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ARREST MADE IN MURDAUGH SEX ASSAULT
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THURSDAY• October 18, 2012
American Democracy Project wins voter registration drive for third consecutive year • LUKE LOFTISS, Contributing Writer •
• BRYAN TRUDE, Senior Staff Writer • The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the case involving a sexual assault of a student in Murdaugh Hall. Elvis J. Perkins, 34, was arrested Oct. 12 in Oklahoma County on a complaint of sexual battery. He is currently being held at the Oklahoma County Detention Center on $5,000 bond. On Sept. 23, UCO police responded to a reported sexual assault that occurred in a Murdaugh dorm room around 2 p.m. In a public statement by the department, UCO PD said that the victim, an 18-year-old black male, met the suspect in a Murdaugh common area. The victim took the suspect, believed to be Perkins, back to a residence room where the assault took place. Information released by UCO PD states that drugs were involved in the incident. This was the eighth reported incidence of sexual assault at UCO since
2009, according to UCO’s Annual Fire and Safety Report. A request for comment from the university was still pending at press time. Males make up approximately 10% of all sexual assault victims according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. 1in6.com, a male sexual abuse support network, states that one out of every six men experienced sexual abuse, usually during childhood. RAINN also states that male victims of sexual assault often experience self-blame or guilt in their inability to fight off the perpetrator, and can be confused due to normal physiological responses that would imply that the victim “wanted” or “liked” the assault. People wishing to learn more about sexual assault with male victims, or are victims themselves, can visit RAINN online at www.rainn.org, or the online support group MaleSurvivor at www. malesurvivor.org.
Elivis J. Perkins, 34, was arrested Oct. 12 on a complaint of sexual assault that occured in Murdaugh Hall. Photo provided by Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office
Victims or people who know of victims of sexual assault, whether on the UCO campus or beyond, are urged to call law enforcement immediately by dialing 9-1-1. RAINN also operates a national sexual abuse hotline toll-free at 1-800-656-4673.
The University of Central Oklahoma has won the Oklahoma Campus Compact Voter Registration Contest for the third year in a row. The drive, organized by the UCO chapter of the American Democracy Project (ADP) was held for five days during UCO’s Constitution Week, Sept. 17-21. As a result of the drive 1,060 students, nearly 8 percent of the entire UCO student body registered to vote. This number is up by nearly double from the 600 students who registered last year. UCO placed first among state colleges sized from 7,001 to 30,000 enrolled students, beating out larger institutions such as OU and OSU and accounting for more than a quarter of the 3,880 total students registered across 24 college campuses during the drive. UCO will receive its award later this year, at an Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting. The ADP also coordinated both previous winning voter registration drives on UCO’s campus. Dr. Mary Carver, Core Curriculum Coordinator for the Department of Mass Communication, was among the faculty members who helped direct the drive. “Civic Engagement is one of the Central Six tenets of transformative learning at UCO. Being involved with the larger community is an important part of being a citizen. When we encourage students to be well-rounded citizens we affect everyone’s future. Political involvement is one aspect of civic engagement. It is how we influence policy, that then makes an impact on
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TO KNOW • ALEX CIFUENTES, Contributing Writer • The University of Central Oklahoma’s 37th annual Miss UCO pageant, crowned its winner, 23-year-old Family Life Education Senior, Allora Herrin. Herrin will continue on to represent the university at Miss Oklahoma 2013. The Blanchard native grew up participating in a few pageants, but never a Miss Oklahoma preliminary. Although this was Herrin’s first venture into a Miss Oklahoma Preliminary, the Herrin family is no stranger to the pageant world. Herrin’s sister competed, and held a title for the Miss Oklahoma Outstanding Teen pageant. To prepare for Miss UCO, Herrin spent time working out and consulting friends that had pageant experience. “I didn’t use a pageant coach. I just used some friends that had competed in pageants before. They kind of guided me and showed me what to do,” Herrin said. Choosing a talent for the competition was simple, because Herrin has spent most of her life dancing. “My mom owns a dance studio, so I’ve been dancing forever. It was actually my first lyrical to do and I really enjoyed it,” Herrin said. During her time preparing and competing in Miss UCO, Herrin and the other contestants had a sense of camaraderie and friendship. Herrin’s time competing for Miss UCO did have a few bumps along the road. “Right before swimsuit the shoes that I was wearing for swimsuit and evening gown broke, and I was like ‘Oh my gosh.” I only had like a five minutes to change into my swimsuit, so I had to just safety pin it,” said Herrin. Now that she has been crowned Miss UCO, Herrin hopes to use the spotlight to bring attention to her platform “Bridging the Gap.”
“’Bridging the Gap - Helping Teens Succeed After Foster Care,’ is a program that is looking at teens from 16-21 after they age out of foster care, because there is not a real focus on those teens. Whenever you’re looking at foster care, many people look at the younger children and a lot of the teens in foster care aren’t learning the things they need to know before they age out. Not many know how to manage a check book, find an apartment, or get a job, or how to apply for college,” Herrin said. Herrin was drawn to this program after completing an internship with the Infant Parent Intervention Center, and learned about the need for awareness about teens aging out of the foster care system. “Working with the foster kids, I really hope to get them in touch with UCO so that they know UCO is an option for them. I want to start giving them campus tours, and open the university up for them. Also with UCO, I would like to get more students involved. Especially with the football games, because I feel like UCO is sometimes seen as more of a commuter school, and I want people to start seeing it as more of a first choice school like OU or OSU,” Herrin said. Herrin was awarded an $1800 tuition waiver scholarship. She also received an additional $500 wardrobe allowance for the Miss Oklahoma pageant, and a $700 in a Children’s Miracle Network scholarship. Herrin will now continue on the Miss Oklahoma pageant in June, which will take place in Tulsa. The Miss Oklahoma is an official preliminary even for the Miss America pageant. This will be Herrin’s final participation in the Miss pageant world, because she will age out of the system after this year.
