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Monday, March 23, 2015
Volume 92 Issue 6
Photos by Charlene Belew
‘New urbanism’ and a dominate downtown Charlene Belew
Quick bits with Urban Designer Jeff Speck When I think about Lawton, I think about the opposite of a “walkable” city. What could we do to make that better?
If you’re going to get people to walk, the walk has to be useful, safe, comfortable and interesting. The real bedrock of that conversation is “the safe.” Cars are going fast, [pedestrians] are very exposed and there are many lanes. So whenever I go to a place, I try to give a presentation on how to accomplish this by walking around and looking around. I take pictures and I talk about the things that I have found. One thing I found here is that a lot of streets have more lanes than cars. Every lane implies a certain amount of traffic and every lane holds a certain amount of traffic. When you have mismatch on certain streets between the amounts of traffic those streets can handle and the amounts they are handling, like by an eight-to-one margin, for example on C Avenue, when you’ve got eight times as much capacity as you have vehicles, there is an opportunity to take some of that pavement that’s encouraging speeding and to put it to other use. So that’s just one thing.
will help provide a bustling, more viable downtown area. Managing Editor These concepts include the @cbelew15 walking environment being City Planner and Urban useful, safe, comfortable and Designer Jeff Speck took the interesting. stage as the third Academic “If you want to get people Festival speaker with a in America to walk … the variety of events to spread walk or the bike ride has to the message of walkability be as good as or better than and sustainability in a the car ride,” Speck said. community. “If you design around the Various events consisted automobile, it makes you of a student session and a dependent upon it.” public session on Thursday, As far as safety, Speck March 12, and a special didn’t necessarily focus on session with the Lawton City crime. According to him, the Council on Friday, March largest safety problem is that 13. of the automobile, and the Speck – who has served variety of crashes, wrecks as Director of Design at and deaths that are caused the National Endowment by it. for the Arts from 2003 to He said with a safer area 2007 – spoke about four to walk or ride bikes, such aspects during his evening as sidewalks and bike lanes presentation “Towards a that are protected from Walkable Lawton,” that main streets with parking,
encourages more and more people to walk. He said a repercussion of this is that when there are large groups of people, crime is less likely to happen, especially in front of spectators. “You have the proper skeleton to have a healthy body put on top of that,” Speck said in regards to Lawton’s layout. “You aren’t hindered until you get downtown.” A majority of smaller cities are grandfathered into the design of “urban sprawl,” and a lot of larger, more sustainable cities use “new urbanism,” or a tighter zoning scheme to encourage citizens to walk from place to place, Speck said during his presentation. “New urbanism is about being of your place,” Speck said. “A walking city is a
successful city.” Speck swayed the audience, saying connecting Lawton’s downtown area, complete with houses and main streets, to the heart of what he referred to as the “spaceship mall,” in a more effective way will bring a bustling, beautiful area. “The more houses in the downtown area, the more walkable it becomes and then other things start to fall in to place … it is really the sweet spot,” he said. As a writer and an architect, Speck said a lot of the main roads around Lawton are oversized, stating that a two-laned street can handle about 10,000 cars a day.
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What got you passionate about walkability?
I was trained as an architect and I thought I would be designing rich peoples’ houses for a living. And then I started doing city planning because I realized that a lot of our [architecture] didn’t really matter because it is all behind six acres of parking lot and so that got me into urban design. In urban design, I realized that regional design was more important than urban design because we live our lives to the scale of the region. If we don’t get the region right, then everyone is driving everywhere. Just as I was figuring that out, I started working at the National Endowment for the Arts where my principle program I was overseeing was with American mayors, called the Mayors Institute on City Design. The term that they used was “walkable,” “is it walkable?” All the things that we call urban design or good urbanism or new urbanism … could be communicated through the single measure of walkability. The walkability thing is a reframing … but we finally found the hook. The questions and answers in the Q&A occured during the 20-minute press conference at 4:30 p.m. on March 12 in the Buddy Green Room. The press, which included KSWO Channel 7, The Cameron Collegian and KCCU, took the f loor to ask these questions to Jeff Speck.
What’s inside Livestock Judging returns
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Aggies compete in LSC tourney Page 10
March 23, 2015
Gender neutral bathrooms: all bodies welcome Marie Bagwell
new buildings or buildings that will undergo renovations. Perez Staff Writer says adding gender neutral/family A bill is approved in SGA for restrooms would not be feasible gender-neutral and/or family style for current buildings. restrooms. SGA representative Jenn Castricone, Admissions Patrick Perez, a junior computer Coordinator for CU, was a voice science major, authored the bill. behind getting the bill written. Perez said he took up the bill As acting staff advisor for because many people approached the CU student organization him about introducing a bill PRIDE, Castricone said she has that would move CU into a more had several people approach her progressive direction. with concerns about using public Gender neutral restrooms are restrooms. generally single-stalled, lockable Castricone said she has restrooms. This type of restroom had members of PRIDE who is intended for multitudes of approached her in tears because people. they didn’t have a comfortable Not only will having gender place to use the restroom. neutral restrooms help members Some students stated they were of the LGBTQ+ community, but chased out of both the designated also it will help single parents who are visiting campus who have their men’s and women’s restrooms. “I feel like on campus, [gender small children with them and neutral bathrooms] should also with people with disabilities definitely be a safe place where who require assistance to use the you don’t have to worry about restroom – assistance which may come from a person of a different that,” she said. Castricone said before being sex. “It can only benefit Cameron,” the PRIDE advisor made her reevaluate problems some people Perez said. face upon entering genderThe bill specifies that the assigned restrooms. restrooms would only apply to
“I had never thought about it before,” she said. “It really opened my eyes.” Castricone said the restroom should be a place where people can safely go do their business, wash their hands and get out. According to an article by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, approximately 150 campuses across the nation now have gender-neutral restrooms. The same article states that The University of Arizona established a policy stating that people have the right to use whichever restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. However, House Bill 1748, recently introduced in Texas, could make it a misdemeanor crime for any person over the age of 13 to use a restroom that does not match their chromosomal sex. Castricone said she feels it is in the best interest for CU to choose to move forward. “I feel like it’s better to air on the side of opportunity, to air on the side of progress, rather than to let that fear… sort of get in the way,” she said.
Making the next step: Prospective Cameron students and parents (left) visit with Aggie faculty and staff members during preview day for answers to their questions about the Black and Gold community and to learn more about the university to see if it is the right fit for them. Tobiloba Aromira walks with Bethany Russell and her dad (right) taking them through the campus and showing them the ins-and-outs of college life while helping them mapout the layout of the grounds. Spring Preview Day was at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, and interested juniors and seniors and their parents attended the event.
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Looking at location, education
Lawton students visit CU to learn about college life Joel Frambes
talking about athletics, disc golf, intramural sports, the Aggie Rec Center and @JoelPole12 food, Naifeh never failed to mention the magic word – On March 7, high “free.” school students gathered He also talked about the at Cameron University in extracurricular activities the McMahon Centennial available to all CU students, Complex to attend the including Greek life, study spring preview day. abroad and cultural clubs, Interested juniors and and he encouraged the high seniors and their parents school students to join these attended the event to learn organizations to make the more about the university, most out of their lives on explore what CU offers to students and how the school campus. “We will make sure is affordable for families. [students] have the The event kicked off at opportunity to be involved 9 a.m. with a brief speech and do a lot of cool, by Associate Director for awesome things that we’re Enrollment Management going to have in the future,” Frank Meyers. Naifeh said. Meyers discussed the After Meyers and Naifeh opportunities students introduced the prospective have to make their time at students to Cameron Cameron more affordable, from the podium, Aggie more successful, and more ambassadors led small wholesome. groups of students around More specifically, he campus on tours to all of mentioned the work-study programs, scholarships and the major departments. This is where the free tutoring labs offered to all students to enhance their high school students got to interact with current college experience, should Cameron students and they choose to attend ask questions about the Cameron. personal experiences Aggie Dean of Students Zeak ambassadors have had while Naifeh expanded upon living on campus. the experiences Cameron Aggie ambassadors offers to its students. When
are the first mentors for students interested in Cameron. This relationship can become a long-lasting personal connection. Meyers emphasized how inf luential this first interaction with a Cameron student can be. “It’s a big deal,” he said. “My very first tour, his name was Charles Stanley… he was the best man at my wedding.” Current Aggie ambassadors understand this association because they experience it themselves. In her first preview day tour, sophomore computer
science major Tobiloba Aromira experienced an immediate and deep care for one of her students. “I made a friend!” she recalled. “She learned about financial aid. I think it’s good that she learned about the options.” Aromira felt this pride in a broader sense as being part of the people who helped make spring preview a memorable experience for everyone involved. “It’s been nice being an ambassador,” she said. “It’s been great helping students out with problems and finding solutions to their problems.
