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STATE CRIME LAB RECEIVES FUNDING by Nelson Solomon Staff Writer-

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation's new Forensic Science Center recently received a $390,000 grant from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, officials said. The lab is currently under construction across the street from UCO, between Central Plaza and Fink Park. The lab will benefit both the OSBI and UCO's Forensic Sciences department, as the facility will include instructional space for students in the department. The City of Edmond also had a hand in bringing the new lab to its current location. "The OSBI and UCO have always had a close working relationship, with respect to the Forensic Science Program at the school," said Charles Curtis, Criminalistic Services Division directorfor the OSBI. Curtis added that many practicum students from UCO spend a semester rotating through each laboratory or working on a project in a specific area to give them experience in forensic science and an opportunity to see what a forensic laboratory is like. "When the funding became available to build a new Forensic Science Center, UCO and the City of Edmond identified the present site and assisted the OSBI in obtaining the land," Curtis continued. Curtis explained that the grant through the Noble Foundation was established to provide classroom furnishings for the two classrooms and common areas in the admin-

by Vista photographer Chris Otten

The new OSBI laboratory undergoes constant construction as building crews finalize the last steps of the layout.

istrative wing of the facility. "Also, there are training laboratories present next to the classroom," said Curtis. The grant also provides for a genetic analyzer, real time PCR system, microscopes, and a gas chro-

done in the main laboratory that is used for case work. "Again, students gain practical experience, the OSBI benefits from the completed research or validation; and the process doesn't tie up instrumentation used for casework

matograph/mass spectrometer, according to Curtis. Curtis emphasized that the training labs can be used by students to do research or complete validation studies but students will not get in the way of any work

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or interfere with normal laboratory activities," said Curtis. Additionally, Curtis noted that some of the funding is also for reference materials that can be used in research and also for audiovisual equipment for the classrooms.

The Oklahoman has reported the OSBI plans to move into the building by November.

Nelson Solomon can be reached at nsolomon@thevistaonline.com.

Craig reconsiders resignation by AP Writer

by Vista photographer Chris Albers

A single fallen leaf lays in front of Old North Wednesday, September 5. Fall is corning.

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Sen. Larry Craig sought the dismissal of a Senate ethics committee complaint on Wednesday and relayed word that he will resign his seat only if he fails to withdraw a guilty plea stemming from an airport men's room sex sting by Sept. 30. "He said he is going to try and get the case in Minnesota dismissed," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader, telling reporters he had heard from the Idaho lawmaker earlier in the day. McConnell spoke several hours after Craig's lawyers appealed to the ethics committee to dismiss the .complaint against him, saying it stemmed merely from personal conduct, and did not relate to his official duties. The Idaho conservative was arrested in a men's room of the Minneapolis airport on June 11. An undercover police officer stationed in the restroom said Craig had exhibited behavior consistent with seeking sex. Craig's defiance _ he announced on Saturday he intended to resign on Sept 30 _ left Republican leaders quietly dismayed. McConnell twice declined to answer when asked whether he believes Craig should quit

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right." —Isaac Asimov

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Idaho's Senior U.S. Senator Larry Craig takes a moment before he announces his resignation from the senate Sept. 1.

his seat. "My view remains what I said last Saturday. I thought he made the difficult, but correct decision to resign. That would still be my view today," he said. McConnell told reporters that Craig had told him that if he fails to have his guilty plea dismissed by Sept. 30, "it is his intention to resign from the Senate." If he does win the dismissal of the guilty plea, "it would be his intention to come back to the Senate to deal with

the ethics committee case ... and try to finish his term." It • was not clear when Craig's attorneys intended to file papers in Minnesota to have his plea withdrawn. The senator pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct on Aug. 1. McConnell and the rest of the Republican leadership last week asked the ethics committee to look into Craig's case, part of a concerted effort to push him into resignation.

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"Should a politician's sexual preference be made public knowledge? Why?" "It should be private, or else they will get judged on something they shouldn't."

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"No. Until candidates run as homosexuals, nothing will change. They're still the closet culture."

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"No, a politician's sexual preference in no way affects their public responsibilities." Kelly PetrusawichWilson Public Relations - Senior

"I don't think it should matter. Sexual preference shouldn't change a person's view as long as he's doing what's right for the cornmunity."

EDITORS NOTE: SURE YOU'RE NOT GAY, SENATOR CRAIG As the feeding frenzy continues unabated in the saga of embattled Idaho Senator Larry Craig, most Americans are probably saying just about the same thing to themselves. "Sure, Senator Craig, ' you're riot gay." Just because the Republican wanted a little man-on-man action while at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport back in June, that doesn't make him a homosexual, does it? Afterall, traveling is very stressful these days, and what better way to relieve a little stress than to engage in some sex in a public restroom. We've all had those days, haven't we? The answer to that question is probably no, at least for those of us who established our sexuality long before we reached our sixties (Craig is 62). What Larry Craig is, and this is quite sad for his wife and other family members, is a closet homosexual. At 62, Craig should have been well past his "I'm down for whatever" phase. The fact that he couldn't wait to return home and get his rocks off in the manner he usually does speaks volumes about Craig's "gayness." In the plainest of terms, Senator Craig, along with his family, should be pitied. The senator was probably brought

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up in an era, and by parents, who no doubt looked down on homosexuality, which is putting it mildly. At work, with his Republican counterparts, he probably felt a sense of alienation that most of us will never experience. And now he is exposed for what he really is, which isn't even a bad thing when you look at the big picture (sincerest apologies to all the homophobes out there). But come on, Senator Craig, don't tell us you're not gay, because actions, as

