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SEPT 23, 2010




Dinning in the Dark

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Students for an accesible society are hosting the third annual event.

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Former members and assistant coaches of the UCO debate team have filed a lawsuit against the former coach, the dean of the liberal arts college, UCO and the Oklahoma Board of Regents for sexual discrimination, harassment and retaliation. The plaintiffs allege that UCO operates under a de facto â&#x20AC;&#x153;rape cultureâ&#x20AC;? where sexual coercion, underage drinking and drug use is accepted and perpetuated by the university and members of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration. This attitude toward the students and employees ultimately led to the termination of employment and enrollment of the plaintiffs, according to court papers. In the lawsuit the former students and employees claim that the coach, Eric Marlow, 43, used his position as the head of the debate team to coerce, sexually discriminate, harass, intimidate and take advantage of members of the debate team. The lawsuit also claims that when notified of these actions, Dr. Pamela Washington, the dean of the Liberal Arts College, not only disregarded their complaints as unfounded but also participated in and contributed to retaliatory actions along with Marlow against the plaintiffs. These actions, the lawsuit says, created â&#x20AC;&#x153;a hostileâ&#x20AC;? environment so severe that the assistant coaches were eventually fired and the students were forced to quit the team

and leave UCO, except for one that is still enrolled at the university. The lawsuit states that the defendants â&#x20AC;&#x153;engaged in unlawful intentional discrimination and engaged in discriminatory practices with malice and/or reckless indifference to the federally protected rights of the aggrieved plaintiffs.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot make any specific comments about the filed lawsuit,â&#x20AC;? Washington said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, every university policy and procedure was followed, all timelines were followed. I was in contact with legal counsel the day that any allegation came to light, and I feel very confident of a positive outcome at the end of this process.â&#x20AC;? The 12 plaintiffs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; nine students and three employees â&#x20AC;&#x201C; claim Marlow pressured one of the students, an 18-yearold freshman, to have sex with him under the threat of taking away her scholarships. Marlow also allegedly pressured the team to party with him in hotel rooms while the team was at debate tournaments, telling, Ian Lee, a student, to â&#x20AC;&#x153;come down and drink, or I will kill you.â&#x20AC;? Marlow could not be reached for comment. When the team complained to Washington, they say she requested a written statement and then told Marlow about the complaints and requested he reply to her in writing. The students claim that the dean spread false accusations about them and labeled one student, Tia Robertson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a slut,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;liar,â&#x20AC;?


Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed on Sept. 9 are suing for damages in excess of $100,000 as well as back payment for tuition, scholarships and emotional distress.


and â&#x20AC;&#x153;evil.â&#x20AC;? Both Marlow and Washington allegedly called the debaters â&#x20AC;&#x153;the crazies.â&#x20AC;? According to the court documents, Washington acknowledged in UCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Analysis and Recommendation for Sexual Harassment Complaintâ&#x20AC;? that an â&#x20AC;&#x153;inappropriate relationship existed,â&#x20AC;? and that it became nonconsensual. The dean then recommended that Marlow be removed from coaching and work strictly in an administrative capacity. However, the students claim the change was merely â&#x20AC;&#x153;a ruse,â&#x20AC;? and was never actu-

ally implemented. Accusations against the coach: The debate team accuses Marlow of pressuring one of the students, who was approximately 18 at the time, â&#x20AC;&#x153;for sexual favors,â&#x20AC;? during the entire fall 2009 semester. The lawsuit says that the coach pressured the student to use illegal drugs and engage in underage drinking, in an attempt to lower her inhibitions and take advantage of the student. When the student â&#x20AC;&#x153;resisted

or refused his demands he would become increasingly controlling, manipulative and threatening. On numerous occasions he threatened to terminate her scholarship,â&#x20AC;? the lawsuit says. They also claim that Marlowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior was â&#x20AC;&#x153;predatory,â&#x20AC;? and that he would send â&#x20AC;&#x153;threateningâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;demeaningâ&#x20AC;? text and Facebook messages that said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cooperate, you will regret it.â&#x20AC;? According to the lawsuit, Marlow even sent photographs of the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license plate to her cell phone to show that he knew â&#x20AC;&#x153;exactly

where she was.â&#x20AC;? The lawsuit claims that it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;common knowledgeâ&#x20AC;? that Marlow used illegal drugs and openly discussed his history of drug use with the members of the debate team. The lawsuit even claims that Marlow used and bought illegal drugs in the debate squad room, the hallways of the Liberal Arts building, and at debate tournaments. The lawsuit also states that Marlow would routinely

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A car wreck. A tornado. A burglary. All of these can be labeled as scary events. But what about facing one of these crises alone? How about facing them at age 14? Nic Ivers, a senior majoring in advertising at UCO, was taken hostage---and lived to tell the tale--- in the May 2004 Khobar Massacre, an event he deemed the scariest moment of his life. Ivers, now 21, was 14 years old when 17 terrorists of the Jerusalem Squadron attacked the compound in Saudi Arabia where he and his family lived. The terrorists took more than 50 hostages and killed 22. Ivers and his family had not experienced any unrest or hostilities up until this point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I lived there for four yearsâ&#x20AC;Śall was peaceful,â&#x20AC;? Ivers said. However, since the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq one year prior, there were heightened anti-American and anti-Bush sentiments in that area. The Americans lived on compounds, and Iversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; complex, the Oasis Compound, was deemed the safest and â&#x20AC;&#x153;most elite.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Terrorists got into the compound dressed as Saudi Arabia police,â&#x20AC;? he said. Ivers was home alone on the morning of May 29, 2004 as his father was at already at



work and his mother was on vacation in California. He was up and getting ready for hockey practice when he was alerted to the situation. After hearing gunshots outside, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I put on hockey gear and hid under the bed,â&#x20AC;? Ivers said. He hid in his room for about half an hour, when he could hear the terrorists in his own house downstairs. The next thing he knew, he we was hauled up from under the bed by his ankles by the attackers. The group was targeting non-Muslims. As they came upon the inhabitants of the compound, they were asked if they were Christians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said I was a Christian,â&#x20AC;? Ivers said when questioned by the terrorists. He was taken im1LF,YHUVVXUYLYHGDKRVWDJHDWWDFNLQ 6DXGL$UDELDDWDJH

mediately to Soha Towers Hotel, where he was held hostage for close to 48 hours with about 50 other people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a 5-star hotel, really luxurious. It [the hotel] had several restaurants in it,â&#x20AC;? Ivers said. While in the hotel, Ivers said the hostages

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By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer For many commuter students, part of normal morning stress is the search to find a good parking spot. Michael Sokoff is the director of transportation and parking services, and he said that there is always enough parking at UCO if students are willing to take a longer walk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way we refer to it is as a parking distribution issue, and a time management issue,â&#x20AC;? Sokoff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is available parking for people, but everyone likes to park close to their building five to 10 minutes before their class starts. No one wants to have to walk more than about five minutes to a classroom.â&#x20AC;? Counting all the available parking spaces in UCO parking lots, Sokoff said that depending on the maintenance schedule, there is between 6,300 to 6,600 spaces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you look at this youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gosh. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more students than there is parking spaces.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But the thing that you need to understand is that not all students are here at the same time every day,â&#x20AC;? Sokoff said. Sokoff said that Transportation and Parking Services is trying to make it easier for students to get access to good parking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a very active Twitter and Facebook program. We tweet in the mornings especiallyâ&#x20AC;Ś indicating which lots are open and which lots are filling up.â&#x20AC;? But also, Sokoff said that students need to plan coming to class a little earlier than maybe they are used to, and also to

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SEPT. 23, 2010



Do you think you are receiving a good education when considering the amount of money you pay to go to UCO??




