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September 20, 2007
ARE YOU GLOBALLY COMPETENT? Powell speaks at OU by Hannah Jackson Staff Writer
UCO will hold a Global Competency Symposium on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The symposium will give community members, faculty, staff and students a chance to discuss the characteristics involved in global competency. The symposium begins with an 8:00 a.m. breakfast in Evan's Hall. President Webb, University Provost Dr. William Radke, and Dr. Kathryn Gage, Vice President of Student Affairs, will welcome the group at 8:30 a.m.. The group will be divided into smaller groups who will discuss competency from 9 toll a.m. Dr. Dennis Dunham, director of UCO's Office ofInternational Student Services will be leading the small group discussion. Each group will have a mixture of students, faculty, staff and professionals so that a wide variety of views can be discussed.
Corporate leaders are so invaluable because they
are the ones hiring people to go overseas to handle diplomatic situations and cultural encounters, Dunham said. "Statistics show that over 25 percent of Americans who are assigned abroad have failed, at a per assignment cost of as much as a million dollars,"
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experiences they would like. Faculty and staff members can then respond with how they can make it happen. When small-group discussion is over, Dunham will lead a discussion combining thoughts from individual groups. Once a definition has been identified, Dunham plans to create a certification program, which is set to open by the end of the semester. The certification program will take students through different strat-
egies that will be learned through the symposium. There will also be a list of tasks for students to complete in order to earn the certificate. U.S. Representative Mary Fallin, who supports the establishment of UCO's Center for Global Competency, said that in addition to study abroad programs and foreign language classes, this program will connect students to the community. "I am told that globally proficient students are great teams players -excellent at inquiry and analysis, flexibility with a keen awareness of problem solving. There are so many rewards," Fallin said. Global certification will be on students' resumes' and help them find work in the community, Dunham said. "Students with global experiences, whether here or abroad, are nonexpendable because they're more open-minded," said Dunham. "Being globally certified is a vehicle creating something greater than it's original purpose." For more information on the UCO Center for Global Competency, contact Dunham at 974-2374.
Hannah Jackson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Alex Gambill Staff Writer
Colin Powell, former Army general and secretary of state from 2001 to 2005, spoke to a full house at the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall at the University of Oklahoma Sept. 12 in Norman. "We still are the leading economy in the world, we still turn out the finest college graduates...we still are the technological leaders in the world and above all we still are the values example in the world," Powell said. Regarding values he said "Our standing in the world has dropped significantly in recent years," because of Iraq. Powell said the United States needed more soldiers in Iraq during the beginning of the war to keep the government somewhat intact to make way for democracy. He said before making the decision to go to war the U.S. should use diplomacy instead of isolation. He made the comparison of President Reagan calling the U.S.S.R. an "Evil Empire" and President Bush calling Iran a part of the "Axis of Evil."
see Powell, page 5
New York Times editor addresses students, faculty by Abha Eli Phoboo & Nelson Solomon Staff Writers
Richard Berke, assistant managing editor of The New York Times, visited UCO Sept. 17 to mark Constitution Day, organized by American Democracy Project. He spoke at four different events on campus. Berke talked about his job and how The New /York Times decides what is newsworthy. He gave presentations at President Roger Webb's "Lessons in Leadership" class, a banquet in the Nigh University Center, to an audience at the Pegasus Theater and held a Q&A session with mass communication students and The Vista istaff. "I've always had a real passion for journalism and my hours now are better than they have ever been. As reporter, I worked around the clock. But its great to keep doing what you love and get paid for it," said Berke. Berke, who holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, started out as reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before moving to The New York Times and rising to become the assistant managing editor. "A good reporter is a good reporter, whatever story you are covering. Whether it's the county court or Iraq. Getting stories published, clips, working hard is important," Berke said to aspiring jour-
ner in freedom and democracy. As assistant managing editor, Berke plays an influential role in the decision making. Describing the layout of The New York Times, he said there are usually six stories on the front page with the most important story of the day in the upper right-hand corner. "At 10 a.m. every day, the editors and department heads meet to pitch their ideas of what they think might be used on the front page. I go around the table asking each person what they think is the most important story and how they are covering it. They talk about breaking news, longer stories they've been working on for a while, and how they are shaping up," said Berke. At 4 p.m., the meeting reconvenes with each person passing out five paragraph summaries of stories they are pushing for the next day. Choosing which six stories appear "involves a lot of people deliberating on what stories will end up in the final paper," he said. However, after every one has given their input, the decision rests with the editor Bill Keller. by Vista photographer Chris Otten Once the stories are decided on, a photo show begins Richard Berke, assistant managing editor of the The New York Times, speaks at Pegasus Theater about the daily grind with displays of the best phoin his profession. tos from around the world. "We try to pick power"What ends up on the front pus. What ends up on its page ful for page one. nalists. "It is the people that of the Department of Mass can come up with interesting Communication, introduced page of any newspaper is a one is not haphazard," said Ideally, a mix that's newsdetails, angles that matters. Berke at a presentation on mystery. In small papers, it is Dr. Clark. He added that it worthy and interesting," said Sometimes some expertise how The New York Times haphazard. We use The New is important as Americans to Berke. "If we had Iraq phocan get you a foot in the door." decides on its front-page York Times as textbook and a understand this process since Dr. Terry Clark, chair stories and photographs. source for news on this cam- the New York Times is a partsee Berke, page 5
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"O.J. Simpson, what do you think?" "Ooops, he did it again."
