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March 15, 2007

Sen. Obama to speak in OKC Farmers Market "The media can package candidates these days, so I want to see if he's as sincere and genuine as he appears to be. -Rozilyn Miller

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Sen. Barack Obama crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge with civil rights pioneer Dr. Joseph Lowery, March 4.

by Andrew Knittle Staff Writer Senator Barack Obama, possibly the most viable African American presidential hopefill in recent memory, will speak March 19 at Oklahoma

City's Farmers Public Market Building, just a short drive south from UCO. Katie Hogan, a press assistant for Obama's campaign, said the senator would speak anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, although she wasn't sure

what issues he would discuss. "I don't think anybody knows what he's going to talk about," Hogan said, "it's pretty much up in the air at this point." Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 and are available on Obama's campaign website, barackobama.com . Rozilyn Miller, assistant chair of the Mass Communication Department, will be attending the event on Monday and said she'll use the time there to learn more about Obama. "I want to see if he's for real," Miller said. "The media can package candidates these days, so I want to see if he's as sincere and genuine as he appears to be." Miller admitted she was impressed with the senator — so far — and cited her personal intuition with forming such an opinion. "Right now, I'm least cynical about him as a candidate," Miller said. "If the election were held today, I would vote for him."

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Clockwise from left, daffodils, Bradford pears and red bud trees decorate during blooming season on the UCO campus.

Obama announced his candidacy Feb. 10 in Springfield, Ill., braving the bitter cold with more than 15,000 supporters from his home state. Since then, Hogan said the

junior senator has been on the move almost constantly, a requirement if you want to become the most powerful man on the face of the Earth. After Obama leaves

Oklahoma City, he will head back to Washington D.C., where he still has a job to do in the Senate, Hogan said. Andrew Knittle can be reached at aknittle@thevistaonline.com .

American Indian culture taught at conference by Lyndsay Gillum Staff Writer

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Lian Khual prepares a sushi roll March 14 in the UCO cafeteria.

Sushi Night rolls out on Thursday by Aaron Wright Staff Writer The Asian-American Student Association is hosting Sushi Rolling Night from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in Rm. 102 in the Education Building. Those attending will be sepatated into stations. A member of the association will show them how to roll three different types of sushi rolls: the California, the Philadelphia and the Shrimp Tempora. Everyone will have instructions on how to make them and will be guided through the process by members of AASA. "It's a cultural experience,"

said Daryn Lu, president of the AASA. "A lot of people are interested in Japanese cuisine." The association hosted a sushi night last semester as well. Lu said there was a strong response. "A lot of people had been asking us to do it again," said Lu. Cost for the event is $3. Sumo Japanese' Steak House is sponsoring the materials for the event. Winners of the competition for the best sushi roll will receive a free AASA membership and an AASA T-shirt. Sushi rollers will be judged on the appearance and creativity of the work and speed.

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On Saturday, UCO's Center for Arts Educatiori hosted their third annual "Connecting to American Indian Learners Conference" at the Nigh University Center. The keynote speaker was Chickasaw citizen and Oklahoma State Representative Lisa J. Billy. The one-day conference addressed the issues ofAmerican Indian students and their relationships with faculty, curriculum content and school. Participants learned key ways of integrating American Indian culture into their lesson plans, classrooms and schools K through 12. According to Ines Burnham, OCAE program manager, by formatting lesson plans to include the American Indian culture, the American Indian students wouldn't have to lose their identities in the classroom. "The importance of this was to help expand educators' diversity reach to include and embrace the American Indian culture," Burnham said. This conference is just one event scheduled in observance and support of Youth Arts Month. National Youth Arts

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Chickasaw nation member Alexis Walker weaves a dreamcatcher during the American Indian Learners Conference March 10.

Month is celebrated annually in March and emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encouraging support for quality school art programs. According to the Chickasaw Times, The Chickasaw Nation

Division of Arts and Humanities seeks to enrich the heritage of its citizens by creating and developing awareness, understanding and enjoyment of Chickasaw visual, performing, graphic and literary arts and humanities.

In a recent press release, John Clinton, dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design and executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, said, "This conference makes available to all those involved in educating our youth hands on experiences and vital information about connecting with the American Indian learner and their culture." The Performing Arts Department of the Chickasaw Nation told traditional stories and the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Muscogee [Creek] Nations presented the final performances. Guest presenters included Chickasaw citizens Trina Jones, arts specialist and Oklahoma certified teacher in Art K through 12; Laura Morrison, Arts in Education manager for the Arts and Humanities Division of the Chickasaw Nation; and Lorie Robins, a traditional Chickasaw Nation storyteller. In an article from the "Chickasaw Times," Gov. Bill Anoatubby said, "Those who experience art break down the barriers of stereotypes and share culture, wisdom and a respect for diversity among all peoples." Lyndsay Gillum can be reached at Igillum@thevistaonline.com .