Senior-Math and Chemistry

Junior-Graphic Design






Kory Oswald, Editor-In-Chief Jenefar DeLeon, Managing

Ryan Costello, Senior Staff Writer Jack Chancey, Staff Writer A.J. Black, Staff Writer Elizabeth Hillin, Staff Writer Cody Bromley, Staff Writer Chantal Robatteux, Staff Writer Michael Collins, Sports Writer


Chris Wescott, Sports Editor Garett Fisbeck, Photo Editor Samantha Maloy, Copy Editor

Advertising Brandon Cameron Brittany Koster

Circulation Jack Chancey

Adviser Mr. Teddy Burch

Photography Kathleen Wells Joseph Moore

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, UCO is a good val- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, I think that UCO is ue.â&#x20AC;? affordable. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a design student and I think that we have a good program.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting a good education. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it needs to be that damn high.â&#x20AC;?

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Cartoonist Prakriti Adhikari


YOUR GOVERNMENT IS YOUR DUTY By Ryan Costello / Senior Staff Writer How did it come to this? The divisive political climate in 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s America has deteriorated to the point that only radicals have a shot at a successful campaign. The first dominoes of what could be an election year pitting the furthest right and left of center against one another have fallen, the most stunning of which coming from Delaware. This month, Mike Castle, regarded as one of the last of a dying breed of moderate Republicans, was ousted in the primary for Delaware senator despite strong backing from the GOP. The winner, ultra-conservative Tea Party member Christine Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell, has in the past called masturbation a sin akin to adultery and has used homophobia to gain a foothold against Castle. A campaign message made on her behalf even insinuated that Castle had an extramarital relationship with another man. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell and others like her would seem to be the right wing counterpunch to the last round of elections tilting heavily for contemporary liberal Democrats. In turn, the left may be forced to back even more liberal candidates, essentially fighting fire with fire. The problem with only the most right or left views being represented is that the middle ground, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s silent majority, may be left with little or no representation on Capitol Hill. In a day and age when political banter is lowbrow at best, and often communicated in passive aggressive barks via social networking sites, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really only one loser: us. And we have only ourselves to blame. Years of political apathy have left only the most extreme voices being used, and as more citizens shun the voting booths and ignore the campaign trail in favor of Jersey Shore and Greyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anatomy, the problem may soon reach its tipping point. There was never a time when everyone agreed about the world, humanity, and the machinery of the perfect government, but there was once a time when everyone could argue. In our nations earliest years, even illiterate Americans knew about their politicians. Now, despite unprecedented campaign coverage on the cutting edge of technology, most could not even name their options in the Oklahoma gubernatorial race (Jari Askins and Mary Fallin, if you were curious). We have nearly lost our government by the people, instead settling for a government by only some of the people. Even as the Nov. 2 midterm elections loom ever closer, there is still time to register to vote and research the candidates. There is still time to fulfill your civic duty. I suggest you use it.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would say yeah. The main thing I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like here is the faculty that makes things as teachers go, they are very good.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, kids might tell you no, but if you utilize the time you spend here, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get the education you pay for.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes. I know all my teachers and the classes are small. Compared to bigger schools, you can get more help.â&#x20AC;?

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SEPT. 23, 2010

Student Life

Campus Events


By Chantal Robatteux / Staff Writer The Students for an Accessible Society (SAS) at UCO are hosting the third annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dining in the Darkâ&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Nigh University Center, Ballroom A. This event is open to the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dining in the Darkâ&#x20AC;? is an event to raise awareness about the daily situations of the visually impaired. At this event, students will be able to experience what life without sight would be like. When attending this event, participants will be blindfolded and will wear the blindfold throughout the event. Michael Hendricks, an interpersonal communications major, is the president of SAS and is visually impaired, but he said he is proud to be and that it is nothing to be ashamed of. He said there will be guest speakers at this event.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;One speaker will give instructions on how to eat while blindfolded, the key note speaker will talk about living life while blind, and our officers will also read tips on how to communicate with the blind,â&#x20AC;? Hendricks said. He added that he also has some speaking parts. Hendricks graduated from Oklahoma City Community College and this is his second year at UCO. He has been the president of SAS since the beginning of this year, and was the secretary of SAS last year. He said this event has been successful in the past and this year, the tickets will be free but donations are welcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year the tickets are free and can be picked up at the DSS (Disability Support Services) office, however, we do encourage a donation because the money will go to fund a scholarship for a stu-

dent with a disability,â&#x20AC;? Hendricks said. The DSS office is located in the Nigh University Center, Room 309B. For the curious, the menu was not revealed, but Hendricks did give a hint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will be serving chicken, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all I will tell. Part of the event is to figure out what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re eating,â&#x20AC;? he said. SAS is hoping that a lot of people come to this event to educate them more about the visually impaired. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope lots of people come and learn how the blind do things; it will be fun and educational,â&#x20AC;? Hendricks said. He added that their goal is for about 90 people to show up. Individuals with special needs who would like to request special accommodations should call Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event so appropriate arrangements can be made.




Substance abuse is a big problem in Oklahoma, and according to the Website of the Jackson College of Graduate Studies, the Oklahoma Legislature created a license for substance abuse counselors in 2004. They state that a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) has to have a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in alcohol and substance abuse counseling or â&#x20AC;&#x153;a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in behavioral science or counseling related field which is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;content-equivalentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to a graduate degree in alcohol and substance abuse counseling.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Keith Killian, a member of the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors and the director of the Substance Abuse Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Program at UCO, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this time, UCO and the Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah are the only places who offer this masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program in central Oklahoma.â&#x20AC;? This degree program started this fall, and Killian said they have about 17 students enrolled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As more people know about it and because of the new law [affecting about 1,000 counselors], we expect a whole lot of people,â&#x20AC;? he said. Killian said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma has about 3.3 million people. Out of that, 330,000 people qualify for substance abuse treatment. But each year only about 19,000 receive it.â&#x20AC;?

