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March 29, 2007

Clean up committee changing appearance of Broncho Lake by Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer

If you haven't already noticed, the serenity of the Broncho Lake is not marred by trash and paper cups. Every week, members from different student organizations sign up to clean the lake. To recognize the success of the Broncho Lake Clean Up Committee, March 12 was declared the Gail Gauldin Day by Jason Hines, president pro-tempore, at the UCOSA Senate meeting. "It was done to congratulate Gail on her efforts. I know it meant a lot to her to be recognized for the hard work she's done. Now, every

time we talk of cleaning up Broncho lake, her name will be mentioned," said Hines. Gauldin, senator for the Student Dietetics Association at UCO, took up a challenge that Hines gave to the UCOSASenate. "There was a lot of trash in Broncho Lake. One day I saw a group of students having a contest about who could throw Starbucks cups the furthest," said Gauldin. "The attitude of the students made me want to do something, not just clean but to maintain. So I hit upon the idea of asking everybody to contribute, different organizations could sign up to clean the lake every week." The idea was brought up before the senate as a piece of legislation, which passed with-

out opposition. The response to the project was tremendous as the sign-up sheet has organizations volunteering to clean up until November. "The project gives student organizations the opportunity to get involved on campus, do a little philanthropy and community service. That's what we are trying to focus on in the senate this semester and Gail's project is a great example," added Hines. Before the Broncho Lake Clean Up Committee, the Physical Plant maintained the lake. With the student organizations getting involved this semester and cleaning up more frequently, the plant lends the necessary equip-

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by Vista photographer Travis Marak

UCO Psychology instructor Gloria Shadid maneuvers through the wheelchair challenge obstacle course during Disability Awareness Days March 28 at Broncho Lake.

Disability Awareness Days show students and staff life with limitations by Andrew Knittle Staff Writer

by Vista photographer Alex Gambill

To recognize the success of the Broncho Lake Clean Up Committee, March 12 was declared the Gail Gauldin Day by Jason Hines, president pro-tempore, at the UCOSA Senate meeting.

For most people, the idea of living with a disability is not something they like to think about, let alone experience firsthand. UCO's fifth annual Disability Awareness Days, held at Broncho Lake March 26 through March 28, gave stu-

dents and others more than just the opportunity to ponder the reality of becoming disabled. The event actually made them disabled, at least for a few minutes. Kimberly Fields, assistant director of UCO's Disability Support Services, said students needed to get accustomed to feeling empathy for those with disabilities — even if they don't actually know anybody

with life-altering impairments. "Whether it is themselves, a parent, a brother or sister, 90 percent of all college students will be affected by disabilities in the next 20 years," Fields said. During the three days of activities, DA Days allowed students to walk in the shoes of a blind person, a deaf person and

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Barack Obama attempts to sell his 2008 presidential campaign "I haven't been in Washington long, but I've been there long enough to know Washington needs to change." - Barack Obama by Andrew Knittle Staff Writer

If Illinois senator Barack Obama isn't sworn in as President come January 2009, it won't be because of his public speaking abilities, which were prominently on display March 19 at Oklahoma City's Farmers Market. More than 1,000 paying guests, many of them attending their first political rally, turned up at the relatively obscure Venue near downtown Oklahoma City to hear Obama sell himself and his campaign for the 2008 Democratic primaries. First-time political speech attendee Steven Sallison, an Oklahoma City resident and recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, said he walked away from the event a true believer, the ultimate goal of fundraisers and speeches given by candidates. "I paid for my girlfriend and myself to attend today, and I

can tell you that I'll vote for Obama in 2008," Sallison said. "He was that good here today." Obama, who made his entrance a little late because he was taping a segment for CNN's Larry King Live in an adjacent building, was greeted by a chanting, roaring crowd and at least 500 cell phone cameras as he took the stage. "We're here because the country calls us, because history beckons us," Obama said. "We're at a crossroads, full of obstacles, but we know what the challenges are." After warming the crowd with some jokes and a story about his two daughters, Obama discussed the issues that will define his platform as he makes his run at the Oval Office in 2008. Obama said education was a top priority in his campaign, stressing that teachers, who are largely responsible for training the nation's future leaders, needed higher salaries and more competitive benefits.

The senator also said health care, which always seems to find its way into political speeches, was crippling the country and needs to be changed before it reaches the point of no return. Obama really hit a nerve when the discussion turned to energy, a hot topic in today's political arena. "There may not be a silver bullet to solve our energy needs," Obama said, "but if we can send a man to the moon, we can find a new energy source on this planet." Ethanol, wind farms, solar power and various other alternative fuels are all in need of further technological development, Obama said. He also stressed the importance of using the world's existing fossil fuels more efficiently and responsibly, noting the U.S. sends nearly $1 billion a day to "some of the most hostile nations on Earth." In the end, though, it was Obama's comments about

the war in Iraq — and the current administration's lack of accountability regarding the conflict — that brought the audience to near fever pitch. "Most of all, we got a war that should have never been authorized, a war that's cost us a half a trillion dollars," Obama said. "Politics are not a sport, it's not a game. There are real consequences for what we do in Washington." Obama even took a thinlyveiled shot at the current administration while discussing the notion that he didn't have enough "experience" to run the most powerful nation in the world. "I got experience as a constitution law professor for ten years, so I actually respect the constitution," Obama said. "I haven't been in Washington long, but I've been there long enough to know Washington needs to change." Andrew Knittle can be reached at aknittle@thevistaonline.com .

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Barack Obama speaks out March 19 at Oklahoma City Farmers Market.

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Iran, justified or in deep water? It's too familiar to see American armed forces sending a message to Iran The problem with diploma- with the launching of 15 cy is that it doesn't always warships and 100 airplanes work. When you have sev- in order to prove who eral countries biting at each means business. But one other's throats about who is must think how this even right and who should have affects the United States. the authority to make the The problem with the war final call, it turns into a diplo- in Iraq is it gives President matic bloodbath on all sides. Bush the mind-set that With Iran holding 15 other concerns surrounding British soldiers captive due the Middle East are free to to the assumption they were meddle in. Since this issue trespassing through Iranian is directly related to the waters, there's no doubt British forces, Bush holds other governments will get no right that justifies his involved. There's the dis- involvement, even if it only pute that the boundary of consists of sending a Cold what constitutes Iranian War-like message to Iran. waters with Iraqi waters is in Iran already stated the effect. Of course, the United British troops are being States has to get mixed up treated well. Whether or not in it as well, just like it people want to believe that always does when it comes is up to them. It still doesn't to international concerns. validate the childish behavEngland is an older ior on all parts. In a way, nation than America. That it's like a group of children part's obvious. The British fighting over whose turn it government has seized is to play a video game. control of all corners of So what if a dOvn solthe earth throughout his- diers happened to cross into tory, a lot longer than one particular section of the America has been polic- ocean. It shouldn't be anying the world. So shouldn't body's decision to penalEngland resolve its prob- ize the so-called intruders.' lems without the interfer- They should have the right ence from other countries? to proceed wherever the

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current situation takes them. The world should be a boundless environment, not a place based on petty political policies.

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The fact is Iran has 15 British soldiers in captivity. Where these 15 were captured is

still somewhat of a mystery. However, the rest of the world seems to be taking sides and doesn't really care how the 15 were captured. Iran has put itself into a sticky situation because on the one hand they have to appear tough but yet on the other hand they cannot af-

15 Iranians were to venture into their own waters.

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Even though the British are officially "out" of the war in Iraq, they seem to be allowing themselves to get dragged back in, just like Michael Corleone in Godfather III. And just like a good little brother (albeit a bigger, stronger, betterlooking little bro), the good old U.S. of A. has begun its obligatory posturing. In response to the March 23 capture and detainment of 15 British sailors off the coast of Iran, the U.S., quite predictably, flexed its military muscles. An Associated Press writer aboard the USS John C. Stennis said more than 100 aircraft, launched from 15 different battleships in the Persian ford Gulf, performed combat to the maneuvers near the hostile rest of the state and were "meant as a world put- message to the Iranians." What message is that? Is ting the pinch on them through sanctions or it that the U.S. will invade any other type of discipline. Iran if they don't shape up What would be interest- and release the Englishmen? ing is to see the British That seems highly unlikely response, or for that mat- at this point considering ter the U.S. response if America can't even contain

a group of loosely-organized terrorists in Iraq. So, as far as can be ascertained from this vantage point, the whole 100-plane pissing contest resulted in nothing more than thousands of gallons of jet-fuel being wasted. And can you imagine the noise if you happened to be sunbathing on the beach near the American warships? Hopefully they didn't ruin any nice Iranian college students' spring break. But honestly, does the U.S. really need to get involved in another conflict when they're already loved so much in the region? The answer is most certainly no. First of all, Iran is a far bigger fish to fry than Iraq. If the U.S. can't deal in Iraq, then we'll surely find more of the same failure in Iran, probably a lot worse. So, congratulations U.S. military commanders who thought that metaphorical bicep flex was a good idea, you guys did really well there. Anyway, Iran already knows how we feel about them, they can tell by the way we're always staring at them.

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even experience the hardships facing those bound to wheelchairs. Monday's activities centered around sight impairment and total blindness, with participants relieved of their eyesight as they navigated obstacle courses and tried to perform other simple tasks without the luxury of vision. On Tuesday, students could briefly experience the life of someone bound to a wheelchair. Another course, one that purposefully didn't comply with disability requirements (ADA), was set up and students were placed in wheelchairs and asked to navigate it as best they could. The final installment of DA Days was a deaf community, which according to sophomore Lynne Collins, was the toughest of all to deal with. "I talked to friends of mine who did all three disabilities this week, and they all agreed that being deaf was the strangest," Collins said. "There's just something really scary about not being able to hear anything, although none of us know exactly why we felt this way." Sharla Weathers, an interpreter specialist for DSS, said DA Days isn't held just so students can get a different perspective, but also to serve a broader purpose in general. "This event is about creating awareness for a diverse group of people," Weathers said. "Responsible educators and community members want to be educated to help make society more successful and to put in place equal opportunities for people with disabilities."

