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UCO named one of top five "great colleges to work for"

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UCO is one of the best universities in the nation to work for. At least according to one source. The Chronicle of Higher Education released its survey, "2008 Great Colleges to Work For" this month, and UCO finds itself in eight of the top five categories, making it one of the nation's top five "Great Colleges to Work For." "Results were determined through a direct survey of faculty and staff at universities and colleges throughout the country," UCO's Web site claims.

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Tea House serves as home for int'Is

Krazy Daze sweeps Edmond

It's a tiny little house with a big mural of a tea cup and a saucer that sets behind the UCO Alumni House. Painted on the tea cup is a map of the world, a symbol for the global meeting place that the Tea House has become. This is emphasized by the various languages that "Tea House" is written in around the cup.

By Carrie Cronk Staff Writer

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Dolly's impact felt through Texas Hurricane Dolly churned into a Category 2 storm as its eye neared the Texas-Mexico border Wednesday, bringing fierce winds and heavy rains that blew down signs, damaged an apartment complex and knocked out electricity to thousands. l'age 4

Featu reS. Batman for all audiences There's a reason director Christopher Nolan's latest installment in the Batman franchise smashed box office records this weekend. Although there were a few weak spots in the film, it was simply a good action flick. PAGE 7

Big 12 back as powerhouse There was a time when the Big 12 was known for being top-heavy, powerhouses like Oklahoma and Texas playing for national championships and the rest of the conference fighting it out to squeak into some smaller bowl game. PAGE 10

Changes made to financial aid

by Vista photographer Eric Rothwell

Downtown Edmond is one of the participants in Krazy Daze. Krazy Daze is a sale allowing Edmond citizens and visitors to shop stores and receive extra savings. Krazy Daze will be from July 24-26. Sale hours are: Thursday, July 24, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; July 25, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Several changes to federal financial aid benefiting students went into effect on July 1. The changes are the result of the College Cost Reduction and Accessibility Act of 2007 (HB2669), which was passed by Congress last year. According to the CCRAA, Pell Grant award amounts will increase by more than $11 million over the next five years. Award amounts will increase by $490 for the 2008-2009 and the 20092010 academic years; by $690 for the 2010-2011 and the 2011-2012 academic years; and by $1090 for the 2012-2013 academic year. According to the Information for Financial Aid Professionals Web site, the maximum Pell Grant award amount for the 2008-2009 academic year is set at $4731, an increase of $421 from the 2007-2008 academic year maximum award amount of $4310. "On December 26, 2007, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 ... that establishes the maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the 20082009 award year at $4,241," according to ifap.ed.gov. "However, the College Cost Reduction and Access

Act ... enacted on Sept. 27, 2007, provides for an automatic increase to each Federal Pell Grant award. For the 2008-2009 award year, this increase is $490 for students enrolled fulltime. "The provisions of these two laws result in a 20082009 award year maximum Federal Pell Grant of $4,731 ($4,241 plus $490)." Financial Aid Director Sheila McGill said 3,975 UCO students received Pell Grants and 5,225 students received Stafford loans during the 2007-2008 academic year. According to the CCRAA, interest rates for subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduate students will be reduced over the next four academic years. However, interest rates for unsubsidized Stafford loans will remain at 6.8 percent. The interest rate for loans made between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009 will be reduced to 6 percent from 6.8 percent for loans made prior to July 1. The interest rates will be reduced to 5.6 percent for loans made from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010; 4.5 percent for loans made between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011; and 3.4 percent for loans made between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. see CHANGES, page 8

International students see Obama tour positively By Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer

Obamamania has gripped the world, and while the presumptive Democratic nominee tours the Middle East and Europe, speculations at home focus on whether the international tour will do him any good. The tour, which is said to be "sortof campaigning" by Obama's team, is an unprecedented event. Presidential candidates of the U.S. or any other nation have never campaigned abroad before. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Obama's tour and request to speak at the historic Brandenburg Gate "a bit odd." But international students at UCO like what they're seeing from Obama. "Iranians appreciate the fact that Obama is the only candidate that is willing to talk with the Iranian president," said Nima Pakzad, a UCO biology major from Iran. "So, I guess you could say they are cautiously optimistic. "I think he has the potential to raise the world image of the U.S., and if he wanted to, he could repeat what Bill Clinton did in the past with the Middle East, which is ease tensions a little bit." Obama tops Republican candidate John McCain by 9 percent, according to the

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U.S. Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama, D-III., pauses in front of a display of rockets that landed in southern Israel, during a visit to Sderot, southern Israel. Quinnipiac poll. And the nation, as well as the world, remains unsure as to what to make of this fresh face that has marched with such audacity. Several international students at UCO believe Obama would offer a fresh approach from the Bush administration. "I think he's going to be very popular during his trip," said Ka trin Green, a German native who is majoring in Spanish. "I'm not sure why, but he's got good international

"'The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing ayart." - Elisabeth. Foley

experience. Germans don't like Republicans since Bush. We are curious to see how a black president will do, also. "Obama brings a lot of diversity and is objective. He is a fresh face. Hillary [Clilnton] was popular too, but Obama has a chance to win." A major stance that has propelled Obama into the limelight has been his consistent opposition of the war in Iraq. However, his plans include not only pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, but also strengthening forces in Afghanistan and possibly attacking alQaeda bases in Pakistan. Khusro Iqbal, president of the UCO International Student Council, is from Pakistan. "What they are trying to do is take out the root of terrorism, but if Obama were to attack my country's soil, I'd be strictly against it," Iqbal said. "To invade another's country is not right. If the American government worked with the Pakistani government, it would be a better strategy." Iqbal, Green, and Pakzad agree that Obama's trip abroad has taken away most of the attention for McCain. "Obama is preparing himself to be the president of the United States, which is a good thing," said lqbal, "I hope he wins."

