Is the military’s policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” still needed today?
UCO Chinese Student Association to host Chinese Night.
A.J. Black answers another round of burning questions.
A closer look at UCO’s standout running back, Josh Birmingham.
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The University of Texas sent out mass e-mails and text messages alerting students that there was an “armed subject” on campus. Within hours of the suspect’s gunfire, the school issued an “all-clear notification,” but remained closed.
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By April Castro / Associated Press As bleary-eyed University of Texas students made their way to early classes and campus workers walked toward their jobs, one person strode through campus wearing a dark suit and a ski mask‚ and carrying an assault rifle. His look was menacing, and those who encountered him fled fast. “I saw in his eyes he didn’t care,” said construction worker Ruben Cordoba, who was installing a fence on the roof of a three-story building Tuesday morning when he looked down and made eye contact. Authorities say the gunman who later killed himself was 19-year-old
Colton Tooley, a sophomore math major. No one else was injured. But those who knew Tooley for years‚ before his time at the massive university in Austin‚ describe him as a courteous, intelligent guy who wouldn’t hurt anyone. He was book smart and won raves from his high school teachers. He also was known as someone who kept his emotions in check. “There was nothing prior to this day, nothing that would lead any of us to believe this could take place,” said a man who emerged from Tooley’s family home late Tuesday and identified himself only as Marcus, a relative. He read a statement saying that Tooley’s parents were dis-
Students Paige Raiczyk, front left, and Veronica Rivera, front right and other University of Texas students and faculty hold their phones for updated text messages inside Benedict Hall on campus in Austin early Tuesday morning Sept. 28, 2010 after a shooting on campus. A gunman opened fire Tuesday inside a University of Texas campus library then fatally shot himself, and police are searching for a possible second suspect, university police said. P H OTO BY TA M IR K A L IFA
Police prepare to enter Calhoun Hall at the University of Texas at Austin campus in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. A gunman opened fire Tuesday inside the Perry-Castaneda Library, then fatally shot himself, and police are searching for a possible second suspect, university police said.
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traught. “They’ve lost their child.” As the gunman trekked along a campus street with an AK-47, he fired three shots toward a church, then fired three more times in the air, Cordoba said. Police said that with help from students they were able to track the shooter’s movements and chase him off the street. He went into the Perry-Castaneda Library, where he shot himself to death, said campus police Chief Robert Dahlstrom said. Dahlstrom said it wasn’t clear that the gunman was shooting at anyone in particular outside the library. The shots may have been fired into the air or missed shots, if he was aiming at someone, the chief said. University of Texas president Bill Powers canceled classes Tuesday and said normal campus operations would resume Wednesday. Police declined to speculate on a motive.
Marcus, the relative who said the family wasn’t planning to make any further comments, said he wanted the public to understand Tooley. “He was a very smart guy, very intelligent, excellent student. He wouldn’t or couldn’t hurt a fly. If he was depressed you would never know it. He never usually expressed emotion. This is a great shock to me and my family,” he said. Tooley’s parents did not immediately respond to messages left by The Associated Press. Investigators combed through the family’s home in Austin on Tuesday, carrying out bags and boxes. There was no word on exactly what was in the containers. A neighbor said police arrived about three hours after the shooting. The gunman’s threatening demeanor on campus was far from what Tooley’s teachers at Crockett High School in Austin recalled of
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the boy who graduated in 2009, ranked seventh in his class. They remembered him as “brilliant,” ‘’meticulous” and “respectful,” the principal, Craig Shapiro, said a statement. “All of us in the Crockett High School community are shocked and saddened by today’s tragedy at the University of Texas,” Shapiro said. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Colton Tooley.” At the University of Texas, Tooley was a math major with an interest in actuarial science. The armed walk went through the heart of the UT-Austin campus, where one of the nation’s worst mass shootings took place from atop the clock tower in 1966, when Charles Whitman shot and killed 16 people
Everyone has their own experiences from their days in primary school. Whether it is the fear of the first day of high school, wall ball at recess, or that epic food fight in sixth grade, everyone comes out of school with at least one memory that will stick with them forever. However, the Smalley family of Perkins, Okla., are forced to live with the memory of their son not making it out of school due to an entirely preventable problem: bullying. Ty Smalley, age 11, was a victim of bullying who had finally had enough and decided to fight back, which led to his being suspended from school. His parents found their son dead that same day. Mark Brennaman, a UCO professor and advocate for victims of bullying, is not sitting on the sidelines of this issue. “I am trying to raise awareness for the victims of bullying, because whatever was done last year was not good enough,” Brennaman said, “I want to put bullying in the history books.” Brennaman said in the case of Smal-
of bullying. While the law is well thought out, it can only work if the bully victim or his peers seeks help, a problem that continues to halt efforts in preventing bullying. “Every school that has had a bullycide -suicide caused by bullying- has had policies set in place to prevent such tragedies but no programs,” Brennaman said. “These policies have no teeth if the school does not discuss the programs with the student body.”
Mark Brennaman is trying to raise awareness for victims of bullying. Brennaman believes that to reverse the trend of bullying, children and adults alike need to be taught media literacy.
ley, it is not uncommon for the victim to be reprimanded for fighting back because the bully gets to pick when and where the bullying will take place. The problem is that most bullying does not happen in the classroom, where it could be seen more easily. “It’s like in football where the sec-
ond retaliatory act is the one that gets punished; it’s a problem with schools not wanting to deal with bullies,” Brennaman said. In accordance with Oklahoma’s School Bully Prevention Act, the Department of Education is required by law to investigate any reported acts
Brennaman to Appear on CNN Brennaman along with Dr. Kole Kleeman, UCO professor of media studies, are set to appear on CNN’s morning news broadcast on Oct. 4th to bring awareness to an issue Brennaman describes as a pandemic. Besides getting a time slot on national TV, Brennaman makes stops at schools across Oklahoma to give a presentation on bullying. His presentations are nothing short of passionate and intertwine real stories with statistical data to bring light to a difficult topic.
