Inside April 24, 2006 Oklahoma City Community College
• Corporations not lawmakers, editorial, p. 2.
• Kids have fun at Spring Carnival, p. 9.
• Soccer team misses playoffs, sports, p. 12.
• Faculty Association makin’ it, p. 14.
Mumps outbreak Visual concentration
Additional vaccinations urged
By Christiana Kostura, Editor
and Holly Jones, Staff Writer
O klahoma State Health Department Officials issued a
mumps advisory April 10, asking college officials state-
wide to inform their students of the possibilty of a mumps
outbreak in Oklahoma.
A strain that has broken out in the Midwest seems to be
targeting college students, ages 18 to 30. Experts are sug-
gesting people in this age range be revaccinated for the dis-
ease. According to the advisory, the outbreak is the largest
since 1988. Of the 365 people reported to have mumps na-
tionwide, half are 17 to 25 years old and almost a third are
Nine probable cases of mumps have occurred in Oklahoma
since March, said Brett Cau-
then, state epidemiologist, in
an interview April 17.
He said the first cases of
mumps occurred in Iowa and
seemed to involve a high number of
“…Throughout the outbreak, college stu-
dents were overrepresented,” Cauthen said.
“About a quarter of all the cases in Iowa were
college students and many more than that have been col-
Mumps is a viral infection with symptoms such as cough-
ing, fever, swelling and tenderness of the saliva glands and
cheeks, headache and loss of appetite, according to the Cen- Photo by Carrie Cronk
ter for Disease Control. The disease can easily be spread Alvin Benedict, Sophomore Visual Art major, works on an abstract painting. Many
through people coughing, sneezing and kissing. Mumps can visual art, graphic communications and photography students will display up to three
cause deafness and in males, sterility. pieces of their work in the OCCC Annual Student Art and Design Show from April 21
“It’s real important to cover your coughs and sneezes, and through April 28. Prizes for Best in Category are $25 with $100 for Best in show. (See
also to wash your hands frequently,” Cauthen said. “Vaccine related story on page 6.)
is the best prevention. It’s a good idea to go out and get it.”
Before getting vaccinated, people should review past shot
records. Measles, mumps and rubella are required vaccina- The MUMPS VIRUS enters through the nose and throat. You may start to feel symptoms
tions for entrance into public school systems. However, guide- as the virus multiplies and spreads to the brain and the membranes that cover it, glands (usually
lines requiring a second dose of MMR were not in place until the salivary glands), pancreas, testicles, ovaries, and other areas of the body.
the late 90s, Cauthen said. Symptoms usually last about 10 days and may include:
That means if you are over the age of 18, you may need a • Swelling and pain in one or both parotid glands, which are the salivary glands located between
second vaccination. Anyone who has already had mumps the ear and jaw. One or both cheeks may look swollen. About 30 to 40 percent of people
would not need a vaccination, he said. infected with mumps have this symptom. Many people consider swollen parotid glands to be a
Vaccinations are offered through private physicians or lo- classic sign of mumps; however, this symptom can also develop with other conditions.
cal county health departments, said Pamela Williams, com- • Fever of 101° F to 104° F.
munications officer for the Oklahoma Health Department. • Headache, earache, sore throat and pain when swallowing or opening the mouth.
• Pain when eating sour foods or drinking sour liquids, such as citrus fruit or juice.
• Tiredness, with aching in the muscles and joints.
See “Mumps,” page 16 • Poor appetite and vomiting. —courtesy www.webmd.com
2 • PIONEER • April 24, 2006
Editorial and Opinion
Maturity not determined by age
Democracy or To the editor:
I want to be clear that I
am clear when I say I am
gripe about not being ma-
I do actually agree that if
Last time I checked, the
average age to move out of
a parent’s house was 27. A
plutocracy not for drinking. People
that drink and get drunk
only look foolish and seem
you can fight and die for
your country, then you
should be able to buy alco-
total of six years above 21.
So should the drinking age
be raised to 27 because of
The famous last line of President Abraham
to always have an embar- hol. maturity and whether or
Lincoln’s Gettysburg address reads: “...so that gov-
rassing story to tell. Dying is a big deal. And if not someone could support
ernment of the people, by the people, for the people,
And like most of your maturity plays such a huge a family? I didn’t think so.
shall not perish from the earth.” This idea may be
fading into the past. readers, I have been keep- role, then why would you —Name withheld
House Bill 2083, otherwise known as the “Com- ing up with the arguments want someone going out on by request
puter Spyware Protection Act,” has been submit- about whether 18-year - the battlefield defending
ted to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. olds should buy alcohol. your country to keep you
Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the bill, To my surprise, I found safe?
which was submitted by Sen. Clark Jolley, R- the argument against turn- Anyone, no matter their
Edmond, is that it was co-written by Microsoft. ing the drinking age to 18 age, would have impaired Vol. 34 No. 30
The bill would make it illegal for anyone to place to be annoying and quite judgment if they were to Christiana Kostura...............Editor
viruses or spyware on another person’s computer, pointless. drink enough. John Savage................Staff Writer
and also establishes penalties for those convicted Maturity shouldn’t be a The age of 65 or 21 — it Matthew Caban............Staff Writer
of doing such. This is a good thing. factor in this issue. Period. just doesn’t matter, it still Holly Jones..................Staff Writer
Caroline Ting...............Staff Writer
The problem arises when language in the bill ex- It is not only age that doesn’t work out. Twenty-
empts certain companies such as Microsoft, tele- makes someone mature, one-year-olds and older are Lavanya Jaganathan...Ad Manager
communications providers, and other software com- but also the individual’s just as careless to get be- Michelle HalfSpring...Online Editor
panies who may search the computer of any user personal life experiences. hind the wheel of a car as Eric Nguyen.............Graphic Artist
of their software or services. I am 21 and I disagree an 18-year-old. Richard Hall.............Lab Assistant
Not only would these corporations be allowed to with the point that 21-year- Is that really a sure sign Ronna Austin.............Lab Director
search a person’s computer freely, but they also Sue Hinton............Faculty Adviser
olds are a whole lot more of maturity? I don’t think
would be granted the authority to search for and mature than 18-year-olds. so. The PIONEER is a publica-
delete any program they feel may be pirated or in- I have seen both ages. Whether or not an 18- tion of Oklahoma City Com-
Now, I am not saying I am year-old could support a munity College through the
Microsoft would be able to turn over any infor- Division of Arts and Humani-
immature, but I am defi- family or not is in no way
mation they may obtain from a system to the at- ties. It is published weekly
nitely not completely ma- associated with the matter
torney general, not to exclude accounting records, during the fall and spring se-
or instances of pirated music, movies or software. ture. at hand.
mesters and the eight-week
Corporations should have no place in construct- I do believe women my It shouldn’t even be summer session.
ing our laws. They are not part of our government’s age are still trying to “find brought up. Sixteen-year- All opinions expressed are
judiciary branch, nor have they been elected to of- themselves.” So why even olds know how to support those of the author and do not
fice by a vote of the people. make the age 21, if people a family. necessarily represent those of
At the very best, Microsoft’s involvement in the
The PIONEER welcomes let-
development of this bill presents the question of ters to the editor and encour-
whether there is a conflict of interest here. What is ages the use of this publica-
to stop a software company from deleting their tion as a community forum.
competition’s programs from a computer? All letters must include the
The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from author’s name, address,
search and seizure of their person and property phone number and signature.
without probable cause. Allowing software compa- However, the PIONEER will
nies to openly search someone’s personal computer withhold the name if the re-
would be in direct violation of this amendment. quest is made in writing. The
PIONEER has the right to edit
These are laws meant to promote free trade and
all letters and submissions for
prevent monopolies from occurring. HB 2083 un-
length, libel and obscenity.
dermines those laws. Letters to the editor can be
If corporations like Microsoft are allowed to write delivered to the PIONEER of-
the laws for our government, we stand to lose more fice, mailed to: Pioneer Editor,
than our privacy; we stand to lose our democratic 7777 S. May, Oklahoma City,
government. In its place, we will have a plutocracy, Oklahoma 73159 or faxed to
a government by the wealthy or corporate class. (405) 682-7843.
Who then will protect the people of the United States Letters may also be e-mailed
from corporate corruption? to email@example.com. A phone
We, as Americans, must take action to protect number for verification must
our “government of the people, by the people, for
The PIONEER can be ac-
the people…” cessed on the Internet at:
Write your Representatives and Senators, and in- www.occc.edu/pioneer.
form them that you do not support the legalized
invasion of your privacy by corporate America. Tell
them to vote no on HB 2083.