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Schedule of Events

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Orientation set for Aug. 16

UCO Jazz Lab & more

From the Associated Press

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.

Group looks for luggage The UCO Volunteer & Service Learning Center will dean, 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.

Commute for cash 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.

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Semester Final Exams. Tuesday, July 29 Academic Alert: Summer 2008

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Office 2007, What's New in MS Word 2007, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lillard Administration Building, Room 101. Thursday, July 31 Microsoft Office 2007, Creating and Using Macros, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Lillard Administration Building, Room 101. Thursday, July 31. Technology Training:

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In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Tom Grizzard, front, of Leesburg, Fla., is congratulated by previous winners after he won the 2008 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar late Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Key West, Fla. Competing for the eighth time, Grizzard, 69, bested 141 other contenders in the contest that was a facet of a Hemingway Days festival.

Pastor gets in motorcycle crash-in service

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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - A pastor brought out a dirt bike during a church service to demonstrate the concept of unity. Now he's demonstrating the concept of healing. Jeff Harlow, the senior pastor at Crossroads Community Church, broke his wrist when he lost control of the motorcycle at the start of Sundays second service, driving off a 5-foot platform and into the vacant first row of seats. He underwent surgery on the wrist Monday. "Jeff has already laughed a lot, so he's OK. I think his pride was bruised," said his wife, Becky.

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A six-legged fawn is recovering at West Rome Animal Clinic in Rome, Ga. after sustaining minor injuries this weekend from two dogs in Everett Springs, Ga. Due to the injuries, one of its two tails had to be amputated. The fawn has two distinct pelvises and uses one leg from each pelvis to walk. Monday, July 21, 2008. (AP Photo/The Rome NewsTribune, Brittany Hannah)

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In Response to "Facing the facts: state offers no solace to caged animals" by Chase Dearinger from the July 17 Vista issue Every state where an article like this appears says its #1 or #2 in the nation in puppy mills because of no regulation. Well, they can't ALL be, can they? Unless you believe the fuzzy math promoted by the "animal rights" organizations such as H$U$. Just as in any other human endeavor, there will be 'bad apples", but the vast majority of areas, there are animal cruelty laws that can deal with situations, IF they are, enforced. Unfortunately, due to the pressure from the "animal rights fanatics", laws all over this country are being written and promoted that "punish" people for being animal breeders, and that, to me, should send up BIG RED FLAGS to every "thinking" person. Relying on info from H$U$, the most powerful and behind-the-scenes extreme "animal rights" (and vegan) organization in the U.S. will, of course, give one a skewed view, but to see an article this biased appear in Oklahoma media, without acknowledging that it's biased rather than holding it up as fact, is irresponsible journalism. Does everyone want the "true believers" of the animal rights movement to succeed in eliminating animals as pets, etc.? I doubt that--but if we don't take responsibility for challenging the propaganda put out by these organizations, and insist that our legislators educate themselves about the AR movement (and stop letting the megadollars from lobbyists such as H$U$ retains), we will be faced with that. For the "true believers" (and it is the same type of thinking that encourages an extreme religious fanatic's belief system), the end justifies the means, and collateral damage among humans AND animals is to be expected and is part of the process of eliminating animal use in our society. Few of us believe that will happen, but how many casualties are we willing to give up until we say, 'enough'?

1. Judge in sonics: 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. --Nelson Solomon

2. Puppy mills offer no solace Almost 700 prisoners were released from behind bars in Lyles, Tenn. on June 26. These prisoners were not convicted criminals, however. They were dogs. --Chase Dearinger

3. OKC docs assist with Olympics 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 . --Nelson Solomon

4. Obama campaign visits OKC 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." --Carrie Cronk

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in a Danish amusement park where Santa Clauses from around the world are gathering for their annual three-day congress. Now in it's 51st year, the World Santa Claus Congress starting Monday brings together 136 redclad delegates, mostly from Scandinavia but also as far away as Russia, Japan and the United States. The activities on the program include a bicycle parade, Hula Hoop dancing and a dip in the Copenhagen harbor. Delegates go by different names, such as St. Nick, Papa Noel or Sinterklaas, but the Bakken amusement park north of Copenhagen claims they are all real Santas.

Apparent conjoined barn swallows found

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) An apparent set of conjoined

twin birds — an incredibly rare find — has been discovered in Arkansas, authorities said. The bodies of the barn swallows, which are attached at the hip by skin and possibly muscle tissue, are being sent to the Smithsonian Institution for examination and confirmation, Arkansas wildlife officials said Friday. "I can't even say it's one in a million — it's probably more than that," said Karen Rowe, an ornithologist with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. "There's just very little to no records of such a thing."

