‘Xanadu’ opening night

by Dani Norton

Staff writer


Theatre at Southeastern and the SE Department of Music will present “Xanadu” Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

“Xanadu” follows Greek goddess Clio on her descent from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach to inspire Sonny, a struggling artist, to create what will be his greatest life achievement: building a roller disco.

Clio disguises herself as a roller skating Australian named Kira and eventually falls in love with Sonny, much to the dismay of her jealous sisters.

The musical is based on the 1980 film of the same name starring Olivia Newton-John and the iconic Gene Kelly. According to IMDB.com, the movie opened to a famous one-sentence review: “In a word, Xana-don’t.”

The film inspired a man named John Wilson to create the Razzie Awards, which dishonor the worst achievements in filmmaking each year. “Xanadu” director Robert Greenwald received the first ever Razzie Award for Worst Director for his movie.

Despite “Xanadu” being a big screen flop, it enjoyed much more success as a stage musical. The production opened on Broadway in 2007 to rave reviews and ran for more than 500 shows.

Along the way, it picked up several awards and was even nominated for Best Musical at the Tony Awards.

Dell McLain, chair of the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre, will be directing SE’s production of “Xanadu,” and he is certain audiences will appreciate it.

“It’s hilarity on wheels for anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired, with endless fun that will keep you in stitches, while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes will lift you out of your seat,” he said in a press release.

McLain went on to say that “this hilarious roller skating musical adventure is about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you.”

It will be “hilarity on wheels” because some members of the cast will, indeed, be donning roller skates for the performance.

The cast of “Xanadu” will feature senior Julia Castro as Clio/Kira and Boomer Lowerie as struggling artist Sonny. Dustin Curry will play Danny, a man Clio visited 40 years prior. Rebecca Sparks and Melinda Rocha will play Clio’s jealous sisters, Melpomeme and Calliope.

Additional cast members include Kevin Anastasio, Jessica Black, Brianne Cothran, Taylor Donaldson, Nick Growall, Sheridan Hill, Domanick Hubbard, Noel McDaniel, Apryl Mock, Jonothan O’Brien, Aaron Rains, Tanner Risner, Ashleigh Self and Jennifer Wills.

This will be freshman music major Anastasio’s first SE Theatre production. He said that he is excited for his first theatre experience to be something as fun and wild as “Xanadu.”

“It’s going to be a blast. This will be my first musical at Southeastern, and I’m honestly glad it’s something unique like ‘Xanadu,’ though it is a little intimidating,” he said.

Anastasio said that he hopes his love for disco music can help him overcome his nervousness about roller skating.

“Our stage isn’t exactly huge and I’m definitely not a professional roller skater. It will be interesting to see who comes out of this unscathed,” he continued.

Tickets for “Xanadu” can be purchased for $15 in advance by visiting SE Theatre’s homepage at www.se.edu/theatre or by phone at 580-745-2696. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20.


The cast of “Xanadu” prepares for opening night. (Courtesy photo)

SE Live held Feb. 8

by Chrissy Peake

Contributing writer


High school juniors and seniors came to Southeastern to tour the campus and envision themselves as college students during SE Live Wednesday, Feb. 8.

According to SE Recruitment Specialist Susan Hodson, 248 students along with 72 parents and counselors attended SE Live.

Some students came on buses accompanied by their counselors while others drove from cities all over Texas and Oklahoma accompanied by their parents. One student came all the way from Tennessee to attend the event.

The day began with registration at 8:15 a.m. in Montgomery Auditorium. The students watched performances by SE’s vocal jazz group Cat 5 and the Sparks Dance Team.

After an introduction from University Recruitment Coordinator Elizabeth Stidham and a speech from SE President Dr. Larry Minks, the students broke into small groups led by True Blue Ambassadors and attended several workshops.

According to se.edu, the True Blue Ambassador program is sponsored by SE’s Office of University Recruitment and the University’s Presidential Partners in order to promote student leadership and maximize recruitment. The True Blue Ambassadors are a diverse group of students who represent SE to prospective students and campus guests at events like SE Live.

One workshop was in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union Gym where the groups played ice-breaker games. They played a meet-and-greet version of rock-paper-scissors as well as Pictionary-charades.

The students were also encouraged to share their fears and uncertainties about going to college with each other. Some of the prospective students’ concerns were getting lost, failing, fitting in and leaving home.

