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Monday, February 12, 2018

Volume 98 Issue 3

S RED RIVER networking professional T Career Expo appearanceR tips PREPARATION A business job fair T ATTITUDE E G Y opportunities RESUME


Stacie Larsen News Editor

From 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, Cameron will host its public 21st Annual Red River Career Expo in the Aggie Rec Center. The expo will feature a variety of companies and organizations from Oklahoma and Texas that will be offering jobs in various fields, including law enforcement, banking, health care, communications, accounting and engineering. Director of Student Development Jennifer Pruchnicki said the expo is a great opportunity for students to find internships and jobs that will help them reach their career goals once they graduate. “It’s a good networking opportunity that can lead to future employment,” she said. Pruchnicki said there are certain things that students can do before and during the expo to make the most out of their job-seeking experiences.

Be Prepared

Prior to attending the expo, Pruchnicki suggests that students “do their homework” by finding out what businesses are going to be there, making a list of the ones they are interested in and then learning more about them. “An easy way to do that is to go on the company’s website and look at their mission statement,” she said. “It impresses the company if you know a little bit about their industry.” Pruchnicki also said that students should wear business attire or at least business casual. “It’s different than a job interview,” she said,

“but it is like a job interview in that you need to make a good impression.” Next, Pruchnicki said students can prepare ahead by memorizing a 30-second elevator speech that includes their name, major, expected graduation date, current job position and responsibilities, along with what they are looking for in future employment. Last, but not least, she recommends that students take copies of their resumes, along with a notepad and pen for note-taking.


Pruchnicki said that since there will be many businesses at the expo, it could be a little overwhelming for those students attending for the first time. “So, what we [Career Services] recommend is to do a walk-through and get a feel of the employers who are there,” she said. Pruchnicki added that students might find it helpful if, while on the first walk-through, they write down which businesses they want to visit and where they are in the room. “You may not get to meet with every company,” she said, “and there are going to be some that you are not interested in.” Pruchnicki said if students need help planning a strategy before the expo, they can visit Student Development at any time to make an appointment with Career Services. “That’s one of the services we offer in

Student Development,” she said. “For students who want to practice interview skills or polish their resume, practice a handshake even—that’s what Career Services is for.”


After getting prepared and strategizing, Pruchnicki said students should take a second walk-through with the purpose of meeting and spending time with employers. In addition, students should plan on spending at least an hour socially networking. It is suggested that, as students approach the tables, they stand back and listen as the employers help others. This tactic can aid students in determining if the job is really something that they are interested in. When meeting the employers, Pruchnicki said it’s important for the students to remember to introduce themselves with a handshake and maintain good-eye contact.

What’s inside

“We also want students to remember to not go in there and just tackle all the freebies that are there,” she said. “A lot of the recruiters come there and have cool gadgets that they bring to promote their businesses. “We [Career Services] tell students that it’s not trick-or-treat time, so just remember that, and to keep it classy.”


Pruchnicki said that before leaving the expo, students should revisit the businesses that most interested them. “They [the employers] will probably see hundreds of faces that day, so you want to leave that lasting impression,” she said. “You want to stop at those few employers that you are really interested in and say, ‘I met with you earlier. I really appreciate your time. I will probably be reaching out, and I just want to thank you for coming to the event.’” For more information, contact Career Services at (580) 581-2209. For a full list of businesses expected at the expo, visit www. hmtl.