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NEWS UCO one of five best schools to work for

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answer was simple. "This is it. This is my career. I'm going to age out here." Ford is not the only happy employee at UCO. According to the department head, others in his department are happy as well. "Generally, people in my department are pleased," Ford said. "That doesn't mean they don't have frustrations, butmostly people are positive in a day in day out situation." "I don't personally have complaints," Ford said. "I don't have any complaints yet," Hollrah added. Neither Kadow nor Steen had any complaints, either. UCO finished in the top five in eight categories: professional / career development programs, teaching environment, connection to institution and pride, tenure clarity and process, respect and admiration (employees regularly recognized for contributions); policies, resources and efficiency (institution is well-run and prepares employees to be effective); career development, research and scholarship (adequate time for scholarly pursuits); and vacation or paid time off, according to the UCO Web site. President Roger Webb said he was pleased with the findings. "UCO really is a great place to work, learn and live. We make a focused effort to appreciate and develop the great people we have working here at UCO, believing that as they advance and grow, our students will also. Our mission here is to help - our students learn

Bronchos cite benefits and tenure system as a bonus to working at the university UCO is one of the best universities in the nation to work for., at least according to one source. The Chronicle of Higher Education released its survey, "2008 Great Colleges to Work For" this month, and UCO finds itself in eight of the top five categories, making it one of the nation's top five "Great Colleges to Work For." "Results were determined through a direct survey of faculty and staff at universities and colleges throughout the country," UCO's Web site claims. "I think it's good that UCO ranked in the top five," Kelly Steen, administrative assistant for the English Department, said. "It's a very nice place to work." Steen's co-worker, Karen Kadow, agreed. "I like my job," Kadow said. Both of these women are administrative assistants for the English Department. Kadow has worked for the department for eight years. "The university has excellent benefits," Kadow said. She likes the university as a whole and plans to work here until she retires in two years. Steen has ,.,_pnly been with the university „for a year and a half. During her tenure as an assistant

in the department she has graduated and is looking forward to starting her MBA. She believes the best part of working for UCO is the benefits. "The benefits are great. Being young and on my own and having the opportunity to have health benefits is great," Steen said. Faculty members were equally as enthusiastic about working for UCO. Dr. Matt Hollrah, assistant professor of English and director of first year composition, believes the ranking is great for UCO. "I largely agree. I've worked for four other universities

recognition. Like Hollrah, believes that the "We make a focused effort to appreciate Ford teaching atmosphere and and develop the great people we have tenure clarity are among the best qualities of UCO. working here at UCO..." "For faculty, having a great teaching --President Roger Webb environment leaves room for growth and creativity. Also, the university's but I'm the happiest here," colleagues and students. tenure system is both fair "We are a teaching Hollrah said. and equitable. It's the best Dr. Hollrah feels like a institution. And that's it's been in years," Ford said. clear tenure system is the why I came to academia: He said that UCO is great at best part of working for to teach. And that's why helping faculty achieve by UCO. "It's very transparent. I fit in well," Hollrah said. supporting research that That is not the case at other He hopes he's here to see a professors might want to institutions. They are very tenure decision. take part in. Dr. David Ford, professor clear in terms of their point Dr." Fiord- has be 'n, at the and department chair system," he said. tl'a7Of ur '97agutiv ltye for 18 years., Besides the tenure system, of sociology, was also and staff lead the way in When asked what his plans he enjoys, working with pleased with the national that effort." were for the future, his

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Dolly's impact felt through Texas By AP Writer

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) --Hurricane Dolly churned into a Category 2 storm as its eye neared the Texas-Mexico border Wednesday, bringing fierce winds and heavy rains that blew down signs, damaged an apartment complex and knocked out electricity to thousands. Forecasters warned of up to 15 inches of rain that could produce flooding and breach levees in the heavily populated Rio Grande Valley. Thunderstorms were attributed to Dolly as far away as Houston, 400 miles up the Texas coastline. In Mexico, fields were filling with water, palm trees were bent over in the wind and beaches were closed to the public. Maria Miguel, 102, and seven family members fled their wooden shack in the Mexican fishing community of Higuerilla and spent the night at a convention centerturned-shelter in Matamoros. "I don't know if my poor house will withstand the rain and wind," Miguel said. Mexican soldiers made a last-minute attempt to rescue people at the mouth of the Rio Grande. The soldiers battled storm-charged waves in an inflatable raft to rescue at least one family trapped in their home, while others further inland were still refusing to go to government shelters, said Matamoros spokeswoman Leticia Montalvo. "These are people who did not want to leave, and now they are in trouble," Montalvo said. On Texas' South Padre Island, an apartment complex roof partially collapsed early Wednesday. Residents said they didn't believe anybody was injured. Melissa Zamora, a spokeswoman for the town of South Padre Island, said the roof collapse caused a plumbing leak and few residents were being relocated. "I thought it was just a big clap of thunder, (then) saw this stuff flying around and it's the roof," said Buck Dopp, who lives in the ground floor apartment under the collapsed roof. Dopp and his family packed up and left the building, despite their plans to ride out the storm. The causeway linking the island to the mainland remained closed early Wednesday. Dan Quandt, -a,. spokesman for South

