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Welcome to Your Changing University The Vista

@TheVista1903 Vista Staff Reports

Changes have been made to the University of Central Oklahoma, with many beginning last semester and over the summer. The following is a compilation of the changes that were made. Construction crews at Old North have been setback due to recent high seismic activity, which required added construction. The project is expected to be completed in late October. The $8.45 million construction project, which is still on budget, was contracted to be completed at the end of July for classrooms and offices to be setup in

the building. The Nigh University Center has had several remodels over the summer, including a new Apple Tech Store, convenience store, and new United States Post Office. The changes come as Chartwells, the food service provider, continues talks about its contract with the university. Changes also allowed for expansion of the print shop on the first floor of the Nigh and new offices for the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association. See Changing University on Page A3

The sun sets behind the Broncho statue in front of Hamilton Field House. With several buildings under construction and a changing enrollment rate, the University of Central Oklahoma is a constantly evolving campus. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.

UCO Tuition Increases 9.9 Percent Eriech Tapia @eriechtapia95 Reporter

Students at the University of Central Oklahoma have been faced with a 9.9 percent increase in mandatory tuition from an $8.4 million shortfall to the university, causing university-wide cutbacks to be considered. Cuts are also occurring across campus, as the university has had to postpone increasing its overall scholarship fund and taking new approaches to finding funding. “Over these last several years, we have witnessed an eroding public investment in higher education,” UCO President Don Betz said. “UCO’s proposed tuition/fees will cover about two-thirds of the FY 17 financial challenge we face.” Cuts were announced at a Regional University System of Oklahoma meeting on June 23, 2016. The increase in tuition still will not cover all of the cuts facing the university, only covering $6.7 million, with the rest requiring cuts across the campus. Credit hour production was also forecasted to be lower than previous

years and the campus-wide cost also increased by $2.1 million over last fiscal year, said Patti Neuhold, associate vice president for planning and budget at UCO. “The budget cuts have forced all of higher education to make hard decisions about costs and increased tuition,” Jeff Dunn, regent for RUSO said in a statement. “The worst outcome is that some students may be forced to postpone their education because they can’t afford to invest in a college degree.” Betz said that cutting faculty would be counterproductive, though he addressed that the university is examining all positions and replacement hires. UCO is currently 70 to 110 additional full-time faculty positions behind other pier institutes. “To address the shortfalls, we have substantively reduced operational budgets, drawn down on reserves, examined all positions and reviewing all replacement hires. We have curbed involvement in a number of discretionary programs,” Betz said. See Tuition on Page A4

Sophomore Jorge Rojas and his father, Paul Rojas, speak to a Bursar Office employee on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.






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Section A: Campus News UCO News...............................................................3

Around Campus.......................................................9


UCO Organizations...........................................11-12


Don Betz Q&A.......................................................13

Old North..............................................................6-7

UCO Updates....................................................14-15

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Section B: Metro In Memoriam............................................................2

Public Safety.........................................................6-8

Local News...........................................................3-5

Local Feature....................................................11-14

Section C: Sports Sports.................................................................2-3,6






Section D: Arts Murals...................................................................2-3

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Voices of Oklahoma..............................................4-5

In the Metro.....................................................6-7

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Classes are starting and students are back on campus. While many things are changing around UCO, some iconic staples are still the same. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.



UCO Student Killed in Head-on Collision Eriech Tapia @eriechtapia95 Reporter

Recounting the last moments before their daughter died, an Edmond family is waiting on answers from a head-on vehicle crash that killed their 19-year-old early morning on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. About 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jordan DeShazer died at the scene of a crash just south of Waterloo Road on Broadway Avenue, police spokeswoman Jennifer Wagnon said. “She was a very bright part of our future,” Wayne DeShazer said, Jordan DeShazer’s father. “The fact that this happened was just horrific.” Her father said that the entire family was shaken by the news and that they had all had dinner together several hours before she went over to her boyfriend’s house, a common occurrence. “I always said that nothing good happens after midnight,” Wayne DeShazer said. “She was loved so much and by so many people.” Traffic investigators said that she had been wearing her seatbelt when the crash happened. Her father said that they had recently purchased a 2015 Jeep Patriot, which she was driving when the crash happened. “The police said that she had done everything right. There was nothing that she could have done to prevent the accident,” Wayne DeShazer said. Jordan DeShazer was traveling south on Broad-

way when a truck driving north by Schuyler Jones, 22, veered left of center and hit her vehicle, Wagnon said. Jones was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he was treated. He has yet to be charged, as the toxicology report has not been released. Jordan DeShazer was a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, studying Psychology with a minor in Biology and was also a pre-med student. She was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. “She was a part of so many academic programs,” Wayne DeShazer said. “She wanted to attend college on the east coast ... she was such a bright person.” Wayne DeShazer said that his daughter tried to be a part of as many clubs as she could and was excited about continuing on in the medical field, doing special research projects while she attended high school. “I want everybody to know what kind of a person she was and how much we loved her,” Wayne DeShazer said. A funeral for Jordan DeShazer was scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, August 20, at New Covenant United Methodist Church of Edmond, 2700 S Blvd. and a reception at 1:30 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in A trust has been set up in her name for scholarships to assist medical students in the final years of their education. Donations are being accepted in her name at any Bank of Oklahoma.

Jordan DeShazer, 19, was a Psychology major at the University of Central Oklahoma. DeShazer was killed in a head-on collision Saturday, Aug. 13. Photo provided by the DeShazer family.

Changing University New parking lot at the corner of Ayers & N. Chartrand Ave. The Central Tech Store will be moved to the old Outakes location in the Nigh University Center after renovations

Computer and print lab moved from the Nigh University Center

Chick-Fil-A in the Nigh University Center renovated

Murdaugh Hall & Softball Stadium under construction

Hammocks installed around campus for student use

UConnect page has been redesigned West Hall dorms are now Co-Ed



Tuition Eriech Tapia @eriechtapia95 Reporter

The university is looking into cutting travel, reducing funds given to select education and general organizations on campus, and dipping into reserves, covering the $1.7 million which was not covered by the tuition increase. “For years, the state has been transferring responsibility for funding public higher education to Oklahoma’s students and families,” Betz said. “Oklahoma higher education has moved from state supported to, at best, state assisted or state located.” The university has also experienced a $1.3 million credit hour production shortfall, which caused the shortfall to increase; however, Betz and others are hoping that the cuts will not interfere with the future of education. “We need a long-term vision for our state and its citizens to create and sustain our society. This is our responsibility to the generations that will follow us,” Betz said. “As one well-known Oklahoman recently commented to me, “We are eating our seed corn.” The university will now receive $43.8 million in state appropriated funds, down from $51.4 million at

Students start out the semester by paying their bills at the Cashier on the first floor of the Nigh. Tuition was due Friday, August 19. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

the beginning of the FY 15; and at an April forum, Betz said that more cuts could continue next year. “We educate more with less,” Betz said. “At UCO, students provide more institutional support than does

the state.” The RUSO meeting also came with the announcement of increased tuition to all six-member universities, with Northeastern State University experiencing the highest hike at 11.9

percent. “The best way to achieve longterm economic goals in our state is to invest in education,” Dunn said. Students at Southwestern Oklahoma State received a 9.8 percent increase, Southeastern Oklahoma State 8 percent increase, East Central 9.9 percent increase and Northwestern Oklahoma State 9.8 percent increase, coming in tuition and mandatory fees. “We are frustrated and astounded that the regional universities are faced with this economic dilemma,” Dunn said. “The universities will continue to look for ways to operate on an extremely lean budget to prevent further increases for students.” The cuts do not affect the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association, though with lower than expected attendance they have had to make cuts to several student organizations.

Tuition fees at UCO have increased each year, and is predicted to continue increasing up through Fiscal Year 2019. College Factual predicts that out-of-state tuition will reach nearly $20,000 by 2019. (information provided by



Transportation and Parking Improvements Megan Prather @meganthefeline Reporter

Transportation and Parking Services has spent the summer making improvements to parking on campus in hopes of alleviating stress for students for the upcoming semester. “We’re doing a better job of communicating than we have in the past. More email blasts, more activity on Facebook and Twitter and our website has been updated,” Josh Stone said, director of Transportation and Parking Services (TPS). Along with better communication, Transportation and Parking Services has made some changes to the various parking lots and plans to implement a health initiative and carpooling program. The re-designation of these lots included reallocating spots for different types of permits. Commuter parking lots will lose 94 spots of its current 2,598 spots. Housing will gain 25 spots, for a total of 556 spots. Faculty and staff parking will gain 137 spots, for a total of 622 spots. Faculty and staff 24-hour parking will lose 171 of its current 440 spots. Multi-permit parking will gain 75 spots for a total of 1,356; and visitor parking will keep its current 432 spaces. A utilization study was done last spring to determine how to best use each lot to its fullest, based on permit type. The study determined which spots would be reallocated and where. For example, parking lot 12, behind the fire station, has been changed from commuter to multi-permit parking due to being under used most of the year. Lot 28, west of the library, was previously a split lot between commuter and housing but was changed to a commuter lot. Lot 29, by Flat Tire Burger, was changed from a commuter lot into a housing lot. Many students are concerned that

Parking at the University of Central Oklahoma is typically hard to find. Due to the division of commuter, housing, and faculty parking, students often fight for parking in order to get to class on time. Photos by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

the 4,416 available student spots on campus are not enough to accommodate UCO’s roughly 17,000 students, TPS claims that is not the case. “The story of no parking is a myth,” Stone said. “It might not be where you wanted, but it’s there.” TPS will also be taking part in an initiative called Park and Pace, which was started at the University of Rochester in New York and tries to find the silver lining of those far campus walks: exercise. “We put decals on the ground in the parking lots with the distance, time and amount of calories you’ll burn walking from where you are to wherever you’re traveling on campus,” Stone said. A carpooling program will be introduced for the upcoming semester. A group of two to four commuter students and/or faculty and staff can split the $125 permit and park in the Nigh University Center’s visitor pay lot. All carpool members will also receive six free day passes to use on

days where they must travel to school alone. “I can say we’re doing the best we can, and we’re always trying to make improvements,” Stone said.

Parking Tips:

There will be no ticketing for lack of permit in student lots until Aug. 29; however, permits will begin being enforced in the faculty and staff lots beginning on the Aug. 22.

While the changes that have been made are intended to calm down some of the chaos that is campus parking, there are also some steps students can take as well. If you are not early, you are late: For the first few weeks of classes especially, do not plan to show up to campus five minutes early, expecting to find a parking spot and arrive at your destination on time. Always expect the worst case scenario as far as walking goes, and remember, quite a few parking spaces in the lot on Chowning near Wantland Stadium go unused due to the walk. Park courteously: taking up more than one parking space, whether it be due to poor parking skills or not wanting someone to door ding your car, can lead to a ticket. Carpool: do you have some friends that share the same class schedule as you? Consider splitting the cost of a decal and carpooling to class. Not only will it save you money, but it will also save you time and help out the environment a little as well. You can order your annual parking permit from the TPS website, and it will be available for pick up on the second floor of the Nigh University Center.



Construction at Old North: The Ship Inside the Bottle Proves Costly

Eriech Tapia @eriechtapia95 Reporter

Facing setbacks and extra costs, construction crews for Old North have been given an extension on finishing the building until October, as crews failed to meet the summer deadline with changes to the structure. “This building is not built like other buildings,” said David Stapleton, architect for the University of Central Oklahoma. “Willowbrook [the construction company] should have come back and said it could not be done in that time.”

The Setbacks Old North is being renovated by CMS Willowbrook, a construction company out of Oklahoma City, who also renovated Old Central at Oklahoma State University. The setbacks occurred after recent upsurges in earthquakes, and architects with the university decided that strengthening the building was needed, knowing that it would extend the deadline. “The project is really a success story,” Stapleton said, who said he believes that once the building is finished it will be able to last another century. Earthquake-proofing Old North was not drafted in the final interior phase of the building, though Stapleton decided that the upgrade was needed by reinforcing the building with steel I-beams. “When we had the drafted documents, we did not know that the architect wanted to include those things [earthquake proofing],” President of CMS Willowbrook, Cary Dehart said, explaining that the cost had been absorbed during the construction phase. Construction crews also ran into problems with underground utilities, which according to Dehart, was a problem that they had not expected, but was common with older buildings. “Old North was built on sandstone and mortar, which was not the strongest material... that is all they had

though,” Dehart said. Old North was contracted to be completed in July, however the date was moved to the end of October. The university will take control of the building to move in furniture and prepare the building for opening in January after construction crews have finished. “For the type of project we are dealing with, we are doing extremely well,” Dehart said, “We are going to have to push every day that we are there to get everything completed.” He said that despite the setbacks and changes asked by the university, his crews cannot do the job quickly and risk problems later on.

