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Kenyan band more than just music
Hockey beats No. 1 ranked team
aidi Ya Mziki is a celebrated Kenyan
gospel band currently touring the U.S. The name, which means "more than just music," aptly describes the band's performances. Their last stop will be the International Praise Festival 2008.
History was made Saturday by the 13th ranked UCO hockey team skating past number one University of Illinois. The win ended the Illinois' 47 game winning streak The Illirui did not make it easy on the Bronchos upsetting them in a one goal win Friday night. The mood was set early on in the game. Both teams entered the ice with intensity, hungry to win. Eleven minutes in the first period Illinois put the first goal in. Page 8 -
Buy soles to better souls
Victory at home
It may be better to give than to receive, but you will have an opportunity to do both this Wednesday at the "Style Your Sole" event. The event is this Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Nigh University Center ballrooms. Shoes are available for $42 apiece, with TOMS donating one pair for everyone pair bought.
Forum informs about voting By Stephani Tobin Staff Writer
Getting healthy on campus UCO health students started a series of focus groups this week about helping students on campus get healthier. These focus groups were organized by UCO's Health Promotion and Evaluation course, and they will run all week at various times. Students who are interested can visit the library.
by Vista photographer Chris Albers
Fans filled Wantland Stadium at Saturday's homecoming game where the Bronchos stampeded the
Midwestern State Mustangs 38-33. Attendance reached 5,358.
UCO reaches transfer agreement Features
OSU-OKC students able to earn advanced degree By Nelson Solomon
Festival brings cultures together The International Festival is a UCO landmark event that brings together the diverse cultures represented on campus. The 33rd festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 30 at the Grand Ballrooms, Nigh University Center. -Page 5
Early care students at Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City now have a chance to expand their education at UCO, thanks to a new agreement between the institutions. The new agreement allows students completing an OSU-OKC Associate in Applied Science in early care (administration or master teacher emphasis) to transfer to UCO and pursue their Bachelor of Science degree in family life education (child development emphasis), according to a news release. Officials from both schools, including UCO president Dr. Roger Webb and OSU-OKC president Dr. Jerry D. Carroll, signed the
The Bronchos outran the No. 25 Midwestern State Mustangs for their fifth straight victory this year. UCO stampeded Midwestern in the first half, gaining a twotouchdown lead early on. The Bronchos triumphed with the 38-33 win. -Page 8
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Students bring hope to Edmond families By Stephani Tobin Staff Writer
Bronchos outpace Mustangs, 38-33
agreement on Sept. 9. "I have already had three appointments with students who are transferring here, and another one next week," said Dr. Kaye Sears, UCO's chair of human environmental sciences. "This means an increase in our enrollment," she said. Sears said the university now has nine transfer agreements completed with community colleges across the state. "Our college is pleased to be able to work with OSU-OKC on this agreement," said Dr. James Machell, UCO's dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies. "This program is important in helping serve the needs of young children in this state." See TRANSFER, page 3
UCO students who are interested in the upcoming election can learn more about presidential and Senate candidates at a voter education forum Wednesday in the Heritage Room at the Nigh University Center. The UCO chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha will host the forum from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. A panel of four Democrats and four Republicans will answer questions from students and conduct a debate on specific issues. "We made sure that we had a roughly equal distribution of Republicans and Democrats," said Dr. Jan Hardt, political science professor and Pi Sigma Alpha adviser. Hardt estimates about 40 to 60 students will attend and many students are interested, and that they have a Facebook group about the forum. Jessica England, a political science graduate student at UCO, said that everyone should vote, but they should make informed decisions about who they are voting for. "This forum is all about giving the facts to the students, and the only way you can do that is if you understand the facts," England said. England also said that they will be focusing on issues that affect students, including education, the economy, gay and lesbian issues and health care.
