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astern tatesman E S Eastern says goodbye to one of its greatest Vol. 96 Issue 4

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News, Pg. 3&6

OPINION Views & Reviews, Pg. 4 & 5

Legendary Eastern coach, Glen Stone, died March 6. Stone spent 20 years at Eastern, winning 10 national championships and coaching 192 All-Americans.

Coach Glen A. Stone, a McAlester High School graduate, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, from lung cancer. Stone coached 20 years at Eastern Oklahoma State College and is remembered for the dedication he showed not just to Eastern, but also to his athletes. Stone began at Eastern in 1968. He spent the next 20 years hear. In that time he won 10 two-year college national championships, coaching 192 student-athletes to All-American honors. Stone was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year 25 times. He was also named to the Hall of Fame at McAlester High School, Oklahoma Coaches Athletic Association, Oklahoma Baptist

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“I was fortunate to have Glen Stone come into my life. He was my second father, away from home. Not only did he give me direction, he taught me about motivation, discipline and caring for someone other than yourself. I would not be standing here today if it weren’t for this man.”

Obituary: Glen was born on May 23, 1934 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, second of four children of the late Orville and Viola ( Thorman) Stone. SEE


Denmark invades campus dale shackleford Staff Writer

- Tom Colbert, EOSC Alumnus and Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court in his OACC Hall of Fame acceptance speech

University and the national NJCAA Track Coaches Association. A campaign was started in 2012 to improve the athletic facilities inside of the C.C. Dunlap Fieldhouse. The plans called for renovation of the Glen Stone Athletic Training Facility. Our hearts and our prayers go out to Coach Stone’s family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to The Gideons International. Envelopes can be picked up at the funeral home.

Chris Ainsworth captured some spectacular light at the Clock Tower. With spring officially just days away, more and more students are taking advantage of the warmer weather by getting outside.

On March 8, 32 Danish students and two faculty members will fly into Oklahoma for their part of the annual foreign exchange between Eastern and a business college in Denmark. The Danish students will stay in Oklahoma for approximately one week before continuing their tour of the United States by going to New York City. During their stay here, they will stay in dorms on campus and will be participating with us in various activities throughout the week. Cultural events relevant to this part of Oklahoma are part of what is planned for their experience, as well as the opportunity to visit Robbers Cave State Park. SEE


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If so, you may want to work for the Statesman newspaper. Please contact Kristen Turner at (918) 465-1720 or You do not have to be a Mass Communication major.

The Mix campus news

New theme for Eastern Photo Club’s spring contest

Eastern’s Photo Club is once again doing a photo contest. By submitting photos to, you can win fabulous prizes! The theme for this month is “Reflections.” While all artistic expression is encouraged, please remember to keep submissions tasteful. Please e-mail to us your concept of what best represents our theme and our panel of judges will choose our winner. Submissions will be taken until 5 p.m. April 1.

Spring Break March 19-23; campuses and library closed

Spring Break is March 19 - 23 this year. During this week, all campuses, offices, and the library will be closed. Students, staff and faculty will return on March 26 when classes resume. If housing arrangements need to be made, please contact Student and Campus Life at (918) 465-1818.

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Second Annual Performing Arts Series kicks off events NicHOLOS Martindale Staff Writer Eastern Oklahoma State College Music Department will present the 2nd Annual Performing Arts Series, which involves several events. The Performing Arts Series was established in 2017 to connect students to people who make a living in the music industry, and also to help the music department’s near 100-year legacy, as all proceeds from the events will be applied toward scholarships for current and future students. The first event was held March 2 at 2 p.m. in the Johnnie Wray theatre located in Bob Pratt hall. This was a free songwriting workshop free and open for everybody featuring Kailey Abel. Abel is a 2016 American Idol contestant and placed in the Top 5 out of 10,000 contestants in the 2017 Guitar Center/ Songwriting competition. Abel gave songwriting lessons to students and anyone else interested in the event. She then performed on March 3at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. There was also be a performance by the Oklahoma Kids and the Eastern Expressions. On March 9 Eastern hosts the SOSU faculty showcase at 2 p.m. in the Mitchell auditorium. They will present a wide variety of classical music for piano, voice, clarinet, tuba and other instruments. The concert is free and open to the public. Last but not least, on April 27 and 28

in the Mitchell Auditorium, there will be a review of Eastern musical theater since 1940. Eastern has an extensive and rich history musicals from the last 75 years. The event will include appearances by com-


