V.O.I.C.E. takes first place in Chili Cook-Off

Judges, like Dr. Kent Lashley, tasted and commented on entries in the first annual RSC Chili Cook-Off, Thursday, Oct. 13. Clubs were invited to make their own special chilis to present for judgement and possibly prize winning. (Photo by Chelsey Ryder)

By: Brittany McDaniel, news editor

RSC held their first annual Chili Cook-Off Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Campus Mall, sponsored by Student Affairs.

Kirby Harzman, coordinator of student activities, said the purpose was to “provide fun competition for campus clubs and organizations.”

Chili was judged on aroma, color, and consistency. Judges included Dr. Kent Lashley, vice president of student affairs, Chris Leland, director of the wellness center, and Chris Brown, campus chef.

Students and faculty sampled the different varieties available. Gail Robinson, psychology major, said “It’s wonderful.”

First place was awarded to V.O.I.C.E. Club, the “clear winner” according to judges. Second place went to NTSO, with third awarded to the Library Club. New campus club, Spectrum Alliance club, took the People’s Choice award for their chili.

The judges agreed the winning chili’s unique qualities made it stand out. “It stands apart from the other[s] because it’s really different,” Leland said.

“The flavor and the consistency was really good,” Brown said. Lashely added, “Let the chili speak for itself…it’s got the trinity: carrot, celery, onion.”

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Lecture series focuses on Representation of Women, Consumption Patterns

By: Brittany McDaniel, news editor

Wednesday, Oct. 13, marked the second lecture for the Honors Lecture Series presented by Dr. John Carl, social sciences professor, entitled Representation of Women and Consumption Patterns.

The lecture covered a wide variety of topics that included traditional gender roles, gender inequality, and media representation of women. Carl explained that the nation consumes a variety of products that reinforce dominant male and submissive female imagery.

From television to tequila ads, the lecture pointed out how gender can “do” members of society, specifically, women. The term “doing gender” was explained as “[dividing] ourselves up based on what we feel is appropriate.”

Carl used images from advertisements depicting women as submissive, and men as faceless entities of power, stating the images play on preconceived ideas about gender roles, and that these portrayals can not only be misleading, but potentially dangerous. For example, he pointed out the Lolita Effect centers around the myth that what is youthful is sexy.

He explained that these myths encourage women to believe that boys choose girls that are young, sexy, curvy and white, leaving only a select portion of the public that fits this description.  According to Carl, this can lead to feelings of pressure to measure up to this standard of beauty that just isn’t realistic for most women.

The lecture included several statistics concerning women in the nation. Research conducted by Consumer Reports indicates that 81 percent of women decide what personal care items to buy for the household. This suggests that women have power and influence when it comes to the market. Carl pointed out this power is typically exploited by gender expectant material, but there is something that can be done about it.

With advertisements and media aimed at portraying a set type of man or woman, what can the average consumer do to stop these images from taking over yet another generation?

“Talk to your kids about what they are seeing. Ask questions that encourage thought. Get them to think about how they portray themselves,” Carl said. He added that rewarding children for their academic achievements as well as reversing traditional gender roles are also ways to test gender boundaries in a way that allows for growth rather than restrictive societal expectations.

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Student Senate meeting Tuesday, Oct. 26

By: Miranda Liming, assistant editor

Senate passed their second present legislation during the Tuesday, Oct. 26 meeting.

Senate legislation 002 reads “A resolution pertaining to the repair of cracks in the parking lot of the North West corner of Trosper Road and Hudiburg Drive.” Authored by Senator Mark Sauerwald, Resolution 002 will ask for Physical Plant employees, or the “appropriate person,” to repair this section of parking lot on campus. “I looked at this parking lot on Google Maps, and I could see the cracks from space,” Sauerwald said. “It is just an overflow parking lot.”

“[The parking lot] isn’t going to negatively effect the students,” Sauerwald said. “It will when they have to replace the parking lot because of cracks and cost everyone a bunch of money.”

Senate voted a majority for this resolution through a vocal vote. Senator Kealy Gilespie was the only to vote nay. “I didn’t feel like the Senator represented his piece of legislation with any factual research in regards to an estimate or talking to people at the [Physical] Plant.”

