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The Student Programming Board is hosting a free concert sponsored by IROK radio this Friday at 6 pm in Plunkett Park. The radio station is on a local tour sponsoring bands from around the area so they can gain larger fan bases and promote their station. "The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma University, and our campus are part of the mini-tour. The board thought it would be a great way to connect to other Oklahoma colleges and support these bands," SPB president, Cassie Neahring, said. The concert is also. an opportunity to have UCO students enjoy their last weeks here before summer begins. The six bands lined up to play are Somerset West, Mayola, Cody Clinton and the Bishops, Hush Hush Commotion, Minutes Too Far and We Shot the Moon. "It's a free concert, UCO rarely has those, so I'm excited to go and see bands before they get really famous," Payden Reynolds, UCO sophomore said. The concert is being used to promote some of the bands' new albums. We Shot the Moon, which plays mostly piano rock, is releasing their album "Fear and Love," at the end of April. Edrnond's own Somerset West is promoting their album "The New Ocean of Sound" before they start their tour this summer. Mayola is a band from

With the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre looming on the horizon, representatives from universities across the nation gathered April 13-14 at UCO to participate in the 2008 National Campus Security Summit, a two-day event that provided university officials with a number of practical perspectives on securing their respective campuses. "College and post-secondary administrators along with our partners in law enforcement and counseling struggle to find the appropriate solutions for maintaining the safe and secure environment that we have traditionally enjoyed," said Roger Webb, president of UCO. "More than ever before, parents ask, Will my son or daughter be safe on your campus?" This was the second time the university has hosted the National Campus Security Summit and marked the first time a campus security program has been held since the shootings at Northern Illinois University in February. In addition to presentations by some of the nation's leading mental health experts and law enforcement agencies, the summit featured the final report by Governor Brad Henry's Campus Life and Security (CLASS) task force. After the shootings at Virginia Tech, Henry formed the task force in order to review and evaluate Oklahoma's current campus safety and security plans. The task force was instructed by the governor to determine what, if any, changes needed to be made in order to prevent future crises and to provide research methods for recognizing students in need of aid and how to get them the help they require. "It has been our honor to provide leadership for the Campus Life and Security Task Force," said CLASS chairman Dr. Glen Johnson, who, along with vice chair Dr. Phil Berkenbile, presented the groups' findings to the summit. "Improving the safety of faculty, staff and students on our higher education and career technology campuses is a serious issue and that effort will continue long after this report is submitted," he said. The task force surveyed higher education and career technology institutions around the state in order to get a complete understanding of the current status of each insti-

by Vista photographer Chris Albers

New eco-friendly urinals line the wall at the Business Building's men's restroom. UCO replaced most restroom urinals with new water-free urinals that can save 40,000 gallons of water per unit per year. by Jordan Richison Staff Writer

UCO was recently awarded the Green Award for Sustainability at Oklahoma State University's sixth annual Environmental Awards Reception. The award was given in recognition of UCO's multiple efforts to incorporate green practices throughout the campus. UCO currently receives all its energy from wind power, which led to recognition from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. "It's our responsibility to be good stewards of our see BANDS, page 7

resources and to help decrease our country's dependence on non-green energy sources," said Steve Kreidler, UCO's executive vice president. This award is one of several honors UCO has received for their involvement in becoming a more environmentally friendly campus. Last November, UCO won the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Vanguard award for their efforts in embracing innovative environmental technologies that are in support of a sustainable planet. They were also named to the EPA's Green Power Leadership Club, and its green energy purchase is the

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According to UCO University Relations staff writer Meika Yates Hines, UCO's use of onsite bio-diesel products, recently won the 2007 National Association for Fleet Administrators award for "Quality Fleet Management Idea." The bio-diesel production process on campus turns used cooking oil into eco-friendly fuel for campus Vehicles. UCO also employs ENERGYSTAR-labeled products and works with a performance contractor to increase energy performance.