Allora Herrin reacts as she was announced as Miss UCO 2013 at Constitution Hall, Oct. 6, 2012. Photo by Cyn Sheng Ling, The Vista
October 18, 2012 Editorial
Replicas of Sin: E- Cigaret tes and Diet Cola
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I want the caffeine, not the calories. I want the nicotine, not the tobacco. I want the sins, not the guilt. Just in case you can’t spare 90 seconds in the $86,000 day (I put the dollar sign in there to keep you interested), I’ll skip to the end: guilt-free shortcuts don’t exist. And the shortcuts we’re talking about, also pose serious risks to your health. Let me explain the conclusion. Companies began marketing e-cigarettes in 2007. These tobacco-free, smokeless devices heat up nicotine and users take their dosage in the form of a vapor. The devices are nearly identical to regular cigarettes in look. In the last twelve months, hundreds of companies have begun to manufacture the devices. They are available at smoke shops as well as convenience stores. Two pressing questions instantly come to mind: has the FDA approved these alternatives? What are the regulations on e-cigarettes? Firstly, the FDA is still in the process of evaluating the cigarettes. Concerns about the side effects of directly inhaling nicotine, quality control (what’s actually in these e-cigarette cartridges?), and the actual amount of nicotine in the electronic devices have made the
FDA and health experts urge for production to be slowed until the research is complete. Secondly, because the device contains no tobacco – no age restrictions exist. Meaning young teens can develop a dependency on nicotine years before they are able to purchase cigarettes. But e-cigarettes are not the only synthetic, supposedly safe alternative, to a minor vice. While consumed in 32 ounce doses, diet soda tears at our health. Let’s talk about aspartame, the sweetener used in a majority of diet drinks. Aspartame is 200 times as sweet as sugar and contains negligible calories. Once in the body, aspartame breaks down into phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. Methanol is a wood alcohol poison, that, when heated above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (the human body temperature is 98.6 degrees), converts to formaldehyde. Aspartame is also an excitotoxin that builds up in the brain, and can excite brain neurons to the point of cell death. Many people switch to diet drinks in an effort to lose weight. However, researchers at the University of Texas
Health Center found a startling correlation between diet soda consumption and obesity. The risk went up as follows: • 26.5 percent for people drinking up to ½ can of diet soda per day, and 24 percent for regular soda drinkers consuming up to one can per day. • 54.5 percent for one to two cans of diet soda per day as opposed to 32.8 percent for those drinking the same amount of regular soda. • 57.1 percent for people drinking more than two cans of diet soda per day as opposed to 47.2 percent for people drinking the same amount of regular soda. Diet soda aides in the transformation from healthy human to obese, formaldehyde-infused, walking corpse. And what kind of beast needs a nicotine fix? A synthetic culture debases our quality of life. Fake vices have real, substantial consequences. You’ve got one shot at this thing, this beautiful, chaotic life. Aim high.
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What restaurant would you add to the Nigh food court? PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Graphic Design -Sophomore
“Popeye’s. Because I love the chicken strip.”
“McAlister’s. Just because I like fresher option, like salad. There are too much fried food here.”
“Cane’s, it’s so much better than Chick-Fil-A.”
“Tao Café will be cool. Its atmosphere is unique. They have really great drinks and maybe we can tie it with Starbucks.
October 18, 2012
Domestic Do’s and Dont’s
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so the Vista sat down with Violence Prevention Project coordinator Wendy Joseph to figure out the do’s and don’ts of supporting abuse victims. DO
1. Believe them.
1. Confront the abuser.
One of the most important things you can do if someone comes out as a victim of domestic abuse is to believe them. Anywhere from 22 to 25 percent of women will experience at least one instance of domestic violence in their lifetimes, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “Believe them when they come to you and tell you that something is going on,” Joseph said. That is, if they say anything at all. “The person that’s being abused may not tell anybody,” she said. “The idea of the batterer getting word that you’re talking to somebody is a scary thought.” 2. Be aware of other potential signs of abuse. If you suspect that someone you know is being subject to physical or verbal abuse and they don’t tell you, look for other indicators. Cuts and bruises are the most telltale signs of physical violence, but abuse is not limited to brute force. Joseph described a victim of verbal or emotional abuse as “Somebody that’s being belittled all the time in front of their friends, or sort of cowers around their significant other, or they can’t ever go anywhere or be with friends, and that isolation is becoming more pervasive.” 3. Provide support. If you know someone who has managed to get out of an abusive relationship, or even if you suspect someone might be struggling with one, supporting them is paramount. Joseph said that it takes an average of seven attempts for a victim of domestic abuse to successfully leave that situation. It creates a system of oppression and control; often the abuser will keep the abused in a condition of economic subordination, or if they have children, use the fear of losing them to keep the abused from leaving. “Frequently, that is the ultimate thing that causes most women to leave an abusive relationship – when the violence is turned on their children, that frequently is the last straw,” Joseph said. “If they’ve taken it and taken it and taken it, but they’ve protected their children, they stay in that situation.” “Really, the best thing you can do for that person is to say, ‘You know, I’m here for you if you ever need to talk, or if there’s anything going on at home that you want to talk about,’” she said.