April 24, 2006 • PIONEER • 3
Comments and Reviews
America needs immigrants
To the editor: was an increase in Gross waiting 28 days, the 11
I am writing in response Domestic Product of 1.25 to million illegal immigrants
to the editorial and the let- 1.5 percent.” would be legal.
ter of the last issue. Do you think we could As of today, it takes ap-
Allegations made in the find a better use than proximately 10 to 16 years,
editorial gave astounding scapegoating for immigra- depending on your situa- Our latest contest, “Top 10 Reasons to Stay in
figures. tion. Stalker’s also men- tion to become legal in this Oklahoma After Graduation,” ended last Monday.
Conducting my own re- tions that, “Immigrants can country. The committee was thrilled with the number of en-
search on some of the same help sustain communities We should care about tries we received at this busy time of the semester.
sources, I found you are that have been steadily los- who does the jobs because Choosing the winners was the hard part.
indeed correct... in some ing people, as in the Mid- with an unemployment rate Reading the entries made us appreciate Oklahoma
facts. west of the U.S.” of 4.7 percent, according to in a few ways we hadn’t considered before. For in-
The fact is there are, un- Immigration puts a strain the U.S. Department of La- stance, I hadn’t thought to be thankful because I’m
deniably, 11 million un- on health and education? I bor, almost everyone is em- living in the same state as Bob Stoops or because
documented immigrants in don’t think so. Undocu- ployed, as it is considered Oklahoma is better than Texas. Of course, those
the states, and 67 percent mented immigrants are not by most economists. are great reasons for sports fans.
are, indeed, Mexican. allowed to receive any type So, if 11 million people Thanks to all the students who took time from
Some untrue statements of monetary help from in- were to leave, we would their hectic schedules to enter our contest, and con-
were that the increase of stitutions such as Medic- have a hard time figuring gratulations to the following students.
illegal immigrants into the aid. However, they do in- out how many jobs you and The number one reason to stay in Oklahoma, sub-
states is 500,000, but the deed pay into these funds. I would have to take. mitted by Sarah Hacker, is “Oklahoma has some-
increase is 900,000. Education shouldn’t be Let’s make sure we hear thing for everybody — whether you love the big city,
The $10 billion deficit you looked at as a burden be- the truth, from sources small town, or country; whether you love the moun-
mention seems a little ob- cause everyone pays their that are non-biased. tains, plains, or beach.” She won a $20 gift certifi-
scure, especially from the way. It should be looked at The Statue of Liberty, our cate to Wal-Mart. The other nine winning entries of
source you obtained it. as an investment for the most symbolic treasure, $10 gift certificates are listed in no particular order
“This center is animated future of our society. has engraved a poem by followed by the students’ names.
by a pro-immigrant, low- In fact, eventually each Emma Lazarus and it says: • “The people are friendly, caring and generous.”
immigrant vision.” Low-im- immigrant and his or her “Give me your tired, your —Karla Johnson
migrant vision. Certainly descendants will contribute poor, your huddled masses •“The cost of living in Oklahoma is more afford-
you can see bias [here]. at least $80,000 to net na- yearning to breath free… able than in other places.” —Huey Huynh
The immigration system tional budget per capita. send these, the homeless, •“Oklahoma is growing; more businesses are mov-
is based on immigration Everything I have men- the tempest-tost to me, I lift ing in.” —Christiana Kostura
quotas established for a tioned comes from the my lamp beside the golden •“It is the center of America.” —Jared Sullivan
country that was half of source you mentioned. door.” •“The people and organizations in Oklahoma have
what it is today. This... is how you educate It seems like we have for- contributed guidance and support making my ac-
Stalker’s mentions a your fellow students: with gotten what our founding complishments possible, and I intend on being here
study conducted in 15 Eu- factual evidence that backs pillars are, our beliefs that to inspire future generations.” —Angela Chase
ropean countries in a four- up your point of view, and all men are created equal, •“We have a lot of culture and heritage from Na-
year period that found for leaves no trail for bias. and everyone has the right tive Americans.” —Jeremy Hancock
“every 1 percent increase in As for the letter to the to pursue happiness. •“Oklahoma City is centrally located and has big
a country’s population editor, if today’s immigra- —Guillermo Gonzalez time events coming to the Ford Center and a thriv-
through immigration, there tion laws were as easy as OCCC Student ing downtown area.” —Pamela Hillian
•“Oklahoma has a friendly environment and
Organ donation important strong family values.” —Holly Jones
•“Where else can you experience four seasons in
one day?” —Christiana Kostura
To the editor: who have agreed to donate transplants as long as there Don’t forget to come by Employment Services if
Over half of the 91,000 their own organs when they is a shortage of organs. you need assistance with your job search; we have
Americans on the national die. Anyone who wants to do- summer, part-time and full time spots available and
transplant waiting list will Giving organs first to or- nate their organs to others, will be open after spring semester ends. Also, mark
die before they get a trans- gan donors will convince and who have agreed to do- your calendars for the Workforce Oklahoma Spring
plant. more people to register as nate theirs, can join Job Fair on Friday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
Most of these deaths are organ donors. It will also LifeSharers. Metro Tech, 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City.
needless. make the organ allocation LifeSharers is a non- Have a wonderful summer.
Americans bury or cre- system fairer. profit network of organ do- —Linda Fay
mate about 20,000 trans- About 60 percent of the nors who agree to offer their Employment Services
plantable organs every organs transplanted in the organs first to other organ Coordinator
year. Over 6,000 of our United States go to people donors when they die.
neighbors suffer and die who haven’t agreed to do- They do this through a by calling 1-888-OR- members are minor chil-
needlessly every year as a nate their own organs when form of directed donation GAN88. dren enrolled by their par-
result. they die. that is legal in all 50 states LifeSharers has 4,134 ents.
There is a simple solution People who aren’t willing and under federal law. members, including 17 —David J. Undis
to the organ shortage — to share the gift of life Anyone can join for free members in Oklahoma. Executive Director
give organs first to people shouldn’t be eligible for at www.lifesharers.org or More than 400 of our LifeSharers
4 • PIONEER • April 24, 2006
Comments and Reviews
‘Thank you’ lights up New Built to
Spill CD solid
the silver screen It was rumored sometime last
spring Doug Martsch and his vet-
The great debate between harm- Most of the actors were ideally
less and deadly heats up in the cast as each added depth to this eran indie rock band, Built to Spill,
satirical comedy “Thank You For story of spin and argument. would make one more run at a
record. With an unusually large
Smoking.” Reitman allows each of his char-
amount of production freedom al-
This 92-minute debut from acters a bit of space to play with
lowed by Warner Brothers, the
writer/director Jason Reitman, son while interacting with Naylor. This
band’s first and only major record
of filmmaker Ivan Reitman, is ripe results in a series of humor-filled label, fans found it hard to believe
with spin at its funniest. scenes. that 2001’s “Ancient Melodies of
Main character and lobbyist Nick The best lines come from Naylor’s the Future” was Spill’s last album.
Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) moves the boss B.R. (J.K. Simmons of After a strong decade-long run,
movie along as a combination of “Spiderman.”) Martsch’s unique, folk-like voice
the “King of Cool” and “Mr. Spin.” The social commentary is appar- and his constantly-changing band
Naylor is the nice face of big to- ent in “Thank You For Smoking,” roster appeared satisfied. It was
bacco whose job is to tell Ameri- but it is done in moderation with a Reitman uses the film to talk when the 2005 summer touring
cans cigarettes are OK. He uses a human feel. about America and people in a ended that the speculations did too
potent mixture of charm, wit, hu- Another strong point is unique, yet funny way. The when Spill confirmed the rumors
mor and cool to “always be right.” Reitman’s development of the re- director’s motto seems to be, “the of an upcoming album. “You In
Meanwhile, he is striving to set a lationship between Naylor and his truth is easier to swallow with hu- Reverse,” the first record in five
good example for his young son son. mor.” years from Built to Spill, was re-
Joey (Cameron Bright). Naylor’s job He uses situations to allow the This film is well written, thought leased April 10.
takes him across the country to pair to actually talk about relevant provoking and fun. Although the With “You In Reverse” comes the
appear on talk shows of Joan issues. Not to say the pair are dis- award buzz won’t start for a few familiar poppy guitar solos and
Lunden and Dennis Miller, meet a cussing the meaning of life, but it months, check out this film in the- spontaneously distinct melodies
tobacco boss (Robert Duvall) and is refreshing to see something aters now. Martsch and company brought to
talk shop with the occasional Hol- other than a dysfunctional father- “Thank You For Smoking” is the table that make them a staple
lywood big shot (Rob Lowe). son relationship. rated R for language and some in 90s alternative-rock.
