MAR 30, 2010
After graduating, how do you Here to make UCO feel like Broncho’s tennis split a pair of Longtime UCO head coach plan to make yourself stand home. weekend matches. Wendell Simmons announces out in the competitive job retirement season’s end market?
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CONTROVERSIAL ARTIST OFFERS UCO A SNAPSHOT
Narciso Arguelles standing in front of his piece “Sign” at the Art and Design building. “Sign” was removed from an exhibit at the Capitol Building for its political message.
By Ryan Costello / Staff Writer After looking at the world for more than 20 years through the lens of an artist’s camera, Narciso Arguelles, a former UCO professor, brought a sample of two decades’ worth of work to be shown at the Art and Design building’s gallery on campus. The exhibit is entitled ‘Chicano-Retrospect’. “I think the ideal world would include people that didn’t judge… we can all learn from each other. I think, as the human race, we can grow together. There’s no reason for people to be hungry, there’s no reason for greed or hate, but it’s not the world we live in, unfortunately. My hope is to make it better,” said the photographer at the gallery’s opening reception on Friday evening. Indeed, Arguelles has come a long way since first acquiring an artist’s palette while mimicking his brother Michael Angelo, five years his senior, attempting to recreate his brother’s sketching at eight years old. Leapfrogging back and forth over the Mexican-American border after being born stateside, Arguelles was always surrounded friends and family who never dissuaded his growing talents. “All through growing up, people encourage me to get into art,” Arguelles said. That art though, wasn’t always the kind that used a camera in the place of a paintbrush.
Arguelles attended a high school that was geared specifically for students that had an interest or potential in the arts, and taught the fundamentals of traditional art. Most students picked up painting or sketching, and Arguelles was no exception. In fact, the Los Angeles born photographer said that he didn’t even consider photography as an avenue until college, where one lecturer would change the course for Arguelles’ artistic passion. Arguelles brought his talents to the University of California in Santa Barbara, where early on he attended a presentation by famed photographer Rick Smolan, who among other things is known for his “Day in the Life of…” series that exhibited life in various environments and cultural settings worldwide. After Smolan’s lecture, Arguelles, then a young, receptive college student, spoke to the visiting photographer, who immediately encouraged Arguelles’ budding interest in the photographic arts. As for a theme to his work, it seemed as clear as it was fitting for Arguelles. “Because I grew up, and my childhood revolved around the border, I thought [of photography] as a mechanism to express certain ideas to bring about social and political change,” Arguelles said. Arguelles’ first opportunity to have his photography shown professionally was part of an
ensemble exhibit called “San Diego’s San Diego”. The idea was that, similar to Smolan’s work that had in part influenced Arguelles’ own, that people of San Diego would take pictures that showed what life in the bustling California city meant to its residents. Ironically, Arguelles’ picture, taken in Tijuana while he was a sophomore at UCSB, was published in the San Diego’s San Diego catalog and shown in the exhibit. Truly a reflection of San Diego or not, it was the professional start that Arguelles used as springboard to what has become a long running career. The forty-year-old Arguelles has developed over the years into a photographer whose work sends a message rather than displays a community. He cites an adage that tasks a photographer with walking the line between image and content to define where his journey has taken him, and subsequently, his ‘style’, though he would hesitate to call it that. “There are choices when you area photographer… sometimes you’re really on the technical side, and it’s about getting the right tones, the right contrast, the right exposure, and it’s about how beautiful the print is. I was always focused in the subject matter and what the work was dealing with,” Arguelles said. “I try to have a balance of quality and subject matter. For me, the message is more important.” As Arguelles would learn, however, not ev-
ery viewer would be so quick to laud the message he was sending. In an exhibit in the Oklahoma Capitol Building’s North Wing in 2007 entitled “Human Landscapes”, one of Arguelles pieces was removed despite passing an initial check on the part of the event’s curator. The picture, one Arguelles named “Sign”, displayed a sign found near border crossings that warned motorists of crossing families, likely illegal immigrants. After the picture was removed, Arguelles was never given a specific reason as to what led to the photo’s removal, other than hints that its politically charged tone resulted in its being taken down. The UCO gallery had no restrictions on the artist’s gallery, and Arguelles even had a hand in selecting the majority of the pictures shown. UCO Senior Sarah Grlicky, who served as curator for ‘Chicano-Retrospect’, credits Arguelles with her passion in art and art history, and her eventual academic focus on both. “[Arguelles’ class] is actually the reason I switched over to art history, because of his classes. I was interior design major for three years, and he changed [art history] into what I love more,” Grlicky said. Grlicky took Arguelles’ art history course while the artist was still teaching at UCO, and the two plan to work together again in the coming months to assemble a larger exhibit than ‘Chicano-Retrospect’.