Other sustainable practices include a campus-wide recycling program, a "Lean University" program to eliminate waste in all processes, the installation of energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems and water free urinals across campus. UCO's efforts have also saved the university money. Kreidler estimates UCO has saved approximately $15 million since beginning its green initiatives in 2004. "This is one of the many ways UCO is leading the way for our students, the community and future generations of Oklahomans," Kreidler said

Hines still pushing for extension by Nelson Solomon Staff Writer Students made a loud statement in support of extending the hours of the Max Chambers Library by voting 91% in the affirmative, said Student Body President Jason Hines. "This vote had the largest turnout in my institutional history," Hines said. "This voting turnout shattered the vote total from last year by 414 votes." Hines said the positive vote "sends a clear message to the administration that this is something that the students want, and is a huge issue for the students." Hines will take the vote to the Budget Task Force Committee, which will meet after the state allocates money to the university.

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"The budget forecast for promise during his election, this year is steady from last and has brought it this far, year, and that plays into this," talking to library officials and university administration he said. Some of the obstacles to to see what was needed to getting the hours extended accomplish this goal. The process started with include finding the $59,106.40 from elsewhere in the budget discussions with Dr. Bonnie needed to fund staffing, sal- McNeely, executive director of the library, and other ary and security needs. However, Hines said the administration officials, and affirmative 91% vote "says to then the discussion went the administration that this is to other bodies such as the Faculty Senate. a huge student concern." Carolyn Mahin, Director The new FY 2008-09 budget will take effect on July of Public Services for the 1 and the proposed hours, if Max Chambers Library, said finalized, would take effect she is "pleased that UCO stustarting in the fall, Hines dents value the library and the services we offer." said. "I think that 2 a.m. is a He said he "has still quite a ways to go" and will be good compromise to the origworking on this issue till June inally proposed 24 hours," to get his campaign goal com- she said. "The next step is to see if the administration will pleted. Hines made extending the give us the funding we need library hours a top campaign to extend our hours."

by Vista photographer Chris Albers

Jason Hines, student body president until Monday, is still trying to extend library hours.

"There are no facts, only interpretations." -Friedrich Nietzsche

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"If polygamy were legal, would you participate?" "Hell yeah, it would be Eke having 12 or 13 maids instead of just one."

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"No, just because of religious background. Plus, some of the wives wouldn't get equal treatment."

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"No, it's against my religion."

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"No, there's not enough time for one wife and kids. That's a little overwhelming for the man."

The Pope's here.....So What? The Pope is here and so what. I understand his importance as a religious figure, but why are we treating him as a Hollywood celebrity„ On CNN, people were screaming just like they would at an Elvis concert. "Happy Birthday Benedict" one of the signs read. I am almost sure that some of the gossip magazines will publish stories about him hanging out at the White House, what his diet is like and if he is working out or not. I know he is trying to avoid a possible bullet, but him standing in a glass can while waving at the crowd looks very distant and out of touch with the masses. The Pope is going to visit 27 states and will have a big Mass at the new baseball stadium in Washington, during which some flight restrictions will be imposed and tight security will force everyone through metal detectors. I wonder what position he is going to take on the same sex marriage issue and abortion. The Vatican spokesperson said the Pope is also going to discuss the sex scandal in the church. Sure he will. The Pope said he comes as a friend, but it is pretty obvious that he is trying to be

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President Bush and Pope Benedict XVI watch the Old Guard pass in review, Wednesday, April 16, 2008, during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

a global religious and political leader, and the media is turning his visit into a freak show. Now republicans and democrats are fighting over his influence. Suddenly, everyone is Catholic.

THE VISTA Meredith Greer Elementery Education, Graduate student

"No, it's not a hot-button issue for me. I don't think it's a good thing for families, either."

Professor Moss Community Health

"No, I don't think it's right to have many wives."

