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Going Greenride The University of Central Oklahoma continues to work to provide more environmentally friendly options for its campus community, adding a "GreenRide" carpool initiative and more bikes to its "Bum-aBike" alternative transportation service beginning this fall.

Andrew Browne wishes the world would stop giving value to only a select few. -Full story page 3

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Lending a hand College volunteers didn't mind a bit lending a hand at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop in Oklahoma City, even on a morning when a fiery August sun shot temperatures easily past the 100-degree mark. Volunteers from the University of Central Oklahoma were there for one reason â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the work is needed and is part of their faith's ongoing mission here on Earth. Page 5

Threat costs money The April 22 bomb threat hoax, which suspended student Jason Ray Shandy plead guilty to, cost the university about $14,000, UCO Police Chief Jeff Harp said Monday afternoon. Page 6

Features Perspectives on college The largest object on the UCO campus is a living organism: the student body. It may not actually be an organism, but it is definitely alive and has a life cycle. According to Institutional Research, 15,425 students started school at UCO this week. PAGE 3

New AD shares vision You can't keep an Oklahoma boy out of Oklahoma. That's what new UCO athletic director Joe Muller believes. Muller served two years as associate athletic director for external relations at Purdue University before being hired by UCO earlier this summer. PAGE 11

Wake up: time for the new school year a.m. received a free Wake Up in Wantland t-shirt. Sports Editor "It's a very lively and exciting scene," said student, Anthony Anderson. Students scored free food, The event was put together games, and more at Saturday and hosted by UCO student night's "Wake Up in Wantland" volunteers. event from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. "It's a sensational experience to Among the attractions were gather with such a phenomenal karaoke, laser tag, video games, group of people," said volunteer free pizza, popcorn, cotton Tucker Malone. "It's a privilege candy, and henna tattoos. to meet so many generous Students had the opportunity students." to participate in games including For several years "Wake up soccer, Frisbee and football, in Wantland" has been the as well as a game in which the traditional fall semester kickoff by Vista photographer Chanel Henry goal is to have the least brain to the start of the academic year. activity. Freshmen Shawna Letz and Stephanie Wills enjoyed cotton candy at Wake up Whoever was still left by 2:00 in Wantland Saturday August 16 at UCO. By Kaylea Brooks

Changes in progress to campus parking By Nelson Solomon


UCO students and faculty are arriving to a changing campus this fall, and much of the changes deal with parking on campus. "One of the big things right now is that we have lost Lot 15, because they're going to build the Forensic Science Institute on that area," said Raul Martinez, assistant director of Transportation and Parking Services. Martinez said students are already voicing their concerns about the loss of this parking and asking what the department is doing in response to the loss. "As soon as we got word that this was going to happen, we already started making plans. [The] first thing we did was we sought additional parking," he said. Part of the solution was creating Lot 12, the new lot locatedjust north of Edmond's Fire Station #1 on 2nd Street.

"That didn't answer for the entire loss, iiut-we also fought for a parking lot in the areas where the Broncho Apartments once stood," Martinez said. "And we got it." The constant rain has caused delays in starting the construction of the new lot, but once it is completed, there will be more parking than there was before the changes, he said. Martinez said additional steps were taken to increase parking opportunities for visitors to the campus. "We talked to First Christian Church, and they are now leasing a parking lot with us, and that gives an additional 57 spaces on the west side of campus," he said. In addition, the Baha'i Center created additional parking, which comprises a total of 72 leased spaces on the west side of campus, Martinez said. He added that the department is still

looking for other alternative lots on the west side of campus: - â&#x20AC;˘ Changes were also made to existing parking lots on campus, in particular Lots 26 and 27, located close to the Chambers Library and the Education Building. Lot 26 used to be for faculty and staff 24 hours a day while Lot 27 used to become multipurpose after 4 p.m. "We decided that, because in the evenings, you have less faculty and staff on campus, why should we give them a bigger lot?" Martinez said. "We said the need is for more commuter parking next to the library, and plus they don't want to park further away. Some parents are concerned with their kids parking that far away at nighttime," he said.

see PARKING, page 5

Departments receive royalties from book sales By Andrew Knittle

Staff Writer

Although the topic of high textbook prices isn't anything new on college campuses around the nation, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal has brought another issue with the required materials to the forefront. According to the article, which appeared in the July 10 issue of the paper, "custom" textbooks designed specifically for a particular school - are becoming more and more common at universities throughout the nation. Casey Carr, textbook manager at the Barnes and Noble UCO Bookstore on campus, said UCO is among those colleges and universities selling "custom" textbooks to its students. "I don't know exactly how many we have of them ("custom" textbooks"), but there's a lot of them," Carr said. "There's got to be at least 12 of them, but there's probably more than that."

Carr said courses in accounting, business, English, health, nutrition, history and humanities require students to purchase "custom" textbooks here at UCO, adding that those subjects were all she could remember off hand (as one can imagine, she's pretty busy this time of year). So, what's the big deal? A textbook is a textbook, right? The two main issues with "custom" textbooks, at least what's causing a stir at schools like the University of Alabama where the tailor-made books are sold by the thousands, are that some schools are (1) receiving royalties from sales of the required texts while at the same time (2) not allowing them to be sold back at the end of the semester when the course is finished. At UCO, things seem to be a little different.

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Students begin to feel the weight of customized textbooks in classrooms. Books that are customized are not allowed to be returned at the end of the semester or when the course is finished.

see TEXTBOOKS, page 6

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Campus Notes

Schedule of Events

Odds & Ends/

Campus dining update

UCO Jazz Lab & more

From the Associated Press

University of Central Oklahoma students, faculty and staff will find new, innovative dining services to keep them full - and fit - as they return to campus for the 2008-09 academic year. The new offerings are modeled on the modern-day "Pulse on Dining" concept, which keeps menu options exciting by using a 35-day menu cycles and focuses on fresh food, healthy options and quality customer service.

Passport to UCO Passport to Passport UCO. Lean more about the Passport program and wait it can offer you this semester, and enjoy a travel documentary about Beijng just as the Beijing Olymipics wind down. August 25, Chambers Library 3:30 4:45 p.m.

Mitchell Hall Theater closed The University of Central Oklahoma's Mitchell Hall Theater, site of the university's concerts, plays and musicals, will be closed for the next several months as construction crews renovate the more than 80 year old building. Crews are now in the demolition stage and renovations should start in September. The work is scheduled to be finished by May.

See Young & Restless in China Frontline's documentary Young & Restless in China is a portrait of nine young Chinese citizens over the course of four years, examining their lives as they navigate through a country that changes daily. They are westernized, ambitious -and torn between their culture and their aspirations. Set to a soundtrack of Chinese rock and hip-hop music, the film presents an in-depth look at what it means to be young and Chinese today. August 27, Pegasus Theater (Liberal Arts building) 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

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Jeremy Thomas, Jazz, 8- p.m. to 10:30 p.m., UCO Jazz Lab, $7 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Firday, August 22 Greg Parker, Classic Rock, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., UCO Jazz Lab, $7 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Saturday, August 23 Horseshoe Road, Country, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., UCO Jazz Lab, $10, Special Event. Monday, August 25 Up From Under, Alternative Rock, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., UCO Jazz Lab, tickets only available at the door, Special Event. Thursday, August 28

Academic Alert: Last day to enroll or add Fall 2008 classes in person. Friday, August 22 Academic Alert: Last day to add Fall 2008 classes on the web. Sunday, August 24 Rugby: Rugby vs. OKC Crusaders Men's Club, 11 a.m., Mitch Park in Edmond. Saturday, August 23 Volleyball: Bronze & blue Intrasquad Volleyball Scrimmage, 2 p.m., Hamilton Field House. Saturday, August 23 Soccer: UCO Women's Soccer vs. Oklahoma Christian, 7 p.m., Wantland Stadium. Thursday, August 28

News of the strange

Burglar leaves dirty job behind WICHITA, Kan. -- A Kansas burglar apparently likes to be clean — but isn't so good about clean getaways. Police in Wichita say it appears a man broke into a house Friday night to wash his clothes but fled in boxers, with his jeans still in the washer. Here's what happened: A woman reported that she returned home, found her basement laundry room in disarray and went upstairs to call her husband. That's when a man wearing only blue boxer shorts came upstairs, grabbed her purse and ran out the door. Police Sgt. Diane Varnell says the woman chased him and recovered her purse, but the burglar is still on the loose. Varnell says it appears the man simply needed to wash his clothes.

12-year-old gets a hand GRAND LEDGE, Mich. -- A 12-year-old angler has

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returned from a Michigan river's edge with a small scare and a big tale. Zack Bastian was fishing this week on the Grand River when he saw a bobbing hand attached to an arm. Zack and his stepfather called police, only to learn it was fake and belonged to a local law enforcement agency's dive team. The team's commander, Sgt. Joe Brown, says he's surprised the weighteddown dummy resurfaced. Team members were unable to retrieve it after an exercise in June. Despite the adrenaline rush, Zack says he'd rather be casting for bass or carp. his wife, Becky.

