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MEDICAL EXAMINER MOVE TO UCO NOT ALTERED BY BILL By Ben Luschen / Contributing Writer
Proposed changes to the Medical Examiner’s office will not affect UCO’s involvement with the office when it relocates to Edmond. Senate Bill 671, which was written by Rep. Randy Grau, (R-Edmond) calls for changing the title of the medical examiner’s office to the state forensic pathologist’s office. It would also create an executive role in the office to deal with administration issues. “We have someone who is the administrator or the executive director,” Grau said, “and they’re going to handle the business operations and [human resources] issues, all those things, and let the state forensic pathologist focus in on science, which is definitely where is area of expertise is.” The current medical examiner’s office has come under scrutiny for thousands of dollars in unpaid bills and poor facilities. Grau hopes having a separate executive director would help keep the office more organized. UCO is currently set to host the new medical examiner’s office, though when it will arrive is largely dependent on when the state will be able to supply adequate funding for the construction of a new facility, which has been estimated to cost $3,500, according to UCO’s vice president Steve Kreidler. UCO will be doing more than hosting the medical examiner’s office. UCO will also help develop and train the office’s current and prospective employees. “The second piece of our involvement is the constant work with them in providing research that is useable by them, but more importantly for us to be able to provide their professional development training on an onthe-spot kind of basis and to provide them employees through the students that we graduate,” Kreidler said. Kreidler points out the proximity to the new office would be great for students hoping to intern there. Tatiana Barcindebar, a member of the Creek tribe, dances at the 39th annual Spring “Just imagine how great it would be for a Powwow, held in Hamilton Fieldhouse and sponsored by the Native American Student student not to have to do an internship that’s Association and the Multicultural Student Services on Sunday, April 10. miles away,” Kreidler said. “They’re here for
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class, they’re doing an internship right there, they’re getting to know them.” According to Grau, there is not a more logical place for the new facility to be than UCO. “There’s no reason why it should not be located in Edmond and at UCO... you have a nationally recognized forensic science institute with distinguished faculty, incredible resources, and we have to remember, the forensic science institute is still brand new,” Grau said. “You also have the [Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center] right across the street.” UCO will also benefit from hosting the facility. “The idea here is that, once we bring the medical examiner in,” Kreidler said, “we’ll be able to build an even more robust set of opportunities for our students to be learning from and for our state to concentrate its resources around a university that’s providing so much benefit to them that it keeps the cost down for all the taxpayers and it also helps them be the very best they can be.”
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The Gay Alliance for Tolerance and Equality (GATE) will be hosting its annual Equality Week from April 11 through April 15 at UCO. Throughout the week, GATE will be organizing events on campus to help educate and raise awareness of issues concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community. Equality Week started yesterday with the distribution of white knots at the Nigh University Center in support of marriage equality. Individuals were encouraged to wear the knots to promote the campaign and help spread the word. Other scheduled events continue with the Trevor Project’s Lifeguard Workshop Program, a program dealing with sexual orientation, gender identity and suicide prevention skills in school. The event will take place on April 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 of the UCO Liberal Arts Building. GATE will also be organizing a health forum entitled “The State of LBGT Health: The Present and Future” on April 13 at 7:00p.m. at the Pegasus Theatre in the Liberal Arts building. The panel of experts will consist of: Terry Dennison (Sex Education), Dr. Danielle Brittain (Lesbian Health), Mark Knight (HIV/AIDS in African American Community), Scott Hamilton (Aging Issues), and Paula Schonauer (Transgendered Health). Mahkesha Hogg, Health Educator and Community Advisor of GATE will be the Moderator for this discussion. “We encourage audience participation Through education and honest discussion,” Lauren Qualls, vice president of GATE, said. “We hope to help promote an atmosphere of tolerance on campus and the surrounding community.”
By Cody Bromley / Senior Staff Writer For years, one of the largest problems facing portable media devices has been the limitation of physical storage. With Amazon’s new Cloud Drive service and Cloud Player application, physical storage is becoming an afterthought. A promotional video on Amazon’s website describes the service as being the way to make all your music libraries find a central home, so when users want to hear a specific one of their songs they know where to find it no matter where they are.
“We’re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience,” Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon, said in a press release. “The launch of Cloud Drive, Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music.” The new service starts users out with five gigabytes of free storage for files and music. Music that is purchased from Amazon’s own MP3 store as well as from the user’s own music library can be uploaded to their personal cloud storage. Once there, users can utilize a web-based music player to listen to their music. Android phone owners can utilize the Cloud Player for Android application to play their cloud-stored music wherever they go. Missing from the equation is support for iOS devices, like the iPhone and iPad, as well as Windows Mobile and Blackberry devices. Amazon has not commented on whether or not apps for those platforms are in development or not. However, last month Amazon unveiled their own app store for Android phones, offering competition against Google, the makers of the Android phone operating system.
