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July 19, 2007

Oklahoma petitions to amend its current drinking laws by Aaron Wright Managing Editor "It's kind of silly," said Cassie Neahring, marketing senior, about a law in Oklahoma that prohibits grocery stores and convenience stores to sell wine and high point beer. "People are just going to drink more beer if it's lower point," she said. "What is the benefit of making people rush to liquor stores before 9 p.m., especially on Saturdays because they are closed on Sundays?" said Jake Simpson, biology senior. They are not the only people that feel that way. A 2006 KFOR survey showed that 53 percent of 500 Oklahoma City residents polled think that grocery stores should be allowed to sell wine and stronger beer. One organization, Oklahomans for Modem Laws, is working to give Oklahoma citizens more options when choosing beer and wine. Members of this group include grocers, concerned citizens, businessmen and businesswomen, wineries and grape growers. This group was formed approximately a year and a half ago when several people realized they had the same interest for Oklahoma. The members of the organization want to propose a constitutional amendment that will allow any grocery or conve-

by Vista photographer Chris Albers

A shopper browses through the limited selection of alcoholic beverages at a local Edmond grocery store, July 17, 2007.

nience store that can currently sell 3.2 percent beer to sell highpoint beer and wine for offpremise drinking. According to Larry Wood, consultant for the

group, this amendment would override all conflicting laws. Currently, the petition has not begun to circulate. Wood said that when it does, the group

will need to obtain 175,000 signatures. If the organization receives all the signatures it needs, the petition will go to the Supreme Court where opponents

to the petition will have a chance to challenge it. If approved by the Supreme Court, the issue will go to a vote of the people. Lynn Wiley, pre-vet junior,

Max Chambers Library expands laptop inventory "The new laptops make a total of 50 available for checkout." -Thompson

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UCO student found dead off campus by Andrew Knittle Staff Writer

by Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer The Max Chambers Library has added 30 new Dell Latitude to their selection of laptops for checkout to UCO faculty and students. The library had 20 Dell Inspirons for checkout in the last year. The facility, according to Library Instruction Coordinator Deborah Thompson, was popular enough for the library to consider adding new equipment. The systems department based their decision to buy Dell on the quality of the product and history of service, as well as price. "Frequently, we would have all of the laptops checked out," said Thompson. However, only UCO faculty, staff and students are allowed to checkout laptops and other equipment. The laptops come with a bag and accessories that include DVD, CD and floppy drives, headphones and an external mouse. "The new laptops make a total of 50 available for checkout. We also have four laptops available for extended use, such as presentations or conferences," said Thompson. Also available for extended checkout are two projectors, a Panasonic Camcorder, and a Canon digital still camera. "These are designated for students, faculty and staff for presentations and academic purposes," said Thompson. The laptops are limited for inhouse use only, meaning they cannot be taken off the facility. But the extended checkout equipment can be borrowed for three days and used beyond the Library premises. "We have more than 50 desk-

is weary of lax alcohol laws. "People need to know how to drink responsibly before we take that step," she said. Wiley is a victim of a drunk driving incident. She said she drinks, but does so responsibly. "If people would take responsibility for their actions, it shouldn't be a problem," said Wiley. However, the Oklahomans for Modern Law's website said there has been no increase in drunk driving as a• result of the law. Edmond Wine Shop owner Vance D. Gregory Jr. wondered about the accessibility of alcohol with the new petition initiative. Selling to anyone underage is currently considered a felony. Gregory said he is not sure of the effect the law will have on his business until he sees the actual petition. "Because we have a niche, a service that most big stores couldn't offer, I would hope the effect for us would be less," he said. Gregory said he is not taking that for granted. As far as future projects go, Wood said the group wants to remain focused on this one for now. "We'll deal with one thing at a time," he said.

by Vista photographer Chris Albers

Thirty additional Dell Latitude laptops are now available to students in the library.

by Vista photographer Chris Otten

One of the many UCO laptops used by students at the Chambers Library.

top computers in the reference section which were frequently full. The best way to serve the needs of the students was to add more computers. Laptops and wireless gave students flexibility and they could sit near whatever materials they needed to work," said Thompson. At present, laptops can only be checked out for two hours and renewed once. After four hours, the laptop is reviewed and checked out again to the

