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Photo spread of last week’s winter storm .
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LEAKS SET OFF FIRE ALARMS, FORCE EVACUATIONS IN SUITES
Record snowfall blanketed the Midwest last week, closing UCO for three days.
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By Cody Bromley Staff Writer
FEB. 8, 2011
While the recent round of snow and ice has been a cold battle for all UCO students, one section of the student body has been forced to bear the weather in the name of safety. Since last Tuesday evening, residents of UCO’s University Suites housing building have been subjected to three emergency evacuations of the building, the most recent of which happened last Wednesday around 11 p.m. “We had a leak because the pipes froze,” Sheri Edwards, University Suites hall director, said. “This interior leak set the fire alarm off.” When the alarm first went off on Tuesday around 7:30 p.m., residents scrambled to put on warm clothing and hurried to Hamilton Field House, the building’s safe destination in case of an emergency. Only a small number of building residents had made it all the way to the field house before being given the all clear. The pipe that leaked was one of the main pipes that carry water to the building’s sprinkler systems. The pipe’s Cindy McCulloh, a UCO student, builds a snowman on top of the Transformative Learning Center’s sign. View the entire photo spread on page 3. leaking partially flooded the stairway in which it resides and also disturbed the building’s elevator service. Campus Finance Edwards said that the reason the alarm continued to go off on Wednesday was that the pipes, where there were leaks, had dripped onto a smoke detector and caused the system stance, utility bill increases and insurance. These By Christie Southern / Staff Writer to go off again. mandatory cost increases could raise the cost of “We’ve been doing fire With the last of the millions in stimulus federal student tuition. walks since the sprinkler sysAccording to Kreidler, the university always tries tem had to be shut down so it funds going away soon, state agencies may see a decrease in funding for the upcoming fiscal year. to look at the gap and see where they can reduce Alex Weintz, spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin costs in order to keep tuition down. Continued on page 4 said earlier this month “The reality of the budget “We don’t know that we’re going to need a tuition situation is that every agency is going to have to increase and we won’t know until the end of the find ways to tighten its belt and save money.” semester,” Kreidler said. WEATHER Any significant reductions are expected to land In the past, student tuition has increased without heavily on education which consumes approxi- the state cutting funding. These increases, however, mately more than 50 percent of state funding, ac- were put toward opening new services for students, TODAY H 37° L 11° cording to an article published by The Oklahoman. like Wellness Center additions. Despite this, Higher Education Chancellor Glen This year, the university had a five-and-a-half Johnson asked lawmakers for a six percent increase percent increase in tuition; however, Kreidler notes in state funds for Oklahoma colleges and universi- there was no tuition increase the year before. ties, stating that a cut of five percent or more would “Our goal is always to get to zero,” Kreidler said. likely require tuition increases. “We figure out everything we can do to not raise In mid-February, the Oklahoma State Equaliza- tuition first.” tion Board will decide how much money is going to Kreidler pointed out the importance of student be allocated for the different state agencies. input on the budget. “It’s frustrating because all of TOMORROW H 17° L 7° During the first meeting, the Board discussed the the real action happens in May when students have “We don’t see any scenario where UCO, or possibility of bringing in slightly more funds, ap- already left.” any other school, gets more money than last proximately $50 million, for the next fiscal year. year,” Executive Vice President Steve Kreidler Since a decrease in funding seems inevitable, the said. However, the money allocated to UCO will not be budget task force is not expecting any increase in revealed until the end of May. money. Additionally, some services have been outsourced Meanwhile, the university budget task force, “We don’t see any scenario where UCO, or any and new contracts with vendors have been made, which includes the faculty senate, UCOSA, the other school, gets any more money than last year,” aiming for better prices and new ways to save president, and the vice presidents, work on cre- Kreidler said. money. Barnes and Nobles and the campus food ating possible scenarios for what the budget may “The gap is too big,” he added. “We see scenarios service providers are among these vendors allowing look like. that range from very modest cuts as high as 10 per- UCO to gain more money from their transactions. More weather at www.uco360.com “We play this kissing game,” UCO Executive Vice cent …we may find out it’s worse, like 12 percent... Certain positions on campus have also been elimiPresident Steve Kreidler said. “Maybe it’s going to but until we get to the end of May we just don’t nated. be like this, maybe it’s going to like