The Edmond Hope Center will elicit help from UCO students this week as they conduct their "iCare" campaign for Edmond residents who need assistance. The collection will take place this week and will end on Friday, Oct. 31. About 275 people will be distributing flyers, placing collection boxes and promoting the campaign among UCO students. "Every donation is important to us, whether it be three cans or three cases of tuna," said Chris Sperry, executive director of the Hope Center. Sperry said they have had an
increased number of requests, most likely due to the cost of food and the cost of gas in the past few months. "When gas prices go up, families who only have so much in their budget find that there are fewer dollars available for food," Sperry said. According to information provided by the Hope Center, in 2007 they distributed 2,581 food packages, paid utility bills for 1,188 families and gave clothing to 2,297 families. They also immunized 237 children and assisted 3,515 WIC clients last year. Martha Strecker, a volunteer who has worked with Hope Center families for 18 years,
said even though Edmond can be seen as an affluent city, "there is a lot of need here." "When the economy is bad, people can be more generous," Strecker said. Each month the Hope Center serves about 300 families in Edmond and Arcadia. Half of their items are donated and last month they spent about $10,000 to help families. Sperry stressed the importance of donations and volunteers to help families who have experienced problems including divorce, homelessness, unemployment, illness and by Vista photographer Chanel Henry child abuse. "If we had to plan to buy all The Hope Center, located on Broadway see HOPE, page 3 and Danforth.
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FEATURE Campus Notes Want to contribute to The Vista? Did you know The Vista was originally a literary journal devoted to showcasing UCO's creative minds? We've decided we'd like to get back to that. We're looking for poems and short stories from UCO students to publish in upcoming issues of The Vista Weekend. Due to space limitations, we can only print one per issue, and submissions must be shorter than 500 words in length. Send them by e-mail to vistastudentfiction@ yahoo.com and look for your work in the next issue!
Reception to be held for mayor's award winner today The Students for an Accessible Society cordially invite you to a reception, today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 320C of the Nigh University Center, in honor of Ms. Kimberly Fields, the 2008 recipient of the Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns Personnel Employee Award.
Schedule of Events
Odds & Ends/
UCO Jazz Lab Shades of Blue/Airforce Jazz Ensemble: Big Band: Free, Jazz, UCO Jazz Lab 8 p.m.
10:30 pm., $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under, Ticket Info: 340-8552. Thursday, Nov. 6
Toast to the Maestro: Special Event, For Information: 974 3700
Thursday, Oct. 30 Luma: Rock, UCO Jazz Lab, 8 p.m. to 10:30
pm.,$7 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under. Friday, Oct. 31 Hoppy Niles:•Blues, UCO Jazz Lab, 8 p.m. to
10:30 pm.,$7 for adults, $5 fdr children 12 & under. Saturday, Nov. 1 UCO Jazz Bands: Big Band: Rock, UCO Jazz
Lab, 7 p.m., Special event. Monday, Nov. 3
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Mitch Bell: Jazz, UCO Jazz Lab, 8 p.m. to
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News of the strange
Boz Scaggs: Rock, UCO Jazz Lab, 8 p.m. to
10:30 pm., Special event. Friday, Nov. 7 Souled Out: Classic Rock, UCO Jazz Lab:
Dance Floor, 8 p.m. to 10:30 pm., $10 cash and check Saturday, Nov. 8 Miguel Zenon: Jazz, UCO Jazz Lab, 8 p.m. to 10:30 pm., Special event, Ticket info: 2312472 Friday, Nov. 14 Brigade: Bluegrass, UCO Jazz Lab, 8 p.m. to
10:30 pm., $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under, Thursday, Nov. 6
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Bookstore grand opening tomorrow The newly remodeled Barnes and Noble will hold a grand opening at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Refreshments will be provided, and door prizes will be available. Faculty and staff will receive 20 percent off all merchandise—including clearance items—during the grand opening.
Sigma Lambda Gamma, Residence Life Hall Councils and the Violence Prevention Project will host a free self-defense class from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Room 300, Nigh University Center. All are invited. Tim Woods from the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will lead the workshop.
The presentation "China Rising: China Today" by Xiao-Bing Li, Ph.D., has been rescheduled from Oct. 28 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in Pegasus Theater. For more information, contact Jeffrey Plaks, Ph.D., at 974-5357 or jplaks@uco. edu.
In this photo released by Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Sadie, left, and Chelsea, two 28-year-old female Atlantic bottlenose dolphins perform tricks for treats at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008. They rec9ived fresh herring for holding the plastic pumpkin and toy skull. (AP Photo/Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Nancy Chan)
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`Estate Planning ... What Should I Do?' - Nov. 6 Larry A. Morgan, J.D., will present "Estate Planning: Will or Trust, What Should I Do?" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room 201, Howell Hall. Morgan is an attorney with Morgan and Morgan, P.C., and has served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Funeral Service since 1974. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law. Currently, he is teaching Oklahoma statutory law and mortuary jurisprudence at UCO. The College of Mathematics and Science is presenting Morgan's talk as part of its Fall 2008 Seminar Series.
