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GLENSIDE, Pa. — Beginning a last push for his longstalled health care overhaul, President Barack Obama accuses insurance companies of choosing profits over people and says Republicans ignored deep problems when they ran Congress. Cheered on by a friendly audience, he says to the GOP: “You had 10 years. What happened? What were you doing?” WASHINGTON — Toyota mounts its biggest defense yet of its explanation for runaway acceleration in its cars and trucks, calling in Stanford University researchers to challenge the notion that bad electronics may be to blame. The automaker insists the problem is mechanical, even as some drivers say Toyota’s fix hasn’t worked. DETROIT — Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted city back into the fields and farmland that existed before the automobile. Demolition crews would raze desolate, abandoned neighborhoods and turn them into green space. NEW YORK — It was David beating Goliath, a film with no big names that’s made $12.6 million defeating one that’s made $720 million and was the brainchild of one of the most successful directors in film history. But “The Hurt Locker” bested “Avatar,” and brought in five other awards, too. How did the little movie triumph over the big one? WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison and try terror suspects in U.S. courts was supposed to signal a break from the Bush administration and send a positive message to the world. Instead, it has run aground, and now supporters of the plan are attacking him for a lack of leadership.

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MAR 9, 2010

Jon Cotter, a member of Invisible Children, takes a break from protesting outside Sen. Tom Coburn’s office at the Chase Tower in downtown Oklahoma City last Friday, March 5. OKC office is located. The protest has become known as ByTiffany Brown / Staff Writer

Just as many citizens vehemently protested in the streets in the 1960s against the Vietnam War, several University of Central Oklahoma students are protesting the decision made by a U.S. senator about an African war. Activists marched from Oklahoma’s Capitol until they reached the Chase Tower, near 100 N. Broadway downtown, where Oklahoma’s U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s

On a sidewalk lined with a few sleeping bags, protestors were lying down with the intention of protesting until a meeting with Coburn is arranged. Danielle St. John is just one of UCO’s students protesting. “I got a call from invisible children telling about the protest,” St. John said. “I spent the night Friday (Feb. 26), Saturday (Feb. 27) and Sunday (Feb. 28), but I had to come back for classes and work.”

the “Oklahoma Hold Out.” It was initiated by Resolve Uganda, an organization that is trying to bring peace to northern Uganda. Resolve Uganda is protesting in an effort to persuade Coburn to pass the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament & Northern Uganda Recovery Act 2009. The Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament & Northern Uganda Recovery Act 2009 was created in an effort to get the U.S. to develop

and implement a strategy to eliminate threats posed by LRA. The effort includes demobilization and a strategy to stabilize the region. It also authorizes the president to deliver necessary resources for humanitarian relief. This includes monetary support for African regions affected by the LRA, such as Uganda, Congo and Sudan. This does not necessarily involve military. The bill also calls on the U.S. government to work with Uganda’s government to reintegrate citizens, such as child soldiers, who were forced into war. For 23 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel militia group, and the government of Uganda have been at war with each other. This conflict has become known as Africa’s longestrunning war. Millions of citizens have been displaced due to the war. Also, the LAR militia group has kidnapped children and forced them to become soldiers through indoctrination. Despite its attempts, the Uganda government has not been able to protect its citizens, and nearly 90 percent of the population has been displaced. Many of Uganda citizens have been separated from their families. Some have even witnessed the death of their family members at the hands of the LRA. “This is something I am really passionate about. This war needs to end, and this bill is going to help that,” St. John said. “We are very determined to get this bill passed. This is something bigger than our comfort. If we have

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WORKSHOP OFFERS FIRST INTERACTIVE DESIGN PROGRAM

CENTRAL TUTORING GIVES STUDENTS FREE SUPPORT

By Harish Murali & Anuj Srivas / Staff Writers

By Jenefar DeLeon / Staff Writer

The Oklahoma Center for Arts Education and the Edmond Arts and Humanities Council are organizing two interactive interior design workshops from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 26 and 27. This is the first time interior design has been offered in the annual workshop. Participants of any age can take part and learn about various fabrics, paints and other innovative aspects of design. “Anyone in the community would have a great time in the workshop,” Ines Burnham, program manager for Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, said. “We do not have a restriction on age or expertise. The purpose is to introduce people to new ideas and materials they may not be familiar with and give them a chance to be creative and have fun.” In the fabrics segment, participants will learn the types of fabrics, trends and design ideas. Representatives from the Home Depot chain of retail stores will discuss colors, types of paint, upcoming trends and design plans. Participants will have practical experience in both the fabric and paint sessions. The workshop has adopted an idea sparked from a competition that took place last year by the Paseo Arts District. Participants will be taught how to make artwork that can also be used as a container. This section of the workshop is known as “contain it” and will be taught by a fabric artist who entered the contest last year. A variety of supplies and material will also be used to create innovative trash-to-treasure masterpieces by the participants. Amy Jacobson from the UCO Interior Design program will show the participants a few past student projects to help the participants get a hang of the idea. “This will be an opportunity for participants to be creative and resourceful,” Burnham said.

