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Black History Month aspires to educate staff and students “The history of black people has always been suppressed. When they were slaves, they were kept uneducated so they wouldn’t escape and maintain their status ” -Dr. Charles Simmons

Brittany Carradine speaks out on tolerance and diversity. by Abha Eli Phoboo Staff Writer It is Black History Month and the UCO community is celebrating the many black personalities who have contributed to progressive changes in society. Black history and multicultural diversity are integral parts of UCO and before the month started, the campus crowned Brittany Carradine Miss Black UCO 2007 to represent and empower young students. Already, Carradine is working on reaching out and spreading awareness about tolerance and diversity. “I believe that one of the most effective ways we can spread awareness about Black History Month is through word of mouth,” she said. “I

have been telling everyone I come in contact with, making announcements in classes, and informing everyone about the amazing month full of events that the Multicultural Student Services has scheduled.” Black History Month aims to provide information to students, staff and faculty about the history of black people. “The history of black people has always been suppressed. When they were slaves, they were kept uneducated so they wouldn’t escape and maintain their status, ” said Dr. Charles Simmons, professor of mass communication. “Most people don’t have information because schools in the old days didn’t include black history in their courses. Even today, many people who teach black history do so from the white perspective. Black people would shake their heads at some of those things because the history is softened a lot,” he added. Dr. Simmons is author of “African American Press”, which explores events that most people have forgotten or have been buried in history. “People don’t even know about the Tulsa riots, which happened right here in Oklahoma,” he said. Black History Month is important to students at UCO as Megan Morris, biology junior, said, “Being a black female, even today, is a struggle at times. The month’s events help us understand our history. We’ve come a long way, but there’s still

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Nutrition and dietetics Jr. Roopa Parasuram studies in front of a mural painted by UCO art majors for the African American Faculty and Staff Association to illustrate the involvement of African Americans on campus. more to go. At UCO, because of its diversity, I feel less like a minority. And Black History Month is helping me find a lot about where we come from.” The Feb. 1 Black History Month Kickoff Reception and Mural Unveiling at the Nigh University Center marked the official start. Dr. George

Henderson, recipient of the State of Oklahoma Black Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award and inductee into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, was keynote speaker. On Feb. 3, the Third Annual Step Show broke the ice and gave students a way to participate and socialize. According to

organizers, 1,000 people attended the show at Edmond North High School. UCO chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha won the step competition. It was a fourth consecutive win for Alpha Phi Alpha. "Race: The Power of an Illusion" Part 1 was screened Feb. 4 at the Multicultural

Center. The award-winning three-part film series stirred conversation as did the Hip Hop Forum, which was held Feb. 5 in Constitution Hall. The forum depicted the four emphases with hip hop: media, Christian

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Drinking laws turn controversial

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Singer/songwriter Sherree Chamberlain will perform at the UCO Jazz Lab on Thursday, Feb. 8.

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New Edmond city laws are designed to crack down on residences promoting underage drinking. Fines of up to $500 and 60 days in jail are possible punishments. by Nathan Winfrey Senior Staff Writer The Edmond City Council passed a new “social host” ordinance in December, which targets adults who provide alcohol for underage drinkers in their residences. Fines of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail await those caught in breach of the ordinance. Aimed at parents who provide alcohol to teens, the ordinance has caused an uproar among UCO students, many of whom claim the new law infringes on their ability to have

a traditional college experience. “Going to parties is as much a part of your college life as your core curriculum courses are, and to restrict college students from having that experience will be detrimental to the future retention rates and the more ‘traditional’ UCO that many of us have fought for,” said Nathan Woolard, former student body president. “We believe it will be very beneficial in holding people responsible,” said Glynda Chu, police spokeswoman. “It has already proven helpful in two recent cases that involved

by Lyndsay Gillum Staff Writer

large gatherings where alcohol was being served to minors in Edmond.” She said one party had 150 guests, the other had at least 80 and both parties had UCO students in attendance. In both cases, those responsible for the parties were arrested. “It is hard to believe that the law was in truth aimed at parents, considering the social structure of Edmond,” said Vagan Mushegyan, biology junior. “The goal of the ordinance is to prevent underage drinking,

Kenneth Kickham, UCO political science professor, helped take part in writing a report called “The State of Working Oklahoma:The Uneven Recovery Leaves Many Behind.” The report from Community Action Project, a Tulsa-based anti-poverty agency, suggests that working Oklahomans’ standard of living has lost ground even as the state’s economy has grown in recent years. According to Kickham, this report is the Oklahoma version of the national public project called “The see Underage, page 3 State of Working America.”

