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Christ, Muhammad, Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna and Zoroaster are all representations of the attributes of God on Earth. They are not manifestations of the same soul, but unique messengers that are manifestations of the same God. This is what the followers of the Band'i Faith believe. They incorporate the religions of the world and claim that each one is a different interpretation and explanation of the same thing. Photo by Vista Staff The independent religions of the world come Students walk by trash and rained out huts Thursday Oct. 29. Shack-A-Thon could prove to be more from one God and that costly than effective God sends his representasee Baherf, page 6

FASA kicks off month of celebration Emily Davis Staff TVriter

November marks Native American Heritage Month and students as well as the community are encouraged to attend events and "recover the lost culture." UCO's First American Student Association and Multicultural Students Services are partnering to host a number of events in honor of this month. President ofFASA Mark see FASA, page 4

Shack-A-Thon leaves its mark, for better or worse Ryan Costello Steil niter

UCO held its annual 'Shack-a-thon' last week, in the hopes of raising funds and support for those experiencing the struggles of poverty and homelessness. Now the university's celebration of Poverty Awareness week has come and gone, leaving one last question: Have the efforts of UCO's volunteers and workers paid off? Last year, Shack-A-Thon raised nearly $2,500, mostly in change, through 'panhandling', or begging. Thus far, earnings from this year's event have gone uncounted, lying in wait for one last donation from the Best Buy corporation. Once the donations are tallied, they have to go somewhere, and that place isn't just the pockets of the homeless. This year, the primary recipient of the Shack-a-Thon donation will be Feed The Children, a non-profit organization that provides needy youths with food, clothing, medicine and other necessities. Who is the other

group receiving UCO student donations? Well, UCO students, of course. An as of yet undetermined percentage of the Shack-A-Thon nest egg is going right back to the student body in the form of scholarships, which would be lost without the financial aid from the event. In addition to the financial gain, there was also the visceral effect of nearly 4o makeshift 'shacks' lining Broncho Lake. Each of these temporary homes was made on a budget of $50 and scrap wood donated by UCO's Volunteer Service and Learning Center. VSLC Director Josh Krawczyk hoped the presence of so many students living in these 'shacks' would be "impossible to ignore." The sight of so many student-built structures would make for a lasting image, but perhaps not completely the one that organizers had in mind. The weekend following Shack-AThon, and even as late as the Monday afterward, remains of the since deconstructed housing units could be seen scattered about the sidewalk leading to the Nigh University Center, includ-

ing some floating along Broncho Lake. During the event's final hours, weather conditions were unfavorably cold and wet, which may have led to a somewhat hasty clean up. As for whether UCO's grounds workers thought students could have done more to help in the event's wake, both Physical Plant Director Mark Rodolf and Landscaping Supervisor Adam Rogers—wen- unavailable to comment. Although this year's earnings haven't been tallied, and the aftermath has left UCO staff with an extra handful of work, Krawczyk noted leading up to the event that Shack-A-Thon's benefits can't be quantified simply by financial gain. Just as important to Krawczyk is the enhancement of UCO students' appreciation for what they have and their understanding or those who have significantly less. "It is an important, experiential way for Central students to understand the meaning of civic responsibility and community engagement." Krawczyk said.

UCO student Dance Company at Mitchell Hall Nov. 5-7 Dance Jamie Jacobson. The dance lenefar de Leon authors new will portray her mother life's story.. bill The UCO Kaleidoscopes Dance StaffIlii ter.

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UCO and other Oklahoma college students may no longer have to fear the prospect of jury duty next year if legislation penned by a current Central Broncho is passed. At 21-years-old, UCO student David Jenkins is in the midst of pushing a bill through the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature and the Oklahoma Student Government Association that would spare many higher education students the inconvenience of a jury summons. Jenkins' bill is based on legislation written by Oklahoma State Representative Marian Cooksey that granted reprieve from jury duty see JENKINS, page 3

Company will debut their fall concert on Nov. 5 - 7 at 7:3o p.m. in Mitchell Hall Theater. "We are excited to have Mitchell Hall back," Tina Kambour, assistant director of Dance said. "It has been under renovation, so we are glad to be able to perform there again." The 25 members of the company will perform jazz and modern dances. There will also be an array of different dances such as ballet, tap, hip-hop and African pieces choreographed by Anne Blasdel, Michelle Moeller, Hui Cha-Poos, Emily South and Tina Kambour. Tickets to the Kaleidoscopes concert are $4 for UCO students, $14 for adults and $io for seniors and non-UCO students. UCO will also welcome R.A.C.E. (Radical Application of Creative Energy), the first professional jazz company in Oklahoma and local ballroom professional dancers. "It's nice to showcase other dancers in the region," Kambour said. One of the performances being premiered, "At a Glance," is a personal story of UCO Director of

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The dance department will also be hosting the UCO High. School Day of Dance for young dancers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 where there will be a questionand-answer session regarding dance auditions and UCO scholarships. The dancers will also tour the campus and see what UCO has to offer. The event is $50, and it will include tickets for the fall concert. The concert on Nov. 7 will conclude the UCO High School Day of Dance as well. The program allowed young dancers who were at least 12 years old to take four master classes and learn about UCO dance program offered. Kambour said this is an opportunity for young dancers to work with UCO faculty and dancers. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 405 - 974 - 3375. "I hope the audience enjoys the wide array of dance styles, Photo by Allison Rathgeber performed by our talented students," Kambour said. " They have The UCO Kaleidoscopes Dance Company worked really hard throughout the will host their fall concert on Nov. 5-7 in semester." Mitchell Hall Theater at 7:30 p.m.

