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Students share their thoughts on the prospect of a tuition increase. Page 2.

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Students donate to Haiti while buying school supplies and sporting goods at low costs. Page 5.

Nationally ranked women’s tennis are having a successful season in spite of low turnout for their matches. Page 8.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A self-imposed legislative deadline to pass an education funding bill came and went with no action on the budget by lawmakers. Lawmakers approved the April 1 deadline in 2003, but there are no penalty provisions, and legislators have only met the early funding deadline once since the bill was passed. By Sean Murphy. OKLAHOMA CITY — Oil and gas explorer SandRidge Energy Inc. is buying fellow developer Arena Resources Inc. for $1.6 billion as the continued drop in natural gas prices drives a bigger focus on oil resources, the companies said Sunday. Arena shareholders will receive $2.50 in cash and about 4.78 shares of SandRidge stock for each Arena share held. That values the Tulsa, Okla., company at $40 per share — a 17 percent premium to the stock’s Friday closing price of $34.26. STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Former Oklahoma State basketball coach Sean Sutton is due in Payne Count District Court in Stillwater for a preliminary hearing on drug charges. Sutton was arrested in February and charged with four felonies for allegedly illegally obtaining prescription drugs. He’s due in court Monday for a preliminary hearing. His attorney entered a not guilty plea Feb. 16 when Sutton was arraigned and said Sutton was in a treatment center. Sutton was arrested Feb. 11 after agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs said he picked up a shipment of painkillers under another person’s name. Authorities said the pills included the anti-anxiety drug clonazepam and two forms of the stimulant Adderall.

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LAMONA EVANS-GROCE 1949-2010 By Tiffany Brown / Staff Writer On April 3, at 11 a.m. many gathered at Tabitha Baptist Church to celebrate the life of Dr. Lamona Evans-Groce and mourn her death. The span of approximately 25920 weeks, 1825 days and 720 months represent 60 years, the age of which EvansGroce died on March 29 years. Her death was felt not only by her family, but by several students, faculty and staff at the University of Central Oklahoma. Evans-Groce was a professor at UCO for 25 years. “The university as well as her family and friends and all whose lives she touched experienced a great loss,” Lindsay Echols, Coordinator of Multicultural Student Services and former student of Evans-Groce, said. “She was just a remarkable person she really was” Before Evans-Groce began to build an educational for her students and oneself, Evans-Groce was born on October 4, 1949 in Depew, OK. She grew up, in part, on her grandparents’ farm until her parents relocated to Oklahoma City. Evans-Groce attended grade school at Edwards Elementary, high school at F.D. Moon Jr. High School, and high at Frederick Douglass High School. After graduating high school in 1967, Evans-Groce began Bishop College. She spent four years at Bishop College, where she received her B.S in Secondary Education English/French in 1971. Evans-Groce graduated from Bishop College Magna Cum Laude, a Latin phrase meaning “with highest

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“[Her] legacy will live on in the work of the countless students whose careers she shaped and who now teach in secondary schools and in colleges and universities around the country. honor” or “with highest praise.” After receiving her Bachelors, Evans-Groce began teaching English/ French that same year in Oklahoma City’s Public School district. While teaching, she enrolled in UCO’s graduate program where she received a Master of Arts in English in 1975. In 1974, Evans-Groce crossed na-

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tional borders, when she left the U.S. to teach in Germany for the Department of Defense at Ramstein Germany Jr. High from 1974-1978. In 1978, Evans-Groce received an Oklahoma Board of Regents Minority Doctoral Study Grant. EvansGroce continued her studies at University of Oklahoma until she obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy

Higher Ed. Administration/English in 1987. Before Evans-Groce obtained her Doctorate’s she became a professor at UCO in 1982. “Dr. Evans-Groce was inspirational in her commitment to working with students in every area of the curriculum and at every level in their programs of study,” David Macey, chair of UCO’s English Department, said. “She was an outstanding teacher of First-Year Composition and helped countless students new to our campus to feel at home and, through the writing and research skills that she taught them, to claim a voice at UCO,” he said. “Dr. Evans-Groce also taught popular literature survey courses to our sophomore and junior students and inestimably enriched the curriculum by creating and teaching new courses in Black American fiction, poetry, and drama,” Macey said. Evans-Groce continued to teach at UCO and eventually became tenured full-time professor. “One of the things she done that meant so much to me was discuss literary works,” Echols said. She bought a love Langston Hughes and so many other authors and literary works into the classroom, she said. That was something I didn’t have outside of my home environment. “On a personal level she always pushed me to reach a higher level.” “She didn’t want mediocre [and]

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By Ryan Costello / Staff Writer On Saturday, April 17, the University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Nursing will utilize the walls of Hamilton Field House on campus to house its annual free clinic. Entirely organized by UCO faculty and students in the Department of

