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International Students Risk Education llegally Working Off-Campus without Work Visas Vy Luong

@vyl69 Contributing Writer

The anonymous source in this article is given the alias ‘Riley’ as a means to protect their identity and their interest. A University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) international student has to pay about three times more than an in-state student. Some international students can’t afford that cost and try to find a job off-campus, even though they know it is illegal. “If they get caught [working illegally], they will lose their student status. They must be asked to leave the country and banned from re-entering,” said Jennifer McCullough, an international adviser of UCO Office of Global Affairs (OGA). According to U.S. immigration law, international students are only allowed to work on-campus with the maximum of 20 hours per week. There are several jobs available on the site, as well as other UCO campus services. Working off-campus requires authorization from immigration to be considered legal. International students can apply for the Curricular Practical Training when they enroll in an internship course. Another option is the Optional Practical Training, which allows international students to stay and work in the U.S up to one year after graduation. The process of applying for work authorization can be long and detailed. According to Global Affairs’

Some international students, who cannot afford to pay tuition and cost of living in the United States, risk their student visas by illegally working off-campus in businesses such as restaurants. International students are not allowed to have student and work visas simultaneously, and could have their current visas revoked if they are caught working elsewhere. Photo Illustration by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

website, students are recommended to apply for the Optional Practical Training at least 60 days before graduation. A UCO international student, Riley, worked as a waitress for about two months before quitting and finding a job on-campus. As a waitress, Riley was paid cash every two weeks and didn’t have to pay any taxes. “I was told to stay at home whenever someone [from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)] came and supervised for the business,” Riley said. Riley had tried to find some jobs

on-campus before, but didn’t get any. However, it was much easier to get a job elsewhere, since Riley just needed to prepare a resume, walk into the restaurant and get hired. Working off-campus was more flexible for Riley’s schedule, however, Riley was unfairly treated at that restaurant. Riley didn’t get paid during the three-week training term, and also couldn’t get tips. “It [the way international students are treated] depends mostly on the employers. Many of us [international students] are still working off-cam-

Media Professionals Speak Up The Vista

@TheVista1903 Staff Reports

The media received criticism throughout the election season resulting in anti-media sentiments from citizens across the nation. Some claim that the media spent too much time normalizing president-elect Donald Trump and criticizing Hillary

Why News Matters

Clinton. Others claim that the media had a bias against Trump and were endorsing Clinton. The definition of news according to Merriam-Webster is “new information about something that has happened recently.” The Vista asked

those working in the journalism field around Oklahoma about their opinions on what news is, why news important, and the impact news has on society. See Media Professionals on 8,9

pus and earn a lot,” Riley said. International students often work at restaurants, coffee shops, or nail salons in the area where people from their home country live. The minimum wage rate in Oklahoma is $7.25 per hour. International students get paid a lower rate when working illegally, but they can work for more hours and may get a lot of tips if the employers allow them. According to Riley, a nail technician may get up to $3000 per month if they are lucky. It is more than the amount a student can get for a whole semester when working legally on-campus for the maximum of 20 hours per week. Employers must pay a fine or even lose their business license if they are caught hiring illegal workers; however, they spend less money paying these workers. “Beside money, finding a job off-campus [is] much easier than on-campus,” Riley said, explaining the reason why many international students still choose to work illegally. See International on 10


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CONTENTS UCO Tech......................................................3


Around Campus.........................................4-5


UCO News.....................................................6

UCO Football...............................................12


Bucking Broncho.........................................13

Media Professionals....................................8-9

Military Friendly..........................................14



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Members of the Faculty Tech Advisory Council meet on October 27, 2016 to talk about updates regarding IT Projects on campus. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