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Flu spreads in Oklahoma Page 2

Comedian DJ Demers gets laughs

Aggie baseball opens season

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February 12, 2018

In memoriam:

Cameron alumnus Patrick Copeland Robert King

qualifications, along with a love for books and reading. Staff Writer “What really got me was that I felt like I Over winter break, Cameron University knew this guy my entire life,” she said, “even though I had just met him that morning.” graduate, adjunct professor and library Instruction and Assessment Librarian employee Patrick Copeland died. James Scholz said most of the library Copeland worked as a Senior Associate staff would find reasons to hang out with in the Interlibrary Loan and Archives Copeland. Department. “He was funny,” he said, “and we all loved Copeland also taught classes in the storytelling together.” Department of English and Foreign Senior Library Associate Bill Poole said Languages. he would come into work an hour early just Library Circulation Supervisor Kai to hang out with Copeland. Williams said she met Copeland when he “We’d talk about different things, have a applied for a student worker position in the lot of laughs,” he said. “He was a really fun library. guy, with a great sense of humor.” Williams said during the interview, Associate Professor and Access Services Copeland was smiling and cheerful. Librarian Wensheng Wang said he admired “The job interview itself may have lasted Copeland’s work ethic. between six to ten minutes,” she said, “but “He always came in here punctually,” he we sat and talked for like forty-five minutes. said. “He seldom asked for leave.” It wasn’t even about the job, it was about When Copeland wasn’t at work, he other things like books and movies and all could be found hanging out with friends or the things we had in common.” playing Pokémon Go. After the interview, Williams said Williams said Copeland would come into she knew right away that she’d hire work playing the mobile game. Copeland because he had all the necessary

“He’d tell me [which] Pokémon he caught on the way to work,” she said, “and what gyms he mastered. “Patrick said he was the gym master here at the library, and he dared anyone to challenge him.” Wang said he hopes there are Pokémon in heaven, so that Copeland can catch ‘em all. Poole said with Copeland gone, the library feels like a puzzle piece is missing. “Now when I come to the library, I sometimes have to go into his office to collect some things, and it’s just not the same,” he said. “It feels empty.” Williams said the library is different without Copeland. “He will be missed, dearly,” she said.

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Campus Wellness Center helps fight flu Cheyenne Cole Managing Editor

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity increased in the United States in the third week of January. Oklahoma is categorized by the CDC as a state with a “High” level of

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“Influenza-like Illness,” with health officials reporting 74 flu-related deaths in the state since September 2017. With the virus now circulating locally, many school districts, including Elgin Public Schools, Lawton Public Schools and BrayDoyle Schools, recently cancelled classes for a day or more to prevent spreading the virus and disinfect

schools. Director of the Student Wellness Center Jill Melrose said several people with the flu have come to the center since the beginning of the spring semester. Melrose said the Student Wellness Center is a great resource, especially for those living on campus who may not currently have access to their

primary care doctor. “A lot of students, this may be the first time they’re getting sick away from home,” she said, “so Tom’s [the medical provider] going to help you. “We’re going to test you for the flu. He’s going to give you ways that you can take care of yourself and not spread it around.” Melrose encourages students to

see the Student Wellness Center as an available resource and to utilize it when they are sick. “Come in here [the Student Wellness Center], get some advice if you need it, know whether you have the flu or not,” she said. “Know how long the flu lasts, how long you’re contagious, so you don’t spread it to other people. That’s what I think you can get from here. We’ll take care of you.” Melrose said the best ways to prevent spreading the flu are to wash your hands and to stay home from school or work if you are sick. “Sometimes people get sick and have to go to work, they can’t afford to not go to work,” she said, “so just staying away from crowds and using common sense and washing your hands.” She also encourages students, faculty and staff to take advantage of the free flu shots the Wellness Center provides every October. The Student Wellness Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers medical provider hours from 1-4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, from 8-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 9-11:30 a.m. on Fridays. There are no appointments, and walk-ins are seen by the doctor on a first come, first served basis. Cameron University students, faculty and staff who are sick can visit the Student Wellness Center in North Shepler Room 101 to be tested for the flu and if diagnosed, receive medications like Tamiflu and Tylenol. For more information about the Student Wellness Center, visit www.

February 12, 2018

2018 A&E


Theatre Arts

Graphic by Sarae Ticeahkie

spring preview

Cameron University’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will celebrate Festival X’s “American Identities in the 21st Century” theme with two theatrical productions this spring semester.

