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Members of the Graduate Student Senate passed legislation to clarify definitions of quorum in the UOSA constitution Sunday, in response to a UOSA General Counsel ruling. Despite concerns raised by the UOSA Executive Branch, the General Counsel ruled in favor of the appointment of a new chief

justice made by two Superior Court justices based on their interpretation of UOSA’s constitution. By clarifying the definition of quorum, the Senate made it necessary for the Superior Court to have at least five justices present to change rules or to choose officers and positions, regardless of how many justices have actually been appointed at that time. Any violations of this law “may be grounds for impeachment,” according to the legislation. The appointment of the Superior Court chief justice was made by the two current members of the

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Superior Court, a body which consists of up to seven members. At the time of the appointment, five spots were vacant. UOSA President Franz Zenteno submitted a request to the General Counsel asking if this broke the laws of quorum, which the constitution outlines as at least five members. However, the constitution also defines quorum as the majority of members eligible, which was considered to be only the two serving justices in this case. Amber Siddiqui, head of the General Counsel, ruled that the

Superior Court was not breaking the constitution or laws of quorum in choosing a chief justice. In her opinion, she wrote that “quorum, above all, is determined in relation to the number of eligible Justices on the Superior Court.” Because the number of justices available were in attendance, their appointment was valid, according to Siddiqui. The GSS approved the new legislation, titled the Definition of Quorum Act 2010, with unanimous consent. It will now move to the Undergraduate Student Congress.

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Art museum ambassadors get students involved with Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

No students attend Monday’s townhall meeting UOSA representatives and executives took to the streets Monday night after no students attended the first meeting of a weeklong Student Congress initiative to get feedback from students. Forrest Bennett, Student Congress public relations co-chairman and political science junior, still conducted the meeting, but said he was unhappy with the lack of student participation. “It’s extremely frustrating,” Bennet said. “We work really hard.” Student Congress leaders walked from end to end of the Oklahoma Memorial Union trying to get comments or concerns from students. Even though the meeting didn’t produce any responses, their march unearthed concerns about printing charges, parking and the food court’s limited selection. Student Congress’ next meeting is at 7 p.m. today in Davenports above Couch Restaurant. — Chase Cook/The Daily

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A new group exposes students of all majors to the value of art, offering perks with membership. The Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum Ambassadors, a new student organization, is giving all students the chance to immerse themselves in art culture. With a meeting at 4:15 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, the group hopes to get OU students to commit and be involved regularly with the museum. The group’s purpose is to promote the museum to students, said Jessica Farling, Art Museum Ambassadors president. “More student involvement will help promote the museum to more students on campus who may not even know about the free museum,” Farling said. Andrew Chandler, Art Museum Ambassadors treasurer and psychology junior, uses the group to stay involved in art, even though it is not related to his major. “I am not an art major, and may not be able to take any art-related classes throughout college, so this is one way I may stay connected to the culture,” Chandler said. At the group’s October meeting, members took a pre-opening tour of the museum’s new exhibit, Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind. University College freshman Elizabeth Moore said she is looking forward to the special privileges that group membership offers. “I know we will be getting to see a lot of the exhibits before they are open to the public,” Moore said. The group is open to all students, even those who have little to no experience with art. “My favorite part of being an Ambassador is the level of involvement at the museum,” Chandler said. “Everybody says that the Fred Jones is the students’ museum, but it really begins to feel that way once you get involved there.” To learn more about the Art Museum Ambassadors, e-mail ar tmuseumambassadors@ ou.edu or search for Art Museum Ambassadors on Facebook.

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O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille bartender Morgan Cronin, public relations senior, selects ingredients to make a drink Monday evening. Bar owner Jeff Stewart announced the bar’s original location will close Dec. 31.

Original O’Connell’s location will serve final drinks Dec. 31 Closure will make way for possible parking structure, student housing, OU spokesman says

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athletes and non-athletes. “They’re [OU] still trying to identify the best project to put where,” said Shilling. Shilling said that the relationship between OU and O’Connell’s is good and that the developments come at a time of growth for both. “I think O’Connell’s and the University of Oklahoma have been experiencing growing pains over SEE BAR PAGE 2

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OU just got $580,000 closer to creating an alternative energy source that one professor believes could be cheaper than solar energy. The group is studying solar cells, or, more specifically, photovoltaic cells, and is researching the methods and benefits of using these cells to convert heat to electricity, said Matthew Johnson, physics and astronomy professor. “These are what is called h i g h - e n d u s e s o l a r c e l l s,” Johnson said. Part of what they initially proposed was to design solar cells that are visible on the infrared part of the light spectrum, a section that isn’t typically visible. “We made lasers out of these same materials that operate in the infrared part of the spectrum,” said Michael Santos, physics and astronomy professor. “And then we thought, well, we could basically run them backward and have them absorb light. Then you have a solar cell.” The team has received other

