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TH University Center under asbestos inspection remains under air monitoring by during the removal work, detecting any breach of the asbestos' containment. According to the National Cancer Institute, asbestos can cause scarring and inflammation when inhaled as a dust, and over time can cause asbestosis, an inflammatory lung disease that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage. Also classified as a human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Agency fog. Research on Cancer, asbestos can cause several types of cancer, most commonly mesothelioma, which infects the thin membranes that line , the chest and abdomen. Used as early as the i800s in the United States, asbestos became a popular mix for builders and architects, who utilized the mineral's strength, flexibility, and heat resistance. Although it has never been officially banned, the EPA restricted any new applications for asbestos in 1989. Miller said that the asbestos in the NUC's roof was not a risk to UCO students and faculty at the time, but upcoming work to be done on the building's roof could have shaken the asbestos dust out, exposing it to people below. The university campus is under constant surveillance for asbestos threats by the Environmental Health and Safety department according to Miller. "We have an asbestos management plan in place for all areas of campus," Miller said.

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UCO and other construction workers made the campus just a bit safer over Thanksgiving break, removing asbestosis buildups that were found on the roof of the Nigh University Center. Workers from the UCO Environmental Health and Safety Department, Marshall Environmental, and Environmental Action Incorporated, an environmental group in Oklahoma City, performed the asbestos detection and abatement work, which was finished this Wednesday. "We had to squeeze [the work] in over the break," said UCO's environmental health and safety supervisor, Brent Miller, who noted that the work couldn't be green lit until the Nigh Center was completely vacated. The asbestos was discovered when UCO maintenance was working to repair a leak in the ceiling the NUC's fourth floor, which was caused by faulty water drains on the building's roof. "When we looked at the drains, they looked suspect, so we tested them," Miller said. Just as Miller feared, 14 of the drains in question contained anywhere from two to 15 percent of a mix between chrysotile and amocite, which are two of six minerals that are categorized as asbestos minerals. "Anything over one percent asbestos is considered as an asbestos material," Miller said. The process of removing the asbestos starts by wetting the surface, to prevent any fibers from going airborne. Workers then use what is called a 'glove bag', which contains the working surface, isolating their hands from the asbestosis and preventing direct exposure. Also, the immediate environment

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A worker prepares the fourth floor of the1 /4igh University Center Tuesday for the asbestos removal project during the Thanksgiving break.

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this year, and they decided on a nautical theme to go with the slogan provided by United Way titled, "AllAboard: Moving Forward Together." The leadership office also thought the nautical theme worked because of the ship in leadership. Karen Youngblootil Director, Staff Leadership Development and External Training took the wheel as the commander of the U.S.S. Leader. There were three tiers to

This October UCO participated in their annual United Way campaign and raised $68,855. The United Way campaign is a major corporate campus campaign that UCO takes part in every October, and has for more than io years. This year the campaign ran from October 5th to the 3oth. Leadership Central was see UNITED WAY page 6 the department in charge Photo Provided

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The University is spreading some Christmas cheer and giving back to the Edmond Community this Christmas season. Winterglow the official lighting of the campus kicks off the festivities. Winterglow has activities for everyone old and young. There will be games and crafts as well as horse carriage rides and smores being donated by Bryant PlaCe. It is a big winter

festival for students and families in the community. "This is an opportunity for the community to come and take part in something here at UCO," said Kay Robinson Campus Activities and Events Director. The kids will be able to make ornaments and decorate little snowman and trees and there will also be free hot chocolate and cookies given out in the food court in the Nigh." According to Robinson, upstairs in the UC there will be games and activities for the kids as well. There will be face painting and a candy tree for kids to get



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a treat off of. "The theme for the ballroom activities is Whoville from the Dr. Seuss book, so we will have a whoville hair station as well," said Robinson. Winterglow is like a carnival, there are a lot of things for kids to do but UCO students will certainly enjoy themselves as well," said Mikey Shellabarger chairperson of the the Winterglow executive board. "There will be a place for parents to relax while the kids can run around". Santa will be in attendance at the

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CAMPUS CZJOTES How do you feel about the possiblity of sending more troops to Afgahnistan? Jennay Lutomski Freshman Sociology

Alex Braden Freshman Business Administration

"I don't really have an opinion on it."

"You know, I think Afghanistan is a good place to go. Iraq was a mistake."

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Riley Hahn Senior Business Administration

"There doesn't seem to be a right answer on this because no matter what we do it doesn't seem like we have an administration responsible enough to get it done right."