The next chapter: Dean of Students Zeak Naifeh talks to prospective Cameron University students about the experiences CU can offer to its students. He discussed athletics and other extracurricular activities students can become involved with throughout college.
March 23, 2015
Aggies react to racist SAE fraternity chant Charlene Belew
The New York Times
Managing Editor @cbelew15
A plethora of outcries from Greek Aggies took over Facebook on Sunday, March 8, after an explicit video of a neighboring fraternity was posted, tainting not only the image of Greek life as a whole, but also the state of Oklahoma. The video consisted of fraternity members from the University of Oklahoma’s now dis-banded Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter fist-pumping while singing racist chants that refer to lynching and the non-admittance of black students to their organization, demonstrating that the issue of racism is still prevalent in today’s society. The nine-second video brought immediate media attention to the issue, and even higher ups including OU’s University President David Boren and National President of the SAE fraternity Brad Cohen stepped into the spotlight to shut down the offensive student actions. Boren, who caught wind of the scandal via Twitter from Unheard of Movement, an OU organization, said an immediate investigation was under way and, in no time at all, had ordered the closing
Rally against degradation: Protestors marched Tuesday, March 10 to the Sigma Alpha Epislon House. OU’s President David Boren ordered the fraternity to shut down. of the fraternity house after Cohen had ordered the SAE fraternity brothers to an immediate “cease and desist.” “You are disgraceful. You have violated all that we stand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourselves ‘Sooners.’ Real Sooners are not
racist. Real Sooners are not bigots. Real Sooners believe in equal opportunity. Real Sooners treat all people with respect. Real Sooners love each other and take care of each other like family members,” Boren said in a statement. Orders from Boren made
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SPECK continued from Page 1 He offered suggestions to where improvements could be made throughout the city, including 6th Street, University Drive and C Avenue. With a laugh, Speck said C Avenue takes the cake in this city with a design for 25,000 cars daily that barely traffics 2,830 per day. “Excess capacity on asphalt is a waste of space and dangerous,” Speck said. To combat this, Speck offered up ideas of creating bicycling lanes and on-street parking, saying they would serve as “an investment that invites people, cars and bikes.” He said a majority of these overly large streets could be downsized and safer driving would be encouraged. “In urban environments, people drive the speed they feel most comfortable at,” Speck said, noting that a 12 to 13 foot wide lane is made for highway speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. Speck, previously given the key to the City of Lawton, joked during his presentation that the key would be taken back from him with one of his final suggestions: ending the construction on Ft. Sill Blvd. Speck said the city is acquiring money for what they call “safety” when in actuality, it is more dangerous and better options are available. “You are spending so much more money to kill people,” Speck said, with an immediate applause from the audience. “It’s become, for me, about saving lives, but I see the bigger picture too and that’s to make a place successful.” He suggested to the mayor to tally automobile related deaths on Ft. Sill Blvd. from the last five years, and if the construction continues, to tally similar deaths on the same street for the next five years. He guaranteed an increase in lost lives. Speck also knocked the idea of “sharrows,” or biking symbols seen in roads around town indicating that drivers
students vacate the once Greek home by no later than midnight Tuesday, March 10, and two of the students were expelled from the university. Jermaine Ford, Sergeant at Arms for Cameron University’s Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, said Boren’s actions were completely sanctified and provided justice against something hateful and degrading. “Racism breeds violence, in some form or fashion, as evidenced by the recent SAE house vandalism,” Ford said. “For those SAE singing students, the fraternity, it’s house, to stay and have a presence would’ve only been a time bomb waiting to happen. Students pay for class to learn, not to be called racial epitaphs. President Born was spot on with his sanctions, and I support him. Not as a black student, or even a student, but as a human.” Ford continued on to say the Aggie community can bind together with organization heads and other faculty to ensure an incident of this nature can be “neutralized.” He says this offense against the Greek community, along with the UVA rape scandal and several others create a “black eye” around the lifestyle. “One video can completely shadow the countless hours
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of community service, philanthropy and every other positive aspect Greek life has and promotes,” Ford said. “It’s going to take a while for the ‘life’ to overcome it’s latest assault, but it will, and with it comes every organization and chapter with diversity training of some sorts: the big positive.” Other CU Greek members, such as Colton Rancourt of Sigma Tau Gamma and Taylor Hutton of Alpha Phi, have voiced their opinions on the matter, agreeing the act was reprehensible and disgraceful. Hutton, who comes from a long line of Greeks and has met some of her dearest friends through the sorority scene, knows SAE’s actions have provided a negative message on the lifestyle. While the action was “wrong and disgraceful” according to Hutton, she hopes that members of the public will understand one
Greek organization doesn’t represent the rest of them in the nation. “Greeks do so many great things, and I would hope before anyone jumps to conclusions they would look at the whole picture,” she wrote in a recent blog post, titled “No Matter the Letters.” Hutton, who has been extremely moved by the derogatory actions of the old SAE members, argued that Greek life doesn’t promote partying, alcohol abuse, rape, sexism or racism. “There are programs developed in the organization to handle the safety of their members,” she said. “Greek life is a community, and we look out for one another. I feel safer with my friends who are Greek than I do with those who are not.” For more on Hutton’s opinion, visit http:// taylorhutton.com/no-matterthe-letters/.
Sustainable communities: City Planner and Urban Designer Jeff Speck had a book signing for Cameron students and the Lawton community after his keynote speech on Thursday, March 12.
Photo by Charlene Belew
and bikers should share the road. According to him, sharrows are something of the past and are no longer effective. “If you invest in real bike infrastructure, that really welcomes the bicycle,” he said. “That’s how you build a bicycling community.”
Ultimately, his solution was smaller widths of driving lanes and real bike lanes. “A pedestrian culture will transform your city,” he said. “‘Good enough for Lawton’ is a time of the past.” The next sustainability speaker will be Ed Begley, Jr. at 7:30 p.m. on May 8.
Voices 4 A call for change in America’s religious tolerance March 23, 2015
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Religion for all: Immigrants come to America as a place of religious freedom exempt from prosecution, but America is not as free as it seems. “In God We Trust” is the founding mantra of America. The saying is soothing when under persecution, defiant when on guard and victorious when we are righteous – but do Americans believe what they say? Of course some do, but not all. America was built on religious freedom. In grade school we learned that the pilgrims moved to the new land to escape the British tyranny of the Catholic church even though it took decades and a couple of wars to fully free themselves of their chains to the throne. But religious
freedom is a war still being fought around the world and in America still. Recently, a number of Christians were either taken captive or murdered by ISIS troops in Syria. Right now a German antiIslam group is holding rallies across the UK seeking to stop Muslims from “taking-over” Britain. America, the great melting pot of religions, still shows discontent to religions other than Christianity. I grew up in southern Oklahoma and have only sat in pews of churches that were a part
of the Baptist General Convention. I’m not her long skirt and hair. Religious persecution partial to any Baptist church, but around these may not be as violent in America as it is across parts of the country, those churches are the the water, but it is still prominent. most popular and well known. On Feb. 26, The Washington Post But I have friends who have published an article that different affiliations than me, looked at the different and I have friends who don’t religions in each state all have any religion. Do I hate within 22 maps. The article them for their beliefs or non described America as having beliefs? No, I don’t. I dare say a broad and ongoing cultural that makes me love them even shift. The research was more. conducted by the Public When Jesus walked the Religion Research Institute Earth, He talked to, shared and claims with its 50,000 and dined with those who surveys issued each year that were seen as unclean, those they can track America’s Kaley Patterson who believed different and cultural change during this A&E Editor those who believed the same. pivotal time in the nation’s He spread His Father’s love to history. @KaleyKayPatt everyone He came in contact Even though Christianity is with and did not discriminate. But He was the majority religion in the country, the PRRI put to death for preaching what He believed found that white Christians are a minority in – in God He trusted. The fight for religious 19 states – a trend they say will most likely freedom has been around for longer than the continue. The PRRI also found that seniors human mind can wrap itself around. are three times more likely to claim a religion I sleep soundly next to my night stand with than young Americans. a Bible in the drawer. I don’t have to worry Why would young people be afraid to about someone coming in and raiding through claim a religion when they live in a country my things to find it and kill me because of that was established on religious freedom? my possession. I can walk down to the park What has changed in the United States over and read my Bible without looking over my the decades that would cause fear in claiming shoulder. I can play praise and worship music religion? in my room or in my car without caring who The times are changing, but religious hears. I can tell someone my beliefs with fear persecution is nothing new. Americans have of rejection, but not of death. said “In God We Trust” since they came out But a Muslim woman in America cannot of the womb. Students say “one nation, under walk down the street, through the mall or God” in the pledge of allegiance without around the grocery store without someone even thinking about it. Americans need staring at her hijab. A Hindu woman cannot to find a way to discuss religious freedom do the same without a gaze at her bindi or sari. without complacency and with open minds – Even a Mormon woman receives glances for something our founders strived for long ago.
