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Student's memory lives on with help from staff member with at least a 3.0 GPA and a major within the College of Liberal Arts. Karen Martinez, Nathaniel's mother, said Nathaniel was a great son, brother and friend. "He was constantly happy," Karen Martinez said. "He found humor in everything." Karen Martinez said he never blamed his illness. The doctors told his family and Nathaniel he didn't have much time to live, but this didn't stop him from enjoying the rest of his life. During his freshman year at UCO, he lost his eyesight and became paralyzed on his left side. "He was constantly positive through his strength, humor and wisdom," Tillman said. "He didn't let

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Nathaniel Martinez, a UCO student who died last July from a rare form of brain cancer, is the namesake for a new scholarship.

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Tim Tillman, UCO alternative transportation coordinator, and his wife, Cathy, established a scholarship fund in the UCO college of Liberal Art in honor of his family friend and UCO student Nathaniel Martinez. Tillman and his wife created the Nathaniel Martinez Scholarship after their family friend died of a rare form of brain cancer in July. Tillman's son Chip, who currently attends OU, was one of Nathaniel's best friends. The Nathaniel Martinez Scholarship will award $1,000 annually to a fulltime undergraduate student

his blindness or his disability take those away from him." Nathaniel Martinez was a sophomore, majoring in political science. When Nathaniel was in Santa Fe High School, he was involved in his high school band and Latin club. His mother said that he found other passions when he couldn't do band anymore. That is the main reason why he majored in political science. Nathaniel became involve and interested in government. "I remember when Nathaniel called me and asked me to take him to the city council meetings," Tillman said. "He became so passionate about governsee NATHANIEL, page 6

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opportunities. This program allows students to sign up for interviews being held on campus from recruiter visiting campus as well. The counselors are ready to show step-by-step how to write a resume and cover letters. They also can critique and recommend changes that will help further your resume. "A common mistake students make on their resume is the use of pronouns," McKnight said. "You shouldn't say me, we or I on a resume. There are a variety of resume templates, and depending on the job the employer might want a certain style." McKnight said that the average employer takes five seconds to look at one

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spoken, yet attention-grabbing voice. This search for happiness has led these two young men through the continental United States and also to India for i month out of every year. They look for "university campuses, concerts, state fairs, hip or cool streets and cities," Mukunda said. "Sanatana Dharma means the eternal occupation of the living entity also known as Vaishna Vism," Mukunda said. "It teaches that we are actually eternal spirit-souls." Mukunda and Vassilios have given up most of their material possessions to make this journey. They not only hand out the Bhagavad Gita, but also spend time with interested students at the end of the day discussing their philosophy and their meditation practice, known as bhakti yoga. Ryan Sanders, a sophomore Theater Performance major, attended the session with Vassilios to learn more about the Bhagavad Gita and Bhakti Yoga. "I originally wasn't

resume, and if it does not Web site, where students have what they are look- can view event calendars, ing for it will only be dis- career assessments and a carded. McKnight said that career-planning strategy. students can e-mail their The career assessment resume to careers@uco.edu can help students who are undecided with their major if they can't stop by. McKnight said that this or career to find what really help commuters who don't fits them. The Career eDiscover have time to stop by their offices, it only take two to Inventory Assessment three day process. exams help finds the most "Ninety-five percent compatible career based on of our services are free," your personality. It's free McKnight said. "Students for students to participate. should take advantage of "We explain what the it." assessment exams really The internship and mean," McKnight said. "We e-portfolio registration is take a look at the combinafree for students. The full- tion of things and explain time employment registra- what it means and how it tion is $20 for current stu- fits them." dents and $30 for former McKnight said that their UCO students. purpose is to help students Students also have achieve the major or career access to the Career Service that fits them.

The University of Central Oklahoma Career Service s,„"/ . offices are open and ready to counsel students on how to achieve the perfect Two traveling monks internship and job for their stopped at the University future. of Central Oklahoma on The Career Service office Thursday on their journey offers resume critique to spread the Bhagavad Gita and career advice from a to receptive audiences. licensed career counselor. Their names given to Walk-in sessions are them by friends and fellow for 20 minutes on a firstmonks are Bhakta Mulcunda, come, first served basis on and Vassilios. Mukunda and Wednesday between 1 to 5 Vassilios, both 26, were at p.m. The last student will Oklahoma State University be seen at 4:2o p.m. For on Wednesday and were all other days, students headed to the University of are encouraged to set an Oklahoma from UCO. appointment. They were giving out a The Career Service office book called the Bhagavad has plenty of information Gita that teaches Sanatana for students who are seekDharma, "the oldest religion ing internships or employin the world," Mukunda ment. They have informasaid. tion regarding how to write These Hindu teachings a resume, cover letter and were first revealed in India. where students can apply. The Bhagavad Gita's "If students are unsure "wisdom never changes," about their major or need Vassilios said. career advice, they can "The sky is always blue, stop by our offices," Clint the sun is always hot, the McKnight, career counselor soul is always conscious said. and the material is always "We offer a variety of serchanging. Our soul yearns vices to help. We are here to for eternal happiness help assess career options, because we are eternal," critique and mock Vassilios said in his softsee MONKS page 6 resume interviews." Students can also have the option to register to HireBronchos, a 12-month service. HireBronchos allows students to create a e-portfolio to obtain an internship or employment. This registration program allows students to put their resume, cover letters, transcripts, certifications and other achievements in a online portfolio for intern and employment recruiters Photo by Allison Rathgeber to view. This also allows students to have 24-hour Photo by Amy Stinnett access to their account to Andrea Garcia, freshman International Business, waits to talk to counselors either apply or view possi- Monday at the Career Services office in the Nigh University Center Mukunda, who teaches Sanatana Dharma, shows ble intern and employment his book, the Bhagavad Gita.