The album starts with the expan-
With such travels come a num- Eckhart is believable as a man sexual content.
sive “Goin’ Against Your Mind,” an
ber of foes including a U.S. Sena- who hopes to be a good father, but Rating: A
eight minute and 41 second lead-
tor (William H. Macy) and the origi- lives day to day with a target on —Matthew Caban
off track emanating sonic energy
nal Marlboro Man (Sam Elliot). his back. Staff Writer and even propelled by spots of jazz.
A satisfying grinder rather than a
‘Oblivion’ lively addition to Xbox 360 large-scale epic, “Goin’ Against
Your Mind” might have been Spill’s
message to fans that any compla-
Shadows flicker on the walls as of any game and “Oblivion” has and from places of interest on the cency derived from the five-year lull
the torchlight peers into the dark plenty of choices to make your map. had ended and another era was
gray dungeon. With sword drawn, character look either hero-like or Those are reworked and allow the beginning. Martsch’s vocals and
the heroic knight readies himself flat-out hilarious. inexperienced players to the world vast, pondering lyrics achieve a
for evil. Graphically, this is one of the of “Oblivion.” bright tone in the track “Liar” that
One of the most hyped games for best games on the Xbox 360 and Menus allow players to see what hasn’t been seen since “Carry the
the Xbox 360 has finally hit the will have players mesmerized as missions they are on and choose Zero” from Spill’s 1999 effort “Keep
It Like a Secret.” “Wherever You
shelves. they stare into the water and watch to start another if they wish. After
Go” and “Conventional Wisdom”
Game developer Bethesda Soft- the ripples wave. choosing to start a particular quest
are furious rockers but the aban-
works is no stranger to making Lighting on some of the armor there are icons on the map show-
donment Spill creates never feels
great looking role-playing games and weapons changes the way it ing where the quest starts. With uncontrolled. It is possible Martsch
and “Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” has appears. the huge map that “Oblivion” has, doesn’t get much better than he is
that and more. The game’s artificial intelligence speed travel is needed in the se- now.
The “Oblivion” series has enter- has received a huge boost and now ries. Players pick a spot on the map “Mess With Time” is hazy and an-
tained players who like an open- the game’s non-person characters and travel there without having to gry, but organic at the same time.
ended storyline and a lot of choices interact with the players in more walk for 20 minutes — as long as “The Wait,” the closing track of
on armor, weapons and spells. realistic ways. they have already traveled to that “You In Reverse,” mixes a gorgeous,
“Oblivion” allows gamers to make When the NPC greets the player, area before. spacey guitar hook and Martsch’s
choices that will affect the outcome if he has done something in the With the two new additions, this sprawling vocals that are ideal for
of the game. past to displease them, he frowns game keeps players engaged for leaving one’s feet on the dashboard
Players can join several of the when they are talking. Other times, hours. “Oblivion” is a great addi- and taking a deep breath.
guilds to help them progress in the NPC’s greet players with warm tion to the non-existent RPG games “You In Reverse” signals another
job they choose. Different types of smiles and congratulate them for for the Xbox 360. “Elder Scrolls” era for a band many thought
warriors, hunters and mages char- jobs well done. doesn’t disappoint. couldn’t sound more natural.
acters can be made to your spe- Some problems in the past with Rating: 4.75/5 Rating: 4.5/5.
cific liking. this series include the feeling of no —John Savage —Eric Nguyen
Character creation is a huge part direction and long travel times to Staff Writer Staff Writer
April 24, 2006 • PIONEER • 5
Astronaut speaks of encouragement
Unfortunately, Herring- into the National Aeronau-
By Rachel Carlton ton said, he became more tics and Space Administra-
News Writing Student focused on his newfound tion in 1996. He became a
love for the outdoors than NASA mission specialist.
his studies. “I have the best job as an
“Listen to the people in “I earned two Ds in biol- astronaut. I still get to fly
your life who encourage ogy and a D in western civi- the jet, but I get to walk in
you.” That was the message lization,” he said. “I earned space.”
Astronaut John Herrington a suspension notice from Space exploration for
offered in a speech he gave the university.” Herrington includes the
April 13 at OCCC. Herrington said his then- STS-113 “Endeavor,” the
Herrington was born in boss redirected him back sixteenth shuttle mission to
Wetumka, Okla., in 1958, into school. the International Space
and became the first Native “The guy I worked for Station that is orbiting
American to fly in space. asked me what I was going around the earth at an al-
Herrington, whose great- to do with my life,” he said. titude of 220 miles.
grandmother was full “He told me I needed to During a video presenta-
Chickasaw, watched the go back to school to im- tion of the mission, the au-
space program broadcast prove my chances at suc- dience watched Herrington
on television as a child. cess.” fly outside of the shuttle in
“It was just a dream,” he The University of Colo- his spacesuit.
said. “I never thought it was rado accepted him back. It “The only thing between
something I could accom- was then when Herrington you and the vacuum of
plish.” met a retired naval captain space is a piece of glass that
When Herrington was who encouraged him to join is a couple inches from
studying to be a forest the Navy. While in the your head,” Herrington
ranger at the University of Navy, Herrington became a said.
Colorado, he took up rock naval aviator. Herrington resigned from
climbing. Herrington was accepted NASA in 2005 to get in-
volved with Rocketplane Photo by Carrie Cronk
Ceremony honors Limited Inc., a company
working to bring commer-
cial space travel and tour-
Native American Astronaut John Herrington greets Dylan
Mateo after a speech he gave at OCCC April 13.
nursing graduates ism to realization in Okla-
Rocketplane also has op-
Herrington has achieved
many things in his life. He
credits his accomplish-
“A lot of people can see
something in you that you
don’t see in yourself. The
dents, also known as the erating facilities in Guthrie ments to the people who key to all that is be to open
By Elaine Azlin Career Ladder Pathway and Burns Flat, Okla. believed in him. minded and listen to them.”
News Writing Student program, will graduate this
semester. Students in the
program are licensed prac-
The OCCC nursing pro- tical nurses, or paramed-
gram is honoring its 2006 ics, who are continuing
graduates with two pinning their education to become
ceremonies. registered nurses.
The traditional nursing T raditional graduates
ceremony will be at 6 p.m., who receive associate de-
Thursday, May 11, in the grees become eligible to
College Union. The Career take the National Council
Ladder Pathway ceremony License Exam to become a
will be at 7:30 p.m. on the registered nurse.
same day in the theater. “The pinning ceremony is
Nursing student Kalinda a moment of bonding and
DeMarco said she has been a strong commitment to
looking forward to the cer- giving excellent care to in-
emony for three years. dividuals,” said Rosemary
“I finally get to show my Klepper, Nursing Program
family what I have been director.
working so hard for,” De- Monica Holland is a nurs-
Marco said. ing graduate of 1995 and a
Susan Mann, nursing lab coordinator in the nurs-
professor, said the students ing program.
have worked hard and can “I remember the day I re-
now share the joy with their ceived my pin,” she said. “I
families. am so happy to be a part of
“This is a very special day their happiness.
for them,” Mann said. “Nursing is a beautiful
Thirty-six Fast Track stu- profession.”
6 • PIONEER • April 24, 2006
Students Litter of joy
By Mack Burke
News Writing Student
Students will compete for a $100
prize at the annual student art and
design show. The exhibit will be
displayed in CU2 through April 28.
The $100 prize will be given to
the art piece judged the best in the
show. A $25 prize will be given to
the best judged piece in each cat-
“I could do a lot of things with
$100, and I bet you could too,”
Mark Horton, art major said.
Photo by Carrie Cronk
Horton’s painting “Midnight
Dancers” is one of many on dis- Four 5-week-old kittens and their mother cat (not pictured) have taken up residence in the area of the Robert P.
play. Todd Science, Engineering and Math Center. Eddie Cox, Physical Plant project manager, said the cats appeared
“I’m impressed with the painting, in the vacated area of the SEM Center during spring break and are in need of good homes. The mother cat will be
and I’m curious to see how it sizes spayed prior to being relocated, he said. Contact Cox at (405) 682-1611, ext. 7554 for more information.
up with the other pieces,” Horton
Art Professor Doug Blake said
the show is not limited to tradi-
English prof’s novel published
tional art forms and non-art stu- “Analysis of Developmental Stud- were written many years ago.
dents are welcome to enter their By Jenny Atteberry ies Fall 2005 Pre-Diagnostics” was Quick said that an author’s path
artwork. News Writing Student published by Oklahoma State Uni- to getting published these days is
“Different forms of art parallel versity and was used as part of not that hard. The author should
each other,” Blake said. “I’m eager their annual report to the board of not be too choosy in what he or she
to see the variety of art juxtaposed. On April 10, “Jacy’s Girl,” the regents. expects from the publisher, he
I hope the students will develop first novel by Wilbert Quick, OCCC Quick was just warming up. said.
themselves as artists through English professor, was released. He signed contracts with Foun- “The key seems to be to turn in a
sharing ideas. “Jacy’s Girl,” a young-adult ad- tainhead, Publish America, and clean manuscript. The only things
“Just as instrumental and vocal venture romance, is set in south- iUniverse for three books that will holding me back were my Okie
music share the same tradition, so ern Oklahoma. be published in 2006. grammar and my punctuation
do different kinds of art.” The plot is about a young man “Pulp Graffiti” is due to release skills.”
