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"The Audience." written
and directed by S O S U theatre student Starr
Hardgrove, performs for
one night only Monday.
Oct. 8, in University Center
300. The play, which
begins at 8 p.m. and is free
to students, faculty and
staff members holding an
S O S U ID card, is about an
usher at one of the last of
the grand old movie
palaces currently featuring
a Charlie Chaplin film festival. The usher. Sigmund,
lets theatregoers into the
private lives and loves of
the Film festival's audience
members. The play contains mature subject matter
The Sigma Sigma Sigma
Bowling and Sundae Race
is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 9. Call the Office of
Student Life, at 2947, for
S O S U ' s Baptist Student
Union hosts coffee house
gatherings at 10 p.m. each
Tuesday, lunches from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each
Wednesday, and Vespers
praise and worship gatherings at 9 p.m. each
Thursday at the B S U center. Call the B S U at 9240618 for more info.
The Southeastern newspaper staff meets at 2 p.m.
each Thursday in the newsroom on the second floor
of the Fine Arts Building.
The meetings are open to
any and all students interested in contributing to the
campus newspaper. Call
745-2944 for more information. A s you can see,
The Southeastern is a
newspaper for students,
produced by students, so
come and be a part of the
business for eight years, developing tracking systems that
would monitor job systems and
Academic Computing Program
productivity for manufacturing
Director Johnny Johnson and his companies.
staff work behind the scenes to
"It's really boring stuff to the
keep programs, computers and rest of the world, but I always
life in general running smoothly enjoyed it." he said.
here at Southeastern. Virtually
Johnson came to S O S U about
no one on campus knows their a year and a half ago, when the
department exists, but they campus networking system was
almost hope it stays that way.
in a state of disrepair and the
"If w e get recognition, it's average campus P C was 4 1/2
w e messed up." years old.
Johnson said this week.
"Four and a half years is old in
A team of two technicians, a the computer world. W e set to
help desk manager, a network work replacing the old computadministrator, and a webmaster, ers immediately, and we're
along with Johnson and seven almost through
student workers, are responsible process," Johnson said.
for the almost 600 computers on
Johnson and his staff have sevcampus. Together, the depart- eral programs in the works,
ment handles all computer-relat- aside from just taking care of the
ed requests, from answering problems that arise and the calls
questions and debugging or that come in every day. Last
installing software and hardware
to managing the campus network.
" W e usually get about 50 or
more calls per day right now. It % Almost 600 computers
all depends on what part of the
semester it is. but w e can usual# About 50 calls \
ly handle about one-third of the
calls over the phone." he said.
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Johnson has been working in
programming since 1987. H e
owned and operated his o w n
By BECKY W E S T B R O O K
The S O S U women's volleyball team has two h o m e
games Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 4
p.m. and 8 p.m., in the
gymnasium. The Lady
Savages will be taking on
Austin College in the 4
p.m. set. and Southern
Nazarene University in the
8 p.m. set.
Volume 82 No. 7
Campus news, campus views from Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Friday, October 5, 2001
A M B E R MacENTIRE/The Southeastern
From left to right, Austin Harman, Jared Gooch,
and Brandon Gooch carry a full load for Academic
Computing while attending classes. Academic
Computing is responsible for all SOSU computers
When life gets a little heavySOSU
/ t runs in
cycles with fall
usually being the
-- SHAWN RIDENOUR
year, an Academic Computer
approved, which is a rotating
plan that allows for the replacement of approximately one-third
of the computers used by faculty
or staff every year.
"This way. no P C on campus
will ever be more than 3 years
old." Johnson said.
Academic Computing is also
working on a program called the
Systems Management Server,
which is a Microsoft program
with management capabilities
thai allow diagnostics and troubleshooting of system desktops
and servers from a remote location. In other words, the S M S
System would allow technicians
to manage computers across
campus, install software, direct
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aids NY students
Counselors offer help with depression, stress, substance abuse
By BECKY W E S T B R O O K
Depression, stress, and substance abuse are c o m m o n problems among college students.
The Student Counseling Center,
on the firstfloorof North Hall, is
available every weekday, 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. to offer services that
can help prevent or resolve these
and other issues. Free of charge.
Individuals can seek career and
academic counseling, talk about
problems they are facing, or
work through issues that concern
them, and do all this in a private,
Students can make appointments to fit their schedules and
sessions that fit their needs.
Sessions are absolutely confidential. Privacy is the first priority of the Counseling Center.