Lessons learned in higher education I have been at Cameron for almost six years now. In that time, I learned more than I ever thought I would in the classroom. More importantly, though, I got some valuable pieces of life advice I would not have obtained without that extra conversation with someone. Hope you’re sitting down, kids. I’mma learn you a thing. The first piece of guidance to come to mind I received Jacob Jardel Assistant Managing Editor was from Dr. Chris Keller, Chair of the Communication @JJardel_Writing Department. He was my You learn a lot in college. instructor for Intro to Journalism and saved six By the time you leave Cameron University, you will of my friends and me from have a pool of knowledge you a hurricane as we were probably never knew existed traveling home from a conference. while you were still taking But one of the best things English IV or Algebra II in high school. However, not all he taught me did not come from a textbook, a research of what you learn happens conference or the confines of within the confines of a a crowded Ford Flex. classroom. I remember not the The information you get context or the time, but in lectures will help you in a talk about bringing in career endeavors and friendships from high school “Jeopardy” if you so incline. into college with you, he That information is some of said something to the tune the most vital and valuable of, “You make your lifelong you will get while here. But if you leave Cameron friends in college.” I failed to realize it at with just book knowledge, you miss out on a lot of what the time, but this statement you could learn. Instructors, is more than just a general comment. It’s a way of saying staff, faculty and peers have that the experiences you so much to teach outside of have, the things you do and biology lab or speech class. the people you bond with That’s where your real learning – your life learning during your time getting a degree last with you longer – happens. About Us
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than most high school memories. It took me a few years to realize the truth in this statement, but I now realize its validity. In fact, it was in the toughest times where I learned how true that statement was. It harkens to another piece of wisdom from Dr. Joanni Sailor, the head of the Marriage and Family track for those obtaining a Master’s in Behavioral Sciences. During numerous skill set classes, she would talk about trying to help couples and families bridge the gaps between them. It would inevitably lead to this saying: “You bond in your weaknesses, not in your strengths.” It took me a while to truly fathom what that statement meant, but tons of introspection shed light on it. Think about it – good friends help you when times are good, but the best friends are the ones that carry you when times are bad. Trust me when I say that I’ve been through some bad in my life. In those bad times, I knew I could always turn to Dr. Mary Dzindolet, Chair of the Psychology Department. If I had an existential crisis about love, life or grad school, she would be there for me. She was – and still is – my faculty mom.
During one particularly unusual breakup, she gave me a piece of wisdom only a mentor or parental figure could give: “You deserve somebody as healthy as you are.” Without giving away too much context, the breakup involved a situation where we both needed to tend to our mental health situations, albeit to different extents. In essence, we both needed to work on ourselves before we tried being with anyone – and she knew that. Two years ago, I would not have taken to that sentence or that breakup very well. One person who has noticed that is my counselor. She has seen me grow in ways I never thought possible. But she also gave me one piece of advice I constantly remind myself about: “You cannot control how other people react to you.” One of the issues I had the most trouble dealing with has been my anxiety, a lot of which is people-based and relates to my need to be a people-pleasing perfectionist. But those words from my counselor helped me think about the concept of interaction with people and, ultimately, control over my emotions in lieu of trying to control others’ emotions. I learned to not let other people get in the way of me being me. Along those lines,
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there is one other piece of unconventional advice that sticks with me. I was having a conversation with Student Activities Specialist Megan Canfield en route to an event. We talked about music preferences and things of the sort when she told me, “Life’s too short to pretend to hate Top 40 music.” Now, it seems like a silly life quip, but it is an important concept to keep with you if you think about it. Pretending not to like or feel something takes up entirely too much time and leads to stress and
incongruence. Really, you can reframe this advice to say, “Life’s too short for cognitive dissonance.” All in all, I think these pieces of wisdom all revolve around one theme, and it’s my personal advice to you: Be yourself, no matter what. You are unprecedented and unique, so surround yourself with people who foster that idiosyncrasy. It sounds trite and is easier said than done, but it’s the truest thing I will ever say. Be yourself, and don’t forget to be awesome. USA Top 40
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March 23, 2015
Students win at state-wide ADDY awards awards to help them gain clients,” she said, “while our students will use these awards to help them gain marketing and advertising jobs.” After doing her best to prepare them accordingly, Billiot had high hopes for the students who took her classes for entering the ADDY awards. “From the first day of class, and as stated in the course syllabus, students knew that their work would be entered in the ADDYs,” she said. “I spent the first half of the semester teaching students about a theoretical framework called STEPPS [social currency, triggers, emotions, public, practical value, storytelling]. “The lectures were designed to help students understand, both broadly and in-depth, certain aspects of content Photos courtesy of Theresa Billiot marketing to help them enhance their competency and to help Time for fun: Senior ADDY winners Colton Rancourt and them succeed as marketing and Corey Bounds play games during Team Building Activity Day. advertising professionals.” competition. This semester, several Hafsa Farah One of Billiot’s students, of her students were recipients of senior communication major Staff Writer that honor. Billiot said students Kaylee Jones, was a recipient of an were required to create a TV At 6 p.m. on Feb. 28, Cameron ADDY award. Jones learned a lot commercial. students attended the ADDY throughout Billiot’s class working “They had to develop and execute on her project for the ADDY Awards ceremony, held at the Chevy their TV concept,” she said. “All Event Center in OKC. competition. four student groups shared a This is the second year in a row “I created a four-part marketing real budget of $5,000, which was that CU students have entered concept for Jim Glover Chevrolet provided to them by their client Red of Lawton with four teammates in the American Advertising River Best Chevy Dealers. Students from my advertising class in the Federation’s American Advertising had to recruit for additional human fall 2014 semester,” Jones said. Awards, commonly known as the resources, such as actors to help ADDYs, through the Oklahoma “Our project consisted of a them execute their projects.” City Ad Club. commercial, which was what we She said recipents of the ADDY submitted to the ADDYs, [as well Assistant professor of marketing award may receive future benefits in as] a newspaper advertisement, a Dr. Theresa Billiot teaches the the world of advertising. classes that prepare students direct mailer and a radio spot. “Advertising agencies use these for entering the ADDY awards “For the project,” she said, “we
had to incorporate the STEPPS framework to market the latest Chevy Tahoe.” Jones specified where the ideas behind her group’s project originated. “Our inspiration was to create an ideal Chevy consumer,” she said, “and we thought that person would be a woman, more specifically, a family woman who needed a hand in her daily routine. “We personified the Tahoe through our commercial, making it open doors for her and babysitting her kids for her. We ended up winning a bronze metal for it at the ceremony.” Jones says the most important thing she learned was collaborating with a team. “I learned a lot about being part of a group more than anything,” she said. “Most of my classes at Cameron have not required a lot of group work, if any. “In marketing, you have to
be able to work with a team, and inevitably, team members do not always get along. In our group, we were able to overcome our differences, our schedules and coordinate to pull together a project of which we could be proud, and I think that is a success in itself.” “I would advise anyone, no matter your major, to take a class with Dr. Billiot,” she said. “I truly believe she makes students think outside of the box about the products and the media we consume.” Jones went further to advise students who aspire to winning an ADDY. “Regarding the competition,” she said, “I do not have a strategy to win; just listen to Billiot, study the marketing strategies she brings into class and throw yourself into your project. “With a little bit of good luck, you may just win an ADDY yourself.”
