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By Nelson Solomon and Carrie Cronk
see SECURITY, page 5
Students enjoy summer jobs
I Beijing? Olympics means unity
UCO student to assist Going Omen at Olympics
Officials: threat didn't warrant alert
When a recent bomb threat was reported at UCO, there wasn't enough of a threat to notify the campus using Central Alert, said Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, vice president of Information Technology. Central Alert is the emergency notification system that allows authorized UCO officials to send news and instructions simultaneously to individuals through landline phones, cellular phones, text messaging and e-mail, according to the IT Web site. "At the time of that particular threat, seniorlevel administrators and Jeff Harp, chief of police, gathered together to figure out the true level of the threat," Rolfe said. . "And based on the information that we had, the situation did not appear to be a serious threat," she said. Harp said on the morning of the bomb threat they met in President Webb's office at 5 a.m. to discuss the threat and to make decisions based on the known information. "At that time there was information that steered us to believing that it might not be true." Harp said authorities spent the majority of the day pursuing the threat from two different angles. The first angle involved verifying the information about the threat and performing an investigation to identify a suspect. The second angle involved if the threat was false and how that could be determined. Rolfe added that even though the situation ended up being resolved, "people who were going to be
Trainer passes screening tests
By Rachel Van Horn AP Writer
Savings 'blowing in wind' By Jordan Richison Staff Writer
UCO has saved nearly an extra $2,000 per month so far this year because it's not at the mercy of oil and gas price fluctuations said Charles Burgett, general manager at Edmond Electric. UCO originally estimated on saving $260,000 a year on energy cost when it switched to wind electricity in 2004. But that was when gas prices were at a little more than $2 per gallon. This makes the switch to wind energy look even better. UCO is one of the biggest users of wind energy in the country as it receives all its energy on campus from ,wind power. This has led to UCO being recognized for
see GREEN, page 5
Security making strides toward improvement By Carrie Cronk Staff Writer
Even before a shooter opened fire on the Virginia Tech campus over a year ago, UCO was working on a proposal to purchase a campus emergency notification system, which is now known as Central Alert, according to UCO Chief of Police Jeff Harp. The university isn't stopping there to ensure the safety and security of students, staff and faculty. "We're trying to find the balance between all the different mechanisms to communicate," Harp said.
"There's multiple ways we're going to, have to communicate to get everybody. When we have a crisis, we've got to quickly implement and figure out if [we're] going to make the notification, [and] what [we're] going to communicate." "We're in the process now of implementing an additional communication mechanism," Harp said. The new addition will enable any computer logged on the university's network" will display a window anytime an emergency message is sent out.
WOODWARD -- Krista Fagala is looking for inspiration in all she does in life. So perhaps it is appropriate that the 22-yearold University of Central Oklahoma senior would become involved with the Paralympics, the worldwide celebrated event similar to the Olympics for those who have physical disabilities such as lost limbs, blindness, paralysis or a host of other physical disabilities. This year, the Paralympics will be held for three weeks in September in Beijing, China and Fagala, who is a health and physical education major, will be there as an assistant trainer. It will be the second worldwide running of the event. "UCO hosts one of two of the national sites for the Paralympics here in the U.S.," she said. "Since we are the host for the "Some of these people Paralympics here, the have really had to Kinesiology overcome things... Department sometimes their times decided they would send are as good as the someone to Olympians." train for two -Krista Fagala and a half months in Colorado Springs at the training center and go to the Paralympics event in China this fall." She was chosen for the role after she had participated in several screenings through UCO, by the United States Olympic Committee. "I will be a part of the Growth and Development Outreach Program while I am in Colorado Springs," she said. She will spend her next two months learning how to assist and coach people with every kind of physical disability to perform many different sporting events. "These are people who have blindness, lost legs or arms," she said. "Many people confuse the Paralympics with the Special Olympics. In the Paralympics, people have physical disability and with Special Olympics they have cognitive disability." Traveling all the way to Beijing is hardly something the former nursing major would have thought she'd be doing in the summer of 2008 when she began college nearly four years ago.
