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When n it on Tuesday, the crowd on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was generally hushed, listening to a performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriel Montero. At that moment, before actually taking the presidential oath, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, as written in the U.S. Constitution. A few minutes later, after repeating the oath on the same Bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, president Obama sought to establish a . sense of unity in his Inauguration speech and sent a tough message to those who oppose the United States. "To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history," he said. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Joint Congromiontil Comtnittoo on too @l etWff10111 ; proglidod owr th@ @nth orvioo, introducod Esil@h puttoi=

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The consensus among students and educators on Jan. 13 was clear: college students need to play a proactive role in keeping their friends and family members safe from the horrors of methamphetamine addiction. "Crystal Darkness", a national documentary about crystal meth addiction, was hosted at UCO by Oklahoma A+ Schools and was one of many watch parties held throughout Oklahoma last week. After the screening, a panel discussed the documentary and what role community members play in fighting this problem. "It's so powerfully addictive compared to other problems," said Dr. Bruce Lochner, UCO assistant vice president for student affairs and director of student counseling. "People can drink [alcohol] without a problem, some people can drink all their lives recreationally. I don't know anyone who can use crystal meth recreationally."

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Although the documentary has had campaigns in various states and regions in the past several months, its role in Oklahoma is especially important: statistics over the past few years have shown that Oklahoma leads the nation in meth labs, "It is a statewide issue... it's arrests and urban, rural, public school, addiction. In the past private school ... it's an three years, issue we all face." Oklahoma drug stores --Dr. Debbie Traywick and supermarkets have put medications with pseudoepehedrine, a chemical often used to make crystal meth, behind pharmacy counters. "Crystal Darkness Oklahoma", the documentary

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Gaza battle hits home for Israeli, Palestinian students Kory Oswald l'orrespondent

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Though the shelling has stopped, anger and sadness continue to linger over the rubble left by the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. For 22 days starting on Dec. 27, the Israeli army battered Hamas leaders and civilians, killing at least 1,135 Palestinians and injuring thousands more. Hamas agreed to a truce after Israel stopped their attack and began pulling out of Gaza on Sunday. "Nobody can feel the pain that the Gazans feel," said Sadallah, 21, a biology and predental major at UCO. Sadallah, or Sam to his friends, sits in the Nigh University Center wearing a backward North Face hat and a Tommy Hilfiger jacket. Talking with a Syrian accent that is almost easy to miss, he said he vehemently debates the causes and effects of Israeli actions with his American roommates. They disagree sharply but maintain their friendship because they ultimately agree that too many people are dying. From the protests of both sides, this sentiment resonates louder around campus than the cries of blame. "[Students must] go beyond the focus of ideological tensions and conflict with Israel ... and Hamas, and look at the human costs," said Dr. Husam Mohamad, a politicAl science professor and Palestinian-American. Ori, a sophomore music major, has family in Israel. "Everyday people are being killed and the people doing the jobs are our age ... on both sides," Ori said. Mohamad claimed that politicians on both sides of the conflict and in America are ignoring the desire of the people directly affected by it. "The large majority of the Palestinians ... and Israelis on the street want peace," Mohamad said. Whether or not they want peace, the means of achieving it is the point of contention. This last incursion by the Israeli army is just one of many that derive from a dispute over land and security. Palestinians want their land back, and Israel wants to stop

being attacked. In 2006, the Palestinian people elected Hamas to power. Harnas is an Islamic political group that is considered a terrorist organization by the United States. It was created in 1987 during the first Palestinian uprising. At the time, Israel favored the rise of Islamic groups in the Palestinian territories in order to counter Palestinian nationalist organizations, like the PLO. This is similar to the way the United States favored the Mujahideen in Afghanistan against Russia in the 1980s. Situated between Egypt and Israel on the Mediterranean Sea, Gaza is a strip of land smaller than Detroit. Israel moved out of Gaza in 2005, but they left walls and checkpoints along the border, leaving the Palestinians dependent on Israel and Egypt for basic necessities. "The Israeli position was land for peace, security in exchange for peace, [they] didn't expect Gaza to be a launching pad for rockets," said Dr. Louis Furmanski, the chair of the political science department. "But you can play the blame game until you are blue in the face," Furmanski said. "Until underlying issues are resolved, everyone is at fault." The cease-fire is the culmination of efforts by many countries, primarily Egypt and the United States. Many students feel that any hope for peace is as disproportionately placed as the assault was. "They will never ever have peace in this area," Sadallah says. "The long-term solution [is not helped] by this attack...it will radicalize some of the Palestinians even more," Mohamad says. Although many students are pessimistic about any chance of a lasting peace, most agree that if any country has a role in helping to create it, it is the United States. After more than seven years of relative silence by the Bush Administration, most students and professors are optimistic that the Obama Administration will play a more active role in negotiations between Israel and Palestinians. "There is bound to be a change in the U.S. foreign policy...we need to act as an honest broker that may improve the prospects... of future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations," Furmanski says.

