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Nation observes Constitution Day by Lyndsay Gillum Copy Editor

On Sept. 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their first meeting. Only one of item of business resided on the agenda, and that was to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. Before the final signing, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered almost everyday since May 14, 1787, in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation, according to . By the middle of June, it was clear to the delegates that to solely amend the Articles would not be enough. Instead, they would write an entirely new document designed to clearly define and separate the powers of the central government, the powers of the states, the rights of the people and how representatives of the people should be elected. After being signed on Sept. 17, 1787, Congress sent printed copies to the state legislatures for ratification. By June 21, 1788, nine states had approved the Constitution, finally forming a "more perfect Union," according to . To celebrate Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17, UCO will welcome New York Times assistant managing editor Richard Berke to campus. During his visit, he will first discuss the principles of teamwork and civic engagement during the "Lessons in Leadership" course from 9 to 9:50 a.m., in Constitution Hall. Following at 11 a.m., Berke will then present "An Inside Look at How the New York Times Decides on Front Page News," in Pegasus Theater. Former Edmond mayor Saundra Naifeh also will address the "Lessons in Leadership" course. Besides Berke's extensive history as a news correspondent, he also served as the editor of the Washington bureau

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of the Times, where he was in charge of overseeing the day-to-day work of 40 reporters, as well as coordinating campaign coverage, according to a UCO press release. "Lessons in Leadership" is a weekly lecture series created by UCO President Roger Webb, and is the start ofa newly formed Collegiate Leadership Network. Leaders are invited to address classes on a variety of subjects, such as ethics, courage and building relationships, among many others. The signing of the Constitution is one of the most important and influential events in American history. Many of the freedom and rights we as Americans enjoy everyday were established, and it signifies the greatest expression of statesmanship and compromise. In just four hand-written pages, the Constitution gives us a manual to the greatest form of government the world has ever known. "Constitution. Day offers all of us a remarkable opportunity - an opportunity to take a moment to think about our Constitution and the impact it has had on our lives as individuals and as a country," Joseph M. Torsella, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, said in a statement. The presentations on Monday, Sept. 17, are open to the public and are followed by a dialogue with the speakers and members of the audience. For more information on Berke, contact Meredith Scott at mscottl9@ , or for additional information on "Lessons in Leadership," call Leadership Central at (405) 974-5560. To read more about Constitution Day, visit the National Constitution Center's Web site at www. .

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Volunteers planted over 2,000 American flags near Broncho Lake in remembrance of the victims of September 11, 2001.


The Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) fed 164 firefighters Tuesday in remembrance of September 11 "It's a positive way to show appreciation and remember what happened," said Josh Krawczyk, Director of the VSLC. One hundred forty students volunteered to help with the 9/11-service project. The volunteers were divided into 20 groups ranging from four to 25 members. The number of students within each group was dependant on the number of personnel at each fire station. Lyndsay Holder, the Volunteer Coordinator for VSLC, said there was a waiting list of volunteers, just in case those already

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Firefighters from Edmond's Fire Station 1 enjoy a hearty helping of spaghetti and meat sauce, prepared by UCO volunteers to honor the fallen firefighters of Sept. 11.

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assigned to groups had to back out for whatever reason. Students met on campus at 3:30 p.m. to join with their groups and pick up food. Then teams car-pooled to predesignated fire stations. All five Edmond fire stations and an additional 15 Oklahoma City stations were visited. The volunteers were supplied with ingredients for spaghetti and recipes for cooking it. All fire stations are equipped with fully operational kitchens and students personally cooked the meal at the station. The firefighters also had garlic bread, salad, cookies and lemonade. Twenty new members of the President's Leadership Class were the team leaders for each volunteer group. Jennifer Burris, a freshman elementary education major, was the team leader for the

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"What constitutional right would you omit or add?" ,

"There's a lot of laws that can infringe on another person, and you can take away laws that are both beneficial and non-beneficial to different people." Jessica Seikel Studio Art, Sophomore

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EDITOR'S NOTE: STOP PICKING ON BRITNEY ALREADY! Despite the numerous other stories that could have been culled from the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears - once the biggest thing in pop music has again found herself in the eye of another media storm. The past year or so hasn't been too harmonious for Spears, and her performance at the VMAs just kind of seemed like the natural progression. That being said, why exactly is Spears catching so much crap over her performance? Wouldn't people expect this from her by now? Judging by the various celebrity "news" shows on TV and other "credible" sources out there, apparently a lot of people did in fact expect more out of Spears, though it's unclear as to why. What all theses bloggers, talking heads and other celebrity "journalists" need to do is give the poor girl a friggin' break. Britney is, after all, a former child star. She is almost the former Princess of Pop. certainly past her prime, and As if being "that girl" she was recently involved who peaked (professionally) with (and married to) the before she could legally consleazy-looking, wannabe sume alcohol wasn't pathetic rapper Kevin Federline, with enough, Spears also seems whom she had two sons with to be dealing with a host in under three years. Ask any of other issues, each one of mother if they sympathize them capable of screwing up with Spears and nine out of 10 the performer's life for years, will tell you they do feel for possibly decades, to come.


