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DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSITY RELATIONS DIES IN PLANE CRASH "His passing is a true loss to the university community." - President Webb by Lyndsay Gillum Copy Editor A small plane crash last Wednesday near Glenpool took the lives of five people, one being Dr. William J. Wiseman, director of University Relations for UCO. Hundreds of loved ones gathered Monday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tulsa to honor Dr. Wiseman, who touched the many lives as a state legislator and as a preacher. Dr. Wiseman, known

as Bill to many at UCO, served as director of University Relations for 10 years. According to a statement from President Webb, Wiseman was "bright and intelligent, we looked to Bill for his expertise in public relations and his extraordinary wordsmithing. He was our 'concept guy,' credited for innovative programs such as our World Within." The 1978 Beechcraft A36, which Dr. Wiseman was piloting, went down shortly after takeoff from an airport

in Tulsa, according to KOTV. corn. The crash happened around 2 p.m. last Wednesday in the Coal Creek Landing housing addition near U.S. Highway 75 and 121st Street in Glenpool. Officials said it appeared the plane clipped power lines before crashing. The crash site was secured as of last Wednesday so the National Transportation Safety Board could investigate the exact cause of the crash. "Dr. Wiseman, an Episcopal priest, held a great love for

learning and was delighted to teach a religion course on our campus," Webb said. "His passing is a true loss to the university community." Reverend Wiseman was a vicar of the Church of the Holy Cross in Owasso. In the `70s, he was a state representative and served three terms in the House. In 1977, he introduced the nation's first death-by-lethal-injection legislation, according to KOTV. com . "We were both young Turks in the legislature try-

ing to change the world," Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, said in a statement. "I actually think Bill did more good in the legislature than I did. He was a great intellect and a great human being." Along with the death of Wiseman, Dr. Rhonda Lunn, 51, her 16-year old daughter, Kathryn Lunn and her 14-year-old twins, Michael and Adrienne also died in the crash. Lyndsay Gillum can be reached at Igillum@thevistaonlinacom.

VOLUNTEERS GET A CHANCE TO 'MAKE A DIFFERENCE' by Nelson Solomon Staff Writer National Make a Difference Day is this Saturday, Oct. 27, but Dr. Patti Loughlin's Leadership and Civic Engagement class, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center and the American Democracy Project have been making a difference since the beginning of this week, according to UCOSA Vice President Cyndi Munson. "Since our class is focusing on civic engagement, we wanted to see if we can get more UCO students more civically engaged in something. And with the 2008 presidential election coming up, we decided to conduct a straw poll election," Munson said. Straw polls were conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday and will also be conducted today from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. by Broncho Lake, in the Nigh University Center and in the Communications Building. "Basically it's a seven question survey, online, with all the presidential candidates. There is also a portion asking if the person is a student or faculty member, if they had done any research prior to filling the survey out and what their political affiliation is," Munson said. Information Technology is providing laptops to be used for the online straw

polls. Students can also visit the American Democracy Web site at www.ucok.edu/ AmericanDemocracyProj ect to take the straw poll at home if they don't have time to take the survey during the scheduled time periods. "We just want to get an idea of what UCO is feeling and what they're thinking and who they want to be the president," Munson added. Munson said they are also registering students to vote, especially because it is on college campuses where voter registration is lacking. "We're trying to reach out to students, especially because they probably get disconnected with their area, particularly if they're from a different hometown. And so we want to help them get more engaged in Oklahoma County or Edmond, or even assist them in getting an absentee ballot," Munson said. Munson said results from the straw poll will be posted on the A.D.P. -Web site and in The Vista next week. In conjunction with Make a Difference Day, Dr. Loughlin's class held the first "Coffee with the Times" at the Central Plaza coffee bar on Wednesday evening. Professors Mark Hannebutt and Rashi Shukla were on hand along with Lane Perry, executive assistant to the executive vice president of UCO, and a discussion was

by Vista photographer Chris Albers

Richard Laskey, philosophy senior, takes part in a straw poll conducted by Dr. Patti Loughlin's Leadership and Civic Engagement class Wednesday in the University Center. held on how to read and reflect on the issues of the day from the New York Times. There will be no events on Oct. 27 as the day is full of activities relating to Parent and Family Weekend, Munson said. Information about the dif-

ferent presidential candidates is being passed out around campus and there is also information in the University Center on various candidates, according to Munson. "We're just trying to get more people informed about what's going on with the 2008

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election and we know there's a lot of stuff on TV and radio stations, but we want them to get more involved and see that we're trying to help each other," she said. Munson said part of their goal is to "spark something in students who may not be reg-

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From left: Anna Lee and Rachel Parks set mini costumes up for the highly anticipated Murdaugh Project.

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Canadian politician Harold Taylor once said that "the roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become." And sometimes it is those who are less fortunate and have disabilities that have a greater will and desire to succeed. Students for an Accessible Society, the student organization of the Disability Support Services office, seeks to spread this message to disabled students at UCO. "The organization is about students with disabilities and students without disabilities that advocate helping peo-

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

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istered to vote or have no interest in the election to get active and involved in the process."

ple with disabilities become successful, whether it's in school or in the community," Kimberly Fields, asst. director of the office and adviser to the organization, said. Students without disabilities are able to volunteer to help fellow students who have disabilities. Interested students can contact the office at 974-2549, according to Fields. Events held on campus by the group include a wheelchair basketball game during Homecoming Week, in which students with and without disabilities can participate. "While we can't teach you what it's like to have a disabil-

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EDITOR'S NOTE: DON'T MOVE TO CALIFORNIA! As the state of California is engulfed in its latest environmental catastrophe, people across the world are once again seeing the effects of inhabiting a place where people probably shouldn't be living. Southern California, most of which is a naturally arid, desert-like ecosystem, is feeling the effects of this fact in the worst way right now. As of press time, almost one million residents have been evacuated from their disproportionately expensive homes and forced into a refugee-like existence because of raging wild fires, with San Diego being hit the hardest thus far. Right now there at least 15 separate wild fires blazing, and forecasters fear the weather, which is predicted to stay hot, dry and windy, will only make things worse. Heck, even Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammer aren't immune to nature's wrath (both men and their families were forced to flee their Malibu homes to avoid the fires). But what lessons can be learned from this latest round of California disasters? One, at least to some, is crystal clear. California, with its nearly 40 million

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residents, isn't really the greatest place to call home. Sure, it's beautiful and one of the only places in the U.S. where you can go skiing and surfing in the same day, but The Golden State has some monumental faults, both literally and figuratively. The endless urban sprawl pushes into areas where human beings have no real business living at all. Wildlife are eradicated to make way for cookie cutter housing developments, and jogging trails through the many mountain ranges, especially in Southern

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California, further encroach on the dwindling range of large predators like the mountain lion and grizzly bear. Throw in earthquakes, landslides and the extended droughts the region experiences on a regular basis, and it's plain to see that the West Coast, specifically the southern half, is definitely not the best coast. The wild fires, which rage on as these words are being typed, are just the latest crisis. Many more disasters will follow, that much is clear, and this probably won't be the worst. 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.

