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Baseball

Earth Day

Austin Rycroft’s grandslam lifts the Bronchos over the NSU Riverhawks. Page 8

Bronchos came out to Broncho Lake on Wednesday to celebrate Earth Day. Page 5

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ACM@UCO ROCKS BRICKTOWN TONIGHT By Adam Holt / Contributing Writer The third annual “ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown,” a music festival created by the Academy of Contemporary Music, will be held tonight from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. in downtown Oklahoma City. The event, which is free and for all ages, will take place on various stages and in multiple venues around Bricktown. The English Beat, a band founded in 1978 in Birmingham, England

and known for their fusion of ska, reggae, soul, and punk rock will be headlining this year’s festival. Mississippi indie band Colour Revolt will also be headlining events. The festival will have 12 stages, indoor and outdoor, featuring bands made up of students from ACM@UCO. “Probably over 200 students will be involved,” Derek Brown, manager of the Business Development Center at ACM@UCO, said.

A large variety of music genres will be available for festivalgoers to choose from. “There will be indie rock, pop, hip-hop, metal, folk, and R&B,” Brown said. The event has grown dramatically from its birth in 2010. In its first year the festival had 40 bands perform on eight stages. Now 71 bands will play on 12 stages. The concert not only gives an attendee a fun night on the town, but also exposes them to what type of

music is being created in central Oklahoma. ACM@UCO offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in music performance, music production, and music business. The school has recently added the option for students in performance majors to pursue a bachelor’s. Brown believes this festival is a great way for students to show off their creative juices along with what they have learned in class.

“The festival was created because we were looking fir a way to end the semester with a bang,” he said. “Everyone is playing for free. It’s a testament to the type of students we have.” Word continues to spread about ACM@UCO. The school recently showcased 13 bands at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Brown hopes to have the school participate in more events in the future.

BLACKHAWKS TOUCHDOWN AT UCO

Cadet Riley Young, a junior, practices an ROTC drill at Hamilton Field House Thursday, April 12, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

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Campus Activities

FACEBOOK FIGHTING BACK ON BRONCHO PRIDE T-SHIRT DAY EMPLOYEE PROFILE PRIVACY TODAY AT BRONCHO LAKE By Christina Dickens / Contributing Writer

At the end of December 2011, Facebook reported 845 million monthly active users accessing its servers. Considering that the global population just passed the seven billion mark in 2011, that’s roughly 12 percent of the total population that access Facebook on a regular basis, and that’s 12 percent of the population that have given out access to their private information to one company. As Facebook took off and its user base exploded, a new use of the social media site took ground. With so much information and such a large group of people using the site, it wasn’t long before it became a screening tool with employers, university admissions offices and law enforcement. While it has been common knowledge that employers can access your profile if left public, recently, employers have tried to bend the rules to gain access to private accounts as well. It has been reported that employers and

UCO will be hosting Broncho Pride T-shirt Day Thursday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Broncho Lake. The purpose of the event is for UCO students to come together and show their school spirit by wearing either the Broncho Pride Tshirts distributed by Student Life at the beginning of the school year, or another of their favorite UCO T-shirts. “It is a great display for Central Spirit and gives the community the chance to really display it that day,” Courtney James, assistant director of UCO Campus Activities, said. Campus Activities will be serving lunch and colleges have been demanding users to submit their passwords to gain full access to prospective employees’ and students’ accounts. One of the most notable cases was of Robert Collins, a Maryland corrections officer, who was forced to give up his username and password to his employer, the Maryland

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By Josh Wallace / Contributing Writer