Cost Total cost for the final phase of the building is at $8.45 million, Stapleton said, which overall, is still on

budget. To keep the budget on track, cuts have had to be made to Information Technology and the purchase of new furniture. CMS Willowbrook was awarded two contracts for the building totaling $7.7 million with the first contract for interior improvements of the building. The interior of the building was completely gutted and was funded by the first contract, which is currently $6.4 million, with crews rebuilding each floor in the building. The second contract, which is for exterior renovations, includes new sidewalks, parking, and other renovations. Currently, $1.3 million has been awarded and is expected to rise up to completion date to $1.6 million. Finishing the building is expected to cost around $800,000, which includes new equipment for the build-

ing and other interior furnishings. “We have tried to absorb most of the extra costs,” Dehart said. “Budget-wise, we can only absorb so much in the construction phase.” The building was mostly financed by the Always Central campaign, which raised $3.5 million for the building, and the remainder came from different colleges across the university, Anne Holzberlein said, president of the UCO Foundation. “Old North is a very complicated building and it must be done right,” Stapleton said. “We gave Willowbrook extra work.” Old North was closed in July of 2001 and has had multiple repairs since, including a $5 million bond to fix the exterior of the building. “The renovations and construction are components of a long term vision and plan that cannot, and does not,

OLD NORTH depend on annual state appropriations,” President of UCO, Don Betz, said at Fall Forum. The final phase also included exterior renovations with a new vapor proofing for the foundation, which will prevent water from seeping into the building, a problem that occurred before. “We offset the extra expenses by reducing other areas,” Stapleton said. “The building gives up little secrets every once and a while.” Many other project managers declined to an interview about the progress of construction, though many said that the university had requested extra work throughout the building.

Occupants The first floor of the building will be occupied by the College of Education, which will include testing areas, faculty offices, and two conference rooms, which will also double as storm shelters. The second floor will contain the Territorial Library and five classrooms to be used by each college

A7 from around campus. In addition, there will be several student study rooms with a vending area. The third floor will include the president’s suite, the Territorial Lounge, and the MidFirst Leadership Conference Room. There will also be two multi-purpose rooms. The fourth floor will contain the Student Affair offices and a multi-purpose room. In addition, a gallery of historical items, the original clock tower mechanism, and artwork will be on display. The information for floor plans was given by Stapleton. “Old North is coming to life in a brand new way and hopefully by the end of the year we will be able to invite all of you to come and see what the next 120 years ... will be,” Betz said.

The completion of construction on Old North has been pushed back to late October. The iconic building is located on the west side of campus. Photos by Cara Johnson and Ryan Naeve, the Vista.

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Stampede Week: Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

• From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Fraternity and Sorority Life Fair will be

around Broncho Lake right next to the Nigh University Center. All 20 chapters on campus will be there to give information about their organization and will be prepared to answer any questions about Greek Life.

• From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Volunteer and Part-Time Job Fair will be at Broncho lake under the blue tent. This fair will have local employers from all around Edmond and Oklahoma City who are offering part-time jobs and also organizations who are looking for volunteers.

• From 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. the ROTC Picnic will be providing lunch

• From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. OBI Blood Drive will be in Ballroom C on the third floor of the Nigh University Center. According to the Campus Activities Office, snacks and drinks are usually provided for those donating blood.

• Starting at 8 p.m. the Nigh University Center’s ballrooms will host

• Rapper Waka Flocka Flame will be on campus at the Hamilton Field House Lawn at 8 p.m. Students must have their IDs to enter.

around Broncho Lake. Lunch will include hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks. UCO’s first interactive game show, Thinkfast, which is open to all students.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

• From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Student Involvement Fair will be around Broncho Lake. Organizations will have tents and tables set up with student representatives ready to answer questions. The Student Organizations Office will also be there to help students get involved on campus. • From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. OBI Blood Drive will be in Ballroom C on the third floor of the Nigh University Center. According to the Campus Activities Office, snacks and drinks are usually provided for those donating blood. • From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. there will be a water-themed night, H2UCO, in

Plunkett Park. This will include a 36-feet-tall water slide, Jimmy Fallon Water Wars, and Slip ‘N Slides among other activities.

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

• From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Navigating Your Community event will be in

the Nigh University Center in Room 201. This event is designed to introduce students to the city of Edmond, show them important safety tips, and teach them how to use Edmond’s Citylink bus.

• From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Interfaith Fair will be around Broncho Lake.

The fair is designed to provide students information about the various religious and spiritual groups on campus. Students can learn when upcoming events for these groups are, such as worship services, meetings, and other programs.

• From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Broncho Rally will be held around Broncho

Lake. There will be canvas bags for students to decorate and fill with school supplies, which is also how students will be eligible to get free food from the food trucks that will be at the rally. The bags and the school supplies will go to foster children in need for the school year.

• Starting at 6 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Ballrooms there will be the Panhellenic Orientation. • Starting at 8 p.m. in Constitution Hall, located on the second floor of the Nigh University Center, UCO’s Sketch Comedy Show is open to all students on campus.

The University of Central Oklahoma was established in 1890 as one of the first higher education institutions in the state. In the years since, the campus has grown into an institution full of hustle and bustle, events, and spirit. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.


Tuition: Tuition was due Friday, Aug. 19 by 5 p.m., those who did not pay their tuition off by that time will receive a one-time fee of $40 that will be added to their bursar account. Carrying the past due balance past the due date automatically enrolls you in a payment plan with the bursar and that is what the $40 one-time fee is that occurs after the tuition due date. According to the bursar office, starting in the beginning of September the account balance that a student did not pay off will accumulate a 1.5 interest rate for every month that the student carries the balance.

The bursar website states that making partial payments on the tuition balance, even after it is due, can help reduce the interest rate charges on the students’ accounts. Having an outstanding tuition balance above $500 will also prevent students from being able to enroll if they have not yet enrolled in classes, and a hold will be put on the students’ transcripts. In order to be able to enroll and have access to a transcript the students’ balance has to be below $500, even if it is under $500 by just a cent.

University of Central Oklahoma’s Undergraduate Academic Advisement office in the Nigh University Center will be allowing walk-in appointments through the month of August. The advisement office is located on the first floor of the Nigh in Room 121. Hours of operation for the Advisement office are:

• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Live chats are also available online on Advisement’s website.

• Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., and 6 • Friday 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. • Sunday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

p.m. - 10 p.m.

Some departments are also allowing walk-in appointments in August. Liberal Arts is allowing walk-ins all throughout August and Business is allowing walk-ins as well for the first two weeks of school, but only for some advisors.

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Organizations Offer Resources to Student Veterans Katie Standlee @KkkkkatieMarie Reporter

Veteran Student Support will host a two-day orientation event on August 29-30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nigh University Center’s Ballroom A, where around 30 organizations and agencies will help student veterans become aware of the resources available to them on and off campus. There are around 1,200 student veterans at UCO. The orientation is designed specifically for veterans to help them come in contact with resources are available to help them with the transition from the military to civilian and academic life. “We took a look at our large population and we thought there is too much input whenever they transition from the military to civilian world and they come back into the academic community. So we thought a big part of helping them would be transitioning,” Brad Ward, the Veteran Higher Education Resources Office (VetHERO) Coordinator for Veteran Student Support said. The event is free for student veterans to attend and is also open to other schools, such as Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City, for students that are interested in transferring to UCO. Some of the organizations that have signed on to be at the orientation include, Lone Survivor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Honoring America’s Warriors and Folds of Honor. Lone Survivor Foundation, a national organization, is one of the biggest non-profits in the country. “We just want them to know both nationally and locally there are people out there to care for and help their veterans and we just want people to know about it and come get involved,” Ward said. The organizations will be providing resources that make transitioning to academic life easier for student veterans. They will be providing events, scholarships, school supplies, free t-shirts, mugs and more. A couple of local businesses have also made it possible for there to be door prizes and raffle prizes at the orientations Ward said that the organizations provide unique resources for the student veterans that the students typically aren’t aware of such as canine training for dog therapy, support groups, free hunting trips, and much more. Some of UCO’s departments and

offices, such as Disability Support Services and Career Services, will also be present at the orientation. Ward said that it was important to have these departments and offices at the orientation because these will be the offices that the students will be interacting with while here at UCO. Currently UCO provides two schol-

arships for student veterans. Ward said that his office is in the process of contacting businesses and families to try to get more scholarships. UCO provides many resources to veterans through scholarships, the Veteran Support Alliance, Student Veterans of America, the Veteran Student Support Office, and Veterans

Higher Education Resources Office. “We don’t just certify your paperwork and leave you to it... We are here for our student veterans and we work closely with the Edmond and Oklahoma City community as well as with UCO... So it’s really just a community wide goal to help them,” Ward said.

The Student Veteran Affairs on campus offer support and resources to student veterans. Photo by Ryan Naeve, the Vista.

The University of Central Oklahoma has roughly 1,200 student veterans on campus. Veteran Student Support helps connect these students with resources in the area. (Photo provided by Pixabay.)



CRISP Seeking Families for International Students Katie Standlee @KkkkkatieMarie Reporter

On Aug. 31 families and international students will be paired together by the University of Central Oklahoma’s Community Responding to International Students Program (CRISP) to give international students a home away from home and to help the Edmond community become more globally aware. “It’s basically to help international students have a family away from home. It also allows them to see what it’s like for an American family and how they live and how it’s different from their own culture. It also helps the Edmond community become more globally aware of what the world has,” Jared Scism, International Activities specialist for the Department of Global Affairs said. Families and students that are paired together are supposed to spend time together at least once a month, which can be through individually planned activities or by attending the activities put on by Centre for Global Competences, or both. Scism mentioned that there are already planned events for the families and students involved in this

CRISP pairs international students with families here in the Edmond area. They gather each year for the CRISP Family Picnic in order for families to socialize and celebrate. Photo provided by CRISP.

program such as a zoo trip, pumpkin carving in October, a Thanksgiving dinner in November, Holiday decorating of the International House in December, and much more. Families or students who are interested in being paired need to fill out a form that is available on the CRISP website at by Aug.

31. Families and students cannot be paired after Aug. 31. Once the families and students have signed up to be paired there will be a meet and greet scheduled at the beginning of the semester and the rest is up to the families and students. “Right now we have almost 60 families, so far we’re still trying to

Through CRISP, international students have the opportunity to bond with a family here in the states, giving them a home away from home while at UCO. Photo provided by CRISP.

recruit 60 new families,” said Scism. There is no cost to sign up for this program and there is minimal cost when it comes to attending the activities. Scism also said that his department tries to pay for most of the activities, it would just be certain activities such as the zoo trip where the families and students would have to pay. In the past there have been approximately 150-250 families and 400 students involved in this program. “There’s a lot that I don’t even know about that still meet, that’s just on paper so it could be more than that,” said Scism. Testimonials from families and students who have been active in this program before are also on the website and can be seen towards the end of the page to show how this program has gone in the past. CRISP has been connecting families with students since 1976 and there is no sign of the program stopping anytime soon. “I am happy that the program can give the international students a family away from home because I know how important that is to have support from someone who cares about you and feels like a family that’s close by,” said Scism.



Q&A with UCO President Don Betz Eriech Tapia @eriechtapia95 Reporter

Reporter’s Note: This question and answer session looks into the direction President Don Betz plans to take the University of Central Oklahoma and gives a look into his life. Many of the questions were submitted by students from UCO and members of the community.


What time do you wake up?

“I wake up at 4 o’clock. On the weekends I go to a fitness center, and I also work out in the mornings before I come here.”


What is your favorite sport?

“My favorite sport has to be baseball. I spent a lot of my younger life in Chicago, so I am a long suffering Cubs fan. I have been to many other parks and like the teams, but this year may be the year for us. We have been saying that since 1945.”