Changes in Technology Coming to UCO

Elisabeth Slay @Eslayslay Reporter

Over the next few months changes are being made by the Office of Information Technology to varying technology commonly used by students and faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma. Learn@UCO, better known as D2L, is one aspect of campus technology that is constantly being updated and changed for the better according to Vice President of Office of Information Technology and Chair Information Officer, Cynthia Rolfe. "In the coming months the updates to Learn@UCO are focused on navigation, user experience and overall workflow. Instructors will see changes to make creating quizzes easier, improved assessment using rubrics and changes to the grades area that are allowed to be customized to the individual course," Rolfe said. She also said students would see improvements in tracking their progress on D2L and aspects of the website will be easier to navigate. According to the Director of Technology Resources, Kathryn Wullstein, rather than having fewer and larger updates to the system, D2L will be changed in small ways every month. "We're on a system, which the company has asked everybody to move to, where every month you have updates and it's called continuous delivery. That means every month we have new changes," Wullstein said. Wullstein said the D2L company Brightspace has a set schedule of the updates and though they have been

minor so far, they have been beneficial for instructors and faculty. In addition to constantly upgrading D2L, Brightspace has recently released an application, known as Pulse, in which students can easily access course information and notifications through D2L. "What it'll do is show calendar events so you can get all these really nice reminders. If you were taking an English class and there's an essay coming up you'll get a reminder on your phone...So what it does is [it] just makes it easier when you're on the go and on your tablet," Wullstein said. Wullstein said the IT office is still in the planning stage, but there will soon be an announcement and some promotion for Pulse so that UCO community members can be more aware of its existence. According to Rolfe, the UCO IT office is always working to improve the technology used on campus and their recent project is focusing mainly of the communication process between the university and students. "One of those major projects we're working on now is a Client Relationship Management product. We have licensed it through the company that provides the primary information system for the university," Rolfe said. The Client Relationship Management (CRM) will essentially remodel how UCO connects with its students in regards to events and information pertaining to campus. "The purpose of Client Relationship Management is just that, it's to help us manage the communication that we have with each of our clients.

So in the case of a higher ed institution it would manage communications to students, to donors and to other stakeholders," Rolfe said. Rolfe said that the CRM would make campus communication more specific to each student. Simply meaning, rather than receiving numerous broad email blasts, students would receive other notifications

about things pertaining more to their majors. The IT office is currently planning to incorporate the Client Reationship Management and hopes it will be available to the student body and faculty members by May or June of 2017.







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Monday, Nov. 21, 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.

MISS NATIVE AMERICAN UCO 20162017 RECEPTION: Beginning at 12 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Heritage Room, the Native American Student Association will host a reception for the UCO community to see the crowing of the new queen.


at 5 p.m. in the Mass Communication building’s Room 216, UCO’s F/64 Photo Society will have their last meeting of the fall 2016 semester.


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.

ANCHOR MEETING: Starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Cherokee Room (Room 213), para-church organization Anchor will have their weekly meeting to socialize and to talk about future events that they plan to have. WINTERGLOW OPENING CEREMONY CHOIR PRACTICE: At 9

p.m. in the Nigh University Center, UCO students will gather to practice songs for the opening ceremony of WinterGlow.


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.


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.

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.

THE TRUE MEANING OF THANKSGIVING: At 12 p.m. in Nigh University Center’s Ballrooms, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host an event for all students, faculty, staff and community to learn more about Thanksgiving.

ANGER TAMERS: The Center for Coun-

seling and Well-Being will give a confidential and free support for those who struggle with controlling anger from 1- 2 p.m. in Nigh University Center’s Room 402.

Nov. 23-25, 2016 THANKSGIVING BREAK: The Univer-

sity of Central Oklahoma will have classes closed from Wednesday-Friday for Thanksgiving Break. Classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 PCCCP GIFT DROP OFF DAYS:

Sponsors for the President’s Club Children’s Christmas Party will need to drop off gifts for the first drop day in the Nigh University’s Will Rogers Room, on the 4th floor, from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

ANCHOR MEETING: Starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Cherokee Room (Room 213), para-church organization Anchor will have their weekly meeting to socialize and to talk about future events that they plan to have. OKYLP: The Oklahoma Youth Literacy

Program serves children from Pre-K through 9th grade. OKYLP is looking for Math, Reading and Science tutors to teach the principles to children who are lacking or stuggling in the areas. The program is from 3:30 p.m. - 6:10 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Genipha Backoulou, the education director at OKYLP. The organization is located at 1425 N. Kelham Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73117.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 PCCCP GIFT DROP OFF DAYS:

Sponsors for the President’s Club Children’s Christmas Party will need to drop off gifts for the first drop day in the Nigh University’s Will Rogers Room, on the 4th floor, from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

UCOSA: From 1-2 p.m. the University of

EMOTIONAL FITNESS: From 10:3011:30 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.