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Nothing may be more popular in the United States than the allure of the white picket fence with the elusive and perfectly painted two-story house, the perfect marriage and family. The American Dream it's called. It is the life that many have died for and the government has spent billions of tax payer dollars to guard the imaginary "border" created only by the need to keep outsiders out. Oklahoma followed suit with bill the "Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act," HB 1804, which has become known s one of the strictest immigrant laws that has created broken families and broken hearts by deporting

illegals. What has been forgotten in the struggle to keep America American is the millions of immigrants who did not choose to come to this country. Thousands of individuals are currently enslaved in the U.S. As it stands, the United States is the number one destination for trafficking. All 5o states and U.S. territories have reported cases of human trafficking. According to the government, approximately 600,00o to 800,000 are trafficked into the United States each year. Many of those victimized did not make the choice to come to America. They have been beaten, raped and forced into coming to the country; some have been kidnapped from their

home. Those who come willingly are lured with the promise of a better job and a better life. Victims are as young as 12. Countless numbers of victims do not speak English and are brought from countries like Eastern Europe, Asia, Central America and South America. Thousands ofyoung girls, boys and women are forced into prostitution, having to take off their clothes and lay on their back in a place that's dark, cold, damp and musty every day. Many more have been forced into working manual labor jobs without being paid. Some are teenaged U.S. citizens, who have run away from broken homes. The irony is, they ran from what they thought was

a bad situation and have found themselves in situations where they are held in bondage. To attempt an escape would mean the risk of being severely beaten or tortured if caught. Those victimized are not just used for sex trafficking, but for drug and organ trafficking, as well as many other illegal activities that fall under the trafficking umbrella. Regardless of what the victims are being used for or how long slavery has been an issue, why is it still being allowed to continue in our own backyard? Oklahoma is one of several cities where criminals were arrested because of human trafficking. Throughout several cities, including Tulsa and Oklahoma City, 52 children

were rescued from a prosti- of caring enough for anothtution ring. One child was er human being to end the living nightmare victims only to years old. Truck stops near are forced to cope with at Interstate 35 have been a the hands of criminals. For the sake of humanity, popular area for criminals who exploit individuals for instead of finding ways to keep illegal immigrants out profit. Oklahomans Against of this country how about Human Trafficking we find a way to rescue (O.A.T.H.), an organiza- and protect the 600,000 tion that began last year, to 800,000 individuals that say that human trafficking are brought to the U.S. for is a $34 billion industry. slavery. Instead of marching on It has surpassed the arms industry, making it the sec- the capitol with cardboard ond-fastest growing crime signs that read "Stop illegal in the world. That figure immigrations" or "deport translates into the loss of illegal aliens," in protest of millions of dollars in taxes. immigrants, why don't we Over 2 million children start marching with signs around the globe are traf- that say, "Stop human trafficked. ficking" or "stop perverts It is no longer matter of from exploiting minors." legal or illegal citizens in the U.S.; it is a matter of human rights. It's a matter


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Chemicals create, combust and kill Ryan Costello

