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Despite a student petition and a slight murmur of discontent, the Mass Communication Department will have a five-day schedule next fall. "It's a done deal," said Dr. Terry Clark, chairperson of the Mass Communication Department. "The provost decided that this was the best thing to do for the university as a whole and I support him on that." Dr. William Radke, the provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, mandated that the department return to a standard Monday through Friday school week because the fourday week created a shortage of classrooms for the Liberal Arts College and it complicated scheduling for students with the rest of the university. In an email to The Vista, Radke said, "There are between 600 and 700 sections offered on a Friday. Without a university level approach, it is not possible to spread those sections over the remaining four days because those days contain even more sections so that rooms and faculty are already fully booked." Radke has created a task-force made up of three committees to look into the possibility of an alternative schedule for the entire university. The committees were created to represent everyone at the university and find out how it see SCHEDULE, page 3
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The British music scene will once again invade the United States this Friday in Evans Great Hall. The Academy of Contemporary Music, London's renowned music-as-a-career school, has partnered with UCO to bring student musicians ACM@UCO in the coming semesters. Friday, representatives from both the ACM in London and ACM at UCO will hold a "Prospective Student Mixer" on campus, according to a university press release. The mixer will feature performances by Rokhsan, a United Kingdom IndieAP Photo folk musician and ACM, Scott Booker is announced as the executive director of the AcadUK student, along with country musician and emy of Contemporary Music at UCO by University President W. ACM@UCO ambassador Roger Webb on Oct. 9, 2008. Devin Derrick, according to the press release. "At just 23, Rokhsan's solo work has a beautifully crafted charm of folk, soul and pop with a touch of Eastern frailty in her vocal work," Rokhsan's official online bio read. "She has a truly international attitude in her style and manner." According to her bio, Rokhsan began playing piano at six years old and has developed into a multi-instrumentalist, learning guitar, drums, vocals, production and, recently. violin. "Devin Derrick's music is for people who like traditional country music," his online bio read. "If you long for simpler times and the sounds of the past, Devin's music is for you." Just as the performers will bring their unique cultural influences and musical styles together Friday, ACM, UK and UCO representatives have worked together to bring the music school to the United States. see MUSIC, page 3
The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 1042 to allow a vote of the people to establish English as the official language of the state. Last week, readers may recall the passage of Senate Bill 1156 was passed, which would recognize English as a common language for the state. HJR 1042, authored by State Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, would go much further. HJR 1042 would be placed on the 2010 ballot for a vote of the people to amend the Oklahoma Constitution. Once passed, all official proceedings from the state government and agencies would be produced in English. Specific exceptions are listed in regards to trade, commerce, public health and safety. Braille and sign language would not be affected. For over an hour the House questioned and debated the need for this action. Critics assailed the legislation as divisive and superfluous. Opponents claimed that if the concern was over Spanish driver license tests, then legislation should be enacted to address it specifically. In addition to establishing English as the official language, the resolution would also "provide functional constitutional protection for Native American languages," Terrill said. Several tribal governments have passed resolutions strongly opposing HJR 1042. Terrill claimed that a spirit of multiculturalism was taking hold in the state and that it promoted a language of linguistic apartheid. "When the government acts with authority, it has to communicate in English ... and no one has the right to demand taxpayer services in languages other than English," Terrill said in closing debate. The resolution passed 66-32. The House also heard House Bill 2252, which would remove from law provisions to print drivers license tests in Spanish. Currently Oklahoma Law allows for tests to be administered in both English and Spanish. Terrill, who also authored this legislation, said this was in response to a lawsuit brought by an Iranian couple who demanded the test to be administered in Farsi. The legislation passed 68-28.
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Because the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert regarding Mexico, university officials would like to remind everyone to make safety and security a top priority no matter where your Spring Break travels may lead. Following is part of the message from the State Department: "While millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year (including thousands who cross the land border every day for study, tourism or business), violence in the country has increased recently. It is imperative that travelers understand the risks of travel to Mexico, how best to avoid dangerous situations, and whom to contact if one becomes a crime victim. Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable." Temporary Closure of Parking Lots, March 12-18
Parking lot No. 46 and the east side of No. 47 will be closed from 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, through Wednesday, March 18, for the installation of a Rappel Tower at the Wellness Center. The installation team appreciates the UCO community's support and understanding. Nominations being accepted for 'W. Roger Webb Award'
UCO faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate students for the W. Roger Webb Award, sponsored by the UCO Foundation through a generous gift from Ben Odom in honor UCO's President Webb. The $1,000 cash award recognizes two fulltime undergraduate students—a male and female—entering their junior or senior year, who embody the same excellence in leadership as UCO's president. They also must demonstrate UCO's core values of character, community and civility. Letters of nomination must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, to Cheryl Steele, Ph.D., vice president for University Leadership, at email@example.com . All nominees will receive a letter congratulating them for their nomination. Finalists will be asked to submit an unofficial transcript and a brief personal statement describing their vision for UCO as the elite leadership university. The committee will make a final selection based on materials submitted by the finalists. For more information, call 974-556o. UCO Soccer Club Match, March 28
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OKLAHOMA — How to live an eco-friendly life, reduce consumption, increase profits and preserve the environment locally and nationally will be among the many discussion topics at the 8th annual Oklahoma Sustainability Conference March 20-21.
