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Grad student fed up with financial aid she said. "I called everybody including Dr. [Candy] Sebert, Dr. [Karen] o_b dao, Barnes, you name it," Boggs said. Veda Boggs is mad. When she still did not receive For the 48-year-old substance abuse her loans, she called the office studies and sociology graduate, financial aid again and asked for explanation has been a thorn in her side for months. of why she was being denied and Immediately after the 2009 summer why an appeal was necessary. session, problems arose when she enrolled "A couple of the guys explained in classes for her master's degree in adult it to me in child-like terms and education. I really didn't like that either, "In the beginning when I first called, because I am not a child," Boggs financial aid denied me my student loans said. because they said that I wasn't progressing The papers she received from satisfactorily, even though my grade point Financial Aid were worded in a average is a 3.5," Boggs said. manner that indicated Boggs was After she received her bachelor's degree not academically progressing. in May, Boggs faced what she said were "On June 6 is when I transferred "some difficulties" during the 2009 spring to another class, so I did complete semester. all 6 hours that I attempted and I "To make a long story short, I didn't am academically progressing. So, complete a couple of my classes," she said. I have a problem with that and "This summer, I completed all of my that's the basis of the denial of the classes. The mistake was that I left one loan. I really feel like if I signed class and went into another so it appeared for those loans, I get approved as though I took three classes and only for those loans and I have to pay completed two, which was not the case," those loans back, who in the hell Boggs said. are they to tell me that I can't Photo by Amanda Siegfried She threw her hands in the air, placed have them? If Arvest Bank is them on the table and thought each word not denying me, who are they to Veda Boggs, a master's student studying adult through before speaking. deny me?" Boggs said. "The appeal is based on the fact I'm not "Stafford Federal Loans are education, had problems with financial aid follwing progressing satisfactory, which is a lie," she certified by the school, not the the summer semester. She warns other students said. lender. The lender has no role in who may be in similar situations to look after their "With a 3.5, I don't think you get too school eligibility," Susan Prater, mental and physical well-being. much more satisfactory than that. I already Director of the Office of Student called Arvest Bank and they had no prob- Financial Aid said. lem with me receiving the loan, so I don't If a graduate student is on acation is enacted. see why Financial Aid has a problem with demic probation, the federal government Because of this rule, Boggs' previous it," Boggs said. states the financial aid office must look enrollment at Oklahoma State University She attempted to get her loans back al. the attempted class rates for students, in the 1970s caused the clarity of presentwithout appealing them and instead made including incompletes, withdrawals and day financial aid procedures to blur. calls to those whom she believed could help administrative withdrawals. That student "This is the first I've ever been on acaher. must then earn a 3.o GPA and complete demic probation so I didn't even under"I called everybody I could. I called 100 percent of all attempted courses for the stand it," Boggs said. [Jerry] Legere, [the Associate Vice President term, Prater said. There is 67 per"Over at OSU, I believe I startfor Enrollment Management]; I called cent cumulative completion rate stands for ed on academic probation because of Terry Nolan from graduate admissions," a graduate student before academic probasee BOGGS, page 8

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The Bottom Line Is Iraq worth the price? PAGE 2

Re-writing how Textbooks are bought Student find alternative methods of buying books for class. PAGE 3

Battle of the Bands Photo essay by Byron Koontz, and Amanda Siegfried PAGE 4 and 5

Shakespeare in the Park UCO adjunct professor returns as managing director for 13th year


Cross Country Preview of Women's Cross Country PAGE 9

UCO Football Bronchos fall in season opener PAGE 10

Grand Opening of the O.A.R. Photos and video of the opening of the new Lake Arcadia Outdoor and Recreation center

UCO partners with nail lab Tiffany Brown

NewsCentral Video Go online to UCO360.COM for video of the NewsCentral broadcast. The student anchored show runs Monday through Thursday at 5:00 p.m. on COX Digital Cable chanel 125.


Brennaman kicks butts

FSI) students the opportunity to study and conduct research with some of the nations top scientist. SRNL engages in scientific research to solve many problems that have the potential to adversely impact the nation. This includes researching ways to enhance the U.S. national security, and the developing alternative energy sources in part through the use of hydrogen.

