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June 7, 2007

UCO and MIPT hosts the National Campus Security Summit by Andrew Knittle Staff Writer

In response to the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech, UCO and the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) teamed up to host the National Campus Security Summit May 30 in the Nigh University Center. The all-day summit was attended by around 550 university administrators and law enforcement officials from 24 states, including Texas and California. President Roger Webb, who has a background in law enforcerrient, said the timing of the summit was crucial as parents around the country added one more thing to worry about before sending their kids off to college. "After the Virginia Tech shootings, the spotlight is shining squarely on every college president and senior campus administrator in this country," Webb said. Webb flew to Washington, D.C. days after the VT shootings m April to testify before the Senate regarding security on the nation's college campuses. The April 23 hearing, titled "Security on America's College Campuses,- was chaired by Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman and included several experts in the field of law enforcement, campus administration and disaster readiness. David Cid, deputy director

at MIPT, said it took about a month for all the pieces to come together once the idea for the summit was dreamed up. The summit featured several guest presenters, including keynote speakers Clinton Mm Zandt, a former FBI profiler and R. David Paulison, a FEMA administrator. In between keynote addresses, attendees participated ingroup discussions with topics ranging from the psychology of rage to crisis communication. Van Zandt, who works as a crime analyst for NBC, talked about the history of mass murders and also dwelt on the psyches oldie men (and women, too) who commit such acts. "Many young people today are like littl.e ships," Van Zandt said. "They're thrown into the sea without a compass, without a rudder and we expect them to know where to Q0. — According to Van Zandt, individuals like Cho SeungHui, the VT gunman who killed 32 students and teachers before shooting himself, can be hard to weed out and identify as potential threats despite some early warning signs. "He (Seung-Hui) said the right things to the shrinks," Van Zandt said. "He knew what to say and how to say it." While gun control debates have raged on since the VT shootings, Van Zandt said he believed such arguments don't do much to prevent future shootings like the one in Blacksburg,

Va. "We could stop selling guns in the U.S.," Van Zandt said, "But if we stop selling guns today, those guns would be here 500 years from now." Van Zandt said there is no way to prevent attacks like Seung-Hui's shooting rampage, and added that all citizens can do is learn from the past because it will more than likely happen again. "We will see more attacks on college campuses," Van Zandt said. "Whether it's a student or some crazy outsider, it's going to happen again." Two recent VT graduates, one of who was on his way to class when he heard about the shootings, attended the summit and shared their experiences with the administrators and media at a news conference at the summit. Scott Cheatham and Sumeet Bagai, both members of VT's 2007 graduating class, talked mostly about the healing process following the shootings and didn't dwell much at all on the attack itself. "This happened at Virginia Tech. It could have happened anywhere," Bagai said. "What Virginia Tech is, however, is how we respond after the fact. We have a responsibility to our students, our community, to bring them together."

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Former FBI profiler Clinton Van Zandt delivers his keynote address at the National Campus Security Summit on May 30, 2007.

Andrew Knittle can be reached at aknittle@thevistaonline.com.

'Idol' winner's former voice coach is UCO grad New online classes 'Students come to my studio -becciiis e I welcome all types of singers. Always up beat and positive, I ensure that each and every lesson is a wonderful experience. - Melissa Black by Lyndsay Gillum Copy Editor

With her vivacious personality and stunning vocals, Jordin Sparks won the hearts of the American public and walked away with the 2007 American Idol title May 23. And it can be assumed that one UCO graduate and vocal teacher didn't miss her former student being crowned winner. Melissa Black earned her bachelor's degree in voice from Oklahoma City University and her master's in vocal music education at UCO. She also attended the AIMS Institute of Musical Studies in Graz,Austria. Sparks was a student of Black in 2004, read Music By Melissa website. "We all knew she would make it to the top," read Black's personal website. "It was an honor and privilege to have had her in my studio." Black opened her all female vocal studio, Music by Melissa, in Arizona in 1996. As a voice teacher, she teaches a wide array of styles, including Broadway, pop, rock, R&B and country. "Female students are provided with a loving, friendly environment and their musical, vocal and artistic abilities are developed carefully and professionally, with attention to your individuality," Black's website said. Black uses the 'classical' method of teaching with many of her students.

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Jordin Sparks performs after she was announced the winner of American Idol during the finale of 'American Idol' at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles May 23, 2007.