City and state leaders, professors, business owners, agricultural producers and other individuals interested in learning about or sharing their experiences in sustainable and environmental issues will be among the participants at the two-day conference, which will be held at the Nigh University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. The Oklahoma Sustainability Conference will provide resources and information on a variety of topics such as environmentally-friendly building processes and business practices, water resources, farming, purchasing local products and transportation. The conference will feature national and statewide authorities including J.D. Strong, Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment, Robert Wegener, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy, and Drew Edmondson, OklahomaAttorney General. "Today's global challenges have caused our society to become increasingly aware of the need to utilize resources more sustainably," said Strong. "In the midst of these disconcerting times, the Oklahoma Sustainability Conference offers Oklahomans an excellent opportunity to stake their place in the more empowering green economy to come." Friday conference speakers will include city leaders from Greensburg, I<an. who will discuss their "green" rebuilding efforts after a May 2007 tornado leveled nearly the entire city. After the storm, the city decided to
build all city buildings to LEED certification, meeting a variety of standards for sustainable construction. Greensburg will have the nation's first LEED Platinum city hall, which will be built from reclaimed brick and recycled wood and will include solar panels, geothermal technology and a roof with vegetation growing on top. LED streetlights and the goal of powering the city on loo percent renewable energy are also part of the city's green plan. A reception dinner will be held Friday evening followed by an acoustic concert by Portland, Ore. musician and environmental activist Garrett Brennan. On Saturday, William Greider, former Rolling Stone and Washington Post editor, will be the keynote speaker. Greider, a national best-selling author who is currently a national affairs correspondent for The Nation, a weekly paper dedicated to politics and culture, will be discussing his latest book, Come Home America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of our country. Greider will discuss relevant and timely topics such as how economic and political forces have brought us to the financial crisis of the day and how a return to our nation's core values will bring a better, more fulfilling society. Speakers and topics will include: • Sustainable daily living featuring Trathen Heckman, founder and executive director of California-based Daily Acts, an organization that promotes and educates on earth-friendly lifestyles. • Transportation including sessions on electric vehicles, transit-oriented development and freight and passenger railroad transportation. • Energy sessions will explore the latest developments in alterna-
live energy and coal burning power plants. • Water rights and the importance of water quality for recreational use. Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmonson will discuss protecting water resources. • Business and Nonprofit will explore marketing green business real estate, green building codes, alternative business structures, business pollution prevention and marketing nonprofits. • Agriculture sessions take a look at urban farming, the Community Food Project and agriculture market concentration. • Education topics focus on sustainability and the student body, sustainable university curriculum, the sustainable campus and the Oklahoma Farm to School Program featuring representatives from Tulsa University, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma. • Farmers markets and food cooperatives will be one of several panel discussion topics. Bob Waldrop, founder • of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative and local advocate for social and environmental responsibility, will lead the panel. The Oklahoma Sustainability Conference will be March 20-21 at the Nigh University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. each day. Admission is $75 for both days or $42.50 for single day registration. The Oklahoma Sustainability Network Conference is presented by the Oklahoma Sustainability Network and hosted by Sustainable Edmond. For more information, visit www. oksustainability.org.
Gunman left list of those who wronged him Associated Press SAMSON, Ala. (AP) — The gunman who killed to people and committed suicide in a rampage across the Alabama countryside had struggled to keep a job and left behind a list of employers and co-workers he believed had wronged him, authorities said. Wednesday. The list, found in his home, included a metals plant that had forced Michael McLendon to resign years ago. Also on the list was a sausage factory where he suddenly quit last week and a poultry plant that suspended his mother, District Attorney Gary McAliley said. McAliley was quoted as telling The Dothan Eagle that McLendon also listed people at the sausage factory who had complained about McLendon for such things as not wearing earplugs and slicing the meat too thin. "We found a list of people he worked with, people who had done him wrong," the district attorney said outside the charred house where the rampage began. But investigators offered no immediate explanation for why he targeted relatives and other people who weren't on the list as he fired more than 200 rounds in a roughly 20-mile trail of carnage across two counties near the
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First Year Students get another chance to BE HEARD! The "Survive the Freshmen Freak" survey is back! First Year Students get another chance to BE HEARD! The "Survive the Freshmen Freak" survey is back!! DEAR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: The Psychology Department Counseling Clinic is once again conducting a survey of first year students (Freshmen) to determine their needs on campus beyond academics. If you completed it last semester, we are especially interested in how things are going now (so take it again). If you didn't get to complete the survey last semester, here is your chance for your voice to be heard. Don't miss it. Here are many of the benefits of completing the "Survive the Freshmen Freak" survey: 1) You get to make your "first year student" voice heard — maybe even for a second time. 2) Depending on your instructor, completing the survey may qualify you for some extra credit. ASK!! 3) After completing the survey, you may sign up to join other first year students for meetings that address issues such as stress, loneliness, depression, and anxiety. 4) If you are a lucky one, you might be invited to participate in the Deliberative Poll, which is a radical new way to get your voice heard. 5) You get to feel good about contributing to a campus wide effort to understand what we are doing well and what we can do differently. You can even count it as a mini volunteer opportunity if you don't get some type of credit for it. If you are a freshman, you will be receiving an e-mail blast with a link to the survey in the next few days. Take is a soon as you can — most people can take it in around ro minutes. Remember, we need you to take this new and improved version of the survey whether you took it last semester or not. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors may take it also by going to the following link. Don't be left out and visit http://www.survey.com and click on the poll. If you missed the survey or have questions, call 974-5466. DID YOU KNOW??? In a poll of 94,806 college students, 32% suffered from stress, 23.9% had sleep difficulties, 18% had concern for family or friend, 12% suffered from anxiety, and 17.8% were depressed. In addition, more than half of the students polled felt sad, exhausted, overwhelmed, and hopeless (American College Health Association, 2006).