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and local law enforcement. The drill provided participants with important handson experience to aid in the planning and development of coordinated communication and emergency response during a shooting. A final keynote address was given by NIU officers Darren Mitchell and Todd Henert, who presented a

tution's emergency readiness program, counseling services and its notification processes. When doing its research, the task force focused on five major areas of importance: laws and policies, counseling, response, notification "Improving the safety of and funding. A subcommittee was formed to research faculty; staff and students each topic and to provide on our higher education and specific recommendations for career technology campuses is improvement. a serious issue and that ffort The CLASS subcommittees have proposed a laun- will continue long after this dry list of recommendations. report is submitted." They ask that each campus Dr. Glen Johnson implement a comprehensive notification system that provides students with timely alerts in case of an emergency play-by-play account of the and establish annual emer- events on the NIU campus gency-response training pro- last February, and illustrated grams. The subcommittees how to implement an efficient also recommended creating crisis management program a statewide standard on cam- on any given campus across pus policy and practices that the nation. "Our depaitinent philosowill insure the safety of all phy is critical to understand campus goers, as well as probecause we focus on prevenviding each campus with an adequate number of licensed tive measures in order to do counselors and psychologists. our policing," Mitchell said. This year 's summit also fea- "We have a model that focustured a mock campus-shoot- es on prevention as opposed ing scenario, which included to reaction or apprehension over 30 UCO staff members after the fact." •

According to Mitchell, the NIU police department concentrates a large part of its energy on building positive relationships within the student body and the local community. The officers talked about the methods and practices their depai tinent has developed over the years in effectively managing emergency situations and providing officers with the necessary equipment and training they will need to do their jobs. The two additionally gave a summary of the lessons learned and confirmed from the shootings at NIU. "If you recruit the right people , and put into their minds that this is the way we need to go about doing the policing at our university, you have a much more effective way of communicating with your community, educating them and reducing crime," Mitchell said. The officers ended their presentation with a display of the names and photos of the students killed at NIU, a sobering reminder of the consequences that universities face if they are not adequately prepared for another SeungHui Cho.

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Tibetans continue to hound Olympics supporters ATLANTA (AP) _ the international portion of Coca-Cola gave investors the event for future games. International Olympic Wednesday good news on the profit front, then stood by Committee officials have its support of the Summer expressed concern about the Olympics in Beijing as vocal disruption caused by antishareholders inside and pro- Chinese protests during the testers outside the company's relay. The IOC has said there are annual meeting questioned the beverage maker's busi- no plans for canceling the rest of the relay, which has been a ness practices. The company believes the magnet for protests since the torch relay as part of the run- flame embarked March 24 on up to the Olympics should its 85,000-mile journey from continue, Chief Executive Ancient Olympia in Greece as part of its 21-stop, six-conNeville Isdell said. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola tinent tour. The torch relay is expected is a corporate sponsor of the to end in mainland China on torch relay. The relay has been dis- May 4. The Beijing Olympics rupted in Greece, Istanbul, start Aug. 8. Earlier Wednesday, CocaLondon, Paris and San Francisco by protesters Cola reported that its firstopposed to China's policies quarter profit rose 19 percent in Tibet and overall human due to acquisitions and overrights record. There has been seas growth, offsetting unimno trouble at recent stops in pressive results in its home Argentina, Tanzania, Oman North America unit that were affected by fewer people and Pakistan. At Coca-Cola's annual going out to eat because of meeting in Wilmington, Del., fuel prices and the slowing a shareholder asked Isdell U.S. economy. The results beat Wall Street how Coca-Cola planned to expectations. address the concerns raised. The world's biggest bever"I don't believe that stopping the torch run is in any age company said its profit way over the long-run going was $1.50 billion, or 64 cents to be the right thing to do," a share, in the three-month period ending March 28. That Isdell said. Pressed to agree to use the compared to a profit of $1.26 company's influence to put billion, or 54 cents a share, a pressure on the Chinese gov- year earlier. Excluding one-time items, ernment and Olympic officials, Isdell said flatly, "We Coca-Cola said it earned are not a political organiza- $1.58 billion, or 67 cents a share, in the quarter. tion." Analysts polled by China was cited in Coke's earnings report as a growing Thomson Financial were expecting earnings of 63 market for the company. The IOC has said it will cents a share in the quarter. review plans for the remainder Analysts generally exclude of the Beijing Olympic torch one-time items from their relay and consider scrapping estimates.