from the Oklahoma State Election Board
Election Day: Tues, Nov. 4
Oklahoma Voter Registration Deadline Has Passed Deadline: 5 p.m., Fri., Oct. 10
Nominations sought for first-ever event The first ever Commuter, Off-Campus and Nontraditional Student Week will be Nov. 3-8, sponsored by the Office of Commuter Student Services and the UCOMMUTE Council. The first Friend of the Commuter Student and Friend of the Nontraditional Student awards will be presented to a faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond to understand /assist the needs of commuter, off-campus and nontraditional students. To nominate a faculty or staff member for one of these awards, visit the Office of Commuter Student Services. Deadline is Nov. 3 for nomination forms to be returned to the Office of Commuter Student Services.
Sponsors needed for Children's Christmas Party Campus Activities and Events needs 600 faculty, staff and students to serve as sponsors for the 300 first-graders from the Edmond community who attend the President's Club Children's Christmas Party. Pick up a sponsor form from Campus Activities and Events (Room 424, Nigh University Center) or contact Susan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org . Forms are due Friday, Nov. 7. The party will be from noon-2 P. m Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the grand ballrooms, Nigh University Center. For more information, contact Susan Smith at 974-3656. The party is not p ossible without the university's full su pport.
BOSTON -- Boston's Logan International Airport officials say Choochy escaped from her kennel as she was being unloaded after a flight from Detroit Saturday night and scampered across runways and taxiways. Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella says the poodle evaded airport personnel for more than 17 hours and delayed at least eight flights. About 15 state police, firefighters, operations personnel and even electricians chased Choochy late into the night, delaying flights for up 30 minutes. Orlandella says the poodle was frightened, tired and hungry when she was finally lured to safety with food early Sunday afternoon. The dog was treated for minor injuries at an animal hospital and returned to her family.
Colo. couple get marijuana with order of tacos
Free self-defense class tomorrow
"China Rising: China Today" Rescheduled, NOV. 4
Choochy the poodle is a "runway runaway."
Absentee Voting Deadline to submit Application for Absentee Ballot: 5 p.m., Wed., Oct. 29 Deadline to submit Absentee Ballot: 7 p.m., Tues., Nov. 4 To vote in person early (Must Be at County Election Board Office) -Fri., Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. -Sat., Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Mon., Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Renowned author to present free reading as part of MFA inauguration By Chase Dearinger
Copy Editor Author Denis Johnson will be giving a free public reading
at 7:30 p.m. in room 120 of the Communications Building. Johnson writes poetry, plays, short stories, novels and nonfiction. He was awarded the National Book Award for Fiction in 2007 for his novel, "Tree of Smoke," and was a finalist for the PEN-Faulkner Award.
The author is best known for his collection of short stories, "Jesus' Son," which was adapted into the film of the same name. The event is serving in part as an inauguration for the university's new Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, which began this fall. "Denis Johnson is one of the most interesting writers working today and I'm thrilled to get the chance to bring him to UCO," said MFA Director Dr. Constance
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Squires. Creative writing students are particularly interested because of his reputation as a "writer's writer" and his unique style. "He's one of those authors that people are passionate about, and I know that many of my students are great fans and devotees of his fictional style," Squires said. The event is free and open to the public.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A Colorado couple found an unusual topping on their order of tacos: a small bag of marijuana. They discovered the drugs with their order from a Del Taco restaurant and called police, said Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis. Twenty-six-year-old Dennis Klermund, who police say waited on the husband when he picked up food Oct. 16, faces charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Klermund initially denied any knowledge but admitted the bag was meant for a friend after a search dog found more marijuana in a locker, police said.
No rest for dead at foreclosed Mich. funeral home PONTIAC, Mich. -- Even the dead can't escape foreclosure in suburban Detroit. Five bodies and the cremated remains of 22 people were evicted Friday from a funeral home in Pontiac. The remains from the House of Burns Memorial Chapel were delivered to the Oakland County medical examiner's office for storage. A medical examiner's administrator, Robert Gerds, said some of the cremated remains date to the 1990s. The county will send the bodies to another funeral home if a family member makes a claim. A pastor who went to the building Friday to attend a funeral service says he disapproves of the timing and the way the eviction was carried out. Detroit television stations also aired video of caskets being removed. Gerds says no bodies were inside.