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Caleb McWilliams While the new Broncho Spirit Card has promised itself to be an easy and fast refund process, many UCO students are facing confusion about its purpose and what to do with it. Last November, all UCO students currently enrolled were issued the Broncho Spirit Card. The blue MasterCard debit card was joined with an information sheet, instructing students to activate their cards and to choose several options that would allow UCO to send refunds to the students. However, many confused students mistook the card for a credit card advertisement or an optional program. Some threw the card away, while others failed to activate the cards on the website. Others have had delay and miscommunication issues with the system. "Their big push was that this new system would be faster and easier," said freshman Andrea Bednarz, music performance, cello major, "but it's anything but easy and anything but fast." Bednarz opted for the recommend

ed option, to have refunded money placed onto the free checking account, the OneAccount. Higher One, the financial services company UCO partnered with, said refunds received this way should be available minutes after the university releases them. "It took io days or so for the money. to show up on my bank account," Bednarz said. She said she expected to see the funds on her UCO OneAccount soon after seeing that UCO refunded her money, but it took over a week and several back-andforth trips between the financial aid office Photo Illustration by Vista Photographer Chris Albers and the bursar's office until her money was there wasn't enough "Their big push was that this available. accessible informa"I don't see how it's tion to know what to new system would be faster any faster than get- do With the cards once and easier, but it's anything but ting a paper check, they received them. easy and anything but fast." and with a paper The financial aid check, I can deposit office knows about it anywhere I want," these issues, and --Andrea Bednarz Bednarz said. understands the Other students, confusion and the who may have disre- concerns, said Toni could order a new one refund but has thrown garded information Jones, Financial Aid free in January if they away the card, there last semester about Service counselor. updated their mailing is a $20 replacement the cards because they "We'll answer address. fee, she said. don't often receive any questions stu"This is the first "Even if a student refunds, have thrown dents may have, or plans on receiving semester for this protheir cards away or 'if we can't answer their refund by a check gram, so there will lost them. it; we'll be happy to or direct deposit to obviously be some Some students said direct them to someissues," Jones said. that they received their one who can," Jones another account, they "Next semester should still need to keep the card, but promptly said. She also said run smoother." Spirit Card," Jones forgot about the card the students who had and about activating thrown their cards said. If, after January, it. Still others said that away inadvertently a student needs a

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Soldiers who are mentally and physically injured from war have a new battle to fight when they come home, and after noticing the need to help disabled veterans, UCO was awarded an Olympic Opportunity Grant in 2007 from the United States Olympic Committee. The $25,000 grant also allowed disabled UCO students to participate in Paralympic sports. Shortly after UCO received the grant, they partnered with the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Warriors Transition Unit at Ft. Sill to create a program called Adventure Therapy. "By taking part in this program, participants are able to improve their physical well being, while hopefully being encouraged to continue in sports while they complete their rehabilitation or transition to civilian life," Elliot Blake, coordinator for Sitting Volleyball at the Wellness Center, said. "The participants have also taken part in team building activities through UCO's Low Ropes Course and will begin rowing when UCO's new outdoor facility

at Lake Arcadia is completed," Blake said. Since September, sessions have been held biweekly at the Wellness Center where the workers have also taken an interest in injuries that go beyond what the eye can see. Since WTU, Oklahoma City VAMC and the MidAmerica Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America became involved, the Wellness Center has helped soldiers with posttraumatic brain disorders, severe brain injuries and back and knee injuries. "These men and women have expressed a desire to go beyond ordinary types of rehabilitation therapy and we are hoping to fill that void and demonstrate that there are many opportunities awaiting our wounded warriors," Katrina Shaklee, director of Sport Performance at the UCO Wellness Center said in an Oct. 31 press release. The Wellness Center served as a training facility for the 2008 Paralympic Games, which were held in Beijing, China, from Sept. 6 through Sept. 17. They sent 15 athletes, and came back with five medals; two golds and three silvers. The next Adventure Therapy session will be held Jan. 27 at the Wellness Center from i to 3 p.m..