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By Chantal Robatteux Staff Writer

A lot of students wonder what awaits them after graduation. Some get a job in their degree field, some do something completely out of their field, or they do something a little different, but still use what they learned getting the degree. Josh Sallee, who graduated from the UCO in May 2010, got his bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in advertising and a minor in general communication. Sallee went to UCO for four years, and still lives in Edmond. He is one of those who went in a different direction. Sallee is in the music business, using what he learned in his major to promote himself.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I learned from my major crosses over directly to my career. I had to create a brand through myself as an individual. Not only that, I had to create a brand in a market where I was unique from the prototypical emcee. We have done press packets, design, music videos, promotional campaigns, and a bunch of other things that we practiced in school on a regular basis. I would not be close to where I am today if I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grasped a strong hold of communications and brand strategy,â&#x20AC;? Sallee said. He said the reason he did not major in music was because he did not take it seriously until a couple of years ago, and by then, he was too deep into his major to start over. He started pursuing music

a little over two years ago and it started to become legitimate this past year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew this was what I wanted to do after my first live show, the feeling is hard to describe, but I think most performers, actors, public speakers, etc., get the same addicting adrenaline rush from entertaining a crowd,â&#x20AC;? Sallee said. Sallee operates under the company â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fruitful Future,â&#x20AC;? which consists of UCO students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Fruitful Future] is made up of a team of handpicked individuals, all UCO students. JT Weigel is an ACM attendee. He and I handle all of the production, mixing, and recordings. Amish Zaver handles marketing, design, and packaging that we produce. I help oversee the projects as a whole. My management is The Urban Sprawl,â&#x20AC;? he said. His music is a type of indie hip-hop and very lyrical. He has done close to 100 shows in Oklahoma but also some out of the state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done local shows all over Oklahoma City, Norman and Tulsa, from the Classen Crawl, to Bricktown, to even UCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Acacia house back in the day,â&#x20AC;? Sallee said. He added that he has also opened concerts for other artists, such as Paul Wall, Bizzy Bone and Cypress Hill in Tulsa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Oklahoma City I have opened for major hip-hop names like Kidz in the Hall, Mickey Avalon, Ke$ha, XV, Donnis, 88 Keyz, just a few

to mention,â&#x20AC;? Sallee said. He has also performed in Hollywood, California. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have performed at the legendary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whisky a Go Goâ&#x20AC;? and in Austin, Texas, at the legendary South By Southwest Festival.â&#x20AC;? He is releasing his debut album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honor Roll Accolades,â&#x20AC;? this Friday, Sept. 24, at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Officeâ&#x20AC;?, on NW Expressway and May. The CD will be free online at Friday, Sept. 24. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If people would like a hard copy, they need to contact media@theurbansprawl. com and they must donate at least a dollar to help cover materials. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make this CD to gain any profit, I made it to give people something refreshing to listen to, and give them an idea of who I am,â&#x20AC;? Sallee said. You have to be 21 to enter this event, but they will also be debuting the CD for the under 21 audience on Oct. 8 at Kush Lounge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cover for each show is $5 unless you email media@ with your name. You will then receive a free hard copy of the CD â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honor Roll Accoladesâ&#x20AC;? and free admission into the show,â&#x20AC;? Sallee said. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I make money off shows and features, but the CD I am releasing this Friday, I am giving away for free. His Youtube page has received over 300,000 hits to his videos online, and his song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooler Than Me (Now Remix)â&#x20AC;? were played on major Tulsa radio stations.


With the new law in place, some counselors may not be able to counsel any more. The most commonly abused substance in Oklahoma is alcohol, followed by the most commonly used illicit drug, methamphetamine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Methamphetamine has invaded Oklahoma; the primary amount of methamphetamine comes from the Mexican cartels,â&#x20AC;? Killian said. Also, there are no certain age groups or certain backgrounds of substance abusers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Substance abuse has no gender, no economic status, and no educational level; it is like most diseases. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter who the person is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just that the person has a disease,â&#x20AC;? Killian said. The most common reasons for substance abuse are losing a family member or losing a job, legal problems and relationship or school problems. Killian added that about 79 percent of substance abusers also have a mental health problem, like depression or anxiety. He said he went into this field because of family history and because he simply found it fascinating. Being a co-occurring counselor (a combination of mental health and substance abuse) himself, the best part about this job for him is to see people overcoming it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who have substance abuse or mental health disorders [are] getting well and reuniting with family and society.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The worst part is] clients who found getting sober too difficult and [died] of overdoses or suicide,â&#x20AC;? Killian added. According to the Website of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, there are currently 148 drug and alcohol treatment centers operating in Oklahoma. The way these agencies work is that the patient goes in for an assessment and from the assessment, the counselor would decide what kind of treatment to use. Killian said it could be out-patient or in-patient; that depends on the severity. A bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree, 2,000 hours of supervised counseling, an international board test and an oral exam are needed to be a substance abuse counselor. A licensed counselor requires a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and the same steps as above.





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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It should be part of your UConnect,â&#x20AC;? Gattenby said. When he placed his order for a new decal, he said that he was never informed that he was being placed into a group restricted to overflow lots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe it was there, the lady said it was there, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe her. So I got my parking sticker and as I was leaving, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;By the way, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t park in these lots, these lots, or these lots until next month.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair,â&#x20AC;? Gattenby said. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;overflowâ&#x20AC;? lots are all north of Ayers, and most of those lots surround Wantland Stadium. From statistics that Transportation and Parking Services gathered in the first few weeks of school, Sokoff said that the northern lots now being used as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;overflowâ&#x20AC;? lot were only being utilized between one percent and 15 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, Lot 2, which is the big parking lot by the stadium, that lot has about 200 spaces that are available for UCO students and there may be three to five cars parked in there,â&#x20AC;? Sokoff said. If someone were to walk from the farthest parking spot on campus, Sokoff said that even with a full backpack they could make it to the Nigh University Center in only eleven minutes. Gattenby is not only a little bitter about the way he feels he was treated by the system, but he is also refusing to conform to the rules they have set for him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve paid them more money, I should get prioritized parking. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve paid the normal $100, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also paid three parking tickets now. And probably a fourth, cause I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been out to my car yet today and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m parked in the wrong zone.â&#x20AC;? Transportation and Parking Services have more options than just the parking lots. Last

year, Sokoff said that there were over 2,000 riders last year on the BronchoLink city transit buses. Those buses run all over town picking up students, and they are completely free for students to ride. Additionally, Sokoff recommends students who live close to check out the Bum-A-Bike program at UCO, or even riding a bike to escape parking stress. But Gattenby said that alternative means for transportation, like carpooling, biking, or taking the bus wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for him either because of how far he drives to get to school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I drive from Norman. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here for five classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so carpooling for me isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a huge option for me. Now if I did live in Edmond and I had some friends that lived right around me, I would be down for that.â&#x20AC;? Some students, and even UCOSA, have thought about the building of a parking garage to ease the crunch of morning parking. Sokoff said that this is something his department looks at every year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now a parking garage per space to build one, from acquiring the space to completion, is about $11,000 to $13,000 per space. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking several million dollars to build a structure, Sokoff said. Sokoff also said that right now UCO really does not need one because of the available parking on campus. How would Gattenby change the parking system? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think parking should be part of something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s built into your tuition,â&#x20AC;? Gattenby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you sign up for classes, there should be a parking button. Make it easily accessible. Make it show up on my UConnect page. Maybe they could make an option where if you wanted parking, you could select what lots you want to park in and price it that




way. I only want to park in one lot, out here by liberal arts. It would help them with their flow of things and they would know easier where they needed to add parking in areas.â&#x20AC;? Off-campus textbook and supplies store Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is chipping in to help relieve the parking problems of a few students by giving away precious parking spots right across the street from UCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old North. Dave Holmes, general manager of Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Bookstore, said that they have a total of eight spots to give away and they have already gave away four of them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We giveaway parking each semester out in our south parking lot for students, and we do it a couple ways,â&#x20AC;? Holmes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you make a purchase in-store you get a transaction number on your receipt, and you can use that number to go onto our Web site and take our survey. Enter your transaction number and enter your information at the end. We do drawings through that for parking spaces.â&#x20AC;? Students can also potentially win a spot through the booksellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a Facebook page and we do different stuff on Facebook where you can win a parking place,â&#x20AC;? Holmes said. The spots are going to go quick and Homes says that they will hand them all out by the end of next week. How can students increase their chances of winning? Holmes said to take their survey every time you get a receipt and to check the Facebook page regularly. Gattenby said that he thinks it is a great deal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am inclined to go try and win one of those spots. If I won one of those spots maybe I could give it to somebody else who needed it. I am probably just going to stick to parking here, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m inclined to go support them in their activity in the fact that they are doing something for the university and its students.â&#x20AC;? To win a free semester of parking, stop by Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bookstore right across the street on the west side of campus or by checking them out on Facebook at

