uco360 http://uco360.com UCO's Student Media Network Fri, 16 Dec 2011 03:44:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Vista NFL Picks Week 15 http://uco360.com/sports/vista-nfl-picks-week-15/ http://uco360.com/sports/vista-nfl-picks-week-15/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2011 03:07:00 +0000 Trey Hunter http://uco360.com/?p=25326


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Poppycock Cartoons: Dec. 8, 2011 http://uco360.com/blogs/poppycock-cartoons-dec-8-2011/ http://uco360.com/blogs/poppycock-cartoons-dec-8-2011/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:14:22 +0000 eoldham http://uco360.com/?p=25309

Cartoon by Evan Oldham, The Vista

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Painting the Halls Red: How Christmas can KILL you http://uco360.com/life/painting-the-halls-red-how-christmas-can-kill-you/ http://uco360.com/life/painting-the-halls-red-how-christmas-can-kill-you/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:15:03 +0000 Bryan Trude http://uco360.com/?p=25302

Festive symbols of the season or lethal death traps of pain and misery? YOU DECIDE. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

There are plenty of reasons for people to look forward to the holiday season. A long break from the rigors of higher education, the acts of kindness and goodwill that people can only muster for a month in winter, pretty decorations and good food among them. However, some of the trimmings and trappings of the season can be more trouble than they’re worth, like that one uncle who anyone only hears from when he can get free stuff.

While family members can be dealt with using a little misinformation, a healthy dose of dopamine, some rope and a one-way bus ticket to Albuquerque, other potential hazards of the holiday season are a little more difficult to manage. So, before you set about stringing the lights and trimming the tree, keep in mind that pretty display may wind up killing you. For example:

#3: Natural Christmas Trees

About 36 million Christmas trees are produced in the United States each year, for the explicit purpose of sitting in someone’s living room with a bunch of twinkling lights and knick-knacks hanging off it for a month. The Christmas tree industry also exerts influence on national economic policy, with the Department of Agriculture passing a Christmas Tree tax last month – which, while requested by the tree growers themselves, was withdrawn following outcry from conservatives and the public.

But, while little Timmy and Tina sleep expecting to awaken to a glittering holiday symbol loaded with gifts under it on Christmas Day, few consider the blazing inferno stick that can, and does, wait for them instead.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 250 trees go up in American homes annually, usually in natural trees that have been neglected or not kept watered. One electrical shortage or errant flame from a candle is enough to set a dry, withered tree ablaze, turning the house around it into a giant, 2,000 square foot Yule Log.

#2: Traditional Eggnog

Besides the fact that eggnog is really, really gross – seriously, it’s like shotgunning curdled custard – consumers should be cautious when purchasing and consuming the drink.

First off is concern with food allergies. Eggnog is produced using beaten eggs – hence the word “egg” in the name – sugar and milk and/or cream. People with egg allergies often experience cramps, diarrhea and vomiting when ingesting egg products.

People with severe allergies, however, can experience a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis, in which swelling in the mouth, throat and airway can block a person’s ability to breathe and often requires immediate medical attention.

Secondly, traditional eggnog is an alcoholic drink; the concoction is mixed with rum, bourbon or other liquors. We’re not talking about a small amount either; whiskey-infused eggnog was the drink that fueled the Eggnog Riot of Christmas 1826, a drunken mutiny and riot at the West Point Military Academy that saw 70 cadets implicated, 14 of them getting court-marshaled.

Merry Christmas! (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Now, before a legion of college students descends on Walmart to clean them out, most commercially-sold eggnog is nonalcoholic.

#1: Christmas Ornaments

Cat owners and parents alike know the danger of those old glass bulbs when they fall from the tree and shatter on the ground. While spending two hours in the ER watching a nurse extract ornament shards from a screaming toddler’s foot is sure to sour anyone’s holiday cheer, the plastic shatterproof bulbs sold by many retailers today come with their own bag of troubles, courtesy of unscrupulous Chinese manufacturers.

In 2009, a report was released by Utah State University and the U.S. Air Force detailing Chinese-made ornaments that emitted dangerous levels  of 1,2-Dichloroethane fumes, otherwise known as ethylene dichloride.

