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FORENSIC SCIENCE PROFESSOR HONORED WITH SCHOLARSHIP By Ben Luschen / Staff Writer Over the years, the UCO Forensic Science Institute has built a reputation for being a first-rate facility and learning environment, and has been called “world-class.” After one faculty member received a scholarship to help share UCO’s forensic expertise with the rest of the world, that moniker has never been truer. Dr. Mark McCoy, a professor in both the Forensic Science Institute and the School of Criminal Justice, was the recent recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship which will allow him to lend a hand in developing the digital forensic programs at several universities in Australia. The Fulbright Program gives merit-based grants to students, scholars and professionals from all fields who wish to study or practice their craft abroad. The program was created in the 1940s by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright and is known as one of the most prestigious programs of its nature in the country. McCoy, who will be leaving for the Great Down Under on March 9, was understandably excited when he heard the news. “I was really pleased. I’ve never been to Australia and I’m looking forward to going,” McCoy said. “It’s just going to be a great experience, not only working with other faculty and scholars in the field but to meet new people and develop other relationships.” McCoy teaches many classes at UCO, but his trip won’t necessarily mean any time off for his students, as the majority of it falls on spring break. The class time he does miss will be filled in by other members of the faculty.
Dr. Mark McCoy, recipient of the Fulbright Award in Digital Forensics, poses for a photo in the Forensic Science Building Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista
As part of the Fulbright selection process, scholarship applicants are chosen by a panel based on their achievement in a certain area of study. Those who are selected are then put on a list with the rest of
the recipients in their field, and wait for a third party to claim them for their program. In McCoy’s case, that third party was Canberra University in southeastern Australia. “They have a forensic science in-
stitute, and they’re thinking about working with their information technology people and computer science people to incorporate a digital forensics program as part of that,” he said. “I’m going out there
to help with curriculum and in teaching other faculty the best ways to teach digital forensics.” Additionally, McCoy will also
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UCO RECIEVES GRANT FOR MILITARY SPORTS PROGRAM By Mervyn Chua / Staff Writer
Sgt. Daniel Lopez of Ft. Eustis, Virginia practices during last year’s Wounded Warrior Games. Photo by Kat Wells, The Vista.
UCO has been chosen to receive funding through an Olympic Opportunity Paralympic Fund grant by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S Olympic Committee (USOC). The grant will allow the university to continue activities for disabled veterans of the military forces. This is the fourth year UCO has received the grant, which has to be renewed each year. With the grant, UCO has very specific things to do throughout the year. Among the specific things is to conduct a total of six disabled military camps throughout the year in three different sports: Paralympic power lifting, Paralympic archery and Paralympic cycling. These camps are all held at UCO: the Paralympic power lifting in the Wellness Center and the Paralympic archery down at the soccer field, located north of the football stadium. These camps normally run for a duration of four days. Admission for the camps is free. Participants find out about these camps through different avenues. One of the ways they can be recruited is at the Endeavour Games, a multisporting event UCO hosts for any disabled athlete. The Endeavor Games are usually held in June. The amount given in the grant varies every year and is dependent on the needs of the university. A few things are taken into con-
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sideration, including the number of camps being held by UCO as well as specific equipment needed to better the camps. This year, UCO received a total of $75,000 for six camps and a program. The program, called Adventure Therapy, is held in Lawton, Okla., where a warrior transition unit is present. A couple hours will be spent there playing a chosen sport and having fun with the soldiers. A report has to be written every quarter to USOC to inform them about the success of the events and the specifics of the budget used. “It’s a huge advantage for not only UCO as a whole but the military athletes, giving them as much opportunity as possible and making it as free of charge for them so that they have the great opportunity to get better at the sport that they love and meet an compete against fellow soldiers and veterans,” Kimo Aweau, military sports coordinator of UCO Sports and Recreation, said. “They also gain a sense of community and have the opportunity to make friends.” UCO is the only school in Oklahoma that has an Olympic Paralympic designation from the U.S. Olympic Committee. Most of UCO’s resident athletes are for sitting volleyball. The 14 members of the national team practice at the Wellness Center every morning from 7 until 9.
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“I didn’t watch the whole speech, but I think it was a good speech. It emphasized a lot on job creation, that is the most important thing.”
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“I had classes, so I didn’t watch it.”
