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Inside March 5, 2007 Oklahoma City Community College PIONEER This Week • Constructive criticism good, editorial, p. 2. • Black History week celebrated, p. 9. • Swimmers, divers compete, sports, p. 12. • Volunteers help out others, p. 14. www.occc.edu/pioneer It will cost big Details, details bucks to build new festival site Up to $1 million has been pledged to ready the area over several years By Valerie Jobe Editor A rts Festival Oklahoma has been held on OCCC’s campus for the past 28 years. Although the long-standing site just outside of the Arts and Humanities Building has been cleared for the construc- tion of the Arts Education Center, the festival will continue its tradition in a new location — at a price tag of up to $1.4 million. At a Board of Regents meeting Feb. 19, a proposal was approved for Triad Design Group to begin planning for the relocation across Faculty Circle in the northwest corner of the campus. The firm will be in charge of all necessary architectural and engineer- ing services for the project. According to the Feb. 19 meeting agenda, up to $81,650, or 5.75 percent of the total construction contract, will be paid to Triad Design Group to provide those services. The agenda reports that the new site will require “excavation, irriga- Photo by Carrie Cronk tion, electrical, water, sidewalks, a new stage, etc.” Those projects will be phased in over several Sophomore Visual Arts major Yuko Oshizawa works on a greenware years using Section 13 Offset funds, money that See “AFO,” page 16 sculpture of a boot in Professor Layne Thrift’s evening ceramics class. Online degree programs penciled into OCCC’s future By Amanda Bittle work. versity of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University based on several criteria. Staff Writer Though no official re- Oklahoma State University and Southeastern Okla- “I think they’re looking at sponse has been received, also offer some online de- homa State University offer quality and support struc- S tudents may soon have the opportunity to earn an OCCC degree Sechrist said, the HLC team indicated in their exit interview on Feb. 20 that gree programs, according to www.open-university- online.com. online degrees as well. Sechrist said the team determines qualification tures and what is called See “Online,” page 16 without changing out of they felt OCCC met the nec- their pajamas. One of many steps in essary qualifications. If approval is granted, the Former student sentenced to six years OCCC’s plan to offer online first program offered will be By Valerie Jobe programs showed his willing- degree programs was com- an associate of arts in lib- Editor ness to ignore his problem. pleted recently, said OCCC eral studies. Durant was charged in May President Paul Sechrist. A peer review team from the Higher Learning Com- Degrees in humanities, psychology and informa- tion technology also are F or mer OCCC student Kevin Wayne Durant, 28, was sentenced to six years in 2002 with second-degree rape in Canadian County. Gray referenced a preliminary mission of the North Cen- being considered, Sechrist prison for taking clandestine investigation report in which Dr. tral American Association said. photos of a female student on Richard Kisher, a psychiatrist, of Colleges and Universities Online degrees already campus. diagnosed Durant with para- visited the campus Feb. 19 are offered at many Okla- Oklahoma County District philia, or voyeurism that, ac- and 20, Sechrist said. homa colleges and univer- Judge Twyla Mason Gray con- cording to Kisher, could not be Kevin Wayne The purpose of the HLC sities. sidered Durant’s past encoun- remedied. Durant team’s visit was to help de- In addition to franchise ters with the Oklahoma court Durant was caught in August termine whether OCCC is universities such as The system when the sentence was handed 2005 at OCCC videotaping up a female ready to offer degrees based University of Phoenix and down. Gray told Durant that his failure to student’s skirt. strictly on online course- Devry University, the Uni- complete any community-based treatment “Durant mini- See “Durant,” page 16 2 • PIONEER • March 5, 2007 Editorial and Opinion Editorial Peace comes in variety of forms Criticism can To the editor: It was recently in the Pio- neer that our Free Hugs gruesomeness of war can spread an awareness.” Do we really need to know sto- and yourself, and most im- portantly, peace is love. The Advocates of Peace be helpful Campaign was an admi- rable, symbolic gesture “but if peace is going to take ries of bloodshed to truly know peace? This isn’t an Anthony Burgess novel and Club, and the events it sponsors, is dependent upon students and their OK, so Anna Nicole Smith is dead, Britney Spears hold, it must be done with OCCC students are not ideas, and encourages both is now a space monkey ready for her mission to more than the symbolic your average droogs. to help it establish a start- Mars and the pointless, media-induced morbid fas- gestures of hugs and poles” We are not characters of ing point. Every revolution cination with both of them remains everlasting. and that the most impor- fiction and you cannot at- has a starting point. tant way “to create peace is tempt to mandate private —Kristi McClatchy However, what does the public do when tales of through awareness.” screenings of the darker and Cody Ingram celebrity faux pas, either those in life or those that The writer urges readers and bloodier side of our Advocates of Peace Club contribute to someone’s death, occur? Do we help to “give peace a better existence and expect us to Members them? No. We instead ridicule them in instant chance with actions.” I know peace. Forcing our messages, blogs and chatrooms. would refute this notion eyelids to open to such While the fascination with Spears and Anna that a hug is merely a sym- atrocities is a moot point. Nicole is superficial at best, the students and fac- bolic gesture. There is cer- The horrible nature of tainly an amount of cour- war is apparent and we are Vol. 35 No. 23 ulty here at OCCC can learn from their misfor- Valerie Jobe..........................Editor tune. age shown by club mem- reminded of this several bers who chose to take time times a day on television. Amanda Bittle................Staff Writer Receiving criticism, both positive and negative, out of their day to hug com- We see death tolls in differ- David Miller....................Staff Writer is vital to our growth as individuals, and as a glo- plete strangers. ent languages on different John Savage..................Staff Writer bal society. It’s when that criticism is distributed Courtney Barrie.............Staff Writer I’m not discrediting the news stands. How has this Drew Hampton..............Staff Writer to an unrelated third party, or the masses, instead symbolism of a hug, but served us? Scott D’Amico............Online Editor of the proper recipient, that it becomes destructive rather endorsing the idea The greatest advocates of Mike Ferak...................Webmaster in the name of passive-aggressive behavior, as well that the action of human peace were pacifists who Carrie Cronk.............Photographer as being construed as gossip, on the part of the embracement in our indi- did not partake in any sort Tim Cronk...................Ad Manager person misguidedly releasing the criticism. vidualistic society is per- of combat. Jesus, Dr. King, Richard Hall.............Lab Assistant When feeling the need to criticize someone, even haps one of the most effec- and Gandhi spread their Ronna Austin.............Lab Director tive ways to promote love. collective wisdom through Sue Hinton............Faculty Adviser for legitimate reasons, most people feel an appre- Many Western Civiliza- non-violent actions. The PIONEER is a publica- hension in doing so for fear of upsetting the recipi- tions have become so con- There is a misconception tion of Oklahoma City Com- ent. Conversely, some people would rather com- sumed with separation and that has been socialized munity College through the plain to someone else instead of experiencing that self-promotion that some- into our society — that Division of Arts and Humani- brief uncomfortable moment in which they tell the thing as simple as hugging peace is opposite of war. ties. It is published weekly person what they’re doing wrong, even though it is considered strange and Peace has so many other during the fall and spring se- undesirable. Advocates of dimensions that many sim- mesters and the eight-week might encourage a more efficient and positive en- Peace want to demolish the ply do not understand. summer session. vironment afterward. All opinions expressed are Humans need criticism whether they like it or barriers between people. Peace is finding a common The article states that ground, humanizing en- those of the author and do not not. However, it should come from a place of re- “showing unabashedly the emies, accepting others necessarily represent those of spect and a genuine desire to help that person who the publisher. wants to perform to the best of his or her ability. It The PIONEER welcomes let- shouldn’t be derived from a desire to