Three Selected For Athletic Hall Of Fame

By Delmi Menendez
Staff Reporter

The department Hall of Fame committee has selected three individuals to be inducted in the class of 2017. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Feb 11, at 11 a.m. in the Skyview Suite of the Pioneer Cellular Event Center located in Weatherford, Okla.
Joining the SWOSU Athletic Hall of Fame this year will be Cord McCoy, Jet McCoy and Eugene Wilton.
Cord McCoy, a member of the SWOSU Rodeo team from 2000-03. At the College National Finals Rodeo, Cord helped the Bulldog’s top five finishes, placed sixth in Bull Riding in 2000, and seventh in saddle bronc in 2003 at the CNFR.
After graduating from SWOSU with a Business Administration degree, he continued to ride professionally and won five International Professional Rodeo (IPR) World Champion titles.
In 2005 He qualified for the CBR finals, as well as qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo that same year. In 2006 he decided to join the Professionals Bull Riders (PBR,) and qualified six times and was a member of Team USA at the World Cup in Australia. Cord and his brother Jet competed in a television show, The Amazing Race season 16. They were invited back to race in two All-Star seasons, 18 and 24.
Jet McCoy, also a member of the SWOSU rodeo team 1999-02. Helped the Bulldogs complete a very successful era.
He competed in not one, but three CNFR’s for SWOSU, where the bulldogs earned runner-up finish in 2000, and finish fifth in 2001. Jet finished fifth in the all-around individually, eight in bareback and ninth in bull riding in 2000, at that point he took fourth in the all-around in 2001. He tied for sixth in the all-around and claimed seventh place bareback, his senior season.
Before competing in the hit show The Amazing Race in 2003 along with his brother cord, Jet earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology from SWOSU.
Eugene Wilton, a four year starter for SWOSU Football team from 1968-71, where the bulldogs won four consecutive Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference (OCAC,) championships. Wilton started at defensive end and served as the Bulldogs kicker, earning three all-conference selections, which included a First Team All-OCAC honor as a senior.
After a very successful season, his senior year Wilton earned the Luttrell Award, which is presented to the most outstanding senior athlete. Wilton earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from SWOSU in 1972, later that year he signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Athletics Hall of Fame started the program to honor student athletes, coaches and staff who have made a significant impact on the university and the SWOSU Athletics Department.
The committee selection is made up of SWOSU athletics staff, and alumni. One of the members being Brian Adler, he has been part of the honorable committee for 30 years.
“The athletic hall of fame welcomes nominations,” Adler said. Nominations can be made online at swosuathletics.com for more information contact Sports Director Dough Self 580.774.7162.

Tucker, SWOSU Prepare For Push For GAC Title

By Rachel Jamieson
Staff Reporter

The Lady Bulldogs are slam dunking their way into the new year with a ball in hand and the dreams of bringing home a ring. The team currently sits fourth in the Great American Conference with a 6-3 record, 10-5 overall.
On Wednesday’s game, Hailey Tucker scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to the lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 97-79 win over Southeastern.
Tucker finished with 20 points. Not only is she dreaming of bringing home a conference championship ring, sophomore guard Tucker states she hopes to follow her basketball career by “playing overseas. Not only would it be a great experience, but to continue the game I love.” Not only is she a great scorer, but she “improves every day to be a good defender.”
“Harding University is one of our toughest competitor teams,” states Hailey as she explains they have a “successful program.” The Lady Bulldogs take on Harding’s Lady Bison Jan. 26 at the Pioneer Event Center at 5:30pm.

What Is A ‘Useful’ App?

Kathy Martinez
Staff Reporter

Technology has soared beyond internet on the computer to internet applications of all sorts on our cell phones. Applications that differ from social media, like Facebook or Instagram, to beyond news and weather reports.
Nearly everybody has a smartphone, including students here at SWOSU. The big question remains for our students, are apps wasting our time or are they helpful?
“I personally believe apps are a quick and easy form of entertainment as well as tools to help people with different tasks,” said SWOSU sophomore Logan Boese.
“There are thousands of different apps that can help with different things from weight loss to writing word documents,” he said.
Another SWOSU student, Norma Cossio, senior, said “It really depends on what application you’re pinpointing. Some applications can take up way too much of your time, like Instagram, while others can help you predict your next road trip, like a weather app.”
Applications on our cellphones can be helpful and useful, however, there are some applications that could waste our time and be highly distracting. The use of applications may be all a personal preference of use.