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"I think O.J. Simpson is a joke. It seems like he keeps trying to get attention, he should know better than to do anything corrupt." Matt Wren Undecided, Sophomore
"I think he had it coming. I think that there were past investigations pending, and they finally have a reason to hold him responsible." Brynnon Godwin Psychology, Junior
"It takes a hustler to rob a casino."
ONE VIEW Lately, images and happenings have been flashing before my eyes that appear to come straight out of an Orwellian novel. Reports of banning and censorship, and terms like "free speech zones" and "protest pins" are bouncing around with little questioning. I read in the New York Times Monday about a musicology graduate from England arriving at an airport in America and being told she was banned from our country and that she had to leave. She wasn't told why. At the Emmy's this past weekend, Kathy Griffen and Sally Fields were censored when making remarks about the war. Are you kidding me? On the subject of Andrew Meyer, the Florida University student who was tasered by police, it seems the outcry of free speech violations might be heard a little clearer. Meyer was a victim. There are no laws that the police are required to enforce considering how passionate a student's question or concern is at open question and answer forum. In Meyer's case he went over his time when asking Sen. John Kerry some important questions. Kerry allowed Meyers to continue, but university police had had
"It will be completely absurd if he gets off just because he is a celebrity."
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Justin Langston, Staff Writer Shannon Hoverson, Staff Writer Nelson Solomon, Staff Writer Abha Eli Phoboo, Staff Writer
Lyndsay Gillum, Copy Editor
Hannah Jackson, Staff Writer
"I think that the media is trying to use this Las Vegas thing to finally punish O.J. for the murder of his ex wife and her friend."
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Brandon Richard Broadcasting, Junior
Benjamin Dictor, a student protest representative, addresses protesters during a sit-in supporting Andrew Meyer at University of Florida, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, in Gainesville, Fla. enough. He was dragged out of the auditorium and tasered while students videotaped. The police seemed to be the only people objecting Meyer's comments. Neither the students, nor Kerry were concerned. In the videos Sen. Kerry can be heard in the background saying, "That's all right, let me answer his question, it's an important question". What I have learned from this is free speech equals a tase to the gut. Don't tase me forth is.
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THER IEW Andrew Meyer deserved to be tasered, it's just unfortunate they didn't do it sooner. The audience looked as though it was awaken from their docile state and that is not good for America. This country's citizens needs to not question the legitimacy of the war or the president's use of power. If we start questioning the people in power there won't be enough rich people in power taking us to glorious battlefields on the other side of the world The Vista is published as a newspaper and public forum by UCO students, semi-weekly during the academic year except exam and holiday periods, and on Thursdays only during summer, at the University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034. Telephone: (405) 974-5549. The issue price is free for the first copy and $1 for each additional copy obtained. EDITORIALS Opinion columns, editorial cartoons, reviews and commentaries represent the views of the writer or artist and not necessarily the views of The Vista Editorial Board, the Department of Mass Communication, UCO or the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges. The Vista is not an official medium of expression for the Regents or UCO.
to secure oil interests for the likes of Halliburton. Our wonderful corporations and NeoFascist leaders plagued with sex scandals are pleading with us to not disrupt their flow of profit and power they so justly deserve. Tonight I will take my prescription sleep aid and hopefully wake up only to forget that there is a war in Iraq and a war raging in my American psyche if to speak against the powers that be.
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September 20, 2007
Local businesses to sponsor Bum-a-Bike program at UCO by Jana Davis Staff Writer
The Edmond Bicycle Committee, Al's Bicycle Shop and Flat Tire Burgers are sponsoring the new Bum-a-Bike program at UCO, which allows students to check out bikes for free starting in October. Students with a valid ID can check out a bike for at least one week, Tim Tillman, the chair of the Edmond Bicycle Committee said. Each bike will be supplied with a helmet and a lock. Tillman discussed the details of the new Buma-bike program founded by the owner of Flat Tire Burgers, Mike Jones. The sponsors donated 10 bikes to UCO, Tillman said, and UCO purchased five. If the program does well, UCO will buy the next five to distribute to students. "Ride it wherever you want to take it. It's yours for a • week," Tillman said. Tillman is a part of the Edmond Bicycling Committee that started about six months ago. It consists of one staff representative and one youth member. They deal with planning where new bike trails should be built and how to make Edmond safer and easier to navigate for bicycling. Tillman said he had been noticing a lot of people who were having troubles cycling across Edmond and is trying to fix that problem. "Anything that has to do with cycling, that's what we do," Tillman said. "It's a really good example of businesses and the community coming together." Mike Sokoff, director of transportation and public services said that the first goal is
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physical fitness and health. "This is something done nation-wide and we are excited to be a part of it," Sokoff said. Sokoff said this program,
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A MESSAGE FROM STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT aocen. . '41-1 Li/Kea are massive crowds of people gathered at the clock near Broncho Lake handing out colored pieces of paper with their candidates' picture on them. When you turn it to the backside, you notice a long set of voting instructions, which I have label the "UCONNECT Maze." Once you have seen the voting maze, you have to make a vital decision. Do I hold this flyer until I get to the computer lab and vote? Or do I conveniently place this color paper in the trash can on my way to class? In my experiences with campaigns, students choose the later. I have a suggestion for the Homecoming Activities Board and a challenge to this year's King and Queen. I would like to see the winners of King and Queen organize and community service project for the local area. I do not care what it entails, but I think that it would propel the Homecoming King and Queen Elections to the
It's Homecoming Week! Central Rewind is the theme and student organizations and Greek organizations are franticly finalizing their Cheer and Dance routines and staying up til' the wee hours of the morning pomping their homecoming floats. Homecoming is a really fun time of the year for a lot of students, but unfortunately a large number of UCO students do not get as excited. Even if you do not participate in the homecoming activities throughout the week, I strongly encourage you to go to the football game on Saturday evening. The team really needs our support in the stands. They are coming off a tough road Joss and I know it would mean a lot to the team if we had a record crowd out supporting them Saturday. Other than the Homecoming game, I would like to address the issue of Homecoming King and Queen Elections. Most memories students have of these elections
next level. Instead of it just being a title and a crown, it would actually provide a service to this university and to the Edmond community. There is no doubt in my mind that whoever wins King and Queen will be capable of organizing this project because they have spent the last 3 to 4 years serving this university. As I said, I suggest to the Homecoming Activities Board to incorporate this idea for next year, and I challenge this year's winners to take a community service project and run with it. I hope everyone has a great week, come get your picture taken with Miss America, and I'll see you in the stands at the football game!
