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Volume 117, Issue 5


VISTA “Our Words, Your Voice.”

vistanews1903 @thevista1903 @thevista1903 The Vista

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Budget Shortfall Tops $35 million Over Five Years


UCO President Announces Plan to Address University Financial Woes

What’s Your Favorite Thing About the State Fair? See Pg. 5


University of Central Oklahoma Students walking in-between classes on campus. Beginning Fall 2019 semester, the university will host open meetings to discuss long-term solutions to looming budget deficits. Story on page 7. (Tanner Laws/The Vista)

UCO Student Association to Deal with Homophobic Comments Heard on Campus

Opinion: Presidential Prospects Pitch Proposals

UCO Bounces Back With Perfect Weekend See Pg. 13


Jeff Elkins @JeffElkins12


said she had been told about homophobic and transphobic comments possibly being said in residence halls. Though she does not live on campus, she said she works for the Women’s Research and BGLTQ+ Student Center, where some students came forward to tell her. These students did not want

The Democratic Party held its third of 12 primary debates for the 2020 presidential election last Thursday in Houston, Texas on the campus of Texas Southern University, one of the nation’s Historically Black Universities. In order to qualify for this debate, candidates needed 130,000 fundraising contributors and 2 percent support in four polls. Candidates gave their opening statements in reverse polling order, starting with former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro and ending with former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been the consistent leader in the polls. Castro spent most of his speaking

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From left, Emma Sawyer, James Limbaugh and Dylan Raspberry sit at the UCOSA meeting on Sept. 16 in the Nigh University Center. (Lauren Morris/The Vista)

Lauren Morris @TheVista1903 ONLINE EDITOR

At the second University of Central Oklahoma Student Association meeting of the semester, the congress passed two bills and held discussions concerning homophobic comments on campus. UCOSA Senator Katelyn Sargeant

Grease Dances Its Way Into Mitchell Hall STATEWIDE

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Patron Safety Prioritized at State Fair See Pg. 6



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UCOSA/Scholarships............................................................3 Around Campus...........................................................................4 Campus Chat...............................................................................5 Career Fair/State Fair................................................................6-7 Budget Shortfall...........................................................................8 Grease.................................................................................9 Editorial..........................................................................10 Games Page...............................................................................11 Football.....................................................................................12 Volleyball/Golf...........................................................................13 Soccer..............................................................................14 Bucking Broncho........................................................................15


James D. Jackson Jeff Elkins Derek Parker Tanner Laws Megan Thele Lauren Morris Michelle Pennza JaNae Williams Haley Humphrey Gerald Wing Yi Leong Samantha Karbelk Teddy Burch

Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Sports Editor Photo Editor Copy Editor Online Editor Design Editor Reporter Reporter Photography Photography Adviser


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On the Cover: Top: UCO students and faculty celebrate during UCO’s 2019 Field Day event, Tug-O-War, on Friday Sept. 13. (James D. Jackson/The Vista)

Top: Calvin Gritzmaker, a UCO kinesiology major, poses after stating his favorite thing about the Oklahoma State fair on Sept. 12. (Tanner Laws/The Vista) Top Middle: UCO volleyball players, Ericka Scholl, left, and Amanda Desch celebrate during the game Wednesday against Oklahoma Baptist University. (Gerald Leong/The Vista) Bottom Middle: Former UCO student Vince Norman plays an alto saxophone during the President’s Concert on Sept. 12 at Mitchell Hall Theatre. (Natascha Mercadante/The Vista)

Bottom: UCO Students compete during the Black Student Association’s Under The Sun Field Day on Sept. 10. (Songsong Wang/The Vista)

Bottom: A ferris Wheel operates during the 2019 Oklahoma State Fair. (Chelsye Bacon/The Vista)


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their names to be connected to the issue. “We have a chance here to make a significant and positive change for the BGLTQ+ community, and we need to take this chance to come together as a campus and a community to make that positive change,” Sargeant said. While UCOSA is not able to do anything official, some of the ideas discussed included going through Safety Zone training or talking with Housing and Residential Engagement to figure out how to best reach students living on campus, as well as trying to reach the campus in general. Sargeant said that helping to create an environment where such comments are not acceptable is important. “Allies are needed to bring change in the world and to support diversity and inclusion on campus and beyond,” Sargeant said. Sergeant cited some of the on-campus resources for students who feel unsafe: campus police, who can be reached at 974-2345; the Center for

Counseling and Well-Being, in Nigh University Center Room 402; the Women’s Research and BGLTQ+ Student Center, in Thatcher Hall Room 106; and the Student Alliance For Equality, a student organization for LGBTQ students and allies. The first bill passed in the meeting was CB19-101. It proposed making a committee to take a look at UCOSA’s current bylaws, statutes and constitution with the goal to reform them. The senators on the committee are Remington Dean, Hazzik Ali, Savannah Anderson, Jarrett Jobe and Jordan Medaris. Any legislation passed by this committee will go to the Accountability, Reform and Transparency Committee, who will consider it, and if they want, try to pass it within congress. The second bill passed was CFR19101, which gives $5,000 to the Intramural Department in the Wellness Center “for the purpose of improving the student experience through intramural sports.” The money will be used for purchasing equipment, paying student workers and paying for an off-campus location, making the intramural sports free for students.