Speech-Language Pathology

By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can you hear me now?â&#x20AC;? These words are not just from a cell phone commercial, but also the day-to-day work of UCO audiologist Dr. Brandon Vincent. Hidden away in the southern wing of the Max Chambers library is UCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speech and Hearing Clinic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This position is brand new,â&#x20AC;? Vincent said. He did not know how long it has been since there has been an audiologist on staff, but he did know for sure that this is the first time UCO has had a fulltime audiologist. As the audiologist, he is part of the greater Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program at UCO. Vincent graduated with his audiology doctorate in May 2008 from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Before that, he got his undergraduate in speech-language pathology from Oklahoma State in 2004. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was little, of course, I wanted to be a baseball player,â&#x20AC;? Vincent said. When he said that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;started thinking more logically,â&#x20AC;? he wanted to be a pediatrician. When he got to OSU, he found out that he could not graduate with a Pre-Med. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I had to get a degree,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somehow, somewhere, I ended up with SLP because my sister had hearing problems when she was little and my best friend had a speech impediment.â&#x20AC;? Speaking of his time at OSU, Vincent said he was the only guy to graduate from the speech-language pathology program in five years. When he went to get his doctorate, he decided to pursue audiology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I jumped from SLP to audiology, but they kind of mesh well,â&#x20AC;? Vincent said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;SLP, for me, was a little more drawn out. Audiology was more that instant helping of the patient. You put a hearing aid on them, they instantly hear.â&#x20AC;? Vincent started with the university in August as a member of the faculty and professional staff. In his office, Vincent sees patients and conducts tests, but that is not all he does. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a hearing impaired preschool here on campus, and I work there on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings,â&#x20AC;? Vincent said. In addition to his work as an audiologist, he said that he is also doing some teaching. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m teaching Aural Reha-




bilitation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the process that I teach the speech pathologists how to maintain hearing aids, what to look for in patient hearing loss.â&#x20AC;? Vincent said he has to put them through the rehabilitation process, and teach them the strategies they need to adapt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This class is kind of teaching the SLPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to learn different strategies to help people with hearing loss adapt to their environments theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being put into. Just because you have a hearing loss doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get preferential treatment in everyday life. So [speech pathologists] are going to have to have strategies to help them out to adapt to those real world situations.â&#x20AC;? In the spring, Vincent will be teaching another audiology related course simply titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Audiology.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an introduction to audiology,â&#x20AC;? Vincent said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so it covers things like pathologies of the hearing system, what an audiogram is and different tests that we may do in audiology. Then it has a basic, brief introduction into what a hearing aid is.â&#x20AC;? Walking into Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, it is hard not to miss what looks like a nuclear bunker sealed room. Vincent said that what looks a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bunkerâ&#x20AC;? is called a sound suite. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically, it provides a sound-treated environment to make sure the patient can hear the lowest level sounds that we present to them. We want to make sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting their thresholds. The

best sound environment that we can put them in to find out the lowest levels they can hear is what we want to do.â&#x20AC;? Vincent said that sound suites are actually quite expensive, some in excess of $20,000. UCO was very fortunate to have the sound suite donated that he uses with patients to be. Who comes into Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ages one and above,â&#x20AC;? Vincent said. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not any specific age that comes in to see the audiologist. Vincent said that he had some UCO retired professors coming into to get checked in a few weeks. The second patient Vincent saw after coming to UCO was a college-aged student. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She just wanted to get her hearing screened. Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any hearing concerns, just kind of wanted to get it because she knew it was a free service.â&#x20AC;? The Speech and Hearing Clinic at UCO offers clinical evaluations and treatment for speech, language, and hearing difficulties for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age persons, and adults. Services are available to the public on a fee basis, but the fees are waived for UCO students, staff, faculty and members of their immediate family who are in need of evaluation or treatment. Persons interested in receiving individual services should to contact the Clinical Coordinator, Speech and Hearing Clinic, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK 73034, or call 9745419.






SEPT. 23, 2010

Where Are You?


One of the newest trends in social networks is all about one thing: location, location, location. Zach Cissell, sophomore public relations major, uses an application for his iPhone called Foursquare. The app is not a digital reimagining of the classic schoolyard game, but instead one of a few ways users can â&#x20AC;&#x153;check inâ&#x20AC;? into the location-based social network of the same name. Foursquare started on the kitchen table of a University of New York adjunct professor in 2008, but first fell into the hands of users in March 2009 at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas. Cissell has not been using Foursquare that long. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got into using it about a month and a half ago,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I heard about it last Christmas break from my uncle who is a very avid user.â&#x20AC;? One of the common features of location based social networks is how users can leave tips and comments about a place for the entire network. Whether it is a restaurant suggestion, or the Wi-Fi password in a Laundromat, user tips can provide insight in otherwise unknown territory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever you check into a place, it pops up, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re nearby Quiznoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Get the mesquite chicken, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really good.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Pop-ups like this one are currently unique to Foursquare, and the company plans on capitalizing on usersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; desire to share. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s references from my friends and family, and so I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a trustworthy opinion and not just something being thrown at me.â&#x20AC;? Foursquare has the unique feature of awarding â&#x20AC;&#x153;mayorshipsâ&#x20AC;? to the users who check into places the most. Cissell is the mayor of his workplace, and he used to be the mayor of UCO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of just bragging rights,â&#x20AC;? Cissell said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to win.â&#x20AC;? Foursquare also offers badges and points based on users habits, but in the last several months, the social network has been rolling out a new way for users to reap real life benefits from their virtual loyalty. As of August 2010, Foursquare says that they have over 15,000 venues where users can check in and check out some great deals. Some deals are mayor-specific, but others re-

World Cup at UCO

quire only one, or a few check-ins to unlock. Earlier this year, Starbucks partnered with Foursquare to give $1 off any size Frappuccino frozen blended beverage. The Starbucks deal has since ended, and one of the largest problems faced during the promotion was the lack of knowledge that the promotion existed. National restaurant chain Chiliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently has an offer available through Foursquare that entitles users to free chips and salsa when they check in, but some users have noted that wait staff had no clue what they were talking about when they asked for the deal. Last month, Facebook added a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Placesâ&#x20AC;? icon to the home screen of its mobile applications, and began letting users tag their current location. Cissell said that he has used Facebook Places as well and he likes it because he has more friends on Facebook than he does on Foursquare. Early criticisms of the new platform chided Facebook for letting users tag people who were with them at a place without their explicit permission. After facing the backlash, Facebook instead made users opt-in to let themselves be tagged by friends at places. Privacy and location based networks have a complicated relationship. In February of this year, a Netherlands-based group called Forthehack put up a Web site called PleaseRobMe. com. The site listed users on Twitter who had recently posted, often automatically, their current location. On, the site authors write that there is a danger in posting publicly where you are, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because it leaves one place youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely not... home. So here we are; on one end weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re leaving lights on when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going on a holiday, and on the other weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re telling everybody on the Internet weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not home.â&#x20AC;? The site utilized information that was already public, but the site was met with heavy criticism and has now turned off the listing of Twitter updates with location tags. In March, an Indiana woman claimed that she was robbed after she had posted on Facebook that she and her fiance would be gone for the evening. Foursquare asks users every time they post if they want to also send their location to Facebook, but the location tag is not the lone security concern.


