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UCO will hold the annual Winterglow holiday celebration on December 4. The celebration will take place on the university's campus from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The festivities will begin with an opening ceremony featuring Miss UCO, Taylor Upson and the official lighting of Old North, the oldest campus building. "I am so excited to be a part of a university that gives back to the community in such a big way during the holidays," Upson said. Old North will be decorated with LED lights this year to cut down on the cost of electricity by 10 percent and to support the campus-wide, eco-friendly efforts throughout the year. The LED, or light emitting diode, lights will help the university use 10 times less energy than with the previous minilights, said landscape specialist Greg Rose, who is contracted by the university. "This will help put on a lot better light display without using as much electricity," Rose said. Rose said President Roger Webb wanted Winterglow to be

better than previous years. "He wanted something that would pop more." Other activities for Winterglow will include face painting, caricature artists, games, balloon artists, hot cocoa stations, s'mores and cookies, and Santa's Workshop Craft Area. You can also receive a free picture with Santa with the donation of a new and unwrapped toy for the Edmond Hope Center. Winterglow will team with Blue Star Mothers, a non-political service organization comprised of mothers who have had children serving in the U.S. Military. Blue Star Mothers aim to support military- and their families by sending holiday letters to the troops. . "Winterglow is definitely gioin& to be magical and I encourage . everyone to come out and be a p4t of it," Upson said. All Winterglow events and activities are free and open to the public. "We've done several things to promote green eforts from using wind power, and this is another way to be a sustainable university," said Adrienne Nobles, director of public relations and marketing for the university. "This is one more progression for the bronze and blue to go green."

Winterglow 2008 Schedule

Blue holiday lights adorn a tree across from Broncho Lake.

5:30 p.m. - Festivities begin in the Downtown Edmond Marketplace 7:00 p.m. - Lighting of Old North 7:20 p.m. - Activities Begin in Nigh University Center 8:00 p.m. - Competition Award Winners Announced

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9:00 p.m. - Winterglow concludes Have a

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Congress ponders resident status for immigrants' tuition Caleb McWilliams .1'/(///1 I riter

New immigration legislation affecting international students may pass in the next Congressional session as momentum from the recent elections is building. In a recent interview, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), said that an agreement had been reached with recent presidential candidate and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and President-elect Barack Obama. This agreement outlines how Congress can proceed with a comprehensive immigratiOn bill. Political Science department chair Louis Furmanski said because of Obama's margin of victory in the presidential

election, Republicans would find it difficult to be a blocking minority. "They won't be able to say no," Furmanski said. "They'll have to be a part of the process." Last year, Congress tried to pass an immigration bill but the bill failed for reasons unrelated to the education parts. Those parts of the bill were taken from the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors) Act of 2007. The DREAM Act would allow some unlawful aliens conditional permanent resident status based on how long they have lived here, among other conditions. The DREAM Act Would make it easier for some states to charge in-state tuition to some students who have lived here the requisite number of years.

WHAT ABOUT HB 1804? Oklahoma, along with other' states, recently passed their own state immigration legislation many say was in response to the failure of Congress to act on the issue. HB 1804, signed into law in May 2007, was the subject of much controversy in the state. Furinanski said while there was wide support for the bill, the actual impact is only narrowly felt. "That legislation targets a very vulnerable community," Furmanski said. "I don't think they are as great a burden to state budgets as some people make them out to be." Until the bill is unveiled, it will be difficult to know what effects a federal comprehensive immigration bill would have on the various state bills.

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Chen receives nationa recognition, named 'Professor of the Year' The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) honored University of Central Oklahoma professor Dr. Wei Chen as its Outstanding Master's Universities and Colleges "2008 U.S. Professor of the Year," Nov. 20, at its official awards reception in Washington, D.C. The award is one of the most prestigious in honoring national undergraduate professors, saluting how their outstanding work in the profession of teaching has positively influenced the lives and careers of their students. Chen, who has taught more than 20 different courses over the past 20 years, was selected from nearly 30o top professors throughout the United States. From that pool, CASE selects one national winner in four categories, of which Chen is one recipient, and then selects state winners from the remaining candidates. "I am deeply honored to receive this most prestigious award. I especially want to

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CHEN research publications. "This tremendous honor tells the rest of the country what we've known at UCO for many years - our professors are among the most extraordinary, dedicated teachers in the nation," said UCO President Roger Webb. "On behalf of the UCO community, I thank Dr. Chen for his commitment to helping, transform the lives of our stu-

