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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA'S INDEPENDENT STUDENT VOICE ANYTIME AT OUDaily com news How did life first begin? Check out one doctor's explanation inside. PAGE 2 The Daily breaks down week four of college football. PAGE 3 Read about some of the most notable music releases. PAGE 6 OUDAILY.COM � BECOME A FAN OF THE OKLAHOMA DAILY/OUDAILY.COM ON FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES, STORIES, VIDEOS AND ALL YOUR DAILY FAVORITES. ORI R Wednesday's Weather Supreme Court justice to visit College of Law Visit will include question and answer session MEREDITH MORIAK Managing Editor 82�/56� owl.ou.edu NEWS BRIEFS FORMER CHAIRMAN BOOKED ON CHARGES Rober t Chiles, former Oklahoma Democratic Party Affirmative Action chairman, was transported from the Cleveland County Jail to the Oklahoma County Jail Monday, where he was booked on charges of check fraud and check forgery, said an officer at the Cleveland County Jail. Chiles worked with Miranda Norman, political science senior, during her fall 2008 run for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. -Lara Saavedra/The Daily U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy will be on campus Thursday to teach two classes and participate in a fireside chat as part of the OU College of Law's centennial celebration. "There are 180 law schools in America and very few have Supreme Court justices come to them, especially as far away and as difficult to get to as Oklahoma," said Andrew Coats, dean of the College of Law. Coats said it is important law students have exposure to Kennedy and are able to hear him speak. "These young people will understand and learn to love the majesty of the law," he said. "Having a justice of the Supreme Court will inspire them." Kennedy will teach Constitutional Law to first-year law students at 10 a.m. in the Dick Bell Courtroom. "I may never be in the same room as a Supreme Court justice ever again," said first-year law student Jade McCarthy-Caldwell. "We read about him, and now we get to meet him." At 3 p.m., Kennedy will speak with second and third-year law students in the Dick Bell Courtroom and answer questions from the audience. "We're very excited, and it's an incredible opportunity," said first-year law student Jenna McCarthy. Kennedy will participate in a fireside chat hosted by OU President David Boren during a 7 p.m. invitation-only, centennial dinner at the Embassy Suites Conference Center. Law school alumni, faculty, staff and law students will attend the dinner, Coats said. "It is truly an exciting time for us as we celebrate the centennial of the law school, and to have a justice from the Supreme Court celebrate with us is awesome," he said. Students attending sessions at the law school are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes early for security clearance, Coats said. Backpacks and electronic devices will not be allowed in the courtroom. "Justice Kennedy has some star power and everyone has a feeling of excitement about the whole centennial celebration," he said. Kennedy received his law degree from Harvard University in 1961 and was nominated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1975 by ANTHONY President Gerald KENNEDY Ford and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. "It's a high point in my time as dean," Coats said. "Having someone like Anthony Kennedy is a real tribute to college and what we've been able to accomplish." Students turn dorm room into `pimped-out' home PATIENT WITH UNKNOWN ILLNESS PASSES AWAY Billy Anderson, a patient at OU Medical Center with an unidentified illness, died Saturday. A memorial service will take place for Anderson at 10 a.m. Saturday at Destiny Church in Broken Arrow. Anderson's wife, Nikki Peterson, has been raising awareness of her husband's mysterious condition through the Web site prayforbilly.com. On the Web site, Peterson made daily updates about her husband's health. Anderson was on the OU Medical Center charity fund that covered most of his costs, but not physician's costs, which Peterson said on her Web site "are also financially devastating." Anderson spent time in three Missouri hospitals before he was finally transferred to OU Medical Center in August 2008. Articles in both the March 4 and May 11 issues of The Daily detailed Anderson's battle with his mysterious illness. In the March 4 story, Peterson said that her husband's illness stemmed from immune system and abdominal ailments. However, The Daily reported May 11 that Anderson's health had shown signs of improvement. "There is nothing more that [Billy] wanted than to come home to his family, to walk and laugh again and to get his health back," wrote Peterson in her Sept. 26 blog post on the Web site. "We should all live with the appreciation of the blessing that we call life. It can be gone in an instant." -Jared Rader/The Daily MERRILL JONES/THE DAILY Brett Jones, mechanical engineering junior, and Ryan McMahon, management information systems junior, relax in their dorm room in Couch Tower Monday night. The roommates decked out their dorm, creating a "pimped-out" environment for people to come hang out. Upperclassmen's Couch Tower tri-suite houses camaraderie BRITTNEY BROWN Daily Staff Writer Two students on the second floor of Couch Center prove dorm rooms do not have to be boring. Ryan McMahon, management information systems junior, and Brett Jones, mechanical engineering junior, split a tri-suite, a room designed to hold three people. McMahon and Jones have found a way to take up the space a third person would, since besides