Sarae Ticeahkie A&E Editor

@SylviaSeeks “It is very beautiful, but difficult, because it is poetry and not straight dialogue.” The first short play is “Letters from Cuba,” which is a sincere and romantic story that takes you back and forth between a New York City loft and a lonely rooftop in Cuba. The play emphasizes family, friends and platonic love. It links together Fran, a young dancer, and her brother Luis, who sees the world through a poet’s eyes. Tension builds as Fran falls in love with one of her friends, and Luis begins to yearn for the company of the friend’s sister. After a brief interlude, the second play, “Manual for a Desperate Crossing,” will begin. Fornes originally wrote “Manual for a Desperate Crossing” as an opera, but later turned it into a play. The second act focuses on Cubans trying to cross into the United States on tiny homemade rafts, with their desperation coming from terrible economic situations. The play is based on interviews from some of the thousands of Cubans who set out for Florida.

to fit with the theme of Festival X, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” seemed to be the correct choice. “It [the musical] seems to fit, because of course it’s about Elle fighting herself, empowering herself and taking charge of her life,” he Letters From Cuba said. “We thought ‘what a neat and identity to do,’ and it’s just a fun Manual for a show.” Desperate Crossing The musical tells the story of Elle From Feb. 22-25, Cameron’s Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her Department of Art, Music and Theatre ex-boyfriend, Warner. In the process, Arts will present their first production, Elle discovers her passion for law, and which consists of two short plays: she begins a journey to pursue her “Letters from Cuba” and “Manual for a dreams. Desperate Crossing.” Elle tackles stereotypes, Both plays, which are written by snobbery and scandal as she defies Maria Irene Fornes, take a detailed expectations, all while staying true look at the immigrant experience. Legally Blonde to herself. Fornes’ writing focuses on poetry Both theatrical productions are From April 19-22, the department will present their second and emotions, as her work connects scheduled to be performed on all major production, “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” to, and is inspired by, her Cuban evenings of their dates, starting at The musical is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and background. 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. the Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer motion picture, with music and Associate Professor of Art, Music Adult tickets are $12 and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. and Theatre Arts Deidre Onishi will be student tickets are $10. Cameron Amanda Brown is an American novelist whose work built directing the two one-act plays. students receive one free ticket with the foundation for the film and musical. Onishi said the theme of Festival X their student ID. To purchase tickets, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Music and gave her the opportunity to direct a Fornes contact the Cameron University Box Theatre Arts Scott Richard Klein direct the musical. play. Office at (580) 581-2478. Klein said they present a musical every year, and in trying “I’ve always wanted to do her work,” she said.

CU piano recital featuring Soprano Amelia D’Arcy

Photos by Stacie Larsen

Grand performance: (Top left): Sopranist Amelia D’Arcy. (Bottom Left): Cameron University Professor of Music and pianist Hyunsoon Whang. On Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Cameron Univeristy’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts presented “Romanticism in Transition.” The recital featured soprano D’Arcy and Whang on the piano, with feature works written by late 19th and 20th century German composers.



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Participation Ribbon:

How the self-esteem movement failed millennials Katie Livingston Staff Writer

According to polls conducted by Reason Rupe in 2014, millennials are perceived as entitled, both by older adults and by themselves. But “entitled” is not an adequate descriptor for what’s really going on, and the root problem of what is causing millennial “entitlement” is often misidentified and misunderstood. The proverbial participation ribbon is often used as a context to insult young people. It’s a criticism of some of the worst attributes of this generation: that they are lazy, weak-willed and have an unquenchable need for approval for doing the most menial of tasks. While such criticism will cause just about any young person who hears it to pop a blood vessel, this idea isn’t too far removed from the truth. Millennials do have a need for approval, a crippling fear of failure, an expectation to be good at things without putting in much effort, and a tendency to give up easily. But why? To call this “entitlement” is a misnomer. Rather, what millennials have is a fixed mindset. This mindset can largely be attributed to their upbringing, the upbringing, ironically, imposed on them by the very parents and educators who now criticize them. But to play the blame game and point fingers at parents and educators would be unfair. The real culprit here is the self-esteem movement, a particular brand of positive psychology that took hold during the 1980s and 1990s. The self-esteem movement told both parents and educators that the key to raising a healthy, well-adjusted and successful child was

