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“If they won’t hear you, shout!”
Students at the University of Central Oklahoma organized a peaceful protest on campus on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 following the results of the Presidential Election. The protest marched through the Nigh University Center, stopping at the Clock Tower, and rounding Broncho Lake back into the Nigh. Multiple students spoke up about their feelings and reactions surrounding the election and it’s final results. It was organized by Gabi Glidewell, president of the Student Alliance for Equality, Sinead Maguina, vice president of Diversity Round Table, and Keyanna Irby, president of the Black Student Association. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.
Divided Campus, Divided Country
@TheVista1903 Staff Reports
America elected Donald J. Trump, a well-known businessman and reality television personality, Tuesday as the President-elect of the United States of America. An election that has been less about Democrats versus Republicans, and more about a “blue-collar revolt” against establishment
Trump Wins Presidential Election
politics is what many journalist and data analysts claim lead to the results of the election. Titled by some publications, such as the New York Times, as the “Divided States of America,” many riots and protests in San Francisco, New York City, Portland, and even at University of Central Oklahoma have broken out since the election was decided.
Last Tuesday around noon, a peaceful protest organized by Gabi Glidewell, president of Student Alliance for Equality, Sinead Maguina, vice president of Diversity Round Table, and Keyanna Irby, president of the Black Student Association, marched through the Nigh University Center and around Broncho Lake. The protesters stopped at the Clock
Tower for people to voice their concerns and fears for their country and their lives. Some of the chants they were shouting included: “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go” and “Ho, ho, hey, hey human rights are here to stay.” Student reactions can be found on pages seven and eight. See Divided on 7,8
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Room 312 in the Nigh University Center will soon be renamed the "Clara Luper Room", memorializing the female civic leader, schoolteacher, and pioneer in the American Civil Rights Movement. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.
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The Nigh University Center’s Room 312 will become the Clara Luper Room, the first conference room in the building to be named after an African-American. Resolution CFR16-103 would pull $25,000 out of the Permanent Reserve Fund to renovate the room to meet the standards of other conference rooms in the Nigh, according to section one of the resolution. The University of Central Oklahoma’s Student Congress passed the resolution Monday, Nov. 7 during their weekly meeting. The resolution was co-written by Elsa Ruiz, UCO Sophomore and Human Diversity Committee Chair and Jordan Broiles, UCO Sophomore and Press Secretary of UCOSA, as well as former Black Student Association president. “We chose her [Clara Luper] because she was a woman who helped minorities as a whole,” Broiles said. Clara Luper was born in Okfuskee County in Oklahoma and was a leader during the American Civil Rights Movement. Luper was also a schoolteacher who went to Langston University and the University of Oklahoma. She is most known for her role in the 1958 Oklahoma City sit-in movement. The idea to create the room started over five years ago in the Black Student Association, said Broiles.
Broiles had decided last year when he was the president of BSA to take the project under his wing and had been working towards its completion since. Broiles asked Ruiz for help since she was a part of UCOSA Student Congress and could bring it to the floor during a weekly meeting. Some of the remodeling will include new woodwork and lighting as well as new whiteboards, according to Broiles. The Nigh University Center also donated $5,000 to the project idea which is both Ruiz’s and Broiles’ first resolution to bring onto the floor of UCOSA Student Congress. “I just thought that it was something that needed to happen on campus… It represents more than just the white student population on campus,” Ruiz said. Ruiz and Broiles worked with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Diversity Round Table to build support for the resolution across campus. “I was very proud of them… I think they had a mission and a vision in place… and they found a way to implement that on campus,” MeShawn Conley said, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “We need to remember that the Clara Luper Room is not just an accomplishment for the Black Student Association, but it’s a movement for all students on campus,” Conley said.
Renovations will start once Ruiz and Broiles find a company that can do the project under that amount of
money allotted to the project, according to Stockton Duvall, vice-chair of UCOSA Student Congress.
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AROUND THE CAMPUS Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 UCOSA: From 1-2 p.m. the University of Central Oklahoma’s Student Association will meet for their weekly congress meeting in the Will Rogers Room located on the fourth floor of the Nigh University Center. UCO-SA: The UCO Socialist Alliance will
have their general meeting from 2-3p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building in Room 115.