On Sept. 16, The University of Central Oklahoma Student Association met to discuss homophobic comments heard on campus. (Lauren Morris/The Vista)

UCO to Award Automatic Scholarships Jay Mayes @jaymayes95


New applicants and transfer students for 2020 to the University of Central Oklahoma will automatically be awarded academic scholarships with the submission of a completed online application and all admissions-related documents by the term deadline. The decision to provide automatic scholarships to incoming students was the result of a multi-year engagement with a consultant to better support students through financial assistance provided by the university, according to Megan Hagar, director of Recruitment and Scholarships for Undergraduate Admissions. The official decision to implement the recommendation was made mid-August to apply to the 2020 entry terms (spring, summer and fall). “These automatic scholarships will allow for students to financial plan earlier,” Hagar said. “In addition, the multi-year awards allow for students to know that resource will be there for them as they continue

their college careers.” Incoming freshman can automatically receive up to $2,000 per year for four years, depending on their

high school GPA and ACT score. Freshman automatic scholarships are awarded based on a point system.

One dollar bills are displayed in a pile. Incoming students could be awarded an automatic sholarship of up to $2,000 per year. (Provided/Pixabay)

Incoming transfer students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least 24 credit hours by the term deadline will automatically receive $500 per year for two years. According to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, students have the opportunity to guarantee the scholarship if they complete the admissions process by the applicable deadline for their entry term. Transfer students for the Spring 2020 term must complete the admissions process by Nov. 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. Freshman students for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 term must complete the admissions process by Feb. 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. Transfer students for the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 term must complete the admissions process by April 1, 2020 at 5 p.m. Incoming students may submit an application for admission after these deadlines, but they will not be considered for scholarships. Students also are encouraged to view and apply for other UCO scholarship opportunities that are specific to colleges, majors or other interests.


September 17, 2019

Around Campus

Maj. Warren Ford takes part in the University of Central Oklahoma 9/11 Day of Remembrance. Attendees planted 3,000 American flags in the ground surrounding Broncho Lake to honors those who lost their lives on that day. (Jaclyn Jacobs/The Vista)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 MCAT Tips and Tricks: The PreMed and Health Professions Club is putting on an event with free food in the Howell Hall Atrium from 12-1 p.m. This event is meant to serve as an informative session about the MCAT, as well as a celebration for those who have just taken the test. SMART Recovery: Self Management and Recovery Training is hosting a meeting inside Thatcher Hall Room 114 from 12-1 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to help those in recovery manage thoughts, behaviors and provide tools for living a balanced life.

International Alumni Panel: From 5-6:30 in the Nigh University Center Heritage Room 326, students can hear from UCO international alumni to help with networking and professional planning. It’s Lit: From 12-1 p.m. in Nigh University Center Room 112, the Women’s Outreach Center, in partnership

with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is hosting a lunch and literature discussion. The topic of discussion will be Sandra Cisneros’ book Eleven.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Student Academy of Forensic Science General Meeting: From 12-1 p.m. inside the Forensic Science Institute Atrium, the Student Academy of Forensic Sciences organization will host a meet and great for the Forensic Science Institute Faculty. The Wildlife Society UCO Meeting: TWS meetings cover volunteer and internship opportunities as well as Oklahoma wildlife events. TWS meets in Howell Hall room 154 from 12-1 p.m. French Club Game Night: French Club will host their first meeting of the year from 5:30-6:30 in the Liberal Arts South Wing room L03. This is scheduled to be an evening of fun games and French snacks. This meeting is open to all UCO

students, no language experience required. WSOC vs East Central: UCO women’s soccer takes on East Central University at 7 p.m. at Tom Thompson Soccer Field on campus. WVB vs Southeastern University: UCO women’s volleyball takes on Southeastern University inside Hamilton Field House at 7 p.m.

Friday, September 20, 2019 Panhellenic Executive Council Meeting: From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nigh University Center Room 112, Panhellenic Council will host their weekly meeting to discuss business pertaining to sorority and fraternity life. Saturday, September 21, 2019 WVB vs Newman: UCO women’s volleyball takes on Newman University at 2 p.m. inside Hamilton Field House.

Edgar Cruz Solo Classical Guitar: Oklahoma’s own Edgar Cruz- FB vs Lincoln: UCO football takes is perfroming at the Jazz Lab at 7 on the Lincoln University Blue Tigers p.m. Cruz plays a wide range of at Wantland Stadium at 7:30 p.m. music and performs an average of 200 times a year. Tickets are $20 Monday, September 23, 2019 and can be reserved by calling 9742100. Find Big Pink: From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019 NAACP Presents: “Your School, Your Voice”: From 6:30-8 p.m. in the Center for Transformative Learning Rooms 117 and 118, NAACP will host discussions about UCO and UCO’s student government with the UCOSA preident and vice president.

Big Pink posters will be hidden around various parts of campus and clues can be found on Instagram. Students can look for pink and get a prize. NPHC General Meeting: From 12-1 p.m. in room 201 of the Nigh University Center, NPHC will host their weekly meeting to discuss all things involving sorority and fraternity life.

Campus Chat

CAMPUS CHAT Haley Humphrey


September 17, 2019


Opinions From UCO Students


What’s your favorite thing about the state fair?

Karlie Ools (junior, Psychology): “The food. [I like] burritos, the desserts -- all of it.”

