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David Hall visiting NSU

The comedian and magician will entertain students Wednesday. See news, pg. 7

Feature: GoVertigo Dance


The popular dance company recently held auditions and is now preparing for their next show. -See 15

Sports: NSU vs. Tarleton St.

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Shawna Blake TNE Writer blakes@nsuok.edu NSU is fortunate this week to have a scholar visiting from China. Guanzhi Zhang is the vice director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange of Southwest University of Science and Technology, in Mianyang, China. His academic interest is in linguistics. He arrived on the NSU campus Thursday, Aug. 26 and plans to leave Sept. 11. The Office of International Programs is primarily responsible for the logistics of the visit (letters of invitation, visa-immigration, housing, schedule of activities) and for insuring that our international visitors have a productive stay at NSU, said Richard Carhart, executive director of International Programs. Such visits further internationalize our campus and ultimately provide

Rick Hamilton offers an in-depth look at last weeks victory. -See 28

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additional opportunities for both faculty and students to participate in international exchanges and in a variety of international activities, conferences, meetings abroad, and scholarly meetings, all of which serve to enhance our roles on campus and give NSU a distinctive international profile among a worldwide audience. Zhang is visiting NSU for a multitude of reasons, just like any other international visitor to the campus. He is visiting here to further the relationship between his university and NSU, said Dr. Paul Westbrook, dean of Liberal Arts. His ideas, not all of which we can accomplish, but are ideas to talk about include; SWUST students studying for a semester or longer at NSU. He would also like to have faculty exchanges with our faculty spending a semester there and their faculty coming here. Already we have had one of their professors spend a semester here, and we have sent three different faculty there, Lallie Scott, Andrew Vassar and a continued on page 2

Pete Henshaw/ University Photographer Guanzhi Zhang, deputy director for International Exchange and Cooperation at Soutwest University of Science and Technology in Sichuan Province, China. He is here to encourage future faculty and student exchanges.

ROTC offers paintball experience

Cherokee National Holiday closes


Steve Hamby T NE Wr iter hambys @nsuok.edu T he C her okee Nat ion a l Hol iday, wh ich commemo r at e s t he s i g n i n g of t he Cherokee Nat iona l Const itut ion in 1839, w rapped up its last events Sunday. T he parade k icked of f at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. I d id nt h ave a f avorite f loat, sa id Kel l i Wise, Vi n it a. It was a l it t le too pol it ica l for me, but ot her than that it was f ine. Wit h elect ions upcom ing i n November a nd a l a r ge number of people downtown, pol it ic i a n s were i n abu ndance. The parade was good, but long, said A nthony Wilson, Tahlequah. A lot of polit icians in it. T he pa rade wa s just t he star t of most attendees Saturday act iv it ies. I went to the parade, now Im headed to the pow wow, s a id W i l s on . T he mens dancing is tonight. Cherokee Nation Pr incipal Chief Chad Smith made his State of t he Nat ion address Saturday at noon. Our k id s dont exercise enough and face food choices that can lead to d iabetes, hea r t d isease a nd ca ncer, said Smith. Ch ief Sm it h spoke about hea lt hca re a nd preser v i ng t he Cher- continued on page 2

Lindsey Taylor/TNE ROTC sponsored a campus-wide paintball course. Students spent all afternoon on the course.

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ate student Michele Schmidt. We are talking about as many as ten of their faculty coming here in the summer for teacher training, and those are just some of the ideas we are considering. Besides discussing future plans, Zhang has been busy while at NSU. A variety of activities and meetings keep his schedule full. He has visited numerous people while he is here, said Westbrook. Including Provost Tadlock, all of the Academic Deans, the Director of International Programs, the faculty he hosted in Mianyang and others. He has also had some social events, and has plans to attend the Cherokee Holiday parade and craft fair and the Rentiesville Blues Festival. Next week we will meet with a representative from the State Regents Office. This visit is not only beneficial to Zhang, SWUST and NSU; but

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to many other people as well. Its important that NSU and its students begin to develop an understanding about the rest of the world, said Dr. Andrew Vassar, associate professor of humanities. Mr. Zhang and SWUST could open our eyes to this kind of understanding, not only in terms of sending faculty like myself but also students to see and feel the same kind of thing. Experience is knowledge, and the more travel opportunities for NSU students the better. Also, having Chinese students here might make up for the loss of so many Japanese students on our campus-diversity in any form can only help cultural understanding and education, and the possible agreements between SWUST and NSU could help in this education. Education differs in other parts of the world, and learning about different styles of learning is vital to individual student

growth as well as NSU community growth. We feel this is an opportunity for our students and faculty to extend their understanding of China and Chinese education, said Westbrook. And in that process also to better understand our own culture. Visits, such as this by Zhang, have a lasting impact on everyone involved, which is typical of those that are products of the International Programs Department. The visits give us an opportunity to engage our colleagues worldwide, said Carhart. To share information about our respective institutions with a larger global audience, to expand international opportunities for NSU students, to share respective programs and initiatives for the benef it of our entire campus community, and in a very small way, to welcome the world to NSU.

Courtesy Photo Stickball is one event offered this year at the Cherokee National Holiday. Stickball tournaments will be held Sept. 3-4.

Cherokee holiday festivities


okee lang uage among other things. Wit h so many events scheduled, lo ca ls and tour ists were sure to miss something. I cant believe I missed the br isket, said Tom Tinnin, Tahlequah. A commun it y mea l was held Sat urday t hat feat ured a barbeque br isket d inner. It was held in honor of the late Wilma Mank il ler who was the Cherokee Nation pr incipal chief from 1985 to1995, said LeeA nn Dreadfulwater, Cherokee Nation Communicat ions Manager. Compet it ions were a lso a part of the fest iv it ies. The Trad it iona l Ind ian Food Cook- Of f was Saturday at 5 p.m. It was ner ve-rack ing, said William Cav iness, Tahlequah. Id rather cook for 30 0 people than three judges. Cav iness, an amateur, took f irst place prepar ing fr ied pork , pot atoes, squa sh, cor n, on ions a nd g rape du mp lings. W hen they announced my name I didnt k now if I should jump up and dow n or crawl in a hole, said Cav iness. A lso, Brooke Hudson of Claremore was crow ned M iss Cherokee 2010 -2011 on Saturday.

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Golf tournament proceeds go to benefit children


S t e ve Ha mby T N E Wr i t e r ha mby s @ n s uo k .e d u Golfers now have a chance to help out local ch i ld re n. A l l t h at is ne e de d i s a t e a m , gol f cl u b s a n d a n e nt r y fe e. T h e 7t h a n n u a l L a d i e s Fo r e CA S A gol f t ou r n a m e nt h a s b e e n s c h e d u l e d f o r S e p t . 10 . T he t ou r n a me nt w i l l b e n ef it C ou r t Ap p oi nt e d Sp e c i a l Ad vo c a t e s of C h e r o ke e C ou nt r y, a n o n - p r of it orga n i zat ion t hat ser ves abu se d a nd neg le c t e d ch i ld re n i n Che roke e a nd Ad ai r Cou nt y D ist r ict Cou r t s a nd C h e r o k e e Tr i b a l C o u r t , a c c ord i ng t o Jo P rout , exe c ut ive d i r e c t or, CA SA of C he roke e C ou nt r y. T h e l a d i e s o n l y t o u rnament will be held at t h e C h e r r y S p r i n g s G ol f Club i n Ta h le q u a h. C he r r y S p r i n g s i s a p o p u l a r gol f cou rse that at t racts avid gol fe r s f r o m a l l ove r t h e st at e. Ac c ord i ng t o t he C he r r y Spr i ngs G ol f Club websit e, C he r r y Sp r i ng s i s a 6,80 0 ya rd ch a m pion sh ip c ou r s e w it h nu me r ou s wat e r h a z a rd s a nd bu n ke r s. We have ha d it he re for a wh i le, s a id Tyle r Crouch , C he r r y Sp r i ng s G ol f Clu b e mploye e. T he t ou r n a me nt h a s se e n a st e a dy i nc re a se i n pa r t ic ipa nt s si nce its b eg i n n i ng, e a ch ye a r r a isi ng mor e a nd mor e money for CA SA. T he f i r st yea r t he re we re 30, s a id P rout . T h is ye a r we a re exp e ct i ng more t h a n 10 0. Prout said the Cher r y Spr i ngs pros w i l l f l ig ht t he t wo -l a d y t e a m s a c c o r d i ng t o t hei r h a nd icap s. You c a nt show u p a n d be pai red , said P rout. You h ave t o b r i n g yo u r t e a m , a nd pay $150 t o play. P roceed s a re split be t ween the golfers and CA SA. Ladies li ke the cash pr i zes, said P rout. We pay fou r f l ig ht s , a nd f ive pla c e s w it h i n t hose f l ig ht s. CASA sup p or t s it s op e r at ion w it h it s pa r t of t he pro c e e d s. W he n mor e gol fe r s e nt e r, t h e r e i s m o r e p r i z e money and more money m a de for CA SA. We h a ve t o t r a i n vol u nt e e r s t o s p e a k i n c o u r t fo r a b u s e d a n d n e g le c t e d ch i ld r e n , s a id P r out . We p rov ide 30 hou r s of t r a i n i ng a f t e r wh ich t he newly swor n of f ic e r s of t he c ou r t w i l l o b s e r ve , i nve s t ig a t e a n d m a ke o r a l r e p o r t s t o jud ge s. Vol u n t e e r i n g fo r CA SA is a go o d way t o s e r ve t he c o m m u n it y a n d i s a n e xt r e mely h a nd s on p roje c t . Ac c o r d i n g t o t h e CA SA websit e, jud ge s a sk CA SA t o r e p r e se nt a ch i ld a f t e r a c ompla i nt is f i le d a nd val id at e d by t he D e pa r t me nt of Hu m a n Se r v ic e s , t r iba l e n t it y or si m i la r b o dy. We do r e a l ly f i ne work fo r ch i ld r e n t h a t n e e d a tt e nt ion or help, said P rout. We dont wa nt t he m t o fal l t h rou g h t he c r a ck s. T he t ou r n a me nt i s op e n t o a d u lt wo m e n 18 o r old e r. T he tou r nament for mat w i l l b e a n i ne -hole s c r a m ble a nd n i ne -hole b e st bal l. Te e t i me is 9 a .m . Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n c a l l t h e CA SA of f i c e a t 456 - 8788.

