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Earhart made a stop at UCO in 1936 About a year and a half before she mysteriously disappeared after a plane crash, first lady of flight and aviatrix Amelia Earhart Putnam made a stop at UCO on January 27, 1936. It was then Central State Teachers College.

Alpha Gam are friends for life Whether they're serving spaghetti to hungry college students to help raise money for charity or volunteering their time to help out in the community, the women of Alpha Gamma Delta are doing their part to help not only the UCO community, but also the Edmond community.

New Vista Web staff Twenty-two-yearold broadcast major Lauren Seabrook will now be giving online video updates on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons during the summer for The Vista. Seabrook is from Edmond and is a fifth year senior who will graduate in May 09. She said what got her into broadcasting was her father's influence. PAGE 2

'Get Smart' movie review Funnyman Steve Carell is back again in the movie adaptation of iconic 1960s television series "Get Smart." Carell plays Maxwell Smart, the insanely selfconfident secret agent who gets a chance to realize his long-held dream of working in the field. His first mission is to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. PAGE 7

Bill Clinton supports Obama Former President Clinton on. Tuesday offered to help Barack Obama win the White House, although what work he'll do for his wife's former rival remained uncertain. The Obama campaign is still smarting over some of Bill Clinton's criticism in the primary race, while the last Democratic president remains a popular political draw. But before the two can work together, they have to speak. PAGE 4

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Director sues, citing unequal treatment

State Regents plan talks about tuition By Carrie Cronk Staff Writer

By Nelson Solomon Managing Editor

Dr. Sandra J. Mayfield, the director of UCO's women's studies minor, has filed a lawsuit against the Regional University System of Oklahoma, the body that governs the university, over pay unfairness, according to court records. The civil case, filed in federal court in Oklahoma City earlier this month, claims university officials violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Oklahoma AntiDiscrimination Act and the Equal Pay Act, when Mayfield was not paid the same as a male counterpart in an equal position, according to a June 19 article from the Daily Oklahoman. Mayfield said that the case is primarily about the fact that Brent Sharp, director of leadership studies, is being paid for being a director of a minor program while she is not. A look at the 2007-2008 fiscal year budget revealed the salary of Sharp, an associate professor of political science, to be $67,690 while Mayfield, a professor of English, receives an annual salary of $68, 234. A June 19 Oklahoman article stated that Sharp "was hired to oversee a leadership minor at a salary almost equal to Mayfield's even though she had more experience." Sharp disputed this fact. "None of my salary is based on my job as leadership director. I'm just an associate professor," Sharp said. "It's more a matter of pay compression than it is -

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Passion of Jazz: Like No other Lab Lee Rucker, jazz lab director, plays at the UCO Jazz Lab. The jazz lab hosts shows during the summer and school year. Doors open at 7 p.m. and shows typically start at 8 p.m. The next show will be Floyd Haynes and his Orchestra on Thursday, June 26. Friday's show will be The Jazz Company featuring Brian Gorrell and Shane Conaway. Schedules can be found at www.ucojazzlab.com .

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UCO students might take a hit in the pocketbook from more than just rising gas food prices this next academic year. During the last few weeks numerous colleges and universities across the state have announced increased tuition rates of nearly 10 percent for students this next year, and UCO officials are talking about tuition prices as well. Kirsten Honeycutt, executive assistant to the president, said the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are expected to discuss tuition increases during their meeting at 9 a.m. today. A tuition rate increase for UCO is expected to be part of the conversation, she said. On Wednesday, the Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma approved a 9.9 percent- increase- in tuition and fees for the upcoming school year. That decision came five days after Oklahoma State University's regents approved an tuition and fees increase of the same amount. Other colleges and universities that have approved tuition increases include Cameron University in Lawton, which has approved a 9.4 percent increase, and Rogers State University, which approved an increase of 9.9 percent. Students across the state will be affected during the 20082009 school year, as colleges and universities attempt to bridge the gap between their requested budget amounts and the amounts the state Legislature appropriated for them. Before any increases can be put into effect, the OSRHE must give final approval of the proposed amounts.

Summer guides give new Bronchos direction Largest gift received in school history By Jordan Richison Staff Writer

Going from high school to college can be a difficult adjustment for some, but a new program at UCO is hoping to change that and help upcoming freshman make a smooth transition into college life. Enrollment Central is a secondyear program set up to run throughout the entire summer that is designed for upcoming freshman and their parents to come to campus and learn different things about the school and campus life in general. New students and their parents will also get the chance to talk one-on-one with an academic advisor. During this time, they will be advised and assessed in what classes they need to take in the fall. During Enrollment Central, current UCO students act as Summer Guides and help guide the parents and students to where they need to be at certain times and make sure groups get to the places they need to be. The guides also help students enroll in their classes for their

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Camila Munoz, who is a summer guide, answers questions for Kelsey Stephens in the Nigh Building on June 23, 2008. Summer Guides help incoming freshmen.

first semester after they meet with an academic adviser. They are also there to help with other services they may need to use, like obtaining a student ID, financial aid or housing. "We are here as informational

resources and to give a student perspective on what it's like to go to school here at UCO," said senior Casey Miller, one of the Student Guides.

The University of Central Oklahoma recently received its largest endowed gift in school history from Raphael (Ray) and Ann Beresford in honor of their late son, John Taylor Beresford. The $2 million endowed gift will be divided into three areas to benefit students and faculty in the College of Mathematics and Science. Beresford, or as his Edmond friends knew him, John T., came to Edmond from New Jersey in 1990 to work as a photojournalist for the Livermore family at Edmond Sun. He soon realized his talent for computers and in 2000 launched his own Web design and hosting company, Digital Studio Designs. "John T. was way ahead of the curve on web site development. He made sure his newspaper Web site was the first in Oklahoma. Many Oklahoma newspapers studied and learned from what john T. created," said Ray Hibbard, a member of the UCO Foundation Board of Trustees, publisher of Edmond Life & Leisure and a client of Beresford's.