If you wish to contact Jason Hines, email him at jhines3@ucok. edu or contact the student govt. office.
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Powell from page 1 The difference though was that Powell and Reagan later met with the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, yet Bush has never met with the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. "We failed to recognize we had a problem of occupation," Powell said regarding the current war in Iraq. "When we took down the government, we also took down their institutions." Ironically, he later said, As we fight terrorists...let
us make sure we don't change our values and our reaching out to other nations." Powell said the other major difficulty in this war compared to the past war in Iraq was that the U.S. went in unilaterally. The United State's disastrous example of reaching out can be seen when Powell visited the United Nations and built America's case to invade Iraq because they supposedly had weapons of mass destruction. Powell finished by answering uncontroversial pre-selected questions from the audience, chosen by OU President David Boren. Disappointingly, only four questions were selected and the last being "How do
you think the OU football team will do this season?" Powell finished with a story about how he enjoys going out in New York and getting hot dogs from street vendors. He said he never has to pay for his wieners because the vendors are usually immigrants and they say "America has already paid for this," alluding to if it weren't for the "Land of Opportunity," the vendor would not be on the street selling hot dogs with Powell's favorite New York red relish.
Alex Gambill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student to publish book of poetry by end of year by Justin Langston Staff Writer UCO student Robert Nalagan will have a book of his poetry published by Vantage Press with a release date sometime around New Years Day. This will be Nalagan's first published book, with works from when he was 17-years-old. "In high school, it was pretty rough for me," Nalagan said about how he came to begin writing poetry. "I had so many thoughts to myself, so one of my teachers recommended writing my thoughts down. The only way I could do that was poetry." Nalagan's poetry is primarily free verse, although he has
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OU president David L. Boren applauses former secretary of state Gen. Colin Powell as he begins his address at the Catlett music center in Norman, Wednesday, Sept. 12.
O.J. Simpson's bail set at $125,000 for alleged robbery by AP Writer A judge set bail Wednesday at 5125,000 for O.J. Simpson in connection with the armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors at a Las Vegas hotel. His attorney later said he expected the former football star to be released within hours and return to Florida. Simpson, standing in court in a blue jail uniform and handcuffs, furrowed his brow as the judge read the list of charges against him. He answered quietly in a hoarse voice and nodded as Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Jr. laid out restrictions for his release, including surrendering his passport to his attorney and having no contact with co-defendants or potential witnesses. Simpson did not enter a plea. Unlike his arraignment over a decade ago in the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend. Ron Goldman, when Simpson declared he was "absolutely 100 percent not guilty," he was subdued throughout the proceeding Wednesday. "Mr. Simpson do you understand the charges against you?" the judge asked. "Yes, sir," Simpson responded. Attorney Yale Galanter said after the hearing that the $125,000 bond was reasonable and had already been arranged for Simpson. He said Simpson
would plead not guilty. "We expect Mr. Simpson to be processed and released fairly quickly," Galanter said. "He's relieved. This has been a very harrowing experience for him." Security at the courthouse was tight for the arraignment hearing. People entering the courtroom were screened by security officers and Las Vegas police with bomb-sniffing dogs. The case has attracted a swarm of media, including Marcia Clark, who unsuccessfully prosecuted Simpson for the 1994 murders and was reporting for "Entertainment Tonight." Simpson, 60, was arrested Sunday after a collector reported a group of armed men charged into his hotel room at the Palace Station casino and took several items that Simpson claimed belonged to him. He has been held since then in protective custody in a 7-foot-by-14-foot cell. The Heisman Trophy winner was charged with kidnapping, robbery with use of a deadly weapon, burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon, coercion with use of a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. "These are very serious charges," Galanter said. "He
is taking it very seriously." Authorities allege that the men went to the room on the pretext of brokering a deal with two longtime collectors, Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong. According to police reports, the collectors were ordered at gunpoint to hand over several items valued at as much as $100,000. Beardsley told police that one of the men with Simpson brandished a pistol, frisked him and impersonated a police officer, and that another man pointed a gun at Fromong. "I'm a cop and you're lucky this ain't LA or you'd be dead," the man said, according to the report. "One of the thugs _ that's the best thing I can call them somebody blurted out 'police!' and they came in military style," Beardsley said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show. "I thought it might have been law enforcement or the FBI or something because I was ordered to stand up, and I was frisked for weapons." "At no time did Mr. Simpson hold any type of firearm at all," he said. Beardsley also cast doubt on the authenticity of a recording of the confrontation made by Tom Riccio, the man who arranged the meeting between Simpson and the two collectors. Riccio reportedly sold that tape to celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com .