1,2-Dichloroethane, used to quickly harden plastic and banned in the United States, is a highly toxic carcinogen that leads to increased cancer risk. High solubility in water and a half-life around 50 years also means the substance is difficult and expensive to clean up. In addition, the substance is corrosive and highly flammable.

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Bronchos to close out season at Robert Morris Illinois http://uco360.com/sports/bronchos-to-close-out-season-at-robert-morris-illinois/ http://uco360.com/sports/bronchos-to-close-out-season-at-robert-morris-illinois/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:04:12 +0000 Bryan Trude http://uco360.com/?p=25299

UCO's Jean Marc Biron (20) and OU's Kevin Zehnder (3) fight for a puck during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

The UCO men’s hockey team will close out the semester on the road, as they travel to Illinois to take on the Eagles of Robert Morris University Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10.

The #18 Bronchos (13-9) enters the series on the heels of their first sweep of the Oklahoma Sooners in school history, on a combined score of 8-2 in the home-and-home series. The #11 Robert Morris Eagles (16-2) come off a road thrashing of the Indiana Hoosiers, including a 7-0 shutout.

Central is led by the scoring touch of sophomore forward Donald Geary, who leads the Bronchos in goals (16) and points (27). Also prominent for the Bronchos are sophomore Anthony Knuth and freshmen Shane Khalaf and Nolan Grauer, who all share the team assist lead with 13 apiece.

In goal, freshman Tory Caldwell leads with a 2.49 GAA and .93 save percentage. Freshman backup Brett Patchett has a 4.12 GAA with a .88 percentage, but has not played since October when the Bronchos took on Arizona State.

For the Eagles, playmaker Christopher Cimoch leads in points (27) off of 18 assists, a team high on pace to shatter his previous season total (32). Freshman Rock Einersen leads Robert Morris in goals with 13.

Time in net has been split pretty evenly for the Eagles between sophomore Anthony Petrak and freshman Andy DiCristofaro. Both hold a .93 save percentage, while DiCristofaro’s 1.45 GAA slightly edges Petrak, whose GAA is 1.62.

UCO will not return to action this semester after this series. The Bronchos will be back at Arctic Edge Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 when Central hosts #1 Penn State University. The Nittany Lions, who last week swept Rutgers by a combined score of 22-2, will take on the Liberty Flames on the road, then remain out of action until a Jan. 4 road match against Division 3 Neumann.

Faceoff is at 7:30. Admission is $7, $5 for students and faculty with ID, and free for children under five.

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Out of Context: Suspend Disbelief http://uco360.com/news/out-of-context-suspend-disbelief/ http://uco360.com/news/out-of-context-suspend-disbelief/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 14:00:19 +0000 Brittany Renee Dalton http://uco360.com/?p=25293

A few days ago, my mother bought a new computer. Having run into a spot of trouble, she called me over.

New iPhone in hand, the USB cord still dangling from it, she asked me, “What’s wrong? How do you fix this?”

“Hold on,” I said, one hand already raised to cut her off. “I know how to fix this, let me Google it.”

That’s how we do things here in the year 2011. Leave the Encyclopedia Brittanica and the card catalog perusing to the nerds. Leave it to those stuck in the year 1978. Right?

But having all the answers one web search away has us “trapped inside the box.” It’s hard to innovate when we would rather Google search “what is innovation” than do things our own way.

History can teach us some valuable lessons about the present, if our history professors are to be believed. There was a time in history when men made their own rules.

Firmly entrenched in conflict with the Roman empire, Carthaginian general Hannibal – not to be confused with Lecter – sought a way to invade Italy.

Only one problem: he and his legion had to cross the Alps.

Now, some men would have stared at the mountain range spanning the horizon, shrugged their shoulders and say, “Eh, better luck next year.” Hannibal, however, was a rare breed in history.

Hannibal saw the Alps, and his response to the seemingly-impossible was to say, “We will either find a way, or make one.”

And they did. Hannibal and his thousands of men crossed the Alps with a troop of 37 war elephants. You heard me right – elephants.

