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UNIQUE PAIR TO GRADUATE by Nelson Solomon Staff Writer Marva Hogg walked the stage to receive her first UCO diploma 33 years ago, and on May 10 she will do it again, except this time she will have the joy of graduating with her daughter, Mahkesha. Hogg graduated from UCO, or Central State University as it was then called, in 1975 with her library certificate and teacher certification, but has now come back to the university to graduate with a master's. Both of them will graduate this semester from the College of Education, Mahkesha on May 9 with a bachelor's degree in Community Health with an emphasis on health policy, and Marva will walk on May 10 with a master's degree in Instructional Media Education. Mahkesha said they were hoping to graduate together, but the College of Education separates the Joe C. Jackson graduate students from the undergraduates. She said she thinks this opportunity is "really neat because you hear about some parents who went to college with their kids and I never thought it would happen to me." "I don't really see her a lot, but sometimes we meet up for lunch in the cafeteria. My friends would tell me they saw my mom in the library and talked to her. Then all of a sudden we're graduating together. It just kinda happened so quick," she said. Marva said the chance for her and her daughter to graduate at the same time is the "coolest thing." "This was not planned. We just happened to be talking .

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have the best instructional media program in the nation; the professors are top-notch, and I've really increased my knowledge in technology," Marva said. Marva said she has had to learn how to work with Web sites, animation and information skills. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay the last two years in graduate school," she said. She has been working for the Mid-Del school district since she graduated, and will

Seven UCO students will make the trek to Tulsa this summer to compete in the annual Miss Oklahoma pageant Scholarship Pageant 2008. The Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant is sponsored by The Tulsa Kiwanis Club and offers over $2,000,000 in scholarships to contestants each year. The pageant will be held on June 7 at the Maybee Center on the campus of ORU in Tulsa. Each of the seven UCO students competing in the pageant won one of the 42 local pageants sanctioned by the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant. The UCO students competing in the pageant include: Miss Edmond LibertyFest Emoly West, Miss Mustang Ashley Baumgartner and Miss Bricktown OKC Natasha Alikhani. Baumgartner said competing in Miss Oklahoma is a wonderful opportunity to experience. "You can't describe the feeling competing getting to compete in the pageant, but I know it's a wonderful opportunity for a young women to experience," Baumgartner said. Other UCO students include: Miss South OKC Taylor Upson, Miss Route 66 Michelle McCoy and Miss Tulsa State Fair Gentry Johnson and . Miss UCO Ashley "Eddie" Edwards. Edwards said she has been

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Marva Hogg and Mahkesha Hogg, mother and daughter, will graduate together from the College of Education.

one day, and she told me she was going to graduate in May '08, and I said 'Wait a minute, so am I!" she said. Both of them share another bond besides graduating together; they share Greek experiences in their time at the university. Marva has been a member ofDelta Sigma Theta since her undergraduate years at UCO and Mahkesha is a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma, a multicultural sorority. Mahkesha is the vice president of the community health club and vice president of her

sorority as well as ? - -;‘ber ut the Native dneri, an Student Association and an advocate for health issues and human rights. Marva said she recently ran into Dr. Charolette MylesNixon, UCO special education professor, who was a pledge under her in her sorority during her undergraduate years. Mahkesha pointed out how they both share the name "M. Hogg". "They're always sending me my mom's stuff," she said.

She said there's been a running joke because her assigned UCOnnect username at the university is "mhoggl" while her mother's is "mhogg". "That's funny, because they didn't even have the Internet back in the 1970s," she said. Marva is walking on May 10, but will actually get out of school in July. She said she came back to UCO because she loves the school so much. "I decided to come back 33 years later because they

Social Host ordinance seems to be effective in Edmond hol and becoming intoxicated. Ricks and Murdock said steps to prevent such behavior Edmond Chief of Police include checking IDs. Bob Ricks and Edmond city In 2007, the number of attorney Stephen Murdock arrests for violating the ordiwere on campus Monday nance was 71. So far this year speaking to students about there have only been nine Edmond's Social Host ordi- arrests. nance. "The vast majority of the Edmond was the first city arrests that we have made in Oklahoma to pass a Social have been because we have Host ordinance, Murdock said. gotten calls from the neighIt was passed to help reduce bors," Ricks said. the occurrence of underage "Most of these cases are drinking and the resulting not parents that are being problems in Edmond. arrested. Most of these cases "The number one choice turn out to be people 20, 21 or of drug in young people ... 22, whose parents are perhaps still is alcohol," Ricks said. out of town, or have their own Under the ordinance, hosts apartment by this time, and of parties are held responsible they're throwing these parfor the actions of minors pres- ties," he said. ent on their property. During Murdock said anyone a party or gathering, a home arrested for violating the or property owner must do Social Host ordinance will be everything possible to prevent taken and booked into jail, and the party from getting out of all information collected there control and also must prevent see HOST, page 9 minors from consuming alcoby Carrie Cronk Staff Writer

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Stephen Murdock, Edmond city attorney, speaks to students Monday about the city's Social Host ordinance.

"Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured." -Ambrose Bierce

On average, the number of arrests per month since the ordinance was enacted in January 2007

Holocaust survivor Eliezer Ayalon See Page 3


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR UCO celebrates Earth Day a day late Your environmental awareness fair sounds like a great step to educate students about this most important issue that education impacts so greatly. I'd like to see you do a follow up reporting the ecological footprint of diesel use and then diesel use in China. I know it is more expensive than regular gasoline, and I know how icky mass transit buses in London and New York smell, but if I thought the footprint were userfriendly for Earth, I'd not turn up my nose, just cover it. Also,

I believe that things are "stated" on a web site, not said. Or specialists have said that, etc. - a minor adjustment for future columns or articles. If the topic is as important as educating future grandparents - today's students - we "tree-huggers" prefer that word choice not take away any impact of the message. Keep covering the environment and grandchildren not yet born will thank you for your foresight. S Suzie Chelsea

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by Jordan Richison Staff Writer Students gathered together last Friday at Plunkett Park to help do their part in the fight against cancer during UCO's inaugural Relay For Life. The event was put on by the American Cancer Society as a way to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. It is also designed to honor those who have fallen to cancer and praise those who have survived it. The event started off with an honorary victory lap to celebrate cancer survival. The lap was led by cancer survivor and current UCO student Natalie Shadid as the U2 song, "Walk On" played in the background. "Leading the first lap as a cancer survivor during Relay For Life was very overwhelming in the sense that I was touched by all the supporters that were there trying to find a cure for all the cancer patients in the world," Shadid said. The event also got the community involved as several local restaurants like Pei Wei, Alvarado's, McAllister's and Jamba Juice provided food for the participants to partake in. Several local businesses like Energyjobs.com, Z-Turf Lawn Spraying and Kordic and Associates Residential Appraising also lent a helping hand by giving monetary donations to help sponsor the event. "It's amazing to find businesses that are willing to

give monetary donations, It helps out in the complete total money we raise for the event," said Leigh Powell, Relay For Life sponsorship chair. Throughout the event the participants played different sports like Frisbee, soccer and football on the Plunkett Park field. There was also a "Longest Drive Competition" where the competitors lined up and tried to drive a marshmallow as far as they could. Relay For Life publicity co-chair and participant Tiffany Palmer said she really enjoyed Relay because you get to hang out with your friends while raising awareness and money for a cancer cure. "I am very social and love the outdoors, and Relay provides you the opportunity to do both," Palmer said. The highlight of the night was the luminaria ceremony. Luminaria's are white paper lunch sacks that were purchased by people to honor a cancer survivor or the memory of someone who had fallen victim to cancer. The ceremony started out with Relay luminaria chair Amanda Gamble talking about Relay and what all of it means. "We all come out here for one reason, to fight this horrible disease," Gamble said. Following Gamble's opening, cancer survivor and UCO graduate Mona Taylor gave her personal testimony talking about her battle with cancer and how she was able to overcome it thanks to her relationship with God. Palmer said she really enjoyed hearing Taylor's message because she was able to make God such a big part of her speech. "As a Baptist, I believe there is nothing more important for a cancer victim or

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Students walk in Plunkett Park last Friday to participate in Relay for Life.

the victim's family than fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ," Palmer said. Following a musical performance by UCO student Jennifer Jeanis, fellow UCO student Malory Craft read a poem that she had written

about someone close to her who had lost the battle with cancer. "I've always loved Relay For Life and what it stands for and it was really cool to be able to honor the memory of the loved ones that have

lost the battle to cancer with something that I lOve to do, read and write poet -y," Craft said. Following Craft's poem, all of the participants took a silent lap around the candlelit field as a way to honor all

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town of Radom, Ayalon grew up with his family until the Germans invaded his country in1939 and pushed all Jews into ghettos. At the age of 13, after losing his parents in the extermination camp of Treblinka, Ayalon spent the war in five different camps in Europe until American troops liberated him and 18,000 other inmates. The theme of this year's

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of those who have battled cancer. Palmer said she really enjoyed the luminary ceremony. She said Jeanis song was inspirational and thought she did a great job working and overcoming the obstacles of the sound system. "It was kind of coincidental that she was able to overcome the obstacle of the sound system and relay is designed to raise money so we can find a cure for cancer and overcome that adversity that effects so many Americans," Palmer said Palmer added that she liked Craft's because it brought in her personal experience and allowed everyone to reflect about a personal situation in their life. At the end. of the night, Relay chair Beth Marcotte announced to everyone that they had raised a grand total of $5,326. "I think raising $5,326 is a great achievement for the first year at UCO, but I know that we can do so much more for this amazing cause," Marcotte said. Marcotte said with this being the first time for UCO to have the event, she thought everything went well and according to plan. "At the end of the night I think everyone enjoyed themselves and got a taste of what Relay is really about," she said. She added that she wants to make next year's event bigger. She thinks they can get more people involved because with the amount of time this event was put on, not everyone had an opportunity to participate. "Since practically everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, I hope that future years can include more of the student population," Marcotte said.