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Let differences go and support our new president One phrase stuck out from a glance at various Facebook statuses on Tuesday morning: "History is being made." History was indeed made as the former Senator Barack Obama took the oath that made him the leader of the free world and gave him a new residence on Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four years. I identify with Obama as I am also an optimist and have high expectations for this nation. Obama made it clear that our country must once again reassert its leadership in the world and stop the bitter politicking that has only further divided our nation. "On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics," he said. "Starting today, we must pick ourselves 0, ourselves off and begin again the work of rernaking ./1;meri . ca:" And as Obama discussed in his speech, it is not only the responsibility of those in office to work to better our nation, It is up to each one of us to ensure that our democracy is being strengthened. There is a great feeling associated with having a leader in the White House that the majority of the nation is in strong support of. And with a troubled economy and two major conflicts

in both Iraq and Afghanistan, a leader who brings unity to the nation is essential. Let us not forget the value of our peaceful transition of power every four year, especially in a world filled with governments that undergo terrible struggles to change power. Former President George W. Bush's administration oversaw a time when America's image overseas was worsened and hatred for this country increased in parts of the world. My hope is that Obarna will work to repair that image and build a working relationship with other nations to collaborate on spreading the ideals of our democracy around the world. We now have a new president, and whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, or independent, it is time for us all to unite behind President Obama in order to better -America. tI fot4:Ottpriess and resentment in this 'nation needs to end, and my belief and exiie-c—ta—tion is'that Obama will work across the aisle with Republicans and independents to bring all sides of the table into governing this great nation. The time is coming for tough decisions to be made, and I will pray that President Obama will have the wisdom to make the right ones in each situation that comes to the Oval Office.

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Being American is not a part-time job The truest, real-life definition of the word "hypocrite" has recently revealed itself to me. Looking at dictionary.com, this definition is: "a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs." Yes, hypocrites have been around since before the English language had a word to describe them. American politics bring these people out of the woodwork. I couldn't tell you how many people have said things to me over the past like, "Bush is such an idiot," "I'm ashamed he's our president," and even, "It must not take much brain power to get elected president if he can make it." Sad, I know, but true. Now, as recent as last week, some of these same people tell me, "Even if you don't agree with his politics, Obama deserves your respect," "We all need to respect our president," and, yes, "Our new president is going to have it tough as it is, we need to stand together behind him." All of which, believe it or not, I happen to agree with. People admitted to being ashamed to be Americans. After Obama was elected, there were Facebook statuses

proclaiming things like "[Such and such] is finally proud of America again, for the first time in a long time." Interestingly enough, during the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day festivities earlier this week, I saw several people talking about how they felt this year was such an historic occasion that, even though they had never participated before, now was the time to get out and do some good. My big question is this: Why the change of tune? Why now should we respect the president? Why now is MLK Day so important? Now, don't get me wrong. I know this sounds like nothing more than sour grapes from a guy who's mad because his candidate didn't win, but really, I do hope Obama is successful. He is our president, and I'd be a hypocrite myself if I didn't respect him as such. Maybe Bush did some things you didn't agree with. He definitely did some things I didn't agree with. But he still deserves at least SOME respect as a former leader of our country. Our country and our president, former and sitting, deserve your respect, regardless of how good or bad things may seem at the moment.