Johnny Delucia stops to look at Arguelles’ “La Migra,” which translates into English “The Miracle.”
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DID YOU KNOW? Because they had no proper rubbish disposal system, the streets of ancient Mesopotamia became literally knee-deep in rubbish.
UCO IS HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE By Harish Murali and Rahul Preeth / Staff Writers UCO made the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The announcement was made public on Feb. 27, Josh Krawczyk, director of the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, said. “Being our own and recognized for that, we are proud of it,” Krawczyk exclaimed on achieving the honor. It’s the third time we are honored consecutively, he added. The Corporation for National Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll Award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues ranging from poverty to environmental justice. “Every year, I am more and more impressed by our students’ commitment to service, not only locally, but nationally and even internationally as well,” Krawczyk said. “Central will contribute more than 50,000 hours of service to the Edmond and Oklahoma City communities this year.” “With our community service efforts, we hope to instill a lifelong commitment to public service in our
UCO students Kyle Lillard, Kody Lillard and Amanda Collier prepare meals at the Dallas Ronald McDonald house. as a part of Central’s Alternative Spring Break.
students.” VSLC has been offering a series of community services this year. “Broncho Builds” is one such service where UCO students will go out to residents in the neighborhoods and clean houses. It is a new program VSLC has introduced, Krawczyk added. We have 4,252 volunteers registered for this year, he said.
In August, VSLC launched a program, “Back To School,” where students participate in awareness campaigns to arouse students to attend schools and colleges. In September, on 9/11, students went to fire station offices and thanked the firefighters for their diligent services in keeping them safe during troubled times. The Thanksgiving Food Drive was done in
November. The Corporation for National Community Service goes through a series of selection factors, like innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for services, and the extent to which the school offers academic service learning. “Congratulations to the awardees and students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” Patrick Corvington, the corporation’s CEO, said. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.” A total of 3.16 million college students performed more than 300 million hours of service in 2009. Each year the corporation is spending $150 million for enhancing community services on college campuses across the U.S. through grants awarded by this program.
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DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF THE BIGGER PICTURE In 1770, British troops who were called in to keep the peace in Boston were attacked by crowds who protested the increasing erosion of their rights and freedoms. In a melee later called the Boston Massacre, the troops opened fire on the civilians, killing five of them. They were charged criminally for their actions, and they had trouble finding anyone to defend them; after all, they had no friends in the colonies, and the acts were seen as atrocities by the local population. In stepped John Adams, a prominent Massachusetts attorney, who defended them (quite ably, as murder charges were reduced to manslaughter) and set the tone of the nation as one defined by law and where all defendants deserve defense. Against this history, it is shocking that a group called Keep America Safe, which includes Elizabeth Cheney on its board of directors, would call into question the fact that the Department of Justice employs people who have defended terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay. In a video posted to the group’s Web site, they portray the Department of Justice as the “Department of Jihad,” as if those who had worked to defend detainees were not worthy of employment. In fact, the defense of suspects in heinous crimes is a necessary component of our judicial system, as it requires the government to prosecute cases to the fullest extent of the law and beyond a reasonable doubt. Attorneys often have to present cases with which they may not agree, but in doing so, affirm the values on which this nation was founded. Those who suggest otherwise have lost sight of the bigger picture.
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After graduating, how do you plan to make yourself stand out in the competitive job market?
Nursing – Junior
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“[By] being more prepared and optimistic that something good will happen.”
“[By] giving good examples of work. [I want to] show more of my talent and not just go by networking or personality.”
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Studio Art – Freshman
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“I make a lot of ice cream. I feel like I am better equipped for the market because in today’s market, it’s not the quality of ice cream you can get out the window, but how much.”
“Make my product perfect. Take the time to put my work together.”
“Perfecting my people skills and networking skills.”