Cher to name a couple, as backup singers and dancers. "It is very important when choosing a Voice TeacherNocal Coach," Black said. "That teacher needs to serve all of a vocalists' musical needs. Students come to my studio because I welcome all types of singers. Always up beat and positive, I ensure that each and every lesson is a wonderful experience." It shows in Jordin Sparks' vocals and her ability to win the title ofAmerican Idol, that training atMusic by Melissa was a step in the right direction. Black's studio is a citylicensed school and as a certified substitute teacher of the Peoria Unified School District in Arizona, she has been through an extensive background check, according to her website. "Lessons are individual as well as group," Black said. "Again - I welcome all of tomorrow's 'stars'!" Black is dedicated to serve the entire singing profession and she believes it is her job to serve today's singers' in all areas of music and vocal performance. Sparks solidified her spot as the youngest American Idol winner in the show's history. In an interview with Fox Channel 5 studios, Sparks said, "she is blessed to have come so far and credits her spirituality for her strength and success." Lyndsay Gillum can be reached at Igillum@thevistaonline.com.

However, with her coaching, each student will sound like they were meant to sound. "In other words, opera students won't turn into 'rockers', 'rockers' won't turn 'classical,'" Black said. Students at Music by Melissa

have appeared on American Idol, Arizona Star, Nashville Star, Star Search, Broadway National Tours and Regional Theater. Several of her stu dents have toured with major singing stars, Amy Grant and

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offer more flexibility by Justin Langston Staff Writer

UCO is partnering with the Oklahoma Technology Institute to create a flexible education program that allows students to access information and learn at their own pace. "It's a program where if someone wants to take a class online, they can do that," Paul Shuler, OTI Director said. "If they want to go to class, they can do that. What this allows is for them to do either or both at their own pace." This program allows students to take a combination of traditional classroom setting courses, as well as online courses. By using the resources already available at both UCO and OTI, this new program has streamlined access to be more easy to use. The use of the online courses is the biggest change. This allows anyone in the country to sign up for a class. Once signed up, the student will be shipped books and a sign in key. Students will then access the courses, which include tests, assignments and reports that are all tracked by OTI. Students will be able to work

at their own pace. At the end of the course, the student can take a national certification test to gain credit for the course. The idea is that the course prepares the student for the test. Since the results of the course are ultimately left up to the test, those who complete the course using illegitimate means could be left at a disadvantage. Currently, the courses offered are Computer Support Basics, Web Development, Database and Systems Administration, Systems Engineering, IT Security, Accounting, A+, Network +, Insurance Billing and Coding and Microsoft Office Specialist. Already, the program has been operating for almosttwo months, with the first students being military personnel working out of Tinker Air Force Base. Shuler says that many see this as part of the future of education. He says that even traditional classrooms will be easier for users and focus more on the students pace rather than the pace of the teachers or administrators. "The world is moving towards a place where the user gets information when they want it," Shuler said. "And that's what we're moving to." Justin Langston can be reached at jlangston@thevistaonline.com.


OPINION June

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Summertime: valuable time or season long forgotten? Opinion 1 Alice Cooper once sang, "School's out for the summer." But school is not out forever. It seems more and more students are enrolling in classes over the break. The gap between teacher's dirty looks is getting shorter than Cameron Diaz's skirt at the MTV Movie Awards. Is society moving toward year-round school? It seems as though the leisurely summer days of childhood are over. The days of waking up mid-afternoon, having people cook and clean up after you seem to be gone forever, or at least until retirement. The conventional summertime is pretty much a distant memory; I bet Will Smith is ticked. This trend needs to stop. Going into my esteemed fifth year as a collegian, I'm proud to say that I have never taken a single summer course. It's important for young adults to have a break in between the semesters that will determine the rest of their lives. A time to reflect on life choices, get a sense of direction and go to the lake. I did enroll in an intersession course this year, the gateway drug to summer school. I didn't intend to forfeit my freedom, but I eventually crumbled under the pressure the professor was applying. It was almost as if

something was being sold to me. The teacher made cornments like "it will be a fun and easy class," or "it will give you three credit hours." Eerily similar to statements like "all the cool kids are doing it, you won't be hooked after just one time." There should be Dare courses to help keep kids off summer school. Too much emphasis is being placed on the idea that a quick graduation is the best option. When you think about it, all the best degrees require lots of schooling. Doctors, lawyers, they're in school for the better part of a decade, in most cases. So make the most out of your interior design or family consumer science degree and enjoy your tenure as an undergraduate. Summers are meant for beaches, short skirts and bikinis, not classrooms.