Victory Ekogbulu (junior, Forensic and Biology): “The food they have there is really interesting. I like their cake funnels, it’s pretty sweet.”

Ariel Egleston (sophomore, Kinesiology): “Oh goodness, I love the fair. I love the funnels cakes and wandering around to see all the animals.”

Ashton Lemmel (freshman, English): “Probably just the freedom to do whatever I want with my friends. The car show is nice.”

Kaylee Frank (senior, Psychology): “People watching for sure. All the crazy people that show up at the fair.”

Justin Brous (first year graduate student, Athletic Training): “The food. The corndogs are probably my favorite.”

Sarah Heath (sophomore, Nursing): “Shopping, browsing all the booths.”

Gerod Hill (sophomore, Graphic Design): “Food, all of it. I like to try everything.”

Steve Johnson (sophomore, Mechanical Engineering): “I like the funnel cake and the games, although they are impossibly hard. It’s fun to go with people. I think everyone should go at least once in their life.”

Olivia Linton (freshman, Psychology): “I love the rides and people watching. The rides are really fun only whenever you have the pass that makes you skip the line.”

Brandon Wesley (sophomore, Pre-med Biology): “I personally just love the carnival rides, specifically the versions of Tilta-Whirl. I just love the G-forces.”

Tay Iliff (senior, Kinesiology): “The Indian tacos. Go out and enjoy the food.”


September 17, 2019

Career Fair/State Fair

Over 60 Employers Coming to UCO Career Fair

Students at the University of Central Oklahoma attend the annual Fall Career and Internship Fair in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms. (Vista Archives)

Natascha Mercadante @Nym_Mercadante CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Students looking for a job or internship have a chance to interact with over 60 employers at the Fall Career and Internship Fair from 12-3:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms.

Elizabeth Enck, director of the Career Development Center, said the fair will also have graduate schools present for students to inquire about graduate programs. “It’s a great way to interact with employers in person,” Enck said. “You might end up learning about an opportunity you would not have been aware of.” Students will stand out, according

to Enck, because they are “not just an application” but will have face-to-face interaction. The fair will also be an opportunity for students to practice networking and pitching themselves. “We work with employers who are interested in only UCO students,” Enck said. “They pay fees just to interact in person with UCO students.” The fair is STLR tagged as an added incentive for students. Those at-

tending should come professionally dressed and bring their resumes, Enck said. On Sept. 24, the Career Development Center will have employers and resume reviews in their office, Nigh University Center Room 338, from 3-5 p.m. to allow attendees a chance to prepare for the fair. Raini Spindle, an ambassador for the fair, said it is important because it’s a chance for students to meet over 50 employers from the list on Handshake, the online career platform for UCO students. Spindle said the department is hoping for 100 employers to be at the event. “There should be somebody from every industry there,” Spindle said. There will be updates on tips for the career fair on social media and OrgCentral until the event starts, according to Spindle. “This event is supposed to be the in-person event of Handshake,” Spindle said. The Career Development Center is open for students and can help with career development, interview practices, resume critiques and help finding job opportunities.

Patron Safety Prioritized at State Fair Haley Humphrey @haleybhumphrey REPORTER

With all the new rides, vendors and events at the Oklahoma State Fair, one thing remains noticeable each year. “Everywhere you turn around there’s always a policeman,” said mother Gracie Jordan. It is almost impossible to miss all the security officers patrolling the fairgrounds. The Oklahoma City Police Department has partnered with the Oklahoma County Sheriff ’s Office to provide a 24-hour watch over the fair, according to Capt. Clint Teel. “We are taking extra security measures to ensure the safety of all citizens and patrons attending and participating in the State Fair this year,” Teel said. “Citizens may see an added presence of officers and specialized units. These are in place to ensure the safety of everyone.” Teel said some of the officers have worked the fairgrounds for more than 35 years, while for others, this is their first year. Depending on the day and

A pig racing track at the Oklahoma State Fair on Sept. 13 at State Fair Park. Three sets of pigs from small to big raced for the win. (Chelsye Bacon/The Vista)

time, there will be between 60 and 100 officers at the fair. The presence of law enforcement is beneficial for parents with children because they have the potential to get easily distracted away from their parents by everything the fair offers, according to Jordan. “If for some reason [my children and I] were to get separated, [they knew to] always go look for an officer [and] not look for anybody but somebody in uniform,” Jordan said. Jordan also gave advice for new parents bringing their children to the fair for the first time.

“The main focus is to just talk to them before you get [to the fair]…and be sure to always hold hands,” Jordan said. Rich Rider, a parent at the fair with his three children, said he typically takes a picture of his children on the day they go to the fair, before they arrive. “It seems kind of minimal, but you don’t ever really remember what your kids wear,” Rider said. “My wife used to make a necklace with our name and phone number on it, so if they get lost, they can say ‘call this number, it’s my parents.’”

Rider also said the biggest safety concern at the fair is alcohol. “Alcohol is everywhere out here and when it’s this hot, people get drunk a little faster than they typically would,” Rider said. “People get drunk, they do dumb things.” Teel said the police department’s number one goal is safety, so everyone enjoys their time. Civilians can also help ensure safety, he said. “We always rely on citizens to assist us when they see something suspicious,” Teel said. “If you see something, say something.”