Nursing, and executed by volunteer medical staff, the free clinic will be open not only to students, residents, and employees on the university campus, but to all who attend. The department’s Web page contains the mission statement for the event, vowing, “To provide basic acute medical, dental, and mental

health care to the uninsured and underinsured population of Edmond, Okla., and surrounding areas.” Nancy Patterson, instructor at the UCO Department of Nursing, said the idea originally came from coverage of a free health care event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we could do that here in Edmond,’” Patterson said. The Los Angeles clinic would quickly become the blueprint for the free clinic at UCO. The clinic, which will last for twelve hours beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, will provide a variety of free health care avenues as well as counselors to help patients who are struggling to cope with a stressful lifestyle. “[Students and citizens] working part time, without benefits, of course you know there’s lots of stress,” Patterson said. In addition to mental health care specialists and medical doctors, the clinic will also have a dentist on hand. Patterson, an experienced emergency room nurse, said many patients she would see come seeking urgent care did so for orthodontic care. “A lot of people don’t have dental insurance or access to dental care,” Patterson said.

In order to make the clinic free of charge for patients, each of the physicians, nurses, and practitioners is participating on a volunteer basis. Patterson and the clinic’s organizers estimate that the clinic will have a sizeable crowd of volunteers to contribute their time and effort. “We probably have about 200-250 volunteers,” Patterson said. “That includes nursing students, student athletes, physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, dentists, counselors, and people from the community … so, quite a few.” Volunteers register via forms at the Department of Nursing Web page. In addition to trained medical staff, patients attending the clinic will have access to advisement for ongoing health concerns and can be written prescriptions for ailments that require medicine and antibiotics. The free clinic initially tried to partner with local pharmacies to help patients pay for prescriptions, but when organizers couldn’t find a company to work alongside, they used their budget of more than $13,000 to go even further for their patients. “We are going to pay for all of the prescriptions we write,” Patterson said.

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WHY IS SEX A PROBLEM IN COMBAT? The military is moving beyond its bizarre obsession with sexual orientation, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The policy serves as a de facto ban on gays and lesbians in the military. They can serve, but only if their sexuality is kept a secret. The secrecy keeps some military personnel from seeking medical help or reporting domestic abuse. One does not need to accept as moral and righteous any particular sexual orientation to know that it shouldn’t be considered as criteria for contracting with the government to battle in war. The military is not a church, or a private school. We cannot maintain an adequate all-volunteer military, while mired in two foreign wars, if we’re going to trouble warriors because of their sex lives. Who cares if a skilled fighter pilot is a woman in love with a woman? We should concern ourselves with her ability to carry out missions with precision, protecting our country from enemy aggressors. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates concurs, approving new rules that will ease enforcement of the 1993 congressional ban on gays in the military. Meanwhile, Congress is considering President Barack Obama’s goal of lifting the ban entirely. Our military is not strengthened by divisive policies that serve no strategic concern. Gates said his decision reflects “common sense and common decency.” Indeed it does.

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EATING HABITS COST JOBS FREE CONCERT With today’s fast-food mentality, Americans often forego table manners in favor of convenience. But according to Beth Waddelow, director of Career Services at the University of Central Oklahoma, that mentality could cost you a job. On 1 p.m. April 1, in the Night University Center, Waddelow hosted a business etiquette luncheon for student business leadership. Waddelow explained that as social manners have deteriorated, business manners, or protocol, have remained much the same. “We’re using the hierarchy to gauge our behavior,� Waddelow said. Waddelow said a person’s manners subtly indicate his or her level of education, knowledge of propriety, and even personality characteristics. The way a potential employee interacts with a server can forecast future interactions with co-workers. She warned both against rudeness toward servers and undue accommodation toward servers. “Don’t bus your table for them,� she said. Waddelow walked students through the process of arriving for an interview during a meal, saying that they should plan to arrive five to ten minutes early, but should “scope it out� earlier. She also recommended calling ahead to confirm the location of a meeting place and calling the executive assistant or secretary to clarify areas like name pronunciation or even gender. “Always make sure you’re in the know,� Waddelow said. The topic of knowledge dominated the presentation, which took place as students put the new tips to use in a mock business luncheon. Understand-

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A fast-food mentality lowers one’s chance at impressing possible employers. Career Services provides free training in business etiquette.

ing of higher social etiquette can leave an impression on potential employers in an increasingly international market where business etiquette is far more standardized across cultures than social etiquette. Simple consideration determines much of business etiquette. The table manners your mother taught you, like not chewing with your mouth full or not rushing, usually remain applicable. “The process of eating is a slow process, and you have to accept that,� Waddelow said.

She said potential employees must take into account other considerations, like the possibility that the interviewer could be aurally sensitive to clanking of silverware on plates. “I’m one of those people,� Waddelow said. “The two most important things are to know where you are and who you are with,� she said. Waddelow said she offers free training in business etiquette and is willing to go off campus for practice meals with student organizations.