This may be the first instinct for anyone who finds out that someone they know has been or is currently being abused, but it is the wrong one. In many cases, confrontation will not stop the abuse, and in fact could exasperate it. “More than likely, that person is going to take it out on their spouse by saying, ‘you’ve been talking to people,’” Joseph said. “There’s so much fear involved, and you really do have to be careful about never stepping over the bounds to try and help somebody that may put them in a more dangerous situation.” Instead, maintain a culture of support for the victim; help them create a safety contingency plan to be used in the event their situation escalates. You can find information on that at www. domesticviolence.org. 2. Blame the victim. The unequal power structure domestic violence creates in a relationship aims to perpetuate itself in any way that it can. Asking someone why they didn’t get out of an abusive relationship sooner, or why they don’t currently get out of their situation, is tantamount to keeping that power structure going in favor of the abuser. “You never want to say to somebody, ‘well, why don’t you leave? I don’t understand why you stay. Why can’t you just leave? What’s wrong with you, why would you let somebody treat you that way?’ They already have enough guilt and self-blame, and they have no self-worth practically by the time they’ve been exposed to it long enough, and to blame them for staying in the situation is just more harmful,” Joseph said. It may not be feasible for the victim to leave; their current financial status or children can adversely effect their ability to do so. “There are so many reasons people get stuck in that relationship. Just the intimidation alone; frequently spouses will say, ‘I’ll make sure you never see the kids again, I’ll take them from you,’ those kinds of things, or ‘You’ll never be able to survive without me,” and then there’s that whole cycle of ‘I’m sorry I hurt you, I’ll never do it again, I love you,’” She said. “The person who is being abused wants so badly to believe that they’re changing or that they’re gonna turn that around.”
Compiled by Trevor Hultner, Staff Writer
‘Numbers’ “La Bonita,” the first single from MellowHype’s third studio album “Numbers,” received mixed reviews from some members of the group’s core fan base but was met by general acclaim from critics. The smooth, latinsounding track was considered an intriguing departure from the typical Odd Future sound, a radio-ready joint that still maintained a hint of the group’s unorthodox kick. Those who expected “Numbers” to be an entire album full of similar material were in for a letdown, however. The duo, consisting of featured emcee Hodgy Beats and producer Left Brain, constructed their newest project with plenty of highs, lows and general inconsistencies. The first song, “Grill,” presents a sound that is familiar, but not endearing, featuring symphy bass and lyrics that are boastful in nature, but without a strong central theme. The real listening doesn’t really begin until the second track, “65/Breakfast.” The sevenminute song is a good sampling of the natural potential Left Brain holds. There is no one, with exception to this year’s biggest breakout star, Frank Ocean, with more innate staying power in Odd Future than the young producer. MellowHype’s biggest flaw usually stems from its lyrical content. Most of Hodgy Beat’s verses seem to be crafted for rhyme and aesthetics over any coherent, clear message. The result is music that is great for a passive listen but can be maddening for those trying to delve deeper into the project. While this flaw was apparent on the album’s first few songs, it disappears for “Astro,” which is assisted by Frank Ocean. “Astro” is Hodgy’s account of Odd Future’s rise to fame and a way to address the group’s most common critique, which is the development of a more mature, more focused sound. In Hodgy’s first few lines, he says, “I said, n***** be takin’ life too serious/That’s why my music takes lives – period.” Ocean also seems to indicate in his part that
by BEN LUSCHEN, Managing Editor it isn’t the music that needs to change; it’s the listeners themselves. Other album highlights include the child chorus in “Snare,” the aggressive marching beat of “Untitled L,” the epic chorus of “LeFlair,” and the guest appearances by Mike G and Earl Sweatshirt on “666,” and “P2,” respectively. Though the album is an overall nice listen, it has plenty of room for improvement. The gun sample on “NFWGJDSH” is one of the most cliché sounds in all of hip-hop. The sound of a loaded clip takes the listeners concentrations away from the song at hand and straight to Tupac’s verse on “Thug Luv” or to 90’s era Ice Cube. A good deal of the album appeared to be filler as well. The album begins to drag toward the middle, right after “LeFlair.” Though the appearances from fellow Odd Future mates Mike G and Earl were welcome additions to the album, neither of the songs was necessary for the completed project. But there lies the problem with “Numbers.” What was the end project intended to be? Even after listening to the whole project, the listener still doesn’t know. Knowing MellowHype, there likely wasn’t a concrete point to the album. Is that a problem? Frank Ocean and Hodgy Beats seem to say no on “Astro,” but the lack of general direction still keeps Numbers from being much more than a catchy collection of tunes.