"State law requires that counseling sessions be kept confidential. There are cases where confidentiality is broken, but those
are extreme cases. These must
be a visible threat to the life or
safety of the individual or another person." said Counseling
From a personal perspective
them. This creates an interesting challenge for the Student
Counseling Center at S O S U ,
The promise of confidential- where services are offered
ity and the reality of the counfree-of-charge to any student
seling process are frequently
w h o wants to make an
overshadowed by the negative
images associated with psyM a n y students, for whatever
chotherapy, which often
reason, won't even schedule a
makes people afraid or
ashamed to admit that they
much less comfortably admit
need help in dealing with the
problems that life throws
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By BECKY WESTBROOK
Center Director Jane McMillan.
offers online screenings for
McMillan wants students to depression, alcohol and subfeel safe and comfortable with stance abuse, depression and suithe counseling process, and also cide.
dispel the myth that counseling
"The wonderful thing about
is for the weak and crazy.
these programs is that students
" W e have a lot of courageous are so completely anonymous.
students here on campus w h o are Students can take the tests and
willing to explore issues that then choose to c o m e to us for
may be difficult for them to talk counseling if they need it."
about," she said.
The Counseling Center is
The website can be accessed at
working to increase its visibility
on campus. This year, its website See CENTER Page 2
A M B E R MacENTIRE/The Southeastern
Jean Ann Daniels sets up the Scholastic
"Read for America" book fair which ended
Monday. Proceeds provided New York City
libraries with additional texts for the children
moved from condemned schools.
On Page 4
# Pictures of all S O S U
H o m e c o m i n g 2001
queen candidates and
the organizations they
Anyone interested in
working on the
State yearbook, The
Savage, is encouraged to
attend the weekly yearbook
staff meetings at 2 p.m.
each Friday in the publications newsroom on the second floor of the Fine Arts
Building. Or call Andrew
Pagel, yearbook editor, at
745-2983. for more info.
More CALENDAR Page 2
% Complete list of Big
M a n on C a m p u s candidates and their organizations.
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The Presidential Leadership Class holds the front line for the "Take Back the Night" March on Monday for
a stand against domestic violence. The march was among Homecoming 2001 kickoff events.
Got a news tipP Call the Newsroom at 745 2944
£ A story on the black
tie event, "Gold and Blue
and Black Tie, Too,"
which features a Garth
Brooks-autographed guitar on auction for charity.
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All college students are
welcome to join the
Canterbury Association for
evening prayer, Bible study
and dinner each Thursday.
6 p.m., at the Wesley
Center. Call Joe McClour
at 924-1941 for more information
The Pagan Student
Organization meets at 7
p.m. each Sunday in the
lobby of the Russell
Building. For more information, e-mail: S O S U _
S O S U Opera Theatre
presents "Broadway Night
Out" Friday, Oct. 12, in the
Dinner is set for 6:30 p.m.
followed by a 7:30 p.m.
show. S O S U students will
be admitted to the 7:30
show with their I.D. For
reservations, call the music
office at 745-2088.
The Musical Arts Series
features Daniele Alberti in
a concert Tuesday, Oct. 23,
in the Fine Arts Building
Lambda Pi Eta
Friday, October 5. 2001
S O S U poll o n terrorist situation
By KENNA BOSTON
Lara Partridge, a junior advertising-public relations major.
commented. "This cannot go on
As our nation's leaders work to and on. Almost 7,000 innocent
find the terrorists responsible for lives were lost. If w e don't take
the attack on America, a selec- some sort of action, they will
tion of S O S U students were have been in vain." '•
Kelli Campbell a freshman
asked their opinions on h o w the
marketing major, feels that
situation is being handled.
Out of the 50 students sur- "maybe through punishing the
veyed, 94 percent said that they : trackers, w e will scare off or
think the campaign "Operation ci scourage future attacks."
Enduring Freedom" is an approClint O w e n s , a sophomore
priate w a y to handle the tragedy criminal justice major, said,
Here are s o m e of their "From a military standpoint, it is
basically a matter of reconciliathoughts:
"The time for grieving was tion against wrongs that our
appropriately given and n o w country has suffered. W e will
justice must be done. The best not let them go unpunished for
way to achieve this is to attack these criminal activities."
The nation's leaders have been
terrorists and terrorism," said
Curtis Dobson, a junior English rallying the international commajor.
munities to our side of this issue,
cent said they find it to be a
good idea, while 27 percent said
they don't think a reward should
be necessary, and 22 percent
said they find it to be a bad idea.
"They need to be captured, and
money is no concern compared
to the lives they took in their
attacks," said Canda Estes, a
junior advertising-public relations major.
Carrie Dodd, a sophomore
w h o hasn't declared a major.
was asked h o w she felt about the
federal government offering a
reward for Bin Laden's capture.
She replied, "I think w e should
not need a reward, that people
should do it for their country.
Allison Marr, a senior advertising-public relations major.
said she believes "in theory it
seems like a good idea, but w h o
would really have this information except people w h o are near
him and his group? W e would
look really stupid if his regime
profited from this further."
After reviewing the results of
this survey it is evident that students at S O S U aren't as nonchalant about current events as the
general public might believe.
In fact, m a n y students stated
that these types of terrorist
attacks have been taking place
for years and have affected us
So not only are our nation's
leaders coming together as one,
but the younger generation is,
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that they are in counseling. O n e student,
at least, was able to do both, and agreed
to talk about his experience and try to
shed a little light on the subject.