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same user if there is no waiting list. The overdue fine is $1 per minute, with a maximum limit of $100. With the new additions, Thompson says that the library is considering extending the hours that laptops are available to four hours before renewal is required. Users must sign a policy form agreeing to be responsible for the equipment. Severe damage means user must pay the cost of replacement. In the year

since Max Chambers Library started checking out laptops, Thompson says they have had no problems. Those that they have had to deal with have been minor and easily fixed. The library has also upgraded its multimedia section in the fourth floor with an iMac computer that has music notation, marching, and dance notation software. The computer has the Adobe Create Suite too, which includes video editing, music recording and editing, MS Office and design software. "The idea was to have something for music majors but then we decided to include all of the arts for Mac software. We have Finale, the music notation software and even a notation program for dance majors," said Jana Atkins, Performing Arts and Multimedia Librarian. The facility will allow students to work even after departmental computer laboratory hours. The peripherals of the equipment include a full piano keyboard, which Atkins says, any-

one with some musical knowledge can use to record. "It's a fun thing to play with too. The students are excited because departmental laboratories close earlier and with this, they won't necessarily have to worry about taking material over and bring it back," said Atkins. The library gate count statistics record 680,000 visitors from the July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007 period. Of these, in the finals week of May, the library had 1,250 visitors between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. "We don't plan to stay open longer hours because we haven't seen any indication of that need. In the finals, we stay open till 2 a.m. To stay longer hours other days would also cost a lot," said Thompson. For more information concerning laptop usage, visit Max Chambers Library's website at

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A UCO student was found dead in his Edmond apartment July 10 by two friends who had stopped by to take the deceased man to dinner, according to police reports. Kyong Hwan Choi, a biophysics major from South Korea, was 34. Choi's body was found by his long-time friend Jin Yu Deok and another man, both of whom had stopped by to take Choi out for dinner at around 7:30 p.m. Deok told police Choi had complained about feeling ill two days earlier — the last time he spoke to his friend — but his friend's death still came as a shock. "I didn't know of him having any illness that was serious,Deok said. "I don't know what would have caused him to die." Choi's family arrived from South Korea last week to take control of his body. He was cremated July 16 following a private ceremony at a local funeral home. Another memorial service was held for Choi July 18 in the Y Chapel of Song on the UCO campus. Glynda Chu, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department, said Choi appeared to have died from natural causes, noting that nothing present at the scene indicated otherwise. "From what we know, there doesn't appear to be any foul play involved," Chu said. A representative from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Choi's case is still pending as the office waits for toxicology reports. Andrew Knittle can be reached at .

"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend." -William Blake

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OPINION July 19, 2007


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Catholic Church abuse settlement, appropriate or unjustified? Opinion 1 Since before - •-the Reformation, the Catholic Church has always been a target to society. Many can't deny the overall improved sentiment toward the Catholic Church as years surpass, but pragmatism will still keep the denomination in sight of media coverage. Every so often, history will repeat itself. In the 1990s, the Catholic Church was accused of sexual abuse occurring within its dioceses. The detection of priests committing these heinous acts generated a stereotype associated with Catholicism. Since word got out that priests are child-molesters first and religious figures second, the world once again formed a biased opinion on Catholics. Child abuse in any form is absolutely intolerable, but what most people don't realize is that child abuse is not limited to one religious sect. Organized religion has downgraded the potential means of upholding Christian values. Not only does it take place in the Catholic Church, but the Baptist, the Methodist, the Lutheran, and the Presbyterian. They all share the same human qualities that may erupt in immoral behavior against children. How does the Catholic Church reconcile with the 500 known victims of molestation? The Church authorities

believe money will heal the psychological wounds that may haunt these people forever. -;7--What other option is there? At least the million plus dollars granted to each individual can buy many hours of therapy. Many people believe the issue isn't about the actual reported cases, but the fact the Catholic Church failed to take action with the perpetrators. Several cases went unreported to the police and justice seemed far off to take into account. The reason for it isn't entirely clear, but considering the already tainted reputation of the Catholic Church, it became a question of whether or not going public with the incidents would have a more profound impact on that status. The Catholic Church runs very much like apolitical system. Its checks and balances need to be examined before coming to a rash decision. Not everyone understands what it entails for authorities to acknowledge the presence of immoral activity occurring in their dioceses. It becomes a shocking revelation, one that ultimately affects the overall structure of the church. The reasons of the cover-up are probably insignificant due to the damage inflicted. By now, the Catholic Church should be used to this sort of thing. There will still be criticism after the $660 million settlement is long forgotten. So much money can only buy a little bit

