that tradition. Premiering in April of 2001 at the San Diego Repertory Theater and written by world-famous chemists, Carl Djerassi of Stanford University and Roald Hoﬀmann of Cornell University, the play deals with the discovery of the oxygen molecule, the existing competition in the ﬁeld of science and the chemical and political repercussions of the discovery of oxygen. Well received from its inception, the years have not dulled this play’s appeal as the CU Department of Music and Theatre Arts has chosen Oxygen as its second production of the season. “This play was chosen particularly because it is an entry for the American College Festival and because it oﬀers the actors an opportunity to explore the diverse styles of acting in a diﬀerent time period,” said Dr. David Fennema, play director. “The roles have already been cast, and rehearsals
have been ongoing for a number of weeks now. Our sets have been built and our costumes are almost done.” Fennema is also pleased with the turnout of students who were interested in the play. “The response for this play has been overwhelming. We had a turnout of over 30 students for six roles,” he said. “Selection of the actors was hard because there was so much talent.” Among those starring in the play are Zach Fort as Professor Hjalmarsson and Mr. Lavoisier, Shemika Phillips as Marie Anne Lavoisier, Matt Sigers as Joseph Priestly and Professor Svanholm, Alicia Adams as Mary Priestly and Professor Astrid Roosevelt, and Christina Knight as Sara Margaretha Pohl and Ulla Zorn. The play features 20 scenes which focus on the question of which candidate should be given credit for the discovery of the oxygen molecule. In addition, it explores the human concerns and challenges that people face when trying to be ﬁrst. There is even a lovers’ quarrel between Mr. and Mrs. Lavoisier as she chides him for withholding information. However, Dr. Fennema says that the play stresses the building of relationships rather than on their destruction. At the end of the play, all conﬂicts are ﬁrmly resolved. How? “I can’t say because this is the purpose of the play,” said Fennema. “People need to come and enjoy the show and make that discovery themselves.” Oxygen will be presented Nov. 18-21 at University Theater.
Photos by Petulah Olibert
It’s almost show time: Zach Fort and Shemika Phillips (above) and Matt Sigers and Alicia Adams (left) rehearse for this week’s opening night. Students have been preparing for the respective roles for weeks and are now ready for the show. The play focuses on the rights to the discovery of the oxygen molecule.
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A&E Briefs Movie Night PAC will host its second movie night at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Student Activities Building. They will present “Without a Paddle.” Casting Call Edgar Mint Casting Company is looking for Two Native American boys between the ages of 10 and 16. The search will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Comanche Nation College. No previous experience necessary. Parade set for Saturday The Boulevard of Lights Opening Ceremony Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at 4th and Gore Blvd. The event is free.
November 15, 2004
Senior Aggie basketball player Girtmon shines on, oﬀ Cameron basketball court By Sonya Ray Newswriting Student
He shoots, he scores: Marcus Girtmon shines here in a recent exhibition game vs. Tulsa at Aggie Stadium.
Growing up as an only child has not discouraged Marcus Girtmon from being a team player. Girtmon plays the position of forward on the CU men’s basketball team. The 6-foot-5 senior has returned this year for his fourth consecutive season with the Aggies. Girtmon began to focus on basketball when he was in the eighth grade. Although his main interest at that time was football, he said his height contributed to his jump into the sport of basketball. “I never really took it seriously,” he said. “I kind of got forced into playing because I was tall. I was always a football player. I’ve gotten better; I’m still getting better.” He continued playing basketball during his high school career at Colony High School, located in a suburb of Dallas. While in high school his team went 32-2, which led them to the state championship. In 2001 he received a basketball scholarship to Cameron University. He joined the Aggies as a true freshman, which means that because of his exceptional skills on the court he was introduced to college ball immediately. For the 2001-2002 season, Girtmon was named the Lone
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Star Conference North Division Freshman of the Year. In 20032004, Girtmon had an average of 13.6 points per game, scoring over 360 points for the season. He had 130 rebounds and led the team in steals. He received honorable mentions from the LSC for ﬁnishing second on the team in scoring and rebounding in both the 2002-2003 and the 2003-2004 seasons. Girtmon referred to a game he played during his freshman year against Oral Roberts University, which is a Division I school, as one that he considers his most successful. “I was real nervous because it was the ﬁrst time I had played college ball, but I ended up doing real good,” he said. “I ended up with 12 points, a couple of dunks and some steals.” This year, the Aggies are facing three Division I opponents in exhibition games including the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The ﬁrst game was Nov. 6, against the University of North Texas in Denton. The game against North Texas is the game that Girtmon looked most forward to because it was the one closest to home. That was the ﬁrst time this season his mother was able to watch him play. The Aggies have added four new team members this year.
