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Operators connect callers to different campus locations
Kimberly Doyle
TNe WriTer When someone calls the NSU operator line, rarely do they consider who is on the other end of the phone. If they did, they would find that the university has a group of friendly ladies who serve as the live operators for the telephone switchboard system every day. They help direct calls to anywhere on all three campuses and sometimes even provide numbers to businesses around town. These ladies get calls about anything and everything and are always more than willing to help. They start their days at 7:30 a.m. and the last one does not leave until 5:30 p.m. They stay in a small office in the basement be considered the most fun job in the world but I really enjoy it. Plus we’re all good friends in here, which makes it so much better.” For the most part, they direct calls on and off campus for local residents and students. They also guide lost students, faculty and delivery people, attempting to find their way around the three campus locations. “I like getting the kids connected,” said Robertson. “The freshmen tend to get lost very easily during the semester.” Even though answering phones may not seem hectic to some, the operators do have busy spurts just like any other job. All three-telephone consoles ring constantly in their office and it can becontinued on page 2

Jon Dallis/TNE Anelin Robertson and Sheila Waterman direct campus phone calls. Throughout the day these friendly ladies are responsible for the telephone switchboard system.

of the journalism building all day. Although they just answer phones in a tight space, they love their job

and look forward to it every day. “You have to have a job that you love,” said Anelin Robertson,

switchboard operator. “I get up every morning and I’m always ready to come to work. It may not

Earthquakes shake up Oklahomans
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TNe WriTer The largest earthquake in state history occurred in Oklahoma Saturday, Nov. 5 causing damage near the epicenter and awakening and frightening residents throughout the state. The 5.6-magnitude earthquake centered in Sparks shortly after 2 p.m. Occurring the same day, the 4.8-maganitude quake, which measured the third-strongest in recorded Oklahoma history centered in Prague. The evening earthquake was measured at a depth of 5 kilometers. No injuries were reported from either quake. A magnitude 4.1 earthquake occurred near the same location in February 2010, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Earthquakes are not new to the state of Oklahoma, more than 100 earthquakes were felt in Oklahoma in 2010. The number of earthquakes in the past two years does not appear to be inconsistent with what might be called normal seismicity for Oklahoma, according to OGS. Throughout the morning and again at night, social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook were buzzing as residents swapped stories and described their experiences. “I felt it at Pettit Bay, Lake Tenkiller,” said Kathy Williams, Tahlequah resident. “The couch was shaking. I went into sunroom because I continued on page 2

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continued from page 1 heard vibration in there and mirror on the brick wall was vibrating. I put my fingertips to it and it vibrated for another 10 seconds or so.” Oklahomans are familiar with the devastation caused by tornadoes and earthquake have the potential to cause much of the same destruction. Just like tornadoes, earthquakes have the potential to harm a great number of people. Akane Ohashi, Japan senior, did not experienced Japan’s earthquake that occurred March 11, 2011 but she said she knows

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Oklahomans unexpectedly experience seismic activity
the horrors of earthquakes. Ohashi did not feel the first earthquake last early Saturday morning. “We have experienced disaster drills for earthquakes in school,” said Ohashi. “We had been taught to go under a desk to protect ourselves from earthquakes as soon as the earthquake occurred.” Amanda Fosburg, Wagoner resident, graduated from NSU in 2010, and then she had stayed in Tokyo for a year. Fosburg experienced the Japan’s earthquake last March. “At first, I just thought it was a normal one and reached out to steady the camcorder behind me, but then it got much stronger,” said Fosburg. “When the shaking really picked up, the pastors told us to get out of the building. We all rushed out into the street. We stayed out there for a long time. After the primary earthquake, the earth did not stop moving entirely for well over 30 minutes.” For more information email

Courtesy Photo Amie Gibson, works at the Oklahoma Geological Survey Observatory, which reported a 4.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Oklahoma Saturday, Nov. 5.

Operators stay connected
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at times, yet they still greet every caller with the same friendly, helpful attitude. “We are really busy during enrollment time, when change checks are coming out or at the beginning of each semester,” said Sheila Waterman, switchboard operator. “The first days are the busiest because a lot of the young people get lost.” The operators job may seem to be continuous day in day out, but every now and then they get a call or two that is out of the ordinary. “We have some very random calls sometimes,” said Robertson. “One time I got a call about a rare spider. I just sent their call to the science department because I certainly didn’t know what kind of spider they were talking about.” They have even had calls asking them to go beyond what their job entitles which can put them in some very interesting situations. “Once, an elderly lady called me from the nursing home in Siloam Springs wanting me to get her out of there,” said Waterman. “We called the nursing home to tell them and to check on her just in case. Turns out she just got a hold of a phone somewhere and just dialed a number and it just so happened to reach us.” From time to time, the ladies get excitement but all around their days are normal. Having coworkers that are fun and friendly make their days better no matter what happens. “This is the easiest job I’ve had, but the company is the best part,” said DeAnn Smith, student worker and switchboard operator. “We all get along great.” NSU is lucky to have a live operating system. For most, it is easier to communicate with an actual person instead of an automated or touch-tone system. These friendly ladies, along with Barbara Hite, the BA campus operator, do their best to help in every way they can. Though times are changing and technology grows more each day, they are thankful NSU still has a user-friendly policy that keeps this method alive. “We are really thankful and proud to work for NSU because they still use live operators,” said Debra Lease, switchboard supervisor. “Most campuses now have automated systems and we are so glad to be a part of such a user friendly policy. One of our motto’s we work by is you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Hearing a friendly voice can go a long way so we strive to help the best way we can.” For more information, email