that.” know.” “One of the reason students have to stand in lonIn these scenarios, the task force looks at decreasFallin has singled out supporting education as ger lines is because we’ve not refilled these posiDID YOU es by various percentages like five, seven, and 10 one of her top priorities, but earlier this month she tions.” KNOW? percent cuts and how they might affect the campus. called for agencies to “tighten its belt and look at Nevertheless, Kreidler emphasizes that the uniIn the last year, Kreidler notes how other state ways for continuous improvement in the services versity has gotten through this economic difficulty When cranberries agencies received much higher cuts (15 percent or they deliver and how they spend their time.” without having to fire or furlough faculty and staff. are ripe, they bounce more) and in comparison, common education and Consequently, UCO has had a number of cuts in Furthermore, UCO has saved money by refilike a rubber ball. higher education cuts (5 to 6 percent) were not so order to decrease spending. nancing debt on campus property. In the past, the bad. “We’ve cut utility use by 35 percent and we’ve Nigh University Center, the Education building, Despite this, Kreidler admits that there are costs formed a lot of consortiums with other universities to the university that are out of its control, for in- to buy in bigger quantities,” Kreidler said. Continued on page 4 P H O T O B Y R YA N C O S T E L L O
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THE NEW, NEW, NEW JOURNALISM By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer If you are reading this editorial on paper, you are living in the past. The future of news is now, and that future doesn’t include newsprint. Magazines and newspapers have been behind every other form of media for a while now, both in sales and timeliness. By mid-afternoon, tomorrow’s top stories are already sitting on the Google News homepage. In the age of free online news, who buys, much less picks up for free, a recyclable paperweight? The answer is less and less people. A year ago, The New York Times reported that among the nation’s top 25 newspapers, ten of them had reported a decline in their circulation by more than ten percent. USA Today, once the largest circulated newspaper, suffered a 13.6 percent decline in its circulation. But there is hope for journalists, and this hope wears black turtlenecks and skinny jeans. Analysts have hailed Apple’s iPad, and the slew of other devices that perform similarly, as the savior of print media. But are they ready for primetime? New York Times writer Nick Bilton put print versus power for a contest of practicality. In the time it took Bilton to leave his apartment, drive 12 blocks, purchase a print copy of Wired magazine and then come back to his apartment, his iPad had still not finished downloading the latest issue. Last week News Corp., owner of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and Fox News, released their new iPadonly newsmagazine. Many initial reviews for the publication have been positive, but die-hard blogger John Gruber wrote a post on his site Daring Fireball titled, “The Daily Wait,” saying the issue loading time hurts the image of the new electronic paper. “I’m not saying The Daily needs to magically make an entire new issue download to an iPad in 10 seconds or less. I’m saying they need to engineer the app so that it can start showing something interesting in 10 seconds or less,” Gruber wrote. On Sunday, The Daily addressed user concerns in a blog post, promising their commitment to the improvement of the app. Gruber linked to the post and adding a comment saying that the reason he keeps writing about them is that he hopes they make it. As an aspriring journalist, all I can say is me too. But maybe inconvenience comes with the territory. Whether we want to accept it or not, we do live in the future, and that in itself means some setbacks. As Twitter user @TVsAndyDaly put it, “Great. My book ran out of batteries. Stupid future.”
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SNOW DAZE By Garett Fisbeck / Photo Editor
Starting late Jan. 31, record amounts of snowfall paralyzed most of Oklahoma. The storm triggered a blizzard alert due to high-speed winds and white-out conditions. The university closed for three consecutive days, with many students still not attending class last Friday. Gov. Mary Fallin issued a state of emergency following the storm for all 77 Oklahoma counties, a motion that President Obama later approved. More snowfall is expected late Tuesday night, carrying into Wednesday.
UCO students find relief from deep snow as a snow plow clears a sidewalk on campus. Workers labored to keep UCO sidewalks and parking lots clear for the duration of the blizzard.
A fountain by Old North freezes over during the blizzard that started late Jan. 31 and continued into Feb. 3.
An abandoned car is trapped by snow on Ayers Street on Feb. 1. Snow drifts from the storm that started early that morning left UCO studentsâ€™ cars immobile.
Jackson Nagode, a UCO freshman, dresses up to brave the harsh conditions during the first day of the 2011 snow storm Tuesday, Feb. 1.
Residents of Murdaugh Hall turn to the Internet and video games as a way to to occupy their time on UCOâ€™s first snow day of the semester. Footprints in the snow on the first day of the winter storm, Feb. 1.
