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Pre-Law Society welcomes OCU speaker

Sorority adresses male student struggles

Ryan Costello

Tiffany Brown stqgW riter

Staff Writer

The University of Central Oklahoma Pre-Law Society will host a special guest speaker at its monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 4. Bernard Jones, a representative of the Oklahoma City University Law School, will be speaking at 4 p.m. in room 124 of the Business Administration building. Jones works as an admissions officer for OCU's law school and will be informing students on the necessary steps to gain entry to law school. These steps include entry tests, recommendations and other preparations. Dr. Marty Ludlum, the faculty adviser to the PreLaw Society, believes that the most important role of the student-led group is to help produce successful graduates for future law practice. His office's walls were clad with various awards, degrees and two spare sports coats, Ludlum see PRE-LAW , page 6


Volleyball Check out Allison Rathgeber's photos from the UCO v. East Central University game.


The Huddle Check out the past episodes of The Huddle, a sport's talk show featuring; Dylan Buckingham, Dan Peed and Chris Wescott. COMING UP ON NEWSCENTRAL Check out Zach Jacob's segment, Going Green to Save Green and his tips to be environmentally friendly while saving a buck.


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In this photo from the Spring 2009 commencement ceremonies, a girl celebrates graduation with the word "out" taped to her cap. Many graduating UCO seniors have made the decision to stay in Oklahoma.

From UCO to who knows where Tiffany Brown s,„flii rite r Walking barefoot across the sand and feeling the cooled waves of the ocean, washing away the sand particles at sunset or sunrise on the coast has become part of the charm in places such as South Padre Island or San Francisco. Even in cities that are not near or require a long drive to the ocean, manmade lighting and attractions in cities such as Raleigh and New York, which overpower the shadows of darkness at night, are enough to entice students leave a state like Oklahoma. • For some individuals, Rodeo Drive in California or Times Square in New York, to name a few, have become the place where legends can be seen or where legends are made. While the charm of many big cities in the United States has lured Oklahomans away from the state in the past, economic strains across the nation have recently taken away that lure. APsources have reported California, Texas, and North California as the top three states attracting college graduates as residents.

Several University of Central Oklahoma seniors and college graduates have not been overcome with symptoms of what is called "brain drain." Brain drain is considered to be the migration of skilled or educated people from one place to another. Some of the reasons that contribute to individuals leaving for other places include better jobs, better opportunities or better pay, among other reasons: Many seniors, though, have made the decision to stay in Oklahoma. "Oklahoma and Texas have done relatively well economically, considering the last year or so," Joseph Lopez, a University • of Central Oklahoma graduate said. Lopez said he would not consider moving to a state like California due to its economic state, but he would consider moving to Texas. "It's not good, but it's not bad," Lopez said about the economies of both states. Other students are saying big city life has not lured them away from Oklahoma. Christa Copeland and Brook Taylor, seniors who are graduating in December, said they were going to stay in Oklahoma where they could

find jobs and build networks. Seniors such as Sharday Kay have cited family as a reason for not leaving Oklahoma in hopes of succeeding in life. Regardless of the reasons why UCO students are deciding to stay in the state, the statistics are showing that Oklahoma is one of the most stable states during the economic downturn. While cities such as Los Angeles, Orlando and Detroit have been suffering major losses due to the economic downturn, Oklahoma has remained steady. Unemployment, foreclosure, the loss of job security and other issues that are causing great concern among United States citizens have not yet affected Oklahoma on the scale that is affected other states. Overall cost of living has been below the national average. In lieu of the recession, Oklahoma City has been ranked 12 out of 200 and Tulsa 47 out of 200 on "Forbes Best Places for Businesses and Careers" list. For those who do make the decision to leave, the risk of leaving may or may not outweigh the benefits to staying in Oklahoma.

Sean Smith: (1976-2009) Troy Smith: (1922-2009) Amy Sinnell Stahl I ther

The physical plant at the University of Central Oklahoma lost a coworker and friend this past weekend. Sean Lee Smith was headed off to do some plumbing jobs on Saturday morning when a car pulled out in front of him near the MacArthur and Northwest Expressway intersection, Tom Barmann, Smith's supervisor, said. When he swerved to miss the vehicle, he lost control of his truck and crossed the centerline. He was ejected from the vehicle and killed at the scene. Smith worked at the physical plant for what would have been "four years to the day" on Monday,

Carol Overton, a secretary at the plant, said. In those four years, Smith earned a reputation as an "extremely good worker" and a "good friend. Everyone that ever worked with him will miss him," Barmann said. Anne Hayhurst, whose husband, Lloyd Hayhurst, worked alongside Smith, said, "The whole physical plant is really shook up about it." Smith's coworkers gathered Monday morning when they got to work to hear the news, and a candle was placed on his desk in remembrance, Anne Hayhurst said. They also went and "placed wreaths at the scene and said [their] prayers," Barmann said. According to Barmann,

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weeks earlier and ending one week later.

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Roger Webb said in a statement. Staff" I rites "He and his wife, Dollie's, generosity shines Troy N. Smith Sr., found- in the bright futures of our er of Sonic Drive-in restau- students who benefit from rants and a major contribu- the opportunities they have tor to UCO, died Monday helped create here. The Oct. 26 at the age of 87. Central family grieves with Smith's restaurants Dollie, Troy, Jr., Leslie and raised money for the Troy the rest of the Smith famSmith Lecture Hall in the ily at his loss, and is glad to Business Administration have called this Oklahoma Building that was built over pioneer a friend," twelve years ago. "He truly believed in this Smith also donated $3 university and his legacy will million in the value of stock continue to live on through shares to the university. the lives of all the students At the time of the donation it was the' largest unre- he touched with his generstricted gift the university osity and leadership," Anne had received, according to Holzberlein, vice presiAdrienne Nobles, director of dent for Development and marketing and communica- Executive Director of the UCO Foundation, said. tion at UCO. Memorial services will "Troy Smith's impact will be felt at the University of be held at First Christian Central Oklahoma for years Church of Edmond on to come," President W. Friday, Oct. 3oth.

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While programs on the University of Central Oklahoma campus have focused on the plight of women and the barriers that imply they are the inferior sex, one sorority is taking the time to address the struggles male students on campus may face. In particular, UCO's Delta Sigma Theta Inc. sorority, Iota Omicron chapter has begun an initiative to reduce the amount of underachieving black males on campus. Iota Omicron held a two-part series of the Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) initiative earlier this week. The idea to host the EMBODI initiative began when the Iota Omicron president attended a regional conference, Stephanie McCurdy, secretary of the chapter, said. It was presented to the chapter and the members liked the idea. Yet it was not until she attended a campus event that made her pursue the idea of hosting an event that would empower males. The event had 50 to 60 participants, McCurdy said, but only two of the participants at that event were male. She felt the lack of participation from men on the UCO campus was a problem that needed to be addressed. "This was not an issue that could be ignored," McCurdy said. No other Greek Panhellenic sorority on campus had attempted to cross gender lines and address the issues concerning males on a large scale, she said. The athletic program was the only program that made strides to deal with issues concerning men, particularly men in sports, she said. She began by proposing the idea of creating an EMBODI program and speaking with officials in the athletic department at Hamilton Field House. The next step for McCurdy was not just simply proposing the idea, but putting it in writing. She explained how the Delta Sigma Theta sorority faced many barriers while attempting to bring the EMBODI initiative to the campus. "I knew that if I could see SORORITY , page 6






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MANAGEMENT Laura Hoffert, Editor-in-Chief Kory Oswald, Managing Editor Caleb McWilliams, Copy Editor Chris Wescott, Sports Editor

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Copy editor's excursions: The finale Caleb McWilliams Cop) Editor