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we all know, speak far louder than words. Remember George Michael and his little bathroom incident in Beverly Hills? Yeah, lie used to deny that he was gay too, mainly because he thought it would hurt his career. Clearly Senator Craig, who just today announced he would "reconsider" resigning Sept. 30, is struggling with the same demons George Michael grappled with back in the 1980s when he was a member of Wham! Unfortunately for Craig,

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EDITORIALS Opinion columns, editorial cartoons, reviews and commentaries represent the views of the writer or artist and not necessarily the views of The Vista Editorial Board, the Department of Mass Communication, UCO or the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges. The Vista is not an official medium of expression for the Regents or UCO.

the damage has been done. He was caught, redhanded, being gay, which in his political party, is damning and apparently grounds for termination. What Craig needs to do now is jump right into the gay world. He had the tenacity to make it all the way to the. senate. Now he needs to channel that same energy into 'living a gay lifestyle, which promises to make him far happier than he is today.

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 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034-5209, or deliver in person to the editor in the Communications Building, Room 107. Letters can be e-mailed to editorial@thevistaonl ine. coin.


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by AP Writer A blind Vietnam veteran disarmed and severely beat a man who had just gunned down the former Navy man's wife, mother and sister-in-law. Police said Wednesday that the shootings in an upscale home near the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday were triggeredby a domestic dispute. After the gunman fired shotgun blasts that killed Joseph Brent Link's wife, mother and sister-in-law, Link injured him so badly in the face and the head that police have not been able to interview 'him. Officers initially thought the wounds were life threatening, Norman police Capt. Leonard Judy said. The injured man, described by police only as Link's 50-year-old brotherin-law, remained hospitalized in critical condition. Killed by single shotgun blasts to their torsos were Link's wife, Tami, 52; his sister, Sheila Ellis, 56, and

ant, very sweet people." Moring said Joseph Brent Link was a Navy and Marine Corps veteran. Navy and Marine Corps flags were among six flags that hung from flagpoles outside of the house. He is also a volunteer with the Oklahoma League for the Blind, according to the organization's Web site. Following his military career, Joseph Link opened his own business developing adaptive technology for the blind and vision impaired, the Web site says. He also works with blind veterans groups and to educate people about blindness and find opportunities for the blind. The shootings rattled neighborhood residents. "If this wasn't happening right now, this street would be full of kids, children in strollers and people walking their dogs," said neighbor Charles Keeling.

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Students interested in giving feedback and their input in regards to technology at UCO might want to become a member of the Student Technology Advisory Board. The Board is comprised of students who represent the "various student demographics," Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, vice president for Information Technology, said. Their main purpose is to provide feedback to the Office of Information Technology, not only about the technology in use on campus, but general technology as well. This is everything from computers on

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ALAS RAISES FUNDS FOR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF by Nelson Solomon Staff Writer The Association of Latin American Students held a relief fundraising effort last week for the victims of the recent earthquake that took place in Peru. They accepted donations at the Nigh University Center from 1I :00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every day from last Monday to Friday. "We ended up collecting about $200 by the end of the week," said John Flores, Vice President of A.L.A.S. All donations will be sent to the American Red Cross, who is currently in charge of the relief operations and activities in South America. The Associated Press reported on Aug. 30 that the magnitude-8 earthquake on Aug. 15 leveled most of Pisco, a port city 125 miles southeast of Lima, killing at least 519 people, injuring 1,366 and destroying 40,000 homes. "The earthquake could be felt in Ecuador and Colombia, and even into the northern part of Chile," said Flores. "There was mild damage in the capital city, Lima." Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the U.N.'s humanitarian affairs office, told the AP that "despite substantial help initially from Latin America, Europe,

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around the city of Pisco is destroyed," Flores added. Flores said Glenn Freeman, Immigration Adviser at the International Students Services office and sponsor for the A.L.A.S., is actively involved in the cause and a great help to the relief effort. The International Student Council is also joining in the effort to raise funds. Flores referenced a statement for students and faculty of UCO to remember: "A small contribution from you can make a big difference for someone else." "The A.L.A.S. wants to thank the UCO and Edmond community for their effort and willingness to help others, and appreciates all their support," he stated. Flores is from Peru, and is personall y affectedby the damage done in his home country. "You can just see the images, it's devastating, disheartening. There's not much we can do, but at least we can help out with the relief effort." For more information, contact Flores at ifloreshidones@ucok.edu .

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The U.S. Marshals is the oldest law enforcement agency in the United States. They get more than 40,000 applicants a year and very few make it through the stringent requirements. Started about four years ago, the program for training potential Marshals at UCO is harder to graduate from than Washington's own program. "The U.S. Marshals have certain requirements, but ours are higher," said Kathryn Williams, a professor in sociology and criminal justice. "It's said that the only people who make it into the U.S. Marshals are those who have degrees after serving in the military, or make it through our program." UCO's own program is a very difficult to enter, requiring a 3.0 GPA in the student's major field of study and have an overall GPA of 2.75. The student must be enrolled as a major in criminal justice, political science, psychol-

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arrest procedures, prisoner movement, trial procedures and firearm familiarization, among several other things. In the four years of the program's existence, a grand total of two people have graduated. One has become a Marshal in Phoenix and another one, Raymond Brown, is, as this is going to press, on his way to the academy for final training. There is one more student about to graduate from the program. The U.S. Marshal has a great deal of responsibilities including tracking down fugitives, prisoner transportation, protecting federal judges and issuing warrants. U.S. Marshals are also the only law enforcement officers with the power to arrest the president, provided that they have a legal warrant to do so.