"I've always had issues, from the time
I was pretty young — obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression — and at times
it really interfered with m y life. I actually
found out about the campus counseling
service through the campus website, and
decided to check it out," said the student,
w h o , for journalistic purposes, will
H e explained his choice of the
Counseling Center over other options.
"It's really hard to find an audience
that's both objective and knowledgeable.
Friends aren't likely to be objective.
Religious counselors, however objective,
aren't highly likely to be knowledgeable," he said.
H e chose the S O S U counseling center,
in part, because services are free, and
there was nothing really to lose by taking
"I'm in sessions with a w o m a n named
Susan, and it w a s awkward at first
because there was no couch. I walked in,
sat d o w n , and thought ' O K , Fix me.' I
didn't know what to do or h o w to act.
"She put m e at ease, though, and
explained that counseling is really a relationship of professionals. I'm an expert
on m e and she's an expert on h o w to help
me. So w e work through whatever happens to be bothering m e together."
H e said he feels that counseling is proving to be a positive force in his life.
"It doesn't feel weird to be seeing a
counselor. I'm actually more at ease than
I have been in a long time."
Regarding the taboo status of counsel-
S p i d e r m a n returns
Chapter of the National
Society, L a m b d a Pi Eta,
conducts meetings every
month in the Fine Arts
Building. For more information, call 745-2558.
All S O S U students are
invited to join Dr. David
Norris for a four-day tour
of historic San Antonio,
beginning Wednesday, Oct.
17. Price for the tour is
$375 with a $75 deposit.
Call 745-2871 for more
A M B E R MacENTIRE/The Southeastern
Free dinner seminar by
the Southern Financial
Group. Inc. 6-9 p.m.
Thursday,Oct. 11, at the
letting nations around the world
k n o w that this is the time to
choose whether they're for freed o m or for terrorism.
Terrorism has been a problem
throughout the world. That's
w h y our nation is attacking this
as part of a worldwide coalition.
Chris Staiger, a sophomore
occupational safety and health
major, thinks that "terrorism has
always been a problem in the
United States and abroad. It is
sad that a tragedy like this was
needed to start a campaign
against this problem."
The federal government is
preparing to offer $25 million as
an incentive for the capture of
O s a m a bin Laden and other terror suspects,
W h e n students were asked
h o w they feel about this, 51 per-
Shawn Teamann climbs a wall during the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes capture the flag
game Monday. The F C A is open to all students,
not just athletes.
ing, he added. "The stigma once attached
to mental health issues is disappearing.
There are important people out there w h o
are publicly saying that they are in therapy for this issue or that, and it's gradually becoming O K to seek counseling."
H e urges other students to take advantage of the valuable resource that counseling constitutes, even though some
would view it as a sign of weakness, saying, "There are people out there w h o
won't go and ask someone for help.
Those people have it worse than anybody
who's actually in counseling. Y o u can*t
be afraid of wounding your pride, or what
people will think of you to the point that
you don't get the help that you need."
H e emphasizes prevention, and going to
see a counselor when you have doubts or
questions, before an issue has a chance to
become a real problem.
"I would define an issue as anything
that's bothering you to the point that it
interferes with your life. I'd definitely
encourage anyone to go and see a counselor with any problem they might have
— that's what counselors are there for."
H e admires the Counseling Center's
attempt to heighten its campus profile,
and echoes the Counseling Center's website by stressing that the bulk of counseling patients are just normal people w h o
are simply trying to deal with the difficulties they face in everyday life.
"I'm glad that the website stresses that.
I'm glad that the Counseling Center is
trying to reach out and bring more people
in. Everybody has issues, and sometimes
all you need is someone to listen."
Grinning, he added, "We're all nut jobs.
I'm just not afraid to admit it."
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the network, and monitor
servers without leaving their
Johnson commented, "This
will be a tremendous help in
m a n y ways. Problems and
requests will be resolved m u c h
Johnson is also working with
n e w Assistant
Technology to get a universitywide wireless networking plan
The wireless network would
allow all computers on campus
and in the networking system to
access the network from anywhere on campus.
"Ideally, a wireless network
would allow any student -someone with a laptop on the
lawn, someone in a science lab,
people in their dorm rooms at
night — to instantly access network information. It would also
m a k e sharing of information, as
in lab work, etc., much, much
easier." he said.
" W e had planned to have the
wireless network available campus-wide this year. We're trying
to resolve the non-technical
issues as quickly as possible and
get the network in place.
However, until these issues are
resolved, it's impossible to say
when it will be available."
O n the whole. Southeastern's
campus network is a strong system since its overhaul last year,
and promises a long-running
life, as far as computers are concerned.