SCHEDULE Continued from page 1 out how it will affect them. The Efficiency Committee is looking at alternative scheduling as a means to reduce energy usage. Two committees in. Academic Affairs are looking at several alternatives that to create opportunities for students to create schedules that will fit more fully with 'their busy lives. The committees will finish their assignments this spring "If [a four-day schedule] is feasible, it is something we could move to as early as spring because we haven't started building the spring schedule yet." Dr. Pamela Washington, the Dean of the Liberal Arts College, said. If the entire campus goes to a four-day schedule there will be a lot more classes starting at eight in the morning and classes will have to start at 7:3o a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. "To get the same number of classes into the schedule you're going to have to do something," Washington said. "Students will either have to come earlier or they're going to have to stay later.It's just not physically possible to put more classes at nine, ten and eleven, which are the really popular start times." Radke even suggested the possibility of a two-day schedule. "I prefer schedules that will result in increased student learning," he said. "That might be four-day or it could be two day...for example, Monday-Wednesday, Tuesday-Thursday, and Friday-Saturday." The mass communications department started an experi-
mental four-day schedule for the major classes this past fall. Over 30o mass comm. majors were surveyed last spring before the change, and again during its implementation of it. The four-day week had an 85-90 percent approval rating. Though most of the mass comm. students surveyed were upset about the change, Radke said he has not received any emails from students that are for or against the change. Senior Alicia Raymond, a broadcast major, started a petition last week after hearing about the schedule change. "The four-day-a-week classes benefit me and I know they benefit other people," Raymond said. "It leaves my Friday open so that I can work for my other job full-time that day." As of Wednesday, the petition had 90 signatures from the 800 plus mass comm. majors. It will be submitted to Radke today, but it will not affect the decision to return to a five-day week for the fall because the schedule has already been made. "I do believe there are plenty of opportunities for the students to have a four-day schedule," Washington said. "They can do Tuesday-Thursday classes . . . if students truly want just a four-day schedule. We're also working really hard with Dr. Clark to rebuild an evening schedule." The College of Arts, Media and Design is the only other department with a s four-day week, but that schedule works because all their labs meet on Friday.
MUSIC Continued from page 1 Steve Lavington, International Business Manager for ACM, UK, spoke of working with UCO President Roger Webb in the early stages of planning ACM@UCO. "We found President Webb to be a very forward-thinking individual," Lavington said. "Nobody had really embraced the whole [ACM@UCO idea] in the way [Webb] and his team did." Lavington said the Oklahoma Department of Commerce has worked closely with both ACM divisions to help make ACM@UCO a reality. "The ambition is to grow ... music within Oklahoma,"
Lavington said. Lavington explained that ACM has nontraditional goals for its students. "We don't count success by degrees we hand out ... we count it by students we place in the industry," Lavington said. The mixer will be in the Evans Hall Great Room on the 2nd floor of the Nigh University Center from 7:30 p.m. till ro p.m. Food, entertainment and prizes will be provided, according to the press release.
