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Obama campaign to visit state Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's campaign Web site opens with a banner across the top reading "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... I'm asking you to believe in yours." FULL STORY PAGE 6

Sonics case judge: Friend or foe? U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman may be a hero or an enemy to Oklahoma City's NBA fans. But we'll never know. Because the suit between the city of Seattle and the Sonics was settled, Pechznan's prepared ruling was never heard. Page 5

Features Nepal to elect first president The 240-year-old institution of monarchy in Nepal was abolished June 11 -- and now the tiny Himalayan nation faces the task of finding a leader to fill the post of president. PAGE 2

OKC doctors to assist in Olympics By Nelson Solomon Managing Editor

The Olympic torch will finally reach Beijing in 22 days, but two Oklahoma City surgeons will already be in the city to assist their teams in what is being billed as the "biggest Olympiad ever with more than 10,000 athletes competing from over 200 countries," according to albawaba.com . Drs. Robert F. Hines and Steve Coupens will be joining eight other doctors to assist in this year's games. Hines will be assisting wrestling and judo athletes while Coupens

will be assisting cycling athletes. Hines will leave on. July 29 and return on Aug. 22, and Coupens will leave on Aug. 1 and return on Aug. 26. Wrestling sports include free style, Greco and women's and judo has male and female divisions, Hines said. Coupens said he takes care of men's and women's road cycling, time trial, track, mountain biking and BMX. Hines said he has been working with the UCO, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University wrestling teams as well as traveling with the USA team for

Central Oklahoma had an established veteran and an incoming freshman advance through the first two rounds of the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship Tuesday at Gaillardia Golf and Country Club. PAGE 7

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Freshmen Teaching the teachers can lock down tuition rate By Carrie Cronk Staff Writer

Beginning this fall semester, some UCO freshmen will have the option to lock their tuition at a guaranteed rate for the next four academic years. This spring the Oklahoma State Congress passed House Bill 3397, which established the guaranteed tuition program for Oklahoma in-state resident freshmen. "The law requires all fouryear public higher education institutions in Oklahoma to offer in-state students an option to participate in a guaranteed tuition rate plan," according to www,

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"The plan would enable full-time enrolling freshmen to lock in a tuition rate through the completion of their degree program." As defined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, full-time status requires enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. "Since 2004, tuition and fees at Oklahoma schools have increased more than 50 percent, and that number will be compounded by this year's rate hikes," according to www,okhotoe, gov, "However, this year's freshman class will have the

ability to "lock" their tuition rates for the next four years, ensuring they won't face a similar 50 percent increase by their senior year." Drew Duke, executive director of Student Financial Services said, "this program is the result of specific legislation making it available only for first-time, full-time students. In my opinion, the program is really only potentially economically viable for students who will be enrolled over a period of four years." He said the guaranteed tuition rate is 15 percent higher than the unguaranteed general tuition rate for the 2008 — 2009 academic year. "The locked (guaranteed) general tuition rate is $141 per credit hour compared to the non guaranteed general tuition rate of $122.70 per credit hour," he said. "As long as they remain eligible for the four years, students on the program will keep the $141 per credit hour rate for the [2009 —2010, 2010 —20 11, and 2011 — 2012] academic years, regardless of what happens with non guaranteed general tuition rates."

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Jina Sloan demonstrates a teaching exercise during a session of Great Expectations, a training program for teachers across the state of Oklahoma. The session was held on July 16 in the Heritage Room in the Nigh University Center.

Graduate program reaches for accreditation By Jana Davis Editor-in-Chief

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10 to 12 years. He has also been working with the World Championships two of the last three years. "They wanted me to progress to the Olympics because they wanted to have someone go to the sport and the games that knows wrestling. The more familiar you are with the sport, the better you are because you know all the athletes and you know the sport, and so you can take care of them better," he said.