The True Blue Ambassadors addressed the concerns of the prospective SE students by sharing their own experiences.

Lindsey Ludwick, SE junior and True Blue Ambassador, gave advice for new college students.  She said, “Go to class is the most important thing. Everything kind of falls into place after that.”

Brennan Watkins, Wilburton High School senior, said his greatest fear about going to college is money. He also said what he enjoyed most about SE Live was “meeting new people and seeing that it’s not as scary as I thought it was.”

Another workshop was called “Money Matters,” which covered scholarships and financial aid. This workshop was led by Dean of Enrollment Management Liz McCraw and Director of Financial Aid Tony Lehrling.

McCraw emphasized the importance of filling out scholarship applications. She said that some scholarships aren’t awarded due to lack of applicants. Scholarships can be very specific, right down to what elementary school a student attended. McCraw also said applications should be filled out by the students and not their parents so they are more personal.

The “College Success Class” workshop was led by Associate Dean of Academic Services Tim Boatmun and Academic Advising and Outreach Center Coordinator Marlin Blankenship. This workshop focused on adjusting to college life.

According to Boatmun, being involved in campus organizations is imperative to a college student’s academic success. Boatmun also emphasized that lack of attendance is “the No. 1 reason why college students fail out of school.”

During the student workshop, a separate session and tour was conducted for parents.

After the sessions concluded, a hotdog lunch was served in the SE ballroom provided by the First United Bank.  The Academic and Student Life Fair proceeded during lunch. This allowed the students to learn more about the different clubs and activities on campus.

Lunch was followed by a student choice session. Students were given the opportunity to tour the campus, go to the chorale open house, the band open house, aviation open house, admission and financial aid open house or the prospective student athlete open house.

Students had the opportunity to audition for the chorale and the band after SE Live adjourned. Admissions and Financial Aid Offices were open all day to the prospective students.


True Blue ambassador Ricky Righteous gives a tour for SE Live, Feb. 8. (Staff photo by David Reagan)

Records set in weather 2011

by Lornna Bates

Managing editor


In Oklahoma, the weather conditions of 2011 made for a year of extremes. The year began and ended with relatively mild weather,which has continued through 2012, but the time frame in between was far from mild.

Numerous records were broken, records that had existed for many years. In a press release reviewing the weather of 2011,Oklahoma “experienced nearly every weather calamity possible, setting all-time records for heat, cold, drought, tornadoes, hail and snow,” said Gary McManus, associate state climatologist of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

In addition, Oklahoma was rocked by a series of earthquakes during the month of November, “including a 5.6 intensity quake near Sparks on Nov. 5 – the strongest ever recorded in Oklahoma,” said McManus.

According to McManus, two winter weather storms of significant value hit the state in late January and early February of 2011.

Karen Moore, course information specialist of the Registrar’s Office, said that the school closings for Southeastern corresponded. The university was closed for inclement weather Jan. 10, Feb. 1-4 and then again Feb. 9-10.

“The first (storm) dumped up to 21 inches of snow in northeast Oklahoma with widespread reports of 6-12 inches over much of the state,” said McManus. “During a second storm several days later, the state record for 24-hour snowfall was broken when 27 inches of snow fell in Spavinaw over Feb. 8-9.”

On Feb. 10 Oklahoma broke yet another record. “The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Nowata reached a low of 31 degrees below zero,” said McManus. A majority of the northern portion of Oklahoma witnessed the bite of temperatures 20 degrees below zero or even lower.

The state’s previous record low of 27 degrees below was reached in both 1930 and 1905, McManus said in a news report from Feb. 10 on msnbc.msn.com.

The SE Bookstore experienced difficulty during the school closings, said Jackie Codner, manager of the Barnes and Noble campus installation. The storms fell around the initial semester rush, during the weeks before and after the beginning of the semester, she said.

Student emails were shut down, but Codner was able to promote eTextbooks on Facebook, she said, resulting in a number of digital book copies ordered. In addition, special-order books were delayed in arriving, said Codner, because of the weather and the delivery service’s inability to safely transport the orders.

Capt. Stacy Ballew, assistant director of Campus Police, said there were no unusual numbers of accidents that occurred on the SE campus during the winter weather storms.

Both Ballew and Codner said there was nobody on campus, and if there were, they weren’t venturing out into the icy conditions.

