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Senator Clark Jolley took the opportunity to visit the University of Central Oklahoma community and speak about Oklahoma Education policies during the first Lunch with Policy-maker event. "When this guy hit the capitol, he came with great incredible passion and a marvelous curiosity," UCO President W. Roger Webb said. Jolley has been "a guy who... was not going to duck but in fact confront and tackle the difficult and complex issues," Webb said. "When Clark Jolley's in the room...he's going to read the legislation and he's going to have an Photo by Allison Rathgeber opinion." "It's an honor and a privilege Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, addresses the first "Lunch with to be with you here today at the Sen. a Policy Maker" in the Cherokee Room on Thursday, Sept. 24. University of Central Oklahoma," The event was put on by the UCO Policy Institute. Jolley said. "I tell people it's the privilege of a

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R.E.A.L. talk: The cost of freedom today

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R.E.A.L Talk on Sept. 23 in the Nigh University Center. R.E.A.L Talk was set up by the Multicultural Student Organization to provide students with the oppor-


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both other students and professors. "R.E.A.L Talk is an acronym for Relationship, Ethnicity, Activism and Life. Its purpose is to provide a topic of discussion where students and professors can gather together to engage in critical and meaningful dialogue," MeShawn Conley, director of Multicultural Student

Services, said. September's topic in R.E.A.L Talk was "The Cost of Freedom: A Discussion on Race, Gender, Age, and Justice." Conley said that this month's topic was inspired by the recent controversy of the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Luis Gate Jr. at his home. Conley said that she felt this was an opportunity to have students

and professors come together and discuss their opinion on the issue regarding law enforcement and race. "It went well, we had a good turn out of students," she said. "The students were able to articulate their argument in a meaningful dialogue." see


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The UCO Oklahoma Wind Symphony debuts their recording project, "The Music of Ernest S. Williams: A Legacy Rediscovered," which is now available at the UCO bookstore. Director of Bands, Dr. Brian Lamb took on the project as an opportunity for UCO students. The Ernest S. Williams recording project was set up in June of 2007, when Allan Colin of the Charles Colin Music Publishers donated the remaining set of music by Ernest S. Williams to UCO. The UCO office of Research and Grants awarded Dr. Lamb the grant in fall of 2008 to produce a recording CD inspired by Ernest S. Williams' music. The music was performed by UCO students under the direction of Dr. Lamb. "I wanted this to be an educational experience," he said. "This will help transi-

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musician." According to Dr. Lamb, UCO students took on a major role in the development of the project. Students divided themselves into five groups under the direction of UCO faculty. UCO students help researched, design the CD package and market it on UCO campus. "This is exciting," Dr. Lamb said. "The best word to describe this CD is eclectic. We have string players, and in your face band music." Dr. Lamb hopes with some of the proceeds from the sales they can produce other recording CD. "Every penny from the sales is going to our next recording session," he said. "Hopefully with more artistic liberty." The CD is available at the UCO Barnes and Noble book store for see CD, page 6

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lifetime to represent Edmond in the Oklahoma state Senate." "One of the reasons why it is, is because not only do I get to represent the great people of Edmond I also get to represent truly I think the greatest university in the state." "UCO does more to turn out graduates that stay in Oklahoma that lead Oklahoma forward than any of the other universities," Jolley said. "UCO is one of the stars in Edmond's crown." As he began his presentation Jolley clarified what his definition of politics was. "Politics aren't Republican/ Democrat," he said. "They are the politics of your hometown and pride in the hometown." Jolley began to discuss the policies that govern the Oklahoma educational process and the quality of education the state is providing for school-aged children. see JOLLEY, page 3



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In the midst of citizens losing their house, neighbors losing their jobs, banks closing and adults returning back to school relief may be on the way for many current University of Central Oklahoma students. On September 17, 2009 the he United States House of Representatives passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA). SAFRA, in part, is part of President Obama's initiative to make college affordable and expand education opportunities to more U.S. citizens. It is a direct lending program bill that would replace the current Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL). The FFEL program, which is sometimes referred to as the federallyguaranteed student loan program, began in 1965. It was an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education. The program was the largest grant program in the nation, in which private, nonprofit and state-based lenders made federally guaranteed education loans to students and parents. In spite of the economic meltdown, many students have been able to obtain FFEL loans to go back to

school. Expected benefits of SAFRA include: Higher Pell Grant scholarship of which could reach $6900 within the next few years due to inflation, lower interest rates on needbased (subsidized) federal student loans, More access to Perkins loan program by expanding it to every U.S. college campus, and shorter, simpler FAFSA form that makes applying for financial aid easier. The major difference between FFEL and SAFRA is the funding source. With the FFEL, funds for loans come from financial institutions such as banks. With the SAFRA Direct Loan program, loans come directly from the US Department of Education, which gets funds from the US Treasury. Instead df students receiving loans from financial institutions; they will now receive their loans directly from the government. The government invested $87 billion in SAFRA. However, it has been stated that the program comes with no additional cost to taxpayers. Also, government officials are saying there will be not additional cost for schools that switch to the direct lending program. see RELIEF, page 6

