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ROTC demonstrates Chinook helicopter by Hannah Jackson Student Writer

by Vista photographer Alex Gambill

Army CH-47 Chinook comes in for a landing with about 15 students from the Broncho Battalion aboard March 8 at the soccer field on Baumann and 2nd Street. See photo page on pg. 6 and 7.

A mushroom cloud of dust swept over a group of UCO ROTC cadets as a National Guard CH-47 Chinook landed on campus. The aircraft landed north of the Edmond Fire Station on a soccer field at 11 a.m. on March 10. The pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Black, and his crew took three groups of 16 Broncho Battalion cadets in the Chinook. Only cadets with dogtags were allowed to fly, said Mathew Young an MS-III cadet in the first group. The students were given static training and a safety briefing from Black early after his arrival. The uniformed cadets met again at 2 p.m. to take their 20 minute flight. "The Chinook aircraft is used a lot in Afghanistan because of its capacity to carry more weight at higher altitudes," said Captain Justin Covey, ROTC enrollment counselor at UCO. The Chinook has a weight limit of 50,000 pounds and can fly to altitudes of 14,000 feet. Although the typical flight height is 2,000 feet, in Afghanistan the altitude averages at about 12,000 feet. If

we could find an alternate source of oxygen for our crew, the Chinook could fly higher than 14,000 feet, Black said. Chinooks are primarily used for transporting cargo, but can also be used to put troops on the ground, in closeproximity to their objective, Black said. Although the seating capacity in the craft is 32 plus crew, there are times when that number is exceeded. Following Hurricane Katrina, Chinooks were used to transport thousands of medical supplies to victims and evacuate people from the Super Dome. The National Guard helps a lot during natural disasters, even dropped hay in the panhandle to stranded cows, said Black. The Chinook is also equipped with three hooks to which a collapsible bucket can be suspended to collect water from lakes and put out fires. The hooks below the aircraft are strong enough to carry other small planes, even a hummer. The Chinook is also large enough to drive a hummer inside the aircraft. Boats can be driven into the craft as it has the capacity to land and float on water. The Chinook can also

see Chinook, page 3

Troy Smith Jr. joins in celebrating 10 year anniversary "Troy Smith has not only given much of himself to the university, but he has also given much of himself to the state of Oklahoma." -Mike Shirley by Andrew Knittle Staff Writer

Troy Smith Jr., son of Sonic Corporation's founder, was on hand March 9 to mark the 10year anniversary of the Troy Smith Lecture Hall, the largest classroom and centerpiece of the Business Building. Mike Shirley, dean of the Business College, spoke to about 60 people gathered in the honorary lecture hall, repeatedly thanking the entire Smith family and Sonic, whose charitable efforts extend far beyond UCO. "Troy Smith has not only given much of himself to the university, but he has also given much of himself to the state of Oklahoma," Shirley said. Vice President of Academic

Affairs William Radke briefly addressed the crowd, telling the Smiths the school was grateful for all the gifts the family has given UCO. He also assured the Smith family members in attendance the $3 million the clan recently donated would be spent wisely — and frugally. "This university learned a long time ago to make our dollars go as far as they can go," Radke said. Completed in 1997, the recently renovated 125-seat Troy Smith Lecture Hall features a dual projection apparatus and a state-of-the-art multimedia system used to broadcast anything from PowerPoint presentations to streaming video off the Internet. Aside from providing the Business College with a large-

capacity classroom, the completion of the Troy Smith Lecture Hall also joined the department's two buildings, which once stood separate, together under one roof. Shirley said the new building gave business students a place to congregate and also helped people avoid the weather as they move from class to class. Before Shirley dismissed the audience for cake and bottled water, he once again expressed thanks and appreciation to the Smiths. "We are committed to your family," Shirley said, "and we will capitalize on those resources for generations to come." Andrew Knittle can be reached at aknittle@thevistaonline.com .

by Vista photographer Laehyung Lee

Mike Shirley speaks during the 10 year anniversary ceremony in the Troy Smith Lecture Hall in the Business Building on March 9.

Disability Days for raising awareness by Lyndsay Gillum Staff Writer

The fifth annual Disability Awareness Days, March 26 through March 28, is set to educate and inform the community about the barriers faced by a diverse group of people with disabilities. This year's theme is "Label Jars... Not People," and the event will feature interactive challenges and free food at Broncho Lake. "We want to teach people to think outside of the box and to think more universal design,"

Kimberly Fields, assistant director of Disability Support Services, said. "If people will do this, then people with disabilities will be more likely not to have these barriers." March 26 starts DA Days with a Blind Challenge. Participants will go through a maze either wearing a blindfold or low vision goggles and will hopefully help them understand the barriers that the blind or visually impaired face everyday. Free pizza will also be provided by UCO's Student Programming board. On March 27, Steve's Ribs will provide free food for the

