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November 8, 2007
IMMIGRATION LAW SPARKS PUBLIC OUTCRY by Nelson Solomon Staff Writer Governor Brad Henry signed the controversial Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007, known as one of the strictest illegal immigration laws in the country, into law on May 7, 2007. The bill eliminates illegal aliens' ability to get official government identification cards, such as a driver's license or occupational license. It also prevents illegal aliens from obtaining public benefits or assistance other than what is required by federal law, such as education and emergency medical care, according to the John Birch Society Web site. A visit to the Employment Services office in the Lillard Administration Building revealed that UCO employees hired after Nov. 1 must be e-verified through a database provided by the United States government. International students must have a valid 1-9 form to be hired. The law, according to the office, does not affect current UCO employees. Critics of Bill 1804 call it mean-spirited and discriminatory, according to an article on the Web site of Tulsa's The News on 6. A key point of controversy was allowing undocumented students to pay the discounted rate of "in state" tuition. The bill's author said it didn't make sense because the students couldn't legally work if they graduated. "For every one ofthose college scholarships we award to an illegal alien, that's a U.S.
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Hundreds of protesters rallied at the state capital Thursday Nov. 1 in opposition of a new immigration law that is considered to be the most harsh in the nation. citizen, an Oklahoman, who will not be getting that financial aid," Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore said in the article. Phredd Evans, history and social studies education major, supports the law, viewing it as a conclusion
reached by Oklahomans based on the general consensus of right and wrong. "We live in a democratic society where people vote and it is the responsibility of the legislative body to follow through with the
majority vote," he said. "I don't think it was the intent of the people of Oklahoma to put anybody in fear, however, I do believe Oklahomans came together and said, based on what's right and wrong, what
should be done regarding immigration," he added. Evans added that the intent of the law is not to be against immigration, because that would be un-American. "But if you are here in America, we want you to be
here within the legal parameters. We want to provide for your socioeconomic needs, but we will provide those within legal means," Evans said.
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2 UCO students involved in arrest Beauty queen up by Justin Langston Staff Writer At least two UCO students, along with three other men, were arrested over the weekend for violating Edmond's social host laws. UCO student Michael Tankersley was arrested for violating the social host laws while his two roommates, Thomas McCarty and Christopher Batey, were arrested for violating the social host laws and resisting arrest. The two other men arrested include Michael Emberton and UCO student Loren Barnett, who were both arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Around 1 a.m. on Saturday, police officer Aaron London was patrolling the area of College Street and Lincoln because he could hear noises associated with a loud party. London found a party at 730 College St. where he found two people urinating on the sidewalk. London discovered they had come from a party at 730 College St. and they were 20 years old. After this, London encountered a group of people leaving the house carrying open beer containers and walking towards their cars. London stopped them and found out that they
LOREN BARNETT were underage and had been drinking at the residence. As he walked up to the door, he encountered another group of people leaving the home. London noticed that three of these people were carrying cups, from which London could smell alcohol. London found that two of the people were 19 and he told them to dump out their cups and they left with a sober driver. According to the police report, after this incident, McCarty cried out, "Are the cops still here?" London told him that they were. London advised McCarty to retrieve his roommates. After a few minutes, McCarty
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returned with Tankersley and Batey. London informed the trio they were under arrest for violating Edmond's social host ordinance because they provided a place for underage people to drink. McCarty denied there were people under 21 at the party and claimed that London was "lying" about the previous encounters. According to the report, Batey kept backing towards the door while London was speaking with the homeowners. When London approached him, Batey reportedly said "Hey Bro, chill out. What do you think you're doing?" London informed Batey that he needed his information; Batey turned away from London and tried to reenter the house. According to the report, London grabbed Batey's left wrist and Batey pulled away. Officer Derek Kennedy, who was with London, removed his taser and told Batey to comply with London's order or he would be tased. Batey was put in handcuffs and escorted into the front yard. London put Tankersley and McCarty into custody. According to the report, while London was attempting to put
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MICHAEL TANKERSLEY McCarty into handcuffs he yanked away. Kennedy told McCarty to follow London's orders or he would be tased and McCarty submitted. According to the report, after waiting for a patrol car to transport the men to the city jail, Police Sgt. Richardson attempted to escort Batey into the police car. Reportedly, Batey shoulder bumped Richardson while screaming "No way." According to Kennedy's report, Batey looked as if he were going to kick Richardson until Batey heard Kennedy yell to stop resisting. According to Kennedy,
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On Tuesday, this UCO student was shopping in Orange County in California for last minute items with 59 strangers who would soon become her friends. On Friday, she will be boarding a tour bus for Las Vegas. Alisa Hong Mong Cao, also known as Trang Cao to most of her friends, is one out of 60 contestants to compete in the finals for Miss Vietnamese USA. "It's a gateway for my culture to touch other cultures," said Cao about why she chose to participate in the pageant. Cao filled out her application for the pageant in February, as did about 300 other hopefuls.. The next step was the preliminary round. To move to the final round, Cao conducted a phone interview, both in Vietnamese and English, with judges. She was also asked to send in a headshot and a three-minute DVD in which she introduced herself to the judges. After the preliminaries, 60 girls were selected to be a part of the live pageant in Las Vegas.
Cao said that a majority of the contestants are from Texas and California. She is the only contestant from Oklahoma. The woman that put in the most mileage to compete, however, is from Australia. On Nov. 1, Cao flew into Orange County for Pageant Week. She explained that during this week, contestants became acquainted with each other, met their sponsors and spent their time doing basic promotion for the pageant. "We've been riding around on a tour bus," she said. "It's kind of cheesy." On Nov. 9, they will load the tour bus early in the morning for the trip to Las Vegas. That evening, they will have dinner while watching Pamela Anderson as an assistant in a Las Vegas magic show titled "Beauty of Magic." Cao will spend all day in rehearsals on Nov. 10. The show will be on Sunday, Nov. 11 in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. She said all the tickets have already been sold. The pageant, an affiliate of the Miss Universe
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"What's your opinion on the measure to impeach Dick Cheney?" "I don't know the full story, but there's consequences to bad decisions, so if the facts and proof are there, go ahead and impeach him." Brianna Bukofzer Photography. Freshman
"If there is no control over what is going on, then what can you do? I think ; higher authorities need to investigate the matter." Jonathan LeClair Biology, Freshman
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"I have faith in the American justice system, but obviously it's not working. I would need solid evidence to agree to impeach him."