At this point in our neverending story, Kitchen Lake Bridge had become a sort of tourist destination. Like the Spencer tours, a trip to KLB was as common as a trip to Taco Cabana. In other words, these excursions were at least a weekly staple. My best friend Nick and I had scripts for KLB: "And to our left, you'll see the witch's burned-down house. And to your right you'll notice a wide variety of dead animals littering the curb." We had cool and calculated background music for KLB. We began with the standard of mostly stringed soundtracks from various horror films to set the mood and ended with Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" to alleviate our feigned fears. There were designated routes of scary sightseeing, following the paths of those KLB trailblazers of lore. In those capitalistic times, there were snippets of creepy things to satiate our audience. We had periodic demon dogs with perpetually lit eyes. These dogs feared nothing, and would calmly approach a car just to stare at its passengers. We had cars on this desolate and gravel road seemingly appear from nowhere and slowly approach our car with no regard for safety. My friend Alex saw a silhouette at the top of the hill, and though no one quite believed him, I distinctly remember feeling watched before he mentioned the figure. Once, while exploring the streets parallel to KLB's yellow brick road, my car inexplicably began making awful noises, as if the tires had popped. Of course, terrifying (and expensive) noises are not the type of sounds one likes to hear from his or her car in nowhere's middle. I quickly changed roads and the noise disappeared. A second time on that road to see if the noise was related to the pavement (or dirt, as it was) yielded no noise. These simple but undeniable evidences kept the legend of Kitchen Lake Bridge alive. The creepy church was a flash in the pan. Spencer was nothing but a fad. KLB must have been the real deal. I must admit the fun in retelling old ghost stories in the midst of this uneasy urban oasis. Though there was some exaggeration and (albeit funny) fabrication in our stories to our passengers, there was never a disrespect for some truths. There really was a foundation for a house no longer there. There really had been malevolent hillbillies. There really was ghost mist, demon dogs, ghostly footsteps, dead animals and a palpable, pervasive atmosphere of fear. However, regardless of the Internet claim, there was no beer-tossing headless bear. To keep up the legendary KLB's fame, and to further scare our jaded selves, Nick

and I periodically would go down to Kitchen Lake by ourselves, if only to make a quick stop. There were always interesting places to explore and the full reach of the road beyond the closing had never been completely walked. Other friends who had gone down to KLB had told stories of appearing rocks, appearing people and disappearing friends beyond the closure. For all Nick and I knew, no one had ever made it fully down the road to its end or another intersection. Old cartographers, Nick and I would probably designate that uncharted stretch of road by writing "Here be monsters." Since it had been at least two years since first discovering Kitchen Lake Bridge's story, I'm a little disappointed that none of us had ever thought to go around the road closure and take a parallel road to "the other side." This mythical other side could have a portal to a demon dimension, the pot at the end of a never-present-in-KLB rainbow, or the 10 to 12 piles of perpetually smoldering piles of tiles, dolls, clothes and toys. It had to be discovered at any cost. Nick and I decided to visit KLB one afternoon and this time planned to go around the closed road to see what we could see. I don't remember having the highest expectation of any payoff, and really thought we were probably going to just see trees, dirt and dirt. We never thought we would stumble on an actual bridge at "Kitchen Lake Bridge." Seeing a bridge on the "other side" of "the road" at "Kitchen Lake Bridge" was as surreal and magical as seeing Prince Charming's castle in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or Dottie's explosion in Armageddon. Past a wall of dilapidated closed road signs and thick brush, Nick and I finally found the broken-down truss bridge of Kitchen Lake. Only about half of the wood planks making the roadbed remained while the rest of the frame had begun to fall into disrepair. We slowly walked to the ditch the bridge spans, and without going down noticed an enormous amount of trash littering the creek below. Trash is always interesting, so we tried to peer down carefully to see any interesting stuff. Instead of interesting, we saw disgusting. There was a recently dead dog lying on the shore of the creek. Its head was mostly intact, but the rest of its body was open and obviously decaying. After seeing that dog, we had no desire to go down into the ditch. That would be scary, seemed like it would be disrespectful in some way, and it probably stunk terribly. "Caleb, I think there's another one over here," Nick quietly said after looking around some more. In fact, there were two more newly dead dogs lying on another side of the ditch. All three looked to be in the similar state

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Past these two dilapidated closed road signs and thick brush lies the bridge of Kitchen Lake. Though the Vista's copy editor had been out to "Kitchen Lake Bridge" dozens of times previously, it was not until he and his best friend discovered three canine corpses under the bridge that it was apparent the safe scares of Kitchen Lake Bridge were actually despicable disgusts. of decay, and from what I recall all three seemed to have been groomed and taken care of at some recent point. Kitchen Lake Bridge immediately fell from being a safe scare to a depressing disgust. As we drove away, we noticed a shallow grave with a "tombstone" to some pet and further down found another dead dog on the side of the road. I called animal control and told them about the dead animals. A few days later, Nick and I drove back to the bridge to see if the animals had been removed, but they had not been. Several weeks went by before Nick and I felt all right about going back down to KLB with friends. With two or three other friends, we parked my car and walked a mile past the closure on our "original" side of the bridge. I had real fears that time of my car being harmed in some way, and was very uneasy the whole hike. We made it to the bridge as no one we knew had done before, though there was little joy in our accomplishment. Everyone knew about the dead dogs and was uneasy about looking into the ditch from the edge. We slowly looked around the ditch from our newest perspective and did not see any dead animals. Satisfied and ready to return, we all began to walk back to my car when we heard a long and loud honk of a white truck on the other side of the bridge. If my feet had an accelerator beyond my will, I would have slammed on it. We all raced back in the direction of my car, fearful that whoever was in the truck would speed back to my car to wait for us. The sun was setting and the driver and passengers of the truck could have been malicious or mischievous locals. Everyone quietly ran or walked briskly back to my

car, trying not to think of the possibility of the white truck waiting for us when we got back. As a final anti-climatic relief to the saga, there was no white truck waiting for us. There was no more ghost mist nor ghostly footsteps, and though there were a plethora of dead animals, no more oddly acting "demon dogs" showed. Even today, though, that sense of overwhelming fear still hangs over KLB. Whether it's because of the stories told by me, the experiences talked about on the Internet, the eerie environment, or a true supernatural cause, my friends continue to visit the bridge at Kitchen Lake for the thrills it is still providing. Though thorough, these past three episodes have not touched on every single experience me or a close friend has had at the creepy church, at Spencer or at Kitchen Lake Bridge. It seems to me that part of the fun is in your own imagination and possible experiences. The other stories I could give about the witch's bruised ego and the toppled chimney stack, living gargoyles along a Spencer road or consistently different windows and lights at the creepy church would only diminish your personal enjoyment of the thrills and chills offered in your own backyard. I'd like to mention that in part two I erroneously mentioned that Nick was without a significant other at the time as I was. He was, in fact, with an "other." Additionally, my friend Kolt has mentioned that he believes the apparent timeline in part one is incorrect. And I'd like to stress, as Michael Jackson would, that these stories in no way endorse a belief in the occult, "for no mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller."