Literary editors discuss latest works by Marynn Stewart Student Writer Nationally renowned literary editor C. Michael Curtis and award-winning writer Elizabeth Cox came to the UCO campus March 12. The college of Liberal Arts, The Kirkpatrick Foundation and the Da Vinci Institute hosted the event that took place in Heritage Hall of the Nigh University Center. The event began with Cox reading from her latest novel,

"The Slow Moon", about two high school sweethearts in 1991 who leave a party to be alone, resulting in the girl's assault and a mystery of who to accuse. Cox tributes her inspiration for the novel from the events of the Columbine situation. " I was so disturbed about the way teenagers were violent toward other teenagers." Cox said, " I wanted to show how the things we do wrong in life affect other people." C. Michael Curtis, who is

married to Elizabeth Cox, spoke next about his experiences as editor for Atlantic Monthly magazine, and gave tips for aspiring writers when sending their work in for publication. He covered some key components of what goes into a story including the length, language, and mechanics ofa story. He suggests using no more than 2500 words when submitting work to magazines, and including great intellect such as figures of speech. "You don't have to explain every-

thing, let us discover the story." He said when discussing writing a cover letter. He finished with several examples of different cover letters he has received over the years, which received many laughs from the audience. The evening ended with a reception of punch, desserts, and book signing. This was Curtis' second time to visit Oklahoma, and Cox's first. Both agreed that UCO gave a very warm welcome.

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Health care, affordable or medical greed? seen as a business prop sition than a requirement. In other countries like The dispute with health Japan, France and Canada, care has been a standard socialized health care is issue for politicians when offered to the people through trying to attract the general tax money. Although the public. Medical treatment tax rates are much highis no doubt a necessity to er than the United States, the overall wellbeing of at least the government the human population. The takes the responsibility to United States has always putting that money into been a progressing nation in something worthy. Also, terms of medical technology these countries' economies and availability, but unfortu- are higher, so it tends to nately, when it comes to the balance out in the end. obligatory welfare of those Here in America, it's needing medical attention, difficult for the average this country fails to provide. civilian to obtain suitable Mostly it's due to the health care without first insatiable nature of insur- having a high-paying occuance companies and the pation. Sure, there are many overcharged procedures companies that don't pay a of hospital visits. For the lot and still offer insurance wealthy, health care is not a benefits, but that usually problem, since they possess leaves the person with less the necessary funds to lead funds for other essentials a wholesome existence. But like utility bills and food. ' what about those who make These insurance companies $20,000 a year or less? look at people as collateral Due to various reasons, rather than human beings. these lower-class citizens The biggest problem with are unable to care for their insurance is the lack of covfamilies properly because erage on important treatthe benefit of health insur- ments. Here someone pays ance would much rather be out a couple hundred dollars

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a month to their insurance, provider only to discover the life-or-death surgery he or she needs is not covered by the company. What purpose is there to continue wasting valuable income on a corpo-

ration that doesn't provide the service it claims to? In other words, health insurance in this country is a joke. In today's world of druginduced reliance, prescriptions are the main key to

allowing the. people to live through better days. When we have a large population of the elderly that calls for medication needed for healthier conditions, who has the right to deny them their

lives? When is the government going to understand there are far more important things involving its people than hopeless wars that serve no benefit? If politicians want to con-

tinue fighting battles, then they need to concentrate on the domestic side of things and clash with these insurance companies that enforce corruption on the public.

Opinion 2 When people get sick, another bad feeling goes through their heads. No insurance and outrageous bill statements are what make most people selfexamine and self-treat themselves. On the edge of everyday technology and health breakthroughs, most people are forced to stay home and carry their flu until their own immune systems fight the illness. It would be OK if only flu epidemics were bothering our health system. According to a recent survey, 40 million people do not have health insurance in the United States. The whole health system is dysfunctional - from pharmacies to doctors' policies. If we speak about a problem from a statistical viewpoint, it would

never seem so tragic. 'fru hav -an emergency in the middle of the night, and there is no other way but to call 911, people freak out. After the ambulance gets there and take you on a fast and very expensiye cruise to the nearest hospital, numerous treatments follow. You can't breath but they will put you in a cat scan instead of an ex-ray, to add some more zeros to your patient account. "Do you have insurance" is usually a box at the top of your hospital form like it has to make a difference in your treatment. Social welfare. Is it possible? You pay a lot of taxes, so it is possible. What is more important foreign or domestic spending? Cut the budget. Many people do not understand how a country so rich with countless opportunities has one of the crappiest health care system. I'm not talking about specialists and technology, but let's face it - there is discrimination among those who can pay and those who can't.