State Fair

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Oklahoma State Fair 2019

Malia Cockrell chases after her horse, Max, during the Oklahoma State Fair on Sept. 13. (Jaclyn Jacobs/The Vista)

The Ferris wheel at the Oklahoma State Fair on Sept. 13 at State Fair Park. (Chelsye Bacon/The Vista)

Pigs race on a track during the Oklahoma State Fair on Sept. 13 at State Fair Park. Three sets of pigs from small to big raced for the win. (Chelsye Bacon/The Vista)

Hammersmith Belgians wins Ladies Cart during the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Final at the Oklahoma State Fair on Sept. 13. (Jaclyn Jacobs/The Vista)

Budget Shortfall


September 17, 2019

Budget Shortfall Tops $35 million Over Five Years Maury “Kevin” Blair @mauryb007 CONTRIBUTING

University of Central Oklahoma President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar announced Friday that an alignment and allocation effort will begin this fall to address a significant budget deficit for fiscal year 2021. Neuhold-Ravikumar cited a downward trend in enrollments and other factors as cause for the effort. Data obtained by The Vista shows a full-time enrollment increase of 4 percent during the 11-year period between 2008 and 2019, although the enrollment headcount decreased by 6 percent during that same time period. According to an email released to faculty and staff on Friday, Sept. 13, Neuhold-Ravikumar stated from FY 2016 to FY 2020, the university has filled budget gaps totaling more than $35 million. Fulfilling

JaNae Williams @janaebwilliams REPORTER

this gap has had minimal impact on university employee jobs, while simultaneously maintaining high quality in classrooms. Neuhold-Ravikumar said there will be a series of open and collaborative meetings across the university beginning this fall with the goal to set plans in place to strengthen priorities and develop long-term solutions. The first campus-wide forum on the alignment and allocation will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the Nigh University Center’s Constitution Hall. Overall, the goal of institutional fitness is to ensure the university is ready to adapt to economic environmental changes as they happen. A statement released to the Vista by Adrienne Nobles, assistant vice president for University Commu-

nications, in collaboration with UCO Provost John Barthell and Vice President for Communications Charlie Johnson said that previous budget shortfalls were met with “primarily reserve funds and salary savings from unfilled positions,” that alternatives for developing priorities and long-term solutions “will be determined through the alignment and allo-

cation efforts, which includes the to-be-appointed Alignment and Allocation Task Force.” The statement also said “many institutions in Oklahoma and the nation are looking for ways to better align resources with institutional priorities as state allocations are reduced. We will call on our peers as needed.”



September 17, 2019

Grease Dances Its Way Into Mitchell Hall Maury “Kevin” Blair @mauryb007 CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Students in the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Fine Arts and Design are preparing for the first musical of the Mitchell Hall season, “Grease,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and runs for two weeks. “Grease” was originally written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and first performed in 1971, though it is most known from the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Steven Smeltzer, the show’s director and choreographer, said that he realizes that people will expect the movie when they see the musical, and that elements of the movie have been added to the musical, particularly the wardrobe. “We wanted to make sure we gave certain elements of [the movie], and so even costume-wise, I’ve asked that they could be similar, you know, to give an essence of what the film did,” Smeltzer said. The fictional Rydell High School in the play is based on Taft High School in Chicago, and the story is about the troubles and turmoil of kids in the 1950s, particularly lead characters Danny Zuko and Sandy Dombrowski. “It’s going really good. Everyone is bringing their own thing to it,” said Sam Brinkley, ensemble cast member. “It’s not, just like the basic ‘Grease’ that everyone’s used to seeing. Everyone’s having their own take and being really creative with their characterizations. It’s really cool.” Brinkley said that the ensemble is onstage during much of the production because of several big dance numbers, including “Grease is the Word,” “Hand Jive” and “We Go Together.” The character Danny is played by sophomore musical theatre major

The cast of “Grease” performs during the 2019 President’s Concert on Sept. 12 in Mitchell Hall Theatre. “Grease” will run from Sept. 26 to Oct. 6. (Natascha Mercadante/The Vista)

Dylan Herrin, who said he became accustomed to doing shows and working late hours during his experience in competitive drama and musical productions at Choctaw High School. “We did straight plays and music theater, so I was kind of on both sides of it,” Herrin said. According to Herrin, Danny’s character goes through an evolution. “I think with Danny at the very beginning, it’s definitely like these two worlds that he lives in,” Herrin said. “He wants to be with Sandy so badly, but then at the same time he wants to impress all of his friends and still be that cool guy without showing his sensitive side.” Morgan Rothwell, who plays the role of Sandy, is a senior musical theatre major who has performed in several musicals at Bethany High School and participated in Edmond Summer Stock. “Steven [Smeltzer] and I have talked a lot about it, how Sandy is usually portrayed as this kind of like bubble-

gum princess who turns into a bad girl,” Rothwell said. “But that’s not the direction that he wanted to go with it, at all. He wanted to show that, yes, Sandy is a bit of a daddy’s girl and naive and doesn’t know a lot about the world, but she is still flawed.” Smeltzer said he believes the theme of “Grease” is really about the characters finding their authentic selves. “That’s the reason even Danny

changes by the end of the show, because he’s always being Mr. Cocky and showing off for his friends,” Smeltzer said. “When him and Sandy are by themselves you see that they’ve got a great connection and a great romance.” UCO’s production “Grease” will run Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 3-5 at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 in Mitchell Hall Theatre.

