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Volume 117, Issue 10

VISTA “Our Words, Your Voice.”

Untested Rape Kits to Receive Attention

vistanews1903 @thevista1903 @thevista1903 The Vista Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Trump Makes ISIS Leader Death All About Him

Jeff Elkins @JeffElkins12


OSBI Senior Criminalist Andrew Moreland demonstrates how DNA samples are gathered on Oct. 28 at Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Oklahoma received a federal grant to address a 2200 rape kit backlog. (Tanner Laws/The Vista)

Maury “Kevin” Blair @mauryb007 CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been awarded a grant

to assist in alleviating a backlog of approximately 2,200 un-submitted rape/ sexual assault kits that are awaiting testing. Oklahoma City and Tulsa Police Department crime labs are separately

responsible for a total of about 4,800 kits that need to be tested. The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, which is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance is designed to Continued on Pg. 7

Cultural Diversity Highlighted Through LatinX Arts Exhibition JaNae Williams @janaebwilliams REPORTER

The LatinX Arts Exhibition held last Wednesday at the Max Chambers Library was the most recent event at UCO highlighting the diversity of cultures on campus. The event was an opportunity for members of the university community to come together and learn more about Latino culture. Rogelio Almeida, Jr., a filmmaker and co-founder of the Cine Latino film festival and Gina Lopez, a mariachi musician and poet, Continued on Pg. 10

From left, Rosemary and Regina López demonstrate different styles of Mariachi music during the Latin X Ats Exhibition on Oct. 23. (JaNae Williams/The Vista)

President Donald Trump addressed the nation Sunday morning to announce that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in a raid conducted by U.S. Special Operations Forces. It only took 10 minutes or so before it was obvious he was drunk on his own grandiosity. Trump recalls that al-Baghdadi “died like a dog, he died like a coward. He was whimpering, screaming, and crying.” “Frankly I think it is something that should be brought out so his followers and all of these young kids that want to leave the various countries, including the United States, they should see how he died,” Trump said. “He did not die a hero, he died a coward.” The contrast between the restraint and dignity that former president Barack Obama displayed during the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden and the fatuous, over-thetop language used by Trump is a stark one. During Trump’s announcement Sunday morning, he suggested that al-Baghdadi’s death was a bigger deal than the death of bin-Laden. “Osama bin Laden was very big, but Osama bin Laden became big with Continued on Pg. 9



Have You Ever Felt Unsafe On Campus?

Campus Police to Identify Bronchos Soar Past Medical Marijuana Missouri Western See Pg. 12 Unsafe Campus Spots See Pg. 6 Restrictions Passed

See Pg. 5



See Pg. 7



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UCOSA/Ghost Walk.....................................................................3 Around Campus...........................................................................4 Campus Chat...............................................................................5 Unsafe Spots on Campus.............................................................6 Medical Marijuana/Rapekit..........................................................7 Editorial..................................................................................9 Latin Expo..................................................................................10 Games Page...............................................................................11 Volleyball..................................................................................12 Soccer/Wrestling.....................................................................13 Football.......................................................................14 Bucking Broncho........................................................................15

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Left: Madison Bennett poses for a Campus Chat portrait at UCO on Oct. 24. (Tanner Laws/The Vista) Left Middle: Chloe Hancock battles a Missouri Western University player on Oct. 27. (Eric Gomez/The Vista) Right Middle: Broncho Lake at the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO’s Public Safety Department will observe potentially dark areas around campus. (Vista Archives) Right: The Cannabis Refinery Dispensary in Edmond on Oct. 28. Medical Marijuana businesses are now subject to new rules and regulations in the state of Oklahoma. (Jeff Elkins/The Vista)

UCOSA/Ghost Walk

October 29, 2019


UCOSA Seeks Student Placement on UCO Committee Lauren Morris @TheVista1903 ONLINE EDITOR

The University of Central Oklahoma is currently developing a committee dedicated to the alignment and allocation of funds, with their first meeting to be Oct. 29. The committee was made to assess university processes, department efficiency and operation, and then decide how much allocated funds that department will get. Currently, there are no students on the committee. Student Body Vice President Christian Coleman said that the UCO Student Congress is hoping to pass legislation to let administration know they would like student representation on the committee. Coleman said the goal is to collaborate with the university to let a student or two become part of the committee. He also said students will be affected by the committee regardless of the student representation on it, and that as the committee starts looking at more long-term goals, it would impact the students several years down the line. He said that the university is currently in a slump, and this upcoming committee will be producing guidelines to try and fill holes. The resolution, if passed, would

Vice Chair of Congress Emma Sawyer (left), Chair of Congress James Limbaugh and Secretary Dillon Rasberry discuss legislation on the student congress floor. UCOSA is working on legislation to let administration know they would like student representation on an alignment and allocation committee. (Lauren Morris/The Vista)

be given to the president’s cabinet. They are also scheduling a meeting with President Neuhold-Ravikumar to discuss more together. “When a student is on the board… [they are] able to let the rest of the cabinet members know that, ‘I don’t think students will like this,’ ‘This kinda steps on our toes,’ ‘This may not be the best for students,’” Colman said. “Having someone in the room protects the overall student body in a sense that, if it’s something directly relate to students, and could directly impact us, someone has the opportunity to say, ‘This is what we would probably want.’” Coleman said that UCOSA is “big on transparency,” a nod to the slo-

gan he and current student body president Emily Grim ran with during last semester’s student body election. He said that having a student to voice concerns on that board would align with their desire to be transparent. Also, last week, UCOSA held their eighth meeting of the semester where they passed one bill. The bill was CFR19-107, created by senators Marcus Ting and Deveron Shannon. It will give $1,000 to the Student Academy of Forensic Science to fund two people to go to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Anaheim in 2020, and will function as travel funding and hotel costs.

