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Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 * Volume 10, Issue 7 A bi-weekly newsletter published by the University of the Ozarks Public Relations Office University unveils emergency notification system University officials will unveil a new text message emergency notification service called Eagle Alert this week that will help keep students, faculty and staff informed during campus emergencies. U of O will not charge a fee for the service. However, students, faculty and staff must register their cell phone numbers. Participants are expected to be able to register their cell phones this week by accessing the link on the University’s Website www.ozarks.edu or by going to students.ozarks.edu/eplan/. Eagle Alert will allow University officials to quickly contact registered recipients through cell phone text messages and e-mails. Anyone with a University e-mail account will automatically receive an emergency,” said Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece. “The more students, faculty and staff who sign up for this service, the more effective the system will be.” Eagle Alert is powered by E2Campus, a national mass notification solutions provider. Contact information that is provided to the Eagle Alert system will only be used for delivering health and safety emergency information through E2Campus. E2Campus has strict “zero spam” and usage policies for the information used by and for the Eagle Alert service. Students who do not have text message service on their cell phones can contact the Student Life Office for alternate notification methods. emergency notification via e-mail. Eagle Alert will be used to communicate important information during any potential emergency, such as severe weather, fire or campus crisis. “I highly encourage people to take the time and sign up for this important service and to become aware of what the procedures are around campus in case of an Thanksgiving has storied tradition By Emalee Pearson Communique Editor Though table manners and cooking techniques have, thankfully, evolved since the 1600s, Thanksgiving meals today are still consumed with similar celebration and extravagance as the pilgrim's feasts 400 years ago. Every year in the United States, Thanksgiving is commemorated on the fourth Thursday in November. Families and friends gather together to celebrate the holiday and feast on turkey, yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and of course, pumpkin pie. Everyone has their own Thanksgiving traditions, but the history of why we celebrate is often overlooked when we’re all indulging in the holiday’s extravagant feasts. Colntinued on Page 2 Student Government Association (SGA) senators, along with matching gifts from SGA President David Ray and Dean of Residential and Campus Life Sherrie Arey, raised a total of $150 for the Annual Scholarship Fund to show their support for the current Promise of Excellence Campaign during an October meeting. Presenting the check to the University were (from left) SGA Treasurer Jose Schonenberg, SGA Secretary Lisa Mercer, Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece, David Ray, Sherrie Arey, SGA Parliamentarian Jorge Avila, and SGA Vice President Tim Schmoker. Thanksgiving Continued From Page 1 In 1621 the colonists of Plymouth and the Wampanoag Indians came together to share an autumn harvest feast, which is now known as the first feast and has since evolved to what we now know as Thanksgiving. According to History.com, “the first feast wasn’t repeated, so it wasn’t the beginning of a tradition. In fact, the colonists didn’t even call the day Thanksgiving. To them, a thanksgiving was a religious holiday in which they would go to church and thank God for a specific event, such as the winning of a battle.” During the American Revolution, the site said, a yearly day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress and in 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the next century, many states had followed and in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt preceded him in setting the date for Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November. According to Kathleen Curtin, food historian at Plymouth Plantation, the pilgrims most likely didn’t have pies or other sweets at the first feast because the supply of sugar they had brought to America had probably dwindled by the time the feast is said to have occurred. Though there is lengthy debate about what was actually on the menu at the first feast, deer meat and wild poultry, historians note, were definitely consumed. Unlike today, when Thanksgiving meals are placed around the turkey, the pilgrim’s feasts likely included a wide variety of meats. Vegetables, Curtain says, were not emphasized significantly during the pilgrim’s feasts because of their availability through out the year. Here at Ozarks, Thanksgiving will be celebrated in various ways. The Planet Club hosted an environmentally conscious Thanksgiving lunch last week, in which they learned and discussed the planet and enjoyed locally or organically grown foods. The cafeteria will host Ozarks’ own Thanksgiving meal as a Thanksgiving Buffet for lunch on Monday, Nov. 19. The lunch hours are 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and the menu includes, roast turkey breast, carved pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, candied yams and assorted pies. Although the cafeteria is hosting a Thanksgiving luncheon, many students can’t wait to spend Thanksgiving with their friends and families. Freshman Brian Stephens plans to go home to Texas and is thankful for being able to spend time with his family and see his friends again. Sophomore Suhelen Paz is also going to Texas to see friends and is thankful for her family. Many students plan on leaving for the break. Some, however, are going to spending most of their Thanksgiving break here at school. Junior Jeremy Clark and freshman Andre Williams are members of the men’s basketball team and will be spending