From STAFF REPORTS - Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Permit No. 117
Friday, February 27,2004
Campus news, campus views from Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Volume 84 No, 17
N e w sales tax would benefit sports
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City vote could allow construction, renovation of athletic facilities
By MATT THOMAS
Proposed for S O S U
Proposed for Durant
The fate of a $16.4 million
proposal for building city sports
facilities and improving sports
facilities at S O S U will come to
a city wide vote M a y 11.
Cathy Conway, S O S U
director of human
resources, will offer two
early retirement incentive
workshops, one at 9:30
a.m. and one at 2 p.m.,
today in the Russell
Building, R o o m 300. All
interested faculty and staff
are encouraged to attend.
For more information, call
Where does the staff of The
Southeastern stand on the
issue? Editorial, Page 3.
Track and soGcer fields
H Arena and community
Parking and road construction ($1,237,600)
According to a proposal preFootball field renovation
sented recently to the Durant
City Council by the Durant
• Practice fields
Q Tennis courts
Committee, a committee formed
to research possible sports facilD
ities expansion in the city, a total
half-cent sales tax would be
added to the current 8-cent sales with a unanimous 5-0 vote.
great appeal to the community improvements at both levels, quarter cent would go to fund
tax over the next 20 years to
"The improvements will help at large. All of Durant will ben- said Johnson, w h o added that $9.2 million in improvements to
fund the project.
the university improve recruit- efit, not just Southeastern."
most colleges in Oklahoma athletic facilities at S O S U and
John Massey, a distinguished ing," said S O S U President Glen
The proposal is two-fold, tying already have similar city-uni- the other quarter-cent would
alumnus of S O S U , is serving as D. Johnson, w h o also serves on the
Multi-Sports versity partnerships in place.
fund $7.2 million in athleticschair of the committee. The City the Sports Complex Initiative Complex together with SouthTo be listed as two separate
Council supported the proposal Committee. "But this also has a eastern
for much-needed items on the M a y 11 ballot, one- See TAXES Page 2
Peer pressure lecture
Texoma Association for
Public School Improvement
will be hosting counselor
and author Sharon Scott,
presenting "Peer Pressure
Reversal," from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. today, in the S O S U
Ballroom. Tickets are free
but must be requested at
The cultural and scholastic fee is sponsoring a trip
to the Dallas Symphony
will leave at 4:30 p.m. from
the parking lot behind the
Administration Building. For
more information, stop by
the Office for Student
Services in the
R o o m 205, or call 7452368.
S O S U assessment
The S O S U Art
March 1, through
Friday, March 26, in the
Visual and Performing Arts
Center. For more information, call 745-2274.
Proteus e n s e m b l e
The S O S U Department
of Music presents the
Ensemble at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2, in the
Fine Arts Recital Hall as
part of the Musical Arts
Series. For more information, call the Music
Department at 745-2088.
Ear training lecture
Mike Estep, instructor of
Ear Training: Ideas
Traditional Ear Training
Methods - Introducing the
Practical Ear Training Tool
Paired with Mnemonic
Imagery" at 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 4, in the
Russell Building, R o o m
Mid-level assessment is
scheduled for Wednesday,
March 3, in the Russell
Building, R o o m 100.
Morning classes will be
cancelled. For more information, call the 745-2218.
Theatre at Southeastern
presents "The Miser"
Wednesday, Thursday and
Friday, March 10-12, in the
For tickets information, call
March 19. The campus will
be closed and The
Southeastern will not produce a paper Friday, March
19. The next issue will be
Friday, March 26.
Donna Frazier, an S O S U alumna, gave a workshop for Theatre at Southeastern students
Saturday to prepare them for the children's theatre production of "Bubble's Big Top
Adventure." At the workshop, students learned to juggle and make balloon animals.
A l u m n a teaches circus skills
to Southeastern theatre students
By C H A R I T Y L A P O N S I E
SOSU alumna Donna
Frazier was invited to teach
For more information on
upcoming productions from
Theatre at Southeastern, call
the box office at 745-2696.
Theatre at Southeastern students juggling and the art of
balloon animals last Saturday
for the upcoming children's
show, "Bubble's Big Top
The play, a circus-themed
Cinderella story, runs April 58 for local elementary schools
and for the public on April 8
at 7:30 p.m. Contact the box
office at 745-2696 for ticket
Because of the theme, specific skills were needed that
few theatre students possessed.
Frazier has been clowning
for years and traveled with
Carson and Barnes Circus for
a year and a half.
"I just love the circus, from
the smells of the animals and
the cotton candy to the glamour, the lights and the costumes," said Frazier.
Her skills range from juggling with scarves to juggling
cigar boxes to juggling while
riding a unicycle.
Frazier only taught the students to juggle with scarves
and balls. She also taught
them h o w to make several different balloon animals.
The workshop lasted just a
few hours, but the students
went home with skills that
will be useful for them in the
children's show and the
1 thought that
juggling w a s a
skill that would be
very hard and difficult to learn, but
Donna ... m a d e it
- DUSTIN E A S T W O O D
"I thought that juggling was
a skill that would be very hard
and difficult to learn, but
Donna, the workshop coordinator, made it fun and very
easy, " said Dustin Eastwood,
a senior acting/directing and
technical theatre major. "I feel
confident that it could be useful for m e in years to come."
By S A R A STANGLIN
There have been m a n y
changes in the w a y that
Southeastern conducts assessment testing.
In the past, students of the junior level took a mid-level
assessment test consisting of
five parts: critical thinking,
reading, science reasoning.
writing and math.
N o w students are randomly
selected from all classifications,
and instead of being tested in all
five areas, they are only tested
in critical thinking and reading.
After studying the results of
previous tests, the Office of
Academic Affairs decided the
testing process and the results
were not very positive. The
study also showed that as the
day progressed the scores got
even lower, said Dr. Charles
Weiner, director of assessment.
The reason some students are
having to. retake a section of the
test is because seniors are needed to get an accurate reading of
the results, Weiner said.
The Office of Academic
Affairs hopes to eventually
resolve any duplication of test
takers, but the revised program
is still working the kinks out,
The next mid-level assessment
test will be March 3 in R o o m
100 of the Russell Building. The
critical thinking test is at 9 a.m
and the reading test is at 10:30
a.m. All morning classes will be
The office is willing to discuss
a rescheduled version of the test
in special circumstances.
Assessment testing is required
by the Regents for Higher
The next mid-level
assessment test will be
Wednesday, March 3, in the
Russell Building, R o o m 100.
• The critical thinking test is
at 9 a.m. and the reading
testis at 10:30 a.m.
• If you have a special
Gtrmcumstance and want to
find out if you qualify to
reschedule the testing time,
call the Office of Academic
Affairs at 745-2218.
Education and is necessary in
order for a school to get national accreditation, Weiner pointed
out, adding the test is also used
to assess the general education
courses and requirements.
