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What are you doing for fall break?

UCO’s art and dance departments are combining their fundraising efforts.

From the garage to the jazz lab: UCO guitar student Micah Rainey.

The Bronchos fell to 2-5 after a heartbreaking 56-55 overtime loss to SEOSU homecoming night.

OCT. 19, 2010


UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA’S student voice since 1903.

State Politics



By Karen Hawkins / Associated Press

By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer On Tuesday, Oct. 19, UCO will be the venue for the first of two gubernatorial debates. Candidates Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, the Democratic Party candidate, and U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, the Republican Party candidate, will both be on campus this evening debating the issues. UCO was mutually chosen by the campaigns to be the spot for the first debate. “We wanted to do one debate one debate in Tulsa, and one debate in the Oklahoma City area. UCO is great school with a great facility that works for this kind of event,” Alex Weintz, spokesman for the Fallin campaign, said. On the other side of the spectrum, Sid Hudson, campaign manager for the Askins campaign gave a similar answer. “UCO has a good history of being involved in a number of state government-related issues. They have an excellent venue, which doesn’t hurt, and a lot of experience in putting these types of deals on.” Hudson referred to previous debates at UCO being a part of the experience. In 2002, UCO served as the host for the final gubernatorial debate


Republican candidate Mary Fallin and Democratic candidate Jari Askins will be featured in Tuesday evening’s debate at Constitutional Hall in the Nigh University Center at 7:00 p.m.

Candidates Democrat Lt. Governor Jari Askins (left) and Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (right) will be at Constitution Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 19 to debate the issues two weeks before the 2010 mid-term elections.

for that election cycle. Then state senator and attorney Brad Henry debated Steve Largent and Gary Richardson before winning the title of governor of Oklahoma. The debate will take place at 7 p.m., Oct. 19 in Constitution Hall in the Nigh University Center. Tickets are no longer available, but the debate will be televised, streamed and broadcasted over AM radio. In the Oklahoma City Metro area, citizens can watch the debate on

YELLOW BRICK ROAD LEADS TO UCO UCO participants are taking a page from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to help reach a $70,000 goal for the United Way of Central Oklahoma. The fundraising campaign will continue until Oct. 29.


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By Emily Davis / Contributing Writer

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DID YOU KNOW? As the days get shorter, leaves stop chlorophyll production, giving them their fall coloring.

KFOR-TV, Channel 4. The station will delay their broadcast of the debate until 9 p.m., but will stream it live at 7 p.m. on their website, www.kfor. com. The debate will also be available to be heard live at 7 p.m. on Newsradio 1000 KTOK-AM. This will be one of only two debates between Oklahoma’s two candidates for governor prior to the general election on Nov. 4. KFOR-TV Channel 4 anchor Linda Cavanaugh will be the moderator for the debate. The debate

will consist of questions to the candidates asked by panelists from various news outlets. Panelists include Michael McNutt from The Oklahoman, Sean Murphy from the Associated Press, Beth Myers from KTOK-A,M and Lori Rasmussen from OETA-TV. The panelists themselves are the only ones who know the questions for the debate, but the spokespersons agree the backdrop of UCO sets a tone for higher education discussion. “There probably will be questions about higher education. This would be a good setting for it,” Weintz said. “Hopefully being on campus will maybe get one of the panelists to ask about higher-ed,” Hudson said. The 2010 election marks a historic moment for Oklahoma, not only making it the first time the state has had two female gubernatorial candidates, but also the first time the state will elect a female governor. The Tulsa Metro Chamber, on the campus of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, will host the second and final gubernatorial debate on Oct. 28. More information on each of the candidates can be found on their respective campaign websites: Jari Askins,, and Mary Fallin,

United Way UCO


An Illinois gubernatorial candidate’s name was mistakenly listed as “R. Whitey” instead of Rich Whitney on thousands of Chicago electronic-voting machines and will be corrected, elections officials said Thursday. Chicago elections board Chairman Langdon Neal said crews will work overtime to reprogram and retest 530 machines being used for early voting and an additional 4,200 destined for the Nov. 2 election. The mistake in the Green Party candidate’s name appears on a review screen that allows voters to doublecheck their selections and not on the screen where the vote is registered. It also is not on paper ballots, Neal said. He said the board became aware of the typo Wednesday and called Whitney’s lawyer Thursday morning. But Green Party Chairman Phil Huckelberry said a party member found the mistake Tuesday and was brushed off by city election officials for a day. “We don’t have any idea what affect that has had on voters,” Huckelberry said. “I think something needs to be done above and beyond what they’re doing.” Not only has the mistake made Chicago a laughingstock, he said, but “our candidate ... has been tagged with a name that really isn’t that nice.” Early voting began Monday, and about 5,000 ballots have been cast, though that number includes military and overseas paper ballots that weren’t affected, election officials said. The mistake will continue to appear on early voting machines until the weekend, and a notice alerting voters about the problem will appear in the city’s 54 early voting locations until then.