" W h e n w e planned the
upgrade, w e did so with future
growth in mind. Additional
capacity can be added at any
time without replacing the existing hardware, and our estimates
show that the current network
configuration will be running
considerably below capacity for
at least five years," Johnson
This year. Academic
Computing will install approximately 350 computers on campus. While seven student workers currently assist the department with these installations
and other projects. Johnson said
there is room for more student
workers with experience with
PCs, Macs and hardware installation.
" W e could always use more
help d o w n here. W e have more
work sometimes than w e can
The Academic Computing
office is located on the first
floor of the Administration
The office can be reached at
extension 2404, or e-mail
Johnny Johnson at [email protected]
sosu.edu with questions, computer problems, or maybe a
word of thanks.
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To contact the Counseling
Center, e-mail McMillan at
[email protected], call 7452957, or stop by North Hall
R o o m 112. There is also a 24hour crisis hotline that can be
reached at 1-800-522-1090.
The Counseling Center tries to
make the student body aware of
the warning signs of various
Counseling Center and Student
Health Services team up to highlight a physical or psychological
challenge commonly faced by
college students. October is
Alcohol Awareness Month for
the Student Counseling Center.
Throughout the month
McMillan will be talking to various classes on campus about
the threat of alcohol abuse and
answering questions regarding
control and counseling for those
O n Oct. 25, the Student
Senate, in conjunction with
Student Health Services and the
Counseling Center, will be hosting "Dinner and a Movie" at the
Savage Grill. Students will eat
and watch a movie with a focus
on relationship issues, followed
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W h a t happened
Voter turnout disturbingI m a y be old-fashioned, but I always
H o w can it happen that fewer than 200 students are able to
decide w h o among their peers will serve on the Student
Senate? It can happen because only about 150 students cared
enough to vote in last week's student government elections.
That's about the same number, give or take a dozen, w h o
voted in the first student elections in early September.
In fact, the special elections were needed last week because
so few students filed to run in the first Senate elections that
all the seats could not be filled. W e could chalk up the lack of
interest in the first elections, both on the part of potential
candidates and on the part of voters, to the fact that it was so
early in the semester perhaps too few people even knew the
elections were taking place. But n o w we're well into the
semester and there was plenty of talk about the special elections. R e m e m b e r when student elections involved several
candidates vying for the same posts? A n d campaign posters?
A n d plenty of voters? A n d just more interest in general?
At any rate, congratulations to the few candidates w h o care
enough about our university to run for the positions, and to
the few voters w h o cared enough to put them in office.
thought that when someone enters a business they are supposed to feel welcome.
Last week I entered a large retail store
across the river and from the m o m e n t I
stepped through the sliding doors, I felt an
air of animosity. First, the person whose
objective it is to greet entering customers
seemed aloof, and was mainly concerned
with spinning yarns with a co-worker.
I bravely pressed on, despite m y first
encounter with ineptitude, ever the optimist,
hoping that was merely an exception to the
rule. But, I was wrong.
O n m y journey into the halls of rudeness
and unprofessionalism, I came upon support
staff. I made the mistake of thinking that
the individual I questioned would be
informed about his/her company, or could
find someone w h o was.
Instead of getting a kind, helpful answer,
a curt two-word answer to m y
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entertainment columns or sports columns.
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in nature and support a point being made
on the Opinion Page. Sometimes an editorial cartoon can stand alone, making its
own serious statement, but usually it supports a point or theme being presented in
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along the bottom of the Opinion Page, this
is a forum in which readers are encouraged to express their opinions to other
readers. W e encourage letters to the editor. A s long as they meet libel laws and
standards of good taste, w e are glad to
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to be confused with n e w s , feature or sports
pages, where objectivity is the ultimate
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wrong side of her bed for the millionth
time. Her countenance was a mixture of
animosity and boredom, so I cracked a few
jokes, but even this did not help.
She remained stone cold and unfriendly,
and continued to ruin many people's time
spent in that store.
I guess m y whole point is that w e all have
our personal problems. But that is what
they are, personal. You have to keep your
life and your professional life sepUndeterred in m y search for a staff m e m arate
ber w h o represented the kindness that the
This is especially true if one has a job
company was known for, I continued on.
I gathered the items I wanted to purchase. where they must put their customer service
skills to the test. They must live by two
There were only a few, so naturally I went
rules: the golden rule, and "the customer is
to the speedy line. There is where I found
the epitome of impertinence.
The cashier is usually the last employee
In the world of customer service, one
of the store the customer will have dealings
must deal with the public on a continual
with. This provides an excellent opportunity basis. True this can be trying at times, but if
for a display of professionalism and basic
the rules are followed and basic respect is
human kindness. Again the ball was
displayed toward others, things will run
smoothly and both parties will leave with a
The cashier must have gotten up on the
better attitude. It's not that hard to do.
Marriage, while its not for m e ,
I cant rain on others' parades
By AARON TIDWELL
Absolute silence. But it didn't last long, and all
went about it again as if I had said not a word.
