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August 28, 2007
COACH LANGSTON SUSPENDED by Andrew Knittle Staff Writer Nearly three weeks after receiving official notification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association regarding 10 alleged infractions of the governing body's bylaws, President Roger Webb suspended head football coach Chuck Langston for two weeks. The suspension began Aug. 20 and was announced in a press releasethe following day. "I am terribly disappointed in the football program," Webb said. "And the mistakes made by coach Langston and some former assistant coaches — who are no longer with UCO — are an embarrassment to the university." According to an Aug. 21 press release, Langston also will be banned from off-campus recruiting for the next year. Langston's suspension and ban from off-campus recruiting stem from a laundry list of infractions the NCAA alleges occurred during the past five seasons, most occurring between 2003 and 2005. The most recent alleged infraction occurred in May 2007, according to the NCAA report. When asked if the university would take further disciplinary action against Langston pending UCO's own investigation, spokesman Charlie Johnson said it was too early to say. What Johnson said next, however, may or may not bode well for Langston. But, he added, "I think we made it pretty clear [in the Aug. 21 press release] that all coaches and personnel here at UCO will follow all NCAA rules and regulations." "We have the option to continue to review the information presented by the NCAA, and may determine that additional self-imposed penalties are necessary to correct infractions ofNCAA bylaws," Johnson said. "We may find more. The inquiry we are doing internally continues."
Johnson said no one else at UCO has been suspended or firedbecause ofthe allegations. "The assistant coaches who were allegedly involved in some of this stuff [possible NCAA infractions], they're not here, they're gone," Johnson said. Mike Kirk, a spokesman for UCO's Athletic Department, said he couldn't comment on the alleged NCAA infractions due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. According to the NCAA Notice of Allegations, which the university received Aug. 3, the football program is alleged to have broken a host of NCAA bylaws, including making "institutional payments totaling $4,772" to pay for the surgery of a prospect before the player was enrolled at UCO. Some prospects also were allowed to use sports medicine services provided by the UCO before they were students, the report stated. Additionally, the football program is accused of paying for housing, food, transportation and even remedial classes at Rose State College for prospects not enrolled at UCO, which are all violations of NCAA bylaws. The university itself was put on notice by the NCAA, who allege that UCO "failed to exercise institutional control" over the practices of the football team, according to the NCAA report. Athletic Director Bill Farley, who was acting in the same capacity during the time the alleged infractions occurred, named Defensive Coordinator Steve Patterson interim head coach while Langston serves his 14-day suspension. As for President Webb, he Vista Archives said that while finding his school's Athletic Department Coach Chuck Langston was suspended Aug. 20 by university President Roger Webb for alleged NCAA infractures. in hot water with the NCAA may be uncharted territory for him as head of the university, all of our coaches and ath- now back on the right track." www.thevistaonline.com . until Nov. 2 to respond to he remained optimistic about letic programs," Webb said. To view a copy of the But for now, Langston the NCAA allegations. the future of UCO athletics. "And I have every confidence NCAA Notice of Allegations, is due to return to the "I am extremely proud of that the football program is visit The Vista's Web site at team Sept. 3 and UCO has Andrew Knittle can be reached at email@example.com.
UCO freshmen Hockey captain arrested as Social Host learn the ropes by Andrew Knittle Staff Writer
by Hannah Jackson Staff Writer The first week of school always brings a scurry of students scattered across campus. Upper classmen drift casually to buildings knowing precisely which room to go to, which professors to take and where to eat lunch. Freshmen find it more difficult to locate their buildings, have yet to conceive what makes a 'good professor' and are often subjected to 'cafeteria food'. Logan Agan, biology major, sits outside West Hall relaxing alone at a table. She seems too calm to be a freshman — she's neither late nor stressed. She graduated from Harrah High School
and is taking 15 hours this semester as well as doing on-campus research with Dr. Vaughn. Agan believes that college is not as difficult as other students make it seem. "I just study a lot," she said. "I think a lot of people make it harder because they don't want to study." In the Business Building, students sit along the walls of corridors waiting for the 10 a.m. classes to dismiss. Perhaps the eagerness to be 20 minutes early stems from a harsh tardy policy, or perhaps, and more likely, it's just because it's the first couple weeks of school. Josh Hartley, a criminal
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Andrew "AJ" Alfrey, captain of the UCO Hockey team, was thrown in the city of Edmond's penalty box, aka jail, early Aug. 24 for allegedly violating the city's now infamous Social Host ordinance. Edmond police were originally called to Alfrey's East 15th Street apartment, where a party was going on, in response to a domestic disturbance. But when Officer Jason Kushmaul arrived, he found numerous minors consuming alcohol instead. After Kushmaul determined the domestic disturbance to be a false alarm, the officer stated in his report that he investigated the party going on inside Alfrey's residence and found that 12 underage partygoers had been consum-
Andrew Alfrey ing alcohol, which placed the hockey player in violation of the Social Host ordinance. When the officer asked Alfrey why he "knowingly" allowed so many minors to drink at his apartment, the team captain gave an honest answer, though not one
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that will get him off in court. "We're all hockey players," Alfrey told the officer, "and that's what we do to bond as a team." Unmoved by the response, the officer placed Alfrey under arrest shortly thereafter and transported the student to the Edmond Jail for processing. Craig McAlister, coach of the UCO Hockey team, said he wouldn't decide on any disciplinary action regarding Alfrey until he completes his own investigation, but added he wasn't thrilled to learn that his team leader had been arrested as a social host. "Naturally, you're not happy when anything like that happens to your team, especially when it's your leader," McAlister said. McAlister said he plans to educate his team, many
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of whom are from cities and states where "social host" laws aren't in place, as he hopes to avoid more situations like the minor-filled party at Alfrey's apartment. As for the effect Alfrey's arrest will have on the hockey team's season, which kicks off Sept. 21, McAlister said he wasn't too concerned. "I don't think this will be a big distraction," he said, "unless we make it into one." Alfrey is at least the sixth UCO student to be arrested for violating the city of Edmond's Social Host ordinance in the past month, according to police reports.
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August 28, 2007
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Editor's Note: Hey Nike, shut up! After former Falcon's quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to an array of charges related to financing and participating in organized dog fighting last week, everybody - from the NFL to PETA - seemed to have something to say about the disgraced football player. The Falcon's owner, Arthur Blank, said that Vick needs counseling and hasn't yet cut the star due to the huge financial stakes involved in regard to the Falcons and Vick. The NFL suspended Vick without pay immediately following his plea agreement, and league commissioner Roger Goodell called the quarterback's actions "not only illegal but also cruel and reprehensible." From a moral and public relations point of view, everything seems to be in order, at least as far as Blank and Goodell are concerned. And then we have Nike and its comments following the announcement that the sports apparel company would be severing their ties with Vick after he pleaded guilty to dog-fighting charges in federal court. Part of the statement from Nike is as follows: "Nike has terminated our contract with Michael Vick following yesterday's release of details of his plea. As we
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Wruz. NpAu %It have said in previous statements, we consider any cmelty to animals inhumane, abhorrent and unacceptable." This sounds all well and good, but let us not forget about Nike and their business practices that some out there view as "inhumane," "abhorrent" and "unacceptable." Maybe the shoe company needs to examine just how it is their products are manufactured before they jump on the high horse and talk about Vick. For years, Nike has used cheap labor in some of the poorest countries in the world, including Vietnam and other impoverished Asian nations.