of quiet time. The money isn't going to change human nature. C hild abuse, will persist, the Catholic. Church will still be viewed in the media spotlight at every moment and the victims will never reach total satisfaction. Memories involving this sort of behavior are not easy to get over, but there aren't any more options to consider. So far, the settlement is the largest the Church has ever agreed upon. Of course, there is always room for more money, but right now, therapy rates are the lowest they will ever be.



After four years of failed negotiations, a settlement has finally been reached in the California court case concerning over 500 victims of sexual abuse and the accused Catholic priests of the Los Angeles archdiocese. Over 500 victims, and that's in Los Angeles alone. $660 million was settled on over the weekend. After court costs and outrageous attorney fees, it will allot $1.2 to $1.3 million to each victim that came forward. Now I'm sure that money will bring a little ease to the victim's lives, but I am outraged that this seems to be another one of those problems that the justice system is attempting to solve by allowing money to be thrown at it. And what outrages me even more is who's throwing the

money: insurance companies! That's right. Various insurance companies are paying for $227 million of the total settlement. Why? Because each of the Catholic Churches involved have policies offered by their insurance companies that specifically cover sexual abuse. These types of policies started coming into existence after the court case Hanover Insurance Co. vs. Crocker in the 1980s. In the case, Mrs. Crocker's husband was accused of the sexual abuse of a child. She was aware of the abuse but neglected to report it to the authorities. She was charged with neglect, but her lawyer found a loophole in her homeowner's insurance policy that the court ruled to be an indication that the insurance company was responsible for covering her monetary settlement. So now we have sexual abuse insurance coverage? These types of insurance policies are like a slap in the face to the victims. I understand that they are a smart move for businesses to take advantage of in case an employee gets into that kind of unforgivable trouble, but the mere fact that they exist holds to the idea that these types of offenses can be settled by the .stroke of an insurance executive's pen on a checkbook. Probably a rubber-Stamp actually. After watching the documentary "SiCKO," I think this chalks up yet another ethical

question on how these companies conduct their business. As for the common explanation by clergymen saying these priests will be brought tb justice in the afterlife, I bet the victims don't buy it. After the trauma, confusion, and pure evil that were inflicted on them by the very people that were supposed to represent the opposite, I bet some of the victims find it hard to believe in anything anymore.

Opinion 3 As the Los Angeles Archdiocese reached its recordsetting agreement with more than 400 petitioners, millions of devoted Catholics, most of whom have never even thought of molesting a child, are no doubt feeling the effects. Like loyal employees of a malfunctioning and corrupt corporation, Catholics across the nation must be holding their collective breath, hoping their archdiocese isn't next on the legal (and media) chopping block. Of the more than $660 million due to petitioners in the settlement, the Los Angeles Archdiocese will directly pay about $250 million, while insurance and "other sources" will pick up the rest of the amount. But what about the people who keep this Enron-like entity in power—the churchgoers? Are they going to be affected? Do they deserve to pay for a coverup perpetrated by high-level

officials, mainly Cardinal Roger Mahony, to save face and avoid legal (and civil) repercussions? Of course they don't, but some members of Los Angelesarea Catholic churches could definitely feel the wrath of the astronomical settlement. Churches could be closed and sold, like in Boston a few years ago, to help pay off some of the hush money the church offered up like communion this week. Catholic schools that used to supply financial aid to low-income students could cease doing so following the settlement. But Catholics, unlike some other religious sects, seem to be uniquely qualified to deal with such filthy scandals. Take 45-year-old Leticia Fernandez, a parishioner at a Los Angeles-area Catholic church, and her attitude about the scandal, which, just to remind everybody, involves the rape, molestation and mental abuse of children over the course of decades. "Our church preaches forgiveness and we have to abide by that, even for the men who did these bad things," Fernandez said. Is it any wonder the Catholic church is in the state it's in?