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tion of the one liberty that keeps students from falling deeper into oblivion? One thing's for sure, summer isn't like what it used to be. Looking back at that time we cherished after completing another year of high school, we bathed in the glory of no school, no worries and for

were our raemories. As they say, nothing stays the same. We graduate and move on with our lives. In college, the approach of summer doesn't convey the same meaning as it did during our youthful days. Majority of university students don't have the privilege to feed off

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Summer is upon us. Rejoice, and be glad. Sadly, the pleasure of the midyear no longer applies to some people. For some, there still remain those credit hours needed to graduate if they want to finish school by the end of the fall semester. So, what does that mean? The end of summer break as we know it? The possible exemp-

support. Life becomes a catch-22. All those stiMmer days we once knew resemble dust in the wind. But we must learn to accept our losses and strive to honor the days long past, the freedoms we valued and the one good advantage of being young. When you're in college, it's safe to realize that summer is officially dead.

many, no money. But there were a lot of highspirited teenagers that didn't care. Summer was for hanging out with friends and bumming money off parents, while we used it to hit local hangouts around town. It was the calm before the storm. Then another year would start and all we had

their parents. The concept of the 'real world' finally sinks in, forcing them to reconsider our options. For some, there's the alternative of obtaining a summer job. For others, another semester of enrollment becomes the only choice in order to receive those hefty student loans for financial

Summer. For me, it used to mean bike rides with friends, capture the flag at the creek, crazy movies with lots of explosions and lots and lots of video games. Now, with bills to pay and high gas prices, it seems a lot like the school year, but with harder work. I can't say I'm always looking forward to summer vacation now. Before college, most of my friends lived within biking distance. Some of them might go on vacation for a couple of weeks, but on the whole, my friends weren't difficult to reach. Now, I've got friends who disappear to all corners of the state, and some even leave the country for the three and a half months that we're away from school. Sure, I can talk to them on Facebook or AIM or something, but it's really not

the same thing as being able to goof off for hours with them in person. Then, there's work. Maybe during the school year I can swing getting by with part time hours, but not so much during the summer. Gas prices go up and it's time to put in those extra hours to make sure I've got my bills paid. All so I can still go see (and probably make fun of) those summer blockbusters at Quail Springs AMC. The only difference I see now is that I can sleep in more, I guess. Unfortunately, thanks to my schedule, as well as the schedule of my friends, late nights are the only social time I seem to find anymore, which cuts down on how relaxing sleeping in really is. It's not all bad though. Some of my friends do manage to come back into town from wherever it was they disappeared to for the school year. But really, it's not quite the same. Gone are the carefree days of youth, I suppose. But at least now I don't have to depend on my mom to drive me to see a goofy movie.

The Vista editorial staff can be reached at editorial@thevistaonline.com.

CAMPUS QUOTES: Compiled and photographed by Lyndsay Gillum, Chris Albers and Justin Langston

"What is your favorite part of the summer?" "Summer is time for summer school."

"Watching my. kids play in the sprinkler and seeing the ice • cream truck come down the street."

Kelvin Daniel

Selena Etzler

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Geography sophomore

"i" "Camping out with my friends."

"The relaxation and enjoyment of good weather."

Karly Dorr

Taneal Mukes

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alumnus presents cancer research in D.C.

Reality program features UCO alumna UCO by Aaron Wright Managing Editor A new TVGuide channel series called "Making News: Texas Style" will feature UCO alumna Catherine Roach. The series will premiere at 7 p.m. on June 11. The 13-week series will air at the same time every week. The show follows the day-to-day tasks of reporters, anchors, a producer and the news director of KOSA-TV, or CBS News 7, in Odessa, Texas. "There are definitely a lot of personalities at our station," said Roach. She said one or two days a week, the crew would walk up

to staff members and let them know they would be following them for the day. A microphone would be attached to their clothing and from then on, all their conversations, private and public, would be recorded and available for use in the show. "I act pretty goofy and silly in the car to and from stories with some of the photogs that are my friends...we'd talk about what kind of mullets the people we work with would have, and stupid stuff like that," said Roach. "I know a lot of those goofy moments are caught on tape." For Roach, the first day of filming was also her first day

on the job. She quickly became adjusted to distractions during the day as the studio is enclosed with glass windows in a mall. "Getting used to random folks dropping by and peeking in, or tapping on the glass was pretty interesting," said Roach. Roach is a December 2006 UCO graduate with a bachelor's degree in mass communicationbroadcasting. During her collegiate years, she worked as anchor, reporter and producer of KUCO, the UCO broadcast station. She also served as an intern at KFOR, News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City, where she received real-life experience and advice from professionals.

