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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA’S student voice since 1903.
Environment TWO GENERATIONS, ONE COFFEE HOUSE
George Johnson III stands with active hands before a row of coffee equipment. The espresso machine, steam wand and bean grinder are his orchestra, and with a series of percussive clinks and clanks and the high-pitched wheeze of milk being frothed, he is the conductor. His hands in conversation only perpetuate the metaphor; one gets the impression that he can’t speak without accenting his words with hands so busy he could be completely silent and still deliver the message. The people of the United States drink 310,000,000 cups of coffee a day. That is around 2,059 gasoline tanker trucks’ full. Some of that indulging is done at the corner of 15th and Santa Fe in Edmond, the home of the new coffee house Bean Juice. Remember, Johnson III insists, it is a coffee house. “It’s a coffee house, not a coffee shop,” he said. “A coffee shop is a place where it’s in and out. We’re more about the experience you have… There’s a difference between a house and a home.” Bean Juice is run by a pair of George Johnsons. Johnson III’s father, George Johnson Jr., is freshly retired from 44 years of state service. The former Rose State professor and communications head most recently served as Oklahoma’s state communications director. Johnson Jr. retired Sept. 15. Bean Juice opened Oct. 1. But Johnson Jr., 62, is adamant that the coffee house is the brainchild of his son, and that he’s just there to help.
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UCO’s campus is dotted with 186 urinals that use no water. The nonetheless hygenic facilities conserve as many as 40,000 gallons of water per stall annually, totalling a potential maximum of 7.4 million gallons of water saved per year. 7,440,000 gallons is equal to 952 million eight ounce glasses of water. (1:50 million) 7,440,000 gallons is the equal to 827 gas tankers. (1:100)
7,440,000 gallons is equal to 11 Olympic swimming pools. (1:1)
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Members of improv comedy group Awkward Pause pose for a group photo. They will be performing at Ghost Light Theatre Club on Jan. 15.
By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer Noah Quisenberry said that the funniest bone in his body is his tailbone. “I always get kicked in the tailbone,” he said. Launching right into an improvised character, Quisenberry doesn’t miss a beat. “There’s a very sad story. When I was a child my mother used to kick me in the tailbone. Then it broke. She
got locked up for about five years.” Quisenberry, a senior theatre major at UCO, hasn’t always been as outgoing, or as he describes “crazy.” In high school, Quisenberry said that he would have never imagined he would want to take part in starting an improvisational comedy group, but after almost a year of performing, his group is finding their niche. “For me, it’s a complete 180 change in direction from where I thought I
would be in high school,” Quisenberry said. “I was really introverted in high school. I very shy, and it wasn’t until college where I became Mr. Extroverted.” Quisenberry’s group, Awkward Pause, was started at the end of the 2010 spring semester by some friends within UCO’s theatre department. It was in one of the improv classes the theatre department offers that the idea of forming a group was first discussed. “Since then, we have included additional members, that while they don’t have the background we do, they’re talented. And through rehearsals, we’ve been able to bring them up to speed,” Quisenberry said. Among the members of the group is Chris May, a junior theatre major at UCO. May said that they draw many of their influences from their daily lives. “You see somebody that makes you laugh, you take characteristics from them and just merge it into a character of your own,” May said. Since their inception last spring, Quisenberry said that Awkward Pause have done more shows and brought more publicity onto themselves than groups who have been at it for three or four years.
The process of getting out onto the public stage is something that Quisenberry believes helps him as an actor. “With the improv group, just for myself personally, I’ve had a lot of experience with the real world. In college, it’s different from the real world,” Quisenberry said. Part of being in the real world includes learning the business side of doing production. These things include promoting the group, raising money for props and costumes, splitting the pay from a theatre and more. They also have to get their schedules lined up for rehearsals and performances. “It’s been a lot of sacrifice for all of us,” Quisenberry said. Countless rehearsal hours in Quisenberry’s living room, in front of their friends and Quisenberry’s cat eventually yielded them several shows working with local improv group OKC Improv. Quisenberry and May had already known two of the producers of OKC Improv through their improv classes where the producers had already seen them perform, so when they submitted themselves for a spot in their run list, they were given a spot.