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United States' Margaret Hoelzer swims the backstroke leg of a women's 4x100-meter medley relay heat during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/ Mark J. Terrill)

Pigeon painted purple

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation recently awarded through the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation a $100,000 grant to Oklahoma A+ Schools® to complete an organizational and strategic plan for the Oklahoma A+ Schools® network. The funds will be used to generate a five-year strategic plan that will identify the educational community's needs that can be best met by Oklahoma A+ while also identifying the mechanisms required to meet those needs. "We are excited to begin the strategic The top four most-viewed articles on for the week of August 17-24: planning process and learn more about the many challenges facing educational institutions today and see where Oklahoma 3. UCO one of five best schools to A+ can best be of service to the educational 1. Changes made to financial aid community," said Jean Hendrickson, work for According to the CCRAA, Pell Grant award executive director of Oklahoma A+ amounts will increase by more than $11 million The Chronicle of Higher Education released Schools®. its survey, "2008 Great Colleges to Work For" over the next five years. Award amounts will Headquartered at UCO, Oklahoma A+ is increase by $490 for the 2008-2009 and the this month, and UCO finds itself in eight of the a statewide network of schools that advances 2009-2010 academic years. top five categories, making it one of the nation's a quality, whole school experience to nurture top five "Great Colleges to Work For." --Carrie Cronk the creativity in every learner. OK A+ --Chase Dearinger provides ongoing professional development, 2. Batman is for the life-long an intricate network of support, and an 4. Tea House serves as internafanatics and the non-fanatics active research component conducted by There's a reason director Christopher university professors to a network of schools tional home away from home from early childhood through high school in Nolan's latest installment in the Batman franchise The Tea House has become a home away urban, suburban and rural Oklahoma. smashed box office records this weekend. for home for international students who frequent Through the use of outside consultants, Although there were a few weak spots in the the place. It was started in November 2007 by a Oklahoma A+ expects to learn more about film, it was simply a good action flick. handful of UCO students as a place to hang out, its relationship with organizations across the --Greg Newby drink tea and play games. state while also assessing its impact on an --Abha eli Phoboo international scale. Relationships to be assessed during the five-year period include UCO and other higher education institutions; K-12 institutions and early childhood organizations; cultural, educational and business organizations; as well as governmental agencies and the Oklahoma Legislature. Oklahoma A+ will also include in the assessment staffing and financial considerations along with a series of next steps to begin implementation of the plan's strategic goals including any identified partnerships. "We are so grateful for the continued support and investment of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in pursuing effective school practices through our research-based approach," said Hendrickson.

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NEW YORK -- Pigeons come in many shades in New York City — but purple is typically not one of them. That's why animal lover Joe Mora was stunned when he saw a pigeon at a Queens playground that had been painted a violet hue. The pigeon was taken Friday to licensed wildlife rehabilitator Bobby Horvath. He said the bird is unable to fly because the feathers are completely rigid from the paint. But he says the animal is lucky its mouth or eyes didn't get stained. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesman Joseph Pentangelo says if the bird was intentionally painted it "certainly" qualifies as animal cruelty.

A Young Designated Driver LONGVIEW, Texas -- A 35-year-old Texas woman has been jailed after police say she made her 12-yearold daughter drive her to a bar. Police in Longview say they watched a minivan turn into a driveway without signaling last Wednesday and bump into a home at a low speed. They say the car was driven by Jennifer Lynn Rosenberg's daughter. Police say the girl told an officer, she had just dropped her mother off at a bar. They say they found Rosenburg at the bar and that she admitted having her daughter drive her there.

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NEWS Student hopes for change through service

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Being able to see that my life can effect others around me is really what motivates me to stay the course and keep myself on track." When he's not working on German and political science minors and he's not giving his time as president of the German club or working with UCO's Catholic Student Center, Andrew makes an effort to see this kind of change through volunteer work. He works part time for the Society of Saint Vincent DePaul, whose motto is "No form of charity is foreign to this society." The organization runs two thrift stores that put all of their proceeds towards helping those in need pay their bills. Andrew helps by making house calls to the families that have requested assistance. The house calls help to assess the families situation and what the best route of assistance might be. So what has Andrew learned from all of this service? A bit of humility. "I've learned that you have to be malleable," Brown

By Chase Dearinger Copy Editor

Andr'ew Browne wishes the world would stop giving value to only a select few. He cites John Paul the Great, calling ours a "culture of death." If Andrew could change just one thing about the world he lives in, this would be it. Upon meeting Andrew, he's exactly what this society values: young, energetic, humble (but not too humble) and easy to get along with. But one quickly learns that there is more to this senior from Midwest City. "We live in a world that has the mentality that you're only worth anything when you're young, you're only good after you're born," Browne said. "I'd like to see a society where it can once again celebrate life in all its aspects." This change lies at the heart of the sociology major's drive. "I really feel like I can make a difference.

by Vista photographer Chris Albers

Andrew Browne relaxes Monday at 321 Clegern street where he conducts youth ministry for students near campus. said. "You have to be able to change the way you do things and always have a backup plan." He's also learned a lot about other people. "No one is the same, everyone is different. Things that seem big to you aren't

always big to other people. I've also learned that there are a lot of great people out there." He hopes that all of his volunteer work has taught those he's volunteered with, too. "I hope I've showed others that not

all college kids are selfish. College kids can care about their community just as much as retired citizens or older adults." His plans to impact the world will continue after his December graduation, as well. After a semester

Perspectives on college By Chase Dearinger Copy Editor

Meet Addison English Ottinger: Freshman Major Hometown: Oklahoma City

Eric Rothwell

Addison Ottinger, a freshman English major.

Definition of college: "The final steps before becoming an adult." Reason for attending: "It really wasn't an option. I always knew I was going to go." Reason for attending UCO: "It's a good school and it's close to home." Expectations of college: "I expect to meet new people and make new friends. It's a chance to break out of my comfort zone." Impressions of UCO: "UCO is big and there are a lot of people walking around. They're mostly friendly, though." Impressions of college: "It's all up to you." Career hopes: "I want to get a job with a movie production studio." First day of college: "Wet. Very wet. It was fun, though. I had a little difficulty finding one of my classes but overall it was fine. It seemed a lot like high school, actually."

Meet Caroline Owen: Fifth Year Senior English and History Majors Hometown: Edmond

by Vista photographer Eric Rothwell

Caroline Owen, a fifth year English and History major.

Dorm rooms: an alternative to gym workout By Laura Hoffert Staff Writer

The largest object on the UCO campus is a living organism: the student body. It may not actually be an organism, but it is definitely alive and has a life cycle. According to Institutional Research, 15,425 students started school at UCO this week. These students are all ages, shapes and colors. They do, however, share one thing in common: they are all classified as freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. So what changes does this life cycle bring about? Take a look for yourself.

by Vista photographer

off he plans to apply to joint the US Marine Corps. This has been his plan since he was ten years old. Why the military? "To serve my country and to learn a bit more about leadership. I've always felt like everyone should have that experience. If you want to complain about something, put in the time, and then you can complain about it." Andrew ultimately hopes to get involved in international relations and embassy work. He's still trying to decide whether he will make a career of the Marines. Browne invites anyone to come out to UCO's Catholic Student Center opening barbecue at seven in the evening, Sunday, August 24. He's always looking for others to get active. Whether Andrew sees the end of this culture of death is unforeseeable, but he is doing everything in his power to get there. When asked what one thing defines him, his answer was simple: "hope."

Definition of college: "My definition of college is learning, not only knowledge but also skills that will help you later in life. I really dislike the idea that college is a vocational degree. People ask me, 'What are you going to do with an English degree?' And I tell them, 'I'm going to be smarter." Reason for attending: "It was the thing to do. That's what everyone does. A high school diploma is completely obsolete now and to get even a reasonably decent job you have to have a bachelor's degree." Expectations of college: "I think I was a little naïve like every freshman is. I thought, 'I'm going to go into the big world of college and it's going to be all fun and games." Regrets about college: "I took a very broad coarse in my studies. I kind of floated around and now I'm a fifth year senior. I wasn't very time efficient in my college career." Career hopes: "I hope to open up my own bakery. I have my business plan in the works right now — it's being revised. I actually call it a 'cakery' — that's something that I came up with." Advice for a freshman: "Go to class. Really work on making yourself happy, because this is the only time you're able to be really selfish without any responsibility. It's a time to develop who you are: emotionally, spiritually and intellectually."


When UCO alumnus Ashley Miller, a Fitness Management Kinesiology Health and Sports Exercise major, envisioned a fitness program for students who couldn't afford a personal trainer, or didn't have time to go to the gym as a class project, her project became a program. Her idea, now known as the, Dorm Room Workout, became part of UCO's healthy campus initiative and encourages students to do something before the "freshman fifteen" becomes the senior sixty. The Wellness Center has a PDF brochure online that breaks down the steps individually so there isn't any confusion about what exercises should be done and how. "The Dorm Room Workout is such a great program because it's student driven, but it was also a collaboration between the Wellness Center, the Department of Kinesiology, Campus Housing, and the University Health Services. Ashley developed the text, Ryan Hall did the graphic design for the brochure, and Kylie West and Jake Hillemeyer are pictures in the step-by step work-outs," Danielle Dill, the Assistant Director for Programs and Services said. The program follows the F.I.T.T. exercise recommendation of Fitness, Intensity, Time and Type. The Dorm Room work out then is broken down into three sub groups of Cardio, Strength, and Flexibility. "In the future we are hoping to take the program into the dorms and show how to do the exercises and explain them more in-depth." Miller said. The brochure also includes 10 exercises with step-by-step instructions. The Wellness Center, Campus Housing, Kinesiology & Health Sciences and UCO Health Services sponsor the program. "It's quick, it's easy, and it can be done in the privacy of your home or dorm, Students sometimes lack the time, convenience and motivation to workout, the program requires no special equipment, except things they can find, like a chair," Dill said. The complete Dorm Room Workout program is available online at http://www.ucok. edu/wellnesscenter/f Demos.htm. There is also a feedback survey on the site where students can submit which exercises were most difficult and any additional comments to help make the program better.