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spite of the increased risks, he continued to smoke for Will wet 1/„„„gi,„„.Avi,„,. three years. He said he tried to quit hundreds of Mark Brennaman Evans Hall became the site of a times and was resigned to smoked cigarettes for 35 special partnership for the University being a smoker for the rest years but after a life-alterof Central Oklahoma. ing event, he was able to of his life. On Aug. 27, UCO President Roger The United States take control of his addiction Webb signed an agreement with Department of Veterans and quit. the U.S. Department of Energy's Today he wants to help Affairs defines PTSD as Savannah River National Laboratory others do the same and "an anxiety disorder that (SRNL) in Aiken, S.C. will be doing so with his can occur after you have The agreement will give UM Forensic Science Institute (UCO see PANEL, page 8 smoking cessation support been through a traumatic group, which will meet event. A traumatic event every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. is something horrible and to 12:45 p.m. in room 108 in scary that you see or that the Nigh University Center. happens to you." "Bad thinking and nic"Almost 10 years ago I otine go hand-in-hand," endured an unprovoked Brennaman said. "They attack by a fellow tenant in my apartment building love one another, they feed that severed my outer jugu- off one another. After my lar vein and then two other PTSD was in full bloom I stabs to the other side of the was making poor decisions and on top of that I was neck," Brennaman said. "They said that the jug- hyper-vigilant...I never got ular vein was severed 75 enough sleep. I finally went percent and it was very jag- to the VA to go get some ged...and as a result I would help." While he was at the vethave an increased risk of stroke for the rest of my erans hospital he was told about a support group on life." Photo Provided After the attack the eighth floor that helped Faculty and staff will soon occupy the new FSI facility that will be Brennaman began to suffer smokers become nonsmokcomplete at the end of the Fall 2009 semester. from Post-Traumatic Stress ers. Disorder (PTSD) and in see SMOKING, page 7

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UCO professors remember Sen. Ted Kennedy

The Vista

Dr. Lott Furmanski - Professor/Chairperson, Political Science

Comm. Building, Rm. 131 100 N. University Dr. Edmond, OK 73034-5209 405-974-5549

"Ted Kennedy was part of my political awakening. He was a flawed individual, but he was very committed to try to help those in our country who were not in a position to help themselves. "Liberal Lion" was well earned and misused; he reprised many of the liberal dealings, but moved across the aisle to achieve some success. He didn't get the whole pie, maybe half or three-fourths. He will go down as one of the most influential senators and politicians of our time."

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 only on Wednesdays during the summer, at the University of Central Oklahoma. The issue price is free for the first copy and $1 for each additional copy obtained.

EDITORIALS Opinion columns, editorial cartoons, reviews and commentaries represent

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Professor, History and Geography

Editorial Board, the Department of Mass Communication, UCO or the Board

Ted Kennedy should serve as an inspiration to many. Evidently a frivolous young man who was thought to be the least talented of the Kennedy brothers he transformed himself into the most talented legislator of his generation in the US Senate. A spokesman for disadvantaged Americans including the poor, women, immigrants, working people and veterans. His voice will be missed.

of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges. The Vista is not an official medium of expression for the Regents or UCO.

LETTERS The Vista encourages letters to the editor. Letters should address issues and ideas, not personalities. Letters must be typed, double-spaced, with a maximum of 150 words, and must include the author's printed name, title, major, classification and phone number. Letters are subject to editing for libel, clarity and space. or to eliminate statements of questionable taste. The Vista reserves the right not to publish submitted letters. Address letters to: Editor, The Vista, 100 A, University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034-5209, or deliver in person to the editor in the Communications Building, Room 131. Letters can be e-mailed to vistauco( .

MANAGEMENT Laura Hoffert, Co-Editor Nelson Solomon, Co-Editor Kory Oswald, Managing

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"I think he should be remembered most for his long years of service to the U.S. Senate. He authored over 2,500 pieces of legislation and he got into law about 500, likely more than any other member of Congress."

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"He was the last but not the greatest of the Kennedys. He was the youngest and yet the oldest of the Kennedys. He held to his principles and served the voiceless and invisible Americans yet never turned his back on those who didn't hear and didn't see. He helped them give life to their better instincts. He abhorred cultural chasms. He built bridges between sexes, races and cultures. And if we don't remember him, it'll be our peril."

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Dr. Gladys S. Lewis

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"He was extremely important in American culture and American political life. He, by all accounts, was an amazing legislator. He knew how to both champion a cause and accommodate it so that it could be implanted into our life. He and his brothers were certainly beacons for the down and out in our society. There's sort of a paradox, because here they were, wealthy, they didn't need to concern themselves with the poor and the poverty stricken. And yet they did, it was a part of their assessment of who they were as public servants."

In the next issue of The Vista: - The Junior City Council looks to help students choose safe off-campus housing - A look at three UCO students who have gained valuable experience from volunteering with the Volunteer and Service Learning Center

Dr. Jessica Sheets-Nguyen, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor, History & Geography

"In his life, he taught us civility, character and community, which are part of our university call to action. For me, that's important because he saw his community as people who needed help in the U.S. and his character was such that he wasn't afraid or fearful, he was willing to talk about what it was he really believed in. What I liked about him was he was willing to reach across party lines and it didn't matter if you were Republican, but if your wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, or your child was sick, he had time to write a letter or make a phone call. And there is way too little of that civility in the world today. And we need to see each other as a member of the human race."

