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Local elementary school children gather in the Nigh University Center ballrooms Wednesday to sit on Santa's lap and recieve gifts donated by several sponsers.

An Angie Debo elementary student sits on Santa's lap Wednesday and poses for a picture.

UCO student helps decorate White House Seniors get shot at directing plays .

by Aaron Wright Managing Editor

A UCO student received a call from the first lady's personal interior decorator on Nov. 24, while in Washington, D.C. He asked Phredd Evans, social studies education junior and retired army Major, if he would like to come early to help decorate the personal quarters of the White House. This phone call didn't take Evans by surprise. He had taken the trip to the capital city with the sole purpose of decorating the White House for Christmas after being invited by a member of Laura Bush's staff. "Each year, the White House staff will select a certain number of people to help decorate," said Evans. Evans received this offer because of his five-year service as a White House social aide that began in 2000. He served under the Clinton administration for one year and under the Bush administration for four years. Social aides are military men and women who live in the Washington, D.C., area. They volunteer to serve as hosts at White House social functions. They greet visitors, brief them on meeting the president and first lady and formally present guests to the couple. "Our job is to make the social side of the office of the president as seamless as possible," said' Evans. Evans greeted people

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UCO student Phredd Evans begins work on one of the areas he was assigned to decorate in the personal quarters of the White House. from all walks of life. He hosted movie stars, champion sports teams, foreign dignitaries, educators, senators and people who had just gotten off of welfare. He said it just depended on the type of event the White House staff was hosting. As head White House social aide, Evans oversaw anywhere from two to 15 events a month. During December, though, there may be around 30 events to host. This year, he had a chance to serve in a different way. He arrived at the White House on the evening of Nov. 24 with six other volunteers to

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decorate the personal quarters of the president and first lady, which consists of 34 rooms on the second and third floors of the White House. The group spent the remainder of the evening putting up wreaths, hanging garland and decorating trees. Evans said the decorative theme for the year is National Parks. There were 14 Christmas trees in all, with the main Christmas tree reaching 18 feet tall. This Christmas tree was decorated with ornaments that had been painted by a person from all the national parks. There were 432 in all, according to Evans.

"Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind." —Mary Ellen Chase

Their primary goal was to get the main tree decorated so that the first family could take their family Christmas photo in front of it. "It was a lot of pressure, but it was good pressure," said Evans. That same evening, President Bush greeted the decorators. Evans said that when Laura Bush asked if the president remembered Evans, he said he did. On Nov. 25, Evans returned to the White House to meet the other 54 volunteers who

see EVANS, page 4

Thirteen UCO seniors will display their directing abilities during The One Act Show Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. The shows begin at 5 p.m. in Pegasus Theater. "The shows are all student directed and come from my play production class," said Dr. Don Bristow, a professor in the theater department. The 13 plays will be displayed throughout the course of both nights and involve a variety of topics. There will be plays questioning the illusion of life and plays questioning the afterlife. One play is similar to a suburban housewives theme, said Dr. Robert McGill, Theater Department chairperson. "My play is based on the late '60s family...focusing on the new generation that dropped the morals and just lived," said Jimmy Pike, the senior director of "The Rock Garden." "It's a smorgasbord. One minute you're laughing, one minute you're crying," said McGill, "It's like the weather, if you don't like something, wait five minutes." The student directors were able to choose their own act, hold auditions, choose their cast and were also in charge of rehearsals. Actors and

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actresses were allowed to state a preference of director or play prior to the auditions. "All 13 of the directors got together and people read random selections," said Pike. "Then we all, very diplomatically, chose who we wanted for our shows." Students were in charge of obtaining everything from lighting and sound to costumes and sets. Campus equipment was made available to them from the department's scene shop and costume selection, but the directors were in charge of putting everything together. "When you're a director, the buck stops here. You are responsible for everything," said Bristow. The senior-level requirement to entirely produce an act has been in existence since the theater program was established about 45 years ago, said Bristow. "I think this is an extremely valuable and necessary experience for our theatre majors," said Bristow. The class also requires directors have at least 15 rehearsals, which are squeezed into about a month. "If you don't get a schedule together that'll sneak up on you pretty quickly," said Pike.