The United Way campaign is in full swing on campus. With the theme of, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” UCO campaign participants are getting creative to meet the goal of $70,000 for the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Nathan Woolard and Stacy McNeiland of Enrollment Central are the co-chairs this year for the campaign efforts here on campus. Following the theme chosen by the United Way, Woolard is the “Tin Man,” and McNeiland is “Dorothy.” In each division at UCO they have the “Flying Monkeys” of each department, as well as the “Munchkins.” These two groups

have their own roles and responsibilities for the campaign. As far as the theme goes, “It gives us a lot of stuff to work with,” Woolard said. When starting the campaign, participants are given a pledge card. This allows them to donate from their payroll or give a one-time gift. Participants can also designate their contributions to a specific agency the United Way supports. “Most of the money that UCO collects for the program is through pledge cards,” Woolard said. According to the United Way campaign brochure, “one in three central Oklahomans received assistance

through United Way of Central Oklahoma funded programs.” Woolard also said that there are some students on campus that would not be going to college if it were not for the efforts of the United Way. “The best thing about United Way, and the reason UCO likes it so much is because it’s a credible organization.” Woolard said. Also in the brochure, the United Way lists all the agencies they help fund. There are 127 programs at 60 partner agencies with five focus areas of successful kids, strong families, independent living, healthy citizens and community preparedness. The campaign started on Oct. 4 and ends on Oct. 29. There are currently many different fundraisers going on in different departments on campus. On Wednesday, the college of business will be hosting a brunch with all the characters from the Wizard of Oz. All attendees will have photo opportunities with the characters. Enrollment management is selling jean days for faculty and staff, as well as cookie sales from Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, Penny Wars and much more. These are just some of the many fundraising events and efforts that UCO faculty and

staff are putting together. All the proceeds from these events go to the United Way. “We’re one of the largest donors as an institution to the United Way of Central Oklahoma,” Woolard said. Since their start with participating in the United Way campaign, UCO has continued to raise more and more money each year. “There was a 35 percent increase from 1999 to 2009, which is pretty significant,” Woolard said. Woolard says the three C’s that UCO embodies is a big reason why they are able to raise so much money for the United Way. “I think the United Way personally embodies the character, community and civility, the three C’s that UCO provides,” Woolard said. Woolard explains another reason why UCO is able to give so much time and money, because of the people here on campus. “This is a teaching institution, and people, instructors, faculty members, come here because they want to teach and they want to be in the classroom, and they want to provide to the general well being of our population,” Woolard said. “The people here genuinely care.”

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OCT. 19, 2010

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AN AMERICAN DETENTION By Ryan Costello / Senior Staff Writer In March 2003, Abdullah al-Kidd, an American citizen born in Kansas, and former star running back at Idaho University, was at Dulles International Airport en route to Saudi Arabia for work on a doctorate in Islamic studies. Before boarding his flight, Kidd was handcuffed, arrested and would spend the next 16 days naked and shackled in federal detention facilities across three states. The arrest was authorized after an affidavit falsely claimed that Kidd’s ticket was for a “one-way, first-class flight” costing approximately $5,000. The actual ticket was for a round trip sitting in coach, and was bought for $1,700. Kidd, who in a 2004 interview described himself as, “antibin Laden, anti-Taliban, anti-suicide bombing, anti-terrorism,” was detained based on a policy set by former attorney general John Ashcroft that allowed authorities to use a law meant to hold material witnesses to imprison him without pressing charges. Kidd was never used as a witness. The recklessly conducted investigation, along with the circumstances of his detention, prompted Kidd to sue Ashcroft for the alleged unconstitutional use of the material witness law. After winning the right to commence with the suit in the United States’ Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the case will now be heard at the highest level after the Supreme Court agreed Monday to rule on the suit’s validity. The federal government is reportedly urging justices to overturn the appeals court’s ruling and disallow the lawsuit on the grounds that future use of the material witness law could be hamstrung if a precedent is set that prosecutors could be held personally liable. What federal officials fail to see is that there is a degree to which the defense of a country infringes upon the liberty of its citizens. Kidd’s predicament, a picture of a lone American citizen whose rights were nullified by legislative policy, was not one that the Founding Fathers had envisioned when they laid the groundwork for a nation. Nor was the refusal of his ability to defend himself a planned result of the dream of a government for, by and of the people. No, it wasn’t something the architects of America had planned for the future citizens of their experiment. It was something that they themselves wanted to escape and that they had meant to protect their sons and daughters from. The legion of lawmakers tasked with curtailing the rights of one man must remember their lineage, and give Kidd his day in court.

“I am going to Santa Bar- “I’m going camping at West bara, California to visit my Watkins with my family.” dad.”

“Going to Arizona for Area51, because it seems interesting and I’ve never been there.”

By Pakriti Adhikari / Cartoonist


OCT. 19, 2010



MUSEUM GETS A HAND FROM HIDEAWAY UCO’s Laboratory of History Museum held a fundraiser at Hideaway Pizza last week in order to raise money for supplies and its new exhibit, Territorial Normal School of Oklahoma. The fundraiser lasted from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 13. For every person who purchased food from the Hideaway Pizza, located on 2nd and Littler St., and mentioned UCO’s Laboratory of History Museum, 15 percent of net sales were given to the museum. “The fundraiser was to get funds for the museum operations such as getting supplies that we need, working on contribution of artifacts, getting new cases, just things that we need for operating the museum,� Thomaira Babbit, a teacher’s assistant for the History and Geography Department at UCO, said. According to the Laboratory of History Museum’s website, “The new exhibit will feature information about the Land Run of 1889, the founding of Edmond, the establishment of the Territorial Normal School of Oklahoma (UCO), the construction of Old North, and the home lives and school lives of students during the time period (1890-1904).� “It’s important because it was the first higher education institution in the state,� Babbit said, regarding the new exhibit. “We are older than OU and OSU and it’s important to bring awareness of the education that the school has always promoted since the 1890s,� she said. The museum currently has a temporary African American exhibit that spans from UCO’s founding to 2010 Babbit said. It also has several different permanent galleries including artifacts from Native Americans, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, early Edmond and early UCO. There are several programs available through the museum such as Historic Walking Tours, UCO History PowerPoint presenta-