Courtesy photo Cherry Springs Golf Course is a popular course to play on. It beckons golfers from the across the state to come play on the scenic greens.

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President Stevy Rystedt
It has been a wh i le, a nd let s just s ay, reader, I h ave m i s sed you. I wa nt to w r ite about t he st resses of col lege a nd what it act ua l ly does to t he body. Accord i ng to one website, st ress t hat cont i nues ca n lead to a cond it ion c a l led d i st res s . D i st res s c a n le a d t o phy s ic a l s y m pt om s l i k e headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pa in and even problems sleepi ng. Col lege ca n be st ressf u l w it hout a dd i n g a l l t he ex t r a st u f f we do to st retch out our day even more. From doi ng too much on c a mpu s to t he pi les of homework we put of f to t he la st m i nute, our bod ies a re pushed to t he l im it ever y single day. Not to ment ion, t he lack of sleep we get each n ight. Ever y n ight before I go to sleep I t h i n k to mysel f about how ma ny hour s of sleep I a m go i ng to get each n ight. To be qu ite honest I get excited when it is more t ha n si x. T he hea lt hy l i m it is n i ne. You hea rd me, n i ne hour s of sleep i s what we shou ld be get t i ng. My per sona l a mou nt i s def i n itely not t hat. It is even more ha r m fu l when you t h row a lcohol, tobacco a nd d r ug s i nto t he m i x . I n st e a d of m a k i n g t he st ress level go dow n it ma kes it wor se a nd ca n lead to wor se sy mp toms, such as hea r t problems, d iabetes, sk i n cond it ions, ast h ma, a rt hr it is, depression a nd a n x iet y. My conc lus ion i s, conquer you r st ress before it conquer s you. Get a l it t le more sleep, pa r t y just a l it t le less a nd do not st retch your sel f to fa r. M aybe it is t i me for you to cut out one of you r m a ny a c t iv it ies . You have to be ca refu l because college it sel f ca n be a l most too much to ha nd le. Just remember a g reat st ress rel iever is fun.

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While previewing Thursdays matchup for Pro Football Weekly, former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Dan Hampton put his foot in his mouth (actually, he kicked himself in the face) by suggesting the Vikings need to hit New Orleans like Hurricane Katrina did in August 2005. If you watch that playoff game last year, the Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina. I think the Vikings go down there and get it done. Needless to say, thats probably not going to go over very well with the people of Louisiana, or with anybody that has any level of common sense. In honor of this comment and the five-year anniversary of Katrina last week, let us review the state that New Orleans is in currently. New Orleans is rebounding well from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and could conceivably end up on a stronger economic footing than before the storm; if the city redevelops in the right way.

This is fantastic news and our government seems satisfied that all is well however; New Orleans is still in shambles. The region faces huge challenges. These people skimp on nutrition and medical care, undermining the well being of children, and are chronically at risk of homelessness. They move often, one step ahead of eviction, which leads to higher employee turnover, higher training costs and lower productivity. And without more affordable housing, some areas of the city could remain permanently vacant. With 55,000 abandoned addresses, New Orleans is probably the most blighted city in the country, and few people want to live among darkened, abandoned buildings. The obvious first step is to expand investment in local nonprofits that solidify partly refurbished neighborhoods by renovating the remaining abandoned homes on a given block. Homelessness also is a nagging problem. According to a distressing analysis by Unity of Greater

New Orleans, a social service consortium, the dangerous abandoned buildings are now home to somewhere between 3,000 and 6,000 people, most of who suffer from mental illnesses. More must be done to get these people stabilized and into supportive housing. It is not necessary to compare what that city has been through to a football game. It was just a remark referring to how intense the Vikings need to play, but Hamilton gets paid big money to talk about football on T.V., surely he could take some time to think before he speaks. Vikings fans agree that they need to go down there and give it 110 percent; however, they do not think that they need to destroy an entire city and kill multitudes of people. It sounds kind of silly when put into context. For the sake of football, that this comment does not get blown out of proportion and people realize it was a mistake, but for future reference, it is always smart to remove the foot from your mouth before speaking.

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Comedy duo featured in show at Jazz Lab


Savannah Hamilton TNE Write hamiltos@nsuok.edu Improv comedy is a great way to break out of ones comfort zone. Making new friends, letting ones name and jokes be known to all and becoming famous on campus is just some of the smaller perks that can come along with improv. If students think they are funny, they will be great. If students like to perform, students will be great. If students have never done anything like this before, they will still be great. Comedy improvisation is a lot of fun, said Alyssa Buckley, Circulation Supervisor at John Vaughn Library. Its creating instantaneous theatre, creating comedy out of the words your audience shouts at you. You cant find a hobby more exhilarating than improvising. Buckley and her husband Bryan, Assistant Professor of Economics, have been performing comedy all over the East Coast for the past 10 years. The duo has performed in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, Chapel Hill and last weekend, Oklahoma City. During Alyssa and Bryans college days at Clemson, South Carolina, they started improvising. The laughter and smiles have not stopped since. Bryan and Alyssa are a very fun duo that take creativity and fun to a new level, J Star, Artistic Director of Basement Theatre in Atlanta. Their play together is just that; Play. You can feel their joy on stage. Bryan and Alyssa have performed at The Basement Theatre (Atlanta) and rocked the house. If you like to have fun; go see Bryan and Alyssa. Come out and watch the hilarious two-person show right here in Tahlequah on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Lab. Bryan and Alyssa will wow students with their improv performance. Admission is $5, but there is a $1 off coupon on their posters around campus and at their website: http://redletters.weebly.com/. These two love improv and each other so much, it is a joy to watch them, B.J. Ellis, Executive Director of The N Crowd in Philadelphia. Funny, classy, and smart.... they are a power duo of the f irst order. They are among the best in the biz. Bryan and Alyssa are holding an informational meeting on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the UC room 222 to talk about the new NSU Improv Team. Auditions will be held Sept 14 at 7.pm. in the UC Ballroom B. If students have no experience, there is no need to worry. All students of all kinds of any major are welcome.