H o w can this be? These are m y former friends
and they've all became married marriage coun"Marriage is an event which is called 'tying
the knot' - unfortunately, the knot can be a
selors. Old people, m y friends? Is the world sudnoose."
denly topsy-turvy. I'm the one w h o is the outcast,
Lee Daniel Quinn the one w h o isn't fondling the idea of marriage as
Quinn's Devious Dictionary if it were preparations for prom.
I stood up quickly with the noise of marriage
filling and busting m y ears. I ran for safety, but I
This summer I went to a performance of the
Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival's "I D o , I Do." had to push m y w a y through crowds to get there.
Everywhere I turned I heard, "He's married now,
It was the last performance in Durant of the comoh so happy. Married? H o w wonderful."
edy surrounding a couple and the strife that
I couldn't bear it. M y head felt as if it were
accompanies them throughout their lives.
I'm not the sentimental type. That's not to say
filled with water, and m y balance was slowly fading as I stumbled into the bathroom. The safe
I'm not sensitive, but I'm just not one to cry at
movies, Braveheart excluded. "I D o , I D o " has a
haven. Certainly none of the m e n would be discussing marriage. I wet m y hands and splashed
theme that has haunted m e since the day I graduated from high school. Marriage. The word hisses water on m y face.
off m y tongue, as if unholy. The mere mention of
Behind m e an older m a n began to >vash his i
it can give m e a nosebleed.
hands. Wrinkles,;told tajes.of hjs
At intermission of the presenOpinion c o l u m n
age as he looked back at m e in
tation, the lights came up and
the mirror. "You look like you've
seen a ghost," he said.
people began to mingle. The group around m e
consisted of the following characters:
I replied, getting a paper towel, "Kind of ... all
The Rabbit - M y single friend
this talk of marriage. It's creepy." H e smiled in
return. H e reminded m e of a m a n w h o knew
King and Queen of Spades - M y married friends
Dinah - M y non-single friend
some unfound secret that no one knew.
After a long silence he spoke. " S o m e people
During intermission everyone in the theater was
are content with love, marriage and a family, othdiscussing marriage. At m y o w n table, the King
ers aren't. Perhaps it's not for you yet, but maybe
and Queen of Spades informed the alwaysit is for them. Don't take that from them."
romantic Dinah, w h o was close to marriage herA s if a barrier had been broken through, a
self, of the beauties she could anticipate.
weight removed itself from m y shoulders, and I
Before I could even pick up m y glass to take a
smiled for the first time that night. A s the old
sip, three groups had joined in discussing the
romantic side of marriage. "We're so very happy,
m a n turned to leave, I found the energy to thank
him in m y o w n way. "You've got some toilet
Dinah. You're so in love with your boyfriend. It
paper hanging out of your pants." I said.
would be a positive step." T o which she would
answer, "I know, I'm so happy. I really cannot
H e was right. Let Dinah, the King and Queen
have their contentment. They deserve it. I smiled
I, by this time, had m y head down, along with
once again and joined the now-tearful Rabbit at
the Rabbit, w h o sat cornered across from m e .
the table of love.
"I'm really ready now. We've even picked out
Turning to Dinah, I said, "So, tell m e about this
rings," Dinah continued. A stranger from a table
ring." Marriage perhaps isn't for everyone, but if
across from us joined in. '"You've picked out
the people w h o enjoy it are your friends, at least
rings?" Dinah replied, "Yes, w e did." Stranger
pretend like you support them. Let them have
said, "You don't say?" Dinah, "I do say."
their moment. It's what their lives have been
Stranger. "You don't say?" Finally, I shouted,
leading up to. B y the way, just in case m y opin"Yes. She did say. If you guys don't cut it out,
ion is wrong, blame it on the old guy in the bathI'm going to get a nosebleed."
room with the toilet paper hanging out.
The joy ofsects: Some history of Celt P
By BRUCE JACKSON
sacred that it is forbidden to publish in writing.
Contrary to popular belief, the Celt Pagans did
not and do not practice human sacrifice in these
Today's Celt Pagans, like yesterday's, are reli-rituals. This myth was and is propagated only by
gious to a high degree. They believe in a form of
ill wishers and rumormongers.
reincarnation that deals with transmigration of the
Celt Pagans hold nature (as a whole) and the
immortal soul. Their many deities include a great ancient gods/goddesses to be sacred. The elderly
number of goddesses as well as gods. These
are revered as fonts of information. They are
deities range in stewardship from mother and
polytheistic, of course, and respect the spirit of
father gods/goddesses to war to
all things animate and inanitutelary divinity.
mate. Yet, while respecting life,
Religion c o l u m n
The Druid (plural form otJ Drui)
they also recognize that death is
are the Celt Pagan priesthood with an Ard Drui at part of life and the cyclic process. It is not an
the head of any Tuatha or spiritual community.
event to fear. Their afterlife concept is a triune, as
The feminine equal to the Drui is the BanDrui,
are most of their concepts of spiritual life. The
w h o hold a separate but equal position in Celt
primary Holy Days are as follows: Nov. 1
Pagan society. These clergy serve as healers,
(Samhain), winter solstice; Feb. 1 (Imbolg), verjudges, astronomers, teachers, oracles and spiritu- nal equinox; M a y 1 (Beltiene), summer solstice;
and Aug. 1 (Lughnasad), autumnal equinox.