UCO’s Student Programming Board along with the Campus Activities and Events will be hosting a spring concert. The spring concert will present Christian musicians and bands Leeland, Phil Wickham and Matt Maher at 7:30 p.m., April 11. Kay Robinson, director of Campus Activities and Events, said she hopes the students will enjoy the spring event and is happy to have three great musicians on campus. “It is a free event for UCO students to attend,� Robinson said. “The Student Programming Board and our office worked hard to set up events like this so that our students can enjoy.� Tickets are available for students at the Campus Activities and Events Office located at the Nigh University Center Room 424. Nonstudents are welcome to attend. Tickets are available at http://ticketstorm.com for $15. Grammy-nominated, Leeland consists of vocalists Leeland and Jack Mooring, drummer Mike Smith and bass player Jack Holtz. The Christian rock band has been known to deliver genuine rock music with lyrics of worship and beliefs since their debut in 2006 called “Sound of Melodies.� They have been Grammy nominated for both “Sound of Melodies,� and their 2008 album, ‘Opposite Way.’ The band has partnered with Christian relief organization Food for the Hungry, which took them to an outreach trip to Africa and Asia, and attend Hillsong Church’s 2008 Conference in Australia. Phil Wickham is a contemporary Christian songwriter and vocalist. He is originally from San Diego, Calif. He has released five albums, including “Give You My World,� and “Cannons.� Matt Maher is also a contemporary Christian musician and a worship leader. He is originally from Canada but relocated to Arizona to further his career. Currently the Student Programming Board consists of eight members, with 25 general members who are responsible of helping set up the spring concert and upcoming events. Upcoming events include Open Mic Night at 8 p.m. on April 15 at the Food Court, and Broncho Jam 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 21 at Broncho Lake.

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UCO TO ADD STUDENT VETERANS GROUP By Jenefar DeLeon / Staff Writer University of Central Oklahoma is in the beginning stages of forming a Student Veterans of America Organization. Its first informative meeting was last Thursday at the Food Court in the Nigh University Center. The Student Veterans of America is a coalition of student veterans’ groups from college campuses across the United States. Originally founded in January 2008, its mission is to develop a coalition between existing student groups and advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state and national level. The organization’s goal is to bring awareness and to connect students with informative resources. Activities supported by Student Veterans of America Organization include scholarship and grant opportunities, internships, as well as community awareness for student veterans located throughout the United States. There are currently 217 members across the United States. Ohio State University recently formed a chapter, and UCO will soon be added to the list. Director of Graduate Studies of Education, Stephanie Beauchamp, said the Student Veterans of America is an opportunity for student veterans to share experience with others who can understand the culture of the military. Student veterans are becoming increasingly large subgroups of students on college campuses, she said. “SVOs can also be a resource for informaStephanie Beauchamp, director of Graduate Studies for the College of Education, stands in front of the tion to both student veterans and the campus mural painted on the second floor of the Education Building. community,” Beauchamp said. “Student veter-

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she didn’t want you to just confine your work to good, she wanted great,” Echols said. Evans-Groce was Graduate Director Advisor for English Secondary Education, Coordinator for Minority Studies and served on UCO’s Faculty Senate. “Dr. Evans-Groce was a tremendously hardworking faculty member who served with distinction in a variety of crucial, labor-intensive position, including Coordinator of the English Education Program and Graduate Program Advisor in English,” Macey said. “She served for several years as a member of the staff of the university’s Faculty Enhancement Center, in addition to her regular duties as a faculty member in the Department of English.” Evans-Groce retired as full professor from UCO in 2005 due to her health. According to Echols, students who did not have the opportunity be have Evans-Groce as a professor may have missed out. “Unfortunaly…they won’t be able to be as inspired by her. They [may not] have the opportunity to be taught by someone who was filled with joy and positivity...the way she was.” “Dr. Evans-Groce was an outstanding teacher and an inspiring mentor to students. She was a wise, energetic, and deeply empathetic individual who was always willing to ‘go the extra mile’ for her students, and she gave generously of her time and profound insight as a teacher, an advisor, and a guide to our students, especially those in our English Education Program, which she coordinated for many years,” Macey said. “Dr. Evans-Groce was recognized by her colleagues for outstanding abilities as a teacher, mentor, and administrator when they selected her as Graduate Program Advisor and English Education Program Coordinator in the Department of English and as a member

ans can exchange information amongst themselves, as well as host informational seminars for faculty, staff and other students.” The Student Veterans of America organization has additionally served as a lobbying group to enact change. UCO hopes to be part of bringing about positive change. UCO is forming its very own chapter to bring awareness to the issues facing student veterans at UCO and serving as a unified voice in bringing these issues to the attention in position to address them, Beauchamp said. The Thursday meeting allowed the organization to obtain a list of interested students and to move forward to the process of establishing an official Student Veterans of American Organization. The attendees were provided with information about the ideas and goals the organization wishes to achieve for the future of the chapter. Lastly, student veterans were able to voice their opinions, ideas and concerns that they wish to see the chapter to take on. “I hope the members of this student organization are able to bring to light any barriers to their success as a student that can be addressed by those in position to enact change,” Beauchamp said. Currently the organization is looking to recruit student veterans to the organization, but Beauchamp said once the chapter has been established, it will have a better idea how other students, as well as faculty and staff can support the organization. The Student Veterans of America is a taxexempt organization.