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UCO alumnus returns as Music Theater director White said his experience at UCO helped him succeed, and swill! iilzr hopes to pass it along to his students. University of Central "I am invested in them, and Oklahoma alumnus Dr. Greg passionate for the craft, " he said. White returned to UCO as the "I want to see them succeed in new Music Theater director and whatever direction they take." producer of Broadway Tonight In a recent press release, UCO series. President W. Roger Webb said, White graduated from UCO "Greg's talent, success and prowith a B.A. in Music Theater in fessionalism continues to make 1992 and then remained at UCO us all her very proud. His accomto work on his master's in 1993. plishments speak to the value of White said when he graduated a UCO degree. We are so pleased with his Music Theater degree it he is returning to share his gifts was new program at UCO. One with us, to mentor and develop advantage that students today our talented students while prohave in the department is the ducing quality entertainment for connections that they make with the Edmond and Oklahoma City other students. Metro communities." "When I graduated, I didn't The Broadway Tonight series have the connections that our began 11 years ago when President students have today," he said. Webb arrived to UCO, and it has "Students who are freshman meet presented Broadway shows such juniors or seniors that can help as "Hello Dolly," "Grease," "The them when they graduate, and Music Man" and more. It has then they know someone who even presented popular entertainPhoto by Byron Koontz has already been in the business ers such as Shirley Jones, Roger three or four years in New York Greg White has returned to UCO as the Music Theater Director and producer of Brodway Williams and Debbie Reynolds. to help." Tonight. As a 1992 alumni, White holds a B.A. in Music Theater, the following year, he began White hopes to integrate He spent to years in New York work on his master's. the department and Broadway City performing and touring on Tonight Series so students can Broadway throughout the nation. tricity of New York," White said. University developing their music White advises his students to work with professionals and talWhite starred in Broadway "But Oklahoma is a good place theatre curriculum, but then have direction and to be yourself ented artists. national tours such as "State to be." "Its really phenomenal of what returned back to Oklahoma after in a tough career. Fair," and "Forum" and regional "Be the best you can be," he they [Music Theatre students] are He held the position as the the passing of one of his favorite theater. Music Theater director between professors and mentor at UCO, said. "We prepare them realisti- capable of," he said. He is also an award-winning 2002-2008. During this time he Tamara Long. cally, and advise them to have the playwright and director, and pre- directed Oklahoma premieres "Tamara was so spiritual," he three D's: drive, determination miered in his one-man monodra- at UCO such as "Steel Pier," "A said. "She worked with her stu- and discipline. Talent is a given, Vista Writer Jenefar de Leon ma as Jimmy Stewart in "Stewart New Brain," "Jane Eyre" and dents in ways to help them dis- but to have the three D's will can be reached at & Son," a major influence and the "Spitfire Grill." White left for cover themselves. I hope to emu- help continue and further your jdeleon@uco360.corn. favorite performer of White. career." a year to work at Texas State late her style of teaching." "I love the energy and the elec-

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A firsthand story: Vista photographer's roller derby ride lifelong friendships. them from other players. A common misconception about rollAt any time of play there is one jamPhoto,,,, a/A,/ mer, three blockers and one pivot on the er derby is that it is a staged competitrack. Each game has eight, one-minute tion without any real sport between the "I can't remember what life was like long play periods per quarter with a five- competitors. Being a member of the Red beftfoller-p_erby7,Emily 141 tmยงfijd:s- rri rate MC1X-Mttri:s ,an d a -kipirl Rebellion myself, I know this to be completely untrue. wheri - asked how she felt about roller twenty-minute halftime. The halftime allows the women to Every practice we have involves us derby. "I absolutely love this sport, and all work on strategy and take a break to pushing our bodies to what we think is the girls on my league. We have man- cool down, while allowing their, jeer- our physical limit and then some. We leave practice soaking in sweat aged to create some pretty awesome leaders to entertain the crowd by dancing, cheering or even performing stunts and aching in muscles we didn't know friendships." we had. Yet we always come back for Murray, who during the day is the on the track. creative director and layout editor of a The Red Dirt Rebellion began in June more abuse and injuries. Red Dirt Rebellion will be bouting local motorcycle magazine called Ride . 2007-with the combined efforts of Suzi Oklahoma, is known on the track as Uzi, Smackety Anne and others who the Route 66 Roller Girls from Amarillo Suzi Uzi and is one of the co-founders before had only flat-track experience this upcoming Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at and a coach of Oklahoma's only banked- but managed to raise the over $40,000 the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma track roller derby team, The Red Dirt dollars needed to build their very own City. The Roller Girls are a flat-track team Rebellion. banked track. Red Dirt Rebellion has a team of over and this will be their first bout on a Banked-track roller derby consists of three different positions on a track at 25 people and only a few came to their banked track. The game is sure to be a crowd pleaser one time: the jammer who is the point first practice knowing how to skate. scorer, the blockers, who help block the As everything is, with hard work and with a special halftime show planned by opponents so the jammer can score and dedication, the derby women get better the jeer-leaders and an afterparty held at the Prohibition Room in Oklahoma the pivot, who is a blocker but can switch the more the put into it. Roller derby is a competitive sport City directly after the bout where the places with the jammer if they choose. The jammer and pivot wear "Helmet that allows women of all ages to get Red Dirt Rebellion women will be autoPhoto Provided Panties" which are stretchy covers made out on a track together and skate their graphing and answering any questions Suzi Uzi, one of the co-founders and coachfrom spandex to help their teammates frustrations and problems out while also about the bout. es of Red Dirt Rebellion started the team in and the referees quickly distinguish getting a good work out and creating

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The UCommute council and the office of Commuter Student Services at UCO has arranged for restaurants in Edmond to participate in a donation night Tuesday, Nov. 3, in honor of Commuter/Non traditional student week. To participate, students must present a coupon at the participating restaurants, which includes Chili's, Rib Crib and Freddy's Frozen Custard. The restaurants will donate 10-percent of their sales. Rique Meyer, a manger at Rib Crib on Broadway, said they have been opened for less than a year and thought this would be a great way to bring in more business. "Tuesday is All-you-can-eat ribs night, so the more the merry," Meyer said. Nathan Box Coordinator for commuter services said a goal of the UCommute council was to get the organization of ,the year award and a missing piece was philanthropy. "We wanted to do something selfless and

help others out," Box said. The UCommute council and office of Commuter Student Services will donate all proceeds to the University's Department of Transportation and Parking Services with the purpose of buying more bikes for the Bum-a-Bike program. The Bum-a-Bike program began two years ago with 10 bicycles. The program currently has 50 bikes, and plans to have 50 additional bikes assembled and ready at the beginning of the spring 2010 semester. "Donations like this are absolutely vital to the programs growth," Tim Tillman, the coordinator of alternative transportation at UCO, said. "I love Nathan Box." Tillman also said the program hopes to eventually have 200 bikes available for students. To get a copy of the coupon go to http:// www. u co. edu/ucommute/coun cil. html Vista Staff Writer Tivanna Harris can be reached at THarris@uco360. corn.

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Michelle Powell (Speech & Language Pathology, Freshmen) sits outside her shack playing guitar. She is part of a group of friends that decided to volunteer. "I don't think a lot of people ge the chance to witness or experience this type of thing. It's not even close to the real deal," Powell said, when asked about why she volunteered.

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I asked him if he really thought homeless people had cozy five-by-five foot shack's, with tons of blankets, a Nintendo Wii, a heater and a television. "Well, we don't have to be completely homeless," Jared Epling, a Senior studying Special Education, said. "We are trying to imitate the home7 less, and raise money." Clubs, sororities and fraternities are raising money for Feed the Children, and raising awareness of poverty. The Shacka-thon started Sunday at 3 o'clock and Will end Thursday at 3 o'clock. Epling said he has raised approxiMately $16 so far. Considering the thousands of students that have passed by his shack in the past two days, they are not achieving anything. I feel that these sororities and fraternities are just out there, sitting in their comfortable shacks, playing games with each other, without actually creating any awareness about true poverty. I walked by and saw the students laughing and enjoying each other. I (lid not learn anything about poverty or how I can help people who live in poverty. Not every student was out there just playing around. One student, Raegan. McPherson, was not sitting down doing homework or playing gaMes. She was standing outside of her shack in the cold air. Her shack was simple, nothing fancy or luxurious. Four non-descript cardboard walls connected with tape. Raegan, a Freshman Nursing major, volunteered herself and six of her friends to participate in the Shack-a-thon. Raegan said they call their group "Make the Change". "We are seven. girls who want to make a change in the world, Raegan said. "We want to learn and grow as women, make a difference in the world and make the lives of others better."

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Kaitlen Sanders shows off her paint-stained hands from helping out with the shack.