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Dan Cubier, business communications senior, participates in the blind challenge during UCO's Disability Awareness Days March 25 next to Broncho Lake.

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Sterling Rains, 12, spills his water while going through the Disability Awareness Days wheelchair challenge March 28 at Broncho Lake.

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LAKE from page 1 ment such as nets, gloves, trash bags and offers instructions. "While I was working on the project, I learned that the UCO campus is also considered an animal sanctuary. There are raccoons, geese, ducks that depend on the environment in UCO. Also there are fishes in the lake such as carp and catfish," said Gail. "I was overwhelmed when I received the certificate of appreciation, to have

a day. I started to cry. It was my 15 minutes of fame and I feel very honored," she said. Hines, who will still be around next year, added that he would bring cookies or something like that with her name on the icing to celebrate. But most important is that Broncho Lake is clean and stays clean.

To recognize the success of the Broncho Lake Clean Up Committee, March 12 was declared the Gail Gauldin Day

Abha Eli Phoboo can be reached at aphoboo@thevistaonline.com .

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Y-Chapel welcomes spring with concert Fundamental week

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The Cello and String Orchestra performs at the Y-Chapel for the spring.

by Nathan Winfrey Senior Staff Writer A week before the official start of spring, the air outside the triangular Y-Chapel was warm and alive with the scent of blooming flowers. In the shrinking sunlight, music lovers and families of the UCO Chamber Orchestra filed into the tiny venue as the nine-piece orchestra noisily tuned their instruments. The hushed audience burst well past capacity, spilling out into the aisles. When the concert began with Tchaikovsky's haunting Andante cantabile for Cello and String Orchestra, it was standing-room only. "The turnout was great,"

said cellist Whitney Jenckes, music performance freshman. "There were so many more people here than usual for these small concerts." Emon Chalshotori, music performance graduate student, was the star of the first song. Flanked by violins, the awardwinning cellist' played with the authority and skill of a master. Chalshotori finished to strong applause, and he bowed humbly. When the clapping continued after he'd exited the stage, he came back out and bowed again. Next was Vivaldi's Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra RV 93 in D, and Jeff Carrico, guitar performance graduate student, took center stage with an acoustic guitar while

Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher conducted the orchestra. Though he'd learned the song in two weeks, as it phased from light allegro, to largo and back again, Carrico's guitar picked along smoothly and expertly. "He's very good," RemySchumacher said. "It's unusual that a person can learn a piece like that in two weeks. That's like a record." Carrico volunteered to jump in when previously-scheduled guitarist Scott Johnson's tour dates changed and came in conflict with the performance. "He's actually somewhere on the east coast right now," Remy-Schumacher said. The orchestra broke for intermission and the audi-

ence broke its silence. As the audience returned to the pews and the hush returned, Vivaldi's Concerto in Gminor for 2 Celli and Orchestra in G kicked up, following the same allegro, largo, allegro format as the previous song. For this concerto, OSU professor Jeffrey Lastrapes joined RemySchumacher at center stage. "He's not only a wonderful cellist, but he's a great teacher and a very nice person to work with," Remy-Schumacher told the audience to introduce her fellow cellist for the piece. The Rugieri cello Lastrapes used was built in 1684. His family purchaed the rare instrument after a teacher arranged for Lastrapes to have it on loan from its previous owner. "It's a great, great cello," he said. "A great instrument... think of how many times it's been shot at, the house fires it's been through, the floods. It's older than the United States." Lastrapes performed Bach's Prelude from Suite 1 as a solo for an unexpected encore. "Since this concert's free, we want to give you your money's worth," he said. "It was so much fun," Jenckes said. "We played such great pieces. Jeffrey Lastrapes is such a great cellist. It was an honor to work with him. Emon is beautiful." "I know there's great things ahead for this group," Lastrapes said. The UCO Chamber Orchestra's next concert with be with the UCO Symphony 7:30 p.m. April 24 in Mitchell Hall Theater.

Nathan Winfrey can be reached at nwinfrey@thevistaonline.com .

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The Education Honor Society Kappa Delta Pi is holding "Reading is Fun(damental)" week from April 2 to April 6. The event aims at spreading enthusiasm for reading among all ages. "The education majors and all those interested are encouraged to read to younger siblings, friends, family and other people during that week. They can keep a log of their reading so we can tally how much they've read, what kind of books and to what ages at the end of the week," said Amy Miller, UCO education junior and coordinator of the event. The logs can be sent electronically and does not require the presence of participants. After the logs are tallied, the participants are given certificates for participation. Part of the campaign also includes collecting books to donate to Positive Tomorrow, a school for homeless children. The library in the school caters to people of all ages so parents,

older siblings and members of the community can check out books. The donation b q for Positive Tomorrow will be at the foyer of the Education Building throughout the week) How much a student readA every day determines the cony, plexity of language and range of vocabulary s/he is exposed to. "If a student reads 20 mini utes a day from kindergarten to sixth grade, it is equivalent to reading for 60 days. If the student reads four minutes, a day, it is equivalent to 12 days of reading," said Miller. The "Reading is Fun(damental)" week is an annual event that is strategically placed after the national ce1 7 ebrations of Dr. Seuss' birthday and before the National Library Week. Across the United States, Kappa Delta Pi will be participac-, ing to spread reading or createl "reading ripple" as Miller states., Those interested in particir pating can email amiller29 ucok.edu for log sheets.i Abha Eli Phoboo can be reached at aphoboo@thevistaonline.com.

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Rising gas prices hurting consumer confidence Consumers sent up a warning signal in March that rising gas prices, falling home values and a volatile stock market could hurt spending in the corning months, a widely watched index showed on Tuesday. The New York-based Conference Board said that its Consumer Confidence Index fell to 107.2, down from the revised 111.2 in February. Analysts had expected a reading Of 109. The March index was the lowest since November 2006 When the reading was 105.3. "Apprehension about the short-term future has suddenly cast a cloud over consumers' confidence," Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said in a statement. "The recent turmoil in financial markets coupled with the run-up in gasoline prices may have contributed to consumers' heightened sense of uncertainty and concern. The direction of both components dyer the next few months bears watching to determine Whether this decline is just a bump in the road or something more substantial," she added. Economists closely monitor consumer confidence because consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of all U.S. economic activity. Confidence had been climbing, helped by consumers' faith in the job market. The Present Situation Index, which measures how shoppers feel now about economic conditions, increased slightly to 137.6 from 137.1 in February. The Expectations Index, which measures consumers' outlook in the next six months, declined to 86.9 from 93.8. Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors, said that a one-month dip in consumer confidence after a four-month climb doesn't mean that shoppers are suddenly

going to stop spending, but he said it is a "warning sign." "Everything is consistent on the uncertainty," Naroff said, noting that if consumers are questioning what is going on, they are also going to be questioning their future purchases. The Conference Board report _ derived from responses through March 21 _ showed increasing anxiety about the stock market and inflation. Those expecting the stock market over the next 12 months to decline increased to 30.7 percent, from 16.7 percent in February. Those expecting the stock market to increase fell to 29.3 percent from 39.9 percent. Meanwhile, the report also showed that consumers expect the inflation rate on the goods they buy to increase by an average rate of 4.9 percent over the next 12 months, up from 4.6 percent in February. Franco noted that such a spike usually is consistent with an increase in gasoline prices. The Conference Board report was a bit sobering for retailers and other businesses that rely on consumer spending. The arrival of warmer weather this month _ following an unusually cold January and February _ has helped the nation's retailers catch up to a slow start to the spring selling season. But a slowing economy, particularly a weakening housing market, could challenge shoppers in the months ahead. Rising defaults and delinquencies in mortgages to people with poor credit histories and fewer home equity withdrawals that give consumers extra cash could curtail spending. The latest report on housing, released Tuesday by Standard &amp; Poors, further dimmed hopes for a rebound in the market. Prices of single-family homes across the nation depreciated in January compared to a

year ago, the weakest results in more than 13 years, according to the S&amp;P housing index. The data underscored disappointing sales data released by the government on Monday that sales of new homes fell sharply for a second consecutive month in February. It also said that sales of new single family homes fell by 3.9 percent last month to a seasonably adjusted annual rate of 848,000, the slowest sales pace in nearly seven years. The downbeat news on real estate caused stocks to fall Tuesday as worries mounted that the nation's housing market may be slowing sharply enough to filter through the broader U.S. economy and dampen consumer spending. According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 71.78, or 0.58 percent, to 12,397.29. Meanwhile, there are concerns about rising gasoline prices. The national average price for gasoline climbed for the eighth straight week, according to a government report released Monday. Analysts said that consumers have had a mostly optimistic view of the jobs market, providing a counterpoint to worries about gas, homes and stocks. The Labor Department announced earlier in the month that the unemployment rate dipped to 4.5 percent last month. The economy only added 97,000 new jobs, however, the fewest in two years as bad winter weather forced construction companies to slash jobs. The report from the Conference Board showed some clouds beginning to form over the job market outlook. Consumers' expecting fewer jobs over the next six months increased to 16.5 percent from 14.2 percent. Those anticipating more jobs to become available declined to 12.7 percent

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NBC Universal to launch Internet TV by Seth Sutel AP Wilier

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The GE building, center, the headquarters of its NBC Universal division, towers over a sign for News Corp.'s headquarters Thursday, March 22, 2007 in New York. NBC Universal and News Corp. joined forces Thursday with several major Internet companies to distribute TV shows, video clips and movies online in an effort to better control their programming and counter competition from YouTube.