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ROTC Cadet Olympics prepare members for rigors of war by Hannah Jackson Sky,- Writer The UCO Broncho Battalion conducted its annual Fall Cadet Olympics Aug. 30 at the practice field north of the football stadium. ROTC cadets were separated into four groups — freshmen (MS-I), sophomores (MS-II), juniors (MS-III) and seniors (MS-IV). The miniOlympics allowed cadets to effectively workwithin a team, and also competed in physical fitness-related activities. The MS-II cadets won the first event, the litter carry. In the litter carry, four cadets carried a fifth team member on a litter, which is similar to the portable beds paramedics use to transport victims into an ambulance. Samantha Smith, a freshman criminal justice major, said that she'd been told the Olympics would be fun, but didn't realize exactly how fun the events would be. "ROTC...is harder than I thought it'd be. I was expecting the worst and got worse than the worst," Smith said. So, when she was told the Olympics would be fun, she still wasn't sure until she got to the field. "Everyone's version of fun is different," she said. The second event was the fireman carry. Every team member chose a partner to carry 30 yards at which point the cadets switched positions to run the 30 yards back. The race was run as a relay with

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Cadets participate in the fireman's carry during the Cadet Olympics on Thursday, August 30. the MS-III finishing first. The MS-III cadets also won the third event called the dizzy bat. In this event, cadets run 50 yards at which point they spin 10 times around a baseball bat and run (crookedly) back to their team. Freshmen outnumbered the

seniors with almost twice as many cadets — so most MSIV cadets had to run twice and were extremely disoriented by the end of the relay. Jeremy Hall, a senior criminal justice major, said although it looked like the MS-IV didn't seem very

strong, they could still win. "Right now the three's (MS-III) are looking good, but we've come second so we have a chance to win or tie at least," said Hall. The fourth event was the hand-grenade throw. Using "duds" each cadet threw

a grenade 30 yards into a marked area to demonstrate accuracy. Chris Yanger, a freshman business administrative major, was the first to make a grenade into the target area. Cody Willis, a criminal justice major, made the only on-target grenade for the MS-

IV, who came in second place. Juniors, again, took first. Jimmy Letterman, a senior cadet, said the grenade toss helps prepare for the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). which all cadets attend between their junior and senior year. The course is held at Fort Lewis, Wash. "Seniors get to throw two live grenades at LDAC," said Letterman. The fifth event involved teams dividing into groups of three members. The three cadets carried two five-gallon water cans for 100 yards at which point the next three cadets carry the containers. The MSIII cadets won this relay. The juniors also won the next relay event which called for cadets to carry a sandbag to a 50-yard line and back. The MS-II cadets scored the most goals to win the soccer event, but the MSIII came back to win the last two events, the push-up station and a sprint relay. The final event finished at about 5p.m. and was followed by a barbecue and an awards ceremony. The (MSIII) came in first place followed by the (MS-II). The third and fourth places went to (MS-I) and (MS-IV) respectively. The cadets won water bottles, key chains, hats, tshirts and ROTC gym bags. Hannah Jackson can be reached at hjackson@thevistaonline.com.

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Ohio Rep. Paul Gillmor, a Republican whose political career covered four decades, has died, party officials said. "Born, raised and educated in our home state of Ohio, Paul never lost sight of the reason he came to Congress to serve this great institution and his constituents with dedication and distinction," House Republican Leader John Boehner, also of Ohio, said in a statement. "With the passing of Paul Gillmor, the people of northwest Ohio have lost a favorite son," said House Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam, R-Fla. The body of the 68-yearold congressman was found by staff members who went to his apartment Wednesday after he failed to show up for work, according to a Republican aide who spoke

ment.There was no immediate word on the cause of his death. Gillmor's office did not respond to a reporter's call. Gillmor had been in Ohio last week to attend a series of town meetings and tour areas of the state that were hit hard by flooding. "His sudden passing is a shock to us all and he will be greatly missed," Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted said in a statement. Gillmor, who represented Ohio's heavily Republican 5th District in the Bowling Green area, was first elected to Congress in 1988. He served as a Vietnam War-era judge advocate in AP Photo

A Capitol Hill police officer stands in the doorway of the office of Rep. Paul Gillmor, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. Gillmore died Wednesday.

the Air Force after :r .rd • *ng A'Cti661,' vior he Ohio stat senate in 1966,,and served there for 22 years, rising to the senate presidency. After an unsuccessful run for governor in 1986, Gillmor was elected to the U.S. House in 1988 after eking out a 27vote victory in the primary. As a House member he was a little-known but solid Republican vote, a reliable conservative on social issues, and a strong proponent of the military. He led legislative efforts in such areas as cleanups of commercially contaminated sites known as brownfields and enacting financial service reforms.

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Seekers of new furniture, vehicles, homes, jobs, fellow carpoolers, relationships, or even forums to discuss various topics anonymously might benefit from a Web site that is gaining popularity in Oklahoma. "[Craigslist.org] is like a bunch of garage sales all put together, but without the hassle of having to drive all around town to find them," Will Henson, an Edmond native whose lived in Las Vegas for the past eight years, said. Craigslist began as a hobby for Craig Newmark, a senior Web-oriented software engineer, who would send lists of events in the San Francisco area to others via e-mail, according to the Web site. It quickly evolved into a for-profit organization in 1999, gained CEO Jim Buckmaster in 2000 and has since spread, mostly through word-of-mouth, to more than 400 cities worldwide, including the addition of Oklahoma City in 2005. "My sister-in-law [in San Diego] kept talking about it and all the good deals, but I didn't need anything at the time," Henson said. "Finally, I

Photo illustration by Chris Albers checked it out and found some stuff I needed. I've found some good stuff ... it depends on what you're looking for." The Web site is free to everyday users who are simply seeking goods or services or who want to post ads not listed as exceptions under the site's FAQ section. The profit

the organization does receive comes primarily from job postings and brokered apartment ads in a few select cities. It is estimated that more than 25 million people use craigslist each month and approximately one million or more job listings are posted each month.