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After several years of speculation, well-known Norman hotspot, O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille is closing the doors to their original location at 120 E. Lindsey St. The official closing date of Dec. 31 was decided last week by owner Jeff Stewart, who acquired the business in 1979. Stewart’s decision followed a meeting of the OU Board of Regents, during which a more specific plan was solidified for the property O’Connell’s is located on. “It’s making definite out of indefinite,” Stewart said. The property, which has been home to the original O’Connell’s since 1968, was bought by the University of Oklahoma in 2007. This acquisition has left those involved in limbo, according to Stewart. “We really expected this to happen last year in 2009, and it didn’t happen,” Stewart said. “It’s happening in 2010. So now we’ve got to plan for it and get all of the details worked out.” For now, this means notifying people, planning for events leading up to their last day, and focusing attention on their Campus Corner location, 769 Asp Ave. As for the land along Lindsey Street, dates are still not finalized for demolition of the existing structures and construction of the new buildings, Chris Shilling, university spokesman, said. Shilling said things are indeed moving forward and expects the land to be used for parking facilities, as well as a 380-bed living facility for student

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Morgan Cronin, public relations senior and O’Connell’s bartender, serves a Pineapple Upside Down Cake shot Monday evening at O’Connell’s, 120 Lindsey St. The final closing date for this franchise has been set for Dec. 31.

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Today around campus » The Women’s Outreach Center will offer Sooner Ally training at 9 a.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » Christians on Campus will host a Bible study noon to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » Career Services will host a free job search for international students 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » The Sooner Ballroom Dance Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Union’s Scholars Room. » OU Improv will host their weekly Improv Club for all students 7 to 9 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room.

the years,” Shilling said. One person who said she is saddened by the move is Sarah Palmer, O’Connell’s long-time manager. “I love this place, it’s got a lot of history. I think it’ll be a big transition,” said Palmer. She has worked at the original location for six years and said that it is their customers who have kept her there so long. She plans to move over to the Campus Corner location and said she hopes that the regulars will migrate with her. “It’ll be tough but we can get through it,” Palmer said. She said she also hopes they will be able to carry on game day and other special events in the parking lot they have on Campus Corner. Though, Palmer acknowledges fears with the parking situation. “I think that’s the only issue that I see for game day,

but it’s like that anywhere around campus, parking is always an issue,” she said. Stewart too, recognizes that some of the regular customers may be inconvenienced by the change. “I’m sure we’ll gain some different regulars and we’ll lose some, I hate to lose any of them, nobody wants to lose a customer,” said Stewart. Negative effects aside, Stewart is already planning for the future. Changes will now be happening with the Campus Corner location. One change being that the menu will become exactly the same as at the original O’Connell’s. But other changes too, are in the works, said Stewart. “ T h e re’s s o m e o t h e r things that we had intended to do when that one opened that we haven’t been able to follow through with. Now we’ll be able to give it more attention and we’ll be able to do that,” he said.

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Kara Joy McKee, Norman resident, speaks Monday night at Second Wind Coffee Shop on Campus Corner. McKee participated in the Open Mic Night held by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Friends to celebrate National Coming Out Day.

Wednesday, Oct. 13 » A seminar about managing stress hosted by Student Success Series will meet 1 to 2 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245,

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grants in the past for different but related research. The current contract is for roughly four years. “This is the first research that will be done for the photovoltaic application of these kinds of materials,” Santos said, “so we have to see how promising it is.”

» The Federal Government Job Search will take place 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » A vigil for LGBTQ acceptance will take place 8 to 9 p.m. at the Unity Garden on the South Oval.

He said Rui Q. Ya ng, electrical and computer engineer professor, in particular, has put a lot of time and effort into developing infrared lasers. Yang conducted research for JPO, a NASA-funded lab in California, before coming to OU a few years ago for the facilities. “He has good ideas for the lasers,” Santos said. “I

have the equipment and expertise to grow the semiconductor crystals that are needed for it and Dr. Johnson has expertise in taking the materials that I make and turning them into lasers,” Yang initiated the research efforts and put the OU team together. The OU researchers are also collaborating with John F. Klem

of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories. The grant given by the U.S. Department of Energy’s E xper imental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research will cover equipment and facility costs, salaries for grad students and buying solar incinerators and other necessary materials.

Thursday, Oct. 14 » The library book sale will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bizzell Memorial Library. » Information for early detection of breast cancer will be available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Union. » Lunch & Learn is hosting a seminar, What to Expect in Today’s Job Market, with speaker Kari Mirabel from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Union’s Regents Room.

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» A seminar, Creating a Winning Resume, will take place 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » Young women breast cancer survivors will tell their stories 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » Student Success Series is hosting a seminar on Preparing for Medical School 4 to 5 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245.

Friday, Oct. 15 » African Christian Fellowships will host a meeting 7 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room.