In Big Media's latest attempt to combat Google Inc.'s YouTube, NBC Universal and News Corp. are banding together with AOL, MSN and Yahoolnc. to form an ad-supported online video network for full-length TV shows, video clips and movies. The new venture, which has yet to be named, is expected to launch this summer and would allow people to watch many shows online for free, including "Heroes" from NBC and "24" from Fox, which is owned by News Corp. As YouTube does, the site would also allow users to upload their own videos and share the site's videos elsewhere, NBC and News Corp. executives told reporters on a conference call. The network would also be open to distributing programs from other media companies, they said. The venture is clearly aimed at countering the explosive growth of YouTube, which has attracted millions of viewers to its homemade and user-contributed video clips, some of which are taken from copyright-protected TV shows. The news comes just one week after another major media company, MTV owner Viacom Inc., took its own approach

toward battling YouTube, filing a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that the site encouraged copyright infringement of Viacom's shows such as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." YouTube says it's protected by law so long as it takes down any copyright-protected material as soon as it's asked to. Peter Chernin, the president and chief operating officer of News Corp., said the new venture was aimed at providing viewers with a "legitimate, easy, widespread way" to view programming. Chernin also said the venture was open to distributing shows from other programmers, as long as they agreed to the copyright protection and economic terms of the venture. He added, however, that it was unlikely that other media companies would become ownership partners in the new venture. CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network were notably absent from the announcement, but NBC's CEO Jeff Zucker stressed that the new company was "open for business with anyone." Zucker said the new site would also allow users to buy and download programming, particularly movies, similar to the way that Apple Inc. sells TV shows and movies on its iTunes

store. He said prices would likely be comparable to those seen on iTunes and elsewhere. CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said in a statement that the company was continuing to have discussions with Fox and NBC to determine whether it would participate, and in the meantime, "we wish them well." McClintock said CBS would continue to pursue interactive distribution deals on an "open, non-exclusive basis." ABC didn't ' return a call for comment. The new venture will show programs on its own, yet-tobe-named site and also on the sites of its Internet partners: Yahoo, Time Warner Inc.'s AOL, Microsoft Corp.'s MSN and MySpace, which is owned by News Corp. The programs also would be shown on sites owned by NBC and News Corp. themselves, such as NBC.com and Fox.com, Chernin said. At least one hit show on Fox won't be available on the network at first _ "American Idol" _ since News Corp. doesn't own the online rights to it. Despite the initial absence of CBS and ABC, Jamie Rizzo, a credit analyst for media companies at Fitch Ratings, predicted that other programmers would likely join the venture, assuming it gains traction. "At the end of the day,

they're going to go where there's two things: copyright protection and payment for their content," Rizzo said. Several media companies have experimented with ways to stream video of their shows over the Internet and sell advertising to support it, but no dominant business model has emerged. CBS offers streams of several shows online, and this month is offering free ad-supported showings of NCAA basketball games. Several networks also sell downloads of their shows that can be viewed on iPods, televisions and computers through iTunes. YouTube allows for millions of users to see clips from network shows uploaded by users, but several media companies have fought what they say is unauthorized use of their programming and have demanded that it be taken down. Last year, NBC famously asked YouTube to remove unauthorized "Saturday Night Live" clips of the mock-rap video "Lazy Sunday," which had received huge numbers of viewings. NBC and News Corp. say they have already signed up a number of key advertisers for the network, including General Motors Corp., Intel Corp. and Cadbury Schweppes PLC.

Hungarian billionaire is scheduled to be next space tourist

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From right, Charles Simonyi, 58, Hungarian-born billionaire software engineer, who is scheduled to be the next space tourist, poses for an official photo with his future crew members, Russian cosmonauts, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov, in Star City outside, Moscow, March 19. Simonyi left Hungary at 17, roughly a decade after the Soviet Union launched the Space Age by sending Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit.

Decades before helping to write the programs that led to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, Charles Simonyi learned the basics on a clunky, Sovietera computer called Ural-2. Next month, the U.S. billionaire programmer will carry P

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ed," Simonyi told reporters Thursday at Russia's Star City cosmonaut preparation center. Simonyi's skill at computers and his work in helping to develop the world's most commonly used word processing and spreadsheet programs earned him enough money to spare more than $20 million to become the world's fifth "space tourist," set to blast off early next month. Simonyi, 58, will travel to the international space station aboard a Soyuz TMA-10 capsule together with Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov and return to Earth 11 days later with its current crew _ Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and

Spanish-born U.S. astronaut Miguel Lopez-Alegria. U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams is expected to remain on board the station until June, when She is replaced by Clayton Anderson. Since beginning training at Star City in October, Simonyi, like the other "space tourists" before him, has had to learn to walk and breathe in a cumbersome space suit, use special gas masks, practice helicopter rescues in case of a water landing, and other tasks. The hardest thing of all, he said, has been spinning in a high-speed rotating chair to help train against dizziness in space along with learning some

Russian. Now that he is finished training, he says he is sure the trip will go without a hitch. "I am nervous about public appearances and press conferences, but I think that about the flight I am not nervous at all," the soft-spoken Simonyi said. "I've learned about the system and the more I learn, the more sure I am about the backups ... and I think it's perfectly safe." His mother needed some reassuring, however, he said. "My mother is very worried, but very understanding and I think we'll be all right," he later told The Associated Press in an interview. At the station, he will conduct a number ofexperiments, including measuring radiation levels and studying biological organisms inside the space station. "He will work responsibly and with full dedication," said Kotov, who said Simonyi was well-qualified for the trip. "If you look at the program of his flight, he practically doesn't have spare time." Born in Communist Hungary, Simony first leaned computer programming on a Soviet-built computer called Ural-2 _ he said he has kept the paper tapes from the computer all this time as a reminder of how dramatically technology has changed. He left his homeland when he was 17 to work as a computer programmer in Denmark and moved to the United States in 1968. After working for the Xerox Corp. in California for eight years, he moved to Microsoft in 1981, where he worked until leaving to found Intentional Software Corp. in 2002 in Bellevue, Wash. Simonyi follows in the footsteps of Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Gregory Olsen, and Anousheh Ansari _ all "space flight participants" who have also traveled to the inter-

national space station aboard Russian rockets in trips brokered by the U.S.-based company Space Adventures Ltd. Like all crew members on the orbiting station, Simonyi will be able to phone relatives, write e-mails, contact his support team and even write an Internet blog. He also plans to treat five crew members to a gourmet dinner including wineroasted quail, duck breast and rice pudding _ specially prepared to be consumed in space. The dinner, which Simonyi said cost him "like a meal at the Four Seasons in New York," will take place on April 12, when Russia celebrates Cosmonauts Day. While Simonyi will spend just a few days on the station, the two Russians will spend 190 days in space. Yurchikhin played down the fact that he had never ridden a Soyuz capsule before and that Kotov had never been in space before, saying they were perfectly qualified for the job. "The answer to that question is very simple _ neither Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, nor German Stepanovich Titov ... nor the others had had any flight experience," Yurchikhin said referring to the Soviet cosmonauts who were the first humans in space. "But they fulfilled their task wonderfully!" Interested in space since childhood, Simonyi hopes the trip will help popularize space science among others, especially children. But he also said he is hoping fOr an unforgettable experience. "Space is very much on our minds," he told AP. "You can fly ... the sky is black instead of blue, you can see the globe."

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by Lyndsay Gillum Staff Writer Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy 'engaged in a candid online chat March 27 with college journal, ists nationwide to discuss his 'personal struggle with mental nissues, including depression :and suicidal thoughts. The 'chat was part of mtvU and The 'Jed Foundation's "Half of Us" :campaign, designed to reduce ' the student suicide rate, fight 'the shame of mental health on college campuses and con'fleet students to assistance. The Jed Foundation is committed to reducing the young adult suicide rate by furthering understanding of the underlying causes of suicide, by increasing awareness of the issue of college student mental health and suicide and by creating effective prevention programs on college campuses. It is a nonprofit organization that was created following the death . of Jed Satow, a college soph"omore who died by suicide. Broadcasting to 750 colleges across the country, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. MtvU focuses on content including music videos from emerging artists, news, student life features, "events and pro-social initiatives. Beginning April 2, Wentz will be featured on the "Half of Us" website discussing his Ongoing fight to overcome "par-

"It's not really just about keeping your head above water, it about feeling alright and feeling safe in your own skin.'' -Pete Wentz

"I love being able to write and have people actually react to it. When someone comes up to me and says, 'Your band saved my life,' and I'm thinking in my head, in a weird way... my band saved my life too. "It's not really just about keeping your head above water, it's about feeling alright and feeling safe in your own skin." According to Stephen Friedman, general manager for mtvU, "The alarming statistics speak for themselves, showing that college students are masking the toll stress and depression are having on their lives. We're offering up 'Half of Us' as a means to help our audience come to terms with the magnitude of this problem and confront it." "We're proud to join with the Jed Foundation in this effort — working to de-stigmatize mental health and reach those college students who need help most," Friedman said. "Half of Us" will reach college students everywhere they are, whether it be onair, online and on campus. Students will be encouraged to take time to check in with themselves and their friends, and speak up if they notice behavior that's out of character. Beginning April 2, Wentz's testimonial will debut on www.halfofus.com . For more information visit "Half of Us" website or the Jed Foundation at www. j edfoundati on . org.

alyzing depression" and offering advice for college students experiencing similar issues. In mid-April, the interview will air on mtvU and mtvU.com . Wentz, along with Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado and Max Bemis of Say Anything included in this campaign, described his pain, lowest point and offered advice for students. The main reason behind this campaign is that nearly half of all college students report feeling so depressed that they couldn't function during the last school year. Suicide is also the second leading cause of death among college students and the number one cause of suicide is depression. Select excerpts from Wentz's "Half of Us" testimonial included, "The darkest moment was when we had j nnished recording our major label record, and two days later, we were going to go to Europe, and I felt cornpletely lost and out of control. "I felt this depression where I felt like nothing I did mattered — to the point where I felt immobilized by it. Lyndsay Gillum can be reached at lgillum©thevistaonline.com .