Suddenly, not being able to listen to the latest Lady Gaga album on your phone doesn’t seem like such a problem. Suddenly, learning the process of photosynthesis doesn’t seem like quite an insurmountable obstacle.

When obstacles rise up to block your way, when walls are built to keep you out – break them down.

I’m not saying the answer to every problem is to parade a troop of elephants.

But suspend your disbelief – the secret to life is that you can do anything you want. Although you should refrain from grand theft auto or adultery, the world is in fact your oyster.

Now, if you are having problems in your marketing class, I don’t think you should command a troop of elephants. A simple meeting with your professor would probably do it.

In fact, I’m pretty sure there would be serious ramifications to riding an elephant into your marketing class.

Not to mention you would probably get ticketed for parking illegally in the wrong lot. Good luck appealing that one.

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The Vista – Dec. 8, 2011 http://uco360.com/vistapaper/the-vista-dec-8-2011/ http://uco360.com/vistapaper/the-vista-dec-8-2011/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 06:01:26 +0000 amurray http://uco360.com/?p=25289 ]]> http://uco360.com/vistapaper/the-vista-dec-8-2011/feed/ 0 Opinion: Occupy Wall Street: Stay the course http://uco360.com/blogs/opinion-occupy-wall-street-stay-the-course/ http://uco360.com/blogs/opinion-occupy-wall-street-stay-the-course/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 15:25:58 +0000 Trevor Hultner http://uco360.com/?p=25283

Home owner Arturo De Los Santos holds his daughters, Shasa, 10, left, and Millie, 7, as he tries to reclaim his empty foreclosed home by moving back into it in Riverside, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Photo by Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press

An editorial published in Tuesday’s issue of the Vista again brought to the fore the kind of argument that has so far populated discussion on Occupy Wall Street. The author of the piece compared the meteoric rise and subsequent near-vanishing of the Tea Party with a seemingly similar trajectory being taken by the Occupy movement.

“In order to avoid damnation by irrelevancy, the Occupy movement must learn some lessons their conservative foils never learned: focus and priority-driven compromise,” they argue.

This is, of course, nothing new. Pundits and opinionators have been saying since the start of the Occupation that, as a whole, the Occupy movement needs to get more organized, perhaps even form something a little more recognizable by the establishment. Some have argued for the adoption of specific policy mandates. Others have said that the Occupations – which now spread from coast to coast and around the world – should heavily consider endorsing political candidates as their main goal.

All share the same trait: they miss the point of Occupy entirely.

Occupy Wall Street and its affiliates have already accomplished an incredible feat without acquiescing to the establishment political model: they fomented a dialogue, a discussion that has taken on a form largely unfavorable to members of either party.

People are talking about just how ineffective and nonefficacious elections are, because of the perceived influence the “1%” has on them (thanks in large part, they argue, to the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision made in 2010). They’re talking about just how militarized police forces have become. They’re talking about the necessity of the living wage and the general strike as a legitimate protest tool, something this country hasn’t even seen since the 1940s.

They’re talking about, and experimenting with, alternative forms of participatory democracy, not only in Occupy camps, but in their daily lives.

Certain candidates for re-election have had to retool their message to ostensibly try to cater to this new dialogue.

President Barack Obama, speaking in Osawatomie, Kan. on Tuesday said, “this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. [...] At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home and secure their retirement.”

Whether or not the Occupy movement will peter out in the same fashion that the Tea Party did is still up in the air. One way to ensure that it does not is by continuing on the same spontaneous path it has been headed down since September 17.

To quote former President George W. Bush, “stay the course.”

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WinterGlow Lights Up A Cold Winter’s Night http://uco360.com/news/winterglow-lights-up-a-cold-winters-night/ http://uco360.com/news/winterglow-lights-up-a-cold-winters-night/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 05:28:07 +0000 M. A. Smith http://uco360.com/?p=25256

Photo By: M.A. Smith, The Vista

Horse-drawn carriages, hot cocoa and apple cider, candy, readings from “The Polar Express” and pictures with Santa Claus made the annual campus lighting ceremony a true sight to behold.

