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GOVERNOR CANDIDATES Lt. Governor Jari Askins was the first announced candidate for governor for the 2010 race. Askins has served in all three branches of Oklahoma government, including work as a special district judge and in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Before entering politics, Askins practiced law in Oklahoma. In 2006, Askins was elected to Lt. Governor, replacing the role previously held by Mary Fallin as Fallin went on to Congress.
Republican Congresswoman Mary Fallin has served 20 years of public service. Fallin entered politics in 1990 when she was elected as a state representative. She became the first woman lieutenant governor in 1995 and held the position for the maximum 12 years. In 2006, she was elected to U.S. Congress as a representative to the House of Representatives. A poll of 753 likely voters conducted by Sooner Poll between Oct. 18 and Oct. 23 had Fallin likely to win with 56
LT. GOVERNOR CANDIDATES Democrat State Senator Kenneth Corn has been in the State Senate since 2002, representing State Senate district 4, which includes Sallisaw and Poteau. Prior to serving as a state senator, Corn served on the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1998-2002. Corn is currently the youngest serving senator and the second youngest state senator in state history.
Republican State Senator Todd Lamb was elected to his first term in the Oklahoma State Senate in 2004. Lamb represents the constituents of State Senate district 47 including northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond. State Senator Lamb was re-elected to his Senate Seat in 2008 without opposition. Prior to his time in the state senate, Lamb worked with previous Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating in the governor’s office from 1994 to 1998.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVES CANDIDATES Republican candidate James Lankford is running to fill the vacancy left by previous Oklahoma representative Mary Fallin. Lankford is currently the director of Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, the largest Christian camp in the United States, and the oldest Christian camp in Oklahoma. Lankford has never served in political office.
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A: A voters polling place is listed on their voter registration card. Otherwise, to find your polling place, contact your county election board. The phone number for Oklahoma County’s election board is 713-1515. Voters are not required to present their voter registration card to vote.
DID YOU KNOW? Coca-Cola would be green if coloring were not added to it.
Q: Can I vote in person before Tuesday? A: Yes. Votes registered in Oklahoma County can vote at the county election board Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The address for the country election board is 4201 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City 73105. Q: Will my ballot be counted if I don’t vote every race on it? What if I leave some races blank?
A: No. To vote in the election Tuesday, you have had to sign up to vote before Oct 8.
A: Whether you vote in all races that appear on your ballot, in only some of the races, or in only one race, any vote you cast is always counted. If you prefer not to vote for a candidate or a question, you are entitled to make that choice. It will not affect the counting of your votes in any other races on your ballot.
Q: I’m registered to vote in Tulsa, can I vote somewhere in Edmond?
Q: May I write in a candidates name on my ballot?
A: No. Voters can only vote at their designated polling place in the county they registered to vote.
A: No. Oklahoma law does not permit write-in voting except in special circumstances for military and oversees absentee voting.
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Democratic candidate Billy Coyle is running against James Lankford for Oklahoma’s fifth district congressional seat. Coyle has been privately practicing law since 2003, and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Coyle has never served in political office.
Q: I can’t make it to my polling place Tuesday. Can I still sign up to vote by mail? A: No. The deadline for many counties was Wednesday.
Elections are Tuesday, Nov. 2. Don’t forget to vote.
This is a sample ballot of the upcoming elections. There are 11 State Questions on the back of the ballot. You can find the actual questions at http://www.ok.gov/elections/.
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OCT. 28, 2010
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“In the recent economy, I think it’s really important, since we’re all basically living in poverty.”
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“It’s super important. I’ve been out here [Shack-aThon] for twenty hours already.”
“I think that UCO’s Shacka-Thon does a good job bringing the UCO community together and promotes new friendship and unity.”
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“Yes. I see homeless people on the side of the street and I have never contributed. Being here [Shack-a-Thon] and seeing what it’s like helps me see things in their shoes.
“I find it important because it helps other people know how life is without money. It makes people more aware.”
“...any way we can help out others less fortunate than us is important. Everyone should be fired up about it.”
PROS AND CONS OF STATE QUESTION 751 By David Jenkins / UCOSA President Pro Tempore
By Kory Oswald / Editor-In-Chief
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Oklahoma voters will have eleven ballot questions to wade through. One of the questions on the ballot, State Question 751, will require the language to be used in taking official state action to be in English. This ballot question does provide an exemption for Native American languages and for using certain languages required by federal law. If approved, the Oklahoma Legislature would be empowered to define what “official actions” are and to pass laws implementing and enforcing the language requirements. Oklahoma is not the first state to consider making English the official language. Translating documents into various languages cost money. Nothing in the ballot question prohibits the use of translators, speaking in a language other than English, or even requiring Oklahomans to learn to speak, read, and write English. The ballot question, if approved, will simply make Oklahoma exempt from printing official documents in multiple languages, with some exceptions, and it will protect the state of Oklahoma from certain due process and equal protection claims against the state or its agents for only providing documents in English. Opponents of SQ751 may claim that its approval would discourage the understanding of other cultures, rob us of the richness of other languages, and cut off cooperation between different peoples, but I disagree. Nothing in the language of the ballot question explicitly or implicitly suggests any of that. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, I encourage you to vote “Yes” on SQ751.