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Come to think of it, Spears' performance of "Gimme More" at the VMAs wasn't all that bad, at least not for a young woman who was more than likely pilled-up and a little bit tipsy. And how would you feel if you married some loser (K-Fed) and he ended up being a ter-

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rible husband who wouldn't change his thuggish ways? Throw in the fact that Brit has more than $100 million, a level of wealth that is usually accompanied by some feelings of invincibility, and,, you have a recipe for disaster, aka Britney Spears' life. Even some celebrities, who usually stick together like frat boys, are jumping on the bandwagon and bashing Spears. The simple fact, however, is that 99.9 percent of all those criticizing Britney have no idea where she's coming from, and they probably never will. Maybe it's the petty jealousy of her critics, not the singer's life, which focuses so much attention on Spears. Regardless, what Britney needs now is for everybody out there to cut her some slack. She should also stay out of the spotlight for a while, but let's not push things too much. Spears is a talented young lady who has accomplished enormous things in her short life. All somebody like her needs is one good break - regardless how big or small - and things can change in an instant. The Vista editorial staff can be reached at

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UCOSA welcomes two student organizations by Nelson Solomon Staff Writer

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Freshman Kaitlyn Mares stirs spaghetti noodles in preparation for a feast dedicated to firefighters at Edmond's Fire Station 1 Tuesday, Sept 11.

FIREFIGHTERS from page 1 meat and was dicing some onions to add to the recipe. Leslie Allison and Kaitlyn Mares, both freshmen history education majors, did most of the cooking while Tatsaya Minami, a senior accounting major, cleaned all the dishes. "It's always good to show your appreciation to your community," Mares said. The eight firefighters and five volunteers all bowed their

heads while Jeff Zelnicek, Lieutenant firefighter, said grace. He prayed for overseas military personnel, New York City Firefighters and the loved ones of both. "The fire-house is going to be eating noodles for a long time," said Allison. Aside from individual volunteers, multiple campus organizations helped make the sixth annual 9/11-service project a success. The organizations included were S.E.R.V.E., the Black Student Organization, Gamma Beta Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha,


Presidents Leadership Class, W.O.M.E.N., and the NAACP. Family, faculty, staff, administration and students also volunteered with VSLC and helped plant 2000 American flags around Broncho Lake in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks. The flag planting began at 8:30 a.m. and was open to anyone wishing to help. The food and flags used for both projects were bought with donations and budgeted VSLC money. Anyone interested in volunteering for the VSLC


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Two new student organizations were admitted into the UCO Student Association at the first session of the Senate for the semester. Alpha Angels, Inc. and the UCO Film Society were made into official organizations on the UCO campus by the passing of Senate Resolutions 07- 101 and 07-103. President Pro Tempore Logan -Reynolds began the meeting with the recognition of all the UCOSA officers, emphasizing a desire for all Senate members to know each officer by name and face, and to increase communication between officers and senators. Reynolds emphasized that this year's Senate will be a "body that makes things happen on this campus." "We're going to take the Senate in a new direction, look at things from a different perspective. This year presents a new look, a new start and gives us countless new opportunities," Reynolds said. Vice President Cyndi Munson then gave some general information about budgets for each organization as well as inviting senators to join the UCO Task Force. The group has four senators and three representatives and listens to what students are saying around campus and sends those messages to the administration. President Jason Hines then took time to invite those interested to apply for the Speaker , of the House position, stating that those who have "passion and ideas for UCO have met the requirements of the position." Hines explained that he, as president, has the authority to appoint someone to the office. He said he will select two of the applications, conduct interviews and appoint one of the two candidates. The body then went on to address regular business with the two bills pro-

Q&A sessions concerning the films that are watched. The resolution passed by a majority vote. Reynolds then outlined his plan, taking the Senate into a new direction, which includes expanding opportunities for new positions within the body and by raising morale among the members. "I want to help create a more positive outlook for the Senate and UCOSA as a whole," said Reynolds. He intends to add the new positions of Liaison and Parliamentarian. The Liaison will serve as a go-between between the senators and Reynolds. The Liaison will gather information on events being held by each organization and report to Reynolds. The Parliamentarian will serve as the expert on parliamentary procedure and ensure that meetings are held in the right manner and answer any questions about the process. Reynolds said he wants to raise morale and distinguish those in the body who have great accomplishments. "We're going to recognize people for doing good things around campus," said Reynolds. Reynolds also encouraged members of the body to build their excitement for Senate this year. "I want you, when it's all over, to have gotten something from this experience," he said. But that is up to the members to make Senate a great experience, according to Reynolds. "I can only motivate, you have to act," he said. He also announced the Broncho Lake clean-up campaign from last year will continue, as each student organization will take turns cleaning the lake. The session ended with announcements, including one for the 2007 Constitution Day speaker Richard Berke, assistant managing editor for The New York Times. Berke

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will speak next Monday during events to commemorate the Constitution. A representative for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature announced their meeting the following evening. In addition, a representative of the Transfer Leadership Council, a council for transfer students to UCO, announced an effort to help celebrate Veterans' Day. Nelson Solomon can be reached at


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Plans involving Iraq prove complicated, debatable anti-war legislation unless they soften their demands. The Senate was expected to resume debate on the war next week, although party leaders have yet to announce what measures will be put to a vote. "I don't sense an enhanced sense of skittishness, if that's what you're asking here, on the part of Republican colleagues of mine in the Senate," the party's leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told reporters. Ina 15-minute address from the White House at 9 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Bush will endorse the recommendations of his top general and top diplomat in Iraq, following their appearance at two days of hearings in Congress, administration officials told The Associated Press. The White House plans to issue a written status report on the troop buildup on Friday, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Bush's speech is not yet final. Also Friday, the president will travel to a Marine base in Quantico, Va., just outside Washington, to talk further about his Iraq policy, the White House announced. Vice President Dick Cheney will do his part, too, speaking on Iraq on Friday at appearances at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., and at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

by AP Writer Stabilizing Iraq will be a lengthy process that won't end when violence in that country and U.S. troop strength are reduced, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday. "We're at the beginning of a transition in the Middle East, we're at the beginning of a long process of dealing with what the president called a long time ago a generational challenge to our security brought on by extremism coming principally out of the Middle East," Rice said. A day before President Bush was expected to announce that he plans to reduce the American troop presence in Iraq by as many as 30,000 by next summer, Rice said the U.S. views the task of stabilizing Iraq as not simply improving security within its borders but "to begin to have American forces in lower numbers turn to other responsibilities." Among those, she said, is "the territorial security of Iraq" with respect to its Mideast neighbors, especially Iran. "Iran is a very troublesome neighbor," she said on NBC's "Today" show. "Iran is prepared to fill the vacuum" if the United States leaves Iraq. "That is what is at stake here," Rice said. "What