The Broncho Powered Vehicle, an organization that designs and builds a human powered vehicle to race, will get $3,500 to build the vehicle and then go to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Student Conference, where they will be taking five students to build and race one vehicle.. The Society of Women Engineers will get $500 for an annual conference. Two new senators were also appointed. UCOSA meets at 4 p.m. every Monday in the Nigh University Center‘s Will Rogers Room 421.

the city really has. Each weekend, Guthrie Ghost Walks provides tours of the city’s most haunted locations -- with each story peppered with enough historical facts that add to the chills. Founder Stacey Frazier, who has been in the business of providing ghost walks for the last seven years, handpicked and carefully researched each of the stories she tells. Located just 18 miles north of the University of Central Oklahoma

Campus, Guthrie is a town with a population of more than 11,000 and enough Victorian and Edwardian architecture to lend it a historical feel during the day and an eerie atmosphere after nightfall. The city is Oklahoma’s largest historical district and informational plaques located on historically significant buildings throughout the city build on Guthrie’s rich history. While I visited at a time when Frazier was out of the country, stand-in Stef Fortney helped bring each of the stories to life with both the historical details and the city’s modern day context that both informed and chilled. Stops along the tour included the Old Santa Fe Railroad Depot and its Harvey House, where you can learn both about the Harvey Girls that served patrons and the young woman in a blue dress that was always seen standing too close along the train tracks. A history lesson on Oklahoma’s first state prison was accompanied by a tale of the prisoner who died of fright more than a century

ago and the story of the cult that moved into the building in the 1990s. The passionate storytelling provided by Frazier’s stand-in, Fortney, and the historic facts supporting each tale guaranteed there were no shortage of chills throughout the walk. To ensure that the walk never became too grave, however, enough humorous observations about modern life in Guthrie helped lighten the mood at just the right moments. With more than six “seasons” of ghost tales, hearing about all of Guthrie’s chills would require several walk throughout the year. The tours boast more than 8,000 attendees since the walks began, drawing people from as far away as Portugal. Guthrie Ghost Walks run tours of the town’s haunted highlights every Friday and Saturday, with special reservations available upon request. Tours cost $10 for ages 15 and up, $7 for ages 7-14 and are free to children under 7 years old. For more information or to make a reservation, visit GuthrieGhostWalk. com or call (405) 293-8404.

Guthrie Ghost Walk Gives Haunting Tales Christian Tabak @CaffeineWallace SENIOR REPORTER

The small town of Guthrie, Oklahoma, might not be the first place that comes to mind for a haunting time full of spirits and unsettling stories for the Halloween season. But if you take a 90-minute after-dark ghost walk of Oklahoma’s original capital city, you’ll find some haunting tales that might make you rethink your views of how much ghost lore

A view of Guthrie’s Historical District. Guthrie was Oklahoma’s first capital before citizens voted to change the capital to Oklahoma City in 1910. (Provided/Wikimedia)


October 29, 2019

Around Campus

Christian Coleman plays a virtual reality game provided by Student Programming Board on Oct. 24 in the Nigh University Center food court. (Tanner Laws/The Vista)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 UCO Jazz Ensembles in Concert: At 7:00 p.m. inside the Jazz Lab, Central’s award winning jazz ensemble IV, directed by Zac Lee and jazz ensemble II, directed by Jeff Kidwell will perform a variety of jazz music. Deer Creek High School jazz band, directed by Darby Cassaday will open the show. Tickets are available online for $15. Basic CPR/AED Class: At the Outdoor Recreation Center, for $50 dollars, there will be a basic two year certification class available through the American Red Cross. Vibe Hip Hop: In the wellness center from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., there will be a hip hop themed cardio class. This class utilizes different types of dance to exercise and move your body. It will increase your heart rate, burn calories, and improve stamina while sculpting lean muscle. Yoga Sculpt: In the wellness center from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., there will be a yoga class open to all levels from beginner to advanced. All poses can be modified to be more or less challenging, and participants will be taught several variations for each pose. Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Swap Your Pride with SPB: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the clocktower, you

can swap a shirt from a different institution (college or high school, etc.) for a UCO shirt! We’ll have 200 shirts to swap so first come first served. The clothing from this event will be donated, so winter items like gloves and underwear are needed. Halloween Spike Ball Tournament: Near West Hall at 6 p.m., there will be an intramural spike ball tournament.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 Peter and the Starcatcher: The UCO Theatre Arts Department presents their fall production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The production will take place Oct. 31- Nov. 3 inside Mitchell Hall Theatre. This play is based on the 2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. Vibe Hip Hop: In the wellness center from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., there will be a hip hop themed cardio class. This class utilizes different types of dance to exercise and move your body. It will increase your heart rate, burn calories, and improve stamina while sculpting lean muscle. Yoga Sculpt: In the wellness center from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., there will be a yoga class open to all levels from beginner to advanced. All poses can be modified to be more or less challenging, and participants will be taught several variations for each pose.