“As another example of 2011’s extreme weather,” said McManus, “high temperatures seven days later were in the 70s and 80s across the state. Nowata’s high temperature on Feb. 17 was 79 degrees, a remarkable 110-degree temperature swing within a week’s time.”

On the other end of the spectrum, “Oklahoma experienced the hottest summer of any state since records began in 1895 with a statewide average of 86.9 degrees,” said McManus. “July’s average temperature was 89.3 degrees, becoming the hottest month for any state on record, besting over 67,000 other months.”

According to McManus, Oklahoma also experienced the second hottest temperatures recorded for both the months of June and August of 2011.

“The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Grandfield recorded 101 days above 100 degrees, breaking the previous state record of 86 days from Hollis in 1956,” said McManus.

In addition, the record for Oklahoma City was previously 50 days of 100 plus degrees, a mark set in 1980. 2011 experienced 63 days of 100 plus degree days. “Similar records were broken throughout western Oklahoma,” said McManus.

McManus said La Niña was most likely responsible for the record high temperatures across the state, which brought extreme drought.

“The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Hooker recorded 6.2 inches of precipitation for the year,” said McManus, “the lowest total for an individual location ever recorded in Oklahoma.” The previous record, measuring 6.5 inches, was from 1956 in the town of Regnier.

In 1999, Oklahoma experienced a record 145 tornadoes, killing 42 people. 2011 brought the second highest count of 118 tornadoes, with 14 fatalities noted as the highest since 1999, said McManus.

Among the twisters, said McManus, was an EF5 which brought a recorded wind gust of 151 mph at the El Reno Mesonet site, the highest surface wind recorded in Oklahoma without the use of radar.

April 2011 bested its previous number, recording 50 tornadoes, said McManus. Oddly enough, all tornadoes occurred east of I-35.

November also recorded 10 tornadoes, which was the second highest on record for that month.

An EF4 tornado hit southwestern portions of Oklahoma on Nov. 7, said McManus, the highest tornado on record for the state of November.

As if that were not enough records broken, on May 23 Oklahoma witnessed a 6-inch diameter hailstone, also setting a new record, said McManus.

Due to the extreme weather conditions of 2011, Oklahoma paid billions of dollars in damages, McManus said.

He also said that 2012 would most likely experience mild weather conditions, as has been the case thus far, because of the extremes that occurred the previous year.

Eddie Harbin, director of the Physical Plant, said that the SE experienced damages to the landscaping and plants had to be replaced, but there were no other noticeable impacts to the campus.

Bake sale benefits CCC

by Lornna Bates

Managing editor


The SE graduate counseling students held fundraising events throughout the week of Jan. 30 in honor of the Tackle Domestic Violence week benefitting the Durant Crisis Control Center and their fight against domestic violence.

Fundraising activities included a three-day bake sale, a raffle, several Super Bowl parties, support from local businesses and private donations from within the community, said Dr. Kimberly Donovan, Clinical Mental Health Counseling program coordinator for SE, as well as member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Control Center since 2006.

“The SE graduate counseling students well exceeded their goal and raised over $1,000 with the bake sale, donations and from hosting Super Bowl parties,” Donovan said. All of the proceeds went directly to fund the Crisis Control Center, benefitting the shelter and counseling services that are provided for the community, Donovan said.

The bake sale, held Tuesday, Jan. 31 through Thursday, Feb. 2 in the basement of the Morrison Building, offered various baked goods (not store-bought) and fresh fruit. Every item was available for $1 and for every $5 spent, the person had the opportunity to enter their name into a raffle drawing.

Students, faculty and staff of SE made the bake sale a great success this year, Donovan said. The graduate students visited buildings and offices across the campus carrying baked goods and fruit items, giving those who were not able to make a trip to the Morrison basement the opportunity to participate in the fundraising activities.

The graduate counseling students also provided materials about domestic violence during the bake sale, Donovan said, spreading awareness of the issue and its impact on society, as well as on the local level, within our community.

The SE aviation department, with Dr. Stanley Alluisi, chair of aviation management, as well as the Hugo First Baptist Church’s Youth Group, led by youth minister Byron Smith, were instrumental in their support by hosting Super Bowl parties with successful results, Donovan said.

Alluisi said there were over a dozen people in attendance at his Super Bowl party this year. Last year, he began to collect money at the door, as well as pool money for each quarter, for which the winner of the quarter would receive half of the pool and the other half was also donated to the Crisis Center, Alluisi said.

