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Asif Ali Zardari, widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has been elected as Pakistan's new president with 481 out of 702 votes. Zardari takes over after Musharraf's recent resignation.

"It doesn't really exist until you go there," Jesse Miller, UCO photography professor, said of India, where he spent three weeks this summer teaching. -Full story page 5

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Breaking the mold at Murdaugh NBA team

By Ryan Croft Staff Writer

decides on official name Oklahoma City finally has a slam dunk. Rumors have been out and posted on billboards for several weeks about what our new NBA team would be called, and now we finally have the confirmed name: OKC Thunder. Page 5

Burke opens screening room The Bob Burke Film Screening oom, named after its film-loving enefactor, was dedicated and pened to the public last Friday. "My wife said that if I don't ve [the collection] away, she'll ell it on eBay," he said to a group f faculty, students and other ssorted guests. Page 3

Features Mone happiness? Oscar Wilde an Irish poet, author and a playwright known for his humor and wit once said, "These days man knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing." He. Yet UCO students and faculty agree that happiness should be valued instead of how much money they could potentially earn if they were to study in a different field. PAGE 6

UCO loses to the Buffs The No. 9 ranked West Texas A&M Buffs blasted the Bronchos with a 49-18 win in Saturday's game. -

Murdaugh*Hall resident Jonathan Clair points out a mold infestation in one of the dorm rooms. There are many infestations thoughout the building. •

Students in Murdaugh Hall are living with mold and bacteria. Murdaugh resident Jonathan LaClair has been independently investigating the problem since he discovered what he believed to be mold growing in the ceiling above his bed at the beginning of the fall 2008 semester. LaClair said he began having headaches and trouble sleeping within the first few days of moving into room 208. He said he then noticed a wet spot in the ceiling above his bed. "First I filed a complaint and nothing happened. Then I called and complained the next day... and they say they sent a maintenance guy to check it out, but I didn't know about that until I called again to complain the next day," he said. The maintenance worker reported the problem was only a water spot, not mold, according to university housing authorities. LaClair said he was still physically bothered by the spot and requested to be moved, but was told he would need to wait until the head of Murdaugh Hall, Rodney Bates, could determine if moving him was necessary. Bates declined to comment for this story. LaClair said Bates determined the problem was not mold, but told him it was in the university's best interest to move him.

He says the room he now lives in, 216, has an even larger mold spot in the ceiling above his bed. "I moved my stuff in... and looked up at the ceiling and, sure enough, there was another mold spot... about twice as big [as the first]," he said. He says maintenance replaced the wet tile above his bed, but did nothing about the disgustingly wet, mildew covered pipes above it. LaClair said after another frustrating response from maintenance in which they only replaced the wet tile, he began collecting samples from what he believed were mold problem-areas in Murdaugh Hall. UCO Professor of Biology Dr. Clark Overbo confirmed two different mold samples taken from separate areas in Murdaugh Hall. Dr. Clark would not speculate as to whether or not the mold was harmful. UCO's Executive Director of University Relations Charlie Johnson says Housing Maintenance inspected both of LaClaire's Moms.

"There was no confirmation of mold in the first room, but that doesn't matter. If he's not feeling well, we're going to do what we can and work with him...to make him comfortable," Johnson said. Johnson says the Environmental Health and Safety Department checks for any safety hazards and that a request was put in Friday morning to inspect Murdaugh Hall.

China en route to being an economic powerhouse By Alex Gerszewski Staff Writer

The Passport UCO program presented a lecture by Douglas Donald on Sept. 5, during which he spoke to UCO students about his personal experiences working in trade with China. Donald has been involved in international business for over 25 years and has made 81 trips to China. He currently works for Sela Products, an Oklahomabased importer and wholesaler of products. Donald said he believes China will be trading on the global market at the same level as the United States within the next 25 years. "By the year 2050, the world will be looking at China the way they look at us today," Donald said. "The 21st century will be

their century." Biomedical Engineering sophomore Cassidy Singleton said she feels if China could eventually become as influential as the United States. "It will definitely be interesting to see if America will let that happen," Singleton said. "If so, they may think it's time to go invade." Donald said he believes China is on the rise because of the massive amounts of growth he has seen within the last 20 years. "Twenty-four years ago I was amazed to see people's only means of transportation was a bicycle," Donald said. "Today, it's a sea of automobiles." There are over 360 million cell phone users in China. He said it is an amazing fact because there are more cell phone users in China than people in the United States, he said.

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Dietetic Internship Director Tiffany Schlinke taught students Thursday the basics of healthy Chinese diets. This presentation is the second of the many to come for the semester long program Passport to China.

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FEATURE Campus Notes Calling all Freshman In a poll of 94,806 college students, 32% suffered from stress, 23.9% had sleep difficulties, 18% had concern for family or friend, 12% suffered from anxiety, and 17.8% were depressed. And, more than half of the students polled felt sad, exhausted, overwhelmed, and hopeless (American College Health Association, 2006). The Psychology Department Counseling Clinic is conducting a survey of freshmen to determine their needs on campus beyond academics. After completing the survey, they may also sign up for group counseling sessions to address issues such as stress, loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Here's what Freshmen can do: Thursday is the last day!!!! 1) Fill out a survey at one of the tables on campus on Tues, Wed, or Thurs (9th, 10th 11th) at the Wellness Center, the Education Building, the Nigh University Center or the Liberal Arts Building to help us understand the issues which cause Freshmen to struggle. 2) For completing the survey, students get a coupon for a free piece of pizza!!! 3) Take advantage of the opportunity to sign up for free group counseling sessions to address issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, and loneliness which may be making it difficult to enjoy the first year of college. If you missed the survey or have questions, call 974-5466.

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UCO Jazz Lab & more The Funktet, Contemporary Jazz, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., UCO Jazz Lab, $7 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Thursday, September 11 Jazz Vocal Legend: STEVE TYRELL, Two shows, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., UCO Jazz Lab, tickets $50. Call 340-8552. Special Event. Friday, September 12 Garrett "Big G" Jacobson, Blues & Soul, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., UCO Jazz Lab, $7 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Saturday, September 13 Mountain Smoke, Bluegrass, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., UCO Jazz Lab, Call 818-5591 for tickets. Special Event Friday, September 5 Volleyball: Volleyball vs. Oklahoma City University. Oklahoma City, OK 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 9 Training: Microsoft Office 2007 Training - What's New MS PowerPoint 2007. Lillard Administration Building Room 101, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 19 Passport to China: Wellness Lecture Series - Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. Wellness Center, Room 127, 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, September 11 Volleyball: Volleyball vs. Missouri Western State University (Texan Classic). Stephenville, Texas 5:30 p.m. Saturday, August 23 Soccer: UCO Women's Soccer vs. Oklahoma Christian, 7 p.m., Wantland Stadium. Thursday, August 28

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Did you know The Vista was originally a literary journal devoted to showcasing UCO's creative minds? We've decided we'd like to get back to that. We're looking for poems and short stories from UCO students to publish in upcoming issues of The Vista Weekend. Due to space limitations, we can only print one per issue, and submissions must be shorter than 500 words in length. Send them by e mail to vistastudentfiction@ yahoo.com and look for your work in the next issue! -

Oklahoma Research Day accepting registrations Oklahoma Research Day is accepting abstracts and banquet registrations until Oct. 8. Oklahoma Research Day is set for Nov. 14 on the Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow campus. Academic Affairs has chartered two buses (114 total seats) for the event. Once students and faculty have submitted their abstracts, they are asked to send an e-mail to Pamela McDown at pmcdown@ ucok.edu to reserve a seat. McDown will reply to all requests. The student/faculty member should print this confirmation e-mail for their records. Contact the Office of Research & Grants at 974-2526 or visit http: / /researchday. nsuok.edu / for more information. •

Discuss "China Rising: Friend or Foe?" On Wednesday, September 10, Dr. Xiao-Bing Li of UCO's Department of History and Geography will speak on "China Rising: Friend or Foe?" This presentation is co-sponsored by Passport UCO and the Friends of the Library. Will the competition help or hurt the United States? Chambers Library, ground floor, 2:00-2:50 p.m.