One favorite section for many users is a link that takes them to a list of free items offered by other craigslist users. Some of the items, such as used sheet metal, might be considered junk to one user, while another user would consider the same items treasures. "I'm planning to put

some stuff for sale on there, but haven't done it yet," Henson said. "If I buy [a new car], I think I'll probably try to sell my truck there." Of course, as with nearly all community-themed Web sites, there is a risk of spammers and scammers, along with those who post

personal information or personal attacks regarding users at craigslist. The organization has several links that deal with how to identify these threats, provide feedback concerning threats or questionable activities on the site, flag abusive posts and a find a list of known issues that have been addressed and dealt with previously. More examples of issues the Web site has dealt with, and continues to deal with, include what is commonly referred to as the Nigerian Financial Scam, the Klez worm, professional e-mail harvesters and spammers and commercial Web site sparnmers. Craigslist devotes "a LOT of time and energy to [combating] these evils, but it's a never-ending battle," according to the Web site. Additionally, the organizations devotes several pages of text detailing various ways that users might protect themselves from scams and frauds and includes in the details various e-mails actually received by users from those attempting to scam them. Oklahomans interested in accessing the site may visit craigslist.org and click on the link for Oklahoma City.

APPLE UNEXPECTEDLY LOWERS PRICE OF IPHONE than 5 ercent after the price drop announced, losing $7.40 to close at $136.76. "It will absolutely help sales _ but at what cost?" asked Tim Beyers, an analyst at The Motley Fool research and investment group. "People who bought the iPhone weeks or months ago must really be annoyed, and with good reason they might think twice about being the first to buy future Apple products. This smacks a little of desperation, and it's very unlike Apple." Also Wednesday, CEO Steve Jobs unveiled updated iPods, including the version with a touch-sensitive screen, wireless Internet access and a Web browser. Unlike an iPhone, it can't make or receive phone calls. The iPod Touch allows users to download songs wire-

by AP Writer Apple Inc. slashed the price of the iPhone by $200 Wednesday a rare move for the company that typically discounts only older products.,It also updated its iPod media players, introducing a model with a touch-screen and other iPhone features. The 8-gigabyte iPhone will be $399 _ $200 cheaper than the same model when it went on sale in June. The 4-gigabyte iPhone, which sold for $399, will be phased out. By comparison, the new touch-

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Jobs, speaking at a media event in San Francisco, also showed off other iPod updates, including an iPod Nano with a 2-inch screen for watching movies and playing built-in games. The current version does not play videos. "It's incredibly tiny. It's incredibly thin," Jobs said of the new Nano. "We think it's really, really beautiful." The new Nano, which will be in stores starting this weekend, will come in a 4-gigabyte version for $149, and an 8-gigabyte version for $199. Apple also announced it will be selling ring tones for the iPhone for 99 cents, plus the 99-cent cost of the song. Ring tones from more than 500,000 songs available on iTunes will go on sale next week.

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The age old question of "What do I want to do with my life" can be difficult to answer. Some people are simply blessed with having all the answers and knowing just what field they want to major in. But some start on one major only to find it is not what they want at all. This is the time to change your major, to something that will be exactly what you want. The first step in changing your major is to look over what classes are offered in that field of study, if you have no interest in becoming the next Shakespeare, I don't think you would want to major in

Creative Studies or English. However, if the sex life of tiny one-celled organisms is your cup of tea, microbiology is probably the choice for you. Look at the core classes, the courses that comprise the bulk of the degree and see if they interest you. If you can see yourself really getting into the subject, then take one of the classes. Going to college means choosing a path that will train you in a field that will hopefully lead to a successful career, but you don't have to stay in your first choice. Most students start out in college fresh from high school and

many life-changing experiences happen during the four plus years you are in college. This means your likes and dislikes will no doubt be amended during this time. So, if you decide it is time to change your major, simply get yourself over to your friendly neighborhood adviser and do just that. Your future is in your hands, after all.

JUSTIN LANGSTON First, an apology: during my last column, I said that DVDs are 720p, which is inaccurate. Some readers were smart enough to correct my error. Apparently, DVDs have 720 pixels, not 720 lines. Good comedies can sometimes be difficult to find. Over the weekend, I saw "Death at a Funeral," a hilarious movie that features one of my favorite actors from British television, Mathew MacFayden

low humor, but too often poor comedy simply relies on these types of gags and simply tells us when it's okay to laugh. Take a look at a Shakespearean comedy. Yes, there are plenty of fart jokes, but Shakespeare never beats the reader about the head and neck with them. Chaucer might, but at least his fart jokes literally had character. Shakespeare was abletto craft his humor by using subtlety, by giving even his goofiest plays relevance and character. Look at "Much Ado About Nothing." It's not funny just because Benedick is an idiot half the time, but because there's a sense of relevance the story has. The truth is, all the running around and preening we do for the opposite sex really is funny when looked at objectively. "Much Ado" can easily be seen as a sad story about miscommunication and loneliness, but it's not. It's a clever parody