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The issue price is free for the first copy and $1 for each additional copy alcohol has been a symbol of rebellion against a lifelong enough to drink in it. obtained. The problem, our government states, is that research taboo for American freshman, so when it is present it is EDITORIALS proclaims that alcohol impairs brain development and, consumed in much higher quantities. Opinion columns, editorial cartoons, reviews and commentaries represent the If the government were to change the drinking age to because our brains don't fully mature until our early views of the writer or artist and not necessarily the views of The Vista Editorial nineteen, then it would be making a compromise with consuming twenties, we should be restricted from Board, the Department of Mass Communication, UCO or the Board of Regents such substances until our brains are less likely to be the American college student. By allowing drinking to of Oklahoma Colleges. The Vista is not an official medium of expression for the Regents or UCO. start in college, the fascination associated with alcohol harmed. is reduced, and there is no reason to have as much as What this research fails to recognize is that in Canada LETTERS where the drinking age is nineteen, the rate of alcohol possible when an opportunity arises. The Vista encourages letters to the editor. Letters should address issues and It also creates an expectation that once a young adult poisoning and death by alcohol is considerably lower. ideas, not personalities. Letters must be typed, double-spaced, with a maximum of 150 words, and must include the author's printed name, title, major, clasIf we change the thinking age to nineteen, we could is old enough to enter college, they are old enough to sification and phone number. 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Nothing's wrong with staying in Oklahoma I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and the one phrase I have heard from many friends throughout my lifetime is "I want to leave this city." For economic reasons, I understand. If you want to succeed in many industries, you will have to go to the east or west coast for the best jobs. But I am an exception to the rule. I want to do everything in my power to stay in my hometown. Yes, I want to travel the world, see Europe, Asia, Australia, South America. But I don't want to permanently live anywhere besides Oklahoma City, Okla. And not because of the physical location or beauty of the city. I want to stay here primarily for the community I've grown up in. The people I know here are all generally nice and warm people. As a plus, the city is rapidly growing with many more businesses, especially a professional basketball team, the

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the state, this city has a history of proving to be strong and overcoming rough situations, as demonstrated by the 1995 OKC bombing and the city's reaction to it.