Eastern Music Spring Concert March 15


To accompany their time spent here, each of the Danish students has been paired up with an Eastern student in a program called DenPals. The foreign students will accompany their respective DenPals to their classes on Monday and Tuesday as well as getting to see some of what the area has to offer. The DenPals are expected to showcase to them the campus and give them a friendly face even before they set foot on campus. This is a unique relationship between two colleges and the school encourages everyone to be welcoming and inviting to the Danish students who visit.

Eastern Statesman Staff Zane Johnson Editor Christopher Ainsworth, Staff Writer Josh Cole, Staff Writer Jasmyn Davis, Staff Writer Logan Ervin, Staff Writer Kyler Frye, Staff Writer Nicholos Martindale, Staff Writer Nathan Minyard, Staff Writer Dale Shackleford, Staff Writer Jaleah Taylor, Staff Writer Kristen Turner, Adviser

NEWS RELEASE Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Department of Music will present its annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in Mitchell Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. “It’s that time of year again,” said Dr. Brandon Hendrix, Eastern’s director of instrumental and choral ensembles. “We’re proud to continue our tradition of welcoming the changing of the seasons with this showcase of

munity leaders, current students, and Eastern alumni. A celebrity waiter fundraiser dinner will also be included before the Saturday night performance, more details including ticket information will be announced soon.

talent. My students have worked hard to prepare for this show and we would like to invite everyone in the area to come enjoy their art.” The Concert Band will perform such hits as The Bar-Kays’ “Soul Finger” and The Knack’s “My Sharona.” The Concert Choir will present a number of hit songs including John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Eastern’s student-led rock ensemble, the Eastern Expressions, will entertain with their renditions of “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz and “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence,

Left, Kailey Abel leads a songwriting workshop. Above, Sarah Martinez and Marra Juarez perform with Oklahoma Kids and Eastern Expressions.

among others. Eastern students to perform include Leila Aaron, Allison Ballard, Triston Boling, Brianna Caldwell, Marra Juarez and Bobbi Kirkland of Wilburton; Chris Ainsworth of Gowen; Victoria Davison of Quinton; Clay Hawes of Talihina; Nicholos Martindale of Howe; Hannah Posey of McAlester; Josh Sexton of Kinta; Dale Shackleford of Slaughterville; Kevin Talley of Broken Bow; Nikita Wemmerus of Wister and Courtney Millard of Oil City, Penn.

Published monthly from August through May by students of Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton, OK. Opinions expressed in the “Statesman” are not necessarily those of the Eastern student body, faculty or administration. Opinions expressed in articles, columns or letters are those of the individual writers. Members of the Oklahoma Collegiate Press Association, Community College Journalism Association, Student Press Law Center and Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association. Letters to the editor are not only welcomed, but encouraged. All letters must be able to be verified with the author’s phone number, address, and e-mail address. The editor reserves the right to edit to fit space limitations and to comply with libel laws and good taste. The publication is issued by EOSC and is printed at a cost of about $50 per page. Telephone is (918) 465-1714. E-mail:

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Views and Reviews

An associate's degree is a jump start to education

josh cole Staff Writer

Where could one go to help you prepare for the future? What is the place where all dreams could come true? Does this place exist? The answer is yes, yes it does. That wonderful place where all wishes and hopes could come true is here at Eastern Oklahoma State College. Here at Eastern, we offer many opportunities for one’s future to be a success. The way for that success to happen is by completing your associate's degree. What is an associate’s degree one might ask? An associate degree (or associate's degree) is an undergraduate academic awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study intended to usually last two years. It is considered to be a greater level of education than a high school diploma or GED. So, why is it important to pursue and finish your associate's degree? “Pursuing an associate’s degree will make it easier for a student to go on and obtain their bachelor’s degree or even their master's degree,”Linda Morgan, Project Director of GEAR UP said. “If a student has one of these degrees it will make finding that future career or job much easier.” So as a student, or a fellow employee of Eastern Oklahoma State College that isn’t a professor, finishing or starting an associate’s degree could be that one way ticket to success that many are looking for. “There are many degrees here on campus that will help you get to that

