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'IF YOU. STARVE SOMETHING, IT WILL DIE' Ex-porn addict Michael Leahy discusses his redemption by Jordan Richison Staff Writer

About 700 students gathered inside the Nigh University ballrooms on Monday to hear former sexaddict Michael Leahy's "Porn Nation: The Naked Truth," presentation about the sexual culture facing the world today. The 90-minute presentation opened up with a video of various people on the street giving their opinion about pornography and its use in today's society. Following the video, Leahy thanked everyone who was in attendance. He opened the presentation out by giving different statistics about porn. Leahy said the pornography industry earns about $57 billion worldwide and $12 billion comes from the United States. According to him, the porn industry makes more money than Major League Baseball, NFL, and NBA combined. Leahy also said the U.S. is the largest consumer, producer, and exporter of porn in the world. In the U.S., there are more adult bookstores than there are McDonald franchise, he said. The presentation had done two parts; the first was about the mind and the body; the

by Vista photographer Chris Albers

Michael Leahy asks the audience, "How many of you think you can recognize porn", during his presentation "Porn Nation: The Naked Truth", Monday night at the Nigh University Center Ballroom. second depicted- the—impact-- glOwed a video showing veil — 'featured variety of realous clips from your standard ity shows, movies, television on the soul. The first part focused on everyday cable titled "One shows, and music videos the impact sexual culture Nation Under Porn." showing some sort of sexuhas on today's media. Leahy The clips in the film al content. It also showed a

Playboy cover with Marylyn Monroe in 1950 looking the same as a 2005 Rolling Stone cover with Britney Spears. Leahy said today's cul-

tural is so consumed with pornography they can't tell the difference because it is the norm. "What was once thought of as porn, is now the cultural norm," Leahy says. Throughout the presentation, Leahy spoke about his own sexual addiction. He was first exposed to porn at the age of 11. He said as he was growing up pornography became his mood-altering drug. "People feel a lack of intimacy, and porn is a quick fix to help feel the void that they have," Leahy said. Another video Leahy showed was called "Birth of a Sex Syndrome." This video had interviews with former sex addicts, playmates, prostitutes, and experts talking about why sex is so addicting. One of the people who were interviewed was a girl named Liz. She said she wanted acceptance and sex was the way she could get it. She said at one point she was having sex so often, it became game to her. The video also talked about how the world tries to give people making them think they need to throw their body out to get love and acceptance. It also

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WISH Week 2008 stresses volunteerism UCO recognized

for local service

by Nelson Solomon Staff Writer

UCO international students are dedicating themselves to community service as part of WISH Week 2008. WISH Week is a series of community service events held on or near campus to encourage UCO students to participate and engage in volunteerism year-round. "Our goal is to encourage students to be aware of volunteer opportunities and to help the Edmond community," said Mio Goto, treasurer of the WISH organization. On Monday and Tuesday, WISH accepted donations for an African orphanage in the Nigh University Center Food Court. On Wednesday, members promoted recycling on campus, and today they will collect donations for Habitat for Humanity in the Nigh University Center Food Court from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The group is set to help Habitat again on Saturday by building houses from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Sunday the students will visit a local nursing home to play Bingo with the residents, Goto said. WISH, which stands for Worldwide International

Mon. through Thurs. at 5 p.m.

by Nelson Solomon Staff Writer

by Vista photographer Brenda O'Brian

Members of WISH teach children about recycling as a part of WISH Week 2008 on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Child Development Center in the Human Environmental Sciences building.

Student Help, was added as an official UCOSA organization at this week's Senate meeting. Dr. Dennis Dunham, director of the Office of International Services and sponsor for WISH, said the idea came from the Japanese students themselves. "They wanted to help and later decided this was something they wanted to continue doing so therefore we worked together to create a student organization. We are very

proud of what they are doing and they are high standards for dedicated community service," he said. Goto said the group has already organized efforts to help people throughout the country. "We've already been to New Orleans and to Springfield, Missouri to help rebuild homes with Habitat," Goto said. It is a student organization focused on bringing UCO students from all nationalities

together to those in need and increase student awareness of volunteer opportunities, according to a news release from University Relations. Their purpose is to create volunteer opportunities that advance the goals of UCO through advocacy and leadership, according to Senate Resolution 08-207, passed on Monday. Organizers said other community service opportunities might be added to the week.