EDITOR'S NOTE: CRAZY KUCINICH, CONGRESS ACTING LIKE CHILDREN By the time politicians reach the upper echelons of American government, you might expect them to have a certain level of maturity - a sense of purpose and duty to their constituents. Time and time again, however, members of the Congress behave like schoolchildren - overpaid, underworked schoolchildren, but bratty kids nonetheless. This has never been more apparent than it is right now. On Tuesday, Rep. Dennis AP Photo Kucinich (D-Ohio), the long-shot presidential hopeful whose wife towers over Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced a measure him like a mother does her Tuesday, Nov. 6 to impreach Vice President Dick Cheney. 10-year-old child, attempted once again (he first tried in Instead of shooting the mea- dent because they wanted April) to introduce a measure sure down, which could've to embarrass the House to impeach the Darth Vader- been accomplished easily Democrats, even though none like Dick Cheney, who also since most Democrats would of the Democratic leadership serves as Vice President of have voted against it any- supported Cheney's impeachThe United States ofAmerica. way, the Republicans voted ment (at least not seriously). If you think this sounds But this isn't the weird- to keep the topic churning like the behavior of high around the halls of Congress est part of the story. What school students, then you'd and wasted nearly an hour on was really strange - and quite be absolutely correct sir. business that should've taken pathetic if you stop and think And while it may be no longer than a smoke break. about how much members somewhat amusing, this According to House of congress get paid for their whole Kucinich-Cheney Republicans, they suptime - is how childish the Republicans acted when the ported Kucinich's measure mess should actually make measure was sent to a vote. to impeach the vice presi- the American people feel a
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little nervous. As of today, 853 U.S. military personnel have been killed while in Iraq this year, making 2007 the deadliest for American troops since the March 2003 invasion. This fact alone makes the petty, childish behavior of Congress even more deplorable and depraved. Congress should worry about more serious matters like immigration, war spending or social security before they even consider far-flung issues, i.e. whether or not to impeach Cheney, who'll be gone in just over a year anyway. Unfortunately, Kucinich doesn't see things this way. "The ferment that's developing at the grass-roots level is causing members to pay heed to this, and I would hope that it would send a message to the administration," Kucinich said. The only ferment that's developing, at least from the huddled masses' perspective, is in the convoluted minds of the congressmen and congresswomen in Washington.
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Native American association to hold fall pow-wow by Hannah Jackson Staff Writer UCO will be hosting their annual Fall Benefit Pow-Wow Nov.10 at 2 p.m. in the Wellness Center. The Multicultural Office and the Native American Student Association (NASA) are organizing the event to raise money for their organization so they can participate in more events around campus. "It's mostly to bring our tradition to campus. It's for the cultural experience," said Amanda Ardese, president of the UCO chapter of NASA.
of the men. According to ThinkQuest Library, Gourd Dancing is a specific type of Southern pow-wow dance, which usually occurs before the grand entry. The dancers have rattles which they shake while lifting their heals to the beat of a drum. "It will represent the heartbeat of the drum, everything revolves around the drum," said Ardese. The head singer is Jade Roubedeaux who will be playing the drum and singing for the entire evening. There will also be 14 other men and women singing and playing
the straight/traditional and grass/fancy, for women the categories include cloth/buckskin and jingle/fancy. The winner of each category wins $100. Bolin is sponsoring the men's grass dance and Simmons is sponsoring the "mother/daughter and tiny tots" dance. Simmons is providing prizes for the children entering in the tiny tots dance. The winners will be announced at 11 p.m. during the closing. "It'll probably last till midnight," said Ardese. "Indian time is always later." If anyone would like to
"It's mostly to bring our tradition to campus. It's for the cultural experience." -Amanda Ardese Orval Kirk, the Master of Ceremonies, will open the event by introducing the dancers. There will be a traditional procession dance during the opening. Every dancer who will participate in the competitions will dance together in their own original style. "The fancy dancers will do crazy footwork," said Ardese. "You can tell the grass dancers because they will be swaying like grass." The Head Gourd Dancer is Tim Factor, who will lead the dancers in a traditional Gourd dance. The dancers will march in a circle, women following the lead
instruments for the dancers. The singers, along with head dancers, have traveled from all over the United States. "Roubedeaux is nationally renowned and brings in a crowd," said Ardese. "He's young and very energetic." Dinner will be provided by NASA and will be served at 5 p.m. The meal will include Indian tacos, homemade fry-bread, corn soup, chicken and meat pies. The Grand Entry will begin at 7 p.m. The Head Dancers for the evening are Mark Bolin and Buffy Simmons. The competitions for the evening for men are
set up a booth to sell items at the pow-wow, the cost is $40 and a donated item for a raffle. There are already two vendors listed who will be selling traditional Indian craftwork such as paintings, beadwork, skins, pillows and blankets. Raffle tickets will be on sale during the evening to win some of these items. For more information about the pow-wow or NASA contact Ardese at (918) 916-1043. Photo by Alex Gambill
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by Aaron Wright Managing Editor Auditions for two upcoming events will give talented UCO students a chance to perform. The first of these opportunities is for Broncho Showcase, a new event on campus. Auditions for this variety show will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 14 in Rm. 104 of the Nigh University Center. Those wanting to try-out can just show up during any of those times. This variety show is open to all sophomore, junior or senior level students. "It's going to be dinner theater which makes it unique and different from anything UCO has ever done before," said Nate Burke,
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deadCENTER's Road Show to kick off Nov. 14 by Hannah Jackson Staff Writer The UCO Film Society is hosting the "deadCENTER Road Show," Nov. 14. The event will include some short films from the deadCENTER Film Festival 2007 and students will also learn how to submit their own work for the 2008 festival. "We are excited to host this event and hope we are able to secure a good audience for deadCENTER," said UCO Film Society President Jeff Stuckey. The show begins at 4 p.m. in Pegasus Theater and is free to students and the general public. There will be seven short films featured during the screening, including three 2007 film festival winners. "Outside (La Sortie)" won the 2007 category for Best Narrative Short, and it revolves around a daughter and father meeting following his release from prison. The Best Student Film category winner, "Bitch," is about a girl who hates PDA but instantly falls for an equally anti-social man. "Cranium Theatre" is a short film about a brain farmer who is raising crops of brain cabbages. Two of the films being shown were produced in Oklahoma; "Man with a Mustache" is about Ted's struggle to wear facial hair free from social stigma and prejudice. The second Oklahoman film, "Building Imagination," is the shortest of the short films, and tells the tale of a young boy who finds shelter from city
noises in a cardboard box. Also being shown is the winner for the Best Animation category by Don Hertzfeldt who was an Oscar Nominee for his animated work. The title of his piece, "Everything Will Be Ok," which traces dark and troubling events that force Bill to reckon with the lack of meaning in his life. The director of operations Kim Haywood and program director Melissa Scaramucci will be introducing the movies and discussing the independent films. Haywood will be able to answer any questions students have about entering the 2008 Film Festival, which will be in Downtown Oklahoma City, June 11 to June 15, 2008. "Everyone's heard of Sundance, but not many people know that Oklahoma City has a reputable film festival," said Stuckey. The winner for Best Narrative Feature will recieve a $2,500 cash prize. There are multiple categories including a student category, which UCO students are encouraged to enter. "Students can be recognized regionally and nationally," said Stuckey, "This is a great opportunity for those who want to become filmmakers." The UCO Film Society is a recent addition to UCO, approved by UCOSA in September. The society has plans to work with other student organizations for movie nights and will also offer free movie passes throughout the year. This summer alone,
"Everything Will Be Ok," winner of the Best Animation category, is one of several films being played at deadCENTER's Road Show on Nov. 14.