Cissell said that he does not share information about where he is unless he wants people to know, and that when he checks into Foursquare, he does not automatically have it post to Facebook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want people to know where you are, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to not use it,â&#x20AC;? Cissell said. Forthehack said they wanted their site to be a wakeup call. Their goal is not to curb â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversharing,â&#x20AC;? but instead to make users aware of

the long-term effects of it. Three-fourths of the Forthehack team wrote a blog post for the Center for Democracy & Technology, and they summed up their campaign this way, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re comfortable being a human homing beacon, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine, we just want you to be fully aware of what that means and the potential risks it might involve.â&#x20AC;?

Output On: September 03, 2010 11:04 AM

By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer


From smartphones, iPods and computers, students are updating their current location and broadcasting that information to the internet. Some say the services are regular â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversharingâ&#x20AC;?, other say they are a privacy concern.


WORLD CUP FEVER NOT OVER YET The World Cup may be long over, but students are keeping it alive with â&#x20AC;&#x153;UCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Cup Soccer.â&#x20AC;? It was founded in 1997 by Jalal Daneshfar, coordinator in the International Services. The games will take place Friday afternoons in October at the East Intramural Field and will last for only 50 minutes instead of 90 minutes. Daneshfar said there are usually 10 to 12 teams competing, but so far, only one team has signed up. Individuals and teams can sign up until Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 in the International Office, Nigh University Center, Room 137 or by sending an email to, including the team name and phone/email details of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contact person. There is no charge for playing. Daneshfar said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is open to all enrolled UCO students and no prior experience is needed.â&#x20AC;? To make sure that the game play is fair, invitations will be sent out to the Edmond referees. Teams will wear same colored T-shirts and the winning team will get championship T-shirts. Thomas Coudron, an international student from France who is majoring in business, said he has been here since August 18. He heard about this event in the International Office. Coudron has been playing soccer since he was six years old, making this his 14th year as a soccer player. He hopes he will be able to play, but so far, he does not have enough members in his team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need at least five more people,â&#x20AC;? he said. He hopes to play for a European team. The reason he wants to play is because he loves soccer, and this is also a good way for him to meet new people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I encourage people to sign up, since I am trying to have a team,â&#x20AC;? Coudron said.

Another member on Coudronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team, is Eddyraj â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eddyâ&#x20AC;? Rajiah from Mauritius. He has been here for four months. He also heard about this event in the International Office from one of the advisers. He said he wants to participate because he is a soccer fan, precisely, a Liverpool fan. Rajiah played soccer in high school, but only as an amateur. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to play for Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team, since he is trying to get members, [and] Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the only Mauritian at UCO at the moment, so it will be difficult for me to form team Mauritius,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rajiah added that he just wants to play some soccer because he is missing it. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played for a long time.â&#x20AC;? Ryan Watson, an international business major, is from Owasso, Okla. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my second year at UCO, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a senior. I transferred from [Tulsa Community College],â&#x20AC;? Watson said. Watson found out about this event last year when he supported his European friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They played for the Holland team. This year I found out through ESA (European Student Association),â&#x20AC;? he said. Last year he also supported Saudi Arabia. He will not be playing, but he will definitely be there to scream and yell in support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love watching soccer, but most of all supporting international students at UCO,â&#x20AC;? Watson said. He added he would like to go with students of the organizations he supports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would love to see a diverse group out there supporting either side. I feel that all students should support others. Going to watch an important event for the players shows an amount of support. This includes UCO sports as well such as womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer, football and volleyball,â&#x20AC;? Watson said. Watson said he loves what is going on with the international community at UCO. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are such a diverse place to learn and I believe that is what makes us a great university.â&#x20AC;?



By Chantal Robbateaux / Staff Writer


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SEPT. 23, 2010



P H O T O B Y Rich Pedroncelli



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A coalition of medical marijuana advocates came out Tuesday against a California ballot initiative that would legalize the drug for recreational use and tax its sales. Proposition 19 would inadvertently harm the most vulnerable patients by allowing local governments to prohibit the sale and purchase of marijuana in their jurisdictions, California Cannabis Association members said. At a gathering outside the Capitol, the group predicted many cities and counties would impose such bans if voters approve the initiative, leaving local medical marijuana users with few options. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people who would be most affected are the sick, the elderly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; patients who cannot grow their own and cannot travel to pick up a prescription,â&#x20AC;? said Amir Daliri, president of Cascade Wellness Center, a medical marijuana

dispensary north of Chico. Supporters of Proposition 19 said it explicitly protects the rights of patients and would provide them with safer and easier access to the drug by creating a strictly controlled, clearly defined legal system for pot cultivation, distribution and sales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proposition 19 is actually going to further clarify that sales of medical cannabis are legal in this state,â&#x20AC;? said Dale Sky Jones, a spokeswoman for the Yes on 19 campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The intent of our law is to protect medical cannabis patients and their rights.â&#x20AC;? If Proposition 19 passes in November, California would become the first state to legalize and regulate recreational pot use. Adults could possess up to one ounce of the drug. Supporters have targeted two areas of concern for voters: the economy and

crime. Legalized pot would bring muchneeded revenue to the state and reduce the influence of drug cartels, they said. The measure was endorsed Tuesday by the largest labor union in the state. The Service Employees International Union, which has 700,000 members, said revenue generated by the initiative would help California preserve jobs and avoid cuts to key services such as education and health care. The union represents workers in health care, building services and state and local government. Critics question the economic effects and contend the initiative will simply serve to boost marijuana usage and drug-related crimes. A Field Poll released in July found 48 percent of likely voters opposed the measure, while 44 percent supported it.


NEWS OF THE REALLY ODD NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Two New York residents are accused of trying to steal used cooking oil from a New Jersey restaurant. Police said they caught Youngil Kim and Byung Ho Choi sucking 700 gallons of grease from two storage tanks behind a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant in North Bergen Monday. Waste oil can be turned into biodiesel fuel. The restaurant sells its grease to a contractor for a little more than $1 a gallon. Police said the Queens, N.Y., residents attached a hose to a pump in a canary yellow van. The oil was stored in a plastic bladder. Detective Lt. Frank Cannella tells The Record newspaper they â&#x20AC;&#x153;werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sneaky thieves, they were greasy thieves.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear if they have lawyers. GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Police in southern Oregon say a woman charged with robbing a bank in Grants Pass stopped to pick up her children at school on the way home. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reported a woman walked into an Umpqua Bank branch shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, handed the teller a note demanding cash, and then rode off in a car driven by a man. Police say a witness description of the car and license plates led to the home of 37-yearold Erica F. Anderson, who was arrested on robbery and theft charges after returning from picking up her daughters at their elementary school. Authorities say 19-year-old Joshua K. Deeter Tseu drove the car and was arrested on the same charges.