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ESL program available at BA campus
yoshihiro mizuNo
TNe WriTer The English language is challenging for international students. A number of the international students study in the English as a Second Language program to prepare for courses. NSU requires the international students to pass the Test of English as a foreign language for entrance. The ESL program is necessary for them to succeed in their courses. The King George International College, a part of CIBT Educational Group Inc., concluded an agreement with NSU Broken Arrow and founded the ESL program at Broken Arrow campus last month. The KGIC began the program Monday, Nov. 14. In the first session, 35 Chinese students enrolled the ESL program. CIBT is an international education investment and management company. Listed on level ESL the Toronprogram, the to Stock ExTOEFL and change and academic the NYSE program. Index, CIBT “When Group owns KGIC-CIBT looked at and operates a network the Tahleof business, quah and Courtesy Photo BA campus, technical and The NSUBA campus began offering the ESL pro- the selection language colmade leges, and gram to students last month. The campus has the was capabilities to serve a broader range of students. because of has cooperathe big spaces tive joint programs at 72 locations in 18 countries with available for KGIC at the Broken Arrow campus,” said Loredana Moccia, director more than 13,000 students. The KGIC is one of the largest ESL and of the KGIC-CIBT center. “Apparently, Business institutions in Vancouver, Canada. Tahlequah campus currently does not have The KGIC has five campuses, 1,500 full- big spaces and classrooms available for the time students, 140 full-time teachers and ESL center.” Moccia said because BA campus is closcollege assistants and 45 staff. The KGIC in Broken Arrow campus will offer the six er to Tulsa, the KGIC-CIBT may appeal to a number of international students. The BA campus is not NSU’s main campus, but four-year international students are studying there. At the Tahlequah campus, the Language Company had offered the ESL program until summer 2011. Moccia said the KGIC-CIBT might have also found a new branch in Tahlequah campus for the future, but they are not sure yet. Few of the four-year international students are now studying in BA campus, but Moccia said the BA area is potentially a big market. KGIC-CIBT is taking advantages of the NSUBA campuses to help the international students to go into courses. One of the most important elements is population of the international students. KGIC-CIBT is expecting the language atmosphere is suitable for the international students to improve their English rapidly because the international students represent only three percent of the student population.

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LEttErs tO thE Accountability important on EditOr pOLicy social sites at university level
The Northeastern accepts and encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be relatively short and to the point, and must include your name, and contact information in case we need to contact you about your submission. We also encourage submission of any story ideas or pictures. Email letters, stories or pictures to A recent article in The Northeastern attracted a great deal of attention, but not necessarily the kind the author was hoping for. Without giving too many details, but providing some kind of context to which our readers can understand where this came from, here is the short version: In response to the story mentioned, a professor [Professor 1] at NSU posted a nasty remark on Facebook that called out the author by their full name. This was done after the author was unfriended by the professor. The post was open to all of the professor’s friends, which included many students and faculty of the university. This brings us to this week’s editorial, which focuses on online bullying and the dangers of Facebook. Facebook is notorious for being the place where a great deal of teenage drama is presented for the whole world to see. Some people seem to think that Facebook is its own little world, and what they do there has no effect on the real world. This is simply not true. While Facebook has several things that can be implemented to increase the privacy of what you do on it, it remains still a very public forum. The information you post may be hidden from one person, but that person [probably] has friends. Word gets around, and quickly. It is the beauty and the ugliness of the Internet. Deleting a post does not make it as if it never happened. When one is up as long as this one was, and received as much popularity as it did, it is not wiped from everyone’s memory. It also is not wiped from the screen captures that were taken of it and then printed off. It seemed as though most of the things being said on Facebook revolved around the author’s use of a certain professor [Professor 2]. Rumors have been circulating for a few years now that Professor 1 and Professor 2 do not get along. At all. The word “hate” has been used. We have to wonder if this was the true cause for most of the influx of negativity toward the story. When we compare the things said to us by what the same people said on the string of comments on Professor 1’s Facebook post, we can put together that these people, mostly students or alumni, are influenced a great deal by the opinions of Professor 1.

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We understand being friends with your professors, especially those who are teaching some of your favorite classes. In a smaller university setting like NSU, and even more so in NSU’s smaller branches, it would be difficult to avoid a budding friendship when your interests align so well with what you are being taught. Friendships between students and professors should have their limits, however. Those limits should come at some point before the public humiliation of another student. We have read the article in question several times, from editing it for publication to defending it against hateful emails. While there are some very opinionated quotes in there, there is nothing that justifies the witch-hunt that took place after the paper had been on newsstands for nearly a week. The quotes themselves do not seem bad to us. While Professor 2’s words are very blunt, they simply state that a lack of unity within his department is keeping it from reaching its potential. The students who were interviewed simply commented on their concerns regarding their futures and how the program could be limiting them. The quotes in the article were meant to get some kind of reaction. Anything worth saying is. However, the reaction of Professor 1 was, in our opinions, completely unprofessional. With the history between the two professors, maybe it was taken as a personal slight. Maybe those in the department just do not take criticism very well. Maybe feelings were hurt. We can only speculate as to why people reacted the way they did. Whatever the reasons, there are better ways to present one’s grievances instead of attacking a student on a social networking site. Personal attacks on Facebook, disrespectful emails and private messages should not be acceptable. Though we at TNE feel very strongly about having an opinion and the avenue to voice it, we believe it should be done in a respectful manner. That is what we have tried to do with this editorial. There are a lot of bad feelings surrounding this issue, but we are all adults are we not? We should have the ability to behave in a respectful and professional manner. And what should be done to those who cannot? Shouldn’t they be held accountable for not doing so?

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students, faculty deal with changes in schedule
Nichole Kamies
TNe WriTer For the past couple years there have been shifts in the schedules concerning dead days during finals week. There was concern that students were not using the days wisely. Instead of diligently studying material for their tests many were out partying or staying in to sleep all day. The solution was to split finals week into two weeks having the first half of finals at the end of one week and the other half of finals at the beginning of another. Planning finals week this way was so that the weekend would act as the dead days previously placed at the beginning of finals. “I was a little upset when dead days were taken away,” said Morgan Bozone, Tulsa junior. “I know that not all students used the days for what they were specifically meant for but I do not think that is a good enough reason to take them away from all students. I enjoyed my dead days. Yes, I did study but it made me a little more relaxed going into such a stressful week.” This is a pressing issue for many students. Students who believe they have a demanding major and are in higher-level classes are missing the time previously given by the university for preparation for finals week. how if you are not a disciplined student having all finals at once would not work well. I understand how splitting up the week gave students the option of studying and not having to take them all in a one-week time frame.” Splitting up finals week is not the only schedule concern. The November calendar shows that students meet for classes one time during the week of Thanksgiving. Many students are overjoyed but professors are anticipating low attendance. “Yes, I would have skipped but my professor decided to schedule a test for that Monday,” said Jordyn Patton, Verdigris, sophomore. “It was pretty smart on the professor’s part to do that if there was not an extreme reason like a test I would most likely left town early to go home for the holiday. However I am still very excited that my classes only meet one time that week.” Students meet once but staff and faculty have the pleasure of being in attendance on campus the Tuesday before Thanksgiving also. Classes are canceled that Tuesday for a professional development day. There was not a specific reason why the professional day fell on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It just had to do with certain calendar rotations. “Of course I am not going to complain if classes are canceled the day before a three day break,” said Patton. “I am looking forward to it. It is going to be a much needed break before finals week.” For more information, email

Jon Dallis/TNE Robert Hung, Taopei, Taiwan sophomore, studies in the library. The NSU calendar changed so that the finals schedule is broken up by a weekend, giving students time to prepare for finals testing.