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by Justin Langston would be decorating. They were broken into teams. Evans' team was in charge of the personal quarters. The decorating was finished on Nov. 27 and a reception was held for the decorators on Nov. 28. Evans said all the volunteers paid for their travel costs at their own expense. The only thing provided for them were meals while they were working at the White House. "It is an honor to be invited to the White House to decorate for the president and first lady," said Evans. He explained that people make provisions as needed to be able to attend. He also said the timing of their visit was an important time in the White House as the president was hosting Ehud Olmert, the prime minister of Israel as well as Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Evans and other volunteers watched the caravans of these leaders come to the White House. "It was so surreal to be at the White House during such an historical event," said Evans. He also thought it was interesting to see the president and first lady in their element. When Evans first saw the president on Nov. 24, Bush was in sweats and street clothes. On Nov. 25, he saw the president sitting in the Yellow Office reading a newspaper. Evans noted that the environment remained professional the entire time. With his military background, he always remeinbered he was in the p're'sence of his COMmander-in-chief. "As a military man, there

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The UCO chapter of the Student Alliance Group, also known as the United Nations Association of America, was honored this semester as the best new student association on campus. The group was honored because of their work from October 2006 to August 2007, leadership on campus, being recognized by Amnesty International and also for

being the only student organization in Oklahoma that is recognized by the United Nations. "I think we have a very good group with good leadership in this organization," former president and founder Aladdin Obeid said. "We've done a lot for human and civil rights. I think UCO is very proud of us." Over the course of the past year, the Student Alliance Group has worked on several projects, including campaigns

for civil and human rights, campaigns for women's issues and leadership issues on campus. The group also put on a play written by the group's vice president Kaoutar Dafor about women's issues, which Amnesty International recognized the association. The next big event for the group will be Amnesty International's state conference at OSU next year in February. Justin Langston can be reached at jlangston@thevistaonline.com.

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Retired Army Major Evans works on a wreath in one of the many halls of the White House's personal quarters. is no such thing as a casual conversation between me and the president," said Evans.

It is an honor to 'be invited to the . iNg'ite House to decorate for the president andAst lady: Phredd Evans

He did approach the president and first lady, however, to pass along a message. His friends and acquaintances in

Oklahoma had asked Evans to tell the president they were praying for them as leaders of the county. Evans made it a special point to distribute that information. The trip was topped off when the First Lady Bush personally thanked Evans for his help with decorating both the private residence and the house. "That was pretty special to me," said Evans.

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International students continue to flood America's colleges by AP Writer BERKELEY, Calif (AP) _ The number of international students attending American colleges and universities has nearly rebounded from a slump that followed the 2001 terrorist attacks, which triggered tough new visa restrictions and closer monitoring of foreign scholars. During the 2006-2007 academic year, nearly 583,000 international students took classes at U.S. schools, just 3,000 fewer than the record enrollment set just before the crackdown began, according to a recent report from the State Depaitinent and the nonprofit Institute of International Education. Vance Gram, 26, a graduate student from Norway who is studying political science at the University of California, Berkeley, said the nation is more welcoming to international stu-

dents than a few years ago. "There's been something of a release from the grip of fear and distrust of anything foreign," said Gram, who has been in and out of the United States for years. "And America is more relaxed now than even two, three years ago, never mind five." The enrollment figures were welcomed by government and academic officials who have worked to attract foreigners. "This is a hugely important economic investment as well as an investment in human capital," said Tom Farrell, deputy assistant secretary for academic programs at the State Department, which released the report last month. "We believe that people who study and learn here with us are better able to work with us later in their careers." For years, U.S. schools made it easy for students from other countries to study here for long periods. But after one of the Sept. 11

hijackers entered the country on a student visa, the Bush administration got strict, adopting visa restrictions and reforms that allowed the government fast access to foreign students' information. The FBI also worked closely to keep tabs on international students and watch for evidence of terrorism. After enrollments declined, some officials grew concerned about the dwindling numbers because international scholars help keep the United States competitive in the global market and contribute $14.5 billion a year to the economy. Karen Hughes, undersecretary for public affairs at the State Department, described the students as "the single most important public diplomacy tool of the last 50 years." In January 2006, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings co-hosted a summit attended by college presidents. The goal:

To recruit more foreign students to U.S. schools. That resulted in new grants to help foreign students study in the U.S., stepped-up recruiting in places such as India and China, and the hiring of new consular officials to expedite student visa applications. Even now, Gram said, applying to study in the U.S. is not without hassles. "There are so many tedious and seemingly unneeded requirements in visa regulations and so forth," he said. "I think that still puts people off, so they end up going other places." Pui-Wa Li, an environmental engineering student from Hong Kong who is now studying at UC Berkeley, considered studying in Europe or Asia. But she was ultimately drawn to the United States by its "open, friendly climate" toward foreign scholars. But some immigrationcontrol advocates question the benefits of having non-

Americans taking up desks and dorm rooms at U.S. institutions, which are seen as a back door into the country. "It's being used in a way it was not originally intended to be used," said Steve Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies. "It farms out U.S. immigration policy to schools, who may or may not have the best interests of U.S. policy in mind." Foreign student enrollment peaked at 586,000 in 20022003, the year the visa restrictions took effect. It dropped steadily each of the next three years, before increasing 3.2 percent this year. According to the report, India sends more scholars to U.S. institutions than any other foreign country — nearly 84,000 in 2006, a 9.6 percent increase over the prior year. China is second, followed by South Korea. The biggest growth was among students from Saudi

Arabia. Nearly 8,000 students from that country attended American colleges and universities in 2006-2007, a 128 percent increase over 2005-2006. The University of Southern California enrolls the greatest numbers of international students — more than 7,000, followedby Columbia University and New York University. For some students, the decision to come to the United States was simple: The U.S. educational system remains among the best in the world. Others said the dip in the number of foreign students in the U.S. looked like their chance to break into a competitive field. If fewer students come to the U.S., "there's less competition, more advantages," said Li, 19. "It's like buying stocks — when you buy low, you earn more."