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Center demonstrates software The UCO Student Counseling Center is demonstrating its stress reduction software to departments and classes this summer. The clinic, located in Room 419, Nigh University Center, is free and is available to the entire UCO community. Contact Jan Chapel at jchapel@ucok. edu or 974-2215 for more information.

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UCO preps for wage change The federal minimum wage will increase from $5.85 per hour to $6.55 per hour effective with UCO's pay period beginning July 20, 2008. This change will impact those students currently making less than $6.55 this summer, but no additional paperwork will be needed from their departments. Payroll staff will enter the new hourly rate for each individual, and student salary budgets will be funded to accommodate the increase.

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Jeanenne Teed, of St. Petersburg, Fla., holds Gus, a pedigree Chinese Crested, who won the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. by Vista photographer Eric Rothwell

Music School plans flute camp The UCO Central Community Music School's Flute Camp will be MondayFriday, June 23-27, on the UCO campus. 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 /music/ music_ccms.html. Contact the Music Department at 9745004 to register or for questions.

Retirement reception planned A come-and-go retirement reception for Dr. Don Powers will be from 10-11:30 a.m. June 26, in the Leadership Lounge located in the first floor, Administration. Powers served UCO in numerous capacities during his 17-plus years of service, including director of facilities, director of environmental health and safety, manager of bids and contracts and more recently as compliance manager in the Office of Legal Counsel. Powers has also coordinated a number of special projects including the UCOJohnson ,Controls Performance Contract and the Disaster Resistant University MitigatiOn Plan. All are invited. Refreshments will be provided.

Edmond crash claims one (AP) -- An Oklahoma City man who led police on a high-speed chase that began in Moore was killed early Monday after crashing his pickup truck in Edmond. Robert Brooke, 24, was dead at the scene in northeast Edmond, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The incident began as a domestic dispute between Brooke and a woman in Oklahoma City, according to Edmond police spokeswoman Glynda Chu. Police said the woman then drove Moore, and Brooke followed her so she called police. When officers arrived at 3:15 a.m., Brooke drove off and led police on the chase that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour and ended 16 minutes later when Brooke lost control of the truck on a curve in an Edmond city street and hit a tree. He was thrown from the pickup as it rolled. The roadway was closed for about six hours after the crash.

Annual Summer Tea to be held UCO's annual Summer Tea panhellenic event will be Sunday, July 13 at 3 p.m. in the Nigh University Center ballrooms. Registration is free and parents are invited. The Summer Tea will allow attendants to visit with four sororitys including: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta and Sigma Kappa. Attire is casual. To register, go to http: / / www.ucok.edu/ student_life/greek / summer_tea.htm or call the Greek Life office at 974-2511.

Local man found not guilty OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma County jury has found an Edmond man not guilty of two counts of lewd acts, charges that grew out of statements he made in a job interview. Timothy Lynn Claflin embraced his attorney and several relatives after the jury returned its verdict last Thursday. A U.S. Secret Service agent testified Claflin confessed in a pre-employment interview to inappropriately touching a 1-year-old girl in 2001. The 31-year-old Claflin said his words were "distorted" in an 8-minute tape provided by the Secret Service. The tape was an excerpt of a three-hour interview in November 2005.

Lauren Seabrook provides Vista video updates each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon during the summer. Visit thevistaonline.com .

Vista adds video talent on-line By Jana Davis Editor-in-Chief

Twenty-two-year-old broadcast major Lauren Seabrook will now be giving on-line video updates on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons during the summer for The Vista. Seabrook is from Edmond and is a fifth year senior who will graduate in May 09. She said what got her into broadcasting was her father's influence. "Whenever I was little, my dad was a football coach, and I became a sports fanatic. I wanted to report sports," Seabrook said. But after taking several news classes at UCO, her love for the sports shifted to love for all news. "I've kind of been a news-nerd all my life," Seabrook said. "I definitely want to do news now." Seabrook also participates as an anchor for UCO's channel 125. She said when she graduates she hopes to start in a smaller market area. She feels that OKC is such a large market place, she would prefer to start smaller and work her way into a larger area. "I definitely see myself back in Oklahoma," Seabrook said. by Vista phOtographer Eric Rothwell When asked where she thought news was headed, she responded positively. Lauren Seabrook poses for a picture before begin"The more things that change in this world, ning her segment on the new Vista on-line update the more people want to know about it," she said. She said that some people have the attitude that journalism is diminishing, particularly print and "The more things that broadcasting, but she said she feels the complete change in this world, opposite. "I don't see it dying out in our lifetime," she said. the more people want She feels that broadcasting plays an important role to know about it." in society. More people are not even having time to sit down and watch the news, but that doesn't mean -Lauren Seabrook they don't record it, she said.

Top On-line stories The top four most-viewed articles on thevistaonl ine.com for the week of June 19-24:

1. Stay away from tomatoes

In recent history, the most controversy a tomato has caused was if it was considered a fruit or a vegetable. However, since mid-April, roughly 228 cases of salmonella poisoning have been reported in 23 states, and the common tie has been tomato consumption. --by Laura Hoffert

2. Alpha Xi Delta home Even though they have been on UCO's campus for 10 years, the women of the Alpha Xi Delta are making their mark on campus and "inspiring women to realize their potential." --by Jordan Richison

3. UCO to offer PGM

The University of Central Oklahoma now stands, so to speak, alone in the tee-box.UCO is the only Oklahoma university and one of only 20 schools nation wide to offer a Professional Golf Management major during the 2008-2009 academic year. --by Lauren Lubbers

4. Students and transportation With gas prices increasing to a record high every day, students are starting to find alternative means to get to school and cut down on gas usage. --by Jordan Richison

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No hair, all winner PETALUMA, Calif. -- Gus the dog has three legs, one eye and no hair, except for a white tuft on the top of his head. He's a real winner. The pedigree Chinese crested won the World's Ugliest Dog contest on Saturday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Northern California. His owner, Jeanenne Teed, brought Gus all the way from St. Petersburg, Fla., to compete for the dubious distinction After the excitement of the moment, Teed characterized her dog's reaction: "Well, I think right now he's ready for a nap." Gus' owner won $500 and will be flown to New York to appear on "CBS This Morning." The event will be aired on the Animal Planet network in October.

