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Media Day returns

Tennis team practices

NSUs Media Studies department presents the 42nd annual Media Day.See page 5

RiverHawk tennis prepares for MIAA Conference Championship.See page 19

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Veteran learns to read after lifelong struggleKELI HOFFMANTNE WRITER The ability to read a book or newspaper is a skill some take for granted. For Ed Bray, 90-year-old Cookson resident, it was a skill he thought he would never learn. Janine Price, secretary II at the Cappi Wadley Reading and Technology Center, met Bray at a mutual friends house for dinner one evening about six months ago. Bray asked Price what she did for a living. She told him she worked at the literacy center at NSU where they tutored children and adults to improve their reading ability. He stopped me and said nobody can help me read, said Price. Bray revealed to Price that he did not know how to read, and any attempt to teach him had been unsuccessful. Price gave his information to Dr. Tobi Thompson, director of the Cappi Wadley Reading and Technology Center, and told him she might be able to help. You never know what you can do to help somebody when you share a part of your life with them, said Price. Thompson did not immediately begin lessons with Bray. Instead, they would talk about Brays life, and Thompson slowly built a rapport with him. Thompson said they would talk about his time served in the war, his wife, children and past attempts at learning to read. Every time someone tried to teach him, either the teacher or Bray would eventually give up. People would tell him that there must continued on page 2

Keli Hoffman/TNE Ed Bray, Cookson resident, visits with Dr. Tobi Thompson, director of the Cappie Wadley Reading and Technology Center. Thompson helped Bray learn to read at the age of 89.

NSU gives back to community with Big EventMIRANDA CAUGHRONTNE WRITER More than 300 NSU students, faculty and staff have committed to bettering the Tahlequah community. Big Event takes place on April 6 starting inside the Jack Dobbins Field House. The Big Event started at Texas A&M and now involves more than 70 other schools. I think it is important for students to give back to the community as a way to say thank you, said Megan Edmonds, Big Event chairman and Herb Rozell scholar. Tahlequah supports us in so much, and this is just one of the many ways we can support them. Volunteers will have an opening meeting and then be released to their job sites around 10 a.m. They will receive breakfast and lunch and should be done with their work by 2 p.m. I am volunteering for Big Event with my fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha, said Matthew Recktenwald, Eufaula junior. I love helping others and giving back to the community because the community has given so much to me. Students will do anything from raking leaves and weeding to painting a house. Each of the jobs should take no more than a continued on page 2

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Professor helps Bray accomplish his dreamcontinued from page 1 be something wrong with him, said Thompson. Bray told Thompson he did not want to be put in a classroom with other students, and he did not want to do lessons on a computer. Thompson honored his requests and began creating lessons that tailored to Brays needs. In talking with him, I learned he was an Eddie Arnold fan, said Thompson. I picked Eddie Arnold song lyrics Mr. Bray knew and used those as a place to start. Thompson said that the process grew from there. Thompson turned the lyrics into flashcards, and Bray soon mastered those. My lifes done a 180 degree turn since I met her, said Bray. A few weeks ago, Bray read his first book about George Washington. Bray said after learning to read he felt like he was walking on clouds. People around the world have been inspired by Brays story, sending him letters and donating books from places such as Scotland and Canada. Mr. Bray proves that you are never too old to follow your dreams, to achieve your goals and to learn something new, said Thompson. Thompson said this is a lesson that applies to all. Bray served in World War II where he was severely wounded and almost did not make it out alive. Bray said he woke 14 days after the incident in a hospital in Europe where he was certain he had died. After the war, he worked at Tinker Air Force Base until retirement. His wife helped him through life with anything that required reading. She passed away in 2009, so his desire to learn intensified. Bray said illiteracy was tougher on him than war. Spending time talking to him and getting to know him has been a pleasure, said Thompson. I look forward to seeing him on Tuesdays and Thursdays and talking and working with him. He has a story to tell, and I am honored that I am the one who gets to listen. For more information, email

Nationwide volunteer program comes to campuscontinued from page 1 few hours to complete and will not involve power tools of any kind. NSU has the Big Event specifically for the purpose of providing a way for NSU students to give back to the community that supports us in our academic endeavors, said Edmonds. Big Event is based out of the Student Affairs office, specifically with the student activities department. Big Event is chaired by Herb Rozell Scholars, Megan Edmonds and Morgan Bozone, with help from a Big Event committee. We had around 800 volunteers last year and the community really appreciated it, said Alix Wells, member of the Big Event committee. They really do look to NSU for help. Wells said it is a really good program. Big Event is an opportunity for NSU students, faculty and staff to say thank you to the Tahlequah community for the continued support of NSU. The mission of Big Event is to bring the community together. I have volunteered for the last two years and its really reward-

Miranda Caughron/TNE Sarah Fletcher and Christie Fullerton Big Event committee members check on a job site at local Tahlequah residents Janna and Steve Hopkins on March 27. Big Event will be April 6 and is one of the largest volunteer events for NSU students, faculty and staff.

ing, said Wells. It is always someone that needs help. It is not just a project that you do and leave and dont feel good about what you have done. It makes our community a better, tighter community. Big Event is still accepting volunteers. Students wishing to participate must go down to the student activities office to sign up.

Many student organizations have already turned in their packets. It is really hard work, very hard work, said Janna Hopkins, Tahlequah resident. We both have bad backs and we have been trying to get our project done for two years and havent been able to get it done yet. Hopkins found the ad for the Big Event in the paper.

I thought it would be really great and we could get help, said Hopkins. Hopkins said she is grateful for all the students hard work. Big Event also sponsors a reflection event which focuses on all of the volunteer work done. The Big Event is April 16 at Beta Field. For more information, email

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Campus housing increases securityDREW BENNETTTNE WRITER Students have probably noticed in the past three weeks it has become more difficult to get into the Leoser complex. On March 5, the housing department restricted access to the building. Students must enter through the door between Counseling Center and Northwest Leoser. The door through housing is still open but is locked after the housing department closes at 5 p.m. Despite rumors the cause of the sudden increase in security is due to a break-in, the real reason is not so drastic or extreme. We did not have a particular incident that caused us to increase security, said Ellic Thayne King, director of housing. Weve been looking for ways to make the halls as secure as possible in all areas of campus. In Leoser we found that we had a significant number of non-residents cutting through the complex. These people were not escorted and on a number of occasions, we found that they were trying to enter the residential wings without an escort. King said they decided too many exterior doors were unlocked at times they did not need to be. We changed access in those areas while keeping one door open for non-Leoser residents who want to visit Essentials, said King. Though for the most part students seem OK with the changes, there have been complaints about the inconvenience this has caused some students in Logan, Ross and Hastings, mostly because of the increased distance. Most students want to get out of the unseasonal weather as quickly as possible. The residents of Logan, Ross and Hastings had to walk around the south end of South Leoser to enter the building at the far south end of the Mile of Tile before we made the change, said King. Now, the additional distance is roughly twice the length of the Southwest Leoser wing. You now have to walk around that wing to the front of the building and then access the door by the Counseling Center. That is maybe another 200 yards of exercise than what was experienced before we made the changes. We didnt think such a small amount of distance would be too much to ask in order to provide more security for all of the residents of Leoser. While some students are still skeptical, other students have welcomed the change. Its great actually, and it improves security for us and makes for a safer environment, said James Parker, student housing worker. Parker said he did not have many issues before this though. As an RA I think it is good, but as a student ho