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Chinese to take Olympic flame up Mt. Everest by AP Writer BEIJING (AP) _ Chinese mountaineers made final preparations Wednesday to take the Olympic flame up Mount Everest in a grand but contentious feat that is being accorded an unusual mixture of fanfare and secrecy. As China marked 100 days before the start of the Olympics, state-run television began the first of what were billed as elaborate and technically difficult live broadcasts from Everest's base camp for the journey up the world's tallest peak. Mountaineers were completing the setup of a staging point at 27,390 feet for the final assault on the 29,035foot summit, Chinese Central Television reported. There was no word on the flame's whereabouts or those of the 31-member team that would go to the summit. Nor was there any news on which members would ascend to the peak or when. The Web site of Beijing Daily likened the lack of information to a "mysterious veil that has surrounded base camp." Some media reports had speculated that the climb could come as early as Wednesday — when the countdown clock in Beijing marked 100 days to the Aug. 8-24 games — or Thursday — the May Day holiday. A brewing storm made a climb in the next three days unlikely, the Xinhua News Agency reported late Wednesday, citing Yang Xingguo, the expedition's weather expert at base camp. To commemorate the 100-day mark, Beijing held a mini-marathon outside the nearly completed National

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The specially designed carrier of the Olympic flame for the Beijing Olympic torch relay on Mt. Qomolangma, China's name for Everest, is seen at the Base Camp of Mt. Qomolangma at the altitude of 5,200 meters in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, and a song gala, where actor Jackie Chan joined other celebrities to sing "Beijing Welcomes You," which was written for the event. Senior Communist Party leader Jia Qinglin urged all Chinese "to pool our patriotic passion to accumulate a mighty force that could overcome all difficulties to in a bid to hold a successful Olympics." Meanwhile, the Chinese and foreign reporters at Everest base camp wait. Still billed as a spectacular

event, the Everest climb is being given mixed treatment. With the torch relay dogged by protests and Beijing's oftcriticized rule in Tibet drawing heated scrutiny after demonstrations this spring, organizers have placed a premium on security. The Everest flame was specially designed to burn in frigid, windy, oxygen-thin Himalayan air. It is a sister flame to the one that made its way around the world and reached Hong Kong on Wednesday, returning to Chinese territory after a con-

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Nepal to bar climbers from border-straddling Everest's southern face to keep potential protesters from reaching the peak and spoiling the torch's moment. But the secrecy has also dented plans by organizers and CCTV, which spent heavily on special broadcast facilities, to promote a torch run that is physically challenging but that has been criticized by Tibetan activists as a symbol of Chinese domination of Tibet. "It's a challenging mountain, not because of technical problems. It's easy technically. But because of the height, it's difficult and dangerous," said Pierre Maina, a Danish surgeon and mountaineer who is preparing to scale Everest from Tibet next year. Oxygen bottles are a must above 25,750 feet, the Tibet Mountaineering Training School said. Everest's northern face is said to be subject to harsher, windier weather than the Nepal side, with usually just two chances to make the summit in May, the choice season for climbing. The head of the China Mountaineering Association, Wang Yongfeng, has said he nearly died in a 1993 Everest expedition in part because he used up his oxygen bottle near the summit and emergency supplies were at camps below. "Regardless of the weather, we must get the sacred flame

of the Olympics to shine over Mount Qomolangma," state media has quoted Wang as saying, using the Chinese name for Everest. MaMa, the Danish climber, was at the base camp of nearby Cho Oyu in September 2006 and saw Chinese security shoot at Tibetans fleeing over the Nangpa pass to try to reach Nepal. A Buddhist nun was killed, and the experience colored Maina's views about the Olympic flame's Everest trek. "What I experienced in Tibet makes feel bad about what they are doing with the Olympic Games," he said by phone from Denmark. State media and Olympic officials have gushed that the Everest climb would symbolize universal Olympic ideals and have largely omitted talk about Chinese dominance. A newspaper in Hubei province said the ascent would "create a peak for Olympic history and give expression to the acme of the Olympic spirit." CCTV's coverage is believed to be the fourth broadcast of an Everest climb and the most extensive. Broadcast equipment has been placed at four camps, from 21,450 feet to the highest staging base at 27,390 feet, and a camera will accompany the final assault, the broadcaster has said. A dress rehearsal with a crew of 86 was held in May 2007.

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SURVIVOR from page 3 presentations series is "A Cup of Honey: Bittersweet Memories of the Holocaust." Cathy Pettijohn-Russell, Director of Holocaust Education & Community Resources, said two teachers from Oklahoma met with Ayalon last year on two different occasions, sparking interest, which led to formal invitation. "He is magic," Russell said. According to her private Jewish donors from local communities are sponsoring his visit. "They were happy to oblige. It is our responsebility to not forget," she said. Prior to WWII, only one percent of the German population was Jewish, which accounts for less than five hundred thousand people. Upon seizing control of Poland, the Nazi had millions of Jews to persecute. "I refused to die," said Ayalon, breathing heavily without an effort to remember. "I wanted to enjoy my childhood. My

hope and my faith is what kept me alive." Dr. JeffPlaks, UCO history professor, believes Holocaust denial is getting "louder." "There are few things in human history as well documented as the Holocaust. Another interpretation is absurd," Plaks said. During the course of the war, more than six million Jews perished in the Nazi death camps. Over all, about five million Polish citizens died in the Holocaust, both Jewish and non-Jewish. "My mother's last words were that I will survive and have a sweet life," Ayalon said. Currently he works as a tour guide in Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel. Ayalon also took part in the 1948 War of Independence of Israel. "Get it all on record; nowget the films; get the witnesses. Because somewhere down the track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happen," Dwight Eisenhower said after discovering Dachau.