So, before you tell somebody that you plan on moving to California when you graduate or whatever, consider the many pitfalls of moving to a state that many people feel may just fall off into the Pacific Ocean in the near future. And if that doesn't dissuade you, then picture yourself paying $2,000 a month for a 500-square-foot duplex and see how you feel then.

LETTERS The Vista encourages letters to the editor. Letters should address issues and ideas, not personalities. Letters must be typed, double-spaced, with a maximum of 150 words, and must include the author's printed name, title, major, classification and phone number. Letters are subject to editing for libel, clarity and space, or to eliminate statements of questionable taste. The Vista reserves the right not to publish submitted letters and does not publish anonymous letters. Address letters to: Editor, The Vista, 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034-5209, or deliver in person to the editor in the Communications Building, Room 107. Letters can be e-mailed to editorial@thevistaonline. COM.


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Trick or treat so kids can eat by Hannah Jackson Staff Writer Eight UCO students are collecting food donations for City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City. The service project is named, "Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat." Money and non-perishable food items were collected Oct. 24 from campus housing and the group will also be gath-

ber of the, "Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat" team. "Many volunteer at nursing homes or do a service project during awareness weeks," she said. Marcotte, with seven other students, began planning their event in September by researching what kind of charity or organization they would like to donate to. "There are not many orga-

ing for donations, said Nicole `Coco' Crowl, a sophomore business major in the group. Non-perishable food items and money are ideal for the service project but no donation will be refused. For instance, Laser Tag donated three passes to play which can't be used at City Rescue but the team is going to use donations like these as incentives for students and

"THERE ARE NOT MANY ORGANIZATIONS IN EDMOND AND WE WANTED TO HELP AN ORGANIZATION THAT WAS INVOLVED WITH KIDS AND CITY RESCUE SEEMED TO FIT." -BETH MARCOTTE ering items at the Broncho football game Saturday. These students are members of President Webb's Lessons in Leadership Class which requires students to complete a spirit project and a service project during the semester. The class is divided into teams early in the semester and is required to spend at least one hour of the week meeting with teams to work on service and spirit projects. "A lot of people combine their projects with current ones," said freshman Beth Marcotte, mem-

DISABILITIES from page 1 ity, we can teach you what it's like to have a glimpse of some of the difficulties that someone might face," Fields said. "It's a fun way to show you that it's not easy to shoot a basketball from a chair and it also shows you what an athlete someone is, who can play in a wheelchair," Fields added. Fields emphasized that the students "are not playing around, but are athletes. They slam into each other and roll over." She said the group was fortunate to have the National Wheelchair Basketball Association on campus last year. "It was impressive, it was extremely impressive," Fields said, describing their abilities displayed during their visit Fields pointed out that injuries do occur in the games, stuff that can happen to athletes in or out of wheelchairs. "It really does give you

individuals become productive members of society. The "Trick or Treat" team, including Erica Becker, Chase Patterson, Taylor Upson, Chelsey Scheffler and Rachel Evans met Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to collect donations from students. The team wandered through all the housing across campus, including the Plaza, asking students for non-perishable items and cash donations. The UCO football team also volunteered to roam the hallways collecting donations. The team will also carry donation buckets around the Wantland Stadium bleachers at Saturdays football game. The Blue Crew and the UCO tennis team will help the group collect donations as the "Trick or Treat" team will also be offering free face painting. The face painting, cornbined with the help of different UCO student organizations, fulfills the spirit project requirement for the Lessons in Leadership class, Hurst said. Students and teachers who would like to donate to City Rescue through this service project can bring donations to Wantland Stadium. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in donating to City Rescue who won't be present at Saturdays football game, can donate directly at their Web site, www.cityrescue.org .

nizations in Edmond and we wanted to help an organization that was involved with kids and City Rescue seemed to fit," Marcotte said. "We're really excited about our project," said Ashley Hurst, Freshman Psychology major, "It makes me feel really good." After choosing an organization the team collaborated about how to help the organization and came up with a Halloween theme to raise donations in time for Thanksgiving. The students went to local vendors ask-

teachers to make donations, said Marcotte. Local hotels, including The Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Best Western donated soap, shampoo and other toiletry items which will be donated directly to City Rescue. Fliers were posted across campus advertising the service project in an effort to gain students interest. City Rescue Mission is a local organization founded in 1960 to help local people in need. The shelter not only provides food, beds and showers indefinitely but also provides programs to help

Hannah Jackson can be reached at hjackson@thevistaonline.com .