Learn about Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and QiGong On Thursday, September 11, the Passport/Healthy Campus Initiative lecture series continues in the Wellness center with a presentation by Dr. Larry Altshuler of the Balanced Healing Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. Altshuler will talk about acupuncture, herbal medicine, and QiGong, the 2000-year-old art of energy healing. Wellness Center room 127, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

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Bear busts secret pot farm PANGUITCH, Utah -One Utah community is cheering a special bear — but don't call him Smokey. Investigators say a large black bear raided a clandestine marijuana growing operation so often that it chased the grower away. "This bear is definitely law-enforcement minded," said Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins. "If I can find this bear I'm going to deputize him." Deputies found food containers ripped apart and strewn everywhere, cans with bear teeth marks, claw marks and bear prints across the Garfield County camp on Tuesday. Perkins said the operation on Boulder Mountain included 4,000 "starter" sacks of pot and 888 young plants. "This particular bear apparently was not going to give up and basically chased these marijuana farmers away," Perkins said. "Our county is so tough on drugs that even the wildlife are getting in on the action."

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The UCO chapter of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Communications Building, Room 120. JiaoJiao Shen, morning reporter and weekend anchor for KOCO television, will be the guest speaker. Shen was recently voted one of the top television personalities by the local newspaper and graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Broadcast majors are encouraged to attend. Free food will be provided.

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Although the baseball season starts February 2009, Junior Casey Bruns gets 'an early start practicing his hitting game Aug. 27 at Broncho Field.

Students and faculty get technology discounts By Melissa Dixon Newspaper Participant

Students and faculty have the opportunity to purchase software and computers from top brand name companies at discounted rates through contracts with various companies. UCO has agreements with Adobe, Apple, Dell and Microsoft that give discounts on their products. Most products offer various discounts. The Tech Store was created in 2006 and continues to have a positive response. Items can be purchased through the Tech Store Web site found on UCOnnect. Products available under the Microsoft Campus Agreement are: Expressions Design, Microsoft Math, Office 2007, Office Enterprise, Office Groove, Office Mac 2008, Office Pro Plus,

Sharepoint Designer, Onenote, Project Pro, Publisher, Student with Encarta Premium, Visio Pro, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate. Buyers may only purchase one copy of each Microsoft software title while attending UCO. Packages available for purchase by Adobe are: Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Acrobat Standard, Adobe Creative Suite Premium, Adobe After Effects Professional, Adobe Video Collection Professional and Adobe Video Collection Standard. Only one copy of each title in a 12 month period can be purchased on Adobe products. All Tech Store purchases are final and nonrefundable.

Xiao-Bing Li to pseak at Max Chambers Library By Alex Gerszewski Staff Writer

Dr. Xiao-Bing Li, professor of History, will speak on "China Rising: Friend or Foe?" on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m in the Max Chambers Library. This presentation is cosponsored by Passport UCO and the Friends of the Library. Li's latest book, A History of the Modem Chinese Army, was a monthly editor's choice pick

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for the History Book Club. Li received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn. Li taught at Phillips University in Enid for two years, until he came to UCO in 1993. Li is author of numerous books, including A History of the Chinese Arm, Voices from the Korean War: Personal Stories of America, Korean and Chinese Soldiers. He has also worked as co-authored with

Richard Peters on the books Taiwan in the 21st Century, Mao's Generals Remember Korea and Asia's Crisis and New Paradigm. Currently Li is president of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies and president of the Oklahoma Chinese Professionals and Scholars Association. He is also editor of the American Review of China Studies as well as Western Pacific Journal.

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FRESNO, Calif. Authorities say they've arrested a man who broke into the home of two California farmworkers, stole money, rubbed one with spices and whacked the other with a sausage before fleeing. Fresno County sheriff's Lt. Ian Burrimond says 22-yearold Antonio Vasquez was found hiding in a field wearing only a T-shirt, boxers and socks after the Saturday morning attack. He says deputies arrested Vasquez after finding a wallet containing his ID in the ransacked house. The farmworkers told deputies the suspect woke them Saturday morning by rubbing spices on one of them and smacking the other with an 8-inch sausage. Burrimond says money allegedly stolen was recovered.

Turtle needs ride to desert CUSICK, Wash. -- Sadie the desert tortoise needs a ride to an adoptive home in the Mojave Desert — the sooner the better. The 10-inch reptile, found at a U.S. 95 rest stop in Idaho, has thrived at the Kiwani Wambli wildlife rehabilitation center north of Spokane since July but is unlikely to do so well with the onset of fall, center operator Dotty Cooper said. "It's just way too cold," she said. Cold-blooded desert tortoises are unaccustomed to temperatures below 40, much less when the mercury dips to freezing temperatures. To survive a winter in Cusick, Sadie would have to be kept indoors for months. She has shared a pen with an orphaned fawn. Sadie even showed the fawn how to forage for greens to eat — a process much harder for humans to demonstrate, Cooper said. The duo once wandered off after the tortoise burrowed under a plastic fence. "When I got home, she and the deer were marching down the road," Cooper said. The fawn has been released into the wild, which isn't an option for Sadie at this time because of the possibility that she's acquired a disease that could be passed on to others of her kind.


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NEWS Burke opens screening room to the public

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Shortly before guests were treated to a screening of "National Treasure", a film hand-picked by Burke, Springer presented him with his own miniature Academy Award statuette. "So much of this has been obtained personally," Burke said, telling his guests about his collection. He said he also perused flea markets and garage sales to find memorabilia. Along with his work as an attorney, author and historian, Burke has also published more than 72 non-fiction books. His gift will be maintained by the UCO Archives and Special Collections. "This is a wonderful, auspicious occasion," said Washington. "Faculty are fighting over who will sit in this room."

By Stephani Tobin Newspaper Participant

Burke, an Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame inductee, recently donated a collection of film memorabilia valued at around $300,000. "My wife said that if I don't give [the collection] away, she'll sell it on eBay," he said to a group of faculty, students and other assorted guests. His collection, which was donated to UCO's College of Liberal Arts, is comprised of over 450 signed movie by Vista photographer Chris Albers posters, scripts, albums and lobby cards. A few pieces prom the collection A couple looks on as Dr. Pamela T. Washington, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, speaks to patrons Thursday night at the grand opening were on display in of the Bob Burke Screening Room at the Mass Communications building. Washington deemed Burke an "Oklahoman treasure." the screening room dedication, calling Burke an "Oklahoma crowd. on Friday, including Dr. John Springer, professor of film "Burke also donated signed posters from "Saturday Night treasure" and dedicated husband, father to thank studies, was also on ,1-1 and grandfather. Fever" and "The Godfather." $10,000 to the completion -unfailing Washington noted how she and Burke Washington for being a Burke also donated $10,000 to the 'Burke of the screening room, completion of the screening room, which bonded quickly over their shared love of supporter and friend" and to will be used by UCO film students. The film and that he showed her his "secret for his "generosity and foresi which will be used by UCO studies "Film scholars arenowenga room now has soundproofed walls, new room" that contained his vast collection of film students." titing the that push the envelope," he chairs and carpet, as well as a state-of-the- film artifacts. eation of studies of contract players, "Bob thought I would damage the art screening and sound system. of film Dean Pamela Washington of UCO's posters because I was drooling so much," celebrities and the demogra College of Liberal Arts opened the she said, garnering a laugh from the watchers. ,

New Plains Review journal accepting fall '08 submissions By Stephani Tobin Staff Writer

The New Plains Review, the UCO English Department's literary journal, is currently accepting submissions for their fall 2008 edition. Doug Goetsch, poet-in-residence and New Plains Review executive editor, said the magazine would be accepting work from both national and local writers for the first time in its history. Goetsch, a teacher and writer based in New York City, is a new face to Oklahoma. He said he chose the job because he "wanted something different." He taught in New York City public schools for 10 years, juvenile maximum security lockdown facilities for seven years and served as faculty on over 24 writing conferences. He also owns a small poetry press in New York, called Jane Street Press. "I wanted to add a national profile," he said, sitting in a wood-paneled office surrounded by vintage posters of David Bowie and Stevie Nicks. "[The New Plains Review] has a great name — it sounds literary, it has gravity" This semester's issue will focus on the new Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offered at UCO. National submissions will be chosen on topics concerning writing and education, experience in workshops, other M.F.A. programs and experience in mentoring. "We wanted anything applying to how writers grow, or how [they] don't grow," he said. In two days, the publication received over 100 submissions. A "generous amount" of

those works were submitted from the UCO community, but Goetsch said submissions were also received from other states. The fact that our new MFA program is being thought about throughout the country," he said, "it's a good thing." Unlike other issues, the journal is "starting fresh" this fall. Submissions from previous semesters will not be published in this issue. Goetsch said the former poet laureate Billy Collins, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn, both expressed interest in having their work published in this semester's issue of the New Plains Review. Goetsch said the deadline for submissions is Sept. 24. The editors plan to send the journal to press by Oct. 16. They hope to have it released in late November or early December. Clement Lee, a junior English and creative studies major, said he plans to submit a small portfolio of works this semester. "I got [credit] in my linguistics class for submitting work," he said. In his portfolio, he has two critiques, two research papers, a poem and a short story.