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IDEOLOGY IS THE NEW DEMOGRAPHIC By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer For most Americans, the word freedom probably conjures up thoughts of iconic American imagery. Things like apple pie, the Statue of Liberty, and “Friends” reruns? Formerly known as 43 the Spot, KAUT channel 43 has now rebranded itself as Freedom 43. With the new name also comes new marketing. The station’s website describes itself as being TV for “all Oklahomans who believe in faith, freedom and justice for all - saluting those who proudly serve in our military willing to give their lives defending our nation, those who have served in the past, and those who stand with them as family and friends.” Additionally, they have declared it their mission to create newscasts that reflect patriotism, traditional values and a sense of community. Freedom 43 is a big shift in the way a local TV station is marketing itself. Owned by Local TV LLC, which also owns NBC affiliate KFOR channel 9, the station markets itself to not a specific demographic but an ideology. The station airs two newscasts, a morning show called Rise and Shine as well as half hour news broadcast at 9 p.m. On Monday morning’s broadcast of Rise and Shine the anchors participated in the Pledge of Allegiance, something for which they received much praise for on the station’s Facebook page. So while the newscast aims to promote these values, the station airs programming that does not. One such example is Maury Povitch’s daytime talk show. Yesterday the station aired an episode of Povitch’s talk show titled, “I’ll Prove Your 17-Year-Old Son Is My Baby’s Dad!” But risqué episodes of Maury are not the only “non-values” shows on the station. On Thursday morning, the station will be airing an episode of “E! True Hollywood Story” about former Playboy Playmate of the Year Jenny McCarthy and late Saturday night the station shows episodes of South Park and Chapelle’s Show. At the end of the day, the change is merely in the name and the newscasts as none of the station’s programming as been seemingly affected. But while the adjustment is nothing more than a symbolic one to win ratings and advertisers, it is a sign that viewership of those not in the target audience are not a commodity worth selling. Including digital substations the Oklahoma City metro area already has around a dozen channels of religious broadcasting. Even before the arrival of Freedom 43, the broadcast spectrum had more than it’s fair share of mindless hypocrisy and holierthan-thou platitudes.
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DEBATING DIAPERS: DISPLOSABLE VS CLOTH The 50-year-old battle between cloth and disposable diapers continues on, but the field has changed. Dispoasables now hold 95 percent of the diaper market.
This undated image courtesy of Pampers shows an old advertisement for Pampers diapers. The diaper battle rages on 50 years after diaper latecomer Procter & Gamble rolled over old fashioned reusables to mass market an affordable throwaway for the first time (AP Photo/Pampers)
By Leanne Italie / Associated Press Disposables, cloth. Cloth, disposables. Fifty years after Procter & Gamble introduced affordable throwaway diapers, dubbing them Pampers, the battle over baby’s bottom rages on. The brand brought on a revolution in baby care, obliterating safety pins, soaking pails and diaper delivery trucks. But reusables have been slowly inching back into the mainstream, with the predictable faceoff among parents choosing one or the other — though some families use both. In 1958, with other disposables already out, P&G’s version was a “fortunate failure” during a summer test run in Dallas, according to a company history. Consisting of pads and plastic pants, it made babies uncomfortable in the heat. The company tweaked the invention into a one-piece and went calling on parents again in 1961. They played in Peoria, Ill., one of the markets chosen, but customers said the cost of 10 cents each was too high. More tweaks followed and the price went down to 6 cents. By 1979, Pampers was a billiondollar brand. The disposable diaper industry, now worth more than $25 billion, crushed the cloth market. But wait. After the save-the-planet zeitgeist of two decades ago failed to produce a blockbuster comeback, reusables have become de rigueur in certain circles, and to some parents who lack money for disposables. The new cloth diapers are hardly a threat to the big guys in throwaways, but in crunchy enclaves like Portland, Ore., and Northamp-
ton, Mass., it’s a rare parent worth his yoga mat who would dare consider disposables, at least out loud. Reusables can be had in big box stores and discount houses. Stashes are sometimes passed on to friends. They’re still roughly 5 percent or less of the diaper market, but it was the other way around in 1956 when disposables accounted for about 1 percent. That’s when P&G chemical engineer Vic Mills went in search of a better alternative to cloth for his newborn grandchild. Disposables have been around since at least 1935, primarily as a niche item for trips away from home, but they never broke through to overtake cloth until Pampers hit, tapping into the postwar fervor for all things new, convenient and timesaving — especially among women setting up house in suburbia. “Empowerment of women was a big piece of what was behind that,” said Jodi Allen, general manager for Pampers. “Offering conveniences, offering more options, was clearly part of the culture at that time.” Today, saving the environment — and keeping anything that isn’t “green!” away from baby — is driving interest in reusables. The green question is especially vexing as both sides bandy scientific studies involving so many variables that the Natural Resources Defense Council