- A feature on Amanda Walker, a freshman double major in biomedical engineering and forensic science

Is the Iraq war worth the effort? Time will tell On March 20, 2003, U.S. and British forces led contingents from Australia, Spain, Poland and Denmark into Iraq. Presently, General Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, told CNN recently he believes U.S. troops will be out of the country by the end of 2011, while British forces ended combat operations on April 3o this year. And we can only hope that the investment of time and troops into the conflict was worth the while. But first, a brief history of the Iraq war: According to White House archives, on March 22, 2003, then-President of tie United States George W. Bush and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of that time Tony Blair said the reasons for the invasion of Iraq were "to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism and to free the Iraqi people." Before the war, the U.S. and U.K. governments claimed that Iraq's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction posed an imminent threat to their security and that of their coalition allies, according to a March 7, 2003 presentation by Hans Blix, then-chief United Nations weapons inspector, to the U.N. Security Council. But Blix added in his presentation that Iraq was cooperating with inspections and that the confirmation of disarmament through inspections could be achieved within "months" if Iraq remained cooperative. Nonetheless, the U.S. government announced that "diplomacy has failed," abruptly, advised the U.N. weapons inspectors to immediately pull out of Iraq and decided to proceed with the attack. After the invasion, the U.S.-led Iraq Survey Group concluded that Iraq had ended its WMD programs in 1991 and had no active programs at the time of invasion, but that they intended to resume production if the Iraq sanctions were lifted. The reasons for the war were then, more than ever before, brought into question. Other reasons for the war were claims of Saddam Hussein harboring and supporting

al-Qaida to Iraqi government human rights abuses as well as an effort on the part of the coalition to spread democracy in the country and region, according to news reports. Since then, critics of the U.S. presence in Iraq have pushed for the withdrawal of American troops from the country, and the situation is headed in that direction. President Barack Obama announced in late February of this year an 18-month withdrawal window for "combat forces," leaving behind 30,000 to 50,00o troops "to advice and train Iraqi security forces and to provide intelligence and surveillance," according to McClatchy Newspapers. The goal to spread democracy is a noble one, and I certainly hope the investment of American troops and time the U.S. has devoted to Iraq is worth the while—that democracy does indeed flourish in the country and that a better society will emerge. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told FOX News in February this year he supports an accelerated U.S. troop pullout. There have been 110,600 violent deaths in Iraq as of April 2009 according to the Associated Press, and from 92,489 to 100,971 violent civilian deaths as a result of the conflict, as of June 2009, according to the Iraq Body Count project. Knowing the initial reasons for the war were not valid, and understanding the cynicism of many Americans as to the purpose of the U.S. presence in Iraq, it is my desire to see a good situation in Iraq as a result of our efforts. Granted, leaders may not have been honest about their intentions and there has been much controversy over the war since it began; however, right now we have American troops in Iraq working for a mission. So right now, instead of simply discussing how wrong it is that we are in Iraq, we as Americans need to support our troops, especially the combat troops during the time they have left there, as well as the troops who will remain, and hope that a better, safer society emergeS from the conflict over time.

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University takes part in national carpooling effort Nelson Solomon



In an effort to stay among the greenest universities in America, UCO has decided to take part in the GreenRide program. The program is part of UCO Commuter Services' plan to reduce the amount of cars on campus and to reduce the university's contribution to pollution in the Edmond area. "A perceived parking problem, commuter disconnection from campus and a desire to do something good for the environment led the Office of Commuter Student Services and Transportation and Parking Services to invest in the Greenride Program," Nathan Box, coordinator of Commuter Student Services said. The program is available for off-campus commuters, including faculty, staff or students. Those interested can create an account at . "We thought if students could commute together, it would mean more parking spots would be available," Box said. "We also thought the system would be a great opportunity for commuter students to meet other students. That initial connection and contact is so important to getting students involved." "Finally, by removing vehicles from the road, we as a university are continuing to reduce our carbon footprint," he said. GreenRide is Ecology and Environment, Inc.'s award-winning ridesharing solution designed for developing successful alternative transportation programs such as carpooling, vanpooling, bike-to-work and park-and-ride, according to www.greenride. Photo illustration by Allison Rathgeber corn. GreenRide is being used by more than 55 customers in 22 states and internationally to offer trip reduction solutions to over 39 million people. The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) program for commuter students allows Ecology and Environment Inc. started a paper-based, trip-reduction program on carpoolers to park in the lot directly east of the Nigh University Center if the Earth Day in 1973, according to . The purpose of the program was car holds more than one passenger. to decrease single occupant vehicle use, conserve fuel and reduce harmful air emismeet other students," Box said. sions. E & E's alternative transportation program continued to grow during the 1980s Box said this effort is "just one small part of Central's plan to reduce our carbon footthrough the 199os and received recognition from the U.S. EPA for its achievements, print and save our community money." including saving more than 25,000,000 driven miles. Box said that currently 225 individuals take part in the program. After creating an account, registered members of the service are able to search for "And as gas prices are once again inching upward, you might also look at the GreenRide other commuters in their area. By using this service, commuters can find others who program as a way to save on gas and make a new friend or two," he said. share their same schedules and who are from the same geographic area, allowing them to carpool and save on gas, according to UCO GreenRide's Web site. "We also thought the system would be a great opportunity for commuter students to