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Along the grey sidewalks surrounding the University Center sits a shantytown. A series of shacks sit peacefully, tarps blowing in the crisp fall air. Walking by, I was unable to tell if the faint but distinct smell was coming from Broncho Lake or the occupants of this newly created village. Standing close, I could hear the change clanking repetitively in the cups as the beggar hands shook form the cold. It sounded like the nickels pouring into a bucket after winning the jackpot—minus the bells and excited screams. What I was experiencing, it turns out, was not a result of urban decay and poverty. Rather, this was UCO's annual Shack-A-Thon held to raise money for poverty awareness. Fraternities, sororities, and groups of friends alike participate in this even to bring awareness of hunger and poverty is in America. Staring down the row of blue tarped roofs, a burst of color caught my eye. It was the bright orange roof of the

Sigma Pi Lambda shack. Outside was Megan Rivera, a sophomore nursing student, holding a sign asking people to donate. "Obama is not the only one that wants change" was written the slightly soggy piece of cardboard. The shack stood up well considering the materials it was built from. Old pizza boxes, broken pieces of wood, and blankets comprised the walls of the temporary dwelling. "We actually went dumpster diving for our materials," Rivera said. "The only thing that was given to us was the metal poles, and one of our girls brought the tarp." The weather proved to be a challenge for all groups. With lows in the lower 4os, it was a struggle to stay warm. "I have on so many pairs of tights right now, its not even funny," said Rivera. At night the shacks really begin to come alive despite the cold. Groups start selling hot chocolate and apple cider to other tent dwellers in an effort to stay warm. "When you wake up you can't go back to sleep because you're so cold," Jenny Earizele a freshman nursing major said.

Trash bags and tarps whip in the cold wind on the makeshift shacks that line the UCO campus walk way. Freezing students huddle either inside:: their hand built homes or just outside in their warmest winter clothes. A sign perched atop one of the shacks reads, "I don't want your money, I want change." These UCO students began their quest for change on Sunday, Nov. 25 at :3:06 p.m. It is not just a sorority or fraternity thing, it is an everybody thing. The "Shack-a-thon" requires participating teams of 8 to 10 to build their shack out of whatever they could find. Students immersed in piles of blankets to protect from the frigid weather, are actually able to see just how horrendous the homeless. life really is. "It makes you realize how lucky you really. are, and take advantage of your surroundings," Jenny Parizer, an 18-year-old nursing student, said. Parizer and her teammate, Tori Landsaw, got together with seven other friends in their dorm to participate in the event. Rotating on a shift schedule, the girls relieve each other when one has class. The girls also take turns spending the night, due to the rule requirement that a team member must be within 25 feet of the shack at all times until the end of the event on Thursday. Oct. 29, at noon. The girls take their role very seriously, even deciding to fast for the week in order to truly know hunger. All of the "homeless" contestants sit with their cups or buckets begging for change, in the form of money and opportunity. Landsaw said the funniest thing about the event was passerby's reactions. "People will turn their heads and pretend not to hear you, or they just say no," Landsaw said. When I dropped a dollar worth of change in their almost empty cup, their gratitude made the tiny gesture seem monumental. I learned that although the deed may seem small, it could mean a world of difference,

Students were taking turns spending the night in the shacks to beat frigid temperatures, but others were staying the entire five days. At night the Pikes start singing a ritual song. "shack-athon, shack-a-thon" can be heard. The groups are not limited to just one shack. Sigma Pi Lambda, Alpha Z and the Pikes have multiple tents. "It's fun to compete against our other sisters even though the money is all going to the same place," said Rivera. The rules of the Shack-A-Thon read that groups may not spend more than $50 in additional supplies to build their shacks. While most every shack seemed to comply with this, the ones featuring heaters, TVs, and a Wii seemed to be missing the point of the demonstration. No matter the lesson learned, the outcome is still the same. Students are bringing the poverty issue into the spotlight and raising money for scholarships. Maybe the soggy cardboard sign was telling the truth. Obama is not the only one who wants change—UCO students do as well.


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ALL STORIES SUBMITTED BY DR. TERRY CLARK'S FEATURE WRITING CLASS Stacy Cohrs I got down on my hands and knees. I was wearing black dress slacks and high heels and began crawling through a tiny entrance cut out of cardboard. I sat crossed legged on the cold cardboard floor and looked at the amazing construction that had gone into building the shack that I was sitting in. The watchman at that time was Samantha Marlof a sophomore at UCO. As she set her pink laptop to the side I began to ask her the twenty questions that were popping into my head. "Someone always has to be in the shack," Marlof said. "Normally three people stay every night." This wasn't the kind of shack you see down town or in the movies. This shack was a mansion, like the kind you see on MTV Cribs. The shack had a wooden frame covered with brown cardboard boxes that had graf-

Tiffany Phillips spv,i, 11 The clinking of coins against the plastic buckets and the wind against the blue tarps are the first things you hear upon walking out of the University of Central Oklahoma Student Union. "Do you have any spare change?" one guy yells as I walk by. This may seem like something you would see in downtown Oklahoma City after dark, not a college campus. This week is Poverty Awareness Week at UCO. All of the organizations participating have containers to collect donations from pedestrians that will go to support Feed the Children. The students started building their temporary homes on Sunday, Oct. 25, and will remain here until

fiti all over. It was topped with a blue tarp to keep the rain off. This mansion had a queen size blow up mattress with blankets and pillows and even electricity for any device imaginable. This mansion sat on wooden pallets so the rain could flow underneath. "Obviously this place is nicer than what homeless people have," Marlof said. "This is still a wake-up call to how homeless people live." A couple of times there was a 'clunk, cling, clunk' of the chattering change outside in a can and Samantha would say "thank you." I couldn't see the can but I could tell they probably needed a few more coins if they wanted to raise the most money. Samantha is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and they participate every year in the UCO shack-athon. Seven Sigma Kappa girls joined three Pi Kappa Alpha boys to build the shack. There are over a dozen shacks along the side walk by Broncho Lake with students begging for

any spare change. Before each organization built their shack they were educated about the Feed the Children organization. They also received $50 to buy building supplies for their shack. "Well, I nailed a few boards together but the boys did most the work," Marlof said. "Compared to last year's Shack-a-Thon the shacks are massive." I kept scanning the shack looking at the drawings that Marlof said they draw when they cannot sleep. Then I noticed there was a schedule taped on the wall with everyone's information and times to be there. Samantha explained to me how they never get bored being in the shack. It is like a constant party people walking by and people to talk to. These people were intense on the begging but were not fully living out the homeless experience. Some had play stations and a heater. It almost looked better than my two-bedroom apartment.

Today, Oct. 29 at noon. While many students gave their tents a homey feeling by bringing TVs, video games and space heaters others are trying to experience being.homeless in a more realistic way. "We are keeping it legit," Matthew Koehn, a senior broadcasting major, said. "We have blankets and a flashlight, that's it. It's more like something you would see in Hooverville." Koehn and his group from Baptist Collegiate Ministries are sporting the smallest tent in the lineup. While many have new tarps and crates, this group gathered all recycled lumber and plastic. As I sat with Koehn many students passed by, they seemed almost scared of the people surrounding them, "Most people just ignore us," Stephanie Greenway,

a senior and humanities major, said. "Except one guy gave us a twenty. That was cool." The tents are so close together and go so far down the sidewalk some students feel that by the time they get to the mid dle, they have nothing left to give. Another downside is that many students do not carry cash on them to school. "It's too bad we can take debit cards," said Koehn. Walking away, I noticed student in their tents studying, playing video games, watching movies and talking. The experience of being "homeless" is one that all the students talk highly of. Many students said they would be more inclined to give change to homeless people after seeing how hard it is to live this way.