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Just as bills are passed through the Senate, an Oklahoma senator passed through the University of Central Oklahoma to educate students about the legislative process. Sen. Constance "Connie" Johnson spoke to UCO students as a part of Delta Sigma Theta Inc's "Delta Week." She began her presentation by explaining how she became an elected official. From the beginning of the campaign she had to overcome obstacles, including raising enough money to run. She explained how she went door-to-door introducing herself to the community. Although she gained support, many donors supported the candidates she was running against. Johnson said she had see SENATOR, page 3

UCO wins three against SWOSU Steve Vidal .s,,„,ys 11

The University of Central Oklahoma volleyball team used a balanced effort on Thursday, Oct. 29 to defeat Southwestern Oklahoma State in three straight sets 25-10, 25-20 and 25-22 at Hamilton Field House. The win was the team's third victory in a row. It became the second crucial victory in a four-game, home stand series to close out the regular season. UCO hammered SWOSU in the first set and played solid in second and third sets to prevent SWOSU from overtaking them. "We have a lot of good players, and as long as our setter just spreads it around and everyone plays defense like we're supposed to we'll win games," Kristen Wilson, a junior outside hitter, said. Wilson had a big match hitting .471 with only three errors on 17 attacks. Zuela Adorn performed well once again leading the team in kills with 13 and committing only four errors on 26 attacks and see VOLLEYBALL, page 7

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torial ... the Tulsa World said the Legislature "made a mistake" in Oct. 29 Edi lora' page 10A cutting taxes: "Perhaps taxpayers Class-envy rhetoric is a horse would rather have their tax cuts — that's still ridden long after the steed probably equivalent to a few bags of groceries a year — than see that has died. We're continually told that state essential state services continue to government is suffering due to tax operate." Brown's class-envy argument cuts that benefited only the wealthy. doesn't make it onto the track This is pure partisan rhetoric, a thorbecause Oklahoma's highest peroughbred being mounted well past sonal income tax rate kicks in at a the time its legs stopped moving. very low income level. Yes, the more State revenues are hurting not you make, the more you benefit because of tax cuts but because of from tax cuts. But you also pay the economic pressure, particularly the most in taxes. downturn in energy prices. Taxes on an income of $65,000 a "Just a few years ago we enacted the largest tax cuts in Oklahoma year are about $500 a year less now history, which provided a windfall than before the modern-era tax cuts. for those who needed it least and That's enough to buy more than a hampered the state's ability to pro-. few bags of groceries. State revenues are hurting not vide our most basic public services," said state House Democratic Floor because of tax cuts but because of Leader Mike Brown of Tahlequah, economic pressure, particularly who was addressing cuts to senior the downturn in energy prices. An improvement in the economy, and citizen programs. A protester at a state employee particularly in energy prices, would rally ... said the state "should not reverse the slide and provide the have cut the tax base." In an edi- state more money to fund essential

services. Most Oklahomans, not just state employees and senior programs, are suffering from the downturn. The public sector must join private-sector workers in riding out the recession. Now more than ever, the average Oklahoman needs extra money to buy groceries, money provided by those tax cuts the Legislature "made a mistake" in passing. As Gov. Brad Henry has said, the state would be on the same track today had the tax cuts not been enacted because appropriations would have been at a higher level when the downturn hit. And if tax cuts are to blame, why has California been so aggressive in cutting senior programs? State taxes there are $4,517 for every man, woman and child, compared with $4,001 for the nation as a whole. By this measure, California ranks loth in the nation. Yet it's in far worse straits than Oklahoma. Apparently it's much easier to nag about tax cuts and beat a dead horse than it is to put your money on reality.

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Oklahoma Sen. Jiin Inhofe stands out like a heretic in a world in which political correctness has become its own religion. One of the chief tenets of this new faith is that manmade global warming will be the ruination of us all. Inhofe is on a one man cmsade to debunk the idea. It doesn't matter that the "global warming" vocabulary is subtly being switched to "climate change," and for a very good reason. There is some question about how much, if any, the earth is still warming despite ever increasing carbon emissions. Political correctness is not con-

cerned with facts, only in agreeing with the majority. Louis Pasture had the same problem with the scientific community of his day who refused to look in their microscopes at smaller than the eye could see bacteria that were causing illnesses. Inhofe says if Congress passes the "cap and trade" bill currently on the table the resulting tax increase will be astronomical. The kicker is, even if it is passed and implemented, reduction of carbon dioxide emissions would be infinitesimal. Worse, passage would mean even more manufacturing jobs would go to Mexico, China and India where emissions restrictions are even less stringent than they are in the United

States. When cap and trade legislation first cleared the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, Sen. Inhofe was confident it would never make it through the Senate. In December he is attending the United Nations conference on global warming in which, he says, other member nations will attempt to force America to join in an international treaty. He thinks this, too, will see defeat. We hope his confidence is well founded and that one day global warming/climate change is seen for what it is — a politically correct and toothless boogeyman we don't need to bankrupt ourselves over to fight.