tions given to Success Central classes, regular tours of the museum and a scavenger hunt activity available to visitors, Babbit said. The museum is located in Evans Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. There are over 1,000 objects and artifacts in the museum galleries for visitation and viewing, but not everything in the collection is on display she said. According to the museum’s website, it was founded in 1915 by Lucy J. Hampton, a history professor, who originally named it the Laboratory of Original Evidence. It was not until 1974 that it was changed to the Laboratory of History Museum by Dr. Royce Peterson, also a history professor and director of the museum. Today it is directed by Heidi Vaughn, UCO alumna, who was hired to be the first full-time director in 2008. “The museum is completely and totally run by students,� Babbit said. Through it, students try to get hands on and professional experience, she said. Currently the museum is trying to do more outreach in the community, Babbit said. They visit elementary schools and high schools to raise awareness of the museum. “My favorite part of the museum is probably the World War II gallery,� Babbit said. In this gallery there is an original copy of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler that a student brought back from Germany when Hitler’s apartment was raided, she said. While Babbit is unsure of the number of people who visit the museum per semester, she said they do about five or six tours for Success Central classes in the first few weeks of school with each class consisting of 20-25 students. They also do several presentations and have many visitors wander the museum from time to time throughout the semester she The UCO’s Laboratory of History Museum held a fundraiser at Hideaway Pizza in order to raise money for supplies and its new exhibit, Territorial Norman School of Oklahoma. said. P H OTO BY K AT H L EEN WEL L S

By Jessica Bruha/ Staff Writer





UCO’s dance department will be collarborating with the art department to host a fundraiser to help support the dance department’s student tours to Italy and France.

By Christie Southern / Contributer Writer UCO’s dance department will be collaborating with the art department to host a fundraiser that will help support the dance department’s student tours to Italy and France. Students will be given the opportunity to decorate pointe shoes that were donated to the dance department about twenty years ago. Contestants will be eligible for first, second, and third place prizes including a $50 gift card from 501, tickets to the Oklahoma City Ballet, a $25 gift card to Panera Bread and Hobby Lobby, a $10 gift card to Starbucks and Hobby Lobby, and various UCO items such as T-shirts. “It gives an incentive to the art students and whatever we sell we get to use for the student tours,� Robyn Pasternack, assistant professor for the Dance department said. The decorated pointe shoes will be displayed in the art department gallery by Oct. 23. The judging will occur Oct. 26. Judges are still undetermined, but will incorporate a variety of people from the campus. “We are still pulling our jury together,� Pasternack said. “We are asking around for people from other colleges other than the Fine Arts and Design, if not administration or other people from our program [will judge the contest.]�

The ballet shoes will be then be sold during the Oklahoma High School Dance Festival and UCO’s Kaleidoscope Fall Concert, Nov. 4-6. “This is our first year [to host the contest],� Pasternack said. “We plan to do this for the next three years.� The pointe shoes contest is open to all students. For more information, contact Robyn Pasternack at or call at 405-974-5645. Students can also contact the Art department to sign up and receive pointe shoes. The deadline for the design competition will be Oct. 25. The Kaleidoscope Dance Company performs two annual campus concerts and several tours every year. Kaleidoscope has received numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance, USA and Mid-America Arts Alliance. This is the first year that Dance department will host the Oklahoma High School Dance Festival. The two-day festival will include dance students ages 12 and up with all levels of classes in ballet, modern jazz, hip-hop, flamenco, African dance and more. High school seniors will also have the opportunity to perform their choreography for the Oklahoma State Superintendent’s Excellence in the Arts Award.


