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OSU is joining the fight around the world to keep wrestling an olympic sport.

When the International Olympic Committee announced it’s recommendation in February to drop the sport, committees from all around the world started to form to keep it in the games.

My media partner Chelsea Judge and I were curious to how this decision could affect Oklahoma State because of it’s legacy of having wrestlers in the games. We had no idea that one of the best U.S. Olympic wrestlers of all time lives right here in Stillwater. OSU head coach John Smith is a two time gold freestyle wrestling champion in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. We were provided with the opportunity to interview him and ask why he thinks wrestling is getting the boot.

I do believe we can’t just point the finger at IOC,” Smith said. “We need to point the finger as well at our International Governing Body for Wrestling and ask them, “Why are we in this situation?” Well, we did ask it and our president has recently resigned.”

Smith said this is an opportunity to get the word out about wrestling, and make the community stronger than ever.

“I’ve never seen something get organized this fast in my life,” Smith said. “And I think one of the big reasons we have become so organized world wide is because we have presidents involved in this issue that are stepping up all over the world. We have some of the greatest business minds in the U.S. behind us.”

OSU has 17 medals from wrestling in the Olympics since 1924. Smith said he is fighting for OSU’s wrestling legacy, fighting for young people to have the same opportunities he has had, and fighting to preserve the sport because it has been apart of the Olympics since the Ancient Greeks.

A final decision and vote on abolishing wrestling will not happen until September.

The sounding of a tornado siren can mean several different things depending on what town you are located in. In this story I compared the sirens of Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Stillwater to see how they differ and how Oklahoma citizens should spring into action when the siren sounds.

The first question I asked Emergency Management in Tulsa and Stillwater was, ‘When a siren sounds, what does it mean?” In Tulsa, it means that there is either 80 mph winds, or a tornado warning. In Stillwater, the sirens only sound if there is a tornado. And according to, in OKC the sirens are a means of alerting people only to the point that any OKC citizen should tune into a weather broadcast to see if a severe weather threat exists in their area of the city.

In Tulsa and Stillwater, when a siren sounds you should run to the safest place in your home.

“When the storm sirens sound for Stillwater, it means to take cover immediately,” Rob Hill said, Stillwater Emergency Management Technician. “It doesn’t mean you have 5 or 10 minutes. Even though a lot of the time we do activate as early as possible to give people as much time as possible to get cover, it’s not the time to go out to your vehicle to to drive to cover. It’s too late for that.”

But in Oklahoma City if the sirens sound, citizens do have time to drive somewhere else for cover but are encouraged to check a news broadcast first before.

If a siren is sounded multiple times anywhere in Oklahoma, it means to stay in cover. There is no such thing as an “all clear” siren sound. They only sound for severe weather threats.

“We activate the encoder and that activates all the sirens for 3 minutes on, one minute off, then 3 minutes on again,” Rogar Jolliff said, the Director of Emergency Management of Tulsa. “As part of that, we have the ability to sound different quadrants of the city. We have a North half, South half, East half and West half. We can sound all quadrants at the same time if we need to.”

Jolliff said the best thing anyone can do to be prepared for tornado season is to buy a NOAA weather radio. Though many testings and careful attention goes to the sirens, the sirens are not best source for keeping Oklahomans safe.

“Keep in mind that the sirens are the last-ditch effort to give someone warning about tornadoes,” Jolliff said. “It’s our greatest hope that no one is surprised when we activate the tornado sirens.”

OSU doctorate students have conducted a study to see what modeling behavior works best with toddlers, and the answer is not what they expected.

Most parenting literature states that complete modeling works best and parents use it the most. But, through observations that doctorate students conducted, a different type of modeling prevailed in being the most used and effective.

Doctorate students brought in 86 pairs of mothers and their toddlers to observe. Sada Knowles, a Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Science, said she found the results through a simple activity.

“So, while moms were giving us some background information filling out some questionnaires, there was a bucket of toys in the room, and the toddlers got to play with the toys,” Knowles said. “Then, after the mom finished her part with the researchers, we said, Okay, we’d like you to give some instructions to your toddler to clean up the toys and after a minute if they’re having trouble, you’re welcome to help them or kind of give them some additional instruction or encouragement.”

Through this activity, the researchers wanted to see if the mother used complete modeling, direct modeling or helpful modeling when showing their toddlers how to clean up the toys.

Complete modeling is where the mother gets the toddler’s attention and does the task, then the toddler joins in helping her complete it.

Direct modeling is when the mother shows the toddler how to do the task, then asks the toddler to repeat it.

Helpful modeling was the type that was seen the most, and mothers used the most throughout the research.

“Mom picks up the toy, hands it to him and says now go put this in the bin,” Knowles said. “That was most effective in getting the toddler to cooperate with the task. And it happened rather quickly.”

The mom and toddler pairs were from all different ethic backgrounds, and the age of the mother varied as well.

This research project, along with many others from departments across the OSU campus, will be presented at OSU Research week starting Feb. 18. This week is dedicated to celebrating what OSU students have discovered in research that has furthered our state and even our nation.

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