"I hope that the show will feature not just the funny or quirky personalities we have at our station, but also I hope it showcases the amount of hard work and talent it takes to be in the news business," said Roach. As far as her personal story inside the news story, Roach is hopeful that she can inspire young reporters that it is okay to be "the new girl."

Aaron Wright can be reached at awfight@thevistaonline.com.

Event to raise money for scholarship by Steven Reckinger Editor-in-Chief With summer in full swing, the College of Arts, Media and Design continues to entertain while supporting the Scholarship Fund with "Ja77 Hands," a benefit concert and pride event held June 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the UCO Jazz Lab. "We want to raise awareness and support diversity," Andrea Bair, CAMD director of donor relations, said. The event will comprise of two sets by local band, Miss Brown to You, at 8 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. Miss Brown to You's style is compiled of varieties of jazz, folk, country blues and rockabilly. Preceding the concert, deadCenter Film Festival will show two short films, Director Joe Acton's "Courage Doesn't Ask" and filmmaker Joe Wilson's "We Belong." The former is a 13-minute film that tells the story of a soldier losing his leg in combat and getting fitted for an artificial one, while reminiscing about the war in Iraq. "We Belong," running at 11 minutes, centers on a group of gay rural teens coping with homophobia and intolerance of their alternate lifestyle. A silent auction will accompany the evening with items

donated from local vendors, including a one-month membership package to a local gym, original art pieces and one big item to be determined. "It should be a fun, uplifting evening," Bair said. Some of the sponsors include GATE and OKC Pride, Inc. Corporate scholarships are still available. The event will be catered with light fare and a cash bar. Events like "Jazz Hands" help aid the CAMD Scholarship Fund. Applications are taken and reviewed by a committee of CAMD officials in April. The scholarship includes all Arts, Media and Design students based on academics, grades and individual needs. Price of admission is $25. For additional information or to purchase tickets over the phone, call Andrea Bair at 974-3794. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event. "The community is really welcoming of the event," Bair said. "They're so happy that the university is putting -on a pride event and hope to see it succeed."

When Bandarbin Sultan, chief representative of the Saudi monarchy in the United States, asked Dick Cheney what the chances of Saddam Hussein surviving the Iraq invasion were, Cheney answered, "Saddam is toast." The three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Leslie Savan uses such anecdotes to impress how pivotal pop language has become in everyday communication with her book "Slam Dunks and No-Brainers." The thought that high-level political decision should swivel around pop phrases that sway decisions and affect the world is unsettling indeed. But Savan goes further to analyze and observe the contexts in which pop language is used, why