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I spent the last week and a half before school in a politics class on campus. I never was one for heated discussions on politics and frankly, I started the week a little heated that I had agreed to sit through such torture. But lo and behold I learned something, to my and our very own Senior surprise, on the second day of class. Our teacher Sen. Jim Inhofe's reelecbrought in, at the same tion to the U.S. Senate. Our leaders of the time, the votes count, and our voices Democratic and Republican will be heard. Let College Party, Dr. Ivan Holmes and Republicans be proof that in front not all -collegians are liber- Gary Jones. There, of the class stood both the al. You can find out more elephant and the donkey, about the UCO College Republicans by looking ready to present their side for our recruitment table, of the story. I began to sweat. finding us on Facebook, Heated debates weren't and through this column. really my cup of tea and In coming weeks we will I had this predetermined uncover how Democrats are idea that they would bring getting it wrong and how up controversial subjects Republicans are getting it just to see me squirm. right. As they began to speak, the muscles in my body Kelly S. Wray

The Right Side of the Story As we head in to the fall months, the Republican Party will be an active force both on this campus and in local and national politics. With Corigtess' approval

rater 4,. lustory underlie beinocrats'"ICOntrol, and one of the most liberal Senators (as found by the National Journal), Barack Obama, running as the Democrats' presumptive nominee, now is the time to join together and elect Republican leaders. This fall we will be working very hard campaigning for Sen. John McCain for President

The Left Side of the Story To provide a fair and balanced point of view, The Vista will also be posting a column each week from the Young Democrat organization. The columns should be looked for in the Tuesday editions on the Opinion page of The Vista.

-The Vista Staff


the country the best. Don't look to see who has the most media coverage; Lord knows our opinion of who would run the BY JANA DAVIS country best is more skewed by began to calm and I found money than anybody else's myself almost interested in opinion. what they were saying. Don't vote for someone Besides their utmost just because your friends do respect for each other and what your voter regtheir opinions, one thing or for istration card says to. No stuck out the most. one will know if you vote They were both in outside of your party. agreement that they didn't There were more heatalways vote straight party. ed discussions throughout The Republicans didn't the week, but after knowvote for a candidate just ing that leaders of our state because that's what their based their vote on facts, name badge said and vice not party identity I became versa. more confident in our govThey encouraged voternment system. I don't ers to vote on the premise think enough people know that they know all of the that just because a candifacts about each candidate date wears around a demoand have come to a concratic label, doeSn't make

What's the point?

them the best candidate for the country. Don't be caught ignorant at the voting booth. Another speaker that week gave us an example of how much of a difference one vote could make. In 1960, one vote per voting precinct would have elected Richard Nixon rather than John F. Kennedy.

"Don't vote for someone just because your friends do or for what your voter registration card says to. No one will know if you vote outside of your party. " -Jana Davis

clusion on who would run

A generation begins to define itself The following are a few observations from a kid born in the '90s: "Martha Stewart Living" has always set the style. WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling. Students have always been "Rocking the Vote." Roseanne Barr has never been invited to sing the National Anthem again. The Tonight Show has always been hosted by Jay Leno and started at 11:35. - Macaulay Culkin has always been "Home Alone." The Green Bay Packers (almost) always had the same starting quarterback. These are just a few of the 60 cultural landmarks published on the yearly Beloit College Mindset

The Bottom Line

way something is now is the way it's always been. The Web site of Beloit College makes these comments about the

young generation. The class of BY NELSON SOLOMON 2012 has grown up in an era where list, an annual compilation computers and that offers a glimpse of the rapid communication are world as seen through the the norm, and colleges no eyes of each incoming class, longer trumpet the fact that according to an Aug. 19 AP residence halls are "wired" story. and equipped with the latTom McBride, an English est hardware, according to professor at the school the school's Web site. These which helped compile this students will hardly recogyear's list for the class of nize the availability of tele2012, said in the article that phones in their rooms since the purpose of the compila- they have seldom utilized tion is also to prevent stu- landlines during their adodents from thinking that the

lescence. They will continue to live on their cell phones and communicate via texting, the Web site stated. Roommates, few of whom have ever shared a bedroom, have already checked each other out on Facebook where they have shared their most personal thoughts with the world. It is a multicultural, politically correct and "green" generation that has hardly noticed the threats to their privacy and has never feared the Russians and the Warsaw Pact, the Web site stated. The statements above are mostly true for me as one member of this generation, and I imagine most

"They will continue to live on their cell phones and communicate via texting, the Web site stated. Roommates, few of whom have ever shared a bedroom, have already checked each other out on Facebook where they have shared their most personal thoughts with the world. -Nelson Solomon

CAMPUS QUOTES: "What is your main source of candidate info regarding the presidential election?" Photographed and compiled by Chris Albers "Fox News, or Google Biographies"

", A Web site where people can post an article and the most popular ones get placed at the top."

"A little from the [TV] news,

but I click it off right when it comes on."

"I watch a lot of CNN. When I'm at work the TV's always on channel 43."

Brett Hauser

Patrick Mayfield

Hayley Elliott

Wissam Damaj

undecided, freshman

Psychology, senior

Art Education, senior

Finance, senior

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College volunteers lend a hand By Steve Gust Contributing Writer

College volunteers didn't mind a bit lending a hand at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop in Oklahoma City, even on a morning when a fiery August sun shot temperatures easily past the 100-degree mark. Volunteers from the University of Central Oklahoma were there for one reason — the work is needed and is part of their faith's ongoing mission here on earth. "There are really a lot of people who need these things," said Andrew Browne, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. On this morning the UCO senior was working with another half dozen or so volunteers in the alley behind the shop. They were busy going through clothing — and separating them in various piles for men, women and children. "I've seen how people use what we have here," he said. He recalled going to one home where there was absolutely no furniture inside. In his year as director, he's seen many people struggle to pay utilities, rent and even the basics, such as food. Back at the shop, going through the tiortrious donations is not an easy task. "Well, a lot of times some of what is donated here isn't able to be used by others," he said, while hammering apart an old television, which had obviously broadcast its last program a long time ago. On this visit, Browne was there with some from the UCO Catholic Student Center as well as others from campus. One of them was Drew Stephenson. "Andrew asked if I could come and it wasn't a problem," the senior student said while going through clothes. "I'll probably be back again sometime." Future trips are definitely on the agenda for some UCO students. "I've already talked to other church

youth groups on campus and think they'll be helping as well," Browne said. Also helping from the Catholic Student Center were Danny O'Neill and Nicole Naugle. The shop, in business since November 2003, always needs and deeply values the help, manager Kathy Vance said. "You know though, we are very grateful for everything we receive and we get so much here — from volunteers, to items to prayers," she said. "It's all wonderful and so very much appreciated. We are a Catholic presence here and I think that's great." During this session, the UCO students worked for hours making a difference with their manual labor. In addition to the clothing, the group sorted through toys, priced items and cleaned merchandise. There was plenty for them to do. At first glance some may not see the importance of the thrift shop, where many shop for low cost household items. For others it's simply the difference between life and death. "We always get people who need coats," Kathy said. "There are so many, especially in this part of town, who rely on us." She was very impressed with the work done by the UCO students. "They were just wonderful and did a great job," she said later. The mission continues. "We would like to perhaps have a building donated to us some day for storage," Kathy said. "Yet we get so much now and are so appreciative of everything." The thrift store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Whatever you can donate to the thrift shops please call Kathy at 405-602-0011. Or visit the store some day and see how people put their faith in action.


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For the love of luggage

New study says lack of sleep leads to high blood pressure By Laura Hoffert

Senior Staff Reporter

by Vista photographer Chanel Henry

Kaori Sakamoto, senior, painted luggage for UCO's Love Luggage Tuesday in the Nigh Ballroom. Love Luggage volunteers painted 200 pieces of the 350 collected and donated them to DHS

A new medical study by the University Hospitals Sleep Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland suggests that teenagers have higher blood pressure if they do not sleep enough, or have erratic sleeping patterns. US Health News Online interviewed. Dr. Susan Redline, the director of the research and she explained that previous studies had only included adult test subjects, and the sleep-guidelines resulting from those studies have routinely been applied to not only adults, but adolescents as well. The study states that of the 238 teens studied, 11 percent of the 13 to 16 year olds slept less than 6.5 hours a night. They go on to explain that 26 percent of the teens would frequently wake up at night, and it took more time trying to fall back asleep with each awakening. Although the teenagers were chosen at random, one of every seven teens in the study had either hypertension or prehypertension. Hypertension occurs when blood pressure is greater than 120 over 80 and prehypertension means that the person is at risk by being close to within that range. Those with less than 85 percent sleep efficiency had nearly three times the odds of high blood pressure, the researchers found.

Because this research is new, using subjects that have never been studied before, the research that claims high blood pressure in teens is linked to poor sleep has been labeled as preliminary. However, Redline said, "In our study, it was stronger than being overweight." Dr. Stephen R. Daniels, a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital in Denver, has suggested that the study could influence school schedules, with classes starting later in the day to allow students to be on a routine ideal for their bodies. Dr. Richard D. Simon Jr., medical director of the Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center in Walla Walla, Wash., said he hoped the study would continue its research by following the same teenagers and more closely study the effects on their sympathetic nervous system. "We say eight hours of sleep a night, but it takes an hour to wind down. It's very, very hard to allow enough time to sleep," said Simon. Redline also discussed the importance of parents taking steps to help improve their children's sleep by "following regular sleep habits, turning the light off at approximately the same time every night, keeping the bedroom quieter, and avoiding substances that may disturb sleep, such as caffeine."