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As a former high school tuba player, I can only rudimentally grasp the complexities and difficulties of playing symphonic music. Thankfully, it's part of the music's inherent power that allows unlearned folks like me to enjoy and be moved beyond what words could have said. The UCO Symphony Orchestra showcased this potency in a concert last Tuesday, premiering a fantastic piece and featuring two others. The Argosy Overture, commissioned to "celebrate the one year anniversary of the University of Central Oklahoma's Centre for Global Competency," premiered in an intimate yet commanding way at the Oak Tree Club House with two other pieces, symphonies by Haydn and Hanson. The Symphony #45 in F# minor or "Farewell Symphony" by Haydn opened the night after an introduction by conductor Dr. Ralph Morris. After preparing the historical scene, Morris told the audience to look for a "subtle" hint in the final movement of the symphony, a hint meant for Haydn's patron who had kept his orchestra longer than expected. Playing to the sold-out crowd, the UCO orchestra obviously performed with a lot of energy and excitement. The players seemed eager to arrive at the fourth movement, though the orchestra kept together throughout effortlessly, following the director and performing as one body. In the finale, marked "Presto," the music barrels towards what would seem to be a climactic conclusion, but almost suddenly the music shifts to a bizarre, repetitive slow section. At this time a few of the players, to the murmurs of the audience, take their instruments and walked off the stage. Soon more players walked off, some individually, and some as an entire section. The audience quickly caught on, and as the departing musicians waved goodbye, sneaked out, highfived, threw their music on the floor and ran away, the audience began to laugh and clap as Haydn's fantastically funny "hint" struck a chord with the audience. The piece ended after the conductor left, leaving only the first and second violin players on stage in "bafflement" as to where everyone else went. Such a clever gimmick was perfect for the atmosphere of the performance, where both the audience and the orchestra shared the smaller hall in Oak Tree, and that sort of interaction seemed natural and engaging. After a brief intermission, the orchestra began the Argosy Overture with no introduction. I could tell that much work had been poured into this premiere, and it showed in an attentiveness and reverence that I don't know that I've seen before by an orchestra. There was an obvious commitment to both the composer Callen Clarke and his friend, violin soloist Kyle Dillingham. The piece, which the program describes as a "music depiction of the journey of a global explorer," has an intense and engaging power. The program says the overtire "has two themes, rep-
resenting the argosy and a single explorer's transformational journey." Within the first minute of the overture, it did invoke visions of the open sea with a grand, global feel to the music. The true power of the performance, though, was Dillingham, music ambassador of UCO. Considered by many to be a prodigy, Dillingham's infectious personality gushes through the music. Dillingham is a true musician and true performer, as the swell of melody coming from his violin implores the audience to move beyond passive consumption and into an active enjoyment. The piece, I believe, was written with Dillingham in mind, and it shows that there's a great collaboration between the composer's work and the performer's interpretation. I found Dillingham's abandonment into the music to be refreshing and intoxicating. It's not often, I think, that soloists works with his or her orchestra rather than simply uses the orchestra to showcase themselves. But in this performance, the orchestra and soloist, along with the conductor and the composer's work, all seemed to come together as one. The orchestra's last piece was Symphony No. 2, "Romantic" by Howard Hanson. Doing a bit of research, I found that the symphony was used in the closing credits for the movie "Alien," and that does not surprise me. This music was vibrant and cinematic, and once again the orchestra and the conductor seemed to perform as one and engage the audience, despite the terrible uncomfortable chairs. During the last movement of the symphony, "Allegro con brio," there was an almost visible sense of a snowball rolling towards a fantastic conclusion. The orchestra seemed to gather all the energy from the night, and all the power of the music played, as it barreled towards the finale, and played with remarkable intensity and focus. Again, the audience could not help but give a standing ovation after the conclusion. While Oak Tree provided that nice intimate atmosphere, several times during the performance I found myself missing Mitchell Hall and its lack of blenders, telephones and dishes clanging. It was during those distractions, though, that I realized how taken I was by the music of the evening and controlled by the energy of the players. Dillingham said that he was touched by the way the university and community came together to celebrate the Centre for Global Competency, and that this concert was the beginning of "reviving symphonic music, starting here in Oklahoma." I agree that it's performances like this one that keep the public's .interest in orchestral music alive. Through this dynamic and engaging concert, the UCO Symphony Orchestra and Kyle Dillingham proved and demonstrated a vitality in a music that "should have died," as Dillingham said, but as showed Tuesday night, should and will go on for a long, long time.
Vietnam Veteran Inspires Crowd
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Vietnam veteran Dave Roever shakes hands with listeners after his speach in Constitution Hall on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Roever sustained massive burn injuries after a grenade went off in his hand during his tour in Vietnam.