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NEWS March 15, 2007

Burke selected as recipient for leadership academy The progres-

by Aaron Wright Staff Writer Nate Burke attended the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Leadership Academy as the UCO representative on Feb. 2 to Feb. 6. "The academy is basically an opportunity to get to know the state of Oklahoma," said Burke. Burke, marriage and family sophomore, is selected as the 2007 Nigh Public Service Scholarship recipient for UCO. He received a $1,000 cash scholarship and the opportunity to attend the academy. The George and Donna Nigh : Public Service Scholarship ' was created nine years ago by the Oklahoma Legislature ' to honor the former governor and UCO president and his wife. One student from each state university and a few private universities are given a spot to attend the academy. UCO President Roger Webb handpicks the student for the scholarship. There isn't a formal application process. Burke was unaware he was even in competition for the award. "I didn't know about it at all, until I was already selected for it," said Burke. While at the academy, : Burke met with the other 31 recipients. For five days, they visited local attractions and heard from local leaders. The group spent time at Oklahoma FBI Headquarters, Oklahoma History Museum, OKC Bombing Memorial, a Blazer's Hockey Game, Chesapeake Energy and the state capitol. Burke said seeing the capitol was one of the highlights of the trip. "I had never been to the capitol before and jusI, being there and experiencing the atmosphere and artwork is unbelievable," said Burke. While there, Nate was

sion of theatre has once again put UCO on the map with is

two students winning firstplace national awards in theatrical categories.

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George Nigh, former UCO president and Oklahoma governor, presents Nate Burke as the 2007 Nigh scholarship recipient.

able to spend time with legislators who were former Nigh Scholars as well as Governor Brad Henry and Lt. Governor Jan Askins. "A major highlight was that we were privileged enough to sit in on the State Address where Governor Henry recognized us in his speech and we received one of the largest standing ovations," Burke said. Several Oklahoma leaders spoke to the group at the Oklahoma History Center. For Burke, the most impacting speaker was Hardy Watkins, the director of tourism for Oklahoma. "The director of tourism literally filled us with such pride for Oklahoma," said Burke. "He motivated us to take an invested interest in Oklahoma." Burke said the trip helped

him to appreciate Oklahoma more. He may spend time experiencing other areas of the world, but he would like to come back to Oklahoma to settle down. Burke said the director of tourism actually encouraged the students who attended the institute to get out of Oklahoma for a while. He also encouraged them to come back and give back to Oklahoma. "Travel the world, chase your dreams, but may your heart lead you back to the warmest people you find and guide you in the way you can give back to that community—right here in the Heartland,' said Burke.

Saichko Komuro, theatre major, wins first place in "Costuming" at the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Theatre students receive first place national awards by Steven Reckinger Copy Editor

With theatre, no finer art has achieved higher sophistication in the dramatic representation of human conflict and emotional variance. The progression of theatre has once again put UCO on the Aaron Wright can be reached at map with two students winning awright@thevistaonline.com . first-place national awards in theatrical categories. Saichko Komuro, theatre senior, received high honors in "Costuming" for UCO's production of "Heritage," as well as runnerup in "Make-up" for "Anne s a cultural experience. of Green Gables." Laurinda A lot of people are inter- Navesky, also a senior, won first from page 1 place in "Stage Management." ested in Japanese cuisine." Both recognitions were "We will also create a table nationalities. They hosted the received at this year's Region for candy sushi rolls which will Children's Moon Festival last -Daryn Lu VI Kennedy Center American consist of fruit roll-ups, icing and semester and also participated in College Theatre Festival, held , other variety of sweets for indi- the International Food Festival. Feb. 27 through March 3 at ; viduals that are not interested Future plans include an Asian Tulsa Community College. in authentic sushi," said Nancy Night, a time of celebration for Next stop for these two honorPharr, vice-president of AASA. the Asian culture. Lu hopes to see Aaron Wright can be reached at ees is the National Festival at the The AASA has about that take place by next semester. awright@thevistaonline.com . Kennedy Center in Washington 25 members from different D.C. from April 17 to April 21, where they will present their UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA work as guests. Komuro will be asked to attend in honor of the "Make-up" category if the

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winner is unable to be present. ects involve the Oklahoma "Competition is not a bad Shakespeare in the Park's prothing. It lets you see what duction of `Cyrano de Bergerac," other people are doing," said scheduled for the summer, and Dr. Robert McGill, chair of UCO Opera Workshop of "Il the Dept. of Theatre, Dance Signor Bruschino/Old Maid and and Media Arts. "It allows the Thief' in April. students see other profession"Dr. Getzoff helped me the als in theatre where they can moment I started at UCO, giv--bring that wisdom they learned ing me emotional support and from them back to UCO." advice," Komuro said. The late Komuro, from Yokosiika, professor Getzoff helped with Japan, attended a high school designing the set for "Heritage." in Maryland where her histo"As a design major, it's good ry teacher, who used to be a to be recognized," Komuro Broadway actress, inspired her said. "Most people don't realto become a theatre major. She ize that a lot of the magic [of returned to Japan for six months, theatre] happens backstage." went to Tokyo International At the regional theatre fesCollege, before coming to UCO tival, UCO also received an in the spring of 2004 as an award in recognition to its supacting major. Afterwards, she port in playwriting, a program realized it wasn't her direc- created by assistant professor tion and switched to cos- Christopher Domanski. Also, tume design and make-up. the Best Partner Award went Dottie De Leon, her mentor, to Collin Andrulonis and Matt saw the potential Komuro has Chamay, under professor Don with designing costumes. De Bristow's direction. Brandon Leon also received a Faculty Vanderee was awarded a Scenic Costume Design nomination Design Honorable Mention. and may be considered for attending the National Festival. "I've always loved sewing," Komuro said. "I would make my own clothes as a kid." Steve Reckinger can be reached at Komuro's next proj- sreckinget@thevistaonline.com .

