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Vista Video Voice You hear it all the time. Young Americans don't care about the news. Serious news is too complicated for them. All they're concerned about is celebrities. The question is: Are those sentiments true? PAGE 2

Robert Frost visited UCO in 1939 In 1939 Central State Teacher's College in Edmond became Central State University. The university began offering four-year,1 bachelorette degrees for the first time. The college in Edmond was not the only thing undergoing changes, however. The Dust Bowl had essentially ended. John Steinbeck's Nobel Prize winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, a story detailing the exodus of a family from a drought and poverty stricken Oklahoma, was first published. PAGE 3

Fraternities offer summer fun Fraternities across campus are providing the major source of entertainment for most college students staying close to campus this summer. PAGE 4

by Vista photographer Eric Rothwell

UCO needs the money from a recently approved tuition increase to help cover part of the university's mandatory cost increases, Charlie Johnson, executive director of University Relations, said. UCO officials announced this week that tuition and fees will increase by 9.5 percent for the fall 2009 semester. "The tuition and fee increase will generate about $3.6 million dollars in new funds to cover part of the nearly $5.6 million in mandatory inflationary costs here at UCO for the coming year," he said. Johnson said rising prices of fuel, health care, food and utilities are consuming more of the school's budget. "The state funding for UCO in the past decade has decreased from 63 percent of our general budget to 49 percent. When you look at the fact that we have lost that large percentage of ... funding from the state, we just have to find a way to make up for it," he said. "We're raising tuition and fees to provide the kinds of programs that we basically can ... and do provide to our students. We're all about student learning, but in order to be able to continue to provide those programs we have to pay for these mandatory costs increases just to keep things going."

Sparky, the firefighter mascot, walks beside an Edmond fire truck at the LibertyFest Parade on July 4.

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Recruiters travel Information Highway to reach internationals By Abha Eli Phoboo

Staff Writer

UCO recruiters have moved part of their search for international students to space — cyberspace. Thanks to online chat rooms, recruiters don't need planes, trains, or automobiles to connect with those abroad. Instead workers at the Office of International Student Services (OISS) click a computer mouse. And the world is theirs. For about a year, the OISS has used online chat room services as part of its multi-facetted approach to international recruiting and the service is only growing in popularity. It allows potential students to go online and chat directly with a UCO representative and to learn more about the school. "We had students sign on this month from every major continent," said Dennis Dunham, director of the OISS, "We have actually completed the applications for several students while they were online in their countries. One student from the UK was so impressed that

she decided to come here. She said she hadn't been getting responses from other universities." The international office uses Skype to communicate with individual students, but services aren't limited to simply going online and waiting for students to show up. Skype, the online phone service, is free all over the world. Through the use of Skype services, prospective students can get in touch with the advisers at no cost and receive instant feedback. "Chatting allows us to clarify UCO info for our prospective students," said Jay Shacklett, admissions adviser. "We answer many questions, and we check on application status for some. Many of our chatting students tell us that they appreciate the service very much." Prospective students who have shown interest in the university are sent email reminders before the chat days. A schedule of the chat sessions are also by Vista photographer Eric Rothwell posted on the OISS website at http: / / / ioffice / online_office_ This space, a computer screen desktop, has become hours_and_chat.htm. a recruiting battleground for colleges and universisee CHAT ROOMS, page 3 ties wanting to entice international students.

College's namesake dies at 97

OKC gains second NBA franchise What do Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan have in common? Besides being five of the best players in professional basketball, all five will be coming to the Ford Center sometime within the next year to play against the recently relocated Oklahoma. City NBA franchise. PAGE 8

leadership," Webb noted. "He certainly contributed in a major way to making this Dr. Joe C. Jackson, UCO vice president university what it is today, and all of our emeritus and namesake for the Jackson lives are richer because of him. " Born April 24, 1911, just four years College of Graduate after Oklahoma statehood, Jackson Studies, died Monday, was the oldest of nine siblings and July 7. 2008. He was 97. the first in his family to graduate Services will be at 2 from high school. He worked three p.m. Saturday at the jobs to pay his way through college Baggerly Funeral Home, at the University of Oklahoma, Edmond, with burial to where he later earned a master's follow in Memorial Park. and a doctorate in education. In an announcement Jackson spent more than 70 years to the campus, UCO in education, both at a high school President Roger Webb and junior college teacher, then called Jackson a respected joined Central State College in 1948. educator and a longtime From 1951 to 1976, he was leader and supporter of Central's vice president of academic UCO. Dr. Joe C. Jackson affairs and dean of students. With "Dr. Jackson's life exemplified so much of this university's his leadership, Central created graduate life, its call to make learning a life-long programs, recruited faculty and raised the passion and to teach through example and educational standards. He prepared Central

"Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose." - g—om Wrause

for its change to university status in 1971 and then did the work afterward to make it more than a university name, Webb wrote. Jackson often said the biggest moment in his tenure came in 1971 when then Gov. David Hall came to Central to sign the bill that changed Central State College to Central State UniverSity, Webb noted. In 2002, UCO named the Joe C. Jackson College of Graduate Student and Research for the man who established the philosophical and educational foundations for graduate education at Central. After his retirement from administration, he continued to do what he loved best — teaching part-time at Central; at his church, St. Luke's United Methodist; and at Epworth Villa, the retirement village where he lived the last few years. When he taught his final class at Central in 2004, he had more than 90 students come

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FEATURE Campus Notes 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.

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.