CAMPUS UOTES Do you believe in abortion rights? Abby Whittall Junior Child Development

Frank Patterson Freshman Kinesiology

Rachel Rome Junior Sociology Human Services/Nursing

"I don't believe in abortion, because I think that kids should have the right to live. I'm all for adoption and everything, so I think that's a much better option than ending someone's life."

""I don't believe in it personally, but ... I can't tell someone how they should believe everyone has different situations."

"Yes absolutely. I just feel like we can't force people to think a certain way."

Krystle Hampton Junior Political Science

Ojani Vega Junior Nursing

Amanda Ake Junior Nursing

"No I don't believe in abortion rights. I just feel that ... a baby is a blessing, therefore carry it out fullterm."

"I do because I believe every woman has ... her freedom ... to have or not to have her own ... baby when it comes to health issues."

"I don't believe in abortion at all. Maybe rape might be the only thing ... but then if you say that it's okay to abort once you're raped ... it just goes into a whole other .debate."

FROM THE DESK OF THE STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT:

The ticking tuition time bomb

Daniel Stockton (.'antrdadar

This may come as a shock to you, but tuition will be going up soon. Bare in mind, this is my humble opinion, but as a student, I feel its necessary to address. After all, was anyone really expecting us to know anything? Aside from addressing the obvious, this article is intended to break down the current economic conditions that will lead to these increases, and propose a few measures students may take to curb tuition hikes in the coming years. This past year, there was a tuition freeze (or zero percent increase) implemented for universities statewide. While very appealing to prospective students, and an always-friendly marketing tool for universities, a

tuition freeze was probably not the best strategy for intermediate term retention and growth. As you may know, upon receiving federal stimulus dollars last year, the state appropriated higher ed with adequate means to bolster a budget that had shortly before-hand received modest decreases in its annual appropriations from state revenues. The promise was simple, federal stimulus would be halved, for fiscal years ten and eleven (FY 10 & FY 11) to subsidize increased costs to students, in hopes that the economy would stabilize and state revenue would bounce back. Essentially, the state decided to put a cork in the hull of the leaking boat that is higher ed, which we should be thankful for, as many state departments have seen much sharper cuts in fund-

ing, but what now? For many of us involved in the world of higher education it's hard sometimes to look beyond our walls, and see the struggle is statewide. It would be ignorant of us to not recognize the entities and areas suffering through the same recession as we. We don't need to look any further than our own streets and bridges to know that there are certainly other areas of concern where our tax dollars would be well served. Already this year the state has come to realize that their planning was a bit too modest. With declines in revenue, budgets statewide have taken considerable cuts. UCO is certainly not immune to this, having taken hits of 5% each month since August. With this in mind, it would be wise to assume that some of that federal stimulus we are awaiting

in FY11 may not make to back to students (unfortunately, it may be best that it doesn't), and even if it does, we have yet to mention inflation. Mandatory costs in higher ed go up approximately $40 million a year statewide. This, coupled with the daunting fact that there is no more stimulus after FYii, should raise a few red flags for students. Who is going to fill those gaps? I really am not a pessimist, but I am a pragmatist. So pragmatically speaking, it may be about time that students begin looking at the big picture. Now I should mention that things in Oklahoma are not all bad. We are one of just a handful of states to have not dipped into our rainy day fund, and as far as recessions go, we've really noth-

ing to whine about. However, the budget and program cuts are still a reality in the heartland. With state funding for higher ed continually falling short of meeting demand, and assured increases ahead, what can we do to ensure that our collegiate experience is not lost? How can we leave the arena of higher education better than we found it? These are some of the questions we are addressing this year. I encourage you all to attend the next UCOSA Town Hall Forum, November 17 at 7pm in the NUC Food Court. We are asking the hard questions, and finding real answers. Daniel Stockton can be reached at dstockton2@uco.edu or 974.2940.


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to college level students taking at least 12 hours in a semester. Cooksey's bill was never signed into law, but she has assured Jenkins that she would file the new bill on his behalf. Although the Jenkins bill uses Cooksey's blueprint, the new legislation expands on the protection offered to Oklahoma college students. Jenkins amended the bill to include additional exemptions for students. Jenkins' bill grants immunity from jury duty to students enrolled in at least three hours during an abridged or intersession period, as well as students enrolled in accredited out of state higher education facilities. Currently, as jury summons are issued based on driver's licenses, a student could attend a school outside of Oklahoma and still be required to appear if selected. "I believe that if you are a student at Duke, Harvard, Colorado State, Texas Tech, Georgia State, wherever, that you should not be required to fly halfway across the nation or drive several hours during a semester back to a county in Oklahoma and be required to show up for the jury pool for five days," Jenkins said. Jenkins' bill has many bureaucratic mountains to climb before its proposed effective date of August 1, 2010. The Jenkins bill, once agreed upon by the necessary bodies of student government, would first have to be submitted to the state House committee by Cooksey. If approved, the bill would then need to be approved by the state's House, Senate committee, Senate and finally the Governor's office. This gauntlet of political votes is only made more daunting when considering that none of the previous five attempts at similar legislation have even passed the House Committee. "This is why there are thousands of bills are filed, but