3/S7inch solid steel, to 50-pound "explosion proof ' light fixtures and 12-inch steel reinforced concrete walls, men •i< r and women in Butler's line of work do <not take chances There are vast varieties of chemical applications respon- with explosive accidents. Butler's Tennessee lab even has a strategically placed, sible for the shapeof the world today. Some are medicinal, giant manmade 'mound of earth to protect surrounding pharmacological and investigative. Some are electrical, structures. metallurgical, and mechanical. J. Keith Butler specializes "That wall was not a natural geological structure. That in a practice that wields a different influence altogether: wall was put in place to protect other industrial environExplosions. Butler was the headliner of a presentation hosted by ments... from me," Butler said. According to Butler, perhaps the most difficult variable: UCO's Department of Chemistry in Howell Hall last Friday, Nov. loth. His exhibition was called 'Testing Explosives:. to counteract is static electricity. To combat the buildup of Considerations for an Intrinsically Safe LaboratOry." A graduate of the Union School of Chemisty at the electrostatic enerKy, Butler University of Memphis, Butler has more than 20 years of said his lab, like most othexperience in the testing, handling and deVelopment of ers in his field, requires specific shoes, socks, insoles, lab munitions and explosives for the United States Military. Currently the , chief chemist for the Milan Army coats, and even a wristband Ammunition Plant in Milan Tennessee, Butler is also that grounds a worker, neuqualified as a spill response team member and hazardous tralizing static energy. These clothing articles work in tanwaste operator. The presentation last week discussed safety precau- dem with a specially constructtions for the testing and handling of explosive materials ed floor that eliminates static and it delivered one simple idea: "Be safe, stay whole and buildup and a meter that detects any unsafe static charges, all in the live," Butler said. "I've worked in places where we've had deaths. Where hope of preventing any spark that could ignite any residual ke've had people lose limbs." When expressing the danger of working with explosive explosive dusts in the lab. Though safety precautions like and combustible materials, Butler categorized them in these are implemented to save specific groups, including gases, liquids, fibers, and even lives, they may still cost a buyer a dust. Butler referenced one accident at a sugar refinery in metaphorical arm and leg. Butler quoted the costs of Atlanta, Georgia in 2008 that killed six and injured more some safety equipment, includthan 6o. "That explosion \vas caused by sugar," Butler said, ing a $150 light switch, a $300 standard light fixture, a $900 "Imagine if that dust had been more energetic." The energetic dusts Butler alluded to were ones like florescent light fixture, and even binitrotoluene, more commonly known as TNT, the han- a static proof broom and dustpan that cost more than $100. tiling. of which Butlersaid is not for the faint of heart. Architectural measures aside, "If that makes you nervous, find a new job," Butler Butler said that is the responsibility said. of each worker in a hazardous mate- , rial lab to To combat the myriad of potentially disastrous missteps'idan explosives lab, Butler explained the expansive focus on each and every safety detail that best prevents an list of countermeasures, from the tiny and complex to the explosive mishap. The chain is only as strong as its weakest link," Butler large and hi some cases seemingly primitive. "Obviously you don't want to have explosions but you said. Butler said his entry into the explosives and munitions want to have contingencies in place if there is an exploindustry was a chance happening and he actually presion," Butler said. From heavy-duty fire alarms and light switches of ferred electronics and computers at the time. However,

after over two decades of specialization in the field, he has grown to appreciate his position. '`As chemists, we work with chemicals intrinsically. hazardous. It doesn't matter how eve use them or where we use them, they are hazardous. But they are incredibly interesting combi nes. " Butler said. In his time working with the military., Butler has produced everything from ceremonial rounds for soldiers funerals to the warheads made for Patriot missiles.

Students learn to negotiate salaries, navigate disparity Tiffany Brown staff II

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While the wages of men currently outweigh that of women and the disparity continues to increase, the University of Central Oklahoma's Multicultural Student Services explained to students how to tip the scale in their favor. Many Central students attend college in hopes of starting a career with high monetary benefits after graduating with a bachelor's degree. Even for women who earn degrees, they are more likely to earn smaller salaries. Historically, women almost always earn less regardless of which field they are in. This has been labeled the gender gap. One of the reasons for the gender gap is due to sex discrimination, said Kathy Moxley, the coordinator for the University of Oklahoma's Women's Outreach Center. During the average lifetime of her career, a woman will lose as much as $2 million due to the gender wage gap. However, students can use several tips and techniques bridge the gap, Moxley said. The first step to earning a higher salary is recognizing there is a gender gap, she said. Many graduates often have the "I'm lucky to find a job, I'll take whatever they offer me," mindset, Moxley said. But, it's important to not settle. "What you get paid in your first salary is the basis for all your increases [and] all your bonuses," Moxley said. The salary you settle for when you first began will determine how much you make for the duration of your career, she said. It may even affect your retirement. "We don't actually spend the time to figure out what we're worth and what we're going to get paid," Moxley said. "It's really important to do that research beforehand." "Do you want to make what you're worth?" Moxley