The cast of “Grease” performs during a show preview at the 2019 President’s Concert on Sept. 12. The show runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 6. (Natascha Mercadante/The Vista)


September 17, 2019

Democratic Debate

Presidential Prospects Pitch Proposals Continued from Pg.1

time taking shots at Biden, particularly on his age. However, he did double down on DACA, claiming to have plans to enact immigration legislation in his first 100 days. He was hungry for a breakout moment, but it never materialized. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was all in on her opposing stance to a medicare-for-all system. She attacked the proposal Thursday, referencing a 2014 Kaiser Family Foundation study that claims 149 million Americans would not have coverage under Sanders’ plan. This was the highlight of her best debate yet, however she is too far behind to be considered a threat to the front-runners. Klobuchar may find herself as the running mate to Biden. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke used emotional appeal and it was very effective. He referenced the recent El Paso shooting when acknowledging his desire for a buyback program for AK-47’s and AR-15’s. He mentioned the shooting again when asked about resilience. While time is likely running out for O’Rourke and his presidential campaign, the option for an administrative role will likely arise. Healthcare, as usual, was a hot topic for debate on Thursday night. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) brought up some of his usual talking points, like healthcare as a right. Sanders mentioned that under the current private health care system, the United States pays two times as much per capita than Canada and other countries.

From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro are introduced for the Democratic presidential primary debate at Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

“This is America,” Biden replied as he channeled his inner Childish Gambino. This was probably the worst thing he could have said in that context. One thing is for sure, they caught Biden slipping now, Biden is tripping now. On the topic of Bernie Sanders, will somebody buy the man a bag of Ricola cough drops? He was not feeling well and it showed at times throughout the debate. Sanders wasn’t necessarily one of the losers of the evening, but he certainly didn’t win the night either. There was no question about climate change for Sanders, who has one of the more comprehensive plans

The Democratic presidential candidates resume their debate on Sept. 12, 2019, after a break during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

to overhaul the military industrial complex, likening it to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Businessman Andrew Yang’s night was filled with highs and lows. Yang spent time elaborating on why he feels immigrants are scapegoats, which he mentioned in the last debate. He certainly has a valid point. Heavily embedded in American history is a perpetual march of immigrant labor into the country, followed by integration and acceptance. Yes, the founders were mostly English, but then came Germans, Irish, Italians, etc. These immigrants with strong work ethics kept the country young and vibrant, ushering in generations who were fully integrated into this culture and set up to prosper. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, undocumented immigrants pay $11.6 billion annually in taxes. Yang’s night was counter-balanced by his attempt to turn his campaign into something resembling a Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, offering to give ten families $1,000 a month for a year in addition to his Universal Basic Income (UBI) program that would give every American over 18 years old $1,000 a month. The most memorable moment of the third debate for Yang will undoubtedly be when he said he is Asian, so he knows a lot of doctors. The stereotype joke has received mixed reviews, including CNN correspondent and South Korea native Kyung Lah, who tweeted she was “annoyed.” It is important to note that even

positive stereotypes are dangerous territory. While there may be truth to the fact that Asian Americans on average tend to be thoroughly educated and well off, this opens the door for disingenuous racial comparisons. Thursday night was also an important one for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as she is simply not a household name like Biden or Sanders. Warren chose not to go on the offensive like many other candidates, instead taking a calculated approach to the issues she spoke on. She said she feels gun legislation should not be on the table until corruption in government is addressed. Warren pointed out that no one has an attachment to their health care company, they just want to be able to see the doctor of their choice. This is something private insurance can’t ensure. Her biggest folly Thursday was not sufficiently explaining that increased taxes on the middle class from her plan would be offset by no more insurance premiums. Warren is close in the polls to Sanders, which would explain the lack of aggressiveness in her approach. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has completely botched this primary run. She was a moderate left alternative to Biden with plenty of momentum after the first debate, but she has screwed it up by flip-flopping, appearing unfocused and insincere. It would seem Harris has yet to recover from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s comments about her record as a prosecutor in the second debate. Biden, Warren and Sanders were the names to know going into this debate and nothing that happened Thursday changed that.



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WEEKLY HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21 to April 19) It might not be wise to pursue goals involving others, unless you can stop impulsively rejecting new ideas. Either open your mind or wait until next week, when this “ornery” mood passes. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s a good time for the Bovine to be creative and practical for yourself and your surroundings. Shop wisely, not impulsively, and keep your Bull’s eye focused on quality, not quantity. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You should feel more confident about moving ahead with plans that had to be delayed by an unexpected turn of events. Also, family matters might need more time than first anticipated. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Be considerate of others as you move into a new area in your professional life. Take time to meet people and discuss mutual goals. The more you get to know each other, the better. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Creating a fuss could get your ideas noticed quickly. But it would be best to present your case, and then wait for a reaction to follow in due course, rather than try to force it to happen. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Unkept promises might cause plans to go awry this week. You can either grumble about people “letting you down” or find a way to make the best of it and move on. The choice is yours. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Putting off making a commitment early in the week could be a good move. Best to act when