It’s a wrap: Senior communication major Kaley Patterson films a commercial in preparation for the ADDY awards, held Feb. 28.
New Dr. Seuss book coming soon Jacob Jardel
Assistant Managing Editor @JJardel@Writing
While Dr. Seuss Day occurred on March 2, there was reason to celebrate the famed writer in February with the announcement of a new book. Theodor “Ted” Geisel wrote for 60 years under then pen name Dr. Seuss, releasing such books as “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” throughout his career up until his death in 1991. The newest book in the lineup is “What Pet Should I Get?” Cathy Goldsmith of publishing company Random House believed Seuss wrote and illustrated the story between 1958 and 1962, and the publisher has slated a July release for the book. The story features the brother and sister from “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” trying to answer the titular question. They visit a pet store and suffer indecision as to what pet to make the newest member of their family. According to Seussville, the online home of the author’s works, this book, like many of his other works, comes with a moral. “It is hard to make up your mind,” the description said, “but sometimes you just have to do it!” This release comes approximately two years after Seuss’ wife Audrey Geisel and longtime secretary and friend Claudia Prescott discovered the full manuscript and
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illustrations in a box while cleaning out Seuss’ home office space. To Geisel, the finding follows along with the way Seuss worked up until his passing. “While undeniably special, it is not surprising to me that we found this,” Geisel said in a statement, “because Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time – he was constantly writing and drawing and coming up with ideas for new stories.” One person who was surprised was Susan Brandt, president of licensing and marketing of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “It was truly a magical moment,” she said in a Random House news release, “and we immediately knew this was more than just a box of sketches.” This release was not the first Seuss book in recent memory to surface, though. “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and Other Lost Stories” came out in September 2014. It was a compilation of tales published in Redbook magazine in the first half of the 1950s and features the same main character from Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who.” Seuss scholar Charles Cohen felt that publishing these stories in a compilation would provide new stories for familiar characters in the Seuss universe, many of which fell by the wayside in their original publishing. “For the most part, those magazines were tossed out when the next month’s issue arrived,” Cohen said in the collection’s introduction, “and the stories were largely forgotten.” Random House has planned two more books based on other materials discovered, but “What Pet Should I Get?” is the only one set in stone at the moment. Goldsmith will take the helm of the editorial and creative process behind the books. From what she said a press release, she would not have it any other way. “My connection to Ted remains as vital as it was when we worked closely together years ago,” Goldmsith said in the release. “I know he is looking down, watching over the process, and I feel a tremendous responsibility to do everything just as he would have done himself.”
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A day in the life: studying overseas struggling at adapting to new things, such as a new language, a new school life and a new culture,” Park said. “Luckily, I live with my younger brother, who is also attending CU, so I have at least one family member with me. We video chat at least once a week with our parents.”
Akinlawon said international students face some challenges. It is extremely expensive to travel to America to study. Out of every ten Nigerian students, only two Akinola Akinlawon make it for the deadline Junior computer science major for fees to be paid. Akinola Akinlawon sat at a piano One reason bench, removed his red headphones, Nigerian students closed his eyes and began playing. As come to Cameron is his fingers danced across the black because most other and white keys of the piano, all of the institutions do not tension created by his incredibly busy offer scholarships to day began to disappear. international students. “I am president of the Nigerian The tuition waiver is a Courtesy of Akinola Akinlawon Courtesy of Jihyo Park Student Association, the president attractive to students of Mathcom, a member of the from other countries. All the way from Nigeria: Junior Akinola Akinlawon is a Association of IT Professionals, a However, being an Dreams from South Korea: Junior computer science major at CU and serves as president of Mathcom. Jihyo Park is a chemistry major at CU. member of the Rotaract Club, and international student a member of the Honor Student still has its perks in Akinlawon’s eyes. “I think choosing Cameron Hafsa Farah learned that his diversity may be his Society,” he said. “This is my busiest “An advantage to being an University was one of the best Staff Writer greatest asset to his education. semester so far, but I enjoy being able international student is the pride decisions I ever made,” she said. “I “Another great advantage of to juggle so many diverse activities.” that comes with it,” he said. “First Jihyo Park like the atmosphere on campus. being an international student is Though he may be overwhelmed off, because we are always after Jihyo Park stared intently at the Professors, staff and students are very from time to time, Akinlawon scholarships that are not very available that I have had the privilege to row of bowling pins before letting friendly. continues to succeed despite his for us, most international students are explore things from two different the heavy bowling ball fly. “Yes!” she “I have gained lots from this angles,” he said. “[I get to] explore it forced to do well in school. So you shouted triumphantly when all the experience. People often say that you rigorous schedule. from the American angle that I’m “Being involved in campus find very many Nigerians pushing pins tumbled down in a strike. She will get a broadened view of the world, seeing now and am learning, and activities is to me a platform for themselves overtime to make sure did a victory jig as her friends cheered if you study abroad. It is definitely development,” he said. “I was in that they can make things happen and explore it from the Nigerian root her on. true. I take advantage of being an that I’m from. homecoming court this year, and make sure that their parents aren’t Junior chemistry major Park is international student in many ways. “I have absorbed very many one of the questions they asked me paying out-of-state tuition. an international student from South “In my speech class, I introduced opinions and cultures and it just was, ‘What has been your greatest “[With my help,] the Nigerian Korea, and she loves to go bowling Korean drinking culture, a topic made for a really delicious mix of achievement since coming to Student Association started a when she gets some free time. which most of my audience wasn’t Cameron?’ I replied that it was the scholarship to fill that need ... and we information that is available to Growing up, Park’s biggest familiar with.” anybody who would ask it of me. have obtained $2,000. And that will dream was to become an oriental Despite the joy she experiences as ability to handle two organizations “And it just gives me that upper launch very soon.” herb doctor, and she believes she an international student, she still faces as dynamic as Mathcom and the hand to see things from different Nigerian Student Association and After a couple years as an will achieve that dream through her some obstacles. still make good grades.” experience at CU. international student, Akinlawon has angles.” “I struggled at first, and I am still
CU Livestock Judging returns after three decades Kaley Patterson A&E Editor
@KaleyKayPatt Cattle, sheep, swine and goats are lining up to be judged by the newly reinstated Cameron University Livestock Judging team. Two years ago the Cameron Agricultural Department hired Justin Rogers as its livestock judging coordinator/coach. After 32 years of dormancy, Rogers is hoping to revitalize the program at Cameron and give students a new learning outlet. “Livestock judging is basically teaching students how to evaluate both marketing and breeding of livestock - cattle, hog, sheep and goats,” Rogers said. “And we teach the major priority traits of each of those species and each gender of those species. “Then they learn to defend their placement or reasons.”