Textbooks Greenride initiative helps environment Continued from page 1 Carr said some "custom" textbooks can be sold back, however, noting the departments who require them determine whether or not a book can be sold back once it's not needed by the student. "We have nothing to do with that, it's totally up to the department," she said. Dr. John Camey, assistant dean of the College of Business, said his department, which requires a handful of "custom" textbooks, doesn't et: royalties from them, at least not t t lie knows about. According to Ca2 his department uses "custom" textbooks for courses in management, finance and accounting. He also said "custom" textbooks aren't all that bad, at least not from a department head's perspective. "What some publishers will do these days is to allow the depai tutents to go through an existing textbook and say, "Okay, I like chapters one, three, five and nine, but that's it," Carney said. "It allows the faculty to take what they want out of a book." And it's not just business majors or nutrition majors or humanities majors that are affected by "custom" textbooks. Healthy Life Skills, History to 1877 and History since 1865 — required courses for any student planning on graduating from UCO — all use "custom" textbooks. But according to Dr. Donna Cobb, chair of the Kinesiology and Health Studies department, "custom" textbooks — at least the ones used in UCO's Healthy Life Skills courses — actually benefit students. "By customizing the book ["Fit & Well"], we've actually lowered the cost to UCO students," Cobb said. "The publishers will negotiate the price of the book if it's custom, but if it's not, they will not." Cobb said her department does receive about $3 per book sold, but that's because faculty wrote around 60 pages of the book. She said all the money goes into an account to buy equipment and other resources for the courses, adding that no faculty members benefit financially from the royalties. "It's not like were out buying new cars or anything like that," she said. As for those who say the issue of "custom" textbooks is a growing trend, Cobb said she doesn't see it that way. "I've been here at UCO for 15 years, and they ("custom" textbooks) have always been around," she said. "It's just that now students are more aware of the price of textbooks, so it's become a bigger issue."

By Laura Hoffert and Jennifer Matthews

The University of Central Oklahoma continues to work to provide more environmentally friendly options for its campus community, adding a "GreenRide" carpool initiative and more bikes to its "Bum-a-Bike" alternative transportation service beginning this fall. Provided by UCO's Office of Commuter Student Services, or UCOMMUTE, the new "GreenRide" service is a web-based application helps students, faculty and ff find carpool partners, while helping keep trips to the pump at a minimum. "GreenRide helps preserve air quality, decrease traffic and parking lot congestion, and conserves fuel by encouraging carpooling and alternative transportation," said Nathan Box, coordinator for UCO's Commuter Student Services. "Carpoolers are matched with partners who live in their areas and have similar

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The Wellness Center and the classes there are no longer just for Edmond citizens and UCO students. The university's faculty and staff are being urged to join the Weight Watchers at Work program. Classes are held on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and go through Dec. 18, 2008. Although the program started Aug. 14, there are still spots available.

to campus to ride the bikes to class or work and leave their cars at home. We've seen the bikes parked all over Edmond, so we know they are getting put to good use." In an effort to promote the use of alternative transportation and healthy activity for the UCO community, UCO partnered with Flatire Burgers and Al's Bicycles in Edmond to launch the "Buma-Bike" program in January. By showing a valid UCO ID and signing a waiver, students, faculty and staff can check out bikes for up to two weeks at a time. Bikes can also be checked out again after inspection, and Al's Bicycles in Edmond provide free maintenance. Both the "GreenRide" and "Bum-aBike" services are free of charge and open to the UCO community. UCO encourages the use of alternative transportation to further help with the rising cost of gasoline prices and limited number of parking places on campus.

Bomb investigation costs about $14,000 By Andrew Knittle


The April 22 bomb threat hoax, which suspended student Jason Ray Shandy plead guilty to, cost the university about $14,000, UCO Police Chief Jeff Harp said Monday afternoon. Harp said the number is probably higher than the $13,700 he reported to federal prosecutors, but that accounting for things like gas, paper and other consumables can be a little tricky. "Every officer who worked for us at the time, except one, showed up to help in this investigation," Harp said. "The one guy that wasn't there — he was out of town at the time." Two UCO officers training in Ada, Okla., at the time of the hoax also were called back to Edmond, Harp said. "They were there for two days of training, but I called them back to Edmond that night," he said. "So, they weren't able to complete their training at that time." Shandy was attending UCO last spring when he called Edmond's 911 Communication Center late on the night of April 22 to make the false report, telling a dispatcher he'd overheard three Middle Eastern men at a nearby 7-11 discussing plans "to blow up UCO," according to Bob Troester, first assistant U.S. Attorney for Oklahoma's Western District. Troester said Shandy had

Watching weight at Wellness Center By Laura Hoffert

schedules and lifestyles. With the rising costs of gas prices, the service is a great way to save some money and to also do something good for the environment." Participants who utilize the service can also join other carpoolers who park in the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) parking lot, located directly east of UCO's Nigh University Center. The parking lot helps users save gas, money, and the time and hassle of hunting down a parking space. Also new for the fall semester is an increase in the number of bikes available in UCO's "Bum-a-Bike" fleet, which gives participants the opportunity to check out bikes free of charge from the UCO Department of Public Safety. "We have had such a great response to the 'Bum-a-Bike' program that we have ordered six more bikes, which means we will have 21 available for the fall semester," said Mike Sokoff, director for UCO's transportation and parking services. "The bikes are well maintained with the help of Al's Bicycles, and many of the program's participants live close enough

Danielle Dill, assistant director for Programs and Services, said, "As [Aug.] 19, there are 23 people enrolled. I had faculty and staff come up to me before asking about the program, but Weight Watchers requires 20 pre-paid participants, and we could never get that many until now." The classes Will be held at the Wellness Center in room 104 and the $186 payment plan includes an experienced leader and various educational materials to guide them through the 17-week process. Weight Watchers was founded in 1963 and is well known for their plans and

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Jason Ray Shandy additional charges filed against him, including two for lying to FBI agents, which were dropped at the time the plea agreement was reached. "The two counts of lying to FBI agents may have been knocked off, but the judge will still consider them at sentencing," Troester said. "So it's not like he got away with those [charges]." Troester said he didn't know whether or not Shandy would face jail time and that federal judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange would decide on any punishment for the 19-year-old. Shandy's sentencing date has yet to be set, but prosecutors expect it within in the next month or so. "The judge will look at a number things when determining the sentence, it's a "point formula." The equation can be a little mind boggling at first glance but has been simplified and is now user friendly. Participants are allowed a certain set of points per day and encouraged to eat low-point, nutritious food throughout the rather than 1 meal of high-calorie foods. "We are looking to provide the faculty and staff with a healthy lifestyle, " Dill said. The wellness staff has high expectations for the Weight Watchers at Work Program because they believe that the participants will gain moral support from their coworkers. "It's convenient, on the work-site and the people can lean on the encouragement from co-workers. It's a great program

complicated process that takes a number of things into consideration," Troester said. Shandy faces up to five years in prison, could be ordered to pay up to $250,000 in fines and may also be liable for all costs amassed by the various law enforcement agencies, which included the FBI, Edmond Police and the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, during the investigation. FBI spokesman Gary Johnson wouldn't say exactly how much his office spent on the investigation, but noted that a lot of manpower was thrown at it because of the serious nature of the threat. "We had several agents working on the case at the time," Johnson said. "Any time there's a threat like that, we apply a significant amount of resources to the investigation." Shandy's future at UCO is also uncertain at this time. Charlie Johnson, director of University Relations, said Shandy will have the right to apply for readmission to the university, but added he felt the likelihood of the student being readmitted to the school didn't seem particularly high. "Jason Shandy was actually temporarily suspended throughout this process," Johnson said. "And while he has the right to a hearing — unless something new comes up — he likely will not be allowed back to UCO. That's where it stands right now."

with so many benefits for those who get involved," Dill said. To register, call Dill at (405) 974-3140.

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Summer recap of films By Greg Newby Staff Writer

The summer of 2008 proved to be very lucrative for filmmakers, especially the ones in the superhero business. In a look at the cumulative numbers for ticket sales, six of the films released this summer found themselves on the top 100 domestic earners of all time list. Every one of these films has a superhero and all are still playing in theaters, STILL lining Hollywood's pockets. At number two on the all-time list is Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight". Released on July 18, this welcome addition to the Batman franchise has earned just over $471 million and counting. In Heath Ledger's last complete role before his tragic death, he was everything anyone could have ever hoped The Joker would be. Squaring off against Batman, with Harvey Dent and Lt. Gordon thrown into the mix, The Joker kept American audiences coming back for more. With TDK still making money in the theaters, it may have a legitimate chance to catch number one on the all-time list, "Titanic", checking in at just over $600 million.