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Some of the sweatshops were/are run like prisons, usually with young women staffing them because they are seen as easily controlled and intimidated. Does Nike's moral imperative extend only to animals? What about the people who slave away in Asian sweatshops to make the new Jordans, or whatever shoes the kids want these days? Speaking out against men like Vick, who was no doubt cruel and brutal to the pit bulls he employed in dog fighting operations, is fine and dandy. Nike, on the other hand, shouldn't be allowed to do so. The Vista is published as a newspaper and public forum by UCO students, semi-weekly during the academic year except exam and holiday periods, and on Thursdays only during summer, at the University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034. Telephone: (405) 974-5549. The issue price is free for the first copy and $1 for each additional copy obtained.
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The company's well-documented use of sweatshops and other sleazy business practices should preclude them from saying too much when it comes to condemning men like Vick and their "abhorrent" actions. So, hey Nike, just tell the public you and Vick won't be doing business anymore, but leave all the talk about caring about animals out of the equation. If Nike really cared about animals, then they wouldn't use sweatshops. Remember that the next time you buy a $150 pair of shoes that a teenage girl made for less than a dollar.
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August 28, 2007
International students summon first council meeting by Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer
The International Student Council (ISC) had its first meeting for the semester Aug. 20 at the Robert S. Kerr Room in the Nigh University Center. A majority of international student organization representatives, which represent an array of nations, were present to discuss plans for the rest of the year. ISC president Jonathan Nazari welcomed the student organizations and briefed the members about the activities that had taken place at the beginning of the semester, such as international student orientation. "The fall events are important for the ISC and we look forward to having some great events this semester," said. Nazari. ISC members Ilia Pant, Sony K.C., Ashraf Jaleel, Azeem Syed, Ryan Korn and Nazari participated at Tulakes Elementary School's International Day held in May. All received an Excellence in Service Awards for representing UCO and their respective countries at the event. "We represented UCO and shared the culture of our countries with the teachers and students on their International Day. They were excited espe-
cially when we wrote their names in our native language. I felt proud to be representing my country and UCO, which itself was an award for me," said Syed. He hopes that student organizations will be more active this semester and participate in the event planning and presentation. The fall semester is important for the ISC as it marks some of their most important programs, including the International Festival and World Cup Soccer. According to Jalal Daneshfar, adviser to the ISC, the International Festival has been scheduled for Oct. 26 this year instead of in November. "We had to change the time because of hall bookings and such details," said Daneshfar. The International Festival involves dance, music and food from all country student organizations and is one of UCO's hallmark events. It is held only in the fall semester and almost 3,000 visitors are expected this year. World Cup Soccer is another hallmark event where teams from different countries and regions meet to participate in the game, interact and compete in the finals. The Soccer season lasts all semester with the tournament beginning on Sept. 7. "We encourage different
FRESHMEN from page 1 justice major, who graduated from St. Mary's (a private school in Oklahoma City) sits on the first floor, helping to hold up the wall. He is surprised at how many classes have an attendance policy. Hartley is working 24 hours a week, but he isn't worried about the workload - he said that his classes were simple and boring. He said that although there's more reading and preparation, there seems to be less homework. "It's a lot different from High School," he said "They are more open. They don't care if you leave, or sleep." Melanie Welch, an art major, strides across campus toward her dorm. She gradu-
ated from Lone Grove High School and found the first week of class to be moderate. "Some classes are difficult. Some are starting out pretty easy," she said. Welch's first art class is a drawing class, which incorporates a lot more textbook work than she'd imagined. Although it's less hands-on than she expected, Welch is obviously enjoying her first weeks at UCO. Aside from classes and schedules, freshmen seem to be enjoying their initial campus experience. Except, perhaps, the cafeteria food. "I've eaten chicken strips every single day for every single meal. But it's not bad -- I'm not too picky." Hartley said.
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Students look over the agenda for the first International Student Council meeting of the 2007-2008 school year on Monday, Aug. 20.
countries and regions to create their own team and register by Sept. 5," said Daneshfar who advises and coaches the teams. The practice matches for soccer this semester will be held in Plunkett Park, which is an upgrade from the fields where it was held last spring.
Committees were formed for the various events at the very first meeting for the International Festival, World Cup Soccer, Fall Break Trip and Graduation Reception. According to the committee members, meetings and work distribution for the
events start immediately. The university has also increased ISC's budget for the semester from $25,000 to $27,000, according to Daneshfar, which the Council hopes to put to productive use. The ISC was awarded the Organization
Award for Outstanding Commitment to Diversity at the 2007 President's Club Leadership Awards Banquet.
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OLD NORTH LOCKED DOWN FOR ONGOING CONSTRUCTION by Aaron Wright Managing Editor Students walking on the west side of campus may notice large fences and piles of steel by the university's oldest building. Construction began for a new phase in the development of Old North in January 2007. During this phase the building was stabilized and a new roof was put on, according to David Stapleton, director of Architectural and Engineering Services. After the completion of the first phase, planning for the second, which would fix the interior structure of the building, began. "Old North is a sad story," said Stapleton, as he explained the issues the building is giving him when it comes to being renovated. He said the floors are like trampolines because the wood beams have become deformed, giving the floor a bouncy step. Stapleton said the reason for this unstable infrastructure is the materials inside. Back when construction was started on the building, over 114 years ago, the workers used whatever materials they could obtain from the train that passed through town. If they needed a 30-foot pole for a floor, they would combine a 10-foot pole with a 20-foot pole, if needed, to reach their desired height.
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Renovati6ns continue for Old North.
This improvisation led to structural issues down the road, however. Stapleton said the university has hired engineering firms to examine the interior of the building. Because the building has
faced the threat of being destroyed approximately every 30 years in its past, Stapleton said the university wants to make sure the project is properly completed and within their budget. This time around, there
are big plans for Old North. Stapleton said plans for the building include constructing an addition where the air system, extra toilets and other building necessities would be kept. The addition would be linked to the main building by a glass walkway, which would stay lit up at night. An amphitheater facing Plunkett Park and connected to Old North is also an idea for the future. Stapleton said the university is currently considering using the building as faculty offices. There would be a few specialty classrooms as well. He said the classrooms would fit into the theme of the building and also be equipped with cutting-edge technology. A museum or art gallery for the top floor is also in the plans. However, to complete a building like this, the university would have to raise $4 million in addition to the $4 million already raised. Stapleton said money is usually received through fund-raising done by the foundation, the administration or the state government. "It's going to be a very Good building," said Stapleton, "It's just unfortunately going to take us a little longer than we thought."