belittle a per- ters to the editor and encour- ages the use of this publica- son, which is evident when the criticism is told to tion as a community forum. an unrelated third party. All letters must include the We also need to be strong enough to accept that author’s name, address, criticism when it is deserved. A healthy attitude phone number and signature. toward receiving constructive criticism is impera- However, the PIONEER will tive to a working and learning environment. If one withhold the name if the re- can’t take the criticism, then he or she most likely quest is made in writing. The PIONEER has the right to edit will suffer during these interactions with co-work- all letters and submissions ers for the rest of the time he or she is in the for length, libel and obscen- workforce. ity. The other vital ingredient is trust. We need to Letters to the editor can be trust the faculty as well as our peers to care enough delivered to the PIONEER of- to tell us when we can do something better and fice, mailed to: Pioneer Editor, also provide us with methods to improve our per- 7777 S. May, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159 or faxed to formance. (405) 682-7843. In this learning environment known as Oklahoma Letters may also be e-mailed City Community College, let’s care about and re- to email@example.com. A phone spect each other enough to give constructive criti- number for verification must cism so as to create a healthy and productive learn- be included. ing environment. Perhaps if someone close to the The PIONEER can be ac- two celebrities mentioned above had done this, one cessed on the Internet at: www.occc.edu/pioneer. would possibly be more well-rounded and the other might still be walking the Earth. —David Miller Staff Writer March 5, 2007 • PIONEER • 3 Comments and Reviews ‘Black Snake’ makes viewers moan for home It’s been said “you can’t of the corny and cliché turn a ho into a housewife,” lines. and this statement is pro- This movie portrays Rae The title of this column is very appropriate this ven true again and again in as an over-sexed drug ad- time. the film “Black Snake dict who finds herself face The view is of construction equipment and crews Moan,” directed by Craig down, beaten and left for working on several new building projects on our Brewer. dead near Lazarus’ farm- campus. Brewer is known for his house. From my view, I see that OCCC is moving forward writing and directing of Rae’s character spends and building the infrastructure to empower our “Hustle and Flow,” but more time on all fours than current and future students to achieve a college “Black Snake Moan” lacked the dog in “Air Bud,” but education of the highest quality and value. flow and the only hustle Lazarus is determined to The final trim is being added to the Robert P. Todd you will be wanting is from force her to change her Science, Engineering and Math (SEM) Center and the credits. wrongful ways. will be completed in March. The movie features Sam- Lazarus soon nurses her This new facility will provide new classrooms and uel L. Jackson, who plays back to health, and to stop labs to support students studying math and sci- the part of Lazarus, a God- her wickedness, he eventu- ence — and includes a world-class botany class- fearing bluesman who is ally chains her to the heater room and greenhouse. The $10 million addition to intent on saving Rae, in his living room. the Main Building is being built by the students of played by Christina Ricci. Scenes of Lazarus playing OCCC — by raising bond funds repaid through A lot of the comedy in this the guitar are well-cut and ordinary. In the end, view- student fees. film is ho-hum at best, and sound genuine as he plays ers are left with an empty It is truly a building built for and by students. We is funny only when Lazarus the blues in several scenes. feeling and no closure. plan to move into the SEM Center after spring break gets angry and spouts out The plot bounces around Snakes may have saved and be fully operational by the end of the spring a memorable line, which from scene to scene without Jackson’s last film, but this semester. are few and far between. infor ming viewers that one doesn’t have enough of Two other major buildings are under construc- Some scenes with Rever- things are happening. a sensible plot to leave tion — the Health Professions Education Center end R.L., played by John There is no real sense of viewers satisfied. and the Arts Education Center. Cothran Jr., could be con- direction. Rating: C- These buildings have a combined cost of $15 mil- sidered funny, but I wasn’t Jackson’s acting was —John Savage lion. They are being paid for by the state of Okla- laughing, perhaps because solid but nothing out of the Staff Writer homa as the result of a statewide bond issue that the voters approved to support at least one project Stick to the show with ‘Reno’ on every state college or university campus in Oklahoma. Break out the aviator sunglasses and the into contact with new varieties of wildlife The new buildings are scheduled for completion short shorts — “Reno 911!” has made the and the new opportunities for mishaps next spring and should be ready for the summer transition to the silver screen. provided by the beasts. semester in 2008. In “Reno 911!: Miami,” the Reno, Nev., All of the officers, with the possible ex- Some other good news — we are one step closer to Sheriff’s Department receives an invitation ception of Trudy Wiegel, take full advan- begin offering selected programs totally online. to participate in a national police conven- tage of the all-night party scene for which Last week, our regional accrediting association tion in Miami. Miami is known. conducted a comprehensive evaluation of OCCC ’s After making the journey via a beat-up Though the individual scenes retain the ability to support an entire degree online. charter bus, the officers arrive in Miami humor that brought popularity to the se- The review team concluded that OCCC is ready and attempt to check into the convention. ries, the film’s plot adds nothing to the and will recommend approval. They are dismayed to learn they are not material. Writers Robert Ben Garant, Tho- The reviewers were very complimentary of our on the registration list, but they attempt mas Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver faculty and staff, the quality of our online courses to make the best of things by finding al- seemed simply to find a reason to relo- and support services, and the College’s long-term ternate lodging and spending the evening cate Reno to Miami. commitment to an effective online learning and getting drunk. Besides co-scripting the film, Garant college experience. As luck would have it, biological terror- serves also as director and actor, portray- We also learned this past week the Ethics and ists hit the convention during the night, ing Deputy Travis Junior. Lennon and Excellence in Journalism Foundation approved a leaving the attendees quarantined inside Kenny-Silver also appear onscreen, as Lt. grant for new state-of-the-art broadcasting equip- the swank hotel at which the convention Jim Dangle and Wiegel, respectively. ment at OCCC. is being held. Almost every cop in the im- “Reno 911!: Miami” is rated R for sexual The grant, in the amount of $105,000, will be mediate vicinity is under microbial content, nudity, crude humor, language used to purchase five high-definition camcorders, lockdown. and drug use. Fans of “mockumentary” which will provide hands-on recording experience It’s up to the Reno Sheriff’s Department humor will enjoy the film, but probably for our broadcast journalism students. to step in and keep the city of Miami in no more than they would an episode of It is an exciting time for OCCC, and the view from line while the Department of Homeland Se- the series. Be sure to stick around for the the President’s office looks great and is getting even curity searches for the terrorists. full credits. better. Fans of the show can guess what hap- Rating: B- —Paul Sechrist pens during the film’s subsequent hour. —Amanda Bittle OCCC President The Florida setting brings the officers Staff Writer 4 • PIONEER • March 5, 2007 Students added to honor rolls Final grades are in and the Kennedy, Jaclyn Kephart, Walls, Robert Weaver, Sara Ekole Ebune, Michael Lindsey Miller, Joshua following people have been Kayla Kirlin, Sandra Kle- Wheeler, Amanda Williams, Faith, Paul Ferguson, Amy Mills, Dani Mirich, Jamin included to the Fall 2006 honor zyte, Lona Lodge, Amber Nicholas Wilson, Trent Ferrell, David Fetter, Mary Miser, Obrien Montoya, rolls. Congratulations. Louch, Jesse Lucas, Hai Lu- Wood, Danielle York. Fitzgerald, Kayla Ford, Ja- Brandi Moore, Gary Moore, ong, Elaine Lyons. son Freeling, Lucas Gar- Tira Moore, Naisha Morris, Nancy Mai, Jeannine field, Justin Garrett. Makenzie Morrissey. President’s Mantooth, Sheryl Martin, Vice President’s Shane Gibson, Donna Betty Mwangi, Ken Nghi, Honor Roll Robert Mason, Robert Mc- Honor Roll Goll, Thomas Graham, Jus- Joseph Nicholson, Robert Donald, Robyn McHan, tin Grimsley, Donna Guy, Nolan, Travis Norman, Sean Students are eligible to be Leroy Montano, Kathryn Students are eligible to be Jennifer Haddon, Stacey Oats, James Ocasio, Lan- on the President’s Honor Morris, Katherine Neale. on the Vice President’s Ho- Hale, Steve Hamilton, No- don Olson, Amber Over- Roll by achieving a GPA of Charles Nelms, Timothy nor Roll by achieving a GPA etta Harjo, Tamara Harris. turff, Richard Pasley. 