It is no easy matter to become part of this
Although there have been many articles written
moral religious community. U p to 20 years of
about the Celt Pagans and the Druid, they are
study can be required to attain the necessary
filled with speculation and outright bigoted propexperience and education that the Celt Pagans
aganda. The best w a y to understand any faith is
demand of their ministers. The rituals of tradito speak to a believer of that faith. I recommend
tional Druid are memorized and include Vedic
that if you wish to k n o w more, you should ask
like cants and intricate workings that are so
Friday, October 5, 2001
T h e Southeastern
Homecoming 2001 Queen candidates
organizations compete in hopes
of being crowned queen for a day
at halftime ofannual classic
From STAFF REPORTS
The arrival of Homecoming
2001: Homecoming Odyssey
brings with it nostalgic
thoughts for alumni, but for the
Homecoming queen candidates.
anxiety will be the emotion of
the day, as it has been all week.
The queen candidates began
the process Sept. 27 with their
first meeting, which covered
the guidelines for campaigning.
and then the ladies were ready
The ladies have had numerous events throughout
Homecoming week, including
the bonfire Thursday night and
the parade Saturday morning.
Each candidate made a oneto two-minute introduction at
Association; Brandi Henderson,
Delta Tau Delta; Angelique
Fish, Sigma Tau Delta; Carra
Lowe, Sigma Sigma Sigma;
The Homecoming 2001 canSydney Mackey, Spirit of the
didates represent numerous
Savages Marching Band; April
organizations on campus.
Marr, Alpha Sigma Tau; K.T.
Remus, Baptist Collegiate
The candidates are: Hanna
Ministries; Misty Scott, Alpha
Badan, Lambda Pi Eta; Sandy
Bell. Sigma Tau G a m m a ; April M u G a m m a ; Katie Utley,
Brannan, Cardinal Key; Shanell Kappa Sigma.
• Fifteen ladies are representing
their c a m p u s organizations Saturday
w h e n they compete for the prestiHawkins, S O S U
gious honor of 2001 H o m e c o m i n g
Queen. G a m e time is 2:30 p.m.
the bonfire and voting takes
place until 3 p.m. today in front
of the bookstore.
Cardinal Key sponsors Big M a n on Campus
major, is the representative for Delta Tau
Cody Commander, a senior psychology
major, is the Kappa Sigma candidate.
Christopher Bradley, a senior communications major, is the Catholic Student
Representing the Spirit of the Savages
Marching Band is Jorge Lopez, a junior aviation management major.
Student Government Association representative is'JoSe Cortesr3a senior criminal jusjg^S^ftWy-rFrdshman A m b e r Brannan, sis-" lpetnflf'for Big Man on Campus lire
4er«*f senior music .major aod £fomspoming repr^entatiY£s from numerous* organiza** tice major.
Chris Glover, a senior history major, is repqueen candidate, April Brannan, has the dis- tions on campus.
Representing Lambda Pi Eta is Joe resenting the Honors Program.
Joshua Harmon is the representative for
"Amber was diagnosed seven or eight McClour, a junior communications major.
years ago," her sister April said. "It was and Representing Sigma Sigma Sigma is Jason Alpha Sigma Tau. Harmon is a sophomore
is really scary for m y family. At any time, Phipps. a senior business management computer science major.
Representing Sigma Tau G a m m a is Joey
she could go into a diabetic coma. In fact, major.
Luther Kirkpatrick is a senior health, phys- DeFalco, a sophomore safety major.
one time she almost did.
Aaron Compton, an educational technolo"Diabetes is real and I don't wish it upon ical education and recreation major repregy
graduate, is the representative for the
anyone. I think it is probably one of the
U Spirit Squad.
worst diseases you could have that lasts a
whole lifetime. You have no control over
getting the disease, it just happens."
Big M a n on Campus accepts donations in
jars, which will be next to the
Southeastern's Cardinal Key is sponsoring
table. Students and faculthe Big Man on Campus competition, a
to drop spare
fund-raiser to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation. All proceeds raised
through the B M O C go to the foundation's
named Big M a n on Campus after the crowneffort to help fund research.
Diabetes affects students here at ing of the Homecoming Queen at the game
Jiouttastern, and a*£ardinal Ke-yT-member
From STAFF REPORTS
Students (and couches) from
over campus gathered on the
tennis courts Monday night to
enjoy the Student Government
Monday's events kicked off the
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Black ties to complement school
colors at annual homecoming ball
From STAFF REPORTS
Care to donate?