the festival gave away passes to five movies. The organization will soon be receiving passes to "Juno" which will be released in December. "There is a lot of misconception. We're not only about film appreciation, but also knowing the behind the
scenes aspect of what directors are thinking when they made the films," said Stuckey. Meetings are not yet on a strict schedule, but there will be a meeting on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. The group will meet in room 217 of the Liberal Arts building. The meet-
School teacher runs off with 13-year-old by AP Writer JANITZIO, Mexico (AP) The 13-year-old who fled from Nebraska with a middle school teacher told The Associated Press their friendship led to sex and a rambling journey to nowhere that now has them both facing fates they never wanted. The boy, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, might not ever be able to return to the U.S., the country he considers home. The 25year-old teacher, Kelsey Peterson, is in a California jail on charges of crossing state lines with the intention of having sex with a minor. Their trip began nearly two weeks ago in Lexington, Neb., about 200 miles west of Omaha, where the boy, now in eighth grade, left with his sixth-grade teacher. He watched movies on a DVD player while she drove west to California, then south to Mexico. The boy said the trip was Peterson's idea, but he went along with it. He had told her he wanted to visit his birthplace in Penjamo, a town in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, where his father lives. "I had problems in Lexington and I wanted to get away, but it was a bad idea," he said Tuesday. "Now I can't go back." The boy said he had sex with the teacher while they were in Lexington, a meatpacking town that has seen a large influx of Mexican immigrants. "It didn't happen that many times," he said. "It happened maybe twice, I think." The boy spoke on the patio of a family friend's house in this small farming village south of the California state line. The family took him in after Mexican authorities found him and Peterson on
This photo provided by the Imperial County Sheriffs Office, shows Kelsey Peterson, 25, in El Centro, Calif, on Monday Nov. 5, 2007. The Nebraska middle school teacher accused of running away to Mexico with a 13-year-old to have sex with him appeared in court Monday to face criminal charges. The judge scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to ask whether Peterson would waive extradition to Nebraska.
Friday at a mall parking lot in the nearby border city of Mexicali. The boy spoke flawless English; his Spanish is limited. He occasionally pulled a cell phone from his pocket. The AP had previously named the boy but later removed his name because the most recent charges allege he was the victim of a sex crime. The boy called his former teacher "my best friend" but said she wasn't his girlfriend. "I could tell her anything," he said. "She would listen." The Mexican official who captured the pair with the aid of a GPS-enabled cell
phone said the boy shed no tears while Peterson wept as the two parted Friday night at the police station. "She said to the youngster that she loved him and would always love him in her heart," said Alfredo Arenas Moreno of the Baja California state police. Arenas said the woman admitted having a sexual relationship with the boy but felt it was unfair that she would be branded a predator and separated from her 8-year-old daughter. "She said her life was basically over, but if she had a chance to do things differently she wouldn't," he told the AP.
Arenas said the boy had no money and no identification, but Peterson had $400. The trunk of the car was loaded with clothes, toiletries, blankets, pillows, bottled water, photos of Peterson's family and Disney DVDs. "They basically didn't have a plan," he said. "They were living day to day." The boy said they drove 1,300 miles to Riverside, Calif., outside Los Angeles, to see relatives but they couldn't find anyone because they had no phone numbers or addresses. He said they made a short trip to a beach, where he swam in the ocean. "She wanted to see the beach, I guess, because she had never seen it," he said. From there, they drove through San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico, then about 120 miles east to Mexicali, staying at hotels throughout the trip. A phone call by the pair to the boy's uncle in Yuma, Ariz., led to the capture. The boy said he would likely return to Penjamo on Saturday after his mother sends the airfare. He would rather live in the United States, where he shared a home with his mother, her boyfriend and two U.S.-born brothers, ages 1 and 16. He doesn't remember exactly when he left Mexico â€” perhaps in second grade â€” first for Riverside, then for Nebraska. "Life is harder (in Mexico)" he said. "I really don't know anything here." A U.S. Embassy official in Mexico City said she couldn't comment on the boy's case, but added that U.S. immigration law does allow for foreigners to return to testify in criminal cases. The boy said he would testify if asked.