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asked. comfortable with the statement you are making, Moxley According to current statistics, women earn approxi- said. mately 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The company could be offering a starting salary more Negotiation is an effective technique to use when deter- than what you expected and if you leave the ball in their mining base salaries, Moxley said. court to make the first offer, you will not be cheating yourSometimes it's hard for women to learn how to effec- self out additional money. tively negotiate, and they are reluctant to ask for what they "You never want to sell yourself short," Morley said. are worth, she said. Mother important tactic is to aim high and be realistic, The salary negotiation begins after the job offer, Moxley she said. said. Volunteer work and other experiences that could con"It starts when they say we want you, we want you for tribute can be used as persuasive techniques. this job and we want to bring you on board," she said. "That counts and you need to be able to emphasize that "That's when the negotiation process starts." in an interview," Moxley said: After you've been offered the job it's good to put off salIt could be used to gain more money or other added ary negotiations for as long as you can, because you want benefits. them to want you, Moxley said. If you don't have the necessary experience or qualificaWhen companies .want you, they're excited about you tion, aiming for upper range of salaries may not be the and they think you will make a great asset to their team. best thing to do. You have to be realistic about what to They're likely to offer you more money or more willing to expect. negotiate, she said. Researching the company before interviewing can also Negotiations begin with what's known as the 3 T's, be helpful, Moxley said. Moxley said. The T's represent tone, tactics and tips. If you know the company's goals and benefits, you can Jennifer Gillespie, and OU graduate student, began to communicate to the employer how and why you would be explain how your tone attributes to the negotiation proj- beneficial to the company. ect. Gillespie began to explain the tips that could also help "When you're speaking with a potential employer, it's increase your base salary. always good to be positive about what you're saying about Sell yourself. Don't assume the employers have read yourself and your skills," Gillespie said. your resume, Gillespie said. "One thing to keep in mind is ... it's a discussion. It's not Since companies may have different communities, the a debate," she said. person interviewing you may not have been the individual It's a conversation about how a potential employer and who read your resume, she said. employee can meet each other's needs, she said. It does "You are your best advocate," Gillespie said. It is impornot require you to be emotional or personal, Gillespie tant to have the ability to communicate why you deserve said. the salary you are asking for. The best time to bring up the research you've done durAlso, anticipate objections so that you can be prepared ing the negotiation, she said. It's about being persuasive. to turn something that could potentially hurt you in an Also, it's important to be flexible, Gillespie said. It's interview into something positive, especially if its listed in just as important to listen to employer's needs so that both the qualifications. parties can brainstorm ways to meet your goals and their Don't get personal, Gillespie said. needs, Gillespie said. Employers are not interested in hearing about your As Gillespie ended the discussion about tone, Moxley personal life such as your bills, your debts, and the other spoke about other important elements of negotiation. reasons you are looking for a job. Budgeting is a crucial factor when negotiating. Benefits can make an unacceptable offer acceptable, One of important factors is determining how much Moxley said. money you need to support yourself, Moxley said. "There are lots of benefits to think about other than Your budget would dictate the minimum amount of salary," she said. money you would be willing to settle for when negotiatIf benefits are not discussed upfront, you should ask ing. about it, she said. What may be lacking in the salary, you Moxley continued to discuss tactics. may be compensated by the value of company benefits. "Never be the first one to say a salary figure," she said. In today's economy don't be afraid to ask for fair marIf they're asking what your target salary is on an appli- ket value for your skills, Moxley said. cation, skip that section, Moxley said. "You are worth it. You deserve it," she said. If you don't fill it out, it won't prevent a company from The "I want my million" discussion forum was held on interviewing you, she said. Nov. 18 at the Nigh University Center. It was the second in "You never know how that information will turn against a two-part series. It was the last of the Relations, Ethnicity, you so leave it blank," Moxley said. Activism and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) Talk sessions, which If you are asked by the employer how much you would have been held throughout the semester. be willing to accept, Moxley said its more beneficial to reply with a response such as, "I'm open to what you have to offer," or "I'm really interested in what you would be Vista Writer Tiffany Brown can be reached at willing to offer to someone with my level of experience." tbrown@uco360. corn. Make sure it's your own words, because you have to be


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Student loses pageant, gains job Emily Davis Staff 11 rite/

When you think of news anchors you typically think of someone finished with college and beginning their careers. That is not the case for one freshman broadcasting student. After graduating high school Patricia Shaw decided to take some time off before heading to college. "I took two years off, I spent one of those years in Guatemala, and then I came back last semester and enrolled at UCO," Shaw said. Shaw, 20, grew up in Guatemala, and moved to the United States when she was 15. The move was made because of her mother's job. Her mother moved them to Buffalo while working on a political campaign. During her first semester at UCO Shaw participated in Miss Hispanic UCO and this is where her job with Telemundo begins. "I lost (the pageant) but it actually worked in my favor. The lady who lent me the traditional wear for that part of the contest is the one who contacted Telemundo and told them about me," Shaw said. "They lost one of their employees, because she was on maturity leave, and they needed someone to cover for her, which was the medical segment." Shaw said she was very nervous going into the interview but she was hired on the spot. They did not interview anyone else. Shaw chalks this up to them simply liking her. Shaw now works for Telemundo, the second largest Spanish television network in the nation. The network has smaller branches of news stations. It is the only Spanish language newscast in Oklahoma. "I'm the medical reporter, it's like an entry level position. I do the medical segment...research different medical stories, whatever is relevant," Shaw said. Shaw said that she reports on things of relevance, uniqueness and things she finds interesting. Shaw has Photo by Byron Koontz covered HIN1,. stories about places giving free vaccines, and has also found novelty stories like a blind woman whose eyesight got fixed by implanting a tooth in her Freshman broadcasting student Patricia Shaw grew up in Guatemala and moved to the Unifed_States when she was 15. After participating in the Miss Hispanic UCO pageant, Telemundo contactdd -Shaw eye. Shaw has also learned about being behind that camera and is now the medical reporter for the second largest Spanish TV network in the nation. while working at Telemundo. She edits her stories and eating exotic foods, while learning about the culture. also records audio for them. As a broadcasting major era. Shaw said her main goal is being on the Travel Channel "It just the most natural, easiest part of my job," Shaw these are all things Shaw will be taught at UCO but she will or History Channel. said. have a head start and professional experience. "I love history, I've'just always been in love with history A few other opportunities have opened up for Shaw Her job experience at Telemundo will benefit her when more than usual, and I can combine both my experiencE it comes to course work in UCO communications and since she started her job this past summer. "I got to guest on Wild 104.9. I'm actually doing a night- [with Telemundo] and the things I like to do," Shaw said. being bilingual will aid in her ability to cover stories and You can watch Shaw's broadcast Monday thru life show that will start in December, and it's going to be obtain a job after she graduates. "I have been kind of interested in venturing into sports me going to different nightclubs, and events, and concerts Wednesday, and on Friday's at 5 p.m. and io p.m. on channels 5 and 30, depending on cable provider. casting...I just kind of want to see what it's about...eventu- ... showcasing Oklahoma," Shaw said. In the future Shaw hopes to have a job like Anthony ally be an on-site reporter. Its just more exciting, I want to Vista Writer Emily Davis can be reached at Bourdain, the host ofthe television show, "No Reservations" be where the action is," she said. edavis@uco360. corn. Shaw said that the best part of her job is being on cam- on the Travel Channel. On his show he travel the world