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CENSORING THE CLASSICS By Kory Oswald/ Senior Staff Writer Some say the classics never go out of style, but they do. However, one reason something is considered a classic is because its lessons are not only timeless but get stronger with age, even if its language or technique becomes offensive or passé. That is why Professor Alan Gribben of Auburn University and Alabama-based publishing company NewSouthBooks’ decision to edit the “N-word” and the word “injun” from Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” is an affront to the education of American students. Gribben et al. may have good intentions for changing the “N-word” to “slave” (219 times) and “injun” to “Indian,” he said doing so will make them more appealing to students who are reading less than ever. However, it results in nothing more than a mousy attempt to censor and soften the sharp edges of racism that have shaped our country. This is not just about censorship; this is about us confronting a disturbing past and having an honest conversation about race in America. This is about us valuing art and learning the lessons it provides. Huck Finn, like all classics, offers a connection to a lost time and a small glimpse into the reality and lifestyles of our ancestors. They give us a historical context and subsequently provide new avenues for self-examination that may not have been originally intended by its creator. Changing them allows us to ignore the work our country needs to do to overcome racism. Some claim this is not censorship in its truest form because Gribben has not changed every copy of Huck Finn and is simply offering students a safer alternative. Censorship can never be justified, in any form and having an “alternative” is pointless unless it is taught alongside the original. With this ham-fisted logic we could gloss over the American Revolution as a quaint trade of power between Britain and the American colonies and change Shakespeare’s writing so that its not over-rated and wrought with incest and trite love stories. Why stop there? Let’s just burn all the books that make us uncomfortable. Some argue that we do not need to read the word “N-word” 219 times to know that it is hurtful. This may be true, but it effectively conveys the harshness of the word. I’m sure African-Americans did not need to hear the word every time they spoke to a white person to know they were subjugated and deemed inferior, but it drove home that point. Twain chose every word for a reason. Words like the “Nword” provide students with the brutal reality of what was normal in interracial interaction at the time. Even though the two characters in the novel were friends, the element of race persisted. It was their truth, their reality at the time. Removing the word removes the reality of racism and the over-arching lesson that cooperation and good can be achieved in the face of ignorance. Stewards of education should know to leave the truth alone and not edit the classics.
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“Whether you’re 35, 45 or older, your parents will always be in the middle of your life,” Johnson Jr. said. “Your mom and dad will always be your biggest cheerleaders.” Johnson III, 35, learned the ropes in the world of coffee while working for the Sherwin-Williams paint company. With the job came a handful of addresses in the Northwest region that has long served as the nation’s coffee capitol. “Coffee was kind of the thing to do,” he said. “You could throw a rock and you’d probably hit a coffee shop.” Despite his son’s modesty, Johnson Jr. said that Johnson III learned as much about coffee beans of all shapes and sizes during his tenure in coffee-rich towns like Portland, Ore. And Salt Lake City as others would learn in a lifetime. When put to the test, Johnson III, the Missouri State marketing grad, did not disappoint. Ask him the difference between a flat berry and a peaberry. Ask him what makes AA coffee beans special. Ask him why coffee beans
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George Johnson III, co-founder of Bean Juice, an Edmond-based coffee house, prepares a drink for a customer. Johnson III opened the store with his father October 1.
Johnson III, 35 and his father, George Johnson Jr., 62, want the store to be a “Third Place” for guests. “The third place is somewhere besides home and work that you go to have community,” he said.
only flourish between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. You’ll get an answer, thoroughly articulated with enthusiastically animated hand sig-
nals to boot. All his experience working alongside what his father called the “coffee gurus” of the northwest has made
Johnson III a picky java crafter. Coffee and tea are French-pressed, not brewed. “We take the word ‘barista’ seriously around here,” he said.
What knowledge of all things coffee Johnson III brings, Johnson Jr., answers with just as much of a different sort of smart. Fifty-four percent of Americans will drink coffee at least once this year, he’ll tell you. He will add that coffee is second only to petroleum as the world’s most-traded commodity. But the most important element to Bean Juice might not even be the abundance of knowledge that goes into the 10-man operation that includes three UCO students. It may be the philosophy. When Johnson III came back to Oklahoma, he helped to open a coffee house called “The Third Place,” and while he’s no longer involved with the original store, he still carries on the idea. “Everybody has three places. One is home, the next place is work. Then there is also a third place; some place other than home and work where you have community,” Johnson III said. “I believe that coffee houses should be a place of community, and a place where people can exchange ideas.”
OSU STUDENT PAPER TO CHARGE FOR WEB CONTENT By Christie Southern / Staff Writer Oklahoma State University’s student paper will be the first of its kind to charge certain readers for content, according to College Media Matters. Last month, the Daily O’Collegian entered
into an agreement with Press Plus, an e-commerce platform, which will allow the publication to charge non-local readers who are unaffiliated with OSU and visit the site more than three times a month. “We’ve always known that the content our students produce has value well beyond the free drop distribution of our newspaper,”
O’Collegian General Manager Ray Catalino said in a press release. “Charging a modest fee to access our online content for non-students who live outside Stillwater helps us foster that belief.” “We’re trying to prepare our students for what life is like on the outside,” Catalino said.