Padre Island emergency operations, said winds were picking up to around 50 mph and were expected to increase later Wednesday morning. He said there was a steady rain falling, but no reports of flooding. A sign on a hotel blew off, but no one was injured and it did not pose a hazard, he said. Power was knocked out to more than 13,000 customers in Cameron County, where Brownsville is located, utility company AEP Texas said. Power also was out on South Padre Island. In Brownsville, palm trees leaned and small debris was strewn across the all-but empty streets. The windows and doors of shops were boarded up with plywood and most businesses — including gas stations — were closed. At one gas station, workers were pelted by horizontal rain as they scrambled to lock pumps and close down. Thousands of people fled to shelters in towns on both sides of the border. Evacuees flowed into an emergency shelter at Gladys Porter High School, even as Dolly's winds dismantled a school sign. Principal Dora Sauceda said people were lined up outside when she arrived at 4:30 a.m. The shelter was quickly nearing its 300-person capacity. Miguel Angel Cruz and his wife Maria Hernandez brought their four children to the shelter because they feared the trailer they lived in wouldn't withstand the wind and a nearby resaca — or pond formed by a bend in the Rio Grande — would flood. "Yes, we're scared," Cruz, a welder, said in Spanish as his family settled in. "It's our first hurricane." At noon EDT Wednesday, the storm's center was about 35 miles northeast of Brownsville, moving northwest at about 7 mph. The storm had maximum sustained winds of near 100 mph, and its eye was expected to hit near the border midday. Cities and counties in the Rio Grande Valley were bracing for massive flooding and levee breaks. Tornado watches were in effect for coastal counties between Corpus Christi and Houston until Wednesday afternoon. Local officials urged residents to move away from the Rio Grande levees because if Dolly continues to follow the same path as 1967's Hurricane Beulah, "the levees are not going to hold that much water," said CarrierareCounty Einergency Management

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Martin Hemandez carries his daughter to a shelter at Porter High School as Hurricane Dolly hits Brownsville, Tex., on Wednesday July 23, 2008. (AP Photo/ The Dallas Morning News, Erich Schlegel)

Coordinator Johnny Cavazos. The U.S. Census Bureau said that based on Dolly's projected path, about 1.5 million Texans could feel the storm's effects. Gov. Rick Perry declared 14 south Texas counties disaster areas, allowing state resources to be used to send equipment and emergency workers to areas in the storm's path. The storm, combined with levees that have deteriorated in the 41 years since Beulah swept up the Rio Grande, poses a major flooding threat to low-lying counties along the border. Beulah spawned more than 100 tornadoes across Texas and dumped 36 inches of rain in some parts of south Texas, killing 58 people and causing more than $1 billion damage. "We could have a triple-decker problem here," Cavazos told a meeting of more than 100 county and local officials Tuesday. "We believe that those (levees) will be breached .

if it continues on the same track. So please stay away from those levees." Around Brownsville, levees protect the historic downtown as well as preserved buildings that were formerly part of Fort Brown on the University of Texas at Brownsville campus. Outside the city, agricultural land dominates the banks of the Rio Grande, but thousands of people live in low-lying colonias, often poor subdivisions built without water and sewer utilities. In the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil evacuated workers from oil rigs, but said it didn't expect production to be affected. It also secured wells and shut down production in the Rio Grande Valley, where it primarily deals in natural gas. Mexico's state-run oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, said it had evacuated 66 workers from an oil platform off the coast of the port city of Tampico.

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featured. During the morning, kiosks of creativity will share space with exhibitors, from art and resource suppliers to museums, to continue cultivating connections with community resources and classroom applications. "Creativity is important in teaching every subject; not just the arts, but even core subject areas," said Dr. Tim Taylor, Southern Nazarene Director of Teacher Education and Professor of Education. Afternoon workshops will provide in-depth and practical art-integration skills for teachers to apply in their classrooms this year. Whole-school sessions will create time for teacher teams to collaborate and plan the next step for their schools. Parents and community members not affiliated with an A+ school can attend sessions such as Multiple Intelligences 101 or What is A+. Registration costs $75 per person and the conference is open to anyone in the community, whether current or future educators, artists, government officials, or parents. To register, log on to www.aplusok.org and click "register here" or, call (405) 974-3779 for details. Oklahoma A+ Schools is a statewide network of schools that advances a quality, whole school experience to nurture the creativity in every learner and provides the state's only researchbased school reform model with creativity in its mission. Oklahoma A+ Schools is headquartered at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK.


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INTERNATIONAL

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Tea House serves as international home away from home By Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer

It's a tiny little house with a big mural of a tea cup and a saucer that sets behind the UCO Alumni House. Painted on the tea cup is a map of the world, a symbol for the global meeting place that the Tea House has become. This is emphasized by the various languages that "Tea House" is written in around the cup. "The Tea House is a part of my life in America," said Nicole Chang, a UCO student from Taiwan. "We can always relax, chat, eat, drink, play, sing, or dance. It's a good place to make friends from all over the world." The Tea House has become a home away for home for international students who frequent the place. It was started in November 2007 by a handful of UCO students as a place to hang out, drink tea and play games. "We were a group of people centered in Edmond with a desire to create a community for students at UCO, with a family included," said Andrea Crawford, coordinator of the Tea House. "It was a slow beginning with only a few people coming but as they did, they brought friends and we've grown by word-of-mouth." In spring 2008, the Tea House connected

with the Nepal Student Association, offering members the place to practice at any time for Nepal Night 2008. "We went from having 15 students to an average of 40 – three times as many people, and they would stay till 4 a.m.," said Crawford, who calls it the "real beginning of the vision." Said Prakriti Adhikari, a clinical lab major from Nepal: "The Tea House is like a family. We share our cultures, eat good food. It's like a home, a place to play games, watch movies, talk and stay connected. These things make it special and mean a lot to me. I am excited whenever there's an event at the Tea House." The Tea House also attempts to bridge the gap between American and international students. It breaks down barriers by offering them to meet in an informal setting. "The Tea House is a community where people get to know each other," said Eileen Ji Hyun Oh, a graduate student from Korea. "I enjoy talking to people who come from a wide range of background and diverse cultures. Those experiences enable me to broaden my perspective every day." The vision for the Tea House is being achieved and surpassed, Crawford said. "We wanted to create a place where students from all over the world can build strong relationships where they will know and be known, and have a support group,"