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Assistant Chair of the Department of Design Rukmini Ravikumar hopes to bring global awareness to the UCO campus. Ravikumar grew up in Chennai, India. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History of Fine Arts and Drawing and Painting from Madras University. She then set out to Iowa State University to receive a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design. Ravikumar said she decided to come to the United States, because design was highly respected as a career compared to India. "Just think about everything you have touched today," Ravikumar said. "It has gone through a designer." Her parents were both involved in designed, and she has always had a passion for puzzle solving problems. But she said there is a major misconception about the arts and design. "Art and design are very separate," Ravikumar said. "Design is a mental puzzle aspect and the vision of the client. Art is about the artist and their vision." Although there is a major misconception, UCO has made the effort to make sure it has its own distinction. She said she has worked to make sure the design and arts programs have their own identity. "I want to bring visibility," Ravikumar said. "Educators have stepped up to bring visibility to the design program." Ravikumar is highly involved in bringing awareness to the community. She publishes her articles in "The International Journal of Design." She is also involved in the American Institute of Graphic Arts

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Rukmini Ravikumar, Assistant Chair of the Department of Design, grew up in Chennai, India. She said India didn't offer many opportunities for her, whereas the United States did.

Oklahoma, one of largest professional membership organization for design. She has also been involved in the development of the high school program called Outreach, the program was set uliTor high school students to see what the design program entails. "This gives high school students and their parents the opportunity to see what the UCO design and arts program is like," Ravikumar said. "It's exciting place to be." Ravikumar said being assistant chair of the Design Department was a good challenge for her to take on. Before coming to UCO, she spent years as a graphic designer in India and the States. She is an expert in cross-culture design and graphic design technology. "We have a great team," Ravikumar said. "I want our students to feel confident and know that they are with qualified and competent experts of the fields." Ravikumar said being in the school is the best time for a graphic designers or artists to take risks, make mistakes and become prepared. Her advice to her students is to have the passion for the field and be aware of global competition. "This is a profession that is constantly changing," Ravikumar said. "Students need to adapt to change, and to Continue learning even after graduation." Ravikumar said students should become aware they are no longer are competing locally but it has now become. a global competition. "We want our students to feel confident in competing in a global market," Ravikumar said. "We want to promote a sense of global awareness to help them succeed in the market."


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MONKS Continued from page 1 NATHANIEL going to go," Sanders said. "I decided I'd regret it if I didn't. I am enthralled by Indian culture and I'm always open to learn new theologies." Sanders learned the art of meditation, chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, which helps one to focus on self-realization instead of the material world. This is known as dhyana yoga. Some UCO students may be familiar with yoga since it is taught at the Wellness Center, but this is only one form of yoga. "Yoga is a loving union with the supreme," Vassilios said to some UCO students as they all sat on the grass on the southwest side of campus listening to him. "Yoga is like a ladder. The first rung is Hata Yoga, which is the postures." Other forms of yoga include karma, which is actions and good deeds, and jnana yoga, "a loving union with the divine through knowledge to become one with God," Vassilios said. All of these yoga practices serve to develop a love for the spiritual over the material. â&#x20AC;˘ "Spiritual life is real and material world is shadow," Vassilios said. Vassilios used a few examples to emphasize

his point. Sweden, he said, is one of the most affluent countries in the world yet it has the highest suicide rate. Vassilios said the London School of Economics recently did a study about the relationship between material possessions and happiness by examining each country. The happiest country was Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest countries. Vassilios said the reason for this is that "people are getting simple happiness, [such as] from their loved ones. "Yogis teach don't scratch the itch of sense gratification. Find happiness in your soul." Mukunda said, "Our original condition is just as a pure spirit-soul. ... If we actually want to be happy then we have to get out of this material condition and return to our spirit condition." Vassilios expanded on this idea, saying, "The material world is like a desert. The soul is thirsty. Material pleasure is only a few drops, when the soul wants an ocean." "I feel like it's my duty as a human being to broaden my horizons and learn new things," Sanders said when the session concluded.