Changing, more cost-effective methods of getting your textbooks students money and time, according to their Web site. The site "lets students to rent as many textbooks as they like with just a few clicks of a mouse. Textbooks are delivered in less The burden of purchasing textbooks than a week," according to the site. Students can save up to 85 percent on is all too familiar to most college stutheir textbook bills, according to the site. dents. However, new methods of obtainSince 1980, college textbook prices have ing course materials can help textbooks risen at twice the rate of annual inflabecome less of a financial burden, from digital textbooks to guaranteed buyback tion, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. As a result, more programs from bookstores. "Certainly we are considering various than one-quarter of college students do not technologies that allow for digital text- buy all their required textbooks because books and I understand more and more they simply cannot afford them, according of the textbook publishers are providing to the Illinois Board of Education. The environmental impact of textbook or planning to provide digital options," production is staggering — for example, Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, Vice President of printing one million copies of a 250-page Information Technology said. "The final decision to use devices such book requires 12,000 trees to produce the as the Kindle would be a joint decision necessary paper, according to the Green by the Office of Academic Affairs and Press Initiative. is another Web site that the Office of Information Technology. We helps reduce textbook prices. It is a textcoordinate such decisions to ensure the book comparison site that saves an averlowest possible price point for students age of $225 per student by searching the while achieving the greatest return on your Internet for coupons, discounts on shipinvestment," she said. ping and buyback guarantees to provide Rolfe said the IT office is currently lookthe best textbook package for students. ing at applications for the iPod Touch or The site lists the best overall price based iPhones and ways to make iTunes U more on the student's specific order by running learning centric. Students interested in serving on a stu- through every combination of books and dent technology advisory board can con- stores and calculating the cheapest comtact Melinda Woodard at mwoodard@uco. bination. CEO Jeff Shenwood started the edu or 974-2688 to provide input in the Maryland-based site in 2001 after he realuniversity's plans. ized the need to make textbook shopping , initially launched as easier and as cheap as possible. in 2007, is one example "I saw that there was a need to ... of many sources for textbooks that saves

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cut through the mumbo jumbo," said according to the blog posting. But there Shenwood. "We've tried to build a process is another reason that some institutions for students to get the best copy for the jumped at the chance to try it out: the cheapest price." technology could substantially reduce their Buying the cheapest textbooks doesn't use of paper. mean buying ragged old books. According "Sustainability is the driving force to Shenwood, if the books aren't in decent behind Princeton using the Kindle," condition, Bigwords weeds them out. Lauren Robinson-Brown, the assistant "If the textbook isn't of good quality or vice president for communications at if the seller has bad feedback, Bigwords Princeton University, which is participateliminates them from the equation," he ing. Robinson-Brown explained to the said. Times in a telephone interview that the Shenwood said Bigwords stays on top Kindle pilot project was part of a Princeton of the latest trends from buying used text- initiative to use less printed paper. books to renting them and even finding Other participating schools include textbooks on cell phones. the Darden School of Business at the The Web site's average savings has University of Virginia, Case Western been steadily rising over the years, and Reserve University, Reed College, Pace Shenwood said that it is now at its highest, University and Arizona State University. at $225 per student. Each school will offer reading assignments "We really think that it's the smartest from several classes on a free Kindle device way to buy the cheapest textbooks," he to selected students and faculty. said. "We're really proud of it." For the traditional method of buying New technology is also shifting the from local bookstores and getting a buymethods for students to obtain textbook back, Thompson College Stores, Inc. on information, such as the electronic book University Ave offers students a chance to reader Kindle DX, which was released this obtain a higher than normal buyback with past May by Amazon. their "guaranteed buyback" program. The book reader is "touted as a new way When a student purchases a new title, to read textbooks, newspapers and other if they bring it back to Thompson in the large documents," according to a July 3o correct time window, they will be guaranNew York Times blog post. teed to receive a higher buyback, said Dave This fall semester, six colleges and uni- Holmes of Thompson. versities are testing the technology in a "Before, the first couple of students pilot, which includes making the textbooks during buyback would get 5o percent of for certain courses available online. the original price, then each student after The Kindle DX (for "deluxe") is search- would get less and less," Holmes said. "But able and portable, a plus for students with this program, students are guaranaccustomed to toting heavy backpacks, teed a higher buyback.

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UCO adjunct with Shakespeare in the Park

`Twelfth Night' to run until Sept. 5 Caleb McWilliams AdilOr

William Shakespeare wrote his plays to be performed, and not to be read in a classroom, Sue Ellen Reiman thinks. "I think Shakespeare himself would be appalled to learn that people have to study him and take tests in it," Reiman, managing director for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and UCO adjunct instructor, said. He was writing them for the public. He's the Neil Simon of his day." Reiman has been acting with Oklahoma Shakespeare since 1986 and been on staff there since 1989. Reiman said her favorite productions with the company include a Merry Wives of Windsor show that was set in the 5os as a "Lucy and Desi sort of sitcom version" and a production of Winter's Tale. Though she enjoyed those productions, she said "there's only so many" Shakespeare plays, and theatrical companies tend to do "Shakespeare's greatest hits just to bring the audience in." Frankly, I've seen them 15 times," she said. "I don't care if I ever see some of them again." In addition to her work with Oklahoma Shakespeare, Reiman has been teaching Theatre Arts classes at UCO for 15 years, including Improvisational Acting, which she is teaching this semester. "I don't know how many times I've told somebody 'I can't do something, I have an improv rehearsal,' and they say 'How do -