JOHNSON

more experience than all of her opponents combined and began to develop her campaign motto, "experience for change." She worked on Senate staff for 25 years writing bills, after her campaign became active things fell into place. She was elected to the Senate during a special election in 2005. The job she held before she was elected paid substantially more than the senator position, but she quit to become senator. "I'm not doing this for the money," Johnson said. "I felt it was my purpose to do this. When you have a purpose it's not work." After she explained the obstacles she had to overcome to be a senator, Johnson began to speak about some of the issues that have plagued the state. "More women are incarcerated in Oklahoma than any other

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only a few dozen make it into law," Jenkins said. Jenldns remains confident that his legislation stands a chance to one day become law. "I think this bill has a better chance with the student effort," Jenkins said. Jenkins also noted that, given the country's fluctuating economic situation, the bill could garner additional support for having a "zero dollar physical impact for the state." Jenkins may have been motivated to pass this bill when the student jury bill landed a blow close to home. While taking 21 hours in a recent semester, Jenkins' wife received a summons to appear at a jury selection hearing. As it turns, working around the court system's schedule during the throws of a college level semester can be a taxing task. One UCO student who was called to appear only to be left off the panel recalled missing significant class time to simply "sit there, and sit there," in a jury selection pool. As for Jenkins, he holds more titles than UCO Junior of Political Science. Jenkins' swiftly growing resume includes his service on the UCOSA senate, as chairman of the university's Oversight Committee, as Deputy President Pro Tempore to P.J. Wolbach, and as Iraq War veteran. Also, Jenkins is working for the congressional campaign of Kevin Calvey, who seeks to fill the seat of current congresswoman, Mary Fallin. In the slightly more distant future, Jenkins plans to attend law school at the University of Oklahoma after finishing his undergraduate studies at UCO. Once in the professional world, Jenkins hopes to serve as a prosecutor in the office of the Oklahoma District Attorney.

state," Johnson said. Johnson said about 85-percent of the women who are incarcerated in Oklahoma have a mental illness and it is costs the state $25,000 to incarcerate a person. It costs one-third of that amount to get someone treatment for their issues. Women with mental illnesses in prison do not get treatment. Johnson said the state will go bankrupt if it continues to increase the incarceration rate. Johnson explained how she attempted to address this issue four approximately four years. Many of the senators did not believe the high incarceration rate of women was something that needed to be addressed, but she has recently gained support for the bill. "I believe there's going to be some change this year," Johnson said. "Now the state is getting

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David Jenkins, UCO junior, is working to provide legislation to exempt college students from jury duty during specific times throughout the year.

Continued from page 1 it." Johnson also spoke about other issues that plague the state. Oklahoma has a higher teen pregnancy rate and a higher high school dropout rate than many other states. "Oklahoma is first in everything bad and last in everything good," Johnson said. "The eyes of the world need to be on Oklahoma." Johnson also discussed the political framework that bills have to pass through. When the idea is being presented through a bill, it must be evaluated. The idea in a bill must have resources. It's important to find out what resources are available, who would be willing to support the bill, who would oppose the bill, how much money the bill requires and what strategy will

be used to get the bill passed, participants held a discussion Johnson said. "Government is about how crucial it was to hold not just about legislation and elected representatives responbills. It's about asking people to sible for their actions, and make do the right thing in a kind way," sure they do what they say they Johnson said. were going to do when they camJohnson also spoke about the paigned. important role citizens play in Johnson informed UCO stugovernment and how individuals dents about the role of lobbyists are affected by government. "It just behooves us to be in government. "Lobbyists to me are essenaware and to . be informed. When you're not [informed], someone tial," Johnson said. "They can't give wrong inforelse is making the decision for mation or their issues won't be you," Johnson said. It is also important for voters addressed or passed in bills." to become educated on the issues Johnson also presented the politicians support before they barriers and struggles she has are elected. had to overcome as an elected "Know who you're voting for," official. Johnson said. "To do that you "I like my work. I love what I must be informed. Be heard. Stay do," Johnson said. in touch with your elected official. "When I'm serving, the chalIf you have a story to tell, tell it." lenge to me is not to be negaBefore Johnson had arrived, tive."