a whole new respect for what athletes do," she said. The group has also done a wheelchair dancea-thon on campus in the past, according to Fields. "We also do an orientation for our new students in the fall semester," Fields said. The orientation is put on so that they can ensure that students who have disabilities who come to our campus always know that they can have somebody that can help them and advocate for them, according to Fields. There is also a Disability Awareness Week in the spring semester, where the group creates simulations where students can, once again, get a glimpse of the difficulties of being disabled. The simulation involves an obstacle course and Fields emphasized that one begins to understand the minor things for students without disabilities that became major problems for disabled students. "You suddenly realize a crack in the cement isn't a big deal for someone who's walking. You begin to real-

ize that it is a big deal for someone in a wheelchair, especially if you don't have upward mobility," Fields said. One of the lessons the group tries to teach society is that dealing with a disability cannot simply be learned, according to Fields. "If you're walking on a sidewalk with a cane, and a tree limb slams you in the face, how do you plan for that? You really can't," Fields said. "And in our simulations we try to explain that. If where you live you have sidewalks, you should try and cut your trees because you never know what will happen." The group also does a Deaf Community Day, where participants are given headphones and ear plugs and are made to go somewhere like the bookstore and buy a book, and they only speak ASL (American Sign Language), according to Fields. "Or you have to go apply for a scholarship, and you can only fingersign," Fields added. "You get something from each one of these challenges that you can take into your

world, and use it in a company that you work for, along with yourself," she said. "You should then be able to understand that someone with a disability wants to be able to do everything that you do, and sometimes you have to change your mindset, because they are more than capable of doing what you do, obviously, or else they wouldn't get their degree," Fields said. The group has been active on campus since November 2002 and currently has 109 members, according to Fields. Over 1,000 students and visitors are registered with the office. Students are able to come by the office as often as possible to get assistance with all sorts of problems, according to Fields. The group is non-profit and volunteers can learn from other students, raise awareness of various types of disabilities and help others succeed in their personal lives. For more information about Students for an Nelson Solomon can be reached at nsolomon@thevistaonline.com.

The zoo proves safe for Halloween by Hannah Jackson Staff Writer UCO students are volunteering to man booths at the 24th Annual Oklahoma City Haunt the Zoo event from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31 "It's a safe and friendly trick or treat environment for kids and their families," said Lyndsay Holder, volunteer coordinator for the UCO Volunteer and Service Learning Center. Holder organized 60 slots which students can sign up for during the six-day event and all slots have been filled.

space, Judy the Elephant (circus theme) and the Ali Baba booth. The candy is provided by the zoo and is restocked every day of the event. "They have a • hard time finding volunteers on Halloween because parents are out with their own kids, so we filled most of the spots for the 31st," said Holder of UCOs first involvement with Haunt the Zoo. The gates open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost $6. Accompanying adults 18 years and older enter free of charge. The children's ticket price

"IT'SASAFEAND FRIENDLY TRICK OR TREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES." —LYNDSAY HOLDER The NAACP and S.E.R.V.E are two organizations that have volunteered and the remaining slots were filled by individuals and groups of friends. The students will be dressed up while operating the booths and have been asked to wear friendly costumes (nothing too scary!). The volunteers are all asked to arrive by 5:45 p.m., when they will be served dinner. The meals have been donated by local catering services such as Ted's Escondido Cafe and Zio's. At 6 p.m., the volunteers will go to their specified booth. Candy booths are set up throughout the zoo and each booth has a different theme. The six booths that UCO will man throughout Haunt the Zoo are the Egyptian mummy booth, dinosaur booth, aquaticus (under the sea theme) booth, deep

includes an official treat bag. Trick-or-treaters will walk through a fantasy-themed trail which passes all of the booths. Party Pics will be taking pictures which will be available online and a portion of the purchases will be donated to the zoo. Tickets are available for purchase prior to the event from metro El Chico and Thrifty Pharmacy locations for a $1 discount. Allegiance Credit Unions in the metro also offer 50-cent-off coupons while supplies last. Tickets are also available directly from the zoo for the discounted price of $5. The Oklahoma City Zoo is located at 2151 NE 50th St.

Hannah Jackson can be reached at hjackson@thevistaonline.com .

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS Half-price tickets for Frightfest at Frontier City are available in the Student Life Office, located in NUC. When supplies last. The Miss UCO application deadline is Nov. 7. For more information, contact missuco@aol.com . Salsa dance classes are being offered Sundays from 6 p.,m. to 8 p.m. in the Wellness Center. Cost is $25 for students,

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October 25, 2007

Californian firefighters look for hope during fiery battle by AP Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) _ On the fourth day of a vicious firestorm, exhausted firefighters and weary residents looked forward Wednesday to a break — an expected slackening of the fierce wind that has fanned the state's explosive wildland blazes. Forecasters said the Santa Ana wind whipping across Southern California will begin to weaken late Wednesday afternoon, followed by cooling sea breezes. The 16 windfed wildfires have destroyed nearly 1,300 homes and forced a half-million people to flee. The shift could allow for a greater aerial assault and help firefighters beat back the most destructive blazes, said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff during a tour of an evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. "If the weather cooperates, maybe we can turn the tide," he said. Crews were anticipating an injection of additional firefighters and equipment from other states, mostly throughout the West. Frustration over the firefighting effort began to emerge Tuesday when a fire official said not enough had been done to protect homes. Orange County Fire Chief Chip Prather told reporters that firefighters' lives were threatened because too few crews were on the ground. He said a quick deployment of aircraft could have corralled a massive blaze near Irvine. "It is an absolute fact: Had we had more air resources, we would have been able to control this fire," he said. The fires have burned 410,000 acres, or about 640 square miles, causing at least $100 million in damage. Twenty-one firefighters and at least 24 others have been injured. One person was killed by the flames, and the San Diego medical examiner's officer listed four other deaths as connected to the blazes. The state's top firefighter said Prather misstated the availability of firefighters and equipment. Eight of the state's nine water-dumping

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Firefighters watch a back fire on a hillside in Jamul, Ca., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007: Deadly, wind-whipped wildfires have triggered the largest evacuation in state history, prompting some 500,000 people to flee ahead of flames that have destroyed more than 1,600 homes and continued Wednesday to threaten tens of thousands more. r., 0. .• helicopters were in Southern California by Sunday, when the first fires began, along with 13 air tankers, said Ruben Grijalva, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Grijalva said the fires, spread by winds that at times topped 100 mph, would have overwhelmed most efforts to fight them. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dismissed the criticism when questioned by an ABC News reporter, and praised the rapid deployment of fire crews and equipment across a region from north of Los Angeles to the Mexican border. "Anyone that is complaining about the planes just wants to complain because there's a bunch of nonsense," he said. "The fact is that we could have all the planes in the world here — we have 90

aircraft here and six that we got especially from the federal government — and they can't fly because of the wind situation."