Starry Words Word Search

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you know you’re making an informed decision. Expect more facts to emerge by the week’s end. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A recent act of kindness on your part could take on special meaning this week. Also, look for signs of upcoming changes in both your personal and professional relationships. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Many of the tougher communication barriers between you and others in the workplace or at home could begin breaking down this week. Expect some surprises to emerge. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your “tough love” attitude toward someone you care for could be misunderstood. Try to be less judgmental and show more consideration in the way you relate to that person. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unexpected workplace challenge could be daunting. But take what you know (and you know more than you realize) and apply it to the problem, and you should see positive results. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Recent relationship changes for both single and paired Pisces continue to influence much of your week. Keep your focus on developing the positive aspects as you move along. BORN THIS WEEK: You set your goals with assurance and influence others to follow suit. You would be an excellent philosopher and teacher. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

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September 17, 2019



Bronchos Take Revenge in Comeback Win

A University of Nebraska-Kearney running back charges through University of Central Oklahoma defenders. Photo courtesy of (UNK Athletics/Corbey R. Dorsey)

James D. Jackson @JamesDJackson15 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The University of Central Oklahoma football team was able to secure their first win of the 2019 season as they came from behind in the fourth quarter to top the University of Nebraska Kearney Lopers 28-23. Thursday night at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field. "We needed to come from behind last week and we did but came up short,” said UCO head coach Nick Bobeck. “And we needed to come from behind again tonight and we did, and fortunately, we stayed on top this time. That's a credit to our young men and their resolve. We need to play better all four quarters, but we'll take the win tonight." Last week the Bronchos forced a 28-point second-half comeback to temporarily take the lead before losing on a field goal. Bobeck said that the reason the team was able to come back was because they “decided to play”. This week the Bronchos comeback occurred in the fourth quarter as they rallied for 21 points and this time, the outcome was in their favor. Heading into the fourth quarter Thursday night, the Bronchos trailed 17-7 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association matchup. After the Lopers missed a field goal from the 34yard line wide right, Central Oklahoma took possession with just

under 15 minutes to play in the quarter. From there, the Bronchos went 80 yards down the field in just under five minutes and 12 plays capped off by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Will Collins to Tyrone Howell, his only catch of the season as he did not play in the season opener, to cut the lead to three. The Bronchos defense would then force a three-and-out as they held the Lopers to a four-yard run and back-to-back incomplete passes. UCO would then be pinned on their own seven-yard line with a 64-yard punt by UNK senior punt-

er Kendall Raschein. UCO then drove 93 yards on nine plays and scored on a fiveyard touchdown run by junior quarterback Chandler Garrett. In the drive, Collins completed a 40yard pass to Dustin Basks, Collins’ second 40-yard pass of the day as he connected with Amonte Phillips earlier in the game. ”I think we battled,” said UNK head coach Josh Lynn in a UNK post-game press conference. “What it boiled down to, especially there early in the fourth quarter, was the big plays. They got two long passes…our punter did a good job of pinning them down

UCO defenders tackle Montrez Jackson in the Sept. 12 game against the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Photo courtesy of (UNK Athletics/Corbey R. Dorsey)

and we let them out of jail with a couple of big passes. On the other side, we had a couple of drops that should've been caught and that would've changed the outcome of the game.” In last week’s game, the Bronchos forced four fumbles to charge their comeback. Thursday night the Bronchos again used their stripping ability as Kolby Underwood knocked the ball loose allowing Dillon Hall to recover the fumble, giving UCO the ball at the UNK 11-yard line. Two plays later Garrett crossed the goal line again with a five-yard scramble to give UCO the lead. "Our defense played really well tonight," Bobeck said. "Kearney is so hard to stop and they eat up so much clock, and then they made some big plays too. But to hold them the way we did tonight was big for our defense. They deserve a lot of credit." After UNK scored and drove down the field to scored again, UCO sophomore defensive back Daniel Baughman intercepted the Lopers try at a two-point conversion. UCO would then recover their onside kick by the Lopers. Collins went 13 of 24 for 200 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He targeted Basks for 85-yards on four catches and rushed for 54 yards. All of his seven rushes came on third or fourth down. T.J. Roberts finished two yards shy of 100 on 18 caries. The win brings the Bronchos overall record to 1-1 on the season and cements the fourth win of the last five games against the Lopers. Last season the Bronchos had a chance to win the game on the final drive but quarterback Keats Calhoon was unable to connect with Basks and the Bronchos lost to the Lopers 31-27 at home. The Bronchos will battle the Lincoln University Blue Tigers at home Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Blue Tigers recorded a 3-8 record in the 2018 season. UCO has battled Lincoln twice, in 2012 and 2013, and both outcomes were wins for the Bronchos. In 2012, the Bronchos won 56-25, and then 49-42 in 2013.