4.0 while carrying at least 12 Nix, Lauren Nunn, David of 3.5 while carrying at least Cristen Hartman, Lisa Roberta Peters, Phu hours. Part-time students Oakes, Rosa Olivo, Kelly 12 hours. Part-time students Heath, Kerry Hebble- Pham, Rachel Picott, Keshia are eligible if they have main- Olson, Joseph Ortega, Sal- are eligible if they have main- thwaite, Patricia Heffley, Potts, Dennis Powell, Chris- tained a 4.0 GPA for two con- ma Parven, Jimmy Patillo, tained a 3.5 GPA for two con- Nicholas Henthorn, Aman- topher Price, Modesto Re- secutive semesters. Robert Pekus, Neyland secutive semesters. da Herren, Cynthia Herrera, sendiz, Kit Revell, Ronald Arati Adhikari, Bobby Al- Pettis, Christine Phelps. Trevor Adler, Jessica Al- Richard Hill, Michael Hisey. Riggs, Tony Robertson. lahyar, Susan Angelino, Hil- Jorita Pittman, Kathleen brecht, Roberto Alvarez, Paul Hobbs, Sharlet Tracey Robinson, Samuel ario Barraza, Theresa Bel- Plummer, Glory Police, Stephen Anderson, Tami Hogue, Steven Hoke, Adam Sampson, Apryl Satterlee, ler, Rochelle Bohanon, Geo- Julie Porter, Stephanie Anthony, Erick Atlee, Kim- Holt, Mark Horton, Amber Joshua Sauer, Brandi ffrey Boyd, Heather Brewer, Pratt, Jessica Price, Michael berly Atterberry, Athar Ba- Huffer, Angela Hunter, Schmidt, Amelia Scott, Mi- Sara Brickey, Aaron Bryant. Rankin, Christopher Ratz, loch, Jessica Blackshaw. Alecia Jacobs, Philip Jecty, chael Searle, Martha Selzer, Owen Burnett, Jason By- Jeremy Real, Jose Reyes, William Blankinship, Vic- Andrew Johnson, April Natisha Shepard. num, Valerie Carter, Jenni- Amelia Rios-Baxter, Anna toria Boyles, Willie Braggs, Johnson, Kristen Johnson, Lawrence Simpson, Don- fer Cochnauer, Justin Roberts, Jamie Roberts, Li- Kalyn Bray, Monique Bris- Deborah Kennison, Jimmie na Smith, Rhonda Spain, Comp, Tori Contreras, Tyler ana Rowe, Jarrod Rutledge. tol, Christie Brophy, Can- King, Paula Lackey, Rita Jason Spiller, Gregory Stan- Crain, Jeanne Davilla. Amanda Schaefer, Vir- dace Brown, Brian Buet- Landsberger, Emily Lan- ton, Skye Statum, Jamie Kevin De Young, Patricia ginia Schiefer, Alicia Schog- tner, Scott Burkhart. gley, Christian Leclercq. Steichen, Jeffrey Ste- Dexter, Jeremiah Didier, gin, Colin Shawhan, Debra Candace Cantrell, Court- Chris Lehew, Katie Leon- venson, Summer Stiger, Stacy Fitzgerald. Danielle Shoestock, Elizabeth ney Carothers, Fransisco ard, Lisa Leyn, Janette Lile, Emily Stock, Jennifer Franklin, Sally Gomez, Shultz, Jamie Silvest, Mi- Cazares, Kerri Christian, Justin Liston, Rachel Liv- Stramski, Arlene Sullivan. Daniel Graham, Jordan chael Simons, Brock Smith, Caitlin Clabes, Brent Coff- ingston, Spencer Living- Barbara Tech-Buckner, Gullo, April Hampton. Jeff Spence, Rachel Stanley. man, Shanita Cogshell, ston-Gainey, Patrick Lock- Blake Thompson, Carrie Jason Hanan, Chasity Kendall Steverson, Gary Brad Collins. ett, Mary Lockyer. Tomlinson, April Trumbo, Harjo, John Hashimoto-Mc Stokes, Jodey Stokes, Ash- Chris Cope, Cynthia Annette Loughridge, Cody Stephanie Viner, Jerry Creery, Tracye Hickey, Chri- ley Sutton, Logan Swift, Coszalter, Kyle Davis, Caleb Lovett, Elizabeth Lovett, Walker, Elizabeth Wallace, stopher Hyde, Kevin Hymel, Beverly Taggart, Tara Tate, Dobbs, Tarah Donoghue, Robin Marshall, Susan Charlie Ward, Tuesday Furrukh Iqbal, Cynthia Laurie Thornton, Jennifer Clayton Dorris, Rashida Mattison, Rodney McAli- Watkins, Kenny Watson, Jones, Eric Jones. VanWassenhove. Douglas, Amanda Dupler, ster, Samuel Mendiola, Jennifer Wells, Whitney Jessica Joyner, Kimberly Stephen Varner, Amber Sadia Durrani. Rebecca Milledge. Wright, Aaron Zaitshik. “My congratulations to each of these outstanding students. Your academic achievement is an honor that all of us at OCCC celebrate.” —Paul Sechrist President “I would like to offer my heartiest congratulations to all those who made the honor roll. This represents a tangible recognition of your hard work and drive.” —Felix Aquino Vice President read the PIONEEROnline www.occc.edu/pioneer March 5, 2007 • PIONEER • 5 Enrolling requires some advance planning By Scott D’Amico let a student into the class even if Staff Writer the class is full. Aguigui also spoke about online Enrollment consists of more enrollment, something she said she than just picking classes, said Aca- recommends to returning stu- demic Advisor Melissa Aguigui. dents. In a recent lecture, “Enrollment Business sophomore Porsha Basics,” Aguigui spoke about the Webb, 23, said she found the lec- importance of planning a class ture helpful. “It makes me want to schedule that fits around a use my time more productively to student’s personal schedule. get the schedule and professors I “You have to balance your work want.” and family obligations,” she said. Aguigui said one of the more im- Aguigui said students should portant aspects of enrolling is also be leery of taking classes that knowing what your long-term goals don’t fit their personality. are. She said some degree pro- She said students who have a grams — like an associate degree hard time waking up shouldn’t in applied science (AAS) — allow take morning classes and students students to go to work immediately who go to bed early should not take after school. night classes. “You have to be re- If a student is looking to transfer alistic,” she said. to a four-year university, she said, She also went over important the student can either finish a de- deadlines with students. gree here or transfer before finish- For instance, she said, students ing the requirements for an asso- can add or drop classes through ciate degree. the first week of a 16-week semes- Aguigui said getting the most out ter. of enrolling isn’t that difficult. Students also can register late “Basically, in a nutshell, you guys Photo by Scott D’Amico during that first week and if a class need to be proactive,” she said. In a recent lecture, “Enrollment Basics,” Academic Advisor Melissa Aguigui is full, students can ask the pro- Online Editor Scott D’Amico can spoke about the importance of planning a class schedule that fits around a fessor for an override, Aguigui said. be reached at OnlineEditor@occc. student’s personal schedule. An override allows a professor to edu. Vans ordered for security officers By A.J. Houston provide documentation of News Writing Student all parking lot activity,” Sloas said. The OCCC Safety and “It will also provide us Security Department will with a real-time, advanta- be receiving new security geous viewing platform in vans this March and new which to deter criminal ac- surveillance equipment in tivity. June. “It is a step forward in re- The college will receive ducing overall crime on two 2007 service package campus,” he said. Ford Expeditions, which With the numerous re- are expected to arrive this on campus. ports of car break-ins on March. The cameras will be ac- campus, he said, these new “The larger vehicles will companied by a wireless additions will be a great tool allow for us to use them as surveillance system. This for officers, Sloas said. a command center for ra- will allow the officers to “I would like everyone to dio and telephone commu- view any camera on cam- know that this is a direct nications in the event of a pus from laptops in the result of forward-think in disaster,” said Ike Sloas, newly-acquired security ve- crime prevention by the Safety and Security direc- hicles. President’s Cabinet and tor. “The camera system will President Sechrist.” New camera systems also were approved by OCCC President Paul Sechrist on Feb. 19 and will be deliv- Have a story idea? Place a personal classifed ad It’s FREE to OCCC ered by June 30. The total cost of this Call 405-682-1611, ext. students & employees! project is $95,000. The new cameras will be 7409, and tell Valerie ADMAN@occc.edu placed in the parking lots 6 • PIONEER • March 5, 2007 Signs designate proper smoking areas By Courtney Barrie According to a report by the Sur- Staff Writer geon General, there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand Oklahoma state law requires smoke. smokers to stand at a 25-foot dis- Non-smokers who come into tance from all state-owned facili- regular contact with secondhand ties’ entrances. smoke increase their chances of According to Oklahoma’s Sec- heart-related disease by at least 25 ondhand Smoking Laws, law- percent. breakers could be subject to fines OCCC student Geraldine Camp- of $10 or more for standing too bell doesn’t mind standing away close to school doors. from the door when she lights up. Ike Sloas, Campus Safety and “[The sign] is right there by the Security director, said he is not door,” Campbell said. “Besides aware of any official OCCC smok- that, you’ve got to be considerate ing policy. of the people who don’t smoke.” Sloas said the school must fol- History major Jeremy Harris also low state law, but that security of- is a smoker who places a high value ficers do not have the power