Issuu on Google+

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26, 2009 THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA’S INDEPENDENT STUDENT VOICE news The Sooner Soo defense shaping up to be is shapi a dominant domin force for football team. the foot Details in sports. PAGE 10 1 A new ensemble is open to all students and features school spirit songs. Find out more inside. PAGE 3 OUDAILY.COM » ANYTIME AT OUDaily com Tomorrow’s Weather Check out the summer comic book recap as The Daily recalls the best graphic novels of the past few months. PAGE 14 86°/67° 50% YOU CAN TRACK THE OKLAHOMA DAILY ON TWITTER FOR UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE DAY. VISIT TWITTER.COM TO FOLLOW @OUDAILY. STUDENTS HELP WITH HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS IN KENYA Trip part of ongoing effort to improve village orphanages in Africa NATASHA GOODELL The Oklahoma Daily Seven OU students, along with students from Oklahoma State and other Oklahoma residents, traveled to help the Maisha Orphanage in Kenya expand the orphanage’s outreach. OU graduate Mark Nehrenz, a former Daily staff employee, made his second trip with the organization and his third overall trip to Africa. Nehrenz said this was his second time to go with the organization to Africa. “My plan is to move to South Africa in a couple of months,” Nehrenz said. “And it all started with [my initial] three-week experience.” The Maisha Orphanage provides care through education, food and stable living environments for the children of a village outside of the city of Kisumu, Nehrenz said. “When I went the first time, it really just opened my eyes and I fell in love with the people of Africa and everything about it,” Nehrenz said. While some students helped with the arts camp, established PHOTO PROVIDED last summer, the rest of the group Children at the Maisha was working on several building Orphanage in Kenya eating projects in the village, Nehrenz food provided by the team said. and orphanage. “I think almost every American should spend some time in a third-world country because it just really opens your eyes,” Nehrenz said. Sarah King, international and area studies junior, made her first trip to Africa with the group to work as a counselor for the orphanage’s arts program. “There was definitely a lot of prayer involved before I went,” King said. “I had to understand that I’d be living a different lifestyle for a while.” Kendall Brown, multidisciplinary studies senior, said her trip this year proved especially rewarding because of the improvements they made to the orphanage. Brown said the kids at the orphanage went to three classes every day at this camp where they learned about photography, English composition and visual arts. The visual arts class was used as a therapy arts class, where the kids could use art as a positive outlet for their emotions, Brown said. Along with the arts program, the group helped feed about 200 children every day, Brown said. Beatrice Williamson, psychology sophomore at Oklahoma State, is the director of the Maisha Orphanage, which she started two years ago. “It was an incredible trip,” Williamson said. “We achieved a lot.” The group also offered a medical camp that provided docPHOTO PROVIDED tors to more than 350 people. Orphans of the Maisha Orphanage walking together in the village. However, Williamson said she was sad because they had to turn away people for lack of help and supplies. Williamson was born in the Kenyan village where the or- TICKETS SELL OUT IN LESS THAN AN HOUR phanage is located. Her mother helps provide her compound with food distribution. Tickets for the OU football season opener against Brigham Young “I wanted to give back to my community, to the children,” University sold out within 45 minutes of going on sale Tuesday mornWilliamson said. ing. Williamson said this summer trip has really motivated Grant Hromas, architecture senior, attempted to order tickets at them to go back for a Christmas trip to build a dining hall for 7:42 a.m., but was denied through the online ticket order system. the orphanage and provide Christmas gifts for the first time Only 1,000 student tickets were available for purchase and in the orphans’ lives. the demand was unusually high for an away game, said Kenneth She said the Maisha Orphanage is also giving more than Mossman, director of communications for OU’s athletic depart180 children money ment. for their education. “They didn’t have enough student tickets, for sure,” Hromas said. At the end of the Mossman said road games, excluding against The University of trip, however, the Texas, do not typically sell more than 150 student tickets. facilities and the orThe game is scheduled for Sept. 5 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium phans weren’t the in Arlington, Texas and Mossman said the new stadium may contribonly beneficiaries of ute to the quick sellout. the group’s trip. Hromas said he was disappointed he did not get tickets to the “I think we all game. grew in ver y dif“I just wanted to be at the first game,” Hromas said. “BYU is PHOTO PROVIDED ferent ways,” King ranked in the top 25 and is one of our best games that should be at said. “Our hearts and The food program at the Maisha home and unfortunately not.” minds were opened Orphanage provides food for over 200 orphans in the area. and stretched.” -Staff reports Central Oklahoma competes for federal stimulus grant TIGER Grant offers promise of commuter transportation system RICKY MARANON The Oklahoma Daily Norman is teaming up with other central Oklahoma cities to compete for a stimulus grant to build a commuter rail system. “Six central Oklahoma cities have joined together to compete for the TIGER Grant, which will give us the money to build a commuter rail system in central Oklahoma,” said Doug Rex, division director of transportation planning and data at the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. Rex said the grant is a federal stimulus grant given to regions that have ideas on utilizing a $1.5 billion grant for transportation and infrastructure projects that have a minimum budget of $25 million. “TIGER stands for Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery,” he