"This past year, critical thinking scores exceeded the national
average," said Weiner. "That's
the first time ever."
There are actually five types
of assessment testing: entry
level for n e w students, midlevel, program outcome, student
satisfaction and graduate for
students in graduate school.
The other tests are given to
random students at different
times throughout the year,
depending on what program,
classification or school a student is in.
Restructuring the assessment
program led to the creation of a
general education director position and the general education
Test results n o w go to the
director and Qpuncil, w h o look
at the strengths and weaknesses
and determine possible changes.
S O S U theatre prepares for March production of T h e Miser'
From STAFF R E P O R T S
the unveiling of Theatre at
Southeastern's new logo design.
As part of its 75th anniversary
"The Miser" is a classic in the
'The Miser" runs March
season, Theatre at Southeastern
history of theatre comedies.
10-12 at 8 p.m. in the
will present a baroque version
The aging but vital Harpagon is
VPAC. Tickets are $5 for
of Moliere's comedy, "The
hoarding every cent and dime
adults and $2 for seniors
Miser," directed by Barbara
he can get his hands on, making
and students. For more
sure that his two children, the
information, call the box
innocent Elise and the dandy
" T h e Miser' stands as one of
office at 745-2696.
Cleante, live under his iron will.'
the great comic masterpieces of
To complicate matters, Elise
all time," said Director of charter of that organization in
Theatre Dell McLain.
the state and is still a member. has fallen in love with the handsome Valere, w h o masquerades
The production's dates, March
"We're planning a big event
10-12, were designed to coin- with T h e Miser.' It's our birth- as a servant .in the household,
despite his noble birth and,
cide with the official charter day and we're going to have a
yet, Cleante and
dates of the program's induction party," said McLain.
Harpagon are both smitten with
into the Alpha Psi O m e g a
The Friday performance,
the same woman, the beautiful,
National Theatre Honor Society. March 12, will include a recepCast
if somewhat dim, Marianne.
In March 1929, Southeastern's tion during intermission, a pressituations of the classic comedy. Theatre at Southeastern's
theatre program became the first entation to honored guests and See MISER Page 2
production runs March 10-12.
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SGA election results
Association special elections were held Feb. 19. A
total of 137 votes were
cast. N e w senators are
Jesse Doyle, Kimberly
Hibbs and Lindsay White.
Continuing education is
offering a genealogy class
to those interested in
researching their family
tree. Students will learn
what resources are available and the most effective
ways of conducting searches. The class will meet
Thursdays, March 4, 11, 25
and April 1, from 6:30-8:30
p.m. in University Center,
R o o m 215. Tuition is-$39
and advance registration is
required. To register call
N C A A guidelines
The N C A A has strict rules
regarding the use of a stu. dent-athlete's
The university can use a
a news-type publication, but
it is not permissible for use
without prior written consent from the athletic director. Violation can jeopardize
a student-athlete's eligibility.
If you have any questions,
you can contact Cherrie
Wilmoth, N C A A compliance
coordinator, at 745-2690.
Association is having a call
for projects. Faculty and
students are invited to submit abstracts for several different projects.
Submissions must be postmarked by April 2. Projects
will be presented at the
O S T C A convention, Sept.
11, at the University of
Central Oklahoma in
Father, daughter attend S O S U together
Would you want to go to college with your dad or with your
That is the case for two students, a father and daughter
w h o attend S O S U .
Joe Collins and Krystal
Collins both attend S O S U
because it is not far from their
h o m e in Eufaula, and because it
is one of the cheapest schools
in the state, according to Joe.
"The main reason I came
here is they're supposed to
have a really good communications department," said Joe.
. Krystal came to S O S U
because she wants to be an elementary education teacher and
SOSU's education school is
supposed to be one of the best
in the state, she said.
They both agreed that attending the same school enables
them to spend more time
the same college is that they
save money on books because
they share all their classes this
semester except one.
Another advantage is that Joe
helps Krystal study for Spanish,
and she helps him study for
According to Joe, there are
no real disadvantages of going
to school with his daughter.
"Initially it felt kind of strange,
but apparently I was the only
one w h o felt that way," he said.
This is Krystal's first semester at S O S U , after transferring
from Connors State College in
Daughter anrj father students, Krystal and Joe Collins, study Warner.
for a Spanish class in Joe's dorm room in North Hall.
Other than taking two classes
last summer, this is Joe's first
"Being on the same campus is
semester at S O S U as well.
"Since she's been going here, really nice."
Joe served in the A r m y for 16
But it does cause the occaI a m not such a hermit, and I
years and got out in 1996 with
a m more sociable because she
an honorable discharge for
"I have run into people w h o
helps m e talk to people," said
think I a m either his wife or
Joe, w h o is divorced, said he
Krystal, w h o is an only child, girlfriend," she said.
is going to college because he
O n e advantage of attending
agreed with her dad, saying,
T A X E S -- from page 1
The Student Government
Association meets at 6:30
p.m. Thursdays in the
R o o m in the Administration
Building. O n e topic for discussion will be SpringFest
2004, scheduled for April
18-21. Call 745-2366.
From STAFF R E P O R T S
Symphonic band plans
first concert of season
The Muscular Dystrophy
Association is recruiting volunteer camp counselors for
their summer camps for
children. M D A is in need of
male and female counselors. The camp will be
held at Central Oklahoma
Christian C a m p June 12-18
and June 26 through July 2.
For more information, call
the same event.
S h a n n o n
M c C r a w , was
happy with the
"I'm proud of these students.
Jason's successes have signaled
a turning point for the team,
qualifying for nationals in poetry and debate," M c C r a w said.
"He has an incredible work
ethic and has demonstrated
exceptional leadership. T h e
team is young, and I believe w e
will see great things from other
team members in the future."
The speech and debate team is
currently composed of foiir
members;:r:May, Ryan Owens,
and & A m b e r
Their next tournament is the
Delta Sigma Phi-Tau Kappa
Alpha national tournament
scheduled for the first weekend
of Spring Break in Tuscaloosa,
Ala. M c C r a w also may enter the
National Forensics Association
tournament in mid-April with
May, w h o is the only team
m e m b e r to qualify for this
MDA summer camp
dent must place fourth or higher
This year, a recognition of
births has been added to
the program for the faculty
and staff banquet, so if you
had a child after April 24,
2003, e-mail the child's
name, the parents' names
and the date of birth to
[email protected] Also, if
you have an event that
needs to be taped for inclusion in the banqtfet's video
highlights, contact Wayne
Williamson, director of
and sound designer, and Allison
Clubb, junior technical theatre
major and stage manager.