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ARREST from page 1 Bate), turned towards him and walked in Kennedy's direction. Kennedy then used his taser on a five second cycle. Reportedly, while McCarty was being escorted to the patrol unit, he continued to intentionally walk into the residence's fence. McCarty then attempted to break away, but he was put in an escort position and taken into the patrol vehicle. Tankersley was placed into the police car without incident. Moments after McCarty was placed in the car, officer
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Joseph Stoy, who had been called in to assist Kennedy and London, was in pursuit of two people who had fled the scene, which turned out to be Barnett and Emberton. Stoy pulled out his taser, but did not fire, and ordered Barnett to the ground, which he complied. Both Emberton and Barnett were handcuffed and both stated they had consumed alcohol at the party at 730 College St. Barnett, Emberton, Tankersley and McCarty were escorted to Edmond Jail. Batey was taken to the hospital and was later taken to jail after he was cleared. Justin Langston can be reached at jlangston@thevistaonline.
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IMMIGRATION from page 1 Dona Cherian, psychology major, disagrees with the severity of the law, and says that illegal aliens, though they are illegal, contribute to American society and should be given privileges in that right. "How many people want to work at McDonalds, or any of the fast food restaurants, or construction work? The things that most people don't want to do, they are willing to do," she said. She says that "even though they're illegal, their privileges shouldn't be taken away." Cherian added that it is important to keep in mind where these people come from. ,r , "These people earii work and be as successful where they come from, so they come to America, called the land of opportunity, and work to make a living," she said. "They do the brunt of the work here, and yet they are discriminated against," she added. "I am by no means condoning illegal immigration, but I don't think that people who have been here a long time should be kicked out because they didn't do anything, they're just illegally here," she said. Cherian said her main problem is with the extremity of the law. "There should be an immigration law, but not to that extent," she said.
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Growing up in Generation Y Speech and Hearing Clinic by Jana Davis Staff Writer
Generation Y is a generation stimulated by technology. In today's society, we are driven by images and easy access to quick information. According to NAS Insights, "Generation Y" makes up over 70 million people in the United States today. What characteri zes this generation more than any other, according to Dr. David Ford, chairperson and professor of sociology, is technology being a part of their general lives. This is the generation growing up in a post-modern era which implies that we have great diversion in philosophy and views, Ford said. "Pushing one's perspective, challenging one's self by embracing something outside of your comfort zone is an important virtue," Dr. Stephen Law, professor of humanities and philosophy, said. According to NAS Insights, a major characteristic of Generation Y is that they are racially and ethically diverse. Every generation has been diverse, but this generation has been more willing to accept that diversity, Ford said. If people grow up with diversity and the barriers of segregation broken down, they are going to be more adaptive, he said. According to the Oberlin Review, Generation Y has
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also been described as the The Quiet Americans, in Echo Boomers, Millenium the best sense of that term, Generation, iGenera- quietly pursuing their idealtion, Einstein Generation ism, at home and abroad." Friedman describes the and Google Generation. "Such names define the generation in desperate need world in which Generation Y of an outrage and a jolt of idehas grown up, a world with alism. Sitting at home joining diverse Internet resources, Facebook groups, Friedman iPods, MySpace and intense wrote, isn't going to make sigmulti-tasking-simultane- nificant changes in our society. "Activism can only be ously chatting on AIM, finishing a problem set, watch- uploaded the old-fashioned ing television and listening way- by young voters speakto music. These kids are the ing truth to power, face-tokids of the Baby Boomers, face, in big numbers, on heavily immersed in a dig- campuses or the Washington ital world," Sophia Yan of Mall. Virtual politics is just The Oberlin Review wrote. that- virtual," Friedman wrote. Generation Y is in need This society has more access to information of understanding that sitquickly, Ford said. We are ting, reading and formulating able to get on the Internet ideas is crucial, Ford said. "There's only so much immediately, but are quickly bombarded with choices. you can learn by sitting in "They [Generation front of the computer," he Y] substitute the ability to said. "Generation Y wants access information in place it in sound bytes. We don't of knowledge, understand- want to take time to coning and wisdom," Ford said. centrate and understand." "This is not an insolv"Just because you can get on the computer and get on able problem," Ford said. Generation Y may be in a Wikipedia, doesn't mean you know something." In a time of virtual and technologiby Vista photographer Chris Otten sense, Ford said, "they are 50 cal overload, but according to miles wide and an inch deep." Law, there is reason to hope. "The time will come for Clinician technician Katie Brooke performs audio tests on Tricia Graham in the Law said that students now seem to be genuinely con- action very soon and I think Speech and Hearing Clinic located in the Chambers Library. cerned with societal issues. we'll be in good hands." vides services to all ages and audiologist," Reynolds by Jana Davis "It's a refreshof people," Reynolds said. said. "It's part of their Staff Writer ing change," he said. They provide evaluation degree. It's a requirement." But according to Thomas The Speech and Hearing for a variety of communiStudents are strongL. Friedman's article in The Jana Davis can be reached at Clinic is offering free hearing ly encouraged to limit the cation disorders including New York Times, this gen- firstname.lastname@example.org . tests to UCO staff, faculty amount of exposure to conarticulation, language, stuteration is "'Generation Q'. and students Thursdays on tering, stroke and hearing. tinuous loud sounds. iPods, the first floor of the Library. The test consists of a for example, being used over The hearing screen- series of beeps in both ears. long periods of time at an ings are from 1 p.m. to 4 If there is damage, Reynolds excessively high volume is not p.m., but an appointment is said, parents are referred to a good idea, Reynolds said. required, Rebecca Reynolds, an audiologist or a medical To make an appointspeech-language pathol- doctor for a full screening. ment for a screening, contact ogy clinic coordinator said. "This program is a way Reynolds at (405) 974-5419. The clinic is not free for our graduate students to to everyone, Reynolds obtain hands-on practical said. The clinic cost $30 experience under the superJana Davis can be reached at per hour to the public. vision of a licensed speech email@example.com . "Our clinic here pro- and language pathologist
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ROTC collects toys for boys by Hannah Jackson Staff Writer
The ROTC Broncho Battalion is collecting toys for the Edmond Boys' Ranch as one of their service projects this year. This is the second year that the UCO ROTC has donated Christmas toys to young boys, said Chasity Dozier, ROTC Council president. This year, the organization began collecting toys in September and they will continue collecting toys until Dec. 7. The Edmond Boy's Ranch houses eight boys in a Christian environment. A married couple serves as house parents who give the boys a structured living situation including responsibilities and care. The primary goal is to reunite families but if reunification is not possible, the ranch can provide a home for the boys until high school graduation. The boys at the ranch are between the ages of five and 15 years. "A common misconception is that we're doing toys for tots," said Jimmy Letterman, ROTC Public Information Officer.