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CAMPUS QUOTES: Compiled and photographed by Chris Albers and Chris Otten

"What is your opinion on the suspicions of an increased terrorist attack this summer?" "We should at least be diligent and look outfor anything suspicious."

"Increasing security is decreasing human . rights, just to dimmiSh terrorist activity we can't prevent anyway."

Karl Christ

Nathan Woolard

Department of Military Science — Supply technician

General studies senior

"We've been in an increased risk since 9/11, we need to

move on. We need to stop giving them ideas of how to shut us down in movies like Die Hard 4." Meleia Bacon

Art education senior

"I wouldn't believe it, it's a gut feeling."

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July 19, 2007

Edmond sets a new path Health students and faculty provide education in Mexico by Lyndsay Gillum Copy Editor

by Vista photographer Chris Albers

A morning walker strolls down the walking and biking trail located at Fink Park in Edmond, July 10, 2007. This trail is just the beginning of a city project to link the main parks in the city. by Abha Eli Phoboo

Staff Writer

In order to encourage people to get out more and exercise for recreation, the City of Edmond has come up with a plan to have more trails throughout the city. "The plan for the trail construction is to begin at Fink Park directly south of the UCO Campus," said Jim Bowlin, director of Parks and Recreation, City of Edmond. The trail will wind along Spring Creek corridor to the corner of 9th and Bryant, where it will cross Bryant eastward at the stoplight. Bowlin said that a bridge will cross the storm water runoff channel at Hafer Park linking up with the Park's trail. "The plan will connect UCO to Hafer Park through Fink Park," said Lane Perry, vice president of the UCO administration. According to "Traffic and Transportation" City of Edmond special report for Spring 2007, the objective of the plan right now is to complete trails linking Mitch Park, Hafer Park and Bickham/Rudkin Park at 33rd and Boulevard. The Master Plan, says the report,

will have the main thorough"The trail will provide an fare of trails passing completely opportunity for students and through the city of Edmond. faculty to use it as transporta"The master plan for the tion to commercial attractions, trail is to continue eastward to such as Lowes, Target, etc. It Arcadia Lake, however it will will also serve as an excelbe some years before this can lent working, biking and jogbe completed," said Bowlin. ging trail for fitness or just a Trails and parks improve the leisurely stroll," said Bowlin. quality of life of the people Mitch Park's outer loop cirand enhance property value of cumnavigates the park, consurrounding areas by 5 per- necting it to Coffee Creek. The cent to 20 percent. Oklahoma park trail was later extended Department of Transportation to six-and-a-half miles linking will fund part of the trails sys- it to Broadway. The new trails tem. Reports state that the trail plan will hopefully encourage linking Mitch Park to Coffee citizens to get out and engage in Creek neighborhood received physical activity, such as walk$300,000 as grants from ODOT. ing, running, jogging or cycling. At a town hall meeting, the As Perry says, "Being a perCity Council declared allocation son who runs and enjoys nature, of funds for trails in the city's this is an amazing opportunity for five-year plan. Together with students, staff and faculty alike federal funds, the trails should to navigate to Hafer from UCO." have enough for completion. The added trails network Trails in Edmond began with will encourage Edmond citithe 1999 Trails Master Plan, zens to interact as a community. which is a part of "Tomorrow's Edmond" 20-year vision for the city. The popular use of one-anda-half mile of trails in Hafer Park has encouraged city officials to add more trails to the city's development plans. Mitch Park Abha Eli Phoboo can be reached was then built in 1994 with more at . trails connecting different areas.