"Pessimism, whenyou get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism." -Arnold Bennett

UCO has received the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognition, according to a press release from University Relations. The award recognizes colleges and universities with innovative and effective community service and servicelearning programs. UCO is the largest university in the state of Oklahoma to receive the distinction, according to Dr. Kathryn Gage, Vice President for Student Affairs. "It's a testament to how committed this student body and these faculty and staff members are to community service," she said. UCO's Volunteer and Service Learning Center applied for the award, noting UCO's numerous student service projects and events offered to Edmond and the metropolitan area, along with service-learning courses that make service part of the class work. "Of course we made application for the award, but I

don't think it was an accident, I think it was intentional," Gage said. "The university has recently undergone a new planning envisioning process and some of the new emphases of the university have been identified. And service to the community is one of those things," Gage said. UCO has partnerships with dozens of area agencies that utilize the creativity and caring of our students to provide service on a variety of issues facing our society, Gage said in the release. Gage said: "There's been a process over the past year and a half to two years to build up the university's service efforts and the ways in which UCO makes a contribution to Edmond, Oklahoma City and other metropolitan area communities." Over the past year, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center was opened as a part of this effort, Gage said. Gage said there had been a volunteer center prior to this, but this "is a larger enterprise

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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"What is your most prized possession?"

Rappin' about hip-hop Hip hop is a street art form that was never to replace traditional music and culture. Hip hop used to support the community now it exploits it. Hip hop used to be a culture now it is an industry, and rappers are just one of many products they market to a sick twisted degenerate world.

"My laptop. I get a lot of use from it."

Jill Gokey Theater Arts, Senior

"My health. You can't live properly without good health."

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Football hit with probation Why does the athletic director still have his job? According to the NCAA report, he was made aware of several impermissable activities, and was even a witness to at least one. He was told by the NCAA to keep information confidential, yet he told Coach Langston about the investigation and what players were to be interviewed. The department didn't even have a part-time compliance person until 2004. Who are we, West Texas A&M? At least they know how to cheat without getting caught or being so blatant about their disregard for the rules. Broncho Bill

THE VISTA Kyle Bradley Business, Junior

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Heather Glenn Psychology, Junior

"My education because it's too expensive to let it go to waste."

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'Semi-Pro' is one film you can take or leave by Jordan Richison Staff Writer

Will Ferrell jumps back to the big screen with his 1970s themed comedy. Semi-Pro mocking the now defunct American Basketball Association. Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, owner, coach and player of the Flint Tropics, an American Basketball Association team in 1970s that is about to be either disbanded or absorbed into the National Basketball Association. He doesn't really know any basketball strategies and he really doesn't care if his team is actually winning. His forte is promotion, hence the team dresses up as seahorses and flamingos for half-time shows choreographed by Moon, the one-hit disco wonder who inflicts that one-hit, "Love Sexy," during the pre-game show on the few fans who turn out. Desperate to save the franchise, he trades the team's washing machine for Monix (Woody Harrelson, White Men Can't Jump) a former NBA player with a trick knee and a love for Lynn

(Maura Tierney) the girl he left behind in Flint. He also brings out the worst in the team's only competent player (Andre Benjamin aka Andre 3000 of Outkast), a player with a proud mother and a penchant for changing his name. Some of Ferrell's antics work and some don't work. One of the antics that works is a scene with Ferrell dueling Dewey the killer bear in a desperate attempt to draw crowds. This storyline would have random humorous moments during the second half of the film. Another great scene involves a poker game with acl-tith' that isn sgppRsed , to ,There is also an be\ extended crotch shot of him ij 0:6.,Weny tiny.. basketball sh I tt.s; I'm still getting over it. A-lthough this is clearly Ferrell's movie and he will be the main draw, he's continuing the tradition of his previous films by filling the cast with really funny supporting actors. Among them is Will Arnett who is appearing in his second

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Michael Leahy speaks to students about his 25-year porn addiction Monday night in Nigh Ballrooms.