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UCO alumnus Abdulwahab Mohamed has been spending the past several months playing with the effects of lasers to help create treatments for cancer that may save lives. Originally from Mandera in Kenya, Mohamed began his education at UCO in January 2002. He graduated i in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Since graduation, he has been working for Analytical Research Laboratories, as well as participating in an internship at OU Health Science Center. In addition, Mohamed started a research program June 5 that allows him to conduct research for neck cancer. However, he has been working on cancer research for the past several months as part of a team creating more effective treatments. Mohamed's research con7:30 PM I June 13 I UCO Jazz Lab sists of working on ways to combine laser treatment, dye and a chemical called glycated Photo provided citosan to stop metastasis in cells. Mohamed said that while "Jazz Hands," a UCO pride event, will be held to support the CAMD modern cancer treatments will Steve Reckinger can be reached Scholarship Fund. destroy the tumor causing the at sreckinger@thevistaonline.com . cancer, they cannot effectively prevent metastasis, which leads to re-occurrence, keeping metastasis from taking place. This research helped Mohamed obtain a spot in the "Posters on the Hill" event it is used and the nature of properly inflected pulls atten- exude. Shakespeare himself in Washington, D.C. He was pop language communication. tion, and probably consensus, was a tremendous source, he the only person selected from "Slam Dunks and No- its way. (And if it does most is cited some 33,000 times in Oklahoma to create a postBrainers" is an easy read as of the above, it gives you a the Oxford English Dictionary. er portraying his research. "Oh my goodness, I'm tellit uses conversational analyses, reward: a satisfying `pop'.)" Did you realize that every ing you- I had a blast," said anecdotes and observations Take for example buzz phras- time you say "laughing Mohamed, a self-proclaimed to make its points. However, es such as "It's a slam dunk or stock, flesh and blood, one Savan's overuse of pop lan- no-brainer," "I don't think so," fell swoop, sea change, more political person. He was able guage to convey the "Hel-lo?," "Puh-leeze," in sorrow than in anger, not to watch a bill that approved point, as witty and "Go for it!," "end slept one wink, too much of funding for undergraduinteresting as her of story," "yea, a good thing, to be or not to ate research be passed in the writing may be, right." They be," you quote Shakespeare? grows tiresome. don't really Savan takes a trip to other To be thrown a mean any- countries and brings out pop pop phrase on thing, but it phrases in other languages and every page, would be hard cultures, revealing how much it paragraph and to function throbs in everyday life all over sentence can be without using the world. Savan then treads unsettling. After a pop phrase a into the digital territory where by Nathan Winfrey a while, it couple of times English is a whole new lingo. Senior Staff Writer starts to every day. With its lighthearted language Slam Dunks and grow vague It's a way of and insightfulness, "Slam Dunks No-Brainers Students taking classes this ,p Language ► feeling and meanand No-Brainers" makes for an summer will have three-day Your Life, the Media, ingless: which interesting summer read. Like ...Wheat:mos connectweekends, as UCO has impleis exactly the ed and If you are interested in lin- mented an adjusted summer point that Savan LXISLIX SAVAX) being "in" guistics and have been noticing schedule that closes offices at is trying to make. with the thing, the frequency with which pop noon Fridays and condenses the Savan defines says Savan, but phrases pop in your life, it will school week to just four days. pop language as "verbal expres- there's a downside to it. do you good to go through this The move to a four-day week sion that is widely popular Trends come and go and book. Forthose looking forheavy came after faculty and students and is part of popular culture. pop phrases, like fashion, are theories on pop language, skip it. suggested the change, which Beyond that, it's language that in-style one minute and out the was in response to people's pops out of its surroundings; next. But there are also those desire to add more hours to conveys more attitude than phrases that have stood the test the classes on Monday through literal meaning; pulses with of time and as cliché as they Thursday. This allows students a sense of an invisible cho- might sound, they still have Abha Eli Phoboo can be reached and faculty to have a longer at aphoboo@thevistaonline.com. rus speaking it, too; and, when an oomph that clichés don't weekend for work, relaxation, uTily time and homework. r Students will have the same amount of class time as they would with a traditional fiveday week, and administration and staff will still have a 40hour workweek. To accommodate, offices will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and will close at 12 p.m. Fridays. "It's nice to have some time off, but we're still working the

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Senate as well as speak oneon-one with Senator Coburn and Representative Inhofe. At the event, Mohamed was able to view the other 59 applicants' posters and explain his own research to various guests in the Rayburn Building. After his uncle passed away from throat cancer, Mohamed has realized the importance of education, helping people and medical treatment. While in high school, Mohamed had the opportunity to experience what it would be like to work in a poverty-stricken area clinic in a short-term exploratory placement program. He also spent time serving at a children's hospital in Kenya. During that time, he realized his passion both for medicine and helping people. "If I have skills, at least I can save some lives," said Mohamed. "That's part of my motivation." Currently, Mohamed is trying to get admitted into medical school, but is finding it difficult as an international student. Many universities simply do not allow international students to apply. Others will allow them to apply, but make sure they can afford tuition for four years. "I may end up applying out of country. I don't know," said Mohamed. He is interested in pursuing a MD/PhD program which would allow him to participate in lab research and care for patients. The degree takes about seven years to complete. Mohamed explained his desire to obtain such a strenuous degree by saying, "If I get to do both, I get to be useful in both ways."

Aaron Wright can be reached at awright@thevistaonline.com.