Girtmon has played with four of the players that are currently on the team, including his longtime friend Bam Harmon. He feels that this year’s team is one that will do well. “By far this is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Girtmon said. “We’ve got a lot of potential distributed evenly; everybody is going to add to the team. I’m really excited about it.” In order to prepare for a game, Girtmon likes to be alone or play video games. He says he may get up at 7 a.m. on game day because he is anxious to play. After a win, he establishes a game-day ritual. “I started this superstitious thing in high school,” he said. “After a win, I try to do the same things that I did on the previous game day. It even goes as far as eating the same foods.” Girtmon is currently a radio/ television senior and plans to continue to play ball. He wants to play overseas for a while and eventually do some sports broadcasting. This year Marcus Girtmon is the leading forward for the CU Aggies. He is known for fast breaks and slam-dunks that bring the crowd to their feet. With a new assistant coach, new team members, all topped with the athletic styling of Girtmon, this year may prove to be an exciting season for the Aggies.
City of Brotherly Love?
Teddy Greenstein KRT Newswire Of all the sensational charges Maurice Clarett has tossed and all the interesting responses from Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger, none was more surprising than Geiger’s ﬁnal answer at a news conference Tuesday. Asked whether the university would have any future relationship with Clarett, Geiger replied: “Sure. If he wants to come back and start to (attend) school again, he’d be more than welcome.” Right. And President Bush would like John Kerry to become his secretary of defense. Clarett’s story, reported by ESPN The Magazine and released Tuesday, threatens to rip the integrity of the Buckeyes football program to shreds. The former star tailback said that coach Jim Tressel arranged loaner cars for him and that Tressel’s brother, Dick, a Buckeyes assistant coach, found him lucrative, no-show landscaping jobs. Clarett also said boosters slipped him thousands of dollars and his academic adviser selected courses he could pass without having to show up. Tressel, who said during the weekly Big Ten conference call that he hadn’t read the story, later issued a blanket denial: “I can say without any reservations that all of the allegations made against me in that story are totally false. Additionally, I have spoken to Dick Tressel and the allegations directed toward him, as the mentor of our summer jobs program, also are false. I would never do anything to tarnish the image of this great game or The Ohio State University.” Many of the allegations already were investigated by the NCAA,
At it again: Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State star, seen here against Texas, continues with ongoing allegations of impropriety that occurred while attending the university. which suspended Clarett after his 2002 freshman season, during which he led the Buckeyes to a national championship. But Clarett told ESPN he covered up Tressel’s improprieties during the NCAA investigation and despite that was “blackballed” by the football program. Geiger portrayed Clarett as a disgruntled former player who had threatened to “blow this whole program up” during the investigation. “I have full conﬁdence in coach Tressel,” Geiger said. “I think he has done a marvelous job leading our program. I believe in his values.” Clarett wasn’t the only former player to accuse Ohio State of impropriety. Marco Cooper, a former linebacker whom the Buckeyes suspended after two drug-possession arrests, told ESPN he received free loaner cars from a local Dodger dealer, free furniture from an Ohio State booster and a $10-to-$12 per hour landscaping job set up through the football oﬃce that did not require his attendance. Cooper also said Ohio State’s academic requirements were so ﬂimsy that when he transferred and met with
oﬃcials at Grambling, they were stunned to see he had been given credits for courses such as oﬃciating basketball and oﬃciating tennis. Geiger, in an attempt to praise Tressel and indict former coach John Cooper, said Tuesday that if the 2000 team had played in a BCS bowl in January 2001, 23 players would have been ineligible because of academic shortcomings. “The chaos in the program in terms of the academic quality and other things caused us to bring coach Tressel to Ohio State,” he said. As for Clarett’s allegation that he was furnished a car, Geiger said Tressel did try to help him buy a vehicle through McDaniel Automotive of Marion, Ohio. “Coach Tressel took a hand in trying to arrange it because he knew the people at McDaniel would do it the right way,” Geiger said. “Since he has a relationship with them, he said to them, no favors. It has to be straight.” While Clarett works out in anticipation of the 2005 NFL draft, Geiger said he would contact NCAA oﬃcials to discuss the latest charges.