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SUNSHINE By Kara Stewart Wise Words I don’t know about you, but my choice of late-night television consists of either the Food Network, or “How I Met Your Mother.” If you haven’t seen HIMYM, you’re certainly missing out on fabulous bits of advice: my favorite being the 2 a.m. rule. What is the 2 a.m. rule, you ask? It means if it’s after 2 a.m., it’s a bad idea. Go to bed. Go home. Do anything but whatever it is that you’re contemplating doing. Don’t get me wrong: sometimes pretty fabulous things come after 2 a.m. Like McDonalds breakfast and a car wash at 4 a.m. with your sorority sisters. Or all-nighters in the library making music videos when you’re supposed to be studying. Don’t confuse fabulous things with things that will only seem fabulous until the sun comes up. For instance, if a guy who has been a total jerk to you decides to text you at three in the morning, don’t answer. Trust me, it’s not worth the confusion that’s going to come later. Don’t do it. If your friend with feelings decides to call you in the wee hours, don’t pick up. If the President of the United States is calling after 2 a.m., you’re too drunk. This is college, you should be sleeping (or studying) anyway. Who am I kidding? I’m just as guilty as the rest of you, of course I am. This is college, after all. I’ve had my fair share of pretty fabulous mis-
takes in the early hours too. But not all of them contributed in a favorable way to my college experience. That time I found myself on a stranger’s balcony smoking cigarettes at three? I could have done without that. Contrary to popular belief, all of those last-minute decisions, strangers, and parties, all of those bar-crawls and pictures with people you won’t remember: those don’t really matter. Those aren’t (hopefully) the things you will tell your children about, if you’re unlucky enough to reproduce. Instead, turn down that booty-call offer, even in the most desperate of times, and go to IHOP. Go to the library. Take a nice long, hot shower and maybe pick up a book. A movie, a video game, what have you, but don’t pick up the phone. Now, I should clarify: if it’s your sorority sister calling at three a.m. to update you on her love life, or to tell you that Jersey Shore is being cancelled, or because someone is dying, you can take that call. All questionable decisions? If it’s after 2 a.m., just go home. I know that most of you aren’t going to listen to this advice; at least not right away. After all, who’s to say that booty-call isn’t your dream girl? Eventually, though, you’ll understand: it’s easier to get a few hours of extra sleep than wonder where you are in the morning.
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October 19 - October 21 Power of Pink - Oct. 20 Power of Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk is Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 a.m. in Hafer Park in Edmond. There is no registration for the event, anyone interested in participating is encouraged to show up and wear their pink. All donations will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Bricktown Haunted Warehouse- Oct. 5-31 The Bricktown Haunted Warehouse has been a Holloween tradition in the heart of Oklahoma City for over 20 years. The Warehouse consists of 20,000 square feet of pure terror to explore. Doors open at 7 p.m. every night until Halloween and stay open until 10 p.m. or 1 a.m. on the weekends.
UCO Jazz Lab Performance - Oct. 19 Big G [Blues] doors open at 7 p.m. shows at 8 p.m. The price of admission is $10 cash at the door. For more information you can call 405-359-7989
Haunt the River - Oct. 13-27 Take a creepy float trip down the Oklahoma River. It will feature free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Costumes are stongly encouraged. Haunt the River is intended to be for adults only.
THEVISTA News THE RISKS OF HALLOWEEN: Page 4
October 18, 2012
Cars, sports (not tainted candy) • Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press •
NEW YORK (AP) — Hey mom and dad: Halloween’s not really all that scary — except when it comes to traffic safety. Despite warnings about tainted candy, candle fires and even child abductions, real Halloween headlines are rarely about any of those things. Instead, tragedies related to the holiday typically involve trick-or-treaters hit by cars. Fortunately even those accidents are relatively few in number. And here’s something that might surprise you. A study published in 2010 in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that the most emergency room visits involving children around Halloween are related to sports. The report stated nearly 18 percent of in-
juries on Halloween were to the finger and hand, and a third of those were lacerations, with some likely resulting from pumpkincarving. But the report added that “a much higher proportion of injuries that occurred on Halloween were associated with sports, including football and basketball, than with knives.” Which is not to say parents should spend Oct. 31 relaxing. (Are parents ever allowed to relax?) Obviously, you need to know where kids are, monitor candy hauls, and make sure they can see out of their masks and won’t trip on their costumes. But here are some statistics to provide a reality check on what’s really scary about Halloween. (AP Photo/David Duprey, file)
TAINTED CANDY: URBAN LEGEND VS. REALITY Of course you should examine goodies and make sure kids avoid treats that aren’t sealed. But know this: “There isn’t any case of a child killed or injured from a contaminated treat picked up in the course of trick or treating,” according to Joel Best, a professor at the University of Delaware who has extensively
researched the subject. Best says there have been more than 100 reports of tainted treats going back to 1958, but they include a father who poisoned his child to collect insurance money, incidents where someone gave out booby-trapped goodies but nobody was injured, and cases where kids had food allergies.