If Oklahomans approve State Question 751, it will be detrimental to our state revenue and image. The measure amends the state constitution so that English becomes the official state language. This means that no state document will be printed in any other language, except for some Native American languages. The proponents of SQ751 say it is a good idea because it will save the state money. This is true, it will inevitably save the state money in printing costs. However, what we save on printing, we may lose in possible business revenue from foreign investors and legal immigrants that choose to live and do business in a state the does not discriminate. With the passage of Maps 3, it was made clear that Oklahomans in OKC want a more progressive, viable and competitive metro-area. Not only will voting for SQ751 directly nullify that sentiment and progress, it will also give the rest of the world a negative impression of us. Whether proponents want to believe it or not, SQ751 tells everyone that our state will not tolerate diversity. This would be a turnoff for non-english speaking foreign businesses that might consider a business venture in our state.
If a legal immigrant is arrested, the arresting officer will not be obligated to inform that person of their rights in any language except English. The disenfranchisement of a United States citizen is not worth the money saved from not printing a Miranda rights card in another language. Yes, the money may add up when one considers the amount of those cards that would normally be printed, but so would the cases of wrongful arrests and marginalization of citizens. Proponents of SQ751 also claim that there is nothing racist or ethnocentric about SQ751. This is as misguided as the state question itself. One could also claim that there is nothing in the declaration of independence that implicitly or explicitly established African-Americans and women as second-class citizens to the white landowning male. American ideals transcend language, this is one reason our country has been the dominant force in global politics for so long, but SQ751 defies those ideals. It is a feeble attempt to subvert American tradition and the inclusion of other cultures and would cost us more money than it saves us. That is why we should vote against SQ 751. But, grandeur and posturing aside, the state question is just a bad business move for Oklahoma.
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OCT. 28, 2010
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HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN GETS SHACKED UP
Rachel Selby, sophomore photography major, rebuilds her shack after the location of her shack was deemed to be in violation of fire code,
By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer For the shacks in violation of fire code, it was rebuild or go home. On Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 10:15 a.m, several participants in the annual Shack-a-Thon homelessness awareness event were told that they would need to move their shacks out of the sidewalks so fire trucks could still drive through. Lyndsay Holder, director of UCO’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center, said that
the decision to move those shacks came after an inspection by UCO Chief Code Inspector Mike Stephens. Stephens had been out of his office until Tuesday and was unavailable to do the inspection earlier. Holder said this adherence to code is only “a small bump in the road.” “It’s a lesson learned for next year,” Holder said. The VSLC provides students with basic supplies to get started, and the rest they must
provide on their own. A rule being enforced this year is no electricity, which carries an automatic disqualification if broken. This means no electric heaters, TVs, or laptop chargers. Another rule is a complete ban of fire in or around the shacks. The dry nature of the wood and cardboard that line the outsides of the shacks, combined with any cloth material on the inside of the shacks, can make for a highly flammable environment. “That’s why we outlaw fire,” Holder said. At 10:45 a.m., Chris Stiles, sophomore engineering physics major, was rebuilding the shack he built with his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. The fraternity’s shack had previously sat on the sidewalk north of the Human Environmental Sciences building in an area that would have made it difficult for a fire truck to enter. The shack was not sturdy enough to be picked up and moved or dragged. Instead, the fraternity shack had to be rebuilt, piece by piece. Some of the pieces in use are cinderblocks to hold the walls up. Talking to another member of the shack, Stiles said that this is the plan. “That’s our goal. Make it sturdy enough to not fall over,” Stiles said. One shack had already called it quits after the strong winds blew it to pieces. Stiles said the first version of their shack, which had the name “Frat Castle” spraypainted onto a wall, took about three hours to build. The revision of the fraternity’s shack, dubbed the “Shack-sion”, a portmanteau of
shack and mansion, was estimated to have taken between four and five hours to rebuild. Another shack that had to be relocated was that of Sigma Phi Lambda, a non-Pan-Hellenic sorority. Rachel Selby, sophomore photography major, rebuilt her shack Tuesday with the help of some of her sorority sisters, as well as some guys from the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. The rebuilding process for her and her shack took only 45 minutes. “I think we were able to reinforce some things,” Selby said. But after spending two nights outside, and going through a move, Selby says her shack’s materials had been weakened and they would not be spending any additional money on resources. “If it falls apart, it falls apart,” she said. Selby said she would be spending Tuesday night sleeping in her shack but Stiles was not so sure. He said he had academic reasons to spend the night indoors. “I’ll definitely be out here,” Stiles said, “I just don’t know if I’ll stay out here.” Tuesday night was the last night of Shacka-Thon as the event was scheduled to end Wednesday and be cleaned up before 5 p.m.