Marva started her master's program online with Grand Canyon University, but returned to her alma mater in fall 2006 to begin her gradu-

HOGGS from page 1 continue on in that position. "I am teaching at an elementary school, but I wanted to build my base salary for retirement, so I decided to get my master's [degree]. And I'm having so much fun because I love learning," she said. Marva said she likes the instructional media instructors at UCO because they "put you out of your element. I mean, they stretch you out of your comfort zone so many times. But it's enjoyable because you can take that knowledge back to your other faculty members."

ate work. She said a UCO instructional media professor was instructing her at another seminar, when the idea clicked that she should go to UCO. "That professor was such a professional, it just really impressed me," she said.

Celebrities testify against private eye by AP Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Private investigator Anthony Pellicano was a "wellpaid thug" who dug up dirt through wiretaps and other illegal means to benefit his Hollywood A-list clientele, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. In his closing argument, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Saunders said jurors had been taken inside Pellicano's world during the two-month trial and shown how he illegally collected information for clients to use in legal and other disputes. "Tires get slashed, computers get hacked, houses get broken into," Saunders said. "And of course, people's phones get wiretapped." He said Pellicano's detective agency was "nothing more than a criminal organization operated by a wellconnected, well-paid thug." Pellicano's nonrefundable retainer fee started at $25,000, the prosecutor said. Defense attorneys were scheduled to begin making their closing arguments on Wednesday. Pellicano, 64, and four codefendants have pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges. Pellicano, who is acting as his own attorney, is accused of leading a criminal enterprise that raked in more than $2 million by spying on Hollywood's rich and famous then supplying the dirt to their rivals. Saunders said the government had proven its case by presenting documents, testimony from clients and alleged victims, and perhaps most importantly recordings made by the private investigator.

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Comedian Chris Rock leaves the Roybal Federal Court in Los Angeles on April 4, 2008, after testifying about hiring private eye Anthony Pellicano to beat back a paternity claim by a Hungarian private eye.

"When you get recordings of defendants engaging in criminal activity, there's not a whole lot they can do to get away from it," Saunders said. Some of the recordings involved discussions between Pellicano and clients. Others included conversations between the private eye and two of his co-defendants, former Los Angeles police Sgt. Mark Arneson and ex-

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UCO from page 1 competing in 35 pageants the last three years and Miss UCO is her first pageant victory. "This is the first time I will be at Miss Oklahoma and I'm really excited about it. It is something that I've been wanting to do for a long time and now I finally have my chance," Edwards said. The pageant will start with three preliminary days, June 4-6, so the judges can see every contestant. They will also conduct interviews with the contestants before the pageant. After all three nights, the scores are added up and the top ten contestants with the highest scores will compete on Saturday.

The top 10 contestants will compete in three categories; swimsuit, talent and evening gown competition before having the list narrowed down to five. The top five contestants will then compete in on stage discussion. Edwards, who won the Miss UCO crown in January, said she is expecting "a busy schedule with lots of fun to go with it," "We have already been given a preliminary schedule and it is crazy, but I'll be there with a great bunch of girls so I know I'm going to have a blast," Edwards said. Baumgartner, a junior dance major, said she can't wait to make memories and experience everything all while having a great time with friends. She said she is really looking forward to get-

ting on stage and showing off her talents. "Dance is my passion and getting to perform on stage in front of everyone will be the most amazing thing ever," Baumgartner said. Edwards said she has been training for the pageant on a daily basis working on her dance talent. She added that she has also been training and working out to get her body in shape for the swimsuit competition. She said her favorite part about preparing for the pageant is shopping for new outfits for the contest. Edwards said she is looking forward to getting up there and competing on the Miss Oklahoma stage. "I just want to have a by Vista photographer Brenda O'Brian good experience and maybe win some more scholarship Ashley Edwards laughs with excitement after being crowned Miss UCO 2008 at money," Edwards said.