Three students took more than just a risk of passing or failing summer school this year. Jamie Hume of Enid, Ross McCulloh of Ardmore and Amanda Gillam of Texas have risked the next two years of school. UCO's new graduate athletic training program is undergoing the necessary accreditation process to ensure that all three students graduate from a recognized program. While a risk, Jeff McKibbin, director of the athletic training curriculum, said the chances of it not being accredited after two years is slim. "The process is such that the only way to become accredited is if you have students that go through the program. They want you to have taught or be teaching the program," McKibbin said. To 23-year-old Gillam, the risk is worth it. by Vista photographer Chanel Henry "Taking the risk for me was better than going somewhere else that I would have hated," Kinesiology & health studies instsructor Gillam said. "There are only 17 schools in the nation that are entry-level accredited." Jeff McKibbin.

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Oklahoma law requires anybody who wants to practice athletic training to have a license. To obtain a license, the students must be Nationally Board Certified, which can only be taken if classes are from an accredited college, McKibbin said. Certified athlete trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that can result in physical activity. McKibbin clarified that even if the program was not accredited after two years, it would not be a permanent state. He said students would still get their master's and the opportunity for accreditation would still be available to these students. Gillam said the staff has been very involved in the process so far. "The administrative staff is doing everything right to get the program started off well," she said. An athletic trainer, Gillam said, is someone whose primary goal is for the prevention and care of injuries.

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Changes have come to the Carpool Program for the approaching school year. Use the Carpool Lot, collect 75 tickets (must be filled out) over the fall '08 and spring '09 semesters, and be registered for a chance to win two $50 Gas Cards. Ten pairs of gas cards will be given out. Pick up a registration form at the TPS Service Window.

Order parking decals online Parking Decals for the 2008-2009 school year will be available to order online starting July 21st. Visit the Transportation and Parking Services page at http:// administration.ucok.edu/viewPage . php?d=tps to place your order and read the new TPS rules and regulations. Please allow 2-3 business days after placing the order to pick up your Parking Decal at the TPS Service Windows at Room 309 in the University Center. You must present a Photo ID (e.g. UCO Student ID, Drivers License) to pick up your Parking Decal.

Carpool lot open to faculty Faculty/Staff may now use the Carpool Lot south of the Liberal Arts building if they have a current faculty/staff decal and two or more people in the vehicle. Use the Carpool Lot, collect 75 tickets (maximum one per day) over the fall '08Spring '09 semesters, and be registered for a , thance, to win two $50 gas cards. Terupairs of gas cards will be given out. Pick up a registration form at the TPS service window.

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

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 nbox@ucok.edu 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:/ / administration.ucok.edu /documents/ job_specialEnrollmentForDependents. doc. For further information or call 9742575 or 974-2656.

Group looks for luggage 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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Nepal to elect first president By Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer

The 240-year-old institution of monarchy in Nepal was abolished June 11 -- and now the tiny Himalayan nation faces the task of finding a leader to fill the post of president. The process of setting a presidential election was set to begin Wednesday even as the political parties and the former Maoist rebels tried to overcome their differences, an effort that so far hasn't led to a resolution. A special assembly will elect Nepal's first president this week to head the newly formed republic, according to Nepalnews.com . "To remove the monarchy was a good move because the king wasn't really doing anything," said Prateek Pradhan, a Nepali student who's studying engineering and physics at UCO. "Since the royal massacre, it was hard to trust the government, and the situation was very unstable. Now at least we have some hope." The Maoist leader Prachanda Dahal has called upon a search

progress and development," Sushil Prajapati, a "We've seen what the said graduate student and the political parties can do acting president of the UCO Student Association. and it wasn't enough... Nepal "All this turmoil that is We want a young, taking place now should have progressive leader for happened a long time ago. The new generation wouldn't president." have had to struggle so much -Merina Sapkota and be cast in a sea of doubt and disillusionment." Prajapati speaks for the for an "inclusive personality" young Nepalis who have for president. He told the grown disillusioned. Many of Xinhua news agency that he them, like him, have fled to the wants the first president to United States or other nations be a woman or someone from in hopes of finding stability. "What we saw happening another marginalized group. The Royal Massacre, which in the country was not happened on June 1, 2001, was satisfactory," said Merina a tragic incident in which the Sapkota, a freshman nursing members of the royal family of major who arrived at UCO just Nepal were killed. Reports said last month. "It did not restore that Crown Prince Dipendra our trust, which is why the shot everyone at the gathering, people voted for the Maoists. "We've seen what the but many citizens are still skeptical. Varying statements political parties can do and it from the government to wasn't enough. We saw what justify the horrifying incident the king could do, and it wasn't challenged the people's trust enough. What we want now is in the government and King a young leader, someone who Gyanendra, the deceased is responsible, visionary and king's brother who took over well-versed in technology. We want a young, progressive the throne. "What we want now is leader for president."