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.

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.

for Counseling and Well-Being will hold a class on learning how to manage stress and college life in NUC Room 402 from 2-3 p.m.

UCO-SA GENERAL MEETING: From 2-3 p.m. in the Liberal Arts building, Room 115, the Socialist Alliance at UCO will host their general meeting. LIFE SKILLS AROUND EATING: At

3:30 p.m. in Nigh University Center 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 symptoms that suggest eating disorders.


in the Troy Smith Auditorium in the College of Business building, the UCO Ethics Club will have their monthly meeting.

ANGER TAMERS: The Center for Coun-

seling and Well-Being will give a confidential and free support for those who struggle with controlling anger from 1- 2 p.m. in NUC Room 402.

FSL PHOTO SHOOT: From 3-4 p.m. the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will host a photo shoot around campus to capture UCO’s community, council and chapter photos that are used by the marketing office. Organizations must RSVP through Orgsync. SAFE GENERAL MEETING: From 7-8 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Carl Albert Room, the Student Alliance for Equality will have their final general meeting of the semester. HAC GENERAL MEETING: From 7-9

p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Ballroom B or C, the Housing Activities Council will have a general meeting.


Starting at 9 p.m. at Mitch Park, Campus Activities will host a ‘Late Skate’ for the UCO Community. The admission is to bring food items, hygiene products, or school supplies to donate.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 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.

BIBLE STUDY: From 12 p.m.-1p.m. in the Nigh University Center, The UCO Christians on Campus will have a bible study. SEEKING STRENGTH: Beginning at 1 p.m. in the NUC Room 402, the Center for Counseling and Well-Being will have a workshop to reduce trauma and substance abuse symptoms, as well as including boundaries in relationships and other topics. The workshop is both free and confidential. CIRCLE OF SISTERHOOD COMMITTEE GENERAL MEETING:

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Nigh University Center, Panhellenic’s philanthropy, Circle of Sisterhood, will have a committee meeting that is open to any Panhellenic woman to attend.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 SPB/VSLC PRESENT FOODY BOOTH:

From 11 a.m.- 1p.m. in the Nigh University Center at the activity tables located on the second floor, members of the Student Programming Board and Volunteer Service Learning Center will host a snack food drive event. Students who bring snacks to donate to Central Pantry can take a picture with someone in a banana costume and recieve reusable utensils.


in the Nigh University Center’s Grand Ballroom, UCO students will sponsor children on campus for a holiday-themed event that is intended to teach community involvement, caring for others and giving back.

SPB FIND BUDDY: From 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. UCO’s Student Programming Board will hide a stuffed broncho on campus. The first student to find the broncho and bring it to Campus Activities Office will recieve a ‘Broncho Pride Bundle.’ For hints about the broncho’s location, follow SPB on Snapchat at UCOSPB . GOT STRESS WORKSHOP: The Center for Counseling and Well-Being will hold a class on learning how to manage stress and college life in NUC Room 402 from 2-3 p.m.

Nov. 21, 2016 STRESS PAWS: In Nigh University Center’s Room 402 from 3- 5 p.m., the Center for Counseling and Well-Being will have therapy dogs to help students relieve stress ART & DESIGN STUDENTS: A JURIED EXHIBITION: From 5:30-7:30 p.m.

in the Melton Gallery, Art and Design students will showcase some of their work and research. The exhibition is STLR-tagged.

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 ACM GENERAL MEETING: From 2-2:30 p.m. in the UCO Math and Computer Science Building’s Room 126, the Association for Computing Machinery will have their general meeting. FAB GENERAL MEETING: From 3:30-5

p.m. in the Nigh University Center, the Freshman Activities Board will have a general meeting to go over chair positions, general members, and the structure of the board.

ANGER TAMERS: The Center for Counseling and Well-Being will give a confidential and free support for those who struggle with controlling anger from 9- 10 a.m. in NUC Room 402.