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Rife with tradition, homecoming festivities are represented by a court of seniors who embody the values and spirit of OU. Five homecoming queen nominees and five homecoming king nominees are nominated by different campus organizations, and the student body votes to determine who wins the crown. The Daily’s Sydney McFerron asked nominees about their time at OU. Get to know this year’s nominees and vote for the best candidates at elections.ou.edu today and Wednesday.

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How would you dress the Seed Sower statue? I would make the Seed Sower into a Sooner Superhero! He would have a cape with the OU Chant written on it and his hat would say “Live on University.” Seed Sower Superhero would also be wearing a Boomer Sooner shirt with a mini version of Boomer and Sooner.

Favorite Sooner memory? I will never forget the football game against Texas Tech two years ago. When everyone (literally EVERY PERSON) began to “Jump Around” late in the game, I have never witnessed a moment as cool and exciting as that one.

Ali is UOSA Director of Academics, Pre-dental club president, Leadership Scholars community service chairwoman, OU Think Tank historian and is involved in CAC Speaker’s Bureau, Crimson Club, Henderson Scholars, Health for Friends and the Zoology Aide Program.

Brown is involved in Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Campus Activities Council, Camp Crimson and the Lindsey + Asp Student Advertising/PR agency.

Taylor Krebs, economics and international and area studies Favorite Sooner memory? I enjoy watching 5,000 students gather on the North Oval to participate in the largest service event in the state of Oklahoma. Big Event volunteers exemplify the generosity and compassion of OU’s students, in addition to our generation’s commitment to service and community impact. Krebs is Big Event chairwoman, Student Alumni Association class gift chairwoman and is involved with Delta Delta Delta sorority, PE-ET, Crimson Club and President’s Leadership Class.

Britan Mills, public relations and women’s and gender studies

Matt Deimund, finance and accounting Favorite Sooner memory? My favorite Sooner moment was going on a road trip with a few friends to the OU-Florida National Championship game. We drove 26 straight hours to Miami… it was crazy. Deimund is Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity president, works for President David Boren’s Action Line, serves as a Big Brother and is an active Associate of the JCPenney Leadership Program in the Price College of Business.

Cory Lloyd, advertising

Favorite Sooner memory? The OU-Texas Tech game in 2008. “Jump Around” will always live on in my memory as the song which brought every Sooner — students, alumni, players and fans of all ages, onto their feet in celebration. To top it off? Coach Stoops bowing to the student section.

Favorite Sooner memory? I will always remember my time as CAC University Sing Chairman. Through this opportunity I was truly challenged and stretched beyond my comfort zone, but it was the friends that I made throughout this process, and the fun that the executive staff had that made everything worth it.

Mills is the president of Pi Beta Phi sorority and is involved with LEAD Team, Gaylord Ambassadors, Relay for Life and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Lloyd has been involved in UOSA, Crimson Club, Campus Activities Council, Presidents Leadership Class, Sooner Promise and Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Cynthia Palomino, human relations and political science

Michael Nash, entrepreneurship and venture management

Why are you running for Homecoming Court? I am running for homecoming queen because I want to represent the Hispanic community on campus as well as the Multicultural Greek Council.

Why vote for you? I would simply encourage everybody just to go vote — regardless of who you choose. Homecoming is full of great traditions and I just feel honored to be a part of this one.

Palomino is involved in the Hispanic American Student Association and Sigma Lambda Gamma.

Nash is involved in OU Cousins, CAC’s High School Leadership Conference, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Camp Crimson, Crimson Club and the President’s Leadership Class.

Morgan Wolber, human relations

Shane Pruitt, microbiology

Why vote for you? If people thought to vote for me, I would hope it would be because I have made some sort of lasting impact with them – like simple laughter, friendship, etc.

Why vote for you? Over my college career I have worked to make many positive changes on campus. A vote for me is affirmation that my efforts are appreciated.

Wolber is involved in the President’s Leadership Class, Delta Delta Delta sorority, Crimson Club, Student Society of Human Relations, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Black Student Association/National Pan-Hellenic Council Stompdown 2011.

Pruitt is Crimson Club vice chair, Campus Activities Council campus liaison, Integrity Council public relations chairman and Leadership Scholars kaleidoscope chairman.