“I felt it was a good State of the Union address, I was looking for a little more specifics but I thought it was really good.”
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TAX TIME FOR THE PROLETARIAT If you worked anywhere last year, you should soon be receiving a W-2 form. Welcome to the beginning of tax season. Yes, Uncle Sam is waiting just around the corner to both ask for his cut and to give back when he took too much. However, when we hear about deficits, budgets and tax cuts for the rich what does tax time really mean? A new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and Citizens for Tax Justice found some interesting statistics. According to the report, “280 profitable Fortune 500 companies collectively paid an effective federal income tax rate of 18.5 percent, about half of the statutory 35 percent corporate tax rate, while receiving $223 billion in tax subsidies.” Worse, the report detailed the “Dirty Thirty,” 30 companies who almost all had a negative tax rate and collectively spent almost a half billion on lobbying. Apparently, if these companies are giving their money to the government, they want comeplete control. President Obama gets this. In the State of the Union on Tuesday night, he detailed just how corrosive money is to the political process. “Send me a bill that bans insider trading by members of Congress; I will sign it tomorrow. Let’s limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact. Let’s make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress can’t lobby Congress, and vice versa - an idea that has bipartisan support, at least outside of Washington.” Understand this: members of Congress cannot be indicted for insider trading. Members of the House energy commitee, who work directly with energy companies and are lobbied by energy companies, can purchase stocks based on the private information disclosed to them in the regulatory process. It only gets worse looking into our possible political future. During World War II, it wasn’t just federal law, it was patriotic to pay your taxes on time and buy war bonds. Now we have presidential candidates with Swiss bank accounts who pay less than the regular tax rate. So if it isn’t tax time for big corporations or the rich and powerful with the ability to manage their money around the tax code, who is it tax time for? The proletariat, of course. The people who need their money the most are being forced to pony up where their payroll taxes fell short, while the “Dirty Thirty” make off with negative tax rates. While some advocate for switching to a “fair” or “standard rate” tax system, how about we just make the rich and the corporations start paying their share?
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JAN. 26, 2012 Business
SMALL BUSINESS CENTER TO OPEN OFFICE IN EDMOND
Out of Context By Brittany Dalton Fork in the Road
The Edmond location of the Small Business Development Center at 825 E. 2nd St., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Photo by Kat Wells, The Vista
By Trevor Hultner / Staff Writer Looking to start a business? The UCO Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help. The federally funded economic development program recently opened an office in Edmond’s Chamber of Commerce building. The UCO SBDC is set up through the College of Business, and reports, in part, to the college’s dean, Mickey Hepner. Its stated goal is to “help Oklahoma small business start, grow and succeed.” According to Hepner, the main office in downtown OKC houses an “incubator” office space with a reduced rent to help promote entrepreneurial growth. “We provide high-quality, confidential business management advice for no cost,” Carlos Amaya, assistant regional director of the Oklahoma SBDC, said. While the organization has only recently moved to Edmond, it has been operating for over a quarter century. “The first SBDC in Oklahoma opened in 1984,” Amaya said. “There are over a thousand offices nationally, and 13 here in the state.”
According to Amaya, in the 1980s, Congress was ready to fund ways to help the small business community. Part of that resulted in the creation of the Small Business Administration, which in turn helped create a national network of SBDC offices. “We are in a partnership with SBA, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, local Chambers and UCO,” Amaya said. Sam Ladwig, a business development specialist with the SBDC, explained that his organization functioned as a sounding board of sorts for new or existing businesses that need help managing their affairs. According to Ladwig, the recent move to Edmond would help expand their reach throughout the Metro. “The way we do that primarily is through one-on-one business advisement,” Ladwig said. “So primarily, although we do hold training sessions and other things, primarily we meet with clients directly, and work out kinds of problems they’re having, or if they’re considering expanding or if they’re considering [starting a new business], help them figure out how to get financing, those kinds of things.” The UCO SBDC will be officially opening in mid-February.