said. “The deadline for submitting proposals and applications is on Sept. 15 and the competition for this money is very competitive. If we are approved for the grant, we will know by February 2010. All proposals must be shovel-ready and be able to be completed by 2012.” If the proposal wins the grant, six cities (Norman, Moore, Oklahoma City, Edmond, Del City and Midwest City) will receive commuter train service. Norman mayor Cindy Rosenthal said the decision to compete for the TIGER Grant was a result of the Obama administration’s emphasis on using the grant to create projects that reduce green house gas emissions from vehicles and improving public transportation services. “I think we have a better chance at getting the grant because we aren’t just using the money for traditional roads,” Rex said. Rex said the state owns a portion of the track between Oklahoma City and Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City. “For that line, all we would need to do is buy equipment,” Rosenthal said. “That GRAPHIC DESIGNED BY LAUREN HARNED/THE DAILY portion would probably be the part of the project that is up and running first.” Norman’s portion of the project will require turning dirt to build a second track alongside Norman’s existing track, something Rex said Norman was ready for if it received the money. “The first sign that something is going on that concerns the project is the double tracking we will be doing from Norman to Edmond,” Rex said. “The minute we get this money, we will be ready to start turning dirt.” Current Cleveland Area Rapid Transit bus riders are interested about the opportunity to take a train to Oklahoma City. GRANT CONTINUES ON PAGE 2 Student, faculty member confirmed with H1N1 flu Administrators warn campus to take safety precautions An OU student confirmed Tuesday she was diagnosed with H1N1 this month. Megan Roberts, psychology sophomore and sorority member, said her doctor confirmed she had contracted the illness. Roberts said her roommate Ashleigh Woodall, a journalism sophomore and former Oklahoma Daily employee, came down with strep throat and as a precaution Roberts went to the doctor and was told she had the flu. Woodall said the doctors did an instant H1N1 test and put Roberts on medication that day, Aug. 14. “I caught it before I had a fever,” said Roberts, who experienced back pains, fever and a sore throat. Roberts said she isolated herself at home and was over the illness in three days before more serious symptoms kicked in. The doctor gave her Z-Pak, Tamiflu and decongestant, which she finished taking Tuesday, she said. Woodall said another member of her sorority was hospitalized a few days ago, and FREE — ADDITIONAL COPIES 25¢ doctors confirmed she also had H1N1. The hospitalized sorority member is OK and not in the hospital anymore, Woodall said. OU officials have confirmed the H1N1 virus has reached campus, but did not confirm that a student or students had been diagnosed with the disease. “An OU employee was tested for H1N1 on Aug. 5 prior to the start of school, recovered from the virus a few days later, and the test results came back positive on Aug. 13,” OU spokesman Jay Doyle stated in an e-mail received by The Daily at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. A call placed by The Daily at 8:10 p.m. to Doyle was answered with an e-mail that stated, “OU wants to reiterate and encourage students, like we do at the beginning of every school year, to take preventative health care measures to prevent the spread of the flu virus. In addition, this year President Boren has instructed that informational signs and hand sanitizer be placed around campus during the next few weeks to serve as a constant reminder to the OU community about the importance of good hygiene in the prevention of the spread of disease.” A case of flu broke out in a second sorority house last week, though it is not believed to be the H1N1 strain. “My doctor told me it was more [likely] than not H1N1,” said Noralea Jordan, psychology senior and a member of the sorority. “They just treated me like I had regular flu.” Jordan is still recovering from her flu symptoms. While she was ill, she stayed with two other sorority sisters suffering from flulike symptoms. “I stayed in the house in the president’s suite,” Johnson said. “We just had a little movie party and used the same bathroom and Lysoled everything.” Kayley McCoy, president of the second sorority and vocal music education senior, who was also ill with Jordan, said doctors sent her sample to a lab and have yet to confirm whether or not she had H1N1. OU President David Boren sent an e-mail with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to students and faculty Tuesday morning. “As we are all aware, there is a potential for there to be an increase in the H1N1 virus this fall,” Boren stated. Doyle said in the future, specific cases may not be reported, but people who feel sick should take precautions and follow CDC guidelines in order to isolate the illness. © 2009 OU PUBLICATIONS BOARD A document advising faculty how to handle the upcoming flu season and the rise of H1N1 cases was e-mailed to faculty yesterday. The document instructs anyone feeling sick to isolate themselves until they are “free from fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.” The document also requests instructors to be flexible in enforcing their attendance policies because students may not be able to provide a doctor’s note. Faculty members are also asked not to penalize students for missing in-class exams while they are out with the flu. The document also advises members to provide make-up exams as well as “alternative forms of assessment for student who are out with the flu.” Instructors are also strongly encouraged to use Desire 2 Learn to communicate with students when they are sick and must cancel class, as well as assignments for students to complete in the faculty member’s absence. FIND OUT ABOUT THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AND GET MORE INFO ABOUT THE H1N1 FLU ONLINE AT OUDAILY.COM. -Natasha Goodell, Ricky Maranon and Jared Rader/ The Daily VOL. 95, NO. 6

The Oklahoma Daily

Related publications