Vote for homecoming king and queen Where: Online at elections.ou.edu When: Today and Wednesday Why: Candidates are nominated based on their academic record, service to the university and service to the community. They are nominated by their respective organizations and the nominations were due Sept. 17, said homecoming chairman Courtlyn Shoate. Winners will be announced during halftime at Saturday’s game

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Participate in democracy; Bush tax cuts attend town hall meetings ineffective; You have the opportunity to engage in representative government this week. UOSA Student Congress is hosting four town hall meetings. The first one took place last night, and there will be one each day until Thursday. At these meetings, you have the opportunity to meet some of your representatives, even talk to them. Student Congress often says it wants you to tell them how they can work for you. Now’s your chance. You never know, maybe that idea you’ve got cooking or that critique you’ve developed is just the thing our representatives need to make sure UOSA reaches its greatest potential. Too often, students complain about Student Congress and claim nothing gets done. But when the representatives schedule a time when they will be available to students, nobody shows up. If you’re in a student organization and didn’t receive the If you’re unhappy appropriate amount of money with the way you requested for the year, a Student Congress quick visit to the Budgetary Committee’s website reveals it does things, still hasn’t been updated since or you have 2008. innovative ideas, Congress has the power to approve $500,000 of funding for maybe the best way to see change numerous student organizations on campus. happen is to get You might ask them how the yourself elected.” process of allocating funds to student organizations works and when they will be updating their website so the information is easier to access. You can’t really complain if you’re not aware of who’s representing you, and if you don’t tell them what you want to see happen. Do you know who your district representative is? Did you even know that representatives are elected among 16 specific districts? There are only 48 representatives for the 20,000 students on this campus. It might be a good idea to find out who they are and what district you’re in. Among Student Congress’s achievements last year are putting in more sidewalks and bicycle racks on campus.

Town hall meeting schedule » Tuesday — Student Congress meeting at 7 p.m. in Davenport’s of Couch Restaurants » Wednesday — 7 p.m. in Dale Hall 128 » Thursday — 7 p.m. in Walker Tower’s lobby Applications to run for Congress due 5 p.m. Thursday

We’re probably sure we appreciate the extra walking space, but that’s not all Student Congress could do. If constituents contribute to the discussion of ideas and the decision-making process, Congress could do more for students. Government is a two-way street. The town hall is now your opportunity to find out what your representatives are doing to address these problems. We’ll be there to report your questions and concerns to the students who couldn’t attend. And if you can’t attend, know that Student Congress usually meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Adams Hall, Room 150, to vote on legislation. This week it’s meeting at Couch Restaurants instead, but it typically meets in Adams Hall. These meetings are open to all students. There’s no excuse to be unaware of what your student government is doing. UOSA representatives are also telling students at these meetings how they can get involved in Student Congress. If you’re unhappy with the way Student Congress does things, or you have innovative ideas, maybe the best way to see change happen is to get yourself elected. So if you’re interested, don’t miss the application deadline, which is 5 p.m. Thursday. It’s your duty to run for office and represent your district’s students.

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Shack-A-Thon controversy a matter of your opinion Editor’s note: The Daily runs a media literacy column by Sarah Cavanah, interim executive director of Oklahoma Scholastic Media and former Daily staff writer, every Tuesday to give readers a behind-thescenes look at The Daily and media coverage in general. This week, I’m exploring a statement made in an Oct. 7 letter to the editor by political science sophomore Travis Ruddle. Ruddle wrote that he felt an Oct. 6 opinion column by Matt Bruenig on the fundraising event ShackA-Thon shouldn’t have run. In case you missed it, Shack-A-Thon is an event on the South Oval where campus groups ask passersby to give money to help low-income families. Bruenig’s column centered on what he saw as the hypocritical nature of the event. He gave examples of what he saw as Shack-AThon participants either not taking the event seriously or ridiculing those below the poverty line. Bruenig drew a pretty strong connection between the participants and the greek community. I’m not really qualified to comment on whether B r u e n i g ’s c o l u m n ha d merit. What I’m exploring is Ruddle’s assertion that the column shouldn’t have run. In my opinion, Ruddle is not a knee-jerk reactionary

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in the event and that the majority of the event was focused on raising money. By focusing on the minority, Ruddle said he didn’t think Bruenig gave an accurate depiction of the event, and accuracy is what journalism is all about. The Daily’s opinion editor Jared Rader’s policy on editing the section is fairly straightforward: The column must have a valid argument backed up with evidence. Opinion writers aren’t news writers, and strong opinions are the difference. For Bruenig’s column, Rader said he felt every sentence contained elements of truth. “It was not meant to attack the greeks, as many of the greeks took it,” Rader said. “It was meant to open the eyes of the participants to help them realize they are degrading the very people they are trying to help.” Rader covered the event, as well, for a class. He said he saw the same sorts of behavior Bruenig described, so Rader had no reason to doubt the truthfulness of his columnist. In the end, here’s what I think, and neither side is probably going to be happy. I think it’s vitally important that journalism includes criticism. Just reporting the happy and the

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positive may be more pleasant, but it doesn’t help us consider what’s going on in the world in comparison to what should be going on. On the other side, I think Bruenig’s column would have benefited from a little less generalization and a little more specifics. I have a feeling that Bruenig’s opinion of the event wouldn’t change with further exploration, but it would help his stance if he had asked organizers about the intents of the event and let them respond to the faults he saw. In the end, though, everything kind of went down the way it should have. We need people like Bruenig to push one way and people like Ruddle to push back. It’s how we decide if things should change or stay the same. Having the discussion in a public forum helps ensure that all sides are held accountable for that exploration. — Sarah Cavanah, professional writing and journalism graduate