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More women dying during childbirth, research shows by AP Writer U.S. women are dying from childbirth at the highest rate in decades, new government figures show. Though the risk of death is very small, experts believe increasing maternal obesity and a jump in Caesarean sections are partly to blame. Some numbers crunchers note that a change in how such deaths are reported also may be a factor. "Those of us who look at this a lot say it's probably a little bit ofboth," said Dr. Jetirey King, an obstetrician who led a recent New York state review of maternal deaths. The U.S. maternal mortality rate rose to 13 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2004, according to statistics released this week by the National Center for Health Statistics. The rate was 12 per 100,000 live births in 2003 _ the first time the maternal death rate rose above 10 since 1977. To be sure, death from childbirth remains fairly rare in the United States. The death of infants is much more common _ the nation's infant mortality rate was 679 per 100,000 live births in 2004. Maternal deaths were a much more common tragedy long ago. Nearly one in every 100 live births resulted in a mother's death as recently as 90 years ago. But the fact that maternal deaths are rising at all these days is shocking, said Tim Davis, a Virginia man whose wife Elizabeth died after childbirth in 2000. "The hardest thing to understand is how in this day and age, in a modern hospital with doctors and nurses, that -somebody can just die like that," he said. Some health statisticians
note the total number ofmaternal deaths _ still fewer than 600 each year _ is small. It's so small that 50 to 100 extra deaths could raise the rate, said Donna Hoyert, a health scientist with the National Center for Health Statistics. The rate is the number of deaths per 100,000 live births. In 2003, there was a change in death certificate questions in the nation's most populous state, California, as well as Montana and Idaho. That may have resulted in more deaths being linked to childbirth _ enough push up the 2003 rate, Hoyert said. Some researchers point to the rising C-section rate, now 29 percent of all births far higher than what public health experts say is appropriate. Like other surgeries, Caesareans come with risks related to anesthesia, infections and blood clots. "There's an inherent risk to C-sections," said Dr. Elliott Main, who co-chairs a panel reviewing obstetrics care in California. "As you do thousands and thousands of them, there's going to be a price." Excessive bleeding is one of the leading causes of pregnancy-related death, and women with several previous C-sections are at especially high risk, according to areview of maternal deaths in New York. Blood vessel blockages and infections are among the other leading causes. Experts also say obesity may be a factor. Heavier women are more prone to diabetes and other complications, and they may have excess tissue and larger babies that make a vaginal delivery more problematic. That can lead to more C-sections. "It becomes this sort of snowball effect," said King, who is now medical diret-
tor of maternal-fetal medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The age of mothers could be a factor, too. More women are giving birth in their late 30s and 40s, when complications risks are greater. Other characteristics of the maternal mortality rate include: Race: Studies have found that the maternal death rate in black women is at least three times greater than is it is for whites. Black women are more susceptible to complications like high blood pressure and are more likely to get inadequate prenatal care. Quality of care: Three different studies indicate at least 40 percent of maternal deaths could have been prevented. Sometimes, there is no clear explanation for a woman's death. Valerie Scythes, a 35-yearold elementary schoolteacher, died in March at a hospital in New Jersey _ the state with the highest Caesarean section rate. She had had a C-section, as did another teacher at the same school who died after giving birth at the same hospital two weeks later. However, Scythes died of a blocked blood vessel and the other woman died from bleeding, said John Baldante, a Philadelphia attorney investigating the death for Scythes' family. "I'm not sure there was any connection between the two deaths," Baldante said. Also mysterious was the death of Tim Davis' 37-yearold wife, Elizabeth, who died a day after a vaginal delivery at a Danville, Va., hospital in September 2000. She had a heart attack after a massive blood loss, Davis said. It's not clearly known what caused the heavy bleed-
In this handout photo from Tim Davis his wife Elizabeth is shown with their son Jacob during a trip to Virginia beach in August 2000. She was pregnant at the time and died a month later after the birth of the child. U.S. women are dying from childbirth at the highest rate in decades, new government figures show. Though the risk of death is very small, experts believe increasing maternal obesity and a jump in Caesarean sections are partly to blame.
ing. There was no autopsy, he said, a decision he now regrets. Two previous births had gone well. "Nothing led us to believe anything was wrong with this
pregnancy. She was like a picture of health," he continued, noting she had been a YMCA fitness instructor. A lawsuit against the hospital ended in a settle-
ment. Davis also sued the obstetrician, but a jury ruled in the doctor's favor.
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'Prevention Oriented Campus' aims to prevent school violence by Lyndsay Gillum Copy Editor
UCO will join forces with several state agencies on the "Prevention Oriented Campus," a project aimed at helping Oklahoma campuses better deal with people with mental health and addiction disorders. The "Prevention Oriented Campus" aims to help universities and colleges develop on-campus support and recovery services to reduce the social stigma surrounding these disorders and to prevent catastrophic events like the Virginia Tech shootings that killed 33 people last spring. As quoted in an article on NewsOK.com , Executive Vice President Steve Kriedler said, "This was a direct result of that. Short of hand-patting down every person that walks on campus all day, every day, the best gains you can get are on the preventive side." UCO is partnering with the Oklahoma chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Oklahoma Mental Health Consumer Council, Gov. Brad Henry's Campus Life Safety and Security Task Force, and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and SubstanceAbuse Services. Partners will offer training to campus employees and students at differing levels. Each
level is designed to help with the prevention of negative campus events that are a result of unidentified or untreated mental health or addiction issues. Also, a steering committee will be set up on the selected campus to guarantee that the execution of the plan is consistent with the unique cultures and needs of the university, as well as searching for future opportunities to endorse a healthy and productive learning atmosphere. "Although training is an essential partofthe 'Prevention Oriented Campus' project, there is an array of critical elements needed to encourage and support recovery as a natural part of the campus environment," said Dr. Bruce Lochner, assistant vice president for the Department of Student Affairs and the director of Student Counseling. Institutional qualifications required by state agencies to participate as a partner in the project included a self-administered campus security force, on-site health services, a school owned and operated housing presence, and a willingness on the part of campus administration and faculty members to develop the program and assign a steering committee. "Additional critical elements that the campus will be assisted in identifying or
"Prevention Oriented Campus" sets out to help universities to develop on-campus support and recovery services, to reduce stigma surrounding mental health and addiction disorders and to help prevent incidents like the Virginia Tech shootings.
developing will include a peer support network, a full spectrum of health services available, involvement of family and friends, and an
external network of community supports," Lochner said. Through its history of collaborative efforts and ideal university commu-
nity, UCO qualified as an ideal partner in the development of "Prevention Oriented Campus" for the state, Lochner said.
For additional information, contact Lochner at 974-2251. Lyndsay Gillum can be reached at Igillum@thevistaonline.com .
Education Dept. receives grant for bilingual teaching by Lyndsay Gillum Copy Editor
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales pauses while announcing his resignation at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Aug. 27, 2007. Gonzales, the nation's first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday, ending a standoff with congressional critics over his honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department.
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Dr. April Haulman, professor of Cirriculum and Instruction for the College of Education and Professional Studies, was recently awarded a $1.3 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education to help assist the Supporting Excellence Education for Diverse Students project. The SEEDS project will work to establish and improve a widespread evaluation model for assessing the impact of UCO's teacher preparation program on the academic achievement of English language learners. Effective this fall, the funds will be used to help execute more progress within UCO's Bilingual/Teaching English as a Second Language program [TESL]. SEEDS will also aim to improve the qualifications of secondary-content teachers in the metro area by providing a Master's of Education degree in Bilingual Education/TESL. "The award will provide professional development opportunities to teacher education faculty in the area of teaching English as a second
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Language. She has received numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Education for her work, including two in 2000 for '$1.8 million. According to the National Association for Bilingual Education Web site, "experience has shown that well designed and well implemented school programs can make a critical difference for students." Studies show that bilingual education - when well designed and well implemented is an effective approach for teaching second language learners. "Teaching English is among the main goals of every bilingual program in the U.S., along with promoting long-term academic achievement in English and enabling students to develop fluent bilingualism and biliteracy." learners for over 30 years. Scheduled to begin this She has worked as a teacher fall, funds for SEEDS will in bilingual education, ESL, be dispersed over a five-year Spanish, and worked in class- period. For more information, rooms at the elementary, contact Haulman at 974-5139. secondary and adult education and university levels. Haulman's specialty is in Teacher Education for Lyndsay Gillum can be reached Bilingual Education and at Igillum@thevistaonline.com . Teaching English as a Second language," Haulman said. "This will help our teacher education candidates be more skilled and better prepared for working with nonEnglish speaking students after they have graduated." Dr. Haulman has been a professional educator involved in programs serving English language t, t,
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GOD'S WARRIORS Vista gains new adviser COME TO UCO by Aaron Wright
She's giving The Vista a redesign. Julie Clanton began her first full semester as new adviser by painting the previously white walls of her new office bright green. Clanton has plans to give The Vista the same type of lift. Her love for design began when she worked for the "Enid News and Eagle" as news designer, one of the three jobs she held there. She continued her work with the laying out of pages at the "Tulsa Tulsa World, Clanton was World" where she also served able to • cover these major as news designer until 2005. events and others such as However,hertime atUCO is the September 11 attacks what jump-started the journey. and Hurricane Katrina. "It was a really exciting "It was here that I really developed a passion for working experience workjournalism," said Clanton. ing for a newspaper durClanton spent time as a ing those events," she said. reporter and then as manag- Clanton remembers how ing editor at The Vista while the entire staff came togethworking on her degree in jour- er to make sure that events nalism. She left for the "Enid were thoroughly covered News & Eagle" in 1999, the and presented to the public. Her desire to share year she finished her degree. her feelings and experiA year later, she moved to ences in her career field is Tulsa. It was during this time one of the reasons she was that Clanton received an Associated Press award for excited to take the posiher Webbers Falls bridge col- tion as adviser to The Vista. "Hopefully, I can pass on lapse front page design. She the passion I feel for journalalso won an AP award for her ism to students here," she front page layout of the space said. Clanton said she thinks shuttle Columbia disaster. In her five years at the journalism is and always will
be an important profession. The Vista plays a role in not just her life, but the experience of her husband, also a former staffer. Clanton said that it was at The Vista that he realized his calling as a photographer. She said he was a writer and happened to fill in for a photographer. "Something just clicked," Clanton said. Although some aspects of The Vista have changed since her time here, Clanton said she believes the basis is still the same. "It looks different, but the soul of it is still the same," she said. Clanton completed a master's degree at UCO in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She said she would like to continue her education someday, whether that be with another master's degree or a doctorate degree. For now though, she says she's content advising The Vista, teaching Media Writing and sharing her passion for journalism with students.