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ANDRO I DTA I NM EN T from MI-5. It features several insane things, like gay midgets, Alan Tudyk's (Wash from "Serenity") character on something like LSD plus, and a very distressed priest at the funeral for MacFayden's father. The movie is riotously funny. It was the best comedy I've seen since "Thank You For Smoking" last year. Yes, it is better than "Superbad." The reason why "Death at a Funeral" is so good is because it's poignant. That's been the problem with a lot of comedies lately. They're funny, yeah, but they don't have much in the way of substance. Too often, comedy films rely on cheap laughs that have all the subtlety of being kicked in the nuts. Truly good humor comes from intricacy and character, not lame fart jokes and homophobia. It's not that fart or gay jokes aren't funny, or even really

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of how stupid all of us can be. It's not overt. Th,: play doesn't tell you when to laugh. Neither does "Death at a Funeral." It assumes that the audience is smart enough to know when to laugh and what is funny. It is also relevant. We all think our families are crazy sometimes (or all of the time). It also doesn't beat us over the head with cheap laughs. Yes, there is a gay midget, but the audience doesn't get blasted with stereotypes. Sure, Simon (Alan Tudyk) walks around naked, stoned out of his mind for about 90 percent of the movie but it's never over-the-top. Comedies should be funny first, but their humor can be so much deeper than just what it normally is. Low humor is fine from time to time, but there needs to be more quality laughs and fewer cheap ones.

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Leo - (July 23-Aug 22) Remember, when you study, don't strain. You need all the brain cells you have just to make it through the semester. Virgo - (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) That thing you had on back order has finally arrived; you are now the proud owner of the only working time machine on the block. Would e-Bay lie?

Libra - (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) My crystal ball's vertical hold went kaput, so I will have to make do with a snow glob...I see snow, lots and lots of snow with tiny people in your future. Scorpio - (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Don't let your alter ego run amuck, you can't afford all the charges on your credit card.

Sagittarius - (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Ahhh, Sagittarius, you have a good horoscope, you will be pleased. But first you need to send $19.95 to the Cosmic voices. The future isn't free you know.

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'Masters of Horror' provides a worthy fright fest by Steven Reckinger Co-Editor

DVD Review For centuries, people have been fascinated with the notion of being frightened. Countless tales of horror and intrigue have been conjured by the minds of men and women who believe that the mere necessity to increase adrenaline levels is only secondary to what lies within the dark depths of the human imagination. "Masters of Horror" is a television series, created by Mick Garris (Stephen King's "The Stand") and intended for Showtime. It became an opportunity for writers and directors to exercise their artistic freedom by producing one-hour episodes filled with horror, mayhem and the supernatural. While many renowned directors like John Carpenter ("Halloween"), Tobe Hooper ("Texas Cha insaw Massacre") and Joe Dante ("Gremlins") utilized their creativity for the project, the 26 episodes of the series are primarily hit-and-miss. Aug. 28 saw the release of

the entire first season, either packaged in a 'mausoleum' box with all 13 episodes, or two individual volumes with six episodes apiece (the final episode of the season is only available in the complete set). The variety in stories ranges from sadistic serial killers to apocalyptic undead bashes to the disturbing, erotic desires for the dearly departed. Depending on one's taste for horror, many of the episodes may feel too contrived or uninspired. Here, we have several talented directors who use their efforts to produce something special, but the execution tends to fall flat. Not to say the "Masters of Horror" series is a waste of time. There are many examples here of fine artistic ability. For example, Dario Argento ("Suspiria") uses the comic, "Jenifer," to fashion a twisted tale of mythological proportions. Jenifer, a grotesque woman with a craving for human flesh, represents a kind of Siren, luring susceptible men into her trap. After a while, it becomes a difficult episode to watch, more so than the others, due to its unsettling sexual content, but Argento uses his masterful skills to turn a truly horrific story into one of magnetism. In "Homecoming,"

director Dante exploits the Iraqi War by constructing a political satire about undead American soldiers returning to the United States to protest the government. It's not particularly scary or gory, but for those with political neutrality, it's an interesting take on executive order. According to many fans, John Carpenter's "Cigarette Burns" remains one of the best shows of the season. With its captivating story about a film dealer attempting to uncover a European snuff film called "La Fin Absolue du Monde," French for "The Absolute End of the World," the episode takes the viewer on a dark, philosophical jour-

ney. Carpenter combines art with violence and succeeds in making one of the most fascinating stories come to life. Within the set, there's one humorous episode to help balance the tone. John Landis ("National Lampoon's Animal House" and "An American Werewolf in London") directs "Deer Woman," a Native American mythological creature that wreaks havoc. Its quirkiness and overall silliness make this one much too tongue-in-cheek for the serious horror fan, but it certainly has its charm. John McNaughton ("Henry: The Portrait of a Serial Killer") gives life to a Clive Barker short story

called "Haeckel's Tale" about a medical student in 1800s Massachusetts trying to discover a scientific way to resurrect the dead. He stumbles upon a husband and wife who are acquainted with a magician who claims he can restore life through magic. The story is your basic Frankenstein with a bit of a twist in the end, but the 19th century elevated language and numerous plot holes tend to make this one merely entertaining fare without the need for a complex buildup. What's more disappointing about this one is that George A. Romero ("Night of the Living Dead") was to direct, but a scheduling conflict prevented it from happening. Stuart Gordon ("ReAnimator") contributes with what he does best: directing a H.P. Lovecraft story with great execution. "Dreams in the Witch-House," based on Lovecraft's story of the same name, sees a graduate student renting a room in an old house in order to work on his thesis. What transpires are a series of events that questions his insanity. It's one of the better episodes of the season, and_ seems to embody the essence of what horror is about. "Imprint," the last episode of season one and the one

that was banned from cable television due to its explicit content, is a story directed by Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike ("Audition" and "Ichi the Killer"). Like the others, the episode was released as a stand-alone, but is only available in the full box set. It tells of an American journalist coming to Japan in search of a prostitute he had fallen in love with. Once there, he encounters a whole new meaning to the word `terror' as he lands on an island occupied by demons. What eventually follows is exactly why Showtime had an easy time banning it from their network: torture, incest, abortion and other extremely disturbing imagery. This year saw the end of season two, and rumor is, Showtime doesn't have any interest to bring the series back for a third season, but Lions Gate Entertainment has bought the rights. "Masters of Horror" is always a masterful effort to create some riveting horrific experiences, but it is certainly not a bad way to spend a weekend, witnessing how famous filmmakers form their visions.