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'300' is simply a must-see movie by Nathan Winfrey Senior Staff Writer

Writer Frank Miller can do no wrong, or so it seems. The digitized swords and sandals epic "300," based on his graphic novel about men in their underwear stabbing each other, sets his record for the past few years at two for two, after dazzling audiences with his cartoonish film noir "Sin City" in 2005. A glorious two-hour bloodbath, shot almost entirely in front of a green screen, "300" is a spectacle of modern movie magic, and each frame is an artistic accomplishment worthy of a blue ribbon. The line between reality and fabrication is nearly

indiscernible, as actors and computer-generated characters interact seamlessly against beautiful backdrops that exist nowhere but on the artists' hard drives. Ignore what most critics are saying; "300" is a surprisingly accurate representation of the Battle of Thermopylae, considering it had to first pass through Miller's creative, ultraviolent filter. A read through the historic battle's Wikipedia page after watching the film reveals many parallels, right down to some of the minor details which can't be discussed here without giving away too much of the film. It's 480 B.C. The Greek city-state of Sparta is about to get socked into oblivion by the

invading Persians, a bloodthirsty army of mystics, armored elephants and freaks of nature led by the towering, androgynous King Xerxes, an eyebrow-plucking giant with more facial piercings than a Slipknot fan (played by an unrecognizable Rodrigo Santoro from ABC's "Lost"). The only thing standing in his way is a fraction of the Spartan army, led by King Leonidas (Gerard Butler, "The Phantom of the Opera") who illegally meets the Persians in battle, though the corrupt leaders have forbidden it. The 300 are joined by a 700-strong Thespian militia who help them defend the narrow pass at Thermopylae, but it's the phalanx of Spartan

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NEWS IN BRIEF Texas lawmakers vote on cancer vaccine

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Today is Thursday, March 15, the 74th day of 2007. There are 291 days left in the year. This is Buzzard Day in Hinckley, Ohio.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas lawmakers are fighting to block the governor's order requiring that sixth-grade girls be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer, with the House giving key approval to a bill to make the shots strictly voluntary. Gov . Rick Perry's executive order has inflamed conservatives who say it contradicts Texas' abstinence-only sexual education policies and intrudes into family lives. Some critics also have questioned whether the vaccine has been proven safe.

Today's High light in History: On March 15, 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.

Russia says Iran delays hurt nuke plant MOSCOW (AP) The Russian state-run company 'building a nuclear plant in Iran warned Wednesday that Iranian payment delays may cause "irreversible" darnage to the project _ another strong signal of Moscow's ,_annoyance with Tehran. The Atornstroiexport company said in a statement that it was having difficulties trying to appease subcontractors who had demanded urgent payments.

Bush seeks better ties in Latin America MERIDA, Mexico (AP) President Bush sent a longdistance message to Congress from the southeast tip of Mexico: The future of U.S. relations south of the border hinges on immigration reform. "I'm going to keep repeating it while I'm here in Mexico _ that I know our country must have comprehensive immigration reform," said Bush, who returns to Washington on Wednesday after a second day of meetings with Mexican President ,Felipe Calderon.

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On this date: by Aaron Wright Staff Writer Poetry lovers and those interested in learning other languages are invited to attend "Speaking In Tongues" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, March 28 at Full Circle Bookstore at 50 Penn Place. This program will include students, faculty and community members who will read poetry in various languages. Many students are in their first or second semesters of a new language when they read, said Dr. Rudi Nollert, chair of the UCO Modern Language Depai tinent. "Poetry, with its musical quality, often helps people move through it," said Nollert. Normally the event is held at the UCO Jazz Lab. The department decided to move it to Full Circle to have a change of venue and because of scheduling problems. "It's an interesting

place that's obviously literature friendly," Nollert said. Tim Bradford, UCO graduate student, started the program around six years ago. Although he was an English major, he wanted to hear poetry in different languages. "'Speaking In Tongues' was started by a graduate student who was interested in hearing poetry spoken. He knew poetry was meant to be heard," Nollert said. The UCO Art Depaihnent and UCO Modem Language Department quickly followed up on his idea. Those interested in participating can contactAmy St. John, secretary of the Modern Language Department, at (405) 974-5647. Sign-Up ends March 19 at 5 p.m. Interested participants can e-mail hnollert@ucok.edu or go by Thatcher Hall Rm. 204. Aaron Wright can be reached at awright@thevistaonline.com.

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In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere. In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state. In 1913, President Wilson held the first open presiential news conference. In 1919, the American Legion was founded, in Paris. In 1956, the Lerner and Loewe musical play "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway. In 1977, the U.S. House of Representatives began a 90-day test to determine the feasibility of showing its sessions on television.