DUI & the wheelchair BRISBANE, Australia - A man found asleep in a motorized wheelchair on a highway in northern Australia was charged with drunk driving, police said Monday. Officers in a patrol car noticed the man slumped in the stationary chair about 10 a.m. Friday on an exit lane near the tourist city of Cairns, regional traffic Inspector Bob Waters said. Cars were swerving to get around him, Waters said. The officers breath-tested the 64-year-old man, who registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.301 — more than six times the legal driving limit. He was charged with operating a vehicle while drunk and ordered to report to court on July 7, where he faces a stiff fine if convicted. "The vehicles that we normally hear about with drink driving are the family car, the truck, the motorbike," Waters said. "But there are also other classes of vehicles that are subject to drink-driving laws," including horses, bicycles, and motorized wheelchairs. The man, whose name was not released, told police he was making a nine-mile trip from his home to a friend's place, Waters said.

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LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- A Lakeville man says he feels violated after two police officers woke him up at 3 a.m. to tell him his door was unlocked. Their surprise visit was part of a public service campaign to remind residents to secure their homes to prevent thefts. Usually, officers just leave notices on doors. But they went further in Troy Molde's case last Thursday. Police entered the house where four children under 7 were having a sleepover, and then went upstairs to Molde's bedroom. The officers told Molde his garage door was open, the TV was on, the keys to his truck were left in the ignition and the door to his house was ajar.


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Aviatrix lands at UCO before 'crash' First woman to fly over the Atlantic spoke at Mitchell Hall in 1936 By Nelson Solomon Managing Editor

of The Vista. About a year and a half have been accused of before she mysteriously every reason-from wanting disappeared after a plane to pay off the mortgage crash, first lady of flight on the family homestead, and aviatrix Amelia Earhart to being bored with my Putnam made a stop at UCO husband," she said during on January 27, 1936. her speech. It was reported two weeks She had no motive to prior to her visit in a January account for her trips other 15 article in the Christian than that she simply wished Science Monitor that she to make them, the Vista was "on an extended lecture reporter wrote. tour," which likely included Amelia Mary Earhart was her stop in Edmond. born in Atchison, Kan., on This Vista, in its January July 24, 1897, according to 27, 1936 issue, announced www.kshs.org. in the headline that "Amelia The 1928 transatlantic Earhart Speaks Tonight" flight of the Fokker and said in the story that she Friendship launched her "will make her appearance career and established in Mitchell her name, Hall according at 8:15 "I have a feeling that to the Web o'clock." site. As a T h e there is just about one passenger article more good flight left on the reported flight, she that "Mrs. in my system, and I became the Earhart, in hope this trip is it." first woman private life to cross the -Amelia Earhart Mrs. Geo. Atlantic Palmer Ocean by Putnam, air. wife of the famous New Shortly after this flight, York publisher, author, Earhart published "20 Hrs., Illustration and photo by Eric Rothwell and explorer, has acquired 40 Min.," an account of a catalog of firsts that her flight. She soon began This is an illustration depicting Amelia Earhart visiting UCO in 1936. The photo of Amelia proclaim her the most a nationwide tour in her Earhart was taken from the 1936 Bronze Book. actively accomplished new Avro Avian Moth to woman of her day." promote the book. lecture, Amelia would at Purdue University Purdue because at the time A post-appearance story Amelia toured the express her love of flying. as a consultant in the it was the only university in the February 26, 1936 country, sharing her visions "It is the most modern Department for the Study in the United States with a Vista issue announced that for aviation and women. and most beautiful form of Careers for Women, and fully equipped airport. In "Amelia Earhart [was] Well "I don't believe in the of transportation. I fly for as a technical advisor in the addition, campus women Received." philosophy of worry. Department of Aeronautics, were encouraged to receive In the brief story on her Hamlet could never have aesthetic appreciation, as which was part of the School practical mechanical and appearance, The Vista noted been a good aviator-he the lure of flying is beauty," of Mechanical Engineering, engineering training. She that Earhart talked about worried too much," she said she said. according to www.u-s- initiated studies on new Between the fall of 1935 the stress of preparing for a during a speech. career opportunities for and her disappearance in history.com . long trip. And before ending each July 1937, Earhart served She became interested in women, a lifelong passion of "All worry should be done at least two months before an expedition is started," she said. "Worrying at the take off would necessitate postponing the trip." On July 19,1937- The U.S. government Earhart was passionate January 3, 1921- Earhart took January 11, 1935- Earhart was the called off the largest search in naval history about feminism and her first flying lesson and in six first person to fly solo across the when Earhart and Noonan disappeared used many speaking months managed to buy her Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, after an apparent plane crash. opportunities to discuss the first plane Calif. topic, but it is unlikely that she focused on feminism during her speech in Edmond, according to Diane Rice, a staff member February 7, 1931- She married June 1, 1937- Earhart and navigator at the UCO Archives office. publisher George Putnam Fred Noonan depart from Miami for Earhart was likely the around-the-world flight. planning and fundraising for her around-the-world flight and ga ve her reasoning for choosing to take the Source: www.ameliaearhart.com flight in her appearance, according to the 1936 issue