Even chilly rain did not stop UCO’s 14th annual WinterGlow celebration on Friday, Dec. 2.

Holiday enthusiasts from Edmond and Oklahoma City came to UCO for the traditional lighting of the Old North building, along with special treats for the kids.

This year’s theme was based on the popular children’s book and movie “The Polar Express.” The celebration kicked off at 6 p.m. with the lighting ceremony in front of Old North.

UCO President Don Betz opened the ceremony with jokes about the weather.

“Not a good time for a long speech,” he said as the crowd laughed. “I guess you have to use your strongest imagination to think of the glow in the WinterGlow.”

But his words soon became serious.

“The glow is not about the weather. The glow is what goes on within the heart of real people,” Betz said. “This is the season for imagining and hoping for the very best for all of us.”

Immediately following the president’s welcome, the children from Young Choirs of Central Oklahoma sang Christmas carols under the direction of Leslie House.

Edmond mayor and UCO alumni Charles Lamb officially began the countdown to the lighting of Old North.

Edmond resident Carolyn North attends the event every year. “This is sort of a tradition for my family,” she said. “Even the rain couldn’t keep me away.”

After the lighting ceremony had concluded, spectators moved to Nigh University Center for various activities held their and elsewhere on campus.

Horse-drawn carriages were available in front of Broncho Lake to take those courageous enough to brave the weather on a tour around campus.

“Mommy, mommy, look at the horses,” seven-year-old Katie McGregor, of Edmond, said. “I like horses. Daddy said we can’t get one.”

On the first floor of Nigh Center, next to Starbucks, the college hosted a Letters to the Troops area.

People wrote letters to the troops serving in other countries, and the college will mail the letters to the troops for their Christmas presents.

Alen House, Oklahoma City resident and National Guard Army reservist, said he appreciated what the college was doing for the troops.

“Many people talk about the soldiers and how they support them. But, people rarely spend the time to show their support,” he said. “The guys will love this.”

Lines were another unofficial theme of this year’s celebration. People stood in line everywhere, from the hot cocoa and apple cider tables to the candy station. The longest line was for Saint Nick himself.

Parents and children lined up from Constitution Hall to the front of the food court in order to see the special visitor from the North Pole. Santa made his appearance shortly after 7 p.m., but the line was well under way before 6 p.m.

Six-year-old Tony Jenson was one of the children waiting in line.

“Santa’s going to bring me Bumble Bee,” he said. “[Because] I’ve been good this year.”

Taylor Made Photography provided complimentary pictures with Santa to the children who donated one unwrapped toy.

Phot By: M.A. Smith

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Opinion: The Tea Party: Where Did They All Go? http://uco360.com/blogs/opinion-the-tea-party-where-did-they-all-go/ http://uco360.com/blogs/opinion-the-tea-party-where-did-they-all-go/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 04:17:10 +0000 Ben Luschen http://uco360.com/?p=25270

Just one year ago, the Tea Party movement took the voting booths by storm.

An astounding 4 in 10 voters identified themselves as sympathizers with the group in exit polls following the 2010 midterm elections. It was this support that helped the Republican party recapture the House.

Several political pundits credited the movement with “transforming” American politics as we know it. NPR, however, in an article published shortly after the 2010 elections, wondered exactly how well the movement would fare as it made the transition from protest signs to signing off on legislation:

The Tea Party faces the challenge of channeling the energy it brought to the election into a governing agenda when it has no clear mandate, a stated distaste for the inevitable compromises of legislating, and a wary relationship with Republican leaders in Congress.”

Sound familiar, Occupiers?

Though there’s still time left before Americans once again crowd into their local voting stations, it certainly appears the Tea Party movement has at least begun to fizzle out.

If they made True Hollywood Stories for political movements, I’m sure the Tea Party’s tale would be reminiscent of ‘N Sync or the Backstreet Boys. Arrive with a boom and disappear without a whimper.

To fully understand the lack of impact the Tea Party has on this year’s election, one must only take a look at the two leading GOP Presidential candidates.

Newt Gingrich fits a textbook description of the “Washington insider” and Mitt Romney’s moderate record as Massachusetts governor has to frustrate those in the movement.