National airports now offering flu shots for busy travelers by Hannah Jackson Staff Writer

ATLANTA (AP) _ After taking off their shoes, emptying their pockets and passing through the security checkpoint, travelers at some major U.S. airports can now roll up a sleeve and get a flu shot. "The convenience is great," Danny Manzon, a busy, 53-year-old restaurant consultant, said after getting vaccinated Tuesday at a kiosk in front of an AirTran gate at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He said he had wanted to get a flu shot for three months but never had the time. For years, some airports have been offering flu shots to

airline passengers before they cleared security. But many travelers were too afraid of missing their flights to stop. So this year, airports in such cities as Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Newark, N.J., and San Francisco are setting up "airside" health stations close to the gates, past the security checkpoints. The shots typically take just a few minutes and cost $15 to $35. So far, the airports in the five major cities have given out about 15,000 shots this season. "It's helpful being on the airside because people don't know how long it's going to take getting through security so they don't want to take a risk of waiting in a medical clinic

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Danny Manzon, of Jacksonville, Fla., gets a flu shot from Stephanie Parks of The Aero Clinic at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport Tuesday, Dec. 4. or being stuck in security and not making their plane," said

Maureen Zampella, director of nursing and general operations manager of a service that is offering flu shots at the Newark airport. The vaccinations are seen as particularly convenient for those who travel frequently on business. vi'They don't have time to go to the physician," said Dr. Dominic Mack, chief medical officer of the service offering shots in Atlanta. Airline passengers receiving the shots won't be protected right away. It takes about two weeks for a shot to offer full protection. Getting vaccinated now offers plenty of time for the shot to take full effect before the peak flu season begins,

typically after December. Airport health officials said eventually they may offer other vaccinations, too, as well as cholesterol tests and screening for high blood pressure. "We're fmding thai's where people are," said Michelle Smith, spokeswoman for Denver Health, which operates a clinic at the Denver airport. Last year, Chicago's O'Hare Airport dispensed about 5,000 flu shots to passengers and employees from kiosks next to gates. So far, O'Hare and Midway have vaccinated a total of about 9,500 people this year. "Business travelers love it," Zautcke said. "They are just thanking us."

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Shooting in Omaha mall OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A gunman opened fire Wednesday at a busy Omaha mall, wounding at least one person and forcing police to lock down the shopping center while they searched for the shooter. It was not immediately clear whether the gunman was still inside the Westroads Mall or whether other people were hurt. Police refttsed to confirm any injuries or arrests. A witness, Todd Trimpe, told Omaha television station KMTV that he saw police apprehend a man who was hiding under a bus stop bench outside the mall. Trimpe said the man was dressed in camouflage. Keith Fidler, a Von Maur employee, said he heard a burst of five to six shots followed by 15 to 20 more rounds. Fidler said he huddled in the corner of the men's clothing department with about a dozen other employees until police yelled to get out of the store. Fidler said he did not see the shooting but saw a person lying still by an elevator as he was leaving the store. A woman who answered the phone at an Old Navy store said 20 to 30 customers were huddled with employees in a back storeroom. "All we know was people were running and screaming down the hallway by Von Maur saying there was a shooting, and then they locked us down," said the woman, who said her name was Heidi. Police were allowing some people to leave the mall, but no one was permitted to enter. Shortly after the shooting, a group of shoppers came out of the building with their

to the playwrights as the guaranteed production of their show. Many transcripts win money in competitions, but not all make it to the stage, said McGill. "New work is a great challenge [to direct] because there's no one to compare it to," said McGill. This year 15 students submitted transcripts, which was down by ten from the first year the competition was held. The competition will continue

One-Acts from page 1 Four of the plays produced were also written by UCO students who competed in a playwriting competition earlier this year. Steven Reckinger, Jeanette Mirh, Rhys Henley and Kerri Rivera will each receive a $300 award check from the competition. Academic

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performance depends on the number of seniors in Bristow's play production class. This year, because of the high number, the plays have been divided into two nights and will also have a dinner break each night. The plays will last from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. Some of the One Acts contain adult language and situations, which will be noted in the programs to avoid anyone being offended by the subject matter.