Making a stop at number 22, we'll find John Favreau's "Iron Man". Released at the beginning of the summer, May 2, Iron Man had all summer to bring in the cash, just over $317 million at last count, but still fell well short of Batman's high mark. Robert Downy Jr. stars as millionaire Tony Stark who uses his wealth to build a heavily armored suit to help recover from a life threatening injury, which he then turns into a weapon dedicated to the destruction of evil. This film also continues in theaters, its box office tally still to be decided. Close at Iron Man's heels on the alltime money list is another fixture in a classic franchise, veteran director Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" joining in at number 23. Another film that had all summer to make money, Indy opened on May 22 and has a current gross of $315 million. Dr. Jones is back when he finds himself in the middle of a plot to uncover the secret surrounding the magical artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. This film is only playing in select locations, however, and will probably not make anymore significant moves on this list. Will Smith stars in the next summer '08 film on the list. Peter Berg's "Hancock" falls in line at number 65

with over $225 million in U.S. ticket sales. Superhero John Hancock has fallen on hard times and is in dire need of some image-fixing. A new look at the superhero genre, but not entirely bad, and at just over a million behind "Rush Hour 2", this movie may have an outside shot to move the list before it's done. Pixar captures America's hearts and pocketbooks again with Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E". Weighing in at number 76, this robot love story grossed a little over $214 million. In between protecting Eve and restoring the human race on the planet Earth, WALL-E could find himself edging out "X2: X-Men United" for the next spot, not even $800,000 behind. The last film on our list of summer blockbusters brings us to number 78 on the all-time list, the joint project between Mark Osborne and John Stevenson, "Kung Fu Panda". Jack Black delivers a stellar performance as Po, a panda who has been called to save all the animals in the Valley of Peace. A great film for all ages, "Kung Fu Panda" just missed the $212 million mark, but could very well get there before the summer's out. Hollywood's elite should be happy with the coin American audiences forked over in these last few months.


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THE ARTS The 'Reel' Deal By Greg Newby Staff Writer

With summer winding down and school starting up, some may need a break from reality after this grueling first week of the semester. To help ea se your back-toschool blues, here's a list of films the major studios are putting out this weekend. ,

Hamlet 2 Directed by Andrew Fleming ("Dick" and "Threesome"), "Hamlet 2" follows the story of Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan, "Night at the Museum" and "Hot Fuzz"), a high school drama teacher who, after several failed productions, is working to stop the closure of his drama department at Tucson's West Mesa High School. Short on talent, both in his drama class and from himself, Marschz attempts to overcome adversity by creating a sequel to the Shakespearian play "Hamlet." He manages to find a way to motivate his class and gain support of an ACLU attorney (Amy Poehler, "Blades of Glory" and "Mr. Woodcock") and his favorite actress, Elisabeth Shue ("Hollow Man" and "Tuck everlasting") in his quest to save his failing department. This film is rated R for language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content.

Death Race Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson ("Resident Evil" and "Alien vs. Predator"), "Death Race" is the remake of the 1975 film "Death Race 2000" in which three-time speedway champion turned convicted felon Jensen Ames (Jason Statham, "The Transporter" and "The Bank Job") attempts to win his freedom in the ultimate reality show /blood sport competition. After being setup in a nasty murder, Ames is given two options by prison warden Hennessy (Joan Allen, "The Notebook" and "The Bourne Supremacy): run the last-man-alivewins race or never see his daughter again. Supplied with Mustang V8 Fastback equipped with mini-guns, flame throwers and napalm, Ames drives like a man on a mission, hell-bent on winning his life back. This film is rated R for strong violence and language.

The House Bunny Directed by Fred Wolf ("Strange Wilderness"), "The House Bunny" outlines the story of Shelly Darlingson (Anna Farris, "Waiting" and "Scary Movie 4"), a Playboy Bunny who finds herself kicked out of Hugh Hefner's mansion after a spat with one of the other girls. Darlingson has nowhere else to go until she stumbles upon a defunct sorority, Zeta Alpha Zeta, on the verge of dosing its doors.


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The Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour 2008 made a stop at Oklahoma City's AT&T Bricktown Ballpark last Wednesday night. What started out as a blisteringly hot August afternoon transformed into a beautiful, breezy evening, perfect for a concert under the stars. As the opening act, the Eli Young Band, took the stage at 7, several thousand made their way down to the field level to fill up the general admission floor in front of the stage as other fans trickled down into the seats around the stadium. During their hour-long set, the Eli Young Band did what they could to entertain the crowd, but the audience seemed a bit lethargic and pre-occupied with anticipation for the main act. The light smattering of applause between each song eventually took its toll on the band, which affected the rest of their songs. As the sun began to set, the Eli Young Band seemed to be ready to get off the stage and the crowd was more than ready for the main event. Dave Matthews and his band, minus usual saxophonist LeRoi Moore, took the stage around 8:15 amid explosive applause and cheering from the crowd. With Jeff Coffin,

of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones fame, sitting in for the hospitalized Moore, they launched into a set with the laid-back explosiveness that Dave Matthews fans have come to love, opening with "Seek Up". The audience seemed to get into the show and settled into the relaxed, easy rhythm of the two songs that followed when the band broke into a cover of "Burning Down the House", originally recorded by Talking Heads, which electrified the crowd and brought a new energy to the venue which it had not seen all evening. They went on to play several fan favorites, such as "Old Dirt Hill", "Crash Into Me", "#41", and "Stay". After closing with the DMB staple, "Ants Marching", the band left the stage amid a massive standing ovation that lasted nearly ten minutes. Much to the surprise of many, several patrons began to leave before the show was over. When the applause and chants of 'DAVE, DAVE, DAVE' had finally died off, DMB came out for an encore performance. The early departures missed a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" and an extended version of "Two Step", with a Carter Beauford drum solo, to conclude the three-hour show.

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International students surprised by resignation of Musharraf By Abha Eli Phoboo

Senior Reporter

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's resignation on Monday came as a surprise to Pakistani citizens living abroad. The handful of Pakistani students studying at UCO had different reactions to the now former premier's move. "I am disheartened," said Khusro Iqbal, president of the International Student Council, "I don't think there is anybody else that could have dealt with foreign policy the way Musharraf has. Pakistani politics is a jungle and needs a strong person to handle it." Musharraf is best known as an ally to the United States in its war against terrorism. However,

Musharraf did whatever he wanted to." Ali cites the incident of the antiMusharraf movement by lawyers when the former President had all lawyers, regardless of their participation in the protests, thrown into jail. "My mother's brother is a lawyer and they came to his house to take him," said Ali. Still, there are a few like Iqbal who agree that maybe Pakistani politics, which has been very chaotic in the last few decades, needs an iron hand to restore Outgoing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf leaves the stability "The people in Pakistan presidential house in Islamabad, Pakistan on Aug. 18, 2008. are shocked," said Iqbal, who talks to his parents back home every day. many Pakistanis differ from through a bloodless coup and Political analysts approve Iqbal's view. dissolved assemblies, threw of Musharraf's move as wise Umar Ali, Finance senior, said, out judges. Pakistan has had since he did need a way out. If "Musharraf came into power no democracy in nine years. Musharraf had not resigned, he

would have been impeached by a coalition of parties led by former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's and late Benazir Bhutto's parties. The question that is being asked right now is, how will Musharraf's reign be remembered? Iqbal said, "He did the best he could for Pakistan. If it hadn't been for him, we would be in a bigger mess." "Musharraf didn't resign because he wanted to. He liked power, he only did so because he saw no other way. "The consequences for all that he has done will be great. There are fewer people in Pakistan who still like him. He will be remembered as a true dictator," said Ali.

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Martinez noted that "our students are our number one priority, so we want to draw them closer and make them safe." As a result, the department switched the designations of the lots, giving faculty and staff the smaller lot, Lot 27, Martinez said. Lot 26 becomes multipurpose after 4 p.m. Another major change in campus parking is the cancellation of the "Commuter-A" program, Martinez said. "We did away with Commuter-A and designated all the northern lots surrounding the Wellness Center and Wantland Stadium multipurpose. That allows anyone, commuter, housing, faculty/staff to park in these lots," he said. Martinez also commented on the general belief that there aren't enough parking spaces across campus for commuter students, considering the number of commuter students on campus. "The reality is, all commuters aren't on campus all the time, so we can't accommodate the total number of students at one time," he said. The price of the parking decal went up $10 from last year's $90, and Martinez said the increase is a result of the rise in prices for asphalt as the funds obtained from decals is used by the university for lot maintenance. Martinez noted the fact that there is a perception among students, faculty and staff that there is quite a walking distance from the northern lots to most campus buildings. To assist students, a student worker in the department used the Nigh University Center as a central point and walked the distance from distant lots back to campus, recording the average walking times. "I told the student, just use sidewalks and the shortest possible way to get there, and tell me how long it took you to get there. The times are listed on the campus map available on the transportation Web site and in the Welcome Back section of today's paper. The longest walk recorded was from Lot 49, located north of the Wellness Center, to the University Center. It took the student 11 minutes walking at an average rate with a backpack to walk the distance. Martinez said the department was told the new Transformative Learning Center was going to start construction this fall in the lot located next to the Liberal Arts building and diagonal to the Business Building. "But that has not happened. We went ahead and showed on this year's map how it's going to look when that does happen," he said. The carpool parking program, formerly known as "H.O.V." parking, is being highly marketed this year, Martinez said. "We're really appreciative of those people that make the effort to carpool and join us in our green efforts," he said. However, Martinez said the incentives for using the program have changed. "There are many benefits to using the program. You save gas, you bring one less vehicle to the campus, you gain premiere parking space in the heart of campus," he said. In the past, there was a program where if students collected 50 tickets per semester, they would be refunded the price of their parking decal. "For a lot of students, this was unachievable. That's a lot of days, and it's hard to reach," Martinez said. "Now what we've done is if you collect 75 carpool tickets over a two semester period, fall and spring, then you'll be eligible for a drawing for two $50 gas cards." The carpool program has also been expanded from use by students only to faculty and staff as well, he added. Martinez said that the department's officers are willing to give customers rides on their golf carts if they happen to be in certain areas of campus. "I tell them [employees], if you see somebody walking from one of the outer lots, and you're in the area, offer them a ride," he said. "That's if they happen to be in the area." Martinez also said the department is looking for ways to reward customers. "If a customer comes to us with a great idea, whether they submit it online or come in person, we sit down them and listen to their issues and address them," he said. "If it's a new idea, we'll say 'Wow, thank you for the idea, we'll look at how we can incorporate that." Another example of a good idea is when customers are seen doing the right things when parking, he said. "When we see someone in the parking lots, just doing the right thing, not just parking in a space, but if they have a need to go somewhere where they're not supposed to park and they come and tell our officers and ask if its ok to park in that spot, and not just park and then return, we're trying to create a program where maybe we'll give students vouchers and things like that," he said. Martinez said the department is looking for further ways to help those on campus, including looking into developing a shuttle system and into bike initiatives to make the