LEAHY from page 1 talked about how different shows and music videos on E!, MTV and VH1 gave the image to people on how they should look a certain way to be accepted in society. Psychologist Mark Crawford said sex had even become a game for different celebrities to the point their addiction hurt the public image. "Celebrities like Kobe Bryant and Bill Clinton thought they were invincible, but their addiction cost them their public reputation for a time being and made sex go from a want into a regret," Crawford said. Leahy said sex and porn

only set up failure in relationships. He said within one year of his marriage he was already back looking at porn: "In the world of porn, you can fantasize with thoughts of women and pretty soon sex with my wife was like bad porn," Leahy said. Leahy said addiction led to problems for his kids at school because their dad was always a different person. He said it also affected his wife to the point of contemplating suicide because she thought she wasn't good enough for him. Leahy said his addiction became so bad he wanted to go beyond porn and move on to have sex with a real woman while he was married. He said at this point he was high with sexual addiction. "By this time, I have had a 25 year relationship with porn

and it had grown on me to the point I was high with sexual addiction," Leahy said. Leahy said he didn't realize what he was missing until one night he was talking to porn star Ron Jeremy. He said during that discussion he realized he didn't have God in his life and he knew that was what he was missing all along. He said if it wasn't for God, he wouldn't have overcame the addiction he had. He said because of his relationship with God, his life has changed so much and he is a better and happier person because of it.

consecutive Ferrell movie. He appeared in last year's comedy Blades of Glory. David Koechner, who is known for playing Champ Kind in Anchorman, has a small 'part in the film as the ABA's com-

missioner. They're joined on the screen by a couple late-night sidekicks, Andy Richter from the "Late Show with Conan O'Brien" and Rob Cordchy from "The Daily Show." Harrelson and Benjamin parts in the movie seem a little bit overblown. Their interaction about whether or not Monix earned the championship ring is a male driven soap opera without the irony. ,Monix's romance with Lynn enlivened only Corddry, who plays Lynn's husband and Monix's biggest fan that not only doesn't mind Monix courting his wife, he actually enjoys it. His enjoyment becomes one of the most disturbing yet hilarious parts â&#x20AC;˘ in the movie. The only sure thing in the entire movie are Arnett and Andrew Daly as the quirky Tropics'. announcers, who spend more time sniping at each other, the team, and the fans with the coolest of broadcasting tones than actually reporting the plays. Other notable appearanc es include "Saturday Night Live's" Kristen Wig and Jackie Earl Haley. Haley, who is better known as playing Kelly Leak from "The Bad News Bears," plays a hilarious drug induced shirt-. less hippie who is trying to claim his $10,000 he von after making a impossible half-court shot. This movie has its humorous scenes and occasional laugh filled moments. But for the most part, the jokes have: a lot of lowbrow humor, which is either hit or miss. This isn't one of Ferrell's best efforts, but it's an entertaining film if you're in wanting to kill a couple hours with a laugh.

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'La Perichole' starts today by Carrie Cronk Staff Writer

Beginning this evening the bright colors and festive sounds of a Peruvian celebration will fill Mitchell Hall Theater when the UCO School of Music presents "La Perichole." Daisy Bristow, assistant professor of theater and director of the production said "La Perichole" is a funny and romantic opera, which is entirely in English. The opera is set in 18th Century Lima, Peru, when the Spanish ruled the country. According to a university press release, the opera "centers on the poor street singer Perichole and her partner Piquillo. They want to get married, but can't afford a marriage license. Perichole grows so hungry that she agrees to be one of the viceroy's ladies-in-waiting, aware that the decision means serving as his lover. Piquillo flies into a rage and ends up in jail. But in the tradition of all comic opera, the grand finale reunites the two." Opera Professor Kevin Eckard said Shannon Love and Betsy Fischborn would perform the part of La Perichole, while Yosouke Yamamoto would perform Paquillo. Bristow said Love would perform on Thursday and Saturday evenings, and Fischborn would do the