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we are prepared to do is to complete the security gains that we've been making, to create circumstances in which an Iraqi government and local officials can find political accommodation, as they are doing in Anbar, and to be able then, from Iraq, with allies in the war on tenor, to resist both terrorism and Iranian aggression." Rice's comments followed two days of testimony from Gen. David Petraeus, the military commander in Iraq,

and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador there. The testimony, though, seemed only to harden positions among lawmakers. GOP conservatives said real progress was fmally being made and more time was needed, whereas Democrats said the absence of a political deal in Baghdad meant the strategy failed. In a joint press conference with Crocker on Wednesday, Petraeus said Iranians appear to be trying to create a like Hezbollah-like

organization in Iraq that they could use to gain influence inside the fractured country. Crocker said he hoped neighbor states in the region will pressure nations like Iran and Syria, which he said have been part of the problem in Iraq rather than part of the solution. Absent any significant changes in the political landscape, Democrats are where they were before the August recess: without the 60 Senate votes needed to pass

While minoring Petraeus' strategy, Bush will place more conditions on reductions than his general did, insisting that conditions on the ground must warrant cuts and that now-unforeseen events could change the plan. For their part, Democrats have rallied against the plan. "We will continue the fight," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday. "I always try to find common ground with the president. ... I am asking him to give an explanation to the American people as to why our country should be engaged in a war without end without end, at least a 10 year commitment to the war in Iraq." Meanwhile, House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday along with five other Republicans and Ohio Democrat Charles Wilson. In a statement provided to reporters, Boehner said he wanted to get a firsthand look at the progress being made in Iraq and was "eager to gain an understanding of how this progress has laid the foundation for the type of national political reconciliation all of us expect to see and quickly." AP reporters Lolita Baldor and Pauline Jelinek contributed to this report from Washington.

Fashion show celebrates women, features exotic accessories values in communities. Many times,, women are overlooked as viable parts of their communities even though they spend a majority of their day cleaning, working, caring for the children and serving as wives. "World Neighbors shows the importance of the role," said Davis. To do this, they often conduct an illustration with rocks. On one side, they tell the men to put a rock whenever the host of the game tells about one of their daily tasks. The women take the other side. In many countries it soon becomes evident that the women are spending their day involved in more work. A subdivision of World Neighbors, Work of Women, or W.O.W., specializes in taking care of women's reproduction practices, women's rights and other issues relating to females. They also help women set up savings and credit unions where they can pool their money together to save and also borrow from each other. More information about World Neighbors and their programs can be found at their website, . Their office, which is set up like an African village, cornplete with green carpet for grass, wooden section dividers, paraphernalia from project areas and a village circle, also contains pamphlets about their purpose and programs.

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There are stories to match the outfits in the International Celebration of Women Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. This luncheon, hosted by World Neighbors, will portray clothing worn by people in countries such as Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nepal, India, Peru and Guatemala. These are countries World Neighbors is currently aiding in or have helped in the past. Clothing was loaned to the organization by staff members or donors that had traveled to the respective countries. "We looked for clothes that came with stories," said Debbie Davis, special events coordinator for World Neighbors. She said the staff wanted the outfits to give a glimpse of the daily life of the citizens. At $75 a ticket, this event may be a little pricy for the average college student. However, World Neighbors has other ways to get those wanting to help involved. Fair trade items, or goods made by workers paid fair wages for their work, such as necklaces and baskets can be bought at the World Neighbors headquarters at 4127 NW 122nd St in Oklahoma City, or at their various events throughout the year. The organization also sells coffee and chocolate made in countries they work in. World Neighbors works directly with college students by selecting about 45 interns

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Volunteers receive a discount on items and also are granted free admission for the event. Founded in 1951 by Dr. John L. Peters, World Neighbors is an Oklahoma City-based national organization that develops ecologically fragile communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Davis said that World Neighbors generally spends five to 10 years in a program





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The first three weeks are over, and all I can do is take a deep breath and say "only 12 more to go!" I think the first few weeks were very eventful and entertaining. I love seeing the campus full of life. This is my third year to live on campus, and I really believe student life on campus is becoming increasingly beneficial to the college experience. Even if you

I was very impressed by Tim because he did not just ask me to do something about the issue; he wanted to be a part of the entire process. So, he and I scheduled a meeting with Chartwells (the university contracted food service company). In this meeting, we found out some interesting facts about Chartwells. Did you know that Chartwells' contract

"DID YOU KNOW THAT CHARTWELLS HAS A SEVENFIGURE PROPOSAL (COUNT `EM SEVEN), WHICH WILL TOTALLY CHANGE THE LOOK OF UCO DINING?" don't live in a residence hall, just coming to campus (for events other than class) can really make the year fly by so quickly. If you were involved in any of the Stampede Week events or Greek recruitment, you might agree that the first three weeks blew past. To give you a run down of the issues coming through my office, most of the students have just simply been interested in avenues to get involved. However, there have been students who already have their eyes set on making a difference at UCO. I had a freshman student named Tim Deffebaugh approach me about extending the lunch hours in the Central Cafeteria.