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Participants in the wheelchair challenge during the Disability Awareness Days of March, 2004. participants of the Wheelchair Challenge. It will teach participants how to navigate a wheelchair in a non-accessible course. "This will show you what it's like to change things

ever so slightly," Fields said. "People will be like 'oh wow,' they make it look easy." To conclude the week, a

see Awareness, page 3

Tailor Barnes won an allexpense paid trip to the VIBE Awards at the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government in February. Barnes, a fashion marketing junior, was one of 50 students who attended the conference from Feb. 15 through Feb. 17. "All weekend, they kept saying students would have a chance to walk the red carpet," said MeShawn Conley, director of Multicultural Student Services. During the last night of the conference, the announce-

ment of the winners was made. Barnes took her ticket out and followed the numbers listed as the speaker called them out. "I was only one number away from them calling my number," Barnes said, remembering her excitement. When the final number was called, Barnes said she screamed and ran towards the person calling numbers. "I took off numing like I was running track," she said. Her prize package includes a three-day, all-expense paid trip to New York City and Los Angeles

see Barnes, page 3

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HAVE SEEN THE PACE OF EVIL AND IT'S DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME Cartoon by Zachary Burch

Daylight Saving Time, should we leave it alone? doing something when actually the price of the gasoline is going up and the price of the crude oil is going down. Saving time sounds good if Some people believe that it does not affect your daily the saving time affects schedule. Some would say crime rate, but personally one hour is not a big deal, but what makes us think that for those splitting the minute going to bed earlier will in half to achieve their goals keep our doors locked? may not be so pleasant. Originated in 1784 by For the next two weeks, Benjamin Franklin I would there will be an additional agree if this would make hour difference among the sense if every state states. Everyone is talking around the world folabout the benefits of sav- lows the same pattern. ing energy, but most people Leave the time alone. and companies around the It is more important world are adjusting their what we do with it schedules according to the when we have it. amount of daylight. All preparations on software products and stock markets will spend the same amount of resources to adjust as 2 they would spend if they go along with everyone else. I understand the urge to be first in things that will benefit us all, but lets stop talking about saving energy by going to bed one hour ear- The month of March has lier. Our purpose should be seen yet another transforfinding alternative ways of mation of time, advancing energy, not just simply play one hour ahead in honor with the clock. It is senseless of Daylight Saving Time. to perform a masquerade of Except for Arizona, among

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several other countries, who no longer practice it. So, that leaves the question for everyone else: should is it even exist? DST serves no real func-

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ti on, besides the notion that it could save energy. Blame it on Benjamin Franklin for criticizing the French for using more candles than what was needed. Sure, Franklin could have

mon sense to do away with something that has no meaning anymore. DST was an accidental fabrication that came off more as a joke than something that was essential to the world. Is this the kind of example the United States wants to set, using an outdated and useless practice based on tradition? If the world is so gullible to follow one person's amusing request, it's questionable whether the population would jump on the bandwagon for anyone who has a slight bit of influence. There's no point in losing sleep and hours of our lives based on the wishful thinking that it will help energy conservation. While we're at it, let's just get rid of time all toc o n - gether. In that case, env e n - ergy will definitely be tion, while saved because there would a large portion be nothing to base it on. of it stopped abiding by it for unknown reasons. Many countries probably have their own rationale to discarding DST, but at least they found the cornbeen teasing at the time, but whether or not that's true, he probably wasn't aware of the phenomenon he involuntarily invented. Now half the world observes this

Opinion 3 Daylight Saving Time is a good idea. The idea of saving a little bit of energy in this country is a good idea. The theory of changing the time in late winter is that we would use the extra light in the evening and be able to save or energy. Good idea if people will do this. The only complaint is that we continue to change it. Let's just leave it alone. How about finding a time and leaving it there. Our computers didn't crash and the water is still running so all of the commo: tion about our computerS not being able to change proved to be untrue. Avoid the whole mess and leave time alone.

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Collect cans for Africa's aid

Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

The volume of the earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.

A pile of cans to be sold for Cans For Africa Campaign.

cents or 28 Kenyan shillings, enough to purchase a writing tablet for a child to read and write, said Kipsitet, a Kenyan. "There are hundreds of children and orphans on the streets of Kenya, most of them lost their parents to AIDS. With the money we raise from cans, our vision is to build a shelter for these children and start a school for them," said Kipsitet According to Kipsitet's calculations, 14 million cans will be enough to start a shelter for 180 children and fund a school for them with 20 students in each classroom, including payment for teachers. "The school will teach them practical skills too so they can earn a living for themselves. If these children grow up without education, a whole generation of Africans will emerge unprepared to face the future," said Kipsitet. Born to a family of 17 children, John Kipsitet came to Guthrie in 1997 to attend the Crabtree School of Aeronautics, which closed down shortly afterwards. He had managed to finance his education through unusual means by recycling newspapers. "I wanted to study pilot-

ing and had to find some way to finance it. So I went to 30 schools and told them that I wanted to go the USA to study piloting and needed their help. All they had to do was collect newspapers for me to recycle. They let me talk to the students and we collected 19 tons of newspapers, which bought my ticket too," said Kipsitet. Now, Kipsitet wants to give back to his country and to the children of Africa who helped him out. He has been traveling across the country talking about his vision and collecting cans. "The prisoners in the northwest side of Oklahoma have been helping too. There are people in Edmond community who have been very supportive and organizations such as Roots and Shoots. It is wonderful to have UCO students help out," added Kipsitet. His next step is to approach other colleges and universities in the vicinity to raise 14 million cans. Visit www.cansforafrica.org for more information. Interested students can email amaida@ ucok.edu to volunteer for WISH. Abha Eli Phoboo can be reached at aphoboo@thevistaonline.com .