“I see community newspapers trying to figure out how to do this, and I think it’s important for our students to realize what they’re doing has value beyond this campus.” The O’Collegian will charge $10 for a oneyear subscription to those whose do not have an e-mail address with the school and live outside a 25-mile radius of the campus.
He said those readers will have three, free accesses per month before a pop-up window asking them to pay appears. Catalino said to the Norman Transcript that the money generated will be web revenue and he does not anticipate any grand total. He said the paper’s move is not a financial
move, adding that the O’Collegian receives financial support from student fees and local and national advertising. Catalino also said he does not expect a significant dip in readership and hopes the financial tag the stories will carry will transfer to a higher quality product from the students. “Things are moving fast. We might as well
try it,” Catalino said. “I don’t mind being the first because we’ll learn from it.” Similar moves have been made by other Oklahoma publications such as the Tulsa World. However, the attempt to charge for online content failed due to the lack of generated online revenue and traffic growth.
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The film was created in Oklahoma and their college tour includes giving UCO students a sneak preview of the film on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
By Brooke Roshell / Contributing Writer The film “The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher” was created in Oklahoma and their college tour includes giving UCO students a sneak preview of the film on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The awkward and aimless Duncan Christopher, the film’s protagonist, grew up in Collinsville, Okla. His father was a rock star who committed suicide. After an early mid-life crisis, Christopher realized he felt the need to follow in his father’s footsteps, so he entered a citywide karaoke championship in Tulsa, Okla. In his journey to following his rock ‘n’ roll dreams, Christopher must face his fear in the final round of the championship: competing against the seven-year champion, Simply Irresistible. Aaron Moreland, who plays Simply Irresistible or “S.I.” for short, is Christopher’s arch nemesis. He portrays the evil side of the music business. However, Moreland said himself that being the bad guy is a stretch since the only type of bad he is, is “bad to the bone.” Moreland was doing what he does best: singing and performing at the karaoke lounge The Jewel, when a producer asked him to act in the film. After reading over the script, he knew he was perfect for the part, and the scenes of the film were actually filmed in the karaoke lounge that he was performing at that night. Writer Jack Roberts was raised in Tulsa, spent eight years away from home, wrote the film in Los Angeles and re-
turned in 2007. He and fellow Tulsa native Justin Monroe produced the film entirely in Oklahoma. Since Roberts had always wanted to be a rock star and Monroe was to a degree, they created the film from their hearts. “The film is a collection of ourselves,” Monroe said. Monroe said that he and Roberts are intrigued by the drama created by awkward moments.
“It causes us to be at our most vulnerable, and I think it’s amazing when truth rises out of that awkwardness,” Monroe said. He likened the feel to how a variety of groups mesh when families meet during holidays by implying that, “The idea of family is different from what it was for our parents and grandparents.” The film’s creators hope introducing the film to those who will become most interested will help spread the word. Monroe said that the “film really resonates with the college audience.” As part of their college tour, the film will be screened on campus at 8 p.m. in Constitution Hall. Moreland said, “The college tour is so (we) are able to share the film and my golden pipes with students all around Oklahoma.” Like Moreland, the majority of the cast and crew are from Oklahoma. The film will have a limited release in February exclusively in the Sooner State. “Because we made this thing so Oklahoma-centered, we want to release this film to Oklahoma first,” Monroe said. “The film along with the college tour shines a light on Oklahoma to the world,” Moreland said. The event includes a sneak peek of “a comedy with a bunch of heart and good vibe,” along with giveaways and other events Moreland added that he “will also answer questions about being bad to the bone.”
The sneak peek of the independent film will be screened on campus at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 inside Constitution Hall.