"Ninety-percent of the people in this world don't like the idea of going to [Afghanistan] but at the same time ... its going to be someone's war and we're pretty much the only people that are willing to fight it. It's a tough job) but someone's got to do it."

Brehonna Franklin Sophomore Studio Art "If that's where we need to do it ... if it gets the job done."

Shads Fajardo Junior Kinesiology Exercise Fitness "If they have to go they have to go. I mean, I guess they got to do their jobs ... because that's part of their life."

Lawsuit filed over lost elections Hard times ahead for Oklahomans `And here we thought Jones headed the party of less litigation." Editorial Board The Oklahoman

GaryJones, chairman of the Republican Party in Oklahoma, has filed suit in Logan County over elections lost seven years ago and three years ago. And here we thought Jones headed the party of less litigation. Jones screamed to high heaven during his 2002 and 2006 campaigns for state auditor and inspector that something was fishy. Turns out Jones was right — his opponent each time, Jeff McMahan, proved to be as crooked as the day is long, and now is serving eight years in prison for accepting illegal campaign contributions. Many of those contributions came from Steve Phipps, owner of a southeastern Oklahoma abstract company. Prosecutors said McMahan and his wife accepted cash, trips and expensive jewelry from Phipps. At the time, the auditor and inspector's office regulated the

abstract industry. Jones is going after the McMahans, Phipps, former state Sen. Gene Stipe, who was once an associate of Phipps, as well as former Auditor and Inspector Clifton Scott and Tim Arbaugh, who regulated the abstract industry for the auditor's office until his firing in 2007. After deciding not to seek re-election after five terms in the office, Scott handpicked McMahan to run for the auditor's position. Jones wants reimbursement for what he spent on his election bids — roughly $250,000 — and compensation for mental anguish, whatever that is. He clearly has been stewing about this for a long while. That in itself is a bit unsettling. We'd like to think the state's GOP chairman has better things to do. Surely Oklahoma's courts do.

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As the outlook for the state's budget shortfall continues to worsen, legislative leaders and the governor are working diligently to seek the best possible solution. If there was ever a time for bipartisanship, and that has been a niche of Gov. Brad Henry's tenure, it's now for sure. Theshortfall is approaching the amount state government faced when the governor was sworn into office in January of 2003, which was $700 million. Some legislative leaders and Gov. Henry believe the current situation could reach $r billion. The governor made an important point during his recent talk to civic and community leaders in Shawnee. That is, during his tenure, the constitutional Rainy Day Fund has grown to its largest amount ever, and

when he took office the ment. Compromise will be fund had little if anything needed in order to reach in it to draw from in order a solution to the current to help with the financial shortfall. It will take both crisis of almost seven years additional cuts and tapping ago. Rainy Day monies. Today, there is more The private sector deals than $600 million in it. with this all the time and He and legislative leaders especially has felt it durhave resisted repeated calls ing the economic downfor tapping the fund over turn. Unfortunately, state the past several months, government hasn't moved because many state offi- swiftly enough. cials fear that the next fisThis past week's request cal year, 2010-2011, could by the State Board of be even worse. Education asking for According to an $225.8 million more next Associated Press story, year than was appropriated Henry said he won't dis- to common education durcuss a special session with ing the current fiscal year leaders of the Republican- is a prime example. The controlled Legislature until private sector is making after the state Board of reductions in future budEqualization releases rev- gets while state governenue estimates on Dec. 21 ment seems to want more Tough decisions lie and more. ahead for Oklahoma's In today's environment leaders. But as they cope that is not reality and it's with the current dilemma, time those in the public they have to realize also the sector wake up and deal time has come to reduce with it. the size of state govern-

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Dr. Pamela Washington, the dean of Liberal Arts and Dr. Gary Steward, the associate dean of Liberal Arts dressed up as characters from the popular board game, Candyland, Monday to go along along with the theme of the office. Dr. Washington was Princess Frostine and Dr. Steward was King Candy.