INTERNATIONAL OFFICE ADVISERS HELP UCO STUDENTS FEEL AT HOME
sides English. “I can somewhat speak what’s called Bahasa (Indonesia) but mostly just English.” Jay Shacklett, also one of the International Admissions advisers, has been working in the International Office for a little more than four years. He graduated from UCO about five years ago with an M.B.A. and liked and appreciates UCO, so he thought working here would be a great experience for him. When the opening came up, he applied and was fortunate enough to get it. “My mom is 100 percent Macedonian, born and raised in Canada, so I’m half Macedonian-Canadian, and the other half is my father’s side which is American mutt. French, English, Cherokee Indian, and who knows what else is tossed in.” Shacklett didn’t have any experience as an actual adviser, but he had a fair amount of intercultural international experience from having studied intercultural studies as an undergraduate student and having traveled quite a bit over a few years before taking this job. “We (admissions advisers) basically assist students from the time we first meet them, or they inquire of us,” he said. “We work with them, help them with the application process, bring them in.” Once they are here, the advisers work with the international students to help them adjust, help them with general academic issues, nonacademic issues, personal issues, and extracurricular activities. Shacklett also has done some traveling. He went to the Netherlands, Greece, Bulgaria, Moldova, India, Nepal, South Korea and Taiwan. He travels to recruit new students. “We can use some vacaThe International Office Advisers and staff help students from all over the world feel comfortable in a foreign land. tion time when we are over there, but pretty much the rest of Advisers work with international students to assist them with academic as well as personal issues. UCO is home to the time involves the tasks, like recruiting, or meeting with more than 1,000 internatinal students. partners and contacts over there.” speak their language,” Dunham said. “I have found that French Shacklett enjoys interacting with the students. “I must say By Chantal Robatteux / Contributing Writer is a very useful language. So many people speak French, and that the best part of this job would be working directly with Korean has been wonderful, and I love to speak it, but there’s the students, you know, counseling them, having some good The international students at UCO wouldn’t be here if it not many people that speak it in the world, whereas French is long talks about life and issues outside of the classroom, just wasn’t for the International Office and its advisers. just a wonderful language for communicating with people in helping them adjust to life here and just encouraging them to There are several positions in the International Office that various places.” overcome hurdles.” make the cultural exchange at UCO possible and memorable. Dunham said the one thing the office tries to do is to have Glenn Freeman is also one of the international student Dennis Dunham, the executive director of International Af- people become globally aware. advisers and has been working here almost 11 years. “I was fairs who has been working here since four years ago, said he “This office brings, I think, more than anybody, the commu- working in the private sector when I applied here, and really has been involved in international education almost 30 years nity, the international community, the Oklahoma City com- wanted to get into working at a university,” he said. “I missed now. He was first involved overseas in a program called Peace munity, faculty, staff, and students together for events to learn the environment of students.” Corps, which is an American government program that sends about things which build international awareness,” he said. Freeman is a dual citizen – he is French-American. volunteers overseas. “One of these is April 20; we are going to celebrate the second“I was born in the U.S. of a French family, and lived in Fort “I was sent to Korea, learned to speak Korean and to teach year anniversary of the Centre for Global Competency.” Sill, which is a military installation where there were internaEnglish as a second language,” Dunham said. “I became very, This will be a concert in connection with the UCO Chamber tionals all around me,” Freeman said. “I’m the last of 10 chilvery interested in second language learning. I got my master’s Orchestra. dren, and none of them spoke English when they came to the degree in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other lanThere are several positions in the International Office, such United States. I was born very shortly afterwards, so I grew up guages) and my Ph.D. in educational psychology, but I first as admission advisers, immigration advisers, a study abroad in an international family.” started as the director of ELS in Korea and Oklahoma City.” adviser, a receptionist who also assists with office manageHis position does require at least a bachelor’s degree. There’s He then was hired by Oklahoma City University as the vice ment, and an administrative assistant. Nearly all positions no specification as to which field, but you do have to have a president for International Programs and had that position for require bachelor’s degrees, but the assistant director position background that has exposure to internationals either through about 15 years, and then the position at UCO opened up. “I requires a master’s degree. cultural relations or travel or foreign language studies. was so happy to have this position because I was very interestAaron Wheelbarger is an International Admissions adviser “I advise international students in an array of areas,” he ed in moving to a large university, so that was perfect,” he said. and has been here for six years. said. “Part of it is advising them on immigration regulations Dunham does not have international roots, but he does have He has done some study abroad and volunteer work to teach and benefits, part of it is advising them on cultural adaptaa sense of adventure. “When I first went overseas, I discovered tion, part of it is advising them on academics.” Then there is that I really loved it and decided to make this my career.” also the other end, which consists of reporting to immigration The Centre for Global Competency is the program where on student enrollment, the student grades, changes of status, -For the fall 2009 semester, 1,041 students from American students are sent overseas. “The rest of my office employment applications and so forth. brings students from other countries here; the Centre for 93 countries across the globe enrolled at the UniFreeman has traveled to 47 different countries, such as the Global Competency takes students here and sends them over- versity of Central Oklahoma. Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic, Switseas,” he said. zerland, France and Morocco. He also travels frequently to This gives American students more international opportuniWashington, D.C., and other places, not just with the job. -Nepal has the most international students enties. “I’d like to think that my job is to really promote interna“I also have a position of being chair-elect for the National tional awareness and help the community of the University of rolled at UCO with 123. Association of Foreign Student Advisers for our region, which Central Oklahoma take advantage and harvest the many, many is Region III,” he said. “I used to recruit international students. international opportunities we have right here on campus,” -There are 25 international students who are the Now most of my travels are associated with NAFSA, and NAFDunham said. SA travels are basically to promote international education only students from their respective countries. With working in the International Office, one also gets to throughout the world.” travel. “I travel all over. I’ve traveled to every continent except Freeman thinks it is important that when there is an opAustralia, and I guess the Antarctic and such, but I travel a lot, portunity to visit another country, that some time is taken to mostly to Asia.” learn some of the culture of the country, the language, and the Sometimes, there is also a little bit of sightseeing possible architecture. “It helps us to enhance our understanding of the on these travels. “Sometimes I go on trips and don’t do any English as a second language to students, and that’s when it got world.” sightseeing,” he said. “Occasionally I’ll do a little sightseeing. his interest to really start to work with international students. He speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Mostly it’s business. If I’m over there two weeks, probably 13 “Most of my traveling is Southeast Asia sections or Africa, I Latin and English. days is gonna be business.” normally go once a year, sometimes once a semester,” Wheel“I decided to learn other languages because I grew up in a On his last trip to Kenya, he was talking to prospective stu- barger said. family that was bilingual,” Freeman said. “Being able to speak dents coming to UCO. “Our representative said she had a little When overseas, he normally does seminars about the uni- to students in their own language, even if they have a very surprise for me, and I was with my staff member Aaron, Aaron versity, delegates with partners, and trains them to make sure good level of English proficiency, is comforting to them at Wheelbarger, and so we got into a van and we drove for two what is presented to students is correct, as far as admission times when they might need comforting.” hours,” he said. Finally they came to a lake and life jackets purposes. He also has one incident from working in the International were put on. “We drove around the lake and found about 20 “We also help students comprehend the financial aspects of Office that he still remembers; it’s about a student from Banhippopotamuses, so that was very memorable. This was a re- what it will cost them to come to the U.S. and also go to lo- gladesh who had been mugged and beaten with a baseball bat. cent memory. But I just enjoyed so much the hippopotamuses cal universities and colleges to talk with faculty and students The student was in a coma for several months. diving and jumping in the water,” he remembered. “But most there,” Wheelbarger said. “When he came out of the coma, he was very physically of my memorable experiences are just with people. The kinds The most memorable experience Wheelbarger has had was incapacitated and injured,” Freeman said. He ended up being of questions they ask, the humor that they have.” on his first travels for the university to Southeast Asia. sent back home. “He stayed home for about six months, and Dunham also added he has had wonderful experiences with “We went to Vietnam, and in Vietnam, we were in an audi- he came back and was still very frail and still very fragile, so people who were just being nice to him. He just got back from torium of about, oh, I would say 300-400 students, and after he was going through a lot of physical therapy but was able to England. “We were hosted by a museum where our students we had talked about the university, the faculty and students resume his classes. He finally graduated and got his OPT. The have the opportunity to do research and study,” Dunham said. wanted myself, and I was along with Timothy, Timothy Kok. company that he worked for sponsored him for an H visa. He “They treated us so well and allowed us to go behind the mu- They wanted us to sing a song. So I had to sing a song in front was approved the H visa.” seum and touch the artifacts, and it was just really a wonderful of 300-400 students.” The Bangladesh student just recently got married to a U.S. experience.” He didn’t remember which song it was, but it had to be citizen and has now been approved as a permanent resident. Speaking another language besides English is not a require- an American one. “Timothy started actually just playing the “It’s those types of stories of students who have gone through ment to work in the International Office, but Dunham speaks guitar. I knew what song he was playing, so I sang while he hard times and have been successful that make this job so Korean and has been studying French for two years. It has played,” Wheelbarger said. “They loved it; they clapped and rewarding.” been helpful for him. were all happy. So that was quite a memorable trip.” Freeman said he loves his job. “I’m glad I have a salary, but “I’ve done a lot of work in Korea, and developed a lot of “We try to represent the university well.” I would do it for free.” relationships, and people are very pleased to see an American Wheelbarger said he isn’t fluent in any other language be-