As for the Super Bowl, Alluisi said, “I think the right team lost.”

The Durant Crisis Control Center offers help and support to victims of domestic violence. In addition the site offers resources, such as local self-defense classes available, preparation of a safety plan, what to do if children are involved and information on local food banks and clothes closets.

“The Durant Crisis Control Center is supported only by grants and donations,” Donovan said.

More information on the center is available at www.silencehidesviolence.org/#!get-help-now.

“The event was a big success again this year,” Donovan said, “and we look forward to holding the event again next year.”

“If you are a victim of domestic violence and you are looking for assistance, please contact your local crisis center, shelter, or law enforcement agency,” advised the Crisis Control Center website.

Anyone needing assistance should contact the local Crisis Control Center at 924-3030, the Oklahoma SAFELINE number, 1-800-522-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.silencehidesviolence.org/#!get-help-now for those in need.


The purple ribbon is symbolic of domestic violence prevention. (Courtesy photo from homepages.se.edu)

Accessorize in spring

by Chrissy Dill

Staff writer


This spring designers have revealed their true colors, and bland accessories such as black handbags and nude pumps are taking a break, making room for bright pastels, chunky earrings and fun shoes in platforms and novelty styles.

A trend Vogue.com calls “modern embellishments” has become popular this season, making an appearance on handbags and a variety of shoe styles.

With embellishment, you can dress up a simple shoe or bag and accomplish chic and practical at the same time.

Another pattern seen on purses and shoes this season is crocodile skin. While actual crocodile skin is worn on the runways, obviously this can be found fake and on a heel or bag in any boutique you walk into.

According to Vogue.com, this skin can be seen everywhere this spring, from evening clutches to day bags to iPad covers.

As far as jewelry is concerned, oversized earrings are the piece of the season. This type of jewelry is termed chandeliers, shoulder-dusters and so forth. This is definitely one look-changing accessory for spring.

Pair these earrings with a simple blouse, not in a loud print; there’s such a thing as being a little too costume-y.

A second trend in jewelry this spring, which can also be found in shoes, is transparency. Vogue.com calls this look “playful and modern at the same time.”

You can sport clear bangle bracelets or find heels with clear, possibly colored, plastic sides or straps to own this trend.

In recent seasons, especially last summer, bright, overdone colors such as tangerine and turquoise were featured on accessories, but this spring, ladylike pastels are in. Find a pair of pumps in a creamy peach or a powdery blue color.

To accomplish both the reptile skin and pastel trend, find a crocodile-skinned clutch in a light pink shade and pair it with your little black dress for a night out. And don’t forget your chunky gold earrings.

Vogue.com lists two types of shoes that are popular this season: the new platform and novelty heels.

The new platform is similar to the usual style, but a heel is added, though still very wide and a part of the platform itself.

Novelty heels are definitely statement shoes, and they feature an upbeat, creative design or style.

Ladies of all shapes and sizes can be happy about this next accessory that is as popular as ever this season: the belt.

Belts come in a variety of styles, wide or skinny, animal/floral print or solid colored.

This trend can be used to your advantage, worn high on your waist to accomplish an hourglass figure or low on your hips to make your hips seem smaller.

This is a simple addition that can go a long way when it comes to refreshing even the most standard of wardrobe staples.

This season provides a variety of accessories to spice up your wardrobe, whether ladylike pastels, crocodile skin or fun earrings.

Accessories serve as the cherry on top of your fabulous sundae of a spring outfit, so have fun shopping for these new trends and making them your own.


The new platforms with thick, chunky heels make their debut this spring. (Courtesy photo from www.vogue.com)


The transparency trend, shown above in heels and bangles, is a playful twist with a modern look. (Courtesy photo from www.vogue.com)


An embellished clutch available at Forever21 for $27.80. (Courtesy photo from www.forever21.com)


The new platforms with thick, chunky heels make their debut this spring. (Courtesy photo from www.vogue.com)


A faux crocodile skin handbag, such as above, can be found at Target, $31.49. (Courtesy photo from www.target.com)


Chunky earrings are definitely a look-changing accessory for spring. These can be found at Claire’s for $7.50. (Courtesy photo from www.claires.com)


Pastel sandals can be found at CharlotteRusse.com for $17.50. (Courtesy photo from www.charlotterusse.com)


The transparency trend, shown above in heels and bangles, is a playful twist with a modern look. (Courtesy photo from www.vogue.com)


Get this wide belt at Old Navy for $19.94. (Courtesy photo from oldnavy.gap.com)

TruTV unleashes steady stream of drama

by Lornna Bates

Managing editor


While I am in no way an expert on television shows or reality TV, I have discovered a channel that has captured my attention with a couple of shows that are addictive, to say the least.