Watch out Rush Limbaugh: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and wide receiver Terrell Owens have words on the sideline after a three and out series from the Eagle offense. The Eagles lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
November 15, 2004
Shaq no longer center stage in NBA By Dan Le Batard KRT Newswire Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Oh, never mind. It is time to oﬃcially begin the hyperventilation. Dwyane Wade, growing into a superstar right before our eyes, is going to be one of the 10 best players in basketball before this season is done. He is the best thing to come out of the draft for Pat Riley since Magic Johnson. He was very quietly better than LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony last season — shooting better and winning more — and he’s right on the cusp now of being positively Kobeesque. All Wade did during Thursday’s 92-86 victory against Cleveland was upstage the entrance of the biggest superstar in sports. Shaquille O’Who? This was Robin being more heroic than Batman, Ed McMahon being funnier than Johnny Carson, one of the other members of U2 pushing Bono out of the way and stealing the stage and the show. Sharing a court with Shaquille O’Neal and James on Thursday, Wade was the best player on the court. Not just the best, either. The most electric, too. Even his misses sent a powerline of jolting electricity through a sold-out crowd here to see Shaq before being startled by what stepped out of his substantive shadow. Once upon a time, watching Reggie Jackson swing and miss was more interesting than watching anyone else in baseball connect. That’s star power, and Wade’s game has it, wrapped as it is in ﬂash and ﬂorescence even as his personality is all whispers and humility. His alley-oop misses Thursday had the crowd gasping more than even Shaquille’s court-tilting dunks. “Almost impossible to guard,” Cleveland coach Paul Silas moaned. “A star in the making.” No, Paul. A star done already been made. Twenty-eight points. Six rebounds. Five assists. Three steals. Three blocks. Two turnovers. Wow.
Down and out in New Orleans: Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade on his back during a rough confrontation with a New Orleans player. And get used to it. Because Wade was exceptional, amazing and ﬂabbergasting last season. But he’s even better now. This is who Wade is now that he doesn’t have to share the ball and the oﬀense with Lamar Odom any more. That’s the only thing that kept Wade from putting up more scoring than endlessly-hyped rookies James and Anthony last season. James and Anthony were not better than Wade last season, just more famous. Wade had to let the oﬀense go through Odom, had to share the ball and the spotlight and the oﬀense, whereas James and Anthony had everything all to themselves. They shot a lot more
and missed a lot more, and Wade could have very easily created their numbers if he had an ounce of selfish anywhere in his being. Wade shot 46.5 percent last season, unfathomable for a 6-4 rookie, simply unfathomable, and his game is going to skyrocket next to Shaq’s just the way Kobe’s did. He has the skills to lead this league in scoring, but the best part is that he would rather lead it in winning. That’s the best part about Wade, which is saying something given his game. He doesn’t seem to come wrapped in any of the ego and me-me-me that seems to pollute and corrupt so much of this sport. You know how many players would have been jealous
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of O’Neal’s entrance after doing as much as Wade did here last season? Heck, even Brian Grant and Caron Butler were upset to see how a giant curtain with O’Neal’s image was unfurled outside the arena upon his arrival, and they weren’t even team members when it happened. They wondered why the Heat hadn’t done anything like that for them. It’s human nature, and Grant and Butler, good guys both, aren’t to be faulted for a little jealousy. But it makes Wade’s lack of it all the more impressive. He is smart enough to know that all that O’Neal brings will only help him. The Heat threw him a couple of bones Thursday night, unfurling a banner with his image on it outside
the arena and then handing him a microphone and letting him speak to the crowd when everyone was here to hear from Shaq. But, again, it was Wade who made the statement that echoed. He has arrived, in a very big and loud and impressive way. This remain’s Shaq’s team, obviously, as Wade himself will tell you. But this bears noting with open-mouthed awe. When Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter Thursday, putting together its biggest lead of the night, that basketball was in Wade’s hands. And the largest ﬁgure in this sport was applauding from the bench.