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"We've bumped testing back to April "Oklahoma, a few years ago, recognized whether or not the individual can make the we are falling behind in education," Jolley same living as he or she could in America, through the beginning of May," Jolley said. said. "We aren't educating our students to Jolley said. "As a result we're testing kids...about "We put the blinders ignored the the extent that they need to be." The state began to examine and make international community for far too long four to five weeks before they get out of improvements to the educational system both as a country as well a state," Jolley class." "They've not had the entire course prethrough an initiative started by ex-Oklaho- said. "ACE was...a good step forward, but sented to them, yet were testing them on ma Governor Frank Keating. "Frank Keating suggested that we were Oklahoma finds itself at another cross- this before they've got the chance to do not having standards nearly as tough as roads," Jolley said. "Where do we go from this." This is one reason why the students are what they needed to be," Jolley said. "We here?" The ACE program is being evaluated for not testing as high as the state would like. needed to raise our standards." One thing that must be evaluated when Keating tried his best to push through its effectiveness. The legislature is looking deciding what changes are going to be at what components could be changed and legislation that would increase the stanwhat components of ACE could be left as made to ACE is expectations, Jolley said. dards for high school students. "Are we going to continue to have expecPart of what Keating wanted to do they are. "There are several things in ACE that tations of high rigor," Jolley said. "That's through education legislation was "make the high school diploma worth something quite frankly have been..tough for educa- where....a frightening viewpoint is starting to emerge." again," Jolley said. "That is a view point that some "There was an incredible kids just aren't going to be ready amount of resistance," Jolley for college and that we should said. "Some of the chief people prepare them for life without colwho were griping about it were lege," he said. "And that means music educators." they don't need to have as tough "We were concerned that what of course work." Gov. Keating was suggesting was In a presentation, a spokespergoing to move us away from the son from Achieve, a non-profit arts," Jolley said. education reform organization, "But [Keating] went ahead and presented Oklahoma education he kept pushing...[insisting] we and job statistics. need more math we need more "In Oklahoma, currently 78 science, we need more rigor in percent of our jobs that we have the classroom," Jolley said. in the state require some post"When Gov. Brad Henry took secondary education," Jolley said. office, he saw the same things "78 percent are what we call Gov. Keating saw." --Oklahoma Senator Clark Jolley either high-skill or middle-skill "Oklahoma, as an economic jobs." engine, has to have an educated Even jobs such as construcworkforce," Jolley said. tion are using technology, which "We have to have people that can come into a job and not require corn- tors to swallow, as well as Republicans to require skills acquired from post-secondary education or training to build newer plete retraining on what they should have swallow," Jolley said. "One of them is, we have instituted high homes. achieved in education at the high school "If 78 percent require post-secondary stakes testing," he said. level and younger." "In order to get a diploma from high education or post-secondary training, it A few years after Gov. Henry was elected Clark was elected education remained school, you have to pass four out of seven should be terrifying to those of us are proud to say that we are born and raised a topic of discussion among government end-of-instruction exams," Jolley said. Currently high school students must and call Oklahoma home that only 31 perofficials. cent of our populous has a post-secondary After Jolley was elected to represent pass English II and Algebra one. In addition, students must pass two degree," Jolley said. Edmond in the Senate, educational reform "There is a huge gap between our preother subjects. This can include Algebra legislation was enacted. "I was honored enough to help lead the two, U.S. History, Biology or other sub- paredness for middle-skilled and highskilled jobs and what we actually have." effort to pass the Achieving Classroom jects. "That's leading to us being a poor state," Students are having difficulty completExcellence Act," Jolley said. he said. "We're a fairly poor state." The Achieving Classroom Excellence ing this task, Jolley said. Oklahoma can't afford to spend the The state required the tests be taken Act is also known as ACE. same average amount of money on educaonline, but due to the lack of technology at "One of the things we did is we increase the rigor of our expectations, " Jolley said. some schools, the test had to be spread out tion as other states. According to Jolley, Oklahoma cannot "We need to make sure that Oklahoma over a period of days. "Our schools weren't ready for that. spend the average amount of money for is not just competing against Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Kansas." They didn't have the computers." Jolley education since "we're not at the regional average in anything," he said. When it comes to the educational sys- said. "Oklahoma is one of the nations leadtem, Oklahoma is also competing against Also, the state required the tests be other countries across the globe, he said. taken within the same window frame and ers in high school drop-outs," Jolley said. "We're competing on a global stage," the state is having problems administering "We're a poor state because we don't have Jolley said. "The world is not flat." the graduates." the test. "There are huge economic benefits to Being an American does not make a Due to a conflict in school schedules and difference if you go overseas, he said. It the gap between the time students are let the state of Oklahoma if we would just becomes about how qualified the individu- out of school for the summer, the test was have more people ready for college," Jolley said. • al is to do the job she or he is seeking and pushed back to meet that qualification. Jolley also said the expectations for high school graduates are too low. "Academic standards in high school are not aligned to post-secondary," he said. "42 percent of our professors say that the kids that are coming from high school S into their classrooms... are unprepared for the rigor of work in college." Clothing Company "45 percent of employers say that people Oklahoma's Premier coming out of high school are unprepared Designer Denim St• — for the workforce." "There is a correlation between college readiness and career readiness," Jolley said. "Let's not set the bar so low." "When we do that, we're lowering our standards; we lowering our rigor, We're making the classroom boring for our stu-

"We have to have people that can come into a job and not require complete retraining on what they should have achieved in education at the high school level and younger."

dents, we're encouraging dropouts and we're damning ourselves to a low amount of wages in this state for our graduates," he said. "Oklahoma has a choice to make in the future on where were going in education policy." UCO Economic professor Dr. Mickey Hepner, who is also Oklahoma's 2007 professor of the year, started the Lunch with a Policy-maker event. "I have noticed over the last few years that public policy discussions have deteriorated to the point that we rarely see thoughtful, intelligent discussions of the issues anymore," Hepner said. "Instead, our debates have become about who can scream the loudest." "So, I wanted to launch a series of civil, polite and informative policy discussions here on campus where we could invite Oklahoma's leading policymakers to come share their ideas and to interact with students and faculty," he said. "I saw this as a chance for UCO to model the type of discussions we should be having across the nation. The UCO administration was supportive of the idea so I began reaching out to the policymakers that I know to come speak," Hepner said. It is one of several events that will be held each semester. "We hope to have a few of these each semester," Hepner said. "We are still finalizing the details for the next event, but hope to make an announcement soon." The event will feature leaders from both parties. "We will have a variety of speakers, each speaking about a different topic and giving a different perspective, but each very knowledgeable in their subject area," Hepner said. "Our speakers will reflect an ideological balance, as [we] hope to bring both prominent Republicans and Democrats to campus." Lunch with a Policy-maker has kicked off with a good start. " The first event with Sen. Clark Jolley was certainly a success. We had more than 6o people show up. We unfortunately had to turn some people away because we did not have enough space," Hepner said. "Sen. Jolley gave a very informative talk about an issue that is important to him." Hepner summarized what he took away from Jolley's discussion. "The main point Sen. Jolley was making is that the skills one needs to succeed in college are the same skills one needs to succeed in the workplace," Hepner said. "If we encourage some students to not go to college we are in effect making life more difficult for them in the workplace." The event is creating a new environment for students to learn about issues that are affecting them in the real world. "[Jolley] provided information that our students would not be able to get from a normal classroom experience." "Consequently, you can learn information that you would not likely hear in a regular classroom setting." The event is providing a way of connecting students, faculty and staff to local politicians. "It gave our students and faculty a chance to meet and mingle with one of Oklahoma's most powerful legislators," Hepner said. "These lunches are one of the few opportunities we have to interact with and learn from powerful Oklahoma policymakers." "As long as there is interest from the UCO community we would like to continue these events well into the future," he said.