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Transformative Learning right on track Elina Golshani

energy and environmental design. It's a often are in traditional classrooms, measuring stick for how good of a job you where professors stand on podiums, do in an environmentally friendly matter." while students sit in their chairs listening Tero said the CTL will have the best possible for 55 minutes. The building was actuIt's smooth sailing for construc,natural lighting and air quality. The building ally designed to discourage lecture-only tion of the Center for Transformative is going to be a model for what the university classes. "The primary setup is a conferLearning •. building. The latest addiwill probably do with future developments. ence type of setting, no podiums," Tero tion to UCO's campus, which is located The total cost of the project is $10 mil said. "Tables can be separated and moved. between Liberal Arts and Thatcher Hall, lion. "The $10 million is the total of Students are active participants in the is scheduled to be open this summer. everything associated with the build- class. It's not 'a passive role," Tero said. Construction began in February 2009, ing," Stapleton said. "The actual con- Stapleton said instead of students being and while it took longer than expectstruction cost was $7.6 million." told to read a particular book and find an ed to complete, David G. Stapleton, The $2.4 million went toward furniture, answer to a problem in a prescribed manuniversity . architect and director of ner, they may be given several books and landscaping fees, information technology, Architectural and Engineering Services, access to the Internet, or even separated into materials testing, site surveys — everything said everything is on track and on budget. needed to complete the development. groups and allowed to leave the classroom. Right now, work is being done on the roof, "At end of the hour, one group finds one "President Webb has asked us to go toward second-floor framing and exterior masonry. plus three equals four. One finds two plus becoming a botanical garden," Stapleton "Construction is scheduled to be completed two equals four. All right answers, but difsaid. 'What we're doing with this projlate. May or early June of 2010," Stapleton ferent method of doing them," Stapleton ect is going toward display gardens." said. "Faculty will start moving in June or Stapleton said there will be different flower said. "It is the student learning matter that July. Classes will begin in August. By no later than January 'we will have to know what classes will be in there. Five and a half to six months will put the all pieces to finish." Frankfurt Short Bruza designed the project. The firm also designed UCO's Forensic Science Institute. The building is a mixture of what FSB, Stapleton and Kevin Tero, a fellow architect at Architectural and Engineering Services can offer. Lippert Brothers Inc. is the general contractor. The CTL is 32,000 square feet, two floors, and has metal stud framing with brick veneer. The structure is steel. Stapleton said they're trying to keep some of the design elements of Thatcher Hall and. Murdaugh Hall, which are two of the oldest buildings at UCO. "We're trying to make the building look like it belongs on campus. The brick between Thatcher Hall and the CTL is similar," he explained. They're also keeping peaks similar to the older buildings in the CTL. There will be eight 36-seat classrooms, faculty offices and team rooms. On each floor there will be an area for vending and a recycling room, Outside there will be a large outside patio area with seating that allows students and faculty to be in the shade. There will also be a Study area where students can go to eat, drink and study like at Photo by Byron Koontz Starbucks. Throughout the building there are a lot Construction on the Transformative Learning Center is scheduled to be comof ;seating spaces hardwired for laptops. pleted late May or early June of 2010, David Stapleton, university architect, said. `The intent is that students can go to the building and stay there," Stapleton said. "It gives them a place to visit for a while." UCO will have its first recital hall in the beds at the CTL and lots of new trees of dif- may or may not be in the classroom Things CI L. It will seat 14o people. 'Vocal and ferent species. The different beds will reflect aren't just static." Stapleton said students will learn beyond instrumental students will do recitals different cultures. For example, there will be several different types of Japanese maples. what their core degree is. He gave another there before graduation," Stapleton said. A diversity of subjects will be taught in the example of a person who had gone to school Tero said the building was designed to building. Core curriculum will be in there for architecture, wanting to start a firm, embody the idea that there is no front — subjects like freshman English, math but lacking the business knowledge to do to a classroom. "It's much like a conand history. it. With transformative learning, a student ference room situation. In the hallways The idea of transformative learning is studying to be an architect can take busiand corridors, even outside, there's a to avoid lecture, and make learning more ness classes without taking extra credits. lot of space for student interaction outside of the classroom. The corners of hands-on. "For UCO it signals a continu- A lot of professors at UCO are already the classroom are glass. People inside ing commitment to transformative learn- teaching this way, but they don't have and can see what's happening." ing and to the support of faculty wishing the ideal facilities or furniture. "The The.CTL was designed with the intention of to explore innovative methods of teaching CTL has some specialty classrooms," being a LEED building. "LEED is recogni- and learning," said William Radke, provost Stapleton said. "The furniture is movtion from the U.S. Green Building Council," and vice president of Academic Affairs. able. Whatever task you're doing that Tero explained. "It stands for leadership in Stapleton said classes won't be like they day, you can manipulate the furniture."