FEB. 8, 2011 Health
WALMART SUPPORTS OBAMA’S HEALTH EFFORTS
REST RECHARGES MIND, BODY
By Brooke Roshell / Contributing Writer Walmart supports Michelle Obama’s efforts in her campaign to eliminate childhood obesity by creating healthier food options. “As Walmart grows, so grows the nation.” Some consumers believe that Walmart offers expanding waistlines and strained buttons. Researchers found that when a Walmart supercenter opens, the obesity rate in that area increases by 2.3 percent, meaning that for every 100 people at least two who were not obese, became obese after the supercenter opened. Walmart advertises having the lowest prices, so people with a lower income maybe more inclined to shop at Walmart. Processed foods are cheaper than fresh fruits and veggies, which emphasizes the obvious: healthier foods are more expensive than unhealthy food. UCO biology major and Walmart shopper Jordan Taylor said that the supercenter is more college student savvy. “I shop at Walmart on 15th and I-35 because it is between my apartment and school. Walmart is the one-stop shop where I am able to buy cheap foods that fit with my college budget.” On Thursday, Jan. 20, the store announced plans for a healthier future. Due to the growing number of childhood obesity and our First Lady’s past personal experience herself, she initiated the “Let’s Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity. In support of Obama’s campaign, Walmart joins Obama in effort to make thousands of their products more nutritious. Walmart promises to work with their suppliers to reduce the salt and sugar in packaged foods, cut the costs of fruits and veggies, and develop an easier to read label so consumers are able to identify healthier items. “Most of my friends either are always on the go, or don’t know how to cook, so they buy packed foods loaded with sodium and sugar and don’t really care. This makes them lead an unhealthy lifestyle. If all the products had less salt and sugar, students probably wouldn’t know the difference, therefore the small changes add up to helping them become a little bit healthier,” UCO sophomore Mersadies Nottingham said. If fresh fruits and veggies are cheaper, will college students actually buy them? Taylor said that, by lowering the prices of healthy foods, students will be able to afford healthier food. She added, “I believe that this will help us become more focused during class and have more energy, rather than being run-down by all the processed foods most college students are currently consuming.” The supercenter and Obama’s plans on creating an easier to read front label will increase awareness about what consumers are purchasing. “If labels on food are easier to understand and more visible, then I will be more likely to buy healthier food and more conscious of how much sugar and sodium I’m actually consuming,” Nottingham said. “When 140 million people a week are shopping at Walmart, then day by day and meal by meal all these small changes can start to make a big difference for our children’s health,” Michelle Obama said.
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The spring 2010 National College Health Assessment reported that 48.7 percent of students only get enough sleep 3-5 days a week.
By Cody Bromely / Staff Writer The start of a new semester means getting back into the old routines. One of the routines college students are known for not keeping up with is sleeping. Studies by the National Institute of Health, the National Sleep Foundation, and other groups have shown that sleep has a direct influence on the body in several ways. Dr. Diane Rudebock, associate professor and wellness management health studies coordinator, said sleep is necessary for survival. “If we don’t stop our bodies, our bodies will stop,” Rudebock said. The necessity of sleep has many reasons and among them is the body’s ability to normalize itself. Rudebock said essential hormones are produced during sleep that regulates the body. Depriving the body of these can have short and long term effects, some of which can be fixed with a change in sleep patterns. The National Institute of Health’s guide of sleep said that problem sleepiness can have serious consequences. Last year, Discovery Channel’s MythBusters set out to test the effects of sleep deprivation versus that of alcohol intoxication. Two of the show’s co-hosts drank enough alcohol to get their blood alcohol content to 0.08 percent, the le-
gal limit, and then took driving tests. Then after staying awake for 30 hours straight, they retested. After the tests, the hosts came to the conclusion that sleep deprivation had a more dangerous effect on a person’s driving abilities than alcohol. Beyond driving abilities, sleep deprivation has been shown to lead to problems with critical thinking, learning, and memory, all of which that affect the success of a student. UCO’s Healthy Campus Initiative puts out a report on student’s healthy behaviors as determined though self-assessments. The 2008-2010 health report says that the average UCO student has a 78 percent chance of not getting the right amount of sleep five nights out of the week. The American College Health Association pairs the effects felt at UCO with national data from their spring 2010 National College Health Assessment. That report found that 48.7 percent of students polled said they were only getting enough sleep to feel rested 3-5 days a week. The national assessment also asked students to name the things that impacted their grades. Ranked the highest in total percent was stress, followed by sleep difficulties, anxiety, cold/flu/sore throat and relationship difficulties.