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Student Affairs and STLR Team Up

The Student Transformative Learning Office will soon introduce the Comprehensive Student Record. This record will allow students to keep track of their out-of-class achievements. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.

Elisabeth Slay @Eslayslay Reporter

Several associates from the University of Central Oklahoma Student Affairs and Student Transformative Learning Record offices will present the Comprehensive Student Record (CSR), which will allow students to have an official transcript of their out-of-class achievements. This program will be presented at a conference in Indianapolis Nov. 28-29. Jeff King, the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning, said the CSR will act as a way for students to display their success in meeting the six tenants of UCO. They include discipline, knowledge, global and cultural competencies, health and wellness leadership, research, creative and scholarly activities and service learning and civic engagement. “Our Comprehensive Student Record is a manner in which we will be able to have students show their own achievement in their STLR tenant badging,” King said. “So really the Comprehensive Student Record is a way for students to show their learning outside of class.” STLR is an organization, first introduced in the Fall of 2015, where students are given the opportu-

nity to record their growth as citizens, according to Mark Walvoord, assistant director of STLR. “It’s our effort at trying to get a record of students’ transformative learning like the name implies. So kind of like a second transcript of not just what students are learning in their major, but how they’ve had growth in the other main areas that campus says are important and that’s the central six tenants,” Walvoord said. According to King, the production of the CSR initially began a year ago when UCO was invited by the Lumina Foundation, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers to participate in a nation-wide project in which 11 other colleges are also working on a CSR catered to their institution. “We were invited to the Comprehensive Student Record project in January of 2016. There were already eight other institutions that Lumina had invited and we were actually added to that group,” King said. The Lumina Foundation is funding the project itself for $50,000, however STLR and additional funding for the CSR as a whole is being funded by the five-year Title III Grant of 7.8 million dollars according to Sharra Hynes, executive director of Experimental Learning. At the conference at the end of the month, King,

along with other project team members will be presenting their final product. “What will happen at that meeting in Indianapolis [on] November 28 and 29, is that all 12 of those institutions will present their Comprehensive Student Record projects,” King said. King said the UCO CSR will be separate from the rest because it has certain aspects that make it special compared to other higher education facilities. “Ours is the one that’s unique because it includes either faculty or staff assessing student learning in these outside-of-class areas and using rubrics to do so in an authentic assessment way,” King said. There will be several important members of higher education from all around the country attending the event to witness the presentations King said. The CSR is expected to be released for student use by mid-March and acording to King, it will be extremely beneficial for students in their future following graduation. “I think students will respond very positively to the Comprehensive Student Record because it is a way for them to be able to show employers or parents or graduate schools,” King said. “The kinds of learning that go way beyond just what happen to show up on an academic transcript.”


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Online Research v. Doctors Opinion Is personal research more informative than a doctor’s diagnosis? Elizabeth Spence @lizzlynn Reporter

The internet is often used as a tool to gain information about various topics. With blogs or other helpful pages filled with other people’s life experiences, it is sometimes easier to self-diagnosis rather than a doctor’s appointment. People go to the doctor with common illnesses and the doctor can usually figure out the problem and solution immediately. However, what happens when someone is extremely ill and the doctor has no idea what is wrong—when the patient has been tested and there is still no result? Julie Breeden was going through menopause and having severe symptoms; night sweats, fatigue, hot flashes, and osteoporosis. She made several trips to the hospital trying to figure out exactly what was causing her to feel this way. After the sixth trip to the hospital she decided to take matters into her own hands.