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Women evacuated from the Von Maur store after a gunman opened fire at the Westroads mall await news in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. Police locked down in the mall after several people were shot Wednesday afternoon. hands raised, Some were still holding shopping bags. Kevin Kleine, 29, who was shopping with her 4-year-old daughter, said she hid inr a dressing room with four other shoppers and an employee. "My knees rocked. I didn't know what to do, so I just ran with everybody else," Kleine said. A witness, Shawn Vidlak, said he heard four or five rapid shots "like a nail gun." At first he thought it was noise from construction work going on at the mall. "People started screaming

about gunshots," Vidlak said. "I grabbed my wife and kids we got out of there as fast as we could." Shopper Chol Khor said he was shopping inside J.C. Penney when the shooting occurred. "I heard something like a balloon pop," he said. "Then two women came running into the store and said there had been a shooting." President Bush was in town Wednesday for a fundraiser in Omaha, but left about an hour before the shooting.

Affairs gave money to the department specifically for the playwright competition and to cover the production of the plays. In 2005, the first year the competition was held, the department held the competition with their own funds to show the potential of the competition. McGill said the prize

once every two years. "One student writes a play, another one directs the students acting in it and all of a sudden we're out of the mix, just waiting to catch them if they fall," said McGill about professors giving all control to their students. Each year, the number of plays within the one act

One Acts are free to students and the public, although donations may be given during the dinner break. For more information, contact the Theater Department at 9745511. Hannah Jackson can be reached at hjackson@thevistaonline.com.

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Crime threatens Mexican entertainment industry der city of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. Some fear that singers, MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A whether they have any links wave of organized crime vio- to drug cartels or not, are lence terrorizing many parts routinely "adopted" by drug of Mexico is driving fear into gangs, which post Internet the heart of the entertainment videos showing their membusiness with the murders of bers torturing and executing several popular musicians, rivals to soundtracks of popusuggesting no one is immune lar tunes. to the rampant brutality. "It really has people worMost disquieting were ried, because you never know the weekend slayings of two if you go to a concert, what singers who had crooned only will happen, whether someabout love and loss, not drugs body might get shot," said and guns like some "narco- Pablo Zuack, press coordinacorrido" celebrities killed in tor for Bandamax, a cable TV the past. channel specializing in northThe murders of Sergio ern Mexican music. "When Gomez, lead performer for you interview a performer, the top-selling group K-Paz you never know if it's the last de la Sierra, and Zayda Pena story you'll write about him." of the group Zayda and the Elijah Wald, author of the Guilty Ones has mainstream book "Narcocorrido," said the singers worrying they may musicians' fears may be justibecome targets by becoming fied. identified with one or anoth"They've just kidnapped er of Mexico's warring drug and murdered a major intergangs. national star traveling with "What can I say? We are bodyguards," he said, referdismayed about this. I mean, ring to Gomez. "That is a we are all in the same boat," very clear message: 'We can said Javier Diaz, represen- get anybody.'" tative of Los Tucanes del Carolina Jaramillo, a pubNorte, a popular group that licist who represented Gomez often poses with assault rifles and other acts, said the singer to promote its songs and vio- had no ties to the drug trade lence-filled videos. that she knew of and she had Although not known for no reason to believe he would songs glamorizing the drug be a target. business, Gomez had report"This year, and last year, edly received death threats we have seen a lot of viourging him not to appear lence," she said. "We don't in the capital of the west- know where the next one ern state of Michoacan, a hot could come from." bed of the drug trade where Gomez's manager, who is he was tortured before being also named Sergio Gomez, strangled Sunday. told the television network Pena was killed with simi- Televisa that the singer had lar brutality the previous day. no ties to drug gangs, but Gunman fired an execution- had received threats earlier in style gunshot into her at the the day warning him against hospital where she was recov- performing in Morelia, which ering from surgery for a bullet has been the site of bloody wound in her neck suffered turf battles between Mexico's Friday at a motel in the bor- two main cartels.

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People carry the coffin containing the body of Sergio Gomez, the lead singer for the top-selling band K-Paz de la Sierra, at a funeral parlor in Mexico City,Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007. Gomez, who was tortured and strangled to death, is the newest in a string of attacks that have driven fear into the heart of Mexico's music industry.