Such reports come out every other year. The Economic Policy Institute comes out with a book whose purpose “is to outline what it’s like to be a typical working person in America for a particular moment in time,” Kickham said. The EPI crunches numbers and gathers data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They compare a wide variety of sources to try to paint the picture of what it’s like to be a working person, Kickham said. “My role was to develop a lot of data analysis and one of the things that the folks over at CAP are good at is structur-

“When EPI put out the word, David Blatt picked up on it and asked me if I wanted to," said Kickham, "and of course I was thrilled.” ing some kind of analysis for a wider audience,” Kickham said. “I am in turn trying for an academic audience and they’re

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College education, adequate or not? It seems more college students do not put as much effort to school matters as they should. The main purpose of getting a degree is to prepare students for the professional atmosphere of career making and an easier financial future. Fancy cars with roomy houses and money to spend are not enough motivation to bring students to classrooms. What is the reason? College dropouts are well-discussed problem every back-toschool period. Unemployment rate and economy growth are also speculated with. College degrees, on the other hand, are probably the only tickets, with some uncertainty of how student loans will affect you, to financial independence. I have heard graduates after six months of graduation do not find jobs in their fields and are more likely not to pursue a career with their majors. What does a college degree gives you? Knowledge, many would say, but according to a UCO student, who got a job in a prosperous company, his skills were insufficient to meet his job requirements. People need to go to college. I am not saying this is all you need to get a job, because there are many successful people

out there with no degree. School is important because it not only teaches you basic knowledge, but also gives you opportunity to meet people. As someone said, it is who you know. On the other hand, there are many students who have no clear idea of what is next. Lacking an idea or a set goal distant each person from a desired state of gratification due to personal achievements. If you do not know where you’re going, there is absolutely no way to find how to get there.

officials usually emphasize that college is not a recruiting station for the real world. If there is anyone who has an idea what the real world conprises of, then that statement is obviously clear. College is nothing more than a building block for those who wish to expand their knowledge and understand more about how society works. A

We live in a demanding world where employers scout out applicants’ Myspace pages to get a grasp of their personalities; where the inability to maintain eye contact during a job interview will cost someone his or her future; and where an academic sheet of paper will determine whether or not an employee receives 40 percent increase in starting pay. It is indeed a cutthroat environment for job searching. So the main question is: does a college education help obtain that dream job someone might be anticipating? College

building block may seem minor to a person, since life is filled with them in order for us to grow and mature. But without the necessary elements of a college education, many of the other building blocks might feel meaningless. Everything in life is connected in some way, compelling us to acknowledge the importance of particular

steps we take to progress. Those who believe that college is unimportant to get a job are absolutely correct. No one needs a degree to support one’s family. There are plenty of opportunities for people

w h o believe that a job i s strictly there to pay the rent and put food on the table. College isn’t necessarily made for someone to gain knowledge on how to perform

a specific job. It’s to educate the people beyond high school education, help them to analyze constructively about what’s going on around them and prepare themselves for what their futures have in store for them. In general, paying several thousand dollars a year may sound too extreme for someone who wants to develop his or her thinking skills, but the result normally works out for the better. A s long as people are willing to take advantage of their college education and not waste it on clichéd activities like partying and drinking, it will definitely help prepare them prepare for the world outside academic surroundings.

Universities do an inadequate job of preparing students for entering the job market. There are a few things that go unsaid during

most undergraduate careers. First, the field in which you have chosen is for the most part saturated with other graduates, talented graduates with more experience in your field than you have. Second, the importance of gaining experience in school is rarely emphasized. Again, you do not have the ability to fill a position that requires “previous experience” if you have no previous experience. Third, if you are lucky enough to gain a bit of skill, how close to real world knowledge do you believe your training is? Most universities fill administration positions with people who have lived and gained real world aptitude. How come this is not focused on? Did the majority of professors forget what they learned while working outside the college campus? There is a difference between a degree and an education. The choice, in the end, is up to the student. However, one might be wise to understand that a degree means little more than owning large school debts and a bookshelf at home with many books that the bookstore refused to buy back.

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theVista UNDERAGE from page 1 and we all know where such behavior mostly takes place in a college town – college parties.” “Being a 22-year-old senior, this law has little effect on me going to Hudson’s tonight, but when an 18 or 19-year-old comes to UCO and never has the opportunity to attend a party, whether it’s right or wrong to drink before you’re 21, it will kill their college experience,” Woolard said. This is the cause of much of the anger, as it makes it harder for college-age minors to get drunk, and imposes strict penalties on those who try to help them. “Their young egos just have to take it personal, as if their names were printed on the piece of legislation itself,” Mushegyan said. He said he believes the law passed to keep the high standards of Edmond, to try

to avoid some of the negative aspects of being a college town. “We believe it will make a significant difference in underage drinking once people realize that the law will be strictly enforced,” Chu said. Mushegyan said here is a loophole in the ordinance. The law targets adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers in their homes, so if the host is underage, the adults attending the party are not responsible. “I don’t support [underage drinking], but out of all the students that I know that drank before their 21st birthday, everyone is still functioning rather well. In fact, they are really successful,” he said. “The best way for students to stay out of trouble is to not drink, period. Never drink and