To watch a video of students rebuilding their shacks after moving them, scan this tag.
Be afraid... be very afraid
HAUNTED HOUSE FEATURES CINEMA HORROR With Halloween coming up, UCO is doing its part in celebrating this holiday. The Student Programming Board is putting on its annual Murdaugh Haunted House. This Haunted House event will take place from 7:30 and will end between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 in the basement of Murdaugh Hall. This event is free of charge and anyone is invited to go see it. This year’s theme is “Cinema Scare,” taking themes from movies and putting them into sections. Each section is a different movie. The SPB is working with the Alpha Psi Omega to have this
‘CARRIE’ This is the story of Carrie White, a lonely and shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers, who is slowly pushed to the edge after frequent bullying from both cruel classmates at her school, and her own religious, but abusive, mother. Soon, she discovers she has telekinetic powers; and when the most gruesome of gags is played on her on prom night, all bets are off.
‘THE EXORCIST’ Something beyond evil is happening in a little girl’s room. Regan has brutally changed both in the way she looks and the way she acts, with violent outbursts on everyone who comes in contact with her. Her worried mother gets in contact with a priest who comes to the conclusion that Regan is possessed. The top priest who can deal with an exorcism, Father Merrin, is called in to help save Regan from the demon inside her.
All movie summaries courtesy of the online Internet Movie Database
event on campus. It will have some members from the SPB and about four Alpha Psi Omega members acting out scenes of movies, such as “Carrie,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “1408,” “Scream,” “The Shining,” “The Exorcist,” and “Haunting in Connecticut.” This event is usually well attended; not just by UCO students, but also the Edmond community. Chris Wilson, advertising major and this year’s vice president of SPB, said, “I remember high school students who came to this in the past.” There is also a dance in the Murdaugh Hall Lobby, will end
around 10:30 p.m. Wilson said, “There will be tour guides for the Haunted House; the people will be lined up outside and then guided to the basement.” Wilson encouraged visitors to come early, around 7 p.m., because people will start lining up. This event should not affect the living conditions in Murdaugh Hall because it takes place in the basement, and most of the residents usually go to see it themselves. “It’s a great venue, because Murdaugh Hall is old; it is perfect to put a Haunted House in there.”
‘SCREAM’ Sidney Prescott, a young teenage girl, whose mother was killed a year before, becomes the target of the mask killer! Her boyfriend Billy Loomis becomes the main suspect along with Sidney’s father. Local Tabloid News Reporter Gail Weathers and Woodsboro’s Deputy Dwight “Dewey” Riley investigate and try to figure out who the killer is and if it’s the same person who killed Sid’s mom the year before.
‘TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSARCE’ A group of friends passing through are stalked and hunted down by a deformed killer with a chainsaw in order to sustain his poor family who can only afford to eat what they kill.
‘THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT’ A family is forced to relocate near a clinic where their teenage son was being treated for cancer. The family begins experiencing violent, supernatural events that the parents first blame on stress from the illness, but they later discover that their new home is a former mortuary with a dark past.
‘THE SHINING’ A man, his son and wife become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel’s past using a telepathic gift known as “The Shining.” The father, Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel’s ghosts. After being convinced by a waiter’s ghost to “correct” the family, Jack goes completely insane. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is “The Shining.”
‘1408’ A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room
1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
OCT. 19, 2010
CHANGE IN CPR GUIDELINES TO ASK NDREW HELP BYSTANDER RESPONSE By Chantal Robatteux /
External Defibrillator) is available for use or EMS arrives and assumes care. Ham said, “It basically comes down to this quote… ‘something is better than nothing.’”