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SOCIAL HOST LAWS NET THREE MORE ARRESTS by Justin Langston by Vista photographer Chris Albers
Christian dertiostrator Elizabeth Woroniecki spreads her message to §tUdents IWonday; August 27.
by Aaron Wright
Managing Editor The sister waved a banner reading the verse John 12:25 from the Bible which says, "He who loves his life will lose it." The brother waving a similar yellow flag shouted at the crowd of students who had gathered to listen, that Jesus is the way for them to leave their empty lives. Christians and non-believers alike came out to defend their Christian lifestyle or to debate the theories the demonstrators were giving. As one student came up to ask an argumentative question, the brother completely ignored her. The student had printed off research about them and wanted to question their funding issues. After trying to get the siblings' attention a couple of times, she walked off with a frustrated yell to them. "That's why we don't answer questions," said Joshua Woroniecki. He explained that he and his sister Elizabeth travel fulltime to college campuses to share their message. "We're just trying to tell people to get away, pick up a new testament and really start to seek the living Jesus," said Joshua. "We're here for the one person," said Elizabeth. She continued by quoting a scripture with Jesus saying, "He who has ears, let them hear." Joshua said they appear
on college campuses because there are a lot of people. He said downtowns have disappeared and this is one of the only places where there are masses of people. Elizabeth also said that people are at a vulnerable age. People continued to flock in to ask questions to the Woroniecki's. One person questioned why they felt they had to be so extreme and preach hell-fire and brimstone. "This isn't even close to extreme," said Joshua. "A man was raised from the dead. This is adequate." When asked if they get along with the other Christians on campus, Joshua replied that they don't. "Not at all," he said with emphasis. He said there are some hypocrites that just say they believe in Jesus with their mouths and not their lives. He said Christians can't serve two masters and college is training to serve the world. "There's something better than the little utopia world you live in called college," said the brother. Jesse Leper, an English Education freshman, told his story to the two protestors. He said he spent his summer living a homeless lifestyle in Kansas City. He said he spent time ministering to the homeless. It was then that he realized the importance of an education. Leper said that is why he came back to UCO, to empower
people with education. "If you think about it, it doesn't contradict God," said Leper to the Woroniecki's. "It (college) screams his existence." Lyndsay Adams, a Photographic Arts freshman said that while she agreed with some things theprotestors were saying, it was hard to completely stomach their claims. "I mean, they are saying that jobs are horrible, but Jesus was a carpenter," she said. Many students also expressed frustration with the fact that the protestors refused to answer and reply to their questions and inquiries. Many times they simply walkedaway from the inquisitive crowd. "You have to define a question," said Joshua. "I'm not out here to quarrel with people." The background of the Woroniecki siblings remains a mystery. The only information the pair gave out was that the eight members of their family traveled to college campuses to preach their message. They claimed that the Kingdom of God was their home. "Maybe we are wrong. Maybe we're a couple of lunatics," said Joshua. "But bottom-line, the message is the same. It's about the truth of the Gospel."
what appeared to be a party going on inside the home. When Lakin knocked on the door, Weaver answered and the officer stated in the report that he noticed around 10 people inside the residence. Weaver identified himself as a resident and, according to the police report, Lakin noticed he "appeared to be under 21 years old" and that he could "smell an odor of alcohol on his breath and person." After investigating briefly, Lakin concluded that nobody attending the party was over the age of 21. All three of the residents were placed
Staff Writer UCO students, Spencer Weaver, Justin Early and Brian Eastman, were arrested early Aug. 19 for violating Edmond's Social Host Laws, after police broke up a house party at their residence. According to police reports, Edmond Police officer Paul Lakin was dispatched to the 400 block of Jackson at the Clegern intersection in reference to cars blocking access to Jackson. Upon arrival, Lakin noticed lights on at 420 Jackson and
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Kleeman and Remy-Schumacher win Neely Awards by Alex Gambill Staff Writer
Two UCO professors were each given a Neely Excellence in Teaching award along with $1,000 Aug. 14 at the annual General Faculty Meeting in Constitution Hall. Dr. Kole Kleeman, Department Mass Communications, and Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher, School of Music, were the recipients of the award for their outstanding role as educators and mentors. The award was created in honor of El Roy C. Neely and Lucile Hawker Neely. Their son and UCO alumnus, Dr. J. Gail Neely, established the endowment in 1998.
Each candidate was urged to apply for the nomination by his or her department chairperson. "I urged Dr. Kleeman to apply because of his excellent teaching, and he did so. He was selected both on the basis of recommendations, and because of his excellent work with students in several classes," said Dr. Terry Clark, chairperson ofthe Department on Mass Communication. This year being Kleeman's eleventh year of teaching, he said he's really made an impact on his current and former students. "I try to have very interesting and engaging classes emphasizing transformative learning in the media envi-
ronment," Kleeman said. Though RemySchumacher teaches cello and chamber music her teaching style is not that far off from Kleeman's. They both emphasize having an engaging relationship with their students. "While I believe that it is important that the teacher is a role model and has to set the standards for students to follow like a good parent, I do not believe in hierarchies. I trust and believe in a constructive process of working together as colleagues," Remy-Schumacher said. "It is not about judging, control, and power. For me, teaching is about creating opportunities, knowledge, and providing insight which a student
Dr. Kole Kleeman addresses his Intro to Mass Communication students Thursday, August 23. Kleem4n recently recieved the Neely award for excellence in teaching.