to tell them how inherently great they were — the embodiment of the participation ribbon mindset. Most millennials will be more than familiar with this form of praise. They grew up being told by their parents and teachers how wonderful and special they were. How intelligent, important, talented, beautiful and inherently good. And on field day, all the schools give out participation ribbons. While on surface level this seems like a positive thing, the research of Dr. Carol Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, suggests that such praise is actually harmful for children. Through her experiments with elementary school children, Dweck identified two mindsets that children applied in approaching difficult tasks: a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. Children with a growth mindset look at challenges as ways to grow and improve their skills. They are not afraid of failure and don’t see intelligence as fixed, but malleable. In essence, these children believe in their ability to change for the better. Children with fixed mindsets, however, are the opposite. They don’t believe that growth or change is possible. They view their talents, their intelligence and themselves as fixed. Challenging tasks are seen in a negative light, as impossible obstacles that they don’t have the skills necessary to overcome. It’s easy to guess which group received the participation ribbon reinforcement. Those who were praised for their inherent value (“you are good,”, “you are smart,” “you are talented,”) displayed a fixed mindset. In Dweck’s experiments, she gave each child a simple task to do for their grade level. Once the children completed the task well, each group received some form of positive

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reinforcement. To one group, researchers offered encouragement based on ability: “Wow, you did well on this. You must be smart.” The other group received praise based on effort: “Wow, you did good on this. You must have worked really hard.” When the children were given the next task, which was much more challenging than the original, those who were praised for ability gave up faster, believed they couldn’t do it and became easily frustrated. They would say things like, “I’m not smart enough to do this.” The group that received praise for effort worked on the problems longer, enjoyed the challenge and saw it as a means toward growth. They would say things like, “You know, I love a challenge,” or, “I was hoping this would be informative.” These experiments revealed two important things: that praising children for inherent ability is causing them to get stuck in a fixed mindset and that children are highly sensitive to these messages. If one simple phrase from a researcher can affect a single child’s performance so drastically, imagine what a whole childhood of such reinforcements can do. Unfortunately millennials grew up during the height of the self-esteem movement. And those who grew up in the early 2000s aren’t exempt from its influences either, as practices from this movement lingered still. Children of the self-esteem movement are now the supposedly entitled adults known as millennials. Their laziness stems from crippling fear of failure. Their lack of work ethic comes from a belief that if a person is good at something then that person should not have to work hard for it. Their belief that they need a participation



ribbon comes from constantly being handed them as children. They are a generation who was told they were special and are now having to deal with the reality that they aren’t. The irony of the self-esteem movement’s effect is that millennials do not have very high self-esteem. And why should they? Ideally, in light of this research, parenting systems and educational methodologies should change to praise effort over ability. But what is left for the individual young adult? For the millennial who is already grown up and who has these ideas deeply ingrained within them? Dweck identifies a four step process to changing mindset: learn to hear the fixed mindset voice, recognize that there is a choice, change to a growth mindset voice and take the growth mindset action. For someone who wants to change their mindset, what this essentially boils down to is recognizing what kind of fixed mindset ideals that exist within themselves, actively denouncing them, and operating under a growth mindset, even if they don’t feel like it. The reality is that millennials are not entitled; they’re paralyzed. They’ve been thrown into a difficult world and the ideologies ingrained within them are doing little to help them tackle it. This fixed mindset attitude is leading them to underperform in life, and they are crippled by it. It does not help that they are receiving mockery for it, rather than the help and encouragement they need. However, the happy reality of the situation is that people, their skills, their talents, and their abilities are not fixed points. People can grow. All millennials need to do is realize that they, too, are capable of that growth. Letters Policy