University of Central Oklahoma Tutoring Central is an accessible place for students who need free tutoring services and academic support programs on campus. Services include tutoring for English and writing, including MLA and APA style, math tutoring for the UCO’s Rose State College courses, English conversation and reading groups. The center is located in West Hall across from Buddy’s, during 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday. Appointments are recommended, but walkins are accepted as well. Leigh Smith, coordinator of Tutoring Central, said the main difference between this tutoring center and the rest of the ones offered at UCO is that this center is in the middle of campus, located by the dorm rooms. Students will be able to easily access the center during the day or evening, making it convenient and accessible. Students who are tutoring are undergraduate and graduate students helping their peers. Bryce McCleary, junior English major, said he enjoys helping students with their work. McCleary said he learned about the center when he actually went in for personal help on his linguistic assignment. “I made an appointment myself for help,” he said. “I later found out that they were looking for tutors, and I thought this would be an opportunity to gain experience. I hope [to] soon become a teaching assistant.”

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McCleary said the students he most commonly works with are international students who take advantage of the service, and he hopes to see more students. He is happy to see students coming back for tutoring, and see how much he is helping students with their classes. The hours that are set are very convenient for the students to stop by during the week with their assignments, McCleary said. “We are here to help all students in any area that they need extra help with,” Darla Sherman, graduate student and secretary of the center, said. “We are encouraging local students to come by and use our services.” Currently the center also offers an academic support program, as well as the Supplement Instruction Program designed to help students increase their studying skills and strategies. “We are now able to provide peer mentoring and expand our programs to help our students and hopefully will expand it further in the future,” Smith said. Students can schedule appointments online and view schedules for the tutoring labs at http://www.rich75.com/uco or by calling the center at 974-2487. Students will be able to access a bio of each tutor to decide which one will best suit their needs. If the tutors are unable to provide the services needed, they will direct you to the right contact who will be able to help, Smith said. Vista Writer Jenefar DeLeon can be reached at Jdeleon@uco360.com.


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MENDING THE HIGH TECH FENCE

Troubling reports have emerged about the lack of progress on the high-tech fence that’s supposed to secure this country’s southern border. A story in the Los Angeles Times last week said the system, which relies on radar images and satellite communication, has debilitating problems and may not be done for another seven years if at all. Along with the potential for being a colossal waste of taxpayer money, the technological problems are a devastating blow to hopes for immigration reform. Americans never will be sold on a comprehensive immigration bill nor should they be without first having a secure border. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered an assessment of the multibillion-dollar project that is supposed to stop drug runners and illegal immigrants. We hope Napolitano and others in the Obama administration move quickly to devise an alternative plan for border security in case contractors are never able to work the glitches out of the system. ... At the moment, illegal immigration is far reduced because the U.S. economic situation has reduced the numbers of jobs available. No jobs, no reason to come here. But when that changes, and it will, the lure of a better life will re-emerge for those looking for opportunities. This economic downturn was the perfect time to get the high-tech system of electronic surveillance and physical fences in working order. Unfortunately, it seems as though it will be an opportunity squandered. Napolitano wisely has ordered a reassessment of border security strategy. Immigration reform will not have a chance of becoming reality until the U.S. can better control its borders.

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“Yes, because if they are going to set up a policy, they should enforce it.”

“Yes, because I’m for the the tobacco free campus because students that smoke are putting everyone in danger.”

“I would say so. It’s a policy, and students should respect that.”

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“No, I don’t, because I’m a smoker and I think they should have designated smoking spots for smokers that live on campus.”

“No. It’s a person’s right to smoke. There should be designated sections of campus to smoke, at least.”

“No. Deal with the stress of being a music major and not being able to smoke a cigarette.”


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BILL CURES HOMEBREWER’S ALES By Jack Chancey / Staff Writer Oklahoma’s House of Representatives approved a bill that will give Oklahomans the right to brew up to 200 gallons of beer per year. The bill was approved 79 to 16 on March 3 and will now go to the Senate for a vote. It will be sponsored by Sen. Mike Schulz. There is currently no federal law banning home-brewed beer and wine for personal consumption. Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi are the only states that still outlaw home brewing of beer. The author of House Bill 2348, Rep. Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon, said the current law is rarely enforced by state liquor agents and as such should be granted the same parity as wine and cider. Oklahomans are already allowed to make wine and cider under current regulations but are not allowed to legally brew beer.

Debate on the floor against HB 2348 was led by Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell. “What’s next? California has marijuana legalized,” Russ said. “We complain people are making drugs in their houses right now, and yet we’re going to go and pass a bill that says this is not a bad drug.” Russ also said home brewing could lead to more alcohol-related problems. Schwartz countered by saying home brewers are generally responsible people. He also mentioned that brewing beer is a lengthy process compared to running to the store for immediate consumption. Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, backed Schwartz by saying he thought Republicans stood for individual freedoms and that even our founding fathers were beer brewers. “Sam Adams has a beer named after him,” Dorman said. “This is ridiculous. These people have this

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House Bill 2348 allows Oklahomans to brew up to 200 gallons of beer a year. Currently Oklahoma is one of three states in the union that make it illegal to brew beer, but it is legal to make wine and cider.