see IMPROVEMENT, page 3
see TRAINER, page 5
Chartwells wins 10-year contract Students will notice change at food service venues, officials said. By Nelson Solomon Managing Editor
Every food venue on campus will undergo renovations, thanks to a new 10-year contract between UCO and its food service provider, officials said. Chartwells, part of the Compass Group, will undergo several changes as result of the new contract, which goes into effect Photo Provided July 1, said Greg Schwartz, director of dining services. The convenient store in the Nigh University Center is one of several food When asked about the terms venues that is being renovated as part of Chartwells' new contract with of the new food service contract the university. with Chartwells, Schwartz said
they were "unable to discuss the details of the new contract terms." Construction is already underway on the Central Cafeteria resident dining facility, which should be completed by the fall semester, Schwartz said. The new construction is paving the way for a concept called Pulse on Dining, in which "we bring the cooking from behind the scenes out front, so the students and customers will see the cooking in front of them," he said. Pulse on Dining is an organized and intelligentprogram thatfocuses on fresh food, healthy options, and unparalleled customer for today's
millennial students, according to a provided information sheet. The concept promises students 15-, 18- or 20-day menu cycles to eliminate recipe repetition, hundreds of ethnic recipes and more than 1,200 vegetarian recipes and promises that every dish is prepared with the best ingredients to make a healthy and delicious meal, the sheet states. Also, the concept promises cutting edge dining rooms with open kitchens that allow students to experience the comfort and familiarity of eating in a restaurant-styled environment,
see CHARTWELLS, page 5
June 12, 2008
Campus Notes Vermilyea retirement party set
NEWS/OPINION Web Watch/what You're Reading On-Line The top four most viewed articles on thevistaonline.com for the week June 5-11:
The staff from the Conference and Event Services will play host to a reception honoring the retirement of Liz Vermilyea, a conference consultant, who has been with UCO for 20 years. The come-and-go event will last from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 in Ballroom A, Nigh University Center.
In an age of steroids and performance enhancing drugs in sports, the one performance enhancer that often goes unnoticed is the rapidly improving technological advantage for Paralympic athletes. --by Jordan Richison
IT urges password security
2. Blue states? Red states?
A limited number of UCONNECT user accounts were compromised May 19 by an outside source because of weak passwords, officials in the Department of Information Technology said. The attackers used the accounts to send out SPAM to many other users across the Internet. Officials from the IT Department said the breaches have been dealt with and the SPAM coming from UCO systems has been stopped. As part of the solution to prevent more incidences, the IT Department temporarily disabled the auto-forward function in UCONNECT mail. This is the function that forwards your email to another address that you specify (not to be confused with Forwarding a message you receive to another recipient). To help prevent your account from being compromised by hackers, officials in IT urge users to change their passwords if they've not already done so. You can change your password by clicking the "School Services" tab, then click "Broncho Central Services." Expand the "Personal Information" folder and select "Change Password (PIN)" to initiate the password change process. A password can be only six characters, but users can and should use a combination of upper- and lower-case characters and numbers, IT officials said.
1. Advances lift paralympians
I can't decide if I'm more worried about our economic struggles or how little my generation, and the generations leading us, is doing to change it.. --by Jana Davis
CAMPUS QUOTES: Compiled and photographed by Chanel Henry
3. IT staff watches security
Until four years ago, there was no one on the Information Technology department's staff whose primary focus was server security. Today, there are three who watch for unusual activity. --by Nelson Solomon
"What do you enjoy most about summer?"
4. Food venues change
Every food venue on campus will undergo renovations, thanks to new 10year contract between UCO and its food service provider, officials said. --by Nelson Solomon
Poll Results How high will Oklahoma gas prices soar before the end of summer?
In response to Jana Davis' column, Blue States? Red
State? No, It is the Unites States This was a really great article with a strong point. The problems we are facing are everyone's problem, regardless of what political party they support. If we have any hope of getting issues, through these we're going to have to do it together as a country. —Andrea Smart
Percy Mack Criminal Justice - Sophomore
Matt Webb Broadcasting-Junior
"The fact that you can take classes and get them over with."
Briana Picard English-Creative Studies-Sophomore
Scholars participate in Exchange
UCO McNair Scholars Basir Abdullah and Austin Conner will participate in the inaugural UCO McNair Scholars Exchange from June 2 to July 31 in Bangalore, India. India's St. Joseph's College of Business Administration is the host institution. Abdullah and Conner will spend eight weeks conducting research with a faculty mentor, attending classes at a local university, residing with a host family and exploring different cultures.