the basic dorm furniture, they have two sofas, carpets and a lamp with dimmers. The lamp provides "mood-altering effects," according to Jones. They also have a 52-inch television, a Wii, a computer, and an extensive movie and game collection. None of those things, however, are as important as a pair of inexpensive items. "We have matching claws," Jones said as he and his roommate held up two plastic claws on long sticks. "So we never have to get off the couch to get a drink." He demonstrated by reaching over to the duct tape handle on their refrigerator - installed primarily for this purpose - and getting a Powerade out with his claw. The room is a great way to make friends, both said. McMahon and Jones keep their door open so people can just walk in. "It's like a place for people to come hang out," McMahon said. "People close their door and hang out in their rooms by themselves. It's cool to have a bunch of seats [in here]. "There's almost never not people here." Chris Beaudoin, University College freshman, said he spends a lot of his free time in their room. "I fell asleep on the couch a dozen times this month," he said. "Right off the bat, I started hanging out here," said Ross Greenfield, aviation management sophomore. Jones and McMahon have been friends since they went to Union High School together and have been roommates since their freshman year at OU. "We acquired our stuff over time," Jones said. They bought most of it with their own money from working some summers. OUDaily.com � GO ONLINE TO CATCH VIDEO THAT SHOWS THE INSIDE OF THIS DORM ROOM GONE CRIB. THE DAILY'S LARA SAAVEDRA ASKED STUDENTS WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT OU MERGING MULTIPLE SOONER PORTALS INTO ONE WEB SITE SOONER SAMPLER � JURY CLEARS OU GRAD OF RAPE CHARGES A jury in the Cleveland County District Court found OU graduate Blake Dilliner not guilty of second-degree rape Friday afternoon, according to a clerk for Cleveland County District Judge William C. Hetherington. In September 2008, Dilliner, of Richardson, Texas, was charged with second-degree rape of a 20-year-old female in May 2008, according to an affidavit. -Ricky Maranon/The Daily "It's more convenient." -ZACHARY HERRING, JOURNALISM JUNIOR "I think it's much easier because there have been times where I keep forgetting about what site I have to go to, and I don't know how to get there or, I open up three tabs on the Internet." -REINA LYONS, BROADCAST AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA JUNIOR "I just think it'll be easier to use. It's all in one place." -RYAN BLACKBURN, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN "I hate it. It's just another Web site we have to remember. We have so many Web sites to go to anyway. I think it's stupid that we have now another Web site we have to use." -MADISON SCHULTZ, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SENIOR FREE -- ADDITIONAL COPIES 25� � 2009 OU PUBLICATIONS BOARD VOL. 95, NO. 29 2 Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Meredith Moriak, managing editor firstname.lastname@example.org � phone: 325-3666 � fax: 325-6051 OUDAILY.COM � LOG ON TO OUDAILY.COM TO READ A STORY ABOUT TWO OU SCHOOL OF DRAMA GRADUATES WHO WERE THE CREATORS OF "THE TROOP " A NEW NICKELODEON , TV SHOW ABOUT KIDS WHO FIGHT MONSTERS. Campus science club hosts guest speaker Signs of design present in DNA code, according to speaker computer systems do not reproduce, and do not mutate as greatly, or as quickly as life does," said Gregory Maus, philosophy sophomore and vice president of the Darwin Student Association. JARED RADER Daily Staff Writer Maus said Meyer's argument was similar to the idea of finding a watch in the desert The case for intelligent design is based and assuming it was created by an intelligent on the same method of reasoning that designer. "This is similarly flawed in its comparison Charles Darwin pioneered in the "Origin of the Species," an intelligent design advo- to the development of life, because watches cate told an audience Monday at Meacham cannot likewise reproduce, or mutate," Maus Auditorium in the Oklahoma Memorial said. Joshua Malone, microbiology sophomore Union. Stephen Meyer, director and senior fel- and president of the Intelligent Design and low of the Center for Science and Culture at Evolution Awareness Club, said he hoped students would realize that the Discovery Institute in intelligent design is a legitiSeattle, outlined his belief SCREENING TIME mate scientific argument. in the scientific authenticity What: "Darwin's Dilemma: The "Our organization is proof intelligent design, which Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Era" moting discussion on the he explains in his new question of design," Malone book, "Signature in the Cell: When: 7 p.m. said. "We really want stuDNA and the Evidence for Where: Sam Noble Museum of dents to gain a better unIntelligent Design." derstanding of the debate "If you apply Charles Natural History that is going on between Darwin's method of reasoning to what we know now that he didn't, you natural selection and intelligent design." Meyer said evolutionists reject the intelcome to exactly the opposite conclusion that he did," Meyer said. "There is evidence of ligent design argument partly because it design in nature, and you find that evidence challenges evolutionists' religious devotion most obviously on display in the digital code to Darwin's theory. "I hope that people realize that this is a fasthat is stored in the DNA." Meyer explained the code in human DNA cinating topic and one that can be discussed is very similar to a computer program, only