Q: What is your favorite soda? Coke Zero


Who influenced you to be in higher education?

“There are a whole list of people, but it was not my original plan as I have told the classes before. My pathway was to be a United States diplomatic relationship or becoming a foreign diplomate. When I was much younger, much younger than you, I had come to the conclusion that my path was going to the global environment. I thought the best way to do that was to become a United States diplomat, eventually working my way up to an ambassador for the United States.”


Do you prefer an E-reader or a paper book?

“I prefer both, but it is a matter of convenience,” Betz said. “The only problem, is that I almost cannot read without a highlighter in my hand.”


Did you have a job in college?

“Oh gee, for four summers or maybe five summers, I worked three and a half months for four or five summers in a bakery, though it was really a factory. It was Continental Baking Company, they were the parent company to Wonder Bread and Hostess Company. I made Twinkies, which was one of the things I did. I also made Snowballs, Ding Dongs, and cupcakes. This is really important for in terms of education. I would come into the bakery and I had six two-week shifts. So every two weeks I took somebody else’s job, who was going on vacation.”

Dr. Don Betz, president of the University of Central Oklahoma, poses at his desk located in the Lillard Administration Building. Twenty presidents have served the university since it was established in 1890, with Betz serving since 2011. Photo by Ryan Naeve, the Vista.


Why are you so swagalicious?

“What is swagalicious? I don’t even know what swagalicious is, so I cannot be that cool,” Betz said. “Whatever sawagalicious means, I am going to have to go look it up. Is that in the colloquialism dictionary?” (Question Submitted by Sean St Aimie, junior at UCO)

Q: Where were you born? “Anacortes, Washington.”

Do you eat breakfast and are

Q: you a coffee drinker?

“Generally something light,” Betz said. “No, never have been a coffee drinker.”


Q: Do you play an instrument? “I did not play an instrument. I was mostly a part of the choir, we did a lot of working with courses and I did a lot of acting, musicals and that sort of things. Most of that was middle school, high school, and some college.”


What changes do you want to see in yourself in the future?

“I have a great deal to learn as time goes on. I have so many opportunities to increase my appreciation of the world in which I live and the people I am able to connect with. I work off the paradigm of trying to make the world a better place every day and I will continue in my entire life time and as president.”

What changes do you hope to see in the University?

“The institution will grow and change based on its ability to respond creatively to the needs of the people that we serve. We have focused our attention obviously on Oklahoma and specifically on the metro, because that is what we are. To that extent [infrastructure and campus size] we are not going to be able a grow, we won’t be relying on state funding to grow the campus, so we rely on one example like the federal grant approach. There are different ways you can do that [raise funds], you can increase the enrollment, the number of partners you have outside that want to make investments in the institution, and grants and contracts whether they are based in faculty or institutional grants or contracts.

The growth part for us is to sustain. Part of the growth is effectivity decreasing the number of those who do not persist or actively increasing the number of those who do persist. Because then you have greater opportunity for the individual and the communities they serve and the institution to follow out them out to success. I also hope to encourage students and others to reach much further than they have gone and to set high goals, which may be hard to achieve. A part of my future plan is to continue cultivate that very significant relationship, a relationship born of multiple opportunity to create a different outcome than what we are currently experiencing.”



U.S. Department of Education Awards UCO Talent Search Program with $1.2 Million Queila Omena @queilaomena Reporter

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of Central Oklahoma a 5-year, $1.2 million grant to fund the Talent Search Central Connect Program, a program designed to increase the number of Oklahoma City metro students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have a desire to attend college. UCO Vice President of Student Affairs Myron Pope, Ed.D., said the Talent Search Connect Program provides middle school and high school students of low income families assistance with academic resources allowing them to pursue a degree and further their education. “Many of these students are first generation. They are low income students, and for that reason, their parents or family members don’t have, you know, the resources or the ability to provide them with information about going to college,” Pope said.

“I believe that education is the great equalizer.”

-Myron Pope

The grant given by the U.S Department of Education will provide a variety of academic, career and financial counseling services to 500 students in Oklahoma City Public Schools and Putnam City Schools. Each school will be able to select roughly 100 students to receive the services provided by the Talent Search Central Connect Program. “I believe that education is the great equalizer. It provides opportunities to improve their lives and to improve their communities, so this program is certainty instrumental to make that happen,” Pope said. According to Pope, three of four staff members from the Talent Search Central Connect Program will visit the five schools and consult with students, providing information and support on secondary and post-secondary course selection, as well as tutorial services, near-peer mentoring, career exploration opportunities, campus visits, and ACT college

The TRiO Student Support Services office is located in the library on campus. The talent search program was recently awarded $1.2 million dollars. Photo by David Terry, The Vista.

admission test preparation. “This program provides exposure, provides them with support and resources, and prepare and qualify them to go to college. It’s life changing. This is why I work in higher education; it’s about making a difference,” Pope said. When looking at schools that could be potential partners to provide this outreach problem, Pope took in consideration areas where these schools were located. He said these schools are located in metro areas where close to 40 percent of families are defined as low-income, and three quarters of parents do not own a bachelor’s degree according to the U.S Department of Education. Most of these students with disadvantage backgrounds received free or discounted lunches, automatically qualifying them to receive assistance from the outreach program. Several of these families are lacking the resources or ability to further an education for their children. Also, many of these students never visited a college campus, Pope said. The 5-year grant will serve students from James L. Capp Middle School, John Marshall Middle School, John Marshall High School, Kenneth Cooper Middle School, and Putnam City West High School, and funding will begin in September.



Fall Forum: Keeping the Oxygen Flowing Eriech Tapia @eriechtapia95 Reporter

Addressing faculty and staff from across the campus, the University of Central Oklahoma’s president and provost gave news that the new year could present challenges, but hoped for continual growth at the annual Fall Forum. “Ladies and gentlemen we are seed society by educating citizens. Our enduring mandate is to riddle the society with quality, work ethic, and social for citizens,” Don Betz said, president of UCO. “You confirmed that the world is our classroom.” Outlining deeper cuts to UCO and hinting at the university looking into faculty cuts if state budget cuts continue for FY 17, were also mentioned at a forum in April of 2016. “We have been able to do what we have so far due to this university team, to serve our students and fulfill our mission. That premise and that goal, I must tell you will be challenged in FY 17 and very likely FY18 as the states investment in

higher education continues acclimate,” Betz said. Betz downplayed the budgetary issues and spoke on how the university hopes to grow and moving towards a private-like institution. “The financial and political realities have been sobering. I am truly disappointed at this year’s legislative session outcome ... higher education had few in the champions in the chambers,” Betz said. “We, higher education, sustained the largest dollar cut in anyone’s memory. Despite the challenges both Betz and Barthell, UCO provost, said that the university will have to change due to the cuts, with the university receiving around 26 percent from the state of Oklahoma. “We are an institution that really has had to practically had to reinvent itself as a result of last years’ impact,” Barthell said. “One of the unchanging amendments that we need to constantly discuss, regularly discuss, is the value of our undergraduate learning experiences.” Students at the university recent-

President Betz presents an award to Georgia Fiering, director of the Chesapeake Boathouse, at the Fall Forum. Photo by Eriech Tapia, the Vista.

ly received a 9.9 percent tuition increase, which many have said is cutting into the value that students receive. “We are an integral member of an informed and indispensable mission, dedicated to the dumbing down of this state, the dumbing down of America,” Betz said. New plans for the universities website were revealed, with snapshots of different pages and Charlie Johnson, vice president for University Com-

munications, said that the final product is planned to be released in 2017. “I believe it will be a professional, easy to read and navigate, mobile ready, convenient, and compelling website that will serve UCO for many years to come,” Johnson said. Faculty and staff from across campus received awards at the forum, including leadership awards and outstanding mentor awards, many of which were sponsored by banks.

The Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE) has been providing social, educational, and service opportunities for bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning, and allied students at UCO since 1990. Please join us for our first meeting of the 2016-17 academic year! 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 Ballrooms A & B Nigh University Center Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be served. For further information, contact SAFE’s advisor, Dr. J. David Macey, at 974-5922 or, or visit us in OrgSync or on Facebook (Student Alliance for Equality).


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Thirty years ago this week, mail carrier Patrick Sherrill committed one of the largest mass murders in U.S. history in the downtown Edmond post office. The massacre began at 7 a.m. on Aug. 20, 1986 when Sherrill entered the post office, locked the doors behind him, and opened fire on his fellow employees with two .45 caliber handguns, leaving 14 dead and six wounded. The carnage was over within 15 minutes, after Sherrill turned the gun on himself. The day prior to the shooting, Sherrill was reprimanded by two of his supervisors, Richard C. Esser Jr. and Bill Bland. Esser was the first to be killed that next morning. At the time of the attack there were approximately 100 employees in the post office. Bill Shockey was serving as the postmaster of the Edmond post office at the time of the attack. Shockey heard the news the morning of the attack shortly after arriving to his Oklahoma City office on his first day back from vacation. “A SWAT team entered the building and found out the building was clear. We went in immediately after the triage and set about trying to identify the deceased,” Shockey said. “I went to the city hall where most of the employees and their families had gathered, and we set about trying to notify the families of the deceased.” A room was set up in City Hall for people who were unable to contact their family members who worked at the post office. It was there that Shockey informed nearly all of the families of the deceased that their loved ones had been killed. Shockey said that employees of the post office were invited back to work early the next morning, where they could work at whatever pace they felt comfortable or just to be together while they grieved for their co-workers. “It was a very stressful time for the employees, but I’ll still preach it today, those were some of the finest employees I had the opportunity to work with in my 35 years with the postal service,” Shockey said.

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Anniversary of the Edmond Postal Shooting

Cheryl Sherrill (no relation to gunman) is escorted to safety by Sgt. Joe Evans of the Edmond Police Department shortly after mail carrier Patrick Sherrill killed 14 postal employees in the Edmond post office. Photo by Dan Smith / UCO photographic services.

In the days following the attack, yellow ribbons began to appear on mailboxes around the Edmond community in honor of those killed, and several businesses offered office space and warehouses for the postal workers to use if needed. Shockey said that the postal service was overwhelmed with the generosity of the Edmond community. Four days after the attack, a memorial service was held in the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium. Approximately 5,000 people were in attendance, including the serving U.S. postmaster, Robert Preston Tisch. Michael Bigler, who was shot in the shoulder during the attack, also spoke during the service. Patrick Sherrill, an Oklahoma native, served as a Marine for three years, and was honorably discharged in 1966. He was also a member of the National Guard pistol team and was considered to be an expert marksman. See In Memoriam on Page B2

Bill Bland, Edmond post office supervisor comforts an Edmond postal worker after a memorial service for the fourteen postal workers shot by Edmond post office worker Patrick Sherrill. Photo by Dan Smith / UCO photographic services.

B2 He’s been described as a quiet individual, and didn’t display any threatening or troublesome behavior prior to the incident. He was 44 at the time of the attack. This shooting, as well as several other post office shootings that occurred in the years to follow is

IN MEMORIAM what inspired the phrase “going postal.” “It’s hurtful when you hear that term used by stand-up comedians on TV, radio,” Shockey said. “It’s tossed around pretty lightly and most of us [the survivors] resent it and wish that people would refrain from using that term. That’s not a legacy

that postal employees like to have.” A memorial was erected outside of the post office in commemoration of those who lost their lives. On Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 a memorial service was held outside of the post office.

Mayor Carl Reherman addresses a crowd of approximately 5,000 people at a memorial service held in Wantland stadium on Sunday, August 24 1986. Photo by Dan Smith / UCO photographic services.

A memorial in commemoration of the 14 postal workers who were killed by Patrick Sherrill now sits outside of the Edmond post office on Broadway. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.