Leaders picked for Academy The Educator's Leadership Academy (ELA), based at the University of Central Oklahoma, selected 31 K-12, CareerTech and higher education administrators from throughout the state to participate in their 2008-09 Combo Academy. ELA offers leadership development comparable to that offered to many upper levelexecutivesinsuccessfulorganizations for education professionals throughout Oklahoma. The Combo Academy brings together administrators from K12, CareerTech and higher education institutions. Other ELA academies serve teachers, professors, principals and other specific administrators.

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: / / student_life/greek/summer_tea.htrn or call the Greek Life office at 974-2511.

Orientation set for Aug. 16 The Office of Commuter Student Services and the Office of Transfer and Nontraditional Student Services will hold the inaugural Nontraditional and Transfer Student Orientation Saturday, Aug. 16. Commuter Student Services needs eight student volunteers. Please stop by the Office of Commuter Student Services and pick up a volunteer form. Contact Nathan Box at or 974-3655.

Insurance for dependents Effective July 1, House Bill 3112 now allows a dependent child under the age of 25 to stay on their parent's health insurance. Forms are available in the Employment Services Office and must be completed by July 31. Visit http:/ / / documents / job_specialEnrollmentForDependents. doc. For further information or call 9742575 or 974-2656.

UCO makes history The University of Central Oklahoma's new GraduateAthletic Training Education Program (GATEP) makes history, as the program's three admitted students begin classes this summer in the state's only GATEP program. Jamie Hume of Enid, Ross McCulloh, of Ardmore, and Amanda Gillam of Kountze, TX are the first students at UCO to pursue the new degree, which is the first and only of its kind offered at an Oklahoma college or university.

"Love Luggage Project" The UCO Volunteer & Service Learning Center will clean, refurbish and distribute donated luggage to foster children in the Oklahoma DHS system. Called the "Love Luggage Project," this initiative is part of The Broncho Difference service project during Stampede Week. Many foster children carry their belongings in trash bags or grocery sacks. Luggage, a basic item for many, is a luxury to them. Learning Center officials are asking the UCO community to donate extra or unused luggage to the project.

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Caring about the serious news You hear it all the time. Young Americans don't care about the news. Serious news is too complicated for them. All they're concerned about is celebrities. The question is: Are those sentiments true? That's an important question not only for our generation but also for my chosen field, broadcast journalism. I wouldn't. say that all young Americans are tuned out. There are definitely portions of our generation that really do care. And I feel like more and more young adults are getting informed about politics so they can vote with an educated background. Yes, I would say the majority of our generation does care more about the latest entertainment news but that's only because they can relate to it. Most of what you see in the tabloids makes the "famous" seem more human. I think a lot of people our age like to know that those who, on the outside, appear to be so perfect and successful do actually have flaws, too. It's hard for most of us to relate to what is the main bulk of news today. They don't care

Vista Video Voice LAUREN SEABROOK about taxes, social security and politics. Understanding these things still seems far off in their minds. One thing nightly news anchors could do to reach out to a younger audience is to explain how the stories do impact them today or how they will impact them in the future. Our generation is, in a lot of ways, very "self-concerned" in that they don't seem to care about the news unless it directly impacts them or someone like them. If "Dateline" did a story about a young couple living in the Middle East that planned to get married and start a family but couldn't because of the war, I can almost guarantee the younger audience would care. Another thing that might help would be to cut the superserious side anchors show and lighten up a bit on air. All I've ever heard from my friends

is that they would watch the news if it wasn't always so depressing. I wouldn't say our generation necessarily defines "news" differently. We just view it differently. My parents' generation thought of news as an everyday necessity. Growing up, I remember them watching the news every single night. Now I think our generation just views news as negative and repetitive. Crossover news, such as "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, is for sure a source of "news" for us, but I wouldn't define it as accurate. I think the content for most of those shows is actually newsworthy, but they put an opinionated twist to the stories. I think these shows exist for more of an entertainment value, and I personally hope that most people don't count on crossover news as their primary news sources. Lauren Seabrook, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism, provides video updates each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at the


Photo of the Week A day of mud for children

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Pastor Dana Simmons waits for the truck that followed him and his friends on a unicycle. They left for Bay City, Mich., early Saturday morning July, 5, 2008. Their ride, which took about 5 1/2 hours, raised $1,500 in pledges for Pastor Simmons' church.

Naked man arrested after hijacking LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Maybe he lost his shirt at a casino. Police in Las Vegas say they arrested a naked man who stole a beer and then hijacked a bus several miles northeast of the Strip. A police spokesman says the man fled from a convenience store when an officer arrived to investigate a report of a shoplifter Tuesday. The man allegedly punched in a back window of a Citizens Area Transit bus, climbed aboard, forced the driver off, drove the bus about 200 yards and then jumped off the moving vehicle. A police officer climbed aboard the bus and stopped the vehicle. Police say the man was arrested on felony charges and given clothes and a mental evaluation.