next level such as a university but we also offer degree plans that will help send you right into the workforce after graduation day,” Tina Ray, Recruiter/Vocational Career Counselor says. Some of the degree plans offered on campus that will send one into the workforce are the Nursing And Meat Science. As many know, Eastern has the number one nursing program in all of Oklahoma. Eastern has also added a brand new degree plan called Respiratory Therapy that will train many and prepare them for work as soon as they are done here at Eastern. “I am about to graduate,” says Josh Sexton, student of Eastern Oklahoma State College, “and looking back attending Eastern to gain my associate’s degree was one of the best things I could have done for myself. I am about to attend a next level college and feel very well-prepared because of Eastern and am ready to pursue my bachelor’s and then my master's degree. So was getting an associate’s degree important? "I think so because it has helped me decide what I want to do for my future.” So when it comes to trying to find out if it is important to finish or start one’s associate’s degree the question is the same for the reader. What do you think? Is it? Or is it not? The answer is up to you. And remember if you ever think about taking that next step and gaining an associate’s jump on in because at Eastern futures start here.

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Movie review

Black Panther is a must-see for anyone Dale shackleford Staff Writer In a world far, far away; in a place exactly 24 miles from Wilburton; in a town called McAlester; in a movie theater on the east end of town; in Cinema Room 8; a movie was shown. That movie was Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Panther. After the long wait, fans of the franchise were finally able to see one of their favorite characters take the screen in his own movie. After his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, the character was in recluse from the screen until now where he gave a great performance as Wakanda’s new

King. Chadwick Boseman dawns the black and silver while opposing two of his arch-nemeses, Ulysses Klaw and Erik Kilmonger. In this action flick, we see the intrigue between this three-way scramble for power and many new technological advances from a socalled “third world country." Without giving away any spoilers, this is definitely a must-see film for anyone. Grab a bag of popcorn and a candy bar from the concession stands, walk past the Laffy-Taffy on the floor, and find a seat to enjoy the movie. This James Bond-like Marvel movie is worth every penny and dime of the price for admission.

Game review

Fortnite is an action-packed great game Kyler Frye Staff Writer Fortnite is an action/third-person shooter game that you are able to play on many different platforms such as Xbox, Playstation, and PC. This game takes place in a cartoon based map where you and 99 other players drop on the same map until its the last player standing for the win. When you drop on the map there are various structures and places located on the map to help you on your journey to the top spot. Fortnite has game modes such as squads, letting you have 1-4 different people on a team, Duos where you and another friend jump into the map together, or you can go solo and try to get the wins lone-wolf style. When you drop into the map you are able to gather materials to help

you build bases. Getting materials allows you to build walls, floors, stairs, roofs,

and many other weird structures if you edit the design. Fortnite’s free mode is the battleroyale portion, but the Save the World section will become free in later 2018 on PC, Xbox, and Ps4. This game is an amazingly fun game and is surprisingly action packed considering it's cartoon looking. The cartoon-based style makes the game fun for players, giving them action and also relaxing building mechanics. People think more strategic when going into a fight. This game is also going to be introducing its quest mode for free later into 2018, letting players take on hordes of monsters and helping people out in the world. “Saving The World” is the title of the mode that they are releasing later this year. Overall, this Fortnite is great all around and is preferred for people that are looking to play an action-packed, strategic game.

Be a good human — donate blood

Chris Ainsworth Staff Writer It is always good to help your fellow man. As a college student, the help you can do for someone can sometimes be limited because of the restriction of staying

around campus. Luckily, the means can sometimes come to you. This month, we were privileged to have a Blood drive set up in front of the Student Center here on campus. A bloodmobile was parked in front ready for donors this past Feb. 5-6 from 10

a.m. to 3 p.m. A student or faculty member were able to call to make an appointment to begin the donating process, though, walkins were more than welcome. Briana Caldwell, fellow student and blood donor said, “Give blood, save lives.”