LIFE SKILLS AROUND EATING: At
3:30 p.m. in NUC Room 402, the Center for Counseling and Well-Being will be holding a free and confidential support group for those who suffer from eating disorders and discuss symptoms that suggest eating disorders.
BRONCHOTHON: Starting at 7 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Room 320B there will be an informational session about UCO’s new philanthropy, BronchoThon. ANCHOR MEETING: Starting at 7:30 in
the Nigh University Center’s Room 213, para-church organization Anchor will have their weekly meeting to socialize and talk about future events that plan to have.
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2016 LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP SEMINAR:
In Constitution Hall, from 9:30- 10:45 a.m., students will be able to hear from local business owners and leaders on their leadership experiences.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS: From 10:30-
11:30 a.m. in NUC Room 402, the Center for Counseling and Well-Being will have a free and confidential support group offering tools to be more mindful and regulate emotions.
#WHYWEMO: Starting at 11 a.m. in the Nigh University Center outside the food courts the Men’s Programming Board will discuss the #WhyWeMo campaign that is to raise awareness for the men’s health movement. ARTWORK FROM THE MELTON LEGACY COLLECTION: From 11 a.m. - 4
p.m. the Melton Gallery will be exhibiting artwork from the U.S., Great Britain, France, Norway, Spain, Holland, and other countries originating in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries.
SMART RECOVERY: At 12 p.m. in NUC Room 402, the Center for Counseling and Well-Being will host a meeting for those in recovery to learn skills to stay balanced and motivated in staying healthy. ANGER TAMERS: The Center for Coun-
seling and Well-Being will give a confidential and free support from for those who struggle with controlling anger from 1- 2 p.m. in NUC Room 402.
PRESIDENT CLUB SPONSOR MEETING: From 3-4 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Carl Albert Room, an informational meeting for sponsors participating in the 2016 President’s Club Children’s Christmas Party will take place.
Starting at 5:30 in the Nigh University Center’s Ballroom A, there will be a panel and carnival feature Indigenous American topics. The carnival will feature indigenous games and the panel will discuss myths that surround Thanksgiving.
S.I.S.T.A INFORMATIONAL TEA: From
6-8 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Cherokee Room, the UCO Black Student Association will meet to discuss the “Sisters Inpiring Sisters Through Achievement” for BSA women.
FASHION NIGHT OUT: Starting at 6:30
p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Will Rogers Room (Room 421), UCO’s Fashion Troupe will host a “Fashion Night Out” event for non-traditional students.
FANDOMS VIDEO GAME NIGHT:
From 7-9 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Heritage Room (Room 326) Fandoms Anonymous members will meet to play video games such as ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Rock Band.’
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 SPBe THANKFUL: From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. by
the clock tower, members of the Student Programming Board will be passing out mason jars for students to fill with things they are thankful for.
MICROAGRESSIONS-CONFRONTING THE GENDER BIAS: Starting at 11:30
a.m. in the Nigh University Center, the American Association of University Women will discuss ways to respond to gender bias in the workplace or elsewhere. Title IX Coordinator, Adrienne Martinez will lean an interactive workshop that will point out implicit bias, practice unapologetic language. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Outreach Center, Women in STEM, STARS and AAUW@Central.
BGLTQ+ SUPPORT: The Center for Coun-
seling and Well-Being will be in the NUC Room 402 at 12 p.m. for individuals thinking about coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or for people who have recently come out and are seeking support. These groups are free and confidential.
UCO MATH CLUB NOVEMBER MEETING: Starting at 3:15 in the Math and
Computer Science Building’s Room 113, UCO Math Club will have guest speaker Dr. Ronnie Williams will give a talk entitled: ‘Distance: How Far Apart Are Things Anyway?’
THANKS, BIRTH CONTROL WORKSHOP: Starting at 6 p.m. in Wellness Center
Room 127, UCO Peer Health Leaders will meet to talk about birth control and the pros, cons, and misconceptions about birth control methods in Oklahoma.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 PASSPORT TO GLOBAL KOREA: FASHIO SHOW/CLOSING CEREMONY:
Starting at 12 p.m. in Constitutional Hall in the Nigh University Center, the UCO Fashion Marketing will present Korea’s influence on the fashion world as the Passport to Global Korea’s final event. There will be a grand prize drawing and other giveaways.
FANDOMS ANONYMOUS: CRAFT NIGHT: From 6 - 10 p.m. in the Nigh Univer-
sity Center’s Room 202, Fandoms Anonymous will host a craft night open to UCO students and families.