“I know that I can still do OK on my tests,” said Melody Ashkar, Tulsa sophomore. “But I feel that the extra time given where I did not have any classes to go to I could use that time to really make sure that I knew the material. If they are not going to schedule in dead days I do like how they have it split up in two weeks so that I am not overwhelmed by all my finals at once.” Making sure all students were in favor of the schedule is impossible. One schedule would work well for a certain type of student while another would not. NSU needed to think about what would work for the majority amount of students. Splitting up the finals week was what would work best for the most amount of people.

“I personally would have liked to just get them over with at once,” said Rachael Manning, Inola freshman. “I do however see

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Plummer wins iPad 2

NeWs brieFs
Local food systems lecture today in Webb
Local food systems lectures are today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Webb Center, Room 614. Guests from Guadalupe Oaks Farm, Clear Creek Seeds and Sustainable Tahlequah will speak. This event is part of Geography Awareness Week. For more information call Dr. Christine Hallman at (918) 444-3528.

sVOsh fundraiser today at del rancho
Student Volunteers of Optometric Service to Humanity are having fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. today at Del Rancho, 4800 S. Muskogee Ave. All tips go to Student Volunteers of Optometric Service to Humanity at NSUOCO. For more information email Erica Ngo at

Geographic information discussion Nov. 16
A geographic information systems discussion is Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Webb Center, Room 614. The discussion is from noon to 4:30 p.m. Guest speakers will discuss applications of GIS in their professions. This event is part of Geography Awareness Week. For more information call Dr. Christine Hallman at (918) 444-3528.
Courtesy Photo Megan Plummer, NSUBA junior, wins an iPad 2 at Green and White Night Monday, Nov. 7 at the NSUBA campus. Plummer attended Green and White Night to enroll for the spring semester and meet with faculty members.

danger Zone and Apparatus plays concert
A jazz combo concert is Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the NSU Jazz Lab. The jazz combos feature NSU combos Danger Zone and Apparatus. Admission is free. For more information contact Dr. Tommy Poole at (918) 444-4602 or

Moore discusses ‘the Future of tahlequah’
Guest speaker Doug Moore will discuss “The Future of Tahlequah” Thursday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Webb Center, Room 614. Moore, Tahlequah city planner, will discuss the Tahlequah’s comprehensive plan for development. This event is part of Geography Awareness Week. For more information call Dr. Christine Hallman at (918) 444-3528.

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Career Services aide in student success rate
Nichole Kamies
TNe WriTer Students strive to receive the education needed to gain an excellent career. This is one of the many important reasons why they enroll in a four-year university. NSU offers many programs geared to helping students find internships and job opportunities. Career Services is one of many services NSU offers to its students to help further their success. They are able to accomplish this through its partnerships with employers, graduate schools, faculty and alumni. “I’ve found it helpful through the email sent out concerning career fairs and internships,” said Rikki Hall, Panama junior. “When I was undecided on my major these events made it helpful to narrow down my choices.” The NSU email has become an outreach tool for students and local employers to be aware of new and upcoming job opportunities. In the financial aid department they keep a list of local and Tulsa employers seeking part time employment. “Going to the financial aid office and looking through the book they have is how I got my first job as a student my freshman year at Morgan’s Bakery,” said Anna Willey, Broken Arrow sophomore. “This tool was very helpful for me as a freshman I was new to the area and had no idea where to even start looking.” One of the recent job searches to the university was by Conoco Phillips looking for accounting graduates. The employer works with NSU to recruit students in the accounting department for upcoming jobs and internship positions. Many students found out about the search through email sent out by the interloop. If students were interested they had the information necessary to see if they qualified for an interview and how to go about setting one up. “What I enjoyed most about Career Services is that they can help you with putting together professional resume,” said Kate Weaver, Nashville junior. “I had a general idea about how to put together a resume but the staff at Career Services really helped me polish it up to look its best in front of employers.” Once a student has declared a major and is near the internship part of his degree plan professors of that field are the most useful. “I was nervous about where I was going to intern when I became a senior,” said Bailey Hamm, Henryetta senior. “The professors helped me out a lot, they listened to my concerns and they were able to help me intern at a school that I really enjoy.” Not only does Career Services help with internships and job opportunities it is a study tool for many graduate tests like the LSAT, SAT. They also have study guides for certification examinations for Oklahoma educators along with Oklahoma subject area tests. The website offers practice tests and study guides for most NSU majors. They are easy to access and are in a printable format to make taking the test and study guides convenient for students. “As and education major these tests and study guides are going to become very helpful in the near future,” said Hamm. “It is reassuring that your school has a service that is strictly geared to helping you succeed. I know that without the services offered many students would not be in the positions they are I today I would recommend career services to any student it is worth checking out.” Career Services is located in Haskell Hall annex Room 1 between the CASE building and the Library, across the street from the College of Business and Technology. For more information contact Nichole Kamies at

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Paola Torres
TNe WriTer Many students who attend NSU are not always Tahlequah residents. With Christmas quickly approaching many students go home for the holidays. Even though some students have the option of going home often, going for Christmas can be different. “I go home a lot,” said Kristopher Powell, Inola sophomore. “But on Christmas it’s different. It is more special because I get to see my family and spend more time with them.” Some students only have to travel a couple of miles or hours to go home, some others have to travel for days to get to their final destination. “Home is in France, in a little town of 200 people,” said Jean Mallem Cornou, France sophomore. “My trip is almost 12 hours of flying, plus probably eight hours waiting at the airports for the next flight. I always go home for Christmas.” Students who live closer to

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Students travel near and far for holiday break

Jon Dallis/TNE As the holidays approach students prepare for traveling. All three NSU campuses will be closed Nov. 22 through Nov. 27 for a professional day and Thanksgiving break.