EPI from page 1 better at making the report more accessible to a wider audience.” Along with Kickham, David Blatt, director of public policy at CAP, and Jim Alexander, an economist for CAP, helped bring this report together. The report came out around the end of January and Kickham said they worked on the report for several months. “It really was a fantastic experience working with him,” Kickham said. “I’ve known David Blatt for

many years, we both have a long history of involvement with these types of issues.” According to Kickham, Blatt approached him for this job. EPI made it public that they wanted each state to do its own version of the National Report. “When EPI put out the word, David Blatt picked up on it and asked me if I wanted to be part of it,” Kickham said, “and of course I was thrilled.” Some key facts in this year’s report are Oklahoma’s labor

drive or get in a vehicle that is being driven by someone drinking. Look out for yourself and for your friends and realize that underage drinking is an all-around loser,” Chu said. Mushegyan said he doesn’t think underage drinking is that big of a problem when compared to other social issues like serious drug abuse. The United States joins only Egypt, Iceland, India, Oman, Qatar and Tunisia with a minimum drinking age higher than 18 years old, and he said the new law will not stop 18-20 year olds from doing what they could already do in most other countries. “Prove…that you’re mature enough at 18 or 19 to be a responsible drinker,” he said. “Shaking fists at law enforcement and local government will not carry your message in the right direction, nor will it carry it far.”

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force is shifting from higher wage jobs to lower wage service employment. Also, wages paid to Oklahoma workers have declined in purchasing power even as productivity and business profits have increased. And household income has stagnated for all but the wealthiest Oklahomans. There are about 30 or 40 states that have done this. For more information, visit CAP’s website, or call Kickham at 974-5530. Lyndsay Gillum can be reached at

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Theatrical engagement for 2 by Aaron Wright Staff Writer He sipped his coffee while she patted his arm and chatted about the proposal that could help cover the costs for their engagement and wedding. Wil Rogers and Susan Riley are UCO students. They call themselves “super seniors.” Both are pursuing a degree in general studies with a passion for theatre. During their time performing in various productions, they ran into each other on a casual basis. They started dating while acting as a couple in “Love Labour’s Lost” for Shakespeare in the Park here on campus. “One night, in addition to the usual stage kiss on the hand, he leaned in and sweetly kissed me on the cheek. By the end of the week we were inseparable,” Riley said. Now they’re competing in a Perfect Proposal contest, hosted by Naifeh Fine Jewelry. They were selected by the Naifeh Fine Jewelry staff as one of the top five contestants in the engaged couple category. To vote, people

can log onto Voting ends at midnight on Monday, Feb. 12. Their “perfect proposal” took place during a theatre production. Rogers and Riley acted in “You Can’t Take it with You” at Rogers’ family’s church. They portrayed a young couple who gets engaged. After proposing to Riley’s character every night, Rogers began to get some ideas. After one of their performances, the director told the audience that they would be repeating the last scene again. “Susan was like, ‘This is so unprofessional’,” said Rogers. Rogers had prepped several actors and the director on his plan to propose to Riley. The actors knew exactly where to start the scene. Usually, Rogers’ line was, “Alice, for the last time, will you marry me?” When it came time for that line, however, he tweaked the words to say, “Susan, for the first time, will you marry me?” Riley replied, “Of course!” Rogers’ boss heard about the contest and encouraged him to

submit their story. Riley saw an ad for it in the Gazette. The prize package for the winning engaged couple contains a round brilliant cut diamond solitaire pendant; a bottle of Charles Heidsieck champagne; dinner for two at The Boulevard Steakhouse; limo service to and from dinner; and a complimentary photo session and print from Eric Gfeller, according to Naifeh Fine Jewelry’s website. Their future plans include moving to Chicago or New York City to attend graduate school or get involved with Second City, an improvisation comedy troupe. They are currently involved in commercial acting in Oklahoma City, providing voiceovers for the Oklahoma lottery commercials. They are also the faces for the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, as they move from UCO’s campus to downtown Oklahoma City. “I think we’re the only UCO students in our category,” said Rogers.

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Cochlear implants to improve speech by Callie Collins Student Writer Research within UCO’s Department of Engineering and Physics could someday help improve speech recognition in patients with cochlear implants. “It’s the only program of its kind being conducted in the state of Oklahoma,” said assistant professor Dr. Mohamed G. Bingabr. As the primary grant recipient and principal academic investigator, he received an initial endowment of $20,000 to study how electrode configurations affect the ability to understand spoken conversation. The IDEA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), a division of the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Research Resources, is sponsoring the new project, which combines aspects of biomedical and electrical engineering with speech language pathology. “Theoretically, bipolar modes are always better recognized by people with normal hearing. Nobody knows why subjects with cochlear implants