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Moments in history: Remembering where we were and what we felt In about ten years, someone may ask you where you were the morning President Obama was inaugurated in Washington D.C. This depends on many things — the reverence of his speech, the legacy of his administration, the shape in which he leaves this country. I know I'll be able to say that I was at work in my newsroom on campus with a number of my friends and peers. When it really comes down to it, that question is one of the best conversation starters one can come up with. For the Baby Boomer generation, they were often asked, where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot? Our generation, a generation called "Generation Y" or "The Milennials," may have more newsworthy and nation-shaking

events to remember, as period class, when a days that will live on in friend who had just the minds and memowatched the verdict ries of millions. Perhaps told me. this is due to the onset of When Princess 24-hour news. Diana was killed in It's amazing how 1997, I was at my our memory can recall mother's house, celeBY STEPHANI TOBIN where we were, who we brating her 41st birthwere with, our reactions day. On Sept. ii, I was and the reactions of the also at my mother's people around us. It can be anecdotal and it house, having been roused from a deep can be heartbreaking. sleep to see exactly what was going on. I don't remember where I was when I remember the people I was with, the the Alfred P. Murrah federal building was time of day, how I found out (whether it be bombed in Oklahoma City, but I remember from the news or word of mouth); on Sept. the headlines the next morning. When O.J. 11, I even remember what I was wearing. Simpson wa§ acquitted of murder, I was These events ar.-e not only a part of in the seventh grade, walking to my first American history:: as they unfold they - 4 .

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become a part of our history, of what we tell our children and grandchildren, of what we carry with us when new pieces of history occur. For better or for worse, it is important to remember these events, so we can carry them onto the next generation. Though we will always have photographs and news footage, it doesn't replace having the history in the context of a memory, of a piece of our own personal history. So, perhaps in a number of years, you can ask your friends, where were you when Barack Obama was elected, when he made his speech at Chicago's Grant Park? Where were you when he was sworn in? History will tell us if this will , be the kind of historical moment that you strongly remember.


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Continued from Page 1 shown last week, was co-chaired by Oklahoma First Lady Kim Henry and former district attorney Wes Lane. It showcased a number of victims of crystal meth addiction, including young adults, incarcerated adults and family members who have lost loved ones to addiction. One young woman in the video started using crystal meth because her mother was doing it and she wanted the "mother-daughter togetherness," even if it meant using drugs. Another woman explained that women who used crystal meth were often considered "dope whores" who would perform sexual favors for money or drugs. "If you get shot, they don't care; they're just looking for more dope," said Gus, a young man and former addict in the documentary. "When you run out of dope, you don't have any friends." The documentary also showcased health care specialists, government and law enforcement officials who have seen the trauma that crystal meth use can bring to a community and region. Wes Fryer, the director of technology and education outreach at the Oklahoma Heritage Association and director at Oklahoma A+ Schools, organized the panel after the screening with UCO educators and police officers. "Crystal meth has an impact on many levels; family, the community through crime," Fryer said. "The message is that community response is needed, and not just from medical health professionals." Sunshine Cowan, UCO community health instructor and Healthy Life Skills coordinator, spoke at the panel and said it is rare to be addicted to crystal meth and be enrolled at a university. "We have to be adults present in our children's lives," Cowan said. "If we're going to have a healthy community, we have to make this our business." Detective Jeremy Biggs with the UCO Department of Public Safety said anyone who has questions or concerns about crystal meth use should not hesitate to call the police for information and answers. "[The police] can't look out for everybody all the time," Biggs said. "If you're old enough to realize what's going on around you, call and get those questions answered." "It is a state-wide issue," Dr. Debbie Traywick, panel member and associate professor of health and physical education, said. "It's urban, rural, public school, private school ... it's an issue we all face. We need to pay attention to what is around us."

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Gentlemen, are you pondering ideas on where to take your significant other for Valentine's Day? Searching for that date that will leave your girlfriend feeling as if she is dating the most romantic guy? Well, I suggest not taking her to go see the movie "My Bloody Valentine 3-D", which hit theaters last Friday. However, for anyone who enjoys movies that will make you jump and murder scenes that add a little extra gore, then "My Bloody Valentine" is the new movie you'll want to watch. Harmony, a small mining town, suffers the tragedy of a deadly explosion in the mines caused by an inexperienced worker, Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles). Unfortunately, the tragic number of people dying in Harmony is only beginning. The sole survivor from the explosion, Harry Warden, is left in a coma for exactly one year before he awakes and brutally murders a staff of nurses with a pickaxe on Valentine's Day. Warden also manages to slaughter a gang of teenagers looking for some fun before the police find Warden, shoot