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would not be able to achieve without a teacher," she added. "I think the proof of my work is in the students' performances in my classes and out of my classes. This award mean so much that the university, my students and my peers believe that I make a difference at UCO," Kleeman said. In his upper level classes he regularly takes his students to seminars and other events to give papers and talk about their research. "For instance, in my Victims in the Media Seminar, I've taken students to the Society for Professional Journalists to talk about our Victims in the Media unit. They were an integral part of the seminar that we did here teaching about trauma and emotional injury at UCO in 2004," he said. Kleeman said he's had former students thanking him for their success. One former student wrote him saying that the seminar classes with Kleeman really helped prepare him for law school. "This award is a splendid way to start the semester. I got $1,000...1 already spent it on clothes for work," he said. Remy-Schumacher said she was very touched to be awarded amongst so many outstanding faculty members in the School of Music. "I believe that my colleagues and I all share the desire that all students pursue excellence as professionals and human beings. We want them to reach full potential in every way possible, to be successful, productive and very happy human beings
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Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher, School of Music, received the Neely award for excellence.
with a very fulfilled profes- many challenging times." She said she has never sional and personal life." She sees her students as worked at a college that a family. She says she not works as tightly together and only has concerns about as supportive of everyone as their class performance, the UCO School of Music. "I have worked in many but also about their lives. "My husband lives in a other departments as a visitdifferent state and we do not ing artist, and I know my have children, so I kind of colleagues agree when I say `adopt the students' as my that the atmosphere in our Oklahoma family," she said. School of Music is unique. At "Like my colleagues, I am all times I have tried to conextremely dedicated to the tribute the best to this team." well being and process of the students and the School of Music," she said. "We Alex Gambill can be reached at work as a team, and we have email@example.com . succeeded together through
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August 28, 2007
Stampede Week is a Riot!
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A PIECE OF OKLAHOMA'S JOURNALISTIC PAST
The 31st annual Oklahoma Press Association Convention, held May 12 through May 14, 1922, in Ponca City.
A story of the men and women who, each day, sought to make sense of the events taking place around them; who worked to record history, and who tried to inform; who spent their lives - and sometimes their fortunes telling the story of their time.
Part 1: Recording Oklahoma's history BY M. SCOTT CARTER The story of Oklahoma's newspapers - much like the story of Oklahoma, itself - is a story of people. A tale of saints and scoundrels. A tale of the titans and the timid. A story of the men and women who, each day, sought to make sense of the events taking place around them; who worked to record history and who tried to inform; who spent their lives - and sometimes their fortunes telling the story of their time. With little more than 100 years separating our beginnings from the present day, the story of Oklahoma's newspapers isn't found in some ancient, dust-covered volume tucked away in the far corner of a little used library; but, instead, our history is alive, written in the faces of those who practice the craft of newspaper publishing today. It's a story rich in characters - and as varied and unique as the landscape of Oklahoma, the 46th state. It's a story that begins, not in 1889 with the white settlement of the land known as Indian Territory, but almost half a century earlier with the natives - the Cherokees. Born in Tahlequah on Sept. 26, 1844, and printed in both English and Cherokee, Oklahoma's first true newspaper was the Cherokee Advocate.
who, according to newspaper' ambitious settlers and a growhistorian L. Edward Carter, ing, oil-based economy, that "set a high style of journal- ignited the spark that would ism... that was hard totriatat63 ,-M14967 TieediTie statehood. "Once the settlers came, At 23, Ross - the . nep ew of Cherokee '(tli.f Mien people started' talking John Ross - was a gradu- about statehood," Michener ate of Princeton and, by all said. "Then the news-papers began talking about stateaccounts, a remarkable hood. After that it took off" "Ross was a feat With the founding of each sharp and crusading editor, Carter wrote in The Story"of new town another newspaper Oklahoma Newspapers. "He was born, and those newspawrote well and he worded his pers were the only large vehicle editorial criticism careful." for distributing information. "Keep in mind that thouAnd he understood just how powerful anewspapercouldbe. sands of people moved to "Ross devoted the first Oklahoma from other placissue (of his newspaper) es that had newspapers," to an explanation of the Michener said. "The overall Cherokee government and truth is that a majority of the its departments," Carter people had access to newspawrote. "The front pages pers. They were used to the of the first and subsequent newspapers in other states." With settlers, money and issues often were filled with essay material, agricultural those who were willing to information and anecdotes." take a risk backing the idea, The Advocate was, the number of Oklahoma for all purposes, the only newspapers began to grow mass produced information quickly, much like mushsource in Indian Territory. rooms after a spring rain. Along with the Advocate While the Advocate has the distinction of being the and the Telegraph, the Creek state's first newspaper, it Nation followed the trend was only four years later - of tribal publishing in 1875 in 1848 - that the Choctaw with the Indian Progress. That newspaper, Carter Telegraph appeared in Doaksville. That publication, wrote, was the first ofthe state's like the Advocate, was spon- "boomer" papers - publicasored by a Native American tions that "boomed" (or protribe, the Choctaw Nation. moted) the opening of Indian According to Judith Territory to homesteaders. Edited by Elias C. Michener, an assistant oral historian with the Oklahoma Boudinot, the Progress pushed Historical Society, commu- for the white settlement of nication was very important Indian Territory - much to the to the Native Americans. chagrin of the Creek tribe. "The Creeks learned quickly that Boudinot was in the pay of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad," Carter said. "The railroads had become the loudest advocates of opening the sparsely-settled Indian lands to settlers." And the Creeks were not happy about being duped. Following a hastily called "One of the first things tribal meeting in late 1875, a community needed was Creek leaders demanded a newspaper," she said. the removal of the newspaStill, the Native Americans per's building and equipweren't the only ones who ment from Creek soil. Boudinot was out of a job. recognized the power of the Sensing trouble, the former printed word. By the time of the land run of 1889, his- publisher "loaded the printing torical records show there plant on wagons and took were about 27 active news- it (the newspaper) to Vinita papers in Indian Territory. in the Cherokee Nation." Leery of tribal-sponsored It was those papers, coupled with the thousands of publica-tions, but realizing
"Each land opening was to become a race to see which newspaper would come out first..." Edward L. Carter A descendant of the Cherokee Tribe's first newspaper - the Cherokee Phoenix, which was published in Georgia more than 20 years before - the Advocate was printed in Tahlequah, but circulated well beyond Oklahoma: in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Its editor, William Potter Ross, was a fire-brand crusader
the necessity of communicating with their members, the Creeks tried again - this time, forming a publishing company and founding the Indian Journal. That paper, Carter wrote, eventually was located in Eufaula in 1887 and is still being published today. Though many early newspapers were born, published and died - almost as quickly as the tall grass grows on the Oklahoma prairie many others papers thrived, usually on the skill of their publishers or through other, sometimes nefarious, means. "It was a struggle just as big then as it is now," Michener said. "Before the newspapers the only methods of communication were letters or news items from shipping and trading companies. The newspaper changed that. But it was a difficult task." That task, Carter said, would get more difficult with the dawn of 1889 and the end of what he called Indian Journalism. As the federal government pushed for settlement of the Indian and Oklahoma territories, more people migrated to the area - and some brought the newspaper with them. But starting a newspaper was one thing; keeping it alive was another. "The rules were considerably different for the operation of a newspaper in Indian Territory compared with running a newspaper in Oklahoma Territory," Carter wrote. Newspapers in Indian Territory, he said, could "not expect much" advertising or fees for printing legal notices - both principal sources of income. For newspapers in Oklahoma Territory, however, business was better. "Business was good from the day new lands were opened to settlement," Carter said. "Advertising sales were brisk and many governmental notices and other legal advertising provided profitable income." Equipment also was easy to obtain. The early publishers, Michener notes, "had access to the Red and the Arkansas Rivers. "They could get stuff
very quickly. They could get their equipment from the big industrial areas." It wasn't "as hard as it seemed." With an influx of people, access to equipment and profit, newspapers began to multiply rapidly in Indian Territory. In fact, many newspapers, Carter wrote, appeared "in the larger towns on the two principal railroads." In Oklahoma Territory, most towns supported at least two rival newspapers; in many places close to a halfdozen publications fought for readership and revenue. "Oklahoma Territory newspapers were far more active in waging partisan politics than Indian Territory newspapers," Carter wrote. "And newspapers appeared quickly in Indian Territory after 1889." Like the homesteaders who raced to claim their 160 acres, newspapers too raced to claim their readership. "Each land opening was to become a race to see which newspaper would come out first and possibly stake a claim on being the new town's permanent weekly or daily publication," Carter wrote. "The opening of the Unassigned Lands in April of 1889 was to set the pattern for all other newspaper editors... those who dream of starting their own sheets in a brand new land." And though those newspapers didn't have the huge resources their neighbors back East did, they did play a vital role in the birth and development of the 46th state - Oklahoma. "No, they (the early publishers) didn't have the resources or means to print several thousand copies," Michener said. - But then, there was a need, just like now, to know what the government was doing." And come hell, pied type or high water, the first newspapers of Indian and Oklahoma Territory did just that.