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NSGA implementing new program on campus


Melvin Thomas Jordan TNE Contributing Writer The Northeastern Student Government Association met Sept. 1 for its first senate session of the fall semester. The executive committee welcomed the senators back from summer vacation and then introduced them to the efforts the committee took during the summer. Liz Cook, Watts senior and NSGA attorney general, and Matt Reece, Westville senior and NSGA president, introduced the GreenCycle program. The program allows students to checkout bicycles for a two-week period free of charge. Cook said she got the idea from a friend of hers who attends the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO has the bum-a-bike program for its faculty, staff and students to have access to cheap, environmentally-friendly transportation. Cook said the benefits of riding bicycles are saving money on gas, being friendly to the environment by eliminating pollutants caused by gas powered vehicles, opening parking spaces for cars on campus and improving student health by exercising. The NSGA is looking for sponsors to offset the cost of the program. Full-sponsorship of a bicycle costs $100 and half-sponsorship of a bicycle costs $60. The person, organization or business who sponsors a bicycle submits a design to the NSGA and it is painted onto the bicycle as an advertisement. Sponsorship forms are available upon request at the NSGA office downstairs in the UC. Students interested in checking out a bicycle can sign up in the NSGA office. Reece said students who check out a bicycle must sign liability waivers and are responsible for the bicycle while it is in their care. Upon checking out a bicycle, the NSGA gives the student a card of

Courtesy photo NSGA met Sept. 1 for the first Senate session of the fall semester. NSGA meets every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Webb auditorium. All students are welcome to attend the sessions.

safety tips, a theft prevention pamphlet and a chain and lock. The NSGA also sells helmets for $20 if the student chooses to buy one. A helmet purchase is not required. In additional business during the session, Laura Boren, dean of student affairs, welcomed the senators back to school and reminded them of the upcoming ban of tobacco products on campus.

Boren said the tobacco-free campus initiative is a sub-committee of the campus healthy initiative. The current plan is for a soft enforcement opening starting Jan. 1, 2010. Its about the spirit of a healthy campus, said Boren. That is what were focused on. The plan prohibits the use of all types of tobacco on campus by

anyone. Another focal point brought by the dean was the need for input on possibly moving the location of tailgating at football games. Boren said administration is thinking about moving the tailgating area to the field south of Doc Wadley Stadium. The area is grass and the physical plant would need to build a gravel road to allow access. Eventually, each organization would have its own area designated to it for tailgating purposes. She asked for input from the student body concerning this idea. The NSGA president brought a final piece of business concerning freshman senator elections to the attention of the senate. At the senate meeting, Reece said there were a number of freshmen seeking senate positions and the executive committee would go through an interview process later in the evening. After seeing the number of applications, Reece said freshman senate elections are being postponed one week. The NSGA meets every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Webb auditorium and anyone is able to attend.

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Volunteers needed to help NSGA with the Small Event


Tori Proctor TNE Writer proctovs@nsuok.edu Help is wanted for the Small Event. The event is Sept. 11 with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. The date of Small Event plays a special role this year because it is the National Day of Service and Remembrance. We want to beautify the campus in honor of those who were affected by the events of 9/11, said Allyson Hall, Broken Arrow senior and Northeastern Student Government Association secretary of volunteer services. NSGA, with the help of the physical plant, hosts Small Event each year as a campus clean up. Everyone is welcome to attend and volunteer but they need to register before the day of the event. Registration forms are available in front of the NSGA off ice in the University Center basement, or contact Hall at hallae@nsuok.edu. Each group or person is assigned a task for the day which can include anything from picking up trash, raking leaves, or painting. It is a great opportunity to give back to our campus and take part of the National Day of Service, said Hall. It shows students desire to serve. NSGA will have a tailgate after all of the tasks are completed and serve the volunteers free food. I encourage students to come show their appreciation to the university by helping with Small Event, said Matt Reece NSGA president. It r e a l ly i s f u n a nd t her e i s free food. T hose s ig ned up to help need to meet in t he UC Ba l lroom bet ween 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. A ssig n ment s a nd tool s w i l l be g iven to volu nteer s to beg i n t hei r jobs at 9 a.m. Sma l l Event is held i n t he fa l l w it h Big Event, hosted b y S e n a t or He r b R o z e l l S c ho l a r s , i s p l a n n e d for t he spr i ng. Each consist s of com munity clean-ups one is just on the NSU campus and the other is all around the Tahlequah community. Small Event has been a staple at NSU for years and every year students have fun and invest in the university that they love, said Seth Vansell, Lexington senior and NSGA treasurer. I hope students come and enjoy themselves at Small Event and make the event better this year than ever before.

Lindsey Taylor/ TNE Allyson Hall, Broken Arrow senior is the secretary of volunteer services for the NSGA. The Small Event will be held on Sept. 11.

Phoneathon proves to be way to earn money for organizations


Tori Proctor TNE Writer proctovs@nsuok.edu The NSU Office of Development along with the NSU Foundation prepare for the Annual Fund phonathon. Call dates will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Sept. 12 until Dec. 2. The phonathon is a fundraising event in which NSU faculty, staff, and students call our alumni in order to request their financial support for our university, said Amy Sanders, Office of Development. Alumni can also choose to directly support specif ic colleges such as, College of Liberal Arts, College of Business and Technology, etc. or give to the university as a whole. Faculty, staff, student callers, student organizations, and anyone interested in giving back to the university are encouraged to attend. The funds raised go to the university or specific colleges and or departments. Student organizations can come to call alumni and earn up to $100 for their organization. For a group of 6-11 callers $50 will be given to the organization or $100 for a group of 12 or more callers. To schedule an evening to call, e-mail Sanders at sanderae@nsuok.edu. Phoneathon is a great fundraiser for any NSU organization, said Kaelyn Grant, Tahlequah sophomore and Alpha Sigma Alpha fundraising chair. Not only to you give back to NSU you have fun and raise money for your own organization. Phonathon is held in the Phoneathon Room on the second f loor of the Branscum Alumni Center. The call times begin at 5:45 p.m. and finish up at or before 9 p.m. The money raised goes into scholarship, program development, professional development and campus beautification funds that directly impact NSU students, said Penny Moore, Director of Annual Giving.

Lindsey Taylor/ TNE Melodie McCay, Tulsa senior at the call center in the Branscum Alumni Center. The Annual Fund Phone-a-thon sponsored by the NSU Foundation will begin Sept. 13 to help support NSU annual funds.

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N.E.W.T.S. meeting on campus and raising money for charity


Shawna Blake TNE Writer blakes@nsuok.edu A new group has formed on campus and they are f inding a creative way to impact those around them. The North Eastern Wizards Teaching Service is a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance. According to their website, the HPA takes an outside of the box approach to activism by using parallels from the Harry Potter books to educate and mobilize young people across the world toward working for social change. The HPA has more than 50 active chapters around the world, and new chapters are constantly forming. Lucy Stambaugh, Tu lsa sophomore, is the President, or chapter organizer, of the NSU chapter. She became aware of the HPA after donating books through one of their book drives. Stambaugh donates even more passion to this group than she did books. I basically saw this, sat down, and thought this is cool, we need one nearby, said Stambaugh. The nearest chapter organization is in Oklahoma City. I thought there was a real lack around here. Ive always had Harry Potter fr iends, and decided I need them around me again. She found out she was not alone on this campus. Ive been obsessed with Harry Potter since I was 10, said Liberty Walker, Tulsa senior, when discussing why she is a part of this group. Ive been reading it half my life. It doesnt hurt that this is an activist group. I like helping people, and if I get to be a Harry Potter nerd while Im doing it, that makes it that much better. Making things better seems to be the goal of this group. This is an action-oriented group who want to encourage peace and justice in the world, said Dr. Bridget Cowlishaw, associate professor of English and group sponsor. They are looking for ways to make life easier for people who are suffering, both locally and globally. I cant think of a better education than one that incorporates service to others. The group is planning to serve others in many ways. Right now they have plans to help out Project Linus and provide homemade blankets to children who are seriously ill, as well as teracycle, where they will collect certain trash items, mail them in, collect money and donate the money to a charity. These are just two examples of many plans. These students will certainly educate themselves on how to work as a group to be of service to others, said Cowlishaw. They will be a public example showing that NSU students are concerned about the world around them. And they will be a reminder to us all that the books we read and love can have a profound, positive impact on how we live our lives. Living is what these students are doing, and trying to make an impact in the lives of others while doing it. This group is about activism, said A my Mattingly, Sallisaw senior. Its not just a book club where people sit around and discuss books. It uses the Harry Potter books to relate to different issues in the world. There will not be much sitting around at all in this group. They plan on being active. The group is about raising awareness about different issues and bringing real change to our community through the magic of Harry Potter, said Amy Howe, Broken Arrow junior. Its a way for fans of the books and f ilms to be active in their community and bring about real social change. Social change is a believable concept after listening to the passion and seeing the f ire in these members eyes. I love the idea of students taking the idealism from novels theyve read and applying that to the real world, said Cowlishaw. A s the quote from Gandhi on our new fountain says, Be the change (you want to see in the world). The Harry Potter Alliance takes that very much to heart.