prefer monopolar modes. We are looking at how the electrical current spread works to see if it’s possible to stimulate the nervous system through the auditory nerve of a deaf person so he can make out speech,” Bingabr said. Bingabr studied biomedical engineering prior to earning a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Syracuse University in New York, where an academic advisor encouraged him to pursue what would become a lifelong research interest. He chose UCO as an ideal setting because both engineering fields were combined in a single department, allowing him to focus on their common aspects. Colleagues from OU Health Science Center and the University of Texas at Dallas contribute professional experience, but Bingabr also offers the opportunity to individually selected UCO students. “I give them the chance to think of a better solution. Just because I have a Ph.D. doesn’t mean they know any less than I do. Some people can be creative, and that’s worth more than someone who just knows

the textbook,” said Bingabr. He chose the three student assistants currently employed based on their study habits, scholarship, and curiosity. The INBRE grant covers the $10 hourly wage each earns. Bingabr obtained special permission to pay nearly double the standard wage offered at other on-campus jobs, a point that underscores his personal goal to promote work ethics from within the field. The grant additionally provides for some travel expenses, as Bingabr is responsible for demonstrating research progress. He and his colleagues will present a paper entitled “Simulation of the monopolar and bipolar electrode configurations effects on speech perception for Cochlear Implants” to the Acoustical Society of America in Utah in early June. “If we can solve this puzzle, it will really advance speech strategy,” he said. Bingabr plans to apply for a $50,000 grant in March to continue investigation that will incorporate the university’s Department of Special Services Speech-

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Dr. Charles Simmons, author of "African American Press."

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rap, how women are portrayed in the media and how hip hop has influenced the young. The African American Quiz Bowl on Feb. 6 was informational and provoked thought. On Feb. 7, the African American Faculty and Staff Association honored Dr. Charles Simmons in a gathering where former State Senator Angela Monson delivered the Black History Month keynote speech. “We want the people to understand what Black History Month is about and this is not just for black people, it is for everybody,” said MeShawn Conley, director of Multicultural Student Services. As the month progresses, there will be more events happening almost every day. For details on the events, check Campus Announcements.

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February 8, 2007

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Odds and Ends

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) went to pick up her daughter’s car near an Ohio University building last week. Anderson spotted the nickelgray Toyota Camry and used her daughter’s key to unlock the HOUSTON (AP) Hiding her face from the media, ascar, start the engine and drive tronaut Lisa Nowak returned to Texas on Wednesday, a home - without realizing that day after being charged in Florida with trying to murder the car wasn’t her daughter’s. When student Charlie the woman she believed was her romantic rival for a Vansant left class a short time space shuttle pilot's affections. A police car met Nowak's later, he found only an empty plane on the tarmac, and the astronaut, her head covered parking spot. He first assumed the car, made in the mid-1980s, by a jacket, was escorted down the stairs and into the had been towed, but when waiting squad car, then driven away. police couldn’t find a record of it, they took a theft report. “I thought it was very, very bizarre,” he said. Rival Palestinian leaders meet in Mecca The morning after Anderson took the car, her daughter discovered the Camry in the driveMECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) Rival Palestinian leaders way wasn’t hers. Anderson on Wednesday began open-ended talks in Islam's holy said she was able to find city optimistic that they could reach an agreement to end Vansant’s name on paperwork their bloody street battles and resume the peace process in the glove compartment. According to a police with Israel. The summit is viewed as possibly the last report, the case was closed chance to avoid civil war between the feuding Pales“because of mistaken car identinian factions, which have failed to maintain several tity.” Anderson wasn’t charged. Vansant seemed to blame cease-fire agreements the car company more than the “thief.” “Her key fit not only my lock, but my ignition as well so high-five for Toyota, I guess,” he said. Toyota spokesman Bill Kwong said key technology wasn’t as sophisticated two decades ago, and there VIENNA, Austria (AP) Austrian authorities said were only so many ways to Wednesday they have uncovered a major international cut a key, making it possible child pornography ring involving more than 2,360 for such a mix-up to occur.

Charged astronaut returns to Texas

Child porn ring uncovered in Austria

suspects from 77 countries, including hundreds in the United States, who paid to view videos of young children being sexually abused. The children were under the age of 14 and screams could be heard, said Harald Gremel, an Austrian police expert on Internet crime who headed the investigation.

HAMPDEN, Maine (AP) An 80-year-old woman who was watching the Super Bowl alone discovered a way to scare off a man who had broken into her home: fake a heart attack. The woman was watching Sunday night’s Super Bowl when she spotted a man walking through her house, said Hampden police Sgt. Dan Stewart. When she asked the man what he

was doing, he grabbed her from behind and began pushing her toward the bedroom. Stewart said the woman pretended she was having a heart attack and told the intruder her heart medication was in her car in the garage. After they retrieved the medication, the man fled. “The lady had enough common sense to keep her wits about her to fake a heart attack and avoid becoming another victim,” Stewart said. A 45-year suspect was arrested a short time later and charged with aggravated criminal trespass and assault. He is a convicted sex offender in Alabama, police said.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. On



In 1693, a charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In 1837, the Senate selected the vice president of the United States, choosing Richard Mentor Johnson after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes. In 1904, the RussoJapanese War, a conflict over control of Manchuria and Korea, began as Japanese forces attacked Port Arthur. In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. In 1915, D.W. Griffith’s groundbreaking and controversial silent movie epic about the CivilWar, “The Birth of a Nation,” premiered in Los Angeles. In 1924, the first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City as Gee Jon, a