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Student Life & Sports



The comedy of D.J. Demers Madison Lyda

Student Life Editor @maddilinee

On Feb. 5 in the MCC Ballroom, the Programming Activities Council (PAC) hosted their annual comedy night starring D.J. Demers. The comedians are selected from various categories to suit the diverse needs and humor of Cameron students. This year, PAC selected the well-known stand-up comedian, D.J. Demers who has made multiple television appearances, including two

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stand-up performances on “Conan,” and an appearance on season eleven of “America’s Got Talent” in 2016. In addition to his public appearances, Demers also won the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition in Montreal, Canada. Every year, PAC goes through a list of potential candidates to decide who will perform at the annual comedy show. PAC President and sophomore criminal justice major Aalia Oloyede said that certain characteristics set Demers apart from the rest. “When we look for our yearly comedians, we look for individuality, diversity and neutral humor in order to not offend anyone,” she said. “Demers had a quality that we felt many students could relate to, and he offered a perspective on humor that we haven’t heard before.” Demers wears two hearing aids and calls himself “that deaf guy.” He has even performed on a U.S. tour called the “Here to Hear Comedy Tour,” which starred various other hearingimpaired comedians like him. Demers’ humor focuses on his disability and how it makes normal aspects of his life interesting. Oloyede says Demers’ performance was good for students because he represents disability awareness. “I know the students are really going to enjoy him,” she said. “He is very different from any other comedian we have had on campus before. I think students will really relate to him in ways that they haven’t been able to relate to other comedians before.” Demers started off the night’s event by introducing his disability and joking about the difficulties it brings to his

life. He also did his best to get to know various students in the crowd. Demers used sarcastic humor, playful commentary and took the time to get to the know the crowd throughout the night. One of the more popular joke series revolved around Demers’ experiences in night clubs. Demers said his inability to hear properly makes it difficult to converse with people at clubs, especially with the music being so loud. “Night clubs?” he said. “I literally don’t hear a single g-- d--- thing. Like, all right, so I guess I can’t dance and I can’t hear, what’s next? When I do go to the club, I have to master the ‘smile and nod’ thing, so on the outside it makes it look like I know what’s going on, when in reality I have no idea what anyone is saying at all.” Many students in the crowd were unable to stop laughing, which in turn allowed Demers to jokingly compliment many students’ laughs. Demers ended the night with a final joke before leaving the stage. The crowd applauded his performance as he left. Demers met and socialized with students after the event. Kaysa Williams, a freshman communication major, said she loved Demers’ performance. “His performance tonight was so unique, and it was such an enjoyable experience,” she said. “It was my favorite event that I have attended, by far.” PAC will be hosting several events over the course of the spring semester. For more information about future events, contact the Office of Campus Life at