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"Lithium" and "Good Enough." It seemed like an entirely different artist emerged in the spotlight, as she flashed dimpled grins while singing over the well-rehearsed choir of fans. As Lee sung out "Call Me When You're Sober," the show once again soul shifted. "Imaginary" and "Bring Me To Life" followed. "Bring Me To Life" featured John LeCompt's vocals, a solid stand-in for Paul McCoy of 12 Stones who did the guest vocals on the recorded track. "Lacrymosa" ended the concert and left fans begging for more. Lee didn't disappoint fans as she appeared for the first encore of "My Immortal," which has been considered a Goth anthem for her fans. Reappearing for a second encore, Lee ended with "All That I'm Living For," which summarizes what her fans and music mean to her. Evanescence will not be disappearing any time soon, as they've got pure talent to remain pertinent and welcomed worldwide for years to come. "The Open Door" album shows the transformation of impressive proportions for the band and in many ways has begun making its mark on the music world and into the hearts of fans. Lyndsay Gillum can be reached at Igillum@thevistaonline.com .

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Today's Highlight in History: On March 29, 1973, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War. On this date: In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware. In 1790, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, was born in Charles City County, Va. In 1847, victorious forces led by General Winfield Scott occupied the city of Vera Cruz after Mexican defenders capitulated. In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut. In 1943, World War II meat, butterandcheeserationingbegan. In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.) In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the final time. In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. (Calley ended up spending three years under house arrest.) In 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on federal charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University. (The charges were later dismissed.) Ten years ago: Vice President Al Gore concluded

Five years ago: Israel declared Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat an enemy and sent tanks and armored personnel carriers to fully isolate him in his Ramallah, West Bank, headquarters. One year ago: Hamas formally took over the Palestinian government, with Ismail Haniyeh sworn in as the new prime minister. The U.N. Security Council demanded that Iran suspend uranium enrichment, the first time the body directly urged Tehran to clear up suspicions that it was seeking nuclear weapons. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, accused of war crimes, was flown to Sierra Leone after he was captured in northern Nigeria. Today's Birthdays: Political commentator John McLaughlin is 80. Author Judith Guest is 71. Former British Prime Minister John Major is 64. Comedian Eric Idle is 64. Composer Vangelis is 64. Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is 60. Actor Christopher Lawford is 52. Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas is 51. Actor Christopher Lambert is 50. Rock singer Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros; Jane's Addiction) is 48. Comedian-actress Amy Sedaris is 46. Model Elle Macpherson is 44. Rock singer-musician John Popper (Blues Traveler) is 40. Actress Lucy Lawless is 39. Country singer Regina Leigh (Regina Regina) is 39. Country singer Brady Seals is 38. Tennis player Jennifer Capriati is 31.

WASHINGTON (AP) FBI Director Robert Mueller labored Tuesday to persuade skeptical senators that the FBI can properly use its Patriot Act authority to gather telephone, e-mail and financial records of Americans and foreigners while pursuing terrorists. He appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee after the Justice Department inspector general revealed abuses in the FBI's use of documents called national security letters to gather such data without approval from a judge.

Dems press Iraq vote despite veto threat WASHINGTON (AP) Senate Democrats said Tuesday the White House's latest veto threat would not dissuade them from pushing ahead on legislation calling for combat troops to come home from Iraq within one year. As the Senate debated the bill Tuesday, the White House issued another stern warning to Congress that the president would reject any legislation setting a timetable on the war.

Consumer confidence drops in March NEW YORK (AP) Consumers sent up a warning signal in March that rising gas prices, falling home values and a volatile stock market could hurt spending in the coming months, a widely watched index showed on Tuesday. The New York-based Conference Board said that its Consumer Confidence Index fell to 107.2, down from the revised 111.2 in February. Analysts had expected a reading of 109. The March index was the lowest since November 2006 when the reading was 105.

Thought for Today: "News Police gun down dozens over Iraq blasts is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only BAGHDAD (AP) Shiite militants and police enraged news until he's read it. After by massive truck bombings in Tal Afar went on a rethat it's dead." _ Evelyn Waugh, venge spree against Sunni residents in the northwestern English author (1903-1966).

town Wednesday, killing as many as 60 people, officials said. The gunmen roamed Sunni neighborhoods in the city through the night, shooting at residents and homes, according to police and a local Sunni politician.

Philippines bus siege ends in surrender MANILA, Philippines (AP) A day-care center owner armed with grenades and guns held more than 30 youngsters and teachers hostage on a bus Wednesday, then freed them after a 10-hour standoff that he used to denounce corruption and demand better lives for impoverished children. Clutching dolls, toys and backpacks, the children began filing off the bus shortly after 7 p.m., as Jun Ducat had promised in a rambling message delivered via a loudspeaker hours earlier.

Bernanke: mortgage woes not spreading WASHINGTON (AP) Federal Reserve Chairman Ben. Bernanke told Congress on Wednesday that growing troubles in the market for risky mortgages thus far doesn't appear to be spreading to the overall economy but the situation bears close watching. "At this juncture the impact on the broader economy and financial markets of the problems in the subprime markets seems likely to be contained," Bernanke said in testimony to Congress' Joint.Economic.Committee. 4.F*V,4§*ri~f**A*:w#4o4*MWF,3*O*f*A**e%

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Odds and ends from around the country YONKERS, N.Y. Six graves were disturbed by vandals who toppled headstones and placed candles, an animal heart, a gourd and a picture of a man among them, police said. The vandalism at St. John's Cemetery was discovered Tuesday night by a caretaker who was out walking with his girlfriend and her dog. Two men and a woman later were seen running from the area. The heavy gravestones were turned face down, so police couldn't immediately see the names of the dead. The names might help investigators determine a pattern, police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett said Wednesday. "Right now we are exploring all possibilities in this admittedly strange matter," he said. The items left among the headstones included more than a dozen unlit black candles, black handkerchiefs and a photograph of an unidentified man wearing a suit and smiling. The animal heart had pins in it. Nearby, police found a partially buried statue of a rooster, wrappedin a bandanna with a pair of underwear around its neck. WALES TOWNSHIP, Mich. A church was planning a Sunday moment of silence for what the

pastor called a model member of his congregation: a wild turkey. The turkey, which died last week after being hit by a car, regularly attended Sunday services and greeted people as they arrived, said the Rev. James Huff, pastor of Lambs United Methodist Church in St. Clair County. "He would kind of wait for me to come in," Huff told the Times Herald of Port Huron. "He knew when I got there. Service was about to begin, and then he would sit on one lady's car until we were done." The animal had been hanging around since late last year and quickly became known for its fearless attitude. Some people said it showed up every morning at the community's bus stop and chased children. Others enjoyed watching the bird strut down the street, trying to impress female turkeys. "We've got so many pictures of it," said Douglas Bishop, the church's music director. "It was like our mascot."

VALPARAISO, Ind. A teenager clocked driving at 93 mph in a 45 mph zone told police he had to get home in time to catch the school bus.

A judge had sentenced Ryan Henry, 18, to ride the bus to school after an earlier speeding conviction, and Henry said he was rushing home after going to a gas station to buy an energy drink, said Porter County Sheriffs Deputy Roger Bowles, who ticketed Henry. Henry appeared to accelerate after passing a marked squad car, then turned into a driveway and shut off the lights to his 2001 Mustang, Bowles said. Henry was given a ticket for misdemeanor reckless driving and ordered to appear in court April 16. The Associated Press left a message Thursday at a number for the Henry family in Valparaiso, seeking a response.

SANTA FE, N.M . Astronomers may have stopped calling Pluto a full-fledged planet, but it's on its way to regaining that status whenever it's visible over New Mexico. A nonbinding memorial approved this week by the state House of Representatives declares that Pluto be designated a planet whenever it "passes overhead through New Mexico's excellent night skies." The International Astronomical Union reclassi-

fled Pluto as a dwarf planet last August because its orbit overlaps with Neptune's. That caused hard feelings in New Mexico, home of Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who located Pluto in 1930. "We really took it as an affront," said Democratic Rep. Joni Marie Gutierrez, who introduced the memorial. The measure was pending in the Senate as lawmakers go into their final day of work Saturday. Patricia Tombaugh, the 94-year-old widow of Pluto's discoverer, . said the memorial probably won't change any scientific minds. "But it's a very nice gesture," she said. BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. Marylou Morin has no use for mice, but she thinks their bigger cousins make great pets. That's right, domesticated rats. And her dog likes them, too. Morin, known as the "rat lady," has babied rats for about eight years, ever since her daughter brought home a lab rat named "Wicket" from Western Michigan University. The onepound, white male rat with pink eyes would fall asleep in her lap while she watched television. She and her husband, Don, once had as many as 13 rats in their home. It'snotuncommon for

Morin to have a rat or two on her shoulder. The preschool teacher lets them crawl all over her. The little animals, her current critters are "Cubby," "Sweet Pea" and "Little Bit" relieve the stress of the daily rat race. "They help me relax a whole bunch. They're gentle creatures, and they're just very loving," she told The Bay City Times. Unlike wild rats, the domesticated rodents don't pose health risks, Morin said. They groom themselves frequently and even groom each other. Her 26-pound miniature schnauzer, BobbiAnne, herds the three 8-ounce rats like a border collie rounds up sheep. "She thinks they're her babies," Morin said. "She lets them cIi on her beard, and sometimes they'll lie on herback."