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“I think it does have a purpose, because it could lead to discrimination, I guess it’s better if people don’t know, because in the army its so intense”
“Yeah, I believe they should still have it, because if they told some of the people that it would frighten them, so basically to keep them calm.”
“I wouldn’t say it has a purpose anymore, because I don’t think it should matter if you are homosexual or not, and its 2010.”
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IF YOU CAN TELL, DON’T ASK By Andrew J. Black / Staff Writer The armed forces are not a place for individuality. Many military maxims are based upon the foundation of group cohesiveness. The safety and success of a battalion or unit often depends on the ability of each of its members to cooperate and work together toward a common goal. Soldiering is not for everyone, but the ability and desire to serve should not be hindered by a recruit’s sexual orientation. The idea behind the Draconian policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and its apparent failures has re-opened the on-going debate over gays in the military. Historically, homosexuality has been a part of civilization since the beginning, and whether we believe it to be a choice or part of a person’s DNA doesn’t change the fact that gays are represented in virtually every culture across the globe. It is fallacious to even entertain the idea that a homosexual willing to sacrifice his or her own life, by taking bullet for their country, is any less of an American because of how they choose to take it in the privacy of their own bedroom. If you can’t tell, why ask? If you can tell, why bother? A soldier is trained to soldier, and defend the Constitution of the United States. The American ideal of merit and ability and upward mobility despite race, color, creed, etc. is trumped when such discriminatory measures as DADT are allowed to be commonplace.
“Yes, I still think it has a purpose from the government side, but as individuals, we’re allowed to think what we want.”
“I think there is a purpose, because they want to keep things private, but I don’t think it should matter.”
“I think that it has a purpose but it shouldn’t really matter whether you gay or straight.”
It is fallacious to entertain the idea that a
homosexual willing to sacrifice his or her own life, by taking bullet for their country, is any less of an American because of how they choose to take it in the privacy of their own bedroom. As American citizens, we should want to know that the best of the best are defending my sovereignty. We should want decisions of rank, strategy, and personnel to be based on ability and performance, not something as trivial as being gay or straight. An enlisted member of the Armed Forces has the duty to place what is best for the unit, military, and country before a personal prejudice or homophobia. That means that DADT should not only be repealed, but additional measures should be taken to ensure that the freedom of sexual orientation is protected like any other civil liberty. By Pakriti Adhikari / Cartoonist
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and wounded nearly three dozen. On Tuesday, seeing an assault rifle and hearing gunfire near a fountain in front of the tower caused a garbage truck driver to leap out of his vehicle and run away. A woman carrying two babies did the same. Oscar Trevino, whose daughter Martina Trevino works in a campus dormitory, said she was walking to work near the library when she heard two shots behind her. She started to run and fell down, then heard another shot. “She said she turned around and saw,” he said. “She took off running.” University officials sent word through text messages and a campus website telling students, faculty and staff to stay put in buildings as the campus went on lockdown. Sirens and announcements blared on campus loudspeakers warning that there was an emergency. Libby Gertken, an assistant French instructor, was giving an exam in a nearby classroom when she got an e-mail from the university notifying her of the gunman.
In this undated photo released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Colton Joshua Tooley is shown. Tooley, wearing a dark suit and a ski mask, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 opened fire with an assault rifle on the University of Texas campus before fleeing into a library and fatally shooting himself. No one else was hurt.
“We all got on the floor,” she said. “We stayed on the floor for a while. A couple of brave male students got behind the door to stand guard.”
She said the class came up with a plan to “all run at the person” if the gunman came into the classroom. Nathan Van Oort, a junior from Boerne who was taking a chemistry quiz when the shooting started, said students in his class near the library got text messages and told the instructor what was going on. The teacher told students to keep taking the quiz, he said. Some, including Van Oort, stopped taking the test and ran out. “She just thought it was a rumor,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it that she would blow it off.” Police ruled out a report of a possible second gunman, and about four hours after the gunfire, campus officials gave the all clear. The library remained cordoned off as a crime scene. Dahlstrom and Austin police Chief Art Acevedo said the two departments and other law enforcement agencies had trained for such a scenario. It paid off, Dahlstrom said, and “probably prevented a much more tragic situation.”
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CENTRAL ALERT • Central Alert is the emergency notification system adopted by the university to send text messages and phone calls to students in emergency situations. • “Every student is enrolled,” said Dr. Cynthia Rolfe, Vice President of the Office of Information Technology. Additionally, all faculty and staff are automatically included in Central Alert, using information gather from personal profiles. “In the past we made it an opt-in, now it is an opt-out.” • If students, faculty, or staff log in to UConnect, and do not have sufficient information for Central Alert, they will be given a pop up asking them to enter that information. • UCO Chief of Police Jeff Harp said that UCO has not had an emergency on campus where Central Alert Was used. Rolfe said that UCO has used it for weather related closing information, and that was as a text message.
This is the text message that UT students recieved on Tuesday Sept. 28, warning them about the armed suspect, later identified as student Colton Tooley.