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Five head to Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony set for Oct. 12 Five of the best student-athletes in school history and a trio of coaches / administrators have been selected for induction into the University of Central Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame. Making up the 2008 class as athletes are tennis great Charl Bornman, football stars Clifford Chatman and Daric Zeno, wrestling national champion Joe Starzenski and volleyball standout Kristin Vincent, while Eddie Griffin, John Keely and Virginia Peters were elected as coaches/administrators. The newest members will be formally inducted during the UCO Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, set for Oct. 10 in the University Center on campus. Charl Bornman is the

most decorated tennis player in school history, putting together a phenomenal 198-29 career record in combined singles and doubles play while earning NCAA Division H All-America honors seven times and *winning two national championships. A native of South Africa, Bornman came to UCO in the spring of 1995 and went 10-1 in CHATMAN singles to earn All-America recognition. He was 31-3 in singles and 24-5 in doubles as a sophomore in 1995-96 as an All-American in both, leading the Bronchos

to the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II Midwest Region titles along with a No. 6 national ranking. Clifford Chatman enjoyed a fantastic football career at UCO as a multi-talented running back, finishing his career as the school's second all-time leading rusher while also winning a pair of District 9 100meter dash championships. Chatman played three years (1978-80) and helped lead the Bronchos to a 23-9 record, including an NAIA national runner-up finish in 1979. He rushed for 3,316 yards and 33 touchdowns in 627 carries, averaging 5.3 yards a carry for his career while finishing fifth on UCO's all-time points scored list (200 points). He was a fourth-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 1981 and played one year in the NFL. Joe Starzenski is another in a long line of wrestling greats to come through UCO and

he's the only wrestler in school history to compete on four national championship teams. He was a three-time All-American for the Bronchos and finished with a 10040-2 career record, which ranks 18th on the school's all-time win list. Kristin Vincent was one of the top middle blockers in the Lone Star Conference throughout her career as a four-year starter at UCO from 1990-93. She finished with a league-record 515 assisted blocks, a schoolrecord 177 solo blocks and a .323 career hitting percentage. Daric Zeno ranks as one of the most electrifying players in UCO's rich football history, a big-play wide receiving threat who helped lead the Bronchos to a 30-9-1 record and an NAIA national championship during his career from 1980-83. He ranks fifth on the school's all-time receiving charts, averaging 19.5 yards a catch with 102 receptions for see FAME, page 12

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By Kaylea Brooks

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You can't keep an Oklahoma boy out of Oklahoma. That's what new UCO athletic director Joe Muller believes. Muller served two years as associate athletic director for external relations at Purdue University before being hired by UCO earlier this summer. Muller is a graduate of Stillwater High School and Oklahoma State University. He recently shared his vision with The Vista. Q: What are your plans to change the athletic department,? A: I'm not coming into this position with a quick fix. I want to take some time to evaluate everything. But three areas are important. First, compliance. We need to run our program by the rules. Second, find ways to generate revenue to adequately fund our athletic programs. And third, we need to do everything in our power to enhance the student-athletic experience. Q: What do you expect from the athletic department this year? A: We have some incredible people, very good coaches in this program. We will become successful if we have these common goals and work toward them. We also expect to be competitive every year. You'll see some very competitive sports such as the women's soccer that is highly ranked in Division II. Q: Is there anything else that you would like to say about the athletic program? A: I love being at UCO. I look forward to being here for a long

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by Vista photographer Eric Rothwell

Quinton West evades tackles at a UCO scrimmage on Aug. 16. There first game is against Pittsburg state.

Soccer team ranked 10th KANSAS City Kan. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A decade of success and last year's run to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 has earned Central Oklahoma a top-10 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ adidas preseason poll The return of just three starters and four other letterwinners from last year's 19-5-1 team didn't matter to voters, who put UCO 10th in the top-25 poll. Tampa topped the rankings, followed by Franklin Pierce and Grand Valley State. Incarnate Word, which knocked the Bronchos out of the national tournament last year, was No. 6 in the poll. UCO, which has won four straight regular-season Lone Star Conference titles and six of the last eight, was the lone league team in the rankings. "It's an honor to be ranked so high, but obviously this is a reflection of the success we've had over the past several years," said head coach Mike Cook, who is 161-48-9 in the 10-year history of the program. "We're a very young team that has a lot to prove this year and we're going to have to make a lot of improvement to get to where we need to be." The Bronchos, who finished 11th in the final poll last year, opened preseason practice Sunday and are in the midst of a week of two-a-day workouts. UCO opens the season Aug. 28, hosting Oklahoma Christian at 7 p.m. at Wantland Stadium.

UCO's new coaching staff spent most of its time evaluating new players during the Bronchos second and final preseason scrimmage last Saturday. The Bronchos, picked fourth in the Lone Star North Division, went 97 snaps and rehearsed plays for the upcoming season opener against Pittsburg State University. UCO hosts the Gorillas at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 in the opener for both schools. "We're mainly HOLLAND evaluating personnel, especially young players," first-year UCO head coach Tracy Holland said after the Saturday scrimmage. The Broncho's defense, otherwise known as Code Red D , stood strong and even intercepted a few passes. Out of the defense, Caleb Prince and Mike Reed both knocked helmets off with astounding tackles. One of the tackles resulted in the injury of another player. The offense improved from the last scrimmage with two touchdowns, one by junior wide receiver Ryan Gallimore. The offense did not score in the team's

see YOUNGSTERS, page 12

Defensive standout provides leadership By Ryan Croft

Sports Writer

Alli Miller kicks the ball during a 2007 match at Tom Thompson Field.

UCO junior Alli Miller has been the defensive standout of the Broncho's soccer team since she arrived in 2006. Last season, Miller was a first-team selection in the Lone Star Conference after starting at fullback in all 25 games and helping lead the Bronchos to their fourth consecutive conference crown and the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. Miller also led her team to 13 consecutive shutouts in the 2007 season and gave up only one goal in 10 LSC games. And to think, as a child, Miller never intended to set foot on a soccer field. "When I was little, my brother started playing soccer and I didn't want to play, but my parents made me go to all his games," Miller said. Eventually, Miller decided that if she was going to spend so much of her time at a soccer field, she might was well try her hand, or foot, at the game. "I played for a while and

did other sports to, but I liked soccer better. So, I stuck with it," she said By the time she graduated from Norman North High School, Miller had already garnered an impressive awards list. She was an AllConference and All-District pick three times, winning Oklahoma All-City and All-State awards her senior year. She also graduated as a four-time state qualifier in cross-country and a twotime state relay qualifier in track. Miller joined the Central Oklahoma soccer team in 2006 and immediately made her presence felt on the field. She earned Co-Freshman of the Year and All-LSC honors after leading the Bronchos to 10 shutouts and limiting opponents to just 8.3 shots per game. With Miller at the helm, the defense gave up only 12 goals over the entire season. "She's just the kind of player we look for," UCO

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FAME Continued from page 11 Eddie Griffin had an amazing four-year run as UCO's head wrestling coach, leading the Bronchos to three NAIA national championships. He coached 26 All-Americans, including 11 individual national champions, and put together a 40-18-1 dual record that included wins ov e rAlabama, Arizona, Brigham Young, Oregon and Washington. Griffin led the Bronchos to their first-ever national wrestling title in 1979 to earn college Rookie Coach of the Year honors by Amateur Wrestling News, with UCO finishing third the following season. Griffin's 1981 team was perhaps • the best in NAIA history, scoring a tournament-record 155.25 points and crowning six individual champions in running away with the title, and the Bronchos won again in 1982. John Keely served as UCO's head women's basketball coach for 24 years (1980-04)

and was also a long-time assistant/associate athletic director for the Bronchos. He won over 300 games as coach, with the 1981-82 team qualifying for the national tournament while winning a school-record 25 games. A graduate of Central who won one state championship during a successful high school coaching career, Keely served as the UCO's assistant athletic director from 198503 and as associate athletic director from 2004 until his retirement in 2006. Virginia Peters had a greater impact on UCO women's athletics than perhaps any other female, first as a competitor and then as a coach and administrator. Peters participated in basketball, field hockey, swimming and volleyball four straight years, earning the Outstanding Freshman Woman Athlete award in 1954 and the Outstanding Senior Woman Athlete honor in 1957.