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should end This fall, Congress will face the contentious issue STAFF COLUMN UMN of whether or not to extend Bush tax cuts for Evan Americans making over DeFilippis is $250,000. Republicans support the unconditional extension of tax cuts, arguing for the effectiveness of trickle-down economics. It is my contention that not only is the Republican strategy disingenuous in that tax cuts would add to the very deficit that they couch as an existential evil, but that the Republican strategy is also unsubstantiated by history or economic theory. First, tax cuts are not an effective means by which to stimulate the economy. The Congressional Budget Office recently declared that the extension of Bush tax cuts would have a marginal impact on growth — producing a meager 10 to 40 cent increase in GDP for each dollar spent, and that if tax cuts were rescinded and the revenue was spent on state projects and unemployment benefits, the economic impact would be three times greater. Because the benefits of Bush-era tax cuts go primarily to high-earners who are likely to either save their incomes or invest in tenuous financial instruments (remember Mortgage-Backed Securities?), it’s not surprising that a tax extension for the super-rich lacks sound economic rationale. A sober assessment of history also proves my point. In the 1980s, during the Reagan administration, the reduction in the marginal income tax from 70 to 28 percent coincided with a tripling of the national debt. A year later, the economy shrank 2.2 percent, at that time the worst performance since the Great Depression. Job growth stagnated and unemployment topped 10.8 percent. In 1982, the economy descended into recession. Those who still believed in the convoluted logic of trickle-down economics were again humiliated by Clinton’s economic policies. Clinton raised the top marginal tax rate from 31 percent to 39.6 percent and, contrary to the apocalyptic predictions forwarded by the Austrian school, the U.S. economy sustained the longest period of growth in U.S. history. Clinton produced a historical high of 21 million new jobs; interest rates fell by 40 percent, facilitating the greatest housing boom in history; and a massive budget surplus was created despite Reagan’s mammoth deficits. Then, as if the absurdity of Reagonomics hadn’t yet been thoroughly repudiated, George W. Bush ran on the platform that Reagan’s tax cuts hadn’t gone far enough. In Bush’s first year, he transformed a budget surplus to a deficit of $158 billion. By 2008, Bush’s policies produced a meager 1 million new jobs; unemployment sky-rocketed to 7.6 percent; the poverty-rate rose to 19 Either we support a percent ; household stimulus measure net worth fell 25.5 percent; and the U.S. that is grounded Treasur y repor ted in evidence, or we that the national deficontinue to postpone cit had risen to more the inevitable decline than 1 trillion. of America’s economic Second, contrary to the proclamaleadership. ” tions of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., allowing the tax cuts to expire for the super-rich would not affect small businesses. Less than 2 percent of small businesses fall in to the income brackets that would be affected by the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts. Over 20,000 businesses within that 2 percent generate more than $50 million, and consist mainly of authors, actors, hedge funds and law firms who don’t produce jobs for the low-skilled workers who need them, and are hardly ‘suffering’ by today’s standards. Third, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center produced data which shows that the Republican plan would cost $680 billion in revenue over the next 10 years. Analysis by Glenn Hubbard, the former chair of Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers and Federal Reserve economist Eric Engen demonstrated that the increased national debt will result in higher interest rates that will devastate the private investment needed for a strong recovery. The Republicans can continue to be disingenuous, paradoxically hailing tax cuts as the solution to a gargantuan deficit, or they can at least try to fake competency by supporting economic strategies that aren’t contradicted by decades of historical and empirical evidence. Either we support a stimulus measure that is grounded in evidence, or we continue to postpone the inevitable decline of America’s economic leadership. I don’t know which path we will take, but I can assure you that our enemies support the path that weakens us the most. History has already made its point — will we listen? — Evan DeFilippis, economics and political science junior

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Women’s golf team leads field after opening round in Owasso For the third tournament in a row, the No. 20 OU women’s golf team led the field after Monday’s opening round. The Sooners, in Owasso for the Dale McNamara Invitational, are tied in first place with UNLV thanks to a career-best performance from senior Ellen Mueller. Mueller had six birdies on the way to a 67 (-5) to lead the entire field of players. The round was one stroke away from tying the best single-round performance in program history, set by Kim O’Connor in 1994. “The girls played well all day,” coach Veronique Drouin said. “This is the toughest golf course we’ve seen this year. I’m really proud of the way we played and look forward to tomorrow’s round.”