with UCO expires in June of next year? Did you know that Chartwells has a seven-figure proposal (count 'em SEVEN), which will totally change the look of UCO dinning? Now for the kicker, UCO is not obligated to renew the contract, so the university is free to shop around for an EVEN LARGER proposal from another company. This is big stuff for students! In the next year, we, as students, need to voice our opinions to Chartwells and the university about campus dinning, so when its time to sign a new contract, students' input will be included. If I have learned anything in my time at UCO, it is to never underestimate the

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power of the student voice. If anyone is interested in participating in a focus group addressing concerns with food service, please shoot me an e-mail. We will be organizing it soon. For a closing remark, I encourage everyone on this campus to have the same passion for making a difference as Mr. Deffebaugh does. Students can and will make a difference. Making a difference starts with an idea, it's fueled by passion, and it's completed with teamwork.

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A talent show to benefit the American Choral Directors Association and help fund a trip to Italy is being held on Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Constitution Hall. Auditions will be held Sept. 15 and 16 in the choir room of the UCO music building, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to Shannon Love, the event coordinator. Auditions are open to anyone who wants to show off their talent in front of a live audience, according to Love. Love said the 1st place prize will be $100, 2nd place will be $50, and 3rd place will be $25. Admission to the show will be $5 for senior

adults and UCO students and $7 for anyone else. The choir's singing tour to Italy will take place near the end of the spring semester in May and this will be the choir's first such trip. They will perform in various places in addition to touring, according to Love. The event originated when different fundraising opportunities for the A.C.D.A. were being discussed, according to Love. "I had taken place in Freshman Follies, and this led to an idea for a talent show where everyone, from freshmen to seniors, can take part," said Love. Love, Dr. Karl Nelson ; and Greg Parker, a representative for the UCO Department of Undergraduate Admissions,

will serve as judges for the auditions. They will choose finalists from the audition, and then the live audience at the talent show will vote on the winners. The audience will vote on slips of paper that will have names of the performers listed. Those selected in the end will take part in one dress rehearsal before the event. "We hope to continue holding this event, year after year," said Love, expressing her hopes for the future of the talent show. For more information on participating, contact Shannon Love at (580) 7616404 or . Nelson Solomon can be reached at

Dept. of Engineering, Physics looking to garner acceptance by Jana Davis Staff Writer

The Department of Engineering and Physics has been taking steps since June to be accepted by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) to give students more job opportunities when they graduate, Dr. Baha Jassemnejad, chair of the engineering department, said. According to Jassemnejad, being accepted will allow UCO engineering and physics majors to have more job opportunities and more vigorous schooling that will prepare them for the future. "A lot of places would like to hire students from an ABET university," Jassemnejad said. According to the ABET, Inc. official Web site, ABET, Inc. is a recognized accreditor for college and university programs. It is a process that takes time, but will ultimately benefit the students here at UCO, Jassemnejad said. According to Will Cameron, engineering physics mechanical junior, "ABET is important in the job field." Because UCO is not an ABET school, people

are going to other schools. This acceptance would create more opportunities for everyone, Cameron said. Jassemnejad is credited for establishing the engineering department at UCO.

"If you compare our engineering program here, our niche is that our curriculum has both depth and breadth." Dr. Baha Jassemnejad

opportunities in the future, "ABET students get preferences," Shams Shahadat, biomedical engineering junior, said. Jassemenj ad wants to be accepted by ABET, Inc. because he wants quality for his students. He went on to say that students should be able to say they graduated from UCO and the company they are interviewing with know they got an outstanding education. "We are delighted because it brings a lot of prestige to our program." Jassemnejad said. According to Jassemnejad, the first step is to notify ABET, Inc. to visit UCO. After notifying them, the next step it to admit a self-study report of the program. In mid- October, ABET, Inc. will come and do an examination of the Department of Engineering and Physics to see if UCO qualifies. Approval will be pending until next summeJ For more information, contact Jassemnejad at

"It was one of my vision," said Jassemnejad. "I led the department to go towards engineering because that is what Oklahoma is in need of, actually, the whole nation." Jassemnejad's goal is to equip the students with enough skills to be problem solvers. He plans on doing this by keeping classrooms small and having small groups work on projects. "If you compare our engineering program here, our niche is that our curriculum has both depth and breadth," Jassemnejad said. Jana Davis can be reached at When referring to job .

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Virgo - (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Take time to stop and smell the roses, but beware of killer bees. I've heard they have been sighted near your house.


Libra - (Sept. 24 Oct. 23) When someone goes to the trouble of buying you something nice, please remember to thank them. If you don't, they will get very mad and burn your favorite pair of oven mitts.

Aries - (Mar. 21- April 20) The emotional roller coaster you have been on this week will finally break down, leaving you suspended in mid-air. Maybe you should consider getting on the emotional Merry-go-round instead. Taurus - (Apr. 21- may 21) As the moon tentatively enters the third house of Jupiter, you will see a decrease in the number of calories in the common Twinkle, but this week only.


Scorpio - (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) The Cosmic voices have been complaining about your lack of enthusiasm for your horoscope. Start showing some interest; I need my sleep.



Sagittarius - (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) This week you will experience a mild attack of the cooties, followed by a bout of acute silliness.