DEADLINE LOOMS FOR DEADCENTER SUBMISSIONS
By Josh Hutton / Staff Writer Nonprofit film organization deadCENTER is accepting registrations for their 12th film festival until Feb. 14. The event has seen a large surge in attendance over the last two years, given the attendance of film and cultural icons like Spike Jones, Mat Hoffman and Nick Cassavetes. The deadCENTER film selection team is accepting entries in a multitude of categories. “There’s definitely a category for everyone. They even have college and high school categories to even the odds for us young folks,” Chance Finn, who entered a short film in 2010, said. The festival accepts submissions for narrative feature length films, narrative short films, documentary feature films and animations. Oklahoma films, documentary shorts, any length of film by high school and college students, and short screenplays (under 15 pages) are
accepted as well. “My film played in the IAO Gallery downtown. It was a cool and nervewracking experience. I am just about finished with a feature, so hopefully I will be able to enter this year,” Finn said. Finn previously submitted in the high school category. He is presently a sophomore at UCO and unsure of a major. “I love film, but I’m afraid to go to school for it,” Finn mused. “As soon as I mention it, my dad starts going on and on about the economy and I have to resist my urge to chase after pipe dreams.” Several members of the deadCENTER festival team arrived back home late Wednesday night from their stint at the Sundance Film Festival. The group used the opportunity to see some of 2012’s most anticipated films, as well as to network. Last year was the first year the team traveled to the Sundance festival and it boosted attendance and submissions.
“Last year was the first year I went to deadCENTER. It was a really incredible and bizarre experience,” Cara Middleton, a junior psychology major, said. “It was incredible because I got to go on opening night and be apart of the biggest open-air movie theatre in my life, but it was also bizarre because I went back down a couple days later and saw ‘Troll Hunter’ which was one of the most insane movies ever made.” In 2011, over 4, 800 people gathered at the intersection of Fourth Street and Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City for the opening ceremony and film. The opening film was a documentary about rock n’ roll band Kings of Leon. Several members of their family were in attendance. The Feb. 14 deadline is a late registration deadline. Prices are higher for submissions, but there are still discounts for students. Submissions can be done via mail or through online file uploads.
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Oh, aren’t you clever. Look at you, making sheep’s eyes at the philosophy major across the room as he explains the categorical imperative. Congratulate yourself on how subtle you assume you’re being as you apply another coat of lipstick and try to “accidentally” catch his eye. When he does, you’ll bat your eyes seductively and purse your coral-tinted lips, so transparent in your motivations you’d put a bottle of Dasani to shame. If you hated yourself any more, you’d sidestep all the hoops you jump through in the dating game and wear an “enter here” sign on your front. Somewhere between your head and your mouth, it came across as a good idea to laugh at something you truthfully find offensive. If you had more confidence in your ability to live comfortably with yourself, you wouldn’t wear cleavageexposing dresses yet awkwardly tug the neckline up every five minutes. If you’re looking for a surrogate conscience, fishing murky waters for compliments, you’re looking in the wrong pond. If the problem is that you don’t respect yourself and are looking for validation from someone else – that’s the real problem. Girls are catty creatures, but I don’t think we necessarily single other girls out that we see as flamboyant in their flirtations. What’s frustrating are the girls who keep their heads down and tuck “Of Mice and Men” back into their purses, embarrassed to be seen reading such a thing – or truthfully, reading for pleasure in the first place. Tell me, is there some fork in the road where all us girls have to choose one or the other? Is there a zero-sum situation where we laugh at jokes that aren’t funny, where we tack “lol” on to serious discussions of American literature? Maybe that’s why I fly solo. I can’t bring myself to lower my standards to meet baseline expectations, can’t force a chuckle at jokes that sound like you got them straight from a Laffy Taffy wrapper. It’s a fundamental lesson in life that you’ve got to respect yourself before you can realistically expect others to. And if that means facing the single life a few years, you should at least embrace it. Not every guy you meet in class or in the line at Starbucks is “the one.” The “one” that really matters here is yourself. Nobody can magically grant you self-respect, and obviously nobody else can make you feel better about being alone. But low-cut tank tops and ruby red lips aren’t going to do any good, because oh by the way – there was a smudge of lipstick on your tooth the entire time. So if I get caught in the crossfire of your poutylipped, heavy-lidded adoring gazes at the boy target of the week, don’t take this personally. Every girl’s got the right to do as she sees fit in this arena. This isn’t about slut-shaming, it isn’t about drawing the thick black line of jealousy across the page. All I’m saying is I’ll take my dog-eared copy of “The Great Gatsby” and wave a white flag now. That said, don’t expect me to warn you when you’ve got spinach in your teeth.