Outside the confines of the presidency, the Tea Party has many hurdles to leap over in other key races across the country. Ted Cruz, former Solicitor General of Texas, hopes to fill the state’s vacant U.S. Senator positions. Despite being called “the biggest Tea Party rock star in the class of 2012,” Cruz finds himself losing ground to other Republican candidates.

Now it’s the Occupiers’ turn.

How does one translate the energy and passion of a movement into real and tangible political change? How does one really “transform” American politics?

In order to avoid damnation by irrelevancy, the Occupy movement must learn some lessons their conservative foils never learned: focus and priority-driven compromise.

As history has shown, the only ways to truly alter a nation’s course are through gradual unity or ultimate secession, and I pray it never comes to the latter. 

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Bronchos send Sooners scurrying in sweep http://uco360.com/sports/bronchos-send-sooners-scurrying-in-sweep/ http://uco360.com/sports/bronchos-send-sooners-scurrying-in-sweep/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:10:30 +0000 Bryan Trude http://uco360.com/?p=25234

UCO players celebrate after a win against OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

The UCO Bronchos took revenge for earlier losses by sweeping the Oklahoma Sooners for the first time in school history in a home-and-home weekend series Friday, Dec. 2 at Arctic Edge in Edmond, and Saturday, Dec. 3 at Blazers Ice Center in Oklahoma City.

#18 Central (13-9) came into the game off a long break for the Thanksgiving holiday, recuperating from a 1-2 split of a three game series against the Arizona Wildcats and the Liberty Flames. #6 Oklahoma (17-8-1) came in off of a holiday road sweep of Lindenwood by a combined score of 7-1.

In their first series on the weekend of Oct. 13, the Sooners corralled the Bronchos 7-3 in front of their home crowd at Blazers, before defeating UCO 4-2 the following night in Edmond.

OU looked to pick up where it left off on Friday, after the Sooners put in a pair of quick goals in the first five minutes of the 1st period, courtesy of junior Jon Schanke and sophomore Steven Beim.

Central struck back, though, as scoring leader Donald Geary and freshman forward Corey Allen tied the game before the first intermission, with help from Peter Kressner, Nolan Grauer and Luke Ward in assists.

UCO never looked back as the second period started, as Broncho defenders shut down center ice and forced the Sooners to shoot from the outside edges of the Bronchos zone, keeping OU from crashing the net and starting goaltender Tory Caldwell.

“After those first two [OU goals], I knew I had to bear down and give my team a chance to win and just try to shut the door after that,” Caldwell said. “The guys did a really good job of helping me and letting me see the puck. As long as I can see the puck, I have a good chance of stopping it.”

A goal by sophomore Anthony Knuth in the second gave UCO the lead for good off a Patrick Higgins assist. Knuth also contributed for an assist alongside Allen on a powerplay goal by Ward to make the score 4-2 going into the third. An insurance goal by Josh Harris in the third sealed the deal for the Bronchos, picking up the 5-2 victory.

Caldwell was 34 for 36 on saves between the pipes for Central, while Sooners backup Matt Pombo went 22 for 27. OU’s leading scorer, Blake Martin, was tossed in the second for a game misconduct penalty, and according to OU training staff began displaying concussion-like symptoms.

“We were due for this,” Caldwell said. “We knew we could skate with them, and it’s nice with the big crowd cheering us on.”

Despite the win, the Bronchos knew the challenge had only just begun as they travelled to Sooners home ice to continue the series the next day.

The game began much like games between these two teams end, with physical play and a good number of matching roughing penalties handed out.

After going scoreless in the first, UCO opened up the gates courtesy of a Corey Brennan goal in the second. OU, who was playing without Martin, saw shot after shot turned away by spectacular saves by Caldwell, who looked to erase the memories of the 7-goals against he turned in on his last visit to Blazers.  Instead, the Sooners attempted to slow the Bronchos with physical, hard-hitting play, a challenge UCO was eager to meet.

“I play very aggressive, and I guess that’s just my style of play,” Nick Novak, defender, said. “Those guys really don’t like me. A few of them asked me to fight, but I kept my cool. I’d rather beat their whole team than just one player.”