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hers, and most importantly, served as an example of a successful modern woman to female Purdue University students. Shortly before her 40th birthday in 1937, Earhart expressed a desire to be the first woman to fly around the world, according to www.u-s-history.com . Not only would she be the first woman, but she would also tr vel the longest possible distance, circling the world. Referring to the flight, she said, "I have a feeling that there is just about one more good flight left in my system, and I hope this trip is it." Earhart had completed most of her flight around the world by July 2 when she took off from New Guinea toward the small island of Howland. Rice said that when the flight took off, the part of the two-way radio that allowed Earhart to hear what the land operators were saying disappeared after a rough take-off. "Because of this, they couldn't guide her into a proper landing," she said. It was at 7:46 p.m. GMT that Earhart made her final transmission from her fated flight: "We are on the line position 157-337 will repeat this message... We are running north and south." The Itasca , a ship placed to guide her, continued to make attempts to establish twoway contact, broadcasting on all channels until 9:30 p.m. GMT when it was determined that her plane must have ditched into the ocean. With that determination, the most expensive air and sea search so far in history was begun, totaling $4 million and covering 250,000 square miles of ocean. President Franklin Roosevelt had dispatched nine naval ships and 66 aircraft, but on July 18, the main search was abandoned. George Putnam continued the search until October, when he also abandoned hopes of locating his wife and her navigator. Ea rha rt's own courage and bravery is illustrated in a letter left to Putnam in case the flight would be her last. She wrote, "Please know I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge for others."

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Alpha Gamma Delta friends till end and social gatherings. Business administration senior Nancy Pham said she likes living in the house because of the close proximity to campus. She said living in the house saves her time because she can just walk to her classes rather than Whether they're serving spaghetti to hungry college worrying about finding a parking spot. students to help raise money for charity or volunteering Davis said having the opportunity to live in the Alpha their time to help out in the community, the women of Gam house gives her the opportunity to "truly Alpha Gamma Delta are develop those relationships that are truly doing their part to help not stronger than the bond of friendship." only the UCO community, "It is great to always have something to do but also the Edmond and individuals to hang out with. So many community. people take for granted the opportunities to The Epsilon Nu chapter develop lifelong friendships with people in of Alpha Gamma Delta college," Davis said. was founded in 1964 and Beside helping out in various ways on they currently have 55 campus, Alpha Gam has been one of the top active members. The Alpha Greek organizations on campus the past couple Gamma Delta chapter on of years. Among the things it has accomplished campus is one of three Alpha as a chapter include winning the overall Gam chapters in Oklahoma homecoming week title the past four years. and one of the 112 chapters They have received the status as a five star in North America. chapter, the highest honor an Alpha Gamma Alpha Gam chapter Delta chapter can receive. president Kaela Davis said A couple of its members have also made an being a part of the sorority impact on campus in various ways. This past "is like being a part of a semester, senior theatre major Jayme Petete huge family because there won Panhellenic Woman of the Year, the highest are the girls who constantly honor a UCO sorority member can win. The make you laugh, the girls group has also made a splash in UCO politics as who constantly keep you this past April, Davis was elected to serve as the encouraged and the girls new UCOSA Vice President for the upcoming who you know will always school year. be there." Davis said being a part of Alpha Gam has Davis, an international by Vista photographer C hand Henry helped her on campus because it has offered business senior, said the her "the greatest support system of women that best thing about being The Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house has seven rooms and can house a total of 21 members. I could have ever asked for." a part of Alpha Gamma "These women are there for me in any endeavor I try to Delta is getting to be surrounded by sisterhood. She said through the American Diabetes Foundation, but also make tackle and attend every event I try to drag them to. They the sisterhood "is a constant reminder that you are not the campus and community more aware of diabetes. Davis said they also have a week designed to help make me greater than I could ever be on my own," Davis alone and there is always someone there to share every raise money for the March of Dimes. She added they also said. experience with you." Davis said when she graduates UCO, she is going to "Whether it is blushing about a first date or campaigning participate and help out with the "The Big Event." She for office on campus, you have a huge network of friends said it is her favorite event that they participate in because take away the memories and the friendships that she who are always there for you and who you can truly it is an opportunity to reach out in some unconventional has made with an understanding that her undergradate membership in Alpha Gamma Delta is only the beginning invest in as well," Davis said. ways and help out members of the community. "It instills in every participant the value of various of a "lifelong commitment to becoming a better woman One of the most popular events Alpha Gam does on and member." campus is their annual "Oodles of Noodles" during the facets of service," Davis said. Pham said the one thing she will take with her when Most of the events put on by Alpha Gam are done at fall semester. "Oodles of Noodles" is Alpha Gamma's annual its sorority house on the corner of Jackson and Thatcher. she moves on from UCO is all the great memories she philanthropic event it hosts at its sorority house. The house is one story and features seven rooms that can has developed over the last three years with her fellow The event is open to the UCO campus as well as the house a total of 21 members. The house also features a sisters. "Nothing will ever add up to all the experiences and community. It is $5 per person and it includes all you can living room where they can relax and watch television, a eat spaghetti, breadsticks, and dessert! All proceeds of the study room and a big dining area used for their meetings memories that were made," Pham said. By Jordan Richison Staff Writer

event go toward the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. This foundation provides educational, scholastic, and philanthropic opportunities for the ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta nationally. Davis said the event is a part of their annual Knock Out Diabetes Week. She said the week is a series of activities designed not only to raise money for diabetes research