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FORENSIC and exchange ideas with the University of Southern Australia, which already has a digital forensics program. The UCO Forensic Science Institute and School of Criminal Justice are known for their close working relationship with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Medical Examiners Office. It was at least partially this integration between school, law enforcement and crime investigation agencies which made McCoy so attractive to the southern region of Australia, which hopes to achieve something similar. “I’m going to meet with the Australian Federal Police and try to work on the same cooperation we have with the State Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies here. They’re trying to establish that same kind of relationship,” he said. His upcoming trip to Australia won’t be the only time McCoy has found himself in a new location. McCoy is originally from Michigan, but he would later find out that he wouldn’t be there forever. “When I got out of college, I went into the Marine Corps on active duty,” he said. “While I was in the Marine Corps, my parents, family moved to Oklahoma, so when I came off active duty I moved here.” After arriving in Oklahoma at the age of 25, McCoy went to work for the Tulsa Police Department before eventually finding a job with OSBI, where he specialized in computer crimes and the forensic examination of digital evidence for more than 20 years. When in his 40s, McCoy decided it was time to leave active work in law enforcement but wasn’t ready to call himself totally retired. “In law enforcement, you have the opportunity to have a 20-year retirement, so I figured I needed to do something else when I retired, because I wouldn’t be very old,” he said. McCoy had already been an adjunct professor at UCO, so he decided to make the move to becoming a full-time instructor. According to McCoy, one of the best parts about working in an institute of such acclaim in the field is being around the great expertise of its staff. “The faculty here bring over 300 years of professional law enforcement experience, actually working in the field. All of us have prior experience working in whatever discipline we were in,” he said. While keeping busy in both law enforcement and education, McCoy has reached a point in his life where he has actually spent more time in Oklahoma than in his birthplace of Michigan, and can now call himself truly settled. “I’m used to Oklahoma now,” he said. “I don’t miss the snow in April in Michigan.”
“THANK YOUR MENTOR” DAY
Brice Lettkeman, a photographic arts senior, fills bags with popcorn during Campus Activities’ Thank Your Mentor Day at the Nigh University Center, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Students wrote letters of thanks to their mentors and received free popcorn. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista
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May West, a public relations junior, fills out a card to her mentor during Campus Activities’ Thank Your Mentor Day at the Nigh University Center, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Students wrote letters of thanks to their mentors and received free popcorn. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista
JAN. 26, 2012
State of the Union
OBAMA TO REPUBLICANS: GAME ON
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)
By Donna Cassata / Associated Press
Obama said getting a fair shot for all Americans is “the defining issue of our time.” He described an economy on the rebound from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with more than 3 million jobs created in the last 22 months and U.S. manufacturers hiring. Although unemployment is high at 8.5 percent, home sales and corporate earnings have increased, among other positive economic signs. Republicans say the president’s policies have undermined the economy. Obama “had the opportunity and the responsibility to level with the American people, admit that the policies of the past three years have delivered an underwhelming record of
In an attack on the nation’s growing income gap, Obama called for a new minimum tax WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack rate of at least 30 percent on anyone making Obama delivered an election-year broadside more than $1 million. Many millionaires — to Republicans: Game on. including Romney — pay a rate less than that The GOP, from Congress to the campaign because they get most of their income from trail, signaled it’s ready for the fight. investments, which are taxed at a lower rate. In his third State of the Union address, “Now you can call this class warfare all you Obama issued a populist call for income want,” Obama said. “But asking a billionaire equality that echoed the Occupy Wall Street to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxmovement. He challenged GOP lawmakers es? Most Americans would call that common to work with him or move aside so he could sense.” use the power of the presidency to produce Obama calls this the “Buffett rule,” named results for an electorate uncertain whether he for billionaire Warren Buffett, who has said it’s deserves another term. unfair that his secretary pays a higher tax rate Facing a deeply divided Congress, Obama than he does. Emphasizing the point, Buffett’s appealed for lawmakers to secretary, Debbie Bosanek, send him legislation on imattended the address in first migration, clean energy and lady Michelle Obama’s box. housing, knowing full well Obama made his appeal on President Barack Obama highlighted key topics in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday. the election-year prospects the same day that Romney reare bleak but aware that polls leased some of his tax returns, show that the independent showing he made more than voters who lifted him to the $20 million in a single year presidency crave bipartisanand paid