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NAB provides an assortment of entertainment for students


Dannie Hamilton TNE Contributing Writer hamilt03@nsuok.edu The Northeastern Activities Board is having a comedian this Wednesday evening. David Hall is performing in the Webb Auditorium at 7 p.m. Hall isnt just an ordinary comedian; he is also a magician. According to Halls website, w w w.DavidHallmag ic.com, Hall has been practicing magic for twelve years. He performs internationally and takes half of his performance from the street and the other half from the stage. Booking entertainment like Hall is the responsibility of NAB chairmen. Each chairman has a different way of getting ideas for their events. They also have a mutual way. We maintain a list of acts that have performed and are willing to perform, said James Sherrell, Pryor sophomore. When I watched the promotional videos, I couldnt stop laughing. All NAB chairmen hope for a big turn out and Halls performance should have one. A couple hours before the event begins, David Hall will be performing street magic as a means of drawing in people at the last second, said Sherrell. Students are excited to see what tricks Hall will pull out of his hat Wednesday and their feedback makes the probable event turnout seem positive. I love watching magic tricks, said Devin Summerf ield, Grove senior. They always amaze me. N A B h a s e vent s throughout the year. Most of the events are free for students. They usually take place in the evenings and do not last all night. Its a g r eat w ay t o h av e a s t u d y break and ha ng out with friends. When NAB has an event I love to go. Its a great way to see my friends and catch up before I have to go home and hit the books, said Summerfield. Summerf ield is one of many students who look for ward to the mult iple events that NAB offers. The events always seem to draw a crowd. I am really excited for it, said Tyler Duncan, Owasso senior. Im going on nine semesters at this school, and the events NAB puts on has helped me enjoy every single one of them. NA Bs Chairman of the Board shared that all the different chairs will have at least one major event a semester. We want to give students plenty of options on things to do, said K im Meadows, Muskogee junior. NAB is a fun way to meet people or hang out with friends while experiencing different things. Jamess idea to have not only a comed ian come, but a l so one that was a mag ician as wel l, was a good ide a . We get a chance to really show NSUs st udents something different. N A B cha ir men do not only b ook t he events, but t hey a l so ha nd le of t he publ ic relations, promotions and adver t i s e ment as well. W hen we have events we really try to put out a bunch of PR, we have posters and f lyers, said Meadows. We have also been passing out f lyers that have the events of all our events for the f irst month of school. We want everyone to know and to come.

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Art exhibits feature current students masterpieces


Drew Bennett TNE Contributing Writer bennettn @ nsuok.edu With the start of a new semester the NSU Art Department already has things rolling with the f irst of four art exhibits. Each exhibit is promoting the collective works of senior art major. The f irst art exhibit is from the collective works of Elizabeth McKay. L iz McKay is a native of Oklahoma and a proud member of the Cherokee nation. She attended and graduated from Tulsa University with a degree in painting. Her exhibit The Windmill of my Mind is a study of the interaction of paint, color and emotion. These paintings are the resu lt of a long per iod of e x p e r i me nt i n g w it h t he possibilit ies of paint, said McKay. I spent about six months learning to control and to alter this method of applying paint to canvas. As you can imagine there were many failures. Without this period of trial and error this show would not have been possible. Her works and any other students art in the galler y can be purchased. The exhibit opened on Aug. 20th and will run until Sept. 11th. The next artist to be featured is Peter Hays, who is also an attendant at the gallery. The ar t ex hibit ion is a capstone for many senior art majors, said Hays. The gallery is a part of the campus so it mostly shows what we have accomplished here at NSU. Peter Hays ex h ibit w i l l consist of works of Realism and Surrea lism. The show will open on Sept. 24th and will have free food and drink ser ved for the opening. A ll of the exhibits are being held at the NSU Galler y on 232 North Muskogee Avenue.

Show 2- September 24 October 9 Show 3- October 15 November 6 Show 4- November 12 December 4

Schedule for the next three shows


Courtesy photo Artwork similar to the piece above can be purchased at the gallery. Peter Hays artwork above will be the next exhibit.

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Healthy Initiative
Elizabeth Gibson TNE Contributing Writer gibsone@nsuok.edu With school back in action, students are trying to avoid the dreaded Freshman 15. This is the widely held myth that the average college freshman will gain up to 15 extra pounds in their first year of college. While according to Science Daily, its only four pounds; its still more than 11 times higher than the typical weight gain for most 17-18 year olds. NSU has decided to do something about it this semester. Libby Rogers, the nurse practitioner on campus, started the Healthy Campus Initiative. The purpose of the Healthy Campus Initiative is to contribute to the learning environment through campus community focused on empowering individuals to

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reach their full potential and take responsibility for themselves and others, said Rogers. We are sponsoring a monthly Wellness Lunch opportunity, which is held the first Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in the Cedar Room of the University Center. Participants will bring a sack lunch and a guest will be present from the community to tell a little about themselves and then open it to discussion. The Healthy Campus Initiative is also holding fitness classes at the Fitness Center at 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. They are targeted on specific areas of the body, said Ron Cox, the Fitness Center Director. On Monday the featured class is Yoga, Tuesday it is Interval Training, Wednesday is Pilates, and Thursday is Interval Training as well. The classes are for all levels of skill and all students are welcome. It is NSUs way of helping students get fit, have fun and stay healthy.

Courtesy photo Yoga is an increasingly popular way to get fit, have fun and stay healthy. The Fitness Center has now incorporated Yoga into the Healthy Campus Initiative.

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program of their choice. Each of these programs at NSU has minimum qualifications for admittance. According to Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford, director of the Masters of Arts in communication program, there is a 3.0 GPA requirement, a 500 word essay, acceptance into the graduate college, 30 hours of communication undergraduate hours and taking either the GRE or the MAT in order to be admitted into the communication program. I chose NSU because its affordable and the location is convenient, said Peter Henshaw, Tahlequah graduate student. I wanted to further my education and have the opportunity to teach in the future. The graduates in the communication department that successfully complete the teaching course can then begin teaching some undergraduate classes like fundamentals of oral communalization. I really enjoyed getting my undergraduate here at NSU, said Eric Davis, Shawnee graduate student. I want to teach at the colligate level and I knew I could get just as good an education in communication studies here at NSU than if I had gone somewhere else. The communication graduate program allows for either a thesis or a non-thesis track, but those who plan

Graduate school gives more options for success


Teresa Burnett TNE Writer burnettt@nsuok.edu When describing the job market, the words bleak and dreary come to mind. The job report for August has the unemployment rate climbing to 9.6 percent. To compensate more people are staying in college to complete graduate degrees in the hopes that it will lead to a teaching position in higher education. I believe I was 20 when I woke up and I wanted to be a professor, said Dr. Melissa Strong, assistant professor of languages and literature. I am a very focused person, so everything I did after that was to that end. Dr. Strong cautioned people looking at going into a graduate program to have a plan and a goal in mind when beginning a program. You dont want to go for no reason, even with a lousy job market and economy, said Strong. You need to have an objective in mind. Dont go just because you dont know what to do. After a student meets the minimum qualifications for the graduate college, they then must apply for the

Courtesy photo Jessica Remer, NSU alumna, receives her graduate diploma from President Betz.

to seek admission to a doctorate program are strongly encouraged to do the thesis track. We try to look at our undergraduate classes and see who might be a good fit for the program here, said Sanford. Thats what we want, we want people who are going to be happy and complete the program. We dont like losing people.