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giving prizes to those participating by wearing their shirts. Students not wearing shirts can say “I’m a proud Broncho!” to receive prizes. “It is a great chance for the community to show their pride in this place in a very public way,” James said. “We are truly celebrating Broncho Pride this day even more than we normally do and want as many people to join us as possible.” This is the second time this event has taken place to show Broncho pride on the UCO campus. “After the great display of pride in the first year, we wanted to continue it this year,” James said.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR By Mackenzie Hall / UCOSA Supreme Court Justice In Tuesday’s issue, Braden was quoted as having said that he and I were both outsiders to UCOSA. He may be an outsider but I on the other hand do have quite a bit of experience as I’ve been highly involved in UCOSA since the Fall of 2009 when I served as a Senator for a year, then served on Matt Blubaugh’s 2010-2011 Presidential cabinet as Director of Public Relations and served this year as Chief Justice of the UCOSA Supreme Court.My only issues with this year’s UCOSA exec team was their lack of transparency and accountability in regards to the blinds being closed, door locked during office hours and the general lack of publicity. Unlike Braden, I did not believe that the UCOSA office was corrupt but I believe that one man’s dream to better campus was not backed by his executive team. I also did not take issue with Sigma Nu’s involvement with UCOSA. In the last six years the only individuals to serve as UCOSA President have either been Pikes or Sigma Nu’s. I also do not agree with Alex Braden & Evan Askey’s accusations about the alleged mismanagement of SAF funds by UCOSA. All of the funds in the UCOSA budget are allocated equitably amongst organizations and activities based on merit, size and level of campus involvement. Unfortunately there is not enough revenue generated by the current student activity fee to even get close to meeting the needs of UCO’s Student Life. This lack of funding is what inspired Melody Sweet to invite student leaders to be part of the Campus Improvements Board. As fellow presidential candidate Sarahi Wilson pointed out in debates, Braden feared the potential failure of SBR 11-201 would look bad on his future campaign and quit the Campus Improvements Board. I appreciate Sarahi’s dedication, work ethic and honesty in her campaign. She brought many issues to the forefront and I have the utmost confidence she will continue to better UCO in other roles. I want to thank everyone who participated in the campaign process and give special thanks to Britton Adams for being such a loyal friend & campus leader. I’d also like to thank the Vista staff for their extensive coverage of all the campaigns. I’m excited to see what the new government has to offer and hope they can meet the standard set by Matt Blubaugh as he departs.

“I don’t think it’s really doing anything. It’s got good reasons, but it doesn’t really affect anyone with major influence right now.”

“Yes, of course. The more days we have of that the better. It’s about time somebody started waking up.”

“Yes. It allows people to get involved with projects they wouldn’t know about otherwise.”

The Vista invites and encourages letters to the editor. Submitted letters are subject to editing for clarity, space and libel. Address your letters to : Editor, The Vista, 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034-5209 Letters may also be e-mailed to vistauco@gmail.com or delivered to the Editor in person in Communications Building Room 131.

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Fraternitys

SIG TAU TO HOST SPLASH BASH

Out of Context By Brittany Dalton A Place in the Sun

Austin Hula (left) looks on while Tyler Mette talks about Sig Tau hosting philantrophic event with special needs at Sig Tau fraternity house, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Photo by Cyn Sheng Ling, The Vista

By Josh Hutton / Staff Writer UCO’s Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity chapter will host Splash Bash, a competitive fundraising event with all proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics, on April 29 at Hamilton Fieldhouse. This will be the first time Sigma Tau Gamma hosts the event. “Our national headquarters just made this our official philanthropy,” Vice President of Membership Tyler Mette said. “I’m excited. It’s going to be unique. You don’t really hear a lot about Special Olympics. This way we can get the word out and help them.” After the fraternity raises money April 29, they will volunteer at the Special Olympics in May. Sig Tau Gamma’s previous philanthropy was Books for Kids. The fraternity changed their philanthropy after their

chapters nationwide sent so many books that Books for Kids ran out of space for more materials. Austin Hula, junior special education major and Sig Tau Gamma member, said the Special Olympics are a way for people to connect and develop understanding of individuals with disabilities. “Working with individuals with disabilities is not easy for some people. Special Olympics provides a fun and relaxed setting for working with these individuals which makes it easier to get out of your comfort zone,” Hula said. “I think it’s great we adopted it as our national philanthropy because it will allow our members to become more wellrounded which they will benefit from later on in life.” Teams of six to 10 members will compete in water-based games. Events include: a long slide – whoever can slide

the furthest, water balloon toss, water polo, water volleyball, merman – contestants pull a woman in a boat to safety, and Splash Bash concludes with an impromptu synchronized swimming finale. To participate in Splash Bash each team member will pay a $10 registration fee. Mette said that the event is open to anyone interested. “We want this to be open to the community. We’re going to go around to high schools and try to get people there. We want anyone to participate,” Mette said. Some events will be reserved for UCO students due to liability issues. To sign up for Splash Bash, students, faculty, and community members can visit tables set up in the Nigh University Center across from the food court next week or email Mette at jmette@uco.edu.