TruTV, a network that supplies actual court hearings as they progress and true accounts of infamous crimes, is also creating an entertaining array of shows involving repossessions, friends embarrassing friends and “The World’s Dumbest (insert ANY topic here)” series, among others.

While I am almost embarrassed to admit this, three shows in particular keep me flipping to channel 63 (truTV at my house) most nights of the week.

First and foremost, “Impractical Jokers,” airing new episodes on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. is a new reality classic. Four friends since childhood, Murr, Sal, Q and Joe, invest a half-hour time slot solely to the mission of embarrassing each other.

Different skits are formulated by the four men to test the daring of the other cast members. At any given time, there are at least two of the cast members holding microphones, relaying instructions into an earpiece worn by the participant(s). As the man/men respond in the situation, the others are telling the participant(s) how to act, what to say and what actions to perform.

The choice is theirs: continue with the skit and repeat what is instructed or don’t. Simple, right?

Not so simple when, for example, Murr is standing in a crowded park in the middle of the day with a bull horn held to his mouth, pretending to say, “I hate all you Americans!” Unfortunately for Murr, he does not know what is being said at any time, as Q is the one speaking into the microphone while Murr is standing there for everyone to see.

The four men embark on a quest to push the limits of embarrassment and test how far they will go before they choose to save themselves from having to perform the outrageous stunt or say the shocking statement they have been instructed to do.

At the end of the show, the man who lost the most times in the show has to fulfill the ultimate embarrassment, whether it be by stopping the skit or failing to convince someone into giving them a tip while acting like a fool serving them, for example. You would have to watch the show to see the end games, but suffice it to say, the loser is not aware of what is coming and has no choice but to follow through with the matter.

And quickly becoming my all-time favorite is “Lizard Lick Towing,” the story of husband and wife team, Ronnie and Amy Shirley, and their long-time friend Bobby Brantley. The couple own the towing agency featured in the show, Lizard Lick Towing.

Shirley and Brantley, both big dudes (although big does not always imply muscle), routinely go out and tow an unsuspecting person’s vehicle (although they quit paying for it, so surely they knew that it was coming).

Shirley is mouthy and quite fond of redneck phrases but rarely has the capability to back his mouth up. Brantley, on the other hand, has Shirley’s back, serves as a distraction during the process and has an uncanny ability to grab a man by the neck and plant him on his back in less than two seconds.

Even more impressive than Brantley’s mad skill is Amy, who I have seen push a man three times her weight out the door of the shop and onto his back.

The man had the nerve to shove her because he did not agree with the policies or practices of the company, which none do in that situation. He is one of many she has bested in her quest to protect the place.

The show is nothing but drama and, in my personal opinion, is so full of ridiculousness and insanity that it soon becomes a necessity that I cannot live without. I look forward to Monday evenings at 9 p.m. for the newest installment of redneck excitement.

An example of one of Ronnie Shirley’s many words of wisdom: “That is nuttier than a port-a-potty at a peanut festival.” Now who could not be abhorred, yet strangely intrigued by a statement like this?

Finally, my least favorite is “The World’s Dumbest” series. There literally is no end to the topics that you could choose to make a show out of this. Criminals (1,2,3…), police chases (1,2,3…), dare devils (1,2,3…), crashes (1,2,3…), etc. Do you see where I am going with this?

The best part for me is the steady stream of guest hosts who are featured on the show. Tonya Harding, Todd Bridges, Leif Garrett, Amy Fisher and Danny Bonaduce, all famous for various shocking criminal activities in the past, host the show with a multitude of other guests and comedians, varying by show, commenting on the idiocy of the people caught on film.

It is rewarding on so many different levels. Sometimes you just need to watch a show that makes you laugh at the misfortune of others, due to their own dumba–edness.

As I mentioned though, this is my least favorite. I am never guaranteed a great show, or a topic that I will even find entertaining. There are times that I will fight my other half to change the channel because the stupidity is just too much to handle.

And just when I think that I am complete in my lazy, down-time entertainment, while I am writing this, another truTV show debuts for the season called “South Beach Tow” and it is hilarious.