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GoVertigo Dance Company preparing for show


Lindsey Bark TNE Writer barkl@nsuok.edu If students like to blast their music and dance in front of the mirror, they should join a dance team. Anyone can become a dancing machine by joining NSUs GoVertigo Dance Company. GoVertigo is a student organization in which any student can try out and become a part of the dance company. The company was created as a performance group for dance education and the advancement of dance as an art form, said Elaina Ross, Tulsa senior. Membership in the company provides dancers with an opportunity to perform in a formal setting, create their own works of art, expand their dance education, culminating in a student choreographed concert each year. Auditions are held at the beginning of the semester and dancers are chosen based on talent. For the fall semester, twenty-six dancers have been chosen. Alicia DeMellier, Los Angeles, Cali. junior, said this semester, over half the girls chosen were not experienced dancers, and she can tell it is already going to be a great semester. Its open to anyone, no experience necessary, said DeMellier. If you can move in the way that we are looking for, then thats great. The company has no set style of dance and performs many types of choreographed dances. It encompasses a very broad spectrum of dances, said DeMellier. Ross said the styles include hip-hop, contemporary, Broadway, lyrical, tap and jazz. The company also participates in various events throughout the semester. GoVertigo takes part in many NSGA events like The Small and Big Events and Homecoming, said Ross. Aside from the events GoVertigo participates in, they also conduct fundraisers. For example they sell roses on Valentines Day. The end of the semester brings up one f inal event for the dance company. At the end of the semester we put on a recital in which we showcase all the different dances that we learned throughout the semester, said Whitney Rose, Wylie, Texas sophomore. Like any other student organization Rose believes it is a way to meet new people and make friends. You get to know a lot of different people, said Rose. Its laid back, you know, you dont have to stress about anything. The company not only focuses on dance within the group, but outside the group as well. We tr y really hard to keep the local arts going, said DeMellier. We get people motivated and involved in the communit y and w ith dance in the community. G oVer t igos fa l l concer t is November 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. at the Tahlequah high School PAC.

Courtesy photo Alicia DeMellier performs at the GoVertigo Spring 2010 show. DeMellier is currently a member of the dance company.

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ROTC paintball tournament proves popular

A ROTC paintball participant tries his best to get the shot to eliminate another player from the tournament.

Members of the tournament plan the perfect strategy to take home the win.

Stealth is often a key factor in winning a paintball tournament and remaining active. Once a participant is shot, they are ruled out and must leave.

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among students across campus and beyond

The ROTC paintball course was a popular recreation last week. Participants spent several hours in the shootout, braving the rain and parking.

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T.J. Lynch TNE Contributing Writer lyncht@nsuok.edu Underage drinking and alcohol abuse are always a problem on college campuses throughout the country during this time of year. Along with the newly acquired freedoms of having a personal dorm room and not having a parental figure around to make sure everything is done correctly all of the time come temptations. There are a lot of different situations to get used to when coming to college. With giant parties every week and the abundance of alcohol it is easy to see why the average college student can stray off of the correct path to a college degree. Alcohol affects your life negatively on a long term scale, said Will Grayson, Tahlequah senior. People get mixed up, their main reason for coming to college is obviously to further their education, however they get caught up in all of the alcohol related extra circular activities There is no effective method to completely do away with underage drinking all together. However, there are ways to handle every situation correctly, but unfortunately one of the side effects of alcohol is that ability to impair judgment. We try to make students realize that there is no point in making bad decisions or abusing alcohol, said Kyle Roberts, student advisor of Riverhawk Peer Mentors. If you are going to drink, be smart. Unfortunately some students do not always make the best decisions after having a few drinks. According to a 2008 study, there were 6.7 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities per 100,000 residents of Oklahoma. Of those 6.7 people, 4.3 were under the age of 21. There are penalties in line for any person that gets caught driving under the influence, as well as for underage drinking. When we encounter somebody thats under the influence of alcohol or in possession of alcohol, we act swiftly, said Sergeant Jim Flores, NSU Campus Police. Students can be put on academic probation, suspended or even kicked off campus for alcohol related offenses. The administration does not condone underage drinking, but knows that it will happen. The things for students

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Courtesy photo Underage drinking is a growing problem on college campuses around the nation. Campus authorities are finding new ways to crack down on underage offenders.

to remember most are make good decisions, do not drink and drive and be smart. Contact the campus police department 24 hours a day at (918) 458-2111.

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Keys to staying fit


Taylor Clark TNE Contributing Writer clarkt@nsuok.edu College is bad for students health. Students feel way too busy to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. On top of that, universities are jam packed with germs galore. Some people wonder how students stay healthy during their college years. The answer is the fantastic four: eat right, exercise, sleep and relax. By doing these four things students will accomplish more in their time on campus and feel better at the same time. The good thing about staying in good shape in college is that they can do it several different ways. They can run in different settings, workout when it is convenient and make sure they are getting what their bodies need nutritionally. Nick Henson, Miami junior, knows that even when he is done playing sports, its important to stay active. I realized that once I was done playing that it wasnt part of my every day routine to just go out and exercise, said Henson. So I had to make sure and find time for it. For a lot of people, this is how college is; trying to find time in our day for an active lifestyle however, for others it is part of their duty to their team. For Logan Cawyer, Commerce senior, it is a part of his everyday right now since football has started. I am fortunate because running and lifting weights is what we do, said Cawyer. I just have to take care of the nutritional side of it. Athletes in other sports revert to different ways of staying in shape right now. Chad Davidson, Noble sophomore and baseball player, knows what the fall is for. For us, the fall is really where we get into shape, said Davidson. We do a lot of lifting and running to get us ready for the spring time. Not only is it important just to exercise regularly and eat right, there is another two important factors that go into staying healthy. One is to make sure youre getting enough sleep at night. This can be hard for a college student. Students may find themselves getting up early three days a week for their morning class and sleeping in until noon on the weekends. As much as possible, though, try to stick to a regular sleeping pattern. The other factor to staying healthy is too make sure and take time to relax. Make sure and not try and freak out about school all the time. Students should do things to clear their minds, either a hobby or a fun extra curricular activity for stress management. By putting their health first in college, students can set a foundation for the rest of their life. These years are important, take advantage of them.

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Courtesy photo Members of the NSU baseball team do some pregame stretching. Athletes know the value of keeping their body healthy in the offseason.

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Students roam campus during Labor Day Weekend

Garrett Stenchcomb, Springdale junior, is leaving Wyly Hall to go meet some friends during the holiday weekend.

Pat Cook, Will Smalley, Troy Adams and Chris Myers all kill some downtime in the warm weather on a table outside of South Leoser.

Katie Keahbone, Checotah freshman, heads out from her dorm in Wilson to check out what is going on across campus.

A group of students spend some time at a picnic table outside of Ross Hall. They, like many other students, chose to spend their time on campus over the Labor Day weekend.

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Second Century Square construction underway


Sarah Wilson TNE Contributing Writer moodysm@nsuok.edu NSU is going into its second century and celebrating it with new additions to the institution. Construction has already begun on Second Century Square. Second Century Square will be a symbolic gathering location that will highlight elements of NSUs first century add-ons, like the arched entryway, clock and original fountain. The President wanted to ensure that the celebration of our first century depicted in the new fountain entryway and Sequoyah Circle was emulated and carried forward in a fitting way as we began our second century, said Tim Foutch, associate vice president for Administration. Second Century Square will be located between the University Center and the Business and Technology building. Foutch said workers have already completed demolition, major excavation and form preparation. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, including completion of forms and concrete work for retaining walls and sidewalks, stage and awning construction, lighting, landscaping and clock installation. Project completion is expected by January of 2011. Foutch said, once completed, Second Century Square will be a multi purpose space that will support concerts, Greek life events, campus tour stops, daily gathering space for students, faculty, staff and more. The area will include Culver Courtyard, Garrison Memorial Fountain, a stage, Second Century Clock and greenery. Second Century Square is a natural gathering place and pathway from the residential complex to the academic quadrant of the university, said NSU President, Don Betz. Second Century Square will embody the translation of the spirit of NSUs historic roots in the opportunities of the 21st Century. NSU alumna, Samantha Moody, said building Second Century Square is like celebrating a birthday, but instead of a second year it is a second century. It makes me proud to be an NSU alumna to know that my university, my college, has Rachel Manes/TNE made it this far for this The Second Century Square is located in between the long and is thriving, Business & Technology building and the U.C. said Moody. I only wish they had built the Second Century venue, shaded seating and green space said facility when I was still a student. There Foutch. are a number of ways I know I could have To me it represents a positive growth utilized it. for NSU as well as a step towards expandSecond Century Square represents a ing its educational growth in such a poor core focus of bringing people together as economy, said Shea Drum, Broken ArNSU starts its second century by provid- row freshman. It shows that education still ing an outdoor stage and entertainment means something.