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same number ofhours," said John Gillmore, technology assistant for the broadcasting department. "The grades students earn have been consistent, the faculty assure us that the amount of education time is equal, it allows our facilities crews into mostly empty buildings on Fridays to do repairs and maintenance, and we have the bonus of energy savings," said Steve Kreidler, UCO vice president. He said energy conservation not only benefits the environment, but also saves the university about $45,000 over the course of the summer in reduced energy and water consumption. "I now really look forward to Friday afternoons when everyone leaves campus— I can stay in my office and get so much done," Kreidler said. "The students and others have given this system them thumbs up, so I believe . stay with it unless some other, better thought comes along." Nathan Winfrey can be reached at nwinfrey@thevistaonline.com .


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What do "Spider-Man 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," "Shrek the Third," "Ocean's Thirteen," "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Rush Hour 3" have in common? All six are major films slated for release this summer, and all are the third film in a franchise. Ten, even five years ago, this would have been unheard of. The generation most readers of this column belong to grew up with a few select film trilogies that everyone knew and most respected: "Star Wars," "Back to the Future," "Lethal Weapon," "Alien," "Rocky," "Die Hard," "Indiana Jones," Romero's "Living Dead" movies and "Rambo." Now, sequels to even those by Vista photographer Chris Albers long-dead franchises are either Sammy Graham talks with his wife while enjoying the Jazzercize dance group at the 2007 American recently out or in pre-production, all except "Lethal Cancer Society Relay for Life at Hamilton Fieldhouse Friday, June 1. Weapon" (though a fourth was released in 1998) and "Back to the Future" (though it was revived for a DirecTV commercial). To help studio execu"We found a student for each of our Ye instruments and are tives who may be looking for old films to exhume from happy that they are interested in UCO. We hope to have enough more the grave and rebuild them to be scholarship for them." better, stronger, suckier, I've compiled a list -Dr. Charoenwongse of movies that are ripe for a class in Bangkok 10 years ago," Mozart's "Piano Quartet," by Abha Eli Phoboo follow-up, said Remy-Schumacher, who is Schoenfield's "CafĂŠ Music for Staff Writer along with currently in Germany leading a Piano Trio" and Dvorak's string my The Thai National Symphony study tour. "She is now the prin- quartet "American." Orchestra invited the UCO cipal cellist of the Thai National The UCO faculty also held Faculty String and Piano Orchestra and is thinking about an audition for music students. Quintet to perform in Bangkok, coming to UCO to study for a "We found a student for each Thailand, last month. The UCO while next year," she said. of our five instruments and are musicians were there by May 9 Dr. Chindarat happy that they are interested in to rehearse before performing Charoenwongse conducted a UCO. We hope to have enough with the orchestra on May 11 workshop on "Classical Period scholarship for them," said Dr. and returned the next week. Performance Practice at the Charoenwongse. The quintet comprised of ModernPiano"forpiano teachers In 2009, the quintet hopes professors from UCO School and those interested in Thailand. to do a similar tour in Australia of Music. Dr. Hong Zhu played A native of Thailand, Dr. with the UCO Chamber suggestions on how to do it. First is "Armageddon." I "Summer" from Vivaldi's Four Charoenwongse said, "It is an Orchestra. However, between bet most of us have wondered Seasons, Dr. Morris and his honor to share my experience now and then, there will be wife, Theodora, played Mozart's with students and teachers in many other chamber music what would happen if Bruce "Sinfonia Concertante" for the Thailand nearly every year. I concerts at UCO, said Remy- Willis's character, who nuked himself to destroy an asteroid violin and viola, and Tess Remy- have been able to see how they Schumacher. on a doomsday course with SchumacherperformedVivaldi's have grown." earth in the first movie (sorry "Double Concerto" with Thai On May 14, the quintet if that spoiled it for anyone, cellist Joop Perpanich. played at a Chamber Music but you've had nine years to "Joop used to be a student Concert at the Goethe Institute watch it) somehow rode a piece of mine when I taught a master in Bangkok. They performed Abha Eli Phoboo can be reached at aphoboo@thevistaonline.com . of splintered asteroid back to Earth like a surfboard, trailing fire and space junk behind him. He would arrive just in time to find out that Earth is on a collision course with an even bigger, more populated planet. He would be forced to nuke The warmest tempera- people that was responsible in ture ever recorded on Ant- the creation of the Volkswagen A Chinese Scientist discovered himself again to destroy Earth arctica was 3 degrees F. Beetle. He came up with the that the Earth is round during and save the other planet for the greater good, just as Steve idea of producing a car that was the Han Dynasty by measurTyler of Aerosmith widens his If you toss a penny 10,000 cheap enough for the average ing the sun and moon's path mouth to an even more impossitimes, it will not be heads 5,000 German working man to afford. in the sky. He recorded this ble aperture and swallows both times, but more like 4,950. The fact down in the imperial re- planets while singing the movheads picture weighs more, A rocket-like device can be cords but went unnoticed un- ie's theme song, which would so it ends up on the bottom. traced back to Ancient Greece til it was unearthed recently enjoy respectable radio rotawhen a flying steam-powered by Chinese archaeologists. tion for about six months, then appear on some VH1 nostalAl Capone's business card said pigeon was built out of wood. gia special a decade from now. he was a used furniture dealer. The most common name in As long as we're on bigA surfer once sued another surf- the world is Mohammed. budget '90s disaster movThere have been over 7,200 er for "stealing his wave." The ies, remember that one about acts of terrorism against the case was thrown out because The longest place name still Michael Jordan joining Bugs US over the last 15 years. the court was unable to put a in use is: Taumatawhaka- Bunny and friends for a basketprice on "pain and suffering" tangihangaoauauotameteat ball face-off against aliens? No, Motorists who talk on cell endured by the surfer watching uripukakapikimaungahoro- that wasn't something you halphones are more impaired than someone else ride "his" wave. nukupokaiwhenua kitana- lucinated at a Phish concert, that drunk drivers with blood-altahu -- a New Zealand hill. was "Space Jam," and I think it's high time we see another cohol levels exceeding .08! A U.S. company came out with a toilet night-light that If B arbie were life-size, her mea- sends out a green warning surements would be 39-23-33. beacon when the seat is up. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall. 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one. Why not play off the (inexplicable) success of "Stomp the Yard?" I suggest "Space Stomp" or "You Got Space Stomped." It would star Lil' Bow Wow or whoever it is kids these days are listening to, and it would be about him joining cartoon characters for a stomp-off to save the planet. Since "Looney Tunes" are kind of out right now, why doesn't he team up with those slutty "Bratz" girls? And since we're in post-9/11 America and aliens are kind of out right now as well, why don't they have a stomp-off against machinegun-waving terrorists? "Remember the Titans" was a sappy,