considers the issue a wash when it comes to disposables in a landfill versus reusables in the laundry. “We don’t recommend one over another,” said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the environmental action group and director of its solid waste project. “A compelling argument for getting rid of disposable diapers absolutely does not exist. It’s a personal choice, but it really can’t be made on environmental grounds. There are costs both ways,” he said. Cloth advocates are scrappy. They have a public education arm, the Real Diaper Association, which is not to be confused with a trade group, the Real Diaper Industry Association. Reusable diapers come in cotton, hemp, bamboo, wool and less organic forms. The flat cloths of old have been reinvented in prefolded, fitted, pocketed and all in one “systems” that offer breathability, expandability, leak control, Velcro, snaps and a three-armed fastener called a Snappi. There’s also a cuteness factor in brightly decorated covers, many from mom-grown businesses fueled by Internet interest. “Even if there really are no indications that future generations of humans will be able to survive our mistakes, I can wash load after load of dirty diapers with some trite optimism,” said cloth-user Thomas Chang, the stay-athome dad to year-old Olive in Northampton. Shhhh: He and his wife use disposables at night. In Portland, 20-month-old Alexander’s mom, Kris Vockler, went for disposables all day long after she worked out a metric carefully weighing the pros and cons — the big pro being she travels a lot and decided they were hassle-free when her son was along for the ride. He’s mostly pottytrained now but Vockler’s memories are fresh. “We live outside Portland, where, if you know the place, picking disposables and saying so would give us funny looks,” she said. There are a lot of “what abouts” in the cloth versus disposable debate. There’s the cotton, pulp, petrol and industrial agricultural complexes to contend with on both sides. And what about the landfills, a subject that comes up a lot. Disposable diapers, according to Hershkowitz, comprise about 1.5 percent of all municipal waste generated in the United States, and municipal waste makes up about 2 percent of all waste from all sources. As someone who cares, he’s been looking for answers to the diaper dilemma for decades, “and there’s just no clear position to take. I wish it was that easy, but it’s not.” P&G’s Allen, a believer in “giving babies the best, most comfortable experience,” is no cloth-basher. “I certainly don’t want to downplay the cloth diapering options and the fact that parents are looking for options that are also good for the environment,” she said. In his enlightened western Massachusetts town, Chang
By Josh Hutton First Meal The cobwebs in the cupboard, the expired bologna in the fridge, and the broken pretzels lodged in the carpet combine – forming a swansong backing band for the roar of my tummy at my mind’s microphone. Check my bank account only to find a balance of $2.54 remains. At this juncture some donate plasma, others rob gas stations, but I decide to go to Taco Bell. I realize a pragmatic man would buy a loaf of bread or some oatmeal for sustenance, but I aim to remain within the “gimme now” American id. As I pull into the fast food joint’s parking lot, I discover Taco Bell’s newest baby: First Meal. Stumbling upon what could be the most joyous breakfast felt like wandering into the Land of Milk and Honey. My face paints itself with an idiot grin, and the realization of being bone broke levitates out of mind. I order shyly. My cheeks burn a rosy red with the nervous bloom of potential love with the sight of the voluptuous breakfast burrito. I look around to confirm that no voyeuristic dude is making the eyes at our first touch. I slowly take a bite. The soggy beef juice, scraggly eggs, and a monsoon of grease seep into my throat. I take another bite. Another and another, each time thinking something must have been wrong with my palette the previous time. Three seconds later, I am left staring at a wrapper – baring only remnants of a misguided seduction. What should have been the Land of Milk and Honey, turned out to be a sticky mouth’d eternity of honey in a heaven fresh out of milk. What should have been a quick, filling affair, left me longing for a shower. And now kids, the moral: if it’s easy it will make you fat and leave you feeling dirty. This notion does not only hold truth in the convenience of fast food, but also in its enemy, dieting. The adage of eating less, working out more makes us roll our eyes. There has to be a newer solution so we spend years caught in the trough of fad dieting. The 1-Day Diet, the Chocolate Diet, Lazy Zone Diet, and perhaps even the Amputation Diet all flicker and fail – sending us back to devour our failures in the arms of Taco Bell. Avoid First Meal – it’s the Auschwitz of breakfast. Avoid fad diets; even if you lose 20 pounds on Atkins, you’re going to die of a heart attack. Push yourself for sustenance and perseverance. Make a salad, do a push-up, wink at yourself in the mirror and call it a day.
notes that few day care centers support cloth, though that’s changing. Most states allow child care providers to decide for themselves whether to accept reusable diapers. Generally, day care centers are not terribly receptive, said Heather McNamara, mom of two in San Diego, Calif., and executive director of the Real Diaper Association. The group maintains a searchable database of clothfriendly day cares and massive amounts of other information at Realdiaperindustry.org. McNamara sees a steady stream of cloth converts there. “There’s a large silent population of cloth diaper users,” she said. “People come to us almost daily and say I can’t believe I didn’t know about this before.”