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OCT. 19, 2010 Opinion

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NO RELIEF FOR JOB CRISIS There’s no relief from the jobs crisis — for everyday Americans or lawmakers facing the midterm elections. The most rampant layoffs of teachers and other local government workers in nearly three decades more than offset weak hiring in the private sector in September, resulting in a net loss of 95,000 jobs. Unemployment remained stuck at 9.6 percent. The jobless rate has been at or above 9.5 percent for a year and two months, the longest stretch since the Great Depression. The “underemployment” rate adds part-time workers who would rather work full time and jobless people who aren’t actively seeking work. It now exceeds 17 percent. The glum economic picture came Friday in the Labor Department’s last monthly jobs report before the November election. Voter frustration over jobs threatens to cost Democrats control of the House and perhaps the Senate. “We have to keep doing everything we can to accelerate this recovery,” President Barack Obama said. “The only piece of economic news that folks still looking for work want to hear is, ‘You’re hired.’ And everything we do is dedicated to make that happen.” The combination of limp hiring by businesses and more governments layoffs expected means unemployment could rise to 10 percent again this year or next. When Obama took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent. Republicans pointed to the weak jobs report as evidence of Democrats’ failed economic policies. They argued that the $814 billion stimulus has contributed to bloated federal deficits but done little to create jobs. Most economists say job losses would have been deeper and unemployment higher if not for the tax cuts and additional government spending. “As Americans, we have to decide: Do we want another two years of job-killing policies out of Washington?” said House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio. In an Associated Press-GfK poll taken in September, 92 percent of Americans said the economy was an extremely or very important issue. And 79 percent said the economy was in bad shape, compared with 15 percent who said it was healthy. September was the fourth straight month in which the economy has lost jobs. Layoffs of government workers, including temporary Census Bureau employees, drove the decline. Most census jobs have already expired, but others have lasted longer. In all, the economy shed 159,000 jobs in the public sector, including 76,000 at the local level, most of them teachers. It was the largest cut by local governments in 28 years. One reason the spike is showing up now is that teachers who were notified of their layoffs when school ended in spring fell off the payrolls in September. That’s the case for Georgia middle school teacher Candy Murdock, a mother of 13. Despite seven years of experience and certifications in Spanish, biology and English for speakers of other languages, Murdock was laid off in the spring. “I can’t just retire now like a lot of people are doing, because I taught part-time for so many years when my kids were young, and it doesn’t count toward retirement,” said Murdock, 56. “And I just can’t go back and retrain. I already did that once.” More layoffs are expected from state and local governments despite a $26 billion aid package that Obama signed into law in August. The recession devastated state and local budgets. Without any big rise in sales, companies are not adding jobs fast enough to make up for the losses. Private businesses add-



By Christopher S. Rugaber Jeannine Aversa/ Associated Press


Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke attracts a crowd as he walk across the Princeton University campus after giving a a public lecture in Alexander Hall’s Richardson Auditorium onFriday, September 24, 2010, in Princeton, N.J.

ed only 64,000 positions last month, only about half what it takes to keep up with the growing work force. There are now 14.8 million people officially unemployed in the United States, and even that figure doesn’t capture the suffering. People out of work who have stopped looking for jobs are not counted as unemployed. Adding those people plus others who are working part time but would prefer full-time jobs, nearly 27 million are “underemployed” — 17.1 percent of American adults, up from 16.7 percent in August and close to a record. The persistent jobs crisis makes it all but certain the Federal Reserve will act at its Nov. 2-3 meeting to try to rejuvenate the economy. The Fed will likely buy billions more in government debt to further drive down rates on mortgages, corporate loans and other debt. The idea is that even cheaper loans might get Americans to increase spending and boost the economy. That prospect lifted stocks on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 11,000 for the first time since May. It finished up nearly 58 points to 11,006. On Main Street, however, the outlook for the economy hasn’t brightened much in more than a year, even though the recession technically ended and the economy began slowly growing last summer. Congress failed to pass an extension of tax cuts, enacted in 2001 and 2003 under President George W. Bush, before leaving town for the midterms. As it stands now, most Americans would face a tax increase Jan. 1. In the private sector, hiring in September was led by 34,000 new jobs at bars and restaurants, but those tend to pay less than government work and offer fewer benefits, if any. Factories cut 6,000 jobs last month. Construction companies sliced 21,000. Both industries tend to pay higher wages than jobs in the service sector, such as work at chain stores. Retailers added about 6,000 positions. The recession wiped out 7.3 million jobs, the most of any downturn since World War II, and economists say it will take at least until the middle of this decade to recover them. “The areas where private job growth was the strongest are industries that aren’t usually considered high-quality employment,” said Michael Feroli, economist at JPMorgan Chase Bank. “The labor market remains stuck in the mud.”

On Friday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said more action to stimulate the weak economy may be justified. Below are ten of the biggest steps the central bank has taken since the recession began in December 2007. WHAT THE FED DID…


Oct. 15

Bernanke says weak economy supports more action, such as purchases of Treasury bonds

Buying bonds would lower mortgage and other interest rates, spurring more borrowing and spending

Sept. 21

Fed policymakers formally open door to purchasing Treasury bonds to boost economy

The Fed can’t lower its benchmark interest rate more, but could buy Treasury bonds and securities to lower longer-term rates

Aug. 10

Decides to use money generated from its massive mortgage portfolio to buy government debt

Keep longer-term interest rates low, to spur more borrowing and spending by individuals and businesses

April 30

With economy showing signs of healthy growth, offers the equivalent of certificates of deposit to banks

Encourage banks to park cash at Fed, to drain cash the Fed had injected into the economy in order to loosen credit

Extends mortgage-secu rity buying program to March 31, 2010, rather than end of 2009

Keep mortgage rates low


Sept. 23

Announces it will purchase more than $1.7 March 18 trillion of mortgage-backed securities and Treasury bonds

Lower interest rates on mortgages and other loans to help lift the economy out of recession

Says it is prepared to buy Treasury bonds and expand other programs to make credit available.