I believe sometimes we do not realize the huge impact just one single person can make by taking time out of their busy day to stop by to donate for a great cause. At, it states, “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs

blood.” Even though a simple act of donating may not seem that extravagant, the need for blood is very large. Plus, when a person gives blood at a blood drive, they are usually rewarded with a cookie or free t-shirt.

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Views and Reviews

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Soccer boots through the years JALEAH TAYLOR Staff Writer Over the years, soccer cleats have been modified to satisfy the users as well as bring about a new trend. Styles, structures, quality and prices have changed; most for the better. Soccer boots have been made to help with better performance on the field and comfort. In the 1800s, the style was very plain. The colorway of the soccer boots was either brown or black, as it was easier to produce, and convenient. Compared to today, there are numerous colorways of soccer boots. One pair of soccer boots may have various colorways and styles. This have been modified for trends as it appeals to younger males and females rather than older middle-aged men who played in the 1800s. Today, soccer boots are lighter as they are made with a synthetic layer cov-

er and a plastic bottom with rubber or metal studs. This makes the boot lighter in weight and more durable rather than compared with the 1800s boots with full leather. The boots back then really looked like winter boots with studs on them. In relation to the prices, costs have increased for today’s soccer boots because of the quality, design and color. Prices for soccer boots arrange from $35 to $200. The difference in range would be based off of the type of brand the soccer boots are and the quality. In the 1800s, the soccer boots were priced at 4 shillings which is around $100 in today’s conversion. Altogether, soccer boots have definitely changed for the better and include a myriad of different brands as many professional soccer players produce their own brand.

"Darkest Hour" (PG-13) -- Winston Churchill is front and center in this captivating retelling of the events surrounding his appointment to prime minister and England's entrance into full-throttle war with Germany. Focusing on the short but explosive time frame between May 1940 and his "We shall fight on the beaches" address to Parliament weeks later, we follow Churchill as he wrestles with the viability of a political solution to the growing Nazi threat, while cementing the stone will of the people in defiance of German

tyranny. Gary Oldman is electrifying as Churchill, going so far beyond believable that it's no wonder he's Oscarnominated for his performance, while the film is nominated for both design and makeup (among other categories). It's really everything you want in a historical biopic -- tension, excitement and dramatics that keep you on the edge of your seat. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (R) -- Seven months after

On Feb. 28, Eastern welcomed Professor Emeritus Marilynn Duncan back to campus. Duncan spoke to a packed house during the college’s celebration of Black History Month. During her lecture, she discussed the past experience, present victories and struggles and future possibilities of the AfricanAmerican community. Duncan taught at Eastern for 42 years and continues to teach in the psychology department as an adjunct professor.

Couch theater the rape and murder of her daughter, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) needs an outlet for her frustration with local law enforcement. She finds it in three rented billboards; together they send a message to chief of police William Willoughby ( Woody Harrelson): solve the case. The grief they cause and the grief that caused them are the fodder for some dark, disturbing and yet seriously comic undertakings. Sam Rockwell plays the lawman's second in command, a devout under-

study with an angry attitude problem. Director Martin McDonagh plucked his billboard inspiration from real life, then wrote these parts tailor-made to perfection for their inhabitants, who shine as bright as Oscar gold. "Coco" (PG) -- Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez) is 12-year-old musician in a family that has outlawed music for generations. On Dia de los Muertos, a twist of fate delivers him to the Land of the Dead, where he must find a family member to bless his return to the land

of the living. Believing he may be related to legendary singer Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), he sets out to find his musical roots before time runs out. Gael Garcia Bernal voices Hector Rivera, who offers to be Miguel's savvy guide through the back alleys of the vibrant, colorful world if Miguel will put up his photo in the living world -- even the deceased cannot live forever if there is no one to remember them.