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Jason Derulo sang his song "Watcha Say," which samples Imogen Heap's song "Hide and Seek".

KJ 103 sponsored acts such as The Paradiso Girls to visit UCO's East Field.

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Sean Paul was the last to take the stage.

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The Congressional Budget Office has stated the bill would save Congress $87 billion over the next ten years and would reduce spending by $10 billion. The House is also hoping to reduce the amount of those who default on loans. Some of the money the government will save from the legislation will fund the Pell grant increase, which took effect this fall semester. Students may not notice much of a difference between the Direct Loan program and FEEL program. Since many of the stipulations are not changing. Graduates with FFEL programs loans will not be impacted either way. Other state educational programs may benefit from the bill if it is passed in Senate. SAFRA does not come without critics. Institutions such as Sallie Mae are lobbying against the bill. If SAFRA passes in the Senate, the government could possibly replace Sallie Mae and its competitors. Some institutions are saying the government would become the sole distributor of loans eliminating financial institutions whose main job is to distribute loans. Government officials say the bill will foster competition in among financial institutions by allowing them to compete for bids to distribute the loans. Government officials have said SAFRA legislation would have an impact on financial institutions, but the loss would not be huge. The legislation still could take at least another few months for a decision to be made in the Senate. Although the government is encouraging schools to switch from the FFEL program to SAFRA the direct lending program no decisions have been made yet since the legislation has not passed the Senate and been made official.

Anne Rice, the director of UCO's financial aid office, said the school has not decided if it will make the switch. Those who wish to learn more about SAFRA, can access the bill at: StudentAidandFiscalResponsibilityAct.pdf

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then some more modern plays," he said. "Antigone is one of the most popular Greek Staff IV ri ter plays in terms of production." For McGill, this is his third time to put The College of Arts, Media, and Design will be presenting a more modern take on on the play. He was in the play thirty years Antigone Oct. 1-3 at 7:3o p.m., and there earlier at the University of Oklahoma, and in that play they did an American Indian will a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 2-4. version. Dr. Bob McGill will be directing the play, "We always ask the question: Why are and he has also adapted it to be relevant to we doing this play? How is it going to contoday's political turmoil with the play taknect with our audience in our time?" said ing place in a mythical eastern country that McGill. is underneath a dictator. The prisoners of the mythical country Traditionally, Antigone's brother dies while fighting against the state, and will be acting out the play for the dictator Antigone is forbidden to bury her brother, who is trying to show proof of his antia right that is exceedingly important in torture stance to fellow international dipthe Greek culture. She refuses to obey the lomats. According to McGill, this applies orders, which leads to her death sentence. to the recent questioning of Bush's adminBut in this rendition, Polyneices istration on policies regarding torture. (Antigone's brother) does not die, but is In fact, McGill made the cast members instead captured and tortured to prevent research, so that they could make their various parts more personal. further attacks. "We've had a good time. The students The play questions what is necessary for have brought a wonderful energy," said government to protect itself and its people, McGill. and what is unacceptable. The play will be opening at Pegasus Dr. McGill said that over the theater stuTheater this weekend, and there will be dent's four-year experience, the program various matinee showings as well. tries to provide as many different plays as "It's a nice way to start the weekend," possible to broaden their horizons. "We try to do at least two Greek plays in said McGill. "The matinees are happening four years, two or three Shakespeares, and right as the school is just shutting down for the weekend."