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Studying abroad to understand nations and their people Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami (',)/./y-v endent

One of the fascinating things in the higher education of an individual is the opportunity to study abroad. I continue to cherish and reflect upon my own experience in America in the late 197os and the early 198os. And needless to say I have gained a lot over the years for it gave me the chance to look at the world from another point of view as also having valuable inputs in my profession. Studying abroad is quite different now than in past. Earlier it was predominantly the effort of individual students wanting to go overseas to pursue higher studies. But the impact of globalization being what it is, the situation is completely different. The pursuit of individuals aside, universities and centers of higher education and even governments are actively involved in the process and for good reasons. In the past students from India generally preferred to go either to the United States or the United Kingdom for their higher studies. Today there are other destinations such as Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and universities and colleges from all over the world are active in promoting their centers of learning in the Indian student population. The same goes with American students as well—seeking to broaden their horizons by also looking at countries like India, China and other parts of the Asia Pacific. According to one data, nearly 125,000 Indian students are studying abroad and about 84,000 of them are in the United States. Indian students in the United States top the international grouping followed by China. The best part of this internationalization of education is that universities in India and the United States are in the forefront of putting together what has come to be known as

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(A former Senior Researcher, Stqff Writer, Editorial Writer and Special Correspondent for The Hindu in Singapore and Washington, Dr.Sridhar Krishnaswami is currently the Head of The School of Media Studies and Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the SRM University near Chennai, India. He can be contacted at sridhar54k@gmail.com )

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Mark Bolin, president of FASA, opens the meeting with an American Indian song. For a list of all events happening, go online to UCO360.com .

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"Study Abroad Programme" which facilitates a two-way flow of students. The numbers may be small to start with but the design and the intent deserve to be applauded. For there is the recognition that it can only be a two way street— Indian students, for instance at the UCO, have as much to learn as American students would from my institution. And this learning goes much beyond books and examinations. The best way to understand nations is to seek where their peoples are coming from and what is a better way of going about this than getting to know from young men and women—the future leaders—the basis of their thinking? Getting to know cultures and sub-cultures is a fascinating thing and herein lies the richness of the Study Abroad Programme. It was simply fascinating and stunning for me to know what America was all about and no doubt it will be the same rich and rewarding experience for any American student to travel down to India and see what it is all about. And the best part of the whole experience is that we leave with not only memories but also in a conviction that we have also contributed in a very small measure to a better understanding between two peoples.

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Mark Bolin said, "Our theme this year, `Recovering the Lost Culture' has to do with perception of loss throughout our Native American culture." Coordinator of Multicultural Student SerVices Lindsey Echols said, "Growing up these are the things people forget about (Oklahoma history)." The month of November is focused on keeping American Indian traditions present in today's world, and not forgetting the society that was first in America. "By learning about different cultures, you're learning about yourself," Echols said. Bolin said, "National American Indian Heritage month is of particular importance for people of Oklahoma because of the many tribal and diverse backgrounds represented throughout the -state. The appreciation of these individual cultures and histories is important for understanding and interacting within and between people of all ages and backgrounds that live within the state of Oklahoma." There are many events that are taking place throughout the month. All the events are open to the student body and general public. The hope is that everyone enjoys themselves and come out to as many events as possible, Bolin said. Echols said that in previous years the Multicultural Office just did a week of events, but decided this year to spread events throughout the month. There will be events over serious topics, such as the forum "Violence in American Indian Country." There will also be lighter events like The Weaving Web. This forum is on making dream catchers and learning some history behind them. Bolin said, "each event is meant to take an individual through a journey of discovery and expand thinking outside the conformity-box of perception of what an `Indian' is." There are many stereotypes of what

Indians are, and FASA is trying to knock those out, said Bolin. The next event that will take place on the Nov. 4 is a discussion with UCO's Violence Prevention Project Coordinator Kathryn Toahty. The discussion is titled, "Violence in American Indian Country." This forum will discuss how violence and domestic crimes affect the American Indian and Alaskan Native Peoples. In 1990 President George Bush declared the first National American Indian Heritage Month. Since then many other proclamations have been issued every year since 1994.

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tions to Earth every 500 to 1,000 years to unite the human race in higher levels of spirituality. The Baha'i Faith has been around since the 19th century and is the youngest of the world's independent religions. The Baha'i church in Edmond is west of Old North at 321 E. Campbell St. just off University Drive. UCO has a Baha'i student association with approximately 10 members. Terri Angier, the associations sponsor and a public relations professor, said that UCO has had active Baha'i students on campus since the `505, but the association was not started until later. "Much like the premise of the Baha'i Faith, [the association's purpose] is to foster understanding and unity," Angier said. "To bring people together and have a dialogue going." Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i religion, was born into a wealthy family in Tehran in 1817. He turned his back on the wealth and luxuries that his family's money and lineage afforded him. He declined a position in the king's court and devoted his time to helping the less fortunate. In 1863 he announced that he was the messenger of God. "From early childhood he showed the signs of greatness. Just like Jesus did, like Moses did," Maria Sadeghi, a UCO alumna and member of the Baha'i local spiritual assembly, said. "He never [officially attended] any school, as we believe, like Christ is, like Moses is, these ambassadors of God don't need education because they have innate education, they have innate knowledge that God endowed them with." Band'ullah suffered imprisonment and persecution throughout Persia. He was exiled four times and then sent to the prison city of Akka in the Ottoman Empire.