SUPERIOR, Wis. Jeff Rolson is just relieved he didn't get sent to the principal's office. The 40-something Rolson last week dropped by Superior Senior High School, where he graduated in 1977, to get a copy of his transcript for a plumbing apprenticeship. That's when he found out he had two outstanding debts - $7.95 for a missing algebra book and $5 for an unpaid physical-education fee.

A secretary told him he had to pay up before he could get his transcript. "I told her, 'do you realize this was 30 years ago?"' he said. Rolson says he doesn't understand why the school didn't contact him earlier. After all, he still lives in Superior and his daughter attends the school. "Nobody contacted me, so I ended up paying the $13 to get my transcript," he said. State law prevents a school district from withholding documents such as transcripts and diplomas, said district superintendent Jay Mitchell. But it's not uncommon for districts to try to collect unpaid fees and fines before providing documents, he said. Rolson caught one break, though. "She did forget the $2 fee for the transcript," he said. He's also grateful the school didn't charge him interest. "It was 13 bucks. If they had charged me interest all these years compounded for 30 years I don't know what the bill might have been," he said. Maybe he didn't have the algebra book after all.

Democrats wanting to force Bush into withdraw timetable by Anne Flaherty AP Writer Congressional Democrats are showing no signs of backing down on their rebuke of the Iraq war, insisting President Bush will have to accept some sort of legislative timetable in exchange for the billions of dollars needed to fund the war. "We would hope that the president understands how serious we are," said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., after the Senate voted to uphold a proposal in a war spending bill calling for the troop withdrawal. As the Senate resumes debate on the $122 billion bill Wednesday, President Bush, who has threatened to veto any funding legislation that includes a deadline for withdrawal, was expected to address the legislation in a speech at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association meeting in Washington. Deputy press secretary Dana Perino said Bush would use the speech as an opportunity to address the war on terror and the need to let the new Iraq security plan get fully under way. "The president will say it is dangerous to our soldiers on the ground to let Washington politics delay this funding," Perino said. But Reid and other Democrats say they won't back down.

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"Rather than making all the threats that he has, let's work with him and see if he can give us some ideas how we can satisfy the wishes of a majority of the Senate, the majority ofthe House and move forward," Reid said. The bill finances operations in Iraq and Afghanistan but requires Bush begin bringing home some combat troops right away with a nonbinding goal of ending combat missions as of March 31, 2008. The House last week passed a similar bill by a 218-212 vote. That bill orders combat troops out by Aug. 31, 2008 _ guaranteeing the final spending measure negotiated with the Senate will include some sort of timetable on the war. Sen. John McCain, a 2008 Republican presidential aspirant, called the vote "a very bad decision." McCain, appearing on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday from Orlando, Fla., said the war "was badly mismanaged. But there are signs of progress everywhere. .I am confident that given the opportunity, we can have success. The consequences of failure are catastrophic because if we come home, bin Laden and Zarqawi, they are going to follow us." Senate Republicans tried Tuesday to strip out the with-

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March 29, 2007

Kaleidoscope Dancers dazzle and charm

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Ballerina Haruko Tomii perform during the UCO Kaleidoscope Dance Company's spring concert.

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The Kaleidoscope Dancers returned to Mitchell Hall Theater for their spring concert March 15 through March 17 to demonstrate new styles and choreography. This time, they brought along some guest dancers from Wichita State University

This semester's display of gracefully arranged dance steps consisted of more experimental pieces that showed off different variations of artistic visions. The performance started with a familiar segment, "Serpent," taken from the fall concert. With a Middle-Eastern feel, this chaotic rhythm dance sent many of the participants into unpredictable movements. It's an intrigu-

ing composition, but the familiarity made it too commonplace This semester's disamong the other ingenious ones. play of gracefully Another inventive segment, titled "Hanging in the Balance," arranged dance expressed a political statement, while the dancers acted out cersteps consisted of tain scenarios using body language. The notion of people's more experimental inability of finding their places in society and the overwhelm- pieces that showed ing feeling of being too busy to acknowledge the world around off different variathem, were some of the ideas tions of artistic incorporated into this one. Wichita Contemporary Dance visions. Theatre visited UCO to participate alongside the Kaleidoscope Company with its own versions displayed a solitary performer of choreographed exhibitions. from the symbolic perspecThe WSU students assem- tive of mental illness. Wrapped bled with the Kaleidoscope entirely in a white blanket at Dancers with the innovative and the beginning, the dancer soon one of the highlights of the eve- breaks free and progresses to the ning, "Precision Ball Passing." subliminal presence of madness. It lacked any real movement of The rest of the pieces were the legs, but utilized the danc- standard dance performances, ers' arms with steady patterns. ranging from ballet to baroque â&#x20AC;˘ Beginning with a gradual struc- style to modern. Although there ture, it eventually built up to were several that stood out from all 18 participants producing the rest, the overall selection perpetual flows of arm gestures seemed to lack variety. Every and colorful bouncing balls. one was executed in modish The other two perfor- design, but many of them resemmances by Wichita were bled too closely to one another. "Roughhousing" and "flyContemporary dances, pering, falling." Both illustrat- formed to modern-day music ed the remarkable talent of from bands such as Sublime these young theatre students. and N.E.R.D., brought the con"Roughhousing" was a comi- cert to a close. What was left cal segment, using slapstick was an exhilarating feeling of interaction with stylish dance witnessing the beauty of the moves. "Flying, falling" Kaleidoscope Dance Company proved more traditional, but and Wichita Dance Theatre, but never failed to impress with also a sense of disenchantment to its neo-classical configuration. the awareness that it could have Dance pioneer Eleanor King's exceeded the fall performance. signature piece "Air" made a Nevertheless, UCO Dance return as well. Performed in Theatre produced a satisfacsilence, this 'seductive' form tory show and the audience was as breathtaking and celes- should have left the theater, tial as the last time it was per- anticipating the next event. formed. The illusion of the sole dancer floating through the air still remained as precise as ever. Steve Reckinger can be reached at Possibly a companion piece sreckinger@thevistaonline.com . to "Air," the dance titled "Inside"

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Campus Announcements UCO to host 'Student 'Destination UCO' Character' conference applications available The Oklahoma Conference on College Student Character will be held March 31 in the Nigh University Center Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The day-long conference is free to all Oklahoma students and UCO staff and includes breakfast, lunch and a T-shirt. Communication, cross-cultural education and servant leadership will be discussed, among other topics. The keynote speaker is Mike Korenblit of the Respect for Diversity Foundation. For more information, contact Lyndsay Holder at 9742621 or lholder3@ucok.edu .

International office unveils new web site The Office of International Student Services is asking for feedback on its new web site at http://www.ucok.edu/ioffice/ The new site is intended to be more student-centered and easier to navigate. Send comments and suggestions to smonetti@ucok.edu .

Smoking cessation classes offered The UCO community and City of Edmond employees are being offered a five-week smoking cessation class, sponsored by the Wellness Center and the City of Edmond's Wellness Wins program. The program uses a behavioral change approach and is designed for people who want to quit smoking immediately. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. April 2 at the Wellness Center. Registration fee is $50 for UCO , faculty and staff; $25 forstudents. For more information, visit http://vvww.ucok.edu/wellnesscenter/w_alcohol_tobacco . htm or contact Danielle Dill at 974-3140 or ddilll@ucok.edu .

Destination UCO Applications are available in the Multicultural Center, Room 211 in the Nigh University Center. They are due March 30. Destination UCO is part of an orientation for new students and is designed specifically for multicultural students. For more information, contact Tiffany Brown at 9745946 or tbrown 10@ucok.edu .

UCO housing priority sign-up set All current UCO housing residents who want to renew their contracts for 2007-2008 may do so at priority sign-up, April 3-12. For University Commons residents, same room sign-up is April 3 and for a different room, April 4. Go to the Commons Clubhouse from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the designated day. All other housing residents who want to live in the Commons, visit http://housing.ucok. edu beginning April 3 to register for the April 5 sign-up. University Suites, Central Plaza, West Hall or Murdaugh Hall residents may sign-up for their same room April 10 and same hall with a different room April 11. April 12 is open sign-up for all halls. UCO students currently not living on campus may sign-up during the May Day events April 25 under the tent by Broncho Lake For more information, contact UCO Housing at 974-2746 or visit http://housing.ucok.edu .

Volunteers needed for 'Job Fair' The annual Teacher Job Fair will be April 4 in the Nigh University Center. Career Services needs volun-

Character Conference scheduled for March 31 by Aaron Wright

Staff Writer teers to help with setting up the day before and to work UCO will host the Character throughout the day of the fair. Conference from 8:30 If interested, call 974-3346 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31 in or visit Room 338 in the the Nigh University Center. Nigh University Center. The event is free and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. outFilm society to show side the Volunteer and Student Learning Center office, NUC `Rashomon' Rm. 212. Breakfast, lunch, a TThe UCO Film Society will shirt and a snack will be providpresent a free screening of Akira ed to participants throughout the Kurosawa's, "Rashomon" at day. The conference is open to all 3:30 p.m. April 9 in Room 120 college students in Oklahoma. The theme of this year's conofthe Communications Building ference is CONNECT, which Dr. John Spring, director of film studies, will introduce the stands for: communicate, converse, network, nurture, educate, film and host a question and create and tolerate, according to answer session at the concluLyndsay Holder, volunteer coorsion. dinator for the UCO Volunteer and Service Learning Center.

Sorority hosts supply drive

SigmaGammaRho is hostinga school supply drive untilApril 13 Book bags, notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, dictionaries, rulers, glue, textbooks, typewriters, computers and many other items will be accepted. All the items will be donated to a local school for use in the upcoming school year. Donations will be collected in the blue box outside the Greek Life office, Room 212A in the Nigh University Center. For more information, contact Sherri Evans at sevans10@ucok.edu .