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HOST from page 1 will be sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, where the information will be added to the offender's permanent record. Penalties for the first offense include a $500 fine, court costs (which are approximately $544) and up to 60 days in jail, Murdock said. Probation is not an option for violators of the ordinance. They have the option of accepting the conviction or taking the case to jury trial. He added that jail time would be seriously considered for any repeat offenders. At this time there have been no repeat offenders. Murdock said a conviction on a person's permanent record could make it much harder for th,9,m tg,pbtain employment in the future, as employers can check with the OSBI for a background check. Since Edmond passed its Social Host ordinance, other cities across Oklahoma have followed suit. In addi-

"Most of these cases are not parents that are being arrested. Most of these cases turn out to be people 20, 21 or 22, whose parents are perhaps out of town, or have their own apartment by this time, and they're throwing these parties." Bob Ricks

tion, Oklahoma State Senator Debbe Leftwich (D- District 44) is working on legislation that would create a similar law for the state, Murdock said. Edmond city officials decided to create the ordinance because of the high number of underage drinking incidents occurring at commercial, field and private parties in the Edmond area, Ricks said. "We were having a significant problem with parties that were going on in different establishments." He said the commercial parties became so popular that gang members from Oklahoma City were coming into Edmond to attend and seek out intoxicated underage girls. "We ended up with one circumstance where we had to call in the Oklahoma County Sheriffs department because it turned into almost a complete riot because of the nature of what was going on," Ricks said. He added that since the ordinance went into effect in January 2007, the commercial parties in Edmond have pretty much disappeared.

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Acacia Fraternity to unveil Middleton tops Big Brother new house this Saturday He said Ruiz told him that his interaction with Maxx has had a positive impact on him. She told him that she could notice big changes in his behavior and personality like how he was more open to her now then when they first met. Ruiz told him that his since he got involved with his life, his behavior in class had improved and she had seen a lot of maturity and growth in him. "There were times that I didn't really feel like I was because there isn't always someone telling you that you're doing a good job or pushing you to work at it harder," Middleton said. Middleton added he thought it was important for someone else to see the progress his little brother was making because it seemed that sometimes his relationship with his brother seemed to progress slowly. "For someone else who has been monitoring the situation to recognize my commitment and effort that I was putting into the relationship with my little brother was really special and uplifting,"

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UCO sophomore Brett Middleton was recently named as Big Brother and Big Sisters brother of the year. Middleton received the award for the impact that he was able to have on his little brother's life. "It was really encouraging to win this award. As a big brother it can be hard sometimes to really tell if you're making a difference or not," Middleton said. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization designed to mentor children across the United States. Their goal is to develop a positive relationship that has a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. The organization mentors to children, ages six through 18, in communities across the country. Middleton said his caseworker Selina Ruiz meets with both him and his little brother Maxx once a month to make sure that things with their relationship are going well.

by Jordan Richison Staff Writer Acacia Fraternity will be having their own homecoming this weekend, as they will unveil their brand new fraternity house with a ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday at 1 p.m. "The house has been a dream for years now, but has became a reality in the past two years," Reg Aldrich, said Acacia President. The new Acacia house is located on 912 N. Chowning. The house is across the street from Wantland Stadium and the Delta Zeta Sorority and right next to the Sigma Kappa sorority house. He said their new house, which broke ground last August, is right at 6,000 square feet and will house 21 Acacia members. He added that the house would feature a common eating/meeting room, living room area, study hall, executive meeting room and 11 bedrooms for living. He added that there would be a volleyball court as well as a half court basketball area. Aldrich said they moved out of their previous house on January 31. He said Acacia had occupied their previous house since 1994. He said the house they had previously been living in was in very poor condition and only housed a maximum of eight people. Aldrich said with this house they wanted a place that could accommodate our fraternity and give us some-

Middleton said. Michael Goodman, former UCOSA President and one of Middleton's fellow PI Kappa Alpha brothers, said PIKE is actively involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and it's special that an award like this was won by a fellow Pike Brother. "The fact that one of our brothers has been named Big Brother of the Year, is not only a compliment to Brett, but one to Pike," Goodman said. Goodman added that Middleton is "an amazing representation of our chapter as he was also named Pike's Scholar of the Year." "He is not just a great role model to his little brother, but to UCO," Goodman said. Middleton said he feels that he really didn't do anything special or great to win this award except love his little brother. "I just loved a fourth grader, and made a commitment to show up for him each week when a lot of the role models in his life won't," Middleton said.

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The site of the new Acacia property at 912 N. Chowning. thing to take pride in. "I personally hope that future members not only get a brand new facility in which to live, but a great place to foster brotherhood and a great place to connect with alumni," Aldrich said. Aldrich said the ribbon cutting ceremony would feature a 15-20 minute program about

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Heim tops list of most-wanted Nazi war criminals by AP Writer BADEN-BADEN Germany (AP) — Former SS doctor Aribert Heim tops a list released Wednesday of most-wanted suspected Nazi war criminals. He is a man so brutal that witnesses remember him as the worst they saw, though he was only at Mauthausen concentration camp for two months. Heim would be 93 today, but "we have good reason to believe he is still alive," said Efraim Zuroff by telephone from Jerusalem. Zuroff is the top Nazi hunter for Simon Wiesenthal Center, which published the list. Still, despite a $485,000 reward for Heim's arrest posted by the center along with Germany and Austria, he has managed to avoid capture for decades. He is only one of hundreds of suspected Nazi war criminals that the center estimates are still at large. After Heim on the center's most wanted list are: John Demjanjuk, fighting deportation from the U.S., which says he was a guard at several death and forced labor camps; Sandor Kepiro, a Hungarian accused of involvement in the wartime killings of than 1,000 civilians in Serbia; Milivoj Asner, a wartime Croatian police chief now living in Austria and suspected of an active role in deporting hundreds of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies to their death; and Soeren Kam, a former member of the SS wanted by Denmark for the assassination of a journalist in!1943." His extradition from an was blocked in Gerin—y 2007 by a Bavarian court that found insufficient evidence for murder charges. But the nature of Heim's