Newspapers help spread vision of statehood Oklahoma's earliest newspapers had tremendous influence, according to Judith Michener, an assistant oral historian with the Oklahoma Historical Society. "There wasn't any other major means of communication. There wasn't anything but the newspaper," Michener said. Those early newspapers, she said, published "a little bit" of everything. "There was something for everyone. Everything from notices about the shipping of goods, to reprints from other publications, to news about the area and the government. The newspaper was a tremendous organ of communication." And it had the ability to spread news like a prairie fire. "Once the settlers same, then people startal talking about statehood," Michener said. "Then the newspapers began talking about statehood. After that it took off."
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Bobo's Chicken, deep-fried 'Superbad' is super funny, thoughts on a local favorite with loads of toilet humor by Justin Langston Staff Writer "Superbad" is probably the most horrible movie I've seen in a long time. It advocates underage drinking, police corruption, acting like a complete idiot and shooting cars that are set on fire. On the other hand, it almost has a good heart and it's probably one of the funniest and entertaining movies of the summer. "Superbad" follows the story of three high school seniors who are trying to get laid for the first time during their last two weeks before graduation. When Seth (Jonah Hill) gets invited to a keg party by a girl he has
a crush on, he sees a way to finally lose his virginity. After finding out that his friend Fogel (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is getting a fake ID during lunch, Seth recruits his best friend Evan (Michael Cera) to buy booze for the party. After Fogel seemingly fails to get the alcohol for the party, the three go on a series of insane adventures (this movie goes far beyond "zany"), which culminates in the trio reuniting at the party. The movie is very similar in structure to "Napoleon Dynamite." Essentially, the audience is dropped in the middle of the lives ofthe movie's characters. The movie starts on 8 a.m. Friday morn-
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Taco Bell may claim to have a monopoly on midnight cravings, but true food connoisseurs know there is a superior alternative for those willing to make the journey. I found my fourth meal at an inner-city chicken hotspot known as Bobo's. The word restaurant is a little misleading as this joint is merely a trailer in a parking lot. Illuminated by lights, the red trailer on 23rd street, just east of the capitol, is open to the public and exposed to the elements. I arrived at the paradise of poultry around midnight on a Friday night. No hours were listed, but I was told by the man working there that the business opens "around five," and from what I've been told by other Bobo's groupies, the trailer usually closes up around 4 a.m. All reports have also claimed that the stand is only open on Fridays and Saturdays and is really happening around two in the morning, after the clubs close. After parking in the pot-
The fries were very dishole filled parking lot, I quickly walked up to the trailer and appointing, they seemed found my place in line. The like cheap store bought wait wasn't long as the work- fries, but they were filling. ers quickly got people in and Bobo's doesn't really bank out, taking orders a few peo- on its fries so I quickly overple at a time in a very efficient came the disappointment. The part of the meal manner. The choices were chicken, catfish and shrimp. I that I enjoyed the most settled on the four piece chick- was the fried bread. It was en meal which cost me $6. incredible as deliciousness The true beauty of the meal spread through my mouth comes in the restaurant's lib- like a bobo-onic plague. The heart of the meal, eral application of honey. You have the choice to decline the chicken, was all it was this sweet nectar, but if you built up to be. The meat don't eat honey or are at all fell off the bone and was worried about your waistline, both sweet and delightful. Bobo's is an outstanding this isn't the place for you. After receiving my eatery and a little bit of an Styrofoam box containing my adventure to get to, but it potential heart attack inducing was well worth it. I've never meal, I quickly departed, with- seen any advertisements for out incident. As I drove back the place, but the bu77 around to the north side, the aroma of town from word-of-mouth the meal filled my car, raising has made the place somemy anticipation for the feast what of a cult icon, it's even I would soon be devouring. been featured in a rap song Barely able to contain' in3i by Oklahoma native Blakeexcitement, I plunged into`the 0. If that ain't street cred feast as soon as the tray hit the then I don't know what is. table. Inside the case was fries, fried bread and fried chick- Jeff Massie can be reached at en, all smothered in honey. firstname.lastname@example.org .
Kanye West cites Timberlake as biggest inspiration, competition by AP Writer Kanye West considers a certain "SexyBack" singer his biggest rival. "My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake," the 29year-old rapper tells XXL magazine in its October issue, on newsstands Sept. l 1 . "He's the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level _ black radio, white radio." "If Justin hadn't come out and killed the game, I can't say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they're on," he says. "We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day." A sly dig at 50 Cent? Earlier this month, the 31year-old gangsta rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson, promised to quit his solo career if West's new album, "Graduation," outsells his upcoming CD, "Curtis." Both albums are due out Sept. 11. West, a six-time Grammy winner, tells XXL that he's "never cared about being No. 1." Record sales, he figures, aren't as important as how the music connects with people. "I feel like my lyrics are, if not THE, then equal to, the realest lyrics out," he says. "I connected with so many people without talkin' about
ing and ends at around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Much like "Napoleon Dynamite," the movie shows the audience just about everything that happens to the characters during the time of the movie. Unlike "Napoleon Dynamite," "Superbad" actually has something of a plot. "Superbad" is unexpectedly funny. From Fogel going by the awesome nickname of "McLovin" for most of the movie to Seth's constant and unnecessary, but sidesplittingly funny, use of profanity, the laughs just don't stop. Really, they don't stop. It's hard to breathe for half of the movie. From a moral standpoint, the movie is horrible. One plot revolves around Fogel using a fake ID to buy $100 worth of alcohol for a party so Evan and Seth can have sex for the first time. The other plot has Fogel, after being separated from Evan and Seth, joyriding with two terrible cops who have no problem drinking while driving, welching on a bar tab or breaking up a high school party while assuming that everyone there had "guns and/or cocaine." But it's not that bad. The story is really about two best friends trying to come to terms with not going to college with each other. In the end, it's a powerful message about what friendship means and how people connect to one another. All of the sex, booze and setting cars on fire with Molotov cocktails are just for fun.
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Hip-hop mogul Kanye West performs at a benefit concert at the House of Blues in Chicago on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007.
guns and drugs. ... It's harder to go to work 365 days than shoot a person in one day." Further, "there's nothing about wearing a pink Polo that would make anyone believe that I would hold a gun," he says. West realizes his 'flamboyant style and less-thanhumble public behavior _ like throwing fits over not winning music awards _ could hinder his chances for success.
"... When people come up to you like, 'That was really good,' you're supposed to play stupid, like, Wow, you really think so?"' "Because people can't really handle the truth," he continues. "But I any the truth. I'd rather be hated for what I am than loved for what I'm not."