Former president announces support for Obama By AP Writer

Former President Clinton on Tuesday offered to help Barack Obama win the White House, although what work he'll do for his wife's former rival remained uncertain. The Obama campaign is still smarting over some of Bill Clinton's criticism in the primary race, while the last Democratic president remains a popular political draw. But before the two can work together, they have to speak. Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have taken steps to join efforts in the last three weeks — she met with him privately, endorsed his campaign and will campaign with him Friday. But the former Democratic president and the man running to be the next one haven't talked since the campaign ended. Obama said the only reason they haven't spoken is because Clinton is traveling overseas. He praised the former president and said he's "looking forward to setting up a long conversation." "He's as smart as they come. He's a great strategist. We're going to want him campaigning for me," Obama said Tuesday. Speaking to reporters as he flew from Las Vegas to Los Angeles for a fundraiser, Obama said he was not certain what Clinton's role would be, but said he was eager to have the former president's help and support. "I think that just having somebody who knows American politics as well as he does and continues to be such an enormous draw will be hugely helpful," Obama said. "He's got a great following, including among a number of my supporters." Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the 42nd president came up in a phone call between Obama and Hillary Clinton on Sunday. They talked about how Obama should connect with Bill Clinton in the future, Burton said. Bill Clinton extended his support to Obama for the first time Tuesday in a one-sentence statement from spokesman Matt McKenna. "President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States," McKenna said. It's not clear what Obama might ask him to do. The campaign wasn't specific when asked. "A unified Democratic Party is going to be a powerful force for change this year and we're confident President Clinton will play a big role in that," was all Burton would •

say. Bill Clinton will not attend Friday's rally with his wife and Obama in the symbolic town of Unity, N.H. McKenna said the former president is in Europe this week to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, give speeches and work for the William J. Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee issued a statement after her husband's that didn't mention him. "Senator Clinton is very pleased with how quickly the party is coming together after the primaries, and she will continue to do everything she can to unite Democrats behind Senator Obama as our nominee," Elleithee said. Bill Clinton was an outspoken critic of Obama during the primary race. He said Obama's opposition to the Iraq war was a "fairy tale" and raised questions about whether the first-term Illinois senator had the experience to lead the country. His remarks angered some black leaders who felt Clinton was dismissing Obama's historic bid, as when he compared Obama's win in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson's victories there in the 1980s. Clinton fumed in response that it was Obama's campaign that "played the race card on me." During one debate Obama snapped at Hillary Clinton, "I can't tell who I'm running against sometimes." Bill Clinton wasn't the only spouse on edge over the competition. Obama's wife Michelle said of the former president in an interview with The New Yorker magazine, "I want to rip his eyes out!" before adding, "Kidding!" The former president has been the most valuable personality in the Democratic Party, his political skills contrasting with those of other former Democratic nominees from Jimmy Carter to Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. But his angry outbursts while campaigning for his wife tarnished his image. Obama prizes a tightly controlled message and lack of drama in his campaign, which are not President Clinton's hallmarks. Half of respondents to an AP-Yahoo News poll conducted in mid-June viewed Bill Clinton favorably. But those voicing a "very favorable" opinion of him dropped from 25 percent in December before the primary voting began to 16 percent in June. Still, the former president is one of the most popular figures in public life and he drew large, enthusiastic crowds when campaigning for his wife. Democratic consultant Mark Kornblau said the benefits of having Bill Clinton's help outweigh the negatives for Obama. He said Clinton could travel to economically struggling states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan •

and talk about the prosperity under his presidency and promote Obama's vision. "He can connect in parts of the country where Senator Obama may need some help, like the Rust Belt, and it will help in further unifying the party after a fractious primary," said Kornblau, who was a spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. "The downside, as we saw in the primary, is that it's a little roll of the dice. But I think it's worth the risk."

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In this May 30, 2008 file photo, former President Bill Clinton delivers his remarks at the announcement of the formation of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in New York. The former president said through a spokesman Tuesday, June 24, 2008, that he is committed to helping Barack Obama become president, his first comments in support of his wife's former rival since their primary ended three weeks ago.

British man convicted of murdering of wife , baby By AP Writer

A British man who fled the U.S. after his wife and baby were shot to death was convicted of murder Wednesday by a jury that rejected defense claims that the mother killed her daughter and herself as they snuggled in bed. Neil Entwistle, 29, closed his eyes and shook his head slightly upon being found guilty of two counts of firstdegree murder in the deaths of his wife, Rachel, 27, and their 9-month-old baby, Lillian Rose. His parents immediately maintained their son's innocence and said he had not received a fair trial. "We know that our son Neil is innocent, and we are devastated to learn that the evidence points to Rachel murdering our grandchild aad then committing suicide," his mother, Yvonne Entwistle, said outside the Middlesex Superior Court.

"I knew Rachel was depressed. Our son will now go to jail for loving, honoring and protecting his wife's memory," she said. Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, standing with Rachel's family, including her mother and stepfather, Priscilla and Joseph Matterazzo, condemned Entwistle for "disparaging the memory of his wife and vilifying the entire Matterazzo family by his decisions during the course of this trial." Prosecutors allege Entwistle was in debt and dissatisfied with his sex life when he shot his family with Joseph Matterazzo's gun in January 2006. He then traveled 50 miles to return the gun to the Matterazzos' home and bought a one-way airline ticket home to England. He was extradited less than a month later.

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FDA needs more authority to regulate food A current outbreak of salmonella resulting from contaminated tomatoes has caused 383 reported illnesses, forced restaurants to remove the fruit from their menus, left government agencies pointing fingers at each other and consumers desperately trying to figure out exactly what a round tomato is. The tomato scare is the latest in a series of foodcontamination issues, and it has many questioning the safety of the food supply. Meanwhile, the Bush administration has asked Congress to grant the FDA an aditional $275 million next year. The FDA regulates $417 billion in domestic food annually. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is responsible for monitoring meat, poultry, and eggs, approximately 20 percent of the food supply; the remaining 80 percent falls to the FDA. Unfortunately the USDA has roughly five times as many inspectors. According to Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, the increase in funding proposed by the Bush administration would allow the agency to open foreign offices, as well as accommodating greater inspections of food and medical products. Such an increase in funding would facilitate the proper implementation of the FDA's food-protection plan, developed in response to an outbreak of E. coli contaminated spinach in 2006. The plan has three core elements: prevention, intervention, and response. In the prevention stage, the agency looks to promote increased corporate responsibility in the prevention of food-borne illness, identify vulnerabilities and assess risk, and to expand effective mitigation measures. Intervention focuses on inspections and samplings based on risk and enhancing risk-based surveillance. Finally, the response stage looks to improve immediate response to an outbreak through greater risk communications to the public, industry, and other stakeholders. Seems simple enough, but m any of these implementations require legislative changes to the FDA's authority, such as empowering the agency to issue a mandatory recall of food products when voluntary recalls are not effective. A larger budget and more regulatory power are a start, but what the FDA truly needs to address is the new demands of the global food market by focusing the increase in funding on safety and inspection technology. Currently, the agency uses computers that cannot communicate with each other, and much of the agency's information is not stored electronically.