Steve Reckinger can be reached at sreckinget@thevistaonlinacom.

Rabbit in the Moon releases debut album after a decade by Steven Reckinger Co-Editor

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Music Review Literally more than 10 years in the making, American electronic pioneer Rabbit in the Moon finally released their first full-length album, "Decade," after countless remixes, 12-inch singles and live performances. Hailing from Florida, Steven Eachon (Bunny) and David Christopher (Confucius) helped reinvent the electronic music scene with their experimental style of house, breakbeat,

trance and industrial. They gained recognition by remixing several songs by artists like Tori Amos, Garbage, 'Sarah 'McLachlan and The Smashing Pumpkins. Compared to their earlier work, "Decade" doesn't break down any barriers when it comes to innovative music. Many of the tracks on the album sound dated, ranging from simplistic beats to pulsating synthesized rhythms. The first track, "Timebomb," is a good introduction to what the rest of the album will sound like. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. The CD becomes a familiar experience, one that channels a feeling of déjà vu. There are very few tracks that stand out, making this one better suited for background

music. "Dubassex (Wish You Were Here)" is a prime example of this, an ambient track, accompanied with soft female voice samples. The David Bowie cover, "Let's Dance," and "Mind Fuct" are ones that separate some of the monotony associated with the instrumental songs. The final 15-minute track, "Decade," is really intended for the dance floor with its trance-like quality and heavy drum beats. But the CD isn't the real reason to buy this. To compensate for a music career void of actual studio releases, RITM packages together an 80-minute DVD with the album, comprised of music videos and live acts. The band is widely known in the rave culture for its theatrics and pulsepounding adrenaline rushes on stage. Their eccentricity and electrifying perform_ ances definitely makes this band worth checking out for anyone interested in DJ culture. It's easy to recommend "Decade" for its companion DVD, but the studio release is a mixed experience. It's a decent album, to say the least, but some people may expect more from a band that brought a strange kind of innovation to the dance music scene.

Steve Reckinger can be reached at sreckinger@thevistaonline.com .

by Andrew Knittle Staff Writer

Although it wasn't the greatest suspense movie ever made, 1997's "The Game" was still well above average when it's stacked against other films that hit theaters 10 years ago. Starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, "The Game" is the story of an extremely rich man (Douglas) who suddenly has his wealth - and identity - seemingly stolen away from him. Director David Fincher ("Seven," "Panic Room") masterfully sets the mood, capturing the cold, wet nights of San Francisco the same way he nailed New York City's grime and filth in 1995's "Seven." Leading Douglas through

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promote and needed to saturate • the marketplace with their handsome faces. All of this is a shame, because "The Game" had (and still has) everything going for it. Fincher was fresh off the critical and commercial success of "Seven," which was easily one of hippest/scariest films released during the 1990s. It had Penn and Douglas, both of whom are solid A-list talents. The plot, with all of its twists and turns, was farfetched yet, totally engaging. So, check out "The Game" next time you go to Blockbuster or Netflix or wherever you go to rent movies, you won't be wasting your time or money and they'll definitely have it in stock.

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ock Strap by Jeff Massie Today is the greatest day of the year. It's better than any birthday, holiday or first date (well those generally aren't good at all). Today, as I'm sure you already know, is the first day, of the professional football season. No longer are we stuck with just baseball, forced to choose between watching some thirty minute game drug out' over a few hours or the Little League World Series. Now there is must see TV almost every night between Thursday and Monday. That leaves just two nights without the gridiron action. All season long The Vista will be coming at you with our picks on NFL action, as well as UCO, OU and OSU. You can take these predictions to the bank — I'm not sure if it will be for a deposit or a loan to pay off the debt, but you can go there anyway. The Philadelphia Eagles will edge out America's team in the NFC East. I see it being some what of a down year in this once proud division, but the whole NFC seems to lack more than a couple dominant teams. From the North will again be the Bears courtesy of its dominant defense. Their major hurdle is their quarterback Rex Grossman, who could be extinct after this year if he keeps up his inconsistent ways. The western division is definitely the hardest to pick of the entire conference, as all four teams seem to have a realistic shot of coming out on top. Standing in the bottom of the league for so long, this will be the year the Arizona Cardinals finally put it together. With new offensive linemen, a talented young quarterback, an all-pro running back and one of the best receiving corps in the land, this team could be an

offensive juggernaut. The Saints will march out of the NFC South and will most likely be battling for the conference's best record. I predict the team from New Orleans to make it all the way to the Superbowl. Rounding out the wildcard spots will be the Cowboys, and I really can't imagine who will be the sixth. Instead of leaving it blank, lets go ahead and pick the Seahawks. The AFC seems to be head and shoulders above the other conference. The Colts will again win the South and the Patriots will dominate the East, even with Randy Moss inevitably causing problems. The best competitions are in the North and West. The West will undoubtedly come down to the Chargers and the Broncos, but thanks to the best running back in the league, San Diego will come away with the division title. Denver will also make its way into the postseason with a wildcard berth. Three powerful teams, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will be slugging it out all year in the most hotly contested division — the AFC North. The Ravens and Bengals will each reach the postseason. The Ravens will win the division and the Bengals will get the final wildcard spot. In somewhat of a shocker, I see the championship coming down to the Ravens and the Saints. The Ravens stifling defense and the offensive upgrade from Willis McGahee will carry them to the Superbowl title. There it is, a whole year's worth of predictions courtesy of the Jockstrap. Just like in baseball, all picks and forecasts are likely to change often and without notice at the writer's discretion.

