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Winter storm puts istilb UCO lots on ice Ryan Croft Senior Reporter
An unidentified person snowboards on the UCO campus during the snowstorm last week.
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UCO students and faculty braved icy parking lots and sidewalks Thursday after returning to school from a two-anda-half day ice storm break. "The driving conditions were really bad for me," Sophomore Racey Ballard said. "[I was] sliding on ice." Freshman Tyler Butler had morning and afternoon classes on Thursday. "At lo o'clock in the morning I thought it was a little slippery," she said. "But I
thought it was bearable." Butler also said she saw other people "slipping and sliding around" on campus. "I heard that the [Liberal Arts] parking lot wasn't ... cleared off," Butler said. Mike Sokoff, UCO's director of transportation and parking, said UCO does not clear parking lots unless the weather is severe enough to keep them unsafe many days at a time. "If it was going to be something
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With a new semester under way, the three branches of UCOSA have plans and aspirations for UCO's student body. Daniel Stockton, the president pro tempore of UCOSA Senate, said this semester there are a number of key items on their agenda students can look forward to. One major item is the Healthy Campus Initative, which will design, implement and evaulate policies to help make UCO a healthier place to study and work, according to the UCO website. On the UCOSA meeting Monday, Stockton informed members to get to work on the initiative and create legislation to make the idea into law. "This will be a heavily debated topic," he said, "and I imagine we'll see some big hitters come to bat for both sides." Stockton also wants to provide more organization for the various groups and organizations on campus, and implement new steps in the process. The steps will help UCOSA streamline the application process for new campus organizations, decreasing paperwork and setting criteria for stagnant and non-active student groups. Stockton hopes that removing stagnant organizations will help combat the decrease in funding they may see as a result. "All of these things will hopefully lead to less stress on both sides of
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UCO once had a reputation as a school that catered to commuter students, said Nathan Box, Commuter Student Services Coordinator. Continued on TheVistaOnline.com THE FALL OF THE COMMON RESUME You've heard it a thousand times, but resumes are no longer just pieces of paper. In fact, many companies in the Oklahoma City area are choosing to completely bypass the resume in their initial recruiting. Continued on TheVistaOnline.com AT 83, WOMAN ASPIRES TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL Prospective UCO student Jeanne Olivier was barely 30 when she marched in Alabama with Martin Luther King, Jr. "A guy threw a green apple and hit me in the head," says Olivier. "It hurt like the devil!" Continued on TheVistaOnline.com RUGBY CLAIMS LARGE VICTORY OVER TULSA The UCO Rugby Club beat Tulsa, 26-o Saturday to claim its first win of the spring and its inaugural victory in the Heart of America Rugby Football Union. Homestanding UCO held off several Tulsa scoring threats in the first half and then exploded for 26 unanswered points after intermission. Continued on TheVistaOnline.com Go online!