Chinese immigrant convicted of murder, was put to death. In 1968, three college students were killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley. In 1974, the last three-man crew of the Skylab space station returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space. In 1989, 144 people were killed when an American-chartered Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slammed into a fogcovered mountain in the Azores. In 1992, the 16th Olympic Winter Games opened in Albertville, France. Ten years ago: President Clinton announced in his weekly radio address that he was releasing the first of a $200 million program of grants to provide schools with computers and Internet training. Five years ago: The Winter Olympics opened in Salt Lake City with an emotional tribute to America’s heroes, from the pioneers of the West to past Olympic champions to the thousands who had perished on Sept. 11. The Taliban’s foreign minister (Mullah Abdul Wakil Muttawakil) turned himself in to authorities in Afghanistan. William T. Dillard Sr., found-

er of one of the nation’s largest retail chains, died in Little Rock, Ark., at age 87. One year ago: President Bush condemned deadly rioting sparked by cartoons of the prophet Muhammad as he urged foreign leaders to halt the spreading violence. U2 captured five Grammy awards for their album “How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb,” including album of the year. Today’s Birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 75. Actor Jack Larson is 74. Former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel is 67. Actor Nick Nolte is 66. Comedian Robert Klein is 65. Country singer Dan Seals is 59. Singer Ron Tyson is 59. Actress Brooke Adams is 58. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 54. Author John Grisham is 52. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 46. Rock singer-musician Sammy LLanas (The BoDeans) is 46. Actor Gary Coleman is 39. Actress Mary McCormack is 38. Actor Seth Green is 33. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 30. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 19. Actress Karle Warren (“Judging Amy”) is 15. Thought for Today: “Consistency is a paste jewel that only cheap men cherish.” _ William Allen White, American journalist (1868-1944).

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Art exhibit to open The UCO College of Arts, Media and Design will host a “CAMD Faculty Exhibit” with an opening reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Donna Nigh Gallery on the third and fourth floors of the Nigh University Center. The exhibit, which runs through March 8, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 974-2432.

Business scholarships due The College of Business Administration’s spring 2007 scholarship applications are available. The dean’s and departmental scholarships are due Feb. 16. For more information, call the College of Business Administration at 974-2426.

Step it up IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Banks are great places to leave valuables, like jewelry, birth certificates, cash and pot. Adrian Hilton, 26, was accused of depositing a marijuana stash in a Pizza Pit deposit bag and slipping the bundle into a night deposit box at American Bank and Trust last fall. According to a criminal complaint, Hilton, a delivery driver for Pizza Pit, admitted the marijuana was his and that he had inadvertently deposit it. Hilton was charged with possession of marijuana, but Assistant Johnson County Attorney David Tiffany said he would ask a judge to dismiss the charge since a bank teller gave the marijuana back to Hilton when he returned to the bank the next day. “The bank teller gave the marijuana back to him so we didn’t have any evidence,” Tiffany said. “She was smart enough to call police, but then she gave it back to him.” Tiffany said no charges would be filed against the teller. into space in late 2008 when the company hopes to send its first paying tourists, Benson said.

The UCO Wellness Center will start the 10-week Step by Step walking campaign with a rally Feb. 12 in Room 104 of the Wellness Center. Participants can register from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 104 of the Wellness Center. Registration fee is $5. For more information, contact Danielle Dill at 974-3140 or visit

Music school to host fundraiser The UCO School of Music will host its third annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser, “Jazz & Romance,” 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the UCO Jazz Lab. Tickets are $25 per person. Seating is first come, first served. For more information or to make reservations, call 974-5004.

Race film set Feb. 12 As part of Black History Month, Multicultural Student Services will show “Race: The Power of an Illusion” part two at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Nigh University Center, Room 211. For a list of Black History Month events, visit http://www.ucok. edu/campus_BlackHistory.

Financial aid forum set Feb. 11 UCO will host College Goal Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 on the first floor of the Education Building. The event is designed for high school students, their parents and adult students to provide information about federal financial aid and scholarships. For more information, call the UCO Office of Student Financial Aid at 974-3334.


This Day in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2007. There are 326 days left in the year.