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him and bury him alive. The small town does its best to put the horrific incident behind them and get on with their lives. However, io years later, a certain someone decides it's time to stir up terror again by picking up a pickaxe and beginning the gruesome slaughtering of more Harmony citizens. The more murders that occur in Harmony, the more the town's dark secrets begin to unravel. Although "My Bloody Valentine" isn't as cliche as other slasher films, you still have a those few girls who will always run farther away from an exit when being chased by the murdered and those few police who appear to never know how to call for back-up. With that said, the unexpected ending, which you learn to expect if you've seen a handful of slasher films, did have a nice little twist to it. The one thing that really sets the movie apart and makes it worth paying the $7.50 was the 3-D feature. I entered the movie theater as a skeptic and was pleasantly surprised when I watched guns actual appear to be pointing at me and bullets flying off the screen and into the crowd. I would recommend that anyone who can stomach large amounts of gore go see this movie, if only for the 3-D experience.

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The theatre was speckled with Yarmulkes last week as Jewish descendants and movie-watchers alike gathered to see a true story of survival during Nazi Germany on the big screen. "Defiance" is rendered from the story of the Bielski brothers. They aided the rescue of more than 1,000 Jews through forest-living during World War II. In 1941, from the Belarussian Forest, the brothers inadvertently began one of the greatest partisan groups of that time. Under the leadership of eldest Bielski, Tuvia, the group took in everyone they could. They formed a community and managed to find enough food and weapons to protect those who needed their help.

"Defiance" offers a view of how that cold must have felt. Many scenes were filmed under rain or snowfall (be it real or produced). There is illness, and at times, death before the bittersweet end. The newest "James Bond," Daniel Craig, as Tuvia, rides upon his literal white horse. His "they may take our lives but they'll never take our freedom" speeches induce tears on screen but not in audiences. Craig even makes a few attempts at non-verbal acting which just never seems to work. A subplot of brotherly turmoil between Tuvia and Zus Bielski (Liev Schreiber) is awkwardly forced into the film. Zus manages to always have a bottle of something clear and strong in his hands to pass around. He is written as jealous of his revered brother and guided by uber-masculine thoughts of murder and revenge against those who perpetuate atrocities.

The screenplay seems rushed and the Jewish accents are unstable. There are multiple occurrences in which serious moments are laughed at due to over acting or simply bad acting. Other times, attempts at humor scrape through to no avail. Director Edward Zwick did not have a Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick or Morgan Freeman as he did when directing "Glory." He did not have a Leonardo DiCaprio/Djimon Hounsou combination to carry the story in "Blood Diamond." He had Daniel Craig and Liev Schrieber. The struggles and survival of Jewish families during World War II is inspiring. What the Bielski brothers did in those forests is amazing. "Defiance" is neither. "Defiance" has an R rating for violence and language and runs 2 hrs and 17 minutes.

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The spicy chicken was spicy, but not overbearing, and since you choose the level of spice you want, you get what you ask for. The meal was very satisfying and came with jasmine rice. Green tea ice cream was the dessert of choice. Daviyion had leftovers and to make it even cooler, they will give you more rice to go with your leftovers at no additional cost. How's that for a hookup? Ryan ordered the yellow chicken curry dinner, which also came with jasmine rice. The yellow curry main course was something he has never had before. Actually, he had never had anything on this menu, as it was prepared, before, so, it was difficult to order. It is also difficult to tell you how good the curry was because he has nothing to compare it to. Here is what he does know: he had leftovers and they still tasted great the next day. The curry was delicious and when poured over the jasmine rice it tastes even better. Overall, Ryan gives Lemongrass a 4.5 out of 5 stars due to an excellent date atmosphere, great food and wonderful service (they kept the water coming and they need to with this spicy Thai food). He will go back to try more of their foods so he is more well-rounded in Thai eatery selections. Daviyion believes every great restaurant should take a page from the Lemongrass handbook on service and quality and stick it in their respective training manuals. Don't worry, we won't tell.