campus have an opportunity to visit home more often than students whose hometown is out of the city, state or even the country. “I am going home twice a year, one time for Christmas one time

for summer,” said Mallem. “I will not mind to not go home for summer but Christmas is the period of time I have to see my parents and my brothers.” For some students it is really

important to go home for the holidays. Other students will travel to different places but not necessarily home. “I love to travel,” said Darya Shesteva Moscow, Russia junior. “Ever since I was little we would go to Italy for Christmas with my family, but this year I’m going to Dubai with my friends. Going home for Christmas is not a big deal for me anymore.” Students who do go home for Christmas, enjoy the opportunity for school-free days more than another the regular weekend at home. “It is different than just any weekend because I get to stay home for more than a few days and I don’t have to worry about school work or anything school related,” said Bryant Barker, Roland senior. “Getting away from school for a month and getting to hang out with my family and friends from home is probably my favorite thing about going back for Christmas.” For more information, email

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Holiday travelers should take safety precautions
amaNDa eNglemaN
TNe WriTer Safety tips are probably not the first thing students think of when getting ready to go home for Thanksgiving break. Although there are some tips to keep in mind when heading home. “There is plenty of things to prepare for when making a trip back home, whether you’re making a long or a short trip back home,” said Amanda Couch, Wagoner senior. “There is going to be a lot of holiday traffic so it doesn’t hurt to make sure of everything before leaving.” If living on or off campus and traveling to go home then valuables are something to think of. “Remember to secure any valuables before you leave. If you have something of value it is better to take it with you rather than leave it in your room,” said Captain James Bell, NSU Campus Police. One would like to think that personal belongings are always secure but it’s better to be safe than sorry. “We have an operation ID program where we will stencil your driver’s license number on your valuables for free. If you do not want them engraved, we can also note serial numbers on valuables and keep them on file,” said Bell. “Operation ID helps us to recover and return stolen merchandise.” to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. “You never know about other drivers, so go the speed limit and be observant of cars around you,” said Samantha Curtis, Checotah sophomore. Before leaving town students should make sure their phones are fully charged and also check up everything on their vehicles such as oil, tire pressure and lights. Nobody wants to get stuck on the side of the road. Students should also let somebody know when they leave so that someone is expecting an arrival. “I try to leave a day earlier than everyone else if possible,” said Curtis. “If I can’t, then I try and take back roads that have low traffic.” Families will be expecting their children to come home safely so be sure to prepare by using these safety tips and any extra to get home safely. “Don’t text and drive, nothing is so important it can’t wait,” said Bell. For more information, email

Courtesy Photo With the holidays often comes massive numbers of travelers. Students should take every safety precaution in order to return home safely.

Of course getting a break from school is exciting and students will be in a rush to get home but remember to follow the speed limit. There is a lot of traffic on the holidays and not everyone is going to follow the law. Following the speed limit keeps students out of danger and from getting a speeding ticket.

“Obey the speed limit and slow down when road conditions warrant it,” said Bell. Another thing to worry about when on the road is an intoxicated driver. Students should make sure of their surroundings, stay alert and watch out for other drivers. Never drink and drive because there is never a good reason

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leNzi DaviDsoN
TNe WriTer Since the end of October, and sooner in some places, the holiday season has arrived. Convenience stores, shops and even some homes are donning their holiday cheer with decorations and music. Yards are filled with tensile, ornaments and seasonal inflatable decorations. Lights have been strung on rooftops and stores are stockeing shelves with seasonal items. Some say it is too soon, but others are excited for their favorite holiday of the year. Opposing the premature celebrating is James Mynatt, NSU campus police officer. Mynatt said he thinks it is ridiculous. “I don’t see anything wrong with people getting excited for the season, but stores are commercializing Christmas too much,” said Mynatt. “The industry is just looking to make more money.” Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and various crafts stores, such as Hobby Lobby, have had Christmas and other seasonal decorations on display for weeks. Many shoppers greatly enjoy the early holiday spirit and take part anyway they can. “Although I don’t condone commercializing Christmas, I have found many good deals in stores and I have a lot of my shopping done already,” said Allison Howard, Gravette, Ark. senior. “It’s got me in the mood for the holiday.” People often feel that hanging up holiday decorations earlier in year can cause other holidays to be forgotten. “I don’t like it,” said Heather Simmons, Sapulpa senior. “I’m excited for Christmas and all, but Thanksgiving is my favorite

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stores prepare early for busy holiday season

Jon Dallis/TNE As the holiday season rapidly approaches stores are stocking their shelves toys, novelties, candy and various other holiday items. While holiday spirit is high, some feel it is too soon.

holiday and I think it needs some time in the spotlight.” Most people lean one way or the other when it comes to decorating and celebrating Christmas in November, however some do not seem to be affected either way. Chelle Cline, Westville sophomore, said decorating houses and storefronts before Halloween was just too soon. “I think the stores have good intentions, but people will grow tired of it,” said Cline. “I do love listening to Christmas music though, it always puts me in a good mood.” While some may think it is far too soon to have the vast amount of holiday items on the shelves, many are taking advantage of the early opportunity. Raquel Murphy, Hulbert sophomore, is an

employee at Atwoods, a farm and ranch supply company in Tahlequah. Murphy said the store has had its shelves full of Christmas décor and gifts for a more than a month. “I think it’s a good idea to do this early,” said Murphy. “We have sold a lot so far and it makes it easier on us as employees to have everything ready for when people start looking.” Whether people are opposed to it or not, Christmas and the holiday season is rapidly approaching and it will be here sooner than one might think. “I do have a couple words of advice to anyone who doesn’t want to see it,” said Murphy. “Just keep on walking.” For more information, email

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Black Friday brings shopping madness to the masses
than usual. Some stores have bundle or package deals, which can help knock with gifts. “I mainly go for the Christmas gifts that are on sale if I can find any,” said Hargis. “But if I’m not aiming at anything in particular, I go for the entertainment because people are crazy that day and I like to shop regardless of getting up at four or five in the morning.” Everyone goes for different reasons but all for one purpose, to save money. Businesses certainly make more money on this day, but those who are smart enough
Jon Dallis/TNE Black Friday sales help consumers prepare for holiday gift shopping. Stores are often flooded with holiday hopefuls eager to snatch up bargains the busiest shopping day of the year.

watch their wallets carefully. Discounts can catch the eye of any person, but they can sometimes get the best of most too. “I think if you go and only go to get what you want, then it’s worth it that way you’re not spending more then what you want to,” said Weaver. “In the long run though, I think it is worth it.” So for those participating in the Black Friday madness, having a plan may be a good idea and a smart one concerning the wallet. For more information, email