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Jordan McGowan encourages a young charge during a tackling drill, at a Blue Chip Youth Camp at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

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Top Online stories The top four most-viewed articles on thevistaonline.com for the week of July 8-15:

1. NBA franchise under process

2. Changes in loans

3. Tuition keeps pace with cost

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. --Carrie Cronk

4. Frats offer summer fun

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. --Carrie Cronk

Fraternities across campus are providing the major source of entertainment for most college students staying close to campus this summer. --Jordan Richison

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During training, Chewy the German shepherd, held by Laura Totis, finds his target Norman the cat, held by Allysia Cirka Cirka, owner of Lucky Stars Kennels, in Hampstead, Md. on June 17, 2008. Norman had been out of sight in the deep grass, but Chewy found him in less than a minute. Totis is a pet detective who uses sniffer dogs to look for missing pets, mostly dogs but also cats and even the odd ferret or pet skunk. (AP Photo/ The Sun, Jed Kirschbaum)

Burglar overstays welcome WINNSBORO, Texas -- An apparently intoxicated suspect chatted with a burglary victim long enough for officers to arrive and arrest him, authorities said. John Michael Baker, 25, of Winnsboro was jailed Friday on bond totaling $59,500, the Wood County Sheriff's Office said. Baker was charged with burglary of a habitation and burglary of a vehicle. He was also wanted and charged, in Franklin County with beirig a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana and burglary of habitation, a jailer told The Associated Press. Jail records did not list an attorney for Baker.

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The new NBA franchise that is coming to Oklahoma City had its first press conference on Thursday at the Skirvin Hotel in Bricktown as General Manager Sam Presti spoke to the media about the team and other topics having to do with basketball operations. --Jordan Richison

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Dad trades son's name ORLANDO, Fla. -Someday, when a boy named Dixon and Willoughby Partin asks how he got his 24-letter name, he'll learn it came with a hundred bucks worth of gasoline. David Partin of Orlando offered the right to name his unborn son to a local radio station that offered $100 worth of free gas to the listener with the most interesting item to trade. Radio hosts Richard Dixon and J. Willoughby took Partin's deal. When the baby is born this winter, he will be named Dixon and Willoughby Partin, with the "and" included. Partin's girlfriend, Samantha Bailey, tells the Orlando Sentinel that at least he will have an interesting story about how he got his name.

Police nab Mercedesclimbing goat CAPSHAW, Ala. (AP) - The goat was arrested, the Mercedes-Benz was assaulted and the dog came along for the ride. It happened Sunday when a woman driving the Mercedes saw a goat and dog playing on U.S. 72 in northern Alabama, Sheriff Mike Blakely said. She stopped, afraid they would get hit, Blakely said. But the goat jumped on the car and wouldn't come down. Fearing scratches and dents in her import's paint job, she called the Limestone County Sheriff's Department. A deputy got the goat down and put it in his patrol car, but then the dog jumped into his back seat too. The deputy took the dog to a veterinarian and the goat to the home of another deputy.


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Facing the facts: state offers no solace to caged canines By Chase Dearinger

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By Vista Photographer Eric Rothwell

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Almost 700 prisoners were released from behind bars in Lyles, Tenn. on June 26. These prisoners were not convicted criminals, however. They were dogs. The Humane Society of the United States helped local and state officials remove the almost 700 dogs from a facility known as Pine Bluff Kennels. The rescue mission marked the largest .puppy mill shut down in the history of the state. According to the Humane Society, US animal shelters euthanize between three and four million cats and d6gs every year. Regardless of this fact, over one-third of the nation's 11,000 pet stores continue to sell dogs. Where do many of the dogs these pet stores sell come from? Puppy mills. Although the Humane Society has been using the term "puppy mill" for over forty years, many public figures are unaware of the existence of these large-scale, commercial breeding facilities. The HSUS defines "puppy mills" as "commercial mass dogbreeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs." According to the Humane Society, the conditions in these facilities are bleak; over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor food