Loosen credit after banks cut back on lending in midst of financial crisis

Dec. 16

Cuts the short-term interest rate it controls to between zero and 0.25 percent, a record low

Lower interest rates throughout economy and spur more borrowing and spending


Creates several programs to extend credit to banks and other financial institutions

Keep credit flowing in midst of financial crisis, as banks cut back sharply on lending

Sets up new facility to provide short-term loans to banks

Encourage banks to lend to each other in order to keep costs of borrowing low for businesses and individuals

Jan. 28



Dec. 12



Top 10 steps the Fed has taken since the recession began 2010


Hey ladies look out, because I’m a poetry-writing, songsinging, flower-bringing, door-opening, dinner-buying, actively-listening, chic-flick movie-watching kind of guy who wants to woo you off your feet, court you passionately, and then bring you home to meet my momma. Some might say that chivalry is dead, and a few might even argue that it is the feminist movement that strangled it, but I am not thoroughly convinced that it ever existed in the first place. Now, as any young man who grew up in a household with a single mother and five lovely sisters can tell you, nobody has it harder then women living in a man’s world.

Some might say that chivalry is dead, and a few might even argue that it is the feminist movement that strangled it, but I am not thoroughly convinced it ever existed in the first place. It is no secret that women outnumber men in terms of population, and when they finally decide to utilize the full potential of their anatomic and cognitive power, will rightfully rule the world. At present, the question of a women’s identity is hindered by a struggle to balance the traditional gender roles, and a dedication to being an independent, successful and career-oriented lady. You may have heard of the Socialist, Marxist and Radical Muslims leading a silent coup against our Neo-Conservative, free-market, Christian values and the threat it poses to women’s rights. Sharia Law is a term that I was not aware of until recently, but some of the concepts it embraces seemed eerily familiar. The rule of thumb for the fairer sex in Islam requires a girl to submit to her husband, and it also limits her legal, social and political voice. At least in the U.S. women don’t need a law to know their place. The Oklahoma state legislature is as concerned for women as I am. A newly proposed piece of legislation would effectively limit the courts ability to use foreign laws or international cases as a precedent for a judge’s ruling. The potential for Oklahoma courts to use an oppressive, religiously motivated law against women like Sharia is a serious concern. Especially, since Oklahoma has the eighth highest rate of teen pregnancy in the nation, and statistically, ranks among the bottom for both income and wages, earning only seventy-five cents for every dollar men earn. In addition to incarcerating more woman than any other state, Oklahoma is also the 48th overall worst in terms of a female’s quality of life. Unless you’re dead from the neck down, you may have noticed the large number of beautiful young ladies strolling across campus. In fact, there are more women graduating from colleges then ever before, and the majority of them are no longer satisfied with an M.R.S. degree. And let me tell you, there is nothing more intimidating then a girl who is not only prettier than you but smarter too. Seriously though, I have enough problems as it is. The increasing number of women graduates comes as little surprise, considering the nature of a women’s threshold for pain, yet the song remains the same in the corporate, political and social arenas. Presently, only one in five CEO’s are female and women legislators still only make up an disproportionately low percentage of Congress. It goes without saying that political rhetoric rarely matches up with reality. As far as our countries current stance, the equality of women cannot be actualized just by saying the right things and creating an enemy that when compared side by side with our way of life could easily be considered worse, but let us not forget that anytime we must choose between the lesser of two evils, the result is still inherently evil. Light it up, A.J. Black



OCT. 19, 2010



Jazz Lab



Micah Rainey, freshman jazz guitar major, sits on his bed with his guitar. In addition to the time he spends at the UCO Jazz Lab, Rainey jams in a band with friends in his garage.

By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer In the garage of his childhood home, freshman jazz guitar major Micah Rainey practices with his band Space Toast. The garage is just like any other. Bike helmets, basketballs and cans of brake fluid line the shelves along the wall. The only true distinction between this garage and most like it is that there are not any cars inside. In place of a vehicle, an electric piano, drum kit and two sets of amps and guitar pedals now dominate the space. On this particular evening, the band’s bass player could not make it. The electric part of his electric bass had gone out on him. But tonight, the band is just jamming and playing with some ideas and riffs. Rainey picked up guitar at age 15 and started taking lessons. At a younger age, he had taken piano lessons, but he said his skills for guitar flowed quicker and easier than they did for the piano. After a year of lessons, he joined a band. “I poured most of my high school time into my band,” Rainey said. “There was times where my parents were like, ‘You should be doing school and not playing guitar.’ Fortunately now, my school is my guitar.” Rainey started college this year at UCO, and he chose to major in jazz guitar. “To be honest, I wasn’t really going to go to college,” he said. But before choosing UCO, he thought that if he wanted to go to a school some-

where, it had to be for music. He started looking at places outside of Oklahoma and around north Texas. “But then I realized UCO has an amazing jazz lab in Edmond. So why would I go out of state to some other school when I have everything for music school right here?” he said. Rainey said he is also interested in the business program offered by the Academy of Contemporary Music. For now, he is finding the work at the jazz lab to be hard enough work, “Every time I walk into a lesson with Danny Vaughan, he’s the guitar instructor at the jazz lab, he challenges me to get better,” Rainey said. Rainey has an individual lesson with Vaughan once a week, and it is the first time he has had guitar lessons since he was 15. “The level of expectation is really high,” Rainey said. Listening to jazz guitarists, Rainey said he used to think they were the best guitarists he had ever heard. Now he said that is what he is trying to aspire to. “It’s so sporadic, and it’s so abstract. It just intrigues me,” he said. Most of the technique of his jazz training is different from the style he plays with his band Space Toast. The group came together only a few months ago. In late June, Crosby Bray, a friend of Rainey through church, approached him about starting a reggae band. “I was like, ‘Dude. I’ll play guitar for you anyway,’” he said. From there, it was just a matter of

finding the rest of the band. Rainey said it was not a hard decision deciding who would play bass, and keys. The other members are from the church Rainey and Bray attend, and they all play in the church’s praise and worship band. After a meeting during a young adults gathering, the band got together and came up with the name. Rainey said he is still unsure how it came up, but nobody is complaining.