with energy, passion, but also civility," he much more complex than any program ever said. "It's the great question." Meyer earned his Ph.D. in History and created. "If we trace information back to its source, Philosophy of Science from Cambridge we always come to a mind, not a material University for a dissertation on the history of origin of life biology and the methodology of process," he said Meyer said this logic points decisively to the historical sciences. The Intelligent Design and Evolution a "prior designing mind" when applied to the discovery of information in DNA and the Awareness Club sponsored Meyer's lecture. The Intelligent Design and Evolution complex information processing system that Awareness Club will host a screening of surrounds it. He explained that he believed the three "Darwin's Dilemma: The Mystery of the most common explanations of the origin of Cambrian Fossil Era" at 7 p.m. today at the life -- chance, pre-biotic natural selection Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. After and self-organization -- all fail to offer the the showing, a discussion will be hosted by Meyer and Jonathan Wells, a biologist and origin of the produced information. "I think it is a false analogy, because proponent of intelligent design. MARCIN RUTKOWSKI/THE DAILY Stephen Meyer speaks in Meacham Auditorium Monday night. Meyer is the director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information is compiled from the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. All those listed are innocent until proven guilty. ACTUAL PHYSICAL CONTROL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE INTOXICATED Jordan K. Monroe, 22, Asp Avenue Parking Garage, Sunday DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Allison Marie Sharp, 24, 600 W. Lindsey St., Sunday, also false impersonation Michael Oluwatomisin Osisanya, 20, 500 E. Boyd St., Sunday, also failure to carry proof of insurance Deidre Sue McClendon, 26, 500 W. Brooks St., Sunday, also transporting an open container of alcohol Julie Marie Adams, 23, 200 E. Boyd St., Saturday Jake Andrew Loftis, 21, Boyd Street and College Avenue, Friday Samantha K. Mysel, 21, 500 Buchanan Ave., Thursday Bobby Bruce Kinsey, 33, E. Boyd Street, Sunday DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED DRIVER'S LICENSE Chelsea Kay Ferguson, 21, 200 E. Boyd St., Saturday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Joseph Wes Rutelonis, 18, Walker Tower, Friday, also possession of drug paraphernalia Josue Ribeiro Gonzalez, 22, N. Jones Avenue, Saturday, also possession of drug paraphernalia PUBLIC INTOXICATION Douglas P. Proffitt, 27, Felgar Street and Jenkins Avenue, Friday DISTURBING THE PEACE Charles Joseph Buck, 23, 2400 W. Brooks St., Sunday DISCHARGING A FIREARM WITHIN CITY LIMITS Joshua C. Dewitt, 24, 825 Biloxi Drive, Saturday, also molesting property MUNICIPAL WARRANT Charles Allen James, 36, 703 Asp Ave., Sunday Robert Lee Willhoite, 31, 831 Biloxi Drive, Sunday, also municipal and county warrant and interfering with official process PETTY LARCENY Ethan Paul Mead, 18, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Sunday DRUNK IN PUBLIC Denise Darnell Whitehead, 46, 123 N. Interstate Drive E., Sunday, also possession of controlled dangerous substance CAMPUS NOTES The Daily draws all entries for Campus notes on OUDaily.com's comprehensive, campus-wide calendar. To get your event noticed, visit OUDaily.com and fill out our user-friendly form under the calendar link. Museum of Natural History. WEDNESDAY CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at 12:30 p.m. in the Union. OU VOLLEYBALL The OU Volleyball team will host Nebraska at 6 p.m. at McCasland Field House. OKLAHOMA SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION The Norman Oklahoma Science Fiction Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. at New York Pizza and Pasta. YOUTH FOR CHOICE Youth For Choice will hold a women's study library at 7:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Physical Sciences Center. CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST Campus Crusade for Christ will meet at 9 p.m. in the Santee Lounge at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. TODAY CAREER SERVICES Career Services will present How to Write a Resume for a Federal Government Job at 2 p.m. in the Union. Career Services will present an informational session with Marathon Oil at 5 p.m. in the Union. Career Services will present a Chevron informational session at 6 p.m. in the Union. CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at noon in the Union. INTELLIGENT DESIGN AND EVOLUTION AWARENESS CLUB The Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Club will present a screening of "Darwin's Dilemma" at 7 p.m. in the Sam Noble Oklahoma CATHOLIC? Join us at St. Thomas More Student Center! College Nights Wednesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. at the Union. Mass to follow at 9 p.m with Archbishop Beltran. Stadium LINDSEY Farmer Huffman JENKINS Stinson St. Thomas More Timberdell For more info, contact Erin Cleto, Campus Minister, at (405) 321-0990 ext. 205 or visit our website at www.stm-ou.org/students Tuesday, September 29, 2009 3 �VOLLEYBALL Tomorrow, The Daily previews the big match against Nebraska. FOOTBALL Annelise Russell, sports editor email@example.com � phone: 325-7630 � fax: 325-6051 COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK FOUR WRAP-UP JONO GRECO Daily Staff Writer With the No. 8 Sooners idle over the weekend, OU players, coaches and fans had a chance to take a look at the rest of the college football world. A