Josh Bryce Kinesiology -Senior
"Smaller classes and easier parking."
Music School plans flute camp
The UCO Central Community Music School's Flute Camp will be Monday-Friday, June 23-27, on the UCO campus. Register by June 13 for a discounted tuition. The camp is for flutists in grades 6-10 who have had one to five years of band or private instruction. The camp will end with a concert for family and friends. More information and registration forms are available at http://www.camd.ucok.edu/
Leadership class selected
Twenty-one UCO staff members have been selected for Leadership UCO, Class VI, for 2008-2009. They are Thomas Barmann, supervisor for plumbing and welding, Physical Plant; Lakeisha Bryant, academic adviser, Academic Advisement; Larry Clayton, workers' compensation and risk management coordinator; Environmental Health and Safety; Kevin Freeman, director of special projects, Administration; Chelli Gentry, director of assessment, Academic Affairs; and Cindy Guthrie, customer service/ ProCard manager, Administrative Service. Other selections included Melody Hansen, development manager, Wellness Center; David Hartmann, assistant professor, Information Systems and Operations Management; Gypsy Hogan, publications editor, University Relations; Amanda Horton, graphic designer/Web coordinator, Wellness Center; Stephanie Kahne, academic adviser, Academic Advisement; David Koehn, assistant vice president of administration, Administration; Raul Martinez, assistant director, Transportation and Parking Services; Patti Neuhold, assistant director of organizational development, Administration; Emily Griffin Overocker, director of student leadership programs, Leadership Central; and Greg Parker, student organization coordinator, Student Life. Also earning spots in the class were Susan Parks-Schlepp, marketing and communications manager, College of Arts, Media and Design; Kati Schmidt, program coordinator, Center for Professional and Distance Education; Denise Smith, director, Purchasing and Payment Services; Megan Smith, member services coordinator, Alumni Relations; and, Deborah Thompson, access services librarian; Chambers Library.
Brandon Fisher Political Science- Senior
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What's The Point? -
by Jana Davis, Editor
Why Beijing? Olympics require a sense of unity The Olympics are almost here. I never was a fan, really. I watch them, but it was never something I felt I had to have on at every moment. Beijing is an interesting choice. The thought is nice, even the name of the city has sort of a ring to it. I never did understand, though, why we would all decide on a city that has the potential of being restricted in a lot of ways. It's kind of feels like going over to someone's house that
doesn't know how to be a certain types of swimsuits. But Perhaps the Olympics can remind us all that we are fireworks are still a no-no. host. humans living on the same There was also a rumor for They never offers you any drinks, they don't ask if you a while that Olympic athletes planet. I find it ironic that we are hungry, they make you feel couldn't bring Bibles to China. fight and kill one another and uncomfortable and certainly It panned out to only be a decide not to talk about our differences, but when it comes gives you the feeling of wearing rumor. It is about the sports, isn't it? to sports, we all jump in ready out your welcome. China was Right now the U.S. is trying to compete. just one of many decisions I It might be nice this year to don't think I'll understand, but to work out agreements with I am excited to see how it will China on energy trades. It finally put away differences could either help or hinder our and come together . We may do turn out. Fortunately for Japanese relationship with China. Sports a lot of things wrong as a human swimmers, China lifted the either draw people closer or race, but a good competition is not one of them. restriction of wearing only make them enemies.
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UCO students find campus jobs beneficial By Jordan Richison Staff Writer
Whether it's researching and experimenting with human cells in a biology lab, writing news articles for' the school paper, giving future students campus tours or answering phones and organizing papers, UCO students are hard at work all across campus this summer. Student jobs are open to any student on campus who is enrolled in six or more hours in the spring or fall semesters. The number of jobs on campus varies depending on the department that is hiring. Some students find working on campus a lot easier than most jobs because it is not only easy to get to, but the employers will also work around school schedules. "The people who you work for realize that you are a student first, and an employee second. They know that you have tests, study groups, projects, etc, that take priority, and each office is able to work around your schedule with ease," said forensic science senior Casey Miller, who is working this summer on campus as a Summer Guide. Miller added she also likes how working on campus is also a great way to start making
connections, because she is working with faculty and staff at the school who could help her with her career in the future after she graduates. UCO sophomore Hunter Scott is working this summer on campus as a "Student Guide" and says he enjoys working on campus because working with fellow students creates a relaxing atmosphere. "I can work and be allowed time to take a summer class during the day. My adviser is amazing and truly cares about what he does and his Student Guides. This has been the best job ever," Scott said. Scott said since he is already a student, working on campus is an advantage. "I'm already familiar with the setting on campus and the way things work." Senior Jameica Dorn is another student who enjoys the flexibility and convenience of working on campus. Dorn, who works as a receptionist for Academic Advisement in the Nigh University Center, said: "It's convenient having the opportunity to work in between classes when your class schedule is spread out during day." Dorn said her job consists of scheduling appointments, answering phones and
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Tiffani Bates, a full-time graduate student pursuing adult education, works at the Advisement Office in the University Center 40 hours a week.