and shelter, crowded cages and a general lack of socialization are just a few of the things that give these mills their reputation. Females are not allowed out of their cages, where they are bred repeatedly for years. They eat, breed and relieve themselves in the same cage their entire life. Once the dog is unable to reproduce it is simply discarded. Multiple raids have found carcasses piling up on the grounds, stuffed in plastic bags or being consumed by rats. This problem is much closer than Tennessee. Oklahoma houses more puppy mills than every state in the US but Missouri. According to puppymillrescue.com, there are seven states that are known as puppy mill states: Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. These states find it easier to mass-produce puppies under these conditions because of their rural status. Open spaces give breeders a greater opportunity to hide. Animal cruelty cases are not prosecuted in rural areas because of a lack of resources. Oklahoma's situation is even more unique; it is one of the only surrounding states that has no law regulating the production of puppies. Some federal laws enforced by the United States Department of Agriculture are in place but they do not apply when breeders sell directly to the public. This includes sales through the Internet and newspapers. There are 654 breeders registered with the USDA in Oklahoma and at least three times that many exist unregistered, Billy Clay, chairman of the Oklahoma Veterinarian Association, told the Associated Press. It's giving the state of Oklahoma a bad stigma according to Clay. State representative Lee Denny, R— Cushing, a veterinarian, introduced legislation to regulate the industry in 2007.

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Representative Denny's legislation called for a preliminary study to be conducted by the House Agriculture and Commerce Subcommittee. The study showed the sale of animals in Oklahoma has increased by 70 percent because of a complete lack of regulations. Breeders are flocking to the unregulated state. The bill died in the state House in February of 2008. Whether it was because of a lack of public interest or backlash from law-abiding breeders who didn't want to be punished for the cruelty of others, Oklahoma remains second in the nation in puppy mills and puppy production. Of the 700 dogs rescued in Lyles, Tenn., six hundred and fifty needed veterinary assistance. Almost none of them had their teeth. No doubt; poor diets and stagnant water sources contributed to this. This wasn't a problem, however, for one Tennessee breeder, who laughingly claimed at an auction that, "they don't need their mouths for reproducing." The future of puppy mills in Oklahoma is uncertain. Without laws regulating the mass-production of dogs and the manpower to follow up on these regulations, there does not seem to be any hope of change. The HSUS tells us there are some things that we can do to put pressure on these large-scale production facilities. Don't buy puppies from pet stores. It is estimated that ninetyeight percent of the dogs sold in these stores come from puppy. mills. If you must buy your dog at one ,of these stores, demand to know where they purchased the puppies and ,ask for an address. Even more importantly, consider the over three million dogs and cats euthanized in the US every year. Maybe one of these, dogs can make just as good of a friend. And you won't be taking part ' in the consumptive cycle that places profit over the well-being of the animals being sold.