The ell will have multiple screen projectors and multiple white boards, including ones that are detachable, and a smart board, which is an interactive white board. Stapleton said this is great for visual learners who don't learn well with straight lecture. "Different learning styles get accommodated," he said. The transformative learning concept won't be used just in the CTL, but across UCO. The curriculum at the university will become more well-rounded. Some of it has already changed. "They're putting options in there that would have been outside of core curriculum hours to graduate," Stapleton said. The idea to create a building for transformative learning came from President Webb, Radke, and Patricia LaGrow, who's vice provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs. "Bill Radke is primarily responsible for the CIL. It's something he wants built." Stapleton said. Contracts for the building have been made for everything. "The CTL is being paid for out of OICA bond funds," he said. "The bonds haven't been spent yet, but they've been encumbered. We've budgeted everything, spent the furniture budget, the landscape budget ... We've literally spent $10 million." The budget was set before FSB were hired, and Tero said one of the obstacles in creating the CTL was calculating the total cost of it during the planning stage at a time when prices were changing. "During the design phase, prior to the recession, construction costs were going up at rapid rate. It was difficult to figure out how big of a building of high quality we could build." For instance, asphalt alone went from $200 to $80o a ton. Stapleton said the project actually came under budget. The extra money was used for things like better furniture and information technology. An issue for construction workers has been the weather, which slowed them down during the wet months. "It has been a little unusual the amount of moisture we've had," Tero said. "September was abnormally wet. August was also a wet month," "It slows the whole process down whenever there's moisture on the roof," said Justin Lee Bohard, one of the construction workers. "If there's rain, you can't lay brick. Mud slows everything down to as far as getting around in it. It gets tracked in the building." Bohard said in general it's easier to work in warmer weather. The construction workers can't lay brick if it's cold either. "The mortar will freeze. Forty degrees and rising is the general rule on there." Even wind has affected construction. "We had a few lost days due to wind, probably two months ago," Bohard said. The wind actually blew down some trusses on the roof before it was complete. Tero said the construction workers get to claim lost weather days, but are contractually obligated to finish on time. They schedule work carefully, so rain or shine, students and faculty can look forward to begin transformative learning in August. Vista Writer Elina Golshani can be reached at .

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Senior nursing student Jessica Bohlken is one face of what ROTC represents. Bohlken plans on saving lives while using her ROTC training to make a difference. The Army ROTC at UCO focuses in recruiting quality students, athletes and leaders from high schools and on-campus. UCO ROTC focuses in developing future leaders much like Bohlken. Bohlken will be graduating from the nursing program in December. Her academic achievements have named her the Class Marshal of the Math and Science Department. She has served as Cadet Company Commander for her UCO squad group. She has also gone through Air Born School. Her dedication in her studies and ROTC has made her an example for her peers. In 15 days she.will be name as the 2" Lieutenant: "She is squared away," Phil Chapman, UCO Gold Bar ROTC Recruiter said. "She has set the example of academic excellence and attitude. You will see her name everywhere in this place (ROTC office)." Chapman has known Bohlken

since they both began the ROTC program at UCO. He has seen her develop as an excellent leader within their group. "She pushes us," Chapman said. "She physically and academically pushed us to reach for the best." Bohlken said that she never thought of joining ROTC when she enrolled at UCO. She came to UCO for its excellent nursing program. "No one in my family is in the Army," Bohlken said. "I just thought to try it out; and I ended up getting a nursing scholarship by joining ROTC." The UCO ROTC has plenty of scholarships available for qualified students at UCO. Part of joining ROTC allows tuition and books fees to be paid as part of enrolling in ROTC. For all the contracted cadets they also receive $300$500 a month. Students who are interested will also participate in the Leaders Training Course, which is a four-week leadership training. Chapman said that students who are in ROTC don't have to worry about working if they receive one of the scholarships offered, because the ROTC can help them financially. Chapman said that it does require dedica-

tion and time. It is a tough but rewarding program. Bohlken said that is one thing that was difficult for her to learn to' cope. But she said during the ROTC training you develop a family within your fellow cadets. "It's definitely a balancing act," Bohlken said. "You have your school load to work on, plus ROTC training." Bohlken said that ROTC has helped her develop discipline and leadership skills that will help her in her future as a nurse. "I hope to make a difference," Bohlken said. "I want to contribute and help people get better. I also am planning in getting my master's, you just keep going and being in the Army you have a better chances of getting promoted." Chapman said ROTC said they are always looking to recruit students of diverse background and personality. They strive to develop leaders who are compassionate' and ready to take on the ROTC mission. For more information about ROTC, contact Michael T. Sell, Captain, U.S. Army, Scholarship Officer or call the Department of Military Science at 974-5166.