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STATE LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW FOR THE SALE OF ALCOHOL NEAR ACM@UCO By Adam Holt / Contributing Writer A bill to allow new establishments to sell alcohol near the ACM@UCO in downtown Oklahoma City has passed the House and now faces a Senate vote. Senate Bill 1218, authored by Rep. Randy McDaniel, would allow news clubs and bars to sell alcohol within 300 feet of the campus if UCO signs a waiver of the ban. Current law disallows selling alcohol within 300 feet of a school or church. McDaniel, Chair of the Economic Development, Tourism, and Financial Servic-

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es Committee, said the conflicts of interest between UCO and downtown business were not on purpose. “This was an unintended consequence of legislation,” he said. Downtown Oklahoma City offers a great stage for students to put their studies to use. “UCO wanted an environment where entertainment is,” McDaniel said. The representative feels current law would hinder future business in the area and wanted to step in before a negative situation set it.

“I knew there was a solution narrow in scope and good for UCO, and good for the community,” he said of the measure. “Oklahoma City has few investment districts and downtown is a great economic engine,” McDaniel said. “I want to see the OKC downtown to prosper.” SB 1218 passed the House of Representatives with a 63-29 vote, and now heads to the Senate. McDaniel feels positive about the bill’s chances of passage. “I feel pretty confident,” he said. “I fully expect the Senate to pass and the governor to sign into law.”

FACEBOOK Department of Corrections. Frustrated that he was forced to give up his private information to his employer, Collins went to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who were sent a letter of complaint and asked the state to change their policy of demanding such information. ACLU attorney Catherine Crump decried such practices, stating, “It’s an invasion of privacy for private employers to insist on looking at people’s private Facebook pages as a condition of employment or consideration in an application process. People are entitled to their private lives. You’d be appalled if your employer insisted on opening up your postal mail to see if there was anything of interest inside. It’s equally out of bounds for an employer to go on a fishing expedition through a person’s private social media account.” On March 23, Facebook Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, addressed the issue in a blog entry on Facebook’s site. Egan stated that the practice undermines the expectations its users have for a level of privacy, and not only takes away the individual’s privacy, but also from their family and friends. Facebook then made it a violation to their Statement of Rights and Responsibility to share or solicit a Facebook pass-

word. Donald Kronenberger, a UCO physical therapy major, agrees that the practice should end. “You should be able to say to your employer ‘no’, and not have them be suspicious about what you’ve got on there,” he said. Alex Cifuentes, a UCO public relations major, adds, “In instances where they’re asking for passwords and things like that, no, I think that that’s private and you shouldn’t have to give that up, but if you’re putting it out there for everyone to see, then I think it’s fair game.” After getting the state of Maryland to eventually drop the practice from routine procedure, the ACLU continued its fight, asking legislators to outlaw the practice altogether. Legislators ultimately came up with a bill that would ban access of user’s social media accounts from schools or employers. The bill passed easily in early April, and the law will go in place Oct. 1 2012, pending the governor’s signature. Following the outcome, California and Michigan are planning similar legislation, and two members of the Senate, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), have petitioned the Justice Department to investigate the practice.