STRESS PAWS: In NUC Room 402 from
3- 5 p.m., the Center for Counseling and Well-Being will have therapy dogs to help students relieve stress.
SMART RECOVERY: At 5:30 p.m. at the
International House, the Center for Counseling and Well-Being will host a meeting for those in recovery to learn skills to stay balanced and motivated in staying healthy.
DROP DANCE PARTY: From 8 - 11:45 p.m. at Central Plaza lobby, Electronic Dance Music at UCO will feature DJ “King Devyn Burke III” who will be spinning during the student produced dance party.
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 ANGER TAMERS: The Center for Counseling and Well-Being will give a confidential and free support from for those who struggle with controlling anger from 9- 10 a.m. in NUC Room 402. LUNCH AND LEARN-BUDGETING:
From 12-1 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Room 106, the Student Organizations Office will provide lunch as well as a learning session on leadership skills.
FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS: From 6-10 p.m. in the Nigh University Center, Fandoms Anonymous will host an event with Gamers of UCO to play battle games such as Super Smash Bros, Mortal Combat, and Street Fighter. NATIVE AMERICAN HAND GAME TOURNAMENT: From 6-8 p.m. in the Nigh
University Center’s Ballrooms, the Native American Student Association will welcome other metro Oklahoma colleges to host the Native American Hand Game Tournament as a way to connect with others, share ideas and connect with other native students.
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Legal and Stronger than Heroin Elizabeth Spence @lizzlynn Reporter
There is an overdose epidemic in the U.S. that is being caused from the opioid U-47700; it can range from being 10 to 100 times stronger than heroin and is legal in Oklahoma. “The pill, depending on who makes it, can be 10 to 100 times stronger than traditional street heroin, but sometimes the dealers and users don’t know that,” said Spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Mark Woodward. “Pink” or “Pinky” is the street name of U-47700, depending on the city in which it is being sold. Pink is legal in most states in the US because it has not yet been classified as a schedule one drug, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse and has no medical value. “Even though it’s not a schedule one drug yet, the DEA [gave] notice about two months ago,” said UCO Chief of Police, Jeff Harp. “It shouldn’t take that long for that to occur.” Pink will become illegal in the spring of 2017 ; there have been two deaths linked directly to Pink in Oklahoma City, according to autopsy reports, in the last year. “It was made by a pharmaceutical company in the 1970’s,” said Woodward. “The dealers and sellers aren’t making it, it’s coming from China and then sold here on the black market, after that shipments are broken up and scattered.” This drug was originally created as a schedule two drug, meaning it had a high potential for abuse but it also had medical value. Pink was created to treat severe pain, classifying it as fentanyl, but could not be used as such because the potency was so dangerously high. “U-47700 was created as a potential medication for pain remedy but it was so powerful that it never became something that caught on... Like Codeine or Morphine,” said Woodward. High doses of fentanyl can cause respiratory distress and death when taken. This is resulting in an overdose epidemic. “Heroin and Morphine addicts looking for a stronger high, they’re so desperate to get that high that even if you told them [Pink could kill them] they would still use it and that speaks to the desperation of these addicts,” said Woodward. When fentanyl addicts are looking for a better high they will turn to drugs such as Pink and accidentally overdose because they do not realize that the potency is so high. Another contributing factor is that most of the time any fentanyl is taken, it is accompanied by alcohol and other prescription drugs. When these types of drugs and alcohol are mixed together the person taking them could fall asleep and never wake up because of the attack that is being presented to the heart and the respiratory system. Distribution of Pink on the UCO campus is likely but not because of the high it gives. “Pink is stamped with the same markings as
A new and legal drug, termed “Pink” or “Pinky”, has caused epidemics across the United States due to it’s strength and availability. U-47700 was originally intended to be medicinal, but has quickly become an abused narcotic. (Photo provided by Wikimedia.)
prescription drugs so you can’t identify it,” said Woodward. If students are at a party where alcohol and drugs are commonly present and Pink is available, it could be misidentified as Xanax or Lortab because the pill stamps or markings are identical; this is how Pink is being distributed into the US legally. “Don’t trust that somebody’s giving you what they say it is,” said Woodward “Just because somebody hands you a pill and says it’s a prescription painkiller doesn’t mean that it is. It could be deadly.” Body chemistry, tolerance, weight, and the mixture of everything else in the body’s system will make Pink or any other drugs have a different reaction in each person. “Just because one person has a good and fun reaction doesn’t mean everyone will react that way,” said Woodward. If students are found in possession of any prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them, they will be questioned as to why they have them and how they acquired them. “If we encounter it in any quantity we will very likely seize it until we can determine that it is in that person’s possession for a lawful medical purpose,” said Harp. Getting everyone informed and aware that Pink is out there is a primary objective for the OSBN. “Education and information getting out [about Pink] is vital,” said Woodward.