McLaurin first Sooner to earn weekly rookie honors this season Freshman middle blocker Sallie McLaurin was named the Big 12 Conference’s Rookie of the Week, the first Sooner to earn the award this season. The Midwest City native led the team in points (34) in wins over Kansas State and Missouri last week. Sallie She also had a league-best 2.43 McLaurin blocks per set. Against Missouri, McLaurin collected her first career double-double, 16 kills and 12 total blocks (four solo). “Sallie was a big factor in our wins this week,” coach Santiago Restrepo said. “She really came through for us Saturday night, and it’s great to see her rewarded for her effort.”

Rowing team finishes in top 10 of every race during weekend event The OU rowing team earned top-10 finishes in every Sunday event at last weekend’s Head of the Oklahoma on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City. The Sooners finished fourth and fifth in the 4,000meter collegiate single race. Three of OU’s four boats finished in the top 10 of the open pairs race. And in the open four race, OU finished in second and fourth. “We raced our top athletes in the small boats,” coach Leeanne Crain said. “I was pleased to see our pairs close to Washington State, a program that has been consistently in the top 15 nationally.”

Sooners need more style points To be considered “good” in college football, teams have to go undefeated. But, to be considered for the BCS national title game, teams have to go undefeated and stomp a bloody mud hole in every opponent they face. It’s the second part that the Sooners are sorely lacking as a football team with national title aspirations. Saturday, the No. 10ranked Utah Utes dropped a college basketball score on the Iowa State Cyclones. With a final score of 68-27, you’d think the scoreboard would tell you all you needed to know about this one, but you’d be wrong. It was worse than it seems. The Utes put up 593 total yards of offense, amassed 28 first downs and averaged 5.6 yards per every one of their 43 rushing attempts. The Cyclones, on the other hand, had just 19 first downs, 348 yards of total offense and did not convert on any one of 11 third downs. The game got nasty for the Cyclones quick and more ridiculous every time the Utes took over possession. The Utes (5-0) will play a stout Air Force team Oct. 30 and also will have a make-orbreak game against the No. 5-ranked TCU Horned Frogs the following week. OU is also 5-0 and boasts a No. 6 ranking, but let’s face it: The Sooners are one of the sketchiest undefeated teams left in the top 10. Close wins over the paltry Cincinnati Bearcats, the unranked Utah State Aggies and a morbid final three minutes against the Texas Longhorns aren’t going to impress pollsters or — more importantly — the contemptible BCS computers.

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Volleyball’s Ekwerekwu named finalist for Lowe’s senior award Senior hitter Francie Ekwerekwu is one of 10 finalists for the first Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for volleyball. Ekwerekwu graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in human relations. Her cumulative grade point average as an undergraduate was 3.74, and she’s maintaining a 4.0 in the human relations master’s Francie program at OU this semester. Ekwerekwu Ekwerekwu has been named to the Academic All-Big 12 team three times. The Senior CLASS Award, which stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, has honored seniors in most collegiate sports since 2001 and just expanded to include volleyball. Fan votes combine with votes from coaches and media to determine the winner. Fans can vote for Ekwerekwu at www.seniorclassaward.com. The winner will be announced at the 2010 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Championship in December. — Daily staff reports

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In this poor excuse for a bowl system that determines an NCAA national champion, it seems only an SEC team can get away with winning games closely and still make it into the BCS national title game. For OU, this means not only will the Sooners most definitely have to come to play on Saturday, but they’ll have to prove they are at least every bit the equal of the Utah Utes. Coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson will have to channel their inner 1996 Steve Spurrier and break the scoreboard at Owen Field.

No coach will admit to going into a game thinking his team has to run up the score, but that’s what the BCS has done. Teams have to win big over unranked and inferior opponents to justify a high ranking or bid to a BCS bowl game. Winning used to be the only piece of information that mattered in deciding who should play for or be awarded the national championship. Now — thanks entirely to the BCS — winning margin, ranking and the bias of regional sportswriters are a part of the “formula” for “selecting” a national champion. So, if you’re watching the OU-Iowa State game this weekend and find yourself asking why Stoops is going for it on fourth and short in the fourth quarter with a 35

Season so far Sept. 4 — OU 31, Utah State 24 Sept. 11 — OU 47, Florida State 17 Sept. 18 — OU 27, Air Force 24 Sept. 25 — OU 31, Cincinnati 29 Oct. 2 — OU 28, Texas 20 point lead, you’ll know exactly why. — RJ Young, journalism grad student

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Belle & Sebastian “Write About Love” Matador Released: Today 8.4/10 True to its title, “Write About Love” is a stellar set of love songs. Released almost half-a-decade after the lauded “The Life Pursuit,” Belle & Sebastian’s newest album may be less substantial than previous efforts, but most is forgivable because of the septet’s solid lineup of bright, simple and bubbly pop tunes. The leadoff track, “I Didn’t See It Coming,” is particularly charming, crackling to a start before blooming keyboard swirls and pattering, soft percussion paint a sunny palate for singer Stuart Murdoch and violinist Sarah Martin to shine on. The dreamy “I Want The World To Stop” and gripping, sandy “Read The Blessed Pages” burn brightly, but the true standout is the impeccable, impossibly peppy “I’m Not Living In The Real World,” which wouldn’t feel too out of place on The Flaming Lips’ “At War With The Mystics.” It feels a bit shallow at times, but “Write About Love” is a beaming example of a band that has mastered its craft and is falling in love with it all over again. — Joshua Boydston, psychology junior