of the Faculty Enhancement Center’s staff,” he said. “These are crucial positions within the department and the university, and only a faculty member of Dr. Evans-Groce’s caliber could have filled them so successfully.” “Dr. Evans-Groce’s colleagues in the Department of English and across campus will remember her as a treasured friend, an esteemed colleague and role model, and an outstanding teacher who exemplified, to the highest possible degree, UCO’s core values of Character, Civility, and Community,” Macey said. Dr. Macey spoke of the values Evans-Groce instilled in her students. “Dr. Evans-Groce encouraged her students to strive for excellence in every area of their lives. She instilled a strong sense of responsibility in her students to give back to their communities, to reach out to future generations of students, and to model the highest degree of professionalism in everything they do.” “[Her] legacy will live on in the work of the countless students whose careers she shaped and who now teach in secondary schools and in colleges and universities around the country. Each of them carries on her work by encouraging his or her students to reach for the stars and to serve the community in every way that they can.” Echols said, “Her legacy will go on until the last person’s life she has touched is gone.” It will continue to grow, flourish, and get stronger. “As long as we’re still here everything she instilled in us will live,” she said. In addition to teaching at UCO, EvansGroce was an East Zion District Young Adult Counselor, Sunday School Teacher, Director of Christian Education Usher Board, and a Life Member and Silver Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. among many other things.

READ AND LEAD GETS STUDENTS THINKING By Anuj Srivas & Prashanti Ganesh / Staff Writers The latest session of Read and Lead, a leadership book club, took place April 1 in Room 423 of the Nigh University Center. Organized by UCO’s Leadership Central and co-sponsored by the American Democracy Project, Read and Lead is a book club that helps students to increase personal leadership development through the discussion of related books. “Read and Lead has become an important program for Leadership Central over the past

“Leadership provides these books for free and encourages students to keep this as fun as possible.” three years,” Patricia Loughlin, ADP coordinator, said. “While though the program has evolved, the interest of the students in reading and discussing a book together has remained consistent.” Initially, the book club used to read several books throughout a semester. However, the program now strives to increase discussion among the students by holding multiple sessions for each book. “These meetings really offer a good chance for discussion,” Jacob Newton, a member, said. “The books can be pretty good and connected with current events, which is what I really like.” The book that was being discussed was “Gang Leader for a Day” by Sudhir Venkatesh. The book bears the tagline “A rogue sociologist takes to the streets” and offers an inside look on how

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The clinic’s three private sponsors, Integris Baptist, Martin Family Foundation, and Elliot Roofing, along with more than $1,000 raised by nursing students, raised the budget. The only services not available at the free clinic in Hamilton Field House are for injuries that require an X-ray or an illness that requires lab work. “We’re really looking at simpler things … like sprained ankles and earaches,” Patterson said. Any services that require medical equipment are done so using machines that were donated by local hospitals, another example of the massive cooperation on the part of sponsors and volunteers that help to put together UCO’s free clinic. Patterson is pleased with the continued success and volunteer participation of the first annual free clinic at the university. Patients will be served on a first-come, first-served basis when the free health care clinic is opened.

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gangs in Chicago function. “What I really like about this book is that it puts a whole new perspective on how gang leadership really works, and the whole premise of a sociologist becoming part of a gang in order to study the gang from in the inside is really great,” Chengyan Yao, an avid member, said. Student and faculty participants receive these books free of cost, and the selection of new books is decided based on student feedback as well as current events. Other books the club has read in the past include “House of Cards” by William D. Cohan and “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation” by Parker Palmer. Read and Lead also organizes author-student sessions. In February, author Parker Palmer came to UCO and had a two-hour discussion session about his book with the students and faculty members. “Leadership provides these books for free and encourages students to keep this as fun as possible,” Loughlin said. “This isn’t credit learning, so it’s better.” The last session of Read and Lead will be 12:15-1:15 p.m. April 15 in Room 423 in the NUC. “The book that we will be discussing is ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’ co-authored by Abby Wilner and Alexandra Robbins,” Melissa Ingram, coordinator for Leadership Central, stated. Ingram said the session is open to everybody, and all students are encouraged to attend, even if they have not read “QuarterLife Crisis.” “After all, this is not a class or an assignment,” Sarah Smith, a student member, said. “It really got me back into reading.”