Senate heard from guest speaker and club vice president, Hosanna Morris, Tuesday on the newest campus club, College Republicans. “We’re going to have lunches on campus, along with other activities, to make other students aware of our political arena,” Morris said. Meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month at 12:30 p.m., but a room was not specified.

Senator Camilo Ulloa was chosen as the new Senate Club Liaison Tuesday.

Treasurer Myka Sederis reported a balance of $26,295.21 currently in the Senate accounts.

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Annual Career Expo aids community and businesses

Haliburton employee, Gary Isham, discusses employment opportunities with UCO student William LeBlanc. Business participated in the annual Career Expo to find potential employees and talk with students and community members about opportunities within their company. (Photo by Brittany McDaniel)

By: Brittany McDaniel, News Editor

Oklahoma businesses from near and far attended the annual Career Expo, Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Main Dinning room to speak to students and community members about job and internship opportunities.

Stacey Pruitt, Office Max district sales manager, said the expo was a good opportunity to get “self-motivated” and “driven” employees for a company that deals mainly with sales and requires a desire to learn. “The ability to ask questions and get answers…is really important,” Pruitt said.

Greater Grads Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Drew Dugan, who works for the Oklahoma City Chamber, represents over 5,000 Oklahoma City businesses and organizations. The goal, Dugan explained, is “to show you don’t have to go to Dallas or Arkansas or Kansas…our internships make that connection.”

When asked how company representatives generate attention from exposition attendees, Halliburton Energy Manufacturer representative Gary Isham replied, “I just reach over there and grab them. I’m like a carnival manager.”

Halliburton spoke with UCO student William LeBlanc, operations management and analysis major, about local jobs and projected salary.  LeBlanc, who was recently discharged, made the decision to go back to school and obtain a degree. “I was recently laid off and I needed a job. [The job market] is discouraging…it’s bleak,” LeBlanc said, continuing that with all the other “superstars” in the job market, you really have to “be something” to compete.

Recent graduate Ladora Lightner, business major, presented her resume to companies in attendance. Lightner said she was looking for “something with a business minded asset,” and even scheduled an interview with a potential future employer.

The event featured over 30 businesses and organizations. Connie Myrick, coordinator of career services, said this was a “hit with job seekers,” adding, “It was a great informational Career Expo for anyone looking for a job or wanting to network in their field of choice.  Everyone had a great day.”

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Columnist worries for Maverick’s career, sequel

By: Bryan Trude, Feature Editor

In the immortal words of Monty Python, “and now for something completely different.”

One of the biggest movie-related bits of news to dribble out of the gaping maw that is Hollywood speculation is the sudden announcement of “Top Gun 2.” Though no script has been revealed and there is no word if “Top Gun” star Tom Cruise is involved, the film already has a director in Tony Scott, who broke the news while promoting his upcoming film “Unstoppable” in Australia.

My question is why does “Top Gun” need a sequel?

Hollywood seems to be in love with remakes, reboots and sequels to movies that were made when I thought walking was a complicated process – I was only two when “Top Gun” hit theaters in May 1986 – and I would have hoped that 20-plus years of innovation and creation would have given Hollywood something new to play with.

2010 has already been stuffed to the brim with remakes that really have no business existing (Predators), and some just flat out get the source material dead wrong (The Karate Kid. Hello? He’s the KARATE Kid, not the KUNG-FU Kid.)

Looking at Scott’s filmography, he is no stranger to the needless rehash of classics. 2009’s “The Taking of Pelham 123” is a remake of a 1974 movie based on the novel of the same name, which starred classic “old man actor” Walter Matthau, which was already rehashed in 1998 as a straight-to-TV movie featuring Edward James Olmos.

In the end, I guess what I’m trying to say is, Hollywood, you know I love you. I don’t have anything against the occasional remake or reboot – I personally loved J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” – but enough is enough.

“Top Gun” is near the top of my short list of favorite movies of all time, and it was just fine spending 25 years filling my head with romanticized images of Navy fighter pilots without a sequel.

Not much of my childhood is left intact because of you. Michael Bay turned “Transformers” from a beloved children’s cartoon about super-cool robots that turned into super-cool stuff into “Explosion: The Movie” starring a bunch of humans with some giant ‘bots in the background. Please, don’t take my Maverick from me.