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in Pismo Beach, Calif., leaving three dead and two injured before taking his own life. Jeff King won his fourth Iditarod, finishing several hours ahead of runner-up Doug Swingley. Today's Birthdays: Country singer Carl Smith is 80. Musician DJ Fontana is 76. Former astronaut Alan L. Bean is 75. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 74. Actor Judd Hirsch is 72. Rock musician Phil Lesh is 67. Singer Mike Love (The Beach Boys) is 66. Rock singer-musician Sly Stone is 64. Rock singer-musician Howard Scott (War) is 61. Rock singer Ry Cooder is 60. Actor Craig Wasson is 53. Rock singer Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is 52. Actress Park Overall is 50. Movie director Renny Harlin is 48. Model Fabio is 46. Singer Sananda Maitreya (formerly Terence Trent D'Arby) is 45. Rock singer Bret Michaels (Poison) is 44. Singer Rockwell is 43. Rock singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) is 39. Actress Kim Raver is 38. Rock musician Mark Hoppus is 35. Actress Eva Longoria is 32. Rappermusician will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) is 32. Rock DJ Joseph H-011#,-(Linkin Park) is 30. Rat*? Young Buck is 26. Actor Sean Biggerstaff is 24. Rock musician Ethan Mentzer is 24. Actress Caitlin Wachs is 18. Thought for Today: "Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose." Billie Holiday, American singer (1915-1959).

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UNA-USA holds Be safe and healthy during spring break annual luncheon

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Spring breakers gathering at the beach is an AP photo taken at a Spring Break dance contest March 5, 2007, at the Full Throttle Beach on South Padre Island, Texas. by Aaron Wright Staff Writer

Every year thousands of students venture out on spring break, whether it's the sandy beaches of Cancun, a ski trip to the Colorado Mountains, or a last minute planned trip to anywhere but Edmond. Due to many students engaging in high-risk behavior during spring break, it is critical students be provided with information that will help their break. The Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students Network, a university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives, is setting aside March 12 through March 16 as Safe Spring Break Week. - According to the BACCHUS Network, this campaign is a way for peers to get other peers

ready for all the excitement of spring break, while encouraging them to make choices for their own health as well as the wellbeing of their friends. The philosophy -roP BACCHUS states, "Stria fiW can play a uniquely effective role â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unmatched by professional educators â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about and develop responsible habits and attitudes toward highrisk health and safety issues." Though the main focus is on preventing impaired driving, the Safe Spring Break Campaign also includes information and encouragement on other health issues, such as making safe decisions when it comes to sexual encounters, predatory drugs and even how to keep your skin protected from the sun; "We hope to reduce if no'01eliminate the numbeitieffinjpries and deaths among college and university students during the

spring break period," read the BACCHUS Network. "And, since healthy decision-making such as choosing to drive safe and sober are life skills, your efforts will save lives long after spring break is over." On Monday, a date rape booth supplying information was set at the Nigh University Center and a mock drunk driving incident occurred by Broncho Lake. Students involved with Community Health passed out Smarties and Dum Dums with statistics attached, and "Girls Fight Back" seminar was at the NUC Ballroom. On Tuesday, there was a booth set up with alcohol information, drinking games were set up by Broncho Lake and Community Health students passed out candy with statistics. Wednesday, a sexually transmitted infections' information booth was set up and "Sex in the Dark" was presented in

the NUC Ballroom. Thursday, "Mock Tails" will take place at 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Clubhouse and to wrap up Safe Spring Break Week, goodies will be passed out on Friday at Broncho Lake at 10 a.m. Though spring break is a time when students are faced with making personal decisions about their health and safety, these decisions occur in everyday life as well. The lives of students can be greatly impacted by developing positive decision-making skills. James Allen, executive director of Health Promotions and Programs at the Student Health Center, created a PowerPoint presentation, which consists of the Student Health Survey 2006 titled "Perceptions of Health." The survey was conducted by the American College Health Association and is available from the Health Promotions and Programs site at www.ucok. edu/student_health_center. According to the survey, 46.3 percent of students surveyed indicated that a typical student at UCO uses alcohol daily and 0.5 percent of students surveyed indicated daily alcohol use. 69.2 percent of students surveyed indicated that a typical UCO student has five or more alcoholic beverages when socializing and or partying. 52.4 percent of students surveyed indicated that a typical UCO student smokes cigarettes daily and 8 percent of students surveyed reported daily use. Of the students surveyed, 67.1 percent indicated that a typical UCO student has had 3 or more sexual partners within the past school year and 9.5 percent of students reported this behavior.

Aaron Wright can be reached at awright@thevistaonline.com .