$ 15. "I hope students gain an appreciation for this music," he said. "This lost legacy of music performed before World War II and after the depression." "These students performing are very talented." Recently UCO Wind Symphony was honored bythe Oklahoma Music Education Association to play at the State Convention


"It gave students an opportunity to articulate conversation with others," she said. The Multicultural Student Organization had two speakers to start the discussion of the event off. The panel included an Oklahoma detective and a former UCO communication graduate. Conley said that the students came to one answer. She said that they all agreed education is the key. She said educating the public in how to deal with law enforcement

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New Plains Review going online "This semester alone we received almost 600 submissions from not only all over the United States but also from five „ (i,„„ other countries. The students in the course read all of the submissions and whittled them down to approximately 3o The New Plains Review, a student publication of the for the fall issue. They did an amazing job reading, trackCollege of Liberal Arts, is making the move into the digital ing, commenting on, responding back to writers, etc." age and moving online, said Shay Rahm-Barnett, editor of She said the class and the success of the magazine is the publication. absolutely dictated by the energy of the students in the "This online journal will focus solely on the writings course. of students of the plains' and will afford student writers "And this semester the students enrolled are excepfrom UCO and other regional institutions of higher learn- tional. They have taken on the new task of 'going online' ing the opportunity to submit creative work for review with New Plains and have, all on their own, come up with and, potentially, publication," she said. the title, the layout, the submission process, and so on," "We feel that taking the journal online is an exciting she said. next step and a continuation of our original mission, Rahm-Barnett said the publication is dedicated to fosgoals, and objectives which includes, in part, focusing on tering and maintaining the written word, gives a collective student creativity, cross-disciplinary contributions, and presentation of a wide range of cultural perspectives and experience with local/regional/global connections related demonstrates the drive toward academic excellence upon to publishing and writing," Rahm-Barnett said. which UCO is founded. Rahm-Barnett added, "Through the sales of our print The New Plains Review is published semiannually in issue, we hope to offer prize money for student writers and the spring and fall by the University of Central Oklahoma artists as well." and is staffed by faculty and students. The New Plains Review provides an outlet for the cre"We are committed to publishing high quality poetry, ative and intellectual efforts of the academic community, fiction and creative non-fiction by established and emergRahm-Barnett said. ing writers," Rahm-Barnett said. She said submissions have come in large numbers and The New Plains Review started in 1986 as a student from all over the U.S. and five other countries. publication of the Liberal Arts College of Central State "The students really do do all of the work," she said. University (now UCO), Rahm-Barnett said. They solicited

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and published manuscripts from students of the humanities. Over the years, the New Plains Review has expanded its range to invite writers beyond the university community. "We receive hundreds of submissions from all over the country, and the authors we publish range from the wellknown to the soon-to-be-discovered," she said. New Plains Review is a student-run publication and it depends upon the participation and involvement of UCO students. Interested students enroll in the course, ENG 4900/5900 "Publishing the Literary Journal." These students engage in a truly transformative learning experience exploring the real-world skills required to print a literary magazine, Rahm-Barnett said. Students read, select, and edit submissions; handle design and layout ideas and issues; monitor and reply to email and snail-mail requests; create marketing plans, etc. The fall 2009 issue will be available in late-November and is priced at $5 per issue for students (regular price is $10). For more information, visit english/newplains/index.htm or contact Shay RahmBarnett at Vista Co-Editor Nelson Solomon can be reached at nsolomon@uco360.corn.

NEWS FKOM AFK: DECISION TIME The United States and Major Powers In the span of less than a week the President of the United States, Barack Obama, would have had the opportunity to meet, greet and exchange a lot of ideas with several world leaders at the United Nations and at the Group of Twenty (G-2o) Economic summit at Pittsburgh. The meeting that President Obama will have had will include traditional friends and allies of the Dr. Sridhar United States cutting across Krishnaswami continents and also leaders of countries with whom the Ed,,o,,„/ ( en e'spontlent United States has had sharp differences on issues over a period of time, notably Russia and China. For some to say that the United States by virtue of its military strength and still maintaining the economic powerhouse status should somehow "muscle" its way through countries like Russia and China is to miss the point for the simple reason that it is in the national and strategic interests of Washington to maintain cordial relations with both Moscow and Beijing and for a number of reasons. Washington has serious business to conduct with both Moscow and Beijing; and for quite sometime the United States was not in the best of relations with Russia and a lot of this had to do with the fashion in which the Bush