tos for a few days, we give the readers something different. The photos reflect the news and great photography." Many news networks judge newsworthiness of stories based on the layout of articles published in the New York Times. "We are aware that what goes on the front page of the New York Times affects the news judgment of what's happening around the country. We make our best collective judgment, guided by what's going on and other factors. There is no right or wrong," said Berke. The selection of stories is often determined by what's happening that day. "Ideally, there should be a good mix of stories on the front page, ranging from breaking news to profiles. We are careful about fairness and how photos are presented," said Berke. Not all relevant stories make the cut, however. Some stories, even if they are good, are held back until space is available or there are relatively less important stories to publish, said Berke. As an example, he pointed out an article published in Monday's issue and said it had been held back last week because there
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had been more pressing stories about Gen. David Petraeus and President Bush. "It would have been lost then," he said. According to Berke, Sunday andMondaypapers are harder to decide, as not many newsworthy events happen during the weekend. Stories usually published then are pulled from the back burner. Sometimes, important
"A good reporter is a good reporter, whatever story you are covering." Richard Berke
news stories are released Friday night to avoid media limelight. "It's an old tactic, still used by the White House," said Berke. The New York Times is expanding to include other forms of journalism and reaching out to young readers with its online version. "We now have as many people reading on the web as have print. We don't really know where we are heading and are trying to be readable for both web and print," Berke said. "We use different forums and have slideshows,
them in. In late October, I got a letter of contract to publish." Nalagan gets most of his inspiration from movies and music. "I'll see something in a movie that touches me or makes me laugh or makes me think and I'll write it down," Nalaga said. Although he's about to get one book published, Nalagan isn't going to stop there. Already, he's finished work on his second collection, which he completed in June. He plans on submitting that collection after his first book hits retail. Justin Langston can be reached at email@example.com.
podcasts, and videos. Good journalism means not being too stodgy about what we cover and that we write about things that are important." With regard to the front page of the online version, Berke said the process is more relaxed and "driven by the latest, freshest news." "There are certain priorities and we cut back on more optional places. We've cut down our Canada bureau and have a stringer there now. But we set up a New Orleans bureau to cover the aftermath because we believe it's a hugely important story," he said. The New York Times has around 18 bureaus all around the world and try to use their own writers as much as possible. The definition of news has changed over the years, said Berke. "Thirty years ago, news was what happened the previous day. We now want stories that have a larger point to them, and stories that really matter to our readers," he said.
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Sagging pants, to many, are solely seen as an American fad in fashion. But certain city officials are finding the young men whose sagging trousers expose their boxers to be quite concerning. And the claim behind their concern is this: the style originated in prison, where belts are not permitted. So the honest to God truth of the matter is those individuals wearing saggy pants are celebrating crime and headed for trouble. Yeah right. The recent statutes outlawing pubic display of undergarments, which were passed by several Louisiana towns and is being considered in Georgia, New Jersey and Connecticut, are not only outlandish, but are violations of the First Amendment. Another objection here is these laws are singling out young black men, a group already subjected to a great amount of scrutiny. Also, enforcing dress codes are just plain ridiculous and unrealistic. Just because young men are walking around with their pants sagging, exposing their boxers to the world, does not mean they are headed for a life of crime or supporting their counterparts in prison. But whether or not you choose to believe that, one thing is true:
American teenagers love to get at their elders, and wearing such clothing has long been a great way to accomplish that. As the consumer culture rose to popularity, the whole underwear as outerwear was made trendy long before Madonna made the display of the bra strap a requisite for fashion rather than dreaded. Bold ads and retail displays put underwear on newspaper pages, in magazines and even in store windows. We all catch sight of underwear on a daily basis, even when worn in ways that would have grounds for arrest or cause widespread panic: lace-trimmed camisoles, corset tops, and the unavoidable thong that peeks out from the low-rise jeans girls wear. So when looked at in that light, the recent antiunderwear statutes do appear to discriminate. So for those of you in favor of criminalizing fashion, understand that sagging pants are just a fad; the problems that coincide aren't. Officials should stop trying to pull up the pants of these men and take the time to listen to the statements their fashion trend is screaming. Start dealing with the real problems that are behind these fashions: such as the educational and career opportunities of the young men who wear them and the conditions in the prisons where the "sagging pants" style supposedly originated. Take the time to look in these young men's eyes and get to know them, stop focusing on their underwear. You might be surprised that they are not criminals nor are they headed for a life in prison.
JUSTIN LANGSTON In a review I wrote elsewhere in this issue, I used the following sentence during that review: "The characters have real emotion and their responses to the situations of the plot are realistic." Granted, I was discussing an action movie, but the very fact I wrote that line as a bonus to the movie unnerved me greatly. I think it should be safe to assume that characters in a movie should have "real emotion" and when they actually
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respond to things that happen during the movie, it should be "realistic." All of that makes sense. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Realistic characters aren't easy. In fact, making a character feel realistic is probably one of the most difficult parts of writing fiction. The writer needs to do more than make the character a walking voice box that acts out the scenes of the story. A character has to have its own identity and be its own person. Too often, however, characters are simply ways for the writer to tell a story. Characters in a lot of different types of fiction have no soul and no depth. Their writers and creators simply treat their characters as dolls rather than people. A good example of this is in "The Matrix." Keanu Reeves' character, Neo, has no real personality and neither do Trinity, Morpheus, Mouse or Cipher. Truth be told, none of them have any real depth. They simply act as shells to fill
the archetypes they represent. This is why the audience doesn't feel for the crew of Morpheus' ship when Cipher goes on his rampage and kills everyone: they're not people. They're not fully developed characters. They simply move the plot from one point to the next. Neo isn't a fully developed character either. We can make jokes about Reeves' acting ability all day, but in "The Matrix," Reeves didn't have much to work with anyway. Neo isn't a person, he simply follows the plot. The plot drives him, not the other way around. That's the problem. Characters are the ones that need to drive the action of a story. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but even then, the character cannot be fully defined by the confines of the story: This doesn't mean that characters shouldn't react to the actions of the plot. That's silly. What it means is that the characters need to start
the actions and react to them in a way that makes sense. Characters need to be who they are. A good example of this, strangely enough, is Clark Kent in "Lois and Clark." Clark's desire to use his powers for good is what makes him become Superman. Clark doesn't create the Superman persona because the plot demands it; he does it because he feels he can make a difference. Clark is his own person. He, along with the other characters in the story, dictates the plot of his stories. He doesn't soley exist when the show is on. It's clear that he has hobbies and an actual life, and what happens in the show isn't his entire existence. Characters aren't toys for an author to play with. They're very nearly fullfledged people; they're what the audience connects with. If the characters aren't real, than the audience cannot participate and the story falls flat.