Many Oklahomans use tools similar to these to brew beer in their homes. Centered is a glass carboy, which the beer can sit in for up to a month after cooking the ingredients.

as a hobby. They make their own product, and they share it with their friends. This is one of those issues

that makes us look stupid to the rest of the country.” Home brewing has had a renais-

sance of sorts since the 1980s. As new craft breweries open up across the country, people’s awareness of different types of beers has increased dramatically. This has led to a grassroots approach in brewing beer. “The ability to be as creative as I want is what has drawn me to home brewing,” Alex Bertholdi, UCO student and brewing hobbyist, said. Bertholdi said he saves money when brewing compared to buying more expensive beers from the store. Despite Oklahoma’s ban on brewing beer, beer supply shops have opened throughout the state supplying a growing hobby. Chuck Stevens of The Brew Shop in Oklahoma City has seen a rise in interest over the past 10 years. “People who come into my store do not even realize it is illegal to brew here, and I’m not required to say anything about it.”

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International Education

ENGLISH UNIFORM IN EDUCATION By Chantal Robatteux / Contributor Different countries have different rules and regulations. This includes laws that govern the sturctures of schools. School systems differ from country to country, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Imagine not growing up in America; imagine growing up in Great Britain. Getting up in the morning to get ready for class, not having to worry about what to wear because the school decides that for you, and walking or taking your bike to school instead of having to wait for the school bus. Kate Waring, an international student from England in her second semester of the graduate program in secondary education, said students have uniforms in England. “The uniforms consist of trousers, skirts, ties – both boys and girls wear ties, and a blazer if wanted,” Waring said. The uniform’s colors are the school colors. “Mine were white and navy blue.” In the summer, students could wear polo shirts and leave off the ties because it gets too warm. “The good thing about the uniform was that everybody looked the same so students would not be teased about the clothing,” Waring said. Students couldn’t tell how much money their peers had because of brand name or shabby clothing. “If you outgrew, for example, the blazer, you could go to the school’s ‘swap shop,’ where you could exchange it for another

one for maybe $10 instead of $100,” Waring said. “That keeps the cost down.” Waring also said the uniforms keep the parents’ stress down because they don’t have to worry about putting out and matching clothes for their children in the morning. “There are no school buses. They either walk or ride their bikes to school,” she said. “They do have bus stops and buses driving to school, but they are not school buses; they are public buses.” The compulsory education used to be from age 4-16, but now it’s up to age 18. From ages 11-16 is high school, and home schooling is not an option. The school semesters and breaks are different in England from America. “In England students start school in September and go to mid-October. Then they have a one-week break which is called ‘half term,’” Waring said. “Then they go to school usually till the last Friday before Christmas, then two weeks Christmas break. They go back early January to midFebruary. Then there is another one week-break. Then there is a break for Easter in April for two weeks.” The school term is over in mid-July. Then there is a six-week summer break, and students go back early September. P.E. is a requirement in school until age 18. In P.E. you don’t

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There will be guest speakers from the interior design industry for all parts of the workshop. The workshop will take place on two days with fabrics and “contain it” being discussed on March 6, and paint and the

“The purpose is to introduce people to new ideas and materials they may not be familiar with and give them a chance to be creative and have fun.”

“trash to treasure” projects on March 27. At the end of the two workshops, participants will leave with up to four projects that they created. Registration for each workshop will cost $20, which includes lunch and materials. Edmond residents receive a discount of $5 dollars. “EAHC is funding the workshops, and they receive the main part of their funding from taxes collected from the city of Edmond,” Burnham said. “The remaining part of the EAHC budget is made up from an Oklahoma Arts Council grant awarded to the city of Edmond to promote the arts in Edmond.” This workshop is put together by members of both OCAE and EAHC. EAHC’s roundtable selects the focus of the workshop and is guided by Pat Harris, who is chair of EAHC and also a local artist and educator. The faculty of interior design at UCO provide direction to the planning process.

to sacrifice our comfort to give Uganda a chance to recover, it is completely worth it.” Proponents for the Uganda bill are saying all Senate members have voted to pass the bill except Coburn. “I think … Coburn is very stubborn, but we are too,” St. John said. “Our determination will show him how important it is to us, and I think that will change his mind.” According to Coburn’s spokesperson, John Hart, the bill is currently in a House of Representative’s committee. “The House of Representatives has not even passed this bill out of committee,” Hart said The bill in the House is HR 2478. If the bill has not yet passed the committee, it has not been to the floor to be voted on. In the Senate, the bill is a step further and has been titled S. 1067. At this time, the bill has enough support to pass Senate if it reaches the floor for vote. Since the Senate operates on “unanimous consent agreements,” all senators must agree. Coburn has exercised his privilege to hold a bill, because the bill would authorized the spending of new funds. The same bill is being supported by Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe. With signs reading “Help rescue Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers” and “Dr. Koburn please say yes,” protestors are planning to camp outside of Chase Tower until Coburn responds. “It has been really cold some days, especially on Monday,” St. John said. “I had to wear … four layers – two layers of pants, two pairs of socks, and two pairs of gloves. It was still cold. “There have been many people donating clothes and blankets, and it has really helped! We have also been keeping each

PHOTO BY GARETT FISBECK

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Activists from a few organizations including Resolve Uganda and several UCO students have been protesting in Oklahoma since Feb. 26. They want a response from Sen. Coburn regrading a bill to support war-torn African regions.

other warm,” she said. “The mood has been very positive. Very friendly, not much complaining or anything,” St. John said. “I think ... the protest will continue.” According to one of Coburn’s staff members, it is not necessarily the bill that is causing concern, rather the funding it would take to enforce the bill if it is signed into law. “Dr. Coburn does not object to the purpose of this bill but believes it should be paid for by reducing spending elsewhere,” Hart said. “When Oklahoma families want to buy something, they budget, prioritize and make

hard choices. Dr. Coburn makes no apologies for trying to force Washington to do the same,” Hart said. “Dr. Coburn, and many economists, believes our national debt is now a national security issue. If we continue to borrow and spend beyond our means, we won’t have the economic or military power to influence events in Uganda, or anywhere else,” he said. “He applauds these citizens for their activism and concern,” Hart said. “He simply believes worthy causes should be paid for. ‘The Senate Appropriations Committee has said there is no way this bill will be funded this year even if Dr. Coburn lifts his hold,” Hart said.