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The United Nations Association of the United States of America Oklahoma City Chapter will host their annual meeting and luncheon onApril 14 at Meinders School of Business, Oklahoma City University. At the event, Dr. Robert Cox, president of the UNAUSA, Greater Oklahoma City Chapter; Rev. Dr. Bob Elliott and Jalal Daneshfar, UCO international adviser, will be speaking. Erma Stewart, student of Speech at Southwest Missouri State University with an MA in studies of rhetoric from the University of Oklahoma, will portray First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She was proclaimed the first lady of the world by the United Nations, and is the only person to be recognized as such. As Roosevelt, Stewart will speak on her topics such as her political activities, childhood, marriage, role as first lady, experience as an author and lecturer, and as a delegate to the first United Nations. "There are opportunities in every state across the US to participate in such programs

to celebrate human rights. Elections will also take place for the Central Oklahoma chapter for officers, and positions will be available for students," said Aladdin Obeid, president of the UCO UNA-USA Student Alliance Group. "Hopefully, we'll be able to nominate somebody to represent us." "It's an interesting event especially if you are into history, dramatic poetry, human rights and want to know more about the UN's works. Our purpose is to encourage students to participate and to promote the UN's various programs," said Wassim Bouanani, president of Moroccan Student Association and UCO representative of the UNA Oklahoma City Chapter. The event costs $20 for regular admission and $10 for students. However, scholarship to attend the program is available for students. Those interested can visit www.unaokc.org for more information. A silent auction will be held prior to the luncheon to raise funds to support the Adopt-A-Minefield program. Abha Eli Phoboo can be reached at aphoboo@thevistaonline.com.

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CAN PUS EVENTS Central Plaza to host "Open Mic Night' UCO's Central Plaza Coffee Bar will host an Open Mic Night at 8 p.m. March 15. Central Plza is located at the corner of Bauman and Second Street in Edmond. For more information, call 9742363.

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by Delanya Jurrens Student Writer Student organizations gathered to beautify the University of Central Oklahoma on March 10th.

About 70 students from nine organizations showed up Saturday to kick off the first Adopt-YourCampus event. Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) initiated its spring service project for the year. LOT is a scholarship program that is a brother program to PLC. The LOT program began last year, after an overwhelming interest of scholarship applicants from PLC. "Every year we try to do something that will better UCO," said Blake Middleton. service chair. Middleton explained LOT evaluated what our campus needed and decided to form the Adopt-Your-Campus program. "Instead of separate organizations doing good,• this is a chance for all active organizations on campus, to come together as one unit for the betterment of UCO," said Middleton.

This program functions similarly to the Adopt-aStreet program. LOT divided the campus into 25 sections. Organizations then had the opportunity to pick their top five sections they wished to manage throughout the semester. All the equipment is being provided through the physical plant. Throughout the spring semester, organizations are responsible for performing at least two service projects for their area. "It's open to your own interpretations as to what you would consider bettering the area," said Middleton. Your ideas can range from picking up trash to planting flowers. LOT encourages the organizations to be creative. "We picked up a lot of trash and cans to recycle," said Middleton. "It was also great because everyone just kind of hung out afterwards and intermingled, which created unity amongst the organizations." If your organization is interested in Adopt-Your-Campus, there are still available sections or for more information, contact Blake Middleton at bmiddleton@ucok.edu .

Friends of the Library is asking for book donations both for its annual book sale and to help enrich the library shelves. To donate, look for the red shopping carts and donation boxes in the Liberal Arts, Communications and Education buildings, and in the Max Chambers Library. They will be available through March 16.

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The annual Student Symposium, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Joe C. Jackson College of TIARAS applications due Graduate Studies and Research, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 Applications are being accepted for the TIARAS Junior Women's p.m. April 11 in the Liberal Honor Society.Female students who have completed between 60Arts Building. It will show94 hours by the end of the spring 2007 semester and have a 3.0 case the submissions of stuGPA are eligible.To apply, go to Campus Life, Room 424 of the dents from all departments. Nigh University Center. Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 9. "This is primarily a celebration For more information, contact Synde Norton at snorton@ucok. of scholarly research work, but edu or Elizabeth Oliver at eoliver@ucok.edu . we also include creative projects as well," said Linda McDonald. `Disability Days' to raise awareness This year, the symposium will offer a $1,000 OG&E The fifth-annual Disability Awareness Days is from 10 a.m. to 2 Dean's Symposium Award p.m. March 26 through March 28 at Broncho Lake. for Excellence in Research or Free food will be available for all participants and volunteers. Creative Activity to the top Interested volunteers can contact the Disability Support Services submission. Judges from each Office at 974-2549. ciepartment will choose the best Schedule of events: sulq*ssion from an individual • Blind and Learning Disability Challenge, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in their field, from which Dr. March 26 Pamela Washington will judge • Wheelchair Challenge, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 the top winner of the symposium. • Deaf Challenge, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 Group submissions will not be judged but are encouraged for the symposium. Dancers to debut spring concert Ideas include scholarly papers of all types, literary criticism, The UCO Kaleidoscope Dancers will present their spring concert at sociology papers, mass media 7:30 p.m. March 13 through 17 in Mitchell Hall Theater.For ticket analysis, as well as creative works such as poems and plays. information, call the UCO box office at 974-3375. "These are papers that would Applications ready for 'Speaking in Tongues' event. Applications come out of regular classes. are being accepted for the Modern Languages Department's annual "Speaking in Tongues" poetry reading competition. This is how a lot of this stuff The competition will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 28 at the Full gets born," McDonald said. Students will give a 20Circle Bookstore at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City.Applications minute presentation, followed must be submitted to the Modern Languages office by March 19. by a 5-10 min. presentation. For more information, e-mail astjohn@ueok.edu . Upperodivision classes in the LA Building will be pre-