Re-inventing the sound of a band is usually a scary Well, it's a new year and we all have our thought, especially when new resolutions to stick to: Losing weight, said band has helped define hitting the gym and starting a low-carb a popular style of music. diet. If you have already broken yours, as Yet, Euro-dance-rock we have, we have the place for you to dine heavyweights, Bloc Party and feel healthy, at least for a single meal. have done just that. On the Lemongrass Modern Thai Cuisine, located band's third installment, on the corner of Santa Fe and 2 nd , is your "Intimacy," Bloc Party builds escape to new things. upon their dance-oriented The atmosphere of Lemongrass is very rock style with a blend of comfortable for a first date, but will suit electronica and club music. any occasion just fine. It is dimly lit and has After the success of the a very pleasant easy listening soundtrack, band's second album, "A ideal for lots of conversing. Those who want Weekend in the City," Bloc a change of pace from loud restaurants will Party took to the studio fall in love with Lemongrass. The prices for the follow up album. Photo Provided are reasonable and definitely won't set you "Intimacy" introduces the Bloc Party uses a mature electronica and indieback too much in this bear market. Our listener to a more mature rock sound on their third album, "Intimacy." selections for dinner were very modest. and aware Bloc Party, and To start things off we had appetizers picks up were its predecesof spring rolls and crab rangoon, both of sor left off. The new album offers more range to the band's capabilities, from their more which were amazing complements to the recognizable rock sound, to their newly perfected electriconica songs. respective meals we ordered. The album starts with the powerful track "Ares," which begins with a fast paced, aggresDaviyion ordered the spicy chicken with sive drumbeat and screeching sonic guitar rhythms, similar to that of older Bloc Party 2 stars or medium hot. For those who have songs. As the album plays, songs like "Your Visits Are Getting Shorter" and "Flux" display never been to a Thai restaurant, they rate electronic drum beats, synthesizers and vocal effects, which attribute the new direction of their food on a spicy scale and Lemongrass's the band. Meanwhile, songs like "Halo" and "One Mouth Off' have the dance-rock sound is, 1 to 3. One is mild and 3 requires a fire and meaningful lyric of lead singer Kele Okerere, which have helped make the band indietruck to put the flames out on your tongue. rock favorites. As similar as the songs on "Intimacy" may seem to previous Bloc Party songs, the changing style of the band is far too rel2009 — 2010 Student Activity Funds evant to ignore. Each song has elements of an evolving band in them — the use of electronic instruments, and scratchy guitar Applications for funding of university-wide programs or events through Student effects being the most evident. Although the style change on the new album is interesting, Activity Funds are now being accepted. Any campus department or organization it isn't completely convincing. Take the track "Mercury" for seeking funding for a new program or event is encouraged to submit a request example, which is one that is over done and repetitive. The to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Applications are available hook "My Mercury's in retrograde" loops throughout the entire by calling Janis Ferguson at 974-3515. song, accompanied by a horn section and club-style vocal effects. Still, the album, as a whole, is impressive and refreshing. The application deadline is February 2, 2009. Each member of the band is more refined at their playing. Each member of the band is more refined at their playing and has Examples of programs currently receiving Student Activity Funds include done welt incorpoza.ting synthesizers, xylophones and string Earth Day and Winter Glow. instruments into their music. Bloc Party has yet to disappoint with their previous albums and "Intimacy" continues to testify to the talent of the band. Funding requests for programs or events benefiting the entire student body are

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MLK Day parade honors civil rights Angela Morris

With the inauguration of the United States' first black president last Tuesday, the turn out for events one day earlier in downtown OKC honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., were the best in history. To kick off the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, tons of people met at 9:45 a.m. to participate in a silent march starting on 23' 1 St. and ending on Laird Ave. We march in remembrance and in the style of early civil rights movement marches, marchers said. After the march, celebrators could go to St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral and listen to a speech given by motivational speaker and author Victor N. Wood or listen to the "I Have a Dream" speech given by NAACP Youth Branch President Charles Shelton. Thousands of families then lined the street in the downtown area to watch the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade. The Rev. Richard Laskey, a man who has ridden horses in the parade with the East

Side Round-Up Club for twenty years, said, "With how Obama is making history, riding in the parade this year makes me feel better than any other parade I've ridden in." Children held American flags as high school marching bands played, sorority and fraternity groups performed stomp routines, and different military branches marched. The different sets of wheels that rolled through the parade, varying from a collection of old classic American cars to motorcycle gangs to a band of over twenty different customized Bentleys, caused a large cheer from the adults in the crowd. But, the group marching in the parade that received the most cheers was the Democratic Party supporters. Small Obama chants broke out from crowd members as marchers held Obama/Biden signs and a life-size picture of Obama. Various churches, organizations and large companies, such as Oklahoma Natural Gas, showed their support for Martin Luther King Jr. Day as they walked or drove through with cars and floats. "Overall, the parade was just fantastic this year," said parade veteran Loreta Langston.