"If the weather cooperates, maybe we can turn the tide." Michael Chertoff

Thousands of people packed evacuation centers, where many had an agonizing wait to find out whether their homes had survived. At the Del Mar Fairgrounds in northern San Diego County, which was converted into a shelter, many stared at tele-

vision sets blaring reports from the fire lines and damaged neighborhoods. "We're going crazy trying to get back into our apartment just to see what kind of damage we've got," said Tim Harrington, who arrived at the racetrack with his wife, son and their two pet rats. "Then we'll pick up the pieces from there." "I've got two reports: One person told me it's gone, and one person said it's still there," said J.C. Playford, who left his home in San Diego County. "So I have no idea." Some knew their homes were destroyed. Mike and Tere Miller of Rancho Bernardo were able to return Tuesday. They had left frantically when they realized flames were approaching, stopping only to drag their dog out the door and awaken a handicapped neigh-

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When they came back, they kept looking for their home — and never saw it. "It was just a smoldering pile of nothing," Mike Miller told NBC's "Today." His wife said she had packed papers they knew they would need, but that was it. "If you even think that something's going to happen, you should prepare, and consider all the things that are most meaningful to you. Because once they're gone, you can never get them back," she said tearfully. Evacuation orders continued Wednesday. Residents of the San Diego County communities of Fallbrook and Julian, an area devastated by a 2003 wildfire, were ordered out of their homes. Officials also were evacuating De Luz, an unincorporated community north of Camp Pendleton that was

being threatened by a wildfire burning on the Marine base. The fire also closed Interstate 5 and the Metrolink commuter rail, snagging the morning commute. So far, the fires have inflicted the worst damage in San Diego County, where five blazes continued to burn. The largest fire had consumed 196,420 acres — about 300 square miles — from Witch Creek to Rancho Santa Fe, destroYing 650 hOines busi nesse's and other buildings. Other hard-hit areas included San Bernardino County, where hundreds of homes burned in the mountain resort communities near Lake Arrowhead.

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Paranormal investigator takes a walk on the other side by Aaron Wright Managing Editor It might be shocking for coworkers at Tinker Air Force Base to find out that their coworker in the electrical engineering department spends many of his free hours studying and talking to ghosts. For Logan Corelli of Midwest City, this "non-paying second job" is more than a hobby. He said he spends anywhere from five to 20 hours a week researching, organizing his team, making videos and other such duties for two organizations he is involved with as a paranormal investigator. "To me, that's a job," said Corelli, who serves as co-director of Oklahoma City Ghost Club (OKCGC) as well as founder of the Oklahoma Paranormal Union, which is less than one year old. However, this job is compensated only by donations and fulfilled interest. Through these organizations, he has been able to travel across the United States and throughout Oklahoma investigating private residences, old hospitals, hotels and outdoor areas. Corelli said he has visited sites in states including Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. Corelli has been studying paranormal activity for several years. He holds a doctorate degree in parapsychology from the University of Metaphysical Sciences as well as a master's degree in metaphysics. At Flamel College, Corelli earned certificates in parapsychologists, paranormal investigations, electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) technician and unidentified flying object investigation. These were all wrapped around a degree in paranormal studies. He started his education, however, with an associate degree in psychology from Rose State College. Since then, he has also been ordained as a reverend for the University Church of Metaphysics. His fascination with the paranormal began at age eight, when he had his first encounter with the spiritual world. Corelli and his mother were vacationing at The Fountainhead, a lodge at Lake Eufala. During the day, they had wandered around the lodge, swam in the pool and seen many other guests doing the same. In the evening, they retired to their room. Corelli went to get ice at the other end of the lightless hallway. He said that as he finished loading ice into his bucket, he noticed a shadow hovering by the coke machine, but there was nobody there. Trying to push it out of his mind, he began walking back towards the room, only to find that the shadow was following him. Whenever he sped up, the shadow would eventually catch up. Finally, he broke into a run towards his hotel room. He threw the ice on the floor and began banging on the door. The shadow caught up with him, stood behind him and disappeared before his mother opened the door. When Corelli explained to his mom what had happened, she wrote it off as a child being spooked. Then, the rest of the evenings events unfolded. Corelli and his mother had been hearing construction noises throughout the day on the floor above them. At about 7 p.m. that evening, Corelli's mother called to complain about the continued noise and asked if construction could stop before they wanted to go to bed. The manager replied that the construction crew had left at 5 p.m. At that, Corelli's mother advised the hotel to send somebody to investigate the noises.

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Logan Corelli demonstrates equipment used during paranormal investigations. He is pictured in his house, which he claims to be haunted. Next came the mysterious knocks on the door. At first, there was a knock and run every 15 minutes. Then it was every 10 minutes. Then it was every five minutes. Thinking it was a child playing jokes, Corelli's mom decided to frighten the perpetrator by waiting and opening the door when they knocked. At the next banging, she opened the door and yelled, but nobody was there. A moment later, with the open door in her hand, the knocking at the door ensued. Directly following that incident, the old television in their room flipped on. The screen was a bright red and Corelli and his mother heard a man laughing. His mother quickly unplugged the television. The room was dead silent for a moment. That's when Corelli and his mother noticed the sound of rushing wind. The windows begin shaking and the sheets begin moving but the trees outside remained still. "It felt like it was in our room," said Corelli. The final straw was when a window pane begin fogging up as if someone was breathing on it. When the words "You're dead" appeared, Corelli and his mother left the hotel. A few years later, when Corelli submitted a paper about this at Flamel University, his professor remarked that the incident may have been centered less around the hotel and more around Corelli himself. That was not the last nor the most frightening situation Corelli would have with the paranormal world. At 11, he was struck by lightening. At a friend's house at age 12, he was lifted from his bed when something grabbed his ankles. After high school, Corelli began to re-think the situations that had happened to him earlier. "The interests started com7, ing back," he said. He he lir read into parapsycholo look into local ghost 04 ps: It was in the most of places, the cemete he began testing the field. While working at U.S. Cellular in 2004, a coworker encouraged and helped him start a ghost group after learning about his interest. This friend, Ron Cross, is still with Corelli today. The first group he formed was called PROS, or Paranormal Research of Organized Studies. Their