UCO to host international pageant. The seventh annual Mr. & Ms. UCO International Pageant will be from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 30 in Constitution Hall. Tickets will be sold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 - 30 in the Nigh University Center food court. They will also be available at the door. Tickets are $3 with a UCO ID and $5 for the public.

The conference was originally started to address cross-cultural competencies, said Holder. Now, the conference addresses character in a broader sense. "More specifically, it addresses the unique character challenges college students face," said Holder. Students will start their morning listening to an address by the keynote speaker Mike Korenblit with Respect Diverse Foundation. He is the co-author of "Until We Meet Again," a novel about his parent's Holocaust experience. The remainder of the day, participants will attend breakout sessions led by presenters for the conference. UCO faculty and staff make up the majority of the presenters for the day with sessions varying from diversity to

communication to service. Some UCO students will present too. "It's good to have people on your level," said Holder. Michelle Lawrence, family consumer sciences and education junior, is the student director for the conference. She has been planning it since she became a student intern in the Volunteer Center last year. She said the conference will take up to 300 participants. Last year, about 250 attended the conference. "I think that iii college, you focus a lot on your knowledge base and skills. I think character is important because it's a part of who you are and not what you do," said Lawrence. Aaron Wright can be reached at awright@thevistaonline.com .

Honor society to have garage sale by Aaron Wright Staff Writer

Gamma Beta Phi honor society is collecting items for its UCO Campus-Wide Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 13 and April 14. The honor society has reserved NUC Rm. 107 for the week of the garage sale to hold donations. Gamma Beta Phi is asking students, faculty and staff members to pledge to donate items. Arvin Pourtorkan, president of Gamma Beta Phi, said they are taking all kinds of items. "We had a lady pledge a ping pong table," said Pourtorkan. Those wanting to pledge items can e-mail Pourtorkan at

apourtorkan@ucok.edu . They need to include their name, contact number and a list of items to be pledged. Forms can also be picked up from Dr.New's

will go to Manos Juntas, a free health clinic in Bethany. There are three doctors who volunteer every Saturday between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pourtorkan has been volunteering since his senior year. He has helped several of the members start volunteering there as well. "It has made a big impact on us," said Pourtorkan. The sale on April 13 is going to be held at the north side of Broncho Lake. The sale on April 14 will be located in the parking lot adjacent to the BCM building. The sale is targeted at UCO students, but everyone is invited to come.

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The Hills Have Eyes 2' is hardly worth a look

by Nathan Winfrey Senior Staff Writer kEVery ),now and _then, :there comes a movie that sucks so bad, it not only threatens to . 2

bum a hole in the space-time A year ago, French director continuum, but actually goes Alexandre Aja broke the horback in time and destroys th'e , rOr: re'r'nak (eb4-se i delivered credibility of earlier films in an 'updated Ivettient thex70ti the franchise. "The Hills Have Wes Craven gorefest "The Hills Eyes 2" is one such movie. Have Eyes" that didn't stink to

high heaven like its contemporaries. However, like Death in the "Final Destination" movies, the curse has course-corrected and come back twice as strong, finally claiming this franchise like all the others. The plot doesn't matter, but here it is anyway: an unrealistically good-looking team of National Guard trainees get stuck in the desert and become food for mutant hillbillies. I would expect this type of machine guns vs. monsters crap from genre laughing stock Uwe Boll, who gave us such "masterpieces" as "BloodRayne," "Alone in the Dark" and "House of the Dead." As a follow-up to one of the best horror films of the new millennium, Craven, his son Jonathan and director Martin Weisz have taken a creative, promising franchise and allowed it to become what horror fans despise. It's boring, laughable, thinly plotted, embarrassing and a complete disappointment for anyone who appreciated the original or its remake. Everything that made those movies interesting is now gone. We no longer sympathize with the victims, it's impossible to tell the mutant family apart or take them seriously and each frame is packed with tedium and implausibility. A beagle could write a better screenplay by dragging its butt across a typewriter, and there are so many holes in the plot, you could use the script to strain pasta. Do not be mislead by the creative, moody teaser trailer depicting body bags being dragged across the desert, complete with an artistic lens filter, to the tune of Devendra Bap-bares , creepy „ folk song, "Inmect Eyes.", pisiscens , and song are nowhere in the film, and the promo is a complete misrepresentation of what viewers are

in for when they buy a ticket. Though a movie where an angry Latina repeatedly bashes a mutant's scrotum with a sledgehammer can't be completely panned, if all the babies of the world contributed to one massive, poopy diaper, it still would not match the craptitude of "The Hills Have Eyes 2." Each character is badly developed and rife with racial stereotypes. A black man gets excited over a dead guy's high top sneakers, a Latino spends most of the movie in a hot-headed tantrum and the Japanese character wears a shirt that conveniently displays his nation's flag, just to clear up any confusion over exactly which Asian country he hails from. And when it's all said and done, the only ones that make it out unmolested (oops, was that too much of a spoiler?) are the pretty white kids. The premise seems simple enough, and looks like a good setup for a decent slasher. The problem is "The Hills Have Eyes" was never meant to be a slasher. Though the first one was a horror movie where the good characters were killed off one by one, what made it good is that is wasn't supposed to be "Scream" in the desert. It was about a fight for survival between defenseless vacationers who we grow to know intimately, and the brutal desert-people who hunt them. The fact that they traded brilliant "Splat Pack" member Aha, director of the artistic and mind-bending "High Tension" for Martin Weisz, whose major credits include directing Puff Daddy and Nickelback music videos, was the first sign that things ,were going downhill. Plus, ,the, fact that they wrote, cast, shot, edited and released a sequel a year after the original came out makes it not surpris-

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garners offthe road and befuddle repaired itself, which takes a their computer-controlled oppo- few seconds. In most games, Senior Staff Writer nents. It's not uncommon to see this would not be a problem, natural phenomena like volca- but as garners depend on their A respectable Nintendo noes, forest fires, and tornadoes, turbo to blast over obstacles Wii launch title that got lost as well as other nice touches and outrun their enemies, being in the mix, "Excite Truck" is like collapsing water towers, without this invaluable tool for the spiritual successor to the rising drawbridges, crum- too long can cost them a win. "Excitebike" games for the bling statues and a runaway, The real star of "Excite original NES and Nintendo 64 terrain-destroying oil tanker. Truck" is the control system. consoles, and is way more fun Many of these environmental While it does not make use of than a racing game should be. hazards are created by driving the Wii's "nunchuck," steering It doesn't really matter if you through spinning icons which is done by turning the controller win the race or not, because morph the terrain many differ- (which you hold sideways, simvictory goes to whomever has ent ways. Sometimes hitting an ilar to an NES controller) left the most stars when the timer icon can be bad, but other times and right, while using the "1" runs out. In fact, you can get it can be very helpful. This fea- and "2" buttons for brake and last place and still win the race. ture is one of the most inno- acceleration, respectively. The Stars are obtained many vative things about the game, directional buttons all do one ways, by ramming other trucks, as driving over one causes thing: activate turbo. So no lonjumping through rings, narrow- hills to rise out of nowhere, ger must you feel like an idiot ly missing trees, drifting and pools of water to spontaneous- when you move your controlperforming stunts in the air. Yes, ly generate and any other ter- ler like a steering wheel while stunts. In a truck. Think Tony rain-altering effects the devel- playing driving games, because Hawk holds the patent on aerial opers chose to include. Such here it's a must. It will make 360's? Think again. Unrealistic drastic environmental changes going back to D-pad or controlas it may be, it's possible to keep the game fresh, since the stick steering like going back do this and more while your massive jump that gave you to Ramen noodles after you've truck sails at impossible heights five stars last time might not tasted snow crab linguine. above the terrain. You even get be there on your second lap. The complaints are few, but stars when you crash into a rock Hitting a morph icon at just substantial. As far as I could tell, and when other people hit you. the right moment can have there is no way to race against So there's little incentive not to hilarious consequences for NPC's in two-player "Versus" Crash, unless you're competing your opponents if they're in the mode, so it will be just you in one of the more advanced wrong place at the wrong time. and a friend, and the vertical races. For these, actually win- Other drivers can be flipped split screen is claustrophobic ning might be a good idea, into bridges or catapulted and irritating. A horizontal split since first place awards 50 stars, to the clouds when the even screen would feel more natuSecond place 25, and so on. road they're driving on sud- ral, but would make it difficult ; The tracks are creative and denly becomes a hill or a val- to see where you are landing. varied, but though the paths ley. This also awards you stars. The heavy instrumenvary greatly, it's still the same Another feature that adds tal rock music is inoffensive, old six places over and over depth to gameplay strategy but repetitive and boring. again: the deserts of Mexico, is the turbo booster, an ele- Luckily, "Excite Truck" is the the icy mountains of Finland, ment carried over from the old first Wii game to allow playthe Great Wall of China, the games. Each truck has varying ers to upload MP3s from an forests of Canada, a rainy castle amounts of turbo time before SD card, so you can replace yard in Scotland and island- it overheats, and once it does thinly-veiled rip-offs of "Crazy hopping in a Fiji archipelago. so, your truck will start smok- Train" with your own jams. ' "Excite Truck" makes great ing badly and the life-giving The tutorials are helpful, but use of the environment to knock NOS will not work until it has it's annoying to have to cornby Nathan Winfrey

plete the first round before the game will let players progress to the actual races. One of the features that add hours of replay value are "Super Excite Race," which is accessible after obtaining an "S" ranking from each race. This mode increases the star quotas for each race, making the game much more difficult the second time around. Luckily "Super Excite Race" also opens up several more unlockable trucks that may have the power you need to meet the demands. After "Super Excite Race" is a secret track set in space and a "Mirror Mode," which flips each racetrack around and lets gamers try them reversed. Also available from the start is "Challenge" mode, which includes timed trials for garners bored with driving around , in circles. Mini-games includes "Gate," where you must drive through increasingly narrow gates at breakneck speed; "Rings," where you launch your vehicle through sets of hovering hoops with your turbo skills and "Crush," which is basically a demolition derby. It's a shame there's no way to compete against your friends in "Crush" mode. Overall an addicting but imperfect racing game that tries to be much more, and succeeds quite well. Rated E for mild violence.