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manipulative feel good movie that everyone loved for some reason, so why not recruit Denzel's Coach Boone for one more season? Since the team's already overcome racism, let's let them face another form of bigotry: ageism. When the political powersthat-be demand the local retirement center to bus half their football roster to the Titans' high school, age-biased discriminatory hijinks ensue. Of course there would be a scene involving a set of rattling, self-aware dentures and one of the main characters would be a geriatric rebel with flowing, golden hair and an ambiguous sexual orientation to mix things up a bit. At the end of the movie, one of the elderly players would make a slam dunk (even though they're playing football) at the buzzer to win the game and the respect of his estranged grandson, who would turn out to be Denzel. Unexpected plot twist! Finding a clever title would be easy. All they would have to do is add a question mark to make it "Remember the Titans?" because it's hard for most old people to remember things. "Shawshank Redemption" is well overdue for a Part 2, and they could call it "Shawshank 2: Back in the Habit" or something clever like that. It could just ignore the final half hour of the original movie and pick

up with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman's characters still enjoying prison life, only the actors would be replaced by younger, hipper stars that won't bore the target demographic. I'm thinking Adam Sandler and The Rock. Maybe Paris Hilton could be in the cell next door. Then, to prove themselves to the guards, they would form a football team and challenge the administration. The warden (played by a completely computer-generated Joey Fatone) would get super pissed and yell a lot, but at the end, they'd all have a big laugh about it. "The Notebook" ended on such a downer. I think Nicholas Sparks owes it to his fans to make up for it with a sequel, aptly titled "The Notebook 2." This is such fertile

source material for a successful follow-up; I can't believe it's not in the works already. There are still plenty of other diseases for Nicholas Sparks to kill his female leads with. How about gout? Or scurvy? Or mange? The "Little Miss Sunshine" sequel would be a remake of the original, but it would follow an alternate path. This time around, Steve Carell's character was successful in his suicide attempt, and now must live out castmate Greg Kinnear's bad career moves for all eternity. Expect to relive "Godsend," "Bad News Bears," "Stuck on You," "Mystery Men" and plenty others. Oh the horror. Next, I predict Hollywood will simply greenlight sequels because there's the potential for a clever play off the title of the first film that will look good on merchandise. I mean, they did it with "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen." How about "iFour Amigos!" or "11 Things I Hate About You?" Or a remake of "Se7en" called "Ei8ht?" They'd have to come up with an eighth deadly sin, though. Maybe owning a Nickelback album?