Friday, November 1, 2019 Last Day to Drop: Friday is the last day to drop 16 week classes in person. Visit OneStop for more details. Day of the Dead: UCO will celebrate the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos from 6-8 p.m. on the third floor of the Nigh University Center. There will be a skull decorating contest and live performances as well as free food, arts and crafts. Peter and the Starcatcher: The UCO Theatre Arts Department presents their fall production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The production will take place Oct. 31- Nov. 3 inside Mitchell Hall Theatre. This play is based on the 2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. UCO Hockey v Iowa State: Broncho hockey will take on Iowa State inside the Broncho Barn at Arctic Edge Ice Arena at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 with a UCO ID.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 Peter and the Starcatcher: The UCO Theatre Arts Department presents their fall production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The production will take place Oct. 31- Nov. 3 inside Mitchell Hall Theatre. This play is based on the 2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatch-

ers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. Football v Missouri Southern: At 1 p.m., Broncho football will take on Missouri Southern inside Wantland Stadium at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at

Sunday, November 3, 2019 Peter and the Starcatcher: The UCO Theatre Arts Department presents their fall production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." The production will take place Oct. 31- Nov. 3 inside Mitchell Hall Theatre. Wrestling v Drury: Broncho wrestling will take on Drury University inside Hamilton Fieldhouse at 4 p.m.

Monday, November 4, 2019 Higher Education: Finding Your Path: Lecture with Dexter Nelson II: Nelson is the exhibition manager and curator of comic books for OKPOP, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This lecture will take place inside the Liberal Arts building, room 210. Cookie for the Kids Bakesale: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nigh food court, Alpha Delta Pi will sell homemade baked goods to help benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City.

Campus Chat

CAMPUS CHAT Haley Humphrey


October 29, 2019


Opinions From UCO Students


Have you ever felt unsafe on campus?

Mayu Nagano, freshman, English: “Parking at night is a little unsafe for me because there are no people [around].”

Daequan Jackson, junior, Psychology: “I feel the campus is very safe because I’ve been to a lot of other college campuses. Not only is it safe, but also the location of the campus brings safety because we have campus police and Edmond police, so that’s a pretty good combination.”

Josh Briggs, junior, Interpersonal Communications: “Never felt unsafe on campus. I think it’s a generally safe environment, in my experience.”

Brevin Senner, senior, Professional Selling and Leadership: “I’ve never felt unsafe on campus. Obviously, with so much going on in the world, you always have something in the back of your head, but I think Edmond in general is a very safe place and I’ve never felt threatened.”

Madison Frye, sophomore, English: "The only time I've ever felt unsafe on campus is when there was a shooting nearby, but other than that it's a pretty safe campus."

Erin Dowd, junior, Forensic Science and Chemistry: “Not really, because we always made sure to travel in groups if we were out in the dark. I have a larger friend group, so I always make sure there’s two or three if I’m somewhere I’m not sure [about].”

Alyssa Pickering, junior, Dance Performance and Kinesiology: “I’ve never felt unsafe. You always see a lot of policeman around, and there’s a lot of light, so you can see pretty much everything around you. There’s no darkness that anybody could hide in.”

Boone Lenochan, freshman, Finance: “I’ve never felt unsafe on campus. This campus does a good job ensuring safety and comfortability for their students. I’m outside at nighttime and I’ve never been worried about my safety.”

Joseph Wanjiiu, freshman, Chemistry and Forensic Science: “I think the school is pretty safe. I’ve been here also during the night, and I feel safe walking in the parking lot — I’ve never felt scared.”

Hunter Wilson, senior, Music: “I work transportation and parking, so I’m out late at night, which most people think that’s unsafe, but I always see the campus police walking around, so I know if I’m ever in a spot, I can call them or my supervisor.”

Katlyn Lantrip, junior, Forensic Science and Criminal Justice: “I feel very safe on campus, especially since I’m friends with a lot of people. If anything, it’s really only at dark when it can kind of be questionable, but even then, we never go alone, we always have our phones with us.”

Genelle James, freshman, Forensics and Psychology: "I've been pretty safe on campus. I've never had any bad encounters. It's a great campus, I love it so far."


October 29, 2019

Unsafe Spots

UCOSA, Campus Police to Identify Unsafe Campus Spots Haley Humphrey @haleybhumphrey REPORTER

The University of Central Oklahoma Student Association is partnering with UCO’s Public Safety Department after 10 years to conduct a night walk around campus to observe potentially dark areas. “The significance of this walk is to identify areas where improvements could be made to parking lots, regarding better lighting and increased safety,” said Megan Watkins, UCOSA chair of Campus Development. A date for the walk is still to be determined by UCOSA representatives. UCO Physical Plant workers, campus police officers and other senators from committees representing each college and student organization will accompany UCOSA on the walk. Watkins said UCOSA is also trying to partner with UCO’s Transportation and Parking Services for the walk. “We ask initially, ‘is there any area that people are concerned with’ and we go there first,” said Jeff Harp, executive director for Public Safety. The group will essentially make a zigzag on campus from south to north or vice versa, according to Harp. He said he hopes they will have a light meter that tests the amount of exterior light in a dark area to ensure it meets the national standard on university campuses. A light meter grabs light waves in a specific area and measures them into an illuminance unit called a lux. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the national standard of light on local sidewalks is 5 lux. The amount of light in parking lots is different from the light around