The best toys are sports balls, skateboards, board games and action figures, Letterman said. Donations for the kids have no price-range. There are drop-off boxes located around campus including the Nigh University Center, The Veteran Affair Office, first floor of the library and the ROTC lounge, which is located on the third floor of Thatcher Hall. "[Our] goal is to have at least 300 toys," said Dozier. ROTC members have been asking local vendors for contributions to their service project and so far, the Danforth and 1-35 WalMart supercenter have donated gift cards totaling $125. The UCO branch of ROTC is involved in multiple service projects throughout the year. This year, ROTC members volunteered at a haunted house in Guthrie for childrenin need. They read stories to young children at Chisholm Elementary School in a service project called, "Donuts for Dads." The ROTC also provided gift packs for deployed soldiers in a project named "Blue Star Mothers." "The UCO Army ROTC
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Millions of college students grade their professors on RateMyProfessors.com every semester. As students gear up to begin preparing for their spring course loads, RateMyProfessors.com set new rankings of annual collegiate professor which were introduced on Oct. 10. The rankings captured the highest rated college professors and facilities on the Web site, those who've had the greatest impact on students' lives. RateMyPrfessors.com is the Internet's largest listing of collegiate professor ratings. The Web site is designed to work as a resource for college students, aiming to provide them with insight to their options in choosing professors and giving them a means to voice their opinions and make a difference in their educations. Millions of students each semester use this site to help plan class schedules and rate current and past professors in categories such as interest, easiness, helpfulness, clarity and overall quality. Lauren Jones, advertising senior, finds that RateMyProfessors.com is a great and innovative concept. "I love being able to search the Web site and do some background research on the professors," she said. "It's a great way to voice my opinion and evaluate the easiness and overall quality of the professor and the course." Approximately 6,000 universities throughout the United States, as well as Canada, England, Scotland and Wales, have their pro-
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RateMyProfessors.com honors UCO professors as some of the highest rated on the Web site. fessors rated by students on the Web site. UCO is ranked No. 8 in the Top 50, with 1,005 university professors who have been rated. "Knowing that UCO is ranked No. 8 in the Top 50 gives me great pleasure to be apart of such a wonderful university," Jones said. "This university has some of the best and most educated professors out there, and it's a privilege to have them make a difference in my education." The highest rated professor hails from Eastern
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A group of UCO students recently competed in accoliipetition designed to allow college and university students the chance to display their talents in computer programming. The 2007 South Central U.S. Regional Programming Contest was held on Saturday at East Central University in Ada. The competition, which was sponsored by IBM, included teams from around the world, each hoping to secure a position in the 32nd Annual International Collegiate Programming AP Photo Contest (ICPC) World Finals. The UCO team led by David Alisa (Trang) Cao, second from the left, poses with other candidates for the Miss Franklin, a computer science Vietnamese USA beauty pageant. instructor, also included computer science majors, Heather a major influence on her life. just American. We're both." ate school in her future. She Brown, J. Kyle Poston, Craig "I really want to compete After graduating from is particularly interested in Sutton, Langdon Brocket and for my brothers and sisters UCO in May of 2008 with attending the University Jason Iwinski. They comto show them that this is who a bachelor's degree in orga- of Southern California. peted against teams from The University of Oklahoma, Oral we are," said Cao. "We're not nizational communication, Roberts University, Oklahoma just Vietnamese. We're not Cao plans to spend a summer State University and The with her family in Vietnam. University of Tulsa, as well She has already been offered as other regional universities a one-year job in pharmaDomestic Beer that competed via satellite. ceutical sales, which she Aaron Wright can be reached at Teams were given five would like to try. However, Imported Beer hours to answer nine quesshe definitely sees gradu- firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Hollywood writerstrike continues to jeopardize industry by AP Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The impact of a strike by television and film writers was becoming more evident as the walkout entered its third day. Production on at least six sitcoms was halted because of the strike, and the hit ABC drama "Desperate Housewives" was scheduled to finish filming its latest episode Wednesday because it had run out of scripts. Filming on the 13th episode of the freshman ABC comedy "Carpoolers" was also set to finish Wednesday, ABC Studios spokeswoman Charissa Gilmore said.Nonew episodes have been ordered. Production on more shows was likely to be halted, and networks were expected to announce plans for alternative programming in the coming days as the strike continues. Other shows were not immediately affected, including the talk show "Ellen," which will continue production. Host Ellen DeGeneres told her studio audience at Tuesday's taping that she was obligated under her contract to continue the show, although she supported the striking writers. "I want to say I love my writers," DeGeneres said. "In honor of them today, I'm not going to do a monologue. I support them and hope that they get everything they're asking for. And I hope it works out soon." Sitcoms that will stop the cameras include "Back to You," starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, which will not return from a planned hiatus, said Chris Alexander, a spokesman for 20th Century Fox Television.
Actress Julii'\\ Louis Dreyfus said product' tion also stopped on keit CBS show, "The New Adventures of Old Christine." In addition, "Til Death," which airs on Fox, and "Rules of Engagement," "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory," all on CBS, will also end filming, according to people familiar with production of the shows who were not authorized to be quoted and requested anonymity. Sitcoms are typically written the same week they are filmed, with jokes being sharpened by writers even on the day of production. The strike began Monday after last-minute negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers failed to produce a deal on how much writers are paid when shows are offered on the Internet. Nick Counter, chief negotiator for the producers union, has said he expected a long standoff. Writers said the next move was up to the studios. No new talks were scheduled. Pickets were expected to return Wednesday to locations in Los Angeles and New York. Striking writers at the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank were joined by several "ER" cast members Tuesday, including John Stamos, Maura Tierney and Mekhi Pfeiffer. "We're all in this together, so we wanted to come out and support our team," said Stamos, adding that the cast was planning to raise money for crew members who might have trouble making car and mortgage payments if the strike goes on. "ER" executive producer .