"The Miser" will feature Eddy
From STAFF R E P O R T S
Karch, senior acting/directing
theatre major; R.L. Rushing,
junior acting/directing theatre
major; Becky Walters, graduate Jason M a y placed in two events
student; Mark McClanahan, at the Rice/St. T h o m a s
senior acting/directing and techUniversity speech and debate
nical theatre design major; tournament last weekend in
Stephanie Finch, senior act- "Houston. M a y placed third in
ing/directing theatre major; Josh interpretation of poetry and
Nelson, junior speech, theatre
received the award for fifth
education and acting/directing
overall speaker in parliamentary
major; Alice Onco, graduate
student; Dustin Eastwood, senTwelve universities attended
ior acting/directing theatre
major; Ryan Billingsley, sopho- the competition, including the
more acting/directing theatre University of Texas, Texas Tech
and Rice. S O S U was the only
Oklahoma school competing.
Littlejohn, junior acting/directing theatre major; Jamie
M a y placed in poetry with his
acting/directing theatre major; Gregory Corso. His award for
Noah Crissman, freshman techfifth overall was given out
nical theatre major; and John
.king ability as
Allen Blair, Senior acting/direct- well as strength or arguments-:—
ing theatre major.
First through fourth awards
for overall speaker went to students from Rice University, a
However, M a y beat six other
Below is an illustration of the two sites being con
Rice debaters to claim the fifthsidered for construction of an arena and complace award.
^ munity center on the S O S U campus, one at
B y placing in poetry, M a y
the corner of First Street and University
qualified to go to the National
Boulevard, and the other in the current
Forensics Association national
location of the S O S U baseball field.
tournament. To qualify, a stu*r
that everything matches that
time period," said Tiffany Orr,
senior technical theatre major
and properties designer.
"To achieve the look of 15th
century France, I researched
books, movies and paintings,".
The staging of "The Miser" is
also different from today's staging. In today's theater, actors
rarely talk to the audience, but
in "The Miser" that is not the
"The main thing that was different was h o w people stood up,
h o w they walked, h o w they gestured, which is completely different from people's mannerisms today," said James
Fletcher, senior acting/directing
and theatre management and
Students on the design team
are David Stachowski, junior
technical theatre major, safety
major and lighting designer;
Orr; Corey King, senior musical
theatre, acting/directing major
The 2004-05 foundation
scholarship application is
now^avaiiable for all current
S O S U students under the
"Current Students" link on
the S O S U W e b page
(www.sosu.edu). The application deadline is March 1.
Students only need to submit one application to apply
for all foundation scholarships for which they are eligible. For more information,
contact Kim Lisenby in the
Office at 745-2442.
M a y wins big at
. MISER -- from page 1
Meanwhile, scheming servants and assorted hustlers
angle for Harpagon's incredible
wealth, much of which is n o w
buried and protected by snarling
Dobermans. The plot spirals to a
wildly comic finish, filled with
all the masterful plot twists and
outrageous revelations one
would expect from one of
Moliere's finest plays.
"The Miser" is being completely designed from the 1630s
through the 1650s. This
includes lighting, sound, props,
costume and set design, as well
as the directing and acting.
"We're going back to an original stage with foot lights at the
said Director of
Technical Theatre and set
designer James Cunningham.
"Also, all the interior design is
based on French decoration during the mid-1600s in France."
"The Miser" will also feature
original furnitupe built based on
paintings. "Trie biggest challenge for m e was making sure
always wanted to but was never
able to because he was
deployed with the Army, and
his job in the military was too
Joe, w h o is double-majoring
in Spanish and journalism, said
he wants to work for a newspaper or teach, and also earn his
master's degree in Spanish and
a Ph.D. in journalism.
Krystal is also double-majoring, in elementary education
In the future, Krystal wants
to be a second-grade teacher, a
fiction book author and maybe
a children's book author. A n d
she wants to sing.
Joe and Krystal both eat their
meals on campus together and
attend plays together.
Joe and Krystal, w h o wrife
for The Southeastern, both live
in dorms. "It's almost like living in a military barrack," said
For more information on the
symphonic band, call David
Christy at 745-2084.
The Southeastern Oklahoma
State University symphonic
band will present its first con- position of first chair in the
cert of the season Monday, Oklahoma
March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Honor Band and plans on earnincluding 12 handicap spaces, Montgomery Auditorium.
ing a master's degree in trumpet
and would also allow for the
Under the direction of David performance after graduating
aquatic center. However, with
Christy, director of bands, and from Southeastern.
this plan a new location for the Dr. Michael Miles, S O S U
Student conductor Lauren
baseball field would have to be Music Department chair, the
Moffitt will lead the ensemble
symphonic band will perform in "Loch Lomond."
Another $1 million would be
Ride" by Samuel R. Hazo,
Moffitt is pursuing her mas-.
used for renovations to Paul
Folk Song Suite" by Ralph ter's degree in education with a
Laird Field, including addition- Vaughan Williams, "Carnival
music emphasis and is a gradual seating, upgrading the existO f Venice" by Herbert L. ate conducting student of
ing seating and redesigning
Clarke, "Chester" by William Miles. She also plays flute in
entry ways into the stadium.
Schuman, "Loch Lomond" by the symphonic band and teaches
Under the city's quarter-cent
Frank Ticheli, "Every Morning private flute throughout the
sales tax increase, the project N e w " by David R. Holsinger
would also include another $1
and "Rolling Thunder" by
million for resurfacing Paul Henry Fillmore.
The 40-member select ensemLaird field with synthetic turf,
"Carnival Of Venice" will fea- ble is comprised of university
bringing the total cost of renoture trumpet soloist Brian students including both music
vations to the football field to Walker, principal trumpet virtumajors and non-majors. There
approximately $2 milliori.
oso of the symphonic band.
will be no admission charge for
The remaining $200,000
Walker is a senior music per- the concert.
would be used to upgrade the formance
Comanche and has performed
For m o r e information, call
In a meeting Wednesday, with
with numerous area organiza- Christy at 7 4 5 - 2 0 8 4 or via eselected faculty members w h o tions. H e has earned the coveted
might help serve as opinion
leaders on this issue, Johnson
said the next phase is to build
campuswide and citywide support for the sales tax increase
Lock your radio to 91.9-KSSU for a variety of
music, plus news, campus life and sports.
" W e have the most modest
facilities of any school in the
Want to make a request? Call 745-7483 and
entire Lone Star Conference,"
tell the D J to play your favorite song.
Johnson said. "But this isn't just
for the university. It's for the
related improvements throughout the city of Durant. The
lion's share would go to the proposed Durant Multi-Sports
Complex to be located south of
the downtown area near the
Durant Country Club.
Approximately $1 million of
this quarter-cent sales tax
increase would go toward
improvements to SOSU's football field, since Durant High
School's team plays its home
games there and since city residents utilize the walking/running track.
The rest of the city's $7.2 million portion of the overall package would go to build baseball
and softball fields, soccer fields,
a fishing pond, a pavilion and
other projects at the MultiSports Complex.
O f the money raised for renovations and construction at
Southeastern, approximately $8
million would go to build an
arena/community center. This
new facility would feature a
4,480-seat gymnasium with the
ability to convert to an auditoriu m for special events like concerts and trade shows.