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A malicious computer worm, affecting millions of computers worldwide, uses the college student's best friend to spread itself: a flash drive. Experts estimate that up to 15 million computers are infected with the worm, known sometimes as Downandup, Conficker or Kido. The worm primarily affects computers running Windows XP and Windows 2000, but has recently hit computers running Windows Vista and Windows 7 Beta. First discovered last November, the worm evolved in late December and has since exploded into an "epidemic," Panda Security Technical Director Luis Corrons said. "This is no doubt an epidemic and the worst may
still be to come, as the worm could begin to download more, malware onto computers or to spread through other channels," Corrons said. Symantec, publisher of the Norton AntiVirus software line, said on its website that "[t]he worm tries to take advantage of a problem with Windows (a vulnerability)... to quietly install itself. The worm also tries to spread by copying itself into shared folders on networks and by infecting USB devices such as memory sticks." Through shared folders on networks, USB devices and the Internet, Conficker continues to grow at an alarming rate. In another twist, the worm "guesses" passwords and uses vulnerable weak passwords to gain more access. Passwords such as "password," "admin" or "123456" are quickly guessed. Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, vice president for information technology at UCO, gave several tips to keep students, faculty and staff safe on their personal computers and
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Former student's vision becomes reality Chase Dearinger StaffIVriter
Anyone who has walked through the Lillard Administration building in the last year and a half has noticed one thing: the new foyer. Nestled amongst traditional, collegiate design, stainless steel, Berber car- pet and fluorescent lighting is space that at once grabs your attention and invites you to „ come in and have a seat. This is the Leadership Lounge. The lounge, with its rich, wooden finishes and leather furniture, is as inviting and lofty as a space can be. The accessories, from smartly placed lamps and globes to : the books on the shelves, give one the feel that they could either be waiting for Thomas -• Jefferson in the front room at Monticello or Roger Webb in the foyer of the administration building. ▪ For one UCO graduate, the Leadership Lounge carries a special significance. Her name is Elspeth Brown. Brown, who graduated from UCO in 2007, designed the space. The lounge was • her first major project after graduating with a degree in Interior Design and part of her job as Project Coordinator I in Architectural and Engineering Services, where she works • with architects on design in both new con' structions and renovations on campus. "We wanted to create a space that was descriptive of how important leadership is," Brown said. "Leadership has always been required, so we wanted something without the boundaries of time." The goal was to create an elevated feel and provide a space for students to congre-
gate and study. The renovation of the foyer of the Lillard Administration Building was a complete redefinition of the space, Brown said. Flooring, wall finishes, ceiling, lighting, windows, furniture and accessories were all areas that underwent renovation. Design and construction went on in the spring and summer of 2007. Little did Brown know that her first major project would win awards. After completion of the foyer, she entered the project into the Association of University Interior Designersis (AVID) annual competition. The Leadership Lounge won third place for a renovation of $50,000-$100,000. Brown never had the competition in mind when the renovation was in process. "The competition was not something I thought about entering until the project was complete," Brown said. Leadership simply asked her to transform the space, and she did her job. The goal was to create a space for Leadership Central, a group that initiates leadership on campus through coursework and other activities. Brown received the award at the AVID National Conference in October 2008 at Ohio State University. Interior design has been an interest of Brown's since she came to UCO. "Interior design is just an interest that I picked up," Brown said. "I was interested in designing interiors and the artistic side of that." She began with a double major in interior design and piano performance but ultimately chose interior design. "I felt like interior design could become
The Leadership Lounge in the Lillard Administration Building is displayed. Elspeth Brown, Project Coordinator I in Architectural and Engineering Services, designed the award-winning area. The lounge won third place in the Association of University Interior Designers' annual competition.
a career," Brown said. "The piano was more of a hobby, and I didn't feel like I could dedicate the necessary time to it." Brown said she was drawn to interior design because of how you can relate to other people through it. "Seeing how a space can affect people is really amazing," Brown said. "One of the aspects of interior design I enjoy most is the ability to create environments in which people can thrive. If you change an area, people respond differently."
Now that the Leadership Lounge is behind her, Elspeth is looking forward to new projects. Currently, she is working with architects to design the interior spaces in the new Forensic Science Center and the Center for Transformative Learning, both of which are under construction. If you still haven't seen the Leadership Lounge in the Lillard Administration Building, stop by and take a look. You might end up staying longer than planned.
No longer "ok," UCO's domain name changed Ryan Croft Senior Reporter
One of the most wide-reaching changes to UCO in recent months is the dropping of the letter "k" from its Internet and e-mail addresses. One anonymous UCO student shared his beliefs on why the name change came about. "The company that used to have [the "uco.edu " address] [UCO] bought the Web site name from that company," lie said. The student also said he believes both the e-mail and Internet addresses were changed because it would be easier for both to match. He is almost correct. Stephanie Edwards, director of Internet strategy for UCO's Information Technology department, said the domain-name switch was a matter of simple practicality. "'Uco.edu became available," she said. "It was time to get it and it was the right thing to do for the university." Edwards said `.edu' domains, unlike other
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domain extensions such as .com and .org, are regulated and relegated by one entity. They cannot simply be bought or created like normal Web sites. "It's not just a free-for-all for anyone to register,". Edwards said. EDUCAUSE is the company responsible for the `.edu' regulation. According to the EDUCAUSE Web site, "requests for new names in the domain are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis for eligible institutions."
