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UCO professor's Route 66 mural vandalized by Jessica Snell Staff Writer

looking at the American flag with her back to the viewer. "I understand there is graffiti art out there. That is not what I think happened here," Palmer said. He said he does not understand why anyone would deface something to state their opinion but that he is not discouraged by the vandalism. Palmer said he approached Larry Willingham, the owner of W&W Tire with the idea of the mural over a year ago. Palmer said the "Route 66" mural is very personal for Mr. Willingham. It features pictures of him and his wife when they first met and his son when he went into the Navy. Of his 600 murals across the state, only two have been vandalized, he said. "If you put a mural on the side of a building you are less likely to get vandalized, but it does happen," Palmer said.

The "Route 66" mural on the south wall of the W&W Tire building at 302 S. Broadway was found vandalized over Memorial Day weekend. The phrase "fight racism" was spray-painted twice over a black woman in the mural. Edmond Police spokesman Randy Payne said it could be in connection with three recent church vandalisms, but there are no suspects at this time and no detectives have been assigned to the case. "There is no particular symbolism in any of the mural," said Dr. Bob Palmer, UCO art professor and creator of the mural. The mural features the Stattie of Liberty, the American flag, a young man in a military uniform, classic American cars, a Route 66 sign, the word "America" in white above the American flag Jessica Snell can be reached at and a young black woman .

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Christin Bertolino takes a break from her job at Arby's May 22 and looks at the words "fight racism" spray-painted on a mural at WPM Tire, 302 S. Broadway in Edmond. The vandalism occurred some time over the weekend of May 20-21.

s senior to Student scientists to study 'beeLhavior journalism aid African orphans by No Lupov Staff Writer

He said the bees that students will study are honeybees and leafcutting bees but do not include the African bees which are known to be more aggressive. The UCO students will work with Turkish and Bulgarian professors to create a multicultural environment

for the students in accordance with the federal grant. "It is important to emphasize the international nature of this grant," Barthell said. Two other professors from the United States will be involved with the project, Dr. Wells Harrington from University ofTulsa

After receiving a federal grant from the National Sci, ence Foundation, the UCO College of Math and Science selected four students to re, search the behavior and ecology of honeybees and leafcutting bees in Bursa, Turkey. Dr John Barthell, dean of the UCO College of Math and Science, said the students will try to better understand the link between organisms and their histories in other regions of the world. The students from UCO who are involved in the research are Sky Checotah, Ashley Ann Cro, Le Hang Lisa Pham and Robert Tyler Reidenbaugh, the peer mentor of the group. A student from Northeast University and one from Lexington University will also participate in the project. "The primary goal of the project is to give students, who are potential scientists, the opportunity to experience science as a process," Barthell by Vista photographer Alex Gambill said. "Involving undergraduate students in research helps im- Ty Reidenbaugh, left, biology senior, and Ashley Cro, forensic sciprove their critical thinking." ence freshman, observe a large carpenter bee June 5 on the roof Barthell said. of Howell Hall.

and Dr. Charles Abramson from Oklahoma State University. The international professors are Dr. Adem Bicakci, Dr. Ibrahim Carmak, and Levent Aydin are from Uladag University in Turkey. Dr Peter Nentchev is from Bulgaria. The project began June 6 and the students will spend three weeks in Bursa. This will be the first of three summers UCO students wi 11 participate in the study. "I have had couple of opportunities to do research before," said Checotah. "The main part is being part of a research team and learning something." In accordance with the terms of the grant, recruitment is from universities that do not have a substantial research focus and have large minority enrollments, with participation in the project based on grades and letters of recommendation. Barthell said the students selected from Oklahoma attended a UCO course to prepare them for the experimental core. Upon their return to the United States, the scientists will make presentations to students and faculty and publish their data. No Lupov can be reached at .