Suspect leaves cell phone behind for police

Noah Baekelandt, 9, of Westland, Mich., is crowned Mr. Mud 2008 at Mud Day sponsored by the Wayne County Parks and Recreation in Westland, Mich., Tuesday, July 8, 2008. The annual event allows the children one fun day to frolic in the mud. (AP Photo/ Carlos Osorio) AP Photo

Editorial: The Pit News, U. Pittsburgh Obama-Clinton duo not the dream solution The long, drawn-out Democratic primary process has finally come to a close, as the last two states, South Dakota and Montana, cast their votes yesterday and superdelegate endorsements slowly filtered in. While Sen. Barack Obama closed in on the Democratic nomination, his rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, told colleagues that she would consider running alongside him as vice president. As reported by the Associated Press, Clinton expressed her thoughts on being vice president during a conference call with fellow New York lawmakers with the stated hope that it would help the sorely divided Democratic Party in November's general election. Throughout the protracted primary process, questions of race, gender and experience have split and bruised the Democratic Party. According to ABC News, exit polls taken in six out of the last seven primaries have shown that at least 60 percent of Clinton supporters would be unsatisfied if Obama won the nomination. About one-third of Clinton supporters in South . Dakota and Montana said they would either vote for Republican Sen. John McCain or stay at home rather than cast the ballot in favor of Obama. As divided as the Democrats are, however, an Obama-Clinton "dream ticket" is not necessarily the solution to unity. Since its inception, Obama's campaign has been based on change, on 4 splitting from the corrupt and dated status quo of Washington. It •

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has been about turning away from the legacy of the big government regimes of Bush and Clinton. If Clinton were a vice presidential candidate, she would bring to Obama's fresh campaign of change years and years of baggage from her life in politics. Clinton and Obama each seem to represent different sides of the Democratic Party. A joint ticket would forcibly bring these two polarizing figures together and would highlight their dissimilarities, not their individual strengths. An Obama-Clinton ticket would not be a ticket of change but rather a ticket of compromise. Both Obama and Clinton have campaigned hard to achieve the nomination, neither of them willing to concede until every last vote was counted. Both candidates are hungry for power, both see themselves as independent and influential political forces. Are two people who have spent the last several months criticizing and differentiating themselves from each other able to set aside their differences and pull their party together? Unity is possible, but not with a joint ticket. Latching on to Obama's victory will not help the Democrats in November. If Clinton is serious about uniting the Democrats, she should abandon desires to be vice president. Instead, Clinton should endorse Obama, campaign for him and encourage her supporters to vote for the Democrats in the general election.

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) Forrest City police weren't able to catch their man after a high-speed chase through town, but the cell phone he left behind gave away his identity. The chase started just before 11 p.m. Monday after officers received a call about people "fighting in the street with guns," police said. When police arrived, they managed to block one car from getting away. The man in that car spoke briefly with officers before speeding away — and the chase was on. The man crashed his Toyota Camry into a house and ran away, police said. But as officers searched the car, the man's cell phone rang and the caller asked for the suspect by name. Officers said a search of the car uncovered a set of scales and two plastic bags, one containing marijuana and the other containing crack cocaine.

A fertile county: Linked to festival GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) _ The effects of an annual music festival in Grand Junction, Colo., may appear months after the last act plays — nine months, to be precise. A health official says her agency sees far more pregnant women in the weeks after Country Jam, which was held last month and featured Tim McGraw, Clay Walker and Sugarland. Nurse-Family Partnership supervisor Wanda Scott says her agency normally sees 25 to 30 pregnant women a month but the number jumps to almost 80 about five weeks after the festival. She gave her findings to Mesa County commissioners Monday. Scott's program helps first-time mothers with low incomes. The average age of clients is 19.

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Frost's path leads to Mitchell Hall By Chase Dearinger Staff Writer

In 1939 Central State Teacher's College in Edmond became Central State University. The university began offering four-year bachelorette degrees for the first time. The college in Edmond was not the only thing undergoing changes, however. The Dust Bowl had essentially ended. John Steinbeck's Nobel Prize winning novel, "The Grapes of Wrath," a story detailing the exodus of a family from a drought and poverty stricken Oklahoma, was first published. The United States was undergoing a series of changes itself. The Great Depression was coming to an end; the mass armament of the world doubled the US GNP in 1939. The world was on the eve of the greatest war it had ever seen. Hitler had begun his take over of Europe. 1939 was also the year that Robert Frost visited Oklahoma for the first time. He was scheduled to make a presentation at Mitchell Hall on Saturday, April 22. The lecture was the crown jewel of a series of conventions for student writers: Sigma Tau Delta Southwest Regional Conference, Oklahoma high school and college writer's convention and the Central District Editors meeting. Mitchell Hall was packed and classes were let out for the day. All Edmond students, K12, were in attendance. Ironically, the lecture only drew a few paragraphs from The Vista and only the Daily Oklahoman followed up the event. Frost, who would later be known as the voice of New England, was actually born in San Francisco in March of 1875. He desired to be a poet from an early age; however, his poetry was not published until 1913. After sailing with his family to England in 1912, the poet eventually settled in Beaconsfield and began his first book of poetry, entitled "A Boy's Will." From this point onward he was accepted as

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a model of modern AmeriCtivotry, Frost is recognized for his use of realism in describing rural life and his use of everyday speech. The poet is famous for making use of New England imagery to discuss complex and sometimes dark themes. His epitaph reads, "I had a lover's quarrel with the world." The poet is best known by his poem, "The Road not Taken," which appeared first in the collection "Mountain Interval" in 1916. This poem was on Frost's mind when he spoke at Mitchell Hall. "One of the first decisions I made when I reached the age of reason was that every man has a right to go to hell in his own way," the poet said during the lecture. Frost went on to say, "Actually there is no

road not taken. There are the two diverging roads, but once you have taken one, the other has dissolVed. It doesn't exist any more." Ile related this idea to his own vocation as poet, explaining that he was happy with the road he had taken. Frost himself recognized some of the changes taking place in Oklahoma. "It's much prettier than I had imagined," he commented. "There seems to be some good farmland northwest of here. I noticed some wheat fields which looked like they'd have a good crop. From what my son, who used be in Dodge City, had written me, I thought this was a land of dust and wind." In fact, Oklahoma had been mostly dust

and wind for nearly ten years. The entire country Ifid, until this point in history, been experiencing the excruciating and relentless drought that plagued this part of the United States. It was a time of change, however, for Oklahoma, the United States and the entire world. Frost's words at Mitchell Hall on April 22 rang true for everyone in 1939: "There are two diverging roads, but once you have taken one, the other has dissolved. It doesn't exist any more."