A memorial service for UCO student Matthew Ross Meath, will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Y Chapel on campus. Meath, 31, suffered an unexpected fatal heart attack in Norman on July 18. He was buried in. Beaty Cemetery Lincoln, Ark. on July 22. In 2007 Meath graduated from Oklahoma City Community College with an associate's degree in math. He was working toward earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Math Education and wanted to teach mathematics for sixth or twelfth graders or at a junior college level. Meath had received the President's Award in mathematics as well as the Jack Cain Mathematics Scholarship at OCCC. Also, Meath worked for the OCCC Department of Science and Mathematics as a math lab tutor and as a summer instructor for Summerscope. At UCO, Meath was awarded the

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McAlester scholarship, which is granted by professors in the mathematics department. "Meath was an active member in the Math Club and volunteered often," said Charlotte Simmons, Mathematics department chair. "Matthew would always tutor someone who needed help," Simmons said. "He had a very giving nature and enjoyed working with his classmates to help them understand the material better." Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen; mother, Peg Banks, of Plano Texas; stepfather, Sid Banks, of Plano, Texas; brother, Ian Robert Meath, of Frisco, Texas; sister-inlaw, Ericka Williams Meath, of Firsco, Texas; Uncle, Lawrence Banks, of Lubbock, Texas; aunt, Robin Gillespie Wiener, of Spokane, Wash.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tony and Donna Sbanotto, of Tontitown, Ark.; and brother-in-law, Phillip Sbanotto, of College Station, Texas. All are welcome to attend the memorial service Sept. 11.

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OPINION

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Economy, please? Economy, it's the numC IRCULATION ber one issue of the 2008 Chris Albers -Campaign. In a CNN poll, ADMINISTRATIVE 93 percent of voters say Address letters to: Editor, The Vista, ASSISTANT the economy is "extremet)f 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK Tresa Berlemann n v9ri , ly" or "very" important to their vote for president this 73034-5209, or deliver in person to ADVISER ,eib November. the editor in the Communications Kelly S. Wray , Iv1512 rr) 9 If you tuned in to Senator Obama's speech on Aug. 28, 9'1 you heard a number of solu! , )c, tions to combat the current economic slump. He gave specifics for strengthening 'our economy such as; stop' ping capital gains taxes on small businesses, stopping tax breaks for businesses that send jobs overseas, cutting taxes for the bottom 95 percent of wage earners, ending our dependency Gov. Sarah Palin's and vowed to challenge on foreign oil iri ten 'years, life turned upside down the Washington estabclosing corporate loop holes when Sen. John McCain lishment in her speech at and tax breaks, and he comannounced her name as his the Republican National mitted to go through the vice presidential candidate. Conventon last week. National budget line by line Since then, the media has She also has the support and reduce wasteful spendhounded her family and of the conservative evaning. dug into her past, some- gelical community as she Now, being the politico thing she is probably used attends an Assembly of God that I am, I was eager to to as a governor and former Church while in Juneau and hear Senator McCain's ideas mayor. currently attends Wasilla for economic growth. The McCain certainly Bible Church, an indepenscene was set, the popcorn aroused support from the dent congregation. base of his party, which was The self-proclaimed not entirely excited with his "hockey mom" and "Biblenomination. believing Christian" has But the arrival of Palin shaken this already historAfter the smoke from turned things around for ic race in which the first fireworks has cleared and McCain, so much so that African American president the debris from confetti has the question is being asked: or female vice president been removed, it is time Is McCain-Palin becoming will be elected to office. to reflect on the political conventions. Either way the McCain campaign, Not yet two weeks removed from the once believed to be dead, has roared Democratic National back to life Convention, I am astonished at how forgettable it was. The Palin-McCain? And we can hope the more memorable moments From the moment she 44-year-old mother of five of the DNC came from was selected, Democrats will fulfill her promise if neither nominee. and those in the media elected: "I'm not going to After all the clamoring immediately searched for Washington to seek their about "party unity," I am all the dirt on her, and the good opinion - I'm going struck by how the Clintons c uestion of her influence on to Washington to serve the overshadowed Sen. le firing of her brother-in- people of this country." Obama and Sen. Biden. law came into focus within Palin has changed the The buzz leading up to dynamic of this election days. the convention was about Attention also focused cycle and will will help Hillary, her supporters and on Palin's 17-year-old McCain stay viable against whether or not they would daughter, Bristol, when it the senator from Illinois. make a scene. By not acting was announced by the camAt one point, McCain's up, and indeed supporting paign that Bristol was five campaign was doomed Barack Obama, the Clintons months pregnant and was and seemed to be heading endeared themselves going to marry the father of nowhere. to their party and stole the child. Bottom Line: Palin's Barack Obama's thunder. On the other hand, the selection indeed overshadBill Clinton's speech was Republican base was ener- ows McCain on the ticket, also well received, and the gized and pleased with the however this will further contrast between Obama Arizona senator's choice. energize the Republican and President Clinton Either way the McCain Party. established Obama as the campaign, once believed to If Palin is not electedAi liberal elitist that he is. be dead, has roared back to then I guess we'll see her ori, ,cr When it was finally life, as one blogger put it. Oprah. But not until ,_afttlita Barack Obama's chance Palin has a reputation the election, of course. ) 1A NA to take the stage - and for being a tough politician it was an extravagant

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was made, the phone was on silent, and the TV tuned in. The McCain campaign had a week to prepare their response. This was the number one issue of the election, the issue on which 93 percent of the country was going to base their vote. I was ready to witness debate at its highest level! What were Senator McCain's specifics you ask? Well, I don't know. he made little mention of the economy. Instead I found myself in a time machine being transported back to 2004 where the Republican playbook's only move was "scare the heck out of 'em." I was disappointed to say the least. Senator McCain's campaign motto is "Coup First", biThaybe it should be "Coln-Ay First; ''oh, but not so fast you 93 percent."

This politcal commentary was wrttien by Joshua Smith, president of the Young Democrats of Oklahoma. The views don't necessarily represent those of The Vista.

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Sarah Palin has more experience than Barack Obama. On this, Republicans are not lying to you, despite the cries of foul from the left. It's a matter of record, done with simple math (Republicans try to keep things simple): Palin has been involved in politics since 1992 — about 16 years. Obama has been in politics since 1997 — about 5 years less than the newly minted Republican vice presidential hopeful. I'm an economics major, so I'm pretty good at math, and 16 is more than 11, so Palin wins. When Palin was first beginning her time on the Wasilla City Council in 1992, Obama was starting ont„as a lecturer of constitutic44.law at the University otatiiago. Obama had just graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before that, he had graduated from Columbia University and worked with a number of firms, including the New York Public Interest Research Group. So while Obama has

earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, a résumé that would make an MBA student jealous, a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the world's most prestigious law school and a historic editorship with the Harvard Law Review, Palin has managed to star on her high school basketball team, win first place in the Miss Wasilla pageant and second place in the Miss Alaska pageant. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho. And she was a TV anchor for a year. America, then, has on the one hand a former Miss Wasilla, and on the other a former Harvard Law Review editor. Republicans want you to believe that the former Miss Congeniality,of Alaska is better prepared to lead our nation than a former University of Chicago constitutional law lecturer. An intellectual giant, or a photogenic Everywoman. When it comes to leading my country, I'll take the genius. -Gerald Cox, Badger Herald

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stage at that - he failed to meet expectations. Barack Obama is a talented orator, but if he had given a recycled speech about "hope" and "change" to a crowd of 80,000, from a podium surrounded by Greek columns, he would have made a mockery. Instead, the grandeur of the venue overshadowed his unspecific and uninspired speech. Before the pundits were even finished analyzing Obama's speech, John McCain's pick of vice presidential candidate took over the headlines. John McCain shocked the country and the media by choosing a "dark horse," Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to be his running mate. The announcement was met by both criticism and excitement. The Obama campaign stated, "Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency" before the governor had been formally introduced as a part of the ticket. And just what is Obama's hang-up on

small towns? In her speech Wednesday night, Palin tackled that issue stating, "In small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening." John McCain's speech was noteworthy because it was bold: he took on the party that not a day before nominated him. McCain had this to say about his party: "We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us. We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger." Palin and McCain were the stars of the week, with Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Joe Lieberman making up a great supporting cast. Thompson outlined McCain's biography saying: "A man who never

quits is never defeated," adding that "being a POW certainly doesn't qualify anyone to be president, but it does reveal character... this is the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of our country have sought in their leaders." Out of these conventions emerged a more clearly defined election. The themes "change" and "experience" had been used as though they were mutually exclusive. The focus in the fall will be not only the change we seek, but who can best secure that change. John McCain's record of bipartisanship and a bold vice presidential choice defines change we need.