The site also noted that schools using the `.edu' domain must use the EDUCAUSE site to manage their domains and route all of their domain contact information. The EDUCAUSE site also emphasized the importance of an applicant's eligibility based on its list of "eligible institutions." According to the EDUCAUSE site, the Department of Commerce first awarded EDUCAUSE a five-year agreement on Oct. 29, 2001 to manage all `.edu' domains. The agreement was extended another five years on Feb. 2, 2006. Edwards also explained why both the Internet and e-mail addresses were changed. "The e-mail address is based off the domain name," she said. "So, if the Web site address exists at `uco.edu' ... any e-mail addresses [must match that domain]." The domain change was part one of a three-part process that also included an updated look for the "top level" UCO Web pages along with full-time UCO faculty and staff upgrading to a Microsoft Outlook-run e-mail system, according to an informational handout from UCO's Information Technology department. All three changes were finalized on Jan. 2, 2009.
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What's in a number? Can it hold any significance? The answer is a resounding yes if you happened to have lost millions thanks to Bernie Madoff or have several credit cards, all maxed out and behind schedule for payment. Yes, if you happen to be the 44th president, and the first presidential ethnic change in the White House in, well, forever. Who can forget the news about former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich when he tried to sell off President Obama's Senate seat? He will be the first impeachment of the year, though hardly the first corrupt politician. But how about number 52? Does this mean anything to anyo oe? It should for many reasons. On Monday, Feb. 2, the 52nd Oklahoma legislative session con vened, marking its own place in state history. For the first time in Oklahoma, the Republican Party controls both the State House and Senke. Celebration of this victory
will be short lasted, as the legislature has a bumpy road to lead the state through. You may be asking, how this might affect you, or students at UCO? With considerable budget shortfalls facing the state, lawmakers will address possibilities of raising tuition rates. Concealand-carry bills are also making a noticeable return that could alter campus security policies. These issues, plus more, await state politicians. Over the course of the legislative session, Vista readers can expect to read news and information on key legislation that can impact this university and state. There may be new firsts for our nation and our state this year. Hopefully for many, 2009 will be a year of firsts for Bronchos becoming engaged with their local and state government during this historic 52nd legislative session.
Joseph Lopez is a UCO graduate and works for the Journal Record Legislative Report. He will report on legislation relevant to tuition and general educatiol issues.
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the ball when it comes to paperwork and efficiency," he said. He also anticipates the re-introduction of legislature to potentially allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, if they have a license to do so. The resolution would be part of Oklahoma House Bill 1086, formerly House Bill 2513, which was introduced by State Representative Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, in response to shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007. UCOSA President John Bobb-Semple said along with plans to streamline student organizations, he wants UCO to become involved with the Edmond mayoral race. He said students who live within three miles of campus can affect the election, due to low Edmond voter turnout in previous years. "We want to make sure these candidates care about what UCO students care about," BobbSemple said. Bobb-Semple said UCOSA will be working with the Junior City Council and the UCommute office at UCO to bring the Edmond candidates to campus and discuss issues and concerns toward UCO students. UCOSA will also work with Pi Sigma Alpha to organize an Easter egg hunt for local children and children of UCO students, Bobb-Semple said. David Harrison, UCOSA supreme court chief justice, said one of his goals for the semester is to help create new Supreme Court justice appointments. Harrison said although there may be a lack of interest in students seeking justice positions, he hopes that there are three students on campus who would be interested in the position and interested in having a strong role on campus.