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Tibetan protesters line the sidewalk outside the Coca Cola Company annual meeting Wednesday, April 16, 2008, in Wilmington, De. The protesters want Coca Cola to drop their corporate sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics.

Revenue rose to $7.38 billion from $6.10 billion a year earlier. Worldwide unit case volume was up 6 percent for the first quarter, helped by acquisitions, and international unit case volume was up 7 percent. The company saw strong unit case volume growth in China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Philippines. Volume was flat in its key North America unit. Coca-Cola has had problems executing its strategy in its home market in the past, and for several years it has seen weaker results in North America as compared to several other countries.

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"I don't believe that stopping the torch run is in any way over the long-run going to be the right thing to do." Neville Isdell

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questioned the company's business practices in India and Colombia. The company has been accused of depleting water resources in India and not protecting workers in Colombia. Coke has denied the allegations. Isdell said Coca-Cola has supported independent inquiries on the issues and those inquiries have shown no evidence to support the allegations. Outside the hotel where Coke's annual meeting was being held, protesters represented groups called Corporate Accountability International, Reporters Without Borders and the Zionists Organization of America. CAI is challenging Coke's

marketing of Dasani bottled water, saying it's no better than tap water and is less regulated than tap water but sold at thousands of times the price. Reporters Without Borders is asking Coke to sign a "declaration of responsibility" as a sponsor of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. "China is a big market to them," said Clothilde Lecoz, 25, from Paris. "We want them to be aware that there are some problems." CAI offered taste tests to passers-by, pitting Dasani against tap water. A group of students from the University of Delaware helped conduct the taste tests, wearing waitress uniforms and holding platters with plastic cups of water. At the meeting, shareholders approved the election of 14 directors, Ernst & Young LLP's appointment as CocaCola's independent auditors and a stock option plan. They rejected three shareholder proposals, including one that sought to allow shareholders an advisory vote on the compensation of several senior executives. Isdell received total compensation valued at $21.6 million in 2007, a more than 3 percent increase from the year before. President and Chief Operating Officer Muhtar Kent has been named to succeed Isdell as CEO on July 1. Isdell will remain as chairman until Coke's annual meeting in April 2009. Shares of The CocaCola Co. rose 7 cents to $61.01 in afternoon trading Wednesday.

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'God of War' rages onto the small screen with brutal results by Justin Langston Senior Staff Writer

When the original "God of War" burst onto the scene in 2005 on the Playstation 2, it re-imagined the action platformer with its brutal, viscerally satisfying action, epic storytelling and incredible locations. In last year's sequel, Kratos, the series' protagonist, upped the ante by waging war on the Greek gods themselves, massacring his way across mythic landscapes. Now, Kratos returns in a prequel to the unfinished "God of War" trilogy, this time for the pocket-sized Playstation Portable, and

again, Kratos continues his bloody rampage across the platforming gente. "God of War: Chains of Olympus" opens with Kratos acting as the servant of the gods, this time working his special skills in defending Greece from the invading Persians. After singlehandedly stopping the advancing army, the Sun falls out of the sky and, Morpheus, the god of sleep, begins to take over the world. From there, the story gets weird. "Chains of Olympus" is pretty much like the two other games in the series, only this time, on a tiny four-

inch screen. Kratos ply's his particular trade against the undead legions of whatever god he's going up against this time. Like the other two games, Kratos handles wonderfully, making it simple and easy to carve mythological creatures into steaks with Kratos' signature chained blades. Kratos is as viscous as ever, still decapitating gorgons with his bare hands and tearing out the jugulars of the cyclopean trolls he faces. "Chains of Olympus" satisfies the player on a primal level, with each blood-splattered kill appealing on an ani-

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Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members present Big Brothers Big Sisters with a check for $1,000 Monday evening raised during their dodgeball tournament, "Dodgeball for Kids," last semester. Freshman Rachel McEwen demonstrates by Broncho Lake, opposing the attempted legislation that would have allowed students to carry weapons on campuses statewide.

From left: Colin Espinales, Jimmy Pike and Robert Ross Wright V perform an impromptu bluegrass set April 7, near Broncho Lake.