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Gemini - (May 22-June 21) Just because you were born under the sign of the twins doesn't mean you have a long lost twin out in the world. You can fire that private investigator now.

'3:10 to Yuma,' adequate remake for western fans


Aquarius - (Jan. 21- Feb. 19) You will find the missing lid to your Tupperware container this —week; unfortunately, you will also find that your container is Cancer - (June 22-July 22) 'missing now. As my crystal ball is still in the shop, I have turned to casting chicken bones. However, as I am not sure what two wish bones and a thigh mean, you will either be given the keys to a new Pisces - (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Talking to strangers is generally not a good thing, however, if Hummer or your bicycle is being repossessed. they drive up in a cherry red sports car, you may want to talk to them anyway. Who knows, maybe they are talent scouts in Leo - (July 23-Aug 22) My dear Leo, in honor of your sign, you will be getting search for the next big thing — or not. something big this week, trust me. Who doesn't want William Hung's greatest hits album? by Justin Langston Staff Writer


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Ten years ago, a million fans flocked to the movie theaters to witness the next evolution in the 'Alien' saga. It was called "Alien: Resurrection" and it was supposed tp_bringback one of the most beloved science fiction characters in cinematic history, but only ended up capitalizing on the name by turning the entire franchise into a steaming pile of animal waste. Here we have the fourth installment to a highly successful sci-fi series that started off as a terrifying film with a creature so vile, it redefined the horror genre. Director James Cameron ("The Terminator") turned the second movie into a classic by converting the basic monster flick into an all-out action movie with dynamic characters and memorable dialogue. Then the third one rolled around. David Finchei- ("Seven") took the helm, attempted to recreate what Ridley Scott did with the first by making the alien what it truly is: a predator. It was a worthy effort for a first-time director, and apparently the studios seemed to appreciate it since they signed Pincher onto some hefty bigbudget films. But it lacked the charisma of the first two. Then out of the ashes, came one of the worst sequels of all time, "Alien: Resurrection." It seemed like a fantastic idea, bringing back Ripley and attaching two well-known filmmakers to the project. First, we have Joss Whedon writing the script. Before this film, all he had to his name was the awful feature-length film, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the sur-

prisingly good "Toy Story." It wouldn't be until after "Alien 4" that Whedon would show some true potential with the "Buffy," "Angel," and "Firefly" series. That isn't the case here. Here, we have mediocre Whedon has been known for some some bad scripts. After all, he worked on the sitcom "Roseanne" for a little bit. But we'll try not to hold "Alien: Resurrection" against him too much. Next, we have an outstanding director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who previously made "The City of Lost Children" and "Delicatessen." Later, he would do the award-winning "Amelie." This guy has proven he's capable of directing some visuallyappealing films. "The City of Lost Children" remains one of the most awe-inspiring movies of the last 50 years. Although "Alien 4" has some nice cinematography

with its dark green colors and odd character closeups, the problem lies in the story....the characters....and the ending....not to mention the avoidance of treating the alien mythos more carefully, instead of turning these infamous beasts into something that goes beyond what we've come to familiarize ourselves with. The biggest departure from the franchise was cloning Ripley, turning her character into unsympathetic trite and making her become the mother of an human/alien hybrid that appeared more like a fleshy skeleton than anything remotely alien. After battling these creatures several times, one would assume Ripley would just annihilate every last one of them, but in this waste of celluloid, the audience gets to witness the motherly love she has for her newborn freak. It's

a touching moment, indeed. It's hard to uncover anything salvageable about this film, other than the pretty lighting, especially during the underwater scene where we see the acrobatic aliens tread through water like a knife through butter. In the end, none of it makes a lot of sense. There are no memorable lines that fanboys could be sprouting out every chance they get. No great characters to root for, no good story to praise and certainly no reason to hope for another `Alien' film if Hollywood continues to waste perfectly good money on stuff like this. Oh, wait, they already have. I'm talking to you, "Alien vs. Predator."

There's something about Westerns that evoke a certain kind of magic. One man, or maybe a handful, go up against nearly impossible odds and somehow manage to live to tell the stroy. It's the kind of thing that legends and myths come from. "3:10 to Yuma" is one of those stories. Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is an impoverished rancher who lost most of his leg in the Civil War. The railroad is about to foreclose on his ranch and he will lose his home and possibly his family, including his son, sick with tuberculosis. A dangerous opportunity to save his ranch falls into his lap when outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is apprehended by the railroad company. The company needs men to escort Wade to Contention, where they can put him on the 3:10 train to the prison in Yuma. Along the way, Wade tries to escape and psych out the company men and Evans. "3:10 to Yuma" is a decent story about heroism and caring for one's family. The plot is basic and somewhat predictable and the characters don't really surprise, but that never really hurts the film. Bale and Crowe do a remarkable job in making their characters

believable and interesting. It's hard not to feel for Evans' struggle. The movie opens up with the railroad company burning down his barn, nearly killing his cattle. The whole movie seems to consist of people, mostly Wade, telling him to just return home to his wife and kids. Unsurprisingly, Evans isn't the kind of guy who just packs things in, and he makes a point of proving why someone should do the right thing, rather than taking the easy way out. One of the best parts of any Western are the gunfights, and "3:10" has plenty of these. All of them are action packed without any need for stylized action. No need for fancy kung fu and flips here, just simple duck and cover and get out of dodge style gunplay works perfectly. The action is always intense and since nearly every character is expendable, it's possible that anyone can die in any action sequence. Unfortunately, when this starts to actually happen, it's pretty easy to figure out who's going to die next and when. The movie is simple and predictable, but it's got a lot of heart and it's intense. The characters are interesting and good acting brings them to life. Western and action fans should definitely check this out, as should anyone who wants to see some decent moral fiction.