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for possible athletes to attend swimming courses at Rose State College. The UCO football team has This infraction supposbeen under NCAA investiga- edly took place before spring tion since October of 2006 for of 2004. At one point, video allegations of football players proof was believed to exist of a receiving special benefits. UCO coach paying for a student UCO News to attend the BureauDirector college. After CharlieJohnson "If there i S wrong NCAA invesclaims the situtigation, that ation is an on- doing, we 71 take accusation going investiwas proved gation that is immediate action." to be untrue, likely to conaccording to clude in June. a statement "If there is to the -Charli e Johnson made wrong doing, Edmond Sun we'll [the uniby Rose State versity] take College Vice immediate President of action," Johnson said. Business Affairs Keith Ogans. The NCAA describes itself as The coaching staff is also a voluntary organization through being investigated for allegedly which the nation's colleges and paying $100 for transportation universities govern their athletic and housing of student-athletes. programs. The association also The transportation is said to serves as a watchdog to athletic have been between Edmond and departments by enforcing rules Midwest City, where Rose State that create fair situations where College is located. The athletes student-athletes do not receive in question are said to have been any special bonuses. living in Edmond, and some The university is being sub- reportedly housed with UCO jected to multiple allegations, student-athletes. according to a letter from the Allegations also exist that Lone Star Conference to UCO prospective players, not enrolled President Dr. Roger Webb. at UCO, were allowed to work One area under investigation out with the football team and is the school allegedly paying take part in team workouts. Sports Editor

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A view from the south end of Wantland Stadium. The football team is currently being investigated by the NCAA.

An investigation is also looking into possible payments being made for one recruit to receive books and undergo sur-

gery. These allegations took place during the spring 2005 semester. If the allegations prove to be valid, then the uni-

versity could be in violation of member, such as extra benefits. NCAA bylaw 10.1 (c). The bylaw deals with unethical con- Jeff Massie can be reached at duct by a current or former staff jmassie2@ucok.edu

UCO to host eighth annual Endeavor Games The majority of Saturday's events will take place at Edmond North High School. Sports teach determination The day's events consist of and dedication. If triumphtrack' and field, tennis, archery, ing through adversity is what shooting and swimming. makes athletes great, then parA Kansas City Blues ticipants in the Endeavor Games Barbecue Athletes Banquet are on a whole new level. will be held Saturday eveThe games are in their eighth ning in Hamilton Field House. year of existence and will be The games will conclude June hosted by UCO. 10 with more track They will run from "it gets young people to the campus and field events, as June 7 to June 10. well as swimming, and creates awareness." UCO has hosted tennis, table tennis, the games since their -Shelly Ramsey boccia, and archery. induction and has According to seen the numbers grow every or learning a new skill." Ramsey, UCO has a good relayear, according to event coorThe actual competition will tionship with physically disdinator Shelly Ramsey. Last begin June 8th with powerlifting. abled athletics. The univeryear, the games had a record Friday will also feature wheel- sity also serves as a training site 315 participants from 29 chair basketball and softball, for the USA Paralympic Team states and three countries. archery and table tennis prior to and the USA Men's National "It's good PR [public the opening ceremony that night. Sitting Volleyball team. relations] for the campus," The ceremony will be preAll Endeavor Games events Ramsey said. "It gets young sented by the Chickasaw Nation are free and open to the public. people to come to the cam- at 7:30 p.m. in Hamilton Field pus and creates awareness." House. Two-time paralympian Featuring a wide array of Karin Korb will speak at the cerevents, the Endeavor Games emony. Korb is the nation's topallow physically disabled partic- ranked wheelchair tennis player Jeff Massie can be reached at ipants the opportunity to partake and is ranked ninth in the world. jmassie2@ucok.edu in a number of athletic activiby Jeff Massie Sports Editor

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Larry Salyer plays tennis at the 2006 Endeavor Games hosted by UCO.

ties. The different competitions will take place at the Wellness Center, Hamilton Field House, Edmond North High School and Cheyenne Middle School. On the first of the four days, the Oklahoma Paralympic Academy will be sponsoring clinics. The games claim the clinics are for "anyone interested in trying a new sport

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