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UCO students take part in the growing trend of hybrid learning.

fastest growing delivery modes in higher education. “The growth of this combination of classroom and online learning has been fueled in large part by students with different technology levels, institutions with physical space constraints, and an increase in the demand for more class scheduling options,” Diaz said. She then went on to talk about some of the best practices that must be put into place at UCO for developing a sounder hybrid learning plan. Some of these practices included developing Web 2.0 tools and preparing for potential student crises. “She showed us different statistics, research and examples from other uses

about the best practices in blended and hybrid learning,” Franklin said. “It really gave us a new perspective on the online methods of teaching,” UCO already has hybrid learning classes. Almost 200 courses have been approved for hybrid learning. This Dr, Bolf-Beliveau hopes her class will teach students method of online teaching is very im- that American Indians have different backgrounds portant to students who are not able to and history. come to classes, whether they are single Dr. Laura Marie Bolf-Beliveau will be teaching moms who are working, or students American Indian Youth Literature this fall. who are in the military in Saudi Arabia who still want a degree in biology. However, we always trying to improve this system of online learning so as to give our students a better learning experiWhat will the class be like? ence, Franklin added.

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Master Sgt. Paula Schonauer always knew something was different about her.

By Elizabeth Hillin / Contributing Writer Whether it’s at Starbucks or at a poetry reading, Master Sgt. Paula Schonauer is welcomed with smiles of recognition. “A lot of people know me here,” she explained as she sipped her coffee. Schonauer is in fact known by many and hard not to notice. The 6’4” sergeant grew up in Akron, Ohio, a small community where she said she was teased a lot for being a “sissy.” Nowadays Schonauer works for the Oklahoma City Police Department and is pursuing a master’s in fine arts at UCO. Schonauer received a lot of attention back in 2001 when transitioning into a woman. At the time, Schonauer was married to a wonderful wife and raising two children. She had known from a young age that something felt different about her. “Never a day in my life has it been an issue I’m not confronting,” Schonauer said. Today Schonauer has a great relationship with her children and ex-wife. Schonauer felt angry at the time of the divorce, but said she now understands

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By Anuj Srivas & Prashanti Ganesh / Staff Writers A Web seminar that focused on hybrid learning and its implementation in educational institutions took place 12-1 p.m. Monday in Central’s Nigh University Center. Organized by UCO’s Center for Professional and Distance Education in collaboration with Academic Impressions, an organization that provides educational products and services, the seminar was completely done through video conferencing or webcasting, with the participants listening to the speaker through their computers. The presenter for the event was Veronica Diaz, associate director of the Educause Learning Initiative. “Academic Impressions facilitated this webinar (Web seminar) to help our faculty understand about hybrid or blending opportunities and how to implement this at the institution and educational level,” Sandra Franklin, director of Online Education for CPDE, said. Hybrid or blended learning is a mixture of the normal face-to-face classroom learning, as well as the online learning part which is rapidly becoming popular, she added. The participants who attended were mainly faculty from different fields in UCO, as well as staff from the IT department, the library, etc. The hourlong seminar started off with first focusing on the advantages of hybrid learning models and how hybrid learning is slowly becoming one of the

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what her former wife meant when she said, “I’m not rejecting you, I’m releasing you.” Schonauer always preferred to play with the girls as a child and got beat up by the neighborhood kids often. That was until a next-door-neighbor, Jeffrey, decided to help out. “He got tired of seeing me get beat up,” Schonauer said. Jeffrey played a crucial role for Schonauer when he began to teach her how to box. Jeffrey was an amateur boxer and showed Schonauer the basics. “That was my turning point,” she said. “After that I liked to fight.” She joined a neighborhood gang called “The Lamp Avenue Champions.” “We use to sing, ‘We are the Champions’ by Queen. Funny to think now we were singing a song by a band named Queen whose lead singer was a homosexual.” One of her first novels is based on this gang and the childhood sequence of her life. After moving from Ohio to Oklahoma City at the age of 16, Schonauer focused on sports. She didn’t date much and avoided girls mostly, due to the fact