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empted for the day, and some professors will ask their students to go to specific presentations for class credit. "It's a neat day, it really is," McDonald said. Simultaneously, "The New Plains Review"willunveil its centennial issue in Pegasus Theater. Registration forms for individual and group projects are available at libarts.ucok.edu . The forms can be dropped off with the appropriate department committee member with a faculty signature. The committee member for English is Linda McDonald; for History and Geography, Dr. Carolyn Pool; for Humanities and Philosophy, Dr. Mark Silcox; for Mass Communication, Dr. Kole Kleeman; for Modern Languages, Dr. Mix Mazuet; for Political Science, Dr. Husam Mohamad; and for Sociology, Criminal Justice and SAS, Brenda Chappell. "The benefits of being selected to the symposium is that you are an exemplary student with research abilities in the top of your class," Kleeman said. "This would be a very good achievement for going on to graduate school since it means meritorious work. The judges will be looking for high-quality scholarship." The deadline for submission is March 27. Nathan Winfrey can be reached at nwinfrey@thevistaonline.corn. ,

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Sporting summary It's hard to define what exactly a sport is. The world has an identity crisis when it comes to sports and has trouble classifying certain cornpetitions. Allow me to shed some light on the situation. Is NASCAR a sport! To answer that with one word, no. In two words, heck no. Excuse me, but I get no thrill of watching guys drive in a circle lap after lap. Daytona 500, more like Boretona, and 500 is exactly how much you would have to pay me to watch it. As exciting as it is to watch high school drop-outs play race car while legions of junior high drop-outs cheer them on, all anybody really cares about are the wrecks. What kind of sick person does it take to watch something for the sake of wanting people to fail? As bad as that is, it gets worse. Cheerleading, give me a break. If only there was a way ,. to earn scholarships for jumping, clapping and smiling. Oh wait, they do provide them for ` that. What's this world coming k to? Society puts these people on •'a pedestal, which might explain ' why they construct pyramids. You know who else built pyramids: ancient Egyptians and Aztecs, and they disappeared. So enjoy your time in the sun because skills like toe touches can't carry you forever. • Poker is on television now, and to be perfectly honest, I watch it. It's entertaining, but if you are over 300 pounds, whatever you are doing is not a sport, unless of course you're an offensive lineman. Poker is :nothing more than an excuse to 'hang out with friends and drink.

Then there is the so-called "extreme sports." I'm sick of all these new games popping up and being hailed as great athletic competitions. Half-pipe is not a sport. Neither is snow mobile jumping or whatever it is they're doing now. The X Games are dumb. They take up valuable ESPN time that could be used for a real sport, like basketball or baseball. The reason people get into these pseudo sports is because they can't hack it at football. I'm sorry the football coach cut you Tony Hawk, but put down the skateboard already. Think of the children. Every four years a dark shadow falls across the land and infects millions of people. Tight outfits, glitter and sequins are symptoms of the disease, and if you see any signs of it, I advise you to run, immediately. That's right, as you probably already know; I'm talking about male ice dancing at the Olympics. The music blasts and jazz hands are everywhere in this effeminate game. How is stuff like this still going on today? The only use for this masquerade is to induce vomiting. So it is handy for people that have accidentally swallowed something, as well as bulimics. These are just a few of the many unclassified games going on across the globe. It's impossible to neatly classify everything. At some point a new sport probably will appear, but it certainly isn't any of these.

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Ireland's John Hayes, top, tends to injured team-mate Ronan O'Gara, on ground, during the Six Nations rugby match against Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 10.

Rough and rowdy rugby by Justin Langston Sports Writer Rugby has a brutal reputation, painful and a bit over the top. Stories of exaggerated and insane injuries have been thrown about. However, Rugby is a game more about agility and grace than beating someone's head in with a tackle. Watching the UCO Rugby Club practice for its upcoming inaugural season shows how much dexterity is required as the players evade tackles, hurl the ball to one another and scramble for fumbles. The team focuses heavily on legwork and practicing on becoming more nimble. The club came into being

when Frank Adams transferred to UCO and was disappointed to find that there was no club. Adams got in contact with a few other, students to generate interest before contacting UCO Assistant Director for Recreation Services Fred Fieth. Although there was interest in the club, not all of those who signed up to play had much in the way of experience. "Only three or four people have played rugby," Adams said. "So, we're doing a lot of fundamentals." Working on the fundamentals has paid off, as the team is already looking at playing during the summer: "It's amazing how fast

thar, picked up the game," sile, rugby players wrap their ctlYb 'filernber Matt Danner arms around their opponent said. "When I first came out, and attempt to pull them down. I was amazed that some of The UCO rugby club practhem hadn't played before." tices every Monday, Wednesday Rugby looks similar to foot- and Friday at 4 p.m. to about ball, in that both teams line 6:30 p.m. Currently, they're up and people are tackled, teaching the basics to the playbut there are major differenc- ers, but they're also looking es. First, there is no block- to play during the summer. ing. When on defense, the In the fall, they hope to play team attempts to stop the offen- as a Division I team against sive squad simply by tackling teams such as OU and OSU. them. On offense, the players cannot pass the ball forwards. Instead, they line up in a diagonal line and pass backwards. Tackling in rugby is also different from football. Rather than just charging in to the Justin Langston can be reached opponent like a human mis- jlangstonl@ucok.eclu