to en- on courtesy toward others. force this law since they are not “I always go past the line, be- state police officers. cause I don’t like to blow smoke in Technically, those who choose to peoples’ faces,” said Harris. smoke closer to the doorway are For more information on Okla- breaking no laws if they stand at homa’s smoking laws, visit www. least 25 feet from the door, and breatheeasyok.com. Photo by Carrie Cronk they are not subject to disciplin- Staff Writer Courtney Barrie can ary action. be reached at StaffWriter3@occc. Smokers gather at a designated campus smoking area. Signs identifying the “We ask that the entire college edu. areas are posted in compliance with state Secondhand Smoking Laws. help enforce this law,” Sloas said. Keith Bourque, Campus Safety and Security coordinator, encour- aged those who see people smok- Emergency Medical Sciences ing before reaching the designated area to respectfully ask them to move. If the offender refuses, se- program adds new technology curity officers may then be asked By Kerry Lowery to intercede. News Writing Student In regard to recent complaints, Bourque said, security officers who The Emergency Medical Sciences do not observe the designated department at OCCC can breathe smoking area are dealt with as an a little easier these days. internal department issue. Thanks to Emergent Respiratory Signs on OCCC’s campus have Products, a CPAP, or continuous been set out by Physical Plant positive airway pressure machine, workers to point out the appropri- is now available for EMS students ate distance for smokers to stand, to use in their studies. but the lack of uniformity from en- Emergent Regional Sales Man- trance to entrance could be a ager Lois Tanner presented the de- source of confusion for both smok- vice to EMS Professor Harvey Con- ers and nonsmokers alike. nor and his students on Feb. 22, For instance, although the giving a brief demonstration of Transportation Technology build- CPAP’s capabilities. ing has signs posted 30 feet from Connor said CPAP allows emer- the doors near entry 13, a sign on gency workers to give patients a a wall next to the entry way reads, higher level of care than was avail- “Smoking Allowed in this Desig- able before. Photo by Carrie Cronk nated Area.” Designed for severe respiratory Three feet away on the glass Paramedic Care Three student Ryan Stewart adjusts the mask to the new distress, the machine forces oxy- doors a sign reads “No Smoking in continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) on an Emergency Medical gen into the patient’s lungs with this Area.” Technology Basic student during a demonstration on Feb. 22. The CPAP great efficiency. Because of the confusion sur- machine was one of five donated to schools by Emergent. The CPAP is an adjustable pres- rounding designated smoking ar- sure machine that gauges the way to the hospital. director, and a group of EMS stu- eas, Pioneer staff measured all patient’s exhalations to determine “One of the key reasons we chose dents attended the presentation. main entrances. They found all the amount of oxygen needed. OCCC to receive the CPAP machine The CPAP machine is valued at have signs posted well beyond the Tanner explained that the CPAP is Harvey Connor,” Tanner said. more than $1000, Barnes said. required 25-foot mark. machine greatly reduces the “He has been pushing the advance- Connor added, “We’re real fortu- The main entry has signs posted amount of drugs that need to be ment of CPAP for years.” nate that Emergent has decided to 75 feet from the door. administered to the patient on the Leaugeay Barnes, EMS program give this unit to our school.” March 5, 2007 • PIONEER • 7 Tutors needed for one-on-one work By John Savage taged backgrounds, according to higher in the subject he or she will to her work schedule, she had to Staff Writer www.ed.gov. be tutoring. drop the class but could use the The program is federally funded Some students who have re- tutoring services to finish the class TRiO Student Support Services and offers help to students who are ceived help from the tutors really next semester. wants to hire students who can first-generation college students, appreciated it. Math Tutor and OCCC student tutor subjects such as mathemat- low income or have a disability. Ashley Tomajan is an art major Vu Tran said he likes to help stu- ics, science and history. McMurtrey said TRiO services who received help with college al- dents with their studies. Although some other labs help can help up to 160 students each gebra. “Mostly I like to stick with a lot students with the same academic year. “[My tutor] was really good and of the stepping stones like elemen- subjects TRiO does, Program Spe- “We just provide extra services for helped me get the main concepts,” tary and intermediate [algebra].” cialist Linette McMurtrey said the them to be successful in college,” Tomajan said. Tran said he likes to tutor be- difference is the TRiO tutors will she said. “He always expected me to have cause it helps fellow students ac- mostly be working one-on-one with She said students would be my homework done. complish their goals. the students. qualified depending on household “Having my homework done was He said he enjoys working indi- “We’re looking for students who size. TRiO uses the same numbers one way he could look and see vidually with the students. feel confident about tutoring in as Financial Aid. Normally if the where I was having problems,” she “When [students] go to the math that subject,” McMurtrey said. student receives a Pell Grant, they said. labs they might have to sit there Students can apply online at qualify for help. Other students had their tutors and wait their turn,” Tran said. www.occcjobs.com and also will One of the requirements that help them in the science depart- “This is more of a one-on-one ba- need to submit a transcript. The must be met is the student’s grade ment. sis.” pay is $8.50 per hour. point average needs to be a 2.8 or OCCC student Raquel Carranco For more information, contact The Federal TRiO programs are higher. said last year she received help McMurtrey at 405-682-1611, ext. educational opportunity outreach The applying tutor also must be with her chemistry and this year 7865. programs designed to motivate and currently enrolled at OCCC and she might require tutoring again. Staff Writer John Savage can be support students from disadvan- must have had a B average or She explained that last year, due reached at StaffWriter2@occc.edu. Students test-drive new Courses offered for video game design course late-semester credit By Locke Grant sign degree program is being offered as a By Drew Hampton News Writing Student stand-alone trial class and has already Staff Writer been filled to capacity by eager men and From “Pong” to “Donkey Kong,” video women. There is hope for students needing just a few more games have slowly but surely become Thomas Ashby, computer science pro- credit hours to graduate before summer. commonplace in most households. For fessor and network/software coordinator, Spring late eight-week and fast-track classes are good or ill, the era of digital entertainment has taken up the task of teaching the still open for enrollment, said Admissions Services has reached its golden age. course. This is his first experience in the Assistant Lyndsie Stremlow. With the game industry field. Students can sign up for spring late eight-week surpassing Hollywood in So how does one teach a spe- courses until March 26, when the classes begin, gross income, many of cial topics class without any Stremlow said, although several classes already are the silver screen’s “who’s first-hand knowledge of the full. who” are swapping material? “To enroll in (the full) classes, students will need scripts for microphones “Anytime you go about the instructor’s permission,” she said. to cash in by lending like- teaching a new subject, Enrolling after the deadline also might be pos- ness and voice to digi- it’s all about doing your sible with the professor’s permission, Stremlow tal counterparts. own homework,” Ashby said. A vast new market said. “See the corresponding division office for details,” for talented designers “We’re breaking new she said. has appeared. Colleges ground. Most video game Once classes begin, the latest date students can nationwide have seen courses focus on the programming as- drop a late eight-week course with a full refund is this void, and many pect, leaving the creative niche empty.” March 30. Students have until May 4 to drop with- are taking steps to This class is different, Ashby said. out academic penalty, Stremlow said. fill it. The trial class aims to teach students Five-week fast-track courses also are available, OCCC is in the final stages of approv- how to “speak the lingo,” and tries to in- Stremlow said. Session 2 classes start March 2, ing an associate degree program for video voke the creative spirit by instructing stu- while Session 3 offerings begin April 13. game design and development. dents in the design and creation of their For more information, pick up a copy of the OCCC The program would teach students first original game, he said. 2007 Spring Schedule, or visit the Recruitment and about the history of the industry, how to The deadline for the first major project Admissions office on the first floor of the Main Build- anticipate and exploit potential trends in in the class is March 13, at which time ing. the market and how to find employment students will submit a fully-tested game Staff Writer Drew Hampton can be reached at in the cutthroat world of freelance game of their own make and design. StaffWriter1@occc.edu. design. If the guinea pig course proves fruitful, In order to gauge student interest in the the full program could be offered as soon program, the first class in the game de- as next spring. Read the Pioneer Online at www.occc.edu/pioneer. 