UCOSA from page 1 and its not only community service and volunteer activities that we do, but faculty are also offering service-learning courses." Gage highlighted the fact that "we have a lot of student and staff organizations that as a part of their reason for being have committed to having service projects." "I think what we intended to do is make sure that UCO was recognized and honored for all the wonderful work that we're doing and this was a way to accomplish that," Gage said. Gage said she thinks honors like these are a part of what builds a university's reputation. "One benefit of this award may be that prospective UCO students may say, 'I want to be part of an institution that is that caring and is about helping other people,' so there might be a benefit to students selecting UCO as their school," she said. She said she thinks the award is a good way for the citizens of the state to know more about the university. "I'm proud any time honor and distinction comes to this university, because I think it goes that much further to helping people appreciate the wonderful things that UCO has to offer," she said. Gage said "this is an exciting time at UCO and. I think this is but one more way to pause and to recognize that great things are being accomplished by this university." In congratulating the 528 award winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, "We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country." The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, through its Learn and Serve America program, the Dept. of Education, the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, Campus Compact and the President's Council on Service and Civic

Jacques Offenbach penned "La Perichole" Friday and Sunday performances. There are three sets used during the performance. One set portrays the village with the viceroy's palace in the background, where a group of acrobats will perform a large number. "Then we go in the palace where we'have a royal ballet that takes place ... then we turn around and go into a dungeon ... where there are people in chains," Bristow said. Eckard said the "opera is a collaborative effort of Theater and the School of Music. Our choreographer is in the dance department; (the) Director is from Theater; (and the) conductor, orchestra and performers are from the School of Music. Of course technical theater does all of the design, costume and light work.

Participation, according to Gage. "There's a real responsibility that comes with being an educated person," she said. Gage added that "What we're trying to do at UCO is invite people to the lifelong practice of community service." Gage referenced an example in one former UCO student and UCOSA officer named Dale Archer, who was recently involved in the effort to make Kosovo an independent country. "That is a young UCO alumnus working to literally shape the world," she said. "And what we think is that every UCO student can acquire the experiences, skills and knowledge necessary to go back to their town or neighborhood to shape governmental policy, health care, the environment or other issues," she added. Gage said that UCO "invites people to pick their passion, whether it is child welfare, politics, or really

Bristow said UCO Theater Costume Designer Cate Wieck created the costumes. "She's done an amazing job creating costumes, and there are a couple hundred of these costumes. She's had huge long nights and weekends and [worked] really hard." She said, "the set was done by the ... Christopher Damanski the head of our technical department in the theater department." Bristow said the theater department and School of Music produce one opera each year, which is usually held in the spring. She said the production would provide a fun and entertaining evening for everyone. "Everybody needs a night where you listen to some great music. [La Perichole is] upbeat and fun and people are dancing, and doing really cute farcical stuff" Eckard said, "This is just a fun comedy and it is performed in English and is similar to Gilbert and Sullivan works. Also, they are going to see all of our Performance and Music Ed students in this single production." Admission to "La Perichole" is $4 for UCO students with a valid ID, $12 for adults, $8 for Senior Citizens. Performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30, p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

whatever motivates the individual," she said. "But then to say, 'I believe that I can have a positive influence on my world, and I can make a distinct contribution.' We want people to find that power within themselves," she said. Gage said she hopes receiving the award also impacts current students at the university. "I hope that our students are saying, 'I am part of something great and I now see that I can go somewhere on this campus, I can find out how to get involved in my community,"' she said. The Corporation for National and Community Service plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility, according to their official Web site. They are "a catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give." Visit www.nationalservice. org for more information on the award.