The arena would also include
a n e w weight-training room,
new locker rooms, concession
•*s, a lobby with trophy
cases and an indoor track that
would be open for the c o m m u nity's use.
One proposed plan would also
allow building an indoor aquatic center attached to the gym,
which would include a 25meter, six-lane pool with
accompanying locker room
facilities. This would also be
available to the community.
There are two proposed sites
for the new arena.
Site one would be south of
Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium
on the comer of First Street and
University Boulevard. There are
two proposed plans for building
in this site, the primary difference being the number of parking spaces available. In Scheme
A, there would be 184 spaces,
including 12 handicap spaces,
while Scheme B would offer
439 parking spaces, including
18 handicap spaces.
However, building at this location would not allow for construction of the indoor aquatic
center, which would make the
cost of the g y m closer to $7 million, about $1 million less than
the plan with the aquatic center.
Site two is located where the
Savage baseball field is currently located. This site would have
at least 304 parking spaces,
TUNE IN TO
KSSU... the sound of Southeastern
Friday, February 27, 2004
Take what you can get
Parking violations need enforcement
For the most part, I have
observed the residents of
Durant, and especially the students of S O S U , to be a very
friendly and considerate lot.
However, I have on a few
occasions observed students
w h o are not handicapped parking in handicapped zones.
Furthermore, their vehicles d o
not carry and display a handicapped placard.
T h e times I have observed
this, the students appear to be
running late for class or some
other function and are probably
thinking there isn't any harm.
Unfortunately, no matter h o w
late you m a y be, or h o w inconvenienced you m a y feel looking for a parking space w h e n
there is a handicap zone empty,
it does not compare to h o w
m u c h more difficult you have
m a d e someone's already diffiJ
Just imagine that you are in a
wheelchair, or need a walker or
Sales tax for athletics
not hurting academics
Durant's half-cent sales tax proposal, which would fund construction of a Multi-Sports Complex in Durant, as well as construction and renovation of S O S U athletics facilities, comes at
a very awkward time.
In the midst of a budget crisis, in which the university has
faced budget cut after budget cut, there have already been
m a n y grumblings across campus about this proposal, which
goes before Durant voters in M a y .
M a n y believe any m o n e y that can be raised should go to academics, since that area of the university has suffered so greatly
under the economic crunch and since it is undeniably the most
important aspect of the university.
So what kind of message does this send to the S O S U community? That the university is mote concerned with athletics
than the education of its students?
A s anyone on campus can attest, there are countless renovations needed in buildings, housing academic departments,
offices and classrooms, renovations that would show our students just h o w important they are.
So w h y are Southeastern's leaders pushing for this sales tax
hike to benefit athletic facilities?
Because they don't have any other choice.
T h e request for the Durant Multi-Sports Complex would
probably be on the ballot with or without the addition of the
quarter-cent sales tax increase that would go to improving
S O S U athletic facilities. S o w h y not try to improve the university while trying to improve the city?
University officials couldn't very well piggy-back a request
for m o n e y for academics on this issue. It was either the athletic
facilities or nothing.
M a n y of the same arguments have been heard in the midst of
all of the construction our campus has seen. W h y was the university requesting grant m o n e y for construction w h e n acadmics were being cut continually?
Simply because those grants were available. In tough budgetary times, w e have to take what w e can get.
Furthermore, S O S U ' s athletic facilities are in need of renovation. They're the worst in the Lone Star Conference. A n y o n e
w h o has walked past our tennis courts can vouch for that.
Plus, such improvements on campus will serve as great
recruiting tools. T h e campus will simply look better to
prospective students, not to mention current student athletes
and fans. A n d the facilities will be open to all students.
O f course, this is not to suggest that campus appearance is
anywhere near as important as the education of the students.
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away, simply because w e can't use it for academics.
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a cane in order to get to class,
or the library or anywhere else
people go. N o w imagine a very
healthy person parking in a
handicap zone while you are
forced to park in a location that
makes your already difficult
life that m u c h more difficult.
This issue is very personal to
m e because I a m handicapped.
There have been numerous
occasions recently w h e n I have
been unable to find a parking
place at different venues
around town and around campus, in particular, the
Biological Sciences Building.
I have classes there three
times per week, and it has
become inevitable that the
handicap parking spaces there
will be taken by people w h o
are not handicapped.
A n d it's not even as though
there is a variation in the vehicles that are parked in these
spots. For example, a vehicle
that is parked in a handicapped
spot on M o n d a y will more than
likely be parked there on
A n d it is not just the handicapped spots that are occupied
illegally. T h e fire zones fall
victim to this as well.
According to the S O S U
C a m p u s Security W e b site,
campus police actively enforce
these parking regulations. F r o m
what I have seen so far, this is
just lip service.
Every single day that I have
class at the Biological Sciences
Building, I call the campus
police because there are vehicles in the handicapped zones
without placards. They always
say the same thing: " W e will
take care of it." But someone
shows up only about half the
W h y is this? Is there so m u c h
crime on campus that the police
cannot enforce the state parking
Last Friday a Mercedes B e n z
was parked in a handicapped
zone in front of North hall.
This car had no placard, and I
couldn't find a place to park, so
I called the S O S U police, but
nobody showed up, and that car
was parked there all day. W h a t
does that say? That if you drive
a Mercedes you can park anywhere you want?
Student Support Services at
Southeastern, as well as most
of m y professors, have bent
over backward to assist m e
since I have been here. I just
need to get either a little more
help from the police or a little
more courtesy from the students.
Voting Republican not in Oklahoma's interest
Ever since its conception,
voting has been considered a
civic duty by Americans.
However, it has also been
one of the most misused and
often times wasted actions that
Americans will ever perform.
W h y ? Because people have
been throwing their votes away. well, and that means the econoI've lived in Oklahoma since
m y is improving. True.
I was about 2 years old. I've
However, this economic
learned quite a bit about h o w
"benefit" has no effect on you
the state behaves as a whole,
as an Oklahoman unless you
and from region to region.
are part of the wealthiest 1 perA s a child, I m o v e d around a cent of Americans, and I
lot and got to witness m a n y
believe I can safely say that
regions of Oklahoma from a
very few in Oklahoma fall into
first-hand perspective. I graduthat category.
ated from Broken B o w High
Voting Republican broadens
School in McCurtain County, a the economic gap between the
heavily conservative area. T h e
rich and the poor.
main thing I learned in
McCurtain County is
I believe that the
that Oklahomans as a
American people should
whole have no
not have to live in fear. I
believe that tax breaks for the
There are severrich will help the poor. I believe
al reasons w h y I
say this, and to list the American people should
buy m e a n e w
them all would be
tree-depleting, so I'll just
give the main reasons.