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OFCA TO HOST ANNUAL 5K WALK
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The Oklahoma Family Center for Autism (OFCA) will host the annual Oklahoma Autism Piece Walk and 5K Run May 7 at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. The fundraiser is named the Piece Walk after the puzzle piece logo of the Autism Speaks organization, a worldwide community of families affected by Autism. Participants can register online at piecewalk.org, or starting at 7:30 a.m. at the ballpark. Online registration for the 5K will cost $30, or $35 the day of the event. The “Dash for Dash,” named after the Piece Walk mascot, is a short race for children 12 and under. This event and the Piece Walk are free to all registrants. The opening ceremony will begin at 8 a.m., the Piece Walk will follow at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K run is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Following the closing ceremony, the OFCA “Dash for Dash” will
begin at 10:45 a.m. inside the ballpark. “The ‘Dash For Dash’ race is really cool because the kids run the bases with Dash, and Rowdy, the Redhawks mascot,” participant Peter Werneke said. “It is a great feeling seeing the kids have so much fun and cheering them on from the stands.” Those who are not able to attend the event may donate at piecewalk.org. The OFCA will award all proceeds to the needs of Oklahoma children and families by giving one-fourth of the funds raised to the annual Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference. The rest of the donations will be equally divided between grants for Oklahoma Schools, Oklahoma Parent-Led support groups and organizations, and Oklahoma-based Autism research. “The Piece Walk is a great event to raise awareness for a growing disease that many people are not educated on,” 5K runner Natalie Owen said. “This is a wonderful way to be able to contribute to the organization while getting people
actively involved.” Big local sponsors include Red Coyote Running and Fitness, Bellevue Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Action Safety Supply, Salazar Roofing, Character First, Bricktown Rotary, QVR Productions, radio station Magic 104.1 KMGL, and former UCO students Dr. Brian Jones and his wife Sara Jones, owners of Woodlake Animal Hospital in Oklahoma City. “Through personal experience, there is a lack of services like these, and they are greatly needed,” Sara Jones said. “We want to support an organization like this, especially because the money stays in the state.” The Jones’ will host an Open Mic Picnic April 30 at the Bottle Cap Barn in Edmond to help raise money for the Piece Walk. The event will be open to the public and donations will be accepted throughout the night. For more information, visit WoodlakeAnimalHospital.net or the Bottle Cap Barn’s Facebook page.
The Hogwarts UCO Chapter will be playing their first official Quidditch match at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Plunkett Park. The game is in conjunction with UCO Student Programming Board’s screening of the seventh Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at the same location after the game at 8:00 p.m. If the weather were to interfere with the event, it will then be hosted at the Nigh University Center’s Constitution Hall. The Hogwarts UCO Chapter has been active since its inception in February, including a friendly match with the Quiddich team from Oklahoma State University. “We’re so excited to have SPB include us in their event. This will be our debut, our first introduction as a team at UCO,” Morgan Stratton, vice president and co-founder of the Hogwarts UCO Chapter, said. “Many have approached us with the wonderment of how Quidditch is actually played as a sport. This would be the perfect platform to showcase it!” Liza Grozch, president and cofounder of the chapter, said. “When we realized that UCO now has a Hogwarts Chapter, we thought it would be apropos to screen the Harry Potter movie,” Hannah Kostelecky, senator and administrator of SPB, said. The screening of the seventh Harry Potter movie and the Quidditch game is part of a series of events organized by SPB.
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AMAZON CLOUD PLAYER While the Cloud Player app is currently exclusive to Android, Amazon traditionally has not discriminated against other platforms with their application offerings. Amazon’s Kindle eBook reading app is available for iPhones, iPads, Androids, BlackBerries, Windows Phone 7, as well as PCs and Macs. This is all on top of Amazon Deals for iPhone, Price Check by Amazon for iPhone, Amazon Windowshop for iPad and the Amazon App for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and Android-based devices. If an iPhone app were to ever surface for Amazon’s Cloud Player, the app would still have to come before Apple for their approval. This process has previously helped Apple clamp down competitors, including Google’s own Google Voice app that was initially rejected and then put “under review” for 16 months.
Before the launch of the Cloud Drive and Cloud player, Apple and Google were both rumored to be working on their own music streaming services. Apple has been quietly building and revamping data centers across the country for the last few years, and on top of that the company purchased streaming music service LaLa back in 2009. A report by Fast Company back in February said that Apple was also in talks with the recording industry to make such a service possible. At this time, Apple has not formally announced anything of the like. As far as Google’s rumored service goes, the company’s vice president of engineering has called it “a capability that’s coming,” and a report by CNet says that the company is testing it internally. Google has also not formally announced such a service. While Amazon may have beat out their
larger competition, there is also talk that the Cloud Player might not pass legal muster. While users can store their Amazon MP3 purchases in their cloud drives, Amazon also permits the free uploading of user’s existing library of music. Amazon currently has no capacity to certify whether the songs being stored on their service was purchased or downloaded from an illegal distributor. The terms of conditions of Amazon’s service state that music that infringes on the original copyright owners may not be uploaded, but the document also says that ultimately users are “responsible for complying with all applicable import, re-import, export and re-export control laws and regulations.” In addition to the fight over what can be uploaded, music labels are also saying that Amazon’s existing license for music does not cover streaming in the capacity that they offer.