Sixth Endeavor games to host U.S. soldiers by Divona Phillips Staff Writer

UCO is set to host the 2006 Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities, June 8-11 at UCO and Deer Creek High School in Edmond. The event's special guests will be several U.S. soldiers who were severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and will compete in the games. Shelly Ramsey, special events coordinator for UCO Disabled Sports and Events, said the creation of the Endeavor Games was to promote sports and athletics to those who are disabled. "A need was seen for a multisport event for the physically

disabled," Ramsey said. "There were events around for just wheelchair athletes, but there was nothing that encompassed all physical disabilities." Katrina Shacklee, assistant director of UCO Disabled Sports and Events and Robbie Robertson, the development coordinator of UCO Disabled Sports and Events started The Sports Group, a nonprofit group for hosting sporting events. Though now defunct, the group was integral in organizing the first Endeavor Games in 2000. The group worked with the Greater Oklahoma Wheelchair Association to expand on an event that the association sponsored for wheelchair athletes.

In the six years of the games' existence, participation has more than tripled with approximately 300 athletes from all over the world scheduled to compete this year. Events this year include archery, junior and adult 3-on3-wheelchair basketball, bocce ball, power-lifting, shooting, track and field, tennis, table tennis, wheelchair softball and swimming. The Endeavor Games has partnered with Disabled Sports USA, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the Wounded Warrior Project to host the soldiers as they participate in the competition. Ramsey said the event is ben-

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eficial to let the soldiers know that there are things they can still do that they did prior to their injuries. "A lot of. these young men, prior to going to the war in Iraq, were very active and athletic," she said. "This is a great opportunity to show them that their life doesn't have to change and they can be active athletes." All scheduled events are open to the public with opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. June 9 in Hamilton Field House. For more information, contact Shelly Ramsey at 974-3151. Divona Phillips can be reached at .

by Heather Warlick Managing Editor

UCO students find many ways to pass the time during their summer breaks. Some will work full time, some will sleep all day and others will spend their days lounging at the pool. Journalism senior Taylor McCord will spend her summer break working to make a difference in the lives of street children in Kenya. After she received vaccinations for yellow fever, typhoid, polio by Vista photographer Alex Gambill and hepatitis, the Taylor McCord, journalism senior, packs her 21 year-old left suitcase June 31 for her trip to Africa. Oklahoma City on June 1, bound for London, where she stayed "I walked in the streets and overnight. that's where I saw these chilFrom London, McCord flew dren, dirty clothes, no shoes, to Nairobi, Kenya where she stoned and noisy," Haneveld boarded a train for the 12 hour said. The children, who speak ride to Mombasa. While in Swahili, told her they sniffed Africa, she will have to take glue to ease their hunger pains. medication every day to prevent "They scared me a bit because malaria. they were demanding money McCord will spend a month and food and despite being chilvolunteering at the Lioness dren, their attitude was rude." Cubs home, an orphanage in She said many of the street. Mtwapa, a small town just out- children's parents have died of side Mombasa. AIDS, or they are so poor they "There is a real social justice can't take care of their families. trend going on right now where "In Kenya about 700 people people are speaking out about are dying daily of AIDS and what is going on in the world," children are dropped off on the McCord said. "I just want to act streets with no one to care about on it." them," Haneveld said. "I know The orphanage was founded in that not all the children are really 2002 by Irene Okech-Haneveld, street children. Some of them are who first witnessed the plight sent by their parents to beg." of the street children in 1996 Haneveld said she purchased during her travels to Nairobi the home with her own funds. and Mombasa. She said it was Since the public schools in then she became determined to Mombasa are full, sending the change the lives of as many of children to private school is an these children as possible.

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Is gay marriage an issue? The United States Senate rejected President

Bush's proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage June 7, in a vote of 49-48, 11 votes short of the 60 required to pass the Senate. In two weeks, the Senate will vote on another controversial constitutional amendment banning the burning of the American flag. Who cares? Is gay marriage really such an important issue to the safety and security of the nation? Does gay marriage really threaten straight marriage? And has there been a surge in flag burning lately? No. These are issues Bush is using as a smokescreen to avoid the real issues that he rarely, if ever, addresses. What about the genocide in the Sudan? Ask him about the Downing Street Memos and the real reasons we are at war in Iraq. Bush knows that although his approval rate has plummeted in last several months, there are more people who are against gay marriage than there are people who approve of his job performance as President of the United States. So, what better way to bolster support of the GOP than to rally his constituents around a divisive non-issue that they all support, regardless of their feelings about Bush? Bush is trying to write discrimination into the Constitution. Recent polls indicate that about 75 percent of Americans support homosexual people's civil rights but about 50 percent of Americans are against gay marriage. To add insult to injury, senators began delibera-