men t. We all thought he was going to run for president." Karen Martinez said that she appreciates and thanks all the professors and the Disability Support office for their support and help. "Our family th n ks all those that helped Nathaniel get through with it," Karen Martinez said. "We tremendously, tremulously thank them all." His mother said that Nathaniel never let his family know his pain; he instead was appreciative and. strong will, "He took his illness as a gift from God," Karen Martinez. "He learned to see the world with a different light," His mother said his faith was strong. One of Tillman and Karen's fondest memories recently was when. Chip, Tillman's son, took Nathaniel to Jamaica for their school trip. Karen Martinez and Tillman said at first they were worried, but knew that Chip and his friends took care of him and they all had fun. Karen Martinez said the Tilimans have been supportive and been there for Nathaniel since his illness. "I want to thank Tim and Cathy for everything they have done," Karen Martinez said. 'He would

want other students to have the same opportunities that he had." Tillman said that he hopes his scholarship fund will allow students with disability the opportunity to continue with their college education a,,,(1 inspire other students to appreciate what they have.

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Continued from page 1 "Life is short," Tillman said. "You never kn ow what will happen. Nathaniel treasured school and valued the little life he had left." His mother said that she will miss his humor and his laughter. "I'll miss him calling me beforc he went to bed

the most," Karen Martinez said. "Even though he was 21 years old he always called to say goOdnight." Tillman welcomes donations and support for the Nathaniel Martinez scholarship, for more information students can contact Tim Tillman at ttillman2 uco.edu

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No. 12 UCO has strong showing The Broncho women took home two wins this weekend

remaining Yarbrough hit a layup to put UCO up 51-42. Steve Vidal A three-point play from Sports 'filer Stark with 4:35 to play put UCO up 54-44â&#x20AC;˘ The Stars capitalized on The UCO women's basa couple of UCO turnovers ketball team used a comand missed shots to go on bination of strong defense a 7-0 run capped by a Holly and clutch shots down Harden layup to cut the the stretch to pull out two UCO lead to 54-51 with just huge wins last weekend. 1:52 left to play. That was UCO downed the thirdas close as the Stars got. ranked team in the NAIA Two Beckley free throws Oklahoma Baptist 61-56. gave UCO some breathing Then they followed it up Mom at 56-51 with 1:24 left with a 56-53 victory over to play. OCU cut it to three the eighth ranked team in again at 56-53 after a Laura the NAIA Oklahoma City Duncan layup with just 23 University who they lost seconds left. OCU had one to in an exhibition game more shot at a three pointer in Oklahoma City on Nov. to tie it after a Broncho 10. UCO came into the missed foul shot, but the Southwestern Oklahoma attempt was no-good securClassic in Weatherford ing the UCO victory. on Friday ranked 12th in Stark had six rebounds Division II and anxious to to go with her 19 points. erase the pain of a tough Beckley had io points and 70-69 loss at Pittsburg State six rebounds with two to open the regular season assists. Anderson contribthe previous Sunday. The uted with nine points three Bronchos took control of rebounds and three assists. the Friday matchup against Lauren Gober led OCU OBU early bolting out to in scoring with 17 points to a 13-0 lead. After UCO's go with four rebounds and Traci Murphree hit a jumpthree assists. Duncan had er with 9:13 to play in the nine rebounds to go along first half the UCO lead was with three points and five 12 at 20-8. assists. OBU fought back using UCO is now 2-1 on a 22-5 run that covered the season after taking nearly all the rest of the both of their games in the half. UCO â&#x20AC;&#x17E;got kasey Tweed Southwestern Oklahoma three-pointer. near the end Classic hosted by of the hallto cut the OBU Southwestern Oklahoma advantage to 30-28 at halfState University. The team time. is back in action tonight UCO looked like they against The University may take control of the of Sciences and Arts in game again in the second Chickasha at 6 p.m. half getting an early 7-0 run Following that game the to take a 35-32 lead. After team will have a week off a Rose Anderson threebetween games over ti pointer the lead was 4o-36. Thanksgiving break before Then OBU made another returning to their brutal Photo Services charge coming back to lead stretch of io straight games the game 50-47 with just away from Edmond to about four minutes remain- Senior Traci Murphree (22) goes up for the layup in a game late last season. UCO is 2-1 this season. start the season. The game ing after two free throws will be against Lone Star from Taujhnae Travis. Conference South Division game with 19. UCO owned Rose Anderson layup with another tough test for the tory. The Bronchos knew they opponent Tarleton State a 29-28 lead at the break. 12:06 to play in the first Bronchos, the OCU Stars. Three Bronchos reached had to come up big down Up 33-31 early in the in Stephenville, Texas, on the stretch and they did. double figures in scoring. This time the UCO defense half. After a Courtney Allen Two clutch three-pointers, Ashley Beckley led the was up to the challenge three-pointer the lead was second half the Bronchos Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. one by Jordan Stark to give team with 14 points and six holding OCU to 37.9 per- 20-14. Then OCU went on used a 14-3 run with five UCO the lead back at 52-5o rebounds. Yarbrough had cent shooting and just 53 a 12-4 run to get the lead of the points scored by and one by Tweed to break a 12 points and led UCO in points. In the exhibition at 26-24 capped by a Starr Anderson to build a 47 -34 Vista Sports Writer advantage. The Bronchos game between the teams Fairbanks jumper. tie at 52, keyed a 14-6 UCO assists with seven. Steve Vidal can be Late in the half Stark looked like they may be Stark had ii points and just a week-in-a-half earlier run to end the game. Backreached at to-back layups by Cristina came up big on three point- the Stars ran up 98 points hit a big three to put the heading toward a comfortsvidal@uco360.com . Bronchos back up 29-27. able victory. Yarbrough, the second with ers shooting three-out-of- on 58 percent shooting. OCU had other ideas She had ii points in the The first half stayed close four. Ashley Harrell led all just 1:09 to play, gave UCO going on a 6-o run to make first half and led the team almost all of the way. UCO OBU scorers with 15. a commanding 59-52 lead it 47-40. With only 5:25 in scoring for the entire jumped out 17-11 after a Saturday brought and all but sealed the vic-