M S N B C , the national deficit
First off, Oklahomans have
reached the $7 trillion
no economic advantage with
mark as of last
the Republican platform. A s w e Wednesday. A
all know, President Bush has
cut taxes and given back tax
the U.S. Treasury
refunds since he has been elect- said that number
ed to office.
had "no special sigMost people say they like the
tax cuts because they get
A n d you
m o n e y back from the governk n o w what,
ment, and that helps the econoshe's
my. Well, perhaps not most
people. This statement is mainright.
ly localized to the grossly ignoSince w h e n
Tax cuts are one major reason country being
w h y w e have a huge budget
seven TRILdeficit right now, statewide and
L I O N dollars
as a nation. Y o u can't praise tax in debt actucuts and d a m n budget shortfalls ally m e a n
and still be considered a brain- anything sigwielding human. They are
Let m e remind you, the read-
The ignorant would have you
believe there is no budget crisis. T h e stock market is doing
er, that a trillion is a one with
12 zeroes behind it. I believe
that this $7 trillion deficit has .
more than 12 "zeroes" behind
it, however. That is, if we're
using the zero to measure
politicians' ability to reason.
Call m e old-fashioned, but I
believe that if the Republican
platform would take less time
cutting taxes, opposing gay
marriage and griping about
abortion, w e might have less of
a crisis on our hands.
This reason is quite possibly
m y favorite, only because it's
so completelyridiculousthat it
practically contradicts itself.
Most churchgoers (especially in
McCurtain County) claim they
vote Republican because it is
the "moral" choice.
O r in other words, "I vote
Republican because m y preacher told m e to, and failure to do
so will result in
T h e pastors, the
the preachers claim that
G o d wants
the Republican platform. Let's
Flashback to around 32 A D .
Jesus of Nazareth's ministry is
up and booming. N o w , recall
your Biblical studies. W h o
gave Jesus the hardest time of
If you said the Pharisees,
you're correct. T h e rich, p o w erful, corrupt, religious leaders
of His time. D o these "qualities" accurately describe any
political party in present day
America? Does voting for the
party that first comes to mind
sound very "Christ-like" to
you? I certainly hope not.
Last but not least, there is the
W a r on Terror, or as I have
c o m e to call it, the "War on
Let's start with the $87 billion Iraqi W a r budget, and
don't forget that, according to
Paul O'Neill, former treasury
secretary, Operation Iraqi
Freedom was planned before
the events of 9/11 had even
been carried out.
Also keep in mind that,
despite m u c h presidential
assurance, no weapons of mass
destruction were ever found.
So, as Oklahomans, you
could have had $87 billion
spent on improving your
schools, roads, government
buildings and, in essence, $87
billion spent on improving the
quality of life in the United
States as a whole. But that
m o n e y won't be used for that.
It had to basically be used as an
$87 billion re-election campaign contribution.
Not too long before this, w e
had the Afghan conflict. W e
spent millions and millions
of dollars trying to disband
two terrorist organizations
and hunt d o w n one m a n . Did
either of those c o m e to
fruition? Not yet.
I'd like to m a k e it clear
that I'm not trying to call
President Bush or your clerg y m e n liars. I've given you
m y opinion and supported it
with more than enough evidence to m a k e it undeniable
that as Oklahomans, and in
essence Americans, you have
nothing to gain by voting
Republican and everything to
lose by making this mistake
Letters to the editor
Time to grow up
This is in response to Sara
Stanglin's column about not
wanting to take the assessment
test because it is a "joke to
some students," which
appeared in the Feb. 13 edition
of T h e Southeastern.
I will agree that it is irritating
w h e n some people w h o have
already taken it are selected,
yet I still have to ask: Since
w h e n do w e live in a society
that does not value cooperation
for the good of the majority?
These assessment tests, w h e n
taken seriously, can help alter
the curriculum, making it fit the
student body n o w and for years
to come. D o w e not care about
the future classes at S O S U ?
I would assume that w e take
some pride or some stock in
this place. After all, our parents
or some scholarship programs
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m e a n you're not able.
A n d w e thought that college
kids were notorious for being
proactive about issues. Let's be
proactive. G r o w up and take
the d a m n test.
for which w e qualify are spending thousands of dollars for our
Let's not ignore the fact that
w e are entrusting our minds —
our most precious resources —
to this institution. W h y wouldn't w e want to give them feedback in a format that allows
them to help shape our pricey
education more effectively?
Just because w e (I use the
term " w e " loosely) are paying
for this education does not
m e a n that w e do not o w e this
institution any gratitude.
Inasmuch, the argument that
the classes before us w h o took
the test might not have cared
about it either simply does not
matter. Each class is different,
so w h y assume that a set precedent of apathy or disinterest is
a good standard in any sense?
Also, if you are going to
school and maintaining a job
like most everyone else here at
S O S U , that's great. The administrators of this test have m a d e
it clear that they will be flexible and allow you to c o m e in
and take a test w h e n it is convenient for you.
Only in rare circumstances
will someone be just w a y too
tied up to take three hours out
of their day. Just because
you're not willing doesn't
JAMIE B R O W N
A pat on the back
I want to thank Jeni Maple
for the outstanding article featuring our art exhibit on Diane
Walker-Gladney's work. It is
well written and reported, the
pictures are great and Jeni is a
delight to work with.
It is nice to see our students
doing a professional-level job.
Art Department chair
T h e Southeastern
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by Keith Robinson
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A clever alternative to the same old boring Horoscopes
By Keith Robinson
Hi A m y . '
H o w are you
Airhead (March 21-April 19)
Your focus on circulation will get out of hand when you bring 12 new
fans to work.
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Your earnings this week will be matched only by your lack of sleep.
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Make new friends this week. Your old friend will get jealous.
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by Steve Mitchell
So how i
Cleo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Take time this week to "sleep with the roses" and "smell the fish." I
think that's right.
Vertigo (Aug. 23-Sept. 21)
Take time to do what Is needed. Take "no doze" as needed.
M f y.-.-y.
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Copyright 2003-2004 All rights reserved
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the meeting because of
a flat tire, so I'l be taking over for her.
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Weather the weather this week. Spring Break arrives sooner than you
Meanwhile in the darkroom
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Be yourself this week and go for the goal. Go ahead and use that
baseball bat while trying to sink that golf ball into the basket.
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See your friend through a tough time this week. He just found out
that Kennedy died.
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Making your meetings this week could run into your game time.
Balance the two by playing your games at the meetings.
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Children can make fools of us all. You may need to cover your little
brother's mouth before he makes a fool of you as well.
Keep door closed at
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S a n d l e r a n d B a n y m o r e t o g e t h e r a g a i n ... a n d a g a i n a n d a g a i n
By S A R A STANGLIN
I have to admit that "The
Wedding Singer" is m y all-time
favorite A d a m Sandler movie.
It's for that reason that I was
dying to see "50 First Dates."
Although I don't feel that it
lived up to the chemistry that
was found in the first SandierBarry more film, this is a movie
that I a m definitely going to
add to m y list of romantic comedy picks.