you rehearse improv?"' Reiman said. "I point out that you actually need to rehearse improv more than anything else." "You don't have lines to fall back on. You don't have characters to fall back on," she said. "What you need to do is know your group so well that you know who you trust with what sort of material." A lot of improvisational acting practice will help actors in regular, straight acting, Reiman said, because it helps actors learn to listen to each other. By the fourth week of rehearsal in a straight play, Reiman said, actors know exactly what the other person is going to say, and how they're going to say it. "It's really easy to just click off, especially for actors who haven't had much experience," she said. "They just stay back, stop acting, wait for their line, and then act and then sit back and wait again. Those are some of the most horrible plays." In Reiman's class, students do a variety of short form, game-based improv and long-form improv, which are "more like scenes. Almost short one acts." "Most people, especially around here who haven't seen a lot of improv, think that everything is game-based," she said. "Twelfth Night," Oklahoma Shakespeare's final production this year at the Water Stage at the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, will be performed this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 7:oo p.m. and performances start at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults.

Photo by Allison Rathgeber

Sue Ellen Reirr4i, managing director of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and UCO adjunct instructor, stands in front of the stage for 'Twelfth Night.' All performances start at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. Reiman teaches improvisational acting at UCO.

SMOKING The informational meeting introduced Brennaman to a new way of thinking that he had never heard before. The "biopsychosocial model" of breaking addiction is a clinical approach for bypassing the negative aspects of quitting smoking, which Brennaman said is what makes kicking the habit so hard. "Behavioral, emotional and physical is basically all it is," Brennaman said. "Anytime that you can break up a great big thing into smaller things all of a sudden they become doable." The behavioral aspect of the approach forces people to examine actions they associate with smoking. These are things people do before, during or after smoking that trigger the urge to smoke like the morning cup of coffee, drinking alcohol or after sex. The emotional aspect is learning that the cigarette addiction is a psychological phenomenon. The smoker must realize that nothing positive is coming from the inhalation of smoke, it is simply an act that releases endorphins in the brain that make one feel good, but at that same time is doing extreme damage to the body. "You have to redefine who you are," Brennaman said. "You are not a smoker trying to quit but you are a nonsmoker that is getting back to the way that you started as a nonsmoker." The physical aspect involves flushing the nicotine out of your system, which takes 72 to 96 hours. "Once you can do that then your chances of lighting up again are dramatically reduced because there is no need to redose that nicotine," Brennaman said. "You have to do one of them really well and then bring on the second and then bring on the third one. If I would have known this a long time ago I would not have smoked for 35 years." Brennaman's addiction was with him through two years of active reserve duty in the Navy, a 28-year career in advertising. He was a smoker when he was attacked and when he began the healing process and dealing with PTSD, which he describes as the darkest years of his life. After all of that he was able to quit smoking cigarettes without relapsing, something he describes as losing your best friend, approximately three weeks after joining the smoking support group. He has been a nonsmoker for more than six years. Brennaman wants people to understand how possible it is to conquer cigarettes. He said that overcoming the addiction does not require immortal strength and willpower. It is gaining access to the proper knowledge and adequate preparation that leads to success. "There is a definite way you can withstand the tsunami of cravings," Brennaman said. "Nicotine just keeps coming at you and if you're not mindful, it's going to win. Don't jump into this blindly, but let's talk about all the things that you need to consider." Not long after he quit, Brennaman joined and then became the owner of an online group that quickly grew from 129 members to over a thousand. At the height of the group there were members in 16 out of the world's 24 time zones. This was important because the members had access to support, regardless of what time it was. He has started support groups at OSU-OKC and OCU, both of which are smoke-free campuses. Today will be the first meeting of the UCO support group, to months before the campus officially becomes smoke-free. Since then, Brennaman, who describes himself as the gentle zealot, said that persuading someone to quit smoking requires a respectful and subtle, but frequent, message. "We have to have as many interventions as we can on campus," Brennaman said. "Our job is to get as innovative as we can to make that message available to people constantly, without offending [their] sensibilities."

Continued from page 1 Along with literature about quitting, the group also has computer software available to new nonsmokers that keeps an active count of how many days they have been without a cigarette, how many cigarettes they would have consumed and how much money they have saved by quitting. Brennaman said that people with PTSD do one of three things, they either retaliate, commit suicide or they heal. "I almost did two of them and I'm finally in the third," Brennaman said. After he started therapy, he began volunteering and discovered his true passion was teaching. "I discovered that teaching classes sure beats working for a living," Brennaman said. "I have a great time doing

it. I would probably do it, even if it was free." Brennaman is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. He teaches two sections of Success Central, one section of Success Strategies and will be teaching a weekend class on leading student organizations September 25, 26 and 27. He is also working on his second master's degree for science and wellness management. Brennaman shared a story about his father that helped him overcome some of the trauma caused by the attack. The story is about his father showing him how to shave when he was young. It was featured on page 12 of Tim Russert's book, "Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons."