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The owner of a vintage Gibson Les Paul Special stolen eight years ago has found the guitar after it finally resurfaced on eBay. Doug Duncan never gave up looking for the 1957 guitar after it was stolen in rural Minnesota. The 57-year-old musician had years ago signed up to get e-mail notifications from the auction site whenever similar guitars went on sale. The site sent him an alert last month saying a similar guitar had been listed by a seller in Mill Valley, Calif. Duncan realized from the serial number that it was his guitar. Even the duct tape heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d put on the case was still there. Investigators reached the seller, who was a collector with no idea it was stolen. Duncan hopes the person who sold the guitar to the collector can be identified so he can also recover his childhood guitar stolen along with the Les Paul. FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Police arrested a resident they said wore a plastic Darth Vader mask before pulling a butcher knife and robbing a convenience store. Police in the Detroit suburb said the man fled Monday after demanding all the cash from the register. Lt. William Wilson told The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak the suspect goofed by putting on the mask while in range of a store surveillance camera. Forty-one-year-old Jamie C. Hernandez was arraigned Thursday. District Court Magistrate James Brennan set his bond at $50,000. Wilson said Hernandez got the mask from one of his children.


A.J. BLACK What it do, Bronchos? A.J. now has a question and answer column for the Thursday editions of the Vista. The new articles are in addition to what will now be Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opinion Laced with Fact by A.J. Black. Look A.J. up on Facebook or check him out and ask him a question, because he might have an answer. Madison Duncan: Hey, do you have a copy of 1984? If so, may I borrow it? Yes and no. Trey Ridlen: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the meaning of life? The number 23. Rachel Hall: What are you doing next Wednesday night? White Trash Night at the Blue Note, and then writing an article for the Vista. Dr. Plaks: Are you free for lunch early next Thursday? Early Thursday isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking good. How about Friday afternoon? Krystal Borges: Do you think that girls and boys can be just friends? I think that most anything is possible, but realistically, for the ages between fifteen and sixty-four the answer is mostly no. It is typical for at least one member of a friendship to look at it as strictly Platonic and the other to conceal a secret crush that may or may not ever be actualized. Jake Beals: Do you know how they are supposed to enforce the new non-smoking policy? I wondered the same thing so I found out by continuing to smoke on campus. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a definitive answer until just a few days ago. The campus Fire Marshall just so happened to stumble upon me and a friend as we sat and chit-chatted in a somewhat secluded area underneath an oak tree and partook of the tobacco. He informed me that as of now he had no authority to fine anyone for smoking on campus. It will be November at the earliest before University will impose a monetary penalty for possesion or use of tobacco on campus. It is still unclear who or how it will be enforced in the future or if students will continue to peacefully resist through civil disobedience. Desiree Hackney: Do you think that the fact that you smoke affects your opinion on the non-smoking policy at UCO? It just might. I tell you what, I will quit smoking cold-turkey. Right now, mostly because I just smoked my last pouch of rolling-tobacco, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get paid until Friday. It is now Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 4:20 pm Central/Standard, and I am officially a non-smoker for a minimum of thirty consecutive days. In addition, if anyone sees me smoking after today, I will pay them ten dollars cash on the spot, and if I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it on me, then I will put my cigarette out on my toungue and swallow the butt while you watch. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m for real. The non-smoking policy isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about pitting smokers vs. non-smokers. It is about the principle of the matter. The problem is in the hypocrisy of the policy, and the unwillingness to appease both parties involved. As of now, there has been no compromise or attempt to create designated areas to accommodate those who choose to smoke. Surely, we could create a policy that can address both sides and remedy the situation. I also do not appreciate the deceptive way in which the university claims to have a consensus of the student body behind the bill. Have you read the Opinion piece, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fat Chance?â&#x20AC;? You can find it online under Andrew Black at Ask Andrew, and You shall receive.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Massachusetts woman has a remarkable souvenir from South Carolina. Maryellen Mara-Christian bagged a 13½foot ,1,025-pound alligator in Lake Moultrie. Mara-Christian said Friday that she is an experienced hunter, but this was her first gator. The 48-year-old former bank marketing officer from Fitchburg, Mass., was hunting Wednesday with her husband, who is a firefighter and a part-time hunting guide. It took

about two hours to secure the gator before they could shoot it. The .22-caliber gun they used wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t powerful enough to put the animal down, so Mara-Christian used a knife to sever the alligatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spinal cord. Meat processor Steve Drummond said the gator had so much fat that only about 40 pounds was usable meat. He will stuff the animal for Mara-Christian to display.


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LAWSUIT smoke marijuana while driving the team to and from debate tournaments. It says that this was his â&#x20AC;&#x153;customary conduct,â&#x20AC;? in spite of not having a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. According to Ramona Wolf, one of the two attorneys for the plaintiffs, Marlow has not had a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license during his time at UCO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we have been told is that he ... lost his driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license ... when he was at a prior institution,â&#x20AC;? Wolf said. Marlow was the Instructor/Director of Debate at Southeastern Louisiana University for six years before coming to UCO in August 2006. Wolf said that on debate trips Marlow would have someone from the debate team rent the car, but would insist on driving and smoking marijuana. Marlow is also accused of threatening the plaintiffs to keep silent about his actions, saying things like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I go down, I will take you with me.â&#x20AC;? Accusations against the dean: The plaintiffs claim that Washington was informed about Marlowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s misconduct but did nothing to stop it. They say that she not only failed to change the hostile environment, she actually antagonized it and made the situation harder for the students and employees. The dean allegedly held several meetings with the students and employees about the situation but when Andrew Casey, one of the assistant coaches, tried to express his discomfort in working with Marlow, and inform the dean of Marlowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drug use, the dean â&#x20AC;&#x153;made it clear she did not wish to know this information and did not pursue the conversation further.â&#x20AC;? Jeff Roberts, another assistant coach involved in the lawsuit, claims that he was called into the deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office where she explained that his concerns for the freshman student were â&#x20AC;&#x153;ill-founded,â&#x20AC;? and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;product of his own immature lack of knowledge about how â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;both

the world and the accepted/normal sexual environment in our university operate,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? according to the court documents. The lawsuit also claims that Washington told Roberts, in February of this year, to â&#x20AC;&#x153;persuade the accuser and all others to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;grow upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

harassment policy to be put in place.â&#x20AC;? When asked about the case and the negotiations, Morelli said that UCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy was to send all inquiries to the office of University Relations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The university hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been served in this

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The minim u m amount we requested is a requirement for when you are seeking damages,â&#x20AC;? Wolf said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want their grades expunged ... we wanted a policy in place thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real and substantive ... so now what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking for ... is ... tangible damages which would be ... the money that they paid in tuition last year and then the money that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out this year because they all lost their scholarships. Some of them donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have the money to go to school.â&#x20AC;? Some of the plaintiffs claim they became fearful of leaving their homes due to the environment at UCO, while others have had to transfer to out of state schools and pay out of state tuition. Wolf said that six of the former UCO students are currently debating at the 7KHGHEDWHWHDPZDVIRXQGHGDVDVWXGHQWRUJDQL]HGGHEDWHOHDJXHLQDQGLV University of Texas in San Antonio. RQH RI WKH XQLYHUVLW\­V ROGHVW FRFLUULFXODU DFWLYLWLHV  7KH SURJUDP LV LQ D ÂŞKROGLQJ SDWWHUQÂŤDFFRUGLQJWR'U3DPHOD:DVKLQJWRQGHDQRIWKHOLEHUDODUWVFROOHJH

and accept how things worked,â&#x20AC;? and if he was successful, Roberts would be given a full time job. Roberts was fired in May 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just really hard ... to be accused of things that you can legally not even reply to, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a difficult position to be in,â&#x20AC;? Washington said. According to Wolf, they tried to negotiate with UCO before filing the lawsuit, but the communication between Brad Morelli, the senior legal counsel for UCO and the plaintiffs attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broke down along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone at the university shutdown those relations,â&#x20AC;? Wolf said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were trying to get the kids allowed ... back into ... the debate program, we were wanting the staff to get their jobs back. We asked for ... a real sexual