After seeing previews, I wasn't sure what to expect. The
movie seemed to have a decent
premise, but I wondered if the
stars were going to be able to
pull it off or if the movie was
just going to fall flat.
"50 First Dates" centers
around just that. Lucy
(Barrymore), w h o has a shortterm m e m o r y loss condition as
a result of a car accident, can
only remember things that happened before the day of the
accident. She lives each day
and then wakes up with a clean
slate, so each day Henry
(Sandler) must m a k e her fall in
love with him all over again.
Henry, a marine veterinarian
with commitment issues, has
nothing to do with the locals,
and one of his favorite pastimes
is loving and leaving pretty
tourists. After becoming
marooned in a boating accident,
he must wait for the Coast
Guard at a remote restaurant.
It is there that he first meets
Lucy and decides to break his
cardinal rule about not dating
locals. They m a k e a date to
meet the next morning for
breakfast, but the next day,
Lucy has no m e m o r y of having
ever met him.
That's w h e n Henry finds out
about her condition, and oddly
enough, he doesn't use this as a
loophole for his commitment
issues. There is something
about this girl that makes him
want to be with her. H e wants
her to remember him.
T h e movie goes on to chronicle the things he does to help
her adjust daily and the conflicts the characters have both
as a couple and individually.
I was convinced by the depth
that B anymore brought to the
role. She m a d e m e want to
m a k e a donation to brain injury
Her performance proved that
this was not just a cheesy
romance but that this was a
movie that actually had more
than a comic base.
Although I did get a littie
tired of Sandler's slapstick
humor and R o b Schneider's
crude attempts at jokes as
Sandler's native sidekick, this
movie overcame that obstacle
and was successful as a true
Drew Barrymore and A d a m Sandler star in the romantic
comedy "50 First Dates," in which Lucy (Barrymore) suffers
from short-term memory loss and Henry (Sandler) has to
make her fall in love with him again every day. Above,
Henry gives Lucy a tape to help her remember him and
' L e g a c y of K a i n : Defiance' requires k n o w l e d g e of prior 'Kain' g a m e s
By S T E V E M I T C H E L L
Legacy of Kain: Defiance"
on the PlayStation 2 and the
Xbox is a game that can't be
fully understood unless you
have at least played "Blood
O m e n : Legacy of Kain," "Soul
Reaver" and "Soul Reaver 2"
because there is one story continued throughout the three
games. So before I really get
into the "Defiance," I will go
over the story that preceded it.
In "Legacy of Kain," Kain is
a vain nobleman w h o has been
turned into an unwilling vampire after his assassination and
is told that if he wants to find a
cure for his vampirism, he must
find his answers at the Pillars
of Nosgoth. This place is a key
factor in the story.
Power guardians each guard
a pillar of their own. For example, Ariel was the guardian of
the pillar of balance, but Ariel
has been killed, and the rest of
the guardians have been tainted
by this act.
It then becomes Kain's task
to remove the tainted guardians
from the pillar, thereby purifying them. Later in the game, he
finds the soul reaver, a blade
that can drain souls from its
In "Soul Reaver," some time
has passed, and Kain is n o w a
king of an empire on a dying
Nosgoth. H e has m a d e vampire
lieutenants from the bones of a
Seraphim graveyard. The
Seraphim were a fanatical vampire-hunting cult that existed in
"Legacy of Kain." Vampires,
after atime,begin to evolve,
sometimes looking less and less
human. O n e of those w h o
evolve is Raziel, one of Kain's
strongest lieutenants, w h o grew
Kain apparently doesn't like
the fact that one of his lieutenants has evolved past him,
so he tears off Raziel's wings
and throws him to the abyss, a
swirling vortex of water of the
This is quite a painful experience for Raziel, for it b u m s off
quite a bit of his body. H e is in
pain for quite some time, but
after awhile the pain recedes,
and Raziel survives, though he
time portal to an earliertime.In
this game, Raziel begins to
learn that not all is as it seems,
that Kain might not be the
monster he thought him to be
and that he is a p a w n being
manipulated by more than one
In fact, it seems like he is a
p a w n to every player in the
game, so he strives forth to free
himself from the strings that
manipulate him, only to find .
time and time again that those
attempts to free himself are
Above is a screenshot from "Legacy of Kain: Defiance," the expected and counted upon by
newest installment in the "Legacy of Kain" series on the
the other players.
H e also finds out about a
mysterious ancient vampire
is almost a skeleton.
times greatly, distorted. S o
race, w h o he actually resembles
Then Raziel meets the elder
Raziel makes it to the surface
god, or so it calls itself. This
finding that a great deal of time now, and about the soul reaver
god becomes a guide for
has passed during his fall in the itself. The more questions that
are answered though, the more
Raziel, giving him the ability to abyss, and the world is filled
questions he finds.
feed off souls and also a path
with vampire monsters. His
back to the surface of the
N o w I can finally describe
"brethren," the other lieuworld. Raziel n o w has the abili- tenants, have also devolved into "Legacy of Kain: Defiance." In
ty to shift from the material to
this g a m e you can play both
monstrous beings. So to get to
the spiritual world, meaning
Kain and exact his revenge,
Kain and Raziel as the story
that perhaps a path is blocked
Raziel has to go through his
progresses. You start off with
in the material world that
former brothers, acquiring their Kain sneaking into the
wouldn't be blocked in the spir- abilities along the way.
Seraphim stronghold. H e seeks
In "Soul Reaver 2" Raziel
to find out what happened to
In the spiritual world, things
continues to hunt Kain even
Raziel, w h o seems actually to
change or are slightly, or some- though Kain stepped through a
be an important p a w n to him as
Then it moves on to Raziel,
and you find he's back and
imprisoned by the elder god,
w h o of course considered
Raziel a pawn of his own. So
Raziel has to escape the clutches of the god and find a different way to get back to the
Last time the elder god gave
him a path to use to get to the
material world, but this time
around he doesn't exactly want
Raziel to escape. So n o w
Raziel has to find a different
way to get to the material
world. H e has to take over a
dead body to do it, making and
shaping it in his image.
N o w he has to find some
answers about the soul reaver,
Kain and himself in general, for
it seems that a prophecy long
ago has spoken that he m a y be
a hero of the ancient vampire
race, w h o long ago had fought
against another evil. '
A n d that's how it goes. You
get to be both Kain and Raziel
as you struggle through the
multiple plots against them
both and in the end, try to save
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T w o S O S U p r o f e s s o r s c o a c h B l a c k history c e l e b r a t e d this m o n t h
winners i nSonatina Festival
From STAFF R E P O R T S
The Southeastern Oklahoma
Festival was held recently with
a number of area musicians taking home awards.
In the Pearl Division (kindergarten-second grade), Jessica
Achley of Sherman, Texas,
claimed first place, followed by
Jennifer Mruseh of Whitesboro,
Texas, in second place and
Brittany McDonald of Coleman
in third place. McDonald is a
student of Dr. Mary Ann Craige,
S O S U professor of music.