Car Accidents According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, in four out of six years between 2006 and 2010, more pedestrians under the age of 21 were killed by cars on Oct. 31 than on Oct. 30 or Nov. 1. The numbers are small: A total of 16 deaths took place on Oct. 31 during those five years, compared to 11 on Oct. 30 and 10 on Nov. 1. But a quick survey of news stories from 2011 suggests that traffic safety on Halloween is one area where parental vigilance is warranted. Last year, children and teenagers trick-or-treating or heading to Hallow-
een parties were injured or killed in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Port Bolivar, Texas, Lower Allen Township, Pa., and Colorado Springs, Colo. Most cases involved pedestrians hit while crossing streets or walking along roads; one case resulted in a drunk driving arrest. In another case, parents were injured along with their child. One way to increase pedestrian visibility on Halloween: Have kids carry a flashlight or glowstick, or add glow-in-the-dark necklaces or reflective tape to costumes.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE? Statistically it’s rare for children to be kidnapped by strangers, but it seems like there’s always a case in the news. In the last few weeks, a girl was found murdered in Colorado and another child was abducted, then found, in Wyoming. So it’s understandable that Halloween makes parents nervous, with kids out after dark, sometimes unaccompanied by parents, often approaching strangers to ask for candy.
Obviously parents should keep track of kids, stay in touch by cell phone with teens, and make sure younger children have adult supervision. But perhaps you’ll find this reassuring: There is no data to suggest an increase in reports of missing children on Halloween, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
FIRE AND DEVIL’S NIGHT Candles are often used for spooky decor and to light pumpkins. Be mindful if kids in billowy costumes are nearby. But the fact is, according to Dr. John Hall, division director of the National Fire Protection Association, “there is no localized spike in reported fire injuries around Halloween.” In past years, there has been a phenomenon called “Devil’s Night,” especially in the Detroit area, of arson at abandoned properties. A 2005 report from the U.S. Fire Ad-
ministration noted that “on Halloween, and the night before, incendiary and suspicious structure fires are about 60 percent more frequent than on an average day.” But the number of fires has been decreasing thanks to community and police patrols and other efforts. In 1984, more than 800 fires were started in Detroit during the Halloween period, compared to 169 in 2010 and 94 last year.
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Voter registration contest
those issues we feel are most significant,” Carver said. “My hope is that we don’t just focus on registering to vote, but actually go to the polls. The national election always brings more attention, so it is a good way to get new voters to establish the habit of voting,” she said. Political involvement among younger Americans (18-29) increased sharply during the last presidential election, which saw young voters heading to the polls in the greatest turnout spike since 1971 when the 26th Amendment set the legal voting age to 18, according
to the PEW Research Center, and in 2008, the majority of voters under 30 (66 percent) cast their votes for Barack Obama. According to the PEW, 55 percent of young voters are women and about half have either graduated from university or are currently engaged in studies. The American Democracy Project’s website states that the ADP is “a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.” The UCO chapter of the ADP is involved in a number of other civic-minded campus activities includ-
ing co-hosting the Presidential debate watch parties the final one of which will be held on Oct. 22 in the Nigh University Center’s Constitution Hall beginning at 8 p.m., with discussion and refreshments to follow. “We encourage students’ global awareness with Coffee with the Times, and sponsor speakers throughout the school year. This year we are doing the Civic Health Index, which will provide community and state information for organizations across the state,” Carver said.
A student registers to vote at the American Democracy Project’s booth, Sept. 17. Photo by Aliki Dyer, The Vista
New research sheds new light on PTSD, treatment • BROOKS NICKELL, Staff Writer • New studies presented by researchers, at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans, show insight into the connection between traumatic events and stress. The studies also shed light on possible treatments for cases ranging from trauma affecting soldiers to bullying. According to researchers, exposure to stress causes molecular changes that weaken the ability of the prefrontal cortex to regulate behavior, thought, and emotion, while strengthening more primitive brain circuits. One particular study involving victims of a catastrophic earthquake in Japan used a brain-image database gathered from a group of healthy adolescents before the earthquake hit. Thirty participants allowed the researchers to re-examine their brains’ white matter and measure their anxiety levels three to four months after the earthquake. The brain’s white matter is dense with axons, which are nerve fibers that extend from nerve cell bodies. These axons make connections and transmit signals from one brain region to another. Previous research showed that white matter changes in people who encounter highly stressful life events or who suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The scientists found that weak connections observed in an area of the brain’s front right side before the earthquake were a pre-existing factor connected with increased susceptibility to high anxiety after the earthquake. Stronger connections appeared in the white matter in the front left sides after the earthquake and are associated with post-event anxiety. “Its very important to differentiate between a sustained trauma or a one time trauma in PTSD cases” Stephanie Scott, University of Central Oklahoma Advisor of To Write Love on Her Arms, a suicide prevention program, said. “Students can develop PTSD through one time traumatic events such as witnessing a school shooting, where as veterans subjected to combat are coming from a sustained situation of trauma. Neither takes precedence over the other but it’s important to understand that they require different treatments.”
Findings show that, in mice, when dopamine neurons in the brain’s reward system are turned on and off with a genetically engineered “light switch,” depressive symptoms also come and go. The research highlights the importance of this neural circuit. A fast-acting antidepressant, like ketamine, showed to aid the formation of new nerve connections in the brain. This helps to extinguish fearful memories. Coupled with therapy researchers say that this could offer new treatment for patients suffering from ailments such as PTSD. “PTSD can have a really big impact on people’s social and occupational functioning as well as their performance in school,” Diane Y. Genther, Counseling Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Central Oklahoma, said. “I’m happy to hear that there are promising results in animal trials.” UCO has counseling programs and other outlets that can help with controlling stress and anxiety. The Student Counseling Center, located on the fourth floor of the Nigh Uni-
versity Center (NUC) offers counseling ranging from trauma issues to stress management. The Veteran Higher Education Recourses Office (VetHERO), in hand with the Student Veterans of America, is another program on UCO’s campus that helps address these issues. According to VetHERO representatives, the office tries to cut out the “middleman’’ and get veterans direct help through compiling all the off and on campus recourses available. VetHERO also offers a safe haven for veterans to come in and talk or just hang out. Genther and Scott both expressed that one of the most important things to do when dealing with stress or trauma is to find someone that you trust and can talk to about your stress. They suggest a friend, family member or counselor. To schedule an appointment with the Student Counseling Center students can call 974-2215 or stop by room 402 in NUC. The VetHERO office is located on bottom floor of the NUC, room 147.