A goal from Jean-Marc Biron and two by Geary sealed the shutout as UCO walked away with a 4-0 victory, capping the Bronchos first series sweep of Oklahoma in school history.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Craig McAlister, head coach, said. “These guys worked their butts off, they believed in the system, they executed, you couldn’t ask for anything more.”

“We made [OU] frustrated, so as many times as we’ve had to put up with a lot of things, this is fantastic,” McAlister said. “For all the seniors and juniors who had to put up with a lot of crap that we had to put up with from these guys for years and years, this is absolutely wonderful.”

UCO will close out the semester with a road trip to take on #11 Robert Morris Illinois. The Bronchos return to Arctic Edge on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, when Central will face the top-ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State. Admission is $7, $5 for students and faculty with ID, and free for children under five.

For more photos by Vista Photo Editor Garett Fisbeck, click here.

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The Nomadic Beat: From dust and to dust returned http://uco360.com/blogs/the-nomadic-beat-from-dust-and-to-dust-returned/ http://uco360.com/blogs/the-nomadic-beat-from-dust-and-to-dust-returned/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:35:55 +0000 Josh Hutton http://uco360.com/?p=25230

“From dust, and to dust returned”


One of my grandmother’s first childhood memories is of dust.

The entire southwestern Kansas countryside was beaten by incessant waves of dirt.

My great grandparents outfitted their farmhouse in Ulysses to keep the mad grains of dirt outside, leaving a dark and lonely interior. From a childhood of Great Depression to an adolescence spent in the Second Great War, my grandmother fought to maintain the optimism of youth.

It was an era for which she seldom grew nostalgic.

Her golden age began when she married Virgil Mawhirter in 1951. From that marriage, she relished in the joy of watching six children grow and begin families of their own.

14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren later, Granny indulged a life of seeing her influence flourish within each branch of the family tree.

Each human being begins life with the innate knowledge of eventual defeat. Few prepare for the loss or face it with dignity.

Granny left this earth last Friday.

And while many men and women leave legacies of fantastic wealth, of established business, or even crippling poverty, Granny left something that is immune to the weathering and warring of time.

Her legacy lies in the bloodline. Her legacy is compassion, grace, and comedy that will continue far beyond my own death. In life, she acted as a quiet director.

She solidified a shapeless, frequently sparring group of people into an incredibly strong family unit. She will continue to act as glue for many decades to come.

Shortly before Granny’s death, we had a long discussion about “East of Eden”, novelist John Steinbeck’s masterpiece.

I told her it was her kind of book, and though time never afforded her the opportunity to read it, I feel this passage fits her immaculately: “I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”

Even in death, the truly great women amongst us are never destroyed. They scatter across us like windblown topsoil on the plains of Kansas. They seep into our pores, our blood, our souls, and they issue one of human existence’s supreme challenges: to honor their lives through our own.

I honestly believe I could never be the caliber of person my grandmother was, but that does not mean I will not try. I see her in the uncompromising kindness of my mother. I see her in the spunk and patience of my sister while tending to her own children.

The delicate reminders of her influence act as an ode.

Each of us has the responsibility to leave this planet in a finer state than when we found it. Always be attentive, savoring every moment with the boldest people you come across.

Do not let the grand legacies laid out before you be carried off by the wind, but let the dust of their memory settle into your soul that you may perpetuate greatness.

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The Vista – Dec. 6, 2011 http://uco360.com/vistapaper/the-vista-dec-6-2011/ http://uco360.com/vistapaper/the-vista-dec-6-2011/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 06:01:30 +0000 amurray http://uco360.com/?p=25224 ]]> http://uco360.com/vistapaper/the-vista-dec-6-2011/feed/ 0 Poppycock Cartoons: Dec. 6, 2011 http://uco360.com/blogs/poppycock-cartoons-dec-6-2011/ http://uco360.com/blogs/poppycock-cartoons-dec-6-2011/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:37:26 +0000 eoldham http://uco360.com/?p=25216