around 14 percent INSOURCING/OUTSOURCING VALUES EDUCATION ENERGY TAXES HOUSING ship. in taxes, largely because his “I intend to fight obstrucwealth came from investProposed eliminating tax s his stance. Pushed for college afford- Proposed a program for Directed his administration Said the wealthy should tiononwith his take the action,” Obama told ability, including taking aid homeowners with privately incentives for companies to develop a plan for safe pay their fair share in ments. taxes, arguing that anyone held mortgages to refito ship jobs overseas. Thisaispacked what chamber and tens of from colleges that don't extraction of natural gas In advance of Obama’s who makes more than $1 American companies going to say. keep net tuition down, and nance at lower interest from shale deposits. millions of Americans watchspeech, Romney said, “Torates. It would cover loans would be taxed on overhis take on the urged Congress to make Obama said he would offer million should pay a miniprime time. House Remum tax rate of at least 30 issued by Fannie Mae, seas profits. Obama wants incentives to manufacturhis ising his in take permanent a tuition tax night will mark another chappercent. Obama also proto eliminate tax deductions ers by upgrading topic. This is credit worth $10,000 over Freddie Mac and private publicans greeted his words ter in the misguided policies bank mortgage lenders. companies receive for the equipment and eliminating vided more details about he’s going to four years. Obama called the so-called Buffett rule, Any homeowner current on cost of shutting down fac- wasted energy in their faof the last three years — and say.with stony silence. for better evaluation sysThe Democratic president’s which sets a goal of a minimortgage could take adtories and moving them tems and improved cilities. Obama plans to the failed leadership of one mum tax rate for those abroad. Instead, Obama education for teachers. He vantage of lending rates establish solar energy vision of an activist governman.” earning $1 million or more now at 4 percent or below. wants to create a tax credit zones and wind energy challenged state government broke sharply with Rea year. ments to require students Officials estimated savings to cover expenses for com- areas on public lands to Obama highlighted his nato stay in school until they of about $3,000 a year for panies that close power 3 million homes by publican demands for less tional security successes — production overseas and graduate or turn 18, as 20 average borrowers. the end of 2012. government intervention to the raid that killed Osama bring jobs back to the U.S. states already do. allow free enterprise. The bin Laden, the diminished AP stark differences will be evistrength of al-Qaida and the dent in the White House’s dealings with Con- economic growth and job creation, and show Political reality suggests it was largely wishdemise of Moammar Gadhafi. In hailing the SOTU TOPICS 012512: Graphic highlights select topics from SOTU gress and in the presidential campaign over an interest in changing direction and uniting, ful thinking on Obama’ s part. The payroll tax men and women of the military, the comaddress; 1c x 3 in; with BC-State of Union and related stories; JEM; ETA 3 the next 10 months. a.m. not dividing the nation,” said Rep. Tom Price, cut and must-do spending bill are the most mander in chief contrasted their cooperation In the Republican response to the presi- R-Ga., head of the Republican Policy Com- likely legislative items to survive the election and dedication with the divisions and acrident’s address, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, mittee. “The president failed to meet that re- year. mony in Washington. Editor’s Note: It is mandatory to include all who once considered a White House bid, sponsibility.” Obama’swhen far-reaching list and the hour“At a time when too many of our institusources that accompany But this graphic railed against the “extremism” of an adminisrepurposing or editing itplus for publication There were brief moments of bipartisanspeech offered a unique opportunity to tions have let us down, they exceed all expectration that stifles economic growth. ship. Republicans and Democrats sat together, contrast his record with congressional Re- tations,” Obama said. “They’re not consumed “No feature of the Obama presidency has continuing a practice begun last year. The ar- publicans and his top presidential rivals, Mitt with personal ambition. They don’t obsess been sadder than its constant effort to divide rival of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived Romney and Newt Gingrich. over their differences. They focus on the misus, to curry favor with some Americans by an assassination attempt, elicited sustained “Anyone who tells you America is in decline sion at hand. They work together. Imagine castigating others,” Daniels said, speaking applause and cheering, with chants of “Gabby, or that our influence has waned, doesn’t know what we could accomplish if we followed from Indianapolis. “As in previous moments Gabby.” Republican Rep. Jeff Flake escorted what they’re talking about,” Obama said — a their example.” of national danger, we Americans are all in the her into the chamber and Obama greeted her clear response to the White House hopefuls Obama leaves Washington for a three-day same boat.” with a hug. who have pummeled him for months. tour of five states crucial to his re-election bid. On Wednesday he’ll visit Iowa and Arizona to promote ideas to boost American manufacturing; on Thursday in Nevada and Colorado he’ll discuss energy; and in Michigan on Friday he’ll talk about college affordability, education and training. He also addresses a conference of House Democrats focused on their own re-election in Cambridge, Md., on Friday. Polling shows Americans are divided about Obama’s overall job performance but unsatisfied with his handling of the economy.