Actors Maura Tierney, left, and John Stamos, right, of 'ER' support members of the Writers Guild of America, as they strike outside the Warner Bros. Television Studios in Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. and creator John Wells said the show has three more episodes with scripts in various stages: one ready to shoot, one in good shape, and one that will be reviewed to determine if it's ready to shoot as a rough draft or not. "The issues will effect everyone in the industry — the writers just happen to be first," he said. In Toluca Lake, near the Warner Bros. studio, writers converged on a house serving as a location shoot for -
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and her husband is a member of the writers guild. "If we prevent them from working today, that's a small victory," she said. Longoria left the house and handed out pizza to strikers. "We are done, and we'll be on the lines supporting you," she told them. "I have a whole crew that will have a terrible holiday season because there's no resolution," she said. "I care about people losing their homes, I care about my hair and makeup artists
who can't make ends meet." The strike immediately sent late-night comedy shows into reruns, but it was not expected to have an immediate impact on production of movies. Most studios have stockpiled dozens of movie scripts, and many TV shows have scripts or completed shows in hand to last until early next year. Writers have not gone on strike since 1988, when the walkout lasted 22 weeks and cost the industry more than $500 million.
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haven't touched yet and 600 more pages of "the Mists of Avalon" to plow through. Other than that, "Mass Effect" comes out next week or so and I've been looking forward to that game for a while. Maybe without new television, America can focus on more intellectually stimulating entertainment. While I'm certainly not about to decry television as an idiot box as I'm sure others might, it's still a passive form. Picking up a book or a video game controller allows for more active participation in the entertainment medium, which is healthier than simply sitting back and watching (unless you're playing Xenosaga. That was just a bunch of cutscenes). This looks like its going to be a blessing in disguise.
MAYBE WITHOUT NEW TELEVISION, AMERICA CAN FOCUS ON MORE INTELLECTUALLY STIMULATING ENTERTAINMENT. ing DVD royalties. While most people won't see a difference immediately, since networks still have a few episodes of television shows in the can and ready to air at their regular times. Once midseason hits, there won't be much in the way of new content if an agreement isn't met. Supposedly, Hollywood
ing this and I already miss "the Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "the Colbert Report." However, I'm willing to put up with the strike as long as the writers get what they're due. Actually, the extra time has given me a chance to catch up on my reading. I've got four books sitting on my shelf I
Less television might mean fewer people will simply sit in front of the TV and when the writers do come back, they'll hopefully have what they deserve and will be ready to write some quality material.
There are times I'm ashamed to call myself an American. The people of this country want to acknowledge what we stand for — liberty and justice for all. Those are some heavy concepts, ones that should be defended as much as cherished. The progression of our country relies on the perpetual obligation to keep the ideology of freedom intact. But lately, so many obstacles stand in the way for this country to keep moving ahead. We exist in a democracy that prides itself with the various rights and privileges granted to every citizen of this country. But in order to obtain those freedoms, you have to be classified as a citizen. Sounds easy enough. So what does it take to become a citizen? It shouldn't be that difficult for a country that keeps its borders open to the world. It's very much like it used to be when American society was built on the principles and beliefs of immigrants who helped shape this land into what it is today. Evidently, politicians think we already have enough people residing here. The attack on illegal immigration has gone from a simple concern to bigotry and arrogance. The United States never really had a good relationship with Mexico. Perhaps, that's why American politicians are sin-
gling them out. Maybe they soldiers and Jesus. I don't think Mexicans don't have know about you, but I never anything to contribute to considered promoting racism society that hasn't already as a Christian value. And the been established. Whatever absurd idea that the American the real reason is, it's almost soldier is the only one responturned into a discriminat- sible to grant us freedom ing effort to keep them out. completely leaves out the It seems like people have ally nations that helped us a problem with language bar- over the course of history. I'm not trying to bash riers. It's understandable to realize it's quite challenging to America. I love America. It's live in a country if you don't rich in history and culture. speak the native language. Certain qualities allow for But like all things needed to better living conditions and be learned, it takes time to opportunities. The problem I adapt to your surroundings. see facing this nation today Someone won't have the abil- is the change in attitude. ity to speak fluent English if People are using religion to he or she has only been in the pass judgment on the innocountry for a short period of cent, society is adopting more time. Most educated people destructive views on foreigncomprehend the difficulty of ers and politicians have done learning a new language. It's nothing to assist on domestic probably one of the hardest issues. Every nation has its disciplines to adopt if you ups and downs, but I don't aren't exposed to it early on. want to give myself entirely Of course, the biggest reason to a country that promises why many immigrants can't justice for all when I only see speak English is because they injustice being cast on the aren't granted the opportunity. blameless. Until people can come to I recently got an email about the whole illegal immi- an absolute conclusion of gration issue. Half of it was what constitutes an American, political and the other half anyone who believes in what was religious. It tries to make the country stands for should a point (if you can call it be given the right to be that) by using Christianity called one, if they so choose. and American politics as a means to show the significance of upholding our independence. It states that the only people who ever died for our freedom are the American
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Oklahoma is a very friendly place and it was a bit disconcerting at first to have perfect strangers smile at you. But there's something about Edmond being a safe town that is reassuring. It was after Christmas last year when I was staying at my friends' place that I realized
when I set out, not too windy. The sun shone brightly and all seemed well with the world. I pedaled for a mile with a smile on my face and a song in my head. The map was safely tucked in my pocket. I passed intersection after intersection. There were green leafy forests to my left and
on my face faded and the song had long since disappeared. The sky was starting to spin cloudlessly and I wasn't even sure if I was headed in the right direction. At the next stop sign, I got off the bicycle and sat on the grass staring at the signs, wondering if I should turn left, right or straight ahead. A couple of cars pulled up. The driver of a maroon van honked and asked if I was ok. I shrugged and replied no, I was headed toward UCO but was a bit lost. "It's a little ways from here. Put the bicycle in the back and hop in, I'll give you a ride," he said. And I gladly did so, thankful to be able to sink into a seat and not pedal anymore. As kind as the stranger was to me, he didn't let me get off the van before refreshing my mind of the dangers of riding in vehicles with strangers. I nodded vigorously in agreement.