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The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times.

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by Abha Eli Phoboo Staff M.iter UCO students are collecting cans to contribute to the Cans For Africa campaign. Leaders of Tomorrow students initiated the collection of cans in certain college buildings on campus. Courtney Prince and Patricia Tullis, both LOT scholars, collected around 2,000 cans last semester. "Mr. Kipsitet had come to give a talk as a guest speaker in the LOT program and we brainstormed to help him out. LOT as a group has adopted the project as its own now," said Prince. "I collected cans at school, at home and brought them to school. We told people about the campaign," said Patricia Tullis. Now, Worldwide International Student Help has taken the project and integrated it into their recycling ventures on campus. They've started with West Hall where in the last three weeks, they have collected 966 plastic bottles, 345 cans and 331 newspapers, according to Azusa Maida, member of WISH. WISH's target is to collect 2,500 plastic bottles, 1,000 cans and 1,000 newspapers by the end of this semester. They've set up a sign in West Hall that gives regular updates on the number of cans, bottles and newspapers collected every week so everybody can participate. "Once we have a solid base, we are planning a promotion campaign so more students can help us expand our project to other buildings. We give the cans to Mr. Kipsitet and the newspapers and plastic bottles are sent to the Edmond Recycling Center every Saturday," said Maida. The Cans For Africa campaign was started by John Kipsitet on Jan. 13, 2005. The objective of the campaign is to collect 14 million cans, recycle them, and convert them into money. One pound is worth 0.40

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music culture, which was founded by Quincy Jones in 1993." The Big XII Conference on Black Student Government travels each year to a different Big XII school in February. Last year it was held in Nebraska. Conley. said students started meeting before the fall semester to see who qualifies, both academically and by service hours to attend the conference. "Individual organizations have point systems for their members to have to attend," said Conley. Organizations sending members are the Black Student Association, National Association for theAdvancement of Colored People and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

BARNES from page 1 there is one person in particular she is looking forward to meet. "The number one person I want to meet is Tyra Banks, because I want to be a model someday," said Barnes. From a career perspective, Barnes is hoping this trip will give her the opportunity to •network. She said she wants to travel to New York City to talk to people about the fashion industry. She also said she is interested in the fashion section of VIBE. The awards will be held in November. The VIBE website describes the company as "a leading music/lifestyle media com pany that publishes the awardwinning VIBE magazine, the preeminent brand in urban and

for herself and two of her friends. Barnes chose to take Joe Thomas, corporate communication junior, and Tyria Johnson, dance performance sophomore. To start the trip, Barnes and her friends will fly to New York City for the pre-party. After the party, they will travel on a private jet to Los Angeles to watch the VIBE Awards at the Kodak Theater and the after-party. Barnes will also receive a shopping spree allowance in order for her to wear appropriate attire to the parties, and V.I.P access to events. "We get to meet pretty much everybody," Barnes said. Although she may be mingling with several celebrities,

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been through Vietnam and the original Desert Storm. This Chinook even took Black to Iraq when he was deployed for nine months in 2003. After the last group of cadets left the Chinook the double rotors continued sweeping the dust all around them, Black and his crew headed back to the Muldrow heliport in south Norman.

Chinook from page 3 the tank is shot, the air causes foam around the tank to expand and fill the gap, said Black. The particular Chinook flown--was originally a Bravo Model built in 1963. It was modified to its current standard in 1987.This aircraft has

be used as a flying gas station when equipped with extra gas tanks. The particular Chinook at UCO had an extra 800 gallon internal gas tank which would allow approximately five extra hours of flight. The internal gas tank is self-sealing. If

"If we can help our community in any way, it would be for them to have a better understanding of how to work with people with disabilities."

Awareness from page 1 people with disabilities. "The reality is pretty much every student on campus will be affected by disabilities in the next 20 years. Whether it's their parents, grandparents or their child, that is the reality." All events are open to the public and free of charge. The community is encouraged to participate to help teach participants about disabilities and learn from their experiences. Events start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. For attendance accommodations, and additional information concerning participation and volunteering, contact Sharla Weathers, interpreter

Deaf Community Challenge will take place on March 28. Participants will be given earplugs, headphones and other various deterrents to show them all the barriers faced by the deaf and the hearing impaired community. According to Fields, participants will be taught some sign language. Free Taco Bell bean burritos and nacho chips will be served during the event. "We want to help you understand," Fields said. "If we can help our community in any way, it would be for them to have a better understanding of how to work with

-Kimberly Fields specialist for UCO's Disability Support Services at 974-2549. "Why wouldn't I, as an educator, want to help you understand, learn to relate, and understand barriers people with disabilities face," Fields said. "Come out and learn something." Lyndsay Gillum can be reached at Igillum@thevistaonline.com .