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February 8, 2007


You don't need these 'Aces' in the hole

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Georgia Sykes, played by Alicia Keys, in 'Smokin Aces'. by Nathan Winfrey Senior Staff Writer “Smokin’ Aces” is a wham bam crime ensemble produced entirely by a team of schizophrenic jackrabbits on crystal meth. It’s as if someone overheard a movie pitch from Guy Ritchie and used Quentin Tarantino DNA to fill the gene sequence gaps. The convoluted plot goes

something like this: Buddy “Aces” Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a Las Vegas performer who falls in with the wrong crowd, then goes squealing to the Feds. When mob boss Primo Sparazza orders a hit on Aces, the $1 million bounty is enough to draw every gun-toting opportunist from every dusty corner of the Southwest, including beautiful femme fatale Georgia Sykes (Alicia Keyes). There are also

people who want him alive, like the cops played by “Ocean’s Eleven” veteran Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”) and Ryan Reynolds (“Van Wilder”) Reynolds has a beard in “Smokin’Aces,” which of course means he’s in serious mode. He delivers the best performance of his career thus far. It’s too bad he’s underused, what with two dozen other characters mugging for the lens. Also underused

are Liotta and Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”), who could have easily carried the movie themselves. Ben Affleck, on the other hand, should not have even been in the film. His character is a cliché and exists only as a vehicle for exposition. After “Jersey Girl,” “Gigli,” “Paycheck” and “Pearl Harbor,” you’d think he’d be getting himself fitted for a McDonald’s uniform. Bateman’s smarmy, herpes sores-covered sleazebag is the greatest character in the film, and that’s saying something considering he’s limited to about two scenes. The useless characters parading through this movie are like white elephants crowding an intimate dinner party, ruining any semblance of cohesion this scatterbrained caper flick musters through brilliant and unorthodox casting of some of its lead roles. It’s high time somebody noticed that Keyes exhibits more acting skill in her music videos than most of the women who make seven figures per film. She is one of the only crossover attempts that seems like it might actually work, and I can’t wait to see what she does with her budding movie career. On that note, rapper Common turns in a similarly effective performance as Aces’ chief bodyguard who

uncovers a dangerous secret. The multi-plot ramblings Piven is great as the descend- were also a major hit to this ing madmen’s human target. movie’s suspense, which was He spends much of the movie approximately nil. In one scene, snorting white powder and yell- an elevator spews smoke and ing at hookers, which made the cops ready their weapons. me feel like I was watching We know there is about to be a a Robert Downey Jr. biopic. firefight and we are on the edge If serious cuts had been of our seats, but then the editor made to the script, however decided to show us what some painful for writer/director Joe other character was doing, and Carnahan (“Narc”), “Smokin’ it’s a good five minutes before Aces” would not have been the we’re back at the elevator. By mess that it became. There are that time, we don’t really care, some very interesting charac- and what happens next is bloody ters who have next to nothing and makes for good previewto do, while the movie wastes fodder, but it just doesn’t pay off time on some very uninteresting like the scenes before promised. characters and irrelevant sub“Smokin’ Aces” is like the plots that chew the celluloid sundae you made as a kid— faster than Kirstie Alley chews it’s got Gummi Bears, marshFrench fries at feeding time. mallows, sprinkles, Oreo bits, An entertaining but pointless chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, scene with an almost unrec- strawberry syrup, nuts, cherognizable “Lost” star Matthew ries and everything else the Fox wearing glasses and a mul- do-it-yourself bar has to offer. let wig is a huge speed bump The problem is, it’s so loaded and it takes far too long for down with all the good stuff “Smokin’ Aces” to recover. that it topples over and splatIronically, I felt more emotion- ters your shoes, leaving you ally attached to Fox’s short- bawling in the restaurant holdlived casino employee than I did ing the whole soggy, meltto most of the major characters. ing mess with sticky fingers. And when bad things happened that we were supposed to care 3 Stars/5 about but didn’t, the faux sentimentality that the film would Nathan Winfrey can be reached at spiral into only reminded us of how bad the filmmakers were at creating likeable characters.

John Mayer continues to awe fans with mesmerizing music by Lyndsay Gillum Staff Writer John Mayer’s comical narration and debonair presence kept fans attentive between songs during his 3-hour Continuum tour concert Feb. 3 at the Cox Convention. As the lights dimmed, screams and sounds of clapping hands filled the arena. With no surprise, Mayer began his concert

singing his hit single, “Waiting on the World to Change.” He proceeded to mix old favorites with new tracks from Continuum, which fuses his love for old school blues and R&B. His performance included “Why, Georgia, Why,” “Your Body is a Wonderland,” “Neon,” “Vultures,” “In Repair,” and “Heart of Life.” With the audience waiting with anticipation, he completed the night with the

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song that made him a household name, “No Such Thing.” Mayer has a way of captivating fans while performing on stage. His lyrics are complex and open for interpretation. Each song grabs the attention of the fans, allowing them to reminiscence about an old love, to mull over politics and to recognize the ugly and beautiful in the world. Besides his appealing pres-