alleged crimes are what catapulted him to the top of the list. Karl Lotter, a prisoner who worked in the hospital at Mauthausen concentration camp, had no trouble remembering the first time he watched Heim kill a man. It was 1941, and an 18year-old Jew had been sent to the clinic with a foot inflammation. Heim asked him about himself and why he was so fit. The young man said he had been a soccer player and swimmer. Then, instead of treating the prisoner's foot, Heim anesthetized him, cut him open, castrated him, took apart one kidney and removed the second, Lotter said. The victim's head was removed and the flesh boiled off so that Heim could keep it on display. "He needed the head because of its perfect teeth," Lotter, a non-Jewish political prisoner, recalled in testimony eight years later that was included in a 1950 Austrian warrant for Heim's arrest AP Photo uncovered by The Associated Press. "Of all the camp doc- This 1950 file photo released by the State Office of tors in Mauthausen, Dr. Heim Criminal Investigation, LKA, in Stuttgart, southern was the most horrible." Germany, shows suspect Dr. Aribert Heim."Heim is the' But Heim managed to avoid prosecution, his American- person we feel is the most important Nazi war criminal held file in Germany myste- who can still be caught," said Efraim Zuroff, the Simon riously omitting his time at Wiesenthal Center's top Nazi hunter in a telephone Mauthausen. interview from Jerusalem, ahead of its plans this week The hunt for Heim has to release a list of the most-sought fugitives. "We have taken investigators from the German state of Baden- good reason to believe he is still alive." Wuerttemberg all around the world. Besides his home country of Austria and neighcamp near Linz, Austria, as a boring Germany where he 1979. Born June 28, 1914 in camp doctor in October and settled after the war, tips have come from Uruguay in 1998, Radkersburg, Austria, Heim November 1941. While there, witnesses party Spain, Switzerland and Chile joined the, local told investigators, he worked 4 ., , in 2006, In1935,._tytee_y_ears before in 2005, and Brazil said Heinz Heister, presid- Austria was bloodlessly closely with SS pharmacist Erich Wasicky on such grueing judge of the Baden-Baden annexed by Germany. state court, where Heim was He later joined the Waffen some experiments as injecting indicted in absentia on hun- SS and was assigned to various solutions into Jewish dreds of counts of murder in Mauthausen, a concentration prisoners' hearts to see which ,

killed them the fastest. But while Wasicky was brought to trial by an American Military Tribunal in 1946 and sentenced to death, along with other camp medical personnel and commanders, Heim, who was a POW in American custody, was not among them. Heim's file in the Berlin Document Center, the thenU.S.-run depot for Nazi-era papers, was apparently altered to obliterate any mention of Mauthausen, according to his 1979 German indictment, obtained by the AP. Instead, for the period he was known to be at the concentration camp, he was listed as having a different SS assignment. This "cannot be correct," the indictment says. "It is possible that through data manipulation the short assignment at the same time to the (concentration camp) was concealed." There is no indication who might have been responsible. The U.S. Army Intelligence file on Heim could shed light on his wartime and postwar activities, and is among hundreds of thousands transferred to the U.S. National Archives. But the Army's electronic format is such that staff have so far only been able to access about half of them, and these don't include the file requested by the AP. Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Justice Department's Nazihunting Office of Special Investigations, declined to comment through a spokeswoman. "I don't believe there is anything appropriate for Mr. Rosenbaum to add," said Justice Depaitinent spokeswoman Laura Sweeney in an e-mail. Heim was relatively well-known, however, having been a national hockey

player in Austria before the war, and there were plenty of witnesses from his time at Mauthausen. Austrian authorities sent the 1950 arrest warrant to American authorities in Germany who initially agreed to turn him over, then told the Austrians, in a Dec. 21, 1950, letter obtained by the AP, that they couldn't trace him. What happened next is unclear, but in 1958 Heim apparently felt comfortable enough to buy a 42-unit apartment block in Berlin, listing it in his own name with a home address in Mannheim, according to purchase documents obtained by the AP. He then moved to the nearby resort town of Baden-Baden and opened a gynecological clinic — also under his own name, Heister said. In 1961, German authorities were alerted and began an investigation, but when they fmally went to arrest him in September 1962, they just missed him — he apparently had been tipped off. Heim continued to live off the rents collected from the Berlin apartments until 1979 when the building was confiscated by German authorities. Proof that he is alive may lie in the fact that no one has claimed his estate. Heim has two sons in Germany and a daughter who lived in Chile but whose current whereabouts are unknown. Ruediger Heim, one of the sons, would not comment when telephoned at his Baden-Baden villa. "All I can say is that it has been implied that I am in contact with my father, and that is absolutely faLse,The., said. "The rest is speculation, and I can't enter into that."