Hogzilla? 200-lb wild boar struck by car in Mass. LANCASTER, Mass. -This was no ordinary road kill. Massachusetts State Police say a 200-pound Russian wild boar was euthanized after being struck by a vehicle on a road in Lancaster earlier this week. That was a big surprise to state wildlife experts. They say although some wild boars are known to live in northern New England, there never has been a native population of feral swine in Massachusetts. Hunter Chester Hall said he was offered the carcass for coyote bait.
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Hope Continued from page 1 the food every month," Sperry said, "we'd be overwhelmed." The Hope Center also utilizes city and government services to help their clients find long-term solutions as well as providing basic services. Sperry said they can refer clients anywhere that they can be helped further. They also provide pediatrics, prenatal help and nutrition counseling. Sperry said families who come to the Hope Center needing food receive two large grocery sacks containing non-perishable food items, including canned meat, box dinners and soup. They also receive fresh meat, vegetables, milk, butter and eggs. College students also come to the Hope Center for assistance, Sperry said. "We have a lot of students who are self-supportive," Sperry said, referring to students who rely on part-time jobs or financial aid to pay for food and other basic needs.
Sperry also said that college students are "great as volunteers, because they want to improve the community." The Hope Center has a varied group of volunteers who come from many different walks of life, she said. Some of their volunteers also include Boy Scouts, Sunday school classes, retired senior citizens and high school ROTC organizations. Sperry said that much of their success comes from their diverse group of volunteers, because they are "intergenerational and cross socio-economical lines." Strecker, who volunteers one day a week and has lived in Edmond for 30 years, said the volunteers at the Hope Center are like family, because they care about each other and the community that they serve. "I feel good when I go home if I helped someone," she said. For more information about the "iCare" drive and volunteer opportunities, contact the Hope Center at (405) 348-1340.
Augustana rock at Plunkett Park
by Vista photographerChanel Henry
Augustana, based in Los Angeles, performed at Plunkett Park Friday as part of the homecoming festivities.
Voting Continued from page 1 Kara Hanas, a junior political science major, said that knowing about the candidates and the issues is essential when involved in events that are meant to inform the public. "We decided that an event like this was necessary to help increase voter awareness," she said. Both England and Hanas are members of Pi Sigma Alpha and will both be speaking at the forum. Hanas is also the public relations officer for the Association of Women's Studies at "The coverage provided by the media has been a constant roller-coaster," Hanas said, "and the media has proven that when they feel an issue is important and unimportant, they are the deciding factor."
England said that the media has painted many biases in the campaign process and that the campaigning has "gone on way too long." She said that students should participate in the forum to educate themselves on issues without political jargon. "[Students] should understand that this is going to be an issuesbased forum, and it is not going to be an argument between college students about who they like better," she said. Hardt said that they plan to spend 10 minutes on each issue and about five minutes on each candidate. After the panel makes their preliminary presentation, students will have the opportunity to ask questions. "Everyone should vote," Hanas said, "and most importantly, everyone should feel confident about their choices [when] exiting the polls."
Transfer Continued from page 1 Students completing the transfer program will have the knowledge to pursue careers as early care education master teachers or program administrators, parent education instructors, early intervention instructors, program teachers for infants to school-age children and social services agents in
child and family programs, according to the release. "I am pleased to join efforts with UCO to increase opportunities for student success in higher education," said OSU-OKC President Carroll in the release. "I hope to see more transfer agreements in the future." Webb was unavailable for comment at press time.
Uniting Christian groups on campus By Abha Eli Phoboo
Senior Reporter There are many Christian student organizations affiliated to different churches serving the UCO community. The members of these organizations will come together at the third International Praise Festival at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 at the Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center to celebrate their faith. Members of Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Chi Alpha, International Christian Student Organization, Henderson Hills Baptist Church and Campus Crusade for Christ are organizing the event to create an opportunity for the Edmond community to experience Christianity from all over the world. "Christianity is a world religion and it isn't just for or in America," said Kerby Goff, lead organizer of the event. "We have Christians from Kenya, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Taiwan, India, Korea, Japan, and Peru participating. The festival isn't for Christians only either, we have good music and
singing, which will be a lot of fun," Goff said. The headliner of the event is Zaidi Ya Mziki, award-winning Kenyan Gospel band, who is making a comeback at UCO to end their U.S. tour. "A lot of time Will be given to the Kenyan band because they are really popular and we'NT'e been able to get them back here, and will make tie best use of their tigie, 1; of Goff said. The Intern a tiMa I Praise Festival was 'first organized three _years ago to have a night where people could come together to better understand Christianity. "There are a lot of denominations and this festival brings us all together as people who love Jesus," Meagan Labay said. Labay is the president of the International Christian Student Organization and helped start the International Praise Festival with her mother, Ann Labay, also a UCO student. Free pizza, and materials such as books and the Jesus film in every language represented at UCO will be available at the event.