Heart Walk achieves new goal by Steven Reckinger Editor in Chief -


After wrapping up this year's Oklahoma City Metro Heart Walk, UCO was able to make 2007 its largest fundraising campaign on heart disease in terms of donated funds. "Not only was it about financial gain, but we were able to educate the campus about heart disease," said CaytWalls, administrative assistant for the director of the Student Health Center. Faculty, staff and students were able to raise $10,628.51, just shy away from the $12,500 goal. The Greeks alone brought in over $4,000, using Penny Wars, while having competitions between the houses using a point system. Each house was given a specific bucket and any penny donated would earn that house a point, but sil-

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ver coins would deduct points. fundraising this year," Walls Other events comprised of said. "There was an increased "Virtual Walk," "I Love My amount ofstudent participation." Jeans" and raffles for limo Pat Casey, administrative service and an annual parking assistant in the International permit for the 2007-08 term. Office of Student Services, Out of the seven teams said the participation of the that raised the most money, athletic department really the top three were given mp3 contributed this year. Even players, and the rest were the athletic director became awarded Bluetooth headsets. involved to show support. The top three were Student "We're looking forward to Affairs, led by April Perry, next year's walk, which will be raising $4,105.59; the mar- bigger and better," Casey said. keting team led by Mark Heart disease is considered the Brennaman, earning $817.37; number one killer in Oklahoma, and the team captained by Pat with stroke at number three. Casey from the International For addition information Office, brought in $695. concerning the Heart Walk, The remaining four included visit Leadership Central, bringing in $640; the Wellness Center with $485; Purchasing and Payment Services at $480; and Enrollment Management, earning $475. Steve Reckinger can be reached "People really got into the at .


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A team of UCO community health students and faculty recently contributed their knowledge and experience to a 'United Methodist Volunteers in Mission' trip where they provided health education in Mexico. Michelle Terronez and Sandra Manzo, UCO seniors and community health majors, joined UCO health professors Dr. Richard Rudebock and Sunshine Cowan in Rio Bravo, Mexico, to help develop and implement health education in the community. "Two years ago the UMVIM missionary in Rio Bravo recognized the need for health education and partnered with us. They requested the addition of health education components to complement their existing medical and construction missions," Sunshine Cowan said in a UCO press release. "Our students benefit greatly from the experience by applying their classroom knowledge, while the residents in Rio Bravo benefit by receiving education on preventable diseases," she said. Students Terronez and Manzo were provided a scholarship given by Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and thus given the opportunity to make the most of their skills to create curriculum that would educate

individuals in the border population on hand and oral hygiene. They also combined their work with that of last year's participating UCO students, Albani Milton-Smith and Cindy Eaton. Their lessons involved hypertension and diabetes. The students addressed health issues and cultural sensitivity by making it culturally appropriate to the population by using health theories learned in classes here at UCO. UMVIM provides opportunities for service by "developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders," read their website. "We

continually nurture our contacts with these leaders to respond to the needs of local communities and to provide comprehensive project information." For more information, contact Sunshine Cowan at (405) 974-5238 or visit the UMVIM website at .

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UCO students of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission recently returned from their trip in Mexico.

UCO motivates public to dance by Lyndsay Gillum Copy Editor As a part of the 2007 Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, Perpetual Motion/ Modern Dance Oklahoma, Inc., is offering master classes to the public. Classes will be taught by guest choreographers that were selected for the 2007 festival in the Health and Physical Education Building at UCO. Selected choreographers include Michelle Contrino from Denton, Texas; Tina Kambour from UCO; Sarah Moore from Missouri Valley College; Lesley Snelson-Figureoa, Artistic Director of Muscle Memory Dance Theater in Dallas, Texas; and Stephanie Thibeault from Wichita State University. Sarah Moore and Stephanie Thibeault held the first set of classes July 14 in Modern Dance and Ballet. Michelle Contrino will be teaching Jazz on July 21, from noon to 1:20 p.m. and Lesley Snelson-Figureoa will be teaching Hip Hop from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The last set of classes will be held July 28 in Modern Dance and taught by Tina Kambour from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The core mission of Perpetual Motion/Modern Dance Oklahoma, Inc. "is to stimulate and inspire cultural development in Oklahoma through modern dance performance, education and choreography. Perpetual Motion is also committed to creating a collaborative network of artists and institutions to establish and sustain a unique multidisciplinary arts performance and education program for the community," read the Perpetual Motion website. Choreographers submit applications along with submission of their work and the cast of dancers for the choreographers audition as well, said Michelle Dexter, Perpetual Motion director and UCO adjunct dance faculty member. The chosen choreographers come for one week at a time and have a cast of dancers who are from the Oklahoma City Metro area, Dexter said. The dancers range from junior high students to college students, particularly from UCO and University of Oklahoma. Tina Kambour, who is teaching modern dance July 28, joined the UCO Dance faculty in 1992. Her choreography has been commissioned by Aha!