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Bronchos push Grizzles to tie

Dustin Finn's third-period fall in the final match capped a late rally that enabled No. 5-ranked Central Oklahoma to escape with a 20-20 tie against Adams State Saturday afternoon at Hamilton. The Grizzlies jumped out to an 11-0 lead after the first three matches and led 14-3 midway through the dual before UCO got back-to-back bonus wins from Mikey Morgan and Tommy McCarty to tie it. ASC won decisions at the next two weights to surge in front 20-14, but Finn arranged the tie with his 12th pin of the season. The top-ranked junior heavyweight broke a scoreless tie with Jeff Schossow in the second period with a two-point near-fall and then turned Schossow early in the final stanza to get the fall at 5:24. "We were fortunate to come out with a tie, but we also lost a couple of matches we shouldn't have," UCO coach David James said. "Bonus points are huge in duals like this." The Grizzlies broke on top at 125 pounds where Arsenia Barksdale built a 10-1 lead through two periods before holding on for a 10-6 triumph over Tim Elliott, with ASC getting another decision at 133 and a technical fall at 141 from Raymond Dunning, making it 11-0. Luke Elmore gave UCO its first win with a clutch 8-1 upset of Joey Deaguero at 149, using a takedown and threepoint near-fall in the first period. ASC came back to get a 2-0 win at 157 from Noomis Jones over Kelly Henderson to make it 14-3 before intermission, during which UCO recognized its 1979 NAIA national championship team. The Bronchos came back strong after the break, getting a first-period fall at 165 from Morgan — his 12th win in 13 outings — and a 16-0 technical fall from McCarty at 174. Morgan needed just 1:22 to score his seventh fall of the season, while McCarty had five near-falls and took just 3:04 to end his match early. Tied at 14-all, ASC got a 4-1 win at 184 and a 3-2 victory at 197 on a takedown with 18 seconds remaining to grab the 20-14 lead and set the stage for Finn's dramatics. UCO, now 9-3-1 on the year, returns to action today when it hosts Fort Hays State at 7 p.m.

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Central Oklahoma finishes 5th at National Duals CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Tim Elliott, had a 4-o tournament performance, while Mikey Morgan and Tommy McCarty finished McCarty finished 5-0. The Bronchos also got wins from 141 off perfect weekends to lead No. 5-ranked Central Oklahoma to a 24-15 triumph over Colby Robinson, 149 Luke Elmore and sixth-rated Western State Jan. 11 in the heavyweight Cameron Gladd. "It was a good win for us," said UCO coach fifth-place match of the NWCA/Cliff Keen David James. "We're not where we need to Division II National Duals. Elliott, seeing his first action of the year at be yet, but we can take a lot of positives out 125 pounds, had a 5-o weekend that saw him of this weekend and build on it." post five bonus-point wins. Morgan, at 165,

Senior veteran Mallory Markus, 21, is a great contributor for the UCO women's basketball team. With great determination and love for the sport, she strives to benefit the team. Growing up in Kingfisher, Okla., Markus had a passion for basketball at an early age. "I've pretty much been playing since I was seven," she said. In high school, she proved to be a valuable player for the Kingfisher Yellowjackets, earning AllState honors. Throughout her college basketball career, she has foregone a memorable transition from season to season, ever improving her personal stats and those of the team as well. This year, she plays her heart out with the confidence gained from MARKUS her success of last season. Also, in her final year at UCO, she gives her all and wants to leave with a championship. After last week's win against Texas A8LIVI Commerce, Markus is determined to help lead the team through Conference undefeated. "As a senior, I have to play hard," she said, "and make sure I do everything I can to help my team win the North outright." Markus expressed her appreciation for head coach Guy Hardaker and assistant Bill Shaw. "They are great coaches and mentors," she said. "Their expectations of us are high, but they are great motivators. They have become like father figures and are always there when we need them." Markus is a finance major graduating in May. With a grade point average of 3.86, Markus is on the UCO Dean's Honor Roll. "Basketball is not really in my future," she said. "After graduating, I plan to get married and find a good job. Possibly start a family."

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