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In a child's buffet of food commercials, more than 40 percent of the dishes are candy, snacks and fast food. Nowhere to be found: fresh fruit, vegetables, poultry or seafood. For years, health officials have warned that kids were being inundated with commercials about not-so-healthy foods. Now, researchers have put numbers to those warnings in the largest-ever study of commercials aimed at children. "The vast majority of the foods that kids see advertised on television today are for products that nutritionists would tell us they need to be eating less of, not more of, if we're going to get a handle on childhood obesity," said Vicky Rideout of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducts health research. Overall, the foundation's researchers monitored 13 television networks. The viewing took place primarily between late May and early September 2005. They saw 2,613 ads featuring food and drinks that targeted children and teens. Children ages 8-12 see the most food ads on TV _ an average of 21 a day, or 7,600 a year. Teenagers see slightly fewer _ 17 a day, or about 6,000 a year; and children ages 2-7 see the fewes 12 a day or 4,400 a year. "Since (preteens) are at an age where they're just becoming independent consumers, understanding what type of advertising they are exposed to is especially important," Rideout said. In December 2005, the Institute of Medicine concluded that marketing practices from the food and beverage industry are out of balance with recommended diets for children and contribute to an environment that puts children's health at risk. The institute recommended that companies shift their advertising to emphasize food and drink that are substantially lower in calories, fats, salt and sugars. In November, 11 major food and drink makers, including cornpanies such as McDonald's, The Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc., agreed to adopt new voluntary rules for advertising. The companies said they would devote at least half their advertising directed to children to promote healthier diets and lifestyles. The rules have not gone into effect yet. However, researchers believe that the

study released Wednesday will serve as an important benchmark that will help determine whether the voluntary guidelines lead to any significant changes in advertising content. Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said the federal government should take a more active role in regulating the content of television ads aimed at children. "The industry is not as serious about self-regulation as they say they are," Wootan said. But business leaders asked for patience. "Give us a chance to see what we can do," said C. Lee Peeler, president and CEO of the National Advertising Review Council, an organization that promotes truth in advertising through voluntary regulation. Sen. Sam Brownback, RKan., said he would prefer selfregulation by the advertisers. He said that intervention by the federal government would actually delay the changes in ad content that so many seek. That's because legislation would lead to opposition from various interest groups as well as potential court challenges. Advertisers also stressed that the content offood ads has already begun to change, with more ads promoting healthy foods and exercise than during 2005. Sen. Tom. Harkin, D-Iowa, said he hoped the study would also prove helpful to a new Federal Communications Commission task force examining the impact of the media on childhood obesity rates. "We now have data that conclusively shows kids are seeing an overwhelming number of ads for unhealthy food on all types of TV shows," Harkin said. "The 'childhood obesity epidemic' isn't just a catch phrase. It's a real public health crisis." The study also recorded the number of public service announcements that children watch on television. The report said that expectations for educational campaigns affecting child obesity rates should be tempered. Children see few public service announcements compared to food ads. Children under 8 see one announcement on fitness or nutrition for every 26 food ads. For preteens, it's one announcement for every 48 food ads. And for teens, the ratio is one public service announcement for every 130 food ads.

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Travel sports; a guide to car rides by Jeff Massie

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boards with animal names filling the spots. Whenever an animal is turned into highway meat, the player marks that spot off their board. Get five in a row and you're a winner. This game also gives players an appreciation for the environment. You have to know what animals are native to the region, thus increasing your chances of victory. It would be dumb to put a bald eagle in the middle, those suckers are hard to find. I suggest turtles in the center spot, they're terrible at dodging, indigenous to most areas and if you miss, there is always reverse. The final game is useful for flexing the mental muscle. Simply known as the spelling game, it's a great way to increase one's vocabulary. Players take turns saying letters and whoever spells a word gets a point. The participant with the least amount of points is the winner. It would seem like a good strategy to put random letters together that make no sense, but you can be challenged. If you can't spell a word with the letters you added, that's a point, same thing goes for losing a challenge. Sounds nerdy, but break this game out and fun will ensue. Whenever you find yourself on a rigorous road trip, remember this guide and it will help pass the time. Activity is the enemy of both boredom and the misery of Kansas.

Padre, Colorado, Florida, or wherever it may be, one thing nearly all spring break trips have in common is car rides. Long, awkward, back seat expeditions can be grueling. I hate extended stays in SUVs almost as much as I hate so-called 'extreme sports,' but these road trips no longer have to ruin vacations. As the mile markers piled up in the most boring state in the union, Kansas, I found the best way to combat the boredom is to turn the road trip into a competition. Just like any other, non-tree hugging, red-blooded American would do. I'm not talking about competitions like I spy or name that tune. That's weak sauce. The best games are a little more intense and can be classified as "car sports." The most popular of these games being car sleeping. Sure it 'doesn't sound that interesting, but let's see you try to sleep with three others in the back seat and not pull a muscle. Talk about extreme. Personally, with a .292 sleeping average, I consider myself a master at this art. A sleeping average is figured up by dividing minutes slept by total minutes in car. The winner is the participant with the highest sleeping average that is §till able to have a full range of motion in all limbs. Another exciting event is animal bingo. This game was first made popular on Nickelodeon's underappreciated "Pete and Pete." Animal bingo is both entertaining and educational. Jeff Massie can be reached at Competitors draw up a bingo jmassie2@ucok.edu

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Golf team places second at KickingBird Classic by Ashley Childress

Student Writer

UCO Men's Golf team placed second in the KickingBird Golf Classic in Edmond, Tuesday afternoon, finishing one shot behind No. 3 St. Edwards. The two-day tournament began on Monday when the men played two 18-hole rounds. The team was tied for second with St. Mary's at the end of the day, with a team total of 574, two over par. Coach Dax Johnston said he thought they were in very good position going into the final day of play; and the team played about as good as they could play considering the rainy weather. The team played 18 holes on Tuesday and shot fiveunder par, ending with a team score of 275. The Bronchos' final score was 837. "When I look back on it, the rain on Monday cost us our tournament," Johnston said. by Vista photographer Alex Gambill Two UCO player finished in UCO golfer Brent Cole chips onto the green during the UCO/ the top 10 among individuals. Mitch Boles, junior, tied for KickingBird Classic on March 27 at KickingBird Golf Course. the low round of the tourna-

ment and was the individual runner-up. Boles shot 71-6766, a six-under total of 204. Colby Shrum, freshman, tied for seventh shooting 71-70-68, a total of 209, one under par. Other members of the team included Zach Cleland who tied for 13th with a 212, Chance Tatum tied for 16th with a 213, and Brent Cole tied for 30th with a 217. The Bronchos also had two individual placers: Cooper Barrick shot a 213 and Ryan Sutton shot a 225. Coach Johnston said he was very proud of how his team played. He had only put the lineup together two weeks before. A roster featuring two freshman, one sophomore, and a pair of juniors. "Some tournaments you lose, some you get beat. We just got beat," Johnston said. The team will travel next week to Florence, Alab., to play in the North Alabama Invitational, a pre-regional tournament to prepare the players for the Regional Tournament.

Bronchos split series with Tigers by Justin Langston

Sports Writer

Coming in on the tail end of spring break, UCO Softball team hosted a double header, splitting victories against East Central. East Central won the first game, defeating UCO 1-0, but in the next game, UCO came back, shutting out East Central with a 6-0 win. In the first game, things were slow, with both teams locked in a dead tie for the first four innings. Although UCO outhit East Central 4-3, one of those hits allowed East

Central to take a one-point lead and the overall victory. Alli Blake stood as pitcher for the whole game, striking out three and allowing three hits. Left fielder Megan Campbell, shortstop Stacy Walden, center fielder Emilee Bounds and second baseman Kelsey Tiger made all of the hits for the first game. "Megan gave us a big lift in the second game and we needed that with the way we swung the bats in the first one," UCO coach Genny Stidham said, according to Bronchosports.com . "Alli and Hillary both pitched really well, but unfortunately we didn't

Hillary Brandt was pitcher do anything offensively and had a couple of defensive mistakes for this game, striking out nine in the first game that hurt us." and allowing only two hits. Campbell led the offenIn the second game, things looked better for UCO when sive drive in this game, Bounds batted in both Walden making four hits, two and Campbell during the third RBIs and scoring one run. Over the upcoming weekinning, putting UCO on the scoreboard for the first time that end, the team will travel afternoon. UCO's lead contin- to Irving, Texas, to play in ued to grow in the next inning the Lone Star Conference when first baseman Karmen Crossover, where they will Kauk knocked out a homerun play against West Texas A&M, and Campbell batted in Tiger. Angelo State, Texas Woman's No one scored again until and Texas A&M-Kingsville. the sixth inning when Campbell batted in two more, giving Justin Langston can be reached at UCO their 6-point advantage. jiangstonl@ucok.edu

Dallas Mavericks spur the Hornets OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Even a throwback night couldn't help the New Orleans Hornets hearken back to the times when they beat the Dallas Mavericks. Not against a team so proven at establishing and extending winning streaks. Josh Howard had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Mavericks beat New Orleans 105-89 Tuesday night for their 21st straight victory over the Hornets. For a team that's already become the first in NBA his-

tory to have three winning streaks of 12 games or longer in a single season, it was also the seventh straight win for the Mavericks and their sixth in a row on the road. "It was really a fun trip, obviously. We're trying to work hard offensively moving the ball, and everybody's making shots," said Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 15 points while shaking off an illness. "It was a fun trip." Jason Terry added 19 points