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Small Business opens new location in downtown Aniy Stinnett The Small Business Development Center, a University of Central Oklahoma affil iate, recenth, made a strategic move to downtown Oklahoma City. Susann U rbach, the SBDC director, has been with the program since 1988 and seen it change locations several times. The SBDC's first location was on UCO's campus from '1984 - 1993 until it was moved to the Journal Record building. "We got bombed out of our location in 1995," Urbach said referring to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. The SBDC then moved to its former Park Avenue location. They stayed there until the landlord wanted to readjust the rate. "There was no more we could do with that build-. ing," Urbach said of their decision to change locaPhoto Provided tions . Urbach said the SBDC UCO affiliate, the Small Business Development Center, recently opened its new building in downtown thought it was important Oklahoma City. The SBDC gives UCO students to sharpen their skills in their areas of interest. to "look for something that needs you as much as helped with funding, which utilities, maintenance, mal consulting and train- two about the importance you need it." of having a distinct look. Their new location has comes largely from outside supplies, security, recep- ing," Urbach said. tion, and the list goes on. , The SBDC also offers "We used student work, proven to be just that. The UCO. "The UCO way is to be However, with the help seminars for small busi- graphic design work that area around One Santa of the Small Business ness owners and hope- talks about branding. It's a Fe Plaza in downtown creative," Urbach said. Their creativity and Incubator small businesses fuls, such as "The Nuts good teaching tool for new Oklahoma City was not innovation has led to sevcan enjoy the space for one and Bolts of Starting a businesses. Sometimes seeing much action before eral new developments "flat rate, plus an a la carte Business,""MarketingYour they don't realize how the SBDC's arrival. within the program that menu if they want to add Business," and "Writing a important that look, that "People come specificalare intended to help small more," Urbach said. Business Plan." image is," Urbach said. ly to see us," Urbach said. More important than the The SBDC also gives Also, some UCO inteBecause of their new businesses get a good space, Urbach said, is the UCO students a chance rior design students have location, which is "five start. One such development fount of business savvy the to sharpen their skill sets. helped the SBDC "with times larger than what [they] had," they are now is the Small Business beginners are surrounded Two classes have played a conceptualizing what else large part in the develop- we can do with the buildable to "offer more servic- Incubator, which "provides by on a daily basis. a warm, safe environment "Every single day you're ment of the new location. ing," Urbach said. es, be more self-sufficient" for young businesses to surrounded by professionThe Clock Tower Studio The help UCO students and they have "training grow strong," Urbach. said. al consultants...frequent and Ink 'Tower have offered in making facilities [they've] never Typically, a new busiaccess," Urbach said. two graphic design groups plans for the space has also had before," Urbach said. ness Would have to deal In such a way, the SBDC from UCO, taught new aided the SBDC ill maxiThe new location has with office space rental, provides "formal and in for- business owners a thing or mizing the power of each

UNITED WAY the positions that depar tments and divisions took. The U.S.S. Leader, departments were First Mates, and then the Upper Yardman. The Leadership Office was the U.S.S. Leader. "We acted as the clearing house, we processed all the money, kept everyone enthused, sent them updates, maintained the website, answered all the questions. We really let the creativity and the ideas flow from each department and division," Youngblood said. Although Leadership Central is in charge, departments and divisions still get a say in what events they hold to raise money. Youngblood said, they might have done an event in the past the raised a lot of money and want to do it again, or have a favorite among staff members. "My hat is off to the people in the divisions and departments because they really are the ones that do the ground work and keep everyone motivated," Youngblood said.

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dollar spent. "We make our little dollars scream for us," Urbach said. The recession has affected small businesses, but success stories are still being witnessed on a regular basis at the SBDC. "Even in these horrible economic times we've been seeing people start business," Urbach said. The SBDC has helped entrepreneurs open businesses ranging from a flower shop in Moore to an art gallery in Norman to a hattery in Oklahoma City. There are also opportunities for student internships at' the SBDC. They currently have one student-worker and are getting a new intern in the spring, but Urbach says, "We could use more.", UCO interns will be "helping through the business planning process... hands on, in the trenches with sleeves rolled up," Urbach said. The SBDC fs looking for students of all disciplines, "business majors, journalism majors, marketing majors, graphic design majors," to name a few mentioned by Urbach. Urbach also refers to UCO students as "social network mavens." They are very helpful in using "multiple methods for reaching our clients," Urbach said. Interested students can find out more at the UCO Career Services office in the Nigh University Center. To learn more about the SBDC, visit their website

Vista Writer Amy Stinnett can be reached at astinnett@uco360.corn.