Quotes attributed to poet Robert Frost 'Education is hanging around until you've caught on." "A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain."

"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office."

Born: March 26, 1874 in San Francisco Died: January 29, 1963 in Boston from a blood clot in the lungs Parents: Isabelle Moodie, a teacher; and William Prescott Frost Jr., a teacher and journalist Won: Four Pulitzer Prizes

"College is a refuge from hasty judgment."

Tea time for women By Jordan Richison Staff Writer

One of UCO's longest standing traditions has arrived once again as the annual Panhellenic "Summer Tea" will take place on Sunday, July 13, at 3 p.m. in the Nigh University Center Grand Ballroom. The event is for any women who are current non-Greek UCO students, incoming freshman and transfer students. Jessica. Schwab, UCO Greek Life assistant director, said the main purpose of Summer Tea is to serve as a basic introduction to Greek Life and the Panhellenic sororities at UCO. "It serves to help acquaint women and get them comfortable with Greek Life so they are better prepared to go through the process," Schwab said Schwab said the event "is a preview day for the Panhellenic sororities Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta and Sigma Kappa." The event also serves as an opportunity for women interested in sorority membership to get more information on what it requires, how the process works and how they need to prepare, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the women who are currently members to get firsthand knowledge. In addition, students in attendance will

also have the chance to ask questions, learn about the recruitment process, discover the ins and outs of the registration process, and see a fashion show featuring suggestions for recruitment attire and network with UCO students. Schwab said she wants everyone in attendance to feel comfortable with the process and gain knowledge of how recruitment works and what they should do to prepare. "We want them to know how excited we are for recruitment and the tremendous impact that sorority membership can have on their lives," Schwab said. Parents are also invited to attend a 'parents only' panel discussion, where they can ask questions about recruitment and sorority membership. Schwab said registration for the event is absolutely free for women who are interested in joining a sorority and their parents. She said attire for the event is cute casual and attendees are encouraged to wear something comfortable and that presents them well. Some of the best options are summer dresses, casual skirts, Capri pants and cute tops. For more information about "Summer Tea" or to register online for the event visit student_life/greek/summer_tea.htm.

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Students may notice changes in loan amounts By Carrie Cronk Staff Writer

Students receiving unsubsidized Stafford loans for the fall 2008 semester may notice some changes to their loan amounts. The Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008, also known as H.R. 5715, went into effect on July 1. Becky Garrett, assistant director of technical services, said H.R. 5715 does not alter subsidized Stafford loans, but rather it changes unsubsidized Stafford loans. "It increased the amount of unsubsidized loans ... an undergraduate student can borrow by $2,000 for the year," she said. "It also increased the aggregate amount a student can borrow." Garrett said students who qualified for unsubsidized loans previously would not be the only students to benefit from the changes made by the resolution. Previously, only independent students and dependent students whose parents did not qualify for a Federal Direct PLUS loan were eligible to receive unsubsidized Stafford loans. Under the new resolution, dependent

"It increased the amount of unsubsidized loans... It also increased the aggregate amount a student can borrow." -Becky Garrett students whose parents are qualified for the PLUS loans will also be eligible for unsubsidized Stafford loans. According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, "A dependent freshman whose parent has access to PLUS borrowing ... could previously have borrowed $3,500 in a subsidized loan. If the student did not have need for the full $3,500, the student could have borrowed a subsidized loan for the amount of the demonstrated need and the difference between that amount and the $3,500 base limit in an unsubsidized loan."

After July 1, those students now qualify for up to $3,500 in a subsidized loan and also $2,000 in an unsubsidized loan. Unsubsidized loan amounts made after July 1 for independent and dependent students whose parents do not qualify for PLUS loans will increase from $4,000 to $6,000 for freshmen and sophomores, and from $5,000 to $7,000 for juniors and seniors, according to the NASFAA. Unsubsidized loan amounts for graduate and professional students will remain unchanged. The resolution also increased the aggregate loan limits, which is the total amount of all loans a student may borrow throughout their collegiate career. According to the NASFAA, the aggregate loan limit for undergraduate dependent students increased to $31,000, of which no more than $23,000 may be in subsidized loan amounts. For undergraduate independent students the amount increased to $57,500 with no more than $23,000 of that amount being from subsidized loans. The aggregate loan limit for graduate and professional students is currently $138,500, with a maximum subsidized loan amount of $65,5000.

Tuition Fraternities keep students entertained throughout the summer

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For the 2008 — 2009 academic year, UCO resident undergraduate tuition and fees will increase to $140.75 per credit hour, while non-resident undergraduate students' will increase to $355.05. Tuition and fees for resident graduate students will increase to $180.20, and to $426.90 for non-resident graduate students. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved the 9.5 percent tuition and fees increase for UCO during their meeting on June 26. Twenty-four other Oklahoma colleges and universities also