With one episode and the promise of even more action-packed insanity and entertainment, how could I resist?


Actors Daniel Baldwin, Danny Bonaduce and Todd Bridges, as well as Olympic skater Tonya Harding, are among the co-hosts of “The World’s Dumbest” on truTV. (Courtesy photo from www.trutv.com)



Underground pipeline plan not (in) OK

by Laura Tomah

Yeardisc editor


It seems some things never change, like political figures constantly making waves with social networking sites.

No, don’t get too excited. This is not another Wiener incident.

This time it involves Oklahoma’s governor and her support for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which she has repeatedly expressed on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

President Barrack Obama felt a delay of the pipeline was necessary for all the proper precautions to be taken and denied the presidential permit on Jan. 19.

The Keystone XL Pipeline was originally going to take crude oil from Alberta, Canada to various locations in the United States, including Oklahoma’s very own Cushing Oil Distribution, all the way down along the Gulf Coast of Texas.

In addition to boasting her support continually on social networking sites, Gov. Mary Fallin also sent a letter to Obama on Feb. 21, 2011 urging him to approve the pipeline, according to the Oklahoma Republication Party website.

In the letter Fallin said, “The pipeline represents an enormous and undeniable opportunity for job creation and economic stimulus at a time when the nation is sorely in need of both. The creation of the pipeline will also help to ensure our nation’s future energy needs are met with resources from politically stable regions of the world right here in North America…

“Yet despite the obvious benefits of moving forward, some environmentalists seem bent on denying or even preventing the construction of this pipeline…

“I enthusiastically recommend that your administration reconsider and embrace the considerable potential for economic stimulus represented by this project and approve it immediately.”

While I understand that there are financial benefits to the Keystone XL Pipeline, have the risk factors truly been looked at by our political leaders, including our governor?

Do these politicians not remember the BP oil spill that took place not all that long ago? Does Fallin really understand that this will be running though her very own state?

By offering her support of this pipeline without fully investigating the risks to her constituents, Fallin is not doing her job properly. In Oklahoma we have an aquifer that runs under our state, and putting an oil pipeline under our state could potentially jeopardize our water source if we do not properly investigate the risks.

NPR reported on Jan. 12 that the little pipeline that Fallin is in complete support of is a mere 1,700 miles and will bring Alberta’s tar sands all the way down to Gulf Coast refineries.

I am not saying a pipeline couldn’t work for the U.S., but is there a reason we have to transport it quite that far? Could we not use a refinery that is a little closer to Alberta? For that matter, I would be in support of building one if our oil use is that big of a problem.

If we used a refinery closer to the Canadian border, it would still supply the jobs she is pushing for without the extended pipeline risking pollution while it travels almost 2,000 miles.

Russ Girling, President and CEO of TransCanada the Calgary-based Corporation stated that they will be fully committed to making this pipeline happen and they will release a new pipeline route in September or October. Obama announced at this time according to the Canada website that the decision will be put off until 2013.

According to the Canada website, Canada.gc.ca,  this new plan will avoid areas in Nebraska that are more environmentally sensitive. Girling, has faith that a new permit can be approved by late 2014.

“The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment,” Obama said according to the Canada website. “This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.”

Fallin was less than enthusiastic about Obama’s decision. According to newson6.com, Fallin said “The decision by the president to block construction of this pipeline is more evidence this administration is beholden to radical environmentalists and does not care about real job creation or the plight of tens of millions of unemployed Americans.

“I am outraged by President Obama’s obstructionism, poor judgment and lack of regard for a project that would help secure America’s energy independence, boost our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

However, Fallin does not stand alone in her support. Our neighbor to the south is also in strong support of a pipeline that could potentially harm our environment. According to www.gardian.co.uk on Feb. 16, Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, stated “Obama wants us to believe he is for jobs, economic opportunity and greater energy security, and his Keystone decision does help meet those goals—for the People’s Republic of China. The American people get nothing.”

As a concerned citizen of Oklahoma and the United States I recommend other students realize that this pipeline really could affect our future. What if we are the victims of the next major oil spill?

I also recommend following Fallin and other political figures on social networking sites because if there is anything we learned from last year in politics, it that we often learn interesting facts about our elected officials on these sites.


Courtesy photo from http://www.transcanada.com

Website motto oversight

Staff reports


Universities are institutions of higher learning (with learning being the operative word). However this is not always taken into account when dealing with students who are trying to advance their skills and knowledge, but are far from perfect.