THEVISTA News Politics heating up as Election Day nears Page 5
October 18, 2012
In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, members of the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund dressed in Sesame Street costumes hold a protest next to supporters of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, outside a campaign stop for Romney in Van Meter, Iowa. In the sheer quantity of negative advertising and amount of dollars being spent, 2012 may mark the birth of an unprecedented era of negative campaigning, according to political scientists and campaign watchers. Contributing to the atmosphere is our extended campaign cycle of today, in which the barbs start flying long before the post-convention, fall campaign. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Second worker injured in Okla. refinery blast dies
H. Maxine Daniels, left, director of the Dekalb County Board of Registrations and Elections helps sign in voters at the Dekalb County Voter Registration and Elections office in Decatur as they cast their ballots Monday Oct. 15, 2012. Voters began going to the polls Monday as early voting started in Georgia. KENT D. JOHNSON / AJC (AP Photo/ Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT
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Scaffolding surrounds several towers at Wynnewood Refining on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 in Wynnewood, Okla. One worker was killed immediatley following the blast and a second was left critically injured. The second man died Oct. 16. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)
• ASSOCIATED PRESS • A second man who was injured in an explosion at an Oklahoma oil refinery has died. A University of Oklahoma Medical Center spokesman says Russell Mann of Davis died Tuesday at the Oklahoma City hospital. Mann was injured and Billy Smith of Pauls Valley was killed Sept. 28 when a boiler exploded at Wynnewood Refining Co., owned by CVR Energy Inc. of Sugar Land, Texas. CVR officials have said the explosion occurred as
the boiler was being restarted following scheduled maintenance and upkeep, which resumed the following day. CVR issued a statement saying an investigation into the blast continues and CEO Jack Lipinski expressed “heartfelt sympathies” to all affected by the blast. A U.S. Department of Labor spokeswoman also said an investigation is ongoing and declined further comment.
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October 18, 2012
Bobeck’s boys prepare for final stretch
A shot of Wantland Stadium at the Bronchos home opener on Aug. 30, 2012. The Bronchos head into their bye week with a 1-6 record. Photo by Cyn Sheng Ling, The Vista.
Staff Writer Whew. UCO Football fans can now breathe a sigh of relief. The toughest stretch in Division II is now over. No more #4’s. No more 7-0’s. No more historic programs. It really was just bad luck, mixed with bad timing and stirred with lots of good football teams. UCO’s combined opponent’s record through the opening seven games? 40-8. How many schools ranked in D2Football.com’s Top 25 poll at some point? Six.
Oh, and of those, how many were rated as one of the top ten teams in the country at one time? Four. The word “brutal” doesn’t even do justice in describing the welcoming that first-year head coach Nick Bobeck and his program received in their inaugural MIAA season. Not to mention the depth issues and injury problems that have hampered the Bronchos through those seven games. It’s been rough. However, the initiatory MIAA dues have been paid. Time to reap the benefits. Only three contests remain: Lincoln (1-6), Southwest Baptist (1-6) and Northeastern (0-6), the last two at home.
Sure, the Bronchos are 1-6 too. But this same UCO team is one 3rd down away from beating Missouri Southern (5-2) in the season opener. A week later, this same Broncho club was a touchdown- instead of a FG- away from being within seven of defending national champion Pitt State with 11:00 left. That game was in Pittsburg, KS. Yes, this gritty bunch is the squad that knocked off 9th-ranked Washburn in Week 4, and did it in convincing fashion (35-20). They’ve suffered some blowout losses and there are no excuses for those. However, this team can play. And they’ve shown it for five of the seven
weeks, being within a touchdown or less at halftime or later. They compete, and for the most part, they do it well. But boy, a slowed down stretch couldn’t have come at a better time. This week, the Bronchos are off, thank goodness. Injuries have been thorns in the side of this team all year. Therefore, a couple of weeks to get healthy is seemingly, just what the doctor ordered. It’s crucial for the Bronchos to not only get healthy, but to regroup as a football team. Off week’s can be vital to success, due to the time to correct mistakes and work out kinks that ultimately, haven’t been a priority due to not enough time. If this Central Oklahoma team
can come out of the bye week with a few more able bodies, the right mindset and a successful week of practice, it could do wonders for this group and the program. Because no doubt, it’s been tough. And yeah, some fans have all but completely given up. But come November 10th, there’s a legitimate chance that Nick Bobeck and his bunch walks off of the field at Wantland Stadium, grinning from ear-to-ear as a 4-6 football team, President’s Cup in hand. And if they do, they’ll be smiling at the ones who rode with them when things got tough.