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The president received loud applause from both sides when he said: “I’m a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.” But all that belied a fierce divide. Obama ticked off items on a hefty agenda that he wants from Congress — a path to citizenship for children who come to the United States with their undocumented parents if they complete college, tax credits for clean energy, elimination of red tape for Americans refinancing their mortgages, a measure that bans insider trading by lawmakers and a payroll tax cut.
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RANDOM QUOTE But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. - Carl Sagan RIDDLE OF THE WEEK I give you a group of three. One is sitting down, and will never get up. The second eats as much as is given to him, yet is always hungry. The third goes away and never returns. What are we? Answer in next weeks issue
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Will Smith actually did solve a Rubik’s Cube in under one minute in the 2006 film, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” thanks to instruction from the Mao Brothers, co-founders of the World Cube Association, who both held world records of solving; Toby Mao with a 3×3x3 single solve in 10.48 seconds and a total cube solve of 1 minute, 5 seconds for Tyson Mao. The current record is held by Alexander Yu for a total solve in just over 1 minute.
JAN. 26, 2012
NEW CONTRACT SHOWS THUNDER COMMITMENT TO WESTBROOK will keep he and Durant together through the 2015-2016 season. Without a doubt, it was a In a city where the Thunder rolls, we all huge move for the Oklahoma City franchise, know Kevin Durant is king. inking the game’s most recent rising star. The two-time scoring champ does it all. Don’t believe me? Have a look at these From handing out his Nike sneakers for numbers. Christmas to hosting a youth basketball Since the 2008-2009 season, Westbrook is camp, and to knocking home game-winners, one of only three players to average 15 points, KD is the perfect NBA superstar for the smallseven assists, and 1.5 steals per game; the market metro we call home. other two players to join him, LeBron James Standing in the shadow of the Durantula and Chris Paul. is fourth-year guard Russell Westbrook. The Last year, Westbrook averaged 22 points former UCLA Bruin has developed into one of (13th in the league), eight assists (9th), and two the top point guards in steals (4th) per game, Russell Westbrook the NBA, making teams and he did it, as the Contract Details respect Westbrook just second option for as much as Durant. the Thunder. Not to However, as the Contract mention Westbrook Thunder made their is one of the best 5 years / $ 80 Million remarkable postsearebounding point son run to the Westguards in the league, ern Conference Finals Average Annual Salary currently second in last year, Westbrook career average at five $16 million was the subject of unper game. fair criticism. Not only Yes, Russell did coming from Thunder End of Contract lead the league in fans –including myselfUnrestricted Free Agent turnovers last year. but massive amounts of But hey, Michael Jornational media blasted the young All-Star for dan led the NBA in turnovers one season. apparent selfish play. Westbrook does need to continue to imIt was easy to blame losses on the guy who prove in some areas, such as extending his arguably plays more aggressively than anyone jump shot in order to become a consistent in the league. Granted, there were definitely threat from long range, and distributing/runtimes when Westbrook let the game control ning the show in the half-court set when the him, instead of playing within himself as he athletic guard can’t go 100 mph. had done earlier in the year, and it ultimately There is no arguing that Oklahoma City is hurt the Thunder in some games. ready to challenge for an NBA title right here, But to say that we need to part ways with right now. Westbrook has played a crucial role one of the top three point guards in the league in getting the franchise to this point. is absolutely absurd. The guy has reached Thunder fans; embrace the fact that we all expectations and then some in only four have two of the top 10 players in the entire years, and on top of that, the dude is only 23. league. Thunder GM Sam Presti made another brilBut more importantly, realize that the more liant move this past week (has he ever really we watch number zero, the further the Thunmade a bad one?), by resigning Westbrook to a der will roll. five-year, $80 million contract extension that By Whitt Carter / Contributing Writer
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dunks in front of Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Oklahoma City won 99-79. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS Northwest 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)
Oklahoma City Thunder (14-3) Denver Nuggets (12-5) Utah Jazz (10-5) Portland Trailblazers (11-7) Minnesota Timberwolves (7-10)
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Los Angeles Clippers (9-5) Los Angeles Lakers (10-8) Phoenix Suns (6-11) Sacramento Kings (6-12) Golden State Warriors (5-11)
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San Antonio Spurs (11-7) Dallas Mavericks (11-7) Memphis Grizzlies (10-7) Houston Rockets (10-7) New Orleans Hornets (3-14)
VISTA SPORTS PREDICTIONS: NBA WEEK 6 The Vista’s Christie Southern moves into sole possession of first place as The Huddle’s Terry Fox and Courtney Landsberger tie for second. The Wizards are a popular choice to earn their third win against Charlotte.