His group canceled an appearance in Morelia last year after similar threats, but Gomez refused to cancel again, said band representative Mario Olvera. After the concert, Gomez left with two business associates but was intercepted by 10 Chevrolet Suburbans. His body turned up- on a rural roadside with signs of strangulation and severe bruising on the thorax and abdomen as well as burns on the legs. The business associates reportedly were released unharmed. Hundreds of people mourned Gomez early

Tuesday in his native Ciudad Duranguense" rhythm and Hidalgo, and a ceremony was Pena wrote more in the balplanned later in the day in lad-like "grupero" style, both Mexico City, where he was to essentially sang songs whose be cremated. The- ashes were , themes went little beyond being sent to Indiana, where love. Gomez's closest relatives live, Earlier slayings of enterlocal news media said. tainers involved musicians The slaying of Pena inside who sang about the crimia hospital was a tactic redo- nal underworld. Valentin lent of Mexico's drug world, Elizalde, who was killed last in which gangs have been year after performing across known to storm hospitals to the border from McAllen, rescue wounded comrades or Texas, became popular with finish off injured rivals. "To My Enemies," a song freLike Gomez, Pena had quently seen as a drug lord's no known drug associations. anthem. While Gomez was famous Many musicians are now for his up-tempo "Pasito worried that becoming asso-

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Still no end in sight for warring writers and executives by AP Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) The TV industry braced Tuesday for what could become a long strike by writers, even as both sides returned to the bargaining table. Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corp., told an investor conference in New York that he was hopeful, but "not terribly optimistic." The two sides conceded there was likely to be ratings shortfalls if the five-week strike dragged on, Moonves said. Programming costs would fall as well, resulting in no significant financial impact to the network in the short to medium term, Moonves said. Bargaining resumed in Los Angeles after a four-day recess, with a relatively scant $21 million separating contract proposals by studios and striking Hollywood writers. The more telling figure involves the $20,000-plus that writers now earn for a single network rerun of a TV episode and the $250 the studios are offering for a year's online reuse of an hourlong

show. That represents the chasm between the old business order and burgeoning new media faced by negotiators as they try to end the strike, now in its fifth week. The strike has shut down production on dozens of prime-time and late-night shows, sending a number of programs into reruns. Still, Moonves said CBS viewers will be served. "We are prepared to have a full schedule" in the spring, he said. "We're certainly not going to go dark." He said the schedule will include programs from Showtime, the network's sister cable channel that offers daring fare including "Weeds" and "Dexter," a serial-killer drama. The shows will be editAP Photo ed for network use, a CBS spokesman said. Peter Sears, a writer with "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", gathers signs to disThe walkout could soon tribute to striking film and television writers who will picket outside NBC Studios, affect the development ofpilot Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, in Burbank, Calif. episodes, which networks use to determine which series Last Thursday, before lion already paid annually to they will order for the next producer who now is chief season. The process typically executive officer of a lifestyle negotiations recessed, the writers. Web site, PeopleJam Inc. Alliance of Motion Picture The Writers Guild of begins early in the year. However, Marc Berman, and Television Producers said America countered by saying "If the strike is protracted, pilot season will be poten- an analyst for Mediaweek, it was willing to offer $130 the proposal only addressed tially mined. Everything noted that networks have been million in extra pay over the advertising-supported prostarts from the script," said cutting back on pilots for sev- life of its proposed three-year grams streamed for free on deal, on top of the $1.3 bil- the Web and jurisdiction over Matt Edelman, a film and TV eral years to save money.

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It's that time of year when you start showing more than slight Attention Deficiency Disorder. Jumping from Ancient British Literature to Economics to Spanish to Algebra and TV shows you are convinced you just can't miss. It's no wonder. Yep, the week before dead week hits you like a ton of bricks. And when dead week begins, you are practically dead. The week, however, is anything but dead. There's always a pile that's waiting while you are wishing that all the homework would get itself done. Cheer up! Like your mom said, what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger. Despite the fact that it seems like you might die under all the load of studying, writing research papers and fluttering between last minute anxiety attacks for a multitude of things, nobody has yet died of homework. Or so they say, and as a distraction (and an excuse for procrastination), I decided to Google it. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just something about a young sorcerer who died of homework (now, if we were in HogWarts, plenty of us would have been seriously injured by stress-caused miscalculations). There's a couple of

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other links touting arguments against homework, but nothing about anybody dying of homework. So, there's hope yet. There are a lot of us walking around campus, clutching coffee cups like lifelines, books breaking our backs or clutched tightly in our arms, eyes fixed on faraway thoughts, faces flustered from the crazy weather and even crazier cramming hours. It's almost like we are experimenting on how it feels to be zombies. Tons of 24-hour places with free coffee and tea have opened up to cater to the potential zombie student crowd. There's the library, the inconspicuous Tea House, the regular 24-hour eateries and you can add wherever else you might know to this list. It's almost Christmas, the time of year to believe in Santa Claus. I need to check on my pile of homework and papers. There's this faint hope that it grew frustrated with neglect and finished on its own.