Students walk down a sidewalk at the University of Central Oklahoma. Campus police and UCOSA will be hosting a walk to identify potentially unsafe areas on campus. (Vista Archives)

building entrances and on sidewalks, Harp said. Many of the campus’s parking lots are well-lit, however, some buildings do not have enough light near them, according to Harp. He also said the new multipermit/remote parking lot located on Chowning Avenue, across the street from the tennis courts and football stadium, is one he wants to

visit along the walk. Some dark areas on campus may be trees and/or bushes near sidewalks. Harp said the light on the sidewalks near these plants is the intent for safety. If along the walk the group spots an area that needs more light, they will analyze what kind of light needs to be placed there, how much light will

Cars are parked in faculty lot five on Oct. 28 at the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO’s parking lots are one area of concern regarding safety. (Chelsye Bacon/The Vista)

need to be added and how much it will cost, Harp said. Once a price is determined, the safety department will see how the cost can be divided between UCOSA, the physical plant and other departments involved. However, it may be a year from now that the decisions made on additional safety elements on campus will be fixed after the walk, Harp said. “We’re planting seeds — we have to let it grow and eventually we’ll get it taken care of,” Harp said. Once UCOSA met with Harp to discuss ways to improve safety on campus, Harp also introduced his idea of looking for additional buildings on campus to put emergency phones at for UCO’s Safe Walk system. Students can call these phones for a UCO police officer to walk with them to their car or wherever they need to go if they feel unsafe. The idea of doing a night walk again arose from student feedback to UCOSA representatives last semester. Some students’ feedback consisted of safety and lighting issues in the parking lots, according to Watkins. Harp said the goal of the night walk is to continue to build relationships with UCOSA representatives and physical plant for the overall safety of UCO students.

Medical Marijuana/Kits

October 29, 2019


Medical Marijuana Restrictions Passed Christian Tabak @CaffeineWallace SENIOR REPORTER

The Edmond City Council passed an amendment earlier this month, its latest ordinance governing medical marijuana dispensaries to ensure the municipal code complies with state laws. The update to Ordinance 3758, Section 4.90 under Title 4 restricts marijuana dispensaries from being located within 1,000 feet of a school to comply with the Unity Bill that was passed by the state legislature in August. “We wanted to add that to maintain consistency between our local and state regulations now that we issue certificates of compliance as to whether or not these businesses are in compliance with our municipal code and state law,” said Edmond City Attorney Steve Murdock. Edmond had recently adopted an ordinance that reflected the various changes to the state’s marijuana regulations that were in the Unity Bill, but City Council realized there were some updates to be made, according to Murdock. “Until recently, the City of Edmond did not have an ordinance dealing with medical marijuana. As a result of state law changes, the City is required to provide a certificate of compliance with regard to our municipal code for medical marijuana dispensaries, growers and processors,” Murdock

UWD Medical & CBD is loctated on 33 W. 15th Street and is one of the many medical marijuana dispensaries that have opened in Edmond. (Jeff Elkins/The Vista)

said. “We need to establish a process for the licensing of these facilities and to determine if they complied with our municipal code as part of the state licensing process.” During the meeting, a question was also raised by community members about whether or not daycares should be treated with the same consideration as schools when it came to restricting the distance of dispensaries. Murdock clarified that while the law does extend to preschools, current state law does not put the same requirements in place for daycares

and that the city would be unable to add anything related to daycares in the ordinance. “The city is bound by state law and cannot add additional requirements,” Murdock said. “A daycare is not necessarily a school.” Since the passage of State Question 788 last June, Edmond has seen 55 dispensaries, 37 growers and 19 processors set up business within Edmond city limits. With a $615 certification fee for initial certification and subsequent renewal for dispensaries and a $750

certification fee for initial certification and subsequent renewal each for grow facilities, processing facilities, research facilities and storage facilities, the city has made a total of $1,003,498 over the last year for businesses related to medical marijuana, according to Janet Yowell, executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority. Yowell also said that the city has already seen 16 permit alterations this year due to changes in state law and ordinances, which she said she expects to go up.

Untested Rape Kits to Receive Attention Continued from Pg. 1

help law enforcement process rape kits more efficiently, including “the performance of an inventory of all un-submitted SAKs in the jurisdiction’s possession (excluding SAKs already submitted to the crime lab) regardless of where they are stored (police evidence facility, hospital, and other relevant locations) and the tracking of their progress from testing through final adjudication.” OSBI Criminalistics Investigator Mistie Burris said the grant will allow for the hiring of five new staff members to assist with processing previously untested kits. An audit conducted by order of then-Governor Mary Fallin in 2017 identified about 2,200 kits collected by various local law enforcement agencies that need to be tested by the OSBI. The audit showed a total of about another 4,500 kits needing to be tested by the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Police Department crime labs.