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Students taught learning styles for better personal education

From front, Daniel Lucas, cyber security major, Michelle Strange, sociology major, and Lisa Mark, secondary education major, listen intently during “Introduction to Learning Styles” on Thursday, Oct. 14. The workshop focused on the four main learning styles and how to study for each. (Photo by Bryan Trude)

By: Bryan Trude, Feature Editor

The Office of Student Success presented a workshop on learning styles and techniques for students in the Tinker Terrace Room on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Carla Robison, student success coordinator, hosted the workshop, “An Introduction to Learning Styles.”  It covered the four main styles of learning and presented techniques for study for each style. Robison also discussed different influences on a student’s ability to focus and perform, such as sound and light levels.

“Some individuals have a preference for bright or dim light,” Robison said, “and can be distracted if their preference is not matched.

Robison said there are four main styles people learn by: auditory, visual, reading and writing, and kinesthetic.

People who practice auditory learning “gather and process information by speaking, listening and using background sounds,” according to Robison. She suggested auditory learners sit close to the front of the room during lectures, make use of audio recordings of the lecture, and re-read important information out of the book or handouts out loud.

The visual style involves “remembering what it looked like,” often using visual cues such as color, shape, layout, images and symbols. Robison suggested people who use this style make use of pens and highlighters of different colors to keep their information organized. Robison also suggested that visual learners make drawings of concepts presented in lecture.

Students who learn by reading and writing the material, according to Robison, can help their study by reading the material in a relaxed environment and then rewriting it in their own words, and to express visual elements such as graphs and charts in words.

Kinesthetic learners, Robison said, learn best when they are physically active with the material, whether it is being hands on with a model or just making flash cards. Robison said that these kinds of learners can help their study by standing while they do homework, or to review notes while using exercise machines like a stationary bicycle.

“The purpose of workshops like this is to give [the student] different ideas they can use to help [them] learn better and more effectively,” Robison said.

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Financing tips for college and beyond

By: Adriana Valtinson, Editor-in-Cheif

Cynthia Campbell presented a College Financing 101 workshop Wednesday, Oct. 20. During the workshop, Campbell described different methods of paying for college and ways to save money that can help when transferring to a university.

She said that a student should not automatically assume his or her parents will pay their tuition, and that it is a part of students’ responsibility to help them find a way to pay. “Parents aren’t obligated to help pay in most cases,” she said.

Campbell gave several ways that students can pay for their education, explaining, “You have to look through every possible option.” For example, living off campus can be cheaper because living arrangements often include meals. Another is going to a local college or university rather than an out-of-state school.

Campbell also discussed the different methods of paying for college, one of them being scholarships. She said there is a variety that allows for many people to find one that suits them, explaining that not every scholarship is merit based. There are several centered on religion and ethnicity, among other relations.

Another way to pay for school is through student loans, such as a Stafford loan, which has different options such as subsidized or unsubsidized loans. And also PLUS, which is meant for the parents of students and can only be used for school. However, Campbell pointed out, “The more you borrow, the more you have to pay back.”

How a person handles paying back the loan will affect the student’s credit score, which Campbell described as a “report card” for whether a person will pay back debts. “A lot of times it’s the first student loan that starts [someone’s] credit life,” she said. The punishment for not paying back the loans can be severe and escalate to the point of getting sued.

Campbell explained that students should have a discussion with their parents in order to find the best means of attending and paying for college. “It might be the first adult conversation you’re going to have,” Campbell said.

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Community Zumbas to raise funds, awareness

Dancers at the Community Learning Center’s Zumbathon work up a sweat to raise money for breast cancer research Saturday, Oct. 16. According to the American Cancer Society, five-year survival rates for breast cancer range from 100 percent during the earliest stages, to only 20 percent in the final stages. (Photo by Bryan Trude

By: Bryan Trude, Feature Editor

In an effort to raise awareness and funds, the Community Learning Center held the first annual Zumbathon Saturday, Oct. 16 in the Health and Physical Education Center.

“[October] is breast cancer awareness month, and Zumba is really popular right now,” Taylor Crosser, Zumba instructor, said. “Who wouldn’t want to get together, get fit, raise money for a good cause, and just have a good time?”