She started her coaching career at Central in 1958 and directed the basketball, field hockey, track and field, volleyball and men's and women's fencing teams during a career that lasted until 1980. At individual sports days, she also coached archery, badminton, softball, swimming and tennis. Peters served as Coordinator of Women's Intercollegiate Sports and Director of Women's Athletics from 1958-80 while also directing the Women's Intramural Sports Program for 20 years.



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Coaches are still evaluating candidates for starting . quarterback. The race is between Colin Clancy, Alex Gibson, and Brandon Noohi. Clancy started some games for the Bronchos last year and completed 34 of 66 passes. He threw MILLER Continued from page 11 for 310 yards, five interceptions, Cook said what really All-Academic Team. She is and no touchdowns. makes Miller stand out on well known among the team Gibson, a sophomore from the field is her ability to for her determination in all New Mexico State University, threw one touchdown pass to work well with the rest of aspects of life. the team. "She's in class, she gets good Gallimore in the scrimmage. "Soccer's a team sport — grades, is very responsible," Noohi transferred from and she anchors our defense Cook said. "She leads on and Southeastern Oklahoma State — but she also blends right off the field. She knows how University where he played for in with everyone else," he important it is to do well two years. said. in the classroom and that Meghan Saliba, Miller's translates onto the field." teammate and former Now in her third year at roommate, gave insight into UCO, Miller is set to fully what makes Miller a stalwart take on the role not just of player. a veteran defender, but of a "She's definitely very team leader. dedicated and she's "We look for players to absolutely aggressive in come in here that are not Advertise with the every aspect of life and you just good soccer players, vistamediaoyahoo.cont 405/974-59111 definitely see it on the field," but good people," Cook Saliba said. said. "Not only is Alli a Miller applies the same great player, she's a great work ethic that made her person." Visit a standout on the soccer field to her academics, and last year she made the LSC

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Letter from the Provost As far as what is going on at UCO the best way to describe it is "everything transformative." Our governing board (Regional University System of Oklahoma) has approved our new university mission, vision and metropolitan peer group. The bottom line is that these new statements transform how we see ourselves and how others see us. We make it clear to our stakeholders that UCO is a place where students come for a world class education in any discipline and also for experiential learning that will prepare them for leadership roles, problem solving, engagement with their communities and world and for a healthy life. The "Central Six" outcomes of UCO's Transformative Education are discipline knowledge, leadership, research creative' and scholarly activities, civic engagement, global competency and healthy lifestyles. In support of these themes UCO has recently created a leadership minor that may be paired with any major on campus, a new Office of Research and Grants, The Volunteer and Service Learning Center and the Centre for Global Competency. Each promises exceptional opportunities for students to engage. In about 18 months students will be able to take courses in the new Center for Transformative Learning. The Center is a state-of-the-art two story building that will rise just East of Thatcher Hall. It will be wireless with multiple break-out areas for group work and discussion, classrooms, faculty offices, lunch counter, and a beautiful multipurpose lecture hall and performance venue. There will also be an outdoor plaza and classroom. The new Forensic Institute building is under construction next to Second Street just across from the OSBI building as is the new Arcadia Lake Outdoor Recreation Facility. Also new this year is UCO's Teaching Philosophy which publicly promises that the faculty will provide a learning centered, engaged environment for students and spells out the expectation that students will take responsibility for their own learning. The Centre for Global Competency now has a dozen locations in the world for student exchange and study abroad. This year the Centre will develop at least seven more study tour opportunities for students and in the process provide a scholarship of $1500 to seven students to travel abroad one-on-one with seven faculty members. That UCO is THE place to work and go to school is no secret any more. We have been recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top five institutions of medium size and in the top 15 institutions of any size nationally in eight categories that make UCO a great place to work. And, places UCO faculty members in the top 10 nationally as those rated highest by their students. -Dr. Bill Radke, UCO Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Letter from UCO Police Chief Welcome to another great year at the University of Central Oklahoma! The more than 5o full and part-time staff of the Department of Public Safety will work diligently this year to help ensure that you are safe, that your property is secure and that you can get to and from and around campus as easily and safely as possible. These dedicated staff members serve you in the form of our Campus Police, Transportation and Parking Services, Emergency Management Unit, Access Control, and the Environmental Health and Safety office. Whether you are new to UCO or a returning member of our community, you will notice construction taking place on campus. Construction on the new Forensic Science Institute facility is underway on what was a commuter parking lot along Second Street just east of Garland Godfrey Dr. To offset the loss of parking, UCO has constructed two new parking lots and acquired leased parking spaces just west of campus. These changes have resulted in more on-campus parking than this time last year. We encourage you to review the new campus parking map to find a parking lot that best serves your needs. All drivers are encouraged to find parking in the northern portions of campus where parking spaces are usually plentiful and only a short walk to the interior of the campus. We are also pursuing new transportation initiatives including our nationally recognized Bum-ABike program thgt allows you to borrow a bicycle for no cost. Emergency preparedness is taken seriously at UCO. We were one of only a small number of campuses nationwide to receive a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help us make UCO a disaster resistant campus. We were also one of the first to appoint a full-time emergency management coordinator and to this day, are still the only campus in the region with a person dedicated to this important function. UCO is developing a nationwide reputation for emergency preparedness and will continue to work hard so that when a crisis does occur, losses are minimized and the campus is restored to its normal operations as quickly as possible. I encourage you to review the Emergency Procedures guidelines that are located in red binders across campus including classrooms and labs. This information is also available in a booklet which can be obtained from the Campus Police (Public Safety) building or by calling 974-2219. New this year is the availability of the video, "Shots Fired on Campus." This twenty-minute video will be shown during orientations, including Stampede Week on August 21st in the Nigh University Center. It will also be available for showing to class groups, residential groups, student organizations and others upon request. You can request a viewing of this important video by calling 974-2219. If you have questions about safety or security activities on our campus please call us at 974-2345 or visit our web site at . You can access the current edition of our Annual Security Report which provides details on all campus public safety services via the "Quick Links" drop-down list on the main UCO web site. The new issue of this report will be available October 1st. Remember, safety and security are everyone's business. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need assistance or information. - Jeff Harp, Director of UCO DPS


Letter from the Student Body President Fellow Bronchos, Wow! Summer is almost over and the fall Semester is already here. Bronchos, this next year is going to bring some amazing opportunities to learn, have fun, and take pride in the UCO. From Stampede Week, Aug. 16 thru Aug. 22, to the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association Presidential Election Watch Party, Nov. 4, get ready for an amazing semester. UCOSA is the vehicle by which the Broncho student voice is heard. As your advocates we have worked through the summer to prepare for an exciting year of progress and challenge that will take us to the next level of success as a student body. You can expect many more opportunities to have your voice heard and to interact with UCOSA. That interaction will be followed by actions addressing the many concerns you have. From on-campus tobacco use to the scary turn at the corner of Bauman and Ayers, we will listen to the student voice and will work to ensure that those involved in making decisions hear it. We suggest that as you talk to your friends and get prepared to return to class, be sure to order your parking decals and pick up a map of the changes to on campus parking and check out the fun opportunities provided for you on the Student Life calendar.

Lastly, don't forget to come by your UCOSA office on the first floor of the Nigh University Center and find out the amazing things we have in store this next year. We would love to see you at our beginning of the year kick-off, joint session, on Monday Aug. 25 in the Nigh University Center's Heritage Room at 1 p.m. You will hear the State of the Campus address, be introduced to the new UCOSA officers and presidential cabinet, and meet Oklahoma State Senator Clark Jolly and Representative Ken Miller. Hope you are enjoying the first few days of classes and I will see you on campus. John Bobb-Semple Student Body President o8'-o9' University Central Oklahoma Student Association


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- Greek Fair welcomes new Potentials By Lauren Lubbers

Staff Writer

CO's Greek Life Cornunity hosted the Greek air at Broncho Lake on fri onday. Representatives om 18 out of the 19 Greek h ouses were present to talk with other students who might be interested in the Greek community. They welcomed all students to learn more about the Greek Life and its individual chapters. Every fraternity and sorority set up their own booths in order to symbolize and represent what their house stands for and to introduce themselves to all new potential Greek Recruits. "The purpose of the Greek fair is so new students can get a first impression on what the Greek Life is all about and to give a glimpse into the lives of each house", Sig Tau Gamma fraternity member Hunter Scott, said.

membership in a Greek organization. All-in-all we had a really good time and I hope that all the students were able to come visit us to learn about the great opportunity available in UCO Greek Life," Jessica Schwab, director of Greek Life said.

The Greek Life community encourages any prospective students who might be interested in going through fraternity or sorority recruitment to contact the Greek Life office, located on All Greek representatives the second floor of the Nigh agreed that a primary purPhotos by Vista pose of the fair is to empha- University Center, or reach Photographer size how rewarding and fun them at (405) 974-2580. Ashley Smith the Greek system is to any The 19 Greek houses on college student. "UCO is a campus are: Acacia, Kappa great place to go to school, Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, but going Greek just makes it that much better," Kappa Sigma Nu, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Tau Kappa Sigma Fraternity Member pha, National Pan-Hellenic Epsilon, National PanTommy Olds, said. Council fraternities: Alpha Hellenic Sororities: Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma "The Greek Fair was a lot and Phi Beta Sigma, and Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and of fun, even with the rain. Pan-Hellenic sororities: Sigma Gamma Rho, MulWe were able to meet a lot Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha ticultural Greek Council of potential new members Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, and sororities: Sigma Lambda and share with them the Sigma Kappa. great things that come with Gamma and Phi Delta Al-


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New additions and renovations to most of the Greek houses occurred during the summer. UCO is a home to ten IFC and Pan- Hellenic Greek Houses. The IFC FrUCO is a home to ten IFC and Pan- Hellenic Greek Houses. The IFC Fraternities consist of ACACIA, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. The PanHellenic sororities include Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, and Sigma Kappa. "The renovations to existing properties and new properties that are being constructed around our campus translates to an exciting time of growth and opportunity for the UCO Greek system", says Greek Life Director, Jessica Schwabb. "Being that UCO's Greek system is still relatively young, this only proves the value of Greek membership and shows it is a lasting tradition." Continued, page 5



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974-3588 Purpose: A forum for discussing issues vital to

entation for international students is more basic, helping those students to be socially connected and plugged into UCO.

the positive welfare and self-image of black students at UCO.