Art student Jennifer Hale is dis- growing up in a situation where the this month. After graduating with a master’s
playing three pieces, including a only pretty girls are his kinfolk, or “You cannot imagine how anx- degree in English, that has im-
ceramic statue of a stylized Egyp- so it seems anyway. This serves to ious I am about this,” Quick said. proved, he said.
tian cat. frustrate Jacy, the young hero of “I signed off on the final proofs a Quick sums up the past year this
“I’ve been working on the piece the story, and then turns to em- few days ago.” way: “Regardless of what happens
for a long time,” Hale said. “I think barrassment when one of his cous- Quick already is working on from here, being able to write well
it can place, but this isn’t a small ins begin to tell everyone that she “Pulp Graf fiti Volume II: The has given me the ride of my life over
art show.” is “Jacy’s Girl.” Damned American” and a screen- the last 12 months.”
Blake said he predicts most of Quick set a lofty goal in 2005 play of “Pulp Graffiti.” Quick teaches English Composi-
the art pieces will emerge from when he wanted to have four of his He also submitted to Whitmore tion I and Comparative Religions
OCCC art students, but said art- works published. He achieved this Press another novel, “A Voice from at OCCC.
ists from outside of OCCC are com- goal. the Future from Out of the Past.” He also teaches at Northeast
peting as well. On Aug. 1, 2005, Fountainhead Quick also has written a textbook Academy, the University of Central
“I’m sure there are some talented Press released the textbook “Inter- for developmental writing courses Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State
freelance artists here,” Blake said. national Journeys in Writing.” This titled “Precomposition.” University-Oklahoma City.
“Hopefully, we can encourage a lot was the first time Quick had seen He said he began writing at an Quick said he plans to continue
of participation and recruit a his name on the cover of anything, early age. teaching until he is around 65
couple of new artists as well.” but it would not be his last. “I wrote my first short story when years old. After retirement, he said
Blake said he thinks audience On Nov. 30, the New Plains Re- I was 8 years old and I have writ- he plans to teach English part-time
exposure will be a good learning view released two short stories, ten many things over the years in- in foreign countries.
experience. “The New Craziness” and “Saving cluding five novel-length manu- Quick currently lives in Edmond
“Artists have to learn to embrace the Devstvenyetsee.” scripts.” with his wife, Olga, and son,
risk.” In December, a report titled Some of the professor’s stories Adrian.
April 24, 2006 • PIONEER • 7
Computers are the future in the Test Center
ing would cut down on the log on and see students the computer system to put there’s no way for students
By Tyler Parr time needed to monitor the grades which would be on a test on a computer and to positively know the com-
News Writing Student class, and the time it takes the professor’s file. how to retrieve the informa- puter system will not fail
for students to get their In the fall, tests will be- tion after a student has and grade wrong, or for a
tests that are on file. gin with a few select pro- taken a test. professor know if a student
The Test Center might be The amount of staff also fessors who will volunteer The next big problem, has found a way into the
a little busier next fall as may drop. Students would to put their tests online. Ellis said, is not all tests system and retrieved the
they change procedures. be able to check in and in- “We will need to work out work well on computers. answers before they took
The hope is, eventually the put a password, and their any unforeseen problems “Computers are great for the test.
Test Center will be paper test files would automati- before we use it on the en- subject tests, but short- “Computers will add one
free by Spring 2007, said cally show up. tire campus,” Ellis said. answer and lab tests are more concern for us in
Jim Ellis, Testing and As- The idea came up after If everything works how hard to grade instantly on watching for cheaters,”
sessment Services director. the simplicity that Web CT it should, the entire cam- computers.” Ellis said.
Right now, there usually has supplied to the stu- pus will use this new form The plan for short-answer “We will have to make
is a staff of three in the Test dents taking Inter net of test taking by spring of tests right now is to have policies like the cell phone
Center, handing out and courses. 2007. the student’s answers policy,” Ellis said.
taking up tests. After students take a test There are three big prob- saved and the teacher will “Because some students
The three attendants also online, they can see their lems that the Test Center have to grade them off the have been caught many
have four cameras in two grade instantly. will face with when design- computer. times using cell phones as
different rooms to monitor Ellis also mentioned this ing the system. The last problem is the a means for cheating, and
the two test rooms. would help professors be- The first is teaching all biggest for the Test Center. we do not want that with
Ellis said, electronic test- cause they would be able to the professors how to use As with all technology, our computer tests.”
OCCC professor travels to learn about Oxley Act
porate responsibility and ing an application of the act is enforced to put compa- “SOX is the biggest thing
By M.G.Frangione enhanced financial disclo- and will not be seen until nies on notice and let them to happen to business in
News Writing Student sure. the Securities and Ex- know someone is watching. the 21st century,” Boyd
It was designed to review change Commission en- Boyd said SOX was long said. “It is bigger than the
the dated legislative audit forces an explanation of the overdue and calls to ac- 2000 millennium when
Professor John Boyd of requirements and is con- act. The impact of the act count to the highest level of many thought the world
the OCCC business depart- sidered one of the most sig- remains to be seen in all the company, including the was coming to an end.”
ment will attend a week- nificant changes to the companies. chief executive officer. He Boyd hopes to bring up
long business class in United States securities Boyd said all the SEC is said it is the most “accu- discussions in department
Philadelphia to learn more laws since the New Deal. doing right now is investi- rate,” important act in busi- meetings about what he
about the Sarbanes-Oxley The act gives additional gating companies. The act ness today. learned in Philadelphia.
Act (2002), a federal law powers and responsibilities
passed by the House and to the U.S. Securities and
the Senate, and how it can Exchange Commission.”
be included into the busi- Boyd said he hopes to ob-
ness curriculum. tain more knowledge about
The class will be in ses- the act and better inform
sion from May 14 through the students how the act is
19 and is sponsored by the relevant.
Vigilar Intense School. Boyd also said hopes to
According to the Vigilar determine how the OCCC
website, the act, also business division needs to
known as SOX, has been supplement the curriculum
described as the “most by having classroom dis-
broad-sweeping legislation” cussions on SOX.
since the Securities Act of He hopes such discus-
the 1930s. President sions will inform students
George W. Bush enacted how businesses operate
SOX in 2002 in response to and understand how the
such corporate accounting act affects both profit and
scandals such as Enron non- profit organizations.
and WorldCom. No matter what the busi-
SOX is transforming how ness course is, SOX will
we do business in corporate impact education and over-
America and around the shadow all business cur-
world, according to Vigilar. riculums, Boyd said.
According to Wikipedia, Boyd said the act pres-
SOX covers issues such as, ently is just words on pa-
“establishing a public ac- per even though it has been
counting oversight board, around since 2002. The
auditor independence, cor- government is not enforc-
8 • PIONEER • April 24, 2006
OCCC gears up for bioterrorism exercise
work. two-hour period. would give out random the primary focuses of the
By John Savage Campus Safety and Se- Buck said participating prizes to students and fac- drill.
Staff Writer curity Director Ike Sloas students and faculty mem- ulty in the line. At the command center,
said the gym will close bers willl enter the gymna- Sloas encourages every- Buck said, he expects to
Tuesday, April 25, to get sium, then form two lines one to participate so the have an average of 22
If terrorists attacked a things in order to run the at the emergency exits. drill will be effective. people for the exercise.
local mall and spread an- safety drill. One line will serve people Bioterrorism and Emer- He said he expects the
thrax spores, would you “Gradually, throughout who can walk and the other gency Response Educator drill to go well. “It’s been a
know what to do? the morning, you will see all can accommodate those in Carol Smith said she hopes real positive experience and
Students may have a bet- the volunteer workers and wheelchairs. student and faculty re- I really feel it has gone
ter idea of what to do in police,” Sloas said. Participants will make sponse will be large. great.”
such an emergency after “All of the media will be their way through the line Jim Buck, Program Pre- Other sites involved in
Wednesday, April 26, when in College Union room 3.” to fill out some information, paradness Response coor- the drill are the University
a major emergency safety The drill will simulate then exit through the Well- dinator, said communica- of Central Oklahoma in
drill will be held in the gym- what would take place if a ness Center. tion is important in these Edmond and Carl Albert
nasium on campus. terrorist attack happened Those participating will types of exercise. High School in Midwest
Hundreds — even thou- and the state needed to qualify to win a prize from “I have seen in the past, City.
sands — of people might re- take measures to get medi- Sharon Humphries, In- in my military experience, For more information,
quire medical attention in cine to residents in the terim Program Administra- [that] communication is… contact Sloas at (405) 682-
a short period of time. Oklahoma City metro area. tor for Public Health Pre- the lifeline of any event re- 1611, ext. 7891.