assisting transfer students and incoming working on campus as a summer resident freshman with enrollment. advisor helps her save money because she She said her advisers are flexible with doesn't have to drive anywhere. She can scheduling and understand if she needs just walk or ride her scooter to wherever to study. she needs to go on campus. She added that the thing she likes best Scott said he finds working on campus about her job is getting to help out people to be very convenient and cost friendly every day. because he only has to work four days a "I absolutely love the fact that I'm in a week and living so close to campus helps position to help a lot of students," Dorn save money on gas. "It's nice only driving for five minutes said. One of the big problems facing students to work and back," Scott said. this summer is the ever-increasing cost of gas. UCO sophomore Elizabeth Le said
Improvement Continued from Page 1 If a professor is using a computer program such as PowerPoint during a class, the window will dominate the screen until the professor clears the window. Harp said the new program would be used under the same circumstances as central alert. The university is also looking for funds to invest in other improvements as well. "We just applied for a half million dollars grant with the Department of Education. We're one of about 40 schools nationwide that applied." Harp said the grantis for an external public announcement system that would enable the Department of Public Safety to alert everyone on campus to a potentially dangerous situation. One feature being considered is a tornado siren tone,
which would enable the DPS to sound an alert after receiving notification of severe weather from Edmond's Emergency Management Office, he said. In addition to the computer alert system and the PA system, Harp said the university is currently making long-term changes to the fire panels in several buildings. The new fire panels will have voice addressability, which will allow authorities to communicate with people in the buildings. "We'll be able to actually pick up a microphone ... and read some prepared text about a crisis so [students and staff) will hear what it actually is," Harp said. He added that he expected about 9 buildings to be online by August or September. Harp said that during an emergency situation "information has to be clear, understandable, give you information
about what you need to do and where you might need to go for additional information." To help ensure these criteria an alert the university is working to create prewritten and pre-typed standard messages that can easily be called up and issued when needed, he said. Currently the Central Alert system has 17,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff, each of which have numerous ways to be contacted. The software has to determine how to quickly notify those people using the existing communications infrastructure; lie added. Harp said subscribers keep their banner information updated in the system. To date only about 15 percent of subscribers have updated their information now.
UCO representatives make presentations at Johns Hopkins By Abha Phoboo Staff Writer
A UCO student and staff member represented the university at the 2nd Annual Conference for the Dissemination of Student Research on Addiction, Infectious Disease and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. UCO student Aladdin Obeid presented his independent research on a retrospective study assessing the mental health services at the university. Dr. Bruce Lochner, vice president of Student Affairs and director of the Student Counseling Center, spoke about the school's security summit and the campus' preparedness for emergencies. The conference took place on April 21. "We were looking at the national college of health administration's database and at the Pharmacopsychological (i.e. student's mental health status and treatment) issues at UCO after psychiatric services were made available on campus," Obeid said. The study analyzed the difference in the mental health status of students at UCO before and after the introduction of psychiatric services. This also helped monitor the public health policy on campus by looking at cases of nearly 1,700 students during the two-year survey period. "The survey was very public health and lifestyle oriented," Obeid said. "Students were more committed on campus and were responding effectively to the treatments after the psychiatric services were made available. This service is unique in Oklahoma." Of the survey period, nine months of study included the psychiatric services. The study focused on mental health, drug abuse, depression, and other problems. UCO was the only Oklahoma college or university represented at the conference. Other participating schools included UCLA, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Biola, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others. Obeid's abstract was among the 80 selected. "It was an opportunity to present the
Photo Provided Aladdin Obeid (left) and Dr. Bruce Lochner, direct of the UCO Student Counseling Center at a medic conference at Johns Hopkins University.