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NBA silences name rumors with sounds of Thunder

Looking through a different tense: India UCO photography professor ventures across the world as part of the faculty exchange program By Rebecca Shampay

Newspaper participant By Melissa Dixon

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Oklahoma City finally has a slam dunk. 'Rumors have been out and posted on billboards for several weeks about what our new NBA team would be called, and now we finally have the confirmed name: OKC Thunder. Among the names considered were Bison, Marshalls, Wind, Energy and Barons. Clay Bennett, Chairman of OKC Thunder, along side General Manager Sam Presti and Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo, announced the official team name, colors and logo on Sept. 3 at Leadership Square in front of fans. "Great days lie ahead," Bennett said. The Logo has the name above a shield enclosed with a basketball with OKC in front. The colors consist of blue, red and orange, each symbolic of Oklahoma. Blue is for the color of our state flag and red and orange for the sunset. "Work ethics, professionalism and community are what we based the logo on," Presti said. OKC is the fourth NBA franchise to choose a non-plural team name. Freshman Michelle Mohammadi said she liked to team's decision. "I like that it has something to do with our state and represents us." The team mascot is still under development and the uniforms will be revealed at training camp, which starts on Sept. 29. Workouts will take place in the Sawyer Center at Southern Nazarene University. Back in July the team reached an agreement with the City of Seattle, which released them from their lease at Key Arena and allowed the team to relocate. Since then, Howard Schultz, . , former owner of the Seattle Sonics, has -dropped his lawsuit against Bennett. Bennett purchased the team back in 2006 and had put up money for the Hornets while they played here. Leadership Square will house the team's offices for the next two years while permanent offices are being built in the Ford Center. Fans can also find the OKC Thunder merchandise store located in the building on the first floor. Season tickets are available for purchase at prices ranging from $49 to $250. "I would purchase season tickets if I had the means because they are our only professional team and they came all the way down here from Seattle," freshman Daniel Morton said. "It would be a great night out and is a good boost for the economy." The OKC Thunder will play their season opener Oct. 29 against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center. The OKC Thunder is scheduled to play the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 21.

"It doesn't really exist until you go there," Jesse Miller, UCO photography professor, said of India, where he spent three weeks this summer teaching. UCO funded the trip as part of a faculty exchange program, which Miller said was "just the beginnings in promoting travel here on campus."

side by side." "Despite the poverty, I never felt unsafe. It is a very safe country and the presence of police was not very high." Miller said he believed the "safe feeling" may be due to the fact that the people are in general more civilized and polite than in the United States. He said the influence of Gandhi

"To believe that their culture and ways of living are normal is unbelievable. It took quite a bit of getting used to. Yet it was refreshing that not everywhere is Americanized." --Jesse Miller, UCO photography professor

Miller was chosen to travel to India and teach at SRM University in Chennai, one of the largest universities in India. The city of Chennai is located in the Tamil Nadu

province on the southern tip of India. "To believe that their culture and ways of living are normal is unbelievable," said Miller. "It took quite a bit of getting used to," he said. "Yet it was refreshing that not everywhere is Americanized." Miller said the biggest difference between the United States and India is poverty. "In India, poor people are not 'outsiders' in society, but just a part of life," he said. "When people are poor they really just live on the streets. To them that's normal." Miller said privacy and space were other differences he experienced. "The rich and poor mix, there is no separation like there is here. Besides ... a few gated communities outside the city, the rich and the poor live

and his philosophies of peace, love and nonviolence, which still exist in India today, might be other contributi jg factors to o o rovi e feelin g. sq, to use it." After exploririglhe university Besides teaching Photoshop and showing for the first few days,htvin9towith some of his photography, Miller said he was the head of the SRM Arts _arid able to teach students of many different Sciences Department, who tOld majors about American photography and him about the way they run the discuss the differences between India and university. They ,alSo discussed America. the differences betty en SRM and Miller went on various field trips exploring India with any students and teachers who UCO. "Their days are mor_e_structured wanted to go. like our high school," Miller One in particular field trip they visited said, regarding the differences the city of Mahabalipuram, where the he learned about. 'They go to 2004 tsunami uncovered an entire temple school from aroupd 9 a.m. to 5 complex made of rock. p.m. everyday. It is very different, Kanchipuram, or the "temple city," was though, because they take lots of another class trip destination. Miller spoke hours in just three to four weeks." of the temples there still being used today Miller was enthusiastic about SRM's Media Program, where students "Their days are more structured ,are, required to take basic like our high school. They go classes in_ all ' the, media subjects such as video ' to school from around 9 a.m. and music production, to 5 p.m. every day. It is very advertising and different, though, because they photography. "They get a very well- take lots of hours in just three rounded education," he to four weeks." said. Miller said one of his --Jesse Miller d favorite parts was getting to know the students over there. "They were the exact same in some and of the custom of the elephant blessing. ways," he said. "Some had lots of passion People would bring the elephant money and drive and some didn't. Their passion then bow to it. It would then reach out for photography was really exciting. They its trunk and lay it on the person's head, were much more disciplined though." blessing them. He attributed this to the fact that there Pondicherry is a southern state they is usually more riding on the students' visited. Miller spoke of its uniqueness, education in India than the students here. being it's a French-speaking colony, known "They take their education more seriously, for being more modern and tourist-driven because a lot of times they have to support then many other cities in India. everybody in their family. Miller said the trip changed his life. "If they didn't make it through school, then "As photographers we collect things and their family wouldn't have any money." use it as inspiration. Trips like this become Miller was also able to teach the students material that resurfaces." new things they didn't know. "They had Photoshop software, but didn't know how

Fall fraternal recruitment officially making progress By Lauren Lubbers

Staff Writer

The Inter-Fraternal Council Recruitment officially kicked off Sept. 2 with over 170 young men participating in fraternity rush this semester. Many of them ended their week by signing with one of the six Greek fraternity houses on campus. The six houses consist of Acacia, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. UCO's Greek system participates in formal recruitment, which means the selection process for new members is very structured. The weeklong process consists of fraternities representing their houses and welcoming potential new members to come visit with them at their rush parties. Recruitment took place Tuesday through Friday and parties featuring different themes and activities were held at each

house from 8 p.m. until 11p.m. Events included cookouts, dunk tanks, dancing, bull riding, volleyball and live music. All young men who were interested in becoming a fraternity member were welcomed at the parties. UCO's sororities were also present at the parties to support each house in their rush process. The sorority houses also showed their support by baking cookies and cakes and having them sent to the men of each house. "Participating in the recruitment process is a great chance for students to learn about Greek Life and to see the impact that Greek students have on the campus", said Jessica Schwab, Greek Life assistant director. "Our organizations relish the time they have to meet new students during these processes and take the time to see how each potential new member could influence their organization," she said.