Continued from page 1 He died in 1892 but his influence and teachings caught on and the religion managed to flourish. There are 6 to 7 million adherents of the Baha'i religion worldwide, approximately 200,000 in the U.S. and 600 in Oklahoma. The Baha'i religion is similar co other religions. They believe God sent messengers to prepare the world for the coming of the central figure of the religion. There are many historical accounts of pain, suffering and prosecution of the figures, and their followers, by those in power. According to Sadeghi, followers are still being imprisoned because of their faith. "There are 25 Bahals right now, as we are talking, in prison," Sadeghi said. "Seven of them were called friends." Sadeghi and her husband, Kammy, left Iran during the revolution in 1979. Kammy's father and Sadeghi's mother were both imprisoned, and the couple's businesses and possessions were taken from them. "When the revolution happened they took everything we had," Kammy said. "Even the house we lived in." There is also a prominent administrative side to the faith. Bahals give legislative authority of their faith to the Universal House of Justice. It was ordained by Band'u'llah and has nine members elected to five-year terms. The seat of the Universal House of Justice is located in Haifa, Israel. The followers read and study the doctrine of the faith from a holy book called the Aqdas. Sadeghi said that unlike other religions, the foundation of the religion is not cracked with sects and denominations. There is only one interpretation of the work of Baha'u'alla that really matters as long as it follows the individual interpretation of the follower.

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The Baha'i Faith followers read and study the doctrine of the faith from a holy book called the Aqdas.

Bahals believe that because attempt to convert people to we can read, write, understand their faith. "The word 'converting' means and think for ourselves, no one should intervene in our relation- that you don't have a choice and we are making you become ship with God. "You as the individual Baha'i something ... out of fear or oblihave the right to interpret the gation or being under pressure," Sadeghi said. way you want," Sadeghi said. "We are offering this gift that "But as long as you are not God has brought for this age. imposing it on other people." At the core of Baha'i Faith It is a very sacred duty of every is unity. The Bahals believes Baha'i to offer this gift that they that the races and cultures of have." The faith has teachings simithe world are all citizens of one world community, and, accord- lar to the Ten Commandments ing to the Web site, God has set like oneness of God, religion and in motion historical forces that mankind, compulsory education, are breaking down traditional universal language and world barriers of race, class, creed and peace. The Baha'i religion is also the nation and that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization." first that explicitly states that The main goal of the religion women are equal to men in their is to unify the people of the com- holy writings. If a Baha'i family munity. They do not preach or has limited resources and must

choose to educate their son or daughter, it is religious law that they must send the daughter to school. "One thing unique about the Baha'i Faith is ... we say religion and science must agree," Justin Viney, a Baha'i and sophomore said. "I'm not going to try to say what that means to you but if it can't be proven on both sides ... it has to agree." The church meets every Sunday morning at 9:45. On Wednesday, Nov. it, the public is invited to a celebration at the church on the eve of Baha'u'llahs birthday. The program is at 7 p.m. and will include live music. Vista Managing Editor Kory Oswald can be reached at koswald@uco360.corn.

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Bronchos suffer setback against Lions No. 9 UCO dropped two games to No. 1 Lindenwood this weekend, move to 9-4 on season Chris Wescott ,Sports Editor

The Bronchos went into Wentzville, Mo. this weekend as clear underdogs facing the undefeated Lindenwood Lions. UCO was determined to put in a better showing against the No. i team in the nation than they did in their first meeting to open the season. The games both started close, but Lindenwood proved to be too much for the surging No. 9 Bronchos who fell to 9-4 on the season. On Friday night the two teams came out and physically beat on each other, going shot for shot and check for check for almost the entire first period before Lindenwood began to pull away. After the first period, Lindenwood led by a narrow 1-0 margin and UCO appeared to be hanging in there when they tied the game early in the second. The game stayed tied until there were only four minutes left in the second. Then the Lions got on a roll, taking advantage of some UCO penalties, and rounded out the second period with a 4-1 lead. In the third, UCO scored first again and put the game at 4-2. However, Lindenwood continued to score and the Bronchos could not match them. UCO lost the Friday night match 7-3. On Saturday, UCO jumped out to an early lead, scoring just 42 seconds after opening faceoff. The Lions however hit their stride and scored three straight goals to round out the first period. Lindenwood scored two more times to begin the second period. UCO scored just once more and lost the game 7-2.

On Friday night Jonathan Cannizzo led the BronchOs in points with two. He had one goal and one assist on the night. Captain M Aifrey added one goal to Friday's final tally. Fellow captain Matt Cohn had a goal as well, while Jacob Roadhouse notched an assist on the night. On Halloween night, four UCO players registered points. Team captain ErikJansen notched an assist as well as Jonathan Cannizzo. Alex Jackson and Matt Cohn both had goals for the Bronchos. Cohn's score came on a UCO power play. With the series between UCO and Lindenwood in the books, Cannizzo and Roadhouse have switched places between first and second on the team in points. Cannizzo now leads the Bronchos with 20 points on the season, including a team high, goals plus nine assists. Roadhouse has recorded eight goals and eleven assists. Cohn leads the Bronchos in assists this season with 12, and has scored five times so far this year which ranks him third on the team in points. Patrick Higgins has turned on the heat the past few weeks and now ranks fourth on the team in points with 11. Brent Block and Matt Cohn are tied for third on the team in goals with five a piece. Alfrey and Shawn Steggles have four goals each. To paint a picture of just how versatile the Bronchos have been this season, there are 21 players who have at least one point on the season. Of those players, 19 have scored at least one goal. It shows that one of the keys to the Bronchos' good start to the season has been the ability to get points from almost anyone at anytime.