done, so I have devised a way to do so as fast and as efficiently as possible. Before you even start, make sure you have all the cleaning supplies at hand. If you need to, go out and stock up on Pine-sol, Ajax and Lysol, or your preferred cleaning brand. Getting those cool Swifter dusters might be a good idea if you have a lot of dusting. Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Start by going through the entire house collecting any trash — old magazines, empty soda cans, junk mail and any thing else that is just clutter — this will help you to get rid of those piles of papers you never want to go through. Chuck everything you don't use and I do mean everything.
Be ruthless and cold-hearted, there is no compromise folks. Once this is done, start dusting. If you vacuum then dust, you just put all that dust on the floor and you will need to vacuum again. Therefore, the rule is dust first, starting from the top and going down. If you are cleaning a knick-knack shelf or one with books, you need to dust each item and then dust the shelf itself. It is also important to clean any ceiling fans, as they just move the dust around the room and evenly distribute it to all corners. Now, vacuum fans, you can pull out the old Hoover and get going. Assault those unruly dust bunnies in surprise attack. If you don't, they will multiply and dust bunnies will take over your home. This
will not be allowed, down with the dust bunny I say. For the kitchen, make sure you sanitize the counters. You will need to get a good cleaner that cuts through grease, as it coats everything stored above the oven. Again, start from the top and go down. Don't forget to clean out your fridge as well. In the bathroom, clean the shower/tub with an anti-bacterial solution such as Clorox. Wipe down every surface. Clean the toilet with the proper cleaner, using a brush. Finally, sweep and mop the floor. Cleaning does not have to be dreaded, just follow these steps and before you know it, you will be done. Now excuse me, I have some dust bunnies to attack.
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Superman's death is sweet 'The Pillowman' sets the stage by Justin Langston Staff Writer
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It's hard to say "no" to watching super people knock the snot out of one another. There's something visceral about watching people flying around and smashing each other, causing insane amounts of property damage. "Superman/Doomsday," the new direct-to-DVD release from the creators of such genius cartoons as "Justice League" and "Batman: the Animated Series," is a lot more than two super dudes kicking the crap out of each other. It's one of the best-animated features to come out in the past couple of years. There's plenty of action, sure, but this movie has plenty of heart and tells a really good story. "Superman/Doomsday" is loosely based on the "Death of Superman" marketing gimmick, I mean story, from the early '90's. The movie opens up with Clark Kent (Adam Baldwin) heading off to Afghanistan to work as the Planet's foreign correspondent. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor's (James Marsters) company has found an evil alien living weapon that goes berserk and kills everyone who discovers it. We cut quickly to Superman and Lois Lane (Anne Heche) in a romantic getaway in the Fortress of Solitude. Lois, having since figured out that Superman is actually Clark Kent, wants Supes to come clean with her. They fight and make up. Right before Clark can make
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"Nobody brought a piece — it'snotthat kindofanevening." This simple line, delivered more than ably by Harry
ig revea , uperman s robot, which looks suspiciously like Helper from "The Venture Bros.," reveals to the couple that Metropolis is in danger. From there, we see one of the most awesome animated fight scenes ever. "Superman/Doomsday" is an example on how to make an action movie right. This movie doesn't rely on cheap fights for the sake of fighting, nor does it have simple, twodimensional characters or hackneyed plots. Quite frankly, barring the idea of aliens beating each other to death, the movie is quite believable. The characters have real emotion and their responses to the situations of the plot are realistic. Nothing is overdone or silly. Lois' grief, Superman's anger, all of it feels completely real. With the sound plot and strong characterization aside, "Superman/Doomsday" also has some of the best super-powered fights. These fights aren't jus between two people trading punches like in a lot of super brawls. Indeed, we also see throws,
Dean Stanton, now famous for playing the Godfatherlike Roman Grant on HBO's superb drama "Big Love," represents "She's So Lovely" as much as any could in this relatively obscure 1997 film
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brutal knee strikes, elbows, headbutts and very creative uses of the environment. There are a few problems with the movie. First, Lex and Clark look kind of weird. Maybe director Bruce Timm changed his art style a bit or maybe the studio was trying to match the art style of 1993, but they just look kind of odd. Clark has this craggy face look going on and Lex's head is way too skinny. It's not a terrible thing; it's just kind of distracting to say the least. Also, the second half of the movie isn't quite as good as the first half. After Superman returns to face off with Toyman, things just aren't as good. The plot is different and it doesn't come together as well. Again, this isn't bad. In fact, the second half of the movie is quite good, it's just not quite as good as the first part. Lastly, and this is nitpicky, but Clancy Brown, who played Lex Luthor in "Superman: the Animated Series" and "Justice League," was a better fit than James Marsters. Anyway, this is probably the best comic book movie of the year. Maybe even the best action movie of the year. It's got a lot of action, lots of emotion and is entertaining all the way through. Also, the plot is much better than the source material, even if it does lack Superboy.