Franchise Favorites, Reboots Come To Theaters This Year

By Brylee Vandiver
Staff Reporter

Many anticipated movies are headed for our screens this spring. Viewers can expect comedies, dramas, thrillers and more, as well as many continuations of critically-acclaimed fan favorites. The lineup includes: Transformers: the Last Knight set to premiere June 23, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, comes out on May 26. The Fate of the Furious, the next installment in the Fast and Furious series, will hit the big screen on April 14, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will premiere on May 5.
Sophomore Leanna Cook said that she’s “really excited about the new live-action Beauty and the Beast coming out” and that she’s also looking forward to The Lego Batman Movie.
Beauty and the Beast will be released on March 17 and The Lego Batman Movie on February 10.
These are just a few of the expected big hits that are set to release over the next few months:
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter- Jan. 27
Fifty Shades Darker- Feb. 10
Logan- Mar. 3
Kong: Skull Island- Mar. 10
Power Rangers- Mar. 24
Smurfs: The Lost Village- April 7
Unforgettable- April 21
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword- May 12
Snatched- May 12
Everything, Everything- May 19
Baywatch- May 26
Wonder Woman- June 2
The Mummy- June 9
Amityville: The Awakening- June 30
Despicable Me 3- June 30
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Chinese New Year Celebration Cancelled

By Hibah Aljohani
Staff Reporter

The Chinese New Year celebration scheduled for January 26 on the Student Union Lawn has been cancelled.
“Unfortunately AASA is nxyear-of-the-rooster-lanterns-jpg-pagespeed-ic-nhfxuvenqvot doing that this year due to lack of interest. AASA was planning to have dragon dances, festival games and food, arts and crafts to display and sell. Unfortunately, there was not enough interest in helping make it happen,” said Lyly Van.
Chinese New Year is on Jan 28 2017, based on the lunar calendar. Because of this, it is also called the Lunar New Year.
The event, planned by SWOSU’s Asian American Student Association, was meant to celebrate the Chinese New Year and allow everyone on campus to participate in the festivity.

Hilltop Theatre Has Busy Spring

By TJ Comstock
Staff Reporter

Among other noteworthy dates on the spring calendar are upcoming performances from the SWOSU Theatre Department.
The Theatre Department started rehearsals Wednesday night for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”, which opens March 2. The musical features one of the largest sets ever to be built in the Hilltop Theatre. The play will run for four days: Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 nightly and Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
Auditions for this production were held last semester.
“We wanted people to look over scripts and music before we went on break, which is something we have never done before,” said Director Steve Strickler.
Looking beyond, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” Strickler also gave some insight into other plays being performed by the department.
“After spring break, we will audition for our student-directed 10 minute plays” he said. “Every other semester we offer play directing and production and we match those students with students in the lighting design class and they produce a play for a final project.”
These plays will be performed at 7 p.m. April 20 and 21 and will feature approximately 10 directors and 11 lighting designers.
Performances will be held at the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre. The plays will be open to the public as well as SWOSU students. Students can see the performances free with proof of student ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre Box Office at 580-775-6046.

Water Aerobics Class Offered At SWOSU

By Amber Trogdon
Staff Reporter
For the spring semester, the SWOSU pool will be the site of something different than just regular pool hours. A free water aerobics class will be offered for students, faculty, and staff each Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Regular pool hours have been adjusted slightly: the pool is open Monday through Friday 6-7:50 a.m., 12-1:50 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. However, it will be closed Tuesday evenings for Scuba. The pool is located on the west end of the Rankin Williams Fieldhouse.
For any questions or more information contact Paul Hummel of the Parks and Recreation Management Department at paul.hummel@swosu.edu.