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Group more than just music By Abha Eli Phoboo Zaidi Ya Mziki is a celebrated Kenyan - gospel band currently touring the U.S. The name, which means "more than just music," aptly describes the, band's performances. Its last stop will be the International Photo provided Praise Festival Zaidi Ya Mziki 2008. Three members of the band Leonard Ochieng, Samuel Njuguna, and DJ Jey will be performing with the UCO Kenyan student band made up of Julien Beket, Sam Wawire, and Taylor McGarry this Thursday. "We experiment with music and work together on the lyrics. When one of us comes up with a chorus, each one of us write a verse and we sing it. We explore the idea of the song and take it to the producer who puts it into music," Njuguna said. The band's strength is their ability to work together through issues that persist in their career: finances, work and Christian life. "We are different and we agree to disagree, but we make sure that whatever we put out there is good, the best we can give," Leonard, who goes by Lenah Ooko also, said. The band will be heading back to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to work on its next album. "It's been really nice touring and I didn't know we had crazy, crazy fans here," Njuguna said, "We sell more CDs here than back home. Their next album will have Gospel songs in English too, as Leonard said, "For the sake of our American friends who have been singing and dancing to music they don't understand." Zaidi Ya Mziki is the recipient of the Newsome Awards' International Artist of the Year 2007. It has been nominated for other major Gospel music awards and won many, in Kenya and the United States.
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omy slowly recovered and gained in strength. By 2005, however, gas prices went from manageable to constantly threatening, leading up to this past summer's gas nightmare. On the West Coast, gas prices stayed above $4 per gallon for weeks and weeks, and the topic was paramount in just about all channels of media. The economy, which had slowly recovered after the 2001 meltdown, justified the increase in fuel prices. That's where we are now. In a couple of years, when things are going better, those gas prices will creep back up. But this time, $4 per gallon is the new jumping off point - not the worse-case-scenario. That astronomical figure, which seemed unreachable before this past summer, is now an accepted possibility in the minds of consumers and the oil companies who benefit when prices go through the roof. So, enjoy these gas prices while they last. Cheap gas, no matter how shortlived or brief, is always a good thing for the average American. In the shortterm, $2 per gallon gas will help a lot more people than it will harm. OPEC is strug-
Customers line up to get gas for $1.99 a gallon at a Mobil gas station Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, in Fairfield, Ohio. Oil prices fell to their lowest level in more than a year Monday before rebounding to just above $63 a barrel as growing evidence of a global economic slowdown had investors betting on a further drop in energy demand. gling - if you want to call that - but they'll figure out a way to make things work out for themselves. Maybe another slash in production will help. We should be hearing about that by next week if things stay the same. But while you enjoy these "cheap" gas prices, just remember that things will most certainly be head-
ed back to July 2008, which seems like an eternity ago now. OPEC, Exxon and the rest of them aren't stupid. They have too much money to be called that. And just like all smart, rich entities, they won't stay down for long. In fact, they usually just stay down long enough to make it worth their while in the end.
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group make their living spouting off nasty messages, promoting an image that is the exact wrong image of Christianity. Their goal is to provoke violence and gain attention. Public outbursts and anger-inflaming signs are their M.O. First featured by CNN in 1998, they've been in the national spotlight for sometime, propelled to the top of public awareness by the War on Terror. I applaud the maturity exhibited by the OCU students, who dealt with this group in the exact way they
I applaud the maturity exhibited by the OCU students, who dealt with this group in the exact way they need to be dealt with.
need to be dealt with. Their student body president was quoted as saying, paraphrased, that the campus community is trying to promote tolerance and embrace everyone. The whole point of their play is to say that people of all different backgrounds should be equal, and that they welcome the protests from the infamous group. The university responded with a silent protest, wearing T-shirts that read "Love not Hate," and quoted a Bible verse. Oklahoma City police were on hand, just in case anything got too crazy. Amazingly enough, the safety precautions werenft necessary, as the groups stayed on their own sides of the street. Westboro Baptist left before the event was over, and no incident took place.