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Coupens said he, like many doctors, security and we will be isolated. The only was involved in a program with the U.S. people allowed in the area will be those Olympic Committee early on in his career with credentials," Hines said. and that led to the opportunity to travel to Hines described the housing complex as a "mini-college," with dorms that house Beijing. "You sort of put your name in the hat, athletes and staff, and a big dining hall. "The only time we will interact with the and at some point in time they call you up. You have to spend two weeks at one of the culture there will be when we go out to the Olympic training centers somewhere in venues or go out to dinner, if we ever have time," he said. the U.S.," he said. Coupens said their schedule will be hectic Coupens said if the committee likes a and they will "hit the doctor's work, they ground running once will be invited back to they arrive." participate in a local "Both of us will competition and then go from here to San keep receiving new Jose, Calif. We'll be opportunities. there for a day or two "It's like you're for what they call working your way up 'team processing.' the ladder," he said. We'll go through "The culmination is all the logistics and the Olympic Games. credentials there." They just keep "From there, we go weeding people out to Beijing." along the way." Coupens said they "It's natural both will immediately selection. They have go into meetings you do more and when they arrive in more things and then Beijing, then join their you rise to the top and team and possibly join the nine doctors train that very night. who are covering the "So there isn't a U.S. teams," Hines lot of time to say added. 'I'm tired' or 'I need Coupens said to rest.' You may part of the selection by Vista photographer Eric Rothwell be worn out, but for process involves the next three and a how physicians half weeks, it's not a communicate with Doctors Robert Hines (left) and Steve Coupens. vacation," he said. athletes. "It's a great honor, "There's a lot of but it's a working great doctors out assignment." there but some of Hines emphasized the fact that working them just don't communicate very well days are 18 hours at the Olympics and with some of the athletes," he said. Hines said that the USOC tries to "match said they don't plan on being able to go sightseeing. the physician with the sport." "We don't count on sightseeing, but if "Steve is an avid triathlete and a cyclist. And they put him in with cycling," he maybe we get to go see the Great Wall, it'll be a big bonus," he said. said. Coupens is in the fortunate position to "So when these athletes end up in Beijing, they don't want someone who has be near the Great Wall frequently because never seen cycling or wrestling, and all of of his role with the cycling team. "Cycling rides from Beijing to the Great a sudden they have an injury, and you're like, 'don't know.' They'd like to have the Wall. So all of our training days will be at ultimate group over there, so it works out the Great Wall," he said. "I'll be sitting on the Great Wall, for at least the first week to pretty well." Both doctors have travelled extensively 10 days." Hines commented on the privilege of as part of their duties, but this will be their first trip to China. However, sightseeing being chosen for this role with the Olympic team. won't be likely for the physicians. "This is an extremely big honor. It is a "We'll be housed in the Olympic Village, with all the U.S. athletes and administrative long time commitment, because we'll staff, as well as athletes from other be gone for four weeks, and that will be countries. There will be extremely tight a financial hit. But really, it's a big honor

for us, to represent the United States," he said. "This is the pinnacle of sports coverage. When you're covering Olympic teams, it doesn't get any higher than that," he added. Coupens said every day that they're in Beijing will be either a training or a competition day. "On a given day, I will probably get up at 4:30 a.m. so I can run, get showered, go eat and then meet my team around 7:30 a.m. We leave and go train." He said they are given an hour for a lunch break then go back out for training. "You will come back for an hour break for dinner, then have meetings, then train again," he said. While the team may have down time, the doctors are still working hard, Coupens said. "When the athletes are done training, we go to the medical clinic and we work there until it closes at 10 or 10:30 p.m.," he said. Coupens said each doctor's primary

responsibility is their sport, but "when your sport has a down time, you go to work in the clinic. I may see a wrestler or a swimmer." After the clinic closes, they attend a medical meeting which will last till 11:30 p.m., then go to bed before starting the next day, Coupens said. Doctors typically get to attend only one Olympics, but Coupens said this year is especially unique considering that this is "the biggest Olympics in the history of the games," according to Coupens. "China is really trying to put their best foot forward; they're trying to make this a showcase as far all the new venues they've built. It's basically a showcase for the world for China," Coupens said. Hines said everything they do will be about the athletes. "This is the pinnacle of their sporting career to go to the Olympics, so we're there to help them succeed and medal," he said. "It's all about them to help them achieve their dream."

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Vista fires reporter for plagiarism The Vista management fired a reporter Tuesday for plagiarizing a movie review, and adopted stronger procedures for evaluating the authenticity of entertainment reviews. "We apologize to our readers and we want them to know measures are in place to help prevent this from happening in the future," said Kelly S. Wray, director of student publications. Wray said he discovered Friday that a review of "Hancock," the new movie starring Will Smith, had been plagiarized in the July 10 issue of The Vista. The reporter who plagiarized the review was fired, and the review was immediately deleted from The Vista's Web site. Wray said entertainment reviews

and opinion pieces, whether submitted by Vista staff members or contributors, will undergo thorough reviews for authenticity. Editors will use a Web plagiarism detection service to catch any wouldbe plagiarism before it's published, he said. Any plagiarized material will be disregarded and future work from the author will not be considered for publication, Wray said. "Trust is really important," Vista Editor Jana Davis said. "If you can't trust the writer, you can't trust his work - and readers have to be able to trust our work. Otherwise, we're just ink and paper. Our credibility comes from our readers' trust in our work." Wray said he was evaluating the July 10 Vista for grammar and style use when he noticed unusually strong vocabulary in the Hancock review.,