8 • PIONEER • March 5, 2007 Author reveals time spent with KKK By Amanda Bittle Staff Writer Daryl Davis is possibly the only African-American to proudly pos- sess Ku Klux Klan robes and hoods. He spoke Feb. 22 at OCCC about how he came to acquire that paraphernalia. Davis spoke to an audience of 90 about his book, “Klan-Destine Re- lationships.” While researching the book, Davis befriended several Klan members, including Roger Kelly, Daryl Davis Photo by Carrie Cronk the Imperial Wizard of the Invin- Derrick “Jump Off” Wallace, played by Kennard Rose, entices De’Angelo cible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. “Grand” Grayson, played by David Harris, to participate in illegal activities during Over time, Davis said, some of these members abandoned the Klan. a scene of David Harris’ “Grand Standing.” When they did, many gave Davis their Klan regalia. Davis said he grew up in numerous countries as the son of a foreign Week reminds of history service officer. It was typical for him to attend school with classmates of different races, colors and backgrounds. By David Miller patent for a medical invention. His first experience with racism did not come until age 10, when he Staff Writer “I chose her because I wear con- was living in the Boston area. While marching in a parade with his tacts and glasses, and I thought it white scout troop, Davis was heckled and pelted with objects from spec- In the observance of Black His- was amazing how she created that tators. tory Month, the college’s Black Stu- laser tool to remove cataracts,” Davis didn’t realize they were targeting him. He thought the specta- dent Association expressed their Jackson said. tors must not like the Boy Scouts. When he returned home and told his history in several ways. Black History Month actually parents about the incident, they explained to him the concept of rac- The BSA set up a table, giving originated as Black History Week ism. away bookmarks and buttons con- when Carter G. Woodson, known Davis refused to believe anyone could dislike him without even meet- taining information on African- for writing the contributions of ing him. He later became interested in race studies, he said. In 1991 he American leaders. black Americans into the national decided to write a book on racism. “We need to know the history, not spotlight, founded it in 1926 dur- “I wanted to write about the black supremacists … the white suprema- only the history that they teach in ing the second week of February, cists … the neo-Nazis, the Klan, the skinheads — you name it, I wanted class,” said BSA president Carlos according to www.emich.edu. to write about it,” Davis said. Robinson. After the Civil Rights movement “But I needed a focal point, a nucleus. If I had that nucleus, all the “But also some of the things the of the 1960s, it was expanded to other groups could come in on the fringe of the book.” African-American culture has done include the entire month. Black The Klan was a logical nucleus, he said, because he had come into that people may not see every day.” History Week is now com- contact years earlier with a member of the Klan. The Klansman had BSA members rounded out the memorated Feb. 19 to 23. been impressed with Davis’ piano playing, who was “like Jerry Lee Lewis,” month by dressing up as more ob- Student Life hosted two guest but refused to believe black musicians had influenced Lewis. scure African-American leaders to speakers during the week. Davis tracked down the man, who had recently left the Klan, he increase the public’s knowledge, as The first speaker was Oklahoma learned. The man told Davis where to find Kelly. Davis contacted Kelly opposed to popular figures such as author Rilla Askew, who penned and told him he was writing a book on the Klan. Kelly, unaware of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, “Fire in Beulah,” gave a lecture on Davis’ race, agreed to meet with him. Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks. Feb. 19 regarding the Tulsa Race Davis said hatred comes from fear of the unknown. By reaching out They dressed up as the icons on Riot of 1921. to Klan members, he alleviated some of their fears. the last three days of the month. The most anticipated speaker “While you are actively learning about someone else, you are pas- Robinson portrayed abolitionist was perhaps Daryl Davis, a black sively teaching them about yourself,” he said. Frederick Douglass. man, who befriended numerous Over time, Davis said, he developed a friendship with Kelly and even However, one of the icons he Ku Klux Klan members, even con- began attending Klan rallies. Kelly left the Klan in 2000. most admires is native Oklahoman vincing some to renounce their rac- Many audience members seemed surprised by what Davis had to say. Clara Lupert. ist beliefs. First-year art major Ben Safely said he attended the lecture as part of a Robinson said Lupert fought seg- Student Life also set up a dis- course. regation in local restaurants by or- play that focused on the role of Af- “I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. ganizing and participating in the rican-Americans during the De- Safely said he was impressed that Davis was brave enough to ap- 1958 sit-in movement. pression, World War II and the Civil proach Klan members for the book. “It’s one of the highly respected War, along with more obvious his- Ann Hovda, a first-year student with an undecided major, said she things that she did here in this torical events such as slavery and enjoyed the lecture. state,” Robinson said. abolition. Icons featured included “Some of it was almost heart-breaking,” she said. BSA member Torey Jackson Nat Turner and Daisy Bates. “But I’m glad I came and that I learned so much about how much dressed up as Patricia Bath, the Staff Writer David Miller can be hate there is out there.” first female doctor to receive a reached at StaffWriter3@occc.edu. Staff Writer Amanda Bittle can be reached at SeniorWriter@occc.edu. March 5, 2007 • PIONEER • 9 Higher Education Day highlights students By Valerie Jobe Editor Five OCCC students par- ticipated in Higher Educa- tion Day at the State Capi- tol Feb. 27. Students were given an opportunity to meet with state senators and repre- sentatives during their visit to the capitol. The day allows students to ask their representatives questions they feel need to be addressed in higher edu- cation. Business major Carlos Robinson was one of the student speakers who ad- dressed how higher educa- tion has benefited his life. “I will be the first in my family to graduate from col- lege,” Robinson said. A standing ovation fol- lowed his speech, the only one given to a student pre- senter. Robinson’s mother, sister and sister -in-law were present to show their sup- Photo by Liz Largent port. (From left to right) OCCC student Carlos Robinson stands with Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and fellow OCCC students Chris Stewart, Literature about OCCC’s Valerie Jobe, Miranda Noakes and Carrie Cronk. The group attended Higher Education Day on Feb. 27 at the State Capitol. programs, alumni and ser- vices, in the form of the Education Alumni Council also have a larger number diminish. higher education is about magazine “Connections,” of Oklahoma executive di- of students,” Jones said. “We had a tremendous access to affordable learn- was left with each represen- rector, gave the opening Jones said the purpose year in higher education ing. tative. speech inside the Senate for the day is to make ev- last year,” Morgan said. “It “For us to make the ac- Higher Education Day is chamber. Jones said this eryone feel welcome to is important that we not cess [to education] afford- open for any student or fac- day does several things for share ideas of how higher backslide now.” able to you, the state of ulty member to attend, said students. education can be better. Morgan said he wants the Oklahoma needs to con- Pat Berryhill, Institutional “I think each year we not President Pro Tempore of student population to have tinue to step forward and Advancement executive di- only have a larger number the Senate, Mike Morgan, confidence these actions up to the plate.” rector. of higher education sup- spoke about last year’s ef- work. Editor Valerie Jobe can be Kathryn Jones, Higher porters who attend, but we forts that he hopes will not Lt. Gov. Jari Askins said reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Women’s History Month celebrated in March By Drew Hampton spoke several different