AP Photo The rest of the country could take a lesson from our friends at OCU. Fighting fire with fire is not the best way to get put it out. Suppressing violence with more violence is not the way to get these people to go away, especially if your message is equality. The best way to make these people go away is to ignore them. -Greg Newby, Managing Editor
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Celebrating "The Greatest Homecilming on Earth"
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Buy soles to better souls Getting healthy on campus By Lauren Lubbers
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Staff Writer It may be better to give than to receive, but you will have an opportunity to do both this Wednesday at the "Style Your Sole" event. The event is this Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Nigh University Center ballrooms. Shoes are available for $42 apiece, with TOMS donating one pair for everyone pair bought. UCO students will be able to purchase a pair of plain white, canvas shoes from California-based shoe company TOMS, then decorate and design their "blank canvas" with provided art supplies, according to a UCO press release. "The event is part of the increasingly popular TOMS shoes mission to provide shoes to children and families in need," the release stated. For every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, the company donates a pair of shoes through one of their many shoe drops throughout the world." "It's a great cause and I'm just excited to be involved in it," UCO student and TOMS college campus representative Natalie Torrey said. The shoes are $42 apiece, but because every purchase counts toward TOMS' "One for One" program, students are essentially buying two pairs of shoes for
$21 apiece. "Style Your Sole" is part of a semesterlong TOMS tour to universities in the southwest in which TOMS sponsors similar events at each campus, according to Torrey. Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS in May 2006 after traveling to Argentina and witnessing the poverty-stricken conditions in which many of the families lived, Torrey said. "He went through some of the villages ...where kids didn't have shoes [because] they couldn't afford shoes," she said. "He wanted to do something about it." Since its inception, TOMS has given over 10,000 pairs of shoes to children in Argentina and 50,000 pairs in South Africa, according to the TOMS Web site. The site also stated that TOMS hopes to give away 200,000 pairs of shoes in 2008 as part of their One for One program. Torrey said she expects "Style Your Sole" to attract at least a few hundred students throughout the day. "We expect [the event] to be really, really huge," she said. "Lots of people are excited about it." Torrey said she has been apart of the planning for this event since early in the semester and that UCO students should look for more TOMS events to come to campus next semester.
Staff Writer UCO health students started a series of focus groups this week about helping students on campus get healthier. These focus groups were organized by UCO's Health Promotion and Evaluation course, and they will run all week at various times. Students who are interested can visit the library. "I really encourage students to participate in these focus groups because I think that the overall goal is not only inspiring but reachable as well," Rachel Woods, president of Sigma Kappa and a student participant, said. "If we all work tOgether towards this common goal, anything is possible." The purpose of this research project is to retrieve students' perspectives on health and behavior during the one lour, Woods said. Woods also said that re earch from these focus groups will help :element a
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Festival brings cultures together By Abha Eli Phoboo
Senior Reporter The International Festival is a UCO landmark event that brings together the diverse culturesrepresented on campus. The 33rd festival is scheduled 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 30 at the Grand Ballrooms, Nigh University Center. With 18 participating international student organizations, this year's event has more countries being represented than ever before. "We broke the record, it's the first time that
so many countries are being represented at the International Festival," said Pakistan's Usman Irshad, chair of the festival's Organizing Committee. The countries or regions that will be represented are: Kenya, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Latin America, Japan, Nepal, India, Iran, Vietnam, Morocco and France. Each organization will have a display to share the uniqueness of their nations and the students will be dressed in their traditional clothes. The highlight of the
afternoon will be the cultural performances when nine of the participating organizations will perform songs and dances. Each organization will be judged for the titles of Best Display and Best Performance. "The event is entertaining and educational because we get to share our cultures and ways of doing things with other students," said committee member Dilshoda Sharifzoda, who is from Tajikistan. The organizers expect many visitors from in and around the Edmond community. Admission is free and open to the public.