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African Night is scheduled for March 14 at 7 p.m. in Constitution Hall. how to reshape Africa's notby Jessica Snell so-hot public relations history. Student Writer The story was an open discussion for interne users to weighWhat's wrong with this pic- in on how Africa is viewed ture? Widely differing people by the rest of the world and are asking what can be done whether or not that image can about Africa's negative glob- and should be changed. Of al image that many believe the posts listed for viewing, is being promoted by the many respondents were pessimedia. Can anything be done? mistic about the possibility of Should anything be done? Africa's image being changed. Wasim Bouanani, President Africa is an enormous conof the Moroccan Student tinent made up of 53 counAssociation, thinks Africa tries and thousands of differcould use a P.R. overhaul. ent cultures. Finding one pub"Africa has been for a long lic relations plan to fit all of time victim of wars, rebellions, the complex issues of each conflicts and numerous putsch- and every people group and es created mainly by the blind country in Africa would be a institution of borders by the task of Herculean proportions. ex-colonizers," Bouanani said. The Golden Fleece would "Today, Africa has recov- be a sprucing up of Africa's ered slowly from some of its image in the media. Bono, of wounds and is building its path all people, is all over this task. towards modernity. This fact is The New York Times, completely unaware of and the revealed in a recent March image of the savage, undomes- article that Bono, lead singer ticated, poor, tribal Africa is of pop band U2 and a noted still in the mind of a big num- AIDS activist, is going to be ber of the world's population, the guest editor for the July especially in the United States." issue of Vanity Fair. Bono's In February, bbc.com posted goal? To "re-brand" Africa. In a small story about a Nigerian the article, Bono said, "we've committee meeting to decide got to get better at telling the

success stories of Africa in addition to the horror stories." Bono's goal during his stint as editor of a magazine is apparently being to change Vanity Fair's reader's minds about Africa; to show that Africans are like any other people, with successes and setbacks. Armstrong Isiaho, ChemistryACS Senior and native ofKenya, is less optimistic about making changes to commonly held international beliefs about Africa. "Re-branding is equivalent to cosmetic dressing, where the appearance may look different yet the problems that lie beneath still exist," Isiaho said. "It is obvious that Africa has a cancer, one that is tricky and difficult to treat; but one which can be treated only with an almost never ending supply of patience, an understanding of the local customs, and an enormous amount of both capital investments, and perhaps most important: education of the local people." On Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m., the African Student Association is presentingAfrican Night. There will be a fashion show, African music by the JSA Drummers and the Ebony Gospel Choir, a step show by Alpha Phi Alpha, and student performances from Morocco, Kenya and Nigeria. UCO students for five dollars can see for themselves in Constitution Hall the dress, music and dance that differentiate one African people from another. Should Africa be "rebranded" like a stolen cow, the term re-branded implying that Africa does not own its identity? Or should its successes and unique cultures be highlighted as part of a massive public relations effort? Come to African Night to see the picture, not what is wrong with it.

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expectations as the consuming public have grown a little since then, and somehow his new movies seem to suck even more than the 1978 holiday special, which, to be fair, Lucas had little to do with. One million digital effects and cute backwards talking does not a great movie make. Halle Berry—Two words: Cat. Woman. Nick and Aaron Carter— Aside from the fact Backstreet Boy Nick and armpit-shaving brother Aaron are dingleberries on the buttocks of the American music industry, untangling their love lives is like try-

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Today is Tuesday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2007. There are 293 days left in the year.

Train propane cars explode in N.Y. ONEIDA, N.Y. (AP) A train carrying propane derailed in upstate New York Monday morning, causing an explosion that sent a huge fireball into the dawn sky. Black smoke poured out for hours as the city's downtown was evacuated. Authorities, concerned about the possibility of further explosions, were evacuating a one-mile radius around the blast, including most of the downtown area of this central New York city of 10,000, Fire Department Lt. Kevin Salerno said.

HighToday's in History: light On March 13, 1925, a law went into effect in Tennessee prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. On this date: In 1781, the planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel.

Kidnapped Texas newborn safe at home

In 1901, the 23rd president of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, died in Indianapolis.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) A woman accused of disguising herself in scrubs and snatching a newborn from a Texas hospital was in custody in New Mexico Monday, while the tiny girl was back in her mother's arms, police said. Police found 4-day-old Mychael Darthard-Dawodu on Sunday in Clovis, N.M., a day after she was taken from Lubbock's Covenant Lakeside Hospital, about 100 miles to the southeast.

In 1933, banks began to reopen after a "holiday" declared by President Roosevelt. In 1947, the Lerner and Loewe musical "Brigadoon" opened on Broadway.