• The Office of Information Technology has a test of the service planned for next month. “We do test three times a year: February, July, and October,” said Rolfe. They do not want to reveal the specific date, because they intend to internally simulate the need for a system like Central Alert. • The system is not only text messages and phone calls, Rolfe said that Central Alert can also place a pop-up message on any computer connected the network. • The system is very dynamic in the handling of alerts, and can be targeted to specific groups. “If we need to protect housing students only, we can do that,” said Rolfe. • In the event of an on-campus emergency, UCO Chief of Police Jeff Harp says to call 9-1-1. “9-1-1 is always the default,” said Harp. The local emergency system can then get in touch with UCO Police. Students should not call UCO police service’s nonemergency number in an emergency situation. • Students are urged to keep their information listed with Central Alert current. • Campus related emergencies are sent to everyone, but weather related closing information is optional. To update any information that may be used for Central Alert, or to opt-in for weather alerts, students and staff can do so from the Central Alert page on the School Services tab of UConnect.
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By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the UCO Chinese Student Association is holding a “Chinese Night” in the Nigh University Center Ballroom. April Gao, president of the association, said that the goal of the event is to give both students from the mainland of China as well as UCO students a chance to spend time together and have a good time. Part of the event will include performances by students from China, as well as food, but that is not all. Also at the event will be calligraphy and cultural crafts. Some students will even be dressing in traditional Han dynasty-era clothing. Part of the reasoning behind the event is because Gao said, “It’s just a challenge for us to get together.” All the students in UCO’s Chinese Student Association are international students. Any student from China is already a member, and does not have to pay any membership fees of any kind. In Chinese culture, there is a lot of importance placed on gathering. There are 194 Chinese students, and 32 Taiwanese students, but Gao said that even then, students begin to feel like they are alone or isolated if they do not feel connected with other people from back home.
This is just a way to show how much you’ve missed somebody,” This belief is juxtaposed with how she used to see what Western culture was like before she left her homeland. Gao said that before coming to the United States, she had the idea that Westerners were very individualistic and isolationists. “We just try to make it available for them,” Gao said. The Chinese Student Association has already held two events this year. The first event was a general welcome back party, and the other event was a free karaoke night to celebrate the moon festival. The Chinese Student Association has also been involved in community service work as well. Last year students went to local high schools to teach Chinese calligraphy to students, and they have plans to go to an Edmond elementary school to help in a celebration of Chinese culture as part of a look at the “Magic Tree House” book series. Plans for the next year include the International Student Festival where students from all countries will be participating. Also in their plans right now is a silent auction, where Chinese students will be selling different items unique to their homeland. A time has not been set for the silent auction, but Gao said that it could take place any time this year. Gao currently is a graduate student working towards her master’s in bilingual education. She is simultaneously working on her practicum in Oklahoma City. She has even considered getting a Ph.D after completing some visa-related optional practical training. What keeps her going? Gao said, “People here are really friendly.” Gao says that when she first arrived and witnessed the amount of hugging that occurs in Western culture, she was confused. This small example of the culture shock eventually rubbed off on her. When Gao went home for the first time this summer, she reached in for a hug with her friends and family. This motion startled them, and Gao would have to explain herself. “This is just a way to show how much you’ve missed somebody,” Gao said. Most of the events that the CSA holds are free, but this event will have a price. Gao said that the reason that had to charge for tickets was because they “spent a lot on the food.” Still, she says that it is something intended to be affordable. The food at the event is not going to be authentic, nor is it going to be Panda Express, but Gao said that it will be at least slightly Americanized cuisine. To get a true taste of authentic Chinese dishes, students will have to wait until the International Student Festival. She says that so far, the response to the event in terms of ticket sales has not been too much, but Gao said that she believes some students might instead stay in to work on midsemester projects and study for midterm tests. “Three dollars gets you a whole meal,” Gao said, with a UCO student ID. Without a UCO ID, tickets are $5 and will be available for sale on the second floor of the Nigh University Center from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. today and also at the event in the NUC Ballroom at 6:30 p.m.
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When he can, Kleeman offers his expertise of violence in the media to help draw the link between bullying and the things children see on TV. “The media has accelerated bullying because of the amount of violence people, especially kids, are exposed to on a daily basis.” Kleeman said. Kleeman said that the WWE is an example of the violence portrayed on TV that leads to bullying. The WWE depicts what Kleeman calls “dangerous masculinity,” which teaches boys to deal with conflict with violence and also teaches disrespect for others. Images of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin pushing women
around and beating up on weaker foes is great for ratings and ticket sales, but the effect on young minds can carry over to violence and bullying in schools. Kleeman said, “there is a very narrow box men are put into, where there is this issue of desensitization and imitation, in which violence is degendered and boys are killing boys and boys are killing girls.” Brennaman and Kleeman both agree that to reverse the trend of bullying, children and adults alike need to be taught media literacy. Kleeman offers a course in the mass communications department that does just that.
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Dr. Kole Kleeman will appear on CNN on Oct. 4, to the issue of bullying. Kleeman will appear with Mark Brennaman.
“The goal here is to start a conversation and get people talking about bullying without shame,” Brennaman said. “There is this stigmatization of being a “tattle tale” and that gets in the way of preventing bullying.” To combat this, there is an anonymous phone service provided in Oklahoma called OKSafeCall, that bully victims, parents and peers can call in and feel assured that there will be no retaliation for “tattling”. However, when bully victims seek help, often times their pleas for help goes unanswered. “If a student is reaching it’s be-
cause t h e y need help. Bullycide is a permanent solution that is not a solution at all,” Brennaman said.