According to GovTrack.us, an organization that tracks bills in Congress, passing the bill into law would cost “less than $1 per American over the 2010-2014 period.” Coburn’s spokesperson said the bill could be passed by other government officials without Coburn’s vote. “President Obama could implement the policy in this bill today through the State Department,” Hart said. “Likewise, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could put this bill on the Senate floor today and try to override Dr. Coburn’s objection.” “The majority leader has not done so because he does not consider this bill to be a priority,” he said. “His priority is to help engineer a government takeover of our health care system. “If this special interest group wants to have an impact, they would have more success splitting their time between the White House and the Majority Leader’s Office, although they are certainly welcome to stay in Oklahoma as long as they wish,” Hart said. As of Sunday, people have been protesting for more than 200 hours. Students like St. John will continue to protest alongside activists. “I am going back. I plan on participating whenever I can,” St. John said. “This is bigger than us, and we have a lot of hope.” Activists have also begun a petition online at http://www.coburnsayyes.com. The goal was to get 10,000 Americans to sign the online petition. Currently, 11,697 individuals and counting have signed a petition established to persuade Coburn to allow the legislation to pass.


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PHOTO BY ARIANA REE

STUDENTS WELCOME TROOPS

UCO student Nicole Wright (far left), greet soldiers as they enter into DFW Airport. The troops are on leave from Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Jenefar DeLeon / Staff Writer

“Welcome back” and “thank you” shouts were heard across the room. American flags were in the hands of everyone like it was the Fourth of July. A group of five students from UCO arrived at the Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport to welcome U.S. troops coming back home. The UCO for USO set out on its journey after raising donations through its social events and book drives. It was 3 a.m. Friday when five students of the UCO for USO went out on the road inside a four-door Camry. The UCO campus was quiet, and all the best parking spots were available. The students packed up the books they raised, the bright red welcome back poster was put in its place, and the students took their seats to head out to the three-hour journey. The drive was long, and the members were tired. But when it came down to welcoming back the troops: The spirits were up, and the smiles were ready. Family and friends along with veterans all waited patiently for the 8 a.m. flight to arrive. “I broke down when I saw one troop come through the door, and his two kids jumped into his arms,” Brittany Baldwin, junior public relations and UCO for USO member, said. “I have even more respect for what our men and women do in the military and the sacrifices they make for our freedom.” The cheers grew higher as one by one, each soldier passed the welcoming party. All they could say back was “Thank you.” The 109 brave soldiers passed veterans, family, friends and the UCO for USO lastly.

The soldiers smiled, others shook hands, and a few gave high fives. They were happy to be back home, even though a few were just going to be there for only 15 days until they had to go back on duty. The United Service Organization is always ready to welcome the troops back home with a place to rest and a meal close to “mom’s cooking.” The USO is ready to help with every need they may have. Troops arrive every day. The UCO for USO toured the USO center, which was donated by the airport at no cost to the organization. Donations are given to help continue to provide the services needed. More than 25,000 volunteers donate their time and services to more than 130 locations worldwide, now including UCO for USO students. The students were proud to hand over the books and donations they had raised over to the directors of the USO center in Dallas. “It was very impactful seeing the reading room, which was my favorite part,” said Kyndel Farrill, junior public relations major and UCO for USO member. “I can’t imagine what it is like to not have a parent around.” Toward the end of their journey, on their way back to their four-door Camry, a soldier who the UCO for USO had greeted early in the morning clapped and said ‘Thank you,’ to the five students who were heading back to home, showing gratefulness for the time the students took out just to welcome back the soldiers. The five students could not accept what this grateful soldier had said, but instead the five students said, “No, thank you.” “We have been working on this project for nearly two months,” said Nicole Wright, junior public relations major and UCO for USO member. “And being able to witness where all our hard work went was so rewarding.”

just exercise; you also learn about the human body, learn activities and skills. “Students are assessed on teamwork and physical activity,” Waring said. “When exercising in school, the teacher ran with the slowest student to motivate him/her so that everyone would do well in the class.” Sports are very encouraged. “Students could play in a team, but students could also just play at the same team as the athletes whenever they wanted, without being a member of the team,” Waring said. There is also a “sports day” in high school, which is like a sporting event at the school. “There were several tasks students had to accomplish, but one student could only do three events so that everyone, not just the best athlete, could participate,” Waring said. There is also a “form room,” where class things were discussed and announced; there were 30 students in a form. “Another big difference I noticed is that there were no franchises in high schools and universities when I went to school,” Waring said. ‘I’m not sure how it is now. You either brought your lunch or ate what the school fixed in the school cafeteria. You could also leave campus in high school at age 11 to get some lunch. They also had lunch clubs, like sports, science or spelling clubs to try to get students to stay on campus.” A school period in England is about an hour long, but there are also double periods. “You have the first two classes, then a 15-minute break, and then the next two classes, then a lunch break, which is about 40 minutes, so it doesn’t give you much time to leave campus, two more classes in the afternoon,” she explained. “There are about five-minute breaks in between classes to change rooms.” Also, there are no lockers in the schools in England, and students don’t use paper. They use “exercise books,” which are mostly left in the classrooms in the shelves or boxes, unless the students have homework and need to take them home. “Also, in England, we, the students, did experiments in science classes after being shown what to do. Then we did it individually at our desks with the instructor’s supervision. “The last two years of high school, the students study for the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), which is similar to the high school diploma,” Waring said. The test consists of math, English and science, and students can choose between history, geography and religious studies. They have to pick three and group them with French, P.E. and some others. They end up with eight or nine subjects. Students can have D’s to graduate, or even fail parts of the GCSE. If you failed the GCSE, you can still progress though with the option to resit/retake it, though it is not mandatory. If the student chooses to retake it, he/she needs to go back for a year of school. There may be a charge depending on how often you take it.