By Jordan Richison Staff Writer

Fraternities across campus are providing the major source of entertainment for most college students staying close to campus this summer. This summer, several fraternities have held barbecues, float trips and other events on and off campus not only to become closer as a brotherhood and reunite with the campus but also to get there name out there and prepare themselves for the upcoming fraternity rush. "One of the things we want people to know that rush is not just about finding friends, but becoming a leader within yourself for your benefit and the campus," said Sigma Nu recruitment coordinator Corey Vance. Vancesaid thissummer,SigmaNuhasbeen playing volleyball nightly, having cookouts and arranging various events that will help encourage freshman to join a fraternity. "Our goals for the summer are pretty simple. We want to be able to keep in touch with each other and have fun in the process because when school starts, its about the grades," Vance said. The Sigma Nu chapter, which currently has around 45-50 active members, is currently one of 185 Sigma Nu chapters in the country. Vance said one of the things they take pride in is their fraternity house near campus. He said their fraternity house was built in 1901, is the 14th house ever built in Edmond and is currently the second oldest standing. "We hold a high honor of being able say we hold to the traditions of what Edmond was built on," Vance said. Sigma Tau Gamma has also been doing things this summer to prepare for Rush. The things they have done to prepare for rush include going on a float ,trip down the Illinois River last month and holding a barbecue open to everyone last Friday to celebrate the Fourth of July. Other IFC fraternities on campus like Pi Kappa Alpha and Acacia have been doing various things to get closer to campus

Jackson PIKE house life. For example, this past Friday PIKE had a community BBQ at their house to help celebrate the Fourth of July where people could come have fun and watch the fireworks. Acacia has also done things to help get their name out into the community. One of the things they did over the summer was invite people to come with them 'and go watch a Redhawks game at the Bricktown Ballpark. For more information about the different IFC organizations, visit their Web site at http: / / greek/indexical.

Continued from page 1 to hear him speak about the Five Civilized Tribes. In 1999, he established, through the UCO Foundation, the Enid L. Jackson Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Elementary Education, a tribute to his wife Enid, a 1951 Central graduate, who taught elementary

Chat rooms Continued from page 1 "At any point of our online chat, we can have . up to 10 students asking questions," said Aaron Wheelbarger, international admission adviser and recruiter. "During the chat we have three advisers taking turns answering questions. We have received good feedback from students." The OISS recognizes the importance of Internet in recruiting and helping prospective students because of its reach, flexibility and convenience. Dunham said the OISS Web site is being translated into various languages at http:/ / www. / en / students / campuses / ucok.html. "Students call or chat from all over the world," Wheelbarger said. "I can have an African student studying in Southeast Asia wanting to transfer to UCO calling from Malaysia. During our chat time, we can have students from each continent talking to each other and us about UCO. It can get fun seeing the diversity of our future students." Many international students have questions about immigration issues or the university. Some questions seek basic

were approved for tuition increases. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University both increased tuition by 9.9 percent. The highest increase in tuition and fees was 11.3 percent at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, while the lowest increase was 4.9 percent at Carl Albert State College. The average increase for tuition and fees across Oklahoma is reported to be approximately 9.1 percent.

education for 29 years. At the time, Jackson said he thought elementary teachers were the most important part of the school system. "That's where students learn to read and to get along with each other — where children learn how to learn," he said. The couple had been married 68 years when Enid Jackson died in 2002.

information, such as what to expect during their visa interview at the embassy to technical issues regarding academics. The Internet has changed recruiting and admissions immensely and has resulted in efficient admissions processing also "We save more paper and can inform students of things more quickly," Shacklett said. "Email is fundamental for us. Technology has certainly helped in this matter." In addition to using the chat rooms, the international advisers have established Facebook accounts to allow them to stay in touch with current students and keep them informed of events. "The importance of Internet positioning is continuing to rise," Dunham said. "We are currently looking at a proposal to increase the recognition of UCO by international students seeking to study in the United States. Still, however, developing a relationship with universities abroad continues to be of prime importance." The OISS has plans to continue integrating technology to correspond with students and improve services. "We are considering Facebook, but have not implemented a plan," Dunham said.

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Cap speed limit at 55 mph to save gasoline From the Daily Iowan It is time to consider all possible strategies that could ease the burden on American drivers, not to mention slow the amount of pollution our vehicles belch out every day now that oil prices have soared to a staggering $145 per barrel, and the national average is hovering above $4 per gallon. Congress is sure to debate the expansion of domestic drilling for some time, but even if ill-advised expansion of drilling goes through, short-term strategies need to be in the works. One such idea is developing on the floors of Congress. John Warner, the influential senator from Virginia, has asked his colleagues to reconsider imposing a national speed limit of 55 or 60 miles per hour. At lower speeds, the Energy Department expects cars to operate at optimum efficiency. As a result, drivers could expect to see fuel levels upheld and prices at the pump reduced. This proposal is the first nationwide strategy on oil conservation to emerge, and its figures are convincing. If Americans hope to avoid an even greater fuel crisis, this strategy should be adopted. In 1974, in response to an oil shortage caused by the Arab oil embargo, Congress set the national speed limit at 55 mph. It was not repealed until 1995. In that time, significant strides were made in terms of fuel preservation and lower pricing. Warner has cited studies showing that the national speed limit saved 167,000 barrels of oil a day. In a letter to Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, Warner writes, "Given the significant increase in the number of vehicles on America's highway system from 1974 to 2008, one could assume that the amount of fuel that could be conserved today is far greater." However, oil and money were not the only things saved. Warner also provided statistics that showed while fuel consumption was lowered, lives were saved. An effect of the slower, safer speeds was an average decrease of 4,000 traffic-related deaths per year. Even after the oil crisis of the mid-1970s was abated, the 55 mph speed limit was retained because of its safety aspect. Those drivers who claim to be incapable of driving at slower speeds should be advised of some alarming figures. Fuel efficiency decreases rapidly at rates higher than 60 mph. Every additional 5 mph above 60 is estimated to cost motorists essentially another 30 cents per gallon. Hybrid vehicles that average around 38 miles per gallon can reach 50 mpg when traveling at 55 mph. If that speed jumps to 65, the efficiency in terms of mpg drops dramatically to the low 30s. Driving slower is something we all can do. It is an imperative step to take and certainly one of which everyone is capable. Yet setting a national speed limit is really only the first step. As we all do our small part to battle the fuel crisis, Congress is then allotted more time to consider longterm strategies. This is an opportunity for Americans to save gas, save money, and save lives. Never mind that Sammy Hagar couldn't "drive 55(!)" in his 1985 hit single. We can, and we must. -