first site to investigate was an old-party place on 119th Street by Draper. Corelli later switched and got involved with OKCGC, where he joined a previous member as co-director. "When I took this group, I took it by the hands and said, 'We are going to work,"' said Corelli. In that year alone, the group completed over 25 investigations. One site that group has investigated in the past is Mitchell Hall on UCO's campus. "I want to go back," said Corelli. "If that could be arranged, I would go back." He remembers Mitchell Hall being full of sights, sounds and smells indicating a spiritual presence there. What hurt his investigation was the number of people. Corelli said there were too many distractions to do efficient work. It was a three team effort to investigate the building. A video of this investigation can be found on the OKCGC's Web site. Authoring a book and maybe teaching classes are what lie in the future for Corelli. He also plans to continue his investigations and research. "When I got involved with this, my overall goal in everything was to educate the public," he said. OKCGC and OPU accomplish this goal by inviting people to attend investigations on haunted places that the group visits. One such opportunity is coming on Oct. 26 in Fort Reno. From 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. guests are invited to attend tour of the fort where they will learn history. They will also be able to actually go through a paranormal investigation. The $30 cost covers the investigation as well as provides food and a DVD of OKCGC's first investigation of Fort Reno to particip ts. This will also serve as fund-raiser for the group. Corelli said that many ple believe everything is t oltergeist. However, he noted that many things can alle explained scientifically. 1Sbme incidents, though, are interactions with the spiritual world. When allowing people to observe, the group refrains from imposing their views on their audience. "We let them draw their own conclusions," he said.

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Sopranos' finale still iffy 'Nightmare Before Christmas' still entertains in digital 3D ebrate Christmas instead es very effectively, with the of Halloween this year and various ghouls and monsters returns home to explain it to the jumping out ofthe screen right Tim Burton's "The other denizens of Halloween at the audience. Another good Nightmare Before Christmas" Town. Unfortunately, none example was when Jack was is one of those classic mov- of the citizens of Halloween trying to explain Christmas ies from my childhood that Town understand the holiday to the residents of Halloween shaped my view of art. It as well as Jack does, and Jack Town and he got to the part kept me enamored with ani- barely understands it at all. about Santa Claus. In the mation for my entire life, This leads to a near disaster 2-D version, Jack leaning opened up the world of stop- on Christmas Eve as Jack goes over the podium terrifyingmotion animation and made on his journey of discovery. ly decreeing, "they call him me love musicals. This new, The new version adds Sandy Claws," was effective 3-D version doesn't add nothing to the movie, which to begin with, but when Jack any new scenes or change is something of a blessing and was right in my face, I felt any of the plots. Instead, a curse. None of the excel- like I was in the audience it makes an already visu- lent songs or characters is with the ghosts and vamally impressive movie even altered in anyway. However, pires, not with other people. more visually impressive. it still has the same problems However, most of the For those not familiar the plot did in 1993. Oogie time, it's difficult to tell with the "Nightmare Before Boogie's role is still under- if the movie is in 3-D or Christmas," it follows the played, which is something of not. The movie already had story of Jack, the Pumpkin a problem because his role is the illusion of depth in its King, a kind of a ruler/admin- something of a mystery. He's original release, so for the istrator for Halloween Town, not really the main antag- most part, the movie looks the source of Halloween. As onist, that would be Jack's the same as it always did. an immortal, he's been caus- misguided ego, but he's still Still, the movie is worth ing fright since Halloween a bad guy. It's as irritating seeing in 3-D. Fans of the first began. He's been at his now as it was 14 years ago. movie will get to see some of job for centuries and he's not Of course, what's important the best scenes in the movie just good at it, he's the best. is how effective the new 3-D improve and those who However, Jack has long element is for the film. For haven't seen the movie before since become bored with the most part, it doesn't really will get the chance to see it in scaring people. He wants to add anything. It just makes its most visually impressive find something new. So, after some of the scenes look pret- form. one Halloween, Jack wan- ty neat. However, there are a ders away from Halloween few scenes where the added Town and winds up in a for- depth of the third dimension est that serves as a nexus really adds to the picture. for the towns of the differThe best example is right ent holidays. Curious, Jack at the end when it's snowopens a door shaped like a ing. I felt like I could reach tree and falls into a wonder, out and pluck the snowland of joy, color and snow. flakes right out of the sky as After exploring this they fell. It was beautiful. Christmas Town, Jack The song "This is Justin Langston can be reached gets it in his head to cel- Halloween" used 3-D imag- at jlangston@thevistaonline.com . by Justin Langston Staff Writer

AP Photo alter ego. They had gleefully watched him rob, kill, pillage, lie and cheat. They had NEW YORK (AP) _ cheered him on. And then, Just when we had made our all of a sudden, they wanted peace with "The Sopranos" to see him punished for all fmale and moved on with that. They wanted justice'... our lives, David Chase has "The pathetic thing — to stirred things up again. me — was how much they Breaking his silence wanted HIS blood, after months after the HBO mob cheering him on for eight drama ended its run, he is years." offering a belated explanation In the days, and even for that blackout at the res- weeks, after the finale aired taurant. He strongly suggests June 10, "Sopranos" wonks that, no, Tony Soprano didn't combed that episode for bur-': get whacked moments later as ied clues, concocting wildn. he munched onion rings with theories. (Was this 'some his family at Holsten's. And of "Last Supper" reimagitlied mostly Chase wonders why so with Tony, wife Cannela,'s* many viewers got so worked A.J.' and daughter up over the series' non-finish. Chase insists th a "There WAS a war going what you saw (and didn't on that week, and attempted see) is what you get. terror attacks in London," "There are no esotersays Chase. "But these peo- ic clues in there. No 'Da ple were talking about onion Vinci Code,"' he declares. rings." He says it's "just great" The interview, includ- if fans tried to find a deeper ed in "'The Sopranos': The meaning, but "most of them, Complete Book," published most of us, should have done this week, finds Chase this kind of thing in high exasperated by viewers school English class and who were upset that Tony didn't." didn't meet explicit doom. He defends the bleak, Oast Says tht New Jersey seemingly inconclusive mob boss "had been people's ending as appropriate — by AP Writer

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On Oct. 18, I attended a send-off ceremony for my 20year-old baby brother as he prepared to deploy for Iraq. It's comforting to know that he still has a two month training period in Texas, but it is still a tense and sad time for my family. It was during the ceremony, however, that I remembered why I love America. I know that this country has its faults. I see them more and more every day. Somewhere along the line, however, I forgot to look at the good side. I was focusing too much on the negative aspects of our country. Most importantly, I am thankful and blessed to be a part of a country with such a rich legacy of freedom. This is a country that is, by principle, to be run by the people, all the people. Everyone, regardless of race, religion or creed, has a chance to freely and liberally share their opinion and viewpoint.