most of their breaks practicing here at school along with the women’s basketball team. Williams, who is going to Tulsa for just two days of the break, is thankful for his family. Clark, who will be joined by his mother here in Clarksville, is thankful to be getting a good education and all of the friends he has made here at Ozarks. Whatever your Thanksgiving holiday or traditions may include, let them be joyful and safe. As a kid, I was never overly impressed with Thanksgiving. I am not certain why. Maybe it was because in elementary school my handcrafted turkey, made with scissored construction paper and the old-fashioned cut and paste method, was never as creative or highly praised as my classmates’ turkeys were. Or maybe it was because my parents would haul my brothers and me to our grandparents, over an hour away from our house, for Thanksgiving dinner with aunts, uncles, and cousins who annoyed me and who, in turn, I annoyed. Or maybe it was because my grandmother’s homemade stuffing was stuffed with fat gross onion slices, and I had to finish every bite of my overly-heaped portion. I have despised onions ever since and remain amazed they are classified as a member of any food group. Or maybe I was never overly impressed with Thanksgiving because it is sandwiched between two legitimate holidays: Halloween and Christmas. But as an adult, I do know this. Now, I would give almost anything to share Thanksgiving with my mother, father, and brothers. Now, I would give almost anything to be seated around my grandparent’s large dining room table, sharing dinner with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I would even request a second serving of onion-stuffed stuffing. I ask for all of you to travel safely this Thanksgiving and to cherish the precious time with your loved ones. Thanksgiving is important, and so are families. Dr. Rick Niece President Jeana Feazel (center), a senior marketing major from Washburn, Ill., was crowned Ms. U of O during the recent pageant. First runnerup was Zyabya Sanchez (left) and second runnerup was Charlee Sloan (right). Jason Caskey Senior Broken Arrow, Oklahoma To observe the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no classes Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Friday, Nov 23. Classes will resume will resume Monday, Nov. 26. ... Congratulations to the Winner and Runners-Up of Ms. U of O. The results are as followed: Ms. U of O, Jeana Feazel, First Runner-Up, Zyanya Sanchez and Second Runner-Up, Charlee Sloan ... The Residence Halls will close for Thanksgiving Break on Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. They will reopen Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. ... The Cafeteria will host a Thanksgiving Luncheon Monday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ... CAB’s annual Winter Formal dinner and dance will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Tickets to The Masquerade must be purchased prior to and are available in the Student Life Office, seating is limited. Jason Caskey, a senior biology major from Broken Arrow, Okla., is the youngest of two children. He has two nephews and two nieces and is minoring in chemistry. He is Student Athlete Advisory Committee President and is also a member of the men’s soccer team and the Ozarks Biological Society. What are some of your hobbies: My hobbies include playing soccer, playing the guitar, and disco dancing. I also enjoy playing Guitar Hero II and III. Last year, I even entered a Guitar Hero Tournament. What was the tournament like: I had never been to a video game tournament, but always had an idea of the type of people who would be there and what it would be like. I was spot on. I’m pretty sure there were guys there that hadn’t seen daylight in weeks. I went in thinking I was pretty good and left with a plate of hardcore reality. I finished 8th out of 17, which isn’t too bad, but nowhere near the top. What is your favorite movie: “Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time! COOL RUNNINGS! What is your favorite food: My saint of a mother’s taco salad. So delicious! What is your favorite song: My favorite song comes and goes, so right now I’d have to go with “Congratulations” by Blue October. Although, “Mr. Vain” by Culture Beat will always have a spot in my heart. What is your favorite place to relax: I would have to say my bed. It’s only a fouton, but believe me, it’s incredible. What is your favorite TV show: Every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. you can find me watching the new episode of Southpark. It’s not only hilarious, but it is always about something currently in the news which is what makes it such a brilliant show. What cartoon character best matches your personality: This is a tough one because there are just so many good characters out there, but I’m going with Chip from Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers. I picked him because he dresses like Indiana Jones and I love Indiana Jones movies. Chip is always trying to be serious, but it always seems to come out more funny than serious. I have been described as trying to be serious sometimes and it just didn’t seem to work out for me. What is your favorite band: Dave Matthews Band. What have been some of your most memorable moments from Ozarks: I would have to say this year with the soccer team winning the regular season championship and getting to host the conference tournament. Although we came up just short, we had a great season. I also have enjoyed all the friends I have made here and the experiences with them. I have so many memorable stories, I’m sure I’ll never forget them. Where would you like to travel: I would currently like to go view the pretty lights in Vegas, but I would also enjoy heading across the pond to travel through Europe. A dream of mine is to sit in Old Trafford in Manchester, England, to watch Manchester United play a soccer match. What are your plans for after graduation?: I originally wanted to go to dental school after I graduated, but I have since changed that and now I want to go to a Brewing Technology school. I recently worked for Anheuser-Busch and they talked to me about what I could do for them with my Biology degree and it sounded really interesting. My long-term goal would be to open up my own brewery/restaurant. 