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In 1964, bar manager Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, 28, was stabbed to death near her New York City home; the case generated controversy over charges that Genovese's neighbors had failed to respond to her cries for help.

GENEVA (AP) The Sudanese government has orchestrated war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur and resisted international attempts to intervene, according to a report Monday from a high-level U.N. human rights team that was itself barred from the restive region by Sudanese officials. The team, headed by Nobel peace laureate Jody Williams, urged stronger U.N. Security Council intervention, sanctions and criminal prosecutio

In 1980, a jury in Winamac, Ind., found Ford Motor Co. innocent of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women riding in a Ford Pinto.

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Mrs. Bush are going today with Guatemalan President Oscar Berger and his wife on a visit to Santa Cruz Balanya, a town of about 10,000 mostly indigenous Guatemalans, to stress the need for social justice and equality. Bush will also be visiting with a U.S. military medical team that offers basic health care and stopping by a vegetable packing station that receives U.S. assistance.

In 1996, a gunman burst into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and opened fire on a class of kindergartners, killing 16 children and one teacher before killing himself.

Russia to delay building nuclear plant Five years ago: President Bush declared at a news conference that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was a menace "and we're going

MOSCOW (AP) The Russian company building a nuclear plant in Iran says its launch will be delayed due to Iranian payment problems.

LINZ, Austria (AP) Just when you thought it to deal with him," and said was safe to go back in the Osama bin Laden had been water well, it is, actually. reduced to a marginal figA mystery triggered this ure in the war on terrorism. week by the bizarre discovery of the carcass of One year ago: Deadly tor- a 3-foot-long shark in a freshwater river in northnadoes raked the Midwest em Austria ended Saturday while wildfires scorched when a man confessed he the Texas Panhandle. Pub- had put it there as a joke. The prankster, an apprenlisher McClatchy Co. tice chef working at a hotel agreed to buy Knight-Rid- in the province of Upper der, but planned to imme- Austria, told the newspadiately sell 12 of its news- per Oesterreich that he put papers. Black Sabbath and the dead shark in the river Voeckla after it began to Blondie entered the Rock smell while he was thawand Roll Hall of Fame. ing it out for a buffet. Its discovery on the riverActress Maureen Stapleearlier this week caused bank ton died in Lenox, Mass., a stir, with Austrian experts at age 80; game show host hard-pressed to explain Peter Tomarken, 63, and what a shark was doing in his wife, Kathleen, were a freshwater stream in the killed when their small landlocked alpine country. The chef, whose name plane crashed into Califor- was not released, told the nia's Santa Monica Bay. newspaper that several regular customers were in Today's Birthdays: Jazz on the joke and had placed bets on how long they could musician Roy Haynes is keep the controversy going. 82. Country singer Jan CHARLOTTE, N.C. Howard is 77. Songwriter Emily Lineberger (AP) Mike Stoller is 74. Singermissed her gymnastics songwriter Neil Sedaka is class this week, but thanks 68. Actor William H. Macy to the 11-year-old's herois 57. Actress Deborah Raf- ics, she and her mother survived what could have fin is 54. Comedian Robin been a tragic car wreck. Duke is 53. Actress Glenne Emily was riding in Headly is 52. Actress Dana the back seat of the famDelany is 51. Rock musi- ily car Tuesday when her mother, Dayna Lineberger, cian Adam Clayton (U2) started feeling lightheaded. is 47. Jazz musician Ter- Ulcerative colitis had caused ence Blanchard is 45. Ac- Lineberger to feel faint tor Christopher Collet before, so she decided to get food at a nearby restaurant. is 39. Actress Annabeth "Then it just hit me," Gish is 36. Actress Tracy said Lineberger, 40. Wells is 36. Rapper Com- "The last thing I rememmon is 35. Rapper Khujo ber is screaming to her, 'Tell me where to turn,' (Goodie Mob, The Lum- because I couldn't see. ..." berjacks) is 35. Singer While heading into Glenn Lewis is 32. Actor the restaurant parkDanny Masterson is 31. ing lot, Lineberger's head rolled back and she Actor Emile Hirsch is 22. passed out, Emily said. Singers Natalie and Nicole "I just screamed like Albino (Nina Sky) are 21. crazy," Emily said. She leaned forward and grabbed the wheel. Her Thought for Today: "The mother's foot was still on history of the world is the the gas pedal, but Emily verdict of the world." _ steered to avoid a car before Friedrich von Schiller, Ger- their car hit a telephone pole and stopped unharmed. man author (1759-1805). Doctors later said Lineberger was dehydrated from the colitis. "It was just her instinct