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Living life in the moment- a healthy way to live There are many phrases to express how we ought to live. Seize the day. Live in the moment. Take nothing for granted. Live like there's no tomorrow, love like you've never been hurt. Yet, I more often than not roll out of bed each morning not thinking about what joy I could bring to that day, but rather what burdens it will most likely bring to me. Even Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible claims in the book of Matthew thtl'Ille is too :short to waste, too precious to be worrying about what will happen next. "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?" I have wasted portions of my life worrying so much about the next day that I have missed out on the

What's the point? BY JANA DAVIS opportunities that are before me. One morning this past week I walked out of the door to my bedroom and- noticed that my dog had been violently ill the night before. I won't go into details, but I must say it was not the best way to start the day. I grunted on my hands and knees for two hours; I went through two rolls of paper towels, two rags and a cloth beach towel. I left for work with a twisted attitude about dogs and a sudden desire to never want children. That same morning I made it half-

way to work twice and turned around both times to grab something I had left at home. That same afternoon I was bombarded with more work than I had done all of the previous weeks put together. Yet that same evening I sat on a balcony and discussed life with friends on one of the most perfect nights of the summer. It's moments like that I wish I could freeze. It's not only important to live in the moment, but also live healthy. We are never promised tomorrow. Live life for today, because we do not know and will never know what tomorrow, or even that same day, will bring. Live for today, fight for tomorrow and pray for the future. Life is a battlefield, and worry is the last thing we need.

Ethanol- not the solution we are looking for Work of citizen and traditional journalists often collides on the Information Superhighway. And the debris from the wreckage can halt our understanding of important but complex issues. In fact, as I watch the vast amount of information zoom down this Superhighway, it's enough to make me wonder if there's still a lane left open for truth. The highway analogy is appropriate for our time because one of the more complex issues we're dealing with is: How can we afford to drive down a real highway, in a real car? Some traveling the Information Superhighway suggest ethanol, an alternative fuel made from corn in the United States, should provide us the energy needed to get us down the road — the literal road, not the digital kind. A Web site I visited, www.energy refuge.com, addresses another key question: How much ethanol would be needed to replace gasoline? The Energy Department estimates that Americans will consume 120.4 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2025. The potential for conventional ethanol is projected at 15 billion gallons, or 12 percent of

what America would consume. The situation today calls for mankind to search for alternatives to fuel, and corn seems like a "heavensent substitute," as James Meigs

The Bottom Line points out in a Popular Mechanics web article. Meigs argues that American corn farmers are the most productive in the world, growing far more of the grain than we can possibly eat, and exporting mountains of the food product to other countries. And the corn kernel is a marvel of energy storage. Converting that compact bundle of starches into alcohol is a relatively simple trick known to generations of moonshiners. So why not build corn liquor stills on an industrial scale and use the output to power our cars and trucks? We need to understand the facts of

the situation. The country has already been doing this. Farmers planted almost 93 million acres of corn in 2007, the highest figure since 1944, Meigs pointed out. Will E85 ethanol cost less? It depends on where you are, according to www.energyrefuge.com . In some Midwest states where ethanol is produced, it can cost around 60 cents less per gallon than gasoline. But since there are so few filling stations with ethanol right now, those stations far from production centers cost more than gasoline and give drivers fewer miles per gallon. So yes, we need to search for alternative fuels. But is ethanol the gift from heaven we've been waiting for? That is highly unlikely, especially when you consider the damage caused to cornfields by the recent flooding in the Midwest. So I urge you to not join the politicians in declaring that ethanol is the ultimate solution to our gasoline price crisis and get all of the facts straight before making a judgment. Getting stuff straight on the Information Superhighway will help us all the more when we travel real highways.

-The Daily Iowan / University of Iowa

CAMPUS QUOTES: Compiled and photographed by Chanel Henry

"Do you think Hillary Clinton should be Barack Obama's running mate in the presidential election?" "No, I think thye would argue."

"No, Obama is running on a platform of change; why put a Clinton on the ticket?"

"No, 1 think there would be an uneven balance of power, it would be more divided than united in the White I-louse."

"I'm really not in to politics."

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DIRECTOR Continued from page 1 discrimination." Sharp said that he is not paid for his leadership studies director position, but has "reassigned time" instead. He posed several key questions that the Oklahoman article did not address, such as whether or not Mayfield is teaching summer courses or unpaid courses. Sharp also noted the difference between his director position and Mayfield's. "The level of responsibility for my job is very different," he said. Sharp added that he doesn't sign off on important decisions, but makes recommendations to his chair. He said he previously served as the Employment Manager for the City of Oklahoma City as well as Agency Services Coordinator for the State of Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management, and dealt with similar lawsuits during those years. "But I have never been named in a lawsuit," he said. Sharp said he isn't sure if Mayfield has a valid case, but doubts the viability of the case based on his experience in human resources. "She may have a case, I don't know, but it seems ludicrous on its face," he said. He questioned Mayfield's understanding of the facts. The suit states that Mayfield, a faculty member since 1985, worked to develop the women's studies minor at the university. The popularity of the program rose to where there are