Chris Snoddy, director of Student Conduct, ties a ribbon around a tree Tuesday, south of the Mass Communication Building. The ribbon tying was organized by the Violence Prevention Project in support of Violence Awareness Week. The UCO Student Nurses Association was visited by a medevac air ambulance Monday afternoon for an educational experience.


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BANDS from page 1 Stillwater and have been described as having an experimental folk rock sound with an eclectic following. On the other end of the spectrum is Tulsa's Cody Clinton and the Bishops, which have been

classified in the "boot rock" genre. Oklahoma City bands Hush Hush Commotion and Minutes too Far are both known for their high energy and modem rock performances. IROK is a non-profit radio station that hosts weekly podcast/online shows to promote Oklahoma artists from different genres. It has more than

100,000 subscribers and is in its fifth year. The SPB is hosting Friday Night Live, a comedy sketch show on April 26 and are also hosting Broncho Jam for the second time this semester on April 22. The Sidewalk Chalk Slam, another SPB event, will be held April 21 to celebrate Earth Day.

Springsteen endorses Obama by AP Writer WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rock star Bruce Springsteen endorsed Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president Wednesday, saying "he speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years." In a letter addressed to friends and fans posted his Web site, Springsteen said he believes Obama is the best candidate to undo "the terrible damage done over the past eight years." "He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next president," the letter said. "He speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing

to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that's interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where '...nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.' " The bard of New Jersey is known for his lyrics about the struggles of working-class Americans, particularly in the economically ravaged factory towns of the Northeast. Springsteen and his E Street band were part of the Vote for Change tour, a coalition of musicians opposed to the re-election of President Bush in 2004. He wrote the anti-war ballad "Devils and Dust" about Iraq. Springsteen did not directly mention Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination, in

his letter, but appeared to take issue with her recent criticisms of comments made by Obama about working-class voters in small towns in Pennsylvania and controversial statements by his pastor. "Critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships," Springsteen wrote. "While these matters are worthy of some discussion, they have been ripped out of the context and fabric of the man's life and vision ... often in order to distract us from discussing the real issues: war and peace, the fight for economic and racial justice, reaffirming our Constitution, and the protection and enhancement of our environment."

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ANDRO I DTA I NM EN T elusion that while story and experience is important, these things need not come from a writer, nor are they necessary in making a good game. Unsurprisingly, this has caused a storm of controversy throughout the video game industry. While Maxell never calls for the removal of writers from the industry, he implies they're not as useful as a designer with some writing skills. In response, a handful of people, some in the industry, have condemned, some more vehemently than others, Maxwell's remarks. They see his statements as ignorant at best, and foolish at worst. Maxwell's claim does have some merit. Unlike other forms of art, video games are

JUSTIN LANGSTON About a month ago, Adam Maxwell, a game designer who's worked on titles like "Auto Assault" and "Dirty Harry" questioned of the necessity of writers in video games. He comes to the con-

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almost inherently collaborative. It's nearly impossible, especially in today's era, for one person to program the game, balance the mechanics, score the music, write the story, design the characters and animate what's on screen. In many ways it's easier and more efficient for the level designer to be the writer as well. According to NeWsweek's video game blog, Level Up, the level designers and writers on "Fallout 3" are the same'people. Considering the structure of narrative in video games, having the level designers and the writers being one in the same, or at least part of the same team, makes a lot of sense. The environments of video games tire directly into

the story of the game. Since video games are a highly visual medium, the "where" is a very important part of the story. It provides a great deal of information to the player immediately. A trip through Hell is going to tell a player one thing, while breaking into an enemy spaceship is going to tell another. However, Maxwell's claim that evocative emotional experiences aren't important to make a good game is just flat wrong. He cites "Pong" as a game that didn't require any emotional experiences, but "Pong" is a competitive game. Disregarding the question of whether or not "Pong" is a great game, the competition between the players is going to appeal directly to the