Rudebock said that it is not a coincidence that sleep deprivation, stress and the other items are high on the list. “What we know now about lack of sleep is that it causes stress, anxiety, there’s some research now looking into your immune system being diminished because of lack of sleep, and relationships because it affects your mood,” Rudebock said. Fixing sleep deprivation may only require a small change to a person’s current routine. A 2003 study found that women who exercised for 30 minutes in the morning had an easier time sleeping at night than those that did not. Rudebock recommended cutting afternoon caffeine as well as doing lighter activities in the evening as a way to tell the body it was time for bed. Rudebock said that even she, a self-proclaimed night owl forced to live in a “day world,” has had to adapt her sleep cycle to meet her schedule. Fixing a broken sleep cycle takes time, and the National Institute of Health says that the best way for a person to adjust is by changing the hour of their bedtime by one or two hours a night until back on a normal cycle. NIH says that humans work best on a cycle where they sleep at night and act during the day, and fixing a sleep cycle can stop a decrease in cognitive and motor skills.
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STATE FUNDING the Chambers Library addition and the parking lots have all been refinanced. The Wellness Center and the Commons dormitories are in the process. “We’ve saved $10 million so far on refinancing,” Kreidler said. The university aims to save an additional $10 million once the last two
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buildings with debt go through the process. Once the remaining properties have been refinanced, UCO would have refinanced every building with debt on campus. The millions of dollars in reductions have been made slowly over the last six to seven years.
If an increase in funding is given to higher education, Kreidler said the additional money would likely go toward student services and professor, staff, and faculty salaries. “But this year I don’t think we’ll be in that situation,” Kreidler said. “I don’t think there is going to be any new money around.”
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P H OTO BY K AT H L EEN WEL L S
Dennis Beisaw of Patco Electrical installs heating piping to prevent pipes from bursting in the University Suites.
could be repaired,” Edwards said. A “fire walk” consists of housing resident assistants walking the halls of the building every hour on the hour to as-
sure that there are no fires in the building. Data from the National Weather Service shows that when students first evac-
uated the suites last Tuesday evening, the temperature was 11 degrees and the 10 mph winds made it feel closer to -2 degrees as they crossed the iced-over streets and steep drifts. The next night, when leaking pipes caused the alarm to go off again, the temperature was eight degrees around 10 p.m., and closer to six degrees an hour later when the alarm went off for the third time in the week. Other area school’s felt the effects of the recent winter blast, not just in closings but also inside buildings. Residents of Oklahoma City University’s Oklahoma United Methodist Hall dormitory were subjected to flooding as a result of cracking pipes, as well as a floor collapsing in an area. Crews were working on the building last Friday to get issues with the suites repaired, but a fix for the sprinkler system will have to wait until the proper part arrives, expected to arrive early this week. Until the sprinkler system is fixed, RAs for the suites will have to keep doing fire walks.
FEB. 8, 2011 Art
‘MR. MARMALADE’ TO PERFORM ASK UCO’s Performing Arts will perform Noah Haidle’s “Mr. Marmalade” at the regional Kennedy Center for American College Theatre Festival in Amarillo, Texas, on Feb. 25. “Mr. Marmalade” is about a four-year-old named Lucy, who has an active imagination. Unfortunately, her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade doesn’t have much time for her, not to mention he beats up his personal assistant, Bradley, and has a cocaine addiction. Larry is Lucy’s only real friend, but Larry also holds the record for the youngest suicide attempt in the history of New Jersey. Daisy Nystul, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Associate Professor, said the regional Kennedy Center for American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) sent two representatives from the regional committee to watch the production, made recommendations to the rest of the committee members, and then all of the committee members watched a video of the production and read the director’s conceptual paper. “The committee members then voted and the six best productions of the region were invited to perform at the regional festival which is being held in Amarillo,” she said. According to the Kennedy Center website, these judges in consultation with the Artistic Director select four to six of the best and most diverse regional festival productions to be showcased in the spring at the annual noncompetitive National Festival at the Kennedy Center, all expenses paid. The performers for this performance are UCO theatre and music theatre students. Chris Damen, a senior in theatre performance, performs as Mr. Marmalade, the title character. Damen has done about five main stage productions at UCO and a lot of one-act shows at different festivals. Damen said when they originally did this performance, they rehearsed every night, Monday through Friday. “Now that we’ve done this show and we are doing it again, we lightened it, but we are still approaching it as the same rehearsal schedule; we are having fewer rehearsals, but they are longer,” Damen said. He added he has been to the festival before, but in past experiences, he hasn’t taken it as seriously, or had mixed emotions about what to expect. Damen said, “Now that I’ve gone there a couple times and know what the festival is all about, [I] just [try] to experience new opportunities, i.e., there will be workshops there for actors and good competition. I take that with a lot of respect for other people from other schools because we are in the same position they are in right now. I’m hoping to gain a lot of insight from other teachers, other professors, even other students there as much as I possibly can.” Jill Fry, also a senior theatre performance major, plays the role of Emily who is the baby sitter of Lucy. Fry said she is very excited about going to Amarillo. “This is the first time for me to go to the festival so I hope to learn a lot from our cast and hopefully we will be able to teach some things to theatre peers from other schools,” she said. Another performer in this show is Tyler Dalton Pipkin, in the role of Larry. Pipkin is a theatre/communication education major and is a sophomore. Pipkin said, “I decided to audition for this performance after reading the script last summer. I fell in love with the role of Larry and the way he represents a harsh reality in the play. I
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Summer Nolan, as Lucy, and Chris Damen as Mr. Marmalade, rehearse for their performance which will take place on UCO’s campus Feb. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pegasus Theatre in the Liberal Arts Building.