Aggies take the lead in opening weekend Drue Watkins

revolved entirely around defense, with only one run Sports Editor scored in the bottom of the On Feb. 4, the Cameron third inning by Washburn. However, the Aggies softball team ended their opening weekend with two eventually scored their first run when the pressure close victories against the began to mount in the Washburn Ichabods, 4-2, and the Missouri Southern top of the seventh inning. Sophomore outfielder State Lions, 4-3. Kaylyn Smith, who started After the opening weekend, the Aggies now sit the batting order, managed at 4-2 overall on the season to get a walk at bat and then proceeded to steal second and have gotten off to a strong start by winning four base. Furr said things started in a row. out slow in the game, but The victory against the the team figured out how to Ichabods went beyond handle the situation. regulation, requiring one “We had a rocky start extra inning to be played. to the weekend and to this Aggie sophomore game,” he said, “but by the Bethany Hines pitched a time the mid-point came complete game against the around, we had gotten our Ichabods and only gave up a single earned run on four feet wet and were picking up hits; she also finished with the pace.” With the tension seven total strikeouts. mounting after two outs, Cameron’s softball head coach Dennis Furr said that Smith stole third base while the pick-off attempt Hines brings a lot to the f lew into the outfield. table. Smith, scoring from third “Bethany is just a base, Smith tied the game sophomore, and we’re and sent them into extra starting to really see her innings. potential,” he said. “She In the top of the extra played really well during the weekend, and we know eighth inning, the Aggies we can count on her. She’s a scored three runs to go up 4-1. Mason drove in talented young lady with a knack for getting people to Hines on a single, while sophomore catcher Callie miss.” Busby reached on an error Other notables for the Aggies included sophomore to score in her sister, Brenna Busby. Freshman shortstop Brenna Busby, Madyson Marvulli finished who landed two hits and the ending with an RBI scored a run; and senior groundout to score Mason. second baseman Lauren In the bottom of the Mason, who also scored a eighth inning, the Ichabods single run along with an drove in a run thanks to an RBI. error, but Hines managed As a team, the Aggies struck out eight total times to strike out the final batter for the win. throughout the game. Furr said that the team is The first six innings young and nervous, but that against the Ichabods

isn’t a bad thing. showed some real toughness, Callie Busby. Aggie junior Furr said that the team “We had some jitters and and we all know she’ll be pitcher Rylee Willmon will be ready. kinks to work out,” he said, good for us in the future.” pitched lights out in the “We’re going to work on “but our ability to bounce The Lions quickly evened final two innings to stop some of our hitting issues back and finish strong shows up the game in the fourth the Lions from mounting a and try to work through what we’re capable of as a inning by scoring three runs, comeback and securing the this cold weather,” he said. team.” two of which were brought win for Cameron. “We need to build on what The second game of the in by a homerun of their On Feb. 9-11 the Aggies we’ve established, which day versus the Lions again own. will play at the St. Mary’s is a young, talented team focused on strong pitching Cameron rebounded with Invitational. There, they with lots of room to grow and good field play. The another score in the bottom will face Fort Hays State, and lots of pieces to use. start of the game, however, of the fifth inning, when St. Edward’s, Regis, St. Versatility will be our looked to be the complete Warren struck for an error Mary’s and Californiabest bet heading into that opposite. that ended up bringing in Pennsylvania. weekend.” Cameron leaped to a quick 3-0 lead after a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning and one more in the bottom of the second. In the first, C. Busby gave a sacrifice f ly ball for a run, while junior utilityplayer Abbey Warren singled a grounder to score another. In the second, Freshman outfielder Makaylah Ramirez drove in her first career homerun. Furr said that Ramirez will be a great player in the future. “She’s really talented and young,” he said. “Makaylah didn’t start out in the best form during the weekend, but she seemed to figure it out on the Photo by Bobby Hines final day. As she Pitch perfect: Junior Bethany Hines pitches in the second game of opening weekend picked it up, she against Pittsburg State, leading the Aggies to a 1-0 win that Saturday.



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Aggies take series vs. SWOSU Drue Watkins