After a particularly long day of being yelled at behind the espresso counter, of having pastries explode in the restaurant microwave and burning a rack of cookies – I finally made it home, hanging my hat on a chair and sinking into the couch defeated. “Facing opposition?” the TV asked. “You’re doing something right!” Wrong. From a lofty vantage point, more than a year later from that terrible afternoon, I can amend that statement. Are you facing extreme opposition and letting it get to you? Now you’re doing it right. Not long after that day, I was promoted to associate trainer. And then not long after that, I was promoted – to full-time student. Not like I hadn’t been before, but I turned my attention elsewhere, my “bigger fish to fry.” Martin van Buren had some pretty mean chops. His daughter Abigail, to my knowledge, did not. However, she did stumble across a little gem of wisdom for any of us under fire. “If you want a place in the sun, you have to put up with a few blisters.” Your place in life, your right to shine is not guaranteed. If you buckle and bend at the first sign of outcry, you won’t take your place in the sun – you’ll be stuck huddling in the shadows and waiting for the “right time.” There’s not a right time to say incendiary things – generally they tumble from my lips without a prior thought. There isn’t a “right time” for the eyerolls and grumbles I get when I talk about things I enjoy, or the people barely pretending they aren’t asleep when it’s my turn to show photographs in class. I have never put on airs as though what comes out of my mouth is all “prunes n’ prisms.” I hope I never do. It’s the times that have brought me down, that have made me question whether I would pass the class/go on a second date/lose my job – those are the times that have made me who I am. Had I wandered aimlessly through life never getting in trouble, never ruffling feathers – life would also be pretty uneventful. Keep your words safe enough to keep you out of jail. But don’t take a raised voice or an angry comment written in all caps too seriously. You’re going to get a few blisters, a few “LOL U SUCK” comments. That’s fine. You’re one more step closer to a place in the sun.

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NEWS

APRIL 19, 2012

Earth Day

BRONCHOS CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

Matt Naifen, Biology major senior, explains about a plant to Lindsey Nguyen, Biology major freshman, during UCO Earth Day near Broncho Lake, Wednesday, April 18, 2012. All photos by Cyn Sheng Ling, The Vista Ivan Chavez, Criminal Justice major sophomore, experiments on the hand generator during UCO Earth Day.

Left: Neil Garrison, volunteer for Martin Park Nature Center, displays some animal artifacts during UCO Earth Day.

A bowl filled with beads is placed on the table for students to make their own necklace and bracelets during UCO Earth Day.

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River Oaks Golf Club Are you 21 years or older? Need a summer job or desire bartending experience? Come join our family friendly community at River Oaks Golf Club. We train! Call Michael at 834-6588.

Research Volunteers Needed Researchers at OU Health Sciences Center need healthy volunteers ages 18 to 30 who have a parentwith or without a history of an alcohol or drug problem. Qualified participants will be compensated for their time. STORAGE

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Sports Opinion

VISTA SPORTS PREDICTIONS: NBA WEEK 17 UCentral’s Terry Fox has finally taken the lead after Managing Editor Christie Southern previously led all semester. Vista Staff Writer Ben Luschen joins us as a guest picker and surprised us by going with the Lakers over the Thunder.

NBA Week 17

Bryan Trude Vista Sports Editor

Christie Southern Vista Managing Editor

Garett Fisbeck Vista Photo Editor

Chris Brannick Vista Sports Writer

Terry Fox UCentral’s “The Huddle”

Ben Luschen Guest Picker

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Celtics @ Hawks

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Cheer

CHEER TAKES NATIONALS By Chris Brannick/ Contributing Writer The UCO Cheerleading Team won the National Championship last weekend in Daytona Fla. Junior Katie Kinsey said it was extremely exciting because she hadn’t won a championship yet. “We won! 12 years of cheering and I’m finally an NCA champion,” she said. UCO took home two Championships last weekend. The All Girl Division II as well as the newly formed Stunt Division, where UCO defeated Oklahoma Christian in the Championship. UCO practiced before sunrise almost everyday since Christmas Break. “When everyone else went home, we’re here,” Kinsey said. David Owens has coached the Bronchos since 2004. Owens cheered that year and when the coach stepped down, Owens entered into the role. This marked the eighth national champion-

ship for Owens and his sixth as a Broncho. The team practiced sometimes twice per week at 6 a.m. and Kinsey said they would practice four times per week at that time. UCO received some help from the school for the trip to Daytona. The National Cheer Association also helped because UCO participated in the Stunt Division. NCA urges schools to compete in the new division and offers help to those who do. UCO had some downtime after the competition and went to Universal Studios. “The weather was really nice,” Kinsey said. The Bronchos have a little down time now before they begin their summer camps and practices for the new recruits.