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ence and complex lyrics, the guitar solos definitely set apart the live show from listening to his albums. Mayer knows the in’s and out’s of guitar and leaves fans mesmerized and awestruck. Just when you think the show couldn’t get any better, Mayer shocked the audience with a special birthday gift in the middle of the concert. He observed fans’ posters and focused on one. It read: “Sweet 16. Never been kissed. Want to be my first?” With much surprise, Mayer leapt off the stage to the delighted screams of fans and approached the girl in one of the first few rows. He then gave the girl a sweet birthday kiss, climbed back on stage and said, “Alright… congratulations. Happy birthday.” Mayer also dedicated a song to the Bedlam rivalry we all know and love. The first part of “Why, Georgia, Why” was devoted to OU and the second to OSU. He sings, “Everything happens for a reason is no reason not to ask myself if I am living it right.” As the concert neared the end, Mayer performed “Gravity,” which he said is the most important song he’s ever written. He too reminded the fans how grateful he was for the enthusiasm by continually thanking them throughout the concert. “To be seven years in and still feel like I’m on an incline is a wonderful thing,” Mayer said. Mayer started his encore

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John Mayer played at the Cox Convention Feb. 3 in front of a excited crowd during his Continuum Tour. with a song he believed didn’t voice, Mayer once again left a seem to belong on his new- footprint on the hearts of his fans. est album called “The Hurt,” and ended an amazing concert with his infamous love song, Gillum can be reached at “Your Body is a Wonderland.” Lyndsay From his boyish good looks, to his charm and his soothing

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Bronchos win third straight by Justin Langston Sports Writer The UCO Women’s Basketball team won its third game in a row Monday night against Northeastern State, 52-49. This makes UCO 4-3 in the conference. “It’s a big conference win for us,” head coach Guy Hardaker said. “We’ve beaten a couple of the top teams in the conference.” The game was back and forth, with the lead changing 11 times throughout the game. Forward Lizzie Brenner led the team in total points, scoring a total of 21 points, 9-14 in the field and 3-4 from the free throw line. The first half was close, with UCO just barely out-

scoring Northeastern 25-23. Offensively, both teams struggled with low all-around percentages. However, Northeastern was definitely weaker on offense, having lower percentages than UCO in field goals, free throws and three-pointers. In the second half, Northeastern picked up its game and was able to take a slight lead on a couple of occasions. UCO managed a 46-42 lead just under the fiveminute mark, but Northeastern scored five straight possessions, bringing Northeastern to a one-point advantage. A free throw from Amber Robertson managed to allow UCO to tie the game, but Northeastern responded with a

basket. A pair of free throws from Brenner and guard Jennifer Bullis put UCO back into the lead. With just over a minute left, Brenner scored the last layup to cement UCO’s victory. “We didn’t win with our offense,” Hardaker said. “We’ve were guarding them pretty hard and that’s a real confidence booster for the girls.” UCO returns to Hamilton Field House for a game against conference No. 1 Texas A&M Commerce on Wednesday. UCO, who lost to Commerce 90-75 Jan. 29, looks to grab another victory on its home turf. Justin Langston can be reached at

by AP photographer Steve Yeater

New Orleans Hornets forward Hilton Armstrong, bottom, battles Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 5.

Kings rule over Hornets by Associated Press Sports Writer

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Christina Yarbrough drives past her opponent in Hamilton Field House on Nov. 25.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ The Sacramento Kings are winning again at home, while the New Orleans Hornets lost again Monday night in an arena where they haven’t won in more than 10 years. Ron Artest scored 20 points and tied a career high with nine assists, leading the revived Kings to a 10599 victory over the Hornets for their third straight win. It was another frustrating evening for the Hornets, who lost for the 11th straight time at Arco Arena, where they haven’t won since Jan. 12, 1997, when the team was based in Charlotte. After struggling earlier this season in front of their typically boisterous home crowd, the Kings have suddenly gotten hot, winning four straight at home. “This is our court and we feel like we have a great homecourt advantage,” said Kings assistant Scott Brooks, who won his second straight game in place of head coach Eric Musselman, who was serving a two-game suspension for driving under the influence. “When the crowd is behind

us, it gives us that extra lift.” The Kings got another one from Mike Bibby, who has been mired in a shooting slump for much of the season. The veteran point guard got to the game three hours early and was working on his shot. The practice apparently paid off for Bibby, who scored 13 of his 19 points in the first quarter. Bibby shot 7-of12 and also had six assists. “Mike has been having a difficult time, so it was nice to see him have a game like this,” said Artest, who also contributed six rebounds and five steals. Despite shooting 52.6 percent overall, Bibby and the Kings eventually cooled off, especially in the fourth quarter, when the Hornets cut the lead to 91-90 at the midway point. Although they didn’t have a basket over the final 5:51 of the game, the Kings made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off the Hornets, who owned a 20-18 edge in the fourth period. “We fought back in the second half and made a game of it,” Bobby Jackson said. “We didn’t give up, but we just couldn’t finish the game.” Kevin Martin had 14 points, Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 12,








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Kenny Thomas had 11 and foulplagued Brad Miller added 10. Chris Paul had 24 points, six assists and five steals for the Hornets, who could get no closer than three points in the final five minutes as their two-game winning streak was snapped. Desmond Mason had 17 points, David West scored 16, Devin Brown had 11 and Tyson Chandler contributed nine points and 13 rebounds. The Kings’ last three victories have come against teams they are battling for what appears to be the final two Western Conference playoff spots. “We come in here every day already focused on the standings,” Martin said. “These past three games that we have won we knew were crucial because they were all teams that are in front of us in four conference. We feel like they are 2-for-1 games.” With the Hornets trailing by 13 points at the half, Paul got going offensively, making a pair of 3-pointers and scoring 11 points to help them pull to 8779 entering the fourth quarter. Bibby had 16 first-half points for the Kings, who shot 59 percent and took a 63-50 lead into intermission.