let the team know what needed to be done to win Sports Editor the second match. “We just had to play On Feb. 3, the Cameron baseball team the way we play,” he said. finished out their opening weekend with a home-and-home series against the Southwestern “We aren’t focused on what the other team is doing or Oklahoma State (SWOSU) Bulldogs. matching, and after that In the first game of the day, the Aggies fell first game, we returned to 4-6, but later that night, they rebounded in a what we’ve been working shootout win, 11-10. on. The philosophy needed Despite the two wins over the weekend, to be stuck to, and we Cameron head coach Brady Huston said the couldn’t step out of that team still has things to improve upon. framework.” “The team, as a whole, made a lot of Aggie senior catcher mistakes,” he said. “It was probably one of the Cole Williams finished worst opening weekends I’ve seen, and if we the game with two stolen had just cut down on the simple mistakes, we bases, and senior Reid could’ve swept the weekend.” The first game saw Cameron junior infielder Garrett pitched five Trey Bigford score one run and one RBI off two innings, earning eight total hits. Sophomore infielder Luke Hughes also hit strikeouts. Huston said that an RBI, and junior outfielder Colton Adams Williams brings his scored one run and an RBI. experience as a senior to The early game started slow for the Aggies. the field. SWOSU surged to a quick 2-0 lead after Photo by Krista Pylant “He [Williams] has hitting a homerun in the bottom of the second seen it all,” he said. “As inning. However, the Aggies would retaliate in Bulldogs tacked on four more runs in the third a player, he has been around for the past four the top of the fourth inning by scoring three years and knows what he’s doing. The maturity and fourth innings, increasing their lead to unanswered runs to make it 3-2. 9-4. The four runs were thanks to a two-run Sophomore Kameron Good scored one run he brings is big, and with the rest of the team homerun and two RBI doubles. with a sacrifice bunt, while Adams and Bigford being less experienced, it helps.” Huston said that facing serious adversity was The second game of the day became an each scored from doubles. the key to winning the game, and without the offensive slugfest as the Aggies escaped with a The fifth inning went scoreless, but backteam sticking to what they know, there was no close victory, 11-10. to-back errors by Aggie senior pitcher Skyler The Aggies were out-hit, however, putting up way they could have pulled it off. Henderson allowed the Bulldogs to score two However, with the Aggies down by five runs 11 compared to the Bulldogs’ 13 total. SWOSU points, putting SWOSU back ahead, 4-3. and in need of a comeback, the team rose to the also committed fewer errors with only one Huston said mental mistakes cost the team occasion, through the adversity. during the game and caused Cameron to lose in compared to Cameron’s three. Cameron struck back with two runs in the Aggie senior infielder Micah Kaaukai and the end. fifth inning, and then with five more in the sixth “Out of all the things we worked on,” he said, Williams each put up three hits, and both inning. “only about ten percent was executed properly.” players also doubled during the game. Junior Huston said the team must learn to work Briton Schiewe recorded two RBI’ s , with In the seventh inning, both teams managed together, and the beginning of the season is Williams doing the same, showcasing his to score a single run. For the Aggies, Hughes always tough. tied the score up at four after hitting an RBI, but consistency as a player. “There were some flashes of it [chemistry] The first inning exploded with offensive play; that would be the final point scored by Cameron being built,” he said. “This weekend was the the Aggies put up two runs and the Bulldogs in the game. first time the majority of the team has played secured three. The second inning saw both A Bulldog RBI-triple saw that tie slip away, teams score two-a-piece, leaving SWOSU with together, and with it being such a thin group, and a final run scored in the bottom of the they’ve got to get used to working together and eighth inning solidified SWOSU’s victory, 4-6. a 5-4 edge leading into the third inning. smoothing it up.” The score only increased from there, as the Huston said that after the first game, he

As the Aggies began their comeback, Williams started the scoring with two RBIsingles, while Bigford then scored two runs on an error. Schiewe ended the score-chain with an RBIsingle of his own, bringing the Aggies to an 11-9 lead. The Bulldogs managed to put up one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but junior pitcher Sean Maher kept to his game and helped the Aggies close out with the win, 11-10. Huston said that he was glad that they at least got that victory. “It wasn’t done well at all,” he said, “but the team stuck to it, and we got away with one. The baserunning was phenomenal and a bright spot, but the best thing the team did was take two wins out of three over the weekend.” By closing out the weekend with a win, Cameron now sits at a 2-1 overall record to begin the year. On Feb. 9-10, the Aggies will play Texas A&M International in Laredo, Texas.

The Cameron Collegian - February 12, 2018  
The Cameron Collegian - February 12, 2018