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Okla. Senator Inhofe says he is his own man Money or happillpss: a major decision for most college students By Laura Hoffert Staff Writer

Oscar Wilde an Irish poet, author and a playwright known for his humor and wit once said, "These days man knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing." He. Yet UCO students and faculty agree that happiness should be valued instead of how much money they could potentially earn if they were to study in a different field. It seems as though every other month Yahoo, AOL and other Web sites like scholarships.com or education-portal.corn come out with the top five or ten majors that will earn the most money. There's not any scientific work behind these lists, because various divisions of engineering and business seem to be in an eternal struggle to prove which one can produce more bucks in the bank. "I was in between three majors, general business, culinary arts and broadcasting and I knew any of the three would make me happy, so then I chose which one would make the most money," Sarah House, a broadcast sophomore said. With images constantly thrown at audiences conveying how wonderful money is, there seems to be no room for non-materialistic happiness. Buying the nice car, wearing designer names and living in an apartment with rent which costs more than most of the Apollo missions has

become the definition of success. However, if the person can manage to fit in a loving spouse and some well-behaved children, even better. Yahoo and all the other sites make it seem as though they are simply offering a helping hand to guide people to the most successful paths in life, however House thinks it can be used as a motivation tool for students. "I think that students have to have both happiness and a major that will make them money ' to push them to graduate," she said. Most students manage to be unaffected by the polls, lists and pie charts showing their earning potential, yet their professors tend to see some value in knowing what to expect straight out of college. "The decision by students concerning which major to pursue, in my view, should stem from their interest and deep longing of what role they want to have in serving the society. If their major happens potentially to be more economically rewarding, that is great. Ultimately their academic success is getting what they want and their happiness is wanting with what they get," Dr. Baha Jassemnejad, A Professor of Engineering and Physics professor said. Before his death in 1900, Oscar Wilde also said, "When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is." The humorist turned into a realist and time can only tell if the same will occur to UCO students.

UCORP adds the color blue to keeping green By Laura Hoffert Staff Writer

Started in 2007, the University of Central Oklahoma Recycling Program (UCORP) has placed the bright blue recycling bins in every building around campus. The 35-gallon containers are provided for students to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper and cardboard, as well as batteries and printer cartridges. UCORP's website UCORecycling.com listed where each item can be properly disposed of. Bins for plastic bottles and aluminum cans are found next to vending machines and study areas. Paper collection stations are located in copy rooms and computer labs. Cardboard can also be placed at paper collection sites, however, it "must be free contaminates such as packing materials (styrofoam, plastic, paper, etc.), food residue and/or wax coating," according to the Web site. Batteries and printer cartridges must be turned into a building captain if students wish to recycle them. "A building captain is administrative person who is the focal point who handle work orders and work with the ,Physical Plant," Robert Nall, the FAtualtlIT Vi co

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for old phone books; this year's date is scheduled to run for the next several weeks to ensure students have plenty of time to recycle. The Web site also offers statistics on how recycling these items can impact the recycler directly. For instance, according to the Web site, recycling 200 pounds of paper can save 17 trees, 6,953 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil and 4,077 kilowatt hours of energy. For those concerned about gas prices, the Web site also explained recycling one can saves the energy equivalent to half a can of gas and recycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1000 gallons. To find out more about what meets the requirements to be recycled, visit UCORecycling.com or UCOSustainability. corn.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma's blunt-talkirig, 73-year-old Republican senatorjt says he's a target of outside forces in his re-election bid, but has no intention of letting an 4stare state senator slip up on him. I Inhofe, one of the Senate's most conservative members, says "the Hollywood crowd" is after him because of his stand agairtstglobalwarming, including filmmaker Robert Greenwald, producer of an online video in which Oklahoma veterans criticize the incumbent's voting record on veterans benefits. Inhofe, who has called manmade global warming a hoax, paints himself as the Senate counterpartofRichard Pombo, R-Calif. Pombo was upset in a Republicanleaning district two years ago by a little-known Democrat, who drew the backing of environmentalists. Photo Provided "I want people to know that Hollywood is coming to decide who is to be the senator Oklahoma Republican senator Jim Inhofe. from Oklahoma," Inhofe said in an interview with The of the Tar Creek Superfund site in Associated Press. northeast Oklahoma, even though Rice He said he's ready for the fight. and others say the record shows Inhofe "Unlike Pombo, I know it's coming. resisted a government buyout of area He didn't know it was coming. He was residents for years. blindsided." Inhofe also brags about confronting Inhofe rarely mentions his Democratic President George W. Bush to ensure opponent, Andrew Rice, an Oklahoma legislation took effect on highway City Democrat. A decided underdog, funding and water projects that help local Rice labels Inhofe as an extreme partisan who has "lost his way" in Washington, governments. "So anyone who accuses me of being often voting against the interests of his a yes-man for the party and George W. constituents. Bush, you better look at it," he said. Inhofe defends being in a small minority Inhofe said Republicans were thought to of conservative senators to oppose bills on be vulnerable in the upcoming elections, such issues as student loan funding and but everything has changed because the economic stimulus package, which Democrats were "dumb" and thwarted led to federal rebates of $300 and up to action on energy legislation that allows taxpayers. for offshore drilling for oil and drilling in "This didn't have any stimulus in it," a wildlife refuge in Alaska. he said of the rebate plan. "I know my The high price of gasoline is, far and numbers are never very good, because I away, the No. 1 issue on Oklahomans' do what I think is right." minds, and they want something done Inhofe said he has done a good job about it, he said. helping Oklahoma get more highway He once predicted John McCain funding and protecting the state's military couldn't get the GOP nomination for installations. He said he has a record of president, but now thinks he will defeat supporting veterans programs. Democrat Barack Obama, largely because Inhofe defended his vote against a voters think McCain can do something student loan bill this year, saying the about gas prices. measure contained unfunded mandates Inhofe has sparred with McCain in the for states. past over such issues as global warming Before Democrats took control, Inhofe and military procurements, but says he was head of the Senate committee that and McCain have patched things up. had control over tfampoftatiort and After years of disputing global warning, environmental issues. He is in line to Inhofe holds fast to his belief that he will become ranking minority member of the be proved right by science. He maintains Senate Armed Services Committee. weather changes are cyclical and not Regarding Rice, Inhofe said he caused by manmade pollution. understands his Democratic opponent is Gaddie said global warming is not as big from "a nice family. He's a nice person an issue in Oklahoma as in California and and all that, so I have nothing against other areas, perhaps because residents of him. But I don't think he has the profile the state are used to weather extremes. that is consistent with the philosophy in He said McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Oklahoma." Sarah Palin is a plus for Inhofe because it Among other things, Inhofe said he brings social issues back to the forefront. disagreed with Rice on such issues as the "It's a playing field that is very popular energy and the military. in Oklahoma," and one in which Inhofe Rice is a former missionary and has thrived with his anti-abortion, antidocumentary film worker who says gay marriage, pro-gun record, Caddie he decided to enter public life after his said. brother was killed in the terrorist attack Between now and the general election in on the World Trade Center. November, Inhofe said he will counter his Unlike Inhofe, a strong supporter of the critics by buying up television advertising Bush administration's decision to invade time. Iraq, Rice said the effort has distracted So far, campaign reports have shown from the larger war on terrorism and him with more than a 2-1 advantage over more should have been done to shore up Rice, but Inhofe said Rice will get help Afghanistan. He advocates tax credits for wind from independent spending by outside power and other alternatives to oil and groups. Inhofe said he keeps close to his says Inhofe is a late supporter of such constituents by flying home virtually programs. every weekend. A pilot, he said he is in Inhofe's mild words about Rice are not good health and has the endurance of a likely to last, say people who have watched much younger person. the veteran politician over the years. His If he is re-elected, Inhofe will by 79 by career spans five decades, with stints as a the time he completes his third full term legislator, mayor and congressman before in the Senate. he was elected to the Senate in 1994. Leaving public life is not on his mind "Jim Inhofe knows how to run one type at this time. of campaign and we've seen it before," "I might, if I am as healthy as I am said University of Oklahoma political professor Keith Gaddie. "It's a no-hold- today, who. knows," Inhofe said when asked if he would be seeking re-election barred attack on the opponent." again in 2014. Inhofe is running TV ads calling himself a stubborn advocate for Oklahoma as he attempts to counter Rice's charge that he puts ideology above the interests of his constituents. The ad trumpets his role in the cleanup


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New building underway By Rebecca Shampay Staff Writer