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'The Pillowman,' a production of Martin McDonaugh, is sure to stir up controversy with its touchy subject matter.
The Theatre Department at UCO is no stranger to controversy. In the past, the College ofArts, Media and Design has exercised its ability to bring thought-provoking works to the students, even ifthat entails debatable subject matter. With the upcoming production of Martin McDonaugh's "The Pillowman," UCO will once again present hard-hitting content on stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 through Sept. 22 in Mitchell Hall Theater. Dr. Don Bristow, theatre professor and director of the play, is approaching the work with an attempt to open the minds of the audi-
ence to unpleasant subjects. "Theatre at its best should provoke thought and discussion. It is my hope that this play will do exactly that," Dr. Bristow said. "The Pillowman" is a contemporary tale, depicting a fiction writer named Katurian who, after a series of gruesome murders in his hometown, is interrogated for the explicit content contained within his short stories involving child abuse. A cast of eight theatre students will take charge of the roles, a mixture of highly experienced actors and first-time performers. "The nature of all art is to explore the extremes of the human experience," Dr.
ers one of his finest — yet least recognized — performances. "She's So Lovely" was the last film written by Hollywood legend John Cassavetes before he passed away in 1989. His son, Nick Cassavetes directs, and his widow, Gena Rowlands, also has a small role. History lessons aside, "She's So Lovely" is the story of Eddie (Penn) and Maureen (Wright Penn), the whackedout love they share, and the crazy, sometimes incomprehensible, choices each of them are forced to make as they pursue the primal bond shared between them. As the film begins, a pregnant Maureen sits in a dive motel waiting for Eddie, who has been missing for three days. Because she is an alcoholic, like her husband Eddie, Maureen eventually wanders out in search of booze and a good time. Long story short, Maureen runs into a neighbor, played by James Gandolfini (aka Tony Soprano), Who gives her the liquor she craves, but he also attempts to rape her as well. When Eddie finally returns home, he finds Maureen beaten up and goes berserk, accidentally shooting a paramedic who is treating his wife. This mistake, made in a semidrunken rage, lands Eddie behind bars for 10 years. The second half of the movie picks up around the time of Eddie's release from prison. When he goes looking for Maureen, he finds
that she has divorced him and lives in the suburbs with her new husband Joey (Travolta), with whom she has two children. Joey and Maureen also have raised Jeanie, Eddie's child with his ex-wife. As one can imagine, madness ensues, but it's not the kind that you might expect. What is mad is the choice Maureen makes at the end of the film, which leaves the audience feeling somewhat unsure of how to feel. The movie is brilliantly acted by Penn, and his wife does her best to match his performance. As Joey, Travolta is brilliant as well. Even
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Robert McGill, chairperson of the Theatre Dept., said. "Otherwise, it would be of no import to our ordinary lives." Like the university's 2005 production of Nicky Silver's "Pterodactyls," a sexual farce that tackles themes of adultery and alcoholism, "The Pillowman" will bring darker social issues into the light. It has won several awards, including Drama Critic Circle Award for best play and 2004 Olivier Award for best new play. Theatre-goers should keep in mind that this play is for adults only. It contains strong language, graphic imagery and mature adult content. Steve Reckinger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
though Joey is kind a jerk, and probably not the best parent or spouse in the world, he is genuine and the audience has no choice but to feel for him at the film's shocking ending. "She's So Lovely," which is available at most Blockbusters and online, is a great movie, and it's a shame that more people haven't seen it. The film reminds us, as well as any movie can, that behind the clean facades of landscaped subdivisions, people have pasts that always threaten to track them down. What is fascinating about "She's So Lovely" is that we never know, at least until we have to face it, how exactly we'll react when our past does finally catch up with us. Andrew Knittle can be reached at email@example.com.