Three Bronchos place fifth in Nebraska UCO participated in a tournament against over 500 wrestlers this weekend Steve Vidal Spot Is If

UCO wrestlers headed to Omaha, Neb., on Saturday looking for an impressive showing against some of the best competition in the nation. The Kaufman/ Brand Open on Saturday hosted by The University of Nebraska-Omaha had over 500 wrestlers compete and lasted almost 12 hours. UCO came out with three placers, all three took fifth. "I was frustrated in some of our performances," UCO Head Coach David James said. James called it a "beast of a tournament" with many schools being represented and more competition than they have seen so far in the early season. Numerous Division I teams were among the competition in the tournament. During the later part of the day James says the wrestlers are required to be more of what he calls "gritty and grindy." He says that

for the most part his wrestlers didn't push and challenge the way they needed to in this tournament. UCO heavyweight Dustin Finn, who is a senior and came into the season top-ranked, faced adversity in this tournament. Finn, a two-time All American, is in search of his first individual national title this season. He had a rough tournament by his standards going 2-2 and failing to place. Elijah Madison of host UNO eliminated. Finn in a 5-2 decision. Madison came into the tournament ranked seventh in Division II. The tournament was split into two divisions, a 17-20 division known as the amateur division, and the open division for everyone else. "I liked the format," James said. "Splitting the brackets gives you more chances to wrestle." Casy Rowell at 125 took advantage of the format finishing fifth in the 17-20age bracket. Rowell lost

in the first round 8-3 to Nebraska's Kyle Waldo. Rowell didn't hang his head and came back to win five straight consolation matches including a rematch 6-2 decision victory over Waldo. After a loss in the semifinals Rowell placed for the third tournament in a row this season winning by an injury default over Cody Tyler of UNO to take fifth. At 165 in the open division Derrick Adkins of UCO got a fifth-place finish. Adkins made it to the quarterfinals before dropping a match. Then he won two consolation matches before losing in the semifinals. He defeated Blake Malloy of Fort Hays State in the fifth-place match with a 5-2 decision. The other fifth-place finisher for the Bronchos was Colby Robinson at 149. The senior had been struggling a little in the early season looking to return to the form that made him one of UCO's most consistent wrestlers last season. "Colby made some posi-

tive steps," James said. "This was an event where he kind of moved some things forward." Robinson made it to the quarterfinals where he dropped a tough 5-4 decision. Then Robinson, who is ranked seventh, won two straight consolation matches before losing to topranked Esai Dominguez from UNO in the semifinals. Robinson came back with a win in the fifth place match over Iowa State's Justin Hale in a 5-1 decision. UCO had three other wrestlers in the 17-20age bracket post winning records for the tournament. Austin Standage at 149, Ed Jackson at 157 and Eden Bernstein also at 157 all went 3-2 but did not advance far enough to have a shot at placing. While James was happy with some of the effort, he was disappointed that more of his wrestlers could not go further in the tournament. UCO came into the tournament in Omaha off of

a big victory last Tuesday night in a duel with the Oklahoma City University Stars at Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City. The Bronchos pounded the stars 31-3 winning nine of ten matches. "The big thing was we secured the win," James said. He was mainly happy with the effort but says the team got a little sloppy at times. James says that some of the guys won by six or seven points, but if they stayed focused they could have won by wider margins and picked up some bonus wins. Rowell at 125 and Trison Graham at 133 continued to do well early in the season. Both picked up victories over their OCU opponents. At 184 Kenny Meredith got the only pin for UCO when he took out Marvin Lewis from OCU at the 2:11 mark of the match. At 197 Jarrett Edison scored a major decision over OCU's Jake Mabry 13-4. Finn also kept his early season momentum going with an 8-3 decision over Corey

Johnson at heavyweight. UCO dominated the entire duel with a 22-3 advantage in takedowns in running their dual record to 1-1 in the early season. After a busy November that James says might be the busiest he can remember in his time at UCO, the team will enjoy the Thanksgiving break. After that they will head to Fort Hays, Kan. In Fort Hays they will have a duel with Fort Hays State on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and then turn around and compete in the Fort Hays State Open on Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. "We've made some positive strides, but we've got a lot of work ahead," James said. James is hopeful that they have learned something from the tough early season schedule and ' will continue to learn throughout the upcoming matches. The biggest thing that James hopes will happen from all of the tough early season competition is that the entire team will get tougher.