computers at UCO. "The most important thing is for people to use common sense," Rolfe said. "Never give out your password, and never open something from a Web site or an e-mail from someone you don't trust." The Conficker worm has been silently creating a "botnet," the purpose of which is still unclear. The network has yet to be activated, but many believe such a sophisticated worm is unlikely to be just for intellectual pursuit or simple vandalism. The New York Times reports that researchers expect "within the next few weeks, the bot-herder who controls the programs will send out commands to force the botnet to perform some as yet unknown illegal activity." Rolfe suggested keeping your computer updated with Windows Update, running and updating an anti-virus software program and creating strong, un-guessable passwords to help keep your computer safe. Rolfe wants to remind students that UCO's contract with Symantec AntiVirus allows students to install the software for free. In addition to keeping student's personal computers malware-free, UCO has three levels of virus protection to keep computers on campus safe. Data coming into the network are tested for maiware software, as well as tests at the server. While it's unreasonable to ask people to not use their flash drives, experts recommend turning off the "autorun" features and opening flash drives manually. The worm can use the autorun feature to automatically patch the malicious software to important Windows processes. Running Windows Update and the Windows Malicious Software Tool, both available from Microsoft's website, will generally remove the worm once the computer has been infected.
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Continued from Page 1 many days at a time. things cleared off ... hindsight is 20-20," "If it was going to be something that Fields said. "I suspect maybe they wish would keep the school closed just because they had." people can't park in the parking lot, we Fields then said she thought maybe UCO would do it without question," Sokoff did not have an adequate plan to deal with explained. Monday's sudden ice storm. Sokoff explained the university's policy "Honestly, we didn't know how bad it for deciding whether or not to spend the was going to be," Sokoff said. money clearing the parking lot. Dr. J. Brad Morelli, senior legal counsel If the cost of clearing the parking lots to UCO, said an on-campus accident on the outweighs the cost the university would ice would not necessarily be the university's lose by staying closed, or if the university legal fault. does not feel the lots warrant the school "One of the things you've got to look at ... closing, the lots are not cleaned. is all of the circumstances," Morelli said. If UCO determines the lots need clearing, Morelli used an example of a student the university hires a third-party company driving too fast through a parking lot on to the tune of $7,000-$10,000 to clean all the ice. the lots within the 200-acre campus. "That negligence might outweigh any "It's not a lack of concern for the safety negligence that a landlord or property of the UCO community at all," Sokoff said. owner would have in how they did or didn't "It's just a practical clean the property," matter." "It's not a lack of concern Morelli said. "As far as UCO's Physical a liability goes, you just Plant is responsible for the safety of the UCO have to take them on a for clearing the side- community at all ... It's just case-by-case basis." walks and entrances a practical matter." Morelli also differto the buildings on entiated property damcampus. age from an injury a "Obviously, I person might suffer as think everyone -- Mike Sokoff a result of slipping on on this campus the ice. would've liked to "If anybody's injured have seen the sideon campus, we have walks ... taken care of," Assistant Director insurance that covers liability," Morelli of Disability Support Services Kimberly said. Fields said. "I don't know why that didn't Morelli said the Office of State Risk OMIT." Management makes the determination of Physical Plant personnel declined to fault for a personal-injury accident. comment. "[UCO] doesn't have any part of deterFields said while she thought the inclem- mining ... whether we're liable," Morelli ent weather could have been exceptionally said. hard for students with certain disabilities, The UCO Department of Public Safety she also believed teachers and professors reported no injuries from the hazardous would make allowances for those students. weather conditions last week. "I could see how [the ice] would be "[Oklahomans] freak out on ice," Fields a problem for people with disabilities," said. "I don't think it was a poor reaction Butler said. "But I think a lot of teachers [from UCO], per se ... we can't prepare for were making exceptions for students that everything." didn't get to make it to class ... I think that kind of made up for it." For more stories, visit Fields said she does not believe the campus was neglected because of simple www.thevistaonline.com negligence on anyone's part. "For whatever reason we didn'i. get