Debate team brings home win The University of Central Oklahoma debate team recently claimed the fall 2008 championship title at Emporia State University's 53rd annual George R. R. Pflaum regional debate tournament. This year two teams of UCO students, Andy Casey with Chris Spurlock and Stacy Spomer with Avery Henry, made it to the semi-finals, with Casey and Spurlock coming out victorious as the tournament champions. "This was the first time we had two teams advance that far in this tournament. Having two teams close out the semi-final bracket is fairly dominating," said Eric Marlow, UCO debate coach. "This was the best performance that UCO has had at any tournament since the early 90's. The team continues to improve at every tournament and I can't tell you how proud I am of them. I am honored to have such talented debaters to coach." Over the topic of agricultural subsidies,
UCO was also recognized for excellence by winning four of the top 10 speaker awards of the debate. Casey, a senior political science major, placed 2nd; Henry, a senior sociology major, placed 6th; junior communications major Spurlock placed 9th; and Spomer, a junior sociology major, placed 10th. As one of the oldest co-curricular activities on campus, UCO debate is a tradition that began with a student-organized intramural debate league in 1898. The debate team continues the tradition of excellence established during the early years of the university, with UCO competing against debaters from Ivy League institutions and NCAA Division I universities such as Harvard University, the University of Oklahoma, Dartmouth, Georgetown University and the University of Texas, among others. For more information, contact Marlow at (405) 974-5564 or visit www.uco.edu .
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Assassination plot targeting Obama ended By Lara Jakes Jordan
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WASHINGTON— Law enforcement agents have broken up a plot by two neoNazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 88 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday. In court records unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn., federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school in a murder spree that was to begin in Tennessee. Agents said the skinheads did not identify the school by name. Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of ATF's Nashville field office, said the two men planned to kill 88 people, including 14 African-Americans by beheading. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community. The men also sought to go on a national killing spree after the Tennessee murders, with Obama as its final target, Cavanaugh told The Associated Press. "They said that would be their last, final act — that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama," Cavanaugh said. "They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying." An Obama spokeswoman traveling with the senator in Pennsylvania had no immediate comment. The men, Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ark., are being held without bond. Agents seized a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and three pistols from the men when they were arrested. Authorities alleged the two men were preparing to break into a gun shop to steal more. The two men were arrested Oct. 22 by the Crockett County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office. "Once we arrested the defendants and suspected they had violated federal law, we immediately contacted federal authorities," said Crockett County Sheriff Troy Klyce. Attorney Joe Byrd, who has been hired to represent Cowart, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday. Messages left on two phone numbers listed under Cowart's name were not immediately returned. No telephone number for Schlesselman in Helena-West Helena could be found immediately. Cowart and Schlesselman are charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to steal firearms from a federally licensed gun dealer, and threatening a candidate for president. The investigation is continuing, and more charges are possible, Cavanaugh said. The court records say Cowart and Schlesselman also bought nylon rope and ski masks to use in a robbery or home invasion to fund their spree, during which they allegedly planned to go from state to state and kill people. For the Obama plot, the legal documents show, Cowart and Schlesselman "planned to drive their vehicle as fast as they could toward Obama shooting at him from the windows." "Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt," the court complaint states. "Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt." Cavanaugh said there's no evidence — so far — that others were willing to assist Cowart and Schlesselman with the plot. He said authorities took the threats very seriously. "They seemed determined to do it," Cavanaugh said. "Even if they were just to try it, it would be a trail of tears around the South." The court documents say the two men met about a month ago on the Internet and found common ground in their shared "white power" and "skinhead" philosophy.
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Welcome to the special Tuesday edition of the restaurant review. We hope you read our Thursday edition every week, but for those who only read the Tuesday paper we wanted to reach out to you as well.