Men’s Basketball Pep Rally
CU Sports Information Newcomer Arthur Trousdell poured in 22 points and senior Marcus Girtmon added 13 as the Cameron men’s basketball team put up a good ﬁght in exhibition action Saturday against Division I North Texas. But the Mean Green full-court press forced 32 Aggie turnovers and Cameron shot just 32.8 percent from the ﬁeld, falling 91-67 at UNT’s Super Pit. Saturday’s contest was the ﬁrst of three exhibition games in six days against Division I opponents scheduled for the Aggies. Trousdell and Girtmon were the only Aggie players to score in double ﬁgures against North Texas. Trousdell, a 6-8 junior transfer from Southwest Baptist University, was 9-of-12 from the ﬂoor, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the ﬁrst half, and led the Aggies with nine rebounds. Girtmon did most of his scoring at the free throw line, where he was 9-of-11 on the night. Cameron’s starting ﬁve of Girtmon and Trousdell, along with newcomers Sean Ormsby, Bam Harmon and Eric Moore, outscored UNT’s starting ﬁve, 55-40. Coach Garrette Mantle’s Aggies appeared to be headed for an exciting contest midway through the ﬁrst half, building a four-point lead on a Kalaan Brown bucket with 10:06 remaining in the period.
Photo by Anna Politano
Mission: Impossible? The Aggies basketball team gathers at Wednesday’s pep rally for their anticipated exhibition match against the Sooners. Courtesy Photo
Congratulations Colbert: Former Aggie guard Brian Colbert (above) was selected to Rockford Lightning in the 2003 Continental Basketball Draft. UNT regained the lead with a 9-3 run, but a threepointer by Ormsby with 4:34 left in the half cut the lead to just 28-26. But the Mean Green ﬁnished the opening period with a 17-6 run to make it 46-32 at intermission. UNT led by as many as 25 in the second half, capitalizing on 17 second-half turnovers by the Aggies to take control. Cameron ﬁnished the game with a 49-47 rebounding edge over the host team, but trailed 33-13 in points oﬀ turnovers.
The Back Page Leonardo Project provides venue to display local arts
November 15, 2004
By Lawrence Johns Staﬀ Writer
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Showing support: A decal declaring support for U.S. troops, abroad and stateside, adorns many vehicles in the nation.