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right. But my legs were starting to get tired, so I thought I would consult the map. I stopped, unfolded it and tried to make sense of the easy grid. Then I realized I had strayed clean off the edge of the map! I wasn't particularly keen on going back so I decided to trust my sense of direction. I started again. The sun began to grow too bright, the smile
I wouldn't recommend that anybody take rides from total strangers. But only in Oklahoma would you find a stranger who gives you a ride and tells you how dangerous it is to hitch-hike before dropping you off at your destination. There's something reassuring about Edmond, even the smiles that perfect strangers give you from behind dark glasses on gray, cloudy days.
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Lost Lakers fall to Hornets As I do at the beginning of every professional sports season, except hockey, I make predictions on who's going to do what. Typically I'm wrong, and my opinions are subject to change quckly, often and without notice or legitimate reason. So enjoy one year's worth of picks, 30 teams, 82 games each, one champion and many surprises. It's an exciting year as many people are expecting to see a resurgence from teams in the Eastern Conference. True, there are a handful of good teams, and a couple could go all the way. Despite Boston picking up two stars, the league is still Western dominated. The top tier of the East is made up of Boston, Chicago and Detroit. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Celtics. The team has gone from rags to riches with the addition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, giving them both a powerful inside and outside presence to complement Paul Pierce. If they can gel, then the skies the limit, but that's a big if. Detroit is still strong and hard-nosed like they've always been, and they are the stable choice to win the conference. Chicago has a stuffing big man, Ben Wallace, and a plethora of young athletic talent. The bad news, they've lost each of their first four games, but so did the Mavericks last year and they went on to earn the league's best record. Though that mattered not in the playstaffs,- - .just ask Golden State. The wildcards in the East are the Nets, the Raptors, the Wizards, the Magic, the Cavaliers and the Heat. Look for these six to battle it out for theremainingfiveplayoffspots. The doormat of the East â€” Philadelphia. Now turn those wagons west and we'll look at the powerhouses. This conference has four-and-a-half dominant forces (I haven't moved Utah all the way up to cream of the crop just yet, but they're close). I would pick each one of them to win the East. It's hard to pick who's the best between Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio, but I would go with the Suns as the top team in the league. On a side note, three of these hail from the Southwest Division; talk about a group of death. In addition to the underrated Jazz, my expertise tells
guys were looking for me, particularly Chris." Paul certainly was looking for him. "The way me the Hornets, Nuggets and he shot the ball Lakers will fill out the remaintonight was ing spots. Though who knows unbelievable. what might happen with the When he's Lakers and Kobe Bryant, lights out like depending on what happens that, you've got with the roster, they could to give him the very easily lose their spot ball," said Paul, to the Warriors or Clippers. who scored 19 Worst in the West will be a points. "When season-long battle for a potenyou've got tial top draft pick between shooters like that Seattle and Minnesota. The and Tyson rollSonics shouldn't fret because ing to the rim, AP photo by Chris Carlson Kevin Durant should win it makes my job Rookie of the Year and they so much easier. now have officially applied to New Orleans Hornets' Peja Stojakovic of Serbia drives around Los Angeles "Our big guys move the team to Oklahoma Lakers' Derek Fisher during the first half of their NBA Basketball game in Los are really setting City. I'd rather have the Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. The Hornets won 118-104. screens well, and Hornets, but I would settle He missed just three of 13 then it's all about spacing the AP - Peja Stolakovic went for this consolation prize. on a long-range scoring spree, shots from behind the arc and court. When you have shootExpect a breakout year and Chris Paul was a generous finished with 36 points. He was ers like we have and teams from Yao Ming. He will playmaker as each rewrote only 2-of-8 shooting 2-pointers. don't guard them out there be the first Chinese player the Hornets' record book. By the fourth quarter, there on the wing, what happened to be named Most Valuable Stojakovic made a fran- was a sort of collective sigh of tonight will happen to you." Player if he stays healthy. chise-high 10 3-pointers, and resignation from the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who Look for the Pistons Paul broke another mark with sellout crowd of 18,997 each took only 20 shots for Los to topple the Celtics in the 21 assists Tuesday night in time Stojakovic got the ball Angeles and scored 28 points, Conference Finals, and then go New Orleans' 118-104 victory behind the arc. The fans said Stojakovic and Paul on to blow a gasket in the NBA over the Los Angeles Lakers. went silent by the time the were really on their game. Finals and fall to the Suns. "Obviously, Chris Paul "It was a good night for ball went through the hoop. Jeff Massie can be reached at "The way we played was making great penetraour team," Stojakovic said firstname.lastname@example.org in obvious understatement. tonight on the offensive end, tion and Peja shot the ball with Chris Paul moving the extremely well," said Bryant, ball and spacing the court, who had seven assists and it looked easy," Stojakovic six rebounds. "You don't Match Up Alex Jeff Justin said. "Securing the defen- want a guy like Peja to get sive boards and running going. It's a lesson learned. "Chris Paul, he's a fantastic was really important for us. Jax @ Tenn Tenn Tenn Tenn "I got most of my shots in player. He's really something." The Hornets went 14-oftransition. Later on, they had Den @ KC KC KC KC to help on Chris playing pick- 25 on 3-pointers. West added and-roll with David (West) and 22 points as they ran their Tyson (Chandler), and some- record to 4-0 to tie their Buf -3 @ Mia Buf Buf Buf how I was wide open. The best start, set last season.
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Los Angeles' Ronny Turiaf had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Andrew Bynum had 13 rebounds. Stojakovic's 3-point bonanza shattered the Hornets' record of eight, set by David Wesley in 2002. The former team mark for assists was 19 by Muggsy Bogues in 1989. TheNBArecordfor3-pointers is 12 by Bryant in 2003, matched by Toronto's Donyell Marshall in 2005. The league assist mark is 30 by Scott Skiles with Orlando in 1990. Stojakovic hit three consecutive 3-pointers to close out the third quarter and New Orleans opened an 8980 lead. He scored 17 in the period, including going 5-of-7 from 3-point range. The Lakers closed within four points twice, the second time at 93-89 with 7:47 remaining. But Rasual Butler hit a 3-pointer to build the lead to 7, and the Hornets pulled away in the closing minutes. Bryant took as many shots in the third quarter, seven, as he had in the entire first half, making four of them and scoring 10 points. Stojakovic's 10 were the most 3-pointers ever against the Lakers. Four players had seven against Los Angeles in the past, most recently by Vladimir Radmanovic, now with the Lakers, when he was Seattle in 2005. Los Angeles was without Kwame Brown, who sat out the game with bursitis in his right heel. Brown, averaging 5.7 points and 7.3 rebounds this season, said he expects to be able to play on Friday when the Lakers host Minnesota.