languages History Forward.” Women’s History Week was ex- Staff Writer … she was deaf and blind, and did In honor of this, the NWHP is tended to its current length in all of that.” highlighting two important histori- 1987. When asked who they thought When asked what woman had cal anniversaries — the integration Since then, the subject of had most influenced the course of personally had the most influence of Central High School in Little women’s history has become a women’s history in recent years, on their lives, however, students Rock 50 years ago and the meet- widespread topic taught in public students’ answers ranged widely. almost universally answered with ing of the National Women’s Con- schools across the nation. “I’d say Laura Bush,” said busi- “my mother.” ference in Houston 30 years ago. The NWHP is also honoring 14 ness major Karie Dove. “She’s not Every March, the National Both were major events in the women who have made impressive meek and mild, like many in her Women’s History Project sponsors civil rights movement — and, by strides in their respective pursuits. position have been, and she sees a Women’s History Month — a cel- extension, the women’s rights For information on these honor- lot — she’s outspoken, and isn’t ebration of the influence of women movement. ees and more details about afraid to say what she thinks.” on world events. Women’s History Month began as Women’s History month, visit the “I could probably name three — According to the National a single week of celebrations in National Women’s History Project Hillary Clinton, Anita Hill and Women’s History Project’s website March of 1978, isolated to the city website at www.nwhp.org. Helen Keller,” said music major at www.nwhp.org, the theme of the of Santa Rosa, Calif. With a large Staff Writer Drew Hampton can Gloria Arce. “(Keller) graduated 2007 Women’s History Month is amount of popular support and the be reached at StaffWriter1@ from Radcliffe as a cum laude, and “Generations of Women Moving bipartisan approval of Congress, occc.edu. 10 • PIONEER • March 5, 2007 Accident damages Nursing program offers cars, not people By Amanda Bittle quick degree program Staff Writer By Whitney Olschwanger “This program will allow the nursing school at An automobile accident involving two students left News Writing Student OCCC to create more opportunities two cars damaged on Feb. 23, reported Safety and for its students.” Security Officer Larry Lundy. OCCC offers a nursing program that will provide —Rosemary Klepper No one was injured in the accident, Lundy re- ported. students with bachelor’s Nursing School Director A silver Buick Century collided with a black Honda degrees a unique opportu- Accord on J. L. Keels Boulevard. The driver of the nity to earn a nursing de- Since the time period is new program, a student Buick failed to yield to the posted sign, according to gree. much shorter, there will be must have completed all of the report. The program is called the a heavy academic load as the OCCC admission re- The Honda sustained damage to the radiator, Baccalaureate to Associate well as clinical workload, quirements, and students hood, front bumper, both light fixtures and both Degree Nurse Accelerated Klepper said. must also have at least a front fenders. Pathway, abbreviated as “This is a great opportu- 2.5 grade point average, The Buick sustained damage to the rear bumper BADNAP, said Nursing nity to become licensed as Klepper said. and passenger-side rear door, tire and axle, accord- School Director Rosemary a registered nurse, but it is Students don’t have to ing to the report. Klepper. not for people with jobs or have a bachelor’s in a spe- The driver of the Buick drove his vehicle from the The program will give stu- other time commitments,” cific area to be considered scene, Safety and Security Director Ike Sloas said. dents who already have a she said. for this program. The Honda required towing. bachelor’s degree the op- Applications are due “This program will allow In another incident, a missing purse was recov- portunity to complete the March 30 in the nursing the nursing school at ered on Feb. 23, reported Safety and Security Of- associate degree in nursing department and the pro- OCCC to create more op- ficer John Hughes. in 10 months instead of two gram will begin this June. portunities for its stu- Student Tonya Nelson reported her purse miss- years. To be considered for this dents,” Klepper said. ing from the Communications Lab, where it was later recovered. Nothing was missing from the purse, Hughes reported. Students get job information Staff Writer Amanda Bittle can be reached at By Courtney Barrie SeniorWriter@occc.edu. Staff Writer “How to Start Laura Choppy, Employment Services coordinator, has prepared students to be a Job Search” successful when they fill out job applica- tions at OCCC’s upcoming job fair and in Noon other future job searches. Choppy was the presenter for the “How March 12 to Fill Out a Job Application” workshop Feb. 26. 1F6 Choppy had a list of tips for those who are undertaking the daunting task of fill- When first meeting a recruiter, make eye ing out job applications. contact and don’t be shy about giving a Daytime Staff Needed. Apply in Person: She reminded students to always write firm handshake. 931 S.W. 25th, Moore, OK Near 19th St. & neatly and legibly. Always follow up with a potential em- Telephone Rd. (next to Shoe Carnival). Also, while filling out the application, ployer with a phone call or a thank-you pay close attention to spelling and gram- card. mar, she said. This will let them know they have a seri- If there is a negative aspect from a past ous applicant. job, do not lie about it. Instead, put it in Choppy said her goal is for these work- as positive light as possible. shops to help relieve the stress many Choppy also presented the topic “How people feel when figuring out the unique to be Successful at a Job Fair” on Feb. atmosphere of a job fair. 27. She encourages all who attend the March FREE In this workshop, Choppy went over the basics of how to leave a lasting impres- 7 job fair to bring copies of their résumés and cover letters. OCCC JOB BOARD sion when meeting with recruiters at a job For those unable to attend the job fair, fair. Choppy will host a workshop at noon, www.collegecentral.com/occc She encouraged students to obtain a list March 12, in 1F6 of the Main Building, of businesses who are setting up during called “How to Start a Job Search.” More information is available at: the fair. For questions about OCCC’s job fair, or OCCC Employment Services Use this list to do Internet research on for help with résumés, contact Choppy at First Floor, Main Building potential employers. 405-682-1611, ext. 7369, or e-mail 405-682-7519 This knowledge could potentially give LChoppy@occc.edu. Employmentservices@occc.edu students a leg up on what questions to Staff Writer Courtney Barrie can be ask during the initial meeting. reached at StaffWriter3@occc.edu. March 5, 2007 • PIONEER • 11 Fashion trends part of campus life W hat do UGGs, hobos and headbands have in common? They’re all trends sported by the fashion- forward at OCCC. The über-popular UGG boots can often be seen with skirts, or over skinny jeans or sweatpants. These sheepskin boots were developed in Australia, according to www.shoes.about.com. The name “ugg” reportedly was short for “ugly” and traditionally referred simply to sheepskin boots favored by Australian farmers. Today the U.S. manufacturer, UGG Australia, holds a trademark on the name “Ugg.” Hobo bags and messen- ger bags are a popular way for students to schlep their school gear. Mes- senger bags come in a va- riety of styles, from no- frills to embellished, and can be seen on the shoul- ders of both men and women. Pocket designs, which hit a peak in popularity in the 90s, continue to thrive as a fashion trend. Rashida Douglas, diversified studies sophomore, said she thinks pe- rusing magazines is a good way to follow current trends. “If you look at Lucky magazine or Shop maga- zine, you can get a pretty good idea of what the trends are going to be,” Douglas said. “It gives you a good idea of how to put things together.” Style from the 1980s also has seen a recent comeback. Leggings under skirts, nautical stripes, off-the-shoulder tops and wide headbands can be seen all over campus. Carlos Robinson, second-year business major, said he thinks how a person dresses can affect how he or she feels for the day. He said he tries to dress to feel good and to be an individual rather than simply following trends. “I have my own style,” Robinson said. “[I find clothing at] G Q Fashions, Burlington’s and even Wal-Mart.” Natalie Deitz-Bales, second-year business ma- jor, said she also looks to trends for inspiration Hats have made a comeback as a but is careful to choose pieces that look good on way to express individuality. her. “I’ll watch what other people have on … and if I see something I like and I think it will look good with something, I’ll put it together and try it.” Other trends that can be spotted on campus include ballet flats, large, ornate jewelry, metallic fabrics and winter coats with fur or faux-fur trim. Left: UGG