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AP - Pro wrestler Chris Benoit suffered brain damage from his years in the ring that could help explain why he killed his wife, son and himself, a doctor who studied Benoit's brain said Wednesday. The analysis by doctors affiliated with the Sports Legacy Institute suggests that repeated concussions could have contributed to the killings at Benoit's suburban Atlanta home. An Emory University neurologist not involved in the testing agreed that multiple concussions can cause long-term brain injuries, but she stressed that "what types of symptoms that causes is still very unclear." The wrestler's father, Michael Benoit, told reporters Wednesday that he knows his son had concussions because his son told him so, but he also said he knows of no medical records or records kept by the wrestling league to support the diagnosis. Steroid use also has lingered as a theory behind the killings, since anabolic steroids were found in Chris Benoit's home and tests conducted by authorities showed Benoit had roughly 10 times the normal level of testosterone in his system when he died. The institute, which researches the long-term effects of concussions, coordinated the testing using samples of Benoit's brain tissue provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The Waltham, Mass.-based institute's president is former pro wrestler Christopher Nowinski, who has said he had to quit the ring after a kick to the head. Nowinski still has ties with World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., which runs the league he and Benoit were in. A lawyer for Stamford, Conn.-based WWE did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment. The company has maintained steroid use did not cause Benoit to snap. Despite the results of the institute's tests, there was no way to know for sure if Benoit's concussions contributed to the murder-suicide, said Dr. Robert Cantu, a member of the institute who also is chief of neurosurgery service at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass. "Whether it is the sole fdctor I believe is speculation and I will not go there," Cantu said by phone. The level of brain damage Benoit had can cause depression and irrational behavior, Cantu said. Benoit's brain showed the same degenerative processes that doctors working for the institute found in the brains of two men who had played pro football and committed suicide, Cantu said. There were abnormal protein deposits 'caused by trauma to Benoit's brain, Cantu said. There's no evidence that steroid use causes such protein deposits, Cantu said, though he noted the issue has not been exhaustively studied Investigators allowed the institute to test Benoit's brain tissue with the permission of his father, who lives near Edmonton in Ardrossan, Alberta. Dr. Wendy Wright, an intensive care neurologist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, said suffering multiple concussions can lead to behavioral changes. But she said, "This isn't something you would expect to see turn on one day and have someone fly into a vicious rage." Benoit's wife had filed a complaint in 2003 alleging "cruel treatment" and that he broke some furniture in their home, but investigators

have disclosed no other evidence of violence by Benoit outside the ring prior to the killings. The wife's complaint was later withdrawn. His father also said the wrestler seemed perfectly normal just a week before the killings. Michael Benoit said Wednesday that he agreed to the testing of his son's brain because murder-suicide was so out of character. He also disclosed that after the killings, he discovered a diary written by his son that showed his son was having problems. "After reading the diary, I would have thought it was written by someone who was extremely disturbed at the time," Michael Benoit said. He did not elaborate, but he did say a friend told him that prior to the murder-suicide, Chris Benoit had been wearing a rosary, which he said was also out of character. "I think it's the extreme that is in the wrestling industry today," he told reporters. "The human skull is not built to get hit by a chair or something." The father said he has not discussed with his attorney whether to take any legal action against the WWE or anyone else in the case. Nowinski, who works for the WWE on its initiative to encourage young people to vote, said concussions can happen in pro wrestling even though many of the moves are staged. Prosecutors have said Benoit, 40, strangled his wife with a cord, used a choke hold to strangle his 7-year-old

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Pro wrestler Chris Benoit suffered brain damage from his years in the ring that could help explain why he killed his wife, son and himself, a doctor who studied Benoit's brain said.

son, placed Bibles next to the bodies and hanged himself on a piece of exercise equipment the weekend of June 22. Authorities have said Benoit's personal doctor, Phil Astin, prescribed a 10-month supply of anabolic steroids

to Benoit every three to four weeks between May 2006 and May 2007. Astin has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of improperly prescribing painkillers and other drugs to two patients other than Benoit.

World cup soccer kicks off by Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer

The qualifying matches for ISC World Cup Soccer this year begin September 7, 3 p.m. at Plunkett Park. The event this year has been expanded to include different student associations, organizations, fraternities, and sororities besides the regular country organizations. "We want to make it a more happening sport here and develop it into one of the biggest multi-cultural events on campus. Of course, volunteers are always needed and we welcome everybody to participate or just volunteer," said Koichi Sakamoto, co-chair of the ISC World Cup Soccer 2007 committee. The qualifying matches

will take place every Friday with three games each week. The games are 40 minutes each with 20-minute halves time and a 10 minutes break between matches. Each team is allowed to have 16 players and the organizers expect at least 10 teams this year. "Last year we had seven teams," said Sakamoto. World teams need not limit themselves to countries but can form regional teams as well. Also, a team is allowed to have both male and female members. "The highlight of the event is the semifinals and the finals. The defending champion is the Japanese team. The Japanese female soccer players are pretty good too, even though they are not a part of UCO's varsity team," said Sakamoto.