administration went about the task of missile defense in eastern Europe. For a country that is considered both an European and an Asian power, Russia often times had felt slighted that the United States was not giving it requisite consideration in international affairs. Russia and China mean a lot to the United States over and beyond the bilateral context. In an ever growing interdependent and globalised world the major powers interact at various global forums including at the United Nations; and cooperation is an absolute pre-requisite if the United States is going to maximize its interests be it with respect to issues of trade, climate change or non proliferation— three topics that merit a great deal of attention in the world these days. Working with the Russians and the Chinese does not mean the United States has lost leverage in international affairs. On the contrary it shows a willingness on the part of Washington to accommodate the legitimate interests and concerns of Moscow and Beijing on a variety of issues. Take the issue of non-proliferation for instance—is it better for the United States to have Moscow and Beijing on its side in dealing with Iran and North Korea than sitting outside of the box? And the same goes for managing the United States-China relations better in a way that brings about positive outcome to the Doha Round and talks on Climate Change. Factoring in other countries' interests and needs does not amount to appeasement as how some conservatives may accuse President Obama in his recent dealings with the Russians. President Obama has figured out—and correctly at that—that the world of 2009 is vastly different

from that of 2000.And Washington has perhaps started figuring out that a multi-lateral approach to world affairs is any day better than unilaterally flexing muscles, whatever the temptations may be. (A former Senior Researcher, Staff Writer, Editorial Writer and Special Correspondent for The Hindu in Singapore and Washington. Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami is currently the Head of The School of Media Studies and Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the SRM University near Chennai, India. He can be contacted at srid-

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Broncho Spotlight: Coach Steward Steve Vidal ,Spoi is II rite,

Most people know that the life of a football coach can be very stressful and hectic. Game planning, recruiting and helping players improve in practice all comes with the job. For UCO football assistant offensive line coach Gary Steward the coaching is not the only thing that occupies his time. Most of the day Steward is involved in academics. He serves as associate dean of the Liberal Arts Department at UCO. He also teaches sociology. Steward played college football for a couple of seasons at a small college in eastern Washington around 3o years ago. After a break from college, he came to UCO and finished his bachelors Degree in 1990. He then got a Masters Degree from UCO in 1991 and went to Oklahoma State University to get a Ph.D. "I got a full time faculty position in 1997-1998 and I served as faculty for five or six years," Steward said when asked about how he became a member of the UCO faculty. "Then I had an opportunity to come and work in the dean's office," he added. "In the early 90's after I finished my bachelors I really felt that I had a knack for academic stuff and I really enjoyed the learning," Steward said. After he pushed on to get his Masters, Steward really thought that he would end up going into the private sector. However, as he was close to graduating he realized that he had a "heart- felt passion" for learning and a love of the presentation part of the classroom experience causing him to pursue a career in the academic world.

Steward is now in his second season stressful to manage," Steward said. Steward just a very small contribution to help them coaching at UCO. He came aboard the staff praises the dean of liberal arts as someone fulfill their dreams then I feel like I have when UCO Head Coach Tracy Holland took who is very sensitive to the demands he succeeded." over the team before the 2008 season. is under, and is willing to work with him Sometimes all of his duties can cause "Since I can remember I have always under most circumstances. strain in his family life. However Steward Steward is required to put in his 40 says his family has been very supportive, been obsessed with college football," Steward said. hours in the office no matter what, and especially both of his sons who play footsometimes even more is ball and are thrilled to be able to be on the Looking back Steward regrets not finishing his required to do the job caus- UCO sidelines for all of the games. They ing him to sometimes be at also are happy that their Dad can pass the football eligibility when he was originally in college. the office at hours people cutting edge football techniques that he After he was out of footwho work at UCO aren't nor- learns as a college coach down to them. ball he didn't think about mally at work. Steward says that treating people with coaching for a long time. Steward says his love for respect and having their best interests at Years later he started the academics and football heart is a constant principle that he practhinking about the game gives him the motivation tices on both the football field and in the in a more serious manner. he needs to take on such a classroom. He really enjoys UCO because This time he thought that large challenge. Someone it is a "high-touch university where the coaching might be somewho can relate to Steward faculty and staff are really engaged with having lots of demands the students." thing he wanted to try his from his job is his football hand at. "I think respect for one and other and "What a lot of peoboss, UCO head coach Tracy respect for the game, I think if they come ple don't realize is how Holland. Holland has many away with those two things then I will have sophisticated football has duties overseeing the team succeeded in some small measure," become," Steward said. Dr. Gary S teward and is really happy with what Steward said on what he thinks the "It's like a chess match, it is Steward has brought to the most important thing he wants the players more complicated and more coaching staff. to learn from him is. Steward says that the sophisticated than what anyone can imag"He does a great job for us," Holland coaching staff is very knowledgeable, and ine." said. Steward has worked out his schedule the players have really taken to them as He has always been intrigued by the to be able to attend all games and prac- far as their study habits and the way they detail of the game. tices. Occasionally he may miss a meeting prepare for games. Steward has also been involved in Judo or a practice, but he makes it to almost all Steward is just as obsessed now with the for the last 20-22 years. He says that team functions. game as he was 3o years ago and wants to another intriguing aspect is how much the When it comes to the best part about stay in coaching as long as they are willoffensive and defensive line techniques coaching Steward believes it is working ing to have him around. So whether he is are similar to techniques used in Judo. with the players. Coach Steward or Leverage is the biggest similarity between "There are a lot of similarities between Dr. Steward when you see him, he is the two. teaching in the classroom and teaching busy using his knowledge of sports and As you might expect all the duties that players how to get better and how to per- academics to help make UCO a better place Steward is juggling as associate dean of lib- form their technique," Steward said. for a long time to come. eral arts, sociology professor and football "So the common thread between the coach doesn't come without a price. two is the teaching and I just really enjoy Vista Writer Steve Vidal can be reached at . "That's difficult and sometimes very working with the players and if I can make