"What we [professionals in education] do ... will have a long-lasting impact on society for many years to come." --Dr. Wei Chen

thank both my current and former students. They are why I enjoy my work so much and why I am here today. This award is as much for them as for me," said Chen. "We, as professionals in education, have heavy burdens on our shoulders because what we do not only affects today's students, but it will have a long-lasting impact on society for many years to come." Chen is a professor of biomedical engineering in UCO's College of Mathematics and Science and has worked for more than a decade on research in pursuit of a solution to the treatment of metastatic melanoma. In woo, he established the Biomedical Engineering program at UCO, in which he serves as a director, by designing the new curriculum and new courses. He has directed dozens of UCO undergraduate students in research, many of whom have co-authored his

dents through education." Chen is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Oklahoma Da Vinci Fellow Award for Creativity among Oklahoma's Higher Education Faculty, the National Tandy Technology Prize for Science and the Hauptman Fellowship Award, among many others. He has also received several top awards at UCO, including Faculty Merit Credit Awards for Scholarly Activities and UCO's highest award, the Vanderford Faculty Award in Support of Undergraduate Research. The U.S. Professor of the Year Awards Program is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and recognizes the nation's most outstanding undergraduate instructors. Winners are selected by qualified peers within their institutions before being nominated for the award.

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Director Washington leads double life By Kyndall Watson

Staff Writer Deep in south Oklahoma City, if you listen closely, you can hear faint sounds coming down a long alley behind an old greasy muffler shop. The sounds are coming from a small church called "The Refreshing" that sits on about io acres. The sounds are believers singing and praising God. If you visit "The Refreshing" church, you may just see a familiar face. Blanche Washington, UCO's director of employee relations and development, is also the associate pastor at the church. She is an ordained minister and life coach. "I love helping people," said Washington. "The Refreshing" will celebrate their in year of ministry in January. The church holds summer camps, called Christian Clubs, each year for children. They play contemporary music and have laser light shows. Washington didn't begin her life here in Oklahoma. She started in California. Washington earned her bachelor's degree from California State University. She met her husband on an airplane going from San Diego to Los Angeles. On the plane, he walked by her seat and asked if the seat next to her was taken. He sat, and they began talking. They have been married for 38 years and have two children, a son, who is 36, and a daughter, who is 32. Washington also has four granddaughters. Washington noticed that California was moving fast and saw drugs being pushed heavily into her family's environment. She moved to Oklahoma for a slow-paced atmosphere. She knew a move would be beneficial for her and her family. When Washington moved to Oklahoma, she got a job with ServiceMaster, the restoration and cleaning services industry, as their personnel director. She was happy with the job she had at ServiceMaster, but she saw an opening at UCO for the assistant director of personnel and decided to apply on the last day the position was posted. She got a call from UCO offering her the job. She took it. A year and a half later, the position for director of

personnel opened up. She decided to apply on the last day the position was posted, and again got the job. She worked as director of personnel until 2002, when UCO decided to reconstruct all the depai luients and created Employee Relations and Development. As director of Employee Relations, she is responsible for overseeing and implementing programs such as Character First Programs, Disciplinary Actions and Terminations, Dispute Consultations and Mediations, Employee Assistance Programs, New Employee Training, Staff Celebrations, Staff Recognitions and Retirements, and many more. "My main job is taking care of employees in any area," Washington said. Washington always makes herself available to anyone who needs her. She cheCks her e-mail constantly and responds immediately. She also gives out her personal cell phone number to make herself accessible if there is ever a problem, day or night. Most of her day is spent in meetings or doing research. "I am constantly looking for new ways to create a more accessible learning technique," Washington said. Washington has worked at UCO for 23 years and served under three presidents. "It's amazing to see how UCO has changed," Washington said. "On my first day at UCO, I prayed a prayer saying, Lord; give me the wisdom of Solomon to deal fairly with your people. In my 23 years here, we have never had a successful wrongful termination suit against UCO." "I have worked for Mrs. Washington for six months, having known her previously only through work related encounters involving Employee Relations and Development," Cayt Walls, administrative assistant for Employee Relations and Development, said. "My initial impressions of her strength of character and integrity have been reinforced during the time I have been her assistant. She is a woman of insight and wisdom, uniquely gifted with a balance of compassion and impartiality."

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UCOSA senators address confusion regarding gun bill Stephani Tobin ( /

After a bill was passed in the UCOSA Senate last month to support an Oklahoma Student Government Association resolu tion in opposition to the state legislature's House Bill 2513, which would allow qualified students to carry concealed weapons on campus, questions have risen regarding the setup of the debate on the bill. David Jenkins, the senator for the College Republicans and the Fencing Club, said the Senate was led to believe they were voting on a mock bill, and giving consent on a resolution from the Oklahoma Student Government Association.