This test takes place in May and June. From age 16 to 18, they go to “College A Level,” where they can take as many classes as they want, usually three. Students can take any classes the school offers. “Some students take six, but I think six is too many,” she said. In England, there are letter grades as well, but the grades are also seen as points, since universities have a point system. You have to have four A’s to get into a university. “You have to ‘work’ to get points, there are no points for showing up and participating in class,” Waring said. Also, if you fail an exam in the university, you can retake the test the next semester for a fee. “It is advised to take the course or part of the course again, but that is not mandatory,” she added. There are also no extra credit assignments. “You do the required assignment as, and when you are instructed to do so,” Waring said. IL LUS T R AT IO N BY S T E V EN H Y DE

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“Late assignments are not accepted in some cases, although you can contact the instructor to ask for an extension.” There are not uniforms in the universities, but students do have to dress up. “If you are too casually dressed they won’t let you enter,” Waring said. Students could also go to trade school instead of going to a university. This is called apprenticeship. The duration of this school depends on when you’re ready. “Not many people go to trade school and choose universities, so there isn’t that much competition,” Waring said. “Once done with the apprenticeship and experienced, these students make lots of money because of practical experience and not just theoretical.”

Student Organizations

CHESS CLUB DELIVERS ENTERTAINMENT By Harish Murali & Anuj Srivas / Staff Writers “It’s only cheating if they catch you at it.” This is, literally, the first rule of satirical card game Munchkin. As one can imagine, with a lot of people playing, it can turn into quite a lot of fun. Munchkin and more are played every week at the UCO Chess and Games Club meetings, which are usually in the Liberal Arts building. The club was started approximately two years ago by Mark Silcox, assistant chairperson and professor in the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. Though the club was initially oriented toward chess, it has now spread widely to include all sorts of role-playing, board and card games. “The games we play depends on who shows up. Some of us are more interested in chess. Others like playing different board games more,” Nathan Steele, the club president, said. “Most of our members are amateur chess players with a few exceptions. We’re all in this just for the fun of the game.” The club has a very informal atmosphere, and the members work hard to encourage more participation and to try to involve other students in club activities. The club also organizes chess tournaments, which draw in huge crowds every year. The next one is planned for April. Other ventures involve a board game designing contest where contestants are required to come up with their designs and required to submit them by the end of March. This contest is not only open to members of the club but also all students of UCO. “Over the last decade, there has been a revolution in Europe in thinking and designing strategy games. Simple games are the most beautiful,” Steele said. “Last year a German company held a similar contest, and our UCO Club had fun building a rule set for a game, and we thought we would implement it here.”

The club has been so involved in creating new designs for board games that it has recently granted money to purchase game designing software. Most meetings are very relaxed, with official business usually taken care of early. “I really enjoy the company and atmosphere here, and they’re really cool about their scheduling of meetings,” Owen Bennet White, an avid member, said. Many different things bring these people together. For some it’s a way to unwind. For others it’s a way to meet new people. “One of my friends got me involved, and it just gives me some-

thing to do other than my schoolwork,” Andrea Fox said. Many times during play, heated discussions will break out in order to decide how the rules are best applied, but most debates are usually settled quickly. Though the rules aren’t always easy to decipher, as Chris Wals, a longtime member puts it, “Sometimes we try to figure out games for almost three hours without realizing we didn’t have all the pieces!” Do you have a friend who sits around with nothing to do? Bring your friend and yourself along to the next Chess and Games Club Meeting. Entertainment is a guarantee.


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Technology

TRANSFORMING LEARNING WITH UCO’S TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE CENTER PHOTO BY GARETT FISBECK

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According to UCO, “transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experiences.” The university is interested in transforming the way its students learn in several areas including: leadership, civic engagment, scholarly and creative activites, global and cultural competencies and health and wellness. Technology Resource Center helps UCO achieve its mission.

Ganbayar Gansukh, a graphic designer for Technology Resource Center has helped TRC link UCO to valuble technological resources including, UConnect, Smart Board and Blackboard software. The department has helped train some of Central’s faculty and staff members.

Stephanie Edwards is UCO’s director of Internet Strategies. Edwards explained what TRC is and how the department has been participating in the development of the Center for Transformative learning “The Technology Resource Center is a department within the Office of Information Technology, responsible for technology used at UCO,” Edwards said. TRC assisted with the installation of classroom techonolgy in the Forensic Science building. The TRC will be contributing to the Center for Transformative Learning to make an exciting and seemingly very futuristic learning environment. “The rooms will feature multiple HD displays, interactive whiteboards, iPod inputs, touch panel controls, and other technology tools that will facilitate a dynamic learning environment,” Edwards said.