UCO soccer continues winning streak The Bronchos have won seven straight led by lockdown defense Steve Vidal Sports IVriter

The winning streak and shutout streak for the UCO Soccer team is alive and well. They won their sixth straight game, all by shutout, over cross town rival Oklahoma ChriStian at Wantland Stadium last Thursday. The six straight shutouts tie a school record, and doing it against the 18th-ranked NAIA team that was also unbeaten made it even more impressive. On a cool, early fall evening, the defense on both sides dominated the first half. The Bronchos only had three shots and the Eagles only mustered one in the entire half. UCO proved to be the more opportunistic team. At the 22:05 mark of the first half, forward Katelyn Cropp knocked in a corner kick in traffic from midfielder Stephanie Fleig who received the only assist on the play. The shot beat OC goalkeeper Allie Cofer and gave UCO the game's only goal. The second half was more offensiveminded on both sides, and even chippy at times, but no one could score. The Bronchos defense held strong through a few waves of Eagle pressure to secure the victory. "We're playing a little smarter in the back. We changed our system in the back as well," UCO head coach Mike Cook said. "I tell them if we cannot let them score, I feel like we are good enough to at least score one goal. Actually, I feel like we -

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effort. He thought they played hard for a while and then had stretches where they "let off". He is really stressing 90 minutes of good, solid and hard effort, as the team gets ready to start conference play. " I think we were a little shaky offeh sively tonight. We could have been a little better but we did what we could," UCO forward Katy Kashwer said. " I felt like the midfield wasn't where we needed to be but we got the job done." UCO out shot OC 8-5 in the second half and 11-6 for the game. Broncho goalkeeper Megan Riley made all three saves of Eagle shots on goal going the distance to record another shutout. Riley has been in goal for five of the six games in the shutout streak. Along with the shutout and winning streak the Bronchos are also unbeaten in their last seven matches. The streak dates back to a tie against Truman State on Sept. 6. UCO looks to keep all of the streaks alive as they go on the road to open conference play on Sunday, Sept. 27 against Northeastern State. They then return home on Tuesday, Sept. 29 to play Southwestern Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. at Wantland Stadium. This night UCO will attempt to break their NCAA Division II attendance record for a women's soccer match.

are better than that, and we should score added. more than one goal, but if you don't let Cook is still trying to work on getting them score it only takes one to win," Cook his team to be more consistent with their

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Bronchos light up scoreboard UCO rolls over Saint Louis University 18-4 in two games Chris Wescott Sports Editor

A week after being swept by number one Lindenwood University, the University of Central Oklahoma hockey team got back on track. The Saint Louis University Billikens visited Edmond for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday. The Bronchos took early leads in both games and never looked back, winning both matches by a combined score of 18-2. On Friday night the Bronchos jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period. However, Saint Louis battled back to put the game at 3-1 in the second. UCO then took a 4-2 lead and opened the floodgates, scoring three more goals to close out the game at 7-2. UCO got seven scores from seven different players. Captains Brian Thompson and AJ Alfrey both got their first goals of the season. Jacob Roadhouse scored his second of the season. Cory Photo by Byron Koontz Brennan, Greg Masters, Shawn Steggles Forward Alex Johnson and the UCO Bronchos skated to victory over St. Lous University in a and Jonathan Cannizzo all had a goal two-game series last Friday and Saturday. each. The scoring did not stop on Saturday night as the Bronchos opened the floodgates, scoring 11 times, and getting goals team that night, adding two more goals on also had a score, bringing his season total from eight different Bronchos. Jonathan the scoreboard. Captain Matt Cohn added to three on the season. Cannizzo had UCO's first hat trick of the his first goal on the season, as did Patrick Brian Thompson was happy with the season, scoring three times on Saturday Higgins, Mike Glowa, Derek Szecsodi and weekend and liked what he saw from his night. Casey Smith came second on the newcomer Nick Novak. Jacob Roadhouse teammates. "It felt great, especially after