Scan this tag to see a video of Micah Rainey playing with his band Space Toast “The name just clicked,” he said. So far, the band has only played two events. One was at a young adults gathering with his church, the other was a yoga fundraiser. Rainey does not count the latter as a gig, but as a favor. Rainey said it is hard to try and

put the sound of Space Toast into a single genre. “It’s probably something, slash something, slash something. I couldn’t put a genre to it,” he said. “We like playing reggae, but sometimes we stray so far from reggae we don’t know what genre we’re playing. It’s probably psychedelic experimental reggae, slash, rock the freak out. I’ll let people decide, but it’s mainly reggae.” Back at the practice, the band plays on for over ten minutes until they hit  a moment  of  fumbling. At that point, everyone realigns, tries another riff, and gets going again. Bray, the drummer, holds a lot of power with the group, setting both the beat as well as volume. Midway through a jam, he pulls a tambourine off a drum stand and just goes to town “This is how we play,” Rainey said while smiling. “You know what that verse sounds like? Jewish reggae,” Bray said. The guys in the band laugh, then they try to see how to improve from their improvisation. Six feet away, at the other side of the garage, Rainey bent over his pedal board singing to himself,”Jewish Reggae!” Rainey’s pedal board has five parts. By far the largest pedal is a big black box that hangs over the side. The pedal has its name written in white type on one side, “Cry Baby.” When he steps onto the pedal, the  sound becomes strained, and true to its name, the guitar sounds

like it is crying out for help. Also on the board are other extravagant name effects such as “Super Overdrive,” “Tube Screamer,” “Sparkle Drive,” and “Echo Park.” Off to the side sits Rainey’s case. Lined with plush red velvet, his guitar travels in style, resting on top of a green pocket folder with the word “guitar” written on in permanent marker. The floor is a mess of cables. Surge protectors plugged into extension cords, amps  plugged into the same circuit as an electric piano and two lamps. Also dirt. Lots and lots of dirt. When the band picks up to max volume, thoughts are only passing whispers in comparison. Even the quiet moments are loud. Where as normal songs are like poetry, Space Toast’s music is more like a painting. With no true beginning or end, and no words to tell you how to feel, listeners get to pick their own meaning. Rainey said that is something that he enjoys about playing instrumental music. While still tiring and a lot of work, Rainey said Space Toast is not as taxing on him as jazz guitar. “I’ve never had to pour myself into music as much as I do at the jazz lab. It’s my homework,” he said. Rainey can be seen performing with the guitar ensemble as part of the UCO Jazz Combos on Oct. 25 at the UCO Jazz Lab at 7 p.m. Space Toast currently does not have a website, but their next show is scheduled for sometime in December.




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OCT. 19, 2010


OKC Barons

BARONS WIN FIRST GAMES OF SEASON By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor The Oklahoma City Barons decided that this past weekend was the perfect time to break out, and they did so with a bang. Despite losing their first three games, their third being an overtime loss, the Barons turned in two straight wins on Saturday and Sunday. The Barons’ first two wins in their inaugural season came by way of a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Lake Erie, and a dominating 8-2 showing on the road in Houston. The visiting Lake Erie Monsters leapt out to an early 3-0 lead, which included an unprecedented two shorthanded goals on the same power play on Saturday night. But in front of a crowd of roughly 3,300 loud and enthusiastic fans, the Barons would not be denied the first win in franchise history and their first of the season. After being down by three, the Barons netted four unanswered goals en-route to a 4-3 victory. The Barons first strike came at 11:25 of the second period. Brad Moran scored, assisted by Alexandre Giroux and Colin McDonald. It was Moran’s first goal of the season, and his first of three on the night. Moran scored again, pulling the Barons within one at 15:37 in the second period. McDonald once again, was credited with the assist. Moran continued to dig the home team out of their hole by recording the first hat trick in Oklahoma City Barons’ history at 15:36 in the third. The crowd was on their feet and the team was firing on all cylinders. With just 1:23 remaining in the game, Linus Omark took a beautiful pass from Liam Reddox along the right wing and fired the puck across the face of Lake Erie’s goaltender. The shot floated under the right arm of Monsters’ goalie John Grahame and the arena practically erupted with cheers.


Oklahoma City Barons win weekend games against the Lake Erie Monsters during their inaugural season.

The Barons celebrate a goal in Saturday night’s 4-3, comeback win over Houston. OKC battled back from being down by three early, to win their first game in team history.