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A man sleeps on a sidewalk wi th a potato bag used to support his head and a thin orange quilt to cover his dirty bare feet. Like a child with his security blanket, this is home. A fe'vv feet down another Mall sleeps more comfortably with a blanket for his mattress, a quilted blanket for his comforter, a backpack for his pillow and a coffee cup used to collect spare change from bystanders. For him this is home. However, as I walked down "Shackville Lane" in front of the Nigh University near Broncho Lake, UCO students bring awareness to homelessness in Oklahoma with their homes made of lumber, cardboard boxes and trash bags. The students are given a $50 dollar budget to build their shack and groups of 8 to to stay in shifts for one week. Students emulate the homeless by sleeping on

airbeds, mattress and he i ng entertained with video games, guitars, huge kick box speakers and a sound system. Warmed with beaters and king SIN comforters to prepare them for the cold front that is soon to come. They dn't forget their bo ,:es of cookies, chips, candy and other perishable foods that they have. Their homes are more like cabins or tents tOund at campsites. "We are students and have to study and we have to have some accommodations for that,"Shiloh Lap, a nursing student, said." One shack, the smallest of them all, was "Going Green" with a but that sat one person. Made from cardboard and tape covered with heavy-duty trash bags and a sign that read "SugarShack," the shelter used electricity and a guitar sat on the outside. With good intentions the students of UCO try

to bring awareness to homelessness and hunger by spending a week living outside. Alterations made in order to accommodate their lives as students who need to study, he entertained, have heat and be comfortable. They beg for food as students pass them. Some use more a creative approach by selling hot chocolate • and apple cider. One student will draw your picture for a donation, The creative signs the say you have Spare Change" or "Obama is not the only one who Ivants change" lure students for their support. All proceeds are given to Feed the Children. The challenge of living homeless and being hungry could never be emulated. However, the efforts of this annual event is to be commended. But for the men, women, and children that live on the city sidewalk every day this seems like paradise.

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Jay-Lee Stow (Undeclared - Freshmen) occupies a shack to help out her sorority. "I'm just here on my free time to help," Stow said.

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Michelle Powell (Speech & Language Pathology, Freshmen) sits outside her shack playing guitar. She is part of a group of friends that decided to volunteer. "I don't think a lot of people ge the chance to witness or experience this type of thing. It's not even close to the real deal," Powell said, when asked about why she volunteered.

This week the students of UCO are participating in Poverty Awareness Week by raising funds and awareness for homeless people. There are groups of 8-10 people from different organizations around campus living life as homeless people in shacks outside of the Nigh Center. "Everyone builds there own shacks," said Collin Slater, Psychology major. The students are have one member of the group in there shack at all times and other team members are to stay within 25 feet of their shacks during their shifts.

On Tuesday starting at noon the students involved may participate in a fast for day to experience what it is like to be hungry. The students who are participating in the fast may only drink water for 24 hours. "It makes you realize how lucky you are and that people are living life like this and makes you realize to take advantage of your surroundings," said Jenny Parizek, nursing major. Jenny Parizek and Tori Landsaw, Speech Pathology major are in the West Hall group. There are 9 girls in the West Hall group. Both Parizek and Landsaw will be fasting this week. "The life of a homeless person," Landsaw saw

explaining that they have to sit outside their shacks and ask people walling by for funds for homeless people. Landsaw said that it was shocking to see the other students walk by and not acknowledge them or give them any attention. The people walking by the shacks will turn their heads to the other side to avoid making eye contact. Perhaps those students who avoid contact will make the students participating in Shack-a-thon realize even more what it is like to live homeless. How many times do we sit in our cars and pass by not helping those on the street?




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Former prof's children continue scholarship Ryan Costello .stan 11


A former UCO professor and head football coach's legacy will live on thanks to his children's generosity. Keith Ball and Donna Hirst, the children of long-time UCO faculty member Dr. Phil Ball, donated the funds necessary to fully endow and continue to offer three scholarships established by their late father in 1993. Keith Ball, now a semi-retired photographer, remembers his father as a man who dedicated himself to best representing the university that he served for nearly half a century. "Our father had such a deep love for UCO and all that it stands for," Keith Bell said. "My sister and I wanted to continue his legacy as a coach and teacher by endowing the three scholarships that he founded years ago." Hirst donated the funds from Iowa, where she is on staff with the University of Iowa library. Phil Ball began his career with UCO in 1964 as the head

coach of what was then the Central State College football team, where he amassed an impressive 82-46-6 record in 13 seasons. Among the ranks of those ho coached were 9 All-Americans, three future NFL draft picks, and three that would eventually be honored as Central Distinguished Former Students. Phil Ball was inducted into the UCO Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. After retiring as head football coach in 1976, Phil Ball continued his UCO tenure as a professor, teaching in what was known as the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance department. He continued his teaching career until 1993, finishing it with the creation of three scholarships. Phil Ball died in 2008. One attendee of Phil Ball's memorial said a full house was on hand to pay their respects. "He was a wonderful coach, friend and family man," she said. "[Phil Ball] was a driving force in [his students'] lives." The three scholarships that Phil Ball established were a representation of his achievements while at UCO. The

awards offer financial assistance to those who have ambitions to follow in his coaching footsteps, and also students who are preparing promote health and well being through education. The Phil Ball Football Coaching Fund is awarded to students who aspire to coach football, the Phil Ball Athletic Coaching Fund benefits future coaching hopefuls in any sport, and the Phil Ball Sports Lab Fund is for students who display academic excellence in the area of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Three students received $500 each toward their tuition for the fall 2009 semester. Bryan Freeman, a family and child education major and assistant on the UCO football coaching staff, received the Football Coaching Fund. Kourtnie Fitzgerald and UCO baseball player Luke Yost, both physical education majors, received the Sports Lab Fund. Vista Staff Writer Ryan Costello can be reached at rcostello @uco360. corn.


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enthusiastically spoke about the PreLaw Society that was idle in the years prior to his arrival at UCO. Ludlum aims to book speakers who he believes will best discuss "things students need to prepare for." [It is important] to let them see what their career options are." Ludlum said. Ludlum looks to expand the Pre- Law Society's role for prospective students. Among other events on the horizon include potential undergraduate participation in mock court competitions and a conference for pre-law students in Chicago. Ludlum, who has also served UCO as professor in the university's department of Law Studies since 2008, is regarded I'd Pother 8e2oob:ljt as a creative and resourceful educator on BURT RENTALI campus. Ludlum is among those in charge of the university's Transformative Learning through Travel program, which champions the theory that "some things cannot be learned by books. Some things must be experienced." Ludlum has taken students to overseas locations including Belgium, China, Photo by Byron Koontz Italy, England, France and Greece. Dr. Marty Ludlum, faculty adviser to the UCO Pre-Law Society, stands in his office r,o) Cis a

The travel program also has three upcoming trips for 2010. During spring break, the group will experience the cultural and economic aspects of Paris, France. In May, the travel program plans to explore New York's financial district. In August, Transformative Learning will track America's roots in the law systems of Dublin and London. Openings still remain for students who are interested in the New York and Ireland/England trips. The UCO Pre-Law Society is committed to "further fostering and enhancing interests in activities relative to the legal profession." They hold meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m., which usually include a guest speaker and complimentary refreshments. Students of any major are permitted to attend. Vista Writer Ryan Costello can be reached at .

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SORORITY do this it would in a sense become monumental," McCurdy said. Eventually, she got the support she needed to hold the EMBODI program campus. "Every coach signed off on it," McCurdy said. After the written proposal gained support from the athletic program it was sent to UCO President W. Roger Webb. After a few days, Webb signed off on the program. "We were really excited because we knew a small chapter could do big things," McCurdy said. "That's what we were trying to prove to everybody." Since then the Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters have worked diligently to promote the program, she said. The two-part series began Monday, Oct. 26 in the Hamilton Field House and the last session was held Tuesday, Oct. 27. "Turnout surpassed all of expectations due to the hard work from everybody in the chapter." McCurdy said. The sorority was only expecting 15 males students to attend but 30 students participated.