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Jon Lankford: I understand that you are a student of the Liberal Arts, specializing in history. With your knowledge of the professors in mind, I pose the following question: In a tag team match with Dr. Springer and Dr. Plaks taking on Dr. Brown and Dr. Baker with Dr Loughlin as a referee, who would prove victorious and why? I imagine it would go a little something like this… “Well, sports fans the anticipation of this momentous match up has been building now for quite some time, and finally the epic face-off between the old-school lecturers and the somewhat young ‘ish’ guns is about to begin. Dr. Plaks and the tall blonde drink of water that they call Dr. Springer are making there way toward the ring now. Plaks seems to be fired up. I have never seen his oiled up chest more chiseled. He told me earlier in the dressing room that he takes his diet very seriously, and it shows. Springer is right behind him, and judging by the redness of his pretty face, he is ready to rumble. Wow, Plaks just jumped right over the top rope, and Springer’s legs were long enough to just step right on over. This could get interesting. To save time and energy, Dr. Brown and Dr. Baker have decided to make their entrance using two electric wheel chairs, provided by our corporate sponsor. They say that those things can really move, and they are priced to move too, with several payment options. It appears that both of the veteran professors have brought along their golf clubs. I am not sure what that means. Let’s go ringside and meet our referee, Dr. Loughlin.” “OK gentlemen, I want a clean fight. Dr. Plaks, watch the low blows. Dr. Baker and Dr. Brown, don’t wander off or fall asleep, and Dr. Springer, no funny business. I don’t want you four thinking that just because I am a woman; I can’t successfully juggle my career, and family, and still keep all of you in line. We went over the rules in the dressing room. Now, go to your corners and stay there until I tell you it’s time to come out.” “And there is the bell. Dr. Brown is wasting no time. He has already backed Springer into the ropes with his best Robert L. Owen impersonation, the first senator of Oklahoma, and is lecturing him about the history of the O.K. state and its Socialist and Progressive roots. Springer answers with a stoning left cross and nails Brown with some Christian Reformation and Martin Luther’s 95 Thesis. That will send him back to his middle ages. It might prove too much to ask a history professor to stay on the right side; because Dr. Baker has just retrieved his nine iron and is making his way toward the left side of the outer part of the ring. Dr. Plaks has seen him coming though, and in a blitzkrieg fashion has just taken out Baker’s legs while yelling something in Russian about Stalingrad. Baker responds quicker then you would think with a battling blow to Plaks’ midway section. Stunned, Plaks puts a stop to the action quickly by using his head like a hammer and sickle, forcing Baker to retire for the rest of the match with less pay and less benefits. Springer has continued to work Dr. Brown over, taking advantage of his knowledge about peasant revolts against the ruling class. Brown is just standing there, taking it like a population of machines implicitly forced to pay 80 percent of their income in taxes and services to fund corporations and wars that only benefit the top one percent. It’s getting ugly out there, but wait, what is this? Dr. Adiamak, an American Military historian has just jumped right into the middle of things under false pretenses and has started ordering all four fighters to get back to work so he can liberate them and their mineral rights. Wow, an amazing match, and I am not sure if what happened at the end was legal, but in the end I guess America wins, and if we’ve learned anything, it is this: if you don’t know history, it is as if you were born yesterday.” www.Facebook.com/askandrew Call or Text your questions to (405) 293-3ASK
“We just submitted our name and what we were wanting to do, like our show format and everything, because for their summer run they were looking for new groups. They were giving people opportunities, and luckily they gave us the opportunity to perform there,” May said. That opportunity eventually led to them to become a featured group at the Ghostlight Theatre Club, home to OKC Improv. But not all their shows have been with OKC Improv. Last fall the group performed at the Oklahoma State Fair to an audience May described as “interesting” to say the least. Quisenberry and May also recalled a memorable performance they did at Charlie’s Sports Bar in Choctaw, Okla., opening for a band. For part of the show, Quisenberry was dressed in drag as Paula Deen, a southern-style cook who hosts a show on the Food Network
and has authored several cookbooks and handed out brownies. “It’s a completely different atmosphere when they’re not there to see you, but there to get drunk. You have to get creative, like a seven-foot drag queen with brownies,” May said. Looking forward to the future, Quisenberry and May have some things that they would like to see happen in 2011. Among those resolutions for the new year are more members, more shows and a website. Also this year, May would like to see the group enter in an improv festival. “I know we’re still young, but I think we can rise to the occasion,” he said. Awkward Pause will be performing Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10 p.m. at the Ghost Light Theatre Club on 3110 N. Walker with two other improv groups. Tickets are $10 and reservations are encouraged and can be arranged by phone (405-343-
1570) or by email okcimprov@gmail. com. Videos from Awkward Pause’s past performances can be seen on their website www.simplyawkward.com
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Afghan firefighters clean the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up next to a minibus carrying intelligence service employees in the Afghan capital Wednesday. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
A woman holds a rosary as she prays during a mass at the Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011. Wednesday marks the one year anniversary since Haiti’s magnitude-7.0 earthquake that devastated the capital and is estimated to have killed more than 230,000 people and left millions homeless. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
President Barack Obama meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A pedestrian walks along a street during a winter storm in Albany, N.Y., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Plows and salt spreaders hit the streets up and down the East Coast to stem chaos during Wednesday morning’s commute as a storm that shut down much of the South churned northward and dumped several inches of wet, heavy snow. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A car wrecks outside the town of Grantham in South East Queensland, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The small town was hit by flash flooding causing mass destruction. Deadly floodwaters that have cut a swath across northeastern Australia flowed onto the streets of Brisbane, the nation’s third-largest city, forcing people to flee suburbs and skyscrapers. (AP Photo)
Tibet supporters, including one dressed as a panda, protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The protest was to coincide with the visit to the UK of Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, who was in the embassy at the time. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz testifies during the second-degree sexual assault trial of former player Cedric Everson, right, back to camera, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at the Johnson County District Courthouse in Iowa City, Iowa. Everson is accused of sexually assaulting a female student athlete in a Hillcrest residence hall dorm room on the UI campus in Oct. 2007. (AP Photo/Brian Ray, Pool)
JAN. 13, 2011
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Brandon Ankney Fine Arts and Design Technology Support Assistant
By Nicole Ford / Staff Writer UCO has recently hired four individuals to join their team and promoted Dr. Mickey Hepner as dean of the College of Business Administration. Hepner took position as dean effective Jan. 3. He was chosen among three other applicants. Hepner has
Hannah Holloway Smart Start Oklahoma Research and Evaluation Director
worked in several different positions on campus such as Professor of Economics. He will be responsible for leading and managing the college. This will involve setting an agenda, overseeing committees, evaluating faculty, instituting policies, representing the college’s interest, and raising money to support programs. “I am very excited to work with
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our award-winning faculty as we strive to make the UCO College of Business Administration the premier provider of business education in the State of Oklahoma,” Hepner said. Other new faces are Brandon Ankney, Fine Arts and Design Technology Support Assistant; Hannah Holloway, Smart Start Oklahoma
Research and Evaluation Director; Andrea Kearney, Smart Start Oklahoma Administrative Assistant; and Rachel Parks, Commuter Student Services Coordinator, became apart of the bronze and blue team. Although Parks has already walked the grounds of the campus, she was elated to work in a community she knows a great deal about.