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Sapphire Ball is scheduled for April 7 JALEAH TAYLOR Staff Writer On Saturday, April 7, the 9th Annual Sapphire Ball, is set to begin at 6p.m in the E. E. Tourtellotte Student Center Ballroom, in Wilburton. The Sapphire Ball is an elegant, black tie event, displaying enticing food and various entertainment. While the event is a fun and entertaining night for its attendees, the overall purpose of the event is to raise money for future and current student scholarships at Eastern. As the Director of Communications and Marketing, and a voluntary participant of the Sapphire Ball since 2012, Trish McBeath describes her personal experience of the occasion itself. “It will be a very fun evening where students and members of the community have the chance to enjoy the evening with delicious foods and various activities,” McBeath said. McBeath added that one of the unique aspects of the Sapphire Ball is that it allows community members and donors to know the student attendees on a personal level. “Starting out as a small event, in 2010, the Sapphire Ball has continued to grow every year and thus gets better every time.” The student attendees will be assisting with the event in valet parking, serving and auction items.

This event has been persistent each year since 2010, raising funds – administered by the EOSC Development Foundation, for the benefit of current and future student scholarships. In the previous year, the event raised a top proceed of $31,641.33 which was gathered from ticket sales, sponsorships, and cash donations. Funds were also gathered from the live auction, the silent auction and the Sapphire Egg prize drawings. In addition to raising funds for the students’ benefit, the event makes notice of certain individuals, honoring the college alumni, faculty, staff, and community supporters. Honorees are as listed: - Major General James Chambers, USA Ret. - Mr. Gary Reasnor - McAlester Regional Health Center - Ms. Brenda Bohanon Kennedy - Mrs. Lea Anne Dickson The number of people to attend is limited, therefore, tickets should be purchased as soon as possible; as they are on sale now. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased from Marci O’Donley on the 2nd floor of the Library. Corporate and table sponsorships are also available. Information pertaining to the event can also be found on the school’s website - Don’t miss out on the Spectacular Sapphire Ball.

Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith (far left) gathers with honorees from last year’s Sapphire Ball. Honorees include (from left to right) Cheryl Wood-Myers, President’s Excellence in Teaching Award; Rhonda Price Quinn, J.C. Hunt Award; Shelley Free and Bobby Mouser, Distinguished Alumnus Awards.

“Some Enchanted Evening” McAlester campus takes stage April 27 and 28 holding College NEWS RELEASE

Eastern and the Latimer County Arts Council to partner for a musical tribute “Some Enchanted Evening” The Latimer County Arts Council is partnering with the Eastern Oklahoma State College Music Department to produce a musical tribute to 65 years of music theatre excellence with Rodger and Hammerstein’s acclaimed revue “Some Enchanted Evening” on April 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium in Wilburton. The musical revue will feature current Eastern students, staff and faculty, as well as alumni from the theatre and music departments, past participants from Eastern’s award-winning

Children’s Theatre program, and community supporters of Eastern’s arts programs. Eastern will create a video honoring this outstanding legacy of artistic excellence featuring alumni sharing their memories of performing in plays or music concerts while at Eastern. Alumni are encouraged to contact Trish McBeath in Eastern’s Office Marketing and Communications at or 918-465-1804 for information on how to contribute to the video. Veteran theatre instructor Ruth Askew Brelsford will direct the production, while Dr. Brandon Hendrix, current head of the music program at Eastern, will serve as the music

director. Les Brelsford will be the vocal coach for the show and Dottie Minshall will serve as the choreographer. The group is seeking additional assistance for anyone interested in the production. “Just like always, we will need help with costumes, set, lights, as well as singing and dancing,” Brelsford said. “This is so exciting! Eastern boasts a legacy of producing wonderful shows and Les, Dottie and I are anxious to continue the tradition with one more great show!” For more information or if you would like to help with the musical revue, contact Ruth Brelsford at 918448-5034.

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NEWS RELEASE Eastern Oklahoma State College waEastern Oklahoma State College will host its annual College Night event for prospective students on Tuesday, March 27 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McAlester Campus. Representatives from Eastern, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and East Central University will be present to discuss available courses and degree programs, as well as financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Students who wish to take classes, but do not intend to complete a degree are also encouraged to participate. Anne Brooks, dean of the McAlester Campus, said College Night participants can also take a campus tour, explore services available and enter to win a onetime $500 scholarship towards Eastern,

Southeastern or East Central classes in McAlester. Eastern offers multiple associate degree programs in McAlester, including business administration, criminal justice, psychology/sociology, child development, nursing and general studies. In fall 2018, Eastern will offer a new associate of applied science degree in respiratory therapy. Southeastern and East Central also offer a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in McAlester. Southeastern offers undergraduate degrees in education, business administration, psychology, sociology, criminal justice and computer information systems. Additionally, Southeastern offers a master’s of business administration degree (MBA). East Central offers undergraduate degrees in human services counseling and general studies, as well as a master’s degree in education and in human resources.


