The Daily O'Collegian (Stillwater, OK), 2012-12-07
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lighting up the town samantha kurtzo'collegian canyons malamute puppies was awarded for best group at thursday night's parade. parade draws big crowd downtown by kyle hinchey general assignment reporter more than 10,000 people lined the streets thursday night to watch annual christmas parade make its way through downtown stillwater. of lights began at 7 p.m. and lasted an hour. this year's theme was "christmas carols candy canes," which encourages participants decorate their floats vehicles accordingly. only about half 30 groups in the parade followed theme. groups that did, however, were awarded for their creativity. judges selected best-decorated and cash prizes. contest was divided into five categories. stillwater parks recreation won first place best float. canyons malamute puppies group, perkins-tryon high school band band. crowd surrounded from start to finish. many families, watching of lights has become a tradition. this was stillwater resident rachel palmer's fourth time to attend the parade with her family. "it's nice see different themes from year year," palmer said. "i think my family's favorite part is interaction. people in are very friendly and always come say hi pass out candy kids." for others, such as ted porter his 4-year-old son kaden, their first watching. a great event everyone but especially kids," "(kaden) has been having of life. he's just loved lights for a highlight video of the parade lights visit ocolly.com the music." co-coordinator tom williams said crowd participation is most important part of parade. "(participation) only way this thing works," said. "without crowd's support over years, parade would be nothing." newsocolly.com h the daily a q'collegian fr .h t 1 csnis www.ocolly.com fbt at oklahoma state university since 1895 veterans receive help with school, life by sally asher general assignment reporter osu is trying to support its veterans. the office of veterans affairs at oklahoma state university, an within registrar, acts as a middleman between students and federal government, assistant registrar paula barnes said. ryan moehle, specialist in student affairs, said supports six chapters military benefits, but post-911 gi bill newest, often referred "chapter 33,' which based on hours served active duty. "the entitlement pays for tuition, fees, housing allowance book stipend," he "it can be transferred, meaning veteran earns can, under certain conditions, transfer their dependent like spouse or child." after receive eligibility confirmation from va, they submit necessary benefits paperwork university office, goes back va verification reimbursement, who have been recertified every semester wait about week benefit reimbursement appear bank accounts, moehle see page 3 i vr " t "p? v"- f 1-1 n r"n ' 4 jt( hiiimm' ikmy lalsikli ducky's tip: get the l o -m.j.wux- q x. 'o col 1 upper hand t-yltui.mi-m flnn cil f-v v "! bt y before you figure out how to tie jjt(l'al ii jt.fr-- j jvv a or which shoes wear, 2pm2sffle!z research company you're ftrspffir . v.wn , abut tomeet- ip5 officer recalls good and bad of law enforcement by kyle hinchey general assignment reporter it isn't the endless danger or gore he hates most. violence even low pay. it's waiting. overwhelming and tedious paperwork could drown hall in. master patrol officer heath hall has seen everything from grisly murder scenes to decapitated bodies at smoldering wreck sites since he became a police is years ago. but of witnessing graphic crimes and accidents hardened hall. his shift, which spans through the evening rush hour tuesday friday, almost guarantees responds wrecks daily. it's worse when in highway patrol's jurisdiction. one dark chilly night, responded an accident that happened on oklahoma state 51 outskirts stillwater. pulled up site simultaneously with ambulance immediately realized what happened. old beat-up porsche sped away stillwater deer found itself car's headlights. driver swerved right lost control, causing car flip four times before finally coming stop about 40 yards road. by time it was done, pieces littered empty field. anybody who known would probably agree born for it. enid raised wakita, possessed characteristics other kids grew didn't. strong, silent type, every word left mouth had meaning. he stayed out of trouble and kept his eyes on the future. after graduated from high school, joined navy rigged parachutes for four years. choice to sign up military was simple. it wasn't a sense patriotism but rather way gain experience earn some money. started career in enforcement liberal, kan., 1998. lasted years there. doesn't care much any place other than oklahoma, first town offer him job, afraid another might not pop up. strong disdain kansas longing oklahoma brought stillwater police department. where discovered an unexplainable, mildly disturbing talent work. year being officer, responded possible suicide. this death-related call. "it 17-year-old male that worked at long john silver's upset dad, so snuck into dad's room, took revolver placed temple pulled trigger," hall says. it's is later, can recall every detail. bloodstains wall. furniture placement. scene never bothered him. body has seen didn't have sleeping night. call ability calm unaffected by gruesome scenes curse. considers gift. because all officers deal with these situations often, hall's natural-born gift necessity survive field. actually, said if someone stays enough, even most squeamish people build immunity. see page 3 i social media helps solve crime by allie haddican crime reporter solving a was only tweet away for the oklahoma state university police department this week. osupd tweeted and posted picture of person interest on facebook at noon monday. asked osu community to assist in identifying man, according osupd's status. director communications gary shutt said man suspected stealing student's id card. "the used fraudulently purchase two books from stu dent union bookstore," shutt said. "the books were then sold elsewhere for cash." the department obtained photo from surveillance video footage of suspect. said that once posted on twitter and facebook, picture received about 10,000 views in two hours. "within four hours we separate phone calls identifying same person," callers not connected any way stated they saw social media pages." police submitted a probable cause affidavit to payne county district attorney's office anticipate charges being filed against the suspect. shutt said that department has attempted to use their social media site without success in past. "they were more proactive this time retweeting and reposting message," said. osupd's twitter account they will continue "as a way of sharing reliable information with osu community." follow osupd on okstatepd like it facebook at oklahoma state university police department. newsocolly.com courtesy of osupc this photo led to the apprehension a suspect in reported theft week.
|Title||The Daily O'Collegian (Stillwater, OK), 2012-12-07|
|Subject||Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals-Oklahoma; Stillwater, (Okla.)-Newspapers|
|Description||The student-run newspaper at Oklahoma State University from 1924 -|
|Relation||The Daily O'Collegian|
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