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The Tea House, which sits behind the UCO Alumni House, attempts to bridge the gap between American and international students. Crawford said. "College is difficult, and going it alone can be difficult. Each new semester, we see our vision being achieved more and more." This summer, the Tea House is getting a facelift with a makeover in the inside. The plan for Fall 2008 is to get more student groups involved and to let them plan a night to perform music, dance, create art, poetry or even produce a play, Crawford said. "We already have a Nepali band from

UCO that will be coming back in the fall and they will play at least once each month," Crawford said. "We also have art nights and jam sessions. Any ideas from students are welcome." For Crawford and the founding group of the Tea House, the place has become an inextricable part of their lives, a platform that has connected them to meet people from different nations in Edmond and to get to know them.

Global community responds to pact with caution By Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer

Zimbabwe'srulingparty,ZANUPF, and opposition, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), have signed a memorandum of understanding to negotiate their political deadlock and share power. According to the agreement, talks beginning Wednesday will last for two weeks. The agreement stunned several Zimbabwean students at UCO. "I'm not sure what I think about this„' 4 said Snantha Chirebyu, a UCO student from Zimbabwe. "We can't really do anything now but wait and see.”

The wait-and-see approach is what the media surmises as the attitude of most Zimbabweans. Most citizens seem excited and hopeful but cautious about what might happen. MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who had sought refuge from ZANU-PF supporters, has agreed to work with Robert Mugabe, the ruling party's leader and current president of Zimbabwe. In an interview with the BBC, Tsvangarai described the event as historic. It was also the first time he had met Mugabe in a decade. The negotiation "offers the most tangible opportunity in the past 10, years to improve the lives of tor fellow citizens," said Tsvangarai in a statement. "But our signatures

alone do not guarantee that we will be able to make the most of this opportunity." The two leaders will meet in South Africa, and South African President Thabo Mbeki will serve as mediator. The outcome of the talks will be presented at the South African Development Community summit in Pretoria next month. The international community has responded with caution, encouraged at the positive step toward negotiations. US State Department Deputy Spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said that the memorandum is a "vehicle AP Photo for undertaking talks;", adding that Washington will watch the President Robert Mugabe, left greets South African President Thabo Mbeki; right at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Zanu pf and the MDC developments closely. in Harare, Monday. Both of the leaders said they were committed to the talks.

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This two picture combination shows: on the left, Bosnian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzic and on the right, Karadzic in an undated photo released by Belgrade's "Healthy Life" magazine.

Serb's fugitive life has mistress, bogus family BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Radovan Karadzic's secret life included a mistress, a bogus family he claimed he left behind in the U.S., and frequent visits to a Belgrade pub called "The Madhouse," acquaintances said Wednesday. A lawyer for the former Bosnian Serb leader — who sported a bushy white beard and long gray hair when he was captured Monday — said he had a shave and a haircut at his request. "He looks like new, exactly the same, only 14 years older," said the lawyer, Sveta Vujacic. Karadzic — arrested on U.N. genocide charges after nearly a decade on the run — had a girlfriend he presented as an associate at the alternative medicine clinic he owned, said Zoran Pavlovic, hired by Karadzic to set up a Web site. Pavlovic also told The Associated Press he visited Karadzic's apartment in New Belgrade and saw a framed photograph of four boys — all dressed in yellow L.A. Lakers T-shirts — who Karadzic said were grandsons living in America. But that was a lie. Misko Kovijanic, who owns the bar in Karadzic's neighborhood, said Karadzic

was a regular who liked to sip red wine in the tavern decorated with photos of himself and fellow war crimes fugitive Gen. Ratko Maldic. "I'm very proud that he came to my pub, and I'm very sad that he was arrested," said Kovijanic, who didn't realize his customer's true identity until after the arrest. Karadzic will be handed over to the U.N. war crimes tribunal sometime in the next week, officials said, and his lawyer said he intends to defend himself there just like his mentor, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Bruno Vekaric, spokesman for Serbia's war crimes prosecutor, said Karadzic's extradition "could be Monday or Tuesday — but it could be earlier, too." "We cannot say precisely when Karadzic will be sent to The Hague tribunal," he said Wednesday. Vujacic, Karadzic's lawyer, said he will resist extradition. He also said Karadzic intends to defend himself during his upcoming trial at the U.N. tribunal, with the help of a team of legal advisers, just like Milosevic did. Milosevic died in 2006 while on trial, in The Hague.