lot of storylines came out of week four� here are a few things we learned from OU's bye week. BEING A TOP 10 TEAM DOES NOT GUARANTEE SAFETY The theme to the 2009 season has been which top 10 team will fall, but it is hard to believe almost half of week four's 10best teams would lose. Four teams ranked in the top 10 � Mississippi, Penn State, California and Miami � lost either Thursday or Saturday, and one other, Louisiana State, narrowly escaped joining that list with a goal line stand at the end of its game against Mississippi State. Through four weeks, eight teams in the top 10 have been defeated. The Sooners lost their No. 3 ranking in week one, Oklahoma State lost its No. 5 ranking in week two and the Southern California Trojans and Brigham Young Cougars lost their top-10 rankings in week three. Now that conference play has started for many teams, expect for more highly ranked teams to lose from here on out. Each top 10 team has a big target on its back, so no game should be taken lightly until bowl season returns. THE KEY TO BEATING THE HURRICANES HAS BEEN FOUND It is not that much of an upset that the No. 6 Virginia Tech Hokies handed the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes their first loss of the season. Entering the game the two teams were ranked just two spots apart, but Virginia Tech flexed its muscles and easily defeated Miami 31-7 at home. In the Hokies' victory, they exploited some of the Hurricanes' defensive deficiencies, with the most important being putting constant pressure on and rattling Miami sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris. The Sooners should be able to look at the game tape and find what Virginia Tech did to get to Harris early and often, and emulate that with their talented front four. Through three games this season OU has racked up 12 sacks, including six in its last game against Tulsa. If the Sooners are able to get constant pressure and sack Harris often this week in Miami, Fla., then they should come back to Norman with a victory and thank the Hokies for showing them and the rest of the nation how. AP PHOTO HAVING A BYE WEEK CAN SOMETIMES BE A BAD THING With multiple top tier teams losing this weekend, it was expected there would be a shake-up in the polls released Sunday morning. But, it seemed the Sooners got the short end of the stick for not playing during a week that many teams want to forget. Virginia Tech rover Matt Reidy (23) celebrates a defensive touchdown as Miami punter Matt Bosher (25) and Tech split end Marcus Davis (7) look on during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va. Saturday. Heading into the weekend OU was ranked No. 10, and jumped two spots after this weekend's activities. Climbing in the polls is always nice, but not playing in a week with a lot of important losses seemed to have hurt the Sooners with two other teams jumping OU. Both the Trojans and Hokies jumped five spots with their respective victories over Washington State and Miami. USC moved from No. 12 to No. 7, and Virginia Tech moved up to No. 6 from No. 11. This concept may help the Sooners later on down the road if they are put into the position of jumping an idle team, but for the time being it was not one of the Sooners' friends in week four. COLUMN SOONER FOOTBALL SOUNDBITES �Head coach Bob Stoops on Heisman winning junior quarterback Sam Bradford's progression in practice. He looked good and [he is] seeing the field fine. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary, but we'll see once he's in there and he'll put some ice on it. How [his shoulder] feels [Tuesday] morning probably matters. I think there's a gradual buildup to the number of throws and how you throw it during the week. I think it's something that's going to take some days here until we know." Get used to losing during college football season There is a new craze sweeping college football, and as much as it is hated by hardcore fans who live week-to-week depending how their team performs, it may be here to stay. The days of undefeated powerhouses teams are beginning to wane, making way for a new age of college football where LUKE the one-loss teams ATKINSON reign supreme. Losing is becoming normal in the race to the championship, which has been throwing off teams, fans and, more importantly, the polls for nearly five years now. The last team to go undefeated and capture a national title was the 2005 Texas Longhorn team under the direction of Vince Young. Before that? The 2004 USC Trojans, 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes, 2001 Miami Hurricanes and the 2000 Sooners. So what's behind this shake-up of power? Parity. Today, we're seeing a number of great coaches head programs that never had a chance, taking NFLcaliber players and cultivating them into studs who lead their team to top-25 ranks and ESPN top-10 plays each Sunday. Don't believe me? Take a look at the current top 25 and list the teams ma k i n g na m e s f o r t h e m s e l v e s. Houston, a team that you probably haven't heard of since former Cougar Andre Ware won the Heisman in 1989 (if you paid attention to college football when you were a toddler), is being considered an offensive giant, belong at their rank is another argument, but it's safe to say if you don't prepare for these teams or just don't show up on Saturday, you are likely to get beat. That's just what the 2007 Michigan Wolverines did against Appalachian State, and look where it has lead us now. There are now plenty of inspirations, like the Michigan upset, for these smaller teams to one-up the programs which historically never lose. I t 's a f e e l i n g