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jock Strap by Jeff Massie In last week's Jockstrap, I foolishly wrote an article about cheerleading. While I was not intending to target. UCO's national championship squad, it's evident that I have offended many people. I was trying to be funny in the article, but it's obvious that a lot of people aren't laughing. Nobody could argue that cheerleaders aren't athletes. Many people could not make it through their practices that start at 5:55 a.m. I also went on to question their intelligence, but it's my head that needs to be checked because many of these girls have outstanding GPAs. In fact, one woman on the team is carrying a 3.9 GPA while being a biology major. Dissect, that any way you want, it's impressive. The scholarships they receive are for only around $700. As we all know, that's not nearly enough to get through a semester. Just like any other scholarship, if your grades drop, the financial aid is gone. What I have written has led many to question my character and the character of organizations I'm involved in, but others shouldn't be blamed for what I wrote. It was naïve of me to not consider all the people's feelings I'd be hurting, and it was not my intentions to hurt anybody. So let me apologize to the cheer team, the porn team, the Crew and all those who support this great university of ours. I've learned a lot from the article I've written, and will always keep it in mind in the future. Below are some of the many letters and messages I've received. It's no wonder I don't have a girlfriend. First off, i just wanted to say thank you so much for writing such a nice article about us. It really brought a smile to my face. :) You're such a sweetheart. I don't know if you are just begging for some attention, but you're going to get a lot of crap for this. You have no right to say what you did about us and you've got a lot of balls to do so, because you've gotten a lot of people really fired up. Congratulations. On another note, it's been many of us girls' dreams to cheer at the college level for college athletes. So thank you for saying that stuff to bring us down. You have NO idea what we do. We wake up and have practice at 5:55 in the morning in a hot gym with no air conditioning and sweat our butts off. So, get your facts straight first. Thanks and have a CHEERful day :) P.S. PS. I really don't think I'd look cute in a singlet!! Lynzi Howard
Hi Jeff, We may have never formally met, and this may be
getting a foot off in the wrong direction, but I really do not appreciate the article that you wrote discriminating against cheerleading. Just like you said many people have many different talents: some are good at swimming, some at football, some at NASCAR racing. Many people have many different passions as well, something they enjoy doing. Like maybe you enjoy watching football, but have you ever played football? If you have, you'll know that it is much easier to be confident and play harder if you have someone cheering you on. Yes, the spectators and the Crew members can cheer, but will they without someone to prompt them to cheer? Most likely not. This is why such "activities" as cheerleading and the Crew have been installed, to help the people playing the sports. There are many other reasons, and I'm by no means looking down on anyone's point of view, but I'm just letting you know that cheerleaders are not all superficial and all, what was it, "toe touches and spirit fingers," they have a purpose. In recent years, competitions have been put into place for cheer. This gives girls that are extremely talented in their field a chance to excel and to show off their talents. Please don't degrade them for doing something they love and enjoy. I'm sorry if this has offended you. I simply wanted to let you see another point of view. Have a great day! Kori Samples Dear Sir, I don't feel the need to call you by your first name, because I have yet to meet you, therefore we are not on name-to-name basis. However, I don't think that meeting you is something that I would like to do. After reading your article entitled, "The Jock Strap" in the September 13th edition of the Vista, I soon felt rage, but more importantly, I was saddened. How dare you INSULT a group of cheerleaders, just because you were ridiculed by them in high school. After researching, I see that you are representing the high school of Carl Albert, and they should be ashamed to call you an alumni of that school. Did you know that Carl Albert Cheerleading is one of the top POWER HOUSES at The Oklahoma State Cheerleading Competition. They've won a state championship 7 out of the past 10 years, most in which are consecutive. I think this is why I am so SHOCKED to find that someone form this school would not support this team, because they have shown that they are TRUE ATHLETES. In your article you state that "they've been held up on a pedestal for too long." You act as if it's our
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Caitlin Fehlinger soars through the air as she performs with Michigan State University cheerleaders during Michigan State's football game against Bowling Green on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, in East Lansing, Mich.
fault that people see us the way that we are. If you were to go around asking cheerleaders if they would rather be popular or considered an athlete, 100% of us would choose an athlete. It's not our fault that people like you stereotype us in ways that are not true to our work ethic, personality, or athletic ability. And when it came to reading this article, sorry, but some "poor guy" didn't read it to us. Instead, we stood outside Wantland Hall after our 6 A.M. cheerleading practice, reading it together in outrage. I think you started a battle that you aren't going to want to fight once you hear what we all have to say. What I'm most upset about, is that you don't have your facts straight. Sony sir, but we are not "on scholarship for [our] smile," but rather for OUR SCHOLASTICS. You are so ignorant if you seriously believe that. We are required to keep up a 2.5 GPA to even be considered for our team, and actually, only the top 20 GPAs receive that scholarship. So don't think that the school just bows down at our "pedestal" for looking pretty, because you are WRONG. In response to your rhetorical question, "Is it truly a sport if judges decide the winner instead of direct competition." Excuse me SIR, but isn't diving a direct competition where JUDGING is used to decide the winner? And I'm pretty sure that's a DIVISION I athletic program at many schools. Or how about wrestling, when the referee DECIDES who gets the points. Or how about when big headed people like yourself b---- when the referees from the OU vs. Oregon game gave a bad call, isn't that the same principle of "judging." Getting a bad score is just the same as getting a bad call. Bad calls CAN throw a game, just like a bad judge can screw you over at competition. When you say, "The winner is clearly determined and visible on a scoreboard," then would you agree about that with the OU game? Because I think any other person would agree that OU was the real winner, and best team, but a bad
JUDGEMENT call was made and therefore the "winner on the scoreboard" wasn't really the true winner. Just because people thought you smelt bad in high school doesn't mean that you should put some hatred towards cheerleaders, maybe instead you should just buy some deodorant (in response to you statement saying "What's that smell," when people made fun of you in high school). And if you believe that I'm wasting my athletic ability on cheerleading, then you don't realize how much we do each year, and I would love for you to live with me for a year, document it, research it, and then try to tell me I'm not an athlete. Since your Facebook says that you are graduating this year, maybe you should realize that you are in COLLEGE, and no longer in high school, and that stereotype should be thrown out the window because it is long gone. Cheerleaders are athletes, and if we have to wear singlets to prove it, then so be it. Savannah Owen You sure do have b to write what you did! I'm not going to get mad at the story.. It was a good story and well written. I am also majoring in journalism so I am not going to say it was bad. But just realize that for those of us girls who have cheered our whole lives and this is our dream, cheering at the college level for college athletes, that really can hurt us! We are not considered a sport. Therefore, I don't know why you are so angry! We are an organization! And along with cheerleading scholarships there are more than half the girls on our squad with scholarships in other areas. The next time you want to talk down on us girls, make sure you know us. Make sure you know that we have practices at 5:55 in the morning and we work our tails off. If you don't think we're anything but smiles and pretty girls, that's your opinion! Don't try and force it onto other people. What you did was really horrible and you should feel very bad! *cheers* with a smile and a wink!