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The University of Central Oklahoma has lost four games this season, all against the Lindenwood Lions. The Bronchos moved to 9-4 on the season and will play a three-game home stint this weekend including a rare Sunday game.

Another key to the Bronchos' 9-4 start has been great goal play. Although the Lindenwood games have jaded goaltender Justin Sgro's stat numbers he still has recorded a 91% save rate, saving 282 of the 312 shots he has faced. Although the Bronchos' nine-game win streak came to an end this week, they can hang their hats on the fact that their four losses on the season all came from a team that is the reigning national champions,

the No. 1 team in the nation. UCO will attempt to rebound next weekend against No. 16 Oakland and North Dakota State. This weekend will bE a three-game home stint for the Bronchos. They will face Oakland on Friday at Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond at 7:35 p.m., facE Oakland again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and then wrap things up Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against North Dakota State.

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Central Oklahoma got their third win of the season on Saturday with a 42-25 thrashing of division opponent East Central University. UCO improved to 3-7, while the sinking Tigers fell to o-io. The Bronchos raced out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter on two touchdowns. The first came from an II-yard pass from quarterback Brandon Noohi to Bryce Davis with 8:00 left in the quarter. UCO made it 14-0 with 4:28 left in the first on a Ben Birmingham io-yard scamper to the end zone. That run capped a five-play, 59-yard drive. ECU closed in on the Bronchos, making it 14-7 with 6:18 left in the half on a Josh Maldanado two-yard touchdown run. UCO answered back, driving 56 yards in four plays to the endzone. The Noohi to Ryan Gallimore, 27-yard score left just 26 seconds on the clock in the half. In the second half, it was UCO's defense that got on the scoreboard first with a fumble recovery and touchdown. Terry

Palmer led the way rushing for UCO, Hardeman scooped up a loose ball and scored from three yards out with 12:54 left racking up 146 yards on 25 carries. Palmer also had two touchdowns on the day. in the third quarter. The Tigers bounced back with a 32-yard Second on the team in rushing was Noohi, touchdown pass from Josh Phillips to who had nine runs for 61 yards. Ben John Gaines with 10:35 left in the third, Birmingham ran the ball four times for 32 making the score UCO 28, ECU 13 after a yards and a lJuchdown. Noohi had another good game through failed extra point attempt. The Bronchos were not fazed by the the air. The Broncho quarterback went 21 Tiger's comeback efforts and Noohi of 31 for 230 yards, two touchdowns and marched the Bronchos 13 plays, 86 yards to no interceptions. On the Tiger side of the the endzone. Running back Jason Palmer ball, ECU quarterback Josh Phillips comfinished off the drive with an 18-yard pleted 29 of 49 passes for 305 yards, three touchdown run. The Bronchos took the touchdowns and two interceptions. There was a surprise in the receiving 35-13 lead with 5:16 left in the third. Josh Phillips scored again for ECU, stats as Tray Bowie was Noohi's favorthis time on a 15-yard pass to Joe Joe ite target on Halloween night catching a Euwins with 12:38 left in the game. team-high seven passes. However Ryan Gallimore once again Phillips attempted a two point conversion, but threw an incomplete pass making the led the team in receiving with five catches for too yards and a touchdown. Daniel score 35-25, UCO on top. With 3:47 left in the game the Bronchos Morrell was kept quiet most of the game, plunged the dagger into the hearts of the catching just three passes for 45 yards. Tucker Cason paved the way for the Tigers with a three-yard Jason Palmer Broncho defense with 13 tackles. However score. ECU did not score again. ECU totaled 22 first downs to UCO's linebacker Terry Hardeman continued his 17. However the Bronchos outgained the fantastic year recording 12 tackles, three of which were for a loss. Caleb Prince had Tigers 444 yards to 308.

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took advantage of a SWOSU attack hitting .346. "We set the pace early," UCO Head error to close out the set and the Coach Jeff Boyland said. "We went match. Earlier that week, UCO picked up away from our game plan which is why I think those two sets pulled a a big win against East Central to start little closer there at the end." Overall, the home stand. They won that game Boyland was happy with the Bronchos in three sets as well 25-22, 25-21 and effort against SWOSU whose team 25-23. The Bronchos got revenge on the is probably better than their record Tigers who beat them in Ada earlier indicates. "Three games, only 12 hitting in the season. Wilson led UCO with to kills and errors, that's pretty solid for us," Boyland said. "I thought we did a 10 digs. Morgan Roy had six kills and pretty good job of controlling the ball Courtney Whitlow contributed with four kills and two blocks. out there." UCO showed a lot of resolve in After the first set rout, the secovercoming an 11-6 deficit in the second was much closer. Tied at 19, ond set to win it. In the third, UCO UCO scored five straight points. After jumped out 6-2 but later fell behind the Bulldogs staved off the set point, 18-15. They again played solid down Bronchos' Wilson finished the round the stretch rallying to win the set and with a big kill. The' third set was even closer. take the match. UCO's current three-match winUCO clinched the victory, scoring the final two points on a kill by Courtney ning streak started on Oct. 24 at Texas Whitlow to make it 24-22. The team Woman's University. The Bronchos