independent research study that Aladdin had done and I had sponsored," Lochner said. "We spoke with representatives from the National Institute of Mental Health and other national institutions. They were very welcoming and invited to apply again." UCO is a prevention oriented campus that invests in its programs with a sense of commitment toward its community. "We are a commuter school and have a different perspective on dealing with primary prevention program," Obeid said. "Good partnership at the introduction of primary care for the community makes us unique." Obeid said members of the counseling center are currently working on a new project to prevent drug abuse and addiction. Hopefully, partnership with other national agencies will result in the possibility of research publication from UCO, he said. After the Virginia Tech campus shooting, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry established a Campus Life and Security Subforce Committee, of which Lochner is a member. "Oklahoma universities and colleges were reviewed and found woefully lacking" Lochner said. "There is a great need for mental health counselors in Oklahoma. professional is essential for 1,500 students."
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06/04 UCO Police responded to a call of theft from a vehicle in a campus parking lot at 1:37 p.m.
its energy conservative efforts from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. 06/03 At 10:25 a.m., UCO Police took a report reAccording to Edmond Electric, the garding a stolen Bum-A-Bike. company who supplies the wind energy to UCO wind powered energy 06/03 UCO Police responded to a call from the Col- costs nine cents per 100-kilowatt lege of Liberal Arts regarding a stolen projector. block. Electric gas on the other hand, however, is cheaper per 100-kilowatt block. Unlike wind energy, which is 06/08 During a traffic stop for speeding, UCO Police produced at a constant cost, gas electric prices change every 30 days discovered the driver was operating the vehicle with a suspended license. The driver was issued an depending on the cost of gas and Edmond citation for Driving Under the Suspension fuel. "Wind power is very efficient and police allowed the passenger to drive the vehicle because it's natural and it doesn't cost away. anything to produce or maintain," said Charlie Johnson, executive 06/04 At 6:24 p.m., a UCO Department of Public director of University Relations. Safety golf cart was involved in an accident. A tie Johnson said there wasn't an exact
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06/03 UCO Police took a report of harassment at 11:59 a.m.
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Falsified Documents 06/04 UCO Police took an informational report regarding an individual using falsified documents to enroll at UCO. The individual's admission was rescinded.
Fire Alarms 06/02 UCO Police responded to a fire alarm at Central Plaza.
"My mom was a nurse and so that is why I got into it," she said. "But I decided that I would rather work with people in this way more than being in a hospital." Fagala said she looks forward to this new experience that she has been granted because those who overcome adversity inspire her. "Some of these people have really had to overcome things, they've lost a leg or something and sometimes
amount on how much UCO spends on wind energy, but according to the UCO Web site, the use of wind power energy saves the university about $260,000 annually. Johnson said with the gas prices increasing daily, the cost of gas energy the next few months is also expected to increase. "The cost of natural gas energy changes sufficiently because the prices all depend on how high gas is that day," Johnson said. UCO has been using a campus wide green program since 2004. It is designed to make UCO a more environmentally friendly campus. Currently, UCO uses 100 percent green energy through wind power, producing and using bio-diesel fuel, making energy efficiency improvements to the physical plant. According to a recent UCO press
their times are as good as the Olympians." That kind of inspiration would mean something to a young woman who is facing a serious spinal surgery in October as soon as she returns from China. Fagala has a condition called Kyphosis, a genetic malformation of three of her spinal segments that has to be straightened and corrected by pushing a rod through them and attaching all three. The condition creates a difficulty with
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release, UCO Vice President Steve Kreidler estimates UCO has saved about $15 million since beginning its campus wide green initiatives in 2004. "The switch is good for the environment and it helps taxpayers save money," Kriedler said Since becoming a green university UCO has received several awards and honors for the efforts. Among the awards were Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Vanguard award and Oklahoma State University's Green Award for Sustainability. UCO was also named to the EPA's Green Power Leadership Club last year.
breathing in her case. The surgery carries some risk of paralysis, she said. "I guess when I see these people, it lets me know that whatever happens after my surgery, that there is still something out there, that if the worst happens, everything will still work out for me."