“[It was] menopause. After five to six emergency room visits, [the doctors] still could not figure it out,” Breeden said. “I finally got tired of not getting answers that I needed, and I decided to go online and find my own answers and between me and my husband, we figured it out.” In some cases, when it is life or death, getting the right diagnosis is crucial. Teressa McGuire was in the hospital for an operation that should have gone routinely. “I had my gallbladder removed, and the surgeon cut my liver. I just kept getting sicker and sicker. I lost 40 pounds and weighed 110 pounds within three weeks. I finally went to a different doctor, and he discovered that my abdomen and chest were filling with liver bile,” McGuire said. “I was immediately rushed to the hospital and wound up getting a chest tube to drain 200 CCs immediately. I kept the chest tube for a week. They said I probably only had a couple of

days before I literally would have drowned.” McGuire said that this happened in 1999, and online research was not as easy and did not have the vast amount of information that it does today. She could only rely on her nurses and surgeon to help her, but they just shrugged her off. “[They] probably [thought] I wanted pain medication,” said McGuire. “I went to see an old doctor I used to work for, and he had it figured out within minutes. He sent me for a CT scan, and the radiologist drove me to the hospital. Not many people can say that.” This happened three weeks after she told her surgeon that something was wrong with her. “I just kept getting sicker, and he kept telling me I was just taking longer to recover,” said McGuire. “He retired three months later.” According to an article by Tracey Delaplain, MD, “Google doesn’t know you,” therefore Google cannot

know more than the doctor does. Delaplain said that online health research can breed cyberchondria, the result of people researching the symptoms of a common cold and the internet research telling them that they have cancer. This is a growing concern for doctors as patients can now research any and all symptoms of a rare disease, illness or condition, and manifest a state of medical anxiety and false reassurances. “Give us the details. If your physician doesn’t appear to be listening, then slow her down. [Say] ‘Doctor, can I tell you all the details? I’m not sure which ones are most important, but you might hear the clue that matters most from my story.’ I’m a physician, and I do this with my personal physicians,” Delaplain said. “Think about your story before you get there, and don’t give me your diagnosis, but do share your story: when, where, what makes it better or worse, what have you tried, and finally, what you think is wrong.”

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OETA Q: Why is news important?

“Without the news there is no such thing as freedom, there is no such thing as democracy. There is also no such thing as informed consent. The news makes the difference between having freedom and having no freedom.”

Bob Sands is a veteran reporter and producer for OETA. Photo provided by OETA.

Reporter/Producer OETA Bob Sands

Tulsa World Q: Why is news important in our


“An informed society is critical to everyone, if you don’t know what your leaders are doing or you don’t know what’s happening in your community, you won’t be able to exercise equal rights as a citizen, this includes voting.”

News Editor Tulsa World Mike Strain Mike Strain is the current news editor at Tulsa World. Photo provided by LinkedIn.

News Channel 4 (KFOR) Q: How does the press help society and


“We live in a world with a vast amount of information moving around for people to access. Some of this information is accurate, some not accurate. It is the job of the journalist to see that society is well informed.”

Justin Reed is a producer for News Channel 4 (KFOR) and also a University of Central Oklahoma student. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.

Producer News Channel 4 (KFOR) Justin Reed


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The Journal Record Q: What is news? “If you think about it... news is the plural of new... News is the factual reporting of new things that have occured... It lets the public know what could affect them. ”

Ted Streuli is the current editor-in-chief of The Journal Record. Photo provided by Ted Streuli.

Editor-in-Chief The Journal Record Ted Streuli

The Oklahoman Q: What has been the biggest

misconception about journalism and news that you have noticed? “I think people get confused at what is news and what is entertainment.”

Editor and VP of News The Oklahoman Kelly Dyer Fry Kelly Dyer Fry is the current editor and vice president of news at The Oklahoman. Photo provided by Kelly Dyer Fry.

The Norman Transcript Q: Why is an informed society


“Without an informed audience, they are not going to be making good decisions, and sometimes power can fall into the wrong hands… it can make life more difficult.”

Caleb Slinkard is the current editor at The Norman Transcript. Photo provided by Caleb Slinkard.