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COLUMNS Americans don't want to learn. In fact, most of them are very enthusiastic about intercultural communication, but it does wear you down when every second person you meet asks you how many times you climbed Mt. Everest just because you are from Nepal and insists that Africa is a nation and all Middle Easterners are Muslims. The most astonishingly insulated phenomena here is the mass media, which has encouraged stereotypes and failed to demonstrate that there is a larger world out ;there where small countries BY ABHA ELI PHOBOO exist, that Africa isn't just about poverty and AIDS and neither is Asia. Yes, we've Not all Asians have the and Africa is a continent, been here for only a year and stereotypically narrow eyes not a country. It is not that yes, we studied English when

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I am constantly bombarded with invitations to worship with various congregations. Unable to take the superficiality that comes with halfhearted good intentions, I realized suddenly I was having a crisis of faith. It is our lives that must reflect what we believe in and often that means valuing the other person, taking the time to be their friend and genuinely caring about their lives. Most of the time, this seems to be missing. One minister said I was showing signs of "minority symptom," meaning I have been a minority for most of my life; it was difficult to contend with suddenly being part of a majority. Perhaps, he is right. So I moved into circles I was

we were in kindergarten. We spell funny but that's because the English we learned was based on the British colonial system. And yes, we watched Hollywood flicks and listened to jazz, punk, rock, hiphop and heavy metal. Yes, we wear jeans and T-shirts back in our countries; westernization has traveled faster and further than mission work ever could. You can walk down any street in Edmond and come across several churches. Each has their own congregation and belief system, all based on the Bible. As a Christian from a third world nation, this has perhaps been the hardest thing to understand. How can Christians be so divided? As an international student,

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most comfortable with: people of other faiths and cultures. What amazed me is how similar we are. When you truly respect a person for who they are, you automatically come to admire them for everything they represent including what they believe in: be they Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or atheist. Rationalism suggests that we should not judge people by what religion they follow but rather for how they uphold the values of being human. So I asked my atheist friend and he said, "We have our • doubts. Faithlessness means you deal with crisis of faith on an everyday basis."

ANDRO I DTA I NM EN T with the announcement of Nintendo's Wii a little less than two years ago, the question led the industry to a period of reflection and soul searching that has not been truly seen before. Before Nintendo officially unveiled it's current console, the only information on the system came in the form of rumors, most of them sounding incredibly far-fetched (gyroscopic technology in a controller? Who would want that?). Nintendo only referred to the new system as the "Revolution" and promised that it would certainly live up to its name. It's been two years since the Wii was announced, and while Microsoft's X-Box 360 still has more units sold of any other current generation video game console, the Wii outsells it and every other

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system available literally every month, according to the monthly retail numbers released by the NDP. The Wii, with its simple controls and easy to access games, has proven to be wildly popular and has caused many game publishers to wonder if perusing the more "casual" gaming market would be a smarter business move than attempting to cater to the "hardcore" crowd. On the other hand, monthly sales of console games seem to show traditional games, such as first person • shooters, football simulators and role-playing games. In the month of November, which saw the release of multiple AAA games, the top selling game was the first person shooter

,Corruption." This split makes things complicated to say the least. On one hand, the idea behind the Wii seems to have enthralled garners and nongarners alike. There are plenty of essays on game design theory in applying the Wii functionality to games of all sorts. When the new controls are applied to old genres, the result is spectacular, at least when Nintendo does it. However, the innovamany in the industry, as tion brought well as fans, complain that upon by the the system is not supporting Wii controls, itself as it should. Instead the rest of the list included "Super Mario of getting the revolution that Galaxy,""SuperPaperMario," was promised, we are instead "Guitar Hero III: Legends of getting a gimmick wrapped Rock" and "Metroid Prime 3: in the veneer of innovation.