v e r y c o m m o n among Sooner fans, who are, in fact, spoiled by the "Stoops' Troops" performance. It's not very often you witness a Sooner loss, but lately there have been seasons with odd missteps that have placed a one in the loss column for the Sooners. It's only four weeks into the season, but we're already beginning to see a repeat of years like 2007. The time of our fathers' college teams have gone, and in its place comes a mass of confusion in deciding who needs to be number one. Or number 10 for that matter. Is there a cure for programs who traditionally control the sport? Doubtful. As the number of potential spoiler teams and trap games rises, expect the numbers of losses to rise too. Luke Atkinson is a broadcast and electronic media senior. " "The time of our fathers' college teams have gone, and in its place comes a mass of confusion in deciding who needs to be number one." especially after watching their yardage stack up after games with Texas Tech and Oklahoma State - which we know are programs of top offensive production. Think about TCU, a team that has risen up as one of the nation's best defensive programs in recent times. The Horned Frogs are now ranked No. 11, and could give any top 10 team problems in the regular season. Before that, they were someone you wanted on your non-conference season because you were sure to emerge the victor. In addition, Boise State has emerged an impressive team, still hated by Sooner fans for their upsetting bowl win and successful seasons. Whether or not these teams �Senior offensive lineman on playing the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes after losing to No. 6 Virginia Tech Saturday. I think it's a little bit more scary because I know they're going to come out with vengeance and they're going to play hard coming off a tough loss. When we lost to [Brigham Young University] I know the feeling that we had coming out the next week. 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I was very offended by many of the points he makes here." -b00mer "If a soul needs to get here, it will find a womb to come through. In the meantime, women have a right to control their own bodies." -Sartia OUR VIEW STAFF COLUMN Quality trumps quantity when it comes to education No matter where each of us came from, one thing is true of all OU students: they all graduated from some form of high school. And although students at OU have already passed that step, education should remain important to them. After all, some students are the teachers of tomorrow, and even those who aren't going into the field of education are likely to have kids, many of whom will be directly affected by America's academic system in the future. According to a Sunday AP story, President Barack Obama said he is in favor of longer school days and academic years for children in grades K through 12 because he believes it will make America's children better qualified to compete will children from other countries, many of which already have longer school days and years. While we are in favor of improving America's educational system, we are not sure making the school days longer is the answer. Sure, longer days may allow students and teachers to have more time together to go over lessons and clarify unclear information. But we think the U.S. should focus on making the educational system better, as opposed to simply making kids stay in the classroom for more time. We realize this is not an easy thing to do, but if everyone does their part, improvements to education could be made. Teachers have a responsibility to inspire their students and convey their lessons better. Colleges of education, therefore, must train prospective teachers better. Students must be engaged learners, and parents must make sure their kids are keeping up with their schoolwork. We think back on the time we spent in high school, and remember instances of uninvolved teachers, parents and students. This may not have been the norm, but if we could eliminate these instances, maybe all students would have better high school experiences and get a better education, or at least a better shot. Message of hope emerges following family's hardship It is difficult not to notice the sad state of news in this country. Lately it has been the source of endless frustration for me and for all who care about the causes of objectivity and information, on which any real democracy must rely. Traditional forms of journalism are dying. Every paper is downsizing, and many are folding. The cable news networks are appealing to ever-narrower demographics, and so-called news programs are spiraling toward opinion. Opinions, half-truths and lies pervade the media, and with every SLATER increase in their presence, serious RHEA journalists and guardians of reason and understanding in our society are more compelled to taint their own coverage, all in the name of the dwindling objectivity they strive to protect. That is why I take great pains - and any person who shares his or her words must - to articulate something vital, clear and uncorrupted by the swirling deluge. What can anyone say to lift the level of sanity in our discourse? How can I convey what I believe? And what can I say of truth and any importance, without simply adding to the gross glut of our public commentary? I spent my summer in Europe, mainly as a volunteer teaching orphan children in rural Bulgaria. And as anyone who has spent much time abroad knows, America's political and cultural presence is constant and pervasive. I found myself the subject of constant projections. American culture, it would seem, is pervaded by violent films