September 17, 2019


Bronchos Volleyball Has Perfect Weekend

The University of Central Oklahoma volleyball team hundles around head coach Edgar Miraku on Sept. 11 during the game against Oklahoma Baptist University. (Gerald Leong/The Vista)

James D. Jackson @JamesDJackson15 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The University of Central Oklahoma volleyball team bounced back from a historic loss with an undefeated weekend at the Southeastern Classic Friday and Saturday. On Wednesday, the Bronchos fell 3-1 to Oklahoma Baptist’s University for their second loss of the 2019 season. OBU had not topped UCO since the 1980’s. However, after the 80’s the teams didn’t battle each other again until 2015. The Bronchos had won every meeting since then outscoring the

Bison 12-1 leading up to Wednesday’s loss. In the classic, the Bronchos topped East Central University, Southern Nazarene University, Cameron University and the University of Arkansas-Monticello. UCO only lost one set over the weekend which came against Southern Nazarene on Friday. On Saturday, the Bronchos swept Cameron 25-13, 25-18 and 25-23 before sweeping Arkansas-Monticello 25-15, 25-15 and 25-12. Freshman Kaeli Robinson led the Bronchos against the Cameron Ag-

gies, with 10 kills, followed by Amanda Desch with nine kills, 19 assists and 10 digs. UCO got five kills from Bailey Combs and four each from Nalani McCray and Lauren Jenkins. "We played pretty solid today, both offensively and defensively," head coach Edgar Miraku said. "It was a good weekend and I think we make a lot of improvement. There's still a lot of work to do, but we're making progress.” Central began against East Central where eleven Bronchos recorded at least one kill. In the match, UCO never trailed in any of the three sets as

150, senior Sydney Roberts and freshman Emma Shelley both finished 9 over with a score of 153 and Faith Stewart finished tied for 59th with a score of 157. Dallas Baptist finished 5 under with a score of 571 to handedly take first place, with Midwestern State being the next closest at 4 over with 580. The womens team looks to improve at the UNK Invitational on September 23rd and 24th hosted by MIAA rival Nebraska-Kearney. Junior Joseph Lemeiux and Senior Blake Murray led the way for the mens team as they traveled to Amarillo, Texas to open their season with the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invite. The Bronchos finished 9ther overall, shooting an 866 through three rounds. The Oklahoma Christian Eagles took first place with an overall score of 840, with St. Mary’s right behind with an 849. Murray finished with the lowest score in the first round, shooting a 70 and Lemeiux just over with a 71. They would finish as the leading Bronchos, both tying for 23rd with a score of 215 through 3 rounds. Lemieux parred the first five holes of his last round, before hitting a

bogey. He responded with an eagle, then bogeyed to secure his even finish. Freshman Evan Griffith shot a 76, 70, and 73 en route to tie for 41st place and upperclassmen Jacob

they hit .410 with 41 kills and just nine errors in 78 attacks. Jenkins led UCO’s attack, hitting .417 with seven kills while Malia Kaaiohelo recorded five kills. Ericka Scholl, Courtney Lane and Combs each had four kills and all hit .500 or better. Scholl was also able to record 16 assists and a service ace, Bella Burns had three aces of her own and lone senior Dominique Lipari recorded 20 digs. In the second match, battling Southern Nazarene the Bronchos were led by sophomore right-side hitter and setter Amanda Desch who recorded 15 kills, 20 assists and 11 digs. "Amanda had a great match and really led us tonight," Miraku said after Friday nights win. "We played pretty well for the most part and came out with a good win. It was a good day for us.” The Bronchos took the victory in four sets, 25-20, 31-33, 25-15, 25-15. After the Classic, UCO improve to an overall record of 7-2. They will look to secure their first win on their home floor Wednesday as they battle Southeastern Oklahoma State University, who are 1-7 on the season, at 7 p.m. Last season UCO swept the Savage Storm.

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Both Bronchos golf teams kicked off their fall campaigns with Texas Tournaments last weekend, with the women’s and men’s teams finishing in 8th and 9th place in their respective tournaments. The women’s team traveled to Glen Rose, Texas to participate in the Tarleton State Invitational, shooting a 597 overall in an 8th place finish. Freshman Susana Olivares led the way for the Central on Monday and Tuesday, finishing as the top Broncho in the tournament. Olivares started her freshman campaign off hot, posting a score of 142 and finishing fourth overall at 2 under par. Olivares shot right on par with a 72 in the first round and improved on her score in the next round, shooting a 70 to secure her Top 5 finish in the tournament. “We hit the ball pretty well both days, but our putting really hurt us.” head coach Michael Bond said. “It was a good learning experience for us and we’ll use it to get better moving forward.” Sophomore Madison O’Dell finished 33rd overall with a score of

Lackey and Peyton Knell shot 220 and 225 to place tied for 48th and 62nd respectively. Next week the Bronchos travel to Monkey Island, Oklahoma to compete in the MSSU Invitational at the Shangri-La Golf Resort.

Sydney Roberts hitting an iron for the Bronchos golf team in 2018. (Vista Archives)


September 17, 2019


Broncho Soccer Soars Past the OC Eagles Eric Gomez @EricGomez83


The University of Central Oklahoma soccer team beat the Oklahoma Christian University Eagles 5-2 on Friday night at Tom Thompson Field. UCO is now 2-0-1 for the season, scoring 14 goals in three games. Four players added to that total Friday night as the Bronchos continued the 2019 season. The Bronchos got the scoring started with junior, Hannah Daaboul, scoring the first goal in the 28th minute with an assist from Kelsie Eason. This was Daaboul’s first career goal at UCO. Central went into the half 1-0 and showed a pushing force with 16 shots against the Eagles’ five shots. The second half of the game was fast paced, with UCO starting the action. In the 51st minute on a UCO corner kick, Katy Tullis was able to find Ashton Johnson, who was able to make a play on the ball and put the ball in the back of the net to give the 2-0 lead to the Bronchos. Central didn’t stop there as they continued to pressure the Eagles. In the 60th minute Asha Haile, UCO’s leading scorer, was able to bury a shot in the net on a breakaway pass from Taryn