"Halo 3." Even on the Wii,traditional games seemed to dominate the top 10 selling games for the system in 2007. While the Wii's number one selling game was "Wii Fit," a game that fully realizes

The sales seem to reflect this thought process. It seems like people want to see the industry evolve and grow. Games like "Assassin's Creed" and "Bioshock" were top selling games on their respective systems, with both making it into • the top 10 list of every system they appeared, and "Assassin's Creed" was one of the top selling games of the year. On the other hand, it seems that casual appeal will only extend so far. I'm not an analyst, nor are my predictions ever particularly accurate. However, it seems that Nintendo has found an idea that has an audience willing to invest in. If they want the idea to be more than just a simple dream, however, I think they're going to need to expand beyond simple mini games.

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Jourdan discusses nuclear forensics, among other things Staff Writer

Dr. Tom Jourdan, assistant director of UCO's Forensic Science Institute, discussed nuclear forensics, specifically in reference to the processing of evidence and the prevention of terrorism at the monthly meeting of the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society on Feb. 25. His talk included a discussion about the recent case of former Russian KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko and a review of the basics of nuclear radiation. Jourdan first touched on the fundamentals of nuclear science, and then had a discussion of nuclides and natural decay chains, the concept of half-life and field of health physics, which led to a dialogue on the terrorism-related misuse of radiological materials. "We're looking for stability, and that's represented by the stability diagonal or arriving at a 'magic number nucleus," Jourdan said when explaining what the goal of radioactivity is. "There are certain combinations of protons and neutrons that are inherently stable, and if you find yourself outside that range, you're unstable and you're radioactive," he said, describing the stability diagonal.

THREATENING LETTERS TO THE GOVERNMENT Jourdan borught up a recent radiological case that involved "threatening letters to an aspect of the U.S. government." "When they opened up the letters, they saw that the

it out," he said. "If you're going to off someone with radiation, you're going to get someone to eat it," Jourdan added. Plutonium-210 was the second radiological material discovered by Nobel prize winner Madame Marie Curie and her husband after polonium. The biological half-life THE CASE OF ALEXANDER LITVINENKO of the material is 20 days, according to Jourdan. The onset of Litvinenko's He then discussed the November 2006 death of illness was on Nov. 1, 2006. Litvinenko, "the first known He died on Nov. 23. "It took 22 days for whatvictim of lethal polonium210-induced acute radia- ever dose he took to kill him," tion syndrome," according Jourdan said. Jourdan said that the logito December 2006 article in the British newspaper The cal candidate is the former head of the KGB and former Times. Litvinenko's deathbed alle- Russian president, Vladimir gations about the misdeeds of Putin, who likely ordered the the Federal Security Service assassination. Jourdan recently retired as of Russia and his public accusations that the Russian a supervisory special agent government was behind his from the FBI, located at the unusual sickness resulted in Lawrence Livermore National worldwide media coverage, Laboratory in California, according to a March 2007 according to a press release article in the British newspa- from University Relations. He has served as the assisper The Daily Mail. Johns Hopkins and Hoover tant director of the FSI, as Institute scholar David Satter well as an assistant profesin testimony to the U.S. sor in UCO's Department of House of Representatives Chemistry, since 2007. Since coming to UCO, said that "... [in two of his books] Litvinenko described he has participated in Vladimir Putin's rise to power International Atomic Energy as a coup d'etat organized by Agency training courses in the FSB. He stated a key Pakistan, Brazil, China, India, element of FSB's strategy Singapore, and South Africa. Founded in 1876, the ACS was to frighten Russians by bombing apartment buildings is a nonprofit scientific and in Moscow and other Russian educational organization dedicated to the advancement of cities." Jourdan proposed a hypo- chemistry in the public interthetical situation to introduce est, according to the news release. the case The Oklahoma Section is "If you were going to off someone in the modern world one of ' 188 throughout the and used a chemical or bio- nation serving the society's logical toxin, the authorities 160,000 members. are probably going to figure

uranium-238, Jourdan said. Unfortunately for the case, the guards released the Turkish national. Ironically, the man was in a fatal accident two days later, Jourdan said. Jourdan said a similar ampoule was found in France in the recent few years ago.