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Daniel Talbot TNE Contributing Writer The NSU chapter of the Wesley Foundation has opened its doors to students since 1977. The Wesley Foundation is a local branch of campus ministry that is located on the outskirts of the NSU campus. They have invested countless hours in the student body, the community and other countries. One thing that the Wesley Foundation offers for first timers is a free lunch on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. They provide a free home cooked meal, no strings attached. We serve free lunch to students on Mondays, said Andy Henson, Wesley Foundation director. Its a way to get students into the building just to see where we are. We dont have a speaker. We dont have a devotional. We just want people to be able to come and eat lunch, to invite their friends and get to know one another. On Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. the Wesley offers a Bible study that they call Encounter. Encounter is a student-led, book study and discussion group led by intern Lorie Peaker. This semester they are reading The Christian Atheist, by Craig Groeschel. I think the book makes us more aware of our actions than we really are, said Lorie Peaker, Chouteau senior. I think it would be good for all Christians to read it. We discuss a chapter a week and its an open discussion. Thursday nights at 8 p.m., the Wesley offers a unique worship experience called Shachah, after a Hebrew verb meaning bow down. Shachah is a nontradition worship service in which musicians come and play, but not

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everyone is required to sing. Its a pretty great service, said Cody Robinson, Tahlequah sophomore. We have musicians from here on campus who come here and play music for the whole hour. We have art supplies that we lay out and cushions and pillows for people to sit on. If they feel compelled to write, to draw, then this is a good place for them to feel the spirit and work in whatever way choose. The Wesley Foundation has had a long history of campus ministry going back all the way to 1909. The Illinois Conference adopted the student enterprise and in 1913 the Wesley Foundation was

Courtesy photo Members of the Wesley Foundation take a break from painting for a group photo. Members of the group participate in service projects every semester.

incorporated, according to gcah. org. Today there are over 250 active Wesley Foundations located in the U.S. and other countries. Students can always feel free to contact me or one of our interns, said Henson. We have a fanpage and a group on facebook and thats a way for people who are interested in joining to hear about the things that we have going on weekly. The Wesley Foundation is located at 403 Goingsnake St. across from the NSU fitness center. More information can be found on the facebook page NSU Wesley Foundation and they can be called at 456-5395.

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Students struggle with their Financial Aid


Whitney Apker TNE Contributing Writer apker@nsuok.edu When a student is in high school, the thought of real life comes to mind. One might ask themselves, what do they want to with my life, will they get married and get a job where they can find one, or do they want to go to college to better myself for the future. Majority of todays high school students decide to attend college, some students have the dreams of becoming a teacher, a doctor, and even a professional athlete. No matter what the students goals and ambitions are, the final question is, how will the student pay for college. With college being expensive there are many student loans available. Within Federal guidelines, most students qualify for some type of financial aid, said Troy Rountree, student financial services. The catch is though, once you are out no matter if you have graduated or dropped out, the student must repay the money back that they borrowed. According to Rountree, depending on a students enrollment status, various amounts of financial aid are available, whether in the form of loans, grants, or scholarships. NSU as whole had a total of 9,634 students enrolled as of August 27th. The Broken Arrow campus services 3,430 of these students. On August 30th, NSU issued 5,253 financial aid refunds. This means that according to the financial aid website after the students financial aid has been determined and processed; it will come into the University and apply to the students account. If the students bill is not paid in full by financial aid, the student will receive a bill for the balance. If financial aid is enough to cover all costs and the student has remaining aid left over, the student will receive a refund on the NSU Green Card. The total amount of financial aid disbursed by NSU was slightly over 18.1 million dollars, Katie Majestic, assistant director of business affairs at NSUBA. NSU refunded 8.5 million dollars back to students on August 30th. NSU disbursed a financial aid refund on August 30th into students HigherOne accounts, however that was not the only disbursement NSU will do. August 28th was the first disbursement for the fall semester, and the first one is always the largest, said Majestic. For students who may have turned in paperwork late, or decided to apply for financial aid at the last minute, additional disbursements occur each Monday throughout the semester, said Rountree. With 5,252 refunds what did the eligible students use the money on people wonder. For the fall 2010 semester I received $2,750 in subsidized loans, $470 in unsubsidized loans and $2,775 from a pell grant, said Tawni Edwards, Broken Arrow senior. With that money Tawni had plenty of things she spent her refunds on. $785 was spent just on my textbooks for this semester and $2,553 was used to pay for my classes, so my other loans pretty much covered my school needs, said Tawni. I used the refund money that I received, which ended up being around $2,600 to upgrade my cell phone to a new iPhone 4, pay three months of rent, pay off the balance of two credit cards and to send my husband on a much deserved fishing trip, he calls it his man-trip, with his friends and family. Another student took a different route with his refund money. Its like getting money for Christmas; you blow it on anything you can think of, said Mathew Kilgore, Tahlequah, Junior. Kilgore received $2,700 in loans as well as grants this year. When filing for my FAFSA I used my mothers income, which isnt a huge amount but after garnishment for medical bills left unpaid by my father it greatly diminishes her yearly income, said Kilgore. Although both of these students received

Courtesy photo The Financial Aid office is located in the second floor of the CASE building. Financial Aid employees will help answer students questions about tuition.

large amounts of money in refunds, they both have their own ideas about paying back what they borrowed. I believe that any money I have to pay back is worth it, because it is helping me acquire the education that I feel I need to succeed in the real world, said Tawni. And I hope and pray that by the time I have to pay it back I will have such a high paying job that it wont even faze me, whereas right now I would not

be able to afford to send myself to school. Kilgore has a different opinion. I dislike the fact that I have to pay so much back, but I will be paying back $11,500 at minimum in loans by the time I graduate, said Kilgore.

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Lindsey Bark TNE Wr iter barkl @nsuok.edu For students who like voicing their opinions or are up for debate on political issues, then they may want to consider joining the Ok lahoma I ntercol leg iate L eg islature at NSU. OI L , as it is ca l led, is a st udent ra n org a n i zat ion, which trains students how to write, debate, and pass pieces of leg islat ion, among other things. OI L g ives st udent s t he best pr act ic a l ex per ience imag inable of how government actua l ly works, helps them to improve their capacities to think and to express t hei r t hought s i n w r it i ng, and ora l ly before an aud ience, said Daniel Savage, assistant professor of political science. A mber Bu ker, Sk i atook senior said anyone, not just member s, a re welcome to attend the week ly meetings and t ra in ing sessions held on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the University Center Room 224. Not only do students learn and t ra in for t he pol it ica l world, but also get to engage in mock sessions held once a semester at the state capitol in Ok lahoma City. Each semester these delegat ions meet for f ive days in the OKC Capitol building and hold a mock session t hat i nc ludes a House of Representat ives, a Senate, a Supreme Court and even a newly developed journalism prog ram, said Dust in Wo o d s , A t l a n t a , Te x a s graduate student. Students br ing w it h t hem to session legislation they have drafted within their own delegation, and the gears of representat ive democracy g r ind into motion. Sav a ge sa id more t h a n t went y Ok la homa col leges and universities are participants in the state capitol sessions.

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Courtesy photo Stephen Rogers, Inola senior is the current Speaker of the House for OIL; he is working with other delegates during session. The session took place at the House of Representatives chambers in the Capitol in OKC.

By join ing OI L st udents have the opportunity to become actual members of the state legislature. Several current members of the Ok lahoma State Legislature are former members of OIL , said Savage. Last year a member of NSUs journalism delegation was of fered a position in the campaign of gubernatorial candidate Jari Askins. There is room for development in OI L such as the newly developed journalism program, headed by Buker. As Attorney General of the organization, I am charged w it h ad m i n ister i ng t he Journa lism Prog ram, said Buker. Journalists cover the OIL session and contr ibute articles to the OIL reporter, which chronicles the event of the session. For the fall session of OIL , t he Jour na lism Prog ram is looking for competitors to be involved in the sessions, in

which w inners w il l receive paid internships with Journal Record and News 9, both of Ok lahoma City. OIL gives students a chance to see how pol it ics work s within the inner realm, not just from an outside perspective. Students w il l learn how to ta ke t he issues t hat are important to them and turn them into proactive pieces of leg islat ion which t hey w i l l watch evolve from i ncep t ion to f inal passage, said Buker. Besides being a lear ning exper ience, OI L is another way to meet new people and build relationships, as most student organizations are. I have made many of my best friends through my involvement i n OI L , s a id Woods. I often tell people it can and w i l l retur n tenfold any members personal investment; they just have to give us one session.