Interactive Da Vinci Exhibit in OKC

Elisabeth Slay @Eslayslay Reporter

The sketches on the wall and the rows of different contraptions, display both creative and scientific abilities. As people walk around they are able to experience the insightful genius of Leonardo da Vinci. On June 25, 2016 the Oklahoma City Science Museum opened the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, which features models of both his artwork and machinery work. “The Da Vinci is a genius exhibit, and it’s like walking into history. It’s walking into the exploration of Leonardo’s life. You get the opportunity to see what all those drawings and all those designs would be like if they were right in front of you,” Clint Stone, a museum employee, said. Located on the top floor of the building, this exhibit features several remakes of Da Vinci’s inventions, paintings and other such works. There are sections throughout the exhibit that feature the different aspects of Leonardo’s work. It begins with a display of his journals that contain his first ideas and ends with the secrets behind his most famous painting, the “Mona Lisa.” “As you walk through, after you see many of his inventions ranging from the models of helicopters to a scuba suit that he designed, you see many of the weapons he made, which is actually fascinating because

Da Vinci -- The Genius allows the public to visit and learn about some of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions. The inventions were built by Italian artisans for exhibition. Photo by Elisabeth Slay, the Vista.

he was a pacifist,” Stone said. From sketches to paintings, Da Vinci has been considered one of the greatest artists during the Renaissance Era, and in the last stage of this display, there are mock-ups of all of his art work. “You get to learn a little about the rivalry between him, Michelangelo and Raphael and his development as an artist. Then you end with a very deep explanation of the ‘Mona Lisa,’” Stone said. The exhibit is interactive for chil-

dren, students and other attendees. In the invention portion, people are able to test out different contraptions Da Vinci created, and in the art section, they can make their own version of the “Mona Lisa.” Grande Exhibitions of Australia is the organization that initially designed and brought the extensive exhibit to Oklahoma. “They reached out to our president and vice president and told them about this opportunity. It seemed like a perfect fit for the Science Museum

Museum goers can see several of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches within the exhibit. Photo by Elisabeth Slay, the Vista.

of Oklahoma because it relates to not only science, but also art,” Stone said. Since its opening at the end of June, the Oklahoma City community has responded well to this exhibit. “We have guests of all different interests coming to the exhibit looking for different things, and they are finding it,” Stone said. The works by Da Vinci will be on display for the next several months, with exhibit staying open until Jan. 8, 2017.



Busiest Library in the Metropolitan Library System Plans to Renovate Queila Omena @queilaomena Reporter

The Edmond Metropolitan Library will renovate their building starting late Fall 2016 where they plan to build more check-out stations, sorting machines and new doors to make the library more accessible and easier for customers. According to Angel Suhrstedt, the Assistant Manager of the Metropolitan Library, one of the renovations will replace two check-out stations with a total of six check-out stations. Suhrstedt thinks that this should make it easier to return and acquire books without having people waiting in long lines, and that staff members should have more one-on-one interactions with customers. “We are very excited. It’s going to be a great change for us. We are the busiest branch in our system, and have more book items circulation than any other library in the state, and we are in a small space. So it’s really great to see these changes happen,” Suhrstedt said. The circulation area will also undergo renovations with the addition of an automatic sorting machine that quickly checks in books, auto-

An employee at the Edmond Library organizes returned audiobooks. In the fall, the Edmond Library is set for renovations including its front desk area. Photo by David Terry, The Vista.

matically scanning and sorting them according to where the books belong. “The goal is to make things easier, for not only our members, but also staff. We just want to make the process quick and as fluid as possible. We hope that it will really improve service,” Suhrstedt said.

Also, the books that people reserve online will be moved to the front of the library giving more space to the adult section and also new automatic front doors. “Makes our job a little bit easier, and it will also improve the experience for our members, because they

won’t have to wait so long to get their materials checked in. We have lots of people that come in and check out 30 items or bring back 30 items and want to check out 30 more right away. So that’s going to make a huge difference,” Suhrstedt said. According to Suhrstedt, the Metropolitan Library will be closed for most of November, where renovations are set to start, and hopefully be concluded before the holidays in December. A storefront library could be put in place due to the library system partnering with Edmond city officials. City voters approved the extension of the sales tax last April which proposed projects to expand library services and also the possibility of building another library. Last year the city of Edmond added 17 parking lots to the public library, which created more space for members and also more street parking spaces outside of the library. A statue of a man reading a newspaper sits in front of the east entrance of the Edmond Library. Employees at the library said they are looking forward to renovations on the front desk area and other sections of the building. Photo by David Terry, The Vista.



Changes Coming to the Wheeler District

Jade Braun @jadeAbraun

Contributing Writer

Oklahoma City continues to grow as a new district known as the Wheeler Riverfront Plaza develops along the Oklahoma River. Although the area seems a bit bare right now, a new attraction installed along the river has locals ready to visit. The Wheeler Riverfront Plaza had its grand opening in early July for the Wheeler Ferris Wheel, located at 1701 S. Western. Fireworks above the OKC skyline were seen from the Ferris wheel by more than a thousand visitors during its first day. Although the attraction is new to OKC, its beginnings date back to the early 1900s. What was once the iconic Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel is now Oklahoma City’s own Wheeler Ferris Wheel. The installation of this historical piece has made it possible for Oklahoma City to enjoy a little portion of the West Coast. Seen in films like Iron Man, Titanic, A Night at the Roxbury, and Forrest Gump, the Wheeler Ferris Wheel attraction brings a bit of Hollywood to the Midwest. Locals can take pride in knowing that when they see the Wheeler Ferris Wheel lights spinning against the Oklahoma City skyline, the iconic Forrest Gump once experienced the same in Santa Monica. The Ferris wheel found its way to Oklahoma after it was purchased off of eBay by Grant Humphreys in 2008. Since its purchase, the Wheeler Ferris Wheel has been completely

The Wheeler Ferris Wheel now resides on the south side of the Oklahoma River. In front of the Ferris wheel is an OKC sculpture constructed by artist Hugh Meade. The Ferris wheel resides in what used to be the OKC Downtown Airpark. Photo by David Terry, the Vista.

refurbished and enhanced. Nearly 6,000 incandescent bulbs with over 100,000 programmable LED lights were added onto the iconic attraction. Visitors can enjoy the ride in the Wheeler Riverfront Plaza Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The opening of Wheeler Ferris Wheel is the first step in the growth of the Wheeler Riverfront Plaza in Oklahoma City. It may just be a cou-

ple buildings and a Ferris wheel, but Wheeler Riverfront District has big plans for the area. Project Developer Blair Humphreys said in a statement, “The opening of the Ferris wheel is just the first step towards a much broader vision for a new urban neighborhood on the south bank of the Oklahoma River.” Wheeler Riverfront Plaza is just a small piece to a much larger plan for the Wheeler District. The district plans to build a neighborhood and

Ferris wheel operator, TJ Mosley, starts the Ferris wheel and monitors the gondolas as it circles around. Photo by David Terry, the Vista.

open many businesses. With developments of the new neighborhood starting in the Fall of 2016, Oklahoma City locals look forward to watching the growth of this new district. “We are grateful the incredible interest and support we have received from our neighbors, city leaders, and the broader Oklahoma City community. We are excited to get started on the next phase of development,” Humphreys said.



Ending Sexual Assault on Campus Becomes a Political Debate

Elizabeth Spence @LizzLynn Reporter

The University of Central Oklahoma is home to over 11,000 students. With the number of sexual assaults on college campuses rising, students have to be constantly mindful of their safety. However, both of the United States Presidential candidates have addressed the immediate need to end it and create safer environments for students on campus Sexual assault is a rising problem across all college campuses in the United States. According to a report released by the White House Council, 1 in 5 women have confessed to experiencing rape, and 1 in 71 men have confessed to attempting rape in their lifetime. Bruce Leehan, the data analyst for the Edmond Police Department, said there were 18 reports of forcible rape and 39 reports of all other sexual offenses (i.e. statutory rape, incest, etc.) in the year 2015 alone for the city of Edmond. UCO’s campus offenses, according the UCO Police Department’s daily crime log, say that there were five cases of sex offense with force and five cases of sex offense without force recorded in 2012 through 2015. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, or NSVRC is a national information and resource hub relating to all aspects of sexual violence. NSVRC was founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the oldest and one of the largest state sexual assault coalitions. The NSVRC is funded through a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention, according to NSVRC’s website. Although the NSVRC does not give direct help to those who have been victimized by sex-

ual violence, it does provide resources for them. Coalitions, rape crisis centers, national, state and local agencies and allied programs receive support from the NSVRC. If victims contact the NSRVC, they will direct them to the correct facility and the proper recourses. Nov. 8, 2016 is the date that the next President of the United States will be elected. Among the many responsibilities and decisions that the next president will have to make, ending sexual assault on college campuses is one of them. Hilary Clinton provides the three core principles that she says will end campus sexual assault on her website. The three core principles include providing comprehensive support to survivors, ensuring a fair process for all, and increasing prevention efforts. For supporting survivors, Clinton said services such as counseling and critical health care should “be confidential, comprehensive and coordinated.” For ensuring a fair process, Clinton said that there needs to be a fair process for anyone involved in a sexual assault case, whether that’s in a campus disciplinary proceeding or in the criminal justice system. For increasing prevention efforts, Clinton said that the issue needs to be brought up before sexual assault actually happens. Clinton said having educational programs that cover the issues revolving around sexual assault should start not only in college, but also in secondary school. “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard,” Hilary Clinton said on Sept.14, 2015 in a YouTube video she made for victims of sexual assault. Donald Trump and his campaign have yet to re-

lease any information or detailed statements about the issue according to the National Public Radio. NPR also stated that the Republican Party’s platform, approved during the convention in Cleveland that nominated Trump for the presidency, does take a stance on the issue. Trump’s campaign has expressed support in the past for the platform at large. The document begins by calling sexual assault on campus “a terrible crime” and commending the “good-faith efforts by law enforcement, educational institutions, and their partners” to address it. The platform goes on to say that sexual assault needs to be investigated “by civil authorities and prosecuted in a courtroom, not a faculty lounge.” The platform criticizes colleges for investigating crimes reported on their campuses, which has drawn scrutiny, according to NPR. The platform has also harshly criticized the “administration’s distortion of Title IX to micromanage the way colleges and universities deal with allegations of abuse,” referencing the Obama administration’s interpretation of a 1972 education law to “influence policy changes at colleges cracking down on campus sexual assault,” according to NPR Trump has questioned Clinton’s ability to discuss sexual assault by referencing Bill Clinton’s affairs. “She was an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler, and what she did to a lot of those women is disgraceful,” Trump said at a rally in May. Donald Trump has since released a video entitled “Is Hillary really protecting women?” featuring unidentified soundbites accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donal Trump in these 2016 file photos. Clinton and Trump offer voters distinct choices this fall on issues that shape everyday lives. Actual ideas are in play, as difficult as it can be to see them through the surreal layers of the 2016 presidential campaign. But decisions to be made by President Trump or President Clinton are going to matter to home and hearth. (AP Photo)


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Arrest Records Released for Shooters at Dillon Park

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Police have arrested three people they believe to be connected to a shooting that occurred on Aug. 12 at Dillon Park Apartments, where 18-year-old international and former UCO student, Joel Leburu, was shot in the chest. The suspects include 19-year-old Christopher McKee, 19-year-old Cody Spess and 20-year-old Javarius Brantley. The police are continuing their investigation for a fourth suspect. The charges include conspiring to perform an act of violence and shooting with the intent to kill. According to Edmond Police Public Information Specialist, Jennifer Wagnon, the three suspects have prior records ranging from possession of illegal substances to robbery. “McKee has been arrested twice in 2016 for possession and a warrant. Spess has been arrested for an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of McClain County for robbery. Brantley has been arrested five times since 2014, four for possession of marijua-

Christopher McKee, 19, Cody Spess, 19, and Javarius Brantley, 20, were arrested in connection with a shooting at the Dillon Park apartments near UCO on Friday, August 12. (Photo provided by Edmond Police Department.)

na and one for false representation to a police officer,” Wagnon said. According to the Edmond Sun, police say Leburu was a victim to an escalated argument and was injured after he attempted to get the suspects to leave the apartment complex. He was then taken to the hospital and treated for his injury. “We are still waiting to hear from the victim and have had no new news

on his condition,” Wagnon said Leburu moved to Oklahoma from a small country in Africa known as Botswana. Hannah Gregio lives in the complex and witnessed the aftermath of the crime. “I feel really bad. That’s really intense. I feel really bad for him to be honest. He got mixed up with the wrong people,” Gregio said. “We

heard the radio from the police and we were like ‘What is this?’ We looked out my window and there were like three cop cars here.” Leburu has been released from the hospital and is expected to recover. Leburu has since been moved to a secure location. Dillon Park Apartments were contacted but gave no comment on the matter.