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Catholic and Baptist. However, he notes that when America was in need, she called on the land of the free. People put aside whether or not they wanted a Confederate flag or whether abortion was right or how much money they had and they defended America. He says that the freedom we have we owe to POWs and fallen soldiers for leaving their families and jobs to fight for our interest. He ends the rap by saying, "Brothers and Sisters We're just Americans. So with that I say 'Thank You' to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, for preserving my rights to live and die for this life and paying the ultimate price for me to be free." One thing that stands out to me about both of these is the tenderness the soliders have regarding the American flag. The confederate solider refers to it as a grand old rag. Dean asks for Old Glory on his grave, should he die in combat. I think it shows a sincere loyalty and appreciation for, if not the cause, the idea of the country. So, I ask you, whether or not you believe in this war, to remember and pray for the soldiers who believe in America.

It was during the singing of "You're a Grand Ole' Flag" that it hit me. Several days after the ceremony, I looked up the history of the song and found that it traces its roots back to a 1906 musical composed by George Cohan. Supposedly, he received inspiration for the lyrics from a Confederate solider who, while holding a flag, turned to Cohan and said "She's a grand old rag." I had this same surge of pride a couple of months ago when I saw a video on YouTube. I originally discovered this video on the Web site for Fox News. They referred to the person as the Mystery Marine, later identified as 30-year-old Marine Staff Sgt. Lawrence E. Dean II. He can now be searched under "badass marine." Many versions have been tweaked to add music to his original rap. But trust me, it's better a cappella. You might have to get the video first from Fox News to get the original version. He starts by listing all the different ethnicities that live in America-- Haitian, Koreans and Caucasians, to name a few. Then he eases into political parties, naming Democrats, Independents and those that partied with the late great Reagan. He voices the various religions and denominations that make up people's spiritual backgrounds such as Muslim, Hindu, Christian,

The Oklahoma weather takes a little getting used to. Last week, trapped in the library by the pouring hail outside, we waited, watching the wind whip at the unrelenting trees. We stood and stood, armed with books piled between hands and

chin. We were equipped for fall break. Somebody made a wry remark about how teachers seemed to harbor the notion that fall break was really homework break. Judging by the unchanging color of leaves, the teachers are probably right. It's been cold and wintry since, more sit indoors than walk outdoors weather. The greenness of trees brings hope, joy and signifies newness in spring. But the same in the fall makes you feel tired and stretched a little too thin. It rained and it nearly snowed, and then it was sunshiny again. Not the kind that warms your bones but the kind that tricks you into thinking perhaps its warm outside. Everybody seems to have caught a little bit of the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) syndrome. A friend tried to justify her case: "I get easily bored. I want to get out of this weather."

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Convictions of the Socially qtteyt Halloween is on the brink, and that only means one thing: catching up on your horror movies. You could either keep up to date on the current monster movie marathons or rent a stack of DVDs and create your own. Either way, Halloween is the perfect time to bring those cinematic frights into your household. If you go the rental route, deciding what ideal movies to watch can be a daunting task. Tradition should always stand in the way of indecisiveness, so it shouldn't be that difficult to choose the perfect combination. Here are a few examples that are pivotal to adding to your horror movie mayhem. First off, the original "Night of the Living Dead" has redefined zombie movies and horror in general. No Halloween is complete without George A Romero's masterpiece. It has everything you need to set the tone for a dreadfully good eve, ning. The atmosphere alone characterizes Halloween in all its bloody glory. Another fine choice is the 1973 classic "The Exorcist." Considered by many to be

one of the scariest movies of with the exception of "The all time, this film still man- Haunting," which was one ages to haunt the nightmares of the worst remakes ever to of people even after 30 years. disgrace the screen. There are It doesn't rely on fancy spe- several possibilities to choose cial effects or high-budget from, dating back to the 1922 gimmicks to create scares silent film, "Nosferatu." So for the audience. Instead, if you're more of a traditionit introduces the viewers alist, there are more fitting to a peculiar world that is alternatives to choose from. too terrifying to deem real. If you prefer to add a little Several people may think comedic favor to your horror, watching John Carpenter's check out films like "Shaun "Halloween" is a must, but of the Dead," "Re-animator," truth be told, it's severely "Slither" and the "Evil Dead" overrated. With so many trilogy. Of course, in our gensequels, remakes and copy- eration, the funnier a horror cats out there, there's no movie becomes, the more reason to ponder the option. buckets of blood are used. If slasher films are your Because everyone knows thing, consider watching the gore is funny, especially when original "Texas Chainsaw it involves a decapitation Massacre." Ignore the sequels that squirts out more blood and remakes. The original than the body can handle. launched another innovative No matter which movies trend that added more than you watch during Halloween, just a pointless motive for the just remember to experiment killer to hack up his victims. with different styles. It's no If gore isn't your thing, fun when an entire evening think about horror clas- consists of every "Halloween" sics like the 1963 version of or "Friday the 13th" film ever "The Haunting," the original made. If you dig deeper, there "House on Haunted Hill" and are some real gems out there the original "13 Ghosts." Most that will scare the pants off ofthe classic horror films from you and your partner, but the '50s and '60s have been that's an entirely different remade into splatter flicks, holiday altogether.

Later, she returned to say, "Guess what, it's not only me. It's many others too. We are all SAD and overloaded." Fall seems to have collapsed under global warming and issues for which the Nobel committee awarded Al Gore and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. We seem ready to break under midsemester pressure. I drive and listen to news on the radio. There's news of drought in the south and wildfires in California. J.K.