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No. 10 Bronchos make it look easy

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Kyle Hirsch (6), Eric Murbach (1), AJ Alfrey (7), Brian Thompson (19) and Mike Glowa (21) celebrate their second victory against Missouri State Saturday.

Chris Wescott Sports Editor

The No. 10 UCO hockey team took their shootout win against No. 5 Iowa State and ran with it. UCO entered this past weekend 12-6 and hoping for a three-game home sweep with two games against Missouri State and one against Mercyhurst College. They did just that, beating MSU by a combined score of 10-2 and Mercyhurst by a score of 8-2. On Friday night, UCO and MSU stayed tied through the first period. In the second, Nick Novak opened scoring with 14:40 to play in the period. Then the Bronchos went on a three-goal run, getting scores from Greg Masters, Erik Jansen and Shawn Steggles. The game stayed tied at 4-o and

the Bronchos got their second shutout in a row, their first coming against Iowa State. On Saturday night, UCO opened scoring in the first with a Steggles goal, assisted by AJ Alfrey with 12:01 remaining. That was the first powerplay goal of three in a row for the No. lo Bronchos. The next two came from Mike Haszto and Derek Szescodi. Tony Panizzo opened second period scoring with 15:13 to go in that period, followed by a Haszto score with 13:16 remaining. Missouri State broke the shutout with 10:09 left in the third, putting the score at 5-1. With 16:10 remaining in the third period, Casey Smith scored unassisted and put the Bronchos back up by five. MSU rallied back, but scored just one more goal, to make the final 6-2. "We didn't win necessarily in dominating

fashion, but I felt we controlled the game," said UCO head coach Craig McAlister. On Sunday afternoon, the Bronchos faced fellow division I opponent Mercyhurst College, and while the game started close, it soon turned into a blowout. Tony Panizzo opened scoring with 10:28 remaining in the first, on a short handed goal. Then the Bronchos went up by two with 8:15 remaining in the first, with a Steggles goal assisted by Kyle Hirsch. Mercyhurst then cut the UCO lead to one with 7:10 remaining in the first period, and the Bronchos and Lakers went into intermission with UCO on top 2-1. UCO then went on a three goal run, with Jake Roadhouse getting a power play goal with 15:17 remaining in the second, and two Jonathan Cannizzo goals in a

row including a top-shelf shot off a perfect Szescodi pass. MSU scored a power play of their own with 1:o7 remaining in the second to put the game at 5-2. The Bronchos tagged on three more scores in the third to close out the game 8-2. With the three wins, No. to UCO moves to 15-6 on the season and head Mach Craig McAlister is proud of the team's start to the season. "I can't complain about this team at all. I want them to he a little more consistent with their high ,energy level, but they're showing a lot now, and the maturity of the team is s *pg- a little bit. I am very happy with guys." UCO heads to Ohio this weeken o participate in the Wooster Tournament.

No. 17 UCO drops two in Hillyard Classic Chris Wescott Sports Editor

After a thrilling double overtime win to open the season against Emporia State just over a week ago, the Bronchos suffered a let down in St. Joseph, Mo. UCO, taking place in the Hillyard Classic, dropped two matches this past weekend. The Bronchos lost to Rockhurst 69-75 on Friday night and 83-79 to Missouri Western State on Saturday night. On Friday night, UCO trailed 43-29 against Rockhurst and the Hawks never looked back. Rockhurst held off the late game push by Central Oklahoma to finish off the Bronchos 75-69. Shane Carroll continued his early season success with a game-high 22 points. Carroll shot 5 of 9 from three-point range while adding seven rebounds and two steals. Dauntae Williams was second on the team with 19 points, and had eight rebounds with four steals. The Bronchos did not lead the entire game. "We got off to a slow start and just never got going," UCO coach Terry Evans said. "We did a good job battling back in the second half, but couldn't get over the hump." On Saturday night, Missouri Western pitched another upset against the No. 17 Bronchos. This time UCO fell 83-79. The game was tied at 79 a piece with just 12 seconds remaining, when the Griffons put up four points, all free throws and took the win. UCO led by as much as 11 early in the second half. "We had our chances to and just didn't get it done," Evans said. "It's a disappointing loss, but we just have to put it behind us." Leading UCO in points Saturday night was Chris Rhymes who had 22 on the night. Rhymes also added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Shane Carroll had another solid night, scoring 15 points, while Dauntae

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