Two Google searches pointed him to the Web site from which the review had been plagiarized. Reporters are taught to identify and avoid plagiarism in English composition classes as well as news reporting and editing courses, Wray said. "There really is no excuse anymore," he said. "You can't plagiarize - and you can't make up quotes. Those are two of the most prevalent rules in journalism ethics. And they exist to protect the readers' trust in our products. "In fact, if you don't have that trust, you don't have products - because trust is the product. So, you can't plagiarize. And if you do, you can't work at The Vista."

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Biofuels not solution From the Daily Lobo- U. New Mexico Late last week, The Guardian newspaper of London reported a leaked study from the World Bank that concluded that biofuels are responsible for driving up worldwide food costs by 75 percent, just a smidgen higher than the Bush administration's figure of 2 to 3 percent. This means that soccer moms all over the United States _may have to- stop patting themselves on the back ,for pumping 40 gallons of ethanol-enhanced gasoline into their flex-fuel Suburbans. Here at home, we feel the impact of biofuel use in paying a little more for groceries when we go to the grocery store. But for 100 million people all over the world, these price increases have meant a descent into abject poverty. Even though it's encouraging to see the entire world and the United States looking for alternative fuel sources, we need to take this opportunity to look at the risks and benefits of biofuels as well as the motivation behind their development. One major justification for the use of biofuels has been that they reduce greenhouse gases. The accepted logic is that they achieve this by not only burning cleaner than fossil fuel alone but also by soaking up carbon dioxide during the growing process. Unfortunately, a recently published report found that corn-based ethanol products, such as those produced in the United States, almost double the greenhouse gas emissions as a result of the destruction of forests to make way for new biofuel crops. Even biofuels from switchgrass would result in a 50 percent increase in greenhouse gases when you consider the change in land use. Another argument is that biofuels will help wean Americans off foreign oil. In reality, we would need to expand our existing cropland 157 percent to 262 percent in order to replace even half of our fossil fuels with cornbased ethanol. Although these data are relatively new, the concerns they bring up are far from novel. And, unfortunately, politicians of both parties have declined to consider these possible risks. Instead, our leaders seized an opportunity to placate farm lobbyists and voters to whom ethanol seemed like a silver bullet. Today, we are paying for their irresponsibility to the tune of between $5 billion and $7 billion a year in subsidies for biofuels, subsidies that have only been questioned by one presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain. And although Sen. Barack Obama has a more ambitious plan for biofuel research and is, in my view, more likely to implement such a program, he continues to preach the false promises of corn-based ethanol while keeping close ties with many from the ethanol industry. Is this to say that biofuels are a complete waste of time and should be scrapped altogether? Not necessarily. Biofuels will likely play a key role in our transition to a form of transportation that is not only more environmentally friendly but one that also reduces our dependence on non-renewable sources of energy. However, some key modifications must be made to our policies.