There is another new building coming to UCO called the Center for Transformative Learning. Provost Dr. Radke defined transformative learning as "engagement" and said "the building will be designed to promote that." He also spoke of the six areas of a transformational education. These "Central six," he said are, "discipline knowledge, leadership, research, creative and scholarly activity, civic engagement, and global competency and healthy lifestyles." David Stapleton, University Architect at UCO, said the $12 million building will be 32,000 square feet and three stories high, holding altogether eight classrooms, a seminar room, a large recital hall and will include an exterior plaza and amphitheater. Radke said the plaza and amphitheater "will provide a place for students and faculty to

congregate in an informal environment. It can be reserved for class or used by anyone when available." "[The CTLJ will be a fully wireless learning center and will contain numerous breakout rooms and nooks for students to sit and interact with each other as well as faculty. "There will also be a discussion board for students and faculty to have discussions on civic engagement, sponsored by the American Democracy Project." He said classes which focus on one or more aspects of Transformative Learning will be the primary classes held in the building. Stapleton said the university would start accepting bids for construction of the building in September. The school will put an advertisement in the local paper and then begin taking bids from anywhere. The contract will be awarded in November to the contractor the best bid and construction will

Highway Contracts Postponed By AP Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A projected shortfall in the federal highway trust fund forced the state Transportation Commission Monday to postpone awarding contracts for more than 30 state highway projects totaling almost $83 million. Transportation Director Gary Ridley recommended the action while outlining other steps the agency may take, including suspending construction on existing projects and delaying seeking bids on others, to deal with a federal road and bridge fund that officials say will run out of money as early as next week. Among contracts delayed by the commission were rebuilding three load-, posted bridges, reconstruction work on Interstate 44 in Tulsa and a $40.5 million project for a portion of the Interstate 40 Crosstown Expressway in Oklahoma City that Ridley said would have been the largest contract ever issued by the agency "Grim news. It's not good," Ridley said. "We're going to have to take almost immediate aclion." -Ridley urged Congress and President Bush to act quiCkly to replenish th. fund to prevent costly delays to transportation projects in Oklahoma and other states. The delays could effect the safety of motorists and the livelihoods of road and bridge contractors and their employees. "I think they're going to have to take pretty quick action," Ridley said. "This is going to have such a far-reaching effect they're certainly going to have to look at it pretty hard." U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced Friday that the highway fund would run out of money, requiring delays in payments to states for transportation construction projects. The trust fund will run about $200 million short of its commitments for the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Ridley said the state gets about $600 million in federal funds annually and that federal dollars pay for 85 percent of the agency's construction work. He blamed the

shortfall on the slowing economy and a decline in federal fuel tax revenue due to high gas prices and conservation efforts. Created in 1956; the fund is financed by an 18.4 cents per gallon tax on gasoline, a 24.4 cents per gallon tax on diesel fuel, truck tire taxes and a tax on new vehicles with a gross.vehicle weight over 55,000 pounds. Ridley said Oklahoma and other states tap into the fund to reimburse state spending on federally approved road and bridge projects. He said the shortfall will mean the state will be reimbursed for only part of its spending, creating "a huge cash-flow issue for the agency" "We cannot allow this shortsighted federal deficiency to bring the department to the brink of insolvency" Ridley said. "The actions we're taking will make sure the state of Oklahoma is not left holding the bag for a federal dilemma." Ridley said the federal shortfall will force the agency to incur a variety of costs in • suspending and then restarting road and bridge projects. "Work will come to stop if something isn't done very soon," Ridley said. Meanwhile, the head of a road and bridge advocj4 group urged the U.S. Senate' to support House-passed legislation that would restore $8 billion that was diverted from the highway trust fund by Congress in 1998. "If Congress does not act this week, current projects to repair our roads and bridges that are taking place across Oklahoma may be delayed or shut down," said former state Secretary of Transportation Neal McCaleb, who heads the Restore T.R.U.S.T. Coalition. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., announced support for the measure earlier this year and urged its passage. "Oklahoma will pay the price if Congress refuses to act quickly to provide short term relief to the Federal highway trust fund," Inhofe said. "This short term fix enjoys overwhelming support in the Senate, has already passed the House, and now has the support of the White House. With just three weeks left until Congress adjourns, we need to make this fix happen this week."

Pickens not surprised by supportive Chesapeake ads By AP Writer

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ T. Boone Pickens says he's not surprised by new television ads sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corp. that support his "Pickens Plan" for energy independence. The ads, featuring Chesapeake Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon, began running last week as part of what the Oklahoma Citybased company said is a public education campaign called "CNG Now." The ads tout increased use of compressed natural gas, or CNG, as a transportation fuel. Chesapeake is the largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. Pickens told The Associated Press that he'd spoken with. McClendon

about the natural gas McClendon said. portion of the Pickens Plan, McClendon said the goal a multimedia campaign that of the campaign is to show began July 8 designed to the public "how we can make bring more focus to solving the switch from gasoline and the nation's energy crisis. diesel to natural gas sooner "He supports me," Pickens and allow America to pursue said. "Hell, how could you a safer, cleaner and more not? Seriously. There's no affordable energy future." other plan: We've gone since "It isn't any trick to July 8, and there's been no get those cars over here," response from anybody Pickens said. "... This is the to show up with another way we're going to rebuild plan." Detroit. This is going to give In the CNG Now them the lift they need." commercials, McClendon While the CNG Now effort refers to Pickens as "my seems aimed at across-thegood friend" and echoes board usage of natural gasPickens' sentiments about powered vehicles, Pickens the use of foreign oil, the said his plan is focused more import of which Pickens on the use of natural gas said costs the U.S. about in heavy transport vehicles, $700 billion annually. such as tractor-trailers and "Spending hundreds of buses. billions of dollars every year on foreign oil to fuel our cars Visit and trucks has weakened our www.thevistaonline.com economy, our environment and our national security,"

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More than 10 children reportedly lost during U.S. raid in Afghanistan By AP Writer

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this photo released by Pakistan Press Information Department, newly elected President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, left, widower of Pakistan's slain leader Benazir Bhutto and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, center, see off former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008. Sharif who has serious differences with Zardari over the restoration of judges, has congratulated him. In

A new president for Pakistan By Abha Eli Phoboo Senior Reporter

Asif All Zardari, widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has been elected as Palcistan's new president with 481 out of 702 votes. Zardari takes over after Musharraf's recent resignation. Zardari's colorful history and corrupt past has thrown people into doubt. Even though he was the best . known of the three presidential nominees, Pakistanis are wary of how he might handle matters. Pakistan faces a challenging future with insurgency, economic problems and political instability. "The country is facing so many crises, rising inflation, suicide bombers, 14 hours of load-shedding. Zardari was the most corrupt of the candidates and he won. Even the media calls him Mr. Ten Percent because when his wife was president, he would charge anybody 10 percent if they wanted anything done,"

said Umair Asgaar, finance major from Pakistan. Pakistan-4s—facing an almost 300 percent increase in food prices and other necessities. So far, the frequent power changing has resulted in a worsening economic scenario. Corruption is a problem that Pakistan has faced for a long time and with Zardari as president, people are not quite sure which side of the fence they are on even though most of the country voted for him. Pakistani international students at `Lk0 are stunned and angry at Zardari's victory. Like Umair, most of them do ; think that Zardari will do anything for the betterment of the country, given his past activities. However, there are a few who believe in giving Zardari a chance in the hope that he might change and work not for himself, but for the people and the country. Hissan Hasan Haqqani, UCO graduate student from Pakistan, said, "I don't want to be biased. The con-

sensus of the people is that Zardari has a lot of corruption charges against him. Out of the three nominees, not many knew the other two. Zardari was the only one who had been in the political scene before. People aren't really psyched about him, but, hopefully, he might have changed."