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Tom Jourdan, Assistant Director of the Forensic Science Institute, discusses Nuclear Forensics during the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Chemical Association meeting in the Cherokee Room at Nigh University Center on Monday, Feb. 25.

letters had their own address on them, so they thought the letters were one of their own returning back to them," he said. The letters had "Buster" and "Jangle" written on them, as well as the name of a group of veterans. Both terms were changed for security reasons but were two series of nuclear tests conducted in 1951 at the Nevada test sight, Jourdan said. A number of these letters arrived, along with some black granular material, Jourdan said. The governmental group ignored the first few letters, but grew suspicious after

several letters came in and performed unsuccessful tests for biological or oxidizing agents, according to Jourdan. "When they brought up a Geiger counter to the envelope, it pegged the counter, which led to the conclusion of radioactivity," Jourdan said. Jourdan said there were about 6,500 troops associated with the test shots and that the group of veterans listed on the page was a part of this group. The material ended up being natural uranium ore, which indicated no threat of a weapon of mass destruction, and therefore not a viable threat, Jourdan said.

The case was then closed at that point.

A CASE WITH A TRAGIC END Jourdan then discussed a nuclear smuggling case involving highly enriched uranium in which the sample was intercepted in Bulgaria. The incident involved a Turkish national being caught on the border crossing between Romania and Bulgaria with a story that didn't make sense. On further investigation, a quantitative analysis was found that it was 99.9 percent uranium-235 and 0.01 percent

Firefly Clothing to feature Oklahoma fashion designers by Jana Davis

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Firefly Clothing will be featuring four Oklahoma designers at the "Up & Coming Party" at their location in Bricktown from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 29. The four Oklahoma designers are mostly all from the metro area and

include: Dead Cities, Cadillac Cowboy, Bombs Away and Heidi Cannon, said Heather Parsons, UCO senior fashion marketing major. Parsons, the assistant manager at Firefly, said there will be no cover charge, artists Dennis and Casey will perform and there will be free food and drinks. She strongly encourages UCO fashion

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majors or anyone interested in fashion to come to the event. There will be an after party at Venu located at 222 E. Sheridan in Bricktown and everyone is invited to come. "It's a great experience and great learning opportunity," Parsons said. "A lot of kids just go through the motions at school." She said this event will be a great way to gain contacts and get plugged in with people in fashion. "It's so great if you are interested in fashion to meet these designers and talk with them. They can help guide you with your future," Parsons said. Parsons wants Friday

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and view their merchandise. The designers will be able to answer questions and have fliers to pick up. Julia Andalman, director of marketing for Firefly, said young designers think they can't make it in Oklahoma. They think they have to go to Los Angeles or Dallas, but this event will show that there are strong, competitive designers in Oklahoma. "There are fresh faces and new talent everywhere you look," Andalman said. Lonna Thompson, a junior business major at Rose State and sales associate at Firefly, said. "People are always complaining that there is nothing to do [in Oklahoma]. We don't have to go to Los Angeles or Dallas. We can stay right here and support the local designers." A lot of times the artists don't have a source for people to view their new items, Parsons said. This is helping the local Oklahoma designers get their name circulated. "This is a good way to get inspired. If you are on the same level as the customer, you can get an insiders view," Parsons said. "I really know how important it is to get involved. Do as much as you can."