"The Senate body was given no notice that the bill would be coming up ... and therefore, both sides had insufficient time to prepare for debate." --Nathan Steele

"People are still talking about this," Jenkins said, referencing the town hall meeting held in UCOSA on Nov. 18, and the survey on UCONNECT. Jenkins addressed the UCOSA Senate on Nov. 24 in regards to the vote, saying he was led to believe "the legislation was a mock bill for us to warm up on for debate" when it was voted on in the Nov. 17 session. The resolution was passed through OSGA on Nov. 22. He also addressed concerns about the debate called before the vote, in which ten Senators spoke in favor of the legislation

and two Senators spoke against it. In his address, he said that only one Senator from each side was allowed to speak and no rebuttals were allowed due to time constraints. Jenkins addressed the fact that many Senators did not find out about this legislation until shortly before the Call to Order on Nov. 17. "Time to research and prepare arguments on an issue of this magnitude is a courtesy this body should expect and require," Jenkins said in his Nov. 24 address. Nathan Steele, a UCOSA senator for the Chess and Games Club, voted in favor of the bill but also addressed concerns about the way it was handled. "The Senate body was given no notice that the bill would be coming up," Steele said, "and therefore, both sides had insufficient time to prepare for debate." Steele said President Pro-Tempore Daniel Stockton was able to argue in favor of the bill, while other senators in favor did not have time to prepare. He said Senator Jenkins was not allowed time for a rebuttal. However, Steele said after this debate, Stockton gave an official apology to the Senate about the debate and promised to develop a more efficient system to allow anyone who wanted to speak adequate time. David Harrison, the senator for GATE and the chiefjusticeforthe UCOSASupreme Court, said many people may be unfamiliar with the debate process because this may be the first real debate that has taken place this semester. "Normal parliamentary procedure does not limit the time debate can take place," Harrison said. "It only limits each member of the body to discuss the issue twice." UCOSA President John Bobb-Semple said he and Senator Joe Lopez, the co-author of the bill, represented UCO at a Nov. 17 vote at OSGA. They were given three votes on the bill; they gave two "yes" votes and one "no" vote. "We're hoping that whatever problems [Jenkins] had have been addressed," he said.

ISC elects new officers, aims high for next semester Abha Phoboo Khusro Iqbal chaired the last International Student Council (ISC) meeting of the semester as president on Nov. 25. He welcomed the victory of his successor, Albana Gjata, who was elected the next ISC president, and hoped that the council would continue to set higher

"The International Festival this year had the highest number of participating organizations, 19, in ISC's history." --Khusro lqbal

goals and achieve them. "It has been a great experience considering that I actually thought I could teach people a lot but I ended up learning more than I imagined from them," Iqbal said. "There were many mistakes made and there were many things we did well, too." Among the achievements of the ISC under his leadership this past year, Iqbal counts the International Festival as a landmark event. "The International Festival this year had the highest number of participating organizations, 19, in ISC's history," Iqbal said. "That is a big achievement and I'm really proud of it." Iqbal also made changes to the ISC's constitution regarding the requirements of those who are elected to leadership positions in the core committee. Among other things, the ISC initiated new events such as the International Picnic and the International Night with

Japanese Student Association to encourage greater interaction among international students. Iqbal insists this be noticed: An increase in the attendance of individual country organization senators in UCOSA meetings. "That is a big deal because it will eventually help bridge the gap that exists between international and domestic students," he said. Among things he wishes he could have improved is increasing the scholarship money for international students. "The next president will have a hard time in attempting to accomplish that challenge," Iqbal said. "There are so many factors that come into play and it's really tricky." Gjata, who takes over from Iqbal, has been an ISC officer for nearly two years. "She has the experience needed, is responsible, hard-working and has been there," Iqbal said. "She can get everything together really soon." He graduates this semester and is looking forward to time off to reflect and focus on his potential job prospects.