Editor The Norman Transcript Caleb Slinkard


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UCO PD Raise Money Through the Power of Beards

Elizabeth Spence @lizzlynn Reporter

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Police Department has partnered with the Men’s Programming Board to conduct a fundraiser for male health issues through No-Shave November, or as they call it, “Movember.” Health issues that men deal with are consist of prostate and testicular cancer, diabetes and heart diabetes, high cholesterol, and stroke. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to research that is working to prevent these health issues and the way they affect men. No-Shave November was an event created as a way for to bring awareness to cancer and cancer research. According to Matthew Hill Foundation, Inc. “The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many

cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.” This then invokes conversation as to why these men are growing out their beards and they can explain that the money they typically spend on shaving products will go to a No-Shave November fundraiser, or in UCO Police Department’s case- Movember, to help further cancer research. “Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle,” Matthew Hill Foundation, Inc. said. The UCO Police Department are making bets for who will have the biggest or fullest beard by the end of November and thus far they are all enjoying the competition and growing out their beards. There are about 10 to 12 officers, and

the Environmental Health and Safety staff members are participating in this fundraiser as well. It is connected to social media sites such as Facebook to keep everyone involved with how their beards and the fundraiser are coming along. “We’ve had a lot of fun with it,” said UCO Chief of Police, Jeff Harp. “It is unusual for a department our size to have a bunch of officers running around with scruffy beards, but it’s been fun, and we hope that we can raise as much money as possible.” The fundraiser started Nov. 1 and will continue until Nov. 30. If some of the other officers or staff decide to shave their beards early, they are permitted. The UCO police officers hope to make Movember an annual fundraising effort for every No-Shave November to come.

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Police Department plans to fundraise for male health during No-Shave-November, a fundraiser that will be conducted in partnership with the Men’s Programming Board on Campus. UCOPD intends to make this an annual fundraiser. (Photo provided by Pixabay.)

International Vy Luong

@vyl69 Contributing Writer

(Continued from cover) Some international students work at UCO for dining services as cooks, waiters, or dishwashers. However, finding an office job like a desk worker or an assistant can be more difficult. International students can only apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) whenever they get an employment offer. It normally takes around two weeks to get a SSN after applying. Most employers don’t want to wait a long time to hire a worker, so they may give that chance to a native student instead. “I was in [trouble] when the name arrangement stated on my I-20 [an acceptance letter from a university] and my passport [were] not the same. My friend even waited for six weeks to get a SSN because of the same problem,” Riley said. Even if an international student already had a SSN from previous employment, they sometimes still can’t find a job easily. International students also have to report to

For international students, America can be synonymous with expensive, Having to pay more than $13,000 a semester for school, illegally working off-campus may be the only option for some who can’t get a job on-campus. This can, however, result in student visas being revoked, and being sent back home. Photo illustration by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

designated school officials every time they have new employment opportunities. “If the interview goes well, we will get hired on the spot. Sometimes, we

have tax paperwork to do, but that’s it,” said Rachel Gosz, an American student working on-campus. Riley is now working two jobs on-campus and earns about $500 a

month. However, Riley has to pay more than $13,000 each semester. “At least I earn some, and don’t have to worry about being caught all the time,” Riley said.


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UCO Wins President’s Cup

Senior linebacker Jas’sen Stoner, 48, left, and senior defensive tackle Deontay Wilson, 90, of the UCO Bronchos hold the President’s Cup following the game against Northwestern State University on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. The Bronchos won the game with a final score of 17-14, claiming the President’s Cup until they play NSU in 2017. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

Peter Agnitsch @PeteyPete33 Sports Reporter

University of Central Oklahoma’s football team went onto the gridiron for the final time this season to face their arch-rival the Northeastern State Riverhawks. The Bronchos were led by senior quarterback T.J. Eckert, who threw for 300 yards and a touchdown. Eckert finished his UCO career as the all-time leader in individual offensive yards with 6,279. “He is a high character guy, that continues to fight and he responded today,” said coach Nick Bobeck. The start for UCO did not go the way they wanted it, junior running back Clay McKenzie fumbled the ball on their first drive of the game. Then on their next possession, Eckert was intercepted by junior Ashton Antwine, but the third time was a charm for the Bronchos with McKenzie running in a 7-yard touchdown. The Bronchos held a 7-0 lead until 3:02 left in

the second quarter when Dimonic McKinzy threw an 8-yard touchdown to senior Steffon Herd tying the game. At the end of the first half it remained tied 7-7. Junior Addison Staggs started the third quarter with a spectacular interception. Staggs had a total of 8 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery. Later in the third quarter, sophomore Austin Dodd hit his first career field goal from 27-yards to take back the lead 10-7. The Bronchos would not hold onto their lead for long with McKinzy throwing another touchdown this time to senior wide receiver Matthew Butler closing the third quarter. After the score, UCO went on a 77-yard drive that lasted nearly 5-minutes that ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Eckert to junior Caleb Moss taking the lead back 17-14. Later in the fourth quarter, the Bronchos faced a crucial fourth-and-goal at the Northeastern State 2-yard line with 1:20 left.