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Photographic Arts Program hosts International Art Exhibition

Queila Omena @queilaomena Reporter

The Photographic Arts Program and the Department of Mass Communication are hosting The Woody Gaddis Gallery, an exhibit that sought entries for the photographic exhibition, “Connect.” The title was chosen from the University of Central Oklahoma’s recent re-branding campaign, “Connect to Central.” The photographs relate to the idea and the definition of the word “connect.” The meaning of the word “connect” is defined on Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “to join together, to join with or become joined to something else, and to think of something or someone as being related to or involved with another person, thing, event, or idea.” “Connect is the theme of the show, and it can be interpreted in a number of different ways, and so that relates to what our department is about: connecting. Not only it hits home with UCO, but I think it hits home to our department specifically,” said Angela Cejda, Manager of Photographic Arts Facilities. Woody Gaddis Gallery displays the art from all around the world, including artists from Russia and Australia. National contestants varied by state, including entries from Oklahoma, California, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Denver, and many others. “The reason we are really excited about doing the national contest is that our students can see what’s going on in the world. We have a lot of variety of photography here, but to see what’s going on in the country and what people are thinking about all over the world can make a huge impact. Not only for our photographic art students, but for the community in general, to be able to come and see the work from people around the country and the world, can kind of open our eyes,” said Cejda. This is the second year they are hosting a national photography contest; last year’s theme was The State of Being Human, and it incorporated several portraits. “We got a lot of portraits and people interacting, which is very

common in photography. We love that, but this year we wanted to have something that could be interpreted a few different ways, or maybe get some variety in the photographs other than just portraits,” said Cejda.

The exhibit will be judged by UCO staff members including an associate and assistant professor, as well as the Manager of the photo lab. The exhibit will remain on display at the Mass Communication Building

on the first floor until August 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Photographic Arts Program said they hope to continue hosting international art exhibitions, connecting students with art worldwide.

The winning photographs of the national competition hosted by the UCO Photographic Arts program are now exhibited in the Woody Gaddis Gallery and a hallway in the northwestern section of the Mass Communications building. This display is open for anyone to view. Photos by Cara Johnson, the Vista.



Hope Center of Edmond Welcomes Volunteers

Queila Omena @queilaomena Reporter

The Hope Center in Edmond offers services such as food, clothing and financial help for the needy and underprivileged living in Arcadia and Edmond. With the help of 180 volunteers per week, the Hope Center is able to run their Hopefully Yours store, warehouse, pantry and reception. Last month, with the help of volunteers, the Hope Center provided food packages for 381 families, and rent for 45 families. The non-profit organization is majorly run by volunteers and provides financial assistance for rent, utilities and prescriptions. The Hope Center also provides a prenatal clinic and educational programs designed for new mothers. Lauren Arnold, a UCO student and staff member at the Hope Center, started as a volunteer last year and soon grew a passion to help the community. “It’s really good for them [UCO students] because you need to know your community, and if you are going

to be at UCO, like you are going to be here for four or more years, so why not get to know the place that you are studying at,” Arnold said. With a mission to help people in emergencies, the non-profit organization stands for equal opportunity that practices non-discrimination concerning age, race, religion, national origin or handicap. “It’s a great way to learn more about the people that are here and all the things that go on,” Arnold said. The Hope Center solely operates through private donations, grants and volunteer hours. Founded in April, 1984, the center was developed with the help from the Edmond Ministerial Alliance, an interdenominational council of churches, and grants from the Edmond Women’s Club. “We have volunteers that sort the donations and put it on our shelves for our clients first, so we make sure that our warehouse here is full before we give to somebody else,” Chrislyn Sperry, the Executive Director of Hope Center, said. Volunteers sort donations and

decide which items should go to the shelves for clients, and which ones can be sold at the Hopefully Yours Store. The revenue from the store is used to buy fresh products for clients, including products such as milk, butter and eggs. Items that are not able to be re-used or sold are recycled by weight, which brings more revenue to the organization.

“It’s a good place to meet people, make a difference, and give back,” “The Hope Center and the Hopefully Yours is run marginally by volunteers, and volunteer hours, and it’s a fun place to work. All the money earned here goes back into the Hope Center, so it’s important to have volunteers to keep the flow moving, and is a good place to work,” Teresa Yetishefsky, the store manager of Hopefully Yours, said.

Volunteers said that sometimes bags can be full of items, such as cellphones, lamps, bedding, kitchen utensils, books, flags, prom dresses, etc. The Hope Center is currently looking to receive donations on food and hygiene items. Amy Plunkett, who has been a volunteer at the Hope Center for three and a half years, said that there is always room for people who want to volunteer or donate. “I hope more people come. I hope we continue getting grants so we help more people, you know, groceries, clothing, bills and whatever they need. It’s a good place to volunteer. It’s a good place to meet people, make a difference, and give back,” Plunkett said. For people to be qualified to receive services at the Hope Center of Edmond, they need to show proof of residency, a photo ID, and proof of income qualifying to receive food stamps. The Hope Center’s services are limited to six times a year, because it is designed for immediate help and need. “We definitely need more volunteers, whether is students or adults, we love getting more volunteers. You can never get too many volunteers in my opinion, because there’s always something that can be done,” Arnold said.

The Edmond Hope Center is located near the intersection of Danforth and Broadway in Edmond. Volunteers help the Hope Center provide food to those in need, as well as run their store, Hopefully Yours. Photo by Ryan Naeve, the Vista.



Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs Opens in Edmond Elisabeth Slay @Eslayslay Reporter

In order to branch out to other communities across Oklahoma, Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs, a local restaurant that blends fast food and gourmet cooking, is expected to open another location at 285 S Santa Fe in Edmond on Aug. 19. Mutts’ owners, Kevin and Laurel Wilkerson, purchased the restaurant about a year ago from Chris Lower, who started the restaurant in 2011. “Being local in a community is the best thing about Mutts because we can help support schools and churches. It really makes it fun and just to be a locally owned Oklahoma business for Oklahoma people,” Laurel said. Along with the Edmond expansion, Mutts is planning on branching out all over the state in order to bring more people a taste of their hot dogs. “We’re coming to Midwest City, and I’ve been getting a lot on social media, people asking ‘when are you coming to Yukon,’ or ‘when are you coming to Norman.’ Right now figuring out our next location is the hardest thing,” Laurel said. Originally located at 1400 NW 23rd St. in Oklahoma City, Mutts is a retro-themed restaurant and food truck that serves a variety of unique hot dogs and burgers. “The hot dog is really a platform for all the fun ingredients, so the different types of toppings. We always like to say ‘A hot dog is not just a hot dog when it’s a Mutts,’” Laurel said. “He [Chris Lower] just likes to do one concept, and he didn’t want to expand, so we approached him, and we love it. So it worked out well for both of us,” Laurel said. While it may seem like Mutts is just an ordinary hot dog place, they take pride in their eclectic ways of actually making the food. “I think some of [what makes us different] is that we’re chef-driven. A lot of the stuff is made in the back of the house. We’re always looking for new things. We’re trying to keep it fresh,” Laurel said. Mutts serves food that is typically associated with fast food restaurants, but they are not like a McDonald’s or

Mutts is a hotdog and burger restaurant that opened in Oklahoma City in 2011. A new restaurant in the franchise opened on 285 S Santa Fe Avenue in Edmond. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.

a Burger King. “We’re very conscious in a fast, casual space that people want good food. Something a little different and something local but they’re in a hurry... We’re not fast food but we’re fast casual,” Wilkerson said.

Mutts usually sells around three hundred hot dogs and burgers a week, which doesn’t include what they can bring in with their food trucks. In addition to their restaurant, Mutts also has a few food trucks that they take to various festivals.

“They are really big and roomy. They’re efficient, so we’re able to get the food out fast for large crowds,” Laurel said. In the weeks to come it will be interesting to see how Edmond will respond to this unique restaurant.

Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs and Burgers’ new Edmond location features bright colors and unique light fixtures. Mutt’s features a variety of gourmet hot dogs and burgers. Photo by David Terry, The Vista.



Commuters get onto a CityLink bus at a stop east of the Nigh University Center. CityLink buses connect UCO students to the Edmond area. Photo by David Terry, The Vista

Citylink Bus offers Free Rides to Local Commuters

Queila Omena @queilaomena Reporter

Edmond’s Public Transportation system, Citylink, offers free bus rides to the community, which helps several University of Central Oklahoma students get to classes and around town. Edmond’s public transportation is pleasant for those who don’t own a car, but they have a tendency to be unreliable according to Loné Mandoze, a UCO student that received services from Citylink for a year. “Sometimes it can be reliable, and sometimes it cannot be reliable. Because, sometimes in the morning, you’ll be at the bus stop at the right time and the bus won’t be there on time. So you’ll be 40 minutes late for what you needed to do in downtown. It happens,” Mandoze said. Citylink offers four local routes and one express route to and from Oklahoma City, providing commuters with a total of 13 buses. Small buses provide 20 seats, and bigger buses hold up to 40 seats. Citylink buses are also equipped with bike racks and wheelchair tie-downs. According to John Pleveich, general manager at Citylink, the bus stations near UCO carries buses with 40 seats, reaching full capacity. “As students we all need to go to

Walmart, and sometimes you can never find a ride. Taking the bus is actually a good way. There is actually a bus that takes you straight to Walmart; you get your stuff done in Edmond for a free price,” Mandoze said. Mandoze said that bus drivers are often very friendly and ready to help commuters. Phone operators also promptly answer the phone, she said. “One good thing about [Citylink], is that you can always call them and they will let you know where the bus is, and how far the bus is. There is always somebody that answers really quick,” Mandoze said. Since July 1, 2009, City Link has been able to provide free public transportation, improve air quality, and reduce energy consumption. Pleveich said that rides are paid by the help of the city of Edmond’s general funds, and well as federal grants. “Public transportation is always a good thing for any community. It’s an economical way for people to get around. It gets cars off the road. So it’s a win for everybody,” Pleveich said. Public transportation helps promote cleaner air by reducing automobile use. Fewer pollutants are emitted by transit vehicles, and as a result: air quality is drastically improved.

According to the American Automobile Association, the estimated cost of driving a single-occupant vehicle is approximately $4,000 to $9,000. The annual cost for public transportation for one adult averages

from $200 to $2,000 depending on service, type of vehicle, time of day, and mileage. “It saves wear and tear, gas, everything, on your own vehicle. And the price is right,” Pleveich said.

The bus stop located on the southwest side of the Nigh is the central hub for CityLink on campus. It is the only bus stop directly on UCO property. Photo by David Terry, The Vista.

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Broncho Football is Almost Here Ike Wilcots @ikewilcots

Sports Editor

Fall is near which means the University of Central Oklahoma football will be back in action. This season looks to be very promising after the Bronchos started last season losing four straight games then bouncing back towards the end of the season winning their last five which included their Live United Texarkana Bowl game against Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Last year’s bowl game victory was the first in 12 years. UCO will go into the season ranked fifth in this year’s MIAA Coaches Media Polls, and ranked sixth in the MIAA Preseason Poll. The Bronchos are returning some key starters this season, which will help keep the chemistry going for the team. Senior quarterback T.J. Eckart will look to be the starter this season after putting up some great number and clutch performances in the last seven games last year. Eckart, after

The University of Central Oklahoma faces off against Fort Hays State in last year’s home opener. UCO opens their season against Lindenwood University Thursday, Sept. 1 in St. Charles, MO. Photo by Vista Archives.

earning third-team All-MIAA, threw 16 touchdown passes while accumulating total yards 2,137 yards last season. The senior quarterback also won Most Valuable Player in last year’s

Hiddink put up great stats last season with 17 field goals made out of 23 attempts. With 50 consecutive extra points and 43 field goals, Hiddink has set two school records in his three years at UCO.

bowl game where he threw for 293 yards with two touchdowns. Senior kicker Seth Hiddink will return to the field this season with recent recognition for the Fred Mitchell Award watch list.