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THIS 'WAR' ISN'T WORTH WRITING HOME ABOUT by Steven Reckinger Co Editor -
Oh, Jet Li, when will you ever learn to stop giving into Hollywood's demands to star in another mediocre action film? In the same vein as "The One," "Romeo Must Die," and "Kiss of the Dragon," Li tries to seek more credit from the American audience with his latest film, co-starring Jason Statham ("Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels"). In the generically titled "War," Jet Li plays Rogue, an elite assassin that plays both sides of an Asian mob dispute between the Triads (Chinese mafia) and the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) in San Francisco. Statham is FBI agent Jack Crawford, set out to find Rogue after he murdered his partner. What it boils down to is your standard action setup and basic plotline without the need for complicated fare. Director Philip G. Atwell, known primarily for hip-hop music videos, takes a stab at the big-budget film industry by making "War" his directorial debut. Like most first
attempts for filmmakers, this one turned out to be much too formulaic. The story is second-rate, filled with the usual stereotypes, cliches, plot holes and the occasional bad acting. Statham normally plays some tough characters in his movies, and this is no different. His gritty, authoritative attitude and hard-hitting behavior makes the audience know they're in familiar territory. Unfortunately, much of his screen time seems pointless, only to move the plot along with some investigative elements thrown into the mix for good measure. By the end of the film, it's easy to question what the point to all of it was in the first place. Here we have two firsttime screenwriters penning a story that borrows way too many elements from Japanese, Hong Kong and American gangster movies. There are a few plot twists to help heighten the derivative story, but many of those were borrowed from other films that did a better job with them. And when there are two American writers using the Asian mafia as a focal point,
diplomats in the story and the Yakuza are the violent, fun-loving type who would much rather waste all their money on prostitution and gambling than racketeering. But people don't go see movies like this for a complex storyline and deep characterization. They go for the big explosions, thousands of bullets spraying in every direction and fast-paced, brutal fights. Thankfully, the audience has Corey Yuen ("The Transporter") as action choreographer to bring a little chaos onto the screen. He's worked with Li several times in the past and knows his stuff when it comes to solid action. Although it's not Yuen's best work, most of the action scenes are what you expect from a Hong Konginspired adrenaline rush. Li manages to show off some impressive swordplay and martial art skills, but these opportunities onscreen are few and far between. Instead, the majority of the action focuses on the feud between the two rival gangs. There are a few parts that tend to drag, and considering
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this is only a 99-minute film, one shouldn't expect it to be a big deal. Unfortunately,' it really hurts the pacing of the film, especially since there isn't a whole lot to fall back on when it comes to intriguing plot ingredients. Then the movie just ends without any sort of buildup to keep the viewer interested about any of these characters. It isn't Li's worst film. That dishonor goes to "Cradle 2 the Grave," but it does fall on the same level as a generic action/martial arts film with some big-time names in it. At least we get to see Statham and Li fight for a whole 10 seconds. It's not the best match-up in history, but it should satisfy any action lover until the next mindless blockbuster comes out.
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Voltaire adds a little light to the dark side by Steven Reckinger Co-Editor
Music Review Goth music tends to be misunderstood. Many people associate the scene with brooding lyrics that compel the listeners to commit violent acts and take part in pagan rituals. When the gothic subculture became big in the 1990s, comedic goth artist Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez, otherwise known as Voltaire, proved that even the most depressed musicians can have a sense of humor. After a strong attempt to exploit his 'serious' side with his EP, "Then and Again," Voltaire releases his fifth fulllength album, "Ooky Spooky," a collection of songs about dancing skeletons, zombies,
cannibals and bombing New Jersey. Voltaire's musical style resembles gypsy music, with a touch of pirate chic, accompanied by violins, acoustic guitars and any other instrument that is used to produce an old world style folk sound. The 11 songs on "Ooky Spooky" are probably his most whimsical and humorous yet, considering his previous releases explored themes like murder, necrophilia, religion and failed relationships. Every song on his new CD has a lighthearted tone, which focuses mainly on the amusing aspects of death while still managing to offend anyone who is easily insulted by facetious fare. For anyone who is familiar with Tim Burton's "The Corpse Bride," the opening track, "Land of the Dead," may seem nostalgic. The short, but satisfying piece possesses a musical tour de force that complements the album well. The track is less than two
minutes and was originally written for Cartoon Network's "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy," but it sets the overall tone perfectly. But it's not until the second track, "Zombie Prostitute," where we hear Voltaire's
use of outlandish material to write such a catchy and entertaining song with slightly disturbing lyrics. "Bomb New Jersey," one of the funniest and upbeat songs on the CD, expresses Voltaire's view on where he
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grew up. Voltaire integrates a goth movement for his silly comical country/western style renditions of horrific themes, on "Cantina," a ballad of sorts his accessibility has brought about his make-believe expe- him closer to the forefront of rience in Star Wars' port of the music scene after writing Mos Eisley. Voltaire teams songs for Cartoon Network, up with cabaret punk band using his spare time as a The Dresden ,Dolls' Amanda comic book and animation Palmer on "Stuck With You," artist and being known as a a cheeky duet of having to live devout Star Trek fan. More with an obnoxious spouse. and more, his enjoyable and Other gems include "Day attractive style of music of the Dead," a Spanish- brings the authenticity of the inspired, mariachi horn-blast- goth scene into the limelight. ing tale of the famous holiday "Ooky Spooky" probwith a little twist; "Reggae ably isn't going to change Mortis," although the reggae some of the misconceptions sound isn't very prominent; that Satanism is every goth's and "Hell in a Handbasket," a religion, but for anyone who bizarre, sort of campfire song enjoys the combination of that speaks wonders about a comedy and horror should humorous perspective on life. at least check him out. And If there's one weak track with Halloween coming up, on the album, it's "Blue- this hybrid of genres makes Eyed Matador." Although not parties much more dynamic. entirely bad, the slower pace and uninspiring lyrics make this one feel left out from the rest of the charming melodies. While Voltaire is known Steve Reckinger can be reached primarily to the underground at email@example.com .
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AP -Michael Vick apologized to the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons on Monday for "using bad judgment and making bad decisions" and vowed to redeem himself after pleading guilty to a dogfighting charge. "First I want to apologize for all the things that I've done and that I have allowed to happen," the star quarterback said at a news conference following his appearance in U.S. District Court to formally enter the plea. Sentencing was set for Dec. 10 and Vick could be sent to prison for one to five years. Vick was suspended indefinitely by the NFL last week. In Atlanta, the Falcons said they would not cut 'Vick immediately because of salary-cap issues. The team intends to pursue the $22 million in bonus money that he already received in a $130 million contract signed in 2004. "We cannot tell you today that Michael is cut from the team," owner Arthur Blank said. Vick made his first public statements on the dogfighting ring, saying: "I made a mistake in using bad judgment and making bad decisions. Dogfighting is a terriblething." Along with apologizing to his employers, Vick apologized "to all the young kids out there for my immature acts." "I totally ask for forgiveness and understanding as I move forward to bettering Michael Vick the person, not the football player," he said, looking somber throughout the brief news session. He concluded by saying, "I offer my deepest apologies to everyone. And I will
redeem myself. I have to." Vick took no questions. He said little in court, standing erect and softly answering "Yes, sir" and "No, sir" to U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson's questions. Family members occupied the front row of the packed courtroom for the 15-minute hearing. The plea by the suspended quarterback was accepted by Hudson, who asked: "Are you entering the plea of guilty to a conspiracy charge because you are in fact guilty?" Vick answered yes. Hudson emphasized he is not bound by sentencing guidelines or the recommendations of prosecutors and can impose the maximum sentence. Prosecutors proposed a 12- to 18-month prison term. "You're taking your chances here. You'll have to live with whatever decision I make," Hudson said. "Afirst-time offendermight well receive no jail time for this offense," U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said in a statement. "We thought, however, that the conduct in this conspiracy was heinous, cruel and inhumane." Vick is one of four defendants in the case. The first defendant to plead guilty left the conspiracy in 2004 and is not as culpable, Rosenberg said. In his written plea filed last week, Vick admitted helping kill six to eight pit bulls and supplying money for gambling on the fights. He said he did not personally place any bets or share in any winnings. Shortly afterward, the NFL suspended him indefinitely and without pay. Merely associating with gamblers can trigger a life-
time ban under the league's personal conduct policy. The case began in late April when authorities conducting a drug investigation of Vick's cousin raided the former Virginia Tech star's rural Surry County property and seized dozens of dogs, some injured, and equipment commonly used in dogfighting. A federal indictment issued in July charged Vick, Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach, Quanis Phillips ofAtlanta and Tony Taylor of Hampton with an interstate dogfighting conspiracy. Vick initially denied any involvement, and all four men pleaded innocent. Taylor was the first to change his plea to guilty; Phillips and Peace soon followed. The details outlined in the indictment and other court papers fueled a public backlash against Vick and cost him several lucrative endorsement deals, even before he agreed to plead guilty. In suspending Vick, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell opened the way for the Falcons to attempt to recover $22 million of their star's signing bonus from the 10-year, $130 million contract he signed in 2004. The Falcons were set to play an exhibition game at home against the Cincinnati Bengals later Monday. This will be the first chance for the team to see what effect Vick's case has on attendance at the Georgia Dome. Vick wears the biggest-selling jersey in team history and is given much credit for its 51 consecutive sellouts.