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Eastern Alumni making an impact on the world

Justin Kennedy

By Mike Cathey (EOSC 1983 of Indianola) Currently serving as President of the EOSC Alumni Association Justin Kennedy (EOSC 2007 of Whitesboro) earned a 2007 EOSC Associates Degree in Agriculture Economics, a 2009 Oklahoma State University Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Education, and a 2014 Southern Nazarene University Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership. Kennedy is the Superintendent of Schools for Buffalo Valley Public Schools. While at EOSC Justin Kennedy was a Representative and President of the Student Government Association, a Presidential Scholar, a member of the National Championship Intercollegiate Horticulture Judging Team, Outstanding Agriculture Economic Student, Top 10% of Graduating Class, Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a member

Justin Kennedy served as President of the Student Government Association when ground was broken on the new Student Center.

By Mike Cathey (EOSC 1983 of Indianola) Brian Blansett (EOSC 1970-71 nongraduate, of Latta) is the publisher of the Tri-County Herald in Meeker, Oklahoma and is the current president of the Oklahoma Press Association. Blansett started his career as a part-time sports reporter for the Stratford Star while in college and worked at the Ada Evening News, The Sulphur Times-Democrat, The Daily Ardmoreite, the Waco Tribune-Herald in Texas, the Oklahoma Press Association and the Shawnee News-Star. After a brief retirement, he bought the Tri-County Herald, the local newspaper for Meeker, McLoud, Dale and North Rock Creek. As the city editor of the Waco TribuneHerald, he directed the newspaper’s coverage of the assault by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms on the

Branch Davidian compound in 1993 and the resultant siege. He edited an investigative series by reports Mark England and Darlene McCormick on the Davidians that was a finalist for the Puliter Prize. Blansett attended Eastern for one year 1970-71 before spending a year at East Central Oklahoma State Univesity in Ada before joining the U.S.Air Force where he spent the next four years and then returned to East Central and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in History and a minor in Communications. He had the following to share about his time at EOSC, “ I wrote for the Statesman. They assigned me a couple of easy beats that didn’t generate a great amount of news but helped me overcome the introvert’s tendency to not want to talk to total strangers That was an important thing for me to overcome. The biggest

of the Aggie Club, and active with the Baptist Collegiate Ministries. Kennedy shared, “My time as the ESGA President at EOSC led me down roads that I never could have expected. I was able to forge relationships with amazing men and women who are still very influential to me today. The people who were responsible for my education at EOSC like Leland Walker and Eddie Woods are on Mount Rushmore for anyone who knows them and have been through the Agriculture Division. “Mr. Walker is a Hall of Famer and a legend to any who have a passion for agriculture. Mr. Woods is one of the smartest men I have ever known and I appreciate his will and dedication to Eastern no matter the circumstances. I am thankful for my time with many other instructors who I couldn’t even begin to list. Eastern is a special place that will always be home for me. “The relationship that I acquired in

my time at EOSC are endless. My best friends today and the people I work with and for are because of my time at Eastern. My ability to lead and my passion about being proud of where you are and where you came from was a result of my times a Mountaineer. “I learned everything at I use today at Eastern. My high school Ag Teacher always told me that you will get out what you put in and you will enjoy your time in a place only as much as you expect from it. I expected Eastern to be a great experience and it did not disappoint. Today almost every student that graduates and goes to college I try to refer to EOSC just because of my experience. I hope that they can see and enjoy a little bit of the greatness I experienced.” Kennedy is a Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class IV Graduate, is a San Bois CASA Board Member and Youth Pastor at the Yanush Assembly of God.