Chartwells Continued from Page 1 promotional material states. Theâ€” layout of Central - -Cafeteria will completely change, and a new convenience store with retail items replacing the soft seating area. A new lounge area with tables will be near the checkout area, and the seating will change from long tables to small tables at which people can sit in groups. There will be a mix of traditional and bar-high seating, as well as cold and hot bars and a soup bar. A combination of self-made deli sandwiches and salads will make up one section, and there will be a pizza oven section that produces better-quality pizza, Schwartz said. "The quality of the pizza will improve because you're firing it in a more traditional pizza oven," he said. One section of the cafeteria is designed to resemble "somebody's kitchen in their house." There will be a breakfast nook with bar stools, Schwartz said. People can make waffles or have cereal; there will also be refrigerators under the counters. "The goal is to have students feel like they're interacting with the meal experience rather than just being served," he said. The Suites Cafeteria will be converted into the Broncho Grill, which will feature a menu concept called Coyote Jack's , Schwartz said. "The 'Coyote Jack's' brand is an internal brand with a specialty menu, featuring unique burgers, grilled sandwiches, made-to-order food, waiter service during peak hours and selfservice during non-peak hours," he said. Schwartz said the plan is to open both
facilities in the coming fall semester. the Legends dining room will undergo a- small - renovation toâ€”separate the food service bars into hot and cold offerings. Construction on the convenience store in the Nigh University Center started last week. Schwartz said the store will take on a more modern feel and be called Outtakes. "Outtakes, the convenience store, includes a lot of the prepackaged foods already seen across campus but also has a coffee bar and a lot of convenience items," Jennifer Yeaman, marketing manager, said. "The look is just more modern and sleek." Said Schwartz: "Outtakes will be a quick cuisine store where we'll sell pre-made salads, pre-made sandwiches; it's for somebody that's on the run and wants grab-and-go-food. They will also sell fresh bakery items, and later in the day there will be cookies and brownies as well as traditional foods and beverages. "It has a feeling that is more in keeping with the direction the university is going. The current convenience store feels dated." Schwartz said the renovated store will offer a lot warmer environment. "It will be a lot more welcoming," he said. "It'll be a better first impression for those who enter the Nigh Center." The current Lakeside coffee shop will be converted into a full-service Starbucks. "The island where the coffee bar is will be demolished and you'll be facing a full licensed Starbucks store when you face the mural on the back wall," Schwartz said. Plenty of seating will be available and the seating area will feel like a Starbucks, Schwartz said. The Starbucks' renovation will be done thissummerandbeready for the fal I, hesaid.
Construction continues in the Central Cafeteria as part of the Chartwells remodeling process.
The Nigh Center Food Court will be renovated next summer and will open in the fall of 2009. The food court will have a concept called Mamma Leones, which features a pizza and pasta venue. The Compass Group bought the Manhattan, N.Y., brand. Changes for the food court area will include replacing Blimpie's with Quiznos, adding an A&W Restaurant, and adding an island in the middle with made-toorder sushi and Asian cuisine, which will feature Japanese and Chinese food. 0-Natural will replace the Greek salad venue presently in the food court, and Chick-fin-A will remain in the food court. "I've only enjoyed a few of the items Chartwells offers, but I'm glad to see that things are going to change," said Euni
Melakayil, biology junior. "I especially look forward to the new Starbucks and the new venues that will come to the campus." Schwartz said Student Body President John Bobb-Semple is already working on compiling a Student Advisory Board, which will represent the views of the students regarding the food service at the university and ways to improve it. "The board will include students from every background such as commuter, resident and athletes, and will help us get feedback about nutrition and other important aspects," Schwartz said. Plans for beyond 2009 are already in progress, Schwartz said.
Security Continued from Page 1 involved if the event was real were notified and kept up to date about the information." "We took the precautions we felt were reasonable given on the information we had." Harp said had the information been different they would have used Central Alert. Harp said that ultimately the university president makes decides when to use Central Alert. When a real threatening situation occurs, University Relations director Charles Johnson will alert the local media and then students through the main university Web site, Central Alert and through all computers in the UCO network, Rolfe said.