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Bronchos to wrestle Mules by Jeff Massie Sports Writer Only two matches remain on the wrestling schedule, and both are crucial in determining seeding for the regional and national tournament. Thursday, the No. 3 Bronchos will face the Central Missouri State University Mules. The Mules are unranked. “We should be fine,” head coach David James said. Having what should be a fairly easy match like this, comes at a good time for the team. The Bronchos just returned from a road trip where they faced the top two teams in the nation: the University of Nebraska-Kearney and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. UCO defeated Omaha, but lost badly, 24-9, when they faced Kearney. The other remaining

match is against Truman State, which is another unranked team. “It’s important in terms of seeding,” Coach James said. UCO should be expected to take advantage of the sub-par team and improve its case going into the regional tournament. The Mules have not even a single wrestler that is nationally ranked. The Bronchos have many. As of Jan. 24, UCO has wrestlers ranked in six of the 10 weight classes, including two No. 1 ranked wrestlers. UCO doesn’t have a nationally ranked competitor in either of the first two weight classes. The team does have a very prominent athlete at 141 pounds. Kyle Evans has been UCO’s top wrestler all season. He has had some close matches, but has not conceded defeat once this season. Evans is the No. 1 ranked wrestler at his weight.

Working his ways up the rankings, Jason Leavitt has also been a dominant force throughout most of the season. Leavitt is ranked first, but lost Joe Ellenberger when the team faced Nebraska-Kearney. It’s likely he’ll lose his grip on the ranking. Heavyweight Josh LeadingFox rounds out the line up and he has a No. 2 ranking. It’s been a roller coaster ride this season for the Bronchos. UCO was humbled by the No. 1 University of Nebraska-Kearney last week, but shouldn’t have much trouble with unranked Central Missouri State University. Jeff Massie can be reached at

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Two wrestlers face each other in Hamilton Field House looking for an advantage soon after the match starts..

Softball season ready to start by Justin Langston Sports Writer

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UCO wrestler Earl Jones works to gain the advantage.

The UCO Softball team is about to begin an extremely tough season, which head coach Genny Honea called “the toughest schedule I’ve seen since I’ve been here.” The season will open up on Feb. 23 against Abilene Christian, who will have played full 19 games before taking on the Bronchos in UCO’s season opener. To complicate things further, the ice storms from the beginning of the semester made it difficult for the players to get onto the field to practice. Regardless, Honea remains confident that the team will thrive in the upcoming season. Junior pitcher Alli Blake led the league last year in saves. Junior catcher Emilee Bounds was second in total RBIs and homeruns for the team last year, along with senior first base Karmen Kauk, who was in the top five RBIs for the squad last year. Senior shortstop Stacy Walden led the team in triples. Further, Honea is confident that seven new faces, four of them freshmen, will be able to fill the shoes of the players who have left the team since last season. Two of the three nonfreshmen, Hillary Brandt and Samantha Canfield, are both two-year players from Western Oklahoma State College. Sophomore Carrie Reed, who

lacks college softball experience, is expected to bring some speed to this season’s line-up. Brandt was a starter both years, and earned second team NJCAA Region II All Region honors in her freshman year. The four freshmen, Lindsey DeWitt, Molly Shivers, Kelsey Tiger and Brittany Zimmerman, are all highly decorated high school veterans. DeWitt alone has earned All State, All Region and All Conference awards, as well as three All Photo Services Country awards. While the new Catcher Emilee Bounds catches a pitch March 13, 2006. Bounds was second players are all in RBIs and homeruns for the Bronchos in 2006. promising, only six Lettermen players will finished second in the nation last the schedule, things do not look be returning for this season year, and UCO will be playing dim for the players. They’ve while 10, four of them start- them three times. Two of those been practicing hard and looking ers, will not. It’s possible that games will be back to back on forward to opening their season this will change some aspects Emporia’s home field. Despite with the Abilene Christian Round of the team. Honea is certain this being a tough game, the Robin on Feb. 23 in Abilene, TX that the team can fill the voids team is apparently looking for“Last season was outstandleft by the departing players. ward to playing against Emporia. ing,” Honea said. “We’re The schedule is expected to Other than Emporia, just as strong as last year.” be one of the team’s tough- teams such as Wasburn State est. For starters, only six of and Abilene Christian are the team’s 33 games will be expected to be “particularly home games. The teams that tough,” according to Honea. UCO is up against are extremeEven with the changes in the Justin Langston can be reached at ly tough. Emporia, for instance, lineup and the tough teams on

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