Brian Blansett

thing was Jim Sullivan giving me confidence that I really could make a go if it in journalism. That was important for me because I had a dream but not self-confidence. I was a green 17-year-old when I went to Eastern. I wish I had known him when I was more mature and could have soaked up more of what he oculd have taught me. I also met Steve Lalli when I was working on the Statesman. Incredibly he remembered me years later. He was a year ahead of me and already a polished journalist and gave me someone to emulate. I can still quote the lead he wrote on a story about a bull rider named Tommy Crandel. I can only hope I write something people will remember after nearly half a century.” Brian Blansett has won a variety of writing and photography awards from the Oklahoma Press Association, the

Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press. He has been active in local affairs, serving as the president of the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation, the Shawnee Kiwanis Club and Shawnee’s Youth and Family Resources as well as serving several terms as an officer of the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the North Rock Creek Board of Education. Mike Cathey is a Lifetime Member of the EOSC Alumni Association. While at Eastern, Cathey was a staff writer for The Statesman and Vice President of the Student Senate. Cathey is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and resides in Chicago and Indianola, Oklahoma

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All Conference

Tevin Brewer has been recognized for his play during his freshman season. Brewer was Second Team AllRegion 2 and an All-Conference selection by the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference for the 2017-18 basketball season. The Mountaineers finished the season with a record of 15-13.

All Conference

Left, Glen Stone walks onto the court to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award presented at a Track Reunion held in 2011 at Eastern Oklahoma State College.


A gifted track athlete, he graduated from McAlester High School, earning athletic and academic scholarships to achieve degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma. Throughout his 40 year career, Coach Stone left a lasting legacy in each of the high school and colleges where he served as teacher, coach or athletic director, whether at Edmond, McAlester, Shawnee, Eastern Oklahoma State College, University of Nebraska or Oklahoma Baptist University. During his 20 years at Eastern Oklahoma State College, his teams won an impressive 10 two-year college national championships from 1968 to 1988. Coach Stone was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year a remarkable 25 times and 192 of his student-athletes earned All-American honors 537 times.

He was also named to the Hall of Fame at McAlester High School, Oklahoma Coaches Athletic Association, Oklahoma Baptist University and the national NJCAA Track Coaches Athletic Association. Above all, he was a man of character and integrity and served as a positive influence for innumerable students. Active throughout his life, Glen won his last competitive masters track event at age 79, earning National Championships in 100, 200 and 400yard races and the triple jump. He volunteered his time and talent to coach Summer Sports Festivals and attended the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany in 2008. Glen had been an active member of McAlester First Baptist Church while living in Oklahoma and Lamar First Baptist Church after moving to Missouri. On August 1, 1960, at Shawnee, Oklahoma, Glen married the love of his life, Joyce Vivar, who survives of the home. Also surviving are his children, Terrence Stone of Los Angeles, California, Cindy Higdon of Colcord,

Oklahoma, Vickie and Dennis Champlin of Lamar, Oklahoma, Joe Stone of Rhome, Texas, Danny and Jama Stone of Mulberry, Kansas and Aaron Stone of Lamar, Missouri; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and June Stone of McAlester, Oklahoma; two sisters, Treva Stamps of Sedgwick, Kansas and Marjorie Taylor of Bethany, Oklahoma and a large extended family. Glen took great pride in his ten grandchildren, Kristen and Brenton Reavley, Kyle and Eric Higdon, Rachill, Cole, Erikkha and Ashliee Stone, Sky and Dakota Soard, D.J. and Dakota Stone and delighted in his three greatgrandchildren, Ella and Jackson Reavley and Paisley Soard. Family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at BrumleyMills Funeral Home in McAlester. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church in McAlester with Rev. Chip Lott officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Memorial Park in McAlester.

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Lady Mountaineer, A’Breon Jackson, has been named an All-Conference selection by the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and Third Team All-Region for the 2017-18 basketball season. The Lady Mountaineers finished the season with a record of 8-23.

Honorable mention

Kristian Davis and Cachet Johnson received All-Region Honorable Mention honors for the 2017-18 basketball season. The Lady Mountaineers finished the season with a record of 8-23.

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Fourth issue of the student-produced newspaper of Eastern Oklahoma State College.