State emergency plan- The drill also simulates paredness and Emergency sponse,” Buck said. Staff Writer John Savage
ners are testing their sys- how many people would be Response. He said it is a critical part can be reached at Senior
tems to see if they would able to get medicine in a Humphries said she of the exercise and one of Writer@occc.edu.
International student lands $500 scholarship
application. up of six mem- picking the ship,” Pichop said.
By Caroline Ting Stojanovic wrote about bers, including scholarship Students can pick up a
Staff Writer how one individual can four ISA spon- winner re- scholarship application in
make a difference. sors, one Stu- quires a open Institutional Advancement,
“Every person in the dent Life repre- mindness to Student Financial Services
A scholarship is now world can make a differ- sentative and new ideas or Admissions and Recruit-
dedicated to international ence if he or she chooses to one ISA officer. and a willing- ment.
students — the Interna- do something different than Stojanovic also ness to learn. He encourages students
tional Student Association other people,” Stojanovic was selected as a “We will to join the ISA because he
Scholarship Fund. said. winner because pick someone said, it’s a great way to un-
The first $500 scholar- He also has noticed the he has been ac- (as a scholar- derstand other cultures as
ship was given out to 19- differences in himself since tively involved in ship winner) well as participate in vari-
year -old Predrag Stoja- he left Serbia. ISA and per - who’s cultur- ous events.
novic, an OCCC interna- “My personality definitely formed in the In- Predrag Stojanovic ally diverse,” American students also
tional student from Serbia, changed a lot,” he said. ternational Cul- Pichop said. are welcome to attend and
majoring in computer - “When I went back home tural Show last semester, An account also has been join the club activities, he
aided design. over the summer, the way I Pichop said. set up at the college to raise said.
Stojanovic, who has been looked at politics and every- Stojanovic said his pri- more funds for the schol- For more infor mation
in the United States for al- thing was so different.” mary goal for the next few arship, Pichop said. about the scholarship, at-
most two years, attended Stojanovic’s essay im- years would be to graduate “If anyone wants to make tend the ISA meetings at
Del City High School. He pressed the scholarship from OCCC with an asso- a donation, they can make 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Fri-
lives with a host family. committee, said Germain ciate degree. the donation to OCCC days, in 1V7, or contact
All applicants were re- Pichop, ISA sponsor and ISA aims to raise more Foundation/ISA Scholar- Computer Science Profes-
quired to submit a 500- OCCC economics professor. funds and offer at least one ship Fund. sor Haifeng Ji at (405) 682-
word typed essay respond- “He wrote a very original scholarship during spring “We don’t want it to be a 1611 ext 7381, or Club
ing to one of the six topics essay,” Pichop said. and fall, Pichop said. club scholarship. We want President Yu Da Kim at
listed on the scholarship The committee was made He said the process for it to be a college scholar- (405) 412-4090.
Familiar face gets to yell ‘lights, camera, action’
mitted to the program,” residence for film produc- Mark Schneberger, de- made by OCCC students at
By Drew Austin said Arts and Humanities tion and study at Okla- partment chair for commu- the end of their studies.
News Writing Student Dean Susan VanSchuyver. homa City University,” nications, assumed re- “Clay has done an out-
The 2005 spring semes- VanSchuyver said. sponsibility for the film and standing job, and I know
ter was the last for previ- Steps were taken to fill video program until a new the college and students
Despite the lack of a full- ous Film and Video Direc- the position. A national director could be chosen are grateful,” Schneberger
time director for almost a tor Fritz Kiersch, best search was undertaken. and named. said.
year, the OCCC film and known for his film, “Chil- Five candidates were inter- English Professor Clay He said the film program
video program is alive and dren of the Corn.” Kiersch viewed, yet the search was Randolph has agreed to is in no danger of disap-
well. was offered an opportunity unsuccessful. A new search oversee the project. The pearing and in fact it will
“The college is fully com- to act as “full-time artist in began this spring. capstone projects are films be back as strong as ever.
April 24, 2006 • PIONEER • 9
Spring carnival goes to the kids
he Spring Family
Car nival had the
College Union bus-
tling with activity April 15.
Highlights of the event were
three Easter egg hunts held
in the courtyard across from
the Bursar’s office.
A deejay provided music
throughout the event for ac-
tivities such as the limbo, the
hokey-pokey and the Mac-
Children had a variety of
activities to choose from in-
cluding arts and crafts, bowl-
ing and beanbag tosses.
Liz Largent, Student Life di-
rector, said this was the third
spring carnival at OCCC.
Largent said the carnival is
all about the kids.
“[The carnival] is [held] to
provide a fun opportunity for
children on campus,” she
Connie Pidgeon and Jes-
sica Hesseltine, Child Devel-
opment Center and Lab
School teachers, assisted
children in creating spring
art projects at their booth.
Supplies such as brightly
colored glitter, fuzzy balls and
colored paper were available
for the children to use. Child Development Center and Lab School staff member Anita Carson paints
Face painting booths, op- the face of a young girl during the spring carnival. The booth offered paintings
erated by the employees of of carrots, rabbits, Easter eggs, hearts and other spring images.
the CDCLS, and fake tattoo
booths, operated by mem-
bers of Phi Theta Kappa, pro-
vided children with spring
The Black Student Associa-
tion handed out balloons
while the Psychology and So-
ciology Club and Psi Beta
gave out suckers and small
The Student Occupational
Therapy Association oper-
ated the beanbag toss, and
the Business Professionals of
America club ran the bowl-
ing and cotton candy booth.
Other booths were run by
organizations from the com-
munity. These included a
dentistry booth, Oklahoma
Tourism and the Oklahoma
City Police Department.
A young girl takes a turn at the bowling
Photos and text booth. The Business Professionals of
by Carrie Cronk Children swarmed the outdoor courtyard during the Easter egg hunt on April America operated the cotton candy and
15. The hunt was one of three held as part of the OCCC Spring Family Carnival. bowling booth during the carnival.
10 • PIONEER • April 24, 2006
Culture week launches without a hitch
T he Native American Student
Association held a week-long
powwow April 10 to 14 in the form
On April 12, the club sold Indian
tacos during the lunch hour rush,
which many students and staff
of American Indian Education feasted on while watching a per-
Week. formance by the Oklahoma Fancy
Activities included a craft sale, Dancers.
Native American dancers, Indian The colorfully-costumed dancers
tacos and a lecture by former Na- consisted of two straight dancers:
tional Aeronautics and Space Ad- Zack Morris, Citizen Pottawa-
ministration astronaut Cmdr. John tomie, and Terry Tsotigh, Kiowa; a
Herrington. jingle dancer: Tahnee Ahtone-
The craft sale was held in the Harjo, Seminole-Kiowa; a fancy-
College Union April 10. shawl dancer: Cricket Rhoads-
Vendors set up booths that of- Konewerdy, Kiowa-Caddo; and a
fered a variety of beads, handbags, fancy dancer: Kevin Konewerdy.
jewelry, Native American attire and Accompanying the dancers was
a variety of other hand-crafted drummer Steve Littleman, Kiowa-
The dancers performed straight
jingle, butterfly, fancy, eagle and
traditional hoop dances.
Along with the dances, perform-
ers provided other examples of Na-
tive American culture for the spec-
These included flute music
played by Terry Tsotigh, and
storytelling by Rhoads-Konewerdy.
On April 13, Herrington gave a
lecture about his experiences as a
member of the 113th mission
shuttle crew, for which he designed
the mission patch.
He was the first Native American
astronaut and also the first to walk
in space. Herrington currently is
employed by Rocketplane Limited,
Inc. as a test pilot
Jon Horinek, for an aircraft that
Community will someday carry
Engagement passengers and
coordinator, hangs cargo into orbital
the banner for the trips. Straight dancer Zack Morris performs during the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers’
American Indian demonstration held in the College Union April 12.
majors Donna Schruben
and Leslie Wiggins stop
to browse a jewelry booth
at the Native American
Crafts Sale April 10. The
sale was held in
conjunction with American
Indian Education Week.