The American Heart Association changed their guidelines on Oct. 18 from the ABC (Airway, Breathing, Compressions) to CAB (Compressions, Airway, Breathing) in the life-saving CPR technique. The American Heart Association said the reason for this change is to improve bystander responses and to simplify CPR for rescuers. The AHA stated this will help use CPR more efficiently because it allows rescuers to begin chest compressions right away. The conventional CPR started with opening the airway and giving mouth-to-mouth, the most difficult task for the rescuer, and also the most timeconsuming. Doing the compressions first lessens this delay. The new CPR guidelines hope to decrease these barriers to performing CPR by letting the rescuer start with the chest compressions first. This change applies to adults, children, and infants, but excludes newborns. The American Red Cross updated its website with these new guidelines, first stating they will train five million people and instructors by the end of 2011 in both the old and new CPR. However, they revised that statement and said the Red Cross has conducted an initial review of the recent changes to the ECCU 2010 guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. They do support the hands-only technique for bystanders, and the Red Cross believes full CPR with both chest compressions and rescue breaths is still best for many people. They do not plan to make any substantial changes to their courses as a result of these new guidelines. They will continue with a more thorough review of the guideline’s science and might make subtle changes in the future if needed. Cody Ham, a certified instructor for American Red Cross at UCO, said, “American Red Cross still teaches conventional CPR and that’s who we’re cer-
tified through. There will be changes in the way we teach CPR once ARC changes their guidelines. That’s the only way we’d be changing our teaching methods.” While the 2005 guidelines recommended chest compression-only CPR if the rescuer was unwilling or unable to provide ventilation, there was no recommendation provided for trained versus untrained rescuers. Research now states that hands-only CPR is easier for a bystander to perform and the bystander will be more likely to because there is no longer the fear of getting infections from doing mouthto-mouth, and survival rates are similar with either hands-only CPR or CPR with both compressions and breaths. Ham said, “You can only do what is in your scope of training. If you’re not certified in CPR or you haven’t had recent certification, then there could be some liability issues there.” Therefore, the new American Heart Association’s recommendations are: If a bystander is not trained in CPR, he or she should provide hands-only CPR for an adult who suddenly collapses, or follow the directions of the EMS dispatcher. All trained rescuers should, at a minimum, provide chest compressions for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. If a trained lay rescuer is able, he/she should perform rescue breaths at a rate of 30:2. In all cases, the rescuer should continue CPR until an AED (Automated
1. Call 911 or ask someone else to do so. 2. Try to get the person to respond; if he doesn’t, roll the person on his or her back. 3. Start chest compressions. Place the heel of your hand on the center of the victim’s chest. Put your other hand on top of the first with your fingers interlaced. 4. Press down to compress the chest at least 2 inches in adults and children and 1.5 inches in infants, 100 times a minute or a little faster. 5. If you’ve been trained in CPR, open the airway with a head tilt and chin lift. 6. Pinch closed the nose of the victim. Take a normal breath, cover the victim’s mouth with yours to create an airtight seal, and then give two, one-second breaths as you watch for the chest to rise. 7. Continue compressions and breaths -- 30 compressions, two breaths -- until help arrives. To watch a video of the American Heart Association’s 2010 CPR guidlines, scan this tag:
BLAKE, HIS BASS AND HIS BAND By Brittany Dalton / Contributing Writer Sitting in an empty practice room in the music building, Tyler Blake echoed a sentiment many music students would relate to. “I don’t have time for hobbies other than music.” Blake, a resident of Edmond and 2004 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School, is a junior majoring in music performance. He plays the stand-up bass in the orchestra, in addition to playing in the jazz band. “I’ve lived here 18 years, quite a while,” Blake said. “I’m ready for a change, let’s put it that way.” He was a member of the Memorial orchestra, as well as various bands no longer in existence. “None of them were very good or did much of anything,” he said. “Normally when you try to put a band together in high school, there’s a lot more ambition than actual ability. It’s hard to get something that actually functions, until you get people who are actually serious about it, and actually are doing it for more reasons than just wanting to play.” One of these bands was the Whole Brevity Thing, which Blake described as a jam band created by friends. “We had fun, it definitely never went anywhere. It was also one of those where everybody was more in it to have fun than anything else.” Blake noted that he has been playing the bass for most of his life. “I’ve been playing about 12 years now, and I started on both bass guitar and upright bass the same year. I don’t remember what specifically got me into the bass, other than I was listening to a lot of punk rock, and the bass is the most interesting part of that. All that old Green
Richard Sauve Graphique: What is the difference between the Tea Party and Republicans in general? Also, where do babies come from? In general, we are all more alike then different, but most of us do not have the time or patience to go march around in a circle carrying signs and chanting catchy clichés and grievances aimed toward the government. The Tea Party is simply a group of people that are frustrated, and it appears that the Republican Party has adopted much of the movement’s rhetoric in order to capitalize on their recent exposure and popularity. Now, I am not a fortuneteller, but the future is not so hard to figure out. I have lived long enough to observe the pattern of political flip-flopping along with the deterioration of the socalled American dream. Unemployment is rampant, the economy is standing on one leg and our country is constantly at war. The government’s ineffectiveness is not a matter of keeping the Democrats in power or “sending Washington a message,” by replacing them all with Republicans. There is an old joke that briefly sums up our political system as a whole. A newly-elected official came to Capital Hill one day and approached the office of his position for the first time. Upon entering the room, he discovered the politician he was replacing, cleaning out the desk that was no longer his. The new guy took the opportunity to ask if there was any friendly advice that the old man could give him about the position before he left. He simply replied with a yes and handed over two sealed envelopes and said, “open the first letter when everything is bleak and you are not sure what to do, then open the second letter when things become worse and your popularity has fallen beyond repair.” It didn’t take long for the new politician to find himself in a tough position; so, he opened the first envelope. It said to blame everything on the past administration. So, he did, and it worked like a charm, but then things turned bad again, like the old man said they would, and when all hope for re-election seemed lost the politician opened up the second letter to find that it said, “Now, write two letters for the next guy.” The point is, that we have played the blame game long enough. The population is justified in their distaste for the current state of affairs and lack of accountability, but no professional politician is going to “change” a system that placed them in a position of power in the first place. So until something changes, nothing will change. As far as the Tea Party goes, I don’t know what the difference is between them and the Republican Party, but I do know that no matter who is in power, we have a lot to worry about, and no one man or one party is to blame. To answer your second question, I recommend you speak to your father. Cody Bromley: Is there question that you wish someone would ask you? For sure. I’ll pretend you asked me how to take full advantage of public information on the Internet. Let’s say you wanted to view something like President Webb’s monthly income and bonuses, or any other state funded official. You would go to http://ok.gov/okaa/ and select accordingly from the pull down menus. If you were curious about how expensive of a home someone owns or the properties in their name, then you can look them up through the County Assessor’s website at http:// www.oklahomacounty.org/assessor/disclaim.htm. You can also go to http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/ start.asp and view a person’s criminal or civil record. Try the case number CJ-2010-7355 on Oklahoma County just for fun; it involves UCO.