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There are numerous books out there to help confused college seniors like myself I was surprised to find the

most inspiring book for a student getting ready to face the "real world" was a beloved children's classic. I received this book, "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, as a high school graduation present. At that time, however, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. There was no confusion about what career path to take or urgency to make a decision. Three years later, though, my mind has changed and my heart can't choose a direction. Geisel seemed to under-

stand the life crisis that sometimes happens to college seniors likemysell In his book, he commends those who are about to begin their journey. "Congratulations! Today is your day, you're off to great places. You're off and away," Geisel writes. He goes over the options they have, to choose any road they want or to travel to the wide, open spaces in other places. He also lets the reader know its okay to make mistakes. "I'm sorry to say but, sadly, it's true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen

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to you," the author writes. He encourages readers that the slumps that come after bang-ups will eventually end. He even speaks about the waiting place, where people stand around waiting for life to happen to them. The character in the book finds people waiting for a train to come, mail to come, for their hair to grow or for a better break. He calls it the most useless place. He warns the reader that they will be lonely at times. "Whether you like it or not, alone will be something you'll be quite a lot," he writes. He predicts there will be times when the reader is scared, especially when they have to face up to their problems. Geisel also tells the reader that they will be

mixed up when they meet all the various people in life, but to continue stepping in the right direction. In the end, though, he guarantees that the reader will succeed. Well, at least by 98 and 3/4 percent. "Kid, you'll move mountains!" Geisel writes to encourage readers. I think Geisel must have learned from personal experience. For instance, he didn't get his first children's book published until he was 37, according to . The publishing came with much persistence on his part as it was rejected 27 times. Knowing that Geisel often faced confusion about his path in life and rejection as well gives me a sense of comfort.


This very same man went on to write 44 children's books, according to There is a Broadway musical and full-length movie inspired by his work as well. The author was also the recipient of two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize. To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Seuss, teachers and children across the country participate in Read Across America Day on or around his birthday on March 2. I'm sure Geisel never dreamed of the possibilities that were before him when he beganthatfirstchildren'sbook. Thanks for the hope, Dr. Seuss. I'm excited to face the unknown ahead of me.

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JUSTIN LANGSTON I love comic books. There's something about grown men in goofy costumes beating the crap out of each other that appeals to the seven-year-old in me that's never disappeared. Of course, not all comics are about super heroes aimed at kids and adult nerds. In fact, some of the best comic books really could appeal to just about everyone. Here's just a handful of currently running comics that can appeal to the Average Joe. "Runaways:" Currently being written by Joss Whedon of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Serenity" fame, "Runaways" is a "teen team" book similar to the "Teen Titans." Unlike "Titans," "Runaways" isn't about super heroes. Super heroes show up from time to time, but, the book follows six teenage runaways with super powers. While they may have super powers, they don't deal with the villains of the week. Instead, they deal with love, angst and the other weirdness associated with being a

teenager. It's a witty, clever story about kids growing up and coming to terms with becoming an adult. It can be hard to read sometimes, since the messages can be harsh, but it's got a lot of heart. "Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane:" It may have a super hero in it and the art may look like it came straight out of Japan, but "Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane" is probably the sweetest teen book out there. Almost none of the book is about SpiderMan, or his alter ego, Peter Parker. Instead, it's about

"Fables:" Prince Charming married Snow White and they lived happily ever after. Really? Did they? Ever wondered if things really worked out? If "Fables" is any indication, they didn't. Mainly because Prince Charming is a jerk. Fables takes favorite fairy tale characters, like Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf and Cinderella, and puts them into modern day Manhattan, centuries after their own tales have ended. After an unknown Adversary conquered the Fable's world, they moved

Mary Jane being a regular girl in high school. We get to see broken hearts, betrayal and secrets. It's never as harsh as "Runaways" (i.e. kids don't die), but it doesn't shy away from anything. Hormones, lies and gossip are all big parts of the book. Since Spider-Man does get to show up, we get to see the emotional damage Parker can cause with his secret, which is sometimes touched on in regular Spider-Man comics, but never quite had the same resonance as it does here.

to our world to eke out a new existence. Now, the Adversary is turning his sights on our world and the Fables who live in them. It sounds a little weird, but creator Bill Willingham makes the immortal fairy tale creatures into very human characters. It's hard not to sympathize with Pinocchio, who has been a pre-pubescent boy for nearly a thousand years. The same goes for Snow White who's been alone ever since Prince Charming left her centuries ago. It's also hard

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not to love Bigby Wolf, the reformed Big Bad Wolf who acts as the gruff fable who protects not just his own, but the mundane people as well. "Hellblazer:" Ok, this one might not appeal to everyone, but this occult thriller series about anti-hero wizard John Constantine stumbling through his life is at least interesting. "Hellblazer" is the ultimate fantasy comic, as John can wind up dealing with almost any fantasy creature. Other heroes, elementals, demons, faeries, you name it. But it's more than just fantasy. It's really about a junkie trying to make it through his life. Granted, John's drug of choice is magic, but he's still a junkie and magic causes just as many problems for him and his loved ones as heroin would. Maybe more. It's always fun to see what kind of trouble John is going to wind up in this month. It's also interesting to see if John is actually going to succeed this time, since "Hellblazer" is a comic where "winning" means making it out with most of your skin still attached to your bones. John might make it through alive this month and the world might be fine eventually, but he probably didn't save the girl and he probably lost more friends again. Nothing is free in the world of "Hellblazer." Even some of the happiest endings came at the price of John's soul. Those are just a handful of comics that can appeal to everyone.