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More debt: Parties offer no real solutions I'm tired of hearing people say, "We can't vote for Sen. McCain because he is old and doesn't want change." But

then, I am tired of hearing the reverse. "I can't vote for Sen. Obama because I am not a Democrat and I am stuck in my ways." What is the real story? Neither of them is great. When I vote for the next president, whomever that may be, I will simply be deciphering between the lesser of two evils, as my dad always puts it. I have to say that I am disappointed in the quality of our leadership. Article after article, people are quoted referring to Obama as too young and inexperienced and McCain as old and stuck in his ways. Well, both are true, I suppose. But that doesn't really qualify as a good or bad leader. Our debt is one of many problems we face as a nation. I'm tired of our leaders giving vague generalities to serious problems. For example, Sen. McCain told CNN's "American Morning" about budget spending, "We're going

What's the point? to restrain spending, we're going to have the economy grow again and increase revenues. The problem is that spending got completely out of control." His idea is good and well, but

he doesn't answer the important question of how. Sen. Obama hardly ever offers an alternative solution, but rather seems to start most of his sentences with, "John McCain does it like this and it's wrong..." An Associated Press story from Denver quoted Obama, saying: "John McCain's policies are essentially a repeat, a regurgitation of what we've been hearing from the Republican Party over the last two decades, maybe three," Obama said. "It's part of the reason that we're in the situation that

we find ourselves in right now."

Okay, so Sen. McCain doesn't have any great ideas either. Does Sen. Obama?

In any battle there seems to always be the person who fights for the cause and one who fights the opponent. Neither is necessarily good or bad but I am tired of hearing what someone else is doing wrong and ready for solutions. I think the bottom line is that there is no quick fix to our spending yroblem. The national debt, accdfdiiig' 'to the U.S. National Treasury Web site, is

9,493,572,520,818.58. That means 9.4 trillion dollars (and I even rounded down) is owed in some way, shape or form. Sometimes I wonder if our President really could have much of an effect on the budget anyway, but rather Congress. The point is that there are no quick fixes to our problems, but whoever is chosen for president needs to have more answers than a vague generality or a pointing finger.

Rock stars ask: Where are my fans? What do a rock star and a politician have in common? They attract a younger crowd. More and more young voters seem to be leaning heavily toward Illinois Senator Barack Obama. This is especially important due to a drastic increase in political involvment by young people from previous elections to this year's. Obama's rock star status is starting to scare actual rock stars like Jon Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Metallica, according to a Huffington Post article by Andy Borowitz. They "have been seething for months as they have watched Sen. Obama draw larger and larger crowds in venues where they used to rule the roost," Borowitz stated. But why is this a bad thing? Shouldn't our country's young people be more interested in politics and in the direction the country is heading rather than musicians and singers? Let's face it, we (the younger generation) are the future of this country, and it is essential for us to get involved. I've heard in past elections that young people just didn't care enough to vote, but clearly this is not the case in the 2008 race for the White House.

The Bottom Line BY NELSON SOLOMON Yes, rock stars are losing their audience to politicians, but this is only a bad thing from the viewpoint of the stars and is generally a good sign of things in a country that is about to get a new leader. The presumptive Democratic nominee's decision to deliver his acceptance speech for the nomination at Invesco Field in Denver was "the last straw" for singer Bon Jovi. "If there are empty seats at our shows, they can be explained in two words: Barack Obama," he said in the article. "Obama is the greatest single threat to rock 'n' roll since Napster." On this point, I would note that Napster had a more permanent effect on the music industry in that downloading music, legally or illegally, became a much easier method of accessing music. But the presidential election will only be held in the fall, whether Obama wins or not.

His point is valid, but it is not such a bad thing when young people are generally more interested in hearing a politician speak and knock on doors for them than attend a concert where they jump up and down. Young voters played a huge rule in the Iowa primaries, in which 57 percent of voters ages 17 to 24 said Obama was their first choice, compared with 14 percent for former Senator John Edwards and 10 percent for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a January 8, 2008 International Herald Tribune article. Most candidates tend to turn to modern tools such as Facebook and MySpace to reach the younger audience, but Obama has gone further by speaking on college campuses and acquiring a vast database of potential volunteers, according to the same article. Young people will play a central role in determining who will move into the White House on January 20, 2009, and rock stars will have to simply perform to a smaller audience in the meantime. Once the election results are announced, the minds of young people will return to the rock stars they adore, and don't worry, Bon Jovi, your fans will return to you.

CAMPUS QUOTES: "What do you think the Sonics' new name should be when they move to OKC?" Compiled and photographed by Eric Rothwell "Outlaws."

Kassonova Womack

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"Something to do with tornados."

"Sonics is a good name."

"Oklahoma City Storm."