A collegiate judging contest consists of 12 classes mixed with cattle, sheep, swine and goats. The students present their conclusions from the classes to the officials and are judged based on how well they describe the classes and how they present their case. Even though Rogers has worked at Cameron for two years, this is the team’s first season to compete. When he arrived at CU, Rogers focused on building the program, generating interest and recruiting students to participate. “When I got here there was nothing,” Rogers said. “There was no team. There was really no students that were even remotely interested. Its been hard because we have no tradition. “So we’re working on getting some scholarships together that we don’t have... We have to have a reason for them to come here and scholarships would be one. Hopefully the SAFAC
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A new team: (Left to Right) CU students Will Arnold Ennis, Jessica Cauthon, Clay Dolch, Chance Clinton, Cody Julian and livestock judging coach Justin Rogers.
livestock judging, so the Cameron team competed with major schools such as OSU. Chair of the Agriculture Department Dr. M.L. Fischer said the department was tickled with the way the team performed. The Cameron livestock judging team has a long history before it was sidelined after the 1983 team which former Oklahoma House Representative and Cameron alumnus Don Armes competed on. Fischer is hoping the livestock judging team will show prospective and current students that the Cameron agriculture department can provide them a quality education in their interests of study. “We are one of the only ag colleges in the state that doesn’t have a team,” Fischer said. “Most all of the junior colleges have a team. At all the contest they go to there’s both a junior college and a senior college division. For us to attract some of those junior college students that are judging, we need a team here. “So we’re trying to provide it as a means of recruiting and retaining the students that we got here.”
committee will go to work our judging participants,” Rogers “If an employer has the way this time.” said. “Because they have to chance to hire an agricultural For a while, Cameron be a committed person on graduate who has or hasn’t was the only school in the the team. They’ve got to give been on a judging team, the state with an agricultural up some weekends and some judging team will always get department without a time away from friends and that nod because of them livestock judging team. family. But the rewards of going the extra mile.” Rogers believes the it, the job skills of decision CU’s new livestock revitalization of the making, oral communications judging team consists of program will skills and learning to get five students from the benefit department along with a team is priceless. agricultural department. argues that students, faculty recruitment and “There’s no degree that can The group placed 13 out of and staff would not be safer on student participants tell you that they can teach 27 competitors at their first campus if they were allowed to in the long run. you that like a judging team competition in January. carry a weapon. “Employers are can do. That’s what sets a There are no separate It is illegal in Oklahoma for looking for livestock graduate apart. divisions in collegiate concealed carry to be on state institutions and campuses. Currently there are multiple bills in the Oklahoma House of Representative and Senate to see you as their potential Dear Aggie, Dear Confused, Public Safety Committees that boyfriend or girlfriend, or I’ve been single for a while It sounds to me like would allow the legalization the boys interested in you now, and I’m not yet ready for a you are losing patience of concealed carry on college will develop into someone boyfriend. with your search for the campuses. you want to be with or However, I do desire to get one. Unfortunately for Resolution 3114008 passed that one special person will married one day to the right you, patience is the one thing the CU SGA governing body finally find you. person. you need in this situation. with 17 in the yes, eight in the Whatever the The problem is that I don’t Growing impatient from no and five in the abstention. case, the wisdom of attract the kind of people I would constant disappointment The legislation will voice Heraclitus might be even want to date in the future. is understandable and so Cameron’s opposition to the only advice you need: My standards are high, but they is having high standards. concealed carry on college “the only constant in life is are not impossible. All the guys Not adhering to your campuses if it is approved by change.” And you can only who like me are either immature or expectations could leave you Faculty Senate and President ever change yourself. simply do not interest me. The guys unhappy in the long run. McArthur. Sincerely, Aggie I am interested in do not even look I suggest that you focus Students who are interested my way. on your own growth and in serving as a SGA Officer or Dear Aggie responses are generated Am I doing something wrong? development. That is, after Senator can now file for the in house by Collegian editorial What would be a guy’s take on this all, the principle of college – positions. Forms can be picked members and do not represent issue? investment in yourself. up in the SGA or Student professional opinion or advice. Sincerely, Boys are As you grow, maybe the men Activities Office on the second Tweet to @DearAggieCU. Confusing you’re interested in will come floor of the MCC.
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Kaley Patterson A&E Editor
@KaleyKayPatt On March 9, the CU Student Government Association passed legislation voicing its opinion of in opposition to concealed carry on college campuses in Oklahoma. SGA Vice President Nikki Kirk and Treasurer Casey Meek coauthored Resolution 3114008 which calls for the “the prohibition of concealed carry weapons (CCW) on college and university campuses.” The bill
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CU Civic Symphony collaborates with local high school Photos by Kaley Patterson
Sound of music: The Cameron University Civic Symphony partnered with the Eisenhower High School Orchestra in a collaborative performance at 7:30 p.m. on March 3 at the Cameron University Theatre. Dr. Kristen Underwoord is the director of the Cameron University Civic Symphony, which is made up of Cameron students and Lawton community members. The orchestra played six compositions and senior trumpet soloist Joey Kinsmen joined on two arrangements. Bassist for the CU Civic Symphony Laura Bolsen is also the conductor of the Eisenhower High School Orchestra, which played two compositions on their own and then collaborated with CU Civic Symphony for two more, which were directed by Bolsen as well.
A final bow for Dylan Bittner Jacob Jardel
“I’ve known them and gotten Assistant Managing Editor to know them @JJardel_Writing really well,” Bittner said. At the end of the semester, “They are the senior theatre arts major Dylan reason I’m still Bittner will take a bow when the here. They were curtain closes on his Cameron there for me in career. the beginning. However, the first act of They helped his college career began with a me and got me different scene. through. They “I tried doing other things when I first got to college,” Bittner figured out said, “but I missed it a lot. I tried what I need to get motivated to take an acting class again, just and get going, to kind of have it around. I said, what would be ‘You know, I love this, I miss it, the best route to I’m going to do it because I can’t take. imagine my life without it.’” “They definitely were there to As with any play, Bittner’s story cheer me on through the goal,” he featured one main antagonist. In this case, that opposing force was said. Now, as his Cameron play an internal one. enters its denouement, Bittner “There was one point where I sees this academic renaissance as a almost failed out of school early in my sophomore year,” he said. “I highlight of the play. “I transferred in here with wasn’t doing well, I didn’t really a 1.7 GPA,” he said, “and I’m care, I didn’t go to class or do my coming out of here with a homework.” 3-point-something. My biggest However, the plot began accomplishment is turning my to thicken when he met two entire work habits around and individuals he credits for helping becoming more driven.” him the most on the way out of According to him, from the ennui: Eric Abbott, assistant performance to tech, someone professor of theatre, and Brandy Belew, advisement specialist in the from this discipline has various components on their resume. Academic Advising Center.
encompasses the plot of the theatre major. “If you want to be a theatre major, you will work,” he said. “You just have to be persistent and put your resumes out there and do it. It’s just like any other job.” With one curtain “We gain so much experience coming down, Bittner is already in a little bit of everything that, by penning the next part of his life: the time you’re ready to leave and looking for a job in the theatre doing your capstone, you’ve done industry. With resumes sent a little of everything,” Bittner to various places, he awaits the said. “So you have a generalized callback with one goal in mind. knowledge that, when you leave, “My hope is just to continue you can do just about anything.” working in theatre in some way For Bittner, tech work was the or another,” he said. “I don’t have part that drew him in the most. high hopes of Broadway or movies “I enjoy learning how to or anything like that. It’s just I put things together,” Bittner want to do this in some capacity said, “because acting is not for the rest of my life.” the only side of the coin. I like He also looks to those he how everything comes together knows for inspiration in this backstage to create the world in endeavor. Graduates and Abbott’s which the actors act.” former students have spoken to Regardless of aspect, Bittner felt that one overarching theme him, providing their stories as fuel
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Curtain call: Senior theatre arts major Dylan Bittner is in his last semester at CU. Bittner played Mr. Martin in the Cameron University Theatre Department’s 2014 spring production of “The Bald Saprano”.
to the passion. “I just think it’s cool that there are so many people I know that are working,” Bittner said. “It just gives me the drive to continue because I know that I will – I do – have that chance to do what I love.” Throughout his academic career, Bittner has had the opportunity to practice what he loves. He said he has made many memories in this time, but some of his best memories come from behind the scenes of different plays. “All of them are great because, a lot of the time, we get people who aren’t in the department to audition,” he said. “So we’re working with different people all the time. I’m constantly meeting new people and making new friends and new memories that are going to be awesome and helpful.” As the months toward graduation draw near, these memories all become part of the final stage play of Bittner’s time here. The one thing he made sure of, though, was to have fun doing what he loves. “If you’re not entertaining yourself, you can’t entertain your audience,” he said. “I enjoy being a kid. That’s why we go and play pretend. Being a kid is the most important thing.”