2009-2010 ISC core team: Albana Gjata — President Stefano Tarantini — Vice President Ilona Fachira — Secretary Anuja Magar — Treasurer Dilshoda Sharifzoda — Senator Nader Alharbi — Public Relations Chewy Ong - Parliamentarian

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Closing a chapter in your life isn't like shutting your bedroom door or locking your house ADMINISTRATIVE behind you. It is stepping out ASSISTANT Address letters to: Editor, The Vista, into the unknown and uncharted Tresa Berlemann 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK world that has guided many to 73034-5209, or deliver in person to the success and to the unfortunate editor in the Communications Building, ADVISER demise of the unlucky few. Room 107. Letters can be e-mailed to Kelly S. Wray It's the end of a semester, a . school career, a job, a life, set up by many years of dedication and hard work. It's the end of a presidency, a season, a year and all the missed opportunities we had. It's the end of knowing where money will come from or where I will live. We bring much of what we learned with us to the next chapter in our life, but the only thing that continues to drive me is the hope of something else. We push, fight, hurry and then wait. If you are anything like me, staying busy is a requirement. Taking the time to breathe has been the most important part of my day. I couldn't take a test on all of the lessons and mistakes I have learned this semeste' and the room for error in the Bill Southard next phase of life will only be less forgiving. I can only hope. Not that I would make less errors, but that I would learn Pre-Medicine, Sophomore Chris Albers

from them. We don't always know what lies around the next corner for us, but we must keep grabbing on to the handrails and sliding our worn out shoes along the pavement. I have enjoyed being the editor of this paper and being able to serve those at this school, but if I learned anything at all it is that time will never stop, chapters will not cease to close and people will continue to shift in and out of my life. Hope and change is not an idea for the future, but a distinct characteristic of the here and now. We must be the change weyjsh to,see or others will be it , for you. We are each on a separate journey, but I encourage you to ask yourself if you are being a guide or guided. You will probably get tired and worn out. You will at times throw up your hands and wonder what the heck you started out on this journey for in the first place. It's time to throw away the old tennis shoes and let go of the supports. Put band-aids on your heels and buy a new pair of socks, because as my best friend would say, "Life goes on."

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Black Friday: Cheap goods, cheaper lives? "Home" Justin Griffith Physics, Freshman

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done eating. We have all heard terriCharles did not get to see his son ble war stories from "Black again until he was asked to come Friday" survivors: camping to the hospital Friday to identify outside the store in frigid his son's body. temperattires, running into Through this entire ordeal, Charles the store as the floodgates did not hear once from Wal-Mart, nally open, items being receiving all his information from snatched off the shelves and friends and, later, the police. out of carts, all in hopes of Where are we as a society when we etting the good deals before BY GREG NEWBY get so caught up in getting a betey're gone. ter deal, we no longer care about I'm sure you've heard of human life? the worst of these stories by now. Black Friday has been built up by retailers and, yes, the Jdimytai Damour, 34, known to his friends and family as Jimmy, was trampled to death while on the job by an out- media, as the official start to the holiday season and the biggest shopping day of the year, but somewhere along the line, of-control mob at Wal-Mart. Witnesses told The New York Times the crowd had we all lost the meaning behind this season. This time of year is about the spirit of giving and being been gathering outside the Valley Stream, N.Y., store since about 9 p.m. on Thursday and had worked itself with the ones you love. Commercialism has taken over'our into a fury by the time they knocked down the front lives in such a selfishly ridiculous way that Mr. Charles and doors just before the 5 a.m. scheduled opening time. the rest of his family will never again get to spend any time The witnesses also said after the doors shattered, Damour with their son. The next time you're at the mall and someone grabs the was thrown back onto the floor and trampled. After that, many of the shoppers became more irate and last pair of jeans you really wanted to buy or when you're in refused to leave when police arrived and ordered everyone traffic and someone cuts you off, remember Jimmy and his family, and the fact that the person who just wronged you out in order to investigate. Damour's father, Ogera Charles, also spoke to The New has someone they're trying to shop for and get home to as York Times, recounting the dinner they had Thursday, the well. And, most importantly, remember your family. In the night before. Damour had not seen his father in over three months, and he had to leave for work as soon as they were end, they're the ones that matter the most anyway.



Saving money now is key to saving economy later "The time has come for us to stop spending wastefully and relying on credit." --Nelson Solomon

In the upcoming holiday season, most of us are likely to spend a good portion of our income on expensive gifts for family, friends and significant others. But with the economy in its current recession status, perhaps we should focus our monetary efforts on saving as opposed to spending. An October CNN poll found that 59 percent of Americans believe another 1930s-style depression is very or somewhat likely, and 55 percent of the respondents said the financial crisis would affect them personally within the next year. So, while many will focus on costly gifts for close acquaintances this year, there is a good chance, depending on the economic situation next fall, that we will be worrying more about having food on our tables than what gifts to get our family next Christmas. A recent Conde Nast Portfolio poll showed financial executives are pessimistic about the U.S. economy in the wake of this year's financial meltdown

and offered some tough statistics. According to the poll, w56 percent of the executives said they believe the economy is in a significant recession. If financial executives are this worried about the state of our economy and have a negative outlook for the future, what more reason do we need to be wary of spending excessive amounts of money? Regarding the next few years, 47 percent of the executives said it is very likely it will be harder to qualify for personal loans. Bottom Line: Let's face it, we're a materialistic culture that wants the latest and greatest products, but it is now the reckoning time. The time has come for us to stop spending wastefully and relying on credit. As stated in a Saturday Night Live sketch from three seasons ago featuring comedian Steve Martin, "Don't buy stuff you can't afford!"