Rowling announces that Dumbledore was gay. A reporter asks a Syrian child how different he thought the Iraqi refugee children were from him and the child answers: "They are like us, just sadder." I don't think they want to be reminded or to live in yesterday. I think they want to live now and we will help them forget by not asking. What is the weather like in Syria? What was it like in Iraq when the refugees fled? We are half-way there, the semester is almost over.

I'm still waiting for fall, for the trees to change color and the leaves to fall. I'm still waiting for possibilities of spring with newness next year, the possibility that the world can change. If there were no fall, what would we call the fall semester?

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JUSTIN LANGSTON I love to read. Over the break, I finally got to break out a copy of "Mists of Avalon," which had been sitting on my shelf since the end of August. While I can lament how little reading I've done lately and how I seem to spend what little free time I have on video games rather than books, this isn't my blog. However, with the weather acting as it has the past couple of weeks and the temperature steadily dropping, I think now would be a good time to recommend some good fantasy books to grab now for winter break to read in front of the fire (or in a nice, heated room). "Monstrous Regiment" by Terry Pratchett is a geniust tale about a girl, Polly, who joins the war effort in her home country in order to find her brother who had gone missing after he had joined the war. Of course, this is no ordinary "Mulan"-style tale,since it takes place on Pratchett's Discworld (a flat world that is carried on the backs of four elephants who are in turn carried on the back of a giant turtle that

swims through space). It's an excellent fantasy tale complete with vampires, trolls and a competent parody of modern geopolitical and economic struggles throughout the world. With "Monstrous Regiment," along with the 30 plus other Discworld novels, Pratchett uses his fantasy world to lampoon the modern world. As a stand-alone book (Discworld features at least five separate series), "Monstrous Regiment" serves as an excellent jumping on point for new readers to Discworld. It also happens to be one of Pratchett's stronger works, along with the previous "Night Watch," it does an excellent job of making fun of the establishment, our society, religion and everything we hold dear without alienating fantasy fans or even being vicious. "The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher has been a series I've been hooked on since 1 picked up the first book, "Storm Front" back in March. This nine book series, with a 10th coming out in April, follows the adventures of Harry Dresden, a wizard and private investigator operating out of Chicago. Dresden acts as Chicago's protector from the 1 supernatural forces that threaten mankind, be it powerful necromancers, war-mongering vampires or rogue faeries. Dresden is a likeable protagonist, although he's something of a goofball. His supporting characters are equally interesting and the modern fantasy setting manages to be dark without getting pretentious or silly like a lot of other works in this genre.

"The Dresden Files" isn't the most "literary" of fantasy series, but it's entertaining enough. It's got rousing magical action, excellent characters and good humor. It's a bit shallow, sure, but certainly a fun read. "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett takes on one of the best topics a writer can: the end of the world. In this goofy parody of "The Omen" trilogy and the Book of Revelations from the Bible, we follow the story of Adam, the child anti-Christ who accidentally wound up in the wrong (or right?) family, the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale who have decided that they don't want the world to end and a host of others who tie into the End of Times. This completely irreverent novel doesn't really care who it offends or who it doesn't. It's really just going for laughs, intentionally skimming over the philosophical elements of the story. It's fun, lighthearted and great for anyone with a sense of humor who doesn't mind being offended. Probably one ofmy favorite books ofall time (it's either this or "Crime and Punishment" and Raskolnikov is kind of a jerk) since it's goofy, irreverent sense of humor leaves me laughing almost every time I open the book and open to a random page. It's fun, it's got some philosophical elements and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles.


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Rugby club looks to expand by Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer

by Jeff Massie

The UCO Rugby Football Club (UCORFC) was inducted into the UCOSA last year, but this year the club is ready to expand. The members have been practicing regularly and are now aiming to compete with other rugby clubs in the state. "UCO needs a rugby club. All the big schools have one: OU, OSU. Many small schools also have working clubs. We formed this club in order to compete with them, and eventually go to the national level," said Frank Adams, president of UCORFC. Unlike soccer or football, rugby does not have divisions, so any club team can

es with tag rugby open for interested men and women. "So for, right now, we only have male players but if there should be enough women who want to start a team, we'd be willing to help them too," said Rowlan. He also stated the UCORFC players have improved with ball handling and rucking. "There's a lot of potential for interest in rugby at UCO," he said. UCORFC holds field practices at 4 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at East Hall Field. Those interested can also email ucorfc@gmail.

"People inappropriately title rugby as an extreme sport but there is a camaraderie among players since everybody contributes to the play. All the players get a chance to touch the ball. The concept is aggressive and it's a contact sport, but there is no better sport for camaraderie," Rowlan said. The UCORFC currently has around 18 members and are interested in recruiting more students. "Anybody who wants to play, even those who have never played before [are welcome]," said Adams. In December, the club plans to hold Central Rugby Ruck and Rock as a recruitment phase. The event will include exhibition match-

compete with one another. "There are no divisions, just rugby leagues and unions. We can compete against other teams and represent UCO," said Jad El Sabai, a member of the Rugby club. Rugby is a pretty rough sport, say the members, but it's not just punching and tackling. There's a strategy to it. Ethan Patton, UCORFC member, who had never played rugby before said, "It's a pretty controlled sport. There's finesse to it, in how you go down. It's like soccer, where you try to steal the ball without injuring the player." The roughness of the sport lends a spirit of enthusiasm and brotherhood among rugby players universally, said Coach Nate Rowlan.