Tyler Blake comes from a musical family. He took more than two years off after graduating high school before continuing his education at UCO.
Day, Pennywise, and the Offspring, you know.” Blake’s family is all musical, except, he noted, for his younger brother and sister. “I’ve grown up around it,” he explained. “My grandma played violin, my grandpa played tuba. One of my aunts played bassoon, the other played flute. My mom played the French horn…then I got the bass.” Wait a minute, though. If Blake graduated high school in 2004, then on a “typical” college graduation schedule, Blake would already be a graduate. But Blake explained that the reasons for this are multifaceted. “I took two and a half years off from school after graduation, the best decision I ever made,” Blake said. “I just needed it, I was burned out from school.”
Blake took those two years to work and decide what he wanted to do with his life. “That was for figuring out what I wanted to do. So I came here and hit the ground running.” He adds that unlike the majority of his fellow college students, he has stuck with the music performance major from the beginning. “The music program is tough though,” Blake said. “It’s very intensive, the washout rate is high…you’ll have 40 to 60 people in the entry-level music courses, but by the time you reach the upperdivision courses, you’ll be in a class with only about nine people.” Many students decide to drop the program, or switch majors along the way, and Blake has seen this in his time at UCO.
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OCT. 28, 2010
Domestic violence awareness
By Chantal Robatteux / Staff Writer October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and UCO has the Violence Prevention Project to help deal with this difficult situation. Kathryn Toahty, coordinator for the Violence Prevention Project, was brought to UCO in February 2008 when the Violence Prevention Project launched. The VPP is a program that provides advocacy services to sexual assault, rape, domestic and dating violence, cyber stalking and stalking victims, but it also does a lot of prevention education with incoming freshmen and SuccessCentral for orientations and also with other students in Healthy Life Skills. Toahty said, “It is part of the Counseling Department, but it’s a grant funded program through the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women. It’s a flagship grant, which means that our university and four other universities in the state share funding to have this program on our campuses.” The VPP is available to faculty, staff and students, but if students come into Toahty’s office and say they are really worried about their cousin, mom or dad, Toahty gives them information on how to contact somebody within the family member’s area. Toahty added that Oklahoma is 10th in the nation for having the most domestic violence homicides. One in four women in Oklahoma are affected by domestic violence. On average, one in six women and one in 33 men ages 18-24 who are affected by domestic violence. Toahty said the goal is to get them to her office, which is located in Room 113 in the Nigh University Center, but they can always get services from the counseling center, the health center, the office of student conduct, and UCO’s police services department as well. “We are all kind of tied in together as a team, but for the direct services they are always welcome and encouraged to come here,” she said. Toahty said everybody’s situation is different, so it helps just to be educated about how to help somebody, and to know of resources that
PHOTO BY JOSEPH A. MOORE II
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH CLOSING WITH HOPEFUL OPTIMISM
Kathryn Toahty, operates the domestic violence prevention month booth earlier this month. All this week they are hosting a booth called survivors for hearts, where they send fall valentines to those living in shelters to give them encouragement and empower them said Toathy
are available 24 hours a day. She said most of the time, it’s students that come in who are worried about their friends who are also students, and sometimes they come in to get information for a family member. She said she meets with them in the office, but sometimes it can be uncomfortable. “I always leave it open to meet wherever they want to meet, because if you come in to talk to me or seek out services, I want you to feel comfortable doing it, and feel safe, too. If this is not a place a student wants to come to, we can meet other places on campus,” Toahty said. The session and advice usually depends on the situation. If it is somebody getting information for an individual that may be in a domestic or dating violence relationship, she talks to them about being supportive because a lot of times an abuser will try to isolate the victim from the family and friends, but those are usually the ones the victim leans on when they do leave the relationship. “On average it takes a person seven times [more or less]…before they leave the relationship for good, and on that seventh time, a lot of times they have no family and friends [left]. So, I just encourage
them to be supportive, tell [the victim] to continue to think about getting help, tell [the victim] that they are worried about their safety and that they care about them,” she said. Toahty said students can also try to talk to the victim and point out some of the things that are concerning to you in a relationship, like “you know, I really don’t like it when your partner talks to you that way,” or “that they yell at you” or “that they break your stuff.” She said victims go back for many different reasons. The abusers can be very manipulative, and maybe threaten the victim. Toahty added if there are children involved, there’s the fear of what will happen to the children. And sometimes, if they are not the money-making individual in the household or relationship, there may be the fear of how they are going to pay the bills, or take care of the kids or when they are going to have their next meal. Also, domestic and dating violence does not always mean that someone is physically getting hurt, but there can be other things like controlling verbal behavior, emotional abuse and sometimes financial abuse that go on. “Pointing some of the things out that are concerning can help an in-