that she was scared of them. Her feelings went into a box, and she went on what she now calls a “manhood quest.” After graduation she became an Airborne Ranger and began college with the help of an ROTC scholarship. Schonauer graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she gained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She was commissioned in 1992 with the 24th Infantry and went to battle in Desert Storm. Shortly after, she married and began to build a family. “I wanted to be a hero,” Schonauer said. However, Schonauer didn’t feel like she got to do much combat in Desert Storm. She decided to join the Police Department and has worked there for 18 years. This semester Schonauer is enrolled in Editing and Marketing, Novel Writing III, and Fictional Poetry at UCO. Constance Squires of the Master of Fine Arts program said Paula “is most certainly a person I’m happy to know, happy to have in my life and someone whose writing career I look forward to watching.” Schonauer prefers to perform her poetry and has become a popular slam poet. Slam poetry is an artistic performance in which poets read or recite original work. Typically, the poetry is politically charged and covers many issues, including current social and economic issues, gendered injustices, and racial issues. “I find Paula’s courage and energy inspiring,” one of Schonauer’s professors, Dr. Stephen Garrison, an English professor, said. Schonauer is a police officer, a poet, a novelist, a student and a friend to many. Paula Sophia is her pen name, under which she has written several novels and performed a great deal of poetry. Currently, Schonauer is working on a new book and performs her poetry often at venues such as “Sauced” in the Paseo Arts District. “What you see is what you get,” Schonauer said. “If it’s a man, it’s OK. If it’s a woman, it’s OK.”

We will be looking critically at works of literature, both positively and negatively of American Indians. We will discuss works of “Twilight” and discuss does it depict American Indians accurately. This class will be where we will engage with each other and discuss the works of literature by American Indians and other writers.

Q: Do you think this class

will break the stereotypes or misconceptions of American Indians?

A: I hope so. We cannot think American Indians as one group. Individually, they are represented with unique background and history. All humans are complex.

Q:How did the subject of American Indian Youth Literature get started?

A:

My colleague Timothy Petete asked me if I was interested in adding an American Indian literature class and be taught as part of American Indian minor. And I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for our students and myself. Petete’s research has been in American Indian literature and film.


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UCO TRACK AND FIELD IN FULL SWING

UCO head track and field coach, Martha Brennan, discusses pole vaulting technique with freshman Shiloh Layn on Saturday.

By Ryan Costello / Staff Writer The newly revived University of Central Oklahoma Track and Field team had its second strong showing in as many weekends, posting a wave of top-10 finishes at the 40th annual Ray Vaughn Classic at Oklahoma Christian University on Saturday.

UCO turned in solid efforts in a vast variety of competitions this weekend, placing in distance running, sprinting, long jump, pole vault, and heptathlon. Highlighting the success for the Bronchos were the multi-faceted efforts of freshman sprinter and jumper Edna Spencer, who racked three top-10 finishes on her own.

Spencer finished fourth in the long jump, her best leap posting 17’-4 1/4”, seventh in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.35, and 10th in the 200 meter dash, clocking in at 28.74. The young Spencer posted the most placed finishes in the track and field team’s young second stanza after being left off the score sheet

in last weekend’s Bison Invitational in Shawnee, Okla. Spencer, however, was not the only Broncho in competition on Saturday. UCO had a total of eight finishers in the top 10 slots of their respective events. Following a fourth place finish in the 5,000 meter run last weekend, junior distance runner Julia Crock-

er finished good for third place. Crocker’s finish was the Broncho’s best at the Ray Vaughn Classic, and tied for the best this season with Cara Cox’s third place performance in Shawnee. Cox was also in action again in the 5,000 meter, and finished fifth, yet another solid effort by the freshman. UCO boasted two placers in the pole vault, as two Bronchos finished 5-6. Sophomore Hannah Gibson and freshman Shiloh Layn finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Again, the Bronchos had two finishers, this time in the heptathlon, once again going 5-6. Brittany Davis finished fifth, while the junior Sarah Niles took fifth in the seven-event heptathlon. Broncho Shana Williams turned in a time of 1:04.84 in the 400 meter dash, good enough for a fourth place finish, while freshman Angel Vick matched her finish with a fourth place showing in the 800 meter run. Alina Istrate, the junior import from Romania, rounded out the Bronchos’ top-ten finishes, recording a time of 5:13.98 in the 1,500 meter run. That finish earned her a fifth place finish, improving after earning 10th place honors in Shawnee last weekend. The Bronchos will be in action for their third time following an eight year hiatus when they travel down to Denton, Texas for the North Texas Spring Classic on Saturday.