â&#x20AC;Ś situation so I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment on something that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t effect us,â&#x20AC;? Charlie Johnson, executive director of university relations, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if we had been, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;Ś a legal matter â&#x20AC;Ś and until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolved, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing that I can say. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to share information. Frankly, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any â&#x20AC;Ś I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment. There is nothing I can say at this point. The former students and employees are seeking payment in excess of $100,000, payment for mental anguish and emotional distress, sleeplessness, and anxiety. According to the lawsuit, they also want reimbursement for tuition and scholarships that were taken from them as a result of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hostile education environment,â&#x20AC;? according to the lawsuit.

The future of UCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debate team: The debate team was founded as a studentorganized debate league in 1898 and is one of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest co-curricular activities. The team ranked fourth in the country in 2004 and won the collegiate national debate championship in 1990. Washington said that there will be a debate team, but it is now in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;rebuilding phase.â&#x20AC;? The team is without a coach, but Drew Duke, who has had a long association with debate at UCO is working with approximately five students that are interested in debating. Marlow is currently working as the administrative director of debate at UCO.

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during the attacks. was my first time to see a dead body,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tried everything I could to leave my office, but security As the years have passed, it is natural that the shock and was strictly allowing no one to leave the grounds. In retrospect terror of being snatched from home and held hostage has there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much I could have done anyways, [as] the com- worn off. It also helped that Ivers never had to live in the same house, never had to return to the compound. pound was on even tighter lock down.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My freshman year in college, I had to write a paper and Finally, the situation shifted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We heard [the sound of] helicopters coming from the roof I wrote a paper about it. I got a lot off my chest at the time.â&#x20AC;? As his teacher inquired more into the incredible story, Ivers so we knew something was finally happening,â&#x20AC;? Ivers said. Though exact reports differ on the Saudi Arabia side, the was able to discuss it and be more open. As Iverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is in his last captors fled the scene once the SA military arrived, leaving the year at UCO, some of the memories and most of the terror have faded away. But Ivers will forever carry with him the fact hostages unguarded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turns out none of them were shot and they all escapedâ&#x20AC;Ś that he was a hostage- and lived to tell about it. thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing about Saudi media. There are so many conflicting reports, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really hard to understand whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely it was an inside job anyway. The entire compound was surrounded by media and police and somehow they all got away,â&#x20AC;? Ivers said. Following the end of the siege, the hostages were taken to the lobby of the hotel and interviewed by police. Ivers was able to return to his home and found that the terrorists had left their mark on the first floor of his home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stuff was destroyed everywhereâ&#x20AC;Śthey had fired a few rounds in the house. They broke dishes and knocked them out of the cabinets,â&#x20AC;? he said. Yet the damage to the downstairs of his house was nothing compared to the damage he had seen around the compound. Soon afterwards, Ivers was reunited with his dad in their home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad already had a plane ticket bought,â&#x20AC;? he said. Within 24 hours of his release, Ivers was on his way back to the States. He spent the summer of 2004 in California and then his family moved to Oman, a neighbor country to Saudi Arabia, in August of that year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company actually wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow my Mom and me back into the countryâ&#x20AC;Ś for security reasons.â&#x20AC;? Brenda Ivers, Nicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom, recalled that she â&#x20AC;&#x153;not only didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any sleep during the attacks, but for months afterwards.â&#x20AC;? They moved to Muscat, the capital of Oman, which Ivers described as similar to Hawaii, a very laid-back beach culture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[In Oman] itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the really liberal sect (Sunni) of Islam, so they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fanaticals.â&#x20AC;? He finished out high school there. The Khobar Massacre took place more than six years ago. Ivers said that since he has told this story so many times, it has gotten easier to talk about it. 6L[\HDUVRXWIURPWKHDWWDFNV´QG,YHUVVNDWHERDUG But it did not use to be easy. LQJDURXQGWKHFDPSXVRI8&2,YHUVLVDQDGYHUWLVLQJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the persons that was killed was a cook on the com- VHQLRU pound,â&#x20AC;? Ivers said. This cook was a personal friend of his. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It


tained about eight to 10 people, and were held in a conference room on the sixth floor. In Iversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; room, it was all Westerners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;English, French, Spanish- what they [the terrorists] thought were Americans.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They took our cell phones. It was the very first thing they did. At first it was real scary, but as time went on, people started to settle down.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They [the terrorists] werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that mean,â&#x20AC;? Ivers said; that is, unless the hostages became unruly or tried to be a hero. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They let us go to the bathroom and gave us water- but no food,â&#x20AC;? Ivers added. Oddly enough, the captors were not overly hostile or antagonistic once the hostages were secured in the hotel; that is, as un-hostile as a terrorist could be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really pay too much attention to us. They just wanted us sitting on the ground in the cornerâ&#x20AC;Śafter a while, we were playing cards, waiting for time to pass by,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Onceâ&#x20AC;Śthey put us in the hotel, none of us were killed- or at least in my group. When they were rounding up people is when [they were killing.]â&#x20AC;? Nicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad, Chris Ivers, was unable to leave his office building




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road against another tough opponent. The Bronchos (0-2) head to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State (1-1) in a two-game series this weekend. Last weekend, the Bronchos started a freshman in goal. Nick Holmes fared well, and is adjusting to his role at UCO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To get the start for the Bronchos as a freshman against OU was a huge honor,â&#x20AC;? Holmes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the talk about the rivalry got be a little nervous, but I just had to take it one step at a time and treat the weekend like any other games.â&#x20AC;? Holmes thinks the team is ready for Iowa State. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Iowa State coming up this weekend, I truly believe we will come away with two wins. We had a fast paced week of practice and fixed the minor issues we had against OU. It will be a good weekend for UCO hockey.â&#x20AC;? Last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Iowa State team made it all the )RUZDUG0LNH+DV]WR  VNDWHVDURXQG WKH ULQN LQ ODVW )ULGD\ QLJKW­V  ORVV WR way to the finals, losing to the eventual national champion Lindenwood. WKH2NZODKRPD6RRQHUV As if two playoff teams facing off against each other was not enough to make this weekBy Chris Wescott / Sports Editor end a must watch, there is another story line Following a disappointing season openthat makes this series larger than expected. ing series against the Oklahoma Sooners, in This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Iowa State team will be sporting which UCO lost by a two-game combined a familiar face. Former UCO Broncho forward score of 10-3, the Bronchos now go on the