dividual to see what they may not be able to see when they’ve got their love goggles on. I think in a relationship, everybody sometimes overlooks things, and a lot of times with domestic violence, the victim will want for the relationship to go back to when it was good, so they try not to focus on the bad,” Toahty said. If an individual comes in who has been beaten, their safety is her first concern. “It really depends on their living situation, if they need immediate assistance in getting relocated, if not, is there somewhere where they are looking for the ability to move at a quick point in time. It just depends on what the individual is telling me when they come in, but safety is my first priority with everybody,” she said. The way she and most other advocacy programs operate, is they give them options and information and have the victim decide what the best way to go is. “Because, if you force something on somebody, it can be secondary victimization, it can make them feel like the system or the program is victimizing them, so I allow them to make decisions; I think that’s empowering, and that is very important for somebody that is going
has little time for recreation. “I used to go out and play Frisbee golf, but I don’t do that anymore. I don’t play much guitar either, though I used to.” Blake used to play guitar in addition to the bass, but he added, “The bass was always my primary instrument and the guitar was just a distraction. I don’t really need to play guitar for the distraction anymore.” One thing Blake does have time for, between school and work, is his band. “The band I’m in now, we’re called Switchblade Rosie,” Blake said. “We play progressive metal. Which is basically just incorporating a mix of musical elements into the music. Different time signatures, and keys, things like that.” “It winds up being unbelievably complicated to play, but sounds… well, it still sounds complicated. It has catchy parts though.” Blake offers an interesting comparison. “It’s like if Rush played metal.” Switchblade Rosie is not like the other bands Blake went through in high school. “I’m really lucky with the band I’m in now, my band is far past the practicing point.” The band is releasing their first EP this month, and has just wrapped shooting for their first video, “My Life,” which Blake added is going to
be their first single. “Switchblade Rosie is playing the Coca-Cola Center on the 29th of this month,” Blake said. “The Coca-Cola Center is not a small stage. I’ve seen AFI there, and Slayer. I even saw Deftones there. Now we’re playing the same venue, and you definitely feel like a rockstar up there.” The band has ambitions past the EP release, hoping to use the money from the EP to finance their first full-length album, and a summer tour. Blake adds that the “official” EP release will be on Oct. 27 at the Blue Note “We’re definitely getting a following. We’ve actually gotten to the point where people we don’t even know, know who we are. It’s not just friends and acquaintances coming out anymore, we have strangers coming to see our shows.” The five-member band has been playing a year and a half; Blake is the most recent addition. Blake explained what sets Switchblade Rosie apart from some of the other local bands in the city. “What’s nice about our band is that we don’t do cover songs, we do all original songs. So we don’t have to play those obnoxious three-hour bar sets, you play other people’s music all night, then drop one or two of your own songs.” “No, when we take the stage it is all us.”
Blake explains that in the great “music and lyrics” debate, he is firmly entrenched in the “music” camp. “Lyrics are just kinda filler to me. The important part of it is not what they’re saying, it’s how they say it. How they emote, the vocal melody, and the music to support it. I mean, I don’t care how good your lyrics are. If the music underneath it is no good, then it’s not worth listening to.” Blake uses his own band as an example: “[with Switchblade Rosie] we’ll go from these big heavy breakdown sections, to having a section of 7/4 funk. Then we’ll have really flashy technical stuff. Then from there, we’ll just play kind of a jazz groove.” “It’s all over the map, but it’s still cohesive and has catchy choruses, so the average music nerd still has something to enjoy. You don’t have to be a music nerd to like our band. It helps…but you don’t have to be.” He adds that dedication can be everything in performing. “You can’t half-ass it when you play metal, or music even. It has to all be there, all the time.” As his personal musical influences, he cites some names that are familiar, and others that may not be. “I listen to a bit of everything. Metal’s always in my heart…but I listen to everything from Tchai-
from a victim to a survivor,” she said. She explained if charges are filed against the offender, then it goes through the legal process, and at that point, it is up to the police investigation agency and the district attorney’s office to make choices when something has been reported to law enforcement. If it’s an issue where something has been reported to conduct, then at that time conduct does their investigation and at that point a decision on responsibility is determined on UCO’s campus. She added there is also the choice to the individual not to file charges or work with the office of student conduct if they just want some services and just want to separate themselves from the relationship. “We offer that too, because again, the fear of what could happen when you get involved in an investigation can sometimes create a safety issue for the victim, so again, we try to address what is going to be the best fit for this individual,” Toahty said. There are also men being abused, but they are not as likely to report it because of the feeling society has put out there that men are not in a position to be abused and that it is embarrassing and shameful. “More and more men are being abused as time goes on, and when you talk about stalking and dating violence, when a relationship ends that’s usually when…there is going to be stalking. And sometimes it is the ex-partner stalking the new partner, so a lot of times there is male-on-male stalking and femaleon-female stalking in dating violence,” she said. Toahty added that based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics report of 2009, one in eight women and one in 22 men are stalked. She said her goal is to let all students know that there is help available, and that it is confidential help. Toahty said, “We can try to help them with whatever it is that they have going on. College is supposed to be a happy time, and when these things happen, we don’t want them to feel like they can’t finish their education.”