UCOSA MEETING GETS TWITTER TWEETS NEW LOOK POLITICAL By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer
By Cody Bromley / Staff Writer Last week, short-form status website Twitter unveiled their planned new site design. The new design is formed around the idea of keeping users on a single page to accomplish all their browsing needs. The new design, which the site refers to using their tagging system as #NewTwitter, is a major change from what users are accustomed to. The page is now spilt into two panels. The left panel houses tweets in their original form. The right panel, or details pane as Twitter calls it, is where all the new magic happens. As users scroll their cursor over a tweet, the details pane will automatically update with information relevant to that tweet. If the tweet is a reply to another user, the details pane will show the context of the conversation. If the tweet contains a hashtag, the system of tags that Twitter users use to categorize tweets, then the details pane will show popular tweets that contain that hashtag. Other parts of the design let users also accomplish new features that they previously would have had to leave the Web site for. For example, Twitter itself does not have any way for users to upload videos or pictures, but users have flocked to dozens of third party services to fill the void. The new Twitter.com integrates those services and puts the pictures and video right on the page as users scroll through tweets. A lot of the time, depending on the users, there are not links to multimedia in a tweet. When that happens, Twitter will show the same tweet in a larger format, plus the most
recent three tweets by the same user. So like before when users scroll over tweets, if one were to contain pictures or video then the details pane would display them. Not every Web site used for photos and video is represented in the list of compatible third parties. But users of Flickr, TwitPic, TwitVid, USTREAM, Vimeo, yfrog, and YouTube will not need to worry one bit. Twitter’s search also received a major facelift. No longer confined to the old-styled right sidebar, the new Twitter search moves up to the top of the page in a sleek and sexy screenlength bar. This bar is where users can also access account settings and logout. But the s e a r c h does not just have a new look; it also has new functions. For example, if users type “Starbucks” into the search, they will see tweets that mention the Starbucks Coffee Company Co., but they will also see tweets by the Starbucks twitter account and links to their profile. Twitter CEO Evan Williams was unavailable for direct comment, but in an earlier interview with The New York Times, Williams said, “We’ve made it pretty clear that we are going to create the best experiences we can with all our clients.” This all comes back to the fact that in a blog post earlier this month on the Twitter blog, it was pointed out that of all of the users of the service, 46 percent use a mobile device for either all or part of their Twitter experience. The design will slowly be pushed to users on a worldwide random basis, and over the next few weeks it should be available to all users.
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Twitter unvield new design last week. The new design now features a two panel with house tweets in their original form on the left and a “details pane.”
At Monday’s UCOSA meeting in Constitution Hall, an informational guest speaker had previously unannounced political motivations for her visit. Rather than just inform, Rebecca Burgin, a field representative from the One Oklahoma Coalition, lobbied against SQ744 to UCOSA members. Her group is, “basically a bunch of organizations that came together to oppose SQ744,” She said. The meeting began like any other UCOSA meeting. The general assembly, stood, saluted the flag and recited the pledge of allegiance. In order to let debate happen between the speaker and the members of the assembly, a motion had to be passed. “Motion to let everyone talk,” an unknown member said. “Second,” another said. Without objection, the floor was now open for anyone and everyone to ask questions to the assembly’s guest speaker. UCOSA President Matt Blubaugh said that the coalition offered to speak at the assembly. “We took up their offer to come here to UCO,” Blubaugh said. Missing from the stage was another side to the issue. Blubaugh said, “Obviously, we didn’t ask for the other side to come.” After a short introduction, Burgin took the center of the floor. “I don’t know how many of you people know what state question 744 is or what it does,” Burgin said, “but I’ll kind of give a rundown of what it is, who my organization is and also kind of give you a rundown of some folks that are involved and let you ask some questions. SQ744 would repeal a section of Oklahoma’s state constitution that originally required the state to spend $42.00 per student, and amend it by adding Article XII-C, which mandates that the minimum spending average be set by a regional average. Such organizations that are opposed to SQ744 include the Oklahoma Pork Council, the Oklahoma AFL-CIO, and the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma. The full list available on the nosq744.com website includes few education groups and other statefunded agencies who could see their budgets cut by the passing of the state question. When she defined the measure, she said it
was “deceptively simple.” She made a point to highlight that in the money provided in this state question, it does not have to be spent on teachers and classroom, but can be used for anything except buildings and debt repayment. She said that this money could be used to pay administrative salaries and not go to classrooms. The highly contested moment of the meeting was when Burgin went through a list of possibilities for covering the budget gap caused by the passing of SQ744. She refers to a state house interim stud that concluded that each department would have to cut a minimum of 20 percent of its budget. This is where groups like the Oklahoma Pork Council could see a budget cut, as the legislature looks to remove what they see as “pork barrel spending.” From Burgin’s presentation, one entity that could go to the chopping block is the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program, a state funded scholarship program responsible for making college a reality for many of UCO’s students. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, who is responsible for the OHLAP program, said that it was not their policy to make comments on state legislation, and therefore was unavailable for comment. Blubaugh defended his stance on the state question during the question and answer portion of the visit, even interrupting members of the assembly to edge in his opinion. “In the education field, if you look at the people that are on the side of 744, those are just people in lower education,” Blubaugh said. After the meeting had adjourned, Blubaugh said that adopting a regional average would hurt Oklahoma teacher’s pay, and help the large regional states like Texas and Missouri, and that the state questions passing would be “detriment to higher education.” “On behalf of UCOSA, I’ll say our official stance is against SQ744,” he said of himself and his executives’ feelings on the matter. Blubaugh also said that UCOSA has plans for the election season too, and that he’d love to hold a public debate over the issue. “We will definitely have a campaign. We will dorm-storm before the election. We are also working with the American Democracy Project on a voter registration campaign and definitely want to register as many people as they can to vote against the state question.”