“I knew it was going to come if I kept working hard,” Omark said of his first goal of the season. “It’s a great win. We had a bad start but we can turn it around.” The team would hold on in the final minute and some change, and got their first win of the season. Goaltender Martin Gerber made 24 saves, including several huge stops late in the game. “It’s huge for us,” Oklahoma City center Moran said following the 4-3 win on Friday night. “There’s a lot of new guys and winning brings guys together. Coming from behind is

a bonus on top of that. We don’t want to do it every night but we know we can do it.” The Barons did not have to comeback on Sunday night against the Houston Aeros. They led the entire game, exploding out the gate for a 3-0 lead. Giroux, former league scoring leader, scored his first goal of the season 3:20 into the first period. That score was assisted by Moran and Matt Marquardt. 3:55 into the second period, Giroux added his second goal of the night, this time on the power play. He was assisted by Jeff Petry and Shawn Belle.

Colin McDonald put the Barons up 3-0 with a goal at the 14:16 mark of the second frame. McDonald was assisted by Moran and Belle. Houston made an attempt at a comeback, scoring at 16:07 of the second period, and then again at 1:55 in the third. But the Barons put a quick stop to that. Petry scored 5:11 into the third and final frame. The goal was assisted by Omark and Belle. It was Oklahoma City’s second power play goal of the night. At 8:05 in the third, Reddox then put the puck past Houston goaltender, Matt Hackett. The lights never came on, but the play was reviewed and the goal was awarded to Reddox. The assists were credited to Ryan O’marra and goaltender Bryan Pitton. It was the first shorthanded goal of the season, and the first in Barons’ history. Omark, who scored the game-winner on Saturday night, decided to get in on the scoring himself with just under five minutes to go in the game. Omark went on a breakaway and shot the puck through Hackett. The goal, assisted by Chris Vande Velde, gave Oklahoma City a 6-2 lead. The rout was on. Barons’ rookie, Teemu Hartikainen, scored at 16:33 in the final period as well. That power play goal was assisted by Milan Kytnar and Matt Marquardt. Vande Velde rounded out the Barons’ scoring at 18:11 of the third. He was assisted by Marquardt and Richard Petiot. OKC won the game despite being out-shot, 31-29. Bryan Pitton made 29 saves in his first start in net for the Barons. The Barons play the Lake Erie Monsters at home on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. It is “Dollar Beer Night.”

Sports Opinion

By Michael Collins / Sports Writer Ok, before I give my little rant on a few different athletes from a few different sports, I want to say I am not arguing guilt, or saying that cheating on your wife could ever be considered “ok.”Having said that, there are five athletes who in the last few years have had very big mistakes; Tiger Woods, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick, Kobe Bryant and now Brett Farve. I don’t think there is a person alive who doesn’t know what and with whom, Tiger Woods had sex with while he was cheating on his wife. It was in every newspaper, TV show and every social media forum a person could find. Woods reputation was tarnished so bad that many people think that he will never fully recover. I still can’t believe everything that was published turned out to be true, and it’s truly amazing (in a bad way). Having said that, I bet there are going to be some people reading this story that have no idea what I’m talking about when I say good ole Brett Farve has been accused of “sexting” and sending inappropriate pictures and voicemails to the Jets game day host Jenn Sterger. The reason I bring those two players up first is because I assume everyone reading this story knows their accomplishments and has grown up watching these two dominate their respective sports. Now I personally think the media is way too critical of athletes and their personal lives, because it really is none of their business what they do outside of their sport. But I take exception to there being a double standard. The race card gets thrown in and out of conversations so many times, that many people just shrug it off. Think about it though, Farve wears Wrangler jeans and is the favorite “white” son, while Tiger, who technically is not fully African American, had been dominating a completely white sport for years. But if this is your first time hearing about Brett Farve and his “sexting” scandal, then you’re the exact reason I am writing this. How come the media hasn’t blown up Farve like it did Tiger Woods? The next two players I’ll bring up are Kobe Bryant and Ben Roethlisberger. They both

were accused of raping two different women. Remember, I’m not arguing if what they did was ok, It was wrong in more ways than I have fingers. It was the summer of 2003 when the world was rocked from the Bryant sex scandal. The golden boy was accused of raping Katelyn Faber, a Colorado hotel employee. I personally don’t think he “raped” her, but like I said I am not arguing guilt. The media sent Bryant down a hill so deep, that even though he just won his fifth NBA championship ring, he still has not recovered all of the fans he lost. Mr. Roethlisberger on the other hand was accused earlier this year of raping a Georgia college co-ed. He was handed a weak fourgame suspension, and to some degree he was vilified by the media, but he is a two-time Super Bowl winner and is in every right as big of a player in his sport than Kobe has been in his. But Big Ben returned to action this past Sunday and nothing was even said about his assault case. Bryant is still booed in Denver when he plays the Nuggets. I said it earlier but I’ll say it again, I don’t like using the race card, but the non-white player is still taking hits from his alleged assault case, while the white player had his alleged assault case swept under the rug. One last player I will bring up who is by far the least serious in my mind, Michael Vick. Before I get hate mail from PETA, I do have my very own beautiful beagle named Candy. I personally love dogs and can’t imagine anyone ever trying to hurt one. But my goodness all that was ever proven in court was Vick bankrolled a dog-fighting ring. Now whether he actually killed the dogs or had a bigger part of the operation I have no idea, but on a moral standard, I think that raping a college co-ed or sending pictures of your private parts to women other than your wife, seems just a little bit more wrong than bankrolling a dog fighting ring. Vick served two years in prison, which is more than any other athlete I have mentioned, and was scorned by every critic, organization and person in the world. I just wonder if my all-time favorite quarter-