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Tyler Blake, a junior majoring in music performance practices his bass Monday morning before an orchestra rehearsal.
“It takes a lot of dedication, it takes a lot of time, and not everyone can do it.” Blake noted that he even took a break from the standup bass when he took a break from school, returning to it when he entered college. “It was like riding a bike. After playing it that long, it’s a lot easier to get back into it as long as you’ve still been playing something.” “The string bass is not an easy instrument to play: it’s big, it’s cumbersome, it’s hard to hit in tune. But as long as you still have that muscle memory, you can manage.” In addition to attending school full-time, Blake also holds a fulltime job at Barnes and Noble. Blake notes that between fulltime school and full-time work, he
kovsky to Frank Zappa, to Emperor and various other assorted Norwegian black metal.” Yes, there is such a thing as Norwegian black metal. “Norwegians know how to do black metal, Swedes do death metal pretty well.” Perhaps one of Blake’s favorites, however, is Frank Zappa. “You can’t forget Frank Zappa. I’m a huge obsessive Frank Zappa nerd. If you ever want a Zappa education, I can definitely help with that. I’ve got over 30 hours of Zappa, and that’s not even a third of the stuff he made.” Not only does he enjoy playing music that could be considered “different” to some, he listens to “different” music as well. “Sometime you should Google Mr. Bungle’s ‘Carry Stress in the Jaw.’ You will not know what to think of it. At all. You could listen to it five times, and still be like, ‘what the…?’” Blake mentions that he would like to go skydiving, or bungee jumping, when he had the time. He even offers a better idea to top those. ““If we could just figure out the logistics of it, it would be fun to play while skydiving.”
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game could very well be which team has the ball last. Hopefully in this final home game, the Bronchos will come out of the gates like rabid dogs. Even though mathematically there is very little to play for, this team has not quit playing. If nothing else, they should
be playing for some pride this Saturday, and try and build some confidence heading into the off-season.
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Through all the ups and downs, this season has definitely not been boring for Broncho fans. Of the eight games played so far this season, all eight of them have been decided in the fourth quarter. With the Bronchos sitting at 2-3 at home this season, Saturday’s home finale will provide an opportunity to reach the .500 mark at home. The last time the Bronchos played at home, they lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Southeastern Oklahoma State University. This week, the Bronchos will welcome the Lions of Texas A&M University-Commerce, and they bring with them the same record as the Bronchos, 2-6. The best thing going for the Bronchos this season has been their offense, which has averaged 33.4 points per game this season, as opposed to the 17.3 points per game the Lions offense has averaged. After looking at both teams, the Bronchos hold the clear advantage, whether it is through the air or on the ground, the Bronchos should be able to dominate. How about the play of Josh Birmingham? He has scored 17 touchdowns this season, by far the most points on the team. If you add in his 1,001 yards rushing and his 288 yards receiving, there is no doubt this guy is for real. In terms of his ranking among other running backs in the NCAA division II level, Birmingham is in a tie for fourth for total rushing yards, and second in the total number of touchdowns scored. Since he is only a freshman, things are looking very promising for the future. Another player that seems to be coming into his own is quarterback Ethan Sharp. He has thrown for almost 1,936 yards and 19 touchdowns. Not bad for a player who went
into camp not knowing if the job was his or not. Sharp has been “sharp” lately and is finding a nice little rhythm with Tucker Holland, Daniel Morrell and Dolphin Davis, each of whom has four touchdowns on the season. The Lions offense has been led this season by their junior running back Marcus Graham who has scored six touchdowns and has rushed for just under 700 yards. While those stats do not stack up well in comparison to Birmingham, there are not many players in the nation who can make that claim. On defense the Bronchos have been lead by their two stud linebackers Tucker Cason and Turner Troup, they have 69 and 63 tackles respectively. Even with those two guys, as a unit the Bronchos are giving up 37 points per game and 425.5 total yards a game. The loss of former All-American safety Giorgio Durham who transferred after last season to Texas Tech is surely being felt. This group has been a few players short all season. It is time for the defense to play up to its potential and go out with a bang these last three games of the regular season. For the Lions, their defense gives up 27.4 points a game and close to 400 yards of total offense. While neither team has a great defense, the Lions have been able to make a few stops this season, while the Bronchos have not. While some people might not like this, it might be nice for a change to have defensive battle this Saturday, instead of the barn burners fans are getting used to. This season on paper, UCO is not a 2-6 team. They have been hit with two tough overtime losses, and a few other bad breaks in some other games. The Lions on the other hand just do not seem to be coming together like they did last season. The winner in this