presently 200 to 250 students enrolled each semester in Women's Studies since the inception of the program in 1999. Despite the increase in students and the burdens associated with developing the minor, the suit alleges that UCO refused to provide Mayfield with any support staff, release time from her other faculty teaching and related duties or extra compensation. The minor program, at a moment when it needed critical funding, was denied $10,000 to $12,000 after Mayfield adhered to the university's internal policies and protocol in regard to gaining assistance, according to court documents. Court documents state that Mayfield was asked by Dr. William Radke, UCO provost and vice president for academic affairs, to submit a proposal for the women's studies major and she did, after "expending a large amount of time and energy to prepare and advocate for the proposal." At this point, court documents state, Mayfield was advised that President Roger Webb desired to focus on a leadership minor and the university hired Brent Sharp in 2000 as its director. He was hired at a salary that was almost equal to that paid to Mayfield, who had 15 more years of service to UCO and was a tenured full professor when Sharp was hired as an associate professor, according to court documents. Since the leadership minor had significantly fewer courses and students and both programs were minors, Sharp was offered the option of release time, or $7,500, for his service as a director. Sharp accepted the $7,500,

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Continued from page 1 "He never was satisfied with his work. It was important to John T. to continue to improve and develop each web site he was responsible for creating," Hibbard added. His love for computer science and Edmond prompted his parents to establish the endowment at UCO. "Our son lived in Edmond for 17 years and loved the community. We wanted our gift to remain in Edmond and we knew UCO had a large computer science program," said Ann Beresford. "We were impressed with the professors and what we saw. The school is going in the right direction and if this can help some other student achieve what John wanted to achieve, then I think it is a perfect fit." The largest portion of the funds, $1.5 million, will be used to establish the "John Taylor Beresford Endowed ScholarshiPS. in Computer Science." The scholarships

will be awarded annually to eight undergraduate students and two graduate students studying computer science. The other portion of the funds, $500,000, will be used to establish two endowed chairs. Both chairs, "The John Taylor Beresford Endowed Chair in Computer Science" and "The John Taylor Beresford Endowed Chair in Mathematics and Statistics," will improve the teaching and scholarly activity in the mathematics and statistics and computer science programs at UCO. "We are honored the Beresfords chose to preserve their son's legacy here at UCO through the establishment of this most heartfelt gift," said UCO President Roger Webb. "Their investment will make a significant impact in the lives of students and faculty for years to For mominformation, Contaftthe UCO Development Office at (4051974-2770.

Federal Reserve holds interest rates steady, ending cuts Those analysts believe the Fed won't start to push up rates until next year. With inflation moving The Fed didn't signal higher on its worry list, that a rate increase was the Federal Reserve held imminent, instead leaving interest rates steady the timing open. Wednesday, ending However nearly a year of cuts to one member bolster the economy, Richard and hinted that the next Fisher, president direction for rates could of the Federal be up. Reserve Bank of Fed Chairman Ben Dallas, wanted Bernanke and all but to increase rates one of his central bank at Wednesday's colleagues agreed that meeting. Fisher, the best course was to who has a leave a key rate alone reputation for at 2 percent, as the AP Photo being extra country slogs through the crosscurrents of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke vigilant on inflation, was the plodding economic sole dissenter. growth and zooming "diminished somewhat." "The needle is shifting At the same time, the energy and food prices that threaten to spread Fed expressed heightened more to greater concerns over inflation as opposed concern about inflation. inflation. "Upside risks to inflation to economic growth," That meant the prime lending rate for millions of and inflation expectations said Lynn Reaser, chief consumers and businesses have increased," the Fed economist at Bank of stayed at 5 percent. The said. Inflation eats into America's Investment prime rate applies to paychecks, corporate Strategies Group. "That certain credit cards, home profits and erodes the means the Fed's next equity lines of credit and value of investments. It is move in interest rates will hard to control once it gets be up but the Fed left its other loans. options open with respect The decision brought to out of hand. Some Wall Street to timing." a close a powerful series of Although Fed rate reductions that started investors and economists in September and extended think the Fed, to fend off policymakers believed the through late April. It was inflation, might be forced economy would eventually the central bank's most to start boosting rates as gain some traction, they aggressive intervention in early as its next meeting on acknowledged that two decades to shore up Aug. 5 or toward the end conditions are delicate and an economy bruised by the of this year — possibly at the economy is not out of the woods yet. trio of housing, credit and the Dec. 16 meeting. "Labor markets have Others, however, think financial crises. On Wall Street, stocks that's a situation the Fed softened • further and ended with a modest gain. would like to avoid — financial markets remain The Dow Jones industrial especially given that the under considerable stress," average closed up 4.40 housing market is stuck in the Fed said. "Tight credit points to 11,811.83. Broader a deep slump, foreclosures conditions, the ongoing stock indicators managed are at record highs and jobs housing contraction, and to log stronger gains than are harder to find. Raising the rise in energy prices rates too soon could hurt are likely to weigh on the blue chips. The Fed said it believes housing and deal a setback economic growth over the its rate cuts will "promote to the national economy. next few quarters." By AP Writer

moderate growth over time" as they work their way through the economy. It also said risks that economic growth will falter appear to have

according to court documents. Release time is dedicated time away from teaching responsibilities granted by the institution to faculty for mentoring or research activities, according to the Web site of the University of Idaho Network of Biomedical Research. Mayfield was offered neither the sum of $7,500 or release time for her service as a director, the suit alleges. The suit alleges that Mayfield's gender was a significant and motivating factor in the decision to compensate Mayfield at a lesser rate than her male counterpart, Sharp, despite the fact that Mayfield's duties as director of the women's studies minor are similar and equal to those of Sharp. However, the suit states, Mayfield's duties actually involved more courses, faculty and students. Mayfield is requesting back pay, compensatory damages, attorneys' fees and interest through the suit. With regard to the acclaimed violation of the Equal Pay Act, Mayfield is asking for back pay and the reimbursement for the difference in her and Sharp's pay. Mayfield in a telephone interview said she was advised by legal counsel to not discuss matters of the case. Charlie Johnson, executive director of. University Relations, said over the telephone that "it would be inappropriate to comment on a lawsuit like this. If we did, it would violate employee privacy issues."