Burris said that the OSBI, along with the forensic labs of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Police Departments, have agreed to the use of one type of kit. According to Burris, each agency previously used different kits. All kits will be tested except those in which a victim for whom a kit has been prepared but may not wish to make a police report, or in cases where a victim has made a police report but does not wish to follow up with prosecution, according to Burris. Each kit, Burris said, will have a barcode which will be given to victims so they may track their kit’s progress on the OSBI website. Edmond Police Department Detective Jimmy Gwartney said the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) has Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner nurses who are trained to process and submit rape kits. “[SANE nurses] conduct the exam, and once that’s done they process all the evidence, bag it up and then contact our patrol officers, and they

bring it back to the station and book it in, and then within 20 days we’re required to submit it to OSBI for testing,” Gwartney said.

Burris and Gwartney both said that, in all instances, kits will still be stored by local law enforcement agencies for 50 years.

Participants watch as Keri Thompson, Domestic Violence Nurse Examiner, presents a slideshow on Oct. 25 at the YWCA Oklahoma City. YWCA hosts a five day Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training session for registered nurses. (Tanner Laws/The Vista)

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Trump Makes ISIS Leader Death All About Him Continued from Pg. 1

the World Trade Center,” Trump said. “This is a man who built a whole, as he would like to call it, a country, a caliphate, and was trying to do it again.” Obama gave credit where credit was due, to the intelligence agents and Navy SEAL team members involved in the mission that resulted in bin Laden’s death, while making sure to minimize his own contribution. Trump may have given similar credit to those who actually were responsible for killing al-Baghdadi, but his ridiculous bravado is all about drawing attention to himself, someone who has never put himself in harm’s way in life. The fact that Trump would bring up this comparison himself is quite telling of his sense of self-awareness. In 2012, Trump tweeted that Obama should not be given credit for the operation against bin Laden during the debate season of that cycle. Also, there is potential harm in calling al-Baghdadi a “coward” and a “dog” since that will only motivate his followers even more to avenge his death, particularly calling him a dog, where dogs are seen as unclean in the

People look at a destroyed houses near the village of Barisha, in Idlib province, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, after an operation by the U.S. military which targeted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Arab Muslim world. It is an unnecessary insult that does nothing but stirs the pot. By devaluing his enemies like this, Trump is promoting the same type of hatred ISIS uses. While the killing of a leader like this has a symbolic impact, creates new circumstances and possible dissent within the organization, it is unlikely to permanently stunt them. This particular group has too many points of operations to depend solely on one person. He continued to talk about bin Laden in the address Sunday, claiming

that he was aware of the threat of bin Laden pre-9/11, but no one cared to take him seriously. “You know, if you read my book, there was a book just before the World Trade Center came down. And I don’t get any credit for this but that’s OK. I never do. But here we are,” Trump said. “I wrote a book, a really very successful book and in that book about a year before the World Trade Center was blown up, I said there is somebody named Osama bin Laden, you better kill him or take him out, something to that effect. He’s in big trouble.”

A fact check shows that Trump made just one reference to bin Laden in that book published in 2000 when world leaders were already aware of the threat of him. There is no doubt that al-Baghdadi received his due and proper, but does anyone believe he was whining and crying before he died, and even if he was, why was that important? Trump belittles everyone and anyone he doesn’t care for and eventually even for those he temporarily benefits from. Not only does he lack professionalism (we have known this since before his presidency), but he doesn’t seem to understand, or much less be sensitive to how behavior and choices can be affected when a person is committed to an idea, whether respectable or disdainful. The bragging tone of Trump’s news conference is as cringeworthy as it is worrisome, in that it could inspire some kind of reaction from ISIS against U.S. forces in the region or even on domestic soil. Teddy Roosevelt once spoke about “talking softly and carrying a big stick.” If only Trump subscribed to that principle.




October 29, 2019

LatinX Exhibition

Cultural Diversity Highlighted Through LatinX Arts Exhibition Continued from pg. 1

both spoke at the event. The exhibition also included artwork on display from several Latin American and Mexican American artists from around Oklahoma. UCO has recognized National Hispanic Heritage Month with this event and several others. National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from mid-September to mid-October, however UCO has extended events through the beginning of November, which coincides with the Día de los Muertos holiday. Lopez is an assistant professor in the bilingual Teaching English as a Second Language program at UCO. She said there are a few things about Latino culture that she thinks people should know. “One thing is for people not to assume that all Latinos are Mexican,” Lopez said. “Latinos come from many, many different places and so rather than assume, ask.” Lopez also said that no one should be afraid to ask a question if they are coming from a place of sincerity. “I think people are so worried about being politically correct or being offensive,” Lopez said. “If you’re curious about something, ask. And if they want to share, they’ll share. If it’s something they don’t want to share, they won’t share.” She also said family and relationships are deeply important in Latino culture, extending beyond the immediate family to those you choose. “I tell [the teachers I work with], if you don’t learn anything else from me, learn that you need to make connections with your students, especially your hispanic students or your minority students because the relationship is what’s most important,”