wanted to play Larry.” Pipkin said this is his first show with UCO, although he has done about 30 shows in the last 10 years. “This is my first time going to the festival and I cannot wait to represent the university at such a prestigious festival. I am excited to show off what the UCO’s theatre department can do and to gain a greater knowledge of my craft through the experience,” Pipkin said. “This has been an incredible experience and an honor to be a part of,” Pipkin said. “Mr. Marmalade” will also be performed Feb. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pegasus Theatre in the Liberal Arts Building. Nystul explained the aims of this national theater education program are to identify and promote quality in college-level theater production. “To this end, each production entered is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF representative, and selected students and faculty are invited to participate in KCACTF programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.” Productions entered on the participating level are eligible for inclusion at the KCACTF regional festival and can also be considered for invitation to the KCACTF national festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2011. Nystul said, “By entering this production, our theater department is sharing in the KCACTF goals to recognize, reward, and celebrate the exemplary work produced in college and university theaters across the nation.”
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APPLE SEEKS COLLEGE STUDENTS
AppleCare, Apple’s customer support group, is now selecting college students to be At-Home-Advisors.
By Josh Hutton / Staff Writer If you love technology and pajama pants, Apple may be willing to write you a check. The software giant is beginning a new job campaign to give college students an opportunity to work at home. AppleCare, Apple’s customer support group, is now selecting college students to be At-Home-Advisors. The program calls upon students to act as technical support personnel. Employees aid costumers with software and hardware issues-everything from the iPad to Apple TV. Applicants majoring in any field are considered for positions. The only requirements are students have at least a 2.7 GPA, a quiet area to work, a desk, and a phone line. Apple provides the phone and an iMac desktop computer. Jobs last for one year, with a 16-hour workweek during school and 40
hours per week expected for the summertime. There is an extensive training course to fully prepare work candidates. Training lasts four weeks and does require a full-time commitment. Melodie Gaines, a public relations specialist for Apple said, “We want our employees to be patient, personable and sensitive to the needs of the customer, but we also expect our advisors to become genuine experts.” Bedroom employees can expect to start around $10 an hour, though experience and credentials do enter into the equation. To further sweeten the deal, Apple reimburses students $50 each month for phone and Internet usage, offers health benefits, and student advisors would benefit from an Apple employee discount. The program is Apple’s answer to keeping jobs domestic versus outsourcing. Undergraduates are often tech-savvy with an understanding of current trends, making them an ideal worker base. “At this point, Apple plans to use this model of business in the long-term,” Gaines said. “Look for us to expand our Student Advisor program to many more campuses across the country before the end of the year.” Gaines is unable to disclose which regions of the United States will see benefits in the immediate future. UCO has yet to become a participant in the program, but the university does have a partnership with Apple. In the meantime, students are able to become certified technicians through Apple’s website. The training and knowledge guide are free, but there is a fee to take the certification test. “On campus we do have a student certified technician,” John Laudermill, UCO’s campus Apple store Retail Manager, said. “They have had to go through a lot of training which is similar to the at-home job.” At-Home-Advisors is launching at only a few universities, but Apple promises many more colleges will be added to the line-up in the near future. Despite UCO not being an available university, students can still create applicant profiles to get a jump on the competition.