Baseball

UCO’S STRUGGLE CONTINUES The Broncho baseball team continued their season slide this past weekend, losing their fourth straight game. By Ryan Costello / Staff Writer Before the season’s onset, the experts predicted UCO baseball would finish sixth in the Lone Star Conference. After another pair of losses in a Saturday doubleheader, the Bronchos might end up struggling just to stay out of the basement. Heading into what seemed to be a manageable matchup against hosting conference rival Tarleton State, another struggling team in the LSC, UCO was looking at a golden opportunity to turn the season in the right direction. TSU boasted a less than stellar 16-20 record, including 13-17 against LSC competition. In the series opener at Broncho Field, Tyler Schuman toed the leather against TSU, who started quickly, scoring two runs in the game’s opening frame. The Bronchos responded quickly in the bottom half, with their first five batters reaching base on a single, double, triple, and two walks. UCO was up 3-2 and in position to add to their lead until TSU starter Jake Sowell induced a ground ball from Chris Bruns, resulting in a rally-killing double play. UCO’s lead would be short-lived, as TSU tallied three more runs in the top of the second, ending the contest for Schuman who was chased in favor of Chris Muchmore. Schuman finished the game giving up five runs, two of them earned, on four hits and a walk in just one and two-thirds innings of work. Muchmore would manage to stop the bleeding, giving up only one run for the remainder of the game, but UCO’s offense could only manage two more runs, one in the second on Taylor Brown’s RBI groundout, and another in the sixth on Bruns’ RBI single. Bruns, Brown, Luke Yost, and Brady White each tallied an RBI in the first game, and Arrow Cunningham finished two for three to highlight the Broncho offense. Muchmore had one of his stronger outings of the season, striking out two scattering four hits and a walk for just one unearned run in

five and a third innings. Schuman [1-3] was saddled with the loss. Heading into the final frame of the game down 6-5, UCO would have one last opportunity to deadlock with TSU, but would be subdued with little resistance, going down in order to seal their 19th loss of the season. In their 20th loss of the 2010 campaign, UCO’s bid for victory never left the ground, as the Bronchos succumbed early to a 20-run barrage by the TSU lineup. The bronze and blue pitching staff may as well have been throwing beach balls, as every batter who tallied an at bat against the Bronchos tallied a hit, eight of them multiple times. The embarrassment of offensive riches for the TSU lineup translated to at least two runs in every inning but one, including a crippling seven-run outburst in the top half of the third. When the Bronchos tallied their final runs of the day with three in the fifth, the game was hardly in doubt, as TSU held a 15-4 advantage. TSU would add five more “insurance” runs to close the game at 20-4, UCO’s worst loss in a season of bad losses. No Broncho pitcher survived more than two and a third innings, as typically lights out ace Kade Kauk took the brunt of the onslaught. Kauk [3-2] surrendered a staggering nine runs on eight hits and a walk in just two and a third innings of abuse. One UCO player did have a strong game in the nightcap, as White supplied nearly all of the UCO offense, going two for four with three RBIs. UCO, now 11-20 on the season and 8-20 in the LSC, will continue to look for answers when they welcome in Oklahoma Christian University at Broncho Field today at 3:30. Vista Staff Writer Ryan Costello can be reached at rcostello@uco360.com.


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Women’s Tennis

WHERE IS THE LOVE? UCO’s nationally ranked women’s tennis are having a successful season. However, the crowds are thin. By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor The University of Central Oklahoma women’s tennis team may not be riding that 10game win streak they experienced earlier on the season. However, UCO has won 3-of-4 including their 5-0 shutout of Hardin-Simmons University, and their 6-3 and 5-1 blowouts of Cameron University and Southeastern Oklahoma State. Things seem to be getting back on track for the Lady Bronchos, so where is the fan support? UCO is currently ranked No. 24 overall in the nation. The Bronchos enjoy a 13-4 record on the year and are just getting started in conference play. Central Oklahoma is the second highest ranked team in the Lone Star Conference, behind only Abilene Christian University who sits at No. 7. However, UCO’s conference record of 3-2 has tied them for third place in the LSC with Cameron. The Bronchos do hold the tiebreaker in the series with Cameron. Abilene Christian ranks No. 1 overall in the LSC, followed by Tarleton State. The Bronchos have just three matches remaining in their regular season before they compete in the Lone Star Conference Tournament. The LSC Tournament takes place April 23-24 in Oklahoma City. Throughout the season UCO has leaned heavily on Eli Abramovic. Prior to this weekend’s 7-2 loss to Tarleton State and 5-1 win

over SEOSU, Abramovic boasted a 12-3 overall record in singles. The Croatia native went an impressive 10-3 as a No. 2 and is undefeated as a No. 3. UCO freshman Virginie Rodriguez and sophomore Julia Shviadok have also been driving forces for the Bronchos’ success so far. Both players have a 10-4 record on the year. Rodriguez has seen most of her time in singles playing the No. 5 spot and has an 8-2 record there. Shviadok has seen all her playing time in singles as a No. 1 and has logged all 10 wins there. Also before this weekend’s split, Shviadok and sophomore Abramovic have been teaming up to field UCO’s most impressive doubles team record. The sophomore duo had nine wins. Seven of those have come as the No. 2 pair. While the Bronchos were experiencing the bulk of their success, the 10-game win streak that lasted from Feb. 18-Mar. 25, UCO head coach Natalya Smith was impressed with the girls’ work ethic. “I think at this point everybody has been doing what they need to be doing for success,” Smith, who has led the Bronchos to back-toback national tournament appearances, said. “I would say all the girls have been working very hard.” Following No. 24 Central Oklahoma’s come-from-behind win over conference rivals Cameron last week, Smith was extremely