Lopez said. “I find that true in most minority cultures, that relationship and family is so important.” Cultural exploration options like National Hispanic Heritage Month can be found throughout campus. “It’s great that UCO’s embracing all cultures, not just Latino, but so many cultures and so many different minorities,” Almeida said. Almeida works as a multimedia specialist at UCO and began making films while deployed in Iraq. He then attended film school after leaving the military. Almeida said he places an emphasis on Latino representation in his work because he didn’t see it often while he was studying. The Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival began in 2014 as a project to continue bringing Latino voices to the masses. Students and others can get involved with the festival or submit entries online. Entries must deal with Latino culture or have a person of Latino heritage as a lead member of the cast or crew. The festival takes place in the primarily Latino community of Calle Dos Cinco, a neighborhood located in Historic Capitol Hill. Almeida said people shouldn’t be afraid to come out to the community and get involved to learn more about the culture. “We have taco Tuesdays, and sometimes we do fiesta Fridays,” Almeida said. “It all happens around that community and around that area, so there’s always something every month.” Lopez has also been playing Mariachi music professionally since she was 16. Mariachi is a term that can refer to the style of music, an individual or a group of musicians and was typically male-dominated, according to Lopez. Her only musical training in life came from her father.

Carrie Fox views art by Oklahoma-based Latin American and Mexican American artists on display at the LatinX Arts Exhibition on Oct. 23 in the Max Chambers Library. The exhibition was part of UCO’s recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month. (JaNae Williams/The Vista)

“My dad never treated us that way. He just taught us to play,” Lopez said. “We were his kids and so we never thought, ‘oh we’re a girl we can’t play.’” Mariachi Lopez of Oklahoma now consists of three generations of family members trained in the musical style. While Lopez said that she and her sisters still face some scrutiny as female Mariachis and musicians in general, she has seen an increase in diversity in many areas, including at UCO. “Years ago, when I was a student here in my undergraduate program, there were no hispanics, except for in the Spanish department, you know, teachers, and on campus very few students who were like me,” Lopez said.

Attendees watch performances during the LatinX Arts Exhibition on Oct. 23 in Max Chambers Library. The exhibition showcased various art forms from local Latin American and Mexican American artists from around Oklahoma. (JaNae Williams/The Vista)

“But now there’s so much diversity, the LGBTQ, the Hispanic, and the African American, and the Asian festival and the Native American. It’s exciting to see that they’re really acknowledging all of the different types of diversity.” Lopez said she hopes students don’t use a cloak of diversity as a means for self-segregation. “I want us to still be inclusive multiculturally,” Lopez said. “I should feel free to go to any of the events from any of the cultures and feel like I am also included.” Lopez said that it’s important to keep letting students, faculty and staff know that an event sponsored by a certain group isn’t only for those who identify with that group. “It’s not our group or their group. We’re still all together in the mix and I think UCO is still trying to keep that vision,” Lopez said. “That global vision that we may be different but we’re all in this together and we are better because we are different and we can work together, I think that’s important.” Lopez said she hopes younger students can be proud of who they are, no matter what background they come from. She added that faculty and college students can be positive role models showing them what they can aspire to. To finish out National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic American Student Association will have a Día de los Muertos celebration Nov. 1 from 6-9 p.m. in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms.

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October 29, 2019


Up-and-Down Week for Volleyball Derek Parker @DParkOK SPORTS EDITOR

The University of Central Oklahoma volleyball team had an up-anddown week, as they dropped their first two matches of the week and bounced back with a 3-1 win in the third to move to 16-8 on the year. The Bronchos first match of the week was against Pittsburg State University on Tuesday in Pittsburg, Kansas. They lost 3-1, the same result they saw earlier this year at home. Lauren Jenkins and Courtney Lane led the team in kills with 13 and eight, as Bailey Combs and Amanda Desch followed behind with seven. PSU led UCO in kills, hitting percentage, assists and aces. The first two sets were close, as Central fell 26-28 and 22-25. The Bronchos took an early lead in the first set, but would eventually relinquish it. In the third set, they yet again jumped out to an early lead, but this time with a different result, winning 25-19. The comeback was not to be, however, as PSU went on to win the fourth set 25-13. On Friday, the Bronchos found themselves back home at Hamilton Field House with a match against No. 2-ranked University of Nebraska-Kearney. The Lopers hadn’t dropped a match all year, and Friday’s would be no different, as UCO fell in three sets 25-17, 25-17 and 25-21. “UNK may be the best team in the country and I thought we battled them hard the whole night,” said head coach Edgar Miraku. “We had some chances in each set, but they were just too good for us tonight.” The Bronchos finished with a .115 hitting percentage in the match, hitting 30 kills to the Lopers 44. Jenkins

UCO’s Nalani McCrary spiking the ball during the match agasint No. 2-ranked University of Nebraska-Kearney on Oct. 25. (Songsong Wang/The Vista)

led them in kills again with eight and Combs had the second-most with seven. All three matches were competitive, but an inevitable UNK run would happen in each. The Lopers scored six straight points in tied at 13-13- in the first set, seven straight points down 13-12 in the second and went on a 10-1 run down 20-15 in the third and final set. UCO finally got back on track on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Fort Hays State University. They finished with more kills, higher hitting percentage, blocks and finished with less errors than the Tigers. “It was a tough match and fortunately we made a few more plays than they did,” Miraku said. “We had stretches where we played pretty well, but we just weren’t very consistent.” The teams split the first two sets before UCO outscored FSU 50-30 in the

final two sets to win the match. For the third match in a row, Jenkins led the team in kills as she finished with 14. Lane was right behind with 13 and Desch with 12. Combs tacked on nine herself. The first set alone finished with 12 ties and seven lead changes, as the Bronchos came back from a 12-8 deficit to win 25-23. With the second set tied at 17-all, the Tigers outscored UCO 8-4 in the

final 12 points to tie it at 1-1. The Bronchos rode huge runs of 10-0 and 8-1 in the third and fourth sets to earn their 16th win of the year. This week, Central begins their three-game Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association roadtrip as they travel to Missouri Southern State University on Tuesday at 6 p.m., Washburn University on Friday at 6 p.m. and Emporia State University on Saturday at 7 p.m.