GATE ATTENDS GAY MARRIAGE FORUM By Elizabeth Hillin / Contributing Writer An open forum covering the issue of samegender marriage took place last Tuesday evening at the Will Roger’s Theatre in Oklahoma City. A panel of law and constitution expertise, which included Sen. Andrew Rice, discussed the controversial topic in an open, nonthreatening conversation. The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma planned and hosted the forum, “A Different Way of Talking about Same-Gender Marriage.” UCO’s Gay Alliance for Tolerance and Equality attended the forum as a group. Many other UCO students also attended the public discussion. Each member of the panel spoke for about 10 minutes. Many remarks made by the panel inspired applause and shouts of approval from the audience. After the speeches were delivered, the conversation was opened up for audience participation. Members of the audience were allowed to write down any questions they had for the panel. The questions were then delivered and discussed by the panel members. The panel members included Rice, Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, the national president of the
Interfaith Alliance Foundation and active Baptist minister, Sandy Ingraham of Ingraham & Associates, and Don Holladay, founding partner of Holladay & Chilton. The night’s moderator was Phyllis E. Bernard, professor of law and director of the Center on Alternative Dispute Resolution at Oklahoma City University School of Law. Gaddy, the author of “Same-Gender Marriage and Religious Freedom,” opened the night’s discussion with a speech about the government’s role in marriage compared to religion’s role in marriage. “For the last 20 years, there has been an entanglement between religion and government,” Gaddy stated. Bernard kept the audience in good humor and opened her speech with facts about Oklahoma’s marriage law history. Interracial marriage was not recognized by Oklahoma law until 1969. Marriages that were not ordained by ministers were not recognized in Oklahoma until 1989, which excluded many minority religions. Ingraham delivered accounts that have occurred and are currently taking place at her law practice in McLoud, Okla. “There are currently 12,000-13,000 federal benefits tied to being married,” Ingraham stated. Her law
practice, Ingraham & Associates, helps samegender couples who want to protect their children and their finances in Oklahoma, where same-sex marriage is illegal. “People in samegender relationships work harder and spend more money trying to get basic protection for themselves and their family,” Ingraham said. The next panel member to speak was Rice, who entertained the audience with three stories. The stories, which brought about laughter and applause from the audience, included accounts of progress he had encountered at a political level in Oklahoma. Rice encouraged the GLBT community to “come out, although it is scary.” The final panel member to speak was Holladay, who concentrated his speech on state and federal laws about marriage. He shared knowledge of current cases in the United States dealing with same-gender marriage, specifically in Massachusetts. Oklahoma is among many other states with a specific constitutional provision denying the legalization of same-gender marriage. Holladay, who has a son who is legally married in California to another man, said “Civil rights blurred religious freedom. The constitution protects fundamental rights which include the right to marry.”
During the audience participation portion of the forum, all of the panelists spoke again Each question involved the challenges for the GLBT community and for those who suppor the community – specifically, how to commu nicate in a respectful way to those who oppose same-gender marriage issue. After the two-hour conversation, the forum ended. Each member stressed the importance of the straight community that supports gay rights to participate in conversations abou the topic. Among the last remarks of the nigh was one made by Rice. “Marriage is not abou sex,” he said. “It’s about love and commit ment.” The audience responded with cheers and applause. Dr. David Macey, chair of the English De partment and the UCO faculty sponsor fo GATE, believed the forum was “extra success ful.” “I was delighted that it brought togethe leaders of the Oklahoma community and the national religious leader Dr. Gaddy,” Macey said. “It was a delight to see the ranges of the audience in age, background, demographics and religion. It was a good representation o the metro area and the state.”
News with a flash
A Bradford pear blooming at the university reveals spring. The Vernal Equinox (equinox meaning “equal night,” which occurs only twice a year) officially marked the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. The official time for Vernal Equinox 2010 happened at 1:32 p.m. EST on March 20 (Huffington Post). During Spring Equinox, the sun rises exactly in the east traveling through the sky for 12 hours and sets exactly in the west.
Junior forensic science student, Korey Bell, demonstrates how to take measurements of bullets with a digital microscope. UCO’s Forensic Science Institute gave the community the opportunity to take a tour of the new facilities, which began offering class at the beginning of this semester. Tours took place 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the institute.