happy with the continued high level of play. “It was a great match,” Smith said following the 6-3 victory. “Considering the wind and heat, I think both teams put everything on the line, and it could have gone either way.” “I was very proud of the mental toughness and determination that our team displayed. This was a big win for us and helps secure our spot in regional rankings.” With such recent success, and a long tradition of winning backing the women’s tennis program at UCO, the lack of fan attendance is confusing. UCO has a young, exciting team. Not many expected a team with no seniors, just one junior, five freshman and two sophomores to be nationally ranked. So where are the crowds? “I really don’t think people really know tennis,” UCO freshman and Canyon, Texas, native Lindsey Sweetgall, said. “They don’t really understand. All my friends at school, they don’t get how scoring works or ever come out and watch. I guess we need to publicize it a little more.” As UCO contin-

ues to win, and the Bronchos continue to rank among the elite teams in the nation, they will generate their own publicity. No. 24 Central Oklahoma now takes their 13-4 record into a crucial home conference match this Friday at 2 p.m. against East Central University.

UCO Women’s Tennis Remaining Schedule:

East Central

NEOSU

Newman

4/9 @ 2 PM Edmond

4/13 @ 2 PM Tahlequah

4/17 @ 11 AM Edmond

LSC Tournament

4/23-24 @TBA Oklahoma City

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LADY BRONCHOS CONTINUE DOMINANCE

UCO senior catcher, Kelsey Tiger, gloves down a strike in UCO’s split with Midwestern State on March, 15. The Bronchos are now 24-10 on the season following their sweep of SWOSU on Saturday.

By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor One spring sport at UCO has hit its stride in style. Past the midway point of the season, the Lady Broncho softball team is riding a six-

game win streak, following their sweep of Southwestern Oklahoma State this weekend, and has won 10 of its last 11 on route to its current 24-10 record. The Central Oklahoma team is now 9-3 in conference and ranks No. 2 in the Lone Star

Conference North Division. On Saturday, UCO got two wins over SWOSU thanks to big performances from sophomore outfielder Kayce Raines and senior pitcher Molly Shivers. In the first game of the weekend doubleheader, the

game was tied in the fifth inning, 1-1. Raines crushed a two-run home run, launching UCO to a 3-1 victory. It was all Bronchos in the second game, however with UCO getting the 13-5 blowout win over the Bulldogs. Shivers allowed just five hits in the opening game of the Saturday series, and only one walk. The senior also struck out three in the process. SWOSU got on the board first and took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth. UCO tied it up with a single from sophomore Brittany Geter. Geter got to second base on senior Niki Hunt’s bunt and then scored as Rachel Lowery knocked a single out to left field. Tied at 1-1 in the fifth, Raines hit a long home run ball out to center field, running in Shivers and herself for the two-point play. Shivers struck out the league-leading hitter, Tori Joyner of the Bulldogs, to close out the win. The game ended with the score at 3-1. In the second game, UCO capitalized on more opportunities and jumped out to an early lead, never looking back. The Lady Bronchos scored seven times in their first inning at bat. Those seven runs came on just three hits with two errors and two walks. Shivers continued her solid play, leading off with a one-pitch homer. Sophomore Rachel Lowery had a two-run single, while junior Megan Bentley added an RBI hit, and Brittany Weaver sacrificed a fly ball to get a score as well.

UCO pushed their lead by three more runs to make it 10-0 in the second. Freshman infielder Pebbles Paxson out of Tecumseh, Okla., got a two-run single hit, and Geter added an RBI. The Bronchos maintained their 10-point lead heading into the fourth inning. With the game set at 11-1, the Bulldogs attempted to mount a comeback. SWOSU scored four unanswered runs to make the game 11-5. However, last week’s LSC North Hitter of the Week would not be denied the rout. Kacie Edwards hit a single setting up senior Kelsey Tiger, who ran her in with a bigtime play. Tiger’s hit, the 166th in her career, gives her a tie for the fourth spot on Central Oklahoma’s all-time hit list. The senior standout from Seminole, Okla., has been a figure of consistency on the Bronchos for the past four seasons. Coming into the year, Tiger had started 138 straight games. Tiger was 3-of-4 hitting in Saturday’s nightcap. Tiger’s and Edwards’ two-run play made the score 13-5, and that’s all she wrote. Rachel Steverson pitched the entire game, getting her 10th win of the season. Steverson is 10-4 overall in her sophomore year. The stampeding Bronchos will remain in Edmond today to face West Texas A&M University for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The Bronchos will then continue their home stand, hosting division rivals East Central University Tuesday April 13, at 2 p.m. in another doubleheader.

The Vista April 06, 2010  

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

The Vista April 06, 2010  

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