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'Watchmen' worth watching? Ryan Croft Senior Reporter
Let me start this off by saying I discovered the original "Watchmen" graphic novel at the age of 17. It was on the floor of my aunt's loft, lying half-hidden among other books and magazines. I might not even have noticed the softbound collectors edition reprint, were it not for the trademark blood-spattered smiley face on the cover. Over the next two days of Christmas vacation, my young, impressionable mind was introduced to a world of unprecedented socio-political complexity, where the good guys were really rather awful people and the streets ran rife with a feverish paranoia. Since co-creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons first published "Watchmen" in 1986, it has inspired many readers before and after me to question ideal of the quintessential good guy and what makes us so obsessed with the idea of superheroes in the first place. There was also plenty of social and political commentary to make the novel a relevant voice of the mid-'8os anti-politico underground. Director Zack Snyder manages to transfer enough of the novel's paranoid tone and disturbing violence onto the big screen - the audience is treated to plenty of blood, sawed-off limbs and even a butcher knife repeatedly hacking into a man's head - just to give the newcomer an initial foothold into the "Watchmen" world. The movie begins with the death of former masked crusader and Watchmen member The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), known sans-mask as Eddie Blake. The scene, in which a shadowed figure dressed in black pummels and tosses a bath-robed Blake around the room and finally out a high-rise window to the tune of Nat King
Cole's "Unforgettable," sets the tone for the violent and darkly dramatic 2 hour and 40 minute ballet that is "Watchmen." The Comedian's death raises the suspicion of Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the only Watchmen member still prowling the streets in spite of a ban on masked vigilantes. Rorschach believes Blake's death is apart of a conspiracy to kill off former Watchmen members. Other post-Watchmeri are too preoccupied to take much initial notice of their colleague's suspicions. The Day-Glow-blue Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) uses his supereveryman powers — restructuring atoms, seeing the future, super-intelligence, etc. — to help the United States in its extended nuclear arms race against Russia. Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), the smartest man on earth, used his super-intelligence to become one of the richest men on the planet. Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman) Photo provided and Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson) both live comfortably in superhero retirement, the The Comedian, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, fires deadly rounds former having married Dr. Manhattan. into a crowd of protesters in the Warner Bros. movie "Watchmen." The Watchmen are by no means your typical supergroup of heroes. Rorschach, the graphic novel's creative force, Moore, faithful to the "Watchmen" plot while failthe perpetrator of the aforementioned declared his work unfilmable and even ing to truly capture the spirit of the story. skull-hacking scene, is a mentally disturbed had his name withheld from the movie's Apart from the overlong, awkward sex sadist who uses the most painfully violent credits. scene that looks as if it were left in solely object at his disposal deal with anyone he The film falls into the same trap as most to keep the virgin-nerd fan base from comfinds guilty of injustice. any epic novel-turned-big-screen-event; plaining, I cannot tell you what scenes Before his death, The Comedian was a how to balance story essentials with enough should have been cut. trigger-happy nihilist whose mind became drama and action to keep the masses enterAs a quasi-"Watchmen" fanboy, I saw so warped by the government appointed tained. Oh, and Mr. Snyder, don't forget the the essentiality in pretty much every scene massacres he carried out in Vietnam that he hundreds of Watchmen fanboys (and girls) in the movie. However, the movie's almost eventually began gunning down everyone who will come to the movie in full favorite- three hours eventually turns it into a chore from his pregnant baby's mama to a crowd character regalia, each of them expecting for all but the true fan to finish. of anti-vigilante protesters. He almost raped to see the scene they deem most un-leaveWithout the ability to recreate what the original Silk Spectre in the Watchmen's outable come to life. made the graphic novel so crucial in the early days and was stopped only by the lastAlas, I'm afraid even some of the fan- '8os, "Watchmen" comes across as little minute interference of other members. people will leave the theatre disappointed. more than a lengthy, sometimes entertainAs a fan of the graphic novel, I genu- Almost surprisingly, Snyder's "Watchmen" ing foray into a dark and violent world inely enjoyed most of its big screen debut. errs in the same way as Peter Jackson's whose only hope is its most hopeless inhabHowever, I can also see why one-half of "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by remaining too itants.
Palahniuk book `Choke's on Angela Morris Stafflf flier
"Choke," a movie based a national bestselling book by author Chuck Palahniuk, was released for rental last month. First of all, anyone who chooses to make a movie based on a Chuck Palahniuk book is doing the world a favor by releasing Palahniuk's satirical humor and sophisticated yet amazingly twisted outlook of modem America to a larger audience. The first Palahniuk book made into a movie, Fight Club, still holds a place in people's hearts today as a realistic look at the human psyche and basic dark needs of the average person. "Choke," the second Palahniuk book to hit the big screen, was written and directed by Clark Gregg. "Choke" brings you through the rollercoaster ride of a medical-school dropout, Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell),
who struggles with his personal identity, a sex addiction, a dying mother in a mental institution and knack for staging his own near-death experiences so other people will "save" him. Anjelica Huston plays the role of Ida Mancini, the mother of this confused man. Huston snags the spotlight in' every scene she appears. Her delusions force her son to constantly look after her and her odd ideas on life reflect the satire for which Palahniuk is famous. Speaking of satire, you cannot forget to mention the sexoholics meeting our main character attends to cure his addiction. Every character there humorously reflects the lost, twisted and deeply troubled souls of people who live day-to-day lives. One of the funniest small little bits added into the plot is the fact that Victor works at a colonial theme park. If you ever thought your boss was annoying, try working under a man who lets his job pretending to be a European immigrant to the new world become the universe of his life. Although the movie still possesses all the great plot
points of the book, I was disappointed that it didn't fully portray the dark tone of the book. Palahniuk's first few sentences in Chapter 1 of "Choke” are as follows; "If you're going to read this, don't bother. After a couple pages, you won't want to be here. So forget it. Go away. Get out while you're still in one piece." This genius way to pull an audience into a story and set up a tainted atmosphere is what keeps Palahniuk fans buying his books and renting "Fight Club." I just don't think Clark Gregg screenplay and chooses as director developed the full potential of "Choke" as a movie. One other thing that bothered me was that Samuel Rockwell just did not fully come off as pathetic as a main character in a Palahniuk book would be. Even though I greatly appreciate the fact that someone attempted to make "Choke" into a movie, The book is so much better.