Kimberly Doyle
TNe WriTer Some go for the rush, others for the entertainment, but most all go for the bargains. The biggest sale and the most chaotic event of the year is only weeks away. The origin of the name Black Friday is unclear, but is commonly referred to the time where business owners get out of the “red” or negative and into the “black” or positive. The major shopping day is drawing near and some people already have their hopes set on snatching discounts. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and most would agree it is the best time to find certain items at discounted prices. “There are some pretty good deals, but some people like to camp out or wait all night and that’s just ridiculous,” said Payne Walters, Horatio senior. “Then you have those who want to fight over stuff or trample on people. It’s just a big mess if you ask me.” Those who are lucky get in and out quickly with what they went to buy, some are not as fortunate. “My sister last year had a woman push her to get a table from

Target that was on sale and my sister pushed her back and they almost got into a fight,” said Camillia Weaver, Westville resident. All across the U.S., people get excited about this day. “I’ve seen people shoving and laying over stuff they want with their arms spread over it even if they haven’t even taken the plastic packaging off the bin yet,” said Courtney Hargis, Norman senior. There are those who actually go for a purpose. Most items marked down during this event are on the

technical side like DVD players, laptops, TVs, DVDs or anything along the nature so they tend to draw more attention. “I usually go to Best Buy,” said Weaver. “I love getting the blu-ray discs they have on sale and some PS3 games for my boyfriend that are going for dirt cheap. Last year I got a 32-inch flat screen and five blu-ray discs all for only $225. I was pretty excited about that.” Other people go shopping for Christmas gifts. Some can find gifts and they might be cheaper

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Kimberly Doyle
TNe WriTer It is the season of giving and most people use this time to show how thankful they are by volunteering. Some students use holiday breaks to help around the community and to gain service hours. During the holidays, nonprofit organizations are busier than ever giving to families and they are always in the need of volunteers. Some of the organizations, such as Help in Crisis and Kid Connection Inc., keep themselves busy throughout the season providing their services to families in the area. This opens up many opportunities for local residents and students to donate their time. One particular way is by helping with a major common project: organizing the angel tree. “This is the 12th year that Kid Connections Inc. has partnered with other community agencies to organize the angel tree,” said Regina Martin, executive director of Kid Connections Inc. Martin said those who are interested in helping would collect applications for the angel tree, make the paper angels, run and pickup the gifts, and call families for delivery or pickup. “We all work together to provide a one stop shop for families who need help during the holidays,” said Martin. “Each year we serve approximately 1,000 children, and this task cannot be completed without the multitude of volunteers.” Help in Crisis helps with the angel tree project every season by coordinating through their HUG program. “If anyone wants to take an angel that would be helpful,” said Jana Green, volunteer coordinator for Help in Crisis-Tahlequah. “We will also take volunteers to help collect toys for the angel tree and anyone who wants to do that can call our office. They can even talk to Sarah Davidson, who is in charge of the HUG program if they are interested in doing more with the angel tree.” Help in Crisis will also be helping with Project Snowflake this season. Project Snowflake was developed by the Chamber of Commerce and will coordinate with Magic Ice USA to bring an ice rink to Norris Park. The rink will be set up mid November and will be open until Jan. 1. Help in Crisis is helping with this by volunteering to sell refreshments. They are asking for volunteers to help. For more information on volunteering with Help in Crisis throughout the holidays, call the office at 918-456-0673. Other organizations will be designated different days throughout the remainder of Project Snowflake to help sell refreshments. Another volunteer opportunity that will be available at Kid Connections Inc. is through their literacy program. “Kid Connections Inc. is a child development and resource center,” said Martin. “We have a new program that is under development and we will be seeking volunteers for that. We will especially accept those earning their child development degree at NSU. They could earn service hours through this literacy program.” Kid Connections is always

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Volunteer opportunities arise during holiday season
looking for inspiring people to help with their projects. For more information, call the office at 918456-3032. There will even be volunteer opportunities available on campus. Kathleen Kennedy, director of campus involvement, said campus organizations are participating in the NSU annual Food Basket Frenzy. They are working to collect 100 baskets for families that cannot afford to have a Thanksgiving dinner. Matthew Broz, Student Affairs graduate assistant, said students do not have to be in an organization to help. They are asking volunteers to help Monday, Nov. 21 to put the baskets together and they also need people to help pass them out. Those interested can email Matthew Broz at broz@ These are only a few ways to help. There are many other opportunities available. For more information, email

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Preparation begins for finals week frenzy
amaNDa eNglemaN
TNe WriTer The fall semester is coming to an end and finals are approaching. “The stress and final assignments are the biggest distractions for us,” said Cheryl Hullinger, Tahlequah junior. Students try to avoid distractions when it comes to studying. “I choose the best time of the day for me, turn off the TV radio, , and phones to ensure complete silence, gather all the class materials, book, notes, etc. and commit two hours to study,” said Cheryl Hullinger, Tahlequah junior. Finals can bring on a lot of stress, which could be a distraction itself. Remember to relax, organize class notes and yourself. “Students should not cram too much material into their little brains at one time,” said Beth Bowin, psychology and counselor instructor. “They need to get their rest because REM stage of sleep consolidates memory.” One’s mind can be affected by the rest of the body. Things like exercise and eating right have been found to help before tests. “Eating a good breakfast before a test helps your body get the energy you need and feeling good,” said Lindsey Younger, Inola senior. Studying early, read chapters and notes a little at a time days before the final. Also allow a review the night before and an hour before the test. Being alone and plenty of silence is key to good studying time. Try to find a comfortable place, away from distractions. “I recommend finding a place to be alone,” said Kin Thompson, hospitality and tourism management instructor. “I like the third floor of the library. I like to read through my material and then make notes over what I feel are the most important things to know. Then I read over them several times. I make sure that reading over those notes is the last thing I do before I go to sleep, and the first thing I look over in the morning.” Students get excited about the holiday break and may have a hard time studying, but remember that time well spent studying will pay off in the end with good grades. “Holidays are a huge distraction during the fall finals week,” said Younger. “It is hard to stay focused when we are pulled in so many different directions.” Facebook is a major distraction these days. If it is not your computer, then it is on the phone. A good idea may be to turn it off by deactivating your account until after finals. It sounds drastic for frequent Facebook users, but it is not going anywhere and is simple to re-activate by just signing in. “I get really distracted by Facebook, it is so much more interesting than studying,” said Younger. “I have heard of students going as far as deleting their Facebook during finals.” Anther idea may be to commit time for yourself. Pencil it in the calendar, allowing an hour or two for studying. Also allow a break in between every hour or so. Make a self-contract to study for an hour and then reward yourself by getting on Facebook for thirty minutes or watch one show. “I find that if I make little contracts with myself I get more done,” said Thompson. “Things like, if I’ll read these two chapters then I can go and check my email. If I read this article, I’ll go get something to drink.” The time is near so game faces on. Be prepared for the finals, good studying equals good grades and makes for a great holiday break. “Finals will be hard but with a little hard work and dedication then we can ace our finals,” said Younger. For more information, email