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FEB. 8, 2011
By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor Two losses to Lindenwood didn’t do it. A loss to Colorado didn’t do it. Even a loss to Oakland on Thursday night might not do it. The No. 16 UCO Bronchos’ playoff hopes have taken a beating, but they’re not dead yet. “That’s what I told the guys. ‘We’re on life support’,” UCO head coach Craig McAlister said. “When I looked at the points and it’s not necessarily the rankings I was looking at, we’re right next to Liberty and we play them in two games (this) week. We’re very close to Illinois, along with Robert Morris Illinois and Iowa State’s not really all that much above us either. “ In the second to last rankings of the regular season, UCO was slotted at No. 16, needing to move up 3-4 spots to be considered for the playoffs. Point-wise however, they are right beside a few of the teams ahead of them. UCO had 286 points heading into this past weekend’s games in which they went 2-1 with wins against Eastern Washington and a shootout loss to No. 10 Oakland. No. 15 Liberty had 296 points. “We’ve got to win,” McAlister said. “We do everything we possibly can for the voters to move us up and we’ve got to have help.” “When you look at those points, we can swing those points pretty fast.” The Bronchos stampeded out to a 2-0 lead over No. 10 Oakland on Thursday night at Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond. Mike Haszto scored just 22 seconds into the game, assisted by Patrick Biron and Greg Masters. 1:50 later, freshman Anthony Knuth scored assisted by Luke Ward and Brent Block.
Oakland took over in the second period and tied the game 2-2 sending it to overtime. The extra five minute period went scoreless, sending the contest to a shootout. The visiting Bears scored the only goal of the shootout period and beat UCO 3-2. Bronchos’ goaltender Nick Holmes made 37 saves on the night, not including the shootout. “You can tell that we’re young simply because we can’t seem to finish it out and because we can’t finish it out it cost us at the end,” McAlister said. “We go to these shootouts and we’re not quite as good as we were last year at shootouts, where experience means a lot. On Friday night, the Eastern Washington Eagles came to town bent on destroying the Bronchos’ hopes for the playoffs. The Eagles struck first 4:07 into the opening period and closed the first frame up 1-0 on the Bronchos. UCO tied the game in the second when Kevin Bergquist scored, assisted by Michael Garvie and Mackenzie Thiessen. Thiessen scored a goal himself with just 1:23 remaining in the middle period. EWU scored in the third but Ward and Erik Jansen put the game away with final period scores and the Bronchos walked away with a 4-2 win. Holmes once again came up big with a 93 save percentage. “He’s actually been able to keep us in games and almost ‘will’ us to win,” McAlister said about his goaltender’s play as of late. The Bronchos then took a 3-2 decision in overtime on Saturday night against the Eagles
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Team Captain Nick Novak trying to lead the Bronchos to the playoffs this year.
with team captain Nick Novak netting the game-winner. The Bronchos play No. 15 Liberty on the road this Friday and Saturday night. “They’re tough,” McAlister said. “They’re a veteran team. (They have) a bunch of Canadians on that team. They’re up and down and I can’t figure them out right now. The team we
played in the fall was excellent. They move the puck well, they’re tough. They do everything the right way and this last couple of weeks they’ve been kind of faltering. That gives us a chance to go up in their huge crowd, and they sell out their place. That will be very interesting. Hopefully it will be a good series for us.”