51,te/x Here's a simple riddle: what makes a man a woman and a woman a man without the physical and psychological changes? Give up? Eroticism, of course. The art of love-making, the social means to trigger desire, in which then our biological instinct kicks in to accommodate our physical and mental needs. It becomes the practice of disregarding gender, so male femininity and female masculinity can coincide. Eroticism is not perverted. It's what we make of it. It can be an art form, or it can be a scientific way to promote natural behavior. Children are

taught about the reproductive system at an early age, so that they can better understand what changes they will face in the coming years. You can't speak about sex without the presence of the naked body. So, if children are exposed to the various parts that make up a male and female, why is it considered so taboo? Now, it's clear why people don't go around naked when they leave their homes. Clothing has many uses. But when nudity - is shown, it's often times deemed as evil. For example, when the media created such controversy over Janet Jackson's

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nipple shot during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, it brought a whole new meaning to what we're afraid to see as a society. A woman posted a photograph of her breastfeeding on Facebook. Although no nipples were shown, she was suspended from the Web site for obscene material. When did breastfeeding become immoral? Every day, television exposes our children to the false imagery of perfectly molded bodies in order to provide a simple marketing strategy. We are raised to believe the only suitable look of a woman's figure is 110 pounds, blonde and perky. The man must be muscular, broad shoulders, young-looking and without body hair. These are sexual representations that define where we're heading socially. What may be considered erotic for one person could be disgusting for someone else. So, why do we allow the media to choose what we should look like? Obviously, sex is normal. But the way many people perceive it, sex doesn't quite

fit the 'normal category.' How did something considered the most natural thing among living beings become so forbidden? In cinema, sex is classified more explicitly than violence. When did the death of a person become more acceptable than the method of procreation and expression of love? Eroticism isn't pornographic, although sometimes they can go hand-in-hand. Pornography shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a bad thing, because it reveals what makes us human. You don't have to accept it to understand that it portrays the very thing that drives us physically and. emotionally. Sigmund Freud had this idea about sex when he did his research. Everything that constitutes our bodies and minds is motivated by sexual impulses. Eroticism reflects those impulses, and as long as human beings continue to populate the earth, all things sexual will remain dominant.

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JUSTIN LANGSTON A couple of years back, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" came out in theaters, and even with a script written by Douglas Adams and excerpts from the book itself, the film was criticized by fans for not being true to the source material. This

struck me as odd, since the movie still had the absurdist elements of the book, and the "Hitchhiker" series is famous for being completely different across all different types of media. The book was different from the radio drama, which was different from the first movie. Another thing was comic book movies. "X-Men: the Last Stand" got a lot of flak from comic fans for changing the Dark Phoenix storyline. There were a lot of things to complain about in that movie, but changing the. Phoenix from a cosmic entity that inhabits the body of Jean Grey to an aspect of Grey's personality is probably the least of the legitimate prob-

lems with the movie. Before I really start, I'm going to have to eat my own words from 2005 when I refused to see "Constantine" becatise of what it did to my favorite comic book character. liqqAwatching the movie becauffof that was just plain stupid. It's,, just so odd to expect a movie to slavishly follow its source material. I'm not advocating ignoring the source material, but a movie adaptation should stand on its own merits. , Thee source material is important. It should obviously serve as a major blueprint for how the movie should conduct itself. The plot and characters should more or

less stay the same, and the major themes should remain untouched. From there, it's okay to mix things up a bit. When it comes to a movie adaptation, I think the most important part is making sure the spirit of the story is still there. Even if the story is changed, it still 'important to retain what made the story worth adapting in the first place. What the story is about is what should carry over in the movie. Granted, it is annoying when favorite scenes are dropped from the movie, but what matters is if the movie itself is good and keeps with the soul of where it came from, not whether the movie follows the book verbatim.

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"And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." -- Isaiah 9:6 Nearly 2,000 years ago, God became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions about this incredible event or about its implications for your life, please ask one of us.

These members of the UCO faculty and staff, as well as UCO students, are united in the belief that Jesus Christ provides intellectually and spiritually satisfying answers to life's most important questions. Steven Black David Boliver, Ph.D. Amy Brown R.C. Crabtree Paul Curtis Bob Delano Jan Douglas Bill Farley David A. Ford Paula Fowler Sara Wallace Ronica Ruiz Krystal Woods Kaley Hughes Kayleigh Bland Erin Marlett John Lami Brooke Switzer Vickie Horn Cassandra Bruxvoort Alison Hayes Aubrie Diana Lisa Leininger Mirelle Mascarenhas Whitney Smith Katey Wilson Eric Jaeger

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Washburn cleans the Bronchos by Justin Langston Staff Writer