Jonathan Cox, a member of the Chess and Games Club, sits down to play a game of Fluxx in Room 211 of the Liberal Arts building. Typically, UCO’s Chess and Games Club hosts several events throughout the semester.
The Kaleidoscope Dancers took the stage at Mitchell Hall Theatre at 7:30 p.m. March 25-27. The event featured choreography from award-winning faculty, as well as guest artists. A variety of dances were performed including modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop dancing.
MOVEMENT BRIGHTENS UP CAMPUS AFTER DARK By Harish Murali and Rahul Preeth / Staff Writers One night. One campus. One movement. On March 25, the ballroom in the Nigh University Center was swarmed with people swaying and singing along with the beats and bang of The Afters, who then llistened to the words of motivational speaker Joe White’s speech. “Campus After Dark” was a music concert organized by Caitlin Richell Little and a group of UCO students. Music billowed along the large hall into the hearts of all those gathered in the room. Just before 8 p.m., the second floor of NUC was thronged with students talking, savoring pizzas and eagerly waiting to open the doors of the ballroom. Inside the room, the large screen to the left of the pathway showed the countdown, and within three minutes, ‘The Afters’ came onto the makeshift stage. Beginning with “Beautiful Mystery,” they sang four songs and left the stage to White. White was equally engaging. He took the audience in hand and moved on with his speech about life, Christ and the message of the cross. “I wanted to come here,” White said. “I am so excited.” After showing a video to the audience, White left the stage. The end of the video was marked by a strained voice from the back of the room. He was carrying a big piece of wood
to the stage, axed it and made a cross in front of all those seated in the room and erected it onto the stage supported by a group of students. The entire room went silent when he asked everyone to pray along with him, while the background score cried along. Then he scattered some chain links onto the stage and floor and asked the audience to fill out the white cards they were provided with, with whatever they wanted to share with God. He told the crowd to come forward and put down their cards and take one chain link. “I loved it,” undetermined major, Renee Burton, said. “It was more than what I expected. I brought my 15-year-old daughter in too. We both really enjoyed it.” The room once again resonated with the voice of The Afters and their rock music. The audience occupied the front space of the stage and danced along with their music. “The crowd was awesome,” vocalist and guitarist Matt Fuqua said. “We do 150 shows a year. Last spring we did 80 colleges. It was just like one after the other. College shows are typically different like on campus.” “I really liked it,” Nathan Mickle, band member, said. “The crowd was good.” We mixed a few of our famous songs and some of our new compositions for this occasion. “Beautiful Mystery” is a new one, Elliott Tate, another member, said.
David Dunn performs in front of students at “Campus After Dark.” The event featured several presentations on Thursday night at the Nigh University Ballroom.
PANEL AIDS SUPER WOMEN’S STRUGGLES By Harish Murali and Rahul Preeth / Staff Writers
Approximately one in five women worldwide reports being sexually abused before the age of 15. About 14 million adolescent girls become pregnant each year, with over 90% of those girls living in developing countries. Women in the U.S. labor force currently earn just over 77 cents for every one-dollar men earn. Women currently hold 17% of Congressional and Senate seats and 18% of gubernatorial positions in the U.S. Approximately 14% of active members in the U.S. armed forces today are women. In 1950, women comprised less than 2% of the U.S. military. http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/30_women.html
A panel discussion, “Even Super Women Struggle,” was conducted at the Nigh University Center Will Rogers Room, 12 p.m. March 24. The program, conducted as part of the history week of women, was aimed at having an open and honest discussion with women about balancing the demands of life that include family, career, community, school and self-obligations. It was organized by the W.O.M.E.N.’s club. A panel consisting of four speakers, DeAngela Gaymon, Kendra Smith, Jeanetta Sims and Crystal Ott, engaged the audience in the discussion and later a question-and-answer session with the audience. “Basically, we were just trying to figure out some of their circumstances they have got in to get into the positions they are in right now,” Brittany Johnson, president of W.O.M.E.N., said. “I think young women are bombarded, even subtly, by perceived image and success standards,” Gaymon said. “We need to, in a sense,
write our own rules. Every woman needs to embrace the notion of being uniquely themselves, and pursue becoming the greatest possible version of the woman in the mirror. “I understand that if I don’t take care of myself, I won’t be effective at taking care of anything else. That alone drives me to be mentally, physically and emotionally health conscious. ‘Just for me,’ I occasionally grab a last-minute appointment at Cottonwood Salon & Spa for a one-hour getaway free from the ‘ping & ring’ of e-mails and phones.” The program started at noon with a lunch for all the participants. The panel discussion started at 12:15 and was mediated by Johnson. “They give us a lot of insight on organizational skills, leadership, personal struggles as well as personal triumphs, and people kind of helped them along the way,” she said. “The W.O.M.E.N.’s club has organized a lot of events to their credit, but a panel discussion like this is the first time,” Johnson said. The club conducts annual events like breast cancer awareness week and self-defense week.