The Bronchos decided to go for it with McKenzie taking the snap out of the wildcat formation but, came up short turning the ball over on downs. “We decided we wanted to make them go the distance,” Bobeck said. Northeastern State would start their last drive down 17-14, with 1:14 left from their own 2. The Riverhawks would get all the way to the UCO 35, with a fresh set of downs, but McKinzy would throw 4 straight incomplete passes and turning the ball over on downs sealing the game for the Bronchos 17-14. This is the third straight year the Bronchos have taken home the President’s Cup, bringing their all-time record to against Northeastern State to 47-27-2. “To win the President’s Cup and to send those 11 seniors out on top, it’s a big deal,” said Bobeck The Bronchos finished their season with a record of 3-8.


Nov. 21, 2016

The Vista


The Bucking Broncho:

Once A Supporter, But Kaepernick Lost My Respect A. Suave Francisco @SuaveFrancisco_ Sports Editor

Colin Kaepernick has been in the headlines more in the past 10 weeks than he’s been since 2013 when he led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. A few months ago, he decided to kneel during The Star Spangled Banner before football games. This was by far the most talked about situation in the NFL’s preseason. As many of my readers know, I was an advocate of his actions and expressed how he was introducing the hard, honest truth to America. Things quickly changed, though; all the respect I had for him has faded. Kaepernick opted out of voting in this presidential election and said that it didn’t matter to him who won. In a post-game interview following a 23-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he defended his statement. “You know, I think it would be hypocritical for me to vote.” Those are the words that came out of

his mouth to reporters. “I said from the beginning I was against oppression; I was against the system of oppression. I’m not going to show support for that system. And to me, the oppressor isn’t going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression.” In my opinion, this was the biggest misstep of his career by far. The decision he made pretty much eliminated the significance of his initial message by kneeling during the anthem. It is fair to criticize both Clinton and Trump. It is fair not to like the candidates. However, the sacrifice our ancestors made years ago, just so we would have the right to vote, should hold more weight. In my opinion, voting shouldn’t be an option; it should be a mandatory duty as an American citizen. You do not necessarily have to vote for the candidate you are 100 percent behind. Sometimes you have to choose the better of two evils, because either way, one or the other is going to be the president of the country you live in.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates his touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

You will have to deal with his or her shenanigans no matter what, so why wouldn’t you vote for the one that presents the least amount of problems? When nearly half of the country does not vote, you have no business complaining about the outcome of the election or the repercussions. You essentially lose all credibility for the next four years. For a man that is trying to help this country, Kaepernick sure has an interesting way of showing it. To Kaepernick: If you are a man that wants the equality of all American people while setting examples for our people and our youth, you should’ve really considered voting in this election whether you fully supported either candidate or not. On your platform, a starting quarterback for one of America’s most recognized teams, you should be a better role model by sending the message of the significance of voting.


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Nov. 21, 2016


Due to the University of Central Oklahoma’s vigilance in providing veterans and their families education, support, and opportunity, the university has once again been dubbed a military friendly school. This is the fifth year in a row that UCO has been recognized. (Photo provided by Pixabay.)

UCO Most Military Friendly in the State Queila Omena @queilaomena Reporter

The University of Central Oklahoma has been again recognized as a military-friendly school, where veterans and their families are given the opportunity to receive education and support. For the fifth consecutive year, Victory Media announced that UCO was placed on the military-friendly school list. The list aims to help military service members and their families select the best college or university for veteran support. Schools on the list have shown the student veteran support needed to pursue a professional career, according to Victory Media’s website. “It’s not our goal to seek higher rankings. [These rankings] are just a validation of the work that we are trying to do. Our goal is just to continue to improve services for student veterans,” said Kennan Horn, director of Student Support Services SALUTE program and Veteran Student Support at Central. The “Military Friendly” recognition was received after UCO placed as the only Oklahoma school listed as “Bets for Vets” on the Military Times. Horn said the recognition is great for UCO and also leads veterans in the community to start thinking about school again. “It gives us an opportunity to open a dialogue with veterans and explain to them how we are going to help them succeed … Our goal is just to do well by our student vets. The recognition comes as a byproduct of that. And then in the end, it helps