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supporter of the Pakistan People's Party stands next to a portrait of slain leader Bhutto as he attends a rally for her husband President-elect Asif All Zardari in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 8. A

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The bodies of at least 10 child+ and many more adults covered in blankets and white shrouds appear in videos obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, lending weight to Afghan and U.N. allegations that a, U.S.-led raid last month killed more civilians than the U.S. reported., The sounds of wailing women mixed with the voices I .Tf men shouting inside 1, a white-walled mosque in the western village of Azizabad, where an Afghan government commission and U.N. report said some 90 civilians — including 60 children and 15 women — were killed. The two grainy videos, apparently taken by cell phoncs, showcd bodice lying side-by-side on the mosque floor, covered by floral-patterned blankets and black-and-white checkered shawls. One young boy lay curled in a fetal position; others looked as though they were asleep. One child had half its head blown off. Turbaned men walked around, gently lifting the blankets covering the faces of the dead. At least two elderly men were among the dead. There appeared to be several dozen bodies lying on the mosque floor, though a precise count was difficult because of the poor quality of the images. The videos do not provide proof that 60 children died in the operation, but the images do appear to contradict a U.S. military investigation that found only seven civilians were killed in Azizabad, along with up to 35 militants. The U.S. said Sunday it would reopen the

This video frame grab image taken from one of two undated cell phone videos obtained by the Associated Press Monday Sept. 8, 2008, shows what appears to be the body of a child wrapped in a shroud in Azziabad, Afghanistan. The two videos give weight to Afghan and U.N. findings that scores of civilians, including 60 children and 15 women, died in a Aug. 22 U.S.-led raid in the village of Azizabad. U.S. special forces and Afghan commandos carried out the operation. The grainy footage, shot by an unnamed Afghan aid Official and handad mar to the I Initadi Nations mission in Kabul, shows long rows of people apparently killed during the raid, laid on a mosque floor before burial. investigation because of emerging new evidence. On Monday, a Pentagon spokesman said new "imagery evidence" came to the attention over the weekend of Gen. David D. McKiernan, the American commander of the NATOled force here. "There is some evidence that suggests that the evidence that the U.S. military used in ... its investigation may not have been complete," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. He said a general to be sent to Afghanistan by U.S. Central Command will review the initial investigation. But it is also possible there will be a new inquiry into the raid in Azizabad — this time conducted by Central Command, said Lt. Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a spokesman

for the command in Tampa, Fla. The Afghan government has agreed to a joint U.S.U.N.-Afghan investigation, said Sultan Ahmad Baheen, spokesmanforAfghanistan's Foreign Ministry. It's not clear when or how that will be conducted. In the videos, several dozen bodies covered by blankets were lined up in two rows, some with their feet protruding. Veiled Afghan women were seen shrieking in grief, alongside a young boy who squatted and rocked back and forth, sobbing beside one of the bodies. One video showed three young children wrapped in white shrouds. A fourth child had gruesome head wounds, while a fifth appeared to be a girl lying on her back, her head resting on a red blanket.

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Continued from page 1 Donald said the Chinese businessmen are extremely individualized, and they differ from a lot of American businessmen because they would rather sellout their company completely than go into business with a partner. "They (Chinese businessmen) are the best negotiators because their biggest concern is getting rich," he said. General business is not the only thing that is changing in their society, but the labor laws for the workers have improved dramatically, he said. "I have seen a 12-year-old girl sewing shirts all day in a factory. Since January, all of the labor laws have changed and it makes it better for everyone who works in a factory over there." Donald said because the labor laws have changed, within the next nine to '10 months, goods imported from China 'would increase up to 24 percent. He said this is not necessarily a bad thing, because The treatment of the workers has improved so much. However, since the labor laws have changed, a lot of the factories have been cutting back on employees or have to shut down completely because they can not afford to stay open, he said. Some have decided to stop exporting altogether and stick to domestic. The time has never been better for an American to go over and find work, because the economy is the way it is in China. "They have made it easy for us, most of the business they do is in English." Donald said the Chinese think everything Americans have is the best, even if it is not. "On one of my trips there, they were having a wedding reception in a McDonald's," he said. "In some of their McDonald's restaurants they actually have banquet rooms for receptions." Donald said anyone interested in working in the Chinese market should study at least the past 75 years of Chinese history and learn Spanish, because a lot of Chinese businesses are trying to start trading with Central America. He added that learning some of the Chinese language would also be a good idea. "It isn't necessary, but if you learn at least a little bit, you will be ahead of the game," Donald said. Adelina Jaha, international graduate student from Kosovo, said she learned a lot about international trade from Donald. "He gave me a lot of ideas on how I could do business with my own country" Jaha said.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The bodies of at least 10 children and many more adults covered in blankets and white shrouds appear in videos obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, lending weight to Afghan and U.N. allegations that a U.S.-led raid last month killed more civilians than the U.S. reported. The sounds of wailing women mixed with the voices of men shouting inside a white-walled mosque in the western village of Azizabad, where an Afghan government commission and U.N. report said some 90 civilians — including 60 children and 15 women — were killed. The two grainy videos, apparently taken by cell phones, showed bodies lying sideby-side on the mosque floor, covered by floral-patterned blaitikets and black-andwhite checkered shawls. One young boy lay curled in a fetal position; others looked as though they were asleep. One child had half its head blown off. Turbaned men walked around, gently lifting the blankets covering the faces of the dead. At least two elderly men were among the dead. There appeared to be several dozen bodies lying on the mosque floor, though a precise count was difficult because of the poor quality of the images. The videos do not provide proof that 60 children died in the operation, but the images do appear to contradict a U.S. military investigation that found only seven civilians were killed in Azizabad, along with up to 35 militants. The U.S. said Sunday it would reopen the investigation because of emerging new evidence. On Monday, a Pentagon spokesman said new "imagery evidence" came to the attention over the weekend of Gen. David D. McKiernan, the American commander of the NATO-led force here. "There is some evidence that suggests that the evidence that the U.S. military used in ... its investigation may not have been complete," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

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Wellness Center Visitor Dr. Larry Altschuler of the Balanced Healing Medical Center in Oklahoma City will be on campus from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday in the Wellness Center as part of the Healthy Campus Initiative lecture series. Dr. Altschuler will discuss acupuncture, herbal medicine and Qigong, which is a discipline associated with martial arts and meditation routines. The series will continue every Thursday through Oct. 2. Other events will include a panel discussion on the China adoption program that features local parents who have adopted children from China. Another event will be a Tai Chi workshop. Students who would like to participate are asked to wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. A later event will be a presentation by UCO's Paralympic athletes who have returned form Beijing.

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Jets' Favre throws for 2 TDs, beats Dolphins 20-14 By AP Writer

MIAMI (AP) -- Brett Favre hardly looked like the retiring type, raising his arms to signal a touchdown, then leaping and skipping to the bench, where he vaulted into the arms of two teammates. Six months after Favre decided to call it a career before changing his mind, he made a successful debut with his new team as Broadway Brett, throwing for two scores to help the New York Jets beat the Miami Dolphins 2014 on Sunday. Favre's new beginning had a happy ending thanks to two late stands by the Jets' defense. Dwight Lowery batted away a fourthdown pass in the end zone with 9 minutes left, and barrelle Revis iritdrcepted'ClYad Pennington —'again in the end zone — with 5 seconds left. Favre finished 15-for-22 for 194 yards and his 161st victory, extending his NFL record for starting quarterbacks. For the Dolphins, the loss marked a disappointing start to the Bill Parcells era, and it was painfully reminiscent of last year's 1-15 team. Parcells took over last December, but despite turning over more than half the roster and hiring Tony Sparano as coach, Miami gave up too many big plays and sputtered on offense until a frantic late rally. The Dolphins converted a fourthand-7 during a 53-yard drive that ended with Pennington's 11-yard touchdown pass to David Martin, making it 20-14 with 3:27 left. New York kept the ball on the ground for three plays and was forced to punt, and the Dolphins started from their 39 with 1:43 left. They reached the Jets 18, but when Pennington tried to hit Ted Ginn Jr. in the corner of the end zone, Revis had position and made a onehanded interception. That clinched the Jets' fifth consecutive win over their AFC East rivals. Newcomers helped make it seem like old times for the Dolphins. Pennington, playing against the team that released him in favor of Favre, drew boos early before finishing 26-for43 for 251 yards. Three times the play clock was about to expire and Pennington was forced to waste a timeout that would have come in

handy in the final minute. Miami tackle Jake Long, the first overall pick in this year's draft, drew penalties for tripping and holding. New defensive end Randy Starks failed to wrap up Favre, who turned a sack into a touchdown. That score came on a 22-yard fourthdown completion to Chansi Stuckey, putting the Jets ahead to stay. Favre was traded to New York after his decision to delay retirement led to a messy divorce with the Green Bay Packers. The Jets hope Favre can transform a team that went 4-12 last year into a playoff contender, and it didn't take long for him to make an impact. Wearing his familiar No. 4, Favre went deep on the first play of the Jets' second possession. Jerricho Cotchery caught the long pass in stride at the 5 and scored to complete the 56-yard plar', At the other end of the field, F.Vre celebrate like a rookie. With the score 7-all and Jets kicker Mike Nugent nursing a thigh injury suffered in the first quarter, the Jets decided to go for a touchdown on fourth-and-13. Under heavy pressure, Favre shrugged off the 305-pound Starks, and as he was sandwiched by two defenders, threw a dying-quail pass that found an open Stuckey for the go-ahead touchdown. Favre converted a pair of third-downs with completions on a 69-yard drive that culminated with a 6-yard touchdown run by Thomas Jones for a 20-7 lead. There were scattered boos for Pennington when the Dolphins totaled a single first down in their first three possessions. He moved them 78 yards and capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano for a 7-all tie. Otherwise, the offense showed little life until the fourth quarter. Ricky Williams, making his first start since 2005, totaled 24 yards in 10 carries.