At the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday, it is clear that the opening performance was a bit of a shock. Britney Spears opened the VMA's with a show that left everybody talking. Spears ill-fated "comeback" performance was royally mangled as she lipsynched her way through her latest single, "Gimme More." But that in particular was not what got the public talking. The nastiest comments were those about her body. "Lard and Clear," read Monday's headline in the New York Post. "The bulging belly she was flaunting was SO not hot," wrote E! Online. Was it fair? Did Spears, lest we forget a mother of two, deserve to be held up against the standard of her once unbelievably toned abs, or was she asking for the negative comments by choosing that unforgiving black-sequined bikini? In the bigger picture, where skinny models and skeletal actresses who are under constant scrutiny for the message they are sending young girls, what does it say about the way the public is criticiz-

ing a young woman for a little thickness in her middle? One thing was certain though, people were curious to see her. The show drew 7.1 million viewers and was the highest-rated cable program of the year among people ages 12 to 34, according to Nielsen Media Research. The talk of Spears' physique comes amid an increasingly critical focus on overly skinny actresses in Hollywood. It is almost impossible to pick up a fashion magazine without critical photos of, let's say, Angelina Jolie's toothpick arms. On the other end of the spectrum, plus-size actresses are getting positive attention, from Jennifer Hudson of "Dreamgirls" to Golden Globe-winner America Ferrera of TV's "Ugly Betty." The question that I ask here is, which is it? Do we praise that an actress or singer has curves or do we promote skinny, skeletal models and actresses? In the fashion industry, there has been an effort to promote healthier-looking models, so why all of a sudden are we scrutinizing Spear's for her post-pregnancy body? If fashion industries and Hollywood in general are trying so hard to promote curves on women, I dare to say that the controversy with Spear's is contradictory. The nasty headlines are uncalled for. Though Britney doesn't have the perfect body she once did, it is probably true to say that most women would die for the body she has now.

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ock Strap by Jeff Massie Cheerleaders have been piggybacking off real sports for years. Out in front at football and basketball games, they've been held up on a pedestal for far too long. A pedestal of toe touches and spirit fingers, and now it's time that human pyramid comes crashing down. Sure, I'll give them a look at football games, just like I'll watch Victoria's Secret commercials, but that's not why I turned on the TV, and I don't go to football games for this pseudo sport. This is probably about the part where cheerleaders start to get mad as they have some poor guy read the article to them. Because as we all know, they are on scholarship fortheir smile, not their scholastics. Then comes the classic rebuttal, "cheerleading is hard, I'd like to see you do a round off into a full with a standing back tuck." You know what, I can't do that, but I'm not so good at long division either, and you won't find that in the sports page. It's kind of funny that there actually are people on the sidelines whose purpose is to clap, cheer and feel important. Though that sounds a lot like the Crew. I know there's competitions to see who is the best at bringing it, but still, this is getting out of hand. Is it truly a sport if judges decide the winner instead of direct competition? This is where I draw the &re--Sports are contests,

one person or team against another. The winner is clearly determined and visible on a scoreboard. Football, basketball, baseball, soccer and wrestling are all examples of real athletic competition. Cheerleading, figure skating, dog shows and NASCAR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not sports. I went ahead and threw NASCAR in there even though a winner is clearly determined and visible, but guys driving around in a circle, not gonna make it on to my list. Now the fights at the end of races, that could be a sport, lets just turn these guys into boxers. Maybe jealousy is the reason I'm being so hard on cheerleaders. Perhaps years of rejection in high school and being referred to as hey kid, get out of my way, or what's that smell has made me bitter towards them. It does take athletic ability to stunt and smile or flip and dance. That's something cheerleading have on beauty pageants, whose only skill set requires walking in heals, cupping one's hand and waving. I do agree these girls have athletic ability, it's a shame they're wasting it, so lets get them some singlets and get them in a real sport like wrestling.

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Buffalo Bills' Kevin Everett is tackled by Atlanta Falcons' Stephen Nicholas during an NFL preseason game.

Bills' player is responsive AP-Patricia Dugas reached out, touched Kevin Everett's arm and asked her son if he could feel her hand. Everett, lying in a hospital bed, barely awake and hooked to life support systems, nodded yes. "I can't even explain it to you, he's like a miracle," Dugas said, her voice breaking in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. Everett's mother spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, one day after doctors reversed Everett's grim prognosis when he voluntarily moved his arms and legs. "That's right. They're sur-


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prised themselves," Dugas said. "They don't know Kevin Everett. Oh, man, I always told him when he was a little boy, `You show them better than you can tell them.' He's going to be fine. I really believe it." She said Everett can shake his head, even throw it back in laughter. He has trouble speaking because of a breathing tube, so instead she said Everett is using a device to spell out words on a screen by hitting letters with a pen in his mouth. Dugas left her home in Port Arthur, Texas, on Monda not knowin wheth-

er her son, the Bills reserve tight end, would ever walk again after sustaining a lifethreatening spinal cord injury. On Tuesday, everything changed as she watched her son move his limbs and feel her touch when he was partially awakened from a sedated state. "Based on our experience, the fact he's moving so well, so early after such a catastrophic injury means he will walk again," said Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami school of medicine. "It's totally spectacular totall unex sected."