11/19- Prayer Meeting, Chapel, 7:25 a.m. Men’s Basketball Away, 7 p.m. 11/20- Chapel*, 11 a.m. Residence Halls close for break, 5 p.m. 11/21-11/23- Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes 11/23- Women’s Basketball Away, 8 p.m. 11/24- Women’s Basketball Away, 1 & 3 p.m. 11/25- Residence Halls re-open, 2 p.m. 11/26- Prayer Meeting, Chapel, 7:25 a.m. Men’s Basketball Home, 6 p.m. 11/27- Chapel*, 11 a.m Alpha and Omega, Student Center, 5 p.m. Ozarks Movie Night*, WH 133, 7 p.m. 11/28- Rotaract/ P&G, Noon Academic Council, 2 p.m. OBS Journal Colloquim*, SB 129, 7 p.m. Project Poet, Black Box, 9:30 p.m. 11/29- Men’s and Women’s Basketball Away, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Applied Music Recital*, Rowntree, 7 p.m. Alpha and Omega Girl's Bible Study, Chapel, 9:30 p.m. 11/30- Prayer Meeting, Chapel, 7:25 a.m. Election Petitions Due 12/1- Basketball Away, 1 & 3 p.m. Winter Formal, Student Center, 5:30 p.m. Eagles counting on experience After narrowly missing the playoffs in 2006-2007, 11 lettermen return, including all five starters, giving the Eagles the experience needed for a return to post-season play. The Eagles return 87 percent of their scoring and 93 percent of their rebounding production. In addition, nine of the 11 returners saw time as starters. The Eagles finished 8-17 overall and 7-13 in the American Southwest Conference, two wins away from grabbing the playoff-qualifying fourth seed. It was the first time the Eagles missed the playoffs since the 2003-2004 season. “I think there is a good attitude and work ethic about this team,” said head coach Matt O’Connor, who enters his seventh season at the helm of the program. “I think everything has been very positive. The guys want to get back to work. They understand how important it is to play as a team. They are supporting each other so that we can be the best team we can be.” “Going into last season we were very inexperienced, but now there is much more experience,” said O’Connor. “The players will be better prepared to respond to game situations. I hope that experience will become a real strength.” Six-foot-five senior forward Habeeb Kareem leads the junior and senior laden 2007-2008 squad. Kareem was again one of the most productive players in the ASC last season, finishing fourteenth in scoring (14.7), tenth in rebounding (6.1) and eighth in blocks (.68). “Habeeb is versatile,” said O’Connor. “He can score inside using both hands and he is decisive in making moves.” Athletic swingman Chris Clark counters with an inside-outside game to help keep pressure off of Kareem. The 6-foot-6 senior was the top sixth man in the league last season, averaging 8.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in 25 contests. enior forward Clint McHenry will patrol the paint for the third straight season. McHenry, 6-foot-5, averaged over five points per game and 5.0 rebounds in 24 starts last year. Tony Daniels and Chris Williams, both junior forwards, provide depth and starting experience for the Eagles. The backcourt gives the Eagles a quality guard rotation, and plenty Kareem of starting experience. Juniors Ted Beard, Jeremy Clark and Tony Brock, and sophomore Blake Belford will aim to take some of the scoring load off of Ozarks’ three seniors. Beard had a breakout season in 2006-2007, averaging 12.1 points per game, second-best on the team. Clark started in 18 games, averaging 7.9 points and a team-leading 2.3 assists per game. Belford was named to the All-ASC Freshman Team after hitting 44 percent of his three-point attempts. Lady Eagles eye third straight playoff appearance Entering the 2007-2008 season, head coach Christina Jost must find replacements for three starters and the Lady Eagles must overcome a lack of size in order to make their third straight playoff appearance. Ozarks finished 9-17 overall and 7-13 in the American Southwest Conference last season, and made the playoffs for the second straight season. The Lady Eagles lost nearly 60 percent of their scoring due to graduation, including Mandi Carter, the program’s second all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The 20072008 roster has numerous new faces and few inside players, but Jost will make up for the lack of size by using a bevy of perimeter players. Offensively, the Lady Eagles will continue to run-n-gun to take advantage of their depth at the guard position. “We will look to run a four-out, one-in motion offense,” said Jost. Eneks “We want our perimeter players to get a lot of movement off the ball and set screens to get our shooters open. We want to push the ball and run, probably even more than in previous years. We hope to get a lot of fast break points.” Senior guard Erica Eneks is back for her fourth year as a starter. Eneks, 5-foot-7, has proven to be one of the top scorers in the program’s history with 970 career points. Junior point guard Chandra Brigs returns as the other starter for Ozarks. Briggs, 5-foot-6, averaged 5.0 points per game and led the team in assists (3.5). Savannah Carter returns for her junior season, and will play both guard and forward. Carter started in five games last season, averaging 5.1 points and 4.0 rebounds. Senior Karen Garcia will see plenty of action in the guard rotation. Garcia, 5-foot-5, averaged 4.5 points per game last season, including a 19-point outburst against Schreiner on the road. Sophomore Kristyn Shinn and junior Emma Cantele provide depth and experience at the guard position. Both players provide the Lady Eagles with energy on the court. Added to the mix is 5-foot-8 senior Hope Ellison, who transferred from St. Gregory’s University where she averaged nearly nine points per game, and senior post player Olivia Fisher, who averaged 8.1 points as a starter two years ago before sitting out last season.