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tions of the proposed bill on June 5, the date officially considered the first day of the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in America 25 years ago, as if to imply that married homosexuals had a causal role in the spread of the disease. Perhaps if more homosexuals were encouraged to many and settle down, the spread of HIV would falter among the gay community. Supporters of the ban rely on the notion that gay marriage contributes to the dissolution of the family unit. Current statistics suggest that 43 percent of all straight American marriages will end in divorce. Straight couples are doing a fine job of dissolving the institution of marriage. People of all religions get married, so falling back on the sanctity of marriage as a religious institution is a bogus argument because people who are against religion altogether can still get married. Devil worshippers can walk down the aisle, but their marriages don't command nearly the uproar that gay marriages do. People need to worry less about other people's marriages and work harder to make sure their own marriages are in good condition. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. The purpose of the Constitution is to protect our rights as Americans, not to restrict them.

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Cancer researcher named DaVinci Fellow by Tiffany Batdorf Staff Writer

UCO Professor of biomedical engineering, Wei Chen, was awarded the DaVinci Fellow Award by the DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma. According to the DaVinci Institute website, The DaVinci Fellow award is based on the premise that creative thought and insight are fundamental components of extraordinary scholarship, invention, teaching and performance across academic disciplines. "I am honored with this very prestigious award and appreciate the confidence the DaVinci Institute has in my work," said Chen. Chen has worked for more than a decade on research towards the treatment of metastatic melanoma. Chen said he and his research partner, undergraduate student Kiri!! Andienko, have achieved remission in two of the three patients treated so far with a combination of drug and laser

treatments. He focused specifically on using a 25-watt nearinfrared laser that produces a beam of heat that is not visible to the naked eye. Chen began working at UCO in August of 1999. He earned his bachelor's degree in physics at the Shandong University in Jinan, China, and his master's degree in physics and Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in Eugene Oregon. "Dr. Chen's performance and achievements genuinely establish and validate his dedication and effectiveness," said Dr. Mary Brodnax, president of the DaVinci Institute. "Right now I am working on tumors under the skin and in the future we will try to treat deeper tumors," said Chen. "We also are investigating the mechanisms of laser immunotherapy." Chen said he plans to extend his research in the laser immunotherapy treatment for metastatic tumors to a wider range of cases. Tiffany Batdorf can be reached at .


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From left: UCO director of biomedical engineering Wei Chen, receives the DaVinci Fellow Award from Dr. Mary Brodnax, DaVinci Institute president, and Bill Radke, UCO provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

X-Men: The Last Stand- substance missing in action by Nathan Winfrey Senior Staff Writer

"X-Men: The Last Stand" rounds out one of the finest movie trilogies of the last couple decades, but sadly, the cards were stacked against it before the cameras even began to roll. This time, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and company must protect a mysterious child

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(played by Cameron Bright, that annoying little kid that pops up whenever the casting people want a creepy child actor) from Magneto (Ian McKellan) and his ethically-challenged squad of mutants that look more like the kind of people you would see camped out before a Slipknot concert than a formidable army of darkness. The kid is somehow the source of a "cure" for mutants, something many think is a great idea, others not so much, especially Angel (Ben Foster, "Six Feet Under"), the winged son of one of the cure's founders who gets some wonderful setup scenes and then pretty much disappears for the rest of the movie. Add the return of presumeddead psychic Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and a developing love triangle between Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), the intangible Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and the untouchable Rogue (my favorite character, played by Anna Paquin, who won an Oscar for "The Piano" at an age when most people are learning

to ride a bike). Comic book movies are usually bad. Either because the studio has so little faith in the concept that they force changes and rewrites until it is unrecognizable from its source material, or because the comics never really were that great to begin with. I guess when you're nine years old, even an Electra movie might seem like a good idea. This was where the "XMen" franchise stood apart. In the capable hands of director/ writer/producer Bryan Singer, the ragtag mutant rabble was endearing, true, and believable in a way that no films in the genre—except maybe Tim Burton's first "Batman" movie—had ever managed to achieve, and with the exception of last year's "Batman Begins," none have done since. I have never read an "XMen" comic or watched the cartoon, but the characters in the first movie were deep and multifaceted, and the action was exhilarating but not so much that it stole the show from the true focus: the characters and