This was one of many
events hosted by the
Native American Student
Native American Student Association members Serena
Selumber (Creek-Seminole), Chris Fairbanks (Kickapoo), Sencera
Photos and text
by Carrie Cronk
Tims (Creek-Seminole) and Gwen Zermeno (Creek) run the bake
sale booth April 10. The club sold a variety of treats from cookies
to elaborately-decorated cupcakes and mini bundt cakes.
April 24, 2006 • PIONEER • 11
OCCC adds to downtown location
State College and the Uni- OCCC sophomore, attends
By S.L. Finley versity of Central Okla- classes downtown.
News Writing Student homa offer credit and non- “It’s so convenient be-
“It’s so convenient because I work downtown.”
credit classes, upper and cause I work downtown,” —Tiffany Elcyzyn
lower division classes, and she said. OCCC sophomore
OCCC is one of the five graduate classes. Elcyzyn is a business
colleges and universities in The Downtown College major, but works as a real
the metro area to bring the Consortium strives to meet estate agent downtown and he needed. glish and Humanities at
Downtown College Consor- the needs of those in the attends the consortium be- He does not mind going OCCC for three years.
tium to life. downtown area who work cause it is near her office. downtown. He said he tries to show
The Downtown College and also wish to continue Another student, Sopho- “It’s awesome to get to a variety of films in his
Consortium is located on education, said Gary more Caleb Walker has a come downtown for class,” class, mixing old films with
the fourth floor of the Davidson, Downtown Col- different reason for attend- Walker said. new films, as well as foreign
Ronald J. Norick Metropoli- lege Consortium director. ing the Downtown College OCCC professor Mike films.
tan Library at 300 Park Classes meet at lunch- Consortium. Franco is the film studies For more infor mation
Ave. time and at 5:30 p.m., so Walker, a diversified stud- teacher at the consortium. about the Downtown Col-
Along with OCCC, Okla- those who wish to can at- ies major, attends the con- This is Franco’s first year lege Consortium or infor-
homa State University- tend class on their lunch sortium because a class he to teach at the Downtown mation about admission,
Oklahoma City, Redlands break or after work. needed was only offered at College Consortium, al- visit www.downtowncollege
Community College, Rose T if fany Elcyzyn, an the consortium at the time though he has taught En- .com.
TRIO students visit neighboring college
munity just being on the The report also states the
By Kayce Martin campus,” McMurtrey said. OU library is among the top “At the end of the tour, I realized I would have
News Writing Student Students said they en- two in the Big 12 confer-
to invest a lot of hard work and dedication to
joyed the experience. ence. In addition to it’s re-
“Being a die-hard OU fan gional ranking, the OU li- get to my goal.”
Several OCCC students my whole life, it was pretty brary ranks 27 out of 112 —Jonathan Cramer
took a tour of the Univer- cool seeing the RufNex research libraries in North OCCC student
sity of Oklahoma in Nor- train, and Boomer and America.
man April 8. Sooner (the university’s The OCCC students also
“Transferring to a univer- pony mascots) before learned about another part ring to a state university is overwhelming, taking cam-
sity can be an overwhelm- Saturday’s Red and White of OU’s history: the legend large classes sizes and be- pus tours of colleges that
ing experience,” said Lin- scrimmage,” said Jonathan of the E.T. Dunlap Clock ing just a number rather you are interested in at-
ette McMurtrey, Program Cramer, a OCCC public re- Tower. than an individual,” she tending can ease those
Specialist for Student Sup- lations major. “You wouldn’t catch me said. worries,” McMurtrey said.
port Services at OCCC, who One of the many stops on stepping under that clock Jordan Carlton, OU in- Cramer said the visit put
also attended the tour. the tour was Bizzell Memo- tower,” Cramer said. ternational business major his goal of attending OU in
The purpose of the field rial Library. He said legend says if an served as the tour guide for perspective.
trip was to get students to The OU libraries in OU student passes under the OCCC students during “At the end of the tour, I
think about transferring to Norman, Oklahoma CIty the tower, he or she will not their visit. realized I would have to in-
a four-year program, she and Tulsa combine to make graduate. “The student to teacher vest a lot of hard work and
said. the largest research library McMurtrey said OCCC ratio in the higher level dedication to get to my
OU is embedded in a in the state with approxi- students have concerns classes at OU is 19 to 1,” goal,” he said.
community of deep tradi- mately 4.7 million volumes, about the transition to a Carlton said. For more infor mation
tions, spirit and history, according to the OU Com- large university. “Although transferring about tours and transfer-
McMurtrey said. munity Impact Report for “A major concer n for from a junior college to a ring to OU, visit www.go2.
“You get a sense of com- 2006. OCCC students transfer- state university can be ou.edu.
Prof to discuss ‘Living Sociology’ on campus
said. have an informed decision,” offender’s family. Coalition to Abolish the
By Emily Worthen Sharp will include the Pietroforte said. Sharp also has published Death Penalty.
News Writing Student counter argument to her Sharp will discuss is- more than 20 articles fo- She has served as execu-
opinion and defend her sues concerning the death cusing on various topics. tive counselor and newslet-
views through years of re- penalty including cost, de- In 2004, Sharp was an- ter editor for the Division on
University of Oklahoma search and study. terrence and inequality, en- nounced as the Phil Wahl Women and Crime of the
Sociology Professor Susan Sharp will be the featured abling students to form Abolitionist of the Year. American Society of Crimi-
Sharp will explore capital speaker as part of this their own opinion on capi- This award is presented nology.
punishment and express year’s “Living Sociology” tal punishment. to any person who has This event is free and
her belief in abolishing the series at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sharp authored the book, worked toward repealing open to the public.
death penalty next week on April 27 in the college “Hidden Victims” in 2005. the death penalty. For more information,
campus, OCCC Sociology union. The book discusses death Sharp currently serves as contact Pietroforte at (405)
Professor Nancy Pietroforte “It’s good for students to penalty ef fects on the Chair of the Oklahoma 682-1611, ext. 7345.
12 • PIONEER • April 24, 2006
UPCOMING Afternoon workout
•April 26: Recreation and
Community Services will host a
softball game. To sign up, please
contact Community Education
and Health Specialist Eric Wat-
son at (405) 682-1611, ext. 7786.
•April 29: The OCCC club soccer
team plays the University of
Oklahoma-Colombia team. The
game will be hosted by OCCC at
11 a.m. For more information,
contact League Coordinator Jalal
Daneshfar at (405) 974-2377.
•May 5 to 7: The Early Bird Swim
Meet will be held at the OCCC
Photo by Carrie Cronk
Aquatic Center. The meet will be
hosted by the Extreme Aquatic Matthew Jones, biotechnology sophomore, takes advantage of the weight room in the OCCC Wellness Center.
Team. For more information,
contact Aquatics and Safety
Training Specialist Stephanie
Scott at (405) 682-1611, ext.
Loss ends playoff hopes
was unable to capitalize. record at 1-1-1 and the playoffs
•May 6: The Oklahoma College
Club Soccer League Playoffs By Eric Nguyen Early in the half, forward Charles still in view. Moore had shown
begin. Games start at 11 a.m. and Staff Writer Burrows sped toward a potential steady play at goalkeeper despite
will be hosted by the team with shot on goal before an OSU-Inter- receiving little to no help from the
the best standing. Winners of the national defender caught up to him defense.
two semifinal games will meet for An April 15 loss to Oklahoma and appeared to have intentionally OCCC then lost to the University
the championship on May 13. For State University’s International dragged him down. of Central Oklahoma 6-1 April 8.
more information, contact team stripped OCCC’s soccer team The result was a yellow card In a microcosm of the troubling
League Coordinator Jalal of any playoff hopes. given to the defender and OCCC season, Moore had a dazzling save
Daneshfar at (405) 974-2377. In a frustrating season that has was given a free kick, which failed at a shot on goal by OSU-Interna-
included poor defense, stagnant to score. tional before halftime in a game
•May 12: The deadline to sign up offense and a constant struggle to OCCC’s defense suffered from where the opponent scored four
for the youth Mighty Midgets T- receive full participation from its fatigue with no bench players on times, symbolizing the struggles
ball league. Practices and games players, the team witnessed its hand and gave up three second- OCCC has had despite good play
will be held at OCCC starting May problems manifest on the pitch half goals, two in the final five min- from its goalkeeper.