Emotionally drained yet genuinely upbeat, Dugas let out a big laugh in discussing how difficult the last four days have been. "Happy," said Dugas, who joined her son at his bedside at Buffalo's Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital on Monday. "I'm extremely happy. I'm grateful." Everett sustained the injury Sunday after ducking his head while tackling the Denver Broncos' Domenik Hixon during the second-half kickoff of the Bills' season opener. He dropped face-first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet. "It's feasible, but it's not 100 percent predictable at this time ... he could lead a normal life," said Green, who added he has been consulting with doctors in Buffalo since Everett was injured. In a report Tuesday evening, Buffalo's WIVB-TV quoted Bills orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Cappuccino AP photo by Jamie Germano as saying: "We may be witnessing a minor miracle." Buffalo Bills football players gather for quiet moment Dugas is certain. "We're going to take it slow as teammate Kevin Everett is taken off the field by getting him up on his feet, ambulance Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at Ralph Wilson but we hope to see him walk Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., after suffering a neck out of here," she said. "He has a strong will and deterinjury in the game against Denver. mination. I tell you, he's not going to settle for this. You're Match Up Alex Jeff Justin all going to see a miracle."


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SPORTS Bump, set, win September 13, 2007

by Alex Gambill Sports Writer

UCO's volleyball team won its first home game 31 against Oklahoma City University Sept. 11 in Hamilton Field House. The Bronchos played just about NW a dead even match. In the first game they narrowly lost 28-30, but made up for it with an exceptional score of 30-19 in the second game. "I don't necessarily think we took this very easily," UCO head coach Jeff Boyland said. Our girls were pretty nervous for their first home game." In the third and fourth game it came down to two small victories. The third ended 3025 and 30-27 in the fourth. Although the Bronchos did not win by much in the fourth, it certainly added to the excitement and agitation of both the UCO and OCU coaches. "I felt we served kind of bad tonight; that was why the game stayed close, we had 13 service errors," Boyland said. Boyland said he didn't lose confidence in the team, but thought they played a little flat. Boyland said he was particularly proud of Mari Araujo's


17 kills and Kelsey Reynolds play his A game, but he gets 16 kills. Araujo made a mag- through it and still wins." Lacie Allen acknowledged nificent game winning spike in the third, asserting the that she felt the team came out Bronchos' overall dominance a little slow, but remained optiJessica Legako made sev- mistic about future matches. "Obviously we can tell eral great strategic kills, which from a spectator's view looked that we came out with a win like she had catlike reflexes. tonight, but there were a lot of Lacie Allen was like the things that we didn't do regardglue of the team by sacri- ing discipline," Allen said. UCO will play next in the ficing her body to make countless gutsy saves, Panhandle State Triangular especially in against Fort Hayes State the second and Oklahoma Panhandle and third State Sept. 18 in Goodwell, games ;pklahoma. They're next ome game will be against K4t Midwestern â&#x20AC;˘ State Sept. 20. Schul spiked the ball so hard that it was difficult for OCU to recover and gain con"Our girls were trol of the ball. Meaghan pretty nervous for Wedberg was their first home an integral game" part of the team with a total -Coach Boyland o f 54 sets and 10 kills. "I thought they weathered the storm and worked methodically and did what they had to do to win," Alex Gambill can be reached at Boyland said. "I told them that Tiger Woods doesn't always agambill@thevistaonlinacom.


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Jessica Legako returns the ball against Oklahoma City University Sept. 11 at the Bronchos' first home game in Hamilton Field House. UCO won 3-1.

Bronchos look for redemption by Jeff Massie Sports Editor

It was almtlst like two teams showed up for last weekend's football game against Emporia State. On one side of the ball was a dominant defense that held the Hornets to 67 total yards of offense, and on the other was a dreadful offense whose five interceptions gave the visiting team all the points they would need to win the game. Two of the picks were returned for six, one went for 40 yards and the other 100. It will take more cohesion and consideration on offense for the Bronchos to come away from this Saturday's game against Angelo State with a win. UCO's record of 1-1 puts them in a tie for second in the Lone Star Conference North Division, behind only Southwestern Oklahoma State University who is 2-1.

Angelo State is winless this season, having lost both of its games. They are averaging 22 points per game and have given up a cornbined 65 points on the season. UCO has managed a meager 34 points in its two games, the second fewest of the 13 teams in the conference. The 34 points scored against the Bronchos ranks them fourth, but if the 14 points that came directly from interceptions are subtracted, then the defense ranks tops in the LSC. The stout Broncho defense is No. 1 in the conference in total yards allowed, yards per game surrendered and have given up a league leading two touchdowns. Angelo State ranks 12th on defense, giving up 505 yards per game compared to UCO's 211.5 yards. On offense, the boys in blue rank ninth with 323 yards per game and Angelo comes in fourth with 426.5

yards. The Bronchos are fueled by a pair of top 10 running backs "â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ben Birmingham and Maurice Little. Birmingham is averaging 82.5 yards on the ground and Little adds another 77.5 to UCO's seventh ranked rushing attack. Daniel Thomas is the Rams leading rusher, contributing 151.5 yards per game. UCO's passing offense ranks lit with quarterback Ryan O'Hara completing only 48.1 percent of his passes, and his 1 to 6 touchdown to interception ratio puts UCO 12th in passing efficiency. The by Vista photographer Chris Albers Bronchos also rank last in turnover margin UCO football players exit Wantland Stadium after being defeated 17-7 by Emporia State. with five takeaways and eight giveaways. Led by the conference's defense is ranked among the offense has struggled and to compete in the league. third-leading tackler in line- top of the league in many will need to make a turn- Jeff Massie can be reached at backer, Will Clewis, the important categories. The around if the Bronchos are

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The Vista Sept. 13, 2007  

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