their struggle for acceptance. I was instantly a fan because it reached me as a movie-watcher, not a comic book aficionado. The second movie skimped on the character development a little bit, but since most of the characters had already been introduced, it was forgivable. Enter Brett Ratner. The "Rush Hour" director stepped in when Singer left to make "Superman Returns," leaving his three-part masterpiece unfinished and in the hands of a man fully capable of making action-comedy buddy flicks starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, but not soulful, relevant social commentary disguised as a mutant grudge match. Much of the blame rests with the writers, but what we get is frankly too much of a good thing. There are a half-dozen interesting subplots weaved throughout the main storyline, and not one of them is given nearly enough attention. The fact that "X-Men: The Last Stand" has amore complex plot, yet is about 30 min. shorter than the second movie points fingers

at the editing room, but perhaps the material never existed in the first place. With the loss of several major characters throughout the course of the film, there are some seriously emotional things going on, yet we are so far removed from the characters onscreen that most of us probably feel a greater sense of loss when a skateboarder racks himself on "America's Funniest Home Videos." What should have been heartrending is instead a passable "meh." There were just too many mutants to keep track of this time around. And while it wasn't harclry to keep them straight, it w almost impossible to follow them individually, as many are not even given names or explained until the very end, such as an androgynous-looking, Artist-Formerly-Knownas-Prince look-alike freak that just hangs around for half the movie, then claps his/her hands a couple times to make some shockwaves and that's it. One of the highlights of "XMen: The Last Stand," apart

from the screenwriters' willingness to kill off major characters—something that I always respect—is the inclusion of the articulate blue fur-ball Beast, played perfectly by "Frasier's" Kelsey Grammer. It was also great to see Vmnie Jones in a respectable American movie, though he was shamefully underused as Juggernaut. For those who knew to wait for the final scene after the credits, much of what happens in this third, and supposedly final film seems to not matter much. It appears that Ratner was setting us up for a great fourth film, but news from Hollywood doesn't look good on that front. I would rather see a third sequel than the separate Wolverine and Magneto spin-off movies they have planned. See "X-Men: The Last Stand" for great special effects and comic book action, but if you want something meaningful, rent the first one.

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Choreographer to the stars teaches at UCO by Divona Phillips Staff Writer

A premier hip hop dancer from Los Angeles is one of the featured guest artists at The UCO Summer Dance Workshop, which runs June 59 in the Health and Physical Education Building. Jesselee Santos, who has performed with and choreographed for national recording artists such as Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears and Pink, and has appeared in more than 25 music videos and two national commercials. Santos is teaching the hiphop portion of the UCO dance workshop, which includes ballet, modern and jazz dance. The workshop has two separate tracks for youth ages 12-17, and

HOME, from page 1 added financial burden she said she faces. "After some time, it was not [financially] possible anymore. I then came up with the idea of volunteers. They pay a fee and this money is used for the home," Haneveld said. Donations and volunteer fees are also used to send the children to school. McCord said the trip will cost her nearly $3000, which she saved over the last year, knowing that she would travel with it, but unsure of where she would go. Her father, Lance McCord, heard about the orphanage and suggested that she consider volunteering there. "There is so much that I have that I have taken for granted, like the wealth in America," McCord said. "The poorest of the poor here would be considered rich there. There are a lot of needs in the world that I think are being ignored." There are 13 children presently living in the Lioness Cubs Home and they range in age from one to 15 years. "The AIDS children are suffering from open wounds which don't heal easily. Once they get sick they don't get well because they don't have resistance," Haneveld said. "Our little Savannah died after almost a year of struggling with her health." Savannah contracted T.B. and had breathing difficulties, skin rashes and a wound on her mouth which caused her so much pain, she refused to eat. "We only want to offer them a good time as long as they are with us," Haneveld said. "We take them to church in the knowledge that they will go to their father in heaven. We are at least grateful that they are saved." Haneveld's plan is to build a larger home by 2007 that will accommodate at least 50 children as well as volunteers and staff members. She depends on donations and volunteers, she said, because the home is not funded by any government money or grants. "That is my biggest dream and my goal in life, to take care of the orphans of Kenya," Haneveld said. "With God's help, I know I can." Heather Warlick can be reached at