Continued from page 1 "It was a way of empowering without speaking," McCurdy said. The EMBODI program was about getting black male students involved on campus to increase their GPAs and their opportunities for succeeding in college, she said. "We want them not just on campus surviving, but thriving," McCurdy said. Iota Omicron didn't just want to host a paneled event, she said. The group wanted a forum that would serve as a solution to the problem of under-achieving males on campus. Part of the solution included uplifting black males. It gave them a way to find camaraderie among students who are going through the circumstances in college. "It's really imperative that they know the values of themselves," McCurdy said. "I really want people to know that while we may be a group of nine girls...we make a powerful impact," she said. "Though we may be small we have completely dedicated ourselves to the reformation of this chapter," she said. McCurdy said the success the sorority has had with the


program can in part be contributed to their faith. "God is opening doors that we thought as a group of eight girls we couldn't do," she said. "We have strived and achieved record-setting goals that many wouldn't think possible for us." She spoke about the level of influence the sorority is striving to achieve. "We are not wanting to reach out only to Greek life but to the campus as a whole," McCurdy said. "God has truly given us this confidence to break down obstacles we once had and to instill lasting traditions that needed to be on this campus in the first place." "With that being said we still strive to wear our letters with humility as our chapter president is always reminding us to do," she said. "We stand on our Christian Principles strong." Vista Writer Tiffany Brown can be reached at .

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Smith worked with five other plumbers who became a family to him. He faced many obstacles in life, but "always stayed positive" and maintained a good work ethic. When he came to work at UCO, he started off as a plumber's helper and was promoted to plumber within I year, which exemplifies his determination and dedication. When he was given a project, he took an interest in it. He really cared about what he did. If not for the accident, `he would have been with us for a long time," Barmann

said. Because of his hard work and "attention to detail," the projects Smith worked on will still be here at UCO for many years to come, Barmann said. Smith had just bought his first house and was engaged to marry Sabrina Nickels, who along with her two sons, Jacob and Logan Nickels, was living with him. "It's hard to put into words how good a person he was," Barmann said. Smith was 33 and is survived by his ten-year-old son, Sean Austin Smith.

Sean Lee Smith's funeral service will be held Friday, October 30, at 3 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Cemetery located

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Central Alert notifying students in case of emergencies Amy Sinnett staffil , ther

In case of emergency, the University of Central Oklahoma has a notification system in place called Central Alert. In the event of an emergency, individuals who are enrolled in Central Alert will be immediately notified via any medium they have registered with the system. This includes home phones, cell phones, e-mail accounts and pop-up messages on campus computers. Instructions are also provided with the notification telling the recipients of the message where to go and what to do. This service has been available

to UCO students for "three to four years" now, Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, Vice President for Information Technology, said. Central Alert was established

because UCO wanted to have different methods for notifying students of emergency situations, which Rolfe defined as "anything that threatens harm." UCO was one of the first higher education institutions in the state to put a notification system like Central Alert in place. Currently, most universities across the state provide this service, Rolfe said. Unlike other schools, however, UCO is very careful about the nature of the messages they send. "We've got pretty strict rules," Rolfe said. "We don't send just

any kind of notification. Central Alert is reserved for emergency information." Other schools use their mass notification systems to update their students on school activities such as sporting events. The problem with this is that an urgent notification may then be overlooked, Rolfe said. When asked how many students are registered with Central Alert, Rolfe's reply was concise: "Not enough." One of the problems with the system the IT center has encountered is that those who are enrolled with Central Alert often change their phone numbers and 'fail to edit their contact informatiOn. The most important thing stu-

dents should know about Central Alert is that "you're not going to get ally messages if you don't subscribe," Rolfe said. UCO students, faculty and staff members can register for this service through UCONNECT. On the home page, the "My Central Alert" option is located under the "Central Alert - UCO Emergency Notification System" at the top of the page. This is the same tab where subscribers can edit their information. Notifications also include items such as school closings and late openings, but tornados are excluded. This may seem odd, but it is because there are so many students in the database that it would take too long to get

the message to everyone soon enough. This traces back to the structure of the system. The way it works is that authorized UCO officials send the message to the company who then sends the message to everyone in the database. Registrants are reminded that their information is protected by a privacy policy. Subscribers must opt-in for text messages and weather alerts, because for some text messages are not free. It is important to remember that Central Alert is not the only method UCO uses to inform students and that people should also pay attention to other forms of notification, Rolfe said.

State agencies face monthly budget cuts OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State agency budgets will be cut 5 percent each month through June because of declining state revenue caused by low oil and natural gas prices and the economic downturn, Gov. Brad Henry and legislative leaders said Tuesday. Henry also said if conditions don't improve, state leaders will have to dip into the constitutional Rainy Day reserve fund to balance the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30. The fund, which would be tapped to prevent deeper cuts to important educational, health care and public safety programs, contains about $600 million. "As governor, I have scrupulously guarded the Rainy Day fund so that we have a safety net in place when Oklahoma faced a true emergency," oma Oklah Henry said. "With revenues continuing to decline and important services facing larger and larger cuts, I believe we are facing such an emergency." Five percent cuts in state agencies' monthly revenue allocations were implemented in August and have been imposed every month since. The most recent cut reduced budget allocations for October by about $21 million. The state has also used $130 million in cash transfers to support state agency

operations since July 1; that money must be replenished before the end of the fiscal year. Officials said cuts to state agency budgets would have been far deeper without tapping into cash reserve accounts.

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has declined each month since January when compared with the same month a year earlier. Henry, House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, and Senate President Pro Tern Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, said they had hoped to see revenue improvement in September, a historically strong collection period. But figures made public earlier this month indicated that revenue fell short again. "With no immediate signs' of rev-

enue improvement on the horizon, we think it is best to inform agencies that the 5 percent cut will continue so they can plan their budgets accordingly," Henry said. "We know the cuts will cause additional hardship for agencies and programs, but given the short-term fiscal outlook, there are no good options available." The governor said state leaders will have a better idea of the overall revenue outlook when the Legislature convenes in February and will have more infor-

mation to address the revenue shortfall. Coffee said uncertainty about future revenue makes further reductions appropriate for state agency budgets. "We will continue to be conservative in our budgeting processes and look for waste or duplication in government services," Coffee said. Benge said he hopes the 5 percent cuts will bring state spending on taxpayer services more in line with the state's revenues. "I am hopeful those cuts will be enough, but I have been listening to Oklahoma economists and business leaders who fear the economy may not rebound anytime soon, which may mean deeper cuts will be needed this fiscal year," Benge said. "We must work to find the delicate balance between deeper cuts and use of our savings fund to ensure we balance our budget this year," he said. But Benge cautioned against depleting the Rainy Day fund because of the likelihood of "continued declining revenues into the foreseeable future." State agency budgets will be cut 5 percent each "We cannot use the Rainy Day fund month through June because of declining state as an ATM," he said. revenue caused by low oil and natural gas prices and the economic downturn, Gov. Brad Henry and legislative leaders announced Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Campus Events State Sen. Connie Johnson To Visit, Oct. 28

Ongoing, Upcoming United Way Events

To RSVP, contact the Office of Commuter Student Delta Sigma Theta will host "Spotlight on Politics: Taking Services at 974-3655, or Room 115, Nigh Central's 2009 United Way Campaign, "Moving Forward Together," is coming to a close, but there are a Action in Your Community" at 7:13 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. University Cenwter. For more information, contact Nathan Box, coordinavariety of fun, diverse, eclectic and inventive events, both 28, in Room 211, Nigh University Center. tor of Commuter Student Services, at 974-3655 or nbox@ ongoing and upcoming. State Sen. Connie Johnson will be the keynote speakVisit to er. `Struggle for the Future of Higher Education' learn about Wednesday's Anchors Aweigh Day, Thursday's Webinar, Nov. 3 Farewell Reception for Rodney Bates, Oct. 29 car wash with Chief Jeff Harp, and Friday's duck race and Halloween costume contest. The Faculty Enhancement Center, the American Housing and Dining Services will host a farewell recepIn addition, Transportation & Parking Services is rais- tion for Rodney Bates, Commons Hall director, from 1-3 Democracy Project, and the Transformative Learning p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Commons Clubhouse. Cake Team will host a webinar on civic agency and young ing funds that may result in shaved heads and bears. and punch will be served. Bates has represented UCO as a people entitled "Agents and Architects of Democracy: The Struggle for the Future of Higher Education" from 2-3 Other exciting activities include "penny ways" and a student and professional for more than five years. p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Room loiA, Administration. raffle for "Celtic Woman" concert tickets. `Moments with Delta,' Oct. 29

Parking Lot Closure, Oct. 28-29

Parking Lot No. 54 will be closed Wednesday—Thursday, Oct. 28-29, for a First Christian Church function. Chess and Games Club Meeting, Oct. 28

`Older Wiser Bronchos' Meeting, Oct. 30

•The UCO Chess and Games club will meet from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Room 211, Liberal Arts, for casual gaming, Club members will play a variety of horror-themed games in honor of the season. New members are always welcome.