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Viacom suing Google By John Gamboa

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I am killing the Internet. Believe me, I was surprised to find this out. I'm the guy who rolls his eyes at Digg, participates in Mozilla Firefox Download Day, enjoys the occasional LOLcat and may even get Rick Rolled on a nerd-infested message board about users' undying love of IG-88. In short, the Internet is the source of a great deal of my knowledge, hobbies and personal entertainment. I am invested in its continued success, not plotting its demise. But according to Viacom, America's media conglomerate and corporate overlord, I am a thief, whether I know it or not, and my actions are directly responsible for the Internet's impending death. This month, a New York judge ordered Google to turn over a database of YouTube video logs to Viacom as evidence they could study for piracy violations in their $1 billion copyright suit. I could be like most people and cry foul for forcing Google to give away terabytes of personal data under a court order. To be honest, I'm not afraid or angry - I'm more worried that this is going to affect my ability to continue doing what I did before. The truth is, I steal from the Internet every day. Not just the music, movies or ebooks that millions of others take part in; I steal using something as simple as my surfing habits. You see, I run an ad-blocker. While casual users have been using pop-up blockers since back when dial-up was the primary means of logging on, I use an application for my browser that enables me to block all advertisements from the Internet. Tragically, I'll never have a chance to compare my IQ with Sen. Barack Obama or President George W. Bush, and I'll never be a Web site's one-millionth visitor. But I'm not alone. This extension has over 21 million downloads, a large base of data and devotees who spend their time earmarking Web site that circumvent the software. It is this add-on, not my watching clips of "The Daily Show," that is causing the true catastrophe. I can visit Comedy Central's own Web site, a legal alternative to YouTube that allows me to watch their shows streamed online without the advertisements that supposedly justify free content. This problem with profits that arises with adblocking software is a conundrum, which further confuses the case involving Google and Viacom. While it's wrong to watch videos of Viacom's copyrighted work on YouTube, they are outraged just as easily by Google's storing of their information when the terms of service, which many people gloss over, specify exactly what they are doing with the data. But then again, it's not that different than being able to use TiVo or, if you're feeling retro, a VCR. About 20 years ago, Universal City Studios sued Sony for Betamax, its home video tape recorder, saying it violated copyright laws. At the time, the Supreme Court Justices said that it was just as troublesome for users to accurately fastforward commercials in order to avoid them as it was to sit through them again and again, and that it constituted "fair use." The difference with ad blockers is their ease of use. A few clicks and you're "stealing" away.

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Bickering parties leave us at the pump As Hurricane Dolly forced oil refineries along the Gulf Coast to cut 5 percent of their output, a tanker collision on the Mississippi River caused a fuel spill that affects New Orleans, and ConocoPhillips announced its second quarter net profits increased by 13 percent. Members of the U.S. Senate appear to be unable to put aside party differences and come to agreement on legislation aimed at helping to reduce the cost of gasoline for U.S. consumers.

"Since the members of the two major parties have decided to act like children, maybe we should take away their month long recess..." -Carrie Cronk

This piece of legislation is aimed at reducing the cost of gasoline by a number of factors including a crack down on oil speculators. It passed a test vote on Tuesday, 94-0, that allowed for a debate on whether or not the bill would proceed.

As Eye See It BY CARRIE CRONK So what's the problem? The Republicans want to add 28 amendments related to energy and the Democrats want to allow only two amendments, although they did say those amendments could cover any topic the Republicans wanted, including offshore drilling and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve for drilling exploration. What complicates the issue even further is that the Senate is schedule to have a month long break in August. If senators from the two parties are unable to reconcile these petty differences before that time, American consumers will be left holding the bag with no guarantee that prices at the pump won't climb to almost $5 per gallon. So why do the Democrats want to allow the Republicans to add only two amendments to this bill? The Democrats say two amendments are all they have time to work with

before their break, and they claim that the Republicans aren't serious about opening the areas to drilling because they won't settle for the two amendments. If the amendments the Republicans want to add truly are aimed at helping to ease the energy crisis then they should be added. Since the members of the two major parties have decided to act like children, maybe we should take away their month long recess, at least until such time as they can agree to whatever amendments are necessary to pass this bill, which is in the best interest of the United States. As I see it, neither party has the approval rating to chance angering voters during this election year. _ As the cost of gasoline has continuously risen, it has resulted in higher prices for food, medicine, utilities and many other daily necessities, which in turn has caused the majority of American consumers to have little more than dust balls and moths in their wallets and bank accounts and left the U.S. economy on shakier ground than the San Andreas fault.

Media pushes Obama as popular choice The New York Times recently rejected a column by Sen. John McCain that was a rebuttal to a similar column by his Democratic rival. In a statement released Monday, The Times said it is "standard procedure on our Op-Ed page, and that of other newspapers, to go back and forth with an author on his or her submission." But is publishing one candidate's op-ed piece and rejecting another's really fulfilling the role of journalism, which is to fully represent both sides of the political spectrum and give the whole truth of a matter? Despite any effort to rationalize the Times' decision, the reality is, as Charles Feldman in the Feldman Blog points out, that when the media give Obama more time, "It sure does start looking like the media have made up their minds about [who] should be elected president, even if the voters have not as yet." McCain's rejected op-ed was a lengthy critique of Obama's positions on. Iraq policy, particularly his view of the surge, according to CNN.com . "Senator Obama seems to have learned nothing from recent history," wrote McCain, criticizing Obama's call for an early withdrawal