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PAPER CHAMPS, REAL WORLD CHUMPS P H O T O B Y J O S E YA U
The Dallas Cowboys opened the year as Super Bowl favorites, they have since had a train wreck of a season.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna (3)fumbles as he is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) and Barry Cofield (96) during the second half, during an NFL football game on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. (AP/Waco Tribune-Herald/Jose Yau)
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Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips walks down field after losing 41-35 to the New York Giants after an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
– Colby Shrum and Matt Charlson led a late birdie barrage that lifted Central Oklahoma to a five-shot victory in the St. Mary’s Invitational here Tuesday as the Bronchos finished off a dominating fall season. Shrum birdied his last three holes to tie for medalist honors and Charlson birdied four of the last five holes to spark UCO, which used the late-round charge to finish with a one-over-par 289 at the par-72 Dominion Country Club. That gave the Bronchos a two-day, 54hole total of 865, good for a five-shot
Wade Phillips Head Coaching Resume
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I’m not surprised that the once-dubbed, “Super Bowl favorite” Dallas Cowboys are 1-5 and relatively irrelevant in the NFC playoff race. I’m not surprised that fans are jumping ship on the 2010 Dallas team. I’m not surprised that former Cowboys are ripping these ones. I’m just surprised it took so long. I’ll admit, I almost bought into the Cowboys. On paper they have one of the, if not the most, talented rosters in the National Football League. But they are undisciplined, undercoached and overrated. It’s a season-killing combination. The Cowboys are now without Pro Bowl quarterback, Tony Romo, for close to six-eight weeks with a broken clavicle. It just keeps getting worse. Dallas’ situation is so bad in fact that I joke with my Cowboy fan friends that their team and my team, the Buffalo Bills, are in a dead heat for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Is that even possible? From Super Bowl favorites to worst in the league? Has it gone that far? Maybe it has. I still think that a team with this much talent should limp their way to a few wins. But in this age of football, game planning is everything. The Buffalo Bills, with one of the least talented rosters and a seventh round signal caller under center took it to an “elite” Baltimore Ravens team last week. They lost 37-34 in overtime. But their offensive game plan was nearly flawless, and they exploited one of the best defenses in football. The Kansas City Chiefs were the laughing stocks of the NFL for years. Now they are 4-2. Their roster is young and littered with no-names. But their All-Star coordinators have paved the way for a chief turnaround. Well, for now anyway. Their schedule has been favorable. But I digress. Wade Phillips is a serviceable head coach. His defenses are always stout. He has an eye for talent as well. But that’s all he is, a serviceable coach. In his time with Dallas, Phillips has consistently fielded some of the best players in the league. But he has never been to the big show has a head coach and I don’t think he will. Not in this day and age, when a laid back coaching approach often times leads to laid back and undisciplined play. I’m sure Phillips is a nice guy; in fact, that’s all I’ve heard about him. He is a solid coach, but he is not a Super Bowl champion coach, and his time in Dallas is running out. Former Cowboy wide receiver and current San Di-
ego Charger, Patrick Crayton, said on a San Diego radio show, that coach Phillips is “too soft.” I tend to agree. Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy, Tony Dorsett also chipped in with criticism of the current Dallas team. “They are a bunch of underachievers,” Dorsett said. “On paper, they are one of the best teams in the league. But they are not getting it together and playing as a team. When it’s crunch time and time to start earning their money, that’s when they start falling apart with penalties, turnovers and mistakes.” That’s what has plagued the Cowboys all season. Stupid mistakes and undisciplined penalties. That’s why I give them the title of Paper Champs and Real World Chumps. Until they prove me otherwise of course, but by then, the season will be lost. If it is not lost already. *cough* It is. *cough*
triumph over Abilene Christian. The Wildcats were 12 shots down entering the day, but surged in front with four holes remaining before UCO rallied to capture its fourth title in five fall tournaments. “We struggled most of the day and it didn’t look very good with four or five holes left, but our guys dug down and showed how badly they didn’t want to lose,” UCO coach Dax Johnston said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we played down the stretch when the tournament was on the line, that shows the character and desire of this team.”
Shrum’s late charge enabled him to shot an even-par 72 and share the individual crown with ACU’s Alex Carpenter at four-under-par 212 total. Charlson had the low round of the day for the Bronchos with a two-under 70 that left him tied for seventh at 218. Josh Creel added a 73, while Andrew Green and Baer Aneshansley both shot 74 for UCO. Creel tied for fifth at oneover 217, with Green tying for 12th at 221 and Aneshansley tying for 17th at 224.
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