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GoVertigo prepares November performance
leNzi DaviDsoN
TNe WriTer For several years, GoVertigo has brought dance back to NSU students. Since the canceling of the dance major NSU offered, dancers have come together in this organization to share their love of dancing. This year’s them is Dance to Dream. The shows are scheduled for Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Tahlequah High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets for students are $3 and adults are $5. The show features different styles of dance such as jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, Broadway, tap and contemporary all choreographed by the student members. “My favorite dance this semester I’m not even in, but I would have to say it is Alicia DeMellier’s


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Courtesy Photo The GoVertigo Dance company is comprised by a group of students who have a passion for dance. The members are preparing their next performance “Dance to Dream,” which will be Nov. 19 at the THS Performing Arts Center.

lyrical to ‘The Dog Days Are Over,’” said Molly Scott, Tahlequah sophomore. The dancers of GoVertigo have mixed emotions about the upcoming concert; some are excited, nervous or stressed but all are working hard to be ready to show off their talents. “It takes extra time and practice at home to be ready for con-

cert, in my case,” said Ashlyn Million, Locust Grove junior. The dancers work their hardest during the week before the concert. “Concert week is definitely stressful, but it’s also fun,” said Million. “It’s time spent with lovely people and even though we get tired and cranky toward the middle of it and just want to go

home and go to sleep, at the end of the week we’re back to pure excitement and we’re ready to perform.” Most of the dancers enjoy concert week and take it seriously all at once. “I love concert week, said Scott. “I think it is so much fun. I try to plan all my homework around that week so I can just concentrate on my dances.” For some of the dancers, the concert is about more than just performing. “My favorite part about GoVertigo is choreographing,” said Million. “It’s something I never thought I would do, so I’m thankful for the girls who work hard in my dances.” The companionship of the group gives it a certain appeal. The concerts are important to the dancers because they are able to express themselves by doing what they love. “I definitely try to encourage my classmates and friends to come,” said Million. “We work hard to produce a concert once a semester, and it really pays off when we see an amazing audience out there. It’s all for them.” For more information, email

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“We are working to create alumni events which have broad appeal,” said Daniel Johnson, director of alumni services. “Many of our previous gatherings in the Tulsa area have involved sporting events, so an afternoon with the Tulsa Ballet lets us connect with alumni who perhaps are interested in arts and entertainment.” “The Nutcracker” is a two-act ballet performed by numerous companies during the holidays due to its enormous popularity. The score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky counts among the world’s most famous musical compositions. Tulsa Ballet is led by artistic director Marcello Angelini, now in his 16th season with the company. In March 2008, Tulsa Ballet was featured on the cover of Pointe magazine. This is a distinction granted to only one ballet company per year. “The Nutcracker” is an annual production. Alumni Association seating for the Dec. 17 performance is orchestra level. Price of attendance is $35 for Alumni Association members and $40 for non-members. The lunch is included in the ticket price and includes a choice of five entrees, salad and beverages. Quantities are limited and reservations are required. For information or to purchase tickets call the Office of Alumni Relations at (918) 458-2143. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Alumni invited to attend Nutcracker performance

Blaine Truitt Covert/Contributing Photographer The Alumni Association presents the opportunity for alumni to attend a performance of “The Nutcaracker.” The performance is a production of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

With the holidays approaching, Northeastern State University alumni have a special opportunity to attend a Tulsa Ballet performance of “The Nutcracker.” NSU alumni are invited to attend an afternoon presentation

Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St., courtesy of the NSU Alumni Association. Before the performance, alumni can attend a noon lunch at Spaghetti Warehouse, 221 E. Brady St.

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Stevy Pinion/ Contributing Photographer (Right) Randell Ty Pike, Skiatook senior, played the crippled character Billy, who was in Inishmaan, an island in Ireland. Sterling Spinks, Muskogee senior, played character Johnnypateenmike who tells Billy a story about Billy’s parents, who died when he was just a baby. Stevy Pinion/Contributing Photographer Randall Ty Pike, Skiatook senior, played Billy who was beat up because he lied to his friend about dying. Timothy Saucier, assistant professor of Theatre directed the performance.

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Students perform in ‘The Crippled of Inishmaan’

Stevy Pinion/ Contributing Photographer (Left) Callie Harris, performs as Helen was really good at egging things and even more, people. Knickel Sloan, Pawhuska junior, played the part of Bartley, was the victim of one of these egging attacks. Timothy Saucier, assistant professor of theatre directed the performance of “The Crippled of Inishmaan.”

Stevy Pinion/Contributing Photographer Sterling Spinks, Muskogee senior, played the role of Johnnypateenmike, BreLynne Steward, played the role of his Mammy, and Cay Percifield, Fort Gibson freshman, played the role of Dr. McSharry in the performance of ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan. The performance was Nov. 9-12.

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will be a fantastic evening with a little something for everyone in the family.” Mark and other performers will host an auditioning workshop to help local students and performers overcome audition anxieties. The free event is Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the THS PAC choir room and open to the public. “It will be most beneficial for artists to prepare audition material for critique prior to the workshop,” said Cowan. “Mark and his group are excited to work with local talent and share their knowledge and experience in this 60-minute class.” Individual ticket prices for “A Time for Christmas” are $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees and seniors 60 and over, $10 for students and $6 for NSU students. To reserve tickets call (918) 458-2075. For more information visit The Galaxy of Stars Series is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

‘A Time for Christmas’ brings holiday show to NSU

Courtesy Photo The Sequoyah Institute Galaxy of the Stars Series presents “A Time for Christmas” Friday, Dec. 2 at the Tahlequah High School Performing Arts Center. “A Time for Christmas” features Branson-style entertainment.