Rachel Parks Commuter Student Services Coordinator
In May 2010, Parks graduated from UCO with a degree in Fine Arts. During her enrollment, she was involved in student organizations. “I am familiar with the school systems and housing in Edmond,” Parks said. This will allow her to aid people, who come to UCO with a family.
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“You’ve spent a year hoping that everything would be better...I’m not hopeful at all”
One year since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti, 95% of all rubble still remains where it fell. To watch NBC’s Nightly News anchor Brian Williams report scan the tag below.
A parishioner weeps while praying at the Notre Dame d’Haiti Mission, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 in Miami. HaitianAmericans were marking the one-year anniversary of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, that killed more than 230,000 in Haiti. Roughly a million remain homeless amid the debris and stuttering reconstruction efforts in Port-au-Prince.
MIAMI (AP) — Grief and pride are painted into a colorful new mural, unveiled for Wednesday’s anniversary of Haiti’s massive earthquake, wrapping a prominent corner in this city’s Little Haiti neighborhood. The presidential palace and hillside homes of Haiti’s capital stand firm and uncracked, but the images are from the past. The mural’s artists painted tears running down the solemn faces of Haiti’s revolutionary heros, a presidential-appearing hip hop star Wyclef Jean and a young girl stitching together the red and blue fields of Haiti’s flag. “Even the sky is very sad today,” said Dr. Suzie Armas, emerging from a morning Mass at nearby Notre Dame d’Haiti to damp, gray clouds. “This is the same way the Haitian community has been feeling. Unfortunately, there has not been that much progress.” The magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, killed more than 230,000 people. Roughly a million remain homeless amid the debris and stuttering reconstruction efforts in Port-au-Prince. The bells at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., were set to toll 35 times at the start of a memorial Mass on Wednesday afternoon, as a reminder of the 35-second earthquake. A woman fell to her knees and buried her cries in her arms in front of the altar Wednesday morning at Notre Dame d’Haiti, the church where thousands of HaitianAmericans gathered in the weeks after the earthquake to donate relief items, pray and trade news from Haiti. Anguish over not being able to get home, just 90 minutes away by plane, in the quake’s aftermath or do more to help its victims lingers in the patients Armas sees at a Little Haiti clinic. “This is a trauma that might continue forever,” she said. But grief and blame must give way to hope and courage to fight for Haiti’s future, said the Rev. Reginald Jean-Mary, the pastor of Notre Dame d’Haiti. “Now is the time for us to start
afresh and see what we can do so that next year we can see a new face of Haiti,” he said before opening his church to a day of prayer. Many survive only on the financial support of relatives or charities because in their scramble to get out of Haiti they were not granted papers by the U.S. allowing them to work. Even those who were granted permission to work have had trouble finding jobs as they navigate medical care for injured children and bureaucracy in finding someplace to live. “I’m not allergic to work — I’ll cut grass, I’ll do anything,” said Prevener Julien, a 42-year-old farmer
and market vendor who accompanied his 8-year-old son Belix, who needed treatment for head trauma. Both now live in a Miami homeless shelter. Valerie Placide, who fled with her 9-year-old son in the days after the quake, has watched from Spring Valley, N.Y., just north of New York City and some 1,500 miles from Haiti, as recovery efforts floundered, cholera killed more than 3,600 and political unrest turned to riots. “You’ve spent a year hoping that everything would be better,” Placide said. Instead, she said, “I’m not hopeful at all.” Sitting with his mother last week
in the same Miami shelter where the Juliens live, 10-year-old Peterson Exais contemplated someday returning to Port-au-Prince, where he spent four days buried beneath the rubble of his house. Thin, pale scars cut through his hair and circle his left eye. “It’s better here,” he says in the English he’s learned this past year in hospitals and school. “Haiti is broken.” Peterson and Belix were lucky to have their parents’ with them when they were evacuated, along with thousands of Haitian children. Many others arrived in the U.S. alone and are recovering in the care
of distant relatives or social services. The Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center released a report Wednesday recommending Homeland Security offer humanitarian parole to the unaccompanied children’s parents. The unaccompanied children, now recovering with distant relatives or in federal custody, need better legal representation and some kind of assurance that they won’t be returned to Haiti in the midst of a cholera outbreak and political strife, the advocates said. Haitian-American leaders and others, including new House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, are using Wednesday’s anniversary of Haiti’s massive earthquake to implore the Obama administration to welcome tens of thousands of Haitians who were promised visas but remain in the crippled Caribbean country on waiting lists. Immigration authorities had approved requests from 55,000 Haitians to join relatives in the United States before the