and music, our leaders full of bluster and owned by dark and malevolent interests. Many, however, shared with me an instant and deep feeling of hope and gratitude. An old man I encountered on a dark side-street in Istanbul shared a cup of tea, and in broken English, said we were brothers. And I came, through constant interaction with those of other cultures, to better understand our own, to define myself and to know for myself what was most essential in my American identity. That though we love free enterprise, we know we must protect those whose enterprises would be infringed. Though we strive for liberty, it must be matched with justice. My last night in Europe, I was up late packing in my London hotel room, and I watched twice with morbid curiosity a BBC interview with Dr. James Lovelock, the 90-year-old earth scientist, member of the Royal Society and Knight-Commander of the Order of the British Empire. His words have haunted me desperately for every day of the last month. He said we have no hope � that global heating is beyond helping and bound to do us in and that in the next century there will be a hellish dwindling of humanity from a population of nearly seven billion to no more than one. And my Prius, and all of the work being done around this world by people who care all of a sudden, seemed more an exercise in futility � a petty, humiliating afterthought next to the vast waste we all have on our hands � the world hamstrung by gridlock and corruption of the powerful. Indeed, my whole summer was a drop in the ocean of need that is swallowing our world. The health care debate in recent weeks seemed to die with Ted Kennedy, left to languor in petty political gamesmanship and timidity. Two years ago this fall, my brother was diagnosed with brain cancer, and a tumor the size of a lemon was removed from his brain. Anyone who knows me well knows that the days have been long and difficult for our family. It has been my highest priority to spend time with my family and to forge a stronger friendship with my brother. It has been a powerfully moving time for me, and I have grown to understand my brother deeply and to better know myself. It has been a Herculean struggle for our family. The financial burden of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy could break a family of any less means. Two years ago, my brother's doctor told him he would be taking chemotherapy for the rest of his life. And now, after many months of excruciating treatment and despite odds giving him weeks or few months, he is cancer free. That is why I am hopeful - that amid an ignorant and acrimonious debate, reason may still hold sway; that in a world of desperate need, service is still vital and welcomed; that in a season of nightmarish problems and the most difficult gridlocks, people will, in spite of the odds, understand each other. STAFF CARTOON AJ Stafford is a psychology senior. Slater Rhea is an English literary and cultural studies and letters senior. STAFF COLUMN Students should keep an open mind about evolution debate How do we evaluate what someone thinks? What is the goal of the academic community and experience? How do we meaningfully communicate about reality and ourselves? Many questions have come to my mind when thinking about my collegiate experience thus far. My studies have been limited. I teach English to international students. I study the topic that I teach. I don't understand fully the complexities of an architecJON tural design or the steps to a MALONE complicated dance. I don't comprehend the manner in which electronics are engineered or the numerous computer languages. I most definitely don't understand molecular biology or biochemistry in their complexities, but there are those who do. And on the issue of the origins of life, sometimes they even disagree. Case in point are the lectures on campus Monday and Tuesday regarding Darwinian natural selection and the idea of intelligent design. Regardless of the irritated blustering of the naturalists populating OU's Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, the "pseudoscience" of what the members of the Discovery Institute are engaging in seems to be what actually falls under a historical definition of science, observing natural phenomena (e.g. the Cambrian Explosion or the human cell) and making inferences from that data. Even if rejected initially (ask Copernicus about scientific consensus), eventually more evidence will surface about the origins of mass amounts of information. The information itself is irrespective of religious conviction. If popular biologists like Richard Dawkins can study what he himself describes in his book "The God Delusion" as "apparent design" in nature and then reject it, making the inference that God does not exist because Darwinian natural selection can explain all human complexity, this is a troubling dichotomy. On one hand, the naturalist biologists are asserting that science has proven the "truth" of the macroevolution of species. They conclude that no non-natural cause could have caused it. But who is making the truth statement here? Science itself has no grounds for making truth statements, only hypothesizing on what reality appears to be. As such, if opposing ideas about the interpretation of information surface (some by the religiously-driven, others certainly not), I think I should at least listen to them. On the other hand, we have the intelligent design proponents advocating that observable information in nature comes from a mind or intelligence rather than purely naturalistic causes. They explain the origin of matter and information itself as having to