Rebecca Burgin, a representative from the One Oklahoma Coalition, talks about her organizations stance on State Question 744.
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THEY JUST DON’T MAKE KIDS LIKE THEY USED TO
This image provided by Penguin shows the book cover of “The Dumbest Generation” by Mark Bauerlein. The book contends that cyberculture is turning young people into know-nothings, and Bauerlein says “the absence of technology” confuses kids faced with simple mechanical tasks.
By Beth J. Harpaz/ AP Writer Second-graders who can’t tie shoes or zip jackets. Four-year-olds in Pull-Ups diapers. Five-year-olds in strollers. Teens and preteens befuddled by can openers and ice-cube trays. College kids who’ve never done laundry, taken a bus alone or addressed an envelope. Are we raising a generation of nincompoops? And do we have only ourselves to blame? Or are some of these things simply the result of kids growing up with push-button technology in an era when mechanical devices are gradually being replaced by electronics? Susan Maushart, a mother of three, says her teenage daughter “literally does not know how to use a can opener. Most cans come with pull-tops these days. I see her reaching for a can that requires a can opener, and her shoulders slump and she goes for something else.” Teenagers are so accustomed to either throwing their clothes on the floor or hanging them on hooks that Maushart says her “kids actually struggle with the mechanics of a clothes hanger.” Many kids never learn to do ordinary household tasks. They have no chores. Take-out and drive-through meals have replaced home cooking. And busy families who can afford it often outsource house-cleaning and lawn care. “It’s so all laid out for them,” said Maushart, author of the forthcoming book “The Winter of Our Disconnect,” about her efforts to wean her family from its dependence on technology. “Having so much comfort and ease is what has led to this situation — the Velcro sneakers, the Pull-Ups generation. You can pee in your pants and we’ll take care of it for you!”
The issue hit home for me when a visiting 12-year-old took an ice-cube tray out of my freezer, then stared at it helplessly. Raised in a world where refrigerators have push-button ice-makers, he’d never had to get cubes out of a tray — in the same way that kids growing up with pull-tab cans don’t understand can openers. But his passivity was what bothered me most. Come on, kid! If your life depended on it, couldn’t you wrestle that ice-cube tray to the ground? It’s not that complicated! Mark Bauerlein, author of the bestselling book “The Dumbest Generation,” which contends that cyberculture is turning young people into know-nothings, says “the absence of technology” confuses kids faced with simple mechanical tasks. But Bauerlein says there’s a second factor: “a loss of independence and a loss of initiative.” He says that growing up with cell phones and Google means kids don’t have to figure things out or solve problems any more. They can look up what they need online or call mom or dad for step-by-step instructions. And today’s helicopter parents are more than happy to oblige, whether their kids are 12 or 22. “It’s the dependence factor, the unimaginability of life without the new technology, that is making kids less entrepreneurial, less initiative-oriented, less independent,” Bauerlein said. Teachers in kindergarten have always had to show patience with children learning to tie shoes and zip jackets, but thanks to Velcro closures, today’s kids often don’t develop those skills until they are older. Sure, harried parents are grateful for Velcro when they’re trying
to get a kid dressed and out the door, and children learn to tie shoes eventually unless they have a real disability. But if they’re capable of learning to tie their shoes before they learn to read, shouldn’t we encourage them? Some skills, of course, are no longer useful. Kids don’t need to know how to add Roman numerals, write cursive or look things up in a paper-bound thesaurus. But is snail-mail already so outmoded that teenagers don’t need to know how to address an envelope or put the stamp in the right spot? Ask a 15-yearold to prepare an envelope some time; you might be shocked at the result. Lenore Skenazy, who writes a popular blog called Free-Range Kids, based on her book by the same name, has a different take. Skenazy, whose approach to parenting is decidedly anti-helicopter, agrees that we are partly to blame for our children’s apparent incompetence, starting when they are infants. “There is an onslaught of stuff being sold to us from the second they come out of the womb trying to convince us that they are nincompoops,” she said. “They need to go to Gymboree or they will never hum and clap! To teach them how to walk, you’re supposed to turn your child into a marionette by strapping this thing on them that holds them up because it helps them balance more naturally than 30,000 years of evolution!” Despite all this, Skenazy thinks today’s kids are way smarter than we give them credit for: “They know how to change a photo caption on a digital photo and send it to a friend. They can add the smiley face without the colon and parentheses! They never took typing but they can type faster than I can!” Had I not been there to help that 12-year-old with the ice-cube tray, she added, the kid surely would have “whipped out his iPhone and clicked on his ice cube app to get a little video animated by a 6-year-old that explained how you get ice cubes out of a tray.” Friends playing devil’s advocate say I’m wrong to indict a whole generation for the decline of skills they don’t need. After all, we no longer have to grow crops, shoot deer, prime a pump or milk a cow to make dinner, but it was just a couple of generations ago that you couldn’t survive in many places without that knowledge. Others say this is simply the last gasp of the analog era as we move once and for all to the digital age. In 10 years, there won’t be any ice cube trays; every fridge will have push-button ice. But Bauerlein, a professor at Emory University who has studied culture and American life, defends my right to rail against the ignorance of youth. “That’s our job as we get old,” he said. “A healthy society is healthy only if it has some degree of tension between older and younger generations. It’s up to us old folks to remind teenagers: ‘The world didn’t begin on your 13th birthday!’ And it’s good for kids to resent that and to argue back. We want to criticize and provoke them. It’s not healthy for the older generation to say, ‘Kids are kids, they’ll grow up.’