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Wok Express: The king of takeout Daviyion Johnson and Ryan Kolb Freelance Reviewers
We are busy people, finding the time to eat at these Jew restaurants every week and write a review is something we have to make time to do. We know you are busy too. Luckily, there are places like Wok Express that save us all some time and are easy on the pocket books. W(k Express, nestled in the Kickingbird Square on the corner of Bryant and Danforth, is what we reconmend if you are in a hurry for great Chinese food.Their menu states they specialize in Szechwan, Man&lin and Hunan cuisine. We don't exactly know whateach one implies, but it was tasty. R!an had trouble ordering at this place because the nenu is quite extensive. Once you choose your dish, you may have to decide on if you want that dish to include veggies, chicken, pork, shrimp, or a combination. Lunch seems like a particularly good deal as you can get one of six menu items for $5.57. We plan to go back for that sometime soon. Just looking at the menu makes us think this place would be great for vegans, too. Even if yOu go for dinner, you would pay no more than $10 for any of their menu items, which is always a good deal if your feeding yourself or a family. Ryan finally decided on the chicken curry fried rice with a side of sweet and sour chicken. It was super good and hot and by hot he means spicy. He had not looked at the entire menu, which says spices can be altered upon request. Maybe he should have taken a little spice off the top. The spicy flavor and delicious taste keep the H 2 o flowing all meal. He enjoyed this dish and would surely choose it again if he goes back. On second thought, maybe he would get what Daviyion ordered. Daviyion had honey chicken with fried rice and a side of sweet and sour chicken. What is that word used when you discover something ingenious? Eureka! That's what this very enjoyable combination of chicken combined with more chicken prodaced. Overall, Ryan gives Wok Express 4.2 put of 5 stars. He recommends it on the highest regards for all of
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your Chinese food take-out needs. It was quality service, terrific food, and fair prices make Wok Express a place he will return to soon. Daviyion gives Wok express major kudos for two reasons: 1. It was able to provide a very enjoyable dining experience even though we came near closing time and the cook was clearly ready to go home. 2. The food is prepared right and delicious all in a jiffy. For a new king of takeout, I crown thee, Wok Express, the new ruler of the food to go kingdom.
"It was quality service, terrific food, and fair prices make Wok Express a place he [Ryan] will return to soon." --Daviyion & Ryan
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`Witch Mountain' ditches charm Christy Lemire Associated PRess
Ifyou grew up in the 1970s, you probably, have some fond moviegoing memory of "Escape to Witch Mountain." Sure, the special effects look dated — the flying Winnebago with Eddie Albert at the wheel, for example. But the 1975 action-adventure tale of an orphaned brother and sister with psychic powers still holds up for all ages. What kid wouldn't want to communicate with animals telepathically, or magically make stuff hit a bully in the face? With "Race to Witch Mountain" — a re-imagining, not a remake, to use the vernacular — the kids are about six years older, which depletes the story of some of its sweetness. It's also harder to care about them because they're not really the ones driving the story — they're literally passengers in what is essentially yet another family friendly vehicle for Dwayne Johnson. The artist formerly known as The Rock stars as Jack Bruno, an ex-con trying to carve out a clean life as a Las Vegas cab driver. (All his passengers happen to end up going to Planet Hollywood in a convenient little bit of product placement.) The role once again requires him to play a tough guy with a soft heart. One day, alien brother and sister Seth and Sara (Alexander Ludwig and AnnaSophia Robb) mysteriously appear in the back seat of his car, produce a wad of cash and ask him to take them to an indeterminate location. Theireprrilval:there is cru-
cial to the survival of their planet, they eventually explain in politely robotic English. ("Jack Bruno, it would appear we have not eluded them," is a typical bit of dialogue.) But first, they must endure a series of repetitive and bombastic car chases, as they try to hide from both government baddies with nefarious plans (led by Ciaran Hinds) and an alien assassin on a mission to destroy them. The film from Andy Fickman (who also directed Johnson in the football comedy "The Game Plan"), based on a script by Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback, is all noise and action, overedited shootouts with blaring music. And it has none of the small charms of the original, though the ethereally pretty Robb, star of "Bridge to Terabithia," has a likable presence, and she gets to do some of that same turn-theanimals-against-their-owners routine. What "Race to Witch Mountain" does retain from the 1975 movie are its stars, Take Eissinmann and Kim Richards (she's still cute!), who make knowing cameos at a small-town diner. And yes, there is a Winnebago, driven by wisecracking Garry Marshall as a UFO conspiracy expert. Carla Gugino doesn't get much to do as Marshall's rival, a scientist who believes in the possibility of extraterrestrial life. If there really are aliens out there with superpowers, though, couldn't they have come up with a better script? "Race to Witch Mountain," a Walt Disney Pictures release, is rated PG for sequences of action and vio-