Continued from page 1 This year's events included bake sales, jeans days, penny wars, duck races, and also a day where staff could pay a dollar and get their picture taken with KISS. Denise Smith, Roberta Botello, and Patti Neuhold dressed up as three member of KISS and went around to different departments and divisions and charged a dollar per photo. In the time span of 2 hours they raised $200. They also do staff lunches. This year the lunch that was held in the administration building raised $5oo. Youngblood said that this is one of her favorite events, because it promotes everyone getting together and they also have a lot of fun. The event this year that raised the most money was jeans days though. Faculty could purchase the ability to wear jeans every Wednesday for a month or pay $50 and wear jeans for the entire month. ' "UCO is one of the largest contributing educational institutions," Youngblood said. This year UCO came in 2nd to Oklahoma City Public Schools. United Way isn't just an organization that helps destitute people; they also contribute to organizations some may be very familiar with. "The United Way touches one in three people ... not just destitute people ... boy scouts and girl scouts, the YMCA, so if you've ever gone to one of these three organizations or your kid has been in those organizations your life has been impacted by United Way," Youngblood said. She also said that on campus one in four people gave on average to United Way. There's still a lot that could be done to increase our own in giving because it does help so many," Youngblood said. "We can always all give a little bit more."


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event and Taylor . Made Photography Presidents Club Children Christmas party. donated their time to come take pho- Since October the Executive board of the tos with him. Parents are asked to bring club has been asking UCO students to an unwrapped toy to be donated to the signup to sponsor a child from one of Edmond Hope center for a picture with the Edmond Schools that are participating Santa. The event will also include carolers and has been identified as a child in need. to provide some musical entertainment. "There are a lot of Edmond of kids don't "We have 125 volunteers that help run get Christmas," said Robinson. "They get Winterglow, it takes a lot of help to pull it to meet Santa and get a backpack full of off," said Robinson. "We wouldn't be able gifts donated by the UCO student that is to do Winterglow without volunteers," said sponsoring them." The University volunShellabarger. Winterglow is free to UCO teer services office donated hats, gloves and students and the Edmond Community scarves and Citizens bank donated custom with the purpose of bringing the corn- made UCO tee shirts to the kids. There munity and the University together to will be activities and cookie decorating for celebrate the holidays. President Webb as them as well. Some UCO varsity athletes well as Edmond Mayor Patrice Douglas is have also volunteered to spend some time said to. be in attendance as well to say a with the kids, playing basketball, football, few words before the official lighting of the golf, and soccer games with them. The campus at Old North. Winterglow kicks University Porn and cheerleading squad off at 6pm Dec 1. will also be at the event teaching the kids Another way the University is giving dances and cheers. The party is on Friday back to the Community is through the December 4th from 12 pm to 2pm.



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Kyle Hirsch (6) works the puck down the right wing in the Broncho's victory against Missouri State University a week ago. The Bronchos are now 16-7.

Goaltender Justin Sgro faced 32 shots in 65 minutes. Nick Sports Eililor Novak, Greg Masters and Patrick Higgins all scored goals in the The No. 10 UCO hockey team game. The UCO offense applied spent their Thanksgiving break in consistent pressure on the Kent Ohio at the Wooster Tournament. State net, recording 44 shots on It was a wild weekend for the the night. On Sunday, it was a story of Bronchos who played No. 16 Kent revenge for the No. 17 Robert State on Saturday and No. 17 Morris Colonials. In the spring Robert Morris on Sunday. Both the two teams met at the national games ended in shootouts with tournament in a blowout victory the Bronchos winning the first Bronchos rolled for UCO. The night, but falling to the Colonials for a 6-1 win in that game, and on Sunday. On Saturday UCO and Kent ' it was never close. The Colonials State exchanged blows early and hoivever, came into this match up often. The first period ended in a improved and prepared, handing 1-1 tie. The Bronchos then took at UCO a 3-2 shootout loss. RMU gained momentum 2-1 lead heading into the third. early, taking a i-o lead in the In the third, Kent State scored first. The score did not change two unanswered goals and took in the second and went into the a 3-2 lead. With just seconds 1-0. Then both third period at remaining, the Bronchos fired a shot in net and tied the game at teams exploded offensively with three a piece. That sent the game the Bronchos scoring two and RMU putting up one more to to overtime. send the game to overtime, tied The five minute overtime periThat is where the Bronchos 2-2. od went scoreless and the exciting fell to Robert Morris, 3-2 in a contest went into a shootout. The shootout decision. Bronchos prevailed, getting that Michael Glowa and Jonathan much needed, come from behind Cannizzo were the only two victory, winning 4-3.