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Rick Hamilton TNE Writer Jag fan2840@yahoo.com Every season a new crop of freshmen athletes step onto campus and into the locker-room for the first time to compete at the collegiate level. These athletes faces new challenges and temptations that they must adapt to in order to succeed athletically and academically. Work is the biggest difference, said Terrance Dixon, Sand Springs freshman. I guess you could say coming from your senior year in high school being the top dog and switching to college and being a freshman all over again is tough. Its a lot more work and practice is a lot more intense. Dixon also has noticed differences off the field. Its a lot busier, said Dixon. Not even with class. We have meetings, watch film and we didnt do that much in high school. Definitely with meetings and everything our schedule fills up. Its pretty much filled up most of the day. Ethan James, Gore freshman and offensive lineman, says that there is more freedom in college. Theres a lot more technique, said James. Its also a lot faster. Its fun. You get a lot more free-time. Youre not restricted as much as you are in high school. You get to do more stuff with friends and hang out and meet new people. Daryn Alves who has already played in his first game at NSU says there is more speed in college football. The game speed is a lot faster, said Alves. Special teams, defense, offense are all faster. Hopefully Ill adjust to it fast. Academics is kind of your responsibility. Socially I just kick it with all the other football players and we have a good time. Wide receivers coach Nick McBroom says that there are a lot of adjustments athletes have to make coming from high school. Those guys coming in as freshmen they have to come in

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Courtesy photo Making the change from high school to college football can be tough for some athletes. The RiverHawks hope to make it easier for their players.

here and they may not be the top dog anymore, said McBroom. They may not be able to get the reps that theyre used to in high school. They dont know

anybody socially when they get here. Theyre in two-a-days so all they know are the football players. McBroom also says that the responsibilities of being away from home for the first time can be tough to deal with. They dont have the security of being at home, said McBroom. They dont have the security of being with their parents. Theyve got to wake up on their own everyday. They have to fight temptations everyday. Its just a whole different thing off the field. If it was just on the field I think it would be alright. McBroom says that all of the extra stuff adds up. Its all the extra stuff of doing your homework on your own, getting up on your own, said McBroom. Being disciplined enough to eat the right stuff and not go hang out at night. That stuff adds up to taking away from whats on the football field.

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Womens tennis team is full of high expectations


A young team hopes to go far this year
James Cosby T NE Contr ibuting Wr iter cosby @nsuok.edu Its tennis time. The NSU Womens tennis team begins their season with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Sept. 24 -26th at Abilene Christian. To do wel l in t h is sout h cent ra l conference tournament would qualify the g irls for indiv idual nat ionals in single or doubles. A fter last years record of 15 -5 it would be safe to say they are prepared for the season. Its going to be a good year, said Ron Cox, head coach. I hope we make nationals. A l l of t he incoming players on t he team are freshman. Its just like starting over, said Cox. With new g irls comes ground one training. This is a bunch of talented yet inexperienced class people. Even w ith a group of freshman coming in the team looks ver y strong, said Emina Sweadon, former player. As long as they listen to Coach Cox they w ill do great. I hope they make nationals. The group of freshman consists of four women from dif ferent countries; France, Maraca, A merica, and Bulgaria. There are no proven stars, a l l of t he g irls do wel l and work toget her a s a tea m, said Cox. It is mostly a new team so its hard to say now how the g irls w i l l compete, but t hey a l l have st rong per sona l it ies, M ic aela Ro manov, team co-captain. The new g irls just have a short time before they are competing and represent ing Nor theastern State Universit y. Courtesy photo A s long as t hey are w i l l ing to do The RiverHawk Womens tennis team stops for a break and whatever it takes they will do well, said to re-hydrate. Coach Ron Cox has high hopes for the young Romanov. team this year. The team will be taking action on and of f the court to ensure the performance of the players. Coach Cox has introduced a new work out program for the lad ies. This workout consists of three days a week regular exercise, along with one day of intense warm up. As a team captain I want the g irls to be happy, but t hey a lso k now we have to per for m, sa id Romanov. R ight after t he I TA tournament we w ill start our running prog ram as well. I have done this for a few years now. It w ill be hard, but it w ill all pay of f. The NSU tennis g irls are a force to be reckoned w ith.

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Rick Hamilton TNE Writer Jagfan2840@yahoo.com The NSU Riverhawks football season got off to a good start this year when they traveled south of the Red River and beat defending Lonestar Conference champion Tarelton St. 31-23 Thursday night despite being out gained offensively 463-287. Its definitely tough to win when you go play in the south, said NSU head football coach Kenny Evans. Its evident by the fact that its been so long since NSU has won a game south of the Red River. Playing a team of Tareltons caliber who had 18 starters back off a conference championship team and had some preseason rankings, this was a huge, huge win for us and it was definitely what you would call a team win. Freshman kicker Drew Patton opened the scoring with a 44-yard field goal just over four minutes into the first quarter.

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The Riverhawks tackle tough opponent in Tarleton State


Alves. My job was to see if Trey was open and if he was I was going to throw it to him on a dime. Tarelton responded with a 9 play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a 19-yard Nick Stephens touchdown pass to Devon Gray with 26 seconds left in the first half to cut NSUs lead to 14-7. Pattons 32-yard field goal was the only score of the third quarter extending NSUs lead to 17-7. At the 13:39 mark in the fourth NSU quarterback Kenny Davis scored on a quarterback sneak to give the Riverhawks a 24-7 lead. Tarleton responded 39 seconds later with a 48-yard Nick Stephens pass to Jeken Frye to close the gap to 24-13 after a failed two-point conversion. A Balke Wiest 39-yard field goal brought Tarelton within eight with 7:02 remaining. On the ensuing kickoff return man and cornerback Nate Robinson took the ball back 95 yards to seal the victory. The offensive line played the best that its played since Ive been here, said David Morgan, offensive line coach. We still made some mistakes that we have to get corrected but overall Im very proud. At times we dominated the line of scrimmage and knocked them off the ball. We talk about consistency we just have to keep going now. Coach Evans said Cody Lenz, Deer Park, Texas junior and punter, played very well and his 45.2 yard average on five punts made a huge impact on the Riverhawks winning the special teams battle. I knew that I was going to have great protection up front, said Lenz. I knew that if I got the ball off everything else would fall into place and take three-fourths of the field away and our defense would step up and put the other teams offense in a bind. The Riverhawks have their home opener next week against Abilene Christian.

Courtesy photo The Riverhawk football team has buzz surrounding them already this season with a thunderous defeat of Tarleton State. The team hopes to follow up with another victory next week.

It was pretty cool going out there and playing college football for the first time, said Patton. I thought Id be really nervous going out there but I just got out there and it felt right. I wasnt nervous at all.

Theres a lot more riding on every game and its a lot more intense. After a 29-yard field goal by Daryn Alves, Patton freshman, hit junior receiver Trey McVay for a 14-yard touchdown that was fol-

lowed by a successful 2-point conversion to give the Riverhawks a 14-0 lead with 2:31 seconds to go in the second half. On the touchdown pass we ran a little reverse play, said Daryn

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Spirit Staff looking forward to a successful year


Chris Elliot TNE Contributing Writer elliotkg@nsuok.edu With the f irst home football game a mere week away, the NSU cheerleaders are in full-on preparation mode. Coaches Adam Petty and Tadd Puetz have been working with this new squad since before the fall semester began, and are extremely pleased with their development so far. Things are looking up for the Spirit Staff this year at NSU. This is the most positive energy Ive seen in a squad since I started coaching at NSU, said Adam Petty, third year coach. All that positive energy may be coming from the fact that half of the squad this year are freshman. Out of the 20 members, 10 of them are new students here at NSU. With several transfer students on the squad as well, coaches are excited about the new talent coming into the NSU cheer program. The first home game can be nerve racking for a new cheerleading squad, especially one with that many freshmen. However nerves are not an issue this year according to Eric Swaim, NSU junior and third year cheerleader. The squad is solid, said Swaim. Everyones working hard and dedicated, were just tired of waiting. The cheerleaders main agenda so far has been preparation for the first home game. Practices have been focused on honing their technical tumbling skills, organizing their sideline appearance, and strength conditioning. Along with perfecting all the RiverHawk chants and cheers, the cheerleaders are also putting together a halftime show with the Majestics. This demo is a chance for the entire Spirit Staff, to really show off their talents and give football fans an idea of what to expect this season.

Courtesy photo The NSU pom squad leads the crowd in the fight song. Cheer coaches have high expectations for the squad this year.