In the Opal Division (grades
3-4), Sherman's Lauren Patin
took first place. Cameron
Owens of Oklahqma City
earned second place honors,
while Mark Spampinato of
Spampinato is also one of
In the Sapphire Division
(grades 5-6), Laura Nejson of
Ardmore took top honors.
Jossette McCurrin of Sherman
was second, followed by
Durant's Keely McGough.
McGough is a student of Dr.
Robert McFadden, S O S U professor of music.
Sally Pickens of Durant,
another of Craige's students,
was the first-place winner in the
Emerald Division (grades 7-8).
Haley Legg of Pottsboro, Texas,
placed second in this division,
followed by Chelsea Oliver of
Van Alstyne, Texas.
The Ruby Division (grades 910) featured first-place winner
Erin Huey of Oklahoma City.
Katie Kumlei of Sherman was
second, followed by Lauren
K e m p of Edmond.
And in the Diamond Division
Heinzmann of Denison, Texas,
was first, and Keith Heinzmann
of Denison was second. Both
are students of McFadden.
Susanna Hay worth of Anadarko
Several of the winners of
the S O S U Sonatina Festival
were students of two S O S U
professors, Dr. Mary Ann
Craige and Dr. Robert
McFadden. The students
• Brittany McDonald, third
place in the Pearl Division,
is a student of Craige.
• Mark Spampinato, third
place in the Opal Division, is
also one of Craige's students.
• Keely McGough, third in
the Sapphire Division, is a
student of McFadden.
• Sally Pickens, another of
Craige's students, was the
first-place winner in the
• Alex Heinzmann, who
placed first in the Diamond
Division, and Keith /
Heinzmann, who placed
second, are both students
February is a significant month for African
Americans and for all U.S. citizens.
S O S U has been participating in several events
to celebrate Black History Month.
For more information about any of the remaining events, contact Camille Phelps, S O S U multicultural coordinator, at 745-2684.
SOSU's theme for Black History Month is Left to right are Cheick Cisse, Dr. Sherri
" N e w Dimensions of African American Tapp, Rena Tiajuana Taylor and Camille
Phelps. Tapp was one of the speakers at the
Members from the diversity team at S O S U
second annual Intercultural Communication
attended the second annual Intercultural
and Education Symposium.
Communication and Education Symposium at
Rose State College in Midwest City Feb. 9-11. University.
The participants were Rena Tiajuana Taylor,
Soul Food is Saturday in the Sidewalk Cafe,
Cheick Cisse and Phelps.
from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The symposium was intended to increase the According to Phelps, Soul Food rs an event that
participants' understanding of diversity and exposes people to African American culture.
enhance their training skills, according to Cisse.
"Culture is who w e are and who w e are becomThe symposium included workshops, speakers ing, and I don't think it should be narrowed to a
and an invitation to a jazz and blues concert.
time," said Phelps
One of the speakers was Cheryl Brown
Dr. Carter Woodson, a high school teacher,'
Henderson, who is the daughter of Rev. Oliver established the "Negro History Week" on Feb. 19,
Brown, the plaintiff in the Brown vs. The Board 1926.
of Education of Topeka, Kan. U.S. Supreme Court
H e started the Association for the Study of
decision 50 years ago.
Negro Life and History to study the accomplishStudents from SOSU's Black Student ments of black people, according to
Association had planned to work as volunteers at www.euronet.nl.
the Texhoma Black Expo at Austin College in
The week-long observance became a monthSherman Feb. 14, but were unable to attend long celebration in 1976, now known as Black
because of bad weather.
History Month, according to cnn.com.
The Big Twelve Conference on Black Student
"It is not so important that w e put everything in
Government was attended by four students and one month, considering there are 12 months in a
Phelps this past weekend at Kansas State year," said Phelps.
By J O S E P H COLLINS
They called it the "Miracle
on Ice." It brought our country
together nearly 25 years ago, at
a time when w e needed something to believe in.
The Embassy in Tehran had
fallen, there were gas lines a
quarter-mile long and the Cold
War was raging.
The movie "Miracle," starring Kurt Russell as Coach
Herb Brooks, certainly lived up
to its name. It was entertaining,
educational and, above all, it
It is the story of the 1980
U.S. hockey team and of
Coach Brooks, who was the
last player cut from the 1960
U.S. hockey team, the last
team to beat the Russians at
the Olympic games.
The Russians won the gold
medal in 1964, 1968, 1972 and
1976, and despite overwhelming odds, Brooks led the U.S
team to victory at Lake Placid,
N.Y. at the 1980 Olympic
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ou don't need
to love hockey
to enjoy "Miracle."
You only need to
But this movie isn't just
about hockey. It is about teamwork. Brooks emphasized
teamwork over talent. "I'm not
looking for the best players.
I'm looking for the right ones."
H e preached teamwork and
desire above all else: "You
don't have enough talent to
win on talent alone." But he
promised, "You may not be the
best team at Lake Placid, but
you will be the best conditioned team."
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Friday February 27, 2004
Savages stay in tourney fight
By MATT THOMAS
The Savages retook the lead,
For the first time since the 22-20, with 5:57 left, on a three1989-90 season, the Savages pointer by Bud Valerius.
Over the final five minutes,
pulled off a season sweep of
rival East Central University by the teams changed leads seven
grabbing a 76-67 victory in A d a times before, S O S U took a 4point lead with 59 seconds left
The victory keeps the on a Jason Stampley three-point
Savages' hopes for a conference shot.
The Tigers, however, quickly
tournament berth alive. A n
appearance in the Lone Star answered with a trey from Jason
Conference postseason tourna- Schroeder to pull within one at
ment would be the first since the half, 33-32.
Over the first four minutes of
S O S U came out firing, going the second half, E C U went on a
on a 10-0 run to start the game, 10-3 run to take a 6-point lead
culminated by^ a Clint Baker on a three-pointer by David
lay up at the 16:35 mark.
The Savages answered quickThe Tigers then answered with
a 12-2 run of their o w n to tie the ly on buckets by Stampley and
score at 12-12 with 9:27 Maurice Gardner, and took a
one-point lead, 43-42, on a trey
remaining in the half.
The teams traded blows before by Stampley.
E C U took its biggest lead of the
The Savages then unleashed a
first half at the 7:22 mark, 20- 20-4 run and took a 17-point
up against an
E C U defender. Brown
paced S O S U
in the victory
with 22 points
hope of a
the first since
MATT T H O M A S
Lady Savages fall one point
By MATT THOMAS
free throws by Tenecia Miller
with :04 remaining.
E C U came out firing in the
Lady Savage head coach Nick
Keith will have to wait to get second half and at the 17:11
win No. 400 as the Lady Tigers mark took a 6-point lead after
of East Central University sur- an old-fashioned three-point
vived a 47-46 slugfest Tuesday play by Lindsay Sutton.