S O S U alumni are hosting the
second annual "Gold and Blue
and Black Tie, Too" homecoming fund-raiser at 7 p.m.
at the Massey
This fun-filled evening will
have something for everyone.
Casino-style gaming, entertainment, and live and silent auctions are planned for the
Many area merchants, alumni
and friends of Southeastern are
donating items in an effort to
help raise funds for the Alumni
Association Scholarship Endowment Fund.
Alumni scholarships are available to Southeastern students
who are the children or grandchildren of alumni members
% The Alumni
Association is accepting
donations of items for the
live and silent auctions.
To make a donation, call
the Office of University
Advancement at 7452442.
"We are excited about the
wonderful items that our friends
have donated for this year's
gala," said S O S U Alumni
Association President Jerry
Buchanan. "A personalized,
autographed guitar donated by
Garth Brooks will be the centerpiece of the auction, and Polaris
Motorsports has been very generous with the donation of a
Buchanan also mentioned
items ranging from Callaway
golf clubs, donated by John
Frank, to an afternoon of pampering from Body Business,
owned by Cindy Gill.
In an effort to support the families of the 350 firefighters and
80 police officers lost in the
World Trade Center collapse, the
Alumni Association will donate
10 percent of the funds raised
from the auction of the Garth
Brooks autographed guitar to the
Durant Fire Department in support of the 911 Relief Fund of
N e w York City.
S O S U President Dr. Glen D.
Johnson said, "The Southeastern
alumni are the heartbeat of our
homecoming activities and they
have outdone themselves during
the past year in their support and
generosity to the Southeastern
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Friday, October 5, 2001
D o u g l a s saves o t h e r w i s e dull flick —Artist of the Week
The movie confused m e at are. A lot of the credit should go
Yeah, it's a little complicated.
I didn't k n o w if I was to Douglas for giving a strong
The funny thing is that 1 have
a straightforward performance and really holding
actually left out several subplots
"Don't Say a Word" centers on
that have no place in this movie. movie or if I needed to be watch- the movie together.
Dr. Nathan Conrad's (Michael
Sean Bean, ("Goldeneye",
There is a cop trying to solve a ing for some trick ending. There
Douglas) little girl being kid- murder case. Dr. Conrad's wife are twists and turns all through "Ronin") also gives a good pernapped and what he must do to having to stay
the movie, but formance as a head kidnapper,
gel her back.
they didn't seem but his character is held back by
h o m e because of
In order to get her back, he has some
to strongly tie the mediocre writing.
to get a number from a psychi- accident, and a psychologist movie together.
The movie is decent entertainatric patient w h o has no inten- w h o s o m e h o w gets involved.
Even with the twists that sup- ment for genre fans, and m a y
tion of giving the number to any- These are just a few of plot posedly tie everything together, still be fun for others if you
details I left out. They do all there are several plot holes that don't think about it much. If you
The kidnappers need the num- connect, but it wouldn't really really bothered after the fact.
are a Michael Douglas fan, it is
ber in order to find a diamond matter if they weren't in the Still, the movie is interesting in worth seeing it just for that. All
the way that most dark thrillers others should steer clear.
movie at all.
that they stole 10 vears before.
By MATT M O O D Y
I didn't ask for this
life of drifting from
time continuum to time
continuum ... dimension
to dimension ... but I am
stuck with it. M y only
hope is to find Losopher
and the Umberlexicon
and force him to use it
to send m e home.
This week's episodeI had gained enough
ground to finish this
mutant quickly and make
M y pursuers were far
behind and I could see
the edge of the swamp
expand to a clear field
above what seemed to
be a cliff. But this had
to end now!
I used the lizardman's momentum against
him ... gripping his chin
and bracing my other
hand against his shoulder, I snapped his neck
with one abrupt jerk.
His body dropped with a
grunt and a slosh.
I lunged for the near- great catastrophe had
by cliff that rose a few devastated it in sudden
feet above my head.
and stark violence.
Pulling on roots and
One glance over m y
embedded cables, I
shoulder showed the
hoisted myself to the
remaining mob descendtop where I could see
ing on the lizard-man's
what once was a city. It body as it floated lifestood in ruins as if some
lessly in the muck. They
After having an underground
hit with the St. Lunatics called
What do Austin, Texas, St.
" G i m m e W h a t You Got," Nelly
Louis, Mo., and Spain have in decided to try a solo career.
c o m m o n ? They were all places
In 1999, Nelly signed a conwhere Nelly,this week's artist of tract with Universal Records,
the week, used to live.
thus beginning his career.
Nelly, Cornell Haynes Jr., born
His first single "Country
in Austin, moved
to Spain for three
years before finalE m i n e m from the
ly settling d o w n in the ghettos of top of the U.S. album chart andSt. Louis.
stayed there for several weeks.