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Delta Sigma Theta will host "Moments with Delta" at 7:13 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Carl Albert Room, Nigh University Center. Business professional attire is required.

The Older Wiser Bronchos Student Organization will hold their second meeting of the semester at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3o, in Room 312, Nigh University Center. Bring a lunch and join the discussion about issues and programs concerning UCO's nontraditional student population. The Older Wiser Bronchos Student Organization is a student group comprised of nontraditional students who meet on a bi-monthly basis to discuss issues facing their community and to plan programs/services to meet those needs. For more information, contact Nathan Box, coordinator of Commuter Student Services, at 974-3655 or nbox@ Fall Family Day, Oct. 31

The Office of Commuter Student Services and UCOMMUTE. Council will host Fall Family Day at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Parkhurst Pumpkin Ranch, located at 720 Henney Rd. in Arcadia. For $10, the entire family will be treated to an afternoon of food, corn mazes, petting zoos, hayrides and much more.

Harry C. Boyte, founder and co-director of the Center for Democracy, will lead the webinar. He has authored eight books on democracy, citizenship and community organizing. Barbara G. Burch, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western Kentucky University; Edwin Fogelman, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Minnesota; and Vijayendra Rao, lead economist in the development research group of the World Bank, also will participate. Seating is limited and registration is required at or 974-5544. State Sen. Andrew Rice To Visit, Nov. 9

"Lunch with a Policy Maker" featuring Oklahoma State Sen. Andrew Rice will be at noon Monday, Nov. 9, in the Cherokee Room (Room 213), Nigh University Center. To register for the lunch and policy discussion, visit

Contact Sarah Warren at 974-2822 or swarrenll@uco. edu or Mickey Hepner, Ph.D., at 974-2829. Time Update: Safe Trick-or-Treat Night, Oct. 29

West Hall Council will host its annual Safe Trick-orTreat Night from 6:3o-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in West Hall. Contact Sheri Edwards, West Hall director, at 9744170 or for more information.

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Bronchos hope to trample winless Tigers Chris Wescoll

four times on the ground. The Bronchos are stacked Sports Editor in the receiving corps with Last season UCO thumped the Ryan Gallimore, Daniel East Central University Tigers Morrell, Matt Jackson and 30-17 at Wantland Stadium. The Kendall Hendricks all having Bronchos are looking to make it over 200 yards through the the second year in a row but this air this year. Gallimore has time UCO will play the Tigers 46 receptions for 543 yards in Ada, Okla. on Saturday. UCO and six touchdowns. Morrell is 2-7, heading into this contest, has 524 yards on 37 catches while the Tigers are a winless, and five scores. The Tiger's defense has 0-9. Last week the Bronchos had been anemic this season, their comeback efforts crushed letting up over 300 points by No. 17 Midwestern State this season. That is over 33 University. UCO made the game points per game on average. 14-14 early in the first half but the They are also allowing a 4.5 Mustangs hit a scoring run and yards-per-rush average, and rode it all the way to their 43-16 over 171 yards per game on the ground. It is the pass drubbing of the Bronchos. For the Tigers, last week almost game that has really hurt the put them in the win column. ECU Tigers this year. ECU has took SWOSU down to the wire, allowed over 395 yards per Photo services but ended up losing the game game this season, and let by UCO wide receiver Daniel Morrell looks to make a move on a SWOSU defender in the Broncho's 19 passing touchdowns. 14-13 on the road. On defense the Bronchos last home game at Wantland Stadium. The Bronchos travel to Ada this weekend to take on the Central Oklahoma matches also have the upper hand up well offensively against ECU. 0-9 East Central University. Leading the way for the Bronchos in this one. The Tigers have is quarterback Brandon Noohi only scored 92 points in the has eight touchdowns to eight also know how to get to the quar- game will be broadcasted on 1340 who has thrown for 2221 yards entire season. They average 10.2 interceptions. terback. UCO has 18 sacks this AM Fox Sports Radio. and 13 touchdowns. Noohi has points per game. The Tiger's leadyear and 16 quarterback hurries. The Bronchos have been espealso rushed for 343 yards and six ing rusher has only rushed for cially opportunistic this season Freddie Harris leads the team Vista Sports Editor Chris touchdowns this season. Jason 374 yards this season with only with 17 interceptions. Leading the with three sacks. Wescott can be reached at two touchdowns. Quarterback Palmer leads the team in rushing Central Oklahoma and East way in that category is Giorgio cwescott@uco360. corn. Josh Phillips is only completing with 562 yards on the ground. Durham with six. Caleb Prince has Central kick off at 6:00 p.m. in 46.8 percent of his passes and Palmer also boasts a 4.8 yardfour on the year. The Bronchos Ada, Okla. this Saturday. The per-rush average and has scored has thrown for 935 yards. Phillips

Soccer gets tenth shut-out this season Steve Vidal Sports [triter

The UCO Soccer team picked up a huge 2-0 victory over conference rival Midwestern State Sunday afternoon at Wantland Stadium. The win puts the Bronchos in control of their own destiny in the Lone Star Conference. If they win their final two matches, both at home, they will win the conference regular season title and host the Lone Star Conference tournament. The victory was the tenth win by shut-

out this season for UCO and the seventh but we did not create a ton of chances for shutout victory at home. The team came as much as we were attacking." The team's off of a nine-day break after beating East second goal came at the 31:25 mark of the second half when Beth Helm knocked in Central 6-o in Ada, Okla. on Oct. 16. The Bronchos wasted little time scor- her second goal of the season assisted by ing the first goal of the game on a Katelyn Kelsey Springstead off a rebound. Megan Riley, who has received the bulk Cropp shot from right of the goal 20 yards out less than four minutes into the first of the playing time this season in goal half. It was Cropp's seventh goal of the for UCO, had another strong performance season and the team's defensive star Alli turning away all four Midwestern State Miller picked up her first assist of the sea- shots on goal to pick up her eighth shutout this season. son on the play. MSU outshot the Bronchos 5-3 in the "We really pressured a lot and we really attacked a lot," Head Coach Mike Cook second half but the UCO defense led by said. "We obviously scored two good goals, Miller, Dominique Dinka and Summer White held strong. "At this point in the year you got to be consistent for 90 minutes," Cook said. He was happy with the team's overall effort but thought they could have been more consistent in the second half. As the team heads down the stretch they will also have to deal with the loss of one of this season's top offensive players Brittni Walker, who is likely out for the rest of the season with an injury. Cook was happy to see some different players contributing to the offense in the game against MSU. The win puts the Bronchos' record at

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6-2 in the conference and 12-5-1 overall. After the game last Sunday UCO had 18 points in the conference, one point ahead of Abilene Christian and two ahead of West Texas A&M. With the loss Midwestern State dropped to 5-3 in the conference with 15 points. Lone Star Conference teams receive three points for a conference win and one point for a tie. UCO now has two crucial final regular season games, both at home. The games will likely both be played at Wantland Stadium due to season-long drainage problems at the newly renovated Thompson Field. The Bronchos take on Texas A&M Commerce tomorrow at 4 p.m. and close out the regular season Sunday at 1 p.m. against Texas Woman's University. Wins in both matches guarantee UCO the outright conference championship and earn them the right to host the conference tournament Nov. 5 through 8 in which the top six regular season teams qualify. Vista Sports Writer Steve Vidal can be reached at svidal@uco360.corn.