Matt Cohn transferred to the Cyclones in the offseason. Last year, Cohn finished second for UCO in points with a total of 35. Through two games, he has no points for Iowa State. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Facing Cohn will be a little different,â&#x20AC;? senior forward Brent Block said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a part of the Bronchos for three years and now to see him on another team that we are going to be playing will be a little weird, but we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that get to us. We have to go into Ames and play our game and try our best to come home with our first two wins of the season.â&#x20AC;? Block continues, saying that emotions will run high when the two teams step on to the ice. Former teammates or not, things may be a little tense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be some hard feelings going into facing the Cyclones. Like I said before, he was a part of this team for three years and all of a sudden he jumps ship to one of our bigger rivals outside of OU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatever his reasons were, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all fine and good. But, as far as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned he jumped ship and showed his true colors,â&#x20AC;? Block said. Last year, the two playoff teams met in the regular season twice and split the series in Iowa. The Bronchos were in a rough spot, having lost 3 of 5 heading into those games. It

got worse as they lost to the Cyclones 4-3 in the first contest. The Bronchos bounced back however and won 1-0 in a shoot out on the second night. This Bronchos are continuing their brutal start to the season. UCO began their regular season schedule against the Oklahoma Sooners. After this weekend they head to Penn State to face last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 2 ranked squad. The Nittany Lions fell to Central Oklahoma 2-1 in the quarterfinals of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playoffs. But for UCO, it is all about Iowa State this weekend and getting back on the winning track. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To beat ISU weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need to be physical and control the flow of the game,â&#x20AC;? Block said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They like to hit and control the puck a lot as well. We are going to need to mirror that. We also have to get a lot of shots as we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that many against OU. Obviously more shots equal more goals and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if many people know this, but in order to beat your opponent, you have to score more than they do.â&#x20AC;? Sarcasm aside, the Bronchos have a tough task ahead of them to beat a talented Iowa State team on the road. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

down drive in the overtime loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing him getting his first real action of the season is really special. He has come a long way and now has a very good chance to make an impact on our offense,â&#x20AC;? Holland said. Woods said the feeling of having the ball in his hands again was truly a blessing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I got the ball in my hands it just felt so great,â&#x20AC;? Woods said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It felt great but as soon as it hit me, all I could think about was running as fast as I could.â&#x20AC;?

For someone who has been through more in three years than most people experience in a lifetime, Woods has shown incredible maturity and an amazing work ethic. Those two qualities and his no-quit attitude have helped him with what he has been working so hard to achieve: once again making plays on Saturday night.

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WOODS Woods sat out the 2009 season before transferring to UCO, but upon arrival he tore his Achillesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tendon and was forced to sit out spring practice. The set-back was just another hurdle for Woods to leap, and his past injuries played a key role in his recovery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The back injury really made me motivated to get back out onto the field,â&#x20AC;? Woods said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just thought about how much I have already been through and it made it easier to get back out there.â&#x20AC;?


Woods fought through the injury and was able to recover before the start of the season. He earned playing time in the Bronchosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first two games against Pittsburgh State University and Tarleton State University, but was unable to get his hands on the ball. However, in the Bronchosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most recent game against the University of the Incarnate Word, Woods finally got to feel the pigskin again. He returned four kickoffs for 98 yards, one for 30 yards that set the Broncho offense up for a critical touch-



SEPT. 23, 2010

Sports Column

CLICK FOR GLORY: FLYING HIGH By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor Last week, team Kenny Powers had a big lead, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish. This week, my fantasy football team had a big lead and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look back. Following some waiver-wire acquisitions and a few line-up adjustments, I won my week two matchup 112-46. My big hitters of week two were Drew Brees (quarterback, New Orleans), LeSean McCoy (running back, Philadelphia), Reggie Wayne (wide receiver, Indianapolis) and the Pittsburgh Steelersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense/special teams. Brees threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in a 25-22 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Brees scored 18 points for my team. McCoy was a lightning rod for team Kenny Powers, which lacked star power at the running back position in week one. The Philadelphia Eagle back rushed for 120 yards and scored three touchdowns. He scored 30 points for my team en route to a rout. Reggie Wayne is turning out to be my smartest pick up thus far for one reason: he is consistent. Wayne routinely scores fantasy owners over 10 points a game. This week Wayne netted me 15. The Pittsburgh defense had an amazing week. They forced three interceptions and four fumbles against the Tennessee Titans. Their special teams also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 28 points right there. Outstanding.


Sports Editor Chris Wescott has finally joined the ranks of fantasy sports and is beginning his first season of fantasy football. Each week Wescott will update readers on the addicting, competitive, cut-throat world of fantasy football.


My waiver-wire awareness also won me some points. Last week I wrote about how I put claims on multiple players, yet I was only awarded one. Nate Washington (wide receiver, Tennessee) scored nine points this week. The player I benched in favor of Washington scored zero points in week one. I did make one move I regret. I

have several tight ends on my roster. I did this so that I would have trade bait for sometime in the season. I figured having three star tight ends on roster would help me in trade negotiations down the road. That is backfiring. I used to have Dustin Keller (New York Jets) on my roster, but swapped him for Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans) off of waivers pri-

or to week twoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games. Keller decided to have a great game. Shockey disappointed. I am currently waiting to reverse my transaction. But it is highly likely that another team will be awarded Keller off of waivers. At least I still have Heath Miller (Pittsburgh) and John Carlson (Seattle) at the position. Another waiver move I am wait-

ing on is dropping Laurent Robinson (wide receiver, St. Louis) and adding Demaryius Thomas (wide receiver, Denver). Thomas, a rookie, looked average at best in week one. This could be why his previous owner dropped him off their roster. Thomas performed significantly better in week two and could continue to grow into a potential fantasy starter for my team, which is lacking quality wide receiver depth anyway. This week I play in the first game I have been projected to win. According to my fantasy preview, I hold position advantages at running back, wide receiver, defense/special teams and kicker. I am currently entertaining trade talks for a running back. As mentioned last week, I have learned that in fantasy football you cannot be a homer. While I am desperately holding out hope that C.J. Spiller of my Buffalo Bills will break out, it is looking unlikely to happen behind their porous offensive line. Despite my Spiller production, or lack thereof, I have players at every other position capable of scoring in the teens or higher. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking good this week, having moved to 5th place in my league and 1-1 on the season. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m currently tied for third place in the East division. With a projected win of 12086 this week, team Kenny Powers is sitting pretty and things are looking up for me in my first season of fantasy football.

Sports Feature

WOODS: QUITTING IS NOT AN OPTION By Trey Hunter / Contributing Writer It has been a long time since Artell Woods has experienced having the football in his hands on a Saturday night. The UCO junior wide receiver is the true definition of perseverance. In 2007, Woods, then an Oklahoma State Cowboy, suffered an injury that would make most athletes give up on ever returning to sports. He was finishing

a set of step-ups and as he went to rack the barbell resting on his shoulders, he slipped and the weights crashed down on him causing his season and quite possibly his career to end. The accident caused a fracture dislocation in his vertebrae and left him partially paralyzed. However, after surgery, Woods was able to walk within weeks and was able play within a year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was never any doubt in my mind

that I would make it back to the field,â&#x20AC;? Woods said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew that with Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help and a lot of hard work, I could do it.â&#x20AC;? Woods made it back to the field for the Cowboys in 2008. He played in five games and caught one more pass at Oklahoma State before deciding to play elsewhere. When UCO head coach Tracy Holland heard that Woods was looking for a team, he offered him a scholarship and an opportunity to be a play-

maker again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The injuries have been a set-back for Artrell, but he has never given up,â&#x20AC;? Holland said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is one of those players who have never heard the word quit.â&#x20AC;?

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