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GET TO KNOW THE MIAA: MSSU AND LINDENWOOD By Stuart Dickison / Contributing Writer UCO is joining the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) next fall and this week, The Vista catches up on two more of the schools in the conference. Next up: Football and women’s basketball at Northeastern State and Northwest Missouri State. Northeastern State is located in Tahlequah, Okla., and is home to the Riverhawks. Like UCO, the Riverhawks will also be joining the MIAA next fall and were independent this year. The Bronchos and Riverhawks have been part of each other’s schedules in all sports regularly over the past few years as they were both previously part of the Lone Star Conference. Notably, Northeastern State’s football program has won the NAIA national championship twice, in 1958 and 1994. UCO lost 35-7 to Northeastern last season and haven’t beat the Riverhawks since 2009. Head football coach Nick Bobeck and his Bronchos hope to reverse the trend and will close out the 2012 regular season at home against the Riverhawks on Nov. 10 next fall. The Lady Riverhawks basketball team had a successful season, as they finished ranked no. 16 in the nation. Head coach Randy Gipson led his squad to the NCAA Div. II semi-finals, where they lost to new MIAA rival Pittsburg State. Northeastern is nothing new for Bronchos

head coach Guy Hardaker and his squad, as the two teams faced off four total times last season. The Bronchos lost three of four to the Riverhawks, but had arguably their most impressive win on the season with a 77-71 upset in overtime on Jan. 28. Northwest Missouri State’s football program finished second in the MIAA standings last fall with a 7-2 mark in the conference and 11-3 overall. They finished the season ranked fifth in the country and lost to conference rival Pittsburg State in the quarter-finals. Pittsburg State went on the win the NCAA Division II crown. Since 1994, the Bearcats have played in seven NCAA Divison II National Title games, winning three of those seven in 1998, 1999, and as recently as 2009. Northwest Missouri head coach Adam Dorrel is in his second season at the helm of the Bearcats. The Bronchos will get a real test when they play the Northwest Missouri in Edmond on Oct. 6 next fall. The Lady Bearcats basketball team had a rough season this year, finishing 6-22 overall and dead last in the MIAA with a record of 4-16. Don’t count the Bearcats out just yet, as they won the MIAA as recently as the 2010-2011 season and went all the way to a NCAA Div. II Final Four appearance. Newly hired head coach Mark Kellogg will be looking to right the ship next season. He is replacing longtime coach Gene Steinmeyer.

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APRIL 19, 2012

Baseball

RYCROFT SLAMS CENTRAL PAST RIVERHAWKS ON TUESDAY; BRONCHOS TAKE SEASON SERIES 2-1 By Whitt Carter / Contributing Writer As has been the story all year for UCO, a bat in the hands of Austin Rycroft is indicative of great things. The senior from Edmond proved again why he is a national leader in several categories on Tuesday, as he blasted an eighth-inning grand slam to propel the Bronchos to 8-5 victory over instate rival Northeastern State. Rycroft’s only hit of the afternoon capped off a five-run eighth inning that saw three Broncho walks, a sacrifice from sophomore Mike Boyle and a single from Jared Wright, before the Rycroft bomb. UCO trailed Northeastern State 5-3 prior to their bottom half of the eighth inning, after the Riverhawks got key hits from Chris Gallegos and former Tulsa University football standout Trent Wilkins. UCO got a 3-for-3 performance out of Wright, as well as two hits a piece from LF Cameron Mavroulis and SS Cory Proctor. “It was a really good college baseball game,” head coach Dax Leone said. “Both sides had good pitching and there were some defensive plays made, but in the end it was Rycroft with a big hit and that was the difference in the game.” Rycroft is in the top 10 in four different categories, including home runs, RBI’s, slugging percentage and total bases. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound lefty accredits his outstanding run in his final term as a Broncho to being smart at the plate, as well as having great teammates that surround him in the lineup. “I think it definitely has to do with the guys around me getting on base, which forces people having to pitch to me,” Rycroft said following Tuesday’s win. “Once that happens, it’s all about taking advantage of mistakes that are thrown at you.” Leone’s club has won seven straight and 13 of the last 14, something the coach credits to his experienced club playing fundamental baseball.