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Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival will have master classes from July 21 through July 28 to teach the public about dance.

Dance Theatre of Kansas City, Northeastern State University, Prairie Dance Theatre of Oklahoma City and Harwelden Institute of the Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council. She received her masters in Dance from the Teachers College at Columbia University and earned a Certified Movement Analyst degree from Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. UCO graduate Sarah Moore is another choreographer teaching the master classes in Modern Dance. She is now an assistant professor of dance at Missouri Valley College and received her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University in 2005. As a graduate of UCO, she received her B.A. in Dance Education. Moore's workshops, presentations and research interests have been focused on the creative process, connections between higher education and children in kindergarten through high

school teaching and learning in dance, dance and educational philosophy, and the integration of Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals in dance education. In August 2006, Perpetual Motion organized the first annual Oklahoma Dance Festival, which brought together local dance companies and student performers from the Oklahoma City area. One of the student performers, Taylor Munholland, said in a press release, "The Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival brought out the true dancer within, bringing my dancing to new heights and achievements I never thought possible." The cost is $5 to the general public. For more information and to pre-register, contact Michelle Dexter at (405) 735-5z.i.;-; Wr , V . Lyndsay Gillum can be reached at .



July 19, 2007

'Harry Potter' works its magic on the silver screen it's about torture, abandonment and duels to the death. The wizarding world is on the brink of war, and while the magical government should be rallying troops and building up the home front, Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge (a supporter ofHarry in previous films, now a bitter enemy) refuses to believe "dead" dark wizard Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has returned from beyond and seeks to ruin the credibility of anyone who tries to tell the truth. This includes Harry and his mentor, Professor Dumbledore. A sadistic bureaucrat, Professor Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), is sent to Harry's magical school with the purpose of controlling the goings-on there and to be sure the students aren't being taught magic that could be used to overthrow the Minister (or to fight Voldemort, consequently). To combat this, Harry begins teaching his classmates battle magic, in secret, to prepare them for war. The supporting cast is like a breathing museum of Britain's greatest character actors: Gary Oldman ("Bram Stoker's Dracula"); Jason Isaacs ("The Patriot"); Helena Bonham Carter ("Fight Club"); Robbie Coltrane ("Goldeneye"); Maggie Smith ("Hook"); Alan Rickman

by Nathan Winfrey Senior Staff Writer It's easy to hate Harry Potter. His popularity is an unexplainable phenomenon and for most of us, the mental image we get when someone mentions the boy wizard is of 12-year-old actor Daniel Radcliffe wearing a scarf and cheesing for the camera. For those unfortunate enough to have the first two films, directed by Christopher Columbus ("Home Alone"), as their only taste of the franchise, I encourage you to take a look at the newest film, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Coming back to the franchise now would be like attending your 10-year high school reunion and realizing that the flabby, annoying girl with greasy hair you once made fun of is now kind of hot and interesting to talk to. Gone are the silly jinxes, cutesy characters, the focus on Gryffindor/Slytherin rivalry and that annoying broomstick game Quidditch. "Order of the Phoenix" is a new animal. The struggle for Harry and his compatriots is a battle for their lives and freedom, from the very first scene until the thrilling climax. It's not about playground squabbles anymore;

("Die Hard"); Brendan Gleeson ("Braveheart"); David Thewlis ("Kingdom of Heaven") and Michael Gambon ("Sleepy Hollow"), offering brilliant color to the magical palette of talent director David Yates paints his film with. I applaud all of the casting decisions, except for Gambon, who in my opinion has never understood the character

of Dumbledore which he plays. Public opinion since the film's release last week has been about as polarized as a response can be. Either you love the movie or you hate it, and from what I've seen, film critics and people who understand movies are the ones who love it, and those who read the book nine times and think each and every

into a feature-length movie. Yates' film is a vast improvement over director Mike Newell's attempt at "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which basically stitched together all the action scenes from the book and ditched the plot. "Order of the Phoenix" is a great companion to the book, which I feel is writer J.K. Rowling's best of the series. When I say it's a "great companion to the book," I don't mean it's a great replacement for the book. There's far more going on in the source material than 138 on-screen minutes could ever capture, and anyone who opts to sit in a dark theater and be spoon-fed one of the greatest stories told in the last decade rather than absorb it the way it was intended to be deserves to miss out. As a former Harry-hater myself, I don't think the film version of "The Order of the Phoenix" will win over any new fans, but it might steer a few toward the book series and if that happens, Yates and company have done their jobs well.