clear and as it grew darker with the night, the celestial bodies grew brighter and more spectacular. Last week was rather event heavy, which is to be expected as the semester draws nearer to the end. There was the Big Event, the Japanese Knight, Bronchostock and others. All happening within a few days of each other. As much fun as it all can be, it takes its toll. That's why it was such a relief to be a part of the handful of people that had made it to the semester's Star Party. No, there was no Paris Hilton, no Britney Spears. No celebrities and big shots. But there certainly were some heavenly bodies and big lenses to look through. Four telescopes were set up in Plunkett Park, each trained at a different heavenly body. People kept jumping telescopes to get a glimpse of Mars, Saturn,

the nebula in the belt of Orion and Andromeda, Sirius the Dog Star. But there's nothing like the moon. It is so much closer to us and so much brighter, so much bigger and blinding white. A filter had to be used to prevent being blinded. The moon's craters, a mark of age and time that is beyond our comprehension. You could make out the dark side of the moon and the bright side. Around the dark of the Andromeda's nebula were scattered bright stars. As the night grew darker, the stars grew even brighter. Differences in nature sharpen the contrast, making the other stand out and shine. Contradictions exist in nature in such harmony and it's a mystery: why can't we?

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tight game that came down to a field goal in the final seconds of the fourth quarter during a midnight game with his best friend. Someone who played "Phantasy Star IV" is going to remember when Alys saved the main character from certain death. While writing in video games has yet to be perfected, it should be' important to note the emotional impact of the story or game is one of the industry's most important aspects. That's what makes the player remember what he did, and how the game affects the psyche of the players is one of the things that will make such a game great.

What's the pobipq House Bill 2513 by Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, that would have let certain students carry concealed weapons on campus, has been under intense scrutiny. I kept track of certain blogging sites during the process and I was astonished at the remarks of some students. "As a college student I have to say it's about dang time," one student wrote in February, before the Senate rejected the bill. Mick Hinton, a writer for the World Capitol Bureau, quoted Murphey. He said, "If you can walk down Main Street with a concealed weapon, you should be able to walk onto a college campus with one." What is the difference between Main Street and a college campus? Me. I am sitting in the classroom and my colleagues are sitting next to me. Last Sunday, I attended the mock school shooting that was held on campus in the Business Building. OSBI Agent in Charge Bob Horn said any student with a gun is a suspect. He said the cops are trained to look at hands, not faces or surroundings. If a student pulls a gun to defend him or herself, or the people around them, they become suspects. "We are training officers to respond to the worst-case scenario," Horn said. "It doesn't help the situ-

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WOODS GETS KNEE SURGERY by AP Writer Tiger Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday to repair cartilage damage, his second operation in five years on the same knee. He is expected to miss at least a month while he recovers. The surgery, announced on his Web site, came two days after Woods finished three shots behind Trevor Immelman in the Masters. He most likely will miss The Players Championship, but should return in time to play the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on June 12. "I made the decision to deal with the pain and schedule the surgery for after the Masters," Woods said. "The upside is that I have been through this process before and know how to handle it. I look forward to working through the rehabilitation process and getting back to action as quickly as I can." The surgery was performed in Park City, Utah, by Thomas Rosenberg, who also operated on Woods' left knee in December 2002. Woods also had surgery in 1994 on his left knee to remove a benign tumor. Swing coach Hank Haney told the AP in phone interview he knew Woods' knee was bothering him, but was not aware of the surgery until Woods called him. "He's been having a lot of trouble," Haney said. "He doesn't talk about stuff like that. He doesn't want to use excuses, you know? I don't think it affected his play. It affected his practice a little bit. He hit 14 greens in regulation on Sunday. Hard to say it was the knee." Woods gave no indication his knee was bothering him the first three months of the season, when he won his first four tournaments to extend a winning streak that dated to September. "Tiger has been experienc-

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Tiger Woods reacts after making a bogey putt on the 14th hole during the final round of the 2008 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., in this April 13, 2008 file photo. Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, April 15, 2008, to repair cartilage damage, his second operation in five years on the same knee. He is expected to miss at least a month while he recovers.

ing pain in his knee since the middle of last year, and when he had it looked at by his doctors, arthroscopic surgery was recommended," said Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at IMG. "Tiger has played through the pain in the past, but knew it would be better for him to have the procedure done as early as possible." Steinberg said the surgery repaired cartilage damage. The 2002 surgery drained fluid from around the anterior cruciate ligament and removed a benign cyst. Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship in consecutive weeks in August, the latter his 13th career major.