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What You Need to Know for Drafting Fantasy Football Peter Agnitsch @peteypete33

Sports Reporter

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws during the first half against the Oakland Raiders in an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

It’s almost football season and that means it’s time for fantasy football leagues to start drafting. Year after year people suffer from making the same draft mistakes which can cost them from winning their fantasy league. Here are a few tips for fantasy owners to on how not to repeat the mistakes that so many others have made in past fantasy seasons Drafting a player because of his name and not his current game: people make the common mistake of drafting players due to their past accomplishments and not the state that they are currently in. For example, last year Peyton Manning’s average draft round was four, which is bad because Manning had his worst statistical season

throwing for only 2,249 passing yards, nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. A player who can fall into this category in this year’s draft is Arian Foster. He is on a new team this year, also coming off of a torn Achilles injury and turns 30 on Aug. 24. Watch out for drafting quarterbacks in the first round. Ever since the rise of the air raid offenses in the NFL, this has made the quarterback position extremely deep in fantasy. An example is the two late-round drafted Quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Carson Palmer finished fourth and fifth in ESPN point scoring at the quarterback position last season. This was ahead of high-round quarterbacks like Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers.

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High Expectations for 2016

UCO Volleyball’s Upcoming Season

The Bronchos’ volleyball team faces off against the Nebraska Lopers on Oct. 17, 2015. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.

PeterAgnitsch @peteypete33

Sports Reporter

The University of Central Oklahoma volleyball team went 16-2 in conference play, which gave them a record of 31-5 for last season. The expectations for the 2016 season have gone up for the team in response to last year’s success. One question for the team going into this season is concerning what areas they can improve upon. “Always defense. It’s always the biggest thing we stress because it’s easy to go up and kill the ball. Everyone can do that,” Allison Barr said. Barr is the team’s starting middle blocker. Although they have a couple of players returning from last year’s team,this years team will have to recover from losing Seniors Barbara Jackson and Whitney Gifford. The Bronchos have brought in some fresh, new faces to this year’s team, bringing in six new recruits. “For team morale I don’t think it’s

going to have to change at all. We’re always really close and stick with each other,” Barr said. Another question for the Bronchos going into this season is determining what the strong points for the team will be. “We are always a strong offensive team, and we’re a smart offensive team—maybe not the strongest hitters, but we’re a smart offensive team,” Barr stated. “The focus on our defense is one of our strong points this year. In our conference there is no way we are getting anywhere without defensive play.”

When asked about what some of things that Head coach Edgar Miraku stresses to the team, Barr said, “Coach always stresses defense. I sleep, and I think about defense, and I’m not even a defensive player.” With every new season there is usually a list of goals made by a team for its upcoming season. “The biggest goal I would say is to go to the National tournament,” Barr said. “We are trying to go undefeated at home this year.” Some of the biggest competition for UCO volleyball next season is in their own conference, with schools

like Washburn University, University of Central Missouri and Nebraska Kearney as opponents. “One of our goals is to beat Washburn and Central Missouri at their own home because we have never done that before,” Barr said. UCO volleyball’s first game this season is on Sep 2. against Cameron University in the Southeastern Oklahoma Invitational. Their first home game will be on Sep 7., where they will face Oklahoma Baptist University.

First 3 Games:

Cameron Univ. Fri. Sept. 2

East Central Univ. Fri. Sept. 2

Texas A&M Int. Univ. Sat. Sept. 3



Looking to Improve from 2015 Season Peter Agnitsch @peteypete33

Sports Reporter

Central’s soccer team is coming off a season where they went 7-1-1 at home and 7-2-2 in conference play leading them to having an overall record of 12-5-3 for the 2015 season. The Bronchos did not make the NCAA division II tournament, which they had before in the 2014 season. So this makes for one of the main goals of this year’s season to make the NCAA division II tournament. The University of Central Oklahoma soccer team is led by experienced head coach Mike Cook. Cook has been part of UCO soccer since the very beginning of the program, back in 1998. Coach Cook knows what it takes to take a team to the national tournament by having 10 tournament appearances under his belt. One of the key players for the Bronchos is forward Katie Killion, who led the team with a total of 10 goals scored in the 2015 season. She also led the team last season in total assists with six. The Bronchos will need the continual success from Killion to help this year’s team to make the national tournament. The Bronchos are returning three goal keepers; Elle Stover, Lexie Bates, and Ally Salls. Stover led all goalies on the team last season in saves with 63 of the total 91 saves from last season. Stover had an overall record of 8-4 as the team’s goalie, while Bates had a record of 3-1. Expect Stover to be the team’s starter this year after starting 15 of the 16 games she had played in last season. Last season the Bronchos also averaged 1.8 goals per game, outscoring their opponents’ 1.3 goals against them. Last year’s team also had a total of 29 assists which helped lead them to their 36 goals scored off of 314 shots. This summer, the Bronchos took a seven-day trip to the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago. The team practiced their skills in exhibition games against other teams to prepare for the season while also doing community outreach. The Bronchos have a total of 18 games on this year’s schedule where nine games are at home and nine games are on the road. The team

UCO women’s soccer team takes on Western Missouri on Sept. 25, 2015. (Photo provided by Vista Archives.)

starts their season on the road Sept. 3 on the road against Southern Nazarene University. They begin conference play on Sept. 16 versus Northeastern State on

the road. The team plays a total of five universities from the state of Oklahoma this season The team’s home opener is on Fri-

day Sept. 9 against Texas A&M University Commerce and will end the regular season at Missouri Southern State in Joplin, Missouri on Oct. 30.

Elle Stover, goalkeeper for the UCO Bronchos kicks the ball back in to play at the Sept. 25, 2015 game against Western Missouri. (Photo provided by Vista Archives.)



Sports Senior Spotlight:

Broncho Quarterback T.J. Eckert

Tanner John Eckert (TJ) is the head quarterback for University of Central Oklahoma Broncho Football. This is his fourth year on the team. UCO begins the 2016 football season on Sept. 1. Photo by David Terry, The Vista.

Ike Wilcots @ikewilcots Sports Ediotr

Senior quarterback T.J. Eckert is preparing for another stellar year as the Bronchos begin practice for the upcoming 2016 season. I sat down with Eckert to get a feel on how he and the team are preparing for the season. We also discussed personal question and his plans for after football and graduation. Preseason Questions:

Q: How is last season’s great

end impacting you and the team coming into this season?

A: I think it helps a lot. Going

into the offseason with a win always helps. We came on a five game winning streak; seven of our last eight I think it was at the end. The year before we finished 8-4 when we lost in the bowl game against Sioux Falls in Kansas City. That gave us a bad taste in our mouths going into the offseason.

So yeah we have momentum coming in from last season but we’re not going to be too complacent though. We don’t want that to be the end of our limits.

Q: How is the team’s chemistry

this year?

A: Good. Really good. As you

know we are in fall camp right now, so it’s wall-to-wall football like Coach Bobeck says. It’s tough, but it gives us a chance to bond with the new guys we get coming in and I get a chance to also meet back up with the older guys. We were all at UCO working out during the summer anyway so we were together and now back into the fall we are around each other 24/7 pretty much. So it is good. We have a good mix of guys now and we are excited about it.

Q: What are some of your goals

this upcoming season?

A: I’m not a huge personal goal

person. It’s hard to have a personal goal because in the end I just want to win.

That’s something I talked about with Chas (Stallard) the other quarterback, because he was the starter for a year and started the first half of the season last year. We are both like at the end of the day we just want to win. We don’t care who starts and who plays. The main goal is to win games and hopefully win a National Championship.

Q: Who do you believe will be the toughest game this season?

A: Honestly all the games are tough in our conference. There’s not a week that you can take off. It’s the toughest conference in the nation for Division II. But obviously Northwest Missouri are the defending National Champions, so that’ll be a tough one. Which we play them at home. And I guess that is one goal that we have is winning at home. We have a pyramid to success and one of the steps in that pyramid is going 6-0 at home. Most of our big games are at home this year and if you go 6-0 in those games you will have a good chance to make

the playoffs and get to the National Championship.

Q: What’s a pregame ritual that

you might have?

A: Right before we go out to

the field I will wash my hands. It’s something I’ve done since high school. That’s it, nothing too big maybe listening to music. If we have a home game, we will watch some of the college football games in the locker room.

Q: What’s a pregame ritual that

you might have?

A: Right before we go out to the

field I will wash my hands. It’s something I’ve done since high school. That’s it, nothing too big maybe listening to music. If we have a home game, we will watch some of the college football games in the locker room.

Q: Who’s the funniest coach? A: Coach Martin is funny. He’s

the offensive coordinator. Coach Bobeck is a really funny dude too.



TJ Eckert throwing during warm-ups before an away game. Eckert and the Bronchos will take the field for the first time this season on Sept. 1 at Lindenwood University and begin their first of six home games on Sept. 8 against Pittsburg State University (Photo provided by Vista Archives.)

Q: Who’s the toughest coach? A: Bobeck is very strict. It’s not

that he is just strict, he just wants things exact. He focuses on little details. And obviously Coach Smelser who is the strength coach. He expects certain things in the weight room. If guys aren’t treating the weight room right, he will get on to you. But like i said Bobeck is one of the funnier guys on the staff and Smelser is a great guy too.

Q:Other than yourself name

another teammate who you think will shine this year?

A:I’ll focus on Jake Gandara. Just because he comes out two years ago with a great season rushing over 1,000 yards, then he tears his ACL in the first game of last season. But he has respond to it well. He is a high character guy and all he did in the offseason is work. He was a big leader even when he was injured and in the offseason worked harder than anybody else. He’s back to full speed now and it’s going to be exciting to see. Personal Questions: Q: Everyone knows you as

“T.J.”,but what is your full name?

A: Tanner John Eckert. Q: Where are you from? A: Bixby. Which is south of


Q:So you went to Bixby High School?

A:Yes, which we were 5A up until

my junior year and now it’s 6A.

Q: When did you start playing football or any sport?

A: I started playing t-ball and soccer when I was four or five. I started football in the second grade I believe. I tell people I have been playing football for 15 years pretty much. Q: What are some hobbies you

like to do?

A: I think I really only have one

hobby and it’s golf. I am addicted. It’s about all I do. I also like fantasy football when it comes around. Fantasy football and baseball.

Q:Who is your favorite athlete right now?

A: It’s tough because both of my favorite athletes are retired; Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter. It sucks because for years I have been able to say Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter but now I have to figure out a current athlete. If I have to pick a great quarterback to watch I would say Aaron Rodgers is a stud. He is fun to watch. Also Russell Wilson and Drew Breese. I’m really short for a quarterback so I’m able to understand where they are coming from.

Q: What is your favorite movie or television show? A: Friends is my favorite show. And I like Friday Night Lights the movie. Couldn’t get into the show. If I had to pick a non-sports film it would probably be the Bourne series.

Q: Do you have a favorite type

of food or pre game meal?

A:I’m a big Italian guy. I like eating pasta. And chicken, can’t go wrong with that. I’m a carb guy.

Q:What is your favorite college


A:Last year for homecoming there

was that little pep rally we had in front of Hamilton and I spoke to the students at the bon-fire. I thought it was pretty neat. It was a huge crowd out there listening to me speak and I thought that was really cool.

Q:Are you involved in any other things on campus? A: I’ve worked with Ucentral Media. Doing the sports broadcasting. I did the Broncho Sports Report last spring. Two or three representative from each sport are a part of an organization called S.A.A.C., which stands for Student-Athlete Advisory Committee that I’m in. Also STUMO and FCA are other organizations. Q: What is your favorite time of the year for sports?

A: Obviously football. But not from a football stand point, my favorite time of the year is around March Madness. Just because you also have the Masters going on around that time. Baseball season is also starting up and normally that’s around spring break so getting to just sit back and watch all those sports are pretty fun. The weather is nice so I can play

golf. The spring is a really good time of the year. After College:

Q: What is your degree? A: I actually double majored.

Strategic communications is what I originally started with. Then professional media is the one I picked up and probably the one I will end up using.

Q: What are your plans after the

season is up and after you graduate?

A: Right now it’s kind of up in the air because I graduate in the spring, so I have one semester left. I’m going to try to walk on to the golf team here at UCO. Which I will still be on a football scholarship, so I won’t have to have any funding. So I will try to walk on in the spring and play as much as I can, because right now I’m scoring right around the mid 70’s, so if I can hang around that or get better, maybe I can see what will happen after the spring golf season. Maybe I could try to play in some qualifiers, but we will see how it goes. But the most realistic goal is trying to get a job in broadcasting. I interned at News 9 this summer. Which was a cool opportunity to get to know the media guys in our market. Eckert and the Bronchos will take the field for the first time this season on Sept. 1 at Lindenwood University and begin their first of six home games on Sept. 8 against Pittsburg State University.