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Simpson: A tale of two very different trials By AP Writer

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- O.J. Simpson went on trial for kidnapping and robbery Monday with a judge determined to find a jury unaffected by his long-ago "Trial of the Century" "What happened then, happened then," Judge Jackie Glass told prospective jurors. "If you are here and think you are going to punish Mr. Simpson for what happened in 1995, this is not the case for you," she said, urging them to confess if they had such a motive. All stayed silent. While asking many questions about the past, the judge stopped short of asking the big question that Simpson's lawyer wanted: Do they consider Simpson a murderer? "My determination is no, we are not going there," Glass told lawyers outside the prospects'

presence. "We are not here to relitigate that case. The jury reached a verdict in that case and people have strong feelings about it. This case is about what happened here in Las Vegas last year." The new case debuted as a pale postscript to the murder trial that riveted America in the 1990s when Simpson, a former pro football star, was charged with murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, and ultimately acquitted. Missing were the crowds that surrounded the courthouse when Simpson was arrested last year for allegedly robbing two sports collectibles dealers in a hotel room, and the media throng that has followed him over the years was dramatically diminished. Simpson has a co-defendant this time, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, an old friend who went along on an ill-fated mission which Simpson claims was intended to reclaim

personal property. But Stewart was barely mentioned Monday as the judge focused on how much prospective jurors knew about Simpson and how they feel about him. When she asked how many of them knew of Simpson, hands shot in the air from most of the 87 panelists initially brought to the courtroom. They were not asked if they knew Stewart, who has repeatedly tried to have his case severed from Simpson's on grounds he would be tainted sitting next to the celebrity defendant. Simpson and Stewart have each pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy, burglary, coercion and assault with a deadly weapon. Simpson maintains he didn't ask anyone to bring guns to the hotel room and that he didn't know anyone in the room was armed.

The stakes are high — a robbery conviction would mean mandatory prison time, and a kidnapping conviction carries the possibility of life in prison with the possibility of parole. When he was acquitted of murder in 1995, police on horseback had to surround the Los Angeles criminal courts building to keep back crwds. And a cast of sideshow characters was present throughbut the yearlong trial. On Monday, one lone figure, local rad io_producer John Tolson, 28, stolitearing a sign saying "Photo With-70J. $1." No one took him up on his offer to have a picture snapped with the bottle of orange juice he held. "I'm trying to make a buck off 0.J., like everybody else," said Tolson, Court spokesman Michael Somniermeyer said more than 472 print, photo, video and radio journalists were credentialed for the i)

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West Texas Buffs low over Bronchos with 49-18 win By Kaylea Brooks Sports Editor

The No. 9 ranked West Texas A&M Buffalos blasted the Bronchos with a 49-18 win in Saturday's game. The Bronchos defense pushed hard against the Buffs in the first quarter, only allowing one touchdown by Carl Johnson with just 2:56 left on the clock. But after the first quarter, the defense tired out, allowing three touchdowns in the second quarter. Also during the second quarter, Broncho Chad Susman made a field goal, which were the only points the Bronchs scored during the first half of the game. Wayne McKnight of the Buffalos made two touchdown passes and the Buffs' Keith Flemming ran in a touchdown with 01:05 left in the second quarter. West Texas Kicker James Chandler successfully completed extra point kicks for all the touchdowns. The first half concluded with the score being 28-3. The Bronchos stepped up their game at the top of the third quarter with a touchdown by junior, Ryan Gallimore. Once again, West Texas scored with a three-

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yard pass from Keith Null to A.J. Ruffins. The third quarter ended with eight penalties, another touchdown by the Buffs' Ray Johnson and extra points by Chandler, making the score 42-9. UCO scraped up three points with a 32-yard field goal by Chad Susman at the top of the fourth quarter. The Broncho defense also mustered up enough strength

to hold the Buffalos until West Texas's Charly Martin recovered a blocked field goal attempt and scored. With 0:57 left, UCO managed one more touchdown with a 12-yard pass from Brandon Noohi to Daniel Morrell. The ending score was 49-18. "We need time to grow," said Head Coach Tracy Holland. "To play a team

like this we would need more time to get accustomed to each other." The Buffalos quadrupled the Broncho's rushing game with 167 yards to UCO's 36. They also earned more than double UCO's 195 yards passing with 470 yards. West Texas totaled 16 penalties over the course of the game, however, with two being for unsportsmanlike

conduct. Out of UCO's offense, quarterback Brandon Noohi rushed 27 yards. Rick Montgomery caught the longest reception of 34 yards and 58 yards total, with Daniel Morrell second with his longest reception being 22 yards long and 60 yards total. Defensively, Terence Hill topped with 10 tackles,

T.J. Shaw and Mike Reed behind him with nine and Freddie Harris and Micah Howeth each sacked the quarterback. Holland said he and the team were disappointed in the loss, but not surprised. "They're one of the best teams in the nation. We played an exceptional team," he said. "But we're going to grow."

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Springstead, Rundle lead defense EDMOND (Sept. 7) — Central Oklahoma's offensive woes continued Sunday afternoon at Tom Thompson Field as the No. 9 ranked Bronchos battled to a scoreless tie with Central Missouri on the final day of the UCO Invitational. The Bronchos were outshot 19-5 by the Jennies two days after dropping a 2-0 decision to Truman State. It's the first time for UCO to go without a goal in backto-back games since early in the 2006 season. Freshmen Kelsey Springstead and Angie Rundle helped lead a defensive effort that held UCM at bay and enabled the Bronchos to earn the tie, with rookie goalkeeper Samantha Rusk making five saves. "This was a good character builder for us early in the season against a tough team," UCO coach Mike Cook said. "I was proud of

how hard we worked and how we hung in there when we couldn't get much going offensively. It's something good for us to build on." UCO was outshot 10-1 in the first period, but Rundle made a great save early in the game when she booted the ball away from the goal on a wide-open shot and Rusk had three nice stops between the posts. The second half was another physical defensive struggle between the two teams and neither team came close to scoring the last 10 minutes of regulation or in the first 10-minute overtime period. UCO had a few chances in the second extra session, but Alli Miller and Stephanie Lovely couldn't connect On long-range shots while the Jennies were wide on two headers off corner kicks. The Bronchos, now 3-1-1, go to Wichita, Kan. Wednesday for a neutral-site meeting with Washburn.

Tom Brady out for season By AP Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _ The New England Patriots have come back from injuries before, winning three Super Bowls and reaching a fourth despite losing Rodney Harrison, Richard Seymour, Junior Seau and Drew Bledsoe. Now they will try to do it without Tom Brady. The 2007 NFL Most Valuable Player will miss the entire '08 season with a left knee injury that needs surgery, the team said Monday. That leaves the Patriots without one of the game's great quarterbacks and severely damages their hopes of a return trip to the Super Bowl. Coach Bill Belichick would not say what the injury is, but the play, Brady's reaction and the prognosis all point toward a torn anterior cruciate

ligament. "As a team we all just have to do our jobs. That really doesn't change," Belichick said Monday, a day after Brady's knee collapsed under him when he was hit by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard in a 17-10 victory over Kansas City. "He played one position, he played it very well. We have somebody else playing that position now." The Patriots issued a oneparagraph statement that the two-time Super Bowl MVP will have surgery and be placed ?n injured reserve.

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The 2007 NFL Most Valuable Player will be placed on injured reserve, the Patriots said Monday Sept. 8, 2008, one day after his knee was injured in the first quarter of a 17-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Vista Sept. 09, 2008  

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

The Vista Sept. 09, 2008  

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