The teams went back and forth
in handing S O S U its 17th loss
over the next several minutes
of the season.
The defeat was the Lady with the Lady Tigers holding a
Savages' seventh conference 7-point lead at 45-38 with 5:25
loss of the season and officially remaining.
Over the next 4 minutes, the
eliminates them from the Lone
Star Conference postseason Lady Savages clawed their way
back to tie the score at 46-46 on
S O S U started the game by a Martin free throw with 1:25
trading punches with E C U , with . left in the game.
E C U took the final lead of the
neither team being able to run
night when Griffith sank one of
off any significant lead.
With 15:04 left in the first two free throws with 24 seconds
half, the Lady Tigers jumped left to take a 47-46 lead, and a
out to a 5-point lead, 10-5, on a steal by Griffith with 5 seconds
remaining sealed the deal for
layup by Stormy Griffith.
« The Lady Savages struck back the Lady Tigers. t
The Lady Savages were led in
quickly with a 7-0 run, taking a
12-10 lead on a jumper by scoring and rebounding by
Stephanie Williams, w h o scored
Over the next 6:35, the Lady 13 points and grabbed 11
Savages reeled off an 11-0 run boards. Martin was next in scorto take a 9-point lead on anoth- ing with 11 points while pulling
er Martin jumper with 4:25 left d o w n eight boards. Jessica
in the half.
Hocker rounded out the Lady
The Lady Tigers then closed Savages in double digits by
the gap and cut the S O S U lead dropping 10 points and pulling
to 3 at the half, 27-24, after two in four rebounds.
The SOSU rodeo team is on
the road again this weekend as
they start their spring rodeo season off at Manhattan, Kan.
The team, which has been off
since November but has been
practicing strong since school
started in January, looks to have
a successful weekend against
T h e team is coming off a great
fall season as they are currently
ranked in the top three in both
the men's and women's team
women's team is led by freshm a n Martha Beagley of Colbert
and sophomore Lainee Shearer
of Wall, S.D.
Both w o m e n have placed in
each of their three events and
both w o n All-Around titles in
the fall season.
Both will be riding new horses in the barrel racing this weekend due to injuries to their firststring horses that occurred in the
Coach Sara Burks feels confident that they will still be a
The Southeastern Oklahoma
State softball team swept the
Lone Star Conference North
Division Player of the W e e k
awards after opening the season
this past week.
Cearley was named Pitcher of
MATT THOMAS/The Southeastern
the W e e k while centerfielder
Above, junior Lauren Martin tries to find an open teammate. Kylie Ferguson garnered Player
She had 11 points and eight rebounds in the contest. Below, of the W e e k honors.
S O S U Athletic Director Donald Parham (center-right) was
Cearley, a 5-11 sophomore out
recognized by representatives of E C U between games on
of Tulsa, posted a 2-1 record
Tuesday night. Among them were Wayne Cobb (center-left), with an 0.32 earned run average
an S O S U alumnus and former Tiger head basketball coach. as the Lady
up the season.
fanned 15 batters
while issuing just one walk on
the week. This honor is nothing
new to Cearley after earning the
award on eight
occasions as a
Ferguson, a 5-8
freshman out of
.524 in the Lady
Savages' seven 1 Ferguson
games as she
began her collegiate career.
Ferguson went ll-of-21 from
the plate with five runs scored,
four RBI, three stolen bases, a
double and a h o m e run. She has
hit safely in six of seven games
last week and posted four multihit performances.
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Tarleton State at
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ing( 14 points, hitting a team
high three treys. Harrel had a
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game-high five assists, while
contributing six points.
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From STAFF REPORTS
grab LSCNorth nod
force in the barrel
Beagley to do well
in the breakaway
roping and goat
Sophomore R e A n n
Zancanella of Rock
Springs, Wyo., has
been roping strong
this year and has
w o n many rodeos
in the off season.
Burks said she
expects Zancanella The S O S U rodeo team, prepares for the spring schedule, which will
to m o v e into the include trips to Manhattan, Weatherford and Hayes, Kan. The team is
top three in the coached by Sara Burks (far left, standing).
breakaway by the
end of the spring season to earn ing in the spring season to cost team has been successful in
a trip to the College National him a trip to the College more than just the arena. The
National Finals as a freshman.
2003 fall semester ended with
Finals in June.
This year Meeks' goal is to another successful academic
The men's team is led by sophwin the Central Plains Region showing by the S O S U rodeo
omore Luke' Meeks of Interior,
Bull Riding title as well as the team. The team's average G P A
College National Finals.
was once again above a 3.0.
Meeks is currently sitting in
The rodeo team has been forsecond place in the regional tunate to practice in the indoor The spring season includes
standings in the bull riding arena at the fairgrounds in the road trips to Fort Scott, Kansas
wet weather to prepare for their State, Pittsburg State, S W O S U ,
H e suffered an injury last year first rodeo.
Garden City, Kan., and Fort
with only three rodeos remainOnce again, the S O S U rodeo Hays State in Hays, Kan.
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lead, 63-46, on a layup from
Over the final 6:51, the Tigers
clawed at the Savage lead and
closed to within six, 73-67, with
21 seconds remaining on free
throws by W a y n e Tucker.
Those free throws, however,
were answered by two from
Steve Harrel with 20 seconds
left and one from Gardner with
2 seconds left to grab the 76-67
Brown paced the Savages,
dropping in 22 points and
pulling down nine boards while
blocking one shot.
Gardner had a season-high 16
points with five boards.
Stampley rounded out the
Savages in double-digits, scor-
S O S U rodeo looks forward to success
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March 2: Lady
Henderson State (Ark.) at 2
p.m. at the Lady Savage
March 5-7: Lady Savages
at the N C A A DlI Leadoff
Classic in Austin, Texas.
Tuesday, March 9: G a m e
against Cameron University
at 2 p.m. in Lawton.
Miss., for games against
Delta State (Miss.) and
Wednesday, March 3:
Savages host Tarleton
State (Texas) at 1 p.m. at
the S O S U baseball field.
March 6-7: Savages at the
Missouri Southern State
University Classic in Joplin,
Wednesday, March 10:
G a m e against Southern
Arkansas at 1 p.m. in
March 3: Match
against East Central
in Ada, beginning at 2 p.m.
Friday, March 5: Match
against St. Edwards
(Texas) in Waco, Texas,
with matches starting at 2
Tuesday, March 9:
Savages host a match
against Central Oklahoma
at the tennis courts beginning at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24:
Match against Collin
County Community College
at 2 p.m. in Piano, Texas.
L a d y S a v a g e s tennis
3: Match against i
University in Ada,
beginning at 2 p.m.
Friday, March 5: Match
Oklahoma in Tahlequah,
start time to be decided
Tuesday, March 9: Lady
Savages host a match
against Central Oklahoma
at the tennins courts,
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County Community College
at 2 p.m. in Piano, Texas.
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