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Assistant Director of Greek Life: Advisor: Dr. Jo McGuffin 974-23616 Purpose: We will reconcile students to Christ, transforming the university, the marketplace and the world. We will accomplish this by creating a Spirit-empowered community reflecting our philosophy of ministry and core values.

College Republicans Advisor: John Camey 974-5339 Purpose: To encourage and assist in the election of Republican candidates to local, state, and national office; formulate and coordinate programs aimed at involving college students in the Republican Party.

Creative Studies Writers' Institute (CSWI) Advisor: Dr. J. David Macey, Jr. 974-5641

Jessica Schwab works with the sororities and fraternities and their governing counsels. She also assists with recruitment, deals with rules and regulations, and helps plan events for Greek Life. Greek life is one of the many ways to get involved in college. Not only does it form connections with people from the university, but it also connects nationally through the organization of a fraternity or sorority. If you are interested in rushing, contact Greek Life as soon as possible. They are located on the second floor of Nigh University Center across from the bookstore. Purpose: To provide social, educational, and cul-

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Advisor: Mark Herrin 974-3141 Purpose: To promote and foster the finding of fellowship together for individual growth in the the church of one's own choice, and by rendering service by witnessing to other youth on and off the University of Central Oklahoma campus. Homecoming Activities Board

Young Democrats Advisor: Brad Morelli 974-3573 Purpose: To encourage and assist in the election of Democratic candidates to local, state, and national office; formulate and coordinate programs aimed at involving college students in the Democratic Party;

Director of Parking and Transportation: Mike Sokoff is the parking and transportation director for UCO. He insures that students, faculty, staff and visitors are able to access the Student Body Vice university facilities in a President: safe manner by utilizing Kaela Davis is the all transportation and Vice President of parking resources availUniversity of Central able. This department is Oklahoma Student As- primarily a public safety sociation (UCOSA). function. Since the campus is open, decals are isUCOSA is the bridge sued so that UCO police between the student body and staff. Davis is know who has the legal an advocate for higher right to park on campus. This protects UCO funding, safety, and community members' other issues that affect rights to parking. They the average student. also assist traffic control Davis also helps suwhen special events are pervise student activity held on campus. In effort meetings for campus to be more environmentimprovement, which is friendly, there are now student-formed. carpool parking lots available and programs that help students locate others living near them with the same schedule to share a ride to campus. There is also a Bum-ABike program that allows students, faculty and staff to check out a bike for two weeks free of charge to get around campus or commute.

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complaints on any persons or groups of people. Chris Snoddy administers the receiving of information against the persons accused. After receiving this information, both parties are given a chance to tell their side of the story. If the case is not dismissed, it goes before a committee that is composed both of members of student conduct and

Dir. of International Student Services: Dr. Dunham is in charge the admission of international students and arranging their pick-up when they arrive in the United States. International Student Services acts as a homeaway-from-home, offering support for students when they enroll, sign up for housing, etc. Ori-

and aid and assist member organizations in achieving these goals. For a complete list of UCO clubs and organizations, visit:

academic officer of the institution and oversees the colleges, library, Center for Professional and Distance Education, Office of Research and Grants, A+ Schools, Faculty Enhancement Center, American Democracy Project and the Centre for Global Competency. Also faculty hiring, welfare issues and conduct are managed by the Office of Academic Affairs, all of which Radke is in charge. The Office of Academic Affairs strives to help students learn to become better citizens by engaging them in transformative learning, improving their outcomes, enhancing their learning environment, and by supporting learning collaborations

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Roger Webb President of University of Central Oklahoma: As President of UCO, Roger Webb manages and directs the university. He performs many university functions such as developer, advisor, visionary, educator, mentor and most of all, leader to all of the faculty, staff and students on campus. By his vision, UCO will advance towards becoming an institution that provides a transformative learning experience for all students and challenges them to become elite leaders, community members, and citizens.

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he Street of Chowning, CO'S mini version of 'Greek Row", has welomed two new neighbors, CACIA and Alpha Xi elta. ACACIA house has ust been recently built and pha Xi has taken on the urchase and the renova'ons of the house which belonged to the former Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. While speaking with ACACIA president, Reg Alridge, he informed me that the new ACACIA house is finally finished and is already a home to many Acacia members. He said the house cost roughly around a million dollars to build. "There is still renovations to be done and furniture to be put in", Alridge said, "We expect everything will be done by IFC Rush week at the beginning of September."

currently have no renovation plans because all the work has already been done. " We do most of our work during the summer so we just got done renovating our kitchen!", says Alpha Gam President Kaela Davis. Sigma Nu Fraternity also is still currently in the process of house renovations. "We have had hard wood floors put in all throughout the downstairs of our house. The other renovations are cosmetic such as outside with the up keep of the volleyball pit", says President Clayton Drake. "We have been looking to rebuild these past years and it is still a goal for our house that will hopefully be reached within the next few years some time. " Sig Tau Fraternity has their

Another house also located on Chowning is the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, whose house was built in the early 1990's and costing more than $250,000 to build at the lime. Kappa Sigma President Paul Kernen says, "We are currently renovating the house in several different areas. We are building a new fence, getting all new carpet around the entire house, painting the house on the interior as well as the exterior, getting all new windows and siding for the house, and also remodeling the bedrooms as well." Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity also had their work cut out for them this past year and still have many plans. "We have completely re-done the floors in the kitchen and our laundry room. We replaced the carpet with new flooring and also put in new dark wood cabinets for more storage. We also plan on building our house a new deck", says PIKE President Logan Reynolds. "Also the fraternity is slowly but surely looking for a potential location to build a new house."

Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority just got finished with their house renovations. Their house, built in the late 1960's, will accommodate 28 girls to live in, and currently 21 do so. They

on painting the upstairs too. We have done work on the volleyball pit over the summer as well and all the work should be done by rush week."

The last, but certainly not least, is the fraternity of Tau Kappa Epsilon. They too have done several renovations. President Remington Butler says " We have started painting the downstairs living room and plan

chapter houses. Having a nice property can really make a sorority or fraternity house feel like home", says Schwab.

"I am honored to work with the organizations that exist on our campus and thrilled that they are able to make great strides with their

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Sigma Kappa Sorority, located on Chowning between Alpha Xi and Acacia, was built in the 1960's and can house up to 31 girls comfortably. Sigma Kappa President Rachel Woods, says "We are currently renovating the upstairs bathroom and we will also be doing several other house projects for our upcoming 50 year anniversary."

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Along with Acacia, Alpha Xi Delta is new to Chowning as well, which will allow anywhere from 28 to 31 girls to live in their new house! Alpha Xi Delta has taken over the former ATO house, which means many renovations have been made. Alpha Xi President, Chloe Campbell said, "We completely remodeled the house this summer. We replaced all of the flooring in the house, painted every room, replaced most of the drywall, fixed the wiring and plumbing, replaced the roof, remodeled the deck, and landscaping among other things." One of the other recently built houses is Delta Zeta, also located on Chowning. It`was built in December of 2006 and cost somewhere around a million and half dollars to build and furnish. " The alumni worked really hard for about ten years to save money and follow all the procedures you have to go through with our national housing corporation in order to get this new house", says Delta Zeta President Brandy Woodward. "Our new house is our home away from home and we are lucky to share it with all our amazing girls!"

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Lady Crew true blue By Lauren Lubbers

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UCO is home to over 200 different clubs, activities and events on and off campus, and the newest of these is Lady Crew, an all girl version of the Blue Crew. Lady Crew , just like Blue Crew, is a Broncho pride spirit group that works to increase student support and involvement on campus. "Our crew has been around for about four years but our goal for this year is to take it a lot more seriously than previous years and spice things up a bit," Darci Watson, co-captain for Lady Crew said. "I am very excited about the new upcoming year. I think getting more involved at UCO and in Edmond as a community is very important and I can't wait," Shae McLaughlin, co-captain said. "The new and improved Lady Crew is making a huge come back starting this fall," Watson said. "We will be participating in cheer, dance, football, basketball, wrestling, baseball and all other intramurals." "Lady Crew will also be participating in more campus activities and community service as well," Watson said. "There are currently four members who will be welcoming an additional eight girls for the newyear due to a maximum number regulation of twelve girls on the crew at a time." In order to promote more unity within the crew and recognition from other students, the new crew will be introducing their new uniforms consisting of khaki shorts and several new shirts that will be worn only by the ladies of the crew. The 2008-2009 Lady Crew will be holding tryouts to select new members at 4 p.m. today in Lillard Hall room 208A. For more information, contact Mclaughlin at 405229-627.

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

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