She said a strategic decision was made to use Central Alert only for emergencies, in order to maintain the validity of the system. "If we overuse it, people won't pay attention to it and it will become spam," she said. "However, in case of imminent danger, it will be used quite quickly to inform those who should be notified." Harp said, "when you get a message from us it's going to be ... a situation that you need to look at this and take action based on the information." Harp said before the system is used campus officials will consider several factors including what the threat is, if the evidence indicates it's a real and imminent threat, how severe it is, how is threatened and how much time they have to distribute the information.
Rolfe and Harp said the system would be tested in July and September to see how many are signed up for the program and to test the effectiveness of the system. "We test the system at least once a quarter," she said. Since the system was instated, no threatening situations have occurred that warranted notification, Rolfe said. She referenced an incident that occurred after the last test where students called into the IT office inquiring why they weren't notified when a suspect ran onto the campus. "In that situation, police caught the suspect very quickly, so the threat was very minimal," she said. "Safety and security are important to us, but we don't want to overuse the system," she said.
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Mickelson to challenge Woods at U.S. Open By Jordan Richison Staff Writer
AP Photo by Matt Slocum
Phil Mickelson laughs as he walks down the 18th fairway during his practice round for the US Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course Tuesday, June 10, 2008 in San Diego.
The world's No.1 golfer Tiger Woods will lead 140 of the world's best golfers into the second major of the year this Thursday through Sunday to compete in the 108th U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf and Country Club in San Diego, Calif. Woods, a three-time U.S. ,Open champion, will be competing in his first tournament since The Masters last April. Shortly after the tournament, Woods went under the knife for minor knee surgery to fix a torn ligament. Woods is hoping to capture his 14th career major, which would move him ever closer to legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus' elusive record of 17 career majors. One of Woods' top challengers this weekend will be his longtime rival and the world's second-ranked player, Phil Mickelson. Mickelson, known throughout the golf world as "Lefty," will be looking for his fourth career major and first
career U.S. Open title. Mickelson has a good record at the U.S. Open, finishing second four times in his career, a US Open Record. This year's tournament will bring a historic change to the tournament for the first time in the tournament's 108-year history. The top 30 players in the world will be paired together based on their rankings in the first two rounds. Woods and Mickelson may be the two biggest names in Golf, but there are several other players out there who are capable of winning the U.S. Open. Among the top contenders in the field are 2008 Masters Champ Trevor Immelman, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera and Stewart Cink. The field also has several local ties such as Edmond North graduate and current Oklahoma State golfer Kevin Tway. Tway, the son of 1986 PGA Champion Bob Tway, qualified for the tournament after going through three different rounds of USGA qualifying. One of the dark horse picks in the
tournament is former University of Oklahoma standout Anthony Kim. I believe by the time Sunday rolls around, we're going to be in for a real treat. I think Woods and Mickelson will separate themselves from the field and battle it out against each other all four rounds. But in the end I have a gut feeling that this is "Lefty's" year. He's a San Diego native; he's played the course since he was a kid; he lives here; he's going to be the overwhelming crowd favorite; he's won three tournaments at Torrey Pines; and he knows the course better than anyone in the field. Plus he's won twice this year, including a few weeks ago at Colonial, so he's on top of his game. By the time Sunday night rolls around, I believe this will be a Father's Day that Mickelson will always remember because he'll finally stop being the U.S. Open bridesmaid and finally become the bride as he will capture his first U.S. Open of his allusive career.
UCO catcher drafted by Kansas City Royals
Miguel Moctezuma had a lifelong dream realized last week when the Central Oklahoma standout was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Moctezuma, a junior catcher from Edmond, was the 565th pick in the draft. "It didn't matter who drafted me, I just wanted the opportunity to play and I'm really looking forward to it," Moctezuma said. "The Royals have shown a lot of interest and I liked that. I'm kind of nervous, but this is what I've been working for and I'm ready to go play."
Moctezuma is the first UCO player to be drafted since Chance Smith in 2004 and his 19th-round selection is the highest by a Broncho in at least 20 years. The junior enjoyed a remarkable season, ranking second in the Lone Star Conference with a .434 batting average. He delivered 99 hits in 228 at bats. He led the Bronchos in average, at bats, hits, runs (70), doubles (17), walks (31), sacrifice flies (7) and on-base percentage (.496) while also slugging 10 home runs and driving in 58 runs. Moctezuma was also a defensive stalwart,
committing just six errors in 446 chances. He was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference pick and also earned first-team All-South Central Regional honors.
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