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The Bucking Broncho:
UCO Wrestling Starts on a High Note Peter Agnitsch @PeteyPete33 Sports Reporter
The UCO Wrestling season began this weekend when the Bronchos competed at the Oklahoma City Open at Oklahoma City University. “This weekend they gave great effort and the results speak for themselves,” Head Coach Todd Steidley said. The results had 6 UCO wrestlers finishing in first place in the open, with five others coming in second place. UCO wrestler Caleb Cotter finished in first place in the 285-pound division. Cotter defeated Tanner Allen from Oklahoma State University in the championship match to take the crown. This is coach Steidley’s first season as the head coach for UCO wrestling. Steidley wrestled at UCO for two years from 1986-88, winning an individual national championship at the 142 weight class, and was runner-up his senior year. “It was very exciting to come back here,” Steidley said. Steidley replaced former head coach David James, who was the head coach for 34 years. “Coach James had a great passion for the sport and for UCO,” Steidley said. He has big shoes to fill following up coach James who won 12 national championships, and also having 396 dual wins in his long-tenured career. Steidley said that he learned from coach James, “It’s all about the relationships and just building those bonds with your athletes.” There is a lot of expectations for this year’s Bronchos team being ranked third in the MIAA preseason coaches poll. “The goal here is to always compete for a national champion-
ship,” Steidley said. When asking him what strategies that UCO wrestling will take for this year’s team to compete for a national championship Steidley said, “Number one is effort...we give forth great effort. We will have opportunities for success and consistency.” The Bronchos have improved this off-season with Steidley saying “We have a really good freshman class and we have some really good transfers,” he said. “We feel like we have a lot of depth and we feel like our one and two guys are very even.” Greg Wilson, a transfer student from Oklahoma University, took home third place this weekend. “He wrestled really well... we expect him to improve a lot through the season,” Steidley said. The Bronchos also look to freshman Miguel Barreras who coach said wrestled “really well” in the Oklahoma City Open. The UCO wrestling team has a tough schedule this year with Big matchup’s playing conference rivals like Fort Hays State ranked 4th in the MIAA preseason polls and 24th in NCAA division II, Lindenwood University ranked second in MIAA preseason poll, and the University of Nebraska-Kearney ranked sixth in NCAA division II and first in the MIAA preseason poll. Maybe the biggest matchup for the team will be their next match on Nov. 8 against McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. The McKendree Bearcats are ranked number 8 in the country in division II wrestling. “In the last ten years they have been as good as anybody,” Steidley said.
Johnathan Bowen, sophomore, participates in a wrestling match during the BronzeBlue Intrasquad on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 in Hamilton Fieldhouse. (Photo provided by UCO Photo Services.)
Nov. 14, 2016
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, the United Statesâ€™ Electoral College voted in Republican nominee Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, the protests began, including one on campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. Students began gathering in front of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion just before noon and marched together through the Nigh University Center, stopping at the Clock Tower to express their concerns following the results of the election. Led by Gabi
Glidewell, president of the Student Alliance for Equality, Sinead Maguina, vice president of Diversity Round Table, and Keyanna Irby, president of the Black Student Association, several students spoke their minds throughout the protest, gathering more spectators and participants. The group then marched back to the ODI, chanting, ending the protest in a group hug.
Photos by Cara Johnson, The Vista.
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“I voted for Trump. I didn’t expect him to win, but I’m pleased that he did. Neither candidate was that good… it’s hard to trust Hillary because she’s a liar.” Cole Daniel, Freshman
“I think, now granted I’m not the most educated voter, but when I was penciling in Donald Trump on the ballot, I felt empowered in that I was trusting him to make our nation great again.” Tyler Williams, Freshman
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