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The third-ranked Bronchos stomped Cameron University in a 90-75 win this past Saturday. The Bronchos are now 18-2 overall this season, and they are now 5-o in division play. Cameron took an early lead when an early foul out of the gate allowed Cameron player Dave Smith to shoot and make two free throws. The Broncho's first points of the night were from Michael Sosanya and his two-point jumper shot io seconds into the game. The Bronchos finally took the lead with 9:27 left in the first half, courtesy of a 3-pointer from David Thomas. That shot put the Bronchos up 24-23, giving UCO some momentum. The Bronchos were up by nine at the 2:3o mark and coasted until the end of the half. With 27 seconds left before halftime, Keith Marks took two free throw shots, making both, which sent the Bronchos into halftime with a 40-29 lead. In the second half, the Bronchos started slow in scoring, but picked it up for the rest of the period. The Aggies started off the second half with two made free throws by Kallan Glasgow. They followed it up with a 3-pointer by Dave Smith. The Bronchos snatched three turnovers in 29 seconds and widened the gap to 14 with 18:20 to go. The Bronchos never let up from that point, and their success was well represented by the success of Victor Driver. Driver dropped two 3-point shots within 3o seconds and followed that with an assist to Lance Harper, in Photo Services which the Bronchos took a 10 point lead. Driver gave the Bronchos a 15 point lead with another 3-point shot with David Thomas drives in against Aggie defenders on just over 10 minutes left in the game. The freshman guard Saturday, Jan. 31 at Hamilton Fieldhouse. had a big game for the Bronchos, scoring 17 of his 18 points rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal in his 21 minin the second half. Some major contributors for UCO other than Driver utes. This was UCO's 8th straight win. The Bronchos play were Lance Harper, David Thomas and Michael Sosanya. Wednesday, again in Edmond, when they host Northeastern Sosanya racked up ii points and seven rebounds in a State at 8 p.m. solid performance. David Thomas had 13 points with two
OMAHA, Neb. -- Topranked Nebraska-Omaha showcased all its considerable firepower here Friday night, overwhelming No. 5 Central Oklahoma 43-3. The Bronchos won just one match in losing their third straight dual, with the unbeaten Mavericks breaking the dual open early with three bonus-point wins in a four-match stretch and then finishing it with three consecutive falls. It was the largest margin of victory for either team in the 25-dual series that UNO now leads 13-12. UCO returns to action next Saturday at the Missouri Valley Open. "UNO just took it to us and that's totally unacceptable," head coach David James said. "We lost a couple of close ones and at some other weights they were just too much. We're going to take a long look at some things and try to get going in the right direction." Fourth-ranked Tim Elliott had the lone win
for the Bronchos with a dominating 10-4 win over Matt Rein in the opening match at 125 pounds. The senior standout had four takedowns and nearly four minutes riding time in pick- r ing up his 30th win of the season. The Mavericks won all three weights where both teams featured ranked individuals. Finn almost scored two takedowns in the opening minute and was near another one when Lewis tripped him and got the stunning fall at the 1:30 mark. No. 3 Colby Robinson also dropped a 6-3 decision to fourth-ranked Mario Morgan at 141 and No. 5 Tommy McCarty fell to topranked Ross Taplin 4-2 at 174. McCarty, who knocked off No. 2 Marty Usman of Nebraska-Kearney Thursday night, gave up an escape and penalty point early in the third period to fall behind 4-2 and couldn't come up with a tying takedown in the final minute.
MO defense stops Cameron Aggies Chris Wescott Spode II
The Lady Bronchos got a huge boost from their defense this past Saturday afternoon. They hosted the Cameron University Aggies at Hamilton Field House. The Bronchos ended that contest with a big 74-50 win over Cameron. The Bronchos are now 15-3 overall, with a spotless 5-0 Lone Star North divisional record. Cameron dropped to 5-14 overall, and 0-6 in the Lone Star Conference North. The Bronchos were not very effective in shooting the ball, especially beyond the
three point line, shooting only 19.4 percent. However, the defense was the story of this game. The Lady Bronchos got 24 steals and set a new school record. The Bronchos also held Cameron to only 38 percent from the field. A leading player for UCO was Ashley Beckley, who once again led the team in scoring with 16 points. She also added in four rebounds, two blocks and one steal to the mix. Cristina Yarbrough continues to be a powerful player for the Bronchos with 13 points, one rebound, four assists and two steals. Mallory Markus had ii points and four steals Lizzie Brenner was all over the floor and had a team high seven steals, followed by Krista Beaty with five.