PACKERS WIN SUPERBOWL XLV By Michael Collins / Sports Writer
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won the game 3125. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Who would have thought just three years into his professional football career, Aaron Rodgers would have fans saying “Brett who?” Such was the case after the Packers thrilling win in last Sundays Super Bowl. Although the Steelers had the experience and the “big game” quarterback, Rodgers and the Packers won the game with poise and toughness. The game started just about like every big commentator said it would, a battle of defenses and field position. With the game staying scoreless for the good part of the first quarter. With just under 4 minutes to go in the first half, Rodgers finally hooked up with Jordy Nelson for a 29 yard score. Nelson had an up and down game and really gave the Packers a shot of life with the first quarter winding down. “It isn’t sinking in yet,” Nelson said in a postgame news conference. “It is something I will have to look back on. Hopefully see a bunch of highlights down the road and realize it was me.” The Packers capitalized on the momentum created by Nelson by picking off Ben Roethlisberger and returning it for a touchdown. Nick Collins 37-yard return marked the fastest two scores in the history of the Super Bowl. In just a 24 second span, the game went from yawner to laugher. After a Pittsburgh field goal the Packers Greg Jennings decided to get into the mix. With Momentum draining, Rodgers caught the Steelers defense sleeping
and hit Jennings over the middle for a 21 yard score. The touchdown made the score 21-3 and for all intensive purposes it looked as if the Steelers were bowing out. The Steelers were able to keep a shred of hope in the pocket when Big Ben hooked up with Hines Ward in the corner of the end zone to take the game into halftime with a score of 21-10. The big story heading into the break was not that the Packers had a nice size lead, but they were going to half to finish the game without two of their captains. Charles Woodson (broken collarbone) and Donald Drive (ankle) both were ruled out after first half injuries. “We’ve been a team that’s overcome adversity all year,” Jennings said, who noted injuries to Charles Woodson and Driver. “Our head captain goes down, emotional in the locker room. Our No. 1 receiver goes down, more emotions are going, flying in the locker room. But we find a way to bottle it up and exert it all out here on the field.” The Packers had a chance to open up the lead even more on their first possession after the break. Rodgers threw a dart to right on the money to James Jones only to see it dropped, eventually they would be forced to punt the ball away, and then the game got interesting. On their first possession of the second half the Steelers marched all the way down the field. Rashard Mendenhall punched the ball in from 8 yards out to make the score 21-17 Packers, with just over 10 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. After some back and forth play, the Packers finally responded in the fourth
quarter with a score of their own. Greg Jennings caught his second touchdown of the night to give the Packers a 28-17 lead. Fox Sports commentator Howie Long mentioned before the game that he thought that Big Ben was a Barry Bonds type of quarterback. Meaning he is like a homerun hitter, every 7th at bat or so he is going to knock one out of the park. With just under a quarter to play Roethlisberger started to mount another Super Bowl comeback. With a 25-yard pitch and catch to Mike Wallace, Big Ben was able to bring the Steelers to within three points. The Packers were only able to get a field goal on their next possession, which left just over 2 minutes for Roethlisberger to work his magic. Twitter and Facebook users were already celebrating a Pittsburg comeback, as it seemed inevitable that he would march them down for the game winning score. But it wasn’t to be. After a 4th and 5 pass feel to the ground, Rodgers and the Packers were able to line up in their victory formation and celebrate. Just three years after letting their iconic quarterback Brett Favre go, Aaron Rodgers put his stamp on “Title Town USA.” “Wow! It’s a great day to be great, baby,” said Greg Jennings, who summed it up best after the game. Greatness only comes to those who deserve it, and if your being honest with yourself out of Rodgers and Roethlisberger, Rodgers was the more deserving of the glory this year.
FEB. 8, 2011
QUITE A HAUL Signing day was a huge success for UCO football this year. They were able to sign some of the state’s top talent while being able to draw in a few big time prospects from outside the Sooner state. A total of 29 prospects signed.
SIGNING DAY CLASS OF 2011
New and old faces will look to be more competive this upcoming football season. From Broncho Sports
Central Oklahoma has picked up the signature of 29 high school standouts to national letters of intent with 23 state products and six Texas prep stars joining the Bronchos. Fourth-year head coach Tracy Holland and his staff added six defensive linemen, six offense linemen, five wide receivers, four defensive backs, four linebackers, one running back and one quarterback to the fold along with two “athletes” capable of playing either side of the ball. “This is an outstanding class for us and we’re really excited about what they can do for Broncho football in the coming years,” said Holland, who expects to sign seven more players in the coming days. “We addressed a lot of the needs we had and all of these players fit what we’re looking for in a studentathlete, both on and off the field.” The Bronchos gained four Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Staters in linebacker Marcus Bruner of Porter, defensive lineman Marty Northern of Lawton Eisenhower, defensive back Richard Stanley of Tulsa Union and defensive lineman Deontay Wilson of Coweta.