Photo by Kory Oswald

Mark Brennaman, "the gentle zealot," is hosting a smoking cessation support group that meets every Tueday starting today in the Nigh University Center Room 108 at 11:30 a.m. Brennaman was a smoker for 35 years before he quit after discovering the biopsychosocial model of breaking addiction. Brennaman is an instructor and student at UCO. He teaches Success Central, Success Strategies and will be teaching a weekend class on leading student organizations.

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"This relationship will allow our students to conduct research with some of the greatest minds in this country," Adams said. "A research opportunity as an undergraduate can lead to a positive and successful career in many different fields. One of this caliber would he a great benefit for students" Also in attendance at the signing were SRNL Director Samit Bhattacharyya and Todd Coleman, SRNL program manager for the lab's Law Enforcement Technology Support Center. "Working together on science and technology initiatives will help both our institutions carry out our missions in support of the law enforcement community," Bhattacharyya said. Adams said, "SRNL desires to attract talented forensic science students for the purpose of training and collaboration in the development of new forensic examination techniques and methods, laboratory and equipment designs, instrumental development, and protocol development, testing and evaluation." Bhattacharyya said, "Collaborating and making use of our complementary strengths will increase our ability to offer solutions to complex problems in law enforcement and forensics." Adams said, "SRNL and UCO-FSI have important roles in providing the law enforcement community with capabilities in the area of the examination of evidence in criminal matters." "SRNL has the added challenge of providing techniques, protocols and facilities for the traditional forensic examination of evidence contaminated with radiological materials," he said. Bhattacharyya also explained how the SNRL would benefit from the partnership with UCO. Photo Provided "By helping the university fulfill its educational mission, the Savannah River National Laboratory Director Samit Bhattacharyya and UCO President Roger Webb laboratory gains access to the tremendous pipeline of future sign a memorandum of agreement between the university and the lab creating internships and research nuclear and forensics professionals represented by the students opportunities for UCO students, including those studying at the UCO Forensic Science Institute. at UCO's Forensic Science Institute," Bhattacharyya said. "We expect this to be the start of very good things" The UCO FSI will be open to students in January. This will SRNL has received honors from the White House for its environmental initiatives, also give Forensic Science students a unique opportunity to which reduce hazardous waste. Its team has engaged in the cleanup of toxic waste. work with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI). Dr. Dwight Adams, director of the UCO FSI, recalled how Webb spoke about looking Students have access to the same equipment as criminal justice professionals. Both beyond the borders of Oklahoma to make UCO a national and international entity. will work side-by-side giving students the opportunity to have hands on experience. "This [partnership] places Edmond, UCO and the Forensic Science Institute at the The agreement with SRNL will create internships at their lab for UCO students. The national level of research and education in Forensic Science," Adams said. SRNL will provide financial assistance to students in need. The Partnership with SRNL is one of first steps of making UCO an international entity, "This agreement enhances the opportunity-rich culture we offer," Webb said. "We are Adams said. training the next generation of scientists and law enforcement professionals, which will Adams spoke about how the arrangement between SRNL and UCO will be beneficial enhance the quality of life throughout the nation." to students. Adams said, internships and stipends will be available in Summer 2010.


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what I . did in the 7os. They hold you accountable for everything over the years, like, whatever happened in '79 '78, that's all use against you for today. That's part of the criteria," she said. Prater said, "There are regulations that were not in place in the 7os." Boggs acknowledges she is aware of the rules, however she believes financial aid is "going overboard." As a single mother of three kids, including a 27-year-old in law school and a senior in high school, Boggs is actively seeking employment, she said. "We live on my loans," Boggs said. "[We] moved to have cheaper rent so I could finish my education," she said. "I think that implies that I'm serious about it. Statistics and research are not easy classes, so once you've passed those and you're still in the game, I think you're good to go. Boggs also said she believes the methods the office uses are unfair to students with unique situations. "People have problems like we have snow days, you're going to have times where things happen and they need to account for all that instead of having one cookie-cutterstamp that says if you do this or you don't do that then you can't get this," Boggs said. Student with "special circumstances" can appeal, which Boggs eventually did after calling throughout the campus looking for alternate routes to getting her loans. The students with special circumstances are told to make a plea, which a committee will review and determine whether or not to grant the appeal. "We do look at unique situations, we have an appeal process and they plea their case," Prater said. "We do not use a 'cookie cutter' on appeals. There are special circumstances and we look at cases individually. We look to see if there are patterns of behavior and we ask if the situation is actually unique." Boggs still believes she and other students should all viewed as individuals. "I'm not the average student anyway, I think they ought to look at everything instead