The Bottom Line BY NELSON SOLOMON timeline. "I find it ironic that he is emulating the worst mistake of the Bush administration by waving the 'Mission Accomplished' banner prematurely." There has been a common argument in this year's election that Obama gets more media attention than his Republican rival. This is indeed a true statement, especially when you consider how much of the news Americans get has to do with celebrity and entertainment. Clearly, Obama is more visually appealing than McCain to the American public. Jennifer Palmieri, senior vice president of communications for the Center for American Progress, made the point in a CNN interview that Obama gets more coverage simply because he is a "better story" than McCain is. And most Americans would agree. I offer this scenario: You're at

home, and you turn the television on. You turn to one news channel and you hear McCain speaking. Are you going to keep listening or switch the channel to see if Obama is speaking on the next station? Most Americans would make the latter choice because we are a visual people and we are impressed by good looks and a good speaking ability, both of which the Illinois senator has and uses to his advantage. If our democratic society is going to succeed, we as citizens need to be able to hear both sides of the story and the media today is hampering that effort by playing to a good visual image and speaking ability over the essence of both presidential campaigns.

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Batman is for the life-long fanatics and the non-fanatics By Greg Newby Contributing Writer

There'sa reasondirectorChristopher Nolan's latest installment in the Batman franchise smashed box office records this weekend. Although there were a few weak spots in the film, it was simply a good action flick. Gotham City has elected a new district attorney, Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart, "Any Given Sunday" and "Erin Brockovich"), who is hell-bent on cleaning up the city. Assisted by Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman, "Batman Begins" and "Air Force One") and Batman (Christian Bale, "Batman Begins" and "3:10 to Yuma"), Dent is well on his way to becoming Gotham's new golden boy, and on the verge of busting every mob boss in the city. Enter The Joker (Heath Ledger, "A Knight's Tale" and "The Brothers Grimm"). After swindling the few remaining mob bosses out of some cash, the sinister psycho is here to have fun, and the city is his evil

playground. Unfortunately, this is where the storyline seems to drop off, but *lots and lots of explosions and gunfire and a stellar acting performance by Ledger takes over, so you don't even realize that the story really isn't going anywhere. Ledger really brought The Joker to life. When you think back to Jack Nicholson as The Joker, the Saturday morning cartoons, and even some of the comic books, it seems that there was something missing. This guy is supposed to be a crazed lunatic who's taking all his pent up aggressions out on the citizens of Gotham, attacking innocent people and causing mayhem, just because he can. Heath Ledger nails it. He is exactly what we are looking for from The Joker, even though none of us really knew what was missing to begin with. Although very few people, only one in fact, have been awarded an Oscar posthumously, this is a performance deserving of the award and the Academy needs to put all their biases aside and recognize a true artist at the

top of his craft. Aside from the subtle slack in the story, the biggest problem with this film was its length. In an age where consumers demand more bang for your buck, directors are making a conscious effort to increase the running times of their movies, but this one was just too long. The fast-moving action sequences and snappy dialogue from The Joker help the time fly by, but the film just can't keep up the momentum; all the excitement built up to that point is just squandered away, making the last 30 or so minutes a little tough to take. Even though there are a few low points in the film, it is a fun movie to watch. It really does live up to all the hype. Whether you're a life-long Batman fanatic, only seen a few, or haven't seen any of the Batman movies, you'll be able to jump right in and enjoy this film.

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AP- The title is "Step Brothers." You know, because there are two of them. But Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are essentially playing the same person, which is the movie's fundamental, irreparable flaw. As 40-yearolds who've never left home and are forced to share a bedroom when their parents get married, Ferrell and Reilly are stuck in the same state of arrested development. There's no odd-couple tension and no witty banter, just a prolonged, painfully unfunny game of oneupmanship in which each actor is trying to outdo the other in one-note obnoxiousness. You wouldn't want to spend two hours with one of these guys, much less both. Sure, they display slight personality differences - Ferrell's Brennan wears vintage T-shirts with Pablo Cruise or The Judds on them, while Reilly's Dale prefers Yoda - but they're cut from the same kitschy cloth. They look alike, they talk alike. They share the same interest in dinosaurs, martial arts, bad TV, worse music and above all, crass put-downs. (Most of them can't be repeated here, which is fine, beCause they're not exactly zingers anyway.) They immediately hate each other, eventually become best friends and then hate each other all over again. But regardless of the status of their relationship, the humorously awkward chemistry these actors shared as teammates in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is long gone, because the script makes no room for it. And that's strange, because Ferrell co-wrote the screenplay with his old friend, director Adam McKay, with whom he collaborated on the NASCAR comedy. (Reilly shares a story-by credit here.) Watching "Step Brothers," though, it doesn't take long to realize that their creative process consisted of sitting around, cracking each other up with adolescent

gags, and then writing it all down. Whether the rest of the world will be doubled over with laughter seems irrelevant - and that insularity is ultimately alienating. (A couple of funny lines do pop up here and there.) At the same time, many of the jokes are of the broad, physical variety and seemingly aimed at the lowest common AP Photo denominator. Brennan and Dale routinely beat each other to a pulp with whatever is convenient: a shovel, a cymbal, a bike, their fists. Then once they reach a detente and team up to exact revenge on the school yard bullies who regularly torment Dale, they turn around and beat those kids to a pulp, which isn't particularly inspired, either. It's not that any of this stuff is offensive, it's just hackneyed and flat. You can practically feel the strain through the screen. There's also the obligatory grossout bodily humor, including Dale's inability to keep his gas to himself during a job interview (hardy-har). And we won't even begin to describe the, urn, creative way Brennan uses a bath mat, or what he does to Dale's prized drum kit. Meanwhile, all Brennan's mom, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen), and Dale's dad, Robert (Richard Jenkins), can do is throw their hands up and sigh in exasperation. Often they scream back with expletives of their own - because in theory, it's supposed to be shocking to hear dirty words flying from Steenburgen's proper, Southern mouth. Both actors deserve better. Ferrell and Reilly do, too. We know they're capable of wildly inventive humor, of demonstrating a fearlessness in creating bizarre characters. "Step Brothers" doesn't even begin to challenge either of them it's several steps down for them both. "Step Brothers," a Columbia Pictures release, is rated R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language. Running time: 112 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.