Amanda Sidney If you want to trash talk cheerleaders that is perfectly fine, you have a right to express your opinion, but get some facts straight before you do it. Right now you just look like an a-- for trying to call us out for "acting" like a sport. If you did your research you would know that we are classified as an activity, not a sport. So there is one thing you were off on. The next was judges, if you hadn't realized refs are just like judges so keep that in mind. We only get our scholarships, and let me inform you that it isn't even enough to ray for half of my books, after we turn in our grades for the semester. So yes we do get our scholarship for cheer but if our grades aren't up to par we don't get one. We don't cheer for the scholarship though, we all do it because we love it. If you don't understand, fine we aren't asking you to, you will probably never understand why we put so
much time and effort into what we do. But before you start to call us out, do some research. Kelsey Sawin Hi, I'm a cheerleader at the University of Central Oklahoma and have recently read your article: First off, this is my second year on the squad and last year in Daytona at Nationals we won a national title for the university, just like the wrestling team. Also, yes I do receive a scholarship for cheerleading, but it is not a full ride. It barely pays for one class, though the other scholarships I receive are for my scholastics. When I'm on the side line cheering my team to victory, I agree it is not a sport, but when I'm competing at nationals it is! We put in just as many hours as any other athlete that attends this school. Thank you for your time but next time do some research. Stacy Nicole Cohrs
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Greyhounds roll into town by Jeff Massie Sports Editor The stands will be full of students, alumni, fans and friends as the Broncho football team returns to Edmond this Saturday for its homecoming game against Eastern New Mexico University at 6 p.m. in Wantland Stadium. The Broncho football team upset No. 11 Abilene Christian in the first game of the season, but dropped the next two leading them to their 1-2 record. The team could easily
be undefeated at this point in the season, but dropped the pair due to some unfortunate offensive miscues. UCO will be looking to crash the Greyhounds in this weekend's match-up, but the team from Portales has ran up the second most points in the Lone Star Conference. Eastern New Mexico has racked up 126 points in three games, which puts them into a tie with Midwestern State behind West Texas A&M, who's also undefeated. The 52 points tallied by
the Bronchos places them third from the bottom. The defense is another story as they are tops in the North Division having surrendered only 61 points. Five of the seven teams in the South Division have given up fewer points though. It's been a tandem of running backs who have paved the way for the Bronchos. Ben Birmingham, the first half of the attack, has carried the ball 49 times for 310 yards and has found the endzone twice. The other half, Maurice
Little, has the same amount of carries and touchdowns, but has rushed for only 220 yards. Eastern New Mexico has a dominant ground game of its own, as they lead the league in rushing. The Greyhounds have compiled 1282 yards off only 166 carries, a whopping 7.7 yards per play. The dogs have also scored 16 times on the ground, twice the amount of Midwestern State who has the second most rushing touchdowns. The Greyhounds also have two runners ranked in the top four of all running backs in the league. JT Thompson is averaging a cool 16 yards per carry via 23 carries. He's totaled 396 yards thus far. The league leader is also a part of the Eastern New Mexico squad. He's compiled 57 carries for 508 yards and six touchdowns. The Greyhounds were built for the track and do most of their damage en the ground, but UCO has the No. 4 rush defense in the league and the game will be a good test for their tenacity. The Bronchos rank second in by Vista photographer Chris Albers the league in total defense. Homecoming festivi- It's good, the Bronchos convert a field goal against Abilene ties have been going all Christian. week, and a parade will be held before the game.
by Vista photographer Chris Albers
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Broncho football players cheer during UCO's victory over Abilene Christian on Sept. 1.
Bronchos cook in the Panhandle by Alex Gambill Sports Writer
Broncho Volleyball took an easy victory against Panhandle State and a loss against Fort Hays State at the Panhandle State Triangle September 18 in Goodwell, Okla. "They're (Panhandle State) actually better than they've been," UCO coach Jeff Boyland said. "We just had a very balanced attack against them. Our offense after the first game was looking pretty good." Boyland said considering his team superiority in skill level, "We really could do whatever we wanted to do, because of the little resistance they gave." UCO won all three games. The first game ended 30-28, the second
30-23 and the third 30-12. 25-30, narrowly lost the third Playing against Panhandle 29-31, won the fourth 30State, "We limited our hit- 23, but unfortunately lost the ting errors with just nine in tiebreaking fifth game 13-15. the first match," Boyland Boyland said overall they said. The Bronchos improved did very well in limiting serconsiderably vice errors and increasing in improv"Unfortunately the amount ing its numyou have got to of blocks. bers in errors UCO's comparatively put it together all hitting errors to the team's the time. were lower last game. -Coach Boyland than Fort Meghan Hays State's Wedberg set 35 with 34-42 times with an outstanding .545 percentage and higher total of attack against Panhandle State. Mari percentages with .165-.128. "We should have Araujo had 15 kills and Kelsey Reynolds succeeded with 11. won games one, three Regarding the second and four," Boyland said. match against Fort Hays State, "Unfortunately you have got Boyland said, "We came out to put it together all the time." Boyland believes that the pretty strong. We beat them 30 to 17 in the first game." Bronchos' game revolves UCO lost the second game around fan support to be
successful and looks forward to the next home match Sept. 20 against Midwestern State at 7 p.m. The home match will be the first in the Lone Star Conference. "Midwestern will be a very tough opponent," Boyland said. Boyland hopes there will be plenty of fans and said "Our fans are what helped us win against Midwestern last year."
by Vista photographer Alex Gambill
Alex Gambill can be reached at Katie Schult makes a kill against Oklahoma City University email@example.com . Sept. 11 in Hamilton Field House. UCO won 3-1.
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