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Derek Brown Senior Staff Writer brown009@nsuok.edu For 10 OU and OSU players their time spent in the backyard playing with football finally paid off. On April 22-24 these college players set aside everything else to be apart of the best football league in the world. six NFL teams believed that these players are the ones they will benefit from the most this year. Everyone knows that Sam Bradford went to the St. Louis Rams number one in the draft, but the question to ask is will he get snaps. Bradford will start for the Rams in their final preseason game against the Ravens. During the preseason he looked comfortable and was able to weeks he should be number one on the depth chart. Gerald McCoy from OU was picked third overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has already been on the field in the preseason. McCoy has the opportunity to be holding the Rookie of the Year title at the end of the season. Trent Williams also from OU was picked after McCoy and Williams has already found his way onto the number one spot for the left tackle for the Washington Redskins. The first OSU player to go in the draft was Russell Okung. Okung is also a left tackle and he has been named a starter for the Seattle Seahawks. Tight-end Jermaine Gresham from OU beat out three other tight-ends to be number one for the Cincinnati Bengals. The last OU or OSU player to go in the first round was Dez Bryant. Bryant was suspended for most of his senior year, but the Dallas Cowboys saw the talent and signed him. Upon arriving at Dallas, Bryant has already had a run-in with the second string wide-reciever Roy Williams. Since Bryant is a rookie; at training camp Williams told him to carry his shoulder pads and Bryant refused. This was all over the media. Since then Bry-

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Former top draft picks about to start seasons with the NFL
ant has had a high ankle sprain that has kept him out of the preseason, but Bryant is expected to be number three for the Cowboys. The linebacker from OU, Keenan Clayton was 121st overall in the fourth round by the Eagles. Clayton will probably not get much time on the field by hopes to battle and find himself higher that his current third string. The Atlanta Falcons picked up Oklahoma corner-back Dominique Franks in the fifth round to help build depth. Franks is the left corner and number three on the chain. Number 137 in the fifth round was OSU corner Perrish Cox. The Denver Broncos selected Cox to be Champ Baileys backup. Cox may not find the field unless Bailey is not on it. Finally for the last player from OU or OSU to go pro in the draft is Brody Eldridge, the tight-end from OU went to the Indianapolis Colts. Because Eldridge is behind possibly the best tight-end the league Dallas Clark and Tom Santi is second to Clark, Eldridge may not find playing time this year. So just about all OU and OSU drafted players will be on the field for at least one of Sundays games.

Courtesy photo Former OU quarterback and No. 1 draft pick, Sam Bradford, practices before a preseason game. Bradford was drafted to the St. Louis Rams.

The first six OU and OSU players were taken in the first round. This means that

Womens basketball team looks for more victory


Mike York TNE Contributing Writer york01@nsuok.edu NSU head basketball coach Randy Gipson returns for his 12th year at the helm and 31st overall with 209 wins at NSU. This years team has several returning players from last years Sweet 16 team. Gipson feels things are looking positive for this years team and has extremely high hopes. Assistant coach Matthew Cole is returning for his seventh year at NSU, and 10th overall, We have a new team with high expectations based on our previous year, said Cole. We lost four people off that team, so we will be different but the goal remains the same. Some of Coles coaching goals are to win conference and national championships. Former team manager Amanda Barnes is now a graduate assistant entering her first year of coaching. Jasmine Webb is the leading returning scorer and rebounder leader at 11.5 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game from last years team. The second leading scorer returning is Jessica White, who averaged 8.1 points per game and 2.9 assists per game. According to the Lone Star Conferences web site, this will be NSUs last season in the conference. Despite it being the final year in the conference, expectations remain high for the team. The team had record-breaking crowds last season and hope that it continues this year. NSU will be an independent for the 2011, and will begin playing in the MIAA conference in 2012-2013 season.

complete passes. Bradford may not start during the season opener but after a few

Coach Gibson expects another outstanding season for the young and talented team

Courtesy photo The 2009-2010 RiverHawk Womens basketball team celebrates a significant win over the Tarleton State team.

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resent NSU are very impressive. Let us start with the game last Thursday against Tarelton State. The team left Wednesday night and drove down to Stephenville, Texas and stayed the night. They woke up extremely early the next morning and practiced. They then spent the remainder of the afternoon getting ready for that nights game. I know a lot of people think that athletes get to miss class and take road trips, but they are still responsible for making up all of the work that was assigned in class. The downside of that is the fact that they were not in class to actually be lectured on the material and have to teach it to theirselves. So Thursday night, they play Tarelton and get on the bus and drive home and do not get home until 5 a.m the next morning. They still have to attend their morning classes and then they have to make it to the weight room to work out that afternoon. The coaches on the other hand start grading film, which is a long a tedious process to say the least, on the bus and will have that process mostly finished by the time they return home. The coaches then have to go to teach whatever classes they have for the day and finishes wrapping up whatever post-game responsibilities remain unfinished.

Sacrifices of a college athlete and coach Former football Expert


Rick Hamilton
I have been a football fan as long as I can remember. I grew up watching football playing football and going to football games. I played high school football at Ft. Gibson and when I say I played I mean I practiced a lot and had a pretty good view of the games from the sideline. I would have played football in college but since I lacked both the talent and ability to stay healthy, I abstained. Even though it has been eight years since I was a member of a football team, my love for the game has never changed nor subsided. I thought about going into coaching for most of those eight years and in January I decided to give my dream a try. About a month ago I was lucky enough to start working for the NSU football team as one of three equipment managers. It may not be much, but it got my foot in the door. Working directly for the team and being close to the game for the first time in a long time has been awesome. It has also been an extreme wake up call. The sacrifices that both the coaches and players make on a daily basis to rep-

Courtesy photo Members of the RiverHawk football team practice before a game. Coach Evans instructs them on the strategy for a successful game.

Thats just for a game. Everyday these players juggle the normal responsibilities of being a college student with the added burdens of being a football player. In addition, some of these student-athletes have jobs, spouses and children that require much of their attention and in all honesty are more important than football. I used to think that I knew a lot about football, but I do not at all. Coach Evans

has let me watch film with the offensive line and Coach David Morgan is teaching me the basics of offensive line play. The amount of detail required is ridiculous. There are things going on during every play that the average fan just cant know about. So the point is the next time you find yourself second-guessing a coachs decision, you probably should not. They are in fact a lot smarter then you.

The projections for best picks on a Fantasy football league


Derek Brown Senior Staff Writer brown009@nsuok.edu With the NFL season approaching, along side is fantasy football. Fantasy football is a great hobby for a group of friends or workplace rivalries. Fantasy football provides a topic to talk about and a topic to gripe about. ESPN.com projects that 7 out of 10 will be runningbacks. Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson are on top of that list. Coming in at No. 7 and the top player that is not a running back is wide-receiver Andre Johnson. Just making the top ten is wide-receiver Randy Moss. ESPN takes into account upside and risk of the players and have Drew Brees sitting at the No. 1 spot for the quarterbacks. Brees led the Saints to their first super bowl last year and has nine years under his belt with the past four years being at New Orleans. Aaron Rodgers is second to Brees but is projected to score four more points than Brees. But ESPN believes that Brees is less of a risk. One can not talk about fantasy football unless a Manning is in the mix. Peyton Manning comes in at No. 3 for quarterbacks. Behind C.J. and A.D. comes in Maurice Jones-Drew 40 points behind C.J. Despite injury in the pre-season JonesDrew will sit out of practice and most likely not have to have surgery on his knee. Jones-Drew is expected to play in the Jaguars season opener against the Denver Broncos. Johnson and Moss are separated by 11 and Larry Fitzgerald behind Moss by a whopping 22 points. Fitzgerald is probable despite injury during the pre-season. Not a huge surprise at no. one for tight-ends is Dallas Clark. Clark has a hurt left leg, but Clark has returned to practiced but is not going to play any of the pre-season. Clark is anticipated to start in the Colts opening game. The star tight end for the San Diego Chargers, Antonio Gates is projected to score one more than Clark but came in at No. 2. Defensively the Jets are at the top with a 27-point margin between the No. 2 Eagles. The Packers are no. three and four points behind the Eagles. Since kickers can win or lose games, Nate Keeding from San Diego comes in at No. 1 with 148 projected points. New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski and Minnesota kicker Ryan Longwell are silver and bronze. There is still time for students to set-up a fantasy league and ready in time for the NFL season to kick-off. All stats and projections were taken from ESPN.com.

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