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UCO soccer is on a roll, getting their tenth shut-out of the year this week against Midwestern State. UCO plays Texas A&M Commerce and Texas Women's University this week to determine which school will host the Lone Star Conference Tournament.


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No. 9 Bronchos seeks redemption against No. 1 Lions Chris Wescott Sports Editor

On Sept. 18 and 19 the UCO Bronchos and Lindenwood Lions faced off on the ice in Edmond. The Bronchos dropped both of their games against the No. team in the nation by a cornbined score of 15-1. It was a very disappointing weekend for the Bronchos, but one that would launch them forward into the 2009 season. Since that weekend, the Bronchos have been undefeated at a cool 9-o. UCO is also undefeated against ranked opponents in that nine-game stretch, going 4-o against teams in the top 25. Now the surging Bronchos get a shot at redemption when they travel to Wentzville, Mo. this weekend for a top ten showdown that pits No. 9 UCO against No. 1 Lindenwood. The buzz around the series is Photo by Byron Koontz almost palpable in the UCO locker room. The Bronchos are eager for a second chance to prove they Goaltender Justin Sgro [above] awaits a shot by an Indiana player last weekend. The surging Bronchos have won nine straight since dropping their season opening series to Lindenwood. can beat the best of the best. The Bronchos will attempt to upset the undefeated Lions this weekend in Wentzville, MO. "We would really like to prove that we can play with anybody in the league," Kevin Bergquist, It will definitely take confidence goals per game. They take over the Bronchos have changed since freshman forward said. "We have and a certain swagger to upset games early, scoring 63 of their that opening series. a second chance this weekend "We are a completely differthe high-flying Lions. Jansen said 85 points through the first two that we need to take advantage that confidence comes from head periods, while only allowing 14 in ent team than we were opening of." coach Craig McAlister and has the first two periods from oppo- weekend, but I think all the guys In the past, UCO has worn the moved through the entire team. nents. But the Bronchos are not are looking forward to the weektitle "giant killer" as they have "The confidence starts with the scared of the challenge. In fact, end, Jansen said. beaten teams with high rankings As for preparation, the coach and filters down through- they welcome the task before. But team captain Erik "The matchup against Bronchos are looking at the series out the entire team," Jansen said. Jansen said this year it is a little "We are determined to not have Lindenwood for our team is like any other game. But when it different. a repeat of our last games versus going to be a true test of charac- comes to beating the number one "It is definitely an opportunity ter," Matt Cohn, UCO captain, team in the nation, captain Matt the Lions." for the Bronchos to make a stateLindenwood is undefeated with said. "Since losing two games to Cohn said the team will need to ment," Jansen said. "I wouldn't a 14-0 record. They have demol- Lindenwood our first weekend of work hard and stay disciplined. say we are looking at it as giant "Our team is a veteran team ished teams--a11' season long, out the year, our team has won nine killers. We are confident in our scoring the competition 85-24. straight games, and we are look- with lots of skill and experiteam." The Lions ing for some redemption against ence this year," Cohn said. "We have seen the best over the years are averag- the Lions." Jansen mirrors the sentiment and now it is our turn. To beat ing over six

Lindenwood we are going to have to take the game to them. Attack) hard on offense, have all five guysi. play smart defense and work hard; as a team." "We are definitely world hard this week," Beigquist "We know LindenWood is the idp' team right now and we can't bring anything less than our 'A' game if we want to win." The Bronchos will be bringing a strong group of offensive players into Missouri this weekend. UCO now has five players with over 10 points on the season and 21 players with at least one point. Jacob Roadhouse leads the way with 18 points on the year, eight of which are goals. Jonathan Cannizzo has 17 points, with io goals on the year. Justin Sgro is having a standout year in net for the Bronchos stopping 91 percent of shots made on him. The goaltender boasts a respectable 2.63 goals against average. On the Lion side of the ice, the offensive attack power is outstanding. Lindenwood has 12 players with over to points on the year. 17 different players have scored at least a goal this year. In goal, Robi Cavallari and Chris Abbott are doing a fantastic job this year of keeping opponents off the scoreboard. Cavallari has a 1.27 goals against average and is saving 95 percent of shots. Abbott has a 2.10 average and saves roughly 94 percent of shots. Both are undefeated as goaltenders. The Bronchos and Lions have face off at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night and play at 4:0o p.m. on Saturday night. Vista Writer Chris Wescott can be reached at cwescott@uco360. corn.

Broncho women's basketball preview LSC Conference favorite UCO takes the court No. 10 Steve Vidal

right away. Stark is a junior forward and transferred from the University Sports Writer of Texas-San Antonio. Sophomore A new season with lots of promise forward Savannah Hamilton who is a is here for the UCO women's bas- transfer from the University of Tulsa ketball team. The team, ranked nth is also a newcomer to watch. Among the freshmen are guard Jill nationally in the Division II Bulletin Bryan from Copan, Okla. and guard preseason poll, is also a heavy favorRachel New from Northeast High ite to win the Lone Star Conference North Division title for the third School in Oklahoma City. "Get better everyday and keep straight season. They received 17 of building on our program," Hardaker 21 first-place votes in the Lone Star Conference North preseason poll that said on the team's goals for the season. ballots coaches, sports information The team starts out the season missing directors and other people from the a couple players. Alex Richardson and Taylor Allen are both out with knee media around the division. "The team has a lot to learn at this injuries. Richardson is a two-sport stage," Head Coach Guy Hardaker athlete at UCO and her knee injury has said. "We have five new faces and sidelined her for the remainder of the everyone is trying to feel their way season in her other sport, volleyball. Hardaker wants to see the team into their roles for the team." Last season the team went an improve on defensive fundamentals impressive 27-6 advancing to the from a team-wide standpoint. On the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. The other side the coach said that skill level Bronchos have three returning start- and experience should be the team's ers, but also will be working some new biggest strengths this season. "Considering the injuries at the post faces into the lineup. Senior guard Rose Anderson is position we will make considerable expected to lead the charge for the changes," Hardaker said of the coachBronchos. She averaged 9.8 points ing adjustments the staff will make and 3.0 assists last season. Ashley early in the season compared to last Beckley looks to be the team's pres- year. This season the early schedule is ence in the post averaging 11.8 points a tough one. UCO will be away from and 4.7 rebounds last season. home for their first io regular season Big things are also expected from games. They will not play their first senior Cristina Yarbrough at the point guard position. She averaged 9.6 home game until Jan. 5, nearly two months after the season starts. points and 4.5 assists last season. In the Lone Star Conference North Jordan Stark leads a list of several git newcomers expected. to contribute Division, Northeastern State and Southeastern Oklahoma stand to be

the biggest threat to the Bronchos winning another division title. West Texas A&M and Tarleton State from the south division look to be UCO's other biggest competition in the race for the top team in the entire conference. UCO opens the season Nov. 10 at Oklahoma City University for an exhibition game. They then travel to Pittsburg, Kan. for the regular season opener against Pittsburg State. After the io straight road contests including a couple of tournaments, the Bronchos will finally play their first home game on Jan. 5 against Texas A&M-Kingsville. The game will be the first of a three home guys for UCO including a game against another conference rival West Texas A&M. WTAMU ended the Bronchos' season last year in the NCAA Tournament and also handed them a tough loss in the Lone Star Conference tournament championship game. "It's always good to get off to a good start, but this team will be better in March," Hardaker said. If everything falls into place Broncho fans will see their team competing for a conference and national championship when March rolls around. •

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