Get Smart: See the movie, walk away laughing By Jordan Richison Staff Writer

Funnyman Steve Carell is back again in the movie adaptation of iconic 1960s television series "Get Smart." Carell plays Maxwell Smart, the insanely self-confident secret agent who gets a chance to realize his longheld dream of working in the field. His first mission is to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine") has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Smart to the position of Agent 86. This is a position Smart has wanted all along because he has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson, "The Gameplan"). Smart is partnered instead with the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway. "The Princess Diaries"). Given little field experience and even less time, Smart/ armed with nothing but a few spytech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm,

must thwart the doomsday plans of KAOS head Siegfried (Terence Stamp). Carell is great in the title role of Maxwell Smart, his actions and comedy he uses as his character Michael Scott in the "The Office" fit perfectly as the title character Don Adams portrayed in the original television series. There are also hilarious cameos by Bill Murray and James Caan, who plays the President of the United States and when he finds out about the attack he is shown reading "Good Night, Moon" to first-graders a la George W. Bush on 9 /11. The film feels like a comedic version of a James Bond movie with fancy cars and hightech gadgets that include a Swiss Armystyle knife that Maxwell never quite mastered. There are also several action /chase sequences that normally may grow tedious in some movies, but because they are punctuated with humor throughout the scenes it makes the sequences more enjoyable. Overall, "Get Smart" offers some pleasing homages to its predecessor and an adequate amount of laughs that will keep you entertained throughout the entire movie. Overall Grade: B+

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UCO's Alli Blake is a Lone Star Conference Scholar Athlete for 2007-2008.

RICHARDSON, Texas — Central Oklahoma softball star Alli Blake and golf standout Chance Tatum have been named as Lone Star Conference Scholar-Athlete Award winners for the 200708 academic year, the league office announced Monday. The LSC presents a ScholarAthlete Award to one male and one female student-athlete at each member institution every year. These student-athletes are selected for their outstanding accomplishments in athletics, scholarship and leadership, must have participated at least two years in their sport and must have exhausted their athletic eligibility. Blake was a four-year pitching sensation for the Bronchos, setting a school career record for saves (18) while finishing second in wins (67), strikeouts (437) and innings pitched (661 2 /3).

A Putnam City North High School product, she was a two-time LSC North Division Pitcher of the year winner and a three-time Academic All-LSC North Division pick. Blake, who was named LSC North Division Academic Player of the Year for the second consecutive season this year, went 16-8 with seven saves and a 2.05 earned run average, in 2008 as UCO finished 36-16 and advanced to the NCAA Division II national tournament. Tatum was a three-yearstarter for the Bronchos and ended his career with a 74.3 scoring average in 30 tournaments in helping lead UCO to three straight Division II regional tournament appearances. A state champion as a senior at Pawnee High School, Tatum had a 74.0 average for the 2007-08 year with five top-15 tournament finishes.

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) -- The Buick Open's golden anniversary at Warwick Hills lost a lot of luster without Tiger Woods, making Jim Furyk the tournament's top player and John Daly the fan favorite. Even though Woods was recovering Wednesday from major surgery on his left knee the previous day, his likeness was everywhere and his legacy was a topic of discussion. Woods' image is plastered on three sides of Buicks in the parking lot, on pairings sheets and billboards in the Detroit and Flint areas. Buick Open officials expected Woods to be in the field for the ninth time since 1997. But the world's No. 1 player announced last week he would miss the rest of the season after enduring a double-stress fracture in his left leg and a torn knee ligament over 91 holes to win the U.S. Open in a playoff.

Recruiters consider how to over come new Japanese law By Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer

Japanese student population has dominated UCO's international community for the past few years, but the surge in Japanese enrollment may be sputtering, university officials said. Japanese enrollment reached its peak in 2004, when 361 Japanese students took courses at UCO. Since then, that number has steadily declined, falling to 349 in fall 2005, 305 in fall 2006, and 223 in fall 2007. In spring 2008, Nepali's 195 students comprised the largest representation among international students at UCO. And Japanese enrollment dipped to 164. "The representatives we have been

working with are no longer able to reach the large number of Japanese student that they were able to in the past, due to new and more restrictive privacy laws," said Dr. Dennis Dunham, director of the Office of International Student Services (0155). Most of the Japanese students at UCO come through the National Collegiate Network (NCN), which places counselors on university campuses across the nation and provide full service college placement. Japanese law changed about two or three years ago, making it difficult for NCN to contact high school students directly, which was the group's primary recruiting method. "There's more than one reason that

affects the recruiting of Japanese students from high school," said Genta Terashima of the NCN office at Central Oklahoma. "One of them is that the population of people under the age of 18 is declining in Japan, which has increased the competition of recruiting students. The Japanese universities are trying to get more students with scholarships and other offers." NCN recruited 60 students for Central Oklahoma in 2003-2004. That number dropped to 30 in 2005 and 19 in 2006. So far, just three students recruited by NCN have been added to the UCO list this year. The OISS is also focusing now on countries such as China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Malaysia and India.

"We are looking to grow in those market, but to continue the diversity on campus," Timothy Kok, assistant director of OISS, said. Officials at the International Office remain optimistic about their recruitment and marketing method. "We plan to develop new relations with universities in Japan," Dunham said. "A member of our staff will visit next spring." Despite the drop in Japanese enrollment, UCO's international community continues to grow. It increased from 277 students in 2004 to 555 in 2008. "We are gaining over our losses," Dunham said. "It will take time, but we are encouraged by our recent gains."

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The Vista June 26, 2008  

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

The Vista June 26, 2008  

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