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and seven assists, and Devin Harris scored 14points forDallas. The Mavericks are already past halfway to an unprecedented fourth 12-game winning streak. Dallas needs only one more win to match the franchise record of 60, set in 200203 and matched last season. "We just knew we wanted to get better as a team going on this road trip. In the playoffs, you need wins on the road," Howard said. "We've kind of proven to ourselves right now that we can get wins on the road." The Hornets haven't beaten Dallas since the turn of the century, the longest losing streak for one team against an opponent in the NBA, NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball. The Mavericks' last loss in the series came on Nov. 17, 1999, in Charlotte. On a night when fans were asked to wear retro clothing from the 1970s and '80s, Dallas led by 25 points after three quarters, and the team's top three scorers were able to watch the entire fourth quarter from the bench. Hornets coach Byron Scott said he thought his team had quit even before then. "With 18 minutes left, down 15 points, they said, ' It's too hard.' That is very discouraging to a coach," Scott said. "I told them I don't want to see that again." Scott said he didn't think the losing streak against the Mavericks "had anything to do with it." "I think they saw a mountain that couldn't be moved," Scott said. "They said, 'We can't even

push it. It's not going anywhere.' I don't care if it can be moved or not. You keep pushing. You keep trying to move it. We stopped." Tyson Chandler scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half as the Hornets overcame an early 11-point Dallas lead before succumbing to the team with the NBA's best record. Jannero Pargo added 23 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and Desmond Mason and David West scored 10 apiece for New Orleans. Chris Paul, the Hornets' leading scorer, went 1-for-10 from the field and matched his season low with two points. "He felt like we gave up, but that wasn't the case," Paul said of his coach's comments. "I think we gave an effort. I just think a lot of credit goes to Dallas. They shot the ball unbelievably well, and they really put it to us tonight." After making more than 60 percent oftheir shots until early in the fourth quarter, Dallas ended up at 55 percent from the field. The Mavericks hit seven straight shots, including three straight jumpers by Nowitzki, and pulled away with a 21-8 run to build an 80-56 lead late in the third quarter. Howard finished the quarter with a four-point play to give the Mavericks a 25-point edge. The lead reached as many as 31 twice in the fourth quarter with mostly reserves on the floor for both teams. Despite 'two early fouls that landed Nowitzki on the bench, Dallas scored nine straight

points to build a 22-11 firstquarter advantage. The Hornets rallied back in the second quarter with a 9-0 run of their own, capped by Rasual Butler's 3pointer from the left wing that put New Orleans up 39-38. Mays coach Avery Johnson then called his second timeout in a 39-second span and took Nowitzki, DeSagana Diop and Devean George out of the game. Dallas responded by scoring 11 points in a row. Terry had the final five points on a jumper and

after Paul couldn't get back following a fast-break miss _ a 3-pointer from the left corner. "We had to get two people out that weren't competing defensively. We had to get them out, get some other guys in that wanted to compete a little bit more defensively and move the ball," Johnson said. "When we brought the other two guys back, then they got back on the same page in terms of what we were trying to do."

AP photo by Sue Ogrocki

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki moves around Hornets forward David West on March 27 in Oklahoma City.

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Bronchos split series with Abilene Christian by Jeff Massie Sports Writer There is no spring break in college baseball. The Bronchos won six and dropped three during the stretch, including a split with No. 17 Abilene Christian University. UCO is currently unranked. "We don't ever worry about those [rankings]," head coach Wendell Simmons said. "It will all take care of itself." The home series with Abilene went two wins for each team and the losses were UCO's first defeats in Edmond. "Both teams were evenly matched," Coach Simmons said. "We could have won all four or lost all four." A single run was the deciding factor in each of the games of Friday's doubleheader. The first was an 8-7 UCO win and the second a 10-9 victory. In the initial game, UCO trailed 3-1 after three innings. The Bronchos rebounded by scoring five and two runs in the fifth and sixth inning, respectively, to take command of an 8-3 advantage. The UCO offense was fueled by a set of homeruns. Bryce Columbus, Breck Draper and Tyler Carroll each had a homer in the contest. In the Wildcats' final at bat,

by Vista photographer Travis Marak

A Broncho player bats against Texas A&M-Kingsville on March 9 at Broncho Field.

the drama would begin to unfold. Down by five, the visiting team fell a run short of tying the game. The scoring flurry was made possible by an Abilene homerun that scored a trio of Wildcats and the fourth run was the result of a Broncho error. With two outs and the tying runner on third, relief pitcher Cameron Kamer was brought in to preserve the win. Kamer excelled in the

position and earned his sixth save of the season as he struck out the only batter he faced. Starting pitcher Nate Nance was credited with the win. He gave up three runs and walks while pitching 5.1 innings. He also struck out eight during his tenure at the mound. Shortstop Michael Pollock stepped into the spotlight and played the role of the hero of the second game. Down by one

with Casey Burns on third and Tim Sullivan on second, Pollock took his spot in the batter's box and nailed a walk-off single that scored the two runners. After back-to-back wins, the wrath of Abilene Christian took its toll on UCO. The Bronchos would end the series with consecutive losses, tasting defeat for the first time at Broncho Field. The first game of Saturday's doubleheader would end with

a 7-5 defeat. The Bronchos a 3-run homer of their own. came out of the gates running Abilene would add a couple and galloped to a 4-1 advan- more in the next inning courtage after three innings, but tesy of an error and a sacri couldn't maintain the lead. fice bunt that would put the The Wildcats would score in visitors up by two. The next each of the next four innings. Broncho run would be scored Abilene would add a pair unconventionally as the result of runs in both the fourth and of a bock with a runner on fifth to garnish a 1-run lead. third. UCO would regain The Broncho offense began to the lead when Tyler Carroll fight back after falling behind hit a 3-run shot of his own. and tied the game with a couple The Wildcats pounced on the of innings remaining. Pollock Bronchos and scored the game's reached first courtesy of a walk fmal 4-runs in the sixth inning and was able to advance to sec- to take a 9-7 lead. Reliever ond and third with two outs via Cameron Kamer was brought in past balls at the plate. Carroll and gave up four hits and runs, was also able to reach first as well as a pair of homeruns. due to a walk and advanced to The final inning presented second on the latter past ball. UCO with a golden opportunity Dean McIntyre belted a hit to salvage the game. The top of down the first base line that the order was up to bat, but no, scored Pollock, but also result- offense could be mustered and ed in Carroll being thrown out the Bronchos lost their second at home while trying to score. game at home of the season. The lead would not last UCO will now begin what long as Abilene added a cou- Coach Simmons says is the ple of runs to the scoreboard most important part of the seaand dropped the Bronchos 7-5. son. The remaining games on The final game of the series the schedule will all be matchwould feature five homeruns, ups with divisional opponents, each aided by a powerful wind starting with a doubleheadblowing out towards left field. er at East Central University UCO would score in its first in Ada on Wednesday. at bat as Breck Draper slammed a 3-run shot over the left field fence. The Wildcats would even the score though in their Jeff Massie can be reached at ensuing trip to the plate with jmassie2@ucok.edu

Broncho softball wins three and loses two at the Emporia State Invitational by Justin Langston Sports Writer At the beginning of spring break, the UCO Softball team traveled to Emporia, Kansas, to take part in the Emporia State Invitational. Of the five games, UCO won three, first against Truman State, a second against Washburn and lastly against Fort Hays State. The two losses were against Oklahoma City University and Northwest Missouri. In the first game against Truman State, UCO won 5-4. Alli Blake, Brittany Zimmerman and Hillary Brandt all stood as pitcher during the game. Blake struck out four and allowed three hits. Zimmerman struck out one and allowed one hit. Brandt had three strikeouts and allowed one hit. Offensively, shortstop Stacy

Walden had two RBIs with a three strikeouts and two hits. Brandt pitched for the first four single hit and second baseman Christal Cleaver made the innings, with five strikeouts Lindsey DeWitt had two hits only run of the game with left- but giving up an equal numand two RBIs. fielder Megan Campbell hitting ber of hits. Zimmerman was In the second game, UCO the RBI. brought in for the remaining lost to OCU 2-4. Blake stood as "We didn't do anything two innings, striking out two pitcher for the first six innings offensively and that was really but allowing three hits. striking out frustrating with In the fifth and final game, one but allowthe way we've UCO defeated Fort Hays State "We didn't do ing eight hits. been swing- 8-0. Blake pitched the entire Zimmerman ing the bats game, giving up only one hit anything offenwas brought lately," UCO and having a single strikeout. sively and that in for the last coach Genny On offense, Campbell led the inning, strikStidham said offensive charge, hitting three was really frusing out two and about the first and making three runs. Walden trating." allowing no three games had two hits and two runs as hits. -Coach Stidham according to well as an RBI. Craig had three On offense, Bronchosports. hits, with two runs and two Walden and corn. "We RBIs. First baseman Karmen center fielder found a way to Kauk had one hit and one run. Alley Roberts made both of the pull out two tough wins and I'm UCO will return home on runs. Roberts made an RBI, as happy with that, so hopefully April 10 to play a doubleheader did third baseman Jodi Craig. we can come out tomorrow and against Cameron University. by Vista photographer Alex Gambill In the third game, UCO do a better job at the plate." defeated Washburn 1-0. Brandt The fourth game, UCO lost Justin Langston can be reached at Alli Blake pitches against Southwestern Oklahoma State on March pitched the entire game, with to Northwest Missouri 6-0. jlangstonl@ucok.edu 13 at Broncho Field.

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The Vista March 29, 2007  

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

The Vista March 29, 2007  

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