won that match in four sets. The team's record now stands at 5-6 in conference and 14-15 overall. The Bronchos must finish in the top eight of the conference to make the Lone Star Conference Tournament. They hope to continue to use the current home stand to turn a season around that has been filled with heartbreaking losses and a couple of major injuries. UCO is back at home on Thursday, Nov. 5 and will play against Cameron for another big match on Senior Night at 7 p.m. The Bronchos will conclude the regular season on Saturday against Midwestern State at 7 p.m. Both matches are crucial for UCO's hopes to make the conference tournament where anything can happen. Vista Writer Steve Vidal can be reached at svidal@uco360.com .

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UCO wrestling ready for national honors agai Steve Vidal Sportyllriter

University of Central Oklahoma wrestlers are back on the mats and ready to compete for national honors once again. The season unofficially started Wednesday night on the Oct. 28 at Hamilton Field House with the Bronze-Blue intrasquad dual. The duel is a big factor in determining the starters of each weight class for the regular season. The biggest surprise of the night was an upset by red-shirt freshmen Trison Photo services Graham over senior AllAmerican Scott Berens 6 -4 The UCO wrestling team participated in the 2009 Intrasquad match last week in Edmond. at 133 pounds. Graham wrestled for the Bronze team. However, the Blue used three overtime victo- son in the Oklahoma City ishing sixth at the Division II matches with the rest being preseason. He finished as national runner up the past ries to top the Bronze 22-19 Open on Nov. 8. It will be Wrestling Championships. held on the road. UCO fields a somewhat two seasons and appears to held in Norman due to the This year, the Bronchos in the dual. be prepared to finally win were also ranked sixth iri young squad this season. fact that the regular season Wrestling Head Coach However, out of the io it all in his weight class this the nation in the Division II match between UCO and David James commented season. pre-season Wrestling poll. weight classes they do have the University of Oklahoma on how the team looked Finn was not able to The Bronchos are hoping seven returning starters in the early stages of the will held in Edmond. wrestle during the first The duel gives both unito return to the strategy that from last season. Among season. won them 12 team national newcomers impressing the intrasquad dual. The team versities the opportunity to "I don't know if you're coach in the early season did not have another heavyshowcase two of the state's titles in the 28-year tenure ever happy, that's why you weight available, but there are, freshmen Casy Rowell best college programs of Coach James. practice," James said. is a good chance he will see together before the season "You got to go learn how at 125/133 and freshmen The Bronchos have one action in Norman. to go win on the road," Tanner Keck at 165/174. officially begins. last intrasquad dual on Finn's situation has The team experienced a James said. This season Overall, James is really Nov. 5 in Norman before changed this season. He UCO will have four home happy with his freshmen down season last year, finopening the regular seacrew early this season. has been a two-sport athSeniors Dustin Finn lete for the past three seaand Colby Robinson are sons, playing football as two wrestlers the team has well as wrestling. With his high expectations for due to football eligibility ending, their experience and talent. Finn has focused all of his Finn is the Bronchos off-season training toward starting heavyweight from wrestling. Robinson placed at last season. Nationally, Finn has ranked high in the nationals two seasons ago,

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but did not place last He will look to reg prior form, moving up to 149 after wres the 141 eight class division last season. Robinson is ranked seventh nationally in the preseason 149 weight class division. "Just because you're in a ranking or there is an opinion about you, that doesn't mean anything," James said. Robinson, along with the rest of the team, has to go out and prove it everyday and at every event to earn their status, he said. Early in the season James pointed to the Central Missouri Open in Warrensburg, Mo. and the Nebraska-Omaha Open in Omaha, Neb. as two early tests that will give a good indication of the team's progress. The matchups were scheduled for the team to get experience in both states. At the end of the season, regionals will be held in Warrensburg and nationals will be in Omaha. Also, the competition between UCO and the OU will be another early season test. The team is doing pretty well health wise this early in the seasons. According to James there are some individuals who could be better. From a strength and conditioning standpoint James said everyone for the most part had a good off-season. "Putting in time is not where it's at, it's putting in effective real time that makes the difference," James said about the training and conditioning. It is easier most times for younger wrestlers trying to learn the system, but harder for veterans who must look for new ways to challenge themselves and 'get better, he said. With everything coming together UCO looks to be back in the national title picture once again and a major threat to other's who are vying for the championship title. James said he hopes the team will be in the running for the title. "I expect our efforts to be towards that," he said. The biggest challenge for the team will be the amount of effort and commitment everyone in the program brings this season, he said. This may be the determining factor for how far they will go. He calls this a "big season" for the program. UCO opens the regular season on Sunday in Oklahoma City at 9 a.m. in the Oklahoma City Open. Bronchos fans will get their first opportunity to see the team at Hamilton Field House in where UCO will host the match against OU on Wednesday Nov. at 7 p.m.

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