The Center for Transformative learning will feature technology found in few other universites across the nation. This includes Huddleboards among many other features. Julio Mata, a multimedia technician at UCO, described Huddleboards as “giant digital...boards with features enabling students to transport teachers’ notes with a touch of a button.” Huddleboards are portable white boards. When combined with other technogy, information such as class lectures written on Huddleboards can also be accesed online by students. Michael Mount, a technologytrainer at the Office of Information Technology, also explained how TRC is assisting with the installation of technology in the Center for Transformative Learning. “Our role with the vendor is to design the spaces, select equipment, installation and train people,” Mount said.

The Technology Resource Center (TRC) provides technologic information the UCO’s students, faculty and staff. It also provides a support system for the use of equipment associated with technology. TRC is currently working with an undisclosed vendor to help with installation of equiptment in Center for Transformative Learning.

By Tiffany Brown/Senior Staff Writer and Ethan Larsh/Contributing Writer

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Baseball

UCO EARNS ANOTHER SPLIT AGAINST SWOSU The UCO baseball Bronchos just can’t seem to get over the hump. After halving a four-game set against Texas A&M-Kingsville just more than a week ago, UCO secured yet another series split against Southwestern Oklahoma State on March 5 and 6 in its first action in March. The Bronchos went double Dutch with SWOSU, going 1-1 in both the first doubleheader at Broncho Field in Edmond and the final two games, played in Weatherford, Okla. Throughout the series, toeing the mound was more like walking the plank, as only one pitcher from either team registered an inning without giving up a run. In the opener, SWOSU’s Red Patterson received the brunt of the UCO assault, giving up an ERA-devastating 10 runs, all of the earned, in just five and a third innings. Typically reliable Broncho starter Kale Murphree had struggles of his own though, pitching a solid game until a powerful SWOSU lineup came alive. Nursing a seemingly safe 10-3 lead in the contest’s final inning, Murphree was pulled in favor of reliever Tyler Schuman after loading the bases on a single and two walks. Schuman answered with his worst outing of the young season in failing to retire a single batter. Schuman was mercifully pulled after giving up six runs, three of them tallied against Murphree, on a single, a hit batter, and a nearly backbreaking SWOSU grand slam that brought the score within a run at 10-9. Kade Kauk came in with the bases empty with yet another chance for the Bronchos to close the game out, but a rare error by sure-

the second game, UCO traveled into enemy territory, and at first it seemed the bronze and blue would fade in the Weatherford glare. The Bronchos entered the sixth inning trailing 5-0 despite the efforts of starter Ryan Wagner, but by the end of the frame, SWOSU would need plenty more than a fiverun cushion to bury UCO. A previously tamed Broncho lineup stampeded for 11 runs in the sixth inning behind single RBIs from the bats of Arrow Cunningham, Bruns, Brady White, and Luke Yost, three RBIs from Ryan Schoonover, and a grand slam off the bat of John Bryant. SWOSU wasn’t ready to call it quits, tying the game in the bottom of the seventh, but an RBI single by Schoonover and a Yost tworun homer would put SWOSU away. The Bulldogs managed to get one more run in the bottom of the eighth, but in the end it was only window dressing, as the Bronchos held on 14-12. Again the Bronchos would falter in the second game, however, as they watched a 7-1 lead evaporate. A total of 10 straight runs from the Bulldogs would finish UCO as the Bronchos fell 11-7. Kauk (2-1) and Yost (1-0) would receive the wins for UCO, as Kevon Hoffman (0-1) and Chris Muchmore (0-2) would be shouldered with the losses. The Broncho offense was driven by Bryant, Yost and Schoonover against SWOSU. Yost UCO pitcher Kale Murphree winds up in the opener against SWOSU on Friday at batted in five runs and had on home run. Broncho Field. The Bronchos defeated SWOSU 11-10 in the series’ first game en Bryant had nine RBIs and a home run, and route to a 2-2 series split. Schoonover had eight hits in 16 at bats, including a home run and 10 RBIs. handed second baseman Tucker Brown was would take advantage of shaky SWOSU The Bronchos’ (7-7, 5-7) next game will be followed shortly by a two-run big fly that put pitching, as a hit batter would score the tyagainst 10-6 Cameron University in Edmond the Bronchos down 11-10. ing run, and Casey Bruns’ bases-loaded walk on March 13. UCO would rally in their final turn at the would seal a narrow 12-11 UCO victory. Afplate. After loading the bases, the Bronchos ter a Broncho rally fell short in a 10-8 loss in PHOTO PROVIDED BY PHOTO SERVICES

By Ryan Costello / Staff Writer

Basketball

BRONCHOS EARN SIXTH SEED DESPITE UPSET LOSS The men of UCO basketball had their trip to a Lone Star Conference Tournament title come to an end well before scheduled last week, but they received a spot of good news to soften the blow. The Bronchos learned on Sunday that they were selected to the NCAA Division II Men’s National Tournament. UCO earned a six seed in the upcoming tournament that starts March 13. Their bid for an LSC title in 2010, however, was cut short. Facing a West Texas A&M team they had topped by 31 points in a Jan. 9 dismantling of the Buffs, UCO failed to match the early intensity brought by their underdog opponent, playing catch up throughout the 80-79 opening-round loss on Wednesday. “We lost the game because of the first 10 minutes of the game,” UCO head coach Terry Evans said. Those first 10 minutes included 13 straight WTAMU points that put the Bronchos in a double-digit hole they couldn’t even begin to chip away at until the three-minute mark in the first half. The Bronchos seemed to be on their way to