“We hope that they’ll reach a new license deal,” Liz Young, Sony Music spokesperson, told Reuters, “but we’re keeping all of our legal options open.” Apart from the controversy of the music, Amazon’s Cloud Drive is also available as a viable online storage locker. With the first five gigabytes free the service is cheaper than a flash drive and users can store files up to 2GB in size alongside their music. Just like the Cloud Player, files can be accessed from anywhere including a home computer or in a UCO computer lab. If users need extra space, Amazon offers higher storage plans at the rate of $1 per gigabyte per year, and starting at a 20GB plan costing $20 per year. Amazon is currently running a promotion where users can get a free year of 20GB storage when they purchase an MP3 album from the Amazon MP3 store.
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In this file photo, Fox News host Glen Beck speaks before an audience at the Oklahoma City Arena. Beck’s show on the Fox News channel will not be renewed beyond his existing contract. Leading up to this annoucement, many of Beck’s advertisers had pulled out for his controversial statements. (Photo by Garett Fisbeck)
Indians participate in a candle light vigil in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, April 11, 2011. People across country marked the one-month period of Japan’s worst disaster since World War II and protested against the use of nuclear energy. India has 20 nuclear reactors. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
An anti-government protestor puts a necklace of jasmine around the neck of a Yemeni army soldier during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Taiz, Yemen, Monday, April 11, 2011.AP Photo/Hani Mhammed)
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THE ELEVENTH HOUR SOLUTION A bill passed late Friday evening prevented the U.S. federal government from entering a shut down of non-essential services. The fight over this bill will only be a precursor to the larger debate over the 2012 federal budget. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack care and Medicaid, the government’s chief Obama this week will outline a broad plan health care programs for seniors and the poor. to reduce the nation’s deficit, shifting from The upcoming fight over the next year’s immediate budget concerns to the debate election cycle budget and the debate over raisover the Lawmakers nation’s long-term economic ing the nation’to s debt make Friday’s agreed on health. a plan late Friday paylimit forcould government Lawmakers agreed on a plan late Friday to pay for government Obama isoperations expected to call for cuts to Medicare nail-biter to avoid a government through September while trimming $38.5 billionshutdown in operations through September while trimming $38.5 billion in and Medicaid and tax hikes for the wealthy. seem minor. To be sure, the GOP had sucspending. They then approved a measure to keep the spending. They then approved a measure to keep the “Every corner of the federal government ceeded in turning what’s usually a fight over government running for a few more days while details are government running for a few more days while details are has to be looked at here,” White House senior spending into a series of battles over spending written intosaid legislation. written into legislation. adviser David Plouffe Sunday. cuts — a thematic victory for House RepubObama’How s proposals, to be unveiled in a licans swept to power by a populist mandate Democrats Republicans Democrats Republicans they voted: How they voted: speech Wednesday, follow the tense standoff for smaller, more austere government. Yes 140 140 208 between Yes Democrats and Republicans over “We’ve had to 208 bring this president kickfunding the government through the end of ing and screaming to the table to cut spendNo No 42 30.28The House and ing,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, 42 28 the fiscal year on Sept. 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AP AP SOURCE: U.S. Congress SOURCE: U.S. Congress They were operating under a one-week ex- On talk show after talk show, he pointed to tension of the federal budget, which passed December’s bipartisan deal on tax cuts with Editor’s note:star It isand mandatory include all the House and Senate in the last hour before Friday s agreement on thisGraphic year’s budget Week,” he said he didn’t thinklast the six-month tea party possibleto presidential <AP>night’ BUDGET VOTE: shows voting results of the minute ing no: sources thatMichele accompany this graphic when the government was to begin shutting down. as evidence that both parties can govern to- compromise would pass. candidate Rep. Bachmann, R-Minn. budget deal; 2c x 2 1/4 inches; 96 mm x 57 mm; with BC-US--Spending repurposing or editing for publication The House, too, may vote this week on gether when they want to. On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Mike “This short-term was justit ‘same ol’, same ol’ ETA 2 p.m. Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Showdown; “Compromise JB; is not a dirty word,”</AP> Plouffe Pence, R-Ind., also a “yes” vote on Friday, for Washington,” one newcomer who voted spending plan for next year, which includes said. would not commit to voting for the six-month “no,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, wrote unprecedented spending cuts and a fundaCongressional officials still were analyzing deal either. on his Facebook page. mental restructuring of taxpayer-financed Friday’s vote to fund the government through Pence praised House Speaker John Boehner The $38.5 billion in cuts, Huelskamp wrote, health care for the elderly and the poor. the week. The late hour of Friday’s handshake for fighting “the good fight.” “barely make a dent” in years of trillion-dollar Democrats have said Ryan’s plan calls for left lawmakers little time to react. House “It sounds like John Boehner got a good deficits and the nation’s $14 trillion debt. Ad“Draconian” cuts to Americans who need help members of both parties who voted for a few deal, probably not good enough for me to ditionally, the measure lacked the policy ridthe most. days of funding could not say on Sunday that support it, but a good deal nonetheless,” ers he sought, such as one to strip Planned “We can’t take a machete,” Plouffe said on they’d vote for the plan to finance the govern- Pence said on ABC. Parenthood of federal funding, though by law ABC’s “This Week.” “We have to take a scalpel, ment through September. Friday’s tally also offered a look at Repub- no federal money goes to its abortion services. and we’re going to have to cut, we’re going to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who vot- licans likely to be the staunchest opponents All told, Huelskamp wrote, the measure have to look carefully.” ed “yes” Friday to extend funding this week of any compromises on spending and policy. “ignores the fundamental reasons I and my Plouffe, however, said Obama was commit- while the final compromise was written, said Twenty-eight of the “no” votes were cast by fellow freshmen members of Congress were ted to finding ways for the nation to spend he was nonetheless undecided on whether Republicans. Sixteen of those are members sent to Washington in November of last year.” within its means, including reducing Medi- he’d vote for the final deal. On ABC’s “This of the 87-member freshman class. Also vot-
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National parks, as well as the National Zoo and the Smithsonian, would have closed.