originate from a mind rather than purely naturalistic explanations previously thought to be law. This comparison is further troubling in statistics on campus. As I try to evaluate the previous events on campus related to science and the overwhelming spirit of the day on campus, I am fascinated to find that while the intelligent design and evolution awareness group has brought in a single event to the OU museum (back in February), there have been or will be 29 campus events championing the cause and findings of Charles Darwin this year alone. Hardly a case of giving dissent an opportunity to speak, eh? And even as another event is planned for Tuesday (the screening of a new film, "Darwin's Dilemma"), the museum has responded with free admission and a separate lecture prior to the screening titled "The Cambrian Explosion and the Burgess Shale: No Dilemma for Darwin." Even for a film screening discussing the possibility that natural selection doesn't explain the complexity of the Cambrian fossil record, everybody gets up in arms. As such, I am very interested to attend both events on campus. I want to see how the establishment addresses the issue of fossils and human DNA. I want very much to see if the arguments of those in the intelligent design camp are actually "pseudoscience" or not. But perhaps most of all, I want to see how they interact with each other. To have some sort of meaningful discussion of these things requires that we make clear our presuppositions about the nature of reality and life. No one is outside the realm of bias. We're all influenced, but how we get past that, I think, determines how we can look at the information presented to us. We, as college students, aren't stupid or ignorant. Even though I don't understand all of the terminology doesn't mean I can't think deeply and discuss meaningfully the implications of scientific findings, be they religious or non. Let's see how these events go and evaluate from there, not the reverse. I'm an English teacher. You may be an architect. But we all might see our undergirding beliefs surface if we could at least rationally discuss this. Jon Malone is an English education graduate student. 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They JOSHUA BOYDSTON used to sound like the brothers of Taking Back Sunday; now they sound more like a third-cousin by marriage twice-removed. The pop-punk sound of the first release, "Your Favorite Weapon," has been further diluted with each release since then. It was almost to the point of nonexistent with its previous album, "The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me," and with "Daisy," any remnant of the original sound has been stamped out. "Daisy" is the darkest, heaviest and most mysterious release of its career, and will undoubtedly be the most polarizing as well. Brand New almost split into a whole new band with "The Devil and God," and "Daisy" deepens that rift even further. Largely written by guitarist Vincent Accardi, "Daisy" misses a little of the brilliance and connective quality of Jesse Lacey's lyrics that have made thousands of fans feel like Lacey was writing about their own lives. However, Lacey is still undoubtedly the heart and soul of Brand New, and he's the one that gives the songs a flicker of light below the murky exterior. True to form, Brand New pulls the most unexpected move right off the bat. "Vices" opens with an old opera recording that gingerly twirls around before incinerating into a thrust of thudding guitar chords that has startled more than a few listeners as Lacey throws into full blown screaming in one of the most surreal moments on any Brand New record. The album immediately chills and simmers with the lovely call of "Bed" before soaring yet again with the heart-thumping anthem "At The Bottom." "Gasoline" yet again finds Brand New thicker and heavier with Lacey's hungry yelp and bumping guitar hook driving it along. Then the openly vulnerable "You Stole" sees Lacey laying out his heart slow burns into flashing flames and bolting guitar shears. The drifting twang of "Be Gone" gives way to distorted incoherent vocal effects that require extreme focus to decipher any sort of lyric or phrase, and is that awesomely wacky experiment that sounds more like an Animal Collective duet with Devendra Barnhart than Brand New. "Sink" sounds like Brand New at its most comfortable with rip-roaring guitar shreds and Lacey striking a brilliant balance between power and melody, while the title track feels like the summation of the minimalist heartfelt anthems of the past. In the end, "Daisy" is a genre-defying affair that has seemingly been built to be performed in a live setting as it dips between hard and soft, slow and fast, but heavy in every moment. Any sort of expectation of Brand New has certainly been dashed by this point, and perhaps the most unexpected thing for it to do now is going back to the poppunk sound. The Daily's Joshua Boydston reviews his picks for some of the most notable new music releases. THE ALMIGHTY DEFENDERS: "THE ALMIGHTY DEFENDERS" When I think of gospel music, I would never think of Black Lips or King Khan. These are two of the most notoriously crazy live bands touri n g t o d ay w i t h MONSTERS antics including OF FOLK: "MONSTERS nudity, urinaOF FOLK" tion, vomiting, fireworks, flames and all around Supergroups naughtiness. a l w a y s After Black sound great Lips were bootin theory. ed out of How could India after members performof several of ing some y o u r f av o r"homoite bands do sexual acts" wrong? on stage, Well, the band m o re o f t e n retreated to than not, the King Khan's result is