ARTIST METTLES WITH METAL ON CAMPUS By Prashanti Ganesh and Anuj Srivas / Staff Writers David Huang, a self-supported metalsmith from Michigan whose art is shown in art galleries and museums nationwide, gave a lecture on March 25, in Room 115 of the Education Building. The lecture was part of a shaping career event that included two workshops on March 26 and 27 for UCO jewelry, drawing and metalsmith students. “This is part of our visiting artist series. We usually do this once a semester, and the students are studying metalsmithing this semester, so David is a perfect match for this event,” Charleen Weidell, chair of the UCO Department of Art, said. “The students know just enough basics to understand what is going on, and that’s why the workshops have been so useful. The most important point is that David shows us the practical side of things and also really how an artist can make a good living.” The lecture that Huang gave was a slide presentation depicting the timeline of his work, starting from crafting blank sketchbooks, to teapots and finally to the vessels he creates today. “He makes really beautiful work — very af-
fordable and very unique,” Weidell said. “It’s the kind of work everyone can appreciate.” Huang has supported himself from high school and paid most of his way through college by selling various pieces of work. As such, much of his talk was focused on controlling expenses and other methods that may help part-time artists make a living. “I recently built a new energy-efficient studio, only 198 square feet – with walls partly comprised of worn-out tires and an exterior of field stones – for less than $4,000,” Huang said. “Timeless beauty is something I’m striving for,” he said. The room was filled with students from all fields. “Talks like these are really beneficial to us,” Mary Cole, a graduating student, said. “It’s a lot fun.” In the workshops on the 26th and 27th, Huang taught the students how he constructs a vessel by “raising” a piece of flat metal. He also showed them techniques of hammering or “chasing” the vessel’s exterior to create the design. “The workshop was extremely informative,” Bri Toledo, a student who attended one of the workshops, said. “We learnt a lot of new ways of handling metals. We did a lot of things that we normally wouldn’t have done in class.”
He gave the students handy tips that will make work easier and more efficient for them. “Concentrate on the angles when doing the raising,” Huang said. “Hold the metal in such a fashion that you have maximum control over it. Don’t hammer right on
the edge of the metal. You might squish it.”
Weidell said Huang will critique on some
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NO. 26 BRONCHOS EARN WEEKEND SPLIT UCO tennis drops match to No. 7 Abilene, but blanks Hardin-Simmons 5-0 and moves to 11-3 on the season.
young and inexperienced our team is with five freshmen, we have a lot to be proud of.” The young Bronchos, five freshmen and all, have soared to an 11-3 mark overall this season despite winning just one of two conference matchups. UCO will look to address just that when they are next in action, as they welcome in the Aggies of Cameron University to Edmond tomorrow at 1 p.m.
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Again, UCO’s top pairing of Caldwell and Rodriguez set the tone with an 8-5 win in the opener, but this time their fellow teammates would continue the trend. Shviadok and Abramovic followed with an 8-1 win, and Cabato and Rossini with another, 8-2. Singles play was no different, as UCO’s Abramovic and Rodriguez both downed their HSU opponents in straight sets. UCO head coach Natalya Smith was impressed with her young team’s comeback effort, and told bronchosports.com following Saturday’s doubleheader. “It was good for us to end the trip on a win and bounce back after a disappointing loss to Abilene,” Smith said. “I am so proud of my team and how much improvement they have made with every match. Considering how
Broncho junior Lacy Caldwell prepares to hit the tennis ball back down the court in last Thursday’s contest.