Number 14-ranked Bronchos head to Illinois Chris Brannick
Sports Editor The UCO Hockey team is headed to Champagne, Ill. this weekend to take on the eleventh ranked Fighting Illini. The Bronchos dropped to number 14 after going 1-2 in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Showcase two weeks ago. Central lost to Stony Brook and Davenport before winning an overtime match with Western Michigan. Illinois beat Western Michigan but also got wins against Stony Brook and Davenport. Illinois recently hosted the University of Arizona and dropped both of those games, and their record dropped to 6-3. Senior Scott Barrera, who has 13, leads Illinois in points. Freshman John Olen and junior Austin Bostock each have ten points, Olen leads the team in goals scored with six. Barrera and Bostock have four each. Barrera also leads the team in assists with nine and has one game-winning goal. Junior Nick Clarke has played the most time in goal this season, eight games. Clarke has UCO sophomore Peter Kressner in a game against the University of Arkansas on Sept. five wins on the season and has only allowed 14, 2012. Photo by Aliki Dyer, The Vista 18 goals on 166 shots, a .890 save percentage.
The Bronchos are 5-4 this season and UCO used their time off to rest up and have some of their injured players back healthy again. Riley Spraggs leads the team with 11 points and has five goals and six assists. The freshman has been steady for the Bronchos including a game-winning goal against Western Michigan in overtime. Jordan Bledsoe is the only other Broncho with double-digit points in the early season. Bledsoe, another freshman, has ten off of four goals and six assists. Junior Donald Geary and sophomore Anthony Knuth join Spraggs for the team lead in goals with five and Seth Cory also joins Spraggs for the lead with six assists. Sophomore Tory Caldwell has played in seven of the team’s nine games and has a 3-4 record. Caldwell has allowed twenty goals on 221 shots, a 2.96 goals allowed average. Backup Bretton Patchett, a freshman, has three games and is 2-0 but has allowed ten goals in only 79 shots. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the University of Illinois Ice Arena. Central returns home next weekend to host former number one ranked Lindenwood University. The Bronchos knocked off the topranked team, with two upsets in a weekend series in September.
Full Timeout: Take the bat off your shoulders
Sports Editor Timeout. Six different Yankees had a zero in the hit column of the box score, Wednesday morning. This means two-thirds of the team, well slightly less, ten players went to the plate. But I’m not telling you some surprising mathematical equation, you probably know two-thirds of your team not hitting the ball isn’t good
by any stretch of the imagination. The part where your imagination has to stretch is the fact that this is the Yankees we’re talking about. The Bronx Bombers. Last week, while catching my friend up on the game I’d been watching, I was interrupted after saying my favorite ball team was using “Small ball,” to get a victory. Small ball is using walks and singles and smart base running to score a few runs towards a win. Yankee ball is sending three to four pitches back, back, back, ehh, you get the idea. So why all of the sudden are the New York Yankees being forced to try a different brand of baseball just to get a victory? That is a fabulous question, the kind of question that would stump the smartest, most intelligent sports fan in the world. No, that’s not me, I’m serious this question would stump some of sports
all-time wizards. Two things are often heard by this Yankee fan. One being, “How much did that championship cost you?” the other being myself replying to such a question with, “That is a cheap comment by someone whose team loses all the time.” I usually follow up my defense with you still have to play the game. You don’t win ball games in the bank, you win them at the ball park. Pitch by pitch and batter by batter, you win the game by outplaying the opponent. Sports’ most basic rule: Score more runs than the other team and you win the game. As simple as it sounds, hit the ball, score the runs, win the game, suddenly I’m scratching my head like a 73 year old lady with an iPhone 5. Why can’t the game’s best players just hit the ball? And then there is the benching. Ten players took to the plate on
Tuesday with their sights set on the best pitcher in baseball. Two players who did not were Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher. The two regularly feared batters both hit .272 this season, respectable. Rodriguez was 3-24, Swisher 4-26 in these playoffs, that’s .130 and .154 respectively, not respectable. It doesn’t stop there. Robinson Cano was 3-36 following a game three loss, he is an MVP candidate. Also one who was considered more than once this season as an MVP is Curtis Granderson and he was 3-29. Cano had a stretch of 29 at bats without a hit and this second baseman has been in the top-20 in batting average in each of the last seven seasons. Top-17 in home runs each of the last three seasons. I actually thought pitching was the problem. With a good guy, an old guy and another guy who said he doesn’t even like baseball be-
ing our front men in the rotation, I thought we needed to re-tool. Then I looked at the box scores. This isn’t Yankee baseball. On the team’s page on Major League Baseball’s website it reads, New York Yankees, Hero’s Remembered, Legend’s Born. I’m suddenly left remembering a lot of hero’s but have yet to see the birth of a legend. I would be okay with just seeing a regular guy take the bat of his shoulder and hit the ball.
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October 18, 2012
Bronchos win fifth straight, hit the road
UCO senior setter Faith Harmon sets up a teammate in a match Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 against Southwest Baptist in Hamilton Fieldhouse. Photo Provided
Edgar Miraku’s first season as head coach of the Women’s Volleyball team has reached a high point with the Bronchos winning its fifth straight match on Tuesday night. Southwest Baptist came to Edmond
for the conference matchup, looking to gain some momentum after a rough start. The Bearcats would have to wait for another match. UCO came out with solid play in the first set, pulling away with a victory after leading 9-8. The Bronchos won that set 25-18. Cruise control was set and UCO never looked back in the second in third sets, sweeping the Bearcats
with victories of 25-13 and 25-15 in those sets respectively. In an interview earlier this week, Miraku praised the play of Talia Stanley and her consistency at the net. Tuesday night, Stanley was as consistent as ever, going the entire night without an error on ten attacks and also scored eight kills. Senior Morgan Roy has also been a steady leader for the Bronchos.