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Nielsen Ratings Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for June 30-July 6. Listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses. An "X" in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation. 1. (22) "America's Got Talent," NBC, 12.04 million viewers. 2. (64) "Wipeout," ABC, 9.46 million viewers. 3. (20) "Criminal Minds," CBS, 9.13 million viewers. 4. (58) "So You Think Can Dance" (Wednesday), Fox, 8.76 million viewers. 5. (23) "CSI: NY," CBS, 8.5 million viewers. 6. (15) "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 8.49 million viewers. 7. (17) "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.21 million viewers. 8. (7) "House," Fox, 8.06 million viewers. 9. (14) "CSI: Miami," CBS, 8.03 million viewers. 10. (46) "Hell's Kitchen," Fox, 8.03 million viewers. 11. (13) "NCIS," CBS, 8 million viewers. 12. (9) "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 7.61 million viewers. 13. (69) "48 Hours Mystery" (Tuesday)," CBS, 7.60 million viewers. 14. (X) "The Bachelorette" (Monday, 9 p.m.), ABC, 7.48 million viewers. 15. (58) "Million Dollar Password," CBS, 7.45 million viewers. 16. (77) "Dateline NBC" (Sunday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 7.44 million viewers.

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For a great superhero movie, wait for Batman By Jordan Richison Staff Writer

In the summer of the superhero blockbuster, Will Smith's new movie "Hancock" is a horse of a different color. With "Iron Man," "The Incredible Hulk" and the upcoming Batman tale "The Dark Night" you know what you are getting into, but "Hancock" takes everything you've learned about this particular genre and throws it out the window. The reason behind this is that Hancock is meant to be an antisuperhero. Smith plays Hancock who, like most superheroes, is impervious to bullets and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. But the thing that he is best known for in the public eye is being a clumsy alcoholic who downs bottles of whiskey, sleeps on park benches and curses at little children and old women. Ws no secret that Hancock doesn't exactly enjoy the company of the people he saves, and it's obvious the feeling is mutual. But there is a good reason Hancock loathes the people around him: he's the last of his kind and 80 years ago he woke up in a hospital bed with no idea of who he is or where he came from. In most instances, Hancock uses his super-human strength and powers to help out his fellow Los Angeles citizens in times of peril but his careless and nonchalant attitude usually lead to him causing millions of dollars in property damage. However, things start to change for Hancock when he saves public relations consultant Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, Juno) from being hit by a speeding train. Ray, who sees Hancock as his chance at a big break, tries to get the misunderstood superhero to change his image but the results end up being rather mixed. Ray's wife, Mary (Charlize Theron, The Italian Job) seems less than pleased that her husband is working with such a head case and even Hancock himself isn't too keen on AVM. /M...

the idea of having to conform against his wishes. But eventually Hancock changes his ways when crime escalates in the city and there's no one else to turn to. "Hancock," which is directed by Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights"), is a very entertaining film during its first 45 minutes. A superhero who hates his job and drowns out his sorrows with booze is something the average moviegoer has never seen before and it's easy to get engrossed in the film's fresh and innovative story. And when Hancock is at his most vulgar and volatile, Smith simply shines on the screen. Hancock may be an absolute jerk, but Smith's charisma and amusing cockiness makes his character easy Nri to root for. But while Photo Provided "Hancock" starts off with promise, the film throws a total curveball attheaudiencein anabsurdfashion and loses its dark and edgy humor when the audience finds out that there is another person with Hancock's unique powers. It's at this point that the movie stops being funny and becomes extremely boring and sappy by taking itself too seriously. "Hancock" transforms into two completely different films when this revelation occurs and the second half is a conventional piece of garbage that's almost unbearable to watch. Overall, this is a decent, entertaining film and there's a great chance "Hancock" will still rake in the cash over the next few weeks solely because of Smith's marketability and popularity. But for the most part, this isn't one of his best films and it's one you should probably wait to see when it hits DVD shelves later in the year. In the end, I would say if your wanting to see another superhero movie, skip this one and wait for the much anticipated "The Dark Knight" in a couple of weeks. Overall grade: C

For over a dozen years, the best name in American film has been Pixar. No movie star, no director, no writer, producer, nor studio approaches its level of consistent excellence with such films as "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles." Pixar's latest feature "Wall-E" is another one of those that transcends the world of animation and rivals the finest live-action films in sophistication and sentiment. Set in the 28th century, "Wall-E" starts off 700 years after man has abandoned Earth, which is now buried under layers of toxic garbage. But WALL-E, whose full name is Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is a trash-collecting robot that speaks mostly in R2-D2 beeps and adopts a cockroach as a pet. His motto is "Working To Dig You Out." But who and where are the "you"? Is there anyone out there whom he's digging for? Even stoic WALL-E is starting to wonder. All those years of hard labor have brought him an enormous collection of gadgets and trinkets like iPods, Rubik's cubes, sporks, and singing mounted fish. These trinkets have given him an almost human sense of loneliness, which he staves off with repeat viewings of an ancient videotape of "Hello, Dolly!" But when the sleek space probe EVE suddenly appears, she and WALL-E hit it off and become friends. It's only fitting that the last robot on Earth, like the first man, should find his EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). She has been sent as a probe from the gigantic spaceship on which all humans

were evacuated 700 years before and where their descendants live in pampered placidity. EVE is advanced--smooth, sleek, white, egg-shaped, with glowing blue eyes. Wall-E and Eve take a trip to the Axiom, a kind of permanent cruise ship on which an army of droids tends to the exiled Earthlings' every need. The Earthlings have been aboard the Axiom for so long that they've all turned into Jabba the Hutt as they are no longer capable of walking. Instead they just recline on electric couches, gorge on synthetic food and watch entertainment that is provided by the Wal-Mart type mega corporation Buy 'n' Large. WALL-E is also the bravest of Pixar