Kenny Allen Kyle Aschenbrenner Marcus Bruner Steve Caldwell Landon Chappell Ashton Dandy Levonte Douglas Justin Durham Brock Enmeier Richie Fruechting Chance Haley Christian Hood Tanner Koons Caden Locke Mason McLaughlin Andy Mensah Tyler Newton Marty Northern Preston Paine Travelle Pelkey Hayden Sharp Cameron Shaw Cody Shaw Lucas Stalnaker Dion Standford Richard Stanley Dylan Warner Xavier Williams Deontay Wilson
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I was most impressed by how the Bronchos addressed their defensive woes with this year’s recruiting class. The biggest pick-up in my book may be defensive lineman Marty Northern from Lawton Eisenhower. At 6-foot-1 283 pounds, Northern is a beast. Northern averaged four tackles and .5 sacks per game as a senior. He also added three pass defenses as a lineman and forced one fumble. In 2010, the Bronchos ranked 13th out of 14 teams in the Lone Star Conference in scoring defense. UCO ranked dead last in total defense and last in run defense. Surprisingly UCO ranked fourth in the LSC in pass defense. But that could be because teams had so much success running the football, that they passed the ball on UCO far less than they ran it. Northern could bolster the defensive front for UCO and provide some run support. Northern is strong and athletic having lettered in track and wrestling in high school. Northern was a three year starter at Eisenhower and an All-State pick as a senior. Another of my favorite recruits from this year’s signing day is defensive lineman Tyler Newton. Newton is 6-foot-4 250 pounds and played high school ball at Westmoore. He was District Defensive Lineman of the Year, All-Conference and Oklahoman All-Big City choice last season. Newton was an honorable mention All-State pick and recorded 76 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior.
Sports Writer - Trey Hunter UCO landed four 2010 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State defensive players in their signing class of 28 recruits on signing day, Feb. 4. Central finished the 2010 season as the worst team in the Lone Star Conference at stopping the run. They gave up nearly 200 yards per game (196.2) and let opponents rush for 4.7 yards per carry. Defensive Linemen Marty Northern from Lawton Ike and Deontay Wilson from Coweta are the two recruits that could make the biggest impact next year for UCO. Northern finished the 2010 high school season tied eighth for total sacks with six and also finished with 48 tackles. He led Ike to a 7-3 record and a playoff win against Mustang High School. Ike fell to the eventual runner-up, Jenks, in the second round. Wilson is a 6-foot-2 260-pound force out of Coweta. He was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State team and was one of the best players in the entire state. The Bronchos also signed two other defensive stars to help out on the ugly side of the ball. Marcus Bruner of Porter and Richard Stanley of Tulsa Union will join Northern and Wilson at Central. Kenny Allen, a 6-foot-2 lineman from Perkins will also help out head coach Tracy Holland’s defense. He was the class-4A player of the year with 143 tackles, five forced fumbles and three interceptions. “We got a lot stronger on defense with some of these re-
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The Broncho coaches will be happy come fall camp with the recruiting class the staff has just signed. With four former All-State players, and 29 total players.
cruits,” Holland said. “We obviously need to work on a few things on that side of the ball and with some of the athletes that we have brought in it should be a little bit easier.” On the offensive side of the ball the Bronchos made some strides at landing offensive linemen. Central signed six offensive linemen from a class of 28. They signed Chance Haley who helped lead Tulsa Union to three straight state championships. They also signed Brock Enmeier from Enid. Enmeier was an All-District pick for Enid and is also a star in basketball and baseball.
Sports Writer - Michael Collins To say this past season that the Bronchos had problems stopping the run would be a really big understatement. Everyone knows by now that UCO’s offense is really good, but on the other side of the ball, that is where huge question marks start to arrive. The Bronchos may have found a piece to the puzzle in Marty Northern. The Lawton Eisenhower product was an All-State Defensive lineman this past season, and actually turned down a few Division I offers to come play at UCO. One of the tools that the UCO football coaches used this past recruiting season was playing time. For a defense that gave up close to 40 points a game, and almost 200 yards rushing a game, saying there are a few spots up for grab would be putting it lightly. Not to say everyone on the defense played With new players on the way, UCO coaches should ex- horrible, but stats don’t lie, and big changes should be expected this fall. pect a few more happy moments this next year.
Northern will bring an incredible speed rush, with the ability to close up gaps to shut down the run. He registered 48 tackles and six sacks in his senior campaign at Lawton Eisenhower, and if he brings the same type of work ethic that made him so successful in high school, he should see some early playing time this next season. “Marty has been on a whirlwind lately and I’m not sure what happened there,” Eisenhower football coach Boone Copeland said. “He went to Weber State and seemed to like it out there, but it’s also a long way and that seemed to be one of the factors in his decision. I also thought Texas State would be a good fit for him, but he just decided to stay closer to home.” Whatever the reasons for Northern deciding to sign with the Bronchos is irrelevant now. Next season UCO will showcase an offense that will be second to none, if the defense toughens up and holds up their end of the deal, Northern could be holding a championship trophy in his arms come next fall.