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UCO’s Ericka Scholl serves the ball during the match against No. 2-ranked University of Nebraska-Kearney on Oct. 25. (Songsong Wang/The Vista)


October 29, 2019


Bronze Takes Down Blue in Wrestling Dual


The University of Central Oklahoma wrestling team’s annual Bronze and Blue intrasquad dual resulted in a 42-6 win for the Bronze on Sunday afternoon at Hamilton Field House. “They just got on a roll,” said head coach Todd Steidley about the Bronze squad after the dual. “We felt like both teams were pretty even and they just got momentum just like in any other duel, they got a couple falls and close matches and it got out of hand a little bit.” Noah McQuigg, Peter Rolle and Gage McBride all scored falls for the Bronze. McQuigg scored a first-period pin, Rolle recorded his fall at the 1:56 mark, both wins at 133 pounds and McBride scored his fall in the final seconds of overtime with a takedown and pin at 184 pounds. “I’m excited about their performance; I thought our condition looked great and I thought our guys wrestled hard and wrestled to win,” Steidley said. “And I thought our young guys really stepped up and wrestled well, so we’re excited about the future and we have a lot of depth with all the young

guys. Saw a lot of good things today.” UCO had six sophomore and freshman wrestlers win their matches on Sunday. There was an overall of 12 matches in the dual. As a team, the Bronze won 10 of the 12 matches. The Bronze received decisions from 157-pound Anthony DesVigne, 197-pound Kalin Winkler and heavyweight Korbin McLaughlin.

"This is a hard-working group,” Steidley said. “We're excited about what we can do this season.” Four matches were decided by one point or in overtime. Logan Farrell drew a takedown 30 seconds in the sudden-victory period to claim an 8-6 win in the opening dual. McBride won in overtime after forcing the extra period with an es-

On top, wrestler Peter Rolle battling his teammate Thaddeus Long in the 133-weight class during the Bronze and Blue intrasquad dual on Oct. 27. The Bronze won 42-6 over the Blue on Sunday. (James D. Jackson/The Vista)

cape with six seconds left, Brik Filippo won 6-5 at 149 pounds and Hunter Jump scored a takedown at the buzzer win 4-3 at 165 pounds. After the dual, Steidley said there was not one wrestler whose performance stood out to him. “I’m just happy with the team in general,” Steidley said. “It’s just a really good team performance and we’re headed in the right direction and I think by the end of the year we’ll be a contender.” The Bronchos will open the season on Sunday as they face-off with Drury University at 4 p.m. in Hamilton Field House. UCO named atop the Wrestling USA Magazine’s non-NCAA Division I recruiting class rankings on Sept. 15, ranking higher than two-time national champion St. Cloud State University and the University of Pittsburgh-Johnson. It’s the second No. 1 recruiting ranking for the Bronchos who were recognized by The Open Mat, a website that covers amateur wrestling. The Bronchos’ 15 man team will return eight starters from last year’s team that went 12-4 in duals and finished 16th in the national tournament.

for the season, passing Haile who has scored 12 goals this season. UCO went into the half winning 2-0 and outshooting the Griffons 12-1. Missouri Western started the second half strong and thought they had scored on a breakaway down the sideline, but the goal was whistled off due to one of their players being offsides. The Bronchos pressed the Griffons defense once again, and on a pass from Haile, Haley Post was able to

Kansas on Friday to take on the Newman University Jets, before traveling to Claremore, Oklahoma on Nov. 3 to take on the Rogers State University Hillcats for the final games of the regular season. Friday’s game is set to start at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s is set to begin at 1 p.m. The top four teams in the MIAA conference at the end of the regular season will host a conference tournament beginning Nov. 8.

Bronchos Soar Past Missouri Western

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The University of Central Oklahoma women’s soccer team defeated the Missouri Western State University Griffons 3-1 on Sunday at Wantland Stadium. UCO is now 10-4-2 for the season and are 5-4 for Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play. This match against the Griffons wraps up the home games for the Bronchos regular season. Central took control of the game early with two goals scored by Kelsey Eason in the first 13 minutes of the match. Early in the match Eason was able to create space and fed the ball to Asha Haile, who then passed the ball right back to Eason, who was able to put the ball in the back of the net to give the Bronchos a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of the match. This was Eason’s 12th goal of the season. Not long after, Eason was able to create space and found herself in a on a one-on-one contest against the MWSU goalie and was able to put the ball past her once again to now give the Bronchos a 2-0 lead. Eason is now the leading scorer for the Bronchos

sneak the ball past the goalie for the Bronchos’ third goal of the match. This gave the Bronchos a 3-0 lead. MWSU got on the board late in the game on a ball that deflected off a player and found the back of the net. The Bronchos held the lead at 3-1 to the end of the game. UCO outshot the Griffons 26-4 and UCO’s goalie Kaitlyn Asher saved one of the two shots taken by MWSU. The Bronchos travel to Wichita,