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creations. This is a movie not afraid to risk terrifying the same audience it also hopes to charm. The movie, with it's sci-fi theme, reminds me of a mix of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "E.T," two of the greatest Sci-Fi films of all time. Unlike past Pixar films like "Toy Story" and "Cars" whose voice talent consists of a who's who of Hollywood stars, "Wall-E" didn't feature the voice of one big name actor. Instead of relaying on big names to provide voices, 'Wall-E" rarely used any dialect at all. As a matter of fact, in the first 30 minutes viewers are greeted with WALL-E rummaging through trash with very little dialogue and a lot of fantastic computer animated visions on the big screen. Pixar also delivers a hilarious short film entitled "Presto" that precedes the film. The short film is a five-minute computer animated short involving a magician and his sneaky rabbit. So make sure you get there on time because this is very funny and absolutely worth your time In the end, the thing that makes 'Wall-E" terrific is its touching moments, many of which are beautiful and well thought out. Overall, "Wall-E" is another notch in Pixar's computer-animation belt. With it's amazing computer animation and it's hilarious, heartfelt script, "Wall-E" is an extraordinary comedic adventure that pushes animation to new heights and is a movie that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. Overall Grade: A+

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Oklahoma City gains second NBA franchise

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The Ford Center will be the home of the relocated Seattle SuperSonics for the 2008-2009 NBA season.

The team will play the Chicago Bulls tomorrow as part of their summer leagues By Jordan Richison

Staff Writer

What do Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan have in common? Besides being five of the best players in professional basketball, all five will be coming to the Ford Center sometime within the next year to play against the recently relocated Oklahoma City NBA franchise. The move, which has been anticipated by many for awhile, was made official last Wednesday as Sonics owner Clay Bennett held a press conference in OKC to tell the world that Oklahoma City has finally "Made It" to the big leagues. The announcement of the NBA team relocating here has been well received by many UCO students. "OKC has proven that we can support

an NBA team in our growing city, so it is well deserved," said Andy Mahbubani, political science senior. Mahbubani said he has been an NBA fan for most of his life and for Oklahoma City to have an NBA team of it's own is "wonderful." This is the second franchise to call OKC home. From 2005-2007, the New Orleans Hornets moved to OKC on a temporary basis after the tragic event of Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans and all of the surrounding areas. The move to Oklahoma City from Seattle will also benefit UCO students because it will open up and provide hundreds of jobs for both current and graduating college students. "I am excited about the Sonics coming to OKC because of the prospect of jobs. I would love to work for a professional sports team and I love going to the games,"

said, Tiffany Fewell, a public relations senior. Mahbubani said he is looking forward to seeing the impact that a new NBA team would bring to our city's national image. As of now, the current OKC franchise doesn't have a name or official colors as the former name "Sonics" and their green and gold colors will be left behind in Seattle due to the buyout agreement Clay Bennett made with Seattle. With the speculation of the team coming, many fans and media sources have been coming up with various names and color schemes for the new team. Among the most viable team names are "Thundercats." "Barons," and "Thunderbirds." The key things involved in picking a team name are marketability, popularity and trademarks. Many fans are anxious to see what the new name and colors will be so they can go out and be one of the first ones to grab up the new gear. "I am definitely anxious to see what the new name will be and of course the new colors. Of course, I am excited about the new gear," said UCO Student Megan Cantrell. The move to Oklahoma City was made possible thanks to a taxpayers vote this past February that will extend the current MAPS one cent sales tax a couple more years.. The tax money raised will help improve the Ford Center and build a new practice facility for the team. One of the places the facility may be built is across the street from Wantland Stadium over in the vacant land where Broncho Apartments once stood. But according to the UCO athletic department, this is just a rumor. "The athletic department hasn't been informed of anything involving their practice facility. This is all a rumor at the moment," said Chuck Bailey, Senior Associate Athletic Director. The team that will come to Oklahoma City was one of the worst teams in the NBA last season. But things are looking up for the team as they will be led by 20072008 Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant. The players he will be paired with include veteran forward Nick Collison, second year forward Jeff Green and the Sonics 2008 first round pick point guard Russell Westbrook from UCLA.

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New UCO wrestling schedule announced EDMOND (July 7) — It was announced Monday that Central Oklahoma will have six home duals during the 2008-09 wrestling season, meeting five NCAA Division II opponents and a local NAIA rival. UCO will preview the 2008-09 team with the annual Bronze-Blue dual on Oct. 29 and then makes its regular season debut on Nov. 8 by hosting Grand Canyon for a 2 p.m. match. The Bronchos take on Oklahoma City on Dec. 4, meet long-time rival Adams State on Jan. 17, host Fort Hays State on Jan. 22, entertain Newman on Feb. 5 and end the home schedule on Feb. 14 against Truman State. "We've got some good teams coming in and we're looking forward to a good home schedule, though you would always like a couple of more," veteran head coach David James said. "Overall, it's a tough schedule that will definitely test us and we're going to have to be prepared every time we step on the mat." UCO goes to Norman on Nov. 13 to take on Division I power Oklahoma in addition to regular-season duals at defending Division II national champion Nebraska-Kearney (Jan. 29), NebraskaOmaha (Jan. 30) and Central Missouri (Feb. 12). The Bronchos will have up to four matches at the Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Texas on Jan. 3 and also go to the NWCA Division II National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Jan. 10-11.

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The Vista July 10, 2008  

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

The Vista July 10, 2008  

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