of just a black and white piece of paper," Boggs said. "They ought to look at me as an individual and see me face-to-face rather than some irate nut over the phone, which is how they treated me. I can see where they thought I was an irate nut, when it comes to my money and if I'm going to get evicted." Although Prater would not and could not legally comment on Boggs' specific file, she said UCO and Financial Aid are following federal regulations. "On one hand, we have over 16,000 students, so we have to have a policy and procedure. With that many students, we have to apply that," Prater said. Boggs' plan, if her loans were not refunded, was to bring her lawyers into the situation to see if they would be able to help her. However, Prater said it would not have helped Boggs since the financial aid office was following the law. "It's bigger than UCO; it's a federal regulation," Prater said. Although Boggs eventually appealed the denial and said it went smoothly, her advice to other students if they find themselves in similar situations is to have a support system to lean on. "I would really hope that they wouldn't find themselves in this situation, because it's really hard on you mentally and emotionally in order to keep yourself in school," Boggs said. Now, Boggs is immersed in a battle against the Broncho Spirit Card. "They charged me $50 to take off $2,000, it took me six days to get $700 put back on my card because a retailer accidentally swiped the card three times for a mattress that I bought and they would not believe it," Boggs said. "It shows clearly that there was a temporary hold and this is just one of the many things I think Financial Aid needs to address. Kids don't know that each time they use that card that they're being charged for it. I have a hard time with stuff like this." Prater said Financial Aid has no ties to the Broncho Spirit Card and students who are having difficulties with the card should contact University Relations Executive Director, Charlie Johnson.



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MO cross country begins Saturday Steve Vidal Sports- I I


Only a few days remain until the start of the new UCO women's cross country season. The team is coming into the season after a summer of mainly running on their own, due to rules that prohibit offseason organized team activities. The team has been officially training again since August 11.

"The girls have been working hard and putting in a lot of miles," head coach J.D. Martin said. Martin adds that the team still has a long way to go before they will be in midseason form and ready for the second half of the season. The team is putting in hard work right now. However when the season gets toward the conference and regional meets, the coaching staff tends to back off the workload in order to let the team's bodies rest and let their legs rest. Martin says that it is important for the team to be fresh in the latter half of the season because the meets tend to be more important than earlier in the year. The team will rely on junior Alina Istrate, who is from Romania. Istrate is a transfer from Oklahoma State, and is the only member of the team who did not attend high school in Oklahoma. Istrate is also the defending champion of the UCO Land Run, which in 2008 was her first ever meet as a member of the UCO team after her transfer from Oklahoma State. Other players to watch include senior Evelyn Berko, who has earned all Lone Star Conference honors each of her first three seasons at UCO. Sophomore Heather Braley and junior Julia Crocker also look to carry the team this season. The team also has five incoming freshmen this sea-

son that will look to contribute. "This is a big change for the freshmen because they're coming in, obviously out of high school, where their longest race was two miles," said Martin. "And now we're jumping up to 5K which is over a mile longer." Martin also says that the conference and regional meets are 6K once again, adding more distance to what they were used to in high school. This season UCO has been picked fifth in the pre-season Lone Star Conference Poll. Midwestern State has been picked to repeat as conference champion again this season based on their victory at the conference meet a season ago. Last season UCO finished fourth in the conference in a season when they only had four runners available at times due to injury problems. The team will be tested early. After opening the season hosting the UCO Photo Provided Land Run in Edmond, the team will travel to Friends University in Wichita, Heather Braley runs in a meet last season versus OBU. The UCO women's Kan. and then will head to Joplin, Mo. cross country team starts their season this Saturday at Mitch Field in Edmond. for another meet that Martin says will Istrate missed out on a lot of summer to be fan-friendly with a great view of the be their best test of the early season. However, he likes their position better this training due to a nagging knee injury from runners from the middle of the course. year over last year mainly due to being the spring, but she is back now and ready healthy and having more runners ready to to go. Martin says she will catch up and be participate. fine by the end of the season. Martin considers his squad to be a The season is set to begin with the UCO younger team. The team only has one Land Run on September 5 at 8:00 a.m. senior but is not completely void of mean- "We hope that a lot of the students and a lot of the people will come out and give us ingful experience. "I am very pleased in what I see in the support," said Martin. He says that the new kids and the freshmen," said Mar- kids on the team really respond to that. tin. They will have to contribute if UCO The team looks at the opening meet in is going to accomplish one of their major front of the home fans as a very important season goals of winning the Lone Star one. The meet at Edmond's Mitch Park will Conference. Overall the health of the team looks be the first of the season for almost all of pretty good coming into the season. Alina the teams involved. The course is known

2009-2010 Broncho hockey season preview Chris Wescott Spoils Ad/to/

A retired NHL Hockey coach once said, "If you are going to win games, you had better be ready to adapt." The above quote applies to the 2009-2010 University of Central Oklahoma hockey team in many ways. The Bronchos are coming off their best season to date, finishing among the nation's best and participating in their first national tournament in their three years of existence. The Bronchos will return most of their team from last season, losing three players, but gaining three more in the process. This year they will rely on returning stars and the newcomers to take thems to their ultimate goal, a national championship. Last season, Matt Cohn led the team in all point categories, with 40 points total in the regular season. Of those 4o points, 18 were goals and 22 were assists. Cohn had eight power play goals on the year. All were team highs. Cohn may have to increase his numbers further to help the Bronchos get through a season that has them facing five national tournament teams in 14 games. AJ Alfrey needs to turn in a big senior year to complement Cohn after finishing second on the team in points last season. Alfrey had 13 goals and 19 assists, turning in five power play goals. Although his numbers dropped slightly from his sophomore campaign, Alfrey has looked good this offseason and is focused