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Feminism outcry in Hollywood hits home Jacob Jardel
outside of the industry. As part of their Intro to Assistant Managing Editor University Life class, Student @JJardel_Writing Activities Specialists Megan Canfield and Leslie Cothren With another Oscar season addressed the topic diversity in wrapped up, the buzz coming terms of media representation. from Hollywood is the sound Since these presentations, the of more people clamoring for two see representation and gender equality in the industry. diversity in a new light. From Patricia Arquette’s “I’ve noticed, since Megan speech demanding equal pay and I did the presentation, I’ve for women to actresses like thought a lot more about the Meryl Streep and music artists pictures that we use in things like Beyoncé empowering the and the fliers that we put newer generations of aspiring out and where we put them,” female stars, the newest Cothren said. “It’s just made industry trend is the fight to me more aware of how we level the playing field. represent ourselves.” According to the Women’s Canfield agreed, adding that Media Center study “The this awareness should translate Status of Women in the U.S. to students when planning for Media 2014”, 28.4 percent of organizations and activities. movie characters in 2012 were “It’s important with any women – the lowest number in group that you’re making up five years. In the same year, only or any club that you join that 14.1 percent of the top grossing you’re really thinking about all movies had a female director. of these things,” Canfield said. Furthermore, of the “Nobody’s going to be perfect television series announced and [accommodate] every for the 2014-2015 season, single person on campus, but be Equality for women: At the 87th Academy 40 percent of the regularlyaware of it and see if there are Awards, Patricia Arquette made her acceptance speech occurring characters things you can do to become about equal pay for women. She won the Oscar for announced were women. more of an inclusive person.” Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role for her With statistics like these, On the Hollywood level, the topic of Hollywood performance as Mom in the Oscar-nominated film though, both realize the feminism amplifies to sources “Boyhood”. importance of representation Tribune News Service
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and diversity on a broader scale. “As a white female, I can certainly see myself through characters, directors and producers in Hollywood,” Canfield said. “But if I was a female with a disability or in a racial minority, that might be more difficult than as a white female. “However, across the board, women are underrepresented in behind the scenes roles and in crucial behind the scenes roles.” Cothren added that the struggle for minority women goes beyond just general representation. “It’s not just seeing yourself on film, it’s seeing yourself in a positive light on film,” Cothren said. “There was a study done that showed where, of people nominated for Oscars, of the women of minorities nominated, they’ve all been maids or abusive mothers. There wasn’t a strong, positive role model among them.” According to Canfield, the process of finding one’s self in the media starts in the formative years. “When you’re young and you watch TV, you emulate the characters that you see on TV,” she said. “Whether you want to
be a superhero or you want to be a sassy teen detective, it all depends on what you see. If you can’t see someone who is like you, I think it’s harder. “I think it’s really important to create [diverse] characters – not just for girls, but for girls all across the spectrum.” With this focus of diversity in mind, Cothren felt that the tide of equal representation has yet to pick up. “Unfortunately, I think we’ve remained stagnant,” she said. “We’re not making any major progress in that direction, I don’t think.” However, both Canfield and Cothren have noticed that more in Hollywood are beginning to speak up for equality and representation. Cothren cited this most recent Academy Awards ceremony as a sign of more women taking action. “Women are starting to realize things aren’t going to change unless we say something,” Cothren said. “We can’t let someone else take care of it. It’s got to be up to us to stand together to make these changes.”
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Nothing can hold down ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Jacob Jardel
one way to look at YouTube Assistant Managing Editor is through the lens of the different personalities and @JJardel_Writing content creators on the site. Some creators have used According to web data their Internet fame to branch analytics company Alexa, out into different projects Internet traffic goes through outside of daily vlogs. three main websites. After Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig stalwarts Google and and Hannah Hart – the Facebook, the third web “Holy Trinity” of YouTube – staple is YouTube. have taken their talents and The video sharing site their stardom to new heights. launched to the public in While they all garnered Nov. 2005. Nearly a decade fame on channels such as later, YouTube hosts 800 “You Deserve a Drink,” million unique visitors “DailyGrace,” “it’sGrace” monthly. Some users come and “My Drunk Kitchen,” solely to watch videos, while the three have used their others contribute to the 300 followings to write books, hours’ worth of new video write and star in movies, uploaded every minute. establish international tours Many know the site and – in Helbig’s case – sign for the various cat videos on for a late-night talk show they use to pass the time, with E! Network. while others tune in to While Helbig and the view regularly-scheduled Harts utilized their channels programming such as Rhett for comedy mixed with life and Link’s “Good Mythical lessons, others have used Morning” and Philip their channels to spread their DeFranco’s self-titled shows. music and other talents to Still others look for music interested viewers. videos, song lyrics or movie One of these stars is clips of questionable legality. classical crossover violinist Regardless of what people Lindsey Stirling, who use the website for, YouTube introduced her channel gets the foot traffic it needs “Lindseystomp” in 2007. to stay afloat. In 2007, the Since then, she has taken site alone used as much her mix of hip-hop, classical, bandwidth as the entire electronica and dubstep Internet in 2000. to “America’s Got Talent,” However, there are still where she reached the questions as to what kind quarterfinals. of entertainment medium Since her appearance YouTube is. in 2010, she has released The YouTube landscape two studio albums, toured is diverse with diversions, the world, made Forbes’ ranging from educational “30 Under 30” list and has videos to makeup tutorials participated in a variety of to stand-up comedy skits. philanthropies. With the vast number of Moreover, two of the different uses for channels, most prominent names in
the YouTube community are John and Hank Green of “Vlogbrothers” fame. In 2007, the brothers ceased text-based communication and posted a video a weekday for the whole year instead. Following in the style of online performance artist Ze Frank, the two took the project from a daily series to biweekly vlogs and videos on a variety of subject matters, both important and mundane. But what makes Hank and John Green key figures on the Internet is what they have done within and outside of the YouTube community. With the help of their fan base, dubbed the “nerdfighters,” they set out on a mission to “increase awesome and decrease worldsuck.” Since 2007, the Greens have expanded from their “Vlogbrothers” channel to start educational channels like “CrashCourse” and “Sexplanations.” Furthermore, their Project for Awesome charity movement has approximately $3 million for charities such as Toys for Tots and the Uncultured Project. These examples are a few of the numerous stars on the YouTube scene. They do more for the viewers and fellow content creators than post mundane cat videos. They reach out to fans, promote the YouTube community and try to make a positive imprint on the world. All viewers need to do is press play.