us get more vets that we can provide services for,” Horn said. John Garner, a veteran and senior student at UCO, said the school played a tremendous impact on his desire to receive a bachelor’s degree. During Gardner’s freshman year, his professor helped him get through some personal issues, including depression. He didn’t tell the professor he had depression, but the professor soon noticed it and asked him to get help, he said. “It’s hard enough coming back, especially veterans who are dealing with PTSD and stuff like that. It’s a whole different challenge to go in to school. [UCO has] a lot of good programs and a place for veterans to hang out over there in the library … It’s great, but there’s always room for improve-

ment,” Garner said. Garner believes that at bigger universities, support might not be available because professors aren’t able to pay close attention to all students in class. According to Horn, the benefits veterans receive is usually given back to the community in tax dollars, as well as through several other ways. “These were special groups of folks that earned this benefit. It’s not given to them; they earned it … Veterans are a great investment in putting an educated work force back in the community. For the overall community, supporting veterans is a very good thing,” Horn said. To learn more about 2017’s military-friendly schools, visit:

Several parking spots around the University of Central Oklahoma are reserved for disabled veterans. This is just one of several ways UCO pays respect to veterans. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.


Nov. 21, 2016

The Vista


The Role of the Free Press and Why We Still Need It

Alex Brown

@aymae_baybay Managing Editor

There has been a lot of talk about the roles “the media” played during this election season. Some have stated that the press was biased and tried to sway voters a certain way, and some stated the media portrayed our new president-elect unfavorably. Any way you boil it down, the public wanted someone to blame during the chaos that was the presidential election. The media always seems to be the first to receive that backlash. Everything seemed to be the media’s fault and I’ve heard a lot of people saying that the media wasn’t fair and should be “held accountable.” Let’s get this straight; the media has not, and will never be, fair. The media’s job is to be objective and give facts, and even though some people may not like those facts and think it is unfair to make those facts open for the public to see, it has to be done. True, some do their best to be objective, while others do not; that

is how you separate legitimate news sites from fake ones. “American media has always been biased. It’s always been slanted...

“... In the last election, for instance, if you happened to disagree with something, you said it was biased. That’s not fair. People have a

“Any American who just relies on only one source of news is woefully ignorant and blind” it has always reflected different views— all different voices, many different publications, many different stations, have always had some kind of slant. That’s what the first amendment is all about,” said Dr. Terry Clark, University of Central Oklahoma professor and Director of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. While some news outlets do their best to be objective, they seem to also lean a certain way, because we’re all human. But by reporting facts, does that make them biased?

misunderstanding of what bias is to start with, and I think there is a lot of biased media in the world, especially on social media,” Clark said. It wasn’t just perceived bias that seemed to make the public angry though. There was a rise in websites that claimed to be legitimate news sources, and some people fell for the false facts these sites propagated. “There has been a lot brought out recently, a lot of fake news sources, and people take it and don’t check their sources and immediately re-

spond to it, or react to it, or forward it without even thinking about it,” Clark said. Though we’re feeling divided as a country now, the press is still doing what it has always done: report to the public and represent them as a whole. While some may disagree with that, they are free to do so, because the fact still remains that there are news stations and sites out there that are trying to do their best to report the news objectively. It’s important for the public to know that the press is going back and analyzing what was reported incorrectly this election and how it could have been executed better. The public also needs to realize that they need to be skeptical of all news until they’ve checked multiple sources the back up their facts. “Everybody ought to check more than one source. Any American who just relies on only one source of news is woefully ignorant and blind,” Clark said.

The media has come under quite a bit of heat since the election regarding false news that has been cirulating through social media. News is often read because it is free, not necessarily because it is true. This leads to uneducated information and decision. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.

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