disastrous. residence However, 2009 has sudin Berlin. denly become the year of Whether high-profile supergroups. Joshua Boydston is a psychology sophomore. repenting First came for their Tinted sins, or just Windows looking for ( Ha n s o n , a way to PHOTO PROVIDED Smashing kill time, Album covers from three of this week's most Pumpkins), the result By Bernice Bede Osol notable new music releases including "Daisy," w a s " T h e "The Almighty Defenders" and "Monsters of Folk. t h e n T h e Copyright 2008, Newspaper Enterprise Assn. D e a d Almighty Weather Defenders," Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 (The White an album ARIES (March 21-April 19) recorded and written in about two weeks. Stripes, The Kills) and LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) --- Find the time to work on that Operation Aloha (Phantom Their sins are definitely redeemed by Social situations could work out new project or interest that the all-out fun and intrigue of the album, Planet, Maroon 5). O n far better than usual, so don't needs to be developed. Condione boiling over with good old-fashioned the horizon we can look forward to releases from be a loner. You might even meet tions are especially fortunate religion. This isn't the polished, glossy gospel Them Crooked Vultures someone right now who will for advancing enterprises that music of today though, and it's not music (QOTSA, Led Zeppelin), become "special" in your life as could use a little help. you would expect to hear blaring at any Blacroc (Black Keys, Mos time marches on. Def, RZA) and Dead by church around here. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -King Khan becomes the preacher with S u n r i s e ( L i n k i n Pa r k , SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) "Proceed without delay" needs Black Lips the choir. The sermon is a Julien-K). -- You won't have to concentrate to be your motto, especially Surprisingly enough, bouncy, joyous affair, dipping through ocon your desires to improve with regard to career or workcasional bouts of introspection but much all of these albums have personal conditions for yourself; related projects. This might be more consumed with waving your arms sounded phenomenal so they could automatically occur. one of your more fortunate far, and the latest stellar and shouting out praise. An important someone will be days for working things out. entry comes from the brilThe scratchy shutter of "All My Loving" liantly named Monsters of the focal point. b e g i n s t h e s e r v i c e w i t h Ki n g K ha n GEMINI (May 21-June 20) screeching out the Word while Black Lips Folk, a band consisting of Conor Oberst, Jim James SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. -- An extremely fortunate smoothly echoes behind him. (My Morning Jacket), M. 21) -- If possible, be footloose encounter with a knowledgeable The bluesy strut of "The Ghost With Wa rd a n d Mi k e M o g i s and fancy-free; you'll be happi- individual could put you onto The Most" and "Bow Down And Die" be- (Bright Eyes). est when thinking and moving come a slow marching processional that something of real significance. Probably the best in a carefree manner. You'll drifts into the choral praise of "Cone of sounding folk-supergroup Your solution will prove Light," a standout moment due to its up- this side of Crosby, Stills, end up putting your ideas into beneficial. beat vocals and soulful spring of shaky Nash and Young. Monster action. tambourines and static guitar bursts. Fo l k 's c o n c e p t f o r t h e CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Khan gets a bit of fire and brimstone out with the nasty bombast of "30 Second Air Blast" and "Death Cult Soup n' Salad." Then comes the call for redemption with the vintage crack of "I'm Coming Home," which feels more true to gospel music than you might have ever expected. They close with the plunging rush of "The Great Defender" as King Khan solemnly bids the end of the service. You will probably be left wondering what the hell just happened as the album draws to a close, but you will feel a bit of a spring in your step and invigorated soul as you stumble away from the most bizarre service you've ever witnessed. band arose way back in 2004, but busy schedules and other projects delayed the finished debut for five years. This is, however, very telling of the balance Monsters of Folk finds with their debut. Largely, the album feels less like a collaborative effort than you might think. Most of the songs come off more like a feature for one of the players with the other three simply guesting on the track. "Dear God," an exotic swirl of strings and billowing keys over a crunchy base, has Jim James written all over it, while the clear twang and strut of "Ahead of the Curve" is dominated by Oberst. The ambling stroll of "The Sandman, The Brakeman And Me" is a gorgeous stripped down beauty, though clearly the brainchild of Ward. This is a very half-hearted complaint though, as each player is a master of his craft, and each melody grows ever richer with even the slightest contribution from the others. "Say Please" marks the most collaborative feel of the whole record, as each singer sort of dives in and out of the verses as they holler the chorus together. All in all, the strengths of each musician complement the others. Bringing in Oberst's sincerity, James' wild ear, Ward's craftsmanship and Mogis' mastery, the songs feel finely honed and complete. The effort may not feel completely shared, but working together has definitely brought about a delightful result. 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