I know this is probably an unpopular sentiment in this state, but I'm here to say that the BCS got it right. While a compelling case could be made for Georgia, Oklahoma, or USC to play in the title game, in the end, I feel that the two teams picked are the only logical choices to play for the crystal ball. Lets take a look at each team's body of work. The Georgia Bulldogs have been hot and it seems as though all the analysts everywhere are in love with them. This team has been playing well ever since their coach started having a complete disregard for sportsmanship during the Florida game. Of course I'm talking about when he had his whole roster run into the endzone and celebrate after Georgia scored a touchdown against rival Florida. While the Dawgs have been getting better as the season went on, that doesn't change the fact that they lost two divisional games — South Carolina and Tennessee. That's the beauty of college football; there is no need for a playoff because the whole season is a playoff If you can't even win your division, how can you possibly justify a national title? As for Oklahoma, they have a better case than Georgia since they won, their conference, but with that loss to Colorado, there's no way you can put them ahead of LSU or Ohio State. The Buckeys have only

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The UCO men's basketball team lost to Washburn Tuesday night when they traveled to Topeka to take on the Ichabods. This loss endsUCO's four game winning streak. "We were playing in a really tough environment," head coach Terry Evans said. "Defensively we played pretty good, but offensively we were really disappointing. You can't make three out of 10 shots on the road." UCO started off well, leading early. However, UCO had difficulty on offense in the first half, with going 9 for 32 from the field and committing 14 turnovers. Washburn was able to overtake the Bronchos and held a slim 26-23 lead at intermission. In the second half, UCO began to pick up a bit offensively, but it wasn't quite enough. UCO took the lead around nine minutes into the half, which they were able

to maintain until the waning seconds of the game. Near the end of the game, UCO held a 57-54 lead after a three pointer from forward/guard Sam Belt. With 90 seconds left on the clock, Washburn made a final 3-pointer to tie up the game. Regulation time ended with a 57-57 tie. In overtime, UCO opened up well, but in the last minutes of play, Washburn took the lead and held it until the final bnz7er, giving them the victory. Belt led the team in total points, scoring 17, making 4-15 from the field and scoring 8-12 from the free-throw line. Guard Eric Cazenave scored 16 points, making 511 in the field and knocking down both of his free throw attempts. Cazenave led the team in three pointers, going 4 for 8 from long distance. Photo Services UCO returns home tonight after three games on the road Eric Cazenave attempts a lay up against Oklahoma Christian. to play West Texas A&M. UCO will also play Eastern Saturday afternoon. Next Thursday, January 3 when New Mexico at home on week, UCO will travel to San they travel to Stephenville, Antonio to compete in the St. TX to take on Tarelton State. Mary's Classic where they will take on Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri. After this, UCO will take a Justin Langston can be reached break and resume play on at jlangston@thevistaonline.com

lost one game. That's half the amount OU lost, and their defeat came to Illinois, who's playing in a BCS bowl. The Sooners had it there for the taking, but they couldn't finish. You can't be mad at the system for two losses that should have been wins. Just win and you advance, just like a playoff Did I mention how in college football the whole season is like a playoff? Finally, lets talk _about the Trojans (insert birth control joke here). To me, their resume is similar to OU's. Both are conference champions with two losses. USC's loss to Stanford is comparable to Colorado as both came on the last play of the game and both teams are pretty similar in lack of quality. Their second loss came against a very competitive Dennis Dixon lead Oregon team. There's no shame in this one. If this was their only loss, they would be playing Ohio State for the title. It's kind of like their loss to Stanford knocked them out of the playoffs. These three are all quality teams, and each is being rewarded with a BCS bowl. Like them or not, LSU deserves their ranking. Like the three wannabes, the Tigers also have two losses. The difference is both oftheir defeates came in triple overtime and were to quality opponents — Kentucky and Arkansas. So I'm here to say that the systenri got it right• trife two teams in the title game are the most deserving. If another program feels it got by Vista photographer Chris Albers slighted, they should have just won their games, just Junior guard David Thomas looks for a teammate to pass like a playoff system. Did I mention how college foot- to during a game against Oklahoma Christian on Nov. 19 in ball is like one big playoff? Hamilton field House. UCO won the game 77-57.

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Lade Allen named All-American by Alex Gambill Sports Writer

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AU-American Lacie Allen digs a ball during the 2006 season.

Senior Broncho volleyball player Lacie Allen earned first-team AllAmerican honors Nov. 26 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Allen is the second player in UCO volleyball history to be named an All-American. She has also been named Lone Star Conference Libero of the year and finished this season ranked third in all-time Division II digs with 2,765. She set a remarkable singleseason record this year with 996 digs, completing the best season in Division II history, as far as digs are concerned. "I'm very proud of her," Coach Jeff Boyland said. "I'm probably more proud because she played a different position when she started., and then she had to transform her style and what we needed as a team, and she did that willingly." This year, Allen led the way to taking the Bronchos