A.J. BLACK Megan Lindsey on “A Duedate with Destiny:” Is laundry on your “laundry list?” Yes, it is, but I am currently considering outsourcing the job to China or India. Lauren Equality Qualls: What is the biggest misconception people have about you? I have heard that if one person calls you a horse, then you should punch them in the nose, and if two people call you a horse, then you should at least stop to think about it, but if three people happen to call you a horse, then you should probably go out and buy yourself a saddle. Now, I am not saying that I have never been compared to a horse, particularly the ass-end of one, but the one thing that I have heard more than three times, that I feel is a misunderstanding of my character or personality is in regards to my level of self-confidence or even arrogance. I care about what people think, but I care about myself more. I believe in my abilities as an individual no doubt, but I am just as self-conscious and in need of affirmation as anybody else. For instance, there is always a certain level of anxiety that I get when I have to put something out there for criticism or perform in front of an audience to be judged, but no matter what anybody says or thinks about you the show must go on; so that is what I do. Madison Duncan: What? Well, that is a good question, and it pleases me that you possessed the courage to ask. Desiree Hackney: Andrew, what the F-word am I doing with my life? I will try to offer some insight, but I must begin by prefacing that I strongly believe that the only answers any person seeks are to be found within themselves. If you ask ten people their advice on a matter it is not unusual to recieve ten different answers. The truth is that at this point in your life only you know what is best for you. With that said, I would like to share an old poker saying as an analogy for life - “you never throw good money after bad.” What that means is, that no matter how much time or money you have already invested into a particular situation, if something has changed and it is no longer a winnable or even a desirable scenario, then wasting more time or money on it will not improve your circumstances. As a growing individual, it is normal to have an image of the future. A self-projection and aim to work toward. At this point it is possible for people to be drawn to your vision or potential and have affection for what you strive to be. It is natural to be afraid of failing, not only for yourself but the expectations of others. It is also normal to hesitate when it seems like things may have changed, but one thing I am animate about is that any explanations you offer to another is stricly voluntary. No one has any power over another that they don’t extend to them and no one has the right or obligation to question or explain their chosen path in life. So if there is something that you feel you should do. Something that you think about at night while you try to fall asleep and then quickly forget as you try to stay awake, then you should listen to yourself. You should trust yourself and your judgement and if things don’t work out then you can always do it again.
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CLICK FOR GLORY: FRIEND TO FOE 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 and cut-throat world of fantasy football. By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor Once again, my fantasy football team proved critics wrong. Team Kenny Powers rolled over the week three competition in a 90-60 win, moving them to 2-1 on the season. This week however, I play a close friend and former UCO graduate who is currently undefeated. Despite our friendship, I hold nothing back when I play fantasy football. Go big or go home. If you’re not first, you’re last. You play to win the game, you don’t play to just play it. I may be a rookie at this sport of keyboard kings, but team Kenny Powers plays to win no matter who the competition is. Sorry buddy, get ready to lose your first game. The moment I have been waiting for arrived this past week and I wasn’t prepared to capitalize. C.J. Spiller (running back, Buffalo Bills) decided to break out the week I decided to bench him. The explosive running back scored 15 points, 12 more than the player I started in his place. Yet I still won my game in blow-out fashion for the second week in a row. I must be getting good at this game. I’m waiting for a few waiver-wire moves to go through. But my starting lineup is pretty much set for this week. This Sunday, I go up against team Vic is Inevitable. Vic is Inevitable is 3-0 and has yet to be challenged. I suspect foul play. He is after all the league manager. My opponent for this week has several explosive players at several key positions. Philip Rivers (San Diego) is his starting quarterback. Rivers is projected to score 21 points this week. Vic is Inevitable’s running backs are Frank Gore (San Francisco) and LaDanian Tomlinson (New York Jets). Both are predicted to score around 20 points apiece. He will also start Anquan Boldin (Baltimore)
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller scrambles past New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, left, for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
at wide receiver along with Wes Welker (New England). That roster is stacked, yet top heavy. While he has two or three players with potential to score over 18 points, his tight end, defense and kicker, as well as flex position are weak. When I drafted a few weeks ago, my goal was to not just focus on one or two players with star potential. I wanted to fill my roster
spots with players that not only can break out and score 20+ points, but who are consistent week in and week out. What use is a 20-point player when your other positions score three points apiece. This is where my strength is. Depth, and consistency. It is also why I am favored to win, and how I have predicted advantages in six out of nine starter positions. This week Spiller will be returning to the
starting lineup. His efforts in week three proved to me that he is a threat to score whenever he touches the football and I am holding out hope that Buffalo’s coaching staff will give him more touches. I will also be starting Drew Brees (New Orleans) at quarterback. LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia) and Ronnie Brown (Miami) are my other running backs. My strength at wide receiver is Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis). While defense wins championships may be true in real football, it is also proving true in the fantasy world. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense has scored more points this season than any other defense in my league and they are consistent with forcing turnovers. Which means more points for me. More and more I am beginning to understand why fantasy sports are such an addicting pastime. Before I tried it out I could not comprehend how this became such a social phenomenon. Now I see it. I see now how the competitiveness, the strategy involved and the trash talking make fantasy football fun for everyone who plays it. Even the league jackass makes things interesting. You know the one. The guy that talks trash no matter what the score of the game is. The one that is always online and always leaves messages to the league stating his awesomeness. You know, “that guy.” Team Kenny Powers is favored to win this week by one point. Pretty exciting right? If I win it sends my opponent to 3-1. While I would only be 3-1 myself, I would have the tie-breaker, moving me into first place in the Eastern Conference. That’s if I win though. If I lose, I drop to .500. I don’t want to drop to .500... Team Kenny Powers isn’t a .500 kind of guy. Come on team, make me proud!