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First year experiences UCO freshmen discuss what they learned in college from a new perspective Chase Dearinger fieaturell'ater

The fall semester of 2008 has seen a lot: the Olympics in Beijing, Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, a global economic crisis, hundreds of billions of bailout dollars, the first AfricanAmerican president-elect in U.S. his-

tory. For freshmen, these monumental events and changes will forever be tied to their first semester of college. More than any other students, freshmen are finishing a semester of college that has seen an intense amount of personal change. Whether it it a break from the parents or a change in

study habits, every 17 and 18-yearold on campus has learned something about college and themselves. Here are a few responses from some of these freshmen to questions about what they took from their first semester and what they will leave behind.

What did you think about your first semester of college? "I had a hard time adapting to UCO my first semester. I had moved to a different city and started a new school somewhere I had never been before, so it was all very overwhelming." - Jennifer Taylor, Chemistry Major

"When I started college, I thought it was just going to be endless term papers and tons of reading assignments. But, it turned out to be a fun experience with some of the assignments we got to do." - Thomas Selzer, English Creative Studies Major

"My first semester at UCO was pretty intense. I started off rough on my class work, and fell behind a little at the beginning. Toward the last half of the semester, I got all caught up on my assignments." - Caleb Stewart, Graphic Design Major

"My first semester of college was an emotional roller coaster. I had some of the most fun times ever, along with some of the most stressful." - Brett Hauser, Education Major

"It was easier than I thought. I came to college with this idea that I was going to have an unreal amount of homework and tests and other schoolwork but it wasn't as unmanageable as I thought. I just learned how to manage my time and everything has been working out." - Allsion Meunier, Elementary Education Major "It seemed to go by really fast but I enjoyed my classes and I have made some really great friends." - Megan LaFoe, Biology Major

What did you learn in your first semester of college? "During my first semester of college I learned how to be a writer. I also learned responsibility with things like homework and deadlines for papers." -JackieJelieman,Advertisement Major "I learned that being on your own, away from your parents plays big role in how you juggle your priorities." - Christina Chao, Pre-Pharmacy Major

"I learned that I need to buckle down and do my homework." - Willie Rochester, Music Education Major "I learned in my first semester how to becOme a rower. I enjoy it a lot now. I also learned you can't procrastinate to the last minute with writing papers. It doesn't work well." - Brandi Goforth, Accounting Major

"I learned to be much more responsible and to grow up because I've depended on my mom my whole life." - Tabitha Cortez, Business Major "I learned what it takes for me to be successful in college life. Obviously that includes working h*‘.;1, studying and getting my priorities' Straight. Jason Montgomery, Undecided

Campus offers help for a smoke-free life Laura Hoffert Senior Reporter

,recent debates, polls and discussions about tobacco usage at UCO, current users may want to make their New Year's Resolution to quit smoking. The tobacco initiative will be reintroduced at the beginning of the spring semester. However, students wanting to get a head start on cutting back on smoking have plenty of resources on campus. In a joint effort, the Wellness Center and University Health Services are offering students, faculty and staff an opportunity to partake in the American Lung Association's "Freedom from Smoking" program. The program lasts eight weeks. "A comprehensive tobacco plan on campus includes prevention, cessation and policy; this provides for a campus environment that promotes and supports behavior conducive to health," Danielle Dill, assistant director, Fitness & Health Promotion, said. Students, faculty and staff are also able to purchase over the counter medications from the UCO Pharmacy, located in the lobby of the Wellness Center. The pharmacy can fill most doctor prescribed medications for cessation such as Wellbutrin and Nicotrol inhalers and Sprays, Dill said. In the 2007 State of the

Campus Health Report, a typical UCO student had an eight percent chance of daily cigarette usage. In that same report, 10 percent of students said they had smoked cigarettes on at least 20 of the 30 days before taking the survey. Last year, that number would equal to be 1,600 students, whereas no statistics were found or recorded for effect of second-hand smoke on students. When a student wants to quit but has no time to attend meetings, the Wellness Center and University Health Sciences encourage people to call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline 1-800-QUIT NOW Anyone can call between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. "Since 7o percent of smokers want to quit, I would encourage them to take advantage of the services offered or promoted by UCO," Dill said. "I would encourage them to keep trying, many people require more than one attempt at quitting. The Freedom from Smoking program begins on Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wellness Center, Room 104. Registration for staff, alumni and faculty is $40; current students are required to pay $25. The registration deadline is set for Jan. 21 and space is limited to 18 participants. For more information call the Wellness Center at 974 3101.