The Bronchos opened up the scoring with a 3-point shot from Mallory Markus. Both teams went back and forth until the Bronchos hit their stride. The game was tied 5-5 when Cristina Yarbrough hit a 3-pointer. Lizzie Brenner sunk a layup in the paint with 15:08 left in the half. Cameron picked up four points off of two layups. Mallory Markus hit a 3-pointer off an assist from Yarbrough. Ashley Beckley followed that up with a layup in the paint. Thirty seconds later, she hit another one. The Bronchos built up a io point lead at the 11:29 mark. The Bronchos did not slow down their offensive attack in the first half, and closed it out with a 35-21 lead. In the second half, the Bronchos start-
ed off fast with a quick steal by Mallory Markus, and another steal by Lizzie Brenner. After several missed shots off the turnovers, Mallory Markus made both of her free throw shots, and followed that up with an arcing three pointer. After an Ashley Beckley layup, the Bronchos took a 20 point lead with 15:06 to go. With the Aggies trying to get back into the game, the Bronchos put it on their defense's back. The Lady Bronchos kept getting steal after steal and kept pressuring the Aggies. UCO coasted from there and walked out with the 74-50 win. The lady Bronchos played Texas Woman's University yesterday. They return to host Northeastern State this Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Rugby claims large victory against Tulsa
UCO wrestling hits the mat against Kearney
The UCO Rugby Club beat Tulsa, 26-0, Saturday to claim its first win of the spring and its inaugural victory in the Heart of America Rugby Football Union. Homestanding UCO held off several Tulsa scoring threats in the first half and then exploded for 26-unanswered points after intermission. Jake Cole scored 16 of the points to earn Man of the Match honors for UCO. Also nominated for Man of the Match were Sam Skidmore for his momentum and Go online! match changing solo try effort and Nick Sprague for his try, hard running style, and bone-jarring tackles on the TU players. The Tulsa University Rugby Club is UCO's lone in-state Collegiate Division II rival. TU draws a wealth of talent and experience from several high school rugby programs in Tulsa that feed into the university system. But UCO demonstrated its best defensive effort to date with bone-crunching tackles from the backline led by Nick Sprague, Alek Ryan, and Tyler McNamara, coaches said. Improved scrummaging, tackling, and nicking by the forward pack led to the shutout. The playing conditions were anything but perfect in Mitch Park, with an unruly and constant wind blowing from the southwest. Gusts reached more than 40 mph.
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Tommy McCarty had a big win in a showdown at 174 pounds, but No. 5-ranked Central Oklahoma lost four bonus-point matches and dropped a 24-17 decision to No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney here Thursday night. The fifth-ranked McCarty knocked off No. 2 Marty Usman 2-1 as one of UCO's four winners, with the Lopers using a threematch winning streak midway Go online! through the dual to take the lead and then getting backto-back major decisions near the end to clinch it. Top-rated Dustin Finn had a fall at heavyweight for the Bronchos, who also got major decisions from 125 Tim Elliott and 141 Colby Robinson. UCO, which fell to 9-5-1 with the loss, goes on to Omaha Friday night to take on No.1 Nebraska-Omaha in a 7 p.m. bout. "We didn't compete in a few matches that I thought going in were toss-ups and that was disappointing," UCO coach David James said. "Tommy picked up a good win and our other three guys did a good job of getting bonus for us. We'll have an even bigger challenge tomorrow and better be ready to go."
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