scene and subplot should be translated to the screen are the ones who hate it. Yes, some romantic subplots are barely touched on, and yes, some characters who were important in 4 Stars/5 the book merely flit in and out of the background in the film version to appease fans, but I Nathan Winfrey can be reached at think Yates did a fantastic job of . transforming an 870-page book

Quake devastates northwestern Japan YouTube and CNN converge for debates

by AP Writer A strong earthquake struck northwestern Japan on Monday, destroying hundreds of homes, buckling seaside bridges and causing a fire at one of the world's most powerful nuclear power plants. At least seven people were killed and hundreds were injured. The quake, which left fissures 3 feet wide in the ground along the coast, hit shortly after 10 a.m. local time and was centered off Niigata state. Buildings swayed 160 miles away in Tokyo. Sirens wailed in Kashiwazaki, a city of about 90,000, which appeared to be hardest hit. Japan's Meteorological Agency measured the quake at a 6.8 magnitude. The U.S. Geological Survey, which monitors quakes around the world, said it registered 6.7. "I was so scared, the violent shaking went on for 20 seconds," Ritei Wakatsuki, who was on her job in a convenience store in Kashiwazaki. "I almost fainted by the fear of shaking." Flames and billows of black smoke poured from the Kashiwazaki nuclear plant, the world's largest in terms of power output capacity, which automatically shut down during the quake. The fire, at an electrical transformer, was put out shortly after noon and there was no release of radioactivity or damage to the reactors, said Motoyasu Tamaki, a Tokyo Electric Power Co. official. Tsunami warnings were issued along the coast of Niigata but later lifted. A series of smaller aftershocks rattled the area, including one with a 5.8 magnitude. The Meteorological Agency warned that the aftershocks

by Aaron Wright Managing Editor

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A woman carrying a child stands outside a collapsed house following a powerful quake that hit Japan's northwest coast in Kashiwazaki, Monday, July 16, 2007. A 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan's northwest coast on Monday, and media reports said at least seven people were killed and more than 500 injured.

could continue for a week. The quake hit on Marine Day, a national holiday in Japan, when most people would have been at home. Four women and three men, all either in their 70s or 80s, were killed, according to the National Police Agency in Tokyo and NHK, the national broadcaster. NI-IK reported more than 800 people were hurt, with injuries including broken bones, cuts and bruises. Nearly 300 homes in Kashiwazaki, a city known mainly for its fishing industry,

were destroyed and some 2,000 people evacuated, officials said. A ceiling collapsed in a gym in Kashiwazaki where about 200 people had gathered for a badminton tournament, and one person was hurt, Kyodo reported. The quake also knocked a train car off the rails while it was stopped at a station. No one was injured. Several bullet train services linking Tokyo to northern and northwestern Japan were suspended. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose ruling party is trail-

ing in the polls, interrupted a campaign stop in southern Japan for upcoming parliamentary elections, rushed back to Tokyo and announced he would head to the damaged area. He later arrived in a blue uniform to survey the damage. "Many people told me they want to return to their normal lives as quickly as possible," Abe told reporters in Kashiwazaki. "The government will make every effort to help with recovery."


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SPORTS Fresh faces for Bronchos basketball

July 19, 2007

by Jeff Massie Sports Editor Despite posting a winning season, the men's basketball team was unable to earn an invitation to the 20062007 national tournament. The men finished the season with a 20-8 record, but were eliminated in the second round of the Lone Star Conference tournament. The Bronchos finished second in their division behind Southeastern Oklahoma, and it was a huge disappointment to the team when they failed to qualify for the national tournament. The team will have higher expectations entering the 20072008 season. Remarkably, only one player from last year's squad was lost to graduation