for college students attending the workshop for credit hours. Santos, was born in Guam, but raised in the California 'Bay Area; moved to Los Angeles six years ago and has been dancing professionally since. Santos said that the thing he enjoys about dancing is the ability to creatively make the shows. "I've definitely in the past six years enjoyed being on stage, but [love] creating the stage and teaching," he said. Santos said he plans to continue to educate others about things he has learned through-

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Los Angeles hip-hop dancer Jesselee Santos teaches 12-to-17-year-olds in the UCO dance workshop June 5 in the Health and Physical Education building.

their bodies and how to apply those movements and breathe properly. "It's about learning a different style and getting away from what [the dancers] are used to." Though he is very pleased with his accomplishments as a dancer, Santos said that he is most proud of the routines that he has choreographed for major artists because he has something to show for his hard work. "[Just to have] the opportunity to choreograph for artists such as Jessica Simpson, for her music video "A Little Bit" and a live performance with Pink, when I was on tour with her, and to get that footage," Santos said. Divona Phillips can be reached at .

International office mentor to retire by No Lupov Staff Writer

The founder of the UCO International Office, Dr. Ronald Paddack, will retire July 1 after 30 years at UCO. "UCO will always be dear to me. I will promote the university anytime I travel overseas," he said. "I will influence people to choose UCO as their place for study." Paddack was hired in 1976 by former UCO President Dr. Bill Lillard. Paddack said the growing number of Iranian students in the 1970's made Lillard realize the importance of an international office. With a background in teaching from the grade-school revel to the university level in six countries of the Pacific region for more than 11 years, Paddack started with a small office and one assistant. "I stayed with the job for 30 years and I was able to have very good personal contacts with students in my early days," he said. "I taught some students how to drive." With 10 full-time staff members, the International Office handles immigration issues related to applications, admissions and advisement for international students at UCO. Currently, UCO has approximately 1289 international students from 1 00 countries, according to statistics from the office. Paddack said among the International Office's greatest

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Theo's Corner


World Cup Fever Comes to UCO

by Teddy Burch Sports Editor

Searching For Fun in the Summer Sun It has been said that this is the time of year sports hits a lull, sort of a valley in the vast range of peaks in the world of sporting entertainment. I am here to set the record straight and confirm that this is not true. Let's start in the world of NASCAR. Jimmy Johnson holds a 74-point lead over Matt Kenseth in the competition to the 10-race playoff. This season has been filled with exciting night races, close finishes and fistfights in the garage. This is the stuff that slices out good fun. How about the NBA playoffs? There have been some good seven-game series this year with the best still yet to come. The Heat and the Mavericks are set to entertain us over the next few hot summer evenings. In case any of you have been paying attention, the NHL finals are under way and the Edmonton Oilers and the Carolina Hurricanes are skating, scuffing and scurrying each other in an attempt to hoist the world's largest championship trophy. If you have never watched hockey, catch one of these games and get yourself a first-class introduction. Any golf fans? This past

weekend saw a remarkable performance by 28-year old Carl Peterson. He never worried about the "big names" that were trailing him and he knocked down birdie after birdie and won himself a million dollars. The season is just getting good and there are numerous tournaments left to enjoy this summer. If you choose to follow only one of the great summer sports, give yourself a reward and tune-in to one of the many ballparks around the country. MLB, quite possibly the best spectator sport around, has seen a few surprises this year. The Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers are at the top of their divisions. There have also been some not-so surprises, that is the Yankees and the Red Sox are battling out the AL East and the St. Louis Cardinals are awfully good. All of this and were still a few weeks out from the all-star break. So while we are still sometime from the crack of football pads and dressing in layers to stay warm in the grandstands, reach into the grab bag of summer sports and pull your self out a souvenir. Teddy Burch can be reached at .