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on the season ahead. Paired with Cohn, the two make a formidable force at the forward position. Defensive player Mike Haszto is also returning, and is looking to carry the momentum he built up in the playoffs last season into this one. He ranked fourth on tne team last year with 26 total points in the regular season, but added a few more in the playoffs. The Bronchos will need him to continue to play at a high level this season. In goals, the Bronchos don't have to worry about bringing in new talent. UCO will return all three of their goalies from last season. Justin Sgro, Cory McGlone and sophomore Eric Murbach will be in net for the Bronchos this year. McGlone had a solid showing versus Illinois last season in the playoffs, as did Justin Sgro against Robert Morris. The two should be rotated throughout the season as the Bronchos did last year, oftentimes playing the hot glove. Eric Murbach, the youngest of the group, should also see an increase in playtime this season. Since last season, Bronchos head coach Craig McAlister has been stressing that the Bronchos will need bigger contributions from their more physical players to make the difference this year. They need this, considering the strength of schedule and physical play of their opponents. The list of players ready to do this includes, but is not limited to, hard hitters Casey Smith, Kyle Hirsch and Kevin Fukala. Physical play will make the difference as the season rolls on this year. The whole team seems up to the challenge.

Looking ahead, the Bronchos face a tough schedule. In addition to playing five national tournament teams this year, the Bronchos will also face tough challenges against Oakland and Arizona State. However, they return a solid core of fast, technically sound and talented players. Team consistency is often the key to a successful run in sports and the Bronchos have it. Though they may no longer be skating under the radar, UCO is set for a great season. The keys to the Bronchos achieving their goals for this season include staying healthy, playing more physical, an increase in scoring, contributions from the newcomers and a one-game-at-a-time mentality. If UCO does that, this will be one very exciting season for the Bronchos and their fans.

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UCO falls in season opener Despite Noohi's record game, Bronchos lose to PSU 42-13

Chris Wescott .s,)„,ys Editor

The Bronchos came into Saturday night's game against seventh-ranked Pittsburg State, knowing that it would be an uphill battle. First-game jitters and mistakes cost the Bronchos a shot at a lategame comeback as they lost to the Gorillas 42-13. Pittsburg State leapt out to an early 21-3 lead over the Bronchos before UCO hit its stride. The Bronchos cut their lead to 21-10 at half time after a 39-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Gallimore from Brandon Noohi with 5:56 left in the half. They had scoring opportunity two possessions later when Noohi threw another rainbow pass over the middle to a wide-open Ryan Gallimore in the end zone. However, the ball sailed just past the receiver's outstretched fingertips. That touchdown would have cut the Gorilla's lead to four, and switched the momentum in the Broncho's favor. The Gorillas took that missed opportunity by the Bronchos and ran with it. The game stayed tight into the third quarter with the Bronchos knocking on the door again, but failing to put points on the board. Pitt State scored on

a 13-yard touchdown run from Terrance Isaac to put the score at 28-13 with 1:02 left in the third. A late sack by UCO defensive end Freddie Harris almost gave the Bronchos excellent field position late in the game and another opportunity to cut the lead down. However, PSU quarterback John McCoy hit Kendall Fisher downfield for 38 yards and a first down on their way to another touchdown. The Gorillas then ran away with the game after a Brandon Noohi interception in the back of the end zone gave PSU the ball late in the game. It was a questionable call, as the defensive back for PSU bobbled the ball all the way out of the back of the end zone, •but the officials let the call stand. PSU then scored 21 unanswered points in the final 16 minutes and stifled any UCO hope at a comeback effort. "We put ourselves in a hole early and did a great job battling back to get in the game, but we couldn't get over the hump," UCO head coach Tracy Holland said after tik game. "It was a typical first game in that we made a lot of mistakes, but we played hard against a really good team in a hostile environment."

Noohi had a game for the record books after attempting a school-record 54-yard pass. He completed 29 of those passes for 333 yards, one touchdown and a lone interception. Noohi's performance was good for ninth all-time fame from a UCO quarterback. The problem for the Bronchos was a lack of running room as PSU loaded the box and dared the Bronchos to throw. UCO had just 45 yards, rushing the entire game. The Bronchos also got a great performance out of wide receiver Daniel Morrell, who frequently found himself open in space and recorded seven catches for 113 yards. Senior Ryan Gallimore also had a big night as he caught six balls and posted 88 yards and a touchdown. Matt Jackson had nine receptions for 67 yards. Freshman kicker Brian Didonato had a solid game kicking, as he was two of three, making field goals of 41 yards and 33 yards while missing a 45-yard kick as it fell just short. Didonato was one-forone on extra points. UCO continues its tough road stint when it travels to face number ii West Texas A&M next Saturday in Canyon, Texas.




Broncho scores from this weekend: UCO Volleyball:

UCO Soccer:

vs. St. Mary's University

W 3-0

vs. Florida Southern College

L 2-3

vs. Metropolitan State College

L 1 -3

vs. Millersville University

W 3-0

vs. University of the L 1-2 Incarnate Word vs. Saint Edward's University L 0-2

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