and God riding on her shoulders," Lineberger said. HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Burglars who stole thousands ofdollars ofequipment from the Guyandotte United Methodist Church apparently had a change of heart, breaking in the following night to return what they stole. Thieves first jimmied the church's door locks Monday night and stole about $5,000 worth of sound and office equipment, church treasurer Rocky Frazier said. Then, they broke back thenextnight and returned everything. "They taketh and the Lord giveth back," Frazier said Friday. "It's like there's a higher power at work." Whatever the reason, they had a change of heart, said the Rev. Julia Bolling. "It was either that, or our prayer for grace for them," she said. The sound system, keyboard, computer "It's all back," she said. The only thing the thieves didn't return was about $22 in change, Frazier said. Even though the equipment was returned and no real damage was done, Huntington Police Lt. Rocky Johnson said the investigation remains open. "It's odd that they brought it back," said Johnson, noting that he's never seen anything like this. "I'm glad they did." SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) Two years after he was stolen, a talking cockatoo is back home with his owner. It was "I love you, Corey" that brought him back. Corey and four small dogs that also belonged to dog breeder Diane Bagley all were stolen from her yard in June 2005. She had left the bird in his cage on her porch and the dogs a Yorkshire terrier and three Maltese in her yard, according to a news release from the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office. "Ward wasn't sure she had the correct address until she approached a home in the mobile home park and heard a bird inside squawking, 'I love you, Corey, — sheriff's office spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick wrote.

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HELP WANTED TEACHERS Needed immediately for Edmond Daycare. FT/PT. Experience preferred, competitive wages. Apply in person @ 24 NW 146th. Call Camelot C.D.0 @ 749-2262 PT OFFICE ASSISTANT needed for busy psychology office in Edmond. Needs to have experience in Microsoft Office. Experience in transcription a plus. Please Contact Heather or Kayla @ (405)341-3085 IMMEDIATE OPENING for PT bank teller in the NW 122nd & May area. Hours are 7 a.m. to 1p.m. and every other Saturday morning. Apply in person Mon. - Thurs., 9a.m. to noon and 1 to 4p.m. at our main bank - Yukon National Bank, 401 Elm Street, Yukon (HR Dept. - 2nd Floor). EOE M/F/D/V Affirmative Action Employer GREAT OPPORTUNITY for a teacher! Southern Hills Christian Church(Disciples of Christ) in Edmond seeks full-time Director of Children's Ministries (birth-5th grade) College degree required - Early Childhood or Elem. Ed preferred. Musical ability a plus. Competitive salary, health insurance. See www.shccedmond.org . Email resume to shccnews@cox. net by 3/16. 2:30-6:00 Childcare facility 5 days a week 330-3077.

HELP WANTED Will train, FT/PT. Apply within. Must be 21.Wolftrap 1109 S. Broadway SUBSTANCE ABUSE Counselor mim. reqs, B.A. May require some evening &' weekend work. Competitive salary w/ excellent benefit package after probation period. Mail resume to Bridgeway Inc. P.O. Box 883 Ponca City OK. 74602 Sleep Inn & Suite in Edmond is now excepting applications for an evening desk clerk. Evening required. Please apply in person @ 3608 S. Broadway. PART-TIME stocker wanted. Able to lift up to 80 lbs. Must be 21. Apply at 741 W. Danforth. No phone calls. FAMILY LOOKING for parttime after school care from 2 -5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Must be honest and have reliable transportation. Please call 359-8353. SERVER POSITION avail. Pearl's Lakeside. Apply within. 748-6113 LOCAL EDMOND GOLF course now hiring snack bar & beverage cart. Call 340-4653. NEED FLEXIBILITY around your school schedule? This is the perfect job for you! Learn a trade and be outside. Start pay 7-8 $Thr. Call Roger @ 340-3914 or 361-3284 McAlisters Deli is now looking for energetic crew members to work Tuesday/Thursday lunch. Great pay, flexible hours & good times. Come see us today or give us a call. (405) 340-3354 PINNACLE FITNESS seeking Child Care Associate. Must be experienced, patient & love working w/children. Apply in person, Pinnacle Fitness, N. of Memorial on Penn. Next to Toys-R-Us. Event Staff/Wait Staff/Beverage Cart/Bag Room- Now Hiring flexible, friendly, energetic and motivated individuals for part-time positions. Fun atmosphere No Experience necessary, will train. Willingness to work weekends. Please apply in person. 10909 Club House Road, Edmond. (405) 771-5800 CONSTRUCTION WORK, hiring laborers now. No experience necessary. Part time or Full time. Carpenter Experience Preferred. 824-8954.

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Bronchos abuse Bulldogs by Justin Langston Sports Writer

The UCO Softball team traveled to Weatherford to play against Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday, where the Bronchos won both games, bouncing back from two losses earlier in the week. "The pitching was top notch," head coach Genny Stidham said. "We didn't have as many hits as we would have liked, but we took advantage of what we got." In the first game, UCO defeated Southwestern 5-1. Alli Blake pitched the entire game, striking out six and allowing four hits. Southwestern started off with a quick lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the first, its only of the series. UCO tied the game in the top of the third

when shortstop Stacy Walden belted an RBI triple. UCO pulled ahead in the fifth when catcher/utility Kelsey Tiger ran in after a double. In the sixth inning, UCO scored three more times, including an RBI single from first base Karmen Kauk.

"We took advantage of what we got." --Coach Stidharn In the second game, UCO won again, this time shutting Southwestern out completely 3-0. In this game, Hillary Brandt pitched, striking out five and allowing two hits for her entire time on the mound.