By Ryan Costello / Staff Writer The UCO tennis team played a pair of matches over the weekend in Abilene, Texas, falling 8-1 to the powerhouse Wildcats of Abilene Christian before topping HardinSimmons University 5-0. The Bronchos played both matches on Saturday, and opened facing some of their toughest competition on the entire season, Lone Star Conference foe, and No. 7-ranked ACU. In their match against the Wildcats, UCO did have a promising start, when their top doubles duo of Lacy Caldwell and Virginie Rodriguez defeated ACU’s first pair of Jaclyn Walker and Dina Pavlin. The opening-round 8-3 victory that started as a momentum builder that gave the Bronchos hope would unfortunately turn out to be the matchup’s only silver lining for UCO, as the rest of the contests belonged to the Wild-
cats. ACU rattled off eight consecutive wins over their underdog opponent, securing the 8-1 victory. UCO’s Julie Shviadok, Eli Abramovic, Caldwell, Ano Rossoni, Rodriguez, and Rose Cabato fell back to back in singles play. No UCO player took a set against ACU in singles, and Shviadok, who was defeated 6-4, 7-6, was the only Broncho not blown out in her singles match. After a tough loss, the 26th-ranked Bronchos were determined to finish Saturday’s play in strong fashion against HSU, and the result would not disappoint. UCO clobbered an overmatched HSU team, winning all five of the contest’s matchups to earn the shutout, 5-0. As bad as the loss to ACU would end up in the end, the Bronchos more than passed on the favor, beginning with a thrashing in the doubles department.
UCO sophomore and Zagreb, Croatia native Eli Abramovic volleys the ball in her doubles match last Thursday.
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END OF AN ERA Longtime baseball coach Wendell Simmons has announced he will retire after this season. By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor The University of Central Oklahoma baseball program will lose one of the most succ e s s f u l coaches in its history at the e n d of this season. Last Thursday, Bronchos’ head coach Wendell Simmons announced he will retire following a 34year coaching career, which includes the last 19 seasons coaching the Bronchos. “I’ve got nothing but great memories of my coaching career, especially here at UCO,” Simmons said following his announcement. “I’ve been fortunate to have had a lot of great players come through here, and we had a lot of success.” A lot of success is correct. Before this weekend, Simmons boasted a 1,074-526-1 record overall as a head coach. At UCO, Simmons had coached the Bronchos to a 628-359-1 record going into this weekend’s matches against Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Simmons has coached UCO to 15 winning seasons. Of his seasons
here, 12 have been 30-plus win years. Simmons has coached the eight most winningest seasons in school history. He has guided the Bronchos to six Lone Star Conference North Division championships, three LSC titles and seven NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. During 1971-1974, Simmons played for Central Oklahoma. The pitching standout graduated from UCO with his bachelor’s in ‘74 and master’s in ‘75. Simmons spent 15 seasons in the high school ranks, and 14 of those were spent coaching the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs. Leaving his mark on high school baseball in Oklahoma, Simmons coached the Bulldogs to eight regional titles and eight state tournament berths. He produced 13 All-Staters in his time at Memorial, and was elected to the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003 for his achievements. His final high school record is 446-167. Simmons came to UCO and pumped life into a college baseball program in a state of flux. The Bronchos were on a streak of five losing seasons, and Simmons ended that era of futility almost immediately. In 1992 the Bronchos went 27-26, ending their losing streak. Wendell has coached 134 players to first and second team All-LSC and All-LSC North Division honors. Over his 19-year career, 14 of his players here have earned All-America recognition. “It’s been fun, and I know I’ll miss it,” Simmons said. “But it’s time to move on.” In 1994 and 1997, Simmons was named Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year. Also in 1994, the Bronchos went 39-14 and won their first ever league title and made their initial appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. UCO fell in the finals of the South Central Regional. In 1997, UCO finished the season 42-21. The Bronchos won the Lone Star Conference title and made it to the national tournament. UCO won the South Central regional and advanced to Central Oklahoma’s first-ever NCAA Division II World series. The Bronchos made it all the way to the finals but lost 13-12 to Cal State-Chico. The loss didn’t stop Simmons from claiming the honor of Coach of the
Year, or that team from going down in the books as being one of the most prolific teams in school history. Simmons also claimed LSC North Division Coach of the Year honors five times and was awarded the South Central Region Coach of the Year in 1997. In 2007, Simmons received his 1,000th career win. So thus ends one of the most successful eras in Broncho baseball history. As bronchosports.com states, Simmons built the Bronchos into a “perennial Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II powerhouse.” As he retires, Simmons leaves behind a legacy of winning and doing so with consistency and integrity. His leadership, experience and knowledge of the game will be sorely missed by the UCO baseball program.
Wendell Simmons’ Achievements:
More than 1,000 career wins 15 winning seasons at UCO 3 Lone Star Conference titles 6 LSC North Division titles 7 NCAA DII playoff appearances Two-time LSC Coach of the Year Five-time LSC North COY 1997 NCAA DII playoff finals
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