PHOTO BY JEREMY ENLOW

By Ryan Costello / Staff Writer

UCO’s Dauntae Williams drives toward the lane against West Texas A&M in the first round of the Lone Star Conference on Wednesday. UCO was upset 80-79.

righting the ship when they pulled within 4437 at halftime, but WTAMU responded with a 10-2 run to start the second half to bring the score to 54-39. From there, UCO began to whittle away at

the deficit, pulling within 58-56 on a Blake Livingston free throw, and even deadlocking with the Buffs at 60 on a transition jumper by Shane Carroll. All seemed well, and order seemed returned when Eric Cazenave buried

a three that gave the Bronchos their first lead of the game at 76-73. But all was not well in Bartlesville, Okla., as the Buffs would score their final 11 points from the charity stripe, including a WTAMU free throw with just 1.8 seconds remaining that brought the score to its final margin at 80-79, sealing a Buff victory and UCO elimination. “I’m proud of our guys for coming back like we did, but we didn’t play our game. You have to give WTAMU credit. They played good defense and played hard the whole game. They were aggressive tonight and probably deserved to win,” Evans said. If there was any one poison for the Bronchos, it was free-throw shooting. The Bronchos failed to take advantage of their opportunities at the line, converting on just 21 of their 38 attempts, just 55 percent compared to 73 percent for WTAMU. Chris Rhymes led the Bronchos with 18 points on 6-7 shooting. Livingston scored 14 points and snatched 5 rebounds. Carroll scored 12 points, and Cazenave added 10. Dauntae Williams scored 12 points in addition to five rebounds, despite shooting just four of 14 from the field.


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SPORTS

Hockey

“BRING ON THE CHAMPS” UCO’s Cinderella run in the ACHA Tournament continues as the Bronchos’ upset wins over in-state rival No. 7 OU and No. 2 Penn State set up a semifinal matchup against defending national champion Lindenwood.

UCO has stunned the nation thus far at the 2010 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship Tournament in Chicago, Ill. On Saturday night, the underdog Bronchos downed their in-state rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners, in a thrilling double-overtime 5-4 victory. On Sunday, UCO upset the No. 2 team in the nation in another thrilling game that also went to extra periods. The Bronchos came back late in the game to beat Penn State 2-1 in overtime. Friday night’s win over OU was like playing in a home game for UCO. There are 14 players on the Bronchos’ roster from the state of Illinois, and their families and friends came out in full force. “The crowd was nuts,” Illinois native and UCO defenseman, Casey Lehmann, said. “They were loud, and they had our back. I think we have the biggest crowd out of anyone at this tournament. It’s a big factor to know that they’re behind us.” UCO got the crowd behind them early. Brian Thompson scored with 1:50 left in the first period. In the second period, the Sooners would get on the board. Nicholas Power put the puck past UCO goaltender Justin Sgro with 13:19 remaining in the second. It was give and take for the rest of the period. Patrick Biron scored for UCO with a one timer from the point on the power play. OU answered back with 8:31 remaining in the second. Then UCO finally took the first multi-goal lead of the game. Mike Haszto scored, followed by Derek Szecsodi. The period would end with the Bronchos owning a 4-2 lead. The third period belonged to the Sooners, and they scored two unanswered goals to pull even with UCO. This brought the game to overtime. Once again the Sooners dominated the ice, yet Sgro was the difference. Sgro turned OU away time and time again, and with every big save, the ice seemed to turn in UCO’s favor. The Bronchos held off OU, and the game went to double overtime. It didn’t take long for UCO to give the fans what they were holding their breath for. Alex Jackson got the puck in the net just 2:38 into double overtime. “AJ [Alfrey] shot it. It got blocked, and then [Michael] Haszto came up with the puck, and he shot it. It got through somehow, and I just jabbed the goalie because it went under him,