Payment for U.S. troops would have been delayed, and civilian Defense employees furloughed. However, border patrol would not have been affected, nor would overseas operations in Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya.
The Internal Revenue Service would not have processed tax returns filed on paper; the deadline to file taxes remained April 18. The IRS released a statement urging people to file their taxes electronically in the event of a shutdown, since those would still have been processed. Audits would have been suspended.
While workers from federal organizations including the Centers for Disease Control would been furloughed or their pay cut, Congress would still have been paid.
The Federal Housing Administration would have stopped guaranteeing loans, and small business loans would be suspended.
HAVING TOO MUCH OF A ‘BOOK’ THING By Brittany Dalton / Staff Writer You won’t find it in a medical dictionary, but the symptoms are very real. Anxiety, restlessness, maybe even sweating palms as you log in to get your “fix.” Not yet a classified addiction, Facebook is now commonly referred to as a “cyber drug,” drawing in millions by the day. So much so, in fact, that Facebook’s help center now includes a section titled “Seven Signs and Symptoms of Facebook Addiction.” Neglect of work and school responsibilities is listed as a symptom, as is obsessively adding friends in what the social networking behemoth dubs a “rat race.” Paula Pile, a marriage and family therapist from North Carolina, has compiled what she calls a “Facebook Compulsion Inventory,” designed to help Facebook users determine
whether they have crossed the line from Facebook usage to Facebook addiction. The 15-question quiz gauges the effect an individual’s Facebook usage has interfered with their real life. Pile said that the problem is not the user, but rather, the preoccupation that develops when the user begins to shirk everyday responsibilities in favor of their online persona. Facebook addiction can sometimes be a symptom of a different problem: a rudimentary Google search of “Using Facebook to reconnect with former flames” brings up around 175,000 results, many of which are blogs whose users endorse the use of Facebook to hook up with an ex. AddictionInfo.org asks users, “Are personal relationships taking a backseat to Facebook? Do you think about Facebook even
when you’re offline? Do you use Facebook to escape problems or homework? Do you stay on Facebook longer than intended? Have you ever concealed Facebook use?” Experts agree that often, a Facebook “addiction” can be combated in one simple step. “Find out what’s missing from your life,” Rob Bedi said, registered psychologist and assistant professor at Canada’s University of Victoria. “Whether it’s having too much free time, not knowing anyone or just escaping, think about what made you resort to Facebook, and what you could be doing instead.” When all is said and done, users of Facebook (and any social networking site for that matter) will do best in remembering that the online face of a person is sometimes misaligned with their true self. Do you think you Facebook too much?
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By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor Don’t blink. If you do, you might miss the stampeding Central Oklahoma Bronchos as they sprint past their competition. UCO capped off a dominant weekend on Saturday morning, blanking Northwest Missouri 5-0 to rack up its second win in less than 20 hours. UCO stomped Lone Star Conference rival Incarnate Word 5-1 Friday evening in Lawton and in an odd scheduling move, did not arrive back in Edmond until midnight before taking on NWMSU at 10 a.m. A late night and early start did not phase the Lady Bronchos at all. UCO improved to 14-8 overall and 6-2 in league play. They have won all of their last five matches, including seven of their last eight. “It feels good to get three confident wins this week,” UCO coach Natalya NikitinaHelvey said. The third win she spoke of was the 7-2 win over Tarleton State on Wednesday. “As the season comes to an end, we are coming together as a team and playing our best tennis, testing our mental and physical shape.” “I am really pleased with my team and hope
we can carry it on into next week with five matches, especially against rival Northeastern (State) on Tuesday,” she said. UCO wraps up its home schedule when the Bronchos host NSU at 2 p.m. Saturday. They will honor their lone senior Lacy Caldwell during that match as well.