Kedzior. With a 3-0 lead over the Eagles, UCO kept building their lead. On a fastbreak toward the goal, Eason dribbled right around the OC goalie Gabby Goddard and tapped the ball in to give the Bronchos a 4-0 lead. “Obviously [Eason is] an impact player for us, and she’s kind of getting into that good performance role, and she has been very consistent the last two games,” said UCO assistant coach Amel Muhamedagic. Mike Cook had much praise for Eason as well, who has had an elevated role in her Junior season with the Bronchos. “[Eason is] extremely versatile and she can play pretty much anywhere,” said UCO head coach Mike Cook. Eason was UCO’s top performer Friday night with four shots, three shots on goal, two goals and one assist. She has scored a total of 18 goals in her career at UCO. OC answered back, scoring back-toback unassisted goals within five minutes to make the score 4-2 with 5:20 left on the clock. Eason was able to score the final goal of the game to give the Bronchos the 5-2 lead over the Eagles. “The biggest thing always is to get the win,” Cook said. “We would have liked to get the shut out, we created a lot of

UCO women’s soccer player Hannah Daaboul kicks the ball on Sept. 13 at Tom Thompson Field. (Provided/Chris Brannick)

chances, we should have finished those chances.” This is the eleventh time the two teams have matched up and UCO holds the winning record at 10-0. The Bron-

chos have shut out the Eagles seven times and have only allowed three goals. UCO hosts East Central University on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. to finish out their fourgame home opener for the 2019 season.

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September 17, 2019


Who Should Be The Core Four? With college football set to hit conference play, everyone is vying for a ticket to the College Football Playoff. Only four teams can make it and there’s still several teams in the running. Here are the four teams most likely to make the cut:

No. 1 - Clemson: To everyone’s surprise, the Clemson University Tigers routed the University of Alabama in the 2019 national championship, winning 44-16 in one of the worst statistical losses of Nick Saban’s career. It wasn’t out of the question that Clemson could win, but it was apparent all year that the talent gap wasn’t leaning far either way. This year, Clemson and Alabama are in the same boat yet again, standing at No. 1 and 2 respectively, with a clear separation from No. 3, but not each other. Trevor Lawrence hasn’t quite had the start to the season everyone had hoped, but it’s clear the potential is there. Coming into the season with the best odds to win the Heisman Trophy can take its toll on a 19-year-old, and if he settles into a groove, the ACC, and everyone else, will be in trouble. The biggest question coming into the year for the Tigers was their defensive line after they lost their entire unit to the pros. The defense itself has allowed just 10 points per game through three games against Georgia Tech, Texas A&M University and Syracuse University, and the Tigers’ ACC schedule will only continue to help them practice for the CFP. No. 2 - Alabama: Alabama is right on Clemson’s heels, just waiting for them to slip up so they can nab the No. 1 spot. After suffering the embarrassing loss to the Tigers earlier this year, Saban’s revenge tour has started off with three wins over Duke University, New Mexico State University and University of South Carolina. Despite a 47-23 finish, South

Alabama’s Najee Harris, center, Chris Owens, left, and Evan Neal celebrate Harris’s touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Carolina played Alabama much closer than the Crimson Tide would have liked, showcasing a few issues Alabama will need to fix in order to endure their SEC schedule. If they can’t fix several of these quickly, Louisiana State University and Joe Burrow could walk in to Tuscaloosa in November and leave with their first win since 2011. No. 3 - Louisiana State: Louisiana State currently has one of the best resumes among the top teams with a 45 to 38 win over the University of Texas Longhorns. Offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger has completely revamped the LSU offense, going pass-heavy and turning last year’s starting quarterback Burrow into what looks like a Heisman candidate. Through three games, Burrow has completed 83 percent of his passes, throwing for 1122 yards and 11 touchdowns to two interceptions. LSU hasn’t been able to get over the hump that is Alabama

in eight years, but the newly designed offense could be what propels them over the Crimson Tide for the first time in a long time. No. 4 - Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma hasn’t skipped a beat. After finishing with two Heisman quarterbacks and two first-overall picks the last two seasons, surely this was the year the Sooners offensive production would dip. Wrong. Lincoln Riley has firmly planted himself among the best coaches in all of college football, and even more so as the best offensive mind in football. Oklahoma’s transfer quarterback from Alabama has put up numbers that have got to be surprising even himself, no matter how stoic he seems about it. Through three games, Jalen Hurts has 13 touchdowns and 12 incompletions. He’s throwing 80 percent completion percentage, with 880 passing yards and a 9-0 touchdown to interception rate.

Needless to say, he’s been close to perfect in their three wins over the University of Houston, University of South Dakota, and University of California, Los Angeles. To go along with already impressive passing stats, he’s rushed for 373 yards and four touchdowns, and is well on his way to a 1,000 yard season, an impressive stat even for running backs. If new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch can fix Oklahoma’s defensive struggles, which is looking more likely by each game, the Sooners will find themselves in the CFP yet again and might even come away with a win this time. Clemson, Louisiana State, Oklahoma and Alabama. The only way I see these four teams all making it is if LSU can top the Crimson Tide in their first meeting and the committee rewards Alabama’s past with a ticket to the playoffs. Crazier things have happened; it’s college football.

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