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BRONCHOS HOST TIGERS SHOWDOWN By Michael Collins / Sports Writer With their season hanging in the balance, UCO’s football team will take on the East Central University Tigers this Saturday at Wantland Stadium. The Broncho’s record sits at 1-3 at the moment, but things seem to be looking up. East Central will enter the game with the exact same record, but not nearly as much confidence. They did win last weekend against Southwestern Oklahoma State, but two of their three losses have been blowouts, the other one was a 13-point loss to Texas A&M-Kingsville. In contrast, all three of the Broncho losses have been decided by just a few plays. The Tigers will bring a struggling offense to Edmond. They are averaging 15 points a game, and just under 200 yards of total offense per game. Neither one of those stats will drive fear into the heart of Bronchos. They have been playing teams that on paper are far better offensively, mainly though the ground attack. The Bronchos will feature an offense that is just finding their stride. They have averaged just over 30 points per game this season, and just under 400 yards of total offense a game. They also feature one of the Lone Star Conference’s best young quarterbacks in Ethan Sharp. Through four games, Sharp has thrown for 900 yards and nine touchdowns. He has tossed just three interceptions since
his four interceptions in the season opener. With Sharp looking more and more like the quarterback of the future for the Bronchos, the teams hopes of turning their season look substantially better. One the other side of the ball, both teams feature defenses that have under performed so far this season. East Central has given up just under 30 points a game, compared to the 31 points per game the Broncho defense has given up. Now that is a lot of points for a defense to surrender, but the Tigers did pitch a shut out last week, so maybe they are finally turning it around. Let us hope the Broncho defense gets it together this week and gets their first shut out of the season. One area the Bronchos might be able to gain an advantage on the special teams. East Central is giving up close to 30 yards on kick returns, and Artrell Woods and Dolphin Davis are averaging close to 20 yards a return. For a team that is struggling to find wins, a special teams touchdown could be just the spark they need to get the ball rolling in their favor. The key match-up in this game will be the East Central run defense vs. the offensive line and Josh Birmingham. The Tigers surrender close to 150 yards a game on the ground, and have yet to face a back that is as talented as Birmingham. He is averaging close to 115 yards on the ground, and had 183 last week against Midwestern State. If the Bronchos can control the clock and run the ball, the game should end with the Bronchos on top.
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Bergquist agreed with Block, saying it is not time to panic for a UCO team that has plenty of talent. “It’s important not to panic,” Bergquist said. “We have a team full of talented, dedicated players who know how to play the game. And there is no telling what we can do once we start firing on all cylinders.” This weekend would be the perfect time to fire on all cylinders. Lindenwood’s roster is loaded with talent of their own. Their team leaders through two games are Cory Spradling, who has two goals and an assist, and Grant Gorczyca, who has a goal and two assists. That is no surprise as the two players teamed up to be a complete force last season. Spradling totaled 68 points last season, 34 of those were goals. His partner in crime, Gorczyca, netted 25 goals of his own last season and also totaled 39 assists. The dynamic duo brings their A-game every night and it will be up to the UCO defense and freshman goaltender Nick Holmes to prove they can stop them. Robi Cavallari returns in goal for the national champions. Cavallari is a consistent and reliable goaltender who finished the 2009-2010 regular season with an outstanding 1.73 goals against average in more than 1,700 minutes of play. For UCO, Jonathan Cannizzo tops the stat sheet in points with three so far through four games. But Mike Haszto has the most goals, with two. Block has two assists and is tied with Casey Smith (2 assists) for third on the stat sheet. Also scoring for the Bronchos this year is freshman and Edmond native Josh Harris, Swedish freshman Peter Ekholm, and freshman Anthony Knuth. Nick Holmes has seen the bulk of time in net playing all but 13 minutes this season. The team knows this weekend is not a gimme. The Lions have been one of the more consistently successful and, quite frankly, dominant teams in the ACHA. However, team captain Nick Novak believes his teammates can match up well. “Lindenwood is a very talented team,” the junior defenseman said. “But I feel we should
be able to match up with them fine as long as we follow our game plan and win the one-onone battles.” Novak may have to take on more of a coaching role for the Bronchos this week as he suffered a back injury in practice over a week ago. He is unlikely to play against Lindenwood and missed the entire Iowa State series. He is expected to return soon. The past two seasons, the Bronchos have had both up and down moments. But they always hit their stride at some point, often times stringing together multiple wins. The team believes they can not only do that again, but as soon as they get that first win, things will open up for the No. 7 team in the nation. “Once we get that first ‘W,’ the wheels will start turning and we will be in full swing for the duration of the year,” Higgins said. Block added, “What I do know is that once we get that first win, it is going to feel like a giant piano has been lifted off our backs. I believe that once we get that first win, we are going to take off and go on a big winning streak.” With the newest rankings set to be released Oct. 8, these games against Lindenwood could go a long way into not only starting a win streak, but keeping the Bronchos in the top ten. Following this weekend’s series against Lindenwood, UCO participates in the ACHA Showcase. Then they play No. 4 Penn State on the road, followed by No. 16 Davenport, who just beat Lindenwood last weekend. UCO’s brutal start to the season continues, but this Friday and Saturday night could be a turning point for the Bronchos moving forward. Assistant team captain Patrick Higgins hopes the fans come out for these important games and appreciates the support for the young program thus far. “There has been a huge response from the entire student body as well as the support of the staff here at UCO,” Higgins said. “We are very grateful for that and hope the love for the UCO hockey team continues not just for this season, but for years to come.”