30. Games are on Tuesdays and against OSU-International. utes. “The lack of practice [hurts] and
Thursdays. This is for kids ages Short-handed and without sub- The loss to OSU-International I try to ask [the players] about
4 to 7 years old. There are two stitutes, OCCC lost 4-0 in a rela- eliminates OCCC’s chances at the when they can come in to practice
divisions; one for 4- and 5-year- tively one-sided match. playoffs with two games remaining because I know they have school
olds and another for 6- and 7- Going against the wind in the in the season. and work,” Yeboah said.
year-olds. The cost is $60 and first half, OCCC had problems es- “It was frustrating,” Coach K.B. Meanwhile, the club standings
includes a team T-shirt and cap.
tablishing ball movement while Yeboah said. “The players were now are taking shape; the Univer-
A free T-ball coaching clinic will
down one player. tired from lack of conditioning.” sity of Oklahoma is sitting comfort-
be held Monday, May 8.
Starting with a defensive strat- During an early stretch in the ably on top with three games left
For more information, contact
Community Education and egy because the team was without season, it appeared OCCC was to play in its regular season.
Health Specialist Eric Watson at a forward, OCCC mustered few of- playing well, winning at Rose State OSU, OU-Colombia, OSU-Inter-
(405) 682-1611, ext. 7786. fensive opportunities in a tight 5-3 on March 4 and tying North- national and UCO currently are
match. eastern State-International 2-2 the fighting for the three playoff spots
•June 10: OCCC hosts the OCCC’s defense did well to hold following week in an intense behind OU.
annual SuperSprint Triathlon off the attacks before an OSU-In- match. OCCC, Rose State and NSU-In-
from 7:15 to 11 a.m. Athletes from ternational player shot a ball past It was after the NSU-Interna- ternational round out the bottom
across the state will compete in OCCC goalkeeper Keith Moore tional game that Yeboah pleaded of the eight-team standings.
this event. For more information, making the halftime score OSU- with his players to come for prac- OCCC played OSU April 22 at the
contact Re-creation and International 1, OCCC 0. tice and challenged the team to RSC field.
Community Services at (405) The second half contained fewer play cohesively. Staff writer Eric Nguyen can be
682-1611, ext. 7860. positives as the team had the ad- The team agreed. Things were reached at PioneerGraphics@
vantage of the wind at its back but starting to look up with OCCC’s occc.edu.
April 24, 2006 • PIONEER • 13
Money opportunity for Ride into the sun
Mulvihill, Biotechnol- with OCCC science
By Kyle Sheline ogy professor. “But, professors and per -
News Writing because we don’t have form observations at
Student a degree or major in high schools.
secondary science As soon as Mulvihill
education, we don’t and the others in the
OCCC is looking for know who you are.” biotechnology depart-
would-be science tea- If future science ment find students,
chers hiding around teachers will step for- they want to help stu-
the college who want ward, OCCC has a dents with scholar -
the opportunity to grant that would pro- ships, transfer advis-
earn $300 as a lab as- vide them a chance to ing and other forms of
sistant for the Sum- create a portfolio of support.
mer Science Academy field experiences to Mulvihill said she is
June 5 through 9. take to their transfer excited starting this
Problem is, OCCC institution. project and unmask-
doesn’t know where to The grant provides ing the future science
find those students. money for work in a teachers of Oklahoma.
“Oklahoma needs sci- mock biotechnology For more informa-
ence teachers and we company. tion, contact Mulvihill
want to identify and Students also would at cmulvihill@occc.
nurture these stu- be able to attend edu or at (405) 682-
dents,” said Charlotte teacher workshops 1611, ext. 7225.
Reading night hits it big
faculty, staff, students area of the College
By Cassi Doolittle and their children. Union.
News Writing Pittman is hopeful Next year, Pittman
Student the number of partici- said, she hopes they
pants will continue to will start reading night
grow as more people by August or Septem-
Children and par - become aware of the ber and have a grow-
ents are invited to the monthly event. ing number of partici-
monthly reading night “One of the club’s pants as the year
hosted by the Child goals is to show chil- progresses.
Development Club. dren that reading is For more informa- Photo by Carrie Cronk
Child Development fun,” Pittman said. tion, call (405) 682- Student Alan Chan took advantage of the springtime weather, choosing
Professor Cecilia Pitt- Now, some of the 1611, ext. 7159. to ride a motorcycle instead of driving a car to school.
man said the basis of children are beginning
this program is to ex- to bring their own
pose children to books
and to keep them in-
books from home, a
sign that the goal is
Graduates honored at pinning ceremony
terested in reading. being met. nize the hard work the President Marion Pa- Largent said.
The club hosts a Political Science By John Savage graduates have put den are scheduled to RSVP is required.
reading night once a Professor John Staff Writer forth. speak to the gradu- Graduates are each
month, usually on the Hughes’ grandson en- Jeremy Barr, broad- ates. allowed one guest.
third Wednesday and joyed the book, “Go casting major, said he Largent said partici- For more informa-
has hosted three Away Big Green Mon- Graduating stu- looks forward to the pants are encouraged tion, contact Largent
nights so far with in- ster” so much that dents are invited to ceremony because, to look sharp. at (405) 682-7596.
creasing success. Hughes bought him the annual graduation “[It] means I’m done.” “You want to be Staff Writer John
“The success has the book. pinning ceremony, The pinning celebra- nicely dressed, busi- Savage can be
been seen through the The interactive die- which takes place at 4 tion will honor the ness casual, some- reached at Senior
increasing number of cut book hopes to al- p.m., May 8 in the Col- 2005-2006 academic thing like that,” Writer@occc.edu.
parents and children leviate kids’ fear about lege Union. school year graduates.
that attend each monsters by allowing This is the second Participants will re-
month,” Pittman said. them to make the year the graduate pin- ceive a free pin and be
On the first meeting monster grow and dis- ning will take place. part of a class photo, Have a story idea?
night, there were eight appear. It’s a tradition Student which will be dis-
children in atten-
dance. The number
The last reading
night of the year will
Life Director Liz Lar-
gent hopes will con-
played in the Main
Call the editor (405)
rose to 18 on the read-
ing night in March.
be at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26,
Largent said the col-
Paul Sechrist and
682-1611, ext. 7409
This event is open to in the main dining lege wants to recog- Student Services Vice
14 • PIONEER • April 24, 2006
Health Professions Club election
The Health Professions Club will elect officers for the up-
coming semester. This is the club’s last meeting of the spring
semester. The election will take place from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.,
Thursday, April 27, in room 1C4 of the Main Building. For more
information, contact Physics Professor Steve Kamm at (405)
682-1611, ext. 7268.
Vocal music groups to hold Spring concert
The vocal music department will give its Spring Concert 7
p.m., Thursday, April 27 at Graceway Baptist Church. The
church is located at 1100 S.W. 104th Street (between Penn
and Western) on the south side of the street. Admission is free.
For more information, contact Music Professor Ron Staton at
(405) 682-1611, ext. 7249.
Sociology professor to speak about capital punishment
Dr. Susan Sharp, sociology professor at the University of Okla-
homa, will speak about capital punishment and the issue of
wrongful convictions. The discussion will take place at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 27, in the general dining area of the College
Union. For more information, contact OCCC Sociology Profes-
sor Nancy Pietroforte at (405) 682-1611, ext. 7345. Photo by Carrie Cronk
The Native American Student Association hosted Native American Culture Week in April.
Environmental Club to plant tree Club members are Public Relations Officer Danielle Davis, Angel Reed, Johnson Tiger,
The Environmental Club will host a tree planting ceremony at Gwen Zermeno, President Serena Selumber, Chris Fairbanks. Kneeling are Samantha
10 a.m., on Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, just outside entry 5. The Bointy, Sponsor Kristi Fields and Secretary/ Treasurer Sencera Tims.
ceremony is in honor of Kay Edwards, former Arts and Humani-
ties Dean. The club has weekly meetings from noon to 1 p.m.,
every Wednesday, in room 1C5 of the Main Building. For more
information, contact Publicity Officer Holly Jones at (405) 682-
1611, ext. 7410.
Faculty to raise scholarship funds
OCCC President to address business club By Holly Jones “Although the event is sponsored by the
The Business Professionals of America will host OCCC Presi- Staff Writer Faculty Association, it is an all-college event.”
dent Paul Sechrist at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, in 2P7 of the —Lisa Adkins
Main Building. Sechrist will talk about the impact of business
on a college institution. For more information, contact Club Presi- Each spring the Faculty
Professor and Administrative
dent Dustin Fisher at (405) 519-3716. Association hosts a craft Technology Coordinator
and bake sale to raise mo-
Faculty Association craft and bake sale
ney for scholarships, said Business professor Carney, in an e-mail.