After tying for second at the Deutsche Bank Championship to Phil Mickelson, he won the final two events to capture the FedEx Cup, won his unofficial Target World Challenge in December, and won his first four events until tying for fifth at Doral last month. During the final two events of the PGA Tour season — the BMW Championship in Chicago and the Tour Championship — Woods occasionally would press his foot against a cooler on the tee box and stretch his knee. He also stumbled behind the eighth green at Southern Hills during the fmal round of the PGA Championship, right after he chipped in for birdie

and was backing up to throw a fist pump. Otherwise, there were no other outward signs he was hurting. "He's been cautious with it working out," Haney said. "He just needed to go in there and clean it out." The recovery is expected to be four to six weeks, meaning Woods will not be able to defend his title May 1 in the Wachovia Championship. He likely will miss The Players Championship, one of three non-majors he has never missed since turning pro. "Of course, we're disappointed when Tiger is unable to compete in a PGA Tour event," commissioner Tim Finchem said on the tour's Web site. "There is really never a good time for an athlete — especially one of Tiger's caliber — to take weeks off from competition during the season. But his health concerns have to come first." Woods missed two months the last time he had surgery, but most of that was around the holiday and he only missed one tournament. This will be the second time in two years that he has sat out more than a month between the Masters and the U.S. Open. He missed nine weeks when his father died of cancer in 2006, returned to the U.S. Open at Winged Foot and missed the cut. Assuming the recovery goes as planned, Woods probably will return at the Memorial two weeks before the U.S. Open. Despite his runner-up finish at the Masters, he will be a heavy favorite at the second major. Woods has won six times at Torrey Pines, including the last four years. The last time Woods had knee surgery, he won three of his first four tournaments, starting with the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines.

UCO Softball sees winning streak end According to Bronchosports.com , UCO coach Genny Stidham said the team didn't come out to play in the first game, but added she was proud of the way the were able to bounce back in the second game and split the doubleheader. "I liked the way we put that game behind us and did what we needed to do in the second game. Molly pitched great and we swung the bats a lot better," Stidham said. Shivers stayed perfect (90) on the season with her complete-game performance in the second contest, holding the hard-hitting Lady Aggies to just four hits. Shivers also helped her own cause at the plate by leading off the sixth with a double. Ashley Geter hammered her first homer of the season one out later with a shot to left field that made it 6-0. Consecutive singles by Hillary Brandt, Campbell and Alley Roberts loaded the bases for Craig, who cleared them with a monstrous home run to center field to give them a 10-0 lead. The onslaught continued when Kelsey Tiger singled and Emily Bounds drilled a two-run dinger that made it 12-0. Cameron could manage only a lead-off solo homer in its half of the sixth as UCO closed out the run-rule win.

by Jordan Richison Staff Writer UCO slugged it out with Cameron Conference Tuesday afternoon, as the Lady Bronchos were able to split a doubleheader with its Lone Star Conference North Division rivals. The No. 17-ranked Bronchos had their 14-game winning streak snapped with an 8-4 loss in the first game. But they bounced back in a big way in the second game bashing three home runs in one inning to win a 12-1 runrule rout in the nightcap of the doubleheader. Molly Shivers kept Cameron in check, holding the Division II leaders in homers to a harmless solo shot. School history was also made during the game as both Jodi Craig and Meagan Campbell tied school career records during an eight-run inning that broke the second game open. Craig tied April Farrell's home run mark of 26 with a grand slam and Campbell had a single that tied her with Chasidy Horton's all-time hits record of 174. The Bronchos improved to 32-9 overall and 14-4 in the LSC North with the split, while Cameron is now 32-24 and 10-8. The two teams play again Saturday, meeting for a 1 p.m. doubleheader in Edmond.

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