Offshore drilling offers no immediate supply clings to the substructure of oil rigs (http:/ / www.youtube.com/ watch?v=TiJ78k6GgNY). This interest Finally, the time has arrived for could, in fact, promote tourism, rather our politicians to consider drilling than deter it. Radical environmentalists (bless something other than corporate CEO's. With oil's inexorable ascent, their well-intentioned souls) have a reexamination of the myths, merits, portrayed oil rigs as ready-made and minuses of offshore drilling is cataclysms, but a moment away from oozing black catastrophe into long overdue. When people think of offshore our oceans and onto our beaches. drilling platforms, an image tends While this may have been closer to to form of gargantuan eyesores, the truth many decades ago, it is far scarring earth and marring skyline. from an accurate characterization This stereotype is actually quite far today. In an effort.to protect not only from the truth. Due to the curvature the environment, but the profitable of the Earth, the distance (in terms of oil they extract from it, corporations visibility) to the horizon is limited by have dramatically improved the the relative height of the eye above safety of drilling practices. To prevent sea level. Even from the 10th story spills, today's oil rigs employ blowout of a beachfront condominium, one prevention systems (BOP's). These can only see roughly 11 nautical systems, via a series of hydraulically miles (20km) offshore, neglecting operated closure devices, are capable atmospheric refraction, which distorts of sealing off oil wells and routing harmful fluids - Into specialized visibility, even on a clearday. Though beachgoers have nothing 'containment equipment, preventing to fear, what of our delicate oceanic chemicals from hemorrhaging into ecosystem? You may be surprised the ocean. As well, the water that invariably to learn that oil rigs, rather than directly impinging upon the comes into contact with the oil at surrounding marine habitat, spawn the point of drilling is filtered before lush profusions of coral in the being returned to the environment. In shallow waters where sunlight conjunction with chemical treatments, penetrates, creating environments in a network of filtration systems is which tens of thousands of fish can employed to separate and sanitize thrive. These miniature ecosystems the water in accordance with strict delight divers, who frequently environmental regulations. Water admire the verdant marine life that sanitized in this way is referred to By Brandon Esposito

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as "produced formation water" (PFW), and is restored to the ocean almost completely free of harmful chemicals. Ironically, the major factor compelling our legislators to dustoff our archaic moratorium is likely to be amongst the least affected, Even if our corporations begin construction tomorrow, it will be roughly a decade before we start seeing. production. Even then, a substantial 'reduction in price is unlikely, although the extra capacity will work to mitigate climb (as it would have today, had expansion of our drilling capacity not been shot down in decades past). Drilling does, however, carry,with it a number of additional benefits'. According to the Depiartment of the Interior, the U.S. continental shelf contains 115 billion barrels of, oil and 633 trillion cubic feet a 'natural gas (enough to meet .current demand for oil and natural gas_ for 15 years and '27 years, respectively). While tapping these reservesrwill be a gradual process, access to thern.Will add a measure of stability, to-the price of oil. Moreover, due to the lack of downward pressure on price; 'drilling will not deter us from seeking- the alternatives we so desperately need ,

to achieve energy independence, but rather, will provide us with a cushion to ease us through the coming period of transition.

Judge in Sonics case: Friend or foe? U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman may be a hero or an enemy to Oklahoma City's NBA fans. But we'll never know. Because the suit between the city of Seattle and the Sonics was settled, Pechman's prepared ruling was never heard. The Oklahoman left a message with the judge asking how she would've ruled had there not been a settlement, but Pechman replied through a law clerk that she would not answer that question, according to an Associated Press article. And she was wise to do so, for she would be hearing an endless litany of complaints from either Seattle or Oklahoma fans, depending on who her ruling favored. Pechman is described as a nononsense courtroom force whom attorneys and friends believe to be unmoved by media coverage, sentimentality or loyalty to the hometown team in a June 15 Seattle Times article. An attorney friend of Pechman's, Rebecca Roe, offered this example in the Seattle Times article: "A lot of us think Marsha is the perfect one for this trial because she could give a rip about sports," said

The Bottom Line Roe, a longtime friend.

Roe recalled several years after Ken Griffey Jr. began playing for the Mariners — and seemingly all of Seattle was buzzing about "The Kid" — Pechman asked friends at a gathering, "Who is this Griffey guy anyway?" "Everybody in this group — we're all a bunch of hard-core, maniac fans — assumed she was kidding," Roe said. She wasn't. Pechman was set to issue a ruling in the case last Wednesday, but it was on that same day that the Clay Bennett and the Sonics settled with the city of Seattle, allowing the team to immediately move to Oklahoma. The city of Seattle had sued the Sonics, wanting to enforce the remaining two years of the team's lease to play at KeyArena, the AP article stated. But I for one am rejoicing along with all NBA fans in this city that we have

another franchise that will help our economy and improve the national image of our state as a metropolitan city. I applaud the efforts of Oklahoma City's leaders, especially Mayor Mick Cornett and others, who pushed the effort to bring the Sonics to this city. I imagine we'll get a glimpse of how Pechman would have ruled in the case in the case between the Sonics and Seattle when she rules on the lawsuit brought by former Sonics owner Howard Schultz, who is accusing Bennett of violating a promise to try to keep the team in Seattle. "We believe it's baseless, has no merit. We will fight it vigorously," Bennett said, in an AP story, of the lawsuit at the July 2 press conference after he announced that "We made it. The NBA will be in Oklahoma City next season." And the city's fans will fill the 19,599 seats in the Ford Center when the to-be-named NBA franchise starts the 2008-09 season.