— forward Anthony Brown. The loss of Brown, a first team AllLSC North player, will leave a huge void for the Bronchos to fill. He started all 28 of the team's games last season, putting up a team-leading 20.3 points per game and 7.6 rebounds. Returning are two key players that started over 25 of last season's games, Sam Belt and Brian Walker. Belt, a senior, ranked second in scoring for the Bronchos with 17.9 points per game. He led the team in three pointers and free throws, shooting 38.7 percent behind the arc and a team-leading 80.1 percent from the line. His 6.6 rebounds ranked second and he led the team in minutes

played. Belt also earned first team All-LSC North honors. Walker, a guard, started the majority of the team's games. He averaged 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in his first year with UCO. To add to the mix, the Bronchos have signed five new ballers that will join the team in the fall. The five new faces are all transfers from other schools and four are Oklahoma natives. John Boyd joins the team from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and coach Terry Evans describes him as a player that "can play either inside or outside and should be able to help us out immediately." Transferring from Murray

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Three Bronchos defend against a Mid-America Christian player on Jan. 9 in Hamilton Field House.


ock Strap by Jeff Massie Just over two weeks ago, the foundation of the international sports world shook, and the aftershocks are still being felt. In true David versus Goliath fashion,American Joey Chestnut defeated Japan's Takeru Kobayashi at the Nathan's Famous July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York. The victory over six-time defending champion Kobayashi ranks up there with the likes of the 1980 USA Hockey Team, Boise State's remarkable Fiesta Bowl win or the time the Titans beat that team not coached by Denzel Washington. It will be taught to our children's chil-

dren as possibly the greatest American accomplishment since Neil Armstrong took that giant leap for mankind on the moon. It had been a long time coming, but it was as if the world could sense that greatness was on the horizon. Nipping at the heels of Kobayashi for the past few years, it wasn't until this year that Chestnut was able to outdo the champ on the world's biggest competitive eating stage. According to Wikipedia, the American phenomenon's break out performance came at the deep fried asparagus eating championship in 2005, where he ate 6.3 pounds of asparagus in 11.5 minutes. He then placed second

State is 6'9" 230-pound forward Ronald Hill. He averaged seven points, six rebounds and two blocks at his previous school. Coming in at guard is Tyler Phillips who redshirted at Oklahoma Baptist University last season. Phillips is from Edmond and played his high school ball at Oklahoma Christian Schools where he won three state championships and earned All-State accolades. Another guard joining the team from Seminole Junior College is Adam Terneus. He was a two-year starter at Seminole and averaged six points, four rebounds and three assists a game last season. Coach Evans describes him as a "great defender" and somebody who "knows what it takes to help his team succeed." The final recruit joining the team in the upcoming semester is David Thomas, originally from Houston. He averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists a game at Seminole State. Thomas was also named an Academic All-American. Coach Evans describes him as "a fantastic all-around player." With such a high number of returning players, the team is poised to make a run for the conference crown and a bid to the national tournament. Jeff Massie can be reached at

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Anthony Brown goes up for a dunk against Mid-America Christian University on Jan. 9 in Hamilton Field House. UCO won the game. 108.77 but will be without Brown next season due to an expiration of eligibility.

behind Kobayashi at two consec- set off all across the nation. as the day that America estab- make it a national holiday. Mark your calendars, as July lished itself as the superpower Jeff Massie can be reached at utive Nathan's hot dog contests. Leading up to this year's 4th will always be remembered of competitive eating; we should event, Chestnut took home the Wing Bowl XV title after eating 182 wings in 30 minutes, a Wing Bowl record. Then, with all the anticipation building and the greatest athletes of competitive eating gathered, Chestnut out consumed the Japanese sensation 66 hot dogs and buns to 63. By inhaling so many dogs, Chestnut smashed the old record of 53-3/4 set by Kobayashi and brought home the Coveted Mustard Yellow Belt to America. We may have lost the dream team and our stranglehold on international basketball, and sure Japan beat us at our national pastime in the World Baseball Classic, but as the cholesterol capital of the world, nobody can out eat America. We should all be proud of our countryman Joey Chestnut, a true man's man. The AP photo by Shoun A. Hill celebrations have already begun, on the same day he downed Defending champ Kobayashi, left, and World Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey Chestnut battle during Kobayashi, fireworks were the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York.

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