An evening of music, humor, dance and a few surprises awaits Galaxy of Stars patrons when the Sequoyah Institute and the Northeastern State University College of Liberal Arts present “A Time for Christmas.” The Branson-style show is Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tahlequah High School Performing Arts Center and features a variety of holiday music. The presentation is part of the 2011-2012 Galaxy of Stars Series and sponsored by Tahlequah City Hospital.

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center executive director Mark Frie has written and produced the holiday-themed showcase, gathering local and regional talent for a matinee filled with fun. Mark will be joined on stage by his wife Kim Frie, vocalist Melinda Clonts, vocalist Adam J. Foreman, a seven-piece ensemble band from Dallas and 22 dancers. “We’ve worked very hard to incorporate a family-friendly, seasonal show in this Galaxy season to make our audience laugh and put everyone in the holiday spir-

it,” said Amber Cowan, Galaxy of Stars Series director. “Mark and his cast have put a wonderful performance together and it

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Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inducts eight
JoNaThaN Dallis
eDiTor-iN-chieF Thursday night was an evening of joy, excitement and tears as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inducted eight outstanding artists in Muskogee. These performers each in their own way made an overwhelming contribution to the music industry and Oklahoma. The inductees of 2011 were Tony Award winning and Emmy nominated Kristin Chenoweth; the late Jesse Ed Davis, known for performing and recording with many of the most renowned artist of the twentieth century, including John Lennon, George Harrison and Jackson Browne and the late musician and NBA basketball player Wayman Tisdale. Tisdale became the first player in any sport to have his jersey number (23) retired by the University of Oklahoma. Also inducted were Gene Triplett, entertainment writer; the late composer, lyricist and performer Ralph Blane, multiple Grammy nominee Cheevers Toppah; Noki Edwards and the late Bob Bogel of the Ventures, an American instrumental rock band formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. Founded by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, the group in its various incarnations has had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide. With over 100 million records sold, the group is the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 2011 Class of Inductees joined a growing list of wellknown musicians, composers and performers including The All American Rejects, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Ronnie Dunn, and numerous others. These performers were honored on Nov. 10 at the Muskogee Civic Center along with fans and music lovers from all across the nation. Andrea Chancellor, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame board president, said they were all thrilled to induct such a prestigious group of individuals. Justin O’Neal, Muskogee Se-


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Jon Dallis/TNE Oklahoma native and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth (left) was one of eight who were inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

nior and social media coordinator for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame said he feels the event is always a success when people show up and leave talking about how it was one of the greatest shows they have ever been to. “If just one person left saying that I would be content,” said O’Neal. “

O’Neal said he believes people showed up to see award winning performer Kristin Chenoweth, but left talking about Marcus Miller, who played tribute for Wayman Tisdale and Noel “Nokie” Edwards of the ventures, who played a number of his well known songs including the theme song to Hawaii 5-0.

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Men’s soccer accomplishes winning season
Paola Torres
TNe WriTer The end of the fall semester is coming up and with it the end of the soccer season. At the beginning of the season the men’s soccer team set goals. The main goal was to be regional champions and play the national tournament. However, NSU changing conferences left the soccer team with no conference for this season, which made it harder to qualify for the national tournament. Despite conference issues, the RiverHawks had a winning season. They won nine games, lost only six and tied three. “[The] most important goal was to qualify and take part of the NCAA tournament,” said Edgar Gonzaga, Dallas sophomore. “Our team managed to get a winning record, something that did not happen last year.” The NSU soccer team was a fresh and young team this year. A new coach, incoming freshmen and transfer students made an impact on this season. “This season made a lot of difference mainly because we had a new coach along with a lot of newcomers that put a lot of efNSU soccer had been having losing seasons in the past, but we didn’t this year.” Each player contributed to the team individually to achieve the accomplished goals. “Individually I helped the team win three important games during the season,” said Peralta. “Two of my goals were in overtime and the other was a game winner.” Even though the team did not finish as strong as wanted, they still accomplished a winning season and set the standards for next season. “The goals for next season is to continue a winning record but also make it to the tournament,” said Peralta. “Nothing is impossible and NSU soccer program is capable of making it. For next season everyone is going to come back stronger than ever I believe. NSU soccer will grow and coach has really helped it throughout this first year.” For more information, email

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Courtesy Photo The NSU men’s soccer team ended their season with a loss to Incarnate Word, however the team accomplished a winning season overall.

fort to the team,” said Gonzaga. “We played as a team and never gave up on each other. Our seniors had a lot of influence on the younger guys that really pushed us do to great.” The soccer team started the season strong and promising, but despite the effort they did not finish as strong as wanted. “The last three games were some of our worst this year,” said Henry Wildenborg, Rogers junior. “We lost to Midwestern and then pretty much gave up on our last two games. Whether we were tired or just a lack of mental focus it was almost as if we just quit playing.”

The team will keep practicing and working on improving game tactics to achieve goals for the next season. “The team’s expectation for the remaining of the season is to train hard, mentally, physically and tactically,” said Juan Peralta, Tulsa freshman. “This season was almost a breakout season for the soccer program, but we came up a bit short. In the overall picture we made a difference because

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It was an emotional Saturday afternoon for NSU as the Midwestern State Mustangs upset the RiverHawks 37-34 at home. MSU, ranked No. 3 in the AFCA poll preserved its unbeaten regular season at 10-0. The loss for NSU snapped a six-game winning streak and the team dropped to 7-4 in the regular season finale. The RiverHawks bid to extend the season in an NCAA Division II Bowl game will have to wait until bids are offered in the coming days. Nate Robinson hauled in three interceptions in the fourth quarter, his last coming with 4:04 remaining and the RiverHawks ahead 34-30. However, Kenny Davis, playing for the injured Johnny Deaton at quarterback, fumbled at the Mustangs’ 24-yard line with 2:29 to go and the MSU rally was set. Davis, though, was spectacular in his final home game for the RiverHawks. After starting for four years at QB, until Deaton took over in the fourth game of the year, Davis was recalled to duty when Deaton was sidelined in the second quarter. Davis entered and showed no signs of rust, completing 14-of-23 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns to Trey McVay to put NSU in a

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Emotions run high as riverhawks’ season ends

Jon Dallis/TNE The RiverHawks landed hard after Saturday’s loss to the Mustangs. The loss ends the season for the RiverHawks at 7-4 and toppled a six-game winning streak.

position to knock Midwestern from the ranks of the unbeaten. Trailing 30-20 after three periods, NSU staged a dramatic comeback as Joel Rockmore

plowed his way in from the threeyard line with 6:57 remaining to pull the RiverHawks within 30-27. The drive took 6:39 and covered 98 yards. On Midwestern’s next series, Robinson again intercepted Kelsey. Starting at the MSU 41, Northeastern State needed only three plays to cover the distance as McVay hauled in a Davis pass and outran the defense 42 yards. Drew Patton’s PAT put NSU ahead for the first time since 3-0 early in the first quarter. It appeared the RiverHawks were headed for the upset when the offense moved to the MSU 24 before losing the football, and eventually, the game. The Mustangs had 478 yards total offense with 294 coming on the ground, well below its seasonal average. NSU amassed 438 yards, 327 through the air; with McVay catching a game-high nine passes for 167 yards. Kelsey led Midwestern State with 122 rushing yards with one touchdown. Jackson had 108 yards and two scores as well.