Roy leads the league in kills per set and upped the average with 13 more on Tuesday bringing her season total to 289 and her per set average up to 3.75 Juliette Smith came to play for the Bronchos against Southwest as well, with only one error on 12 attacks. The sophomore had seven kills and a block. Tate Hardaker once again led the Bronchos defense with 21 digs improving her season average per set to 5.01, good enough for second place in the conference. With only nine matches left in the season, UCO begins another road trip to Missouri this weekend, when they take on Lindenwood University and Truman State on Friday and Saturday. The Bronchos are riding a five match winning streak, their longest of the season, and third straight season in which Central has put together such a streak. UCO has played well on the road going 5-4. Up first is Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo., who is 13-9 so far this year. The Lady Lions are 3-1 on their home court. Lindenwood enters the weekend ranked fifth in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association in digs with 16.9 per set, just under 1,400 on the season. Senior Kaila Achrimpf averages 4.68 per set to lead the team and that is good for sixth place individually in the conference. Lindenwood also boasts a 1.0 average per set in errors. Offensively for the Lions, fresh-
man Kayla Guyot and senior Kelsey Kennedy lead the team in kills with 209 and 204 respectively. Sophomore Emma Brydels leads the team with just over 800 assists on the season. Brydels 9.97 average per set mark is fourth best in all of the MIAA. The match is set for 7 p.m. at Robert F. Hyland Arena. Saturday, the Bronchos will head north to Kirksville, Mo. to face Truman State. The Bulldogs won their tenth straight match on Tuesday night to improve to 19-4 on the season and TSU boasts a 6-2 win record on their home court. Truman is currently in fourth place in the MIAA. The Bulldog offense is led by Sophomore Allie Brak and Senior Megan Sharpe, both average more than three kills per set. Brak trails only Roy with a 3.68 average, and Sharpe is sixth in the conference with 3.21. The Bulldogs also get much needed assistance from Meghan Zimmerman, who brought home MIAA Specialist of the Week honors last week. The sophomore averages 10.18 assists per set, which is third in the conference. Defensively Abby Moser averages 4.38 digs per set to lead the team. Another sophomore leader, Moser is ninth in the MIAA with that average. UCO and Truman State are currently locked 5-5 in their all-time series. The match will take place inside Pershing Arena at 7 p.m.
Men’s team gets first title, women finish in fourth Whitt Carter
Staff Writer Both the men and women’s UCO golf squads had stellar weekends again, as the men dominated en route to a tournament win at the Missouri Western Invitational in St. Joseph, Mo. on Monday and Tuesday. The women had another solid outing, finishing fourth at the Lady Patriot Classic in Dallas, Texas on Monday and Tuesday. MEN: Freshman Eric Kline earned his first individual tournament championship of his college career, finishing first after totaling a 3-under 210 total at St. Joseph Country Club. Kline won the individual race by five shots, but he wasn’t the only Broncho who played well. Fellow freshman Rustin Purser and seniors Dillon Rust and Trevor Stafford also finished in the top ten, pacing the Bronchos to an easy, 21-stroke victory over second place Central Missouri. Kline fired a 67-70 on Monday, gaining control of the individual
lead. The Ponca City native kept up the good play by shooting a 2-over 73 on Tuesday to coast to victory. Stafford kept up his outstanding play in his final campaign, as the Edmond Santa Fe graduate fired a 1-over 72 on the final day, to finish in fourth place. Rust, the only returning player from last year’s national semifinalist squad, finished at seventh, after closing with a 2-over 73 during the final round. Purser had his best outing of his young career, as the freshman finished tenth, after closing on Tuesday with a 7-over 78. The young Broncho squad (six underclassmen) has surprised many this fall, after coming off of the best finish in school history and losing four prominent players. UCO has finished in the top five in all four tournaments, including a second place outing at the opening tournament of the 2012 season, The Pittsburg Invitational. The Bronchos will finish their fall portion of the season next Monday and Tuesday, as they will compete in the University of Missouri-St. Louis Fall Regional, which will be played at Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka, Mo.
WOMEN: This weekend saw another top five finish for the UCO women, as the Bronchos made up seven strokes on Tuesday, clawing back to finish tied for fourth in the Lady Patriot Classic. Junior Aly Seng continued her strong play in 2012, as she paced the Bronchos by shooting a 2-over 74 on Tuesday. Seng finished tied for 14th with fellow Broncho, Taylor Neidy, who shot a final round 78. UCO also got strong efforts from the trio of Bensch sisters Lindsey (75), Erica (76) and Katie (78). The fourth place finish was the Bronchos second of such in 2012, one place below their highest finish, which was a third place outing at the 2012 season-opening Drury Fall Shootout. The Bronchos will conclude their fall season next Monday and Tuesday when they travel to Lawton, Okla. to compete in the Cameron Intercollegiate.
UCO Freshman Eric Kline putts in a tournament earlier this season. Photo Provided