UCO Football Junior running back Clay McKenzie comes to the 2016-17 season with first-team All-MIAA honors, Offensive Player of the Year, and first and second-team All-Region recognition after filling in as starter last season. McKenize finished the season with 1,902 all purposed yards where he rushed for 1,499 yards and 19 touchdowns while adding 403 yards and two touchdowns in receiving. He looks to be the number one rushing option for the Bronchos these next two season. The comeback player to watch this season will be junior running back Jake Gandara. Gandara, who was the starter for week one, was injured in

the first game last season Fort Hays State. He had come off of a stellar 2014 season where he rushed for 1,121 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gandara is now healthy from last year’s knee injury and back practicing with the team, preparing for another great season. The Bronchos will start their season on Thursday, Spet. 1 in St. Charles, Missouri where they will play Lindenwood University. UCO’s first home game will be Thursday, Sept. 8 against Pittsburg State University who is ranked No. 3 in the Coaches’ and Media 2016 MIAA Preseason Polls.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles looks for a receiver during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Fantasy Football How to draft injured or suspended players: going into this year’s fantasy draft, there are multiple fantasy stars that will have to sit out the first couple of weeks because of injury or suspension. The important thing about drafting hurt or suspended players is to make sure that you draft their backups as insurance. For example Pittsburgh Steel-

ers’ running back, Le’veon Bell, is suspended the first four weeks of the season. So if you draft him, make sure to draft his backup, DeAngelo Williams. Be careful where you draft rookies. It can be incredibly tricky on where to draft rookies because, typically, most rookies are hit or miss. An example is Todd Gurley of the L.A. Rams. He had one of the best

University of Central Oklahoma football looks to build off of recent success. The Bronchos begin the 2016 football season on Thursday, Sept. 1. (Photo/Vista Archives)

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) and teammate running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) stretch-out during Dallas Cowboys’ NFL football training camp, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

fantasy seasons out of all NFL players last season having 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. On opposite note, fellow first-round drafted rookie, Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers, struggled throughout the season recurring only 641 rushing yards and zero rushing touchdowns. This year’s top rookie coming out for fantasy football is Dallas Cowboys’ running back, Ezekiel Elliott,

who is ranked fourth on ESPN’s Matthew Berry’s 2016 fantasy top running backs list. It will always be a toss up on who to choose and who not to choose for this upcoming 2016-17 NFL season, but if you follow these few tips your fantasy team could go into a positive direction in the world of fantasy.



How to Stay Fit During a Busy Semester

The Wellness Center is available to all UCO students, Faculty and Staff. Built in 2003 the Wellness Center is a great place for busy students to workout and maintain good health during fall, spring and summer semesters. (Photo/Vista Archives)

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The Wellness Center is the University of Central Oklahoma’s exercise facility. The Wellness Center provides singular exercise equipment and classes that add to the prime experience as a student at UCO.

The Wellness Center was built in March of 2003. Whether you are a new student or a returning student to UCO the Wellness Center is there to serve you. All students at UCO pay for their membership to the Wellness Center through their tuition fees. This gives multiple opportunities to students

looking for a community in their search for wellness. Singular based workout facilities come in a wide range from cardio equipment such as treadmills, stair climbers, and ellipticals. Aside from cardio there is a separate weight lifting portion in the Wellness Center. Personal trainers and Peer Health

Leaders are provided for students looking to focus on improving certain areas of their lifestyle and body. “Peer Health Leaders are students who combine their specialized training in health education and wellness with a desire to make a difference on campus. Peer Health Leaders are responsible, enthusiastic, dedicated student leaders that provide workshops, facilitate discussions, and sponsor campus events,” as stated by the UCO Peer Health Leadership Program. If students decide to utilize the opportunities of personal training that the Wellness Provides it could help with the possibility of keeping their lives on track and organized. Living a balanced life is key in any student’s wellness. The Wellness Center also incorporates sports and recreation into their schedules. There is now a 1,400 square foot rock climbing wall in the on the east side of the Wellness Center. The difficulty levels on the wall range from easy to difficult and the See Wellness Page C9

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The Wellness Center is available to all UCO students, Faculty and Staff. Built in 2003, the Wellness Center is a great place for busy students to workout and maintain good health during fall, spring and summer semesters. Photo by Cara Johnson, the Vista.

Wellness trained staff at the Wellness Center are there to ensure the safety of any climbers. Sports clubs and outdoor adventures are also provided. Kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, and mountain bikes are available at Edmond’s lake Arcadia. There are rentals and one-on-one instruction on

how to use the equipment and students can spend an evening outdoors kayaking instead of studying to give their brains a break and to get that heart rate up with excitement. One of the most important features of the Wellness Center may be the Counseling and well-being center. This provides a safe source for students who may be struggling with their college lives. The stress and responsibility of college is exhausting and the counselors provided by the Well-

ness Center are there to listen and give advice to any students seeking it. If students are curious about taking advantage of the facilities at the Wellness Center, their phone number is 405-974-2000 and the operating hours for the Fall semester are Monday through Thursday 5 a.m. to Midnight, Friday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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How to Avoid Heat Stroke Elizabeth Spence @lizzlynn Reporter

School is almost back in session at the University of Central Oklahoma, and with the heat index rising, there is something to be aware of. Heatstrokes are imminent in Edmond, where UCO is located, because it is one of the hottest cities in Oklahoma. Below are a few things to help new and old students stay alert. According to, “Approximately 400 people die each year from extreme heat, and 200 additional deaths occur with heat as a contributing factor.” This stems from Hyperthermia or becoming over-heated. This can happen simply from walking to class all day in the heat, especially if students are walking long distances to and from each of their classes. “I passed out from heat exhaustion last year while working at White Water Bay because I didn’t drink enough water, and I blacked out from the heat,” Michelle Cleveland, UCO Student, said. The more likely students for this to happen to are UCO’s athletes. If practice is held in the middle of the day or in the evening after a hot day, the heat

could become overwhelming, and some athletes could suffer from a heatstroke. According to the University of Health Service at the University of Michigan, “The body normally cools itself by sweating, but when humidity is high and sweat does not evaporate quickly, body temperature can rise rapidly.” Intellicast states that the average humidity in Edmond, Oklahoma is 61.5 percent for the month of July; this means that the risk of Heat Stroke is higher than states that have a lower percent of humidity. If the athlete or students body temperature rises too quickly or too high, brain damage and organ damage can be consequences of a heatstroke. There are three things students can do to prevent Heatstroke from happening to them during the coming semesters. First, keep plenty of water and good fluids around. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda will dehydrate the body and make it easier to be affected by heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

The second thing is to wear thin, light-colored clothing. states that “Wearing excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly won’t allow your body to cool properly.” If a student gets too cold in the classroom after being outside, they should keep a jacket in their backpack to prevent from having to wear heavier clothing in the heat of the outdoors. Last but not least, students should listen to their bodies. If they are feeling too hot or like they are overwhelmed from the heat, there is a Mercy Clinic located inside of the Wellness Center directly on campus. Students are encouraged to stop in anytime they feel they need immediate medical attention. The number for the Mercy Clinic is 405-974-2317. With the heat in Oklahoma, more and more people are falling ill to heat strokes. Students can also suffer from heat strokes if too much time is spent out in the sun. (Photo provided by

Come by and visit the new and refreshed computer lab locations. COLLABORATION COMPUTER LAB (Quad W108) Check out this new lab designed for working teams and study groups. Located in the Transformative Learning Quadrangle, this space offers five team stations with auxiliary inputs to connect personal devices, large high resolution displays, and a secured desktop computer with high speed network and UCO standard applications. No scheduling required. Collaboration Lab Hours: M–F: 9am-9pm; Sat: Closed; Sun: 4pm–1am LIBRARY COMPUTER LAB (LIB 107) Located on the 1st floor of the Max Chambers Library, the Library Lab contains 54 student workstations with scan and print capabilities. The Library Lab offers extended hours during the semester. Library Lab Hours: M–Th: 7:30am–2am; F: 7:30am–11pm; Sat: 10am–6pm; Sun: Noon–2am DIGITAL DEN (NUC 152) The Cyber Café computer lab in the NUC has a new name and new space. The new Digital Den that has replaced the Cyber Café is located on the first floor of the NUC, Room 152. The Digital Den will feature 13 workstations and offer printing capabilities. Digital Den Hours: M–F: 7:30am–10pm; Sat–Sun: Closed New to campus and need help finding these computer labs? Use the UCO Walking Map located on the home tab in UCONNECT. The Walking Map will help you navigate step-by-step to the correct building.








How to Avoid the Freshman 15

Biking and other cardio excersises are great activities to avoid the freshman 15. (Photo provided by Pixabay.)

Elizabeth Spence @lizzlynn Reporter

After the first semester of college freshman are expected to gain 15 pounds due to stress eating and lack of exercise. Well, here are a few tips on how to keep that Freshman 15 down and keep the GPA rising. Healthy Life Skills 1112 is a class students are required to take at the University of Central Oklahoma, this is to provide “Comprehensive investigation into the current methods of health promotion,” as stated by the University of Central Oklahoma. Health promotion may sound textbook but after the phrase is broken down, it has some helpful tips for keeping a students body in check. The definition of health promotion according to the Health Promotion Journal is “The art and science of helping people discover the synergies between their core passions.” The majority of people think that keeping a body in shape means being physically fit. That would be incor-

rect. Finding the synergy between the core passions of people incorporates emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health as well as physical health. This basically means that having healthy attitudes, relationships, educations, and movements are just as important as being physically fit. The body needs a balance of all of these to be healthy. How in the world do students have time to maintain healthy bodies and healthy GPA’s when there is barely enough time to walk from one class to the next without feeling rushed. The first thing to keep in mind is that being imperfect is something to happily accept. There will be days where nothing goes right and just when it cannot get any worse it starts to rain. Accept that and everything else will start to come easier. After having a look at the class schedule for the semester, having an agenda or trying to plan everything out starts to seem like a great idea. Students should keep in mind that food needs to be planned along with

Eating healthy is one of the best ways to stay healthy in college. A balanced diet and a good exercise plan are both key. (Photo provided by Pixabay.)

everything else. Forgetting to eat is easier than they might think and it results in the body storing more fat than it would burn because it is saving the body fat and using it for energy. The second thing to remember is that even if students do not make it to the gym that is not the only way to get that heart racing. Doing a simple 30 minute exercise a students bedroom can work as well as making a trip to the gym except working out where students live may be at the advantage of the time schedule they are constantly racing against. Third, coffee and caffeine are miracle workers when it comes to staying up late to study or waking up early to get ready for class but remember, the body needs water to function and being hydrated provides energy for the body. This does not include the water it takes to make the coffee. Carrying water bottles in backpacks will be a reminder of how much water was consumed that day or how much more needs to be

consumed to prevent dehydration. This will also balance out the amount of calories drank in the caffeinated beverages. Number four on this list is food. All students should pay attention to the food they are eating. This is not an unhealthy habit, it will make them more aware of the freshman 15 and keeping it off by choosing healthier and better foods. Choosing to eat vegetables instead of chips as a snack or a salad instead of a hamburger and fries. Healthy food results in providing energy for the body and that means no making up for energy with coffee and soda. Last on the list is the most important, sleep. Everyone needs sleep. The amount of sleep varies from person to person and very little sleep is found in college students. Lack of sleep can sometimes be avoided but it not always chosen. Keeping your body strong and energized will never negatively affect students or their GPA’s.

Drinking less soda or caffeine and more water will be beneficial for your health while in college. (Photo provided by Pixabay.)