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Pete Henshaw/University Photographer Bobby Marshall, Tulsa freshman, looks to receive a pass. Marshall is a red shirt freshman from Tulsa.

Pete Henshaw/University Photographer RiverHawks fans cheered as the team battled in their last game of the season. Although the RiverHawks fell short of the goal, they ended their season 7-4.

Pete Henshaw/University Photographer Nate Robinson, Rockingham, N.C. senior, beats the defender to the catch and helps the RiverHawks move up the line of scrimmage.

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JasmiNe WrighT
TNe WriTer Men’s basketball matched-up against Division I, Oral Roberts at their second exhibition game Nov. 6. Even though the RiverHawks fell to ORU, 65-59, not once did they back down. “I thought we played well against Oral Roberts University and ran our offense well and shot the ball well,” said Larry Gipson, head coach. “Our number one goal was to come in to the game ready to play and we did that, we got off to a early lead, led by as much as seven or eight points. What really pleased me was that we trailed them by eight at halftime and got down by ten early in the second half and fought back and cut it down to where we were tied with about eight minutes to go in the game. We made some substitutions and didn’t capitalize and missed some plays down the stretch but overall I was pleased.” The leading scorers were Justin Johnson, senior, with 15 points and Landon DeMasters, sophomore, with 14 points. Both men scored half of the total points for the night. Every starters contributed to the score as well. “I get to play my game that I have been used to playing my whole life,” said DeMasters. “At my last school I was utilized differently, more as a guard, and it really didn’t fit me. It feels good to be physical down on the block and be able to grab some rebounds again.” NSU’s bench collectively scored 16 of their 59 points com-

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Golden Eagles sink talons into RiverHawks

Courtesy Photo The 2011-2012 RiverHawks men’s basketball team boasts a line up of two freshmen, three sophomores, six juniors and only two seniors. The team lost the first two exhibition matchups played.

pared to ORU’s bench that only had 5 points. Kevin Arnold, junior, had no doubt in his mind that he was going to score as soon as he got the chance to. He came off the bench scoring 10 of his 11 points in the

first half. He made 4-9 field goals, 1-2 free throws and was 2-4 from the 3-point line. Arnold said he feels like when it is his turn to get in the game he will do whatever it takes to help the team get as close to a victory as possible. He said his role on the team is to score whenever he gets the opportunity and to play good defense. When the second half began, NSU was down by 8 points, the score being 37-29. They tied the game 54-54 with 8:08 left on the clock to play. They put ORU on the line 15 times compared to their 10 attempts in the second half. Overall, it looks as if free throws kept ORU in the game. NSU had a better shooting percentage in everything except when it came to free throws. ORU shot 12 more free throws than NSU. They were 19-26 and NSU 8-14.

“I think going into it you look to improve in exhibition games and we are looking to run our stuff, get better, get stronger and it is more about us than it is about winning the game,” said Jon Havens, assistant coach. “We played well enough to put ourselves in a position to win the game but free throws were kind of our Achilles hill. We were 50 percent from the free throw-line, we missed six and we lost by six. If we take care of that and not make some careless turnovers and fouls late, we are in a position to win the game.” Men’s basketball plays in a tournament this coming up Friday and Saturday. If any fans will be in or near Durango, Colo. go check them out at Fort Lewis University. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. For more information email

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Bears maul RiverHawks in exhibition match
JasmiNe WrighT
TNe WriTer The NSU women’s basketball game against Missouri State ended with a final score of 71-39. From the looks of it, Missouri St. dismantled the Lady RiverHawks but a glimpse of the first half shows NSU won about the first 14 minutes of the game. “I thought combined in the first 14 minutes or so and the last 6 minutes of the second half we played 20 good minutes out of 40,” said Matt Cole, assistant coach. “I think it showed some fatigue because I think we were playing hard and some fatigue can make you make some bad decisions. They were a transition team and they were able to get some points in transition and switch up until that point.” As the game went on, MSU gave NSU a hard time with their defensive schemes. NSU had 19 turnovers and Missouri St. scored 18 points off of them. “We made too many turnovers. There is no doubt but there were other phases of the game that I am equally concerned about as far as us getting back on defense, being more alert on defense and rebounding,” said Randy Gipson, head coach. “I think we have to get better on all those things. I just think our team has to develop its own identity for how it’s going to play and we are still in the process of finding that right now.” Gipson said when NSU plays talented division I programs like MSU, it helps his players to understand their strength and weaknesses. The team plans to be ready for their Nov. 15 game. The Lady RiverHawks has done things differently to keep junky defenses like MSU from giving them a problem with scoring. They have practiced new cuts in their offenses and added a little something extra to their game. “We have worked on a offense called Menlo, therefore we will be better against teams that are switching our screens,” said To-


Courtesy Photo The 2011-2012 RiverHawks women’s basketball team features a line up of two freshmen, three sophomores, four juniors and three seniors. The team is prepared for their first regular season game.

sha Tyler, Vinita junior. “We have worked on getting open and handling ball pressure better to decrease turnovers. We have continued to get better at team defense, beginning with ball pressure and being in help position for drives or on guarding the post.” The women’s team say they are ready for their first regular season

game. “I think Northwest Missouri State is going to come ready to play,” said Cristy Nitz, senior from Bartlesville. “They went to the final four last year and won the regional at our house so I know they will come at us with all they’ve got. We as a team need to rely on each other and depend on

the teamwork we have worked so hard to achieve. We have many returnees who know the game well so we need to come in fired up and ready to protect our house, our road to the tournament will not be an easy one so every possession will count.” For more information, email

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