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UCO Hockey defeats No. 1-ranked Illinois By Melissa Dixon Staff Writer
History was made Saturday by the 13th ranked UCO hockey team skating past number one University of Illinois. The win ended the Illinois' 47 game winning streak. The Mini did not make it easy on the Bronchos upsetting them in a one goal win Friday night. The mood was set early on in the game. Both teams entered the ice with intensity, hungry to win. Eleven minutes in the first period Illinois put the first goal in. In period two UCO answered back two minutes in with a goal ending the period with a tie. During period three, the Bronchos did not waste any time taking the lead. In just the first minute Patrick Higgins put the puck in the net with an assist by Jason Thibodeau. This goal streak continued on by Thibodeau scoring on a breakaway ten minutes in the period. The last seven minutes of the game UCO played short two penalties and the Mini scored three more goals on UCO beating them 3-4. Going into Saturday night's game, the team knew they could defend the
champions. They focused on reducing penalties and taking opportunities going to the net. "We went back to our system," Coach McAlister said. Thirteen minutes in the first period Illinois puts the first point on the scoreboard. Five minutes later Mike Haszto scored the first goal for UCO assisted by Mike Glowa. Just a minute later Thompson scored against Illinois with an assist by Alex Jackson and Adam Hull. To add to the excitement Casey Smith scored with an assist by Glowa and Higgins with only eight seconds left in the period. Two minutes in the second period Illinois scored on a power play. UCO was left scoreless in the second period until AJ Alfrey scored with an assist by Erik Jansen with just a minute left. During the third period, UCO scored first. Tony Panizzo put the puck in the net with an assist by Smith two minutes in. Illinois scored on UCO 11 minutes later on a breakaway. Later, they scored another off a power play. "They're ranked number one for a reason and their power play is awesome,"
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Illinois' goalie being out and Jansen scored on a breakaway with 18 seconds left in the game, upsetting the champions in a 6-4 win. Coach McAlister said this win will give the guys even more confidence. "No matter what the score is, they can capitalize on mistakes and they can come back and win," Coach McAlister said. The win will also give bragging rights to the players. There are 13 players on the Bronchos from Illinois, so when they visit back home they have something to be extra proud of. In addition, the team defeated one of their former players. Rob Deubel, currently on the Illinois team, played with the Bronchos during their first season. UCO also moved up in the standings from No. 20 to No. 13 after the American College Hockey Association Showcase. The third ranking of the season will be released on Nov. 7 where UCO hopes to be ranked in the top ten. UCO will visit Arizona State University on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The Bronchos will be home Nov. 7 and 8 against Texas A&M.
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Quarterback Brandon Noohi sneaks in the ball Saturday for a touchdown during the third quarter of the Broncho's homecoming game against the Midwestern State Mustangs. The Bronchos beat the Mustangs 38-33.
In true horse race, Bronchos outpace Mustangs, 38-33 By Kaylea Brooks Sports Editor
The Bronchos outran the No. 25 Midwestern State Mustangs for their fifth straight victory this year. UCO stampeded Midwestern in the first half,gaining a two-touchdown lead early on. The Bronchos triumphed with the 38-33 win. UCO came out strong in the first quarter, preventing the Mustangs from scoring while scoring two touchdowns themselves. Wide receiver Kendall Hendricks caught the first touchdown pass at 13:07 in the quarter. At 10:08, the Mustangs fumbled, which was recovered by Kenneth Pointer, denying the Mustangs an offensive try. DaMarean Pullen ran in a touchdown at the end of that offensive drive, making the score 14-0. The Mustangs rallied together in the second quarter and scored a touchdown at 10:49. The game remained scoreless until 02:51, when linebacker Terry Hardeman made a 69-yard interception return. Midwestern promptly answered with a touchdown at 2:37, but with a failed field goal. UCO made one last drive for a touchdown at the end of first half, but settled for a field goal kick by Chad Susman. The score was 24-13 at half time. The Mustangs scored early on in the third quarter with a field goal and the Bronchos struggled to make an offensive try. At 02:26, Brandon Noohi ranin a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, MSU turned up the heat and scored a touchdown at 14:36 with a two-point conversion and three minutes later they also scored a field goal, making the score a close 31-27. With six minutes left in the game, Noohi
ran in another touchdown. The Mustangs scored one last goal at 03:40 and failed at the conversion. UCO failed to make another score, giving the ball to the Mustangs. But a game winning sack by Tucker Cason and a couple of penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct gave UCO the ball at five and goal. UCO prevented MSU from scoring, but did not score in the last few seconds. The final score was 38-33. Cason's sack angered the quarterback, who got a penalty, which in turn angered another player into a personal foul. "[The] D-line just opened it up and I thought, game over. Coach Holland's the man," said Cason on the sack. Pullen led in rushing yards with 69 and he also received the most passes with six for 21 yards. Daniel Morrell received three for 77 yards and Rick Montgomery received three for 59 yards. On the defensive end, Terry Hardeman made an astounding 16 tackles and also had a sack, Marcus Martinez made 12 tackles and shared a sack with Micah Howeth, T.J. Shaw and K.C. Asiodu both had 10 tackles and Matt Gates had nine tackles and two sacks. Cason had the game winning sack, Ellis White helped Jermelle Cudjo on a sack, Cudjo had one and a half sacks and Mike Reed also had a sack. Head Coach Tracy Holland was very pleased with the win. "They were a nationally ranked team and it was a huge game. We're taking it game by game, week by week and we're getting better," he said. Next week UCO will play their final home game against East Central on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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