The Next Generation of wrestling is here by Matt Caban Sports Writer

The future of wrestling is coming to a mat near you this fall. UCO Wrestling Head Coach David James completed the 2006 recruiting class June 2. The class brings a combined eight high school state titles and one junior college national title to the team. "We are excited to have each of them join our program," James said. "We looked at their character, academics and talent on the mat during recruiting," he said. The recruits include four Oklahomans: Michael Bowling of Glenpool, Corby Ray of Sapulpa, Tanner Shelton of Ponca City and Tyler Zuckerman of Lawton MacArthur. They are joined by Jarrett Edison of Wichita, Kansas, Michael Gerber of Amarillo, Texas and transfers Luke Elmore, from Labette (Kan.) Community College and Paul Mayfield, from Neosho (Kan.) County Community College.

Gerber said he chose UCO after watching the team's fourth place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championship. "Edmond and Amarillo are alike and it's only three or four hours from home," he said. Gerber said his main goal in his first year of college will be to win more matches than he loses. "Then, maybe in a couple years I'll be an AllAmerican." James said things in the wrestling room should be interesting with the infusion of new blood. "Some of the new guys will step in right away and others will take some time," he said. James said the team should make a legitimate run at a national title next season. "We only lost one senior from last year's team and we have some guys who are ready to make some noise," he said. Matt Caban can be reached at mcaban@thevistaonlinacom.

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USA midfielder Landon Donovan (21) fights Zakaria Aboub for the ball in the first half of their friendly soccer match on Tuesday, May 23.The United States will play against Italy, Ghana, and the Czech Republic in Group E during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. (AP Photo)

by Matt Caban Sports Writer

The battle lines will be drawn between friends and colleagues June 9 with the kickoff of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This year's World Cup features some local flavor as 19 of the 32 countries playing are represented on campus, said Jalal Daneshfar, international student adviser and UCO soccer club sponsor. He said the World Cup represents students from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Togo, Ukraine and the United States. Daneshfar said aside from the United States, the most heavily represented country is Japan with 310 students followed by South Korea (55,) Iran (11,) Mexico (8) and England (7.) UCO's Head Women's Soccer Coach Mike Cook said some Americans don't realize

how big an event the World Cup skip school to watch games." Seck said the World Cup is. "Every country in the world offers fans a chance to learn has a chance to play in the about other countries. "Before this year I never World Cup," he said. According to FIFA, 194 different countries knew about Trinidad and entered the qualifying round for Tobago [who qualified for their this year's World Cup with the first World Cup,]" he said. Michael Fadum, an English top 32 playing for the title of world champion this summer in creative studies junior and goalkeeper for the UCO Germany. club soccer team also Daneshfar said plans to watch the the World Cup truly World Cup. is one of the most "I want America to popular events in the win first, but I also world. According to will root for teams FIFA, the interna- MA WORLD CUP tional soccer football GER MA rw like England and eaos Germany," he said. governing body, 1.1 Fadum said he likes America's billion people watched the 2002 World Cup final. He said all of chances even though they face this year's World Cup game will two early challenges in Italy and be shown live on ABC, ESPN the Czech Republic. "Both are ranked in the top and ESPN2. Watching every game of the 20 in the world, but I think peotournament is essential for some ple will see a balanced World soccer fans, said Mohamed Cup," he said. Fadum won't be alone cheering Seck, a management informafor the Americans, Daneshfar tion systems senior. "I will try to watch every said. game," he said. "When I was growing up [in Senegal] I would

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"I cheer for both the U.S. and Iran," he said. Daneshfar, who is Iranian, said he is excited because this will be Iran's third World Cup appearance. Unlike Daneshfar and Fadum, Cook will be rooting for someone other than the U.S. "I was born in Ecuador so obviously I'm pulling for them," he said. Cook said he also will cheer on other South American teams including Brazil and Argentina. "I'm partial to the South American style of play," he said. The World Cup always is full of surprises, Daneshfar said. "It's becoming more exciting as its not dominated by Latin American and European teams," he said. "Anyone can win the World Cup these days." Matt Caban can be reached at

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