Voorhees, played by Jane Krakowski. The challenges Kimmy encounters Copy Editor are not unique to her, except for maybe @JoelPole12 her inability to abandon the pop culture of the late ‘90s. She struggles to accept Tina Fey reintroduced herself to the that she is well into adulthood when she forefront of television comedy with the celebrates her 30th birthday, her love life release of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is as complex as the modern technology on March 6. Netf lix picked up the show enveloping her and she hits the books after it was dropped from NBC’s midto complete her education after her season lineup. subterranean isolation. With the help of fellow “30 Rock” Despite her indomitable spirit, executive producer Robert Carlock, Fey Kimmy struggles to repress the greatest resurrected the spirit and cast of her trauma in her life. The Mole Women are former show in her latest marriage of always in the media, and Titus can’t go feminism and fun. more than two sentences without trying Ellie Kemper stars in the show as the to start gossip about life in the bunker. titular character – a small town girl who This becomes the central conf lict of the makes her way to the big city via the most show as it builds up to the trial of her unusual of circumstances. Along with kidnapper, Reverend Wayne. three other women, Kimmy was abducted The show never fails to make light by the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary of Kimmy’s trials and tribulations, and Wayne, the leader of a doomsday cult. thanks to the pick up by Netf lix, even After searching for 15 years, a police more jokes are included in the show with SWAT team rescued the Indiana Mole the looser time constraints for episodes. Women from an underground bunker. The cast of “Unbreakable Kimmy The show focuses on Kimmy’s return Schmidt” gives the show remarkable to normal life, but for someone who hasn’t f luidity and diversity with character experienced contemporary life since she interactions. This chemistry stems from was in eighth grade, the culture shock is the long list of actors borrowed from overwhelming at first. However, Kimmy “30 Rock,” but it is not exclusive to this has a never-say-die attitude – a trait ensemble. Kemper and Carol Kane fit in cultivated in the bunker that allows her perfectly with Burgess and Krakowski. to take all challenges head-on, one small Even Fey and Jon Hamm make cameo step at a time. appearances to add their talent and In her first few days transitioning to humor to the already gut-busting this new epigeous world, Kimmy starts a performance. life in New York City, unlike her fellow Already renewed for a second season, prisoners who stay in Durnsville. She “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is an quickly finds a shabby apartment and instant success. The truly unbreakable quirky roommate, Titus Andromedon, thing about Kimmy Schmidt is the way played by Tituss Burgess, and a job as a to watch the half-hour episodes thanks nanny and indentured servant for one of to the ability to binge watch on Netf lix. the richest women in the city, Jacquelin
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Cameron golfers swing into season Kaley Patterson
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@KaleyKayPatt The Cameron men’s and women’s golf teams are gearing up to start their spring seasons. Despite the icy weather, men’s head coach Jerry Hrnciar and head women’s coach Rick Goodwin believe the Aggies are prepped and ready. Hrnciar has coached for the Black and Gold for 41 years. The men’s golf team is ranked at 23 on the Golf Coaches Association of America national poll. Hrnciar says he takes a practical approach to coaching. “I always coach from the philosophy that you’re only as good as your sixth person,” he said. “We play 5, but if that sixth person is playing good then that means the other five are being pushed and that’s usually when you do the best, and I think we’re in that position.” Hrnciar has high hopes of the Aggies men’s golf team making it to national competition this year, but they have a full schedule of tournaments to get through before they get there. Before each tournament, the team goes through a qualifier to decide who will play in the next tournament. “We play so many rounds, and then I take the lowest five players that qualify,” Hrnciar said. “It really falls on them. It’s not objective opinion, except after the first
tournament then I have a procedure where they have three ways to make it – play good in the tournament before, re-qualify or be lucky to get picked.” When the weather permits, the Aggies practice at the range by Cameron House or at the Territory Golf and Country Club in Duncan. But the golf teams will be receiving a long awaited addition to their practice range at Cameron House; they will attain a range shelter that will allow the Aggies to practice in unpredictable Oklahoma weather. “This has been a dream of mine for a long time,” Hrnciar said. “It would be really beneficial if we had it right now. It’s got three indoor bays and so that means if it’s raining or something we can open the doors and hit from the inside out... If it’s cold, we would
pull the doors down, drop the nets and we can hit into the nets. Then we’ll have a putting area behind it. Then we’ll have one outdoor bay which in the heat of the summer, we can get in there with the ceiling fans and be in the shade and hit balls out... “It’s a great recruiting tool. As far as I know, we’ll be the only second division two school in the country with one on our campus. So that will be a big asset in the recruiting.” While the Cameron golf teams receive new amenities, they will be losing one of their solid rocks; coach Goodwin will retire this year after a decade of coaching the women’s golf team. “I started the program ten years ago,” Goodwin said. “I had actually worked with Jerry [Hrnciar] in the men’s program when I was out at the country club [Lawton Country Club], and he was
weeks ago in San Antonio and caught terrible weather down there... We’ve got a pretty strong team – pretty solid one through five with good players. So it’s just putting it all together and then you fight the elements this time of year.” The Lady Aggies women’s golf team has a
stacked schedule this spring season, and coach Goodwin anticipates a profitable year. The women’s team plays next in the Midwestern State Invitational on March 16-17 in Wichita Falls, Texas. The men’s team will travel to the Lubbock Christian Chaps Invite on March 16-17 in Lubbock, Texas.
When did you begin playing golf, and how did you get into the sport?
I competitively started playing golf when I was in the eighth grade. I originally got started into golf because of my dad because he is a really good golfer. He’s played for team Canada as a junior and in his adult life, too. That’s a big part of his life, so that’s how I got started into that.
What is the most satisfying aspect of your sport?
The thing I like most about golf is how many people play it, and you’re not just playing it on a team. You play individually, so every time you get to play with different players from other teams. It’s nice to meet all these different people throughout my life. It’s interesting learning about new people every time we play.
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there too while running the program. So we both worked there together before he came over here permanently. So I had that kind of background going in.” The women’s golf program came about when Cindy Ross was still president of Cameron. Cameron established along with the cross country team, which gave the university ten women’s athletic programs and ten men’s. The women’s golf team started their spring season a little earlier than the men with a tournament on Feb. 16. Goodwin and the Lady Aggies have been training since the fall season. “We had a fair fall campaign,” Goodwin said. “It wasn’t what we would’ve liked. We opened two [three]
Even though I didn’t play good, my favorite tournament was my sophomore year at Ft. Sill. My first day I only hit four greens in regulation and ended up shooting 74. Even though I played terrible, just the fact that even though you play bad, it’s all about how you score the ball.
What work goes into preparing for golf tournaments?
Golf is a huge mental game. I think that is something a lot of amateur golfers struggle with. Mental preparation is the biggest part because you can practice hit the ball great on the range and practice putting and chipping, but whenever you get out there that can completely change from your mindset. Coach Goodwin always gives us these papers that have quotes or ways that we can think of how to mentally prepare ourselves. I kind of look back on those. I read a lot of golf books by golf psychologists that help you through that, too. Whenever I think of it, I just think of one shot at a time.
Tennis splits matches with Ouachita Baptist, CSU-Pueblo At 9 a.m. Friday morning, Cameron started with doubles matches against the East Central University Tigers. The Aggies opened with a quick win against the Tigers in the two slot. Dennis Merdan and Joao Fazendeiro dominated their opponents to win that match 8-1. The one slot fell short of a win after a close match with both teams breaking each other’s serves multiple times. After exchanging breaks for a score of 5-6, the Tigers grabbed the final two games of the set to level the match count. In the third slot, the Aggies never gained a foothold in the match, losing 2-8. After going down 1-2 in the overall match count, the Aggies headed into singles competition. ECU applied the pressure early, winning the first two matches in the three and six slots, and moving the match count heavily in their favor to 1-4. Cameron looked like they were going to be out with split sets in the two slot, but Fazendeiro played a hard-fought third set to pull out the win. His success helped his other teammates grab the momentum back from the ECU Tigers, leading the Aggies to win the last three matches and to claim the overall victory by one match, 5-4.
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East Central Before welcoming Spring Break to campus, the men’s tennis team hosted three other schools to the Streich-Henry Tennis Complex for a triple header on March 6-7. The Aggies brought home two wins in three.
signaled a shift in momentum away from the Aggies who could not regain a foothold in the competition. As summed up by the final score of 4-5 in favor of the OBU Tigers, the Aggies’ downward spiral continued with losses in the fourth, fifth and sixth slots. After taking a short break between competitions, Cameron resumed match play with the Timberwolves from Colorado State University at Pueblo. Despite the fatigue setting in after two previous matches in less than two days, the Aggies came out on fire in doubles. CU claimed all three matches comfortably with an 8-4 win in the top slot, an 8-4 win in the second slot, and an 8-6 win in the third slot to bring the match count to 3-0. With exhaustion setting in, Cameron used their momentum to give the singles players a final burst of energy to see out a win for the team. Matches were shortened by the tiredness of the players: points were either won quickly or on unforced errors. Merdan, Fazendeiro, Oyarzun, and Iustín Bacu in the one, two, four and six slots respectively all opened the match with a break of their opponents’ service games. Only the second seed could not translate his early lead into a first set win or a subsequent match win. Third slot Angelo Lencioni and fifth slot Dean Weigelt opened their matches with a hold of serve to Quachita Baptist & CSU-Pueblo control the outcome of the rest of their first sets. Match play resumed the morning of March 7 with the The first, third, fifth, and sixth seeds continued their Aggies taking on the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers. dominant performances and seemingly tireless efforts to win Felipe Oyarzun and Mateo Velasco won their doubles match their matches in two straight sets to seal the victory. Merdan in the second slot, winning 8-2. The top slot team of Merdan scored 6-2, 6-3; Lencioni scored 6-0, 6-2; Weigelt scored 6-3, and Fazendeiro fought back from every deficit and break to 6-1; and Bacu scored 6-1, 6-1. win a close match decided by a tiebreak. Their final score While scores were recorded, Oyarzun let his early break against OBU’s top team was 9-8(5). The teams headed into in the second set slip away. CSU started to find a rhythm to singles with Cameron leading the match score, 2-1. combat Oyarzun’s return of serve to level the match at 6-6 The Aggies looked like they were going to claim an early in the second set. The fourth slot recovered to easily clinch overall win. The top three individuals played through two the tiebreak for a final score of 6-1, 7-6(2). Cameron sent the sets, with the second and third seeds taking the match with a Timberwolves home with their tails between their legs after third set win. completing all matches for a score of 8-1. However, the top slot went to OBU after the Tigers’ The men’s tennis team will play its next home match against player came from behind to win the whole match. This Northwest Missouri State University on March 24.