Mistakes happen, and luckily for our students, Southeastern is the place to make those mistakes in order to learn from and avoid making them in a future career.

At the student newspaper, mistakes are not only made but are often inadvertently placed permanently into the printed paper, The Southeastern. It seems that no matter how hard the staff may try, it is inevitable that a mistake will be noticed after the product is finalized.

For example, after researching in depth, the editorial from the Jan. 26 edition concluded that Southeastern did not have a discernable motto, which could potentially affect an interested party’s decision to become a student of the campus.

Following the issue, Elizabeth Stidham, university recruitment coordinator, notified the staff of an error with this statement. The staff would like to extend a debt of gratitude to Stidham for pointing out our mistake and offering the solution to our question. With Stidham’s help, we are able to print a correction and learn from the experience, as well as grow as budding reporters.

In fact, Southeastern does have a motto and it is written for all to see (in Latin) on the crest of the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library entrance, “Sapere Aude.” The English translation equates to “Dare to be Wise.” There is a plaque in front of the walkway to the library entrance which holds a brief history of the university and the library.

Although the names Plato and Dante also adorn the library, surrounding the motto, they are not a part of the actual motto, but a reference possibly to the philosphy, knowledge and poetic literature that the library represents and contains within.

An archived The Southeastern, from Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 was found on www.se.edu, which contains a “Welcome from President Turner” and mentions the motto and issues a challenge to students to excel in education received from the campus. Is this to be the only references, those mentioned in archived material (an afterthought)?

Stidham said that the True Blue Ambassadors do tell the school motto on campus tours, but there is no other information available on tour reference cards for the motto or its origins.

Stidham also pointed that various slogans are used for the campus, depending on the department, such as “Where your story begins…,” the catchphrase for the Recruitment Office, and “Building Better Futures,” used by the President’s Office.

Can we institute a change to the campus motto information made available on www.se.edu in an effort to avoid confusion? Or are we moving away from the motto and referring to the slogans only?


“Sapere Aude,” meaning “Dare to be wise,” adorns the entrance to the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library, inviting academic challenge in education. (Staff photo by Lornna Bates)

Glover joins library staff

by Kendra Germany

Staff writer


Southeastern welcomes the newest addition to the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library staff, Reference Librarian Katy Ann Glover.

Glover graduated from SE in 2006 and received a Bachelor of Arts in English. Glover went on to earn a Master of Science in library science from the University of North Texas in 2008.

Before becoming the new reference librarian, Glover was an instructor in the Department of English, Humanities and Language for five years.

Glover has strong ties with SE. “I’ve been married to a fellow Southeastern alumnus, Michael Glover, for six years,” said Glover. “We met when we were students at Southeastern.”

According to Glover, a reference librarian has many duties to perform. “As reference librarian, it is my job to assist students, faculty and community members with their research questions,” said Glover. “I provide instruction on everything from how to use the catalog system to how to locate materials.”

A reference librarian’s job does not end there.

“I also provide information about how to use the library databases and locate the best sources of information,” said Glover.

“I also supervise the evening student workers and the closing of the library for the night.”

Glover said she is excited about getting to work with the students.

According to Glover, working with students has always been her passion at Southeastern. “As an English instructor, I was passionate about teaching students how to perform quality research, and working in the library gives me the best opportunity to do this.”

Glover said she feels that her experience and history with Southeastern gives her an advantage.

“As a former student, I feel that I understand the needs and abilities of the students so that I can provide them with reference services that help them but do not overwhelm them,” said Glover.

The library is open 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 to 10 p.m. on Sunday during the spring and fall semesters.

Glover encourages SE students to use the resources the library offers.

“I would like the students to know that we are here to help in any way possible,” said Glover. “We can help locate any type of information, and if we don’t have it we can procure it through the InterLibrary Loan network.”

The library’s website states that the InterLibrary Loan network is a system that gives the library access to more than 100 million books and journal articles from across the world.

“We can provide demonstrations on how to use resources, and we can offer friendly guidance on selecting the best information,” said Glover.

For more information about the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library reference desk, call 745-2932 or visit the reference desk on the first floor.


Reference Librarian Katy Ann Glover is the newest addition to the staff of the Henry G. Bennett Meorial Library. (Courtesy photo from homepages.se.edu/library)