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players to score for UCO. Sgro shooting the puck 39 times, for faced a bombardment of shots just two scores. UCO now looks towards bedfrom RMU. The UCO goaltender was challenged by 47 shots. He lam and every UCO hockey fan's allowed only two in regulation favorite weekend of the season. and overtime. The Bronchos just UCO and the Oklahoma Sooners couldn't convert shots to points, will faceoff Friday and Saturday

night in a home-away series with their in-state rivals. Friday night's showdown will take place at the Blazer's center in OKC, while Saturday's game will be at Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond. Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m.


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UCO Senior and captain Brian Thompson (19) has returned to action coming off a lacerated kidney injury suffered early in the season.

UCO softball adds two players to talented roster the All-Conference • and All-Metro teams during Sports IV rile,her senior year at Catoosa. Softball is not all that she is good at though. Last spring The UCO Softball Team she qualified for state in announced the signing of track. two highly regarded players Right now she projects from in state on Monday, to play shortstop or third Nov. 23. Head Coach Genny base on the UCO Softball Stidham signed Hannah Team. Justus of Catoosa High Skinner plays catcher School and Carly Skinner and shortstop and had an of Verden High School near equally impressive high Chickasha. school career at Verden. She Both players who signed won Conference Offensive in the early signing period Player of the year twice and that recently wrapped up this past season was selectare seniors in high school ed All-State. She was also and will come to UCO in MVP of the Southern Plains the 2010-2011 school year. They will be eligible All Conference game. Skinner proved to be starting in the 2011 softball remarkably consistent over season. her high school career. Justus was picked for

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Her junior season she batted .582. A year later as a senior she batted a nearly identical .581. As a freshman she batted .352 and improved to .407 as a sophomore. During her junior season she led the team with 45 runs batted in and had nine triples. She had 53 hits that season ranking third in the state. She also has played for the Verden Basketball Team during high school Along with UCO she also was recruited by East Central University, .

Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Southeastern Louisiana. The two new signees will help to restock a UCO roster that loses four seniors after the upcoming season. The program has enjoyed success in recent seasons under Stidham who was a softball standout for UCO in the early 19905 and was recently inducted into the UCO Athletic Hall of Fame. She is entering her 13"' year as head coach posting an overall record of 321-225-2 to go with two Lone Star

Conference Championships and four trips to the Division II national tournament. Last season the team compiled a 26-15 record and a i6-6 record in the Lone Star Conference. They played four games in the conference tournament in Abilene, Texas, making it all the way to the finals. The season ended with a 7-2 loss to nationally ranked Abilene Christian in that game. One of the players looking to lead the Bronchos this season is junior pitcher

Molly Shivers. Shivers, who is also an outfielder, posted a 17-7 record with a 3.10 earned run average on the mound last season. She also had 145 strikeouts in just 153 1/3 innings pitched. Shivers had a good year as a batter as well hitting .277 with 4 home runs and 17 runs batted in. UCO now looks toward their season opener a littler over two months away on Feb. 5 against Missouri Western State University in Edmond.