March 23, 2015
Lady Aggies fall in LSC Tournament
make them uncomfortable. We played Cameron in a Sports Editor tight game the last time at @KristaPylant8 Cameron, and Leal steps up In the opening round of and hits two three’s late in the the Lone Star Conference game- we’re talking about five Tournament, sixth-seed feet from the line. Texas A&M Commerce “We know how good of a defeated the third-seed shooter she is,” he continued, Cameron Lady Aggies 80-65 “so we kind of wanted to make for the first upset of the series it a three-on-three game and on March 5 in Allen, Texas. make the other players shoot Cameron beat A&M jump shots. Fortunately for Commerce in its last two us, it worked today.” regular season match-ups but Leal, who averages over 13 had trouble contesting with points a game was limited to the Lions in the postseason. just five and went 1-8 from Texas A&M Commerce behind the arc. head coach Jason Burton Webb said A&M said the initial focus of game Commerce’s use of the Boxand the Lion’s key to victory and-1 & Triangle-and-2 plays was shutting down the Lady held down Cameron’s scoring Aggies’ scoring threats. opportunities. “We knew how to score “It’s more screening action the ball today,” Burton said, than we are used to,” Webb “and we knew Jazzmine said. “In the postseason, it can Robinson was going to score. sometimes be physical play, so We decided to pack the paint we didn’t get as good of looks a little bit, and force Robinson Fight for possession: Junior Markita Zeigler and senior Jazzmine Robinson battle for the ball against a Texas as we wanted to and clean to shoot some jump shots. We A&M Commerce player. The Lady Aggies fell to the Lions in the first round of the LSC Tournament on March 5. catches. Those kinds of things knew she was going to make are important when you’re some. She made a lot more shooting the basketball. allowed Texas to regroup and 36 at the half. defensively, and that killed the Lions went on a run, than we wanted her to, but “At the same time, they catch up to Cameron, tying Despite the close first half, us. There’s no doubt this is a pulling a 67-53 advantage over they bought into the defense.” the game at seven. hit some shots,” he said, “and Cameron head coach Tom tough loss.” Cameron. From that point Despite Robinson scoring The battle for the lead Webb said cold shooting and Cameron opened the forward, the Lions controlled we got beat a couple of times 29 points on the game, just in defensive transition in key continued on both sides until poor defensive calls proved second half with a Jazzmine the game, holding the Lady two points shy of the career moments. That hurt us a little A&M Commerce took a costly for the Lady Aggies in Robinson three-pointer Aggie’s scoring to just 32% high she set against Truman bit.” 36-33 lead with just under the second. during the first few seconds of from the field. State earlier in the season, a The loss pushed Cameron two minutes remaining in the “Come the second half we play. Both teams exchanged Burton said his biggest rough second half proved to back two spots to eighth in first half. CU’s Jade Herl put were okay,” Webb said, “and the lead until A&M game plan involved keeping be Cameron’s undoing. division-II standings, but the Lady Aggies back on the then we went a little stretch Commerce knotted the game Cameron’s three-point The Lady Aggies opened they clinched the final slot to board by draining a threearound the 12 minute mark at 53 with a jumper from shooters at bay. the contest with seven play West Texas in the South pointer with 30 seconds left where we didn’t score for a Abigail Leaupepe-Tele. “We didn’t want [Brandi unanswered points but an on the clock to send the teams while, and they went on a After a five minute scoring Leal] or Herl to get shots off,” Central Regional tournament A&M Commerce timeout beginning March 13. into the locker room tied 36- run. I made two bad calls drought by the Lady Aggies, Burton said. “We wanted to
Lone Star Conference
Aggies upset Midwestern in overtime, fall to ASU Krista Pylant Sports Editor
@KristaPylant8 The Cameron men’s basketball team upset Midwestern State 87-84 in its opening game of the Lone Star Conference Tournament on March 5, but fell to Angelo State 76-53 the following day in the LSC semifinal in Allen, Texas. After falling to Midwestern twice during the regular season, the Aggies triumphed in overtime to stun the Mustangs and advance to the tournament’s semi-final bracket. Cameron head coach Nate Gamet said successful baskets are what made the difference in the post season win against MSU. “At their place we started off 0-10,” Gamet said. “We’re getting really good looks, getting looks in the paint and wide open shots, and they didn’t fall. It just got discouraging. The second half, what we talked to our guys about was stay the course. We’re going to find something that works, and once we do, let’s execute it. “I think that was the biggest part of the second half last week was to see some things we executed really well and see how they guarded it. [We] made some really good adjustments to how they guarded it so we could carry it over into today.” The Aggies trailed the Mustangs the entire game until the last two minutes of the second half when CU’s Jamaal Brantley hit a jumper from the paint and drew the foul. The extra point brought the first tie of the game, 68-68. MSU pulled ahead by two, but the Aggies responded with a successful jump shot from Cameron Lee with 9 seconds remaining on the clock to send the game into overtime. Overtime saw the Aggies lead for the first time after Lee
drained a three to pull Cameron ahead 75-73. Both teams traded points, but a couple of free throws from Brantley sealed the Aggie’s win, 87-84. The following day on March 6, the Black and Gold’s season came to an end after a pair of second half runs by Angelo State caused Cameron to fall 76-53 in the LSC semifinals. Gamet said Angelo State’s defensive pressure gave the Aggies opportunities to attack the basket, but Cameron could not capitalize. “I thought we did a really good job of handling the pressure,” Gamet said. “We just weren’t able to convert and knock those down. If we would have done it like we did the first half, then they probably would have had to help off of our shooters a bit more and given us a few more clean looks. They just made some really good adjustments that affected us in the second half.” Cameron opened the game with a 10-4 advantage, but a four minute scoring drought allowed ASU to tie the game at ten each with 12:47 left in the first half. The Ram’s continued to pull ahead until CU point guard DJ Jackson drained backto-back three-pointer to narrow ASU’s lead. A good tip-in from Brantley and another three-point shot from Deondre Ray narrowed the score 26-26. ASU responded, but two jumpers from Brantley and Tank Mayberry tied the game at 30 going into the half. Cameron got a good jump to the second half but incurred a five minute scoring drought that allowed Angelo State to go on an 8-0 run. Cameron tried to close the gap but could not hold on the remainder of the game, losing 76-53. Both Deondre Ray and Jamaal Brantley led the Aggies with 13 points; the team wrapped up the day shooting 39.2 percent from the field. The Aggies ended their season with a 13-15 overall record.
Lone Star Conference
Conference awards post-season honors Graphic by Don Vieth
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selection. This is the fifth time in program history that the CU women have won Newcomer The Cameron women’s of the Year, Julie Paunovic basketball team took top (2012), Sabelle Diata (2011), honors at the Lone Star Josie Stewart (2010) and Conference Tournament Awards Banquet on March Jasmine Parr (2008) are the previous winners. 3 in Allen, Texas. On the coaching side, this The conference is the first time in 14 years committee awarded that an Aggie coach took the Cameron head coach Tom LSC’s top honor; Adrian Webb Coach of the Year Wiggins in 2001 was the last and Brandi Leal as the and only other CU coach to league’s top newcomer win the award. following a 15-10 season The league’s Player of the and a program best 12-4 Year award went to West LSC record. Texas A&M’s Chontiquah Jazzmine Robinson White; the Lady Buffs also came away with first team took Defensive Player of the honors and Jade Herl earned a spot on the league’s Year with Sasha Watson winning the prize. All-Academic Team; Leal Texas A&M-Commerce’s also made the second team
Princess Davis attained Freshman of the Year. Amanda Weaver of Angelo State claimed the league’s Academic Player of the Year honor. Additionally, a Cameron men’s basketball player, senior Desmond Henry, obtained a spot on the All-Lone Star Conference Second Team. The fifth year senior averaged 13.2 points after starting in all 26 games this season for the Aggies. He also acheived 1,008 career points during his time wearing the Black and Gold uniform. David Chavlovich of West Texas A&M was Freshman of the Year, and Angelo State’s Chris Beard was Coach of the Year on the men’s side.