Cartoon by Evan Oldham, The Vista

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Poppycock Cartoons: Dec. 1, 2011 http://uco360.com/blogs/poppycock-cartoons-dec-1-2011/ http://uco360.com/blogs/poppycock-cartoons-dec-1-2011/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:31:52 +0000 eoldham http://uco360.com/?p=25210

Cartoon by Evan Oldham, The Vista

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Couponing helps cut costs for college students http://uco360.com/news/couponing-helps-cut-costs-for-college-students/ http://uco360.com/news/couponing-helps-cut-costs-for-college-students/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:48:33 +0000 Amber Pyle http://uco360.com/?p=25157 The coupon craze has made its way to campus as students try to cut cost wherever possible.

Lesa Maxwell, a junior majoring in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management is one of many jumping on the coupon train.

“When I worked at Homeland I would see people come in with their big binders; I thought they were crazy but they would leave with full baskets and only spend $30 to $40,” Maxwell said. “They made me start wondering why couldn’t I save a few extra bucks.”

Maxwell only spends an hour or two a week cutting coupons but says that even dedicating a small amount of time to it has paid off, she has cut her food expenses by 50 percent.

There are over 200 websites available free to the public, offering organized information on where coupons can be located and where the best sales are. The only requirement of using the resources is providing your email address.

Heather Gillean, a freshman majoring in business administration, is another couponing student.

“Between the cost of college, books and rent I have to save money somehow,” Gillean said. “It’s like a fifth class, I can easily spend three hours a week finding the best deals.”

And that’s what is being offered at many colleges across the United States, Sam Houston State University and Southwest Illinois College in Belleville are two that offered fall classes in couponing.

According to The Houstonian shortly after the TLC series Extreme Couponing aired in April 2011 students began to express an interest in learning more about how to save money. Administrators decided offering an elective couponing class could gain interest among students to start cutting cost in their day-to-day lives.

“I think it would be great to have a class like that at UCO, why not offer ways to save money instead of barrowing so much in student loans,” Gillean said.

Couponing began nearly three years ago as a response to an economic downfall but has since turned into something more complex.

After declining for more than a decade, coupon use began to rise in 2008 as the economy collapsed; it soared in 2009. According to marketing firm Inmar. Couponing has not dropped during the recovery, staying steady at $3.3 billion coupons redeemed last year.

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Photos: UCO Hockey vs. OU http://uco360.com/sports/photos-uco-hockey-vs-ou-2/ http://uco360.com/sports/photos-uco-hockey-vs-ou-2/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 02:44:01 +0000 Garett Fisbeck http://uco360.com/?p=25182 UCO swept OU this past weekend, beating the Sooners 5-2 Friday and 4-0 Saturday.

UCO's Shane Khalaf (17) and OU's Jesse Bryant (11) during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Patrick Higgins (9) and OU's Troy Puente (4) during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

Lauren Raquel and Andrew Barnett perform with the Lauren Raquel Band during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Luke Ward (26) and OU's Shane Vorndran (28) during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Patrick Higgins (9) and OU's Jon Schanke (24) during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Anthony Knuth (29) takes a shot during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Anthony Knuth (29) celebrates after a goal during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Anthony Knuth (29) celebrates with teammates after a goal during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Derek Mussey (3) shoots the puck past OU's Blake Martin (14) during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Mackenzie Thiessen (4) skates ahead of OU's Blake Martin (14) and Jesse Bryant (11) during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Ryan Marrs (21) skates against OU's Nic Power (19) during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Mackenzie Thiessen (4) and OU's Chad Hudson (25) talk to a game official after a penalty call during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

OU's Blake Martin (14) is ejected during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Nolan Grauer (19) is checked by OU's Alex Jacobs (16) during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Donald Geary (91) and OU's Jon Schanke (24) fight for a puck during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Jean Marc Biron (20) and OU's Kevin Zehnder (3) fight for a puck during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Jean Marc Biron (20) and OU's Kevin Zehnder (3) fight for a puck during a hockey game between UCO and OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO players celebrate after a wind against OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

UCO's Kevin Bergquist (61) celebrates with fans after beating OU at Arctic Edge Arena, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Vista

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