Newspapers: An Endangered Species Kateleigh Mills @kateleighsuz


Many journalists would argue that newspapers are not dying, they are just adapting to the climate of the 24hour news cycle and social media. But if this is the case, then there is a problem that the public needs to be aware of. Content, not only in newspapers, but in media will suffer if the public does not value news. Journalists who write for newspapers are trained to be public servants. The content and fact-checking that journalists do so they can provide accurate information to the public takes large amounts of time. Print journalists are taught to provide news to the public that is unbiased, completely accurate, current, informative and able to impact large amounts of people. Currently print journalists are required not only to write the traditional news story, they are asked to record videos, post on social media, and set up 24-hour wire systems that require lots of attention. With these new responsibilities that print journalists are tasked with, mistakes are bound to be made. The decline of newspapers has to do with what people see as news as well as where they are getting news. There have been studies that show that people get news online or from social media. For example,

According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, two thirds of U.S. adults use Facebook. Half of those users get their news from the social media site. Photo provided by Pixabay. Pew Research Center’s study labeled Facebook as the “news powerhouse” among social media sites. Pew Research Center found that “roughly two-thirds (64 percent) of U.S. adults use the site, and half of those users get news there – amounting to 30 percent of the general population.” This is a problem because Facebook has been shown to tailor newsfeeds for users depending on what someone posts, likes, shares, etc. From there that data calculates

a “newsfeed algorithm” that ranks what would be more worthwhile for the user to see. Why is this a problem? Newsfeeds will almost always show what the user wants to see rather than what he or she needs to see. The other problem with news is whether or not the people know what is news-worthy. Too often the public is desensitized by stories on the T.V. about puppies playing in the snow or other feel-good news. The problem with this is that the

public is not aware of the issues that are actual real problems, how are these problems going to be fixed? The public needs print journalists and newspapers to dig deeper into stories of national importance so they can be well-informed about what is going on around the world and around the nation. If you want news that covers the real issues it might be a good time to put down the cell phone or computer and pick up a newspaper.

Newspapers like The Oregonian have had to lay off employees and have adopted a “digital first” platform, meaning they intend to focus on online stories more than print. Photo provided by Pixabay.



Newspapers: An Endangered Species Kateleigh Mills @kateleighsuz


Many journalists would argue that newspapers are not dying, they are just adapting to the climate of the 24hour news cycle and social media. But if this is the case, then there is a problem that the public needs to be aware of. Content, not only in newspapers, but in media will suffer if the public does not value news. Journalists who write for newspapers are trained to be public servants. The content and fact-checking that journalists do so they can provide accurate information to the public takes large amounts of time. Print journalists are taught to provide news to the public that is unbiased, completely accurate, current, informative and able to impact large amounts of people. Currently print journalists are required not only to write the traditional news story, they are asked to record videos, post on social media, and set up 24-hour wire systems that require lots of attention. With these new responsibilities that print journalists are tasked with, mistakes are bound to be made. The decline of newspapers has to do with what people see as news as well as where they are getting news. There have been studies that show that people get news online or from social media. For example,

According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, two thirds of U.S. adults use Facebook. Half of those users get their news from the social media site. Photo provided by Pixabay. Pew Research Center’s study labeled Facebook as the “news powerhouse” among social media sites. Pew Research Center found that “roughly two-thirds (64 percent) of U.S. adults use the site, and half of those users get news there – amounting to 30 percent of the general population.” This is a problem because Facebook has been shown to tailor newsfeeds for users depending on what someone posts, likes, shares, etc. From there that data calculates

a “newsfeed algorithm” that ranks what would be more worthwhile for the user to see. Why is this a problem? Newsfeeds will almost always show what the user wants to see rather than what he or she needs to see. The other problem with news is whether or not the people know what is news-worthy. Too often the public is desensitized by stories on the T.V. about puppies playing in the snow or other feel-good news. The problem with this is that the

public is not aware of the issues that are actual real problems, how are these problems going to be fixed? The public needs print journalists and newspapers to dig deeper into stories of national importance so they can be well-informed about what is going on around the world and around the nation. If you want news that covers the real issues it might be a good time to put down the cell phone or computer and pick up a newspaper.

Newspapers like The Oregonian have had to lay off employees and have adopted a “digital first” platform, meaning they intend to focus on online stories more than print. Photo provided by Pixabay.



The Results of Hard Work and Campus Involvement

In his spare time, UCO junior and Computer Science major, Remington Steele, works on a video game as the project lead with a team of six other people, some of which are also UCO students. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.

Kateleigh Mills @kateleighsuz


Juggling paying for college and having a job is a common story for many college students all over the nation, but University of Central Oklahoma junior, Remington Steele, has found a way to manage both while being enrolled as a fulltime student. Steele graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in spring 2014 and planned to enroll at UCO in the fall. He said he chose UCO not only due to a lower tuition price compared to other schools, but also the hands-on type of education he knew he could get. Steele decided to major in Computer Science. “The most defining factor about why I came to UCO was it was the one university that didn’t require me to dorm my first year, because I knew for a fact I couldn’t afford it,” Steele said. Due to an unexpected family medical emergency, the money that Steele’s parents planned to use for his tuition was gone. However, during summer 2014, Steele worked as much as he could. His plan was to use all the money he could save to pay for tuition in the fall. “They [his parents] are still paying off those

bills, it was a bad time for all of us,” Steele said. By the end of the summer, Steele was still short a couple thousand dollars for tuition. Steele’s father decided to use the money that would have paid for a car for Steele’s younger sister, towards the first semester of his college. “Eventually overtime I saved up enough money to help him get her a car,” Steele said. During his first semester, Steele lived at home and found a job on campus working with the Office of Information Technology. While working for IT, Steele was assigned to work almost every event that needed music, lights, etc. This job allowed him to meet all kinds of people on campus and make connections that would later be a saving grace. Steele also joined the organization, Fandom’s Anonymous. When it was time to apply for classes that spring, Steele was yet again at a crossroads: he didn’t know how he was going to pay for his tuition. His boss at the time was Julio Mata, manager of media services in the Office of Information Technology. When Steele told Mata about his financial difficulty, Mata decided to step in. Mata talked to Myron Pope, vice president for Student Affairs, who gave Steele until 7 p.m. that night to sign up for classes for Spring 2015.

He ended up getting into the classes he needed, but his account was put on hold. During Summer 2015, Steele moved out of his parent’s house and worked three different jobs, clocking a total of 90 hours per week. Steele worked at UCO during the day, but during the evening he would switch off between Jimmy Johns and Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler. “My two days I considered my ‘days off’ were days that I would work only one job,” Steele said. After the summer ended, Steele lowered his account substantially, but he could still not enroll for Fall 2015 because of his hold on the account. Once again, Steele went to Mata to explain that he could not enroll for classes. Mata got in touch with the Jarrett Jobe, executive director of Student Leadership Programs, who ended up getting Steele a reoccurring $1000 scholarship. “It [the scholarship] literally saved me,” Steele said. The scholarship was put towards the money that Steele had for spring 2015. When enrolling in the fall semester, Steele was still $750 short. Steele ended up talking to the sponsor of Fandoms Anonymous, Dallas Caldwell, about his situation; however, Steele did not realize


FEATURE that Caldwell was the director of Admissions and Enrollment Services. Steele said that Caldwell asked him what classes he needed to take for the fall semester, and eventually signed him up. During that semester Steele worked only one job and paid for school as he went. Steele did this through the following spring semester as well. “I’ve made my own, like, 10-month plan, so by the end of these 10 months… I will be able to pay my college as I am going to college,” Steele said. Steele said that getting involved allowed him to understand how offices around campus work and how people on campus really want to help you succeed. This past summer, Steele got a job for Student Affairs at the Call Center, where he gets to answer questions for people who are going through similar financial situations like him. Steele said that getting to provide those answers for people is really rewarding. “I don’t want anyone to be in that tight of a hole,” Steele said. Even though Steele said that he would never want someone to go through the financial worry that he did, he said he still believes that going to college is worth it. “I really, really believe that college is 20 percent getting your degree. College is 80 percent meeting the people who are going to change your life forever,” Steele said.

Students line the hallways outside of the financial aid office on the first floor of the Nigh. Remington Steele works in the call center, in part, to assist these students in getting the aid they need to pay for school and get their education. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

In his spare time, Steele works on a video game with six other people, T:9.75 ‘’ some of which are also Computer Science majors from UCO. Steele is the project lead of the team and helps

them set up goals and deadlines. The team is currently still working on the game but are hoping to finish it sometime soon.



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Oklahoma’s Colorful Murals

Cassie Stover created this piece of Will Rogers with an inspirational quote to display his impact on Oklahoma. It is also apart of the Plaza Walls and can be seen at the end of the alley. Photo by Elisabeth Slay, The Vista.

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Oklahoma’s art scene has rapidly expanded with the creation of intricate and eclectic murals on various buildings throughout Downtown OKC. Some murals are located on popular streets and are easy for people to see, while others require a little more searching but are worth the find. Both local and out of state artists have created numerous works that portray certain images important to them. Most of these murals are located in the Plaza District and have been named the Plaza Alley Walls because the brick walls of the district’s buildings serve as canvases to these vast artworks. As people walk down the alleyway they are able to see a sequence of colors and shapes painted on the pipes and doors on the back of the buildings. See Murals on Page D2-3

“Come Get Your Wings” is another one of Mason’s artworks. His reason for creating it was to bring more attention to the Midtown area in OKC. He said it represents the growth and expansion of the new addition to Downtown. Photo by Elisabeth Slay, The Vista.



Located at the Plaza Alley Walls and entitled as “Our Crowns are Bought and Paid” for, this mural was painted by local artist Erin Cooper who wanted to display the message of one’s own self worth. She was inspired by the people who enrich her life. She hopes people will see her piece and understand the importance of themselves but also those around them. Photo by Elisabeth Slay, The Vista.

Murals The Plaza Alley Walls has made an already artistic part of OKC a more creative place for the community At the intersection of 10th street and Hudson street there is another site in which a plethora of artworks have been painted by numerous artists. On the side of an abandoned building there are smaller scale murals that mostly contain written meaningful messages. Although not as sophisticated as the artwork at the Plaza Alley Walls, 10th and Hudson has images that are

simple but impactful. All of these cultivating street pieces have created new wonders to explore in OKC and have enabled art lovers an opportunity to see the inner workings of a creative mind.

This eclectic mural was painted by artists Dylan Bradway, Tanner Frady and Dusty Gilpin who are well known in the art world. They have an urban and whimsical style to their pieces and they own the DNA Galleries in the Plaza District.. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.

Desmond Mason created the “Be Different” mural to express the message of acceptance for individuality. When people see this piece Mason says he hopes that they will embrace life, change the world and be expressive through art.. Photo by Elisabeth Slay, The Vista.



With this piece, artist Elisha Gallegos, has given viewers “The Gift of Life.” Also apart of the Plaza Alley Walls, Gallegos wanted to execute the beauty of Oklahoma nature. Her emphasis is on the wildlife specific to the Sooner state. Photo by Elisabeth Slay, The Vista.


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“... My dad and my step-mom are both lawyers, and that’s who I live with. I used to go [to my birth mom’s] every other weekend, until now. It’s just always been this way since I was like [little]. I’ve always had two families, basically.” Bradley Henderson, Freshman Music Performance Major at the ACM@UCO

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“When I was nineteen I joined the army; and when I got out being a nurse, to me anyways, seemed like the only logical job for me to have where I felt like I was still serving my community.” Nick Sandoval 2nd year nursing student at OSU-OKC Photo by David Terry, The Vista

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Below: If you like pizza, but love pizza with ridiculous toppings, then this is the place for you. From your typical cheese pizza to the Brussel Westbrook (a pie slathered in roasted garlic, bacon, carmelized onions, fennel, brussel sprouts, and banana peppers), Empire Slice House is the king of pizza shops. Each day hosts deifferent “Slices of the Day” in addition to being able to purchase any full pie, any day. 16th Street is that much better with Empire on it’s team. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

Above: Classes, stationary, stamps, pens & pencils, stamps, personalization, chirps, and cheers. If you like any pf that, then this may just be your new favorite store. Chirps & Cheers (over on Walker Ave.) is the perfect place to release your inner office supply nerd in the most fashionable way. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

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Above: Almost everyone needs coffee, and Coffee Slingers is a great place to start your day. Roasters, brewers, and coffee sellers, this local shop serves coffee (or tea) your way. Just be sure to tip your barista. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

Right: Trade Men’s Wares, located on Walker Ave., is a go-to for the guys. Clothing, shoes, accessories, and “beard treatments” are just a few of the novelties you can find in this little shop. If you’re searching for a gift for a man in your life, or just want to pick something up for yourself, try out Trade Men’s Wear. Photo by Cara Johnson, The Vista.

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