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Both hoops teams move up in rankings Both Central Oklahoma teams moved up in the newest NCAA Division II basketball rankings that were released Tuesday afternoon.


UCO's men moved from sixth to third in the National Associa1. Findlay (Ohio) tion of Basketball 2. South Carolina-Aiken Coaches (NABC)/ 3. Central Oklahoma Division II Coaches' 4. Augusta State (Ga.) Poll, while the 5. Southwest Baptist (Mo.) women went from 6. Gannon (Pa.) 14th to 11th in the 7. Grand Valley State (Mich.) USA TODAY/ESPN 8. Minnesota State-Mankato Division II Coaches' 9. BYU-Hawaii Poll. 10. LIU-C.W. Post (N.Y.) It's the best USA TODAY/ESPN Division II ranking Division II Coaches' Poll for the UCO men (Women) since a similar No. 3 1. Northern Kentucky position late in the 2. Washburn (Kan.) 1996-97 season, 3. West Texas A&M with that squad 4. California (Pa.) making it as high as 5. Alaska-Anchorage No. 2 in the Jan. 7 6. Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 7. South Carolina-Aiken poll. The Bronchos 8. Stonehill (Mass.) have never been 9. Indiana (Pa.) ranked No. 1. 10. Hillsdale (Mich.) Findlay (Ohio) 11. Central Oklahoma tops the men's poll, 12. Emporia State (Kan.) followed by South Carolina-Aiken and the Bronchos. Northern Kentucky is No. 1 in the women's rankings, followed by Washburn and West Texas A&M. UCO's women were 19th in the preseason poll, which marked their first-ever appearance in the Division II coaches' rankings. NABC Division II Coaches' Poll (Men)


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Mallory Markus (left), Cristina Yarbrough (above), and Liz Brenner (right) help lead a UCO offense that has poured in more than 100 points in three games this season.

UCO women hit century mark three times, show no signs of slowing Chris Wescott Sponv If the•

The UCO women's basketball team is off to a 5-o start. But the more interesting storyline may be the Bronchos offensive firepower. The UCO women scored loo points or more in three of their first five games, including exhibitions. And head coach Guy Hardaker doesn't see his team taking its foot off the gas anytime soon. "Our game plan is to play fast," Hardaker said. "We want the game to be fun for the girls. Yes, we have shot it well, but most of that is


UP NEXT A 106-57 UCO win Tuesday over Midwestern State sets up a big showdown for today, when the Bronchos go to Canyon, Texas, to take on No. 3-ranked West Texas A&M.

* The Bronchos are 5-0. * They've eclipsed the 100-point barrier three times. * They've won by at least 49 points three times.

because of the type of shots we are getting. The girls are being extremely aggressive in transition and layups help the shooting percentage." So far, senior guard Mallory Markus has been the engine behind UCO's early drive. She shot .688

percent from beyond the three-point line in the first three regular season games. Along with Markus, senior forward Liz Brenner and junior forward Rose Anderson entered the season firing on all cylinders.

Bronchos eclipse century mark again Tuesday, Dec. 2

UCO 106, Midwestern 57 •The Lead: The No. 11-ranked Bronchos overwhelmed Midwestern State from the outset in sprinting to a 65-19 halftime lead and coasted. • Leading Scorers: UCO — Liz Brenner, 22; Midwestern — Brittany Bryant, 17. • Leading Rebounders: UCO — Liz Brenner, 18; Midwestern — Brittany Bryant, 12. • Key Stat: It was the third time in a 5-0 start that UCO has eclipsed the 100-point barrier, with the 49-point margin of victory the third by at last that much.

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Ice, Ice, Turkey —KEY POINTS Hockey spends holiday in Classic * The Bronchos went 1-2 Melissa Dixon .Ypo rls

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Erik Jansen defends the puck Sunday, November 23 against the Iowa State Cyclones at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena.



While most people were at home still digesting turkey, the ninth-ranked UCO hockey hit the road, heading north to participate in the Michigan-Dearborn Holiday Classic over the holiday weekend. The Bronchos began the weekend on a high note Friday night when they beat

in the Michigan-Dearborn Holiday Classic.