earthquake. “We hope that Immigration and the State Department take a second look and reevaluate these petitions,” said Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. “These are folks that have been prescreened and have said they are going to be worthy participants of our community.” The argument is based on more than compassion: Once they found jobs they could send money to help relatives in Haiti, boosting the more than $1 billion Haitians abroad send back home each year, about a sixth of the gross domestic product for the hemisphere’s most impoverished nation. But allowing tens of thousands of Haitians to jump the visa line could suddenly burden the infrastructure and environment for a population that has grown rapidly in the last 10 years because of immigration, both legal and illegal, said David North, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington. Federal officials are reviewing the issue, said Chris Bentley, a spokesman for the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.
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LEONE PREPARES FOR FRESH START By Trey Hunter / Sports Writer
Senior Casey Lehmann (17) celebrates a goal in a game early this season. The Bronchos are 8-12-1-2 on the season and host No. 6 Arizona State and the United States Naval Academy this weekend.
CRUCIAL WEEKEND LOOMS FOR UCO By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor The No. 18 ranked UCO hockey team is at a cross roads. One path leads to the playoffs while the other leads to their first non-postseason appearance since the 2007-2008 season. Coming off of a sweep of Indiana, by a two-game combined score of 12-2, UCO has built some momentum heading into a critical four game home stand this weekend. The Bronchos (8-12-1-2) host No. 6 Arizona State (17-4-0-2) Thursday and Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond. They continue their long weekend by hosting Navy (14-6-1-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Bronchos are 5-6-0-1 in Edmond this season, but believe they hold a major advantage when they take their home ice. “Anytime someone comes to your rink to play you should have an edge,” UCO freshman Derek Mussey said. “Knowing the bounciness of the boards and knowing where you are at on the ice at all times gives you a starting advantage. Plus the backing of a home crowd always helps.” UCO starting goaltender and freshman Nick Holmes did not hold back his true feelings when sizing up his next opponent. “(We) only lost to Arizona 1- to -0 and Arizona only scored within the third period,” Holmes said. They did not impress me with their high rankings.” Holmes is referring to the Bronchos’ last two meetings with the Sun Devils on Nov. 26 and 27 when UCO lost 1-0 and 3-1 to top-five ranked ASU. Holmes also says he believes that UCO is worthy of a topfive rank themselves. “Our team started off slow but we have proven ourselves with the best. I would rank us in the top five.” Regardless of where UCO should or could be ranked, the Bronchos are 18th in the nation and fighting to reach the postseason for, what could be, their third straight year. This weekend is huge for those playoff hopes. “These four games are must wins for us in order to break the top 16 to make it to nationals.” UCO team captain Nick Novak said. Jonathan Cannizzo leads the Bronchos with 33 points in 23 games this season. He also has team highs in goals (15) and
assists (18). Cannizzo has proven his worth on special teams with two power play goals and three shorthanded goals. He is tied for second in the American Collegiate Hockey Association in shorthanded scores. Freshman Donald Geary has nine goals in 19 games this season. Geary had appendix surgery over break but returned to practice this week. If he plays he will provide a major boost to the Bronchos’ special teams. His five power play goals are tied for 6th in the lead. Holmes figures to get the start in net for UCO. He has played close to 1,200 minutes and has a save of 92 percent. Joe Schweiger leads the way for the Sun Devils in point scoring with 39 total points. He has scored 18 times this season. Dave Jantzie is second on the team in goals with 12. Mark Schacker mans the space between the pipes for ASU and has put together a stellar season, playing over 1,200 minutes, posting three shut outs and a save percentage of 92. UCO is 6-6 all-time against Arizona State. The Bronchos host Navy on Saturday and Sunday while Navy is un-ranked, they sport a winning record and are 5-30-0 on the road this season. “I have heard Navy’s team is in tip-top shape and trust me, (head coach Craig) McAlister has been keeping us in great shape,” Novak said. “So we are prepared for them.” Holmes agrees with Novak and thinks that in the end UCO’s talent will over power Navy’s conditioning. “We take each game one day at a time, but Navy seems to be a hard working team. Which will give us a challenge but our talent should overcome their hard work.” Holmes said. Jim Turnolo leads the United States Naval Academy in with 33 points (13-20-33). Sam Carlson is first on the team with 14 goals in 22 games played. Rob Van Winter is the team’s top power play goal scorer with four. Turnolo has two power play goals and two shorthanded goals. Marshall Jameson is the leading goaltender on Navy’s roster with a 2.88 goals against average and two shut outs. The Bronchos’ early season struggles may be over if their dominating performance last week on the road is any indication of how this second half of the season will unfold. For the Bronchos, it was all about finding chemistry and making plays.