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Should women be allowed the right to vote? That was the question that was asked on a blogging site in a Catholic forum. To clear things up, the Catholic Web site was merely posing a question, seeing who would respond and what they would say about it. Not necessarily suggesting it should be one way or the other. Women mainly responded to this question, which I expected. "Many women I know... could really care • less and don't bother investigating the candidates at all...they vote based on 'who's cute' and `who's not'," one woman commented. Several women on the blogging site echoed this sentiment. They'll only vote for Hilary Clinton because she

is a woman, or women don't often research the candidates. Mind you, each woman blogging claimed women's voting was sad and pathetic. Those blogging said that they, personally, were very mindful and politically informed. "It is scary to hear women and their thoughts on voting... I know several of my friends have no clue and could care less • about learning anything about the candidates...they simply listen to whatever the MSN tells them and then vote for who they "like"... as in who they think looks and sounds good," another woman wrote. Women struggled to gain the right to vote for years. It was officially ratified on Aug. 26, 1920, but women fought for equality many

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years before that and are still fighting for it today; although today it is more likely at a personal level, rather than a government one. As a woman, I beg of the female population to not let these comments be true of you. Research, dig deep and get informed. Don't let charming personalities, good looks, or others' influence sway you in any direction. Stand firm in your beliefs and vote accord-• ing to who you think would make a good president. The point? Take the time to make an informed decision, whether man or woman. Don't let others tell you who is best, but find out for yourself. Be a part of change in this world.

A8FIX ELI PH0800 We are all mentally counting down the days, ticking off the number of papers due and presentations to be prepared. Then of course, another week to go and it will be finals. Then summer! It's very hard to concentrate on those looming deadlines when you have a vista of holidays to look forward to, plans to make and hours to sleep, sleep, sleep. Catch up on all the fun and relaxation you've missed all semester, especially these last few weeks. Focus, focus. That's what these last few days are about. Make those final efforts

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to save your grades from deteriorating, get all those reading done like you've never read before. The best thing is, because everybody is gripped by these final week blues, its perhaps time to log out from facebook, and myspace, halt on those bloggings for a while, pack your bags (read: sleeping bag) and head to those places where you can get things done. There'll always be new distractions and the launch of facebook's tiny, convenient chat button can be an untimely distraction. But even if you've got no will,

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there's no other way to get some studying done but by studying. The library is open 24 hours this week and next as is the computer lab in the same building. There'll be a lot of people camping to keep you company, each one was worried about the exams as you probably are. There's a sort of camaraderie that engulfs the building and everyone who congregates there at such times. Coffee always helps and all those energy drinks. Five days can seem a long time when all that's highlighted on schedule is exams. Another place to crash and study is the Tea House, which is right behind the UCO Alumni House. It's a small place with plenty of free tea and coffee and comfy couches. You can't miss the big blue mural of the teacup with the globe over it. The Tea House will be open till 2 a.m. throughout finals week. And there's always IHOP and Denny's on Second Street, friends' places, and your own room. Cheer up, it's not going to be that bad. Just another week and summer will be here!

ANDRO I DTA I NMENT Last issue, time for me to really geek out. I've never made it any secret that I play Dungeons and Dragons, and the design of pen and paper RPGs have always shaped my view of how games should be played. Unfortunately, I think that many developers take only a superficial look at pen and paper RPGs when they're looking for inspiration, which is quite unfortunate. Fantasy games have taken inspiration from Dungeons and Dragons for years, more than from fantasy fiction. From a gameplay perspec-

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tive, this is actually a really good idea. Unfortunately, a lot of cool ideas never really get put into the game. Imagine playing the new "Final Fantasy" game, and the plucky hero with the crazy hair has to pick the party members to infiltrate the big bad's castle. The castle is pretty well guarded with monsters and guards and there's going to be -a brutal boss fight at the end. In most cases, the player is given one choice, to barrel through the front door, kill all the guards that get in the way.

Generally, that's because the game either has random encounters or the player characters need all the experience points they can get, and combat is the only way they can level up. In D&D, the players could find alternate routes, sneak through certain areas and avoid conflict all together: all while gaining the same amount of experience poifrtS16 'make-0o /he • next level. It's the kind of design that modern console RPGs can really embrace: choices. Level design in RPGs should

be much more dynamic and interesting. The player should choose a party based on abilities that would be useful, not just which characters are aesthetidally pleasing. Imagine the same castle, only instead of bashing through, the party picked has more stealth characters. The player could sneak through the entire castle, avoiding Most of those tedious pre boss fights, finding alternate routes and perhaps finding some hidden treasure, all the while earning the same amount of experience as the

guy who choose a team full of tough bruisers who plowed through the castle and tore apart every bad guy he could find. Games need not force choices down the player's throats, but it's nice to have the ability to play the game how they prefer. Pen and paper roleplaying has always been about playing the game like 'this, it wout4.*.nrce for it to finally make' it way to video games.