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Grizzlies @ Clippers
Pacers @ Celtics
Nets @ Cavaliers
Knicks @ Heat
Jazz @ Mavericks
Raptors @ Nuggets
Lakers @ Bucks
Wizards @ Bobcats
Pistons @ 76ers
Hawks @ Hornets
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JAN. 26, 2012 Men’s and Women’s Basketball
AT THE BUZZER BRONCHO BASKETBALLERS
EAGER TO COME BACK HOME By Bryan Trude
Vista Sports Editor
WHEN SIMPLE SPORTS FANDOM IS TAKEN TOO FAR In 1992’s “A League of their Own,” a film about the the all-women baseball leagues that played during World War II, Tom Hanks famously proclaimed that “there’s no crying in baseball.” More recently, Denzel Washington in “Remember the Titans” proclaimed that “water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform, and you don’t get blood on my uniform.” These quotes are indicative of a general attitude that athletics, particularly starting in the college and minor league ranks, should be rough-and-tumble places that do not reward weakness. While a tough-as-nails attitude certainly has a place and time in a locker room, it’s when that attitude expands outward to the fanbase that things begin to get unreasonable. In Ohio, a high school football player has begun receiving threats from Ohio State fans after he recommitted to rival Michigan from the Buckeyes, following the firing of former coach Jim Tressel last fall. For Kyle Kalis, an offensive lineman from Lakewood, Ohio, the threats began shortly after he committed to the Wolverines, deciding to switch because he had “committed to Jim Tressel, not to Ohio State.” Some OSU fans even expressed sincere wishes for this high school student to tear his ACL, a career-threatning injury. Sports is already rife with controversy: as I type this, a story is breaking on Sports Illustrated about a pointshaving scheme at the University of San Diego. Every time the TV gets clicked on, there’s always a story about a player wrapped up in controversy. And don’t even get me started on the Penn State scandal. Athletes do not need any help creating scandal, it seems to follow them around like a hungry dog. When the fans get involved by doing stupid stuff like threatning high school students or blasting an assistant coach over a lost game, it does not help anybody. In fact, it just adds to upper-level sports’ image problem. Games are meant to be fun for the players. We as fans watch them because they are fun to watch. It is fun to cheer for our favorite teams and will them along to victory. Some of my most memorable moments have been when I’ve watched an underdog team come from behind for a thrilling win. Sure, with any sport there’s a certain amount of heckling and namecalling. That’s an integral part of being a fan. However, there is still a line that some people cross, and it is those kinds of fans that sports does not need. So, go on. Drink your beer, jump out of your seat, scream the occasional insult about that left tackle’s mother and cheer your heart out for your team. Just remember that alcohol is not an excuse, superfandom is not an excuse, and tradition is not an excuse. Fans should be above boorish behavior like threatening harm upon a high school student because of the college he chooses to go to. We love when athletes show good sportsmanship, perhaps it’s time the fans took some of those lessons to heart.