Jared Wright (15) runs to third base during a game between UCO and Northeastern State University, Wednesday, April 17, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

“We’ve been playing clean baseball all year. That’s been our stigma since we got here, you know. We want to get good pitching, play well defensively and get timely hitting,” Leone said. “We’ve played well at the end of the last two years and we just want to continue that.” As for Rycroft, the continuance to do things the right way and to play “team” baseball has been a blueprint for success; something that he

AT THE BUZZER By Bryan Trude

Vista Sports Editor NHL PLAYOFFS FULL OF SUSPENSIONS With the first round of the NHL playoffs in full swing, it is somewhat depressing to open up NHL.com and read the headlines. The Capitals’ Niklas Backstrom, one game suspension. Penguins forward James Neal, one game suspension. His teammate Arron Asham has drawn a four game ban. And this was before Phoenix’s Raffi Torres tried to flat-out murder Chicago’s Marian Hossa last night, landing a flying hit so brutal that the Blackhawks star had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher and hospitalized after spending five unconscious minutes motionless on the ice. What was Torres’ reward? No in-game penalty and a three game suspension. Watching the playoffs this season seems less like watching hockey and more like watching Saw. Torres’ suspension is the ninth so far of the first round this year, exceeding the total number from all of last year’s playoffs. Instead of making news for clutch shots and spectacular saves, teams are making news for overtime wins marked by 15-minute, bench clearing brawls by players who seem to think their checks are signed by the UFC, not the NHL. For his part, NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan seems wholly unable, or unwilling, to do anything decisive about it. His decisions on suspensions have been all over the board, often giving wildly different punishments for similar offenses. He also seems unable to support his beleaguered referees, who seem to be so overworked with the chaos on the ice that they completely miss not just small calls, but game misconduct-worthy calls like Torres’s shot on Hossa.

When you near double digits on suspensions in the first round, and only a fraction of those were accompanied by game misconduct penalties, something is horribly wrong. I don’t know, perhaps this is all some ploy by the NHL to drum up interest in the league so they can get a TV deal actually worth the paper it’s printed on. If that’s the case, then… wow, I have no words to describe just how wrong that is. However, if the “pros” of the NHL need to remember one thing, it’s that there is generations of hockey fans and players behind them who are watching their every move. If the Penguins and Flyers want to spend nearly 20 minutes getting into fights at the end of games, if such squeaky clean stars like Sidney Crosby wants to go out and join his teammates in acting like British soccer hooligans, then nothing I or anybody out side of the NHL offices can say will change that. However, they also need to accept responsibility that future hockey players see, and emulate, what they do on the ice. I understand that being a hockey player at a high level requires a certain amount of aggression, and covering UCO Hockey for the past year has shown me just how easy it is for a player to lose their cool. However, these instances of fighting, of roughing and career-ending injuries, need to be the exception instead of the norm. This isn’t the CHL we’re talking about, where people could pay ten bucks to go to the Myriad and watch a bunch of beered-up minor leaguers beat the crap out of each other. If we’re all going to promote player safety for the sake of those yet to come, it needs to start with the players themselves.

hopes will persist. “We play as a team, really. We have bought into the system and all want to play unselfishly,” Rycroft said. “Whether that is sacrificing to get guys on base or to knock guys in, we’ll do it. It’s been our key to success, just being a team.” Rycroft, who played his first two years at Seminole State JC, has had his share of impres-

sive hits in 2012. After crushing 15 homeruns and slapping out 34 extra base hits thus far, the smooth swinging first-baseman says the late game grand slam is, without a doubt, one of his favorites. “It’s definitely up there with the best,” Rycroft said. “Yeah, for sure. It was really cool.” Cool. The perfect word to describe such a clutch customer.

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The Vista April 19, 2012  

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