Both teams were in a norun gridlock until outfielder Meagan Campbell hit a triple and scored on an error in the fourth inning. UCO scored once more in the fifth inning and one more time in the seventh. Campbell led UCO the offensive charge in the second game, scoring two of UCO's runs and hitting all three times she was at bat. These wins have improved UCO to 9-4 for the year and have given them a 42 record in conference play. On March 13, UCO will host Southwestern yet again for another doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Photo Services

Justin Langston can be reached at jlangstonl@ucok.edu.

Members of the UCO softball team are ready for a road trip to the Emporia State Invitational.

Madness; this is NCAA basketball

Oral Roberts' Kelvin Sango celebrates after a win over Oakland in the Mid-Continent Conference tournament in Tulsa March 6.

AP--All these years, the NCAA selection committee has peen making it up as it goes along. No sooner had the committee handed in its bracket on Selection Sunday than somebody asked chairman Gary Walters what

message members were sending this year. He decided to let everybody else in on the joke. "Gee," Walters replied, "I don't know that we're trying to send any messages. "Our job isn't to send mes-

sages," he added a moment later. "Our job is to try to select what we think are the 34 most worthy (at-large) teams." Every year, committee members throw themselves a slumber party in a fancy hotel and pretend to spend so much time crunching numbers you'd think they're flossing with spread sheets. Instead, they're doing what almost everybody else in college basketball does all weekend: watch TV, look at the same information, apply their biases and experience, then haggle over who goes where. The difference is when the committee finishes, somebody dials the CBS trailer and a producer pulls "One Shining Moment" out of the mothballs. But just before they go, because committee members have to justify the huge room-service tab and placate the half-dozen uninvited schools and hundreds of pundits howling for their heads,

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they come up with a message to cover their handiwork. Last year was supposed to herald a mid-major revolution because schools like George Mason, Air Force and Northern Iowa got in at the expense of power-conference members such as Maryland, Florida State and Cincinnati. Thenchairman Craig Littlepage said the message was that "larger schools, the larger conferences around the country really do have a choice of who they play non-conference." Nothing really had changed in the criteria or the data the selection committee looked at, but the people who were looking at it did. Representatives from small schools, who spent years begging and even threatening to sue their big-time brethren to play some games, finally constituted a majority on the committee. They gave short shrift to pedigree and rewarded schools that played

ambitious non-conference schedules and tough games on the road, namely themselves, and promised to keep doing so. . Despite again controlling a majority of the seats, mid-majors actually got two fewer spots, just six of the 34 at-large bids, compared to eight a year ago. Not that it made everybody happy. "I'm in total shock," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, speaking for the power-conference schools left home. Boeheim's argument was that good or better. The Orangemen played a challenging non-conference schedule, had a winning road record and went 7-3 in their last 10. That's in addition to meeting the old standard for any power conference member to get into the NCAAs: 10 wins in the, leAgue, in his case, the Big East and 20 overall. Florida State and Kansas State had arguments almost as compelling. But some committee members think the best way to test

a team's tournament readiness is to put them in a tough tournament on a neutral floor, and Syracuse's early exit from the Big East tourney apparently cost the Orangemen plenty. That also explains why all four No. 1 seeds went to power-conference members who locked up their league tournaments Sunday. The advent of "bracketology" has lent an veneer of pseudo-science to the process, and put the same tools and information used by the committee at the fingertips of anybody who wants them. But while everybody has an opinion, only the 10 members vote. At some point in the process, usually when there are a halfdozen at-large bids left and a dozen schools with good arguments, it comes down to whether a majority of the committee likes apples or oranges. And that's the real message, the one that doesn't change year to year.

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Broncho wrestlers win national championship by Jeff Massie Sports Writer Kyle Evans went into the National Tournament without a loss. In order to take his place as an individual national champion, he would have to conclude the season undefeated. Evans did just that and helped guide the Bronchos to a 15th team championship. UCO, the third-ranked team leading up to the competition, ran away with the gold,

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National Champion Kyle Evans. earning 124.5 points, 16 more than second-place NebraskaKearney. Five Bronchos reached the finals, but only Evans was able to claim victory. Just as head coach David

James had predicted, the key to victory would be winning crucial first round matchups and keeping team members alive in the tournament. UCO placed eight out of 10 wrestlers at the competition. "The guys wrestled awesome,"CoachJames said. "We're overly excited and very proud." On the road to the championship, Evans, 141, won his first two matches by a cornbined score of 22-1. In the semifinals, Evans wrestled Doug Sura of West Liberty State; it was his closest match of the tournament. Sum was unranked but had just pinned No. 2 Travis Elg in the quarterfinals. The match lasted only 49 seconds. Evans was able to keep his composure and defeated Sura 4-2 after a takedown in sudden victory overtime. Evans then went on to earn his 39th victory of the season as he trounced Shippensburg's Steve Fittery 7-1 in the finals to take his place as national champion. "It's a dream come true," Evans said. "I've wanted this since I came to college. Almost surreal." "What a story. To go undefeated is a testimony to his hard work and dedication," Coach James said. Evans said he concentrated on one match at a time