"I applaud the efforts of Oklahoma City's leaders... who pushed the efforts to bring the Sonics to this city."

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Former UCO athlete helps lead team to championship SAN JOSE, Calif. - A former Central Oklahoma AllAmerican has helped lead his team to the Arena Football League championship game in New Orleans. Place-kicker A.J. Haglund made 9 of 10 extra points and two field goals in San Jose's 81-55 rout of Grand Rapids in the American Conference finals last weekend, with the defending champion SaberCats set to take on Philadelphia in ArenaBowl XXII on July 27. Haglund, who was named AFL Kicker of the Year earlier this month, has scored a league-record 201 points this season. He's hit 23-of-27 field goals and 132-of-143 PATs

while also making 16.0 special teams tackles for San Jose, 13-5 on the year. A native of El Reno, Haglund was UCO's place-kicker for four straight years from 200104 and was a two-time firstteam All-Lone Star Conference pick who earned All-America honors as a senior. He set school records for field goals made in a game (five), season (15) and career (40) and RATs (139) in a career while finishing second in career points (259). Haglund started his professional career for the arena football team in Oklahoma City and is in his second season with the SaberCats.

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Colby Shrum of Perry, Okla. advances through the first round of an Oklahoma amateur tourney.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Central Oklahoma had an established veteran and an incoming freshman advance through the first two rounds of the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship Tuesday at Gaillardia Golf and Country Club. Junior-to-be Colby Shrum and rookie Andrew Green both made it through the strokeplay qualifying tournament on Monday and each won a pair of matches Tuesday to move into the round of 16. The tournament continues Wednesday with two more rounds of action, with the semifinals and finals set for Thursday. Shrum, who earned Lone Star Conference Player of the Year and NCAA Division II All-America honors last season for the Bronchos, made it into

the 64-man tournament with a 74 in Monday's qualifying and entered as the No. 49 seed. The Perry native routed 16thseeded Alan Bratton of Stillwater 5&4 in Tuesday's first round and followed with a tense 1-up win in 20 holes over No. 17 Kyle Lewis of Shawnee. He will take on top-seeded Robbie Laird of Tulsa Wednesday morning. Green, a prep standout at Edmond Santa Fe High School who signed with UCO last fall, was seeded 31st after shooting a 73 in qualifying. He opened match play with an easy 4&3 win over No. 31 Blake Walker of Oklahoma City, then upset No. 2 seed Stephen Carney of Tulsa 3&2 in the second round. Green will meet Tulsa's 15thseeded Bryan Boaz in the round of 16.

Women's basketball to play 12 home games Central Oklahoma will play 12 home games during the 2008-09 women's basketball season, according to the schedule released Monday. The Bronchos of third-year head coach Guy Hardaker play two exhibition games and then open the season with three road contests before making their home debut on Nov. 25 against Midwestern State. UCO has only two other first-semester games at Hamilton Field House, hosting Science & Arts of Oklahoma on Nov. 29 and Tarleton State on Dec. 15. The Bronchos play nine home games- in January aridt February, taking on

Abilene Christian (Jan. 8), Angelo State (Jan. 10), Texas A&M-Commerce (Jan. 14), Southeastern Oklahoma (Jan. 24), Cameron (Jan. 31), Northeastern State (Feb. 4), East Central (Feb. 11), Texas Woman's (Feb. 18) and Southwestern Oklahoma (Feb. 28) in the regular season finale. UCO has exhibitions at Oral Roberts on Nov. 8 and home against the Oklahoma Flyers on Nov. 12, then officially open the season Nov. 18 at Oklahoma Panhandle. "It's a good schedule and will definitely challenge us," Hardaker said. "We've got quite a few players back - from la-st yew °alciig

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