LIFTING from page 12 other avenues to compete in. So far they have only competed in the one event, but will look to add on to their impressive performance at other local powerlifting contests. The next tournt; ment on the schedule is the Natural Nationals on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, which will be held in Oklahoma City. After that, they plan on entering the "World Cup" in August, also held in Oklahoma City. The funding for the contests is provided by sponsorship money from Old Chicago. For those interested in powerlifting, the members of"Team Dark Horse" stress the importance of dedication and safety. "You don't come to the gym to pick up ladies," Nettleingham said. "We're here for a reason," Whitmer said about the team's
Wes Gwin, Ben Knotts, Nick Whitmer and Kyle Nettleingham of "Team Dark Horse" pose with their trophies after winning the 2007 Unequipped National Powerlifting Contest in Oklahoma City on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.
dedication. "We look mean as hell [when working out]. Don't hit on girls in the gym, but outside it's 100 percent ok." Whitmer's advice to those looking to get started is they should read the rules of powerlifting, study the different fed-
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Stars get served at Hamilton Field House by Alex Gambill Sports Writer
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Lizzie Brenner, junior, attempts a lay-up at the exhibition game against Oklahoma City Tuesday night at Hamilton Fieldhouse. The Lady Bronchos won the game 73-69.
UCO Women's Basketball team displayed its tenacity against Oklahoma City University in an exhibition game Tuesday in Hamilton Field House. The Bronchos won 73-69 in the exhibition opener, which helped give the Bronchos some real game experience even though it did not affect its record. On the other hand, it counted as a real game and a real loss for the Stars who are ranked No. 12 in the National Association of Intercollegiate. UCO head coach Guy Hardaker said he was pleased with his current team and their win. "We have some young girls making major contributions," Hardaker said. "It was a good win for us." The Bronchos have eight returning players from last season: Cassidy Pillow, Lizzie Brenner, Mallory Markus, Christina Yarbrough, Taylor Allen, Antonia Smith, Micha Hester and Karlie Free. "Obviously Lindsay Brenner and Cassidy Pillow are major contributors,' Hardaker said. Brenner made six offen-
sive rebounds and seven defensive rebounds. She led the Bronchos with 10 two-point field goals and contributed a three-pointer. Brenner averaged 15.5 points and 7.6 rebounds a game last year. Pillow is also a threat to be reckoned with; last year she averaged 10.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. The Bronchos led the whole game and even fended off the Stars when they rallied toward the end. The Bronchos led the first half 9-0 before the Stars kicked into gear. The game was very
tough with UCO racking up 41 points to OCU's 31 and in the second half UCO scored 32 to OCU's 38. OCU experienced 24 turnovers while UCO had 13. Yarbrough did her job on offense making three of eight three-point attempts. The game was a very rough and tough brawl with particular members of the Stars "[Last year] we set some lofty goals, but you have to play a season and you never know how it's going to pan out," Hardaker said. This being Hardaker's sec-
and season at UCO, the season is looking very promising. Last year the team finished second in the LSC North Division even though they were picked to finish last by officials. "The whole key to being successful I think is everybody playing their role and everybody rooting for their teammate," Hardaker said. The Bronchos will compete in the Pittsburg (Kan.) State Classic Nov. 16 and 17 against Pittsburg Sate and Southwest Baptist. Alex Gambill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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The Bronchos cheer during the last minute of the game against OCU. UCO won 73-69.
Pumping iron; UCO powerlifters win event by Jeff Massie Sports Editor
Some people lift weights to improve their body or their health. Others work out to aid them in competition, and for some, lifting is the competition. On Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 the Unequipped National Powerlifting Contest was held at the Oklahoma City Biltmore Hotel. Four strongmen from UCO who call themselves "Team Dark Horse" entered the event and out-lifted all others, taking home first place honors while setting numerous records. The men claim they entered the tournament looking for a fun way to compete, but they came away with much more than just a good time. "[We're] young dumb kids who just showed up [at the event]," Nick Whitmer said about Team Dark Horse's first competition. Classified as an "unequipped" competi-
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From left: Nick Whitmer and Kyle Nettleingham speak about thier accomplishments at the 2007 Unequipped National Powerlifting Contest held at the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City.
tion, the competitors are not allowed to use any form of support or lifting suit to aid them in the exercises. Broken into different weight classes with two
divisions, Junior and Pure, each lifter competes in bench press, dead lift, squat and total, which is the sum of all the other exercises. The first division is for everyone
under the age of 23; though calling these mammoths a junior is kind of like calling King Kong a spider monkey. The Pure division is open to all age groups and is named
so because it requires competitors to stay steroid free, as does the whole event. Testing for performance enhancers will be done if deemed necessary by tournament officials. "Team Dark Horse," which has recently become sponsored by Old Chicago, is made up of Ben Knotts at 165 pounds, Wes Gwin at 181 pounds, Nick Whitmer at 198 pounds and Kyle Nettleingham at 220 pounds. Knotts, the lightest man on the team finished first in both divisions and set national records in squat, dead lift and total, according to Whitmer and Nettleingham. At the next weight class, Wes Gwin, according to the team, set state records in all four categories and took home the gold in the Junior division. Whitmer, a personal trainer at the UCO Wellness Center, also had an impressive showing. He finished first in both the Junior and Pure divisions while setting five national records, according to
the team. Two records came in the dead lift competition, two were in total and he also made a new mark in squats. At the heaviest weight, 220 pounds, Kyle Nettleingham capped off the contest by winning the Junior division and came in second in Pure. He also set squat, dead lift and national records according to the team. Most of the lifters got their start in high school, and "Team Dark Horse" came in to being as a result of an ill-fated contest. When the Hornets were still in the city, they sponsored an airplane pulling contest where the winning team would earn a free trip to Las Vegas. Whitmer and Nettleingham rounded up some muscle of about 20 guys and began training for the plane pull that would eventually be called off Not detoured, and already in training, they kept going with their workouts and looked for
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