Yellow ribbons’ messages oﬀer subtle diﬀerences By Camille Ricketts KRT Newswire WASHINGTON — Yellow ribbons are making a comeback nationwide as hundreds of thousands of motorists decorate their vehicles with magnetic tributes. Some are inscribed “Support Our Troops,” “Freedom Isn’t Free” or “God Bless America.” Others are plain yellow — or red, white and blue or even camouﬂage — and leave the message to the mind of the beholder. And that message, historians said, continues to evolve. “I think the important thing about the yellow ribbons is that they have multiple levels of meaning,” said Jonathan Cook, who runs Irregular Times, a Web log and online forum, and is himself a ribbon vendor. “When you put these things on your car, or wear a button on your jacket, you’re really having a discussion with your neighbors that you wouldn’t otherwise sit down with,” Cook said Yellow ribbons became part of America’s auditory memory with the 1973 hit song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon,” by Tony Orlando and Dawn. During the Persian Gulf ACROSS 1 4 9 14 15 16 17 20 21 22 23 26 28 35 36
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War in 1991, yellow ribbons became synonymous with support for U.S. troops. That’s still their main meaning. Gary Potter, of Southlake, Texas, said he and his wife nearly bought out the shop at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where his son is in air traﬃc control school. The couple sent the ribbons to friends and family. “It’s just a way to remind people that our soldiers are out there in harm’s way and to keep them in your mind and prayers,” Potter said. Potter, 56, who served in Vietnam, said the importance of supporting the military, even symbolically, shouldn’t be underestimated. “Any recognition of what we were doing would have helped at the time,” he said of his own experience as a soldier. “It was tough being on the other side of the planet getting shot at and hearing news of protests. It made it hard to keep focus on what you were sent over there to do.” There’s no telling how many ribbons are out there. Dwain Gullion, co-owner of Magnet America in Bennett, N.C., one leading producer, said he’d sold more than 100,000 since April 2003.
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A new experience is making its way into the cultural picture of the Lawton/Fort Sill community under the heading of “The Leonardo Project.” The organization deﬁnes itself as a gathering to ﬁnd ways of bringing to the public a taste of their dedication and devotion to the advancement of all of the creative arts: visual arts, video/ﬁlm, music, and poetry/creative writing. A founding member, Donna Moore-LeMaster, indicated the initial goals of the organization. “We want to bring the arts to places where it’s more readily available to everyone, in places they may not be used to seeing it,” Moore-LeMaster said. “We also want to expand it to educating children. Art is so often cut from school programs, and as such we want to sponsor workshops for kids as an educational forum.” The Leonardo Project hopes to sponsor activities that will promote each creative arts area or combinations of them. To start that aspect, the Nomadic Gallery was formed where the artwork of a single or group of artists will be displayed around the Lawton/Fort Sill area. The Leonardo Project will be a non-proﬁt organization. “We want to bring the cultural works to the community and not do this as a business venture. As a non-proﬁt organization we hope this will keep it available to all the people,” Moore-LeMaster said. “Membership is open to all regardless of artistic medium. It is based solely on a desire to promote the arts within the community and maybe further in the future.” The group seeks to continue bolstering its membership as more people ﬁnd out what they are all about. “We are working with the Cameron Art Guild and faculty, but we are not sponsored by CU,” MooreLeMaster said. “We look forward to hearing from other organizations that are similar to ours and want to work together on projects.” Moore-LeMaster looks forward to working with many CU and Lawton organizations and clubs on a multitude of projects for the enhancement of the community. Another member, Joseph Mercadante, a graphic design major and fellow artist echoed MooreLeMaster’s sentiments. “Their (The Leonardo Projects) ideas to involve
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Presenting the future: The Leonardo Project displayed several local filmakers’ work on an outdoor showing Nov. 11. The newly formed organization has dedicated itself to presenting local artists in film, music and creative writing to the greater community. all the arts, rather than just Fine Art, are what attracted me,” Mercadante said of his attraction for the organization. The name of the organization itself has special signiﬁcance. “We called it Leonardo based on the inspiration of Leonardo Da Vinci’s artistic excellence, his inventive ideas and his constant new innovations and projects,” Mercadante said. “We want to carry that over to our project; he was a ground-breaker in his time as we hope to be in ours.” The Nomadic gallery can currently be viewed at Fort Sill National Bank, B Ave., Lawton Glass & Mirror Co. C Ave., Rinie’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Homestead Drive.