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Obama lifts Bush-era stranglehold on science Editiorial Board Cornell Daily Sun/Cornell U
From climate change to contraceptives, evolution to sex education in public schools, the Bush Administration had a stranglehold on science. But yesterday, President Obama began to loosen the government's grip, lifting Bush's imposed limits on federal funding for new stem cell research. Bush's 2001 bans on research funding transformed what should have been an intellectual academic debate into a bipartisan political battle, overstepping his bounds as he drew on moral and religious sentiments supporting his cause. Today, Obama is seeking a return to "sound science," pledging to weed out all of the political meddling. While there will most likely not be any instantaneous changes seen from this policy change — as it will take time for the National Institutes of Health to restructure its research funding — the announcement has certainly given the green light to scientists who have been itching to rev their engines and get the research going. At Cornell alone, 28 professors and researchers participate in the Cornell Stem Cell Program. Under Bush's bans, a lack of federal funding stunted competition and productivity within the field, and painted a bleak outlook for future generations of biologists and geneticists on East Hill. Today, questions regarding the ethics of science will be
left in the hands of the scientists and ethicists at the NIH, not by the head honchos in Washington. The floodgates are open, and researchers at Cornell and across the nation will be scrambling to meet a September 2010 deadline for grants from a $10.4 billion slice of economic stimulus plan delegated to the NIH. Opponents of stem cell research have described Obama's actions as "deadly," claiming that the destruction of human embryos, which is required to obtain stem cells, is equivalent to murder. But with increased federal funding, the big brains are suggesting that embryonic stem cells might not necessarily be the way of the future. Last week, The Sun cited two 2007 studies in which researchers took ordinary human body cells from adults and developed them into stem cells. These discoveries could pave the way for future health explorations that are not always as controversial as once thought. Moving forward, we hope to see Obama's commitment to making "scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology" expanded beyond the scope of stem cell research. Science is compromised when it is left in the hands of politicians whose agendas are framed by bipartisan commitments rather than scientific inquiry. And for us on the Hill, we're glad that Obama's motion will finally propel us forward, allowing the university's researchers to move at the vanguard of intellectual discovery.
Photographed & compiled by Matt Danner
Drop in religion signals changed political scene Sam Clegg Badger Herald/U. Wisconsin
From climate change to contraceptives, evolution to sex education in public schools, the Bush Administration had a stranglehold on science. But yesterday, President Obama began to loosen the government's grip, lifting Bush's imposed limits on federal funding for new stem cell research. Bush's 2001 bans on research finding transformed what should have been an intellectual academic debate into a bipartisan political battle, overstepping his bounds as he drew on moral and religious sentiments supporting his cause. Today, Obama is seeking a return to "sound science," pledging to weed out all of the political meddling. While there will most likely not be any instantaneous changes seen from this policy change — as it will take
time for the National Institutes of Health to restructure its research funding — the announcement has certainly given the green light to scientists who have been itching to rev their engines and get the research going. At Cornell alone, 28 professors and researchers participate in the Cornell Stem Cell Program. Under Bush's bans, a lack of federal funding stunted competition and productivity within the field, and painted a bleak outlook for future generations of biologists and geneticists on East Hill. Today, questions regarding the ethics of science will be left in the hands of the scientists and ethicists at the NIH, not by the head honchos in Washington. The floodgates are open, and researchers at Cornell and across the nation will be scrambling to meet a September 2010 deadline for grants from a $10.4 billion slice of economic stimulus plan delegated to the NIH. Opponents of stem cell research have described Obama's actions as "deadly," claiming that the destruction of human embryos, which is required to obtain stem cells, is equiva-
lent to murder. But with increased federal funding, the big brains are suggesting that embryonic stem cells might not necessarily be the way of the future. Last week, The Sun cited two 2007 studies in which researchers took ordinary human body cells from adults and developed them into stem cells. These discoveries could pave the way for future health explorations that are not always as controversial as once thought. Moving forward, we hope to see Obama's commitment to making "scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology" expanded beyond the scope of stem cell research. Science is compromised when it is left in the hands of politicians whose agendas are framed by bipartisan commitments rather than scientific inquiry. And for us on the Hill, we're glad that Obama's motion will finally propel us forward, allowing the university's researchers to move at the vanguard of intellectual discovery.