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When fans think about sports, more often than not the first thing they focus on is the team’s record. If you personally are guilty of this, you might be missing out on the fact that UCO’s football team currently has one of the best running backs in the nation. That running back, of course, is Josh Birmingham. With his team currently sitting at 1-3, Birmingham may not be getting the credit he deserves. His rushing and receiving stats through the first four games are as follows; 458 yards rushing on 81 carries and six touchdowns, and 21 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown. In case you don’t feel like doing the math, Birmingham is averaging 5.7 yards a carry, and 6.6 yards a catch. When asked how he felt about his season so far, Birmingham said, “I started the season off pretty good vs. Pitt State and I sort of was going off my athletic abilities and my execution wasn’t on point like it should have been. But this last week preparing for Midwestern State,
the Bronchos. The “zone” blocking schemes seem to be working just fine for them. One last thing question that was asked of the star back was, could he handle being a work horse-type back, and handle the ball more if given the opportunity? “I touch the ball about thirty times out of however many snaps we get. I could definitely handle more carries, but it’s good to switch up the run and pass game so teams won’t have a clue who is getting the ball next,” Birmingham said. Basically that’s an easy way of saying Birmingham wants the rock in his hand, but football is a team game, so no matter what he does individually, team still comes first. Whether it is running or catching, if it were me, I would give Birmingham all the touches he could handle. I would turn the game into
an all-you-can-eat buffet, with 40 servings of Birmingham. One last point about Birmingham and the Bronchos: most teams that are 1-3 don’t usually have good rushing stats due to the fact they are usually getting blown out and have to throw the ball around. The fact the Birmingham has such good numbers should let you know that while their record is not good yet, they have been in every single game they have played so far. A large part of that is due to Birmingham and his offensive line; they have done an amazing job so far this season. So this week when they take on East Central University, look for much of the same, with one key exception. They should win, if all goes as planned.
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I really focused in on my assignments and I think it showed against them.” Against Midwestern State, he had 183 yards on 18 carries. Eightyone of those yards came on one play. Even with these great performances, the wins still aren’t coming for Birmingham and his Broncho teammates. “Coach always preaches about the little things, and the game is about all inches, so all we need to do is go out and execute they way we are taught and we will be successful,” Birmingham said. The little things can make or break a team. In football, there are three key aspects: offense, defense, and special teams. While we are just talking about the offense, Birmingham should serve as motivation for the rest of his team. The Bronchos run a spread offense, which means the quarterback is in the shotgun away from the center, and there are usually multiple receivers in the game. In most spread offenses, the running backs can get overlooked. But when asked about the style of offense and whether it suits him, Birmingham said, “Coach Wilkinson loves the zone, he also likes the power game as well, but we are more of a zone offense. And I have never truly been in the I. In high school we ran the I a couple times but we were based out the gun, but I wouldn’t say I would rather be in either. It would be nice to switch it up.” What Birmingham is talking about when he says the “I” formation is that some running backs prefer to line up with the quarterback under center, and a fullback in front of them. Some people feel if you’re going to run the ball it works best to pound the rock right at someone, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with
UCO wide receiver Daniel Morrell (left) celebrates with runningback Josh Birmingham (right) after an 81 yard touchdown run in Saturday night’s loss to Midwestern State.
TOP TEN SHOWDOWN IN EDMOND By Chris Wescott / Sports Editor
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The No. 7 UCO Bronchos (0-4-0) host the No. 1 Lindenwood University Lions (1-1-0) from Missouri this Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond. This is a battle of two perennial playoff clubs with a lot of history. But it may mean more to the Bronchos, who are winless through the first two weeks of the season. UCO has lost their first four games. However, those losses were to No. 6 Oklahoma, who always plays UCO well, and No. 2 Iowa State on the road. Anytime a team goes on a long road trip to face the second-ranked team in the nation, it is going to be tough. This weekend, the Bronchos’ road back to the postseason does not get any easier. “This weekend’s upcoming games will be as tough or tougher than any we have played so far this season,” UCO sophomore forward Kevin Bergquist said. “Obviously, we haven’t
gotten off to the start we wanted to this year and we are hungry for that first win of the season.” UCO has never beaten the Lions in their four previous seasons. That is not saying much though, as hardly anyone has beaten Lindenwood in that span. Lindenwood has won the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championship the past two seasons and is picked by many to win it a third time in a row. They are also the team that ended a story book season which had the ‘09 Bronchos go from a tournament afterthought and big-time underdog to a fan favorite and serious competitor. “(Lindenwood) are great competitors,” junior forward and assistant captain Patrick Higgins said. “They are defending national champs and the same team that knocked us out of the Final Four last season.” Higgins says this will be a huge test for the Bronchos who have revamped their game plan following the rough start to
the year. “This weekend will be a huge test of character. After the touch start we have had this year, it was very evident we needed some kind of change. Since the 0-4 start we have taken more of a ‘back to the basics’ approach to stay within our systems and not try to do too much. Keep it simple.” Playing the No.1 team in the nation is not scaring anyone on the Broncho roster. “We all know Lindenwood is the No. 1 team in the nation year after year and this year we don’t expect any different,” Bergquist said. “While we haven’t had the start we are looking for, we all know that we have a talented team and firmly believe that we can win any night we step out on the ice. We are going to skate with plenty of aggression this weekend. It’s going to be a battle.” Despite the disappointing start to the season, senior forward Brent Block says he has seen improvement from the Bronchos each game. “Each game we have played so far, we have gotten a little bit better in every facet of the game,” Block said. “Unfortunately, that hasn’t reflected on the scoreboard, but we are getting better.” Continued on page 7
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