and didn't get too concerned with the undefeated streak. "It just turned out [that way]," Evans said about his flawless record. Tyler Zuckerman, Jared Henning, Jason Leavitt and Josh LeadingFox were the other grapplers to reach the championship finals. None of them were able to garnish a win, but did a lot to contribute to the team victory by reaching the fmals. Freshman Zuckerman conquered a tough road to earn the silver after losing 5-2 to Nebraska-Kearney's top ranked Trevor Charboneau. Zuckerman was able to upset, the second, fourth and eighth ranked competitors at 125 lbs. Jared Henning, senior, was not ranked at the start of competition. His 'Cinderella run' to the finals ended in a heartbreaking loss. He lost to the fourth-ranked competitor 1-0 in the finals. He upset the top ranked wrestler at 133 lbs. during his first match at Nationals. Henning also defeated the No. 2 and No. 6 grapplers. Coach James said Zuckerman and Henning's performances caused a snowball effect that got the team rolling. No. 3 Jason Leavitt was victorious over the secondranked Bradley Becker, 43, in the semifinals. He lost

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Kyle Evans attempts a takedown against an Adams State opponent on Jan. 20 in Hamilton Field House. to Findlay University's No. fall in the finals. His opponent 149, finished fourth and 1 Tony Guerra 2-1 in the Tervel Dlagnev was rankedNo. 1. Heath Jolley, 197, was fifth. Three other Bronchos placed double overtime tiebreaker. The last Broncho to reach at the final tournament of the the finals was heavyweight Josh season. Jared Hess, 184 lbs, Jeff Massie can be reached at LeadingFox. He fell victim to a placed third. Shea Timothy, jmassie2@ucok.edu.

Broncho baseball roasts the Javelinas; sweap series by Jeff Massie Sports Writer The weather is not the only thing getting hot. The Broncho baseball team swept a four-game series against Texas A&MKingsville over the weekend, their sixth consecutive win. The Javelinas were roasted as the Bronchos outscored them 45-11 in the four-game span. UCO enhanced its record to 145-1 and has yet to lose at home. "Like drawing it up in a textbook," head coach Wendell Simmons said of the wins. "Great wins for us, key hits in key situations." The Javelinas were slaughtered in the initial game, 171. Pitcher Nate Nance had a

complete game at the mound. He struck out 11 batters, almost half of the 23 he would face. Nance relinquished three hits, a walk and a homerun. A pair of Bronchos ; Breck Draper and Tim Sullivan, knocked the ball out of the park. Six batters registered RBIs, led by Draper's 6. The team earned 16 hits and the 17 runs were the third most of the season. In the second game of Friday's doubleheader, pitcher Joe Noyes threw a complete game and registered his third win of the season. He struck out six, gave up five hits and walked a couple. The home team jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first before falling behind 2-1 in the

top of the third. It proved to be the only time the Bronchos would trail as none of the outcomes would be in jeopardy. UCO rattled off nine unanswered runs in the course of the game to earn a 10-1 victory. The designated hitter Bryce Columbus was flawless at the plate. He got hits in all three appearances, including a homerun. It's his second of the season. by Vista photographer Laehyung Lee Derec Norman, batting lead off, Second baseman Tim Sullivan tags out a Texas A&M-Kingsville player, trying to steal second on March 10 at went 3 for 4 and Broncho Field. crossed homeIt was not a strong game vious strategy of pitching com- also able to score twice himplate three times himself. The first game of Saturday's offensively for the winning plete games and used a com- self. McIntyre was flawless doubleheader would be the team. Only one hitter got mul- mittee approach. Ben Gamblin while batting. He had a hit in closest competition of the tiple hits. First baseman Bryan threw one inning and earned the each of his three appearances series. UCO would prevail 4-1. Belford went 2 for 2 and scored win, his second of the season. and added a couple of RBIs. UCO plays a lone game at Brett Case pitched the entire once. Bryan Covington went The quartet of pitchers was able game and gained his first victory for extra bases. He smacked to strike out four, but also walked Emporia State today and will of the season. It was the third con- a double that scored one. four and gave up eight hits. play a four-game series at Eastern Both Tim Sullivan and Dean New Mexico this weekend. UCO was back to its previsecutive game a Broncho pitcher had gone all seven innings. Case ous strength for the final game McIntyre hit triples. Sullivan surrendered four hits, walked and routed Kingsville 14-7. The led the team with five RBIs a couple and struck out three. Bronchos abandoned their pre- and went 2 for 3. He was "That's huge," Coach Jeff Massie can be reached at Simmons said of the comjmassie2@ucok.edu. plete games. "[We're] starting to get where we should be."

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Broncho Schedule Located Close to Campus by Vista photographer Travis Marak

Starter Nate Nance guided the Bronchos to a 17-1 win on March 9 at Broncho Field.

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