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Broncho wrestlers prepare for nationa
Elliott has plenty of experience on the big stage of the national tournament, including ( .w.respondeni a fifth place finish at nationals last year and The UCO wrestling team left for Texas a junior college national title at 125 during Monday afternoon to compete in the upcom- his sophomore year at Labette. ing national tournament at the University of "I feel confident," Elliott said. "I feel like Houston. The Bronchos attended the open- we have the best coaches in the nation." ing ceremony banquet on Tuesday night. Elliott said the drive to work hard and The tournament begins Friday. stay in shape has never been a problem. "We're ready to go," UCO wrestling head He said he is preparing to face an intense coach David James said. "Hopefully the six wrestler in his first round at nationals. As a [wrestlers] who qualified are ready." regional champion, Elliot will wrestle a 4th James said he thinks this will be the per- place finisher from another region. The first fect stage for his six national qualifiers to do round format puts 1st place up against 4th something special. place from another regional and 2nd place At 174 pounds, senior Tommy McCarty from regionals up against 3rd place from is back to full strength after battling illness another regional. during regionals. . Elliott has had a full year of training this "McCarty shouldn't be bothered too much season, including 6o matches under his belt by his finish at regionals," James said. for the year. For two of the top seniors in the pro"If I'm not in the finals, it will be a big gram, Tim Elliott, originally from Wichita, disappointment," Elliott said. Photo Services Kan. and Luke Elmore, this will be their At 149 pounds, Luke Elmore said he is last collegiate tournament. Elliott was coming into the tournament confident. "I'm ready to get up there and compete," Tommy McCarty wrestles against an opponent from Truman State University on Feb. 14 in Hamilton Fieldhouse. "I'm ready to get up there Elmore said. In the first round, Elmore, from Stillwater, and compete." Elmore said he feels like the atmosphere will wrestle a regional winner, but he is team national title as a freshman. at the Juco national tournament is similar Elmore credits his success this season to confident because he has already seen the --Luke Elmore to the Division II National Tournament. healthy eating and weight-control. opponent this year and beaten him. That experience could help him to be even The tournament features a double-elimElmore said his first two years after the regional champion at 125 pounds and transferring to UCO from Labette have been ination, 16-man bracket, and Elmore feels more prepared when Friday comes around, Elmore took fourth at 149 pounds. Both disappointing because of injuries. He was like his draw in the first round is a good he said. transferred from the wrestling powerhouse forced to redshirt the 2006-2007 season one. "It's all about your belief system this time Labette Community College in Kansas. of year," James said. The rest of the UCO lineup for nationafter wrestling only seven matches. Elliott's weight has fluctuated between als includes senior Tommy McCarty, 174 At Labette, he finished 4th at nationals 125 and 133 pounds. He said he feels like he his freshman and sophomore years and pounds, and juniors Scott Berens at 133 is a true 125 pounder and that is where his helped the school win the junior college pounds and Colby Robinson at 141 pounds, success has come this season. and Dustin Finn at heavyweight.
Women's Basketball: Bronchos make national championship
Traci Murphee goes for the Iayup against the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bulldogs on Feb. 28.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. pit the UCO/SOSU winner (March 8) â€” Lone Star against the VVU/UIW winner Conference North Division at 6 p.m. and the ESU/SMU champion Central Oklahoma winner against the ACU/ will make its second straight WTAMU winner at 8 p.m. trip to the NCAA Division The championship finals are II Women's Basketball set for Monday at 7 p.m. Eight regional tournaChampionship after the Bronchos earned an at-large ments will be held around the bid into the 64-team national country this week, with the champions advancing to the tournament Sunday night. UCO, which lost in the finals Elite Eight in San Antonio, of the Lone Star Conference Texas March 24-27. "We're certainly excited Women's Championship to West Texas A&M, will go to about being in the national Canyon, Texas for the South tournament again and look Central Regional this week- forward to what should be a end and is the No. 3 seed in great regional," UCO coach Guy Hardaker said. "There that eight-team tournament. The Bronchos, 25-5 on the are eight really good teams year, will take on LSC North there, but I think we've got Division rival Southeastern as good a chance as anybody to win the regional and that's Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Friday in the first round. obviously our goal. "We know about Click here for tournament Southeastern and it will be a ticket information. Other opening-round great challenge for us. We're games have No. 2 seed happy to still be playing and Washburn playing Incarnate will be ready to go." The Bronchos and SOSU Word at 2 p.m., No. 4 seed Emporia State meeting St. split two regular-season Mary's at 6 p.m. and top- meetings, with UCO winning seeded WTAMU taking on 76-59 in Edmond and losing 87-76 in Durant. Abilene Christian at 8 p.m. Saturday's semifinals
Men's Basketball: UCO back in nationals INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. â€” Central Oklahoma will look to defend its South Central Regional title and make a repeat trip to the Elite Eight this week when the Bronchos begin play in the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship. UCO received an at-large berth in the 64-team national tournament field and will go to Warrensburg, Mo. for the South Central Regional. The Bronchos, 24-5 on the year, are the No. 3 seed and will take on Dallas Baptist at 12 p.m. Saturday in the first round. A pre-tournament banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Elliott Union Ballroom on the UCM campus and fans can attend for $15. Seats must be purchased by 5 p.m. Wednesday (660-543-4250). Other opening-round games have top-seeded No. 2 seed Southwest Baptist going against Angelo State at 2:30 p.m., Central Missouri playing Texas A&M-Kingsville at 6 p.m. and No. 4 seed
David Thomas takes a shot against the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bulldogs on Feb. 28.
Midwestern State taking on Incarnate Word at 8:3o p.m. Semifinal games on Sunday pit the UCO/DBU winner against the ASU/SBU winner at 4 p.m. and the MSU/UIW winner against the UCM/TAMUK winner at 6:30 p.m. The championship finals are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Eight regional tournaments will be held around the country this week, with the champions advancing to the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass. March 25-28. It will be the loth Division II national tournament appearance for the Bronchos, who won last year's South Central Regional crown in Stephenville, Texas as the No. 3 seed in advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1992. "We showed last year that you can win our regional as the third seed and that's what we're going to try and do again," said head coach Terry Evans.
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