to nationals and finishing the season 32-7, matching the school record for most wins. "We're going to miss her, because she's been a great attribute to the program. Her leadership qualities are in line with the goals and the visions of UCO," Boyland said. "My time playing for UCO was awesome. It's indescribable the type of players and coaching staff that we've had on the team, which made all the awards and all the success our team had worth it," Allen said. Last year, Allen broke the conference record by recording 790 digs and then earned first-team Daktronics Southwest Region, first-team All-Lone Star Conference North Division and LSC North Division Libero of the year. "We were nervous coming into this season not knowing how we were going to do by last year and how people were going to fit into roles this year," Allen said. Allen said she was very

pleased with her successes and couldn't do it without the team and the coaching staff. "It was definitely an amazing senior year and a great year for the volleyball team," she said. She said she came to UCO with a goal to become an All-American, and said it was a dream come true. "Last year I broke a lot of records and just fell short of it, so it was like I was almost there, but just fell short of it. It was kind of cool to reach it since it was my final go-around." Allen said she comes from a very athletic family. Her father played football at Southeastern Louisiana, her mother played basketball through high school, and both of her grandmothers played basketball. "No one in my family has ever been AllAmerican. I come from a big sports family," she said. Allen also used to play basketball at UCO, but after ,

hurting her leg her sophomore year, she chose to stick with volleyball because it was easier on her body. Allen said her decision to play volleyball goes back to when she was in seventh grade trying to choose a sport to play. "Volleyball is a funny thing, back in seventh grade it was just a click of friends I was with. I wanted to run cross-country for some reason, but my friends were like 'let's play volleyball,' so we went to that and I've been playing ever since." Allen said, as for her future, she plans on graduating this May and working for the Dallas Cowboys in sports marketing. "Even though I'm done playing, I'm definitely going to keep sports in my profession," she said.

Alex Gambill can be reached at agambill@thevistaonline.com .

Central primed for Sooner showdown full with the seven-time national champions, a team that head wrestling coach David James With everything in place describes as "underrated." and the team rolling towards "I feel we can be very comFriday's match-up with the petitive," Coach James said. University of Oklahoma, "OU is favored, we're not. the Broncho wrestling team [There is] opportunity there, tripped up on Tuesday and you got to make the most of it. fell to upstart We'll see where Oklahoma City "Well see where we measure up." t, University of In order to the NAIA, los- we measure up. have any chance ing 21-24. of knocking off Perhaps it was the big boys -Coach James from Norman, the Bronchos looking ahead UCO will have to their upper division test to follow a similar blueprint on- Friday, when the Sooners to the one used by OCU, as it come to town, that led to was three pins that led to the the downfall. Whatever the Broncho's upset. To upset their reason, the Stars took full upper-division foe, UCO will advantage of their opportu- have to capitalize on all oppornity to stake their claim in the tunities to earn bonus points. state's hierarchy of wrestling. The Stars started the match Just as OCU took advan- off with a bang when OCU's tage of its opportunity to play Adam DeLong pinned Allgiant killer, UCO will look American Tyler Zukerman to rebound and do the same just before time expired in the against the University of second period. After dropping Oklahoma. The stage is set the next match and trailing as perennial power OU has by nine, the Bronchos earned slipped a bit this season, fall- bonus points in the next two ing to No. 21 in the Division I matches to even the score. rankings. The Bronchos hold The majority of the points the top spot in Division II, but came from a tech fall posted it's likely they'll drop after by Kyle Evans at 141 pounds. their first-ever defeat to inThe match would go back state rival OCU. Despite the and forth, but ultimately, it was Sooners moderate ranking, two more pins that created the UCO will still have its hands insurmountable lead for the by Jeff Massie Sports Editor

Stars. The first came at 157 pounds when Brent Sarette was pinned, and the second was at 174 pounds when Tommy McCarty suffered a second period fall despite having a 6-1 advantage. At heavyweight, UCO's Dustin Finn pinned his opponent to make the score closer, but the contest was already out of reach. Against the Sooners, there looks to be only one match where neither team's grappler is ranked. This abnormality will take place at 133 pounds. Two of the ten bouts feature two ranked wrestlers, though they are ranked in different divisions. At 184 pounds, No. 5 Heath Jolley will likely face OU's ninth-ranked Josh Weitzel. The headlining match is at 141 Photo Services pounds, where defending national champion UCO's Colby Robinson defends a single leg from teammate Corby Ray during the Bronze and Blue and No. 1 Division II Intrasquad on Oct. 24 in Hamilton Field House. wrestler Kyle Evans will meet No. 11 Zack Bailey. Bronchos, though, there's Hamilton Field House at 7 will go to the Hope Center's In the seven remaining only one weight, 157 pounds, p.m. The first 500 students Good Samaritan Fund. matches, at least one com- where a ranked Broncho will receive a free T-shirt and a petitor from either team ,face an unranked opponent. "chili 4 charity" cookoff will appears in the national rankThe cross division match be held in the hour leading Jeff Massie can be reached at ings. Unfortunately for the will take place Friday in up to the dual. All proceeds jmassie2@ucok.edu

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