Zumba, invented by Columbian choreographer “Beto” Perez in the mid-1990s, is a dance exercise program based on Latin music, relying on a musical score with specific beat and tempo changes, transitioning through various stages of the workout.

Zumbathon cost participants $15 to attend, which 75 percent of the proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. According to Crosser, $1,400 was raised Saturday by Zumbists through admission fees alone.

According to Google Health and the American Cancer Society, one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Komen’s sister, Nancy Brinker, established Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1982, after Komen died of an aggressive form of breast cancer at age 36.

Many attendees shared similar personal reasons for their contribution to the foundation. “I know some people who fought their own breast cancer and did not make it,” Shameka Morris, child development major, said. “I came out to support and remember them.”

“I had a friend two years ago who lost her mother to breast cancer,” Kassidy Goforth, liberal studies major, said. “I wanted to help raise money so other could have a chance [to survive].”

For more information on Zumba at RSC, contact the Community Learning Center at 733-7392. For more information on Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit the foundation’s Web site at www.komen.org.

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EDITORIAL: Dressing the part; who wears what?

Halloween has come around again, and by this time everyone should be done scrambling to get the perfect costume to wear to their best friend’s party.

With all of the Halloween stores that are open around this time, finding a costume shouldn’t be too hard; there are hundreds of themes to choose from such as pirates and comic book characters. But for some, finding a suitable costume isn’t easy at all.

When was it that a woman could no longer dress up as a nurse? Not a slutty nurse, just a nurse. Most women’s costumes come in the form of a dress, and that’s fine, but for some it can become a problem if that dress is short enough that it is better suited as a shirt. While some girls can be perfectly comfortable wearing such an outfit, others will have to spend at least $30 on the costume, and they will also have to find some form of tights to put on under it.

Not only does this result in spending more money, but also it’s wrong to assume that it is every girl’s dream to wear hot pants with a fur coat so that she can tell people she is an Eskimo. Some costumes have longer versions that at least reach the knees, but those aren’t always available, and often times, they still have the slutty nurse look.

Dressing in a scantily clad costume isn’t a bad thing. Some people consider it a way to have fun for the holiday, but others have a preference for dressing in a more conservative way. They might want to be a witch, not a witch on a street corner. Not all women want to go trick-or-treating with their kids dressed like Franken-Hooker, though many Halloween stores would have you believe differently.

Contrary to popular belief, dressing in a princess dress that better resembles a nightgown does not make a person look more grown up. Yes, it is fun, but it is also cold and revealing.

Rather than having an entire wall filled with costumes of Alice in Wonderland’s promiscuous older sister, there should also be a section for a traditional Alice in Wonderland costume. It is not about taking the more adult costumes away; it is about offering more selection for those who do not feel comfortable wearing such things. That way, everyone will find the perfect costume.

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Inexpensive costumes for holiday fun

By: Logan Pierce, Contributing Writer

For those who wait until the last minute to find a Halloween costume, we have compiled a list of inexpensive and humorous ideas to try out for your next spooky soiree.

-Sudoku board: Materials- four foot by four foot white cardboard, fine and broad-tipped black markers, a ruler and a small piece of rope. Use the ruler and marker to sketch 81 five-inch squares. Next, take the board tipped marker to define nine, three by three squares. For the easiest cheat sheet, use the Sudoku puzzle located in this issue for guidance. Hang the costume from your neck by the rope, and you’ve got an instant costume. Plus, people will want to fill in the numbers all night, making you an immediate party hit.

-“Web” Surfer: Materials- a six-foot piece of cardboard, Hawaiian shirt or similar beach apparel, and copious amounts of fake spider web. Cut a surfboard shape from cardboard. Place fake webbing through hair, clothes and on board. Include fake spiders for added effect.

-Nudist on Strike: dress in body covering clothing (show no skin) and carry a small cardboard sign reading, “Nudist on Strike.”

-Tacks  (Tax) Collector: wear business attire and carry a small jar or bottle with you asking people for (thumb) tacks.

-Venetian Blind: wearing dark sunglasses, carry a cane and a sign that reads Venice.

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