The Faculty Association will sponsor its annual Make It, Bake
It, Sell It from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, in the Main
Professor Lisa Adkins, Ad- Marty Ludlum typically “We awarded four schol-
Building. Donations are needed for baked goods and crafts. ministrative Office Tech- auctions a magic show arships this spring. The
The proceeds from the sale will support the scholarships that nology coordinator. each year, Adkins said. amount of each scholarship
benefit OCCC students. For more information, contact Admin- The annual Make It, The association raises was $350.”
istrative Office Technology Professor Lisa Adkins at (405) 682- Bake It, Sell It is scheduled funds for scholarships for The fall semester scholar-
1611, ext. 7235. for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed- students, based on aca- ship recipients are Bashir
nesday, May 3, in the Main demic achievement, rec- Abdullah, Mary Blaine, Sa-
YWCA needs women’s clothing Building. ommendations from fac- rah Hacker and Keith
Psychology, Sociology and Psi Beta Clubs are accepting
“Although the event is ulty, and other relevant Hurdelbrink II.
donations for the Rape Crisis Unit of the YWCA. The clubs are
asking for women’s clothing. If you wish to donate
sponsored by the Faculty factors, said Carney. Last year, the Make It,
undergarments, they must be new, in unopened packages. Association, it is an all-col- The association accepts Bake It, Sell It raised about
These items are for women who must give up their clothing for lege event,” Adkins said. nominations from faculty $1,500 and the Coke wagon
evidence. For more information, contact President Laurie “It takes all of us to make in the spring and fall, said from last fall’s Arts Festi-
Thornton at (405) 604-0323. it successful. We either Jane Carney, sociology val raised $600, Carney
make, bake or buy.” professor and Faculty As- said.
Absolute 2007 now accepting submissions Many of the items are of- sociation chair. “This year’s committee is
Submissions are being accepted for the 2007 Absolute pub- fered for general purchase, The association has two looking at other fund-rais-
lication. OCCC’s journal of literature, art and photography is
while others are sold at a primary fund-raisers per ing events, so plan on see-
published annually each spring. Submissions should be sent to
the Arts and Humanities division office. For more information, silent auction. year: a Coke wagon at the ing more this next year,”
contact English Professor Clay Randolph at crandolph@ Adkins said Cecelia Labor Day Arts Festival, Adkins said in an e-mail.
occc.edu. Yoder, Social Sciences act- and the Make It, Bake It, Staff Writer Holly Jones
ing dean, always donates Sell It, Carney said. can be reached at Staff
OCCC science students to assist summer academy some of her handmade jew- “The number and a- Writer1@occc.edu.
OCCC students are being sought to assist in the Biotechnol- elry. The bids on this silent mount of scholarships we
ogy/Bioinformatics Discovery! week planned for June 12 through auction item are always award depend on several Read the Pioneer
16. For more information, contact Biotechnology Professor high. factors, such as the a-
Charlotte Mulvihill at (405) 682-1611, ext. 7225. Online at
Mathematics professor mount of money we raise
Highlights are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesdays Linda Knox sells her home- and the number and qual-
made jellies. ity of the applicants,” said pioneer
April 24, 2006 • PIONEER • 15
Pioneer Classified Advertising FOR SALE: 1986 Nissan 300
is free to all currently enrolled ZX. Great motor & transmission, LIFEGUARDS
OCCC students and employees t-tops, V6, 2 door. Great gas mile-
for any personal classified ad. age, auto, student owned, female
through Labor Day.
Ads must be submitted in writ- driven. Graduating this sem., so
ing with IDs supplied or work need to sell a.s.a.p. Asking for
area and college extension in- $1,400. Call 474-3611.
cluded. Deadline for advertis- FOR SALE: 1981 Kawasaki
ing is 5 p.m., Tuesday prior to 440. It runs. 16,482 miles, needs
the publication date. For more TLC and tag. Asking $650. Please
information, call (405) 682-1611, call 990-1968.
FEMALE ROOMMATES NEE-
ext. 7674 or fax (405) 682-7843. FOR SALE: Diamondback
DED: To share large home 3 miles
Road Bike, 14 spd, 56” frame,
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Shimano parts. Asking $150 OBO.
Nice neighborhood, 3-car garage,
FOR SALE: Registered Ger- 2 1/2 bath. Fully furnished except
man Shepherd puppies. 6 weeks bedrooms. $350/month plus 1/3
old. 2 solid white females, 3 solid bills. Call 615-2396, leave a mess-
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FOR SALE: Beautiful yellow Monday through (S.W. 89th & I-44). Non-smoking,
parakeet w/ cage. $25. Call 794- Friday no pet apt. Current tenant is 27/f.
2078. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Approx $375/month incl. utils, ca-
at 2601, S. I-35 ble and DSL. E-mail: haley@att.
Frontage Rd., net for more info.
FOR SALE: 2002 Hyundai
Tiburon. 29,000 miles. $11,000.
Excellent condition. Please call DRIVERS WANTED FOR SALE: Leather recliner,
New downtown $75. Leather executive-style desk
pedicab company, chair, $50. Call Annie 360-6793
FOR SALE: 2001 Ninja 250 created out of the
bike. Asking for $1,500 cash. or leave a message.
Please call 602-0812. Entrepreneurship FOR SALE: 3 silver metal/
FOR SALE: 1999 VW GLS class, is looking for frosted glass end tables, $150.
Passat. Loaded, 1.8L Turbo en- drivers. Please call 3 silver metal/glass desk with 4
gine, tan leather, dark green exte- (405) 923-1082 separate matching file cabinets,
or visit us at $150. For pictures and info e-mail
rior, heated seats, tiptronic trans-
mission, tint, sunroof, 6-disc
changer, non-smoker, and well
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Please call 473-0129. Schedules, Resume
FOR SALE: 1998 VW Beetle. FOR SALE: Two new 10” Al-
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FOR SALE: 1996 Pontiac Will Train. Call TODAY. FOR SALE: Women’s size 7
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Grand Prix 2 dr., green, new paint, (405) 751-1509.
have receipts for most recent work ring. Princess cut w/ diamond ac-
done. Trans rebuilt, new intake/ cents, asking $500. Size 13/14
outtake valves, head gasket, re- Part-Time black prom dress $30, size 11/12
built engine ‘04. 100K miles, CD CHILD CARE prom dress red with black sheer
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seashell pink wedding dress with cess cut diamonds white gold ring. press game ($10). Selling both for
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approx. 20 hrs/wk. Kristina 250-8919 or e-mail for $1,500. For pictures and more a message at 370-2173.
ZX, 2+2, green, automatic.
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more info. SW 119th & May.
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16 • PIONEER • April 24, 2006
College would be prepared for outbreak
one would have to go to one “We work directly with the
“Mumps,” of the eight distribution county health department
Cont. from page 1 sites in the metro area, and take their recommen-
Sloas said. dations on what we should
“The [Oklahoma Health do or should not do,”
“We’re asking people Department] plan is set up Sechrist said. “We would
[who] do have health to do a one million metro follow their guidelines.”
insurance…[to] go to their population. Each site is ex- Staff Writer Holly Jones
private physician,” Will- pected to cover 50,000 to can be reached at Staff
iams said. “That would help 100,000 people,” he said. Writer1@occc.edu.
us spread out the public OCCC President Paul Editor Christiana Kostura
supply of the vaccine to last Sechrist said the college can be reached at editor
longer and reach more would be ready. @occc.edu.
The first vaccination is
about 70 to 80 percent ef-
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fective, while the second
vaccination prevents about
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90 to 95 percent of all
cases, Cauthen said. Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Wed., 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In the event of a major
outbreak in the metro area, •JEFFERY D. ROMINGER COMMUNITY CENTER
OCCC is a site where fami- 3450 S.W. 29th St.
lies would go to be vacci- Second Friday every month 8:30 to 11 a.m.
nated, said Ike Sloas, Safe-
ty and Security director. •LATINO COMMUNITY CENTER
Sloas said if there were 420 S.W. 10th St.
an outbreak of any disease, First Thursday every month 8:30 to 11 a.m.
OCCC would temporarily
close and set up as a dis- •EDMOND CHURCH OF CHRIST
tribution site by order of the 801 S. Bryant
Health Department. Second Monday every month 8:30 to 11 a.m.
From there, pills would
be distributed to people •MIDWEST CITY COMMUNITY CENTER
who were able to get to the 100 N. Midwest Blvd.
site. Then, those people Second and fourth Tuesday every month 8:30 to 11 a.m.
could distribute pills to oth-
ers who are not. •1ST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BETHANY
However, Sloas said, if 3800 Mueller (West of MacArthur)
the only prevention were
First Monday every month 8:30 to 11 a.m.
through vaccination, every-
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