Sufjan Stevens “The Age of Adz” Asthmatic Kitty Released: Today Rating: 10/10 Listening to a Sufjan Stevens record can often be an intimidating experience, not unlike reading David Foster Wallace or watching a well-researched documentary. The guy is dense in both the composition and arrangement of his music as well as the content of his songwriting. If you found Sufjan’s 50 States Project albums (2003’s melancholy “Michigan” and 2005’s delightful “Illinois”) difficult to listen

to for their enormity, then you’re likely to be further discouraged and befuddled by “The Age of Adz,” his first original LP featuring singing in about half a decade. It’s a bizarre, unexpected record (his label announced its release less than two months before the date) that includes a dance section, Auto-Tune and the most intensely personal, detailed introspection of any artist this year. It’s an album about regret and coming to terms with it, about apologizing for sins and torpedoing a romance to preserve a relationship, and it grabs you immediately. “Futile Devices” starts off unlike the rest of the record, sounding like a soupy cut from 2004’s plaintive, stripped down “Seven Swans”. The immediacy of the songwriting grabs you. He’s not recounting stories from his sad youth, like in “Illinois” or “Michigan.” This is Sufjan happening, immediately before your eyes and ears. “Too Much” follows up with his newest trick, introducing stomping drum machines and short, gaspy breaths that sonically resemble a gigantic robot waking up and later (in the third track, “The Age of Adz”), stomping an entire city to smithereens. Another way he’s branched beyond his typically simpler singing in “The Age of Adz” is in the quadruple-layered vocal work. Sufjan sings, his echo sings, backing singers sing, and their echoes sing. They’re creepy to listen to, like another man’s thoughts, but Sufjan just lets you right in. “I Want to Be Well” is one of the Internet’s most-discussed songs at the moment, as fans marvel at his audacity and fearlessness in dropping the F-bomb. And not only dropping it, but repeating it — “I’m not f***ing around,” he sings over and over while the baroque pop arrangement swirls around him. It simultaneously depicts his prediction of the reception of the album and his own mental state. And at the end there is “Impossible Soul,” 25 minutes of Sufjan’s soul-dumping to an audience that wants nothing but to be dumped upon. “All I want is a perfect love,” he says before slipping into a dance groove for five or six minutes. It ends with a conversation between

him and a girl — such a simple, final means of depicting his inner conflict. “I never meant to cause you pain, I never meant to lead you on,” he sings. “Did you think I’d love you forever?” Few albums destroy all borders between the music and the listener’s brain as completely as “The Age of Adz.” In that sense, it’s as though “Kid A” descended to Earth from its orbit in space in the form of an apology record. Sufjan took an enormous gamble in following his creativity wherever it led, and the result is a post-modern masterpiece of popular orchestral indie music. — Matt Carney, professional writing senior

Antony & The Johnsons “Swanlights” Secretly Canadian Released: Today 8.7/10 In the age of Auto-Tune, having a good voice is rarely a requirement to being a good singer, sadly. If anything, Antony Hegarty, the mind behind Antony & The Johnsons, reminds us just how gorgeous music was back when a beautiful voice couldn’t be manufactured. “Swanlights” is a pure album — not pushing any boundaries, simply harking back to the chilling, orchestrated melodies of the 19th century. The chamber pop/cabaret delivery is only slightly modernized, and the album’s worn, dusty fabric is half the charm. The other half is the raw, unfiltered emotion that seeps through every pore. It’s meaningful, deep and meant to be studied and combed through. There are all sorts of angles to approach, but with the songs invasive, personal nature, ideas of loneliness and abandonment quickly rise to the front. “Swanlights” bellows like a full production in an empty opera house — ballads intended for a crowd of millions belted out in an abandoned auditorium, a vision of both hope and

sadness. “Everything Is New” captures that image to a T, sweeping through muddled piano chords and the beaming cries of Hegarty. Yet, Hegarty can do light, cheery and uplifting too. The sprightly “I’m In Love” and “Thank You For Your Love” break into trumpeted, triumphant resolutions after weighty introductions. But it’s the unexpected but obvious pairing of Hegarty and Björk that refuses to leave you. Two of the brightest, matchless voices of our generation sharing an exquisite moment in time certainly sticks to your bones longer than T-Pain does. — JB