UCO 5, Incarnate Word 1 Doubles No. 1 – Julia Shviadok/ Eli Abramovic, UCO, def. Audrey Hernandez/Maggae Doney, 8-4. No. 2 – Lacy Caldwell/ Anto Rossini, UCO, def. Casey Bulls/Alex Adams, 9-7. No. 3 – Brianda Navarro/Robolledo, UIW, def. Rose Cabato/ Anna Kochigina, 9-8. Singles No. 1 – Shviadok, UCO, def. Hernandez, 7-5, 6-3. No. 4 – Rossini, UCO, def. Adams, 6-2, 6-3. No. 6 – Cabato, UCO, def. Francesca Bassoo, 6-1, 6-2. UCO 5, Northwest Missouri 0 Doubles No. 1 – Julia Shviadok/ Eli Abramovic, UCO,
The UCO Broncho tennis team has won their past five games and seven of eight.
def. Leston/Feldhause, 8-4. No. 2 – Lacy Caldwell/ Anto Rossini, UCO, def. Hoffman/Bartek, 8-3. No. 3 – Rose Cabato/ Anna Kochigina, UCO, def. Weir/Wulff, 8-6.
Singles No. 2 – Abramovic, UCO, def. Bartek, 6-3, 6-0. No. 4 – Rossini, UCO, def. Ropallo, 6-0, 6-1.
UCO OFFENSE LOOKING FOR LEADERSHIP By Michael Collins / Sports Writer There are not many times that you can compare the University of Central Oklahoma to the state’s two largest schools (OU and OSU). For football fans that were paying attention, all three of the before mentioned football teams had amazing offenses. And now that spring football is here, all three of the teams have new offensive coordinators. In the case of OU and OSU, their success on offense led to better jobs and pay raises, with OU’s Kevin Wilson taking over at Indiana, and OSU’s Dana Holgorsen taking the head coach in waiting job at West Virginia. OU and OSU both boasted high quality offenses and their team’s records reflected it. For people that just look at the wins and losses, UCO only had two of those, but they did have one of the highest scoring offenses in NCAA Division II football. Coach Wilkinson who served as the offensive coordinator for the Bronchos last season is now gone and now the Bronchos face a similar task to the Sooners and Cowboys. That is where the similarities come for the states three largest schools. Josh Heupel, Todd Monken and Chase Harp, of OU,OSU, and UCO respectively, will all be faced with the task of trying to live up to last year’s standard. In the case of OU and UCO, they stayed in house and promoted guys who were with the team last year in hopes of keeping some form of continuity, and lessoning the learning curve
of the players. OSU went the NFL route in hopes of bringing some new life and wisdom to an already flourishing program. It remains to be seen whether any of these new coaches will be able to live up to the expectations that will surely be high, but one thing for certain, the ball will be in the air. The latest craze in college football is the spread offense, and all three teams will be chunking the rock up and down the field next season. The Sooners, Cowboys and Bronchos all return their quarterbacks, and should have no problem adjusting to their new play callers. As crazy as this sounds, UCO might be the best off out of the three, and yes comparing DII to DI is like comparing the Yankees to the RedHawks, but the Bronchos have one thing OU and OSU does not have. Josh Birmingham, the Sooners and Cowboys both lost their starting running backs due to graduation, while the Bronchos will return the most electric player in all of DII football. While OU and OSU have some very talented young running backs, none of them our proven, and if you haven’t figured it out yet, teams that can run the ball effectively usually win. Now that does not take into account for the defense, which is also a factor, but that is another story. Chase Harp may be the lesser known out of the three new coaches here in the state of Oklahoma, but he has a proven running back that the other two guys do not. I can’t guar-
antee that UCO will be able to improve their record, because unless the defense improves it’s not likely, but I can guarantee that the Broncho offense will be as good if not even a little better. This time next year it will be fun to see what Heupel, Monken and Harp were able to do
with their teams. While OU and OSU will be competing for the Big 12 title, UCO will be playing as an independent. But don’t expect low scoring games just because they don’t have a conference title to shoot for, there will be enough balls in the air for everyone.
UCO HOCKEY NOTEBOOK By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor Here are some interesting tidbits from the University of Central Oklahoma end of the year hockey banquet. SCHEDULE NEARLY COMPLETE: When UCO head coach Craig McAlister got up to address the team on what is in store for next season, he provided details into the upcoming schedule. As of this weekend, the schedule was “99.9 percent complete,” according to the head coach. The schedule currently consists of 21 home games and 19 away games. THREE-PEAT BEDLAM: It’s no secret that the hockey bedlam series between Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma Sooners is the most popular series for the UCO program and its fans. According to McAlister, there will be three series against OU during the upcoming 2011-2012 season. This will be the second year in a row a three-part, six-game series against OU will be implemented. The games against OU will roughly take place following the American Collegiate Hockey
Association Showcase, after Thanksgiving and then to close out the season. Each OU series is played with one home and one away contest. HIGH PROFILE OPPONENTS: UCO hockey fans may be interested in a few of the more intriguing schools to be announced on the schedule. The University of Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, and Penn State Nittany Lions (also called the Icers) will all make the trip to the Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond this upcoming season. The Bronchos will also play road games against Rutgers, Iowa State, Arizona and Arizona State. COACH SEES BRIGHT FUTURE: As McAlister addressed the 2010-2011 Broncho team one last time, he attributed the rough 0-6 start to the season to youth and the team needing to come together. McAlister said he saw a lot of “improvement” and that the second half record of the team was “unbelievable when you look at who we played.” The head coach claims the future looks bright for the Bronchos moving forward.