* They beat the host school but lost to Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Michigan-Dearborn University, 9-5. Casey Smith scored the first goal at 14:53 assisted by Jason Thihodeau and Patrick Higgins. Matt Cohn scored with assists by Derek Szecsodi,

UP NEXT The Bronchos will be back at home at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. against the University of Nebraska. The following weekend they will host Ohio University at Artic Edge Ice Arena.

and Mike Glowa. Szecsodi scored off a power play with help from Brian Thompson and Mike I-Iaszto at 11:33. Brent Block took his opportunity to score with less

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The UCO Bronchos got a visit from Lone Star Conference foes, the Midwestern State Mustangs, Nov. 25. The Bronchos made good use of their home court advantage and jumped off to an early lead, never looking back. With 2:4o left on the clock before the half, the Bronchos were already up, 4o-23. The Bronchos continued their dominance throughout the game and won, 92-78. The Mustangs could not contain UCO's David Thomas, who head coach Terry Evans said was 100 percent healthy now and ready to play. Thomas left doubts about his bruised hand behind, as he was an unprecedented 6-for-6 from the three-point-line, as well as putting up a career-high 26

points. Another Broncho making waves in the home-opener was Lance Harper, who put up 16 points and nine rebounds. Eric Cazenave dominated the defensive side, stealing the ball six times. Evans was a little disappointed in the defensive effort. "I definitely think we are a defensive team," he said. "We believe that if you hold the other team under 70, we will most likely win." Evans also said the team is going to have to do better than that. "We want to keep winning, win the conference, return to the Elite Eight and eventually win a National Championship," he said. The Bronchos played Langston last Friday night, hosting the OSSO Thanksgiving Classic at Hamilton Field House. After Langston (3-4), the Bronchos (5-0) played Washburn (3-0).

Bronchos equal best start in UCO history Saturday, Nov. 29

UCO 83, Washburn 76 • The Lead: The Bronchos moved to 7-0 overall in equaling their best start in school history and winning their 18th straight home contest. • Leading Scorers: UCO — Lance Harper, 23; Washburn — Mario Scott, 18. • Leading Unbeaten Central Oklahoma Rebounders: puts its No. 3 ranking on the UCO — David line today when the Bronchos Thomas, 11 travel to Canyon, Texas, to • Key Stat: take on West Texas A&M. TipThe Bronchos off is set for 8 p.m. shot just 40 percent from the field but hit 18-of-23 free throws and committed just 12 turnovers.


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Fast Continued from page 7 "Liz Mallory and Rose are very important to our edge and confidence of this team," Hardaker said. "But it really helps their games that all the players are so skilled. It makes it very hard for teams to concentrate on just them defensively." Though his Bronchos are scoring at will, Hardaker still believes they em-

phasize defense. He said he measures next opponent," Hardaker said. defensive play not by the points al- And the team's long-term goal? It's lowed but by the margin of victory. the same, he said. On Tuesday, UCO broke the "Sure, as a coach [I] talk about win100-point barrier again, beating Lone ning championships. Star foe Midwestern State, 106-57. "But, we know it's our get-betterThe Bronchos led 65-19 at the half. every-day approach that will give us But the focus always remains on the best chance to do that." That — and a very "offensive" identhe immediate future. "[Our] short-term goal is to get bet- tity. ter every day and get ready for our

UCO 86, Langston 71 • The Lead: A 10-0 run to end the first half and open the second put homestanding Central Oklahoma in control and the Bronchos disposed of pesky Langston on the first day of the OSSO Thanksgiving Classic. • Leading Scorers: UCO — Lance Harper and Michael Sosanya, 14 each; Langston — Lance Sullivan, 24 • Leading Rebounders: UCO — DeAngelo Garrett, 7; Langston — Alburey Doss and Daniel Thomas, 9 each. • KeyS;tat: The Bronchos shot just 39.5 percent from the field in the first half but hit 56.4 of their shots in the final 20 minutes. • Quote: "We didn't play with much intensity or focus and it was a sloppy game from the start." — UCO head coach Terry Evans.