Nelly was a very talented baseNelly's rhyming style offered
ball player, but rather than trying an interesting n e w angle with a
to pursue a career as a profes- smooth flow, but his lyrics devisional athlete he decided to form ate very little from the modern
the St. Lunatics, a St. Louis rap style, illustrating crime with
based rap group consisting of "Greed, Hate, Envy," sex with
Nelly, and his high school "Thicky Thick Girl," and macho
(Robert posturing with "Batter U p . "
Cleveland), City Spud (Lavell Nelly's popularity is mainly
W e b b ) , Big Lee (Ali Jones), thanks to his radio friendly tunes
Murphy Lee (Tohri Harpaer), such as "Country Grammar,"
(Corey "Ride Wit M e " and "St. Louie."
By CHRIS HALL
the null set:
chronicles of a small town nothing
were ripping and tearing
him like the hungry animals they had become.
Well ... at least someone was getting a hot
To be continued
monday night i had the most tics.
everything about her perfectly
i was in deep ellum in dailas, complemented me.
hanging out, buying records, and
killing time before a show.
after buying every record i could
possibly afford (and a couple i
her job. (she was an agent for a
couldn't), i wandered into the
small label and was getting the
gypsy tea room.
loose ends tied up for that night's
that was where i met her.
the first thing i noticed was her
when the evening was over and i
slightly disheveled short, brown
hair and the second was her smile. had to leave, she asked m e to spend
after sitting in a booth, watching the night
i knew i couldn't, but i promised
her talk on her cell phone and pace
frantically, i finally got the nerve to come back for the weekend.
she smiled a smile that said she
w e immediately hit it off, and understood, and i drove away.
don't you just love dreams like
ended up talking all afternoon
about indie bands, books and poli- that?
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T h e Southeastern
forfirstwin vs. A C U
By M A T T T H O M A S
O S U vs.
Miss. St. vs.
Kansas City vs.
Green Bay vs.
Green Bay Tampa Bay Green Bay
C. Allin Means
SOSU vs. ACU
ECU vs. MWSU
G a m e to feature
SOSU has fallen in line with
other universities in the state by
enacting new protective measures for home football games,
according to Tony Wadley,
director of SOSU's Department
of Public Safety. The next home
game for S O S U will be the
Homecoming game Saturday at
"The Southeastern Police
Department wants to ensure the
safety and well-being of all persons who will be coming this
Saturday, and at the remainder
of our home games, to support
Homecoming game," he said.
There will be a number of
added measures to enhance
security, including: no insulated
coolers, no large cases, backpacks or fanny packs, and no
large purses. In addition, anyone requiring such items for
emergency reasons need only
explain the reason to the officer
at the gate, Wadley said.
"These measures are meant
only for the safety and protection of those attending our
homes games, and we apologize
for any inconvenience they may
cause," he said.
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49 tackles, 1 sack
Where is the Southeastern
Oklahoma State University football team headed?
"We are heading in the right
direction," Head Coach Keith
Baxter said. "No doubt in m y
The Savages will get a chance
to show this progress Saturday
against the Wildcats of Abilene
The Wildcats come to town
with a 2-3 record, boasting wins
over Northeastern State and
Eastern N e w Mexico.
The Savages come off a bye
week, on a four-game losing
The Wildcats will bring Greg
Wiggins, a redshirt freshman, as
their starting quarterback, after
losing starter Colby Freeman for
the season to a dislocated ankle.
The Savage offense comes into
the matchup averaging 15.3
points per game, but scored 32
points in their last contest
against Tarleton State.
The offensive key to the game
for the Savages will be
turnovers. They must hold onto
the ball against a team that has
forced 12 turnovers this season.
"Turnovers have been a thorn
in our side." Baxter said.
It's a fact that you have to run
the football to set up the pass.
That chore has fallen predominantly to senior running back
Scotty Martin. He will be helped
out this week with the return of
senior running back Codv Lee,
who will see limited action this
Jeff Harbert, a sophomore fullback who has been used sparingly, and Shawn Teamann, a freshman running back w h o has
shown promise in practice,
should step in and help carry the
Sophomore wide receiver
Romar Crenshaw has been the
talk of the town lately, and rightfully so.
"We need to get the ball into
his hands, because he has the
ability to break the game open."
Baxter said. "Romar's success
helps the other receivers." If
Crenshaw gets double teamed
this opens up other wide-outs.
A Savage defense that comes
into the game giving up 42
points per game will be facing
an A C U team that scores 25.4
points per game.
"They like to spread the field
and run multiple looks." Baxter
said. "They like to throw the
The linebackers, as expected.
are the strength of this year's
Sophomore Bashiri Turner,
senior Chris Jones and junior
Emest Lockett are all three at the
top of the list in tackles.
"The A C U offense will be a
challenge for the defense,"
The Wildcats hold an edge in
the matchup on paper, but if the
Savages keep the mistakes to a
minimum, S O S U could pull this
one out in the end.
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