UCO’s Marcus Nelson (12) and SWOSU’s Kenyan Borders (10) during a game between UCO and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista
By Stuart Dickison / Contributing Writer Students and fans who have been itching for a home basketball game shall wait no more: Broncho basketball returns to Hamilton Field House this Saturday. Northeastern State University’s men’s and women’s basketball programs will travel to Edmond on Saturday afternoon for a double-header matchup with the Bronchos. The two schools play each other a total of four times throughout the regular season. This will be the second contest, and the first at home for the Bronchos. Both programs last squared off against each other on Jan. 12 in Tahlequah, where the men’s team came away with a late victory and the women’s team came out with a loss. Both teams promise to be ready again on Saturday. The Lady Bronchos return home after a grueling nine games on the road, and are ready to play on their home court. “They’re ready to be back,” head coach Guy Hardaker said. “Basketball really starts second semester.” The Lady Bronchos have been dealing with a slew of injuries this season, the latest coming from sophomore point guard Britney Morgan’s torn ACL during last Saturday’s 90-63 win against McKendree University. “We have 7 girls out for the year now,” Hardaker said. “The girls are battling, though, and playing hard.” In their last game against Northeastern, the Lady Bronchos started off strong but eventually lost the shooting game to eighth-ranked Northeastern. “Some of the biggest strengths of their team is patience and execution,” Hardaker said. “We won’t change a lot this time. Adjustments come game by game. We are hoping to shoot a little better and apply more pressure defensively.” The Bronchos are hoping recently named Independent Col-
legiate Athletics Association (ICAA) player of the week Savannah Hamilton can continue her strong play leading into Saturday’s game. Meanwhile, the men’s team has played nine out of their last 10 games on the road, including the past three. After being down 30-18 in their previous meeting with the RiverHawks, the Bronchos started with a 13-0 run to open the second half, rallying their way to a 64-53 victory. Junior forward Spencer Smith had 15 points in the previous contest while senior guard Brent Friday had a big game, adding 10 points of his own, plus seven rebounds and four assists.
“We won’t change a lot this year. Adjustments come game by game. We are hoping to shoot a little better and apply more pressure.” -Guy Hardaker, Women’s Basketball Coach
The Bronchos have held right around a .500 record all season, but expect the same type of execution against the RiverHawks as they had before. Good defense plus well-executed offense should result in another great contest on Saturday. Both games will be played at Hamilton Field House in Edmond on Saturday afternoon with the action starting for the women at 2:00 p.m. and the men’s tipoff to follow at 4:00 pm. This will be the last home game for the men until Feb. 26, when the Bronchos host future conference foe Lindenwood. The women will play at home next on Feb. 4, whem UCO hosts Newman University.
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Corey Allen (2) during a game between UCO and Arizona State at Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista (14-6-2) will be coming off of a ThursBy Bryan Trude / Sports Editor
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The UCO men’s hockey team will take to the ice this weekend in their final home stand before a three-week road trip, looking to get back on the winning track as they take on Minot State. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Arctic Edge Ice Arena. The #15 Bronchos (14-14) are looking to rebound after a messy 5-2 rout at the hands of Arizona State, a game that saw four players and head coach Craig McAlister get ejected. The #10 Beavers
day night match against the Oklahoma Sooners. With four players in double digits in goals scored this season, the Beavers are led by senior Danny Urban and sophomore Josh Rutherford, both with 18. Sophomore Garrett Ferguson leads the team in assists. Minot’s leading netminder, Wyatt Waselenchuck, comes in with a 2.53 GAA and a .91 save percentage in 876 minutes of play. “It’s all about execution,” McAlister said. “Whatever system you may run,
they have to execute. That’s been our demise, sometimes they forget, so that’s why we’re there to remind them each and every step of the way of what they need to refocus on.” For the Bronchos, sophomore Donald Geary leads the team in most of the measured categories, including goals (19), points (34) and assists (15). Freshman Nolan Grauer also has 15 assists on the season. In net, freshman Tory Caldwell continues to stand tall for the Bronchos’ young goaltending corps, gathering a 2.93 GAA and a .91 save percentage in 1127 minutes. “Minot’s always been a big group of physical farm boys up there,” senior Adam Hull said. “We’re ready to go.” After this series, the Bronchos will hit the road for their longest road stretch of the season, beginning with a two-game series next week against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. UCO will then travel to Ames, Iowa to take on the Cyclones of Iowa State, before wrapping up with a rematch against the Liberty Flames. Admission is $7, $5 for students and faculty with ID, and free for children under five. This will be Central’s final home series before the team’s final home game of the season, Feb. 24 against the crosstown rival Sooners.