1-1 tie, sending the game to overtime. Just 1:42 into the extra period, Jonathan Cannizzo led a two-on-one down the ice and took a shot that blasted top shelf and gave UCO the win. “The puck just got wrapped around to me on the boards,” Cannizzo said. “I turned around and saw the defenseman just standing there at the blue line, and I figured it was a 50-50 puck. If I could just poke it by him or around him it would be a two-on-one. I knew I had [Erik Jansen] going to the net hard there.” “All I thought was, get the puck to the net and hope for the best.” Once again, UCO’s senior goaltender came up big. Sgro stopped 39 shots on the night. “Against Penn State, there’s nobody like him,” McAlister said. “There is nobody out there. The Penn State coach came up to me after the game and said, ‘That’s how a goaltender steals games, and that’s how a goaltender makes the big difference. Your goaltender stepped up and played a hell of a game, and our goaltender couldn’t quite match.’” This is the first time in history a collegiate hockey team from the state of Oklahoma has made it past the quarter finals of the national tournament. There is talk of destiny amongst some of the players and fans, with what happened this season, from this being UCO’s first real senior UCO’s Micheal Haszto (left) leads the Broncho charge into Sooner territory in Saturday night’s 5-4 double overtime victory over OU. UCO defeated second-ranked class, to having to fight for a playoff spot, to Penn State 2-1 in overtime on Sunday and will next face Lindenwood on Tuesday. losing to OU four times in the regular season then being scheduled OU in the first round, and fortunately it squeaked through.” maining in the first. The game stayed at a slow to having 14 players on roster from Illinois, When the referees signaled the goal, the pace for much of the first period. Both teams and having the playoffs be held in Illinois. crowd went wild, and the celebration on ice exchanged offensive pressure, and both goal- Now with the first two rounds in the books, seemed to last an eternity. UCO beat OU tenders shut down the scoring. and UCO getting two amazing playoff wins, when it mattered most, and Justin Sgro had to The second period went scoreless but had there’s that word again. stop 45 shots to do it. its fair share of action. Sgro began to get into “Anything is possible,” McAlister said. “[Sgro] wouldn’t be denied,” UCO head the heads of the Penn State players by robbing “Anything is definitely possible. If destiny is coach, Craig McAlister, said. “He stepped it them of some pretty goals and kicking the net there, then we’re going to play a very closeup in overtime, and if we didn’t have Sgro in off at exactly the right times. Penn State began knit, hard-fought game again on Tuesday. If that overtime, the puck would be in the net.” to lose their composure, and UCO applied fate is on our side, then it will come down to The senior goaltender was humble, shrug- their first consistent pressure of the game. a one-goal game again, and we can steal one ging off his 45 saves and crediting his teamHeading in to the third, UCO was still away from them.” mates with making the win possible. down by one, and Penn State was still playThe Bronchos are now one of only four “I have to bring my best,” Sgro said. “My ing solid hockey. It wasn’t until there was just teams remaining in the race for the national defense and the forwards themselves helped 1:29 left on the clock that the Bronchos got championship. UCO will play the defending immensely. [OU] may have had 49 shots in on the board. national champion Lindenwood, and Ohio the game, but I can tell you for sure that my The huge crowd of rowdy and win-thirsty will play Iowa State in their respective semidefense and forwards blocked at least 30.” UCO fans erupted into pure euphoria when final games tonight. The championship will The win then pit No. 10 UCO against No. 2 senior Shawn Steggles sent a pass to Nick be decided tomorrow night. Penn State in the quarterfinals that took place Novak, and the sophomore out of Green Bay, “Bring on the champs,” Lehmann said. 1 p.m. Sunday. Once again the Bronchos were Wis., rocketed the puck past the Penn State ”Bring them on.” the underdogs. goaltender. No. 2 Penn State scored early, taking a 1-0 The Bronchos controlled the puck for the lead on a goal by Taylor Cera with 17:48 re- rest of the period, and regulation ended in a PHOTO PROVIDED

By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor

Remodeling

By Ryan Costello / Staff Writer

The UCO women picked a bad time to have their second worst shooting night of the season, and the endgame was an 83-70 loss to West Texas A&M in the semifinal round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament on Sunday night in Bartlesville, Okla. After a heart-pounding 111-105 triple overtime victory over Abilene Christian catapulted them to the tourney’s penultimate round, the Bronchos faced an 11th –ranked Lady Buffs squad that had previously ended an early fivegame win streak by UCO. The day follwing their elimination however, the Bronchos learned that they had earned a six seed in the upcoming NCAA National Women’s Basketball Tournament. UCO will have some time to rest before the tournament begins on March 12, but as far as they’re concerned, they’d rather still be playing in the LSC bracket. The Bronchos would miss the mark in their bid for revenge, and through the course of the matchup, so did most of their shots. UCO shot only 35 percent for the game, including just 28 percent from behind the arc. “We didn’t play particularly well, especially

offensively, but WT’s defense was really, really good,” UCO head coach Guy Hardaker said. “We wanted to be aggressive and not get in a hole because you can’t do that against good teams, but we weren’t able to do that.” UCO trailed wire to wire, and faced a double-digit deficit just 11 minutes into the contest at 20-10. The lead stayed at 10 come halftime, but only thanks to a Brianne Grisham three with 22 seconds left, sending the Bronchos into intermission down 35-25. WTAMU kept the Bronchos at arm’s length in the second half as well, expanding their lead to as large as 20 points at 64-44 with 7:11 remaining. Though UCO would cut the margin as close as 12 in the second half, the WTAMU lead turned to be too high a mountain to climb for the Bronchos. UCO was lead as usual by Ashley Beckley, who scored 23 points to go with five rebounds. Grisham was the only other Broncho to score in double-digits, adding 15 points, all of them from behind the arc. Jordan Stark struggled in shooting just 3-10 from the floor, scoring eight points and securing 10 rebounds. Cristina Yarbrough scored seven points and dished seven rebounds.

PHOTO BY JEREMY ENLOW

BRONCHOS OUT OF LSC, BUT IN NATIONALS

UCO’s Brianne Grisham battles a West Texas A&M player for the ball on Saturday. The Bronchos fell to the Buffs 83-70 in the Lone Star Conference Tournament’s second round.

The Vista March 09, 2010  

The University of Central Oklahoma's student voice since 1903.

The Vista March 09, 2010  

The University of Central Oklahoma's student voice since 1903.