the Lindenwood games," Thompson said. "Having a bunch of different guys getting on the board is very encouraging." All in all, 13 different Bronchos scored this weekend which is very encouraging after UCO only managed one goal against the reigning national champion Lindenwood last week. The Bronchos played two goalies once again, this time going with Justin Sgro on Friday night and sophomore goaltender Eric Murbach on Saturday night. Both allowed just two scores each. Senior goaltender Justin Sgro had a good night Friday night. Sgro had several glove saves, including one where he stuck his hand out and stopped the puck right in front of his mask for a big-time save. Thompson says that Murbach struggled at first, but played well. "(Murbach) struggled early. The first two shots went in, but then he settled down and stopped the rest." UCO completes their three week, six game home-stand this weekend against Robert Morris College at Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond. It will be a battle of two ranked teams as UCO is currently ranked number 12 in the nation, and Robert Morris (IL) is ranked number 22. Vista Sports Editor Chris Wescott can be reached at cwescott@uco360. corn.

Heartbreak City

UCO suffers devastating 27-23 loss to Texas A&M Commerce Chris Wescott Sports Editor

All the Bronchos players could do was stand speechless and motionless with a look of shock on their faces as the Texas A&M Commerce fans poured onto the field. The scoreboard read 27-23 in favor of the Commerce Lions and the UCO players and fans were stunned, even confused. This game was truly a heartbreaker in every sense of the word. UCO drove the ball down the field early in the game and put themselves

in position to take a 3-0 lead with a 20-yard field goal. However, the kick was blocked and Shea Rodriquez scooped up the loose ball and ran it 96 yards to the endzone for the Commerce 7-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the second half. UCO scored with 8:13 left in the third quarter on an impressive seventeen play, 81-yard drive. The scoring play was an exciting 14-yard run, to the right side, by UCO senior running back Ben Birmingham. UCO continued their offensive success and drove the ball down the field methodically 65 yards in

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nine plays. Noohi threw his first touchdown of the night on a 12-yard strike to Daniel Morrell to cap the drive. UCO took a 14-7 lead with 3:43 left in the third quarter. The Bronchos continued to build on their lead with a 33-yard field goal from kicker Ross Weaver to cap a nine play, 65 yard drive. That brought their lead to 17-7. TAMUC bounced back, however, and scored two unanswered touchdowns to kick off the fourth quarter. The first was on a 19-yard Photo by Byron Koontz touchdown pass from A football helmet is left after UCO's 35-17 loss to Tarleton State in Edrhond on Sept. 19. Adam Farkes to Taylor Fore with 11:13 left in the fourth. The second was on a one yard run from immediately pursued by a of bounds, heaved a pass ever, and drove the ball 74 Marcus Graham. The Lions few Lion defenders. Noohi to Davis. Davis caught the yards in eight plays, captook a 21-17 lead with 4:54 rolled out to his left, avoid- ball and took it 8o yards for ping the drive with 15-yard left in the game. ing the initial attempts at a the lead with 3:54 remain- pass from Adam Farkes to UCO was not done yet sack. Meanwhile, seeing his ing in the game. The point- Taylor Fore. As TAMUC though, as they battled quarterback under duress, after attempt was no good, kicked the extra point, leavback on a beautiful play redshirt freshman, Dolphin bringing the score to 23-21. ing just two seconds left on by quarterback Brandon Davis, cut away from his The Bronchos just need- the clock, the UCO sideline Noohi and wide receiver route and put himself in ed a defensive stop to seal was in shock. Dolphin Davis. Noohi took poSition to make a catch. the win. Commerce had UCO had five intercepthe snap on the second Noohi, almost running out another thing in mind how- tions on the night, which play of the drive and was tied a school record. Caleb Prince had three all by himself and could have had a few more. The Bronchos had more first downs than Commerce, they rushed for more yards, passed for more yards and won the turnover battle. However, they still lost a heartbreaker with two seconds left in the game. Brandon Noohi set a single-game school record with 36 completions on 51 attempts for 332 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. However, the Bronchos could not get their run-game going as they rushed for only 4o total yards all night. Lions' quarterback Adam Farkes was 35 of 5o for 314 yards and two touchdowns to go with his five interceptions. With the win, Texas A&M Commerce moves to 1-4 overall, and 1-0 in division play. Central Oklahoma drops to 1-4 and o-1 in the North Division. UCO returns to Edmond this Saturday for their homecoming game against Southwest Baptist University at 2:00 p.m.

The Vista Sept. 29, 2009  

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

The Vista Sept. 29, 2009  

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