The University of Central Oklahoma baseball program will begin the 2011 season under a new head coach for the first time in 19 years. New head coach, Dax Leone took over after the legendary Wendell Simmons announced his retirement last year. Leone stepped in during the summer of 2010 and his first goal was to embrace the winning tradition that Simmons created in his tenure with the school. Simmons finished his career at UCO with a 633-374-1 record and Leone wants his players and staff to continue that success. “When I took over here at UCO, I really wanted to get our players and coaching staff to change the culture,” Leone said. “I want them to embrace the tradition that coach Simmons created.” In his first offseason with the program, Leone has had his players working hard at putting out a great product for Central. He has worked with the staff at making his players extremely tough and is working hard with them on learning his terminology. They have been starting the days with conditioning drills at 6am and tempo drills to take the speed of the game to another level. “I want our players to be extremely tough,” Leone said. “I want them to understand what it means to be a baseball player at Central and I want them to walk around with a little bit of a swagger. If they focus on nothing but the game and crank the tempo up, we should be able to put a great product on the field.” Leone has a strong pitching background having pitched for Shawnee High School, Seminole State Junior College and the University of Texas. He was the pitching coordinator for East Central University, St. Gregory’s University, Seminole State and the University of Louisiana Monroe. He also worked with the pitching staff at Oklahoma State last season under head coach, Frank Anderson. “I want my pitchers to understand that our position is where the game starts. We create the tempo for the entire game and I want my guys to go out there and work fast” Leone said. “We have gone outside and done drills no matter the weather and we have bullpen sessions every Monday. I want my guys to be excited about the hard work they are putting in.”\ Leone says his experience with Frank Anderson at Oklahoma State will help him build the program at Central. “I learned a lot from coach Anderson,” Leone said. “He taught me a lot about being a professional and how to handle the daily grind on and off the field.” Leone said the strengths of the team this season will be their speed, team defense and pitching. Junior Taylor Brown will be a key player in the infield due to his speed and defensive abilities. He will also be looked upon for leadership along with Kade Kouk, an infielder who coach Leone says is a perfect example of what the program is all about. Senior Arrow Cunningham will be the team’s catcher and is expected to be a leader while taking on the duties of handling the team’s pitching staff. Leone’s first season at the helm starts in 22 days and he has the program going in the right direction. “I’m really excited about the upcoming season and about being at UCO. You really can’t have a bad day when you’re the head coach at such a great program.”
“We did not know enough about each other and how each person played to where you could go out and click as a team,” said Mussey. “Each week we have grown closer though and are really turning things around.” For UCO, the real road to the playoffs begins this weekend and they will have to go through Arizona State and Navy to get there.