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Marcellus Parker. The twopoint conversion was failed and the whistle blew with the Bronchos falling 24-15. Parker led all receivers with 97 yards and one touchdown. Defensive lineman Chandler Richardson brought the quarterback down twice and Will Clewis and David Berry also added half a sack each. The Bronchos will return to Edmond this Saturday for the first time in over a month when they play Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

came up big and returned the Southeastern kickoff 90 yards for a score. The team would not convert the extra point though, and trailed 9-17. After the Savage Storm successfully converted a fake punt 46 yards for a score, UCO would score the game's final touchdown, but they were in too much of a hole. With 1:38 left on the clock, O'Hara hit all four of his passes for 60 yards, with the fmal Jeff Massie can be reached at connection being hauled in by jmassie@thevistaonline.com

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UCO knuckle pucks Arizona State by Justin Langston Staff Writer

The UCO hockey team returned to home ice Sunday afternoon to take on Arizona State, who defeated UCO last season 14-1. Despite a slow second period, UCO dominated Arizona State and came away with a 6-2 victory. "If we play our game, we're going to be okay," head coach Craig McAlister said. "We were on our game tonight, we just had a few bumps in the second period." UCO opened up the first period with a score from forward Jason Thibodeau. No

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more than a minute later, forward Erik Jansen scored once again. UCO scored for the third time late in the period, with 3:50 left on the clock. Forward Rob Deubel, who would go on to be player of the game that night, scored on the power play with an assist from forward AJ Alfrey and Ray Wingfield. UCO went into the second period with a 3-0 lead, but exited it with Arizona State catching up. Arizona was able to score both of its goals for the game in this period with UCO going completely quiet. UCO made a point of hitting harder the next period. "Coach came in and gave us a bit of a wake up call," defenseman Brian Thompson said. In the third period, the team did wake up, scoring three more goals before the final buzzer. About six minutes into the period, forward Jonathon Cannizzo scored, bringing UCO's lead to 4-2. With 8:36 left in the game, Deubel scored on the power play again. Then, less than a minute later, UCO made its last goal of the game when forward Matt Cohn knocked the puck in. "A lot of fun beating them after last year," Thompson said. "Good getting revenge after that." UCO will remain at home this weekend when they take

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came out strong and just continued scoring a lot of goals," goalkeeper Carly Fischer said. "It kind of took us a while to get into the rhythm of the game until we started scoring. We even got to put in our complete second team and just continued scoring." The Bronchos not only have a strong offense but also an equally strong defense. UCO has yet been scored on in the Lone Star Conference. Fischer was named Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive time and fourth this season, announced by the league office. Friday's game started with UCO finding their groove while Abilene sat back to take the heat when forward Jenny Racicot scored an unassisted goal at 38:07. Abilene actually satbackthe whole game, only taking four shots-on-goal to UCO's 21. Ashton Morris while on offense was the next to score within 15 seconds of the first goal. Morris received an assist from forward Lacy Williams by Vista photographer Alex Gambill who made the pass from the Forward Carmen Davis shoots the ball past the Angelo State defender Saturday at Tom sideline to score at 38:22. Offensive Player of the Thompson Field. Week, Carmen Davis, was the State Friday and Saturday times on goal and hit their next to score starting in the by Alex Gambill to bring UCO 8-0 in league mark seven times, leaving second half. Davis received Staff Writer play and 14-3-1 overall. Abilene Christian to com- a pass from midfielder Sarah UCO, like a cold- miserate over a 7-0 shutout. Addison to the front ofthe goal The Bronchos shut out "I think we just really and all Davis had to do was Abilene Christian and Angelo blooded assassin, shot 21

turn and take the shot at 55:59. Addison was next to score, assisted by Morris, with a shot from the top ofthe box at 58:14. Morris got her next goal of the game from a cross from midfielder Kasey Mahaffey. Midfielder Kristen Juroch scored the sixth goal with the help of a long pass from midfielder Tiffanie Meek, which gave Juroch a breakaway to score at â&#x20AC;˘ 72:45. Forward Jamie Tarver finished the game with a humiliating seventh goal from assists by Teagan Breslin and Rebecca Sparks from a corner kick. Sunday's game against Angelo State was equal to the annihilation of Abilene, considering Angelo has a slightly better record. "They normally just come out really strong," Fischer said. "It was really good to put in some early goals against them." Those early goals were the key to setting the pace of the game. Williams made the first goal from a long pass by Fischer giving Williams a breakaway to score at 11:22. Juroch scored the final goal of the first half assisted by midfielder Moriah Chinnock. "So, just getting to good goals in the first half and then shutting them down in

the second half was really the key," Fischer said. Fischer made two saves during the game and Rebekah Svensson did her part as goalkeeper. Morris made the third goal of the game off of her own rebound against Angelo's goalkeeper at 55:12; then exactly five minutes later a wide-open pass from Mahaffey to score again. 14th ranked Bronchos have been build' ing a very impressive record all season and should have 0 the confidence to rip loose some next weekend against Northeastern State in Tahlequah and East Central in Ada. "We're very confident about conference and we are ready to go onto nationals, and we are going to go farther than we ever have before, because we have the talent and the determination," Fischer said.

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Savage Storm sinks Bronchos by Jeff Massie Sports Editor

On the final leg of a three-game road swing, the Bronchos failed to complete the sweep and fell to Southeastern Oklahoma State University 24-15. The game was a defensive struggle from the get go. The Broncho defense held Southeastern to a meager 257 yards, but the Savage Strom was even more impressive. They limited the Bronchos to 166 total offensive yards, 32 of which came on the ground and extended their winning streak to six consecutive games. "Our defense played hard and kept us in the game, but we just couldn't get much going on offense," head coach Chuck Langston said in a statement to UCO's Media Relations. Southeastern struck first and never lost the lead. In the

longest scoring drive of the game, they took the ball 76 yards on 11 plays and scored a touchdown after quarterback Kolby Williams connected with Jay Rose from a yard out. On the ensuing possession, UCO added its only points of the half, a 23-yard field goal by Alex Weaver. Ben Birmigham did most of the work on the drive, but it was a critical conversion by quarterback Ryan O'Hara on third and eleven that put the team in position to score. O'Hara earned the start after his impressive play corning off the bench two weeks ago. He proved to be the team's best offensive weapon as he completed 13 of his 28 passes, one of which went for a touchdown late in the game. Unfortunately for the Bronchos, he was also sacked five times and picked offtwice. Not to be outdone, the

Savage Storm put the ball through the uprights on their next drive. Their kicker, Cole Jones, pounded the ball from 56 yards out and extended the lead back to seven. Coming back -from the half, UCO's first drive didn't go the way they would have drawn it up. It was a threeand-out that ended up with the Bronchos losing eight yards. Southeastern used a different quarterback in the second half, Brandon Noohi. He only completed three of his 13 passes for a total of 55 yards, but 40 of them came on a single pass that moved the ball to UCO's side of the field. Noohi would then cap off the drive when he ran the ball in from seven yards out to make the margin 17-3. Without much clicking on offense, Kendall Hendricks

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