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Dr Pepper — or how I learned to stop worrying and love the midterms Some people are just good test tak- follow me where I am going. (Yeah, don’t ers. They bubbled in their name on the worry, I still have no idea where it is I am ACT and instantly scored high enough going.) to get into OSU. Others struggle to make So why then, after fighting them off like it through Cosmo’s “Do You Know Your a Naomi Campbell warrior for years now, Man?” quiz without an anxiety attack. am I still giving them so much power over I used to be the former. I spent most of my life? I bought the cap, the gown and got my senior year of high school calling in a sweet, yet totally useless luggage tag from sick to watch “Live with Regis and Kelly,” the College of Arts and Sciences, and now and I still managed to graduall I am waiting on is that ate and get into college. diploma. Every now and then, I In the meantime, I STAFF COLUMN MN think I still have a bit of would like to announce I Caitlin that magic left in these old am done being a slave to Turner bones and try my luck on a my own intellectual inseJapanese culture essay test curities. No, I did not actufor which I have not studied — unless ally read the entirety of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s you count watching hours of hilarious “Notes from the Underground,” and yeah, Japanese game show clips as studying. it is hard for me to make it to my capstone After an hour or so of smearing a bunch because it’s at lunch time, but gosh darn it, of BS on a blue book and calling it a five- I am still going to try and at least make a C paragraph essay, it becomes pretty clear on these midterms. to me that I have lost my touch. I am not As Tina Fey is my witness (I might have really one to dwell on my misfortunes but, re-watched the entire fourth season of oh poo, who am I kidding? “30 Rock” instead of reading two articles I love a good jaunt down self-pity lane, on sound theory last week), I am going to and it is because of my passion for crying rise above the midterm meltdown. I just “Woe is me” that I often never truly make went to Sam’s where I made the cashier it past the part of my studying routine that turn pale at the sight of my more-than-$30 includes me feeling really, really bad about purchase of Dr Pepper products, and in no myself. way do I feel shame. After I find the largest container I own From this moment on, the only tweets and fill it with a straight-up lethal amount you will hear from @kitten4money (folof Dr Pepper, I begin my descent into low me, y’all!) are going to sound like the studying paranoia. tweets of a noble eagle perched proudly on Usually, I start with a status update on the one of those creepy busts on the outFacebook — something like, “Blarghhh! side of Bizzell. Why can’t I ever remember to study for My tassel has a shiny gold “10” on it, tests until the night before???? Ahhh I need and it will take an army of upper-division a miracle to pass this thing!!!” Three likes electives to keep it from becoming an “11.” and one comment later, I move on to the My GPA isn’t strong but my inspirational heavier stuff. Pandora station is, and that my friends is I call my mom so she can remind me how I will learn to stop worrying and love why I am a complete failure. Then, I take the midterms. the resentment that I have harnessed Of course, if all of this completely blows from the phone call and translate it into a up in my face, please don’t hesitate to give poem about why I should have just joined me a sympathetic head nod when you see the circus after high school. You can only me reading in the library next semester. imagine how downhill it goes from there. We kids gotta stick together. This is my last semester of college. Things like passage identifications and — Caitlin Turner, annotated bibliographies aren’t going to letters senior

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Detroit rock band Electric Six poses for a promo picture. The group performs tonight at the Opolis.

Electric Six ready to bring ‘off-the-wall’ act to Opolis Band’s new album delivers eclectic mix of comedy, rock TEGAN BURKHARD Contributing Writer

Since its formation in 1996, Detroit rock band Electric Six has consistently churned out a new a l b u m e a c h y e a r. Wi t h no plans to and break the streak this year, it released a new album, “Zodiac,” in September via Metropolis Records. After a planned song, “Typical Sagittarius,” was dropped from the record, the title “Zodiac” lost its relevance. Ordinarily, this m i g h t d e t ra c t f ro m a n album, but the nonsensical title adds to Electric Six’s reputation as an off-thewall band. Setting themselves apart from others in the music scene comes easily to the band, said lead singer Tyler Spencer, who goes by the stage name Dick Valentine. “[1996] was kind of when brick pop was going on and shoegazer music,” Spencer said. “I wanted a band

where lyrics were delivered so that you could understand them and they actually said something rather than a bunch of nonsense.” Other band members’ stage names include The Colonel and Smorgasbord, and these monikers add to the electic and fun atmosphere Electric Six creates with its music. Although the band does not add any special effects during concerts, its lyrics alone create an engaging show for fans, Spencer said. “We’re just a typical bar band,” he said. “We don’t do anything on stage, like we don’t bring live ferrets on stage and slit their throats or anything like that.” Electric Six has been together for more than a decade. After initial success overseas in the U.K., its fan base took off and continues to grow with each tour, Spencer said. “We realized what a great opportunity we had,” he said. “We took matters into our own hands and toured our asses off — and still do.”

If you go WHO: Electric Six WHEN: 9 tonight WHERE: Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave. in Norman COST: $15 in advance or at the door INFO: ticketstorm.com

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