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UCO Golf wins season opener by Jordan Richison Staff Writer

UCO's Golf team started the season out on the right track last Tuesday as the 12th ranked Bronchos led by Chance Tatum's final-round 73 opened up the spring season with an impressive victory at the St. Edward's Invitational. The Bronchos shot a finalround 300 on the rugged par-71 Grey Rock Golf Club to finish the 54-hole tournament with an 892 total, trimming host and No. 2-rated St. Edward's by four shots on the course where the NCAA Division II South Central Regional will be held in May. No. 22 Cameron, which entered the final day tied for the lead with UCO, finished third in the 14-team tournament at 898, followed by No. 13 Abilene Christian (899) and No. 6 Barry (900). UCO coach Dax Johnston said this is the first time in his seven years his team has started out with season opening win. "Our team played great, they picked one another up and covered each other when one of them had a bad round," Johnson said. Johnson said he was proud of his team because they

worked hard in the off-season training, lifting, and spending extra time practicing on the putting green and driving range. He said there were six great teams in the field and all their hard work paid off. "This was an incredible field and it's really big to win on the course where the regional is going to be." Tatum opened the tournament Monday morning with a 79, but came back with an afternoon 69 before posting the closing 73 to finish sixth in the individual standings with a 221 total. The Bronchos also got a 74 from Zach Cleland, while Colby Shrum shot 76, Brent Cole 77 and Cooper Barrick 78. Cleland had the key round, playing the final 13 holes at one-under-par after going four over off his "first five holes. Johnson said after the tournament UCO moved up in the rankings from 12 to eight. He added their victory sent the host school, St. Edwards from number two to five in the country. UCO's next tournament is this Monday March 3-4. They will head out to Pottsboro, Texas to play in the Crawford/ Wade Invitational hosted by Lone Star Conference rival Texas A&M Commerce.

UCO wrestlers on the road to Regionals by Jeff Massie Sports Editor

UCO Wrestling team began its championship campaign this weekend at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional in Indianapolis. The tournament is the first leg of the final two tournaments. The top four placers in this competition advance to the National Tournament the following weekend. UCO won their region last year. In fact, they won the national tournament as well. At last year's regional tournament six Bronchos brought home the gold and all 10 of the team's grapplers advanced to Nationals. This is what it all comes down to; all season has been building. to this. Despite any pitfalls up until now, the Bronchos are in an enviable position going into the final two weekends. They have a strong squad and a wealth of experience. Being the highest ranked team in their region will play a major part in aiding the team in its quest to earn another national championship. High finishes in this tournament translate to high seeds at Nationals. A national title is never an easy acquisition, but every little bit helps. Of those 10 qualifiers, five are back this year for another shot at the title — Tyler Zukerman, Kyle Evans, Heath Jolley, Jason Leavitt and Daniel Morrison. The Bronchos have had some ups and downs this year. After starting the season ranked No. 1 in the nation they now sit at sixth and have put together a 14-6 dual record. Competing in the Midwest region, the Brorichos will be the favorite to finish on top because the five teams ranked

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Senior Jason Leavitt picks up Central Missouri opponent Vince Bertucci but loses 4-2 Thursday, Feb. 14 in Hamilton Fields House. UCO won 21-15. ahead of them compete in different regions. Zukerman finished fourth last year before putting together an impressive run and runner-up finish at Nationals . as a freshman. But as of late, the starting nod at 125 pounds has gone to Nick Rice. Tim Elliot is ranked sixth going into the tournament and has put together an impressive 17-2 record. Two higher-ranked opponents will also be in his bracket. Evans at 141 was the only individual Broncho to win a national title last year. He's been on a tear this year and is ranked first, he's the handsdown favorite to take home the gold again. Colby Robinson at 149

pounds is currently No. 7 grappler in the nation, but after him, UCO has no more ranked athletes until Jolley at 184 pounds. Jolley finished fifth in the nation last year.

The Bronchos have had some ups and downs this year. The two other AllAmericans on the roster, Leavitt and Morrison, are not ranked going into the week-

end. Despite not having an arbitrary number in front of their name they should be in a strong position again to make a run. The experience they gained last year can do nothing but help and should go a long way. Leavitt came in fourth in the nation last year. UCO rounds out the last couple of weight with a pair of ranked competitors — No. 7 Jarrett Edison at 197 pounds and No. 4 Dustin Firm at heavyweight. The tournament will take place all day Saturday in Indianapolis. The National Tournament is the following weekend in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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