FILE - This Oct. 12, 2010, file photo shows Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre leaving the field after a 29-20 loss to the New York Jets in an NFL football game, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Vikings and Favre have endured plenty of drama already this season with the scandal surrounding Favre and the questions about his health and his performance on the field. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

back Troy Aikman had done this same thing if the media would have treated him this same way. To give the media a tiny break, this is one of the only cases I have ever heard of like this, so maybe it wasn’t a black or white thing, but I can’t help but wonder. I could go on and on about white and black athletes and the double standard, like how Barry Bonds allegedly used steroids and everyone wants to take his records away, but Roger Clemons who also allegedly used steroids just sort of slipped away into the darkness.

There are hundreds of cases of media bias, but that’s always going to happen. All I want is an even playing field for all the colors of the rainbow. Black, white or any other race, players should be judged by what they do on the field or off the field, not by the color of their skin. It’s sad that even now, with our first black president, we still can’t get by race factor. Maybe one day it will happen, but I’m not holding my breath.



OCT. 19, 2010

UCO Football

HOMECOMING HEARTBREAK By Michael Collins / Sports Writer

UCO running back Josh Birmingham runs past a Southeastern defender on Saturday.

say the offense continued to roll while, you guessed it, the Broncho defense gave up a whole lot of points. The second half actually started better than the first half. With the Bronchos getting on the board first, Birmingham ripped another long run, a 66-yard run put the Bronchos up 35-10, and gave Birmingham his third score of the game. That’s about it for the Broncho offense in the third quarter. Now for the not-so-good stuff. The defense allowed 24 points in the third quarter to let the Storm right back into the ball game. Three scores from the air, and a field goal made the


This is not déjà vu, but this past Saturday the Bronchos football team suffered yet another loss in a close ball game. A game that saw the most points scored in Wantland Stadium history was decided by two kickers with the same first name, Chris Robbs of UCO, and Chris Peoples of Southeastern. Homecoming started off with a bang for the Bronchos; they took a 21-3 lead after one quarter of play. Their defense was flying around making plays, and as usual the offense was doing their thing. After an early field goal by afore mentioned Peoples, the Bronchos rattled off 21 straight points. Ethan Sharp tossed a touchdown to Tucker Holland, and Josh Birmingham broke off touchdown runs of 60 and 33 yards. The defense in the first quarter was great, after being marred by inconsistency all season. After the opening field goal they gave up, they forced a three-and-out punt, and interception and recovered a fumble. I don’t think John Madden himself could have drawn that type of start up for a team. The second quarter was a little bit of a wash, neither team produced much offensively, but the Bronchos defense helped its own cause by scoring on a scoop and score by Kerry Wallace. Southeastern also scored on an 11-yard pass from Logan Turner to Aaron Stringfellow. At halftime, the score was 28-10. It was by far the best half of football played by UCO all season. The defense finally looked like they had their stuff together and the offense was producing like normal. In the second half, only one of the two units would continue to stay hot. If you have been following the Bronchos this season, it seems almost pointless to


The Bronchos lose to Southeastern Oklahoma State 56-55 in overtime to fall to 2-5 on the season.

score 35-34. After an 11-play drive to start the fourth quarter off, the Storm scored on a one-yard touchdown run by Baylen Laury. Laury also caught the two-point conversion, which gave the Storm their first lead since early in the first quarter at 42-35. Trailing for the first time since the score was 3-0, UCO quarterback Sharp wasted no time in getting the score tied back up. He hooked up with Daniel Morrell for a 23-yard score that saw the Bronchos use only three plays while covering 61 yards. The Bronchos would add a late score with

only a minute left on the clock when Sharp hooked up with Carter Whitson for a 38-yard score that put UCO up by seven. With time running out, it looked as if the Bronchos had finally conquered their previous close game demons. But as has been the case all year, it was just not meant to be. The Storm drove down the throats of the Broncho defense, and scored on the last play of regulation when Turner threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Chad Laury, and after Peoples kicked, the score was knotted up at 49 a piece, In overtime, UCO scored on its first possession when Birmingham rushed for a 12-yard score. All was well in Edmond until the ghost of footballs past blew Robbs’ extra point try just wide enough to where it clanked off the goal post. After that, it was the same ole song and dance number, the Storm scored on a fiveyard run by Baylen Laury, and unlike Robbs, Peoples made his point after attempt and took the air right out of Wantland Stadium. Just like that, the Bronchos went from salvaging their season, to falling to 2-5. And not to point the blame at anyone, but Coach Mike Leach used to say while he was at Texas Tech, “If my defense can hold the opposing team to fewer than 50 points were going to win.” The offense held up their end of the deal, by putting up 55 points, but I don’t know what to say about a defense that gives up 56 points. This coming Saturday, the Bronchos will take on Northeastern State up in Tahlequah. To try and give a prediction of what kind of game it will be would be pointless. So maybe a nice prayer to the football gods, and the Bronchos just might sneak out of there with a win. But who knows.

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UCO defensive lineman Anthony Horn (92) celebrates a fumble recovery on Saturday. The Broncho defense allowed 56 points in the 56-55 overtime loss to SEOSU.

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