AP photo by Gerald Herbert
Atlanta Falcons football player Michael Vick, center, leaves federal court in Richmond, VA, with attorney Lawrence Woodward, left, after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting charge.
Soccer gets ready for home opener and a two-game trip by Jeff Massie Sports Editor After tying Washburn 33 in its season opener, the women's soccer team now has a full plate with three games within the next week. The Bronchos first and only home game of the stretch will be against the Dallas Baptist Patriots on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The soccer team plays the majority of their home games at Tom Thompson field, but will hold this contest at Wantland Stadium. The girls will take to the pitch at 7:00 p.m. as the team will attempt to break the NCAA Division II attendance record for a single game. The record stands at 1,848 in attendance. "We're playing at home, want to do well," head coach Mike Cook said.
The unranked Patriots Missouri State Jennies. A shouldn't be much of a con- Jenny is a female mule and test for the No. 17 Bronchos. the Bronchos will attempt Dallas Baptist ended last to show them who's on top year with a losing season, of this family tree. Central 11-12, compared to UCO's Missouri is also unranked. dominant mark of 18-3-1. With three games against Following Tuesday's unranked teams, UCO is match-up, the team will poised to sweep all three and travel to Warrensburg, Mo. begin the team's first winfor a pair of games at the ning streak of the season. Central Missouri Holiday UCO has three players tied Inn Express Classic. for the most goals with one "They're two tough teams," each. Lacy Cooley, Kristen Coach Cook said. "It's going Juroch and Lacy Williams to be a good week to test what have each found the back we learned last weekend." of the net. Williams leads The first of the two games the team in assists with two. will be against Truman Goalkeeper Carly Fischer State University on Friday, has played every minute of the Aug. 31. The Bulldogs are young season at goal. Her four unranked and could poten- saves leave her just eight short tially be trampled by the of the school's career record. strong squad from Edmond. The next game will be on Sept. 2 when the Jeff Massie can be reached at Bronchos play the Central firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bronchos find their equal against Washburn by Jeff Massie Sports Editor It wasn't exactly how the soccer team wanted to start the season. With an opportunity to knock off 13th ranked Washburn on a neutral location and gain some ground in the polls, the No. 17 Bronchos were unable to win their season opener, but they didn't lose either. Time concluded with a 3-3 tie. "We didn't come out to play, we were very flat," head coach Mike Cook said. With the game just 24 minutes old, the Bronchos were down by two and it looked as though UCO would not be strong getting out of the gates this season. At intermission the team had scored a goal of its own, but had also surrendered another from a corner kick. UCO trailed 3-1 at the break. Lacy Cooley scored UCO's lone goal before the half off of an assist from junior forward Lacy Williams, a firstteam All-LSC player and
the conference's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Cooley can also be seen on the UCO webpage as the girl standing with her foot on a soccer ball while singing the university's praises. The Broncho defense proved to be more stringent after the first half, holding Washburn scoreless for the second half as well as two overtimes. In the 53rd minute, Williams tabbed her second assist, connecting with senior midfielder Kristen Juroch who put the ball into the back of the net. The goal put the Bronchos within one of the Lady Blues. Just eight minutes later, the game was tied. Williams proved her preseason honors were indeed warranted as she evened the score with an unassisted goal. The game went on for another 58 minutes, including two extra periods, but no winner could be determined. "I was proud of the way we came back, but we
shouldn't have been in that position," Coach Cook said. UCO had its opportunities to win the game, putting up 17 shots compared to Washburn's 11. The Lady Blues did a better job of capitalizing on their few opportunities and were more accurate with their shots, striking nine on goal. The Bronchos were able to put 11 on goal. Sarah Addison, Cooley and Juroch each managed to put a pair of kicks within the vicinity of the goal. Carmen Davis and Jenny Racicot also had a shot on target but were unable to score. UCO was called offsides four times, negating a quartet of scoring possibilities. Also in the Broncho arsenal is the Lone Star Conference's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year â€” goalkeeper Carly Fischer. Fischer played the full 120 minutes and made four saves while surrendering three goals. She did not give up any unassisted goals, as Washburn's ball movement was present in each Lady
Senior forward and LSC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Lacy Williams attempts to gain control of the ball in a game during the 2006 season against Northeastern State University. Blues score. Fischer's four saves puts her eight short of the UCO career saves record. UCO will host Dallas Baptist on Tuesday at Wantland Stadium. The game
will be played at 7 p.m. and game of the season and postthe team is trying to break ed an 11-12 record last year. the NCAA Division II single-game attendance record of 1,848. Dallas Baptist is Jeff Massie can be reached at unranked, but has won its only email@example.com
Bronchos off to a winning start by Alex Gambill Sports Writer The Bronchos' volleyball team opened the season and fought hard to win three out of four matches in the Missouri Southern Classic Aug. 24-25 in Joplin, Mo. "We went in and weren't really sure how we'd do," said Jeff Boyland, head coach of UCO volleyball. The Bronchos first match up ws against Southwest Baptist, and winning 3-1. In that match, recent college transfer from Redlands Community College, Maria Arujo, had 26 kills and added
another 21 kills in the next match against host team Missouri Southern. UCO beat Missouri Southern 3-1 as well. Meaghan Wedberg delivered 53 assists to contrib-
"The competition was solid." -Jeff Boyland ute to the inevitable victory over Missouri Southern. On Saturday Lacie Allen set a school and Lone Star Conference record of 27 digs while playing against
Emporia State. UCO did not win against Emporia State but did bounce back and easily took Missouri Western 3-0. "The competition was solid. I think our leadership from our senior members and our captain Lacie Allen did a really good job of keeping everyone focused. The match that we lost (against Emporia State) we had a chance to win...it was basically a flip of the coin," Boyland said. Kelsey Reynolds contributed to the win with 16 kills and Wedberg gave 31 assists against Missouri Western. Boyland commented on this years team verses previous
years, "Last year we started sometimes three to four freshmen. So, they were very very young. We have a little more experience this year. Two years ago...that was a senior dominated team," and from then on he's had to rebuild the team after losing the seniors. UCO will be on the road again Aug. 31 through Sept. 1 at the Texas Woman's Invitational in Denton. The Bronchos will have four matches.
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Two Bronchos go up for a block in a game during the 2006 season at Hamilton Field House.
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