BRONCHO MEN MOVE UP IN BASKETBALL POLL With a few clutch wins, the Bronchos have moved up to 15th in the latest NCAA Division II basketball poll. UCO’s only losses this season have come on the road against the University of the Incarnate Word who is ranked 12th in the poll, and West Texas A&M University who is also ranked, coming in at 19th. The Bronchos have been led so far this season by standout guard Dauntae Williams. Williams has led the team in scoring in 11 out of 16 games. Averaging just under 23 points per game, he is showing why some experts have dubbed him one of the better Division II players in the nation. Along with his high scoring, Williams is also chipping in on the boards with 6.2 rebounds per game. His most overlooked stat might come as a surprise, but Williams is leading the team not only on the offense side but the defensive side as well. He has 38 steals so far this season. Do not let Williams’ numbers let you think that he is the only Broncho playing great; Brent Friday, Tyler Phillips and Shane Carroll all are playing very good ball. The former Putnam City North star, Brent Friday, is playing some very good ball as of late. His scoring average is up to 11.7 points per game, along with five rebounds per game. Friday is one of five players on the roster that
is logging over 20 minutes per game. Tyler Phillips has been a sharp shooter all season; he is leading the team in three point attempts/makes. Phillips has been one of the more consistent players on the team, starting 15 out of 16 games, and his versatility and work ethic make him difficult for any team to guard. Shane Carroll is quite possibly the unsung hero so far this year. With only seven starts, Carroll has come off the bench in 11 games, while still be able to average close to 11 points per game. If the team were to give out midseason awards, Carroll would have to be given the 6th man award. But even with the Bronchos playing so well, how far up the polls can they climb? Eleven games remain for the Bronchos; six at home and five on the road. They are unbeaten at home, and since every one of those games will come against unranked opponents, you can practically chalk those games up as wins. UCO is 2-2 on the road this season but those losses were to two tough opponents. The Bronchos will not actually face another ranked team till postseason play begins. So maybe throw in two losses, chalk it up to a bad shooting night and that would put the Bronchos at 23-4 on the season. UCO needs to stay focused and hungry, if
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Junior June Carter (33) watches as senior Daunte Williams (0) makes a pass during a game earlier this season. The Bronchos are ranked 15th in NCAA Division II basketball.
they can do that the sky is the limit. No longer will the limit be the sky as has been the case with many of the other sports on cam-
pus. Look for this team to use the rest of the regular season to gain even more momentum, and we will see what happens after that.
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FROM WORKING THE FARM TO MOVING THE CHAINS By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor Marshal John Yanda was born in the small town of Anamosa, Iowa, which is host to about 5,500 people. By comparison, Edmond is home to more than 80,000. His small town roots have not held Yanda back. Yanda played college football at Iowa University, a school known for developing great offensive lineman. He was drafted in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he plays offensive tackle now. The Baltimore Ravens were playing the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in the Wildcard Round of the NFL playoffs. That is where John Lawrence Yanda was watching his son play just five hours and 46 minutes away from Anamosa. I had the pleasure of meeting Marshal Yanda’s father in Kansas City, Mo. John Yanda was clearly a stand-up
gentleman who wore his son’s jersey with a huge grin and pride radiating from him. John seemed in awe of it all. Having gone from farming his entire life and raising Marshal on a farm, to watching his son play on one of the NFL’s biggest stages. “Just unbelievable,” John said. “I’ve farmed all my life. Marshal was raised on a farm, then he grows up and starts playing in the NFL. I was never on a big airplane until he got into football.” John doesn’t feel that he was instrumental in his son’s blossoming career. “I wasn’t really into football at all, but I’m a Ravens fan now because of Marshal,” John said. “I never played any sports in my life. I was busy on the farm. All of his [Marshal’s] doings in football, is because of Marshal. He just wanted to play that bad. He did it all himself.” John said he went to every game his
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son played in junior college at North Iowa Area Community College and that he went to all but two of Marshal’s games at Iowa. Since 2007, John has been to roughly 12 of his son’s pro games. Sunday was not his first trip to the NFL playoffs either. “I went last year when they played the Patriots, and smoked the Patriots. The worst they’ve been beaten in a playoff game since 1988 at home. That was probably one of the best games. Marshal was responsible for three touchdowns in that game.” From working on a farm, to plowing the path for NFL running backs, Marshal’s path has been a story of a blue collar kid making it big. No matter where his career takes him now, it is certain his father will be there cheering him on every step and every snap of the football along the way.
Marshal Yanda (73) pass protects in a game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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The 9th ranked UCO Wrestling Team (62) hosts Fort Hays State (1-0) 7pm Thursday in the Hamilton Field House. UCO returns home from Cedar Falls, Iowa after a 5th place finish at the NWCA Division II National Duals. Fort Hays comes into the dual tied for 15th with West Liberty University. The Bronchos are looking for the momentum following two comeback victories to get them out to a strong start against Fort Hays State. In their latest match, UCO rallied late to overtake 13th ranked North Carolina-Pembroke. After falling behind early 15-7, Soph-
omores Kelly Henderson and Tanner Keck and Junior Jarrett Edison all earned victories giving UCO a slim lead with just the heavyweights remaining. Cody Dauphin defeated James De La Riva to clinch 5th place and cap off a remarkable comeback for the Bronchos. While UCO was busy in Cedar Falls, the Tigers were competing in the Quality Hotel Open in Hastings, Nebraska. Aldon Isenberg (4th) remained unbeaten at 133-pounds, but should have his hands full with Trison Graham (8th). The matmen look to increase their win total before heading off to Grand Prairie, Texas for the Lone Star Duals on Saturday.
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