Free pizza and drinks will be provided for both the audience and players at the two main events. The referee for the games is Jalal Daneshfar who advises the Soccer Committee and is also an international student adviser. Winners and runners-up win special T-shirts. The league matches take two to three months to complete before the semi-finals and finals is decided on. "Teams have already begun signing up and we hope to encourage people to participate as an audience, ifnot team members," said Sakamoto.

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Bronchos bash the Wildcats by Jeff Massie Sports Editor To the tune of keys jingling and a chorus of "overrated," the UCO football team celebrated as they closed out the game Saturday night — defeating No. 11 Abilene Christian 27-17. It was a contest of two teams that had been going in opposite directions just a year ago. UCO ended last season with four consecutive losses and a 5-6 record while the Wildcats' 8-3 mark had carried them to the playoffs. But with a new year and a clean slate, the Bronchos delivered the upset and began their campaign with the best possible result — a win. "This was a great win for this football team," defensive

coordinator and interim head coach Steve Patterson said in a statement to UCO media relations. "Everybody in our locker room expected to win." The game, however, didn't exactly start out the way the home team wanted. UCO was held scoreless the first quarter, while the Wildcats had put 10 up on their side of the scoreboard, including a 68-yard connection from quarterback Billy Malone to Wildcat receiver Jerale Badon. Down by double digits and backed up to its own 35, UCO defensive back Brandon Smith would come up with an interception that potentially saved the game. Smith's 42yard return to the Wildcat 28 set up the first touchdown of UCO's 27-point outburst. The Bronchos drove the

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Tim Johnson tackles an Abilen Christian player at Wantland Stadium on Sept. 1.

ball within the five-yard line on one pass and then handed off to running back David Copper for the score. UCO would then go on to take the lead in its next possession after the defense forced Abilene Christian to punt. The go-ahead touchdown was scored when running back Ben Birmingham delivered a forceful 23-yard gallop to the endzone. It was the longest run of the day for Birmingham, who led the Bronchos in rushing with 92 yards on 19 carries. The team in blue would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game after kicker Chad Susman converted the extra point to go up 14-10. With Abilene Christian reeling from a pair of unanswered touchdowns, the UCO defense would again set up another score. After recovering a fumble with 34 seconds left in the half, the offense drove 14 yards before Susman delivered the ball 21 yards and through the uprights with just nine seconds remaining. The field goal extended the Broncho lead to seven. Fired up by a strong second quarter, the Bronchos returned to the field and added to their lead after receiving the opening kickoff in the second half. Quarterback Ryan O'Hara threw a 65-yard bomb to Rick Montgomery to complete the six-play touchdown drive that added to the onslaught of UCO domination. Montgomery finished the day with six catches for 116 yards and one touchdown.

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Ben Birmingham scores a touchdown against Abilene Christian. The Bronchos defeated Abilene Christian 27-17.

UCO would then add another three points in the fourth quarter when Susman kicked a 42-yard field goal. The Wildcats regrouped and attempted a comeback, scoring a touchdown with 5:18 left to play and narrowed the gap to 27-17. The visitors would have no other opportunities to escape the inevitable. UCO worked the

clock for the remainder of Marcellus Parker also had big the game. Keeping the ball days and contributed to the on the ground and converting win. Little ran for 62 yards on first downs, O'Hara lined up 20 carries and Parker delivered in the victory formation and 70 yards on six receptions. took a knee to deliver the LSC North Preseason win in UCO's season opener. Defensive Player of the Year O'Hara went 15 of 28 linebacker Will Clewis led the for 215 yards and threw one defense with seven tackles. touchdown and an interception. Running back Maurice Jeff Massie can be reached at Little and wide receiver jmassie2@ucok.edu •

Running away with it; UCO is leading the way by Alex Gambill Sports Writer UCO Cross Country won its first meet Sept. 1 at the UCO Land Run at Mitch Park. "We were extremely pleased with the way they performed, the times they ran and the way they placed," said J.D. Martin, head coach of cross country. "Of course, we were happy that we won the meet." Evelyn Berko finished fourth and was the first UCO runner to place with a time of 19:37.79. Rookies Bailey Holden and Lisa Rainwater placed fifth and sixth, Linda Vasquez came in seventh and rookie Julia Crocker in ninth.

Oklahoma Christian's Sylvia Chirchir finished first with a time of 18:36.16. Southwestern took second, Oklahoma Christian third and Southeastern fourth. Martin said he was concerned how everyone would run, considering it was their first meet. "Before the meet, we were anxiously waiting to see how they came out," Martin said. Martin said the team learned a lot from the meet. "They learned where to apply their energy and how much to conserve and when to put the pedal down." Martin said Southwestern was a tough competitor.

Southwestern had Stefanie Jones who placed second and Rachel Ingram in third. "Those two girls were there last year. We expected them to be strong in this race, and they were," Martin said. "We were close but we didn't beat them and that's something that we hope someone on our team will beat at least one of them." UCO's next meet will be at East Central in Aida at 10 a.m. Martin said he wasn't sure how East Central would run, because they did not compete at the Land Run. "[East Central's] come to develop into a rivalry, because they've always been

close," Martin said. "We beat them every time last year, but it has been close." "We were very happy with our first ever UCO Land Run," Martin said. "We were also pleased with the support we had from UCO and the administration and all the fans that came out." The other teams' coaches look forward to another UCO Land Run next year. They all pledged to participate in the event next year and Martin speculated that more teams would show. by Vista photographer Alex Gambill

Alex Gambill can be reached at agambill@thevistaonline.com .

UCO Cross Country runner Evelyn Berko places fourth in the first UCO Land Run on Sept. 1 at Mitch Park.

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