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Broncho women crush USAO 78-55 UCO overcame a tight game early to blast the Drovers last Tuesday night contributed four rebounds. The Lady Drovers' leading Sports If rile/ scorer Charite Lewis came into the contest averaging The University of almost 18 points per game. Science and Arts proved The UCO defense held her no match for the 18thto just four points on 2 of ranked Central Oklahoma 7 shooting. Lewis still conWomen's Basketball Team tributed eight rebounds for last Tuesday night. The her team, tying team high Bronchos downed the Lady honors in that category Drovers 78-55 in Chickasha for the game with Tashina using strong defense and a Ototivo. 15-4 first half run to help UCO, who fell from 12'" build a 21-point lead at to 18'h in the Division II halftime. Basketball poll earlier on The game was close early the day of the game,- now with UCO up 8-7 at the looks to begin to work their 16:40 mark of the first half. way back up in the polls. Over the next seven minThe team is baCk in action utes UCO went on the 15-4 tonight after a week off run to turn the one point between games including lead into a 23-11 advantage. the Thanksgiving break. Ashley Beckley capped the The Bronchos take on Lone run with a jumper, scoring Star COnference opponent six of her game high 22 Tarleton State at 6 p.m. in points for UCO during the Stephenville, Texas. run that put the Bronchos On Thursday night the in early control of the conteam will be in Wichita test. Photo Provided Falls, Texas, for a 6 p.m. The defense was there all contest against another night recording five steals Ashley Beckley (21) prepares a shot from within the paint under heavy defensive pressure last season. conference opponent in and forcing nine turnovers Midwestern State as they in the first seven minutes After USA() countered with Tweed three-pointer with grew to its most of the night and had four assists to go of the game alone. For the at three, Traci Murphree 14 minutes to go in the at 33 with the score being with two rebounds. She continue the stretch of ten game the UCO defense had hit from three- point range game the lead was 25. Less 65-32. UCO cruised the also added nine points on consecutive games away from Edmond to open the 13 steals and USAO com- for the Bronchos to extend than two minutes later the rest of the way in a game the offensive end. season. mitted 33 turnovers. Cristina Yarbrough tied the lead back to 18 at 36-18 lead would go to 3o after they dominated nearly the Up 27-15 the Bronchos with 4:37 left in the half. a Murphree jumper. UCO whole night. Murphree for the team proved they could knock UCO hit 8 of 24 three-point had doubled up the Drovers Along with Beckley's 22 high with four assists to go down the three-point attempts in the game. points on 8-14 shooting she with nine points and two Vista Sports Writer Steve again at 60-30. Vidal can be reached at shot. Courtney Allen and After yet another three also had nine rebounds and rebounds. Up 42-21 at the half the svidal©uco360. corn. Jordan Stark hit consecu- Bronchos continued to pointer, this time from two assists. Murphree led Brenda Portillo led tive three pointers to give pour it on. After a Kasey Allen, the Broncho lead the team in steals with four USA() with 13 points and the Bronchos a 33-15 lead.

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UCO's Durham wins football honors

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Giorgio Durham (38) dives to make a tackle in UCO's President's Cup win over Northeastern State.

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The football season may be over for the Bronchos, but awards and acknowledgments keep on corning for the players. The most noticeable as of late was for UCO sophomore safety Giorgio Durham. Durham was chosen as a first-team member of the 2009 Daktronics All-Super Region Four football team. Durham was the only Broncho picked for the squad. Durham, a sophomore from Western Heights High School had a dominate year for UCO. The defensive back played in all ii games this past season, logging 66 tackles, 42 of which were solo:Durham led both the

team and league in inter- finished his senior season against Southwest Baptist ceptions with eight, and with 60 tackles and four University in which he recorded six pass breakups. interceptions on defense. picked off the opposing His ball-hawk style of play In his freshman year at quarterback twice. In six ultimately led to Durham's UCO, Durham was redshirt- other games he recorded recognition at season's ed for his first four games. a solo pick. Durham had end. Durham ranked fifth After a 0-4 start, Durham two games with doublenationally in takeaways. took over at strong safety, digit tackle numbers. The Broncho star joins Myles starting the final four games Although Durham's outBurnsides of Northwest at that position. He finished standing play did not put Missouri State, Micah Hill his freshman season with the Bronchos over the of Midwestern State, and 16 tackles, a fumble recov- top this • past season, as Rodney Mitchell of Eastern ery and a pass breakup. UCO finished just 4-7, the New Mexico in the secondary The 6-foot-tall, 190-pound defensive player showed of the first team selections. defensive back showed improvement and leaderIn high school, Durham flashes of his outstand- ship. Durham is just one played' on both offense and ing athletic ability and the of the many returning defense as a safety and potential he had to become a players who should proquarterback. Durham won full-time starter in the UCO vide some excitement next District Defensive Player backfield. It was obvious season. of the Year and All-State that big things were in store recognition as a senior. for Durham in his second Durham was also rewarded year in a Broncho uniform. Vista Sports Editor Chris with an Oklahoma All-Big In • this past season, Wescott can be reached ,at City acclaim on the offensive Durham's second, the safety cwescott@uco360.corn. side of the football. Durham had arguably his best game

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The Vista Dec. 01, 2009  

The University of Central Oklahoma's student voice since 1903.

The Vista Dec. 01, 2009  

The University of Central Oklahoma's student voice since 1903.