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Hornets claims victory over Mavericks in first round series by AP Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — David West stumbled toward the sideline after hitting a fadeaway as he was fouled, then turned toward the bench and slapped the extended hand of Hornets coach Byron Scott. It was an impromptu but fitting exchange between a player and coach who had plenty to celebrate on Tuesday night. On the day Scott was named NBA coach of the year for the first time, he gave fans in New Orleans another first: an NBA playoff series victory. Chris Paul had 24 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds, and the Hornets held on for a 99-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks to win their firstround series in five games. "That coach of the year award ... it wasn't a fluke," Paul said. "It's the frame of mind he puts us in. He gives us that ultimate confidence and he lets us play." West scored 25 points for New Orleans and Jannero Pargo had 17, while Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 14 rebounds. "A lot of people may be surprised with how this thing turned out, but we're not too surprised," West said. "Coach has a lot to do with that, his mentality. It's a trickle-down effect. We go out and we pride ourselves on competing." Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Devean George added 11 points in the fourth quarter as Dallas nearly pulled off an improbable comeback. The Mays cut a 17-point deficit to three in the final seven minutes before Peja Stojakovic hit a pair of free throws to seal it with 5.7 seconds left. Tempers flared near the end, and Jerry Stackhouse was ejected for a second technical foul with 1:47 left after slapping the ball out of Paul's hands during a stoppage in play, then getting in a face-toface standoff with West. Dallas never led and was hurt badly by an 11-1 Hornets run after Nowitzki's free throw had pulled the Mays to 73-66 early in the fourth quarter. Dallas played solid defense

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, right, of Germany, embraces guard Jason Kidd after Kidd earned the 100th triple-double of his career, in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, in Dallas. Dallas won 111-98. on New Orleans' next possession, keeping the ball on the perimeter, but Pargo hit a deflating 3 at the shot clock bn7zer. Pargo added a fast-break layup after rookie Julian Wright's steal on the other end. Paul then salvaged a botched alley-oop lob when he grabbed a loose ball and drained a baseline fade, and after West found Pargo cutting across the lane for a layup, New Orleans led 8467 with seven minutes left. While the crowd was celebrating, Dallas regrouped and stormed back. The Mays got as close as 97-94 after Brandon Bass, who had 11 points, hit two free throws with 33 seconds left.

The Hornets ran down the shot clock before Paul missed a jumper. Chandler got a hand on the rebound and tapped it to the perimeter, where Paul corralled it and smartly got the ball quickly to Stojakovic, the Hornets' best free-throw shooter, who finished with 11 points. Dallas was unable to score again, and the Hornets raised their arms as the buzzer sounded, the crowd went wild and streamers shot down from the rafters. Dallas must now decide what to do after its blockbuster trade for Jason Kidd yielded only a noncompetitive first-round playoff exit. That could include deciding whether to retain coach Avery

Johnson, who's never won fewer than 51 games in any of his three full regular seasons but whose squads have had two straight first-round playoff losses since losing to Miami in the finals three seasons ago. Kidd finished with 14 points and nine assists, while Jason Terry had 13 points and Josh Howard 12 for the Mavericks. Stackhouse had 11 points. "We're better than what we showed this series," Nowitzki said. "The summer is going to be long. ... You don't want to say stuff when you're emotional and disappointed. ... You've got to look at what you can do to make the team better. We've got to look at it

this summer again, but it's not the time now." Nowitzki gave mixed reviews to the Kidd trade, which cost the Mavericks young point guard Devin Harris, a former first-round draft choice. "Honestly, things didn't look great before the trade. It would have been a struggle to get into the playoffs either way, so we just went for it," Nowitzki said. "Sometimes you have to take some risks in this business. We went for one of the best point guards ever to play this game. ... For some reason, we never got clicking the way we wanted to." Johnson didn't say anything about his future with

the team, other than to say he expects to be in meetings soon concerning how to improve the squad. The Hornets shot nearly 54 percent in the first half and took their first doubledigit lead in the first quarter at 24-13. Dallas battled back to tie it at 32 when Stackhouse hit an acrobatic fast-break layup as he was being pulled to the floor on a hard foul by Pargo, but the Mays never took the lead and the Hornets began to pull away again when Pargo hit a 3. Pargo's jumper several possessions later ignited a 17-3 run to close the second quarter and the Hornets led 54-39 at halftime. The Hornets' victory closed the latest happy chapter for a team that won only 18 games in the last full season it played in New Orleans before a two-year displacement to Oklahoma City because of Hurricane Katrina. Yet, shortly after the game ended, so did the brief celebrations by Hornets players, who said they expected to get at least past the first round after a 56-26 regular season than earned them a Southwest Division crown and the second seed in the tough Western Conference. "We're not going to pop champagne bottles or anything like that,” Paul said. "We're trying to set a new standard here with our organization. This isn't like a fairy tale for us. This is something that we're trying to keep going." Notes: Shortly before tipoff, the Hornets presented Scott with the Red Auerbach trophy so fans could honor the first-time NBA coach of the year. The voting totals were released earlier in the day. ... Saints running back Reggie Bush was in a courtside seat and persuaded by the Hornets' mascot into signing a football and throwing it into the crowd. ... Paul had one triple-double and three double-doubles in this series. ... Attendance was 18,260. The Hornets sold out all three home playoff games in the series. ... Bass hit his first 21 free throws of the series before missing one with 8:56 left in the game. ... The Mays are 8-6 all time in first-round playoff series.

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