UCO soccer player Haley Post prepares to kick the ball during UCO’s game against Missouri Western State University on Oct. 27. The Bronchos beat MWSU 3-1 on Sunday. (Eric Gomez/The Vista)


October 29, 2019


Last-Second Field Goal Snaps Losing Streak James D. Jackson @JamesDJackson15 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The University of Central Oklahoma obtained their first win in over a month and snapped a fourgame losing streak with a last second game-winning field goal to top Washburn University 22-20 in an Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association game Saturday afternoon. UCO traveled 71-yards on 10 plays on their final drive, which was capped off by Alex Quevedo, who kicked a 20-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the game to give UCO their first win since Sept. 21. His kick followed a 31-yard quarterback scramble by Chandler Garrett to put them at the Ichabods 10-yard line. “We fought hard today in game that had a bunch of mistakes,” said head coach Nick Bobeck. “But our defense played their tails off and they deserve a lot of credit. And our offense came up big in the end, credit to those guys too for never giving up.” Washburn took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and the Bronchos responded with a 36-yard field goal from Quevedo. The next eight drives would turn scoreless. UCO would finally put points on the board when they pinned Wash-

burn at its own 1-yard line with a punt and two plays later, UCO’s Mike Rios sacked Ichabod quarterback Mitch Schurig in the end zone for a safety to make it 7-5. UCO came out in the second half with a five play, 85-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 26-yard touchdown catch. Running back T.J. Roberts had a 44-yard run during the drive. Washburn responded with back-toback field goals to retake the lead 1312 with just under five minutes and 30 seconds to go in the third quarter. UCO’s Garrett then led the Bronchos on a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive that he finished with a 2-yard touchdown run. The Ichabods scored their final touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter. UCO punted twice before the game-winning drive. Garrett finished the game with 84 yards rushing on 21 carries and one touchdown. He also passed for 134 yards and one touchdown on 14 of 34 attempts. Defensively Bryan Burns led UCO with eight tackles. Adrien Cross and Dillon Hall both had seven tackles and Jeremiah Hill had six. Rios had four tackles and Kolby Underwood recorded three tackles along with his team-leading third interception of the season. UCO hosts Missouri Southern State

Alex Quevedo kicked a 20-yard field goal with three seconds left in the game and the University of Central Oklahoma football team beat Washburn University 22-20 Saturday afternoon. (Provided/BronchoSports)

University on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bronchos are now 3-5 on the season with three games remaining on the

schedule. UCO has two home games left, each in the next two weeks.

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October 29, 2019


Baker Mayfield in Sophomore Slump? After finishing with more touchdowns than any rookie quarterback in NFL history, and a close second in the 2019 NFL Rookie of the Year, Baker Mayfield has been hit with the infamous sophomore slump this year. Is it a myth, or is it real? The sophomore slump has been known to bite NFL quarterbacks since the beginning of time. For whatever reason, after a full year of experience, the second year in the NFL is the year most quarterbacks decide to play like rookies. Data taken from 20 different quarterbacks in the league around 2015 showed that QBs in their second year actually average less points and, aside from Carson Palmer who went from the 23rd ranked quarterback to the first, average a lower rank. Mayfield, apparently, is no exception to this rule. Through six games this year with the Cleveland Browns, he’s thrown 11 interceptions and just five touchdowns on just 57 percent completion. This offseason, the Browns seemed to have it made. They acquired several good defensive players and superstar receiver O’Dell Beckham Jr., someone who should’ve been a huge weapon for Mayfield. Last year, in his first NFL appearance, Mayfield led a come-from-behind win over the New York Jets for the Browns

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

first win in years. He finished with 3,725 yards on 64 percent completion with 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Mayfield’s already almost thrown more picks through half his games, and is on pace to throw less than half

the amount of touchdowns he threw last year on much worse completion percentage. Right now, he looks very very far away from the guy that was leading them to come-from-behind wins. The Browns have had a grueling

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, left, is assisted from the turf by Ricky Seals-Jones after being tackled in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

schedule so far, but there’s no excuse for Mayfield to be significantly worse in just about every category. It’s no secret Mayfield has a bit of a boisterous personality, and his season not going the way anyone expected hasn’t helped that much. He had three turnovers in Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the New England Patriots, which moved the Browns to 2-5 on the year. When asked to explain his turnovers against New England, he showed a bit of his frustration. “Well, there was two fumbles, and then there was one interception, and they happened fumble, fumble, interception,” Mayfield said. It seems the sophomore slump curse has struck its latest victim, and we have sufficient enough evidence to deduce that its real. There’s no real reason that a three-time Heisman finalist and eventual winner, record-breaking rookie quarterback with even more weaponry than last season should be this bad. Yet here we are. Mayfield will have his chance to improve on the back end of the Browns schedule, with is completely filled with teams with losing records. But for now, it’s looking like the sophomore slump has been deemed very, very real.

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