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Barons fans celebrate Oklahoma City’s 2-0 win over the Texas Stars last weekend that pulled them back into playoff contention. OKC won two out of three this past weekend giving them enough points to gain the North Division crossover spot and a playoff berth in their inaugural American Hockey League season.
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MCDONALD IS OILERS SEND RESCORING CHAMP INFORCEMENTS Oklahoma City Barons forward Colin McDonald scored a power-play goal late in the third period on Sunday afternoon. The goal was his 42nd of the season, earning him the Willie Marshall Award. The Willie Marshall Award is presented annually to the American Hockey League player who scores the most goals over the course of the regular season. McDonald scored 10 goals in his final seven games, including a four-goal effort on April 8 against San Antonio. He also leads the league in power-play goals with 19. In his previous three seasons in the AHL, he recorded 34 total goals.
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The Edmonton Oilers assigned forwards Chris Vande Velde, Teemu Hartikainen, Ryan O’Marra and Linus Omark as well as defenseman Jeff Petry to the Oklahoma City Barons this past weekend. Omark, the Oilers fourth round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft played 51 games with the Oilers this season, scoring 25 points. He scored 31 points in 28 games with the Barons this season. Petry, the Oilers second round choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft played 35 games with the Oilers, registering five points. He played 41 games with the Barons and scored 24 points. O’Marra played in 20 games with the Oilers, scoring five points. In 53 games with the Barons this season, he scored 22 points. Vande Velde played 12 games with the Oilers, registering two assists. In 67 games with the Barons, he has 16 points. Hartikainen played 11 games with the Oilers, collecting five points. He played 66 games with OKC where he recorded 42 points.
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BRONCHOS DROP TWO By Trey Hunter / Sports Writer The Central Oklahoma baseball team lost two of three games to Angelo State University last weekend in Angelo, Texas. Game 1 Central Oklahoma- 1 Angelo State- 2 The Bronchos were held to just one run off of six hits in the first game at Angelo State University on Friday. Kade Kauk went two for three with one RBI. First baseman Tyler Hancock, shortstop Kevin Blue and left fielder Ryan Schoonover each had a hit and designated hitter Derik Grimes scored Central’s lone run. Starter Chris Muchmore went pitched three innings and gave up one earned run. He also walked three batters, hit two and had two wild pitches. Mac Gordon finished the game and took the loss after giving up one earned run over five innings. He also struck out five batters.
Game 2 Central Oklahoma- 13 Angelo State- 5 UCO bounced back from their loss on Friday and scored 13 runs to win the second game of their series with the Rams. Central’s lineup combined for 16 hits to score the 13 runs. Tyler Hancock went four for four with a home run and three RBIs. Two Bronchos recorded four RBI days. Keegan Morrow, who went two for three, and Jordan Mullin, who went two for four, helped UCO produce most of the momentum. Uriah Fisher started the game for UCO and pitched three innings and gave up four earned runs. He gave up seven hits and did not record a strikeout. Jake Tuck recorded the victory after pitching four innings and only giving up one earned run. He also struck out two batters. Game 3 Central Oklahoma- 6 Angelo State- 7
The UCO Bronchos dropped two out of three games over the weekend to move to 14-22 on the year.
Angelo State scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the seven to six lead and eventually win the game and the series against the Bronchos. The Central lineup managed six runs off of 12 hits and two walks. Catcher Arrow Cunningham went three for three with a walk and two runs. Left fielder Mike Boyle went two for three with two runs as well. Shortstop Kevin Blue drove in two runs and Gordon, Mullin and Tucker Brown had an RBI apiece.
Jordan Stern started the game for UCO and pitched seven innings. He gave up four earned runs and had five strikeouts. Relievers Aaron Rosborough and Kade Kauk combined to give up Angelo State’s final runs and Kauk recorded his second loss of the season. “We’ve lost six one-run ballgames this season,” Central coach Dax Leone said. “That means we are right there in a lot of our games. We just keep falling short.” “My guys have really fought hard
all season. They have really worked hard and they realize that if they put it all together, they are a dangerous team. “ The Bronchos record is 14-22. They will host Tarleton State University in a three- game series that begins 2 p.m. on Friday at Wendell Simmons Field in Edmond. The two teams will complete the series on Saturday in a double-header that begins at 1 p.m.