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Bond. Michael Bond as Big 12 back among powerhouse conferences women's new golf coach It was announced last Thursday that Michael Bond has been selected to take over the Central Oklahoma women's golf program. "My family and I are very excited about this opportunity" said the 30-year-old Bond, who is married (Amy) and has a young daughter (Maddilyn). "I'm looking forward to joining the UCO family and helping build on the university's great athletic tradition." Bond spent the previous four years as head men's and women's golf coach at Southwestern Oklahoma, directing the men's team to an NCAA Division II top-25 ranking and regional tournament berth this season. "We're delighted to have found someone with head coaching experience who is familiar with

the Lone Star Conference," UCO athletic director Joe Muller said. "Michael came highly recommended to us and we're confident that he will be able to lead our women's golf program to new heights." A Broken Bow native, Bond graduated from SWOSU in 2000 with a degree in marketing. He returned to Southwestern in 2002 as the school's sports information director and served in that capacity until taking over the golf coaching duties in 2004. Bond will begin his duties at UCO on Aug. 4. Patty Coatney coached the Bronchos for five years before resigning in March when her husband (Chuck) was named head golf professional at Stillwater Country Club, with senior associate athletic director Chuck Bailey serving as interim

Canadian Women's Sitting Volleyball team visits UCO As an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site, the University of Central Oklahoma welcomed the recently formed Canadian Women's Sitting Volleyball team to its campus to train with the U.S. Women's team July 18-19. The U.S. team, who will head to Beijing, China on Aug. 31 to compete in the 2008 Paralympics, will work to help the Canadian team get their program started by sharing practice, training and game tips throughout the twoday camp. Practices will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The U.S. Men's team will also head to Canada this weekend for a similar training camp with the Canadian Men's team. UCO recently became the host site for the U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball women's team, hosting

the first training camp on its campus in May 2007, while the men's team has been utilizing UCO since 2005. 2004 was the first year that women's sitting volleyball was a Paralympic sport, with the American team winning the bronze that same year. UCO is a national Paralympic Resident Training site for both men and women's sit-volleyball, and is one of two designated U.S. Paralympic Training Sites in the nation. The university currently hosts eight Paralympic resident athletes on their campus and is also involved in many USOC programs, such as USOC Community Partner, the U.S. Paralympic Military Program and the Veterans Paralympic Performance Program.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ happened abruptly, surprisingly. the other hand, surpassed There was a time when the Big 12 Oklahoma and Texas did expectations — by a lot. was known for being top-heavy, their part, as usual. The Sooners The Jayhawks, picked to finish powerhouses like Oklahoma finished eighth in the final fourth in the North Division after and Texas playing for national Associated Press poll after going 6-6 in 2006, put together championships and the rest of going 11-3 and winning the Big the best season in school history, the conference fighting it out to 12 championship game. The winning 12 games, beating squeak into some smaller bowl Longhorns ended the season tied Virginia Tech 24-21 in the Orange game. for 10th with a 10-3 record and a Bowl — their first win in a BCS Actually, it wasn't all that long blowout win over Arizona State bowl — and finishing seventh in ago. Try last year. in the Holiday Bowl. the final AP poll. But, boy, what a difference a Kansas and Missouri, on Missouri, with only slightly year can make. better expectations, Following a surprising just missed a season when four of its chance at playing teams finished in the top for the national 10 in the final 2007 poll, championship after the Big 12 is no longer well losing to Oklahoma down the pecking order in the Big 12 behind power conferences championship, but like the SEC, Big 10 and still finished fourth Pac-10. The Big 12 is back in the final poll after among the elite, perhaps routing Arkansas 38as strong as its been in 12 7 in the Cotton Bowl years as a conference. to cap a 12-2 season. "There's no question The Big 12 had as to whether its one of eight teams go to the top conferences in bowl games, winning the nation," Texas A&M five to match a defensive back Devin conference record, Gregg said Monday at the and could be in for first of three Big 12 media another big haul with days. "I believe the teams nearly 60 percent of are a little more equal now, its starters coming AP Photo there's talent all across the back, including three Big 12. You look at any team MI-Americans. on any Saturday and there's Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops speaks to reporters during the Big 12 Football Media Day on Wednesday, someone out there who can July 23, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie make a big play." Riedel) The Big 12's transformation

NBA franchise aquires temporary practice facility OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's new NBA team said Tuesday it plans to purchase an athletic and fitness center and convert it into its temporary practice facility and basketball operations office. The team formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics announced it has reached an agreement in principle to buy the 30,000-square-foot Performance Sports Center in far north Oklahoma City. The team will use the temporary facility while a taxpayer-

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