Hornets get trapped by the Nets AP-Richard Jefferson is back where he wants to be. His team isn't quite there yet. Jefferson had his best game since returning from ankle surgery, Vince Carter hit the goahead free throws with 21 seconds left, and the New Jersey Nets beat the New Orleans Hornets 112-108 on Tuesday night to move into a tie for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Jefferson, in his fourth game back after six weeks out, had 26 points, but the Nets needed heroics from him and Carter after allowing the Hornets to eliminate a seven-point deficit in the final 3 minutes. Carterdrove fora layup to break

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a 104-all tie and then got fouled on another drive after Devin Brown tied it up for the Hornets. After Carter hit his free throws to make it 108-106, New Orleans' Chris Paul lost the ball on the right wing and Jefferson beat Brown on a jump ball with 7 seconds left. Mikki Moore, who caught the tip, went I -of2 from the line with 5.6 sec-

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The Bronchos stun Southwestern; win two "It doesn't matter if it's the first inning or the sixth inning," Stidham said. "A win's a win." In the next game, UCO won The UCO Softball team played a doubleheader against 6-0. Alli Blake was pitcher for Southwestern Oklahoma on the whole game, striking out Tuesday and won both of their six and allowing only two hits. UCO opened up with four games, defeating SWOSU. "The bats were slow but we runs in the first inning, starthad good defense," head coach ing with a bunt from outfieldGenny Stidham said. "We had er Meagan Campbell. UCO scored twice plays that just more, both of didn't really happen until "It doesn't matter if its them by Stacy Walden. In the it counted." the first inning or the fifth inning, In the first she knocked game, UCO sixth inning. A win's a out a home won 3 -2 . WM." run and in the Hillary Brandt sixth inning stood as pitcher for the --Coach Stidham she was batted in after entire game, hitting a triple. giving up six U C 0 hits but strikwill travel ing out four. to Emporia The game was a no-score deadlock for Kansas on Friday to play another most of the time, until SWOSU doubleheader against Emporia hit a home run batting in another State. On Saturday and Sunday, player in the top of the seventh, UCO will play five games as part making the score 2-0. UCO of the Emporia State Invitational. responded by batting in three runners for the victory. Jenni by Vista photographer Alex Gambill Hinkel hit the last RBI, batting Stacy Walden attempts to put the ball into play against Southwestern in catcher/utility Kelsey Tiger Justin Langston can be reached at to earn the third run and the win. jlangstonl@ucok.edu Oklahoma State March 13 at Broncho Field. by Justin Langston Sports Writer

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Stacy Walden reaches first and tries to beat the play at the base against Southwestern March 13 at Broncho Field.

Bronchos allergic to Hornets' sting by Jeff Massie Sports Writer

Despite scoring three in the sixth, the Emporia State Hornets' sting was too much for the Bronchos. The six-game winning streak the Bronchos were riding came to a crashing halt with the 4-3 loss. It was the second time UCO has played Emporia this season. The previous match-up had the opposite results, a 6-1 victory at home for the Bronchos. "I think we took them lightly," head coach Wendell Simmons said. "We couldn't get any offense going." The game started slow with no scoring through the first three innings. Then the Hornets swarmed the scoreboard, posing all four of their runs in the bottom of the fourth. The lead would prove to be insurmountable. A rally would be attempted a couple of innings later. UCO

scored all three of its runs in would be posed and UCO would the sixth, had opportunities for lose its sixth game of the season. Columbus finished the more, but would be unable to capitalize on the opportunities. day 3 for 4 and scored once The runs were the work of himself Second baseman shortstop Michael Pollock and Tim Sullivan who is leading catcher Breck Draper. Pollock the team offensively did not went 2 for 3 and batted in one. have a strong day. He had no He also left two runners strand- _ hits in his three appearances. The Bronchos employed ed on base. Draper slammed a homer and accounted for the four pitchers and starter other two RBIs. It was his Brett Flemming was credfourth homerun of the season. ited with the loss. All of In the eighth inning, the Emporia's runs were scored Bronchos had their best chance during his stint at the mound. "The pitchers didn't throw to take the lead and come out with the victory. They failed very hard," Coach Simmons. UCO will now travel to do so and victory eluded them. Designated hitter Bryce to Portales, NM, for a fourColumbus got the team started game series against Eastern with a double and Pollock fol- New Mexico this weekend. lowed with a hit that put runners at the corners with no outs. Columbus would get thrown out at home and Pollock would be picked off. Then Dean McIntyre stuck out to end the threat. Jeff Massie can be reached at No more serious threats jmassie2@ucok.edu

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