boots, with skinny Staff Writer Amanda Bittle can be reached at Senior jeans tucked in, is just one Writer@occc.edu. example of current fashion trends. Right: Ballet- slipper-type shoes offer comfort to the wearer while still being stylish. Text by Amanda Bittle Photos by Carrie Cronk 12 • PIONEER • March 5, 2007 Sports UPCOMING OCCC INTRAMURALS EVENTS •March 5: The Intramural Women’s five-on-five basketball tournament will have its first team meeting in the gymnasium at 12:30 p.m. Registration is any time for this event at the Recre- ation Services office. For more information, contact Community Education and Health Specialist Eric Watson at 405-682-1611, ext. 7786. •April 4: The Intramural 5k run members will have a meeting at 1 p.m., April 4 in the gymnasium. Registration for this event is any time at the Recreation Services Office. This event is free for stu- dents and faculty. For more in- formation, contact Community Education and Health Specialist Eric Watson at 405-682-1611, ext. 7786. Photo by Carrie Cronk •April 4: The Intramural Home Run Derby players will have a Texas Christian Universitiy freshman Natalie Melenric swims in the eighth annual Mountain West Conference Cham- meeting at 1 p.m., April 9 in the pionships which took place at the OCCC Aquatic Center Feb. 21 through 25. Fifteen teams competed in the event and gymnasium. There will be a total broke several records. The women’s TCU team scored 394 points and came in sixth place. The men’s team also placed of three meetings before this sixth with 431.5 points. event takes place. Registration for this event is any time at the Recreation Services Office. The Home Run Derby challenge will Athletes go the distance at championships take place at 2 p.m., Thursday, By Miguel Rodriguez News Writing Student “I love the event being held in Oklahoma City and I think May 3. For more information, contact Community Education the Aquatic Center is wonderful.” and Health Specialist Eric The University of Las Vegas —Theresa Rogers Watson at 405-682-1611, ext. men’s swim team did it again. They University of New Mexico swim team member 7786. won their third Mountain West Championship at the OCCC The Utah women set an NCAA Many of the competitors agreed •April 5 - 12: The Intramural Aquatic Center in February. record in the 200-meter freestyle that holding the event at OCCC men’s and women’s Bench Press The women’s championship relay with a time of 1:31.93. was fair to all the teams compet- Contest will take place during the team was Brigham Young Univer- The BYU women broke the all- ing because it’s a neutral site. week of April 5 through 12. This sity. Together the men and women time record for the 400-meter Theresa Rogers from the Univer- contest will be spread out over broke seven records. freestyle relay with a time of sity of New Mexico said, “I love the three days. Registration for the Amber Walter, of the University 3:22.47 and broke the MWC record event being held in Oklahoma City event is open. Forms can be of Utah, broke the 50-meter for the 400-meter relay with a time and I think the Aquatic Center is found in the Recreation and freestyle conference record with a of 3:42.76. wonderful.” Community Services office. For time of 22.51 seconds and auto- The BYU women’s team took first Rogers, who made the consola- more information, contact Com- matically qualified for the NCAA place with 747 points. tion finals, swam in the 50-meter munity Education and Health national championships. Utah’s women’s team placed sec- freestyle. Specialist Eric Watson at 405- Angela Goodson of BYU broke ond with a total of 618 points fol- Coordinator of Aquatics Roxanna 682-1611, ext. 7786. two all-time MWC records in the lowed by UNLV with 527 points. Butler said the MWC champion- 100-meter butterfly with a time of The UNLV men’s team took first ships had a good turnout of teams For more information on 54.29 and the 200-meter butterfly place with a total of 699.5 points. and spectators. all sport classes and with a time of 2:01.14. Brett Allen BYU men placed second with a to- “It ran very smoothly,” Butler schedules, visit of BYU tied the MWC record for the tal of 684.5 points. The Air Force said. www.occc.edu/rcs 50-meter freestyle with a time of Academy placed third with a total For more results, visit www.the 19.62. of 633 points. mwc.com. March 5, 2007 • PIONEER • 13 Students ready to compete By Drew Hampton Staff Writer Six members of the OCCC Business Professionals of Ame- rica club will compete at the 2007 State Leadership Confer- ence, said BPA Club President Chris Stewart. The conference, to be held March 13 and 14 at the Okla- homa State University campus in Okmulgee and Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, will give stu- dents the opportunity to show their business and computer skills and exchange ideas, Stewart said. Stewart will compete in Desk- top Publishing. Other categories OCCC students will compete in include Fundamental Word Pro- cessing Skills, Fundamentals of Accounting, Integrated Office Applications, Prepared Speech, Graphic Design Promotion and Human Resource Management. Students must finish first or second in their category to ad- vance to nationals, Stewart said. In addition to these competi- tions, the conference also will host a number of workshops on various topics, Stewart said. “It’s a great opportunity for students,” Stewart said. “They’ll be able to expand their horizons … they’ll get to see other people and the way that they think, the different ideas that they have.” This is not the first time OCCC has attended the event, Stewart said, but the organization had lain dormant until a year and a half ago. Since then, BPA has become one of the leading clubs on campus, voted “Best New Club of the Year” in its first se- mester, Stewart said. For more information about BPA, contact Stewart at big email@example.com. BPA to host speaker Jim Mason, State Chamber of Commerce vice president. “Nanotechnology in the World Today” at 12:30 p.m., March 6, in CU3. 14 • PIONEER • March 5, 2007 A sodding good cause Highlights Auditions for Greek comedy March 5 Auditions for Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy “Lysistrata” will be at 7 p.m., Monday, March 5, and Tues- day, March 6, in the OCCC Theater. Fifteen to 20 women and 10 to 15 men are needed. For more information, con- tact Theater Professor Brent Noel at 405-682-1611, ext. 7246, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. College Republicans to host Shawnee mayor The College Republicans are hosting a special presen- tation with Shawnee Mayor Chuck Mills from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in the OCCC Theater. Mills will speak about voting and community involvement. For more infor- mation, contact Dustin Fisher at 405-519-3716. Guest to speak on nanotechnology The Business Professionals of America is hosting Vice President of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Jim Mason from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., March 6, in room CU3 of the College Union. Mason will speak on nanotechnology and its effect on students’ lives. For more information, con- tact Chris Stewart at 405-410-7891. Photo by Carrie Cronk Gay and Lesbian Alliance to meet Public Speaking student Julieta Ortiz helps lay sod at the construction site of a Habitat The Gay and Lesbian Alliance is meeting at 2:30 p.m., for Humanity home on Saturday, Feb. 24. In all, 15 OCCC student volunteers helped lay March 6, in the Club Meetings Room on the first floor of the half an acre of sod for the home. Main Building. GALA will discuss sponsoring a Gay Stu- dent Alliance at Moore High School. For more information, contact Learning Skills Professor Mark Schneberger at 405- 682-1611, ext. 7624. Business scholarship offered Students help lay sod, plant Application forms are available for the Connie Nieser Memorial Scholarship in the Business division office and the Institutional Advancement office. Applicants must have shrubs for Habitat home By Avery M. Cannon completed 12 or more credit hours at OCCC, have a GPA News Writing Student “It feels good to help someone settle into a of at least 2.5, have declared a major in business and be new home. It was my first time, and hopefully intent on completing an associate degree at OCCC. The not my last, to work with Habitat for On a windy day in south deadline for submission is 5 p.m., Friday, March 16. For more information, contact Business Professor Myra Decker Oklahoma City, Habitat for Humanity.” Humanity and 15 volun- —Antranetta Willis at 405-682-1611, ext. 7332. teers were hard at work OCCC Student doing what they do best — Psi Beta membership drive helping the community by ism major and student vol- Habitat for Humanity Psi Beta is looking for new members. Students who are building low-cost houses. unteer. “We were slipping funds most of their volun- interested must have at least a 3.0 GPA, have at least 12 hours of credit completed, and must be interested in ma- The site was a newly- and sliding in the mud as teer work through dona- joring in psychology. Three of the 12 hours must be in a built house across from an the wind blew the sod back tions from various corpora- psychology