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five minutes in the period with the assist of Hayden Scolaro. The Bronchos scored the first goal in the second period at 15:27. Smith scored with assists by Tony Panizzo and Higgins. Shawn Steggles made his first goal at 4:29 assisted by Greg Masters and Casey Lehmann. During the third period, Higgins scored against Michigan at 12:35. Erik Jansen and Masters had the assists. Haszto scored off of a power play at 9:07 with assists from Szecsodi and Cohn. Cohn got his second goal of the game with five minutes left in the game with assists from Szecsodi and Thibodeau. The rest of the weekend did not go as well. Saturday night, the Bronchos lost to No. 19 Western Michigan, 1-3. The last game, on Sunday, was a one-point loss against Eastern Michigan, 3 -4• So far this season, UCO has prevailed over No. 1 Illinois and No. 6 Oklahoma. They were looking to beat No. 7 Iowa State Nov. 23, but the Bronchos lost to the Cyclones, 4-2. The Bronchos knew it was going to be a tough game due to the suspension of three players during the second game against OU. Mike Haszto, Kevin Fukala and Brent Block were all hit with disqualification penalties, which meant they would have to sit out of the game against the Cyclones. Cohn scored the first goal of the game off a power play. The Bronchos left the Cyclones scoreless during the first period. Another power play allowed Cohn his second goal at 9:35 in the second period. Less than a minute later, the Cyclones scored their first goal. They would score one more goal with over two minutes left in the period. During the third period, the Cyclones would leave the Bronchos scoreless, leading them to win the game. "It's been a great season so far, but we are only half way through and I see some really tough games ahead," coach Craig McAlister said. The Bronchos will be playing against ro teams ranked in the top 20.

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UCO lineman Jermelle Cudjo, a junior from Lawton, earned a spot on the Division II All-Super Region 4 Football Team. This was the second consecutive time Cudjo earned first-team All-Lone Star Conference North Division recognition.

Central Oklahoma pair earn all-region recognition WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A pair of Central Oklahoma defensive standouts were named second-team selections on the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Super Region 4 Football Team, it was announced Tuesday. Lineman Jermelle Cudjo and linebacker K.C. Asiodu both earned second-team honors on the elite squad that was voted on by sports information directors of Super 4 Region institutions, which includes schools in the Lone Star Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

With the economic downturn, many immigrants are voluntarily going back home. "They're lost their reason for being here, the job opportunities and are returning to their home countries," Furmanski said. Furmanski also said with the country's focus on direct economic issues, and the voluntary departure of many of the immigrants, the controversy and heated debate will not be an issue in the passage of a federal immigration bill. "The immigration bill, and a lot of other bills, will probably get through within the first half year of the new

Cudjo, a junior from Lawton, had a dominating year on the defensive line in earning firstteam All-Lone Star Conference North Division recognition for the second straight year. He finished with 6o tackles, including a teamhigh 15.5 for loss with 4.5 sacks. Asiodu, a senior from Chino Hills, Calif., was also a first-team All LSC North Division pick and the Co-Linebacker of the Year. He had 71 tackles with 13.5 for loss, including 4.5 sacks, while also intercepting three passes, breaking up five others, forcing three fumbles and recovering two. -



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Three UCO Jazz ensembles are playing a concert Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the UCO Jazz Lab. Each ensemble consists of 20 students, varying from graduate students to undergraduate and even a few high school students, Jeff Kidwell, conductor of the third ensemble said. Lead alto saxophone player for the second ensemble, Boris Connally, explained all the jazz students auditioned months ago for the different ensembles, and each ensemble has

been practicing the music in this upcoming show for about a month. The three faculty members conducting the ensembles, Lee Rucker, Brian Gorrell and Kidwell are all seasoned jazz professionals, Dr. L. Keith White, director of the school of music said. "They all have impressive performance experience, as well as being excellent teachers." Rucker, Gorrell and Kidwell were in charge of picking the music their ensembles will perform. Rucker said each ensemble will be playing a variety of Big Band Jazz music. "We try to pick pieces that fit our band," Kidwell said.

American Impressionism at OKCMOA Angela Morris Stafflk rile,

I spent last Sunday afternoon checking out the American Impressionism exhibition displayed at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. "All the art work presented is from the Philips Museum in Washington D.C.," museum staffer Ann Eggers said, and features works by artist such as Allen Tucker, Gifford Beal and Childe Hassam. The exhibition begins with a quick history lesson which explains how this style of art, originated in Europe, became an influence to American artists.

Certain rooms in this exhibition contain works ranging from portraits to village panoramas, while other rooms only focus on pieces depicting town square scenery or landscapes. The majority of the landscape pieces use lighter, natural colors as opposed to the bolder, brighter paint used in village and town square depictions. The entire collection of work, especially the town square paintings, stay true to impressionistic ideal of creating an atmosphere fitting to the artist's mood. The exhibition runs through Jan. i8 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, between Hudson and Walker.

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