course. Induction will be held 6:30 p.m., April elementary school on S.W. into our faces.” tions. They sponsor a com- 13, in the College Theater. For more information, contact 23rd Street where a family Difficulty aside, it was munity service event every Peggy Jordan at 405-682-1611, ext. 7157. will move in soon. worth it for Willis. “Despite Saturday where volunteers But before they do, the the wind it only motivated do everything from build Scholarships available house needed a yard. This us more,” she said. houses to clean up streets. The Office of Recruitment and Admissions has scholar- is where volunteer students “It feels good to help Anna Steven, representa- ship forms available for qualified applicants. There are cur- and one construction su- someone settle into a new tive for Habitat for Human- rently 10 scholarships available. For more information, con- pervisor came in. home. It was my first time, ity, said the organization tact Linda Sapp, Prospective Student Services assistant, “We were armed with over and hopefully not my last, has six full-time construc- at 405-682-7580. a half an acre of sod,” said to work with Habitat for tion staff members. “But for Student Life Coordinator Humanity.” something like landscaping Highlights are due by 5 p.m. each Tuesday for Jon Horinek. Trees and Helping the community is they will only send one of publication in the next issue of the Pioneer. bushes were brought and important to Horinek. the six,” she said. Forms are available in the Pioneer office, located the crew went to work. “It was difficult with the For more information on in 2M6, on the second floor of the Main Building, The sky was full of dust wind, but it feels good to Habitat for Humanity or adjacent to the elevator. Highlights may be and the wind howled as help the community,” he Service Saturdays, contact e-mailed to StaffWriter1@occc.edu using the word they began to lay the sod. said. “Good deeds make Horinek at 405-682-1611, Highlights in the subject line. “It was the most difficult people feel good. It was a ext. 7697, or Steve Mush, part of the experience,” said great time and I’m glad I Habitat for Humanity coor- Antranetta Willis, journal- was a part of it.” dinator, at 405-232-4828. March 5, 2007 • PIONEER • 15 Classifieds Pioneer Classified Advertising Detail and Lube Technicians. No tracts. Save time and money. is free to all currently enrolled experience necessary. Advance- Great gift. Call Mark for details OCCC students and employees ment opportunities. Come by 2220 405-802-3330. for any personal classified ad. S. Broadway in Edmond or call FOR SALE: New PowerHouse Ads must be submitted in writ- 844-8084 to apply. Weight Machine. 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We have a new store open- Leave your name and number ing by Quail Springs Mall, and are and you will be called back. looking for good people to help us FOR SALE: Three-year-old Tim Tanner Ludwig Doetsch violin with soft- grow. Good pay & health benefits Air National Guard Representative available to those who qualify. side case. In excellent condition. The Pioneer accepts Kid graduated. A real buy at Oklahoma Air National Guard Office: (405) 686-5215 Come by Fast Lanes 2220 S. CREDIT CARDS! 5624 Air Guard Dr. Cell: (405) 517-3409 Broadway in Edmond to apply, or $1500. Contact 306-3290 or 306- 1396. Call 405-682-1611, Oklahoma City, OK 73179-1067 Fax: (405) 686-5537 call 844-8084. FAST LANES NEW STORE! FOR SALE: Tanning Bed for ext. 7674 for details. Toll Free: (800) 528-2231 Now hiring Carwash Attendants, sale. Cheaper than some con- e-mail: email@example.com DSN: 720-5215 16 • PIONEER • March 5, 2007 College proposes spending up to $1 million on festival “AFO,” munity colleges,” he said. about the cost. Cont. from page 1 “In addition to providing L yndsie Stremlow, ad- education, a community missions assistant, said the is specifically used for con- college strives to have some price tag did not shock her struction improvements. cultural activities for the at all. Although college officials community it serves. The “I think it’s a noble cause estimate the total cost of festival is one way that to spend money on,” she the project could be as OCCC, as a community col- said. “The arts are one of much as $1.4 million, lege, reaches out to our the most important things President Paul Sechrist community.” that this college has to of- said nothing has yet been Sechrist said the festival fer.” set in stone. is not a money-making Journalism and broad- Regents expressed con- event for OCCC. casting major Valerie Car- cern about the cost of de- Nevertheless, he said, ter wonders why the college veloping the new site. spending the money to im- needs to spend this money. “I have not had sticker prove the new site for the “It seems like the $1.4 shock like this in many a festival is something that is million is a lot,” Carter said. year,” said Regents Chair- good for the college in a “Even spread out over a man Tom Hoskison. variety of ways. couple of years it still seems Sechrist defended the fes- “The benefit to the college like a lot of money. tival, which is co-sponsored is that we have thousands “We need to keep the Arts by the South Oklahoma of our community members Festival Oklahoma here on City Chamber of Com- on our campus in one campus and I guess if this merce, Central Arts Asso- weekend,” he said. is the asking price, then we ciation and Women of the “The event provides an have to do it. South. avenue for Oklahoma art- “I am very proud of the “[Arts Festival Oklahoma] ists to show their art.” school for all of this.” is an event that is part of Some students on the Editor Valerie Jobe can be The proposed site for Arts Festival Oklahoma is flanked by the mission of most com- campus have thoughts reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interstate 44 and S.W. 74th Street. College receives approval for online degree programs from commission “Online,” fore final approval. the full (HLC). Then it’s year elementary education Josh Harris, nursing stu- Cont. from page 1 Final approval requires taken to the Board for ac- major, said she has taken dent, said he will continue action by the OCCC Board tion.” online courses in the past. taking all of his classes on ‘sustainability’: [whether] of Regents, the Oklahoma The OCCC Board of Re- She said she took psy- campus. “I don’t have the we have the capacity, the State Regents for Higher gents approved the pro- chology and film studies discipline for [online financial resources, the Education and the HLC posal, Sechrist said. He online and will begin En- classes],” Harris said. right people, the right ex- Board, he said. said final approval is ex- glish II after spring break. Staff Writer Amanda Bittle pertise and the right tech- “The reason [approval] pected this spring. Robinson said, while she can be reached at Senior nology to be able to sustain takes a little bit of time is Students say not every- enjoys online courses, she Writer@occc.edu. quality as we add (online that the review team pre- one is a candidate for an would not want to earn a degree) programs,” he said. pares the written report, online degree. degree entirely via the Web. Classified Ads FREE to “They verified that the which they have not done One said she would miss “I wouldn’t want to take students, faculty, & staff. right people, the right fi- yet,” Sechrist said. the human contact lacking all my classes online,” she Turn form in to the Pioneer nances (and) the right “Then they send it to us in online classes while oth- said. “I wouldn’t get any in- office (2M6) by 5 p.m. structures were all in place for any corrections of (cleri- ers may fear they lack the teraction with people.” Tuesday for the next issue. for us to do this.” cal) errors,” he said. discipline to complete on- Sechrist said there still “Then, it goes back to line coursework. are several steps ahead be- them and they forward it to Megan Robinson, second- Six-year sentence handed down in video crime “Durant,” Dell, argued that his client and sexual offender class, Cont. from page 1 was being punished too se- Gray will consider sus- verely when Stillings in- pending the remainder of mizes his own behaviors,” sisted on a 10-year sen- the sentence at the time. Gray said. tence. Durant’s family, who Prosecuting Attor ney Stillings defended her were at the sentencing Pam Stillings said the vic- decision. hearing, declined comment tim withdrew from school “No program will work to but were affected by the because she was so dis- rehabilitate Mr. Durant un- judge’s decision with his turbed by what Durant had til he admits to his wrong- mother saying, “Oh, sweet done. doing,” she said. Jesus.” Stillings went on to say Gray pronounced the Durant was taken into that Durant has shown no sentence with only one immediate custody follow- remorse for his actions, other stipulation. If Durant ing the decision. Voice your opinion. past or present. successfully completes a Editor Valerie Jobe can be It’s FREE Durant’s attorney, Brian cognitive behavior program reached at email@example.com. Write the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
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